EVERTON SHOULD WIN
May 1, 1942. The Evening Express
Let me say at once that I think Everton should turn the tables on West Bromwich and so keep direct Merseyside interest alive in the best soccer competition of the war. Their form at the Hawthorn last week was too poor to be true. If they can find the means to counter Albion’s quick thrust football they can soon overcome their handicap. They have the players who can do it, but they must make sure that they are first to possession. That is an essential. The Albion do what they have to do with the maximum of speed which can only be countered by tenacity in the tackle and a correct positional sense. Tommy Lawton will be present again to lead the attack. Last week Lawton was wasted. It must not be allowed to happen again. In particular do I ask for the purveyors of the ball to insist on the quick thrusts up the middle to exploit to the full the opportunism of Lawton, and I ask that the wingers, whoever they may be, will make up their minds to get the ball across. Lawton is supreme in the air at the moment, and if only they will get it over he will do the rest. Let me explain that I do not think this is a match which can be won by one player only. It will take eleven at their best never fear, but Lawton constitutes a most effective spearhead and if he is utilised rightly Everton will win –and by the necessary margin.
Principal danger to Everton lies in Elliott the former Bournemouth forward now operating at outside-right. Here is a player worthy of filling the position once graced by such as Billy Bassett and Tommy Glidden. He has skill and pace, and Albion call on him as every opportunity. You will revel in the skill of Peter McKennan, the Scottish international, at inside-right and in Sankey and McNab the Albion have two grand wing half-backs who, I would remind Everton, departs from Orthodox soccer scheme and take the wing forward in accordance with age-old Albion precept. Wing half on inside-forward is the usual procedure. Not so with Albion. The Albion defence can be upset by forwards who can hold and draw, but not too deliberately. If Everton speed up their usual plan they can win. All the time of writing there are still 14 names on Mr. Kelly’s team sheet, and the exact constitution of the team may not be known until the last minutes. Still, Lawton is a certain starter, and it is even money that Caskie and Boyes will be available for the attack. Mercer and Cook definitely will play and there is either Tom Jones or Eric Keen for centre-half. Unless anything unforeseen happens I expect the half-back line to read “Bentham, Tom Jones, Keen,” Keen is already in Liverpool. Here you have the prospect of a grand struggle with Everton, because they have a job to do rising to the heights. A week has not altered my opinion that Everton are capable of conceding a two goal margin to the Albion. There is certain to be a gate exceeding 30,000 and I do ask intending spectators to get to the ground early and tender correct money at the stiles. It will save a lot of trouble. The kick-off is at 3.0 p.m. Everton (from) Burnett; Cook, Jackson; Bentham, Jones (Tom), Keen; Watson, Boyes, Anderson, Mercer, Lawton, Stevenson, Sharpe, Caskie. West Bromwich Albion. Adams; Bassett, Shaw; Sankey, Gripton, McNab, Elliott, Mckennan, Richardson, Evans, Edwards. Should Everton lose they will play either Manchester City or Stockport County away in the Lancashire Cup on May 9.
EVERTON’S UPHILL FIGHT
May 1, 1942. The Liverpool Echo.
Lawton Well Play
Everton have a tough job on hand tomorrow, for they start their return Cup-tie with West Bromwich Albion with a two goal deficit, which is a big handicap even with ground advantage. The only advantage –and it is one Everton would have preferred to be without –is that this handicap has “made” tomorrow’s game from the spectators viewpoint. Had the boot been on the other leg, and Everton had a two-goal lead, much of the stuffing would have gone out of the tie, for the result would have been pretty certain beforehand. As things are the interest has been intensified and we can count on a great day reminiscent of pre-war days. Everton have a good chance, provided they will take their openings when they come and fritter them away trying to walk the ball into the net. No amount of neat and natty midfield play will counterbalance the absence of goals. The Blues have not been particularly brilliant in attack of late and have been pulled through by the excellence of their defence. The best defence in the world can’t win a match when it starts two goals to the bad, so Everton will have to concentrate entirely on attack and throw all their weight into rubbing out Albion’s lead. Whether they can do that is another matter. They can if they will bear this foregoing remarks in mind –and carry them out. Much depends, of course, on the constitution of the team, and particularly the forward line. Fortunately, the position has been clarified regarding Lawton who has got leave and is a definite starter. His inclusion will be a great help, providing he is properly served with passes, and not starved for long periods as he was last week. Though Boyes and Caskie still remain in the probables, both are very doubtful. In the defence Cook and Jackson are O.K, while behind them they have one of the finest goalkeepers in the land in Burnett. Eric Keen injured at the Hawthorns has now reported fit, and the choice rests between him and Watson at left half. I should imagine it will be Keen, for he has played brilliantly all season, and can hardly be left out. Tommy Jones returns to centre half, so the half-back line will be a strong one, and, one hopes, will give that backing to the attack which has been missed on occasion lately. Given good conditions there should be another crowd in the vicinity of 30,000 tomorrow, so may I remind spectators to get there as early as possible and have the right money ready. It’s still 1s 1d –the extra tax hasn’t gone on yet. Gates open at 1.45. Everton (from) Burnett; Cook, Jackson; Bentham, Jones (Tom), Keen; Watson, Boyes, Anderson, Mercer, Lawton, Stevenson, Sharpe, Caskie. West Bromwich Albion. Adams; Bassett, Shaw; Sankey, Gripton, McNab, Elliott, Mckennan, Richardson, Evans, Edwards.
EVERTON’S CUP BID ENDS
May 2, 1942. The Evening Express.
Everton could not settle, their team to oppose West Bromwich Albion in the season “leg” of their War Cup-tie at Goodison Park today, until 10 minutes before the kick off, when Tommy Jones, despite a boil on the thigh, decided to play. Mercer, was at right half and Bentham went to his real position at inside right. Caskie was not present, so Boyes was at outside left and Norman Sharp the former Liverpool school player, was at outside right to make his first appearance of the season. The Albion fielded the side which gave them the 3- 1 advantage at the Hawthornes last Saturday. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jackson, backs; Mercer, Jones (Tom) and Keen (Derby), half-backs; Sharp, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. West Bromwich Albion; Adams, goal; Bassett and Shaw, backs; Gryston, McNab and Elliott, half-backs; McKennan, Richardson, Evans, and Edwards, forwards. Referee; Mr. C.P. Womserley (Davenport). Within a minute and a half Evans had given the Albion the lead to increase their advantage on the tie to three goals. This was a tremendous shock for the 30,000 spectators, for it was Everton who had opened out in the best style. Stevenson had tried to get Lawton through, and then Lawton had nodded the ball down tastily for Boyes, who, however, had scorned the shot. In 90 seconds Albion were awarded a free kick for a foul on McKennan away on the right, and this was slipped across by Richardson to Evans standing just outside the goal area. Evans only half-hit the ball which trickled slowly towards goal hit the foot of the far post and bounced into the net. Everton battled back strongly, Lawton just failing to get through when Elliott slung the ball into the centre, Burnett failed to intercept, and Edwards headed against the side netting.
Two Goals Down.
Two more corner failed to bring and reward to Everton, who, in six minutes were two down. This meant a four goal disadvantage on the tie. It was danger man Elliott who did the damage this time. He left Jackson standing and cut in to score with a low shot to when Burnett dived but was too late. In 11 minutes Everton brought a glimmer of hope by making the score 2-1 with a goal by Bentham. Lawton seemed just offside when he raced through from Stevenson’s pass, but the linesman waved play on and Lawton ran close in past Bassett and Gripton, drew Adams and turned the ball across for Bentham to run it into the net. Sharp failed to utilise two corners so after he had raced through from Lawton’s pass and gained another corner. Stevenson took at, but Adams was not troubled. Once again the Albion were proving that yard quicker on the ball, but it was obvious that they were sorely worried about the Lawton menace. In 23 minutes Boyes twisted his leg in trying to trap the ball, and this led to an Albion attack. The ball was partially cleared, but Stevenson was penalised for fouling McNab two yards outside the penalty area. After some delay McKennan took the kick and placed low into the far corner of the net to place the Albion 3-1 –Burnett being slow in moving to the ball. Boyes was carried off, so that Everton’s ten men were faced once again with that four goal deficit. Adams went full length to save from Bentham before Lawton and Stevenson went through with brilliant inter-passing and when Stevenson headed in it looked all over a goal, but Adams saved in sensational style. Another close up free kick saw McKennan try his shock shot, but this time Burnett managed to turn it over the top for a corner. Adams saved from Bentham in a game packed full of thrills and Albion’s speed to possesses the dominant factor. Elliott but inches too high with a lovely shot as Jackson hesitated, then Lawton was over the top with a distance shot. Just on the interval Keen had a shot turned away for a corner, from which Adams saved well from Sharp.
Half-time; Everton 1, Everton 3.
Everton resumes without Boyes, Sharp going to outside left, with Mercer trying to fulfil a dual . The Blues pressed strongly but Lawton’s close-up free kick was deflected behind and then Lawton raced through but his centre hit the bar. Albion were giving nothing away and their speed at times made it look as if Everton were standing still. It was high powered foot executed with remarkable accuracy and although Everton were pressing wholeheartedly, rarely did they look like breaking down a brilliant defence. The game had been in progress 64 minutes when the Blues suffered further setbacks, Elliott taking two goals in a minute. Richardson made him the first by going to the wing to draw the defence and then slipping the ball inside for Elliott to go on and drive it home. Practically from the kick off Albion gained a corner, what Richardson placed perfectly in, Elliott to head through. There was no stopping Elliott, who went in and placed again the post, Burnett catching the rebound. Then a spark of life from Everton now six goals down, but when Lawton headed in Bassett headed off the line. Everton were held and all the progressive work came from the Albion, the spectators being treated to some perfect work by Mckennan. It had been a brilliant display by Albion against a side which though a player short was no match for the opposition. Final; Everton 1, West Bromwich Albion 5.
ALBION TOO GOOD
May 2, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton Lose Boyes
Everton were without Caskie for the return Cup-tie with West Bromwich Albion at Goodison today, Boyes crossing over to the left and Sharp coming in at outside right. There were fully 30,000 spectators at the start. Everton were faced with an uphill task, for they were two goals behind on the first match, at the Hawthorns. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jackson, backs; Mercer, Jones (Tom) and Keen (Derby), half-backs; Sharp, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. West Bromwich Albion; Adams, goal; Bassett and Shaw, backs; Gryston, McNab and Elliott, half-backs; McKennan, Richardson, Evans, and Edwards, forwards. Referee; Mr. C.P. Womserley (Davenport). There was a sensational opening, for West Bromwich were two goals up in the first seven minutes, which seemed to make Everton’s position well-flight hopeless. Both goals were the result of slackness in the home defence. The first came from Evans in two minutes. Elliott started the movement, and when he crossed the ball, Richardson and Evans were allowed to make progress unchecked. Even Burnett seemed mesmerised when Evans sent across a weak bumping shot for the goalkeeper made no effort to save, and the ball went into the net almost at a snail pace, off the foot of the post. Everton forced three corners in quick succession, without getting anything tangible for them, and then came Albion’s second goal, scored by Elliott and once more Everton’s defence was slack.
Lawton To Bentham.
Jackson’s challenge of the winger was very half-hearted and when the latter put in his shot, Burnett again was nothing like his usual resolute self and failed to prevent Albion’s second goal, which again came off the foot of the post. This was a surprising opening, but within five minutes Everton had reduced the deficit thanks to a grand individual run by Lawton, who kept command of the ball when challenged by Bassett and presented a pass to Bentham, and the latter made no mistake. Everton made desperate efforts to get the equaliser and even Cook was well up on one occasion. West Bromwich were lively in attack, and they gave the Everton defence little respite. Lawton strove hard to get his forwards going, but with little success.
Everton suffered another blow at the 24th minute when Boyes wrenched his knee and had to be assisted off the field. Within a minute the Blues were another goal down, when a foul was given against Stevenson and McKennan put in a terrific shot which flashed into the net like a cannon ball in spite of Burnett’s galliant effort. A grand bit of work by Lawton and Stevenson was finished by the latter putting in a shot which looked a certain goal, but Adams made a brilliant save, Burnett made an equally clever save from another of Mckennan’s pile drivers. Everton put all they knew into getting on level forms, but the absence of Boyes made the attack lopsided and though Lawton worked like a Trojan he got little support apart from Stevenson, and was always borne down by sheer weight of numbers. Albion’s attack was always dangerous, and every man in the front line was a strong shooter.
