ANOTHER GOAL RUSH?
March 1, 1940. The Evening Express.
There should be plenty of excitement at Prenton Park where Tranmere oppose Everton. If the sides run true to form we shall have another goal rush. Twice these teams have met this season and between them have scored 19 goals. In the Regional game at Prenton, Everton won 9-2, and then the Rovers created a shock by holding the Blues to a 4-4 draw at Goodison Park. That 4-4 match was in this competition and tomorrow’s match is the replay. The Rovers will have derived tremendous encouragement from the fact that last Saturday they recorded their first competitive win of the season when they beat Crewe Alexandre 7-2. That and the pleasing thought that at Goodison Park they were able to fight back to a draw after being 3-1 down, should inspire these young Rovers. I think Everton will win I do not forget the “walk-over” win of the Blues at Prenton during the Christmas holidays. Then the Rovers faded right away after a good start. Still, the Rovers have shown vast improvement since then, and are certain to keep the Championships going at full stretch. Bob Bell will be leading the Blues’; attack against his former club. When the teams last met at Birkenhead. Bell played for the Rovers and scored twice. Everton have now completed their team. Lindley will be at right-half for Watson, and Wyles continues at outside right. The Rovers are persevering with their young players –products of their junior team. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Lindley; Wyles, Bentham, Bell, Stevenson, Boyes.
March 1, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
When Tranmere Rovers visited Goodison Park a few weeks ago in the semi-final of the Liverpool Senior Cup and forced the League leaders to a draw they caused a mild surprise, for the game was said to be an easy one for Everton, but who dare say that anything is easy in football. Tomorrow at Prenton Park the Rovers have a change to go one better in the replay, and in view of what they did at Goodison it is little wonder that they think they can beat Everton this time. A week ago the Rovers won their first regional match and ran up a crop of goals which was somewhat staggering in view of their last performances and how they have gained in confidence they should give Everton a close game. That is the Birkenhead idea, but what do Evertonians think about the matter? Just this, that what they did to Tranmere in the League game they can do now. If Everton produce the skill they displayed in the League game there will be no heartbreaking, for they gave an exhibition of high-class football which delighted the “Roverites” even though they must have been cheering with their tongue in the cheek. Everton will be without Sagar and Lawton their places being taken by Burnett and Bell. “Bunny” will therefore be playing against his old comrades. It was Bell, who got the equalising goal in the first match and made this replay possible. Burnett made a smart debut at Chester, and showed that he was well above the average in goalkeepers. He has good anticipation, but more than that he has strong defensive lines in front of him. There is a doubt in the Everton forward line, for it is not known, as yet whether the right wing will be Wyles and Bentham or Sweeney and Bentham. Wyles scored a nice goal last week. The Rovers will of course reply upon the same side which broke their Regional “duck” and if they can reproduce their shooting ability they may cause Everton some trouble. The original tie was entertaining; the replay is certain to have a little more “go” about it for the Rovers have gained a belief in themselves in recent weeks. Tranmere Rovers; Daniles; Obrey, Owen; Davies, Price (W.B), Hodgson (R.); Ashcroft (L.), Cox (A.W), Sloan, Bridges, Griffiths. Everton; From; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Watson, Lindley; Wyles, Sweeney, Bentham, Bell, Stevenson, Boyes.
EVERTON LEAD TRANMERE
March 2, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Great Goal By Stevenson.
Everton visited Prenton Park to oppose Tranmere Rovers in the Liverpool Senior Cup semi-final replay, with Burnett in goal for Sagar. When the teams met at Goodison Park they drew 4-4. Tranmere Rovers: - Daniels, goal; Obrey and Owens, backs; Davies, Price (W.B), and Hodgson (R.), half-backs; Ashcroft (R.), Cox (A.W), Sloan, Bridges, and Griffiths, forwards. Everton: - Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (captain) and Lindley, half-backs; Wyles, Bentham, Bell, Stevenson, and Boyes, forwards. Referee Mr. Arthur E. Smith (Liverpool). Tommy Jones captained Everton for the first time, and Lindley provided the opening thrill with a neat run through, and it was only the quickness of Obrey which prevented Bell from getting to work with a final pass. Everton’s footwork and neatness in combination was a delight, but it was the Rovers who should have taken the opening goal when Grififths got a quick return from Cox, cut in, and with only Burnett to beat, placed by the post. Sloan headed on to the roof of the net from a fine centre by Griffiths. The Rovers launched some strong attacks cleverly engineered by Cox, but when Everton fought back Bell’s shot just skimmed the bar. Everton were making Wyles their chief foil and he made good use of some neatly-judged passes. The Rovers were quickly on the ball but their defensive positional play was occasionally faulty. Everton went ahead in 20 minutes with a magnificent goal by Stevenson. Lindley started the attack which produced a corner on the right. Wyles placed this perfectly but the ball was headed out to Stevenson, standing just outside the penalty area. Stevenson hit the ball on a full volley with his right foot and Daniels never had a chance. Immediately afterwards Boyes contributed a brilliant run before he was brought down. The referee refused Everton’s penalty claim. Tranmere fought back valiantly, and a mighty drive by Bridges came back of Greenhalgh. Sloan let go a splendid right foot shot which Burnett turned round the post at full length. Bentham was brought down on the edge of the penalty area, but the free kick was turned away.
TRANMERE CROWD ON ITS TOES.
March 2, 1940. The Liverpool Echo
Rovers’ Onslaughts On Everton Defence.
Tranmere Rovers: - Daniels, goal; Obrey and Owens, backs; Davies, Price (W.B), and Hodgson (R.), half-backs; Ashcroft (R.), Cox (A.W), Sloan, Bridges, and Griffiths, forwards. Everton: - Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (captain) and Lindley, half-backs; Wyles, Bentham, Bell, Stevenson, and Boyes, forwards. Referee Mr. Arthur E. Smith (Liverpool). There was quite a good gathering for the replayed Liverpool Senior Cup semi-final between Everton and Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. It will be recalled in the first game eight goals were shared at Goodison. Tranmere had hopes that they would step up on the result and win. They had the same team as defeated Crewe last week by a big goal crop. Tommy Jones captained the Everton team, which immediately made a strong attack through their left wing. Maurice Lindley ran through practically the whole of the Tranmere side, and it was only a determined intervention by Obrey which prevented Bell from doing serious damage to the Rovers goal. It was some time before Tranmere got to grips with the Everton defence which tackled with knifelike keenness; so much so that the Rovers’ forwards did not call upon the Everton goalkeeper, Burnett. Bentham worked his way through and offered a pass to Wyles. The idea was good if the pass had been more accurate in direction, but as it was it meant a free kick to the Rovers, for the ball went straight to Owen. Griffiths the Rovers winger, had the chance of a lifetime, but pulled the ball outside. It was a bad miss. The Rovers from this point proceeded to launch a series of attacks, which brought the crowd to its toes, and the Everton goal had quite a number of escapes. Then Bell made a shot that just went over the crossbar. At 21 minutes Everton took the lead through Stevenson’s goal. It was one of the best, he has scored for some time, Daniels having no chance with a shot from just outside the penalty line. Lindley had his flag kick headed out to Stevenson, who did the rest. There was plenty of devil about the Rovers, but they were not quite the artists of their opponents. Sloan in particularly, had one opportunity when he got Jones on the wrong foot, but delayed his shot and lost his chance. Ashcroft scored for Tranmere after 39 minutes.
EVERTON WIN IN EXTRA TIME.
March 4, 1940. The Liverpool Daily Post
Tranmere Rovers 3, Everton 6
Liverpool Senior Cup Semi-Final
To Meet Liverpool In Local Cup Final
Tranmere’s Good Display
It took Everton and Tranmere Rovers three and a half hours to determined who should meet Liverpool in the final of the Liverpool Senior Cup, for Tranmere Rovers not only forced Everton to a replay, but in the second game were all square at three goals each at the end of 90 minutes, but during the extra time at Prenton Park Everton scored three further goals and so qualified for the final. Tranmere played really well and gave the champions more than a little trouble. At one time the Rovers held a lead of two goals. It needed a big pull to stave off defeat, and it is some time since I saw the Everton side fighting as they had to do to force a draw and the aid of the extra time. They had to pull out all they knew to peg back the lively Rovers. Why did the Rovers “starve” Ashcroft for so long? When he did get a pass he twisted his way through the Everton defence and scored a grand goal to put his side level terms, Stevenson having scored a brilliant goal for Everton some minutes before. Within a few minutes of the restart he again ran through and offered Sloan a simple goal, and in two or three minutes more Bridges scored the third for the Rovers.
A Bentham Hat-Trick.
Everton replied strongly and Bentham obtained the goals necessary to earn the extra half-hour. Bentham popped up again soon after the extra half-hour had been started so that he marked up a hat-trick. Bell got a fifth and Wyles completed the day’s scoring. Tranmere played good football, but with the equaliser came the slump, so that the promise Rovers’ victory did not materialise. The order of scoring was Stevenson, Ashcroft, Sloan, Bridges, Bentham (3), Bell, Wyles.
Tranmere Rovers: - Daniels, goal; Obrey and Owens, backs; Davies, Price (W.B), and Hodgson (R.), half-backs; Ashcroft (R.), Cox (A.W), Sloan, Bridges, and Griffiths, forwards. Everton: - Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (captain) and Lindley, half-backs; Wyles, Bentham, Bell, Stevenson, and Boyes, forwards. Referee Mr. Arthur E. Smith (Liverpool).
• Red Cross, Match, Ted Sagar played Football League against All-British at Bradford, Game ending 4-4. Dodds Of All-British X1 failed against Ted Sagar from the Penalty spot.
TRANMERE DOCTOR DIES
Liverpool Evening Express - Monday 04 March 1940
A former Welsh amateur international and Everton footballer, Dr. John Arthur Eyton-Jones, who lived in Mount-road, Higher Tranmere, died the Tranmere Infirmary yesterday, at the age of 77. At one time he was House Surgeon at the Liverpool Royal Infirmary, and he also practised at Wrexham. He served as a captain in the R.A.M.C. during the last war.
March 4, 1940. The Evening Express.
Another big Merseyside “Derby” game was assured on Saturday, when Everton and Liverpool advanced to the final of the Liverpool Senior Cup. Everton won 6-3 at Tranmere after extra time, and Liverpool beat Southport at Anfield 5-1. Already these local rivals have met five times, and in addition to the Liverpool Cup they have to oppose each other in the Lancashire Cup semi-final and in a Regional match, both the last-named matches being at Goodison Park. Everton were given a real fright at Prenton Park before wearing down a gallant opposition. I take my hat off to the Rovers for their mighty fight. Rovers, after being a goal down, actually ran to 3-1. They equalised before half-time and within five minutes of the resumption had put on two goals. Acting skipper Tommy Jones rolled up his elevens, and showed Everton their safety paths with a grand solo burst through which might have brought a goal. Everton took the bit between their teeth, and despite a galliant defence drew level per the heroic Bentham. Bentham in heading home the Blues’ second goal, was kicked in the face, and for a long time played on holding a sponge to his nose. Stan was called off by trainer Mr. Harry Cooke for attention. He returned to score a fine equaliser and early in extra time he completed his “hat-trick.” Bell and Wykes added further goals as Everton toyed with the Rovers. The Blues’ opening score was a brilliant Stevenson, effort, and Ashcroft, Sloan and Bridges scored for the Rovers, the uncertainty of Burnett being in each instance a contributory factor. When Everton scored their fifth goal the spectators left the ground in hundredth -3,500 paid admission –and I deemed this something discouraging to the Rovers after their grand battle against League champions. Bentham was the man of the match. He could create openings and take openings, and was the real worker all through. He received good support from Wykes. The Everton half-backs were excellent, Jones dominating the centre of the field, while Mercer and Lindley engineered attack after attack. Greenhalgh was the better of the backs. I liked this Rovers team – a side still in process of building. It included four boys from the nursery teams and they pleased me, especially Cox, are inside-left, and Hodgson, the left-half. Diminutive Ashcroft, the postal sorter from Flint delighted the crowds with his speed bursts through. He is a great favourite at Preston. Bridges was the master Rovers’ craftsman, and Daniels was brilliant in goal, I liked the sound kicking and tackling of Obrey and Ownes, even if they did lose position at times., and there was “bite” about the intermediary play of Davies amateur Price and Hodgson.
ROVERS NEARLY DID IT.
March 4, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Tranmere Rovers after their draw with Everton at Goodison Park in the semi-final of the Liverpool Senior Cup considered that they could go one better in the replay at Prenton Park on Saturday, and how near they came to accomplishing the feat you way well imagine when you know that extra time had to be played, so that it took Everton three and a half hours to earn the right to meet Liverpool in the final. In the Regional game at Prenton the Rovers were bewildered by the amazing skill of Everton, but in this Cup game they gave as much as they received for a long time and their supporters were tickled to death when their favourities held a two-goal lead shortly after the interval. The position looked very rosy for the Rovers’ victory, for Everton were not pulling up any trees, and the question was could they get together and prevent what would have been a big sensation had Tranmere won through. Everton gave themselves some hard work by talking things too easy in the first half, and then had to fight every inch of the way to rub out the deficit if they had started as they finished there would have been no need for the extra time during which they overran the Rovers and adopted three goals I was kept wondering why the Rovers decided to exploit Griffiths their left winger, and virtually “starve” Ashcroft who was the outstanding man in the first game. A cheer went up when he was given his first pass at 39 minutes –and a bigger cheer rent the air when he tricked the Everton defence by his corkscrew run, and then slapped the ball into the net. Ashcroft who is a postal sorter at Flint is as big a favourite at Prenton as Stnaley Matthews is at Stoke. He is undoubtedly a dangerous winger with a peculiar gaft, but much ball control. He was responsible for the second goal, placing the ball on a plate for Sloan to score. Within a minute or two Bridges again had the ball in the net, three goals offset the brilliant one Stevenson had scored to open the day’s scoring.
