March 1 st 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
If football form counts for anything Everton should be certain of two valuable points when the Wednesday visit Goodison Park tomorrow. There are only three teams in the five principal leagues that have yet to secure a victory away from home, and Sheffield Wednesday are one of them…meanwhile Everton probably disbursed something like 10000 and West Brom and Leeds each 5000. Everton would have spent a good deal more had McPhail the Airdrieonians inside left, been willing to go to Goodison Park. But although the Everton club was the highest bidder in the ‘'sealed tender'' competition McPhail I am told prefers to remain in Scotland.
The Airdrieonian may other another player for transfer and in this connection the name of Wheldon also an side forward, has been mentioned. Everton have a liking for Weldon, I am told so it a deal is projected they may be successful in his case, now the defence has been strengthened. It is necessary for the Everton officials to bring up the attach to the standard required if the club is to escape relegation.
THE WEDNESDAY AT EVERTON
March 2 nd 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Today Everton have another opportunity of gaining two of the points, which are necessary to save the club from the Second Division. It is the first of the six remaining home matches, and although the Wednesday will provide strong opposition, I believe Everton after their display at Huddersfield, will gain the verdict. The side as at present constituted is undoubtedly a strong one, but even so the forwards must improve in their finishing work because the Sheffield team has recently shown a distinct advance, and they are a thrustful energetic side. Everton play the same team that drew with the champions, while the visitors will have Rees Williams at outside left in place of Wilkinson, who was in the side which, drew with West Bromwich Albion. I anticipate a rousing game. The kick off is at 3.15 and the teams are: - Everton: - Taylor, Cresswell, O'Donnell; Kelly Hart, Virr; Crithcley, Irvine, Dean, Dominy, Troup. Wednesday: - Brown; Walker, Felton; Leach, Kean, Marsden; Hooper, Kirkwood Trotter, Strange, Rees, Williams.
EVERTON 2 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1 (Game 1216)
March 3 rd 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
EVERTON GAIN TWO POINTS
VALUABLE WIN OVER THE WEDNESDAY
There was a bright atmosphere about the Everton game, even if the weather was bad at Goodison Park yesterday. Everton by their two goals to one win, were not altogether convincing, but they played well enough, and knew that no more effort was required to beat the Sheffield side. It is not a policy that can be commended, when one looks at the goals against the Everton defence. However, two valuable points added to those obtained from winning against Blackburn and a draw at Huddersfield make the position of Everton a trifle better than it has been and judging the players on yesterday's form, there should be no reason why they should not go to further successes –if the forward line makes for improvement.
Much of the faultiness of the attacking line can be summed up in three categories –air-ball, over-dribbling, and a slowness on the left wing. All this may tend to damage Dean's judicious ideals of combination, and also his shot. Yesterday he got a goal through the ball cannoning from Dominy (the ball hit him thanks to a defender's lunge clearance), and Dominy led the day's goal-getting with a nice point scored through Hart and Critchley making rapid ground by the nearest possible distance and the easiest possible football moves. That was football. Yet at half-time the home folk, 15,000 strong, rallied around Taylor for his great display of goalkeeping, strong, confident, resolute goalkeeping –goalkeeping that gave everyone confidence; clean handling. A member of the English Selection Committee present no doubt took further notes about this matter for the Hampden Park international. Taylor is playing as well as ever before, and doubtless Brown, of the Wednesday, realised this, for in the second half he began a goalkeeping display that led him to a grand rally at the finish.
BROWN'S FINE SHOW.
Brown's show was marked by deadly saves of point-blank shots, and by handling out a Dean header a few minutes before the close of the admirable sporting game. This save seemed impossible, and the header of the free kick seemed impossible so it was just and proper the goal did not arise. However, there was a time when Irvine had Brown well beaten, and the woodwork saved the goal; added to which was a similar instance wherein Kelly, the new half-back, shone. I like this man Kelly; he is quick to size up a situation, and with Cresswell behind him we have a right flank of defenders who can become a secure attacking number. Cresswell's nonchalance is not out of place; he believes in working a ball, just as does Kelly, and with hart finding his captaincy and team care less arduous, he is producing first-class defence and attack. In fact Trotter never had a chance all day long.
Everton's half-back line more closely touches the old Makepeace, Taylor, Abbott trinity than for many years, added to which the club have a safe goalkeeper and a brainy brilliant back. O'Donnell will gain much through association with the cool Cresswell; he will learn to keep an eye on the ball, and to forget the force of the play as compared to the constructive pass. The best passes on the field yesterday were from Cresswell. He rarely failed to find his partners, and he rarely found touch. Kirkwood I made out to be a grand schemer. This Ranger Rover is an ideal Scottish forward, who hangs back a trifle too much, but about whose subtlety and crafty footwork one could have no two opinions. He is big, too, and therefore takes some of the brunt off the little winger, Hooper, who is a good racy sort of whippet-on-the-wing. I was disappointed with the Sheffield left wing. Strange got a snap goal to give the Wednesday a fighting chance, but the left wing did very little towards pushing that advantage home, and I though the visitors' wing half-backs gave far too many free kicks and once or twice used the foot unwisely without being found out by the referee, Mr. Baker, of Crewe, or the linesmen. Not that this was not a sporting game; it became dull late on because Everton were only a goal to the good and the nervous strain had found its way into the spectators, who forgot that this was a new Everton. However, Everton won worthily in the end and should have taken a bigger toll of a defending trio that had two stout backs, yet full four times the backs were passed and only the goalkeeper remained to stay the home side's progress. When the Everton forward line hits the mark it will run riot, fir it is plain that as the defence is playing just now the goals against column will be kept down to reasonable dimensions.
With perfect goalkeeping by Taylor in the first half and Brown in the second half the game could never be dull and in the finish the margin was an equitable one. Perchance Everton's slight falling off late on was due to the blow that befell Critchley, who damaged an arm; he had been skirting the touch line and making ground without delay until this point, and his fall away led to Irvine doing too much work all for nought. A simple instant pass would serve Irvine, if only he would realise it. No-one plays harder or is more anxious to set the side on top; it is just ill-considered dribbling, a disease known to others in the football world. Troup was able to work his wiles against a tall and not easy moving half-back, but his wing still bore, in this muddy turf, a slowness that makes goal-getting a so near and so far affair. Teams : - Everton: - Taylor, goal, Cresswell and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart (captain), and Virr, half-backs, Critchley, Irvine, Dean, Dominy, and Troup, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday: - Brown, goal, Walker and Fulton, backs, Leach, Kean, and Marsden, half-backs, Hooper, Kirkwood, Trotter, Strange, and Williams, forwards. Referee Mr. Baker.
FORSHAW GOES TO EVERTON
March 3 rd 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
SURPRISE TRANSFER FROM LIVERPOOL
£20,000 FOR PLAYER
Forshaw the Liverpool forward has been signed by Everton (£2,000), the deal was completed last night and will come as a great surprise to the followers of both clubs fans, it is a big move on the part of the Everton to strengthen their attack, and Forshaw will play against Newcastle at inside-right on Saturday. This being the only change from the side which won yesterday against Sheffield Wednesday. Forshaw has been looked upon for eight years as of Liverpool with no suggestion of his removal to another club. He has been recognized as their centre-forward although actually he came to them as an inside-left, and later developed as an inside-right and had spells at right-half and centre half the last named berth, is many estimates, being his best position. Forshaw as a centre-forward, has played a peculiarly single handed game and has scored many goals entirely unaided.
A WIDNES MAN
Originally he was on the Middlesbrough books. He was born at Widnes, and joined the Army prior to the war, when he returned he was snapped up by Liverpool, and has been near international honours for some years. He began this season well, but after a while fell away a little owing to groin trouble. It is only a fortnight ago that he recovered from an injury and turned out for Liverpool in the cup-tie at Highbury against Arsenal, after which he left the team and Reid was introduced. The signing of Forshaw recalls the deal when Everton transferred Lacey and Gracie to Liverpool for Uren. The Liverpool winger Forshaw is still a youngman as football goes to day. He has had a benefit with Liverpool, and was two years short of a second benefit. The Everton, having failed to get McPhail (of Airdrie), Gibson, and a Hull player determined to try nearer home, and their choice fell upon Forshaw. Everton have paid on £20,000 within recent weeks for new men, and doubtless they will count it worth while if the club retains it position in the first division. The payment made by Everton have been made possible owing to the loyal following of their crowd. It is no secret that the attendances at Goodison Park this season have been abnormally large, and possibly constitute a record for league games. All these signing go to increase the attendance for the remaining home matches, of which there are five.