Half-time; Everton 1, West Bromwich Albion 3.
Boyes did not resume in the second half. The first incident of note was a neat bit of work by Keen and next a lone raid by Lawton, who put in an angled shot from an almost impossible position. The longer the game want the more dominant was Albion’s superiority. Their tackling was excellent, and even allowing for the absence of Boyes they were much the better side. Everton had hard lines when Lawton just failed to get his head to a Bentham centre, and apart from that the Albion goal was rarely in danger. Elliott scored a fourth for the visitors after some excellent combination between Richardson, McKennan, and himself. This was after 20 minutes, and a couple of minutes later McKannan added another when he headed in a corner from Elliott and was hurt in the process, but fortunately quickly recovered.
The difference between the two sides was that Everton were a collection of units with little combination, and usually waited for the ball to come to them, while Albion was a team in every sense of the word, and ,made the maximum use of every opportunity. Their forward combination was brilliant at times, and they rarely put a shot off the mark. In the closing stages Albion ran through the Everton defence like a hot knife through butter and McKennan was the star of a line which was composed of brilliant players. Final Everton 1, West Bromwich Albion 5.
EVERTON OUT OF THE CUP
May 4, 1942. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 1, West Bromwich Albion 5
Albion A Great Side.
Everton were no match for West Bromwich Albion in their return Cup-tie at Goodison Park, and the 5-1 result in Albion’s favour in no way exaggerates the visitors superiority, even allowing for the fact that Everton had only ten men for three-parts of the game and that Albion were presented with two gilt goals in the first seven minutes. It is a long time since Everton were so outclassed. It was not so much that Everton were poor as the fact that the Albion were superlatively brilliant and played football equal to the highest pre-war standard. They were yards faster than Everton, their combination was crisp and their tackling quick and sure. On top of these attributes every man in the forward line was a deadly marksman and a canny worker of the ball. Not only did Albion shoot on every possible occasion but with rare; exceptions all their shots were right on the target. In short they gave the finest exhibition of speedy, accurate and classic football that Goodison Park followers have seen since the war started and on that form Albion seem certain Cup winners. They would have beaten any team on Saturday. Starting the game with a two goal lead from the previous week, Albion had a spot of luck right at the beginning. Everton paid a heavy penalty for slackness in defence, for within seven minutes Evans and Elliott had increased Albion’s lead to four goals. In neither instance should the scorer have been allowed to get in his shot, and the general paralysis was shared also by Burnett who, usually so reliable made no attempt to save the first shot and only a feeble effort at the second. These two goals sealed Everton’s fate, and although Bentham, thanks to good work by Lawton got one for the home side and raised momentary hopes of a revival, it was not long before McKennan neutralised it. Two more goals to Albion in the second half placed the issue beyond and though Everton never gave up trying until the closing stages when Albion toyed with them and did pretty much as they pleased, it was apparent that the longer the game went the larger would be the measure of Albion’s superiority.
Lawton was Everton’s outstanding player. He did the work of three men in valiant efforts to pull his side through, but lack of support and weight of numbers made all his labour unavailing. Whenever he got the ball there always seemed three Albion men on him immediately. The absence of Boyes who left the field with a wrenched knee after 25 minutes and did not return, made a big difference to Everton’s attack coupled with the fact that Sharp was too inexperienced for such opposition. Jones, playing under difficulties, did well as centre half, and Cook was a valiant defender but the remainder were a long way below par. In an admirably balanced Albion team special mention must be made of Elliott, a brilliant winger, and Mckennan the former Partick Thistle player, whose ball control, dribbling and general play were of the highest order. Albion’s defence was just as sound as its attack and through Everton through sheer determination were frequently within striking range of Adams, the visiting goalkeeper was rarely called upon. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jackson, backs; Mercer, Jones (Tom) and Keen (Derby), half-backs; Sharp, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson and Boyes, forwards. West Bromwich Albion; Adams, goal; Bassett and Shaw, backs; Gryston, McNab and Elliott, half-backs; McKennan, Richardson, Evans, and Edwards, forwards. Referee; Mr. C.P. Womserley (Davenport).
May 4, 1942. The Evening Express
Everton’s was rather an inglorious exit from the cup, but it was due more to the super-brilliance of the Albion than to their own shortcomings. I grant that Everton were a poor side, but no team I have seen this season has given such a dazzling display of high-speed, ultra-accurate football as the boys from the Hawthorns. They were 50 per cent better than when beating the Blues the previous week, and a position of the form will surely bring them the trophy. The Blues hardly had a smell at it. Within 90 seconds Albion had increased their advantage to three in six minutes they were four to the good; the 11th minute saw that cut down by a goal, but in the 64th and 65th minute they brought it to six –and Everton slowly but surely faded out. It is no exaggeration to say that apart from centre-forward, where Ton Lawton put in his all in an endeavour to stage a King Canute act and stem the relentless Albion victory tide the Albion were superior to Everton at all points. They had individual and collective ability and a rhythm which the Blues never could match. I was a real delight to the eye, and the pace at which the Albion did their work was positively smashing in these days of restricted training. They were always a yard faster than Everton and never for a second had a breather. They were on the ball like lightning, never allowing an opponent a split second to settle on it. As at the Hawthorns Everton were trapping the ball for the Albion to sweep away. There is a fundamental reason for this “spirit fire” pace of the Albion. Apart from Peter McKennan, who is in the Army, all their players are war workers in their club area, and so not only play together at week-ends, but actually train together on odd evenings during the week. That spot of training, while it may not be regular, is the secret of their success. This is not an excuse for Everton, but a definite factor in Albion’s vast superiority over Everton. And I think it will prove too much for the other cup aspirants.
Cheers For Lawton.
The 27,026 spectators (receipts £1,700) gave Lawton a special cheer as he came out, and there is no doubt his enthusiasm and endeavour against overwhelming odds, were positively magnificent. It always took three men to hold him, and yet he had to worry along without the support a centre-forward can reasonably demanded. Yet Lawton played a lone had magnificently. I admired, too, the grand work of Tommy Jones, stoutly overcoming the handicap of boils. Willie Cook and Stan Bentham, but the remainder were not up to warranty. There were contributory factors, to the Albion win apart from the soccer skill and speed of the Midlanders. One was that the Blues played for 67 minutes without Wally Boyes, who twisted a knee in simple style just when Everton looked like making a fight. No ten would have been good enough to hold that scintillating Albion eleven. I gave you due warning that Elliott, the former Bournemouth winger, was the other Albion rapier. Magnificently exploited by McKennan he was. A quick pace and what a rush there would be to Partick Thistle to snap up McKennan. He beat Everton at Everton’s own game, and Elliott, who took three goals, was only once thwarted. This pair proved all too much for Keen, and Jackson. Adams. Gripton, Sankey, McNab and Evans were other giants in the Albion triumph, in which McKennan and Evans also got a goal each. Norman Sharp had an uninspiring debut and Joe Mercer battled along gallantly, but found the pace against him. Stevenson did some neat work, but the tenacity of the Albion upset him. Bentham took Everton’s goal after Lawton had cut through from Stevenson’s pass. Well, Everton need have no regrets. They had a good run and then fell to one of the teams of the season. And the Albion exhibition was sufficient to satisfy the most exacting. Arrangement have now been completed for next Saturday’s games. Everton will go to Maine-road to oppose Manchester City in the Lancashire Cup second round. Stockport County having been taken out of the competition. On May 16, Everton will play Manchester City at Goodison Park.
LAT CUP HOPES GOES
May 4, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Albion’s Brilliant Display
On their showing at Goodison West Bromwich will be most people’s fancy for the League trophy. On Saturday they should beat any club in the country. They served up an exhibition of speedy stylish, and copybook football equal to the best Everton produced in their pre-war championship season. True, two grit goals to Albion early on took a lot of the heart out of Everton and the absence of Boyes for three parts of the game made a big difference, what might have happened if Boyes had remained is problematical, put I doubt whether the ultimately outcome would have been altered. Making allowances for Everton’s handicaps, there was no denying Albion’s overwhelming superiority. They were yards faster than the Blues, their tackling was much deadier, and their combination all through was brilliant. Bentham’s goal kindled hopes of a revival, but they were only momentary for the longer the game went the more obvious did Albion’s acdentancy become, and the three goals which followed Boyes’ departure were no more than they deserved. The last goal was scored by McKennan. This is confirmed by Albion. Not for a long time have Everton been made to look so ineffective, particularly in the closing stages, when Albion’s attack ran through the home defence at will. Apart from Tommy Jones who played well under difficulties –he had a painful abscess on an unmentionable part of his anatomy –Tommy Lawton, who worked like a hero, but never had a chance and Cook in slight lesser degree; Everton’s players were well below par. While every Albion man played in brilliant fashion, special mention must be made of Elliott, a great winger and Peter McKennan, whose ball control and dribbling were superlative. It was more than individual brilliance however, that contributed to Albion’s success. Their team work was the secret, allied to speed, accuracy, combination and positional sense.
SPORTS RECORDS LEFT TO SON
Liverpool Evening Express - Wednesday 06 May 1942
Mr. Louis T. Kelly, of Newby-street, Liverpool, master baker and confectioner, who died on February 2, left £2,772, net personalty £983. Mr. Kelly (a well-known sports journalist) left to his son, Mr. Theodore Kelly, secretary of the Everton Football Club), his notebooks containing all his football records.
EVERTON CUP CALL ON YOUTH.
May 7, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton call on youth on Saturday when they visit Maine-road to oppose Manchester City in the Lancashire Senior Cup for the right to receive Blackpool in the semi-final. The Blues will lack international stars Tommy Lawton, and Tommy Jones, who will be in opposition in the Cardiff international between England and Wales and Caskie and Boyes are not available. Consequently youngsters from the “A” team will come in to fill the gaps to range beside internationals, Cook, Mercer, Stevenson and Keen and other players of experience. For instance Wally Owen who proved quite a utility forward this season will it is expected lead the attack just as he did at Southport when Everton progressed to the second round. Either Ireland –also a player at Haig-Avenue or Dugdale will be at left back, for Jackson, who being “cup-tried” to Chester cannot play. If choice falls on Dugdale it will mark his debut with the first team. Maurice Hill, who played regularly with New Brighton during the first half of the season, is chosen for outside right, the position he occupied in the Southport match and Jack Lyon is also included in the attack. It is expected that Eric Keen will revert once more, to centre-half, and that either Watson of Curwen will be at left half. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Ireland (or Dugdale); Mercer, Keen, Watson (or Curwen); Hill, Bentham, Owen, Stevenson, Anderson (or Lyon).
• George Jackson to play for Liverpool on Saturday.
May 7, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s team to meet Manchester City in the Lancashire Senior Cup-tie at Maine-road on Saturday have several changes from the one neaten by West Bromwich Albion. As Jackson is cup-tied to Chester and Greenhalgh is still unfit to play, Cook will be partnered either by Ireland or Dugdale, two “A” team amateurs full backs. Ireland played in the mid-week match at Southport last week and out up a promising show, with Tommy Jones engaged for Wales, Keen returns to centre half, with choice for left half resting between Watson and Curwen. As Lawton is also engaged at Cardiff, Owen, who led the forward in the Southport match, is again chosen as leader of the attack. Though small for such a position Owen is surly strong and full of fight and enterprise and he won’t let the side down. Maurice Hill, leaned for a long spell to New Brighton making another appearance at outside right, while the left winger will be Anderson or Lyon. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Ireland (or Dugdale); Mercer, Keen, Watson (or Curwen); Hill, Bentham, Owen, Stevenson, Anderson (or Lyon).
BLUES AT MAINE-ROAD
May 8, 1942. The Evening Express.
