EVERTON TEAM TO MEET THE VILLA.
March 2, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
For their important match with Aston Villa at Goodison Park, on Saturday, Everton will be represented by the side that defeat Sheffield Wednesday. Aston Villa are always attractive visitors and this time in view of Everton's championship bid, the game is likely to prove additionally interesting Everton beat the Villa earlier in the season at Aston, and the leaders therefore have the chance to complete another double. The team will be: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The players are enjoying their stay at Buxton and they return on Saturday morning. The reserve side to do duty at Preston is: - Coggins; Bocking, Lowe; Britton, McClure, McPherson; Birtley, Webster, White, Rigby, Griffths.
“REVIVAL” TEAM AGAINST VILLA.
March 2, 1932. Evening Express.
Prospects of Double at Goodison.
Everton will field their “revival” team for the important home fixture with Aston Villa on Saturday.
The Midlanders have already forfeited two points to the Blues this season, and judging on current form I think Everton have a splendid opportunity of completing the “Double.” Sagar rapped his leg in the game with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, but is quite fit again, and the remainder of the players are keeping up to concert pitch at Buxton. The team will return from Buxton to Liverpool on Saturday, and the present arrangements are that this week will be the last to be spent at Buxton. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
The Central league team will visit Preston North end on Saturday. Everton Reserves; Coggins; Bocking, Lowe; Britton, McClure, McPherson; Birtley, Webster, White, Rigby and Griffiths.
SEASIDE TONIC FOR FOOTBALLERS.
March 4, 1932. Evening Express.
Aston Villa's Week at Rhyl.
Mountain Air is Best, Say Everton.
By the Pilot.
“There's something in the seaside air.” -At least Aston Villa think so. For the past week they have been enjoying the sea breezes, at Rhyl, and tomorrow they hope to show Everton at Goodison Park that they have benefited by the change of air. Everton, however, have been at Buxton, and they expect to continue their match-winning form and complete their fifth double of the campaign. Up to the present, Everton have taken full points from Sunderland, Liverpool, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, and when they visited the Villa in October they won by 3-2. The Midlanders will provide a severe test for the Blues, and if the Goodison men can rise to the occasion and bring off their third successive victory, it will gave further proof that they have indeed got over their shalky period. It the team can reproduce the form displayed in the first half of the Wednesday match then they will win.
Everton make no team changes, but the Villa will be without their captain, Walker, who was injured last week. His place at inside-left will be taken by the Welsh international, Astley, Houghton returns to outside-left to allow Mandley to resume at out-side right. Spectators will have the opportunity of seeing the two highest scoring attacks in the First Division in action. Everton have scored 93 goals and the Villa 82. There will also be two former Tranmere Rovers, centre forwards on view –Dean and Waring. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean Johnson, Stein. Aston Villa; Morton; Smart, Mort; Gibson, Talbot, Tate Mantley, Beresford, Waring, Astley, Houghton.
EVERTON'S CHAMPIONSHIP CHANCES.
March 5, 1932. Evening Express.
The Position Analysed
Enthusiasm in Blue Camp.
No Joining In Pending Transfer Rush.
By the Pilot.
The past few days have been happy one indeed for Everton. In addition to their splendid triumph over Sheffield Wednesday, their near rivals in the championship race have suffered rebuffs. There is no doubt that the news which came through from Bolton on Wednesday that the Wanderers had defeated the Arsenal was welcomed at Goodison Park equallty as much as the news of an Everton victory would have been. It was as good as two points to Everton. It is also cheering to learn that the man who primarily upset the Arsenal applecatt was our old friend Tommy Griffiths, who now captains the Wanderers. Many critised the action of the Everton directors in allowing the Welsh international to leave Walton, but after Wednesday's result they will be changing their tune and thinking it was a good move. Thank You, Tommy!
The outlook. Is exceedingly rosy no matter which way views the situation. There are twelve outstanding fixtures including today's game with Aston Villa, and the Blues have to travel on five occasions only. Perhaps the outstanding fixture will make interesting reading. They are; Home, Aston Villa, (today); Huddersfield Town; West Bromwich Albion; Grimsby Town; West ham United; Bolton Wanderers; Portsmouth. Away; Newcastle United; Chelsea; West Bromwich Albion; Leicester City; Middlesbrough. If the Blues win all their home matches –this is a task which should be well within their compass –and pick up four or five points away from home, I think they are certain to be champions. The Blues have struck their real form again, and so there is every hope that they will continue to pile up the points. The victories over the Sheffield teams have served to give the players fresh heart, and the sojourn at Buxton has brought back the vitality, which is necessary for the desperate struggle ahead. The players are determined to put up a real fight until the last ditch, and if enthusiasm counts for anything then the championship flag will come to Goodison Park. There is a feeling of relief in the Everton boardroom just now. In the first few weeks of the year there was plenty to worry the men who rule Everton's destine, but the revival has made them much more content. An away victory is a fine tonic, and I am sure Messrs, A. Coffey, A. Wade, and Clarry Hayes were delighted at Sheffield on Saturday though they contrived to hide their joy. Mr. Hayes confesses that he becomes anxious at matches nowadays, though in the days before he became a director he used to wonder how directors could get excited. He must be Everton's lucky mascot, for in his short-term office he has seen the club win promotion reach the semi-final of the F.A Cup and become favourities for the championship. With the Everton revival a matter of certainly I doubt whether the directors will join in the transfer rush which is bound to take place between now and March 16 –the last day for transfer. Of course; they will miss no opportunity to land any good players they fancy but take it from me, there will be no panic transfers.
FLASHES OF REAL EVERTON.
March 5, 1932. Evening Express.
Dean's Master Stroke Against The Villa.
Dunn Keeps up Scoring Sequence.
By the Pilot.
Everton entertained champion rivals in Aston Villa at Goodison Park today, and were out to register their fifth “double” of the season. The Blues had won every home point played since Manchester City won at Goodison Park in September (Arsenal also) Both sides have been undergoing “rest cures.” Everton at Buxton and The Villa at Rhyl. The Blues came back from Derbyshire today, and will resume their ordinary training next week. The chance has certainly done them a world of good. The Villa were force to make changes owing to injury to Walker, whose place was taken by Astley, the Welsh international. Houghton moved over to his usual position at outside left, and Mandley resumed at outside right. Everton played the team, which has defeated Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday in successive matches. Teams; - Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Aston Villa; - Morton, goal; Smart, Mort, backs; Gibson, Beresford, Waring, Astley and Houghton, forwards. Referee Mr. J.C. Smith, Aston-under-Lyne.
There was one of the best attendances of the season, and the stands were full five minutes before the kick off. Despite the scare rumours that Dunn would not be fit the Scot played, and moreover, opened the first attack, which saw Dean race forward and feed Stein, who turned in a pass on which Dunn and Johnson improved. When Johnson could not get his shooting chance, the ball was whipped out once again, to Stein, who levelled a sound centre which Dean headed inches wide of the post with Morton well beaten. Everton kept up the pressure playing brilliant football in attack. Dunn and Critchley twice manceurved cleverly in an endeavour to give Dixie his head. Dunn than sprang through with a shot of his own, which touched Mort's foot and flashed inches over the top. Everton appealed against the goal kick decision. It was four minutes before the Villa took play into the Everton half, and Sagar had to run out to pick up following a good combined move.
Johnson profited when the ball bounced off Talbot and ran through to level a perfect centre, which Morton came out and cleared. Williams tackled strongly before Gee ran half the length of the field with a dribble, only to lose possession at the first tackle. Dean gave Everton the lead in nine minutes. It was a goal borne of accurate long passing started by Dunn, who whipped out a pass to Stein. The winger centred plumb to the goalmouth without hesitation. Dean ran straight to position, caught the ball on the chest, swerved around smart, and placed the ball into the net, apparently through Morton's leg. Mandley twice crossed neatly, and on the second occasion Astley headed over the top. A heavy mist was now falling over the ground, in fact it was becoming one of those days on which the Blues have piled up their record scores. The mist was accompanied by a drizzle. The Everton footwork and combination was good. When Gee tried to put Dean through the ball travlled too fast on the slippery turf. Talbot was proving a master in cutting out down the middle passes. Dean just failed to reach Stein before Critchley slipped round Tate –he had been doing this frequently –and Johnson came across to place a right foot shot over the bar.
There was a lively moment, in which William's tacking and Waring's close dribbling provided the thrills. Eventually Waring bore his way through and looked to be in a happy position until Cresswell came across with a winning tackle. Next Waring raced forward form Beresford pass and shot as Sagar came at him. Sagar just missed the ball, but William's foot was there, and all the Villa got was a corner. Dean forged ahead from a lob pass, and at the crucial moment Smart's foot played the Williams track, and Everton had a flag-kick. Dean and Johnson found themselves clear from a slashing centre by Clark, but Morton came to dive at Dean's feet and effect a thrilling save. Once again Clark received out on the wing, and sent in a terrific shot, which rebounded from the crossbar. Morton got his hand to the ball, but was robbed by dean, who, with Morton still out of goal, lobbed in a short centre, which Johnson headed inches over the top. Everton gained another corner, and Dean headed high and wide. Waring was dangerous, whenever he broke through, and now he draw two men before presenting Mandley with the shooting chance, Sagar turning the ball over the bar.
Gibson was the initiate of the majority of the Midlanders' attack. Gee miskicked and Waring crashed a shot against Cresswell. Waring got the ball into the net in the next move, but long after the whistle had sounded for offside. The weather brightened and made the game much pleasant, which was as well for the football was excellent and executed with perfect precision. We were certainly putting thashes of the real Everton. Waring veered to the right to win the tackle with Gee and cross and ideal centre, which left Astley with little to do seeing that Sagar was already numbered among the beaten. In trying to find the net corner, however, Astley headed yards outside. Everton increased their lead in half an hour. Dunn keeping up his record of scoring in each match since his return to the first team. Once again Stein adopted the first time centre, and Dean held off the opposition so that Critchley could race in and shoot. The ball beat Morton, but Talbot had dropped back to hook the ball out as it was crossing the line. It came away to the edge of the penalty area while Everton were making an appeal that Critchley shot had scored. While they were doing this Dunn received and scored with a brilliant shot to the roof of the net.
There was no doubt that plenty of shots were being directed goalwards and now Stein joined in the rush unsuccessfully. Waring had hard luck in falling when Ashley's pass had given him the “right away.” Waring became a danger again, but Cresswell chipped the move in the bud. Dunn brought Morton to his knees with another great drive. Everton repeatedly won their way to the goal area, but three times in succession the wingers failed to find their inside forwards. Critchley was inclined to over elaborate at the death. Dean was leading the attack, splendidly, his head passes to the wings being brilliant. Sagar went full length to save from Astley, following further good work by the visitors, whose work was so good that this was a game of football giants. Waring was allowed to shoot into Sagar's arms, though the linesman was persistently flagging for offside.
Half-time Everton 2, Aston Villa 0.
The first half had produced one of the best exhibitions of football seen on the ground for a long time. We had come used to seeing Everton doing well, but here were two spendid football combinations, with the forward work very exact, as exact as one could reasonably wish for. Dunn and Dean were easily Everton's outstanding forwards and Williams and Cresswell a fine defence. Waring was the Villa danger man.
EVERTON 4 ASTON VILLA 2 (Game 3125 over-all)-(Div 1 3083)
March 7, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton Beat Villa in Great Game.
A crowd of about 50,000 spectators saw Everton make a sterner grip upon the league leadership, on Saturday, by a victory over the hereditary foemen Aston Villa. All games with the Midland side bear a talented display; one does not remember a dull, game between the pair, because they depend upon science to a great extent, and both sides rufuse to be stampeded into fury football where science can carry them far. This game was one of the best of the League, long series, and the display of both sides was meritorious.
The victory of 4-2 just about tells the story of the game. Aston Villa were much more daring and delicious than the score of 4-1 at the hour suggested. In fact, during the second half the work of the Aston men was of a high order, and the Everton defence became a trifle harassed and stressed, and the goal that Astley scored through Waring's daring came through a perpetual set of half clearance kicks that should have resulted in one solid clearance. Eventually, to put the ease back to front, Waring scored and made the margin into a wise one and a fair one. Waring by scoring got his deserts. The crowd realised that here was a remarkable centre-forward who had an idea that he must get goals on his own account, if at all. Waring, as in the international match at Anfield, was inclined to over-finesse. He tried to carry the ball too far. He had a fine command of the ball and his dribbling was unusually good and convincing, but in trying to get the ball to his right angle and desire to generally became crowded out, and therefore the whole line was thrown out of gear so far as smooth working was concerned. That being so, it is only right to say that if Waring had trusted his wings more, and had given the able Astley a chance of linking up with him there would have been much more trouble to the Everton defence.
