EVERTON 0 LIVERPOOL 3 (Game 946)
November 1 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
LIVERPOOL’S CONVINCING WIN
EVERTON FAIL IN CLEAN HARD GAME.
In recent weeks Liverpool Football Club have come to the forefront of combined players by the way they have kept the ball down and moved forward by straight passes, and it has been noticeable that their understanding has been such that the half-backs have joined in and become additional forwards occasionally. It was this complete understanding between the half-backs and forwards that led to Everton being severely beaten at Goodison Park, before 55,000 spectators. It was Everton’s first home defeat, and it was a victory for Liverpool that lifted them high in football estimates, and in the league chart. The pace of the game was such that it found the weakness in some of the defenders and half-backs of the home side. There could be no mistaking the enthusiasm of the crowd for the fine, clean sport served up, and as a sample of the right type of football the local “Derby” could not be beaten. There were few free kicks, not so many throws as usual, and only one stoppage to being in the attention of a trainer. Thus the game was a delight to the great crowd –probably the second greatest that has ever attended at Goodison Park, and a crowd be it mentioned that was well handled.
Three goals was the margin, and it might easily have been more, apart from a point that was disallowed (Chambers being the scorer). Yet, curiously enough Scott had as much work to do as Fern, and did it better. Chedgzoy caught one rebound of a kick by McKinlay and slammed in a perfect gem of a shot only to find Scott safe. Brewster too, tested Scott to the full, and Grenyer’s late on shot, low and curling was just another occasion for Scott to show the best form he has exhibited this season. Everton’s weakness was patent. The inside forwards were too small to get the ball by heading, and all the work was thrown upon Chedgzoy and Harrison, each of whom found a capable half-back pitted against him. Not only were Everton weak in attack –they lacked speed and truly at right half-back, and Downs took many risks and suffered thereby, although when he was good he was very good. Neither he nor McDonald kicked as well as usual, but the much must be said for them; they were hard pressed throughout the game. In goal Fern failed with a third shot of the day –a ball that he anticipated too quickly, thus forgetting the spin of the shot, which touched Fern’s left hand, and rolled over the line. Everton did not play as well as the previous week, although the return of Downs and Chedgzoy was expected to transform the team into a better working side. On the other hand the return of Lacey to keep Sheldon going had a better effect on the Liverpool side than any one could have imagined. Liverpool from end to end were workmanlike and smartly speedy. There never was a faster or finer exhibition than their first twenty minutes. Of understanding there was evidence throughout the game, Forwards and half-backs placed themselves for a pass and the backs led the half backs or the extreme wingers when it came to a clearing punt. Longsworth back in the team after many weeks of absence, was a trifle awed and strange at the outset, and he lofted the ball too frequently to be like his old self. Yet he gained confidence and joined in the honours. McKinlay’s kicking against the wind and sun in the first half was a study of accuracy. Moreover, he and Bromilow paired off to cover Chedgzoy; s dodging runs along the line. They would smother him rather than let him make a trek. After all, a defender must treat a man who feints by refusing to take the eye off the ball and by keeping the forward tied for space when he does elect to move. Feinting had a good part in the game Johnson scored his first point in fifteen minutes through a feint. The ball was actually on the “outside” line, but not over and Johnson oblique shot beat Fern, a fact which hardily seemed possible. The second goal came to Chambers a moment before half time –some time the game to be “up” when the point was registered –and it was due to Sheldom’s admirable centres after an across move to the right while portending to be cutting inward. Chambers in the second half tried a shot at random, and it failed. Yet he did not give up hope of the instant shot, and essaying a further shot, scored from twenty-five yards out. The distance is sufficient in itself to allow one to dealer that the shot should have been saved. Lacey, W. Wadsworth and Bromilow made an admirable half-back line, with Lacey best, and the forwards were of general excellence, one not being better than the other, if we except the prominence of Chambers who had a gala day against Fleetwood and by his coaching making little Harold Wadsworth into a winger of rare ability. Teams: - Everton: - Fern goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood, Berewster, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Crossley, Peacock, Reid, and Harrison, forwards. Liverpool: - Scott, goal, Longsworth, and McKinlay, backs, Lacey, Wadsworth, and Bromilow, half-backs, Sheldon, Forshaw, Johnson, Chambers, and H. Wadsworth, forwards.
LIVERPOOL RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 2
November 1 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 12)
At Anfield. The return fixture so far as football went, was a great improvement upon the previous week display at Goodison Park. The game was fast from start to finish and the issue in doubt to the end. Early in the game both sides missed chances. Howarth and Spencer for Everton and Matthews and McKinney (the latter with an open goal) for the Liverpool. Matthews opened the score for the Reds after Mchaffy had previously saved a strong drive from the same player, ten minutes from the interval, and Parker equalised. Early in the second half Everton attacked strongly, but Liverpool score through Matthews, who also added a third, thus completing the “hat-trick.” Although two goals in arrears, Everton played hard to reduce the lead, and after Howard got their second point Howard Baker alone kept them from equalising. This player played a great game in the last few minutes, and Everton’s Irish recruit in goal also played well. Matthews was in great shooting form, and seems to be settling down to the centre forward position. About 4,000 people witnessed a clean, fast game.
EVERTON IN NEED OF SHOOTING FORWARDS
November 1, 1920. The Evening Express
The hours went where they were due in the Derby game at Goodison. It was a record day, for 54,562 spectators were recorded as having passed through the turnstiles, and the three clear goals against represented Everton’s record defeat of the season so far. Yet it was a capital game, clean throughout, and fought at top speed, but in the very best of spirit. A few days ago Everton headed the table, but Liverpool have now gone in front, and except for one more goal in the against column would be actual leaders, an honour now held by Newcastle. It only seems a matter of time, however, before the Reds go right to the fore for on their present form they are about the best team in the country. Each player is clever individually, but cleverer still in being a team unit, and that is the secret of the Anfielders’ success. Everton’s forwards lacked cohesion. Their advances were spasmodic, stereotyped and so state and unprofitable. Liverpool’s were crisp, purposeful and profitable. That is the game in a nutshell. Rumour says that Stan Fazackerley, the Sheffield United forward, would not object to coming to Lancashire club. I know Everton have negotiated for him more than once. He would be useful, Peacock is not progressing as rapidly as the club’s supporters would wish, and Crossley on Saturday was weak in his shooting. Nor did he provide many openings for Chedgzoy, so that the added trustfulness expected from the right wing was not forthcoming. Harrison was the star of the line, and Reid’s best work was to play his partner with passes. Johnson scored an extraordinary goal from an almost impossible angle and led the Liverpool line well. He worried the opposing defence without cessation, and kept the ball swinging to the wings with judgement. The most efficient forward on view, however, was “Smiler” Chambers. He accept every opportunity of testing Fern, and had the ball in the net three times, but on the last occasion the point did not count, as he was cleverly offside. He headed his first goal from Sheldon’s centre, and the other was the result of a tremendous drive, the swerve of which deceived Fern, who was obviously caught napping. Harold Wadsworth had not quite such a field day against Downs as had been the case the previous week, but his centres were well conceived, as were those of Sheldon, while Forshaw made up a line which was faster and more deadly than the home side.
The two halves stood out were Brewster and Bromilow, the former for his constructive tactics and the latter as a breaker-up on attack. The Everton pivot never wasted a ball when pushing forward to the men in front and he was quick to pick out the unmarked man, but his offerings did not meet with the right treatment. Grenyer was also a brainy half, but Fleetwood’s exertions were not always applied to the best advantage. Bromilow started out with the idea of watching the opposing wing, and he did so without cessation and with excellent results. Lacey was crafty, although he sometimes found himself outpaced and Walter Wadsworth gave a workmanlike display. Of the four backs I preferred MacKinlay, who is likely to be among his country’s chosen this year. Alongside him was Longworth, pressed into service, and very serviceable indeed were his clearance. On the other hand, though Downs did not miss, he sometimes failed to send the ball in the desired direction, while McDonald was prone to hesitate and was not speedy in recovery. Scotts was very safe, and Fern, although he should have saved the third goal, got through a great deal of work in very creditable style. It was a thrilling game, worthy of its predecessors, if only by reason of the fact that it was a model match, in which every player gave of his best in the best of spirit.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Tuesday 02 November 1920
Everton are understood to have made overtures to Motherwell for the transfer of Hugh FerguSon. Requests for Willie Rankine also continue to come Fir Park. Raith Rovers have a record all to themselves in the Scottish League. They have not drawn a match this season. Clennell, the Everton forward, who was injured during practice game and has not played this season, has successfully under gone an operation for cartilage trouble, and is training again.
EVERTON AND PARKER.
