ROVERS AT GOODISON
October 1, 1920. The Evening Express
Always popular visitors, Blackburn Rovers will receive a warm welcome to Goodison Park tomorrow. They gave the Blues a good game last week, and I have every reason to anticipate a capital encounter. The Rovers present team includes some splendid exponents, not ably Reilly, the centre half. Rollo, the noted Irish back, will also turn out. Rollo will always be remembered for the fine game he played against the English League at Anfield last season, and he has many admirers among Soccer enthusiasts in this district. Everton will also be at full strength and the Blues are hoping to go one better than at Ewood. A victory to Everton just now would place them in a very fine position. The teams are due to turn out as follows:- Everton; Fern; Downs, McDonald; Fleetwood, Brewster, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Peacock, Crossley, and Harrison. Rovers: - Sewell; Rollo, Ducksworth; Thorpe, Reilly, Heston; Robinson, Rodgers, Dawson, Hawksworth and Hodkinson.
Hull Daily Mail-Friday October 1920
Len Salt, the Garston Gasworks centre-forward an scorer of seven goals in a recent West Cheshire League match, who has signed for Everton, will play against Huddersfield in the Central League match Huddersfield to-morrow. Everton team is: Mitchell; Thompson, Robinson; Brown, Weller. Williams; Jones, Crossley, Salt, Wall, and Smjth.
JAMIE GALT GETS PAPERS FROM EVERTON
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Friday 01 October 1920
And is to Play for Third Lanark.
James H. Gait, of the Third Lanark directorate, has now received his papers from Everton Football Club, and liberty to play for Third Lanark. His first appearance will probable be against Clydebank a fortnight Hence. Gait, who is delighted with the sporting manner which Everton has acceded his request, has a fine record. He played many great games while with Rangers. In 1914 he joined Everton, and again he was one of the mainstays of his team. In 1912 played against both the English League and Southern League, and also against Wales and Ireland in 1908.
Dundee Courier - Saturday 02 October 1920
James Gait, the ex-Rangers half-back, has now received his transfer papers from Everton. and may turn out in a week or two for Third Lanark, of which club he IS a Director.
HOW EVERTON REACHED THE TOP
October 4, 1920. The Evening Express.
The advance reported by Everton is remarkable when we remember the experience of the last campaign, and one hopes that the Goodison brigade will retain their position in the front rank. The Toffee boys are right on top of the ladder and when the “Football Express” the most up-to-date evening paper in the district showed the Blues leading the table and Liverpool in the third place as a result of the afternoon’s games, a thrill of pleasure ran through the town.
At the Top
Everton had the pleasure of taking top place in the League as a result of the defeat of Blackburn Rovers and one must congratulate them heartily on their performance. But they will have to flight desperately hard to remain in that exalted station, as every club they meet will put out a bit extra in an endeavour to remove them. The “Blue” have reached the pinnacle by consistent displays, and it savours of madness to suggest altering a winning team, yet I left Goodison with the impression that there was something lacking in the attack. Chedgzoy and Harrison, of course, were in superlative form, and this may have thrown the inside men into the shade somewhat, but there can be no doubt that they did miss chances and there was not the smoothless in working one would like to see. Peacock was dashing but lacked subtlety, and did not display the ball control that was forthcoming from Dawson. Fortunately for the home side, the Rovers were also weak in front of goal, and apart from the leader, only Hodkinson lived up to his reputation, and Tommy Fleetwood found him a rare handful. Both sets of halves did well, and the attacking forces received no quarter. Brewster is now finding his full powers and is fitting into his place nicely, while Reilly, the visiting pivot, was also the principal source of strength of the Rovers’ middle line. Forward I have referred to the greatness of Chedgzoy. His two goals were beautifully conceived and executed, his inward swerve leaving Duckworth propping, while Sewell was beaten both by the pace an direction of the shots. Both Downs and McDonald miskicked at awkward moments, but Fern was very safe. Rollo was the better of the Blackburn backs, and Sewell could not be blamed for the goals.
EVERTON 2 BLACKBURN ROVERS 1
October 4 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
EVERTON HEAD THE LEAGUE TABLE.
After a close game with Blackburn Rovers at Goodison, Everton won by the odd goal in three, and with Huddersfield failing, and the Villa only able to draw, the Blues have the satisfaction of heading the table, a striking contrast to their desperate struggle for points last season. They will need some moving too, as both fore and aft the men have a capital understanding, and are playing with commendable dash. The ground on Saturday was inclined to be treacherous, but the home eleven dashed away to score in sensational fashion, and though the Rovers pegged them back before the interval they were ahead again right after the signal to recommence, and kept the Rovers at bay till the two points were assured. There was little to choose between the sides in actual merit, but Everton were a trifle better served, especially in defence, and their shooting was more on the target than that of the Rovers, who spoiled several midfield moves-of promise by finishing weakly.
ABOUT THE PLAYERS.
Fern made one or two brilliant clearances, notably a header from Dawson being snapped up with great skill. The backs had plenty to do at various periods, but Downs was very safe, though McDonald marred an otherwise sound display by giving a couple of corner kicks though misjudging the flight of dropping shots. Brewster was the mainstay of the halves, his breaking up being good while he also shot at times with force and precision. Fleetwood was not so good in leading up to attack, and Grenyer has been seen to better advantage. Forward Chedgzoy was the outstanding figure, and by smart cutting in he outwitted Duckworth and scored two really brilliant goals. Peacock was trustful but unlucky, and it was not Crossley’s day out, though Harrison shot with force and Kirsopp kept his outside partner well employed. Sewell was slow in getting down to the first shot, which went home, but was otherwise safe. Rollo was the better of the backs, Thorpe a great half, and Dawson a wonderfully good leader of a nippy forward line.
RUN OF PLAY.
