YOUNG PLAYERS' CLAIMS TO INTERNATIONAL TRIALS
March 1 st 1930. Evening Express
HUNTER HART'S PLEA FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW BLOOD
ANFIELD GAME A CHANCE TO FIND FUTURE ENGLAND STAR'S.
MEN I WOULD CHOOSE FOR THE GAME.
By Hunter Hart, Everton's captain.
The deciding match of the season's international championship between England and Scotland to be played at Wembley in April, is somewhat overshadowed by the cup-ties just now, but this is just the time when the English selectors have a splendid opportunity of “spotting” young blood have tried out several new men in trial matches, they could easily go to greater lengths and play young players instead of testing whether men who have been tried and not found wanting are still good enough.
CHANCE FOR TESTS.
In particular do, I refer to the trial match at Anfield this month, when an England team will oppose the Rest. Here is an excellent opportunity to make the match a real experiement –a chance to sort out the young players, as apart from the men who have already proved beyond all doubt that they are up to international standard. There are dozens of men in the country who have had plenty of experience in representative football, and all followers of the game know that they can do. Consequently, it is useless making up trial teams of all such players. Far better would it be to introduce young men into, at least, one of the sides. The young players have created football sensations this season, and up and down the country there are youths, even in their teens, who are playing so well that they deserved a chance to get in. In my opinion it is more advantageous to give the youngsters an early introduction into representative football, even if they are not actually selected to participate in an international. The experience gained in their youth will stand them in great stead later on, when the trusted “old brigade” have passed out of the international section. It would be silly to play all young players in the Anfield trial, and I would not even suggest that the England side should include men who might not be selected for the want of experience, but in the Rest side I would certainly play young men with a seasoned and highly experienced man to lead them. Thus we would have a teal test of tried stalwarts, who have already carried the England –banner forward, and promising aspirants to that honour.
TRIAL WOULD DO GOOD.
It matters not whether these young players get caps this season, or next, but the fact remains that a taste of international football can do them nothing, but good, and there is always an odd-on chance of the selectors making a great discovery. Big match temperament goes a long way, for we have seen some of the greatest club players in the game failing when participati9ng in a representative match. This may be due to the fact that they were not given an early introduction to these encounters. I trust the selectors will adopt this suggestion for the coming match in Liverpool. England is particularly well off for goalkeepers and centre-halves I find, and there are dozens of men in these positions who could be trusted to make a success of the position. Men such as Hibbs (Birmingham), Brown (Sheffield Wednesday), and Hacking (Oldham) are well-known for their prowess in International games, but in this match there is a splendid chance of giving Turner (Huddersfield Town) a run with the England side. Here is one of the best goalkeepers in the land and a man who has youth on his side. For the other goal, there could be no better man than young Gibson, of Hull City, who gave such a galliant display against Manchester City in the Cup. Gibson has displaced such a fine player as Maddison in the Hull team, and any person who can do that is worthy of a trial in this match. Consideration of the full-back positions presents a more difficult problem but first choice for the right-back berth in the England side naturally falls on one of the finest defenders in the country. Smart, of Aston Villa. Here is a great footballer, absolutely intrepid; a good tackler and positional player, and one who uses the utmost discretion in kicking. Cooper, of Derby, who has done yeoman service before, is another who practically selects himself, and so for these positions I do not think the selectors could do better than take them for either side. If others are wanted might suggest Jimmy Jackson, of Liverpool, or Lowton of Wolverhampton Wanderers, who has no superior in the Second Division. No one could wish for better man than Blenkinsop, of Sheffield Wednesday, to fill the left back position. He is really an automatic choice. There are several claimants to the same position in the Rest team, including Hapgood, the promising Arsenal player, and Jack O'Donnell, of Everton, who, it will be remembered, was watched last season. O'Donnell is one of the most consistent players, and a great team man, and I think the time is opportune when he should be given his first chance. These pairs of backs would be ideal, and both good enough to oppose the clever Scottish forwards. There is a nice blend –two well tried campaigners on one hand and keen young men on the other, full of vitality and football ability. Both pairs would dove-tail admirably.
Edwards, of Leeds, is undoubtedly one of the finest wing halves England has ever seen, and walks into the England side without any opponent. There are three good men available for the same position in the Rest side, however, none of whom would prove a failure. I refer to Barrass (Manchester City), Strange (Sheffield Wednesday), and Fogg (Huddersfield Town). For choice I would take Strange, who resembles Arthur Grimsdell a deal, in that, besides being a fine defensive player, he often fills the role of a sixth forward. Well, he started as a forward. There are so many good pivots that one hesitates to pass over all but two; but everyone will agree that Hart of Leeds, has preformed so well in previous tests that he should again be chosen for the position in the England team. For this vital berth in the other side men such as Morrall (Birmingham), Davidson (Derby County), Messer (Reading), Leach (Sheffield Wednesday), Barratt (West Ham), Seddon (Bolton), and that splendid Third Division player, Maloney (Northampton Town), spring readily to mind; but from what I have seen this season I consider Morrall has won for himself the right to a place in the team. Tall, agile, and a brainy player, he has youth on his side, and, I am sure would prove a great success. Barrett, of Fulham has had his taste of representative football and did well. In these circumstances it would be wise to persevere with him and allow him to take his place in the England side, while the fine form of the lank Tate, of Aston Villa, makes his claim stronger than even such as Nuttall (Bolton). Green (Sheffield United), and Cadwell (West Ham).
England's best outside right is, to my mind Billy Butler, of the Wanderers, and here is the man I would choose for my England team. A young man is wanted for the Rest, and there can be no better than Brooks, of Derby, one of the best of Mr. Jobey's many discoveries. In the inside-right positions I would have two generals –men who can and will hold the self together and give the inspiration needed. What better men than David Jack, of the Arsenal, and Jimmy Seed of the Wednesday, for these exacting roles? They would do for the team what they are performing for their clubs. The leadership is another problem, but I suggest the selectors should give Joe Bradford (Birmingham) a further chance as leader of the England side, and Hampson, of Blackpool, who performed creditably in the Inter-League match at Goodison Park, merits another opportunity to prove he is one of the cleverest young centre-forwards in the land. It has been said that Walker, of the Villa, does not do well in internationals, but there is no better inside-left in the country, neither in experience of ability, and I would play him inside to Page, of Burnley, who is playing better than ever this season. What a wing for England!
On the Rest side, were I able to choose, I would give the left wing positions to two men still under 20, who have only come into first-class this season –one merely a matter of weeks. I refer to Bastin, of the Arsenal, and Cunliffe, of Blackburn Rovers. In these youths England has certain budding internationals, and it is best that they should have their baptism early. Bastin is playing on the wing for the Arsenal I know, but he is an inside men and graduated as such. I sincerely hope these players are given the chance of testing their strength against men such as Edwards and Smart. I consider that either of these teams would be capable of winning the crown for England, besides playing attractive football. I do not wish to presume or even act as adviser to the selectors, who are well able to discharge their duties, but I offer the appended teams as a matter of personal opinion, in the fond hope that some of the young players I have named will be seen in action at Anfield. England; Turner (Huddersfield); Smart (Aston Villa) and Blenkinsop (Sheffield WednesdaY; Edwards (Leeds United), Hart (Leeds United) and Barratt (Fulham); Butler (Bolton), Jack (Arsenal), Bradford (Birmingham), Walker (Aston Villa), and Page (Burnley). Rest; Gibson (Hull City); Cooper (Derby County) and O'Donnell (Everton); Strange (Sheffield Wednesday), Morrall (Birmingham) and Tate (Aston Villa); Crooks (Derby County), Seed (Sheffield Wednesday), Hampson (Blackpool), Bastin (Arsenal), and Cunliffe (Blackburn Rovers).
EVERTON FACE THE ROVERS.
March 1 st 1930. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Meresyside enthusiast are more directly concerned in Everton's efforts to escape relegation. Their victory at Middlesbrough has proved a great tonic to the players, and they will be all out today to increase the value of that victory by adding two points at the expense of BlackBurn Rovers. The Ewood Park side are always popular visitors, and at their best are a most aggressive side, and they will make a bold bid for the points. Everton's position, however, is such that the players are likely to make an extra effort, and they should secure victory. The team is the same as that which won at Middlesbrough. The kick-off is at 3-15, and the teams are; - Everton –Sagar; Williams, O'Donnell; Robson, Griffiths, White; Critchley, Martin, Dean, Rigsby, Stein. Blackburn Rovers; Crawford; Baxter, Jones; Imrie, Rankin, Rosecamp, Bruton, Pudderford, Bourton, McLean, and Cunliffe, forwards.
