EVERTON 8 NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 (Game 3107 over-all)-(Div 1 3065)
November 2 nd 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton score Eight
Disastrous Day for Newcastle United
There were goals enough to satisfy the most exacting at Goodison Park, on Saturday, when Everton beat Newcastle United by the remarkable score of 8 goals to 1. With a record of 17 goals against 4 in their last two home games, Everton have developed into a wonderful scoring machine. Saturday's contest had features in common with the game a fortnight ago when Sheffield Wednesday where beaten 9-3. Both days were foggy, and Everton placed most of their goals into the same net on both occasions, six in the first half against Newcastle United and seven in the second half against Wednesday. It was Everton's game almost from the start –one of those occasions when everything goes with a swing and opponents are helpless.
The first half yielded six goals, yet Newcastle did not play badly, but Everton's shooting was so accurate and deadly that the Newcastle defence was often bewildered. With the defence overworked and the half-backs almost powerless to check the Everton attack, small wonder that the United forwards got few chances. In spite of Newcastle's failure to make any impression on the sound Everton defence, play, especially in the first half, was keen and fast. United's plan, however, collapsed against the relentless tackling of the Everton halves while there was a great contrast between the accurate and precise movements of the Everton attack and the passing of the Newcastle side that were often poorly judged and frequently intercepted. In the second half Newcastle played a more open game, but apart from a few shots by Richardson and Allen, the forwards were rarely dangerous and as a side with three successive victories to their credit were disappointing. Everton played throughout with rare sparkle and conviction, and the player who toward above all others was Cresswell. He well deserved the applause that greeted him at the close of a really great display. Polished, masterly, and resourceful, he was seldom in difficulties, while Williams and Sagar completed a defence that was well nigh faultless.
Thomson, Gee, and Clark had a fine grip on the Newcastle forwards, and kept their own attacks well supplied with the ball. There was not a weakness in the forwards, the line working with smoothness and accuracy. MCInroy could not be blamed for Newcastle's heavy defeat. The backs, however were often out-maneuvered and with a glut of work the requirements of the forwards were neglected. The goals were scored in the following order; Johnson, 4 minutes, Stein 9 minutes, White 21 minutes, Johnson 23 minutes, Critchley 25 minutes, White 31 minutes, Dean 51 minutes, Dean 70 minutes, Richardson 89 minutes . Teams; - Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams, and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean (captain), Johnson, Stein, forwards.
Newcastle United; - McInroy, goal; Nelson and Fairhurst, backs; McKenzie, Davidson and Weaver, half-backs; Boyd, Richardson, Allen, McMenemy, and Lang, forwards.
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 1
November 2, 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game12)
Fast, clever football was seen at Hillsborough. Sheffield deserved their success, for they were much the more effective, notably in the first half. Everton, after equalising soon after the restart, played with more enterprise, and both Birkley and Rigby did well on the wings, and Dunn schemed cleverly. The defence was sound, and McClure and McPherson strong halves. Millership (2) for Wednesday and Martin (Everton) were the scorers. Everton; - Holdcroft, goal; Common and Bocking, backs; McClure, McPherson and Archer, half-backs; Birkley, Dunn, Reed, Martin and Rigby, forwards.
Everton “A” 3 Skelmersdale United 2
Liverpool Challenge Cup
Everton fully deserved their victory, though their goal, had several narrow escapes. Davies scored Everton's first goal, and after the interval Blackburn equalised. Two quick goals by Leyfield and Worrall restored Everton's lead, and though Skelmersdale played hard during the closing stages they could only get one more goal through Whitby, who was their best forward. Cunliffe was the most prominent of a well-balanced Everton attack.
CAP FOR TP GRIFFITHS AND PH GRIFFITHS
November 2, 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Wales lost to Scotland by three goals two at Wrexham on Saturday, in front of 14,ooo spectators.
EVERTON THE SEASON'S WONDER TEAM
November 2 nd 1931. Evening Express.
Shooting stars dazzle Newcastle.
They will take some beating.
By the Pilot.
They save Black and white,
A new ball and a “gate” just to show they mean to win the league
They scored eight!
Newcastle couldn't stop them; one-two-three-four-five-six goals, all in the first half, and Dixie Dean still waiting to fond the net. Davidson, the former Liverpool centre-half, was the stumbling block. He looked after Dixie as if he were a long-lost brother. Then he realised that if Dean was not getting the goals the others were. So he left Dixie in the second half just now and again to attend to the others, and Dixie scored two. That is the story of Everton's 8-1 win over Newcastle United in a nut-shell.
Everton's run is phenomenal. In the five October matches they scored no fewer than 28 goals against 9 by opponents, and have now a clear lead of three points in the First division. Who will stop them?
On their form against Newcastle it appears as if a super-team will be necessary to accomplished it. They were dynamic in their approach work and finishing; they played with a skill and understanding practically the acme of perfection, and their all-conquering machine literally riddled a really good, clever side. The game was not one of the best, simply because Everton were so much the superior team. Still, it is not many teams, which will thrash the United to this extent or near it. They were mesmerized by the incisive, swift machinations of the Evertonians. Their defenders became haphazard and wild, and on one occasion Davidson and Fairhurst were challenging each other in a heading duel.
Real team work.
Everton, were a real team from goalkeeper, to centre forward. They could divine each other's intentions uncannily and their delightful positional play made their efforts seem so easy and smooth. One would be unjust to single out any man for special praise. Rather does one pass on the praise to the entire eleven and the team work in particular. Still, it would be unfair to Williams, did I not mention his grand work. The Newcastle attack was lively when it had opportunities, but then we saw Williams, playing as a man inspired. His tackling, intervention, and kicking were superlative. Cresswell, was a master of the calm, calculated defence measure; in fact, they made the ideal pair of backs. All the intermediates were sound in defence and had a keen thought for the men in front of them who were absolutely irresistible. I might add that the White-Critchley wing is one of the best in the land at the moment.
BIRTLEY A REAL CAPTURE.
November 2 nd 1931. Evening Express.
Robert Birtley signed from Crook's Town
Brilliant debut for Everton Reserves.
Robert Birtley, Everton's 21-year-old outside right from Crook Town, is a real capture. He made his debut for the club in the Central league match with Sheffield Wednesday reserves at Hillsborough on Saturday, and was the outstanding man on the field. Mr. Clarry Hayes, the director in charge of the team, and Mr. Hunter Hart, the team manager were delighted with the speed, ball control and general tactics of the Northern-Eastern player. Birtley displayed an uncanny knowledge of methods and rarely the same tactics twice in beating a man. Opinions were expressed that Birtley is a potential First Division player. He is well built and is bound to improve with such experience, as he will receive with the Goodison club.
