EVERTON CUP TEAM
March 1 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton will be represented by their strongest side when they face Luton Town in the 6 th round of the Foot Association Cup on Saturday, The directors having decided last night to play the team which defeat Derby County on Saturday. Geldard has made good progress and the players generally are enjoying their stay at Buxton. The team expected to take the club into its tenth semi-final is as follows: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. This is the side that played in all three previous cup-ties. Owing to the heavy snowdrifts the players had difficulty in find “room” to train at the Buxton football ground, but the player members shovelled the snow away and made a track, on which they sprinted in the afternoon.
Tommy Griffiths the Bolton Wanderers captain, and ex-Evertonian as joined Middlesbrough.
WHEN EVERTON WON THE CUP
March 3 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton have been drawn at home in the cup this season three times in succession. When they won the cup in 1906 Everton had three home games, but a correspondent points out that Everton were not drawn at home three times in succession. Chesterfield, and Everton were drawn to play at Chesterfield, but Everton arranged with the Derbyshire club to play at Goodison Park. In the same round Liverpool adopted similar course with Barnsley in these days. It was quite common for the wealthier clubs to buy over ground rights, but fortunately, that in wholesome phrase of cup football has now disappeared.
Geldard or Critchley.
The injury which Geldard sustained last Saturday may keep him out of the cup-tie tomorrow. He tried his ankle yesterday, but the result was not altogether satisfactory. The young player, who took part in the three previous ties, will have another trial today. If Geldard is not fit, Critchley will take the outside right berth. Everton are fortunate to have such an able and speedy winger in Reserve for such an emergency. Luton Town, too, have doubtful starters, and it is not yet known whether Tait or Rennie will lead the attack. Rennie is reported as the more skillful, but has not the fighting qualities of Tait. It is probably that Rennie will be the choice, but even then it is not certain whether Mills or Nelson will be at outside right. The team will be chosen from Hartford, Kingdom, Mackay, Kean, McGinnigle, Fraser, Mills or Nelson, Tait, Rennie, Alderson, Roberts. Luton Town yesterday travelled to St. Annes, where they will find the breezes beneficial.
Everton Reserves Advances.
One of the features of the present year has been the continued success of the Everton second team in the Central league. They wound up 1993 by losing three games on the run, to Blackburn Rovers (Twice), and Sunderland, but since then they have played six matches and secured maximum points from each, while they have scored 21 goals and conceded 13. As a result of their success they now occupy the seventh place in the Central league table with 33 points from 29 games, these being obtained as the result if 14 victors, and 5 drawn games. The record for their latest run of success read against Stockport 6-5, Liverpool 4-3, Birmingham 3-2, Bury 3-1, Manchester City 3-1, and Blackpool 2-1.
EVERTON'S TENTH SEMI-FINAL.
March 4 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
While Everton's chance is all that could be hoped for even if the draw had been arranged for them, it is well to remember that there have been many slips in the past, and the unexpected may happen again, for that reason therefore, Luton Town will enter the fray this afternoon in the hope of upsetting the “good thing” and the result shouldered a lively game, it can be said that any team reaching this stay of the competition has a chance and the Everton players, who have been preparing amid the snows at Buxton, are not likely to be influenced by the divisional states of their opponents. They will treat the game as they would any other tie, and try to make every post a winning one. Third Division clubs have tested Everton to the full before, and I hardly anticipate anything like the nine goals recorded against their last Third Division cup opponents (Southport), Luton Town will make a bold effort, and, whatever happens, Everton are not likely to have it all their own way. The game should provide good football for the large crowd expected. If Everton win, as I expected them to, the club will be in the semi-final for a tenth time.
Critchley To Play.
Unfortunately Geldard is forced to make the first break in the cup team since the start it bring considered that his ankle is not sufficiently strong to stand the strain of a hard cup game, and Critchley will take his place. Everton are not likely to be weakened on this account, for Critchley is a fast and resourceful player. The kick off is at 3 o'clock, and the teams are (Everton) Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Luton Town (Probably) Hartford; Kingdom, Mackery; Kean, McGinnigle, Fraser; Mills, Tait, Rennie, Alderman, Roberts.
EVERTON SHOOT WAY TO SEMI-FINAL.
March 4 1933. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Luton Beaten By Six Clear Goals.
“Doubles” For Stein and Johnson.
Everton for the Semi-Final! They qualified for the last four in the F.A. Cup by defeating Luton Town 6-0 at Goodison Park today. Stein (2), Johnson (2), Dean and Dunn were the scorers. This convincing victory was gained by clever football and opportunism. After an indifferent start Everton completely outclassed the opposition. Luton, after a bustling opening, faded out of the picture in the second half, when Everton piled on four goals. The official attendance was 55,431 and the gate receipts £4,143 6s 4d.
By the Pilot.
Both Everton and Luton were without a regular forward. The Champions had Critchley at outside right for the injured Geldard, and Luton brought in Rennie at outside left for Alderson, who had a damaged shoulder. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Luton Town: - Hardford, goal; Kingdom, and Mackey, backs; Kean (captain), McGunnigle, and Fraser half-backs; Mills, Nelson, Tait, Rennie, and Roberts, forwards. Referee Mr. W. Thomas (Stafford). It was a splendid football day, and it was a novel to see thousands of straw hats of the Luton Town supporters. Everton had a mascot, complete with colours and miniature cup standing beneath the goal double decker. Strangle for Goodison Park, the mechmachine music was not used. A band played in the centre of the ground these were employed Liverpool musicians. The chief Constable of Luton occupy a seat in the directors' box. Like their supporters he favoured the shraw hat.
Dean once again won the toss. Everton were soon into their stride, and trying to bore through, but Critchley coming in to take over Dunn's run was a little too late.
Match report in first column unreadable. Start from second column.
Dean added three yards backwards and Johnson, running in fully six yards, brought his famous left foot into action, and Luton were two down in 37 minutes. Critchley placed this right under the bar, and only a super effort on the part of Hartford and McGunnigle prevented goal number three. Critchley turned the ball inwards and Dunn placed across the gaol. When Critchley was cutting in Rennie pulled him down and was cautioned.
Dunn Heads Over.
From the free kick Dunn header over. There was a thrill right on the interval, for from Stein's corner Hartford lost control of the ball. Everton tried to scramble it through without success, but Luton's defence was so haphazard that Everton got a second chance, Stein's lighting “daisy cutter” being brilliantly saved by Hartford.
Half-time Everton 2 Luton Town 0
Everton in the second period had played down to the level of the opposition, and it was not until Stein had taken a goal that they asserted the superiority that everyone had expected. Some of their passing been crude, yet towards the interval they had done almost as they pleased. The crowd of almost 58,000 was looking for a goal feast on resuming for just before the interval Luton had given indications that their gallaint Cup effort was at an end. They were right in their expectations, for in two minutes Dun brought Everton's total to three. Excellent work by Critchley and Dunn paved the way, and Kingham miskicked Critchley's low centre. Hartford had to beat the ball down. Dunn was right there to take possession work almost to the goal post, and shoot through from what seemed to be an impossible angle. In five minutes Luton had their first corner, and quickly followed with a second after Sagar had been forced to save from Tait. Sagar, with the ball in his possession, carried it over the line. Stein came in with a mighty drive, which flashed inches over the top in the same way that his effort from Critchley's corner had done a few minutes before.
Everton contributed some prefect football, though the medium of the inside forwards, and Johnson, racing through struck the upright with a magnificent right-foot shot. Kean fouled Johnson on the edge of the penalty area-Kean was cautioned for the offence –Luton's barricade proving successful against White's shot. In one of the rare Luton attacks, Nelson drew the cheers of the crowd with a magnificent overhead shot, which Sagar saved on one knee. In seventy minutes Everton made it four through Johnson. Critchley and Dunn who had often being doing good work without making vital headway, juggled and interpassed so that Critchley eventually got through with a shooting chance. Instead of accepting this, he whipped the ball back along the ground to the in-running Johnson, who scored with a swift ground shot, which reached the net via the foot of the upright.
Tait's Solo Effort.
Tait responded with a brilliant solo effort, which went wide. There was only one team in the game at this stage, and that was Everton, but Dean was plouhing a lonely furrow, never getting a single working pass. In 79 minutes Critchley got through to win a corner. This landed just right, and Dean leapt through to head a perfect fifth goal. Luton were absolutely outclassed in these later stages. Near the end, with Everton riding on a light rain, Luton pilled on pressure, Kean once placing a might shot across the face of the goal. The ball seemed to be running favourably for a Dean goal when it was edged away to the left, and Stein scored with a first time shot to the far corner. Luton were good triers, but were outclassed by a superior football combination. There was a remarkable scene near the end of the game, when disappointed Luton supporters threw their straw hats across the ground.
Dean Speaks on the Tie.
Interviewed after the match, Dean, the Everton captain, said “I never had a doubt but that we could reach the last four, and the boys are determined not to make the same tragic mistake as two years ago at Old Trafford. Luton gave a plucky display, but I never had any fears.” Final Everton 6, Luton 0.
EVERTON 6 LUTON TOWN 0 (F.A.Cup Game 136)
March 6 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Stein Stands Out in Cup-Tie
Six Goals Victory For Everton
Luton Town Start Well But Fade Out.
Everton passed to the semi-final stages for the second time in two years by their defeat of Luton Town at Goodison Park before a big gate and a handsome financial yield –55,431 spectators made a haul of £4,143 6s 4d. Everton won by six goals without response, and the figure speak for themselves. The match did not touch the heights of play reached in this game at Leicester or against Leeds at Goodison Park. Unless Luton sprang a great surprise, one could not expect this happening, but it must be confessed that the game got “out of hand” in a scoring sense so soon as Stein had put a ball through a crowd of players, and Johnson with a smart shot had made the second incision.
Luton's Surprise Start.
Luton started in a manner that surprised and pleased. They played football; they did not hurry to their positions; they took steady aim in passing, but were not so steady in their few shots. Here was their great failing; They did not bother Sagar, who made one timely save and then caught up a tiny pass back by Cook (his only part-error in the game), and nearly suffered Roberts sliding across to trap the pass before it reached Sagar. Luton were mainly big fellows, and their backs took on all the early work that came their way with except that twice they handled most definitely and so near to the penalty line that their act was senseless and valueless. It did not cost them a spot kick, but for that they can express their gratitude. Luton's forte early on was a nice sweeping movement in attack, with varied ideas about progression by the use of the dummy of body line swerve –chiefly by Rennie, an astute inside forward. Then came Luton's crowning blow; Rennie was damaged and inter-changed positions with his partner. From that point they had lost their bright way, and Everton after a start that was anything but steady –due perhaps to the neat up feeling that comes of being snow bound at Buxton –began to take charge of the game, and much of their work bore a high stamp, notably on the left wing, where Stein had the best day this season. Not only did Stein swing the ball across, but he made some telling shots, whereas Dean, when placed perfectly made straight drives and having lost a little confidence in front of goal, began to offer chances rather than take the grit that came his way. However, the longer they played the better Everton played, and eventually the game filtered out to a mere one-sided tussle in which Luton recognised their inferiority, Everton won because of their deadly finish.
Stein the Star.
