HARLAND BACK IN GOAL.
October 1 1924. The Daily Courier.
BLUES' THREE CHANGES AGAINST LIVERPOOL
Everton last evening selected the side to do duty in the first of the local Derby games on Saturday. Liverpool will choose their side after today's match with the South Africans. The Blues make three changes from the side that went under to Notts County –in goal, at half-back, and forward. The recent lapses of Kendall have upset the youthful keeper and in the circumstances the directors have decided to bring in the Irishman, Harland. Brown is fit again and takes his place in the halves vice Peacock, while forward Irvine displaces Hargreaves. Cock leads the attack. Thus the “old firm” of last season do duty again. The full side is: - Harland; Raitt, and Livingstone; Brown McBain, Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. Mr. McIntosh had made arrangements to “house” a great crowd, but all must pay at the turnstiles. The Reserves seats, which number 230, have already been disposed of, so it is useless to “ring up” the secretary. That gates open at 1.30.
FAMOUS OLD TIMERS
October 4, 1924. The Liverpool Football Echo
Victor Hall Describes The Coming Of Dickey Boyle – The Great Judge
From our previous gallery of favourite local players we may take occasional digression to other periods, and among them will be found men who endeared them services to local followers equally with their predecessors in both Everton and Liverpool. The latter club though formed later than Everton, had its own gallery of celebrities to some of whom we hope to refer in greater detail in later articles. Alec Raisebeck and Andy McGuigan, as well as Harry Storey and James Cox, each worked mightily to raise the prestige of the young Liverpool club, and their play and personality had an important effect in the initiation of Liverpool into the charmed circle of the League. Now we can review those brilliant players from “ayont the Tweed,” who, coming to Everton with named already famous in Scotland, enhanced the fame of the club that Holt, Geary, Chadwick, and Milward had helped so materially to establish. The Clyde area had ever been a fruitful ground for recruiting first-class players for English clubs whose growing League “gates” were enabling them to complete with the wealthy Glasgow clubs for rising players, Celtic and Rangers in Glasgow while on the spot and wealthy enough, could not ascribe all the brilliant young men who were coming rapidly into prominence from the engineering clubs allocated to all the Clyde shipbuilding area. Vale of Leven and Dumbarton Clubs, in particular were a positive “forcing” ground for talent and the latter club in Alec Latta, had already provided Everton with the brilliant eight winger is that great forward line of which we have written that had made history, while it was making Everton. The agents them whom Everton employed in Scotland to report on promising debutants who were willing to migrate South, were constantly urged to leave no stone unturned to secure the signature for an English League form of those younger men, whose fame had already been recognized by international and other honours in their active Scotland. The agents were paid a fixed fee of £10 for each player of note whom they were instrumental in signing for the wealthier English clubs.
Everton were not alone by say means in being able to pay tempting “bonuses” to the selected players for signing. Other English clubs were drawing big gates and were running Everton in close rivalry with their money bags and for “big” men were frequently outbidding the Mersey club. Aston Villa, Preston North End, Blackburn Rovers, and the Nottingham clubs (both Forest and City), as well as the Sheffield Clubs were entering keenly in rivalry and the Scottish agent once he had secured the consent of the young player in Scotland to journey South for a “fee” had an easy job in dissipating of his “catch” in the keen competition that existed among the English clubs for the players.
Indeed the agent could, and did disposes of really good players –and some that were not so good 0with ease and had positive competition among the clubs concerned for his favours. Added to his report of the brilliant promise of the particularly player each English club had directors or committed men in Scotland practically every week of the season “spotting talent” and they were usually been judges of players, so that the men who were coming onto prominence in Scotland were as well known in English committee-rooms as they were in their native villages. The club-fellows of the Dumbarton club stood out, figuratively, head and shoulders above every other contemporary player in Scotland about that time. One was Dicky Boyle a right half back, the other his club mate “John Bell, a centre forward. Of John bell we hope to write fuller in a latter article. But of Dickery Boyle rumours had been rife for nearly two years in England that he was coming south. Nearly every English League club of prominence had made him offers to sign for them, and had gone the limit.” But Boyle was known to be serving his articles as a marine engineer in the drawing office of one of the great Clyde shipbuilding firms and he was spoken of as a brilliant and promising designer and one who apart from football at all would go far in his own profession eventually. It was also appreciated that he took his business seriously and would not jeopardize his business prospects for an football offer, no matter how tempting, until he was “out of time” Everton, however, were patient, and their directors were cautious in their fishing ground, while their resident agents had promised that if Dickey Boyle ever did gone “South” it would be to an Everton “form” he put his signature as a League player.
And one day the news was telegraphed that “Boyle” had signed for Everton. He came to Goodison Park and modestly, and without any flourish of trumpets took his place in the team. Now, after the lapse of years, one call say quite confidently that no player ever gave the club more faithfully or loyal service. From the day he entered the Everton League them he never lost his place on playing merit. Apart from odd injuries, or transfer to the second team for some important match or Cup-tie –he never stood down –but first to last was always “in form,” and always a star in every match in which he played. He was slim in build, but sturdy, and of admirably proportioned physique. Fair to a fault in his play, he never gave the appearance of great speed, and yet he was speedy, and could turn quickly, and get off the mark with fleetest winger he had to tackle. He was extremely good to judging pace in both ball and man and wise to a degree in weighting up the style of play of his opponents and quickly adapting himself to watch and eventually combat that style. His perception as to an opponent's intention in play was uncanny in its sureness, If the other man was a poser, Boyle was sure to forestall and intercept the pass –if he was a solo player Boyle tackled him and robbed him –if he was a speed merchant, and wanted to shine by his sprints Dicky stopped him instantly and so nipped the sprint in the bed, leaving it to his backs to collect and return the ball. It was as a feeder of his own forwards however, that Dicky Boyle really shone. He rarely if ever wasted a forward pass; it was invariably a pass of judgment –it never came to a men in a position where he could do nothing with it. It seemed as if his feeding of his forwards gave the key to that particular attack. Wherever he placed the ball for a forward you might rely that was the immediate point of attack at that particular movement and if he thought it right he would “shoot” instead. They still speak at Everton today of one glorious game at Everton where Boyle fought alone and defeated a whole Sunderland team. To have seen that one famous game was to witness the apotheosis of mind over matter and brain over muscle in football. Sunderland were leading by two goals to nothing all the second half and Everton dispirited outplay had outweighed, were beaten to a men, and kicking wildly and disjointedly were waiting for the whistle to blow and save their further humiliation before their own spectators. The crowd, with only two more minutes to play were strolling out of the ground in thousands, heartbroken at the exhibition that wonderful facts of Tom Watson's had made of their favourites. Then a cheer broke out and the exodus stopped. Boyle had got ball at the half way line, and was throttling his way through –single handed. They cocked and yelled approval as he got through to shoot –a roar! He had scored! “Quick! A Minute and a half to go! “Kick-off, Sunderland” A greater roar. “Give it to Boyle” “Bravo Dickey” He has its again. “Yourself Dickery” in your own! 0Go-on! –Go on, Boyle, Boyle, played Boyle” as again he robbed one after another and paraded into goal “Now” –the goal is packed –they have all fallen back –“ Shoot” “Shot he doesn't, instead he lobs it gently over all their heads into the corner of the goal where the keeper is not –and it is” Goal!” Goal” “Goal 2” Boyle” –Oh! That goal –Oh, Richard “Dicken” Boyle.
