Derby Daily Telegraph - Saturday 01 November 1924
Harold Fare, the ex-Everton reserve full-back, has proved a good investment for Wigati Borough, but he has an unfortunate knack of putting through his own goal. Darlington escaped defeat last week through Fare's mistake in this respect. It is the Fourth "time that he has done it since he left Goodison and yet each time he has hardly been to blame. It just seems to be ill-luck.
ARSENAL 4 EVERTON 1
November 2, 1925. The Daily Courier.
ARSENAL CARRY TOO MANY GUNS.
BLUES' DEFENCE NONE TOO SOUND.
Fog played an important part in Everton's game with the Arsenal at Highbury. For a long time it was doubtful if the game would be played at all. The Blues lost, but one may sat straight away that the score flattered the winners. Two to one, would have been nearer the mark. The Gunners were better served in defence than their rivals, and their forwards were quick to snap up any opportunities straying about. That was why they won.
DIRECT AT ROBSON.
Everton's attack was not so bad, although the shots Robson was called to deal with did not trouble him so much as they should have done, because for the most part they went direct to where he chanced to be waiting. Buchan was carefully watched, but the wily inside-right was frequently too elusive for the visitors' halves. Bain made the mistake of hanging back too far, which made Brains's work easier for him than it should have been. Livingstone, too, was inclined to be shaky, and it was his hesitancy that led to one of the Gunners' goals. Buchan taking advantage of it to nip round and pass to Brain, who had little to do but send into the net. It was Hardy's first time out with the Blues. He was beaten four times, but two of the goals were obtained when the fog was at its thickest, and the other two gave him little chance. It was cheering to find that the Blues had so many friends in town. None of their good work missed, the commendation it deserved, and it was pleasant to hear the London football devotees applauding Sam Chedgzoy so heartily. Some of his best football has been seen in London, and the crowd showed that the fact was appreciated. The first goal came in five minutes; something of a surprise too, because whatever may have been the case with the players, the spectators hadn't yet got the fog out of their eyes. It would be hypocritical to attempt to describe adequately the first half. There were times when players on the far side of the field were swallowed up in the mist. Hurrying figure would suddenly loom out of the gloom, only to be lost in it again a second later. I for one would not care to say what exactly happened during the first part of the game.
Hoar obtained the Gunners second, I saw Hoar kick the ball, but I doubt if Hardy did. Anyway it passed him, and no wonder for at that moment the fog was almost thick enough to cut. It was Livingstone's hesitancy that led to the Arsenal's third. Buchan was able to nip in and pass to Brain for the centre to score. Although three down at half-time, the Blues were not demoralised. They fully held their own in the second half. The front line was frequently cheered for its excellent work. The wingers Chedgzoy and Troup were giving the insides good openings, but the shots at goal –and there were several at this stage –were too straight, so that Robson had simply to stay where he was in order to save. Once or twice, however, Dean nearly had him beat. A slice of luck on at least two occasions would have seen the visitors two up. In spite of the Blues' dogged efforts the Gunners were the first to scorer in the second half, and there is no denying it was a good goal. A centre came across the field to Neil, who seemed to miss the ball altogether. Brain, who was near, had his back to the goal at the moment, but swinging round, flashed in a shot that Hardy had no chance with whatever. The best goal of the match was left for McBain to get. He tricked Mackie cleverly, and letting go at the ball, sent in a shot that Robson saw little of. Considering the kind of day it was, it was a capital game. The Londoners deserved to win, because they were the better all-round side. Buchan don't make any of his £100 goals, but he had a hand in those that Brain obtained. The home defence was superior to that of the visitors but there was not much to chosen between the forwards. Brown worked manfully, but Bain's habit of hanging back too far left a hole in the defence which the astute Buchan was quick to improve upon. Hart has been seen so far better advantage McDonald was more reliable than Livingstone, and indeed, played a good game. Hardy could not be blamed for the shots, which beat him. He saved many others in fine style . Teams: - Arsenal, Robson, goal, Mackie, and John, backs, Baker Butler, and Blythe, half-backs, Hoar, Buchan, Brain, Neill, and Haden, forwards. Everton: - Hardy, McDonald, and Livingstone, backs, Brown, Bain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, McBain, Dean, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards. Referee HE. Clayton.
THREE GOALS FOR BRAIN
November 2, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Beaten In The Fog at Highbury
On an enclosure enveloped by fog, Everton met with defeat at Highbury, the Arsenal gaining the day by 4 goals to 1. This score, however, was not a true index of the course of the struggle, for Everton on occasion played sparkling football especially in the forward line. The difference between the contestants was that the Gunners drove their shots home out of reach of Hardy, while Everton almost favourably fired directly at the home custodian. Robson was not slow to take full advantage of this, and he kept a marvelously good goal, having only beaten in the last ten minutes of an interesting game. There were times when the fog prevented the spectators from seeing the field of events, this being particularly the case in the first period. In the second period the veil lifted, and the finer points of the game showed that Everton were quite as skilful as their antagonists. But they were not quite so sure in their defensive work, and it was hesitancy on the part of the half backs and backs that permitted the Arsenal to gain their victory.
Considerable interest was taken in the first appearance of Hardy, the Stockport County player, with his new club, and it mat at once be said that he created a distinctly favourable impression in spite of the fact that he was beaten on four occasions. Two of these may be attributed to the bad visibility for certainly only those spectators close to the goal could tell where the ball came from. There was 25,000 people present when the game began and it had not been in progress more than three minutes when Brain, taking a pass from Haden, put the ball into the net just out of the custodian’s reach. Everton rallied strongly, and Chedgzoy and McBain showed fine combination on the right wing. The outside man was in his happiest vein, and he put over centres to Dean which the latter was distinctly unluck to falling to turn the account. The base descended half-way through the first forty-five but play was carried on, and a section of the crowd were unable to see Hoare scored a second goal. Once Chedgzoy was fouled badly by John, and the claim for a penalty was made, but the referee took no notice of the appeal. The Arsenal got going once more, Buchan being the mainspring of the attack and it was due to his skill that Hart and Brown so frequently found themselves in difficulty. Five minutes from the interval Brain registered the third goal.
In the second half the game was powered with considerable dash. Everton’s ill-luck in driving their shots home still dogged their footsteps, Dean especially missing the mark when well placed and they had the mortification of seeing the Gunners register a fourth goal, which came from the foot of the nimble and agile forward Brain. The visitors nevertheless kept pegging away in the most dogged fashion and they had the satisfaction of scoring through McBain ten minutes before the close. It was a wonderful effort on the part of the inside right, for he tricked the backs with extraordinary cleverness and drove the ball into the net with a fast rising shot. It may be suggested that Everton’s new forward line will do better when next they take the field. The half-backs were occasionally disappointing, Bain showing a disposition to hang too much. Livingstone was not always quite so confident as he might have been. The outstanding personality on the home side was undoubtedly Buchan who made the openings which led to the success of his colleagues. Result; Arsenal 4, Everton 1. Teams; Everton; Hardy, goal; McDonald and Livingstone, backs; Brown, Bain and Hart (captain), half-backs; Chedgzoy, McBain, Dean, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards. Arsenal; Robson, goal; John and Mackie, backs; Blyth, Butler, and Baker, half-backs; Haden, Neil, Brian, Buchan, Hoar, forwards.
November 2, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Res 1, Stoke City Res 0
The Stoke team, which included Campbell in goal, R. Johnson centre-forward, and Clennell at inside-left, were fortunate to have only 1 goal scored against them. It was a case of Everton attack versus Campbell, the late Liverpool keeper making many daring saves. O’Donnell scored after the game had been in progress five minutes, due chiefly to the fine work of Reid. Stoke several times looked like getting the equalizer, and Harland saved good attempts by Johnson, Armitage and Clennell. In the last few minutes the Everton goal had a narrow escape when Johnson struck the crossbar.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 STOKE CITY RESERVES 0
November 2, 1925. The Daily Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 11)
A goal scored by O'Donnell after three minutes' play earned Everton two points. There was not a great deal between the sides. Srate played delightfully in the open, but though Johnson distributed the ball with splendid judgement, he might have been more trustful, yet the Stoke centre was unlucky with a shot, which hit the post. O'Donnell again gave a good display in the centre, and in the first half gave Campbell a great deal of anxiety. The ex-Liverpool custodian was in brilliant form, however, and brought off some fine saves. He was well beaten in the second half when Weaver drew him from his goal and then shot towards the empty net. Spencer, fortunately for Stoke, just managed to get to the ball before it crossed the line. The Everton defence was solid, Kerr playing well, Reid was a good half, but only O'Donnell and Weaver of the forwards impressed. Everton: - Harland, goal, Raitt and Kerr, backs, Rooney, Reid, and Virr, half-backs, Parry, Murray, O'Donnell, Chadwick, and Weaver, forwards.
ST. HELENS TOWN 1 EVERTON “A” 1
November 2, 1925. The Daily Courier.
LIVERPOOL COUNTY COMBINATION.
At St. Helens. Though frequently tested the Everton custodian was safe, but ultimately. Booth beat him with a fast rising shot. Everton put in many delightfully clever touches, but were ineffective near goal. Five minutes from time a misunderstanding on the part of the Town defence let in O'Neill who equalised. In the last minute the Everton goal had a narrow escape. Evanson, Chorley, Molyneux, and Brown were the most prominent of the Town players, whilst Everton were well served by Hamilton, Holbrooke, O'Neil and Hamilton.
EVERTON RES V ALBION
November 3, 1925. The Liverpool Echo
Tomorrow, too, we have the meeting of Everton Res and West Brom Albion Res. The Albion “fledglings,” have always notable for their youth and their interest skill, and there is in their side tomorrow a winger who will be watched by the scouts as he does not fancy being an “everlasting reserve.” Last Saturday Everton Reserves were appearing against Joe Clennell, Dick Johnson Kenny Campbell the last named putting up a great show and only being beaten once. It was a gathering of the old clans, and Everton won 1-0. They hope to add two more to the list by tomorrow's engagement.
EVERTON TEAM UNCHANGED
November 5, 1925, The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton are playing the same side against Manchester United at Goodison Park, on Saturday as that which lost to the Arsenal at Highbury, McBain retaining his place at inside right. Great interest will be centred in Hardy’s first appearance for Everton at home. The team is; Hardy; McDonald, Livingstone; Brown, Bain, Hart; Chedgzoy, McBain, Dean, Kennedy, Troup.
In the Reserve side against The Wednesday, Irvine plays at inside-right and Peacock at inside-left, Kerr was hurt yesterday, which means that the full back line has to be altered, Hamilton coming in to partner Raitt. Team; Kendall; Raitt, Hamilton; Peacock, Reid, Virr; Millington, Irvine, O’Donnell, Houghton, Weaver. O’Donnell scored three goals yesterday, bring his total to seven since he took up the centre-forward position.
November 5, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Reserves’ Good Display
Everton Reserves 3, West Bromwich Albion Reserves 1
Everton Reserves beat West Bromwich Albion in a Central League match at Goodison Park, yesterday, before 6,000 spectators who included a number of boys from St. Edwards’s Orphamge, who had come to see Hallow play his first game for the Albion. O’Donnell performed the hat-trick, thereby once more showing his versatility. He has a deadly shot and has not forgotten his forward days with the Darlington club. This season he has played at full back, in goal and at centre forward for his club. He had not good men around him yesterday, if one excepts Weaver and in part, Houghton. Weaver was supremely sure in his runs and centres and there was an occasional through-the-middle pass, which O’Donnell snapped up without hesitation. Everton won as a consequence of this, and in particular through the solidity of their defence, Kendall keeping a good goal in the first half when Short, at inside left, was a busy man in the shooting department. Everton’s main fault was in the forward line. They were up against some useful members Rooke, Ivor Jones, Adams and Sproston having had first team experience while in the forwards James and Byers are also remembered as First Division representatives. However, Byers, was not good, and James has not yet fallen in with the new game. Adams and Chamberlain, however, played well at back and Smith at outside right a converted full back was an excellent raider in the first half. Hallows was naturally keen to do something especially good before his old schoolfellows, but the pace of the game was against him. Still he showed he had football in him. Short scored early in the first half and O’Donnell obtained his hat-trick in the second half. Final; Everton 3, West Bromwich Albion 1.