In the first two minutes Chedgzoy cut in on his own and beat Sewell with a terrific ground drive, which passed under the keeper’s body as he was driving for the ball. Peacock netted a couple of minutes later, but was adjudged offside. In another twenty minutes Dawson, with a ground swerving drive equalised matters, but shortly after the resumption Chedgzoy scored again in a precisely similar manner to his opening effort. Both goals had narrow escapes subsequently, but the run of the play Everton just deserved their success. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Peacock, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Sewell, goals, Rollo, and Duckworth, backs, Thorpe, Reilly, and Heaton, half-backs, Robinson, Rodgers, Dawson, Hawksworth, and Hodkinson, forwards. Referee A.F. Kirby
BLACKBURN ROVERS RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 3
October 4, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 8)
At Ewood Park, on Saturday, Everton Reserves revenged themselves of the defeat they sustained at Goodison Park the previous week by beating the Rovers Reserves by 3 goals to 1. In the first half, which produced one goal for each side, play was mainly in favour of the Rovers, but after the interval Everton attacked almost continuously, and quite deserved the victory. After half an hour Barker gave Everton the lead, but soon afterwards the Rovers’ persistency was rewarded with an equaliser by Eddleston, who was a dangerous leader of the home attack. In the second half Barker regained his side the lead, and Smith subsequently added a third. Everton’s better staying powers contributed to their success. Blackburn Rovers: - Robinson, goal, Hodgson, and Cowell, backs, Forrest, Watson and Kerr, half-backs, Brooks, Coppitch, Eddleston, McDonald, and Benson, forwards. Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Fare, and Thompson (Captain), backs, Garrett, Weller, and Williams, half-backs, Jones Reid, Barker, Fraser, and an other, forward.
SHEFFIELD UNITED 2 EVERTON 0
October 5, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON’S SECOND DEFEAT.
FLEETWOOD IN GOAL FOR FIFTEEN MINUTES
Everton were beaten at Sheffield, yesterday, by the United by two goals to nothing, and were deposed from the League leadership. The weather was unkind –pitiless rain failing throughout. Sheffield having met with defeat at home on Saturday, selected to try young, spirited players rather than men of name and note. Further Everton seemed to face opponents who had determined to upset Chedgzoy, in particular, by particular attentions that ought to have brought something more than free kicks.
In twenty minutes Brown scored while Fern was lying prostrate on the turf. The goal raised a question whether play should have proceeded while Fern was lying helpless. Some of the defenders stopped play seeing that Fern’s cases was serious, and Brown went ahead and scored. A similar incident occurred in a cup final at Old Trafford, when Newcastle goalkeeper was busy looking at an injured forward, Bradford playing on and scoring. Of course, in the old days there were many “imaginary injuries” to ensure a stoppage of play. Nowadays, there is little if any, of these sharp practices, and therefore one was surprised play was not stopped. Fern apparently was seriously hurt, so bad was his case that the referee did not follow the customary rule of restarting play, but delayed the game for five minutes. Then Fern went off for a quarter of an hour, to receive the attentions of the trainer for an injury to the muscles of the shoulder blade. One does not cavil so much over the question of “stopping play for an injury”; the grave complaint is that systematic hacking and attempted hacking was allowed to continue.
DOWNS’ FINE DISPLAY.
The game under the weather and other circumstances was bound to be a poor one. Still, it had exciting moments and proved to Sheffield that it was necessary to victory that Fazackerley or Brelsford should play, United took a bold course. They dropped the famous and tried youngster who have yet to win their spurs. Fazackerley’s absence from the side led to an invasion of managers to the Lane, and the persistent inquires of managers from Huddersfield and elsewhere (including Everton) suggested that there would be a transfer ere long. As on Saturday, the Everton inside forwards were not in form. Peacock, however, did three things at Bramell Lane that stamped him in the eye of the cognoscente, a player of class –his dribbles, his feint, and his push forward. Kirsopp and Crossley promised much, but did little, albeit Crossley tried a shot now and again that threatened a goal. McDonald, at back, found the speed of Bolam troublesome, yet the defended well. Downs was the star of the whole twenty-two with his seemingly endless energy, his sure punts, and his almost excessively cocksure dribbles. Some of his saves revealed him as a master back. Grenyer despite a cold, played useful football, just as did Brewster, even though one recognised that in Johnson (son of the former Sheffield player, and now assistant trainer) and Gillespie (Irish international) the Everton pivot struck something pretty strong.
THE RUN OF THE GAME.
There were but 7,000 people to see the rechosen United team, in which Plant, once a left half and then a centre forward, was transplanted to the post of full back; Gough, who damaged a finger early in the season, was not playing. United begin in spirited fashion, and Utley and Bolan tried cross drives of good strength, though lacking in accuracy. Gillespie made some openings for young Johnson and then there was the collision aforementioned and Brown’s first goal. Fleetwood went in goal while Fern was being patched up. He had little to do, and what he did was with the boot, not his the aid of his hands. Harrison made the best shot of the game thus far with a free kick from the touchline –a fine drive that was quite near its mark. The Everton forwards had been playing a close game, and the state of the ground did not warrant this. Runs by the wingers came spasmodically, and Sheffield coped with them –in fact, it was well in the second half before Blackwell was really tested. Downs, tried to coax the forwards by running forward, and forming an extra attacker, but it was all to no purpose, and Sheffield settled matters by scoring again through Brown near the finish, Downs flung himself at a ball which was eluding Fern, and saved a score. Teams: - Sheffield United: - Blackwell, goal, Plant, and Milton, backs, Pantling Beaumont, Utley, and Bolam, half-backs, Brown, Johnson, Gilliespie, and Naylor, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Peacock, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards. Referee Mr. Pardoe, of Kidderminister.
HOW EVERTON WERE BEATEN AT SHEFFIELD
October 5, 1920. The Evening Express.
Blades’ New Men Succeed.
