EVERTON BLUNT THE BLADES
November 1, 1947. The Evening Express
Fielding’s Great Work And Goal in United’s Defeat
Everton treated 40,000 spectators at Goodison Park today to a delightful display of progressive football. And the man of the match was Wally Fielding, who have a truly great display. Fielding constantly had the Sheffield defence going the wrong way and it was from his through pass that Eglington was able to give Dodds the chance to place Everton deservedly in front. He himself got the second goal. Sheffield fought hard for the equaliser after the interval but found themselves facing an indomitable Everton defence, with Humphreys blotting out Whitelum. Everton were strengthened by the return of international Peter Farrell (recovered from influenze), Jock Dodds and Tommy Eglington. Sheffield had to make a late change, centre-half Latham being unfit owing to groin injury, and Dick Young deputised. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Dugdale, backs; Farrell, Humphreys and Watson (captain), half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Sheffield United; Smith, goal; Furness and Cox, backs; Jackson, Young, and Forbes, half-backs; Rickett, Nightingale, Whitlum, Hagan, and Jones, forwards. Referee; Mr. G.S. Blackhall, of Wednesbury Staff. About 40,000 spectators saw, Hagan open with a canny forward pass for Jones, but the United left-winger made a sorry hash of his attempted first time drive. Then the Hagan-Forbes combine linked up dangerous for Hagan to cross a perfect ball from the line only to see Sagar catch high up with every confidence. Away went Everton for Dodds to out-head Younger and let go a powerful drive from thirty yards which swerved wide of the far post. After Saunders had atoned cleverly following a mis-timed back pass to Sagar, Farrell, Fielding and Eglington collaborated menacingly but Smith collected Eglington low cross before Dodds could make contact. A quickly taken Fielding throw-in saw Dodds push the ball forward for Stevenson to take possession and shoot into the side netting from a difficult angle. Away went Sheffield for Rickett to cut in and level an accurate centre which Hagan headed downward. The ball bounced awkwardly and Sagar had all his work cut out to fist over the top. Everton were now having much the better of the game with Fielding leading Jackson a merry dance, and in one concentrated attack Eglington came flying in to head Stevenson’s cross beyond Smith only to see Young come from nowhere to boot over the top for an unproductive corner. The Everton forwards were producing delightful approach work without being able to test Smith seriously, but there was a close call for Everton when Jackson sent Rickett away and Hagan was just unable to make contact effectively with only Sagar to beat. Everton came again and there were prospects of a leading goal when Dodd’s flicked the ball through neatly for the in-running Fielding, but Fielding was bowled over just as he was about to let go. Dodds produced a remarkable burst of speed to challenge Young for Eglington’s long distance pass, but Smith was alive to the danger and left his goal to pick up in a hurry. Then Mcllhatton, who was not having too good an innings, shot narrowly over the top from Dodds square pass. This was fast clever football on both sides, but with neither attack revealing conviction in front of goal.
Fielding’s Great Run
Another superb run by Fielding who was in magnificent form gave Dodds the chance for one of those powerful drives of his, but his shot this time, lacked accuracy. Following a temporary halt for repairs to Eglington who received a kick on the head, Everton again made tracks and Stevenson and Dodds gave Mcllhatton scoring openings, but Smith dealt confidently with the Scotsman’s drive by the far post. A corner to Sheffield when Sagar just unable to prevent Dugdale’s back pass crossing the line produced danger from Hagan, who appeared to be tripped just as he was about to shoot. Dugdale incidentally was showing up exceptionally well. Mcllhatton who seemed to be moving at only goal speed, had to be helped off the pitch with a leg injury. Just on half-time Everton deservedly went ahead through Dodds. Stevenson initiated the movement, transferring to Fielding, who sent Eglington away. Eglington appeared to push the ball too far forward but he managed to stop it on the line and crossed perfectly to Dodds, who took his time and steered the ball accurately wide of Smith.
Half-time; Everton 1, Sheffield United 0.
Mcllhatton resumed, limping, to see Rickett bring Sagar into action with a rising cross drive. Then Dodds gained possession, following effective spade work by Eglington, but hook the ball high over the top from less than ten yards when Everton’s lead seemed certain to be increased. Little had been seen as yet of Whitelum so well had he been watched by Humphreys. Stevenson cause the crowd to roar when he cutely pushed the ball straight through Forbes’ legs, and the Sheffield wing halves were having an unhappy day against Everton’s diminutive inside-men. The Everton half-backs gave every evidence of having a firm control over the United attack, despite the efforts from canny Hagan to set his line moving. There was danger for Everton, however, when Humphreys handled with the United forwards on the goal path. Sheffield claimed strongly that the infringement was inside the area but the referee was on the spot, and awarded a free kick a few yards outside. Hagan cleverly flicked the ball over to the unmarked Jones, but Saunders managed to come across with a winning tackle. Then Jones broke through down the middle, and almost caught Sagar in two minds. Sagar just managed to edge the ball round the post at the last second. Sheffield were now temporarily in command and were throwing in everything they knew for the equaliser, and the Everton defence was certainly being severely tested. However, when Everton went away again Dodds took over from Fielding, and gave Stevenson the short pass for the Irishman to crack in a first-timer which Smith, saved magnificently at full length. Everton kept it up and Mcllhatton who was still limping badly came near with a storming drive which was deflected for a corner by Forbes what time Smith was helpless. Further Sheffield pressure produced successive corners and a rasping shot from Hagan which Sagar was relieved to see flash over the top. Everton had now resumed command and in the 75th minute Stevenson took control, and flicked the ball forward to give Fielding a glorious chance. And “Nobby” made no mistake. Fielding went away again to transfer to Stevenson who pushed the ball out for Eglington to shoot on the instant, but the ball slewed well wide of the near post. Forbes went through the Everton defence solo to show his forwards how to do it, but found Sagar perfectly positioned to deal with a fiery grounder. Official attendance 43,615. Final; Everton 2, Sheffield United 0.
• Preston Reserves 2, Everton Reserves 1
• Everton “A” 5, Newton YMCA 0
• Liverpool lost to Blackpool 2-0, McIntosh (2)
TOMMY JONES LIFTS THE LID
November 1, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Why I Want To get Away From Everton
By Tommy Jones, In an Interview with Ranger
(Each new development in the sequence of events that has made Thomas Jones, Everton’s brilliant Welsh international centre half, one of the most unhappy and unsettled footballers in the country, has been known to me, but when I have asked him for a statement he has always declined, hoping that an amicable settlement would be reached. Now he has described the time has come to state his case for wanting to leave Everton –Ranger.).
“When I joined Everton from Wrexham ten years ago,” he states “I hoped it would be the only signing in my career. Mt greatest ambition was to finish my active days at Goodison Park. Today, I want nothing so much as to get away. I have asked for my release five times. Five times have the Board said “No” although less than two years ago the then chairman (Mr. W.C. Gibbins) said Everton would never attempt to retain a dissatisfied player. Evidently views have undergone a change in the board-room, I wonder why? “Could it be that, having lost Tommy Lawton and Joe Mercer when both might have been kept had different methods been adopted, they are frightened of public opinion if they let me go? “I have tried to avoid stating my case in this manner, I thought –too optimistically, as it has turned out – that Everton would let me go once I had shown how keenly I wanted a move. Even now I should not be making this public statement had not certain things which have appeared in print forced my hand. When you have read this statement you may not be on my side, though I sincerely hope you will, for I have the utmost affection for all your sporting folk of Merseyside. You have always been kind to me, I am grateful for your support and for the hundreds of sympathetic letters I have received.
Start of the Trouble
“Now for my reason’s. They go back to the Liverpool game at Anfield on April 22, 1943, the hard time we had met in ten days to settle a Lancashire Cup-tie. Early on I suffered an ankle injury, and had to be carried off the field. “While in the dressing room; doubled up with pain an Everton director came down, looked at my back and swallow ankle, and my remark that I wouldn’t be able to return to the field. That’s nothing “he said, ‘I’ve seen plenty of fellows play when much worse than that.” He was most annoyed when I refused to go back. “I couldn’t have done so for a thousand pounds. In any case, my future livenhood was at stake. Sitting there pondering my mind recalled an incident on the same ground three months before, when Guthbert Tatters a promising R.A.F lad I had brought to Everton, also received a severe ankle injury. But there was this difference. Tatters did go back, played in great pain and when his ankle was X-rayed on return to his unit it was found to be broken! “That finished Tatter’s career in first-class football. It might have been my fate also. I was left to get away from Anfield as best I could. Nobody seemed to care whether or how I got back, to my unit or whether I would be fit to play again. As it was I was in hospital for four months, and care not touch a ball for six months. “After that, do you wonder that I’m sometimes cynical when Everton assure me how much they think of me? “It was not until some weeks later when the R.A.F decided an inspection was necessary, that Everton interested themselves, and got their own specialist to do it. During the three weeks I was in hospital in Liverpool no official of the club came near me. Was this further evidence of my value to the clubs, I wondered? If so, it was a queer way of showing it.
“During the time I was off injured, I was deposed from the captaincy, Tommy Lawton still one of my greatest friends was appointed in my place. I didn’t mind that a bit. What did upset me was that I was not notified of the change. I first learned of it from the Press while lying in hospital. “Returning soon after the start of the following season I had played about a dozen matches when my ankle went again, and Joe Mercer another of my staundiest pals, had two or three games as an emergency centre-half. “You can guess my feelings when Joe informed me that a club official had said he would far rather have him (Joe) at centre half any day than me. Could this I wondered, be yet another example of how much I was valued? “When I was once more fit, Jack Humphreys was in the side, and I was rarely chosen. During that time and since, malicious states have been circulated about me –some to the effect that I would only play when I felt like it, picking my matches when the opposition was easy. Others asserted I was not a good influence in the team, and made me out to be all that a bad player is suppose to be. And so it went on. Where do these harmful rumours originate.” In the dressing room –or elsewhere” I have never been able to pin them down, but certainly they are not calculated to make me feel happier. “Then six months ago, Mr. W. C.Cuff, publicly stated that a certain person connected with the club had said, in the hearing of many people, that ‘Jones and Mercer are no good to any club. “so far as I am award, that statement has never yet been denied. In any case, a man of Mr. Cuff’s standings would not have made such an accusation without proof.
“Malicious and Untrue
“From another source I understand a director has asserted that if he had his way he wouldn’t play me in the first team. Yet another has stated that I only want to leave in order to make money out of my transfer. “Is it any wonder that I feel the sooner I get away the better. How can I settle down in the face of that? I say nothing about being dropped this season after only two league games. I leave the public to form their own inclusions. Was I dropped on form or for what other reasons. Suffice to to say that Jack Humphreys himself; confessed to me that he was astonished when he heard it. So was I thought that is not the point. If the Board prefers Jack to me, I ‘m not grousing, I wish him all the luck in the world. “But I am convinced that if Jack Humphrey’s wasn’t taking my place it would be somebody else. I may be wrong but it is my firm conviction which the trend of events behind the scenes have done nothing to dispel that I shall never get back to the Everton first team, except in case of dire emergency. “What I am kicking against are the malicious and untrue stories going about, the treatment I have had of recent years, as outlined above, and the discrepancy between that and the Board’s official attitude. “Rightly or wrongly, I feel also that I am something of a scapegoat because I do not take part in certain special activities that do not appeal to me. “I could say much more, but already I’ve gone on at greater length than I intended. I am content to leave the matter with the public. Let me emphasise again however that I am anxious to get away from Goodison Park as soon as possible, I shall never settle down there again. “If Everton still refuse my request than I shall try to get a job outside football as soon as my current contract has expired. Whatever happens I shall honour that. “But I do not want to leave football if it can be avoided. I am still a comparatively young player without being boasting, I think I could look forward to several seasons in the senior side of any other First Division Club.” “I have Tommy’s Jones case, Everton may wish to reply. If they do desire I shall be glad to give the same prominence to their side of the dispute –Ranger.