BLUES AND REDS AT GOODISON PARK.
October 4, 1924. The Daily Courier.
A CHANCE FOR EVERTON TO MAKE GOOD.
Everton are credited with playing the best football in the country, said a well known official the other evening, and I have not the slightest doubt it is true. However, it is not producing many victories. There is denying the Blues are a classy side in midfield, but when they reach the penalty area they seem to lose all idea of goal getting. If any of the Blues were present at Anfield on Wednesday they received an object lesson from the South Africans as to the value of a first time shot; if they were not present then they missed a great object lesson. However, Everton have an opportunity of silencing their critics this afternoon when they receive Liverpool in the first of the local Derby games. They will have what is looked upon as their best eleven, in addition to which it is possible they will catch Liverpool somewhat at a disadvantage, for Forshaw, owing to a strain; is a rather doubtful starter. Both sides' have done none too well to date, in Derby game this matters but little. The crowd will roll up just the same expecting to see a good game, and the probabilities are that they will not go away disappointed. Liverpool, owing to injuries, were forced to delay the selection of the side from that of last week, Wadsworth returning the centre-half owing to Cockburn being injured, while a similar reason is responsible for McNabb deposing Pratt. Apart from the possibility that Forshaw may have to stand down the Reds look capable of putting up a good fight, and finding Harland plenty of work to do in this his first League game of the season. In the past the Anfielders have done remarkably well at Goodison Park, so that they take the field with full confidence. It should be a keen struggle between the pair, with the spoils going to the home side. Teams, Everton, Harland, Raitt, and Livingstone; Brown, McBain, Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick and Troup, Liverpool; Scott Lucas, McKinlay; McNabb, Wadsworth, and Bromilow; Rawlings, Forshaw, Johnson, Shone, and Hopkins.
EVERTON 0 LIVERPOOL 1 (Game 1108)
October 6, 1924. The Daily Courier.
OPEN METHODS MORE EFFECTIVE.
LIVERPOOL USUAL WIN AT THE PARK.
By S. H. H.
Liverpool, in keeping with tradition, won the Derby game with their rivals at Goodison Park. Moreover, although only a goal divided them at the finish, they were full value for the points earned, as they played the more convincing football. By this I do not mean to infer that Liverpool's play was the prettier of the two, for that was not so. Everton, so far as combined movements went, easily took the palm, but no matter how nice the passing and repassing appeared to the great throng, there were no denying the Blues' forwards were impotent when they reached the Liverpool backs. Scott during the game had not more than three difficult shots to deal with, which is hardly a tribute to the home quintette.
On the other hand Liverpool adopted more open methods and swung the ball out to the wings, the result was that when they got away there was always the likelihood of a goal accuring. It was such a movement that produced the only goal after four minutes' play. Raitt, in order to save his lines, gently tipped the ball out of play. Bromilow took the throw-in, got the return, and lifted it into the goalmouth, where Forshaw was apparently covered by Livingstone. Scenting danger, Harland left his goal, but Forshaw got his head to the ball and putting it back to Rawlings, the latter had an open goal to fire into. It was a simple goal, and I rather think the Everton defence was caught napping. Anyhow they never had an effective plan of campaign after this, for, having overdone the wing game, they next concentrated on the middle, which was just as bad, as the Liverpool halves never left the inside men, and either McNabb, Wadsworth, or Bromilow intervened at the crucial moment. The tenacity of the Liverpool trio had a great deal to do with victory. It was their most effective game this season, and none did better than Wadsworth. Walter kept such a watchful eye on Cock that little was seen of the Everton centre.
Forward the winners were well served by Johnson and Rawlings, while Lawson, who came into the side at the eleventh hour vice Hopkin, got across many good centres. At full back both McKinlay and Lucas did well after a shaky opening. Scott accounted for all that came his way in excellent style. For Everton, McBain, Chedgzoy, Troup, and Harland were the pick. The keeper had much more to do than Scott, but accomplished it in a effective manner, his saves in rapid succession from Shone and Johnson in the opening half being very fine. The game was witnessed by 50,000 people, including the Lord Mayor, the gate receipts totaling over £3,000. Teams : - Everton: - Harland, goal, Raitt, and Livingstone backs, Brown, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. Liverpool: - Scott goal, Lucas, and McKinlay (captain), backs, McNabb, Wadsworth, and Bromilow, half-backs, Rawlings, Forshaw, Johnson, Shone, and Lawson, forwards.
ORMSKIRK 1 EVERTON “A” 1
October 6, 1924. The Daily Courier.