Everton’s reign at the top of the ladder was short, but that is no reason why they should not find their way there later on. No doubt the supporters of the club would prefer that they kept in the leading fight ready to make a greater effort when the proper time comes. The defeat yesterday, at Bramall-lane came somewhat in the nature of a surprise, especially in view of the fact that the Blades were forced to make a number of changes in their eleven. It has happened before, and it no doubt will happen again, that when directors are forced to introduce younger players from the reserve ranks owing to injuries those reserve men fill the picture, and by their keenness justify their choice. This, as a matter of fact, is how many a diamond lies hidden away undiscovered until brought by force of circumstances into the light of First League football. I recall the story of a well known team manger who had been hunting the country for weeks trying to secure an inside right who would suit his first League eleven. He searched in vain until he happened by chance to have a day off with the reserve team. Judge of his astonishment when he discovered on his own doorstep the very player he had travelled miles and miles to find. The second string inside right was soon in the premier team, and has since developed into one of the finest exponents in the country. It was not exactly a similar situation with the Blades, but the fact remains that owing to injuries and other circumstances the Bramell lane directors were compelled to make a number of alterations from the side which had been doing duty. Stanley Fazackerley did not play, and Everton amongst others, expressed a willingness to secure, his transfer if the United were open for a deal. But as I said on Saturday, the figure must be large. Brown took his place with such distinct credit that he scored two goals. Altogether it was a rejuvenated team which the Blades fielded, and under miserably wet conditions they quite upset Everton, whose players it must be said, were not suited by the ground and the conditions generally. The Blues’ halves did not rise to the occasion, and as a trio Pantling, Beaumont and Utley were distinctly superior, and it was the play of Utey and his colleagues, which gave the forwards their opportunities. The reappearance of Gillespie did much to revive the forward line, and with worthy helpmates, who lost no time in patten-weaving, they went for goal with rare dash and spirit and gained their reward. In view of the fact that the United have had a bad time this victory should put new life into them.
The Handy Man.
Everton did not have the best of luck, and an injury to Fern seemed to upset the side. He was injured in a collision and had to be carried off the field, from which he was absent a quarter of an hour. During this time that handy man of the team, Thomas Fleetwood, kept goal and kicked the ball in lusty fashion. He did not use his hands. It was when the first goal was recorded that Fern sustained the injury. Johnson made a great effort to get through and Fern went out to meet him. The pair collided heavily, and the ball went out to the right, and Brown drove the ball into the goal. Downs flung himself between the posts, where he made a valiant effort to stop the ball, and in doing so the captain’s foot went through the net, and he required assistance to liberate himself. During this exciting incident Fern was lying on the ground. He was attended to on the ground, and was eventually carried off the field with a damaged side. United were therefore lucky in a measure to score.
We know Dicky Downs to be a glutton for work and he certainly excelled himself on this occasion. He defended in most able fashion, and even tried to pull the game out of the fire by helping his forwards. Near the close of the game Downs thrilled the onlookers by kicking out several storming shots as the Blades swarmed round, the Everton goal. But Everton generally did not please. For once the halves were mastered, and considering the heavy going the Blues adopted wrong methods. Fully alive to the weak points in their attack the Everton directors will not be slow to see that something more is needed. Having got on the right road the team must not allow yesterdays’ experience to upset them. It is not the first time that a wet day has caused a reversal of form.
Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 06 October 1920
The Everton club have secured the transfer of David Jardine, Wrexham's crack forward. His position is outside right, and he is the son of a well-known former Everton goalkeeper.
BLUES MAKE IMPORTANT CHANGE
October 6, 1920. The Evening Express.
Reid at Inside Left
Everton are due to meet Huddersfield Town at Huddersfield on Saturday, and as the new First Division team is playing in such capital form the “Blues” may anticipate a hard game. An important change was decided on last night, when the directors selected Reid to fill the place of Crossley at inside left. The inside forwards have not pleased too greatly, and it is hoped that Reid will impart some necessary vim. Fern is well again, and the full team chosen is as follows: Fern; Downs, and McDonald; Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Peacock, Reid, and Harrison. The kick-off is timed for 3 o’clock. Reid is proving himself quite a versatile exponent. He has already played in two forward position, and his partnership with Harrison will be keenly watched.
October 8, 1920. The Evening Express
Huddersfield Town have more than justified their inclusion in the senior circle, and when Everton meet them the latter will find formen who require a tremendous amount of beating. Liverpool found the Yorkshire men tough opponents on the occasion of the English Cup-tie, and this, of course, is the Blues’ first meeting with the finalists. It was a setback at Bramell-lane, but I fancy Downs and his colleagues will get a point here. Everton’s chosen side is Fern; Down, McDonald; Fleetwood, Brewster, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Peacock, Reid and Harrison. The Huddersfield team will be:- Mutch; Wood, Bullock; Linley, Wilson, Watson; Richardson, Mann, Taylor, Islip, and Smith.
THE BLUES VISIT TO HUDDERSFIELD.
October 9, 1920. The Evening Express.
The Blues are making a change in the forward line, which of late appears to have been rather weakly represented. Reid, who made his debut against Blackburn at inside right, is now transferred to the inside position on the opposite wing. Downs is once more sound again, and with McDonald will find plenty to do this afternoon in stemming the rush of the Yorkshire men, who have the reputation of being very “hot stuff” on their own ground. Still, the Blues always play well against foemen worthy of their steel, and in all probability will come away at least sharing the points.
October 11, 1920. The Evening Express.