EVERTON SURPRISE THE’BLADES’
November 1, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Dodds Reply to Boy’s Pen war Cry
Fielding Made It Two
Everton 2, Sheffield United 0
Everton deserved their victory if only because they took their chances when offered and for the solidity of their defence. It was a hard game with not so much difference between the sides as the score might suggest. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Dugdale, backs; Farrell, Humphreys and Watson (captain), half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Sheffield United; Smith, goal; Furness and Cox, backs; Jackson, Young, and Forbes, half-backs; Rickett, Nightingale, Whitlum, Hagan, and Jones, forwards. Referee; Mr. G.S. Blackhall, of Wednesbury Staff. Sheffield United had to make one change, Young coming in for Lathom, who is suffering from a pulled muscle. There was a doubt about Forbes, their Scottish international who is suffering from boils, but at the last minute he was included. A debutant in the visiting side was Cliff Whitelum, signed during the week from Sunderland at a fee not short of five figures. Dodds making his first appearance in Everton’s senior side since September 13, was early in evidence when he picked up an Eglington pass and shot from 20 yards just wide of the post. Stevenson also went near with a shot which hit the side netting, and with Sheffield having two good efforts at the other end, the spectators had plenty of early thrills. Most exciting of them came when Fielding contributed a brilliant solo run which finally resulted in a Stevenson shot, a cannon back off a defender, and then the sight of Furness making an astounding overhead kick, right on the goal line which robbed Everton of a certain goal.
Brilliant Home Forwards
Fielding and Stevenson were brilliant in an Everton line which was doing some skilful things in midfield and frequently had the Sheffield defence chasing shadows. Mcllhatton put one strong shot inches over the bar and caused Smith to be nippy to cut out another near the post. Eglington let a pass from Fielding go through his legs and run on to Dodds. The centre-forward had what amounted almost to a free kick –there was nobody within yards –but he was again wide of the target. Eglington was kicked in the face quite accidentally, but Furness, this causing the first stoppage. Hagan, at the other end, missed a grand chance from a centre by Jones, and the former player appealed strongly for a penalty when he was tripped just inside the line.
“We Want A Goal”
The youngsters in the boys’ pen now started their chant of “We Want a goal –we want a goal.” So did 43,000 other people, but both defences were playing strongly, tackling keenly, and neither goalkeeper had anything really troublesome to deal with. Despite the absence of it, there was plenty to satisfy the spectators in other respects and none more so than the trickery evergreen Stevenson and the quicksilver Fielding. Dodds was being shadowed everywhere by Young. No matter what he did the Everton centre forward could not escape his clutches. Five minutes before the interval Mclhhaton appeared to twist his knee badly when crossing the ball, and had to leave the field. The referee had an admonishing word to say to Nightingale following an incident on the far side, and no sooner had play been resumed than Forbes had to receive attention after his tackle on Stevenson.
Dodds Taps One In
Everton had the better of matters in a fairly evenly-balanced first half, and with only one minute to go they took the lead. Dodds was the scorer with a half tapped shot from a backward pass by Eglington, and Smith seemed rooted to the spot, making hardly any effort to get the ball as it slowly trickled over the line. Everton just about deserved to be in front.
Half-time; Everton 1, Sheffield United nil.
Mcllhatton resumed in the second half with his right knee bandaged and limping while Stevenson had his left hand heavily bandaged. The first incident of note was when Dodds fired right over the bar from a well-taken corner by Eglington, following which the impish Stevenson was a thorn in the flesh of the big Sheffield defenders.
Hands by Humphreys led to a free kick a yard outside the penalty area, although Sheffield claimed that it was inside. In my case this might have brought a goal if Whitelum had been quicker to siege his chance when the free kick came out to him on the left with no one in attendance. Sagar made a splendid save when a shot from Jones struck Humphreys and went off at a tangent. Sagar changing direction as he dived in acrobatic fashion. Stevenson put in the best shot of the match at this junction a real pile-driver along the carpet which brought forth a fist away by Smith. The ball went straight to Dodds whose attempt was intercepted and cleared rather fortunately by Young. Everton were now hitting back, hard. Then Sheffield came again and forced a couple of corners from the second of which Hagan hooked the ball just over the bar.
Following this Everton got a second goal at the 73rd minute, thanks partly to a mis-kick by Cox from a long upward punt by Farrell. Fielding fastened on the ball like a flash dribbled round Smith when the latter advanced almost to the penalty spot, and then unerringly piloted the ball into the empty net. This was something of a gift for the home side, for Sheffield had been attacking for some minutes, and there were only five players in the visitors’ half, when Farrell made his pass. Forbes was one of Sheffield’s most tireless workers and put in his side’s best shot this half, a daisy-cutter, which Sagar gathered with his customary confidence although it was spinning awkwardly. Young and Dodds were hurt when they collided going for a high ball together and while both were lying on the ground Stevenson delivered another powerful shot wide almost skimmed the bar. Final; Everton 2, Sheffield United 0. Official attendance 43,615.
PRESTON R V. EVERTON R
November 1, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
The 13th minutes was lucky for Everton, for they took the lead through Johnson who headed in a Gardner corner. Preston equalised a minute later through Turner. Half-time; Preston Res 1, Everton Res 1. Preston deserved the lead they took in the 13th minute of the second half with a goal by J. Anders. A terrific 30 yards drive by Tommy Jones went narrowly wide. Final; Preston Res 2, Everton Res 1.
GOODISON’S TOUCH OF GILBERTH
November 3, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Final Whistle Handshake
By Ernest Edwards (“Bee”)
Everton 2 (Dodds, and Fielding), Sheffield United 0
Quaint things at Goodison Park, where there was a good deal of intricate footwork by Fielding, Stevenson, Hagan and Forbes, a home victory by strange-connected goals, and a finale of Gilbertian fashioning. Let me set the scene at the end. Moment to go. Red-haired, red-tempered Forbes, the half-back, who loves to titivate the ball before passing it, is having a duel with Stevenson, another rich-witted schemer. They are legging each other under the eye of the lank referee. The whistle blows each forcing a free kick against him, fins it merely the whistle to end play. Instinctively, each reaches for the other’s hand and “shake” as token of a pleasant Saturday afternoon with a good deal of what colloquially is known as “narking,” and, maybe a barking of shins into the bargain. Gilbert never produced anything more comic to enliven a final thirty minutes of dismal football. Prior to that it was splendid fare because Sheffield had started like champions –this season’s. Their pace and ability was broken down by stalwart, Saunders and Dugdale, each getting better every week. Dugdale indeed is now crossing to the opposite wing to cut out attacks with the ice box nonchalance of a Maconnachie.
A Missed Tide
Sheffield’s tide turned when they were denied a penalty kick for an admitted handling case – in the box or inches outside. What matters what we think –the referee decision was against the side which could have made the score 1-1 at that vital stage. The game had many fantastic turns. What more unusual than for goalkeeper Smith to imagine a goal kick would be awarded when the whistle had not sounded. Yet Smith and his comrades stopped play and Eglington centred diagonally towards Dodds, to whose ambling shot Smith made no score. That was goal number one at the 44th minute. Mcllhatton, with a damage calf muscle, bravely returned to hobble through the second half and in the spell with but one sound leg he was most effective, which is not being caustic, but is merely stating fact. His first half had been mainly concerned with crosswords with others. Mcllhatton made shots passes, and took up position in a way which should serve him in good stead in future. Eglington justified his return ticket as did Dodds, but the secret of Everton’s win was Watson and Farrell’s supremely sound football.
Shades of Freeman
Dodds added weight, charge and shot to the line in which Fielding was a for an hour. It was the way Fielding finished his scoring effort that pleased, dribbling the ball beyond the advancing goalkeeper and like Freeman of fond years, drifting it into an empty net. Humphries stood attention over the Sheffield centre –Whitelum, from Sunderland –who joined a side fast attractive in part but overstressing the flippant pass. A fare beginning to show traces of apeting Hagan. Without punishing shots near goal they must crumble. Playing a deputy pivot, Sheffield were easily rattled by three elusive inside forwards, Dodds appeared to depress Young from the moment the big fellow began to hear his weight about –quite fairly of course. One final word. We nearly had the pleasure of seeing the goal of the century. Dodds centred from left wing and Stevenson standing near goal, weighted himself on his left foot, swung the right foot behind his left and contracted the ball. He had the misfortune to mistime this “shot” or he must have scored an historic goal. Sheffield were quite helpless in this situation. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Dugdale, backs; Farrell, Humphreys and Watson (captain), half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Sheffield United; Smith, goal; Furness and Cox, backs; Jackson, Young, and Forbes, half-backs; Rickett, Nightingale, Whitlum, Hagan, and Jones, forwards. Referee; Mr. G.S. Blackhall, of Wednesbury.
November 3, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton can name their own price for Wally Fielding and Liverpool will pay it. This is what chairman Mr. S. Ronnie Williams said to me laughingly over the week-end. Mr. Williams knows it is hopeless even hoping for Fielding, but also knows that a Fielding is just what his club needs. Fielding was the scintillating star of Everton’s win over Sheffield United which was based on first-rate teamwork allied to grand attacking football. Colleague Radar writes; “The subtle approach work of the Blues conjured up memories of their pre-war vintage years. It can be said without exaggeration that there was hardly a weak link. It was a determined, progressive Everton force which, having survived the initial 10 minutes of United superiority, took complete command. I have not seen the forwards in brighter mood this season for Dodds brought clever leadership although Young followed him about like a long-lost brother. It was the inside-forwards, Fielding and Stevenson, who really set the seal on victory, and Fielding in particular, was in his most impish mood and beat Jackson every time. “Nobby” opened up the United defence with cute through passes and his own special sweeping crosses to the far wing while he capped it all with a goal to boister Dodds opener, Fielding found Eglington responding excellently, and they comprised a left-wing force which had the United dizzy for Furness never could match Eglington’s speed and craft, Stevenson was almost as effective as Fielding and his duels with Forbes provided one of the highsights of an entertaining game. Humphreys gave Whitelum no loopholes, and Farrell and Watson were equally as effective in restraining Hagan and company. Farrell’s mastery of Hagan was one of the vital factors which turned the game into Everton’s favour.”
Theo Kelly continue in his search for players. Mr. Kelly was watching David Duncan, the East Fife outside right, who scored three goals in the East Fife v. Falkirk Cup final.
November 3, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Everton followers are entitled to rejoice over the Blues victory against Sheffield United –not so much because of the badly needed points. It brought but for the evidence that the home forwards can shoot on occasion. Admitting that some efforts were more powerful than accurate as least, it is better to have shot and missed than never to have shot at all. Another pleasing factor was the display of Saunders and Dugdale, whom I single out, not because they were any more effective than other defenders but because of their youth and comparative inexperience. There is little question if they can keep this up that they have come to stay. Both were cool and collected under pressure and showed they carry old heads on their young shoulders. I particularly liked the dogged way Dugdale tried to recover when beaten, and the intelligent positioning of Saunders. Both tried to make the best use of their clearances and were not content simply to boot the ball away anyhow or anywhere. With Humphreys always in the thick of the fray and the wing halves, a solid link in the defensive chain Sagar had not so much to do as otherwise he might have had. Inn marking Fielding’s card as the best forward on view, brilliant in tricky dribbling and clever passes. I am not losing sight of the fine contribution of Stevenson one of football’s biggest irritations to defenders, implash, unorthodox and as elusive as is blob of mercury Stevenson is still a great asset to his side. In a lively and entertaining first half I made Everton the better side and worthy of a greater lead. Even Mcllhatton’s injury which made him a passenger throughout the second period resulted in only a slight falling off in forward effectiveness. Dodds played his part well. It took two men to hold him, and although he was unlucky with his shooting he took his best chance in so canny a manner that Smith was helpless.
November 5, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Eddie Wainwright will be at outside right in Everton’s team to oppose Stoke City at the Victoria Ground, Stoke, on Saturday, this being the only change. Mcllhatton injured his knee last week. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Dugdale; Farrell, Humphreys, Watson; Wainwright, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington.
ENGLAND 2 IRELAND 2
November 6, 1947.
England drew with Ireland at Goodison Park, in front of a crowd of 67,980 spectators, Peter Farrell and Tommy Eglington playing for Ireland.
