November 1, 1945. The Evening Express
The transfer to Everton F.C of Syd Rawlings the Millwall outside-right, was completed today. Rawlings is the son of Archie Rawlings, the former Liverpool outside-right and has played with Preston North End, Huddersfield Town, West Bromwich Albion and Northampton Town. The fee paid was four figures.
November 1, 1945. The Evening Express
Everton’s English international stars, Joe Mercer and Tommy Lawton, return to duty for the visit to Sheffield United, at Bramall-lane. Mercer’s return is timely for Eddie Wainwright is not available, and it will release Bentham to return to his original position of inside-right. Lawton takes over from Catterick, and as he travels direct from his unit, he will be waiting Everton’s arrival at Sheffield. The defence of Burnett, Jackson and Greenhalgh-and one of the bets in the country –remain unchanged again just as it has been in Everton’s eleven matches this season, and that abandoned game at Bury as well. There will be no fewer than seven members of the 1939 championship side on duty. Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly states that there have been no developments regarding Lawton and transfer as arising from the request. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Tommy Jones, Watson; Rawlings, Bentham, Lawton, Fieldings, Boyes.
Everton Reserves (v Leeds United Reserves at Goodison Park, kick-off 2.45 pm.); Birkett; Curwen, F.H. Willcock; A. Hurst, Bell, Archer; Lowe, Elliott, R. Barker, Lyon, Trentham
George Milligan transferred
Everton have granted free transfer to George Milligan, the left half-back, who joined them from Oldham Athletic in 1938; and to Ken Dean, the young inside-forward from Stockport County.
November 2, 1945. The Evening Express
Everton place a remarkable defensive record at stake at Bramell-lane tomorrow, when they tackle Sheffield United in their last four games, Everton have not conceded a single goal, and in their last five matches they have dropped only one point. Yet another of those little records which go to make football so interesting is that Everton have won every game in which “Nobby” Fielding has played. The remarkable run of the Blues has taken them to the fifth position in the League, and like Liverpool, well poised for a challenge to the leaders, Chesterfield. The United are a pretty useful team and have lost only once at home, while two clubs have gone away with a point from the bomb-battered ground. I think the power of Everton’s defence, allied in the return of internationals stars, Mercer and Lawton, will enable Everton to complete their fourth successive win. Bentham returns to the attack, so that the Blues side has a real pre-war touch, and as Syd Rawlings is now an Everton player there will be no guest players in the side. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Tommy Jones, Watson; Rawlings, Bentham, Lawton, Fieldings, Boyes.
BLUES FINE DEFENCE
November 2, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Everton, away to Sheffield United will not fail in they play as well as they did at Sunderland and last week. It was the best display I’ve seen from them this season. Everton haven’t forfeited a goal in the last four games, and the way the defence has been playing recently it will take a tip-top side to overcome them. But defence cannot win matches; they can only stop the other fellows winning. It will be up to the attack to do its part. Providing Lawton is in the mood there should be no doubt there, for with Bentham and Fielding alongside him he will get the right support. Boyes came back to his old tame form at Roker, and with Rawlings satisfying on the other wing Everton begin to look more like the combination we know they can be. Nevertheless they will have to be at their best to master the Bramell Lane lads, who have only once been beaten at their home this season. The all-round weaknesses of Sunderland, in defence as well as attack, may have made Everton look a trifle better than they really are. This Sheffield test will give me a clue to that. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Tommy Jones, Watson; Rawlings, Bentham, Lawton, Fieldings, Boyes.
HOT TIME FOR BURNETT
November 3, 1945. The Liverpool Football Echo
Quick Shots by Sheffield
A convincing win for the United. Speed, was a big factor in their success. They played the open game. Everton were handicapped by an injury to Bentham but even at full strength they were not the equal of Sheffield. Sheffield United;- Smith, goal; Furness and Shimwell, backs; Jackson, Lathom and Forbes, half-backs; Jones (G.), Nightingale, Thompson, Hutchinson, and Rickett, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (TG), and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings, Bentham, Lawton (captain), Fielding and Boyes, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. W. Moore (Halifax). Bramell Lane was a vastly different place to the one I visited in pre-war days. Much damaged had been done to the ground and the Press Box which used to be in the cock-loft, had been transferred to another position. It was a wretched day in Sheffield with fog hanging round the ground. Neither team made any change, although there was a doubt about Lawton and Fielding, the former only reaching the ground twenty minutes before the kick-off. There was an excellent attendance. In the first minute Burnett had to make a great save from Hutchinson. Thompson missed his kick near goal and this proved rather a blessing to the United, for Hutchinson was able to dash in and shoot with great power.
A Grand save
I saw Burnett leap into the air, and send the ball flying over his crossbar –a grand save. Sheffield were showing some nice football, and at the fifth minute they were rewarded with a goal. Nightingale cleverly took the Everton defence over to the right with him before he finally centred for Hutchinson to beat Burnett. For a time United were the more dangerous side, and Burnett had again to save from Hutchinson. Everton so far, apart from a corner incident, had not troubled the United defence a great deal, whereas the Sheffield forwards were so lively that the Everton defence had a few anxious moments. Burnett saving some more shots. The mist was swaying around the field and it was difficult to follow incidents on the far side where quite a lot of the play took place. Nightingale was very determined when he closed in, drew the Everton defence and finished with a fine shot but again Burnett turned the ball over the crossbar in great style. The Everton goalkeeper’s form was top class. It had to be for the United attack was shooting at every opportunity. Jones (TG) twice had shots blocked out and Fielding had a rising drive caught and saved by Smith. At this point Everton were enjoying more of the attack, and Bentham taking a leaf out of the United’s book shot first time but without true direction. Following an Everton attack, Sheffield broke away on the right flank and Nightingale, running into the penalty area, shot strongly putting Sheffield two up at sixteen minutes. Lawton had little chance thus far, but was alive to make a header for Smith to save. Then Boyes worked his way into the middle and shot from long range, but Smith dealt confidently with the shot. The United attack was inclined to change position during their attacks and Thompson was actually at outside right when he scored their third goal at 24 minutes. Burnett went up to save, but the ball sped past him and struck the inside of the upright and then settled in the back of the net.
Five Point Attack
The great difference between the sides was that United moved forward with a five point attack, whereas Everton tried to overcome the Sheffield defence with two. Everton went close when Mercer lobbed a free kick right to Lawton’s head. The England centre forward glided it towards the far side of the goal, and a goal seemed probable until Smith flashed across his goalmouth and turned the ball out.
Half-time; Sheffield United 3, Everton 0
Bentham, who had been operating at outside right owing to injury in the first half was on the opposite wing in the second half, when Sheffield, maintaining their fast and direct football were mainly on the attack.
Shot Went Wide
Burnett had to punch away from Hutchinson and Rickett should have done better with an opening that was made for him. A lob over the goalkeeper’s head was all that was needed, but his shot went wide. Thompson hit the crossbar and from the rebound Nightingale forced Burnett to tip over. At 65 minutes the United’s pressure was again rewarded. Hutchinson leaving Burnett helpless from twelve yards out. Smith saved from Fielding, but the busiest man on the field at this stage was Burnett. One could repeatedly see Burnett in action and very often it was impossible to know who was the cause of it. He made some grand saves, one in particular from Hutchinson. Lawton was brought down just outside the penalty area, but Jones could not find a way through the wall of bodies built up against him. Final; Sheffield United 4; Everton 0.
