March 2, 1944. The Evening Express
Everton have decided not to issue any tickets for the League (North) Cup match between Everton and Blackpool at Goodison Park on March 11. Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly states that there is not sufficient time to make the many arrangement for seats to be booked. Already several enthusiasts have been getting through to the club trying to secure seats, but they will have to take their chance with everyone else. All pay at the turnstiles. The crowd will be limited to 40,000, this being half the capacity of the ground, but all will be done to ensure easy access. Frank Curran, the former Southport, Bristol City and Everton centre forward, will lead Marines in the George Mahon Cup-tie against Kirkby at Colleague road Crosby on Saturday.
Everton Reserves should turn the tables on Carlton at Goodison Park, although Carlton have Hanson and Sale back on duty. Chalton beat Everton 4-3 last Saturday. Everton Reserves; Birkett; Moore, Doyle; Ashley, Edwards, Rainford; Linaker, Bailey, Wyles, Wootton, Makin.
Everton Colts (v. A.T.C. 1175) at Orrell lane; Prince; Buckle, Lever; Barrett, H. Williams, Meilling; Daulby, Perrin, Chadderton, Lamb, Higgins.
March 3, 1944. The Evening Express
Everton begin their knock-out business just as they did last season when Blackpool, after winning 4-1 at Bloomfield-road, had a tremendous struggle to survive at Goodison Park by two goals. It is my opinion that Blackpool will not get a three-goal lead tomorrow –if they get a lead at all. I base this on two points. The first is that Blackpool are not such a good team as they were a year ago, and the second is that I do not thank Sam Jones will be able to master Lawton. Neither is the Blackpool defence quite as powerful as in their brightest days of last term, and if the Blues’ attack does strike its game than Savage is going to have a worrying time in goal. I am not blind to the fact that attack is Blackpool’s most menacing section –in fact there can be fewer deadlier lines in the country with the inspiration of Matthews and the danger of Dodds and Dix. Everton can console themselves that in Greenhalgh they have the best man in the country to play Matthews, just because Norman always insists on getting to the ball before Stan. Dodds, I am assured, has altered his style of play from the dashing, down-the-middle leader to the cute operator with his inside forwards. This will suit Tommy Jones, who should be able to close the centre gap provided he will refrain from making those repeated journeys up for corner kicks. If Tommy does that too often Blackpool will take full advantage with quick breakaways, I hope Jones stays at home with Jock Dodds about. I have a feeling the Blues will pull off a refreshing win and so pave the way for a move into the second round. Remember the old adage that the cup holders always fall at the first hurdle next time. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Jones (Tommy), Watson; Bentham, Wainwright, Lawton, Stevenson, McIntosh. Blackpool; Savage; Pope, Kinsell; Davies, Jones (Sam), Johnston; Matthews, Dix, Dodds, Mortensen, Pearson.
March 3, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
Everton will have to be at the top of their form to bring anything back from Blackpool. While Greenhalgh has an apparently unenviable task in coping with Matthews, he tackles it with the knowledge that hitherto he is one of the few who have found a sudation to the problem. But don’t imagine all the sting will go out of Blackpool if Matthews is bottled up. The burly Dodds who has added science and polish to his one-time purely bustling methods, will take a lot of holding, and there are two brilliant inside men in Dix and Mortensen. Everton defensive task is a stern one, but if they fulfil it as well as they did against Liverpool at Anfield they may brand me as a poor prophet. Shall be quite happy if they do. Blackpool’s defence is not as brilliant as their attack, and should the ball run kindly for Lawton and his colleagues they may unearth a few trinks in the home armour. Anyhow here hoping. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Jones (Tommy), Watson; Bentham, Wainwright, Lawton, Stevenson, McIntosh. Blackpool; Savage; Pope, Kinsell; Davies, Jones (Sam), Johnston; Matthews, Dix, Dodds, Mortensen, Pearson.
• Wrexham crowd against Everton of 11,943 was a record gate at the Racecourse ground in war-time football.
March 4, 1944. The Evening Express
Blackpool Take Big Lead
There was great interest at Bloomfield-road today for the first leg in the first round of the Football North Cup between Blackpool and Everton. Long before the start there were about 20,000 present –the best crowd of the season. Blackpool; Savage, goal; Pope, and Kinsell, backs; Davies, Jones, and Johnston, half-backs; Matthews, Dix, Dodds, Mortensen, and Pearson, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Jones (T.) (captain), and Watson, half-backs; Bentham, Wainwright, Lawton, Stevenson and McIntosh, forwards. Referee; Mr. G. Twist (Westhoughton). Everton at once swept on the Blackpool goal through McIntosh, a move that enabled Stevenson to swing across a fast centre, which the referee held as being over the line. Blackpool eventually got going and Matthews would his way through the Everton defence, only to lose the ball when it seemed certain that he would give Dodds a scoring chance. Main danger seemed to centre round Pearson. He twice outwitted Jackson, who was happy to see Burnett clear the ball. Twice Burnett had to save from Dodds and Mortensen. Everton nearly got a goal through the Blackpool defence appealing for off-side as the winger, allowed to go on, put across a short, sharp shot which just went wide of the post, and Lawton almost scored from just outside the penalty area, the ball grazing the upright. Then Jones (T.) miskicked and Dodds quickly snapped up the chance. Burnett making a grand save.
For a long time Matthews waited for a pass which came in the 15th minute. Away he raced, centring first time to Dodds, who allowed the ball to go to Dix. He hit the ball first time, and it shot into the net. Two minutes later disaster came again to Everton. Again Matthews started the move which enabled Dix to beat a defender and then shoot high and wide past Burnett into the net. Blackpool deserved both the goals, as they were the better of two brilliant teams. Everton were not without chances, but twice these were not accepted –first by Lawton, and then by McIntosh. Blackpool dominated the exchanges, and it was no surprise to find Everton further in arrears after 30 minutes. Pearson began the raid which put Mortensen in position to make the score 3-0. Another minutes and it was 4-0, Dodds heading a goal from Pearson’s centre.
Half-time; Blackpool 4, Everton 0.
Everton put on pressure on resuming and should have reduced the arrears in the first minute. Lawton gave Stevenson a gift chance but the Irish international shot over the bar from an easy position. In the 60th minute Everton lost another goal. A free kick was awarded for a foul on Dodds, who took the kick. The ball went to Davies. He passed to Mortensen who netted with ease. In the 62nd minute Dix scored Blackpool’s sixth goal.
BLACKPOOL QUICK ON THE BALL
March 4, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
Everton Please But Miss The Goals
Blackpool; Savage, goal; Pope, and Kinsell, backs; Davies, Jones, and Johnston, half-backs; Matthews, Dix, Dodds, Mortensen, and Pearson, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Jones (T.) (captain), and Watson, half-backs; Bentham, Wainwright, Lawton, Stevenson and McIntosh, forwards. Referee; Mr. G. Twist (Westhoughton). There were fully 20,000 spectators when the game at Blackpool started. Everton were first away and when McIntosh swung the ball in to Lawton the centre forward beat three opponents before sending the wing, McIntosh however failed to regain possession. Everton were persistent but a free kick by Jones (T.) was blocked out and Blackpool cleared their lines. Dodds showed his paces with a run down the middle, but the flow failed when he came up against Jones (T.). After Lawton had failed to gather a loose-ball, following a promising Everton move of the right. Blackpool were again away, but Mortensen’s drive from near the spot found Burnett handling with confidence. Greenhalgh cleverly put an end to Dodd’s goalward efforts when the home leader converged to the middle, but Blackpool were there again. Lawton took play to the left wing before neatly sending McIntosh away in Everton’s best move so far, but his shot was blocked by Savage. Another good McIntosh-Lawton move saw the latter get in a good header, at which Savage flung himself to prevent what looked a certain goal. Kinsell, Blackpool’s left back, was injured in the ensuing melee and had to be carried off.
Two for Dix
Blackpool were ahead in 14 minutes, Dix being the scorer and Matthews the player who gave him the scoring chance. Matthews trickled Greenhalgh to take the ball well in before passing to Dix, who had a simple task. Mortensen shot from the close range, and was only inches the wrong side of the post. Blackpool were not to be denied, and after 17 minutes Dix added a second goal with a great drive which had Burnett well beaten. Everton were forced on to the defensive, and it was some minutes before they were able to clear their lines. The Blackpool attack were giving Burnett plenty to do, and he earned plaudits in going well out to stop Dodds when the latter was through on his own. Savage pulled down a shot from McIntosh when he plenty of sting behind it.
Blackpool went further ahead after 30 minutes; Mortensen netting with a first time drive following a centre by Dodds. Blackpool were now in irresistible shape, and Dodds a minute later nodded the ball past Burnett for a fourth goal. Neither of these goals had given Burnett the slightest chance. Everton at last came into the picture with a nice piece combination between Stevenson and McIntosh, but Lawton’s drive for goal was wide of the mark. Stevenson tried a shot from fully 25 yards range, but the ball went inches wide of the goal.
Quicker on the Ball
From a football perspective it a great half. Both sides served up some excellent combination, but Blackpool were a shade quicker on the ball, and this made all the difference. Everton did not deserve to be four goal’s in arrears.
Half-time; Blackpool 4, Everton 0.
The speed of the play slowed down on resuming and that suited Everton, whose attack had now got into its stride. Stevenson drew Savage from goal before letting drive, but could do no better than fire over the crossbar. Blackpool were lucky to clear their line, when a McIntosh-Stevenson duel produced a goalmouth scramble. The faiths however, were against Everton, Mortensen scoring a simple fifth goal after 58 minutes. Two-minutes later Dix added a sixth for his hat-trick.
HAMMER BLOWS BEAT EVERTON
March 6, 1944. The Liverpool Daily Post
Blackpool 7, Everton 1
Everton will never play so well, and at the same time be defeated so heavily, as they were at Bloomfield Road, where Blackpool ran up a seven goal lead in this first leg of the League North Cup before Lawton recorded a late consolation goal. History seems likely to repeat itself. Blackpool dismissed Everton from the cup last year. Can they write off a six goal deficit in the return counter? Cup never was high at Blackpool where 25,000 spectators saw a game which will rank as a Cup classic. The standard of football was remarkably high and the speed of the play rarely slackened Blackpool were a shade quicker on the ball, and made the most of their scoring chances. This was the only difference between the sides.