NOT TAKEN BUT WANTED
November 5, 1925. The Liverpool Echo
There were representatives from far and near, and they had not all come to join in the mid-day repeat provided to the Central League management committee by the Everton club. No, they had come with a set purpose. There is no doubt that Everton have a number of players on offer and that there will be keen competition for a number of players. Burnley had eyes for a rearguard members, and Leeds came, and if they did not conquer at the moment the time is not far distant when they will step in and make an offer. So for it is a case of “not taken, but wanted.” Meanwhile let it be know that Everton have made no change from the side that lost at the Arsenal ground. I should imagine they are wise in this decision, because on what was told me yesterday by a very sound judge who was present, the game at 4-0 was an absurd idea of how play had been going; and he added, “it was not as if our boys were not shooting they were, but they were driving them too straight –and no one can tell to an inch when blazing away at a goalkeeper.” Which is a truism one cannot too markedly impress upon spectators. Forwards can't tell to a yard where the ball is going when they are driving full face and full force.
O'Donnell blazes away in a manner that suggests that he is the centre-piece of the Everton attack in word and deed. He is not new to the position for it was there he was playing when at Darlington, and as I have previously stated it was only by accident to a comrade that led him to the full back position, for which post he was booked by Everton. His imperiously is one of his trails and it is beneficial at centre-forward whereas it was at times awkward at full back. I don't remember a good young back shooting and this was due to his driving the ball too hard; a little restraint and the ball would have come off his boot with good direction. However, at centre he is using the same almost-hasty plan of driving and his hat-trick yesterday was simply an addition to some more good goals he had got for the reserves. I am sorry to say that without his driving force the home side would have been looking hard for a shot, for there was scarcely anyone else who had a shot at Sproson. Houghton plays like a real stylist and with a little less flourish of foot and a little more practical effort he will do very well indeed. Times and patience are still required; there is no doubt about his inherent skill. Weaver was supreme at outside left and the defence was as per usual –half-backs good in every link and backs safe in position and play; while Kendall made a driving leap that would have done justice to Olympia's prospects circus performers, in addition to which he made some saves at point-blank range that showed how good he can be. Of the Albion side commend me to the full back who played outside right. If I had my way I would try to capture him, because he makes good centres from all angles –centres from the corner kick with the left foot and has thumps of pluck. Hallows, making his debut in a minor match, was over anxious.
Everton Team Unchanged
Everton are picking the same side against Manchester United at Goodison Park on Saturday as that which lost to Arsenal at Highbury, McBain retaining his place at inside-right. Great interest will be centred in Hardy's first appearance for Everton at home. The team is; Hardy; McDonald, Livingstone; Brown, Bain, Hart; Chedgzoy, McBain, Dean, Kennedy, Troup.
In the Reserves side against The Wednesday, Irvine plays at inside right and Peacock at half-back. Kerr was hurt yesterday, which means that the full back line has to be altered, Hamilton coming in to partner Raitt. Team; Kendall; Raitt, Hamilton; Peacock, Reid, Virr; Millington, Irvine, O'Donnell, Houghton, Weaver. O'Donnell scored three goals yesterday bringing his total to seven since he took up the centre forward position.
HARDY'S FIRST APPEARANCE AT EVERTON
November 6, 1925. The Liverpool Echo
Hardy, of Stockport makes his first official appearance at Everton on his new colours. He played here just after the war, the day that Stockport visited Everton and Liverpool were visited by Manchester United, therefore, he knows the ground. Given a new player Everton always command a hugh attending and with Neil McBain appearing in his old new role of a forward there is warrant for expecting a forty thousand gate for the visit of such a side as Barson commands. There is a further cry out for the question of Barson as England's centre half. There has been a reason no doubt for passing over the inimitable Frank, who at Goodison Park has always been putting something of a sensational character first with Harrison and company in a Cup-tie here, and later in a dressing room affair with the Villa which practically ended his Villa days. What does the morrow offer from his lordship I winder. No one can denied that Barson is a brilliant man of the physique and skill, a man who averts and gives charges in turn with an equanimity teat is really astonishing. I think he likes the “biting” game better than the quiet type albeit his style of play is of the thoughtful and quiet manner, save in the matter of heading. Certainly Everton would not have gone wrong had they taken him when he was a mere boy at Barnsley in 1914. However, that's past and gone. Tomorrow we shall see Stewart the puff ability goalkeeper who blows his checks as he punts the ball. He is an engaging fellow and is only of a number of interesting players I hope to see tomorrow. The plan of the field is as follow;- Everton; Hardy; McDonald, Livingstone; Brown, Bain, Hart; Chedgzoy McBain, Dean, Kennedy, Troup. Manchester United; Stewart; Moore, Silcock; Hilditch, Barson, Mann; Spence Smith, McPherson, Rennox, Thomas.
EVERTON AT HOME
November 7, 1925, The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton are at home to Manchester United, a side which dopts the typical new style of fast open play. Their keep the ball on the move, but in combined maneuvers Everton should prove the superior side. Barson is still a forceful half-back, and his influence on the Manchester United team is most marked. Dean will find in the former Barnsley and Aston Villa man a resolute opponent. Hardy, Everton’s new goalkeeper, will make his first appearance at Goodison Park and McBain retains his position at inside right. The kick-off is at 2.45 The teams are;- Everton; Hardy; McDonald, Livingstone; Brown, Bain, Hart; Chedgzoy, McBain, Dean, Kennedy, Troup. Manchester United; Steward; Moore, Silcock; Hilditch, Barson, Maw; Spence, Smith, McPherson, Rennox, Thomas.
MANCHESTER UNITED RESUME OLD ACQUAINTANCE.
November 7, 1925. The Daily Courier.
The match against Manchester United today at Goodison Park, will introduce to followers of the blues Harry Hardy, the former Stockport County goalkeeper, and Neil McBain as an inside forward. Opinion is varied as to the policy of having Neil from the half-back line, but then if the directors have not the courage to make experiments, the club is not likely to get much forrader. Manchester United play a good style of football, and on this, their first, visit since being promoted, they will meet old friends in Bain, McBain, and Kennedy, who were secured by Everton from the United. Everton have so far only forfeit full points to Huddersfield, and while I do not think Manchester are a capable of doing the same as the champions did, I think they will avoid defeat. The sides are: - Everton: - Hardy McDonald, Livingstone; Brown, Bain, Hart; Chedgzoy, McBain, Dean, Kennedy, Troup. Manchester United: - Stewart; Moore, Silcock; Hilditch, Barson, Spence, Smith, McPherson, Rennex, and Thomas.
EVERTON V. MANCHESTER UNITED
November 7, 1925. The Liverpool Football Echo
Another Defeat for Everton
Manchester United Good Tacticians and Clever Players
By Bee Everton; Hardy, goal; McDonald and Livingstone, backs; Brown, Bain and Hart (captain), half-backs; Chedgzoy, McBain, Dean, Kenndy, and Troup, forwards. Manchester United; Stewart, goal; Moore and Silcock, backs; Hilditch, Haslam, and Mann, half-backs; Spence, Smith, McPherson, Rennox, and Thomas, forwards. Everton's home game with Manchester United was spoiled by the rain. There would have been a record gathering had the weather been reasonable, for Hardy was making his debut at home.
Why Barson Stood Down
Barson was unable to play owing to promphic poisoning, big Haslan taking his place. Only 12,000 spectators were present, and they tucked themselves under the grand-stand. The players soon got warmed to their work after McDonald had opened with a pass back that seemed dangerous, considering the dragging state of the turf. He misfired two centres, which is uncommon for him, and when Hart was caught lacking in manoceurving the ball, McBain wisely fell back to give a hand in clearing.
Dressing on the Right
Manchester United travelled mainly on the right line, that is to say, on the right wing, because Spence is never tired of working and he is capable into the bargin. Hardy made a splendid one-handed thump-away from McPherson, and Spence was quite near with another single-handed effort. Manchester depended almost exclusively on the first time swinging pass, and their supporters who were present in goodly numbers gave them plenty of encouragement. Manchester in the first portion of the game were the more dangerous side, even though Mann miskicked in front of his own goal and offered a half-chance to the home left.
Hardy's Means of Defence
Against this had to be placed a dangerous centre that Hardy again utilsed with the one-handed punch. It was the only means of defence possible to him. Everton did not improve their chances by triangular play, which did not gain them a yard of space. Brown was particularly busy and good on the right and Chedgzoy found that he could not beat old Mann by close-footed work. A feature worth noting in regard to Hardy's game is the fact that his goalkicks go fully ten yards beyond the half-way line.
One For United
Unfortunately he had to yield a goal at the ninetieth minute, prior to which he had made a half save from Spence, the ball slipping through his fingers, and just escaping going over the line. The open goal came through Thomas centring, so first Rennox could easily head a goal. This shook up Everton and when Chedgzoy took a corner, and some of the Manchester United players began to kick out there was a suggestion of nervousness in the visiting ranks.
Dean's Finishing Touch
Kennedy nearly hooked a goal from Hart and at the twenty-fifth minute Troup centred so well that Dean readily obliged by heading the equalizer. This Everton had in one moment of practical play shown the ease with which a goal can be obtained. Dean and Kennedy bothered the defence, in which defence Hilditch showed up well even though he took liberties in going forward, and when Stewart made a dive at the foot of the post, he stopped one of Chedgzoy's best efforts. Later on the Manchester goalkeeper miskicked but this was not surprising in view of the state of the ground. In fact the wonder was that the game had been so good and miskicks as infrequent. A second time Stewart baulked Chedgzoy, and just now Manchester seemed to have lost touch with the game.
Wrinkles for School-Boys
One of the fumniosites of the game was the appearance of schoolboy teams and semi-junior teams who had been water-logged opening up to Goodison after their own matches had been abandoned. They came to get some wrinkles.
It was only four minutes before half time that Spence scored with ease to take the lead for Manchester and for the second time. Spencer deserved his goal because of his enterprise liveliness and general sense. Half-time; Everton 1, Manchester U 2.
The Goalkeeper Dives
The second half started with a breakaway by Everton, in which Kennedy made a splendid effort; and United replied per Rennox, whose strong shot was saved by Hardy at the foot of the post, thanks to the goalkeeper diving for the ball. McPherson twice went near, once with a shot and once with a header. It was gibe and take play, with Everton not too confident. Some of their members were rather flunicky in their passing and dribbling. United were a stronger side bodily and when they moved off towards Hardy's domain they scooped up space whereas Everton were more concerned about going up in easy pretty stages. Once Chedgzoy put Dean in possession and the young man lobbed the ball rather then shot it. It was near the mark and was a fine idea and effort.
Goal From Free Kick
Kennedy's was not strong in his shot and two offsides against United showed how easy it is to accommodate oneself to the new rule of so desired. Everton always had a chance so long as the game kept to 2-1 but when Referee Sykes of Northampton gave a free kick for a foul, whereas the ball distinctly touched McDonald's chest and not hands a goal came. McPherson being the scorer. This was a blow to the home hopes which had been high for victory only a few hours since. Manchester as at Anfield, were leading through severely practical measures. They did not pretend to be special artists but they showed some skill and plenty of practical pointed football.