Luton lost because their forwards had no finality to their finesse. Johnson lent considerable strength to the attack by holding to the ball for great lengths until he had got the big defenders out of position. Then he sent his co-forwards away (Dean at times got his through-pass) so that they had plenty of room in which to work. However, Stein was the star forward, and though his first goal was not a picture goal Johnson's first was a gem –a stirring shot to which the goalkeeper put up a hand in hope –or fear! Dunn then crowded on a goal through sheer pertinacity, and Johnson got another after having hit the upright. Dean headed one –always a popular feature –and Stein took a Dean offering with accuracy to close the day's score. It had not been brilliant football by any means; the ground advantage was a big help to Everton, and Luton, with their 1,000 visitors lent colour to the proceedings as they wore white straw hats, and advertised their town's principal work. While agreeing that the match was not a good one through one-sidedness and a lack of balance for half an hour –a vital half-hour in Everton's memory –it must be said that there were some sparkling exhibitions, and White in particular closed the route for Tait (ex-Southport) and also provided shots, some hefty charging and rugged tackling. Britton was another great help, and Thomson recovered from a moderate beginning.
Cook's Sparkling Show.
At full back Cook was in bright mood, with flying leaps at headers and tough punts to clear his lines –a sparkling show. Cresswell gave his staid aid and Sagar had a restful afternoon, Everton played Critchley for the damaged Geldard, and he in common with others of his side, was doing best near the three-quarter time period; his centre for Johnson's goal was hailed as a misfit by those who can see no good in Critchley. Everton are fortunate to have a deputy such as Critchley for a player like Geldard. Dunn was a busybody; heading, shooting and working and worrying has way through –but Everton won this game through their left flank forward. It was this pair that made the veteran Kean fade out. Kean was always clever in use of the ball, but the pace told, and he could not make his tackles. Luton's backs were a capital pair, and if the goalkeeper was not great the forwards at least played football, and merely lacked the finishing pointer. That work was spasmodic, and it lacked decision near goal. So Everton go to the semi-final stage with the biggest test of the season-a game away from home against whatever team the Fates decide this afternoon. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Luton Town: - Hardford, goal; Kingdom, and Mackey, backs; Kean (captain), McGunnigle, and Fraser half-backs; Mills, Nelson, Tait, Rennie, and Roberts, forwards. Referee Mr. W. Thomas (Stafford).
ELLESMORE PORT TOWN 2 EVERTON “A” 4
March 6 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Liverpool County Combination.
Everton revelled in the heavy going at Ellesmere Port and quite outclassed the home side, whose defence, however, was weakened by Fleming failing to withstand the effects of a previous injury. The visitors served up lovely football, but it was left to Williams, the home centre forward, to open the scoring with a clever header. Birtley and Fryer soon responded for Everton, and Birtley increased the lead early in the second half. Williams responding for the home side. The Town were penned in their own half, while Everton did almost as they pleased. Cunliffe placed them further ahead after his side had missed many scoring chances.
QUICKER STARTING –EVERTON'S KEY TO WEMBLEY.
March 6 1933. Evening Express.
Their Fifth Cup Final If They Heed Lesson of Luton.
By the Pilot.
Everton must get off the mark quicker if they are to reach Wembley and their fifth cup final in the history of the club. This is the lesson to be learned from the 6-0 victory over Luton, which put the champions into the semi-final. Such a statement may appear hypercritical in view of the convincing nature of their victory, but the fact cannot be ignored that for the first 20 minutes of the game they sank to the level of the opposition. There is no need to judge Everton on their second half display. Luton were a well-beaten combination by that time, it being just a question of how many the champions would score.
I attach much more importance to the play of Everton in the opening half-an-hour. With this showing I was dissatisfied. I honestly believe that Everton started with a feeling that the match was already won. This feeling of superiority enabled a lively, go-ahead, quick-tackling Luton to dominate the early exchanges, and twice I noticed that Everton's interventention was stodgy and unconvincing. Everton also missed two gilt-edged chances, and following this there were signs of anxiety. Then came a goal from Stein in 20 minutes, and the remainder was perfectly simple. I think the tactical error in attack was the starvation of Dean. Except for two occasions in the first half he rarely received a workable pass, though he was invariably in position for slip throughs and centres. Everton must exploit Dean more in future games. The left flank was outstanding, Johnson was the best forward on the field –the forager and the grater –while he had a willing and deadly foil in Stein. Dunn was trickiness itself, but Critchley spoiled some good work by over eagerness to impress. Britton was the best half-back, for White was deficient in feeding capabilities and Thomson took time to settle down. The backs –Cook and Cresswell –had no worries after that first 20 minutes, and Sagar did his little well. A 6-0 victory looks good enough, but the actual play forces home the tip that Everton must remain Everton and not allow themselves to fall below that high standard. Since the blues first entered the competition in 1889-90 they have figured in four finals but claim only one victory –that over Newcastle United 1-0 in 1905-06. Their other final appearances were: 1893, lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1; 1897 lost to Aston Villa 2-3; and 1907, lost to Sheffield Wednesday 1-2. It is Everton's second appearance in the semi-final in three years and this applies also to their joint semi-finalists, Manchester City, while if Sunderland pull through in their replay they will also be sharing the honour. Yet, neither of these clubs reached the final pair on these occasions.
EVERTON TO MEET WEST HAM
March 6 1932. Evening Express.
Only Second Division Side in the Competition.
Everton meet West Ham the only second Division side left in the competition in the semi0final of the F.A. cup, as a result of today's draw in London. The draw was as follows. The matches will be played on Saturday March 18. Everton play West ham at Wolverhampton: - Derby County or Sunderland v. Manchester City. At Huddersfield. If replay is necessary, on the ground of Sheffield United. Everton v. West Ham at Wollverhampton, if replay is necessary on the ground of Birmingham F.C. there can be no question but that had the Everton supporters been given choice of their semi-final opponents they would have selected West ham. The Hammers have an unconvincing League record, being fifth from bottom in the Second Division. They went down to the Second Division last season. They are the only Second Division club not to have won away this season. Last season, in the First Division, West Ham beat Everton in London by 4-2, but lost the return at Goodison Park by 6-1. West Ham figured in a sensational first Wembley final, being beaten 2-0 by Bolton wanderers. On that occasion the crowd broke over the ground and thousands were standing around the touchline. This was how West ham have reached the last four:
Round 3 Corinthians (a) 2-0
Round 4 West Bromwich Albion (h) 2-0
Round 5 Brighton and Hove Albion (a) 2-2
Replay (after extra time) 1-0
Round 6 Birmingham (h) 4-0
A Hard Fight.
“I think we have a good chance of reaching Wembley for the first time” said Mr. T.H. McIntosh, the Everton F.C. secretary, when I informed him of the draw (writes the pilot), “but we expect a hard fight” he added. “West ham started badly this season, but they have come into form at the crucial moment. “They will take some beating, but I think we have a good chance of getting into the final.”
Dixie Dean's View.
“That will suit us,” was the comment of Dixie Dean, the Everton captain. “I feel we shall be appearing at Wembley, West ham are not an easy team to beat.
LEICESTER OUT TO SQUARE ACCOUNTS.
March 7 1933. Evening Express.
League Game at Goodison Tomorrow.
By the Pilot.
Leicester City, the club Everton beat in the third round of the F.A. cup in January will be at Goodison Park tomorrow, in search of vital league points. The City, who are only one of the teams fighting to avoid relegation to the Second Division, are at the moment at the foot of the table. Until February, Leicester had not won a home game on a Saturday. Then they struck top form. They beat Aston Villa 3-0 in a mid-week game, following this with a smashing home win against Bolton wanderers, and then came to Anfield and captured two points. On current form they will extent the men who knocked them out of the Cup. Take it from me, it will be no easy thing for the Champions. The City will be out not only to avenge their home Cup defeat, but to square accounts for the draw the Blues forced at Filbert-street in the league. I say to Everton that they must concentrate on securing every possible point. A win tomorrow will place them in the position of a point a match. That figure is always safe against relegation. Everton must try to maintain that average. The Leicester players spent today on the gold link, and will be in fine trim for this attractive game. It is expected that they will field their best team, which will include their new goalkeeper from Scotland, McLaren, of St. Johnstone. He will be deposing another Mclaren.
Geldard is Proving.
Everton will not chose their team until this evening's meeting of the directors, and the only question will be whether Geldard is sufficiently fit to resume in place of Critchley at outside right. Geldard, I am assured, is making good progress, but Critchley did well enough against Luton to give no fears as to strength at outside right. Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White Thomson; Critchley (or Geldard), Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Leicester City: - (probable) Mclaren; Black, Osborne; Smith Heywood, Ritchie; Adcock, Maw, Campbell, Lochhead, Barry.
“Hammers” Strike a Cup Line.
They've Beaten the Team that Twice Defeated Everton.
West Brom. As Semi-Final Guide.
Evening Express, Correspondent London Today.
West ham have beaten West Bromwich Albion in the Cup this season, while Everton, in league games, have twice failed against the Albion. This is one of the strong points put forward in West Ham football circles in support of the Londoners' chance of beating Everton in the semi-final of the F.A. cup at Wolverhampton on march 18. “Two seasons ago, when the Goodison Park team looked likely to carry all before them on the path to Wembley,” said a West Ham club official today, “they were knocked out by West Bromwich Albion, a Second Division club in the semi-final, the Midlands club going on to win the Cup. We hope to emulate the Albion's performance.
“ Type of Play Will suit Us.”
“Everton play football of the best type and that will suit us nicely” he added. “Last season, when our opponents were at the top of the League and we were heading for relegation, we scored a four goals to two victory. We are looking forward to our lads repeating that performance and I have confidence that we shall be successful. “The team are playing better and better each week, and there is still room for improvement. “Dixie Dean, I am told, is the best centre-forward in England. Well, perhaps the match will prove that Jim Barett is the best pivot in the country. We think so, anyway.” Compared with the sides which met last season, West Ham will field a much changed, eleven, though it is not expected that any alteration will be made from Saturday's winning combination against Birmingham unless, of course, injuries crop up. Only Victor Watson of the 1931-32 forwards will be the duty, while a notable absentee will be Jimmy Ruffell, who scored a “hat-trick” when the clubs met at Upton park in the League last campaign. In his place West Ham will have a winger of the highest class in Morton, on whom the Everton defence will need to keep a watchful eye. Cadwell and Barrett remain in the half-back line, but Everton will be meeting new defenders in walker, a busting type of full back, and McMahon, the Scottish junior goalkeeper, who made a name for himself in his first game for West Ham United'' premier eleven in the Cup-tie against Birmingham last Saturday.
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LEICESTER CITY'S BID FOR POINTS.
March 8 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton at Goodison Park receive the team they defeated in the third round of the Cup competition. It will be the third meeting of the clubs this season, for in addition to winning the Cup-tie at Leicester by 3-2, Everton drew there 2-2 in the League match in October. The City have done exceedingly well of late. They did not win a match on Saturday until February, but than beat in turn Aston Villa 3-0 (in a mid-week game), Bolton Wanderers, and Liverpool, the latter at Anfield. This was the City's first away victory of the season. They are desperately in need of points and in addition will be keen or beating the side that knocked them out of the cup committee and on completing a double on Merseyside. Everton need points to relieve them of any anxiety regarding their league position in view if the cup engagements, and so one may expect to see a tire struggle for supremacy, Everton won the game last season by 9-2. Leicester City have been staying at Birkdale, will have their new goalkeeper McLaren, from St. Johnson, on duty. Everton have the side that defeated Luton Town in the Cup tie on Saturday, kick off is at 3.15, and the teams will be: - Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Leicester City: - McLaren; Black, Osborne; Smith, Heywood, Ritchie, Adcock, Maw, Campbell, Lochhead, Barry.
EVERTON REGAIN LOST LEAD.