March 4 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
The news of Forshaw's transfer to Everton in yesterday's ‘'Daily Post'' gave enthusiasts a new topic to discuss, and I have no doubt that the change created genuine surprise. From what I hear no one was more surprised than the player himself when he arrived at home, on Wednesday night to find the respective secretaries of the clubs, waiting for him. It is good to know that the player is leaving the Anfield club on the best of terms, and I am sure he will do all he can foe Everton in their present plight. Forshaw is one of these players who believes in keeping himself fit all the year round and in the summer time he does a lot of walking and is fond of bowls. In these days when ladies are as enthusiastic about football as the men, a piquant situation arises when it transpires that Mrs. Forshaw has always been a support of Liverpool. She says:''I have never been an Evertonian, and I don't know what I shall do about it.
EVERTON START THE CLIMB
March 5, 1927. The Daily Courier.
Blues' Odd Goal in Three Win
Brilliant Goalkeeping by Brown and Taylor
Everton 2, The Wednesday 1
Everton, in accordance with popular forecast (and hopes), extracted two precious points from their meeting with The Wednesday at Goodison Park yesterday. The3 manner of the achievement, however, did not make for confidence in the future, and there was an absence of cohesion one almost writes intelligence –in the front rank which should be supplied without delay. The half-back line –Kelly, Hunter Hart and Virr –played a sound game. The former improves with every match, and Hart put a most effective stopper on the endeavours of the energetic Trotter. Cresswell was coolness personified, and O'Donnell has learnt the value of restraint. Dominy and Dean scored the goals, but the ex-Southampton man often flattered to deceive, while Dixie has frequently played better. Critchley, fast and elusive, mostly had the heels of Marsden, who did not please the crowd by his manner of stopping him. On the other wing Troup added to his reputation and, incidentally, once headed the ball! This is, according to rumour, the fourth time that he has done so for Everton. If the subtle first-timer passes through to Dominy were “spotted” in the second half, he cannot be blamed. The feature of a wonderfully fought-out struggle was the phenomenal goalkeeping of Brown and Ted Taylor, both internationals. It would be impossible to imagine anything finer. The Sheffielder –there is not much of him –had a lot more to do than his vis-a-vis, but did it without fault, and his save from Dean in the first half, at point-blank range, was a miracle. Time and again, when all seemed lost, he retrieved the situation, and genuinely earned the ovation a generous crowd gave him at the end.
Taylor's Uncanny Anticipation
Taylor was almost uncanny in his anticipation. He gave a great display, and it must be a source of great comfort to his backs to know they have such a safe man behind them. Everton's first goal was a good one; the second was better, and there might have been a third had Irvine, after breaking though, been less selfish. A pass to Dean who was unmarked, assuredly would have led to a goal. Wednesday, who made two changes, were best served by Kean at centre-half, and of course in goal. Hooper showed glimpses of form at outside right, but his partner, Kirkwood was more consistent, and the losers' goal, though scored by Strange, was virtually his. Teams;- Everton: - Taylor, goal, Cresswell and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart (captain), and Virr, half-backs, Critchley, Irvine, Dean, Dominy, and Troup, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday: - Brown, goal, Walker and Felton, backs, Leach, Kean, and Marsden, half-backs, Hooper, Kirkwood, Trotter, Strange, and Rhys Williams, forwards. Referee Mr. Baker.
EVERTON AT NEWCASTLE.
March 5 th 192. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
For the second week in succession Everton tackle a team with championship aspirations, so that the clash of interest is extreme. Here we have Everton fighting for their existence as it were, and Newcastle with the coveted prize well in view. One does not need much imagination to foresee a great struggle here and I expect the enthusiasts of the North East will turn out in strong force. Few clubs leave St. James Park with a point and if Everton succeed in accomplishing what they will have achieved a memorable double. Everton, however, must impart more dash and accuracy to their attacks if they are to succeed, and the defence, good as it is since Cresswell joined the club, will be tested to the full by those skilful and elusive forwards who demonstrated their cleverness at Anfield last Saturday. Gallacher returns to add tone and finish to the line and Hart, who held the Scottish international in the previous game, will have a further opportunity of distinguishing himself. The veteran backs Hudspeth and Maitland were not so impressive, and I am inclined to believe that they would falter under sustained pressure. It will be interesting to see whether Forshaw will improve the line. He has the skill and the resource to impart speed and effectiveness and is likely to give great support to Dean and his colleagues. At his best Forshaw is one of the speediest inside forwards of the day. Whatever happens it will be great game, and all Merseyside enthusiasts will wish Everton success in their struggle. The teams are: - Everton: - Taylor, Cresswell, O'Donnell, Kelly, Hart, Virr; Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Dominy, Troup. Newcastle United: - Wilson; Maitland, Hudspeth; McKenzie, Spencer, Gibson; Urwin, McKay, Gallacher, McDonald, Seymour.
EVERTON SIGN MORE PLAYERS
March 7, 1927. Yorkshire Evening Post
In their efforts to escape relegation, Everton Football Club –have secured two more players –but not from Scotland. Their latest acquisitions are forwards from the North-East League club, Blyth Spartans, the names of the players being William Wilkinson and William Easton.
March 7, 1927. The Daily Courier.
Shock Tactics Overwhelm Everton.
Newcastle United 7, Everton 3
Newcastle United by their defeat of Everton at St. James's Park have the distinction of being the only team to take eight points from the Merseyside clubs this season. They left nothing to change in their match with Everton, and it is doubtful if they have played better football this season than they did on Saturday. Quite early in the game tempers were ruffed on the part of Urwin, Virr and O'Donnell. This unpleasantness extended to other players, and it seemed to spur the Newcastle men to exert themselves to the utmost. Eventually they developed a degree of shock tactics which no defence could withstand. Mr. W. R. Jennings, of Clifton, was the referee, and both sides, but more particularly Everton had cause to find fault with many of his decisions. For the first 45 minutes the play was evenly distributed, and although the Everton forwards did not show the same machine-like precision as the Newcastle quintets, they were almost as effective by their long passes and spirited rushes in front of goal. Gallacher opened the score after 27 minutes and then McDonald scored from a penalty kick given against Virr for tripping Urwin. This was most disheartening to Everton but before the interval Forshaw scored for Everton from a pass by Dean. It was ten minutes after the interval that the Everton debacle set in. Two goals were scored within two minutes; one by Gallacher , and the other by McKay. In these few minutes the Everton halves and backs had faltered and floundered, and afterwards they never recovered from the shock. McKenzie next scored from thirty yards range, and Gallacher and Seymour added the sixth and seventh, Dominy scored both the Everton goals in the second half, and from a centre by Critchley and the other from a free kick.
Despite their overwhelming defeat the Everton forwards played better than in recent games. Forshaw made for improvement, passing without hesitancy and shooting with precision. Everton's prime weakness was at half back, all three falling far below the standard of the Newcastle trio. Newcastle were seen at their best both in attack and defence. Their halves showed clever anticipation and dispossession, and when their passes were made they generally found an uncovered recipient. The team as a whole worked with complete understanding, and there was no denying their great superiority. Critchley was the best of the Everton forwards. Dean was not as resourceful as he sometimes is, and he was repeatedly outwitted by Spencer. O'Donnell played a great game at left full-back in the first half, tackling and kicking well, but he and Cresswell kicking well in the second half. Both goalkeepers had a busy afternoon, Taylor, for Everton, made a number of brilliant saves, but he might have saved two of the shots that beat him. Teams;- Newcastle United: - Wilson goal, Maitland, and Hudspeth, backs, McKenzie, Spencer, and Gibson, half-backs, Urwin, McKay, Gallacher, McDonald, and Seymour forwards. Everton: - Taylor goal, Cresswell and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart (Captain), and Virr, half-backs, Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Dominy, and Troup, forwards. Referee Mr. Jennings.
• Aston Villa 3 (Walker (2), Cook; Sunderland 1 (Ramsley)
• Bolton 1, (Vizard); West Brom 1 (Carter)
• Burnley 3 (Beel, Cross, Page); Blackburn 1 (Campbell)
• Derby County 4 (Murphy (2), Bedford, Whitehouse; Birmingham 1 (Crosbie)
• Leeds 1 (Jennings); Leicester 1 (Bishop)
• Liverpool 3 (Chambers (2), McKinlay); The Wednesday 0
• Manchester United 1 (A. Smith); Bury 2 (Massie, Ball)
• Newcastle United 7 (Gallacher (3), McDonald, McKay, McKezie, Seymour); Everton 3, (Forshaw, Dominy (2)
• Sheffield Uniteds 3, (Johnson (2), Tunstall); Tottenham 3 (Sanders, O'Challaghan (2)
EVERTON RESERVES 5, PRESTON NORTH END RESERVES 1
March 7, 1927. The Daily Courier
Preston were no match for Everton at Goodison Park, and but for some fine goalkeeping by Branston the Blues might have won by a greater margin. Most of the Everton attacks came from the right wing, where Millington speed carried him through, the North End defence, and he was rewarded with a fine goal. Prior to this Paterson had netted twice. After the interval Houghton and Griffiths placed Everton further ahead. Five minutes from the end Whitehead scored for Preston, whose forwards were clever, but finished badly.