For Blackpool it was a day when everything went right. For Everton things went otherwise, and the home side at the close had a lead which knocks most of the interest out of the return game. There was an unusual elements of impotency about Everton’s forwards play. Stylish approach work made scoring chances which were rarely taken shots when might have brought goals were blocked by defenders others round Savage gathering with confidence but there were too many which were off the target. It was not until the closing minutes when Everton finished with their customary flourish, that they showed the danger of an attack, when no defence can afford to treat lightly. For ten minutes they stormed the Blackpool goal, won four corners in a game which had been remarkably free from such kicks and obtained their consolation goal. Everton started the game as they finished and in the opening minutes both McIntosh and Lawton failed with scoring chances, which if successful, might have produced a far different final result.
Then came the wizardry of Matthews. Two passes by the winger producing two goals in as many minutes, and the foundation of Blackpool’s victory was laid. The goals came in the order 14 mins Dix, 16 mins Dix, 30 minutes Mortensen, 32 mins Dodds, 58 mins Mortensen, 60 mins Dix, 69 mins Dodds, and 82 mins Lawton. It will thus be seen that six of Blackpool’s goals came in three scoring bursts, each of which occupied two minutes. They were hammer blows under which Everton succumbed. Everton’s chief weakness lay in attack. Defensively there was little between the sides. Dodds, the Blackpool leader, had sound backing from his inside men. Lawton did not have the same support, and with Wainwright and Bentham failing to reach an understanding the attack lacked balance. One saw little of the Everton right wing. Most of their attacking moves developed on the left, which allowed the Blackpool defensive to concentrate. The fates were against Everton, they will not have an unluckily day. Attendance 25,000. Blackpool; Savage, goal; Pope, and Kinsell, backs; Davies, Jones, and Johnston, half-backs; Matthews, Dix, Dodds, Mortensen, and Pearson, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Jones (T.) (captain), and Watson, half-backs; Bentham, Wainwright, Lawton, Stevenson and McIntosh (Preston), forwards. Referee; Mr. G. Twist (Westhoughton).
• Liverpool beat Oldham 8-1, Balmer (4), Taylor (2), Done (2) and Chapman for Oldham.
WHY EVERTON LOST
March 6, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
Everton played much better at Bloomfield Road then the score indicates. They lost so heavily because the pace set by the winners was too hot. That was the only difference between the sides that really mattered. Had Blackpool been a little less quick or, Everton a little quicker, there would have been nothing like a six goals margin. It was quickness to snap up chances that led to five of Blackpool’s goals. The other two must be accounted for by defensive errors but in no case can Burnett be held to count for the shots that beat him. Blackpool took their chances, Everton did not. The play on the whole was too close ever to get the home defence in a angle, and excitingly combines approach work often ended without a shot at goal. This was partly due to an ark of balance in the attack. Neither Wainwright nor Bentham put out as much weight as was expected from them, which resulted in much of the forward play being somewhat lop-sided. The Blackpool defence was able to concentrate on the danger coming from the left, and though McIntosh, Stevenson and Lawton gave of their best, it was not good enough to produce goals against such opposition. Lawton was on occasions, rarely got the opportunity or a telling shot, but his consolation goal eight minutes from the end when he flashed the ball into the net well out of Savage’s reach was a remainder to Blackpool that they cannot expect to have things all their own way next Saturday. Blackpool’s goals were shared by Dodds, Mortensen and Dix the latter obtaining a hat-trick and dedication of now well served Blackpool were by their inside forwards. Matthews wizardry in working his way through to supply the passes from which Dix scored twice in as many minutes sent Blackpool on the way to their seven goal lead. Later Pearson on the other wing got in two centres which brought further goals. Interchanging of positions between Mortensen and Dodds produce the others. Yes Blackpool have a clever forward line when on Saturday’s showing will carry them in the Cup final. To save augments let me say now this isn’t Everton’s biggest war-time defeat. They suffered the same margin from Manchester City last season, while a year before, in a match in which they lost two men injured, they went under 11-1 at Wolverhampton.
March 6, 1944. The Evening Express
Everton were well beaten by a grand side at Bloomfield-road, but paradoxically, while they were a bit unfortunate to lose by six goals it might just as easily have been ten. Truth is that for the opening 15 minutes Everton were the better side. However, they missed reasonable chances when Blackpool were jittery” and then Lawton headed in a beauty from which Savage made a super save. Lawton received a cut over an eye making his effort, and played for the rest of the game carrying a sponge. It looked as if it would pan out pretty evenly, but then Blackpool dropped three bombshells in the form of brilliant goals, each a master in itself. They were not due to error, but to the perfection of the making and taking. From then on Blackpool did not look back. The Blues defence was not blameless in the scoring of Blackpool’s four subsequent goals, but the Pool missed some easy ones and then towards the end, an Everton always fighting hard, came back into their own and Lawton crashed one home. Blackpool proved themselves a brilliant combination. For Everton did not play badly, and on this form the tie is as good as over. Everton had hopes of getting Tommy Lawton released from the Army side for next Saturday, but this is impossible so a Lawton less Everton face the might of Blackpool and six goals. Phew Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly states that he can give no indication of the team constitution until later on. Everton’s position may affect the attendance but doubtless all Merseyside –Sorceries will want to take this lone opportunity of seeing Dodds and company. I know I would.
EVERTON TEAM TO OPPOSE BLACKPOOL
March 9, 1944. The Evening Express
Harry Catterick, Everton’s reserve centre-forward, will make his first appearance at Goodison Park for nearly two years, when he leads the attack against Blackpool in the war cup second round tie on Saturday in which Everton face a six goal deficit. Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly has been striving all the week to contact star players in the hope of fielding a team capable of turning this deficit into a credit, but he has met with ill-luck for Gillick, the Scottish international winger, is unable to get leave of absence from his work and Caskie is still suffering from the effects of an injury received when playing at Wembley for Scotland. Jackson, the full-back is being brought to outside-right in an effort to bring more punch to the attack, and Bentham will move to inside-right –his real position. This allows Jack Jones to resume at right back. The half-backs will be unchanged and Stevenson and McIntosh continue on the left-wing Catterick has played one game with Everton this season –against Wrexham in the qualifying competition. Catterick of course has been playing away at Port Stanley. Everton; Burnett; Jones (Jack), Greenhalgh; Grant, Jones (Tom), Watson; Jackson, Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson and McIntosh.
Everton’s Sound Scheme
The directors of Everton are again to discuss their splendid scheme relating to future cup competitions which was put forward for the first time last summer. The scheme –evolved by Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly –is one of the most practicable yet submitted by any club, and the only reason it was not adopted at the last annual meeting was because the clubs did not have sufficient time to go fully into it. Had the scheme been included among the League proposals I feel confident it would have gone through without opposition for it not only increases interest in the Cup, but gives the clubs more latitude and time to secure league fixtures and fulfil county cup engagements. Here is the Everton suggestion. That the Cup-ties played on a home-and-away principle should be fortnightly, with one week’s gap between each round, which would enable early fixtures to be made for clear dates. The Blues contend and rightly, that the extra seven days breathing space between the rounds would enable to arrange travel, get their advertising in hand properly, and have extra time in which to secure permits for the release of players instead of, as now, waiting for the draw on a Saturday night and having only six days in which to telephone for players and arrange for the staging of the match or the journey to their opponents ground. There is one big point which Everton did not make last year, but which they will, no doubt incorporate this time, and that is the blank Saturdays could be utilised for all representative matches. This would obviate cup fighting clubs being deprived of star players on big match days as will happen this Saturday.
Everton Reserves (v. Marine, Crosby); Birkett; Woodcock, Doyle; Ashley, McDonnell, Rainford; Turner, A.N. Other, Wyles, Wootton, Makin
Everton Colts (v. Lever Bros at Port Sunlight); Robertson; Evans, Lever; Barrett, Webster, Haggard; Lee, Perrie, Chadderton, Daulby, Higgins.
EVERTON CHANGES FOR BLACKPOOL’S VISIT
March 9, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s side for the return Cup game with Blackpool, at Goodison shows two changes, affecting three positions. Jones takes over at right back, the only defensive change, in order that Jackson may go outside right with Bentham as his inside partner. Catterick comes in at centre forward. During the week Mr. Theo Kelly has made efforts to get both Gillick and Caskie down, but the former couldn’t manage it and the latter hasn’t yet fully recovered from the injury he got at Wembley. Everton; Burnett; Jones (Jack), Greenhalgh; Grant, Jones (Tom), Watson; Jackson, Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson and McIntosh. Blackpool will have Finan at outside right in place of Matthews and Tapping at right half the rest of the side being as last week viz; Savage; Pope, Kinsell; Lapping, Jones (S.), Johnston; Finan, Dix, Dodds, Mortensen, Pearson.
March 10, 1944. The Evening Express
Despite Everton’s severe handicaps, namely six goals down and experimental moves, there should be a crowd of more than 30,000 at Goodison Park, for Blackpool constitute the north’s biggest war-time attraction. It will be a treat to see the manner of the Blackpool play –play which has brought them so many war-time honours. The absence of Stan Matthews will be regretted, but in players like Jock Dodds, Ronnie Dix, Stan Mortensen, the youngster Kinsell, and Paterson, the Scottish international, who has been playing with Tranmere, the Pool have other master footballers, and partisans though our Merseyside supporters may be, they always appreciate good football from the other side. Harry Catterick comes back to lead Everton and it will be his first experience on his own ground, for a long time. Catterick is a born opportunist whose speed and shooting power can create shocks. To give Catterick more support Stan Bentham moves to inside-right and George Jackson, the versatile goes again to outside-right. One thing about Jackson, he will “have a go” with either shot or centre and should bring additional power. Jack Jones has been playing grandly, whenever I have seen him latterly, and so the defence should be no weaker. If Tommy Jones can hold up Mortensen, Dodds and Dix, there is a bare chance that the Blues may win the game without winning the tie, but rest assured that Everton will put up a desperate fight against the 1944 team of all the talents. Form has been so in-and-out this season –remember that Bolton Wanderers won at Blackpool –that Everton may give their supporters a pleasant surprise, but be that as it may, the Blues will ensure that Blackpool have to fight every inch of the way in a game, which should give us all the classic football, thrills and goals for which we yearn. The kick-off is at 3.15 p.m. Everton; Burnett; Jones (Jack), Greenhalgh; Grant, Jones (Tom), Watson; Jackson, Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson and McIntosh. Blackpool; Savage; Pope, Kinsell; Lapping, Jones (S.), Johnston; Finan, Dix, Dodds, Mortensen, Pearson.