November 3, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Rumours have been current of late concerning Parker, the Everton Centre-forward. The Everton Club has officially declaimed that no players are being put on the transfer list, but reports from Scotland suggest that Parker may, join Patrick Thistle, the Club to which Kenny Campbell went from Liverpool. It is said that Parker (who has been playing in the Everton Reserves team of late) is anxious to return to Scottish football, and in this connection a Scottish correspondent says: - The Glasgow Rangers officials deny a report that the Ibrox Club has been endeavouring to secure the transfer of Parker, who was a Rangers player before going to Everton. Negotiation’s have, however been in progress between Patrick Thistle and Everton regard to Parker. Parker played against Liverpool Reserves and later an Everton deputation visited Glasgow. Patrick expressed a desire to secure Parker’s signature, the condition including the transfer of a player. Nothing definite was done at the time, but it is believe that the Everton directors will release Parker if suitable terms can be arranged.
EVERTON PLAYER SUSPENDED.
November 4, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Brewster, the Everton centre-half, who was ordered off the field in the match against Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park recently, has been suspended for a moth. The Everton team to play against Bradford City, at Bradford on Saturday has been selected as follows: - Fern, Downs, McDonald, Brown, Fleetwood, Grenyer, Chedgzoy, Crossley, Parker, Reid, and Harrison,
EVERTON SIGNED NEW PLAYER.
Everton have signed on another goal-keeper in Earnest Salt, of Talbot side Walsall. He is only twenty years old, stands 5ft 10ins, and weights 11st 8lbs.
BLAIR SIGNS AGAIN AS AMATEUR
November 5, 1920. The Liverpool daily Post and Mercury
JE Blair, the Liverpool University and Northern Nomads centre-forward is scoring quite a lot of goals this season, Blair who is 22 years of age and weights 12 stone will be remembered as playing for Everton last season, and in three League matches he scored two goals. He played for Liverpool Collage School in 1913-14, 1914-15, 1915-16 and 1916-17, being Captain in the last two years he signalised his captaincy by scoring like 70 goals, and in a shield tie “bagged seven goals.” He played for Everton on his last season until leaving school to join the forces, and assisted various teams in the flying Corps, after being demobilised he was out of football for some months, owing to an injured knee, but last season played for a varsity and Nomads (scoring 8 goals for the varsity and averaging a goal for the Nomads), and assisted Everton in three of the vital League games in the concluding stages of the campaign. Blair has sign again as an amateur for Everton, and if available might help serve the centre forward problem.
EVERTON AT BRADFORD
November 5, 1920. The Evening Express.
Everton journey to Bradford to meet the City, and the two teams are likely to give a good display. Main interest will be centred in the doings of Parker at centre forward, as it is recognised that the Blues require inside forwards who can shoot, and Parker, back to his best form, would be appreciated. Brown comes into the side for the first time with Tom Fleetwood at centre half. Brown is a fine half, who has played some splendid games for the Blues and this will be his first opportunity of playing with the first team this season. Everton will be represented by Fern; Downs, McDonald; Brown, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Crossley, Parker, Reid and Harrison.
November 5, 1920. The Evening Express
Stanley Fazackerley, the Sheffield United forward, formerly of Preston, has been placed on the transfer list and offers are invited Fazackerley is a fine forward and would do well in a first rate team.
STAN FAZACKERLEY LINKS UP WITH EVERTON
November 6, 1920. The Liverpool Football Echo
A Scoop for the Goodison Club and Also For the Liverpool Echo “Today.”
A Famous Forward's Best and Worst Games
Why He Left Sheffield
Preston Disappointed –Liverpool Some Time Back Inclined to Sign the Sheffield Man
Stanley Fazackerley of Sheffield United has been signed by Everton F.C. The Scoop made by the Everton club will give great pleasure to its legion of followers. The news of the transfer was a tremendous scoop for the “Echo” whose great racing issue “The Sporting Echo” was alone in announcing this morning. Not only the signing, but all the news there unto including Photography of the player. The Sporting Echo; On Monday will give a prize per coupon for the placing of the first four –or nearest thereto –in the Liverpool cup run on Friday.
There will be two Fazackerleys in Liverpool shortly. One will be a player the other will be a district nearby Aintree. Stanley Fazackerley the player has joined the Everton F.C and he has made a wise choice. Similarly Everton have made a wise choice. Everton want inside forwards of class and height. They have been lacking an attack when the ball was in the air because the little men-serving Everton were not enough to gather the ball with his head. Fazackerley has six feet of height to carry him through and he has a wealth of artistry and ability that will delight the local spectators, be they Everton or Liverpool. Fazackerley was signed yesterday by Mr. Tom McIntosh the manager of Everton F.C and Preston among other clubs go away mourning their los, for they were keen on their man and it was felt that Preston were well in the running because Fazackerley is a Preston man, and it was said he was “going back to the scenes of his childhood.” He isn't. He is coming to the glories of Liverpool's wondering city. The signing was made yesterday which was that many local enthusiasts took to be a significant sign of “something to come”. Something was coming all right. As far back as weeks ago I went to Sheffield (writes “Bee”) and there saw things happening Mr. Nicholson the Sheffield United secretary was buzzing about. He was approached by many people. In the offing was a tall, thinness fellow ruddy of complexion, the very picture of an athlete and a man looking years younger that he really in. It was Stanley Fazackerley. He was sought by many. I saw the Huddersfield manager Mr. Ambrose Langley, ex-player holding long converse with him – and they weren't taking golf. Hardy was nearby but with him conversation was not about the talk of the town. For Sheffield was taking about Fazackerley having Sheffield after years of service. The fact was Fazackerley wanted to get away. He did not feel at home at Sheffield where there had been some barracking. The crowd “got at him” and he was in his own words “fed up.” He was tried in the first team last week and was relegated to the second team. That settled it. Fazackerley's request to be put on the transfer list was finally acceded to by the Sheffield directorate and Everton were apace to Sheffield to secure their man. I mentioned their mission when the League game was played at Sheffield and the later event have proved the story published in the “Echo” was correct. Fazackerley was with Longsworth on tour in South Africa and when I mentioned the matter to Longsworth he said; “Stan is very fine played indeed and a nice fellow to boot in South Africa he played many striking games and showed ability and trickery alike to that shown by Buchan. He should do Everton a lot of good service.” Everton have been wanting inside forwards and now they have got one – not a marvel of a player, let me here say, but a player who should suit their style and should be the means of bringing the front line to a finer point of decision and solid attack, not to mention combination. Fazackerley is a much travelled man. He began life in Preston afterwards went to America on business and returning I am told, would have signed for one side but for a paltry ten shinning debate. He played with Accrington, Hull City and then Sheffield United, having a long service medal with Sheffield. Liverpool F.C were in the hunt for his signature sometimes ago; but I believe I am right in saying that they gave up the chase –chase it was, for many clubs were in the running's, and the pace was hot. Now Fazackerley has become an Everton player. When he has settled down to his new club I am sure he will do well. He has felt the disadvantage of playing in a poor side and working desperately hard only to find one's work wasted through unexperience and incapacity of others. It will be remembered that he figured in the benefit games played at Anfield for Tom Bennett and shaped artistically to say the least I know that from experience he made afterwards he was delighted to play in that game for he said it had been a treat to play in such talented company. The fee must be high. It is of no use pretending otherwise. But Everton's management has done well to refuse to be stalked out of their desire. They want men badly, and good men are few and far between so far as transfers are concerned. Only the lame and the halt seem to be on offer half the time. Hence when the good and the “known” man are in the market his bidding must be high and the struggle to obtain the signature hard. There are other Everton idea in the making and readers can be assured that they will be made to them through the medium of the Echo. How the news came to Liverpool is not hard to say. I had scouts working to get the information and those who read might read in last night's paper the promise of the definite news that was soon to come. Needless to say, Fazackerley was not in the side that appeared at Bradford but he is pretty certain to be welcomed next week at the home game. Here's wishing him a good journey in the city.
Fazackerley's Football Memories
In the bright little weekly, the Topical Times” Fazackerley tells the following concerning “My Best and Worst Games” –One game I shall always remember with satisfaction was the final tie of the English Cup at Old Trafford when we defeated Chelsea. What a game we played! I was bang on the top of my form and time after time I beat the backs, only to fall at the critical moment through rank bad luck and over-eagerness. I began to think that no matter how I played. Fate was against me and I wanted a goal in this match more than I had ever wanted a thing before. At last a quarter of an hour from the end, my chance came. Bob Evans sped away on the left and a glorious centre gave me the opportunity I had waited for. Twenty yards from goal and a clear opening! I took deliberate aim, and the ball shot from my foot like a rocket straight as a die for the target. What my feelings were when I saw the leather splash the whitewash rom the crossbar with the goalkeeper hopelessly beaten can better be imagined than described. I was almost no stupefied to move. But the incredible happened. How my oblique shot, which by all known law's should have rebounded somewhere near the opposite touchline came straight back to me I cannot say, but I dashed at the falling ball as If my life depended upon it and this time there was no mistake I think I was the happiest man in England just ten. Another game which made a great impression upon me, and which I think ought to rank as highly in my estimation as the one I have just described was our Cup-tie in 1913 against Bradford Park Avenue as I believe they were then. The last two words have since been dropped out of their name.