EVERTON VISIT STOKE
November 7, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Only one club in the Division has won more away matches than Everton, who can level it up with Preston North End if they record their fourth “out” win when they face Stoke City. The Blues will be encouraged by their fine victory over Sheffield United, and as the defence is nicely settled –Saunders and Dugdale are fast becoming the ideal partnership behind a brilliant half-back line –I do not fear overmuch a Stoke attack which has been unsettled all the season, because of innumerable injuries, forcing various centre-forward experiments. Everton have the forward craft and skill to trouble the City defence, and striking power is added by the inclusion of Wainwright, who takes over at outside-right, for the injured Mcllhatton. Right across this line there is a goal look, and it is with some confidence that I expect Everton to go do what Liverpool did- win at the Victoria ground. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Dugdale; Farrell, Humphreys, Watson; Wainwright, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington.
Next Season’s Baseball
Everton Footballers’ Promotion
Everton Footballers, the youngest club in the Merseyside national Baseball League –they began only last mid-season –will complete in the First Division next season, and give added interest to the competition because of their distinct personal attraction.
DODDS PROVES A GREAT LEADER
November 8, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Stevenson Offsets Mountford Goal in Lively First Half
Jock Dodds, Everton, Scottish international, bewildered Stoke City today and Franklin in particular. Dodds was in his sparkling best and easily the outstanding player of the field. It was his enterprise which paved the way for Stevenson’s equalising goal after Stoke had scored through Mountford (G.). Curiously enough in both instances the goalkeepers were at fault. It was a thrilling game in which, however, the wingers were not brought into action as much as usual. A point well earned and well deserved –a fine game. Everton at Stoke today had to bring back Greenhalgh, the club’s captain, because Dugdale, their young left-back, received a swollen ankle at practice on Thursday. Stoke also had a disappointment for Kieran, their latest Scottish acquisition, was taken ill with quinsay last night, and Peppit played at inside-right. Wainwright returned to Everton’s team for his first game as a civilian. I hear from Manchester that Jack Thompson, the Everton coach, is still considering the question of accepting the managership of Manchester City. The only point at issue the length of contract. Stoke City; Herod, goal; Mould and McCrea, backs; Mountford (F.), Franklin, and Kirton, half-backs; Mountford (G.), Peppitt, Sellars, McAlindon, and Ormston, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Farrell, Humphreys and Watson, halfbacks; Wainwright, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. A.C. Hall, Chester. Stevenson was the mainspring of Everton’s early raiding which, however, failed to produce a shot and then Sagar caught a centre from Ormston and was there to accept Humphreys’s safely pass back. Wainwright took over from Dodds, slipped past McCrea, his ex-Colleague of the Army team, and forced a corner which Dodds just failed to get in his shot. Everton kept up the attack, Fielding beating three men before falling to a tackle. And then in a six minute, a tragic mistake by Sagar enabled G. Mountford to give Stoke the lead. Sellars bore through, but Humphreys managed to get his foot to the ball and it bounded upwards to make a “dolly” catch for Sagar.
Sagar Loses Ball
To the chargin of the Everton followers, Sagar dropped the ball and there was a prolonged scramble quitting which Sagar scrambled along the floor trying to gain possession. Finally in dashed Mountford to flash the ball into the vacant net. The Everton who had opened so promisingly momentarily fell to pieces following this goal, and with Sellars continually raiding enterprisingly, Everton were kept on the defensive. Sagar came out to catch but again missed the ball, but this time he managed to recover. Sellars went away to the left and picked up Humphreys’s back-heel to flash the ball across the face of the goal, Ormston just failing to make contact. Wainwright was fouled by Franklin on the edge of the penalty area and following the free kick, Fielding got too far under the ball. Saunders dashed across to hold up Sellars to make his second grand intervention of the day, for he had saved a certain goal in robbing Ormston within a yard of goal. The sixteen minute saw Everton on terms again through Stevenson, but this was a Dodds made goal, for Dodds went away to the left and centred a yard high from the goal line. Herod dived out to the ball, which struck his chest and dropped to the floor, where Stevenson quickly stabbed it home. Dodds almost repeated the dose just after, but this time he had to be content with a corner. This was lively and entrancing football between two enterprising teams both adapting the short passing game in a manner almost refreshing in these days of “air ball.” Mountford got the ball into the net again but was yards offside and then Sagar dashed out to make a thrilling catch at the expense of Ormston who, with Franklin, only came through a fitness test this morning. The lively Stoke forwards kept Everton on the defensive towards the interval but the tackling of the Blues was magnificent and Sellars and Ormston were forced to shoot hurriedly and outside. A clearance by Greenhalgh struck Mountford (G.) and bounded straight across goal, and Sagar had to dash out to save. Right on the interval Dodds beat Franklin and McCue magnificently by brilliant footcraft and his shot missed the far post by inches.
Half-time; Stoke City 1, Everton 1
Play fell away slightly on resuming but this was only to be expected following the intensity of the first half. Everton’s inside forwards did some delightful work in midfield, but it was Dodds who took the fancy of everyone by his brilliant leadership. Dodds repeatedly flashed past Franklin to cut out openings and it was fortunate for Franklin that Mould and McCue covered so well. Everton had an escape when Mountford (G.) got through but his centre flashed beyond the far post. Wainwright drove into the net from 25 yards just as the whistle sounded for offside. There was a thrill, when the limping Ormston let go from distance and the ball struck the top of the bar and went over. Then Everton survived a close-up free kick and a corner as Stoke swarmed to the attack. Ormston was injured again and went off or ten minutes, returning with 15 minutes to go. At which point Everton introduced the forward switch I suspect was pre-match planned for Wainwright and Stevenson-changed places. Eglington came into action and he raced through to place far across to Stevenson whose shot flashed into the side netting. Sagar saved from Sellars before Mould pulled up Eglington at the vital moment. Everton dominated the game towards the end without being able, to drive home an advantage although Fielding and one shot charged down after further grand work by Dodds. Hesitation on the part of the defence Stoke to strike back and Mountford went right through on his own. Sagar saved his shot magnificently to more than atone for his previous error. Final; Stoke City 1, Everton 1.
EVERTON RES V STOKE RES
November 8, 1947. The Evening Express
Everton included T.G. Jones at centre-half, Stoke scored with 2 minutes, Jackson taking a pass from Lockett and giving Burnett no chance. In the 34th minute Everton equalised, T.G. Jones scoring from a free kick. Half-time Everton 1, Stoke City 1. Everton dominated the play, but their shooting was erratic. Final; Everton Res 1, Stoke City Res 1.
SAGAR SLIP CAUSED EARLY SHOCK
November 8, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton Defence Hard Pressed At Stoke
Stoke C 1, Everton 1
Everton never got going against a rugged and determined side and had to fight desperately hard in the second half to ensure a draw. Stoke City; Herod, goal; Mould and McCrea, backs; Mountford (F.), Franklin, and Kirton, half-backs; Mountford (G.), Peppitt, Sellars, McAlindon, and Ormston, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Farrell, Humphreys and Watson, halfbacks; Wainwright, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. A.C. Hall, Chester. Everton had to make a late change, Greenhalgh coming in for Dugdale who twisted a muscle during practice yesterday. Stoke also had a change, Kieran being laid up with guinsy, and Peppitt taking his place. Neil Franklin having come through his fitness test this morning, played for the home side. Everton were in determined mood, and a nice bit of work by Stevenson set Wainwright off on a move which spelled danger until a clever tackle by McCue saved the situation. Although Everton did all the attacking in the first five minutes, Stoke got the first goal. There seemed no particular danger when Sagar came out to collect a loose ball, but it slipped out of his grasp. Humphreys and Saunders tried to clear but it went out to George Mountford who had closed in and steered the ball into the empty net. Stoke have had a lot of bad luck this season. This was a bit of the other kind
A couple of moments later another Stoke assault caused Everton some anxiety. A pass from Sellars saw Ormston out on his own with a clear passenger to goal until a despairing tackle by Saunders at the expense of a corner put a spoke in the winger’s wheel. It required stern defence by Humphreys and Co to keep out the Stoke forwards who were playing determined and surprising football. At 15 minutes Everton got on level terms. Dodds went out to the left wing and put across a centre which Herod should have had in safe keeping, instead the ball hit his chest and rebounded straight to Stevenson two yards from the goal line. Stevenson made no mistake with this offering. George Mountford got the ball into the Everton net again from a pass from Ormston but he was offside. Stevenson had a great chance to put Everton in front when he was unattended after receiving a Wainwright pass, but Herod gathered the shot with ease.
Wainwright and Dodds switched place for a moment, the former finishing the move with a half-topped shot. Just before this Stoke had launched two fierce attacks which ended up with the ball skidding across the Everton goalmouth without Stoke forward there to tap it in. Stoke were now doing the bulk of the attacking and the hard-pressed Everton defence stood its ground resolutely. Farrell and Watson were doing brilliant work in endeavouring to stem the Stoke assaults. The first half ended with a characteristic “scissors” movement by Dodds who put in fierce shot, but went the wrong side.
Half-time; Stoke City 1, Everton 1
In The Net, But- Fielding had warned to his work towards the end of the first half, and came prominently into the picture with some fine dribbles, and passes. One Fielding-Stevenson-Wainwright move culminated in Wainwright putting the ball into the net with a long angled shot. It was disallowed for offside. Personally, I thought he was onside. Another good move failed for the same reason, with the same player the victim. This time however, there was no doubt about it. Herod failed to gather a strong Fielding shot at the first attempt and there was no one there to apply the finishing touch. Ormston had to leave the field after hitting the post with the best shot of the match. He was off for 10 minutes and during his absence Stoke were well on top. They peppered the Everton defence and some bite was introduced into the game by both sides. The football deteriorated. Everton’s defence was showing signs of strain, and at one period, when Stoke had a free kick just outside the penalty area all the Everton team, with the exception of Dodds, were crowded in the Everton box. Everton’s attack, however , was by no means done with, and one long run by Fielding might have had results except for a timely tackle by Franklin. Herod was hurt when charged by Dodds.
Save of the Day
It was a insuring finish for those who like their football tiers and rugged. Both side fought desperately for the lead but to the end they defence through they had periods of shakiness, were in command. The best save of the day was by Sagar from Ormston. Final; Stoke City 1, Everton 1.
EVERTON RES V STOKE RES
November 8, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Stoke created an early surprise for within two minutes they took the lead through Jackson. Everton were on the defensive for a time, until in the 34th minute T.G. Jones gained the equaliser from a free kick. Final –Everton Res 1, Everton Res 1.
• Skelmersdale 2, Everton “A” 1
November 10, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Stoke City 1, Everton 1
This was a he-man struggle from start to finish. No quarter was given or expected, and a hectic succession of fast and rousing exchanges, veering at top speed from one end to the other kept the crowd constantly on tenterhooks. True, the standard of play suffered somewhat from the vigorous spoiling tactics of either side, yet there was always plenty to thrill and excite and on the score of hearty endeavour nobody could have asked for more. The keen tackling of both defences meant that a lot of forward moves never got anywhere, promising raids being nipped in the bud before they developed into dangerous situations. Nevertheless, some were occasionally carried almost to the point of finality, and both goals had narrow escapes. The two goals that were scored were each due to errors of judgement. In the last line of defence. Everton’s goalkeeper was guilty of a very un-Sagarlike slip when he dropped a simple catch and let Stoke in for their goal, scored in five minutes by George Mountford.
This slice of luck encouraged Stoke to such an extent that they had the Everton defence in many a tight corner, yet always somebody popped up at the psychological moment to effect a timely clearance. Then at the sixteenth minute, Herod made a mistake which balanced Sagar’s. Though Stevenson was the scorer, chief credit goes to Dodds, who drifted out to the left wing and put in a shot-cum-centre which skimmed the post, bounced off Herod’s chest, and let Stevenson with nothing more to do than tap the ball into the wide-open goal. This two wrongs made a right for Everton in the long run were full worthy of their point. Stoke had set the pace from the start. Badly in need of points, they played in grim determined fashion going for the ball first time and giving Everton no opportunity to develop their usual crafty midfield play. Everton were not slow to match them in earnestness and it was ding-dong stuff of cup-tie vintage. Both defences got a trifle rattled at times but on the whole remained in command of the situation. Everton might have won this game had they made greater use of their wingers, through Wainwright did not seem to greatly relish his new position. Humphreys was a dominating personality in the defence, making up for a certain lack of polish by tremendous zest and always being where the fight was thickest. Sagar bar his one mistake, was never at fault, and Watson was always trying to be constructive with his passes. Fielding did not come to his best until the second half, leaving Dodds the most consistence forward leaving Dodds the most consistent forward. He surprised the home supporters by his speed over short bursts and provided many bright touches. With a little more luck and a better service of passes he might have just tipped the scales. Sellars was a lively leader for Storks, McAlinden a fine schemer and Mounford and Ormston always dangerous on the wings. Stoke City; Herod, goal; Mould and McCrea, backs; Mountford (F.), Franklin, and Kirton, half-backs; Mountford (G.), Peppitt, Sellars, McAlindon, and Ormston, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Farrell, Humphreys and Watson, halfbacks; Wainwright, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. A.C. Hall, Chester.