Everton with a team stripped of many stars owing to travelling difficulties and international calls go to Maine-road to tackle Manchester city in the Lancashire Cup for the right to entertain in the semi-final. Both were War Cup victims of Midlands clubs last week, and will be seeking consolation in a game which should appeal to the fans of Cottonopolis. The return game takes place at Goodison Park the following week. Form –taken over the season it not from recent results –indicates that Everton will at least escape defeat in the league championship. No 1 Everton completed a fine doubt over the City, winning by the odd goal at Maine road after a thrill-a-minute struggle. Inspired by the enthusiasm of youth the may approach that feat again. The City are experiencing team difficulties in plenty and unlike Everton have not the same array of young players at their command. The Blues will bring in Owen as centre-forward, Hill at outside right, and either Ireland or Dugdale from the “A” team at left back. There players aided by the experience city players like Mercer, Stevenson, Cook, Bentham, and Keen will acquit themselves well. Everything seems to depend on the ability of the Everton half-backs as to hold the forceful City forwards. If they can do so Everton should avoid facing an impossible task at Goodison Park. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Ireland (or Dugdale); Mercer, Keen, Watson (or Curwen); Hill, Bentham, Owen, Stevenson, Anderson (or Lyon).
May 8, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton will probably introduce an “A” team full back into the against Manchester City at Maine Road, as Jackson is not eligible for Cup games and Greenhalgh, though progressing well, well not be able to play for some little time yet. The choice rests between Ireland and Dugdale and if the former is picked, and does as well as he did against Stockport recently, Everton needn’t worry. The same considerations which make Liverpool’s match a vital one apply also to Everton’s visit to Manchester, and the possibility of a Liverpool-Everton pairing in the final will make the Blues go all out for victory. Everton, look as through they will have a proportion of “A” teamers out for the game than in any previous match this season, but that doesn’t mean their chances are any the less. The Blues have some excellent talent in their reserves string. Opportunities for the up-and-coming youngsters have not been quite as numerous with Everton as with some sides, owing to the club having been able, on most occasions to complete the team with –experienced League players, which was obviously the due course, and the way things are shaping I think we shall see much more of then next season. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Ireland (or Dugdale); Mercer, Keen, Watson (or Curwen); Hill, Bentham, Owen, Stevenson, Anderson (or Lyon).
MANCHESTER C V. EVERTON
May 9, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Manchester City; Robinson, goal; Clark, and Busy, backs; Walsh, Walker and Dodd, half-backs; Dellow, Currier, Boothway, Hogan and Stuart, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jones (J.E.), backs; Curwen, Keen (Derby) and Watson, half-backs; Hill (M.), Bentham, Owen, Stevenson and Anderson (Third Lanark), forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Lawless. Two strange looking sides were fielded at Maine road today. Both Manchester City and Everton included members of their junior elevens. The City were the harder hit in the choice of players, and had five changes. These were many excellent moves, but they petered out when the penalty area was reached, and little Owen found the tall Walker too big for him, so that he got few balls in the air. Stuart made one fiery shot, which crashed against the side netting, and Burnett once had to sweep the ball from Boothway’s toes to prevent a goal. There was no disputing the fact that the City were the more progressive side and had their shooting been of better quality they might have been a goal or two up. Boothway was twice through the Everton defence only to shoot feebly. Everton were pretty well bound to their own half for a time, but Anderson and then Bentham came to within striking distance of the City goal, and Hill went close with a header. Everton made a change in their forward line, Owen going on the wing and Bentham centre forward. This brought greater penetrating power into the line and for some minutes they had the city on the defensive and Robinson had to save at the second attempt from Bentham. Bentham was more of a match for Walker, than Owen had been, with the result that the City defence was often hard pressed, and Robinson had one or two saves to make and saw other shots put outside the woodwork. Manchester City though Currier, brought Burnett into action, his save of one fierce shot being particularly fine.
Half-time; Manchester City nil, Everton nil.
Manchester went ahead at 52 minutes through Boothway, Currier made the opening. Six minutes later the City were two up. This time the scorer was Dellow, who rushed in and directed into the net Boothway. There was no shooting power in the Everton forward line.
Final; Manchester City 2, Everton nil.
May 11, 1942. The Liverpool Daily Post
Manchester City 2, Everton 0
Few Good Shots at Maine Road.
Everton were beaten by 2-0 in the first leg of the Lancashire cup-tie at Maine road by Manchester City. Everton had a poor time until the forward line was rearranged mid-way in the first half for Owen had no chance against Walker, the City’s tall centre half-back. Nevertheless Everton were able to keep the City out during the first “45” but that was all they did, for their forwards never really tested the City goalkeeper. He saved one header from Bentham, and that was really the total of his work in the first session. The City were the more enterprising side but they should have been at least a couple of goals to the good at the interval. Boothway does not often miss such chances which came his way. Everton could not get working in unison at times they showed glimpses of nice combination. The City were quicker to the ball, more determined in their tackling and showed a better linking up plan. The second half produced more “fire” in the first ten minutes than the whole of the preceeding half and within thirteen minutes the City had taken a lead of two goals. The first (52 minutes) was the result of a fine dribble by Currier who gave Boothway a good pass. The City centre-forward took the ball instantly and with a low shot left Burnett standing. Six Minutes later Stuart drove in a grand shot which Burnett turned against his upright. He tried to recover the ball, put was beaten by Dellow who raced in and shot into the net. From that point it was practically all City and Burnett saved on his line from Boothway while Dellow narrowly headed over, so the City will come to Goodison next Saturday with a handsome start. With a match will Blackpool in the semi-final, the teams have something to fight for. Attendance 5,000, receipts £282. Manchester City; Robinson, goal; Clark, and Busy, backs; Walsh, Walker and Dodd, half-backs; Dellow, Currier, Boothway, Hogan and Stuart, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jones (J.E.), backs; Curwen, Keen (Derby) and Watson, half-backs; Hill (M.), Bentham, Owen, Stevenson and Anderson (Third Lanark), forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Lawless.
• Wales beat England at Cardiff, in the last international of the season, by one goal to nil, Lawton played for England and Jones (T.G.) for Wales.
• Liverpool beat Chester 3-0, Done scored a Hat-trick and Liddell penalty shot was saved by Shortt.
May 11, 1942. The Evening Express.
Things are not running Evertons way just at the moment. Injuries to Greenhalgh and Boyes cost them rather dearly in the War Cup-ties, and at Manchester an injury to Wally Owen in the first half completely put out of joint a side hardly representative of Everton’s true strength. Everton gave quite a good account of themselves in the first half, although never being a potent factor in attack. The City were always slightly better but they could not forge ahead until late in the game, when Boothway scored. Later Dellow obtained a second goal to place the City in a nice position. Defence was not to blame for Everton’s defeat, but their attack was much below pair. Only Bentham truck his real form, although Owen was doing finely up to that injury. Anderson lacked support and Hill was not a success in the strange position of outside right. Keen, Cook, and Jack Jones were the big men in defence, but generally the half backs were sound. Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of the Blues, assures me that Everton went under to the better side on the day, but that Everton were far from being disgraced. He is quite optimistic about Everton turning the tables on Saturday. There were more than 5,000 spectators at Maine-road with receipts of £282.
EVERTON SET ANOTHER TEST
May 11, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
At Maine road, Everton only had a shadow of a full team and so, for that matter did the City, so things were fairly evenly balanced in this respect. But there was more “fire” about that City side throughout the entire game, and had their shooting been anything up to quality they would have held a lead at the interval. Up to that point the game never reached a high standard. It appeared to be go-as-you-please football, with Manchester promising to be the danger side, but the Everton held them off for forty-five minutes, and we had visions of them snatching a win or at least preventing them scoring, with the chance of increasing. Bentham went centre-forward –Owen was too small against the big centre half. Walker –and the alteration was an immediately success, for Everton after a tame start began to worry the Manchester defenders, who had an easy passage up to then, but the improvement was not maintained. Everton could not beat down the City defence no matter what they did, one of the reasons being that the City were faster into the tackles and to the ball. Everton’s attack has trouble poverty-stricken these days and without a shot no side can hope to win. The City were worthy winners but if Everton can get together something like true Everton team there may be a different tale to tell on Saturday.
EVERTON’S TEAM FOR CITY RETURN
May 13, 1942. The Evening Express
Eight internationals representing England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales are included in the 13 players named by Everton from which the team to face Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday will be chosen. There is the chance that a new “guest” will be on view. This is Frank Soo, the Stoke City half-back who played for England against Wales last Saturday, and who is the former Liverpool schoolboy player. Joe Mercer and Tommy Jones also return after service at Cardiff, and Tom Lawton definitely will return to lead the attack. Lawton has wired that he will be arrive at one o’clock on Saturday. Jimmy Caskie is included at outside-left, and Mr. Kelly believes that the Scot will be able to partner Alex Stevenson. The Blues start off two goals down in this game, which is for the right to meet Blackpool in the semi-final of the Lancashire Senior Cup. Should all the players turn up Everton should have a good chance of wiping out the arrears and marching onwards. Everton (from); Burnett, Cook, Jones (Jack); Soo, Mercer, Jones (Tom), Keen, Watson; Anderson, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Caskie.
Should Everton find the two-goals handicap too much for them so that direct interest in the Cup is lost, they will oppose the Western Command Army team at Goodison Park on Saturday, May 23. This will be their final home game of the season.
LAWTON TO LEAD EVERTON
May 13, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton announced thirteen “probables” from which their side will be picked for the return Lancashire Senior Cup-tie against Manchester City Cup at Goodison Park on Saturday. A newcomer in the team is Frank Soo, Stoke City’s half back, who played for England against Wales last week. Lawton has advised the club that he will definitely play, while Everton hope also that Caskie will be available. While the Blues have a stiff job to rub out City’s two goals lead, they will have out a much stronger side than last week, and have a good-fighting chance. Team from:- Everton (from); Burnett, Cook, Jones (Jack); Soo, Mercer, Jones (Tom), Keen, Watson; Anderson, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Caskie.
BLUES HOLD KEY
May 15, 1942. The Evening Express.
Everton hold the key to all these problems, if they can beat the City at Goodison Park tomorrow, everything will be plain sailing for the two semi-finals the following week. The Blues have a terrific task. They start out facing a two-goals deficit, and while it may be argued that ground advantage offsets that, there is no doubt that such a lead has a psychological effect on both teams. Well, look what happened when West Bromwich came to Goodison with two goals tucked in their locker. It gave them all the confidence in the world, and it will be just the same with the City. The Maine-road lads will not worry because they lost at Goodison in a league game. Form is not running true in these duels cup games. I have high hopes, however, that Everton will once again get back on the victory trial. They have lost every game –including a cup-tie -at Southport –since they beat Liverpool at Anfield in the War Cup. Reason for these lapses has been, primarily a marked falling off in forward sufficiency. If the Everton attack can strike the game tomorrow under the leadership of Tommy Lawton –a certain starter –I think they will win. Caskie cannot get down to Liverpool for the match and Watson will be at outside-left. Joe Mercer is doubtful because of his Army duties, but Frank Soo, another international is coming along and will be ready to step in. Soo, who made a big name for himself with Liverpool school-boys went to Prescott and then on to Stoke City. Jack Jones is at left back, for Jackson is “cup-tied in this competition. The City are bringing “guest” players in Currier of Bolton Wanderers, Walker of West Ham and Ronnie Dellow, who has been playing with New Brighton. They also include two youngsters from their “A” team, who form the left wing. Here we have the making of a thrilling encounter, with victory meaning considerable financial reward –per the Blackpool game and the hope of the final tie. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Jones (Jack); Mercer, (or Soo), Jones (Tom), Keen; Anderson, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, Watson. Manchester City; Robinson; Clark, Walker; Walsh, Eastwood, Bray; Dellow, Currier, Boothway, Hogan, Stewart.