Came The Crash.
Came the crash, a Tranmere crash, for Bentham came along with two goals which produced the extra time. In scoring the first Bentham got a nasty smack on the nose, and was for some time running around the ground with a sponge grasped in his hand, and his faces resembling that of a boxer more than a footballer, for blood poured down his face. Stan must hold the record for facials and head injuries. He would not mind that hurt in view of his hat-trick. He scored his third a few minutes after extra time and Bell and Wyles completed the day’s scoring.
FUNERAL OF DR. J.A. EYTON-JONES
March 5, 1940. Liverpool Evening Express
Prominent representatives of the Birkenhead Medical profession attended the funeral service today at St. Paul's Church, Tranmere, of Dr. John Arthur Eyton-Jones, aged 77, former Everton and Welsh amateur International and half-back footballer, and house Surgeon at Liverpool Royal Infirmary who died in Birkenhead last Saturday. Dr. Eyton-Jones, who resided in Mount-Road, Birkenhead, was widely known in Wrexham district. The service was conducted by the vicar, Canon G.F. Smith, and the interment followed at Wrexham cemetery.
GILLICK TO PLAY FOR EVERTON ON SATURDAY
March 6, 1940. The Evening Express.
Torry Gillick, Everton’s Scottish international winger returns to the Blues side on Saturday, when they visit Manchester City at Maine-road in a Western Regional match. This is fine news for the followers of the champions. Gillick is due back in Liverpool this week from his holiday in Scotland. Last December Torry, suffered severe burns in a fire in his garage at Aintree, and spent weeks in hospital, where he underwent skin-grafting operations. He made excellent progess, and within a few weeks of leaving hospital went into training at the Airdrieonians ground. He felt “good” and so played for Airdrie in their two cup-ties against Queen’s Park. He got a goal in the first match and helped Airdrie to pass on to round two last Saturday. Everton will be without Sagar, Mercer, and Jones –on duty at Anfield –and so Burnett will again be in goal. This youngster will have benefitted from the game at Tranmere. It was only his second game in about nine months. Wykes drops back to right half, Lindley moves to centre-half and Watson comes back at left half. The doubt in the side is at centre-forward. This is left blank as A.N. Other” secretary Mr. Theo Kelly hopes to be able to fill this position in a day or so. Everton; (probable); Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Wyles, Lindley, Watson; Gillick, Bentham, A.N. Other, Stevenson, Boyes.
Burnley Express-Wednesday 6 March 1940
Memories of Burnley's Greatest Leader
By " SPORTSMAN "
In recent weak, articles have appeared in the " Burnley Express" dealing with some of the most outstanding feats accomplished by the Burnley Football Club, but there has been little or no emphasis on the Individual brilliance of the men who contributed to such achievements. In reviewing Burnley's activities during the past years so, names like these Jerry Dawsop, Dave Taylor, Bob Kelly, Billy Nesbitt, Bert Freeman, George Halley, Tommy Boyle, Billy Watson, etc., repeatedly occur. Bert Freeman was undoubtedly the most famous centre-forward the club has ever had. His goal at Crystal Palace, In 1914, gave Burnley their first and only English Cup victory. Bert Freeman is to leave Burnley! wonder how many thousands of Burnley Football Club supporters recall this fateful announcement issued from Turf Moor in April, 1921? "Gentleman Bert, as he was familiarly termed, was a personality beloved by all local football fans. No player has been more faithful to the club, nor has the Burnley club ever been better served by any player, and though Bert had not been much in the limelight during last season at Turf Moor, he was still affectionately remembered the public. Truly, Burnley sportsmen say repeatedly. Freeman owed Burnley nothing. Freeman came to Burnley when the fortunes of the club were just beginning rise, and he did as much as any man, and more than most, to put the club a position which became the envy of all other League representatives. None who saw him in his prime will ever forget his inimitable style, his lightning darts and his twinkling feet as hung over the ball, controlling it. wonderfully. All his work bore the stamp of an inborn artistry. Though his last pass —out of football —was expected, was none the less regretted. There never was a more gentlemanly player, and truly it could be said that Bert Freeman was pattern to all who stepped on a football field. He rarely, if ever, wilfully did dirty action on the field, and if he did forget himself was only when some other member of the team had been knocked about somewhat unceremoniously. Rather did take buffeting calmly without protest, and seldom did be cavil against the decisions of the referee. Gifted with a weighty frame, he rarely used his weight unfairly. He was type rarely to be me with, and his name will live in football so lomg as the game continues, because he was one of those who elevated the game by his participation in it. There was occasions when spectators complained that he did not bustle into the opposition sufficiently, but Freeman was of the true sporting type who believe in playing the game in the letter and in the spirit.
Gifted with an intelligent appreciation of the needs of the game, Freeman studied the art of footcraft and brought it near perfection any of the best centre-forwards of recent years. For several seasons, both with Everton and especially when at Burnley, be was more in the public eye throughout the country generally than were some of the best known public men, and every action of his was followed through the Press by those whose privilege it never was see him play. When Freeman came to Burnley from Everton in April, 1911, the .Everton directors said he was done, but never were men more deceived, for when Freeman got players of the 6tamp of " Dick and Teddy Hodgson on right and left, quickly set about to show the world what a force he was. It is possible that the Burnley directors have made mistakes from time to time in the .acquisition of players, but never made big one Everton made, and one remembers quite clearly how Liverpool newspapers rubbed it in. During those great seasons of 1911-12 to the end 1913-14, which ended with his great goal at Crystal Palace, a Burnley Pressman had a standing order to forward telegraphic messages of every goal lie scored to the Liverpool Press.
THE CUP FINAL GOAL
When Freeman scored the goal the Cup Final against Liverpool, in April, 1914. gave the club a standing such had yearned for for years, and he was one of the first eleven Association players who had been presented with trophies a King England. One remembers how Teddy Hodgson lobbed the ball over defender's head to Freeman, and the Burnley centreforward, taking the ball on the half-volley, put past Campbell into the net. There was one figure on the grandstand who, nearly went wild with delight, and that was Freeman's father. One remembers a great number of of those characteristic runs U.s (Freeman became tired of the word characteristic, because was often applied his football) which thrilled the crowd and which usually ended in his drawing out the custodian and then gliding the ball into the net. He was never dangerous when he was lazy," and many opposing defenders dreaded that appearance of nonchalance which was often the precursor to those vividly fascinating thrusts and glorious goals. Few men could score goals as gracefully He did, and it was not only that he was a good goal-getter that endeared him to the crowd, but he was the master craftsman and an: attractive personality as well. Gifted with smart wit, be seemed to transfer it occasionally to his feet, and to induce joyous laughter at his wonderful mastery. one occasion, at Stockport he was down and out. He could do nothing, and his ankle had been getting well knocked out in the bargain. But be retired to the dressing room, and "Jerry" Jackson attended to him and poured good dose rf, whisky into his boots. was prior the Great War, and whisky, unlike present prices was fairly cheap. Then Bert came on the field again and goals resulted as by magic. It was whilst with Everton 1908-9 that Freeman set up League record 38 goals out of his side's aggregate 82, which was not beaten until the 1920-21 season in extended competition. His inside wingers that winter were Coleman, White and Sandy " Young, two of this trio flanking him and providing him with chances of scoring that suited the methods of Freeman admirably. The following winter registered 23 goals, but in the next, season he was without Sharp and Coleman, and he was not the Success formerly was, so that 1910-11 he was practically reserved player. Born at in October, 1885, Freeman was a boy prodigy a centreforward in the Gower-street School team at Aston. He was a big, burly lad of about 11 stone at the age 15, and frequently expressed the opinion that there were fewer bigger lads to be found in school than there were in his day. Two years in the ranks of his school qualified him for the old who carried off Aston Villa trophy for teams under 17. He was with the Aston Manor club for the three following seasons, and during that time occasionally Aston Villa reserve. His first honour was his selection for the Birmingham Juniors against the Scottish Juniors, Glasgow. April, 1905, when got both the goals which won the match.
WITH THE ARSENAL
Aston Villa signed Freeman professional in 1905, and he assisted the reserves until was transferred the Woolwich Arsenal dub, with whom made his debut as League player against Nottingham Forest, Nottingham, on November 25th, 1905, He had clubmates Tim Coleman, Charles Satterthwaite, James Blair, T. Fitchie and Andy Ducat. Freeman joined in April, 1908, and in the 1908-9 fame was established. When the directors made their big mistake and parted with him the transfer fee for him and Mountford about £800. It would be futile to attempt to eulogise all the qualities Freeman, but let it be sufficient to point out that though he played his first game for Burnley April 15th, 1911, scored his 100 th goal for club on October , 10th, 1914. In Burnley, Freeman's football and amazing personality fifty are still remembered with joy. Freeman married a daughter the late Aderman' E. Whitehead, J.P., a former- president of the football club. Resident the Midlands, the former centre-forward is still an occasional visitor Burnley. seldom does absent himself from matces in which Burnley appear round Birmingham
March 6, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
It is a long time since A.N. Other appeared in the Everton team sheet. That mythical player, however, is included in the Everton eleven to meet Manchester City, at Maine-road, as officially announced this morning. His position is centre-forward while the club’s position is that they don’t know at the moment who is likely to occupy the berth. Burnett’s is no goal again, as Ted Sagar is playing in the Football League side against the Army, at Anfield. For a similar reason Lindley moves to the centre half berth to take the place of Tommy Jones, while Mercer’s place will be filled by Wykes. Mercer is in the British Army side at Anfield. A welcome return to the side is that of Torry Gillick who has been out of the Blues’ team since early November, owing to severe burns received in a fire at his home. Curiously enough, Gillick’s last appearance for Everton was against Manchester City at Goodison Park. Now he makes his return against the same opposition. During the past fortnight or so he has been convalescing up at his home in Scotland and played for Airdrie in their first-round Cup-tie. He is due back this week. The Everton team-sheet at the moment reads. Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Wyles, Lindley, Watson; Gillick, Bentham, A.N. Other, Stevenson, and Boyes.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE CLUBS MAY HAVE ANOTHER CONFERENCE.
March 7, 1940. The Evening Express.
Another conference of clubs of the Football league is in the offering. There is a general feeling that following the success of last Friday’s talks at Leeds, the clubs should again meet the members of the Management Committee to thrash out the question of the June extension and the cup competition. Only two clubs were absent from last Friday’s gathering although two, owing to the fact that they had only professional representatives present had to nominate representatives. Charlton Athletic were represented by Mr. Mailey, of Bradford City and Plymouth Argyle by Mr. Sam Richards, secretary of Birmingham. The representative s were able to express their views freely, and President Mr. W. C. Cuff made it possible for the Press to be present. The clubs asked for an extension until the end of June, but on Monday, the F.A. only granted an extension until June 8. Clubs feel that they have slighted by the curtailment of the wanted extension period. So another “get together” conference has been suggested, and I hear a whisper that the necessary requisition will be sent to the League headquarters in Preston right away. Everton have called a special directors, meeting for tonight when the whole position will be discussion. Liverpool had their talk on Tuesday. I know that both clubs were in favour of last Friday’s conference, and Messrs Will Harrop, and Ernest Green, the two chairmen, played no little part in the proceedings. They did their best to clarify matters, and both are anxious to get the cup scheme adopted as early as possible. I support any move to secure a further conference.
Everton’s Trainer’s Grandson.
Harry Cooke, grandson of Mr. Harry Cooke, the Everton trainer, is to play for the Everton “C” team against M.T.S Boys club in the second round of the Liverpool F.C. Cup at Goodison Park on Saturday. (Kick-off 3.15 p.m.). Young Harry is now employed in the offices at Goodison Park, Mr. Theo Kelly, the secretary, assures me he is a promising outside-right. Cooke’s grandfather played for Everton 30 years ago as an inside forward, and is one of the most popular officials ever to be with the club. Everton are pleased with a new right half back, named Miller, who joined the club a few week’s ago. He is a local, and is included in the “C” team. Everton “C” Morris; Harvey, Kevan; Miller, Rocklike, Finnis (capt); Cooks, Owen, Durrant, Lindeman, Penlington. Everton have not yet decided on their centre-forward to play against Manchester City on Saturday, but I believe final choice will be made from Tom Lawton, Bell, or Catterick. Lawton is at present “somewhere in the South” but it is possible he will be home on leave. Catterick is the Stockport boy recommended by Charlie Gee. Catterick has been scoring freely for Stockport County. By the way, Jack Davies the Everton half-back is now at the Army Physical Training School.
BLUES AT MAINE-ROAD
March 8, 1940. The Evening Express.
