EVERTON 1 BOLTON WANDERERS 0
May 2, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Dean's Goal Decides.
Everton Nervous in Moderate Win.
From the head of Division 2, to the same position in the premier League is a long and arduous journey, but Everton managed it in successive seasons. When they were reaching out for the top rung they showed more “nerves” than at any other stage of their climb. Far from being a triumphal march to victory at the expense of Bolton Wanderers, Everton scraped home by the barest margin –one goal –in the kind of match one generally associates with relegation problems rather than winning League championships. Ten minutes from the end, when Everton realised that they were within ten minutes of becoming champions, they took stage fright. The minutes lagged; the game had a will-it-ever-end favour, and Everton, for the first time this season, forsook their policy of attack for a what-we-have-we-hold attitude. It looked bad coming from the leading club in the country, but when the boredom of seeing the ball continually out of play, of seeing players sauntering up to take throws-in had passed over, one began to appreciate how Everton felt about things. A season's play might have been jeopardized by any other tactics. Gee, who had been injured early in the game, and who had finally left the field in the second half with what looked a long job injury, was off the field, and the ten men versus eleven theory must have been uppermost in the Everton players' minds. They had to risk losing the match or play safety. Whichever course they took they would have been criticised. Yet who can blame a team for playing for safely when the effort of a season might go for nought through losing a game of this kind.
Bolton, were kind opponents. They finished so poorly against ten men that there never seemed the slightest danger of Everton losing. But all through the piece the apprehension that Everton might lose was shown around and on the field. Little incidents were magnified into importance, and so surely did Everton employ time-wasting tactics that the game became farcical long before the end. The goal which meant Everton's seasonal success was not a brilliant one, but it served its purpose. Dean's header was worthy of so good a player in this department, and Jones ex-Everton and Southport, could not save the effort, although he flung himself at the ball. The point came 33 minutes after the start. Bolton played extremely well up to a point it is my belief that if Cresswell had not been the coolest player on the field Everton might have caved in to this over dribbling team of bits and pieces. Bolton are not the team they were, but their experienced men, allied with youth, are still very fine players, and when they desire to beat a man it is done with a thoroughness that suggests that they like to go back and beat him a second time. Cook, for instance, was too slippery for the defence. He had one player dizzy, but when it came to simple, straightforward finishing Cook had forgotten how such simple things were done!
Backwards and forwards went the ball when Bolton attacked. They had Everton running the wrong way more often than not; yet Sagar, for all that, had very little work until the game was practically over and Bolton half-backs shot to show their colleagues how goals should be obtained. Everton were disorganised practically the whole of the game. Johnson become a left half-back, and the forwards struggled along as best they could. Dean, apart from his goal, was never much in evidence, whereas Dunn, with a shrewd head and an eye for the slightest of openings, made the most of the ball and did valuable defensive work, Bolton played the better football, but the honours of the game went to Everton. While Everton's display was not up to their usual standard, they are worthy of commendation for they recovery. Teams:- Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Bolton Wanderers: - Jones, goal; Duckworth and Finney, backs; McKay, Griffiths (captain) and Howarth, half-backs; Butler, Gibson, Milsom, Wright, and Cook, forwards. Referee. Mr. H. Cartlidge (Burslem).
SOUTHPORT PARK VILLA 0 EVERTON “A” 5
Liverpool County Combination.
May 2, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
In this match the better team won. Bradshaw, the home goalkeeper brought off many excellent saves. At the interval Everton were leading by 3-0. In the first half Fryer (inside-left) netted twice, and in the second half he hit the up-right twice. Other scorers were Birtley, Davies and Leyfield.
HOW DEAN CLINCHED A GREAT AMBITION.
May 2, 1932. Evening Express.
Champions to Meet Cup Winners on Wednesday.
By the Pilot.
At the beginning of the football season Dixie Dean said to me, “My ambitions as captain of Everton is to win the League championship.” At Goodison Park on Saturday Dean's wonderful head, bent low, directed the ball from Critchley's centre, just inside Bolton's far goal-post. That brilliant piece of work won the match and assured Everton the proud title, champions of the Football League, Dixie's wish has been gratified. The big point of all this, to my mind, is remembrance of the fact that when dean spoke his hopeful words to me he was leading a team that had only just risen from the depths of the Second Division. What is the secret of Everton's astounding success –Division 2 and League championships in two seasons, not to mention an addition League championship and appearance in the Cup semi-Final all within the past five seasons? Lets other speak Mr. W. C. Cuff (chairman of Everton F.C.) “We think our success is due to enthusiastic team work plus undoubted ability and adherence to what I would term ‘class' football. Everton have always preferred the stylish game to the ultra-robust, and I think our policy has been fully vindicated.” Dixie Dean (captain). - I pay tribute to all the boys. They have played for Everton from the first kick-off and not for themselves. Mr. Tom McIntosh (Secretary, Everton F.C.): Team spirit, and the open game played scientifically have won the Championship. Tom Johnson (Everton's International inside left): “Everton are the best club in the world. It's a treat to play for them and win for them.”
Edgar Chadwick's Message.
Naturally, congratulations are pouring into Goodison Park. Neither Mr. Cuff nor Mr. McIntosh has had time to sort out their enormous post-bags today. Some of the most interesting communications received today are: - Sir Samuel Hill-Wood (Arsenal F.C.): The ex0champions congratulate the new champions. It has been a great race and a good fight. Edgar Chadwick (A member of Everton's first championship tea, season 1890-91) Heartiest congratulations. I am delighted at Everton's success, particularly as I was a member of the first championship side. Mr. W. I. Bassett (West Bromwich Albion): Heartiest congratulations. Well done Everton. Grimsby Town F.C. –Well done, Everton. A great performance. The Prophet. I recall the occasion of the Charlton Athletic match at the Valley last season, when a well-known judge said of Everton: “This is the wonder team.” He was a good prophet, for with the exception of Clark, the same team has played for two seasons. The championship has been secured with the largest number of points ever compiled by an Everton team, and it brings the fourth honour of the club's existence. Each and every man has played his part well; the men have knitted together in a delightful manner, and there has been perfect understanding between individuals and departments. The spirit in the side has been wonderful. No happier band of men ever represented a club, and they have received every encouragement from the directors and officials. It is just a coincidence that in Everton's next match –to be played on Wednesday –the League Champions will meet the winners of the F.A. cup at St. James's Park, Newcastle. This engagement might well be regarded as a test to decide which is the team of all the talents. Unfortunately Gee, who struggled on so gamely in the Bolton Wanderers' match, in spite of intense pain, will be absent from Everton's team for Wednesday's match. The directors will not decide on his deputy until tomorrow evening. The Football league Cup and medals will be represented to Everton after the final match of the season –Portsmouth at Goodison Park –on Saturday next. Mr. John McKenna will make the presentation. Following this function the players will be entertained to dinner by the directors.
EVERTON'S FOURTH CHAMPIONSHIP .
May 3 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Congratulations to Everton on winning the championship of the First Division of the Football League for the fourth time and equalling the record set up by Liverpool in securing the championship of the Second and First Division in successive seasons. It is Everton's fourth championship in the First Division, for they gained the title in 1890-91, 1914-15, and 1927-28. In the 1926-7 season Everton narrowly escaped relegation, finishing third from the bottom of the table with Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion losing their places. A year later, as I have said Everton were champions, but in the 1928-9 season they were fifth from the bottom. Then came relegation, for Everton finished at the foot of the table and lost their First Division status for the first time. But they were leaders of the Second Division last season, a triumphant return, and are now the champion team of the First Division. Everton have been runners up to the First Division champions on six occasions. Everton's championship records are: -
P W L D F A Pts
1890-91 22 14 7 1 63 29 29
1914-15 38 19 11 8 76 47 46
1927-28 42 20 9 13 102 66 53
1031-32 40 26 11 3 116 63 55
WREXHAM BENEFIT MATCH
May 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
A Draw with Everton Reserves.
Raw and generally inclement weather with a Scotch mist must more suggestive of November than of May, made the conditions disagreeable at the benefit match for Rogers, the Wrexham player, on the Racecourse last evening, at Wrexham, and the attendance would hardly exceed 1,500. This number might have been trebled, but for the fiat of the F.A. in banning the experiment with two referees, although the task of Mr. A. H. Price, who controlled the game, turned out to be a very simple one. Everton's team was mixed, and they gave a pretty exhibition of football, the ground passes especially contributed to its effectiveness. Wrexham, no doubt wanted, the satisfaction of beating opponents with such a distinguished name, and they very nearly did so, for the score stood at 1-0 in their favour until the 90 th minute. Up till then Burrows had held the Wrexham fort like a Trojan, some of his remarkable saves evoking cheers, but in the end he was beaten by Leyfield. While neither side put forth its maximum energy, there is no doubt that Wrexham tried hard for the honour of victory, and their effort did them credit. Bamford who had already missed by a narrow margin with a characteristic overhead ball, netted with the co-operation of Taylor, after half an hour's play.
Holdcroft had plenty to occupy him, though he was not so seriously tested as the Wrexham keeper, who had excellent support not only from Jones Brown, but also from Griffiths, the former Everton pivot, who graduated to first class company from the Racecourse. Rogers played right-half, and he and his colleagues were assitlous in their passes to H. Mercer, at outside right, an amateur who plays for Cross-street. Morris's work was full of promise, and although his finishing did not always satiety, he gave Archer a worrying time. Leyfield appeared to be the most dangerous of the Everton forwards, and Britton allowed little rope to Taylor on the wing. After the match the players were entertained at the Wynnstay Arms Hotel, by the Wrexham directors. Final: Wrexham 1, Everton 1 Teams: - Wrexham: - Burrows, goal; Jones and Brown, backs; Rogers, Griffiths, and Donogue, half-backs; H. Morris, Hughes, Bamford, Mustard, and Taylor, forwards. Everton: - Holdcroft, goal; Bocking and Common, backs; Britton, Chedgzoy, and Archer, half-backs; Griffiths, Birtley, Webster, Martin, and Leyfield, forwards.
MATCH OF THE SEASON.
May 3, 1932. Evening Express.
Champions Meet Cup winners.
It Has Not Happened for 20 Years.
By the Pilot.
When Everton and Newcastle United meet at St. James's Park, Newcastle, tomorrow evening, it will be the first occasion for more than 20 years that the League champions have been drawn in a League match against the Cup winners after settlement of the honours. Every year the First Division champions and Cup Holders meet for the Charity Shield, but not until the season following their victories. Tomorrow than we shall be enabled to judge which is the football team of the year. The Champions or the Cup Winners? Many people argue that the winning of the League is better achievement than can carrying off the cup. I agree, but it decides not the question of brilliance, only that consistency. On forty-two game brilliancy will be the points total. Each team will lack the services of one star, Jack Allen, the hero of Wednesday, is unfit owing to cartilage trouble, and Charlie Gee, Everton's centre half, is unable to play following the knee injury in the Bolton Wanderers game. There is little doubt but Richardson will deputise at inside right in the United team. This eleven scored a 3-0 victory over Sheffield United at Bramell-lane on Saturday.
McPherson or McClure.
Everton will not select a duputy for Gee until this evening's meeting at the directorate. It is probable that either McPherson or McClure will be chosen. Everton will make a bold bid for their eight “double” of season, for when the United visited Goodison Park in the autumn they were routed 8-1. Everton are also interested in the goals race, and required 13 goals in their remaining two matches to break Aston Villa's 128 record. This is a tremendous task, and one in which I think they will fail. Both the Blues and the United are certain of enthusiastic welcome on Tyneside, where the sportsmen will be anxious to honour the two teams of the year. Everton will travel tomorrow morning, and return to Liverpool on Thursday morning. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, McPherson of McClure, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Newcastle United: - Burns; Elson, Thompson; McKenzie, Davidson, Weaver; Boyd, Starling, Richardson, McMenweney, Lang.
ROMANCE OF EVERTON No 9
May 4, 1932. Evening Express.
Behind the Scenes with the League Champions.
The Team Without a Manager.
By D. M. Kendall (The Pilot).
Under the name of the Pilot I have been writing about Everton for some years now and consequently I am in a position to weigh up happening that have led to Everton's stupendous success. Since I tipped Everton as second Division champions, and on the present season started I had the opinion that, bar accidents, Everton would carry off the Football league championship. Team spirit is the secret that has made the Goodison Park brigade the most successful team in the world today?
• Unfortunately the first column is unreadable to second guest, so I will start from the second column.
Sagar's rise to fame is romantic. He came to Everton about three years ago, straight from a Doncaster colliery. It was obvious that he had football ability in him, but Everton decided that he was a player to be developed slowly.
Into Big Football.