NEWCASTLE UNITED 7 EVERTON 3 (Game 1217)
March 7 TH 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
ROUT OF EVERTON AT NEWCASTLE.
HEAVIEST DEFEAT OF THE SEASON
WILES OF GALLACHER AND MACKAY.
Everton fell all of a heap at Newcastle (7-3) against the probable champions, and the side suffered a defeat the like of which one associated with the team at the beginning of the season. The stiffening up of the Everton defence was expected to give the side a chance at St. James's Park, but actually Newcastle won with a lot to spare, even if the turn of the game came after half time, when Everton suffered a sharp, short spasm of indecision and Newcastle's forwards at that time dulled out their best and made some of the wing half-back work look poor. Newcastle can do these things when Gallacher and Mackay are in the mood for movement. They are a pair of dodging, dribbling forwards, and they were keen to further the championship chance and also to add to the defeats administered to our other city club. They succeeded in no uncertain manner; in fact, it was Everton's heaviest defeat of the season, and became a rout, and it was astonishing to see England's former goalkeeper retrieving the ball from the net no fewer than seven times.
PENALTY TURNS THE GAME.
All this is so extraordinary when one remembers the first half and the evenness of the game upto say fifty minutes. Newcastle had to fight hard to keep their lead, a lead made possible by a Dean header hitting the crossbar and Gallacher making the first goal of the bunch by a wonderful hook back shot which was followed all in a trice by a penalty kick decision against Virr for a trip on Urwin. This was the turning point. Everton keyed up to the needs of the day against these superior opponents, and knowing the vital needs of the League chart were oppressed by the situation and they did not do themselves justice, partly, in my estimation, though being rattled by Urwin and by a penalty kick decision. The referee Mr. Jennings adopted a curious attitude about elbowing incidents, and he ruined the temperament of certain members by his showmanship. This is not to excuse a side well beaten, but it is to put on record a fact, and is not offered as excuse for something that could not excuse itself. Such a striking score tells its own tale; its shows the sorry conditions of half-backs worn out by the combined work of the Newcastle forwards, who were ably led by the dogged Gallacher and the elusive Mackey, who was the brainiest forward on the field a rare schemer and a man who took the defenders aroaming and off the guard.
HARD WORK FOR HART.
That Mackey did not get more than one goal was due in part to the woodwork coming to the aid of the harassed Taylor, so that the Dean incident in the first phase of play made no real difference. The home forwards worked up and though at will, and Hart was worn out by the excess of work that came his way and by the stressful time given him by the inside forwards. It was strange to balance the Everton side of the first forty-five minutes with the side that dropped out of the game at the fifty fifth minute. The two things did not blend, and Newcastle proceeded to make light of their work and carry the ball well up to the goal area before they made their shot.
Gallacher got three goals, and Seymour McKenzie, Mackey, and McDonald one each, so that at least Newcastle distributed their favour. The visiting side's defence collapsed in the second half, the ground being heavy and their feet seeming of a similar character. But the backs cannot be blamed for the harshness of the score. I reckon that the half-back line did not go through with their early success, and Virr never got over the penalty offence. Kelly did best in the second half, what time Seymour was damaged, but Urwin was never really gripped, and had he cut out his tantalising and unsettling folly he would have been a remarkably fine helpmate in the championship cause, whereas his work was tainted by a measure that was not nice to behold, Newcastle found difficulty in keeping time with Everton's right wing. Critchley wasting but one ball and in general making use of the fine passes he received from Forshaw, whose baptism with his new club was of a sensational order.
Forshaw did many brainy things, and with his wing man made for steady and sure progression. While not having the effectiveness of the home right wing, the Everton right wing certainly made good play against Hudspeth and Gibson. The Everton left wing was rarely in the picture, and though Dominy scored two goals it must be confessed that those goals were obtained with ease and carry no especial weight, and indeed do not balance his work in midfield. Troup as a consequence did little more than mark time, and Dean who ploughed the mud against a tough half-back in Spencer, with others intervening, had little chance.
FATAL THREE MINUTES.
Forshaw scored the losing side's first goal, and turned the score into a vein of possible fighting strength, only to find the fatal three minutes in which Newcastle administered their two blows and got Everton into a mood that produced nether confidence nor collected football. It was a wholesale blow, and at root it had its beginnings in a penalty kick and its conclusions in a bad day for out half-backs. This is not to withdraw from Newcastle's delicious play and combined effort on a much heap; they did much that was a joy and played like a championship side. The essence of their game was the collectiveness allied to good sound shooting. Everton had need to complain of the referee's decisions, but they could not complain that the win has gone to the wrong side or to a side that had not played brilliant football. Teams: - Newcastle United: - Wilson goal, Maitland, and Huspeth, backs, McKenzie, Spencer, and Gibson, half-backs, Urwin, Mackey Gallacher, McDonald, and Seymour forwards. Everton: - Taylor goal, Cresswell and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart (Captain), and Virr, half-backs, Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Dominy, and Troup, forwards. Referee Mr. Jennings.
EVERTON RESERVES 5 PRESTON NORTH END RESERVES 1
March 7 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 29)
Against Everton, at Goodison Park, Preston made a poor show, and although at times they displayed some good combination their efforts were of no avail against the sterling qualities of the home defenders. Millington was one of Everton's best performers, but it was the work of the halves and defence that made Preston such a mediocre side. Scorers for Everton Paterson (2), Houghton, Millington, and Griffiths, and for North End Whitehead.
NEW BRIGHTON RESERVES 11 EVERTON “A” 0
March 7 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
In this friendly match at Rake lane some interesting football was shown by both teams on a heavy ground. New Brighton were much the better side, and attacked persistently. Cunliffe a young amateur from a Manchester district works team, was given a trial at inside right. In addition to scoring three goals he gave a promising display. Other scorers were Morris (4), Hawksworth (3), and Mathieson (j).
EVERTON SIGN WELDON
March 10 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton have signed A. Weldon, the well-known forward, from Airdrieonians, and he will play for his new club at Goodison Park on Saturday against Leeds United. This is one of the most important transfer of the season, and although Everton were disappointed in not securing McPhail, Weldon if not so clever as the inside left, is a decidedly dangerous forward and shall do well with Everton. Also have so recently secured Cresswell, Kelly, Forshaw, Taylor, and Mr. McIntosh completed the negotiations for Weldon's transfer yesterday. Although Weldon has been unable to take part in all his club's games this season, he has twenty-six goals to his credit in league engagements, he has been playing at centre-forward but prefers inside-left and he will appears in that position for Everton on Saturday. The transfer fee is not divulged but it must be a high one, as the player has been much sought-after by many clubs Weldon stands 5ft 7ins and weights about 11 st 7lbs. He is described as a player of the same type as Gallacher, the famous Newcastle United centre-forward. He is a native of Troy, Lanarkshire, and joined Airdrieonians in 1924, when Gallacher left for Newcastle united
Meanwhile J. Kerr the sturdy Everton full-back has been transferred to Preston North End, for whom, he is likely to prove of the utmost value in their struggle for promotion. Kerr appeared in the Everton league team against Liverpool at Goodison Park in October, and played extremely well. He subsequently did excellent service in partnership with McDonald. Although he turned out in a few league games in previous seasons, Kerr until this term was mainly associated with the central league eleven. Kerr belongs to Burnbank, and stands 5ft 8 and hald inches and weights 11stone 8lbs.
Everton have been more prominent than other clubs in the transfer market in recents months,
AN IMPOSING LIST
Here is an imposing list of players signed by the club this season, the majority of them in recently weeks; - Weldon (Airdrieonians), Cresswell (Sunderland), Forshaw (Liverpool), Taylor (Huddersfield), Kelly (Ary United) Critchley (Stockport) Griffiths (Wrexham), White (Southport), Kendrick (Belfast), Easton (Blyth Spartans), Wilkinson (Blyth Spartans), Paterson (a young Scottish centre).
March 10, 1927. The Daily Courier
Everton Back Goes to Preston North End
Everton yesterday transferred Jasper Kerr, left full-back, to Preston North End, for whom he plays on Saturday. Kerr, who came to Goodison Park as a Scottish junior, did not get his chance with the seniors until this season, when the weakness in the Everton defence became painfully apparent. Kerr, though at times impetuous, should prove a success with Preston, for his tackling his sound.