March 8, 1933. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
Everton met Leicester at Goodison Park today in a rearranged League match . Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Leicester City: - A. McLaren, goal; Black, and Osborne, backs; Smith, Heywood, and Ritchie, half-backs; Adock, Maw, Campbell, Lochhead, and Barry, forwards. Referee Mr. J. Mellor, (Bradford). McLaren was making his first appearance for Leicester. He was formerly with St. Johnstone.
Leicester almost took a goal early on, for after Critchley had ran through cleverly and Dunn had forced what appeared to be a corner, Barry broke away and White's gentle touch prevented Campbell from scoring. Twice Sagar had to fist away from Adcock. McLaren had to punch away from Critchley before Dunn shot over when favourably placed. In eight minutes Everton took the lead. A good dribble by Johnson, which brought him to the left wing, paved the way to the goal. His centre went towards the near post, drawing Mclaren from goal. Dean, standing with his back to the goal, leapt above McLaren and headed the ball across the vacant goal, and Dunn came in to net at will. This goal after eight minutes was made possible by that wonderful head of Dean's. Everton were now on top. Critchley was doing fine work on the right, and Dean was giving the City a lot of trouble with his headwork.
Dean's Good Work.
Dean was doing marvellous work, and now headed across the goal for Johnson to hit a net support. Campbell was a good raider for the City, but he received scant support, although once he drew Sagar well out of goal, and the goalkeeper had to kick to touch. The Everton wingers were finding each other in good style with long sweeping passes, but the City were sorely troubled by the virile leadership of Dean. Black turned a Stein centre over the bar, then McLaren was kept busy dealing with efforts from Stein and Johnson. Little was seen of the Leicester attack, and in 24 minutes Everton made it two with a great goal by Dean. Cook placed a free kick taken from just inside his own half plumb in the Leicester goalmouth. Dean swung round with the ball, and headed magnificently into the far corner, McLaren having no chance. The half-hour brought sensational football, for within a minute Leicester had drawn level. Adcock's centre was passing beyond the goal when Britton nodded it behind the line. From the corner kick the ball ran across goal, and Cresswell, in trying to head clear nodded it up into the roof of the net. Leicester dashed through from the kick off, were repelled once, then with the Everton defence shaping to play the offside game, Campbell slipped through a choice pass to Maw, who drew Sagar from goal and equalised.
Everton Lead Again.
Everton were relentless in their attack after this, but Leicester packed their goal. Osborne intercepting a pass from Dunn handled, and White restored Everton's lead from the penalty kick. This came in 35 minutes. Everton had all the game towards the interval, White being the prime mover in many menacing raids. Maw was playing brilliant football for the City, working openings, and being right in position to finish them off.
Half-time Everton 3 Leicester City 2
Two minutes after the interval Dunn scored Everton's fourth goal. 6
EVERTON 6 LEICESTER CITY 3 (Game 1425 0ver-all)-(Div 1 1383)
March 9 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Beat Leicester.
Losers Put Up Brave Show.
Expert Tactics and Combination
Everton have rubbed it in to the Leicester City wound. They put them out of the cup in the opening round for seniors (at Leicester, by one of Everton's best display this season), and drew there in the League game. Now came the rearranged date for the Goodison Park game. Leicester had been to Southport to get Speciality fit for the fray. They were frayed long before the finish of a splendid game through the run of the ball being against them, through a penalty kick which turned the game to 3-2 after Leicester has scored two goals in just over a minute to draw the scores level after Everton had taken an early lead through Dunn and Dean. Leicester, however, never stooped their stylish display, their combination and their endeavour to earn a point to help them in their relegation fight. It was, therefore, a grand battle, because Everton, at home, can be very entertaining and if their attack is hot for goals they can be riotous in their shooting. Everton caught the right mood yesterday; they felt something was neccassary early on, and they kept up such a hammering of the Leicester defence that the score might have reached double figures. They would have given a false notion of how the game travelled because Leciester were so quick to take up raids by means of wise and goodlength passing, and they added a shot to wind up their attack –generally, it must be confessed, a little high and over the bar. However, the work of both sides merited high praise.
Everton have not been resolute and dashing and punishing for quite a long time; it was a revival of they famous scoring crop of a year ago-Leicester suffered it them, and suffered it again. These sporting visitors felt they had been wrongly convicted of a handling case at a vital junction of the game. The question for Referee Mellor of Bradford to decide was whether Osborne had handled deliberately. It was a important point, but the referee was near the incident and was content in this verdict. Osborne protested so did other members of the eleven, but the spot kick led to Everton taking a lead, per White's place kick at the moment when Leicester had gained confidence and had surprised Everton by taking from them their two goals lead. This was a remarkable rally on the part of Leicester, and the reaction of the penalty kick must have been great, yet all the eleven kept up their keen endeavours and never for seek the better kind of play albeit they had damaged members abroad –Adcock limped and Osborne was a passenger at outside left practically the whole of the second half. So the visitors defence was badly strained, and the work of Mclaren in goal became more urgent, and awkward, indeed there were goals from shots half saved, or from back headers from Dean, who played one of his best games in a rousing exhibition in which he showed a fierceness that it not common in these later days. He scored a most charming goal with a back header when he was not facing the goal.
The game had incidents that would fill columns of this newspaper. I must pay a goal-tribute; Dunn got No 1 through fine work by Johnson and Dean; Dean's picture header came next, then Cresswell heading through his own goal helped the Leicester side; Maw turning a somersault as he ran into score the equaliser was heartily congratulated on a well conceived goal. Next came White's debated penalty kick, and halt time –Everton 3-2. Dunn got the sixth of the day through Dean's aid, dean had a grit for the register of 5-2 the goalkeeper was lucky to escape another Dean goal. Campbell made the score 5-3 after Leciester had narrowly missed three times, and Dean took the final goal. None of the extreme wing work was good Adcock was the best early on, but the remainder were uncertain; otherwise no one could fault the teams. All round there was much interesting football, and Everton's half-back line again impressed as the dominating force, but this time the forward line linked up finely, and Dunn and Johnson were outstanding after Dean's captivating display Cook volley and thundered, Cresswell sauntered, and was safe, and Sagar after a capital start, was not too secure in his pick up. In the Leicester side the three inside forwards also played superbly; Campbell is a Dewar type: trustful and foraging going through single-handed and he has two expert schemers in Lochhead and Maw by his side. At half-back Ritchie was best of the line that did not compare with the finesse and stockiness of the new famous trio, Britton, White, and Thomson. At back Black did much good work, and Mclaren in =harassing circumstances was not to blame because most of the goals came from the range that allows no more than a part-save and often when that was accomplished the ball was crashed into the net. It was a brave losing side; it was a brilliant Everton eleven, and the inspiration of Dean in his greatest form can lead Everton into one of their famous goal-scoring moods. They can go far in Cup and league with a continuation of this virile display. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Leicester City: - A. McLaren, goal; Black, and Osborne, backs; Smith, Heywood, and Ritchie, half-backs; Adock, Maw, Campbell, Lochhead, and Barry, forwards. Referee Mr. J. Mellor, (Bradford).
March 9 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The judgement and dexterity of Dean with hiss head are features of his play that have made him feared by all defences. Two perfect examplers of this artistic trait brought goals yesterday, and two such movements say, in a cup final, would bring down the house. In the first, Dean ran towards goal with an opponent hanging on to him, and turning in the air, as it were, glided the ball back for Dunn to score. The second point came from a free kick taken by Cook near the centre of the field, Dean with his back of the goal, gliding round to turn the ball into the net to the bewilderment of the opposing defenders.
Valuable League Points.
League matches decided yesterday were of importance, as the positions in the relegation zone were concerned, and Leicester City's defeat at Goodison Park increases their difficulties. The City have but 20 points for 30 games, yet their display yesterday did not get give the impression that they were the weakest side in the League; indeed they played remarkably good football, and did much better than the score 6-3 in Everton's favour suggested. The points were most welcome to Everton, as they well relive the club of any slight anxiety that might have been felt. Everton's was a rather mixed display, but they came out all right in the end, and there were some brilliant movements, during the game.
WHITE ON THE INJURED LIST
March 9 1933. Evening Express.
Gee To Deputise At Portsmouth
By the Pilot
Everton will be without White for the match with Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Saturday. The centre-half position will be taken by Gee. White was injured in the match against Leicester City at Goodison Park yesterday. The injury is not serious but in view of the F.A. cup semi-final with West Ham ten days hence no risk can be taken. This is the only change in the team. Geldard still being unfit, and the eleven will be:- Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
Cup Winning Form.
The ease with which Everton beat Leicester 6-3 yesterday must make them favourities for the Cup. They won in effortless style against a galliant side whose play at times belied their lowly league position. The two points have greatly eased Everton's League position, and now, with a point per game average, they can concentrate on their Cup effort with no worries regarding possible relegation. It is a happy position. There was much attractive football in yesterday's game. It sparkled with incident. Everton were two goals to the good in 24 minutes, yet the City –added by a little luck –were level in 31 minutes. Cresswell well headed into his own goal and Maw –a bonny little forward –added a second. So Everton had to begin their task all over again, but they progressed on such scientific and deliberate lines that the result was never in doubt. White's penalty, which restored their lead, was a doubtful one. I could not trace any intentional handling. Seeing, however, that the champions should have two penalties just before, they only got what they deserved.
Everton's forward work was so good that one hesitates to single out anyone, but I must refer to the glorious leadership of Dean, and the cute manner in which he cut out shooting chances. He scored three goals himself –his second, a header, was magnificent –and provided Dun with the two openings from which the Scot scored. White and Britton were fine half backs, but Thomson found the wily Adcock a warm handful after the international. The only defensive flaw was that twice in the second half misfielded the ball, and a goal accrued from one of these slips. Leicester fielded a new goalkeeper in McLaren, from St. Johnstone, and he certainly kept the score down. Black was a glorious defender, especially after his partner, Osborne, had been forced to go outside left through a knee injury. Heywwod, Ritchie, Adcock, Campbell, and Maw were other successes, with Maw a scintillating personality. The goals were scored by Dean (3), Dunn (2), and White for Everton and Cresswell (own goal), Maw, and Campbell for the visitors.
Mr. T. H. McIntosh Everton's secretary informs me that applications may now be made for tickets for the semi-final at Wolverhampton. A limited number of tickets at 10s, 6d, 7s.6d and 5s are available, and applications should be made immediately to Goodison Park including remittance and stamped addressed envelope. It is essential that early application should be made.
Advertisement in Evening Express. F.A. Cup Semi-Final –Everton v. West Ham United, at Wolverhampton (Saturday March 18 th ). Tickets for the above match at 10/6, 7/6, and 5/ may be obtained from Everton F.C. at Goodison Park. Applications for stands must included remittance and stamped addressed envelope. Thos H. McIntosh, Secretary.
GEE'S RETURN TO EVERTON TEAM.
March 10 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton will have quite an enthusiastic band of friends to cheer them on at Portsmouth tomorrow, as the many “exile” from Merseyside now in business at Southampton are likely to make the short trip to Portsmouth to see the players who have brought the club into the F.A. cup Semi-final. Gee is to turn out at centre-half back in place of White, who received an injury in the match on Wednesday. The players travel to Buxton on Monday to prepare for the Semi-final duel with West ham United. The team to oppose Portsmouth will be: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
March 10 1933. Evening Express.
Ben Williams, Everton's Welsh international right back, will have his first game tomorrow since his operation for cartilage trouble. Williams was injured in the match with Wolverhampton Wanderers on December 24, and later underwent a successful operation for the removal of a cartilage in the left leg. Since then he has made fine progress and has been kicking with confidence and accuracy in training. So much ha this impressed itself upon the directors that Williams has a trial run with the reserves against Manchester United at Goodison Park tomorrow. Everton Reserve: - Coggins; Williams, Bocking; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Birtley, Cunliffe, Fryer, McGourty, Turner.