EVERTON R. LEEDS R
November 3, 1945. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton opened with bell as prime mover in several raids that brought about two fruitless corners. In eight minutes Elliott gave Everton the lead from a Bell pass. At the other end Henry skimmed the crossbar with a lightning shot. Lowe did excellent work on the wing for Blues causing Fearnley anxious moments. Shortly afterwards Lyon put in a grand shot but the United goalkeeper brought off a great save. Leeds were frequently dangerous but Birkett saved good shots from Davidson and Henry. Half-time; Everton Res 1, Leeds United Res 0. Birkett brought off two smart saves from Henry and Davison. In 75 minutes Henry headed in to equalise the score. Henry scored the second goal for Leeds. Final; Everton Res 1, Leeds United Res 2.
SAM WOLSTNHOLME DEAD
November 3, 1945. The Liverpool Football Echo
Sam Wolstenholmes am Everton player died a few days ago. Sam was contemporaneous with Booth, Taylor Abbott, Jack Crelly, Sharp, Makepeace, the Balmers and Settle and Harold Hardman. Those were the days when Booth could make his 100 at billiards, and the team would get him to play some unknown and land a side-wager, but the day came when Booth met his match –a stranger ho having seen Booth give a miss is baulk for his first shot, went to the table and ran out with an unfinished break of 100.
• Billy Dunlop the former Liverpool player died.
EVERTON SOUNDLUY BEATEN
November 5, 1945, The Liverpool Daily Post
Sheffield United 4, Everton 0
The United thoroughly deserved their 4-0 victory over Everton at Bramell Lane on Saturday. On paper Everton team had a per-war look about it, for there were eight of their championship players on the side, but they did not indulge in anything like championship football, whereas Sheffield played well. Fleetness of foot, open play and first time tackling and kicking, completely knocked Everton off balance, and they were never a menace to the United defence. The Everton defence on the other hand, was outpaced by five forward which shunned the “W” formation idea, in the belief that the full blooded attack was the most likely to beat down the Everton defence which had gone through four games without a goal against them. It proved highly successful for it had the Everton defence unsettled and never quite sure itself. Sheffield stated their shooting in the first minute and kept it up right to the end, and the score in no way flattered them. Burnett might have saved two of the first three goals, but he made ample amends in the second half when he made save after save from hopeless positions. The goalkeeper however, was not along at fault. The wing halves played too far forward in their desire to urge on the forwards. But when the United returned the ball forward, as they were prone to do, it left three men to face a five-point attack, which included speed, drive and shot, Jones, Greenhalgh and Greenhalgh and Jackson could not cope with such a problem. The Everton forwards suffered a blow when Bentham was injured and was simply a passenger on the wing, but that does not free them from criticism for Sheffield had scored two goals before that happened, Sheffield had taken command from start and retained their domination throughout. There was a deal of fog on the ground and at one period it did not seem likely that the game would be finished. The attendance was 25,000 and receipts £2,003. Sheffield United;- Smith, goal; Furness and Shimwell, backs; Jackson, Lathom and Forbes, half-backs; Jones (G.), Nightingale, Thompson, Hutchinson, and Rickett, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Jones (TG), and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings, Bentham, Lawton (captain), Fielding and Boyes, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. W. Moore (Halifax).
• Liverpool beat Newcastle United 3-0, Fagan (3)
EVERTON RES 1 LEEDS RES 2
November 5, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton after scoring an early goal in the eight minute by Elliott were defeated by the odd goal in three against Leeds at Goodison Park on Saturday. The Blues did most of the attacking, but found the United goalkeeper. Fearney in fine form, Bell and Elliott played well for the home tea, whilst Henry who scored both the winners goals, led his attack well.
November 5, 1945. The Evening Express
Sheffield United are quoted at 40 to 1 for the F.A. Cup, but after Saturday Everton will be convinced that the odds are over generous. The United crashed though to a great 4-0 victory over the Blues at Bramell lane, and my observer states that had it not been for Burnett the score would have been greater. Yet Burnett could be faulted when two goals were scored against a team handicapped by an injury to Bentham, and which ran up against an inspired United. The Blades have not played better since pre-war days, and his sensation was the ease with which Latham, a wing half back playing out of position, mastered Lawton. Jones was always striving to bring some semblance of team work into the Everton ranks, and Boyes was a lively raider, but Everton were no match for a swift-moving clever United.
November 5, 1945. The Liverpool Mercury
It was a case of “spotting the ball” at Bramell-Lane on Saturday for fog at times almost blacked-out the game. The players could be seen fitting about, but the where abouts of the ball was a matter of conjecture. It did not prevent us from seeking that Everton were being outplayed by the United. Holding the ball and drawing the defence are the acme of pure football skill, but this had to give way to a side which relied on pace; the long ball and the five point attack, which over whelmed the Everton half-backs, leaving the backs and goalkeeper the almost impossible task of drawing back the towering grave which threatened to sweep them of their feet. I recognise that the United, unbeaten since September 15 would take some holding, but I banked on the Everton defence to be able to do just that, but it failed and failed in a manner which brooked of no denied (writes Stork). The pity was that we could not see everything more plainly for it was not all their speed which produced the United their convincing win, for late on in the game, when holding a three-goal lead they brought more artistry into their play without losing any of their punch, and Burnett was a busy young man turning about aside well nigh almost every minute. Had he been a secure in the first half hour that debacle might have been prevented, for in my opinion he should have saved at least two of the first three goals. His two errors meant more than the loss of two goals; it meant the loss of confidence at those around him. But don’t let us forget that Burnett had saved many games when he alone stood between victory and defeat. With the wing half backs devoting most of their attention to attack those immediately behind them were often left “holding” the baby and T.G. Jones, Greenhalgh, and Jackson could not hope to hold five forwards on their own, the weight of the United’s attack being top heavy for them. With Bentham injured and nothing more than a passenger the Everton attack was disemanised but even when at full pitch it had not promised much trouble to the Sheffield defence. Bentham suffered a badly injured thigh and will not be able to take part in the return game.
LAWTON AND CHELSEA
November 7, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Deal Nearing Completion
The statement that Tommy Lawton, Everton and England centre-forward has been transferred to Chelsea is premature, though the deal is expected to go through in the next few hours. The facts are that Mr. Billy Birrell, Chelsea’s manger accompanied by one of his directors, met the Everton board at their meeting last night to talk things over, and certain decisions were made but at the moment of writing the player has not signed for Chelsea. Lawton was not at the meeting last night, and the Chelsea representatives today went by car to interview him at his Army depot outside Chester to complete the deal.