It was strange to see goalkeeper Hardy not in possession of the ball making a hearty charge against McPherson, who was lifted up in the air and was very cross when a penalty kick was not granted. Everton tried desperately hard to get within the range of a draw, and when Frank Mann accidentally hurt Chedgzoy their chances became smaller. Their luck was out, and the winter of Everton's discontent was made complete when Chedgzoy missed from close range and Troup hit the foot of the post. Bain sent a free kick just over the bar and Kenendy shot very wide. Final; Everton 1, Manchester United 3.
November 7, 1925. The Liverpool Football Echo
Williams the former Everton forward has met with two bad accidents since joining Blackpool. However he reappeared with the seasider's second team on Saturday to register four goals.
Everton encountered Mr. Fog at the Arsenal enclosure thus reposting their experience of a few seasons ago there.
Everton have now tried four goalkeepers this season
Everton was the only First Division side that had scored in every match to date.
OLD TIMES AND TIMERS
November 7, 1925. The Liverpool Football Echo
Victor Hall Compares Present Day Defensive Methods with Former
If anyone would or could see the style of modern half and full back play, compared under fairly equal conditions with the defence game of twenty or twenty-five years ago, he would, in my opinion unhesitatingly give the credit of the better work to the men playing today. The credit would, however, have to be qualified in a degree to the defence of the rearguard in modern League teams as a whole. If you attempted to compare the men as individuals, or as the best players in a certain position such as right back or centre half, then the award would have to be reversed and the individuals of twenty years ago would outshine any individuals playing in the same position today. I don't expect that opinion to find much favour or enthusiasm among present day players. It would not be natural to expect it. Still it is my opinion for what it is worth. Individually then, I think there were more first class defence players then there are today. Collectively as a back division, taking half backs and backs of most first division League teams playing today. I think they are unquestionably more effective in breaking up opposing attacks than were the back divisions of twenty years ago. In this analysis I am not including a temparision of present day goalkeepers with former one at all. Candidly I don't think there is any comparison. As to why modern defensive divisions are better than of easier years the reason will be found, I think, first in the general all round improvement of speed and stamina acquired in the youth of modern players and, secondly in the stricter methods of training under modern conditions, with efficient team managers.
The result has been to quicken up the speed of the game, to preserve and improve the stamina and physique of the players, and generally to ensure a more coherent character of the play of those men constituting the defence. If they are allowed to play long enough together the style of their play improves out of recognition. They lean one another's speed and twists to a yard, they become accustomed to “covering up,” and learn when in practice to anticipate a pass or divert an organized advance. In these comparisons of modern and former back divisions it will be noted that I am contrasting only the defensive play of today's and former players. Now, everyone knows that when a team is not defending it should be attacking. No defence is near so effective as an attack. Wherever a team is playing in its own half of the field it is obviously on its defence. The right place for ten players out of every team is in the other half of the field, not in their own. That means that they are then attacking, and it is when you are attacking that matches are won. Now victory is won by defence alone. Therefore, while I have been giving the League defence of today every credit for team work in defence, I have not been able to give them equal credit for the other function of a back division perhaps the main function for a winning team –that is the following up and constant feeding of their own attacking division. Frankly and honestly in my opinion there are few League teams today where the backs and half-backs pay the attention they ought to the correct placing and feeding of their forwards. It should be an axiom of every player in the back division unless under heavy pressure, never to waste a forward pass. If unhampered he should be able easily to place it to advantage; if in danger he can transfer to a more forward player less in danger. But the blind forward lunge without regard to where the ball is going, or the lofting clearance that doesn't send the ball ten yards further up the field, is purposeless and irritating. It may be asked why, if we give credit to modern defence is the bulk as it were we do not modern players to be equally as skilled as the great internationals of the nineties and later? It is a reasonable query, but to our mind the answer is equally reasonable. Because in those days men stood out above their fellows, by the individuality of either their style, their speed their strategy, or their skill. Every one of those famous defenders had his strong point. One man would be utterly fearless, another would be an effective tackler, another a wonder with his head, a fourth would have as uncanny instinct in intercepting every pass, and so forth.
No Giants To-Day
Those giants all shone in some special way. Today's the great defensive players while they are great, are still of a general average of greatness. There are no giants today –and that is speaking only of defence. If you combine those duties of the defence in supporting the attack of which we have been speaking earlier on, then I say in all humility, there are no “giants” at all today. There are many players of good average ability, when it comes to picking an international team, the eligibles are so even a class, that the choice becomes difficult so we pack as many different ones as we can for each of the internationals, in order to pass the honours around among so many worthy men. Or so it would seem. Players of the type of Howard Spencer, of the Villa, Alec Raisebeck, of Liverpool, Bob Holmes, of Preston or Donald Gow, of the Rangers, were merely type of their class. One might fill a column, today, with the names of defenders of a generation ago who, individually, have not a dozen equals today playing in first, league football. They stood out because they have grown in a hardier school, and had improved on their teaching. They went after the ball, and most times they got it; when they got it they were not afraid to hold it long enough to put it to some good use, and there were few of the forwards playing against them clever enough to take the ball away from them. It may be that modern forwards are more clever and are able to take the ball from the defence with greater case. I wonder if that is so?
EVERTON RESERVES 3 WEST BROMWICH RESERVES 1
November 8, 1925. The Daily Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 12)
Everton recovered from the shock of an early goal and went on to emerge good winners. The football seldom reached a high standard, however, and the chief factor in the Blues' success was the opportunism of O'Donnell. The centre netted three good goals and was a constant source of trouble to the West Bromwich custodian. The latter played a good game and made a couple of daring saves. The Birmingham team displayed fine footwork in the opening stages, and Short scored a capital goal. Weaver should have equalised when presented with a “grit” a couple of yards from goal. The winger failed badly and shot over the bar. Everton had the better of the first half, but thanks to bad finishing and Sprossan's clever saves crossed over a goal in arrears. Two minutes after the resumption O'Donnell scored, repeating the process three minutes later. The third goal was obtained near the end. A good deal of O'Donnell's success was due to Reid's fine passes. The centre half was strong both in attack and defence. Weaver was a good winger, but the right wing was not convincing. Both the home backs were strong, and Kendall was a safe custodian. Hallows, the old St. Edward's Orphanage boy, who was making his debut in the West Bromwich Reserves side, was not prominent, yet showed that there is plenty of good football in him. Evans the visiting pivot was one of the best players on view . Everton: - Kendall, goal, Raitt and Kerr, backs, Rooney, Reid, and Virr, half-backs, Parry, Rand, O'Donnell, Houghton, and Weaver, forwards .
ANOTHER DEFEAT FOR EVERTON
November 9, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post
Manchester United’s Open Methods Prevail
Everton’s defeat by Manchester United at Goodison Park on Saturday proved a great disappointment to the bulk of the 12,000 spectators who braved the wretched weather conditions. The game, however, was far better than might have been expected under the circumstances, and victory certainly went to the more skilful and dangerous side. The United, too, were far more practical in their methods and their 3-1 victory was mainly due to their intelligent application of this quality. The conditions which prevailed were totally unsuitable for close and elaborate work yet Everton persisted in their usual tactics during the major portion of the game. For one brief spell they adopted more direct methods and during this period they scored their only goal.
Throughout the United were more decisive in their movements, and with wide sweeping passes they made the pace very fast. They stoutly resisted Everton’s challenge half-way through the first half and when Spence gave United the lead for the second time shortly before the interval they were well on the way to success which was definitely sealed by a further goal in the second half. Hardy made his first home appearance in the Everton goal, and he certainly saved a number of fine shots. He made his best effort when he kept out a brilliant drive by Rennox soon after the interval, and his only mistake in a satisfactory display was his faulty handling when Spence put in a low shot, although Hardy managed to keep the ball from crossing the goal line. Macdonald got through a hard day’s work with credit, but Livingstone was frequently beaten by the dashing Spence. The wing halves were poor and quite incapable of holding the United forwards, Bain, however, played well and was one of the few successes on the Everton side. The forwards, both collectively and individually were far from satisfactory.
Both Chedgzoy and Troup were variable. They made a number of smart raids, but were hardly ever convincing. Little effective work came from McBain, and he never seemed to fit the position allotted to him, while Kennedy, too, was poor. At a consequence Dean, although he display plenty of energy, got poor support. On the United side, Stewart kept a capital goal, and Moore and Silcock were always hard to beat. They kicked well and tackled cleverly. The United had a sound, serviceable half-back line. Mann was a splendid worker equally good in both defence and attack. Spence was the “live” force in the attack, and the line as a whole proved with more skill and method than did the Everton forwards. United opened the scoring through Rennox at the end of nineteen minutes’ play, and Dean equalized four minutes later, Spence gave Manchester the lead again at forty-one minutes and at sixty three minutes Rennox scored a third goal for United. Result Everton 1, Manchester United 3. Teams; Everton; Hardy, goal; McDonald, Livingstone; Brown, Bain and Hart (captain), half-backs; Chedgzoy, McBain, Dean, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards. Manchester United;- Stewart, goal; Moore, and Silcock, backs; Hilditch, Haslam, and Mann, half-backs; Mann, Spence, Smith, McPherson, Rennox, and Thomas, forwards.
November 9, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post
Wednesday Reserves 1, Everton Reserves 0
Everton Reserves were rather unlucky to drop both points at Hillsboro, for the conditions were so deplorable that it was only after deliberation that the game was started at all. In addition, the conditions were directly responsible for Wednesday gaining the only goal which counted, as when Whitworth shot Kendall, the Everton keeper, slipped in the mud and allowed the ball to pass him. Both Weaver and Peacock however, missed gilt-edged chances of equalizing.
EVERTON 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 3
November 9, 1925. The Daily Courier.
UNITED SHOW BLUES THE WAY.
MANCHESTER COME, SEE, AND CONQUER.
Is the League table telling a false tale? It is in this way. It shows us Everton now slipping dangerous down the column, but it does not indicate that Everton in past seasons has served up some of the finest football in England. There is no need for alarm; deterioration has not set in. The players when they returned, soaked through and unrecognizable for mud, to the dressing room, where Mr. Cuff, the chairman, met them, were quite cheerful despite the ordeal. A few obvious defects will have to be removed, and the new Everton will emerge. Not so much the spectacular Everton of the past, but the Everton that takes the quickest and nearest route for goal.
RAIN AND SPEED.
Both teams found it a hard life playing football under such conditions. The icy rain was blown obliquely across the ground, and driven like sea spray into the stand in the faces of spectators, who also were not altogether having a picnic. Luck more than skill often entered into the calculation, still the United bunch contained more apparent speed-masters. Everton are faster with a bit of “bite” in the ground. Take Dean, for example. He was slowed down in a juicy little mud patch in front of goal. The elusive heavy ball would drop solidly and sadly where it was kicked. Once it fell gently at the feet of Hardy with a flop from a hurricane drive by Spence. It would have occasioned no surprise, if the game had not been started, but the ground was reported playable, and the spectators admitted. Goodison Park has wonderful recuperative properties. Its drainage has been still further by the method adopted in the close season of boring holes a foot apart all over the ground and filling them with fine cinders. The result was that football was possible on the ground when others were waterlogged. The match resolved itself into a series of onslaughts more than football, with the seesaw more in favour of United in the second half. It was natural that United should want to show three old club mates, now with Everton, Bain, McBain and Kennedy, what the side is made of.