EVERTON IN THE SOUTH
March 11 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton, who give their supporters many surprises, pleasant and otherwise, in the course of a game, go to Portsmouth in the hope of improving a rather drab away record. Portsmouth play an artistic game, so that the match should prove really intertaining. Gee plays instead of White, but that is the only change from the team which defeated Leicester. The Portsmouth eleven, which beat Liverpool a fortnight ago by 2-1 will face Everton. Teams: - Portsmouth: - Gilfillan; Mackie, Smith (W.), Nichol, Allen, Thackerley; Worrall, Smith, Weddle, Easson Rutherford. Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
PORTSMOUTH 2 EVERTON 2 (Game 1426 over-all)-(Div 1 1384)
March 13 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Cup players in Form
Everton Men came Through Unhurt
Excellent Work At Portsmouth
Everton made an import change from their recognised Cup team –Gee for White –for the game at Portsmouth, a game they hardly expected to save, because Portsmouth are a good side and at home they have lately been doing very good work. However, Everton took a draw of 2-2, and earned their point. Everton's away form has not been good this season. Wins at Middlesbrough and Leicester (Cup-tie game) were good, but it had come to be an almost recognized fact that Everton could not play their normal game away from home. Their work at Fratton Park, before 20,000 spectators was good enough to prove that they are now at their best in attack, even though Dean was not exactly strenuous or exerting himself against the all-powerful Allen, who is inches higher than Dean and is a noteworthy header of the ball. Everton's form was of all-round character again Sagar did extremely well. His catching was a tribute to his safe measures and his keen eye, and only once was he faulted –when he was charged over so near a goal that it was an escape. The backs were strong. At half-back Gee, as a deputy for White, who was present looking on, started rather tenderly, but eventually reached good form, and his destructive powers were made manifest. Gee rarely wasting a ball. It was pleasing to the Everton people that no one was hurt, that the Goodison side played with verve and vivacity. There had been though that in view of the Cup-tie engagement with West ham next Saturday there would be a game in which there would by some holding off, but actually the opposite was the case; indeed, the match turned at times into a biting game, with the referee called upon to issue warning notes –which is far from what one had been led to expect from a meeting of old friends.
A Good Start.
Everton started with a goal and that seemed to light up the enthusiasm of the eleven. Stein got the ball, and it was a nice strong shot that Gilfillan tried to hold. The ball beat the goalkeeper through sheer pace, and Everton were playing well until Worrall made a solo run on the line gave the dummy to Cresswell, and centred the ball square for the home centre to take an instant shot. Portsmouth went ahead through a similar movement. Rutherford made a square centre after beating Cook, and Weddle again applied the last touch –a sharp and short shot that found its fillet in spite of the able and consistent way Sagar had been shaping to all kinds of shots notably those from J. Smith and Easson. Everton did not appear to be good for a draw at this point, but Stein made a centre, so that Dean pushed home without ceremony. Then Portsmouth showed pronounced weakness at wing half-back, and in the end Everton were worth their draw and the manner of their play suggested that this game would be sufficient to beat West Ham in the semi-final.
Britton Stands Out.
Britton was the best of the line, and in close dribbling did not forsake the main matter, namely, work for his wingman, the ball being put cutely on the touch-line area. Forward, the line lacked a central factor, Dean was out-headed, and out-generated by a big man who never left him. Johnson and Dunn were always busy schemers. Johnson put in two curious bumping balls that Gilfillan held but his awkwardness at getting down to them showed the difficulty of his task. Stein was sure all through, and notably in the second half. His corners kicks are part of a plan of campaign, Johnson going towards the ball sufficient, Johnson going towards the ball sufficient to blot out the view of the goalkeeper. Critchley suffered a shoulder hurt and some severe tackles, and played a steady game, kicking his feet better than usual and making some good centres. Portsmouth were variable. They helped to make the first half a capital display of finesse, strong shots and rousing football. After that the excellence of Worrall and Rutherford was lost because the wing half backs and the inside forwards were an poor in their distribution.
Players For The Trial?
Easson was clever without a sustained effort throughout the game, and Smith was the best shooter of the day. Portsmouth is to be the home of an international trial game in a few weeks. I understand that Everton will have a good representation, namely Sagar, White, Geldard and Britton . Teams: - Portsmouth: - Gilffialn, goal; Mackie and Smith (W.), backs; Nichol, Allen and Thackerley, half-backs; Worrall, Smith (J.), Weddle, Easson, and Rutherford, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. C. Line, Birmingham.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 3
March 13 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 30)
A brilliant first half hat-trick by Turner placed Everton in a winning position at the interval, but before the close the advantage had been lost, and Everton had to be content with a draw. Williams returning after injury, played well without taking undue risk, but Everton's outstanding defender was Bocking, who was brilliant throughout. The United had sound attacking ideas and a sturdy defence. Mitchell opened the score for Manchester, then followed Turner's hat-trick, and after resuming a penalty successfully coverted by Dawson gave the United a chance with the result that before the close McDonald scored the equaliser. A most interesting game, that Everton should have won . Everton: - Coggins, goal; Williams and Bocking, backs; Mercer, Clark, and Archer, half-backs; Birtley Cunliffe, Fryer, McGourty and Turner, forwards. Manchester United: - Hall, goal; Dawson and Silcock, backs; McLenahan, Vose, and McLachlan, half-backs; Mitchell, MacDonald, Black, Callimore, and Brown, forwards. Referee Mr. C.W. Abbott.
GELDARD AND WHITE WILL BE FIT.
March 13 1933, Evening Express.
Fifteen Everton Players Go To Buxton.
By the Pilot.
Just before the Everton party left Liverpool for Buxton, today, I was assured that both Geldard and White will be fit for next Saturday's F.A. Cup semi-final game with West Ham United. Fifteen players made the journey. The Cup team will be chosen tomorrow. An addition was made to the original party Bocking being included. The players in the party were: - Sagar Cook, Cresswell, Williams, Bocking, Britton, White, Thomson, Gee, Geldard, Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Cook, the Irish international right back, jarred an ankle in the game at Fratton park and there is slight soreness, but I am assured that this will disappear in a couple of days and that the former Glasgow Celtic man will be fit for the last hurdle on the march to Wembley. The players will remain at Buxton until Saturday morning and than journey straight through to Wolverhampton.
Everton showed up in a good light at Fratton Park, where they deserved their point as a result of a 2-2 draw. They contributed some splendid football fore and aft, and it was a game, which will be remembered for its thrills and speedy football. The first half was particularly good. The Champions held a distinct advantage at wing half and on the extreme forwards flanks, and much of their constructive work was better than that of Pompey. As a matter of fact there was no weakness in the team, for the defence offered a fine resistance to the nippy, methodical Portsmouth forwards, who always constituted a menace. It was just after the resumption that Portsmouth showed up best, and had it not been for stolid defensive work on the part of the Blues. Pompey might have taken more than Weddle's goal. The Everton showed that they could pull out that extra effort which eventually saved the game. Sagar was the best man on the Everton side. He was kept busy and got through his work in brilliant style. Cook gave another fine exhibition and Cresswell contrived to overcome Worrall's definite advantage in pace.
Gee Does Well.
One of the most gratifying features was the play of Gee at centre half. As one member of the side put it “Charlie needs just that extra yard to be that Gee of old.” There is no doubt but that Gee is coming back to his true form. He played with confidence in the tackle and used the ball exceedingly well. Now he need have no fears that his leg will not stand any strain. Critchley and Stein were the best forwards, though the inside men carved out some lovely openings. Repetition of such form, with the extra Cup punch, should ensure Everton appearing at Wembley.
GELDARD AND WHITE READY
March 14 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton have taken up their quarters at Buxton to prepare for what they expect will prove a hard tussle at Wolverhampton on Saturday. Fifteen players have gone to the Derbyshire resort their being: - Sagar, Cook, Cresswell, Williams, Bocking, Britton, White, Thomson, Gee, Geldard, Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The players, go on to Wolverhampton from Buxton on Saturday morning. I am informed that Geldard has made good progress and that the outside right and White will be ready for the strenuous task in hand. Cook hurt his ankle on Saturday, but is expected to be soon all right.
EVERTON CUP TEAM
March 15 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton will be at full strength for the Cup semi-final tie against West Ham United, at Wolverhampton, on Saturday. Geldard, who was injured in the match against Derby County, is fit again, and along with White –who did not play against Portsmouth last Saturday-returns to the side, to the exclusion of Critchley and Gee. Thus the team that beat Leicester City 3-2, Bury 3-1, and Leeds United 2-0 will be on duty, and the only change from the side that beat Luton Town 6-0 is Geldard for Critchley. The team for the semi-final, therefore is: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn Dean, Johnson, Stein. This side should I think, be good enough to beat the Hammers and take Everton into the final for the fifth time in their history. The players who are in training at Buxton, are all reported fit and well, and, there is a feeling of confidence that the team record of never having lost a match on a Saturday after a stay at Buxton will be maintained. But they do not intend to take anything for granted. West ham's poor record in the second Division of the League may be ignored when weighing up the chances of the sides in a Cup tie, and it must not be forgotten that in the knock-out competition the London club beat both West Bromwich Albion, and Birmingham. But those games were played at West ham, and I cannot see a side that has only one away win to its credit this season –against the Corinthians in the Cup-beating Everton at Wolverhampton.
Barrett and Dean.
The Second Division team will, no doubt reply upon Barrett holding up Dean and speedy forwards upsetting the Everton defence, but I am of the opinion that the Hammers' rearguard will not be equal to the task of checking the Everton wingers, and that the Goodison park's half-backs will be capable of holding up the opposing attacks. I believe the optimism of the followers of Everton will be justified, and that the Blues will prevail.
Probable West Ham Change.
Though West Ham had several of the Cup players out of the side beaten at Oldham, on Monday, it is expected that Barrett will have fully recovered from his knee injury, and Pollard, who has not played since West Ham beat Birmingham 4-0 in the last round, will be able to resume. McMahon the young goalkeeper who took the place of G. Watson (injured in a motor mishap) in the last tie, strained the ligaments of his shoulder at Oldham and may stand down. Fortunately Watson has recovered, and he is likely to turn out. A decision will not be reached until today, but the team will probably be: - Watson; Chalkley, Walker; Collins, Barrett, Musgrave; Yews, Pollard, Watson, Wilson, Morton.
Took Part In Previous Semi-Final.
Of the Everton team to do duty on Saturday, Cresswell, Thomson, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, and Stein opposed West Bromwich Albion at Manchester in the semi-final two years ago. Watson, the West Ham centre forward, played for the club in the famous final at Wembley in 1923, and now ten years later he has a chance of appearing in another final. Johnson, the Everton inside left, assisted Manchester City in the final of 1926 when Bolton Wanderers won the trophy.
Everton Reserves Side.
The Everton reserves side to meet Bolton in a Central league game at Burnden Park today, includes Gee at Centre half and Grififths outside right, the team being: - Coggins; Common, Bocking; Mercer, Gee, Archer; Griffiths, Cunliffe, Fryer, McGourty, Turner.
EVERTON AT FULL STRENGTH IN EVERY WAY
March 15 1933. Evening Express.
Geldard Survives Strenuous Test.
Shush! A Secret Sign.
By the Pilot.
