NEIL McBAIN ILL
Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette - Tuesday 01 November 1932
Mr. Neil McBain the Watford manager, has been recieved into the Royal Free Hospital for a head operation. The Operation is necessiatated by the recurrence of an old injury he recieved during his playing days. An old Scottish international, mcBain played for Everton, manchester United and Watford.
PRESTON 6 EVERTON 2
November 1 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Harper Scores Five Goals.
Everton's Exit From County Cup.
Everton made an ignominious exit from the Lancashire Cup Competition at Deepdale yesterday, losing by a margin of four goals after twice holding the lead. The result was 6-2 in Preston's Favour. North End's superiority was not slightly exaggerated by the score –indeed, but for a masterly exhibition by Sagar, Everton's fall would have been heavier. This goalkeeper's coolness and superb judgement when his colleagues were overwhelmed was a note able feature. He saved probably 20 scoring efforts. From the start North End attacked boldly and well, varying their moves skillfully and passing and holding the ball with skill that would have done credit to say First Division side. There was a bewildering speed and precision, to all they did, and if ever there was a doubt that a more open type of game would pay the side it was absolutely proved which plan was the better.
Everton could not cope with the sweeping raids inspired by Kelly and Galloway, two brilliant and sure-footed schemer and if Sagar had not achieved three uncommon saves in the opening minutes the visitors would soon have been disconnected. Instead they spirits got the stimulation of a goal that was grotusously against the run of the play, and in fact given them by Wolf, who turned out because Twist, North Ends' new goalkeeper, was ineligible. Wolf was tested by a snappy header from Dean, from Critchley's centre. He should have saved, but turned the ball against the bar. Whence it fell at Dunn's feet in the goalmouth. Preston's equalised after much striving and a parade of thrills which 4,000 spectators much relished. Sagar can surely have had a more exciting match. Fortunately barred and bruise, he was forever active, but at times owed the safely of his goal to the backs.
A glorious through pass from Kelly enabled Harper to equalize. Dean then moved, but North End's team spirit was unbeatable and in the second half Harper a fine leader as well as marksman scored four more goals, and Kelly one. Everton's half-backs were entirely unable to cope with Preston's fast skillfully constructed raids. , Brilliant passing leaving them helpless. Bocking and Williams played hard. Everton were negligible in attack. Teams: - Preston North End: - Wolf, goal; Gallimore and Ward, backs; Nisbet, Nelson and Hough, half-backs; Reid, Kelly, Harper, Galloway and Hales, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Bocking, backs; McPherson, Griffiths (h), and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), McGourty and Turner, forwards. Referee Mr. R. J. Warburton
EVERTON OUT OF COUNTY CUP
November 1 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel
In view of Everton's long list of injured players, it is probably just as well that they have said good-bye to the Lancashire Cup. Still it was rather a humiliation for the champions to be so soundly beaten at Deepdale, yesterday, and Sagar appears to have saved them from an even heavier defeat. Preston North End, and Bolton Wanderers, who meet at Burnden Park, and Liverpool and Blackpool at Anfield are left to fight out the issue, and there should be a good final. Harper, the old Blackburn, and Tottenham forward, demonstrated at Deepdale, yesterday he is still a fine marksman. He obtained five of Preston's six goals.
Toll Of October.
Everton started their October fixtures in a manner which suggested they would go on improving, but following victories over Liverpool and Blackpool and that brilliant success over Newcastle in the Charity Shield the team has not done well, and only two points have since been secured. Defeated at derby, they drew at Leicester and again with Portsmouth on Saturday, so that, compared with the scoring exploits of the previous season, Everton have a lot of leeway to make up. The injury to White, following on the loss of other players, has been severely felt. This month Everton have four stiff matches –Newcastle and Middlesbrough away and Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers at home.
EVERTON'S CUP-TIE COLLAPSE.
November 1 1932. Evening Express.
Harper Nets Five Times For Preston.
By the Pilot.
A surprising second half collapse by Everton enabled Preston North End to enter the semi-final of the Lancashire Senior Cup yesterday. At Deepdale in the replayed tie, the North End defeated the Champions by 6-2, after Everton had twice held the lead and crossed over with a 2-1 advantage. The Everton defence in the first half was glorious, and though Preston swarmed around the Blues' goal they found no loophole, with Williams and Sagar in defiant mood. Everton attacked only spasmodically, but Dunn and Dean scored goals to which Harper relied. In the second half, however, Preston came into their own and Harper went on to complete a hat-trick. Everton never recovered and Harper brought his match total to five, Kelly securing the remaining goal. Preston were much the better side, and though the Champions led them for so long; it was only because the Blues' great defence. There was little balance about Everton, and only Sagar, Williams, Bocking and Critchley could be written down as successes.
WHITE'S RETURN TO EVERTON SIDE.
November 2 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
White has proved such a resolute centre-half that supporters of Everton will be glad to know that he has recovered from his injury and that he will turn out as the pivot of the side at St James's Park. White sustained the injury, which has kept him out of the field for several matches, in the first of the Cup ties with Preston North End, and his return will undoubtedly strengthen the middle line. Thomson therefore returns to the left half-back position in place of Archer, who has enjoyed useful experience and will no doubt, have further opportunities of distinguishing himself. The team is: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, McGourty, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Aston Villa Reserves are due to meet Everton Reserves in a Central league fixture at Goodison Park, when the home side will be: - Coggins; Common, Bocking; Mercer, McClure, Archer; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Davies, Fryer, Turner. It will be seen that McClure has recovered from his illness and takes up the pivotal position.
WHITE BACK AT CENTRE HALF.
November 2 1932. Evening Express.
Everton team Changes for Newcastle Game.
By the Pilot.
Good new for Everton! Three of the five half-backs who have been on the injured or sick list have now recovered. They are White, McClure, and McPherson. White, will, therefore, resume at centre half against Newcastle United at St. James's Park, Newcastle, on Saturday. This enables Thomson, the Scottish international, who has been deputizing as pivot, to take up his usual place at left half, and means that Archer, who has played well in his two games with the first team, is not included in the eleven.
White's recovery has been repaid though I foreshadowed that the torn thigh muscle was not so serious as at first thought. He injured his leg in the Lancashire Senior Cup-tie with Preston North End a fortnight ago. McPherson has already played following his operation for the removal of a cartilage and McClure, who has been suffering from tonsillitis, will play in the Central league team on Saturday. It will be Everton's second visit to Newcastle this season. When the teams met at St. James's Park last month in the F.A. Chairty Shield Everton won by 5-3, Dean scoring four goals. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton White, Thomson; Critchley, McGourty, Dean, Johnson, Stein
Central League Game.
Everton Reserves will entertain Aston Villa Res, in a Central League match at Goodison Park. Davies, the young "A" team centre forward, will lead the attack. Everton Reserves: - Coggins; Common, Bocking; Mercer, McClure, Archer; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Davies, Fryer, Turner.
EVERTON MAY GET FIRST AWAY LEAGUES POINTS.
November 4 1932. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
Everton have won only one away match this season –against Newcastle United for the F.A. Charity Shield. Tomorrow they are due at St James's Pak again, but this time in search of Football League points. Will the venue of their first away win also provide them with their first brace of points from an away journey? If Everton play anything like so well tomorrow as they did a few weeks back against the United, then they are certain to win. I think they will now that White has returned to centre half. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, McGourty, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Newcastle United:- (Probabe). Burns; Nelson, Fairhurst; Murray, Betton, Weaver, Boyd, Richardson, Cape, McMenemy, Lang.
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NEWCASTLE OUT FOR REVENGE.
November 5 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel
Everton travel to Newcastle, where the St. James's Park side will be anxious to turn the tables on the team which gave so brilliant a display in the Charity Shield match a few weeks ago. Everton will be strengthened by the return of White to the centre half-back berth while Newcastle, in the effort to solve the centre forward problem, reintroduce Allen as leader. Weaver was injured while training this week, and his place will be taken by Mathieson. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, McGourty, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Newcastle United: - Burns; Nelson, Fairhurst; Murray, Button, Mathieson, Boyd, Richardson, Allen, McMenemy, Lang.
CLEVER PLAY BUT LACK OF FINISH
November 5 1932. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Everton A Goal Behind At Newcastle
By the Pilot.
Everton paid their second visit of the season to Newcastle today, this time in search of their first away League victory. The United had to make a late change, Weaver is to go into a nursing home this weekend owing to a thigh injury. The Cupholders thus had an entirely different intermediary line from that which played in the Charity Shield. Everton had out the same side. I understand that a scheme is on foot to form two divisions of the Central League –North and South-an imaginary line between the Mersey and the Humber to divide them. The members of the Football League team are going to Cleveleys on Monday, and will remain there until Wednesday's match at Manchester. Ex-Seaman Watson, who fights Tarleton for the feathers title on Thursday, was at today's match. Teams: - Newcastle United: - Burns, goal; Nelson and Fairhurst, backs; Murray, Button, and Mathieson, half-backs; Boyd, Richardson, Allen, McMenemy, and Lang, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. W. R. Jennings (York).