Everton go to Maine-road to oppose Manchester City, in the hope of not only recording their second “double” of the season, but of regaining leadership of the Western Region. At the moment the Blues are a point behind Stoke City, but they have a match in hand. Stoke visit New Brighton tomorrow and the Rakers will be difficult to beat. They are a fine all-round team capable of springing a surprise. Everton will be without regulars, but they field an attack that can settle the issue if they settle down to their work quickly. Torry Gillick to the fold after three months absence, and the crafty wing work should prove a real asset. Catterick will play centre forward. It will be his first debut for the Blues; Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Wyles, Lindley, Watson; Gillick, Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson, Boyes.
EVERTON’S STERN TEST.
March 8, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton have a stern test before then when they go to Maine-road, Manchester to meet the City for this ground has never been really kind to the Goodison club. Everton lost their position of leaders to Stoke City who have played a match more, and to keep in touch with the leaders the champions, will have no win at Manchester. Both teams play high class soccer so there’s every indications of a close struggle. The City have made changes from last weeks, there H.M.S Exeter forward Mather, being left out; but in Doherty they have one of the best, if not the best inside forwards playing at the present time. Burnett who will keep goal for Everton in place of Sagar, did not do quite so well against Tranmere Rovers a week ago as he did in his debut game at Chester. His handling was not so secure as usual, but this experience in the first team should give him more confidence than ever. With Jones unable to turn out it was only natural that Lindley would take over the position of pivot, for the last time he deputised for the Welshman he showed that he can play anywhere. I have seen Lindley in all the three half back positions and also at full back, and he has done well in all of them. Such a player is worth his weight in gold to a club. There is every possibility that we will have Torry Gillick in the forward line, which has not been quite the same since his unfortunate mishap. Several young men, have take his place, the most successful of them being the Army boy, Sweeney. Gillick apparently made a speedy recovery since he left hospital for he has been scoring goals while up in Scotland. On his best form there are few out-side rights who can surpass him, with his wadding gait and quick thinking, which enables him to sneak through the opposition and strike a blow for his side before the opposition has realised what has happened. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Wyles, Lindley, Watson; Gillick, Bentham, A.N. Other, Stevenson and Boyes.
Everton F.C. at their board meeting last night decided to enter for the Football League proposed Cup competition.
CITY RALLY V. EVERTON.
March 9, 1940. The Evening Express.
Wipe Out Two-Goal Lead.
Everton had Torry Gillick back in their team for their visit to Manchester City at Maine-road today. This was Gillick’s first appearance since his injury in a fire at the garage. The Blues had the versatile Lindley’s at centre half and Wyles, the young winger at right half in place of Mercer, who was appearing in the representative game at Liverpool. Catterick was at centre forward. Everton: - Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Wyles, Lindley and Watson, half-backs; Gillick, Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Manchester City: - Robinson, goal; Clark and Westwood, backs; Percival, Caldwell, and Walsh, half-backs; Empage, Herd, Heale, Doherty, and Rudd, forwards. Referee Mr. R.A. Mortimer (Huddersfield). Everton revealed an early superiority before a disappointment attendance. After Gillick had been prominent with a neatly-lobbed centre which came to nought, Boyes worked his way through on the left, but was brought down on the edge of the penalty area. Taking the free kick himself, Boyes shot weakly outside. After Greenhalgh had combined neatly with Stevenson, Catterick dashed through. Catterick’s shot beat Robinson but the ball shaved the upright and went outside. Manchester improved considerably and, promised by the clever Doherty, caused the Everton defence many anxious moments. Everton came again and in 14 minutes took the lead with a goal by Gillick, who was presented with an open goal owing to a misunderstanding in the City defence. In the next minute Everton would have been two up for a great save by Robinson from Catterick’s point bank shot. The Blues’ half-backs were finding their men accurately, and Gillick did much to show that his enforced lay-off had not affected his skill. Everton went further ahead at 26 minutes, Greenhalgh scoring from a penalty. City suddenly became inspired and after Rudd had reduced the arrears in 32 minutes they drew level in five later with a grand goal by Heale.
Half-Time; Manchster City 2, Everton 2.
GILLICK REAPPEARS FOR EVERTON.
March 9, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Soon Prominent In Game With Manchester City.
There was only a meagre crowd to see what the City considered one of their most attractive fixtures. Everton: - Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Wyles, Lindley and Watson, half-backs; Gillick, Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Manchester City: - Robinson, goal; Clark and Westwood, backs; Percival, Caldwell, and Walsh, half-backs; Empage, Herd, Heale, Doherty, and Rudd, forwards. Referee Mr. R.A. Mortimer (Huddersfield). Gillick made his first appearance in the Everton team since his accident and by coincidence he made his return against the side he played against in his last game for Everton. He was soon a prominent figure in Everton’s attacking scheme and one of his centres, beautifully placed causes Robinson to make a catch under his bar. The City then took up the challenge through Rudd on the left wing, but Burnett was not called upon. Boyes as he was running through, claimed a penalty award, but his appeal went unheeled. Catterick was leading the Everton line with intellengence and fire, although for a spell Manchester City tested the Everton’s defence by their intricate and fast football. Doherty was, of course, the mainspring of the attack, but Everton were not far behind in the matter of skill, In fact, there was little between the two sides on a point of artistry. At fifteen minutes Everton took the lead when Gillick nipped through and accepted a Boyes centre which had passed over the heads of several players in its fight, and although there was no big power behind Gillick’s shot it was well placed away from the goalkeeper’s reach. It was entertaining football in that there were many fine schemes attempted and even though some of them went wrong they were good to watch. Just before half-time Everton scored a second goal. Westwood handled a centre from Gillick and there was no disputing the penalty award which was taken by Greenhalgh, who shot a nice goal to Robinson’s left-hand side.
EVERTON DRAW AT MANCHESTER.
March 11,1940. The Liverpool Daily Post.
Manchester City 2, Everton 2
Gillick Resumes & Scores.
Everton were quite satisfied with their half-share in the match with Manchester City at Maine-road, and well they might be for while the City were the more dangerous in front of goal, Everton were almost their equal in the matter of craft. Four goals was shared, all of them being scored in the first half. Everton took a lead of two goals, but it was not long before the sides were all-square. The football on both sides was excellent, even though there were a number of reserve players in each team. If the City pulled out something above the ordinary, Everton replied with something of a similar character. I spoke with many people after the game who said it was better football than they saw during league days. Unfortunately the attendance reached only 3,600. At 15 minutes Gillick, making his first appearance since his mishap some weeks ago, ran through the City to take a Boyes pass which had travelled over the heads of everybody. Gillick is a master mind at this sort of thing, and although his shot was not of any great power it was well out of the reach of Robinson, the City goalkeeper. That goal was a little against the run of the play, for Manchester had often put the Everton defence under heavy pressure. At 29 minutes Westwood handled a centre from Gillick. He had no real need to have done so, but in his excitement he broke the rule, so that Everton were awarded a spot kick and Greenhalgh scored the penalty goal. Rudd replied at 39 minutes from what seemed an important angle. Almost on the interval shot a low ball well out of reach of Burnett. There the scoring ended, and while the second half was not quite a such a high calibre as the first there was plenty of fine football. Doherty was a craftsman of the first water, but the City were inclined to play too close and make the pass too quick so that the ball was difficult to take. Burnett did good work without, however, being convincing. Wyles did rather well although he was suffering from an injured foot, and Catterick brought a lot of life into the Everton attack. . Everton: - Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Wyles, Lindley and Watson, half-backs; Gillick, Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Manchester City: - Robinson, goal; Clark and Westwood, backs; Percival, Caldwell, and Walsh, half-backs; Empage, Herd, Heale, Doherty, and Rudd, forwards. Referee Mr. R.A. Mortimer (Huddersfield).
• Mercer (1 Goal), Cook, Barber (scored two goals) played for the Army against the Football League, the game finishing 5-2 for the Army at Anfield, in front of 14,205, spectators. Ted Sagar, and T.J Jones playing for the Football League.
CATTERICK DOES WELL.
March 11, 1940. The Evening Express.
Catterick, Everton’s young debutant centre forward, showed excellent form, particularly in the first half, in the Blues’ 2-2 struggle with Manchester City at Maine-road. Catterick was a strong, virile leader who answered splendidly to the promptings of Bentham and Stevenson and yet found, time to keep Boyes and Gillick well supplied with choice passes. If he did not score, it was solely due to a save by Robinson in the City goal from a smashing drive early in the first half. Another factor which delighted the Everton contingent with the proof provided by Torry Gillick, that his long lay off, following injury, has not impaired his skill. Although not able to maintain full speed, Gillick did enough to show that he will soon be back to his best. The Blues’ did an excellent job of work, taking everything into consideration, to earn a draw against a strong City side. In fact, after Gillick (14 minutes) and Greenhalgh (penalty, 26 minutes), had given them a two goal lead, it looked as if they were set for a decisive victory. City, however, staged a great rally, and levelled matters through Rudd and Heale before half-time. Although Manchester had, perhaps more of the game after the interval, Everton defended stubbornly to the end, and neither attack was able to force the winning goal.
Joe Mercer will readily forgive me passing over his brilliance to gave a first pat on the back to young Archie Barber, of Everton, who stepped into the Army side at the last minute when preparing to go to Manchester with Everton, to crown his representative match debut with a fine display and two of the five goals. Barber came to Goodison Park two summers ago, ostensibly for one trial, but with his bag packed for a month’s trial. He did so well that Everton fixed him up with lodgings and eventually fixed him up as a professional. The boy on leave who jumped to fame is typical of the romantic side of football. But good as was barber, it was Joe Mercer who stood out in this splendid exhibition of soccer artistry and endeavour. Mercer has never played better than at Anfield, where he fetched and carried never laid a faulty pass, and shouldered other’s work willingly and effectively. Merseyside “stole” the game, for Barber got two goals, Mercer one and Jackie Balmer two. Willie Cook was the best back afield.
SOMETHING OF EVERYTHING
March 11, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
There was plenty of everything in the Manchester City and Everton game, good football thrills, and best of all, goals. Yet there were only 4,000 people at Maine road to see the game. Had there been say, 40,000 or so, it would have been a game to be talked of for many a long day, for there is no doubt a crowd makes a game. The first half was a particularly brilliant affair. Such scheness as the two teams produced were worthy of something better. Everton had a number of reserves in the side and so, for that matter, had the City, so things were fairly well balanced, Gillick, who made his first appearance since his unfortunate accident some two months ago was responsible for the first goal. But he did more than score. He brought intricacy into the line even though he was not pulling out all he had. He scored in fifteen minutes with a shot that had no great sting about it, but it had something better –direction and Robinson was unable to make contact. At the half-hour Everton went further ahead through a penalty goal by Greenhalgh, Westwood having handled Gillick’s centre. This was very fratifying from an Everton point of view. To be two goals up in half an hour at Maine Road is something uncommon for a visiting side, so it was only natural that the Everton officials were feeling very lucked about things. But then came the crash. The City had done quite as much if not more to warrant a goal or two, and at long last they got their deserts, Rudd hooking the ball from an atrocious angle, and Heale following with another goal a few moments later. This came from a handling free kick against Lindley. There the score ended, for, try as they would, neither side could penetrate the defence. The City were perhaps the more likely ones to do it in the second half, when they crowded on all they knew, but the Everton defence stood solid against this lively City attack. Catterick brought some life into the Everton forward line which compared very favourably with that of the City, for whom Doherty was the master mind. I should say he is the best inside forward in the game today. Catterick however found Cardwell too big for him as time went on. Without attempting to make any excuses, I must tell you that Wyles had a damaged foot when he started the game. This undoubtedly helped the Doherty-Rudd wing to function so smoothly. A point against Manchester however, was highly satisfactory, and I heard no grumbles from the Everton party on the result. I had none.
BACK TO SCOTLAND.
March 12, 1940. The Evening Express.
Torry Gillick, Everton’s Scottish international winger, will not play for the Blues again until after the war. This announcement per Mr. Theo Kelly, the club secretary, will be unwelcome news to the followers who had been hoping to see Torry in action against Chester at Goodison Park on Saturday. Torry played against Manchester City=his first appearance for Everton since the injuries received in the fire at his garage last December –but he has now decided to return to his home in Scotland before joining the Services. Gillick has already been medically examined for the Services, but was exempted in view of his accident. He has now been granted a further extension for three months and so, in the meantimes will play for Airdieonians, whom he assisted in the Scottish Cup first round tie against Queen’s Park. Everton are unfortunate in that they have three players available, for outside-right-Wyles, Sweeney, and Anfield “hero,” Barber. Everton play Catterick at centre-forward against Chester. It will be his debut at Goodison as a first team player, following a fine display against Manchester City. Sagar, Mercer, and Jones return to the team. Everton: Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Watson; Wyles, Bentham, Catterick, Sweeney, Boyes.
March 12, 1940, The Liverpool Echo.
Torry Gillick’s return to the fold has been short and sweet, for he returns to Scotland this week, and will not be available to play for Everton again until after the war except-perhaps on rare occasions. He is giving up his home in Liverpool and returning to Scotland to take up an aeroplane factory job until he is called up. Normally he would have been in the 23 age group, but owing to the injuries sustained in his accident his notice has been deferred. He goes before a medical board three months hence for another examination. While he was convalescing in Scotland recently Gillick played a couple of times for Airdrie and in all probability will turn out for them each week in future. For their Regional game with Chester at Goodison Park on Saturday. Everton will play Wyles at outside right in Gillick’s place while Mercer and Jones return to the side after their triumph in the big game at Anfield. Catterick who played his first senior game on Saturday against Manchester City will lead the forwards, the probable team reading. Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Watson; Wyles, Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson, and Boyes.