Kicked into Action
For the first twenty minutes I did very little that was worth “writing” home to mother about and to crowd all at the end of that time somebody caught me a beauty of a kick which necessitated my being carried off the field. I lived to be thankful for that kick. Whether it imparted to me the necessary “ginger” I cannot say but the fact remains that when I resumed about ten minutes later I was a different man. I played as if possessed and I really felt that I could have walked round our opponents myself. The times I was within an ace of scoring. I struck the crossbar the upright –anywhere but the back of the net but I was not discouraged for I felt somehow that luck would be with me that day. As time went on I grew desperate with the desire to score the first goal of the match but something or somebody always seemed to stop me at the critical moment. Extra time was ordered. Soon after the cross-over I received the ball directed from a goal kick and for a wonder I caught the opposing backs napping. Out flashed the hair to Jimmy Simmons on the wing, a lightning dash down the line a perfect centres and yours truly hit that with just about the hardest and truest kick of his life. What a yell went up then and what a shock I had! When about four of our fellows dashed at me all at the same time I really thought my neck was broken. But it was worth it for had we not won?
The Reverse Side of the Picture
I have no idea that many readers rather envy a professional footballer his few crowded house of joy. How nice to be a popular hero and wear English Cup medals on one's watch-chain. But take it from me there is another side in his life which is far less enviable. Have you ever noticed that when you particularly want to show the advantage in some way the fates are often against you, and you duly succeed in making a exhibition of yourself? Well, that has happened to me more than once during my football career and generally at Preston, which happens to be my birthplace. I know the misery of feeling myself to be a passenger and most other players have felt similarly at some time or other during their careers. I think in electing my worse game I shall not be far wrong if I cite the match at Villa Park last November. I could do nothing right. Time after time Barson or Harrop took the ball from my feet when the chances were all in my favour and as my spirit sank to zero so did my deteriorate. No, a footballer's life is not always happy one.
November 6, 1920. The Evening Express.
Stanley Fazackerley Signs For Blues.
Skilful and Elusive Forward.
Everton have made a big capture, the “Blues” having secured the transfer of Stanley Fazackerley, the noted Sheffield United forward, and he will undoubtedly prove a big acquisition to the Everton club. The news does not come as a surprise, as it was known that Everton wanted Fazackerley and the player wished to come to Liverpool, and it was simply question of terms as between the respectative clubs and the player. These have now been satisfactorily settled, and Fazackerley has signed the necessary papers. Fazackerley joined the United from Preston, of which team he is a native. He developed rapidly, and his style of play is moulded on Buchan. A stylist, he is skilful as he is neat with his footwork, and his elusive movements are delight to watch. True he has not shone with his usual lustre this season, but he has not been “at home at Sheffield.” Now that he has taken a blue jersey he may expect him to show the form which made him a famous forward not only with his country but in South Africa. Fazackerley is a tall athletic figure, standing 5ft 10 ½ ins, in height, and weighs 11st 7lb. We understand the figure was a very substantial one, and there is a great possibility that an Everton player will also be exchanged. There was a gathering of football officials at the headquarters of the Sheffield United Football Club yesterday, the question of the transfer of Fazackerley being the object of the meeting. Representatives from Everton, Bolton Wanderers, and Derby County were hot on the track of the player who, though only placed on the transfer list last Wednesday, has been considered as likely to make a move. The Sheffield United officials refused to communicate any information as to whether or not a transfer had been effected, but thoughts great secrecy prevailed the fact leaked out. When Everton visited Bramell lane for their return league match, the Everton officials were very persistent, in their overtunes for Fazackerley, but at the time the United were not in a mood to part with their player.
Sunday Post - Sunday 07 November 1920
Negotiations between Partick Thistle and Everton for the transfer of Robert Parker are not closed. Everton are extremely keen to make a deal with Greenock Morton for the transfer of George French.
EVERTON WANT McGLOUGHLIN
Derby Daily Telegraph - Monday 08 November 1920
It is very probable that this week Everton will take tho opportunity of securing the transfer of M'Gloughlin, from Shelbourne, the Irish club having stated that they will accept £1,500 for him. Stanley Fazackerley, who said to have cost Everton'£3,750, was born in Preston 28 years ago, and played with his town club before going to America. He returned Accrington Stanley, then Hull City paid £50 for his transfer and let him go twelve months after for £1,000-
BRADFORD CITY 2 EVERTON 2 (Game 947)
November 8, 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON DIVIDE THE SPOILS
STRONG DEFENCE AT VALLEY PARADE.
The Everton team obtained a very valuable point at Valley Parade on Saturday, in a game the quality of which rarely soared above the average. So far as Everton are concerned, there is something to offer in extenuation for their somewhat unconvincing display during the first portion of the proceedings, which were generally dominated by the City’s forwards and half-backs. The suspension of Brewster, and the inability of Brown to turn out owing to an injury, sustained the previous Saturday, led to drastic changes in the half-back line, while the centre-forward position reverted again to Parker. It can thus readily be conceived that smooth working was not likely to materialise at the outset; as a matter of fact, the interval had almost been reached ere the side settled down to give a real glimpse of their true form. At the turn they were a goal behind, which was a correct reflex upon the run of the game thus far, but after the change, disjointed movements gave place to a better understanding of each other’s methods, with the result that the side were able to run their opponents a very close race for supremacy. They made up the leeway shortly after the interval, and though they fell behind again as the result of a penalty kick awarded against them, again drew level, and deservedly shared the honours in a game that was keenly, if not brilliantly contested.
RUN OF THE GAME.
Play had only been going a quarter of an hour when the inimitable Bond, after flashing in a centre, raced into the middle, and pouncing upon a return, fired in a ball that crashed against the under part of the crossbar into the net. For some time after this the Blues were hard pressed, and Cook, Fox, and Howson gave the defence several anxious moments. They responded well, and Chedgzoy from a free kick all but placed his side on terms again. Crossley too, came near scoring, and hereabout Fleetwood was successfully plying his front line with passes that promised good results. However, marksmanship was not a strong point, for there was little sting behind the ball, and it was left to the City van to rain in series of telling shots, which Fern intelligently anticipated. As indicated, the Blues during the second half were quite a different combination so far as concerned action was concerned, and following upon a fine centre by Harrison, almost from the line, Crossley headed past Ewart. (fifty-five). In a trice Fern had to tip a brilliant drive by Bond over the bar. Then Parker, tested the keeper, and from the clearance Bond made off. Putting the ball across to McLlvenny, the latter headed to Cook, who was unmarked, a few yards from the upright. The winger was about to place in the net when Peacock dashing back, handled the ball, for Bond to place his side ahead again from the resulting Penalty kick. The Blues, however, kept pegging away, and their persistency was rewarded as the result of another Harrison-Crossley combine. The winger took a free kick well out near the touch line and flashed the ball across the middle for the inside right to successfully head into the net. Everton were the more aggressive up to the close and deserved to divide the spoils.
Everton’s last line of defence gave an excellent account of themselves. Fern was on the top of his form, and on several occasions saved the situation by intelligent anticipation of final movements. In front of him was Downs, who added another to his brilliant performances, and was ably accorded by McDonald, who had more than an anxious time on occasion against the City right wing. It took the half-backs some time to settle down, but when once the situation had been sized up, the standard of play usually identified with the Everton club was well maintained. Fleetwood as the pivot was a rare worker, and withal successful both in defence and distribution of the play, and Grenyer, though hard pressed, allowing but little quarter to the City’s right wingers, accomplished a good afternoon’s work. Peacock, after his recent spell of centre forward work, acquitted himself very creditably in the right half position, and it was evident that his abilities lie more in this direction than as leader of attack. The forward line was scarcely the potent force that has been apparent in earlier games. Parker was dominated by Storer, and most advances were the outcome of purely wing play. Duckett, the City left half, scarcely felt Chedgzoy, but Crossley benefited as the result of the close attention paid to his colleagues, and was more in the picture than in previous games. Reid and Harrison were the more effective wing, the centering of the latter being among the features of the game.