Goal to be Remembered.
As it was, Everton laid the foundation of this further double event victory of the season through a goal to Dean early on, and another to the revived Dunn. A third came to Dean, all of them worthy of point, and special mention until the goal scored by Johnson eclisped anything done, during the day, Johnson was a fair distace from goal –probably thirty yards out-and his drive was of that character that never rises above the turf. It skimmed its way to goal and created quite a furore among the spectators, who, thanks to the fine weather and good visibility, saw the goal from the start to the finish. Aston Villa's clever goalkeeper, Morton, dived to the right spot, but he could not arrest this long shot, and the ball entered the net near the corner of the left post –a great goal, a goal to be remembered and rehashed by the spectators who were present. Both half-back lines sported over six feet of height so that it was useless to hope to progress by means of aimless centres or lobbed passes. There was a wealth of football talent in this game; everywhere one saw traces of art; Gibson at half-back was the complete artist, working in a genuinely brilliant vein, yet apparently not exerting himself one little bit. Tate also did well, but Talbot used his arms too much to be really effective against Dean, whose big body can stand all these influences and yet come out with the ball. There was but one argument –between Dean and Smart –and the game travelled on its bright way to the finish, always uncertain in its recent, yet to the local people a sure victory for Everton through the early excellence and smooth combined forward work of the Everton attack.
Secret of Success.
This was the secret of the success of Everton. They started with more cohesive football than their rivals; they passed wisely and well, and near goal there was a gulf between the two attacking lines. Everton were easy winners of the first bout, and Aston Villa never really recovered from that early blow scored by dean, followed by the goal to Dunn. Dean got another through Johnson jumping over the ball to allow Dean a better chance of scoring. After that came the two goals to the visiting side, whose plucky fight back was a worthy one and made Everton relent their indifference of a period of, say, fifteen minutes. However, Williams in particular and Cresswell in mirror fashion got through the difficult task against a Villa that was strangely silent on the extreme wings. Everton's half-back line was truly great for an hour, and Sagar was doing his best when it was most needed –late on. This was clean and honest football, with an abundance of football artistry in its make up. Teams; - Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Aston Villa; - Morton, goal; Smart and Mort, backs; Gibson, Talbot and Tate, half-backs; Mandley, Beresford, Waring, Astley, and Houghton, forward. Referee Mr. Smith of Aston-under-Tyne.
Division One Results; Arsenal 2 Leicester 1; Birmingham 3 Middlesbrough 0; Blackburn 2 Chelsea 2; Blackpool 2 Liverpool 2; Sheff Wed 1 Derby 0; Manchester City 5 Newcastle 1; Portsmouth 3 (Weddle hat-trick) West ham 0; Sheffield United 2 Grimsby 1; Huddersfield 3 Sunderland 1; West Brom 3 Bolton 0.
PRESTON NORTH END RESERVES 4 EVERTON RESERVES 1
March 7, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Central League (Game 32)
Coggins saved one of two Penalties.
At Preston. Neither side was impressive, but the home team schemed well, whereas the Everton forwards lacked understanding, and White who scored, had little support in the cenrtre. Owens proved a stumbling block to the visitors left wing. Two penalty kicks were concerned by Everton, but Coggins, who played a splendid game, saved one of these . Everton; - Coggins, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; Britton, McClure and McPherson, (captain), half-backs; Birtley, Webster, White, Rigby and Leyfield, forwards.
Whiston 1 Everton “A” 1
Liverpool Challenge Cup Simi-Final
On Marine's ground, after extra time. Morgan gave Whiston the lead after 20 minutes. Most of Everton's play came from Fryer and Leyfield, but the latter delayed his centres a shade too late. Fryer equalised. Whiston unsuccessfully claimed a penalty when Jones handled. In the latter stages the defence of both sides prevailed. For Everton Leyfield, Fryer, Holdcroft, Parker and Chedgzoy were prominent. While for Whiston Walker, Bonney, Sutcliffe, and Morgan were outstanding players.
EVERTON MAKE LEAGUE PACE HOT.
March 7, 1932. Evening Express
Championship form against Villa.
Triumph of team spirit.
By the Pilot.
There was no mistaking the definite return to form of Everton in the 4-2 victory over Aston Villa at Goodison Park. It sents them two points nearer their goal –First Division Championship. The Villa were the second best visiting team seen on the ground this season, and some of their midfield combination and individual endeavour was cleverer than that of Everton, but they lacked the final thrust and fire in finishing which characterized the work of the Goodison Park men. Everton kept their play more open than the Midlanders, and relied on the quicker, longer transfer, crowned with the lighting shot. There was only one disappointing feature in their play. Critchley's touchline work was as brilliant as anything in the game, but when it came to finishing he failed. I think that had Critchley been as accurate in the final moves as he was in his approach work –he left Tate and Morris standing time after time –the Everton total would have been greater. Still, for all this the Blues did please, and there can be no doubt that Buxton has worked wonders with them. They are refreshed and vigoroated for the long, hard fight to carry of the championship. If enthusiasm counts for anything, they will accomplish this. I was delighted with the hearty team spirit of the men. They pulled together splendidly, and I point to the work of Ben Williams as a fine example of how these Evertonians have the necessary fighting spirit. Rarely have I seen such intrepid, all-conquering tackling as that by Williams. Here was a man who simply refused to be beaten. I think Williams stood out above everyone else. The Blues' inside forwards were far more effective than the Villa trio. Dean was not so much in the picture as Waring, but his work –executed in a cute, quiet manner –always brought greater danger, and neither Beresford nor Astley could compare with the ingenious Dunn or Johnson. Astley was, to my mind, the Villa ‘s best forward. Gee's ankle injury is still troubling him, but he was a fine attacking half-, and Thomson and Clark worked hard and well all through. Cresswell was an idea partner for Williams and Sagar's work was all that could be desired. Stein suffered an ankle injury late in the game, but before had done well when he elected to centre first time. If he held the ball he invariably failed. He must learn the lesson.
EVERTON RESERVE TEAM.
March 9, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The Everton reserve side have an attractive Central league fixture down for decision today, at Goodison Park, where Bury are the visitors. The kick off is at 3.15 and the Everton team is: - Coggins; Common, Lowe; Britton, McClure, McPherson; Griffiths, Cunliffe, White, Martin, Rigby.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 BURY RESERVES 1
March 10, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 33)
Everton's Reserves Strengthened
A Victory over Bury by 4-1.
Everton Reserves for a time sauntered through their Central League game versus Bury Reserves, at Goodison park, but the margin of 4-1 was not unworthy, because there was a slump of class about the winning side that was missing from the earnest mixture of young and old players representing Bury. White scored three goals, and his best effort failed –when he headed a ball with fine direction, but the ball edged its way outside. Everton's chief strength lay in the half-back line, where there was wise control and good judgement. McPherson, the captain, doing big work, and McClure adding his weight and terrier like tackles, and with the last but one kick of the game producing a kick at a player that might have cost him dearly. The other half-back, Britton, has not grown in physical strength, but has much daintiness. Behind this line there was the fine solid play of Lowe and Common, and though Coggins started moderately he eventually came out with good result, albeit the Bury forwards should not have given him a chance on occasion when the shot looked easy –beyond words. The Everton forward line was a mixture. Rigby stood out alone for sheer craft, and some shooting with a swerve in it, and Martin scored a goal and missed some others.
A Commanding Forward.
Cunliffe was unduly quiet, and Griffiths, at outside-right, was not dependable in his dribble to centre. On the Bury side J. R. Smith, the veteran, appeared at centre, and Egglestone got their only goal. Grass promises well as a half-back, and the backs did their part well in a game that never touched high spots and offered curious contrasts. White was the commanding forward, never bothered to go into a tackle or to use his weight to good value; a good header of the ball and sound in his centre-forward ideals. At rout this game was won by the Everton half-backs, and although there was a moment when a policeman had to be called up to keep the back-of-the-goal quiet, there were never uptoward experiences, and one felt that first team men, drifting into the Central League games, have a habit of “playing down” to the minor key. Which is a pity. Teams; - Everton Res; - Coggins, goal; Common and Lowe, backs; Britton, McClure and McPherson (captain) half-backs; Griffiths, Cunliffe, White, Martin and Rigby, forwards. Bury Res; - J. Smith, goal; Robertson, and Bradshaw, backs; Gibson, Curry, and Grass, half-backs; T. Bradshaw, Egglestone, J.R. Smith, Swift, and Armstrong, forwards.
HAPPY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP OMEN.
March 12, 1932. Evening Express.
Everton's 1928 Position.
Home Games That Must be Won
International Honours for Blues.
By the Pilot.
Everton have won as many matches this season as they did in season 1927-28, when they won the championship of the First Division . At last they won this honour they had won no fewer than 13 matches, and lost nine. Up to the present games have lost 10 games, and drawn but one with Huddersfield Town. This time the Blues won the league by a margin of two points over Huddersfield, they claim 53 points to Town's 51. Present indications are that the margin will be a small, if not by much this season. Everton are certainly in a better position than they were on the correspondent date in 1928. The they had only 38 points from 31 games, and today they have 41 points from a similar of matches.
Six Home Games.
The Blues captured 15 points from their last 11 games. Can they do it this season? In my Opinion is yes, and if they do then the Goodison Men will be in a position to smile all the way to the challengers. Everton have six remaining home games which by all the rules of form, should win. At least I cannot see either Huddersfield, West Bromwich, Grimsby, West ham, Bolton, or Portsmouth taking points away from Walton. Where then, does this bring them? I estimate on the 1928 figures that three points from away matches will see them champions. They have some difficult problems to face in away games, but I think the side following their definite revival, is capable of accomplishing this. My View is that Everton have a wonderful chance of winning the league and emulating their neighbours Liverpool, by coming straight through after wining the Second Division and topping the senior circle.
I consider it a wise move on the part of the directors to negotiate for the postponement of the Newcastle United match until after Easter. Had it been necessary to play next week, then they would have been without two of their best men in Dean and Tommy Johnson, whom, by the way, I hasten to offer sincere congratulations on their selection for the England team in Wednesday's trial match. I honesty believe that these men have only to reproduce their ordinary club form to make certain of their positions in the international side to meet Scotland at Wembley on April 9. That is the day on which Everton travel to Leicester and I think the Blues will have to play substitutes at Filbert-street. Dean is still England's best centre forward, and no inside left in the country has played so consistently well as Johnson this season. Further than that there is still the possibility of Gee being honoured again, for he is certainly the most successful pivot England has tried for many a long day. While on the question of congratulations I should like to pay tribute to the excellent work done by Mr. Theo Kelly, the actin secretary of Everton, and also congratulate Mr. Tom McIntosh on the good progess he is making towards recovery from his illness. Mr. Kelly is occupying Mr. McIntosh's chair with the utmost credit. He has rendered the club good services for some years now, particularly in regard to looking after the “A” team. He has had complete control of this “nursery” team, and by his untiring efforts many good players have been discovered. “Mr. Mac” is still in the nursing home, but he is progressing well, and it is to be hoped that here long he will be back at his home and thoroughly fit once again.
EVERTON RESERVES 6 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY RESERVES 3
March 14, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 34)
Breedon, in the Wednesday goal, did splendid work. The scoring started with Short opening for Sheffield following a lapse in Everton's defence; a Rigby centre, adroitly headed into the net by Webster, levelled matters. Gowdy put the Wednesday ahead, but another Webster header, equalled the scores. Then Webster completed a brilliant half-twice with Everton's third goal, but soon after the interval Aspinall equalised. A stirring struggle followed, with Everton deservedly gradually getting on top, and further goals were added by Britton (Penalty) and White (2).
Everton “A” 1 Skelmersdale 0
Liverpool County Combination.
Sam Son, Chedgzoy Deputising in Goal.
At Stopgate Lane. A penalty kick by Parker near the end gave Everton the full points. Boardman made numerous saves, Chedgzoy (deputising as goalkeeper) played well in goal. Birtley, Parker, Worrall and Leyfield were the pick of the home side. Boardman, Tootle, Birch and Bamford did well for Skelmersdale.
EVERTON READY TO MEET HUDDERSFIELD.
