EVERTON BREAK NEW GROUND
November 1 st 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel
Everton travel to Reading for the first time in their career, (Everton have played friendly match at Reading), and the Southern club expect the Goodison Park brigade to prove a big attraction. The match should provide a fillip to rather drooping spirit, for Reading are struggling at the bottom of the ladder. The leaders, however, will be in no mood to ease up and on form Everton ought to win. They certainly cannot afford to drop points where it is possible to gain full value, and the players can be depended on to do all in their power to achieve the end in view. Johnny Holt will be an interested spectator, and he will be able to compare the Everton team with his day, when he was a bright little star in a great combination. Teams; - Everton; - Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Rigby. Reading; - Richardson, Forster, Hodgins; Balmforth, Allan, Halkyard; Meredith, Eaton, McPherson, Featherby, Davies.
READING 0 EVERTON 2 (Game 13)-(Lge Game 3065 over-all)-(Div one 3052)
November 2 nd 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
The Winning Way
Everton Ware down Reading
Everton's first visit to Reading brought a 2-0 victory before 12000 spectators who made a gate of nearly £700. It was not good football, it was hard and continuous, but it spent itself on the first half so far as the home side was corcerned, and left Everton with an easy opposition in the second half when Reading could hardly raise a gallop, and never throughout the game could they produce the sort of football that was likely to take toll of the safe Everton defence.
Fines Saves by Coggins
True Coggins had to make three very good catches, but the shots looked more awkward than they were –the greasy state of the ball was the cause of the tremour that ran through the Everton ranks, just as when Cresswell had to race and kick away as the ball was speeding its way into an empty goal after the defence had been caught, of had caught itself, in three minds. Reading did not look like scoring, well as Davies, the outside left, played, and well as Allen kept a hold on Dean –who, by the way, was ill before and during the game. Everton adopted their usual procedure in these Second Division struggles of wearing down the racing, rousing opposition in the opening half, and then blinding them with science, as it were. But there was no need for the application of much science to beat this bottom dog team; they were desperately earnest men, but were very unfruitful, where real football or polish or pointed finish was concerned. True the home side suffered a bad blow when McPherson was hurt twice and became first an outside left and then an outside right, but once Everton had tasted a goal the game was over, and was flatter than ever-which was saying a lot for the standard of play was poor and the football served up was crude.
Dunn and Critchley
Dunn got the first goal at the hour, and Cricthley made him this headed goal. Afterwards Critchley scored with a terrific shot and the locals realised that true football had won its deserts. Everton did not get into their stride until near half-time and the memory of the lash play before half-time was not lost on the home side when the game was resumed, for Everton continued on the attack wellnigh throughout the second half. For the special; turn round they were indebted to the security of their backs and captain, and to Griffiths for a big display of energy and effect. Britton did fairly well against the best forward on the field, Davies. Thomson was at a steady level throughout, and finally Rigby and Johnson outplayed their companion wing; who had been patchy, even if Dunn was cute, and Critchley had a final quarter of an hour when he could do little wrong, whereas he had been ineffective for nearly an hour. It was hard football it was a fight between leader and “footer” and skill wore down the Reading side. They admitted defeat. Everton had won a poor match and had kept their goal against column clean for the second time this season. They continue winning, and it is useless to harp upon the standard of the opposition, they can do no more than keep beating their rivals whatever their pattern of play or style or endeavour to unsettle the leaders and push them off their existed perch. Everton were not “even” in their game, but even that does not curb my praise for their clear victory. Teams ; - Everton; - Coggins, goal; Williams (captain) and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Griffiths, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean Johnson, and Rigby, forwards. Reading; - Richardson, goal; Forster, Hodgin, backs; Balmforth, Allan and Balkyard half-backs; Meredith, Eaton, McPherson, Featherby, and Davies forwards. Referee Mr. Caseley, of Wolverhampton.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY RESERVES 2
November 3 rd 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 12)
Ted Sagar saves a Penalty Kick
At Goodison Park. Everton's win was just about deserved. Despite the terrible state of the ground both sides played attractively and the respective defences underwent many arduous spells. A feature was the brilliant goalkeeping of Sagar and Mellors. The former did Everton wonderful services in dealing worth most difficult of shots, and when he saved Jones penalty kick the crowd rose to him. Cook and Gee were prominent defenders with the front line also doing exceedingly well. Johnson opened the score for the Wednesday Stein equalised, and after the interval Martin and Stein direct from a corner scored Everton goals, while Jones added Sheffield's second.