MIRACLE WOULD HAVE TO HAPPEN AT GOODISON
March 10, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
There were some strange happenings in the first round Cup ties last week, and doubtless will be more tomorrow, but hardly a nothing so stating as Everton overhauling Blackpool’s six-goal start at Goodison. The Seasiders runaway victory at the first hurdle thus taken most of the gilt-off tomorrow’s meeting, yet all the same time it will be a gig gathering to see the star-studded visitors. It’s hard luck for, the spectators that Stan Matthews will not be there but the rest of Blackpool’s international attack will be on view, while Finan, who takes the Stoke man’s place is in the top class. Blackpool have one other change Tapping being at right-half instead of Davies the Welsh international, otherwise the side is the same as that which humbled the Blues at Bloomfield Road. To balance the absence of Matthews Everton will be minus Lawton, also on duty in the representative game at Stoke. His place will be taken by Catterick. From all accounts Everton were better last week than the score suggested, and might well have got a couple themselves before Blackpool scored. If they get scoring chances tomorrow they want to seize them while the going’s good for the visitors are not a side against whom liberties can be taken, and if their attack gets in rampant mood again Everton may have cause to rue any wasted opportunities. I confess to a feeling that Blackpool will again be too strong for them, but the margin this time isn’t likely to be much either way, and if Everton defence can clamp down on the three inside Blackpool men they may divide the honours. Unfortunately that won’t get them in round two. Everton; Burnett; Jones (Jack), Greenhalgh; Grant, Jones (Tom), Watson; Jackson, Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson and McIntosh. Blackpool; Savage; Pope, Kinsell; Lapping, Jones (S.), Johnston; Finan, Dix, Dodds, Mortensen, Pearson.
EVERTON GO OUT
March 11, 1944. The Evening Express
Blackpool’s Quick Goals.
Blackpool, the star team of the north, paid their first visit to Merseyside this season, when appearing at Goodison Park against Everton today, in the second leg of the North War Cup first round tie. Blackpool came with a six goal start and introduced Paterson, who has been playing with Tranmere Rovers, at left-half. Everton had Jackson at outside right, with Catterick at centre-forward. There must have been 35,000 spectators present when the game started, the Goodison-road stand at that time being closed. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jones (Jack) and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Jones (Tommy) (captain), and Watson, half-backs; Jackson, Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson and McIntosh (Preston), forwards. Blackpool; Savage, goal; Pope, Kinsell, backs; Tapping, Jones (Sam), and Patterson, half-backs; Finan, Dix, Dodds, Mortensen, and Pearson, forwards. Referee; Mr. G. Twist (Westhoughton). Everton should have been a goal up in the first two minutes, for after parrying Blackpool’s initial trust, Jackson went to the line and centred magnificently right across the face of the goal. Stevenson and McIntosh dashed in, both failed to connect, - a miraculous escape for the visitors. Everton kept it up, Sam Jones heading away McIntosh’s centre and then after another fine centre by Jackson, Savage came out and pushed the ball away. The ball went to Stevenson, who headed in first time, but the ball grazed the bar and dropped behind –Blackpool’s second lucky break. It was nine minutes before Blackpool launched their first attack, and then Dodds sprang through at outside left to centre from the line. Jones (Tom) managed to head the ball behind for the first corner, but this was placed behind by Pearson and away went Everton to gain a free kick ten yards outside the penalty area.
Tom Jones came up to take this, and he let go a wonder shot which Savage turned around the post with two hands, the force of the shot a most knocking him off his balance. Still Everton kept on top, Jackson tricking two men and driving in low along the floor for Savage to dive and save a tricky situation. Blackpool had a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, but Dodds shot high over with several colleagues perfectly positioned. Dodds got Fagan away, but Burnett was there to take and clear Mortensens hook shot. Blackpool took the lead in 20 minutes through Dix, but it was entirely against the run of the play. Dodds, and Finan had caused Greenhalgh some concern, and Finan pushed the ball back to Dix, who coolly moved inwards and with a left foot shot from 20 yards cracked the ball into the top left-hand corner of the goal. Burnett being well beaten by the very pace of the shot. So the team which had been defending practically the whole of the time was now seven goals up on the tie.
In 23 minutes Blackpool were two up, when Dodds drew Jones (Tom) and slipped the ball through for Mortensen to run on, and, as Burnett advanced glide the ball into the net. Only another three minutes had elapsed before Mortensen had put Blackpool three up. Burnett conceded a corner, when he might have caught the ball instead of pulling it around the post, and from Pearson’s centre Mortensen tried a header. Burnett saved this with one hand, but the ball returned to Mortensen, who trapped the ball through. Three goals in six minutes took the “bite” out of the game, for Everton had looked like doing things before Blackpool had settled down to their precision methods. Burnett dashed out to save as Finan came in to take advantage of Watson’s faulty pass-back, and then Everton participated in a neat passing movement, but as Stevenson was going in for the “kill,” Paterson came through with a masterly tackle. From Jackson’s corner, the ball went wide to McIntosh, who returned it quickly for Catterick to let go a first time shot, which rebounded off Sam Jones. Jones was laid out, but was able to resume. Everton’s left wing combined magnificently, but McIntosh’s final centre went astray.
Half-time; Everton 0, Blackpool 3.
Everton started off as keenly in the second half as they did in the first, but it was Blackpool, who did the effectively work, Pearson going through to hit the foot of the near post, with Burnett well beaten. The ball rebounded for Tom Jones to clear, and then Catterick went through, but his shot was charged down. Catterick robbed Savage, surviving a foul, but then the referee stopped play, and awarded a free kick to Blackpool. The Everton forwards went through in neat formation, and Jackson stepped in with a shot which Savage saved at full length. Burnett turned over the top a 25-yarder from Dix, as Blackpool once again began to move in a rhythmic style. Dix made another call on the goalkeeper, the ball being pushed out and Burnett running to the edge of the penalty area to complete the clearance.
Slower on the Ball.
Everton were yards slower on the ball than their opponents, but were sticking to their guns gallantly, much of their approach work being of a high standard. Twice Sam Jones booted the ball behind for corners when Everton were shaping for a shot. Catterick was knocked out, but was able to resume and then Everton had a remarkable escape when Mortensen went through and lobbed the ball in over the head of Burnett, who had dashed out.
Marine v. Everton Res.
Everton set a hot pace and Makin gave them a deserved lead. Marine equalised through Edwards, who netted from a penalty. Half-time; Marine 1, Everton Res 1.
BLACKPOOL WIN THROUGH
March 11, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
Everton Missed Early Chances
Everton; Burnett, goal; Jones (Jack) and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Jones (Tommy) (captain), and Watson, half-backs; Jackson, Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson and McIntosh (Preston), forwards. Blackpool; Savage, goal; Pope, Kinsell, backs; Tapping, Jones (Sam), and Patterson (Celtic), half-backs; Finan, Dix, Dodds, Mortensen, and Pearson, forwards. Referee; Mr. G. Twist (Westhoughton).
Although this game appeared as good as “in the bag” for Blackpool there was an excellent crowd to see the side that so sensational beat Everton at Blackpool a week ago. There was some disappointment about the absence of Matthews, but with their galaxy of stars Blackpool still drew them in. Everton’s task was a colossal one. Everton showed excellent form in the first quarter of an hour. They were definitely the better team, and with the least of luck might have had two goals if not three, in the first ten minutes. Blackpool were uncommonly quiet during this period, most of their efforts being confirmed to defence, for Everton were undoubtedly calling the tune and were doing it by first rate football with a wink in it. In the very first minute Jackson sent over a centre which was too high for Stevenson who, however, moved to take it, had this no doubt caused McIntosh to kick the ball would not come his way, but it did. So surprised was he that he was not ready to take it. So he first miss of the match occurred. Everton continued to be aggressive and Jackson shot over, and later provided another centre which caused trouble for the Blackpool defence until goalkeeper Savage swept the ball from Catterick’s head. Stevenson in an effort to improve matters lobbed the ball over. A free kick taken by Jones was saved by Savage, and the goalkeeper later had to save a snap shot from Jackson.
Two Swift Goals.
So far Blackpool had not delivered a single shot, at the Everton goal, such were the Everton domination. At last Blackpool got into their stride and Dix after cleverly beating Watson moved up and delivered a grand drive which literally flow into the net at twenty minutes –a grand goal. Something similar had happened at Bloomfield road a week ago, and again to repeat itself for within three minutes Mortensen brushed his way through the Everton defence, and with the side of his foot glided the ball out of the reach of Burnett. There was a quick change about, and goes to prove the power of the Blackpool attack given the slightest opening.
Lost of Lustre of the game went out with the scoring of Blackpool’s third goal, by Mortensen, at twenty-six minutes. This brought Blackpool’s aggregated of goals to 10, an almost pregnable task for Everton to face up to. The Blues did keep on trying, and Bentham was on the mark with a header and Savage hail to save.
Half-time; Everton 0, Blackpool 3.
Everton had a lucky escape in the first minute of the second half when Mortensen run through and shot against the upright. McIntosh tried a long one but was off the mark and Catterick ploughing a lot work run through the middle, rushed out to the right wing to make a centre which was not taken up because there was no one there to take it up.