March 15, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
The race for the League championship will be taken a step further on Saturday, when Everton meet Huddersfield at Goodison Park. To maintain the pace it is necessary for the leaders to make the most of their home games, and in tackling Huddersfield they will face a side that has greatly improved. The Everton team chosen is the usual one, all the players being fit. The side is Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. It is worthy of note that Sheffield United, West Bromwich, and the Arsenal also have home games. The reserve team is engaged in a Central League match at Burnley, and the following side will represent Everton; Coggins; Bocking, Lowe; Britton, McClure, McPherson; Worrall, Martin, White, Webster, Rigby.
March 15 1932. Evening Express.
Huddersfield's Visit to Goodison.
Everton have decided to make no team changes for the important match with Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on Saturday. Stein has recovered from the slight ankle injury he received in the Aston Villa match, and so it has been possible to keep intact the eleven, which has taken full points from the last games. When the teams met at Huddersfield, Everton participated in their only draw of the season so far. Everton; Sagar, Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
Everton Men in Tomorrows Test at Huddersfield
England Vs The Rest
England's selectors will have an opportunity tomorrow of running the rule over 22 of the players at their disposal for the international match with Scotland at Wembley on April 9.
As Dean and Johnson are in the England side, there is direct interest in the game from Liverpool's point of view. Dean should be an automatic selection, for on present form he has no superior either as a general or a marksman.
GEORGE TURNER SIGN FOR EVERTON.
March 16, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
New player for Everton.
By John Peel.
Today marks the end of the period for signing new players to participate in the remaining League games. Players signed after today cannot participate in matches in which championship promotion and relegation question are concerned. There were a few signings yesterday, the chief of which, from a Merseyside point of view, being the transfer from Luton Town to Everton of G. Turner, an outside left of much promise. Turner was a reserve for Notts County last season, when he scored nineteen goals in Midland League games, and joined Luton Town at the beginning of the present campaign. Turner stands six feet in height and weighs over twelve stone, played in only a dozen games for Luton.
EVERTON JOIN IN TRANSFER RUSH.
March 16 1932. Evening Express.
Luton Left Winger Signed.
Everton have joined in the last minute transfer rush, and have secured the signature of G. Turner, an outside left from Luton Town. This player has been watched by the Blues for some weeks, and negotiations were completed in Luton last night. Turner is a clever player of ideal physique. He is 21 years of age, 5ft 10 and half ins, and 11 st 12lbs. He joined Luton this season from Notts County and gained his place in the first eleven at the beginning of this year. He is regarded as an important capture and is expected to make his debut for the club on Saturday, presumably in the Central league side. Today is the last day for the transfer of players who will be allowed to assist their new clubs without the special permission of the Football league.
March 16 1932.
England lost to the Rest at Huddersfield, yesterday, by four goals to one, Dean and Johnson played for England.
GOOD(ISON) GROUND FOR HUDDERSFIELD.
March 18 1932. Evening Express.
They Have Not Been Beaten There In Last Eight Visits.
By the Pilot.
Huddersfield Town have not been beaten at Goodison Park in their last eight visit. As a matter of fact, since season 1920-21, when Everton won 6-2, the Blues have won only four of the 16 points played for at Walton enclosure. Everton mean to end the sequence tomorrow, and at the same time to set up another record –to be the first Football League club to score 100 goals this season. Their total to date is 97. Huddersfield claim the distinction of being the only club in the League to have played a drawn game with Everton this season, a goalless draw resulting from their meeting at leeds-road. As Spence, the Huddersfield Town left back, has cracked a small bone in his left foot, his place will be taken by Mountford, a promising young reserve. Otherwise the team is unchanged. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Huddersfield Town; - Turner; Goodall, Mountford; Carr, Young, Campbell; Jennings, Kelly, Mangnall, MacLean, Smith.
EVERTON TACKLE HUDDERSFIELD.
March 19, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton with a slight break have held the lead for a long time, and it remains to be seen whether they can maintain the pace they themselves have set. In tackling Huddersfield at Goodison Park, today, I am sure the team will be tested to the full, for the Yorkshire side holds a great reputation for forceful and effective football. If Everton are to maintain their advantage it is essential that they win this game, as the Arsenal and Sheffield United are also at home, and the odds appear to be in their favour. The Merseyside team has, with few exceptions, shown their most thrustful play at Goodison Park, and if they strike their customary home from they ought to win, but I am prepared for a great fight on the part of Huddersfield, and there is not likely to be a great margin at the finish. The kick off is at 3.15 and the teams are: - Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Huddersfield Town: - Turner; Goodall, Mountford; Carr, Young, Campbell; Jennings, Kelly, Mangnall, McLean, Smith.
EVERTON PREPARE FOR FINAL BID.
March 19, 1932. Evening Express.
Signing of Luton Winger.
Troublesome Position Strengthened
Johnson's Chance of England Cap.
By the Pilot.
Everton have set their minds on carrying off the championship of the First Division and to that end joined in the last minute transfer rush. The club management is alive to the fact that in making such a bid, it is necessary to have a wealth of reliable talent at hand. It is primarily for this reason that Turner has been secured from Luton Town. Officials have been watching this outside left for many weeks past, and at the same time they cast eyes upon Fraser, the “Hatters,” strong left half-back. Everyone came back highly impressed with Turner, and on Tuesday the deal was scaled. In securing an outside left the directors are strengthening one of the most trouble-some positions in the side. Three players –Stein, Rigby and Griffiths –have been tried in the position this season, and Stein has been the most successful. Only two players have been required for other positions in the team.
Biggest Wing Man.
Turner is certainly well-built, in fact, he will be one of the biggest wingmen in the First Division. Further than that, he has youth on his side, and I understand that Everton firmly believe they have made a real capture. Well, if Turner proves to be as good as Clark, the Blues' other capture from Luton, then there will be just cause for Satisfaction. I shall be interested to learn how Turner has fared in the reserve team at Burnley today. The championship outlook continues brighter. Liverpool did the Blues another really good turn last week by defeating Sheffield United, whose challenge was menacing to say the least. Everton's chief worry now is whether the Arseanl are capable of shouldering the dual burden of League and Cup worries. The Gunners continue to be Everton's chief rivals in the title race. However, as I have previously pointed out if Everton continue to gather the points they will be in a position to shrug their shoulders at any thing the Arsenal may do. The whole problem can be solved by Everton, and I have sufficient faith in them to believe that they will do so. There is a fine spirit in the team, and the players are confident in their own ability. For many a day has the Everton club cherished the ambition to equal Liverpool's record of winning the championship in their first season after returning from the Second Division. I notice that the critics have once gain taken up the argument that Dean is not England's best centre forward following the mid-week international, trial match. It must be a matter of wonderment to the Everton following. It seems to me that some people cannot discriminate between a man who is playing well within himself and one who is using every ounce of energy. I know that Dean did not waste at Huddersfield. To my mind it is somewhat like racing punters trying to find something to beat the obvious favourites. Dean is England's best centre forward, but there are people anxious to find a substitute. Johnson's did exceptionally well in the trial and seems certain to play against Scotland. Johnson will remember, will have been fulfilled.
CENTURY “HIT” BY EVERTON.
March 19, 1932. Evening Express.
First half Goals Against Town Gain Another Record.
Two More for Dean.
Three first half goals against Huddersfield –scored by Johnson and Dean (2) –brought further distinction to Goodison today in the form of a 100-goal record. Everton were the first team to accomplish this feat this season. The Blues were in wonderful form, the Huddersfield defence being nonplussed by their quick thrusts. Though he did not find the net, Stein was the man of the match.
By the Pilot.
Everton requiring three goals to reach their 100 this season entertained Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park. The Town had escaped defeat on their last eight visits to the ground. During that period the Blues had retained only four points. When the teams met at Leeds-road in November Everton participated in their only drawn game this campaign. Young the Huddersfield pivot, was opposed to dean for the second time in four days, the pair having figured in the international trial on Wednesday. The Blues who had captured full points from there last three matches played an unchanged team which again included Dunn, who has scored in or his games since his return to the first team. It was dull day with the suggestion of Everton's favourites mist and there were about 35000 spectators at the start. Teams: - Sagar, goal; Williams, and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Huddersfield Town; - Turner goal; Goodall and Mountford, backs; Carr, Young and Campbell, half-backs; Jennings, Kelly, Mangnall, McLean, and Smith, forwards. Referee. Mr. T.J. Botham, (Walsall).
Everton won the toss, and Clark found time to run down with Campbell, before the Everton right wing attempted after a hard chase by Clark before the ball ran to the waiting foot of Mountford. Thomson and Johnson displayed complete understanding and excellent combination with a throw-in eventually led to Dunn delivering the first shot of the day, which Turner handled conformably. Kelly, Jennings, and Campbell treated the spectators to some precise combination until Gee kicked the ball over the dead line. Young
Stein deceived Goodall when he let the ball slip through, his legs, turned quickly and eased away up the wing. His centre was good, and though Turner parried it he had to go full length to turn it over the bar for a corner. Turner was done with his hands, but the referee was on a blind spot, and awarded a corner. From this Johnson gave Everton the lead two minutes. Stein placed the ball to the near post, and with a dainty flick of the head Johnson placed the ball just inside the far-post. A fine run by Critchley found Turner with Dean rampant. Thomson seemed to make a mistake with a delayed tackle, but recovered so well that actual he had set Everton in motion the second goal was theirs. This came in eight minutes, and Dean was the scorer, but he was the first man to congratulate Stein for the vital part the Scot played. Critchley swung in a centre, to which Turner came out. Stein jumped so high that Turner's fist was useless, and Stein nodded the ball plumb into the goalmouth for Dean to bang it into the roof of the net.
Then Kelly tried a high one, but in 11 minutes Everton had won their race for the century of goals with Dean's 37 th goal of the season. Once again it was Stein who did the gratying. A sharp pass was whipped out to the winger, who held on sufficiently long enough for Dean to run towards the left wing. Stein gave an deceptive swerve, and slipped a low ball into the middle direct to the foot of Dean, who had time to get it under control and pace well out of reach of Turner. This was a great shot, and the Huddersfield defence was bewildered by the accuracy displaced by the Everton attackers. The Town except for one isolated raid by Mangnall, in which he beat three players cleverly, were outgenerated and outpaced. Sagar had to be quick when Mangnall treated as to another solo run, when the ball was screwed away from him made a brilliant backward drive to cut out the scoring chance. Huddersfield were second slower on the ball then Everton, and their raids where essential dally individulisle. Smith sent in one awkward dropping ball, and Kelly placed it well wide. Play was continued to midfield for a lengthily spell, and then Smith broke through, thanks to Campbell's ingeniously, only to find Williams carrying a shoulder charge which brooked no argument. Everton were often toying with the opposition.
Rocket Like Shot.
Campbell let go another drive, which Cresswell headed behind like a rocket. When Cresswell was penalised for fouling Carr placed the ball so well that Mangnall header looked to be a winner until Sagar leapt up and made a fine one-handed save. Stein next raced inwards to pick up Dean's header, swerved around Goodall, and was on the scoring ground until Mountford came to deflect the ball out of the danger zone. The game was being evenly contested now, and Mangnall missed a good chance through he made with a solo burst. Stein was taken to the touch line with a leg injury, but was soon able to resume. Dunn delighted with some cute interceptions when he came back tom help his defence. Huddersfield were certainly doing better and McLean placed inches over the bar. The crowd could not help laughing when Young elbowed Dean off the ball and the referee gave a free kick against Dean. Cresswell head twice to prevented pile drivers reaching Sagar. Young, who had been certainly unconvincing and whose every kick seemed to find touch, now completely miskicked a Johnson pass, but Dean could not turn quick enough to take advantage. Young unlucky turned aside a pass which Dean would almost certainly have inmoved on. From the corner Gee fired over. Some of Everton's defensive work was executed rather too closely, and the pass back brought unnecessary work to bear on the full backs. Dean won a corner on the interval, and as Johnson nodded across Critchley's kick to a scoring position, the whistle sounded for the interval.
Half-time Everton 3 Huddersfield Town 0.
Everton had been much quicker on the ball in the first half, and their lightning start had nonplussed the Town, who, though clever in a number of midfield moves, were ineffective against Everton's sound defence. Williams and Cresswell were in brilliant form, but the man of the Everton side so far was Stein, who had not placed a foot wrong. Young was having an unsuccessful time against Dean.
Dean Does the Hat-trick.
Huddersfield Well Broken at 9 th Attempt.
Victory Rewards Brilliant Work.
Critchley contributed a thrilling run on resuming only to find the ball bouncing against the knee and going behind. Then Dean turned a Dunn pass over the bar. It almost got through following good work by the right wing, then Sagar came out to take Jenning's centre in brilliant style. Johnson receiving from Young's head, had a left foot drive which Turner managed too thankful to turn over the bar. From the corner kick Dunn and Clark had drives charged down.