The Everton club (writes “Rovers) have on many occasions been among the records, and they added another to their list when they inflicted the first home defeat of Huddersfield Town by the only goal scored against the club at Leeds-road so far this season. In the main it was a case of powerful opposing defences, and strong, as undoubtedly the representatives of the Yorkshire club are in this respect, the Everton rearguard went one better, and put up a standard of resistance that could scarcely have been excelled. The high efficiency maintained by the rearguard reflected itself in the half-back lines, though of necessity the respective trios were more concerned in their efforts to combat the incisive advances of forwards, and the latter were generally well held. However, marksmanship, with a few exceptions was not a strong point, and this defect was due to the terrific pace that was maintained from start to finish, coupled with the fact that the inside players seemed to be imbued with the idea of scoring without taking the bearings of others who were better placed. The fact that but one goal was scored during the whole of the ninety minutes testifies to the strenuous nature of the proceedings and the solidity of the work accomplished by the rear guards on both sides. The introduction of Reid as a partner to Harrison was an experiment that worked out satisfactorily. This versatile forward was long in settling down, and being just the of player for an inside berth, further games should lead to a stiffening of the left wing. There were several occasions on the left wing when pretty triangular moves with Grenyer quite turned the play in favour of their side, and when the line was Chedgzoy, Kirsopp and Fleetwood their played a capable appreciation of each others requirement. Peacock was a victim to close conditions from the opposing halves, and over-anxious when he did elude his opponent otherwise he did well, and will benefit from his latest experience. Brewster was a hard working and generally successful pivot, Downs, McDonald and Fern were great in defence. The skipper gave a remarkable good display, all though, and in the last five minutes, when the Town forwards were struggling desperately for an equalising goal, he was here, there, and everywhere the danger threatened. Twice in this period he charged down, not by luck, all judgement, shots that looked like being a certain goal, and capped his work by at another that was directed quite out of the reach of Fern.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 0 EVERTON 1
October 11, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON WIN CLEVERLY.
HUDDERSFIELD FIRST HOME DEFEAT
To Everton belongs the honour of being the first club to lower the colours of Huddersfield Town on their own ground, this season. The “Blues” of the League up to Saturday held an unbeaten home certificate, and with the least bit of luck they might have divided the honours with their powerful opponents. They failed, however, to take full advantage offered and the visitors came away with two points and one goal. It was one of the hardest-fought games seen this season, and in spite of wretched climate conditions there was a crow of nearly 30,000 on the Leeds road enclosure. The playing patch was on the treacherous side, but in spite of this a tremendously fast pace was set and maintained for the full ninety minutes. Bot sets of defenders showed remarkably fine football and though much of the forward play was sprightly and clever it was very often completely ineffective. This fact is indicated in the score. Everton were the first to attack in combined order Chedgzoy being dangerous early on; Huddersfield quickly responded and Islip sent in one swift low shot, which Fern just succeeded in diverting. The play of the half backs was pretty to watch, and the three Everton stalwarts were generally able to hold the Huddersfield forwards in check, or at least to interfere with their efforts at combination. The Everton vanguard were much more delicate in their understanding, and after thirty-five minutes’ going they took the lead, which they held to the end. The goal came from Harrison, who got off at top speed and finished with a shot that struck the upright. Mutch the keeper tried to deal with it, but before he could do so Kirsopp nipped in and scored. In the second half the home side fought valiantly to wipe out the reverse, but the Evertonians showing conspicuous confidence, never permitted their opponents to get upon terms. As already intimated, the great feature of the game was the defensive work of the halves, and backs. Downs gave a superb display, and was well partnered by McDonald. Brewster at centre again showed improvement, and the wingmen did yeoman service. Harrison and Reid made a very clever pair, the inside man showing fine judgement. Peacock was unfortunate in missing one or two obvious chances. Chedgzoy and Kirsopp were frequently in the picture with good work, and though the first named was injured early in the second half he played on with great pluck. Huddersfield are a smart and exceedingly “game” side, but they must expect reverses when up against the “great guns” of the League. Teams: - Huddersfield Town: - Mutch, goal, Wood and Bullock, backs, Linley, Wilson, and Watson, half-backs, Richardson, Mann, Taylor, Islip, and Smith, forwards. Everton: - Fern, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Peacock, Reid, and Harrison, forwards. Referee Mr. A. Ward.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN RESERVES 2
October 11 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 9)
At Goodison Park, Huddersfield made many chances in their team against Everton on Saturday, and it must be said they gave a very good account of themselves. In the first half, the Blues kept the visitors defending for most of the time and it was close upon the interval before Crossley opened the score with a shot from thirty yards'’range. In the meantime Mitchell saved a great shot from Haythorpe, by tipping the ball over the bar. At the interval Everton were leading by one goal to nil. Play in the second half was fast and even. Huddersfield equalised through Simpson. Then Smith placed Everton again in front, and Parker got the third from a penalty given against Brough for handling. Ten minutes from time Jones, the centre-forward reduced the lead, and close on time the visitors almost equalised. Mitchell making a great save from Brough.
Hull Daily Mail - Tuesday 12 October 1920
James Miller, the former, Grimsby, Everton, Coventry city, and Preston North End right wing forward, has signed for Darlington.
October 12, 1920. The Evening Express.
Highly elated by their defeat of Huddersfield, the Everton directors have wisely decided to leave well alone, and selected exactly the same side to do duty in the return encounter at Goodison Park next Saturday, when, be it noted, the kick-off will be at 3-30. The visit of the famous cup team, heightened by Everton’s feat of being the first to score against them on their own pitch is creating tremendous interest, and in order to cope with the crowd expeditiously Mr. Mackintosh would be glad if some of the shareholders would volunteer to act as stewards. Those willing to do so will oblige, the secretary by attending at the office at 2 o’clock that day
Derby Match Prices.
With regard to the increased charge for accommodation on the occasion of the Everton and Liverpool match at Anfield, I have received the following letter:-
“Will you please allow me space in your valuable paper to protest against the increase of prices to see the Everton v. Liverpool match, which takes place on the 23rd of this month?” writes Fairplay.” “I would like to ask, in the first place, is it fair play and sporty to charge an increased price of admission to see a home match? Secondly, what added attraction is there in Everton compared with any other team in the League? What is the motive for this increase of prices in the stands? Surely the clubs are making enough money now to play their way, and not so badly off as they have to start profiteering in this way. The present prices are a bit too high for the class of football served up, and when the standard of play increases then I for one would not object to an increase in prices. “If the Liverpool v. Everton match is worth 3s; instead of 2s in the stand and other increase what are we going to be charged. I hope Everton won’t do the same thing when Liverpool are due at Goodison Park. “It would be a lesson if all football followers would stop away for, say one Saturday and leave the ground empty and then perhaps it would teach the “heads” to do the right thing. They must bear this in mind –that we (the spectators) are the people who pay, and they have a right to do what is right and proper and not think that they are the masters of the situation. I speak for all the spectators and demand the right thing to be done.”