• Liverpool beat Grimsby Town 3-1, Stubbins, Priday, Baron and Reeve for Grimsby
November 10, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton still maintaining their fine away record of eight points in eight matches thanks to a 1-1 draw at stoke. The most puzzled man at the Victoria ground with Neil Franklin, the England centre-half who never could size up “Jock” Dodds. As’s matter of fact had the Scottish selectors been present, they would, at this moment, but thinking seriously about bringing back Dodds for the game with England this season. Dodds repeatedly drew Franklin into false position and bewildered him with his flicks and feints, Dodds was as dainty as a ballroom dancer and his speed and control in making Stevenson’s equaliser left the watchers gasping. The fact that Dodds was so completely in control accounted for the fact that the Blues concentrated more on down-the-middle approach and tended to neglect wingers Wainwright and Eglington, and had not vital final passes gone too often astray they would have won. Misuse of the final pass too affected the City, so taking things all round a draw was a just verdict. I liked the Stevenson, Wainwright right wing partnership for its efficiency and, what is more, for the fact that they can always introduce a new “angle” by the inter-change of positions. There was determined defensive work in which Norman Greenhalgh returned to play an exacting role stout-heartedly; in which Watson and Farrell were the fine wing halves with Humphreys the usual. “tought-as-nails-get-rid-of-it-quickly-and accurately.” Jack sticking manfully to the elusive Sellors; in which Saunders had tricky Ormston well; and where Sagar’s one mis-catch could be forgiven as only human and which was wiped out by two super-saves.
TOMMY JONES POSITION
November 10, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
I understand that Everton’s board will again discuss the position regarding Tommy Jones at tomorrow’s board meeting. What their decision will be is not for me to anticipate, but from a reliable source I am led to believe that some directors at least have yearned to the opinion that it is not worth while seeking to retain so obviously dissatisfied a player. Whether that will be the majority view remains to be seen.
A Good Performance
It was a good performance of Everton’s to bring back a point from Stoke, whose display belled their lowly position in the table. Everton have now got four points from their last three away games, though they had to flight desperately hard for this half-share. It was a strenuous ding-dong game, characterised more by wholehearted endeavoured than style of craft though how and again we saw brief spells of what either side would have been capable of had the game been fought out at a little less break-neck speed. The keen first time tackling of both defenders prevented either attack producing sustained concerned moves. Plenty were initiated, but nearly all broke down in face of quick interception and goal-packing counter-measures. Both goals were the result of goalkeeping errors. Sagar in magnificent form otherwise proved that he is only human by dropping a centre that which despite his desperate movement to retrieve the situation, let George Mountford to open the score in five minutes. Eleven minutes after one of Dodds many exertions to the wing paid a dividend when he sent over his centre and Stevenson received a gift goal. Everton played with resource and determination against a side desperately trying to bag both points and heightened Stoke’s keen fighting spirit in all departments. It was a rip-roaring able –man tussle from first to last, crammed with regenerated endeavour, and with nobody standing on ceremony. Individuals effort was of little use against such stubborn defence. Dodds was Everton’s best forward. Light as a ballet dance on his feet and showing surprising speed over short bursts he gave Franklin a gruelling attention. Against a less talented pivot he might have pulled it off for the visitors. Wainwright did not shine as much as I expected at outside right, partly because he received few passes. Eglington suffered similarly. Everton in fact, tried the middle avenue too often against a defence which packed its goalmouth whenever danger threatened. Exploitation of the wings could have paid better.
TWO NOTABILITIES TO LEAVE EVERTON
November 12, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
Two Everton Football notabilities are in the soccer news this morning –John Ross (Jack) Thomson and T.G. Jones the club’s Welsh international centre-half –both of whom are to part company with the club. Last night Thomason was appointed manager of Manchester City Football Club, and Jones was granted his request for a transfer by the Everton board. Thomson, who succeeds Mr. Sam Cowan at Manchester, would liked to have remained with Everton, but he has managerial aspirations. His appointment is an honour for Merseyside for Matt Busby left Anfield to manage Manchester United, and now Thomson leaves for Manchester City to take up a similar position. Thomson was alone in his appointment as non-playing captain, the year Everton won the League in 1939. In recent matches he has been assisting in selecting the team and coaching the players –he says “They are the finest bunch one could wish to be with and willing to listen and learn and take practical advice” –and his intervention at the Arsenal ground three weeks ago like his intervention at Stoke, helped to lead Everton to a draw where a defeat seemed imminent. He made subtle changes in the formation of the team which led to happy results. He is a practical man, who rose to the rank of Sergeant-major in the Army.
Ever since he left Dundee for this city he has made friends by means of his happy manner and wisdom in football talk. Only recently he was called upon by a local club to discuss with them how they should run their side. And the same day he was speaking with the members of the Arts Club concerning football. Thomson’s abilities must have been recognised elsewhere, too, because he was even yesterday still on the short list for the Swansea Town F.C. managerial post.
Everton “Yes” To Jones
After a full discussion at their board meeting the Everton directors agreed to Tommy Jones’ request to be placed on the transfer list. Three clubs are believed to be interested in acquiring the services of Jones, and a fee around £15,000 has already been mentioned. Everton, however, it is believed would be much more interested in an exchange –such as two players for Jones. Jones first asked for his transfer last march, when the Everton board said they were not prepared to transfer him. Since then the player has asked the directors to reconsider their decision on a number of occasions, but each time his request was refused. Born at Connah’s Quay, Jones joined Everton from Wrexham in March 1936 and was first capped for Wales in 1938 v. Ireland.
Jones heard the news of Everton’s decision while engaged with other members of the Welsh team in a Glasgow hotel in a talk to decide tactics in today’s match against Scotland. When I saw him afterwards (telephones Ranger) he expressed his pleasure at the news. “It would have been impossible for me to settle down again at Goodison Park,” he added,” and I feel it is best all round that we should part company, I do not mind where I go. All I want is to get back to regular appearances in first division football.
November 12, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Gordon Dugdale, who missed the game at Stoke because of a swollen ankle, returns to Everton’s team to meet Burnley at Goodison Park on Saturday, taking the place of Greenhalgh at left back. This is the only change. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Dugdale; Farrell, Humphreys, Watson; Wainwright, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington.
TOMMY JONES ON TRANSFER
November 12, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
No Tommy Jones is to leave the Everton club. At their meeting last night the directors after discussing the matter decided to accede to the player’s request to be placed on the transfer list. Thus, another international leaves, Goodison Park. Jones first asked Everton to put him on the transfer list in March of the year, a request which was immediately refused, and although he renewed it on four subsquent occasions, each time the club returned the same answer. Everton’s reason was that Jones was so valuable a player that they would not even remotely consider parting with him. That was their attitude up to a few days ago. Since then, however, Jones has made it clear that it would be impossible for him to settle down again at Goodison Park. The various developments which have led him to this decision are too well known now to need elaboration. Everton have never made their side of the case public.
Eleven Years at Everton
Jones first came into prominence in a minor way when he played for Wales as a schoolboy. He signed amateur forms for Wrexham when 14, turned professional on his seventeenth birthday, and joined Everton in March 1936 after several senior clubs had sought his transfer. He soon made his place secure in the first team, and in 1938 got the first of his many caps for Wales. He has made only two League appearances for Everton this season, being kept out of other matches by Humphreys good work. Last time the question of Jones’s future cropped up, Chelsea officially indicated that if ever he came on the list they would be interested. So will many other clubs, for their are few centre halves today to compare with him. Jones heard the news of Everton’s decision while engaged with other members of the Welsh team in a Glasgow hotel in a talk to decide tactics in today’s match against Scotland. When I saw him afterwards (by telephone-Ranger) he expressed his pleasure at the news, “it would have been impossible for me to settle down again at Goodison Park,” he added “and I feel it is best all round that we should part company. I do not mind where I go. All I want is to get back to regular appearance in First Division football.”
Jock Thomson’s Post
Jock Thomson, ex-Scottish international, non-paying captain of Everton in their 1939 League championship and lately coach to the team, has been appointed manager of Manchester City. City directors announced this today, and add Thomson would assume the new duties at Manchester in December 1st. Thus former Merseyside players now manage both Manchester’s leading clubs, for Matt Busby, of Liverpool is in charge of United in a similar capacity. It will be sorry to leave Everton, with whom I have engaged in one capacity or another since 1930. One is not with a club that length of time without establishing firm and friendly ties” he said. “I feel, however, that I have to make some advancement in the game, and believe my opportunity and future lies with Manchester City
“I cannot over-emphasise how pleasant it has been for me with the Everton players, for no one could have a finer set of lads to work with. The Everton directors have wished me every success in my new appointment. In recent matches Thomson has been assisting in selecting the Everton team and coaching the players. His international at Arsenal ground three weeks ago, like his intervention at Stoke helped to lead Everton to a draw, where a defeat seemed imminent. He made subtle changes in the formation of the team which led to happy results. He is a practical man, who rise to the rank of sergeant-major in the Army.
LAWTON GOES INTO BUSINESS AT NOTTINGHAM
Gloucestershire Echo-Thursday 13 November 1947
Third Division Notts County Clinch Deal
Tommy LAWTON, England and Chelsea centre-forward, signed for Notts County this afternoon, his transfer involving a fee understood to be £17,000 ard a player in part exchange. The fee the highest in the history of football. "I am pleased everything' is settled," said Lawton, rated the finest centre-forward in the world, before leaving his Kenton (Middlesex) home for the the Chelsea ground. looking forward to a happy association with everybody at Nottingham," stated Lawton before the signing.
Now that the transfer has been ratified, Lawton will be able to play for Notts County at Northampton on Saturday. Lawton will take up a business appointment outside football when he goes to Nottingham, and it is believed that consideration for the future of his wife and daughter after his playing days are over has finally influenced him to make the change from first to third division competition. The Lawtons have made provisional plans to move to Nottingham in about a fortnight. Mr. H. J. Walmsley, treasurer of Notts County, and Mr. A. W. Stollery, manager, came to London today to meet Mr. W. Birrell, Chelsea manager, and Lawton, to conclude the negotiations. Chelsea and Notts County had already agreed to terms. It is exactly two years since Lawton joined Chelsea from Everton at a fee of £11,500, All he will receive on transfer to-day will Third Division Notts County Clinch Deal £300, representing accrued share of benefit, reasonable removal expenses, and £10 signing-on fee. Lawton, who is 28, has had extensive business training. The previous highest fee for a footballer was £15,500 paid by Derby County to Greenock Morton for Willie Steel last June. Lawton has played for England in nearly 50 internationals including war-time games. Lunch at a West End hotel preceded the signing, the party including W. Dickson, the "part-exchange" player. "We want Lawton a player-tactician, said Mr. Walmsley. "We have great plans for raising the club to its proper place and feel sure Lawton is the man to help us." J. K. Marsh, the present County centre-forward, will play inside-forward.