In the first full season, however, circumstances demanded that he should jump into the first team. The boy, still in his teens, was called upon to play in First Division football and vital F.A. cup-ties. He did as well as could be expected, but naturally his inexperience told against him. Wisely the club decided to place him again in the reserve team. It was one of the best moves they ever made. Sagar spent last season in the Central League team, where he improved beyond all knowledge. He did not appear to have much chance of gaining his place in the League side owing to the good play of Coggins. Then Fate took a hand, Coggins was taken ill during the summer, and was still unfit when the season opened. So into the Everton first team goal stepped young Sagar. He struck his best form right away, and has played some marvellous games this season. Today he is known as “Safe Sagar” and “Tiger Sagar.” Well, he is as safe as a bank and as agile as a tiger. Sagar was one of the two goalkeepers on the final list for England against Scotland. He failed to get a cap this time, but his turn is sure to come. Dixie Dean, the captain, has been another outstanding success, both as a player and a leader. To date he has scored 45 goals, but had he not been so gloriously unselfish he could have obtained many more. This is typical of Everton's play. Another man who has helped to mould the team spirit is Tommy Johnson, the only Everton men to receive a cap against Scotland this year. Johnson is the life and soul of Everton's merry party off the field, and on the field his forward methods have paved the way to success. He instituted the cross-field pass, in which the inside forward passes the ball to the oppose wingman instead of to his own outside man. This move capably exploited by both wings enabled Everton to register scores of 9, 8, 7, 9, 5, and 5 in successive home matches at the close of 1931. Dunn and White have been eminently successful as inside forwards, and the half-backs have been consistently good because they have made sure that their forwards have received to support necessary to success. In the opinion of his colleagues Ben Williams is the best back in the land, I am inclined to agree with them. He has had a great season, and has a perfect understanding with the nonchalant Cresswell. They are players of entirely different styles, but each is a past master of his particular art. The wingers –Critchley and Stein –have also done well, and whenever it has been necessary to call upon a reserve he has always fitted in well with the team. Mr. W. C. Cuff, the chairman, is in my opinion one of the cleverest men connected with the game. He knows football inside and out. The game is his life-blood, and he guides with an astuteness and firmness, which compel admiration. He and his directors are loyal to the cause of Everton, and I have always been stuck by the considerable manner in which they treat their players, both during the players' playing days and after. Every local sportsman must be proud of Everton. The club has had a wonderful career –coloured and romantic and now it stands on the pinnacle of fame. (The End). This is the ninth and final article in the series.
EVERTON WITHOUT DEAN AND GEE.
May 4, 1932. Evening Express.
White and McClure to Deputise Tonight.
Everton will be without Dixie Dean and Charlie Gee for the important match with the F.A Cup holders, Newcastle United, at St. James's Park, Newcastle, tonight. Their places will be taken by White and McClure, who have already had plenty of service in the first team this season (writes the Pilot). Everton went North today, and will return tomorrow morning. The Blues will be out for their eight “double” of the season, for they already hold a 8-1 victory over the United. Everton; - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, McClure, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, White, Johnson, Stein.
NEWCASTLE UNITED 0 EVERTON 0
May 5, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Cup Winners Meet Champions.
Draw at St. James's Park.
There was a meeting of English Cup winners and the League Champions at Newcastle last night, and the result was a goalless draw. Newcastle desired to wipe out the memory of an 8-1 defeat at Goodison park and from an Everton point of view things did not start favourably, when they found Dean and Gee were unable to play, and thus two new centre figures to be drawn from the reserves. White and McClure were called upon to deputise. McPherson standing by as reserve. It was interesting football, and for three parts of the game there was a lot of really intelligent play and a good spirit prevailed, the desire on everyone's part being to live up to their traditions and to their troubles.
Unfortunately there was not a great deal of finality in the shooting area, so that the game never touched a brilliant point except in the midfield area, where there was much that was engaging to the 30,000 spectators. If anything Everton had the more opportune moments of scoring and they must take the blame for not winning the game through faulty forward work when the chance was easy. This was notably the case when late on, Everton were going through the Newcastle defence, and taking the benefit of the wind with their best work. Everton had three changes when the goalkeeper had left his goal. The first came from a long pass by Johnson to White, Critchley heading in, and Nelson saved his goalkeeper, following which Critchley missed an open goal, and from a poor goal kick by Burns, Dunn drove in a long shot that Burns sent away for a corner. White was near squeezing a goal, and that was all that could be said of Everton's chances. On the other hand, Newcastle, although faulty in the front line, were often fascinating and at least they made Sagar produce two very fine saves. Weaver, the half-back, being their best and strongest shot, and Lang after many lapses, striking the crossbar with a ball that glanced outside. Starling introduced an Alex James trick by pretence to stoke the ball with the sole of his foot. Nelson was strong and sure, and Davidson played as he did not play in the Anfield days, McMenemy blossoming forth with an occasional touch of genius. Everton played well enough to get near goal, yet Burns had not a great deal to do.
Cresswell Stands Out.
The outstanding character of the game was Cresswell, though McClure fitted in the half back line with doggedness and with pushfulness, while White was not well served owing to the ability of Critchley to touch his normal form. Cresswell had more of the play than any other man, on the field. His judgement was supreme. He headed away as confidently and wisely as he made his punts. Williams was hurt early on and Stein late on. Also Fairhurst but there was never a suggestion of temper about this game, and Thompson, who captained Everton in the absence of Dean, had the satisfaction of helping in a valuable point away from home. Johnson, more than Dunn commanded the attack and kept the line from wildness, and as a result Stein had a very busy first half, and had two good shots. Sagar did well with the occasional; stern shots delivered, notably by Richardson at point blank range. It was an enjoyable game, which ended with Everton on top note, but without their customary sip in front of goal. Teams : - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, McClure, and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, White, Johnson and Stein, forwards. Newcastle United: - Burns, goal; Nelson and Fairhurst, backs; McKenzie, Davidson and Weaver, half-backs; Boyd, Starling, Richardson, McMenemy and Lang forwards. Referee Mr. A. H. Adams, Nottingham.
EVERTON “A” 6 MARINE 1
May 5, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Liverpool County Combination.
At Goodison Park. Everton were easily the better side, and but for the clever goalkeeping of Drury their victory would have been more pronounced. In the home defence Jackson and Chedgzoy were outstanding. Wetherspoon, Dwyer, and Wynne did well for Marine. Scorers for Everton; Fryer (3), Leyfield, Chedgzoy and Jackson (penalty), Coinstantine netting for Marine. Everton now occupy the leading position in the league by one point. Whiston have one more match to play.
May 5th 1932. Evening Express.
League Champions and Cup Holders Goalless but Joyful.
By the Pilot.
League champions and cup winners have matched their strength. Honours are even. Everton's goalless draw at Newcastle, last night was a good result of one of the best matches I have seen this season. Everton were the better team after a remarkably even first half. They were right on top in the second half, and looked more like getting goals than did the United. The function in the Newcastle United boardroom after the match was memorable. Standing in the middle of the table was the F.A. Cup, Newcastle are justly proud of that trophy. The directors insisted that Everton should drink from the cup. Mr. W.C. Cuff, the Everton chairman, congratulated Newcastle for keeping the cup in the North. Mr. Graham, vice chairman of Newcastle United, described Everton as worthy champions. “You have the right blend of English, Scottish and Welsh players” he said “and no matter what anyone may say about barring certain players, the right blend will always succeed.
“This has been proved by an magnificent win. “People say, the cup is a great trophy, but to win the League you have to be good all the year around. “Next season we hope Everton will leave the championship to Newcastle United, but that Everton will win the Cup.” He prosped the health of Mr. Tom McIntosh, the Everton secretary, and Mr. McIntosh recalled his early days in the North-East, expressing the hope that Everton and the United would exchange trophies next season. All the Everton players drank from the cup, and to the clubs next merry meeting, which, by the way, will be in Germany.
By the way, Everton have completed their re-signings for the new season, and 18 players will go on tour to Germany which programme has been altered to include a match at Berlin instead of Franfurt. Newcastle United, as a matter of fact, will play at Frankfurt.
LET'S GIVE THEM A CHEER!
May 6, 1932. Evening Express.
Everton's Day of Celebration.
Dean Must Get Five Tomorrow.
By the Pilot.
I think Everton will wind up their season at Goodison Park tomorrow with a convincing victory over Portsmouth, but whether they do so or not they are Champions and tomorrow will be regarded as Celebration Day. When the final whistle of the season is sounded, Everton players, led by Dixie Dean, will go into the directors' box to receive from the hands of Mr. John McKenna, president of the Football League, the trophy they have so deservedly won by their consistent effort and brilliant football. For this incident alone, Goodison Park should be crowded. The players deserve all well of their supporters. Unfortunately, Gee who has played such a big part in Everton's triumph will not be present to join in the celebration. He is still in bed suffering from his knee injury. He might not be well enough to go on the German tour. After the match the Everton directors will entertain the players and their wives to dinner. On Monday Everton visit Blackpool to play the town team for the Blackpool Hospital' Cup. The outstanding points of interest in tomorrow's game is whether Dean can beat Bourton in the race for the individual goal-scoring title. The Coventry City man with 49 to his credit, is four ahead of Dean, but the Everton leader, Twice before this season has scored five times in a match. If he can repeat that feat tomorrow he may win added laurels. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, McClure, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Portsmouth: - Gilfillan; Mackie, Smith (w); Nichol, Allen, Thackeray; Worrall, Smith (j), Weddle, Easson, Cook.
DOUBLE EVERTON TRANSFER.
May 6, 1932. Evening Express.
Rigby and Martin Join Middlesbrough.
Arthur Rigby, Everton's international outside left, and George Martin, their Scottish inside forward, were today transferred to Middlesbrough. They were recently placed on the open-to-transfer list, and have been the subject of injuries from several clubs. Mr. Peter McWilliams, the Middlesbrough manager, began negotiations a few days ago, and there were completed today. Martin joined Everton from Hull City in season 1927-28. He played in several matches, during that season, when Everton won the Football League championship. Since coming to Goodison Park Martin had several spells with the first team and has scored many goals. He is a clever player, with a good shot in either foot and should suit Middlesbrough's Scottish side. He has made to appearances in the first team this season, at centre forward at Huddersfield and Birmingham. Martin is 5ft 8 and half inches and 11 st , and is a native of Bathgate.
Rigby came to Everton from Blackburn Rovers early in 1930, and played his first match for the blues, at inside left at Birmingham, the result being a goalless draw. He continued as a regular member of the first team, making 25 appearances in his first season, and scoring eight goals. Last season he held his place until injured, and then Stein came in the eleven. Rigby appearing with the Central League team. Last season Rigby scored four goals in 14 matches. This season he has played three matches with the senior side. While with Blackburn Rovers, Rigby was twice capped by England, against Scotland in 1927, and against Wales in 1928. He was selected as reserve for the Football league against the Irish League this season.
THE FINALE AT GOODISON PARK
May 7, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The closing down match at Goodison Park should prove a memorable occasion, and I have no doubt the usual large band of enthusiasts will turn out to witness the dropping of the curtain on as season of triumph for Everton. A victory today against Portsmouth would be a fitting wind up to the winning of the league championship, and the presentation of the league cup by Mr. John McKenna, the president of the league, will be an interesting ceremony. Everton should win this game, and the club in the event would claim 58 points for their seasons's work. The kick off is at 3.15, and the teams are:- Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, McClure, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Portsmouth: - Gilfillan; Mackie, Smith (w); Nichol, Allen, Thackeray; Worrall, Smith (j), Weddle, Easson, Cook.
EVERTON SIGN SCOTTISH FORWARD.
May 7, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
McGourty of Partick Thistle.
Everton have signed John McGourty, inside forward, from Partick Thistle. He stands 5ft 7 inches and weighs 11 st 4lbs, and is only nineteen years of age. Little more than eight months ago, McGourty was an unknown, who went to play a trial with Patrick Thistle. He became a regular member in the League team within a month or two of his arrival, and so well has he played that half a dozen English clubs have recently been watching him. Everton took a great fancy to him, when they saw him play against Motherwell. He makes up for his lack of inches by being sturdily built. Before joining Patrick Thistle he played a few amateur games with Edinburgh City last season.
Rigby and Martin for Middlesbrough.
Everton yesterday transferred Rigby and Martin, two forwards to Middlesbrough. Rigby formerly with Blackburn Rovers, is the possessor of two England international caps, having played against Scotland in 1927 and in the following season against Wales. Both players have filled several forward positions at Everton, Martin particularly being a clever utility man. He formerly played for Hull City.
May 7, 1932. Liverpool Football Echo.
Chas. E. Sutcliffe on a Wonderful Record.
Brave Everton! It has been a magnificent triumph, after being relegated to the Second Division, to go straight away and win the Second Division championship, and follow up this wonderful promotion season by going on to win the First Division championship at a time when the First and Second Divisions each consisted of twenty-twos, because players get little rest, and have to play up to concert pitch not only in one season but in two consecutive seasons. We all know the danger of bad patches and injuries, but to escape or overcome them season, after season is a wonderful record. In the glamour of out enthusiasm we too often forget the patient perseverance of unfortunate club that have to fight all the season to maintain their existence. It is easy to be a good sportsman, when your team is winning, but at the end of last season I had the happy privilege of giving a set of medals to a team that had gone through the season without being late or short handed, yet never won a match. There is the finest sportsmanship eleven youths who, playing for the love of the game.
A Tribute To Dean As Referee.
And I note that in one game played last week at Chorley, Dean, of Everton, acted as referee. I do not know whether he is a registered referee, for I cannot find his name in any list in my possession. I presume the invitation was given and the arrangement made well in advance of the game, so, that there is no excuse for a club being a party to introducing an unregistered referee. If Dean is registered and qualified let me congratulate him, for I should imagine few players could pass the tests and fewer still want the job.
EVERTON F.C. TOUR.
May 7 1932. Liverpool Football Echo.
Six Matches and Programme.
Gee not Going.
A Test of Team for Internationals. Everton F.C. start touring on Thursday. They are going to Germany to tackle the best sides in there international sides. Gee cannot go through injury. The full particulars of the tour, are given below through the courtesy of Messrs Cook and Sons, Lord Street, who have booked the tour.
Matches at Dresden May 14, Breslau May 16, Berlin May 21, Hanover May 22, Nuremberg May 26, Cologne May 29.
Thursday May 12.
Depart Liverpool (Lime-Street Station) 2.10 p.m., arrival London (Euston Station) 6.05 p.m., a special representative of the Cook and Son LTD, will meet on arrival and supervise transfer to Liverpool-Street Station. Dinner in London at Regions Restaurant, Euston road at 6.30p.m. depart London (Liverpool Street Station) 8.30 p.m. Depart Harwich (Parkeston Quay) 10 p.m.