Everton continued the better side, and they were keeping the ball better than usual. Dean completed his hat-trick in 55 minutes with the first headed goal of the match. The right flank started movement , and the ball was slip back to Clark, and he centred first time and the precise of the cross left the Town defenders helpless, so that Dean was able to move forward and head past Turner . Then twice just failed to break through, before Sagar easily held a drive from Kelly. Their took advantage when Kelly held up a clearing a dangerous town raid and bring a beautiful pass down the left to dean, who placed inches over. Dunn came away on his own, and getting help from Critchley give a hard chance, and the winger placed the ball across the face of the goal. Williams was proving the big man i8n Everton defence. From a Carr's free kick, McLean crashed the ball into the net, but he was their to intercept, and the ball bumped back again it, only for Everton, fell clean to Sagar hands. Turner had to be double quick to turn a shot from Dunn around the post. Huddersfield were provided with a consolation goal. As their broke through on the left, and with a neat ball which Jennings shot into Saga's hands. He was dodging Mangnall preparation and completing his clearance when flinging the ball to fall out of his and fell into the net. Huddersfield repeated the move just moments later this time Jennings' shot saved at full length and was then when Smith fouled him badly, Sagar was injured, but was able to carrier on, after receiving the trainer's attention. Sagar had been playing brilliantly, so far, that one lapse, and now he pull down a fine shot from Mangnall.
Final Results Everton 4, Huddersfield Town 1.
BURNLEY RES V. EVERTON RES.
March 19 1932. Evening Express.
Burnley Res, were a goal to the good within a minute, through Harker, and each side had a goal disallowed for infringements. Graham hit the bar. Hughes the home left back kicked out when the home keeper was helpless. The visitors were the more experience side, but the useful Burnley team played a terrier like game, and held their advantage to the interval. Half-time Burnley Res 1, Everton Res 0. Full time Burnley Res 2, Everton Res 0.
EVERTON 4 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 (Game 3126 over-all)-(Div 1 3084)
March 21, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton at their Best.
Everton, and Huddersfield always have joyous meetings, and they have had some battles for supremacy at the head of the League. Huddersfield's team is not so good as in the club's palmy days of three years ago, but they have still their style and mantle, and when Everton beat the Yorkshire side 4-1 on Saturday they did their work very well and there was really no comparison between the two teams, albeit Huddersfield revived when they had an uncommon grif of a goal –the goalkeeper, Sagar, flinging the ball into the net instead of throwing away a ball he had not thoroughly gripped. The football served up was of good order, and the game became tame business solely through Everton taking a lead in twelve minutes. Huddersfield had not settled down, and Everton had settle up, and decided the issue by them. They were facing a young back, who was on reserve, and though Mountfield stayed long enough to do well in the long run he was not secure early on, and it was plain the clubmates were rather afraid of their deputy back. Young, too, elected to try on the tactics that had proved, him a stumbling block against Dean in the international trial match of the previous Wednesday. Young failed because this time Dean had his usual forwards by his side, and they knew how to work him, and to keep him from the attentions of too many defenders. Young had little chance in such circumstances, and the duel became rather a talkative affair in the end.
Still the Best Centre.
But before it developed this way Dean had done sufficient in a football sense to show the English selectors that when he is properly served he is still the best centre-forward England can engage for a match at Wembley v. Scotland. Johnson got the first goal by a header from a corner, and then Dean took two bright goals by definite placing. His hat-trick brought a large rally from the 45,000 spectators, who recalled its make-up in the record year. Dean back-headed the ball and bewildered Turner by his methods of heading behind him. This was a memorable goal, made beautifully, and showed the fine sense of timing Dean has when he heads a ball and beats a man who is empowered to use his hands. Sagar made his best saves late on, when Huddersfield revived, but the three goals in 12 minutes had stormed Huddersfield's defence into a state of fear because Everton were playing that fine relentless all round game that brings them confidence and a number of goals. Actually Dean got the clubs 100 th goal of the season.
There are so many matches remaining that they should break all goal-making records in the League. However, it is sufficient to know they have quite recaptured their early season efforts, and are now playing with a will, and a charming personality. Johnson was cute, Dean was outstanding because of his fine generalship and his deadly marksmanship. Critchley varied a little, but Stein had a good match until he was damaged. Gee was brilliant throughout and played his never-care game, which is always his best game because he is so secure with his passes. The work of Dunn bore a brightness that was a joy to the spectators, he was a roamer, and a reveller at half-back or at forward. The defence was strong, Williams perhaps predominating by the rush-lesseness and vigorous tackles, and Sagar was the centre piece of an affair that doesn't often happen in the city; W.H. Smith took a kick at a ball gripped to Sagar's chest, and caught the goalkeeper a blow. The crowd would not let this matter rest; they felt that this veteran should have known better than take a risk, and they booed him for the remainder of the game.
On the losing side Kelly, was impressive with his sharp and delightful dribble, and by reason of one shot. Mangnall was a splendid centre-forward, when Huddersfield were at their worst. Mclean made useful shots, and Jennings was the superior wing man, but the half-back line did not carry sufficient skill, to trap the Everton combination; that was the secret of the victory of the home side, who had not beaten Huddersfield for eight years at Goodison Park, and thus found this new experience of three goals in twelve minutes a gratying experienced Everton began to play pretty, and Huddersfield fought back well, recalling their past glorious, yet all through one felt that Everton had killed the opposition so early on that they could never be really dangerous. It was then that Kelly shone brightly and Sagar stopped the damage. Teams ; - Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Huddersfield Town; - Turner, goal; Goodall and Mountfield, backs; Carr, Young and Campbell, half-backs; Jennings, Kelly, Mangnall, McLean and Smith, forwards. Referee Mr. Botham, Walsall.
BURNLEY RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 0
March 21, 1932. Liverpool Post Mercury
Central League (Game 35)
Burnley served up good and more enterprising football and finished off their work better and they deserved their two clear goal victory. Harker and Merrick scored. Merrick and Graham also hit the bar. Everton's finish left much to be desired, although Twist was twice lucky to find the back s recover to clear. Everton; - Coggins, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; Britton, McClure and McPherson (captain), half-backs; Worrall, Martin, White, Webster and Turner, forwards.
Everton “A” 5 Whiston 1
Liverpool Challenge Cup semi-Final
It was almost entirely due to the brilliant defensive measures of Holdcroft, Parker, and Jackson, particularly the first named, that Everton “A” were able to defeat Whiston, and thus quality to meet Earle in the final at Goodison park on Easter. Monday, Whiston were distinctly unfortunate in many respects to lose by so large a margin, as in the second half they enjoyed much the better of the play. Owen and Files forming a wing that was a constant menace to the Everton defence. In addition to the players mentioned Cunliffe and Leyfield (Everton) and Sutcliffe and Parry (Whiston), also showed up well. Scorers; Leyfield (3), Birtley and Davies for Everton, and Flies for Whiston.
STEIN MAY NOT PLAY IN EASTER GAMES.
March 21 1932. Evening Express.
Right Ankle again Injured.
Blow to Everton at Critical Time.
By the Pilot.
Trouble is facing Everton at the most critical period of the season in their race for the League championship. It is over the Easter holiday period that championship problems often reach a definite solution, and the Blues might have to enter into the important matches with West Bromwich Albion without Jimmy Stein, their outside left. Stein is suffering from an injury to the right ankle, received in Saturday's match with Huddersfield Town. Before the club officials can make any announcement regarding him they will have to wait for the doctor's report. The same ankle was injured in the game with Aston Villa a fortnight ago, and though Stein made a complete recovery this second injury might not yield to treatment so readily. Should the fears prove correct then Everton will have to select a deputy from Rigby, Griffiths, and the newcomer, Turner from Luton Town, for the holiday game against West Bromwich and Chelsea. I understand that Turner created a fair impression for the reserves at Burnley on Saturday. He was rather nervous and so adopted first time methods and rarely attempted to beat a man. Perhaps it was as well for a debutante to do this. This will be the only problem for the directors at their meeting tomorrow evening. During the first half an hour of the game, the Blues riddled the Town defence and not only secured their 100 th goal of the season, but Dean contributed another hat-trick, his third of the season and became he leading goal-scorer in the county. It was because the Blues were so dazzling and effective in their early work that the game lost some of its lustre later on. As a matter of fact some periods bordered on the drab, but Everton always held the upper hand, and though the Town occasionally attacked well, they rarely threatened goals. The duel between Young and Dean were a feature. There is no question but that he gave Young a rare chasing and reversed the mid-week international trial form. As a matter of fact the Huddersfield half back were never a match for the sprightly Blues who, like true championship aspirants, went out to make sure of their points before the other side could settle down. The general team work was good, but the big successive were Stein, who paved the way for the first three goals; Williams easily the best back and as good as nay player on the field; Gee, who worked untiringly and tackled with inspiring fearlessness; Dean, the real leader, and Dunn and Johnson in minor roles as the opening-makers. Sagar also had a brilliant match, and it was unfortunate that he should allow the ball to slip out of his hands for Huddersfield's only goal. Everton have only to maintain this form over Easter to practically make the championship safe.
Everton Looking Ahead.
It is understood that Everton are anxious to secure the signature of Russell, a left back of Strathclyde. Mr. J. fair watched the player on Saturday, and Everton are favourites in the transfer race against Newcastle United. A Message from Scotland also states that Everton were represented at the Ary United v. Cowdenbeath match, and that Brae, the United outside left, was the attraction.
EVERTON AND RECORDS.
March 22, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By the John Peel.
The Easter tide League football matches have an important heading upon the championship and relegation questions, and the games this weekend will be followed with particular interest.
The leaders in the First Division of the League are: -
P W L D F A Pts
Everton 32 21 10 1 101 37 43
West Bromwich A. 34 18 11 5 65 40 41
Arsenal 31 17 8 6 62 37 40
Sheffield United 34 18 12 4 72 57 40
Huddersfield Town 32 14 9 9 64 47 37
Sheffield Wed 33 16 12 5 74 69 37
Liverpool 32 15 11 6 67 67 36
Newcastle United 31 16 12 3 64 59 35
It will be noted that Everton and West Bromwich Albion, the clubs promoted last season are at the lead of the table, but Arsenal have a match in hand of Everton, and have played three fewer games than the Albion. Everton play the Albion on Good Friday and Easter Monday, with a visit at Chelsea on Saturday on which day the Albion go to Aston Villa. Everton have an opportunity of consolidating their position and extinguishing the challenge of the Throstles, but I think they will do well to get three of the six points at stake in their Eastertide fixtures. They beat Chelsea 7-2 at Goodison in November.
Arsenal are at home to Derby County on Friday, due at West ham on Saturday, and play the return fixture with Derby on Monday.
Everton and Half-backs.
Russell the left half-back of the Strathclyde club, who was watched by an Everton representative on Saturday I am told, likely to come to Goodison Park shortly. I am told by one who has seen him play, that Russell is a well-built youngster who is likely to make a name for himself. Everton are not alone in spotting this player, for Newcastle United have had him under review.
STEIN WILL PLAY IN THE EASTER GAMES.
March 23, 1932. Evening Express.
Winger Fit Again and Everton are Unchanged.
By the Pilot.
Good news for Everton! Jimmy Stein, their Scottish outside left, will be available for the important Easter holiday games. Stein received an injury to his right ankle in the game against Huddersfield Town, and there were doubts that he would not be fi for this weekend. The winger was examined by the club doctor, and it was reported to the Everton directors at their meeting last night that the outside left would be fit. Stein has got back into his real form and was responsible for the work, which led to Everton's first three goals against Huddersfield. Consequently the side which has captured maximum points from the last four games was chosen for the vital games with west Bromwich Albion, who are championship rivals, at Goodison Park on Friday afternoon. Following the game with West Bromwich Everton will travel to London for the game with Chelsea on Saturday and will remain in London until Monday morning when they will journey to Birmingham for the return game with West Bromwich Albion. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
• Mr. T. H. McIntosh, secretary of Everton left the Liverpool nursing home today following an operation.
• League Match at Goodison Park (Good Friday). Everton v. West Bromwich Albion. Kick off 3.15. Admission 1/ Boys 4d, Stands extra, including tax. Booked seats, Sharp's, Whitechapel, Advisement in Evening Express.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION VISIT EVERTON.