November 13, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
There will be no immediate action in either the transfer of Tommy Jones from Everton or in the appointment of a successor to Jock Thomson in the position of players coach following his appointment to the Manager of Manchester City. Everton, while agreeing to receive offers for Jones, are not concerned with the money angle. Everton are better off financially than most clubs. But strength of playing personal does matter. Everton have been searching the four countries this season for star players only to find that those they have desired are not available because in the main, clubs themselves want players in part exchange. The Blues have several positions in which they need extra “cover,” and I understand that a club, be it Chelsea, Arsenal or Aston Villa will have to offer Everton a man of experience and ability as part of the bargain. Secretary-Manager Theo Kelly had no rest yesterday answering queries about the destination of Jones, but he will have no news until his directors have had a chance of weighing up all the pros and cons. I asked Mr. Kelly about a successor to Thomson and his reply covers all Mr. Kelly said; “My directors have not even considered the matter, and I doubt whether they will for a long, long, time.” The coincidence if the Thomson move to Maine-road is that Matt Busby manager of Manchester United, whose temporary home is Maine-road, also was released from a coaching contract –by Liverpool. Yes and both were wing half-backs for Scotland and rivals in the 1933 cup final.
• Scotland lost at home to Wales yesterday, Tommy Jones played for Wales.
November 14, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
The visit to Goodison Park of Burnley is a big attraction, for apart from their undoubted football skill; especially in point of defence, there is a local tang about the team due to Cliff Britton’s managership. Cliff was for many years a popular figure in the Everton team. An international and cup winner, he has done great things at Turf Moor since he joined the East Lancashire club. I was doubtful whether Burnley with their main concern defence, would hold their own in the First Division but they are keeping their heads very much above water. Everton are playing with great spirit at the moment, and their defence is as good as any in the land, but there is still a great need for more hitting power in attack. Dodds has brought some weight into the line, and something more-leadership which has the ability to draw opponents out of position. Everton can beat this powerful Burnley defence if it goes the right way about it and not try to walk the ball through –that way will lead to disaster against Brown and his merry men. There is a slight doubt about Dugdale and Stevenson, but it is hoped they will be fit in time. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Dugdale; Farrell, Humphreys, Watson; Wainwright, Stevenson, Dodds, Fiedling, Eglington. Burnley; Strong; Woodruff, Mather; Attwell, Brown, Bray; Hays, Potts, Billingham, Knight (J.), Kippax.
Johnny Mcllhatton, Everton’s outside right, has undergone an operation for the removal of a cartilage. His conditions today is stated to be comfortable.
• Tommy Lawton signed for Notts County for £20,000
FIRST LEAGUE CLASH FOR 16 SEASONS
November 14, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton and Burnley, relegation companions of 17 years ago, meet again tomorrow at Goodison Park, for their first Football League encounter for 16 seasons. This will be the 51st League meeting between Everton and Burnley, and up to now Everton have scored 22 victories to 15 by Burnley and collected 57 of the points at stake. Of the 25 games played at Goodison Park, Burnley claim only two wins; in fact, Everton have retained 40 of the 50 points, so tradition indicates a Blues’ success against a club now managed –and very successfully – by the former Everton favourite and international, Cliff Britton. While Everton and Burnley have been parted so long on the League standard, we on Merseyside know Burnley well because of last season’s success in the F.A. Cup semi-final classic with Liverpool, and appreciate that as a defensive combination they are second to none in the First Division, which they regained last season. Everton’s virile and quick-moving defence should be capable of taking care of the Burnley attackers and it all depends on whether the Blues can provide the skill, cunning and striking power to carve a path through that perfect Burnley defensive barrier. Personally I think this well within Everton’s compass, for Dodds is back to his best, Stevenson and Fielding have the creative abilities, and in Wainwright and Eglington there are forceful, goal-kicking wingers. This should prove one of the keenest tests of the day, drawing fully 50,000 or more for the 2.45 pm, kick-off. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Dugdale; Farrell, Humphreys, Watson; Wainwright, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding Eglington.
November 15, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
Although there is a slight doubt about Dugdale and Stevenson, Everton hope that both will be fit to play against Burnley today’s visitor to Goodison Park. Fourth in the League table with 19 points from 15 matches, Burnley have gained six of their points on opponents grounds, by means of three victories and they can be expected to make an extra effort to add to this list today. The home side, however, are playing confidently at present, and with Dodds adding weight and thrust to the attack I hope for an Everton victory. The kick-off is at 2.45, and Everton’s team is; Sagar; Saunders, Dugdale; Farrell, Humphreys, Watson; Wainwright, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding Eglington.
Jones –No offer Yet
Tommy Jones, Everton and Welsh centre-half, now on the transfer list at his own request, was yesterday resting in bed with slight concussion, caused when he collided with Delaney in the international match on Wednesday. Jones is a doubtful starter for Everton Reserves v Manchester United Reserves today. He said that he knew nothing about reported offers made by various clubs, and that, personally, he had not been approached by anyone.
BLUES FIND BURNLEY TOO TOUGH
November 15, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Humphreys Was A Passenger
Everton 0, Burnley 3
The first half was as bad a display that I have seen. The disorganised Everton team could not withstand the pressure of Burnley’s persistent attack in the second half but I want to forget the game if I can. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Farrell, Humphreys and Watson, half-backs; Johnson, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Burnley; Strong, goal; Woodruff and Mather, backs; Attwell, Brown and Bray, half-backs; Hays, Potts, Billingham, Knight, P.P.Kippax, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Hartley (Bolton). It was bitterly cold at Goodison Park today, yet there was another magnificent crowd to see what promised to be a dour tussle, for we all know the capabilities of the Burnley rearguard. There was almost a fix-up in the Everton defensive plan when Knight and Kippax sprang into action, and Sagar had to leave his goal and kick away rather hurriedly to save a nasty looking situation. Brown soon raised the ire of the crowd when he definitely pushed Fielding off the ball as the Everton inside left had sneaked over to the right flank and appeared likely to create trouble for the Burnley defence. The referee saw the infringement and automatically awarded a free kick, as he did when Mather and Dodds were implicated in an unsavoury incident which finally ended with a foul against the Burnley man. The first shot of any note, and it was not a brilliant one, saw Strong make a catch, but when he saw the bulky Dodds lumbering down on him he lost possession. He was able to recover and go on to save. The nearest approach to a goal was when Kippax swept down his wing to deliver a centre which flashed across the Everton goalmouth. Hays, who had as good a chance as any forward could wish for made a very feeble effort to beat Sagar.
Corners and Free Kicks
Corners were very common today, and Dodds headed Johnson’s corner kick into Strong’s hand. Free kicks were also plentiful and when Brown tripped Dodds it was touch and go whether it would be a penalty, for the incident took place almost on the penalty area. Dodds, who took the free kick was unable to penetrate the wall of bodies Burnley lined up. Eglington started a movement which brought the best shot so far. Dodds took the ball on the volley yet the Burnley keeper was able to pounce down on it and make mighty save.
The game was half an hour old, and the crowd were still awaiting a goal, but such was the dourness of the two defences that it would take a big effort to break through on the part of either set of forward. Unfortunately for Everton Humphreys was hurt, and after a short spell on the side line, went to outside right as partner to Fielding with Johnson crossing over to inside left went to centre half. Strong had a great number of shots to save without, however being unduly busy, but he certainly took up good position when Eglington banged one at him, to make a clean save. Farrell made two great tackles to hold up Burnley and Jack Humphreys showed that he was possessed of the knowledge of a forward when he returned Dodds pass which opened a way, but did not bring the result desired.
Goal –And A Knockout
Hays screwed one well wide, and then Woodruff from well inside his own half, caused Sagar to tip the ball over. It was from this that Burnley opened the day’s scoring. Hays was short with his flag kick, but Knight had moved over towards the right, and getting his head to the ball he flicked it well beyond Sagar and all other’s to score at 40 minutes. Immediately after this there was a hot scrimmage in the Burnley goalmouth, after Strong had saved and Strong appeared to be hit on the chin by an Everton player, and was knocked out as clean as any boxer I have ever seen. This was anything but a nice sight. It may be all right at the Stadium but on the football field. Everton were attacking as the whistle blew for the interval.
Half-time; Everton 0, Burnley 1.
Humphreys did not resume with his colleagues. Everton played four forwards, and Eglington in the first minute accepted a pass from Dodds, brushed by Woodruff, and then shot just over the angle of the woodwork.
Burnley all but took a second goal when the Everton defence got itself tangled up, and Knight shot from short range. However, he scooped the ball up, and it hit the crossbar some thought it hit the net, but it bounced down and Sagar was able to save. It was a close thing. Humphrey’s had come back and went out on the right, but it was Burnely who were now on top. Sagar lost his foothold as he was making a save but no damage accrued. At the 57th minute Attwell made an inward pass which Billingham steered well wide of Sagar, without making any effort to kill the ball, o that Burnley were now in a commanding position.
Burnley were playing with much greater skill than at any point in the first half. After Everton had enjoyed one bright spell when Strong made saves from Fielding and Johnson, Burnley went on to score their third goal. Attwell ran in front of Johnson, took the ball, and pushed it through for Potts, who smashed it home to give Burnley a three-goal lead. Despite their disorganisation Everton fought galliantly; but the Burnley defence, although sometimes severely tested, did not yield an inch to any man. They indulged in quite a lot of pushing when play was near their own goal, but this half was a joy in comparison to what had gone before. Near the end Fielding taking up a pass by Farrell swung away over to the right to deliver a typical Fielding shot. The only unfortunate part about it was that it was slightly off the line. Final; Everton 0, Burnley 3. Attendance; 49,442.
• Manchester United Reserves 5, Everton Reserves 2
• Everton “A” 2, Castner Kellner 1
• Liverpool lost 5-1 at Sunderland, Liddell and Davies (2), Watson, Quinn (2)
EVERTON FACE HOT BURNLEY ATTACK
November 15, 1947. The Evening Express
Blues Badly handicapped by Injury to Humphreys
Handicapped by a first half injury to Humphreys, Everton went down fighting against a rugged, quick moving Burnley force. Everton were the better side until Humphreys hurt a calf muscle and became a passenger at outside right but thereafter the Burnley attack showed greater thrust and Knight gave them the lead five minutes before the interval with a brilliant header. The first half was spoilt by over robust tackling and produced more free kicks for fouls in a tense atmosphere than normally seen in any half-dozen games. Billingham increased Burnley’s lead 12 minutes after the interval. Everton fought gallantly, with Farrell giving one of his greatest ever displays since coming to Goodison. Potts clinched matters by scoring Burnley’s third in the 70th minute. Gordon Dugdale and Alex Stevenson were both declared unfit after a late test to appear in the Everton team. Dugdale’s swollen knee kept him out of the side for a further week. Norman Greenhalgh continuing, at left full back. Stevenson pulled a muscle in training during the week and Wainwright was switched to inside right, with Arthur Johnson coming in on the right wing. Secretary Manager Theo Kelly was not present. He was again away on a scouting mission. News of Everton casualties is that Jack Hedley is to go into a Waterloo nursing home on Tuesday to have the adhesions in his ankle broken down, while Morris Lindley has his right arm in plaster of Paris and it will be at least three weeks before the cracked bone knits. Johnny Mcllhaton had a cartilage operation last Monday and is making satisfactory progress. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Farrell, Humphreys and Watson, half-backs; Johnson, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Burnley; Strong, goal; Woodruff and Mather, backs; Attwell, Brown and Bray, half-backs; Hays, Potts, Billingham, Knight, P.P.Kippax, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Hartley (Bolton). Everton were first to progress dangerously, Dodds flicking the ball through on the ground for Brown to concede a corner, preventing the in running Johnson’s from making contact. From this Wainwright tried a first timer, which slewed wide near the post. Then the Burnley right wing pair got moving, to force a corner from which Billingham gained possession and fired in a powerful drive which sailed high over the top.
Everton came again and Brown earned the displeasure of the crowd for a somewhat hefty tackle on Fielding as he raced forward to take over from Johnson and tried to flick the ball round the Burnley centre half. Everton were keeping the Burnley defence on the move, but had to face some stern tackling. A Burnley corner, following a slip by Saunders produced nothing and Johnson pushed the ball through Dodds to make a gallant effort to break through solo, only to be pulled up for a foul as he was challenged. There were certainly any amount of “fire” in a fast game in which the emphasis so far had been on the hefty tackling rather than on progressive football. In fact, there had been more free kicks for fouls in this game so far than one cares to see. When Burnley again went on the move, Hays took over from Potts and outwitted Humphreys. He crossed low for Hays to race in and fire miles over the top. A great opportunity thus went abegging. Then Sagar had to be on the alert to catch a high centre from the dangerous Kippax. Heavy Everton pressure produced another free kick to Everton, this time dead on the penalty area line, and such was the cup-tie atmosphere of this game that it look the referee minutes to persuade the packed Burnley defence to return to a position 10 yards from the ball. Dodds tried a terrific drive which however, was charged down. A triangular Dodds-Fielding, Eglington movement saw Eglington force Strong to save a first time left footer. Burnley defence still did not stand on ceremony and yet another free kick to Everton produced a glorious first timer by Dodds, only for Strong to save miraculously at full length.
