LEICESTER AT GOODISON
November 5 th 1927. The Daily Courier.
Everton take the field today in all their glory as leaders of the First division and even without this undoubtedly stimulus they are good enough to gave Leicester City a dribbling at Goodison park. The Blues, who will of course be at full strength, are playing like champions at the moment, and it would take a very smart team indeed to hold them on their own ground today. Everton's meeting with Leicester City promised at first to provide a first class exposition of the soccer code, with a stern resistance by the visitors to the Blues dashing forwards –and little separating the sides at the close. Since the Leicester fellows, however, have had some trouble in collecting a team for today, it may not be such a close match after all. Watson, Leicester's regular centre half, who's job it would be to look after Dean, if he could, has developed by leg trouble, and Bishop and Corrigan are also on the casualty list. The pivotal position was still untenanted late last night, and may be filled at the last moment.
Leicester, when at full strength play attractive football, and can fight like demons as well on foreign territory. They have, however, been beaten once in the last three away engagements, but a point was gained from each of the others. The Goodison park lot seem to take little stock of where they play these days. The result is always the same; goals –and more goals. Their last three matches at Goodison Park supplied them sixth has nothing to do with this story. Everton should win today, and should keep a grasp on the leadership for some time to come. Kick-off is at 2.45, and the teams are as follows: - Everton: - Taylor; Cresswell, O'Donnell; Kelly, Hart, Virr; Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, Troup. Leicester City: - McLaren; Black, Osborne; Findlay, AN Other, Carr, Adcock, Hine, Chandler, Lochhead, Barry.
EVERTON 7 LEICESTER CITY 1 (Game 1239)
November 7 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
ANOTHER BIG WIN FOR EVERTON.
LEICESTER CITY MASTERED AT GOODISON
SEVENTEEN GOALS IN THREE GAMES.
Everton added to their list of big successes with a decisive win over Leicester City by 7 goals to 1 at Goodison Park on Saturday. The last three games have provided the Everton club with seventeen goals, and Dean individual total has reached 23. These excellent figures are certainly justified by their present form and position. Leicester have the reputation of being a useful side possessing a fair amount of football skill, yet they were made to look the merest novices. True, they were compelled to field their reserve half-back line that was plainly outclassed, but even allowing for the great disadvantage there was no comparison between the sides. Everton's smart, skilful and combined movements were in marked contrast to the slow and cumbersome efforts of the Leicester side and the wonder was that the score did not reach double figures.
As a contest the game was disappointing, but it served to demonstrate how effective the Everton machine capable. At no stage did Leicester seriously dispute Everton's superiority. With a lead of five clear goals. Everton won the game in the first half, and although they were inclined to be over confident in the second half the odds against the Midland side were far too great for Everton's attitude to have any bearing upon the result. If the strength of a side depends upon the soundness of its half-back line, then Leicester were doomed to disappointing from the start, because it was obvious when Weldon started scoring at the end of two minutes' play that the Leicester middle line was no match for the Everton attack. That was Leciester's handicap right through the game. There was strength in every department of the Everton side. Taylor had little to do, but he did it well and showed useful anticipation in dealing with several capital efforts by Chandler. Cresswell and O'Donnell found little difficulty in coping with t he ragged work if the Leciester forwards. O'Donnell was incline to place his returns occasionally but he was quite sound, while Cresswell intercepted passes and placed the ball in his usual effective style. Brown deputised for Kelly, who was suffering from a strained thigh, and although the hardly reached the standard of Hart and Virr he worked hard, and with a fair measure of success especially in the first half. Both Hart and Virr did splendid work throughout. They adopted themselves to the conditions, and were very effective in attack and defence. Dean made capital use of support offered, and again demonstrated his wonderful skill as a leader. His deadly shooting, clever distribution, and all-round effectiveness made him an outstanding figure. Weldon returned to something like his best form and Troup was give plenty of chances of which he made full use.
THE LECIESTER DEFENCE.
As a wing, Forshaw and Critchley were little inferior, and the line, as a whole worked with due understanding. McLaren in spite of the big score against him, made many splendid saves, and was one of the few exceptions on the Leciester side. Osborne did useful work in the second half, but the half-backs were not good enough for the job they undertook. The forwards failed throughout the game with out adapting themselves to the conditions. Their close passing was a mistake in tactics, and they suffered as expected. The goals were scored in the following under: - Weldon (2 minutes), Dean (twenty-four minutes), Weldon (twenty-five minutes), Troup (thirty-one minutes), Critchley (forty-0ne minutes), Chandler (fifty-three minutes), Dean (sixty-five minutes), dean (eighty minutes). Teams: - Everton: - Taylor, goal, Cresswell (captain), and O'Donnell, backs, Brown, Hart, and Virr, half-backs, Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, and Troup, forwards. Leicester City: - McLaren, goal, Black, and Osborne, backs, Findlay, Carrigan and Carr, half-backs, Adcock, Hine, Chandler, Lockhead, and Barry, forwards .