Everton sigh Weldon
March 10, 1927. The Daily Courier
Great Goal-Scoring Scot from Airdrie
£25,000 In Transfers
Everton last night signed Antony Weldon, the great goal-scoring forward of Airdrieonians, and he will play against Leeds United in their all important match on Saturday at Goodison Park. The transfer fee is more than £4,000 bringing Everton's monetary outlay in the past few weeks to £25,000. The players secured are Cresswell from Sunderland, Kelly (Ary United), Taylor (Huddersfield Town), Forshaw (Liverpool), and Weldon.
Weldon is a native of Croy, 5ft 8ins in height, and weighs 11st 7lb. He was signed by Airrieonians in the season 1924-25, as an inside left, but when Hugh Gallacher went to Newcastle he was developed as a centre-forward, and later occasionally played at inside right. Weldon, while in the centre, had notched 26 goals, this despite being often hurt in the early part of the season. Everton have been watching him since their failure to obtained McPhail. He will play against Leeds in the position he likes best –inside left, this being the only change in the side beaten at Newcastle. Teams; Taylor; Cresswell, O'Donnell; Kelly, Hart, Virr, Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, and Troup.. As an offset to Weldon's signing Everton last night transferred Jasper Kerr, the left back to Preston North End.
WELDON COMES TO TOWN.
March 11, 1927. The Daily Courier.
A Jimmy Settle Type of Player
Weldon, Everton's new forward, arrived in Liverpool last night from Glasgow accompanied by Mr. McIntosh, the Everton manger. They were met at the station by Mr. Banks, one of the directors. Weldon reported himself fit and well and said he hoped to give a good account of himself against Leeds United. “Weldon is an excellent player, a strong shot, and a goal-scoring forward,” said Mr. W.C. Cuff, chairman of Everton F.C., to a Daily Courier representative yesterday. “He is of the Jimmy Settle type, not big but sturdy, and should strengthen considerably our forward line. “All the club's energies are now devoted to keeping out of the last two places. We are not thinking of parting with players at present, u we shall have to examine our stock in due course. “
NEEDLE GAME AT GOODISON
March 12, 1927. The Daily Courier
Record Crowd Expect to See Blues Win.
Weldon and Forshaw
Everton have been blessed with excellent “gates” this season, but the one this afternoon should put in the shade of those earlier ones. The meeting of Everton and Leeds United at Goodison Park, kick-off 3.15, though scheduled a League game, is in every respect a cup-tie, for the result is vital to both teams. If Everton lose their chances of escaping relegation would seem an impossibility, while if Leeds go under their position becomes precarious. Everton strengthened forward with Forshaw and Weldon (Airdrie), are looking to victory, but the United are spurred with the same idea, so that a needle game is certain. Both sides make a change from last week. Weldon deposing Dominy in the Everton ranks, while Menzies returns to left back for Leeds. The great crowd will be put in good humour by The Daily Courier community singing, so that vocal support will not be lacking the Blues, who should win. Teams; Everton; Taylor; Cresswell, O'Donnell; Kelly, Hart, Virr; Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, and Troup. Leeds United; Potts; Roberts, Menzies; Edwards, Townsley and Reed; Turnbull, White, Jennings, Wainscoat and Mitchell.
VITAL GAME AT EVERTON
March 12 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
One of the most vital games of the season is to be decided at Goodison Park today, when Everton oppose Leeds United. When two teams in the danger zone meet a victory one way or the other is worth considerably more than a win against another side. In this case Everton are worse off than their opponents as the Yorkshire team has two games in hand, and for that reason the Goodison Park side must win the match to have a fighting chance of escaping the Second Division. The extent of the defeat at Newcastle last Saturday undoubtedly placed a damper on those who believe in Everton's ability to escape, but Newcastle proved themselves an exceptional team. However, I anticipate that Everton will win today, because Leeds United have been falling away for some time.
RIVALS IN DISTRESS.
It is a case of rivals in distress and the game, therefore is likely to prove of a most desperate character. In the corresponding match last season Everton won 4-2, and a similar result today would be most acceptable. The inclusion of Weldon, the Scottish forward who has just been secured from the Airdrieonians and Forshaw for the first time in Everton colours at Goodison will prove an additional attraction, and altogether there is every promise of a great crowd rallying round to see the struggle. The kick off is at 3-15, and the teams are: - Everton: - Taylor, Cresswell, O'Donnell, Kelly, Hart, Virr; Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, Troup. Leeds United: - Potts; Roberts, Menzies Edwards, Townsley, Reed, Turnbull, White, Jennings, Wainscoat, Mitchell.
EVERTON CLEAR THE LEEDS UNITED
March 14, 1927. The Daily Courier
Second Half Recovery Brings two goals and as Many Points
Weldon Gets a Bonny goal While Forshaw Does the Foraging
Everton 2, Leeds United 1
Everton's flag flutters bravely yet. High courage and honest endeavour got them through in a game in which both sets played like heroes. Each was intent on worrying the other. Credit too, goes to Leeds United for their spirited challenge throughout of the expensive side. Yet, despite the new stars in the Everton firmament, the climax at the interval left the multitude at Goodison Park limp. Then came the anti-climax. In was a team-feat to turn a half-way deficit into a lead. There were certainly some flaws in Everton's armoury, but not many in the second half. Every man did his bit in helping Everton make this stride. The bottom dog has a belief in himself again. Everton with some of the best in the land in their ranks, seemed to have reached the parting of the ways. It rests largely with the front line. Frankly the forward were disappointing as a whole in the first half, but cast many of their frailties away in the second half. Dean was not the real international Dean by a long way. He had the life and the spurt, but did not make a hit. He did not gather the ball with his usual skill, and failed to make the most of all opportunities, but the more lustre as the game grew older. Weldon , the Airdrie inside forward, came under the critical eyes of the Merseyside audience. He was not an outstanding figure in this, his first game, but play was at a greater pace than Scottish football, and he may, when speeded up and more at home, settle Everton's inside left problem. Supporters were comparing his style to Kennedy's. Anyway, Weldon may be said to have gone a long way towards carning his transfer fee by his fine opportunist goal in the second half, after Troup had centred and Dean had brought Potts to his knees.
Dean's Penalty Goal.
This was five minutes after Dean had scored his penalty goal following Edwards foul on Wheldon. It was at that period a clear cut issue, because the irrepressible Jennings, had given Leeds the lead with the early goal of his, lucky if you will, but characteristic of him, ad a skilful example of hooking the ball into the smallest possible space; the ball appeared to graze Cresswell's leg in its passage. Forshaw shouldered much of the burden in Everton's forward line, performing neatly with the ball, weaving a way here and there, and supplying unceasingly Millington, deputising for Critchley, who has a damaged ankle. Here we had speed plus pluck, but Millington was not a good finisher. The occasion was trying for a last-moment deputy, particularly as Menzie had returned fresh and sprightly after his four or five weeks' rest from the first team. Generally Everton were all sound behind Kelly and Hart were stout fellows. “This is not Scotland,” Kelly possibly ruminated over English storm tactics as reproduced by Mitchell and Wainscoat. Behind him too, he had in Cresswell a tactician and a back who would absolutely not be ruffied, while aggressive O'Donnell won plaudits for the neat recovery and place kicking of a first rate artist. Leeds appealed for a penalty when he brought Edwards down in the penalty area near the close, but this seemed a genuine shoulder charge. From the moment Taylor rubbled his hands with non-slip mixture it was obvious he intended to play the ball, and rocket-like and soft shots came alike. Potts, too distinguished himself, and White and Turnbull were a bonny wing. Teams, Everton: - Taylor, goal, Cresswell and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart (captain), and Virr, backs, Millington, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, and Troup, forwards. Leeds United: - Potts, goal, Roberts, and Menzies; Edwards, Townsley, and Reed; half-backs, Turnbull, White, Jennings, Wainscott, Mitchell, forwards. Referee Mr. Baker.
• Birmingham 4 (Bradford (2), Crosbie, Scriven); Manchester United 0
• Blackburn 1 (Puddefoot); Newcastle 2 (Gallacher (2)
• Bury 2 (Ball (2); Bolton 0
• Everton 2 (Dean, Weldon); Leeds 1 (Jennings)
• Hudderfield 2 (Brown (2); Burnley 0
• Leicester 3 (Wadsworth, Hine, Chandler); Liverpool 2 (Reid (2)
• Sheffield W 4 (Trotter (3), Leach; Arsenal 2 (Hulme, Buchan)
• Sunderland 2 (Ramsay, Clunas); Cardiff 2 (Irving (2)
• Tottenham 3 (Dimmock, Roe, O'Callaghan); Derby 2 (Thoms, Bedford)
• West Brom 6 (Glidden (2), Carter, Davies (2), Shortt; Aston Villa 2 York (2)
• West Ham 3 (Earle (2), Watson; Sheff United 0
Another Victory for Leeds United Reserves
Monday 14 March 1927 Yorkshire Post
RESERVES Leeds United Reserves added to their already long list victories by defeating Everton Reserves at Rood, before 3,600 spectatorts. Interesting football abounded throughout match, with United the better all-round team. For long periods the home forwards, backed by efficient half back play, dominated the game. Everton's forward work consisted mainly of short stabs the home goal. Everton looked like opening the scoring when Wilki nson broke through, but Johnson took the ball from his boot. Then followed two goals for the United inside five minutes, Armand and Mears being the scorers. Wilkinson reduced the United's lead early in the second half but -soon after restored the balance, while late in the game Riley increased the United lead with great shot from the right wing. Result: Leeds United Reserves 4 goals. Everton Reserves goal.