EVERTON’S LAST CHANCE
May 15, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
At Goodison Park tomorrow, Everton are once more faced with a two-goal deficit in a return Cup-tie. We know how they fared the last time thing were in this position, when West Bromwich Albion waltzed round them in brilliant fashion. I cannot see Manchester City administering a dose of Albion’s medicine, or for that matter, Everton putting up another display so puerile as they did against the Midlanders, which was their worst showing all season. On paper Everton have a good chance of rubbing out City’s two goal lead, for their side is considerably stronger than last week. Lawton and Tommy Jones are back after their international absence and the former is a certain starter. As Jackson is Cup-tie. Cook will be partnered by Jack Jones. Four players are named at half-back, including a new guest in the person of Frank Soo, of Stoke City, the former Liverpool school-boy and ex-Prescot Cables player. Providing they are available, the half-back line will be Mercer-Jones-Keen, but there is a doubt as to Mercer’s availability, in which case Soo will come in. The forward line includes Watson at outside-left, as Caskie is not available. Apart from the possibility of a Liverpool-Everton pairing in the Lancashire Cup final, Everton have the incentive of a semi-final game at Goodison Park with Blackpool to surf them on tomorrow. I wasn’t hopeful of their chances against West Bromwich, but this time I feel they may pull it off. Manchester City make three changes –two position –compared with the side that won last week, but the attack is the same. Walker a borrowing from West Ham, moves from centre-half to left half, Bray from left back to left-half, and Eastwood comes in as pivot. Ronnie Dellow, ex-Tranmere and New Brighton, is in City’s team whose left wing is composed of two young “A” team players who have only recently taken on senior service. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Jones (Jack); Mercer, (or Soo), Jones (Tom), Keen; Anderson, Bray; Dellow, Currier, Boothway, Hogan, Stewart.
CUP RETURN AT GOODISON
May 16, 1942. The Evening Express
Everton’s Test v. City
Manchester City included Bacuzzi, the England and Fulham defender, against Everton in the second “leg” of the Lancashire Cup-tie at Goodison Park today. Frank Soo, the Stoke City international, made his debut for Everton, appearing at inside-left with Stevenson on the wing. Everton faced a two-goals deficit, the tie being decided on aggregate of the two games. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jones (Jack) backs; Mercer, Jones (Tom) and Keen (Derby), half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Bentham, Lawton, Soo (stoke City) and Stevenson, forwards. Manchester City:- Robinson, goal; Bacuzzi (Fulham) and Clark, backs; Walsh, Walker (West Ham), and Bray, half-backs; Dellow (New Brighton), Currier (Bolton), Boothway, Hogan (W.) and Stewart (D.), forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Hartley (Bolton). Everton opened on a top note, Stevenson and Soo combining neatly, but neither Lawton nor Bentham could quite get command of the centre. Stewart raced through, but Tom Jones confidently called on Burnett, and away went Everton for Lawton to outwit Walker in delightful style, only to find the ball moving away from him as he shot. Everton forced a corner on the right before Anderson shot first time, the ball flashing by the post, and then came some excellent combined work by the left wing, resulting in Lawton veering to the right and letting go a shot which passed outside.
Everton Call Tune.
Jack Jones neatly intercepted on two occasions when the City were becoming dangerous, but Everton generally were calling the tune. Anderson won a corner from which Bentham overhead attempt was safely handled by Robinson. Walker had to pass back hurriedly to hold off Lawton and the City defence fared excellently as Everton piled on the pressure. The City gradually came into the picture with the Everton defence slow in moving to position, and after Dellow had struck the side netting, Burnett twice said “No” to Boothway before the centre-forward shot straight at Burnett. Soo broke through on his own and his low shot was turned round the post by Robinson. Soo created an opening for Bentham, who, however, could not get the ball to his liking, and after some brilliant work by Bentham and Anderson had produced a corner, Keen burst through with an 8-yarder, which swung outside.
Everton Take Lead.
In 25 minutes Everton took the lead through Lawton, to reduce their deficit to a goal. This was a spectacular goal. Soo nodding the ball across for Lawton to sweep by Walker and drive high into the net. Lawton was through again, just after, but this time he got too far under the ball which flashed over. Lawton dispossessed Robinson, but the ball rolled against the side netting. The 18,000 spectators were placed in a happy frame of mind, when in 32 minutes Everton took a two goals’ lead to rub off the deficit. It was a good combined effort which produced the goal and when Bentham slipped the ball through and Lawton just failed to reach it, Anderson following up, flashed it into the roof of the net with his left foot. In the next minute Anderson was through again, but his shot passed across the face of the goal, and then Mercer dribbled through on his own only to miss his kick as he was about to shoot. Soo brought art and effectiveness to the Everton attack, and he went through on his own only for Robinson to come out and smoother the shot. So far as forward play was concerned this was Everton’s best for many weeks. There was a thrill when Bentham centred and Lawton fired in a magnificent header which Robinson reached as it was crossing the line, turned on to the post and away to safely. Everton appealed on the ground that the ball had crossed the line, but the referee took no notice.
Half-time; Everton 2, Manchester City 0.
Everton resumed strongly, and when Soo and Stevenson got the City defence in a state of bewilderment, Soo pushed the ball over for Bentham to try and stab it home, but Robinson saved magnificently. Lawton broke through but in trying to hook the ball over the advancing Robinson, he placed over the top. There had been traces of slackness in the Everton defence and this proved fatal in the 53rd minute when Boothway reduced the lead from Currier’s pass. Everton claimed that Boothway was offside. Everton thus had to make up leeway again. They set about their task in exhilarating fashion, but Robinson turned an excellent Lawton header over before Stewart shot from distance, Burnett turning the ball aside. Stevenson profiting by some sound feeding led Bacuzzi a merry dance, and Everton forced no fewer than five corners in the space of two minutes without being able to break down a solid defence.
Two more corners came as a reward of progressive building up, and then, in 61 minutes, Soo placed Everton further ahead and on terms in the aggregate. Stevenson drew the defence for Soo to run on and lob the ball into the net over Robinson’s head as the goalkeeper advanced. The City were not done with, and Burnett saved brilliantly from Boothway, and then dashed out to take the ball off Boothway’s head. Everton had failed to utilise so many corners that the City never worried about conceding them; in fact, Anderson, Mercer and Bentham had taken corners on the right without getting the ball to the vital spot. Robinson was playing brilliantly in the City goal, saving from Bentham and Lawton, before Bacuzzi turned the ball off Soo’s foot as he was about to shoot. Everton continued to hammer at the City goal, but Walker and his colleagues were brilliant in their resistance. It was not until the 81st minute that Everton made the score 4-1, and so took the lead in the tie. Soo not only started the movement but was there to finish it. Taking over from Keen he sent Stevenson through and Stevenson, instead of centring, slipped the ball inside for Soo to place low into the net. Five minutes from time and just after Burnett had saved grandly from Currier. Bentham put Lawton through a perfect pass, and Lawton went on to score Everton’s fifth goal, and practically ensued the Blues being at home to Blackpool in the semi-final on Saturday next.
May 16, 1942. The Liverpool Echo.
Lancs. Cup Success Over City
Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jones (Jack) backs; Mercer, Jones (Tom) and Keen (Derby), half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Bentham, Lawton, Soo (stoke City) and Stevenson, forwards. Manchester City:- Robinson, goal; Bacuzzi (Fulham) and Clark, backs; Walsh, Walker (West Ham), and Bray, half-backs; Dellow (New Brighton), Currier (Bolton), Boothway, Hogan (W.) and Stewart (D.), forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Hartley (Bolton). Everton, with two goals deficit from last week’s Lancashire Cup game, started off in bright fashion against Manchester City at Goodison Park. Everton’s approach work was excellent, but their finishing was not in the same street. Manchester attacked through Currier and Dellow, the latter being only just off the mark with an angled shot, while Boothway was also near with a header. Though Everton had done four-fifths of the attacking thus far, it was City who came nearest to scoring, and when Dellow put across a grand centre, Boothway should have done better than shoot tamely straight at Burnett. Another Dellow centre was not taken full advantage of by Boothway, and a free kick to Everton transferred play to the other end.
Everton took the lead after 25 minutes through a grand goal by Lawton. Mercer put across a long centre which Soo, who had been a big asset in the Everton forward line, failed to get properly under control, and Lawton dashing in deadened the ball and rammed it into the back of the net almost in one motion. Within five minutes Everton had added a second goal, which thus put them on level terms on the aggregate. Anderson was the scorer, and he was a trifle fortunate to get a second chance when a pass meant for Lawton failed to reach its objective. Everton looked like getting a third when Mercer went through on his own to within six yards of goal, and then stumbled with only the goalkeeper to beat. Everton claimed they should have had a third goal when a Lawton header from a Bentham pass was partially saved by Robinson and appeared to have crossed the line –a view with which I agree –but referee Hartley through otherwise. Burnett was injured in making a brilliant save from Boothway at the foot of the post, but he quickly recovered. This was City’s best effort. Everton had been definitely the better side this half, and with a little more forcefulness in front of goal would have been further in front.
Half-time –Everton 2, Manchester City nil.
Everton started the second half on the same bright note, and Bentham should have done better than finish off a Stevenson-Soo movement by shooting tamely into Robinson’s hands. After ten minutes in this half City reduced the lead through Boothway, who seemed to most people except the referee to be well offside when he accepted a pass from Currier. Everton stopped playing when City’s centre forward carried on, and he put the ball round Burnett’s out-stretched hand. Everton’s pressure was rewarded when Soo, picking up a pass from Stevenson some distance from goal, kept control nicely and lobbed the ball over Robinson’s head into goal when the latter ran out. This put the side “all square” on the aggregate. Eight minutes from the end Soo got Everton’s fourth goal to crown a brilliant personal display. Four minutes later Lawton added a fifth.
EVERTON SCORE SIX
May 18, 1942, The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 6, Manchester City 1
Soo’s strong Game.
Everton put up their best performance for many weeks in the return Lancashire cup-tie against Manchester City at Goodison Park, while the final score of 6-1 rather flattered them there was no questioning their superiority. Everton now meet Blackpool in the semi-final at Goodison. One of the main reasons for Everton’s improved display was the inclusion of Soo, the Stoke City and England half-backs. Playing inside left, Soo transferred the Everton attack. He was always well up in the van of every Everton onslaught, yet found time and energy to help the defence in time of stress. He fed Lawton and Stevenson in a way they have not enjoyed for a long time, and in continuation with Stevenson on the extreme left flank formed a brilliant wing. For a change Lawton was not confirmed to playing a lone hand. He got far more chances than in recent matches and with the attack usually shooting without hesitation, although not always with accuracy, Everton’s forward line appeared in a new and welcome light. Lawton and Anderson scored in the first half, this putting Everton level on two games. A little more accuracy in front of goal from Stevenson and Bentham would have made the interval margin greater. Soon after the resumption, Boothway drew blood for City with a goal which seemed to most people well offside, but the referee thought otherwise. For a brief spell after this Manchester City piled on such pressure that it looked as though they might pull it off after all. But two goals by Soo both from Stevenson’s passes put Everton in front again, and Lawton settled all doubts with two more in the first five minutes.
It was an excellent game with City a much better side than the score indicates. They had a fair share of the game territorially and always looked dangerous in their attack up to a point. But too often good combined moves were spoiled by tame shots, and when they did test Burnett in more difficult fashion they found him in his brightest and most confident mood. Lawton was in excellent form and with luck would have had more than three goals. One of his headers in the first half, appeared to be well over the line when Robinson scrambled it always. Soo and Stevenson, already mentioned were so good on the left that the right wing was made to look very mediocre. The half back line had its share in Everton’s success. Jones (T.G.) being outstanding in stemming several dangerous Manchester raids. Jones (J.E.) was the best City’s outstanding forward was Dellow, the former Tranmere player who was excellent throughout. Boothway though working hard, and never neglecting the slightest opportunity rarely managed to get the better of Jones. City’s defence hardly deserved a debit of six. That so many were scored was more a tribute to Everton’s swiftness in taking chances than a sign of any outstanding weakness in Manchester’s defence. Attendance 9,863, receipts £542. Aggregate score; Everton 6, Manchester City 3. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jones (Jack) backs; Mercer, Jones (Tom) and Keen (Derby), half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Bentham, Lawton, Soo (stoke City) and Stevenson, forwards. Manchester City:- Robinson, goal; Bacuzzi (Fulham) and Clark, backs; Walsh, Walker (West Ham), and Bray, half-backs; Dellow (New Brighton), Currier (Bolton), Boothway, Hogan (W.) and Stewart (D.), forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Hartley (Bolton).
• Liverpool beat Preston 2-0, Liddell, and Balmer scored.