BURY RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 1
November 7 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 11)
At Bury. Everton thoroughly earned their point. Davies gave a brilliant goalkeeping exhibition. Rooney and Raitt proved capable defenders, while Griffiths was a host in himself. White scored in twenty-three minutes, Gale equalising twenty-six minutes after the resumption. Smith drove wide from a penalty awarded against Raitt. Everton: - Davies goal, Raitt and Bain, backs, Rooney, Griffiths, and Dickie, half-backs, Irvine, Easton, White, Houghton, and Lewis, forwards .
LIVERPOOL "A" 2 EVERTON "A" 4
November 7 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
LIVERPOOL COUNTY COMBINATION
Everton were the more progressive side in the "A" teams Derby at Anfield, and were worthy winners. French (2), Caufield and Rose scored for the winners, and Keny and Holmes for Liverpool.
EVERTON AT FULL STRENGTH
November 9 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
In view of Everton,s high scoring power, opposing defenders in the future will lay themselves out to stop the onrush of goalgetters, particularly a defence with a reputation to maintain. On Saturday Everton will be faced by what is regarded as a most effect set of defenders with one man standing out about the others. I refer to Derby County, who despite their lowly position possesses backs of high standing. Cooper is regarded as one of the best of the rising generation of players and he is likely to run Goodall close for further international honours. The team as a while play well at Huddersfield last week and were rather unlucky to lose, and I am sure will lay themselves out to stop Everton gallop. The leaders on the other hand, will try their utmost to maintain that standard of play, which has earned for them universal praise. Everton will be at full strength again, as Kelly has recovered from his injury, and he will take up his customary place at right-half instead of Brown.
STAN DAVIES TRANSFERRED
Dundee Courier - Thursday 10 November 1927
Birmingham yesterday secured from West Bromwich the trasfer of Stanley Davies, the Welsh international. Formerly with Preston North End, Davies joined West Browmcih from Everton six years ago. He is a versatile player, and at one time or another has been called upon to fill every position on the field. On the last appearance for Wales he played at left half-back. He gained international caps against England in 1920, 1921, 1922, and 1926; against scotland in 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1926 and this season against Ireland in 1921, 1921, 1922, 1925, and 1926.
St Johnstone Centre-Half's Request
Dundee Courier - Thursday 10 November 1927
Neil M'Bain, the St Johnstone centre-half, at his own request, is to be placed on the open-to-transfer list. A native of Campbeltown, M'Bain played for Ayr United and Everton before coming to Perth early last season. While with the Everton club his great form secured him an international cap. Neil was placed on the Saints' transfer list last summer, but he came to terms with tlie directors before the present season opened he has without doubt, been an asset to the Muirton team, but now he is desirous of change, and the directors apparently are not to stand his way.
November 11 TH 1927. The Liverpool Post and |Mercury.
Owing to injuries illness, and a moderate standard of play, Everton last season called on no fewer than thirty-three players to complete their league programme. This season they have been more fortunate in every respect, but it is regretted that Taylor, the goalkeeper, who has played in all the matches so far this season, will be unable to turn out against Derby County at derby, tomorrow. He is suffering from influenza, and his place will be taken by Davies the reserve goalkeeper. Who played in none division one games last season, and the most part, did well. He has accomplished fine work for the central league team this season, and he will no doubt welcome the opportunity of assisting the senior side tomorrow. Although lacking the experience of Taylor, Davies is clever, and behind Cresswell and O'Donnell he ought not to let the side down. He is the sixteenth player to have a turn in the first team so far. Davies formerly played in welsh football and assisted New Brighton before going to Goodison park.
EVERTON TASK AT DERBY
November 12 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Derby County have always been a difficult to beat at the Baseball Ground, The team at present may not boast a Bloomer, but the forwards, as useful and the defence sound with Cooper one of the most capable young defenders in the land. Still, Everton, on the from they have shown recently should be capable of beating the lowly placed club. The County made a great fight at Huddersfield last Saturday, which indicates an all round improvement, Everton will have the energetic Kelly in his customary place at right half, but Taylor the goalkeeper, is absent owing to illness, and Davies will keep goal. The teams: - Davies, goal, Cresswell, O'Donnell; Kelly, Hart, Virr; Critchley, Forshaw Dean, Weldon, Troup. Derby County: - Wilkes; Cooper, Carr; McIntyre, Thomas, Storer; Hope, Bedford, Whitehouse, Mee.