• TG. Jones, has been picked to play for the All British side against Football league on Good
Friday, Mercer, also been picked for Football League
March 15, 1940. The Evening Express.
I shall be surprised if there are not better attendance at the Regional games tomorrow. The announcement of the big Cup competition should have the effect of stimulating public interest. The cup becomes the big thing of the season, and many who have stayed away from matches will now seize the opportunity to “weigh up form,” as it were. Chester will be given a warm welcome at Goodison Park, both socially and from a football point of view. If they managed to avert defeat against an Everton team back to its best available strength, they will have reason to feel proud. Chester are the only team with the exception of Stockport County, which has a chance of completing a “double” at the expense of the champions. When the teams met at Sealand-road, the Cestrians gave a brilliant display to win 3-2 Everton have to play Stockport twice. Chester, as a matter of fact, smashed Everton’s unbeaten record. They are bonny battlers, capable of springing a surprise. The game is notable for the fact that Catterick the young Stockport lad who was recommended to Everton some time ago by international Charlie Gee, appears for the first time in the Blues League side at Goodison Park. Catterick has been on loan this season to Stockport, but last Saturday he led the Blues against Manchester City. The Everton officials were delighted with his display. Catterick –a well built player of the fast, virile type, has the ability to hold a line together. Sara, Mercer, and Jones return from representative duty. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Watson; Wykes, Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson, Boyes. Chester; - (from); Short; Brown, A.N. Other; Rogers, Howarth, Chiverton, Walters; Horsman, Astbury, Yates, A.N.Other, Sanders.
EVERTON’S “LIVE WIRE.”
March 15, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
One afternoon, in November, Everton visited Chester with an unbeaten record and with little fear that their record would be tarnished, even though they realised that the Cestrians would offer a stout resistance. But lo, and behold. Chester accomplished the feat, and deservedly so far they put up a grand fight, shows great enthusiasm, fine speed and much football skill. Chester will be all keyed up to bring off a “double” but I fear that they will be disappointed, for Everton are not easy to beat at Goodison Park. At Manchester last week Everton played smart football to win a point and a repetition of that form will assure them of victory over Chester, a galliant little team, but not the equal of the champions when the latters are at full strength. Once again however, Everton will be handicapped for they will be without Gillick, who after one appearance since his accident is returning to Scotland to take up a post on Government service. It was good to have Torry back last week, for while he did not over exert himself he pulled out one or two of his old tricks, and scored a goal. His going means that Everton will be trouble once more about their right wing, for Sweeney may not be available quite so frequently as before, as Wyles was the automatic choice for this game. Wyles was a half back a week ago and did uncommonly well, despite a foot injury, With Sagar, Mercer, and Jones, back, the defence should prove too strong for Chester’s attack. Can the forwards back up their defence? “I fancy. For the line will be led by a “live wire” in Catterick. He has developed since I last saw him and he was particularly good in the first half and gave so good a pivot as Caldwell many anxious moments in the first half hour. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Watson; Wykes, Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson, Boyes. Chester; - (from); Short; Brown, A.N. Other; Rogers, Howarth, Chiverton, Walters; Horsman, Astbury, Yates, A.N.Other, Sanders.
FIFTY YEARS IN SOCCER.
March 16, 1940. The Evening Express.
Mr. W. C. Cuff, President of the Football League, Vice-president of the Football Association, and one of the leading personalities in football today, has just celebrated a “golden” anniversary in the game. It is just 50 years since Mr. Cuff first joined the Everton Football Club as a member. He is still with the club as a director. I doubt whether there is another in the game who can claim such a remarkable record of service as that of Mr. Cuff. Mr. Cuff first joined Everton in the Spring of 1890, when the Blues played at Anfield, and before the formation of the Liverpool Club. In 1892 he went with Everton to Goodison Park. Afterwards he became a director –he was secretary a few years later –and was chairman from 1921 until 1938. Mr. Cuff has only had one break in the service. That was from 1918 to 1921, when he had to give up active work for the club owing to business reasons, but remained a shareholder. As a matter of fact Mr. Cuff has been a supporter of Everton for much more than 50 years. He used to go to watch the Blues when they played at Stanley Park. Today, Mr. Cuff devotes tremendous energy to the government of the game by the League and the F.A, but he retains that strong link with his own club. And may the link hold firm in the chain for a long time.
QUICK GOALS BY EVERTON.
March 16, 1940. The Evening Express.
Jones and Boyes On The Mark.
Catterick, the young Everton centre forward, who has been assisting Stockport County this season, made the first appearance with the Blues’ first team at Goodison Park, against Chester today. The visitors included Cole and McIntosh, for Walters and Yates. Walters being at left back in place of Rogers. Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones and Watson, half-backs; Wyles, Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Chester: - Short, goal; Brown and Walters, backs; Howarth, Chiverton and Cole, half-backs; Horseman, Astley, McIntosh (Preston North End), Booth, and Sanders, forwards. Referee Mr. J. Phillips. Everton took up the running immediately and Mercer paved the way for an opening with a sinuous run, but Bentham had the misfortunate to trip over the ball. Stevenson sent Boyes away on the home left, but Brown saved the situation with a timely tackle. Following this, Chester made their first raid through Sanders, but Jones neatly held up Booth. Everton had a great chance when Stevenson sent Boyes through, but the winger’s low shot struck the foot of the upright and rebounded. Catterick made a valiant attempt to turn the ball into the empty goal, but Walters was able to smother his shot. The incident led to a goal, however, for before Chester were able to get the ball clear Everton were awarded a free kick about half a dozen yards outside the penalty area. This was taken by Jones, who beat Short all ends up with a terrific shot. Two minutes later Everton went further ahead. Wyles crossed a perfect centre, and with Catterick failing to get his head to the ball, it travelled on to Boyes, who netted with a fast, rising drive. Chester now began to show signs of increased liveness and McIntosh who, by the way, is the Preston North End leader, had a shot turned around the post by Jones for a fruitless corner. When Everton returned to the attack Short saved at close range from Bentham while Catterick also tested the goalkeeper with a good shot. A mistake by Chiverton let in Wyles but Short saved his low shot and from the goalkeeper’s clearance. Chester attacked on the right, Sagar pulling down Horseman’s centre underneath the bar. Everton were quickly back on the attack again and Catterick broke through only to shoot straight at Short as the goalkeeper advanced. Chiverton checked Bentham when the inside-right appeared to have a clear course to goal, and Catterick, dashing in, essayed a first time drive, which was charged down by Walters. In 34 minutes Everton gained a third goal, Wyles was fouled just to the right of the penalty area and Mercer placed his free kick across the face of the goal, Catterick dashing in, scored with a perfect header. In 38 minutes Boyes increased Everton’s total to four.
RASPING SHOTS FOR EVERTON.
March 16, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Jones And Boyes On The Mark.
A Famous Leader.
McIntosh Of Preston In Chester Front Line.
Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones and Watson, half-backs; Wyles, Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Chester: - Short, goal; Brown and Walters, backs; Howarth, Chiverton and Cole, half-backs; Horseman, Astley, McIntosh (Preston North End), Booth, and Sanders, forwards. Referee Mr. J. Phillips. Everton had an old score to wipe out against Chester, for it was the Cestrians who administered Everton first’s regional defeat, in November. The attendance was very por. Everton had their full side out, with the exception of Gillick, who had returned to Scotland. Chester had the help of McIntosh, the Preston centre forward. Everton had all the game in the first few minutes, Mercer being particularly prominent with some neat passes to Wyles who, however, had not quite got the hang of things. Chester’s only rail in the first five minutes was a quick thrust down the left wing, but the ball was punched too far forward for Senders. The Chester defence was completely bamboozled when Boyes rushed through and shot under the upright. The ball came out to Catterick, who was between the goal and the ball. He dashed back and made a hook shot, but meantimes the Chester men came in to bar his way.
Two Quick Ones.
A goal was not long in coming, however, for at seven minutes a free kick against Chester proved fatal. Jones scored with a wonder drive, which left the whole of the Chester defence standing helpless. Within two minutes Everton went further ahead when Boyes took the ball in his stride, and with a first time shot crashed the ball to the back of the net. Chester were unfortunate in that a hard shot was luckily kept out by Jackson, when Sagar was well beaten through being out of position. Cole had also tested the Everton goal. Catterick was very quick off the mark and made one angular shot of note. Howarth was one of the most outstanding men on the field, and vied with Mercer for the half-back honours. At 34 minutes Everton scored a third, Catterick heading a clever goal from Mercer’s free kick. Chester were doing responsibly well against a side which carried too many guns for them. Boyes scored a fourth goal by Everton.
EVERTON TOO GOOD FOR CHESTER
March 18, 1940. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 5, Chester 0.
Boyes Scorers Three Goals.
Everton took their full revenge from Chester for the defeat they suffered as Sealand Road early on in the season. Everton’s football was much too clever for Chester and had they driven home all their advantage they would have scored more than the five goals they obtained. Although rather outclassed. Chester never gave up in their endeavour to play good class football. As a game it was good entertainment, despite its one-sideness, for there was no getting away from it that the Chester attack was too well handled by the powerful Everton defence to create any suprises. The visitors started off an a strong note, “but they did not finish so well as they played in midfield, and within six minutes they found their goal failing. It was a goal by Jones from a free kick –he is becoming expert as this sort of things and this one was one of his best, for the ball flew from his foot like a rocket. Three minutes later Boyes found his way through the worried Chester defence and with a lighting shot put a bulge in the top netting. Chester had one spot of ill-luck when Howarth, Chester’s best player to my mind, cracked in a shot which had Sagar out of position, but Jackson had fallen back and headed out.
Goal By Catterick.
Apart from that Sagar’s work was of an easy character whereas Short’s always had something to do. A free kick, taken by Mercer, sent the ball on the head of Catterick, and the ball went in the back of the net. Bentham also hit the post and just before half-time Boyes ran in and scored a fourth goal. There was only one other goal in the second half, and Boyes was again the scorer. Thus he got three goals out of five, a good day’s work for a winger. Everton held a lead sufficient to guarantee them success, so that Chester came into the game more heartily and the introduction some nice football, Sagar had to save from Astbury and then saw another drive swing narrowly outside his upright, Everton’s great strength lay in their rear lines. The forwards were well led by Catterick, who his pace worried the Chester defence and his methods were indirectly responsible for three of his side’s goals. Short with plenty to do did it well, but Chiverton at centre half back was a weakness. McIntosh loaned from Preston opened well, but eventually came under the spell of Jones, while the wingmen, Horseman and Saunders usually the spearpoint of Chester’s attack were kept quiet. Attendance 3,970. Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones and Watson, half-backs; Wyles, Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Chester: - Short, goal; Brown and Walters, backs; Howarth, Chiverton and Cole, half-backs; Horseman, Astley, McIntosh (Preston North End), Booth, and Sanders, forwards. Referee Mr. J. Phillips.
March 18, 1940. The Evening Express.
Everton have lost only two matches in the Western Regional competition, and one of them was at Sealand-road, before Christmas. They avenged this defeat at Goodison Park on Saturday, when they defeated Chester by five clear goals. The Third Division club proved no match for a Blues’ eleven which included no fewer than eight of their League championship side, but they might, at least have reduced the margin had they been able to finish better. Half back strength proved the deciding factor and so well did the intermediate men support the forwards that the latter were able to keep Chester on the defensive for a long periods at a time. Everton’s attacks invariably threatened danger and Boyes was in scintillating form on the home left wing with Stevenson and Bentham splendid foragers. Catterick, who was making his debut at Goodison Park with Everton’s first team showed considerable promise as leader of the Blues’ attack. He led the line well and displayed rare dash. It was a peach of a header which proved him with a goal. Mercer’s artistry was a feature of Everton’s half-back strength in the first half when the international’s adroit moves paved the way for numerous attacks on the Chester goal. Jones, too was a polished defender with Jackson and Greenhalgh sound backs. Chester had Mcintosh the Preston forward, as leader of the attack, but he received few opportunities. Howarth was excellent at half-back, and Walters a fearless defender.
March 18, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton took their revenge for their defeat at Chester in a convincing manner in the return game at Goodison Park; just as I thought they would. But let it be said that Chester never gave up the ghost. They tried to emulate Everton’s stylish football, and while it was good it was not good enough to compare with Everton. One Chester official said after the match. We played nice football, don’t you think? Not so good as Everton, but Everton are a good side. They were too good for Chester, and had they pressed their case in the second half those five goals might have been doubled. Everton were on top from start to finish, playing neat football throughout, and clamping down any dangerous-looking advance by the Chester forwards.
A Brilliant Goal.