MARTIN AS DEAN'S DEPUTY.
November 4 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
With Dean called on to assist the Football League against The Scottish League at Celtic Park, Glasgow, on Saturday, Everton have had to find a new leader, White has been the usual deputy, but he is faring so well as partner to Critchley that the directors decided not to move him, and Martin is, therefore, brought in at centre-forward to oppose Huddersfield Town at Leeds road. This is the only change, and the team is; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Martin, Johnson, Stein. The Reserves side to meet Burnley in a Central League game, at Goodison Park, kick off three o'clock, will be Coggins; Bocking, Lowe; McClure, Griffiths, Archer; Birkley, Dunn, Reed, Webster, Rigby.
After their fine run of five victories in October by 28 goals to 9, Everton can face the programme set out for than to the end of the year with a high degree of confidence. They play four games this month and five in December. Four home and five away. One of the most testing matches is that at Huddersfield on Saturday, and the remaining fixtures in order are; Chelsea (h), Grimsby Town (a), Leciester City (h), West Ham (a), M8iddlesbrough (h), Bolton Wanderers (a), Blackburn (a), Blackburn (h). On form Everton ought to gain a good proportion of points, and at the turn of the year their supporters hope that the club will be in a very strong position.
Exeter City team, which is making such a rapid advance in the Third Division (Southern Division), possesses a distinct Liverpool flare. There are H. Houghton, the former Everton forward and clubmoor cricker, and A. Davies, who was a member of the First Division Championship. Now the brother of S. Houghton has gone on trial to Exeter.
MARTIN GET DEAN'S PLACE FOR SATURDAY.
November 4 th 1931. Evening Express.
Directors' wise move for Huddersfield game.
By the Pilot.
George Martin has been selected to lead the Everton attack against Huddersfield, at Leeds road, on Saturday, in place of Dean, who will be assisting the Football league. This is, a happy decision by the directors, from two angles. Martin is a versatile player who can be depended on to lead the forward line skillfully and also his introduction preserves the wing combinations, which have been vital factors, in Everton success. This will be Martin's first appearance this season, but he played regularly during the closing stages of last campaign, and was at centre-forward in the final game against Preston North End, scoring Everton's only goal. Last season Martin scored seven goals in 15 first team matches. He is a brainy player, with a good shot in either foot. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Martin, Johnson, Stein.
Billy Coggins, last season's first team goalkeeper, makes his first appearance of the season on Saturday, when he will keep goal for the Central league side against Burnley. Coggins played in every match last season, but during the summer under went an operation for appendicitis, and was in a nursing home for 11 weeks. He resumed training about two weeks ago. This game will give Everton supporters their first opportunity of seeing Birtley the new outside right from Crook Town. Everton Reserves; Coggins; Bocking, Lowe; McClure, Grififths (T), Archer; Birtley, Dunn, Reed, Webster, Rigby.
Liverpool County combination play West Lancashire League, at College road, Crosby on Saturday and Jackson, Worrall, Cunliffe, and Leyfield of Everton will represented Liverpool County Combination.
EVERTON TO BREAK ANOTHER RECORD?
November 6 th 1931. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
A Great deal rests on the Everton defence in their meeting with Huddersfield Town at Leeds-road, tomorrow. Williams and Cresswell, will be asked to shoulder a big burden in facing the lively Huddersfield attack, but they are playing so well together and covering with such exactitude, that I think they will be capable of giving a strong covering for Sagar. Williams by the way, will be making his 50 th appearance for Everton since he came from Swansea in 1929-30. He made nine appearances in 1929-30; 35 appearances last season, and has appeared in five games this season. He is playing better football, at the moment than at any time in his career, and it is his splendid understanding with Cresswell, which has made the Everton defence such a strong bulwark. Huddersfield have won only four of their seven home matches, but they have yet to go down before their own supporters. They will be without Goodall, their best defender, who plays with Dean in Glasgow. Everton have not suffered defeat since visiting the Arsenal on September 26, and on form they should preserve that record tomorrow. In addition to Goodall, Huddersfield will be without Young, who is suffering from influenza. Spence will take Goodall's place, and Tom Wilson will play centre half on his first appearance for the first team this season. MacLean, recovered from influenza replaces Whittam at inside left. Huddersfield; Turner; Spence, Roughton; Carr, Wilson, Campbell; Jennings, Kelly, Mangnall, MacLean, Smith. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Martin, Johnson, Stein.
Central League advertising in Express; Central League Match at Goodison Park tomorrow (Saturday) Everton v Burnley. Kick off 3.0 p.m. Admission 6d, Boys 3d. Stands extra, including tax.
EVERTON'S STIFF HURDLE.
November 7 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Huddersfield Town returned tom their best form in time to oppose Everton, who have attained the top most place by reason of a remarkable run in October. Can the Yorkshire side stop the leader's gallop? It would not be surprising if they did, for Huddersfield Town are still one of the most formidable League teams in the Country on their own ground. Everton will not have Dean to lead the attack, while Huddersfield will lack the invaluable services of Goodall at full back. These players are on duty in Glasgow. Martin will lead the Everton forwards, and if the visitors can keep up the pace of the last few matches they should not be beaten. Huddersfield Town; Turner; Spence, Roughton; Carr, Wilson, Campbell; Jennings, Kelly, Mangnall, McLean, Smith. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Martin, Johnson, Stein.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 0 EVERTON 0 (Game 3108 over-all) –(Div 1 3066 )
November 9 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Cramp their Style
Chances missed at Huddersfield.
Everton have been checked –a mere trifle, but sufficient to stop the ready flow of goals that had been coming to them all through the month of October. They had themselves to blame for not making secure in this game. The chances were there, and while the woodwork is always a tangible reason why the ball should not pass by the fact remains that after Everton had hit the woodwork twice –with one very good shot and another shot that should never have reached so high as the crossbar. Everton in short were not themselves in attack at the Huddersfield ground. They did their best when they were playing good combined football, but the scissors pass was not in evidence more than twice during the day, and the cramped style of play adopted only served to make them scoop up ground, and fail near goal.
Pass That Surprised White.