DERBY COUNTY 0 EVERTON 3
November 14 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
DRAUGHTS WITH THE BALL.
EVERTON'S SKILL AT DERBY
DEAN TOTAL MOUNTING.
Everton beat Derby County by 3 goals to nothing at the Baseball Ground before about 28,000 spectators who took special delight in laughing t their own captain's endeavors. Thoms the centre half and captain of the side is only one of a number of centre half-backs who will have fare badly against Dean, but there was no justification for the ironic laughter that was raised every time Thoms did a good or a bad action. It was not sporting nor yet was it helpful. At once let it be put on record that Derby County ran into a heap of trouble. They lost their international full back Cooper soon after Dean had scored "as usual" time, four minutes.
Cooper strained a muscle and is believed to have torn a ligament; the returned after half time to become an outside right, but it is questionable whether his zeal was justified, for the risk he took was large, and he could hope to do little at his new post. In addition, Crooks was damaged, and with little going right for the side Derby retired beaten after a grueling encounter, in which the home eleven tried to make "beef" and hustle turn the tide against skill and sense of combination. Everton won because they would not be rattled off their normal game by a side that depends to a great extent on sudden dashes. It might easily have been another seven for Everton, and the reason it did not reach this large figure is worth putting on record: Dean did not play well –that is to say, he did not play well judged by his own high standard. He had a merry first half, but he was played on hard by two tough backs (Whitehouse, left the forward line to become a rousing full back), and there were there occasions when the ordinary Dean would have scored; instead of which he had not a goal to show for these incidents. There was an occasion when he feinted to beat a back, and having done so saw the goalkeeper had gone out of his goal. A dribble beyond the goalkeeper was easy, but Dean had seen a full backdrop into goal; therefore, he was justified in making a drive instead of a place shot –this hit the upright. Another time he drove straight at Wilkes, the goalkeeper, and yet one could not say he played badly; it was only a question of the Dean-degree!
A SMASHING DRIVE.
Everton given an early lead are irresistible. Dean got his opening goal with a smashing drive and through a pass up by Kelly. Weldon soon made the lead into 2. Crowning much of his brilliance by getting the goalkeeper unsighted and the defence spreadangled finally Weldon wheeled into the inside right position, and possibly committed a foul on the half-back, ere he dispossessed him by sheer endeavour and following up; the pass up the middle to dean was soon made into the third goal of the day, which meant that Dean had scored his twenty-fifth goal of the season, or thirteen from the Freeman record, for Everton, and the club had scored its twenty-ninth goal in six matches, three of which were won away through the Everton side scoring 3 goals per match –a stupendous collection of goals. But the latest were the sweetest because Derby were in dire straits and it was known they were a tough side with some pace; moreover, the eleven had just signed young Stephenson, of Aston Villa to partner Mee, the wing becoming the best wing of their side and deserving of a penalty kick when Kelly brought Stephenson down from a back-back. The referee, like Thoms got across the crowd, who went home saying what a good side the winners were and how unlucky had been the losers. Which was a statement of fact.
Derby, while never looking a handsome side, were keen to fight to the bitter end, but Everton's class told. The men not only played well but they positioned themselves to a degree that made their display positively easy. It was not football; it was draughts with the big ball. Much of Everton's success was due to the game played by Weldon, the roamer, who helped the defence and was always tending towards the right wing. Everton, using their brains, left the home right wing severly alone, knowing that the cripple could do little harm. Actually Cooper as an outside right was the most definite forward on the losing side. But Everton were in a different category; Critchley, spite of being spiked, played good football and was carefully tended by cute Forshaw. Troup had not quite so much to do, but his main effort was centred in shots which Wilkes did well to edge over the bar for corners, which came to naught. The consistency of Virr and Hart is one of the reasons for Everton's rise, the £10,000 centre (?) Bedford could not move through, and Virr, like Weldon was inclined to go over to the right wing to make his endeavour. Kelly did well in spite of going a trifle lame at or about half-time.
DISPLAY OF DAVIES.