Chester started well, for McIntosh showed a lot of skill in the first few minutes, but a wonder goal by Jones –he is Everton’s free kick expert –knocked the stuffing out of Chester. Jones was all out to beat Chester, for when Everton were beaten at Sealand Road he got a “dog’s life” from his workmates. He wanted to crow this week, and can. It was a brilliant goal, but not more so than Boyes’s first which almost carried away the top netting. Two goals in nine minutes snuffed out any chance Chester had of springing a surprise. They never stopped trying, but further goals by Catterick and Boyes and a four goal lead proved too great an obstacle for them. Everton had no desire to rub it in, so cantered through the second half, so that Chester were able to indulge in some nice midfield play without suggesting that they would call upon Sagar who had a comfortable afternoon. Finally Boyes nipped into score a fifth goal, his third of the match.
Chester did not play so well as they did in the first meeting. They were weak at centre half, where Chiverton could not hold the electric Catterick. You will remember I said last week that Catterick is greatly improving. He was like quick silver off the mark, was unlucky not to have scored more than one gal, a nicely taken header from Mercer’s free kick, for it was only good luck which twice saved the Chester goal. He has brought life to the Everton attack, which was becoming rather lackadaisical. Chester’s best player were Howarth, Short (who brought off many saves) and McIntosh, but they met something much too powerful for them –a solid defence and a thrustful forward line.
LAWTON RETURNS TO EVERTON FOR WOLVES MATCH
March 19, 1940. The Evening Express.
Tommy Lawton, the Everton centre forward, will again be available for his own club, providing permission is forth-coming from the Army authorities. Lawton has passed as an Army physical training instructor, and has been posted to a depot” somewhere in the North.” This is great news for the Blues, for Lawton returns at a time when the clubs are about to embark on the big League War Cup competition. In this competition players will not be able to move from club to club. They must be registered for one club only, as in the F.A. Cup. Everton have now five players attached too the Army School of Physical Training for Joe Mercer, Billy Cook, Jock Thomson, and Cliff Britton have already qualified. Another, Jack Davies, is at present undergoing instruction.
To Meet The Wolves.
The old spirit of rivalry between Merseyside and Wolverhampton Wanderers which characterised last season will be revived this week-end. Everton oppose the Wolves at Goodison Park on Good Friday, and play a return at Molineux on Easter Monday. Last season the Blues and the Wolves were concerned in a thrilling race for the First Division championship –and Everton pulled through with a margin of four points. The rivalry was also extended to the F.A. Cup competition. In the fifth round Liverpool went to Molineux and were beaten 4-1, and in the sixth round Everton set out for Molineux to avenge this reverse to Merseyside, but they too went under –by 2-0. Wolves eventually reached Wembley as 4-1 on favourities. They lost 4-1 to Portsmouth. I am convinced that the two holiday games will attract limit crowds to both grounds. The Wolves at the moment are the youngest side in the country, but are leaders of the Midland Region and have a grand team. Everton will have out their best available team, for Internationals have withdrawn from the Blackpool charity game. Lawton is back, of course, and young Archie Barber, the Army boy from Weston-super-mare, will be at outside right. Barber a few days ago came to Merseyside to be 12th man for Everton, but found himself playing outside-left for the British Army at Anfield. He celebrated that surprise choice by scoring a couple of goals! Lindley is given a run at left-half for Watson. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Lindley; Barber, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
They Were Justified.
The withdrawal of Everton and Liverpool players from the charity matches over Easter caused not a little comment at headquarters. But can the clubs themselves be blamed? I think not. Take Everton’s case for instance. Away back in October, they contracted with Wolverhampton Wanderers to play two friendlies over Easter. It was agreed that the best possible teams should be fielded. In the interests of a Sea Cadet charity three Everton players were chosen to go to Blackpool on Good Friday. The loss of Sagar, Jones and Mercer would have detracted from the Goodison Park match. There is no doubt about that. So I think Everton were justified in declining the release of the players –especially in view of the fact that for match after match they have surprised players –sometimes five for one game.
LAWTON BACK IN EVERTON SIDE.
March 19, 1940. The Liverpool Echo
Wolverhampton’s Babes’ To Show Their Paces At Goodison.
There is good news for Everton followers today. Tommy Lawton, having passed out as a physical instructor, has been posted to Birkenhead, where he arrives tonight to take up his new duties. All being well, he will be available for Everton’s remaining games this season, through from what I saw of Catterick for the first time on Saturday, he will have to fight for his places. Catterick is really is really good. Nicely built, with a strong shot in either foot and quick as lightening off the mark, he puts real life and verve into the forward line. On this showing he is full of promise, and Charlie Gee would seen to have done the club a particularly good turn in putting them on to the Stockport lad. Meantime Lawton has been chosen to lead Everton on Good Friday against Wolverhampton and Boyes. Given decent weather, this match should bring the best gate of the season to Goodison bar the international match of course. It will be interesting to have another view of the young Wolves, who are younger than ever these days. The average age of Major Buckley’s side today is less than 20, and the team includes two or three “babes” of only sixteen.
Wolves so far have not picked their side, but when I inquired this morning at Molyneux I was told that in all probability it will be the same as that which has done duty in the last two games, namely:- Sidlow; Taylor, Springthorpe; Goddard, Galley, Thornhill; Steen, McIntosh, McMahon, Mullen, Wright. Sidlow, of course, is the former Llandudno player and Welsh amateur international who played for Wales in the Red Cross match earlier in the season at Wrexham. Taylor, McIntosh, and Galley –who is now figuring at centre half and acting as captain since Cullis joined up, need no introduction and neither does Alan Steen, the 17 years-old former Wallasay Schools player, who had a few games with New Brighton soon after the war, and was them called back to Molyneux to fill Maguire’s place. Mullen also will be fairly familiar to most folk, for plenty was written about him when Major Buckley gave him his League baptism last season at the age of 16. The rest of the side are new comers this season. Springthorpe and Thornhill, are both 16-years-old lads from Derby, the latter nearly a six-footer. McMahon is the centre forward whom Wolves brought over from Canada a year ago and was loaned to Chester for a few matches round about Christmas. He has got his big chance since Westcott joined up and from all accounts is doing exceptionally well. Wright the outside left, is the “baby” of the team, just approaching his sixteenth birthday. Through this side is young, and is most cases comparatively inexperienced, so far as length of services goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and Wolverhampton’s position at the head of the Midland Section, with only two defeats in eighteen games, show that the newcomers are worthily unholding the club’s traditions.
WOLVES OPPOSE EVERTON.
March 21, 1940. The Liverpool Daily Post.
There are a number of attractive football matches over the holidays on Merseyside, but probably none more so than the meeting of the Wolves and Everton at Goodison Park tomorrow, kick-off at 3.15. The clubs are old rivals and it will be particularly interesting on this occasion to see how the youthful Midland players fare against more experienced rivals. There are several boys in the team and they hope to so well against the champions. Lawton returns to the Everton team. The teams are: - Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Lindley; Barber, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Wolves; - Sidlow; Taylor, Springthorpe; Goddard, Galley, Thornhill; Steen, McIntosh, McMahon, Mullen, Wright.
THE WOLVES ARE HERE.
March 21, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton Easter holidays fixtures have a special attraction, for two of their three games are against Wolverhampton Wanderers, the leaders of the Midland Section, with one of the youngest if not the youngest sides in the country. The first meeting is at Goodison Park tomorrow, Good Friday, the other at Molyneux Ground on Easter Monday, and sandwiched in between is the Regional game with Crewe at the railway centre. The last time the Midlanders met Everton was in the memorable Cup-tie at Wolverhampton, last season, when the Wolves’ young side triumphed, Westcott scoring his great goal which set seal to their success. A few weeks previously in a League encounter Wolverhampton had swept through the Everton team and rattled up seven goals, the highest score put up against Everton in their championship season. The Wolves side will differ to a great extent from the one which won their Cup and League games against Everton, whereas Everton will have pretty nearly the same side. Major Buckley still goes on finding ‘em young, and they must be good young men seeing that they are at the head of their section. It is well that Everton will be almost at full strength for this enticing match and the news of Tommy Lawton’s return to Merseyside which will enable him to play in most of Everton’s future games is gratifying even though Catterick has showed signs in his two games of becoming more than a useful leader with his darting runs, and quick shot. But it was only natural that whenever Lawton’s services were available he would be chosen. Barber, who jumped to fame all in a minute by his inclusion in the Army side against the League X1, at Anfield a couple of weeks ago, figures at outside right, his proper position. The teams for tomorrow are: - Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Lindley; Barber, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Wolves; - Sidlow; Taylor, Springthorpe; Goddard, Galley, Thornhill; Steen, McIntosh, McMahon, Mullen, Wright.
WOLVES AT GOODISON.
March 21, 1940. Evening Express.
Tomorrow Everton, the Football League champions, face last season’s runners-up in both League and F.A. Cup –Wolverhmapton Wanderers. These clubs have always been keen rivals. It was the Wolves that beat Everton in the Blues’ first cup final. This rivalry reached its peak last season, when the Blues out-stripped the Wanderers in the race for League honours after a terrific struggle which ended on April 22, when the Wolves draw at home, while Everton were going down 2-1 at Charlton. The loss of that point ruined the chances of the Wanderers, and sent the Everton players racing off the field at The Valley in spirit of jubilation. The Wolves had their joy-days, too, for they not only knocked both Liverpool and Everton out of the Cup on their march to Wembley, but smashed the Blues 7-0 in a never-to-be-forgotten League match at Molineux! Now they come together again, with Everton fielding eight of their championship side, and the Wolves parading what is, I should think, the finest array of young talent in the country at the moment. Some of the more experienced Wolves of last season have gone, but into their places have stepped youngsters of 15, 16 and 17 –the Mullens, the Steens –and that they are a brilliant team is proved by the fact that since they have fielded their young team, they have beaten Leicester 5-1 and Birmingham 3-1. Everton will have Lawton back of duty and young barber, hero of the recent representative game at Anfield will be at outside-right. This should be a pulsating match, with the experience of the Blues proving the deciding factor. On Saturday, Everton will be at Crewe and on Monday they play the return friendly with the Wolves at Molineux. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Lindley; Barber, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
March 23, 1940. The Daily Post
Everton 4, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2
Youthful Wolves Defeated.
Everton proved themselves too good for the youthful Wolverhampton team at Goodison Park, yesterday, and they won 4-2, but this young Wolves team is going to be heard of before very long. Many of the side are in their teens, but played as though they were veterans, particularly so in the first half, when they were exceedingly good. Everton eventually wore them down and the second half was all Everton. It was nice football throughout, for while there was any amount of skilful play there was never that spleen so often seen in League football. The Wolves youngsters showed a rare knowledge of the game. They were capable of producing anything the tried and trusted Everton could provide, but it seemed that Everton had the better stamina. Wolverhampton actually started the day’s scoring in the twenty-second minute after Sagar had pushed aside an oblique shot by McIntosh, but Everton soon negative that goal, Boyes scoring from Bentham’s pass. Boyes added a second and Bentham put on a third with a grand header from Boyes’s centre. There the first half scoring ended.
Stevenson Lacks Finish.
The second half found Everton greatly on top. They played beautiful football, particular the Boyes-Stevenson wing, and had they snapped up all their chances they would have doubled their total of four goals. Boyes adding the last of the goals. Stevenson’s midfield play was a delight, but in front of goal he could do nothing. He had at least three sitters and missed them all. Wolverhampton, in one of their few advances in this half, got a second goal through Steen. Everton’s great strength lay in the half-back line. Once they had got hold of the Wolverhampton forward line they never let loose, and they piled their forwards with rare pauses. Greenhalgh and Jackson were much too solid for the visitors’ attack which was well damped down before the end. Lawton tried all he knew and his colleagues tried to give him a goal, but he was not quite, so sure in his shooting. He kept the wing going nicely, and Bentham produced tricks we did not know he possessed. It was an attractive game from every point of view, and although Wolverhampton were ultimately made to look an ordinary side in a year or two’s time they will be fitted to take their place among the best. The attendance was 14,000 the best since the representative game at Goodison Park in the early days of the season. Everton: - Sagar, (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones and Lindley, half-backs; Barber, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Wolverhampton Wanderers: - Sidlow, goal; Gardner and Springthorpe, backs; Goddard, Galley (captain) and Thornhill, half-backs; Steen, McIntosh, Mullen and Wright, forwards. Referee Mr. J. N. Brown (Liverpool).
THREE GOALS FOR BOYES.
March 23, 1940. Evening Express.
There was a limit attendance at Goodison Park yesterday to see a sparkling exhibition in which Everton defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-2 in a friendly game. It was the experience of Everton that enabled them to score a sound win, and with better finishing the margin might have been more pronounced. Boyes scored three of the Everton goals –he has now bagged six in the last two matches –and Bentham also scored, while Wright and Steen replied for the Wolves. Stars of a thrill-packed game with Boyes, Stevenson, mercer and Jackson.
Bounded by Rules?
There is nothing disloyal to the authorises in the attitude taken up by Everton and Liverpool over the charity games. Truth is that both felt clubs needs should come first in view of the fact that both have given such tremendous support to the charity games this season. Everton have provided 31 players. Had Everton, for instance, remained loyal to the authorities over yesterday’s charity games at Blackpool, they would have automatically, become disloyal to Wolverhampton Wanderers. My own view is that the F.A. –and Wales –can rely on the support of our local clubs for the Wembley game, but I would counsel the team selection to make it a rule that only one player from any one club should be played in the game. One Liverpool player and one Everton player for this game would level matters up so far as the Goodison cup-tie is concerned, and the cup-tie would not fall as an attraction. The F.A. have no legal call on players as in peace-time. Players at the moment are not actual employees of the clubs, and even the F.A. cannot make them play for England.