March 13, 1944. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 1, Blackpool 3
Everton Miss Early Chances
Setting out with a six goal deficit Everton’s task against the powerful Blackpool side was a tremendous one, and no-one really expected them to wipe it out. But many did, think that they might win the game if not the tie, but they were beaten 3-1, which means that Blackpool won the tie by an aggregate of 10 goals to 2. Yet Everton played so well in the first fifteen minutes that they at least showed they had the ability to nail this smart side strictly to defence and proved at the same time that Blackpool are not invaluable. One could visualise during this period. Everton giving Blackpool a hard time of it if they could keep this up, and at the same time accept the chances that came their way, but that is where they failed. Having made their openings by good football and having found ways of spurting open the Blackpool defence they missed their opportunities rare goal. Blackpool were a long time in warming up but once they got settled in their stride they hit with such power that they had “booked” three goals in six minutes and from that point the heart was plucked out of the game. Everton, however, never gave up trying. They did not get their goal until the 80th minute –much too late to be of any use of course, but only pointed out to show that they did not give up the ghost. They lost when they failed to snap up those three chances in the first quarter of an hour. McIntosh must have been surprised when Jackson’s pass came along to him in the first minute for he was entirely unprepared for it and that is not like McIntosh.
Great Goal By Dix.
Blackpool’s blitzkriegs” lasted exactly six minutes. They had been uncommonly quiet during Everton’s good spell, which was something similar to what had happened in the first match, but once they had broken the ice they hacked in three goals in rapid succession. One by Dix and two by Mortensen. Dix’s goal was typical of the man. He tricked Watson by a neat flick of the foot, moved two paces forward and then crack, and the ball went hurtling into the net just inside the angle of the posts. Three minutes later Dix and Dodds made another opening for Mortensen, who flashed through cleverly to glide the ball into the net. Another three minutes and the ball was again in the Everton net. Burnett had turned aside a shot following a corner kick, but the ball only went out to Mortensen, who tapped it back into the goal. Naturally with such a lead Blackpool had the game in their pocket and were content to rest on their oars. Not that they did not try to score when the opportunity arose for easily in the second half Mortensen struck the post. Dodds had a shot saved and Dix gave Burnett the opportunity to make his best save. Then twice Greenhalgh kicked off the goal-line when goals seemed assured.
A Solid Defence
Everton kept on trying but found the Blackpool defence solid, and confident, particularly Sam Jones who had a great day. He would not allow any Everton to settle on the ball for a minute. Of course much of the interest had gone of the game, and it was not until Jackson picked up a Catterick pass and drove it into the net that the spectators showed a revival of enthusiasm. Blackpool have a grand side. Even without the wizard Matthews they are all-powerful. Their attack is strong crafty, and clever and Dix is still a grand forward with a fine shot. Dodds injured early on and limping for most of the game is not just the bustling centre forward he once was, but an astute leader who is not pinned down to any one position. Everton seemed slow by comparison. I liked young Grant as well as any. He was tireless never feared to tackle the bulky Dodds, and as to be found whenever the battle was hottest. Blackpool will take some beating for the Cup, for they are so well balanced. There was a fine attendance considering that the game was almost won as soon as it was started, for there were 28,013 spectators the receipts being £2,195. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jones (Jack) and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Jones (Tommy) (captain), and Watson, half-backs; Jackson, Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson and McIntosh (Preston), forwards. Blackpool; Savage, goal; Pope, Kinsell, backs; Tapping, Jones (Sam), and Patterson (Celtic), half-backs; Finan, Dix, Dodds, Mortensen, and Pearson, forwards. Referee; Mr. G. Twist (Westhoughton).
• Liverpool lost 1-0 at Oldham, Cottrill scored for Oldham.
• The Army beat F.A. X1 5-2, Mercer and Lawton playing for the Army, Lawton scored one goal, and also had the misfortune to received a broken nose.
LEAGUE AND “NO-SANCTION” PLAYER
March 13, 1944. The Evening Express
The Football League of Management Committee is to deal with the question of Blackpool’s including in their team against Everton last Saturday a player for whom they had not received the necessary permission. The player in question was George Paterson, the Celtic and Tranmere Rovers international. There will be no major development such as would happen in peace days, of course. Attention of League Secretary Mr. Fred Howarth, was drawn to the playing of Paterson by Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of Everton, who felt the matter should be raised because only on Thursday Everton were refused permission by the League to play both Glidden and Paterson of the Rovers! Having secured permission of the clubs concerned to play Paterson and Glidden –Glidden was the player Everton most desired –Mr. Kelly asked for the League sanction, but it was not forthcoming. Imagine Mr. Kelly’s surprise when he found Paterson was playing for Blackpool –against Everton. I telephoned Mr. Howarth pointing this out. Said Mr. Kelly, “and was told that Blackpool had not permission to play Paterson. We made no protest to the League, but just pointed out that Blackpool had played a player for whom permission had not been granted.” There will be no question of Blackpool being penalised for playing an “ineligible player,” but Mr. Howarth told Mr. Kelly that the Management Committee would deal with it. The ventilation of the matter may have repercussions later, Mr. Kelly naturally, does not contend that had Everton had Glidden and Paterson they would have survived the cup round but he does assert and rightly that the inclusion of Glidden and Paterson might have enabled Everton to win the match and so strengthen their league position, which is their paramount concern on the moment. Bentham, you see, is not quite fit, and so was unable to reproduce his true form. Glidden might have made all the difference. This is another of those illogical happenings of wartime football, and in which Blackpool are so often concerned.
Chance was There.
In dealing with Everton’s match with Blackpool I do so purely as an individual game, and not as a tie, for I do not think that Everton could have done sufficient to win the tie. But... Everton might easily have won the game. It is no reflection on Harry Catterick, who I thought played really well, to say that Everton did miss Lawton. Had Lawton been playing I am confident that they would have been two goals to the good in the first five minutes. The chances were there, but they were scorned. In the first 20 minutes Blackpool were kept right “on the collar” and made only two serious raids into Everton territory. Yet they had the ability to profit by their fortunate escapes, and in his six glorious minutes had rattled home three goals to make quite certain of victory. That opening shot by Ronnie Dix was a superlative effort –a 20-yarder which sped like a shot from a gun. Then young Stan Mortensen –a definite England player of the future –glided in two scoring shots. Mortensen’s second was lucky, for Burnett had saved a header magnificently, with one hand only to see the ball go right back to Mortensen. I do not assert that Everton were anything like the consummate football side as Blackpool, but they had equally as much of the play without getting anywhere until Jackson an outstanding success at outside right curled in eight minutes from time. The main difference between the sides was that whereas Everton were more often than not operating as units. Blackpool had that essential link-up between men and departments. The work of Blackpool’s inside forwards, with Dodds paying the part of opening-creator instead of the down the middle dasher was 100 per cent brilliant. All four backs played well with Jack Jones demonstrating that the Blues need have no defensive worry if they wish to persevere with Jackson on the wing, while Greenhalgh blotted Finan out of the game. The pair had a perfect cover in Tommy Jones, who was always well equipped to deal with the clever Dix. Dodds, Mortensen menace and in fact, came right back to his best. Watson and Grant have played better and in attack Stevenson supplied the subtleties, and Catterick the dash. McIntosh was good in patches, but Bentham, was obviously not well enough to make his presence felt. Burnett made some good saves, but I do wish he would take the Harry Hibbs tip, and concentrate on making every save look simple instead of difficult. Bentham is doubtful for Saturday’s Lancashire Cup first round tie first “leg” with Chester at Goodison Park on Saturday, and Stevenson may not be available. However, we shall have to wait a couple of days for definite news. Lawton will, of course, be back and that is going to make a world of difference. Our congratulations to Blackpool on winning the tie so convincingly as 10-2. No mistaking that they are a great team and will take some stopping. The wish of Directors Messrs Harry Evans, and Judson, and Manager Mr. Joe Smith, is that they get the opportunity of having another tilt at Liverpool. These Blackpool folk obviously know that the big money lies on Merseyside. Saturday’s gate was £2,195 for 28,013 spectators.
EASY FOR BLACKPOOL
March 13, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
We all knew that Everton’s six goals deficit was a heavy burden to carry in their return game with Blackpool, but many of us thought they would win the Goodison game and for 15 minutes they promised they might. Three goals could have been scored during that period had they changes been taken for the Blackpool defence would have been powerless to prevent them had there been a quick and accurate shooter. Blackpool took an uncommonly long time to warm to their work and it was then that Everton should have struck their blow on blows. They played with such a confidence then that goals were not outside the realm of possibility but only if the opportunities were accepted. The goal was heavily loaded against them; much too heavily as things turned out. Having missed their way in the first quarter of an hour they never again got a second chance. They did not look a world beating team in these first fifteen minutes but suddenly they rose in their might and scored three goals in six minutes. That was just like them, they did the same in the last match, which goes to show that their forwards side can do the stuff.