Friday May 13.
Arrive Hook of Holland 5.30 a.m. Depart Hook of Holland 6.8 a.m. Breakfast and Luncheon in Restaurant Car. Arrive Hanover 1.57 p.m. Depart Hanover 3.35 (Dinner in Restaurant Car). Arrive Dresden 10.42 p.m. Hotel Contimental.
Saturday May 14 Dresden.
Sunday May 15.
Depart Dresden 1.22a.m. (Luchoeon in Restaurant Car). Arrival Breslau 3.31 .m. Hotel Jahreszeiten.
Monday, May 16 At Breslau.
Tuesday, May 17.
Depart Breslau 11.21 a.m. (Lucheon in Restaurant Car). Arrival Berlin (Friedrichstrasse Station) 4.34 p.m. Hotel Central. A special representative will supervise transfer on arrival and departure.
Wednesday May 18, to Saturday May 21 in Berlin.
Sunday may 22
Depart Berlin (Friedrichstrasse Station) 8.38 a.m. –arrive Hanover 12.34 p.m. Hotel Zum Konlgscher Hof.
Monday, May 23 –In Hanover.
Tuesday, May 24.
Depart Hanover 10.38a.m. (Lunchoen in Restaurant Car) arrive Wurxburg 4.48 p.m. Depart Wurzburg –5.50. Arrive Nuremberg 7.54 p.m. –Hotel Wutemberger Hof.
Wednesday, May 25, and Thursday May 26, in Nuremberg.
Friday, May 27
Depart Nuremberg 7.5.a.m (Luncheon in Resturant Car). Arrive Cologne 3.25 p.m. A special representative will supervise transfers on arrival and departure. Hotel Monopol Metropole.
Saturday, May 28 to Sunday May 29 in Cologne.
Monday, May 30.
Depart Cologne 5.48 a.m. (Dinner in Restaurant Car). Arrival Hook of Holland. 10.49 p.m. depart Hook of Holland 11.p.m.
Tuesday, May 31.
Arrival Harwich (Parkeston Quay) 6.15 a.m.-Depart Harwich (Parkeston Quay) 6.55 (Breakfast on Train) –arrive London (Liverpool Street Station) 8.38 a.m. A special representative of the Cook and LTD will meet on arrival and arrange transfer to Euston Station and see off for Liverpool. Depart London (Euston Station) 10.30 a.m. (Luncheon in Restaurant Car). Arrive Liverpool (Lime Street Station) 2.5.pm.
List of members –Mr. W.C. cuff (chairman), Mr. E. Green (Vice chairman), Mr. A. Coffey, Mr. W.C. Gibbins, Mr. Jack Sharp, and Dr Baxter.
Players, E. Sagar, W. Coggins, B. Williams, W. Cresswell, W. Bocking, A. Clark, J. Thomson, J. McClure, L. McPherson, E. Critchley, J. Dunn, W.R. Dean, T. Johnson, J. Stein, T. White, P.H. Griffiths, and R. Birtley. H. Cooke (Trainer), and Theo Kelly (Assistant-secretary).
WHAT GOODISON OWES TO HARRY COOKE.
May 7, 1932. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
This a tribute to Harry Cooke the Everton trainer, who has been one of the vital factors in Everton's championship success. It is Harry Cooke's fifth season as Everton trainer, and during that time the club has won the First Division twice; the second Division once, and reached the semi-final of the F.A. Cup. He is conscientious in his work, and nothing is too much trouble for him, he has made a special study of each player, so that he knows just what each man requires to attain and maintain fitness. All the players appreciate what Harry Cooke, who first played for Everton in 1906, has done for them. In praising Everton, let us not forget that hard worker. Everton have transferred Rigby and Martin to Middlesbrough, and some other player, who are not required for next term are likely to be fixed up shortly. In addition, it may soon be announced that some men have been secured.
POMPEY OUTSHIRE THE CHAMPIONS.
May 7, 1932. Evening Express.
Easson Gives Them Early Lead; Everton Disgruntled and Uncertain.
By the Pilot.
Everton champions of the Football league, wound up their programme at Goodison Park, where Portsmouth provided the opposition. The Blues had suffered only one defeat since visiting Blackpool on February 13. Their rivals today recently won at Liverpool. The weather was in keeping with celebration day, and a large crowd attended to witness the presentation of the championship cup by Mr. John McKenna, the president of the Football League. By the way, Tommy Bradshaw, the Liverpool captain states that he is delighted at Everton's performance, and congratulates the team on a fine achievement. “I am pleased too, that Liverpool were able to give Everton a helping hand.” Everton were out for their eight “double” of the season, and had Dean once again at centre forward, McClure continued as pivot in place of the injured Gee. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, McClure, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Portsmouth: - Gilfillan, goal; Mackie and Smith (w), backs; Nicholl, Allen and Thackeray, half-backs; Worrall, Smith (j) (captain), Weddle, Easson, Cook, forwards. Referee Mr. W. Thomas (Walsall). There was a crowd of 35,000 when the teams turned out. Everton were given a rousing reception. There was an amusing incident when an enthusiastic spectator, with a bouquet of Blue and White, ran on the field to congratulate Everton, and was almost struck with the ball.
Everton opened up in clever style against the sun. Interesting forward work almost brought Stein an opening before Clark delighted with his body swerve to get himself out of difficulties. Dean headed into Gilfillan's hands before Cook broke through and enabled Weddle to place just outside. Portsmouth called all hands on deck, and Worrall made a neat pass back for Jack smith to balloon well over the top. Clark's work was a delight, and Dean contributed some neat heading before turning back Johnson's long pass to Stein as he ran out of play. Stein centred for Dunn to head over. The Portsmouth combination was good, particularly in the creation of shooting chances, but then Pompey failed. Williams miskicked completely when Clark made a surprise back pass. Though cook had a clear field, he made poor use of his opportunity, playing the ball far across the field. Williams had difficulty in holding off Weddle following good work by Worrall, but Sagar was quick to come out and relieve.
Hot Dunn Shot.
Johnson centred from the touch line, and Dunn raced over to place a hot one by the post. Everton were nearly caught napping by the quickness of Thackeray and Smith (j). Thackeray flashed a ball to the middle and Smith hit it first time, to strike the net supports with Sagar much too late. Weddle adopted the body swerve to race between the backs, but Williams brought off a spectacular tackle. In 15 minutes, however, Portsmouth took the lead through Easson. Thackeray and Cook nonplussed Everton's right flank defence, and Cook ran to the line before centering accurately for Easson to head down into the net. It was a pretty goal, and subsequently Portsmouth proved themselves much quicker on the ball and deadly accurate with their passing. They were precise in the manner in which they exploited the back-pass to create an opening. Worrall placed just over the top before Sagar had to fist away from Cook. Everton jumped to their work, but held the ball to close, and despite an abundance of interposing no shooting chance presented itself. Critchley forced the first corner, and following this Stein headed straight into Gilfillan. Everton unsuccessfully adopted the back pass, and Weddle broke away to level a deceptive shot which Sagar pulled down in the style of a circketer. The referee ruled, however, that the ball had passed behind, and from the corner Smith placed wide. Johnson's cute transfer gave Critchley a splendid opening and the winger cut in to beat Gilfillan with a shot, only to find that Mackie had fallen back to kick away from the goal line.
Next Stein just failed to find Dean with a short pass, which I think, would have been a winner. Portsmouth were having the better of the game, and profited by the fact that many Everton passes ran to the Southerns. Apparently Everton had lost their understanding, and now Thomson and McClure stood still for moments on end, each waiting for the other to clear. Weddle took command. Everton were right off form and unable to cope with the quick-moving well-balanced Pompey. Sagar punched away from Worrall, and was back in time to see Smith's shot flash by the post. Johnson's cross-field pass was Everton's one winning move, and now it brought Dunn the chance to test Gilfillan without effect. Critchley tried himself to knots with ineffective footwork –then Johnson placed over. Weddle got away, and though the linesman was flagging for offside he was allowed to proceed. Worrall cut in to crash a brilliant shot against the post, the ball rebounding to safely. This was a remarkable let-off for Everton. Critchley had another chance from a diagonal pass, and though he drew Gilfillan, in turning quickly he ran the ball over the goal line. Johnson was dribbling through when Smith (w) fouled him on the edge of the penalty area. Johnson took the kick, but in trying to find Stein placed outside.
Johnson Tries A Shot.
Dean made the back-header to Johnson who let go with his left foot a mighty shot, which Gilfillan saved, in superb fashion. Johnson was the only player who could find his man. Sagar fisted away a Cook centre with one hand. A fine effort this. Smith (j) crashed one by the side netting. Whenever Everton got busy they found Portsmouth a fine defensive combination.
Dean was fouled and Dunn got through with a good chance, but the referee awarded a free kick. This was hard luck. Just on the interval Worrall cut in and placed inches wide of the post. half-time Everton 0, Portsmouth 1. Portsmouth had undoubtedly been the superior side in the first half. Everton had passed to Portsmouth as often as they did to their own men. They were disjoined and uncertain whereas Portsmouth was always happy in their tackling, intervention, and ball control. Johnson and Sagar had been the only Evertonians to enhance their reputations.
EVERTON RES. BEHIND
MAY 7, 1932. Evening Express.
Blackburn's Goal Against the Run of Play
Blackburn Rovers Reserves 1 Everton Reserves 0
Central League (Game 42)
Melville beat back Everton's first advance but after an attack on the Rovers left had broken down, the visitors took up the offensive again. Davies won a corner kick with a shot that cannoned off Cook and before the danger was cleared Archer shot against an angle of the framework with Gormlie hopelessly beaten. When Holdcroft was penalised for carrying, the Rovers failed with the free kick. For a time after this the ball was bobbing about in the Rovers' quarters and Gormlie had first to fist away a fine bouncing ball before safely gathering a long drive from the Everton right. The home goal had another close call when Worrall cut in and shot hard, the ball travelling out by the far post. Everton were the livier attacking force, and Gormlie was several times brought into action. The Rovers made several raids, and during one of these Kelly opened the scoring.
This success for the Rovers was decidedly against the run of the play and had they had their deserts Everton would have enjoyed the lead at the interval. As it was, however, the home side managed to keep their goal intact, though several times the defence were aided by good fortune. Half-time Blackburn Rovers Res 1, Everton Res 0. Full-time Blackburn Rovers Res 1 Everton Res 0.
Everton Reserves: - Holdcroft, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; Britton, McPherson (captain), and Archer, half-backs; P. Griffiths, Cunliffe, Davies, Worrall and Turner, forwards.
FOND FAREWELL TO FOOTBALL.
May 7 1932. Liverpool Football Echo.
Everton Receive Their Just Reward at Hands of President McKenna.
Portsmouth Finish up with a Win.
The venerable Football League President and F.A. member, Mr. John McKenna today presented Everton F.C. with the token of their stamina strength and football ability, -the English League Trophy. Everton had won the fourth First Division championship, after a period of Second Division fare for the first time, thus making city history. The day was propitious after the forecast and the morning had threatened a deluge, so that the final scene-bidding farewell to football for the noteworthy season of 1931-32 was picturesque and suited to the importance of the occasion. Tonight Everton gather at the dinner table; on Monday they play at Blackpool in the Hospital Cup and on Thursday they go to Germany. It has been historic and enjoyable season and Everton have richly earned their reward.
Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, McClure, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Portsmouth: - Gilfillan, goal; Mackie and Smith (w), backs; Nicholl, Allen and Thackeray, half-backs; Worrall, Smith (j) (captain), Weddle, Easson, Cook, forwards. Referee Mr. W. Thomas (Walsall).
Among those present in a crowd of 30,000 were Mr. John McKenna (President of the Football league), Mr. Charles E. Sutcliffe, Mr. Bob Blyth (Portsmouth chairman), secretaries J. Tinn, C. Hewitt, T. McIntosh, and Peter O'Rourke, the last named having been in converse with members of the League Management Committee in regard to the claims of Llanelly F.C. in connection with a Third Division Championship next season. Half an hour before the start of the game, Everton were confronted with a problem. Dixie Dean was unable to play, and White cried off. In the end Dean was pressed into service, and the battle of the Blues and Reds began. Of the team who won the championship in 1928, there remained Dean, Cresswell and Critchley in today's team. Jack Smith and Cresswell said “whae-hi” to each other, and Smith and Dean shook hand, after which Portsmouth having won the toss, Everton began with efforts directed to the Stanley Park end. It was a bright and breezy start, and a picturesque setting, which included on the left hand side the directors box, one man and six women gaily bedecked in Blue Hats and the fashion of the traditional Welsh hats. Ben Williams and Clark opened with some brilliant touches, but Cook persisted in his attention and centred so well that Weddell threatened to drift the ball into goal. Portsmouth were enlivening and captivating even though Jack Smith scored a Rugby Goal. Critchley was more confident than a week ago, so were the whole of the Everton side. , They knew what was necessary in meeting Portsmouth. Clark rivaling Weaver in the extent of his throws was prominent, but Thackeray soon look a gripping hand of Critchley.
Prior to that, McClure had been as well as dogged. One header from Dean and the whole ground gave tribute to the astonishing power and direction of his cranium. Dean followed this with enterprise in following up half a chance, not only turning the ball into play for Stein, but running out of play to complete evidence that the move could not be offside. Clark tapped the ball daintily, and brought Williams to his aid, but the full back, like Tishy crossed his legs, and Cook ought to have done something better than centre far and across the field. Easson after shooting over got a firm bump from McClure and Sagar picked up twice –which reminds me that his best “pick-up” will be tomorrow, when he is being married to Miss Lloyd at Walton. Jimmy Dun wheeled round Allen in engaging manner, and shot from inside left position with gusto. Portsmouth had not been flash, but a lot of their work bore a hallmark, notably so when Jack Smith with all his power and venom. The ball struck the goal support, but there was no doubt about the escape that had come to the Everton goalkeeper and team.