EVERTON V BLACKPOOL
May 18, 1942. The Evening Express
Blackpool have notified the Lancashire F.A. that they cannot travel to Goodison Park on Saturday, as there is a ban on R.A.F players travelling. They asked that the tie be transferred to Blackpool. More than that, the F.A. had the temerity to ask Everton if they would play the game at Blackpool. Chairman Mr. Will Gibbins, Directors Dr. Cecil Baxter, and Mr. Dickie Williams with Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly, discussed the “invitation” at Goodison Park on Saturday while the Lancashire F.A. were holding a meeting in Manchester. The “parley” went on by telephone and Everton decided not to entertain any suggestion of change of venue. They insist that the match shall be at Goodison Park, and I think they are acting rightly. Blackpool were apprised of Everton’s decision and they said that they would not travel next Saturday. Consequently nothing definite has been settled except that Liverpool go to Blackburn; while Everton carry on with their home game with the Western Command. I can also tell you that the semi-final will not take place on Whit Monday. That travel ban on Blackpool will operate on that day also, so Liverpool go to Blackpool and Everton will be at home to Bolton Wanderers. The Lancashire F.A. are still debating the matter.
Soo’s Happy Debut.
Apart from a short period just after the interval Everton rarely looked in danger of defeat at the hands of Manchester City on Saturday. By that time Tom Lawton and Alf Anderson had wiped out the City’s two goal start, but then Boothway restored a City advantage with a goal savouring strongly of offside, but which came through Everton slackness. It was Frankie Soo the Stoke City international, operating at the inside-left with Stevenson on the wing, who finally broke down that City resistance, crowning a neat Keen-Stevenson-Soo move with a winning shot and it was Soo who scored again just after to place Everton definitely on the victory road and so make his debut for Everton’s memorable one. The magic touches of Soo did the trick and then Tommy Lawton came along with a brace of quick-fire goals in the last five minutes to give Everton a 6-1 win and an aggregate advantage of 6-3 on the tie. This was a grand contribution with the City, although certainly second best, offering opposition which made it a shiner. The City defence was excellent although interventional Bacuzzi had a busy time with the tricky combination of Stevenson and Soo. The most gratifying feature was the vast improvement in Everton as an attacking force. Lawton was a truly brilliant leader not only because of his individual ability but because for once in a while he got the right material on which to work. From Anderson to Stevenson this was a live clever and compared with Jack Jones, who completely subdued the dangerous Currier-Dellow wing. Mercer and Cook were left the City left wing on clear ground, but the City failed to exploit this, so the Blues were saved worry, Burnett came back to his best form in goal, his catching being reminiscent of Eddie Paynter in the deep field. Yes altogether a nice contribution from a revived Everton-and please, Mr. Kelly, let us have more of Frank Soo, a boy who should never have been allowed of leave, Merseyside to gain football fame. The attendance was 9,863 and receipts £542.
May 18, 1942. The Liverpool Echo.
SATURDAY’S SOCCER DECISIONS.
May 19, 1942. The Evening Express
For the first time since the war both Liverpool and Everton will play in Liverpool next Saturday. This is the outcome of the tangle in the Lancashire Senior Cup competition in which both the Blues and the Reds are in the semi-final. Everton are drawn at home to Blackpool and Liverpool are paired with Blackburn Rovers with Ewood Park as the venue. Blackpool, however, cannot travel on Saturday and so the Everton semi-final is still in abeyance. Everton consequently, will go on with their match at Goodison Park against the Western Command, but the Liverpool-Rovers semi-final has been transferred from Ewood Park to Anfield at the order of the Lancashire F.A., and in fulfilment of a Blackburn promise to Liverpool made some weeks ago. This is the first clashing of fixtures since 1932 when both Blues and Reds were home in F.A. Cup-ties on the same day. Everton beating Doncaster Rovers and Liverpool beating Stockport County. What will be done with Blackpool in the Lancashire Cup remains to be seen. The F.A. want to ply it at Goodison Park in mid-week but Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of Everton, states that this is impossible as he cannot get an eleven together for a mid-week game. Because travel ban Blackpool cannot visit Everton on Whit Monday, and in any case, Everton have contracted to play Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park on that day. A return with the Wanderers at Burnden Park will take place on May 30 providing Everton are not concerned with the county cup.
EVERTON-BLACKPPOOL GAME OFF
May 19, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s Lancashire Cup semi-final with Blackpool at Goodison Park on Saturday is now definitely off, owing to Blackpool inability to travel over Whit week-end. The next move lies with the Lancashire F.A. They can either award the game to Everton, in which case the latter will meet the winners of the Liverpool-Blackburn tie in the final, or they can order Everton to play in mid-week, a decision which would place Everton at a disadvantage, owing to their inability to field anything like a preventative side on any other day than Saturday. Meanwhile Everton will play the Western Command at Goodison Park on Saturday. While Monday arrangement have now been confirmed, Everton will be at home to Bolton Wanderers. Everton have provisionally arranged, providing they are not concerned with the Lancashire Cup final on May 30, to play Bolton, in a return game at Burden Park that day.
May 20, 1942. Evening Express
No decision has yet been reached regarding Everton’s Lancashire Cup semi-final with Blackpool which should have been played at Goodison Park on Saturday, but which had to be put off because Blackpool cannot travel. I spoke to Mr. Fred Hargreaves, secretary of the Lancashire F.A., about the matter, and he said; If Everton will not go to Blackpool on Saturday they will have to play the game in mid-week in time to allow the final to be played on Saturday, May 30. It is practically impossible for Everton to play in mid-week. Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary argues that his players have to come from a distance and that it is impossible to get them together for a mid-week game.
Against His Own Club.
Willie Cook, the Everton captain and Irish international will have the unique experience on Saturday of playing against his own club at his own ground, Goodison Park. Cook has been selected to play for the Western Command in their game against Everton. Another Merseysider, who will be up against the Blues is Jack Balmer of Liverpool, who, of course was with Everton before “crossing the Park.” The command side is being organised by Captain Len Evans, the former Welsh international, Cardiff of Manchester United will partner Cook, while Pryde of Blackburn Rovers will be at centre-half. In the attack we shall see Ronnie Dix, of Tottenham Hotspur, who has been such a success in Blackpool’s war-time team. I am assured that Newham, the young goalkeeper from Scarborough is a player if outstanding ability. Well, Len Evans should know.
Test For Greenhalgh
Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly is seizing this opportunity for giving a trial to Norman Greenhalgh following his ankle injury. Greenhalgh tore the ligaments of an ankle when playing against Preston North End in the War cup at Goodison Park and has not played since. The injury has made god progress and Mr. Kelly is acting wisely in giving Greenhalgh a run out in case he is required for a later cup engagement. If Greenhalgh does not play George Jackson will return to the defence for Jack Jones is being retained at left back. The Blues will field a all-international half-back line, and there is only one doubt in the attack. Frank Soo, the Stoke City international who made such a brilliant debut with Everton last Saturday, is a possible. Frank is on leave from the R.A.F and although he has been named for a match at White Hart Lane the fact that he is on leave may upset the arrangement. If so, he will play for Everton. If Soo, cannot get here then Gordon Watson will play at outside left with Stevenson as his partner. Owen will be at inside right with Stan Bentham leading the attack. There will be a collection at the ground on behalf of the Western Command Sports Board Welfare Fund. Everton (from); Burnett; Greenhalgh, Jackson; Jones (Jack), Mercer, Jones (Tom), Keen; Anderson, Owen, Bentham, Soo, Stevenson, Watson. Western Command; Newham (Scarborough); Cook (Everton), Redwood (Manchester United); Marsden (Burnley), Pryde (Blackburn Rovers), Angus (Wolves); Payne, (Swansea Town), Balmer (Liverpool), Chapman (Oldham Athletic), Dix (Tottenham Hotspur and Blackpool), Swain (Grimsby Town).
EVERTON’S CUP PROTESTS
May 22, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
With only eight days to the end of the season the Everton-Blackpool Lancashire Cup semi-final problem is still no nearer a solution. Following a meeting of the Lancashire F.A., at Preston last night- of which Everton received notice too late to enable them to be represented –Everton have been ordered to arrange an evening game with Blackpool next week, on or before Thursday. Failing mutual arrangement the F.A. order the tie to be played next Wednesday evening at Goodison Park. Everton’s reply to this has been to lodge a protest with the Football Association in London. Their case is that the draw made several weeks ago, gave them the right to play at Goodison tomorrow; that they cannot raise a team for mid-week, and that under present circumstances no club can be compelled to play other than on a Saturday. They claim that as Blackpool have defaulted in the original fixture Everton should not be compelled to play in mid-week. “Had we been drawn to play at Blackpool tomorrow, instead of at Goodison,” says Mr. Theo Kelly, ““We should have sent a team, no matter how weak, to fulfil the obligation, and we think Blackpool could have got a side together to play the tie as originally arranged. There the matter remains for the time being. The next move rests with the F.A. in London. Everton’s case seems to be a strong one, but the decision will rest on whether the F.A. consider mid-week matches can be made the subject of compulsory orders. If not, and they decline to extend the season, then the match presumably will be awarded to Everton. We shall have to wait and see.
Over at Goodison Park the visit of the Western Command side should provide a first class encounter, for the Army side is a very strong one, and will give Everton followers a rare chance of seeing Cook playing against his own club. As Greenhalgh has come through tests for his ankle all right, he returns at full back for the first time since early April, and Jackson goes among the probable forwards. Seven in number, including Soo, hero of last week’s big victory. A collection will be taken in aid of the Western Command Sports Welfare Fund. Everton (from); Burnett; Greenhalgh, Jackson; Jones (Jack), Mercer, Jones (Tom), Keen; Anderson, Owen, Bentham, Soo, Stevenson, Watson. Western Command; Newham (Scarborough); Cook (Everton), Redwood (Manchester United); Marsden (Burnley), Pryde (Blackburn Rovers), Angus (Wolves); Payne, (Swansea Town), Balmer (Liverpool), Chapman (Oldham Athletic), Dix (Tottenham Hotspur and Blackpool), Swain (Grimsby Town).
EVERTON’S LANCS, CUP APPEAL
May 22, 1942. The Evening Express
The question of the Lancashire Cup semi-final between Everton and Blackpool is still in the air. The Lancashire F.A tried to end the deadlock at a meeting in Preston last night, and although they reached a decision, Everton are to appeal against it. This is the position. Everton did not receive notification of the meeting in time for a representative to attend, and in the absence of the club, the F.A. decided that the tie drawn weeks ago to be played at Goodison park tomorrow shall be played in mid-week. The clubs are to fix up the match to be played on or before Thursday, but failing that they are ordered to play the tie at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening, and if either club defaults they will be expunged from the competition. Everton are to appeal against that decision for under the rules no club can be compelled to play in mid-week in present circumstances and with Everton’s players in the Services for the most part scattered over a wide area they cannot raise a team. Mr. Theo Kelly, the Everton secretary, said “Blackpool have already defaulted by refusing to play here tomorrow, and we contend they should forfeit their place in the cup. Had we been drawn to play at Blackpool we should have gone there. We think, despite the ban on Services players they could have put an eleven in the field tomorrow. While the deadlock continues we carry on with the other semi-final, and this will be staged at Anfield tomorrow, where Liverpool oppose Blackburn Rovers. Everton will also be at home, for they play the Western Command at Goodison Park, this being the first time in five years that both our premier clubs have played at home on the same day.
Army Stars At Goodison
The Western Command bring a side representative of 11 different clubs to tackle Everton in the match at Goodison Park, it which there will be a collection on behalf of the Western Command Sports Welfare Fund. Capt Lan Evans, the former Welsh international, who is in charge of the Army side, decided to take only one player from any one club. Curiously enough, Billy Cook, Everton’s captain, will be playing against his own club. Cook’s choice paves the way for Everton to give a thorough test to Norman Greenhalgh. Greenhalgh has not played since he tore his ankle ligaments in the War Cup match with Preston North End on April 4, and this game is seized on the right moment for him to test the injured ankle. Greenhalgh will be seen at right back, and Jack Jones, after a grand display angst Manchester City, remains at left back. Jackson and Soo are included among the forwards, and the Blues will have an all-international half-back line. This should prove a really attractive game as the opening act in Everton’s all-home Whit programme. Everton (from); Burnett; Greenhalgh, Jackson; Jones (Jack), Mercer, Jones (Tom), Keen; Anderson, Owen, Bentham, Soo, Stevenson, Watson. Western Command; Newham (Scarborough); Cook (Everton), Redwood (Manchester United); Marsden (Burnley), Pryde (Blackburn Rovers), Angus (Wolves); Payne, (Swansea Town), Balmer (Liverpool), Chapman (Oldham Athletic), Dix (Tottenham Hotspur and Blackpool), Swain (Grimsby Town).