They were not an attacking force in the five-sense of the formation; they were more spasmodic than usual, and Martin acting for Dean missed two rather easy chances, while White seem perturbed that such a simple pass could come his way when Martin allowed the ball to pass through his legs. This was where Everton missed their way, and allowed a moderate Huddersfield side to escape the full punishment of a defeat. It was Everton's first drawn game of the season; it was Everton's third match this season that had been goalless for them, and it was only a temporary phase of faultiness. I feel sure. I am not blaming Martin, he did well for half an hour, and then had few chances, and those that came his way were so good that he should have scored, but he was not alone in this matter; Critchley could have scored, Johnson and Stein were the better pair in front of goal, and White and Critchley worked admirably in opening out notions of passing, but they got nowhere after the first portion of play. Play actually was hard and restless rather than competent. Huddersfield were far from their former standing. The three inside men never rose to any great height, and Mangnall once netted by the use of his hand, while another time the Everton back. Williams kicked away from the goal-line after the referee Mr. Botham of Walsall, had erred over an offside decision. Everton should have realised that sound, combined play could beat this Yorkshire side –it had been proved so in the first quarter of an hour.
The One Man to do it.
For some reason the Everton team got unsettled; they were nervy when the veteran Smith got the ball, Smith was looked upon at the one man who could pull the game out of the fire for the home side; and he was plied frequently with fine-judged passes by his partner and by Campbell, who had such a sorry first half against Critchley and White. Everton were suffering hard pressure during the second half, until they resumed their fine sense of pass and their judgement was ripe –Johnson at all times the ruling factor in steadying and boiling the line. Thus Everton wound up the match with a rousing attack, or set of attacks, and came near pulling off the one goal needed to win a game of this character. Clark shot when he should have centred. Martin could not get the ball under control, and Stein had little chance, save in the early play, when he drove in a perfect shot that beat the goalkeeper but not the upright. It was not a shot day; it was not a day when the ball travelled nicely –the ground was wet and the ball needed some controlling. Everton proved they could do this better than their rivals, and perhaps it would be greedy to expect more than a half from a drawn game remembering that it was Everton who had not accepted the bright chances.
Pace and Judgement Lacking.
Their goalkeepers had one really difficult save to attend to all day. Turner had little more; Cresswell and Williams were the dependable men of the defence, though the Huddersfield backs had a better second half than the first portion, which had shown them lacking in pace and judgement. Wilson came to the aid of the side he captained for so many years, and he was not blameworthy. Kelly, however, did not strike his form. Of the half-backs, Gee did best, with Thomson dour and Clark best in the way he pushed the ball to his forwards. Thomson led the Everton team, as Dean was in Scotland playing with the English League side. A drawn battle was the best verdict in the circumstances. Teams; Huddersfield; - Turner, goal; Spence and Roughton, backs; Carr, Wilson (captain) and Campbell, half-backs; Jennings, R. Kelly, Mangnell, McLean and Smith, forwards. Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Critchley, White, Martin, Johnson, and Stein, forwards.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL MATCH
November 9 th 1931.
The Scottish League beat the Football League by four goals to three at Celtic Park, Glasgow in front of 40,000 spectators, Dean playing for the Football League, but he didn't score, however he was always evident.
EVERTON RESERVES 6 BURNLEY RESERVES 1
November 9 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 13)
Burnley, at Goodison Park could be considered unlucky in being so heavily defeated. For although Everton played well enough to deserved victory, it was the loss of goalkeeper Conway throughout the second half that led to Burnley becoming much disorgansied. Kelly opened the score for the visitors and it was during the attack in which Reed scored for Everton's equaliser that Conway sustained what later believed to be a fractured bone in his left forearm. Summers outside right took his place in goal. Webster gave Everton the interval lead. After the resumption Everton monopolised the pressure and goals were scored by Rigby (2, one penalty), Birkley and Dunn. The new right winger Birkley played convincingly, and the deputy Burnley goalkeeper also did well. Everton; Coggins; Bocking and Lowe, backs; McClure, TP Griffiths and Archer, half-backs; R. Birkley, Dunn, G Reed, CR Webster, and Rigby, forwards.
A POINT, BUT NO GOALS.
November 9 th 1931
Everton's failure in what was really a success.
By the Pilot.
We are so used to Everton's goal-dumping methods that their failure to score at Huddersfield came as a shock. But they got a point at Leeds-road, and that in itself is a splendid achievement. Don't forget this; Any club that can win its home matches and draw its away games is certain to win the championship. But why no goals? The answer is: Chances were missed, and Dixie Dean was missed. Martin is a fine footballer, and he led the line with judgement, but he was more an opening creator than an opening acceptor. He missed two chances in the second half, on one occasion striking the framework of the goal, and in the first half particularly, he did not show that snap in fighting for possession of a centre which is a characteristic of Dean. At the same time, Martin was completely successful in his fieldwork, and Everton are lucky to posses a deputy of such versatility.
Everton the best side.
No matter how much one views this hard, forceful game, one must arrive at the conclusion that Everton should have had both points. They were more together as a team and their ideas were of a higher standard than those of the Town. They dominated the game in the first half, and had it not been for the brilliance of Turner must have established a fair lead. The Town had their chances, it is true, but their finishing was indifferent. Critchley and Stein were Everton's finest foils, and in the first half, when the Town halves were really unsettled, these fleet-footed wingers had a merry time. They were judiciously nursed by the untiring Johnson, who specialised in the wide pass, and White, who, however, was not a such a power as recently. Gee took time to settle down, but was a thorough worker, though hardly as good as Clark and Thomson. Clark was the best half-back on the field and often exploited the quick burst through with success.
Williams and Cresswell were the ideal pair of backs, though their methods were so different, and Sagar was a fine goalkeeper. Huddersfield were well served by Magnall, Smith, Campbell, Spence and Turner with Turner the man who saved the point.
The Velvet Glove.
Those who say chivalry in football is dead are wrong. During the Huddersfield-Everton match Williams fouled the veteran Smith, and a bitter “argument” followed between the players. When Everton arrived back at their hotel Smith was waiting for them and asked for Williams. He wanted to make sure there was no ill-feeling, and be certain that he and Williams were staunch friends off the field. Williams was only too pleased to forget and two good sportsmen shook on it.
RAPID RISE OF GEE
November 10 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The rise of Gee, the Everton centre-half, to International standard has been rapid. Few players progress so quickly as the former Stockport player has done. He has been less than two years at Everton, and so well has he accomplished his task that the selectors are turning to him in the endeavour to solve the pivotal problem Graham apparently did not please. Gee has got his chance early, and he may be depended upon to grip the opportunity, for if he is a success next week he will be well in the running for the more highly prized “cap” against Scotland. Gee, who is a product of Reddish, where he led the school team to many victories before he was old enough to make a name with Stockport County, rising quickly from the “A” team to the first team. When he joined Everton Gee was regarded as one of the best of the young centre half-backs in the country, and he has fulfilled his promise. There is no doubt that he has had a great deal to do with the success of the team.
