EVERTON F.C. BOARD
May 1, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Arising out of the suspension of Mr. Ernest Green, the former chairman of Everton F.C, two nominations have been lodged with the club on behalf of candidates for the board at the forthcoming annual meeting. One is that of Mr. Fred Lake a well-known Merseyside sportsman and ex-director of Tranmere Rovers, and the other Mr. Tom Taylor, a member of the committee of the Everton shareholders’ Association. Mr. Lake emphasises that he has only allowed, his name to go forward under specific conditions, the chief of which is the safeguarding of Mr. Green’s future position on the board. As Mr. Green would normally be up for re-election this tear,” Mr. Lake told me today, “his suspension opens the possibility of the vacancy being filled by a snap nomination through lack of opposition. “Because I feel strongly on the F.A’s verdict, in the Mercer case I want to prevent that. In my opinion the decision was unreasonable and out of all proportion. I feel no director should be elected meantime but that the position should be left open until Mr. Green’s suspension is over, when he could be automatically co-opted to the board. “Normally I am against co-option, but bearing in mind, the unusual circumstances, and the almost general view of the harshness of the penalties, I am sure the majority of the shareholders would be pleased to see Mr. Green back on the board. I shall be willing to withdraw my name if other nominees will do the same.” Mr. Tom Taylor’s nomination, which has the backing of several directors of the club has been made because the letter feel that there should be no election under the present abnormal circumstances, at the next annual meeting. Their nomination of Mr. Taylor has also been put forward as a safeguard. If no further names an forthcoming by the time the list closes to-night, the probability is that Mr. Lake and Mr. Taylor will withdraw and the directors will ask the shareholders at the annual meeting, to leave the position open.
EVERTON’S ONE CHANGE.
May 1, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton make one change in their side for the Cup –tie against Rochdale at Goodison Park on Saturday. Lindley coming in at outside right in place of Barber. This will be Lindley’s sixth different position in Everton’s side this season, and so far he has filled them all extremely well. He has played in every half back position, also at right back, and inside left, and now he has a go on the oppose extreme wing. In normal times I am not particularly enamoured of too frequently chopping and changing of positions by a player. It doesn’t give the man himself a fair chance, but in war-time, with its team raising difficulties the possession of an all-round utility player such as Lindley is a big asset to any club. I hope Everton will not make the mistake of understanding the opposition on Saturday. There has been too much of the “easy meat” attitude in some of their Regional games against ex-Third Division clubs. They have played in that nonchalant fashion which seemed to indicate the feeling they could win whenever they wanted. They have paid the penalty more than once. In a Cup-tie such an attitude would be fatal. Liverpool discovered how difficult it is to wipe out an early lead to the opposition. Everton want to go all out right from the beginning to gain as commanding a lead as they possible can. If they get it as I think they will there must be no slacking off afterwards. The Blues team will be:- Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Watson; Lindley, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
Thanks To All.
Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of Everton has asked me to pass on his thanks to those kind friends who are still supporting so well the club’s collection of books, games, &tc, for the troops. Special thanks are tendered to the following for additional gifts:- Mr. G. Bailey, Morninside Road, Mrs. Pell Rupert Lane, Councilor Robinson (Records), Miss Neil , Race-lane (records); Oxton, playing cards. Books and other grits are still welcome and urgently needed. They can be handled in at Goodison Park or at Jack Sharp’s Whitechapel.
CASKIE TO PLAY FOR EVERTON THIS MONTH.
May 2, 1940. The Evening Express.
Jimmy Caskie, Everton’s Scottish international winger who is now on loan to St. Mirren, definitely will play for Everton if they reach the third round of the Football League War Cup. Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of the Blues, has received a message from Caskie to this effect. An effort was made to get “wee Jimmy” to play against Rochdale on Saturday, but he cannot get his holiday’s early enough. He as, however, to have his holidays this month –as I hinted some time ago –and will be able to help his own club in the third and fourth round ties. This is good news while allowing for the fact that Everton first have to dispose of “giant-killers,” Rochdale. Yet, even should this prove beyond the capabilities of the Blues –and I do not think it will be, -we shall have Caskie for the outstanding Regional games. Jimmy is one of the best wing forwards in Scotland at the present time, and has been chosen to play for Scotland against England at Glasgow on May 11.
Everyone will be pleased to hear that the Football League are taking steps to put an end to the unlimited introduction of Scottish football stars for the League Cup matches.
EVERTON BOARD POSITION
May 2, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
As I announced last night, two nominations for the Everton Board were lodged with the club yesterday those of Mr. Fred Lake and Mr. Tom Taylor. As no further names have been received, the position now rest between these two nominees. The Everton shareholders’ Association, which of late years has been a force in electoral matters, had no time to arrange a meeting. Chairman Albert Denaro, however, has expressed to me the personal opinion that considering the war and other circumstances –and his sympathies are with Mr. Green during his suspension –it would have been better all round to avoid nominations. As the names have gone forward, Mr, Denero hopes both will be withdrawn in due course, rendering an election unnecessary in these troubles times. As a matter of fact this is probably what will happen. I understand both nominees are prepared to stand down if agreement can be arrived at leaving the board to carry on with eight members for the time being. In addition to Mr. Green, the two other retiring directors this year are Mr. Tom Percy, who is a lieutenant in the Army, and Dr. Baxter.
In the case of Everton, they have put back the end of their financial year until June 8 to coincide with the close of the season. If they have a good run in the League Cup, which seems quite likely they may come out, much better in the end than at one time seemed possible. If there is a loss it will be comparatively small.
EVERTON MEET ROCHDALE TOMORROW.
May 3, 1940. The Evening Express.
If falls to the lot of Everton to carry the Merseyside Cup banner forward. Tomorrow the Blues will be concerned in the Football League War cup again, and they will face one of the shock teams of the competition –Rochdale. This is in connection with the second round which is the last on the home-and-home principle. The third round, with its 16 competitors will be an open draw.
Make Sure Tomorrow.
Everton must make sure of progress in the cup by beating Rochdale convincingly tomorrow. I have not the slightest doubt that Everton can win well, but I do emphasise the vital need for getting down to the business right at the start. Everton can make it easier for themselves by establishing an advantage quickly. I know how quick these Third Division sides are in tackling and in developing moves. If Everton attempt to be ultra clever they may well be taken right out of their stride. Rochdale will not give a player much chance to dwell on the ball long. Tomorrow’s game will be a duel between the tenacity of Rochdale and the craft and experience of Everton, who bring in Maurice Lindley at outside-right I expect the Blues to win. Rochdale are fielding the team which held Bury to a draw last week. The kick-off id 3.15 p.m. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (Tom), Watson; Lindley, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Rochdale; Carey; Sneddon, Byron; Eastwood, Pearce, Warburton; Colquhorn, Duff, Wynn, Dutton, Redwood.
Everton “C” team appear at Goodison Park tomorrow against South Villa –the nursery club to South Liverpool. The kick-off is 6.30 p.m.
DON’T TAKE IT FOR GRANTED.
May 8, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Merseyside ‘s hopes at the moment are centred on Everton. While on paper Everton look a certainty for round three, too much should not be taken for granted. Rochdale must be pretty good to surmount the Bury hurdle as they did, and they can be relied on to make a stiff fight of it. Everton’s biggest failure this season when meeting Third Division clubs has been a tendency to underrate the opposition, and to fiddle about in a manner which seems to denote a belief in their ability to win at will. A fatal attitude at any time, it is never more foolish than in a Cup-tie, even under the present double barrelled system. Everton’s aim must be to make sure at the first attempt, not to leave any leeway to be recovered in the return game at Spotlands. They have been defeated this season by two Third Division clubs in Chester and Crewe, and did no better than draw with Southport in a friendly and Tranmere in the semi-final of the Liverpool Senior Cup. In the reply of the latter they came within an ace of defeat. This ought to be sufficient warning of the danger of taking matters too easily. Goals are the only thing that count. Pretty play and scintilliating combination earn no marks in the ultimate reckoning. The Blues introduce their twelfth outside right of the season for the meeting with Rochdale at Goodison Park, tomorrow, Maurice Lindley coming in to take the place of Barber. If this tall young half-back plays as well there as he has done in most of the games I have seen Everton need not worry. While the defence has been particularly sound this season, there were unexpected slips in the game against Preston North End. Had the Deepdale forwards been as good in front of goal as they were in midfield we shouldn’t today be discussing Everton’s chances in the second round, I hope Rochdale are not presented with the freedom of Goodison Park in the same manner. They have a sound forward line in which Wynne and the young ex-Walsall winger, redwood are particularly dangerous. They may not be so scornful of their chances as Preston. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Watson; Lindley, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes. Rochdale; Carey; Sheddon, Byrom; Eastwood, Pearce, Warburton; Colquhoun, Duff, Wynne, Dutton, and Redwood. Following the Cup-tie there will be a second match at Goodison, tomorrow, when Everton “C” meet South Villa in a game which will decide the championship of the Bootle J.O.C. League. The kick off is 6-30 (admission 4d, boys 2d).
DEATH OF ALDERMAN H. HALSALL
Liverpool Daily Post - Saturday 04 May 1940
OVER THIRTY YEARS ON THE BIRKENHEAD COUNCIL
The death took place at his residence, 98 Prenton Road West, Prenton. yesterday of Alderman Herbert Hals’all, a senior member of the Birkenhead Town Council and a magistrate for the borough. A staunch Conservative, Alclerman Halsall entered the Council ini 1907, and except for few months continued • his membership ever since, being elected to the aldermanic bench in 1923. In 1913 he was appointed chairman of the Tramways Committee (now the Transport Committee), and continued in that position until the Labour party gained a majority on the Council in 1926, being succeeded by Alderman Halsall. Alderman Samuel Vaughan. In 1932, however, he was reappointed to the position, which he held until last November, when the Conservitives omitted his name from the list of members on the committee. Alderman Halsall had been a member of other important committees, including the Finance Committee, and had been chairman of the Assessment Committee since 1927. Appointed a magistrate in 1929, Alderman Halsall was formerly head of the firm of John Halsall and Co., haulage contractors, Liverpool. He was keenly interested in football, and for a long time was a director of Tranmere Rovers Football Club and Everton Football Club, He leaves a widow and one son.