This is Everton's team for the F.A. cup semi-final with West ham United at Wolverhampton on Saturday. Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
Geldard is fit and definitely will play, White returns to centre-half vice Gee. The team is the eleven, which defeated Leicester City, Bury, and Leeds United in previous cup rounds. I saw Geldard's test yesterday at Buxton. In “full marching order,” he sprinted trotted and indulged in strenuous ball practice for fully half an hour. Not once did his injured ankle even give him a twinge. One cannot sprint with the ball at one's toes, turn sharply and swing in an accurate centre if one is not in good conditions. Geldard did this –and more. He was cutting in and shooting with rare power and precision. Geldard is fit all right. Cook's damaged ankle, is right again and White says he is in good fettle again.
What A Contrast.
The last time Bert Wright and I called on Everton in training at Buxton the players were shoveling snow to make a running track; yesterday they were on the golf links and even playing tennis in brilliant sunshine. I saw Dixie Dean play Charlie Gee, and if Dean's headwork on Saturday is as good as his overhead driving at tennis, then West ham will suffer the same fate as Gee, who lost 6-2. But I am before my story. Mystery his crept into the Everton camp. When Bert and I made out appearance we were greeted solemnly with a peculiar sign. We discovered that it was necessary to know this to obtain admission to the “Society of Ancient Brittons.” Humbly we presented ourselves for initiation. Of course we cannot give it all away but if you pass your right hand with the palm open slowly across the front of the face and extend your arm sideways at shoulder height a member of this society will give you the password “ol'Pal!” There will be thousands of ‘ol'pals” at Wolverhampton on Saturday. The residents of Buxton have caught the “fever,” and everywhere one hears “ol Pal.” This symbol of Everton's happy team spirit threatens to capture supporters not only in Buxton but in Liverpool, too. When we went on to the Buxton Town ground we met directors Mr. Jack Sharp and Dr. Cecil Baxter, with Mr. T. H. McIntosh and Trainer Harry Cooke, watching their charges. Mr. Sharp is the only one of the party possessing a F.A. Cup winners's medal. He got it with Everton in 1906, and he is there to inspire the team of 1933 to emulate that wonder side of 27 years ago. Mr. Sharp is not jealous of his trophy. No, he wants eleven more Everton colleagues to gain that medal, and his advice on cup affairs is widely sought and freely given. The much-interrupted golf match between Stein and Britton and Johnson and Critchley, which they have been trying to complete on each visit to Buxton is ended. It has suffered a complete “fade-out,” You know why? Well Stein and Britton were seven up at the eight, so the others retired. I hear that Tommy Johnson is waiting for the first tunnel on the way to Wolverhampton to dispose of his clubs. This according to Jimmy Dunn.
Mr. Sharp and Dr. Baxter are doing valuable work in getting the players fit by playing golf every day. They play a match with two players each afternoon and up to now have not been beaten. Mr. McIntosh selects their opponents and controls the game. He is determined to lower the directors' colours before the week is out. Everton are once again “taking a course of mineral baths, which, I am told, acts as a stimulant to the blood stream of athletics. The Derby County players went to Buxton for golf on Monday, and it is said that when they saw the Everton boys arrive and begin golf they packed up their bags and balls and went home. The players walked to the Cat and Fu8iddle and back today, and tomorrow they will have more ball practice and baths. Training concludes on Friday morning. They are so busy getting fit that they have not any time to discuss their chances against West Ham. Personally I do not think that the subject needs discussion.
EVERTON MEN IN ENGLAND TRIAL
March 15 1933. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
As foreshadowed exclusively in The Evening Express four Everton players have been selected to appear in the English International trial match which takes place at Portsmouth on Wednesday, March 22. Today Sagar and Britton were selected for goal and right half respectively in the England eleven, and White and Geldard were chosen to play at centre half and outside right respectively in the Rest side.
BOLTON RESERVES V EVERTON RES
March 15 1933. Evening Express.
The re-arranged Central league game between Everton Res, and Bolton Wanderers took place at Burnden Park today. In ten minutes Bolton scored. Render headed the ball over the head of the advancing Coggins and it went over the goal line. Everton showed smartness and good understanding in attack, but were met by a resolute defence in which Athkinson was outstanding. Everton were constantly worried by the clever Bolton forwards. Half-time Bolton Wanderers 1, Everton 0.
EVERTON “CROSS-SWARD” PUZZLE FOR WEST HAM.
March 16, 1933. Evening Express.
Forward! Motto for Forwards but Dean Will Nod One Down Occasionally.
By the Pilot.
“We must cut out too much back-passing……. We must concentrate on moving forward……. The cross-field swinger and the short quick pass will constitute our plan for Saturday's cup semi-final with West Ham at Wolverhampton. I think it will take us to Wembley.” Billy Dean, the Everton captain, Comment is superfluous. West Ham had had to make two changes and possibly will have to make a third. Cadwell resumes at left half back and Wood played so well at outside right on Monday that he is likely to be retained instead of Yews. Wood paved the way for four West Ham goals against Everton at Upton Park last season. The conditions of McMahon, the goalkeeper, is doubtful.
We'll Make It Snappy.
Direct Action the Way to Wembley - Dixie Dean
Everton have never been a team to overdo passing back, but there is a feeling that the players might become inclined to adopt this method rather too often. Everyone in the side appreciate to the full that in certain circumstances the pass back instead of forward is a winner, but too much of it tends to slow up the action of the side. It is direct action, which will lead to Wembley. I had an opportunity of discussing this point with Billy Dean, whose fear was that team would pass back often enough to retard swift action. “I know that occasionally a cute back pass shows a profit,” he said” but I feel certain that Everton will do much better if they move forward the whole time. “There is no doubt but that fast, accurate football, with the movements being developed quickly and worked with a forward passing action, will take us to Wembley. “That is why I think we must cut out too much of the back-passing.” I asked Dean what he thought of his own move in the goalmouth when he heads back centres to his inside forwards for them to blaze at goal. This move is one of the finest I have ever seen. It has proved a winner not only in league and cup football, but in international game and the master man as it is Dean.
It would be a great play if Everton scrapped such a match winning move, and Dean was quick to assure me that he will continue to use the move in certain circumstances. “Even that can be overdone” he said. “But I firmly believe it is a move that can bring us victory and we shall put it into operation when the occasion demands.” Demands. Dean's contention is that it far more effective to nod a ball down to the feet of an in-running forward than to endeavour to make a header on his own in circumstances where he cannot get sufficient power behind the ball to make it a winner. A player moving towards a ball has a much better chance of scoring, Dean has worked it out and perfected the move. It would be silly if Everton scrapped it I know they will not, but those at the Molineux Grounds will certainly see a progressive Everton from start to finish. The members of the team in training at Buxton were at running and ball practice on the Buxton Town ground today, and later had mineral baths.
West Ham Make Chances.
Cadwell and Wood to Play
In consequence of injuries West Ham have been forced to make changes for their semi-final match with Everton. Musgrove cannot appear at left half-back, and his place is to be taken by Cadwell. Wood, the outside right, who paved the way for four goals against Everton at Upton last season, takes the place of Yews at outside right. The conditions of McMahon, the young goalkeeper who injured his shoulder at Oldham, on Monday is more resurring but it is still doubtful whether he will be fit in time. If he is not his deputy will be G. Watson. West Ham: McMahon (or G. Watson); Chalkley Walker; Collins, Barrett, Cadwell; Wood, Pollard, Watson, Wilson, Morton. Yesterday, the party following normal custom, alighted from the trial at Leigh-on-sea, and walked along the front to Southend, late taking a stroll to the end of the pier. A flying billiard handicap took place during the afternoon, the usual brine baths having been indulged in, and the party returned to London in good time.
EVERTON CUP TEAM SENSATION
March 16 1933. Evening Express, Front Page
Geldard Breaks Down Again
Critchley to Take his Place.
Geldard, Everton's brilliant young outside-right, will not play in the F.A. cup semi-final against West ham at Wolverhampton on Saturday, Critchley will take his place. Following a test on Tuesday Geldard reported fit and was chosen by the directors to play. Today when he was training on the Buxton Town ground with the other Everton players he was kicking in, when he hit a ball with his toe and felt the effect in his injured ankle. That one shot at goal upset all calculations. Geldard reported it to Mr. McIntosh and Trainer Harry cook. Mr. McIntosh immediately got into touch with the club directors in Liverpool and it was decided that Crithcley should play at outside right. When I spoke to the captain, Dixie Dean, on the matter, he said; “it is a pity that Geldard cannot play, but we have a fine substitute in Critchley. He has been playing well lately in the first team and he is just the type of player who can go out and win this game off his own bat. The injury to Geldard –it was received in the game with Derby County on Feb 25 –will probably prevent him from playing for The Rest in the English international trial match at Portsmouth on Wednesday next. Of Course, the injury may right itself in time, but the situation at the moment is that Geldard must be regarded as “doubtful.” It is an extraordinary thing that when Everton last appeared in a semi-final they had to make a change at outside-right. Wilkinson then took the place of Critchley. Everton lost that game to West Bromwich Albion at Manchester. Everton team for the West Ham match will be: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Britton; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 BOLTON WANDERERS RESEVRES 1
March 16 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
CentraL League (Game 31)
Weak finishing prevented Bolton establishing a winning lead in the first half, when Render headed their only goal. Everton made most of their physical advantage and superior team work in the second half, when Turner, Griffiths, and Cunliffe scored. Everton owed much to Coggins for a plucky display in goal, and to Bocking and Gee's success in defence. Everton's forwards shot badly for an hour, but made amends afterwards. Griffiths being the source of danger. Everton: - Coggins, goal; Common and Bocking, backs; Mercer, Gee and Archer, half-backs; Griffiths, Cunliffe, Fryer, McGourty, and Turner, forwards.
EVERTON AND WEST HAM CHANGES.
Match 17 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
It was believed that Geldard had completely recovered from his ankle injury received in the game against Derby County on February 25, but during a test yesterday, it was found that he is still unfit to play, and so Critchley will appear against west Ham. Everton will thus have the side that beat Luton Town in the sixth round of the competition by six goals to nothing. West ham United made changes from the team that beat Birmingham 4-0 in the previous round, Caldwell and herd are to play left-half and outside right respectively for Musgrove and Yews, both injured, and McMahon, the goalkeeper, who has a damage shoulder, is doubtful. If he does not play Watson, who was injured in a motor accident just before the Birmingham tie, will turn out. I think Everton will reach Wembley all right, but the defenders must keep a close watch on the speedy West ham wingers. The teams will be: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn Dean, Johnson, Stein. West Ham: - McMahon (or G Watson; Chalkley, Walker; Collins, Barrett, Cadwell; Wood, Pillard, Watson (V.), Wilson, Morton
The Rest beat England by five goals to one, at Portsmouth yesterday, around 15,000 spectators were present, Sagar and Britton playing for England, and White for the Rest.
A NATIIONAL TIP-EVERTON FOR WEMBLEY!
March 17 1933. Evening Express.
Greatest Cup Chance For 27 Years.
Why West Ham Should Not Stop Then Tomorrow.
By the Pilot.