LIVERPOOL COUNTY COMBINATION
A most exciting game terminated in a “scene” at Ormskirk. The home centre forward, Gregson, scored what would have been the winning goal, but the referee disallowed the point, amidst a storm of protest. As soon as the final whistle sounded the spectators rushed the ground, but the police were on the alert, and to avoid any trouble accompanied the referee to the dressing room. The Ormskirk team had been reorganised and Martindale and Topping made an excellent right wing. They gave the Everton defence plenty of work, but they were equal to it. A breakaway enabled Barton to score for Everton, and it was only after the interval that Ormskirk got on equal terms as the result of a good goal from Bamber. Ormskirk pressed almost continually towards the end without success.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 LIVERPOOL RESERVES 1
October 9, 1924. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 9)
It was a very interesting game at Goodison Park yesterday between the reserve sides of Everton and Liverpool. The result was a draw, and all things considered, it was a fair verdict. A goal in three minutes made matters interesting. The initial work was made by Parry. Hargreaves glided his pass on to Chadwick, who sent the ball beyond Jones who had advanced a yard or two in the hope of narrowing the shooter's angle. The equaliser was a brilliant individual effort on the part of Shears, who got possession after Keetley had slipped peacock thrice. Shears took the ball on his head to nod it forward, and although tackled from all sides he pressed on his way and against great odds got in his shot, which travelled low down and away from Kendall, who seemed to be taken by surprise. There was much good football, but the rival half-backs played their part so well that the attacks never really got under weight in a manner suggesting goals. Chadwick took a couple of free kicks, and he was dead on the mark, but Jones was not to be beaten by him again. Chadwick was not a success in the centre. He was slow in getting off the mark, but it must be remembered he was shadowed by the towering Cockburn. Forbes found Longsworth a big proposition, for the old international positioned himself so well that Forbes rarely found a way round him. Later he adopted first time efforts and passed inside immediately. Longsworth was the essence of coolness and steadiness, while he punted to his forwards rather than to the opposition. Shears, until he had scored his goal, was never seen, for Reid had him “pocketed” to such an extent that he could not shine. He deserved every credit for his great goal, which covered a multitude of sins. The new men, Hargreaves and Brown, had a good first half. Both showed capital ideas and good control, but whereas Hargreaves tailed off, Brown kept it until the end, when his side were staying the course better than Everton. Kendall had little to do. He made one save early on and stopped another by Gilespy, who had no right to shoot from his angle when a centre would have served better. He should have been left hopeless when Keetley was given a great chance but to the dismay of all, he sent the ball high over the bar. It was an extraordinary miss. Liverpool made a determined effort to draw ahead, but Kendall and his backs especially Kerr defended gallantly. Teams: - Everton Reserves: - Kendall, goal, McDonald, and Kerr, backs, Peacock, Reid, and Virr, half-backs, Parry, Hargreaves, Chadwick, Williams, and Forbes forwards. Liverpool: - Jones, goal, Longsworth, and Parry, backs, Finlay, Cockburn, and Pratt, half-backs, Gilespy, Brown, Shears, Keetley, and Hopkins, forwards.
October 11, 1924. The Liverpool Football Echo
Victor Hall tells of Jack Bell, The Forward Whom Few Could Stop
There was one man in Scotland, then at the heights of his fame, who had so far been indifferent to every English offer to come South. He was a forceful and robust physique, of dauntless courage, fleet of foot, a deadily shot and, above all, a skilled tactician and a glutton for work. Added in these natural gifts, he was of regular health and active temperament and devoted to his trade –engineering. Can you imagine the bow every “agent” in Scotland held an open League form and practically a blank cheque in his pocket-book for the lucky day when he should attach the signature of “Bell of Dumbarton”? John Bell was at that time easily the most successful and most respected forward playing football in Scotland. He was equally famous in every football committee –room in England, but no money would move him from Dumbarton, where he had grown up with the club, nor from his shipyard, where he had learned his engineering trade and where his future prospects were promising. Many a Scottish player had been signed on by English clubs on the sole recommendation that he had “played against” Bell of Dumbarton. None of them had ever hinted at claiming a victory over Bell –their high-test boast was that they had “Stood-up” to him. This, then was the repute of “Jack” Bell when Dicky Boyle signed for Everton, and then speedily came a change in the rumours. Boyle and Bell had been always great friends at home in Dumbarton; they were club mates, they were workmates, but above all they were “palls” and it was hinted that the departure from home of one of the pair had greatly weakened the determination of the other to stay home for the whole of his playing career. It may also have been in the minds of the astute Everton directors when signing Dickey Boyle that his departure south might have some influence later on Bell's destination. Who knows? The one day the momeritous news was headlined in Glasgow that “Bell of Dumbarton” had signed for Everton. The die was cast, and many a disappointed English League secretary revived the Scottish agent who had for months past been reporting that Bell would “never come south.” John bell watched his first match at Goodison Park from the directors balcony on a Good Friday; three days later, on Easter Monday, he played his first game for Everton and though slightly shy and strange to his fellow-players gave an outstanding exhibition. Afterwards he became one-of the most famous forwards the club ever played, and enhanced his prior reputation, gained as a “Son of the Rock” the pet name of the Dumbarton Club. Of Jack Bell's play as a forward much might be written in superlatives, yet to the present generation it would be of greater advantage to give some little pen-picture that would more aptly describe his style. Imagine him them, tall, broad-shoulders, narrow in girth, and firm, and well set on limbs admirably propositioned to copy his sturdy weight swiftly and strongly into action. Fast in movement with gait that was deceptive in its real form of “speed when occasions demanded. He played equally well in any position forward, though his favored position was at centre or on the left wing, and the dominating characteristic of his play was forcefulness –not roughness be it understood but simply a forceful determination to get through rather than round the opposing forces. His method of play to the uninitiated would savour of ungainliness until one realized that behind each feint or apparently dumbering stride, there was a clear cut definition of an opening to be made or a passage to be forced from which would accrue in scorers. His reputation, already established, mean that in every game he played he was the marked man to be shadowed or sterilized into impotency, and there were, or course, opponents who did not scruple to use, any means that would be effective in stopping him. To the average player who was content to “play the game” Bell relied on the natural grits he held so abundantly, to gain the verdict. He met fairplay with fairplay; but when he met an opposition that was inclined to baser methods, he, too, was prepared to give force for force. Once, in a league match of great import, the centre half opposed to Bell early on in the game gave clear evidence that he was more disposed to “play the man” than “play the ball” Time after time as the game progressed, whenever Bell was in possession the centre half and he was an international of fame at the time –clearly showed that he meant to bring Bell down. He threw himself a Bell repeatedly; his knee was often raised dangerously in tackles without need; wild lunges were made that threatened serious injury to the player, without corresponding effort to secure the ball; and with a hesitating referee matters between the two players were approaching a crisis. Then Bell once more getting possession started at a great pace, and with a clear run for goal. When quite twenty yards away the half-back waiting for Bell's approach. No other players were within yards of either man. It was a duel as to who should succeed –the waiting half-back or the striding forward. As they met Bell tipped the ball twenty yards ahead, past the back, and then met him in full charge, half turning for the clash, so that he “took” the waiting player with his half-turned buttock across the chest shoulder high! Both men went down, of course – that was inevitable having regard to the speed at which Bell was travelling. But the charge was perfectly fair and only Bell arose unaided; nor did the opponent play much again in that match, or for many a day afterwards. He brought it on himself by his method of play, and those who played that day on both sides agreed that it was a choice of “Bell or the other fellow” to go down; and not many men playing them could say that they had ever “stopped Bell.” Bell played many a great game for Everton. More than once he won a match by sheer personal effort valiantly expressed, but perhaps the greatest game of his English career was the final English Cup tie against Aston Villa at the Crystal Palace in April, 1897, when Villa won by 3 goals to 2 in the match that has since been often described as the best played final for the last thirty years. John Lewis refereed that game in his accustomed perfect style, and I hope someday he will give “Echo” readers of this generation his recollections of that great game. Two Everton players in the match stood out for sheer heroism – John Bell forward, and Peter Menham in defence. For the interest of students we may repeat the Everton team; Menham; Meehan, and Storrier; Boyle, Holt and Stewart; Taylor, Bell, Hartley, Chadwick, and Milward. In the second minute of the game Holt received an accidental kick in the chest from Charlie Athersmith and for the remainder of the game played in great agony. When the fortunes of the play turned against Everton, John Bell played the game of his career, and Peter Meehan, coming up among the forwards, fed and passed, and struggled with Bell, and the other Everton forwards to pierce the sturdy Villa defence. But Whitehouse in goal and Howard Spencer and Evans were impassable, and at half-backs Jerry Reynolds got his wonderful head in the way of every dangerous shot –and so Villa won. But if John Bell had played no other game but that one, he had played well for Everton and justified the pride and choice of Dickey Boyle and those Everton seers who brought him to the Mersey from the Clyde. John Bell finished his playing career with Everton and as a Kirkdale resident is still happily with us, and in his leisure from his thriving business as keen as ever in the fortunes of the game of which –in his day –he was so distinguished an expert.