The Bradford forwards were a well-balanced line, ably led by Howson, though he made the tactical mistake of bestowing too much attention to Bond at the expense of Cook, who at times in some delightful touches on the extreme left. The inside players were kept well in hand by Fleetwood, while Storer was also a successful pivot, ably flanked by Hargreaves and Duckett. Potts and Boocock were staunch defenders, and Ewart accomplished all that was possible in goal. As has been stated, the quality of Everton’s forward work was not altogether convincing, but in the light of recent happenings a big improvement may be confidently anticipated. Teams: - Bradford City: - Ewart, goal, Potts, and Boocock, backs, Hargreaves, Storer, and Duckett, half-backs, Bond, Fox, Howson, McIlvenny, and Cook, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Peacock, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Crossley, Parker, Reid, and Harrison, forwards. Referee G.H. Mason.
£3,750 FOR FAZACKERLEY.
Hull Daily Mail - Monday 08 November 1920
Stanley Fazackerley. the Sheffield United forward. has been transferred to Everton for a fee stated £3.750. (who was formerly Hull City player), was member of the Sheffield United team who won the English Cup in 1915. served with the Army for time. Last season played for" the North against England an international trial game, and reserve for England against Scotland in the match at. Hillsborough last spring. He received £500 instead of benefit last year. With the English team in South Africa Fazackerley played brilliantly centre forward.
FAZACKERLEY, OF SHEFFIELD, FOR EVERTON.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Monday 08 November 1920
Stanley Fazackerley has been transferred at a huge fee from Sheffield United to Everton. Fazackerley was with the English team in South Africa, and scored freely. Buchan-like in style, he has not fitted into, the Sheffield scheme. He began football at Preston, went to Accrington, thence to Hull, and finally to Sheffield. This big, clever forward should do Everton a lot of good.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 BRADFORD RESERVES 0
November 8 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 13)
At Goodison Park, on Saturday. Everton who gave a trial to Goodacre from the “A” team at centre forward gave a much-improved display. There was not a weak spot in the team. Bradford held their own in the first half, but the referee had to caution three of the players for foul play. Smith and Howarth played a great game on the left wing, and the former succeeded in scoring the only goal in the first half. Everton forced the pace and added further goals though Spencer (2), and Goodacre. The latter was a district success. Everton: - Mohaffy, goal, Fare, and Thompson (Captain), backs Garrett, Weller, and Williams, half-backs, Jones, Spencer, Goodacre, Howarth and Smith, forwards.
EVERTON NEW FORWARD.
NOVEMBER 8, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
FAZACKERLEY SIGNED ON.
Everton have signed on Stanley Fazackerley, the Sheffield United inside right, who at his own request had been placed on the transfer list. Several clubs endeavoured to secure the player’s service among them being Preston North End, Bolton, and Everton. Finally the competition was reduced to the latter two, and it is said that Bolton withdrawn when the bidding reached £3,500. The fee paid by Everton has not been divulged, but it is unofficially stated that the agreement provides for the exchange of an Everton player as part payment. Fazackerley, who is a Prestonian by birth, saw service with Accrington, and HullCity, before joining Sheffield United. He was one of the most successful members of the team which toured South Africa during the close season, and it will be remembered, played for the team of internationals which opposed Liverpool in the match for Tom Bennett’s benefit. A player of the Buchan type, he possesses fine ball control and ought to improve Everton attack. .
November 8, 1920. The Evening Express
When it is considered that Everton were forced to make several changes they may be said to have some well at Bradford. In the course of the comments Rovers says:-
Everton’s last line of defence gave an excellent account of themselves. Fern was on the top of his form, and on several occasions saved the situation by intelligent anticipation of final movements. In front of him was Downs, who added another to his brilliant performances, and was ably seconded by McDonald, who had more than an anxious time on occasions against the City right wing. It took the half-backs some time to settle down, but when once the situation had been sized up, the standard of play usually identified with the Everton club was well maintained. Fleetwood as the pivot was a rare worker, and withal successful, both in defence and distribution of the play, and Grenyer, though hard pressed, allowing but little quarter to the City’s right wingers, accomplished a good afternoon’s work. Peacock, after his recent spell of centre forward work acquitted himself very creditably in the right half position, and it is evident that his abilities lie more in this direction than as leader of attack. The forward line was scarcely the potent force that has been apparent in earlier games. Parker was dominated by Storer, and most advances were the outcome of purely wing play. Duckett, the City left-half scarcely left Chedgzoy, but Crossley benefited as the result of the close attention paid to his colleagues, and was more in the picture than in previous games. Reid and Harrison were the more effective wing, the centring of the latter being among the features of the game.
November 9 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
It is stated the Everton Football Club paid £3750 for the Transfer of Sam Fazackerlay, the Sheffield United centre-forward. This is a record fee, the previous of Lane of Blackpool, Everton also paid large fees for Brewster, Downs, and Crossley, Fazackerley has a great opportunity of delighting the followers of the team. There can be no question as to his skill, and with the height of 5fy 10 and half ins. He ought to able to make something of the centres from Harrison and Chedgzoy
RECORD TRANSFER FEE FOR FAZACKERLEY
November 9, 1920. The Evening Express.
Everton play their return game with Bradford City at Goodison Park on Saturday, and in view of the fact that Stanley Fazackerley will make his debut for the Blues, keen interest is centred in the fixture. It is felt that the Everton forward line only requires a real live and brainy attacker to transform the team into a force which will take its own part in the competition. Fazackerley is undoubtedly a most skilful exponent, and those who saw him play in Tommy Bennett’s benefit match were struck by the subtle footcraft of the tall and elusive forward. We all know what a remarkable degree of skill is introduced to a game by Buchan, and Fazackerley is the nearest approach I know to be famous Sunderland expert. Fazackerley, has been given special permission to live at Preston for the present. Fazackerley will lead the line instead of Parker, but otherwise the team will be unchanged viz:- Fern; Downs, McDonald; Peacock, Fleetwood, and Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Crossley, Fazackerley, Reid and Harrison. I am asked to officially contradict the report that Crossley or any other Everton player is on the transfer list. At the moment there is no likelihood of any of the players changing quarters. One is glad to note that Crossley obtained a couple of goals on Saturday, and it is evident he is returning to his proper form.
There has been a great deal of speculation going on as to the price Everton paid for Fazackerley and it will set a good deal of argument as rest if I state that I learn from a friend “in the know” at Sheffield that the sum was £4,000. Everton all, but lost their man because of his insistence on living in Preston. Up to now it has been an invariable rule with the Everton board that their players should live in Liverpool. It is open secret that Downs wanted to reside in Sheffield and that Jones, the outside-right, wished to remain at home in Wrexham. The club, however, insisted on their rule being observed in these cases. But Fazackerley was adamant if Everton would not let him live at Preston, he would sign for Bolton, who were not so particular, and rather than lose their man, the Everton officials relaxed their rule.
November 10, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Fazackerley, the forward secured by Everton from Sheffield United, will play at centre forward on Saturday, in the match against Bradford City at Goodison Park. This is the only change from last Saturday, the team being Fern, Downs McDonald, Peacock, Fleetwood, Grenyer, Chedgzoy, Crossley, Fazackerley, Reid, and Harrison. The Everton Club denies a rumour to the effect that Crossley or any other player is on the transfer list. Sheffield United asked if Everton had any players they could give and the answer was in the negative.
THE TRAINER’S TASK.
November 10, 1920. The Evening Express.
The trainers of our big league clubs have an ardous task keeping their men fit. Player of various temperaments require varied treatment, and the trainer is not as a rule a man to be envied. I saw Jack Elliott, the Everton trainer, who has looked after Everton players so well for years, returning from a walk with his men. He told me that he had to “keep up with them,” and it took it out of him, but he is still as fit as a fiddle. Jack has had some of the finest footballers in the world through his hands, and he knows how to treat his charges. It is a good many years ago since Elliott played for Everton on the field, but he has frequently played a great part in winning matches in the past by his assiduous efforts in placing the men on the field in the fittest possible condition.
WHERE WILL IT END?
November 10, 1920. The Evening Express.