Only once in the whole history of the competition has the F.A. cup come to the city of Liverpool. Everton won the trophy 27 years ago. This year they have the finest chance of their career to repeat that achievement. Tomorrow they meet West Ham United at Wolverhmpton in the semi-final. The Londoners are the only surviving Second Division side, and the hope of the South of England. On form Everton should win well and quality to meet the winners of the Manchester City v Derby County game in the final at Wembley in April. West Ham's great trust is placed in their clever forwards and in Barrett's ability to hold up the Everton inside forwards; Everton's strength lies in a better balanced team with stronger half-backs and an attack which, I believe, is more efficient that that of the Londors. My fancy is Everton for Wembley. Manchester and Derby clash at Huddersfield, and Derby, is like West Ham, will be trying to lift the trophy for the first time in history. The Everton players themselves believe that they can win, and I have no fears that they will treats the opposition lightly and so run risks. They will find West Ham a quickmoving side, with fleet-footed wingers who profit by the match-winning crossfield pass. Their forwards are to be feared. They adopted direct methods and have a dangerous marksman in Victor Watson. The Everton intermediates must get a firm grip on the line right from the beginning. If they contrive to do that than everything should pan out right for the Football League champions.
The Problem of Barrett.
Barrett, the tall, burly West Ham captain and centre half, is an entirely different proposition. He is first and foremost a defender, and he will take it upon himself the special task of blotting out the Everton inside trio. Yet, there is a way to outwit Barrett. It is this. The inside forwards must concentrate on exploiting the wingers on every possible occasion. If they keep the ball moving swiftly from wing to wing, it should cause West ham to lose further interest in the Cup. Another word of advice to Everton, I do hope they will rid themselves of any desires to “walk” the ball into the net. Tomorrow will be a day for first time shooting. No one will grumble if a few first times shots do travel yards wide. These are bound to the failures. The Game means a lot to every one of the Everton players, but perhaps it is regarded as the most important match two of the men have ever figured in. I refer to Dean and Johnson. Both these players have won every honour first class football has to offer with one exceptions. The exception is a F.A. cup-Winners medal. Johnson already holds a F.A. Cup runners up medal –he played for Manchester City in the final of 1926 –but he wants the other one. It will be Everton's 10 th appearance in the semi-final of the competition. Everton will be without Geldard, who damaged his ankle in training at Buxton, so Critchley, who figured against Luton town in the sixth round tie, continues at outside right. West Ham have team doubts, and it has not yet been decided whether McMahon of G. Watson appears in goal. The Everton players will leave Buxton tomorrow morning and lunch at Birmingham. They are due back at Liverpool tomorrow night shortly after 8.pm. Dixie Dean, summing up his club's chances, says, “I feel certain, in my own mind, that we shall beat West Ham. The boys are determined that they shall not fall down at this hurdle, and I have the greatest faith in their ability. It will not be an easy task, but the harder the game the better we play. Teams: Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Hohnson, Stein. West Ham United:- McMahon (or Watson); Chalkley, Walker, Collins, Barrett, Cadwell; Wood, Pollard, Watson (V.), Wilson, Morton.
CRITCHLEY SENDS EVERTON TO WEMBLEY
March 18 1933. Evening Express, Football Edition
Winning Goal After 83 Minutes
“Hammers” Mastered After Rare Tussle
By the Pilot.
Everton for Wembley! They beat West ham 2-1 in the semi-final at Wolverhampton today, only after a rare tussle. Critchley, who had come in as sub for Geldard, put Everton in the final. His goal came after 83 minutes. Everton were 50 per cent. They lost the lead after 43 minutes when Victor Watson put West Ham level. It was a triumph over kick and rush tactics . Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein forwards. West Ham United: - Watson (G.), goal; Chalkley and Walker, backs; Collins Barrett (captain), and Cadwell, half-backs; Wood, Pollard, Watson (V.), Wilson, and Morton, forwards. Referee Mr. E. Pinckston (Birmingham).
First Column is unreadable, at creased of paper.
Centred a high ball down the middle and prevented Watson (G.) from clearing, and also getting Stein away. Stein centred first time and the dropping ball pissed over Watosn (G.), who was trying desperately to get back to his goal line, struck the top bar, and bounced over. Sagar had to pick up a tame header from wood, and Everton found themselves bunkered by the offside tactics of the Hammers. Most of the play was in midfield, with Everton the better. Yet I must confess that I was disappointed with the game as a spectacle. Everton should have got a penalty when Dean was pushed in the back by Barrett when shaping for a Stein centre. Dean then got offside, and from the free kick Morton broke through.
He ran almost to the goal line before middling a great centre to the near post and Victor Watson leveled the scores with a delightful header that gave Sagar, who was hampered by two colleagues, little chance of saving. Everton returned to the attack and Critchley dropped a centre on the roof of the net. White and Thomson missed the ball, so that Watson (V.) was able to go through and crash a terrific shot just over the top.
Half-time Everton 1 West Ham United 1.
Everton had played well below form in a game, which did not inspire as a football spectacle. The Hammers were putting up a far better show than most had expected and enthusiasm and quickness was certainly upsetting the more thoughtful Everton. White had not been happy; in fact, the Everton defenders had been rather hesitant. Everton had a free kick, which Dean could not reach, and Dunn, running across goal, missed the ball. Dean kicked over the bar from a big clearance by Cook. Dunn tried a speculative lob shot, which Watson (G.) punched aside, and the ball struck the foot of the upright and bounced back into play, with Everton racing back in celebration of what they thought was a goal. Victor Watson was playing a great game for the Hammers. Sagar had difficulty in clearing from Morton after good work by the London leader.
Sagar Saves Everton.
Now Sagar saved Everton. Watson got clean through with clever use of head and foot, and had only Sagar to beat. Sagar ran out and baulked the shot, followed up, and frustrated Wilson and Morton from reaching the ball. Critchley was fouled by Barrett, but the free kick came to nought. Wood had a great chance to give West ham the lead from three yards, but played over the top. Everton were not playing with 50 per cent, of the true form against a team, which Should not have taken much beating. Stein always seemed the man most likely to win the game for Everton. West Ham were playing much better than in the first half, and their open football was giving the Everton defence real drubbing. Morton should have scored when Victor Watson placed across the goal, but with only Sagar to beat the young winger hit the ball first time, and it passed yards wide of the goal. Seven minutes from time Everton took the lead, and it was Critchley, the man who had come in as a reserve, who did the trick. For once Barrett failed. He delayed his tackle, and Critchley slipped through well inside the penalty area. Critchley feinted to pass to Dean, but cut in between two players and scored with a shot that hit Watson (G.), bounced up over the goalkeeper and a yard over the line.
Everton War Dance.
Collins ran into the net and booted the ball out, but it had already counted for Everton, whose players leapt down the field like Indians doing a war dance at their success. There were tremendous scenes of enthusiasm at the finish. Johnson raced for the ball and picked it up, while crowds of Everton supporters rushed on the field to congratulate the players. Dean and Watson shook hands, and had to have a cordon of police, to escort them to the dressing room.
Dean interviewed after the match said: “This is our dream coming true. I do not think we played quite up to our standard, but West Ham proved themselves a fine enthusiastic side. “It is a glorious thing for Everton, and we hope to beat the City in the final.” Victor Watson, the West ham captain, said,” I though we were unlucky, but we wish Everton all the success in the final. “We have had a good Cup run, but it should not have ended today.” I learn after the match that Barrett helped Critchley's winning shot into the net, but Critchley must be credited as the scorer. Now for Wembley, and the Blues' fifth final. Final Everton 2 West Ham 1.
EVERTON 2 WEST HAM UNITED 1 (F.A. Cup Game 137)
March 20 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
How A Chance Was Taken.
Critchley-Barrett Goal Decides
West Ham Mastered in Game of Thrills.
By virtue of a win of 2-1 over West Ham at Wolverhampton, Everton will pay their first visit to Wembley on April 20 th to meet Manchester City. And the Everton followers who followed them to Molineux Grounds will make one trite statement: Everton will need to play vastly better at Wembley than they did at Wolverhampton to have any chance against Manchester City. My duty, however, is not one of futures, but a review of the past. Without going into minute details it must be said at once that the better side lost, that Everton can be congratulated upon their good fortune in a 2-1 verdict obtained through a faulty finale. The birth of the final goal to Critchley cum Barrett was tragic in many ways. Barrett had played a hero's part: he had done two men's work. His burly frame was soon challenging Dean and others through a period of just 83 minutes. Then he went out of position a trifle to make a simple clearance. He could have kicked into touch with the strength and readiness of Everton's Cook. He felt he would be more secure if he drew the ball to his right foot in a slight dribble against Critchley, who was in the neighborhood. One of his feet slipped the ball was never taken to the trusty right foot; Critchley saw his chance, flashed in, and then weaved and wavered for a chance. Twice it seemed to come to him, but Critchley has a penchant for going still further inward to goal and having got near the centre position and finding no one hardy to pass to, he shot hard.
G. Watson made a half save; the ball fled to the air, and spinning its way was coming over the goalkeeper's body. Barrett had seen that, and running forward to redeem his first mistake, error, of accident –the last is the best phrase to suit the occurrence –the ball struck the burly man on the chest and cannoned over the goalline. How little was its pace can be stimulated by the fact that the ball never reached the back of the net, not that makes real difference, because the line must be crossed, and the sound referee, Mr. Ernest Pinkston, of Birmingham, had duly noted the crossing. All goals in the modern game have some strangely simple thing as their beginning, so that one must not lay stress upon the way a goal started except that in this case the hero of the Second Division's side had borne the heat and fear of the day. He had succeeded against odds, against the favourities for the Cup, against the world's best centre forward; then the tragic happening. What is more the opening goal of the match, scored by Dunn, had an unusual process as its starting point. The “Lever” was pulled by Collins, who in passing back made a badly-directed kick and conceded a corner. Stein takes these with superb judgement these days. He had nearly scored with the ball that ran along the crossbar; now he got the ball curling in forwards the well-posted Johnson, who drifted it to Dunn's head, and for once Everton had taken the lead early in the game –six minutes. Every Evertonian felt that the gods were on the side of the big battalion.
After a half an hour, however, the ball began to find itself first at one end and the at the other; rarely was there concentrated attack, the flight of the ball incessant; where it had been punished into a throw-in area it now became the buffer, without delay it was banged from one end to the other. Thus the first rudiments of a Cup-tie were assured –fast football –and this game proved faster and faster as it went along its winding courses. Actually I think the pace was the cause of Everton crumbing; there were at least four men who did not stay the full distance and before half-time had run themselves out. However, this could not be called a kick and rush game because there was much neatness as well as a fleetness, and West ham were eventually lighted up by a remarkable goal scored by Vic Watson, the centre-forward, who took the Morton centre with a fine glinting head and equalised the scores two minutes from the interval. Everton were shocked. Watson was near making it two in two minutes. Then came West Ham's turn. Everton became nervy, surprised, almost shattered by the ease with which some of these lads of London went through the ranks with a skill one had not imagined in their locker.
A Boy Success.
Morton, was the thorn in the side of Everton. A mere boy of eighteen, schooled at Sheffield, and full of pluck, his game was of the Jackson pattern; he never lost his head or his confidence to beat anything that crossed his path; here was a genuine test of Britton, the trial half-back at Portsmouth. And Britton had to admit defeat. He seemed to have feet of clay against this trim-built young man, who was only twice as fault, once when he dribbled to centre, and then went back to his post by the same means. This was clever football without faulty; indeed that was West ham's besetting sin for nearly an hour. However, they were able to do much through the pairing off of Morton and Watson, with Pollard fading out after a good start, and Wilson being rather slow after being robbed of a goal by a lucky clearance. Each team had this sort of flury occurrence, and on chances I should say they were level, but for actual and soundness in movement and systematic attacking by the best methods it cannot be denied that West Ham were well ahead on points, and did not deserve to be put out of the cup after such a good display.