November 11 TH 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Chelsea are the visitors to Goodison Park on Saturday, when Everton will endeavour to keeping up their recent winning record in home games, Dean, of course resumes at centre forward, this being the only chance from the team which draw at Huddersfield. The sides is; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
Everton have the making of a good outside right in young Crooks Town player Berkley, who is showing capital form with the Reserves. Coggins is getting into harness again, and the Reserves side to met Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park is Coggins; Bocking, Lowe; Britton, Griffiths, Archer; Berkley, Dunn, Reed, Webster, Rigby.
Harrison, the former Everton and Preston North End wing forward, (Now 39 years old) has joined Blackpool. He finished eight years service at Deepdale and was given a free transfer. During his six Seasons with Everton, which club he joined from Leciester Fosse, with Thompson, the full back, he rendered valuable service, and both here and at Preston he regarded as one of the hardest shots from a dead ball in the country, and many of his goals were obtained from free kicks and penalty kicks.
FORTUNE IN PLAYERS.
November 13 th 1931. Evening Express.
£50,000 worth at Goodison tomorrow.
Nine Internationals on View.
By the Pilot.
Players whose value measured in terms of money is more than £50,000, will be on view at Goodison Park tomorrow, when Everton meet Chelsea again after a lapse of three years. The sides will include no fewer than nine internationals –five English, three Scottish and one Welsh. Five of them will be in the Everton team; Dean, Williams, Cresswell, Johnson and Gee. It should be one of the finest matches seem on the ground this season, for though Chelsea have not been doing well this season, with such exponents in their side they are bound to serve up high-class football. They will be considerably strengthened by the inclusion of Peter O'Dowd, their latest acquisition from Burnley, and his duels with dean, who returns to the Everton leadership following Football League duty, should constitute some of the tit-bits of the encounter. Chelsea have secured but nine points from 14 matches, as compared with the Blues''21 from a similar number of games. In away matches they have won twice and drawn once. The remaining five matches have been lost. Chelsea are persevering with their experiment of playing Hughie Gallacher at inside right as partner to Alec Jackson. This enables Mills to lead the attack. This formation enabled the side to beat Derby County on Saturday. The match should bring Everton their 11 th victory of the campaign, but it will be a game worth watching. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Chelsea; Millington; Odell, Law; Russell, O'Dowd, Carter; Jackson, Gallacher, Mills, Rankin, Crawford.
CHELSEA AT GOODISON PARK.
November 14 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
We are promises a highly entertaining game at Goodison Park, where Everton will endeavour to maintain their successful home run at the expense of Chelsea, who have, this week, been reinforced by the acquisition of O'Dowd, the Burnley centre half-back. The Chelsea ranks too, will include, these highly skilled exponents Gallacher, and Jackson. Chelsea have not done well this season, but the London club feel that O'Dowd's inclusion will add the necessary power in the half-back line. Everton, no doubt, will find a very determined set of players in opposition, and the leaders must be on the top of their form to win. With so many international exponents on view, the exposition should prove of the highest quality. I anticipate a lively game, but I believe Everton will again prevail. The kick off is at 2-45, and the teams are; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Dean. Chelsea; Millington; Odell, Law; Russell, O'Dowd, Carter, Jackson, Gallacher, Mills, Rankin, Crawford.
EVERTON 7 CHELSEA 2 (Game 3109 over-all) (Div 1 3067)
November 16 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Chelsea defence crumbles
Leader's brilliant play
Dean gets five in just over half an hour (33 minutes)
No interval was taken
Chelsea visit provided Everton with another sweeping victory by seven goals to two. The last three home games have thus been won by scores of 9-3, 8-1, and 7-1, a total of 24 goals against 6 –a truly wonderful performance of consistent scoring. Saturday's game will long be remembered as a personal triumph for Dean, who scored the first five goals in a manner that confirmed the view of these who regard him as the most efficient centre-forward of the day. The first three were headed, and in this category Dean is certainly in a class by himself.
Everton's success was the result of brilliant work well conceived and effectively carried through. Rarely did a forward hold the ball long enough to lose it. They drew the defence passed at the correct moment, and always moved towards their objective. With long sweeping passes frequently had the Chelsea defence in a tangle. Chelsea's plan was in direct contrast to Everton's. They hold the ball, made pretty movements, and generally finished by losing or misusing it after making little headway. It was not practical football, although at times it was attractive and good to watch, but against a strong forceful side such as Everton it was a policy that brought its own defeat. Early on it looked as though the understanding between Jackson and Gallacher would provide the Everton defence with a difficult problem. They worked well together and with grafty moves were fairly effective, but once Thomson and Cresswell found their bearings, the Chelsea right wing was quickly subdued. Indeed, long before the end the side as a whole was demoralized and outplayed.
Three in fifteen Minutes.
Dean scored three goals in the first fifteen minutes, and with the object of strengthening the defence O'Dowd became a third back, while the Everton forwards were often maneuvered into an offside position, but in spite of these tactics Everton were irrepressible. For most of the game it was good, bright football with Everton the dominant side and Chelsea struggling hard to make their pattern weaving effective, but with little success. Sagar had not a great deal to do, but twice in the first half he turned the ball cleverly round the post from shots by Mills, and altogether gave a safe display. Sound and resourceful were Williams and Cresswell, although Chelsea forwards were so well held by the Everton halves that the backs had a fairly easy day.
Clark, Gee, and Thomson made a strong and formidable line always difficult to pass effective in linking up with their own forwards, Dean's heading was a feature, and he missed few chances, especially when the ball came across head-high, while Johnson stood out as a great worker in a line that moved smoothly in a definite way. The Chelsea defence –never strong –broke under the terrific strain, while the wing half back were a source of weakness. O'Dowd did some good work, but he had to shoulder a task that was too difficult, besides having concerned with Millington in a mistake that gave Stein a goal. The forwards backed support, and would have done better by adopting more direct and practical methods. No interval was taken, Dean's five goals were scored in 4,8,15,24,and 33 minutes, while Mills scored at 38, Johnson at 50, Stein at 60, and Jackson at 85 minutes. Teams; Everton; Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Chelsea; - Millington, goal; Odell and Law, backs; Russell, O'Dowd and Carter, half-backs; Jackson, Gallacher, Mills, Rankin, and Crawford, forwards.