Everton may take heart of grace that they have at last found a goalkeeper to succeed the amateur Menham, who could not be available always. Hardy, who much to the regret of Stockport County has changed his jersey, may not have such a full time job in future game. On paper three more goals against does not look too, good on the second appearance, but Hardy's capabilities, and record in representative games in open to no doubt. He has cost Everton a lot of money, and will justify the outcry. He has a remarkably powerful goal-kick. Future matches should give him more confidence in the home defence. Both McDonald and Livingstone have been seen to better advantage; they had all their work cut out when the United wings dispensed with fancy frills and made a bee line for goal. Several times the backs tipped the ball back to Hardy –a favourite trick with Livingstone –but it is dangerous on a treacherous ground like Saturday. It is not necessarily as some spectators seemed to think a case of “wind-up.” The Everton middle line was serviceable and then disappointing; but then the wing raids of United were wearing and worrying, and there were some rare dues. Brown caught the eye for his consistency, and Hart challenged that dangerous Smith and Spence wing quite gamely. There was nothing frail about Spence in action, and the Manchester authorities, who before the match though he would be better leading the attack, instead of McPherson, were mistaken. If the wily Mann he excepted there was not much to chosen between the two sets of half-backs, and even he made a miskick of the slippery ball, which might have been costly.
Mann was brainy, impressive, and calculating, and never flurried. There was a gradual undoing of Everton after Spence's goal, which gave United the lead at the interval. Everton could not keep their teeth in. After Rennox had opened the scoring for the United. Dean showed how easy it is to get one of the new goals. It was sandwiched between Manchester's pair. It was one of these one-two-no-wastetime efforts –an unhesitatingly flashed-in centre by Troup and a prompt header by Dean. The Everton forwards did not serve up much of this sort in the second half. They fell into their short passing with frails, which was doubly difficult on a sodden ground. Still, they fought a brave battle under wearing conditions, Chedgzoy and Kennedy especially. Those methods fitted the plot that United had hatched, and Everton's forwards were often overpowered at close quarters. The forwards' slow up was reflected too, in the defence –and left it occasionally much on the grill –for the stronger the attack the sounder the defence, and the easier the latter's task. It was just the fortunes of the game that United should get the free kick which led up to McPherson getting their third goal. The ball appeared to touch McDonald's chest, although the referee ruled for “hands” and he was in the better position to judge. After that Everton's chance of a draw had gone. Teams: - Everton: - Hardy, goal, McDonald and Livingstone backs, Brown, Bain and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, McBain Dean, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards. Manchester United: - Steward, goal, Moore, and Silcock, backs, Hilditch, Haslam, and Mann half-backs, Spence, Smith, McPeherson, Rennex, and Thomas, forwards.
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 0
November 9, 1925. The Daily Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 13)
Everton Reserves, had only themselves to blame, for not bringing back a point from Hillsbrough as the result of their visit to Wednesday's second string. In the second half particularly they had quite a number of opportunities of equalising, but failed to turn them to account, with the result that Wedensday were enabled to claim the spoils by virtue of a scrambling sort of goal scored by Whitworth, whose shot would never have beaten Kendall, had he not slipped at the critical moment. Raitt and Hamilton were a couple of resolute and dour defenders, while Reid at centre half kept a tight hold on Whitworth. The conditions were deplorable throughout, and it was only after mature deliberation by the referee that he finally decided that the ground was fit enough for play to take place. Weaver should have equalised but shot over, while Peacock with an open goal failed completely to gather the ball. Everton: - Kendall, goal, Raitt and Hamilton backs, Peacock, Reid and Virr half-backs, Millington, Irvine, O'Donnell, Houghton, and Weaver, forwards .
EVERTON AGAINST SURPRISES TEAM
November 10, 1925. The Liverpool Echo
Everton have not yet chosen their side for the cup-tie at Burnley tomorrow. It is a Lancashire Cup game and as Burnley have already been beaten at Turf Moor by Everton, and Burnley managed to drew at Roker last Saturday; the game should draw well. Burnley's draw on Saturday was the biggest surprise of the season. Incidentally it may be said that the club is looking for a goalkeeper, and a few days ago they looked on at Everton's goalkeeper will keen eyes. Arsenal did likewise, Mr. Chapman being present and when the Arsenal manager left, he went to Scotland to sign Scotland's international Harper, the booking being made yesterday.
November 10, 1925. The Liverpool Echo
Blue Blood” says;-
The weakness in the Everton tasks is on the left flank, as witness the “day-out” Spence had. I suggest the following team as one likely to give better results;- Hardy; McDonald, Kerr; Brown, Bain and Reid; Chedgzoy. O'Donnell, Dean, Troup, and Weaver. Troup would make a splendid inside left as he can shoot with either foot. Moreover, Weaver is too good to be kept in the reserve team.
I was at the Everton match says “True Blue” and I was surprised at the following the United had. I think there were as many Manchester supporters as Everton's. cannot we Everton supporters give our team the same support. Well, sir, I intend to run a charter bus to Blackburn on Christmas Day when Everton play the Rovers. Write 19, Nottingham-street, Everton.
One on Us!
What a hopeless state of affairs, says “W.G.” Are Everton are so poor a team as their record would suggest? I say emphatically No! My first opinion is that the local Press and public are far too much in hero-workship, the former leading the people in this respect. This naturally leads to swelled heads which in turn, leads to players to believe that they one play the game how and when they like, which is precisely what happened at Goodison Park on Saturday. This Press boasting's going to be the ruination of the game, as a public attraction, sooner or later. Doubtless these evils accounts for the “glorious uncertainty of the game” referred to by not a few scribes. “Although” writes –Surely the Everton club officials after Saturday's exhibition will procure the real stuff that who matches. Why is Davie Reid not in the centre half position? We have seen this player give some tip-top exhibitions. Team; Hardy; Raitt, McDonald; Brown, Reid, McBain or Virr; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, O'Donnell, Troup.
November 11 1925. The Daily Courier.
THE Second Round of the Lancashire F.A. Cup will be played today. At Goodison Park, Everton entertain Burnley, a team that forced Sunderland to concede their first home point this season in a League game. Compared with Saturday, Everton make five changes. Raitt comes in at right-back, McDonald moving over; Reid and Virr take the places of Bain and Hart in the half-backs, while Irvine comes in as partner to Chedgzoy. Hart, a half-back, is being tried as partner to Troup. There are possibilities about this side, which takes the field at 2-45. Team: - Hardy, Raitt, McDonald; Brown, Reid, Virr; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, Hart, and Troup.
November 11, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton are making interesting experiments in the team selected to meet Burnley in the second round of the Lancashire Cup at Goodison Park today. The chief alteration is that Hunter Hart, the captain and a left half back, has been selected to partner on the left wing instead of Kennedy. Virr takes Hart’s customary place, and Irvine, being fit again, returns to partner Chedgzoy on the right. In addition Raitt is selected instead of Livingstone at full back, and Reid is at centre half-back in place of Bain. The team is; Hardy; Raitt, and McDonald; Brown, Reid, Virr; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, Hart, and Troup. Following on the introduction of McBain to the forward line in the last two League games the latest move will be followed with particular interest. Hart is the type of player to succeed as a forward for he has pace, skill, and is a good shot. This match may serve the useful purpose of showing the team selectors the full strength of the players at the command. The kick-off is at 2.45.
EVERTON WIN CUP-TIE
November 12, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post
Burnley Beaten in Moderate Game.
Everton defeated Burnley by two goals to nothing in the second round of the Lancashire Cup, at Goodison Park, yesterday, but it was not a game or a victory over which the small attendance of spectators could enthuse. Truth to tell if Burnley had been able to round off their midfield play they would have run Everton close. They were quite the equal of the Everton side, but when they reached the goal area their shooting was weak. The new Everton formation was only a success in the half-back line, where the inclusion of Reid, who got the first goal, was fully justified. Reid brought into the side that little bit of resolute play which has been missing for so long. Virr, too, was a success. Not only did he use the ball well, but he never gave up once he had started on a tackle. Hart was only moderate at inside left. Once he forced Dawson to make a dive to prevent a goal. The right wing did not meet with a great deal of success, even though Chedgzoy offered a great chance to Dean, which the Prenton boy was only too eager to accept. How Dean came to fail with a penalty kick he alone must know. He swung the ball over the ball.
Dean for a long time found the lengthy Hill one too many for him, but he never gave up trying, and the only occasion on which he got away from Hill’s grip he scored. Dean has no peer as a header of a ball, and the way he flicked one out to Chedgzoy was superb, for it enabled the right winger to go on his way without trapping the ball. Bergus did his level best to nudge Chedgzoy over, but before he did so Chedgzoy flicked the ball into the middle for Dean to make a goal. Bunrley all this time were showing some pretty methods of making progress but up to the time Hardy had to make a great save from Roberts who hit out at point blank range, they had not a shot which was likely to prove the undoing of Everton. Hardy it was again who saved when Kelly drove in a pile driver. These were the only two occasions on which the Everton goal seemed likely to tell. McDonald was great at back and Raitt was more confident then he has been. Troup did many fine things as well as shoot, but Irvine was his usual self –a dribbler. The man of Burnley was undoubtedly Hill. He worked untiringly both in attack and defence, but could not get his forwards to carry on his good work. Result Everton 2, Burnley 0. Teams; Everton; Hardy, goal; Raitt, and McDonald, backs; Brown, Reid, and Virr, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Irivine, Dean, Hart (captain) and Troup, forwards. Burnley;- Dawson, goal; Fergus and Waterfield, backs; Spargo, Hill, and Parkins, half-backs; Bruton, Kelly, Roberts, Cross, and Page, forwards.
ANOTHER EVERTON EXPERIMENT
November 12, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post
For the League match against Notts County, at Nottingham, on Saturday, Everton have decided to introduce O’Donnell at inside left. O’Donnell has been playing capital football with the Reserves at centre forward, and his shown such promise in the attack that his inclusion as partner to Troup ought to add dash and forcefulness to the line. He has scored seven goals in Central League games. This will be his first appearance as a forward in the League side. Other changes compared with the side which lost to Manchester United are Virr for Hart at left half, Irvine for McBain at inside right and Raitt instead of Livingstone, McDonald crossing over to the left back position. The team is;- Hardy, goal; Raitt and McDonald, backs; Brown, Bain and Virr, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, O’Donnell, Troup.
Of the side which played against Burnley yesterday, Hart (inside left) and Reid (centre half|) drop out.
EVERTON 2 BURNLEY 0
November 12, 1925. The Daily Courier.
LANCASHIRE SENIOR CUP ROUND TWO
EVERTON STILL IN LANCS. CUP.
TWO GOALS WIN OVER BURNLEY
DEAN MISSED PENALTY.
Both teams fielded strong sides for this Lancashire Cup second round tie at Goodison Park yesterday. Everton won by 2 to 0, and take it all round, they deserved their win. Burnley proved themselves a well-balanced, good all-round team, but none of their players stood out of the ordinary. In these days the Everton management is having an anxious time trying to build up a points-getting combination. They made another experiment yesterday, when they brought Hunter Hart from the half-back line forward to partner Troup. I think they might have done much worse. Hart's experience as a half-back stood him in good-stead, and he tackled well and passed to the centre and wings with judgement. It was as a feeder rather than an attacker that Hart was useful yesterday.