May 4, 1940. The Evening Express.
Messrs Ernest Green and Will Gibbins, the two Everton directors under suspension, have been zealous County F.A. worker and this is not forgotten by either the Lancs, F.A. or the Liverpool F.A. as a matter of fact, the Liverpool F.A are taking the initiative in gaining Lancashire F.A. support to get the case reopened. It is possible also that the clubs of the Football League will also discuss the matter as I hinted they might some time ago. I admire the attitude adopted by the Everton F.C. shareholders regarding the annual meeting. There will be no election for seats on the directorate, for the nominations of Messrs F. Lake and T. Taylor have already been withdrawn. They were nominated in order that Mr. Green’s position on the directorate should be secure until such time as he can return to play his part in football. All the Everton shareholders joined in this nice gesture. Everton will continue with eight directors instead of the usual nine.
EVERTON’S HARD CUP FIGHT AT GOODISON
May 4, 1940. The Evening Express.
Everton, Merseyside, sole representative in the League War Cup second round, entertained Rochdale in the first match at Goodison Park, today. Rochdale had a big following in a crowd which must have numbered about 6,000. Everton: - Sagar, (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (Tom), and Watson, half-backs; Lindley, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes forwards. Rochdale: - Carey, goal; Sneddon and Byson, backs; Eastwood, Pearce, and Warburton, half-backs; Colquhoun, Duff, Wynn, Dutton, and Redwood, forwards. Referee Mr. F. Boardman (Hale). Everton produced the first thrill, thanks to clever work by Boyes, Carey clearing his centre at the second attempt. Dutton broke through cleverly from Redwood’s pass, but was held up by an excellent Jackson tackle as he was going through to shoot. Next, Boyes went to inside right to hook in a short range which Carey fisted round the post in brilliant style. Rochdale were exceptionally quick on the ball and gave the champions little opportunity for “holding and drawing.” A clearance by Sagar rebounded off Wynn but there was no one hardy to take advantage of an opportunity. Boyes should have opened the score when he went through at top pace after Stevenson had cut out the opening, but his shot, taken on the run, just grazed the far post.
Carey, Checks Lawton.
Carey saved the day again for Rochdale when he fearlessly dashed out to hold up Lawton after the England leader had enterprisingly outwitted Pearce and Sneddon. Rochdale developed moves with remarkable quickness, and Everton had a lucky escape when Duff went through and Sagar only saved at the second attempt. One could easily appreciate how Rochdale had disposed of Bury in the first round, for they gave Everton a severe dribbling for a period of five minutes. Mercer kicked the ball away from Wynn, who was about to shoot with only Sagar to beat, and Rochdale won two corners in a minute, Sagar fisting away excellently on the second occasion. In the opening quarter Rochdale enjoyed equally as much of the play as the champions by dint of their directness and storming raids. Lawton was only inches wide with a fine header from Lindley’s centre, Boyes and Stevenson combined perfectly, but Stevenson over-elaborated in the penalty area and the chance was lost. Lawton beat three man perfectly, but his shot went inches over the top, and Rochdale had a lucky escape. Boyes headed against the cross-bar and when the ball rebounded he headed in again, but this time Pearce headed away from the goal line. Then Stevenson and Lawton had quick efforts checked by sheer weight of numbers, before Rochdale emerged breathless but still on terms. Carey saved another magnificent header from Lawton just under the bar. Immediately afterwards he dived full length to save from Stevenson as Everton were getting a firm grip on the proceedings. Tom Jones gave Everton the lead in 40 minutes.
THE SANDON HOTEL
MAY 4, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
The Sandon Hotel in Oakfield Road would be found to be connected prominently with football if ever the history of the game as made in Liverpool came to be chronicled. Everton F.C. became a power there, Liverpool F.C. had its birth there, and in the naughty 90’s when men ran off with trophies and that sort of thing, the Sandon was already the centre of a whirl of football excitement. At the gateway of Anfield Football Ground when the pitch was roped off and under the shadow now of mighty Spion Kop, the Sandon has always been a great sporting house, and mine host had to be a great man. Mr. Harry Danks, who retired this week after 14 years as manager there provided himself that.
ROCHDALE AT GOODISON
May 4, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Second Round League Cup-Tie
Everton: - Sagar, (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (Tom), and Watson, half-backs; Lindley, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes forwards. Rochdale: - Carey, goal; Sneddon and Byson, backs; Eastwood, Pearce, and Warburton, half-backs; Colquhoun, Duff, Wynn, Dutton, and Redwood, forwards. Referee Mr. F. Boardman (Hale). It was nearly all Everton in the first 15 minutes of the second round Cup-tie against Rochdale at Goodison Park today before a crowd of 5,000. Good work by Boyes brought Everton within an ace of scoring in the first few minutes, and the Rochdale goal had an escape during a misunderstanding between Pierce and Carey, but the goalkeeper retrieved the position in time. Boyes was in the picture again following a nicely-judged pass by Stevenson but the winger’s angled shot passed right across the Rochdale’s goal, with nobody up to accept the gilt-edged offering. A foul by Eastwood on Bentham gave Mercer an opening, but his shot was neither strong nor properly directed. Lawton seemed to be through, following a neat back-heel touch, but Carey just got there first. Rochdale’s attack were confirmed to spasmodic rushes with offside on three occasions pulling them up short. The first real thrill of the match came when Everton were lucky to get away without being a goal down. A series of miskicks in which Watson and Jones were offenders, gave Rochdale a great chance, and the danger looked more ominous than ever when Sagar lost touch of the ball, but fortunately for Everton the goalkeeper recovered possession by falling full length and the danger was averted. Almost immediately afterwards the Everton goal underwent another escape when Jones kicked the ball against Wynne, and only for Mercer’s quick nipping-in effort the Rochdale centre forward would have had only Sagar to beat. The visitors were now having quite as much of the game as Everton, and for a few moments the home defence was seriously rattled, even he usually imperturbable Jones suffering the general complaint. Twice Sagar had to run out and fist away and though at the other end Stevenson managed to get the ball into the net, unfortunately he had handled it first. The temptation to raise his hand also proved too much for Lawton a moment or two later, when he tried to drag the ball down on to his head when surrounded by three Rochdale men. The football so far had been scrappy and mediocre, and after the first few minutes Rochdale were quite holding their own. Just after the half-hour Lawton put in the best hit of play so far. He dribbled round three opponents in the space of a few yards, and then let fly with one of his old-time drives which sailed only a yard over the bar. Then came the real titbit of the match following a nice centre by Lindley first Bentham and then Lawton, headed the ball goalwards. Bentham’s effort hit the bar, while Lawton’s was headed out on the goal-line by a Rochdale defender with Carey well beaten. Five minutes before the half-time Jones put his side one up with a brilliant header which gave Carey no possible chance.
May 6, 1940. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 5, Rochdale 1
Everton Grip On Rochdale
Everton’s entry into the third round of the League Cup was made a virtual certainty by their 5-1 victory over Rochdale at Goodison Park on Saturday. The score did not exaggerate the winners superiority, though it had taken them a long time to get the upper hand. Indeed, after they had exerted fairly heavy, but not very well-directed, pressure early on, there was a period in the first half when Rochdale not only held their own but came near to putting the home side in arrears. For a few minutes the Everton defence was rattled and was lucky to see lapse in front of goal pass by without serious consequences. A goal to Rochdale at this stage might have put a different aspect on the game, but though they went near more than once, it was denied them and Everton gradually gained the upper hand. Even so, it was left to centre half Jones to open the score in the same manner and almost at the same period of the game as he had done against Preston a fortnight earlier.
Jones Heads Through.
After Lawton, Stevenson and Bentham had all been near, and Carey had made a number of brilliant saves, Jones came up to assist the attack during two corners. The first he headed inches outside. With the second, 5 minutes before the interval, he not only gave Carey no chance, but gave Everton the stimulous they had been wanting. In the second half there was only one side in it. Though it has to be recorded that Everton’s second and third goals, scored by Lawton, were obtained when Rochdale only had 10 men, Duff having gone off with a strained muscle, Lawton completed his hat-trick soon after Duff return, after 10 minutes absence, by which time the Rochdale defence had fallen from grace and the home forwards were having things pretty much their own way. Slackness in the Everton defence presented Rochdale with a grit goal, scored by Redwood 10 minutes from the finish, but straight from the restart Stevenson put the side further ahead. After a rather scrappy opening Everton later developed their team work to such a fine pitch that Rochdale were almost mesinerised by the cleverness of the combination. Mercer, Watson and Stevenson and Boyes were the pick of a side which was sound throughout. Lawton played better than for some weeks, Lindley after a rather poor opening improved considerably in the second portion. Carey was the hero of the visiting side and made many brilliant saves. Everton: - Sagar, (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (Tom), and Watson, half-backs; Lindley, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes forwards. Rochdale: - Carey, goal; Sneddon and Byson, backs; Eastwood, Pearce, and Warburton, half-backs; Colquhoun, Duff, Wynn, Dutton, and Redwood, forwards. Referee Mr. F. Boardman (Hale).
THE REAL LAWTON.
May 6, 1940. The Evening Express.