BOLTON WANDERERS RESERVES 5 EVERTON RESERVES 1
November 16 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 14)
Everton were overwhelmed by a superior Bolton eleven, whose open game and incisive forward work compared strikingly with the Merseysiders, ineffective pattern weaving, Coggins, Bocking and Lowe had a gruelling experience and with Bolton's wingers in great form Everton's halves had to concentrate too much on defence. Dunn and Martin were Everton's best. Milson, Taylor, Wilson and Rimmer scored for Bolton and Reed for Everton. Everton; - Coggins, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; Britton, TP Griffiths and Archer, half-backs; Birkley, Dunn, Reed, Martin and Rigby, forwards
Whiston 0 Everton “A” 4
George Mahon Cup
Everton merited their victory at Whiston, where Fryer scored three times and Davies once. Whiston were handicapped through the early retirement of Attwood owing to shoulder injury. Corry kept goal splendidly for Everton, making several fine saves. Parker, Fryer, and Davies were other outstanding players. Morgan and Whitley were Whiston best players.
EVERTON SCORED 7 –THEN TOOK IT EASY.
November 16 th 1931. Evening Express.
Dean the genius of a crack forward line.
Poser for F.A. selectors.
By the Pilot.
“Dixie” Dean, the Everton centre-forward, who electrified the football world on Saturday by scoring five goals against Chelsea, and incidentally presented the international selectors with more food for profound thought, has averaged three goals a match in his last five games. Dean, however, is one genius in a line of brilliant goal-getting forwards. Charlie Gee, Everton's international centre half, said to me after the match; “Our wonderful attack won the game for us. They are a fine line and a real treat to play behind.” Gee is right. It was mainly due to the inspired work of Dean and his colleagues that Chelsea were routed by seven goals to two. It was obvious to all that Everton adopted a sympathetic towards the Pensioners in the last half-hour and were content to remain in “second gear,” when they might have piled on the score. Another, and more important reason for easing up was that both Dean and Johnson were suffering from slight injuries to ankles. The injuries were not serious, but just sufficient to make the men avoid risks. In this they acted wisely.
Speed and accuracy.
Everton played real championship football again. The speed and accuracy of their manceurves was phenomenal. They adopted the long, sweeping passes from wing to wing, delivered with the acme of perfection, and the entire machine weaved and wielded with a precision which was a sheer delight. Dean's personal achievement in scoring five goals in the first 32 minutes was marvellous. The manner in which he headed his first three points, and his opportunism on other occasions once more gave proof that he is the best centre of the age. We were shown that Dixie's delight is club football –Everton's football. I have never seen such heading as his, O'Dowd, Chelsea's new centre-half; shadowed him zealously, but not once did he beat Dean in a heading duel, and neither was he successful in any attempt to stop Dixie. No pivot could have held Dean in this game, so there is compensation for O'Dowd. Everton's attack was dynamic, and the Chelsea defence was powerless. Johnson, next to Dean, was the best forward on view. Thomson was the best half-back and has never tackled in more deadly fashion. He took the bite out of the Gallacher-Jackson wing, and artistic Cresswell did the rest. Clark had another good game, particularly in attack, and Gee was the sound pivot on which this mighty Everton machine revolved. Williams played with usual skill and fearlessness, and Sagar did many good things in goal.
Alan Grenyer, the former Everton player, has been appointed coach by North Shields, a North-Eastern League club.
November 17 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton's fifty-one goals, have been obtained in fifteen games and registered by seven players. Of this total Dean has contributed nineteen, ten of which he obtained in two games against Sheffield Wednesday and Chelsea, whilst the other goals have been obtained by Johnson (10), White (8), Critchley and Stein (5 each), Dunn (3), and Griffiths (p) (1). If Everton's attack continued to show such deadly marksmanship during the remainder of the season, then there is every likelihood if a new “Goals for” record.
November 18 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton, go to Grimsby, on Saturday, with the team which upset Chelsea, on form Everton ought to win, but I have no doubt the players will not be without remembrance of that debacle at Goodison Park, when Robson shot the club, as it were, into the second division, Everton have an opportunity here of paying off an old debt, but no doubt Grimsby will lay themselves out to stop, if possible, the League gallop. The Goodison park team is Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The Reserve team to meet Stoke City, at Goodison Park is; Coggins; Bocking, Lowe; McClure, T. Griffiths, Archer; Grififths, Dunn, Martin, Fryer, Rigby.
ENGLAND 3 WALES 1
November 19 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Three Caps for Evertonians.
Gee play for England, Johnson was a Reserve4, and Williams and Tom Griffiths for Wales, in front of 20,000 spectators. At half-back England had a newcomer in Gee, and he had the benefit of following one paltry display by Graham against the Scottish league. So that the task was made rather early for him, while he never touched his club from brilliance he certainly did sufficient to give him a selectors vote for the next international, in fact, he has only to make one really outstanding display to be England's chosen for years. He suffered by comparison with Tom Griffiths, the man he keeps in the Reserve team at Everton, because Griffiths was the outstanding man of the game. Griffiths was better than usual with his passes and brilliant in his tackles. Griffiths, went though more work than any other member of either side, and he chased everything. Nothing was too much trouble for him to tackle and to generally came out to the duels with the ball at his toe, a virile and brilliant day's work. Williams played well.
ENGLAND NEED DEAN
November 19 th 1931. Evening Express.
And most likely Johnson as well.
England beat Wales by three goals to one at Anfield, after Robbins had given Wales the lead. Dean is almost certain to return, and I am inclined to believe that Johnson will get the inside-left berth with Houghton (Aston Villa) at his partner.
Everton's big Share
The man of the match was Griffiths, Everton's reserve centre half back, who inspired Wales. It is amazing to think that Everton have two centre half-backs of such quality. Here was a man whose talent is hidden in central League football, yet who gave one of the greatest internationals displays seen for many years. A tower of strength in defence, Griffiths always had an eye on the pass to send his own forwards away. Some of his passes to Phillips and Cook were made with astounding accuracy. Gee too, was a fine pivot, but the day's play was not so outstanding as his club mate. Ben Williams compared favorably with Blenkinsop and Cooper. His tackling was finger like and his kicking clean at all times. It was a great day for the Everton club, whose three representative's certainty carried off the main honours.
EVERTON TO MEET ARMY TEAM
November 20 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton's follows are to have the chance of seeing the Blues in opposition to the Army Football team. It is no new thing for the Army to their strength and craft against First Division clubs, for they have at times given quite a number amounting them, giving Aston Villa a very good game, it will however, be the first meeting with the present leaders. It had been hoped to play the match early on the new year, but certain reasons prevented this. The match, however, will be played on Wednesday April 6.
EVERTON SHOULD “SALT” GRIMSBY
November 20 th 1931. Evening Express.
Team which sealed Relegation Fate
By the Pilot.