O'Donnell was the better back of the day, and the appearance of Davies in goal could hardly be judged, owing to the little work he had to attend to. He deputised for Taylor, who was down with an attack of the 'flu' but while he mishandled one bouncing ball, his save, after leaving his goal at the command of his captain, was a good one and when he was warmed up by work he made two fine catches. However, Everton seemed to take the match in a nonchalant manner; They were winners from the start and made Derby look small fry by their strategy, their shot from centre-forward position and their positional play. Referee; Mr. Davies, of Bury. Teams: - Derby County: - Wilkes goal, Cooper and Carr, backs, McIntyre, Thoms (captain), and Storer, half-backs, Crooks, Whitehouse, Bedford, Stephenson, and Mee, forwards. Everton: - Davies, goal, Cresswell (captain), and O'Donnell, backs Kelly, Hart, and Virr half-backs, Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, and Troup, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 SHEFFIELD UNITED RESERVES 1
November 14 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 12)
At Goodison Park. The United were more overplayed than the score against would suggest, but this was caused through the visitors losing the services of Boyle and Harris early on with knee injuries. The depleted team were strictly on the defensive in the first half, and it must go to the credit of the defence that they only yielded once, Easton scoring. Stevenson in a sudden breakaway scored a brilliant equaliser a couple of minutes before the interval. The hard top surface of the ground troubled the players, and Houghton retired injured immediately after resuming. White, Irvine, and Easton added further goals. Turnbull, in the United goal and Webster at full back, were conspicuous. Everton: - Hughes goal, J. Davies, and Bain, backs, W. Curr, Griffiths, and Rooney, half-backs, Irvine Easton, White, Houghton, and Lewis, forwards .
WAVERTREE ATHETIC 0 EVERTON "A" 5
November 14 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
LIVERPOOL COUNTY COMBINATION
At Woolton-road –Wavertree were completely outclassed in all departments, the visitors showed good understanding, their defence being solid. Kendrick (2), Causfield (2), and Murray for Everton.
WHISTON WINGER FOR EVERTON
November 16 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton visit Aston Villa in a Central League match this weekend, when the Goodison Park team will include Roscoe, an outside right from Whiston, who has attracted attention in local games. He will have an opportunity of showing his worth as partner to Easton. The team is Hughes, Davies, Bain, Brown, Griffiths, Rooney Roscoe, Easton, White, Dominy, Lewis.
SUNDERLAND AT GOODISON PARK.
November 19 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
The chief attraction on Merseyside is the match at Goodison Park between Everton and Sunderland. The rise of the Goodison Park team from the depths in which they wallowed last season has captured the imagination of enthusiasts here, and great hopes are entertained that the team will continue the form which has won the admiration of those who reveil in scientific football, plus the ability to finish off what is known as pattern weaving method. Everton have rarely boasted a side so skilful and at the same time so trustful, as the eleven who wear the colours today, and thousands will assemble at Goodison Part today to watch the duel with the strong Sunderland side who boast a centre-forward in Halliday, who, on his day, is a fine leader. He got three goals last Saturday, bringing his total to 15. The contrast between his methods and those of Dean (who has obtained 25 goals) is likely to prove an interesting phase of the game. In each of Everton's last two home games they scored seven goals, and the thirst for points today will be as great as ever. Whether the home side will keep up their remarkable sequence remains to be seen, but I believe they will win, though. Sunderland will make a bold bid. Clunis returns to the Sunderland team, Parker moving to the pivotal position, Taylor selected to keep goal for Everton, and the following teams will line up at 2.40. Everton; Taylor, Cresswell, O'Donnell; Kelly, Hart, Virr; Critchley, Forshaw, Dean. Weldon, Troup. Sunderland: - Bell; Murray, England; Clunas, Parker Bartley; Wilkes, Marshall, Halliwell, Wright, Hargreaves.
Derby Daily Telegraph - Saturday 19 November 1927
Warneford Cresswell, the Everton skipper, informed the writer last week that he tells his club mates that when they have 30 points they are sure of escaping relegation. Everton are not after the championship yet. It's only a rumour.
EVERTON 0 SUNDERLAND 1
November 21 st 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
BELL DEFIES EVERTON.
SUNDERLAND BREAK THE SEQUENCE.
FIRST HOME DEFEAT.
Everton sustained their first home defeat of the season on Saturday when Sunderland won by the only goal of a remarkable game. This season Sunderland have not lived up to their tradition, nor have they realised expectations, but on the form they displayed at Goodison Park their League position is a false one. They frequently enjoyed more than an average share of luck, but apart from that they proved themselves fit to bear comparison with the best sides that have yet visited the local grounds. In the Huddersfield game the high standard of play was more sustained, but Saturday's contest yielded nothing in point of interest and thrilling incidents. It was the tyre of game one expects but seldom sees, and if Everton did not deserve to lose Sunderland could not be blamed for making more of their chances. Everton had chances enough to win the game by half a dozen goals, but luck played them some knavish tricks. They lost the toss and had to face a very high wind and driving rain. In spite of this severe handicap they attacked cleverly and persistently and Bell in the Sunderland goal was one of the hardest-worked players in the game.