It is no surprise therefore, although it was a disappointment to find Portsmouth scoring in twenty minutes. A neat goal, taken with rare business acumen and simplicity. Cook centred, and Esson headed a goal well out of the way of Sagar. Everton were a shade dumbstruck by this well-made blow, and when they attacked they had nothing like the power in front of goal that Portsmouth executed. Everton did the wrong things at the right time, but Stein was quite near with a header. Passing back short was a fault of the home half-backs, and when Thomson did that Cresswell could only block the ball against Weddle's legs. Weddle went along the touch-line to make a memorable run, and, outpacing Cresswell, he made a good shot which Sagar saved on the half-turn, the referee adjudging that Sagar in his save had pulled the ball over the bye-line. A replica of the Cup Final incident was thus created. The referee said the ball had gone over the line, and the spectators said the goalkeeper saved and cleared inside the field of play. Everton looked like scoring when Critchley shot to a goal that had Gilfillan's notice. “To left” until Nichol tenanted the vacant spot and kicked away. After this Everton was chiefly noticeable by reason of their careless passes many misunderstanding and indifferent play. Portsmouth were much the superior side in craft, speed, and talent, and the championship side was in anything but championship mood, although Sagar had to make two lively jumps and also take a bump to prevent a second goal arising. The visitors had reached understanding, and were not slaves to one type of forward tricks. Portsmouth earned another goal, but Worrall did not get his reward, because he stuck the woodwork a smashing blow.
A Gilfillan Save.
Everton only woke up when Dunn, Dean, and Johnson played some old-fashioned combination stuff. Johnson winding up the trinity of moves with a very fast shot, which became the medium of a great save by Gilfillan. Everton's disappointment threatened to turn to gladness when Dunn shot far out and the ball struck Allen's head and went out for a corner, but corners count as nothing to Everton's sweet life today, and if Worrall had not had the bad luck to find the ball run awkwardly for him, Portsmouth must have been two up. As it was Sagar after a masterly one-hand thump was content to see Worrall shoot wide. Half-time Everton 0, Portsmouth 1.
Second Half Scene.
In the second half, Thackeray was off for a time, and Dunn could not get his shot into goal with the sole of his boot. Weddle made a half-field run after a loose ball that ran along the touchline, and Worrall went in the net a moment after Sagar had saved with his trusty hand, although badly angled. Weddle turned a ball towards goal, which Thomson deflected around the post –a lucky escape after which unfortunately there was a scene. Dean shot very hard, and Gilfillan saved on or about the line. Everton claimed that the ball was over the line, and the referee was surrounded and had to blow his whistle to stop play. There was a dispute and a debate unworthy of either side at which point Allen and Dean got at loggerheads, and when the free kick was taken the ball struck Dean who was not according to law ten yards distant. The referee calmed the players feelings, but did not prevent Everton showing signs of spirit and revival. Dean, Critchley, and Stein shooting near. Dean had the best chance of scoring but did not get the ball as desired, and Gilfillan made a save. Weddle after being hurt in collision with Sagar had a battle with Williams and the referee stopped the game to tell the players what would happen if there was any more nonsense. Dean had the greatest chance of the match, yet was uncomfortable and unsettled, and from four yards he did no more than turn the ball to Gilfillan without strength or purpose an extra ordinary miss for one so deadly. It was Everton's most disappointing display of the season, but Sagar came out of it with increased laurels. It is no exaggeration to say that Sagar made half a dozen saves which prevented Everton's last game being a wholesale defeat. The Portsmouth players shook hands with the Everton side as they passed off the field. The crowd stayed on in the stands and in the paddock to see the presentation by M. McKenna. Final Everton 0, Portsmouth 1.
No Sooner Said Than Done.
“Going Up? Going, Down” –A Hearty Promise.
Everton F. C. history is full of promise, personality and –annual general meeting troubles. When the darkest day arrived and Everton in spite of winning at home against Sunderland, found the other bottom dogs winning, had to go to Division 2 for the first time in their history, people looked against at the prospect. The pessimists recalled how long Sheffield Wednesday Spurs, Manchester City, and others had been in the wilderness. It is interesting at this time of day when Everton had won the second and First Division championships in successive seasons, to recall the words of Mr. W. C. cuff, the Everton chairman to the Football Echo representative the moment Everton had descended in the football lift –“We fought a good fight. The Fates were against us, but we have to accept the position in good heart and if the players bring in the same spirit as they have done in recent matches we will soon lift ourselves out of Division 2. The same “spirit” has carried Everton to the top of the football tree.
Huddersfield “Join In.”
Huddersfield's manager Mr. Clem Stepheson, writes: - Please add our congratulations to Everton in your page of congratulations. The performance of taking the Second Division than First Division is a truly great performance, and has been obtained by the best kind of football.
EVERTON 0 PORTSMOUTH 1 (Game 3136 over-all)-(Div 1 3094)
May 9, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Poor Finish For Everton.
Portsmouth Score The Only Goal.
The president of the Football League, Mr. John McKenna, presented Everton F.C. with the League trophy at the conclusion of the Portsmouth match at Goodison Park, at Goodison on Saturday. The form the champions showed when being beaten 1-0 by Portsmouth was not in keeping with the high honour they were about to receive. Were one unaware of the identity of the teams playing, Portsmouth would have taken the eye as champions, while Everton could be classed as only moderate. Everton are better mudlarks than players on an end of season pitch. They never showed the same confidence as the opposite, and but a for great display of goalkeeping on the part of Sagar, coupled with a little luck when the Portsmouth shooting was accurate enough to hit the goal framework they would have been beaten soundly. While the game ran on ordinary lines it was delightful to watch. Everton were having the worst of the argument, it is true, but Portsmouth were playing fine football, and for the last game of the season it was more than usually entertaining. Esson headed a goal for the visiting side in the first half. That served to produce one of the best halves at Goodison this season. There was no indication of the second half being as bad as it turned out to be.
Dean three times, late in the game, had the ball at his feet or five yards from goal. Gilfallan saved all three shooting efforts. The first he smothered on the floor, and it was the decision of the referee who decided the ball was not over the line that upset certain of the Everton players and caused the game to break out in a rather disgraceful show of temper/. Everton then began to rally, but while they often looked likely to score, they were unable to force the shooting opportunities as Portsmouth did. If Portsmouth approach the same form next season, Everton must beware. The half-backs Thackeray, Allen and Nichol are big and capable; defensively there is no flaw, and in attack Smith (j), has a roving commission, while the wingers, Cook and Worrall, do just what is required of them –no more. Cook's centring on Saturday was an exhibition of how to play the winging game. Weddle and Easson, off the chances they get should score oftener. Cresswell and Johnson were Everton's best. Dunn work hard, and Critchley and Stein both tried desperately hard against defenders who were not beaten by ordinary methods. Sagar and Gilfillan each played splendidly. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, McClure, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Portsmouth: - Gilfillan, goal; Mackie and Smith (w), backs; Nicholl, Allen and Thackeray, half-backs; Worrall, Smith (j), Weddle, Easson, Cook, forwards. Referee Mr. W. Thomas (Walsall).
SCIENCE WON LEAGUE FOR EVERTON.
May 9, 1932. Evening Express.
Tribute at Jubilation Dinner.
By the Pilot.
“Everton have proved beyond all doubt that their policy of playing scientific football only has been justified. “ Mr. W. C. Cuff, the chairman of Everton, made the remark at the celebration dinner on Saturday night following the presentation of the First Division Cup to Dixie Dean by Mr. John McKenna at Goodison Park. I agree with Mr. Cuff. Everton's splendid performance in winning the Second Division and First Division championships in successive seasons is concrete proof that the grade of football only will bring success. It was a happy dinner-party. The tension of a championship struggle had been broken, and the officials, players and wives made merry. Mr. Cuff and Mr. John McKenna paid high tribute to the efforts of the players . Mr. Cuff said that the directors had sufficient faith in the ability of their players to allow practically the same men who lost the First Division status to regain it. “What was the result? Everton have had a record season and attracted record gates. We are going on with this good work. The directors intend to get players who will provide the football that will interest the public of Liverpool.”
Dixie Dean who is naturally elated at winning the championship in his first full season as captain, paid a tribute to the fine club spirit between the players and officials, and thanked everyone for their co-operation. The revellers did not forget to congratulate Secretary Mr. Tom McIntosh on his recovery from illness, and expressed a wish that Directors Mr. Clarry Hayes, who is indisposed, may speedily be returned to health. The dinner was undoubtedly brighter than Everton's football had been in the afternoon against Portsmouth. Well, when Dean accepted the cup from Mr. McKenna he said, “After today's display I feel ashamed to take the cup.” This evening the Blues play Blackpool at Bloomfield-road in the Hospitals Charity Cup, and on Thursday set sail for Germany. Team; - Coggins; Bocking, Lowe; Clark, McPherson, McClure, Critchley, Dunn, White, Johnson, Stein.
BLACKPOOL 2 EVERTON 2
May 10, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Draw at Blackpool.
Cup Retained on Spin of a Coin.
Everton, with seven changes from Saturday's team, visited Blackpool, last night, to play in the annual contest for the Victoria Hospital Challenge Cup, and the fact that the League champions were meeting a team which only escaped relegation by the odd pointed invested the match with additional interest. The result was a draw of 2-2. The attendance was about 8,000. It was a delightful exhibition especially in the first half when each side scored two goals. There was no score in the second half, and instead of playing extra time, the respective captains “tossed up” and Everton retained the cup, which they hold for two years, and received the medals presented by the Mayor of Blackpool. The teams were afterwards entertained. In 13 minutes McClelland scored for Blackpool, who launched sever more sharp attacks, and in one of them Lowe handled in the penalty area, but O'Donnell missed from the penalty kick . Griffiths who led Everton equalized. Ten minutes later Critcley sent the ball across to Turner who gave Everton the lead. Almost immediately, however, Hampson equalised. For Everton, Common, Lowe, and McClure defended finely. Critchley was a lively raider and Johnson did excellent work on the other wing. The Everton halves were very good. Everton: - Coggins, goal; Bocking, and Lowe backs; Clark, McPherson (captain), and McClure, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, White, Johnson, and Stein, forwards.
“HEADS” Said Blackpool –
May 10 1932. Evening Express.
And Everton Won Another Cup.
By the Pilot.
“Heads! “Its tails –you lose!”
And so Everton won the second trophy within two days. It happened this way. At Bloomfield-road, Blackpool, last evening Everton, with seven Central league men in the team, played a draw with the Blackpool first team in the Victoria Hospital Cup competition. The score stood 2-2 when the 90 minutes were completed, and the players indicated to the referee that they had sufficient football. The referee was undecided and glanced towards his linesmen for guidance. Then a Blackpool official ran on the field and beckoned the official and the players to the main grand stand. There the two captains –McPherson and Jack O'Donnell –stood in front of the Mayor of Blackpool and tossed for the Cup. McPherson spun the coin and O'Donnell guessed wrongly, so the Blues returned to Liverpool with a handsome trophy, and eleven solid gold medals.
It was a just result, for Everton had played the cleverly football in an enjoyable game, but so remarkable was this game that at one time I though a pair of torn pants would settle the issue. Near the end of the game Lowe, the Everton back, tore his knickers, and ran to the touchline to secure a new pair. At the moment Blackpool developed an attack on Everton's left flank and, with Lowe out of thee way McClelland was able to go through unchallenged and let a drive a beautiful daisy-cutter. It was a surprise shot, but Coggins managed to dash across and turn it rounds the post. It was as near as anything to a goal and had a score materialized the knickers would undoubtedly have been to blame. McClelland and Hampson scored for Blackpool, and Griffiths and Turner for Everton –all in the first half. After the game the teams were entertained to dinner, at which tributes were paid to Everton's splendid championship victory and Blackpool's gallant and successfully fight to avoid relegation.
BOURTON WINS THE GOALS RACE.
May 10, 1932. Evening express.
Everton Skipper The Runner-Up.
By the Pilot.
Borton (Coventry City) 49
Dean (Everton) 45
Hall (Lincoln City) 44
This is the order in which the race for the individual goal-scoring championship of the Football League has ended. Bourton was transferred from Blackburn Rovers for £1,000, and has undoubtedly earned the fee that was paid for him. Dean has given him a close race, however, and but for certain team lapses, the Everton captain might have gained the honours. It has been a remarkable season for the number of “own goals” scorers, for no fewer than 85 have been scored through players inadvertently placing past their own goalkeeper. Tranmere Rovers had six goals scored for them by opponents, Barrow 5, the Arsenal 4, and Bolton Wanderers and Bury 3 each. Here is the final list of the leading goal-scores in the four divisions of the League.