Tommy Lawton gathered a fine half-back against Rochdale, but what pleased me more was his general play. Lawton, in the space of four weeks, has got right back to form which established him as the best centre forward in the game. He appreciated that he was not at his best for a spell, but from the time he helped the Army to beat Chester he has improved with every game. He has recaptured his ball control, his deadly shooting will to forage and astuteness in leadership. His first two goals on Saturday were grand. Altogether it is a fine Everton side and one that might easily win the cup. Luck in the draw, will, as usual, play an important part. This game took a lot of time winning, but there was no doubt, about the Everton superiority in the end. Rochdale put up a galliant fight for half an-hour. Their speed to the tackle and on the ball was splendid, but the pace they tried to set “killed” them. They had not the Everton skill to supplement their abundant earnestness. This Rochdale eleven is capable of making Everton battle hard all the way at Scotland. I say that as a note of warning to the Blues, who took time to settle down at Goodison had two narrow escapes, but also had their share of bad luck in the goalmouth before Tommy Jones once again set them on the road to a cup win.
Blues’ Corner Plan.
Two weeks ago Jones headed in from a corner to equalise against Preston North End and he did the trick again against Rochdale –a perfect effort. Jones will get plenty of goals this way and as he said to me afterwards it is a plan the Blues could well have tried out earlier. It means that the defender watching Tommy Lawton I get the free space. If they turn their attentions on me then it must leave Tommy free.” Everton have a real working understanding for these corners now, for when Jones goes up Mercer drops back to centre half “in case of emergency.” This job must be Lindley’s next Saturday. Everton had such complete control of the proceedings after the interval that even after Redwood had reduced the lead, Everton went straight away from the restart and Stevenson restored their advantage. It was as easy as that then, but Rochdale deserve praise for their fine first-half showing when Carey, Byron, Pearce, Duff and Wynn gained honours in plenty. Carey was affine goalkeeper, and his only mistake was in diving too quickly to Stevenson’s winner. The Everton defence was a fine except for one blemish in taking it too coolly on that Redwood goal occasion, and the half-backs were splendid with Jones and Watson lending artistry to the thrilling defensive work of Mercer. Forward Lindley shaped quite well at outside-right, well supported by the diligent Bentham, and for sheer trickery and enjoyment, the Stevenson-Boyes flank was par-excellence. And in the centre was the real Lawton to hold them together. The win must have been a tonic for Everton’s new chairman, Mr. Andrew Coffey, who was attending his first game for a long time, and other directors present were Dr. Cecil Baxter, who received many congratulations on being returned to the Board unopposed, and Mr. George Evans. I also had a word with Mr.Ike Robinson, who is willingly carrying on the duties of secretary to the County F.A, and doing it well. The attendance was 8,335 and the receipts £423, so that nearly 27,000 people have seen Everton’s three cup-ties so far.
Cup Bonus Question.
The Lancashire F.A have decided to permit the payment of bonus in the County Cup Final between Everton and Bury, despite the fact that the Football league have ruled that under no circumstances must bonus be paid. I understand the Lancashire F.A. contend the League has no jurisdiction over them and that if there is further objection they will take the matter further.
May 7, 1940. The Evening Express.
No sooner had Everton established a four-goal lead over Rochdale in the League war cup match than Mr. Theo Kelly, Everton’s secretary, was thinking of the team for the return game at spotlands next Saturday. When I chatted with him later he had almost completed his arrangements. Joe Mercer, of course, will be playing for England against Scotland at Hampden Park, and Maurice Lindley, Everton versatility player number one, will go to right half. Arthur Barber, the Army outside-right is not available. He can get leave only once every four weeks. Consequently Mr. Kelly contemplates playing Cecil Wyles as partner to Stan Bentham. Wyles last did duty in this position on Easter Monday when he scored a thrilling equaliser at Molineux against Wolverhampton Wanderers. This then is the team Everton hope to field at Spotlands in quest of further Cup glory:- Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Jones (Tom), Watson; Wyles, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
From Over The Border.
Much speculation is going on in Glasgow at the present time regarding the future of Jimmy Caskie, Everton’s Scottish international winger. Rumours has it that Jimmy will be seen in the famous Glasgow Ranger’s blue jersey next season. This term he has been on loan by Everton to St. Mirren and has proved one of the best wingers in Scotland. There is no doubt that any club would be glad of Caskie’ services, but the Rangers have made no approach to Everton, and this must be done before they can include him. Besides Caskie has been happy enough at Paisley.
EVERTON’S CUP SIDE
May 7, 1940. The Liverpool Echo
Everton make one change in their side to meet Rochdale in the return second-round Cup-tie, at Rochdale, on Saturday, though it involves two positional alterations. The change is an enforced one, due to Mercer’s absence in the England side against Scotland at Hampden Park. Lindley takes his place in the half-back line, the resultants vacancy at outside right being filled by Wyles, so that the team reads:- Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Jones, Watson; Wyles, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
SOCCER SCHEME AND CLUB VIEWS.
May 8, 1940. The Evening Express.
The Football League today announce a scheme for season 1940-41 for acceptance by the clubs. The 88 clubs are divided into four sections, and clubs have to arrange their home and away fixtures up to and including February 8 with clubs in the game section, to include certain compulsory matches. The championship of each section will be decided on goal-average or percentage. The League will be suspended after February 8 for a cup competition, the first eleven clubs in each section on January 25 being exempt from the qualifying round. The Cup competition will be played through on the home-and home basic up to the final, which is scheduled for May 3. From March 1 the League competition will be renewed, and becomes national, irrespective of sections. Clubs would have the liberty of arranging any matches, but the results are to count in the championships. Trophies and medals would be awarded the champions of each section. The groups affecting Merseyside is:- North A –Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, Preston North End, Stoke City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Burnley, Bury, Manchester City, Accrington, Barrow, Chester, Crewe, New Brighton, Oldham, Port Vale, Rochdale, Stockport County, Tranmere Rovers, Wrexham. If the scheme is turned down, the League have alternatives to submit. Mr. Andrew Coffey, chairman of Everton, said to me today; “I cannot see that the scheme is practicable. Something better is needed.
TEMPERAMENT CAN DO IT.
May 10, 1940, The Evening Express.
Temperament can bring success to Everton. If the players refuse to be upset by the storming tactics I know full well Rochdale will exploit, they need have no fear. I said before Everton went to Preston in the last round with a two-goal lead that “there is not a club capable of giving Everton two goals start and a beating.” That proved correct, and I still stand by that contention, But ..... Everton have four goals start this time. Their defence alone should be able to ensure victory, let alone what the attack will do with Lawton back to his best and the line moving –with great smoothness and effectiveness. Just because they have a substantial lead Everton must not imagine the tie is over and done with. Rochdale put up a grand fight for half-an-hour at Goodison Park last Saturday and it took the Blues all their time to snatch an interval lead of a goal. Yes, and Rochdale also proved they could fight back when they reduced the margin from 4-0 to 4-1. The East Lancashire lads are of the type who create Cup history and who are never beaten. They will fight every inch of the way and set out to put Everton out of their stride. Quick intervention and tenacious tackling will be the outstanding attributes of the Third Division men. Everton cannot allow themselves to be ruffled by it. I expect Everton to preserve their advantage on their first visit to Spotlands. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Jones (Tom), Watson; Wyles, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
CASKIE PLAYS AGAINST LIVERPOOL.
May 10, 1940. The Liverpool Echo
Caskie will play for Everton on Whit Monday against Liverpool, and possibly also in Everton’s game the two following Saturdays.
Everton are fortunate, not only have they a capable deputy for Mercer in Lindley, who has always done well in the intermediate line this season, but they go to Spotlands for their return encounter with Rochdale with the comforting lead of four goals. While nothing must be taken for granted. I cannot conceive defeat for Everton under such circumstances. The odds are too heavy. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Lindley, Jones (Tom), Watson; Wyles, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
May 11, 1940. The Evening Express.
League football is almost forgotten so far as Everton are concerned these days, apart from arranging to play Wrexham at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening of May 22. In addition to the League War Cup the Blues have two cup-finals to play –against Bury in the Lancashire Cup, and against Liverpool in the Liverpool Senior Cup. Monday will see the Liverpool Cup Final staged at Goodison Park and it will be the eight and final meeting of Everton and Liverpool this season. The record so far gives Everton four wins, Liverpool two, with one match drawn. Mr. Ike Robinson, acting hon, secretary of the County F.A. states that the association have decided that the clubs can pay a bonus to their players. Further, this trophy is one of the finest in the county and the winners will receive fine gold medals. The kick-off has been put back to seven o’clock. It was originally three o’clock. The cup was first played for the 1882-82, and the first winners were Bootle. Since then Everton have won it 25 times, and Liverpool, the present holders, 15 times. In three seasons they have been joint holders. The trophy and medals will be represented at the end of the game. Everton will be strongly represented and will include Caskie. Liverpool hope to have the aid of some of their Army players who may be on Whitsun leave.
SUMNER GIVES EVERTON LEAD.
May 11, 1940. The Evening Express.