Everton Fail to Satisfy
I am not going into details about superfluous points; the fact remains that Everton failed to satisfy themselves or their patrons in a game that was packed with thrills and for a semi-final stage was above par. On the form they displayed, one wonders how West ham come to be near the foot of the Second Division. It is incredible. Taking the luckless losers first I would say that their goalkeeper started shakily and wound up with fines saves from Johnson, Stein, and Dean when the game was over and Everton had caught their best mood through the luck of the leading goal. At back Chalkley started too, earnestly, and has yet to learn that distance can be obtained without ferocious driving; seen the book of Cresswell for confirmation. His partner was more subdued and more effective. I have seen Collins play better, but Cadwell worked himself to a shadow with endeavour and tackle and pass. Barrett, however, took all the plumps of half-back work this day. Big, burley framed ban he has a daintiness and sporting way that make him a very likeable opponent. Forward, Watson was doing nothing till he scored; that was White's best half. After that one rarely saw White or Britton, but Thomson kept a fine level throughout. The Hammer's forwards I have named en route to this point, and for Everton's line it must be said that Dunn was a busy bee and did a lot of high class work in the period when Everton were never racked. Johnson tried in common with others, and Iris-miss of an early chance probably changed the course of the game. Yet Johnson linked up with Stein to make the latter the best of the winners' forwards. Stein did most of his raiding single-handed in the second half, and he was very successful, too, remembering how the line was throttled by the subjection of Dean by Barrett. Geldard's deputy, Critchley, had one bad patch, and that apart he played normally and wisely. He was pinned down by the only two had fouls of the match, and he had the “final” satisfaction of helping to put Everton into the final tie through snapping up the half chances. So the man who was so much missed at Manchester two years ago, against West Brom was now a dominating force and factor. To Everton's lasting credit be it said they never hesitated to declare that they had won narrowly and not cleverly, and that something better was due for Wembley. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein forwards. West Ham United: - Watson (G.), goal; Chalkley and Walker, backs; Collins Barrett (captain), and Cadwell, half-backs; Wood, Pollard, Watson (V.), Wilson, and Morton, forwards. Referee Mr. E. Pinckston (Birmingham).
ASTON VILLA RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 0
On information located.
Central League (Game 32)
Everton “A” 5 Ellemere Port Town 1
Liverpool County Combination.
At Colleague-road, Crosby. A hat-trick by Stepheson was the interval lead by Everton. Webster and Watson sent further ahead, while Whewell reduced the lead for Ellemere. Evison saved well.
CUP FINALISTS HAVE MET TWICE BEFORE THIS SEASON
March 20 1933. Evening Express.
One Victory Each: Wembley To Decided “Rubber.”
By the Pilot.
All Merseyside expects Everton to beat Manchester City at Wembley on April 29 and bring the F.A. cup back to the city for the first time in 27 years and the second time in the history of Liverpool football. Which is the better side? Everton and Manchester City have net twice in the League matches this season and each club has recorded a victory. Everton won 2-1 at Goodison Park and the City 3-0 at Maine-road, when the Blues were without Dean and White. Now for the Rubber.” Mr. T.H. McIntosh, the Everton secretary, said today: “The players are determined to bring credit not only to the Everton club, but to the city of Liverpool.” Mr. Wilfred Wild, the secretary-manager of Manchester City, Said: “We are glad to meet Everton, for the clubs are old friends who set out to play real football. It should provide a fine, sporting game.” Everton and the City play in blue. Rule demands that both clubs shall change. Everton are sending their dark blue jerseys with white collars to thew F.A. for a approval, and there is a possibility that these will be agreed upon. It would then be possible for Manchester to play in their usual light blue jerseys. There was a dramatic touch about Everton's 2-1 victory over West ham at Wolverhampton in the semi-final. The winning goal was scored seven minutes from time by the man who had come into the side as a reserve –Teddy Critchley. He was deputising for the injured Geldard. Let me deal with that all-important goal by Critchley, which put Everton into the final. There appears to be a lot of mis-understanding about the actual manner in which it was scored. This is the correct version verified by players of both sides. Critchley ran forward to a low pass from Dean, but appeared to have little chance of securing possession, because Barrett was right on the spot to intervene. Instead, of kicking the ball away Barrett tried to dribble, only to miss the ball, and Critchley nipped through with remarkable coolness and cunning. Critchley made as if to pass inwards to Dean, and that feint sent the seal on the goal. The defence was completely deceived, and Critchley ran between Cadwell and Chalkley and as befitting his experience, slipped in a shot which hit the goalkeeper, Watson (G.), and bounded up and over the line. Barrett raced over in a desperate effort to right a wrong and though the ball touched him on the chest it had already crossed the line. Barrett told me that the ball was over the line when it touched his chest. Undoubtedly Critchley was the scorer of this thousand-dollar goal. West Ham put up a galliant fight. They set out to prevent Everton playing scientific football, and they succeeded.
Everton were 50 per-cent below their real form. They never seemed capable of settling down to that smooth, rhythmic football which has made them famous. Against opponents who were quicker to the tackle and who are adopted kick-and-rush tactics from start to finish, they appeared unsettled. There is no doubt but that Everton had the better of the first half, without inspiring as a combination, which could march forward to a convincing victory. There were weaknesses in defence, and the intermiary trio, had not played so poorly for many a day. It was in the second half that the Hammers gave their brightest and best. They unsettled Everton to such an extent that scoring chances –three to be precise –were won which should have been sufficient to win the game. Once Victor Watson broke clean through, only to find in Sagar an impassable barrier, but the worst miss of all was by the young outside –left, Morton. Watson's genius had put Morton through and when Norton had sufficient time to trap the ball and dribble it in before making sure with his shot, he elected to hit it first time and it travelled yards wide across the face of the goal. Let us not lose sight of the fact that both teams had their share of luck. Three times Everton struck the framework with Watosn (G.) beaten. However, as Dixie Dean explained after the match; “I think West ham were unfortunate to lose,” he said, “and I told Vic Watson so. Of course, we did not play anything like the real Everton, and we shall do better at Wembley, never fear. The luck was against West Ham. I admire Dean for his sporting admission. I know his colleagues agree with that view, but no club ever won the Cup without a large share of luck, and I still believe that this is Everton's year. Only four Everton men played up to form. They were Cook –the best man on the side if not on the field –Sagar, Stein and Dunn. Johnson had a good first half, but tried to do too much afterwards. Cook was the mainstay of the Everton defence, covering and kicking with delightful skill and judgement. Cresswell was rather slow and hesitant, and the half-backs never got a real grip on the nippy go-ahead attack, brilliantly led by the best forward on the field, Vic Watson. Sagar was not as busy as Watson (G.), but his saves bore the hall-mark of class, Dunn was the cute schemer all through, and Critchley, with few chances, did well, though suffering a severe buffeting at the hands of Barrett and Cadwell.
Stein's Good Day.
Stein was the best Everton forward, and he, more than anyone else, seemed likely to win the game for the Blues. He never made the slightest mistake. Dean found himself “under arrest” by the policeman” Barrett, but often drew attention to himself which should have opened up the way for others. Still, Everton were far below themselves. The Champions took the lead in 6 ½ minutes when Chalkley conceded a corner in trying to feed Watson (G.) Stein swerving kick was flicked across goal by Johnson's head and Dunn coolly nodded the ball into the net. West Ham equalised two minutes from the interval, when Morton broke through to cross from the goalline and Watson (V.) leapt in to head past Sagar. For the losers Walker, Barrett, Cadwell –the indefatigable worker who was often seen at inside right and right half instead of the left half –Victor Watson, Wilson and Morton excelled, but it was the team and fighting spirit of the Hammer's which enabled them to put up such a mighty exhibition.
Cup Final tickets.
Mr. Thos H. McIntosh, the Everton secretary, informed me today that applications for the tickets for the F.A. final at Wembley on April 29 should be made at once to the Everton Club offices, Goodison Park. Each application must be accompanied by a stamped-addressed envelope, but no remittance must be enclosed. Applicants will be informed of their allotment and then will be asked to send the money. Tickets are priced at £1 3s, 15s, 10s, 7s, 6d., 5s., and 2s.6d (Standing).
EVERTON STARS OF THE TRIAL.
March 23 1933. Evening Express.
By a Special Correspondent.
White a star, and Sagar a master of his job. This sums up Everton's part in the sensational Soccer trial at Portsmouth, where the Rest defeated England 5-1. Britton, the other Everton player in the match, was not equal to the occasion. Frankly, the speed and trickery of Arnold were more than enough for him. Sagar played a heroic game and was not responsible for England's defeat. Injured in a collision with Hulme, after half an hour's play, he retired to have several stitches inserted in a cut over his eye. That injury must have worried him, but it did not affect his game. He handled, the ball surely, and timed hi rushes from goal; just right. His backs were overworked because their wing halves could not master two tearaway wingers in Arnold and Hulme. Of White, the Everton pivot, too much praise cannot be given. His vis-à-vis, Barker of Derby looked ordinary in comparison.
March 24 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The Everton team selected to meet Aston Villa at villa Park tomorrow, will be the same side, that defeated West Ham United in the Semi-final of the Cup, with the exception that Geldard will appear in the extreme right to the exclusion of Critchley. The team is: Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The Reserves eleven to meet Stoke City Reserves in a Central league game at Goodison Park (3.15) will be: Coggins; Common, Bocking; Mercer, Gee, Archer; Birtley, Cunliffe, Watson, McGourty, Turner.
GELDARD THE DISAPPOINTED.
March 24 1933. Evening Express.
Plays For Everton At Villa Park Tomorrow.
By the Pilot Geldard, the most disappointed young footballer in the country this season –he missed a Cup semi-final and an international trial through an ankle injury –is fit again. He will play for Everton against Aston Villa, at Villa Park, tomorrow. Geldard comes in for the hero of last Saturday's Cup semi-final –Critchley, the man who scored the goal that took Everton to Wembley. This is the only change in the Cup side. Teddy Sagar, who was cut over an eye in Wednesday's international trial has reported fit. This should be a classic encounter at Birmingham. The champions will need to be at their best and brightest if they are to bring home anything tangible in the way of points. Aston Villa have not been so consistent in recent weeks as earlier in the campaign when they came to Goodison Park, and shared six goals in a real thriller. Three teams have won at Villa Park this season –Huddersfield, Sheffield Wednesday, and Wolverhampton Wanderers-but Everton will have acquitted themselves well if they prove to be the first team this season to hold the Villa to a draw on the ground. Everton's away record needs brightening –they have captured only six points away –but have not lost since visiting Blackpool on February 22. The team is: Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
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CLASSIC SIDES MEET
March 25 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton and Aston Villa invariably play football of the best, and their meeting at Aston today, is not likely to be an exception to the rule. Geldard returns to the Everton team and the sides is at full strength. Aston Villa believe they still have a chance for the championship and they will all out to dispose of the Cup finalists; but Everton are in a determinated moody and hope to gain a point. The teams are: Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Aston Villa; Morton; Blair, Mort; Wood, Gibson, Simpson; Mandley, Beresford, Brown,. Astley, Houghton.
ASTON VILLA 2 EVERTON 1 (Game 1427 over-all)-(Div 1 1385)
March 27, 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton lose in Close Finish.
A Gruelling Game.
Sagar Makes Impression.
The Cup finalists Everton, met the possible League champions Aston Villa, on Saturday, and after a grueling game in the heat of the summery afternoon Everton lost in a great tussle by a goal, and it took Aston Villa until seven minutes from time to make their margin satisfactory. No one could deny that they were the more forceful and safe attackers or that they were the speedier side but they had not always the craft of the Everton side, and in the early stages of play, indeed till half-half, there was nothing between the sides, and Everton impressed nearly 40,000 spectators with their fine combination and sparkle. They moved with much ease and some charm, and Geldard and Stein were very dangerous.