Dean (Everton ) 45 Jack (Arsenal) 22
Mangnall (Huddersfield) 42 Weddle (Portsmouth) 22
Dunne (Sheffield United) 33 Rimmer (Sheff Wed) 22
Waring (Aston Villa) 28 Thompson (Blackburn) 22
Richardson (West Brom) 27 Hampson (Blackpool) 21
Hodgson (Liverpool) 26 Eassen (Portsmouth) 21
Bradford (Birmingham) 26 Gidden (West Brom) 21
Bowers (Derby) 25 Duncan (Derby) 20
Halliday (Man City) 25 Robbins (West Brom) 20
Gallacher (Chelsea) 24 Milsom (Bolton) 19
Houghton (Aston Villa) 23 Camsell (Middlesbrough) 19
Hine (Leicester ) 23 Bruton (Blackburn) 19
Hall (Sheff Wed) 23 White (Everton) 18
Watson (West Ham) 23 Gunson (Liverpool) 18
Johnson (Everton) 22 Boyd (Newcastle) 17
Lambert (Arsenal) 22 Dyson (Grimsby) 16
Pearce (Swansea) 35 Leslie (Plymouth) 20
Hartill (Wolves) 31 Mawson (Stoke) 20
Keetley (Notts County) 28 Bottrill (Wolves) 20
Harper (Preston) 26 Yardley (Charlton) 19
Hunt (Tottenham) 25 Spence (Man United 19
Wallbanks (Barnsley) 24 Dent (Notts Forest) 18
Keetley (Leeds) 23 Phillips (Wolves) 18
Dickinson (Notts Forest) 22 Reid (Man United) 17
Hallows (Bradford C) 21 Vidler (Plymouth) 17
Bowden (Plymouth) 21 Smith (Millwall) 16
Arnold (Southampton) 21 O'Callaghan (Tottenham) 16
Abel ((Chesterfield) 20
Division Three (Northern Section)
Hall (Lincoln) 44 Riley (Lincoln) 20
Jennings (Chester) 23 Dixon (Tranmere) 19
Hamford (Wrexham) 29 Williamson (Southport) 19
Milar (Barrow) 28 Keetley (Lincoln) 19
Baines (York) 26 Lumley (Hartlepool) 19
Swindells (Crewe) 22 Williams (Crewe) 17
McNaughton (Gateshead) 22 Watson (Carlise) 17
Deacon (Crewe) 21 Wellock (Darlington) 17
Crawford (Halifax) 21 Meek (Gatehead) 17
Stevens (New Brighton) 20 Beel (Burnley) 16
Suggest (Barrow) 20 Urmson (Tranmere) 16
McConnell (Carlise) 20
Division Three (Southern Section)
Bourton (Coventry) 49 Fletcher (Clapton O) 20
Newton (Fulham) 42 Ritchie (Reading) 20
Johnson (Mansfield) 31 Clark (Crystal P) 19
Hammond (Fulham) 30 Cook (Bristol R) 18
Morris (Swindon) 29 Keating (Cardiff) 18
Attwood (Brighton) 28 Lauderdale (Coventry) 18
McCambridge (Cardiff) 25 Fyre (Bournemouth) 17
James (Watford 25 Houghton (Exeter) 17
Simpson (Crystal P) 24 Goddard (Queen Park) 17
Tait (Luton ) 24 Barnett (Watford) 17
Lane (Brentford) 23 Varco (Exeter) 16
Palehorpe (Reading) 22 Rennie (Luton) 16
Tricker (Clapton O) 20 Blackmore (Norwich) 16
IT HAS BEEN A GOOD YEAR FOR EVERTON
May 11 1932. Evening Express.
Profits May Be Club Record.
German Tour Starts Tomorrow.
By the Pilot.
Mr. T. H. McIntosh, the Everton F. C. secretary, informed me today that the profit revealed in the club's balance sheet, which was presented to the directors last evening, is “very favourable.” That, from a cautious official like Mr. McIntosh, suggests to me a really good year. Gates have been wonderful, and I think it may be taken for granted that the gate receipts will show an advance even on the previous season. In fact, I expect the profit will be one of the largest in the history of the club. The directors considered the figures at their weekly meeting, but the financial results of Everton's championship season will not to be available for the public until shortly before the annual meeting which, this year, owing to the German tour, has been delayed early June.
Off To Germany Tomorrow.
Tomorrow at 2.0 p.m., the Everton officials and players will leave Lime-Street Station on route for Germany, where six matches will be played against teams representing the German Football Association. They will have travelling companions in the Chelsea players, who are also going to Germany tomorrow and will travel with Everton from Liverpool-Street and via the Hook of Holland route to the continent. Everton's tour will last until the end of May. The following will be in the party: - Directors; Messrs W.C. Cuff (chairman), E. Green (Vice chairman), A. Coffey, J. Sharp, and W. Gibbins, and Dr. C. S. Baxter, and Mr. T. Kelly (secrtary). Players; E. Sagar, W. Coggins, B. Williams, W. Bocking, W. Cresswell, A. Clark, J. Thomson, J. McClure, L. McPherson, E. Critchley, P. Griffiths, J. Dunn, W. R. Dean, T. White, T. Johnson, J. McGourty, J. Stein and H. Cooke, (Trainer). It will be noticed that McGourty, Everton's latest capture from Patrick Thistle is included among the players to travel. Charlie Gee and Birtley were original included among the players selected for the tour, but both are under the specialist for leg injuries which caused them to “cry off.” It is hard luck on these boys, and Gee in particular will be missed in these vital games in which British prestige will be at stake. The matches to be played on the tour are: - Dresden, May 14, Breslau May 16, Berlin, May 21, Hanover, May 22, Nurmberg, May 26, Cologne, May 29.
It will not be all football. Four days will be spent in Berlin and two each in Nuremberg and Colgne. The party are expected to arrive in Liverpool on their return in the afternoon of May 31. Messages of congratulation on the club's fine championship victory continue to pour into the Everton offices from all parts of the world. The messages are headed by one from Lord Derby, and others have been received from South Africa, Germany, France and Holland. The directors wish to thank all those who have telegraphed or written congratulatory messages.
EVERTON THRILL THE GERMANY FANS.
May 16, 1932. Evening Express.
Tour Opened With A Win.
Dean and Sagar the Heroes.
The most popular football team in Germany today is –Everton! In the first match of their tour at Dresden, the Football League champions beat Germany by 3-2. And Germany was not annoyed about it. Instead, the critics are acclaiming Everton as a great team. “If Everton keep up this form, they will add considerably to the prestige of British football on the Continent,” declared one Germany football expert. “Everton gave a splendid exhibition of the best type of football.” Dixie Dean has become the idol of the German fans, and no wonder, for he and Ted Sagar were the heroes of the match. Dean played with all his brilliant dash and held his forward line together with consummate skill. His headwork was simply marvellous. Sagar gave a fearless exhibition in goal, and thrilled the 40,000 spectators. Everton were a goal down after 11 minutes' play, Helmech scoring for Germany. Dean replied for the English champions and put them ahead before the interval. In the second half Johnson increased Everton's lead, but just before the end Kobierski scored for Germany. The Germanys are well educated in artistic football, but they freely admitted that Everton's display was one of the best ever seen in the country. The Germans were purposeful in their football, and adopted the long passing game with success. The outstanding man in the German side was Harringer, the right back, who was fully equal to the task of holding up the Everton left wing.
GERMANY 2 EVERTON 3
May 16, 1932. Liverpool Echo
Everton F. C were just a bit perturbed about their first game in Germany. For this reason: the present Dresden trainer and coach, Jim Hogan, had written to Mr. Tom McIntosh telling him that the first game arranged against Everton would be the stiffest of all. He said, “they are an international eleven, and the selected team is the very best we can put out.” Hogan knows English football strengths, having played here for years. So Mr. McIntosh was very delighted when he got a wire stating that the champions had won 3-2. Forty thousand cheering spectators saw Everton F.C, the English First Division champions defeat a Germany national X1, at Dresden by three goals to two. The match started in summer weather, and the Germany fans saw a display of football such as rarely before been seen in Germany. The Germans rather unexpectedly held their own for a considerable period, although the weakness of two members of their team was a severe handicap. Dean proved a thorn in the side of the Germany defence, and he gave the spectators a taste of his skill. Both Everton's goals in the first half, which gave them a 2-1 lead at the interval, came from him. Sagar in the Everton goal, was as brilliant as his vis-à-vis was poor, and Helmehen was the only player to succeed in passing him in the first half. The Germany forwards made frantic efforts to level to scores. Everton, however, were the first to score in the second half, through Johnson, and it was not until the end that Kobierski scored the second half. Harringer the Germany right back, played a brilliant game and constantly held up the Everton left wing. Press Association Foreign special. The Hive Monday.
Our special Correspondent with the Everton teams writes:- Well! Here we are at last, after a never-ending, never uninteresting day. The trip from Harwick to the Hook overnight was too smooth to upset anyone, and the 400 miles round journey was split by a very welcome two hours break at Hanover, where Dr. Otto Nerz, the Germany F.A. representative, who is escorting us on the tour, claimed the party, Bill Dean was unfortunate when he tried to find the winner of the 2.30 by questioning a local newsboy. His Germany needed some brushing up. The rate exchange now became of paramount interest to the boys. The usual Photographer, was at Hanover seeing us off. At Leipzig we met two of our opponents of tomorrow, and right lads they look. They were Schutz and Gramlich, the right back and right half, from the Frankfort main district. Their team will be the strongest German international side possible, and is well fancied here. According to the programme, the side will contain only one local man, and that will be the inside left, the famous Hoffman. Jimmy Hogan, the ex-Burnley and Bolton Wanderers, brought his family to Dresden Station to greet us. He is the trainer of the Dresden club. Since I saw him last, he has not altered a scrap, and is looking extremely fit. The Hotel (Belle Vue) is well situated on the bank on the river Elbe. At the time of writing there is only Ted Critchley doubtful for the game. He has a slight cold. Dr. Baxter has soon been employed.
Everton Team: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; McClure, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Griffiths, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards.
EVERTON'S GALLANT RALLY.
May 17, 1932. Evening Express.
Force A Draw After Beening 3-1b Down.
Second Game Of Tour In Germany.
Everton are determined to maintain an unbeaten certificate in Germany. They have now completed two of the six games of the present tour, winning the first and drawing the second 3-3. They had top fight hard to avert defeat in the second game with Germany at Breslau last night. Everton displayed the real British fighting spirit following a disputed decision on the part of the referee, which had placed them in what appeared to be a hopeless position. Rutz gave Germany the lead, but Griffiths secured a clever equaliser. However, before the interval Rasselsberg restored Germany's lead. The majority of the 35,000 spectators agreed with Everton's protest when Rutz again placed the ball into the Everton net. The referee allowed the goal to stand, and then the German saw the real Everton –the championship Everton.
Playing brilliant football in all departments, the champions swung the ball about accurately and dominated the play. Dunn reduced the lead with a good goal and Griffiths equalised just before the end in a rousing finish. Everton's clever team-work and ball control once again made a good impression on the Germans. Everton are expecting delightful weather on their tour, and are exceedingly popular whenever they go. They reached Berlin today, and will remain in the City until Sunday. Their next game will be against Germany in Berlin on Saturday. Everton were strong at half-back, and the forwards were fast and precise in their movements. Dean was the outstanding player on the field, leading the line especially and displaying fine football skill. The Blues were the superior team, and had it not been for a great display of goalkeeping on the part of Kress, who made some spectular clearances off Dean, might have won.
GERMANY 3 EVERTON 3
May 18, 1932. Liverpool Echo.
International football and foreign tours will never be successful until someone invents an Esperanto of football terms, so that an English team playing in Germany can understand official verdicts and foreign teams in this country can do likewise. The truth is that the foreign football foe, has never yet learned to read the football rules properly. They object to any charge on a goalkeeper, and it has been pointed out over and over again, Spanish Swiss teams and others that charging is an essential and interesting part of the game. But the moment an English side puts foot in another land, that cry is “they are brutal!” I am to blame, I should never have told the Germany “ambassador” at Aston Villa's ground that Everton's tour of Switzerland was off, and that he should get in touch with Everton right away, for a tour of Germany. Mr. Nerz met Mr. Cuff the next week, and thus the tour of Germany came into the history book. Now listen to the complaints made by a Berlin correspondent of the Daily Express, Bee's (Echo).
Germany newspapers commenting on the fact that the British footballers who played, matches in Germany during Whitsuntide did not beat the local teams, insist that this should dispel once and for all the bogey of British supremacy. The Ache Uhr Abendblatt says: - The Englishmen just fulfilled their contract by players and then caused the sparse Germany money. They behaved in a way English sportsmen really should not behave. The newspapers declare in common with others, that the Englishmen in Breslau had a difference with the Germany referee and threatened to leave the field. Mr. W. C. Cuff of the Everton team said, when I told him of these protests there had been a misunderstanding owing partly to the language difficulty, and to an apparent difference in the interpretation of the rules. “British players are accustomed to shouldering their opponents when skirmishing for the ball,” said Cuff, “In Germany, apparently this is against the rules. The referee penalized our men for charging our men for charging, but did not make the reason clear to them so that a certain feeling of resentment sprang up. “There was no question of Everton leaving the field, I do not wanted to complain, but the Germany penalty granted for an alleged case of handling in Breslau was a flagrant example of the difference between the British and the Germany interpretation of the rules. A Germany playing from a distance of about a yard kicked the ball straight at one of our men. It struck his hand accidentally. The referee awarded a free kick to the Germany side, which was converted into a goal, although in England only cases of deliberate handling are penalized. When I traveled with Everton to Switzerland, I gave readers of this column an idea of the foreign's rule-point. Dean was “birdied” for illegitimate charges on the goalkeeper, “when he was in possession of the ball, the rules says that such charges are collect and proper. The crowd at Berne, Basle and elsewhere would not tolerate such charging, and their form of protest –whistling –was kept up during the games, Mr. Cuff then tried to sow seeds in the foreign land; his speeches were continually harking upon the wrong reading of the charging act. Apparently however, there is no charge abroad, they still give the goalkeeper the freedom of the field. This is a pity, because we know that a goalkeeper is already surrounded by kind rules that keep him in a safe place. Goalkeeping is extremely good in modern times –but as the laws of the game stands today Germany and all other countries must read and judge them by the international standard, and that standard allows charging. The worst thing that could happen to British prestige was that there should be an outcry against a penalty-kick, the football in England is tarred with the objectionable feature, which has grown lately to a point beyond one's even temper. The referee has no right to tolerate any interference, and I am sorry that Everton should have debated such a point, whether the law was on their side or not. The suggestion that the team would leave the field is of course, mere piffle; to have done so would have meant the whole team, its management, players, etc, coming before the football Association, with severe penalties attaching to such conduct. But there was never a though of the team removing themselves.