ALEC TROUP SIGNED FOR DUNDEE
March 1 st 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton last night transferred another Scottish International winger, Troup their outside-left to Dundee, and he will play for his new club against Hearts of Midlothian in the Scottish Cup-tie to-day. It will be recalled that Ritchie outside right, went to this club from Goodsion Park about a two weeks ago. Troup who was born at Forfar, stands 5ft 5ins and weights 10st 7lbs. The played for Dundee when the game was resumed after the war, and gained his first International cap against England at Sheffield when England won 5-4, after being down 4-2 at the interval. He was also capped against Wales and Ireland the following season, and them was secured by Everton. Since he has been with Everton he has made upwards of 240 appearances in league games, and when the Goodison Park side gained the league championship in the season 1927-28. Troup held an “ever present” record in the season 1925-26. He again played for the Scotland against England at Manchester when the former won the only goal of the match. So far this season Troup, appearances have been mainly with the central league side, for just prior to the opening of the campaign he underwent a minor operation, and stein the reserves outside left, came in to fill the vacancy, and did so with such success that he has held on to the position during the greater part of the season. Troup made his first appearance for Everton against Stoke City and he has been at Goodison Park for seven seasons. The negotiations between the clubs had proceeded all day yesterday, Troup has a men's outfitters business at Forfar. So it will be convenient for the little Scot to play for his old club at Dundee.
EVERTON 2 BLACKBURN ROVERS 2
March 3 rd 1930. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
SPIRITED PLAY AT GOODISON.
EVERTON SHARE WITH BLACKBURN ROVERS
A draw of two goals each was a fitting and to the game between and Blackburn Rovers. Any other verdict would hardly have been in keeping with the play. It was a hard, strenuous game, well contested by sides that played spirited and clever football. For the major portion of the first half it looked as through Everton had the measure of the their opponents. They scored first through Martin as two minutes and played with such sparkle and confidence that success seemed certain. Before the interval, however, Blackburn improved considerably, and an equalising goal came at 43 minutes. In the second half the balance was fairly even. There were times when the Rovers threatened to overrun the Everton side, but against this must be recorded the fact that Everton responded with surprising dash and skill, so much so that the Blackburn defenders several times only saved the goal by desperate measures. Everton's early form was as delightful surprise, and although they played well throughout, there was not quite the same certain touch about all their work late on. On the other hand, Blackburn were disappointing till they found their confidence, when they became a far more formidable proposition.
DEAN'S FINE GOAL.
After Bourton had equalised two minutes before the interval, Dean gave Everton the lead at 56 minutes, with a shot that reminded one of Dean at his best. He got the ball from a throw-in, and cleverly beating Jones, he drove in a shot that would have beaten any goalkeeper. In the next minute , however, Puddefoot scored for Blackburn. It was Cunliffe's smartness that made the goal possible, as when the outside man shot, Sagar only managed to push the ball out and Pudderfoot's job was easy. Then followed a strenuous struggle for the masterly, and if tempers were strained nothing serious happened. It was a great fight by sides evenly and cleverly matched. Sagar did a fair amount of good work, although once or twice he was not quite sound in his fielding of the ball. Both Williams and O'Donnell played with dash and sound confidence. They were particularly good in the first half, when they held the Blackburn forwards with a tenacious grip.
GRIFFITHS STANDS OUT.
Griffiths was the outstanding man in the middle line, excellent in both attack and defence. He almost won the game in the last minute when he sent a header against the crossbar. Robson found Cunliffe a difficult man to hold and was not always fast enough to keep the Blackburn winger in check. A good display came from Dean, whose deft touches were a source of trouble to the Blackburn backs, while Critchley and Stein were capital. Blackburn's best were Cunliffe, Puddefoot, Imrie, and Baxter. Teams; - Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams, and O'Donnell, backs, Robson, Griifiths, and White, half-backs; White, Critchley, Dean (captain), Rigby, and Stein, forwards. Blackburn Rovers; - Crawford, goal; Baxter, and Jones, backs; Imrie, Rankin, and Roscamp half-backs; Bruton, Puddefoot, Bourton, McLean, and Cunliffe, forwards.
MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 1
March 3 rd 1930. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (GAME 30)
Everton Reserves at Old Trafford participated in a game distinguished by excellent football. The scored does not represent the play. Everton were every bit as good as their opponents, but not quite so fortunate. In the first half Thomas rather luckily gave Manchester the lead, and Ramsden increased the advantage just before the interval. Everton certainly had their chances, but the only one accepted was Dunn, who scored from short range.
MARINE 4 EVERTON “A” 4
Liverpool county combination.
At Crosby. Both Hanson and Webster of Everton were unfortunate in dislocating an elbow during the closing stages. The visitors were the more polished side in the first half, and Marine rallied finely, in the second half. French (2), Hanson, and Dyke scored for Everton, Hodgson, Campbell, and Garvey (2, one penalty) netting for Marine.
EVERTON WANT JOHNSON
March 4 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton are said to be searching for an inside left, and turn their attention to Manchester again, a month ago according to our Manchester corespondent, they were keen on a player, who had been barracked at Maine-road, negotiations fell through and they have been resumed, and possibility that Johnson the international forward, may be signed in a few days, with no chance in the league, the club out of the cup tournament the City are inclined to have the view that they can now afford to part with Johnson. Everton also watched Jones of Arsenal, but they are inclined at this junction to Johnson.
TODAY'S MATCH AT EVERTON
March 5 th 1930. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Aston Villa are always popular visitors to Goodison Park, and I am sure there will be a great gathering today to see the rearrange League match between the teams. It came as a great surprise when the Villa were knocked out of the Cup, but they are still a good side. Everton's position is such that they should make the most of their remaining fixtures particularly at home, and I look for a victory today. Everton will have the team which did duty last week, kick-off is at 3-15 and the Everton team is –Sagar; Williams, O'Donnell; Robson, Griffiths, White; Critchley, Martin, Dean, Rigby, Stein.
EVERTON 3 ASTON VILLA 4
March 6 th 1930. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
EVERTON AGAIN FAIL
ASTON VILLA DESERVE THE POINTS
Nothing will go right with Everton at home. The goalposts fell down four minutes before the start of their vital game with Aston Villa, which Everton lost (4-3), and Griffiths was a doubtful starter until the last moment and then probably played when he might (or should) have been rested. When he scored a goal in two minutes one felt that here was the spirit of the Everton side, which had done such big work the previous Saturday against Blackburn. But be degree the Villa, with their weakened side (Walker and Smart were away), not only got up to their opponents, but thrashed them by very sound and secure football. The half-back line of the winning side stood out boldly as fine tacklers and very exceptional headers and use of the ball.
KEEPING THE BALL DOWN.
They did not balloon the ball, they moved it upward. The Everton wing half-backs did not have a good first half yet White (in particular) and Robson (in a smaller fashion) came to their best in the second half, what time Griffiths began to tire after a lusty and successful (indeed outstanding) first half exhibition. The Villa were clever in every department save goal, and there Biddlestone, of Walsall, had to easy a passage that he was not extended. The reason he was not tested to the full was because in addition to three six-feet high half-back, Villa fielded two little men at full-back, both of a similar character of game and appearance of body. Mort and Bowen were admirable, sure-footed, practical defenders who got the ball away instantly, where the home defenders desired to bring the ball to earth and then, perchance to manceurve it before they elected to kick clear.
TWO GOALS FROM FREE KICKS.
O'Donnell is built this way, but Williams, his partner was a fine rugged mover of the ball, and a relentless tackler. Each back gave away a free kick which led to a goal, and each of these goals came to Houghton, the eighteen year old Villa winger on the left, who takes free kicks with his right foot. But Houghton while clever and a goal-getter, was no more dangerous than the rest. Beresford and Brown needed a lot of catching, and there was system and sense running through the whole Villa ranks where there was effort and excitement and yet unnecessary dragging of a pass on the Everton side. It could not be said Everton were out of luck. They had their chances. They had a lead in two minutes; they had a 2-2 score at half-time, when they had been very sorely tried by a smart side, who complained that Dean's equaliser of Brown's goal (after Houghton had opened the side's account) was quite an offside point. Stein had taken a pass from the scheming Martin rather awkwardly, but the ball had spun its way to goal and over the line. Thus at fifty-second minute Everton were leading 3-2, and the thought of a spray and necessary home victory came to the mind of the 24,000 spectators. But at the seventieth minute Everton suffered one of their relapses. Waring got a fine goal to delight his Tranmere supporters, and Houghton, with a further free kick turned the game to 4-3 for the visiting side.
A JUST VERDICT.
It was a just verdict, Sagar had a great deal of heavy work, and he was crowded out by his own side when the free kicks were being taken. He had “lost” the ball once or twice, yet had kept a good goal in the circumstances. It was all to-no use. Villa won after being out of the lead twice, and Everton's position became more than exasperating through this further lapse. They were beaten by a better side, a clever side, a sharper side with ideals, and an eleven that at times brought out passing movements the like of which Corinthians and the old Villa side used to serve up to the public. Mr. John Devey, the former Villa captain, looked on and smiled when he saw the whole five of the Villa forwards combine without moving the ball off the turf, and without an Everton player touching it in the matter of intervention. The Villa still stands for standard play and class football.
A MIXED MEDLEY.