Gibson Holds Up Dean.
Dean began by putting a lot of fine effort onto his work, but later on he got into the arms of Gibson (literally and otherwise) and as a consequence his enthusiasm petered out. In fact, right at the close of the day Cresswell went from left back to inside right, centred to Johnson, the lame man of the two sides, and his centre should have given Dean a goal if the captain had been nippy enough to take an easy chance. However, this would have been an injustice to the Villa side, because they were incontestably the superior combination in many respects, and late in the first half and the whole of the second half they pastered the Everton defence to a degree that was worthy a goal. For fully half an hour Sagar showed his best work. He had his bit of fortune as any great and daring goalkeeper must have, but Sagar otherwise gave a startling exhibition, and his catches and saves were striking. The crowd rose at him, although they felt grieved that the referee did not give two penalty kicks and a goal when the ball hit the woodwork, ran along the goal line, Sagar pushing the ball out; yet not beyond the goal, Britton running up to complete the save that had arisen from Houghton's shot.
Pace and Direction.
Actually Houghton was the outstanding shooter of the day. One free kick shot of his form third the length of the field was a study of pace and direction. The crowd followed its flight, but the players could not and Sagar found the ball strike the woodwork; old players said they had never seen such force brought to bear upon a dead ball from such a range. It was to all theoretical minds a silly range at which to attempt to score, yet Houghton fired this ball in at terrific speed and deserved a goal for his pace and direction. Everton surprised everyone by playing Cunliffe, the Chorley boy, who started very well, and headed a nice goal, but later faded out of the picture trying to do too much spade work in the back areas. Cunliffe has a neat style; he is of the Buchan breed, and his passing to Geldard was good and of the forward kind. His headed goal from the corner by Geldard was quite a good and neat piece of work, and it delighted Everton to find themselves in the lead at this famous Aston ground.
The winning Goal.
However, the wearing down process came in, due course, and after Brown had hit a nice goal near halt-time, after Cook had receded instead of going into a tackle. Beresford got the winning goal after an almost unparalleled period of attacking by the smart Villa forwards who were more determined and speedy than Everton's. They were cute and cunning, but only when there was time out a scheme. Otherwise they were drastic in their eating up of the ground by quick movements. On the Villa side the goalkeeper had little to do; the backs were strong little men; the half-backs showed its Simpson, a bonny Scottish schemer, and Gibson in the pivotal position doing what is against his nature –staying behind instead of going forward Mandley was very variable and the right wing did not have the push and go of the left wing where Houghton was a menace, while Brown at cenre is an old-fashion Freeman type of centre-forward, always a danger to leave –as he was left many times by White.
Everton suffered through the injury to Johnson's groin. Johnson went to outside left, but he was a passenger for three parts of the game. Geldard was a sparkling outside right there was a missing link at centre after quarter time, and on the left Stein not only showed ability at his usual place but also at inside-left. Britton came nearer to his known form and Thomson was steadiness itself, Cook and Cresswell were admirable under extreme and continuous pressure, and Sagar, I have already named as the outstanding man on the field, a superb display of fine goalkeeping. Everton met their Cup Final opponents Manchester City, en route to and coming back from Wolverhampton. They exchanged greetings. Teams: - Aston Villa: - Morton, goal; Blair and Mort, backs; Wood, Gibson and Simpson, half-backs; Mandley, Beresford, Brown, Astley and Houghton, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein forwards. Referee Mr. J. Milward (Derby).
EVERTON RESERVES 3 STOKE CITY RESERVES 1
March 27 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 33)
Everton were worthy winners, but Stoke –even if their forward work lacked accuracy and sharpness in front of goal –were determined opposition, and made Everton's task a very difficult one, the deciding goals not coming till late on. The winners were always the more methodical and practical in their endeavours, against a defence that deserves the honours for the able manner that they countered Everton's advances. Beswick made good clearance from Watson (a lively leader), Birtley, Turner and Fryer, but the City goal; escaped when McGrory (a sound defender) kicked clear-off the goal line, Coggins saved efforts from Bussey and Mawson, but Stoke were not quick enough in front of goal. Everton's defence was generally on top. The goals were scored by Birtley (Everton), Mawson (Stoke), Gee and Fryer (Everton). Soo did well in initiating attacks . Everton: - Coggins, goal; Common and Bocking, backs; Mercer, Gee and Archer, half-backs; Birtley, Cunliffe, Watson, McGourty, and Turner, forwards. Stoke City: - Beswick, goal; McGrory and Scrimshaw, backs; Butler, Bamber and Howshall, half-backs; Daniels, Bussey, Mawson, Soo, and McArdle forwards.
POINTS EVERTON SHOULD REMEMBER
March 27 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
In Readiness For Wembley Final.
By the Pilot.
In each of Everton's League engagements up to Cup Final day the mission must be to spot weaknesses or mistaken tactics. In the game with Aston Villa, at Villa Park On Saturday, which Everton lost 2-1, I noticed flaws which must be put right ‘ere they meet Manchester City. First, there was an inclination to move back in defence instead of adopting first time tackling methods. Cook and Cresswell did this on one or two occasions, and in Cook's instance it cost Everton a goal. I noticed, too, that Everton were inclined to fall away once they had conceded a goal. The Champions gave a superlative display of classic football for 30 minutes. The home men could not hold the fast moving scientific attackers, who manipulated the ball with delightful skill, and made their passes with an ease and grace which stamped them as worthy finalists. Cunliffe scored from a corner, and other goals might easily have followed, but when Brown equalised it spelt the end of Everton. Dean had a poor day. He did not make his well-known bursts between the backs, too often relying on passes which wasted time. In the last two minutes Dean had an odds on chance of equalising from two yards, but he did not make the first time shot and the opportunity was lost.
Luck was not with Everton, though had it not been for the might of Sagar I think the Villa would have scored six goals. Sagar gave one of the finest exhibitions of goalkeeping I have ever seen, three of his saves being almost miraculous. He was in international form, and that display alone should earn him his cap against Scotland. The crowd rose to him. The Champions were unsettled by an injury to Johnson, who went to outside left for almost an hour. While he was at inside left the team played grandly, but having injured his right groin he went on the wing, and Everton fell away. Cunliffe is to be congratulated on his debut. He gave a fine display of clever football, and crowned it with a goal. With the irresistible Geldard, he made a fine wing. Geldard was magnificent, and Stein had a good day, although out of position for a long period. White hardly held Brown, and the wing halves, Thomson and Britton, shone as attackers rather than defenders. Geldard told me afterwards that he did not feel his injured ankle at all. Judging by the speed of his dribbling, centring and shooting I have no doubt but that he is right.
WATSON'S SDEBUT FOR EVERTON
March 29 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Injuries to first team players have been rather frequent recently so far as Everton are concerned, but the ill-wind, as it were, enables the club to try out young players in League football. Following the appearance of Cunliffe last Saturday, Everton on Saturday against Middlesbrough at Goodison park are giving a trial to J.G. Watson, another youth of distinct promise, Johnson is suffering from injury sustained at the Aston Villa ground, and Watson takes his place. It is good to see young players making their mark, and I am sure JG Watson, who was signed from Blythe Spartans in January, will have every opportunity to make good. He is nineteen years of age, and player for England as schoolboy against Scotland, and is regarded at a most useful recruit. He was signed at the same time as TG Watson another youth from the same club. Dunn reappears at inside right in place of Cunliffe. The team is Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Watson, Stein. The Everton reserves eleven to meet Wolverhampton Wanderers Reserves in a Central league game at Wolverhampton is: Coggins; Common, Bocking; Mercer, Gee, Archer; Critchley, Fryer, Stevens, Webster, Turner.
NOT SO ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR WATSON
March 29, 1933. Evening Express.
Everton Youngster's League Baptism
J.G. Watson Everton's 19 year old forward secured from Blyth Spartans in January will have his League baptism at Middlesbrough on Saturday. He is to deputise for Johnson, Everton's international inside-left, who is suffering from a strained groin. Everton, apparently, are determined to give the young players on their books a real chance to establish themselves, and the inclusion of Watson follows the playing of Cunliffe at inside right against Aston Villa last week, when Dunn was on the injured list. Watson was secured from Blyth Spartans with T.G. Watson, a centre half, and he has been playing splendid football with the Reserves and “A” team. He is a former English schoolboy international, and Everton secured him in face of serious competition from other league clubs. Johnson will be absent for the first time this season, and it will be only his second miss for the past two seasons. This means that Everton are left with these ever-presents for the current campaign –Sagar, Cresswell, and Thomson.
Everton make further change, for Dun has recovered from his slight injury and resumes inside right in place of Cunliffe. The Champions, for the second time this season will be opposed to Tommy Griffiths the Welsh International centre-half and a former Everton player. Griffiths appeared at Goodison Park with Bolton wanderers and helped to take away a point. Will he be as successful in his effort to help the struggling Middlesbrough, who lost to Sheffield United on Monday. Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Watson, Stein.
Everton For Denmark
Arrangements are practically complete for Everton to tour Denmark at the close of the season. It is expected that the party will leave Liverpool on May 12 and return on June 1. The proposed arrangement is to play three matches in Copenhagen, one at Aarhus and one at Liborg.
March 30 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
When the Middlesbrough directors met last night they were unable to select the team to oppose Everton at Goodison Park owing to doubts about two of their international players Camsell and Griffiths. Camsell, who is suffering from a severe fasical injury, is very doubtful, but hopes are entertained that Griffiths will be fit. He is under going specialist treatment for a damaged knee, and may opposed his old club.
Everton F.C. Tour
Everton are to four Denmark during the early part of the close season. They are to play five matches, one in Aarhus, one in Aalborg and three in Copenhagan. The party will leave on May 12 and return on June 1 st .
EVERTON CAN HELP LIVERPOOL
March 31 1933. Evening Express.
And Record Their First “Double.”
By the Pilot.
Everton can do Liverpool a good turn tomorrow and at the same time complete their first double of the season. They receive Middlesbrough at Goodison Park, and as the Borough are only fourth from bottom, with 26 points for 33 matches a victory for Everton will enable Liverpool to keep out of the danger zone. It is a long time since the Champions had to wait until April before taking four points from one club. When they visited Ayresome Park last November they won 2-0 and Geldard signalled his First division debut with a clever goal. Everton definitely will be without two of their cup fighters, Johnson and Dunn. Johnson is suffering from a sustained groin, and Cunliffe continues at inside right in place of Dunn, who is suffering from a thigh injury. With McGourty nursing an injured ankle, an opportunity arises for J.G. Watson, the 19 year old forward from Blyth Spartans, to come in for Johnson at inside left, and so make his First Division football debut just three months after coming out of North-Eastern League Football. Although Dean strained his right knee last week at Villa Park, Mr. T. H. McIntosh, the Everton secretary, informed me today that dean would play.
So Dixie will be opposed to his former clubmate, Tommy Griffiths, who will be making his second appearance at Goodison Park this season for different clubs. Griffiths was a great favouritie while with Everton, and he is proving a real find for Borough. If anyone can pull the Teesiders out of the relegation difficulty it will be Griffiths. Warren comes in for another former Evertonian, Rigby, at outside left. Cameron comes in at centre-forward in place of Blackmore, and Pease returns to outside right. Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Watson, Stein. Middlebrough: - Gibson; Jennings, Jarvis; Brown, Griffiths, Forrest; Pease, Bruce, Cameron, Baxter, Warren.
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