Amateur’s Goal Against Rochdale
Everton were without Tom Jones for the match against Rochdale at Spotland and Lindley moved to centre-half Wyles dropping back to right half with Sumner, an amateur, at outside right. Mercer is a probable starter for Monday’s cup-tie against Liverpool. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Wyles, Lindley, and Watson, half-backs; W. Sumner, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Rochdale: - Carey, goal; Sneddon and Byron, backs; Eastwood, Harker, and Warburton, half-backs; Colquhoun, Wynn, Richdardson, Duff, Howarth, forwards. Referee Mr. F. Boardman, of Sale. Lindley gave Rochdale a chance to reduce the deficit of 5-1, when he miss-kicked to let in Richdardson, who, however, drove over. Then the Everton defence showed surprising slackness and Duff had an easy chance to score but shot straight into Sagar’s hands. Lawton broke through, but Carey turned the ball over the bar with one fist. Everton forced two corners, and on the second occasion Stevenson took the ball on the half volley but placed outside. In eight minutes Everton took the lead through a splendid goal by amateur Sumner. The forwards progressed by short passing, and Sumner came in to take Lawton’s through pass, drag the ball back around Byron, and score with a rising cross shot into the top corner. Everton with a five-goal advantage on the tie took matters far too easily and their defence in consequence was given a harrowing time by the enthusiastic Rochdale forwards. Three times Sagar had to dash out to hold up Richardson, and Duff placed inches by the far post. Rochdale got no more than they deserved when in sixteen minutes Rochdale equalised. Wyles was pulled up for a foul and Colquhoun’s free kick excellently placed, was headed through by Richardson.
ROCHDALE MEAN BUSINESS.
May 11, 1940. The Liverpool Echo
Sumner’s Goal For Everton Levelled.
Everton had to make a last minute change in their game at Rochdale owing to T.G. Jones being unable to get away from work. Lindley came in at centre half, Wyles dropped back to right and W. Sumner, a 17-year-old amateur and “C” team player, was at outside-right. Rochdale also made three changes. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Wyles, Lindley, and Watson, half-backs; W. Sumner, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Rochdale: - Carey, goal; Sneddon and Byron, backs; Eastwood, Harker, and Warburton, half-backs; Colquhoun, Wynn, Richdardson, Duff, Howarth, forwards. Referee Mr. F. Boardman, of Sale. There were 6,000 spectators at the start, and they had an early thrill when Richardson got a chance in the first minute through a faulty clearance by Lindley, but the home centre forward ‘s shot was well over the bar. Wynn had an even better chance, but shot straight at Sagar with only the goalkeeper to beat. A clever one-handled save by Carey from Lawton was the first occasion the Rochdale keeper was called upon. Everton who were not unduly exerting themselves, went ahead at the eighth minute through Sumner, who made no mistake with a first-time drive from a Lawton pass. Rochdale was putting all they knew into the game, and following a corner Eastwood sent in a shot which Sagar saved cleverly at the foot of the post although challenged by two Rochdale forwards. Rochdale equalised at the 16th minute, following a free kick just outside the penalty area. Richardson giving Sagar no chance with his header. Duff should have done better than put the ball wide when he had only Sagar to beat from twelve yards range. Rochdale were doing the major portion of the attacking, and a for a time the Everton defence had to withstand strong pressure. Duff went close with a fierce drive, and for several minutes the ball was never out of Everton’s half. Rochdale, however, were wasteful in their opportunities. Stevenson tried to get Everton going, but his pass to Boyes was too far forward and Rochdale were soon back again, Sagar having to kick away hastily from a Duff attempt when strongly challenged by Richardson. The Everton forwards were unable to get going thanks to the resolute tackling of the Rochdale halves. Jackson came up almost to the penalty area to show the Everton attack the way to goal, but his shot was well wide.
EVERTON SCRAPE THROUGH
May 13 1940. The Liverpool Daily Post
Rochdale 4, Everton 2
Rochdale Make A Great Fight
After starting the second leg of the cup-tie against Rochdale with so commanding a lead that defeat seemed out of the question, Everton came within an ace of being dismissed from the competition at Rochdale on Saturday. They were beaten 4-2, but the score in the first game (5-1) turned the scale. After an exciting struggle, in which Rochdale were well on top all through, the home side were leading 4-1 twelve minutes from the finish, which lucent they needed only a other goal to equalise. The way they were keeping Everton on the defensive, it looked they would get, but instead the visitors scored from one of their rare attacks and all the steam went out of Rochdale. To a large extent the losers contributed to their own downfall. They were woefully wasteful of chances in front of goal, and considering the strong pressure on the Everton halves and backs, Sagar had not a great deal to do. Everton took the lead through Sumner, in eight minutes, Richardson equalised at sixteen, and from that point onwards Rochdale dominated matters so forcitily that Everton were rarely in their opponents half. Try as they would, the visiting attack could not get going, chiefly through lack of support from a weak half back line.
Duff’s Quick Goal.
Throughout the second half Rochdale kept up almost continuous pressure, Colquhoun scored five minutes after the resumption, Duff got two more at 72nd and 78th minutes, and only stout work by Greenhalgh and Jackson prevented the equalises. Four minutes from the end Everton made the issue secure. Thanks to Lawton who, after drawing the defence, lobbed over a perfect centre for Wyles to head out of Carey’s reach. Everton sadly missed Jones at centre half, Lindley, who took his place, had one of those bad days, when nothing would go right, and with Wyles also unable to cope with the speedy Duff, who was Rochdale’s best forwards, the backs had to take on a heavy burden. Half-way through the second half Bentham changed places with Wyles with inadequate support from the intermediate line, to say anything of Rochdale’s resolute tackling. Everton’s attack was rarely in the picture, though Lawton strove hard and gave the passes which led to both goals. Stevenson and Boyes gave occasional glimpses of their customary combination towards the finish, but altogether it was a match where Everton cannot remember with pride. They will have to do much better that this to beat Stoke in the next round. Attendance 6,601, receipts £332. Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Wyles, Lindley, and Watson, half-backs; W. Sumner, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Rochdale: - Carey, goal; Sneddon and Byron, backs; Eastwood, Harker, and Warburton, half-backs; Colquhoun, Wynn, Richdardson, Duff, Howarth, forwards. Referee Mr. F. Boardman, of Sale.
SCOTLAND 1 ENGLAND 1
May 13, 1940. The Liverpool Daily Post
Played at Hampden Park, Glasgow in front of 75,000, Caskie playing for Scotland and Mercer for England.
A MOVE THAT CHANGED EVERTON’S CUP-TIE FORTUNE.
May 13, 1940, The Evening Express.
Everton versus Stoke City. This all First struggle is to be staged at Goodison Park, next Saturday, in the Football League Cup third-round –the first “open” round of the competition. Had it not been for a tactical move at a vital stage of the Blues’ tie against Rochdale on Saturday, the champions might now be out of the Cup. Rochdale had got to within a goal of Everton and were on top. The Blues could not pull themselves together. The Mr. Andrew Coffey, the chairman, and Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of the Blues, sent down word from the stand for Wyles to go outside-right, Sumner inside-right, and Bentham right-half. Trainer Mr. Harry Cooks passed the message to Sumner. The alteration were made and Everton straightaway scored through Wyles to make them safe for the next round. Yes, it was as dramatic as that. With their international stars back on Saturday, I expect Everton to beat Stoke for the first this season. The City took three Regional points from the Blues. Everton, however have the Liverpool Cup to think about first, and tonight they face Liverpool at Goodison Park –a match which marks Jimmy Caskie’s first appearance of the season. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, (or Lindley), Jones (Tom), Watson; Caskie, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
Out Of Gear.
Everton’s display at Rochdale was the worst they have given this season. Rochdale deserved their 4-2 win because of their enthusiasm and ability to fight an uphill battle. Seventeen-year-old Sumner had scored for Everton early on, but a five goal deficit meant nothing to these go-ahead Rochdalians. Quicker on the ball and adopting a succession of storm tactics, Everton were put out of gear by a team of eleven honest-to-goodness triers. For once Everton were weak at half-back. Watson was off his game, Lindley could not hold the dashing Rochdale inside-forwards and Wyles was obviously out of position. Neither Bentham and Stevenson could use the call correctly, and Boyes was too easily beaten in the tackle. Further, Greenhalgh could do little right, against little Colquhoun. So Everton were merely a team of four units –Sagar, Jackson, amateur Sumner and Lawton. Sagar had little chance with the scoring efforts, Jackson was heroic, Sumner always tried to do the right thing in the neatest way; and Lawton always commanded the attention of three defenders and yet was an ever present menace despite lack of support. His work which produced the last goal was perfect. This journey was a case of “all’s well that ends well,” but it was one of the severest cup test Everton will ever experience.
EVERTON LUCK TO BE STILL IN THE CUP.
May 13, 1940. The Liverpool Echo
Rochdale Nearly Pulled It Off
Tonight’s Senior Cup Final; Caskie Will Play.
Everton will have to do much better next Saturday than they did at Rochdale if they are to make any further progress in the League Cup. Even after making all allowances for the fact that they were not at full strength, their display was one of the worst I have seen from them this season. Not only did the absence of Jones and Mercer considerably weaken the defence, but it contributed in so small measure to the failing of the attack to produce anything like its real form. The forwards never got the service of passes they have a right to expect, and most of the time had to forage for themselves. Lindley, who took Jones’s place at centre half, was unable to cope with the speedy and bustling Rochdale’s inside-forwards and, with Wyles suffering similarly Everton were on the collar most of the time. It was fortunate for them that Greenhalgh and Jackson, especially the former, stuck to their manfully, and that Rochdale were so profligate with chances in front of goal that Sagar was not called upon unduly frequently.
Tonights Cup Final.
Everton hope to have their strongest side out for tonight’s Senior Cup final at Goodison Park with Liverpool (k.o. pm.). Jones and Mercer are expected to play, while Caskie makes his first appearance this season. Liverpool make one alteration in the side which defeated Stockport, but it involves three positional changes. Probable teams; Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, (or Lindley), Jones, Watson; Caskie, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Liverpool: - Mansley; Lambert, Guttridge; Busby, Brown, Paisley; Liddell, L. Carney, Niuwenhuys, Polks, Van Den Berg.
May 14, 1940. Everton Express
Everton 6, Liverpool 3.