Everton stand for a mixed medley of varieties; much of the game showed up well; there was no lasting power about the eleven; they got into troubles needlessly; there were times when a pass could be made; it was not made; rather was it a means for them to dribble in or out, and finally get crowded out. Martin was very clever if a shade slow in the second half. Critchley had his moderate moments, but he did a great deal of good. Dean was faced by a man who could head the ball as well as he could –which used to be saying much; and the left wing was only moderately successful. After the game came the signing of Johnson, who becomes inside left for the game with Newcastle on Saturday –a very vital game, one might remark, but height all Everton games are vital from now onwards, and the only hope lies in the fact that the side plays much more consistently and well away from home than at home. May that good phrase go on. Teams. Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and O'Donnell, backs; Robson, Griffiths, and White, half-backs; Critchley, Martin Dean (captain), Rigby and Stein forwards. Aston Villa; - Biddlestone, goal; Bowen and Mort, backs; Gibson, Talbot and Tate, half-backs; York, Beresford, Waring, Brown, and Houghton.
EVERTON'S FIFTH HOME DEFEAT.
By John Peel
What will happen to Everton? After the match yesterday I heard one of their supporters say, “Well if they can't play better than that they ought to go into the Second Division.” Truth to tell they were deservedly beaten by a better side but Aston Villa on yesterday's form would have mastered better sides than Everton. The dominating feature to my mind was the effortless but skilful work of the three tall half-backs, coupled with the ability of young Houghton to make full use of free kicks just outside the penalty line. The Villa as a side, were more certain in their movements than Everton and I thought Waring played a cool, calculating game. He has improved in the finer points of the play and some of the touches yesterday were very neat indeed, even though he did not make the most of at least one excellent chance. It was Everton's fifth home defeat.
EVERTON SIGNED TOMMY JOHNSON
March 6 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Important football transfer were completed last night, when Everton secured T. Johnson the Manchester City inside left. That Johnson would join the Everton was forecast in the ‘'Daily Post'' on Tuesday and the arrangements have been brought to a successful issue. Johnson will assist his new club on Saturday. Everton have eyes on this player for sometime, and previous efforts to secure him were not successful. A one time it was reported that Johnson did not please the Manchester City spectators, and he has been subject to barracking, but that he is a good player, is demonstrated by the fact that he this season played for England against Wales, and is to participate in the international trial match at Anfield next week. In the critical stage of Everton's career it is expected that the new player will add much needed strengthen to the attack, and though the fee is not stated, Everton undoubtedly will have paid a high fee for his service. Johnson has played all his senior football with Manchester City, and it is recounted that last season, he scored five goals against Everton in the league match. A Dalton-in-Furness man, he played for Dalton Athletic and Dalton Casuals before joining Manchester City in February 1919. As a youth of seventeen. He developed rapidly and has played with distraction in the three inside forward positions. As a youth he won many sprints. His nature judgement, skill and experience should prove of immense worth in the critical days ahead. A fine positional player, he has a good shot, and his shrewd judgement and placing are excellent. He stands 5ft 9 and half inches and weights 11 st 11lbs. Manchester City are well endowed with inside forwards, and no doubt Johnson realises that a change will be of benefit to him.
Everton Sign Another International.
Friday, march 7, 1930 Western Daily Press
Following their capture of Johnson from Manchester City, Everton have obtained the transfer of McCambridge, the Irish International inside-left, from Ballymena. McCambridge has twice played for his country, against Wales and Scotland this season, and was watched last week-end representatives of Everton, Liverpool, and Bradford City. He will play for ‘Everton Reserves against Stockport on Saturday. The fee paid by Everton is said to be th.3 highest ever received by the Ballymena club-
W.G. McCAMBRIDGE SIGN BY EVERTON
March 7 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Following their capture from Manchester City, the Everton have obtained the transfer of WG McCambridge, the Irish International inside left from Ballymena. McCambridge has twice played for his county against Wales, and Scotland this season, and was watched by several clubs including Everton, when he stood out in the Irish side against Scotland. Last weekend, representatives of Everton, Liverpool and Bradford City, journeyed across the Irish channel to see him play. He will assist Everton Reserves against Stockport County tomorrow. The fee paid is said to be the highest ever received by the Ballymena club- twenty-two-years-of –age, he stands 5ft 9 and a half inches, and weights 11 and half stone. If McCambridge turns out- anything like as good as previous Irish players signed by Everton, notably W Scott, Val Harris and Lacey, them the club will have every reason to be satisfied.
EVERTON SIGN ANOTHER INTERNATIONAL
March 7, 1930. Western Daily Press
Following their capture of Johnson, from Manchester City, Everton have obtained the transfer of McCambridge, the Irish international inside left, from Ballymena. McCambridge has twice play for his Country, against Wales, and Scotland this season, and was watched last week-end by representatives of Everton, Liverpool and Bradford City. He will play for Everton Reserves against Stockport on Saturday. The fee paid by Everton is said to be the highest ever received by the Ballymena club.
EVERTON'S VITAL MATCH
March 8 th 1930. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
How will Everton fare at Nerwcastle? It is a vital match, the result of which may mean relegation for the losers, Everton directors and players realise the importance of the game, and the men engaged can be depended on to put in all they know to bring about the desired result. Newcastle had a hard cup-tie on Thursday, while Everton played ion Wednesday, but I have no doubt that the players will turn out fresh and eager. Newcastle have not been playing well at all in the League, though up to the last match they did well in the cup. Much depends on how Griffiths Everton's best half-back, fares against Gallacher, the match winner. The little man is always likely to win a game off his own bat, so to speak, and he will need a special watch today. Everton ought to be strengthened by the inclusion of Johnson, and with Rigby as his partner the left wing may prove a source of strength. A victory to Everton would relieve the tension. With Newcastle at the bottom of the table they are in sore straits, and with two desperate teams in action, the issue seems to be very open indeed. A draw would not be surprising. Everton; - Sagar; Williams, O'Donnell; Robson, Griffiths, White; Critchley, Martin, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Newcastle United; - McInroy; Richardson, Maitland; Mattieson, Harris, Weaver; Boyd, Devine, Gallacher, McDonald, Scott .
NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 EVERTON 0
March 10 th 1930. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
EVERTON'S SECOND LAPSE.
NEWCASTLE A BAD SIDE, BUT GAIN FULL POINTS.
The game at St. James's Park, Newcastle was of the utmost import. It went the way of Newcastle by a goal to none –a brilliant goal after twenty minutes, a goal that only a Gallacher could obtained a goal that carried a golden ring and effect. This was a relegation meeting; two of the oldest and most reowned sides met and among the 40,000 spectators there were heard expressions of regret that either side should look like “going down.” The defeat was hailed with joy by the officials of the home club, but they, as all who looked on recognised that the better side lost and that Newcastle cannot expect such tenderous at future teams when other sides than Everton. Everton had the foot of Newcastle. It availed them nothing because the forward line would not take an easy chance.
I do not exaggerate when I say that in this bad game between two admirably weak sides, Everton provided all the football craft save the splashes of genius brought forward by the irrepressible Gallacher. Had he been the Everton centre instead of the slow-moving Dean the victory to the Everton side would have been by a handsome margin. Naturally both elevens felt the urge of the occasion and also felt the fear of the occasion; they could not do themselves justice, it was said, Veitch the old Newcastle captain excused them on that score, yet he put on record the fact that Everton were the cleverer and better side and were worthy a draw at least. I disagree, Everton's game was that curious mixture which never promises a goal. Take away three drives by Martin, hit or miss type of try-on-shots, and the team promised nothing in the way of work for the goalkeeper. They wanted to move the ball before shooting it –it has become a fetish with them all; even the half-backs are developing that way; it is not a question of drawing the opposition before parting with the ball; they draw a defender and then desire to get the ball tipped and tapped through others that may come on.
POINTS LOST BY SINGLE GOAL.
By this route they get crowded out. Half-backs lose the ball after having worked hard to get it in their possession and forwards lose a shot-chance through being covered up. That is the secret of this good play with no goal. In the past week the Everton club had lost four points, each game by a goal, and each time has had the chance to take a share. At Newcastle their chances was truly great because the home side had six changes from their beaten cup side, and the way the defence played (goalkeeper excepted of course, because he had no cause to bestir himself) was sufficient to encourage the forwards to take their toll. Maitland and Harris were not in the same class as their Everton rivals yet, their gross mistake cost them nothing. Everton brought in their capture from Manchester City. Johnson is a nimble footballer, with a strong shot. His efforts on Saturday swung up and over, but he offered some priceless passed to Rigby and Dean.
A GREAT WING.
Dean did not except them, and was yards short and beaten a head in jumping to a ball that was centred. Rigby and Johnson in the second half paired off beautifully, and are plainly going to be a great wing. They made Everton's last half-hour attacks so that Everton had the first twenty minutes to themselves and the whole of the last half-hour on attack, yet McInroy was never seriously bothered, save by the straight drive from Martin. I am putting the teams in their proper category when I say that Newcastle were so bad they should not have won; Gallacher, the master mind, shot a goal to win the game, and crowned on two more efforts of a similar character in two seconds. Sagar saved one, the other went overboard. So did the Newcastle side, which was without worth in a commentary sense. No one in defence, for instance, did so well as Williams, the extremely dour Everton backs O'Donnell got into scrapes and go himself out of them, and once nearly put the ball into his own net. At half-back Griffiths was fair without being his true self, and White and Robson were below par; Robson is tired through the stress of the campaign. Put in a nutshell, if one say's Newcastle were a bad side, yet beat Everton, what does that make of Everton? The answer is correct, yet the eleven is still not doomed to relegation –plans are afoot and players are being “named.”