March 24,1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Easter as usual, will prove trying time for football players, and with the race so keen the teams cannot afford to take it easy in this rush of fixtures. It may be that the championship outlook will be rendered clearer as the result of the week-end. If Everton are to retain their hold on the lead they must maintain their high average. Arsenal, Sheffield United, and West Bromwich are pressing so closely, that a slip or two on the part of the leaders may be fatal at this period of the race.
The Ablion's Visit.
In facing West Bromwich at Goodison Park tomorrow, the Merseyside men will be tested to the full, but its is essential that the leaders should win this game. If they maintain their Goodison Park form there should be no doubt about the results, but the Albion are real fighters, and they will contest every inch of the way. It should be a capital game and given fine weather another big crowd will ensemble. The kick off is at .15, and the teams are: - Everton; - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. West Bromwich Albion; Pearson; Shaw, Trentham; Murphy, W. Richardson, W. Edwards, Glidden, Carter, W.G. Richardson, Sandford, Wood.
I presume that if the players escape injury the same team will do duty against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and against West Bromwich in the return on Monday.
EVERTON 2 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1 (Game 3127 over-all)-(Div 1 3085)
March 26, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Squeeze Through.
Three Remarkable Goals.
West Bromwich Unfortunate
Everton and West Bromwich have much in common. They are near each other in the League table, and they had a Cup semi-final at Manchester last season. they were promoted together. So that their meeting yesterday was of stern character, Everton won (2-1) after one of the hardest and most dour struggles they have ever known. The game was played before 60,000 spectators, who found the ball beating the man too often to make the game thoroughly enjoyable; but the game had its earnest points, its novelties, and three remarkable goals.
Kite Holds up Game.
The first novelty was the thought of a roughish game between two old friendly teams; the second novelty, more pleasant because it was so uncommon was the slight of the game being held up while the rolls of twine were gathered together –a kite had flown from Stanley Park, and the string had strewn its way from the Bullen-s-road grand stand to a point near the goal at the Aintree end. This caused a laugh, and possibly got the players back to a more normal and sporting frame of mind. The goals, however, were the chief part of this stirring encounter, in which the gale of wind troubled every player, even the goalkeepers of either side. Dean scored a great goal in 15 minutes and West Bromwich protested in a body that the point should be annulled because of an offside offence. They argued and barred the way of the referee for a long time. They desired that he should have a consolation with a linesman. He refused flatly. West Brom, by their speed got Everton into some awkward knots. They were sharper, on the lively ball; they were quicker to their stride; they had the greater part of play, and if Sagar had not made stupendous saves the game would have gone against the leaders of the League. Having got his thirty-ninth goal –equaling his full season's record with Everton in the Second Division last season –Dean chased hard after a leader, but the way, was barred, and Shaw and Trentham played prefect defence.
Johnson stood in front of Pearson, and should not have allowed him the chance to save, but on the other side of the balance sheet there were many misses, a few yards out by the West Bromwich men that were sheer good fortune for Everton. Carter fell when he must have scored; at times there were four men in front of the prancing Sagar, and he did not stop the shot, but the goal did not come. However, when Everton had much more of the play in the second half while West Bromwich fought against the wind's effects, Richardson scored a goal of fine merit; taking a shot when few expected he would and beating a defence that had in a moment become bewildered. Richardson's shot was a low one and carried its pace to a point where Sagar was not. With only fifteen minutes to go it seemed impossible for Everton to get a lead, but Dunn out of position, and roaming near inside left, caught a stray ball as it bumped its way towards him and without hesitation he struck a blow –a fierce, rising, swerving shot that Pearson probably never saw –yet the shot was from a distance of nigh thirty yards.
Game Saving Point.
It was a memorable goal, a game-saving goal; a goal that made his colleague's chair him to the centre of the field while the excited crowd cheered him for many minutes. It was a remarkable turn-round and some consolation to Everton for their defeat in the Cup last season. The only changes in the home side compared with that occasion was Clark for McClure, Critchley for Wilkinson, and Sagar for Coggins. The game hardy brought the best points of play to public view. That was hardly to be expected, but the virility of the Midland side left a deep impression. They were much the smaller and lighter side, but they made up for the deficiency by their fine tactics and their brightness. Yet one could not pick out any member of the attack and say. “He was outstanding.” At half-back the wingmen played well, and at full back the tough sure backs were undaunted, both being of equal merit. On the Everton side there was the full blooded challenging game played by Williams, Sagar saved the side in the first half, when Everton were being run out of the game, and at half-back Gee did uncommonly well with both wingmen steady and sure. Forward, Johnson was all for development of wise play and combination, and Dean scored a great goal after being mixed up in some lively work and there were some tussles that should have brought the referee's sharp intervention whereas he was complacent, with few exceptions, one case apparently bringing the player to the notice of the F.A. authorities. Everton go to Chelsea today, and play West Bromwich at the Hawthorns, on Monday. Teams; - Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. West Bromwich Albion: - Pearson, goal; Shaw and Trentham, backs; Murphy, W. Richardson, and W. Edwards, half-backs; Glidden (captain), Carter, W.G. Richardson, Handford, and Wood, forwards.
Division One Results; Sheffield Wednesday 2 West Ham United 1; Arsenal 2 Derby County 1; Chelsea 3 Bolton Wanderers 0; Grimsby Town 2 Middlesbrough 0; Newcastle United 3 Leicester City 2; Sunderland 1 Aston Villa 1.
WONDER GOAL BY DUNN.
March 26, 1932. Evening Express.
Everton Snatch Victory in Closing Minutes.
By the Pilot.
A Wonderful 30 yards drive by Jimmy Dunn six minutes from the end of the Everton and West Bromwich Albion match at Goodison park yesterday enabled the Blues to capture two valuable championship points when a draw appeared probable. If ever a shock goal has been scored this was one. Dunn received the ball well outside the penalty area, tapped it forward with his right foot, and let go with all his power with his left. The ball travelled like a shot from a gun and rested in the roof of the net before Pearson could get across his goal. Everyone was astonished at the accuracy of this effort and Dean was so delighted that he picked up Dunn in his arms and carried him back to the centre of the field. The Blues had to fight particularly hard for these points. They found themselves matched against one of the best defences I have seen for a long time, and it was merely because they kept the game open and shot at the barest chances that they won the points which seeing that they were secured from championship rivals, were doubly welcome. Everton scored in 14 minutes with a fine right foot shot from Dean after Dunn had glided the ball up the middle. Though having most of the second half play Everton found it difficult to break down the Albion defence, in which Shaw and Pearson were hero's.
The intermediates kept a firm hold on the Midland attackers until 15 minutes from the end when Richardson (WG) seized a cute pass from Carter to score a neat equaliser. It certainly appeared as if the Albion were to get away with a point until Dunn provided his surprise packet. It was delighted with the play of the Everton half-backs. Gee dominated the midfield play and Clark and Thomson played sound purposeful football on the wing. Sagar played well in the first half, but he had not so much work to do as Pearson, who was magnificent in cutting out centres. The Everton forwards played a more open and more profitable game, though often hampered by the lively ball. Dunn displayed the better ball control, though Johnson forged well. Dean was always dangerous, and it took three men to watch three men to watch him. Once he was shaping for a pass when he found his legs entranged in yards of string. This came from a child's stray kite, which swept across the ground, it took the players some minutes to clear the playing pitch of string. Everton possessed the better methods, and deserved their success.
EVERTON PLANS FOR TOUR OF CONTINENT.
March 26, 1932. Evening Express.
Germany to see Wonder Team?
Stenuous Holiday Programme.
“Prospecting” In Scotland.
By the Pilot.
Negotiations are at present in progress for Everton to tour the Continent at the conclusion of the Season. The club has been in communication with some Germany football clubs and definite news may be expected at any moment. Should the proposed German tour fall through, I understand that efforts will be made to tour another country. It can be gathered that foreign football enthusiasm are anxious to have an opportunity of witnessing the sensation teams of the current season. Whether the title of champions eludes Everton the Blues can certainly look back, upon a happy season. They won the races for the half-century and century of goals, have recorded some of the highest scores of the season, have the league leading goal-scorer on their books, have won more matches than any First Division club. They are also likely to set up new scoring figures for the Football League.
I am writing these notes before the strenuous Easter holiday programme, which is so vital to the championship prospects. The Blues require four points from three matches to be certain of retaining the first place, but supporters will hope for better than this. Everyone has become used to seeing Everton perched on the top of the league chart. It is remarkable that they have never been lower than seventh in the league since the season opened, and have led the way since October 24 except for those few days in mid-February when, owing to a mid-week victory by Sheffield United, they gave way to the Blades. They regained the position on the Saturday. After the first three matches of the campaign the Everton men were situated third from top, and seven days later they had fellen to the seventh position. In the next fortnight their positions were fifth and sixth. Then commenced the climb to the pinnacle, which the Blues reached in record time. They were sixth on September 26. A week later they had gained two places, and in a further week they were second top. The position was maintained the next week, but then they jumped into the lead, and are there yet.
To accomplish this they have called on only 20 players, yet Tommy Johnson is the only player who has figured in every match. Johnson, as a matter of fact, has played in all Everton's first team games this season. Sagar is second to Johnson, having missed one match, against Sunderland at Goodison Park. I understand that Turner, the new outside left from Luton Town, did fairly well in this first game last week. There is one thing about Turner that impresses. He certainly has the build. In appearance he somewhat resembles Hamilton, the former Everton player, who went to Preston. Naturally he was somewhat nervous in his game at Burnley, but I am told he crosses a good ball and adopts direct and first time methods. He did not attempt too much individually and was wise in this. He should do well. Everton have also been prospecting in Scotland preparing for the team building at the end of the season. In recent years the Blues have favoured English players and the policy has definitely shown a profit. Still, I like a sprinkling of Scottish talent in a team in order to bring the ideal blend. I have reason to believe that the club has cast eyes on one or two good Scottish juniors, and the development may take place shortly.
EVERTON GOALLESS IN FIRST HALF.
March 26, 1932. Evening Express.
Defences Supreme at Stamford Bridge: O'Dowd's Grip on Dean.
By the Pilot.
Archie Clark was a doubtful starter for Everton today. It was not until 30 minutes before the kick off that trainer Harry Cooke was able to say he was fit enough. The club had brought with them White Bocking, McClure, and Webster as reserves, and it is the first time Webster had travlled with the first team. There was an interesting event before the Albion match which, has just come to light. Cresswell, Critchley, and White were all presented was a cheque for £650 in hand on their benefits, making five years of faithful service. Directors Messrs E. Green, Arthur Coffey and C. Baxter were in charge, the chairman Mr. W. C. Cuff being away in the south with Mr. Phil Bache, of Middlesbrough. Mr. Eaderman of the Spurs' forsock his none engagement with Bury in joining the rush to Stamford Bridge, where there were early indications that the gate would be the largest of the season. There were 30,000 spectators on the ground 50 minutes before the kick off,. When Dean walked out to inspect the ground a home supporter shouted: “We want seven today, Mind.” He was mindful of the 7 to 2 defeat of Chelsea at Goodison Park. Teams; - Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein forwards. Chelsea: - Millington, goal; Barber and Law, backs; Russell, O'Dowd, and Bishop, half-backs; Jackson (captain), Cheyne, Gallacher, Miller and Pearson, forwards. Referee Mr. W. Phillps, West Brom. Yesterday Chelsea beat Bolton 3 to nil and played an unchanged side, which included Cheyne in the attack.
Stein missed a good opportunity right from the kick off, for Barber missed an easy clearance and let the Scot through, Stein, however, allowed the ball to run behind. Cresswell and Thomson held up a dangerous Jackson thrust before Johnson tried to find Dean, but found him offside. Sagar easily gathered a dropping ball before a neat back-heel pass put Dean through, but the ball was travelling too fast, and Millington ran out to pick up. Barber was shaky and conceded a corner, which was quickly followed by another. When Johnson took a shot on the drop he could not hit the ball squarely. Stein won the third corner within two minutes. Chelsea had enjoyed little of the opening play, but now Sagar had to fist away a Jackson cross-shot. Gallacher dribbled neatly and gave to Pearson, who had, however, run offside. Jackson swept by Cresswell and opposed a clever pass to Miller, who completely miskicked.
Gallacher next got through on his own only to fall a victim to Williams' “dummy.” Critchley and Stein provided thrills without being able to reach their men with their final moves. Gallacher constructed another solo burst, which was foiled by Gee on the goal line. Gee delighted with a stern tackle after the Chelsea forwards had been continuing dainty rather than effective forward work. O'Dowd kept a firm hold on Dean, who appeared to be fouled when he went though. The referee, after pointing ominously to the penalty area, gave a free kick for Chelsea. ‘Pearson crossed a dangerous ball, which Sagar fisted away brilliantly, with Gallacher eluding through to the net. Play was fast and even, with a marked contrast in style. Dunn drove out a period pass to Stein, who made ground and tried to help Dean to a header.