EVERTON ON TRIAL
October 11 1924. The Daily Courier.
CHANGES THAT MAY BRING VICTORY.
Everton after enjoying a fair share of luck, have found the swing of the pendulum against them in their last two matches, and as a consequence changes have been made in the formation of the side for to-day's game with Sunderland. Bain and Williams, who have done so well in the Reserves, are given their chance, and as the game is at Goodison they should lack nothing in the way of encouragement. With such an attraction as Sunderland, coupled with the desire to see whether the directors have solved the problem of finding a winning team, there should be a large crowd present. Sunderland will be without Ellis, who is at Belfast, and it is possible his deputy –Death by Name –may not be so effective. Last year Sunderland snatched a 3-2 victory after Everton had looked easy winners and in each instance Ellis was the originator of the goals. However, if Ellis is away another personally in Buchan will be on view. The lengthly one has been playing inside, but in the last couple of games has gone into the middle. He is a success in either position, and Harland may look out for a warm time. Yet if Everton only adopt the idea of a quick shot, and that often, they should win. Their play in midfield is much better than that of the visitors. Teams. Everton: - Harland, Raitt, and Livingstone; Brown, McBain, and Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Bain, Williams, and Troup. Sunderland: - McInroy, Cresswell, and England; Clunas, and Andrews; Grimshaw, Marshall, Buchan, Hawes, and Death. Kick off 3.15.
EVERTON 0 SUNDERLAND 3 (Game 1109)
October 13, 1924. The Daily Courier.
EVERTON DEBACLE AT THE PARK.
BUCHAN WILES PLAY A BIG PART.
By C. S.
Everton tried forward experiments in their match with Sunderland and suffered the worst defeat of the season. It would not have it thought, however, that the deputy forwards, Bain and Williams, were the solo cause of the debacle. The plain fact was that Sunderland, in the second half were clearly the superior side. They had more football sense, a clearer understanding of the unmarked man, and a swifter appreciation of openings. Twice in the first half McBain came to the rescue when the home backs were in a tangle, but in the second half he left Buchan with plenty of room to operate, too much as events turned out.
Buchan, when he finds himself a marked man, has a habit apparently of quitting the contest. He has been “marked” in more senses than one so often that he lulls pivots into a false sense of security by taking an easy. He did so against the Blues, yet bobbed up in the second half and by using his great height headed a goal, the second, which practically put paid to the hopes of the home side. In the first half Marshall had netted after death's centre under the post had deceived Harland, while the left winger settled the issue with a third goal with the most brilliant drive of the match. Harland had no chance with two of the goals. Raitt, though not so polished, was a sounder back than Livingstone.
McBain did not keep up to the standard of his first half display, Hart was the best half, Brown, who left the field before the finish, being unable to cope with Death. Forward, Chedgzoy was the only one to really worry the visiting defence, and he was unlucky with several efforts, his shots skimming the bar, while a couple of clever passes should have been converted, but the inside men were not up in time. McInroy kept goal excellently for Sunderland, and Cresswell was the best back on the field. The halves were workmanlike, and Buchan and Death were the pick of a smart nippy forward line. Teams: - Everton: - Harland, goal, Raitt and Livingstone, backs, Brown, McBain and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Bain, Williams, and Troup, forwards. Sunderland: - McInroy, goal, Cresswell (captain), and England, backs, Clunas, Parker, and Andrews, half-backs, Grimshaw, Marshall, Buchan, Hawes and Death, forwards.
OLDHAM ATHLETIC RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 4
October 13 1924. The Daily Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 10)
COCK SCORES FOUR.
Everton Reserves had a 4-1 victory to their credit at Boundary Park, Oldham, where they proved easily superior almost from the start. Everton were the aggressors throughout, and were much more virile in attack. Cock had a fine turn of speed, and did the hat trick. Forbes also was conspicuous while Hargreaves missed an early opportunity.
PORT SUNLIGHT 4 EVERTON “A” 1
October 13, 1924. The Daily Courier.
LIVERPOOL COUNTY COMBINATION.
Port Sunlight gained a smart victory at Poole Bank against Everton “A.” The opening exchanges favoured Port Sunlight, and after 30 minutes Shepherd worked a good position for Bryson to score. Marchbank made a magnificent save during a sharp attack by Everton. Early in the second half McGrae equalised. Sunlight livened up, and Loxham, going through his own, scored a cross shot. Further play was monopolised by Sunlight, Scott putting on two goals. Port Sunlight: - Marchbank, goal, Gale and Summer, backs, Nicholson, Jones, and Reeves, half-backs Loxham, Ferguson, Bryson, Scott, and Shepherd, forwards.
EVERTON GIVEN A CHANCE TO MAKE GOOD.
October 18 1924. The Daily Courier.
FORWARD LINE THAT MUST GET GOALS.
The game between Everton and Cardiff City, like that at Anfield will have an international flavour about it, for Chedgzoy (England's outside right) will be partnered by Irvine, who next Wednesday will be on the side of Farquharson, instead of, as today, opposing the goalkeeper. Cardiff City like their visitors, have done none too well, their complaint being a lack of youthfulness in the team. Numerous changes have been made without success so far, but the directors are hoping for better thing this afternoon, when the side includes Clennell the ex-Evertonian, and Beadles, who last season played for Liverpool. Everton have wisely decided to bring back the old formation in the forwards, while other changes are Peacock for Brown and Kendall for Harland. Cock showed in last week's reserve game that he can score goals if he gets the ball in the proper position. It is therefore up to the rest of the side to see that the centre is presented with reasonable scoring chances. If that is done Everton will win.