Frequently the Sunderland goal escaped by the harest margin. The turn of the ball was sufficient to prevent it going over the line when Forshaw sent it across the empty goal. Then England kicked the ball off the goal line with bell beaten. The Everton forwards played the right type of game in the first half when they kept the ball moving shot well and often, yet they could not get the ball into the net. Sunderland's attack although not so, frequent, were always dangerous, and when Hargreaves scored at the fourteenth minute it was due to the cleverness of Wright, who initiated the movements aided by the thrustful Halliday. It was expected that Everton would make a better showing in the second half with the wind behind them, but few were prepared for the stubborn defence put by the Sunderland backs and goalkeeper. Bell continued to make wonderful saves. It was a near thing, however when the ball almost went over the Sunderland goalline before a defender cleared it, but the Erverton forwards kept the play too close.
Still they did most of the attacking, and even Cresswell and O'Donnell made attempts to score. It proved a futile policy and if by comparison the Sunderland forwards did little the defenders splendidly backed by the half-backs proved capable of keeping Everton out. Everton's defeat may be a blessing in disguise. Their skill is beyond question, but it cannot be over looked that there are defenders capable of neutrailising the none skilful forwards. If their attack becomes to steytryed. That was Everton's biggest problem. They persistency in plying Dean, who was generally surrounded by several opponents and unable to find space for successful manocurving. Davies did well in goal even allowing that he dropped one fierce drive by Halliday, which he quickly covered. O'Donnell was more effective than Cresswell because the latter was rather easily beaten by the clever Hargreaves. Hart was a great worker, while Virr did himself credit by reason of the support he gave the forwards. Troup, Forshaw, and Critcheley were excellent, although the latter was rather wasteful with his chances. Dean was too well guarded to be as effective as usual, while Weldon's roaming tendencies were hardly helpful. Bell was outstanding on the Sunderland side and he got splendid support from both England and Murray, while Parker did fine work in the middle line. Halliday was a dangerous and skilful leader. Wright a clever craftsman, and Hargreaves a sprightly winger. Teams: - Everton: - Davies, goal, Cresswell (captain) and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart, and Virr half-backs, Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, and Troup, forwards. Sunderland: - Bell, goal, Murray, and England backs, Clunas, Parker, and Hartley, half-backs, Wilkes, Marshall, Halliday, Wright, and Hargreaves forwards .
ASTON VILLA RESERVES 4 EVERTON RESERVES 2
November 21 st 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 13)
At Aston Villa. The Villa crossed over two up, thanks to clever goals by Chester and Tate, and further asserted their superiority in the second half, when Jakeman scored two goals. In the final stages the visitors made a remarkable rally, Griffiths and White scoring in the last ten minutes . Everton: - Hughes, goal, J. Davies, and Bain backs, Brown, Griffiths, and Rooney half-backs, Roscoe, Easton, White, Dominy, and Lewis forwards.
John McKenna – A life-time in football
Monday, November 21 – 1927 Athletic News
There are men in football today who have spent a life-time in the game – forty, fifty years of more. It is the intention of the Athletic News to tell theur story – to give their impressions of the start of things, the quaint old ways, the humours of the years, the greatest days and players, games and glories – in short, to tell what these long-service leaders and figures in football have done for the game, and show how times have changed.
Today Mr. John McKenna, now President of the Football League, discloses the fact that in the beginning he pushed the Liverpool Club into the League – unawares. They were elected as the result of Mr. McKenna replying to an advertisement in the “Athletic News” off his own bat.
In the summer of 1872 a young man from Monaghan set sail across the Irish Sea with that self-assurance and determination which have characterised him in all the after-years, to see his fortune.
Thus did Mr. John McKenna, today a personality in many walks of life, but in particular identified with and endeared to the great universe of football. President of the Football League, and Vice President of the Football Association – the two main branches of his many activities – enter upon his career.
No more than eighteen years of age when he started the great adventure, this dour, purposeful Irishman with his rich vein of humour, was then clearly budding in the qualities which have made him distinguished as a leader of the people’s game.
Succeeded J.J. Bentley.
When the time came to find a successor to the late Mr. J.J. Bentley as President of The League, the choice promptly fell on Mr. McKenna. Plainly here was the man for the moment – of deep sincerity, breadth of vision, mature of thought and decisive of action. He became the titular head of a great organisation, not merely for his intricate knowledge of the laws and regulations of the game, but because, endowed by temperament and practical conceptions, he was particularly created to lead.
The judgment of his fellows has been unerringly confirmed. There have been opponents to his policy; those who thought him brusque and assertive of opinion. Nevertheless, the admission has generally had to be made that perhaps his was the aptitude for grasping events ahead, for seeing both sides of a question. He is nothing if not thorough.