Talks at Depot
Everton officially have no statement to make, beyond the fact that “negotiations are still proceeding, and have not yet been completed. Everton have agreed with Chelsea that both should make a simultaneous announcement when the deal is finally completed. No disclosure will be made regarding the fee to be paid, but I understand it will be in the neighbour of £13,000 or £14,000, subject to certain contingencies. This would make the third big international signing by Chelsea within the last two weeks, the others being John Harris, Scottish International centre half from Wolves and Len Goulden inside forward from West Ham. While nothing will be definite until Lawton puts his signature to the transfer form, it is certain that the deal will go through. The player himself is so keen to go south that the outcome is assured and you can take it that Lawton will make his debut for his new club at Stamford Bridge on Saturday against Birmingham. If he can get leave he will also be in the side to meet the Russian tourist next Tuesday.
On Medical Advice
It was six months ago that the football public first learned of Lawton’s desire to part company with Everton, owing to his wife having been medical advised to go South. Following conferences with the board the player withdrew his request, only to renew it a couple of months ago, following further medical opinion. Since then there has been much speculation as to where he would end up. In addition to Chelsea, other clubs interest included Arsenal, Millwall, Crystal Palace, and Sunderland. In most cases the fee was beyond what they were prepared to go. Lawton was 27 years of age last month and is still in the Army due for demobilisation early in the New Year. He is a C.S.M. and for the past two years has been training Army cadets on Merseyside.
He joined Everton from Burnley on December 31, 1936 at a fee of £6,500. During his two full pre-war seasons with Everton he was top scorer in First Division, and in all senior games, including friendlies appearances as a guess player, he has scored over 400 goals. He registered his 400th when playing against Stockport County at Goodison Park on January 27 this year. His first international appearances for England was in October 1938 against Wales, since when he has played in 34 internationals matches, a larger number of Army representative games; and in several matches on the Continent.
NO OFFICAL STATEMENT ON LAWTON TRANSFER
November 8, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
Up to a late hour last night no official statement had been received either from Everton F.C. or Chelsea F.C., as to whether Lawton, the Goodison Park Club’s English international centre forward had been transferred to the London Club. I expect a statement to be made sometime today. Negotiation were in progress yesterday. They started with Mr. W. Birell; the Chelsea F.C., manager, and one of his directors meeting the Everton board to talk the matter over on Tuesday evening and certain decisions were made. The players was not present and yesterday, the Chelsea preventatives went to interview him at his Army depot near Chester to complete the deal. It can be taken for granted that the transfer will be made and that Lawton will appear for Chelsea against Birmingham City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The fee I understand on good authority is in the region of £13,000. Chelsea by the way, were not the only club interested in the player when he was placed on the transfer list, but the others fell out of the running because they felt in these times that the fee was beyond what they were prepared to pay. Lawton is anxious to move to London, for six months ago he asked the Everton club to place him on the transfer list owing to his wife having been medically advised to move South. Later he withdraw his request, but renewed it following further medical opinion. He joined the Goodison Park club in December, 1936, from Burnley at a fee of £6,500, and in all senior matches, including friendlies and “guest” appearance; he has scored over 400 goals. He took part in his first international game, for England against Wales in October 1938, and altogether has played in thirty-four internationals matches as well as many Army representative games. At Present he is a company sergeant-major instructor in the Army and is not due for demonization until next June.
November 8, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
History of the Deal
Dead on the tick of eleven o’clock this morning; Everton and Chelsea made a simultaneous official announcement of the connect of the deal over Tommy Lawton. Actually Lawton signed the transfer form yesterday afternoon but at Chelsea’s special request Everton withheld the official statement until today. Thus comes to an end a business which has lingered out for six months with an uneasy “peace” part way through, I know long ago from Tommy telling that he would never really be happy until he had got his way down South. Everton did all that was humanly possible to keep him at Goodison. Readers, who had written me criticising then for not having made greater efforts don’t know half the story. Everton could have done no more. Once they realised the evitable they accepted it sportingly, refusing to keep against his wish a man who wanted away. Even so the negotiations were not all plain sailing but they were handled with customary way and sufficiency at the Goodison end of Mr. Kelly right to the stage when Chelsea making their final bid, though personal talks with the Everton board on Tuesday evening. Though Chelsea had been tremendously keen from the start their first offer was useless . Their increased it, but still it did not accord with Everton’s establishment of the players’ worth and in a short period it looked as though they might give in the hunt. But Everton had tongued long with the result that all things considered the business has palmed out satisfactorily to all concerned. Lawton plays for his new club on Saturday and will probably take the opportunity if his wife is well-enough to take him along at the week-end to see a house which Chelsea have alternatively fixed up for them. Here’s wishing Tommy the best of luck. We shall miss him but there was no other course.
And now a word to Everton spectators, Catterick has a big job to fill in following Lawton, but he has already proved himself a capable deputy. Let him see that you are behind him to a man. Give him every encouragement it makes a world of difference. He won’t let the side down, and if he can keep up the form he showed at Sunderland, Lawton may not be missed as much as some fork think. Catterick has it in him if he gets the right support from spectators as well as from his playing colleagues.
Everton are introducing a newcomer in their side against Sheffield United at Goodison Park on Saturday. He is Thomas Elliott, a 22-year-old inside forward whom their signed last month from Maryhill Harp; a junior Scottish side. Elliott who is 5ft 6ins and weights just over 10st did so well in the last two games in the Central league side that the club are giving him an early chance to win his spurs in the highest class. The defence is unchanged from last week; Team; Burnett, Jackson and Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (TG), Watson; Rawlings, Elliott, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes
Everton Res (v. Leeds, away); Birkett; Hedley, Curwen; Cookson, N. Farrar, Archer, E. Appleby, J. Hannah, Bell, Lyon, Trentham. Everton are making new arrangements for the comfort of their young supporters. From Saturday a new entrance will be opened to Gwladys Street for boys 14 to 16. Boys under 14 should use the Bullens Road entrance to the boys pen.
Jones on Transfer List
Another impending departure from Goodison is that of Jack Jones who has been put in the transfer list at his own request. Jones aged about 30 has been with Everton since 1932, and made the South African F.A tour just before the war. The fee will be a very reasonable one, and Jones will be a useful acquisition to somebody.
November 9, 1945. The Evening Express
From Everton’s experience at Bramell-lane last Saturday, when they went down 4-0 at Sheffield United are living up to their name of the Blades. At least the Everton players assure me that the United cut through them as keenly as the sharpest blades and that they are one of the fastest moving combination the Blues have encountered for a long time. The United trained by our former Everton defender, Duggie Livingstone, have now gone seven games without defeat, are young enthusiastic and extremely able. In Jones and Rickett they have two exceptionally good wingers, and I am assured that Hutchinson, at inside left is a “world-beater.” Despite their lack of experience the United pursue correct ideas at top pace, and unless there is considerable tightening in the Everton defence the Blues may suffer their second home defeat of the season. However, I do not think that will happen if young Tom Elliott, the new inside forward from Maryhill Harp the Scottish junior club, settles down. Elliott has not been a Everton player for two weeks, and his promotion is astonishing rapid. Here’s wishing the lad tons of luck, and also a word of a good luck to Harry Catterick, who, comes fill the gap by Lawton departure for Chelsea. Much depends on the Everton wing halves, Mercer and Watson. If they can blot out Wigglesworth and Hutchinson then Everton will be half-way to victory in a game starting at 2-45 pm. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Tommy Jones, Watson; Rawlings, Elliott, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes
Sheffield United; Smith; Furness, Shimwell; Jackson, Latham, Forbes; Jones, Nightingale, Thompson, Hutchinson, Rickett.
Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of Everton, states that although Jack Jones, their full-back has been placed on the transfer list at his own request it is not a free-transfer. The Everton figure, however, will be reasonable.
November 9, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Everton have the memory of last week’s defeat to wipe-out in their return game with Sheffield United. I think they can do it. Sheffield will not find the way to goal as easy this time. They were fortunate in striking the Blues rearguard on its rear bad day, for a long time. That is likely to happen again. But a question marks still stands against the home attack, which includes a debutant in Elliott, a 22 years old Scot highly spoken off. Now that Lawton and Wyles have gone, Catterick came down to centre forward berth. Now he has a good chance to prove his worth to the full. I hope to make the most of it. Don’t forget what I asked yesterday, gave him every encouragement. It means so much. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (TG), Watson; Rawlings, Elliott, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes. Sheffield United; Smith; Furness, Shimwell; Jackson, Latham, Forbes, Jones, Nightingale, Thompson, Hutchinson, Rickett.
EVERTON JUST WIN
November 12, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 1, Sheffield United 0
Sheffield Play Fine Football
While Sheffield United could not revive the form they showed at Bramell Lane a week ago, they played some fine football in the return at Goodison Park where they were beaten by the only goal scored. It was pleasing to see two such clever side fighting for supremacy with the balance slightly in favour of Everton, because they were the better marksman. Had Everton taken full toll of their early chance they would have been three goals up in a very short time for the chance were there for the taking. Both sides were adopt at working out openings by skilful combination, and the crowd had reason to expect goals from such play. The only goal of the match, however came seven minutes from the interval, when Rawlings centred and Catterick with a neat header, defeated the United goalkeeper. He almost repeated this a few minutes later, Hutchinson hit the Everton upright and this was counter-balanced when Elliott cracked one against the foot of the upright. Catterick had a goal disallowed for offside –an excellent decision this –and Smith made many fine saves before the final whistle sounded giving Everton a narrow victory and in affecting defeat on Sheffield for the first time in eight matches. The attendance was 29,410 and the receipts were £2,400. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Grant, Mercer, and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings, Elliott, Catterick, Fielding and Boyes, forwards. Sheffield United; Smith, goal; Furness and Shimwell, backs; Jackson, Latham, and Forbes, half-backs; Jones, Nightingale, Thompson, Hutchinson, and Rickett, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Moore, (Halifax).
• Liverpool lost 6-2 to Newcastle United; Nieuwenhuys , Fagan (Penalty), for Newcastle; Stubbins, Clifton (3), Wayman, Hair
November 12, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
Leeds United Res 3, Everton Res 1
Fine goalkeeping by Birkett in the Everton goal was the feature of the match between Leeds United and Everton Reserves at Elland-road. But for his cool artistry; Leeds would have won more easily. Lyons who scored a goal in the first half was Everton’s most impressive forward, and Curwen was hard working back.
November 12, 1945. The Evening Express
Spot of welcome news from Everton is that international Joe Mercer is to demobilised from the Army on Wednesday and so will become Everton’s first post-war full time professional on what torns Everton will be able to sign Mercer is being decided by the Football League and players Union in Manchester. And Mercer, after his wonder display at centre-half against Sheffield United on Saturday, will get a warm welcome home I doubt whether Joe has ever played a more serviceable game, for he took over pivotal duties at the last minute and by sheer brainwork and skill dominated the United inside-forwards about whom we had been “warned” Mercer countered speed with skill, and in my opinion –and with the help of shing colleagues remember –he reduced Sheffield to quite an ordinary combination.
Mercer was so much on top of his job that often he toyed with the opposition and centre-forward Thompson was hardly seen in the game. Everton won this game well, and the single goal margin does not gave a true reflection of their superiority. Certainly the United went off at a terrific rate, and threatened to smash the Blues by sheer speed, but it was the old ease of the tortoise and the bares. Everton were never hurried or fluttered and they brought the craft of Everton, tradition to bear. Honestly, Everton played football just as fast as the United but it was due to rhythmic combination and accurate passing rather than the spectacular breakneck pace set by the United “Not for a long time have we had a better example of skill overcoming the modern craze for speed. Sheffield had gone seven games without defeat so much be good but they failed to impress me because they did not show sufficient pre-conceived football. It was generally cash without deliberation, and Everton soon mastered that thanks to the inspiration of Mercer, the perfect backing of Jackson. Greenhalgh, Grant, and Watson and some cute forward work. I do not wish to go off the deep end “over young Tommy Elliott, who in two weeks sprang from Scottish junior football to the Football League, but Elliott stole some of the Fielding thunder, and that will show you just how good he is. Elliott is stronger than he looks and challenged for every ball. Elliott’s cute hook pass is a winner and he is always ready to have a pot at goal, but what impressed me as much as everything is Elliott’s ability in heading. Junior footballers are not renowned for heading, but I think Elliott is an exception to the rule for he is especially strong in this respect. Yes, I think Everton have found a winner, and Syd Rawlings thrived on much good feeding. Fielding always schemed well, and Boyes was a danger man, although not as good as Rawling with the final thrust. Catterick met with a lot of ill-luck before he nodded home the deciding goal and if he will just curb his impetuosity he will do alright. Harry is a great trier, but endeavour was one of the outstanding virtues of this Everton who always operated as a team and with the team spirit. Smith kept the score down, while Burnett came back in his best form in a game watched by 29,510 spectators.
ELLIOTT IS GOOD
November 12, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Where was Sheffield United’s speed and shot in their return game with Everton. Their Bramell-Lane form was so effective that I naturally expected a repeat order at Goodison Park (writes Stork). There was much more skilful play at Goodison than at Bramell Lane, and although only one goal was scored I am sure everyone enjoyed the fare provided for the game was full of football; neat despite the many missed chances. One grasped ay the way some chances were allowed to slip through the fingers, especially in view of the artistry of the men who later pleaded guilty when it came to making the shot. In midfield they could do anything with the ball; near goal they did not know what to do with it. The goal Everton did get was a bonny one in its making and in his completion for Catterick’s header was so perfectly timed and directed that smith was helpless to do anything. Twice the upright was struck, once by each side, and Greenhalgh seemed to keep out of the ground to kick away Hutchinson lob which had beaten Burnett. Everton were definitely the better side in the second half but Catterick goal had to suffice. Well matched in the finer points of the game, the two sides produced movements which were a delight to the eye. Kept a particularly keen watch on Elliott. Everton’s new forward from Maryhill Harp and I saw a lot in his play which suggested that there will soon be a place in the first team for the young scot.
MIDDLESBRO’ AT GOODISON
November 16, 1945. The Evening Express
Everton who recovered so well to defeat Sheffield United, but they are bringing along a splendid side including Mickle Fenton the English international and probably George Hardwick Spuhler, the new outside right from Sunderland who played here a few weeks ago. bob Stuart who in pre-war days, was one of the fastest full backs in football and Cumming, the Scottish goalkeeper, are others in a team which looks well on paper but which has been somewhat luckless. Everton will have Tommy Elliott at inside right, as Wainwright leave has been cancelled and so the team is unchanged from last week. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Mercer, Watson; Rawlings, Elliott, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes. Middlesbrough; Cumming; Stuart, Lakin; or Hardwick; Howeston, Douglas, Johnson, Spubler, Bell, Fenton, Dews, Stobbart.