EVERTON V W. COMMAND
May 23, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton; Burnett, goal; Greenhalgh, and Jones (J.E.), backs; Mercer, Jones (T.G.) and Keen (Derby), half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Bentham, Jackson, Stevenson and Watson, forwards. Western Command:- Newham (Scarborough), goal; Cook (Everton) and Redwood (Manchester United), backs; Marsden (Burnley), Pryde (Blackburn Rovers), Angus (Wolves), Sharp (Everton), Balmer (Liverpool), Chapman (Oldham Athletic), Dix (Tottenham) and Swain (Grimsby Town), forwards. There was a very thin crowd for this friendly encounter at Goodison Park today, but they were treated to a fine exhibition of football tricks from the start. Dix and Balmer were particularly notable in the Army team for bright touches, while Stevenson kept the crowd amused by his devious dribbles. The best shot of the match in the first half came from Grimsby winger Swain, who tested Burnett with a grand drive. Sergeant Chapman, the Oldham Athletic centre forward, put the Army in front after 20 minutes with an unstoppable drive. Later Swain was within inches of adding to it. The Army scored a second goal through Sharp, the young Everton winger who came in at the last minute. He took a pass from Dix on the run and when Burnett picked up his first shot, succeeded in knocking the ball under the goalkeeper’s hands. Everton’s best shot for some time came from full-back Greenhalgh.
ALDERMAN ALFRED GATES DIES
Liverpool Evening Express - Saturday 23 May 1942
WATCHDOG OF CITY'S FINANCE
Alderman Alfred Gates, J.P., died suddenly today, at Ladstock, ThornthVaite, Keswick. He was 70 years of age. Aid. Gates, who first entered Liverpool City Council in 1906, and was Lord Mayor, 1932-33, was a Libera. He was born at Embleton, Keswick, in 1872, and came to Liverpool in his youth. The Alderman was one of the greatest economists in the City Council and a stern critic in all matters concerning finance. He was known as the watch dog of finance' but apart from his familiar role of critic, Mr- Gates did some good constructive work. Another title he held was the “fighting Liberal of Liverpool." First entering the City Council as Liberal representative for Fairfield Ward, Alderman Gates later sat for the Sandhills Ward and for some years was Liberal councillor for the Anfield Ward. He was elected alderman in 1935. Keenly interested in all housing questions he was a former deputy chairman of the Housing Committee. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace for Liverpool in 1929. As managing director of the Liverpool Central Oil Co., Ltd., he had been associated with the commercial life of the city for many years. Aid. Gates was the first member to agitate for the change in the original Mersey Tunnel plans which resulted in the Old Hay market entrance being selected instead of Whitechapel as originally proposed. For many years he was leader of the Liberal Party in the City Council, but some time ago. for health reasons, he relinquished this post and also resigned from a number of Corporation committees. He was appointed a magistrate in 1929. Alderman Gates was member ot the Everton F.C. directorate.
ARMY TEAM’S DISPLAY
May 25, 1942. The Liverpool Daily Post
A Surprise For Everton
Everton 3, Western Command 7
The sparkling display of football provided by Everton and a team of professional footballers –representing the Western Command deserved a far better attendance than was present at Goodison Park. With nothing at stake the players revelled in the opportunity to introduce all the finer points of football arts. It is true that the Army team showed more finish to their artistry than the home side, with the result that goals came in a steady stream, but this was only to be expected with a spearhead to their attack provided by Dix, Chapman and Balmer. They swept through the Everton defence time and again. Sometimes their shots were wide, sometimes Burnett parried them, but when they were on the target it was a bull’s-eye every time. Everton, however, dallied and dallied as they know how, and with Jackson completely subdued by centre half Pryde, all the foraging of Stevenson and Bentham, plus the endeavours of Mercer went for naught.
Mercer’s Dibbling Feat
For over an hour the Army were on top and took a seven goal lead. Then Everton came into the picture, and quickly reduced the deficit by three goals. Two of them had a hint of offside about them, but there was no doubt about Mercer’s effort, s typical sinuous dribbles through the serried ranks of defenders and attackers into the net, with the ball still apparently tried to his feet. All the Army side played well, with young Sharp, the Everton right winger, brought in at the last moment showing a surprising turn of speed, while the home side was best served by Bentham and Stevenson in the forwards, Mercer and Keen in the intermediate line, and Greenhalgh in the defence. The goal-scorers were –Everton; Watson, Bentham, Mercer. Western Command; Chapman (2), Sharp, Balmer (2), and Dix (2). Everton (from); Burnett; Greenhalgh, Jackson; Jones (Jack), Mercer, Jones (Tom), Keen; Anderson, Owen, Bentham, Soo, Stevenson, Watson. Western Command; Newham (Scarborough); Cook (Everton), Redwood (Manchester United); Marsden (Burnley), Pryde (Blackburn Rovers), Angus (Wolves); Payne, (Swansea Town), Balmer (Liverpool), Chapman (Oldham Athletic), Dix (Tottenham Hotspur and Blackpool), Swain (Grimsby Town).
Everton’s team v Bolton at Goodison Park today, kick-off 3 o’clock will be; Burnett; Cook, Jones (JE); Mercer, Jones (TG), Keen; Anderson, Bentham, Chapman (Oldham Athletic), Soo, Stevenson.
• Liverpool lost to Blackburn Rovers, by 3-2, McLaren and Mutch for Liverpool, Anderson (Penalty), Gardiner, Riley.
May 25, 1942. The Evening Express.
Throughout the week-end I have been trying to solve the Everton-Blackpool Cup problem but the clouds remain. Mr. Jonathan Taylor, County F.A. vice-president and Mr. Fred Hargreaves, county secretary, were at Anfield on Saturday when the Reds lost to Blackburn Rovers and so weakened their hopes of winning the League championship, and both said that unless Everton play Blackpool at Goodison on Wednesday evening they will be expunged from the cup, and Blackpool will meet Blackburn in the final on Saturday. Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of Everton, states definitely that Everton cannot play on Wednesday. “Many of our players are on war work and we refuse to ask for special time off to enable them to play” he said. “Our position is even worse than was Blackpool’s last Saturday.” Everton have sent a direct appeal to Mr. S.F. Rous, secretary of the Football Association, which governs all county bodies, and the eventual depends on what action Mr. Rous takes. I can tell you that it is possible Mr. Rous will appoint an Appeal Board of local F.A. councillors to sit, listen to representatives of both clubs, and made a decision. There is quite a Gilbertain touch ago they about the attitude of the Lancashire F.A. only a few days ago they told Everton that they could not play Jackson in the Lancashire Cup because he had played for Chester and players can play for only one club in the competition. Yet on Saturday they allowed Woodruffs and Gardiner, who had played for Burnley in the County Cup, to play for Blackburn Rovers against Liverpool. I also know that some “cup-tied” players played for Rochdale against Blackpool in the cup recently. I put the matter to Messrs Taylor and Hargreaves. “Well,” said Mr. Taylor, there is a war on which creates difficulties and we decided that the one player-one-club rule need not be observed after the second round.” “Did you notify the clubs to that effect?” I asked. “No said Mr. Hargreaves, “but we have to take a board view and try to help.” “Do Everton know they can play any players in the competition?” I inquired, “I have just told Mr. Kelly,” said Mr. Hargreaves, “they are at liberty to borrow players for the Blackpool game even if the players have played for another club in the competition.” That, “however, makes no difference to Everton. They cannot get a mid-week team and stand or fall by their protest. If they are awarded the tie they will meet Blackburn Rovers, on Saturday, and the Rovers will be quite happy to play at Goodison Park. In that event Liverpool would be home to Blackpool –a match already arranged. If the appeal ends in Blackpool’s favour, then they and the Rovers will meet at Bloomfield-road and the way is clear for Everton-Liverpool cup clash.
There was 2,200 people (receipts £114) to see the Western Command gave a magnificent display against Everton to win 7-3. A quarter of an hour from the end the Soldiers were sever up and then Everton got three goals in five minutes through Watson, Bentham, and Mercer. The Blues were a bit too matter-of-fact early on, when Balmer, Chapman and Dix, the Army inside forwards, had a football revel. Dix and Balmer got two goals each and provided a scorer treat. Chapman of Oldham got two, and Norman Sharp scored against his own club.
“COMMANDOS” RAID EVERTON
May 25, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Though the teams opposing Everton in the friendly match at Goodison Park was on main styled Western Command; “Commandos” would have been a better appellation, so thoroughly did they outclass the home side to demolishing the ememy citadel, that is in getting goals. Yet in the finer arts of football Everton were just as expert and the result was a feast of football frolic. This is the type of game in which players like Stevenson, Mercer, Dix, and Balmer revel, and they kept the spectators chucking with delight as they brought an rear treat . Everton were given a lesson in goal-making by the Dix-Chapman combination. They put seven pass Burnett, one from Sharp the Everton winger playing for the Army, before Everton had a turn, three from Bentham, Watson and Mercer. It was a great exhibition all though and was worthy of a much bigger crowd.
GOODISON GOALS RUSH
May 25, 1942. The Evening Express
Five in Eight Minutes
Chapman, the Oldham Athletic forward led Everton’s attack for this first time in a friendly with Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park, today. The Wanderers had the assistance of several Bury players. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jones (Jack), backs; Mercer, Jones (Tom) and Keen (Derby), half-backs; Anderson, Bentham, Chapman (Oldham), Soo (Stoke City), and Stevenson, forwards. Bolton Wanderers; Hanson, goal; Merrinott and Hubbick, backs; Brown, Griffiths and Quigley, half-backs; Jones (R.), Hunt, Lofthouse, Davies, and Speak, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.N. Brown (Ormskirk). Stevenson and Soo showed their paces, but twice Griffiths intervened when Chapman was going in to accept inviting centres. Speaks led a nice raid, for the Wanderers, in which George Hunt, the international, played a neat part, but the final centre passed beyond, the reach of the inside forward. Mercer and Tom Jones obviously had mixed their jerseys up in the dressing-room and so were wrongly numbered. Stevenson, Tom Jones and Anderson go to Anfield this evening to play for the R.A.F, against the Navy in the Inter-Services Cup Final. Hanson was drawn out of goal by Stevenson, but Merrinott stepped in to clear a dangerous situation and then Chapman headed over after some more perfect collaboration between Stevenson and Soo.
Everton Take Lead.
In 12 minutes Everton took the lead through Mercer. Following a quick throw-in on the left the ball was whipped across to Mercer, who shot from the edge of the penalty area to beat Hanson all ends up. Three minutes later Hunt equalised with a magnificent goal. Hunt did his own foraging in midfield, beating Mercer and slipping out a perfect pass to Speak. Speak drew Cook and then centred low to Hunt to take the ball in his stride and drive into the roof of the net. In 17 minutes Everton had regained the lead. Stevenson deceived the opposition into thinking he would feed Soo on the left, but instead he moved to his right and scored with a brilliant 18 yarder into the roof of the net. Immediately afterwards Stevenson dribbled through but this time he placed against the side netting. The next goal was not long delayed, for in 19 minutes the masterly Hunt dribbled through cleverly, in draw the Everton defence. He then slipped through a perfect pass, from with Lofthouse made no mistake. Four goals in seven minutes was great going. The Wanderers kept up the pressure and in 20 minutes they took the lead for the first time. Quigley and Speak did the spade work, Lofthouse shooting through from close range. Hanson ran out to take the ball off Stevenson’s toe before he again foiled the enterprising Irishman. Everton equalised in 32 minutes, Stevenson scoring.