EVERTON 2 LEEDS UNITED 1
March 14 th 1928. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
VALUABLE POINTS FOR EVERTON.
RECORD CROWD SEE HARD GAME.
Everton by their 2-1 win over Leeds United, at Goodison Park, on Saturday, placed themselves in a much more favourable position in the race to avoid relegation. It was a vitally important game, because both Everton and Leeds are wreathing with the same problem. Leeds are certainly better placed with matches in hand, and Everton's critical position would have been almost hopeless with anything less than two points from Saturday's game. Much, therefore, lung upon the result, and it was not surprising that the game as a football display did not provide a brilliant exhibition. It was hard, earnest work with a fair amount of practical football between two sides very evenly matched and although Leeds were beaten they contested every inch of the game in a plucky and determined fight. Everton came into the picture in the second half, when they hammered the sound Leeds defence so persistently that it yielded after a very galliant struggle. The game attracted a record crowd of 58,000 (57,440), and they could not grumble at the fare provided notwithstanding its lack of fine movements. In the first half it must be admitted Everton's attack was disappointing. There was far too much inter-passing and not enough direct shooting. Too much of the finishing work was left to Dean with the other forwards rather shirking the responsibility of the final shot, and Dean, although he tried hard was not always on the target.
LIVELY LEEDS FORWARDS.
By comparison the Leeds forwards were more practical and threatened greater danger, so that when Jennings scored at the end of thirty four minutes play it was a goal well earned and deserved. Everton were a different side in the second half, Dean equalised from a penalty kick at fifty-nine minutes and six minutes later Weldon gave Everton the lead. As generally happens the tonic effect of an equalising goal made all the difference to the Everton side. The forwards were a much more formidable factor in the game and although the Leeds defenders held out bravely they could not keep out the Everton forwards all the time. Taylor in the Everton goal made some excellent saves but he was hardly as sound as usual and was inclined to tumble the ball occasionally. Of the full back Cresswell was quite the best. He was equally clever in attack and defence, always in position, while his coolness in the most trying circumstances were remarkable. O'Donnell too played well if at times he miskicked without however, committing any serious mistake. Hart and Kelly were prominent in the middle line and on his recent form Hart must be considered one of the best pivots in the game.
Troup and Forshaw were the best of the forwards. Both were effective in the second half when Forshaw made some delightful openings and Troup was difficult to hold Weldon who made his first appearance with the Everton side is very similar in build to Kennedy. He made some useful passes in the first half but was more prominent and successful in the second when he shot frequently and his general play was more effective. Leeds had a sound defence, two capital half-backs in Townsley and Edwards and forwards that did well in the first half but lacked opportunities afterwards. Teams, Everton: - Taylor, goal, Cresswell and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart (captain), and Virr, backs, Millington, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, and Troup, forwards. Leeds United: - Potts, goal, Roberts, and Menzies; Edwards, Townsley, and Reed; half-backs, Turnbull, White, Jennings, Wainscott, Mitchell, forwards. Referee Mr. Baker.
LEEDS UNITED RESERVES 4 EVERTON RESERVES 1
March 14 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 30)
Leeds United, at Leeds, proved much too clever for Everton. Everton lost chances by erratic shooting, and their only goal was obtained by Wilkinson. Leeds had an ideal centre forward in Mears, who scored twice after well conceived combined movements. Armand and Riley also scored for Leeds.
BLIND MAN'S COLLAPSE AT FOOTBALL MATCH.
Dundee Evening Telegraph-Tuesday 15 March 1927
Death From Excitement. A blind man's fatal collapse while sharing in . the excitement at a football match between Everton and Leeds United . described at an inquest at Liverpool, to-day. The deceased was Joseph Davis (31), of Brook Street, Birkenhead, who had been rendered totally blind by an accident while working as a boilermaker. Miss Ellen Lee, his fiancee, stated that though blind was fond of going to football matches, and listening he could to some extent visualise the play. She took him to the Everton match and ten minutes before the finish of a very exciting game he became ill and died shortly after reaching hospital. Medical evidence showed that death followed excitement acting on a weak heart. A verdict of death from natural cause* was- returned
March 15 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton's victory over Leeds United was not only invaluable in their struggle to avoid relegation. It completed their first double of the season as their solitary win away from home was gained at the expenise of Leeds United, whom they defeated in the initial game which marked Dean's first appearance of the season in a League match. Everton have an opportunity of completing another double next Saturday, when they visit the Arsenal as they defeated the London side at Goodison Park. Such a double would indeed be granted and conforting to the Everton supporters. On October 23 rd Everton defeated Leeds United 3-1 and on October 30 th accounted for the Arsenal by a similar score. Last Saturday they won against Leeds 2-1. It seems big odds against the sequence being continued and Everton winning by the odd goal of three next Saturday, at Highbury, but the Gunners will be more concerned about their Cup semi-final a week later, and I shall not be surprised to find Everton at least holding their own. The Everton players are going to have a real seaside outing in view of Saturday's game. The team will journey to Brighton on Wednesday and will stay there until Saturday morning. I hope it will be a case of “Brighton is so Bracing.” The last time Everton went to Brighton they were beaten 5-2 by Brighton and Hove in a Cup-tie.
Followers of Everton will be interested to learn that George Caddick, who was on the Goodison club's books a season or two ago, is showing fine form for Barnsley, and accomplished the feat of holding up Camsell, the record scorer of the season.
LIVERPOOL CUP REPLAY
March 17, 1927. The Daily Courier
Reds Beat Everton by Odd Goal in Three
Everton 1; Liverpool 2
The replayed semi-final at Goodison Park produced a hard fought game, which Liverpool won by the odd goal in three, and now meet New Brighton at Anfield in the final. It was a penalty kick against Raitt for handling that enabled Liverpool to take an early lead –Done netting. Everton played good football, but were opposed by a strong defence, in which Done tackled and kicked strongly. The first half had almost run its course when Woodhouse equalised with a great shot. Liverpool did more of the attacking after the interval, and following good work by Walsh, Shone scored the winning goal three minutes from time. Everton were strong at half-back, where Brown was clever both in attack and defence. Woodhouse was the star forward. Riley was not overworked in the Liverpool goal, but made one splendid clearance in the second half. McMullan did well at half-back, but the front line was not balanced, Pither ad Walsh being best.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 LIVERPOOL RESERVES 2
March 17 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
LIVERPOOL SENIR CUP SEMI-FINAL REPLAY
Everton at home yesterday passed out of the Liverpool Senior Cup by two goals to one against their neighbours from Anfield. Liverpool scored early on and late on –first through a penalty kick for hands against Raitt, a simple but undoubted offence –Done taking the spot kick, and finally through Shone completing some good initiatory work by Walsh. Sandwiched between these goals came a point to Woodhouse before half-time. The game was a patchy affair but the good that was in it was good and attractive to the football eye. For instance, Bain and Brown, with Rooney, played a fine half back game, working the ball by ground passes upwards, or forming a triangle with their forwards. Unfortunately the especially good work of Bain and Brown came to little result, because the Everton forwards, although showing neatness in the first half failed to finish off their efforts with stinging drives against the clever Riley. Woodhouse's goal was a splendid one, and much of his close dribbling would have had result had his partner been able to loft a ball out of the way of Lucas, who covered the wee man from Luton with splendid judgement.
LUCAS AND DONE.
Then there was sound good full-back play by Lucas and Done, the latter showing that coming on appearance that is helpful to Liverpool's cause. At half-back Shears Pratt, and McMuallan made a rugged trio –best when intervening. In the forward line the difference was patent. Liverpool's lot got off the mark with the ball and made headway by the nearest route, and Davies was as a consequence, a bust man. All though, the extreme wing work was of a character that was not consistently good. Lightfoot needing a touch of zip ere his game could be termed capital, and Pither inclining to pull his centres outside the goal. Kendrick, of Everton, promises to be a dainty helper to Everton's forward cause. The refereing of Mr. White was of a sharp, sound order, and the teams unchanged from their overnight selection, were as follows : - Everton: - Davies, goal, Raitt and Hamilton, backs, Brown, Bain, and Rooney, half-backs, Moffatt, Woodhouse, Paterson, Wilkinson, Kendrick, forwards. Liverpool: - Riley, goal, Done, and Lucas, backs, Shears, Pratt and McMullan, half-backs, Lightfoot, Shone, Walsh, Sheppard, and Pitcher, forwards.