Touching on the transfer question and the rising “fees” J.C, in the Sporting Chronics,” says:- “
“Where are clubs drifting to? The question seems pertinent when it is recalled that on January 1, 1908, the Football Association imposed a limitation on transfer fees. The highest sum which was legal was £350, but the rule, constantly broken and avoided, was rescinded the following May and June. Not so many years ago the sporting world stood aghast when £1,000 was paid for Alfred Common. It will be remembered that Common originally left Sunderland for Sheffield United at a fee fixed at £325. In a manner which Sheffield United did not relish at the time. Common was eventually re-transferred to the Wearsiders for £520. Shortly after Sunderland disposed of Common for £1,000 to Middlesbrough, and this gained £805 net out of the three deals. “What an outcry there was about that £1,000. Sheffield United in their official programme said: No club in the past has paid such a hugh sum for any player, nor in our opinion is any player worth such a sum, what over his abilities may be. That induces a smile especially when we recall that Sheffield United themselves paid Barnsley £2,000 for George Utley on November 17, 1913. On May 12, 1914, Manchester City sent Derby County a cheque for £2,500 for Horace Barnes –the highest sum up to that date. But after an all night argument in Edinburgh the Blackburn Rovers gave the Hearts of Midlothian £2,600 for Percy Dawson. During the war it was said that the days of such high transfer fees had come to the end. Never more would such investments be made in a player. The war over what do we find? Chelsea give £2,500 for John Cock and Aston Villa £2,700 for Barson. Barnsley cannot be left out of this story –especially if all the four figures fees were tabulated. Clearly the £3,000 would soon be reached. And it is said that Birmingham not only gave £3,600 for Lane, but £3,500 for Crosbie. Now there is no doubt that Everton have established a record for information from a club which did not sign Fazacerley, is to the effect that they were prepared to pay £3,700 (as stated exclusively in the “Express yesterday), the sum paid for Fazackerley was £4,000. Not so long ago the President of the League declared that he had hoped that these huge transfer fees would never return. But they have, and anyone may be permitted to wonder where this competition for men will end. In spite of modern gates such sums seems preposterous.
FAZACKERLEY’S DEBUT AT GOODISON
November 12, 1920. The Evening Express.
The Merseyside clubs take up the duel with the Bradford teams again tomorrow, and in view of the struggles which took place last week strenuous contest s are expected. Bradford City visit Goodison Park and special interest is centred in the game for the reason that Stanley Fazackerley makes his debut in a Blue jersey. The ex-Preston player hopes to get wise to the methods of his colleagues right away, and it is hoped that his inclusion will supply the link which seems so necessary to complete Everton’s forward chain. With Crossley back to his proper form and the wing men in their brightest mood the Everton line should improve on recent showing. The kick off is timed for 2.45 and Everton’s side will be; Fern; Downs and McDonald; Peacock, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Crossley, Fazackerley, Reid and Harrison. Bradford City; Ewart; Potts and Boocock; Hargreaves, Storer, Duckett; Bond, Fox, Hibbert, Lindley, and Cook.
November 13, 1920. The Evening Express.
Everton have added a decided attraction to their game with the other Bradford club, the City, at Goodison Park, inasmuch as their latest acquisition, Fazackerley, will lead the attack. “Stanley” has cost the club a pretty stiff figure but if he can only bring success to the side then he will be worth every penny of the £4,000 paid to Sheffield United for his transfer. He is a player who knows the game from A to Z and if he will only take kindly to the centre berth then Everton should prove a formidable eleven. The side, with the exception of Fazackerley, is the same as appeared at Bradford last Saturday, and as the formation will be all the better for its earlier run, the movements of the middle trio should have an important bearing on today’s game. The visitors cannot be classed a great side, but they are a dour-eleven. Still with the least luck Everton should capture both points.
BRADFORD CITY RES. v. EVERTON RES.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Monday 15 November 1920
Some interesting forward play was witnessed in this match at Valley Parade, Bradford. There was little to choose between the teams, although Bradford deserved their victory. In the home front line the outstanding players were Marsh, Anderson, and Logan, whilst for the losers Spencer and Jones, especially the latter, were constantly prominent. During the first half Jones scored for Everton, and Marsh (twice) and Anderson for Bradford. change of ends Everton scored goals through Howarth and Smith whilst Logan netted for Bradford. Final —Bradford City Res., 4 goals ; Everton Res., 3 goals.
EVERTON 2 BRADFORD CITY 2 (Game 948)
November 15, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
EVERTON AGAIN DRAW WITH BRADFORD CITY
The entrance of Fazackereley into the Everton team on Saturday led to some good results. The ex-Sheffield United player has art to recommend him in a year when artistry is rarely seen. With his skilled edging of the ball, feinting and dribbling, so Fazackerley has come to the right team. Then he has added confidence to a side that lacked it. Moreover, he has the necessary height where heading of the ball is necessary. All told, he comes at the right time to mend a disjointed side. There was more “forward” play by Everton on Saturday than had been seen throughout the season. Unfortunately, Crossley’s best game since he came to the team was marred with the eternal pass to the right wing. Crossley should vary his methods and then his game will improve and he will get more out of his close play. Harrison was worked rarely, and Reid was not in happy mood, although he scored a goal thanks to a fine pass by Fazackerley. Ewart was slow to act when Reid fired in his shot. Just before this goal there was a too daring piece of goalkeeping by Fern, who was dumped out of possession and then started to go towards the touchline by dribbling, an open goal being left behind him, and the wonder was that Bradford City did not score. Reid’s goal equalised a goal that had been scored from Bond’s sensible centre to Lindley. Before the interval, however, Crossley scored and Everton went of believing that they had the game won. In the second half Hibbert, playing for the first time since he broke his leg, scored a very clever goal in spite of an attempted trip, and from that point to the end the battle was even and strenuous rather then brilliant, although a shot from Harrison and two saves by Fern were outstanding. It was a fitting draw for Everton had weaknesses, and Bradford City’s wingers were not at their best, Cook being disappointing and Bond talking rather than playing, albeit he was electric on occasion. At half-back there was a sturdiness that brooked no opposition, Storer and Fleetwood were excellent, and Boocock was the steadiest back. Downs, while dazzling at times and engaging in an occasional shot or two, let in the Yorkshire forwards in glaring manner. McDonald too, was not too sure in his kick. Lindley, Fazackerley, Crossley, Fox, and perhaps Chedgzoy were the pick of the forwards, and Boocock as a half-back did many clever things in attack, yet lacked robust tackling methods. Everyone: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Peacock, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Crossley, Fackerley, Reid, and Harrison, forwards. Bradford City: - Ewart, goal, Potts, and Boocock, backs, Hargreaves, Storer, and Duckett, half-backs, Bond, Fox, Hibbert, Lindley, and Cook, forwards.
BRADFORD CITY RESERVES 4 EVERTON RESERVES 3
November 15, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 14)
At Valley Parade. The home team did practically all the attacking, but were not so dangerous in front of goal as the visitors, who made occasional raids in which Jones, their outside right, was very prominent. Fare, Robinson, and Leivesley defended well for the visitors.