FIVE GOALS IN TWELVE MINUTES
May 25, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Goodison Patrons Get Value For Money
Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jones (Jack), backs; Mercer, Jones (Tom) and Keen (Derby), half-backs; Anderson, Bentham, Chapman (Oldham), Soo (Stoke City), and Stevenson, forwards. Bolton Wanderers; Hanson, goal; Merrinott and Hubbick, backs; Brown, Griffiths and Quigley, half-backs; Jones (R.), Hunt, Lofthouse, Davies, and Speak, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.N. Brown (Ormskirk). There was only a very thin crowd for the visit of Bolton Wanderers to Everton in a League game this afternoon, and they had nothing very much to enthuse about in the early stages, the best bit of work being a Stevenson-Soo move which, however, broke down before reaching striking distances. Merrinott came to Bolton’s rescue when Hanson lost touch with the ball and Stevenson put it across towards the open goal. After a header by Chapman had gone high over the bar, Mercer came along with a characteristic run, rounded off by a fast drive which Hanson turned round for a corner. Davies dropped back to help Bolton after an Everton onslaught and kicked away from the six yards lane in the nick of time. Everton, displaying neat combination made ground on the right, without testing Hanson. The game took a surprising turn in the next few minutes when four goals came in quick succession. Mercer got the first with a shot from outside the penalty area after getting a long ground pass from Stevenson. Three minutes later Hunt equalised with a grand shot, but within a minute Stevenson had put Everton in front once more. Stevenson’s was a peculiar goal, for when he got the ball well outside the penalty area, there seemed little danger to the Bolton goal, but with nearby everybody standing still. Stevenson quite unconcerned took a look round and then calmly drove the ball into the top corner of the net. This was not the end of the scoring, for two minutes later Davies and Lofthouse had put Bolton in front. The Everton defence was slack when the latter scored. The spectators were certainly getting something more for their money, Sharp looked likely early on and Burnett had to dash out of the penalty are to kick away when Bolton staged another attack. Tommy Jones had to concede a corner to stop Hunt, but it yielded nothing, Stevenson and Soo who had delighted the crowd with canny touches now forced a corner at the other end, only for Stevenson to place behind. Hunt had been the beating behind Bolton’s attack all through and he now came into the picture with a long individual run which was brought to an end by Keen. The game had now settled down again to its early pace after the hectic nine minutes which brought the five goals but there was a momentary thrill when Stevenson ran through to pick up a headed pass from Chapman and just fail to reach it in time. Next time he had a chance, however, Stevenson made no mistake and crashed in a fast shot which put Everton on level terms. Chapman picked up a forward pass from Mercer and flashed in a great drive which Hanson caught cleverly.
May 26, 1942. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 7, Bolton Wanderers 3
Bolton Easily Beaten.
Everton were much too good for Bolton wanderers at Goodison Park yesterday, and in addition to the seven goals they got, should have had nearly as many more. They won 7-3. In the second half, when Everton overran the opposition, and gave an entertaining exhibition of artistic combination. Soo , Anderson, and Bentham in succession missed the easiest of chances, and Hubbick twice kicked off the goal line with his keeper well beaten. The first half was rather patchy, with flashes of good football mingling with some rather dull periods and slackness in defence, but there was one hectic period when five goals minutes were scored in twelve minutes, Mercer started the goal rush when he festered on a long pass, from Stevenson almost from the half-way line, and rammed home a fierce drive from outside the penalty area. In three minutes Hunt equalised with a great shot. Next came a “cheeky” goal from Stevenson, who stood still, looked round, and then placed the ball from the edge of the penalty box, out of Hanson’s reach in quick succession Davies and Lofthouse scored to put Bolton in the lead, but it was only a short-lived one, for Stevenson and Bentham added a couple more for Everton before the interval.
Soo and Stevenson.
Throughout the second half Everton had matters pretty much their own way. Stevenson and Soo (two) adding further goals. For half an hour or so Everton toyed with the opposition, and some of their combination was a joy to watch. Stevenson and Soo in particularly were brilliant and there as no doubt about the marked difference which the Stoke player has made to Everton’s attack. He dovetails with Stevenson on splendid fashion, and distributes the ball well to either wing or straight down the middle. The Everton forwards also got good backing from their wing halves, and altogether had something of a gala days. Bolton but up a good show in the first portion, but afterwards fell to pieces and though they staged occasional rallies their finishing bat two occasions was disappointing, and on those occasions, Burnett made brilliant saves. Everton were sound in all departments, though there were times early on when the defence took matters too much for granted, and dallied in front of goal, which contributed to two of Bolton’s points. Bolton’s best were Hunt, the mainspring of the forward line, Quigley and Griffths in the halves, and Hubbick at full-back. Hanson was not at his best in goal and rather lacked anticipation at times. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jones (Jack), backs; Mercer, Jones (Tom) and Keen (Derby), half-backs; Anderson, Bentham, Chapman (Oldham), Soo (Stoke City), and Stevenson, forwards. Bolton Wanderers; Hanson, goal; Merrinott and Hubbick, backs; Brown, Griffiths and Quigley, half-backs; Jones (R.), Hunt, Lofthouse, Davies, and Speak, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.N. Brown (Ormskirk).
• Liverpool lost 8-2 to Blackpool at Anfield, Liddell (Penalty and Done for Liverpool, Finnan (2), Dix (2), McEwan (2), Mortenson (2) for Blackpool.
May 26, 1942. The Evening Express
Everton and Bolton Wanderers had quite a football revel at Goodison Park yesterday when Everton won an excellent friendly by seven goals to three. It was class football with sheer skill taking the place of “bite”. The 2,100 spectators, who paid £122 must have been highly satisfied, and there were some remarkable scoring bursts. In the opening half we had a five-goal-in-eight minutes spell, in which the Wanderers twice wiped out a goal lead and then went in front. The Blues not only drew level, but were a goal ahead at the interval, and in the second half they dominated the proceedings so much that their three goals seemed only meagre reward for persistent pressure which brought innumerable openings, Stevenson (3), Soo (2), Mercer, and Bentham scored for Everton and Lofthouse (2) and Hunt for the Wanderers. Highlights were the excellent combination between Stevenson and Soo –a truly magnificent wing –and natural artistry of George Hunt. It was a treat to renew acquaintance with the Wanderers, who came in charge of out old friends Directors Mr. Peter Duxberry, and secretary-Manager Mr. Charlie Fowertaker.
EVERTON’S GALA DAY
May 26, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton had a gala day at Goodison yesterday against Bolton Wanderers and their 7-3 win didn’t flatter them. On the contrary, if Anderson, Bentham and Soo hasn’t missed gilt-edged chances in the second half, and Hubbick hadn’t twice saved certain goals by kicking away on the line. Everton’s total would have reached double figures. Two of Bolton’s three goals were due to slackness in the home defences, which early on took unwarranted liberties in front of Burnett, but made amends later. Everton’s goals were scored by Stevenson (three), Soo (two), Mercer and Bentham. The first half was a curious one, dull periods alternating with a hectic twelve minutes, in which five goals were scored, but in the second half Everton served up a brilliant exhibition of artistic football and bewildering combination which had the Bolton defence dizzy. Soo was the power behind, it all, with Stevenson running him close. This pair dovetailed in wonderful fashion and with Mercer and Keen taking a hand in the forward revels, Everton kept Bolton penned in their own quarters for long periods. While the visitors made occasional sertion, their finishing wasn’t good enough to take advantage of them, bar two occasions, and then they found Burnett in his brightest form. If Everton had the service of Soo, a few months ago they might well have been running for both Cup and League championships today. He has made a wonderful difference to Everton’s attack in the two games he has played.
Everton “Out” of Semi-Final
The Lancashire F.A. having officially received Everton’s written intimation that they cannot play the Lancashire Cup and semi-final in mid-week, have awarded the game to Blackpool, who play Blackburn in the final at Blackpool on Saturday. It will be interesting now to await developments, and to see what the parent F.A’s ruling is on Everton’s protest. Meantime this leaves the way clear for a Liverton Derby this week-end unless the F.A. move quickly.
EVERTON’S TEAM FOR DERBY FINALE.
May 27, 1942. The Evening Express
Tommy Lawton and Frank Soo, the English international forwards, are included in Everton’s team to oppose Liverpool in the Liverpool Senior Cup final on Saturday, in a game which should prove a grand finale to what has been a splendid season. Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of Everton and Mr. George Kays, manager of Liverpool, met last night to decide on the venue and it was agreed, that while Everton would like the match at Goodison Park, it will take place at Anfield. This was a mutual settlement and so all roads should lead to Anfield-road on Saturday. Mr. Kelly is making special efforts to ensure that Lawton comes along for this final fling of the season, and to again secure the release of Soo, who has struck up such a brilliant left wing partnership with Alex Stevenson. The Blues will in all probability be without Tommy Jones, the Welsh international centre-half, who is required to lead the Welsh eleven against the Western Command at Rhyl. If Tommy cannot play than Harry Jones of West Bromwich Albion, will return for the first time since April 4. In the interm he has been ill, but has now recovered. This will be the fifth meeting between the clubs this season, and so far each has won twice. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Jones (Jack); Mercer, Jones (Tom), or Jones (Harry), Keen; Anderson, Bentham, Lawton, Soo, Stevenson. Goodison park stages two games on Saturday. In the afternoon Everton “A” play Napier and in the evening Liverpool “A” and Marine contest the George Mahon Cup final.
BLUES STRONG SIDE FOR ANFIELD DERBY
May 27, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
What’s lost on the swings comes back on the roundabouts, and from Merseyside’s point of view the Liverpool-Everton “Derby” which we are to now have on Saturday is the most attractive finals to the season we could wish for. The match not only carried League status, put will also be for the Liverpool Senior Cup so there is plenty of competition interest about it and it ought to provide as good a game as previous meetings this season between the sides maybe better, for Everton today are a more effective and aggressive side than they were when they beat Liverpool on the aggregate in the two League cup games. The match takes place at Anfield, by mutual arrangement and if the weather is good there should be another crowd round about the 30,000 mark. Out of the four meeting between the sides this season each had won two on this will be the decider. Each club will make special efforts to turn out their strongest possible side and in the case of Everton they hope to have Lawton at centre forward and they Soo once more as partner to Stevenson. Soo’s inclusion in the games against Manchester City and Bolton transformed the Everton front line, and if he can play in the Anfield game the Reds defence is in for a hectic time. His brilliant left-wing partnership with Stevenson revives memories of the old Coulter-Stevenson due and this present day pairing is as full of tricks as the old one was. Everton are not likely to have the services of Tommy Jones who will be leading the Welsh side against the Western Command to the big charity game at Rhyl. His place will probably be taken by harry Jones, who hasn’t played recently through illness, but is now fit again in other respects the side is unchanged from that which defeated Bolton so decisively on Monday. Team;- Everton; Burnett; Cook, Jones (Jack); Mercer, Jones (Tom), or Jones (Harry), Keen; Anderson, Bentham, Lawton, Soo, Stevenson.
DERBY FINALE TO SOCCER SEASON
May 8, 1942. The Evening Express.
Players of Liverpool and Everton who meet in the Liverpool senior Cup final at Anfield on Saturday, have an added inducement to win. The successful team will receive War Savings certificates. The certificates will be awarded in lieu of medals. This adds quite a novel touch to a game already possessing glamour in profusion, for not only is the Senior Cup one of the finest trophies in the country but the game is also a Football League encounter and it will also decide the “championship” of Merseyside. The Blues and Reds have qualified for the final by virtise of their superior playing records over the three other clubs who usually play for the senior Cup, and they have already met four times, each side winning twice. So this in truth is the decider.
There will be no fewer than 13 “guest” players on view, Liverpool will have eight and Everton five. Yes, and there will be four Preston North End players among them. Calls of the Western Command take out mercer and Balmer and it is possible that Cook will also be needed for the Rhyl game. If Cook cannot captain Everton, it is presumed Jackson will fill the breach. The best news for Everton is that Tommy Lawton is a definite starter. He was wired to that effect and naturally there is joy at Goodison Park. Lawton will have Mutch of Preston, who played for Liverpool last week, and Soo, of Stoke City, beside him. Liverpool will have Shankley, Scottish captain, McLaren and Wharton of North End, Woodruffe of Burnley, and Griffiths of Manchester United, besides other “guests” whom we are now used to seeing. Yes, this will be quite a parade of the stars. Liverpool; Hobson (Chester); Gutteridge (Aston Villa), Griffths (Manchester United); Shankley (Preston N.E), Woodruff (Burnley), Kaye, Liddle, McLaren (Preston N.E), Done, Haycock (Aston Villa), Wharton (Preston N.E). Everton; Burnett; Cook (or Jackson), Jones (Jack); Bentham, Jones (Harry) (West Brom), Keen (Derby), Anderson (Third Lanark), Mutch (Preston N.E), Lawton, Soo (Stoke City), Stevenson.