Teams: - Cardiff City: - Farquharson; Nelson and Blair; Nicholson, Keenor, and Hardy; W. Davies, Beadles, L. Davies, Clennell, and J. Evans. Everton: - Kendall; Raitt, and Livingstone; Peacock, McBain, and Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup. Kick-off 3.15.
October 18, 1924. The Liverpool Football Echo
Victor Hall Describes Bob Kelso and Gives the Story of a Great Spoof Goal
One of the players who wore the Everton colours of a later date than those previously given was popular “Bob Kelso, who we hear, paid a recent visit to Liverpool, on holiday from his parent home on the Clyde. Kelso belonged to the later school of Scottish players with whom Everton began to strengthen their ranks in their last years at Anfield before moving across the Park to their present home at Goodison. He had come South with a brilliant record as one of the most promising young players in the Vale of Leven, on Clydeside, and during the years he played at Everton he amply justified his selection. “Bob” had none of the individisms of some of the more famous of his contemporaries but he had an all-round adaptability that made him a safe player in whatever position he played, and to a selection committee that is the type who is a most valued asset. To be able at short notice to have a player who can “fit” into whatever position of responsibility comes vacant is an advantage that can be easily realized and Kelso, in most of his playing career at Everton, had that exceptional gift. Coming South as a half-back, he readily adapted himself into a position on either wing –or in emergency as centre and later quite frequently figured as a full back, the left position for choice being the one in which he was most effective. He was an ideal tackler, and for a defensive player had a rare turn of speed that made him invaluable in any position with the added advantage of being quick off the “mark” with an infinite resolute of strategy and sound judgment.
With the followers of the club Bob was an especial favoirite, his good humour and unfalling earnestness of purpose gaining a corresponding reward in loyalty and appreciation from the Everton crowd; But it was among his fellow-players that Bob alone most for a more likeable and genial companion either on the field or in the recreation-room it would be hard to find. His fund of stories was inexhaustible, his humour and his pranks were unending and with it all his genial bonhomie made him prime favourite with players and committee alike. Visiting players too, found Kelso at good-hamoured as he was formidable in the field of play. They were often nonplussed certainly by his skilled and shrewd judgment, but equally he had a dash and vigour either in attack or defence that made him often the most “dangerous” player, and the one to be shadowed most in the Everton team of his day. But his wit and hurour were always his most outstanding features, hides hand masked as they were in many cases by the expression of “dour” determination that frequently concealed his real purpose. One such incident comes to mind in illustration of this, it happened in one of the league games at Goodison Park in which Everton had all the play but few of the goals and with but a little time to go before the final whistle were in a minority of a goal, owning to an exceptionally brilliant goalkeeper who seemed to be in the way of every shot that promised a score –and a “draw” for Everton. A free kick had been given to Everton about thirty yards from the opponents' goal. At that time a goal could be scored from a free kick only if a second player had played the ball. Kelso picked the ball up and placed it to take the free kick himself and instantly noticed that the defending side had so packed the goal as to leave not an inch of loophole for a straight “shot” and, being a tall team, they had every like hood of being first at the ball in say heading that was to be done. Bob instantly gave a knowing nod of the head to his fellow-back, and himself stepped aside, but only a foot or two away. The referee standing close up, understood the incident was trivial and blew his whistle for the kick to be taken. Kelso standing apparently still, “tapped” the ball-no more –a foot or so to his companion back, who then took a long, lobbing shot into the goalmouth. Just as the ball was dropping into the centre of the goalmouth where the goalkeeper amply covered by his backs, was waiting to fist it clear, a startled shout burst from the rack of players. “Let it go!” There was a fractional second of hesitancy; the goalkeeper “ducked” to let the ball go into the net over his head and there was an ear-spitting yell of “Goal” from the crowd. Goalkeeper and backs looked at one another, and then at the referee, expecting to see him point to the goal for a goal-kick.” To their cold horror, he was pointing to the centre of the field, and consulting his watch to see if there was time for the kick off. The whole team (it was Notts Forest I think) surged after the referee, surrounding him and claiming that it could not be a “goal” s no second player had touched the ball. “On the contrary,” he explained “the player, as Kelso had taken the kick.” Then they demanded who had shouted, “Let it go!” and was not that a proof that no second player had touched the ball?” “Nothing of the kind,” said the referee. “There is nothing in the laws of the game about what players may shout in the field. Besides,” said he, “I was standing close up, and saw the two Everton men play the ball after I whistled.” Then the storm burst in the Forest team; the goalkeeper blamed the backs for shouting “Lt it go” they in turn blamed the half-backs, the forwards blamed the defenders, and every one of them glared at the most miserable of goalkeepers, as scratching his head he looked from one to other of his revilers, in an endeavour to locate “guilt” on one of their faces. The whistle went for time, and Everton had made a draw and saved a point; and in the dressing-room a crowd as he gleefully explained that he had of happy Everton players surrounded Kelso shouted “Let it go” in the hope that the goalkeeper would be bewildered into thinking it was one of his own side and hesitate until it was too late.
Artful Bob! The referee may or may not have known the true facts, but certainly the Everton directors never questioned his decision.
Kelso, Milward, and Dave Storrier were great chums, and the tedium of many a long railway journey was relieved with their jokes, practiced and otherwise. In those days Hoylake was a favourite training quarter for Everton when preparing for Cup-ties or when any special “away from home” training for special matches was thought desirable. Here under the careful attention of trainers and assistants, a regular course of methodical exercises could be followed not equally possible in the neighborhood of Goodison Park, with the advantage to addition of one or more of the directors in constant situation to note developments favorable or otherwise. Among the Hoylake people the team were great favourities, being lively, good-natured guests and giving little trouble to their hosts.