Critchley Breaks Through.
The ball was wrested away by O'Dowd, and then Critchley broke through to let go a shot, which Millington parried well. Cresswell took a liberty with Jackson, and almost paid dearly for the centre was just right for Miller, who headed it wide.
Shot of the Match.
Sagar had to fling himself out to make the catch and save. The best shot of the match so far came from the left foot of Clark, who let drive when well outside the penalty area. The ball flashed only inches over the top. Johnson had a chance. Everton had a bad offside decision after Johnson had dribbled through to give Critchley an opening, and Dunn twice tried shots of yesterday's character, but they were not so successful. Dean raced away to the corner flag, but could only win a thrown-in. He took this himself for Johnson, to middle a choice ball for Critchley to take with his head. The ball bounced down to the ground, and then up into Millington, who was ready with his arm.
Over elaboration by the Chelsea inside trio came to Everton's rescue again when the ball fell to the feet of Miller, who with all the goal to shoot at decided to dribble. It was all over once he started it. Millington had to fist aside from Thomson with Dean on the spot, and then after Cresswell had handled Sagar was fortunate to fist away Russell's free kick. Jackson then dribbled through, but elected to shoot against the side netting instead of passing to the unmarked Gallacher. Stein was doing good work, but spoiling things by indifferent finishing. Everton were clever in their exploitation of the off-side game, but when Jackson swung over a swift centre, both Sagar and Gallacher missed the ball, which flashed across to Pearson. Chelsea were getting the chances, but were incapable of turning any to account. Jackson slipped through and crossed a perfect low centre to Pearson, who had only to shoot to score.
Pearson moved a yard forward and then crashed it against the side netting. This was a let-off for Everton. Gallacher failed almost as badly in the next minute, when he drove wide after winning a clear position. Dean got away and the bounce of the ball forced him to enlist the aid of Critchley. The centre came in and Stein shot from a distance, but was off the mark.
Half-time Chelsea 0, Everton 0.
Chelsea had failed to take their chances in an even first half, so the Blues must have felt happy that they were on level terms.
Everton Gain a Point.
Game of Thrills at Stamford Bridge.
Blues' Defence in Great Form.
It was a good game, with Everton's open style in decided contrast to the close work of Chelsea. The Everton wingers were having a good time, but Stein was poor with his crosses.
There were early thrills in the second half, notably when Dean sprang between Barber and Law and tapped a high ball past Millington. It had not the pace to reach goal before Barbar raced back to clear.
Away went Chelsea thanks to the roving Jackson, whose subsequent shot bobbed about in a crowd of players. Jackson raced to have a shot, but found he was kicking at Sagar's cap. The ball was safe in Sagar's arms. Jackson roamed again and let go a real Dunn effort, which beat Sagar but rebounded from the bar. It fell at the feet of Gallacher, who had a gaping net to shoot at with Sagar lying prone. To his disgust, Gallacher allowed the ball to bounce off his knee and run behind Oh Gallacher. Everton were not often in the picture, but the defence was covering well. Miller shot over the top, and then flashed one across the face of the goal with Jackson flinging himself forward in an effort to deflect it into the net. O'Dowd would give no room at all, and now neatly flicked a sweeping clearance centre away from Dean's foot. Critchley came along the goal line, and than banged the ball with unnecessary force so that a splendid opportunity went a begging.
Chance for Dean.
Dean had a chance to open the score, when Johnson's pass found the backs apart, only he ran a foot too far, and could not get a shot. There followed a hectic scramble in the Everton goalnmouth, during which two good shots were charged down. Dean header from a corner was kept out by Barber; then, when the ball came back a hurricane drive by Dean struck a defender. Next Critchley dribbled through and shot, but Millington turned the ball, around the post in brilliant fashion. This was 100 per cent, excitement. With any luck this would have been a goal Everton, for the Chelsea defence was in a panic. Stein had to receive the attentions of the trainer twice, and the second time he went off. It was his ankle trouble again. He returned limping and in time to see Thomson make a timely interception. Everton were showing bright football now and keeping Chelsea on the run. Stein had a chance after Dean had headed in, but refused to shoot first time. Dean worked hard to find an opening, but O'Dowd gave him no space, and Stein became the chief raider. Clark had a fierce drive turned aside,. Final result; Chelsea 0, Everton 0.
DAVIE RAITT IS A BORN MUSICIAN
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Monday 28 March 1932
Old Playerss Careers— And What They Do Now
HIS WIFE IS A MUCH KEENER FOOTBALLFAN
IT may surprise you to know that David Raitt, the ex-Dundee defender, is not out of the game yet, though it is some time since he played for Forfar. He is still on Manager Black's retained list. Though it is thirteen years since Raitt left Buckhaven Victoria to play for Dundee he is loath to give up the game for good. I was surprised, therefore, to learn that Davie takes very little interest in the game when he isn't playing. Do you know," Mrs Raitt told me when I called at their home, " he actually slept in on the day of his trial match for Dundee. He arrived at Dens when the match was in progress. " But he got his place just the same," she finished proudly. Dave had played only a few games for the Buckhaven juvenile team before fixing up with the Dens Parkers, that was in May of 1919, and he had played no football to speak of before the war. That's rapid progress for you.
DISTINGUISHED ARMY CAREER.
When he first signed for Dundee Davie had just completed a distinguished army career. At the outbreak of war he was a member of the Highland Cyclists' Corps, attached to the Black Watch. In 1916 he was transferred to the Royal Warwickshires, and, as corporal, he won the Military Medal at St Quentin in 1918. As a footballer Raitt is always bracketted with " Napper " Thomson as one of the best pair of backs of any team of any time. The pair won East of Scotland Cup medals while playing together for the A team, whose backs had been injured against Montrose. In 1922 Davie began a six years' connection with Everton, which club he considers one of the world's best. He was on tour with the team in Spain in the close season, and one of his dearest possessions is a medal awarded him for helping to beat Newcastle at Barcelona during the tour. Seasons 1928 and Raitt spent with his name in the Blackburn books. At the end of the latter season he came north to Forfar —and to this day he has been retained as " loon." Don't be surprised if you see him down to play for the Station Parkers one of these days. Nowadays he hardly ever attend a match. Of course," he told me, " I like to see how my old teams and team mates are getting on, and follow them up in the sports pages. But my wife is much more of a fan than I am. If you want to know anything about my old teams, just ask her." And, indeed, in our chat, Mrs Raitt revealed a wonderful knowledge of the game and the men in it. " Davie is keener on his music than on football when he gets into civies," she informed me. " He's not working just now, and he often plays at concerts and social gatherings of various kinds. The piano accordion is his favourite instrumen —he's really clever with it. " He can knock a tune out of any musical instrument he picks up born musician, and he never had any training. We have some great nights when some of the lads get together for a smoke, a ' crack ' and a sing-song. " That's his only hobby. "Recreations? Well, he used to play a good deal of golf in England, but he isn't on the course nearly so much nowadays, though I believe he still plays a useful game. " He's a great fisher, too. Many time he's been off with a pal for a whole day at a time; but he always comes back at night with a good basket, so I never say a word against his angling habits.''
CHELSEA 0 EVERTON 0 (Game 3128 over-all)-(Div 1 3086)
March 28, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Chelsea Battle Cleverly.
Hard Game at Stamford Bridge.
Everton did well to make a draw at the Chelsea ground. The London side had notions about taking their revenge for their heavy defeat at Goodison Park, and for a long time there was some suggestion by their play that they were going to succeed. By degees Chelsea began to fade out, and the Everton team very tired through their work of the previous day, were able to steady up –a process that had become necessary because Chelsea had played above themselves, and had been distinctly dangerous in their attacks. The revival of Alec Jackson has transformed the Chelsea attack, which had only one fault –they wanted ton give the honour of scoring to anyone else. They dellied and delayed their shots, and at times got themselves into a maze in front of goal, after having spread-eagled the Everton defence whose Williams was so wonderful and lasting all through the severe game.
Battle of Wits.
It was a battle of wits, of personality, and much football “measure.” Neither centre-forward could be said to have played really well, though each in turn put up some remarkably interesting touches to show his value. However, the pivots of both sides took charge of the centre-forwards of note, and neither could get a goal. Close dribbling was Gallacher's forte, whereas Dean over crowded as is his usual experience, depended upon heading passes to his wingmen. However, the toll of the previous day had its effect upon some of their Everton men, who went a shade slow, and may have made Chelsea look very much brighter than they actually were. Certainly Dunn played as though handicapped by soreness and injury, and Clark played under difficulties. All the more reason then for congratulations to the Everton side for wholeheartedly sticking to the business in hand and stemming the torrent of good combined attacks and eventually fighting back to such a tune that it would not have been surprising had Dean or Stein got a goal. Clark was Everton's only fierce shooter, for some time. He made a beautiful high shot inches short, but for the rest there was not a great deal to be said for Everton's attack, which crumpled in the hands of that taut Chelsea defence. There was a period in the first half when Chelsea were playing so well, and offering up such constructive passes that it seemed they must score. It was then that their bad fortune came to them.
When Sagar was beaten for the one and only time in the game the crossbar intervened and when the ball came out it seemed it must be a grit for Gallacher who saw Sagar run to the other side of the gaol and pick up. This was a striking incident of a fine rousing and fair game, but the incident was levelled, so far as the scale of justice are concerned, when Stein, playing a heroic part and doing so nobly, made a corner, took it with his damaged leg, and gave Dean a great chance. The shot was delivered all right, but players mingled in the goalmouth and the ball was cleared luckily. The rebound came to Critchley, and he shot was saved with equal good fortune. Millington made three good saves during the game, but through there was a time when he was assisted to keep his goal clear by his backs, wand even O'Dowd, the fact remained that Everton forte was not shooting, and the referee's decision ran awkwardly to the Everton team, and made the crowd of about 55,000 people wonder by what process he came by his decision. However, perhaps a draw was a good result. Chelsea could have won had they been at all deadly in front of goal. That they did not is no disgrace to Everton, who are entitled to take full value for their stern defence, in which Sagar was brilliant on the few occasions he was called upon, with Williams playing a magnificent defensive game kicking strongly from first to last. Cresswell was at times put out of court by Jackson's “will o' the wisp” methods, and Thomson was doing his best at the finish, when a point had to be kept in safe hands.
However, Gee gave another fine study of pivotal work, and compared favourably with Chelsea's star. O'Dowd. It was good football to watch because Chelsea, through their dribbler, Gallacher, and their equally elusive Miller, could be so entrancing in one step and then so tantalising in their finishing. They were without fortune when they swept down on Everton's goal. The Everton attack was not in its machine like order, and to draw in such circumstances was a performance of merit, and doubtless Everton are well pleased to take a point from an away game, even if they slaughtered Chelsea in the game at Goodison Park. This was a faster Chelsea, with Jackson back to form. Chelsea were deadly everywhere save in front of goal. On the other hand the tired Everton side who traveled up to London on the morning of the match found Johnson and Stein very convincing and a draw very comforting. Teams; - Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein forwards. Chelsea: - Millington, goal; Barber and Law, backs; Russell, O'Dowd, and Bishop, half-backs; Jackson (captain), Cheyne, Gallacher, Miller and Pearson, forwards. Referee Mr. W. Phillps, West Brom.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 BOLTON WANDERERS RESERVES 0
March 28, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 36)
Everton fully deserved their victory at Goodison. The Wanderers defence played a sturdy reliable game and that Everton's virile attacking machine did not pile up the goals was due to the good work of McKay in goal. Boyle and Howarth. The home halves firmly gripped the visitors attacking quintette. Rigby opened Everton's score in the first half, and from a Turner centre after the interval Martin added the second. Martin played a good game at centre forward, whilst the lates acquisition –Turner, from Luton –played convincingly throughout, and revealed some fine qualities. Birtley and Rigby, filling the inside position, did well, and the line was completed by the promising young winger Worrall. Holdcroft go through his work with credit as did the backs, and the former's best save was from Westwood. Bolton were decidedly poor in attack, and their rear division merit all the praise. Teams; - Everton: - Holdcroft, goal; Common and Lowe, backs; Britton, McClure, and Archer, half-backs; Worrall, Birtley, Martin, Rigby, and Turner, forwards. Bolton Wanderers: - Church, goal; Boyle and Smith backs; Goslin, Howarth, and McKay, half-backs; Walsh, Wilson, Blackmore, Westwood, and Rimmer, forwards.