How Strong managed to get down to Dodd’s shot was a mystery of everyone, including Dodds. The Burnley broke away and the game was held up for an injury to Humphreys, who had to leave the field, apparently with a leg injury. As Hays shot wide from a square Kippax pass. Humphreys returned limping to take over the left wing position. Watson reverting to centre half with Wainwright dropping back to left half. This was bad luck for Everton who had undoubtedly had the better of matters up to the stage. Everton made a further rearrangement, Humphreys going outside right, with Fielding as his partner and Johnson at inside-left. Despite their handicap, Everton were giving as good as they get, and only Burnley’s defensive work prevented them taking the lead.
There was a close call for Burnley however, when Dodds headed just wide from a Greenhalgh free kick, and then Eglington cut inside to level a powerful drive, only to find Strong ideally positioned. Everton also had an escape when Sagar was only just able to touch a Woodruff clearance from the half way line over the top. It was the corner, however, which led to the Everton goal falling five minutes before the interval. Knight flashed into the open space to leave Sagar standing with a glorious header from Hays’ corner. Away went Everton for Johnson to crack in a left footer, which Strong saved full length. There followed a remarkably melee in the Burnley goalmouth, during which Strong fell prostrate, and it was several minutes before he recovered.
Half-time; Everton 0, Burnley 1.
Everton, who resumed without Humphreys, started as if they meant business, with Eglington transferring invitingly to Wainwright, whose shot, however, was well off the mark. Then Eglington bamboozled Woodruffe cleverly, but flung his centre much too far over for the remainder of Everton’s depleted attack. Eglington did better next time however, when he raced forward and shot strongly when badly placed, the ball flashing over the angle of the woodwork. It transpired that Humphreys injury was to a muscle of his calf. Burnley gradually settled down and came near adding to their lad when a terrific Potts drive from 35 yards flashed only inches over the top. There was another remarkable escape for Everton when Hays hit the crossbar, the ball bouncing down on to the goal-line, and Sagar just managing to gain possession. At this point Humphreys returned, still limping to take over again on the right wing. Burnley were now showing great thrust, and Knight caught Sagar napping from 12 yards, the Everton goalkeeper having throw himself at the ball. It came as no surprise, therefore when Burnley increased their lead in the 57th minute, Billingham gaining control following a throw-in on the right, to sweep the ball into the far corner of the net well wide of Sagar. Little was seen of the Everton forward line now, and when they did get away Dodds and Johnson spoilt matters by leaving it to each other. Burnley should have had a third when Knight crossed choicely for Billingham, but Billingham shot wide when perfectly positioned. In the pouring rain the light had now gone very bad. Everton’s best effort so far came when Dodds flicked the ball forward for Fielding to race ahead and force Strong to save high up from long range. After Strong had saved brilliantly from Dodds Burnley went away again for Atwell to offer Potts a gift chance. Potts made no mistake in beating Sagar with an angle shot, which hit the far post before crossing the line. Everton fought back with a will and Fielding gave Wainwright the chance to race through in fine style, only to have his final effort charged down. The Everton goal survived miracously during the last quarter hour, when it was almost all Burnley. Final; Everton 0, Burnley 3. Official Attendance 49,442
Manchester United Reserves v. Everton Reserves
In the 55th minute Buckle regained the lead, whilst Hanlon added a third a few minutes later. Gardner reduced the arrears in the 80th minute. Final; Manchester United Res 5, Everton Reserves 2.
THIS WAS A MATCH TO FORGET
November 17, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Ernest Edwards (“Bee”)
Everton 0, Burnley 3
A select committee should be appointed to inquire into the meeting of Everton and Burnley. Their display was deplorable and, while apportioning no blame so any one member, I accuse both teams of doing things, for forty-five minutes, that broke every rule in the book. It was the foulest game in this City for twenty years. The referee must take main blame because never once did he use powers granted him to subdue such tendencies. The first half was a series of ill-tempered, dangerous tactics in which referee Hartley, of Bolton, never once issued a caution, or appeared to offer rebuke. Right from the opening there was sting in every effort –and it could have brought injuries. Recklessness was allied to a good deal of other personal effort and for forty five minutes there was little relief. Tugging, tripping, hackling, carefree delivery of the foot over the ball, the game went its wayward way and the man in charge gave no more than a free-kick and a bear-penalty decision. Players must have felt they could escape any offence. All this was surely not to the taste of 49,600 spectators. Football is a man’s game, but it has lawful bounds and most of the players started by going out of bounds and remaining there. A Howcroft or Plinkston would have nipped out the trouble early on. This referee tolerated it all until finally fists appeared to be raised in melee. Canrlour completes me to suggest that if action is not taken it least the clubs should appeal to the higher authorities to ensure the return game is not in the control of the same official.
Three To The Good
Burnley won 3-0 goals by Knight, a small and competent little weaving forward, by Billingham, a very strong centre-forward with sharp effective motions in shot and pass and Potts who played a valuable part in completing the day’s scoring. It must be said for Everton that their team was, near half-time, curbed by the pulling of a muscle by Humphreys, which took the backbone out of the home side. Till then Burnley had been awkwardly placed by reason of Dodds daring to dart wing wards and deliver shots that Strong saved in remarkable manner. Burnley’s defence is all tact, and their method of closing the forwards, path is well known. Brown stood sentinel and gave his orders in attention tone. Johnson, Everton’s right wing young man shaped very well he had to go out of position through the injury to Humphreys and Wainwright as a deputising half-back was a study. Watson and Farrell did much fine grafting work without getting more than the bloom of the opening. Eglington made a brave try without breaking the imperturblie Burnley defenders, Saunders was a very sure back against the elusive Kippax, whereas his rival, Woodruff not only stood secure against Eglington, he also made a half-field shot that would have beaten anyone less alert than Sagar. Burnley’s attack played above itself and many of their moves were of striking design. Sufficient has been said of the game as a whole. It was mereful the second was not the same rough house the first half had revealed. It was all very pitiable and one hopes never to see a similar exhibition. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Farrell, Humphreys and Watson, half-backs; Johnson, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Burnley; Strong, goal; Woodruff and Mather, backs; Atwell, Brown and Bray, half-backs; Hays, Potts, Billingham, Knight, P.P.Kipax, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Hartley (Bolton).
RESERVES ALSO LOSE
November 17, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Manchester United Reserves 5, Everton Reserves 2
Everton’s forwards failed to take advantage of early chances. Catterick as leader, and wingmen, Boyes and Gardner tried hard but could not overcome a United defence which was sounder than Everton’s who without Jones at half-back. Buckle (2), Hanlon, Warner and Burke scored for United and Catterick and Gardner for Everton.
November 17, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Now I leave colleague Radar to comment on the fall of the Blues, and he writes; “The game produced something more akin to a battle than a football match and culminated in an injury to Jack Humphreys. From the outset the rugged Burnley defence indicated that it was determined to stop the Everton attack at all costs, and I must say, quite frankly that some of the methods adopted by Brown and company be described only as crude. Everton were not content to be “receivers in general,” and the result was incident the like of which I have never before seen in a First Division game. What little football there was in the opening half-hour showed Everton in a better light, and had not Strong so brilliantly saved Dodds first-timer a different story would have been told. “But for Burnley’s sound defence and the sureness of goalkeeper Strong. There would not have been such a hollow ring about Burnley’s victory. The real giants in this fighting Everton were Farrell and Watson. Watson took over the centre half task and did yeoman work, while Saunders stuck manfully to the task of holding quick-silver Kippax who’s back to international form. Greenhalgh did not have a happy outing but Sagar could not be blamed for any of the goals. Fielding did not produce his normal form, but Dodds was a great worker, and Eglington always seemed to have the measure of Woodruff. Johnson showed up well until the re-arrangement and Wainwright gave his last ounce on an unhappy day and one best forgotten.
DISCREDITABLE INCIDENTS IN GOODISON GAME
November 17, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Weak Refereeing to Blame
It is a long time since I saw a match produce so many discreditable incidents as the first half at Goodison Park on Saturday. Things were done which were a disgrace to the game and the players involved. It wasn’t football. It was a mixture of soccer and all-in wrestling. Some there were who refused to descend to such reprehensible tactics. Al honours to them. In the case of others it was every man for himself, and the devil take the unwary. Offenders backed at one another in goalmouth melees. They pushed and elbowed in glaring fashion and recklessly followed through without heed of possible consequences. I saw one man twice kick an opponent as he lay on the ground. True, he had much provocation, but that was no excuses. The crowning blot on this travesty of football was the incident which resulted in the Burnley goalkeeper being knocked out stone cold. It was a shameful thing to witness on a football field. In fairness to Referee Hartley of Bolton, we must assume he was unsighted at the time. Unfortunately as pressmen are not permitted in Everton’s official quarters I was unable to ask him about it afterwards. Had he seen it he would have had no option but to send the cupid off. I blame Mr. Harley as much as the players for the state of “civil war” which existed up to half-time. If ever a game demanded the sternest of measures right at the outset, this did. There should have been a general warning before play had been in progress five minutes. When it did not come, and the minority who were indulging in these tactics realised they could get away with it, matters went from bad to worse.
I shall not attempt to apportion the degree of guilt between the respective sides or individual’s offenders one was as bad as another. No matter how opinions many differ as to who started it, there could be no argument about the instant readiness of certain others to remitable. These offence and retaliation went on without ever a word of caution or a name being taken. It was the most feeble exhibition of control I have seen for a long time. I have no objection in robust football. Soccer is not a namby-pamby business. Often enough I’ve complained of referees penalising the old-fashioned shoulder charge, and preventing players legitimately using their weight but Saturday’s exposition was an entirely different matter. As an example of “tough” stuff it was the worst advertisement the game has had for years. I hope I shall never see another like it. Apparently wise words were spoken by somebody during the interval, for no exception could be take to the second half display. Then we saw some entertaining football, robust and keen, but this time clean. Burnley were well worthy of their victory, through in Everton’s favour one must remember that they were badly disorganised through having Humphreys a passenger on the right wing for two-thirds of the game. Watson gave a splendid exhibition as an emergency centre half always seeking to play real football and make wise use of his clearances. Sagar, Farrell, Watson and Saunders were Everton’s best with Wainwright a hard but unlucky trier. Fielding frequently spoiled good work by poor passing. Johnson shaped well and showed intelligence. Burnley are a dour and strong-tackling side. One can see how their goals against column is kept down to a minimum but their stubbornly destructive type of play does not improve the game as a spectacle.
Jones Transfer Hold-Up?
Jack Humphreys’s injury, plus the fact that Lindley has a broken arm, may result in a hold-up in negotiations for the transfer of Tommy Jones. At the moment Humphreys’s injury which is to a calf muscle does not seem to be serious but it will not be possible to say until later when it is seen how he responds to treatment; how long his is likely to be off.
EVERTON VISIT MAINE ROAD
November 21, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton take a proud eight points from eight away games record to Maine-road. This is the Blues second visit to the ground this season, and if the outcome is as good as the last, then all will be happy for on the occasion they beat Manchester City 1-0. Now comes a slightly harder task, for while the United are not convincing in the front of goal, they are an expert football side who rose to the heights when winning 6-2 at Wolves. Tommy Jones, who is on the transfer list, returns to centre-half for the injure Humphreys while Dugdale resumes at left back following injury. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Dugdale; Farrell, Tommy Jones, Watson; Johnson, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington.