EVERTON’S TEAM UNCHANGED.
October 13 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
As was to be expected after the defeat of Huddersfield in Yorkshire, the Everton directors have wisely decided to leave well alone and selected exactly the same side to do duty in the return encounter at Goodison Park on Saturday, be it noted the kick off will be at 3-30. The visit of the famous Cup team, heightened by Everton’s feat of being the first to score against them on their own pitch, create tremendous interest, and in order to cope with the crowd expeditiously Mr. McIntosh would be glad if some of the shareholders would volunteer to act as stewards. This willing to do so will oblige the Secretary by attending at the office at 2 o’clock that day.
Dr. Jardine and the Everton club lay at loggerheads respecting his place of residence, the transfer has not yet been completed, and the Wrexham club has consequently selected him to play for them to-day at Liverpool in Goode benefit match, and also on Saturday against Wellington Town, the champions of Birmingham League.
Everton have signed on L. Salt the centre forward of Garston Gasworks, who on Saturday scored seven goals in a match against Liverpool North in the West Cheshire League match
EVERTON SIGN TWO YOUNGESTER
October 14, 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
Burscough are going to experience some difficulty in keeping up their strengthen if first class teams are going to continue drawing on them. The latest signings are Rigsby, the outside left, and Barlow left half, who have signed Central League forms for Everton.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN VISIT EVERTON
October 15, 1920. The Evening Express.
Newcomers are always welcomed in Goodison Park, and enthusiasts in Liverpool will have the pleasure of seeing Huddersfield Town, the team will created quite a sensation in last season’s cup-ties. Their exploits in the Second Division and their brilliant run at the finish which brought the club in a blaze of glory into the senior circle all combined to make the Yorkshire club a most attractive combination. The team has accomplished some really great work already in the upper house, and it was regarded as a fine performance on the part of the Blues to win at the Town ground last Saturday. As is well known there was not a great deal in it on that occasion, and there is a wide spread desire to see the return encounter tomorrow. The team is a fine one, and Everton will find it difficult to hold the fast and wily Yorkshiremen in check. Spectators will be afforded the opportunity of seeing England’s chosen full backs, but this time on opposite sides. Downs, of course will be out to help his side as usual, and Bullock, the stalwart Huddersfield defender, is keen and usurious to turn the tables on Everton. To my mind, it is sure to be a tremendous struggle for supremacy, and Goodison Park is likely to be alive with enthusiasts. The team will turn out as follows: - Fern; Downs and McDonald; Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer; Chedgzoy, (or Jones), Kirsopp, Peacock, Reid, and Harrison. Both Richardson, outside right, and Linley right half-back, have been dropped from the Huddersfield Town team to meet Everton. Their places will be taken by Harry Broughh and Ralph Shields. Islip retains his place in the team, which will be: - Mutch; Wood, Bullock; Brough, Wilson, Watson; Mann, Taylor, Shields, Islip, and Smith.
Everton and Prices.
The Everton directors have decided that there will be no increased charge for admission on the occasion of Liverpool’s visit to Goodison Park, October 30. It has also been decided that no seats are to be booked for any match this season. Another point of interest is that in future final results will not be put upon the board after the conclusion of the match. This has been decided on at the request of the police engaged to clear the ground at the end of the game, and the putting up of results on the board delays this process.
EVERTON’S RETURN GAME WITH HUDDERSFIELD
October 16, 1920. The Evening Express.
Having been the first to lower the home record of Huddersfield, Everton are looking forward with every confidence to this afternoon’s return meeting, when a repetition of last week’s display at Leeds-road should go a long way towards the Blues obtaining the maximum number of points. Everton were fully satisfied with the form of the team in the Yorkshire town, therefore they will field the same eleven. Not so the visitors, who are making a couple of changes at outside right and right half-back, Brough and Shields taking the places respectively of Richardson and Linley. Whether these alterations will have the desired effect has yet to be seen, but undoubtedly the Tykes’ front line is badly in need of goal-getter, for up to the present the Town have only registered seven goals in nine games, so it would appear as though the newcomers to the League have a lot to thank their defence for. Last Saturday Chedgzoy was a passenger during the second half owing to a rather painful injury, but it is hoped he will have recovered sufficiently to take the field this afternoon, and should he do so the Blues will win. All round the Evertonians are a better team, and if unweakened will gather in both points.
HOW EVERTON REGAINED TOP POSITION
October 18, 1920. The Evening Express.
Ordering Off Incident
On top one week and down a peg or two the next seems to be the order, but it is satisfactory at this stage of the campaign to note that Everton for the second time, hold pride of place. The club has every reason to be proud of the distinction and their players are likely to be cheered by the success so far achieved. It will certainly spur them on to further effort. The tussle with Huddersfield were distinctly strenuous affairs, and one regrets that the game at Goodison was marred by the ordering off of so clean a player as Brewster. But more of this feature anon.