George Kitchen, the then Everton goalkeeper, had taken keenly to golf, and he and Kelso were almost daily players on the excellent links of the Hoylake club –the committee having extended a standing invitation to the Everton players during their frequent training periods. Here the irrepressible “Bob” was a prime favourite, and great were the stories of the exploits in the “land of jocularity,” humour, let it be said that never left a sting behind. Of an evening, when training for the day was over, the players frequently amused and entertained themselves with sing-songs, some of the players being gifted with good voices and some with other talents. Among the singers too, Kelso was a gifted chorus master. Scottish songs were of course prime favourities “Annle Laree” “Ye Banks, and Brest” Ye tak the High Road,” could be depended on to take the lead in any programme that included Kelso, Abe Hartley, Jack Elliott, (the present veteran trainer), Jack Taylor, or Sandy Young, and if one ever gets Charlie Cuff is a reminiscent he can recall many a diverting story, as he was a frequent visitor to the training quarters and a prime favorite with the players, being in addition a singer with an exceptionally fine baritone voice and extensive repertory. Some day he may tell the story of “Sandy” Young's vivid portrayal of coal mining, using an ordinary coal scuttle and poker to illustrate the normal workday methods –but that story needs Mr. Cuff's own telling to get the rich humor he extracts from it. At mentioned earlier on, Kelso was a prime favourite with the Everton crowd for his sterling good work on the field. He was an untiring player and never spared himself in any game. He was always in good rebost health, and rarely had to be off the injuries or through stiffness. Although he took and gave hard knocks when the exigencies of vigorous play demanded it, he had the happy fortune to escape serious injuries. He was no versatile in his playing possibilities that he suffered, to an extent by his very adaptability. Being so frequently called on to take up strange positions as the necessities of the team demanded from time to time, he was never like other prominent players a one position man. So it comes that you will rarely hear Bob Kelso spoken of as a left half or a left back; but to those who remember his play for Everton and his long residence in Liverpool, he will always be kindly remembered as an ardent player for his club and among his many warm friends as a prince of good fellows.
STEPHENSON TO MOLD
October 18, 1924. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Mr. Charles Hewitt manager of the mold F.C., yesterday signed Stephenson the young goalkeeper, who has made an impression by his displays this season, and for whom several league clubs were bidding.
CARDIFF CITY 2 EVERTON 1 (Game 1110)
October 20 1924. The Daily Courier.
EVERTON STILL OUT OF LUCK.
VALUE ONE POINT, BUT CARDIFF TAKE BOTH.
Everton were beaten by the odd goal in three at Ninian Park, and I am one of the minority of the 18,000 present who though the Blues –who were White on this occasion –not only deserved but earned a draw. Len Davies scored in each half for the Citizens and Chadwick for Everton, while in the closing stages Cock also put the ball in to the net. The referee at once blew for offside but my view, at an angle, was that Farquharson played the ball on to the centre forward. However, the point was not allowed and Everton have slipped further down the table.
The irony of it was that spectators said it was the best game of football seen at Ninian Park this season. Everton were lucky to be on level terms at half-time, but there could be no doubt they were the smarter team in the second half, and a draw would have been a fair result. Kendall was at fault when the first goal was scored, as instead of catching a pass he punched the ball straight on to the head of Len Davies and it cannoned over the line. The best goal of the day was credited to Chadwick. Shortly before the interval he took a pass from Troup on the run and hitting it with the full power of his left foot slammed it in the net before the home goalkeeper realised what was happening. The third goal, and second for Cardiff, came from a corner. Raitt ran across to argue about the decision with the linesman, and before he could get back the ball dropped in the centre. Here it bobbed about till Len Davies drove it past Kendall.
Apart from the error of judgement in running across to the official Raitt was the best back on the field, though he was well supported by Livingstone. Hart was the pick of the halves, and Chadwick of the attack, the right wing being comparatively subdued. Hardy was the outstanding Cardiff player, though Beadles shaped well. farquharson had little to do, the backs being sturdy defenders. Clennell was injured and left the field. He returned, but was only a passenger. Teams: - Cardiff City: - Farquharson goal, Nelson and Blair, backs, Nicholson, Keenor, and Hardy; half-backs, W. Davies, Beadles, L. Davies, Clennell, and J. Evans, forwards. Everton: - Kendall goal, Raitt, and Livingstone backs, Peacock, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY RESERVES 1
October 20 1924. The Daily Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 11)
This game at Goodison Park produced bright, and entertaining football. In the first half both teams did plenty of attacking, but the respective goalkeepers made splendid saves, and the interval arrived with a clean sheet. Everton made a sustained attack after the interval, and deservedly took the lead when Reid found the net. The Wednesday then took the offensive, and when Prince was brought down in the penalty area, Blenkinson equalised. The Sheffield men should have had a second penalty shortly afterwards, but the referee gave a free kick just outside the area. This let-off for Everton was balanced, however, when Williams shot against the post, Williams shortly afterwards put his side ahead, a lead when they kept to the finish. Everton were strong forward, and had a half-back line which opened up many attacks, while Jones gave a confident display in goal, Brown the Sheffield keeper, saved his side repeatedly, while the raids of Prince and Lowdell were always dangerous.
October 22, 1924. The Daily Courier.
Everton are away again on Saturday, this time to Nottingham Forest. The directors have decided upon the same side that went under unlucky to Cardiff City, that is Kendall, Raitt and Livingstone; Peacock, McBain and Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup. On what I have seen of both Everton and Nottingham Forest this season, I vote solidly for the Blues.
Meanwhile the first of the season's Internationals will be held at Goodison Park this afternoon, the kick off being timed for 3 o'clock. One time the meeting of England and Ireland was looked upon as a joy ride but of recent years the Irishmen have shown it to be otherwise and last season they gave the English team selectors something to ponder over. It seems strange to find Lacey (Now New Brighton) operating on the Everton ground where he first donned a blue jersey some seventeen years ago; while Irvine who leads the Irish attack, may do sufficiently well as to solve a problem for the Goodison Park club.
October 23, 1924. The Liverpool Football Echo
Scotsmen who Used To Come Down From The Hills and Evertonians Who Went Up
Before the League matches had absorbed every available Saturday and Holiday fixture date, Everton and later Liverpool, made a feature each season of arranging friendly matches with some of the foremost Scottish clubs, and home-and home fixtures with Queen's Park, Celtic, and Rangers took place in rotation almost every season. With the extension of the English and Scottish Leagues, however and the increasing importance of national Cup ties to the financial outlook of all first class clubs, the fixtures were gradually relegated to midweek date and so lost a lot of their interest. Another and more deciding factor in gradually extinguishing the public interest in these attractive exhibition matches was the fact that valuable players were too precious to risk in these mid-week “friendlys” matches. It was, and is, notorious that “friendlys” games are frequently sources of several injuries and a club with an onerous League match or Cup tie in view would not risk their “stars” performers being damaged. The public, too, had their objections. If a match were staged with an attractive club, they had a right to expect the best team of that club to take the field, and they were prompt to realize that a team composed of three or four good reputable manes, with a filling up of seven or eight reserve or unknown players, was not fair value. If the matches gradually dwindled in interest and in gate drawing capacity and them very naturally came along at long and longer intervals until now -! Well, how many Liverpool men under say, forty have ever seen Queen's Park, or Celtic, or Rangers play? Or Third Lanark, Dumbarton, or the “Hibs”?