Liverpool Senior Cup Final
Everton won the Liverpool Cup for the 26th time; in fact, they made so sure of it in the first 19 minutes that, but for a typical Liverpool fight back, the game would have petered out into a one-sided struggle. Four goals did Everton pile on in that delightful “curtain riser,” during which they demonstrated their brilliance in ball control, positional understanding and effectiveness. It was a delight to watch. Them the 5,834 spectators saw Liverpool came along with a rare burst and brought the total to 4-2 before Everton machine got moving again. It was experience –yes, in tactics as well as mastery of the ball –which made the difference but I admired the sturdy Reds –youngsters from the reserves side in the major portion –for their “We-can-take-it-and-come-back” attitude. They were never beaten. Everton revealed sufficient class to make me believe they can go near to securing that League War Cup to place on the sideboard, alongside Liverpool Cup while Captain Joe Butterfield presented to Ted Sagar at the conclusion. Caskie and Stan Matthews in the same game. What a Soccer treat that will be. I liked Brown in the Liverpool defence, i can understand why Liverpool fancied him some time ago. He was there in the breach in a vital period. Gutteridge, Paisley –getting better and better –Busby, Carney, Nieuwenhuys, Liddell, and Van Den Berg, also did well for the fighting Reds’ side, while Polk pleased me for a youngster. He looks as if he will make the grade all right. Everton were the complete side from stem to stern. It was their team work and combined effort that took the eye even more than individual effort –and there was a lot of solo work, which thrilled. Yes, the Blues deserved this win in the final tilt at Liverpool this season and they wind up with the record: Wins, 5; Defeats, 2; Draws 1. The goals became this way; 1 minute, Bentham; 8 minutes, Busby (own goal); 15 minutes, Caskie, Jones; 36 minutes, Busby (right goal this time); 51 minutes, Niuwenhuys; 58 minutes, Lawton; 67 minutes, , Stevenson, 88 minutes, Niuwenhuys. Here is cheering news, Jimmy Caskie will be available for the champions for the next three games, and this means that last night’s team will oppose Stoke City in the third round of the League Cup on Saturday at Goodison Park. One more item of news, Everton have lost the toss with Bury for choice of ground in the Lancashire Cup Final and so this game will be staged at Gigg-lane on a date to be arranged. Everton’s team against Stoke City will be: - Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh, Mercer, Jones, Watson; Caskie, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Teams Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (TG), and Watson, half-backs; Caskie, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. Liverpool: - Mansley, goal; Lambert and Guttridge, backs; Busby (captain), Brown and Paisley, half-backs; Liddle, Carney, Niewenhuys, Polks, and Van Den Berg, forwards. Referee Mr. W. H. Evans.
EVERTON WIN LIVERPOOL
May 14, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Having won the Liverpool Senior Cup, which they lifted from Liverpool last night. Everton have another final on the list, against Bury, for the Lancashire Senior Cup, as well as an active interest in the League trophy. Everton and Bury tossed yesterday for choice of venue for the Lancashire final. As Bury won, the game will be at Gigg Lane on a date not yet fixed. Bury, who at the moment are top of the North-Western region have been serving up first class football this season, and have had some of the best attendances in the North. Everton will find them dour opponents. The inner politics of this match are likely to cause more discussion than the game itself. Some time ago the Lancashire F.A told the two clubs concerned that bonus could be paid for a win, but the League stepped in and said it couldn’t. The Lancashire F.A replied that if this ban was persisted with they would take the matter direct to the F.A. which apparently cut no ice with the Management Committee, for the latter have now announced their intention to stick to the prohibition. It is rather a pity that at a time like this football cannot avoid such disturbances. The Liverpool County F.A. also announced last week that Everton and Liverpool could pay bonuses for last night’s final at Goodison Park which may bring the game also into the orbit of controversy.
Everton were worthy winners of the Liverpool Senior Cup at Goodison last night. Early on it looked as though the game was going to be outstanding for the size of Everton’s victory, for they were four-up in 18 minutes through Bentham, Busby (own goal), Caskie, and Jones, and were so much on top that a cricket score seemed imminent. Time and again they swept half the length of the field without a Liverpool man touching the ball. Nobody would have recognised them for the team which did so badly at Rochdale; though for that matter it wasn’t the same, for with Jones and Mercer back in the side and Caskie on the wing this was something like the old championship Everton. Then the incomparable Busby managed to pull Liverpool round. He set them on the goal track just before half-time, while Nivvy added a second just after it and a third a few minutes from the end. In between Nivvy’s two Lawton and Stevenson popped on another couple for Everton. In fairness to the losers it must be remembered that these days they are much below strength compared with Everton. No fewer than six of last night’s side were “A” team players at the beginning of the season. Caskie, making his first war-time appearance for Everton, confirmed the good impressions of last season. He will be in the side to play Stoke in the third round of the League Cup at Goodison on Saturday, when Everton will field the same side as defeated Liverpool viz:- Everton: Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Watson; Caskie, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. The Cup was presented to the winning captain (Sagar) by Councillor Joe Butterfield, president of the County F.A., and medals to both sets of players.
JOE MERCER’S CHOICE
May 15, 1940. The Liverpool Echo
Joe Mercer, of Everton, who was entrusted with the task of raising the eleven to oppose Mr. Tom Cozley’s side in the Ellesmere Port charity match, tomorrow evening, announces that he has got together the following:- Burnett (Everton); Jackson (Everton), Cook (Everton); Jones (J.) (Everton), Cardwell (Manchester City); Watson (Everton), Munro (Blackpool), Mercer (Everton); Sibley (Blackpool), Eastham (G) (Blackpool), Morris (Burnley). This side ought to be capable of giving the Army Comforts’ team a good run for its money. In place of Stan Matthews, Mr. Cozley has fixed up with Sid Chedgzoy, son of the old Everton player, which is very appropriate considering the Chedgzoy family’s connection with Ellesmere Port.
GOODISON CUP-TIE; STOKE TEAM
May 16, 1940. The Evening Express.
“This is going to be the best cup-tie of the round, and I am bringing along a team which I firmly believe can win.” Mr. Bob McGrory, manager of Stoke City, made these remarks to me when I had a chat with him over the telephone regarding Saturday’s League Cup third round tie with Everton at Goodison Park. Everton at the moment are favourites for the trophy, but as Mr. McGrory emphasised, the City as well as Everton, will have out practically a pre-war team.” Stoke will have the aid of six of their Army players –Wilkinson, Mould, Turton, Peppitt, Steele, and Ormston –and at outside-right will be football’ s wizard of control, Stan Matthews, while Frank Soo the former school boy, will not only be on duty but will captain the City. Jimmy Oakes the Charlton Athletic back, who played so well against Everton for Port Vale at Hanley, will be at left back to opposing Jimmy Caskie. Everton are fielding nine internationals and as Mr. McGrory commented “If the people do not come to see this match then there must be something wrong somewhere.” Agreed. Stoke City: - Wilkinson; Brigham, Oakes (Jimmy); Soo, Mould, Turton; Matthews, Peppitts, Steele, Sale, Ormiston.
CUP CLASSIC AT GOODISON
May 17, 1940. Evening Express.
Everton’s Merseyside’s remaining hope in the League Cup Competition, enter the arena tomorrow against Stoke City at Goodison Park for the third round. Stiffer opposition them Stoke could not be found, and the Potters have grounds for confidence, seeing that they draw at Goodison in the Regional game and won the return at Stoke. Great interest –will centre on Jimmy Caskie and Stan Mathews, the two outside-right, who were in opposition last Saturday in the Scotland-England match at Hampden Park. On that day it was Caskie who took the honours. If Everton reproduce the form they showed in the opening season against Liverpool on Monday I feel certain their name will figure in the draw for the next round which will be made at Goodison Park immediately after the Everton-Stoke match. Tomorrow’s kick-off is 3.15. An extra half-hour will be played if necessary. Everton: Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (Tom), Watson; Caskie, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Stoke City; Wilkinson; Brigham, Oakes (Jimmy); Soo, Mould, Kirton; Matthews, Peppitt, Steele, Sale, Ormiston.
Everton “C” oppose Bootle St. Mary’s at Goodison Park tomorrow evening, kick-off 7 p.m.
May 17, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton could not have had a better Cup attraction than their third round tie with Stoke City, at Goodison Park tomorrow. Had this been the real Cup in normal times it would have been played in a capacity house. Stoke have taken three points from Everton in the Regional game, this season, and at the moment are at the head of their section, three points above Everton on level matches. Everton have the advantage of playing at home and this may enable them to win at the first time of asking. Everton gave a smart display against Liverpool this week, but will find the Potteries side a vastly different proposition. They have five forwards who can shoot and a defence which takes a lot of breaking down.. I am looking forward to a great tussle between two sides that can and do play the best type of football, but with home advantage I anticipate a victory for Everton. Everton: Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (Tom), Watson; Caskie, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Stoke City; Wilkinson; Brigham, Oakes (Jimmy); Soo, Mould, Kirton; Matthews, Peppitt, Steele, Sale, Ormston.
Everton “C” oppose Bootle St. Mary’s at Goodison Park tomorrow evening, kick-off at seven o’clock.
EVERTON AND STOKE IN GREAT CUP DUEL.
May 15, 1940. The Evening Express.
Blues On Top, But Lack Shooting Accuracy.