BUES RECEIVE ‘BROUGH
November 16, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
In League Warfare we have no Merseyside side the first visit for over six years from Middlesbrough, who come to Goodison with hardly the same high reputation they had when last there. That season they were challenging Everton for the championship for quite a spell. Although since then old-stagers like Camsell and Yorston have faded from view, the Ayrseome Park side still a good sprinkling of pre-war first team players including the Cumming Laking Stuart defensive trio. Bob Stuart these days is a stalwart, of the Players Union committee –and as good a defender in the conference chamber, as on the field. Other pre-war players in the side are Fenton and Stobbart, outs Spuier, recently signed from Sunderland. George Hardwick, the international back was only aged 18 when he made a few pre-war appearances and an unfortunate, debut putting through his own goal in the first minute of the first senior game. Today he is one of the best backs in the land. Like everybody else Middlesbrough have a proportion of young players along with their more experienced ones Dewes, inside left is spoiler of as a lad with a brilliant future. Bell is another of promise and both are in their first senior season. The half-backs line comprises three 19 year-olds with Douglas are recent signings from Hartlepools, taking the place of Shepherdson (injured) at centre half. Although borough are bottom of the table, with only two wins to their credit, and have had 25 goals scored against them in the last six matches. I’m told they have shown improvement latterly and may not be such easy meat for Everton as some may thinks. As Wainwright leave has been cancelled, Elliott takes his place. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Mercer, Watson; Rawlings, Elliott, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes. Middlesbrough; Cumming; Stuart, Lakin; or Hardwick; Howeston, Douglas, Johnson, Spubler, Bell, Fenton, Dews, Stobbart.
November 16, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
An Everton shareholders meeting in Birkenhead who gives me his name and address does not wish it published, writes as follows, regarding the recent Everton shareholders Association meeting. “At the original formation of the Shareholders Association the theme song was Mr. Cuff has co-opted another director, “It being understood he had promised that all nominations for the board would go through the usual channels. The Association being formed, it put up a candidate for the board who was duly elected in a constructional manner. Later Mr. Deanaro was put forward and beaten. Is it that he cannot take it? Mr. Evans say there is a distinct cleavage through the accumulation of share by one of the directors. Did not one of Mr. Cuff’s co-opted members buy a large number of shares? Why? I am entitled to believe the ultimate object was voting power. What has happened in the meantime? If Mr. Evans has been in contentious director. I should not think he need worry when his term of office expires. “Mr. Cuff statement that he had been chairman for 17 years seems sufficient reason why another should be elected. The honour should be passed round. He also stated that he has unwillingly been completed to absent himself from board meetings altogether and gave various reasons. Are they the only reasons? “It appears to me that another association should be formed to protect us from the Everton shareholders Association which is not by any means the mainstay of the club.”
BORO VISIT GOODISON
November 17, 1945. The Evening Express
Defence on Top
Middlesbrough included Hardwick the English international back against Everton at Goodison Park today, while Stobbart, their utility player, was signed as a full time professional just before the game. Mickle Fenton, the international, lead the attack, while Mercer continued at centre-half for Everton, and Elliott was again at inside right. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Grant, Mercer, and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings, Elliott, Catterick, Fielding and Boyes, forwards. Middlesbrough; Cummings, goal; Stuart and Hardwick, backs; Howeson, Douglas, and Johnson, half-backs; Spubhler, Bell, Fenton, Dewes, and Stobbart, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Derry (Huddersfield). The ‘Boro opened through their latest capture from Sunderland, Spuhier, who forced a corner off Greenhalgh, but Mercer was there to outwit Fenton and again take charge of the elusive “Mickie” who was trying to bore through. Everton tried the interchange of positions move on the left, and then Catterick shot from outside the penalty area, the ball swerving by the far post. Douglas, blocked a shot from Fielding before Elliott almost got through, the ball being booted off his foot. Catterick just failed to connect with a fast centre from Rawlings and then the Boro’ attacked in open order Dewes lending his aid in a menacing move, and the ball dropped nicely for the in running Stobbart, who from only 5 yards drove over the top. Everton came back to force a corner on the right from which Fielding drove outside, and then Boyes also forced a corner without bringing grist to the mill.
Rawlings cut through the middle only for his final pass to run astray, and when Greenhalgh missed his tackle, Bell nipped in to shoot inches by the far post. Fenton was trying to upset the Everton defence by moving away to the open spaces, but Mercer was not to be caught. Fielding and Elliott contributed some delightful touches before Catterick raced through to drew Cumming out of goal. The players fell in a heap, although Catterick got the ball but Stuart was there to kick away. Everton exploited Boyes at every opportunity and the winger went through with a low centre which Cummings killed by diving on it. Middlesbrough played lively if academic football, their half back being particularly forceful. Burnett was worried with a dropping centre from Spuhler, which passed just over the top. The Boro’ defence did appear not at all happy when Elliott dribbled through on his own, only for Douglas to make the winning tackle at the vital moment. Rawlings centred and Douglas trying to clear almost put through his own goal, Cumming saving on the line. From a close up free kick Catterick rushed through and just failed to turn the ball past Cumming and then Catterick, who was playing marabous football got the Boro’ more all the wrong way with a nice back pass. Boyes was then able to get a drive fast across the face of the goal, no one being near enough to take advantage.
November 19, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 1, Middlesbrough 1
Many Opportunities Missed
Middlesbrough, minus any great craft, utilised the long pass and the quick dart through, and might have scored in the first few minutes when Stobbart, more by good luck than good management found the ball at his toes, and kicked it over the bar. There were other misses. Boro’s tactics were amateurish, yet just as likely to produce goals as the more studious play of Everton. Everton have got into the habit of missing opportunities. Had it not been for the great individual effort of Catterick they would have gone goalless, for Cumming the Boro’ goalkeeper, had little to worry about. Considering the territorial advantage Everton had held, they should have been several goals in hand but there was no drive in their attack. Fielding and Elliott were good ball players but it did not get them far and Boyes held on to the hail too long. Rawlings made only a couple of shots. It therefore seemed that Catterick grand goal –he headed the ball away from an opponent, trapped it as it descended, and then swept on to score a really clever goal –would carry the day. At seventy-four minutes, however Spuhler came in to head the equaliser and so the Boro carried away what may prove to then a very valuable point. Attendance 23,243. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Grant, Mercer, and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings, Elliott, Catterick, Fielding and Boyes, forwards. Middlesbrough; Cummings, goal; Stuart and Hardwick, backs; Howeson, Douglas, and Johnson, half-backs; Spubhler, Bell, Fenton, Dewes, and Stobbart, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Derry (Huddersfield).
• Liverpool beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-2, Balmer (2), Liddell, and Rodgers and Froggatt for Sheffield Wednesday.