The big need at the moment is for a changed centre forward and wing half-backs, plus two new men who shall forget all about Everton's trouble and play a normal and practical game. The present side seems frightened to take a chance anywhere near goal –and they cannot get going if they do no shoot. Teams; - Newcastle United; - McInroy, goal; Richardson, and Maitland, backs; Mathieson, Harris, and Weaver, half-backs; Boyd, Devine, Gallacher, McDonald, and Scott, forwards. Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams, and O'Donnell, backs; Robson, Griffiths, and White, half-backs; Critchley, Martin, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Rigby, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 STOCKPORT COUNTY RESERVES 3
March 10 th 1930. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 31)
Everton were a trifle unfortunate in losing both points for although in the initial half the county were the more trustful attackers, the second half found the home forwards battling strongly against a defence that was rallied vigorous in their tactics. Everton at least should have had a penalty and the sound work of McCann in goal prevented a later on equaliser. The home side had Routledge from the North-East on trial in goal, and although his early work unfortunately lacked confidence and enabled Stockport to score a couple of easy goals, he afterwards did fairly well. McCambridge, the latest acquisition at centre-forward tried desperately hard to score and showed good ideals, but Everton generally were not convincing. Everest took advantage of a defensive lapse to open the County's score. Weldon equalised, and then Routledge was very much at fault in failing to stop a long-distance shot of no power from Kyle. Brown increased Stockport's lead in the second half, and Wilkinson took a pass from McPherson to score Everton's second. After this the losers crowned on tremendous pressure but it was of no use.
JOHN PETER O'DOWD NOT SIGNED
March 11 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
I understand that Everton have been in negotiations for John Peter O'Dowd, Blackburn Rovers Reserves centre-half, but Burnley secured the player's transfer last evening.
PEN-NIBS IN A SPLUTTER ABOUT EVERTON'S PLIGHT
March 12 th 1930. The Liverpool Echo.
I can do no less than gave today a means that selection from the flood of letters about Everton.
Eric Linton, of Wallasey says; - I beg to submit the following team, which I think would lift Everton out of the danger zone; Sagar; Cresswell, Williams; Griffiths, Hart, O'Donnell; Martin, McPherson, Dean Johnson, Rigby. The weak spots at present are at left back, outside right, and half-backs. Cresswell and Hart are too good to be left out of the team at this trying period, and if McPherson can reproduce the form he showed on Saturday at inside right for the reserves, he will strengthened the line provided the crowd will give him a fair trial and be patient. A little less barracking and a few more cheers would help. This is where the Anfield supporters are supreme –they do cheer their team to victory. Now then, Everton supporters, do your bit. Up, Everton!
“Southport” writes Dear MacBee, I read your interesting achicles on football. I have come to the conclusion that you are Scotch; if not, you have “slepped” with one. I think you have Gallacher on the brain, your comments on the Newcastle match are laughable –Gallacher and ten others. The Scotch influence is ruining Liverpool football. As most of the Macs are returning to Scotland, let us have an all-England team for a change
Answer – I have read half a dozen reports and each said the same thing. Gallacher alone won the game. The rest were ten a penny. Call me what you like; if we in this city could have Gallacher on our side, we would be very content.
SEE HOW THEIR TURN
The day of miracles is not past. At last –at long last –has our leading sporting scribe seen –or shall we say admitted he has seen? Everton's weakness –a weakness apparent for nearly two seasons –centres. Oh, the folly of seeking a team to suit one man's particular style, when the common sense policy would have been to search for a centre to link up with the talented man on Everton's books. And please, Mr. “Bee” accept heartless congratulations on the Newcastle report. There we have the fearless critic, honest in criticism and honest in praise, thereby offending no right –thinking person. Why leave it so late.
CALL ACROSS THE PARK
Last time Everton were in danger of Division 2 they were across the Park, and secured an inside right, who paved the way for Dixie to score the goals that saved them. I refer to Forshaw. Now why don't they try Liverpool for the transfer of Hodgson or Clarke? I am surmising Liverpool would be prepared to part. Either pass this tip on or publish it.
B.B.A 6 says.
Amid all the alarmist talk of Everton's imminent downfall little or nothing is heard of praise for the men of Goodison Park, who week in and week out give of their best in the best interests of sport. These men must get “fed up” now and than, with every closed thing in the universe, even as you and I do and very few of us can lay our hands on our hearts and say that we shall give a superlative “show” in our particular professions, in fact, the “dud” are usually the first to grouse. Carry on Everton doing your best, no man and no team can do more; you have the good wishes of all lovers of good sport everywhere. Remember Sheffield Wednesday! No team has lost until it thinks it has –there is a long way to go yet. Good luck to you.
“ Custard” writes.
The position of Everton is no doubt serious. There is still a good fighting chance to escape the Second Division. Two wing halves are required; also Johnson placed in the centre. My opinion is that the goods are on the books, but badly managed. Too many visits to Scotland, which have proved a failure, have been made. It is not necessary to secure players with cape these days; it is lads who can find the net.
A “Member” writes; -
I have read your reports and notes on the Newcastle match, and it was one of the few away matches I have missed. I cannot of course argue against your report, but why the attack on Dean? I admit he has lost much of his old form, but in my opinion he is coming back, and in any case he does pass to his wings and holds the line together. No, sir, dean is not responsible for Everton plight, and the forwards have scored sufficient goals to win at least eight of the matches lost or drawn. The defence is entirely to blame, and when you say, in referring to Robson. “He is sure to come back,” I must differ with you. I am confident the wing half-backs have been Everton's weakness, plus the goalkeeper, and occasionally a back. Then, again, why drops a goal-scoring wingman –I refer to Stein –and retain Critchley? I suggest that Stein is one of the most dangerous forwards Everton has. He is a two-footed kicker and knows where the goal is when a shot is needed. Now, “Bee” let us be fair. You have not seen many Everton matches this season, but I have, and I state definitely, and with every confidence that with two good wing halves, and Stein at outside-right, Everton will finish in a very respectable position in the League. So, I have not seen many Everton matches? I don't seem to have seen Liverpool F.C, for three months.
GRIFFITHS AS CENTRE.
“W.G.L.” writes; -
We are now witnessing the disgusting annual scramble for points by Everton, and probably this time a well-merited descent into Division 2. One of the reasons appears to me to be the direct result of the club's declared policy of providing the football spectators with real scientific football, regardless apparently, of points or goals. Possibly they have achieved this and received the plaudits of crowds and of that part of the country's Press, which does not matter a toss of a button to me or any other Everton superior. It was stated by the club and others a short time ago that they had the talent. Talent represented by transfers fee paid –yes; but in football ability the statement was ludicrous. After the first match or two the club's need should have been obvious to these in control they were certainly obvious to many supporters I believe the club's only hope now is to play Hunter Hart centre half, or buy Elkes or Jack Hill before Saturday and play Griffiths centre-forward.
EVERTON SIGN THOMSON
March 13 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton have made a signing which to my mind, will partly solve the half-back, problem, for Thomson of Dundee I understand is a really class half-back whose made of play is the right one. He keeps the ball on the floor, when at will possible and Everton should be strengthened by his inclusions to the team. The Goodison Park Club have had their eye on him for some time, and it was expected that so soon as Dundee lost interest in the Scottish cup, Thomson would sign for Everton. Whether the right half-back McNab will follow his colleague to Goodison remains to be seen. Thomson is twenty-three years-of-age and as he stands 5ft 11ins and weights 11 and a half stone. Is admirably built for the position and if he lives up to his reputation he is likely to prove a great asset. He has played all his football with Dundee, and is regarded as one of the best half-backs in Scotland. He will be tested to the full in Everton's remaining games and he may expect a strenuous time during the next few weeks.
JOHNSON'S SCORED FOR THE REST
March 13 th 1930. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Johnson scored for the Rest who had beat England by 6-1 at Anfield. Johnson scored for the Rest at 50 minute in front of 15,000.
HUNTER HART UPHOLDS STANDARD OF REFEREEING
March 15 th 1930. The Evening Express
LEAGUE OFFICALS DISCHARGE
THEIR DUTIES WITH ABILITY
SCOUTS SHOULD BE APPOINTED TO WATCH ASPIRANTS TO HIGHER CIRCLE
MR. E. WOODS SKILL AS CONTROLLER
By Hunter Hart, Everton's captain
Practically every other person interested in football is endeavouring to find some remedy for improving the standard of refereeing at the moment, the chief content being that present day officials are, speaking generally, hardly efficient enough. Personally, I do not think there is the slightest foundation for any grumble in regard to the “knights of the whistle,” and with a tolerant browd, and equally tolerant player, we should find that the officials on the Football League list know their duties, and discharge them to the best of their ability. To be a referee in the highest circle of football is no sinecure, and instead of spectators, and often players, doing their best to assist the official to control the game properly, they many times seem to go out of their way to upset them.