Stoke City were forced to make five changes for the League Cup third round tie against Everton at Goodison Park today, Steele, Kirton, and Wilkinson being absentee. There were 15,000 spectators at the start. Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (Tom), and Watson, half-backs; Caskie, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes, forwards. Stoke City, Jones, goal; Brigham and Oakes (Jimmy) (Charlton Athletic), backs; Franklin, Mould and Soo (captain), half-backs; Matthews, Peppitt, Sale, Liddle, and Ormston, half-backs; Referee Mr. E. Pinston (Warrington). Everton opened at leisurely pace allowing Stoke to take to take all the initiative, and themselves being responsible for innumerable inaccuracies. Jackson showed enterprise when he tried to come through on the right wing, but he was fouled by Oakes. Mercer placed the free kick behind. Everton should have been a goal up in eight minutes, when Lawton left the City defence standing by his quick burst through, and he placed a pass accurately to Boyes, who with only Jones to beat placed against the side netting. Stevenson drove over the top before Lawton took a shot on the turn. He, too, lacked correct elevation. Everton were gradually getting into the swing of things and Caskie and Bentham combined nicely without bringing any grist to the mill.
Everton kept up an incessant attack now. The City defence being kept working at top speed. Oakes just tipped the ball off Lawton’s toe as the international was about to shoot, and then Watson dropped the centre behind. Oakes placed a free kick behind before Ormston broke through and placed low by the far post. Ormston survived a foul by Mercer and dropped over a perfect centre, which Sagar just touched out and then cleared before anyone could do damage. The game was gradually livening up into something approaching a real pre-war cup-tie. Stevenson shot over before Caskie neatly outwitted Oakes and placed across a low centre, which Jones turned aside with his foot. Everton were proving the more dangerous side, without being able to get shots on the target. In the first quarter, Jones did not get a single direct shot. This was changed by Caskie, who raced through to a far-flung pass and Jones had to run out to baulk the little Scot when he looked all over a scorer. Jones had to pull down a high shot from Mercer as Everton continued to apply the pressure. In 31 minutes Bentham netted but the goal was disallowed. Bentham being penalised for a foul. Brigham shot the ball from Lawton’s toe as he was crashing in for a shot, and Everton’s appeal for a penalty for a foul on Boyes was rightly disallowed.
GOODISON PARK CUP-TIE.
May 18, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton And Stoke At grips.
Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (Tom), and Watson, half-backs; Caskie, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes, forwards. Stoke City, Jones, goal; Brigham and Oakes (Jimmy) (Charlton Athletic), backs; Franklin, Mould and Soo (captain), half-backs; Matthews, Peppitt, Sale, Liddle, and Ormston, half-backs; Referee Mr. E. Pinston (Warrington). For this attractive third round cup-tie between Everton and Stoke, at Goodison today, and City found it necessary to make several team alterations, whereas Everton’s side was unchanged. It showed but one alteration from that of their championship days. The draw for the fourth round was to be made at the Everton offices immediately after today’s matches. Some of the early movements were of interest, but for quite a time there, were no goals incidents, and the first real one should have produced a goal to Everton, for when Lawton best two men, and then slipped the ball across the goal face, Boyes was left with an opening thar wingers crave for. It was a million to one a goal, but to the dismay of all Boyes shot outside. Lawton had quick-fire efforts; one went over the top, on the outside, and the only shot so far which Sagar had to deal with was a rather tame effort from Liddle. It was some time before Matthews got an opportunity to show his wizardly, but when he did he put the Everton goal on the spot with a lovely centre, which, however, was not taken up, and it was Ormston who created more danger when he scooped a ball into the Everton goal, and it appeared to be dropping under the bar until Sagar pulled it down and cleared.
Lawton tried a long shot which had very little chance of succeeding, whereas a pass to Caskie would have been of much greater value. So far there had not been a great deal of bite in the game even though there were some very sound tactics displayed. Caskie made a nice run, during which the rounded Oakes with ease and then slipped over a ball which goalkeeper Jones kicked out to clear. Had the ball gone on Boyes, would have been left with a perfect chance. Then Caskie and Goalkeeper Jones had a tussle when Stevenson put through a long forward pass. The race for the ball was keen, and it was only by a fraction that the goalkeeper won it. But even then he was not clear of danger, for Stevenson was rushing down, hot-foot to apply the necessary finishing touch, but he, too, was just late. Everton were now putting on the pressure, Caskie in particularly being a very forceful member, while Joe Mercer even came into the shooting range to try his hand, or foot, Jones saving. Bentham netted what looked a good goal, but the referee disallowed it, claiming that the shooter had handled the ball.
EVERTON’S LATE WINNER.
May 20, 1940. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 1, Stoke City 0.
Lawton Score From Penalty Kick.
It took Everton eighty minutes to win their way through to the fourth round of the League Challenge Cup. For that period Stoke’s defence had prevented Everton from taking a goal. Jones their goalkeeper in particular being mainly responsible for preventing Everton taking a substantial lead. It was a penalty goal which decided the issue and, in my opinion, it was a thin affair for I doubt whether Stevenson would have scored had he not been pushed in the back –the infringement which brought the penalty kick. Lawton scored with a terrific shot –the only goal of the game. Everton should have had at least four goals. Boyes made a glaring miss in the first five minutes when he shot outside with a goal gaping in front of him. There were other misses of a similar nature, and one began to wonder whether Everton, in spite of their incessant attack, would beat down the galliant Stoke defence. One must admit that Jones the former Welsh amateur goalkeeper from Colwyn Bay, made some brilliant saves. Stoke were never really in the game with a chance. Everton took command from the start and held it to the end. In fact, they were so much the superior force that Sagar could not have had more than three shots to deal with throughout. The City defenders put up a brave show against a side which could do everything but land the ball into the net.
Matthews, Stoke’s brilliant outside right, was again held as in a vice. Greenhalgh has always played this football wizard with such skill that I have never seen Matthews have a good game against him, and when Matthew’s is kept quite a lot of the usefulness of the Stoke side has vanished. Soo, for instance, was not on his best game, this no doubt was due to the fact that the whole of the Stoke defence, and that includes the half backs were so centred on checking the Everton forwards that they had no opportunities to assist their own forwards. Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (Tom), and Watson, half-backs; Caskie, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes, forwards. Stoke City, Jones, goal; Brigham and Oakes (Jimmy) (Charlton Athletic), backs; Franklin, Mould and Soo (captain), half-backs; Matthews, Peppitt, Sale, Liddle, and Ormston, half-backs; Referee Mr. E. Pinston (Warrington).
EVERTON HAVE A CUP SCORE TO WIPE OFF.
May 20, 1940. The Evening Express.
“No 7 versus No 5” was how the first two numbers came out of the little white bag held by Mr. W.C. Cuff president of the Football League, when he made the draw for the League War Cup fourth round ties to be played on Saturday. And it meant that Fulham were drawn at home against Everton. The Blues had just beat Stoke City by Tommy Lawton’s penalty goal –and on the balance of play it should have been half-a-dozen goals –and within five minutes I had taken the results of the seven other ties to Mr. Cuff and Mr. Fred Howarth, secretary of the League. Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of Everton, busied himself writing out the names of the survivors on little slips –two slips had two games because extra time was still proceeding. Accompanied by Mr. Andrew Coffey, chairman of Everton, the five of us went to an adjoining room for the draw- a big event in my career seeing that it was the first draw –apart from preliminary round draws –I have seen. Mr. Coffey was privileged to make the initial draw by taking the slips out for preliminary numbering. No I club was Birmingham’s No. 2 Newcastle United, and so on, Everton drew No. 7. Mr. Cuff then drew out the little numbered discs. Within ten minutes of Everton walking off the field victorious, the whole draw had been completed. High-speed, efficiency and possibly the quickest cup draw in history.
They Can Do It.
So Everton are to make their first trip to London this season, and face former cup rivals in Fulham. The Cottagers knocked Everton out of the cup not so many seasons ago after forcing a draw at Goodison Park. I think Everton can avenge the defeat. Mr. Kelly hopes to have out his best available side. As soon as he knew the draw Mr. Kelly was contacting people for permission for players to go to London. A repetition of the form which accounted for Stoke, with more luck in front of goal, should put Everton in the last four. Everton hammering away at the City goal for three-parts of Saturday’s game, and while they missed some good opportunities, luck and a brilliant defence was against them for the most part. Ted Sagar ran half the length of the field to tell Lawton to take the penalty kick. And he did it with a vengeancy. Little was seen of the City attack apart from occasional Sale and Ormston, and Stan Matthews was well held by Norman Greenhalgh and Gordon Watson. Mercer occasionally took a hand in the subjection of Mathews, and with Tom Jones faultless, Everton had a half-back line capable of breaking up any attack and giving excellent support to the men in front. Forward, Lawton and Caskie took the honours, Caskie’s footwork and accurate finishing were delightful. Boyes did not find it easy work overcoming Brigham, and Stevenson was less lively than of late. Bentham was at industrious as useful, and Jackson and Sagar made no mistakes. There were 15,035 spectators who paid £810.
May 20, 1940. The Liverpool Echo
The results column shows Everton 1 (Lawton penalty), Stoke City 0, but that does not tell the complete story of the game for Everton were so superior that they should have had at least half-a-dozen goals at the call of time. The bare result suggests a tight game, whereas, it was anything but that, for Everton were on the attack for 80 per cent of the game. There should have bene a regular flow of goals considering the chances offered the Everton forwards, instead of which there was a sequence of missed chances, which was annoying. Boyes started the disease, when he missed an open goal in six minutes, and Stevenson, Bentham, and Boyes again failed lamentably when the Stoke defence was all at sea. The infringement which produced the penalty was a mild sort of affair, and I doubt whether Stevenson would have scored had he not been pushed in the back as he was waiting for Lawton to centre. Matthews was no wizard in the game, he has never been one against Greenhalgh who plays him better than any other defender in any of the three countries. Greenhalgh keeps his eye on the ball and takes no heed of Matthew’s body swerve and does not hold him. Jim Caskie was much the better outside right on the day’s play. He gave Jimmy Oakes a bad time in the second half.
EVERTON’S CHANGES FOR WREXHAM GAME.