SWEET EVERTON VALLEY
November 17, 1920. The Evening Express
A Veteran’s Memories of Arcadian Liverpool
By The Old ‘Un (Tom Keaton)
Fifty years ago! The white and grey haired veterans of today, as they sit by their firesides on quiet nights, often find their thoughts fondly turning to the days when the “Evening Express” first came, were seen, and mentally gobbled up by lovers of information, satisfying reading, and the real grit of the day’s doing. Fifty years ago! What changes the old veterans have seen! Liverpool northwards ended at Boundary-street; the wide space intervening between it and Bootle was a big area of waste and agricultural land; buildings were casuals. On the verandah of one of the few villas on the Derby-road sandhills, its tenant, a municipal official, sat at nights with a few Bohemian friends, looking out on a sandy shore, and the beautiful shimmering of moonbeams on the rippling waters of the channel; one friend played a banjo, songs and choruses, were heard, and glasses filled with diluted fluids were emptied frequently. Between Spellow-Lane and Walton a giant Nursery (Skirving’s) flowered. At the top of Everton Valley (the tens of thousands who scurry off to the Liverpool football ground will please note this) stood the Bronte estate (woodhouse’s), a beautiful rural pleasance (a varnished picture is in my mind of the beauty spot –I lived a stone’s throw from it). Its pretty lodge faced the Valley; a stone wall, lined inside with tall trees, ran up to Sleepers Hill; thence a hawthorn hedge on the north side of Walton Breck-road ran right away to Cabbage Hall. Between that hedge and Anfield-road from Sleepers hill to Cabbage Hall, there was only one house, Rockfield, in which lived Henry Tate and his sons, Arthur and Edwin; their sugar refinery was on Manesty lane, and offices at 101, Dale street, by the Police Court. The house had extensive grounds running from the west bend of the road up to the football field. The only vestige of its solid boundary wall is utilised in the fencing of the L.F.C training ground. Unobserved by the many, it is a joy to the few antiquarians familiar with its historical importance. The football ground was one of the fields inside the hawthorn hedge. All the old charm of the rusticity I cherish in my memory. My old eyes glisten when I recall it, and the glorious games of cricket I played in on the fields. East of the tram outer belt line, on to Tunnel-road, fields and estates were almost the exclusives. At “Speakelands,” deserted by the Earles, I recall the Sefton C.C. playing its game on the lawn, ere they both trekked south. There were hugh fields inside the belt, notably the camp fields by Heyworth-street, and those by Vernon Hall, in Hall-lane, on which the Volunteers paraded, and the Liverpool Press C.C. played, I with them. In the town (city now) great chances have taken place. A lamp shop, bread shop, and oil shop, and Isaiah Raw’s public-house, stood on the site of the Conservative club. I Knew Isaiah well, Horafio (shush). Other old-fashioned shops lined Dale-street, up to opposite Moorfields. The old fashioned George Hotel occupied the ground of the Reform Club. I fancy now I can see H.N. Abbinett, the country gentleman-looking host, standing on its front steps. Cobham’s, in Castle street was famous dinning-room; Fisk and Fairhurst’s close to, and Oakes’s and Galt’s, in Lord-street, the most noted confectioners. There were no cafes. Merchants and the well-to-do tradesmen dined in the numerous hotels, and drank freely out of wine glasses and tankards; the clerks and shophands refreshed themselves in vaults and snugs. Rubicund faces and the signs of drink were familiar sights in business places and were winked at; now they are not tolerated. The cafes have been extradinarily silent temperance reformers of the city life. St. George’s Church, a quaint, imposing edifice, stood where the Queen’s Victoria monument now stands, and many fine buildings have supplanted modest old ones in our main thorough fares. Threates were numerous. The Alexandra, Amphi, Theatre Royal, Prince of Wales, Adelphi, Park, Colisenum, and Rotunda were in full swing with dramatic fare. Covent Garden and Old Drury were frequent visitors to the Alexandra, Amphi, and “Royal” and several English opera companies, including Rosa’s, Payne and Harrison’s, Rose Hersee’s and Blanche Cole’s. Titiens, Foli, Santley, Lima de Murska, Sinico, Scalchi, and the other great stars of the heydays of grand opera, were familiars. Hengler’s Circus displayed its equine wonders in Newington and Quaglieni’s Circus in William Brown-street. Mander’s Menagerie flamed round the Wellington Monument, with its gorgeously decorated front and blaring brass band, and the black giant Maccomo, the king of lion-tamers, in the flare of hissing naphtha lamps, was the observed of all observers. There were some marvellous travelling shows in those days, and they could find spaces to camp in the centre of the town. These and the threatres all did good business. They had no serious rivals. There were no big variety palatial halls or (thick-as-black-berriers now) cinemas to oppose them. The few music halls there were relied much more on the money they took for drink, supplied on ledges or tables in front of their patrons, who were dunned for orders by seedy waiters between every turn, than they did on their nominal admission fees. Free-and-easies in public houses were as thick in the town as flies round a sugar cask. The publican engaged one or two bleary musicians, a down-at-heel singer or two, and a chairman. Amateur –“ladies and gentlemen,” out of the audience who could sing, or thought they could –were the real entertainers, especially those who “couldn’t sing for nuts” and broke down. The licence allowed to the great army of flainting nymphs of the pavement in those days was another cancer in the civic body. On the main streets, in their public houses, and in every entertainment resort they badly accosted and ogled mankind. It was difficult for men to be moral; the temptation to vicious indulgence pestered them on every side. There were disreputable colonies of houses in the centre of the town, populated by educated and vulgar well and ill-dressed sirens of this class. Aye, there are still many faults to find in our habits and customs, which make the judicious, grieve, but, as I said before the “black spot” is comparatively white in contrast with the Gomorrah of fifty years ago.
THE EARLY DAYS OF THE “EXPRESS.”
November 17, 1920. The Evening Express
Some Recollections Of a Retired Overseer.
It is happy circumstances that many of those who formed the Express staff in its early days have lived to see the paper celebrate its Jubilee. One of the oldest is Mr. George Hargreaves, of 89, Spencer-street, Everton, whose name, though he has now for many years been in retirement, is still remembered and revered in the composing room. For more than a generation he was in charge of the type-setting department and his reminiscences range over one of the most remarkable periods in newspapers development. Looking back from the great age of 84 to the days when the Express was our infant, Mr. Hargreaves expressed to one of his successors on the staff, his pride in the growth of the paper from its small beginning. “I first joined the Courier composing-room,” he said, “and soon afterwards was put in charge of the “Express.” When I went to the office all the type-setting was done by hand. We had none of your lightning linotype machines in those days. But then, as now, the firm was very enterprising in regard to its mechanical equipment, and one day a circular was received concerning a machine called the Hattersley. Its inventor had been trying to get it adopted by the newspaper press for many years, but at the time there was only one in use in the country. I was at once sent to see it, with instructions to thoroughly examine its working and to report what I thought of it. In half-an-hour I satisfied myself that it was the thing for us, and we ordered two. By the way, how many linotype machines are there in the office now?” The interviewer answered that they were so many that he did not know. “I remember well the old office of the Express in South Castle-street. It was from the roof of that building that I witnessed the great fire at Compton House on December 1st 1865, when about £200,000 worth of damage was done. I never saw a spectacle of the kind to equal that. There was a panic in the office the year before, when the Lotty Sleigh blew up in the river. She had taken on board eleven tons of gunpowder, and the explosion of it shock out building as though there had been an earthquake. Some men rushed for the stairs. I took my stand under a great beam which ran across the ceiling with the idea that it might remain in place if anything else collapsed. Then I saw one member of the staff –he too, is alive and well today –throwing up a window. By the time I and another sprang to him, he was half way out, and would have fallen three stories into the street. When we got him back into the room he was as white as death. Mr Hargreaves chuckled over some of the exploits of the Express in his own day. On one occasion a great statesman was to speak in Liverpool and a contemporary had announced that a full report of his speech would appear in its issue that evening. “I arranged,” said Mr, Hargreaves “that all our reporters copy should be sent direct to me so that there should be no delay. Each of our messengers worked to a number and each received sixpence for every message he brought, while if he were not back at the hall in time to take his message in his turn he had to stand down till they worked round to him again. The competitors had a lot of hansom cabs to bring their messages down, and as I passed by the hall on the way to the office I saw these cabs in the midst of a large crowd. Well, our scheme worked so well that we had the Express with the report of the speech actually selling in the ball before the votes of thanks were over. I went home and when I returned later that night to the office, I asked what had happened to our competitors. I was told that they had not come out at all, and the excuse they made was that the crowd became so dense that their Hanson cabs could not get out. “And how the Express has grown since its early days! It was a little thing when I first knew it. Your strike Editions rather remainder me of the first Express, I remember a man coming and standing beside the stone when I became overseer, and I said to him, “What are you waiting there for,” ‘Oh,’ he replied, ‘I m going to make up the pages of the Express.” I said ‘Never you mind about that. I’ll do that as a side-line. But I should like to see the man who would undertake it as a side-line nowadays, since the Express grew so greatly and began to have so many editions,” added Mr. Hargreaves. “We only had one or two, in my early days but we used to come out specially if there was any news of particular importance.”
EVERTON’S SELECTION FOR SUNDERLAND MATCH.
November 17, 1920. The Evening Express.
Sunderland are the visitors to Goodison Park on Saturday, the Blues thus appearing two weeks in succession at home. The Wearsiders were a great drawing power, and I suppose they will continue to attract the crowd, but it must be said that they have been off their game recently. Still they are one of those combinations which may “come back” at any moment. Charlie Buchan, of course, is still a wonderful player, but even he cannot win matches of f his own bat, so to speak. Buchan’s wiles are always so neat and clever that his play, becomes most fascinating. Fazackerley is the nearest approach I know to the skilful Buchan, and the two appearing on the same field should enable the onlookers to make comparisons. Everton are relying on the same side as last week to do duty again the Wearsiders, and Fazackerley will again lead the attack. The following is the chosen side: - Fern; Downs, McDonald; Peacock, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Crossley, Fazackerley, Reid, and Harrison. The kick-off is timed for 2.30.
Hull Daily Mail - Thursday 18 November 1920
The Everton Football Club has issued a denial of a Scottish report they offered an exchange of players to Greenock Morton in return for the transfer of French, the Scottish League club's centre forward. It is admitted that Everton tried to get the transfer of French, but no mention was made of an exchange of players.
SUNDERLAND VISIT TO GOODISON
November 19, 1920. The Evening Express.