SURPRISE FOR EVERTON
March 23, 1940. The Evening Express.
Stevens Put Crewe Ahead
Jones and Jackson did not arrive at Gresty Road for Everton’s game against Crewe Alex until 10 minutes before the kick-off. They had been delayed on the way. There was about 3,000 spectators. Crewe:- Poskett, goal; Dyer and Kneale, backs; Tutis, Cope and Still, half-backs; Waring, Rise, Stevens, (captain) Colbourne, and Johnson, forwards. Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones and Watson, half-backs; Barber, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Leo Stevens, the former Wallasey bus conductor, was made Crewe’s captain for the day against former colleagues. Crewe opened cleverly, using the ball with judgement and nice control, but without troubling the Everton defence. Boyes was pulled up –wrongly, I thought –for off-side when his speed at the mark had surprised the appositive. Sagar had to run to the edge of the penalty area to hold up Cobourne and next Johnson shot over. Everton were not exerting themselves, but lost much of their charm. Bentham shot by the far post, following Lawton’s headed pass, and them Lawton fired one to the same spot. Cope was penalised twice with a minute, and the tenacity of the tackling upset the combination of both teams. A quick Lawton back-heel enable Boyes to drive in a rising in a rising shot, with just swung outside. Sagar was perfectly positioned to take Coborne’s penalty line cross before Poskett had to dash out to help Dyer in heading off Lawton. Poskett had to go full length to save from Lawton, and another dive prevented Bentham from opening the scoring account. A Waring centre passed across the last of the Everton goal before Stevenson and Bentham went through with accurate close inter-passing. Dyer made the winning tackle just as Stevenson was about to shoot. Barber strong heading outwitted the Crewe defence to give Lawton a difficult chance. The ball finished on the roof of the net. In 34 minutes Stevens celebrated his captaincy by giving Crewe the lead. Johnson outpaced Jackson, and centred from the line for Stevens to hook the ball into the roof of the net with his left foot. Crewe defended stubbornly when Everton fought back. Quick tackling and good positioning cutting out shooting chances. Poskett saved from Bentham after a exciting run by Barber.
Half-Time; Crewe Alexandra 1, Everton 0.
EVERTON RECEIPTS WON’T PAY RATES.
March 23, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Yesterday’s attendance at Goodison Park was the best Everton have had this season (bar the international in November), and that for a friendly match. True there was more than the usual attractiveness about the visit of Wolves, but the size of the gate was significant. And the spectators had no reason to regret their attendance. Plenty of League games in the old days could not come up to this for football artistry, which came mainly from Everton, and speedy progression, which was the chief forte of the visitors. Wolves still stand where they did last season, spite of many changes in their side, and their young ‘uns are excellent. Major Buckley still finding em, war or no war. But he is not the only one. Young barber gave a fine display, through obviously tiring towards the finish. This game brought us a real whiff or pre-war days in thrills, attendance, excitement, and football with a sting in it. Even the visit of Chester last week to Goodison attracted 4,263 spectators. Nothing to get wildly excited about when we remember pre-war gates, but significant because it is Everton’s third highest attendance this season in Regional games. The only two games to exceed that figure were the Regional matches against Manchester City and Stoke. While there is a long way to go yet before gates reach a point which will enable the bigger clubs to balanced their budget, nevertheless, the signs are clear that interest in the game has definitely been rekindled. When the Cup gets under weigh that interest will be still further increased among supporters of clubs still in the running and as these will be chiefly First Division sides, the increased revenue will fall where it is most needed. In the case of Everton, for instance, an average weekly gate of about 7,000 is required to make ends meet on their present reduced expenditure. So far the average is much below that. Their gross receipts this season, prior to yesterday, were little over £2,000, which is not enough to pay the rates bill alone. Such a position which is typical of that of most of the First Division sides, shows how necessary the Cup idea was. A good run in the competition will have double-edged significances, for not only will there be the receipts from home and away ties in each of the first two rounds, but increased takings are certain from the Regional matches sandwiched between.
CREWE ENJOY THEIR LITTLE HOUR
March 25, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton Take It Easy In First Half.
Crewe: - Poskett, goal; Dyer and Kneale, backs; Tutis, Cope and Still, half-backs; Waring, Rise, Stevens, (captain) Colbourne, and Johnson, forwards. Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones and Watson, half-backs; Barber, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Referee H. Harthill (Runcorn). Jones and Jackson missed the road to Crewe, and reached the ground only ten minutes before the start. There were 3,000 people present when Stevens, the former Everton player, led Crewe on to the field. Crewe showed enterprise against the Everton defence, Colborne tricking three men and then seeing his final pass wasted. Lawton was pulled up for off-side, a correct decision, and Boyes fell the same way when not offside. Lawton made an opening for Bentham, but the ball bounced awkwardly and the shot lacked power. The centre had a “possible” when he pulled the ball outside. Colborne, running out on the left wing, made a nice length centre, which was cleared, only to Johnson, who shot over. Everton were taking things rather easily, whereas Crewe were very determined in their work. Bentham got caught in the off-side trap. Stevenson had a chance when inside the penalty but his slow shot only reached the goalkeeper with an effort. Boyes, who has scored six goals in two goals, tried to improve his score-card, but pulled his shot outside. From a free kick Coborne gave Sagar a particularly hot one to save –the first real shot of the match thus far. Everton at last put more pep into the game, and Poskett only reached out in time to a shot by Lawton which had little behind it. Poskett then saved from Bentham. Crewe rarely penetrated the Everton defence, and when they did, through Waring, there was no forward up to take his centre, Stevenson seemed all set for a goal at the half-hour, but was a little late in taking his chance. At 34 minutes Crewe took an unexpected lead, Johnson coming round Jackson and centring to Steven’s who banged the ball into the net without it touching the ground.
A SURPRISE FOR EVERTON.
March 25, 1940. The Liverpool Daily Post.
Crewe Alexandra 2, Everton 1
Crewe Alexandra Win By Odd Goal.
Crewe Alexandra surprised the football world when they defeated Everton by 2 goals to 1 at Crewe. They were worthy of their victory, although Everton contributed to it to some extent by their slowness in starting. Everton gave the impressive that they could pull the game out of the fire just when and where they liked. This nearly brought about their defeat against Tranmere a few weeks ago. It brought about their defeat at Crewe on Saturday. It was Crewe’s second success of the season. One would not have recognised the Everton team at Crewe as that which had defeated Wolves twenty-four hours before. For half an hour there was hardly a thrill in the game, although one had to admit that there was a determination about the Crewe team, even though I should imagine they never expected to bring off a victory. That they won 2 goals to 1 was due to their sharp tackling, their open game, and to a large extent Everton’s lethargy. It was rather ironical that Stevens should score Crewe 2 goals, for this centre forward at one time was on Everton’s books. He took the first goal at 34 minutes after Johnson had run round Jackson, who thought the ball was going out to play. Johnson put the ball into the goalmouth and Stevens drove it into the net. Everton equalised in rather a curious way. There was a suggestion of offside about the goal, but it was Lawton who was offside, and when Stevenson moved forward it defeated the offside plan. He went on to score a simple goal. It was Crewe who took the next goal, Stevens again being the scorer. Jones hotly debated the decision of the linesman that the ball had not gone out of play. He was emphatic that it had, and stopped playing. This enabled Stevens and Rice to take the ball into the goal area, where Stevens out it into the net. This meant fight for Everton. They tried desperately hard for the equaliser, and when Poskett pulled down Boyes in the penalty area Jones took the shot, but to the dismay of all, shot wide. This was a grand win on the part of Crewe, who cut out the finery and got to the bone of things, whereas Everton tried to exploit the close passing game, which was bound to fail against the keen tackling. Crewe: - Poskett, goal; Dyer and Kneale, backs; Tutis, Cope and Still, half-backs; Waring, Rise, Stevens, (captain) Colbourne, and Johnson, forwards. Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones and Watson, half-backs; Barber, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards.
March 25, 1940. The Evening Express.
Crewe deserved their success while lacking the grace of Everton. They battled away as if the cup were at stake. Their tackling was devasting and they generally appeared faster on the ball. The heroes of the game were Dryer and Kneale, the Crewe backs. Kneale a former Anfield favourite, was great. I like Tutin and Still, while in attack Coborne was the best forward on the field. However, the whole Crewe attack was “live” whereas that of the Blues was too often disjointed. Boyes was easily the best, and Watson was outstanding at half-back. Greenhalgh was the most reliable defender, although Sagar was never at fault. Stevens scored both goals for Crewe –against his old club –and Stevenson got Everton’s one goal. A word of praise for Referee H. Hartles, of Runcorn. He did his work without error. The Crewe chairman, Mr. Frank Cottrell was the genial host, and other directors who looked after the guests so thoughtfully were Messrs W. Brown, S. Burkhill, R. W. Banks, S. Cottrells, S. Cope, and J. Williams. Secretary Mr. Tom Bailey of course, was his usual cheery self, and particularly delighted that for the two holiday games –against Liverpool and Everton –exactly 8,400 for admission. Sir Francis and Lady Joseph came along from the Potteries, and Sir Francis said to me at half-time “What a wonderful player Tom Jones is” Mr. Tom Wood energetic member of the Cheshire F.A. and Cheshire League, was another who came to greet the Everton party in charge of Chairman Mr. Ernest Green, and Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly. In regard to the cancellation of Saturday’s game scheduled for Goodison Park between the “B” team and Bootle Rangers, the postcard informing Everton that the Rangers were unable to play was delayed, and consequently Everton had no opportunity of letting spectators know the game was off.
WOLVES GET ON TERMS
March 25, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
After Great Everton Goal
Everton brought in Catterick, Lindley, Wyles and Jack Jones for the return match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molyneux grounds, and the Wolves were strengthened by the inclusion of Cullis and Westcott. Mullen was at outside right in place of Steen. Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Jones (JE), Lindley, and Watson, half-backs; Wyles, Bentham, Lawton, Catterick, and Boyes, forwards. Wolves: - Sidlow, goal; Taylor and Springthorns, backs; Galley (captain), Cullis, and Goddard, half-backs; Mullen, McIntosh, Waring, McMahon, and Wright, forwards. Referee Mr. H.T. Wright (Macclesfield). About 14,000 spectators saw Everton spring to the attack, Bentham working through cleverly before shooting outside. Then Wyles cut inwards as Sidlow ran out, and although he dispossessed the goalkeeper, he was unable to regain possession to do damage. Sidlow next pulled down a high centre from Wyles under the bar after intricate close passing between Lawton and Catterick had outwitted Cullis. Everton kept up the pressure, Bentham making one brilliant effort as he was tackled by two opponents, but Sidlow was right in position. In seven minutes the Blues took the lead with a magnificent goal from Boyes, who was thus scoring his goal in a series of matches between the two clubs. Galley, who had been moved to right half for the purpose of keeping Boyes in check, was drawn out of position and Greenhalgh slipped the ball up the wing for Boyes to take it in his stride, swept round Taylor and cut close in before giving Sidlow no possible chance with a great cross shot. Sagar saved well dangerous centre from Wright and Steen before Catterick revealing excellent ball control, twice cut through cleverly only you be banned in the last stride. Everton were playing with great understanding than the Wolves, who were lucky when Cullis got in the way of a first timer from Wyles which was speeding to the net. McMahon and McIntosh went close with headers after further excellent work by the Wolves’ wingers. The Wolves were gradually getting into their stride after a prolonged spell of playing second fiddle, and the equalised in 30 minutes through Westcott. It was the youngster Wright who started the movement when he went through and placed a perfect centre which Westcott gathered in his stride and whipped into the far corner of the net. The game was being played at fast pace and producing an abundance of high-class football.
Half-Time; Wolves 1, Everton 1.
WHY EVERTON FAILED.
March 25, 1940. The Liverpool Echo
A word in season, Everton were beaten at Crewe, where defeat did not seem possible, and until Everton treat Third Division teams with the respect due to them such results are bound to occur. They definitely have the superiority complex in these games. I have noticed it before. Did it not show itself at Tranmere in the Liverpool Cup tie? They had to fight bitterly to remain in the competition. At Crewe it was just the same. They started as though they could win any old time they liked. This Crewe team, which had previously won only one sectional game could not be menace was the impression Everton’s first half display suggested. They stuck to fanciful football after having seem that if did not pay against a side which tackled quickly and surely, and effect Everton’s close-passing methods with sweeping football which had produced for them a goal. Had Everton tackled Wolverhampton they would soon have held a big enough lead to enable them to pull out all their tricks and show the Crewe people what a clever side they were. Crewe were content to allow Everton to indulge in all the fancy football so long as they took the goals. Their first one came through Jackson thinking the ball was going to run into touch, instead of which Johnson ran round and centred and Stevens did the rest, Stevenson equalised while Crewe were appealing for offside against Lawton and then came the strangest of all three goals. Jones is emphatic that the ball had gone out on the far side of the field and ceased playing. He was astonished out of his life when Waring sneaked up and sent the ball into the centre. Stevens collected it and literally “walked” the ball into the net. Jones requested the referee to ask his lineman about the matter, but it made no difference, the goal stood Jones should have made certain by kicking the ball out; it was undoubtedly his ball. There was still a chance for Everton, for they were granted a penalty when Poskett grabbed Boyes round the legs and brought him down. Jones came up with the intention of tearing down the goal net, but his shot did not reach the net; it went whizzing outside the upright and so Crewe won a game, I don’t think anyone thought they could win, least of all Crewe. This should be a lesson to Everton for future meeting with the “little fellows” of their seption. It does not do to under-estimated any opposition. Lawton has completely lost his shooting power. He hardly got a chance for Cope, the centre half-back, was on his tail throughout. Tutin and Still gave him great help in cutting into Everton’s attempted combination with knife-like keenness.