Mr. McKenna is the first to say that whatever success he has attained in the management of football, respectively as hon. secretary of a League club, also director, and now chief over all, is due to the co-operation of his colleagues. That may be.
Still, there is no doubt that those allied with him have had a monumental example to follow if integrity and loyalty. Mr. McKenna has been the friend of the professional, as well as fair and without favour to the players’ employers.
From the beginning the President was accustomed to meet difficulties, and to surmount them. During his office there have been ripples which, but for his tact and straight dealing, might have become mountainous waves. Was he not the key personality in the great upheaval which threatened a strike of players and the complete stoppage of football?
It was largely through his influence that the Players’ Union was formed in its present constitution, for the mutual interest of the parties, and not as an appendage of a trade union organisation!
Strike! That word was anathema.
Mark the method of adjustment. Representatives of the 44 clubs were summoned to a conference in London, and the captain of each team was invited to be present.
A Rugby convert.
A Board of Gurdians officer in Liverpool for 35 years, ere he retired in 1920, Mr. McKenna was plunged into Association football. As an enthusiastic volunteer, he joined the Lancashire Artillery, and even as a soldier revealed the progressive adaptability, so that he was a battery sergeant-major in next to no-time, and when it was decided to form a Rugby football club he accepted the chairmanship.
Shooting results on print in Liverpool Mercury, June 8 – 1876.
But it happened that, being immersed in the local Parliamentary debating society, he came in contact with those interested in the Soccer code, and one day he was persuaded to see a match – between Everton and Bootle – played almost on the identical stretch of turf where the Liverpool players now operate.
Now, if one became a subscriber at the modest sum of 15s., the privilege was a seat on the rather primitive stand. So Mr. McKenna followed the fortunes of Everton and definitely became a convert from Rugby. Mark what that code lost as a consequence of conversation at a debating society meeting!
A split and -.
However, all was not happy with the Everton club. Members of the committee took exception to the views of Mr. John Houlding – afterwards Alderman Houlding – and the great schism took place.
The Everton section went across the park, and Mr. Houlding, and those who stayed with him, including Mr. McKenna, were left with a ground but no team, although Everton continued playing on the enclosure until the end of the season, what time Mr. McKenna signed the Articles of association for the new club, becoming vice-president.
He tried to register the new organisation as Everton, but the Football Association held that he original club had a prior claim. So Liverpool came into being, and nearly went out after a brief existence. Only the munificence of Mr. Houlding and the keenness of Mr. McKenna, and the hon. secretary (Mr. W.E. Barclay) saved the situation for the time being.
It is certain that but for a masterstroke by Mr. McKenna, typical of his self-reliance and sensing of future events, the origin of Liverpool as a League club would be of more recent date than 1893. Possibly it has not been told before.
AN “A.N.” ADVT.
A section of those interested in the new club believed that the success of professional football was vested in the county; that the Lancashire League would challenge the Football League. Accordingly the opposition for an application to the latter was immensely strong.
The lesson of Everton attracting the gates at a minimum admission of 6d., while they could get them at 4d. should have been learned, but no, Liverpool would remain in the Lancashire League; so numbers said. One man decreed otherwise.
Convinced that the League was their salvation, Mr. McKenna strove for hours to bring the honorary secretary, Mr. Barclay, round to his way of thinking, but the majority decision the latter would not go against. This further effort on the part of Mr. McKenna was prompted by the following advertisement which appeared in the Athletic News of May 8 – 1893:
Meditating on the pity of it as he went home from Mr. Barclay’s house, Mr. McKenna was suddenly confronted by a post office. In he marched and handed in the following telegram: –
“Liverpool make application to the Second Division of the League,”
attaching the name and address of Mr. Barclay.
Late that night he was preparing to retire when a four-wheeler rolled up to the house, with the request from Mr. Barclay that he would come urgently. He found his colleague in a state of agitation, possessed of a telegram which read: –
“Liverpool elected, Come to London meeting at three o’clock tomorrow to arrange fixtures.”
Then Mr. McKenna explained what he had done.
“But how could he? How could they? The club had said, etc., etc.,” to which the retort was: “Never mind that. Let us get into the League first and tell them afterwards. If they won’t have it, we’ll have to withdraw. Now you must get off to London in the morning.”
Mr. Barclay refused to go without Mr. McKenna. Double harness was eventually agreed upon, but at the last moment a message was sent to say that Mr. Barclay was called away on business. However, John McKenna intended to see this through.
Knowing nothing then of fixture making, he went off to London, and came back with a programme. And that is how Liverpool became a League club – and gained promotion in the same season.
The team of Macs.