Referring first to the unfortunate Brewster incident, my opinion was that the pivot did foolishly ankle tap his opponent from behind, an offence which fully merited the caution which the referee administered. The Scot appeared to ejaculate some haste remark which apparently led to marching orders, but I am officially informed he did not say a word although to the spectators appeared otherwise. When too late the half-back recovered his customary good temper, and on being told to retire, trotted to the dressing room without hesitation. As the matter is now subjudice further comment would be out of place. The feature of the match was the display of England’s new back Downs and Bullock. The former has received tardy recognition but Saturday’s showing was sufficient justification for the selection. Downs has a style of his own and his clearances and placing were a delight. Bullock is more orthodox in his methods and is now so polished because he does not hesitate to kick out under pressure whereas Downs usually keeps the ball in play; no matter how determinedly he is tackled. Tommy Fleetwood will be the first to admit that he was not at the top of his form, even though he did good work but Brewster’s headwork and Grenyer’s anticipation made the middle line better balanced than that of Huddersfield. Both sets of forwards were put in the shade by the defences and in each case there was only one dangerous attacker. Harrison of Everton and Taylor for Huddersfield. The former never wasted a ball and his curing centres provided openings which the inside men could not turn to account. Peacock opened out the play excellently with a sweeping passes, and his long shots invariably went straight to the goal, but he is still lacking the ability to collect a centre in his stride. Jones lacked the craft and speed of Chedgzoy, and Reid was also a yard short of pace, while Kirsopp did not shoot with his accustomed accuracy.
EVERTON 0 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 0
October 18 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
STRENUOUS GAME AT GOODISON.
EVERTON PLAYER OREDERED OFF (BREWSTER)
The return game between Everton and Huddersield Town attracted a crowd of 50,000 spectators, and produced a strenuous contest. It was a game in which science played a minor part, and the feature was unquestionably the excellent defensive work of both sides. Not a goal were scored during the ninety minutes –a fine tribute to the soundness of the respective defences. There was a regrettable incident when Brewster, the Everton half-back was ordered off the field. Brewster had been previously warned by the referee, and when the Everton player repeated the offence a sensation was caused by the referee ordering Brewster off the field. Interviewed after the game the official said the course he took was very distasteful to him, but he had no alternative as the player had received a first warming, and in view of the seriousness of the offence he was quite justified in taking extreme action. It took both sides some time to settle down and the defenders had much the better of the argument from the start, but they were certainly helped by some rather wild and inaccurate forward work. The first thrill came when Mann got through with a fine centre, and Islip drove in a ball that caused Fern some trouble to negotiate. A fine thrust by Peacock ended with a capital shot that went a trifle wide. At the stage Everton looked like taking charge of the game, but the forwards lacked finishing power, and the Huddersfield defenders came through a trying ordeal without loss of prestige. Several fine centres by Harrison ought to have been turned to good account and had the Everton inside forwards shown any adaptability a different story might been told. Fern had some trying experience and once in turning a shot round the post he almost sent the ball on to Taylor’s head. The second half opened with a long straight drive by Peacock, which was well handled by Mutch, who proved himself an expert in dealing with long kick. He was not so confident at close quarters and twice he was nearly beaten in a tussle in the goalmouth when Peacock was only prevented from scoring by the barest margin. It was in this attack on the Town goal that Mutch was kicked on the face and a few minutes earlier Wood had been badly knocked out by a blow from the ball. Wood resumed before he had sufficiently recovered, and Mutch caused some excitement by the manner of drawing the referee’s attention to the fact that Wood was reeling about in a dazed condition. The full back was taken to the touch line and restored to consciousness by the trainer. Then came the regrettable Brewster incident at sixty-two minutes and Everton continued with two half-backs. In spite of their deficiency, Everton held their own, and a division of the points was a fair indication of the play. The defenders easily carried the honours and the solid defence of Bullock was well matched by the daring work of Downs. Wilson and Grenyer were the pick of the respective half-back line, and of the forwards Harrison and Smith did well. Although the Everton forwards were weak they displayed more finish than did the Town line, but they appeared to feel the need of a strong personality to weld the line together. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs Jones, Kirsopp, Peacock, Reid, and Harrison, forwards. Huddersfield Town: - Mutch, goal, Wood, and Bullock, backs, Brough, Wilson, and Watson, half-backs, Mann, Taylor, Shield, Islip, and Smith, forwards.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 0
October 18, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 10)
In the first half, apart from a few moments at the beginning, and at the end of the period, the Everton team was never really dangerous. Huddersfield scored through Smith their centre forward, after prolonged pressure. The Everton forwards never looked like equalising until a few minutes from the interval, when Salt their centre forward got within close range, but Clayton cleared. The play of the visiting team was much better in the second half, and they would have been through on two occasions had not the Huddersfield defence, and particularly Brook the left back been very sound. The outstanding player on the Everton side was Crossley the inside right who was slightly injured before the interval.
MEHAFFY ON TRIAL.
October 19, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton have signed on for a month’s trial a goalkeeper from Belfast Celtic named Mehaffy. He will play in the Central League team next Saturday against Liverpool Reserves, the transfer was completed on Saturday after the match with Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park.
The teams closed for Saturday are Fern, Thompson, McDonald, Fleetwood, Brewster, Grenyer, Jones, Kirsopp, Peacock, Reid, Harrison. The Reserves are, Mohaffy, Fare, Robinson, Brown, Weller, Williams, Howarth, Crossley, Parker, Wall, and Smith, the Liverpool Reservse are, Howard Baker, Penman, Jenkinson, Checkland, McNab, Cunningham, AN Other, McKinney, Matthews, Lewis, Pearson.
EVERTON TEAM FOR LOCAL DERBY
October 20, 1920. The Evening Express.
The first of the season’s league encounters between Liverpool and Everton is due to take place at Anfield on Saturday, and an enormous crowd is certain to attend. The home side will be without the services of Scott and Lacey (playing for Ireland), while Everton have to find substitutes for Downs and Chedgzoy, who have been selected to play for England. Everton gave a run to young Jones at outside right, last Saturday, and he will again do duty, while Thompson will understudy for the captain. Everton’s team will consequently be Fern; Thompson, McDonald; Fleetwood, Brewster, Grenyer; Jones, Kirsopp, Peacock, Reid, Harrison. Mehaffy, the recently-signed Irish goalkeeper will make his debut for the Blues in the junior Derby at Goodison, the side selected being Mehaffy; Fare, Robinson; Brown, Weller, Williams; Howarth, Crossley, Parker, Wall, Smith. Arrangement for the local “Derby” on Saturday are well in hand, and despite the depressing influence of the coal strike, there seems every reason to expect that the crowd which gathers at Anfield will be in the nature of a record-breaking gate. The only thing likely to trouble Liverpool management will be to decide how early to close the gates in order to prevent overcrowding of the ground, for there is no doubt they could easily surpass anything previously achieved if the accommodation would permit. It will be surprising if the club have not to announce the setting up of a new attendance record on this occasion. A point for intending spectators to remember is that by getting to the ground early they will be studying their own comfort besides affording some relief to the tramways services which will be probably working under “strike” difficulties, and are almost certain to be curtailed.