Everton have an old score to rub off when they visit Grimsby Town tomorrow. In their last League engagement with Everton, at Goodison Park, the Fishermen set the seal on the Blues' relegation fate by winning 4-2. With the team, which has carried them to the head of the table with a brilliant run since September 26, I expect Everton to win, and so consolidate their position at the head of the table. In the past two seasons the clubs have met on three occasions, and the balance of success lies with the Blues. When Everton visited Blundell Park that season they won by three clear goals, but wonderful shooting by Robson, now with Huddersfiweld, brought Grimsby revenge when they came to Walton. Last season the clubs met in the F.A. cup 5 th round and Everton won a stern match five goals to three. Form gives little information regarding tomorrows clash. This is it' Arsenal 3 Everton 2; Grimsby 3, Arsenal 1; Grimsby 1 Chelsea 2; Everton 7 Chelsea 2.
To study these results brings one to a dead end, but if we glance at the recent performances of the two clubs one must arrive at the conclusion that Grimsby will be powerless to stop Everton's wonderful scoring machine. Grimsby have won four of their home games, and lost three, while their away “bag” is a single point compared with seven defeats, they are second from bottom on the league table, being a point ahead of Blackpool. The going is certain to be heavy, but this should suit the Blues, who have only to persist in their open methods of attack to win two more points. Teams; Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Grimsby Town; Read; Wilson, Jacobson; Priestly, Betmead, Buck; Prior, Bestall, Coleman, Cooper, Marshall.
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GEE, A DOUBTFUL STARTER.
November 21 st 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton go to Grimsby, where they are expected to maintain their winning record, but Grimsby Town, situated as they are on the bottom steps of the ladder, are sure to make a bold bid to lower the leaders colours. I understand Gee is suffering from slight rheumatism and may not play. In that event, Griffiths, who traveled as reserve, will take his place. Teams; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee or Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Grimsby; Read; Wilson, Jacobson; Priestley, Betmead, Buck; Prior, Bestall, Coleman, Cooper, Marshall.
GRIMSBY TOWN 1 EVERTON 2 (Game 3110 over-all)-(Div 1 3068)
November 23 rd 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton scrape Through.
Leaders' Poorest Display for a Month.
Everton won at Grimsby. That is about all they did. The goal-making machine broke down; there was an absence of successful shooting; and it appeared that the crammed ground at Grimsby was against the style of Everton, who are not used to having the stands standing sentinel upon them, nor yet the crowd bordering on the touchline. To take the lead by the aid of a penalty kick was not exactly convincing, although the centre put across by Critchley was so good and followed two fine spurts of individual brilliance that the centre must have been full of danger. There was a handling case, of that there could be no doubt, but the question was one of intent. The referee was on the spot. He ordered a penalty kick, and there was hardly any complaint from the home players. However, that was not a nice way of taking the lead, and when Grimsby not level they well earned the possibility of a half.
For thirty seconds they held that equality and then a hugh bump away by Williams turned the ball into a goal that had members spread-eagled and overjoyed-possibly unsettled. Dean had no chance during the day, so that he was glad to follow up this half chance –and his slight header gave Stein the opportunity to go through with a lofted shot that entered the top portion of the goal. This one though, would bring Everton to their normal standard of play, but no, they continued in their curiously uneven strain, and the forwards had practically no shot at read all day. It was an eventful match, if only for the fact that the great goal-getting had suddenly found themselves cramped and confined. They had no heart for a shot and they were easily taken off their final stroke by a rugged defence and a pivot of nineteen years of age, who a year ago was porter on a neighbouring village station. He learned his football on the cinder tracks around the ground. Grimsby are right in saying that he played a sterling game for one so young, but it would be wise to say that Everton wingers played into his hands, and Dean can hardly ever have suffered such a blot out –he simply wasted his time looking for passes that did not come.
Lucky To Win.
Everton were very lucky to win this game even if one grants that Grimsby contributed to their own downfall by their utter inefficiency in front of goal. Prior had chances to win the game with ease. He shot always to the right hand side. In fact Grimsby's best shot came from Priestley, the half-back, Sagar making a grand save. It is not too much to say that Sagar made the spectacular saves when all hope had left the Everton followers present. Sagar came out of a bunch of players with the ball and that bit of fortune that makes the difference between conceding a goal and saving one. Grimsby were not so artistic in their measure of pass as the leaders of the League, yet Everton made no impression because the passing movement broke down at the crucial time through a faulty touch of the boot or head. The work leading up to that point was good, cool, collected; then it faded away through a puerile effort.
White off Colour.
White in particular, could not find definiteness in front of goal and showed a sign of slowness. Critchley suffered therefore, as also Dean. Johnson's best work was his persistent plying of the right-wing –fine judged long, cross-field passes. Here again there was an absence of shot. Stein did many close things ably, but he centred when he should have shot, because Stein is part of the goal-shooting machine and he ought to have relished his chance to shoot instead of swerving the ball across the face of the goal. No, this was not the real Everton; this was a poor imitation of the firm's best intentions and football combination. Perhaps Grimsby were too rugged for the opposition; whatever it was it can be stated without contradiction that Grimsby should have won this game with a goodly margin. And they beat themselves. Everton had got into an excess-pass-mood; the half-backs called up the full back far too often. There was a draughtboard movement at root, but the “men” were being moved about the board to no purpose. The delay was merely eating up Everton's territory, where Cresswell and Williams were being put to needless work.
Everton will no doubt learn the lesson of this game. They can afford to take no side lightly; they can afford to tale no more than the necessary number of passes before the shot is delivered, and they can thank Grimsby for having failed to provide a case of the victorious bottom dog over the team that has been smashing its way through all oppositions. On the losing side Priestley played a hard game; the centre half-back boy has been named, and Bestall was too, flincky to be successful, while Coleman lacked the dash in and a shot. Fielding was best till half-time and at full back both men did themselves well, although Everton played into their hands a good deal. Everton's fortune was centred in the knowledge that when Grimsby shot best Sagar made the side safe by superlative efforts . Teams; Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Grimsby Town; - Read, goal; Wilson and Jacobson, backs; Priestley, Betmead, and Buck, half-backs; Prior, Bestall, Coleman, Copper and Fielding, forwards. Referee Mr. Fardell, West Bromwich
EVERTON RESERVES 7 STOKE CITY RESERVES 2
November 23 rd 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 15)
Everton throughout played sparkling football, and, although Stoke tried desperately hard to break the brilliant combination of the home attack, they experienced great difficulty in encouraging a front line that worked the ball with admirable precision. The City started well, with Taylor scoring an early goal, but Rigby equalised and then Martin and Fryer added further first half goals. Coggins made two brilliant clearances from McDade and Taylor, but after the interval Everton set up a constant series of trustful attacks. Fortunately Beswick kept a brilliant goal. Dunn, who was exceedingly elusive, scored the fourth goal and Martin who had played splendidly constructive football throughout, completed a hat-trick with three more Everton goals. Taylor scored Stoke's second goal. Everton; - Coggins, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; McClure, TP Griffiths, and Archer, half-backs; PH Griffiths, Dunn, Martin, Fryer, and Rigby, forwards.