Began ups and downs. The Liverpool teams were either very good or very horrid. Now holding the hon. secretary-ship, it was chiefly Mr. McKenna’s job to find players.
At this time matured the team of the “Macs” – there were seven of them – but he disclaims having signed them all, as popularity supposed.
He certainly brought to Liverpool the brothers Matt and Hugh McQueen, the former of whom is the team manager today.
“You could play Matt anywhere,” said Mr. McKenna. “Why, after that tragedy of four draws with Sheffield United in the semi-final of the English Cup, the last one at Bolton (where we drew 4-4 after leading 4-2 to within 16 minutes of time), we put him in goal.”
How times change.
Incidentally, the non-election of Matt McQueen to the board after being a co-opted member was the cause of Mr. McKenna’s resignation as a director after 29½ years’ service.
By this time the late Mr. Tom Watson had been well installed as secretary, and a deal of the responsibility was taken off Mr. McKenna, who had been in the habit of spending two nights in the train at week-ends in search of players in Scotland and elsewhere.
Those were the days when the agent was a recognised intermediary between club and player, and charged according to the worth of the player signed. Therefore, it is not surprising that the club official had to be wary of the unscrupulous, as Mr. McKenna once discovered when an attempt was made to palm off a nonentity as a famous player.
Remarking on the rise in transfer values and the standard of play, he says: “Football is an entirely different thing these times. It has had an amazing evolution. Different times; different conditions; different methods of management.
“Most of the clubs were made up of good players, because there were enough to go round. Transfers were few. In a word, the growth of professional clubs had made the supply of quality in numbers unequal to the demand.
“Those with money to purchase naturally endeavour to obtain the best, and while I regret that transfers should have become so frequent and fees inflated, I see that it is a condition of things that we cannot very well avoid.
“One club is willing to pay and another to sell. Things may right themselves in course of time. After one failure I don’t see how we can regulate it otherwise.
Reputation and today.
“One thing I am proud of after all these years is the high social scale to which the professi0onal has risen. For this we have much to thank modern education.
“At the same time I would say there has been a vastly improved influence in the direction of clubs which has conveyed itself to the players. Men not only of substance but of social standing sit on the boards. They are jealous of the reputations of their clubs.
“A player’s habits and conduct off the field are with many clubs as important as his playing ability.”
POULTON ROVERS 1 EVERTON "A" 2
November 21 st 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
LIVERPOOL COUNTY COMBINATION.
AT Poulton. O.Jones opened Poulton's score Everton gradually took the game in hand, and after Smith had equallised Wilkinson gave the visitors the lead. The second half was hotly contested, without either side scoring. Westcott was very prominent on the Rovers side.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 23 November 1927
Ted Taylor, the Everton goalkeener, who has been out of the team through an influenza cold, had taken part in 27 matches without a break for the Goodison club. This does not seem a very striking performance at first glance, and in these days of ever presents, but it is of interest to note that Taylor went to Everton last season when the club was fighting for its existence in the First Division, and that the 27 matches which he figured Everton got 35 points. Taylor, who was born in Liverpool, might have been with Everton years ago, but his worth was not then appreciated, and he went to Goodison Park via Oldham and Huddersfield.
BRISTOL SIGN EVERTON HALF-BACK.
Sheffield Independent - Friday 23 November 1928
Bristol City have secured the transfer of D. Bain the reserve centre-half of Everton. Bain, who had been with the Goodison Park side since the start of the season 1924-25 previously had two seasons with Manchester United and had experience with Rutherglen Glencairn, a Scottish junior side. He played behind "Dixie" Dean in 23 First Division games for Everton three season ago. Bain, who stands 5ft 9ins and weighs 11st 7lbs., will help his new club against Tottenham Hotspurs tomorrow.
DEAN'S FOUR GOALS.
November 24 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
A football League team beat Blackpool by 5 goals to 3 at Blackpool yesterday in a charity match for the Fleetwood district fund.
EVERTON AT BURY
November 26 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton are to tackle Bury at Gig lane. The check sustained at the hands of Sunderland his important if anything a great spirit of determination, and Everton will be all out to recover the lost ground. Upto four weeks ago Bury were doing well, but they have lost four matches on the run, their latest defeat being sustained at Huddersfield on form Everton ought to win but Bury are always difficult to master on their own ground. Taylor returns to the Everton side in place of Davies, but Weldon is suffering from influenza and Irvine will play at inside left. The teams are: - Everton: - Taylor, Cresswell, O'Donnell; Kelly, Hart, Virr; Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Irvine, Troup. Bury: - Richardson; Heap, Adamson; Porter, Bradshaw, Finney, Amos, Ball, Bullock, Robbie
BURY 2 EVERTON 3
November 28 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
EVERTON REACH 50 GOALS.