Mr. Harry Webb, of Anfield says: - Through your valuable notes I am pleased to say that you are the means of putting me in touch with a very old friend in Mr. Jimmy Hogan, Dresden F.C, who you no doubt will be pleased to hear, has connections in the City. He having a post there immediately after the war, with a larger firm of Tobacco manufactures. I'll bet he was glad to see the Everton team out there, great sportsman Jimmy and one of the best. I am sending him a copy of your notes referring to him, which he will appreciate.
FOOTBALL IN WEATHER HOT ENOUGH FOR SUNBATHING.
May 18, 1932. Evening Express.
Everton's Big Disadvantage in Germany.
Every Game an International.
Charging Rule Upset Champions
By the Pilot.
Football in sunshine strong enough for sunbathing. That is one of Everton's trials on their Germany tour. As one member of the party writes to me, “This is not just a holiday jaunt; it is hard work.” He also points out that Everton's matches are billed as “England v. Deutschland” which infers that the Germanys consider the Everton team to be the pick of England and consequently expect super-football. My correspondent writes: -
“In the first place, the hard ground and the heat at Dresden where we won 302 were against Everton, but still our boys, managed to give a good display against a clever German side. “We have travelled throughout the Friday, and did not reach Dresden until 11 o'clock at night. The following morning the players were taken for a tour around the town, and they viewed the ground. “Ted Critchley was unable to play owing to a cold, and Phil Griffiths took his place. “The game was good and though we won we had little to spare. “The Germans were remarkably quick on the ball and developed their attacks with astonishing speed. They were used to the heat, and quickly realised their advantage. “People had been sun-bathing all day, and then Everton had to play football. You will realise what a handicap this was to a team, which had just completed a strenuous season in English football.
Everton's Superior Tactics.
“When Everton did strike their form, however, there was no disputing their superiority, though the Germans were extremely elusive and adopted first-time methods accurately. “Their heading, too, was exceedingly good, but Everton held the whip-hand with superior tactics and knowledge of each others' motives. “The Germans were delighted with Everton's display and spoke of us as one of the best teams ever seen in the country. Dean, Johnson and Sagar were fine, but all the boys did well and had every reason to be proud of their debut in Germany. “None of the party is being troubled with the German language off the field of play, but on it we are not so happy. The German referees are not lucid in their rulings and this has led to misunderstandings especially in the second match at Breslau. “Out here charging is not permitted, and of course, the Everton players are charging. They have been wrongly penalised for it, and the explanations which have followed have done anything, but clear the air. “However, I think the champions have pleased the Germans, and if we maintain our form we have a good chance of escaping defeat during the tour. “We are enjoying trip, and becoming the heroes of the sportsmen wherever we go.”
Chelsea and Everton so far, have rather disappointed the German critics, who evidently expected an exhibition of football skill such as has ever never been seen in Germany. That the British players have not done this, and have found their German opponents redoubtable enough to extend them has caused some surprise and disappointment among German football “fans.”
The Acht Uhr Abendblatt says: -
The Englishmen just fulfilled their contract by playing and then cashed the sparse German money. They behaved in a way English sportsmen really should not behave.” The newspapers declare, on common with others, that the Englishmen in Breslau had a difference with the German referee and threatened to leave the field. This has been denied by an official of the Everton club. He said it was all a misunderstanding due to the referee not making it clear that players must not use their shoulders even in skirmishing for the ball. Two referees in matches played by the English team, have been open to criticism.
EVERTON PLAYER GOES TO SEALAND-ROAD.
May 19, 1932. Evening Express.
Richard Parker to Chester.
Richard Parker left back from Everton has signed for Chester. Parker is one of the most promising young defenders in the Merseyside area. He came to Everton two seasons ago from Adlington together with Cunliffe, the inside forward, and though he has figured mostly in the “A” team he has had one or two outings with the Central league eleven. Born at Blackrod, Parker is 23 years of age 5ft 8 and half inches and 11 st 9lb. He kick well with both feet and is keen student of positional play.
EVERTON ON TOUR.
May 19, 1932. Liverpool Echo.
Our special travelling correspondent with Everton F.C. writes Dresden, May 14. The first of the battles is now a thing of the past (and a good job too!). In the morning, a few of the players and directors went to the ground, and were pleased with their inspection. There was some “Bone” in the ground, but plenty of grass to hold the ball. The Germany X! Are staying at an hotel near us, and a heavy lot they look. There must have been about 45,000 at the game. Helmchen scored first for Germany, but Dean soon headed an equaliser from Griffiths centre. Johnson, who was working very hard, deserved his goal which was a good one. This came about five minutes before the interval and put us in good spirits. They seemed well beaten, but in the second half, after Johnson had scored a third from a free kick, the Germans fought hard and after Loberski scored their second goal they were definitely on top. The boys hung out very well to the end of a gruelling match. The heat being excessive. Germany had good backs, and Leinberger the centre half, would not disgrace any English club. Their outside-left, Kobierski, also was a champion and gave an excellent show. To show how keenly the Germans take Soccer Leinberger is a south German, who has just completed his studies at Berlin high school, as a football club trainer! Critchley is a lot better tonight and will be fit to travel tomorrow, but he will be remaining at the Hotel while the rest of the party to Swiss Saxony with the Germany team and officials for a slight seeing and quick trip. The second match of the tour has been played and drawn. Although the opposition was distinctly inferior to the Dresden x1, they received a few favours from the referee, particularly when scoring their first and third goals. Cresswell developed a slight temperature in the morning and did not come to the game. The team was Sagar, Williams, Bocking, McClure, White, Thomson, Griffiths, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The Germans lined up: - Kress, Oberst, Woydt, Hauke, Leinberger Appel, Seel, Joppich, Rutz, Rasselberg, Merz. Referee Herr Gerlach (President of the Silesian referee's association). In blazing sunshine and before 40,000 spectators gaily garbed, Dean kicked off, this was at 4p.m. The immense stadium which seats 50,000 (all in the open) was a great slight prior to the start. An Airplane came low over the ground and dropped a new ball evidently intended for the match, but eventually the game was played with a ball brought from England. The German balls are slightly smaller and not of such good quality. From the start we were well on top, and it was entirely against the run of play that the Germanys scored. Williams about to clear an easy ball was pushed in the back, the referee allowed play to proceed, and Rutz was left with an easy opening, which he took. He is a dangerous young centre forward as at Dresden. We were quickly level, Griffiths taking a pass from Dean smartly and scoring. Before the interval a well crossed ball from Seel was turned into goal by Rasselberg and fortunately for Germany, hit the inside of the far post and trickled into the net. We had a bear a number of adverse decisions from the referee before the interval, but worse came afterwards, clear case of ball to hand, went against Williams. Out to our amazement the referee awarded a penalty . The alleged offence was a yard outside! Rutz scored again. This was a real poser, one-three, and twenty minutes to go Dean seized a half chance to score a second and Phil Griffiths had two “pops” before registering the equaliser. Then the firworks! Johnson and Thomson hit the wood, with Kress well beaten, and the game ended with Everton on top note, but unable to crown the winner. Today, Sagar had little to do, the backs not much more, the honours at half-back went to McClure, Stein and Griffiths, who were always dangerous. Of the Germans Leinberger was again the might captain. Kress was a very good keeper, and Rutz and Merz the best forwards. The crowd was more sporting in everywhere than at Dresden, of course they had the favour of the referee, and that may have appeased them. Leinberger got the ball after the game, and both teams returned to the Hotel to enjoy a merry evening together. Leinberger is the humorist of the Germans. He would be at a table with equal numbers of Blues and Germans and creating a laugh the whole of the time. They are fine young fellows, both on and off the field. The autograph hunters are outnumbered in this land by the photographers, but unlike Freddy Fryfee, they want outrageous prices for the results of the privilege of taking a snap.
CELTIC BACK FINED FOR PLAYING FOOTBALL ON ROAD
Edinburgh Evening News - Friday 20 May 1932
At Greenock J.P. Court yesterday, William Cook, the Celtic right back; Mark (Kid) Johnstone, a well-known Scottish boxer, and a Greenock man, James Sloan, were each fined 2s 6d for having played football on the public road near the village of Inverkip, The Fiscal remarked that one would have thought that a professional footballer and a professional boxer would have got plenty of practice without playing football the street, unless it was a case of- keeping themselves in training. All three gave wrong names and addresses to policeman. Johnstone stated that the constable was in plain clothes and had been playing golf. They did not know that he was police officer, and they felt that they did not require give their names to anyone who happened to ask them. They had only, been kicking the ball for a few seconds.
IN BERLIN BUT NOT ON THE SPREE.
May 20, 1932. Evening Express.
Everton's Sunbath Training For Vital Game Tomorrow.
Jimmy Dunn “Left Outside.”
By the Pilot.
Although the Everton players on tour in Germany are enjoying themselves, they are keeping uppermost in their minds the fact that the prestige of British football is largely dependent on their displays. They meet Germany in Berlin tomorrow, and this, it is recognized, will be the hardest match of the trip. The Germans are determined to lower Everton's flag; the League champions are equally confident that they will return home with an unbeaten certificate. The players were feeling tired after their two strenuous games at Dresden and Bresau and the subsequent travelling through Germany, and they have taken full advantage of the splendidly-appointed baths in the capital. “The tour has gone off without a hitch so far” writes a member of the party to me from Berlin. “The weather continues extremely hot, but we can fully appreciate the sunshine, and the sun-bathing has done us a world of good. “There is no doubt but that the ground at Breslau was one of the best I have ever seen. It was a fine stadium, and they had decorated it with flags and bunting for our visit. It was a treat to play there. “I expect you have seen reports of our considering leaving the field because of some of the decisions of the referee. Well, we did not consider it. The fact was that we were more amused than annoyed at some of the rulings of the referee. Still, it made our task all the more difficult and I think we well to get a draw.
“The funniest incident of the tour so far took place at Breslau station when we were entertaining for Berlin. “The train started about two minutes before the time stated in the itinerary, and when we looked around we discovered that Jimmy Dunn was missing. “We looked out of the window, and there was Jimmy Dunn coming onto the platform. The expression on his face when he saw the train leaving the platform was a scream. It kept us laughing all the way to Berlin. “Jimmy travelled on by a later train and arrived just in time for dinner. Then, to cap it all, just as he walked into the dinning-room, the band played. Where have you been all day. Highland Laddle?” Everyone's is charmed with Berlin, it is really a beautiful place, and there are all the facilities necessary for keeping in conditions. “I think our hardest match of the tour will be the Berlin game, and we are determined to win it. All the boys have been getting plenty of fresh air and sun, and I think we are fit enough to keep out unbeaten certificate intact. “The only thing that might bother us during the game is the heat, but we are gradually getting used to that.” Following tomorrow's game in Berlin the tourists will proceed to Hanover for the fourth game on Sunday.
EVERTON ON TOUR.
May 21, 1932. Liverpool Echo
Everton are not setting Germany on Fire. True, they won their first match and drew the second, but their form did not come up to the expectations of German Critics. These critics expect too much. Evidently they have been expecting brilliant dazzling exhibitions and are now complaining that Everton, “are making no attempt top produce scientific skilled football” and to show that England is still the premier soccer nation. The complaint is made that visiting teams are treating their tours as a holiday. This is precisely what they are doing, and the Germanys have been led to expect anything else. They know the conditions. Everton have just completed a long and arduous season, it was ambition of their rivals to depose them from the head of the League, and they finished the season a state and tried team. After a very brief rest they go to Germany where they have to do much travelling, and play several matches in hot weather on hard grounds. What is to be expected in such circumstances? The German teams are not stale. They are delighted to meet the champions of the English league. And they play with the greatest energy and enthusiasm. The rules are different on the continent, and many of the referee's decisions are very puzzling to an English team. These foreign tours of the English League clubs seldom gave satisfaction, and the question has often been asked whether it is worth the while of the English club's to embark on them. Aston Villa have arrived at a very definite opinion, and refuse offers to tour the continent. Some clubs take the opportunity to give their players a holiday, and then we have complaints from the continent that the trip is being undertaken in a holiday spirit. The continent will not obtain a correct view of the English Football from these matches played at the end of our season. The football association is willing to give foreign countries an opportunity to test their skill against England during the football season. Spain came with a great reputation last year, but their players were found to be no match for an England eleven. The Austrians are to be given the opportunity to show their skills next winter, and the continental countries will be taken in turn. The general level of football on the continent is high, but it has been exaggerated owing to visiting teams playing under very unfavorable and unsuitably conditions. There is no reason to think that an England eleven playing against any foreign country in England during the football season would suffer defeat.
EVERTON STILL UNBEATEN.
May 23, 1932. Evening Express.
Ready Reply to Critics.
Great Displays At Berlin & Hanover.
Everton have given a ready answer to the statements that their football has not been of high standard during their present tour of Germany. They have now played four of their six games and are unbeaten. Their record to date is: -
P W L D F Agst
4 2 0 2 11 9
In two clever displays they drew 2-2 with the full German international team at Berlin on Saturday, and at Hanover, yesterday they defeated another German eleven 3-2.