T.G. JONES RETURNS
November 21, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Manchester United are another side which has not liven up to expectation. Everton are their opponents at Maine Road, tomorrow and as United have won only one game there since the last day of August, the Blues would seem to have a good chance of a draw at least. Matt Busby told me coming back from Glasgow that his side was much better than his position indicated and that it would not be long before they started on the up-grade. Everton will need to keep a wary eye on Jack Rowley, who is liable to break out with a big crop of goals if given too much scope. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Dugdale; Farrell, Tommy Jones, Watson; Johnson, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington.
An alleged libel by Tommy Lawton, in his book “Football is My Business.” Has resulted in a writ being served against him on behalf of Charlie Gee, a former Everton clubmate. Gee is also seeking an injunction restraining further publication.
TWO GOALS IN TWO MINUTES
November 22, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Blues in Hectic Finish
One For Dodds
Man. Utd 2, Everton 2
Ill-luck for Everton again. Dodds injury meant a forward shuffle. Nevertheless they did well to earn a point, for the United’s second equalising was in the nature of a fluke. Manchester United;- Pegg, goal; Aston and Worrall, backs; Carey, Chilton and Cockburn, half-backs; Delaney, Morris, Rowley, Pearson, and Mitten, forwards. Everton;- Sagar, goal; Saunders and Dugdale, backs; Farrell, Jones and Watson, half-backs; Johnson, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. H.T. Wright, Macclesfield. Considering the big counter-attraction at Castle-Irwell where the Manchester November Handicap was run today, there was an excellent attendance (33,509) at Maine Road to see this tussle between Manchester United and Everton. Everton were soon on the attack but the United defence proved equal to the call made upon it. When Mitten put the ball through for Rowleys, the United centre forward was undoubtedly in an offside position. Everton came back, and with a lob shot Fielding planted the ball just over the cross-bar. The pace was particularly fast and play was quickly transferred from one goal area to the other. Johnson cleverly beat Cockburn and Worrell and there was a promise of a goal, but Chilton managed to get in the way of Johnson’s short-range shot and all Everton got out of it was a corner. A miss-pass by Jones in Saunders was responsible for some heavy weather for the Everton defence. Rowley was quick to take advantage, but was finally dispossessed when just about to shoot. Eglington tried a short one which passed narrowly wide, and Mitten following some good play by the Manchester United right wing, should have done better than he did although Saunders hampered him considerably. So far there had been little shooting, this being due in a great measure, to the solidness of the respective defenders.
Morris took up a pass by Pearson but shot wide. Not so with Delaney who had run into excellent position to collect the ball and crash a terrific drive on to the Everton upright. After Johnson had scooped one outside. Mitten pushed a ball through, Morris went after it like a hare, but Sagar ran out and practically picked the ball off Morris’s toes. “Everton had their fair share of the attack and had it been for one magnificent save by Pegg, the local youth who was playing his second professional game – Everton would have taken the lead. Dodds took up a pass by Farrell and by clever trickery, worked his way round Chilton and then delivered a “placed” shot which Pegg flew at and punched out. A goal was not long delayed and if could almost be seen coming, for at this point Everton were sounding the United defence pretty severely. When Aston made a rather frantic clearance, the ball cannoned against a Manchester man and went out to Fielding who was in a position to shoot and made no mistake about it. Time 29 minutes. Dodds was slightly injured in a duel as he attempted to brush his way through the United defence. This brought about a reorganisation of the Everton forward line, which now read; Dodds, Johnson, Wainwright, Fielding, and Eglington. The United were not quiet by any means, but there was no finality about their work.
United Defence Bunched
In the main the Manchester forwards were well looked after by the Everton, halves and full backs. Saunders was having a grand game against Mitten and Pearson. By comparison, the Manchester defence were inclined to bunch and so leave the Everton wingers plenty of room to work.
Half-time; Manchester United nil, Everton 1.
I learned during the interval that Dodds was suffering from a strained muscle, just behind the knee. He resumed at inside right, but before many minutes was back at centre forward. The United were on the defensive for some minutes and then launched an attack which produced a corner and Sagar had to save Pearson’s. Pearson’s header. The light was falling and it was not easy to see what was happening in Sagar’s goal mouth. Manchester were mow disputing every inch with Everton, but for all their attacks their forwards could never really be claimed a menace. At long last Manchester’s pressure was rewarded. Rowley had put across a centre, which I through Jones should have gone to, but he held off and Morris, coming in quickly, out the ball beyond Sagar. Time 56 minutes. United were worth their goal for they had attacked solidity for ten minutes. Eglington hooked the ball into the middle and there was obvious danger for Manchester, but Wainwright was bundled off the ball just as he was about to shoot.
The construction skill of the United was not so good as that of Everton. They hanged the ball up to the forwards and hoped for the best. It had some effect but in the main played into the hands of the Everton defenders. It was so dark now that it was only possible to see the flight of the ball when play was near the stand. United gained another corner and were mostly on the attack. When Saunders but back to the goalkeeper; Sagar had to work hard to get to the which looked as though Rowley might take it. Rowleys appeared to have a nice opportunity but he header wide and at this stage it was taking Everton all they knew to check the United fighting hard to obtain a winning goal. They got a free kick and I could just see Sagar slip across his goal to keep the ball out. Pearson shot wide with a gorgeous opening and then we had a hectic two minutes. Dodds scored for Everton when he was operating at outside right. He took a Wainwright pass and shot obliquely to beat Pegg at 77 minutes. A minute later, in a penalty area tussle, Cockburn put the ball forward and it was deflected beyond Sagar by an Everton man –who it was I could not see. Dodds should have scored when he challenged Pegg, who misjudged the flight of the ball. There was another thrill when Delaney showing great speed and control, worked his way through and Everton were relieved when they were only concerned in a corner and not a goal. Deleney had assigned himself the task of match winner and there was no denying he was a great danger when he decided to go centre forward. Final; Manchester United 2, Everton 2.
• Everton “A” 5, Newton Y.M.C.A 0
EVERTON R. V SHEFFEILD U R
November 22, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Boyes gave Everton the lead within two minutes. At the other end Burnett the home keeper saved good shots from barber and Shaw. After nineteen minutes Catterick increased the home lead and before the interval the same player added a third. Half-time; Everton Reserves 3, Sheffield United Reserves Nil. After the resumption the Sheffield defence was subjected to heavy pressure, but Marsh and Parkin defended well. Sheffield were successful in reducing the margin in the 55th minute, through Morgan. Final; Everton Reserve 4, Sheffield United Reserves 1.
EVERTON DIVIDE FOUR GOALS
November 22, 1947. The Evening Express
Twice Held Lead in Fast Moving Game With United
Everton gave a grand first half display against Manchester United at Maine-Road and took the lead just on the half-hour through Fielding. After the interval, however, United took command for a long period and equalised in the 56th minute through Morris. Everton fought back well, however, and Dodds again put them ahead in the 77th minute with a brilliant shot from Wainwright’s pass. United quickly drew level within a minute through Cockburn. The Everton defence stoutly against the exceptionally fast United attack. Tommy Jones returned to the Everton team, with Gordon Dugdale also reappearing following injury at left back. Jack Humphreys is recovering from the ankle injury he sustained against Burnley last week and this is not as serious as was at first anticipated. Alec Stevenson hopes to be fit for next Saturday. Manchester United;- Pegg, goal; Aston and Worrall, backs; Carey, Chilton and Cockburn, half-backs; Delaney, Morris, Rowley, Pearson, and Mitten, forwards. Everton;- Sagar, goal; Saunders and Dugdale, backs; Farrell, Jones and Watson, half-backs; Johnson, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. H.T. Wright, Macclesfield. On a heavy surface the opening exchanges were evenly, contested before a crowd which could not have numbered much over the 30,000 mark. There was danger for Everton when Delaney pushed the ball inside for Carey to move forward, but his fiery drive slewed well wide of the post. Then it was Everton’s turn and Fielding slipped the ball down the middle for Dodds, but Dodds elected to swerve the ball to Wainwright instead of shooting and Wainwright was crowded out. Everton by now were showing the better method although inclined to overdo the short pass. Then Fielding broke through and tried a 35 yards which flashed inches over the top. Everton kept it up and Wainwright was applauded for a magnificent solo run during which he outwitted three defenders. He cut in towards goal only to find Worrall coming across to concede a corner just as Wainwright was about to shoot. From this Eglington blazed wildly over the top when well positioned. Now United began to come more into the game, and the Everton defence was kept at full stretch in its effects to foil the fast-moving United attack. Everton had a stroke of luck, however, when Delaney broke right through and cracked ball against the upright from less than 12 yards. Sagar had to look snappy to prevent Rowley connecting with Mitten’s accurately places diagonal pass.
A Great Save
It was now all Everton and Dodds had the hardest of luck when he flicked the ball round Chilton delightfully and put in a glorious drive only to see Peggs save in equally great style. Wainwright and Johnson were causing United any amount of trouble and on one occasion Wainwright’s persistence enabled him to dispossess Worrall on the line. But Eglington was again off the mark with his first-time shot from Wainwright’s centre. Dodds headed a foot wide from the corner. There was no doubting Everton’s superiority at this stage and they deservedly took the lead in the 29th minute thanks to a mix-up between Aston and Carey. Aston’s attempted clearance was charged down by Fielding who seemed surprised at being in possession but quickly sized up the situation and moved forward to slip the ball quietly past Pegg. Everton almost made it two, straight from the restart with the United defence still in a state of jitters. With Dodds temporarily off the field for attention to a leg injury United fought back. There was a close call for Everton when Mitten deftly transferred inside for Rowley to drive on the wrong side of the post. Dodds returned limping to take over on the right wing with Wainwright leading the attack. When United applied pressure the Everton defence stood firm, with Dugdale showing up brilliantly against Delaney.
Half-time; Man U 0, Everton 1.
Everton keep It Up.
Dodds, who had injured a muscle, resumed in his normal position. Another success seemed likely when Wainwright burst through but Chilton handled his intended pass to Dodds and the free kick was charged down. Dodds did the only thing possible when Pegg muffed his goalkick and lobbed the ball goalward but sailed over the top. Everton kept it up and Dodds header after Wainwright had forced a corner was only narrowly past the target. Then United began to throw everything into attack and although successive corners brought them no tangible reward they drew level in the 56th minute. For the first time the Everton defence was caught napping. Rowley bore to the left and crossed accurately for Morris to headed into the net what time Jones and Sagar stood leaving it to each other. United attacks were now moving dangerous and again caught the Everton defence in two minds. Mitten cut in to flash the ball over the angle of the post. For a time the light was so bad that the players looked just like ghosts. It was almost impossible to see what was happening at the Moss Sid end. However, the light improved and for a long period it was a case of Everton defending desperately. Thirteen minutes from the end Everton broke away and Dodds who was again on the right wing, burst through and gave Pegg no chance whatever with a brilliant right foot shot. Within a minute, however, United were again on terms. This time the half-back Cockburn went up to help his attack and beat Sagar with a low shot through a ruck of players. The ball appeared to strike an Everton defender before crossing the line. Final; Man U 2, Everton 2.
Everton “A” v. Newton Y.M.C.A
Brazier (2) and Swaine scored for Everton. Half-time; Everton “A” 3, Newton 0.
TOM JONES OUTSTANDING
November 24, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Manchester United 2, Everton 2
When Jock Dodds scored as bonny a goal as ever he will ever get at 77 minutes, I thought Manchester United were a beaten team. But he cannot take anything for granted in football. Within a minute had equalised for the second time and the battle was renewed afresh. For the second week in succession Everton were handicapped by an injury which brought about a reorganisation of the attack. How much that affected their chances can best be judged by the fact that until Dodds’ injury Everton had attacked persistent and taken the lead. One of the reasons for United lack of combination was T.G. Jones, who cut into the working of the three inside forwards with such precision that they had to work single-handled. Farrell and Watson also eliminated any suggestion of rhythm on the part of the United attack.
Above All Others.
Jones head was ever to be seen above all others, and his kicking was accurate. United were earnest enough, but there was little guile about their methods. To draw away was a worthy performance by Everton, who put in some brisk defence in the second half when the opposition was hammering their defenders in persistent pressure. Everton’s leading goal was somewhat lucky for Aston’s clearance hit Fielding and left him with a gift. Morris equaliser was due to hesitancy on the part of the Everton defence. In the gathering lights –matters in the goalmouth were difficult to see – Rowley swept out to the left to get away from Jones to sling his centre across for Morris to head into the net. Then came Dodds magnificent goal which left the youthful Pegg wondering what had happened to the ball as he dived – too late. A minute later United were on level terms for the second time, when Cockburn shooting hard, deflected the ball beyond Sagar.