Reid, at centre-half, and Virr on his left, worked extremely hard, and were responsible for some good work. Hardy's goalkeepering was excellent, and undoubtedly be justied the reputation he has built up for himself. Yesterday he shaped as confidently as one could wish, which is more perhaps, than could be said for him in his first match against the Arsenal, when he appeared a little nervous. Burnley yesterday found him on top of his form, and so went home pointless. There was not a great deal between the teams, in the first half; both goalkeepers were called upon fairly frequently to defend their charges. Halt-time came with the score sheet blank. Four minutes after the resumption the Blues were one up. The ball was lobbed across from the left and Reid running up opportunely managed to head well past Dawson.
EASY FOR DEAN.
Thirteen minutes after half-time the Blues got another. Chedgzoy had a great share in obtaining this one. He ran down the touchline in capital style. It seemed however, as if he had gone to far, and that Waterfield would force him to concede a goalkick. He under-estimated the Everton winger's wireless for Chedgzoy ran round him, and just as the ball looked to be going behind, he sent it into the centre. It went to Dean, who being unmarked had no great difficulty in sending past Dawson. The second success seemed to sting the visitors into renewed energy, and Roberts, Kelly, and Page, all had shots at goal, but found hardy ready for them. Page, their speedy winger, frequently caught the eye all through the game, with his clever work. Brown who played a capital defensive game proved a thorn in the Burnley attack. Time after time he held up the visitor's front line when it seemed well on the way towards the Blues' citadel.
In the closing stages the Blues were awarded a penalty kick , Fergus missed by Troup, handled near goal. Dean took the kick, but though there was force enough in his kick it lacked direction and soared well over the crossbar. Soon after the whistle blew for time. It was not a bad game, but both teams at times gave the impression of keeping a little bit in hand. I have seen the Blues play worse games. The attack, however, still takes the eye as a line of individualists rather than a cohesive attacking whole. Possibly that is because of the changes that are constantly being made in these times of experiment. Chedgzoy and Troup on the wings were good, and Dean was always after in the centre. Irvine played up better in the closing stages, but a kick he received made it necessary for him to change places with Chedgzoy towards the close. The halves played a bustling game, and McDonald and Raitt did some good work at back. The Burnley front line was speedy, but weak at the finish. Their defence was wobbly at times, and Waterfield and Fergus were inclined to waver under pressure. Teams: - Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, Reid and Virr, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, Hart (captain), and Troup, forwards. Burnley: - Dawson, goal, Fergus, and Waterfield, backs, Spargo, Hill, and Parkin, half-backs, Bruton, Kelly, Roberts, Cross, and Page, forwards.
November 14, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton visit the strudy Notts County side who will have the assistance of the former Newcastle centre-forward, Neil Harris. With two forceful players like the Scottish international and Sullivan, late of Crewe Alexandra in the attack, the Everton defence will be fully tested. Experiment have been made with a view to strengthening the side the most important of which is the inclusion of O’Donnell at inside left. The former full back has shown great attitude at centre forward with the Reserves and it is calculated that he will impart more effectiveness to the League team’s attack as Troup’s partner. Virr who played well in the Lancashire Cup tie against Burnley, displaces Hart at left half-back, Irvine returns to his position at inside right and Raitt partners McDonald. The teams are;- Everton; Hardy; Raitt, McDonald; Brown, Bain, Virr; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, O’Donnell, Troup. Notts County; Iremonger; Ashurst, Cope; Flint, Ainsdale, Hilton; Taylor, Harris, Sullivan, Davies, Barry.
November 14, 1925. The Daily Courier.
The Everton side left yesterday and the display of the Blues will be watched with great interest, for O'Donnell, secured by Everton as a back and tried with marked success as a centre forward with the Reserves has been drafted in as an inside left. Many hold that such a move shows Everton to be in dire straits. With this I disagree, and I am looking to today's game to confirm my view that Everton will not be beaten. Teams: - Notts County: - Iremonger; Ashurst, Cope or Cornwell; Flint, Dimsdale, Hilton; Taylor, Harris, Sullivan, Davis, Barry, forwards. Everton: - Hardy; Raitt, McDonald; Brown, Bain, Virr; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, O'Donnell, Troup.
DEAN SCORES TWO
November 16, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton’s Victory at Nottingham
Sullivan Fractures Collar-Bone
In their match with Notts County at Meadow Lane on Saturday Everton returned to their true form and gave a sparkling display. It is true that the home side were badly handicapped through Sullivan, their centre-forward, fracturing his collar-bone and shoulder-blade in the first ten minutes of the contest. He was in collision with Raitt, and the injury, though purely accidental, was none the less regrettable. Harris, the County’s new inside right worked hard to pull the side together, but the team was obviously out of gear, and Everton might well have won by twice as many goals as they actually scored. Their combination at times was particularly pretty, the half-backs putting the leather forward with judgment, and dropping centres from the two wing men might well have been turned to better account. Still, the readiness to score was there, and there were many shots that missed the target by a mere matter of inches. In the second period of the great Everton exercised even greater pressure, on terms with their clever opponents. The visitors went off with great dash, and Chedgzoy on more than one occasion put the ball to Dean for the latter to shoot just wide of the net.
Virr served up nicely once or twice, and after twenty minutes’ going a corner was forced, from which Irvine headed a capital goal. The Goodison Park contingent continued to dominate matters and just before the interval Dean further increased the lead with a creditable effort. On resuming the County were of course, still without Sullivan, but they showed considerable gameness and both the home backs and Streets were hard put to in order to stave off further disaster. Chedgzoy, who was in his best form, frequently made rings round Hilton and his centres were always dangerous; but, as we have already said, the openings made were not turned to full advantage. On two occasions O’Donnell who had fallen nicely into the general scheme of things, missed open goals. Irvine meanwhile was a constant source of trouble to the home defence for he was in his happiest vein, and it was he who led the way for Dean to notch a third goal in the later stages of the contact. The County forwards again rallied in the hope of reducing the lead, but their work was in the main disjointed, though Davis and Harris tried their best to make an impression on Hardy. The game, it may be said was played under uncomfortable circumstances, a heavy mist overhanging the ground, but there was a crowd of 10,000 people present.
Good Wing Work
This victory, which was so well deserved, should stimulate the Evertonians to further endeavours. The wing work at times was exceptionally clever, and Dean once again proved his worth as a centre-forward. The half-backs also were well in the picture and Bain got through a tremendous amount of hard work. In this he was well supported by Brown and Virr the latter creating a very favourable impression. Both McDonald and Raitt were in tip-top form, and Hardy did all that was asked of him with agility and skill. The County, apart from the unfortunate accident to their centre-forward, missed the pressure of their regular goalkeeper Iremonger and the backs were occasionally very shaky. Dinsdale played well at centre-half, and the pick of the forwards were Davis and Harris. Result Notts County 0, Everton 3. Everton; Hardy, goal; McDonald and Raitt, backs; Brown, Hart (captain), and Virr, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, O’Donnell, and Troup, forwards. Notts County; Streets, goal; Ashurst and Cornwell, backs; Flint, Dinsdale, and Hilton, half-backs; Taylor, Harris, Sullivan, Davis, and Barry, forwards. Referee; Mr. E.L. Bamreck of Swansea.
November 16, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Beat Aston Villa 7-0
Everton who had taken the wise precaution of wearing kneecaps owing to the hard ground, scored two good goals prior to the interval through Chadwick and Murray. In the initial stages the Villa held their own but later faded away. During the second half the play was chiefly in the Villa half, and five further goals were scored by Weaver, Murray (2), Reid, and Rand.
NOTTS COUNTY 0 EVERTON 3
November 16, 1925. The Daily Courier.
EVERTON TIE KNOTS IN NOTTS.
SULLIVAN BREAKS HIS COLLAR-BONE.
Everton put up one of their best displays so far this season against Notts County on Saturday, and deservedly won by 3 goals to nil. True, the County were minus their centre-forward, Sullivan for most of the game, but on the run of the play the Blues would have won in any case. Sullivan came into collision with Raitt early in the first half and fractured his collarbone. The visitors' back was in no way to blame, as was demonstrated by the fact the referee awarded a free kick to the Blues. This long-hoped for, and certainly overdue, away win of Everton's should put fresh confidence in the side. They played excellently, and had they won by a large margin it would not have been a surprising.
The appearance of Neil Harris, the County's latest capture from Newcastle, was watched with great interest. In Virr, however, he found a tenacious, and the Blues' left half-back saw to it he did not get too much rope. Everton dominated most of the game, but, of course, the absence of Sullivan made a big difference. The home side had to rely on four forwards, and the attack suffered in consequence. One saw less of the pretty style of play with Everton on Saturday, and the result was their game was more incisive and practical than usual. They swung the ball about more, and appeared to realize that to get the ball in the net once is worth a dozen abortive, even though they are tricky and clever, movements in the field. O'Donnell, the Blues' general utility man, was tried at inside left with Troup, and on his showing he will probably be tried there again. What his play may have lacked in polish; it undoubtedly atoned for in dash and vim, and more than once he came neat catching Streets napping. The first goal came at the end of 18 minutes. The Blues had been pressing and had forced a corner. Chedgzoy's centre was so excellently placed that Irvine had no great trouble to get his head under it and send into the net. Despite their handicap, Notts played doggedly, and at one time or another through the first half Davis, Barry and Harris and Taylor all took shots at goal. But Hardy, who has now found his best form, was easily able to cope with them. The Everton defence was sounder than that of their rivals. McDonald and Raitt played a capital game, all though, and were frequently cheered for their goal tackling and clearing. The half-back line was no less successful –indeed, it gave one of the best displays in that department this season. Virr, who has not appeared many times with the first team played a really good game, and so did Bain, and Brown. Bain at times took the role of attacker, and Streets several times was called onto deal with shots from the centre-half. Just before half-time Everton got another goal. They had been attacking on the right, the ball came to O'Donnell, who transferred to Dean. The ball seemed to bounce just in front of the centre-forward, but he let go at it without hesitation and beat Streets. It was a fine shot. The most anxious moment for the visitors came about 25 minutes' after the interval. Taylor lifted the ball into the centre. It dropped just in front of the goal. Davis, Barry, and Hardy all rushed for it. The Blues' keeper won by the merest fraction, and although bustled by the two players named, managed to clear.
THIRD AND LAST GOAL.
Everton's third goal had appeared inevitable, for some time. First Irvine, O'Donnell, and then Chedgzoy took shots at goal, which were not so far the mark. Finally the ball came to Dean, who swung it into the net with a low drive. That ended the scoring. There was little to cavil at so far as Everton was concerned. Perhaps one noticeable feature was that Troup was not so much in the picture as usual; but, on the other hand, he seemed to be rather neglected in the second half. The County were certainly unfortunate in two respects. The first was that they lost Sullivan, and the second was the fog. Many new spectators had intended coming to see Harris play. The fog, however, was so thick in the morning that many thousands stayed away. The gate was only 10,000 at the start, and not more than 14,000 or 15,000 at half-time. The home attack was better than their defence. It would have paid Dinsdale at centre half, for example, to have watched Dean a little more closely. Cornwell and Ashurst at back had a trying time, and were frequently nonplussed by the speed and keenness of the Blues' attack. Except, perhaps for the first goal, Streets, who deputised for Iremonger had little chance with the shots that beat him. Teams: - Notts County: - Streets, goal, Ashurst and Cornwell, backs, Flint, Dinsdale, and Hilton, half-backs, Taylor, Harris, Sullivan, Davis, and Barry forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, Bain, and Virr, half-backs, Chedgzoy (captain), Irvine, Dean, O'Donnell, and Troup, forwards. Referee Mr. EL. Sambrook .