PARKER AND GALT
October 24, 1920 Sunday Post
A Patrick Thistle deputation yesterday watched Bobby Parker play for Everton Reserves. Glasgow Rangers are also considering Parker, who is desirous of returning to Scottish football. James Galt is now practically fit to try the comeback stunt. He will appear in Third's League team, perhaps against Rangers next week.
LIVERPOOL 1 EVERTON 0
October 25, 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
NARROW VICTORY FOR LIVERPOOL
The majority meeting of Liverpool and Everton at Anfield was a game worthy of an exceptional occasion, in that it was particularly fast and clean. Liverpool won by the only goal of the game. This gave them a deserved lead at the interval, but Everton had such a great spell of attacking during one period of the second half that on the general balance of play they were worthy of a point, and in that sense Liverpool were lucky to win. Both sides were without the services of a couple of their best men Lacey and Scott doing duty for Ireland at Sunderland, whilst Chedgzoy and Downs were adding England. In a sense this put the eleven on an equality and an enormous crowd had a pleasant afternoon which to watch the encounter. There can be no question that Liverpool were the more trustful in the first half, and had it not been for the skill of Fern they would have been more than one goal down in the first half. In the second period, however, he had a more comfortable time, but even then McNaughton was not called upon more than three times, when he had to be spry to get rid of some awkward drives, and once was well beaten by a shot which hit the crossbar and rebounded into play.
SOUND LIVERPOOL DEFENCE,
What little he had to do the keeper did well, but he was splendidly covered by the backs, and also owed something to the poor shooting of the Everton inside forwards. McKinlay was in great form, and by smart anticipation was generally on the right spot to break up advances. Lucas also cleared with hefty lunges, but found the opposing wing an awkward handful. W. Wadsworth was a rare worker at centre half, and his distribution was nicely timed. Bromilow, in spite of being croaked, was also a useful asset, and took several opportunities to get in a shot, while Bamber made an efficient substitute for Lacey, initiating the move from which the winning goal was scored. Forward Harold Wadsworth stood out by reason of the best display of his career. He never parted with the ball until his partners were in position and his centres were most judicious. Chambers backed him up well and also tested Fern with some furious screw shots, Johnson was not so much in the picture, but Forshaw netted the all important goal, and came near with several brilliant efforts, while Sheldon was also a live force.
Fern was in magnificent trim and a couple of his full length saves brought down the house. He had no earthly chance with the ball that beat him, and a less reliable custodian would have been defeated more than once. Thompson had his first run with the senior team this season as the deputy for Downs, and the directors had no cause to regret their choice. Though not so cool as his celebrated senior he gave nothing away, and capably blended with McDonald, who kept a fine grip on the Liverpool right wing. Brewster was the best half on view, and he was responsible for one snap shot at goal, which all but did the trick. In attack or defence he was equally happy, and in the matter of forcing home attacks Grainger was also a live member of the middle line, while Fleetwood put in any amount of hard and useful work. Where Everton left something to be desired was in the forward line. Only Harrison did himself justice and he was unlucky not to score when a cross drive shivered the woodwork. Peacock has yet to learn how to gather a square pass without wasting time, and his partners failed to push the ball forward for him so that he could take it easily on the run. As a result he did not do much, and the individual touches of Reid and Kirsopp did not compensate for their neglect of the leader in the particular specified, Jones attempted to do too much, and found dribbling against McKinlay was not a paying policy. His passes to the middle were good, and he should have confined himself to this mode of advance.
The game saw meteoric changes from end to end of which the defences generally came out best. However, after 35 minutes, Bamber banged the ball right across to Harold Wadsworth, who whipped it past the goalmouth, Forshaw tasking the leather with a first time shot which beat Fern all the way. Liverpool had the better of the exchanges till the interval, but there was a 15 minutes’ solid attack by the Blues, which saw Liverpool’s defence sorely tried. There was plenty of spirited play, but no more goals, and the Reds carried off the honours of the first encounter with their friendly rivals this season. Teams: - Liverpool: - McNaughton, goal, Lucas, and McKinlay, backs, Bamber, W. Wadsworth, and Bromilow, half-backs, Sheldon, Forshaw, Johnson, Chambers, H. Wadsworth, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Thompson, and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood (Captain), Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs, Jones, Kirsopp, Peacock, Reid, and Harrison, forwards.
DOWNS AND CHEDGZOY CAPS FOR ENGLAND
October 25 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
The first International match of the season ended at Roker Park, Sunderland, on Saturday, in a victory for England over Ireland by two goals to nil. Chedgzoy was the pick of the English forwards. Speedy and clever, he put in many delightful centres, and it was as the result of his efforts that the goals were scored. About 22,000 spectators witnessed the match.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 LIVERPOOL RESERVES 4
October 25, 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 11)
It was a large crowd that wended its way from Anfield to witness the Reserves try conclusions with those of Everton. Both clubs were at the head of affairs in the League table, and it was expected that a rousing game would be the result. In this they were disappointed, as the Blues proved no match for their opponents and in the end the Liverpool won somewhat readily by 4-1. The Reds’ forwards and halves combined in smart style, and were much smarter on the ball than their opponents. Matthews obtained the opening goal, while Lewis followed with a second. Everton had a chance of reducing the arrears from a penalty, but Howard Baker saved Parker’s shot in great style. Play then went all the way of the Reds, and goals quickly followed from McKinney and McNab. Liverpool leading at the interval by 4-0. The second half was more even, the Reds’ team easing up, but even so Everton made poor use of their opportunities, and it was not until a further penalty kick came their way that Parker made amends for his earlier failure. Nothing further in the way of goals came from either side, Liverpool thus winning readily by 4-1. Teams: - Everton: - Mohaffy, goal, Fare, and Robinson, backs, Brown, Weller, and Williams, half-backs, Howarth, Crossley, Parker, Wall, and Smith, forwards. Liverpool: - Howard Baker, goal, Penman, and Jenkinson, backs, Checkland, McNab, and Cunningham, half-backs, AN Other, McKinney, Matthews, Lewis, and Pearson forwards.