BOYES RETURNS TO EVERTON TEAM
March 16, 1944. The Evening Express
Wally Boyes, the Everton international winger and member of the 1939 League championship side, will make his first appearance of the season for the Blues when, at Goodison Park on Saturday, they entertain Chester in the first “leg” of the first round Lancashire Senior Cup-tie. This will be Wally’s first appearance for his own club for a year, and it is curious that his last match was also a Lancashire Cup first round encounter. –against Southport. Boyes is in the Army, and this season has been playing fine football in the much improved Leeds United side scoring pretty regularly. Instead of being at outside-left, his usual position Boyes will play at inside left Alex Stevenson moving over to inside-right to try and bring additional power to a flank which has not had the required potency Stevenson will, I am pleased to say, have George Jackson as partner Jackson in my opinion, is the best outside right Everton have had since Billy Lowe was injured. Leading this attractive line will be the country’s leading goal-scorer. Tommy Lawton, who return after one game with the Army. The defence is unchanged, and the only team doubt is whether Bentham or Grant will be at right half. Both are suffering from minor ills, and the place goes to the one making the better recovery. Well, they are both good uns. Everton; Burnett; Jones (Jack), Greenhalgh; Bentham, (or Grant), Jones (Tommy), Watson; Jackson, Stevenson, Lawton, Boyes, McIntosh. Chester expect to have Scales on duty, and their only doubt is in attack, where six players are named. Chester; Scales; Tagg, McNeill; Moore, Pincott, Cothliffe; Roberts, Newsome, Loxham, Hughes, Astbury, Brinston. Mr. Theo Kelly secretary of Everton certainly did football a good turn when he approached the Football League on the point of Paterson’s appearance for Blackpool in last Saturday’s North Cup game at Goodison Park. Apparently there has been some confusion regarding guest players –none so far as our local clubs are concerned, however, -and it is announced from the League headquarters that other clubs may be concerned in inquires by the League. Of course, the rules as adopted at the annual meeting last July are clear enough. A player may play only for his own and one other club in the cup games without special permission from the Management Committee. It is obvious that some clubs have accepted the Cup Competition proper, as something entirely different from the Qualifying Competition. Ignorance of course, never was an excuse, but I do not anticipate any drastic action by the League. Pity that other clubs should have to suffer, however. Since I gave the Paterson and Glidden story I have had many letters from indignant Everton supporters.
The Everton against Fazackerley game as been postponed, because of a Junior Cup game at the ground.
Everton Colts (v. Gordon Institute, at Orrell lane, 3.15 p.m). Prince; Doyle, Lever; Barrett, Webster, Lamb; Turner, Perrin, Casey, Lane, Daulby.
March 16, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
Walter Boyes At Inside Left
Everton have been some time making up their mind about their team to meet Chester in the Lancashire cup at Goodison Park on Saturday. They have known their great faultiness and have set on to correct it. All season the right wing has been the trouble point. All sorts of experiments have been made to attempt to bring it up to the level of the left wing and just when they seemed to have struck the balance an injury has come along and upset things. For Saturday’s game Stevenson has been transferred to inside right to link up with the ulity man George Jackson who by the way played very well against Blackpool. Stevenson is the type of player who can fit in either on the two inside berths or on the wing for that matter. Jackson should have greater opportunity with the Irish man alongside him. Everton have been able to move “Stevie” because they have a man to fill his place at inside left. He is no other than Walter Boyes, who will be making one of his rare appearances for his club. His fast game for Everton was in March of last year when he played against Southport at Haig Avenue and curiously enough that was in the first round of the Lancashire cup. Boyes has been playing with a Yorkshire side recently. The defensive is likely to remain the same as last week although Bentham hasn’t been blackened with Grant for the right half position. The team will be;- Burnett; Jones (Jack), Greenhalgh; Bentham, (or Grant), Jones (Tommy), Watson; Jackson, Stevenson, Lawton, Boyes, McIntosh. Congratulations to Joe Mercer who was this morning present with a son.
March 17, 1944. The Evening Express
Everton and Chester clash at Goodison Park in the first “leg” of their Lancashire Cup first-round tie and Everton will include no fewer than six of the players who helped them to win the League Championship in 1939. This will be the fifth game between the clubs this season, and so far honours are even. Chester completed the double in the League, and Everton returned the compliment in the Qualifying Competition. I think the Blues will forge ahead this time. Greenhalgh, Tom Jones, Stevenson, Lawton, and Boyes are the six members of the championship side who will re-unite in the Everton side. Grant will be at right half. Boyes will be playing his first game with his “parent” club for a year, and it will be interesting to see him operating at inside left between the two big uns, McIntosh and Lawton. Boyes has been doing good work for Leeds United this season. One of the features of the game should be the duel between the two Welsh internationals, Billy Hughes whom Liverpool wanted so badly for their North cup-ties, and Tommy Jones. Hughes has been a signals success as a centre-forward, but I have a feeling he will find Jones carrying too many “aces” for him. Chester only just failed to qualify for the cup and in their last two games they helped themselves to 13 goals at the expense of Crewe Alexandra so Everton’s job is no sinecure. This should be a good game, starting at 3 o’clock and with Everton going ahead in search of that inning aggregate. Everton; Burnett; Jones (Jack), Greenhalgh; Grant, Jones (Tommy), Watson; Jackson, Stevenson, Lawton, Boyes, McIntosh. Chester; Scales; Tagg, McNeill; Moore, Pincott, Cuthliffe; Roberts, (or Newsome), Loxham, Hughes, Astbury, Brinton.
March 17, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
The Lancashire Cup has not the same glamour about it as the North Cup, but there is still a desire on the part of the clubs to win this handsome trophy. For one thing to stay in the competition means a series of good matches. Everton will not find Chester so easy to beat as they did in the early part of the season for the Cestrians have been showing fine form in recent weeks. They have not lost a match since they fell to Liverpool at Anfield and they have been scoring goals with great frequency. In the hope of tightening up the right wing, which has been a great worry to Everton all season, Mr. Kelly has decided upon a switch. He has brought Stevenson across to linkup with Jackson. He was able to do this in the knowledge that Walter Boyes was available. Wally’s last game was at Southport this time last year, also in the first round of the Lancashire Cup. He and McIntosh should get along well together, for Boyes is a versatile sort, who can accommodate himself anywhere. Chester have named thirteen players from which to chose their final team. A collection will be taken in aid of the Y.M.C.A Merseyside appeal. Your generous support is solicited. Everton; Burnett; Jones (Jack), Greenhalgh; Grant, Jones (Tommy), Watson; Jackson, Stevenson, Lawton, Boyes, McIntosh. Chester; Scales; Tagg, McNeill; Moore, Pincott, Cuthliffe; Clarke, Roberts, Newsome, W. Loxham, Hughes, Astbury, Brinton.
EVERTON V. CHESTER
March 18, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
Everton; Burnett, goal; Jones (J.E.) and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Jones (T.G.) (captain), and Watson, half-backs; Jackson, Stevenson, Lawton, Boyes and McIntosh (Preston), forwards. Chester; Scales (Manchester City), goal; Tagg and McNeill, backs; Moore, Pincott and Clarke, half-backs; Loxham, Hughes, Astbury and Brinton, forwards. Referee; Mr. S. Ormrod (Bolton). There was only a small crowd to see this first leg of the Lancashire Cup between Everton and Chester at Goodison today. There was a sensational start, for in the very first minute Chester scored a goal through Hughes. He got his chance through a mistake by T.G. Jones, who failed to connect with the ball and allowed the Chester centre forward to run on and score. Moore sprang another surprise when he lobbed in a long ball, which Burnett had to edge over his crossbar. Boyes, Stevenson, and Lawton joined in a threesome which culminated in Lawton being sandwich as well as charged in the back as he was rushing through the Chester defence. The referee immediately gave a penalty, and McIntosh scored from the spot. Time eight minutes. Lawton drove in a smashing shot which Scales dealt with capably. Newsome gave Burnett a long distance shot to save. At 22 minutes Stevenson scored a second for Everton. Watson pushed the ball through to him, and although his shot had no pace it was well out of the reach of Scales. Chester came back into the game, and Burnett had to make two really good saves from Newsome and Hughes the latter’s shot being something of the Lawton type in that it was taken on the half volley and swept from the boot like lightning. There was always danger when Chester made a forward move, for each man in the front line seemed to possess a shot. It was Everton, however, who provided the next thrill, and how the Chester goal escaped was amazing. Boyes shot through a crowd of players, and a goal seemed sure, the ball was kept out but only just and when McIntosh tried to shoot the ball through he was just off the mark. Chester’s goal had a miraculous escaped when Boyes headed against the crossbar. Just before half time Stevenson holding off the Chester defence and scored goal No 3.
Half-time; Everton 3, Chester 1.
Lawton ran out to the wing to make a centre, which Stevenson directed on to the upright, and when it rebounded to Jackson stepped in and added the fourth goal.
EVERTON WIN 5-2
March 18, 1944. The Evening Express
Fine Rally after Early Shock.
Everton recovered in magnificent style in the Lancashire Senior Cup tie against Chester at Goodison Park today, after being a goal down in 30 seconds. Subsequently their football was a delight against clever opposition, and at half-time they were leading 3-1. Later, Scales the Chester goalkeeper gaves brilliant exhibition, but he was beaten by Jackson and Stevenson, Loxham scored Chester’s second goal. Stevenson (2) and McIntosh (penalty) had countered Hughes opening goal in the first half. Everton won 5-2. Wally Boyes Everton’s international winger made his first appearance at the ground for 12 months, and the Blues included six of the their 1939 championship team. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jones (J.E.) and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Jones (T.G.) (captain), and Watson, half-backs; Jackson, Stevenson, Lawton, Boyes and McIntosh (Preston), forwards. Chester; Scales (Manchester City), goal; Tagg and McNeill, backs; Moore, Pincott and Clarke, half-backs; Loxham, Hughes, Astbury and Brinton, forwards. Referee; Mr. S. Ormrod (Bolton). Chester gave Everton a shock, for in 30 seconds they were a goal ahead through Hughes. Everton had tried to progress n the left, but Moore came through and pushed the ball up the middle, where Tom Jones made an effort to intercept. Hughes ran on unchallenged, and although Greenhalgh tried to reach him, the international shot through from close range. Grant ran through to win a corner, before Roberts centred awkwardly, Burnett having to turn the ball over the top as Astbury and Brinton closed in.