BLUES AT HIGHBURY
March 19, 1927. The Daily Courier.
Can Everton Do It?
Everton will spare no effort to gain the points at the expense of the Arsenal, but while their appear somewhat remote we must keep in mind the fact that the Arsenal are much more interested in the English Cup than In League results. The most interesting alteration is that Buchan will depose Brain from the leadership of the forwards. This move has been made possible by the acquisition of Tricker from Charlton, who comes in at inside-right, the transfer of whom has now been approved by the Football League. It is said that this deal has cost the Arsenal more than £3,000. Another change likely to cause comment is the passing over of Butler at centre-half for the lesser known Seddon. Harper displaces Lewis in goal, and Cope will resume at left-back in the place of Kennedy. Everton; Taylor; O'Donnell, Kelly; Hart, Virr; Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, Troup. Arsenal; Harper; Parker, Cope; Baker, Seddon, John; Hulme, Tricker, Buchan, Blyth and Hoar.
EVERTON'S TASK AT HIGHBURY.
March 19 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Merseyside enthusiast are mainly concerned with Everton's fight to retain their status in the premier division, and their game at Highbury today is of the utmost importance. A point or points here will I am sure, prove the turning of the long lane, and the players are out to do their utmost to gain the day. It has been difficult enough to gain victories at home but away points have been extremely scarce, and as a fact Everton have won but one away –at Leeds –while in all they have gained five points on foreign soul. I hope they will make it seven today. The players have had a couple of days at Brighton, and they should be in good trim. Buchan is to lead the Everton attack in place of Brain, while Tricker, the former amateur, who has just been secured from Charlton, plays inside right; Seddon fills the centre half berth instead of Butler, Cope also resumes. The teams are: - Everton Taylor; Cresswell, O'Donnell; Kelly, Hart Virr; Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, Troup. Arsenal: - Harper, Parker, Cope; Baker, Seddon, John, Hulme, Tricker, Buchan, Blyth, and Hoar.
EVERTON F.C. AFFAIRS.
March 19 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
ANOTHER MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS.
Everton Football Club shareholders held their second meeting at the Law Association rooms. Cook-Street, last night, to consider the position of the club. Mr. Charles Wright was in the chair. The hon. Secretary (Mr. Jones) read the letter sent to the club asking for an explanal on the club's position, and the reply of Mr. W. C. Cuff, who said the present was a time in which the club supporters and players should pull together to relieve the club's position. A shareholder asked “Why no mention of the shareholders” and the chairman added,” I think the directors are afraid to come before us.” Mr. R. Ledsom, Tranmere Rovers director, and shareholder of Everton, reiterated his remarks of previous meeting, that this was not the moment for dissent. He suggested the club should be congratulated upon their new signings, but that nothing should be done that would interfere with the peace of mind of the officials and ease of foot of the players.
THE TIME FOR ACTION.
The Chairman said they had to examine the board's credentials as to whether they had done the club justice. They had bought old experienced players to lift them up, and he though they should bring old, experienced, and former directors to help them out of their trouble. Now was the time for action. Mr. Petty suggested that they should form a shareholders committee. He had heard that shares had been sold recently at £3 12s 6d. Mr. Denaro pointed out that the club had gained seven points from the last five matches. He was satisfied the club had done what they should since the last meeting, and he was not desirous of cripping their efforts as this particular time. When Mr. Evans has suggested that Mr. Lake should go forward as a candidate, for the board, Mr. Lake said, “It is too early to talk of elections. I agree with Mr. Ledsom that this is not the time for Action.” It was a fact that when Everton went for new players the price went up automatically and he did not blame the directors for not paying folly prices. He suggested that the players were not to blame, but that at the beginning of the season, there were patent weaknesses. He though that the chairman was wrong when he suggested that the directors he helped to move off five years ago were to be put on the board again; if they were not good enough then they were not good enough now. A shareholder –The syndicate is the cause of Everton;s trouble. He suggested that Everton had paid £60,000 in six years for new players. A vice –Don't give them your prizes. Mr. Bradshaw –What we need is management; we need a manger, a professional man. This need has been felt since the war. Mr. Evans –think the chairman of the club was right when he asked us to stay our hands at the vital juncture. I recommend, however, that Mr. Lake, one of the finest judges of a good player, be put forward when there is a vacancy. We want men who can find players without going out with a blank cheque. Nevertheless, he, the speaker, realised that “we must be fair to those in office just now.”
Eventually a committee of five, with power to add to their number, was formed for the purpose of taking stock of the position, the names being –Messrs C. Wright, Petty, Alexander, Sacrimmager, and Denaro. Messrs. J. WILSON and Lake were withdrawn from the list on the implied belief that they would be standing as possible directors. A discussion followed as to whether the committee was sufficiently large. A shareholder suggested that a telegram should be sent to the club wishing them luck at Highbury, and it was then suggested the Press should convey that message to the players. The meeting closed with a vote of thanks to the chairman.
EVERTON SHOOCK THE ARSENAL WITH SURPRISED GOAL AND VASTLY IMPROVE THEIR LEAGUE POSITION
March 21, 1927. The Daily Courier.
A Great defence.
Buchan Scores, Weldon and Troup Reply.
Arsenal 1, Everton 2
The Everton players were cheered at the finish of their match with the Arsenal at Highbury. This was a tribute by the crowd in the hard fight put up by the Everton defenders. Everton's victory by the odd goal in three was a fair result and they had to exert themselves to the full to achieve it. All three goals came midway in the second half, and Everton's chances seemed far from bright when Buchan drew the backs on him and then passed to Hoar, Cresswell hesitated expecting Hoar to shoot, but the winger instead returned it to Buchan, who was unopposed and drove into the net with a fast rising shot. This reverse caused Everton to redouble their efforts, and their forwards played with such dash and determination that the Arsenal defence was unable to cope with them.
Both of the Everton goals were scored within a period of two minutes. A centre by Troup saw Weldon pounce on the ball and steer it into the net when Harper was out of goal. The Arsenal players appeared for “hands” but the referee, in ruling that there had been no infringement, had the support of the linesman. Then Kelly opened a path for Troup to dash forward and finished with a low shot that Haper saw roll just inside the goal as he tried to reach it with his foot. The goalless first half had been evenly contested, and it contained many thrills with football which was always interesting to watch. The Arsenal forwards showed the better finish to their movements the Everton players being erratic in their shooting. It was after the scoring of Everton's winning goal that the excitement came. Time after time the Arsenal looked like scoring. They applied relentless pressure right to the end, and the crowd was kept at a high pitch of excitement. The chief credit for Everton's victory lies with the defence. Taylor in goal, was in his best international orm. He stopped point blank shots from Hoar, Trickler, and Blyth, and on two occasions he fell full length to turn the ball against the post. He had much more work to do than Harper, and his masterly goalkeeping deservedly earned the applause of the crowd. O'Donnell at left back, was the best defender on the field. He was most reliable in his kicking, and he repeatedly got the better of Buchan when this player looked like scoring. Cresswell also put in a lot of good work, but injury caused him to be weak in some of his clearances. All three of the Everton halves worked hard, and Kelly was most effective with his accurately placed forward passes. Both Troup and Critchley were speedy and resourceful wingers, and Weldon was enterprising when near goal. Forshaw opened up the Everton attack. Dean never got into his stride. The Arsenal gave a well-balanced display, with Buchan, at centre, the best forward on the field. Their wingmen were speedy and tricky, and Tricker, their new inside right, created a favourable impression. The teams were;- Everton: - Taylor, goal, Cresswell and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart (captain), and Virr, backs, Millington, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, and Troup, forwards. Leeds United: - Potts, goal, Roberts, and Menzies; Edwards, Townsley, and Reed; half-backs, Turnbull, White, Jennings, Wainscott, Mitchell, forwards. Referee Mr. Baker.