EVERTON RESERVES 7 ASTON VILLA RESERVES 0
November 16, 1925. The Daily Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 14)
Though Everton were easily the superior side there was not seven goals difference. Jackson the Villa custodian, should certainly have saved three of the goals which counted, but probably the hard and frosty state of the ground accounted for his lapses. The game had been in progress about 25 minutes when Murray opened the score with a low shot. The Villa right-wing made some well-combined advances, but could not finish off their attacks. Just on the interval Chadwick scored a second with a shot which Jackson made little attempt to arrest. Murray scored two more goals in the second half. One was the best of the afternoon, the South African shooting though from a Weaver centre. Weaver, Rand, and Reid scored other goals. Kerr was again a stalwart in the Blues' defence, Peacock always neat with his work was the best half, while Weaver, Chadwick, and Murray were fine forwards. The Villa defence particularly Jackson, was weak and only Kirton and Armfield impressed in the forward line.
CHADWICK TO LEEDS
November 18, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Wilfred Chadwick who joined Everton three seasons ago from Rossendale United the junior Lancashire club, was last night transferred to Leeds United for a substaintial fee. Leeds have been in need of an inside-forward owing to the fact that wainscot had been injured at Everton a fortnight ago. Chadwick is a tall strapping player, standing 5ft 11ins and weights 12 stone. He is a strong shot and two seasons ago he was top scorer in the first division with 28 goals. Last season he did not do so well, nor did the side, and many people believe that it was not so much, Chadwick failing from his usual former as the fact that he suffered a bad ankle injury and was playing in a forward line that had not struck its form. Chadwick has made few appearances this season practically fit and well. He however, he came under the Everton's decision to weed out a number of men on their staff. Broad, Kendall, and Harland are also among the number. Many people view that Chadwick is slow, but in his stride and in heavy going he is quite a fast forward, and few men have got in so well as he with Troup. There are those who believe that Chadwick will find afresh his old form. In going to Leeds United he goes to a club that specializes in speeding up, and if his new club can train him to bring out the sharp move-off, Chadwick is sure to succeed. He lacks nothing in place and in football skills and his drive is of Shepherd strength, like chambers he makes the ball spin by the force of his shot and he has scored some magnificent goals from long range. His home town, bury have nibbled for his transfer for two years, and it was known that Chadwick was anxious to go to bury but apparently Leeds offered the better price. Mr. Fairclough made the signing in Liverpool last evening, and it is likely Everton will announce further transfer this week.
MR. EDWIN BERRY
Lancashire Evening Post - Thursday 19 November 1925
Mr. Edwin Berry, a Liverpool solicitor, who died yesterday, played for Everton in his early days. A former chairman of the Liverpool club, he was the father of Arthur Berry, the amateur international winger.
VILLA AT GOODISON
November 21, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton and Aston Villa are due to meet at Goodison Park. During thirty-seven years both clubs have weathered the storms of the first class football without losing their status and the standard of play associated with them has, for the most part been on a high plane. Classical expositions between the pair accomplished much for the game in the past. The Midland organization has shown an aptitude forgetting the most out of the new style, their position of third in the table providing adequate testimony to their enterprise. A fast, skilful line of forwards, in which York, Walker, and Capewell are outstanding figures, is backed up by sound halves and backs. Everton have shown improvement, and the best today will indicate whether the team is really good enough to retain the standard associated with the club in the remaining games. Special interest will centre in the pair of the Everton forward line, including as it does O'Donnell at inside left. The kick-off is at 2.30 Teams; Everton; Hardy; Raitt, McDonald; Brown, Bain, Virr; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, O'Donnell, Troup. Aston Villa; Spiers; Smart, Mort; Johnstone, Talbot, Moss; York, Stephenson, Capewell, Walker, Dorrell.
ASTON VILLA'S TASK AT GOODISON PARK.
November 21 st 1925. The Daily Courier.
At the moment of writing, it looks as though fog will intervene today in Everton's game with Aston Villa. Should it do so, it would be a pity, for the fixture is one of the most attractive on the Everton card, additional interest being lent it in that Aston Villa are well placed in the table, while Everton a week ago, achieved their best performance of the season by defeating Notts County away. However, I am hoping the game will go through and that the crowd –the kick off is 2-30 –will witness a close game. Everton as only to be expected are giving the combination that was successful a week ago another run. The deviance, however, will need to keep a close watch on the Villa quintette, and if succeeds I think we can leave the rest to Dean and his wings. The teams are: - Everton: - Hardy; Raitt, McDonald; Brown, Bain Virr; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, O'Donnell, Troup. Aston Villa: - Spier; Smart, Mort, Johnstone, Talbott, Moss; York, Stephenson, Capewell, Walker, Dorrell.
OLD TIMERS AND TIMERS.
November 21, 1925. The Liverpool Football Echo.
VICTOR HALL SPEAKS OF EVERTON CLUB FOUNDERS COLLECTING PHOTO GROUPS.
An old Evertonians, in Mr. W.J.Byton, writes me a most interesting latter, in which he brings so memory a host of Everton names that to many of the present day footballers will convey but little interest. Yet what a hive of native personalities were associated in the earlier days of the struggling Everton club on the Anfield-road ground. Incidentally, Mr. Byton is enthusiastic about the prowess of Bob Kelso, of whom we wrote fully in an earlier article. It would appear that Peter Gordon, the old Everton player has had a recent interview with Kelso up north, where they exchanged old recollections of Anfield and Goodison Park, is the days when they were club mates and club antagonists. Old timers would have had a sure harvest of memories at such an interview. It was often held by Kelso's admires that he had as good a “throw in” as either Will Stewart or the famous Hugh Gibson. On the Anfield ground Kelso was reputed to be able to throw the ball into the Spion Kop goalmouth from the half-way line of those days. Coming back however, to the names of these pioneers who helped to found the fortunes of the Everton club, my friendly correspondent reminds me of many names that have already appeared in this series of artistes. He speaks for instance, of “Bobby” Stockton, most famous of old “umpires” whom followed the fortune of the young club in the days before the introduction of neutral linesmen. Every club had of course, its faithful henchmen who acted on the line. Tom Watson for instance was linesman for the Sunderland club in the days of their glorious forward line. Tom was a great favoured whereas he went, and had I suppose, not an enemy in the world. But had he ever had an enemy, I daresay the bitterest one would never call Tom a “neutral” linesman where Sunderland was concerned.
THE OLD BRIGADE.
Now to my friend's recollections. He brings forward a perfect galaxy of names. Here are a few of the old brigade, who either as playing members or paying members helped to build the fortunes of the team when “gates” were scanty and fiancées low. Tom Evans, William Parry, Frank Brettle, Twenlow, Preston, William Gibson, Charles Lindsay, W. Griffiths, Jim Richards, Mike Higgins, Jim Higgins, Robert Gourlay, Fred Sheers, Tom Scott, Ben Hilton, A. Probyn, Charlie Joliffe, Tom Marriott, Will Marriott, J. McGill, Will Bolton W.H. Jones, Ted Jones, and Arthur Brown, the full back, who came to Everton F.C. from St. Benedict's and although only ft 2ins, was considered one of the best backs in Lancashire at the period. Jack Whittle, Alf Gilder, Walter Richards, W. Briscoe, George Fleming, C. McGoldrick, W. Findlay, and Teddy Corey are also famous old names, while Tom Howarth, then in the cotton trade, was appreciated by all as tower of strength in the club committee room. The late W.E. Barclay was also an energetic and active member of the Everton club of those days before the change of clubs left him as first secretary of the new Liverpool club on its formation. Those were the days when the Everton club was kept alive by the annual subscription of the members. Gates were on the miscropic side, and playing members of the club found their own boots, pants, and jerseys, and paid their “whack” each week for the rent of the dressing rooms! Many of those old founders of Everton are still with us; indeed, some of them never miss a match. It would be a nice idea if the directors some day brought them all together again. Limited company law has so doubt its, difficulties but it ought it be possible to give these real “Old Timers” Some place of honour in the Club's partial housing scheme of the present day.
I am reminded when recalling these old names that some of the old photo group to which reference was made in a recent article are still in existence, and it would be easy to make a start towards each a collection if the local clubs were desirous of doing so. The late Alderman Houlding had a fine collection of these group in his house at Stanley Park that has probably not been dispersed, and the Sandton Hotel had also a fine portrait gallery. Hincliffe's the photographers of Caspers street, at one time had a complete set of local football groups, but the negatives have probably not been kept. The late Mr. Roche, who represented the Landsdowns Club, and afterwards the Boots Football club, took a photo group of the old Everton Club on their ground is Stanley Park about 1882, and if his family kept a copy it would from an interesting souvenir of those early pioneer days. Mr. Martin of Blessington-road, is said to have had a photo of the first Everton team to open the Anfield ground, besides many other portraits of interest. No doubt they are highly prized, but the club headquarters should form their own collections. In Scotland they do things better. These I have seen complete collections in the committee rooms of both first and reserves teams for each of the years the club has had membership of the League. The Photos form a complete gallery, and are framed in appropriate manner to the decoration scheme of the boardroom, so that visitors today can see the portraits of those football heroes who twenty or more years ago helped to make the clubs history.
They believe in tradition in Scotlands perhaps that is why the village boy has the proud ambition some day to be good enough to play in the village team; when, if he but acquits himself well the “great” clubs may hear of him, and then, who knows? Celts or Rangers Hibs, or Hearts, may come after him. Then! “You tak the high road” and –fame and fortune are not far off. Everton and Liverpool are both enterprising clubs, and periodically they call their friends and shareholders together for a feast of wing or mirth, I suggest that for the next such occasion wherever that may be, they try to collect the nucleus of such a gallery of football ancestors, and place them there on view for the inspection of present day supporters and old friends! I'll warrant the imagines of the garrulous ones would wag that night and many old recollections would be dug out of the storehouse of old memorizes. Mr. McIntosh and Patterson. “Here's too ya!”
EVERTON 1 ASTON VILLA 1
November 23 rd 1925. The Daily Courier.
EVERTON HALF-BACKS IN FORM.
VILLA GET A GOAL AND SHARE POINTS.
The Villa are a classy side. So are Everton on their day. An attractive game was therefore realised at Goodison Park. The Villa vanguard, admittedly, is a wonderful piece of machinery in action. While the same side humbled the champions last week, they realised at Liverpool that a team can only play as well as the other side will let them. They found the Goodsion Park brigade full of pep and punch –that is the rearguard. We must give the Everton defence credit for the way they chopped up the spectacular Villa raids. Glancing over the game, it cannot be said the 35,000 spectators ever had much doubt about Everton, but there was some anxiety that the Villa quintette, in their dashing getaways, might snatch the lead when the score was one all.
Capewell, in the centre was always a danger for he was as persistent as a terrier, and when he was baulked by the Everton defenders, as often he was, he would get going again. Talbott was largely the instigator of these raids, which emerged when Everton were attacking hotly –a striking example of how defence can be turned swiftly into attack. The stalwart Talbott was continuously bobbing up from nowhere in particular, and was a regular hewer of wood and drawer of water for the Villa front five. Some say the result was right; others that Everton deserved to lead. In any case, Villa played in the second half like a side who meant returning to the dressing room with one point at least. The incident which might have turned the balance in favour of Everton was the great shot by Irvine, but then Spicer's save was more wonderful. The ball seemed to be beating him all the way, but he dived and just got to it. It was a near a miracle as possible. Both goalkeepers in fact, stood out. Hardy did not suggest the spectacular super goalkeeper, but he is undoubtedly a great custodian. One can imagine him saying. “This shot has to be got away” and he does it so quietly and coolly that it looks easy. He seemed unbeatable in this game. A goalkeeper of the callable gave confidence to Raitt and McDonald in front. He had one suggestion of luck in meeting the ball with his foot at the corner of the post from Stephenson, but none at all when the elusive Capewell fastened on the ball from the rebound and got the equaliser before Hardy could get back into position.