Watson, Boyes, and Stevenson combined accurately to put Lawton through but as Lawton was boring through, he was brought down by Pincott and Tagg, and the referee gave a penalty, from which McIntosh scored to equalise at the seventh minute. Receiving a quick back pass from Boyes, Lawton swing around to hit an excellent shot with his right foot but Scales turned it over the top magnificently. Jack Jones held up Hughes magnificently after Tom Jones had gone far afield and misplaced his final pass. Then Watson tried a shot which went over. Boyes twice went through with characteristic dribbles, which brought back memories of the old days, but on each occasion the final passes were intercepted. The standard of football was exceptionally high. True, Everton had taken command but they were inclined to overdo things in front of goal. Still it was a delight to the eye. Boyes ran through to the goalpost but failed to get the ball over, and then Pincott just managed to kick the ball away as Lawton was racing through. Everton gained two corners in quick succession, Scales having to be nippy to deal with the first which Jackson swerved in cleverly. Everton took the lead in 23 minutes when Boyes and Watson put Stevenson through. From just inside the penalty area Stevenson shot along the floor just inside the far post, Scales being deceived by the slowness of the shot. Chester came back fighting hard, Burnett saving from Roberts and then driving to save from the same player. McIntosh went through unchallenged only to hit the side net, and then Loxham survived two tackles before bringing Burnett into action with a full length save. Jackson went through cleverly to push the ball back for Boyes, but Scales dived to make a fine save. Lawton headed across McIntosh’s centre for Boyes to head against the bar. The ball bounced up, dropped back on the bar and went over. Chester almost drew level when Astbury nipped through, but his rising shot was finally turned over by Burnett, who also took charge of the subsequently corner.
In 42 minutes Everton increased their lead. Boyes and Stevenson combined neatly and after giving the “dummy” which sent Clarke and McNeill off on a false trail, Stevenson cut in to score with a right foot shot into the corner.
Half-time; Everton 3, Chester 1.
Everton took up the running on resuming without looking really dangerous; in fact not half as dangerous as Chester when they got moving. Astbury flashed a centre across the face of the goal which Burnett just turned aside and then Burnett dived by the post to save from Hughes. In 58 minutes Everton increased their lead through Jackson, with a goal made by Lawton, who went to the outside left position, beat Tagg and centred accurately for Stevenson to hook the ball against the post. The ball rebounded for Jackson to make Everton’s total four.
Everton began to take things a little leisurely, and play ran on even lines, until Scales came into the picture with three glorious saves in the space of a minute. Lawton sped through and hit one with his right foot, which in 99 cases out of a hundred would have meant goal, but Scales managed to beat the ball away, and when McIntosh drove in from the rebound, Scales dived to the foot of the post to save Number Two. The attack did not end there, for Stevenson let go a first timer which Scales saved with equal brilliance. This was certainly Scale’s golden minute. Scales continued to dominate the stage in this always interesting game, and effected three move wonder saves in quick succession from Boyes, Stevenson and Tom Jones, and then tipped over the bar a header from Jones –a save which the players applauded. One felt sorry for Scales that the corner after this save should have brought Everton’s fifth goal, but it was an unstoppable shot from Stevenson, taken on the volley and rising all the way, Time 73 minutes. Scales struck his foot out to save from Lawton, and then Stevenson ran right through, but placed the wrong side of the post. Three minutes from time Loxham ran through to reduce the lead, thanks to a misunderstanding in the Everton defence. Watson was carried off just before time. Final; Everton 5, Chester 2.
EVERTON SHOW AN IMPROVED FORM
March 20, 1944. Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 5, Chester 2.
Chester’s Hard Fight
Everton would appear to have a good balance of goals in hand with which to go to Chester next Saturday in the seemed game of their Lancashire Cup-tie, but they must not take things for granted for Chester proved their fighting unably when they defended Liverpool 6-0 at Sealand Road a few weeks ago. the score at Goodison Park was 5-2. It is strange that among Everton’s scorers Lawton’s name did not figure. Chester started by taking a goal in the first half minute when T.C. Jones erred and Hughes took full advantage of the slip with a grand shot, but Everton led 3-1 at the interval Chester had put in some grand work in the interim. The Everton goalkeeper had several difficult shots to deal with. They may not have been so fanciful as Everton but Chester could be just as effective, and Burnett was kept busy by Hughes and company. The penalty award against Chester seem to have puzzled many, but I considered that Lawton was sandwiched and got an angle ran when he was brushing his way through. I have however seen many more serious offences get off scot-free. McIntosh scored from the spot, but the decision undoubtedly unsettled Chester, yet they played bright and clever football, even though Everton took the goals.
A Thorny Path
Jones (T.G.) did not slip again, and the path down the middle was a thorny one for the Chester inside forwards. It was the football, clean and clever with the balance only just swaying in Everton’s favour. They were the better tactians and Stevenson scored two before the half stage. His first was a slow shot directed away from the goalkeeper his second a quick burst through after he had led the Chester defence into the belief that he would make a pass. Boyes, playing his first game for Everton for twelve months, headed against the crossbar and Scales pushed a great drive by Lawton over the bar. Ten minutes after the interval Jackson scored a fourth after Stevenson had hit the crossbar. Then for ten minutes Everton brushed everything before them; but Scales saved half a dozen shots finely. Then Stevenson scored a fifth and Loxham scored for Chester near the finish. Lawton was closely shadowed by Pincott, yet he got in some good drives but seemed chary about heading the ball owing to his damaged nose. He got another blow and was not comfortable about it. Stevenson with his three goals was a grand forward, but so for that matter were Boyes and Jackson, McIntosh having a moderate game. Grant came again demonstrated what a prodigious worker he is. Greenhalgh and J. Jones were a fine pair of backs and Burnett in goal. Hughes apart from his goal was usually well held, so much so that he later went on the wing, but Chester’s big man was Scales. He stood between Everton and a glut of goals. Attendance 11,139 receipts £7-707. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jones (J.E.) and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Jones (T.G.) (captain), and Watson, half-backs; Jackson, Stevenson, Lawton, Boyes and McIntosh (Preston), forwards. Chester; Scales (Manchester City), goal; Tagg and McNeill, backs; Moore, Pincott and Clarke, half-backs; Loxham, Hughes, Astbury and Britton, forwards. Referee; Mr. S. Ormrod (Bolton).
• Liverpool drew 1-1 at Manchester City. Welsh for Liverpool and Heale for Manchester City.
March 20, 1944. The Evening Express
Taking a line through Saturday’s always interesting ,match at Goodison Park between Everton and Chester. I think three goals should be sufficient to enable the Blues to prevail, especially in view of the fact that Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly expects to field the same eleven namely; Burnett; Jones (Jack), Greenhalgh; Grant, Jones (Tommy), Watson; Jackson, Stevenson, Lawton, Boyes, McIntosh. Had it not been for the brilliance of Scales in the Chester goal Everton would have won by a packet. Scales was a super-goalkeeper on this day and seemed at his best when facing the Tom Lawton rocket shots. It is a long time since the Blues got five goals without Lawton getting one. Yet Lawton did just as did Dodds the previous week at the ground –he made the goals rather then took them. This in itself, emphasises the real team spirit of the Blues. No matter who scores so long as they score. Scales had one period of about five minutes in the second half when he positively was inspired and even when Stevenson’s volley shot broke the spell Scales got his fingers to the ball –a feat in itself. I made Scales the hero of this game or maybe I should say one of the heroes,” for no one can deny that Jackie Grant’s was a heroic display. The buoyant energy of Grant was positively amazing, and if he can retain his tacking powers of interception and recovery and add a little more craft in ball distribution Grant is going to make a name for himself in post-war football. Chester started with a bang Hughes scoring in 30 seconds and they scored again through Loxham three minutes from time both goals being directly due to lackadaisical defence. But in between it was Everton who called the tune and got the goals. McIntosh levelled early on from a penalty for a double foul on Lawton, and then Stevenson rolled in with two –the second a picture effort –and in the second half after Stevenson had struck a post Jackson turned one through Stevenson then brought his total to three. One of the refreshing features of the game was in delicacy of the Everton passing movements particularly between Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes, who was a veritable live wire and always a joy to watch. As a matter of fact not often have I seen more real on-the-ground football than in this game. Chester were quite adept at methodical approach with Hughes and More outstanding. Jackson again demonstrated what a useful right winger he is –George, no matter how positioned, always gets that ball across –and Jack Jones was easily the best back on the field. Greenhalgh kept Roberts well in check, and McIntosh and Tagg had some rare duels. Tom Jones and Watson often treated the 11,139 spectators to the artistry of football, and Burnett was faultless. True that Chester were well beaten, but Sir Thomas Brocklebank, their chairman, Mr. Harry Mansley, the vice chairman, Manager Mr. Frank Brown and a host of good friends who came along for the “party” had every reason for feeling quite proud of their boys against the stars of Goodison.
March 20, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
The Everton-Chester Lancashire cup-tie was a most attractive game. It included everything of the best in soccer, good football some excellent shooting, and some amazing goalkeeping. Chester were not beaten so easily as the score gives, yet had Everton scored another five goals, who could have quibbled. I will never forget those hectic ten minutes when Everton simply became rampant, crashing in hot drives which seemed unsaveable (write Stokes), yet Scales the Chester goalkeeper saved six of them in a row. It was superlative goalkeeping making next Saturday meeting at Chester open. A three goals lead would seem sufficient to send Everton through to the next round but after seeing Liverpool’s fall at Sealand-road in the Cup proper I am not so certain.
Liverpool Councillor Fined £5O
Liverpool Evening Express - Tuesday 21 March 1944
RICHARD Edward Searle, Blairgowrie, Ruff-lane, Ormskirk, a member of the Liverpool City Council, pleaded guilty at the Liverpool police court, today, to three summonses accusing him of having, in November last, dealt wholesale in wines and spirits without a licence, and of delivering spirits without a permit. Mr. P. C. R. Noble, prosecuting for H.M. Customs, said Mr. Searle was the managing director of the Star Shirt Company, Liverpool, a member of the Liverpool City Council and a director of the Everton Football Club. He was also the owner of two hotels in Wales. As the result of being the owner of these hotels he bought quite legitimately quantity of wines and spirits. Having accumulated a stock of liquor, which he found was more than he required for his businesses, undertook a private sale of_ a portion of them —52 gallons of wine and whisky. He sold them to the Stork Hotel, Liverpool, for £652 10s., at the cost of 375. 6d. for a bottle whisky and 455. for a bottle of sherry. Mr. Searle should have acquired licences for this sale. The Stipendiary: If Mr. Searle had applied for the necessary licences, would he have got them? Mr. Noble: No; a ban was put on new licences in 1943. Mr. Searle should have been aware of this before he made a large profit. Mr. R. K. Milne (defending): I strongly object to the statement and will ask my friend to prove it. There was no large profit. Mr. Noble: Well, some profit was made. He added that when seen by an official of the Customs special inquiry branch, Mr. Searle -said in 1941 and 1943 he purchased two hotels in Wales, and gradually acquired a stock of liquor which he found was in excess of the requirements of the hotels. He sold some of it to oblige friend, and apart from this he had conducted no other sale. was an isolated transaction.