The calls this season have been very heavy on some clubs. For a long time they acceded to them with the same willingness as in the past, when they had no option, but latterly there has been a growing feeling, which ultimately found definite expression in Everton’s recent refusal, that the sacrifice of star players had gone beyond the bounds of reasonableness. So far as Everton are concerned their position is quite different, to Manchester’s for never at any time did they agree after the League on the F.A. request for their players for this week-end’s two representative games, Everton’s case is unassailable,. City however like Stoke with Matthews, originally agreed to release Doherty. Then following Everton’s protest, both they and Stoke tried to obtain release. Immediately the F.A. wired insisting on the appearances of the men concerned. In the case of Stoke, Manager Bob McGrory told me last evening that Matthews would definitely appear in the F.A. side. He was actually at the Victoria Ground collecting his kit when I rang up.
BOYES BRILLIANT FOR EVERTON
March 25, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Scores Grand Goal And Leads Wolves A Dance.
The Everton team showed a number of changes, Jones, Wyles, and Catterick coming in for Mercer, Barber and Stevenson respectively, while the Wolves’ team was strengthened by the inclusion of Cullis and Westcott. Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Jones (JE), Lindley, and Watson, half-backs; Wyles, Bentham, Lawton, Catterick, and Boyes, forwards. Wolves: - Sidlow, goal; Taylor and Springthorns, backs; Galley (captain), Cullis, and Goddard, half-backs; Mullen, McIntosh, Westcott, McMahon, and Wright, forwards. Referee Mr. H.T. Wright (Macclesfield).
There was an excellent gate, fully 14,000 people being present at the start, and they saw Cullis trick the Everton attack by a very simple move, but the next time Everton attracted they seemed likely to penetrate the Wolves defence. Lawton’s final pass to Wyles, however, was a shade too strong for the winger. Wyles centred a nice ball right to the hands of Sidlow, and for the moment Everton were doing uncommonly well, even though the Wolves right wing showed good form.
Grand For Boyes.
Bentham made one shot of merit, which Sidlow saved, and 7 minutes Everton took the lead. A forward pass by Greenhalgh put Galley completely out of position and Boyes ran round Taylor as though the latter was standing still. He cut into goal and his shot beat Sidlow to pieces. It was a grand goal in every way. Wolves replied strongly to this challenge and Mullen and Wright were responsible for two centres which Sagar dealt with in good style. Westcott tried to plough his way through, and almost succeeded when Lindley slipped up, but Jackson stepped in to cover his mate and the danger was cleared. Everton were right on their toes, and Cullis, when passing back to his goalkeeper to extricate himself from a difficulty, put the ball away for a corner, and later was forced to do almost the same thing when again harassed. McMahon headed a foot outside the upright. It was great football. There was a penalty claim against Lindley who breasted out a hard drive, and the ball undoubtedly struck his hand as it came off his chest, but the claim went unheard. Another Wolves header flashed beyond the Everton woodwork. Everton were playing better football than the Wolves, their pasting being much more accurate and they were more dangerous near goal.
One For Westcott.
Greenhalgh once went up among the forwards to deliver a centre which Lawton did not get his head to, so the ball went of Wyles, whose shot passed over the prostrate form of Bentham and into the Wolverhampton net. The point was not allowed to count, however, because Bentham was offside. Boyes was in brilliant forms. He led Galley and Taylor a rare dance. Just after half-hour, Westcott got his first real chance, and he took it, Mullen gave him the sort of pass he delights in and hit the ball with ferocious power, so that it flashed into the net like lightning. Sagar twice had to run out of his goal to stop Westcott. Wolverhampton had got into their stride more by this time.
Half-time; Wolves 1, Everton 1.
March 26, 1940. The Daily Post
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Everton 2.
Wolves Draw With Champions.
The return friendly games between Wolverhampton and Everton was equally as good if not a shade better than the first meeting at Goodison Park on Good Friday. As Everton made a draw at the Molyneux ground they come out on top of the meetings with the Wolves, as they had already won the first match. Some 15,000 people witnessed the game, the best seen at the ground since Regional football started, with one exception –the representative game there some weeks ago. It was grand football throughout, and while there was no friendly feeling about it, I do not suggest that there was any unpleasant play. It was as good as many a Cup-tie I have seen. The Wolves were distinctly unlucky not to take w win, for in the second half they were on top, so much so that the game became rather one-sided, just as the previous meeting had done at Everton. Everton started as though they would string up a goodly number of goals before the interval, and Boyes put them in a happy position with a grand goal in seven minutes. This was Boyes’ seventh goal in four games. Boyes received the pass from Greenhalgh, ran round Taylor with ease and cracked in an angular shot which left Sidlow standing.
Brilliant Shot By Westcott.
The Wolves tried to curb Everton’s enthusiasm and Sagar had to make one or two saves, but there was no denying that Everton were playing the better football at this stage, their schemes being better, their passing more accurate, and their combination all round of good agility. At the half-hour the Wolves equalised. This goal was also the result of a brilliant shot by Westcott, who took a pass from Mullen and shot with terrific power into the net. In the second half the Wolves gave the Everton defence a terrific time and had they been able to produce better shooting they must have won. They had numerous chances to have beaten Sagar, even though the Everton goalkeeper brought off some brilliant saves. Such pressure was bound to bring its result and this came in the shape of a goal. It was an unsatisfactory kind of goal from an Everton point of view, for when McIntosh shot there seemed little suggestion that the ball would find the net, for Lindley could have kicked it away, but refrained from doing so owing to a call by Sagar. He shouted “Right” and waited for the bounce of the ball, but instead of the ball coming to hand it shot along the turf and through Sagar’s legs and into the net. Prior to this Everton had bad luck when a shot by Wyles struck Bentham, who was lying on the ground in front of goal, before it entered the net, the ball beating Sidlow. Had that ball not touched Bentham it would have been a goal. As it was it was disallowed for off-side. Having had the major portion of the play in the second half, and not taken full advantage of it, the Wolves must not complain that Wyles took up a pass from Boyes, who had crossed over the right wing to deliver it. Wyles shooting hard and true to equliase. Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Jones (JE), Lindley, and Watson, half-backs; Wyles, Bentham, Lawton, Catterick, and Boyes, forwards. Wolves: - Sidlow, goal; Taylor and Springthorns, backs; Galley (captain), Cullis, and Goddard, half-backs; Mullen, McIntosh, Westcott, McMahon, and Wright, forwards. Referee Mr. H.T. Wright (Macclesfield).
March 26, 1940. The Evening Post.
Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers created a war-time football record, so far as attendance and receipts for friendly games are concerned. Everton had their biggest attendance on Good Friday, when they beat the Wolves 4-2, and the Wolves had a gate, practically double that of any previous one when the Blues forced them to a 2-2 draw at the Molyneux grounds yesterday. Actually the gate receipts totalled roughly £1,600 for the two games. What is equally gratifying has been the fact that the matches have provided excellent football. No league games with points and bonus at stake could have produced more exhilarating football. The Good Friday game was good, but I rate yesterday’s higher. The first half compared favourably with the first session of the cup-tie between the clubs in the same setting last season. The difference was that this time Everton took the lead –and goodness knows, they should have done that a year ago. Here was football at its best and brightest. There was endeavour, honesty of purpose and scintillating combination. “The best game we have had here for an age, said one Molyneux official to met at half-time. He was right. They could wish for nothing better with Everton’s strangely-constituted team. Holding a Wolves embellished by two stars brought back specially for the test.
Let me say that Wolves had chances in the second half to win. They fell victim, however, to the tenacious Everton tackling and unaccountable hesitancy. Wolves missed their way after having dominated the proceedings for the major portion of then half, and allowed Everton to snatch a point. Wally Boyes gave the Blues the lead, and so he has scored four out of the six Everton goals in the series of matches between the clubs. Westcott equalised and after the interval McIntosh half hit a shot which spun through Sagar’s legs. It was the mercurial Boyes who swept away to the right wing to link up with the ever-willing Wyles who took the final pass and crashed home the equaliser. Blame the Wolves, for not taking chances, but praise Everton for their galliant battle, with Jackie Jones playing a “stormer” at right half –his first game in the position –Harry Catterick, bring a centre-forward touch to inside left, and Maurice Lindley undoubtedly pitting his skill again Westcott, one of England’s greatest centre-forwards. The endeavour of Everton made the many Merseyside people present feel proud. Hugh awards to Sagar, Jackson, Greenhalgh, Jones, Watson, Wyles and Boyes, who were outstanding in a good, fighting team. Wolves had masters of their art, in 15 year-old Wright. I rate Wright and Liddell as the two best young wing forward propositions I have seen. Directors Messrs Ernest Green, and Dickie Williams, Secretary Mr. Kelly, and several Everton followers not forgetting Mr. Ted Storey the head groundsman, joined in the trip which stirred up pleasant memories of pre-war days.
March 26, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
The two meetings of Everton and Wolverhampton in friendly encounter give ample proof that People will go to see two first class sides in opposition rather than a Regional game in which a senior side is pitted against one of the “third.” People have been brought up on First Division Soccer, where the class of football is at its peak. At Goodison Park there was 14,000 spectators, at the Molyneux ground there were over 12,000 and this in spite of a flat race meeting a few miles away. Of those 12,000 people present, I don’t think a single one left the ground dissatisfied with what he had seen. The Wolves had five players in their team who figured in the Cup final, while Everton had six of their championship players in the team, so there was a great deal of rivalry in the match. Everton started as though they would run up a sequence of goals, for they were definitely the better football side. They were more together than the Wolves, and a Boyes goal in seven minutes started them on a happy path.
The Wolves’ defence could do no good against Boyes in the first half-hour. He puzzled them, by his intricate foot work, his amazing speed, and his shot; but the rest of the line did not link up with him as well as it might. Had it done so, more goals might have accured Lawton and Cullis had many stirring duels, but neither Bentham nor Catterick had a good game. There was some reason for Bentham’s ineffectiveness; he was hurt, and could not run. It was grand football; nothing like a friendly, and Wolves gradually got more together, so that at the half-hour Westcott scored with a raking drive. It was a real Westcott shot, and from them almost to the end the Wolves took command, and in the second half were almost entirely clustered round about the penalty area battering the Everton defence with wave after wave of attack. They missed many scoring chances, Sagar often holding them up with excellent saves, but at long last the Everton defence faltered and McIntosh scored a scratching sort of goal. His shot could have been kicked away by Lindley who, however, reframed from doing so because he heard the call of “right” from his goalkeeper, Sagar was all set to receive the shot, but instead of the ball bouncing to his hands as he expected it, it struck a patch of soft turf and never left the ground, passing between Sagar’s legs and into the net.
The Wolves kept pitting it on with smart football and while they harried the Everton defence they could not break it down again. Everton at this time were playing four forwards, with Wyles taking up the duel role of half-back cum-forward. Such a formation could hardly be expected to beat down the now strong Wolves defence, but seven minutes from the end Boyes, who had wandered over to the right wing slipped the ball forward, and Wyles came through to score with a hard drive. Just before the scoring of Westcott’s goal Wyles had bad luck when a shot of his struck the prostrate body of Bentham, lying close to goal and went into the net the referee ruling that Bentham was offside. Jack Jones making his first appearance for Everton this season and his first effort as a half-back, did uncommonly well against a fast-moving forward line. Catterick was all at sea as an inside forward and Lindsay afterwards said there seemed to be six or seven Wolves men coming at him all the time. Westcott “played” Lindley very well. He received away from the Everton man and so picked up many of his (Lindsay’s) defensive headers.
EVERTON TEAM FOR GOODISON “DERBY”
March 27, 1940. Evening Express.
Joe Mercer, Everton’s international half-back, is unable to play in the big Merseyside “Derby” match on Saturday when the champions face Liverpool in a Western Regional game at Goodison Park. Mercer travelled to Wolverhampton on Monday, but had to cry off at the last minute, owing to a cold. He has not properly recovered, and so Lindsay appears at right-half in Saturday’s game. The Blues have decided to give hard-working Stan Bentham a well-earned rest. Stan has a slight groin injury, and it is thought that a week on the “easy” list” will put him right. Thus Harry Catterick moves to inside-right to link up with Wyles. Tommy Jones returns to centre half, and Stevenson to inside-left. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Jones (TG), Watson; Wyles, Catterick, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Wally Boyes the international winger, has secured a new and important appointment. He will act as Physical training instructor and psychologist to servicemen at a hospital, but he will still be available to play for Everton. By the way, it is pleasing to note that £17 was raised for the Soldiers comforts Fund at Goodison Park match on Good Friday.