Everton “A” 7 Wavertree Athletic 1
Liverpool County Combination
At Stopgate-Lane. In the opening ball Davies completed the hat-trick and Parker (penalty) scored for Everton. Soon after the restart the home side's lead was increased by Fryer and Cunliffe. A penalty was saved by Corner, but the goalkeeper was beaten later by Foyne. Fryer added the last kick for the home side.
November 3 rd 1930. Evening Express
Reading Tribute to Everton
By The Pilot
“Everton's form in the second half was a revelation. It was as good as anything we have seen here,” said one of the Reading directors to me after the match at Elm Park. Everton certainly played brilliantly in the later stages. Before the interval Reading had decidedly the better of the exchanges, for the Everton backs took some time to settle down. Then Everton's superior class and staying powers began to take effect and Reading were eclipsed. Everton stayed the course like real champions, and their First Division methods carried them through against virility. The Blues played delightful football, keeping the ball on the ground, and the only remarkable thing about it was that other goals besides the clever one by Dunn and Critchley were not scored. The two Richardson and Forester, who comprised the home defence, were mainly responsible for this.
Dean was taken unwell in the morning and this was primarily responsible for his failing to get his 200 th League goal, but he was an artistic and brainy leader, while Dunn was a clever schemer. Johnson and Rigby were a quick-moving flank who dovetailed well. Coggins was brilliant, and the half-backs were quick to take command when Reading were dangerous. Thomson was the best Everton half, his wonderful work in the second half being a feature. The fact that Williams and Cresswell took some time to find their feet enabled Reading to press hard early on, but once this pair settled down the Reading attack faded out. Both played well, later, and Critchley was another who improved, especially in his finishing. Reading deserved praise for their fine fight against more accomplished rivals in the first half, but the loss of McPherson, who was injured and went outside right, and the Blues relentless attack took the heart out of them. That is precisely what is wrong with Reading. The men have the ability and keenness up to a point, but they lose heart all too quickly.
Everton, Notts County, and Northampton are the only teams in the Football League who have not suffered defeat away from home.
For the second week in succession Everton's three teams were successful; Reading 0 Everton 2; Everton Res 3 Sheffield Wednesday Res 2; Everton “A” 7, Wavertree Ath 1. Davies; Everton's A's new centre forward did the hat trick.
A suggested swoop with Everton namely a half-back for whom they gave £8,000 in exchange for O'Donnell did not interest the Blues, who are exceedingly strong in this particular department at the moment.
Johnny Holt, the former Everton centre half, and Mr. Tom Burrows the Chief Constable of Reading, and a former member of the Liverpool Police force, were present at Elm park to greet Everton.
A MEMORY OF 93
November 7 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers are old opponents, for they were among the twelve clubs that formed the League in its first season –188-89. Times have changed, and the clubs meet tomorrow for the first time under Second Division auspiece. I think the last occasion the Wolves were at Goodison Park was in the 1921-22 season, where they won by a goal to nothing in the fourth round of the F.A. Cup. They reached the final that season (after appearing in the semi-final at Anfield), and were defeated by Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.
I well remember the 1893 final, when the Wolves beat Everton, at Fallowfield, Manchester, by a goal to nothing, after the reserve team had gone to Wolverhampton on the previous Saturday and won the League match 4-2. The Everton directors wanted to keep the Cup team fresh for the final, and were not breaking any rule in sending a reserve side to play the League match. In my youthful enthusiasm of those far off days I carried home to Walton the bag of one of the Everton Cup team players, Bob Kelso, who said after their bad luck at Fallowfield Everton would never win the Cup. But they did though the club had to wait until 1906 before gaining the honour.
The Everton team for tomorrow's game will be unchanged from the side that won at Reading. Britton, therefore continues at right half-back in the place of McPherson. The team is; - Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson Rigby.
The reserves side to travel to Stoke will be; - Sagar; Common, Lowe; McClure, Gee, Towers; Wilkinson, Barton, White, Webster, Stein.