• Arsenal 1 (Buchan); Everton 2 (Weldon, Troup)
• Aston Villa 4 (Cook, Stephenson, York (2); Birmingham 2 (Bond, Russell)
• Bolton 2 (Roberts (2); Tottenham 2 (A.W. Sanders, Dimmock)
• Burnley 2 (Hargreaves, McCluggage); West Brom 1 (Davies)
• Cardiff 2 (Ferguson, McLaughan); Bury 1 (Hughes)
• Derby 8 (Whitehose (4), Bedford (3), Gill; The Wednesday 0
• Leeds United 1 (Turnbull); Huddersfield 1 (Stephenson)
• Liverpool 2 (Chambers, Reid); Blackburn 2 (Mclean, Harper)
• Manchester United 0; West Ham 3 (Watson (2), Johnson)
• Newcastle 1 (Gallacher); Sunderland 0
• Sheffield United 0; Leicester 3 (Hine, Heathcock (2)
March 21, 1927. The Daily Courier
Everton had the best of the game against Burnley, but on the whole it was a dull match, with little for the spectators to enthuse over. That the Blues did not win outright was due to fine keeping by Dawson and bad luck when both White and Paterson hit the bar. The outstanding man of the game was Griffiths who was largely responsible for the ineffectiveness of the Burnley attack. Raitt also did well in defence, but Hamilton was inclined to be erratic at times. Paterson tried hard at centre forward but he did not have much luck with his shots. Result; Everton Res 0, Burnley Res 0.
ARSENAL 1 EVERTON 2 (Game 1219)
March 21 st 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
TROUP'S GOAL DECIDES.
TAYLOR'S GREAT GAME AT HIGHBURY.
By beating the Arsenal 2-1, at Highbury Everton moved a step towards safety. It is no small feat to win at Highbury eventhough many were of the belief that Arsenal were not concerning themselves with their League matches, but were concentrating upon winning the cup. Never was there a more mistaken idea. This was further proved by the Arsenal's strong work when they found themselves in arrears after they had scored first, and it was only due to the strong defensive play of Everton that the Lancashirians held on their winning goal. Buchan and his colleagues struggled hard to equalise, and their grimness in attack at that juncture was full proof that they were still interested in their position. They battered away at the Everton goal, and if human power and football ability could have brought them victory they would have won, but they failed because of Everton's defence. The character of several of Taylor's saves will live long in the memory of those who witnessed the game. He was undoubtedly at his best.
TAYLOR AND TROUP.
It could well be called the Taylor-Troup game, for while the goalkeeper saved goals Troup scored what was acknowledged to be one of the finest points ever seen on the ground. Troup hits a terrific drive on occasion, and when he left let loose a rocket shot Harper was late in his dive, and the ball flashed under his body and entered the net just inside the upright. Then came Taylor's great work. All manner of shots –long lobs, placed headers, corner kicks, and point-blank range shots –came to him but he was equal to them all. Two saves in particular deserve special mention. One from Hulme and one from Hoar. Both would have beaten most goalkeepers, but Taylor was inspired and to him must go the main honours of the game. Weldon's goal had to undergo an objection, before the referee decided that his handling of the ball prior to his shot was unintentional. It was a tense minute, for if the goal had been disallowed it might have curbed Everton's spirit. As it was it fired them on to greater things; and Troup's point settled the issue, and so rubbed out Buchan's goal –a presentation from Hoar –, which had a dampening effect upon the visiting spectators.
The game was brimful of incidents, and Everton's game caused some surprise to London enthusiasts, who did not expect such a lowly placed side to extend their favourites. Never have the Everton team played a more determined game. They fought out every inch of the ground, and battled against a pair of wingers who were always a source of danger when on the move. Strange to say O'Donnell was better than Cresswell on the day's play, for the latter seemed to take matters a trifle too coolly, and he let in Hoar on several occasions, but O'Donnell cut across finely. The half-backs were hard workers, and two superb tackles by Virr were outstanding. When he robbed Buchan the latter was well inside the penalty area and about to shoot. Kelly did well against Blyth and Hoar, while Hart in the centre, kept a careful eye on Buchan, Troup accomplished many clever things while Weldon, although seemingly a little slow linked up the line much better than he did against Leeds United.
DEAN OUT OF TOUCH.
Dean was out of touch with his game but he gave Harper one hot handful, even though he missed an easier chance earlier on. Forshaw was good because he made such good use of the ball, and he had hard luck with a header that was headed out by Cope. Critchley did better, but he is still wasteful with the ball, and is inclined to falter instead of moving upwards. Still, he was capable of getting the better of Cope who was none too sure, while Harper was not convincing. Parker was steady and the half-backs were a solid trio. Tricker did little and the best of the forwards were Hoar, Hulme, and Blyth. Teams: - Arsenal: - Harper, goal, Parker, and Cope, backs, Baler, Seddon, and John, half-backs, Hulme, Tricker, Buchan, Blyth, and Hoar, forwards. Everton: - Taylor, goal, Cresswell, and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart (captain), and Virr, half-backs, Critchley Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, and Troup, forwards. Referee AJ. Caseley.
EVERTON RESERVES 0 BURNLEY RESERVES 0
March 21 st 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 31)
A draw was perhaps a just reflex, but Everton might easily have won a game that on the general run, was disappointing because of the ability of the forwards to round off a number of attacks, while the combination was not too accurate. The woodwork saved Burnley on one occasion, and then a full back standing on the goal line headed out. The visitors' attack, particularly the inside trio, were not much in evidence, due to the fine destructive work of Griffiths, who excelled.
March 22 nd 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton second double victory of the season has given their supporters cause to hope that they will, after all escape relegation. It is realised on all sides that they still have a lot of spadework ahead, but the success at Highbury should prove a great tonic. It is rather curious that Leeds United and the Arsenal should have supplied Everton with their only sets of maximum points, and that the games should be in succession in each half of the season. On October 23 rd Everton defeated Leeds United 3-1 at Elland road, and on the following Saturday they defeated the Arsenal at Goodison Park. At this advanced stage of the season the sequence is repeated on successive Saturdays. It is only possible for Everton to achieve one more double –that is at the expense of Derby County –a feat that would prove invaluable. Everton defeated the County 3-2 at Goodison Park, and they are due to meet at the Baseball Ground on April 2 nd . Of the other six clubs still to be met the first game yielded but two points in all to Everton.
SHEFFIELD UNITED AT GOODISON.
March 23 rd 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton prospects of avoiding relegation are gradually assuming a more restate line and I have great faith in their ability to gain two more points on Saturday, when Sheffield United are the visitors. There is doubt that the victory at Highbury has provide the players with the tonic they greatly needed, and I expect they will tackle their remaining games with greater resolution. Sheffield United appears to have lost their form and certainly their displays in recent weeks have left a lot to be desired. They drew with Everton 3-3 at Bramell lane, but the Goodison team should do better the verdict. All the men being fit the Everton directors last evening decided to rely on the team which defeated the Arsenal namely; Taylor, Cresswell, O'Donnell, Kelly, Hart, Virr; Critchley, Forshaw, Dean Weldon, Troup.
TEDDY REGAN'S BENEFIT
March 24, 1927. The Daily Courier.
Everton and Wrexham in a Great Duel
Wrexham 2; Everton 2
This match played on Wrexham Racecourse last night was for the benefit of Teddy Regans, Wrexham's popular right half-back. It was an interesting game, and Everton were a goal up early on, Hodgkinson kicking through his own goal during a hot attack. Houghton added a second goal for the visitors from a penalty kick given against Lawrence. In the second half Wrexham played up strongly, and it was not long before Cecil Smith scored for then. The ball came nicely across from Rev Hywel Davies, and the Wrexham centre-forward promptly put the ball in the net. Twenty minutes later a centre by Longmuir enabled Smith to put the teams on a level footing. Play was really most exciting, especially in the second half, after Wrexham had drawn level.
WREXHAM 2 EVERTON RESERVES 2
March 24 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
EVERTON AND WREXHAM DIVIDE FOUR GOALS.
Owing to cold and cheerless weather, the attendance at Reagan's benefit on the Racecourse last evening was rather disappointing, only 1,400 being present and the receipts amounting to about £74. The game was quite interesting, without providing much excitement, and while the teams shared four goals equally, the important difference in the means of penetration left the moral balance on Wrexham's side. Wheras both the latter's goals were orthodox, Everton had taken the lead through Hodgkinson, the home centre half, putting into his own net, while not long afterwards Houghton converted a penalty kick given for hands against lawrence. After being two down at the change over Wrexham fully established their right to a draw. Both the home goals fell to Cecil Smith, the second point being a particularly clever one. Everton's football was more attractive than that of their opponents, who showed to better advantage in defence than in attack. The visitors' outside left Lewis, who hails from Ellemere Port proved to be a tireless forager. Teams : - Wrexham: - Robson, goal, A. Jones, and Lumberg, backs, Regan, Hodgkinson, Lawrence, and Longmuir, half-backs, Rogers, C. Smith, Rev H. Davies, and Lewis, forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Peacock, Griffiths, and Reid, half-backs, Millington, Easton, Paterson, Houghton and Lewis, forwards.
VITAL GAME AT EVERTON.