May 21, 1940. The Liverpool Echo
Everton make two changes for tomorrow’s evening game against Wrexham at Goodison Park, as Caskie and Stevenson are not available. Caskie went back to Scotland at the week-end and his place will be taken by Wykes, who has made a number of first team appearances this season. Originally Caskie was due for a holiday this week but it has been cancelled. Stevenson is suffering from a groin injury, and his absence makes an opening for J. Lyon, captain of the “B” team to make his senior debut. Lyon, who is only 16 years of age the former St. Helens schoolboy international. He joined the Everton staff about a year ago and to the outbreak of the war assisted Trainer Harry Cooke, The team reads: - Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Watson; Wykes, Bentham, Lawton, J. Lyons, Boyes.
WREXHAM BEAT EVERTON.
May 23, 1940. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 1, Wrexham 2
Surprise For Champions.
Everton played anything but cup-winning football in their Regional game with Wrexham at Goodison Park last night before the smallest crowd ever seen at last night before the smallest crowd ever seen at a first team game 589. Wrexham deservedly won 2-1 for after a first half which failed to produce a goal, and during which Everton missed some chances the Welsh side, playing strong, progressive football in the second session scored two goals in the space of three minutes. The first one was a ferocious affair, Coen crashing home a first time drive with which not even agile Sagar could make contact. Three minutes later Bamford, by following up and collecting a ball which had cannoned of Sagar , scored again, and it seemed quite unlikely that Everton would have any reply to those two goals, for the played moderately –very moderately in fact. Nothing would go right for them: passes went all over the place, and Wrexham’s speed into the tackle often robbed Everton of good chances. Jones had two free kicks saved and Lawton went close on occasions, but the side failed to produce sufficient bite to break down the Wrexham defence until two minutes from the end, when Lawton glided with his head a centre from the left wing right away from goalkeeper Jones. Jones had made one or two smart saves in the first half, when Everton should have taken a lead sufficient to gain them a victory. Wrexham, however, were well worth their success. Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones and Watson, half-backs; Wyles, Bentham, Lawton, J. Lyon, and Boyes, forwards. Wrexham: - Jones, goal; Sproston and Tennant, backs; Kelsall, Tudor, and Snow, half-backs; Hughes, Astbury, Bamford, Coen, and Smallwood, forwards. Referee Mr. F. N. Roberts (Liverpool).
EVERTON TEAM FOR FULHAM CUP-TIE.
May 23, 1940. The Evening Express.
Everton have only one doubt regarding their team to oppose Fulham in the League War Cup fourth round tie at Fulham on Saturday. It is whether Tommy Jones can get permission to make the journey. Hopes are entertained that he will be able to be there, but if not Everton are well prepared. The deputy will be international Charlie Gee, the player whom Jones succeeded in the Blues’ first team. Gee is now living in Redditch. Mr. Theo Kelly, Everton’s secretary, wrote asking if he would be free to step into the side if wanted. Charlie replied; “I’ve had a few games with Droylesdon, and can get off to play. I am going into training right away in the hope of getting a game.” And Charlie Gee has been training for two weeks ready to step into the breach. Everton have secured permission to play all the other players, and will have out their best available side. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (Tom), of Gee, Watson; Caskie, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes.
Everton must learn the lesson of last night’s defeat at Goodison Park at the hands of Wrexham; if they are to make cup progress. Wrexham in their last match of the season deservedly won 2-1. As a matter of fact had not Tommy Lawton “nodded” one home two minutes from time, Wrexham would have gone away knowing they were the only club against whom Everton had not scored this season. Everton kept the ball too close and took matters too leisurely. Wrexham were on their toes the whole time, and while Everton had more of the game territorially they were cramped and ineffective. Wrexham especially in the second half, were faster and more direct. I liked the work of Snow, Bert Sporston, Jack Tennant, Astbury, Coen, and Hughes, while Jones, one of our smallest goalkeepers was sound as a bell. Everton’s attack lacked two things –craft and support from the half-backs. Sixteen year old Jack Lyon was the one forward with cute ideas and his debut did him credit, while Lawton worked hard with scant support. Tom Jones was outstanding in defence. Wrexham with nine “guest artists” aimed at effectiveness, while Everton in a game producing almost as many throw-ins as spectators -589 paid £24 1s 1d –never got down to their customary workmanlike style. Still my contention that Wrexham were a good side was amply justified. Everton last night touched their lowest ever in gates for a League match. Yes, and only 58 spectators turned up at Anfield for the game with Wigan Athletic. The receipts were 16s 3d!
EVERTON HAVE A BIG CUP TASK AT CRAVEN COTTAGE.
May 24, 1940. The Evening Express.
Everton, the Football League champions, having lost any chance they had of winning the Western Regional competition have only cup interest remaining –the League War Cup and the Lancashire Senior Cup. Tomorrow they make their longest journey of the season. They visit Craven Cottage to oppose Fulham in the fourth round of the League Cup for the right to face either West Ham or Birmingham in the semi-final. Everton, West Ham and Blackpool are now favourites for the Cup, and definitely Everton’s task tomorrow is the hardest of the three. The cleverness of Everton’s nippy attack with such an effective spearhead as Lawton, should enable the Blues to reach the last four. I do not consider the visit to Fulham any harder than the first round tie against Preston North End. So far Fulham have accounted for Brentford, Norwich City and Nottingham Forest and in the League South “C” they are placed in the middle of the table with 15 points out of 28. Well-known men in the side are Keeping and Arnold, the former Southampton players, and both English internationals, while young Brooks, the centre forward, is the dangermen. Mr. Theo Kelly, Everton’s secretary, heard last night that Jimmy Caskie was a doubtful starter owing to a slight injury received when playing for the Rangers on Wednesday. Hopes are entertained that Torry Gillick who has been playing with Airdrie, will be able to fill the outside right position. I expected Everton, with Blackpool, West Ham and Blackburn Rovers to be among the semi-finalists. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (Tom), or Gee, Watson; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Fulham; Boulton; Brown, Keeping; Evans, Hiles, Taylor; McCormick, or Jones, Finch, Rooke, Woodward, Arnold.
The long waited return game between the junior players of Everton and Preston North End has been arranged tomorrow at Goodison Park. The kicked is at 3.15. Everton; Canavan; Ireland, Dugdale; Sherratt, Atkins; Miller, Sumner, Lindeman, Powell, Lyon, Bailey.
EVERTON’S CHANCES AT FULHAM.
May 24, 1940. The Liverpool Echo
What interest now remains in the already tag-end of this football season is centred on the League Cup, in which Everton carry the hopes of Merseyside against Fulham tomorrow. Everton will need to take their chances better at Craven Cottage than they did at Goodison last week against Stoke. Clever midfield work is no good without the right finishing touch in front of goal, and in that respect Everton have been remiss of late. While the champions ate favourites for tomorrow’s encounter there is not a great deal of solid basis for the assumption. With home advantage Fulham will fight hard for the right of entry to the semi-final, and though I think Everton can pull it off if they produce their best and take their opportunities, there will not be much in it. In view of the long journey there is a doubt about Tommy Jones’s ability to play. His absence would be a blow to the side, for the Welsh international is not only a tower of strength in defence, but latterly has developed a penchant for coming to the aid of the attack, at the right moment and seeking to show then the way to goal. If Jones is absent Charlie Gee will take his plan. Gee’s a stalwart defender, but hasn’t quite got the Welshman’s flair for positional play or attack. With Caskie unavailable owing to muscle trouble, following a mid-week game in Scotland, Everton last night got in touch with Gillick at Airdrie, and he is almost certain to turn out. Team; Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (or Gee), Watson; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes.
FULHAM FALL ON EVERTON.
May 25, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Two Goals Up In Two Minutes
A Cup-Tie Surprise.
Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Gee, and Watson, half-backs; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes, forwards. Fulham: - Boulton, goal; Brown and Keeping, backs; Evans, Hiles and Taylor, half-backs; McCormick, Finch, Rooke, Woodward and Arnold, forwards. Referee Mr. G. Dutton (Warwick). There was a nice crowd to see the fourth round League Cup-tie between Fulham and Everton, the latter having Gillick at outside-right for Caskie. The ground looked wonderful, more like the first day of the season then almost the last. Fulham had a strong team out, strengthened by a number of guest artists. Fulham opened in sensational fashion for they scored in less than 30 second and in another half minute Rooke had nodded on a second. This was startling to say the least. These were two of the quickest goals, I have seen, and they took Everton completely by surprise. Sagar tried to rush out and save the situation, but was helpless in each case. Woodward was the man who notched the first point. Everton were thus soon on the collar but there was plenty of time to pull things out of the fire, and they set about it with Lawton being held up in the last second, and Stevenson being pulled up for offside, a decision which brought a protest from the Irishman. Gillick made a clever header from Mercer’s pass, the ball flashing past the post. Everton for some minutes played good football and Lawton had a chance from Gillick’s cross, but the centre forward headed high over the cross-bar. A keen tussle took place in the Everton goalmouth after Sagar had parried a shot, and for some seconds the situation was serious. Gillick forced a corner off Keeping, but then made a pool flag kick. Boulton made a fine header which dropped over the bar. Fulham’s scored a third goal at 20 minutes, Rooke beating Gee and then following a dribble round Sagar and tapping the ball to McCormick to out the ball into the net. Lawton scored for Everton.
EVERTON OUT OF THE CUP
May 27, 1940, The Liverpool Daily Post.
Fulham 5, Everton 2
Fulham’s Rapid Start Brings Victory.