WOLVES TACKLE EVERTON
November 8 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel
Everton will endeavour to continue their winning ways at home with the Wolves as their victims. The Midland side started off this campaign in a way they have not been able to maintain, but even so they are likely to prove one of the strongest sides Everton have to meet. Wolverhampton Wanderers have always been popular visitors and I am sure there will be a big rally today, to see the successors of the old time cup fighters. Everton have gained a useful lead of 2 points and they are likely to make every effort to consolidate their position. Points are valuable at any time, but at present worth, and a win today would be a step nearer the utmost goal. Everton will be without Critchley (injured) Wilkinson taking his place. Though it is no easy task, I shall be surprised if the Merseyside men fail to win. The kick-off is at 2-45 and the teams are; - Everton; - Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, Griffiths, Thomson; Wilkinson, Dunn Dean, Johnson, Rigby. Wolverhampton Wanderers; - Tootill; Lowton, Kay; Rhodes, Hollingworth, Richards; Phillips, Bottrill, Hartill, Deacon, Baraclough.
EVERTON 4 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 0 (Game 14 )-(Lge Game 3066 over-all)-(Div 1 3052)
November 10 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Dean's Double Century
Wolves Whipped at Goodison
Everton will surely not experience a more difficult task than they had on Saturday, and the fact that they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers by four clear goals should impart condidence. It was a victory well won against a side that mixed hard, robust football with a fair amount of craft, and such a combination might easily upset a team of Everton's quality. They wisely stood by their usual tactics, and all the ruggedness of the Wolves failed to put them off their game. Having emerged successfully from the early forcefulness of the Midlanders' broadsides, and with a couple of goals in hand through Dean and Wilkinson, it looked as though Everton had taken the measures of their opponents. But Wolves had different views, and for a fairly long period they played splendid football, and only Everton's tenacious defence prevented them getting through. Coggins was kept busy, and he just turned the ball past the post from a shot by Bottrill, and after Cresswell did well to kick away after Hartill's shot had been brought down by Coggins.
A Trying Period.
It was particularly trying period for Everton, and the fact that they yielded nothing probably settled the issue, especially when Rigby got a third goal at 38 minutes, when Dean crashed in the first goal at 4 minutes he brought his crop of goals to 200, while Wilkinson finished a brilliant run with an equally brilliant at 13 minutes. Play in the second half was fairly even, but the contest never lost its grim earnestness. Obviously the Wolves are a 90 minute side, determined, and resourceful, the giving and taking of hard knocks being part of the game. Johnson scored the only goal of the half when he converted a penalty kick at 68 minute, the award being against Hollingwood for holding Dean during a melee in the Wolves goalmouth. Everton showed their adaptability in this game, and the only apparent weakness was on the left wing, where Johnson and Rigby gave a rather indifferent display. Both Dean and Dunn did much good work. They had a fine understanding, although Dean missed a great chance early on when Dunn give him the ball right in front of goal. Wilkinson was speedy, and not afraid to shoot, but was rather neglected in the second half. The half-backs were strong and confident, and well able to counter the dashing methods of the Wolverhampton forwards, while the defenders gave an impressive display. The best on the Wanderers side were Tootill, Lowton, Holingworth, and Deacon. Teams; - Everton; - Coggins, goal; Williams Captain) and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Griifths, and Thomson, half-backs; Wilkinson, Dunn, Dean, Johnson and Rigby, forwards. Wolverhampton Wanderers; - Tootill, goal; Lowton and Kay, backs; Rhodes, Holingworth and Richards, half-backs; Phillips, Bottrill, Hartill, Deacon, and Barraclough, forwards.
STOKE CITY RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 0
November 10 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 13)
Two late goals both by Williamson, the Stoke City centre half, gave them the victory at Stoke. It was not a good game, the forwards work of both sides lack of cohesion and much of the markmanship being feeble. Stoke City just about deserved to win, but they were not two goals the better side . Everton; - Sagar goal; Common and Lowe, backs; McClure, Gee (captain), and Towers, half-backs; Not-Known, Barton, White, Webster, and Stein, forwards.
Everton “A” 5 Whiston 0
Liverpool County Combination
Everton took advantage of their chances Fryer, Jenkins, and Cunliffe scoring before half-time. In the second half Whiston had slightly more of the play, but were unable to recover from Everton's good lead. Fryer, and Jenkins added further goals for Everton.