The three essentials to a good referee are absolute fitness, a complete knowledge of the laws of the game, and most important of all, the ability to apply those laws in a tactic yet firm manner. There must be thousands of people who know the rules backwards, and yet would be complete failures were they given the job of taking the match. These people invariably take to themselves the role of critic of the man in charge of a game, but they would not be so quick with their remarks were they called on to actually referee. Study of the laws will make you a good referee in theory, but it is not so simple to become practical. If players and spectators would observe the golden rule of accepting the rulings of the officials without demure, then we should quickly find that the Football League referees are as expert as anyone could wish. Mark you, I do not say the officials are infalliable, or that I have not had cause, as a player, to take exception to the manner in which some have controlled matches, but in the majority of cases the men will do their duty well and fairly if given a proper chances. On Saturday last I witnessed what was almost an ideal exhibition of refereeing by Mr. E. Wood, of Sheffield, who had charge of Everton-Newcastle United match. In such an encounter, with both teams, fighting for their existence, one would have expected a few fouls, and perhaps, a little rough play, but so admirably did Mr. Wood handle the battle that there was hardly any foul play –I mean intentional foul play –and the match was contested in a splendid spirit by both teams. Mr. Wood undoubtedly gave players to understand, right at the beginning, that he was the person who mattered, and every man bowed to his rulings a thoroughly sporting manner. It required no dogmatism on his part to bring this about, in fact, he turned down an unjustified appeal with a ready smile which the players and crowd appreciated. Another thing in favour of Mr. Wood was that he was one who could appreciate the honest, old-fashioned shoulder charge, and I say old-fashioned because, though still permitted, there are officials who will not appreciate it. Richardson, the United back, used his shoulders strongly, but fairly, and in the referee he rightly found a person who approved of these measures. So did everybody else. The secret of Mr. Wood's success was that he was stern enough at the outset to show the players and watches that he was the person who counted, and so no one would dare take liberty with him. This trait in a referee counts for more than anything else, but examination will not instill it into any aspiring referee.
PROMOTION BY MERIT.
I agree that the only way to secure referees to take the junior matches is to invite applications and subject the men to an examination and, perhaps, a test match, but the process of promotion should be governed strictly by match control, and not by the mere interetation of such and such a rule. Every official's goal is to get on the Football league list via the linesmen's list, and the powers that be act chiefly on the recommendations of the clubs. This system could be improved on with untold benefit to the game. When clubs are desirous of getting new players they do not act on the advice of a scout alone, but immediately go out to watch the player, though he may not know it. The department in charge of the referees should do the same. If information is received that Mr. So and So is a likely and capable referee, it would be far better for the Football League to send on “scouts” to watch him controlling a match. It is match control, which counts in a referee. To watch a man for two or three games might be the means of saying untold worry later on, if the man in the lightest sphere should fail to live up to his former promise. A man might referee in a splendid manner in one match, because it is one of those “easy” games, but the next week get hopelessly “lost.” The men who do get “lost” are not wanted on the League list. In Scotland, investigators are employed to watch referees about whom complaints have been made, and they report accordingly, but England could go a step further and appointed officials to spot likely referees among the higher grade junior matches. If this were done I have not the slightest doubt that the standard of refereeing in this country would be even better than it is at the moment. Discreet selection in the first essential to a reliable list of referees, and if the Football league, and the Football Association also for that matter, adopted some scheme similar to that I have outlined, we shall get fewer grumbling from clubs, spectators, and players.
WILL EVERTON ESCAPE RELEGATION
March 15 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
On Merseyside the general topic, when the question of football crops up centres round the plight of Everton will their escape? The position is desperate but I fancy they will clear the danger in the end. To-day's game with west ham united must be won, however, and the players are likely to make a great effort to achieve their object the inclusion of Thomson the new half-back from Dundee ought to bring about an improvement for the wing half-back, have not been up to the required standard. Stein at outside right is an experiment, which may prove successful but the man he displace Critchley has by no means been the worst forward in recent games.
Everton; Sagar; Williams, O'Donnell; White, Griffiths, Thomson; Stein, Martin, Dean, Johnson, Rigby. West Ham; - Dixon; Earl, Cox; Collins, Barrett, Cadwell; Yews, Earle, Watson, Norris, Ruffell.
EVERTON 1 WEST HAM UNITED 2
March 17 th 1930. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
MORE POINTS DROPPED
EVERTON PLAY WELL BUT WEST HAM PREVAIL
THOMSON'S SUCCESSFUL DEBUT
Everton played well enough to win most games but lost to West Ham by the odd goal in three. From an Everton viewpoint it was a most disappointing result and places the side in a still more uncertain position. On three occasions before West Ham opened the scoring Everton had changes, and failure as in this case generally proves costly. Twice Dean got through and at his best would have scored with ease, while Johnson dribbled just long enough to ruin another good chance. There is little consolation in the fact that Everton played hard in the second half when the London side had to put in a vast amount of difficult work. In this period Everton reduced West Ham's two goals lead, and although they continued to have most of the play they could not again break through. In the first half the Londoners had their confidence strengthened by two capital goals by Watson, and generally provided the better football. Afterwards Everton seemed to realise their deficiencies, and so far as honest effort went there could be little complaint, but the ability to force home their advantages was lacking.
DELAYED GOAL KICK.
Apparently West ham were satisfied to hold on to their 2-1 lead, and Dixon, the goalkeeper was spoken to by the referee for needlessly delaying the taking of goalkicks of which there was an unusual number –further evidence of Everton's vigorous and persistent attack, play was of a fairly high standard, with West ham more definite and purposeful in attack, and in this section lay the main difference between the sides. Watson scored at thirty-two minutes and again at forty-one minutes. He first came when he headed through a fine goal from Yews centre, while his second was the result of a brilliant drive. Two minutes after the interval Stein scored for Everton. Thomson sent the ball across and Martin headed in, but Dixon pushed it away and Stein managed just to squeeze the ball between the goalkeeper and the upright. Two incidents in the first half cancelled out as when Thomson kicked off the Everton goalline and when Rigby sent a great drive against the West ham crossbar.
DEAN A WEAKNESS.
It could not be overlooked that Dean was a weakness to the Everton attack. He was often a yard too slow in attempting to snap up chances, while his distribution was often faulty. By comparison Watson was a much more dangerous leader, clever with the ball and quick to respond to passes from the wings. Rigby and Johnson paired well but Martin rather spoiled his work by holding the ball too long –a policy the did not pay on the heavy ground. Stein did many good things and was quite as effective as on the left wing. Thomson made a successful initial appearance and added strength to the middle line. He was particularly effective is dribbling and delivering his pass at the most opportune moment. In attack he did excellent work, his good shooting being another point in his favour. Griffiths left the field ten minutes before the end with a cut over the left eye sustained in collision with Barrett and Everton finished with ten players. Sagar put in some smart clearances and Williams was a sounder back than O'Donnell, although both did well. The best on the West ham side were Watson Earle, Collins, Cox and Yews. Teams; - Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and O'Donnell, backs; White Griffiths and Thomson, half-backs; Stein, Martin, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Rigby, forwards. West Ham United; - Dixon, goal; Earl and Cox backs; Collins Barrett and Cadwell, half-backs; Yews, Earie, Watson, Norris and Ruffell, forwards.
March 17 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
A north of England corespondent points out nearly all the new players signed by Everton this season have been secured since the beginning of the year, and that the following amount have been expended.
Johnson …….. (Manchester City)…£5,000
Everton paid very little for J Whyte (Blackburn) and for McClure, both half-backs the Goodison term has recently transfer Troup and Ritchie to Dundee and Easton to Swansea. At the conclusion of the Bristol City against Bradford City match at Bristol, on Saturday, negotiations were completed for the transfer of William Coggins the Bristol City goalkeeper. To Everton it is stated that the transfer fee was about £2,000. Twenty-three years of-age, stands at 5ft 10 and half inches, and weights at 11 st 10lbs. Coggins who is a product of Bristol City has played consistently well with the city club for five seasons.
EVERTON NEW GOALKEEPER.
COGGINS LEAVES BRISTOL CITY
At the conclusion of the Bristol City v Bradford match at Bristol, on Saturday, negotiations were completed for the transfer of William Coggins, the Bristol City goalkeeper, to Everton. It is stated the transfer fee was about £2,000. Twenty-three years of age, 5ft 10 half ins, 11 st 10lbs. Coggins, who is a product of Bristol football, has played consistently well with the City club for five seasons.
SKELMERSDALE UNITED 1 EVERTON “A” 0
March 17 th 1930. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
HALL WALKER CUP
Everton played more constructively, but on the snow-sudden ground Skelmersdale's direct methods enabled them to secure victory. The goal was scored by Taylor, a left wing players from Bickerstaff, a team in the Ormskirk League. Everton had hard luck on several occasions, but Naylor kept a good goal for the Skelmersdale
MORE EVERTON DESPONDENCE AND CORRESPONDENCE THE “WRITING ON THE WALL” SUPPORTERS SUGGEST
March 18 th 1930. The Liverpool Echo
A YELL WANTED.