October 26, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
A number of English Clubs are interest in some of the Irish players, and it is said that Everton Have made an offer to the Shelborne Club for McLoughlin, the Irish League right-back.
October 26, 1920. The Evening Express.
Everton will be at full strength for the return match with Liverpool next Saturday at the Park. Crossley is to partner Chedgzoy on the right wing, and it is hoped that this change will balance the line. The full side will be;- Fern; Downs, McDonald; Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Crossley, Peacocks, Reid, and Harrison. I am asked to point out once more that no tickets are being sold for this match, nor are there any special bookings. Shareholders are requested to be in their seats not later than 2.30. Those shareholders who acted as stewards are asked to communicate with Mr. McIntosh who would like them to give their services again on Saturday.
October 29, 1920. The Evening Express.
It is curious fact, but none the less true, that Liverpool have always enjoyed greater success at Goodison than on their own ground. The representatives of the Reds from years to year have shown their best form at the Park when opposed to the Blues, and their supporters, no doubt, would be glad to see this form continued tomorrow. On the other hand, Everton will be anxious to reverse the decision of the match at Anfield, and as a result a tip-top game should be witnessed, especially as both sides will be in a position to field their strongest teams. Everton with Downs and Chedgzoy back again, should be in a position to press their opponents. Crossley’s return to the team will be welcomed. The former Sunderland man is undoubtedly a clever exponent, and his knowledge of inside play should serve him in good stead. With a skilful partner like Chedgzoy he ought to prove successful, and I am sure the winger will make the most of the passes he is likely to receive. Crossley, to my mind, has just suffered one of those bad spells which often come to the best players, and it is hoped that the position at inside right will suit him. He can shoot with power and his control of the ball is perfect. Reid and Harrison will develop as a left wing pair, but I am one of those who believe that if the positions were transposed the pair would be more successful. We must anticipate great shooting power from the Blues tomorrow. On the other hand the Reds are determined to keep up their winning sequence. The team will be strengthened by the inclusion of Lacey and Scott. Liverpool are indeed fortunate to have a player of the calibre of Bamber on reserve. The Peasley Cross man is young, and he can afford to wait. After his strenuous tour in South Africa he will be better able to come to the help of his side later on in the season. It is good policy not to overwork young players.
How They Will Line Out.
But to revert to the Derby game. As I have already announced, the Everton directors decided not to book seats, and therefore all enthusiasts will start off scratch. I would advise all intending spectators to get to the ground early. Shareholders should be in their seats not later than 2.30. Note should be made of the fact that a new turnstile has been opened in Bullens-road for all complimentary ticket-holders, season and otherwise in the next stand to the shareholders except tickets for the W.S. Stand, which will be as usual. Every inch of space is bound to be taken up before the kick-off, which is timed for three o’clock. The teams to do duty will line out as follows:- Everton; Downs, McDonald; Fleetwood, Brewster, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Crossley, Peacock, Reid, Harrison. Liverpool; Scott; Lucas, McKinlay; Lacey, W. Wadsworth, Bromilow; Sheldon, Forshaw, Johnson, Chambers, Wadsworth.
Liverpool New Player
Liverpool have signed on the Kirkdale winger Bain, who played several times for Everton during the war. McLevey has been taken ill, so Bain will appear at outside left for the Reds Reserves against Everton Reserves at Anfield tomorrow.
THE RETURN DERBY GAME AT GOODISON
October 30, 1920. The Evening Express.
Can Everton Stop Reds’ Run Of Success?
Derby games are a source of enjoyment to local followers, and this is as it should be. It has not always been so, however, for in the past the meeting were fraught with anything but camaraderie and nothing caused such “delight” to the respective partisans as when an opponent was rendered hors de combat whether accidentally or other wide. But Things have changed of late years, and both spectators and players alike have learned to look upon the annual meetings of Everton and Liverpool in the light of true sportsmanship. It is remarkable feature of the meeting that Liverpool play better on the opponents ground than they do at Anfield having registered six League victories on “foreign” soil against four (including Saturday last) on their own ground. The clubs celebrated their 21st birthday under the auspices of the League last Saturday, and during that long run Everton have registered 18 victories and scored 73 goals, while the Reds have put up 11 successes and 47 goals. Everton have not been successful at home since 1911-12, when they prevailed by the odd goal in three. It will thus be seen that the Blues have some leeway to make up, and the thought arises will they turn the tables today. Last week it was only after a prolonged struggle that they went under by the only goal of the match. On that occasion their forces were undoubtedly weakened by the absence of the captain, Downs and Sam Chedgzoy. Both these players will be in the side today, when the return game will be played, so that a marked improvement in the Everton side’s display should be certain. Liverpool will also be at their best, as both Scott and Lacey, like Downs and Chedgzoy, were last week representing their country in the first of the seasons’s international returns. While the Reds are only making a couple of changes, Everton are trying something in the nature of an experiment. Crossley, the ex-Sunderland player, who opened the season at inside-left only to be displaced by Reid, the Irishman, is again introduced into the side, this time as inside partner to Chedgzoy, vice Kirsopp. This change it is hoped will balance the line which up to the present has been out of unison, and the result in goals. Penetrative power has certainly been Everton’s weakness of late, but they should make amends today by debiting Liverpool with their second reverse of the season.