A GOOD WIN AT BURY
The defeat sustained at home against Sunderland and the knowledge that Bury having lost four successive games, would put up a brave and hearty show led the Everton game to bear an unusually testing strain. Fortunately, Everton got an early goal, and that being so, there was a return of confidence. The Bury eleven were plainly trying to rush Everton off their known tactics. Everton won 3-2 after one of the hardest fights it has been my lot to witness. The game was never won or lost till the final whistle had sounded and then Everton had deservedly won and had scored their fiftieth goal –a remarkable record at this still early period of the season. Everton won because they were the more polished eleven and because Dean was not held by the centre half-back or full backs. Dean does not consider goalkeepers –he givens them no chance when he elects to drive a ball towards goal. Adamson came back to the Bury side, and the old forward formation was retained. Amos was the greatest source of danger. Robbie too, gave a good exhibition, every run beyond Virr being full of danger, but Bullock was held as in a vice by Hart whose heading and feeding were main features of his continued excellent game. Even so, I should hesitate to put him in front of Virr, who had a specially good day and in addition to attacking, made some lovely solo runs up the field and led to a goal being scored through his keen anticipation.
The game took many fanciful turns. First Everton won the toss and once again chose face the sun and wind. Next, Dean opened the score, and Bradshaw equalised with a free kick that touched Kelly and turned a course totally unexpected by Taylor or any of the spectators –there were 25000 present to show appreciation of Richardson the Bury goalkeeper, who took his benefit match. With the scorer level and Bury's enthusiasm no awakened, the game was opened out, and not until Dean got his second goal could Everton feel safe. These goals were of a peculiar pattern. In the first case Dean juggled with the ball to turn it beyond the full back and skip around the defender in one and the same stroke as it were. He drove in a ball that hit the upright before it entered the net. His second goal came after he had worked the ball beyond two backs in the space of about a yard –old style of dribbling that recalled. McDermott's former methods for Everton but there is this difference between the pair –McDermott was not a good shot; Dean is. Critcheley generously offered Dean a hat-trick performance, but the centre had stretched a foot too far upward and was thus offside. Critchley took the next opportunity off his own boot and flashed the ball into the goal. This should have been sufficient for most sides, but Bury were a desperate side, and in the gloaming Porter, a half-back, sent in a long shot, which Taylor did not gather, and Stage, running up, scored with ease.
TWENTY MINUTES' BATTLE.
Then the battle waged for sometime like twenty minutes. Bury skirted this way and that the Everton backs had to kick away to the touch lines; O'Donnell twice headed away from the goal line, and Bury with a little steadiness would have taken a draw. They did not because they were over-anxious, but Everton proved wrong tactically when they fell back to assist the defenders and thereby courted attacks. Against Bury's wild finishing came a bright spot from Dean, who headed a Critchley centre against the crossbar. It was hard going all the way, and the clever side won the spoils deservedly. Irvine's appearance at inside left in view of Weldon's illness brought a new touch to the leaders' side, and though the Irishman showed all its old-time skill in dribbling, he hardly fitted the new Everton pattern of play.
Critchley played a smart game, and Forshaw by his side had to give a hand to Kelly, who seemed to be labouring against the little man Amos. This much can be said for Bury –they should make an upward move for they have a brilliant pivot, and Bullock will not be meeting many more men of the stamp of Hart and the full backs, both of whom played cleverly Cresswell's first half display being great. Bury's weakness was at wing half-back, Finney seeming to shy at having a personal tilt with his wing, while the backs were outpaced. Teams: - Bury: - Richardson, goal, Heap, and Adamson, backs, Porter, Bradshaw, and Finney, half-backs, Robbie, Stage, Bullock, Ball, and Amos, forwards. Everton: - Taylor, goal, Cresswell (captain), and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart, and Virr half-backs, Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Irvine, and Troup, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS RESERVES 4
November 28 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 14)
For a club at the foot of the league Wolverhampton played surprisingly good football at Goodison Park Bowen scoring twice early on and Roscoe netted for Everton. Canavan, the Wolverhampton keeper was the player who so often thwarted Everton. were completely unbalanced. McDougall and Charnley added further goals for Wolverhampton.
PRESCOT 4 EVERTON "A" 2
November 28 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
GEORGE MAHON CUP
At Precot. Early on Wilkinson scored twice for Everton, but Houghton and Tarrett from a penalty replied for Prescot. Prescot were the better side in the second half and Rhodes and Fletcher scored.
November 29 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Wales beat England at Burnley yesterday, before 32,089 spectators.