Still, they were capacious days for football when they did come down, and they brought bonnie football and welcome and honoured friendships. Queen's Park, being attract amateur in those days, played a stylish game, full of the finer art of the Scottish school, and their players were clean and galliant exponents. Waddell, Arnott, Berry, Christie, Guilland, Lambie, “R.S” McColl, Sillars, Smelle, and Tom Robertson were names to conjure with; and their visits to the Mersey clubs always included a convivial mean before or after the match and an exchange of hospitalities between officials and players. The Celtic club, too, were prime favourities in Anfield and Everton and the names and personalities were as well known here as at Parkhead. What memorizes some of their old names recall” “Sandy” McMahon or “the Duke” as the Celtic people nickname him; prince of dribblers and the “handiest” header of the ball Scotland ever produced. Johnny Divers, the marvelously clever forward, who, like his club man, his “Barney” Battles, afterwards migrated to Goodison Park. It was the same “Barney Battles” who as we told is a fierce fought so valiantly with Jack Bell in the Everton team in the famous cup final against Aston Villa at Crystal Palace. And who that ever saw the Celtic team of those days can forget the incomparable “Jimmy” Kelly at centre –half? He afterwards went into public life in his native Glasgow and held the most honorable positions in city life his fellow citizens could award him, including the chairmanship of the Glasgow Education Committee. Willie Maley's of the brilliant Celtic team that won every honour that Scotland had to offer, including Cup League and Charity Cups glory “Willie” Maley afterwards became secretary-manager of the club on the termination of his playing career, as did his brother Tom Maley, for English teams, Blessingly, Campbell, Dan McArthur, Dan Doyle, and Johnny Madden are other Celtic productions. The camaraderie of those players was fine, both on and off the field. On their formative practice, of that day, and as a team they were irresistible and in the social sense as we have indicated they were prime favourites whenever they went. Every men in the team was an entertainer in himself and a rail journey or a smoker with the Celtic boys was an experience not to be lightly forgotten. Then the Rangers too, were a great side for football and conviviality wherever they went. Genial “Willie” Wilton most lovable of souls, was their secretary in those days and though, like Mr. Cuff, of Everton fame, practicing as Solicitor, and conducting an intensive and lucrative practice, he found time and inclination to serve the higher interests of the game and his own club at all times, despite his onerous professional duties. In Scottish football legislative councils no higher authority could be found, his wise foresight and prudent counsels helping to found and preserve the best interests of Scottish sport, and football in particular. Mr. Wilton's untimely death in a boating accident while on holiday a few years later, cast a gloom over the whole season in Scotland, and robbed the game of one of its most brilliant architects and the Rangers Club of their greatest ascot. Of the players individually of the Rangers a whole chapter would but skim the record. Neil Gibson, Drummond, McPherson, Mitchell, A. Smith, Hamilton, Stark, and Speedie, are familiar names even yet. Among the football visitors to Glasgow in those days the directors and officials of both Everton and Liverpool were always assured of the warmest welcome. Although the main object of their wandering in the far North were thoroughly understood –and frequently checkmated –among the officials and players of each club there were warm friendships and the best of good feeling. Sure enough the slight of an Everton or Liverpool face in Sauchiehall-street would set the telephone bells ring and keep the club trainer on tenterhooks for a few days, watching his pigeon cote; yet the evening would find players or officials foregathering in the foyer of the theatres or in the hotel smoking rooms, exchanging experiences of yarns as if the poaching of players was the last thought in any of their minds. It was a favourite joke about one of the Everton directorate of those days, who held a foremost place in the English coal mining industry, that his frequent visits to Scotland were caused –in the interests of his business, of course, -to inspect and purchase coal wagons for his colliery!
One of the first salutes he would receive would be an intimation –with a twinkling eye –that there were some good coal wagons for sale “down Cambusing way” This would no doubt have reference to some player of the Cambuslang village club, who was thought to be contemplating an English “offer” More than once the English visitors would spend a whole evening with their Scottish hosts at either threat or hotel, to throw them off the scent, and then, at eleven or twelve at night, often seeing them depart for home from the hotel, would the charter a four wheeler or “handsome” –there were no taxis in those days –and drive ten or fifteen miles into the country to knock up some player of a mining village team, and discuss terms, and perhaps attach his signature to the necessary professional form. Football directorship was then, as no, an arduous and exacting task master.
Once an Everton director who with the club secretary had ventured in the midnight hours into a little village by the Clyde for such a purpose was unlucky enough to be “spotted” by a prowling constable, who, knowing the player's house, “had his suspicious” as to the object of the midnight visitors. He straightaway hied himself to the house of the club trainer close to, and knocking him up imparted his suspicious. They in turn knocked up a few valiant “supporters” and all returned to the “close” wherein the Everton officials had just completed their deal and signed their man. Angry words ensued, for the player concerned was a lad of promise who eventually became an international, and the two Everton men had to run for it, to where they had left their cab on the outskirts of the village. They were only just in time to climb in, while the frightened. “jarvey,” whipping up his horse set off at speed for Glasgow and safety. Some of the fleetest of the pursuers were only flasuaded from climbing in through the cab window by the happy thought of the Everton directors presenting his empty pipe case – revolver style, -at the intruder's head, and threatening to “blow his brains” out.
Another of those poaching experiences records how an Everton official was spoofed in “signing-on” a one-legged player as a goalkeeper –not seeing the wooden leg until the signed player rose from the table after “signing” and receiving the bounty money! But that is a story that has been told often enough, and has only one qualification –and it happens to be true.
Divers and McMahon of the Celtic club, of whom we have spoken, were rare humorists in themselves and excellent entertainment “The Duke” excelled as a singer and storyteller, while Driver was a step-dancer of outstanding ability. The bee Hotel in Liverpool was in those days a favouritie headquarters of the Scottish clubs touring Lancashire as was the Old Boar's Head in Manchester and the annual visits of those favourite clubs and players was an occasion eagerly looked forward to and enjoyed alike by both players and officials. Good humour and good fellowship abounded in the pleasant hours and meals that usually followed the scathes until the hour came for the midnight journey back “north” and the final “Auld Lang Syne.”
ENGLAND V IRELAND AT GOODISON.
October 23, 1924. The Daily Courier.
England beat Ireland at Goodison Park yesterday, in front of 30,000 spectators, by three goals to one. Sam Chedgzoy centred for the first goal after 13 minutes. Robert Irvine played centre for Ireland.
BASEBALL AT GOODISON.
OCTOBER 24 1924. The Daily Courier.
White Sox Beat New York Giants 16-11 at Goodison Park yesterday.
EVERTON IN SEARCH OF LEAGUE POINTS.
October 25, 1924. The Daily Courier.
A BRIGHT CHANCE OF GATHERING TWO.