Preliminaries are unnecessary, say “Blue Bert.” Everton's position is precarious, but by no means hopeless. Six games remain to be played at Goodison, and it is essential that all should be point producing to Everton. Everton's team is good enough to remain in the First Division, but the trouble is lack of confidence, and this is more manifest in their home than away games. Cool heads are required to steer the club into the safety zone, and cool heads are impossible if confidence is lacking. As there are only three games to be played away everything hinges on the six at Goodison, and in this connection, I think that supporters render invaluable service to the club. Everton supporters are amongst the most supporting in the country, but it seems to me that at some of the home matches they hardly render sufficient vocal support. It rests with the supporters to give the “Blues” encouragement whether their favourities are playing badly or well. None of the teams to visit Goodison are, at present, in the first ten in the League and consequently it should not be impossible to get nine points from these games, despite Everton's indifferent home display this season. On Saturday next I hope to hear the first big “yell” by Evertonians, and may it result in a welcome two points for the “Blues.”
"Our Team” is in a very dangerous position. If this team was played –Sager; Williams, O'Donnell; Robson, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Martin, “Revlo.”“Sit up and take notice. Everton don't want any more players; what they want is luck –and I hope they get it. They'll need it. Everton have got me wild, and if I told you what I'm thinking, you'd give me in charge” says William Stapleton. Now that Everton have signed two real forwards bere is their chance to field a team worthy of the club's traditions, say “Soufe.” Let them play McPherson in front of his old clubmate, Williams; they understand each other's style, and would do well. Then they could rest that hardworking boy Robson, and play T. White, right half-back. Steer Everton to safety thus; - Sagar; Cresswell (captain), Williams; White Griffiths, McPherson; Stein Martin, Johnson, McCambridge, Rigby.
STILL A GREAT NAME.
With all our faults, we are still one of the most fascinating teams in the land. Our name is still great –it's Everton (says Mr. C. Moitram). For heaven's sake, please stop tipping Everton to win, and perhaps they will do so. Your poster reads farcical, thus Mr. W. Nixon. A grouse while the grousing is going on says “Diehard.” Everton's downfall is due to playing three forwards. How often we have seen Dean head the ball right and left, with defence sandwiching him on all sides, yet the inside forwards “miles” away instead of keeping up to smash a grit goal in. Why not very their tactics? My team; Sagar; Williams, O'Donnell; Robson, Griffiths, Hart or Bryan; Critchley, McCambridge, Dean, Johnson, Stein. A team to keep Everton in Grade 1; - Sagar; Williams, O'Donnell; White, Griffths, Thomson; Critchley, Martin, Johnson, Rigby, Stein. Thus St Helens Junction.
A Correspondent writes; - I hope I may some day have the pleasure and privilege of meeting you to thank you personally for your kindness. Perhaps I may send you in my card at half-time in one of these next Everton's matches, when you have a ten minutes break in your –to me –so unusual and interesting away of earning your living. That's a new one me!
A GREAT PLAYER SPEAKS.
Why all this grouse and grumble about Everton (asks Charlie Morris of Chirk), of Course I read the “Echo” (it seems to be on the map), especially “Bees” notes. As a player who was in the limelight from 1900 to 1911-12, it is my considering judgement that Everton have a rare good side. I watched them against my old team (Derby) at the Park, and I came to the conclusion that they had a worthy side. But is it not that they are out of luck? The men are there, as I saw them, good enough even for Everton. The trouble is they are afraid of doing right unless they do wrong. I suggest that is the trouble. What the players really want is a pat on the back from the crowd; the players must feel they have the confidence of the crowd. At any rate, the Everton club seems to have performed better away than at home. That to me is significant. If a player hears a whisper from the crowd against him, that player more or less is a “goners” I say again, Everton have got the team and the spirit, and in my opinion, despite the position, there are very few better in the First Division League and I hope they will not spend a lot of unnecessary money on other players. Those they have will get them out to trouble. Now, crowd, if you want the best out of Everton –don't whisper.
What's wrong? The answer is easy its Management, and of long standing. It can be traced back from the time when the old chairman was displaced, and the shareholders, who were hoodwinked into bringing that about, must have long since realised their mistake. There is abundant evidence to prove my accusation, but one or two instances will suffice. Three years ago the team were hovering near the bottom; three or four new men were introduced, and saved the situation and went on to win the championship. Team spirit was there and good captainship. Splendid! The directors are entitled to some praise for bringing that about, but they were so unaccustomed to the strange atmosphere that it was decided to nip it in the bud by dropping two of the championship team the following season. We are reaping the reward. The directors have had to fall back on the displaced right wing, but they don't like it, as will be shown by the silly efforts they are making to displace a real good man, who is not given any encouragement to give of the best. Another move that not a single supporter of the club can understand. Why must a place be found in the team for White? Had White been kept in reserve for the centre forward position they may have been some sense in it, but to move him all over the place is to say the least not fair to the player. One more item; McPherson a left half-back is dropped from the first team after three or four games. I have nothing to say about that, but what on earth are the directors thinking about playing him on the reserve team one week as an inside left and the following week inside right. This is from “Wailing Wall.”
The spectators at Everton –some of them –threw papers etc., at the referee as he went down the sub-way on Saturday, at Goodison Park. The story that three things were thrown at the Everton players is totally wrong. The people were complaining that the referee should have given a penalty kick. On the shareholders' stand there was a chalked statement, complaining that Manchester City had signed six young players and Everton have signed cast-offs from other clubs. This shows you the temper of the people around Goodison Park at this tragic point in the history of the club.
DEAN TO LEADER CENTRAL LEAGUE
March 20 th 1930. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
The senior side being disengaged the eleven to represent Everton in the Central League match at Goodsion Park on Saturday against Birmingham on paper appears one of the strongest side turned out in the competition. The new goalkeeper Coggins is to make his debut for Everton while Dean is to lead the attack since his rise to fame, Dean has seldom appeared in the second team. Team; Coggin; Cresswell, Common; McPherson, Hart, McClure; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, McCambridge, Weldon.
CALL ON CRESSWELL
March 20 th 1930. The Liverpool Echo
“We are seven” writes too long. This is the pith; - Seven of us will endeavour to pick, for serious consideration, what the Everton directors seen unable to pick –a winning team. Having paid the piper for over twenty-five years we feel entitled to state are view, but criticism other than constructive is out of place. Our attitude is not to be considered as against any player at all, but only what we would try in the present circumstances, and the reason. First, a captain –a man with football nous, a tactician, one in whom every player could or should have confidence. Have they such a man on their books? In the mind of ninety-nine out of every hundred, undoubtedly and kicking his heels in the reserve. The made to order –Cresswell. Four years ago he was obtained in similar circumstances and placed in charge. He played his part then with every credit, and that disaster was averted was in great measure due to him. Today he is the very acme of fitness, and playing every bit as well as ever he did. In proof of that, let us prefer back to any and every paper from the opening of the season until he was dropped following an injury in the Liverpool match and you will find headlines such as the Brilliance of Cresswell.” “Best man on the field,” and so on. We know you pressmen were not talking through your hats, for we have the evidence of our own eyes, supported by the fact that the International Committee selected him, and more than once, to play for the country this season. We have heard it said that he has gone slow –he never was a fast man –and cannot last ninety minutes. Twaddle! He could play all-day. His conduct off the field is, and always has been, an example to every footballer who has his own and his clubs interest at heart. It must not be through we are grinding an axe for Cresswell, for we most decidedly are not, any more than we are proving his qualifications for captaincy and a place in the team. It may not be commonly known, but although he has played full back for years, his natural and best position was ri0ght half. Cresswell must be brought back, and as right half. Having decided that the rest is fairly easy. J. O'Donnell is feeling the strain of the circumstances, and has lost a lot of the devil-may-care wherein lies his success. Only temporarily we hope. But meanwhile cross Williams to the left –he can play either wing –to let in Griffiths, a right footed player, as right full back. Griffiths as a half is not good in feeding the forwards, but has a full-back's chief essentials –a splendid worker, a grand tackler, speedy, and a good clearance. Left half, McPherson, dropped far too soon; he is too brilliant a player not to be a success. We are aware he has one or two failings, but they can easily be put right. Then Thomson, who is obviously a grand player, as centre half we believe he would be a success –a good two-footed feeder. We cannot see need for much alteration in the forward line; we think Dixie's lapse is only temporary. If alterations is necessary, perhaps Johnson and Dean might move one to his right and let in McCambridge. We think, Mr. “Bee” the team submitted shows more balance and blend than heretofore.
“Thirty-five Years' supporters” is indeed glaringly one-sided in his condemnation of Everton's Scottish “stars,” (says “Scottie?). Perhaps he has thus early forgotten last week's Newcastle game, in which, as was generally agreed, a Scottish “star” defeated Everton single-handed. Have the Scottish “stars” to accept blame for their defeat? If so, its speaks very little for the losers, in whose colours no fewer than three English international “stars” and two Welsh International “stars” took part, and, incidentally, only one Scotsman. Finally, your correspondent should not forget the heroic part played by the Scottish “stars” he refers to in helping to retain Everton's First Division status about two years ago.