Two goals in a minute was lively enough and near the end Pearson should have won the match. Sagar had positioned himself well and Pearson shot straight at him. The Everton defence played grandly, but Jones was outstanding. Rowley being completely out of the game. Saunders and Dugdale kicked confidently well. Dodds made one mightily shot in the first half and Pegg at equally fine save; while Delaney cracked one against the upright. Manchester United;- Pegg, goal; Aston and Worrall, backs; Carey, Chilton and Cockburn, half-backs; Delaney, Morris, Rowley, Pearson, and Mitten, forwards. Everton;- Sagar, goal; Saunders and Dugdale, backs; Farrell, Jones and Watson, half-backs; Johnson, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. H.T. Wright, Macclesfield.
• Liverpool beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1, Balmer, Liddell, and Graham for Blackburn.
November 24, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
“Everton were in their brightest mood against the “United” writes Radar, “This despite the fact that they were again dogged by misfortune. A leg injury to Dodds when the Blues were on the top following Fielding’s slightly lucky goal tended to throw the attack out of gear, but the defence, rallied magnificently to its task and the entire team is to be commended for combining with United in providing one of the best displays of football’s arts and crafts I have seen this season. Up to the time of Dodds injury the Everton attack had been ratting the United defence more than somewhat and I think they would have made away with both points had they been at full strength throughout. Unfortunately the most pleasing feature was the continued improvement in Albert Johnson, who bids fair to solve the outside-right problem, for he linked up ideally with the penetrative Wainwright, who is now rapidly coming back to his best form produced a fine burst of speed; crossed the ball intelligently and accurate and showed definite ability to beat the man. Dodds ever after his injury, always was dangerous and after moving to the right he scored the second goal with a great shot from Wainwright pass. Fielding paired off well with Eglington who showed amazing speed in control and when lacked only conviction in finishing. The half-back line could hardly be faulted with Farrell and Watson so industrious and Jones blotting out Rowley completely. The only defensive fault was a misunderstanding when Morris scored United’s first goal. Dugdale and Saunders stood up manfully to a hectic second-half barrage, while Sagar, despite a persistent cold for which he is having special inoculations, made many fine saves.”
POINT WELL WON
November 24, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
One of the chief reasons why the Manchester United forward line did not function so well against Everton was that the latter’s defence was more than equal to it, and turned it into a thing of shreds and patches. The last time I saw the United they were a side capable of much skilled football, but that has given way in intensive endeavour minus the background of science. It was flurried football, more energetic than skilful. It is disconcerting in the opposition, but a poor sort of football which will, I am afraid not take Manchester to the heights of a season ago (writes Stork). Everton were undeniably the better craftsman. They did move the ball along with combined ideas, did take up position and did in effect, bring some skill to bear to outwit the opposition defence, yet the United tactics produced, for then more scoring opportunities. The one point of the day which could be tagged a “picture goal” was Dodds goal and it could easily have been the winner. Rowley and his inside forwards could make little or nothing out of the Everton defence, so ably led by Jones the star of the game, and so well backed up by Saunders, Dugdale, Farrell’s and Watson. They were the cause of the United’s poor showing at least in a football sense. Jones towered above all others, with head or feet, particularly his head, he played Rowley out of the game, and his henchmen looked after the others. Everton played well enough to win until an injury to Dodds forced a switch round among the forwards. That took away some of Everton effectiveness, and enable the United to come more into the attack. I thought Saunders and Dugdale magnificent. The Mitten and Delaney did nothing outstanding can be laid at their door, while Farrell must be one of the strongest half backs in the country, both defensively and constructional.
November 25, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Everton F.C players are having a “do” this evening at the Stanley Park Social Club for Jock Thomson who leaves in a few days to take up the managership of Manchester City. They are also to make him a presentation as a mark of their esteem.
EVERTON EYE A CENTRE FORWARD
November 26, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Leslie Edwards
Manager Theo Kelly, of Everton, states that his club has been eying players of several calibres, but the possibility is that the centre-forward they sign next will be one for the future rather than the present. Jack Humphreys’ injury may take longer than was anticipated, and Dodds, too, will be out at the game for a few weeks.
Clubmate of Jock Thomson, the Everton coach, who has been appointed manager of Manchester City, last night entertained Thomson and his wife at a farewell function at Stanley social Club. There were two presentations –one from the Stanley Club and one from Everton players.
PRESTON AT GOODISON
November 28, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
The visit of Preston North End to Goodison tomorrow is an attractive pairing, for both clubs –when allowed by their opponents –endeavour to play the best type of football. Preston are still sticking round about the head of the table, though the distance between them and Arsenal is gradually widening. The visitors early successes this season, were reflected in the few changes made in their side. Apart from substitution of Anders at outside left for Caverley, the former Arsenal winger, they only change until this week had been those forced on them by injuries. Recently however, they have slipped back a trifle, the last six games having produced only four points. Their away record is not over-impressive for a side third from the top and while the size of the task confronting Everton should not be mineralised, the Blues have a good chance of victory if they add the right finishing touches to their work. But for the fact that Wales have Tommy Jones and Jack Humphreys to call on, Emlyn Williams, Preston’s centre half, might have been honoured by his country before this. He is more of the Humphreys than the Jones type, rugged and forceful. Finney of course, is the main Preston star, though Beattie and McLaren run him close. Finney will have to be at his best to get much change out of Dugdale who shows every sign of settling down into a classic back. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Dugdale; Farrell, Jones, Watson; Johnson, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Eglington. Preston; Gooch; Gray, Robertson; Shankley, Williams, Morton; Finney, Beattie, McIntosh, McLaren, Anders.
EVERTON WELL-DERSERVED A VICTORY
November 29, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Preston Had Flourish But No Finish
Fielding was, Key Man
Finney Held Up
Everton 2, Preston 1
Preston played nice football, but they have a fault –it was their finishing. Everton were more thrustful particularly in the second half, and were well worthy of their victory. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Dugdale, backs; Farrell, Jones and Watson (captain), half-backs; Johnson, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Preston N.E.;- Gooch, goal; Gray and Robertson, backs; Shankley, Williams, and Horton, half-backs; Finney, Beattie, McIntosh, McLaren, and Anders, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Holt (Rochdale). Preston were soon in the picture with some clever football fare, but it was Everton who were the first to produce a goalmouth incident. Catterick chased the ball almost to the goalline but shot outside. But this was only the forerunning to a sustained Everton attack which however, did not bring goalkeeper Gooch into action because of the solid play of Williams, the North End centre half.
Two Chances Missed
Fielding, having come back to lead his aid in defence, gave Finney an opportunity which culminated in a short ball into the Everton goalmouth, but Jones got his head to it and held off what looked like a menacing situation. Anders was pulled up for offside and then Johnson offered Catterick a rare opportunity. The Everton centre forward killed the ball and then delivered a shot which was miles too high to prove of any consequence. Eglington, after offering Catterick a nice pass, which was collared by a Preston man, decided the next time he got the opportunity he would take it himself. He did and the result was a great left-foot drive, which Gooch sprang to and caught confidently.
Jones, after losing possession to McLaren was able to stage a grand recovery and take the ball from McLaren’s foot just as the Preston inside left was moving up to take a shot. Anders with a long ball from the wing caused Sagar to push the ball out and it went to the feet of Finney who, to the dismay of the many Preston people present, lifted the ball over the angle of the goal post. There was some excellent football despite the fact that the ball did some peculiar things. Saunders and Dugdale were paying particular attention to their respective wingers, although Sagar had to save from Anders after the whole of the Preston forward line had got together to make the opening.
Over The Top Again
Eglington was having an excellent match, and when he slipped the ball through nicely for Fielding, the inside left swept across a fast centre which Wainwright took on the volley to send the ball hurtling over the crossbar. There was no doubt that the North End forwards were playing better as a line than Everton. Nevertheless Gooch had to make a wonderful catch when both Wainwright and Catterick bounded down on him. Catterick was hurt in his fall, but was only off a matter of minutes. One particularly bright movement by North End was well worth seeing. Furthermore it brought a shot which Sagar saved magnificently. Had Anders been able to keep his feet he might have taken advantage of the clearances but was unable to turn quickly enough. Sagar was again in action repelling a fast shot by McIntosh.
Preston’s Strong Man
Williams was, undoubtedly, Preston’s strong man. He was responsible for cutting up many Everton advances simply by being first to the ball. Catterick once managed to elude the Preston centre-half and hooked in a rather tame shot, which Gooch had no difficulty in handling safely. At last the goal, which the Boys’ pen had been calling out for ever since the game opened, came at 39 minutes. It started with Sagar’s goal kick which bounced over a Preston defender and went on to Fielding over the right, Fielding only moved a step or two before he unleashed his shot, which was an angular affair, but good enough to beat Gooch.
Preston were rather shaken by this turn of events, and they made a vigorous onslaught. A shot by Shankley was only saved by Sagar at the expense of a corner. At the moment the North End were striving tooth and nail to get on equal terms before the interval. Finney, although closely attended to was always a thorn to Everton defenders. Just on time Eglington with a long effort topped the Preston crossbar and Catterick followed suit to conclude an interesting half.
Half-time; Everton 1, Preston North End nil.
Everton were soon on the attack and a corner kick taken by Eglington almost brought about the downfall of the North End goal, for Gooch punched the ball almost straight up in the air, it was fortunate for him that there was no Everton man in the vicinity to take advantage.
Everton In Command
For some time Preston were purely on the defensive, such was the sternness of Everton’s offence. Had Catterick been able to act a little more quickly he would have had a grand opportunity from a cute Wainwright pass. Anders centred into the Everton goalmouth and there seemed some danger, but the North End forwards were anything but good finishers today. At this stage Everton were much more commanding than they had been, and even Williams lost some of his composure and slashed the ball into touch. Fielding was prompting with precision passes, and Farrell and Watson also had an eye for their forwards.
Finney was Offside
Dugdale was having quite a good game against Finney, who eventually went to centre forward, and did manage to steer a ball into the Everton net, but he was obviously offside. Actually the whole of the Preston inside trio changed places; no doubt to bring greater punch into their attack.
But it was Everton who were calling the tune at this point, and at 61 minutes they took a 2-goal lead. Wainwright pounced on a ball which came up from the rear and smartly hooked it out of the reach of Gooch, who fell on his haunches and watches the ball pass beyond him. When Everton were awarded a free kick thirty yards out of goal Jones came up to take it. His shot was dead on the line, but Gooch had no trouble in saving. Straight from the clearance Finney collected the ball beat off all opposition, and smartly glided the ball swiftly beyond Sagar at 67 minutes.
A Johnson Effort
There was a chance of a goal when Wainwright and Johnson linked up to such good effect that Johnson, with the ball at his toe, moved into the middle, and although tackled, was able to get in his shot which Gooch went down to and cleared. When Anders got a ball free of all interference matters did not look pleasant for Everton, but Jones ran across and by a superb tackle took the ball from the Preston winger and so cut out the danger.
Wainwright once dashed through kept the ball in play and then centred along the goal line. He may have been playing for a corner. At all events there was no Everton man in sight to take up the challenge to Preston. Dugdale got a cheer for a grand tackle and a successful one which held off the Preston right wing where Finney had returned, and Wainwright shooting rather hurriedly was off the mark. Wainwright made a nice lob into the goalmouth but the goalkeeper got to the ball before Catterick and in a flash the ball was at the other end of the field with Finney in hot pursuit, but Sagar gave the famous winger the “dummy” and allowed the ball to pass out. Shankley shot over. Final; Everton 2, Preston North End 1
WEST BROM RESERVES V EVERTON RESERVES
November 29, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
In an even first half the defence did well, but both sets of forwards were weak. Burnett made several good saves, and just before the interval Higgins put the visitors in front. Boyes did well against his old club. Half-time; West Bromwich Reserves nil, Everton Reserves 1. Final; West Brom Reserves 2, Everton Reserves 4.