BRITTON TAMES THE WOLVES
November 10 th 1930. Evening Express
Fine Form of Everton Reserves
The Will in Wilkinson
Dean gets his 200 th League goal.
By the Pilot
Two Reserves –Britton and Wilkinson –played a vital part in Everton's 4-0 triumph against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Some weeks ago I said Everton's strength lies in its reserves and this has proved it. Britton was the best half-back on the field –a schemer, a juggler yet tenuous in tackling and interbenening. His first double-turn stood him in good stead many a time –it is the move of a giant. Wilkinson was making his season's debut, and he contented himself with good accurate methods rather than running in frills. When Johnson fed him early on he carried the ball back across the goal than waiting to beat a man, and Dean his coveted goal –his 200 th in League football. Just afterwards Wilkinson picked up as sharp pass, and unhesitatingly and scored with a brilliant shot. It was clean-cut football, and this was endeavors all though. Both these boys –they are nothing put deserve the highest praise. There both set the seal on Everton's victory.
Go-Getters, But Not goal-Getters.
It was one of the most curious games ever seen for many a day The Wolves had more of the game in the first half than the Blues and yet found themselves three goals down at the interval. Still, in no period did they display the smooth football skill of the Division II leaders. They were essentially fighters. They set their weight and moved speedily, and that was all. Their forwards seemed in lack of confidence to shoot. It was a worthy victory, for in the second half the Wolves were outplayed.
EVERTON VISIT ANFIELD
November 12 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John peel
Liverpool and Everton meet again today at Anfield, the occasion being the first round of the Liverpool Senior Cup, and as two strong teams will turn out a capital match is anticipated. The game will afford an opportunity to sturdy the reserve strength of the clubs, and I am sure the players will be out to show their best form.
The senior sides met earlier in the season in a Lancashire Cup-tie Liverpool winning, and Everton's Central League players, who have accomplished some fine work this season, may succeed where their seniors failed. Everton are at the top of the Central League and have won ten of their thirteen games, while Liverpool have won five out of fourteen. The kick-off is at 2-30, and the teams are; - Liverpool; - Done; Charlton, Ireland; Jones, Lowery, Burke, Clark, Scott, Wright, Gunson. Everton; - Sagar; Common, Lowe; McPherson, Gee, McClure; Liggins, Martin, White, Webster, McCambridge.
When Everton Played At Millwall.
Everton visit Millwall on Saturday for the first time in league games but years ago they were there for a cup-tie. This was in the season 1902-03, when they were beaten in the third stage by a goal to nothing. Everton in the previous rounds had beaten Portsmouth 5-0, and Manchester United 3-1, at Goodison Park (Millwall were then in the Southern league). The Southern League joined the Football league as the Southern Section of the Third Division for the 1920-21 season. Millwall gained promotion to the Second Division in the 1927-28 season when they carried off the championship of the Southern-League with this fine record; Played 42, won 30, lost 7, drawn 5; goals for 127 against 50, points 65. They finished 10 points ahead of Northampton and 12 in front of Plymouth Argyle. In their first season in the second Division Millwall got only 39 points, and again last season they finished with 39 points. To date they have only 10 points for 14 matches compared with Everton's 23 points for the same number of games. But they have won four of the six matches at home. Two former Merseyside players are with Millwall. J.G. Cock once with Everton, is the Millwall centre-forward while H. Wadsworth formerly of Liverpool, is at outside left.
Everton's team for the match at Newcross will be the same as that which defeated the Wolves, and on this visit to London the Goodison park club hopes to continue its winning career. The team is; - Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, Griffiths, Thomson; Wilkinson, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Rigby.
LIVERPOOL RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 2
November 13 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Liverpool Senior Cup
Everton Win Local Cup-Tie
Martin's Fine Display at Anfield
The Liverpool Senior Cup-Tie between Liverpool Reserves and Everton Reserves has ended in a well-earned victory for Everton by 2-0, a margin that was a fair one in view of the way the winners' forwards played and in view of the way the home forwards played. The mixed team of some first team men and some famous names, together with the addition of some youngsters from the “A” side, made the game worth watching. Burke, a well-built young lad at outside right for the home side, was plainly lacking in experience, whereas the outside right of the winning side was caught in the desires and gestures of Martin, who practically forced the boy to play well. He was naturally crude, this boy Liggins, but he had a good heart, looked for work, and responded to the calls of the man, who was the dominating forward on the field. Martin did not get a goal, but he commanded the winning line and showed the value of constructive football, with the ball on the ground compared with the general rush-about tactics that so often obtain in these engagements.
In nearly every department Everton had the superior style and effectively followed this style, but both goalkeepers played remarkably well. It is a city of goalkeepers and to the list has to be added the names of Sagar and Aitken, both admirable young men. Sagar got a blow on the shoulder, but continued to keep goal safely, and it is no exaggeration to say that if the home goalkeeper had not fielded the ball remarkably well Everton would have had a larger victory. As it was it took then some time to win this game –there was no score at half-time –and shortly afterwards White hit a good goal, and Webster clinched a right wing movement by settling the affair late in the game at a time when Wright was beginning to go though on his own having tired of trying to make the remainder of the forward line respond to his urge and his neat footwork. Gee, and James were capital pivots, and although Webster did not shine as much as usual the ability was plainly there in his boots and football brain. McCambridge tried at outside left broke into a shooting sweat near the end, whereas the greatest joy of the match was early on when both sides were hitting the ball very hard and giving the goalkeepers their chances to shine. McCambridge was playing against Ireland –odd reading this when one remembers McCambridge is of Ireland; Common and Lowe were sturdy defenders, and Done and Charlton had too much to do to succeed –it was a persistent call upon them and their strength. Teams; - Liverpool Res; - Aitken goal; Done and Charlton, backs; Ireland, James, and Lowery, half-backs; Burke, Clark, Scott, Wright and Gunson, forwards. Everton Res; - Sagar, goal; Common and Lowe, backs; McPherson, Gee (captain), and McClure half-backs; Liggins, Martin, White, Webster, and McCambridge .
The winners now play at Tranmere.
SECOND DIVISION RACE
November 15 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
In the Second Division, Preston North End are pressing –Everton, and the Deepdale side have an advantage today as they are at home to West Bromwich Albion. At their best the Midland side is a good one, but I shall be surprised if Preston fail to win. We have become so accustomed to Everton gaining full points that I am afraid a lot of their supporters take victory for granted. No matter what the class of football, it is unsafe to proceed on these lines. Still, I consider Everton possess the skill and the necessary dash to win at New Cross-where, however, Millwall will make a bold fight. Jack Cock and Harold Wadsworth will be keen to show their Merseyside friends that they are not yet done with, and they will be among the most earnest players to oppose Everton this afternoon. Millwall are in the last five in the table. In the Everton team Stein plays in place of the injured Rigby. Teams; - Everton; - Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, Griffiths, Thomson; Wilkinson, Dunn Dean, Johnson, Stein. Millwall; - Yuill; Moran, Pipe; Newcombe, Sweetman, Martin; Wadsworth, Readman, Cock, Forsyth, Paxton.
MILLWALL 1 EVERTON 3 (Game 15)-(Lge Game 3067-over-all)-(Div 1 3052)
November 17 TH 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton Well Placed
Another Second-Half Win in Hard Fight
Everton have taken full points from a further away journey, and that in itself is something upon which one must offer them congratulations. It has become a habit for them to succeed where the others have failed, and to carry their success to a logical conclusion in the second half of the tussle.
Actually Everton won a hard game at Millwall –their first League visit there –before 20,000 spectators, who enjoyed the strenuousness of the game and caviled at a corner kick that produced a goal the referee from Small Heath Mr. C.N. Wood being booed to some extent during the second half, and especially at the end of the game which finished its course in a spell of darkness.
Running Fire at Referee
The referee did his work well, even if we imagine that he could, and perhaps should, have given the visiting side two-penalty kicks. Johnson made very definite and instant appeal that the ball had been deflected by a full-back, and the crowd imagined he had appealed against the goalkeeper for touching the ball that plainly evaded him. So the referee had to withstand a running fire of comments and complaints. One could grumble at the way Everton played in the first half. They had little punch. The home side played fast resolute football, but there was an added touch of smartness in manipulation of the ball. Fortunately Cresswell stood firm in this period and Griffiths and particularly Thomson got through much sound work when it was most needed. On the other hand no one compared with Newcomb, who had a glorious day at right back.
A Wadsworth Movement.
It was Wadsworth ex-Liverpool, who started the move by which Millwall took the first goal, a moment after half-time at a time when one expected Everton to show their staying powers. It was a good goal, and it came through the fine constructive notion of Jack Cock, the former Everton centre-forward who wears so amazingly well, and at thirty-eight years of age still stands for adroit, subtle football.
The Everton team, whose attack had been a thing of shreds and patches fought back and finally Dunn scored. A ball that was bandied about and was finally hooked over the head, first by Dean and then by Dunn, led the latter to an equaliser. Then the battle was fierce, and Millwall became faulty in their passing. When Everton taste a goal they generally go on to take other goals, and so it was now -Millwall's defence which had been solid and secure with a ball that was wet and awkward to control through its slippery nature, became unsettled. Wilkinson began to cross the ball with accuracy Stein woke up into a breezy period of darting in –it was Stein, who followed up a scrambled goal to make the lead, and when the goalkeeper blundered Wilkinson took the third.
It is not exaggeration to say that Millwall were one of the hardest teams to counter Everton have had this season -–omething like West Bromwich hurdle. The margin was a kind one; the delayed goals to Everton threatened to make this Everton'' first away defeat of the season. Once they had got into their mood Everton'' mode of play altered; they were canning and constructive, and convincing –but this was at a late hour of the day. All though save the spasm of play I have mentioned, the Everton attack was poor. The extreme wingmen had a bad day, and the result was that there were no centres coming across for Dean to nod; nevertheless this must be accounted one of Dean's poorest displays. The inner men Dunn and Johnson did a fund of wise work against a rocklike defence whose half-backs were the best part of the machinery. Williams, the winning captain, suffered from a bad knee but his heartness was noticeable, and at one convenient moment Britton cut across the left wing to stop the score being 2-2.
Lack of Shooting
Everton were disappointing; they were not happy in their attempts, and there was a fatal lack of shooting in the first half . Forsyth scored the opening goal; otherwise Coggins was not bothered a great deal. It may seem churlish to talk of an away win of 3-1 margin as lacking in points one would desire to see, especially when two of the goals to the winning side are of a character that bore no charm except for their registered card. However, Everton can do no more than keep on winning. Teams; - Everton; - Coggins, goal; Williams (captain) and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Griffiths and Thomson half-backs; Wilkinson, Dunn, Dean, Johnson and Stein forwards. Millwall; - Yuill, goal; Moran and Pipe, backs; Newcombe, Sweetman and Martin, half-backs; Wadsworth, Readman, Cock, Forsyth, and Paxton, forwards. Referee Mr. C.N. Wood of Smallheath.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS RESERVES 5
November 17 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 14)
Everton were compelled to make a number of changes from their usual team, and in consequence there was not the same sparkle and solidarity that characterized previous home games. Still the losers fought a great fight and seemed assured of victory till the last quarter, when the Wolves fought back desperately and succeeded in getting two goals inside four minutes. It was a good hard game, with fortunes fluctuating remarkably. Everton's attack did exceptionally well, White Martin, and Webster playing brilliantly, while Gee scored twice, and was conspicuous in a resolute defence. Hunt opened with a fine goal, McClure equalised and Liggins gave Everton the lead. Belis and Hetherinton (Wolves) scored before the interval, after which Gee scored Everton's third goal. Shortly afterwards Gee scored Everton's fourth and victory seemed theirs till near the close when Hunt came along with a fourth and fifth goal for the Wolves.
Everton “A” 4 Prescot Cables 2
Liverpool County Combination.
Blunders by goalkeepers and backs contributed argely to the defeat of the Cables. After ten minutes Sutcliffe failed to hold a cross shot from Cunliffe, and Hanson scored easily. Davies for Everton, and Bevan for Prescot scored before the interval. In the second portion Everton were the better team. Davies and Fryer adding goals Rigby for Prescot.
WEAKNESSES IN EVERTON'S TEAM
November 17 th 1930. Evening Express
By the Pilot
Coolness and the ability to rally late in the game won two valuable points, for Everton at Millwall. I agree that the Blues had a shade of luck in the matter of their goals but it was a splendid preference to win after being a goal down against a team that battled, determinedly from beginning to end. It was something like the Wolverhampton match in that the Lions enjoyed plenty of the exchanges but there was no trace of craft about their play. They kicked the ball hard and chased it like a pack of hounds after a fox. It generally ended at that, and Coggins had light afternoon.
To my mind, the most important aspect was the revelation of semi-weaknesses in the Everton side. Wilkinson and Stein were enthusiastic and willing, but were imperious in their finishing so that Dean rarely got a chance from the wings and so was blotted out. Johnson and Dunn were excellent, working thoughout all through. Britton made the mistake of doubling back when in possession instead of getting the pass away. He was dilatory. Griffiths played Millwall at their own game, and Thomson vied with Newcomb –a really fine player –as the best half-back on the field. Coggins was finely covered by Williams and Cresswell, and the latter's generalship and utter nonchalance captured the hearts of the Londoners. Cock is still a clever footballer, but he did not work hard enough, even though he made the opening from which Forsyth scored the first goal of the match, and Readman was the best forward. The backs were unceremonious, and Yuill made only one error. Two speculative overhead kicks by Dean and Dunn led to the first Everton goal. , and Dunn scored. For the second three players tried to tap the ball through in a hectic scramble before Stein succeeded. This came after a much debated corner kick, but Tommy Johnson assures me that his shot was deflected outside by Moran. The third point was from another melee, for Yuill tried to kick away a shot, and though Dunn's effort failed Wilkinson was there to net. The failures of the nearest rivals have placed the Blues in a splendid position in the League table now.
November 19 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton meet Stoke City at Goodison Park on Saturday (Kick-off 2-30), and the Potteries club will thus renew acquaintance with Mereyside after a long interval. The City are not the power they were when in years gone by they ran Everton close on many occasions. Everton will have the same side as last week, and I expect them to consolidate their position at the head of the table. They should remember, however, that it was a team from the Potteries that brought about their only defeat this season. Port Vale creating a surprise at Goodison Park. Stoke City stand ninth in the table and have gained seventeen from fifteen matches, so that they should give Everton a hard run. The Everton team is; - Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; Britton Griffiths, Thomson; Wilkinson, Dunn Dean, Johnson, Stein.
The Reserves side to meet Aston Villa, in the Central League at Aston Villa is; - Sagar; O'Donnell, Lowe; McPherson, Gee, McClure; Critchley, Martin, White, Webster, McCambridge.
NEW DIRECTOR FOR EVERTON F.C.
November 21 st 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Appointment of Mr. Clarence Hayes
The Everton football club has filled the vacancy of the directorate caused by the resignation of Mr. WJ Sawyer by the appointment of Mr. Clarence Hayes, a well known City man and a member of the legal profession. Mr. Hayes has been co-opted to the board he is an enthusiastic sportsman a native of Liverpool a follower of the Everton for a decade, and a shareholder for many years. He has taken part in most sports in a practical manner, and is remembered for his cycling and boxing feats. In later years he has been a leading member of the West Derby Golf Club.
EVERTON 5 STOKE CITY 0 (Game 16)-(Lge Game 3068-over-all)-(Div 1 3052)
November 24 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Dean and Johnson among the Goals
Dean scores Hat-Trick
Everton's sound win over Stoke City by 5 clear goals keeps them in a favorable position at the head of the League and at the moment it is easy to see how they can be deposed. Stoke may be considered a side of average Second Division class, yet Everton had little difficulty in gathering the points by a decisive margin. Obviously there is a wide difference between First and Second Division football, and in this game Everton demonstrated they are out of their class. On a ground that was exceptionally heavy and all against clever footwork Everton gave a capital display, and adapted themselves well to the conditions. In the first half they had matters pretty much their own way, and with a three goals lead at the interval were well on their way to success. It was after the interval, however, that Stoke came more into the picture, and while they never seriously disputed Everton'' superiority they played with greater spirit and were more dangerous.
Dean On The Mark.
Two further goals however, placed the issue beyond dispute. Dean scored three and Johnson, two, and not for many a day has Dean given such a wholly satisfying display. The heavy going seemed to suit Dean to a nicety. He judged well the cross passes from the wings, and with relentless forceful work kept the Stoke defenders on the stretch. Dunn was another successful worker who found the conditions much to his liking. His footwork was excellent and the openings he created offered fine opportunities for Dean. The game lacked the finer points, but it revealed Everton as a side competent to combat the stern forcefulness of a typical Second Division combination and win by a handsome margin under conditions that were against their known style of play. Frequently they swept through the Stoke defences like water through a sieve and although the Potters improved in the second half they were made to look like commoners for most of the game.
The Everton forwards employed direct methods. Both Stein and Wilkinson were smart and speedy raiders, and the inside man responded with good shooting. Of the half-backs Griffiths was a great worker, prominent in attack and defence, while both Britton and Thomson rendered excellent services. The neat and polished work of Cresswell and the more pretty methods of Williams kept the Stoke forwards well in hand, and Coggins gave a sound display. There were few personalities on the Stoke side, but Lewis got through a good day's work in the Stoke goal. The goals were scored in the following order; - Dean 8 minutes, Johnson 29 minutes, Dean 31 minutes, Dean 67 minutes, Johnson 73 minutes. Teams; - Everton: - Coggins, goal; Williams (captain) and Cresswell, backs; Britton Griffiths, and Thomson, half-backs; Wilkinson, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Stoke City; - Lewis, goal; McGrory and Spencer backs; Robertson, Jackson and Sellars, half-backs; Liddle, Bussey, Wilson, Mawson, and Archibald, forwards.
ASTON VILLA RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 2
November 24 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 15)
At Villa Park. Aston Villa were fortunate to share the points for the visitors were rather the better side and showed more thrust. After twenty minutes Martin wriggled through the home defence to score for Everton, and two minutes later White added a second. During the second portion the Villa strove hard to score and Brown netted, while Tunstall levelled the score. Morton (goal), Smart (back), and Brown and Dorell (forwards) did well for the Villa while Sagar, Gee, Martin and White were outstanding for Everton. Everton; - Sagar, goal, O'Donnell and Lowe, backs; McPherson Gee (captain) and McClure half-backs; Critchley, Martin, White, Webster and McCambridge, forwards.
DONE BY DUNN
November 24 th 1930. Evening Express
Stokers Find Him Much Too Hot
Everton's Master Mind Again
Dean Again In His Happiest Vein
By the Pilot.
Well Dunn Everton! That sums up the victory over Stoke. Every one of the five goals scored by the Second Division leaders were deserved, and Dunn's was the mastermind that kept the Everton machine running so sweetly. I have not seen Dunn play a better game since he came to Goodison Park from Hibernians. After this game everyone could appreciate how he got into the all-conquering Scottish team in 1928. The way he manipulated the ball and delivered up the most perfect passes on such a morass was marvellous. In praising Dunn for this comparative walk-over –the Stoke folk said after the match that the City had not been so definitely outclassed for seasons –I do not wish to detract from the undoubted value of other men but seven movements out of ten could be traced back to his fertile brain.
Not a Gloomy Dean.
In addition to the brilliance of Dunn, both Dean and Johnson did well, Johnson was a splendid purveyor of the ball. He is improving every game. Dean was in his happiest vein. He snapped up chances with deadly effect and led the line with rare skill. His three goals were scored with that polish and cleverness that earned him the distinction a couple of seasons ago of being the finest centre forward in the country. Johnson by the way, obtained Everton's other two goals. Wilkinson's finishing was faulty, but Stein often used the ball with discretion, and was the best winger on view. Griffiths was the best of the half-backs, who, as a line, were far superior to the City trio. The defence was flawless with Cresswell providing those effortless touches, which look ridiculously easy but are so effective. Williams played well under the handicap of side injury, and Coggins cleared with customary confidence, although he was almost unemployed during the first half. Stoke were outplayed at all points, only Lewis, Wilson, and Jackson catching the eye as being more than useful. Everton now hold a lead of five league points over Burnley their nearest rivals. If they maintain this progress they will have promotion safe in their keeping by March.
EVERTON'S BRIGHT OUTLOOK
November 26 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John peel
If Everton can maintain anything like the form they have shown so far this season, there is no reason why they should not attain the ultimate goal. On Saturday they visited Bradford, who stand ninth in the table, and Everton are hoping to continue their winning sequence. Next Month Everton are due to meet Oldham At Goodison Park (2.20) are Sagar; O'Donnell, Lowe; McClure, Gee Towers; Critchley, Martin White, Webster, McCambridge.