• Everton Reserves beat Sheffield United Reserves 1-0
November 19, 1945. The Evening Express
The Everton F.C. directors are to circulate all shareholders giving full details of events affording the elections to the directorate at the last annual meeting. Since the meeting there has been a “spilt” on the board, and it is hoped that this laying bare of the facts will bring unity throughout the club. That hope is shared by everyone with the good of Everton at heart.
November 19, 1945. The Evening Express
I am quite convinced that had Harry Catterick the Everton centre-forward, not been injured after 70 minutes of the game with Middlesbrough at Goodison Park on Saturday the Blues would have won instead of drawing 1-1. When Catterick went to outside-right to limp along, the striking power went out of the Everton attack. This was all the more noticeable because the game was out in which there was much wasted opportunity. There might easily have been 20 goals, but had all chances been accepted both points would have gone to Teeside. How the Boro came to miss out, sitters was positively amazing. Why once Bell had the goal gasping at him with Burnett out and yet he headed over the top. Stobbart and Fenton were each positioned a few yards out with only Burnett to beat and yet failed. Spuhler was in an off-side position when he did head through for the equaliser, and I suspect that the ball must have touched an Everton player to play him onside. Catterick was the player who really did look like a score all through and of course it was him the scored. And what a beauty. Catterick leapt high to out head the 6ft 2ins Douglas; slip around Douglas; take the ball as it fell and bore in to drive home. Everton were deprived of the confidence a goal can give a player by the injury which followed soon after. You will be pleased to know that the injury is not serious and Trainer Mr. Harry Cooke assures me that medical opinion is Catterick will be all right in three days. A calf muscle was affected. Catterick is one player Everton cannot afford to be without these days for Harry is making the spectators forget the departure of Lawton. Certainly Catterick was the pick of the whole 22 on Saturday, and as he gains confidence, so will he improve. There was little in the game over which to enthuse and while Everton had more of the attack the Boro had the better chances. The Blues were more intricate –maybe too intricate at times –and this was matched by more open methods and power to the ball Everton were much superior at half-back. Grant, Mercer, and Watson doing exceptionally well, although Mercer was not as dominant as against Sheffield United. Elliott had another good game his worrying facitics being highly successfully while I like the cool, collected opening making of Fielding. Rawlings was quite a danger man but Boyes after a good first half could do nothing right. Wally is having one of those unfortunate “patches” which comes to everyone Jackson and Greenhalgh have played better although they made no mistake, and Burnett was okay. Middlesbrough are not a good side, but Everton tended to come down to their level in a game which lacked that certain something.
November 19, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
There were not many features in the Everton-Middlesbrough game, the most outstanding one being Cattericks goal. The football was moderate although Everton produced some excellent round of combination, but further than that there was hectic to make a note about. Middlesbrough naturally were delighted with their point, but they surely could not be satisfied with the usual display, for it was well below that of a First Division side. They were amateurish in their methods and far behind Everton in point of skill, but the latter’s ability in midfield was negatived by poor finishing. It needed only a few minutes play to tell Everton that open tactics was the one to succeed but they persisted with their close play and so missed their way. Had Middlesbrough been of any great account, I would not have minded this draw; but the points were there for the taking; if Everton had gone about with their eyes open. I picked out weakness in the Boro line out. (writes Stork), which should have been turned to good account, by players with the skill of the Everton forwards, who could and did carve their way through the adversative defence, only to tumble down at the all important business of shooting. Middlesbrough exploited the “long ball” with the quick shot to follow. There was little “build-up” about their attacks. They simply propelled the ball forward, went after it, and banged at goal, and it nearly did the trick, with less than a quarter of the chances Everton had they were just, as dangerous. Yes, it was hit and run stuff without a dividend. Fenton had a match winning chance when as was out clean through by Stobbart. A calm head and a well directed shot was all that was required. Fenton hit the ball hard enough but Burnett was able to turn it out of the net. Cumming made the save of the day without knowing it. He dived for a Rawling shot, missed it, but the ball struck his feet and came out. Catterick’s goal was the high light of the game. He headed the ball over an opponent’s head, whipped round his man, trapped the ball, and then delivered a shot which had Cumming helpless. The equaliser was the result of a quick thrust on the left –Boro’s best wing –and a header by Spuhler. Catterick twisted his ankle shortly after scoring, and was a passenger for the rest of the game, finally leaving the field.
GILLICK AND CASKIE LEAVING EVERTON
November 21, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
Everton F.C. are to lose two more international players, Gillick and Caskie. For sometime negotiations have been in progress, and these will be completed by the department of the two men concerned, in a joint transfer to Glasgow Rangers. Caskie joined the Everton Club in March, 1939. From St. Johnstone, and Gillick was signed from Glasgow Rangers in December, 1935. During the war both have been employed on war work in Scotland and have played for Hibernians and Glasgow Rangers respectively.
For their return League game with Middlesbrough at Aryesome Park, on Saturday, Everton make changes in the half-back and forward lines. At half-back, Bentham, Mercer and Jones (T.G.) and Watson are chosen. Grant dropping out, but it is not yet definite what the line will ultimately be in the attack. Wainwright comes in at inside right to the exclusion of Elliott, the team being; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Mercer, Jones (T.G.), Watson; Rawlings, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes.
At a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Everton shareholders Association held last night, the following resolution was carried unanimously, “That the Executive Committee of this association have carefully considered a statement issued by the Everton board expressed its unbounded confidence in Mr. W.C. Cuff, realising that he would not be a party to anything not proper and legal in every detail and that he has always acted in the best interested of the club, and, in view of the problems missed in the correspondence recently issued by the board, we deem it desirable that a meeting of all shareholders to convened at the earliest possible date to consider the best means of remedying the present position. The resolution will be forwarded to the club with a letter asking the board to fix the meeting at the earliest possible moment.
November 21, 1945. The Evening Express
Everton are to lose Torry Gillick and Jimmy Caskie, the Scottish international forwards, as foreshadowed some time ago. Mr. Theo Kelly, the Everton secretary, announce that both players will be transferred to Glasgow Rangers within hours. This is another blow for Everton, who transferred Lawton to Chelsea only two weeks ago. Both players cost the Blues a pretty figure in pre-war days. However Everton will no doubt get back more than they laid out, and the fees received by the club in the three deals should be approaching the £30,000 mark. Both Gillick and Caskie have business ties in Scotland and that is the reason they could not return to Merseyside. Gillick was a certainly for the Rangers, for whom he has played throughout the war but the fact that Caskie who has a men’s outfitting shop in Edinburgh, and who, has played for Hibernian during the war seasons, moves to Glasgow will come as a surprise in many quarters. Gillick has been an Everton player for years for he came here in Dec, 1935, but Caskie in March 1939, to play only a few games in Everton’s championship season.
Everton will have Wainwright at inside right for Elliott for the visit to Middlesbrough at Aryesome Park on Saturday, while Bentham and Welsh international Tom Jones, are included among the half-backs from which final choice will be made. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; (from); Bentham, Mercer, Tommy Jones, Watson; Rawlings, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes.