Liverpool Challenge Cup Final.
The meeting of Earle and Everton “A” in the final of the Liverpool Challenge Cup this morning (Kick off at 11 o'clock), at Goodison Park, should attract a large crowd, and as both teams play a particularly neat type of football, a good game is assured. Earle have a hard task in facing the Everton, but a glance at the records of both teams' progress to the final shows little between them. Earle have scored 20 goals against 10 while Everton have scored 20 goals, against 7, and the results to the final stages are; -
Earle; Costrains, 4-2, after draw 2-2; Farnworth 6-1, after 3-3; Peasley Cross, 2-0; Burscough Rangers 3-2.
Everton “A”; Skelmersdale United 3-2; Garston Royal 4-2; Blundellsands 4-0; Prescot Cables, 3-1; Whiston 5-1, after a draw 1-1.
Each side has played six games in the competition, and while the odds are slightly in favour of the heavier side in Everton. Earle hope to put up a good show with a selection from the following: - S.R. Field, H. Leyland, A.R. Holland, F. Nolan, R.G. Smith, F. Betton, R. Tomlinson, R. W. Henshall, H. W. Elcock, F. Thomas, S. T. Perigo, G. Carter, H. S. Paskell.
EVERTON “A” WIN CHALLENGE CUP
March 28, 1932. Evening Express.
Five Goals' Victory over Earle.
Everton “A” won the Liverpool Challenge Cup for the first time today, when they beat Earle in the final at Goodison Park 5-0. There were 5,000 spectators. Earle had the misfortune to lose the services of their goalkeeper, Fields, through a knee injury. A disjoined Earle team could make no impression on a brilliant Everton defence in which Parker, Chedgzoy, and Edwards were outstanding. Cunliffe and Leyfield were fine forwards for the winners. The latter, apart from his two goals, was the best forward on the field. Davies (2), and Chedgzoy were the other successful marksmen. F. Thomas was the only Earle forward seriously to trouble the Everton defence, and Perrigo at times gave him good support. Bettom and Leyland stood out in the Earle defence.
KEEPING ARSENAL AT BAY.
March 28 1932. Evening Express.
Everton 11 Points from Six Games.
Injury Handicap at Chelsea.
By the Pilot.
Everton's championship chances are taking on a rosy hue. The point they brought from Chelsea was eminently satisfactory in that it served to keep their strongest challengers, the Arsenal at bay. This point was the eleventh gained from the last twelve at stake. Here is consistency for you! Consistency in the matter of points won, I mean, and it is points that win championships. Still, the fact cannot be lost sight of that there were features about Everton's play on Saturday which left something to be desired. There is an explanation for this, however, it was not due to lack of consistency so much as to the handicap under which they were suffering in regard to injuries. Clark was playing with a thigh injury; Johnson, with a strained back; Stein, with a sore ankle, and Dean with a damaged calf muscle. The injuries were not serious, otherwise the men would not have been in the field, but they handicapped the players. Chelsea had sufficient chances to win the match hands down, but they were impotent when it came to the most important phrase of football –placing the ball into the net. The defence really won this point, for Williams, Cresswell and Sagar were splendid, with Willliams again one of the best personalities in a bright game. The brilliance of O'Dowd was mainly responsible for the fact that Everton did not score. He kept a tight grip on Dean. Stein played excellently and showed he is fast returning to his best form. Critchley also played well, as did Johnson under his handicapped.
WEST BROM. SHOCK FOR EVERTON.
March 28, 1932. Evening Express.
Carter scorers in first Ten Seconds.!
Pearson puts Through His own Goal.
By the Pilot.
The Everton players took brine baths at Brighton yesterday in preparation for League engagement with West Bromwich, at the Hawthornes, today. Everyone reported fit, so that the same team which had played in the previous Easter engagement took the field. The Albion played the side, which lost to Aston Villa, Boyes, for Edwards being the only change as compared with the eleven, which lost at Goodison Park. In nine post-war visits to the Hawthorns, Everton had secured two victories and three draws. The stands were full 45 minutes before the kick off. Teams; - West Bromwich Albion: - Pearson, goal; Shaw and Tretham, backs; Murphy, W. Richardson, and Boyes, half-backs; Glidden (captain), Carter, W.G. Richardson, Sandford, and Wood, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. A.H. Adams, (Nottingham).
In 10 seconds the Albion were a goal ahead through Carter. This was a real sensation. The Albion started on the left flank, and Williams came forward, but was beaten. Away went Wood to cross a low ball, which both Gee and Richardson (W.G.) missed. It ran to Carter standing on the edge of the penalty area, and the inside right taking deliberate aim with his left foot scored with a great drive, which gave Sagar no earthly chance. Everton were dumbfounded, but they came away and Dunn and Shaw came in collision, and Shaw was carried off injured and the spectators booed the Walton men.
Shaw soon returned to the game, and then followed three fouls by the home players. Gee was nonplused by Carter, and Cresswell had to dash across and fouled W.G. Richardson. Carter dived down to a ball from Dean, and damaged his nose, which necessary he left the field. Twice Dean was unable to reach crosses from the wings that the Everton half-backs were playing poor football. Gee being particularly unconvincing. Rarely had I seen so many stoppages for offences in a game, which was not pleasant to watch. Sagar was down on a shot from Richardson (WG) and picked down a Wood centre.
Blues First Corner.
Dunn and Dean by close enterpassing was thrown to them, Everton first corner, butt Stein passed this behind.
Good Forward Work.
Some of Everton's forward work was good especially with the close passing work, but Dean was so well watched he had few opportunities. Everton won a corner in 35 minutes, and it was from this the equaliser came. Pearson putting through his own goal from a Stein Corner kick. Everton had got over the shock start, and were having just as much of the game now. Two minutes before the interval Williams passed a free kick to the goalmouth, and when Dean jumped up to head it, it appeared to me as if he handled the ball.
Half-time West Bromwich Albion 1 Everton 1
BURY RES V. EVERTON RES.
March 28, 1932. Evening Express.
At Bury. There was little play of note in the first ten minutes, Bury going nearest to scoring when Bird's drive just clear the bar. Everton took the lead after 14 minutes, for when Smith misfielded a shot from Martin, Turner accepted an easy chance. Everton now did most of the attacking and Griffths fielded just wide. Half-time, Bury Res 0 Everton Reserves 1
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1 EVERTON 1 (Game 3129 over-all)-(Div 1 3087)
March 29, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton's Third Draw.
Tide of Rough Play at West Bromwich.
Everton completed their Easter work with a valuable draw –their third of the season. To draw at West Bromwich was no mean feat, and the score of 1-1 was a reflex of the merits of the sides; but, unfortunately, the temper displayed was neither good to see nor shy recommendation for clubs of their standing. West Bromwich Albion and Everton had been engaged in a game that was described an “fierce” at Goodison Park on Good Friday, and it was hoped the players would forget the past and start with a clean sheet. Instead there was a rousing match in which tempers were frayed and players were cautioned on a wholesale scale. The trouble began early and finished late. It began with a heavy charge on Shaw, the home back, by Dean. Dean is entitled to use his weight fairly, and here Shaw went down, but on recovery played as though he had not been badly damaged. The crowd, however, would tolerate Dean no more.
Barrage at Dean.
There was a continual barrage of this player, and the matter spread to a degree distasteful for those who know both sides and their general reputation. West Bromwich were ranking their minds, and to make matters worse, the referee Mr. Adams, of Nottingham, lost touch with the game, and annoyed players and people by some of his decisions. It was a game best forgotten, but it must be put on record that the incidents culminated in a haranguing of the visiting directors to a point that was gross and unfair, not that the home officials were to blame; the grand stand” malcontents were too near the visiting directors. West Bromwich played their usual bustling, rushing game. They changed positions fairly freely, and for a time Carter, injured accidentally, went outside-right. Glidden coming inward, but eventually they went back to their normal formation, and to the finish they were the attackers in chief, because Dean had become very subdued, and was not apparently keen to take any risks. The players got into muddled state through the official rulings till they knew not what to do. They were astonished and bewildered, and when linesmen joined in the issue became more confused. Everton had a fine defence, and it was mainly due to the three men at the back that the game was kept in the drawn state, although West Bromwich finished so badly late on that they did not deserved better reward. All though Cresswell played his own demure style, unruffled to anything that went on. By the side Williams was stout-hearted and stout of foot, and both men headed with great precision.
Sagar, however, was the man of the Everton side. His saves were superb in their speed and surely. He could not possibly hold the hot ball delivered by Carter who scored for West Bromwich in one minute, and after that there did not seen much chance of Pearson being beaten even if Dunn tried to lob the ball over his tall head into an empty goal and found the ball touch the crossbar. But the time came when Stein took a corner kick and Pearson pulled the ball into his own net. He had not appeared safe, but his backs had been so strong that the suggestion of a goal was negligible. Having drawn level Everton played more securely and then it was found that the whole team tired out through stress of travel and three games was weak at half-back, where there was sign of staleness. Sagar stood firm and his leap across the goal to take a header by Wood was one of the best things of the match, in addition to which his save at the foot of the post from a great drive by Sandford was a gem. It was a game that should have produced enlivening football, but periodically a name would be taken, and Glidden having suffered a protest at Goodison Park should not have forced or tried to force the referee to consult a linesman. West Bromwich were “on edge” and the memory of the bitting match at Walton was not forgotten. Why two friendly teams should suddenly reduce themselves to forgetting football and becoming frantic in their tackle, their chance, and their elbowing, one cannot say. It is a mystery which none of the officials could solve. This much must be said; Centre half half Richardson, to name but one player got into the referee's rulings in a manner that caused the pivot to wonder what he had done and what he dare attempt to do again without being penalised. Everton netted twice, once by the aid of a head-and hand combined by Dean. West Bromwich believed the gaol was a good one, and made no protest, but the referee rightly said no goal.
Referee's Awkward Task.
The referee, indeed, had an awkward task, he had his warning in a previous meeting, and he now found the crowd taking him to task, booing him almost incessantly, and players doing sly things that should not be in their make-up. A good game was spoiled; football went out, and trouble came in. There was grave risk of someone being sent off. Perhaps it would be best to close the issue, and forget it, reminding the reader that Stein, Critchley, and Johnson were the best of the attackers, and the half-back line was worn out against fast moving forwards, who had the dashing Richardson at their helm. One of the best features of the game was the way Williams and Cresswell headed the ball to their half-backs, and another feature was a very clever back-heel by Williams in front of his own goal, a risky proceeding, but a trick done with consummate ease and indifference to fear of consequences. On the West Bromwich side the goalkeeper was faulty, the backs were ideal, and the wing half-backs a power, and speedy. Forward, the line moved well till it came near Everton's breaking point, and then they ran into Sagar at his best, which is saying a lot. The draw made Everton's haul four points for three games, two away from home –and their league position was strengthened by the latest success or half success. Teams; - West Bromwich Albion: - Pearson, goal; Shaw and Tretham, backs; Murphy, W. Richardson, and Boyes, half-backs; Glidden (captain), Carter, W.G. Richardson, Sandford, and Wood, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. A.H. Adams, (Nottingham).
BURY RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 4
March 29, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 37)
Three goals were scored cleverly at Bury by Everton's new outside left, Turner, and Griffiths claimed the other, whilst Bird the former Cardiff City forward, recorded Bury's consolation goal. Everton held a marked advantage, in craftsmanship. Bury were dashing, but Everton's football was good, individually and collectively. They had grand backs in Common and Lowe.
Everton “A” 2 Liverpool “A” 1
Liverpool County Combination.
Considering that Everton were playing their second game during the course of a few hours –having played Earle earlier in the day they achieved a meritunous performance in defeating Liverpool by the odd goal in three at Goodison Park. Everton certainly had most of the attacking in this game, but good approach work was spoilt by poor finishing. Davies in the centre being very hesitant. Liverpool were sharp, direct, and dangerous in their advances, but Holdcroft, aided by his backs, and Griffiths frustrated their efforts, although McCracken and Hanson went near scoring. Malam opened Everton's score in the first half, and after the interval Hanson equalised, Lloyd scoring the winning goal for Everton. Everton “A”; - Holdcroft, goal; Parker and Jones, backs; Chedgzoy, Griffiths, and Lloyd, half-backs; Worrall, Malam, Reed, Fryer, and Leyfield, forwards. Liverpool “A”: - R. Scott, goal; Hallam and Holdsworth, backs; Bainbrick, McGoughey, and Roberts, half-backs; McCure, Crossley McCracken, Pesoed, and Hanson, forwards.