The United, playing against the sun, provided an early thrill. After Allen had shot from an offside position McMenemy drew the defence and slipped a glorious pass to Allen, who waited a fatal second and Williams and Britton took command. Johnson's long pass just failed to reach Dean. Then Stein headed high up from Critchley's cross, Burns making a neat catch as the ball dropped. Stein received a head injury in the process and had to go off. Dean made an attempt to give McGourty a shooting chance, but Fairhurst was too quick. Away went the United to go remarkably close Sagar saving a high cross shot from Lang. Richardson carved out a clean-cut opening for Allen, who placed over the top. From a Nelson free kick McMenemy tried to backheel the ball through. Sagar pushed the ball out and scrambled it away as Boyd and Richardson ran in. Stein resumed.
Left Wing Work.
The Everton left flank manipulated closely, but without getting through. Dean headed in from Stein's cross pass and Fairhurst failed to complete a clearance. Critchley stabbed the ball in and Dean banged it into the net, but the referee disallowed the point for offside. Personally I thought the ball came off Betton from Critchley to Dean. Following a Critchley centre, Johnson came in pell-mell to a twisting ball and was inches over the top with his shot. McGourty and Britton played delightfully to initiate the best attack of the game. Critchley's centre went to Dean, who drew two men and gave a back pass to Johnson. Johnson shot immediately, but the ball passed wide of the post.
The United went ahead in thirty minutes through Richardson. When Lang centred Richardson placed into the corner of the net with a clever hook shot. Johnson ran through from a throw in, and after enlisting McGourty's aid, and getting the return banged a shot against the upright. Allen got in the way of a pile driver from McMenemy, and then Stein ran through to shoot over when a lob to Dean would have been a wiser move. Nelson headed away in the nick of time from Stein, and then McGourty and Dean each received nasty bumps McGourty was getting into the wars quite a lot. On the interval Boyd sent a lovely shot wide of the post
Half-Time Newcastle United 1, Everton 0
Everton had played the prettier football in the first half, but were inclined to overdo the elaboration. The extreme wingers were not getting the ball across as well as they can.
Everton's First Away Victory.
Timely Goals by Dean and Stein.
The first real incident of note on resuming was when Boyd ran through unchallenged, but Sagar advanced to save his shot. The ball was cleared, and Allen stood behind to argue with Sagar. Richardson shot, although Allen was offside, and Sagar turned in time to catch the ball. Still there was no sound of the whistle. Everton continued to play into the United's hands by keeping the ball the close.
Feeling crept into the game and the referee spoke to Thomson and then had a word with Allen. The Everton goal underwent many narrow escapes. The attack could not get going. At last an Everton raid. Stein's lighting centre bounded out for Johnson to shoot against an opponent. Dean did the spadework in this effort.
Dean equalised in 80 minutes, following a fine raid by Johnson and Critchley. The ball was kicked away from the Newcastle goal, but White's quick return was sent across for Dean to score. The Blues took the lead three minutes later, Stein slipping through and netting after Dean had allowed a McGourty centre to go past him. This was Everton's first away win of the season, being secured by an alteration of tactics at a vital moment. Final result Newcastle United 1, Everton 2.
EVERTON RES V. ASTON VILLA RES
November 5 1932. Evening Express, Football Edition
Early on Turner was responsible for a great drive which Biddlestone turned for a corner. The Villa combined well in midfield, but intricate footwork was spoiled by faulty finishing. After thirty-five minutes Coggins pushed away a shot from Waring, but Moore, running in drove into the net to give the Villa a well deserved lead. Everton attack was ragged, and Stevens, the centre, was slow in taking advantage of good openings. Half-time Everton Res 0, Aston Villa Res 1.
NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 EVERTON 2 (Game 1407 over-all)-(Div 1 1365)
November 7 2010. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Newcastle's Defence Worn Down.
Everton beat Newcastle United for the second time this season, at Newcastle, this time not a large margin such as they obtained in the Charity Shield, but still a victory that was appetizing because it was Everton's first away win of the season in the League tournament. At one period it did not look possible Everton should score they could score if they would finish off their work with some degree of shooting, but there were many occasions when all Everton's excellence led them. Nowhere; there was much skilled football and some combination that appealed to the eye of the 30,000 spectators at St. James's Park, which park basked in sunshine and was helpful to classical football. Newcastle people expected a lot of Everton, having seen them a month before at their greatest, but Everton did not play so resourcefully near goal. Dean started well, faded out, and met a rugged and very tall centre half-back named Betton who went through his tackles and headers with rare spirit and little ceremony, Dean, however, came back to his brightest late in the game, and when the victory was obtained, after the side had been in arrears for the best part of an hour. Everton deserved to pull the game out of the fire if only for their heartiness where they had been a semblance of fickleness. Where they had been faltering in front of goal –not delivering a shot –they because resolute shooters.
Thomson went among the forwards to assist in corner kick; McGourty drove in a strong shot. Britton tried one, Dean scored one and Stein followed with another. The whole process of attack had been changed in a minute; the winners had just caused for complaint against the refereeing, notably when Richardson scored his great goal. Richardson's shot was the outstanding feature of the game a resolute old-fashioned first time shot that fled into goal. The trouble with the goal was that the winger who had centred the ball was plainly offside. This is part of football's lamentation, these days, and I only mention it because it was so, and with no thought of attempting to cry out against the luck of the game. This was not luck; this was bad refereeing, and it was followed by such incidents as Johnson penalised for a fair shoulder charge whereas some heavy and dangerous charging went by without demur. The referee Mr. Jennings of York had a bad habit of granting fouls, and semaphoring the reason for his decision, which was unnecessary, and not always tallying with the actual facts of the play. In short, he was convincing him self. The equalising goal came through Johnson drifting to the right wing and producing one of his perfect passes to Critchley; the ball went across from the winger. White had a shot, and therefore McGourty moved the ball to dean, who got if down to ground and shot. The final goal two minutes later –that is to say 83 minute –was due to a defensive blunder by Newcastle, who failed to get a ball crossed from the right again Britton, the best half-back on the field having started the movement and McGourty having helped the movement to a successful conclusion, Stein closing in and shooting very hard. The football was patchy. At that time Newcastle played as if they had not three "reserve" half-backs engaged, but certainly a colleague between Stein and Nelson had a bad effect on both men, and more so on the Newcastle captain, who played as though dazed.
There was much to admire in the resoluteness of Betton, but Newcastle's best was mercurial and only McMenemy and Richardson kept up a steady influence on the attack. Allen being unable to master craftsmen in Williams and Cresswell. Sagar made some daring saves and some brilliant passes and in one rally he was buffeted about in a totally unnecessary manner, and the referee did not allow an offside verdict with Allen standing on the goalline. Sagar, indeed, thought the game had been "stopped" but proved himself, wideswake by gaining his feet and making a grand catch –it would have been an absurdity if a goal had been scored at that point and through that process. Justice reigned, and Everton snatched the game out of the fire through persistence and through improved effort near goal. They were the happier in their combination; they were attractive without being superlative, as they had been at their previous visit here, and Newcastle's defence was so poor that it was not suprising it collapsed under sound pressure that produced a shot as well as the stylish movement leading the ball to the shooting zone. Everton's team was reinforced by the appearance of White, who, while not touching his best form, was very helpful. Britton was outstanding; Johnson's skilled manceuring of the first half was a joy to see and a powerful adjunct in getting the younger members of the side to keep the ball on the ground and play wisely, without hurried kicks at the ball. And so Everton won their first away game of the season in the League tournament. Newcastle were shocked by the revival. Teams: - Newcastle United: - Burns, goal; Nelson and Fairhurst, backs; Murray, Button, and Mathieson, half-backs; Boyd, Richardson, Allen, McMenemy, and Lang, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. W. R. Jennings (York).
EVERTON RESERVES 1 ASTON VILLA RESERVES 1
November 7 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 13)
Although it was not until the closing minutes that Turner secured the equaliser, Everton were well worth the sharing of the points at Goodison Park. The Everton halves were perhaps the strongest point in the side, McClure making his first appearance, being particularly effective and completely over-shadowing Wareing who had a poor day. Both goalkeeper were in fine for, though the defender of each team gave little away. Moore scored for the Villa midway through the first half, Everton's equaliser coming two minutes from the end. Everton: - Coggins, goal; Common and Bocking, backs; Mercer, McClure, and Archer, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Davies, Fryer, and Turner, forwards. Aston Villa: - Biddleton, goal; Owen and Nibloe, backs; Kingdon, Callagahan, and Wood half-backs; Tully, Brocklebanks, Wareing, Beresford, and Chester, forwards. Referee Mr. H. Dedman.