The Cup favourites have fallen. Everton went to Fulham as the popular fancy for the new League Cup, but their hopes were soon dashed, for within a minute Fulham got through the gap down the centre and were two goals up. It was a staggering blow. Nevertheless Everton, with their backs to the wall, got over the setback of those two rapid thrusts of Woodward and Rooke, and played good football and seemed to be getting on top, but another goal by McCormick in 20 minutes made matters desperate. Gee could not hold the fiery Rooke, who into the open spaces and there were many. Five minutes later Lawton had rubbed one goal off the state, and at half time there was at confidence in the Everton team that they could still win for they felt they could master the aggressive Fulham team, but their confidence was reduced when in the first minute of the second half Arnold beat down Jackson’s defence, and offered Woodward the ball. The inside man shot to the far side of the goal and the ball hit Greenhalgh on the thigh, bounded away into the goal, and it had crossed the line when Sagar made a grab at it. That completely shuffled out any chance Everton had.
Open And Speedy Play
They battled on and Gillick again reduced the lead, and the winger should have scored when he snapped up a ball close in, and Boyes had bad luck with a header, but worse still was the Lawton shot which had Boulton beaten all to pieces only to come up against the base of the upright. Almost immediately Arnold the best forward on the field, ran through and scored with an angular shot. Fulham had played the correct game; open play, speed into tackle and defensive methods –all back whenever there was a chance of Everton setting up an attack. Gee was penalised for an offence inside the area, and Woodward scored with his first spot kick, but McCormick had negative the goal by running forward. Wood tried again, but this time Sagar saved. As you have gathered the Everton defence was not equal to the quick thrusts of the sprightly Fulham forwards, particularly Rooke and Arnold. Jones was greatly missed, for Gee could not hold Rooke, a grand centre forward in every way, and when Jackson was limping Fulham played on his wing so that Arnold had a joy day. In defence Hiles was a tower of strength against Lawton, who had a good game, and the veteran Keeping was as steady as a rock. Boyes was the cleverest footballer afield, but was inclined to overdo the fancy work. He had the best chance of scoring when Lawton gave him the ball clear of the interference, but he declined to take it first time, and ultimately fizzled it altogether. Fulham were fully entitled to their victory, but they are not likely to get off again with two such swift goals as they did in this game. It was a real blit Kreig. Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Gee, and Watson, half-backs; Gillick, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, and Boyes, forwards. Fulham: - Boulton, goal; Brown and Keeping, backs; Evans, Hiles and Taylor, half-backs; McCormick, Finch, Rooke, Woodward and Arnold, forwards. Referee Mr. G. Dutton (Warwick). Attendance 14,772; receipts £843 1/6. Everton play Stockport County at Sedegley Park on Wednesday, Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, and Bury in the final of the Lancashire Cup at Gigg Lane on the following Saturday.
TRIERS ALL THE TIME.
May 27, 1940. The Evening Express.
Although Everton fought back valiantly after the first minute shocks when Fulham scored twice they were unable to stem a virile Fulham attack. Twice they reduced the margin to two-Lawton and Gillick were the scores –and then, as Fulham were showing signs of cracking. Lawton let go one of his specials and the ball came back off the post. Had that shot counted, I believe Everton would have won, despite a defensive weakness and a second half injury to Jackson. Everton missed Tommy Jones. Praise to Fulham’s fast raiding attack brilliantly led by Rooke but they met with indifferent opposition and so looked dangerous every time they broke away in a grand exhibition of fast, high powered football. The Blues have many times played far worse and won well. They gave a brave flight with Lawton, Mercer, Boyes, and Greenhalgh the pick of the bunch, while Sagar saved a penalty taken a second time. Lawton and Rooke were the best centre forwards I have seen in a single game for seasons. Mr. Kelly was in charge of the Everton party in London we met directors Alderman A. Gates who is down south. Mr. Huband, the F.A. councillor was at the match, and some of the Everton players had a long talk with him after the match, in which they emphasised the need for a square deal for players on the field of play. Mr. Huband was, obviously deeply impressed by the words of wisdom uttered by Charlie Gee. Sam Wadsworth and Curtis Booth, the former players who, coaches in Holland, made a dramatic escape from that country recently, came along to join us. It speaks wonders for the loyalty of the Everton players when I tell you that Torry Gillick spent 18 hours in trains in order to appear, I was delighted to find him looking so well, following his long period of recuperation from the injuries received in the garage fire.
Everton have two Regional games outstanding and also the final of the Lancashire Senior Cup. Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of Everton, has arranged for Everton to visit Stockport County on Wednesday evening and next Saturday the Blues go to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, who failed against Stoke City on Saturday. Stoke are now the champions of the Region. The following Saturday, June 8, Everton go to Gigg Lane for the Lancashire Senior Cup Final against Bury.
EVERTON SAY GOOD-BYE.
May 27, 1940. The Liverpool Echo.
Two goals in the first minute set Fulham on the winning path in the Cup tie against Everton. Everton suffered this serious blow by goals from Woodward and Rooke, both the result of faulty defence which left the middle of the field open. Yet it did not take away confidence in their ability to win through. They set their teeth and gradually got on top in balance of play, but another gap was driven in the Everton defence in twenty minutes when Rooke rounded Gee and slipped the ball over to McCormick to add the final touch. With Fulham forward line always dangerous, and the Everton defence never in command of the situation, things looked bad for the visitors, even though their football was of the better class. Fulham offset that by their go-ahead methods and speed on the ball. Lawton reduced the deficit but within a minute of the second half Woodward got another for Fulham, and although Gillick added Everton’s second the chance of recovery looked slender. Then Jackson was injured, and with Arnold getting No 5. Everton gave up the ghost. Fulham won on their merits. They were much better and found the open spaces down the middle, of which there were many. Rooke was much too speedy for Gee and Everton undoubtedly missed Tommy Jones. At least one of those first two goals would have been saved had Jones been there. The Fulham defence backed up their fast-moving forwards splendidly, yet on the slightest suggestion of Everton attack the home goalmouth was packed with Fulham players. Hile kept a smart watch on Lawton, who had a good game, and Keeping was a grand full back, but to my mind Everton’s downfall was due to those first two quire fire goals.
May 28, 1940. Evening Express.
I expect Everton to complete another “double” –against Stockport County at Edgerley Park. When the County visited Goodison Park they met with a heavy defeat, and while the Blues might not have some of their stars on parade tomorrow, they will have out a team capable of bringing home the points. Stockport have gained only 11 points from 21 matches, and at home they have lost five and drawn one. Everton have not been all-conquering away from home’ in fact their only successes have been at New Brighton and Tranmere. Mr. Kelly, the Everton secretary will not know his team until just before the match, but it will be chosen from:- Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh, Jones (J.); Mercer, Lindley, S. Simmons, Watson; W. Sumner, Bentham, Lawton, Dean, Catterick, Stevenson, Boyes. Everton and Liverpool have arranged to play a match at Goodison Park on Saturday between their junior sides. Both teams will consist of players 18 or under.
May 30, 1940. Evening Express.
Stockport County 1, Everton 2
Joe Mercer, Everton’s international half-back, played centre-half for the Blues at Edgeley Park last night, against Stockport County, and gave a fine exhibition. He brought better understanding in defence. That is why Everton won. They just deserved it on their first half display. Mr. Theo Kelly the secretary and only official with the party did not know his team until we were half-way to Stockport. Stevenson was an absentee, and with no Tommy Jones, Mercer moved to the centre. Lindley on the wing and the youngster Simmons and Sumner, came into the attack. Jack Jones was Greenhalgh’s partner at back –and a good one withal. Simmons and Sumner go on improving, Simmons took the first goal and at 16 years of age represents a fine proposition. Sumner played with customary coolness and thought and revealed rather more confidence in holding the ball or beating a man. The game was patchy with ex-Liverpoolian Freddie Howe, playing great stuff at centre-half for the County and holding his own with a Lawton who made rather than accepted openings. Bentham –who helped to establish Everton’s half-time lead of 2-0 was purposeful, and Lindley and Sagar did well. Stockport County: - Fielding, goal; Hollis and Oldham, backs; Chappell, Howe, and Lumby, half-backs; Bagley, Catterick, Williams, Astbury, and sanders, forwards. Everton: - Sagar (captain), goal; Greenhalgh and Jones (JE), backs; Lindley, Mercer, and Watson, half-backs; Sumners, Bentham, Lawton, Simmons, and Boyes, forwards. Referee Mr. Womersley.
BLUES’ BIG TASK.
May 31, 1940. The Evening Express.
Everton’s task against Manchester United at Old Trafford is a hard one. The United dispossessed of most of their own players owning to national duties, have gathered together a band of players from other clubs, to constitute a side which, on paper looks really formidable. The Everton defence will face, for the first time, young Carter, the Bury outside-left, who is regarded as one of the finest young wingers in the country. Burdett the Bury leader, well also be in the opposing ranks as well as defender Gemmill. Stan Matthews, Alex Herd and Peter Doherty are internationals in the United team and there will also be Manley (Brentford) and Goodall (Bolton Wanderers) –a veritable team of the finest. Everton hope to have Tommy Jones back. He is a key-man in the Blues “make-up” if Everton avoid defeat they will have every reason to feel happy. Everton (probable) Sagar; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (Tom), Watson; Lindley, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Boyes. Manchester United; Goodall; Redwood, Gemmill; A.N. Other, Briggs, Manley; Matthews, Herd, Burdett, Doherty, Carter.
DAVIE RAITT BEREAVED
July 24, 1940 Evening Telegraph
Mrs. David Raitt (49), 22 Kinloch Street, Dundee, who collapsed and died in Hilltown yesterday, was the wife of the former right-back of Dundee F.C. With “Napper” Thomson Davie Raitt formed one of the strongest partnerships in the story of the Dark Blues. He also assisted Everton and Blackburn Rovers.
In September he volunteered and is now a bombardier in a Royal Artillery unit in Scotland. He served from start to finish of the last war and won the Military Medal.