There will be many veterans at Goodison Park tomorrow who cherish the memory of stirring tussles between Sunderland and Everton. The two teams invariably give of their best, and though the Wearsiders have been somewhat under a cloud of late, it is anticipated that they will give the Blues a right good game. Buchan, of course, is the star turn, and he is expected to give his usual polished display, and with Fazackerley also likely to be on the scene the contrast between the two should be interesting. Fazackerley sustained some severe knocks in the first game, but it is expected he will be fit and anxious to show to the best advantage tomorrow. The old-time game between the “Blues” and Sunderland, when the former drew level in the last two minutes, is fresh in the memory of old followers of the club. There was great excitement that day when Boyle and McInnes, I think scored and placed the sides level. It appeared 1,000 to 1 on Sunderland winning, but the rally of the “Blues” was great. A similar tussle tomorrow will be appreciated. Everton will be represented by Fern; Down, McDonald; Peacock, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Crossley, Fazackerley, Reid, and Harrison. Sunderland:- Scott; Gibson, England; Mitton, Parker, Poole; Best, Buchan, Travers, Cooke, and Martin. Gibson is a Lancashire youth, who is reputed to be a fine back. He is new to senior football, and this will be his first League match. A collection for St. Dunstan’s is to be made before and during the game, and the Boys’ Industrial Band have appropriately included Chirwin’s Blind Boy” in their programme. It is a deserving cause and it is hoped that the football enthusiasts will respond with their accustomed generosity.
SUNDERLAND AT GOODISON PARK.
November 20, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton and Sunderland are old and doughty opponents, and some of their games are memorable. Though the Wearsiders, are not as powerful as in former years, they are one of the most attractive sides, in the League, and their visit to Goodison Park to-day should draw another large “gate.” Sunderland have won only one match since September 18th, while Everton have been without a victory since October 8th, so that there ought to be a keen struggle for the two points. They should be only one change for the home side, who however, will be without Fazackerley, owing to injury, his place being taken by Parker.
SUNDERLAND AT THE PARK
November 20, 1920. The Evening Express.
Fazackerley, whom Everton secured a fortnight ago from Sheffield United, after parting with the large amount of £4,000 was knocked about in his first game for his new club against Bradford City, so much so that he has had to cry off for today’s match with Sunderland, a piece of bad luck for both player and club. As already stated, Fazackerley will not lead the Everton attack against Sunderland at the Park this afternoon and the absence of “Stan” will enable “Bobbie” Parker to once more fill the breach. The latter is a player who has not met with the best of lucky lately, and should he strike his best form against the Wearsiders the spectators will be pleased. With this exception, the Everton team will be the same as last week, and as the visitors have been going very rocky of late the home side should gather in both points.
EVERTON 1 SUNDERLAND 1 (Game 949)
November 22, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON DRAW AGAIN.
A MODERATE DISPLAY AGAINST SUNDERLAND.
The visit of Sunderland to Goodison Park –always a big attraction –drew a fine crowd, but a game hardly realised expectations. The result was a drawn game –and on the play this was probably the most fitting conclusion to the contest. Everton were without Fazackerley (injured), and Parker took the centre position. Both sides had a lean time recently so far as successes are concerned, and the weaknesses revealed on Saturday explained this to some extent. The forwards were not incisive enough to best a first class defence. They did excellent work at times, as witness the clever runs and centres of both Harrison and Chedgzoy, particularly in the first half, yet only one goal accrued, and this with Scott, the Sunderland custodian, taking exceptional risks early on, and being anything but safe with high shots. The Sunderland forwards were no better, although they did not make as many scoring position as the Everton forwards, but the inside men were just as weak when it came to clinching a position. Everton scored after ten minutes play, Scott attempted to punch the ball away as Reid’s centre crossed the goal, but he missed it and Parker headed through. Fourteen minutes later Cooke equalised. Buchan supplied the opening, and Cooke after beating Fleetwood drove the ball into the corner of the net, Fern making a futile attempt to get the ball, which appeared to roll under his arm. Sunderland’s goal was something of a surprise, and on the balance of play was just only justified, and Fern was certainly late with his attempt to save the shot. There was a certain amount of skill and cleverness in the forward work without much sting. Harrison showed great judgement in his centres, and his shots onto goal were splendidly timed. Everton should have won the game in the first half, for in the early stages they had some capital scoring chances. A brilliant centre by Chedgzoy was punched away by Scott, and the ball passed Parker by inches. Downs was very clever in defence, and Martin and Cooke had a lean time. Crossley was dangerous by reason of the first time drives. True, many of them were wide, but he was always a source of trouble to the Sunderland defence. Chedgzoy did an immense amount of work, and time and again he beat his opponents without however, getting any tangible result. Scott saved his best work till the second half. Had he been beaten often early on little surprise would have been created, for he took many unnecessary risks, but he made some brilliant saves afterwards. One of his best was when he threw himself at a terrific drive by Fleetwood and turned the ball past the upright. Then again when Parker surprised him with a shot from a difficult angle Scott was just as alert, and again he fail to bring off a great save. It was excellent work, and he moved himself an expert at low shots. There was an artistic touch about Buchan’s work, and though he was not as prominent as usual, his clever movements were interesting. Early in the second half he sent in a beautiful shot that might easily have taken effect but for the intervention of Downs, who stopped the ball with his body, and in the very last minute he made a splendid run, beating both Downs and McDonald in his best style. Travers is the type of centre that needs the ball “placed” for him, but he mulled two distine chances in spite of being well supplied. Gibson gave a creditable display, and in view of the fact that it was only his second appearance in first class football, he did uncommonly well. The defence on both sides better than the attack, and the absence of balance and cohesion prevented the play touching first class. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Peacock, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Crossley, Parker, Reid, and Harrison, forwards. Sunderland: - Scott, goal, Gibson, and England, backs, Mitton, Parker, and Poole, half-backs, Best, Buchan, Travers, Cooke, and Martin, forwards.
AMATEUR GOALKEEPER FOR EVERTON.
November 22 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Howard Baker, the Olympic Jumper and Liverpool Football Club goalkeeper, is to become an Everton player. Baker did good service for Liverpool last season, but this season has made few appearances for the Central League team, he has help Northern Nomads recently.
EVERTON AGAINST GWERSYLLT AND DISTRICT
November 22 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Everton sent a team to Wrexham, yesterday to play Gwersyllt and district for the benefit of J.T. Jones, a Gwersyttl player who possesses twenty-seven football medals. Fog spoiled the game, the players at times being almost invisible at a distance of fifty yards. Everton did most of the pressing throughout, the first half, the ball being usually within shooting distance of the opponents goal. After most of the forwards had missed chances, Kirsopp with a header, converted a centre from G.W. Jones. In an attack by the district team, Salt had to run out to intercept a centre from Lowe (Acrefor) half-time Everton leading by a goal to nil. In the second half G.W. Jones scored an second for Everton, while J.T. Hughes opened Gwersyllt’s account. The game had to be abandoned before time, through fog, when the score was two-to one in Everton favour.
November 22, 1920. The Evening Express.
Everton have played seventeen matches to date, and have drawn seven times, four of these equality occasions being at home. An improvement will have to be shown –at any rate at Goodison –or the Blues will 0once again find themselves in the chilly region of the table. It is small consolation that they drew with Bradford, now the bottom club, at the beginning of the season, sandwiching in a home victory against Newcastle United. Bradford City also shared the points at both meetings. The Rovers lost at point at Blackburn, but another was forfeited at Goodison to Huddersfield and now Sunderland have compelled the concession of yet one more. The record is not exactly inspiring, though it must be conceded that the Northerners were somewhat lucky to get a division, as their goal was initiated from an offside position. However, the home defence contributed by the foolish trick of stopping to appeal. When will players learn that the final decision is with referee and to act only according to his signals. Dicky Downs was not so prone to “shock” the spectators by waiting for the oncoming forward, and his clearances were quicker, therefore, than usual, but always placed advantageously. He, of course tried one or two surprise rushes, but his dart up to the right corner flag, with Chedgzoy waiting seemed like painting the lily. McDonald kicked strongly, at times overmuch and Fern’s slowness in going down to Cooke’s equaliser could be forgiver in view of the smart clearances subsequently. Peacock was happy in the halves. Fleetwood back to his old form, and Grenyer kept a close grip on Buchan, who did not shine in consequence. The front line lost something of its speed under Parker’s leadership, but he played a worrying game, while the wings have developed a fine understanding and change places with nice discrimination. Scott struck me as blessed with the luck essential to a good goalkeeper, Gibson made a promising debut, and Cooke was the best of a hefty line of attackers, who had a great deal to thank the middlemen for in the way of judicious forward passes.
November 24, 1920. The Evening Express.