A German critic describing the Hanover game, says: “Much aspiration has been cast on the British teams touring Germany, but this stigma could not apply to the Everton team, who have defeated two German national teams, and given a really good account of themselves. The victory gained by the British's at Hanover was far easier than the score would indicate and they showed marked superiority in every department of the game. “The whole team played well, but those who came in for special commendation were Griffiths, Dean and McClure.” The match at Berlin was witnessed by 42,000 spectators, and though the heat was terrific and the ground bone-hard, the teams gave a splendid exhibition and the League champions displayed fine fighting spirit in twice wiping out a goal deficit. The Germans thrilled their supporters by scoring in 25 minutes through Kirsie, but ten minutes later dean, by glorious football, drew the defence and slipped a perfect pass for Dunn to equalise. After ten minutes in the second half Ballendat restored Germany's lead, but Everton were thorough in their approach methods and Dean secured the equaliser amid excitement. Jacobs, in the German goal, gave superb display and had it not been for his fine anticipation, Everton must have gone ahead. The football continued fast and thrilling with the Everton positional play a feature.
McGourty, Everton's new player from Patrick Thistle made his first appearance for the Blues in the game at Hanover, and fitted into the general scheme well. Griifths played sterling football, and five minutes from the start scored with a magnificent cross drive into the bottom of the net. Dean quickly added a second goal from a corner kick. He leapt high above everyone else to head the ball into the net well out of the goalkeeper's reach. After half an hour Hoffman the German leader, reduced the lead with a fast oblique shot. However, the Germany succeeded in drawing level from a penalty, but this only inspired the Champions, who had maters much their own way. After a beautiful combined movement, McClure restored Everton's lead, which they had no difficulty in retaining. In fact, they eased up appreciably near the end.
GERMANY 2 EVERTON 2
May 23 1932. Liverpool Echo.
Berlin Friday 20 th . Here is the latest Everton F.C. Buttetins.
Time has gone very quickly in the third largest City. There is so much to interest and amuse shopping was the vogue this morning. This meant that there were only shorts left to put upon the “Gees” at Mariendorf. Birmingham F.C. visit Berlin almost every year, and Charlie Mills the trainer at the trotting tracks, is well known to the Brummagem boys. This afternoon an old Waltonian Oakes institute boy called in to chat with Townies. His name Smallwood. His wife a German lady. He stayed to tea as did Rutz, the young centre-forward, the only player who had been included in all matches so far. Rutz is the son of an innkeeper at Stuggart, and few over this afternoon, a distance of 650kms (nearly 400 miles). Flying fields here are numerous and there are frequent services between the main towns. Tomorrow teams for Germany is : - Jacob (South Germany), Wendi (Munich), Burkhardt (Fortshelm), Appel (Berlin), Hubner (Berlin), Knoppfle (South Germany), Ballendt (Berlin), Sobek (Berlin), Rutz (Stuggart), Kirsei (Berlin), Heidemann (Bonn). Everton:- Sagar, Williams, Cresswell, McClure, White, Thomson, Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The boys have prepared a label top affix to Dunn, so that there shall be no miscarriage of the “Klein” tonight the directors are dinning with the German F.A., and the boys of both teams are attending the variety performances at the big Wintergarden alongside the Hotel.
Forty-two thousand Germans football fans saw Everton draw 2-2 with a German national eleven at the Berlin stadium here this evening. The match was played in great heat and on a ground that was far from perfect. Nevertheless it was a good clean game. The German crowd cheered madly when Kirsei scored a goal after twenty-five minute splay. Ten minutes later, however, Dunn equaliser from a splendid pass from Dean. At half-time the score was 1-1. Germany went ahead again when the second half was ten minutes old, Ballendat beating Sagar. They did not hold the lead for long, however, as Dean again brought the scorers level following a clever forward movement. Dean and Dunn was the best of the Everton forwards, while Sagar in goal got through a lot of work with great credit. The Germany goalkeeper Jacob was also subject to severe pressure, and he saved the situation splendidly on several occasions. He was easily the best of the Germans. The home team fought hard to win, particularly in the second half, but they missed two easy chances of scoring-Reuters specials.
Germany 2 Everton 3
Following a drawn game at Berlin on Saturday, with the German national eleven Everton yesterday, at Hanover defeated a combined German team by 3 goals to 2.
Despite the acquisition which have appeared in several Germany newspapers that they were distinctly disappointing, Everton today gained another clever victory over another combined German team by 3 goals to two. The Brishers, for whom Dean, Griffiths, and McClure were especially prominent, showed marked superiority throughout, and towards the end appeared to take things easily. The crowd numbered about 20,000. The Everton team contained several changes from that which had previously beaten a different national team here. Gourlay replaced Dunn, McClure replaced Gee, and Griffiths played at outside right. The changes worked well as McClure and Griffiths were two of the outstanding men on the field, especially Griffiths. It was Griffiths who scored Everton's first goal with a great drive five minutes from the start, shortly afterwards Dean increased the visitors score, cleverly steering the ball into the net from a corner. After twenty-two two minutes play Hoffman, the Germany centre-forward reduced Everton lead. There was no further scoring before half-time. When Everton led by two goals to one. The Germans made determined efforts to equalise after the restart but lacked combination, and the Everton defence was all too strong for them. They later succeeded in equalising when a penalty was awarded them; this spurred on the Everton forwards, who soon regained the lead through McClure, after some pretty passing movements. This seemed a sufficient lead for the visitors, who were seldom harassed in defence, and they contended themselves for remainder of the game with keeping the Germans out. They had little difficulty in doing so, and the game ended with a 3-2 victory for Everton. –Press association Foreign special. Teams ; - Germany: - Jacob goal; Burkhardt and Wendl, backs; Appel, Knofle, Erberle, half-backs; Ballendot, Kush, Hoffman, Biunk, Heidewar. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; McClure, McPherson, Thomson, half-backs; Griffiths, Gourlay, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards.
FOOTBALLERS IN CARPET SLIPPERS!
May 24, 1932. Evening Express.
Everton Experience At Potsdam.
Everton have taken to carpet Slippers! They had to on the occasion of their visit to the ex-Kaiser's Palace at Potsdam, in the course of their tour of Germany. The situation strikes a humorous note, but the wearing of slippers was a very necessary precaution. You see the floors of the Palace are so fine and old that no one is allowed in without slippers. Hence Everton's unusual footwear during their visit of inspection. “The players are having a wonderful time,” writes a member of the party. “We had a splendid time in Berlin,” he writes, “for it is a fine city in, which there is plenty to see and do. “No one will ever forget the trip to Potsdam, where we saw the old summer palace of the ex-Emperor Frederick, and then went to the ex-Kaiser's palace. The rooms of the palace were marvellous, and the Shell Room is composed entirely of pure shells and Crystals. “We sailed in the lake boats as far as Wansee, a fashionable resort where Percy Allis, the British Golfer, was for some time. It was a fine trip. “The boys were later taken to the Winter Gardens, a theatre, and we enjoyed it all except the comedians. The trouble with them was that we could not understand their jokes. “But, about the match. We drew 2-2 and gave a good display. Dixie was in one of his best moods, and the people were delighted with him. Jimmy Dunn had a good game. In fact, everyone did well, especially considering the heat. “It was hotter than in any previous game here, and it told on us near the end. I am certain, the Berlin people were pleased with our display. “Of course we are all delighted that up to now we have escaped defeat, and our win at Hanover on Sunday convinces us that we can complete the tour without a defeat. “The team played fine football at Hanover. They were much too good for the German and might have won by a wider margin. “There have been no hitches on the tour. Everton like Germany, and I know the Germans are delighted with Everton.”
May 25, 1932. Liverpool Echo
Our last night and first rain, which did not come down until after the match, though it was not in the least surprising that it should come as it was only this morning that the lads became a straw hat' brigade. It was amusing in the hugh post Stadt Arena to see sitting by harry Cooke, Clark, McGorty, Bocking, Griffiths, and McPherson all in one mark' straws, Coggins would be awkward. He wore a Beret. Possibly he was chic! Kick-off time is tea time 5.45 to tonight, and out opponents are in Red. Each match they have altered colours upto now. The referee was Alfred Birlem of Berlin, and punctually to time Dixie lost the toss. Knopfle chose to face the strong sun. The bald-headed boy has been very friendly, and is often to be seen acting as interpreter to our players. During the opening ten minutes there did not seen much opposition, but the Germans steadied themselves and began to give us their usual sample of accurate passing, quickly from man to man, their motto is progress with perfection. We have become hardened to being debited first, and twenty minutes Rutz pushed a ball flat through the backs for Kirsei to amble up and bang it past Sagar. They did not have a long lead, for Johnson took a free kick with the famous left, and cannoning the ball amongst the massed Germans, left an opening fir Dunn, who didn't hesitate to place a nice gaol. Jacob being helpless, although only a foot out of reach. After the interval we had a repetition of the first half from a smart well-conceived attack, Ballandat, the outside right, beat Sagar with a left foot shot, it seemed as though he had a bare chance to save, on the collar again. Twenty minutes from time Critchley centred to a packed goal mouth, Thomson who was in the centre forward position went up to head and deceived the defence, Billy Dean, lying in waiting by the far post, had no difficulty in shooting the second equaliser. After this Rutz hit the angle and from the rebound Kirsei headed over. The latter had missed a very easy chance in the first half, immediately after he had scored and Dean had the worst luck with two attempts to shoot at goal, hitting Jacob each time. But Stein saved the big thriller of the match for the closing minutes. He took a pass from Dean first time with his left, and it was a glorious attempt, Jacob fling out his hands and managed to connect, that was all he did, but sufficient from his hands to the bar-from bar to earth. one yard from the corner flag. This will give you an idea of the pace of the shot. On whole, a draw was a fair result to a very hard and interesting game. If we come back to Liverpool undefeated, it will be a great performance.
The Everton story continues as follows –back yet ancient land of the George's. We had a break of two hours here en route to Dresden. But today's arrival was something different to anything yet experienced. All the main buildings and public flag poles were deceed with bunting in honour of the visit. The ground for the fight was the magnificent Arena belonging to the local corporation, and what a ground! A Wembley –like piece of turf, slightly treacherous owing to heavy rain over night. The Germans played in a darker red jersey than last night. Their teams was - Jacob, Burkhardt, Wendl, Appel, Knopfle, Erberle (Munich), Ballerndot, Kosh (Stuggart), Hohmann, (Bearath) Brink (Berlin), and Heideman. Thus there were four changes from yesterday at Berlin. and we had three, McPherson was a t centre for White, and the right wing was Griffiths and McGourty, the latter playing his first game in the Blue jersey. The gate was 30,000. Hans Trimlers of Hamburg, was referee. From the very kick off it appeared as though the famous gaol machine was working well. Within ten minutes we were two up. McGourty put Griffiths in a good position, and he ran a yard or two before shooting, the ball touched Wendl and was defected past Jacob at a good pace. Dean kept his goal a match going when McGourty was again responsible for a good through pass, he placed the ball rather than shot, to the extreme corner. Easing up in defence led to German's first goal after thirty minutes, Ballendot, who is a fast and clever raider, made the opening finally slipping over a neat pass to Hoffman, who had no difficulty in scoring. After the interval Cresswell was the victim of the referee's only bad decision. A case of “ball to hand” was treated rigorously, and Kosh took the penalty kick in the Germany style –with the side of the foot and with certainly. Fighting again now from this point, until the finish the balance was with us, and ten minutes from the end, after Jacob had left his goal to punch from McGourlay Johnson cleverly lobbed the ball back into goal, and at gently sailed under the bar with Hurkhardt and Wendl falling into the net vainly trying to get back in time. The team played soundly and won well. They were treated well by the crowd, too, who applauded very freely. “McGourlay” as the Partick lad has already been named, gave a good show, and wasted very few chances of creating a good opening. He dribbles well, and his passing is excellently accurate. Mr. Cuff, who already holds the record of vice president of England, Scotland, Ireland Wales, and the Swiss football Associations, has been honored by the German F.A with a similar office.
THREE UP THREE DOWN; NEW PLAN FOR FOOTBALL.
May 26 1932. Evening Express.
If some of the clubs get their way at the annual meeting of the Football League in London on June 6 there will be important alterations in Association next season. Notts County went to alter the promotion and relegation procedure in relation to the first and second division only. They will propose that instead of two clubs in each division being affected, the lowest three clubs in Division one, be relegated to Division 2, and their places taken by the top three clubs in the second Division.
May 27 1932. Liverpool Echo
Harry Cooke the Everton trainer wrote a line from Hanover last Monday Still in the land of loving spite of the great heat, when I tell you we all discarded our underclothing, you guess what it was like playing football. We won at Dresden, we had to fight hard to do so, a draw at Breslau, also the same at Berlin (where it is 93 degrees in the shade) the hottest they have had for years. We left Berlin at 8.40, which meant getting up very early, arrived at Hanover at 12.32 Kicked off 4p.m. Won the game 3-2 on the best ground we have played on so far. This we played two games in two days, and you will agree the boys have done splendidly. We leave for Nuremberg tomorrow (Tuesday) so we are getting towards the end of our tour in Germany. Chelsea and Birmingham are both overhere, we met both Chelsea on the same train from Hook of Holland, and Birmingham at Berlin, when they stayed at the same Hotel. I could go on writing about this trip for hours, of this wonderful City of Berlin and the old and new pasts of Hanover. All the best from the boys.