A SCOT ON A SCOT.
I.B.N. writes; - I notice you have got on the “black list” with some of the Everton supporters. I often think it's a pity that you insert such a lot of piffle I should commit the majority of them to the W.B.B., and retain the column, which is so widely read and appreciated from your own pen (I beg pardon, typewriter), when the correspondent is a writer you know to be an authority, and gives your readers some interesting facts from time to time. “Southport” seems to have got the needle and annoyed at you giving Gallacher all the praise when he beat Everton off his own bat, we can easily read between the lines that it is a case off sour grapes. I maintain had Gallacher been leading the “Blues” with inside players to give him wise passes, Everton would have been nearer the top than the bottom today. He says most of the Macs are returning to Scotland. On April 5 if he wants to get a lesson on how football should be played, he should go and see the Wembley Wizards again go nap against the flower of English football.
FAIR PLAY FOR “DIXIE.”
I have read with interest your notes, and with amusement, some of your correspondents and I have come to the conclusion that we are all, yourself included, tarred with the one brush, in as much as we think we could run the Everton club better than those responsible, says “A member.” There is one thing, which I cannot understand, and that is why Dean is being “dropped” by Mr. Howcroft, and some of your correspondents? (I hope the directors ignore the suggestion –or should I say in the case of Mr. Howcroft –the demand). “Dixie” has shouldered the responsibility of scoring practically all the goals for some years mow, and in consequence we are apt to forget that there are four other forwards, all of whom should be capable of scoring, and I would ask, what of Rigby, Martin, and Johnson, the sharpshooters. Are they not supposed to score occasionally? Dean is but twenty-three years of age, and has ten or more years good football in him. He will shine again, I have only one difference with the Everton directorship –They been mistaken in their policy of endeavouring to strengthened the attack, whilst it has been obviously throughout the season that the defence was and still is woefully weak. I yield to no one in praise of Dean. I have ever realised his position, his opposition, and his friends and foes. Today I am named as being against Dean through having in two weeks criticism, suggested that he had gone back to the point that he should at least be rested. I stand by my criticism –whether it is Dean or anyone else. I have been fair –perhaps unusually fair in this case.
SCRAP THEM ALL.
“An old player” writes –I see the papers say Everton have got their “backs to the wall.” Would it not be truer to say “backs to the First Division.” They have eight more matches to play, and on their present form they might make a draw of one, but the other seven they should lose certain. It is most annoying for the directors to have to travel round trying to buy players to keep them in the First Division once more, bit I am afraid they are too late this time. It must be very humiliating for them to read as they did in the “Echo” some three weeks ago. The Everton Reserves team, which included three or four Internationals, were no match for _____” Fancy buying internationals for ever so many thousands of pounds and then have to put them into the Reserves side because they were no use in the first team. They can't help to win even a Central league game. Scrap all their men and start fresh by buying young men who will try. May I suggest getting some like the Portsmouth team. There is a team of nearly all young men, who try the whole 90 minutes and several of them will make names for themselves certain.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 BIRMINGHAM CITY RESERVES 2
March 24 th 1930. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 32)
It must have been disappointing for the home supporters to find Everton's strong team held until the closing minutes –a debarred enabling Everton to equalise. It was a fair result as Birmingham did not deserve to lose. Everton were persistent attackers but their finishing efforts were disappointing. Dean, without revealing the speed and ability of two seasons ago, was ever dangerous and although he was guilty of a bad miss when Weldon centred early on, he tried hard throughout, and was often foiled by the ability of Tewkesbury, the Birmingham amateur keeper. McPherson, at right half was conspicuous and McCambridge and Dunn worked industriously. Weldon was not at all comfortable on the left wing. Critchley, on the right wing was Everton's most dangerous forward. Coggins in goal showed fine judgement. The goals scored by Horseman and Lane for Birmingham and Critchley and McPherson (Penalty) for Everton . Everton; - Coggins goal; Cresswell and Common, backs; McPherson, Hart and McClure, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, McCambridge, and Weldon, forwards.
ELLEMERES PORT 2 EVERTON “A” 7
Liverpool county combination
At Ellemere Port. Three Ellesmere Port boys, Keeley Baycock, and Dyke, stood out for Everton, and Dyke scored three goals. Webster, and French each getting two. Ellesmere Port were outclassed late in the second half. Hughes scored twice from corners. Stanton made brilliant saves from Webster, who was frequently on the mark.
A BYWORD OR A BEE-WORD
March 25 th 1930. The Liverpool Echo
So some of your so-called correspondents have been giving you the “bird” of late, and it grieves me to think only one who knows you could say such piffle (says Mr. William Stapleton). And I have come to the conclusion they must be novices to your wonderful “Sports of the Day” columns. Football of course is your main feature and I'll say it sure is a “wow” in the history of the sport I don't think Liverpool has had a more interesting and more fascinating journalist; yet I am not flattering you, but I believe in giving credit where it is due. The writers of those “poison pen” letters though if I may say would you'd contradict or deny the allegations, but no like the sport you are you merely took is as all in the day's work.
On with the good work! Off with the Motley We are at a lose to understand your attack on dean, and we think it is now time some facts were published, which appear to have escaped your notice (says Two Blues.”) It is interest to note his records for the past two seasons as compared with other centre-forwards. Last season he scored twenty-six in (about) twenty-six games, notwithstanding injury, whilst Halliday was top with forty-five, the next being thirty-eight it is conceivable that “Dixie” would have been close to these figures had he played the sixteen games he had missed. This season he has scored twenty-three goals in twenty-three games; again while handicapped with injury. Hampton, the top English scorer with thirty-five –a figure we suggest “Dixie” might easily have equalled had he played in the eleven games in has missed. Further Dean has scored in seventeen in twenty three games. Not bad for one who is yards slow and always beaten by a head (your description). On the other hand, Everton's record without Dean is; -
Played 11, won 1, lost 6, draw 4, for 11, against 27
Figures which illustrate Everton's chances if they drop Dean now.
Referring to the West ham game, and “Dixie” missing wonderful chances, is it to be presumed that the other Everton forwards did not have any because they did not score. It is odd that the first real criticism of Dean by me should produce this furore. For five years there has been praise –sometimes when people did not agree with my praise. I give the letter above freely and fully so, that the public shall know the turn of the tide has arrived, and that when a star plays badly I shall continue to say so, whether it hurts of otherwise. No other player escapes, and I feel sure Dean would be the last to ask that he should escape criticism when the criticism is not favorable. He is but twenty-three years of age even now. He has been a marvel; people told me I was Dean mad; you see whate'er I write –for or against –I am in the wrong, I shall go my own way. They said the same thing about men when I claimed Bert Freeman as my own; I tire of doing the right thing in the estimation of people who do not know the full particulars. I will go on with what I am proud to consider –the good work.
IS IT HOPELESS.
“Connaught.” Of London writes; -
I have been up in London ten years, but my interest in the Everton club date back to 1890. To people like myself, the position of the club is simply heartbreaking and inexplicable Everton have always stood, for what is best in Association football (I don't refer to the winning of League and Cups, but simply to playing of goodclass football irrespective of result), and it would be a loss to the game if there should be any break in their long connection with the First Division. Why am I writing you? Simply to say that I refuse to believe even yet –desperate at the position is –that the position is absolutely hopeless. And it hope that in the “Echo” and “Post” you will do all you can to prevent any spreading of the “hopeless” feeling, if the team get it into their heads that it is now too late the situation then indeed the outlook would be hopeless. There is no failure so complete as to give up trying. But I am convinced that the man wearing the Everton colours are made of sterner stuff than that. The position as I see it, is not hopeless and can yet be saved with a long and strong pull all together. Fortunately there is no match on Saturday, so that there is a “breather” in which to take stock and prepare for a final effort. If the directors –as they surely will –select the team regardless of individual reputations and concentrate on the men likely to get goals, is there any reason why the five home matches should not all be won? A hugh task, but not impossible when the calibre of the opposition is examined. And a special effort could easily extract 3 points out of the remaining three away games. Result would be a total of 39 points and safety! Let the players believe that they have the moral support of the Goodison Park crowd behind them, and it would make a world of difference. Any wretched “barrackers” should keep clear of the ground for the remaining matches they are simply adding to the team's troubles and it surely un-English to hit a man when he is down.
CHANGES AGAINST BIRMINGHAM
March 26 th 1930. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton are making another bold bid to save the club from relegation, and the directors last evening decided on wholesale changes in the search for a winning team to oppose Birmingham at Goodison Park on Saturday. Dean stands down and Johnson the former Manchester City forward has been chosen to lead the line. Except in goal, changes have been made in every line. Common is to taken the place of O'Donnell, who thus, misses his first match of the season, and has proved a dashing back at his best. Williams is to partner Common, Robson returns in place of White, while Critchley comes back to his old position at outside right. Stein again cross over and Rigby goes inside.
The Everton Reserves team go to Huddersfield and Cresswell and O'Donnell are to be the backs. Everton are trying two new players from the north-east in Towers a half-back and Hewitt a centre-forward. The latter has had previous run with the Reserves.