Dean had scored Everton's goal seven minutes from the start. The Villa defence were having a palpitating experience at the time. The ball came to the young centre's foot just right, and he slammed it into the top of the net. Dean has been nippier and quicker on the ball, but like every man on the field, he was handicapped by the treacherous slippery surface, which was bone hard underneath, while Jack Frost made the ball icy. The wonder was that the players could play such a keen, fine game on such a surface. It was pleasing to note the continued improvement of the Everton forwards. They were smarter on the ball than in earlier games, although they did not always finish well in front of goal. It was disappointing to see brilliant openings going to waste. Chedgzoy seemed to have got back much of his old speed. He and Irvine were a spirited wing, difficulty to queil. They were the forceable argument in the home attack. O'Donnell and Troup head a difficult row in facing the restraining influence Smart, one of the finest backs on the field. Everton were again well served by their half-back line; Brown's and Bain's work was clean cut and certain, though with a tendency to dish out the passes to the right wing. McDonald was the usual cool back, who declined to be ruffled, but Raitt had a hard life when that hustling Dorrell and Walker wing were in full flight. The backs, however, had a good understanding when the red light went up. Generally the Everton pair held their own when Villa counter-attacked. Whilst the full points would have been welcomed, it must be remembered that Villa arrived flushed with their last great victory. They have a forward line, which this season has exhibited great penetrative power. Capewell has 19 goals to his credit, Walker a dozen, and York seven. Reading between the lines it is obvious Everton's half-back line were on duty in the game.
It has to be recorded that Referee Small, of Bristol, bald of thatch, was extraordinarily active in keeping up with the play. He kept a firm hand on the game, which was as well, because there were several fouls although nothing vicious about any of them. Teams : - Everton: - Hardy, Raitt, and McDonald, backs, Brown, Bain, and Virr half-backs Chedgzoy (captain), Irvine, Dean, O'Donnell, and Troup, forwards. Aston Villa: - Spiers, goal, Smart, and Mort, backs, Johnstone, Talbott,Moss; York, Stephenson, Capewell, Walker, Dorrell, forwards. Referee Mr. Small.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 1
November 23 rd 1925. The Daily Courier.
CENTRAL LEAHUE (Game 15)
Everton Reserves followed up their fine victory over Aston Villa Reserves by a sparkling victory at Wolverhampton. Six thousand spectators witnessed a fast and interesting game. In the first half the “Wolves” enjoyed the better of the exchanges, but Harland gave a superb display in goal. Everton showed surprisingly good form in the conclusion half, and after Murray had a goal disallowed; he later scored the winning goal. Everton: - Harland, goal, Livingstone, and Kerr, backs Rooney, McBain, and Peacock, half-backs, Millington, Rand, Murray, Kennedy, and Weaver, forwards .
SOUND DEFENCE AT GOODISON
November 23, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post
Conditions Handicap Villa And Everton
If the game between Everton and Aston Villa at Goodison Park did not produce the quality of football expected, it was entirely due to the unsatisfactory state of the ground, and a draw of one goal each was under the circumstances the most fitting result. The Spectators were of course, the greatest losers, because the meeting between these two clever rivals usually provides football of a most attractive kind. The contest were decided under conditions that gave little scope for intricate footwork, and the players experienced difficulty in maintaining a foothold on the hard, treacherous surface. To turn speedily was impossible and many good movements and passes went astray. The Villa players revealed more cleverness but on both sides there was a dearth of shooting and many clever schemes were carried no further then the preliminary stage simply because the players hesitated to take the risks involved. That there were more dull periods than brilliant ones, and although the game was not a bad one it did not reach the standard of many of its predecessors. Everton did most of the pressing, and there was certainly more driving power behind the work of the Everton forwards, with the result that Spicers had much more to do than Hardy. Spicer made some splendid clearances and two thrilling saves in the second half emphasized the thoroughness of his work.
Hardy was sound and made one great save that was deservedly appended McDonald and Raitt were bold and vigorous and the Everton half-backs were a wiry and determined trio. Dean was Everton’s best forward. His headwork was skilful, while he made openings that should have produced more goals. Troup more than any of the other forwards was handicapped by the slippery ground, and he was not nearly as effective as usual. Irvine fitted into the scheme with greater success, and his more definite work was helpful although Chedgzoy was not convincing. The experiment of playing O’Donnell in the forward line revealed possibilities. He was frequently out of position, but his strong shooting was a good feature.
Mort’s Good Display
There was no better back on the field than Mort. Dashing and resourceful he kept a tight grip on the Everton right wing. Smart also was good, and in the middle line Moss was a prominent worker. The best of the Villa forwards was Walker, although much of his cleverness was neutralized by the ground conditions and the forward work generally was weak. Everton’s goal was the result of a brilliant shot by Dean, who scored after six minutes play. Capewell equalized at twenty-five minutes and the second half was goalless. Result; Everton 1, Aston Villa 1
Teams; Everton; Hardy, goal; Raitt and McDonald, backs; Brown, Bain and Virr, half-backs; Irvine, Dean, O’Donnell, and Troup, forwards. Aston Villa; Spier, goal; Smart and Mort, backs; Johnstone, Talbot and Moss, half-backs; York, Stepheson, Capewell, Walker, and Dorrell, forwards.
November 23, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton win by Only Goal at Wolverhampton
Everton Reserves managed to beat the Wolves Reserves by the only goal of the match, scored by Murray in the second half. On the run of play they barely deserved both points. The game was very even throughout, and on the whole the defences prevailed. The visiting forwards worked hard. The backs were sound and Harland had one or two good shots to deal with, but he kept his charge intact. Kennardy had lard lines with a shot which struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced down. The referee awarded a goal but vigorous protests were forthcoming and after consultation with the linesman the point was disallowed.
EVERTON TEAM CHANGES
October 23, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton have made changes in their team to meet Leeds United at Goodison Park tomorrow. Owing to Irvine playing for Ireland, Peacock goes to the inside right position, while Chedgzoy returns to his customary place at outside right. Kennedy returns to partner Troup instead of Chadwick. The full team is as follows;- C.G. Menham; McDonald, Livingstone; Brown, Bain, Hart; Chedgzoy, Peacock, Dean, Kennedy, and Troup. After their victory at Burnley, Everton should make further progress, but they will find strong opposition in Leeds United.
October 24, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post
With international calls and players on the injured list, some of the teams in to-day’s League matches will be below strength, notably Liverpool and Aston Villa. After their victory at Burnley, and with such an attractive side as Leeds United as visitors there should be a big gate this afternoon at Goodison Park. Further changes have been made in the Everton team. Kennedy returns to inside left in place of Chadwick while with Irvine playing for Ireland Peacock goes inside right with Chedgzoy as his partner. Leeds United drew with Liverpool at Anfield recently but Everton should secure full points today. The kick-off is at three o’clock and the teams are;- Everton; G.C. Menham; McDonald, Livingstone; Brown, Bain, Hart; Chedgzoy, Peacock, Dean, Kennedy, Troup. Leeds United; Johnson; Allan, Menzies; Edwards, Hart, Baker; Turnbull, Whipp, Jennings, Wainscoat, Jackson.
LEEDS UNITED OUT OF LUCK
October 26, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post
Wainscoat Fractures Arm at Goodison
Fine Display by Everton Forwards
Everton in their game with Leeds United at Goodison Park, on Saturday returned to their pristine form. They gave a really brilliant exhibition of foot-work against a side which has the reputation of being useful. In the first half especially, the Evertonians showed a combination in the matter of attack that was pretty to witness, and one may pay a tribute to the directors for pursuing a policy which has now been amply justified. Considerable criticism had been raised by some of the recent changes in the team, but in persevering with Dean and bringing in Livingstone they showed sound judgment. It is not too much to say that in the first period they should have gained at least half a dozen goals.
Altogether it was an inspiriting return to the potentialities of the Goodison Park brigade, and it should lead to even better things to come. There was only one cloud in the contest and that was the unfortunate accident to Wainscoat, who in collision with McDonald sustained a fractured elbow and had to be conveyed to hospital for treatment. In spite of the absence, the Leeds players showed great gameness, and they managed to get a couple of goals before the conclusion of an attractive and spirited struggle. Everton were quickly aggressive and Dean distributed the play in fine fashion, with the result that he scored the opening goal of the game before it was five minutes old. He took the ball smartly and scored with a shot that glanced off the upright into the net. The visitors replied with some good work on the left, and Jackson was rather unlucky in falling to find the target. The home side immediately proceeded to dominate the game and, from a fine centre from Chedgzoy, Dean, although hampered by Allen, headed into the net. Further strenuous play followed and Everton’s third goal came from the foot of Kennedy, who beat Johnson with a swift shot, and the interval saw Everton leading by three clear goals.
In the second period, as intimated, Leeds showed improved form, but they were no match for their rivals, and this was demonstrated when Dean, thanks to the services of Chedgzoy, scored a fourth goal. In spite of this the Yorkshire club forwards stuck to their guns and Wainscot getting through opened the Leeds account. It was shortly after this that the clever inside-left was injured. The United with ten men, still showed pluck, and a few minutes before the finish Jennings recorded a second goal. The Everton forward line could scarcely have been bettered. Chedgzoy, after his rest, showed all his old speed, and there were times when he made Baker look rather small. Dean was, no doubt, allowed too much latitude by Hart, but his goals were all good ones. Troup and Kennedy made a capital wing, and if Peacock was not always in the picture he did much good work. The half-back line was admirable and both the backs tackled with confidence. Menham, who is gaining confidence, kept out a number of rising shots with agility, though he was scarcely so successfully when dealing with low drives. Result; Everton 4, Leeds United 2. Teams; Everton; C,G.C Menhan, goal; McDonald and Livingstone, backs; Brown, Bain and Hart (captain), half-backs; Chedgzoy, Peacock, Dean, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards. Leeds United; Johnson, goal; Allen and Menzies, backs; Edwards, Hart and Baker, half-backs; Turnbull, Almond, Jennings, Wainscoat, and Jackson, forwards.
October 26, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 2, Oldham 0
From start to finish the home side were hopelessly outplayed. Only on very rare occasions did their forwards get near the Everton goal. The visitors were a more balanced and polished side. Their forwards were quicker on the ball, easily superior in combination and always more effective in finishing. The athletic halves were weak as a line, and failed badly in constructive work. Murray and O’Donnell scored for Everton. The surprises was that more goals were not scored.
LIVERPOOL COUNTY COMBINATION
October 26, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post
Port Sunlight 1, Everton “A” 0
The visitors to Townsend-lane were fortunate to get away with full points as the result of the only goal of the match, scored late in the game by Davies. Everton enjoyed the best part of the play, but the inside forwards failed to drive home the good work of the wingmen. The visitors could make little headway against the excellent defensive play by Braithwaite and Hamilton in the first half. The second half was more evenly balanced, both goalkeepers making splendid saves.
EVERTON NO CHANGES.
November 28, 1925. The Daily Courier.
Everton, who go to Leicester, will meet the City with an eleven that has not been changed for several weeks, which, in view of the fate that befell the League leaders a few weeks back, is welcome news. Ten City ranks contain three Mersersiders in “Kenny” Campbell, Bamber, and Wadsworth, so that it should be a reunion in more ways than one. They are making an experiment by moving Watson from centre half to right half-back, which allows Carrigan to resume as pivot, Newton being dropped. It should be a rattling good game to watch, with little between the sides, and that little should be with Leciester City. The teams are: - Everton: - Hardy, Raitt, McDonald; Brown, Bain, Virr; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean. O'Donnell, Troup. Leicester City: - Campbell; Black, Osborne; Watson, Carrigan, and Bamber; Adcock, Duncan, Chandler, Lochhead, and Wadsworth.