Everton "A" 4 Marine 1
Liverpool County Combination.
At Collega-road Crosby. The lack of combination by Marine caused their downfall. Outstanding players for Everton "A" were Jackson, Holdcroft, Dutton, and Griffiths, and for Marine, Drury Worsley, and Harrison. Goals came from Hooligan, Chedgzoy, Birtley and Thomas for Everton. King netted Marine's only point.
TEN MINUTES OF INSPIRATION
November 7 1932. Evening Express.
Meant First Away Win For Everton.
By the Pilot.
It was ten minutes of inspired football that enabled Everton to defeat Newcastle United at St. James's Park for the second time this season. Incidentally this second victory was Everton's first away win of the season. It was another proof that a match is not won or lost until the final whistle blows. The United scored in the first half through Richardson, and early in the second half played their best football, Everton being often held up in a manner foreign to anything in the first half. Then, ten minutes from the end Everton's players were inspired with the thought that wing-to-wing play, expertly executed, would so startle the United that the game might be saved. The ball was swung about each wing playing a vital part, and in three minutes Dean and Stein had scored. It was all over. The United never recovered. The outstanding personality in this game of phases was Britton. He was delightful in his work, which ran on scientific lines in attack and deadly tackling and interception in defence Britton is proving one of the biggest successes of the 1932 Everton.
Return of White.
White's return made a great deal of difference, for he took a lot of work off the shoulders of Williams and Cresswell, who never gave an inch. Cresswell was particularly good. Thomson and Sagar completed a fine centre, which would not have conceded a goal had the referee noticed that Lang was yards offside when he made he all-important raid. Forward honours went to Everton's inside trio for the wingers, though grand in the field, often failed to finish accurately. McGourty was a veritable box o tricks with many precise flicks and glides to unmarked colleagues. Johnson was the forger in chief who covered a lot of ground, and Dean played thoughtfully against the leech-like Betton.
November 8 1932. Evening Express
Everton Player's Ambition.
The Football league will make a bold bid to win, the Inter-League championship tomorrow, when they meet the Scottish League at Maine-road, Manchester. Merseyside has one representative in the match –Tommy Johnson, of Everton. It is Johnson's Johnson's ambition to play in all England's games this season. He attended at Goodison Park yesterday prior to his departure for Cleveleys to join the remainder of the Football League side, and out in an hour's training on his own in order to ensure that he was 100 per cent fit. This will be the 38 th match between the leagues, and the Football League will be out for their 22 nd victory. Only nine matches have been won by the Scottish league and seven games were drawn.
EVERTON SIDE TO MEET THE VILLA
November 4 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Aston Villa who have lost their place at the head of the League table to the Arsenal are bent on recovering lost ground, and they will make their customary bold bid at Goodison Park on Saturday, where a great display is anticipated. These sides always give of their best, and high class football is assured on this occasion. The Villa lapsed against West Bromwich, but returned to form last Saturday, and they hope to make Everton bring out their best. Certainly the champions' most sparkling play will be required if the Midland side is to be mastered. Everton will field the same side as that which won at Newcastle, and the team is: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, McGourty, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The kick off is at 2.45. The Reserves eleven to oppose Stoke City Reserve, at Stoke, in a Central League game, will be: - Coggins; Bocking, Lowe; Mercer, McClure, Archer; Leyfield, Birkley, Davies, Dunn, Turner.
EVERTON LEAVE WELL ALONE.
November 9 1932. Evening Express.
Villa To Meet ConQuerors of Cupholders.
By The Pilot
Everton, who have not been defeated, since October 15, when they lost 2-0 at Derby, will play an unchanged side for the game, with Aston Villa at Goodison Park on Saturday. White stood the strain of the match at Newcastle splendidly and will again be in the pivotal position. He is one of the few Everton players who following such a severe injury, has been placed straight back into the first team without a run with the reserves. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, McGourty, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
BLOW TO FOOTBALL LEAGUE
November 10 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
The Football League lost to the Scottish League before 30,000 spectators by 3 goals to nothing. Tommy Johnson playing for the Football league.
ASTON VILLA AT GOODISON PARK.
November 12 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
With the shorter days of November earlier starts are necessary, and today it will be a rush for most people to see the opening of the League game, for the kick off at Goodison Park is at 2.45, while other games start even earlier. The programme is an excellent one, including, as it does, first-rate tussles under Association, Rugby Union, and Rugby League codes. The visit of Aston Villa is always looked on as one of the chief features of the Goodison Park season, and today the Villa are more attractive than ever, for they are fighting hard to recover their lost place at the top of the League. For the moment at any rate, they give place to the Arsenal, but their fine win of last week suggest that their confidence has not been undermined by the defeat at the hands of their neighbours, the Albion. With Everton also showing signs of a return to their best form, a game in keeping with the high standard of play associated with these clubs should result.
Post war Meetings.
In post-war football theVilla have secured eight points as the result of their visits to Goodison Park, while they have scored 17 goals and conceded 24. The results of these games (Everton's score reading first) are: - 1-1, 1-1, 3-2, 2-1, 2-0. 2-0, 1-1, 2-2, 3-2, 0-1, 3-4, 4-2; In all, the clubs have met at the Park on thirty nine occasions, with the result that Everton have gained twenty-one victories to the Villa's ten, while eight games have been drawn. Both teams will be strongly represented, and the Villa will include their latest international Tate, and of course, Brown. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, McGourty, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Aston Villa: - Morton; Blair, Mort; Gibson, Talbot, Tate; Mandley, Astley, Brown, Walker, Houghton.
STEIN'S WONDER GOAL.
November 12 1932. Evening Express Football Edition.
Everton Lose Lead and Regain It.
By the Pilot.
Aston Villa were without Talbot their centre half, for the visit to Everton at Goodison Park. Talbot was injured in the mid-week inter-league game. Gibson deputised, Kingdon coming in at right half. There were no fewer than twelve inter national players among the 22. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Aston Villa: - Morton, goal; Blair and Mort, backs; Kingdon, Gibson, Tate, Mandley, Astley, Brown, Walker, and Houghton, forwards. Referee Mr. J. Milward, Derby. The Villa Shareholders' Club brought a special party, but they fell victims of the tramcar hold up in Scotland road where dozens of cars were unable to move. There was a hectic scramble for taxi-cabs, but some hundreds of people were late for the game.
Gibson was early prominent in cutting out Dean-intended passes. Then there was a thrill and a controversial point when Thomson lobbed a shot into the goal-mouth and Morton caught it. Dean charged into the goalkeeper and knocked him to the ground. Morton fell over the goal line, but managed to push the ball out. Everton claimed that the ball had crossed line, but I am certain in my own mind that Morton released his grasp in time. Williams shone with some delightful tackling, and McGourty was a cute schemer. Everton launched a menacing raid and Dean was just stopped from heading home Stein's centre after brilliant football by Johnson. From McGourty's pass Johnson had a terrific shot charged down before Dean's back header also found Johnson's shooting path covered. The ball ran to Critchley, who won a corner. From this Dean headed direct into the net. Houghton brought trouble to Everton, but the defenders managed to scramble the ball away, and Brown's lack of ball control, which I noticed in Wednesday's inter league match, saved Everton when they were troubled.
McGourty and Johnson cut out a wonderful opening for Critchley, who flashed a low centre across the face of the goal. Dean made a great effort to turn it into the net, but the ball travelled too fast for him. Just after Morton fisted away from Dean, and after Johnson had tried his second long shot without success, Dean was racing forward when Blair shouldered him to the ground. It was a wonderful game with the Everton forward work positively brilliant. The Villa defence was often tied up and it was taking three men to mark Dean. The Villa drew level in 16 minutes, Astley being the scorer. Cresswell had found touch to hold up Houghton, and from the thrown in Walker flashed the ball to the goalmouth for Astley to equalise with a brilliant shot. The goal came as something of a shock for Everton had been enjoying most of the game, but they came back to their work well, Johnson bringing Morton to his knees. Forty thousand spectators were kept on the tip-toes with the excitement of a thrilling game. Fellowing Cresswell's free kick, McGourty and Dean got Johnson through with only Morton to beat, but the inside left shot straight at the goalkeeper, who cleared. By turning away at the vital moment, Cresswell almost gave Brown a goal, Williams intervening. Dean had a terrific shot charged down after more wonderful work by McGourty. White felt the strain on his thigh and had to go off, Everton playing for a spell with only two half-backs.
During White's absence the Villa attacked, Sagar had to run out to pick the ball from Mandley's toe. Then White returned. In 36 minutes Everton were awarded a free kick near the corner flag on the left, Thomson having been fouled by Kingdon. Stein took it with his right foot, swerving the ball in towards goal Morton was completely deceived and the ball turned into the net for a remarkable goal. Sagar snatched up a centre from Mandley with Brown rampant. Then Morton saved well from McGourty. Dean was sent through by a wonderful Johnson transfer, but delayed his shot and Gibson intervened. This was the second time Dean had neglected to take the opportunity of shooting.
Half-time Everton 2, Aston Villa 1
Everton had proved the better side in the first half, and provided some glorious football. It was a fast game between two great sides.
EVERTON 3 ASTON VILLA 3 (Game 1408 over-all)-(Div 1 1366)
November 14 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Classic Sides in Great Game.
Chances Everton Missed at Goodison
Tommy Johnson Penalty Kick Saved.
The general opinion was that Everton should have beaten Aston Villa, and I must admit that I was one of that number. Why should they have won? Well, they had more chances, but if a player will miss with the ball six yards out of goal, and fail from a spot kick it is useless to blame the opposition. That was the state of affairs, Johnson missed two "Sitters" and then failed to score with a penalty shot. Johnson put every ounce of his strength into the shot, and it was sufficient to carry the goalkeeper into the back of the net, but Morton stopped the ball and saved at the second attempt. Johnson, however, redeemed himself by scoring the equaliser. It was a great game, which ended 3-3. The Villa did not play so well as they had done against Liverpool, but there was no disputing their greatness, and while saying this I am not unminded of the fact that Everton were a shade better. They gave their best display; they battled on when defeat seemed a certainty, and they were buffeted about by a defence that stood no nonsense. Blair, in particularly went into his work with gusto without fear of favour.
Scoring Day's Recalled.
Everton's first half display was much in advance of anything they have done at home this season. They were playing in a manner which brought to mind their big scoring days, and if all the chance s had been accepted the Villa would have found themselves so far in arrears at the half stage that it is doubtful whether they could have made up the leeway. They were more combined than the Birmingham side and Johnson played the lead in their big push, which undoubtedly unsettled the Villa. They were fearful and fitful of Dean, who in the first minute bundled over the goalkeeper and nearly forced him to concede a goal. After that three men were posted on the Everton leader, but even so he scored a beautiful header from Critchley's corner kick. It was interesting to compare Brown with Dean. The former is a dangerous raider but he had not three man to contend with. He is a swift raider with a powerful shot, yet he, like Dean, took his goal with the head. Quite the best shot of the match was made when Astley scored his goal. He was lucky in the fact that the ball came to him, off White, but how he hit the ball! That Stein scored with a free kick taken near the corner flag. Such was the curl on the ball that Morton actually touched it without being able to keep it out of his net, so that Everton led 2-1 at the interval, and deservedly so. The best was left to the second half, for in a minute the Villa had drawn level, through Brown, who was in the act of falling when he got his head to Mandley's centre to turn it beyond Sagar. With the score 2-2 the game became a series of big thrills, but when Aston went ahead through Mandley taking advantage of a poor clearance by Sagar. Everton's task became one of great magnitude for there was only a matter of fourteen minutes remaining to play. Everton became tigerish in their endeavours, and how the Villa goal escaped was astonishing. Dean shaved the crossbar with a header and Critchley headed in and Morton flinging up his arms instinctively and the ball went over the bar.
Villa Try to Hold On.
Minutes were pasting and the Villa defence was standing its ground intent to hold on but Everton went on battling their way and were ultimately rewarded for their brave endeavour by an equalising goal six minutes from the end, Johnson netting from short range with a hust of men mancing about the Villa goal. It was a blazing finish, and a fitting conclusion to such a fine game. The Villa winners had been hold. Thomson looked after Mandley and Britton took care of Houghton. Britton was the best half-back of six recall –high-class middle men. He could do almost what he liked with the ball, and only once did I see him make an error. I prefer Gibson on the wing. Blair was outstanding for Villa. He is small, but ever so good kicking strongly and tackling sternly. Dean I thought should have had a penalty for a palpable charge in the back. Cresswell and Williams defended strongly and Sagar made some smart saves. There was a peculiar incident in the other goal. Morton was trying the get away to complete a clearance, but as he was running along his goal line, he collided with Blair and stumbled backwards. It was a near thing, for he stepped back over the goalline, but Everton's claim for a goal went unheeled by the referee. I should say that Morton and Blair, particularly the goalkeeper saved a point for the Villa. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Aston Villa: - Morton, goal; Blair and Mort, backs; Kingdon, Gibson, Tate, Mandley, Astley, Brown, Walker, and Houghton, forwards. Referee Mr. J. Milward, Derby.
STOKE CITY RESERVES 6 EVERTON RESERVES 0
November 14 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 14)
At Stoke. The game was a triumph for City's centre-forward, salmon a local junior signed early this season, who scored five goals. The other goal was obtained by Daniels. Turner gave a fine display for Everton, but was not well supported. The defence was not impressive, and was unsteady under pressure, but Stoke played well above their usual form. Everton: - Coggins, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; Mercer, McClure and Archer, half-backs; Leyfield, Birkley, Davies, Dunn and Turner, forwards .
THE GAME OF MANY YEARS.
November 14 1932. Evening Express.
• Per Cent Football By Aston Villa & Everton.
By The Pilot.
If you missed the Everton v. Aston Villa game at Goodison Park, you missed one of the finest exhibitions of League Football staged in recent years. You can call it classic, delightful, thrilling, or use whatever other similar descriptive adjective you choose. It was worth them all. Every quality that a game needs to make it attractive was welded into this display by two great teams playing at the top of their form. The result was a draw –3-3-and everybody –players, directors, spectators alike –was satisfied. After the match the directors of both clubs made special journeys to the respective dressing-rooms personally to congratulate the players on their display. Let me say at once that though Everton had chances to win –including a penalty –it would have been poor tribute to the brilliance of the Villa had they returned pointless. Any other result but a draw would have been an injustice to men who accomplished what they set out to do –play pure, unadulterated football.
Twice in the Lead.
Twice Everton held the lead, for after Astley had equalised Dean's early header, Stein scored from a free kick. Then Brown equalised with a header, and a minute later Johnson failed with a penalty kick. It so encouraged the Villa that they took the lead, and a dramatic climax was provided by Johnson atoning for his previous failure by equalising six minutes from the final whistle. The first half was unquestionably Everton's. They played wonder football in the opening quarter of an hour, and had they finished with the consummate accuracy with which they approached they might well have established a winning lead. Gradually, however, the Villa machine with its, shall I say gliding motion, began to operate smoothly but with penetrative force, and the game settled down into a mighty struggle between football giants.
In such a game one hesitates to particularise among players. Every man contributed his little to the glorious scheme. Were I asked to name the best player of the 22 I would unhesitatingly select Ben Williams, the Everton back, who plays for Wales on Wednesday. Williams gave the perfect exhibition. Fearless in his tackling and intervention, he used the ball well, and often helped Cresswell out of difficulties by his sweeping, all conquering cross rushes. Everton had two outstanding forwards in Dean and McGourty and Thomson was the super-intermediate. The work of Dean and Brown was interesting to watch, and if the match may be accepted as a criterion –I think it can –then Dean remains England's best centre forward.
ALBERT GELDARD SIGNED FROM BRADORD
November 15 1932, Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel
The Everton Football Club secured a new winger yesterday, when they secured the transfer from Bradford City of Albert Geldard, an outside-right. Geldard who has been one of the best outside rights in the second division is a former schoolboy international, who joined Bradford two season ago, aged nineteen, he stands 5ft 8ins and weights 11 stone. In his first season with Bradford, he scored one goal in two first team appearances, and last season he obtained three in seventeen senior matches. This season he has scored twice. Everton representatives watched his play in several matches before securing his transfer.
LEAGUE SOCCER AT 15!
November 15 1932. Evening Express.
New Everton Player's Great Record.
By the Pilot.
Albert Geldard, Everton's new outside right, shares with Bastin, the Arsenal winger, the distinction of having played in league football at the age of 15. He played for Bradford Park Avenue in a second Division match against Millwall in 1929. Bastin's introduction to League football was with Exeter City. Geldard, who is now only 18 years of age, has been a great favorite at Park Avenue ever since he gained his place in the first team, following the departure of Davis for Sunderland. Bradford had many offers for him, but even when Huddersfield Town placed an attractive proposition before them the directors refused. The Park Avenue club looked upon him with more than ordinary interest, for following his brilliant play as a schoolboy they took him under their wing and entirely responsible for his development. Geldard holds a remarkable record in schoolboy football. When playing centre forward for Whetley-lane school, Bradford, a few years ago he scored no fewer than 22 goals in a single match. Yet it was an outside right that he gained his international schoolboy honours playing three times for England.
Football is not the only game at which Geldard excels, for his prowess as a sprinter –he won the Yorkshire schools 220 yards championship –caused him to be selected to represent his county in the national schools championship at Stamford Bridge. He is also an accomplished cricketer and plays regularly for the Bradford club during the summer. He is the secretary of Bradford Cricket Club. Geldard is remarkably fast, with a long raking stride, and there is no doubt that had Bradford not suffered from decreased attendances this season they would not have agreed to his transfer.
STAR AMATEURS NO 1
November 15 1932. Evening Express.
B. Howard Baker, The All-Rounder
B. Howard Baker is one of England's greatest amateur sportsmen –and he is a Merseysider. An England international, he has distinguished himself in every branch of sport. Those at which he has shone most are: -
Football Water Polo, High Jumping , Squash Recquets, Tennis, Cricket, Boxing, Running, Swimming
As a high jumper Howard Baker has won many competitions, including the A.A.A. open championship in 1910, 1912, 1913, 1919, 1920 and 1921. His best effort in this series was 6ft 3 ¼ ins, while in June 25, 1921, he broke the amateur record at Huddersfield, with a jump of 6ft 5ins. At Football Howard Baker's feats are well known. He is an amateur international goalkeeper, and has guarded the sticks for Liverpool, Everton, Chelsea, and the famous Corinthians. He has not only been capped many times in amateur internationals, but has also gained the honour in a fully representative game. Prior to becoming famous as a goalkpeer he played centre-half for Blackburn Rovers. Howard baker has also a fine record at tennis. He figure in all the best of the local tournaments and has frequently played for Lancashire. He has held northern county championships at Boxing, and has always been famed for his powerful and speedy swimming and his clever play at water polo. Howard was once a regular member of the Liverpool cricket club's first eleven. He was a good batsman, a fine fielder and a more than useful fast bowler. As he can also play a good game of squash rackets, it will be seen that he is expert in at least eight of our leading sports. Howard began his football career at Marlborough College. Tuebrook, and later became a prominent member of the Old Boy's team when they figured in the Zingari League. He still keeps up his football, tennis, swimming and squash racquets, and even though he is now a seasoned and experienced player, his tennis is improving with every new season. Will be guarding the Corinthians goal in the F.A. Cup ties this winter?
GELDARD IN EVERTON LEAGUE TEAM
November 16 1932, Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel
Geldard the young outside right signed on by Everton on Monday, is to have an early opportunity of distinguishing himself as a member of the Everton team. He is to play at outside-right against Middlesbrough at Ayrsome Park on Saturday, in place of Critchley. The new player from Bradford will be nineteen until April next and thus early in his career he has a great chance of making a name for himself in senior football. The inclusion of the former Bradford player, is the only change in the Everton side that drew with Aston Villa. The team is: - Sagar; Williams Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, McGourty, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The Reserves eleven to oppose Wolverhampton Wanderers Reserves in a Central league game at Goodison Park is; - Coggins; Common, Bocking; McClure, McPherson, Archer; Critchley, Dunn, Davies, Cunliffe, Turner.
IN FIRST TEAM RIGHT AWAY.
November 16, 1932. Evening Express.
Geldard to Play for Everton at Middlesbrough
By the Pilot.
Albert Geldard is in Everton's first Division team in his first week's membership of the club. He will take Critchley's place at outside right against Middlesbrough, at Ayresome Park, on Saturday. Geldard is 18 years of age. His partner McGourty, is 20. They will comprise the youngest right wing of any attack in the First Division. Behind them will be another youngster in Cliff Britton, the former Bristol Rovers' half-back. Geldard has risen to First Division football within four years of leaving school-a record equally only by Clifford Bastin of the Arsenal. He has a wonderful opportunity to make good, for on form Everton should defeat Middlesbrough, who have been unconvincing in home games. Everton are of the opinion that it is far better for Geldard to play his first game away from home in order that he may be given the chance to settle down with his new colleagues. His inclusion is the only change in the champions' side, which drew with Aston Villa.
Boro's New Goalkeeper.
Another interesting feature of the Middlesbrough match will be that the Borough will also play a new player. This is Gibson, the 6ft 2in, goalkeeper, whom they secured from Hull City yesterday. Gibson has been six years with the Hull club and is 26 years of age. He was a member of the Hull team of 1929-30, which reached the semi-final of the F.A. cup and lost to the Arsenal after two replays. Everton have a splendid opportunity of gaining their second away victory of the season. They have not been beaten since the visit to Derby County on October 15, and are playing splendid football at the moment. Middlesbrough have won only one match at home –they defeated Portsmouth in a high scoring match –and have lost four. The remaining game was drawn. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, McGourty, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
WILLIAMS CAP BY WALES
November 17 1932, Liverpool Post and Mercury
Ben Williams played for Wales against England at Wrexham in front of 25,000, finished 0-0.
EVERTON AT MIDDLESBROUGH
November 19 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Middlesbrough have not been enjoying a good season, and more changes are resorted to today's game with Everton. The Ayresome Park club like so many similar organisations are finding team building a difficult business. At the same time, Everton are under no misapprehension as to the certainly that they will have to play at the top of their form to win here. Whatever the team troubles may be Middlesbrough will make a bold fight, and there is always a chance that they will strike their best form. Special interest will be centred in the display of Geldard, the new outside right from Bradford, and if he lives up to his reputation Everton will not be disappointed. It is certainly a big test for so youthful a player, but I expect Geldard will have good support, and if he is skilful enough the chances will be provided. The side is otherwise the same as that which drew with Aston Villa. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, McGourty, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Middlesbrough: - Gibson; Jennings, Freeman; Brown, Elkes, Forrest; Williams, Bruce, Camsell, Martin, Warren.
ALBERT GELDARD EVERTON'S NEW WINGER
November 19 1932. Evening Express.
Whatever regrets supporters of the Bradford club may feel about the departure of Albert Geldard from Park Avenue, they will agree about two points. The first is that he is undoubtedly worthy of the best company, and the second that his transfer to Everton on Monday was probably the best thing that could happen to him, insomuch as it will afford him proper opportunity to justify the prophecy so many people in Woolopolis –and outside it –made two or three years ago that he would become the best outside right in England. Geldard has still two-and-a-half years to go before he reaches man's estate. He will be 19 years of age next May, and it was because of his tender years that he did not play regularly for the Park Avenue Leageu side when Herberty Davis, now with Sunderland, was in possession of the extreme right berth. The first feature about Geldard in action to take the eye is his remarkable long stride. A second that will soon be spotted by onlookers is the curious trick he has of going past the ball and dragging it up from behind with a clutching foot just as an opposing defender is deluding himself that Geldard has overran it. Spectators will, perhaps, find it difficult to believe that this trick is not an accident. He has other subterfuges, but this is his favourite, and from the ememy point of view it is enough to be going on with. Geldard is not given to fancy work. A quiet, likeable lad, he has the good sense to realise that quickness in simple things deceives the eye, and that in his fine speed he has an invaluable asset. Albert is of the greyhound type, and his cleverness is not allowed to lose itself in intricate adornments. He has almost a style of his own. We cannot think of anybody quite like him in the limelight of present day football. There is something about him reminiscent of Archie Rawlings, the former Preston North End player, but Rawlings was a bit taller. Born and brought up in Bradford, Geldard was thrice capped for England as a schoolboy. He made his bow in the Second Division as a boy of 15 on Sept 16, 1929, against Millwall, at the Den. Mr. Claude Ingram was content to give him only three further senior games in that season and two in 1930-31. Throughout the intervening period numerous efforts were made to tempt Geldard away from his native city. Geldard is a good cricketer –a-batsman –and that helped to keep him in Bradford and in close proximity to the football ground. He was given employment in the office of the Bradford Cricket Club. Geldard's League activities with the Park Avenue team were confined to 34 games, in which he scored six goals. He cuts in and shoots far more than his goal getting record to date would suggest, and there is no doubt that in time Everton have secured a great player of the future, barring accidents.
• Everton are not alone in fancying Jack nelson, the Preston North End centre half. A presentative of Wolverhampton Wanderers saw him play in the Central league match against West Bromwich Albion.
EVERTON TAKE TIME TO SETTLE DOWN.
November 19 1932. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Geldard Impresses at Middlesbrough
By the Pilot.
Herbert Geldard from Bradford made his debut for Everton at Middlesbrough, and he was the recipient of three telegrams bearing good wishes. The telegrams arrived from the Bradford players, Bradford Park schools, and his parents. He expressed pleasure at having joined Everton, and hoped for a happy and successful time . Teams: - Middlesbrough: - Gibson, goal; Jennings and Freeman, backs; Brown, Elkes, and Forrest, half-backs; Williams, Bruce, Camsell, Martin, and Warren, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams, Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, McGourty, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. A. H. Adams, (Nottingham).
It was a dull, damp day, with no more than 8,000 spectators, the smallest crowd before which Everton have played for years. Middlesbrough opened the more convincingly, Bruce dancing a pretty step in collaboration with Williams, but Warren got offside. Then we saw a touch of Geldard, and a great touch it was. He took the ball from Johnson, best two men cleverly, and burst towards goal before dropping across a peach of a centre to Dean's head. Dixie's header had Gibson beaten all the way, but Elkes had fallen back to the goal line to head to safety. This was a narrow escape for the Boro, and a happy first move for Geldard. Camsell held the ball close before giving Bruce a chance to shoot across the goal. Camsell, then headed just over from Forrest's long pass, with Sagar well out of goal.
Dean ran ahead to outstrip the opposition and crossed the ball which ran too fast for Geldard. Everton were taking time to settle down, but a weak pass by McGourty robbed Geldard of a nice chance. Gibson had to fist away a Geldard centre for a corner, and from Stein's kick, the 'Boro' goalkeeper punched away from Dean's head. Next Gibson gathered a lob ball from McGourty. Play was uninteresting until Dean raced away again and sent in a lovely drive on the run, which Gibson turned over for a corner. From this Dean went to the ground to give Johnson room to shoot, but a defender's body got in the way to save the situation. Williams made a mistake in intercepting his namesake's centre when Sagar had it covered, but before Thomson could get it away, White had saved at the expense of a corner.
Martin Gives a Chance.
Martin, the ex-Goodison Park man, gave Warren a fine chance, but he placed over the top. Up to now the "Boro" finishing had not been good. Dean nearly got through from Stein's centre, and when Geldard returned the ball to the middle Johnson shot wide. The "Boro" wasted a free kick from the edge of the penalty area and a lot of wild Everton passing made their task much more difficult Sagar having to run out and pick up from Camsell. Cresswell mis-headed and placed Camsell right through, but as the centre forward was about to shoot Williams brought off a grand tackle, and away went Geldard to sent a low centre back for McGourty to fire against an opponent. Johnson now took up Stein's position but Gibson cut out his precise centre in masterly fashion. The standard of football was not good. There was far too much wasted effort and faulty passing. Dean was proving a fine leader and was beating Elkes every time the ball was in the air. From Williams's corner Sagar and two scrambling Boro' forwards missed the ball, which flashed straight across the face of the goal. Geldard retrieved the ball, which looked like going behind, and Dean and Johnson tried short efforts, which were mastered by Gibson. Everton looked more dangerous when they got on the move, but they were not real champions yet. The defence was not at all certain. Martin flashed a lovely shot just over the crossbar. Geldard had to go to the line after receiving a bump in the back.
Half-Time Middlesbrought 0 Everton 0
Everton had not convinced in a defensive sense in the first half, and it was this that the 'Boro appear good. Dean was having a good game, and Geldard's first half display had been splendid.
Geldard Seals Everton Victory
Brilliant Display Against Boro
Geldard was absent when the teams took the field in the second half, and Johnson thrilled with a shot, which scraped the bar with Gibson well beaten. Then Geldard reappeared. Gibson had to turn over the bar a centre from Geldard, and from the corner kick Johnson seemed to turn in Dean's header. The referee, however, gave Johnson offside. Everton had taken command of the game, and twice Gibson was troubled by Dean and Stein.
Geldard was still kept busy, Stein got away and Johnson was laid low, quite accidentally. During the next 'Borough raid Cresswell gave away a corner and was not so assured as usual. From the corner Cresswell held off Camsell and Sagar had to come out at top speed to frustate the home centre. Sagar scrambled the ball away from Williams' corner and then Gibson made a might save to cut out Johnson's fine centre, with Dean in right position.
In 56 minutes after Geldard's corner had been cleared, Brown gave him a second. From this, the ball was punched out to Johnson by Gibson. The inside left shot through a crowd of players the ball striking the foot of the post, and turning into goal. Sagar fisted away Jennings' free kick, and then Geldard almost got through on his own. Geldard continued to be Everton's chief attacker, and now Jennings had to dash in to turn aside one of his low centres with Dean ready and willing to do business. Some of the football was poor, but Everton were more than holding their own, and except for one occasion, when Sagat had to run out to clear, their was no danger to their goal. Eight minutes from time Geldard scored Everton's second goal. A happy debut. Cresswell took a free kick on the far side of the field, and Dean turned the ball across, Geldard's first shot was deflected, but the ball came right back to him, and this time he beat Gibson all ends up with a brilliant right foot cross shot. Everton had enjoyed all the better of the second half, and were worth winners, with dean and Geldard the stars. Bruce and Dean went near with good efforts near time. Full Time Middlesbrough 0 Everton 2.
MIDDLESBROUGH 0 EVERTON 2 (Game 1409 over-all)-(Div 1 3067)
November 21 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Geldard Shows the Way
Everton's Away success.
Everton won their second away match of the season when beating the lowly Middlesbrough team. This was a good performance; indeed any away victory is meritorious if deserved, and this victory was deserved, because it was obtained against a side that was desperate for points and because the style of play adopted by Everton was the superior, and after an even first half they overplayed and outplayed a side that went to defence and was lucky to escape a third goal when Johnson struck the crossbar. Two goals sufficed, and they came rather late on, so that in the drab finish of the home side one sensed a lack of confidence that comes to those who are footing the league table. Middlesbrough played a dispirited sort of game. Their half-back work in the first half was excellent, although Dean had the better of Elkes all day; Forrest and Brown were splendid players, and Camsell's pushful methods carried him far, but he had few comrades upon whom he could lean. Everton's debutante, Geldard, was the cynosure of all Everton eyes. He is strongly built, not very tall, but has a nice pace and good command of the ball at close quarters; he was tackled, but he gripped the ball by the force of his leg throw. He dribbled one step too much at times, a natural, inclination for a new boy and not once did he centre wrongly. His easy and graceful winging carried him beyond a stout defence, and he made a centre in the first moment that would have provided Dean with a goal in one minute if Elkes had not fallen back and kept the ball out. This was an escape, and for a long time Middlesbrough took up the running, which was their chief forte, without being able to make Sagar reach for a shot, although Sagar had his fortune once when Camsell headed just over the barm while at another stage Cresswell failed to kick the ball clean, this factor being so uncommon as to be noteworthy.
However, most of the players found the ball off a shape and kind that would not run true, and it was a wonder to me that they did not call for another ball. The referee, Mr. Adams, had an easy task all through in a sporting game, which eventually became unmistakably Everton through the systematic and methodical way the Everton players went through their game. Each division linked up with the other division; the halves called on the backs; the half-backs called on their own forwards, and much of Everton's football was a character that commanded attention, respect, and goals. Well as Dean played –he is not famous for his away games except at Anfield and Newcastle –it must be said there was not a great deal of shooting, but this was due to the way the home backs covered up, sharp and strong. Middlesbrough seemed to fall away from their belief in themselves once a goal had been "poked" by Johnson, who got the ball through a crowd of players. Near the end Thomson rightly claimed a foul on the touch line for a case of "hooking" and the ball was lobbed to the middle and thence founds it way to the outside right. The first effort by Geldard was not successful nor yet striking, but the rebound came to the clever young Bradford Park Avenue boy, and he scored a neat goal. This was the end of Middlesbrough, and it was reward for Everton's return to their dainties and effective play in the last half of the game. The best part of the game was when matters were even, and Middlesbrough became enthusiastic about their chances. Martin shot brilliantly on one occasion, but like the others of the forward line he faded into insignificance later in the day, and with Warren never touching a high mark and J. Williams flirting with the touchline and over-dribbling Williams took charge of the attack not in the same manner he had shown in the inter national, but sufficient to make Middlesbrough fear to hold the ball any length of time when Williams loomed in sight.
At half back Britton gave another polished and convincing display, and promised to link up into a great trinity between McGourty and Geldard. White was a stumbling block, chiefly through his long distance heading. Thomson found J. Williams an elusive man in the first half, but having got him weighed up he was able to offer those fine touch line passes that mean so much to Stein who had hardly been seen in the first half but had a good second half. McGourty in a quiet manner captivated by his touches and his Alec James body serve took the crowd by storm. Johnson worked with great energy and showed the experienced way of getting the ball down with a stab or a hook, and he found pace to make one very enlivening solo run. Dean however, was perhaps the most valued member of the line, because he had the measure of Elkes in the air and his command of the intricate position was contrary to Camsell's endeavour without football finesse. Dean was an artist with head and foot, on Saturday against a man who crowded him out of the game when he played for Tottenham Hotspur. Dean got his full measure of revenge and Everton a nice all-round display gained a solid undebateable victory before a crowd of 7,000 –a testimony to the way things are going in the Middlesbrough circles, and also to the fact that trade depression is felt severely in this part of the country. Bruce was not happy in some of his movements and at one period a barracker said "send him off the field." Moreover, when he miskicked a ball for a corner kick –he had been standing in his side's penalty area –there was a sign of restiveness in the crowd. It is hard work for a Middlesbrough player to satisfy his supporters. Teams: - Middlesbrough: - Gibson, goal; Jennings and Freeman, backs; Brown, Elkes, and Forrest, half-backs; Williams, Bruce, Camsell, Martin, and Warren, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams, Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, McGourty, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. A. H. Adams, (Nottingham).
EVERTON RESERVES 3 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS RESERVES 0
November 21 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 15)
Although Everton deserved victory, there was not a three goal difference between the teams, and it was Everton's half back strength that enabled them to achieve the three goal success. The Wolves were a determined side that played fast, open football, and they frequently harassed the Everton defence –Bocking on three occasions falling back to clear off the goal line, when a score seemed certain. Smalley on one occasion hit the crossbar with a fierce drive. In the later stages of the first half Everton completely overplayed the visitors, Dunn opening the score following a corner from Turner. The Wanderers strove desperately hard after the interval and subjected Everton's defence to a severe grueling. As in the first half, Everton again found their form late on, and Turner and Cunliffe added further goals. It was a most interesting encounter. Everton: - Coggins, goal; Common and Bocking, backs; McClure, McPherson and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Davis, Cunliffe and Turner, forwards. Wolverhampton Wanderers: - Whittaker, goal; Lumberg and Shaw, backs; J. Smith, Hollingsworth, Heelbeck and Young, half-backs; Smalley, W. Smith, Whitelock, Hetherington, forwards. Referee Mr. H. W. Hunt.
Everton "A" 6 Peasley Cross 2
Liverpool County Combination.
Everton were flattered by the score at Crosby, Holdcroft, Jackson and Jones were rarely at fault in defence. Two of their goals were the result of mistakes on the part of the Peasley defence, while the last couple were scored in the dark. Prominent players were Leyfield, Griffiths, and Birtley (Everton), and Haskill, Kerr (a seventeen year old local player) and Swift for Peasley. Scorers: Leyfield (3), Griffiths (2), and Birtley for Everton, and Swift and Chedgzoy (own goal) for the visitors.
YES SIR! GELDARD IS "THE GOODS."
November21 1932. Evening Express.
A New Sam Chedgzoy in the Making
By the Pilot.
Geldard? Yes, he is all that I expected. In fact, he is better than I expected. Everton's "Baby" winger really is "the goods." He has all the attributes of a great player, and, what is more, to my mind, he is not stereotyped. This body has ideas, and he has the ability to carry them through. On his debut at Middlesbrough he fascinated. His "Chedgzoy" trick of breaking in to the middle and flicking the ball back from the goal line to his inside partner is a move that will puzzle most defences. In fact the first time he did it on Saturday it flummoxed his colleagues, but they quickly appreciated the plan. Geldard's first centre was placed to the far post for dean, and had not Elkes fallen back on to the goal line it would have been a goal, for Dean's header was a peach. Subsequently, as Dean explained to me, he took up a similar position but found Geldard using Chedgzoy's scheme. Dean immediately gave instructions for Johnson to position himself for the glide back centres, while Dean persisted in his former tactics in order to draw attention away from Johnson. And the scheme worked. Geldard has a long, raking stride, good ball control, and finishing ability. The only trace of fault I found was a tendency to hold on to the ball a little too long. It was a happy debut crowned by a good goal and most encouraging to an improving team. He was not the best player on the field, for he was surpassed by Dixie Dean. It was the real Dean. It was the captain's best display of the season, for though he got no goals himself, he contributed the vital touches in the attack and never gave up hope. He was retrieving balls from the corners and using them to advantage. To sum up, it was the Dean England wants against Austria. Selectors Phil Bach saw the match. Everton's 2-0 victory (Johnson and Geldard) was well deserved. In the last five matches the Goodison club has gained seven points and has avoided defeat.
STAR AMETEURS –NO 6 .
November 21 1932. Evening express.
The Versatile Sportsman
J.E. Blair is one of the most versatile of local sportsmen. After many fine performances at school, and later at Liverpool University he played football for Northern Nomads. It was remarkable that he should be equally as successful either in goal or at centre-forward. It will be recalled that soon after the war Blair was asked to help Everton against Sheffield Wednesday, at Hillsbrough, in an F.A. Cup game, and his two opportunist goals took the Blues into the next round. Blair is also a keen cricketer, and is just as versatile at the summer game. He keeps wicket cleverly, and gives little away. Blair is also a useful batsman. At times he can hit in most refreshing manner and yet I have seen him playing out time as though it was his natural game. Blair has also played a lot of tennis and is regarded as being quite a good club player, although he does not go in for tournament play.
November 23 1932. Evening Express.
For the game with Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park, on Saturday, Everton selectors have decided to play the same team that was successful at Middlesbrough last week. Thus Merseyside enthusiasts will be given the chance of watching Geldard the ex-Bradford player, who met with such success on his first appearance in the Goodison Park colours at Arysome Park. The team is: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, McGourty, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The Reserves eleven to meet Sheffield United Reserves at Sheffield will be: - Coggins; Common, Bocking; McClure, Clark, Archer; Critchley, Dunn, Davies, Cunliffe, Turner.
SEE GELDARD FOR YOURSELF.
November 23 1932. Evening Express.
His First Game at Goodison Park.
Everton Have Records to Keep.
By the Pilot.
You will be able to see Geldard for yourself on Saturday. The new young outside right from Bradford Park Avenue is to play his first home game for Everton –against Bolton Wanderers. The directors at their weekly meeting last night, decided that for the visit of Bolton Wanderers, the team which won at Middlesbrough should do duty, so the enthusiasts will have an opportunity of running an eye over the clever new comer from Yorkshire. Geldard will need to play only as well as at Ayresome Park to win a warm spot in the hearts of the Goodison folk. Everton have three records to preserve in this game against an eleven led by a former Goodison Park favorite –Tommy Griffiths. The champions will be endeavoring to go through the month of November with defeat; they will attempt to participate in six successive games without defeat; and will make a bid to preserve their unbeaten record at Goodison Park. Not since October 15, when they played such deligtful football at Derby and yet lost by two clear goals, have the Champions been beaten. Still, they have not won at Goodison Park since the visit of Blackpool on October 8. Matches there with Portsmouth and Aston Villa resulted in a division of the points. Last season's 1-0 victory over the Wanderers practically gave the Blues the championship, and now the Champions are hoping that another victory will place then right into the running for retention of their title. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, McGourty, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
The Central league eleven are due to visit Sheffield United at Bramell lane and the team will include last season's championship right wing –Critchley and Dunn. Everton Reserves: - Coggins; Common, Bocking; McClure, Clark, Archer; Critchley, Dunn, Davies, Cunliffe, Turner. The Wanderers make one change Gosling the young intermediate who made his debut at Anfield last season resumes a right half. Bolton Wanderers: - Jones; Griffiths (j), Finney; Gosling, Griffiths (t), McKay; Butler, Gibson, Milsom, Westwood, Cook.
BOLTON WANDERERS' VISIT.
November 26 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton are at home to Bolton Wanderers, and in view of the fact that they have shown improved form there will be a large crowd at Goodison Park. All will be anxious to see the new outside right, Geldard, who made so promising a debut at Middlesbrough. If the young player maintains such form he should prove a great asset to the Everton forward line. Bolton are fielding a strong side and a game of the highest standard is expected. The kick off is at 2-30, and the teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, McGourty, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Bolton Wanderers: - Jones; Griffiths (j), Finney; Gosling, Griffiths (t), McKay; Butler, Gibson, Milsom, Westwood, Cook.
EVERTON DISAPPOINTING FIRST HALF
November 26, 1932. Evening Express, Football Edition
Shooting power lacking.
By the Pilot.
Geldard making his home debut, was the chief attraction at Goodison park, where Everton entainted Bolton wanderers. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams, and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, McGourty, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Bolton Wanderers: - Jones, goal; Griffiths (j) and Finney, backs; Gosling, Griffiths (t) (captain), and McKay, half-backs; Butler, Gibson, Milsom, Westwood and Rimmer, forwards. Referee Mr. P Snape, (Swindon). Bolton made a last minute change, Rimmer, the former Southport player, appearing at outside left in place of Cook. It was an ideal day for football, but the early kick off kept the attendance down, there beening about 20,000 present when Tommy Griffiths led out Bolton.
Geldard was quickly in the picture, running through from Ben Williams' pass to level a fine centre, which Dean tried to turn back for Stein. The winger's shot was charged down. Next Geldard raced through from Johnson's pass only for the pace of the ball to carry him outside. Stein centred under difficulties. Dean was alive with thrustful work and good leadership. Everton kept plying Geldard, and they were backing a winner. McGourty disappointed with two or three weak passes, but Gibson manipulated gloriously for the wanderers using a back heel move with splendid judgement. From a throw in Britton placed to the goalmouth, and Dean headed across to give Stein a perfect heading opening, but the Scot placed straight into Jones's hands. Everton were having the better of the game, but several passes were ragged, and at times there was delay in shooting.
Bolton Cover Well.
Bolton covered well, but Johnson once drove by the post. The first time Sagar touched the ball was after a goal kick after 13 minutes. Then he had to catch a lobbing centre from Rimmer and ran out to pick up from Milsom. A centre from Butler turned off Thomson's foot across the goalmouth, but Sagar took command. Bolton were gradually improving, thanks to Everton's propensity for keeping the ball close. Everton were playing in different football. At last came an exciting move, Cresswell banged the ball up the middle, and Dean's back-header just touched Finney's shoulder and went behind for a corner. Jones had to fist away from Britton's dropping centre, and when Stein middled towards Jones, T. Griffiths intervened and conceded a corner. Stein swerved this in and with Dean hampering Jones, the ball appeared to cross the line. Despite Everton's strong appeal, the referee did not suspended play. Geldard initiated a brisk rally, but shot against the side netting. Johnson just failed to reach a ball, which Dean had charged down before dalliance by Britton almost let in Rimmer. Williams saving in the nick of time. Geldard centred under difficulties, and then passed the ball back only to see it bounce awkwardly for Johnson. Gibson was playing delightful football for Bolton, and was the outstanding man on the field. Cresswell tried to show his forwards how to shoot, and the ball flashed by the post. Jones had to fist away from Britton and Stein. Cresswell came to the rescue when Butler and Milson got away. Geldard adopted the Chedgzoy back pass for Johnson to shoot across the goal. Cresswell held up Milson and Butler in brilliant fashion. McKie appeared to handle Geldard's centre. Geldard was wrongly pulled up for offside, but the referee admitted his mistake and threw the ball down in the penalty area. Johnson was the only Everton player shooting and Geldard was the prime target. When Dean headed back Johnson flashed a terrific shot over the top.
Half-time Everton 0 Bolton Wanderers 0
Everton sadly disappointed in the first half. They had enjoyed most of the game, yet carried no shots in their lockers. Geldard had played well, but Gibson, of Bolton was the outstanding performer. It was a game, which lacked in thrills.
EVERTON 2 BOLTON WANDERERS 2 (Game 1410 over-all)-(Div 1368)
November 28, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Fail To Shoot.
Methods That Must be Altered.
Everton have taken unto themselves to draw their home games, whereas they at one time were acknowledge as a home team. They have now drawn their last three home games, prior to which two years had elapsed since they last drew at home. They divided the spoils with Bolton Wanderers because they were remiss in front of goal; not because the Wanderers were worthy opponents. Everton had enough opportunities to have scored enough goals by the half stage to have made the game safe, but they have got into a habit, which their season in the second Division seemed to have broken. Their methods of last season were surely good enough; at least it brought them the championship, but apparently they have forgotten the lesson, and are back in their old style that is costing them points and at the same time annoying their supporters.
I am all for good football; but is it good football to fritter away chances when they have made them. I say "No" and that emphatically, and the sooner they realise that only shots will produce goals, and that they will not come through any other channels, the better. As it is they are missing the big things in the game through their penchant to over-elaborate. There were occasions on Saturday when their approach work, scientifically done, took them into the Wanderers goal area, but once there no one seemed to want to take the onus of a shot, and perhaps, a miss. Tip-tap, backwards and forwards went the ball, until it became tantalising, and I was not surprised when I heard the call "shoot!" It was what was needed, but Jones, the goalkeeper, had an easy afternoon, when he should have been inundated with shot. His greatest work was to catch centres, and this he did with ease. For forty-five minutes the Everton forwards dallied and dallied to no end, and the cause could not be laid at the door of the Wanderers. Finney and the two Griffiths were often beaten by Everton's intricacies, so they could not be blamed for Everton's lack of shooting.
T prove the true value of a shot, one had only to see Johnson's goal. It was the first real shooting effort of the afternoon, yet it brought a goal –a stunning goal because of its amazing pace, its unexpectedness, and Geldard's work in the making of it. True, Johnson tried to set an example in the first half, and even though his direction was poor it was the right policy, and should have been copied by others. The Wanderers forward line was not one whit better; in fact, it was not nearly so good, for it was incapable against the Everton defence, and only Gibson of the five showed any real ability. That makes Everton's display even worse, and that Bolton scored two goals to those of Johnson and Geldard's was due to the half-backs. Tom Griffiths and Goslin. There was a luck of good fortune about Goslin's point, for the shot would not have beaten Sagar had the ball not struck White in transit and been deflected out of Sagar's reach. Griffith's goal was like many he has scored for Everton –it came from a corner.
Geldard's Neat Effort.
In the second half Everton did produce more "devil" when near goal, and twice they took the lead only to lose it. Geldard's goal "brought down the house." He ran into the centre to take the pass by Dean and after beating his back he still had Jones to face, and as the goalkeeper had dashed out to smother Geldard's shot I though the winger had lost his chance. The ball struck the goalkeeper and then trickled slowly towards the goal. Would it cross the line before Finney could retrieve it? It seemed like an eternity before it actually became a goal, but, when it did the roar was tremendous. Geldard had pleased the spectators. He did his work in businesses like fashion, yet I would not say that he was brilliant. True, he had no partner, for McGourty had a bad day. His passes went astray, and the one shot he had bore no sting. With better support Geldard would, perhaps, show up much better. Dean could not get away from Griffiths, and Stein was not up to his usual standard. It was a "tame" Everton we saw on Saturday. If they had not the ability it would not matter so much, but the ability was there ad it only needed rounding off. The defence was good enough for anything and was unlucky on yield two goals to a side that, on the balance of play, should have been well and truly beaten. Regarding the scoring of Griffiths goal, I thought the referee erred when he did not throw down the ball, after he had stopped the play because of an injury to a Bolton man. He gave a free kick against Everton, and that was the leading up point to Griffith's goal. Dean had hard luck, when he smashed the ball up against the crossbar. Everton must indulge in more shooting. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams, and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, McGourty, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Bolton Wanderers: - Jones, goal; Griffiths (j) and Finney, backs; Gosling, Griffiths (t) (captain), and McKay, half-backs; Butler, Gibson, Milsom, Westwood and Rimmer, forwards. Referee Mr. P Snape, (Swindon)
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 0
November 28, 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 16)
At Hillsborough. But for many fine saves by Coggins the defeat might have been heavier. Both Common and Bocking, the full backs, although heavily worked defended strongly, but the halves were often beaten, and although Dunne tried hard to get the attack moving they found Sheffield's defence very sound. Sheffield, who gave a convincing display, scored through McGinley, Killouthy and Stewart, all in the first fifteen minutes. Everton: - Coggins, goal; Common and Bocking, backs; McClure, Clark and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Davis, Cunliffe and Turner, forwards.
EVERTON'S PROBLEM IS FORWARD.
November 28 1932. Evening Express.
A Half-Back Can Solve It!
By the Pilot.
Everton must get a ready made centre –half-and without delay. This is the key position to a better and brighter Everton. It is not that White is a failure. He is a success. The fact is that White is needed for another task –that of infusing fire and penetrative ability into the attack. Never was this more apparent than in the 2-2 draw with Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park on Saturday. The Everton forwards missed a score of chances. No other reason can be advanced for the forfeiture of the point. There is no doubt that if Everton had another good centre half available their problem would be settled. Mr. T. H. McIntosh, the secretary, and Mr. Hunter Hart were in Scotland over the week-end watching Walker of St. Mirren, but Walker did not impress. The club has been watching several pivots, but have so far failed to find the man of Everton standard. With Gee making slow progress towards recovery. The policy of playing White in the pivotal berth has to be pursued.
Yet, White is required for the inside right position where McGourty, brilliant player though he is, has not yet settled down to English speed and English methods. Take it from me, Everton have a great player in McGourty, but I think his time is not yet. A good schooling in Central league football would do much to accustom him to English football. White strikes me as being the ideal partner for the brilliant Geldard, who thrilled the club followers with his play and goals against Bolton, but nothing can be done until that centre-half is secured. Everton had chances to win, and had a speculative shot from Gosling not bounded into the net off Cresswell, would have done so. Geldard played grandly, not only displaying craft and speed, but varying his methods to disconcert the Wanderers' defence. It was a happy home debut and his goal was characterized by plucky and speed. He cut to the centre forward position, dashed between the backs, drew Jones from goal and scored. A might effort, with Dean leading the vital pass.