May 29, 1942. The Evening Express
While we had dreamed of Liverpool and Everton meeting in the Lancashire Senior Cup final and found that bubble exploded in two different ways, we must be thankful to Mr. Ilke Robinson and his colleagues of the Liverpool County F.A. for staging the final of the Liverpool Senior Cup at Anfield tomorrow and so ensuing that our season ends on a big “derby” note. This match not only affects the participants for Tranmere Rovers, New Brighton and Southport have a finger in the pie. They will have a small share in the gate which should easily top the 20,000 mark. Rarely has there been such a gathering of the stars, and while there will be eight internationals on view no fewer than nine other clubs are represented. This will more than compensate for the absence of some of our old friends and should ensure one of the best of the Red-Blue strugglers of the season. This will be the fifth and deciding match of the “rubber.” The first time the clubs met was on the League when Liverpool won at Anfield 3-1 and lost at Goodison Park 5-2. Then they clashed in the War Cup when Everton won 2-0 at Anfield but lost 1-0 at Goodison Park to win the tie by the odd goal. On league records Liverpool have fared better than their rivals from across the Park, but the Reds lost their chance of League Championship N0. 2 by losing at Blackpool last Monday. Tomorrow’s game also counts as a Football League game, but if Everton win they cannot catch up their neighbours. No. The main goal remains the Cup final and the War Saving Certificates which go as extra reward “for the winners.” Believe me those certificates will certainly make the lads pull out that extra bit. It will have a “bonus” effect on a game which cannot fail to provide thrills and artistry.
It is curious that Tom Lawton will be opposed to Woodruffs of Burnley, for in Lawton’s early days in soccer they were friends together as Turf Moor. Now the fair-haired Woodruffe and one of the best stoppers in the north will try to put the chains on England’s greatest centre-forward. I do not think Lawton will starve for want of the right material on which to work, for in Mutch and Soo Everton have two brilliant inside-forwards and Soo has developed a fine working partnership with Alex Stevenson who has taken to the outside-left role as in the manner born. Liverpool’s go-getters Liddell and Done, should also get plenty of opportunities for extending the Everton defence for McLaren and Carey, Manchester United (who takes the place of Haycock required by Aston Villa are splendid gathers, forever fetching and carrying. Liverpool may have a slight pull at half-back, for there are few better intermediates in the county than Bill Shankley while if Kaye will curb that tendency to wander out of position he will be even more effective. The main issue is whether Liverpool can hold Tom Lawton. I am a great admirer of Woodruffe, but do not think he will be good enough in the air to keep England’s leader in check, and it is because of this that I think Everton may win. Liverpool; Hobson; Gutteridge, Griffths; Shankly, Woodruffe, Kaye; Liddell, McLaren, Done, Carey, Wharton. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Jones (Jack); Bentham, Jones (Harry), Keen; Anderson, Mutch, Lawton, Soo, Stevenson.
May 29, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
For tomorrow’s Anfield Cup game Liverpool will have the help of six new guest stars. In addition to other borrowed players who have been assisting them regularly this season. The newcomers are Griffths, and Carey (Manchester United), Woodruffe (Burnley), and Shankley. McLaren, and Wharton from Preston North End. Griffths, who has also had service with Bolton and Wolves is one of the speediest backs in the game and like Harley has won many trophies on the sprinting track. Shankley. A grand constructive half back, was a regular in Preston’s pre-war side, and along withy Woodruff and Kaye, should made a splendid intermediate line. With McLaren, Carey and Wharton to aid their ‘regulars in the attack, Liverpool have certainly succeeded in turning out a strong eleven, and one which should make Everton even on their recent improved showing go all the way. Kaye, Liddlell, and Done are the only Liverpool-signed players in the side, which is an interesting sidelight on how Liverpool have been hit in their playing strength this season. Everton also have had to resort to a North End borrowing to complete their side now that Mercer is not available and Mutch once again turns out for them. Lawton is expected to play, also Soo, and if the Everton front line serves up the brilliant stuff that it did on Monday against Bolton the spectators are in for a grand treat. Liverpool; Everton; Burnett; Cook, Jones (Jack); Bentham, Jones (Harry), Keen; Anderson, Mutch, Lawton, Soo, Stevenson.
EVERTON’S CUP DISMISSAL
May 30, 1942. The Evening Express
The last has not been heard of Everton’s dismissal from the Lancashire Senior Cup. Everton will do all in their power to bring their protest to the notice of the powers that be, and are out to ensure that in future no other club shall be made to suffer through no fault of their own. The dismissal was a great injustice to Everton. The facts were crystal clear. For weeks Blackpool knew they had to travel on May 23 for the semi-final. When they learned of the ban on Services players travelling during Whit and found they could not raise a team they sent notification they could not fulfil the fixture. The Lancashire F.A. then ordered Everton to play in mid-week, at a time when no club can be compelled to play in mid-week and when the Government wishes to avoid such matches. Why, two games in Scotland were banned only ten days ago. And because Everton simply could not raise a team for a mid-week match, they were turned out of the competition. If Blackpool could not play in the first instance, how could Everton be dismissed for not playing on the other date?
Appeal To Supporters.
The Everton supporters are naturally, up in arms over the matter. Two followers, “True Blue and Justice” (Liverpool 6) have written me on the matter. They write; “We have followed Everton for upwards of 30 years and we wish to enter a strong protest against the action of the Lancashire F.A. who seem to have the support of the F.A. At the beginning of the season the F.A. made a law forbidding mid-week matches, so as not to take men away from work. There is also a low, whereby only one player can play for one club in the Lancashire Cup. But..... The Lancashire F.A. surely cannot be governed by the parent body, because when it is pointed out to them that there are cases of certain players playing for more than one club, they say; “Well, you know there a war on, and we must take a broad view. They do so by breaking every rule. Our famous old club has shown its loyalty and we think they have been treated unjustly and would like all the thousands of supporters to lodge their protests to the Lancashire F.A. “True Blue and Justice” can rest assured that no stone will be left unturned to ensure that there is no repetition. We can safely leave it to Chairman Mr. Will Gibbins and his directorial colleagues and club officials.
MORTON FIT AGAIN
Burnley Express-Saturday30 May 1942
Harry Morton, signed from Everton just before the war, and who was badly injured in a game with Blackburn Rovers in the first of the war-time Regional League programmes, is fit again. There is no longer any trace the knee injury which it was thought would end his football. Morton, now in the Royal Marines, recently attached himself to the Commandos. He is looking forward to being under the Burnley crossbar once more when the war is over.
L’POOL CUP FINAL AT ANFIELD
May 30, 1942. The Evening Express
Liverpool fielded eight guest players in the Liverpool Senior Cup final with Everton at Anfield when two League points were also at stake. Owen, of Tranmere Rovers came in at the last moment at left back, and Everton had to make three forward changes owing to the no arrival of Soo and an injury to Anderson. W. Owen and Watson came into the line. Liverpool:- Hobson (Chester), goal; Gutteridge (Aston Villa) and Owen (A.) (Tranmere), backs; Shankly (Preston), Woodruffe (Burnley), and Kaye, half-backs; Liddell, McLaren (Preston), Done, Carey (Manchester United), and Wharton (Preston), forwards. Everton:- Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jones (JE), backs; Bentham, Jones (H) (West Brom), and Keen (Derby), half-backs; Owen (W), Mutch (Preston), Lawton, Stevenson and Watson, forwards. Referee Mr. J. Bennett (Liverpool). Liverpool were the first to show their paces, Done heading outside before Harry Jones twice came across neatly to hold up Liddell., Owen (W.) twice got the better of his namesake and Woodruff blotted out the Everton inside forwards when they were getting to business. Done and Carey were racing through when Burnett ran out and kicked clear, but in the scramble Harry Jones was injured and was carried off, Keen going centre-half. Liverpool took the lead in eight minutes through Wharton. Lawton had outwitted Woodruff, but the ball ran too fast for him and then Liverpool launched a quick raid the Everton defence being drawn away to the right and, although Burnett pushed away the centre the ball went to Wharton who took his chance instantly. Immediately afterwards Harry Jones returned to the field but he was limping. Owen (W.) showed ball control and initiative to outwit Kaye and Owen (A); but his centres were quickly disposed of. Mutch just failed to bore a way through before Burnett tipped over a hook shot from Carey following Wharton’s corner. This was fast exciting football, with Liverpool calling the tune, the Everton forwards finding it difficult to shake off the Reds half backs. Lawton tried a long shot, but mishit the ball, and after Carey had placed outside Wharton outwitted Cook and drove inches over. Everton’s best thrust came when Stevenson shot first time from Lawton’s pass, but Hobson saved magnificently. In 23 minutes Liverpool were two up when Done edged the ball into the net while Jack Jones and Burnett hesitated as to whom should clear with the other Everton players appealing for offside. McLaren hit a terrific shot which beat Burnett all the way, but which came back off the bar and Liddell headed over. Carey placed Liverpool three up in 39 minutes.
Everton “A” v. Napier.
Everton introduced two new players in Bracher, who led the attack, and Coyne. Everton took the lead in two minutes, Coyne accepting a pass from Lyon and giving Hamner no chance.
LIVERPOOL TAKE QUICK LEAD
May 30, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
In Final of the Senior Cup
Liverpool:- Hobson (Chester), goal; Gutteridge (Aston Villa) and Owen (A.) (Tranmere), backs; Shankly (Preston), Woodruffe (Burnley), and Kaye, half-backs; Liddell, McLaren (Preston), Done, Carey (Manchester United), and Wharton (Preston), forwards. Everton:- Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jones (JE), backs; Bentham, Jones (H) (West Brom), and Keen (Derby), half-backs; Owen (W), Mutch (Preston), Lawton, Stevenson and Watson, forwards. Referee Mr. J. Bennett (Liverpool). There were 20,000 people at Anfield today for the meeting of Liverpool and Everton in the final of the Liverpool Senior Cup. Liverpool, with several guest stars in their side, were the first to attack and a long centre by Wharton gave Done a half chance, but his header was not on the mark. Mutch set Everton going only for Lawton to be crowded out when he tried a header. Liverpool were soon back on the attack and a charteristic dash was only frustrated by Burnett clashing out and kicking clear from the edge of the penalty area. Unfortunately Burnett and Done collided with Harry Jones who had to be carried off with a leg injury. Woodcuffe came to the rescue at the other end when Lawton looked dangerous. Liverpool were soon back on the attack and a foul on Carey led to their taking the lead in eight minutes. Burnett dashed but to fist away the free-kick and fell to the ground, and the ball ran on to Wharton; who made no mistake. Jones came back just after this goal, but was limping badly. A grand run by Owen (W), nearly half the length of the field spelled danger to the home goal until Woodruff came to the rescue. Stevenson tried to set Everton going again, but once more Woodruff stepped into the breach and Liverpool forced two corners in quick succession without however, getting anything tangible from them.
A neat bit of triangular work between Bentham, Stevenson, and Watson broke down when the inside man a pass was just out of the winger’s reach. The first half hour had provided some excellent football, with Liverpool definitely the more aggressive side. Carey tried a long shot, which was not on the ,mark. Wharton put in a beauty which was much nearer. Done and McLaren also had shots charged down. Everton’s best piece of work so far came when Lawton gave Stevenson a chance, and the inside man tested Hobson with a fierce drive, which the Liverpool ‘keeper gathered confidently. Within a minute of this Liverpool were two up when Done picked up a long clearance and dashed through as Burnett and Jones came out towards him. The three players met simultaneously, but Done slipped the ball past Burnett into the empty net. Liverpool almost got a third when McLaren hit the bar with a shot which had Burnett well beaten. The ball bounced high in the air, and Burnett lost sight of it, and Harry Jones dashed up to head away, the centre half and goalkeeper colliding once again. Lawton got the ball into the net for Everton, but the whistle had gone just before for an infringement. After McLaren had out in two brilliant efforts which were saved in equally brilliant fashion by Burnett, Carey put Liverpool three in front with a shot which went in off the foot of the post.