NOT OUT TO MAKE PROFIT”
Mr. Milne said Mr. Searle travelled regularly from Ormskirk to Liverpool with certain friends and one of them, who was a director of the Stork Hotel, mentioned that they were short of stock and that the Xmas season was coming on. Mr, Searle offered to help and sold the wine and spirits at prices which showed little profit to himself. Mr. Searle could have sold them by retail and made a considerable amount of money, but he was not out to make profit and only obliged this neighbour and friend. This was an innocent transaction carried out in a friendly manner,” said Mr. Milne. Mr. Searle expressed his regret. Mr. Milne pointed out that champagne which that time could have been sold retail for £5 a bottle was sold at 40s. a bottle. Mr. Milne added that Mr. Searle had been so upset by the matter that he had arranged for the sale of the two hotels in Wales, so that in future the only business he would be concerned in was the manufacture of shirts. The Stipendiary (Mr. Stuart Deacon) imposed fines totalling £5O, with £lO 10s. costs.
CITY COUNCILLOR FINED
Liverpool Daily Post - Wednesday 22 March 1944
A Liverpool city councillor, Richard Edward Searle, of Blairgowie, Ruff Lane, Orrmskirk. pleaded guilty at Liverpool yesterday to summonses for dealing wholesale in wines and spirits without a licence, and having delivered spirits without a permit on November 17. He was fined £5O. with £lO 10s costs. Mr. P. C. R. Noble, prosecuting for the Commissioners of Customs and Excise, said the defendant was a member of Liverpool City Council, a director of Everton Football Club, and managing director of the Star Shirt Company. Liverpool, He had also come into possession. of two hotels in North Wales, and having accumulated liquor stocks there, he undertook the sale, privately, of some wines and spirits. < The sale consisted of 28 gallons of spirits and 24 gallons of wine for £652 10s to the Stork Hotel, Liverpool. This transaction was carried through without a permit for the removal of the liquor.
TRIBUTE TO GRANT
March 22, 1944. The Evening Express
I have received a letter from “Pat” (Liverpool 9) in praise of Jackie Grant, Everton’s small but effective right half, who has been taking the eye recently with his determined play, “Pat” writes;
“While reading your report in The Evening Express on the Everton-Chester match I was elated to note that Grant’s fine display has been recognised by a football critic. This right half was always held my greatest admiration and is a real little terrier. “I am a keen follower of Everton and am just a “mere woman,” but my appreciation of a good player is as keen as that of any man. Grant is very popular with the crowd, so I am not alone in my appreciation. May Grant be a centred figure in post-war football. Thanks Pilot, for your excellent report. “
Yes, a worthy tribute to a brilliant player who has everything before him. Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of Everton, has confirmed the story I gave on Monday that Everton will be unchanged for next Saturday’s visit to Chester in the second “leg,” of the Lancashire Senior Cup competition.
BIG EASTER “DERBY” AT GOODISON
March 23, 1944.. The Evening Express
Merseyside is to stage a big Eastertide local “Derby” match between Everton and Liverpool. The match will be staged at Goodison Park, and will be a Football league fixture. Everton approached Liverpool some days ago, but as there was hesitancy from Anfield, Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly arranged that in the event of Liverpool turning down the offer Blackpool would play at Goodison Park. Liverpool have now, however, made definite acceptance, and so we shall get the sixth “Derby” of the season. Mr. Kelly states that his project to bring Blackpool to Goodison is not dropped, but that he will do his utmost to bring the “Pool –and Stanley Matthews –here before the season closes. This might easily become a mid-week attraction.
Everton Reserves (v. Rootes, at Goodison Park); Birkett; Woodcock, Doyle; Ashley, Sanderson, Rainford; Linaker, Comer, Booth, Wootton, Makin.
Everton Colts (v. Rock Ferry St Anne’s at Bromborough, 3.0). Robertson; Jones, Lever; Barrett, Street, Mitchell; Dykes, Perrin, Chadderton, R. Williams, Trowsdale.
LEAGUE AND CUP
MARCH 24, 1944. The Evening Express
Everton travel to Sealand road to oppose Chester in the second leg of their Lancashire Cup first round tie, holding a three goal lead. This competition also leads to a nice trophy and War saying certificates but Everton are just as much concerned with reaching a high League position as annexing the County cup. This will be the fourth visit of the Blues to Chester this season, and while the first two brought defeat they won there in the Qualifying Competition. I think they should level it up this time, for the very fact that they are three goals ahead must have an effect on the opposition Chester go out facing at big handicap, and their usually good play may be upset by over anxiousness. However, the Cestrians put up a good fight here last week, and actually prevented Lawton from scoring, but with Boyes again in the Everton attack and the defence at strength I have a feeling that the Blues will not only make certain of Cup progress, but the league points as well. There should be a good crowd not only to see the Everton array of internationals-six members –but to re-welcome Derek Williams whose expected home on leave. Chester; Scales; Tagg, McNeill; Moore, Pincott, Williams (or Clarke); Roberts, (or Newsome), Loxham, Hughes, Astbury, Brinton. Everton; Burnett; Jones (Jack), Greenhalgh; Grant, Jones (Tommy), Watson; Jackson, Stevenson, Lawton, Boyes, McIntosh.
March 24, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
Everton go to Chester for the return Lancashire cup tie with three goals in hand, but it must not be taken for granted that the tie is won on that account. Chester gave Liverpool a shock at Sealand Road by beating them 6-0 and they are keen to do further in the Lancashire Cup for there is money in it. Naturally Everton start with the confidence of the lead but I hope it does not entice them to “sit on the splice”. That may be dangerous. Everton will have the same team as start last week, with Boyes again linking up with McIntosh. It is rare Lawton fail to score these days. Last week was one instance which means he will be keen to make up for it tomorrow and Pincott will have his work cut out. Chester likewise hope to field an unchanged side and though they was maybe a good fight of it. I shall be surprised if Everton do not manage to get through on the aggregate. Chester; Scales; Tagg, McNeill; Moore, Pincott, Williams (or Clarke); Roberts, (or Newsome), Loxham, Hughes, Astbury, Brinton. Everton; Burnett; Jones (Jack), Greenhalgh; Grant, Jones (Tommy), Watson; Jackson, Stevenson, Lawton, Boyes, McIntosh.
SIGNS “PRO” FORMS
March 25, 1944. Evening Express
Eddie Wainwright Everton’s 19-years-old inside right, who comes from Southport, yesterday signed professional for the club. Wainwright joined Everton at the start of the season, and after trials with the junior sides secured his place in the first team.
The Football League Management Committee have granted benefits to several players of the Everton and Liverpool clubs. Permission has been given for Everton to pay accrued shares to Bentham, Boyes, Cook, Cunliffe, Gee, Gillick, Greenhalgh, Jackson, Jones (Jack), Jones (Tom), Lawton, Mercer, Thomson, Watson, and Burnett.
THREE FOR LAWTON
March 25, 1944. The Evening Express
Everton lead Chester
Everton were unchanged for the return Lancashire Senior Cup match at Sealand-Road. Chester were without Hughes, who was assisting Birmingham, and the attack was led by Loxham. Chester; Scales (Mnachester City), goal; Tagg and McNeill, backs; Williams, Pincott, and Clarke, half-backs; Roberts, Moore, Loxham, Astbury and Brinton, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jones (J.) and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Jones (T.) (captain) and Watson, half-backs; Jackson, Stevenson, Lawton, Boyes and McIntosh, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Saxton (St. Helens). Everton were prominent in the early minutes. First, when Stevenson sent Jackson off with a nicely placed pass, and again when Boyes got through on the opposite wing and ended with a high shot which Scales gathered confidently. Chester responded, but Tommy Jones checked the home forwards before they could trouble Burnett. Everton went ahead in six minutes, when McIntosh sent a grand centre across the goalmouth. Scales appeared to misjudge the flight of the ball, and Lawton had no difficulty in heading into the goal. Boyes made another determined effort to get through, but was unable to master Williams who caused him to take the ball out of play. Scales again came into action when Jackson beat McNeill, and sent in a high dropping centre. Scales made a fine save from a Lawton header. Everton were well on top and Chester were confined to occasional raids in the first quarter of an hour. Their best effort came from Moore, who worked his way past several defenders and finished with a strong shot which Burnett, who had come out of goal, turned aside for an unproductive corner. Everton were soon back and Scales saved from Stevenson.
Chester equalised in 19 minutes. A pass from Astbury enabled Roberts to make ground, and when he centred Loxham had a shot stopped by a defender. The ball rebounded to Astbury who sent in a first-time shot just under the bar. Chester’s play improved considerably after this goal, and for the remainder of the half there was little between the sides. McIntosh, Stevenson, and Lawton figured in combined play, the centre forward firing in a low drive which went off the upright. Chester went ahead in 27 minutes, Burnett had stopped one shot and was on the ground with several players in front of goal. From the melee, the ball came out to Loxham who drove into the empty goal. The Everton goal had a miraculous escape when a shot from Brinton struck the right hand upright and went across the goalmouth, striking the other upright before being put out for a corner. Everton equalised in 36 minutes, McIntosh cutting in from the wing and beating Scales with a narrow angle close-range shot. Two minutes before half-time Chester were awarded a penalty for an infringement by Tommy Jones. McNeill, who took the spot kick, shot straight at Burnett, who had no difficulty in clearing.
Half-time; Chester 2, Everton 2.