March 26 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Merseyside, enthusiast are mainly concerned with Everton's game against Sheffield United at Goodison Park. Everton are making a desperate effort to escape relegation and a victory today following the win at Highbury would take the club a long way towards safety. “Form” certainly points to an Everton win, for Sheffield United have done badly of late. Nevertheless they will fight hard, and Everton must be all out from the kick off to the final whistle. I anticipate a fine exposition and two points for the home club. Everton will be at full strength. The kick off is at 3-15, and the teams are: - Everton; Taylor Cresswell, O'Donnell; Kelly, Hart, Virr; Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, Troup. Sheffield United: - Alderson; Chandler, Birks; Cawthorne, King, Green; D. Mercer, AS Mercer, Johnson, Gillespie, and Tunstall.
EVERTON 2 SHEFFIELD UNITED 0 (Game 1220)
March 28 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
BRIGHT OUTLOOK FOR EVERTON.
TWO POINTS SECURED AT GOODISON PARK.
Everton victory over Sheffield United has placed them in a better position than they have occupied throughout the season, for those matches which Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion had in hand have been nullified and the outlook is certainly much brighter; but there must be no slackening off, for it only needs the slightest slip and all the good work will have been for nought. In recent weeks Everton have obtained seven points out of a possible ten, and a continuation of that form will carry them away from the relegation zone. Weldon scored in all his matches so far, though his general play has not reached expectations. He did not do much in this game, but he got his usual goal and that covered a multitude of sins. Still there were many faults all round though the heavy state of the turf made accuracy a difficult proposition even to the slikked artist. Gillespie, for instance, did many fine things, but he was not free from error, and this applied to all and sundry. To attempt to dribble was courting disaster.
Sheffield United were hardly two goals inferior to Everton, but as games are governed by goals, Everton were entitled to their victory, for they were more deadly in front of goal. Dean and his colleagues did not meet a defence nearly so good as that which opposed Johnson and company, and it was Taylor, Cresswell, and O'Donnell who made victory possible for they put the spoke in the United wheel right from the start. It took Everton 35 minutes to score, and the goal which gave them the lead was not an inspiring one, for Forshaw's shot was lacking in power, but was so far out of Alderson's reach that, although he succeeded in touching it he could not stay in progress. So the battle waged, and although Gillespie and Tunstall tried hard to get on equal terms, the interval arrived with Everton still holding their slender lead. Another half four hour had expired before that lead was augmented and the possible doubt about victory put out of everyone's mind. Critchley made a darting run and a clever centre which dean passed on to Weldon, who took a chance shot and found the ball shaving the inside of the upright before passing into the net.
O'DONNELL'S GOOD FORM.
Alderman is inclined to take risks, but his general play in this match was beyond reproach, and he made some remarkably fine saves, as did Taylor, who was once saved by O'Donnell when a goal seemed as certainty. The former Darlington defender is showing grand form, two tackles in particular standing out in bold relief. Cresswell had no peer as a classy and calculating back; while Hart defended, constructed and did a host of things which go to make the complete footballer. Kelly and Virr were able assistants. Dean was ever ready to dash, through the Sheffield defence, which could not hold him, and Forshaw planned and schemed and made some adroit passes while Critchley, although pitted against a stern half-back in Green, and sometimes appeared to lack ideas, did well. Weldon and Troup are getting acclimatised to each other, but Weldon was too often among the full backs to be a real helper in attack. He can shoot so well that he should be up with the forwards, where he would be of even greater advantage. Troup put some excellent balls into the goalmouth.
PAIR OF SCHEMERS.
Sheffield's left wing was Everton's greatest trouble, for Tunstall and Gillespie are a pair of schemers, Johnson was well held, and the two Mercers did not do any too well against O'Donnell. King was a splendid pivot, and Chandler took upon himself to watch Dean and while being successful in his mission at times, he was often harassed. He was better than Birks. Teams:- Everton:- Taylor, goal, Cresswell, and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart (captain), and Virr, half-backs, Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, and Troup, forwards. Sheffield United:- Alderson, goal, Chandler, and Birks, backs, Cawthorne, King and Green, half-backs, D. Mercer, A. Mercer, Johnson, Gillespie, and Tunstall, forwards.
EVERTON “A” 4 MARINE 3
March 28 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
LIVERPOOL COUNTY COMBINATION.
Marine suffered their first league defeat at Strawberry-lane. The ground, which was on the heavy side, rendered accurate footwork out of the question, but, under the circumstances, good football was produced, the honours going to the slightly better side. Everton lead at the interval 3-1. The second half was keenly contested, Marine enjoying a fair portion of the play-causing Hughes to save on many occasions, while the woodwork saved Marine's goal three times. Scorers; For Everton, Murray (2) Templeman (2), for Marine; Moneypenny (2), Clayton.
EVERTON MAINTAIN THEIR MATCH-WINNING WAY
March 28, 1927. The Daily Courier
Weldon Goal a Game
Everton Going Strong
Weldon's Goal a Game Habit Retained
Everton 2, Sheffield United, 0
We were quite satisfied with Everton against Sheffield United at Goodison Park. The darkest hour in their history is steadily receding. There is, on this form, a side here that should be equal to any in the League, and precious points should continue to be garnered. Admittedly United are a clever side; they have a dangerous forward line and a bonny winger in Tunstall. Even cool Cresswell realised that, but he did not let the Sheffield speed master rumble him. Yet Cresswell had to labour at times. The occasion, however, found the man, for O'Donnell came right into the limelight in quite a “big act.” O'Donnell, except for a first half miskick or two of the ball, which was about as sad and heavy as a plum pudding, was particularly sure of himself, and cut into the intentions of the ex-Bury brothers Mercer, |Arthur and David. No player could have worked harder than Dean. He was a regular firebrand in the centre, revelling when the ball came to him as he likes it off the ground, but his zealous determination was not regarded with goals, and it was time Dixie started getting them again. This good work was left to the new men, Forshaw and Weldon. Forshaw was not obstructive, but his methods are a pleasure to watch closely. There was power behind the shot that got his goal first half, but it was not neatly placed, and Alderson, who was not in his best form, though too foot-tied in the mud, gallantly tried to get to the ball.
The Scotsman had not been impressive –he required a trifle more speed –but a player who scores a goal in every game, as Weldon has done, is an asset to a club. Everton had ample strength in the middle line –a stalwart cut-and-come-again trio. For a Scot who has come into the English game, Kelly's speed is surprising and he has a mastery of the ball. Hart had the skill in the middle. Virr, too, had a way of taking the edge off the brothers. Mercer, making it easily for willing O'Donnell. Taylor was better than Alderson, and his display particularly one save from Tunstall indicated this is a real “come back.” - Everton; Taylor Cresswell, O'Donnell; Kelly, Hart, Virr; Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, Troup. Sheffield United: - Alderson; Chandler, Birks; Cawthorne, King, Green; D. Mercer, AS Mercer, Johnson, Gillespie, and Tunstall.
• Bury 3 (Hughes (2), Ball); Burnley 3 (Page, Bruton, Devine);
• Everton 2 (Forshaw, Weldon); Sheffield United 0
• Huddersfield 1 (Smith (W,.H.); Liverpool 0
• Leicester City 1 (Duncan); Derby 1 (Whitehouse)
• The Wednesday 2 (Trotter (2); Leeds 2 (Wainscoat (2)
• Tottenham 0; Aston Villa 1 (Cook)
• West Brom 4 (Byers, Davies, Carter, Short); Newcastle 2 (McDonald, Gallacher)
• West Ham 4 (Ruffell (2), Barrett, Earle); Bolton 4 (Vizard, Jack (2), Gibson)
ST FRANCIS XAVIERS 3 EVERTON 4
March 31 st 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
DEAN COULD NOT RESIST .
Dean, the Everton centre-forward, who is to lead the England attack against Scotland, at Hampton Park on Saturday, is so accustomed to having a “shot” at goal with his head that even when acting as referee yesterday he could not refrain from trying to head the ball into the net as it came across the goal. The occasion was the annual match between Everton and St. Francis Xavier's Colleage boys, at West Derby, when Dean, not being able to play in the game took the whistle and guided the team though an interesting exhibition match, played under stormy conditions. The boys always relish the honour of opposing Everton's star men, and no doubt they take full note of the lessons given by the expert footballers, who appeared to enjoy the novel match. Everton won by four goals to three; the scorers being Critchley, Irvine, Hart and Weldon, whilst Elliott (2) and Halton scored for the colleague. The players were afterwards entertained at the Colleague Hall. The following were the teams:- St Francis Xavier:- Walsh, goal, Huntington, and Murray, backs, Fletcher, McMahon, and McCowan, half-backs, McGlory, Halton, Elliott, Metcale and Ruston, forwards. Everton:- Davies, goal, Raitt and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart (captain) and Virr, half-backs, Critchley, Irvine, Forshaw, Weldon, and Troup, forwards.