Everton, in view of the misfortune that has so far attended the team, decided to give the players every opportunity of taking the field in the best possible conditions. Accordingly the team travelled to Nottingham yesterday afternoon. The side will be the same as that which went under to Cardiff City, somewhat unluckily it was though by many, and in view of that the directors have acted wisely in keeping the same combination. Nottingham Forest are by no means a great side, though Sam Hardy, if somewhat slow in getting down to the ground, can still “keep” with the best of them, and this is one department in which the Nottingham club are well served. Sam, however, is unable to play today, his place being taken by Bennet. The Forest showed greatly improved form by disposing of West Ham United, and are hoping to keep up the sequence this afternoon. Everton have already had experience of Nottingham, for the County club beat them a week or two back. On paper the Blues seem capable of wiping out that defeat. Teams:- Nottingham Forest: - Bennet; Thompson, and Barrett; Shelton, Morgan, and Wallace; Gibson, Flood, Walker, Morris, and Martin. Everton: - Kendall; Raitt, and Livingstone; Peacock, McBain, and Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST 0 EVERTON 1 (Game 1111)
October 27, 1924. The Daily Courier.
TURN OF THE TIDE FOR EVERTON.
SECOND VICTORY OF SEASON AT NOTTINGHAM.
By F. McN.
It was a pleasant change for the Everton club to finish on the right side against Nottingham Forest after four successive defeats. The victory, the second of the season, will do much to restore the confidence of the players in their own undoubted ability, and will encourage them to further efforts. The two points were well earned, and but for ill-luck combined with a little over-anxiety near goal, the margin might have been much greater.
As it was the Forest could not compare with the Goodison Park team in point of skill and combined effort, particularly in the first half, when there was really only one side in it. Their only reward for some brilliant play was a really goal from the foot of Troup, who in the opening minutes took a pass first time and drove the ball just under the bar at great speed. Still, this goal sufficed though the Forest were several times within an ace of equalising in the second half, when the home side improved greatly. Once Gibson had an empty goal to shoot at when Kendall ran out and fell, but the winger placed the ball wide.
Kendall made a few good saves, though he was rather prone to run out. Raitt and Livingstone showed fine understanding. The Dundee man kicked strongly, and once made a flying dive to turn the ball round the post. Livingstone's cool interventions frequently upset the Forest vanguard. The halves were skilful artistic, providing their forwards with the right kind of passes. McBain and Hart were always to the fore. On the forwards, Chedgzoy's skill in controlling the ball on the run was captivating, and Cock has not played better this season. Of the Forest players, the backs stood out strongly, and Bolton and Morgan were good halves. Gibson and Flood were enterprising forwards. There was a claim for a penalty following a free kick against Everton, but the appeal was not entertained. Livingstone twisted his knee in the last second of the game, but he hopes to be all right for Wednesday's match against Manchester City. Teams: - Nottingham Forest: - Benett, goal, Thompson, and Barrett, backs, Shelton, Morgan and Wallace, half-backs, Wallace, Gibson, Flood, Walker, Morris, and Martin forwards. Everton: - Kendall, goal Raitt, and Livingstone, backs, Peacock, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. Referee H. Ferrar.
EVERTON RESERVES 5 DERBY COUNTY RESERVES 0
October 27, 1924. The Daily Courier.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 12)
Everton were much the better side, and Derby were completely held by the strong Everton defence. Williams scored the first three goals for the home side, and they were all good points. Bain scored the fourth from a pass down the centre by Williams, and then Virr got through and completed the scoring. Jones, the Everton keeper, is undoubtedly playing in a confident manner and made some smart saves. He was well covered, however, by Glover and Kerr, while Reid revealed all his usual talents both in defence and attack forward. Forbes and Williams made a powerful wing . Everton: - Jones, goal, Glover and Kerr, backs, Gray, Reid (captain), and Virr, half-backs, Parry, Heargeaves, Bain, Williams, and Forbes, forwards.
MANCHESTER CITY AT THE PARK.
October 29, 1924. The Daily Courier.
THIRD VICTORY FOR EVERTON POSSIBLE.
One of the most improved sides in the First League, Manchester City, provide the opposition at Goodison Park this afternoon. When the Mancunians were at Anfield-road a few weeks back they led Liverpool such a merry dance that up to 11 minutes from time they looked like romping home easy winners. Liverpool then struck their brightest vein –no new thing for them, I admit –and turned apparent defeat into victory. Since then Manchester City have accomplished several fine feats, and they will be all out to number Everton as one of their victims this afternoon. They are fielding their best side –for that matter, so are Everton. In view of the latter having turned the corner at Nottingham last week-end, however, I look to Everton making further progress at the expense of the City. The kick off is three o'clock, and the Everton team; Kendall, Raitt, and Livingstone; Peacock, McBain, and Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup.
EVERTON 3 MANCHESTER CITY 1 (Game 1112)
October 30 1924. The Daily Courier.
EVERTON REVIVAL CONTINUES.
THREE GOOD GOALS FOR FINE FRONT LINE.
Everton gained a well-earned victory over Manchester City at Goodison Park yesterday, and in doing so secured a welcome lift in the table. The home side played good, dashing football throughout, despite a greasy surface on which to operate and the fact that Chadwick was almost a passager during the greater portion of the second half. At the same time they looked like again being dogged by bad luck, as it was against the run of play that the City took the lead. A centre from Sharp was missed by Peacock and Johnson took full advantage of the opening. What is more, the City hung on to the lead tenaciously till two minutes from the interval, when Cock matched their tenacity and scored, although Chadwick in his anxiety, nearly robbed his partner of the opening.
Fourteen minutes after the commencement of the second half Hart dribbled cleverly, and fed Troup, who centred to Cock. The leader turned the ball to Irvine, and the latter scored in good style. The best goal of the game, however, came from Chedgzoy, who worked his way to the centre, and just when he looked to have gone a yard too far he drove the leather home with a grand left foot drive. The victory was a convincing one and thoroughly merited. It was a pleasure to see the Blues get the full fruits of their labours, as they have been unfortunate several times lately.
The successful man of the match was “Jock” McDonald, who was brought into the Everton defence because Livingstone injured. The Everton defence was sound, although they were saved a good deal of work by the halves. Forward there was a refreshing amount of dash, Cock and Chedgzoy being to the fore in most of the raids. The City backs were not convincing. Elwood was the best half, and Roberts the most enterprising forward. Teams: - Everton: - Kendall, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Peacock, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. Manchester City: - Goodchild, goal, Cookson, and Wilson, backs, Sharp, Elwood, and Pringle, half-backs, Austin, Roiberts, Browell, Johnson, and Daniel, forwards. Referee Mr. GW. Day.