On the resumption Stevenson shone with an individual effort which enabled him to get a centre to Lawton, but Lawton header was wide. Everton regain the lead when Lawton score from a Boyes pass. In 55 minutes Lawton scored Everton’s fourth goal, Lawton shot between the legs of Scales.
CHESTER V. EVERTON
March 25, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
Chester; Scales (Manchester City), goal; Tagg and McNeill, backs; Williams, Pincott, and Clarke, half-backs; Roberts, Moore, Loxham, Astbury and Brinton, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jones (J.) and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Jones (T.) (captain) and Watson, half-backs; Jackson, Stevenson, Lawton, Boyes and McIntosh, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Saxton (St. Helens). E. Wainwright, Everton’s amateur inside forward has signed professional forms. Wainwright came into the Everton team at the back end of last season when Bentham was injured and has played many fine games. At the end of six minutes play Everton went ahead with nice goal. McIntosh sped away on the left wing and before centring he drew the Chester defence. He centred with such accuracy that Lawton merely had to nod the ball into the net. Everton were playing delightful football and Chester countered with rigour and determined tackling. Loxham made an opening and Moore followed up with a spectacular dash through the Everton defence, Burnett making a great save. After twenty minutes Chester equalised. Moore shot was cleared by T. Jones; Astbury fastened on to the ball and scored with a first time shot. After thirty minutes Chester went ahead. Brinton and Astbury combined closely, and after a melee the ball spun out to W. Loxham who following up scored with ease. Everton had a lucky escape when another shot by Moore stuck the outside of the post and rebounded into play. Five minutes before half-time McIntosh equalised for Everton with a spectacular goal. His long range shot appeared to be going out, but the swerved carried it into the net. Chester were rewarded a penalty but side Burnett saved McNeill’s kick.
Half time; Chester 2, Everton 2
After four minutes play Everton, in this game of fluctuating fortune went ahead, Lawton scoring as the result of a pass from Boyes. Two minutes later Boyes almost added another goal with his clever overhead kick. Loxham raised Chester’s hopes, but he was quickly robbed by Jones (J.). Jackson forced a corner, and it was from his excellent placed kick that Lawton headed yet another picture goal. At the end of 59 minutes Everton went further ahead as a result of a gift goal. Stevenson shot, and Scales, the Chester goalkeeper, had the ball covered but he allowed it to pass between his legs into the net.
EVERTON WIN BY 9-2
March 27, 1944. The Liverpool Daily Post
Chester 2, Everton 9
Four For Lawton
Everton were far too good for Chester in the return League match and Lancashire Senior Cup tie, which was played at the Stadium on Saturday. Everton won 9-2 and thus gained the tie with an aggregate score of 14-4. Chester hardly deserved to be beaten by such a large margin, but at the same time tribute must be paid to the excellent finishing of the Everton forwards. After a ding-dong first half the score stood at 2-2. Lawton opened the scoring with a picture header as a result of a centre from McIntosh. Chester fought back, Astbury equalised and W. Loxham gave them the lead. For a few minutes the Everton defence was hard pressure, but T. Jones rallied his men, McIntosh equalised and then Burnett saved a penalty from McNeill. That was the turning point of the game. Everton took command early in the second half through two goals by Lawton. Scales, the Chester goalkeeper, was not entirely free from blame in regard to some of the later goals. There were scored by Stevenson (2), McIntosh and Boyes and Lawton added the last, to make his own bag 4. Chester were outplayed in the second half, and it was on rare occasions that they forwards broke away. T. Jones was outstanding in the Everton defence, and Lawton led the forward line in a manner befitting one of the greatest centre forwards in the game. Tagg was Chester’s best defender and Moore strove hard to get his forward goings. Chester; Scales (Manchester City), goal; Tagg and McNeill, backs; Williams, Pincott, and Clarke, half-backs; Roberts, Moore, Loxham, Astbury and Brinton, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jones (J.) and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Jones (T.) (captain) and Watson, half-backs; Jackson, Stevenson, Lawton, Boyes and McIntosh, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Saxton (St. Helens).
• Liverpool lost against Manchester City 3-2, McCormick and Done for Liverpool and Heale (2), Herd for Manchester City
EASY FOR EVERTON
March 27, 1944. The Evening Express
Everton won easing up at Chester 9-2 although their score was helped by defensive errors. In the first half this was a real match although one could always spot that Everton superiority. The Blues scored first, Chester equalised and then went ahead and then Everton squared it by half-time. After the rest Everton gave an exhibition of delightful football, each and every player being in fine mood, and combining with inherent skill. Lawton scored four goals on the trot to compensate for his goalless day at Goodison. Stevenson again scored three and McIntosh bagged a couple against his former colleagues. Boyes did not score for the Blues, states Mr. Kelly. Astbury and Loxham scored for Chester.
The Football league game between Everton and Liverpool arranged for Easter Monday at Goodison Park stands. Even in the event of Liverpool beating Southport, this big Easter Monday game will not be counted as a Lancashire Senior Cup “leg” but will be purely and simply a League match.
FOUR FOR LAWTON
March 27, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
It was not until the second half that Everton took control of their game with Chester, for the latter held on grimly until the interval to equally share four goals. Then came the avalanche and the Chester defence was riddled to the tune of seven goals. The finishing of the Everton forwards was magnificent. Scales had done miraculous things at Goodison Park in the first game, but at Sealand Road he was not faultless, for he was to blame for some of their later goals. Lawton was in one of his relentless moods and his four goals bring his tally for the season to fifty-six. Furthermore he had colleagues alongside him who could take their chances, for McIntosh and Stevenson each got a pair and Boyes one.
March 28, 1944. The Evening Express
Everton make forward changes for their Liverpool Cup semi-final with Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park on Saturday, due to Lawton and Stevenson being on duty at Edinburgh and Boyes unavailable. Wyles will lead the attack, with Stan Bentham, who played for the Rovers last week-end at inside right, and Eddie Wainwright, having his first professional game, taking over at inside left. The defence is unchanged. The Rovers will have Harold Hobbis, the Charlton Athletic left, who is in the R.A.F with Arthur Owen, making his debut. Everton; Burnett; Jones (Jack), Greenhalgh; Grant, Jones (Tommy), Watson; Jackson, Bentham, Wyles, Wainwright, McIntosh. Tranmere Rovers; Foster; Anderson, Owen; Steele, Bell, Kieran; Ashcroft, Glidden, Williamson, Wheeler, Hobbis.
Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of Everton, states that in the event of Liverpool defeating Southport in the Lancashire Cup they will play Everton in the second round on Easter Monday, April 10 (at Goodison Park), and on April 15 (at Anfield). In the event of Southport beating Liverpool the match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on Easter Monday still stands, and will be a Football League game. So, whatever happens on the next two playing days, Everton and Liverpool meet on Easter Monday. Put it in your diary.
Everton, as I announced some time ago, are going ahead with their scheme to secure one week’s break between each round of any future North War Cup Competition, and after events of last weekend I am more convinced than ever that this is not only desirable, but a vital necessity.
March 29, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
Everton will be without Lawton and Stevenson for their Liverpool Senior Cup semi-final against Tranmere at Prenton on Saturday. they play in the Army v. R.A.F game at Tynecastle, in Lawton’s place Everton bring in Wyles, Wainwright partners McIntosh and Bentham, who was loaned to Tranmere last week resumes at inside-right the team being ; Burnett; Jones (Jack), Greenhalgh; Grant, Jones (Tommy), Watson; Jackson, Bentham, Wyles, Wainwright, McIntosh.
March 31, 1944. The Evening Express
Tranmere Rovers and Everton will be clashing for the fifth time this season when they trot out at Prenton Park, and so far Everton claim 100 per cent points. The two league games gave the Blues 9-2 and 6-2 wins and the Cup Qualifying Competition saw Everton winning 1-0, and 5-1. Everton tackle a different Tranmere tomorrow, however. The Rovers have become a transformed side since Harold Bell reverted to his boyhood role of centre-forward. Bell –in Tommy Lawton’s opinion a grand player- has proved the sound “hub” around which a side with a new spirit has revolved. The Rovers have won three out of their last four engagements and are playing good football. Everton will be without Stevenson and Lawton, but Bentham –he played for Rovers last week –returns to strengthen the attack, and Wainwright has his first game as a professional. The Rovers try out Alder , a six-footer home on leave from the Royal Navy, at centre forward, and the fact that Hobbis cannot play is balanced by the fact that Jackson will be available for outside left. Wyles leads an Everton who should be able to take a step towards winning the tie and also nearer to the league leaders. Tranmere Rovers; Foster; Anderson, Owen; Williamson (S.), Bell, Kieran; Wheeler, Glidden, Alder, J. Williamson, Jackson (W.P.). Everton; Burnett; Jones (Jack), Greenhalgh; Grant, Jones (Tommy), Watson; Jackson, Bentham, Wyles, Wainwright, McIntosh.
March 31, 1944, The Liverpool Echo
Everton cross the water to tackle Tranmere Rovers in the first of the two Liverpool Senior Cup semi-finals, minus Lawton and Stevenson. Tranmere latterly have tasted the sweets of victory, and if the opposition hasn’t been of the strongest, the tonic effect, will make them fight hard to keep up the sequence. Unfortunately the Rovers have again had disappointments Hobbis (Charlton) and Ashcroft are not available and the forward line has had to be changed. It now includes Alder, a former Rovers reserve now in the Navy, who thus makes his senior debut. Tranmere Rovers; Foster; Anderson, Owen; Williamson (S.), Bell, Kieran; Wheeler, Glidden, Alder, J. Williamson, Jackson (W.P.). Everton; Burnett; Jones (Jack), Greenhalgh; Grant, Jones (Tommy), Watson; Jackson, Bentham, Wyles, Wainwright, McIntosh.
Mr. Ernest Green, the Everton director, has been nominated for election as representative on the F.A. Council of the clubs in Division 3, which includes Liverpool, Everton, Chester, Tranmere etc. The present representative is Mr. Harry Hughes, of the Cheshire County F.A. who has held the position since 1921, and whose father before him also held it.