Everton go to Sunderland and it is good to know that Fazackerley is quite fit again, and will be included in the line against Charlie Buchan and his colleagues. When he settles down Fazackerley is bound to make a big improvement in the standard of the Everton forward work. On Saturday he will partner Chedgzoy on the right, and as he would rather play at inside right then in the centre, he ought to be suited by the change. Chedgzoy and fazackerley should make a storming wing, and incidentally Parker is likely to have more opportunity of utilising his shooting power. Crossley crosses over to partner Harrison, and the full side will be Fern; Down, McDonald; Peacock, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Parker, Crossley, and Harrison. On paper this strikes one as a very strong combination. Certainly the forward line might easily turn out triumphs. The kick-off is timed for 2.15. The Reserves meet Tranmere at Goodison, and the Blues are fielding a very strong side, viz; A.N. Other; Fare, and Weller; Brown, Lievesley, Garrett; Jones, Kirsopp, Blair, Clennell, and Reid. It will be noticed that Joe Clennell is to play, and judging by his prelimary canters on Monday he is likely to bell all right. With the scoring Blair, Kirsopp, Clennell, and Reid in the team the Rovers should have a warm time.
EVERTON TO PLAY AT COLWYN BAY.
November 24 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Football Association of Wales have granted the North Wales Coast League permission to play a benefit match at Colwyn Bay, in which Everton will take part.
November 25, 1920. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
The Everton team against Sunderland at Roker Park will be: - Fern, Downs, McDonald, Peacock, Fleetwood, Grenyer, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Parker, Crossley, Harrison. Thus Fazackerely returns to the side at inside right, Crossley going inside left in place of Reid. The Reserves side against Tranmere Rovers at Goodison park will be: - Howard Baker, goal, Fare, and Weller, backs, Brown, Lievesley, and Garrett, half-backs, Jones, Kirsopp, J.E. Blair, Clennell, and Reid forwards.
Baker is the High jumper champion, who has been assisting Liverpool, and Blair is the Liverpool University centre-forward who has been scoring very freely of late. Last season he played for Everton in three League matches last season.
BLUES AT ROKER.
November 26, 1920. The Evening Express.
Everton are due at Sunderland and here again a rousing encounter should be witnessed. The pair have participated in some rare duels in their time, and on this occasion the Blues are anxious to do better than last week. The team is strengthened by the inclusion of Fazackerley, and it is hoped that the reorganisation of the front line will bear fruit. The ex-Sheffield United player is undoubtedly better suited by the inside berth, and he is likely to combine with Chedgzoy very effectively. Parker too, ought to benefit by “Fazzy’s” neat passes. On paper at any rate, the Blues look strong, and they may get the better of Buchan and Co, but it is undoubtedly a difficult task. Everton; Fern; Downs, and McDonald; Peacock, Fleetwood, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Parker, Crossley, and Harrison.
SUNDERLAND 0 EVERTON 2 (Game 950)
November 29 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON MAKING GOOD.
FERN PENALTY SAVE
After participating in three successive drawn games, the Everton team went one better at Roker Park on Saturday, when they repeated their success of twelve months ago by recording clear two goals’ victory. The margin scarcely reflected the general run of the play, which in the second portion especially ran Sunderland’s way; at the same time the Wearsiders found the last hurdle a difficult one to negotiate, and it was mainly due to the strenuous work of the Everton defenders that the team managed to retain the early grip they had obtained over their opponents. It was not a great game judging from the standard of efficiently attained, though there were occasional thrills that kept spectators interested throughout the proceedings. The Evertonians were at their best during the first portion of the game, and deserved their lead at the turn and, after being subjected to very heavy pressure in the early stages of the second portion, the forwards broke away and further strengthened their prospects of ultimate success. The Wearsides had certainly chances of reducing the lead if not leveling up the leeway against them, but marksmanship was a lost art, and what did come the Everton keeper’s way was attended to with an efficiency that caught the eye of the big crowd. Two penalty kicks were awarded –one to each side, and while the Blues opened their account from the first infringement, the Wearsiders supplemented their earlier failures with a weak attempt to penetrate Fern’s charge. On the general run of play the Evertonians were the more stable side and deserved their success.
PROGRESS OF PLAY.
The reappearance of Fazackerley and the change made in the left wing worked out satisfactorily from an Everton point of view, and with further association there should be possibilities of even better results. As it was, many chances were allowed to go begging until, from a corner splendidly placed by Chedgzpy, Crossley headed against the under face of the crossbar. On the ball dropping, Young pulled it out, and Harrison opened the scoring from the ensuing Penalty kick. Meanwhile Buchan and Martin had been prominent, but neither could exact quarter, had the Blues retained their lead to the interval. For fully a quarter of an hour after the resumption the Wearsiders were exceptionally aggressive, but found themselves up against a defence which if at times lucky, nevertheless gave a brilliant display. It came somewhat as a surprise when, from one of these ineffectual attempts to capture Fern’s charge that Chedgzoy and Fazackerley moved down, and having drawn the defence, the inside man placed the ball into the far corner of the net, leaving Scott helpless. Sunderland returned to the attack, and after Peacock had infringed in the dreaded area, it look odds on Buchan reducing the lead from the Penalty kick. However, Fern bore a charmed existence, and parried this and subsequent shots levelled against him.
The Everton forward line, if, somewhat fitful in their movements, nevertheless showed an advance upon recent displays. Chedgzoy and Fazackerley, in their first association, paired in successful fashion, and added strength may confidently be anticipated from this quarter in coming engagement. The inside man, who showed a fine turn of speed combined with capital ball control, frequently upset the calculations of the home halves with deft touches that often made scoring possible. Chedgzoy was a forceful factor in the success of his side, as also were Harrison and Crossley, the latter playing a fine forceful game among his old surroundings. Parker was not too happy with finishing touches, but when the occasions came along he kept his wings working smoothly. The half-backs played a hard, untiring, and successful game, and further behind, Thompson, who came into the side owing to McDonald being unwell, gave a fine trustful exhibition, and with Downs set up a standard of resistance that the Wearsiders could not counter. Fern, too, was on the top of his form, and curiously enough, had more work on hand than Scott, who could not be blamed for the points recorded against him. Young was the more reliable back, with Mitton most capable at right half. Buchan and Martin frequently concerned in the Wearsiders’ most incisive advances, and though finishing efforts at times were good, there were occasions when one or other of the forwards failed to snap up favourable chances when they came along. Teams: - Sunderland: - Scott, goal, England, and Young, backs, Mitton, Parker, and Poole, half-backs, Best, Buchan, Travers, Cooke, and Martin, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and Thompson, backs, Peacock, Fleetwood, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Parker, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards. Referee Mr. E. Pullen (Leeds).
EVERTON RESERVES 0 TRANMERE ROVERS 0
November 29, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 15)
At Goodison Park, Everton turned a out a strong team, with Blair, the Varity scorer at centre forward, also Howard Baker in goal, with Clennell, Kirsopp, and Reid in the forward line. The match ended in a drew of no goals. Play throughout was fast and even, and the defence on both sides was so good that neither goalkeeper was seriously tested. Baker kept a good goal during this period. In the second half Clennell, who had opened rather shakily, gained more confidence as the game went along and almost gave his side the victory in the last few minutes. Everton: - Baker, goal, Fare, and Weller backs, Brown, Lievesley, and Garrett, half-backs, Jones, Kirsopp, Blair, Clennell, and Reid, forwards.
November 29, 1920. The Evening Express.
In the course of the comment on Everton’s game, “Rovers” says: - The Everton forward line, if somewhat fitful in their movements, nevertheless showed an advance upon recent displays. Chedgzoy and Fazackerley, in their first association, paired in successful fashion, and added strength may confidently be anticipated from this quarter in coming engagements. The inside man, who showed a line turn of speed combined with capital ball control, frequently upset the calculations of the home halves with deft side touches that often made scoring possible. Chedgzoy was a forceful factor in the success of his side, as also were Harrison and Crossley, the latter playing a line, forceful game among his old surroundings. Parker was not too happy with finishing touches, but when the occasion came along he kept his wings working smoothly. The half-backs played a hard, untiring and successful game, and further behind. Thompson, who came into the side owing to McDonald being unwell, gave a fine, trustful exhibition, and with Downs set up a standard of resistance that the Wearsiders could not counter. Fern, too was on the top of his form, and curiously enough, had more work on hand than Scott, who could not be blamed for the points recorded against him.
November 30, 1920. The Evening Express.
Everton as already indicated in the “Express” are staying up North preparatory to their match with Middlesbrough. It is not usual for a club to have two successive home games, but that is how the fixtures have worked out this month, and Liverpool next Saturday at home. Joe Clennell has been extremely unfortunately. Only on Saturday he was in fine spirits at the prospect of resuming his old form, and he displayed splendid football in the match against Tranmere Rovers, but near the finish his knee gave way again, and I am afraid this will debar Joe from playing for some time, if at all. He has had a trying time with cartilage trouble, and all followers of the game in this district will sympathise with him. Always a wholehearted player, he was most popular at Goodison.