May 30, 1932. Liverpool Echo
Everton concluded their tour of Germany with a draw against Germany national team, each side scoring three goals. The English men gave another disappointing display, although it must be said that several questionable decisions including two penalties were given against them, and probably accounted for their display. Everton for some unknown reason have been very popular with the Germany spectators, and today's crowd seemed particularly hostile towards them. Dean was absent today, but his place was ably filled by White, who scored two of his sides goals. The Germanys scored first from a penalty kick , but White opened the scoring for Everton at fifteen minutes and added from a penalty kick just before half-time, which arrived without further score. Everton's play improved in the second half, but the Germanys scored first Lachner, their centre forward equalisering. They took the lead later when Cohieski the inside forward, netted from a penalty kick , which was hardly deserved. Everton continued to play superior football and pressed in the latter minutes, and it was only proper when Dunn at inside right ran into equalise, Everton have thus played six matches, during the tour, three been drawn, two won, and one lost, Reuters special.
EVERTON DRAW FINAL GAME IN GERMANY.
May 30, 1932. Evening Express.
Everton concluded their German tour by drawing 3-3 in Germany, at Cologne. Of the six matches played, they have won two, drawn three, and lost one. The referee did not always appear to be correct in his decisions in Everton's game at Cologne, and awarded Germany two penalties, which brought goals. White, who deputised for Dean, scored twice for Everton in the first half, after Cohieski had scored from a penalty. Early in the second half Lachner equalised, and eventually they took the lead through another penalty by Cohieski, but everyone agreed that the kick should not have been awarded. Everton took complete command in the closing stages, and Dunn dashed in to secure the equaliser. A member of the touring party, writing to the Pilot from Cologne, states: - “We found Nurnberg an old-fashioned and picturesque place, and we were received in the Town Hall by the Mayor. “The boys went to look up the famous German international goalkeeper Heine Stuhfauth, who represented his country on 23 occasions. “Next morning we went to see the Nurnberg Stadium, which is one of the finest in the land. We discovered later, however, that our match was not to be played there, but on another just outside the city, which was in a shocking state, with dozens of pits and bumps. “The only excuse I can give for our defeat is that the ground was all against us following a thunderstorm, and that the referee had ideas of his own on occasions.”
EVERTON BACK IN ENGLAND.
May 31, 1932. Evening Express.
Delayed 5 and half hours by fog in the North sea.
Evening Express Correspondent, London today.
The Everton team, returning from their tour in Germany on the s.s. Amsterdam from the Hook of Holland to Harwich were fog bound in the North Sea all night, and their arrival in London was delayed five and a half hours. The Amsterdam was due to arrive at Parkeston Quay about 6.am, but the captain wirelessed that he was compelled to proceed very slowly owing to a dense mist. The Everton team reached Liverpool-street just before 2 o'clock this afternoon. They made a dash across London in their motor coach to Euston and caught the 2.35 to Liverpool. Mr. W. C. Cuff the Everton chairman expressed himself as well pleased with the trip. “Despite the fact that we only managed to win two games, I think the team did very well” he said. “It must be remembered that Everton undertook a task never before attempted in taking on this German trip. “We played six strenuous games with the cream of German teams, and taking all things into account, I think the boys made an excellent showing.
90 Degrees in the Shade.
“They were handicapped by intense heat. Most of the time it was as high as 90 degrees in the shade, and coming after the recent cool conditions in England made the conditions unbearable for our men. “I do not wish to explain away our one defeat, but the refereeing in this and all other matches left much to be desired. Naturally we always loyally accepted the referees' decisions, but some of these were outrageous. Even some of the German club officials admitted that many of the decisions were wrong and I have heard of one referee being dismissed after one of our matches. “The Germans play fast football and possess some exceedingly good players, but they cannot show us anything new, even under home conditions. All our lads did well, and I cannot single out any player for particular mention. McGourty, our recruit from Patrick Thistle, did well in the two matches in which he took part. One or two of our men received nasty knocks, but there were no serious injuries. “ “I would like to deny that we have been received with hostility anywhere we have played,” said Mr. Cuff. “In out last match, on Saturday, there was certainly much excited shouting by the crowd whenever an Everton player showed signs of charging an opponent, and these demonstrations put our men off their game. The no-charging rule was ur bugbear all through. Charging has become part of the Englishman's natural game and he does so from habit. We are naturally disappointed at spoiling out unbeaten record, but it has been a happy trip.”
EVERTON TEAM IN A SEA DRAMA.
May 31, 1932. Evening Express.
A tragedy of the sea's was revealed by Griffiths, the Everton forward on the return of the team from Germany, intervened in London by an Evening Express representative, Griffiths Said: - This morning we heard that our boat during the night had run down an Dutch fishing boat in which were five men four of whom were drowned. “The fifth man was picked up and brought to Harwich. “We did not feel any impact. “It was a tragic ending to our foreign tour and a night none of us will soon forget.” “We were kept awake all night by the moaning of sirens. The Everton men were tired after their long sea trip in the dense mists of the North Sea.
FATAL COLLISION AT SEA. FOUR DROWNED.
Cornishman - Thursday 02 June 1932
The L.N.E.R. steamship Prague, crossing from the Continent to Harwich, was in collision in a fog, with Belgian snack which was sunk. Four of the crew were drowned. Members of the Everton Football Club were aboard the Prague.
CHAMPIONS' ROAD PAVED WITH GOLD.
June 7, 1932. Evening Express.
Everton make a Record Profit.
By the Pilot.
Money, is the reward of ability. Everton's championship season shows a record profit for the club -£10,166 8s.7d. In the previous seasons –when the club won the second division championship –a profit of £9,755 was made; in season 1928-29 there was a loss of £12,560, and the season 1928-29 there was a profit of £9,406. The directors will recommended at the annual meeting on Friday, June 17, that the maximum divided of 7 and half per cent, be paid. “The accounts reveal that to the year's profit must be added £911 12s, 5d, income derived from properties, and £128 4s.6d, income from investments. To this is added the balance brought forward from last year of £50,033 3s 4d, less dividend, making a total available balance of £61,239 85 10d. The directors have made provision for depreciation of £2,424 2s, 4d, leaving a balance of £58,815 6s, 6d, out of which will be paid £109 10s. 11s in dividend. This will leave £58,705 15s, 7d, to be carried forward to next year. The principal items of income on the year were £54,327 6s, 8d, by gate receipts as compared with £43,929 3s, when the club was in the Second Division. Season tickets brought in a further £550 7s, 6d.
It is i8nteresting to note that whereas in the previous season Everton received £7,021 1s, 3d, as their 20 per cent, share of matches played away last season they received only £4,977 2s, 2d, from this source last season. Compared with this Everton paid away £7,991 11s, to clubs who visited Goodison park as against £7,829 13s, 4d, in 1931. The difference of course, is mainly accounted for by the fact that in the previous season the club was engaged in more cup-ties. Players wages and transfer fees took £13,457 last season as compared with £10,658 10s, the previous year. I take it that all transfer fees are included in this amount as usual, so that the fee paid for McGourty, from Patrick Thistle, will have been taken into account. Messrs, H. Banks, W. C. Gibbins and C. Hayes are the directors who automatically retire this year but there having been no other nominations each is re-elected for a period of three years.
1931 Expenditure May 7 th 1932
£ s d £ s d
10,658 10 0 Transfer fees &c 13,457 0 0
1,015 0 0 Players benefits, Medical fees, Players accidents insurance's 3,601 11 0
0,399 14 5 etc 0,531 1 2
7,829 13 4 Gate Divisions to visitors 7,991 11 0
3,510 6 0 travelling expenses, advertising, bill-posting, 3,534 16 6
0,365 6 7 Printing and stationery 0, 360 6 2
1,382 7 3 Gate expenses, checkers etc 1, 462 6 4
0,926 7 3 Training expenses and trainers wages 1, 401 7 1
4,003 2 10 Ground expenses and groundsmen Wages 3,170 8 6
0,143 14 2 National Health and Unemployment insurance 0,174 2 0
2,220 14 10 Rent rates, taxes, lighting, water, telephone, insurance's etc 2,934 5 0
6,716 14 2 Entertainment tax 8,969 0 2
1,062 7 2 Secretary salary, postage etc, 1,073 9 4
0,569 2 7 Banks Interest and Commission 0,228 3 0
0,345 18 3 Clothing, materials and stores 0,407 5 9
0, 617 14 10 League percentages Subscriptions, contributions, &c 0, 729 3 9
0, 285 14 0 Law costs and accountancy charges 0,079 10 9
42,053 7 8 50,106 18 6
9,755 17 7 Balance to profit and loss account 10,166 8 7
51,809 5 3 60,273 7 1
1931 Income May 7 th , 1932.
£ s d £ s d
43,929 3 0 By Gate receipts 54,328 6 8
07,021 1 3 Proceeds of matches played away, &c 04,977 2 2
50,950 4 3 59,305 8 10
438 17 6 Season Tickets ,550 7 6
291 1 0 Advertising, contractors for programmes, hoarding and refreshments 290 2 0
3 12 6 Share Transfer fees 1 17 6
125 10 0 Rents from sub-tenants 124, 11 3
51,809 5 3 60,273 7 1
NEW PLAYER FOR EVERTON
June 9, 1932. Edinburgh Evening News
Everton today secured from New Brighton the transfer of their prolific goal scoring centre-forward, George Stevens. Stevens scored consistently for the New Brighton last season, obtaining almost half the number of their goals in League matches.
NEW BRIGHTON'S “DIXIE DEAN” JOINS EVERTON
June 9, 1932. Evening Express.
Geo. Stevens, The Former Tram Conductor.
Football Fame in 16 Months.
By the Pilot.
George Leopold Stevens, the New Brighton centre forward, was today transferred to Everton at a substantial fee. Mr. McIntosh, the Everton secretary, went across to Wallasey early today and completed the transfer. The rise of Stevens is a romance of football. He was a Wallasey Corporation tramway conductor when he asked for a trial with New Brighton in the spring of 1931. He did so well that he was signed on as an amateur, and quickly gained his place in the first team. His football skill and excellent shooting ability proved invaluable to the Rakers, who eventually signed him on professional forms. In his first season with the club he scored 13 goals, although making only 19 first team appearances. He was the club's highest scorer. Last season he was the most discussed player of New Brighton team, and the scouts of many league clubs visited Rake-Lane to watch him.
He was again, the top goal-scorer, scoring no fewer than 20 goals, and being the only New Brighton player to reach double figures. Stevens has been in first class football only 16 months. Now he is to under-sturdy England's greatest centre forward Dixie Dean. He was, as a matter of fact, the “Dixie Dean” of New Brighton. He is only 22 years of age and is well built. He is 5ft 9ins, and 11 stone. Stevens is a speedy player with a keen knowledge of leadership and football craft. He was considered one of the best centre forwards in the Northern Section. The money received by New Brighton will relieve the club during the summer.
EVERTON SIGN STEVENS
June 10, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel
George Leopold Stevens the centre forward at the New Brighton club, was yesterday transferred to Everton. Stevens was a Wallesey Corporation tramcar conductor when he received a trail with New Brighton in the spring of 1931, and was signed on as a amateur in his first season with the Third Division club. He scored thirteen goals in nineteen first team matches, and last season was again top scorer with twenty goals. Stevens is twenty-two, stands 5ft 9ins, and weighs 11 stone. He is a speedy and as a fine shot.
June 18, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
In the course of the Everton Football Club's annual general meeting held at the Law Association rooms, Cook-Street last evening, Mr. W. C. Cuff in reply to a vote of thanks and confidence in the directors, said the club aimed at a repetition of the league championship win, or success in the F.A. Cup-preferably both! The three retiring directors, Messrs H. Banks, W.C. Gibbins, and C. Hayes, were re-elected. Mr. Cuff said the season had been highly successful financially and while the profit of £10,166 was not a record, it approached the record figure, and was only exceeded by that of the 1927-28 season when Everton figured in the F.A. Cup. Last season's expenditure of players' benefits £3,601, was the highest the club had paid in this respect. The balance sheets figures spoke for themselves and went to show how successful the season had been. The reason for this was two-fold. The interest aroused in the club's effort to secure the championship, and secondly the result of the sound policy of the directors and the acumen they display to giving the public football in attractive form. Everton's football he continued had always been stylish and attractive and that was the kind of football that paid, in addition to being appreciated by the thousands of loyal supporters. There is not an optimist who would have expected our signal success after being relegated to the Second Division” added Mr. Cuff, “We tackled the business on hand at the start, and by mid-October the team was at the head of the table and retained that position. We are proud of our players, and it is difficult to find adequate expression of our indebtedness to them. Their loyalty was beyond praise. We shall give the players encouragement for a repetition of our latest championship success.” Mr. Cuff congratulated Mr. Tom McIntosh, secretary of the club, on his recovery from a serious illness and trusted he would have many years of services left. The accounts and balance sheets were approved and passed. A Shareholder, Mr. Russell asked whether the sum of £6,525 figuring under ‘Sundry debtors' was an asset, or whether it was a doubtful asset. Mr. Cuff explained that £6000 was the fee agreed upon for the transfer of T. Griffiths to Bolton wanderers, and this deal had not been settled. When Mr. Russell raised a point on the crowding of the Everton shareholders Stands on the occasion of the Liverpool home game last season, another shareholder said that the anti-Everton feeling on the Everton shareholders stand on the occasion of that match was disgraceful. Mr. Cuff explained that when the shareholders attended there were 120 spare seats on the shareholders stand. When proposing the vote of confidence in the directors, Mr. Denaro said that he was sorry the meeting was so badly attended, as he had noticed people were handy to complain, but not so handy to turn up to cheer when the club had done well. Players retained for the Season 1932-22 are:- Sagar, Coggins, Holdcroft, Backs, Williams, Cresswell, Bocking, Lowe, Jones Jackson, half-backs, Clarke, Gee, Thomson, Britton, McClure, McPherson, Chedgzoy, Archer, forwards, Critchley, Dunn, Dean Johnson, Stein, Griffiths, Cunliffe, White, Leyfield, McGourty, Birtley, Turner, Webster, Stevens (New Brighton).