WHY EVERTON SHOULD BE CHAMPIONS.
March 29 1932. Evening Express.
Still A Stormy Passage for Arsenal; Blues in Calm Waters.
By the Pilot.
Everton will win the Football League championship this season! This is my candid and considered opinion now that the Easter holiday programme is through. To my mind, Everton's point secured at the Hawthorns yesterday was the deciding factor in the championship race. By keeping in step with Arsenal throughout the strenuous Easter programme, Everton have done better than even their most sanguine supporters hoped, because their fixtures, on paper were infinitely more difficult than their London challengers. This is the position today;-
P W L D F A Pts
Everton 35 22 10 3 104 55 47
Arsenal 34 18 8 8 73 40 44
Sheffield Wed 36 19 12 5 85 71 43
West Bromwich A. 37 18 13 6 67 45 43
Sheffield United 36 19 13 4 73 61 42
Huddersfield Town 34 16 9 9 68 47 41
Aston Villa 35 17 12 6 92 61 40
Now lets us look at what is left. Here are the comparative fixtures of Everton and the Arsenal who, it will be agreed are the only two teams with a real chance of success.
Grimsby Town Leicester City
West Ham Middlesbrough
Bolton Wanderers Newcastle United
Sheffield Wednesday Aston Villa
Blackburn Rovers Huddersfield Town
Let us run through the comparative chances. Everton should definitely win all their remaining home matches, and we have a right to expect at least two points from their away games.
On the other hand Arsenal will not have things all their own way in their engagements with Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday. They are likely to be beaten by Aston Villa and possibly Huddersfield, because they play these clubs in addition to another league engagement in the week following their appearance in the Cup Final. The best team in the world is bound to tire. Again, Liverpool are certain to rise to the occasion when the Arsenal come to Anfield, and the Londoners' trip to Sunderland is not likely to be a picnic, because the Wearsiders are fighting tooth and nail to escape relegation. But let us be generous. let us give them 12 out of the 16 points at issue in their remaining games. This would entail Everton securing ten points from their last seven games to win. I am certain they can do it on current form. in their past seven engagements Everton have won 12 points. Surely this is championship form? yesterday vital point at West Bromwich was worthily gained in a match, which one will be ready to forget because there was far too much rough play, and an over-abundance of free kicks.
Everton showed they had the real fighting spirit, for they fought back splendidly after being a goal down in ten seconds. True, their equaliser came through Pearson turning Stein's corner kick into his own goal, but Everton play merited a division of the spoils. In the second half they were definitely masters, and displayed more superior methods. The Albion thought they were a goal behind when Stein rushed the ball through following Dean's header, and few people knew why the point was disallowed. Some said it was offside, others averred that Dean had been guilty of pushing, but I saw Dean use his hand in “heading” and after the match Dean, agreed that this was so. Defences held the upper hand, and Everton's trio impressed me, as being cooler and more methodical under pressure. Sagar was gin brilliant, and three saves –from Sandford, Glidden, and Wood –were really magnificent. Williams erred when the Albion scored, but this was his one mistake, and Cresswell was the coolest, cleverest footballer on view. There was sufficient skill in the attack to make the work attractive and Dean often collaborated in neat close-passing work. Dunn was a cute schemer and Johnson opened out the play artistically at times. The wingers –Critchley and Stein –displayed pace, and craft and invariably finished well. The half backs have played better.
• Mr. T. H. McIntosh, the Everton Secretary is to go away for a rest following his illness. He was at work at Goodison Park over the Easter.
• Everton and Newcastle United have agreed to play their postponed League match at St. James's Park on Wednesday, May 4.
• The Everton “A” team won the cup yesterday morning and a league match in the afternoon. More than £129 was taken at the gates for these games.
THE HARMONY BLUES.
March 30, 1932. Evening Express.
Will Grimsby Find Them in Tune on Saturday.
By the Pilot.
No change is the welcome team signal from Goodison Park for Saturday's match with Grimsby Town. This will be the eight consecutive match in which the prospective champions have been able to field an unchanged team –a team that has been good enough to capture 12 out of the last 14 points played for. This eleven has not been defeated since Dunn's return to the forward line. It looks an easy thing for Everton on paper. The Blues are reigning in Division 1; Grimsby are just off the bottom rung of the League ladder by virtues of a better goal average than that of Blackpool. But it will not be as easy as all that. The Fishermen will fight to their last gasp to avoid relegation, and it must not be forgotten that two seasons ago, when they were in a similar predicament, they saved themselves by defeating Everton 4-2 at Goodison Park. History has an unhappy knack of repeating itself, but I don't think that the cycle of repetition is due this year. Everton will be out to register their sixth double of the season, having won at Grimsby in November by two goals to one. On that occasion White scored from a penalty in the first half, and after Prior had equaliser in 70 minutes, Stein scored the winning goal half a minute later. Last season the clubs met in the fifth round of the F.A. Cup on the same ground and Everton won 5-2. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
Dean and Bourton neck and neck.
Fine Finish for Goal Championship.
Dean and Bourton our on 39 mark with Hall of Lincoln City (37) heading Newton of Fulham for the third place by one goal. This is the latest stage of the individual goals championship race. Dean forged ahead last week, and gained a goal advantage, but by scoring only one goal over the Easter he has allowed Bourton, who claimed two holiday goals, to catch up with him again. Dean has equalled his goal total of last season. Both Everton and Coventry have seven remaining matches, so Dean and Bourton start on level terms for the final dash. No fewer than 91 players in the four divisions of the League have secured 15 goals or more, and of these no fewer than 13 are connected with clubs in the Liverpool area.
Here is the leading scorers in the four divisions;-
Dean (Everton) 39 Thompson (Blackburn) 20
Dunne (Sheff United) 31 Johnson (Everton) 19
Mangnall (Huddersfield) 29 Gallacher (Chelsea) 19
Waring (Aston Villa) 27 Easson (Portsmouth) 19
Richardson (WG) (West Brom) 25 Ball (Sheff Wednesday) 19
Halliday (Man City) 24 Glidden (West Brom) 19
Hodgson (Liverpool) 23 Duncan (Derby) 19
Houghton (Aston Villa) 22 White (Everton) 18
Bowers (Derby) 22 Camsell (Middlesbrough) 18
Hine (Leicester City) 22 Weddle (Portsmouth) 17
Jack (Arsenal) 21 Boyd (Newcastle) 16
Rimmer (Sheff Wednesday) 21 Gunson (Liverpool) 15
Bradford ((Birmingham) 21 Lambert (Arsenal) 15
Hampson (Blackpool) 20 Bruton (Blackburn) 15
Watson (West Ham) 20
Pearce (Swansea) 35 Arnold (Southampton) 18
Keetley (Notts County) 26 Mawson (Stoke) 18
Hartill (Wolves) 26 Phillips (Wolves) 18
Keetley (Leeds United) 22 Bottrill (Wolves) 18
Hallows (Bristol C) 21 Leslie (Plymouth) 17
Harper (Preston) 21 Vhiler (Plymouth) 17
Hunt (Tottenham) 21 Abel (Chesterfield) 16
Wallbanks (Barnsley) 20 Smith (Milwall) 16
Dickinson (Notts Forest) 20 Reid (Man United) 15
Spence (Man United) 18 O'Callgahan (Tottenham 15
Bowden (Plymouth ) 18
Divison Three (Northern Section)
Hall (Lincoln C) 37 Williamson (Southport) 18
Miller (Barrow) 26 McNaughton (Gateheads) 18
Jennings (Chester) 25 Williams (Crewe) 17
Hamford (W'ham) 25 Suggest (Barrow) 16
Baines (York) 21 Watson (Carlisle) 16
Swindells (Crewe) 20 Wellock (Darlington) 16
Deacon (Crewe) 19 Crawford (Halifax) 16
McConnell (Carlisle) 19 Riley (Lincoln) 16
Lumley (Hartlepool) 19 Verson (Tranmere) 15
Keetley (Lincoln) 19
Dixon (Tranmere) 18
Division Three (Southern Section)
Bourton (Coventry) 39 Shankley (Southend) 19
Newton (Fulham) 36 Ritchie (Reading) 18
Johnson (Mansfield) 26 McCambridge (Cardiff) 17
Hammond (Fulham) 25 Tricker (Clayton O) 17
Simpson (Crystal P) 22 Houghton (Exeter) 17
Morris (Swindon) 22 Barnett (Watford) 17
Attwood (Brighton) 21 Clarke (Crystal P) 16
Lane (Brentford) 21 Goddard (Q.P.R) 15
Robbins (Cardiff) 20 Cook (Bristol R) 15
James (Watford) 20 Palethorpe (Reading) 15
Fletcher (Clapton O) 19
TO BUXTON AGAIN
March 30 1932. Everton Express.
Everton F.C. directors have decided to send the first team players to Buxton for another week's rest. The party will go to Buxton on Monday next, and return to Liverpool following the match at Leciester on Saturday., April 9. The players recently spent two weeks at Buxton, and since then have not lost a match.
FOUR MEN WHO HAVE NOT MISSED A GAME.
March 31 1932. Evening Express.
Everton and Liverpool records this season.
By the Pilot.
Bradshaw, Hodgson, and Gunson of Liverpool, and Johnson of Everton are the only players in the two leading local clubs who have not missed a first team league or cup game this season. Everton have called upon 20 players for their 35 Football League matches, and Liverpool, for a similar number of League engagements, have had the services of 22 players. The Blues have not been troubled with any position except that the outside left, and only three men have figured in the berth. These are Stein, Griffiths, and Rigby. Liverpool, however, have been seriously concerned about the centre forward berth, and no fewer than six men have been tried in the position namely Wright, Hodgson, Barton, Smith, Savage, Bruton. Here is the full list of appearances for both clubs in Football league matches;-
Everton;- Johnson (35), Sagar (34), Cresswell (33), Gee (33), Clark (32), Thomson (32), Dean (32), Critchley (30), Stein (30), Williams (27), White (21), Dunn (15), Bocking (9), Griffiths (7), McClure (5), McPherson (3), Rigby (3), Martin (2), Lowe (1), Coggins (1).
Liverpool;- Bradhsaw (35), Gunson (35), Hodgson (35), McDougall (34), Scott (32), Morrison (31), Wright (30), McPherson (24), Barton (24), Done (22), McRorie (18), Steel (16), Lucas (16), Jackson (13), Henderson (4), Riley (3), Charlton (3), Savage (3), Smith (3), Hancock (2), Barkas (1), Bruton (1)
Everton have scored 104 goals, as follows;- Dean (39), Johnson (19), White (18), Dunn (8), Critchley (8), Stein (7), Griffiths (3), Clark (1), Pearson, West Bromwich (1) Total 104
Liverpool have had ten goal-scorers in addition to having one grit goal.
The list is;- Hodgson (23), Gunson (1), Wright (13), Barton (8), Done (3), McPherson (2), McRorie (2), Savage (2), smith (1), Morrison (1), Ramsey (Blackpool) (1); Total 71.
The positions of the clubs in the Football League table on the first of each month of the season have been:-
Everton, September (2), October (4), November (1), December (1), January (1) February (1), March (1), April (1)
Liverpool:- September (3), October (11), November (9), December (5), January (6), February (10), March (11), April (11).
Everton's longest sequence has been of five games, while Liverpool's most consistent run has been three successive league victories. Everton claim the distinction of having had the best run without a defeat. From October 3 to November 28 they played nine games without losing. They are at present engaged on another good run, having played seven games since Feb 13 without losing.
Liverpool's longest run without defeat has been that of four matches.
Army Football' Stars at Goodison.
Four Internationals inside Against Everton.
Four internationals are to be included in the team representing the British Army, which will visit Goodison Park on Wednesday April 13, to oppose the Everton first team. Captain K.R. Hegan, of the Royal Army Service Corps, who will captain the eleven is perhaps, the best-known Army footballer of the last decade. He is regarded as one of the finest outside lefts in the country, and in addition to having gained no fewer than 22 internationals caps, he is the proud possessor of a full English international cap, having played for England against Ireland. One of the outstanding personalities in the Army team is Burgler D.k. Martin, of the Royal Ulster Rifles, who, though not yet 18 years of age has this season played for Ireland in internationals against England and Scotland. He is a great footballer and in the Ireland and England games scored both goals for Ireland. In the Scotland game he was handicapped by injury which prevented him from playing in the subsequent match against the Belgian Army. The other internationals are L/Bomder, W. Roberts, of the Royal Arillary and Pte J. Peace of the Royal Tank Corps, who played for Wales against England recently.