March 27, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton are first in the field with their team for Saturday’s Regional game with Liverpool at Goodison Park, which although it is sixth time the two have met this season, will probably draw round about the maximum permitted attendance. There is always a public for Everton-Liverpool clashes, no matter how frequently they crop up. Everton have two changes from the side which did duty on Easter Monday against Wolverhampton but these involve four positional alterations. Mercer, who was taken ill with flu on route for Wolverhampton, is unable to play, while Bentham is being rested on account of a badly strained thigh muscle. Tommy Jones comes back at centre half, which release Lindley to act as mercer’s deputy at right half and with Stevenson also back again Catterick crosses over the right inside in Bentham’s place, the team reading:- Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Jones, Watson; Wyles, Catterick, Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes. Walter Boyes, the popular Everton winger, who just now is playing better than at any period of his career, has started on a new job today, but fortunately for Everton it will not rob them of his services. He has been appointed physical instructor to Alder Hey Hospital, where his task will be to help convalescent soldiers back to complete health and strength. The position is not only an important one, but an onerous one, for practically each case will call for different treatment according to the condition of the patient. Walter, however, is just the man for the job. Apart from his specialised knowledge of physical training he is brimming over with good spirits and cheerfulness, which may possibly do his pupils as much good mentally as muscle execises will physical.
Many Thanks To All.
The thanks of the Everton Club are extended to Mrs Swain of Pride Street, Birkenhead, for the gift of a wireless set for Mr. Theo Kelly’s collection for the troops. Originally started as a collection of books. It has now been extended to embrace other useful gifts. Mr. Alex Lomax, secretary of the shareholders’ Association, has donated a large number of gramophone records, which have been very welcome, so now you know what to do with any spare records you have which the wife wishes to get rid of when spring cleaning comes along. Takes ‘em to Goodison Park next match day. Thanks are also extended to Mr. Keith, of Greayson, Rollo, and Clover Docks (North) for organising a useful; contribution of playing cards. The collection at Goodison park for Everton’s cigarette fund yielded £17 1s. Althougher this season well over £50 has been collected and expended in smokes for the troops, which is very good work indeed.
SIXTH EVERTON-L’POOL CLASH OF SEASON TOMORROW.
March 29, 1940. The Evening Express.
Level on points and number of games played, and both in the running for the Western Regional championship. This is the position regarding Everton and Liverpool who clash again tomorrow at Goodison Park. The match is the Merseyside “tit-bit” of a full Regional’s card,” which features several “Derby” games in various parts of the county. It will be the sixth meeting of the big Liverpool rivals this season. So far Everton have established a formidable by the Reds, and the Regional game at Anfield ended in a 2-2 draw. Tomorrow’s game will not conclude the series of matches between the sides for they are due to meet again at Goodison Park on April 13 in the Lancashire Cup semi-final, and they have to arrange a date for their Liverpool Cup final-tie. In addition there is always the possibility of the clubs being drawn together in the new League War Cup competition which, for the early rounds will be confined to four sections. The five games played have been excellent and I think we shall see another exhilarating struggle tomorrow.
There will be three debutants in tomorrow’s match so far as “Derby” games are concerned. Everton will have two newcomers in Cecil Wyles and Harry Catterick, who compose the right wing of attack, and Liverpool’s” First-appearance,” player is Billy Liddell, the young Scottish winger. All the others have had experience of these “Derby” struggles and the Liverpool side has the real pre-war look. Everton will lack stars like Joe Mercer and Stan Bentham and will have out only seven of their 1938-39 League championship team, as against Liverpool’s ten regular first-team players of last season. If one takes recent Regional form as a guide then it looks as if Liverpool will win. Well, they went to Crewe last Friday and won 6-3. Everton went to Crewe the following day and lost 2-1. Yet form counts for little when the Blues and Reds get to grips. I have not forgotten the day when Everton carrying all before them in the League and Cup, went to Anfield to oppose a much-weakened Liverpool side. Liverpool’s youngsters rose to the occasion in grand style and Everton were beaten 7-4. And if ever form indicated Everton as winners it was for that day. The results of the season’s meetings between the clubs indicate that Everton will win again. They began by losing 2-1 in the Jubilee game at Anfield, and then in a friendly at Anfield they won 4-1. This was followed by the 2-2 at Anfield. On Christmas morning the Blues again went to Anfield and won 3-2 with a dramatic last minute goal per Sweeney, and on Boxing Day Everton again won -2-1 at Goodison Park.
The match will be a big test of half back strength. In attack and actual defence there is little to choose between the teams. The Reds in the intermediate line have the attacking skill of Busby and McInnes and the defence attributes of Tom Bush. The Blues have three splendid constructive half-backs in Lindley –deputising for Mercer –Jones and Watson. Jones is one of the best centre-halves in football today, and it is because I think Jones will prove a match for the brilliance of Liverpool’s inside forward trio, that I take the Blues to record their fourth win of the season against their rivals. No matter what the result, I am convinced we are going to see football at its brightest and best. I shall be surprised if the limit attendance is not recorded, for rarely have the teams come together with such even records and when both are playing excellent football. I look forward to a “thrill-a-minute” struggle. The kick-off is at 3.0 p.m. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Jones (TG), Watson; Wyles, Catterick, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Liverpool: Riley; Cooper, Ramsden; Busby, Bush, McInnes; Nieuwenhuys, Taylor, Fagan, Balmer, Liddell.
AN OPEN “DERBY.”
March 29, 1940. The Liverpool Echo
The matches between Everton and Liverpool –there have been five so far this season –have produced the best football we have seen here with the exception of the representative game at Goodison Park. Everton have come out top in the quintet of meetings with three wins and a drawn game, which was a Regional match. Tomorrow’s meeting is a sectional game and as there is very little between the teams in the table, there is every reason why each team will be out to win. Liverpool will have their full side out at Goodison Park, which gives them a good start, for Everton will be without the services of Mercer, down with flu, and the right wing is a new one, for Bentham is not available, due to an injury sustained at Wolverhampton. His place will be taken by Catterick, who therefore links up with Wyles, Catterick appeals to me more as a centre forward. He did not seem to know what was required of him as a “carrier” and fetcher” for others. However, Catterick does not lack in endeavour but he must relish the necessity of parting with the ball at the right moment and not court, a tackle through his penchant to dribble. Lawton has had a lean Easter. In his three games with Everton he has failed to score a goal; in fact he did very little shooting during the four and a half hours of play. He can give no reason why his shooting has failed him, for he tells me when he was playing for Aldershot he was hitting them in from thirty yards, and they were going in like bullets. His colleagues have tried their utmost to give him a goal and so bring back his confidence, but it was all to no purpose. He will be all out to break his bad spell tomorrow, and I can promise Bush a warm afternoon’s work. There are bound to be some stiff duels between the pair. The game has every indication of being a close affair. Everton’s left wing pair has been playing grand football over the holidays, with Boyes taking four goals in three games. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Jones (TG), Watson; Wyles, Catterick, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Liverpool: Riley; Cooper, Ramsden; Busby, Bush, McInnes; Nieuwenhuys, Taylor, Fagan, Balmer, Liddell.
LIVEROOL’S QUICK “DOUBLE” IN GOODISON “DERBY.”
March 30, 1940. Evening Express.
Liverpool were forced to make numerous changes for their Western Regional return game with Everton at Goodison Park today. Several of their Army players could not get away. Everton were as chosen. The attendance was below expectations, there being about 7,000 present at the start. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Jones (TG), Watson; Wyles, Catterick, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Liverpool: Riley; Cooper, Ramsden; Busby, Bush, McInnes; Nieuwenhuys, Taylor, Fagan, Balmer, Liddell. Lawton went through to Boyes’ pass, only to find himself a victim of the Liverpool outside trap. Everton revealed the more precise combination, and after Boyes had put a centre on to the roof of the net, he took Wyles’ swinging pass to level a centre which Lawton headed by the post. Liverpool’s close-up free kick failed to bring any grist to the mill, and Catterick could show little profit for two attempted solo bursts in real centre-forward style.
Stevenson was proving a real inspiration to the Everton attack, and after engineering one neat move, was himself just prevented from going through for a shot after getting the return from Lawton. There was a big thrill when faulty back passing by Everton enabled Van den Berg to race through but unfortunately for the Reds, Nieuwenhuys and Liddell got in each other’s way and a reasonable chance was lost. Nieuwenhuys then went through to send in a cross-shot which Sagar turned round the post at full length. There were many inaccuracies, and yet the football continued interesting. Liverpool had another close-up free kick which was cleared by Lindley, and Stevenson failed with an even money chance. All five Everton forwards participated in an excellent move, and eventually Catterick took over Boyes’s centre to dribble round Riley and place into the net but the whistle had gone for off-side. Riley was well positioned on both occasions when Tom Lawton tried shots. Liverpool were not enjoying as much of the game as Everton but when they did attack there was some bite about their work, and Sagar had to leap up to turn aside a brilliant shot by Taylor taken on the half-turn. Everton developed their moves cleverly but there was hardly the usual potency about their finishing, although Riley had to be quick to dive and turn aside a shot from Lawton which cannoned off Hartley. Then at the 28 minute the Nieuwenhuys –Liddell combination brought two goals to the Reds in the space of a minute. Everton were weak on the ball and it enabled Nieuwenhuys to deliver a perfect pass to Liddell, who cut in and as Sagar advanced almost to the edge of the penalty area, he hooked the ball inches inside the far post. Straight from the kick-off the ball was worked to Liddell, who made ground before levelling a perfect centre which Nieuwenhuys headed into the net as Sagar once again came out.
Blues Fight Back.
Everton were not slow to fight back and Catterick should have scored when he went through without opposition, but his shot was finally turned aside by Riley. Liverpool should have had a third goal, when Carney’s short centre after he had veered to the right, Taylor headed against the bar and on to Jackson’s head. Jackson headed it out, but the ball appeared to over the line. The referee refused Liverpool’s appeal for a goal. Riley twice came out to clear dangerous centres from Wyles. Everton fought back desperately. Everton, however, were holding on to the ball too long and their forwards were falling comparatively easy prey to the quick tackling Liverpool defenders. The Everton machine was completely upset by the brilliant tackling of the Reds and the speed with which Liverpool developed and carried out the raids. Liverpool always looked dangerous when they broke away, but Everton despite the balance of pressure, rarely looked as if they would break down as excellent Reds defensive barrier.
Half-Time; Everton 0, Liverpool 2.
March 30, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Baffles Everton In Goodison Derby.
Two Quick Goals
Liverpool’s Last Minute Search For Players
Liverpool Football Club found itself in a quandary this morning, for most of their soldier players had leave over the Easter week-end, and were not available for the important game with Everton at Goodison. The officials chased around in cars in an endeavour to get together a side, and this is how it read:- Everton; Sagar; (captain) Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Jones (TG), Watson; Wyles, Catterick, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Liverpool: Riley; Cooper, Ramsden; Busby (captain), Bush, McInnes; Nieuwenhuys, Taylor, Fagan, Balmer, Liddell. Referee Mr. G. Salmon, Stoke. There was hardly the attendance at Goodison expected for a local Derby, the sixth of the season, and with more to follow! But the 7,000 present saw Everton make a swift raid and Lawton test Riley with a shot which, however, bore no power. Lawton was through again in the next movement, but again missed the it, but show away through a misunderstanding by the Everton defence and delivered a centre to which Niewenhuys and Liddell was standing just behind him, however the ball escaped them both, and Everton were able to clear, an obvious danger. Nieuwenhuys forced Sagar to make a smart save from a hard drive from just inside the penalty line. Busby with some delicious football, hoodwinked both Stevenson and Boyes with the greatest of ease, a form of defence which ticked the fancy of the spectators. Liddell had not anticipated Busby’s final pass, so that the ball was put back into the Liverpool goal area, where it became a tussle between the Liverpool defence and the Everton forwards, the defence winning on this occasion.
Catterick scored an offside goal, and Lawton had a shot which Riley saved, just as Sagar saved a hot one from just as Sagar saved a hot one from Taylor. In the space of a minute, Liverpool took two goals, the first to Liddell at 28 minutes, the second to Nieuwenhuys at 29 minutes. When Liddell scored the Everton defence was somewhat at fault, for no one seemed to go for the pass that “Nivvy” made to his partner. Sagar rushed out to try and angle Liddell, but the outside right shot beyond him and into the net. Almost straight from the kick-off, the same combination got together to score second goal, Liddell providing Nieuwenhuys with the opportunity to head an easy goal. Catterick did his utmost to wipe out the deficit, but shot behind, and then Liverpool game again and a shot by Taylor hit the crossbar, rebounded down, and was cleared by Jackson, what time Liverpool were claiming the ball had passed over the line.
Lawton Goes Near.
Riley thumped away from the head of Lawton when the latter seemed all set for a goal. Liverpool were now full of confidence and ideas, and their more straight-forward methods were counting against Everton’s greater finesse. Everton were trying hard to reduce arrears, and there was a half-hearted claim for a penalty when Stevenson was brought to earth. Riley made one good catch under the bar just on the interval, and took one with every confidence from Lawton, who was at outside left when he made his centre. Stevenson missed a sitter just as the whistle blew.
Half-time Everton 0, Liverpool 2.