Everton “A” 6 Southport Park Villa 0
Liverpool County Combination
At Stopgate-lane. Everton were the nippier side, Davies missed two easy chances before Leyfield open the score for Everton. Bradley made a good effort to equalise, and the home goal later was saved when Parker kicked away off the line. Cunliffe scored again, for Everton from a penalty before the interval. The home side continued to have most of the game, after the resumption and despite a good display by Bradshaw further goals for Everton were netted by Worrall, Leyfield, Cunliffe and G. Davies.
A LITTLE CONFIDENCE
November 23 RD 1931. Evening Express.
Was Everton's failing at Grimsby
The Minnow's nearly shallowed the Whale
By the Pilot.
A little confidence, like knowledge can be dangerous. This was exemplified at Grimsby, where Everton scraped home by only a goal margin. In my opinion Everton under-rated the strength of the opposition, and then when they found that Grimsby were a better team than is indicated by the League chart, they could not get back to their real methods which swept teams like the Wednesday, Newcastle, and Chelsea completely off their feet. White's penalty goal secured after 14 minutes accentuated Everton's minor superiority complex, and the scoring machine remained inactive. Grimsby throughout were rare fighters who tackled quickly and more Grimsby them the Blues. I was obvious, their one desire was to harass the Everton attack, and thanks to the Blues being content to withhold their best they partially succeeded, at least, as far as territorial play was concerned. In the circumstances, therefore Everton were fortunate to win. Grimsby thought they should have won, but in this I do not agree. No team which cannot accept scoring chances, merit victory, and consequently a draw would have better represented the play. The Town rearguard played excellently, but the forwards frittered away goal-scoring opportunities, and when they did get on the target were confronted with the outstanding man of the game –Sagar.
It is a tribute to the power of Everton that once Prior had equalised the penalty in 70 minutes, they took exactly 30 seconds in which to regain the lead through Stein. It is equally true, however, that the League leaders disappointed. They kept the ball much too close in the first half, and starved the one man who seemed likely to get goals, -Dean. They improved later on in the matter of tactics, and Johnson, particularly tried to adopt the open methods, but somehow the side never operated together smoothly, and except for Sagar and Dean, no man played up to his real form.
As a matter of fact, they were unbalanced by a side possibly any amount of grit and not a little football skill. The players realise that they were fortune's favourites in a game, which didn't produce an over-abundance of collaboration or delicate construction. Sagar played brilliantly in the Everton goal and had it not been for him the Blues would not have maintained their victorious run. His anticipation and positioning was perfect. Dean ploughed a lonely furrow for the most part but did well with indifferent material. It was entirely due to his enterprise that Everton were able to get the winning goal, for it was he who prevented Read from clearing the long hop from Williams. Cresswell was a better back them Williams, who, however, was comparable to any in regard to tackling. Gee seemed affected by his attack of rheumatism, and Clark was the better of the wing halves. Critchley had one bright period, but Stein rarely promised well, while White held the ball too close and lacked initiative in shooting. Johnson was the next best of Dean.
LECIESTER CITY'S VISIT.
November 25 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The Everton team to play against Leicester City at Goodison Park, on Saturday, will be the same as against Grimsby-namely; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The City have figured in some remarkable games at Goodison Park, I can recall a 7-1 victory for Everton, and a 5-4 win for the City after the home side had started off with two goal lead and been led in turn 5-2. The Reserves side to met Huddersfield Town in the Central league game at Huddersfield will be; Coggins; Bocking, Lowe; McClure, TP Griffiths, Archer; P. Griffiths, Dunn, Martin, Friar, Rigby.
LECIESTER WILL MEET FULL MIGHT OF EVERTON.
November 25 th 1931. Evening Express.
Blues make no change for Saturday.
By the Pilot.
The Everton team which has scored 24 goals in the last three matches at Goodison Park will face Leicester City, on the same ground on Saturday. In addition, the team as constituted has captured every point at stake since September 26 on the only occasion, on which a change had to be made, the Blues divide the points at Hudderesfield. Gee and Thomson who were suffering from rheumatism and tonsillitis respectively at Grimsby, have now completely recovered, in the last season that the clubs met Leciester took four points, and it was singular that the score was the same in both instances –5 goals to four. The City are one of the cleverest football sides in the competition, and since they have banished the injury and bogey from their camp, they have been treating their supporters to some of the shrewd collaboration which has been a source of delight for many seasons. On Saturday they defeated Sunderland by five goals to nil. Everton team is Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Stein,
The Central league team will journey to Huddersfield and will field a particularly strong eleven. Everton Reserves-Coggin; Bocking, Lowe; McClure, TP Griffiths, Archer; PH Griffiths, Dunn, Martin, Fryer, Rigby.
BID FOR ANOTHER RECORD
November 27 th 1931. Evening Express.
Everton's Victory team to face Leciester
By the Pilot.
The team that Everton field against Leciester City at Goodison Park tomorrow has not conceded a point this season. They have played in seven matches and captured full points with a goal average of 37 against 12. They should preserve this record against the Midlanders, and the two points will assist them in the race for the honours of being the first football league to reach 30 points this season. At the moment their nearest rivals, are Leeds (26 points), Southend (24 points) and Brentford (24 points). Leciester City can hardly be considered the power they were, though of late they have made steady improvement, due to their more experienced players being recalled, but I cannot see them repeating the victory they gained when last at Goodison Park.
It should be a keen fight, producing football of the highest class. Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
CAN EVERTON KEEP IT UP?
November 28 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel
Everton are at home to Leicester City. Can the Leaders maintained their high scoring feats at the expense of this strong side? That is the question, which will be in the minds of Everton followers when the game begins today. It is remarkable how Everton have reduced good sides to mere common place combination on their own ground in recent weeks, but Leicester City are bound to set themselves to put a stop to the orgy of goal scoring. Fore and aft the City present forceful opposition, and I fancy it will be a hard struggle today. At Grimsby last Saturday, Everton did not reproduce their best but they ought to return to form this afternoon. The team is unchanged and the City will have their full side. The kick-off is at 2-30, and the teams are; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Leicester City; McLaren; Black, Osborne; Findlay, Heywood, Ritchie; Adock, Hine, Chandler, Smith, Barry.