OLD TIMES AND TIMERS.
November 28, 1925. The Liverpool Football Echo.
VICTOR HALL REVIEWS FORMER THEATRICAL FOOTBALL GALAS.
Once upon a time, football galas were looked forward to each year at the pantomime season as a pleasant means of affording financial assistance to deserving local charities, and as giving a sort of holiday aspect to one day's football of the season. Then for a day players and spectators could come together in a feast of fun, the individualities of the local pantomimes would come in personal contact with the audience, they had entertained across the footlights, and -–s a common object –hospitals and other benevolent objects would reap as appropriate harvest. The idea was good; the intentions were excellent and sometimes the weather was favourable, and there were handsome returns in kind and kudos to all concerned. But later on, the good spirit of the earlier days became swamped in various degrees of blemish, and, one after another, the ardent promoters and enthusiasts became convinced that the “gates” had outlived their usefulness, and eventually and finally, both Everton and Liverpool decided to abandon the idea, and to recoup the charities that had benefited in former years in some other tangible manner, so that their funds should not lapse by the decline of the gala sprit! The decision of the F.A. to permit the gate-money of practice matches to be devoted solely to charitable objects gave both clubs the opportunity they sought so that in Liverpool at least neither hospitals nor charities have suffered by the change. On the contrary, in many cases they have gained considerably and certainly a wider number of deserving charities have been the recipients of the football bounty. It was to a Mr. Albert Smith, that the idea first occurred of enlisting the well known charitable instincts of the theatrical friends one pantomime season in Liverpool, by arranging a comic football match one Shrove Tuesday's afternoon, in which a team of comedians undertook to play a “match” at football with a team of local players from Everton and neighboring clubs. No serious football was expected, but the clutt, who lent the ground free, were able to hand over a round sum to the charities nominated. The whole thing was hurriedly arranged, and although informal, the people who paid at the gates or had bought tickets quite enjoyed the day's fun-making, and both players and theatricals had a harmless afternoon's entertainment in a good cause. The following season more elaborate arrangements were made. A committee was decided upon some weeks in advance of the proposed match day, upon which threatical management and sporting interest were combined, and in addition to the match proper certain side-shows were provided, and the scratch procession through the town of the first year was organised on more ambitious lines. The late Tom Bash, of the Bee Hotel, and the late H. F. Neale and other prominent personalities lent their aid in the work of boosting the effort, and the idea took root and began to flourish. The success of the second year exceeded any anticipation and a sum of some hundreds or two pounds re mained as a practical result. The Everton club provided the ground and pooled their resource in all the arrangements, and their own officials were publicly thanked for their co-operation. Following years witnessed improvements in every direction; good processions were organised through the town; valuable prizes were offered for various events; races were introduced confined to theatricals; tugs of was between rival theatre staffs aroused keen interest; and a ladies' committee organised a floral carnival for the day that completely dwarfed the original idea of the comic football match. Money and grits in kind were donated by local firms, and the day became a sort of unofficial Bank Holiday, when the gilded youth of the town took occasion to get in close touch with those divinities of the ballet who had hitherto revolved in most distant hemisplicres. The influence and prestige of the “Theatrical Gala” were at this period at the highest point. The governing committee was selected with care, and included businessmen of good repute, who gave their time and money generously to the cause of the charity without any degree of personal prominence. Mr. George Mahon, of the Everton club, was chairman, the late Mr. Lewis Peake was in the vice chair, Tom Bush was treasurer and the secretaries and members of the committee, represented the best of business and theatrical interests. The late Harry Arnold was a keen enthusiasts, and with him were men like Arthur Lawrence, of the Court, John Gaffney, of the Shakespeare, the late Fred Wilmot, Harry Pennington of the Muncaster, Walter Allison, Sam Linaker, Teddy Coleman, Willie Ravenscroft, Tom Preston, Peter Golightly, Jas, Griffiths, and the late Jud Atkinson (two former Everton directors). Bob Nelson, of the Police Athletic Society, Harry Robbins, another of the. P.A.S, Bob Lythgoe, of the Football Association, and Charles McKie, an Everton committeeman. Threatical people also took a prominent part. Mr. Walter de Frece served actively on the committee with his talented wife Vesta Tiley, Eugene Stratton, George Robey, Harry Tate, Huntley Wright, Martin Adeson, Fred Fredericks, the two Macs, Albert and Edmunds, Wal Pink, Little Tich, George Mosart, R.G. Knowles, Harry Freeman, “pip) Powell, Albert Christian, Fred Williams, and Stratton Mills; are only a few of names that flash to memory, all of whom, with many others helped actively to establish these Liverpool galas. Among the threatical ladies, the rogue, even more popular still. Each of the “stars” of the respective pantomimes organised her own programs of collecting both before the day and on the day itself, and there was keen competition for the handsome prizes of jewelry etc, that the committee offered to the lady with the largest collection. Among the ladies who worked zealously and without reward for the charities may be remembered Marie Montrose, Vesta Tilley, Marie Lloyd, Maggle Duggan, Ada Reeve, Marie Dainton Lotfus, Mabel Love, Marie Kendall, Emily Fothergill, and Lottie Collins, but to enumerate them all would be to fill columns. All were generous, and all worked hard for the charities, but the seed of dissolution was already being sown, and the signs of decay soon appeared. The Everton club relinquished their interested, and the Liverpool club came forward to carry on the idea, but after a few years, they, too, decided the financial return to the charities was not worth the time and effort, bestowed on the long hours of work involved for weeks before the day itself. Gradually a certain undesirable type of spectator had been making the annual “gain day” a day of licence in more than one sense. Young people from the theatres unused to the intimate and indiscrimal nature of the class of person, had frequent cause of complaint during their progress though the streets in theatrical costume. Trained voices suffered in the turmoil, and gradually the authorities came to recognise that not at all the class of people they had formerly had as supporters were using the “gala” day for a day's carousal that brought the football ground and the game itself into disrepute. The players too, began to complain that their best efforts were often spoiled by undesirable elements, so finally the Liverpool Club like Everton before them decided that the best interests of football were not advanced by the annual “beane,” and they dropped the idea. The abandonment of football “theatrical galas” in Liverpool, however, does not mean that the whole-hearted and warmhearted work of the theatrical people, both starts and supers was not appreciated as its true worth. It was to the fullest extent, and always will be, while Everton or Liverpool keep any records. Their names, too, are honourably remembered by the treasurers of the various hospitals who had their generous aid. It is unfortunate that whenever people come together to do good, the noxious weeds creep in, and, as in this case, spoils much of the good work. Charity will live on, however, and flourish always wherever beats the kindly heart of the “low” comedian.
LEICESTER CITY 1 EVERTON 1
November 30, 1925. The Daily Courier.
EVERTON GAIN A POINT.
BAIN STRAINS HIS THIGH MUSLES.
Everton at the present time are playing football more in keeping with their real form and reputation that at any period since the season commenced. On Saturday they shared the points with the City at Leicester, and were good value for the point they gained. That is no bad achievement against a side, which only a fortnight before beat Sunderland so decisively on the same ground. A hard surface, partially covered with snow, did not lend itself to a classical exposition of football. However, both sides rose superior to the conditions in a manner that was most gratying. Although the Blues did so well it is not improbable they would have done still better and bagged both points had it not been that early in the second half Chedgzoy had to change places with Bain, who had strained the ligaments of his leg. This occurred at a time when the visitors had got the measure of their opponents and were forcing matters. Both sides scored a goal, but there is no question that the Blues was the better goal and more ably worked for.
WEAVER FOR TROUP.
At the last moment, and because of the state of the ground, Everton played Weaver at outside-left in place of Troup. Whether the change was for the better or not it is difficult to say. However, it must be admitted that Weaver was by no means a bad substitute, and did many usual things. Play was fairly even through the first half; if anything Leicester had slight the better of the exchanges. The home side took the lead at the end of 15 minutes –rather fortunately one though, although Hardy had small chance with the shot that beat him. It was the culmination to an attack that Leicester had set up in front of goal. Raitt and McDonald were hard pressed, but managed to shield Hardy for several moments. Suddenly the ball came along to Watson, and the half-back promptly sent to Lockhead, who had only to drive it into the net from a few yards out. In these days, a great lead, or for that matter even two, is nothing to get demoralised about. The manner in which the Mereseyside men returned to the attack amply demonstrated that they were not disheartened, at all events. First O'Donnell and then Dean nearly brought about the downfall of the home citadel with shots that came near beating Campbell. The hardness of the ground, however, was obviously making accurate football somewhat difficult. The players had perforce to use a certain amount of caution, and could not turn as speedily as they would have been able to do on a softer ground. The ball, too, bounced at times in a way that was disconcerting. That was the reason probably why neither Dean, O'Donnell, nor Irvine could make the most of the opportunities presented them. Virr, Bain, and Brown had been doing well at half-back until Bain had to go on the wing. The Blues' centre half had kept a careful watch on Chandler, so that the Leicester crack shot had not too many chances.
At the end of 65 minutes the visitors equalised, and it was a beautiful shot. They had been attacking determinedly on the left, and a movement in which Weaver, Chedgzoy and Dean took part ended with the last-named beating Campbell. The ball had come across from the left and Dean timed it beautifully. He swung his foot out at it and flashed the ball in the net like lighting. Everton appear to be finding their true form at last. They have shown appreciable improvement in the last few minutes, and one hopes they will keep it up. They are better balanced as a side in these days, and the attack is putting more pep into matters. Teams: - Leicester City: - Campbell, goal, Black, and Osborne, backs, Walton, Carrigan, and Bamber, half-backs, Adcock, Duncan, Chandler, Lockhead, and Wadsworth, forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, Bain, and Virr, half-backs, Chedgzoy (captain), Irvine, Dean, O'Donnell, and Weaver, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 PRESTON NORTH END RESERVES 0
November 30, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 16)
Although the ground was well attended at Goodison park the players had some difficulty in controlling the ball, and many well intended efforts were thus spoiled, under the circumstances the game was a good one and both keepers had many shots to negotiate. Everton should have taken the lead in the first half, when Murray initiated a fine movement, which left both Millington and Kennedy with only the keeper in front, but each left the final effort to the other, and Bourne picked up and cleared. In the second half opening Everton scored after fifteen minutes' through Houghton and Bolton went close to equaliseing when Smith struck the post and Jack missed by shooting with only Harland to beat, Kerr gave a penalty and Jack from the spot kick fired over the bar, near the end Houghton again scored from Murray's pass, and Everton gained a well deserved victory . Everton: - Harland, goal, Livingstone, and Kerr, backs, Rooney, McBain, and Peacock, half-backs, Millington, Houghton, Murray, Kennedy, F. Williams, forwards.
EVERTON “A” 2 PRESCOT 3
November 30, 1925. The Daily Courier.
LIVERPOOL COUNTY COMBINATION.
Everton were a man short throughout this game at Townsend-lane. Prescot were the better team, and fully deserved both points. Tarreant and Tunstall scored for Prescot, and when Everton pressed Owen had the misfortune to put through his own goal. Shand scored a third for the visitors, but near the end of the game Gaffney reduced the lead, Davies and Braithwaite did well in the Blues' defence Tarrant, centre-half, and Tunstall did best for Precot.