November 21, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
There was a further development last night in the domestic differences at Everton when the executives committee of the Shareholders Association decided to request the board to call a special meeting of all shareholders. The resolution was in the following terms;- That the Executive Committee of this association have carefully considered a statement issued by the Everton board expressed its unbounded confidence in Mr. W.C. Cuff, realising that he would not be a party to anything not proper and legal in every detail and that he has always acted in the best interested of the club, and, in view of the problems missed in the correspondence recently issued by the board, we deem it desirable that a meeting of all shareholders to convened at the earliest possible date to consider the best means of remedying the present position.
The next move is up to the board –if they dealing to call a meeting the shareholders association can if it so wishes, requisition an extraordinary general meeting providing shareholders-one-tenth of the capital quiescent to 250 shares are sigustories to such a request.
Caskie and Gillick
We have known that Gillick and Caskie Everton’s Scottish international forwards were desirous of remaining in Scotland, where they have been domiciled since the early days of the war. Caskie has been helping Hibernian and Gillick has been one of the Glasgow “stars” players since he left Merseyside to go on war work. Negotiations have been proceeding for some time between Everton and Glasgow Rangers and I understand are now completed, so that only the signing of the forms to the two players remains to be done. Caskie joined Everton from St. Johnstone in March 1939, so Everton have not had a lot of service from him but he proved a great wing. Gillick came to Goodison in December 1935 and was one of Everton’s most outstanding forwards. He could play in any of the forward positions but preferred outside right.
Everton have chosen 12 players from which to make their first choice for the return game with Middlesbrough at Aryesome Park. Bentham, Mercer, Watson, and T.G. Jones have been selected for the half-back line, and Wainwright comes in for Elliott at inside right. Team; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Mercer, Jones (T.G.), Watson; Rawlings, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes.
Liverpool Evening Express - Wednesday 21 November 1945
The Executive Committee of Everton F.C. Shareholders Association last night passer the following resolution: That in view of the problems arising in the correspondence issued by the Board of Directors, we deem it desirable that a meeting of all shareholders be convened at the earliest possible date to consider the best means of remedying the present position.” A second resolution was passed expressing unbounded confidence in Mr. W. C. Cuff.
EVERTON F.C. PROXIES
Liverpool Evening Express - Thursday 22 November 1945
The following letter has been received by the Editor of the Evening Express from the chairman of Everton Football Club (Mr. W. C. Gibbms) and his fellow directors. Mr. E. Green. Dr. C. S. Baxter, Mr W. R. Williams and Mr. R. E. Searle. concerning the question of proxy votes at the election of directors in June: Reading Mr. W. C. Cuffs remarks in your sports notes of Tuesday, November 20, anyone not acquainted with the true facts would assume that the proxies, about which there is complaint, were his own. to do as he liked with. As a matter of fact, the said proxies were issued by the Board of Everton Football Club, Co., Ltd., and after completion by the shareholders were returned to the Club office addressed to the secretary. The Board delegated to Mr. Cuff the right to use these proxies on the clear understanding that they would be used in favour of himself ana Mr. Searle. The Board’s minutes of May 1 ana 15 are conclusive evidence of this. Mr. Cuff was present at both these meetings and did not dissent. In using the votes as he did we consider that he did not carry out the wishes of the undersigned and the shareholders who entrusted the Boara with their proxies.
November 23, 1945. The Evening Express
Everton have a fine opportunity of recording their fourth away win of the season when they go to Aryesome Park to face Middlesbrough who surprised us last week by gaining a point at Goodison, I doubt whether the Boro will be able to do as well this time, for the striking power of Eddie Wainwright is going to make a tremendous difference to that work in front of goal. Wainwright has the weight, dash and skill to draw a lot of attention which naturally centres on Catterick these days, and if Catterick gets the slightest latitude he will take full advantage. Everton have doubts about their half-back line, and four players are named, but it may be that Welsh international Tommy Jones will resume in the centre, allowing England’s captain Mercer to revert to right-half. Bentham is fit again and goes along. The Boro will have their £3000 star capture from Newcastle United Jimmy Gordon at wing half, in a game which Everton should win. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; (from); Bentham, Mercer, Jones (T.G.), Watson; Rawlings, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes.
Joe Mercer’s England’s captain and Eddie Wainwright, both of Everton, have been selected to play for England against Scottish in the Army international at Tottenham on Monday, December 3. Mercer is on demobilisation leave and will play if Everton grant permission.
MORE PUNCH WANTED
November 23, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Everton must be more definite in front of goal tomorrow or they may find the Boro’s more direct method of goal making a partner to success. With considerable less percentage of attack the North Easterners came close to winning last week because they would shoot. Everton would not. To my mind the weakness in the Boro team is at half back; a line which is undoubtedly the key-note of a good team (write Stork). Everton have made a change in their attack. Wainwright comes in for Elliott. Don’t think that the latter has not filled the bill, for I forecast a great future for that youngster with football in his brains as well as his boots. Wainwright however is more forceful. For half-back have been named included T.G. Jones and Bentham, both recovered from injuries. It looks to Everton’s more skilful play to account for Middlesbrough enthusiastic endeavour, but there will be no Everton win unless they realise that shots win matches and shot over elaboration. James Gordon the Newcastle right half back who was signed earlier in the week will make his league debut for Middlesbrough, whose chances are confined to the half-back line, Shepherdson, on Army lave will be available at centre half and Douglas goes left half to the exclusion of Johnson. Middlesbrough; Cummings; Stuart, Hardwick; Gordon, Shepherdson, Douglas; Spuhler, Bell, Farrish, Dawson, Stobbart. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Mercer, Jones (T.G.), Watson; Rawlings, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes.
Everton Reserves team v. Sheffield United Reserves at Goodison park (2.30) is; Birkett; Curwen, Jones (JE); Hirst, E. Falder, Cookson; W. Owen, Elliott, Bell, Lyon, Makin.
Everton F.C. Controversy
Liverpool Evening Express - Saturday 24 November 1945
The Everton Football Club controversy was carried a stage further when Mr. R. E. Searle, one of the directors re-elected at the last annual meeting, explained to a Press conference in Liverpool yesterday his posi tion regarding the board and its future. Mr W. C. Gibbins, chairman of the club, and Mr. R. K. Milne, Mr. Searle’s solicitor, were also present. Mr. Searle stated that before Mr. W. C. Cuff—re-elected to the board with Mr. Searle—sold 28 shares to him, Mr. Cuff’s total holding was only 31 shares. Mr. Cuff said gave me his personal votes at the annual meeting, but Mr. Cuff had only three votes to give,” declared Mr Searle. Mr, Gibbins said: “Why Mr. Cuff has taken this action against Mr. Searle is, beyond me. We feel that Mr Cuff did not keep faith with the board. Had the Everton directors not given their to Mr. Cuff his poll would have been only 779 votes instead of 1,928, and he would have been at the bottom of the poll instead of the top.”
November 26, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
Middlesbrough 0, Everton 0
Everton are still shot-shy. Not once did they gave Cumming, the Middlesbrough goalkeeper, any real anxiety at Aryesome Park. I though the Boro were somewhat unlucky not to have won this return game for three times they had the ball in the net, but on each occasion the goal was disallowed on the score of off-side. Fenton, had the hardest of luck when he lobbed that ball over the prostrate form of Burnett who had previously saved and the ball bounced off the crossbar. Everton had their chances, but were never so dangerous as Middlesbrough, I thought Spurhler had scored a good goal near the score of the game when he headed beyond Burnett, the Boro players protested when he signalised “No goal,” but he was firm in his opinion that Spuhler was offside. There was no question that on the two previous occasions when the ball was netted that the parties concerned were offside.