A collection in aid at the Goodfellow fund will be taken at the Everton against Leicester City match today, give freely-give quickly.
Alex Virr, the former Everton half-back, is now report sound again and playing for the Crewe Training College team, while he is training to become a teacher.
Jasper Kerr, we hear has opened a business house in Preston
George Harrison, the veteran winger is now 39, he begin with Leciester Fosse in 1911, when he was 19.
EVERTON 9 LEICESTER CITY 2 (Game 3111 over-all) (Div 1 3069)
November 30 th 1931. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Long Passing Craft.
How Everton Make Scoring Easy
Everton's success over Leciester City by 9 goals to 2 provided a ready answer to the question whether Everton could continue their high-scoring successes. It was Everton's fourth consecutive big home victory. Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United, Chelsea and Leicester City have been beaten on successive Saturday's at Goodison Park for formidable score, with a total of 33 goals against 8 in favour of Everton. Well might it be asked who is going to stop this wonderful scoring machine, although curiously enough Everton's recent performances away from home have not been in the same category. Everton's home form is certainly good enough to beat any opposition, and visiting side look like having a lean time. On Saturday, Leicester played as well as they were expected to play, and throughout touched a fairly high standard, while at times their work was excellent. They made the mistake, however, of keeping the ball close, and their passing was not neatly as smart and accurate as was Everton'. The pace was good, and Everton have perfected their play of long swift passing to such an extent that the side moves with clock like precision. From defence the whole side changes to attack with remarkable swiftness, and opposing defenders are often surprised and helpless. Leciester suffered a handicap when they lost Osborne, their left back after twenty-five minutes' play. He returned after being off twelve minutes, and took up the out-side position, but he was of little practical use.
Was it Offside.
At that stage Everton had a lead of three clear goals. The first goal headed through by Dean at the end of six minutes brought vigorous protest from the Leicester players who claimed that dean was off-side when he headed through, and they certainly seemed to have a good case. Before the game was resumed the referee consulted a linesman and was apparently satisfied with his own verdict. Throughout Leicester played with a fine sporting spirit but Everton's skill, wonderful teamwork, and excellent ball control were too much for the Midlanders. McLaren, although beaten so often, made some capital saves and was an outstanding figure on the Leicester side. The defence suffered through Osborne's injury, and the half-backs were so much overworked that the forwards hardly got the support they should have had. Adcock put in some sparkling runs, but did not always finish well. Sagar, by his general alertness and good anticipation, kept a capital goal, although in the second half he fumbled the ball as it came from a corner and allowed it to fall into the net, thus giving Leciester their second goal.
Williams and Cresswell made a solid pair, the latter player's cool confidence harmonizing well with the vigorous and effective work of Williams. There was strength and solidity in the middle line, and Clark scored his first League goal with a rousing shot. The forwards had a fine understanding, and the work of the line as a whole could not have been improved upon. Dean's heading was difficult to anticipate. He held the line together with deft passes and was always in position for a break through. The goals were scored in the following order; Dean (6) (29) (56) (78), Johnson (17) (46); White (10) (51); Hine (43) Sagar (own goal 62); Clark (83). Teams; - Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Leicester City; - McLaren, goal; Black and Osborne, backs; Findley, Heywood and Ritchie, half-backs; Adcock, Hine, Chandler, Lockhead, and Barry, forwards.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN RESERVES 4 EVERTON RESERVES 0
November 28 th 1931.
Central League (Game 16)
No Information in local press.
Everton team ; - Coggins, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; McClure, TP Griffiths and Archer, half-backs; PH Griffiths, Dunn, Martin, Fryer, and Righy, forwards.
Garston Boys 2 Everton “A” 4
Liverpool Challenge Cup first round.
At Garston. Superior football gave Everton the verdict over a team of hard triers. Worrall scored in the first minute for Everton, and Cunliffe added a second with in ten minutes. Stewart reduced the lead with a good shot, and just on half-time Lves headed an equaliser. In the second half the Royals were the better team, though two breakaways gave Davies and Webster goals for Everton.
EVERTON'S FOOTBALL SWEEP
November 30 th 1931. Evening Express.
November No Handicap
Breaking all Records this Year
By the Pilot.
You can put upset who are first class; Marking Ted Critchley so fine; You can try to stop Dean, Johnson, White of Stein. But you can't stop us from scoring nine. –With profound apologies to the author of all you cannot stop me from loving you.
I didn't hear this sung at Goodison Park, but it might well have been, for Everton were irresistible. If you have any doubt about Everton's astonishing ability this season, ask Leicester City. Yes, ask McLaren, who had nine goals put past him and yet gave one of the most brilliant goalkeeping performances of the season. He did not get the proverbial “dog's chance” with any of the shots that beat him.
What a team!
In nine matches Everton have collected 15 points and scored 46 goals against 14 by opponents. Already they have won in the race for 60 goals; they are first favorites in the race for 30 points; their 33 goal in four successive home matches is, I think, without paralled in the annuals of First Division Football. Where is it going to end? Last season the Blues scored no fewer than 143 goals in league and cup matches, so that in a season and a third they have collected 205 goals. Surely this achievement is incomparable.
How It is Done.
Wonderful team spirit; a perfect knowledge of positional play, and dynamic shooting has taken them to their pinnacle. There were the attributes, which brought about the complete rout of Leicester. In my opinion had Everton not eased up for two periods they would have gone well into double figures. The first period of holding off was just before the interval, when Hines scored for the City. The second was midway through the second half. The team work was positively inspiring, and I do not think the fact that Osborne was so injured that he had to go to outside left made any difference to the result. Their first goal was disputed and everyone on the Goodison-road side of the ground though Leicester were claiming for offside. I was one, but was emphatic in my assertion that Dean was onside. As a matter of fact, the protest was on the grounds that Dean fisted the ball into the net, and from inquiries which I made I learn that he did handle. I sympathize with the City with regard to this goal, but right from the kick off it was patent that they would be incapable of harnessing the penetrative ability of the Blues.
One hesitates to criticize such a combination, but I must say that I thought Critchley went “solo” rather too much in the second half when his policy was to “prop” for others to “cop.” Then the Blues might well have brought off a “Royal abundance.” The half-backs were alive to the needs of those in front and the backs were an ideal pair. Sagar comes in for special praise, for he accomplished some mighty, deeds in the first half, and was the means of holding up the City when they were making their best efforts.