Jack Cock for the Films
Portsmouth Evening News - Wednesday 26 March 1930
Jack Cock, the Millwall centre forward has been offered an important part in Gaunmont's football talkie.. He has been tried out and has an excellent "talking voice" doubtless due to his early training as a singer.
DEVELOP THE “A” TEAM PRINCIPLE IN FOOTBALL
March 29 th 1930. The Evening Express
HUNTER HART SAYS IT IS A SCHEME THAT WOULD HELP SMALLER CLUBS
BEST METHODS OF DISCOVERING GOOD LOCAL TALENT
TRIAL WOULD REPAY TROUBLE TAKEN
By Hunter Hart, Everton's captain.
The development of the “A” team principle, as a means of solving the difficulties of the smaller clubs to find talent for which they are at present unable to pay, is a scheme which might well be considered by the Football Association, through its County Associations clubs in the Third Division, and certain members of the Second Division. There are few clubs in the Third Division who can pay a price for a player at the moment, always bearing in mind the high level of fees just now, and they have to wait until a big club is willing to let a man go for a few hundred pounds or with a free transfer. What a talent are these smaller clubs likely to pick up with so insignificant an outlay? A “ winner “ is struck now and again, but the supply of good players for little or nothing will not satisfy the 44 Third Division clubs and 75 per cent, of the Second Division clubs. These clubs must have some other avenue through which to secure the talent they need, and I strongly advocate the establishment of “A” or third teams by every club in association with the Football League.
LOCAL PLAYERS DRAW.
One of the chief arguments for this would be that no matter which district you take, the followers of the club always like to see the local players in harness and the best method to get “locals” into your team is to bring them on through the “A” team, then to the reserves, and finally, if they are efficient, to the first team. Let us consider the cases of Everton and Liverpool for a moment. The most striking case of a man winning his way through each of the three classes is Albert Virr, undoubtedly one of the best servants the Goodison Park club has ever had. Albert Virr first played for the Blues as an “A” team man, but his prowess was bound to take him through to the League team. He cost Everton nothing, but had they been asked to secure him from some other club in the country they would have been asked to lay down a sum running into thousands. Walter Rooney, now with Wrexham is another player who developed in the Everton “A” team, and Bryan, who is doing so well for the reserves at the moment, has had his share of the third team fare. Take Liverpool. They have secured a really promising half-back in Gardner, who has already played in the first team from the “A” team, and others which spring to mind are James and Scott. What Everton and Liverpool can do, so can the smaller clubs who, to put it bluntly are “hard up.”
Club officials might say “Oh, we could not effort to run three teams. It takes us all our time to conduct two.” Yet the expenses of the “A” team provided it were properly conducted, would an infinitesimal sum.
ON AMATEUR FORMS.
In the first place, I would errol all players for the team on amateur forms, hence, no wages. I would take players from 18 upwards, who desired a trial. Never fear, the junior players will always be anxious to play for the best team in the district, and you will consequently have a wide choice. A small ground could be rented in order that there should be no clashing with the first or reserves matches, if the league or competition did not permit of one club playing all its matches away. An entry into the premier county league would ensure a good class of football and the travelling expenses would not be much even in such large countries as Yorkshire, Lincoln, or Devonshire. Perhaps the cost of running this third team for a season would amount to three or four hundred pounds at the outside, even if you received no “gate” money and if every club found one first team player every two years it would pay them. Just think of that! Well, I go so far as to say that the value of Albert Virr and Rooney swallows up the cost of running the “A” team. Why cannot the smallest clubs do the same? In this way you will bring local players into your league side, and the discovery of one good player will compensate for a hundred failures. Do you not think that Blackburn Rovers are well satisfied with Cunliffe as a return for running a third team? Of course they are.
FIND THE TALENT.
Some weeks ago I pointed out that there could be no tampering with the present transfer system; but it must be borne in mind that the smaller clubs are almost unaffected by this, except from a selling point of view. The big clubs look to the lesser lights to find the raw material and develop it, and there is no better way than to slowly graduate schoolboys and boys of fifteen into a team playing in a county competition. Gate receipts do not matter, for if any small club can find a player marketable at a figure running into thousands, they will require no gate receipts to help the third team. Again the youths who were given a run in the “A” teams would strive their hardest, knowing full well that if they revealed any talent at all they would eventually find themselves signing a professional form. The smaller clubs in the Football League cannot afford to employ the services of the “scouts” that improve concerns can, and consequently, the organisation of third team is a means of finding new blood, and for nothing.
EVERTON MUST WIN TODAY
March 29 th 1930. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Birmingham are a strong side, one they will go every inch of the way, and it is plan that Everton will be faced by players possessing skill and power to drive home their attacks. With the position in so attractive a state I am sure the followers of the club will rally to the support of the team in their time of trial. It would seem that no matter what happens Everton will always attract the crowd. It will be a stirring struggle and I hope and believe that Everton will this time prevail. The kick –off is at 3-15 and the teams are Everton; - Sagar; Williams, Common; Robson, Griffiths, Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Martin, Johnson, Rigby, Stein. Birmingham; - Hibbs; Liddell, Barkess; Firth, Morrell, Leslie; Briggs, Crosbie, Haywood, Bradford, Blyth.
EVERTON 2 BIRMINGHAM CITY 4
March 31 st 1930. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
EVERTON'S 7 TH HOME DEFEAT
WEAKENED FORCES LOSE TO BIRMINGHAM
Everton's stock fell a further few points as the result of their defeat (their seventh at home by Birmingham 4-2) at Goodison Park, and even their most diehard supporter must now have little hope in the side'' ability to avoid relegation. Saturday's defeat' was a bitter blow, yet on the play it could not be said Everton deserved to win. The only point in their favour was that for seventy-three minutes of the game they were without the services of Williams, and as a consequence the side was disorganised, and before the end lost what sparkle was shown early on. The lost of Williams was a big handicap, especially to a side fighting for its very existence, and with so much dependant upon a result it must be remembered, however, that before Williams limped off with a damaged foot, resulting from an accidental collision, Birmingham had taken a two goals lead through Crosbie and Blyth, and four minutes later Bradford got a third.
EVERTON FLIGHT BACK.
Three goals down and a player short was sufficient to upset the best of sides, but Everton to their credit, made the best of what seemed a hopeless task, and goals by Johnson and Stein made the score 3-2 at the interval. Meantime Hayward, the Birmingham centre, had gone lame and moved to the outside left position, where he played for the remainder of the game. Ten minutes after the interval, however, Briggs got a fourth goal, and from that point Everton never really looked like wiping out the arrears. Indeed, the miss of the match came from Birmingham side when Briggs made a delightful run and with a square pass to Bradford, the Birmingham centre, to the surprise of all, placed the ball over the bar.
BRIGGS THE DANGER.
Bradford had only Sagar in front of him, and could have walked the ball into the net. Briggs was the dangerous forward on the Birmingham side, and once Sagar fell in saving from Briggs and was fortunate in getting the ball as Hayward dashed up to score. Everton made several good efforts especially in the first half as when martin hit the crossbar, and a header by Johnson ought to have scored, but Hibbs was very confident. Afterwards most of the good work came from Birmingham, and the half-backs saw that the forwards got plenty of the ball. As a side Birmingham were by no means brilliant; they were useful and dangerous, and in Briggs and Bradford they had forwards capable of winning a game by their own efforts. Everton seemed to lack confidence and cohesion. They needed a big personality, who could hold the sides together. Sagar made some good saves but Common's deficiencles were obvious in his duel with Briggs, while Robson, who filled the left back position after Williams retired, had a task that was beyond him. Thomson did much good work in the middle line, and strove hard to give the forwards a helping hand, while Griffiths too, did excellent work. Johnson was a good leader and distributed the play with a fair amount of discretion, but with only four forwards for the major part of the game it was hardly suprising that the line did not function well. Birmingham had clever players in Hibbs, barkas, Morrall, Bradford, and Briggs. Teams; - Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams (captain), and Common backs; Robson, Griffiths, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Martin, Johnson, Rigby and Stein, forwards. Birmingham; - Hibbs, goal; Liddell and Barkas, backs; Firth, Morrell, and Leslie, half-backs; Briggs, Crosbie, Haywood, Bradford, and Blyth, forwards.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 0
March 31 st 1930. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 33)
A feature of this match at Huddersfield was the brilliant defensive work of Cresswell, and O'Donnell, Everton's backs, who treated the spectators to some delightful football. Coggins kept a good goal, and White was conspicuous at centre-half. Huddersfield were also well served by their defenders, and neither set of forwards had matters its own way. Davies scored for Huddersfield with a drive from twenty yards range. Everton; - Coggins, goal; Cresswell and O'Donnell, backs; Wilkinson, Mcpherson, Hewitt, McCambridge, and Weldon, forwards.
EVERTON “A” 1 SOUTHPORT HIGH PARK 1
Liverpool county combination.
At Stopgate lane. Brogan and McGee made good efforts for Everton, and Rimmer and Dutton had strong shots stopped by Chedgzoy, who was making his first appearance as a goalkeeper. Everton gained the lead soon after the resumption, and the visitors were held off till the closing stages, when Hulme made the scores level.