Middlesbrough were a much better side than the previous, week for they brought more methods into their play, were stronger at half-back and showed great pace, Everton were perhaps the more polished side but they took three passes to do what the Boro did in one. Middlesbrough swept the ball about, not haphazazardly but with great effect, and if they can maintain this form, will not be at the bottom of the table very much longer. Everton had their opportunities –they did not take them. It was a grand game, nevertheless full of thrills and excitement, with some great defensive play by Everton and much fluctuating football. All the honours of this game went to the Everton defence, which had to work double time to check the rampant Middlesbrough side. Fielding was Everton’s best forward and the left wing –Boyes, Fielding and Bentham –produced some really intricate football. Attendance 17,500. Middlesbrough; Cumming, goal; Stuart and Hardwick, backs; Gordon, Shepherdson, and Douglas, half-backs; Spuhler, Bell, Fenton, Dewes, and Stobbart, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Grant, Mercer, and Bentham, half-backs; Rawlings, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding and Boyes, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Berry (Huddersfield).
• Liverpool lost 2-0 against Sheffield Wednesday, Fagan miss a penalty, Lindsay, Tomlinson scored for Sheffield.
November 26, 1945. The Evening Express
Main honours in Everton’s highly-commendable draw at Middlesbrough –there were no goals to count –went to Everton’s defence with George Burnett touching the peak of his form. Burnett’s ever faithful covers Jackson and Greenhalgh –the three have played unchanged this season –were right on their job, and a splendid half-back line of Bentham, Mercer, and Watson took a lot of the sting out of the Boro attack. It is true that Middlesbrough got the ball into the net on three occasions but only after infringement and justice was served with Everton getting away with a point. Everton were the more progressive side in attack and with rather the cuter ideas, but they too ran up against a strong resistance. Both sides missed chances.
• Everton Reserves completed the double over Sheffield United, winning 4-1 at Goodison Park.
EVERTON NEED A PEACEMAKER
November 26, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Several Everton shareholders have already expressed approval of my suggestion for mediation in the regrettable directorial dispute at Goodison Park. In case you didn’t see it –I know it isn’t always easy to get your football edition –my suggestion was that some sportsman of outstanding repute should be nominated president of Everton with the sole aim of restoring harmony. Some there are who hold that rift has already gone far beyond hope of amicable solution, if so what is the alternative? Nothing but years of discord, camity and stifle to you can take it to a sorry business as no settled through tolerate and forbearance it will go on for years. While each side is sincere in its belief in the honestly of its cause and the impregnability of its case the sum total is to more than an unseemly and undignified wrangle which is dragging the good name of Everton through the gutter and bringing discredit on football in general. I know from inside knowledge how hard Mr. Will Gibbins has worked during the chairmanship to restore friendship all round. No blame attaches to him. With his continued efforts plus the healting influence which the right type of president would bring it should not be beyond the bounds of possibility to restore peace. Here’s hoping.
Tommy Jones Denies Rumours
For some time the name T.G. Jones subject of rumours behind the scenes, I have given them no publicity because I knew the circumstances. Today, however one reference has mentioned that Jones has asked Everton for a transfer and alleges “Discontent.” The club and player may not always have seen exactly eye to eye, but Tommy himself asks me to contradict the statement that he is considering asking for a transfer/”It is entirely unfounded and incorrect’ he say “I have not the slightest desire to part company with Everton.
All Everton needed was someone who could have finished of their rounds of combination with a shot at Aryesome Park, for they were without question the more complete footballing side. But where did it get them? No where. Had it not been for their great defence the Boro would have won this return game. I freely admit that they were worth a win not because they were the better side in point of football, but they would “have a go” as they say in football circles. Three times they had the ball in the net and three times the referee reduced a goal because of offside. No wonder the crowd were upset, we could have been the same had the boot been on the other foot. (Writes Stork). Don’t think the referee erred. He was in the best position of all to see the position of things. He was up with the play, and was not hesitant when he made up his decisions. Fenton could have won this game yet, was not blame him for trying I lob kick to beat Burnett who was raising from the ground after making a save. Some think he should have shot low and hard. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred the same too would have scored the ball hit the crossbar. An inch lower and it would have been a goal. Fenton also tried to squeeze the ball through Burnett’s legs from close range, and the Everton goalkeeper had to make some slick saves. Perhaps that will explain why Middlesbrough should have won. They were more dangerous near goal, even though their football had not the polish of Everton. That no goal were scored against them, Everton have to thank their rear lines. All the half backs were good and Greenhalgh and Jackson aided Mercer, were soon made aware of their responsibities and accepted them willingly. Greenhalgh was at his best but it was a combined effort which held up Middlesbrough.
November 28, 1945. The Evening Express
Gordon Watson was unable to play for Everton at Middlesbrough last Saturday, as he was taken ill just before the game. It is expected that he will have recovered by Saturday, when the Blues visit Stoke City and he is among those from whom the half backs will be chosen. Wainwright is not available for the attack. Everton’s defence Burnett, Jackson and Greenhalgh is the only part of the side definitely decided on. The selected 13 are; Burnett, Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Mercer, Jones (TG), Watson, Bentham; Rawling, Elliott, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes.
Everton have signed on professional forms J.A. Jones a promising young goalkeeper, who has played a number of Central League games this season.
BLUES AT STOKE
November 30, 1945. The Evening Express
Everton to go to the Victoria Grounds to face Stoke City –and Stanley Mathews. The Blues face a terrific task, but the constitution of the team will not be decided until just before the game. Mr. Theo Kelly, the secretary states that he is travelling 13 players including Welsh International Tommy Jones, who has assured his directors that he has no desire to add to Everton’s loss of players and will remain here. This is great news. Stoke have become the “giant-killers” of the League and it was they who first “put the skids” under Chesterfield.” In nine games at home the City have won eight and lost one. However, Everton have lost only three of eight away games, so may withstand the magic of the City. Everton (from); -Burnett; Jackson, Watson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Mercer, Tommy Watson, Bentham; Rawlings, Elliott, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes.
THAT’S THE RUB!
November 30, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
In tackling Stoke at the Victoria ground Everton face their suffers task for some weeks, for the Potters are third in the table, strong challengers to Blackpool and Chesterfield. Stoke’s strongest department is attack, where Freddie Steele is now back to his best, with a goal tally of 19 to date. Their defence is hardly a solid as Everton’s where the still unchanged rearguard trio has forfeited few goals than any other club in the division bar Chesterfield, who are on the same mark with 17 against. Everton have not had a single goal against in six of their last eight games, but the attack has scored only two in the last four outings and that’s where the rub comes. The forward line is not quite striking the right note, being still wasteful of the easy chances. They will need to make the most of their opportunities to get any reward from tomorrow’s game. Burnett, Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Mercer, Jones (TG), Watson, Bentham; Rawling, Elliott, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes.