LIVERPOOL 3 EVERTON 2 (Game 1443 over-all)-(Div 1 1401)
October 2 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
High Class Play
But Chances Missed at Anfield.
Why Liverpool Won
I must have seen a score of “Derby” games, but I cannot recall one, in which there were so many missed chances as that which took place at Anfield-road on Saturday. A game of his sort leads itself to over-eagerness, but when you look back at the game, and count the number of times when you had a right to expect a goal, and only witnessed a blundering shot, it made you wonder, Liverpool won 3-2 safely because they fought to the last ditch. Everton are undeniably the greatest scientific force in present day football, not excluding the Arsenal, even Liverpool caused the machinery to break down just when it promised to reach the top note. For twenty minutes this Everton team without its leader, Dean, provided magnificent fare. It looked as if Liverpool were going to be pounded to pulp for Everton's schemes and science were of such quality that the Liverpool defence was sorely tested. The ball was taken along as if it was tied to the players toes, and then dispatched to its destination with an accuracy which made football look easy. How came it that they did not score a goal or two during the time they were showing their high lights? There were to factors; their own grievous errors when they had made their position, and the wonderful goalkeeping of Riley. Everton moved as one man, but having beaten all save the goalkeeper, they failed with the chance offered to them. Fate does not deal kindly with a side, which lapses in such a manner, as Everton found to their cost. Liverpool took the lead at 32 minutes through their perservance and although the goal was not a nice one because there was nothing in the making of it, it set Liverpool on the road to success.
The Big Game Temperament.
What a roar when Nieuwenhuys scooped the ball over the foot of Cresswell and Sagar! Here was a man playing in his first Derby game –a test even for the older men –scoring a goal in a cool calculating manner, suggestive of no nervous whatever. “Nivvy” afterwards showed that he has the big game temperament, but he has more – the ability. He moved about smoothly, employed touches of the master craftsman, and his centres were ever thoughtful. Once or twice he centred when he should have shot, but that no doubt was due to the fact that early in the game he had shot when he should have passed and he made up his mind that such a thing would not happen again. Nieuwenhuy's goal did not hold the lead for long, for within three minutes White had nodded a great goal. It was a goal with a picturesque setting, for five passes were made before Stein eventually centred for White to score a confident goal. The game fluncuated until the interval with the sides standing all square, with a goal each to their credit. During the first session Dunn had played brilliantly, he was the outstanding performer of the day even though Britton, England's new inter-league player gave a fine exhibition of skilful football. Personally, I though he was prone to overdo the dainty business. Still his was a masterly display. Liverpool played a rousting game in the second half, quite the best I have seen from them this season. It was football with “bite” and enterprise. Perhaps not quite of the high quality of their rivals, but just as effective. Take, for instance Hodgson's drive from twenty yards out. It was a goal without the interference of the crossbar, for Sagar was beaten to pieces. The ball struck the underneath portion of the crossbar, rattled down and landed on the goal line, but was got away to safely. It shook the confidence of the Everton supporters, who at the hour suffered their second blow when Hanson took advantage of a defensive “mix-up” and planted the ball in the far side of the goal. Sagar may have been unsighted.
Riley In Form.
That goal meant that Everton, had to do something. They rose in their might, and but for the fact that Riley was in such great form they must have scored a number of goals. They got on top of their adversaries, but could not penetrate Liverpool's rear guard, which played the game of its life. Bradshaw stood soundly in the middle to stop White and turn away a dangerous centre with his head, and what got beyond Steel and Tennant. Riley stopped, making some startling saves in the defence of his goal. Riley at this point was the man of the moment, for there could be no denying that Everton were hot-foot on the trail of a goal. No matter what manner of shot or header came his way Riley ably dealt with them all. With ten minutes to go Liverpool made the game safe. Hodgson and Hanson contrived to put English through, the Irish International scoring without any difficult. It looked hopeless for Everton, to pull the game out of the fire, for Liverpool had got back into their stride, but two minutes from the final, Johnson slipped through, drew Riley out of goal, and then tapped the ball into the net. At this point Hanson was injured, and had to leave the field. He came back for the last half-minute. It had been a great game. All around one could hear the words “What grand football.” Liverpool had undoubtedly proved that their smashing victory against Tottenham Hotspur a week before was no fluke, and I must say that a repetition of such form in further games will bring them more points than they will lose. The Anfielders are noted for their determination in these meetings. Liverpool were good all round. Tennant was fautly occasion, and it was not until the second half that Stein was held. Morrison determined that no more danger should come from this quarter, and whenever Stein was there was Morrison, too Nieuwenhuys, naturally, came in for a lot of praise, but in my opinion none played better than Hanson. I did not see him put a foot wrong although he was up against Britton and Cook. Hanson had the making of a fine player in fact, Liverpool's wing troubles now seen settled. English had a miss or two, but kept his line working well. It was the whole team, and Riley in particular, which made this great victory possible. Dean was a sadly missed man. Not that White did not play well, but one cannot expect White to drop into the centre forward game after such a lengthily spell at centre-half. Geldard was good, but I have seen Johnson in better form. Stein was not so prominent as usual. Gee opened moderately, but improved and late on nearly scored – Riley stooped him. Everton's failure was forward. There was plenty f skill but no marksmen to finish of the good work. Another clean and attractive meeting goes down the to history. Teams: - Liverpool: - Riley, goal; Steel and Tennant, backs; Morrison, Bradshaw (captain) and McDougall, half-backs; Nieuwenhuys, Hodgson, English , Wright and Hanson, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton Gee and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, White, Johnson and Stein forwards. Referee M. Harper, Stourbridge.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 LIVERPOOL RESERVES 1
October 2 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 8)
Never was the need of a sharp, definite, accurately placed shot more emphasized than in the local junior “Derby” at Goodison Park, when a surprisingly small “gate” had to be satisfied with a division of two goals whereas sound approach work – made possible by good constructive play from the respective half-back lines – proved opportunities for three or four more goals. Apparently it was the forwards day, for each quintette –particularly Everton –lost opportunities through hesitancy and poor marksmanship. Common and Bocking did well in frustrating Liverpool's effort, and Deighton in goal, revealed skill and promise in dealing with much that was difficult, but for the most part the run of the play was invariably dictated by the respective intermediate lines, who firmly gripped the attackers. Liverpool at times played with fine understanding, and if Everton enjoyed a shade more of the attacking, the open and fierce thrusts of the Anfielders were very dangerous. Roberts (J.) did not touch his best form, but his namesake Roberts (S.) was the most consistent and constructive forward on the field. Taylor and Gunson had efforts saved, but the latter missed one great chance, whilst Carr, the South African made a very praiseworthy effort in the closing minutes. Lapham (J.) scored Everton's goal and Roberts (S.) Liverpool's equaliser. Scott Done and Dabbs revealed skill in thwarting Everton. Everton: - Deighton, goal; Common and Bocking backs; Mercer, Clark and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, Birtley, Lapham, McGourty, and Turner forwards. Liverpool: - Scott goal; Done and Babbs backs; Savage, Gray, and McPherson, half-backs; Taylor, Robertst (S.). Roberts (J.), Carr and Gunn, forwards Referee Mr. J. Williams.
Liverpool Cables 0 Everton “A” 2
Liverpool County Combination
At Bootle. The Cables out a spendid fight against a side, which included at least half a dozen players of Central league experience. The opening half was contested at a fast pace in which the defences took the honours. The visitors assured the superiority soon after the resumption and the home defence was given a warm time, Stratton making some very clever saves. Everton's first goal scored by Leyfield was after result of splendid work by O'Reilly, and the second goal to the same player from a pass by Stevens.
THE MATCH OF A LIFETIME.
October 2 1933. Evening Express.
Liverpool and Everton 100 Percent Football.
By the Pilot.
The greatest Merseyside “Derby” match for 30 years. This was the general opinion express after the thrilling struggle between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on Saturday, when Liverpool succeeded by 3-2. I have rarely witnessed a game, which has proved so entirely satisfactory. The game was contested at a “cracker” pace and in a spirit, which did credit to both sides. It was such a brilliant exposition of football that few people left the ground discussing which team should have won or whether it was a fair result. All that mattered to them was that as a football match it was 100 per cent. Some though Everton deserved a draw. Certainly their approach football was superb, but they missed golden chances when Liverpool were defending hard, and when they tried to regain lost ground later on after the Reds had forged ahead by their spirited play, they found Arthur Riley superb. And Liverpool missed chances too, but not quite like Everton, and I could not but admire the whole-hearted enthusiasm of the winners; their demon football which enabled them to chase every lose ball in a forlorn hope and turn it to good account. No one could deny the fact that Everton missed Dixie Dean, but I hasten to explain that White was by no means a poor deputy. White's feeding at centre half was missed, however, for Gee could not get direction to his passes until later in the game. A vital factor in the match was that the Liverpool wing half backs lay on Stein and Geldard in the second half and so curtailed their activities. Dean's absence is not an excuse for Everton. They need no excuse. They played brilliant football, but so did Liverpool, though by pursuing different methods. Yes, it was a mightily struggle leaving only happy memories. I must had out the big palm to Riley. He was the man who set the seal on Liverpool's success. He had three times as many shots to deal with as Sagar, yet played without the slightest trace of an error. It had been written that Riley was no good with shots. He soon gave that he lie; in fact, his best saves were those in which he had to go full length. It was one of the greatest exhibitions of goalkeeping I have seen for a long time. Another feature was the precision of the Everton forward work. They adopted the close-passing game with the occasional far-flung pass to the wings, and the effect was seen in the speed of these accurate raids.
Lesson in Directness.
Everton had the better of the opening half and had White and Stein accepted golden opportunities they might have settled the issue. Liverpool later showed the blues that it does not pay to waste chances against the Reds and they gave the cup-holders a lesson in directness. Some people behind the goal state that Hodgson's “pile-driver” which struck the bar and bounded to the ground crossed the line, I could not see from the Press stand, but I noted particularly that not a single Liverpool player claimed or even stopped playing. What is the lesson of this game? To my mind it is that Liverpool are certainly far removed from being the “indifferent” side many people say. They are a fine eleven, and now that they have solved the outside right problem will climb to dizzy heights in the League. On this showing we may safely say that Merseyside possesses two of the finest sides in the land. I can pay no higher tribute. Who were the outstanding successes? First, but always after Riley I must mention Nieuwenheys, the South African making his debut. He certainly captured the fancy of the “Koppites,” and I think he has only to keep his balance to gain representative honours. He is neatness personified. By no means an individualist, he adopts the easiest path, making some delightful short passes along the ground to his inside partner and next turning over a choice centre. “Nivvy” is anything but flashy, but he has a wonderful turn of speed, and this enabled the Reds to score three goals. Hanson was not one whit inferior; in fact he hardly made a single mistake. English was an intrepid, fleet-footed raider, and Hodgson lent power to constructive and finishing. The Liverpool half-backs were sound in all phases, but the backs did not approach the standard of Everton's pair among whom Cresswell was outstanding. Britton and Thomson were good Everton intermediates, and White, Johnson, and Dunn took forwards' honours though had Stein been able to shoot he might have been the forward of the day. I mentioned that it was likely this game would be decided by the wingers. It was. Two goals were scored by wingers and four came from good wing play. Nieuwenhuys Hanson, and English gained the winners' goals and White and Johnson scored for Everton.
WHAT “NIVVY” THINKS OF “DERBY” MATCH.
October 2 1933. Evening Express.
The Greatest Thrill of his Life.
Staggered by Crowd; A Bouquet For Cresswell.
By the Pilot.
It was the greatest match in which I have ever had the honour to play. I shall never forget it as long as I live.” This was how Berry Nieuwenhuys, Liverpool's new South African, described his first match at Anfield –the Merseyside “Derby” game, to me after the match, in an exclusive interview. “Never before had I seen such a vast crowd, such brilliant football, or such clean football, and it was the thrill or my life when I managed to score the first goal. “The point which struck me most was the cleanliness of the game. When we were leaving for England we were told that the game here was rough and dirty. Well, I can assure you that this match was 100 per cent cleaner that anything I have seen in Africa. “It was a tribute to the players of both teams. I did not see one real foul in the entire ninety minutes. “I confess I was rather staggered by the size of the crowd at the start but I did my best to forget they were there. That was hard in view of the continuous roar of voices. “Still you could play in front of a crowd like that for years. They are such sportsmen. I thank them for the encouragement they gave me and also for the wonderful reception I was accorded when I left the field. I don't mind confessing it touched me. “Just think. In South Africa we only get three of four thousand –we did have 25000 for a cup final – and then to find 55,000! But it was great! “I m not yet satisfied with my form, but I am gradually settling down to the English methods of play and training. I find it is no easy thing to carry on for 90 minutes at top pace and must say that the second half always seem twice as long as the first. “Training however, will soon get me right and soon I shall no longer silently pray for the sound of the final whistle. “A reception such as I received might easily 0turn one's head' but I don't think there is any danger of that. “I was once a rugby player and then when I turned over to soccer and joined Germiston I played in only four matches before being chosen for the Transvaal. I did so well in that game that I swanked a bit but out trainer gave me such a telling off that I broke down and cried. No more swollen heads for me! “The player in the “Derby” game who took my eye was Warney Cresswell. What a wonderful back he is. He has the ability to make you do what he wants you to do and not what you want to do yourself. I enjoyed my tussles with him and must say that he is a great player.”
October 3 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton and Blackburn Rovers meet at Goodison Park tomorrow, in the Lancashire Cup-tie competition first round, when the kick off will be at 5.20. This game will complete the first stage, and the winners meet Barrow at Barrow, in the second round to be played before October 12.
MARTIN IMPRESSES EVERTON.
October 3 1933. Evening Express.
Irish centre-Forward Being Watched.
Everton have been impressed by the displays of Martin, the young centre forward of Belfast Celtic, who has played brilliantly in club and representative games. “We have been watching centre-forwards since the beginning of the season, but nothing has been done up to now, said Mr. T. H. McIntosh secretary of Everton Football Club. "“He fact that dean is injured has not caused us to speed up our search,” added Mr. McIntosh “and no doubt we shall continue to watch for a good leader. Perhaps Martin will be watched by representatives of Everton at Preston tomorrow in inter-league match. More than I cannot say.” Mr. E. Green the vice-chairman, and Mr. A. Coffey, another director, were in Ireland last week-end.
THE RETURE OF WILLIAMS
October 4 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Ben Williams, Everton's international full back, will make his first appearances to-day, since his second operation for cartilage trouble. He is included in the team to meet Blackburn Rovers, in the Lancashire senior cup-tie at Goodison Park (kick off 5.30). Another interesting feature of the game is that Turner the reserve outside left, will appear at centre-forward. The Everton is; Deighton; Williams, Cresswell; Clark, Gee Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Turner, Johnson Stein. There should be a good struggle for the right to meet Barrow in the second round of the competition. The Rovers have had four Merseyside born players in their League team this season, and they have all played exceedingly well.
WELCOME BACK BEN!
October 4 1933. Evening Express.
Williams Returns to Everton Team.
By the Pilot.
Welcome back to Ben Williams! Everton's Welsh international full back makes his first appearance of the season this evening, when he assists Everton in their Lancashire Senior Cup match against Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park. Williams has been an unfortunate player since Christmas 1932. He damaged his leg in the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers and subsequently was operated on for the removal of a cartilage. He resumed training with the remainder of the players in August and then his knee broke down and it was found necessary to perform another cartilage operation on the same knee. Ben has made rapid progess towards recovery and he is assured of a warm welcome when he steps on the field this evening, for he is one of the most popular players on Everton's books and a brilliant defender.
Turner at Centre-Forward.
The Blues will lack the services of five of their first team men. Sagar, Britton and White are at Preston. They make an interesting experiment in playing George Turner the former Luton Town left –at centre-forward. Turner carries at terrific shot in his left foot and might easily settle down to the position. The Rovers will field the League side, which has figured in all their eight games this season with one exception. The exception is Halsall, the Bootle boy who is injured. Two other Merseysiders in Gorman and Carver will be on view while Kennedy the inside left is the former Everton favourite. Cook is suffering from a sore throat and Dunn received a knock on a knee in Saturday's match. Everton; Deighton; Williams Cresswell; Clark, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Turner Johnson, Stein. Blackburn Rovers; Gormile; Gorman, Whyte; Imrie, Carver, Pryde; Bruton; McLean, Thompson, Kennedy, Turner.
No Change For League Games.
Everton for they visit to Middlesbrough, the bottom club in the First Division, make no changes from the team, which lost, so narrowly to Liverpool in the local Derby. Everton; Sagar Cook Cresswell; Britton Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, White Johnson Stein.
EVERTON 1 BLACKBURN ROVERS 2
October 5 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Rovers the Better side.
Everton Mastered in County Cup-Tie.
Everton with Dean, Dunn, Cook, White and Sagar absent were beaten by 2 goals to 1 in a Lancashire Senior Cup-tie at Goodison Park last night. Blackburn Rovers, their conquerors, won more convincing than the score indicates. The only thrilling position of an uneventful game was in the semi-darkness during the last fifteen minutes when the home side attempted a rally that nearly, gave them a draw. In this period Turner headed against the crossbar. A draw would have been a wrong side in that it was plain Blackburn were the better side. They were faster on the ball; better together and altogether better footballers. Their only fault was their weak finishing. Plenty of power was put into shots from close range, but directionally there were many mistakes. Outstanding on the Everton side was Cresswell's display of a full-back's duties. On the Blackburn side Mclean's roaming, his provision of passing for others, and Gormlie's plucky goalkeeping were notable. Thompson head a goal, that might have been prevented three minutes after the start. McLean hit the crossbar with a full volley before Cunliffe headed the equaliser but towards the finish Turner, a winger who was kept out of the side through Cunliffe's brilliance, proved he had a spot of great strength in his frail build, and put Blackburn ahead.
Williams Shows Confidence.
While the match was a disappointment from Everton's viewpoint it served to show that Ben Williams, still maintains his confidence in himself and in the leg he injured last Christmas. It would have been too much to expect one of Williams old displays, yet he was steady in his kicking and went into tackles just as though he had never suffered an injury. Deighton the goalkeeper whom Everton picked up from the ranks of the unemployed may turn out to be a useful custodian. His work was quite sound. In attack Everton were patchy. Geldard did not vary his tricks, and was consequently an easy victim for the man who marked him. Even Stein and Johnson seemed to be unable to produce their known form. Turner was hardly a success as a centre always remembering he received the ball badly. The Blackburn team with Carver, ex-Liverpool Schoolboy's and a host of fast young men on the ranks is likely to improve out of all recognition. The defence is particularly sound. Teams : - Everton: - Deighton, goal; Williams, and Cresswell, backs; Clark, Gee and Thomson (captain) half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Turner, Johnson and Stein, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Gormlie, goal; Gorman and Whyte, backs; Imrie, Carver, and Pryde half-backs; Bruton, McLean, Thompson, Kennedy, and Turner forwards. Referee Mr. H. W. Hunt (Preston).
ENGLAND TEAM SURPRISE.
October 5 1933. Evening Express
Everton Men Do Well, But do not Gain A Place.
By the Pilot.
Only two players of the F.A. Cup winning and Football League championship sides are included in England's first international team of the season. Everton, the cup winners, have not a representative, though White, their centre-half, has been chosen as a reserve, while Arsenal will provide Bastin and Hapgood. In view of the splendid form of Sagar and Britton, of Everton for the Football League side against the Irish League at Preston yesterday, when the Football league won 4-0, their non-inclusion is surprising.
SOMETHING ALWAYS HAPPENS!
October 6 1933. Evening Express.
When Everton Visit Ayresome Park.
Something extraordinary always happens when Everton visit Aryresome Park, Middlesbrough's home. Generally speaking it is a lucky ground for the Cup holders. Once Gorge Martin, who subsequently joined the Borough, scored a dramatic last-minute gaol to give Everton the points, and Hunter Hart, a few minutes later, in his excitement inadvertently stepped into a sunken bath with his clothes on. On another occasion Everton lost by the only goal, when Teddy Sagar found himself bundled into the back of the net with the ball by the diminutive Bruce. What sensations are in store for tomorrow? Will it be that Everton will secure their first away win of the season? The Borough will be captained by Tommy Griffiths, the Welsh captain and former Everton favourite. Everton; - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, White, Johnson Stein. Middlesbrough; (Probable); Gibson; Jennings, Stuart; Brown, Griffiths, Martin, Williams, Bruce, Camsell, Buxton, Warren.
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EVERTON OPPOSE MIDDLESBROUGH.
October 7 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton go to Middlesbrough. The Aryresome Park Club have had a lean time so far this season, and they fell heavily before the Arsenal last Saturday, so that at home this time they are sure to make a bold bid to regain lost ground. Everton at any rate, will find wholehearted opposition, but Cresswell, and his men are anxious to make up for the defeat at Anfield. In the continued absence of Dean, White will again figure at centre-forward, and the players are sure to make a special push to record their first away success. Griffiths the Welsh international is to oppose his old colleagues. . Everton; - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, White, Johnson Stein. Middlesbrough; Gibson; Jennings, Stuart; Brown, Griffiths, Martin, Ferguson, Bruce, Camsell, Buxton, Warren.
October 7 1933. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Shock Goals Decide Boro' Duel
Griffiths; “Day Out.”
By the Pilot.
Everton visited Middlesbrough today, where football, like industry, is suffering from depression. Everton are scouting in the South of, England today. Perhaps it is a centre forward they are after but Dixie Dean left hospital today, and said he will be fit to play in a week. Ben Williams has unfortunately broken down again, for his knee has swelled up following Wednesday's game. It might not be serious. Twenty minutes before the kick-off only 1,000 people were on the ground, but they rolled in towards the kick-off time, when there were about 5,000 present. Teams : - Middlesbrough: - Gibson, goal; Jennings and Stuart, backs; Brown, Griffiths (captain), and Martin half-backs; Ferguson, Bruce, Camsell, Baxter and Warren half-backs; Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton Gee and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Dunn White, Johnson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. R. Mortimer (Huddersfield).
Gibson had to fist away in the first minute from Britton's centre before Gee cleared strongly. Bruce sent a far-flung pass to the left wing, and it resulted in the “Borough” gaining the lead in three minutes. Warren cut inwards, with Cook holding up the tackle, and Sagar ran out only to miss the ball. Camsell and Bruce had shots charged down in succession with Sagar out of goal, and only the number of Everton defenders kept the Borough in check. As Sagar ran back the ball went loose to Warren, who screwed it into the net as he fell to the ground. Griffiths completely missed the ball and Stein took the corner. From this Stuart nearly turned Dunn's shot into his own goal. The ball ran away to the right, and White made a brilliant header from Geldard's centre, Gibson beating the ball away for another corner.
Everton met with another reverse in seven minutes, for following heavy pressure, Bruce and Camsell got Warren away on good ground, and with Cook well out of position, the outside left raced through and turned the ball back along the carpet for Bruce to bang it into the roof of the net, Sagar having no chance. This was a shock for the Blues, for the Boro' had launched only two attacks and taken two goals. Such is football. Gibson pulled down one from Dunn and White headed over the bar. Gibson pulled down a terrific right foot shot from Johnson's and Everton applied heavy pressure in spite of fine defensive heading by Grififths. Johnson was again on the mark from long distance, but Gibson was equal to the occasion. The Everton wingers continued to give some glorious touches in further promising work by Everton, but every time, the Boro' broke away they were dangerous. Sagar completely missed Warren's corner, and Ferguson's header was travelling to the net when Cook headed away right off the line. Geldard missed a glorious chance when Gibson failed to punch away Stein's centre, driving across the goal from four yards' range. Griffiths continued to be a power in the home ranks, taking most of many cross centres from the Everton flanks. Gibson allowed another fast shot from Johnson to bound off his body, and he fell on the ball while White tried to pop it home.
Britton's First Mistake.
Britton mad his first mistake and Warren received a chance from Ferguson, but he wasted it. Everton must have wished that they had not parted with Grififths, for he was taking command of everything in the Boro' penalty area. Had it not been for him, Everton must have scored goals.
Half-time Middlesbrough 2 Everton 0
Everton had done most of the first half pressing but the Borough for once were on the goal standard. Everton nearly reduced the lead on resuming when Jennings' mistake gave Johnson shooting range, but the full-back got his body in front of the ball. Sagar flung himself at the ball to prevent Bruce from scoring from close range. The giant Gibson fell on top of Dunn in clearing a dangerous centre, so that Dunn had to receive attention.
White hit the side netting, and Griffiths said “Thank You” to two of Geldard's centres. Dunn burst through only to miss the bar by inches. Following a thrilling run and centre by Camsell-Baxter had three point-blank shots at goal, but each time Sagar beat the ball out. A real thrill this
When Camsell got through and shot, Sagar came out to smoother the ball. Gee shouldred Bruce as the Scot was going through, and the linesman signalled. The referee awarded a penalty to the Boro, but the linesman said it happened outside the area and a free kick was the ruling. There was power in Camsell's first timer, and brilliance in Sagar's save. The game had lost all its charm in the second half, and play was most indifferent. This was the first time this season Everton have fallen to score. Final Middlesbrough 2 Everton 0.
EVERTON R. V. NEWCASTLE U. R.
October 7 1933. Evening Express, Football Edition
The first visit of Newcastle Res today attracted an increased attendance. Dixie Dean was an interested spectator from the directors box. Everton were the first to make any definite progress, and if Leyfield had not kicked the ball with his left foot a goal might easily have accrued. As it was the ball screwed wide. Playing in a typical Newcastle style, the United made inroads in the Everton defence, and Clark did well to prevent Kelly getting in his shot. Deighton picked up well from the left wing, and when Everton made progress through Critchley the United keeper with Latham in attendance, just managed to scramble the ball away. Latham after a good solo effort shot against the keeper's legs. This was a decided let-off for the United.
Earle v Everton “A”
Everton included Stevens, the former New Brighton player. The game opened at a fast pace with Earle's forwards showing up well. Thomas and Farrelly missed narrowly and Parry hit the bar with frostwick beaten. Everton's first attack saw Stevens fire high over the bar from close range. Tomlinson Earle's left half was the outstanding player on the field. Half-time Earle 0, Everton “A” 0.
MIDDLESBROUGH 2 EVERTON 0 (Game 1444 over-all)-(Div 1 1402)
October 9 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Early Goals Upset Everton.
Middlesbrough's Good Fortune.
Griffiths Holds Up Attacks.
Everton lost at Middlesbrough by 2-0 through two early goals and a lot of scrappy play by the losers. It was a game that did not arouse enthusiasm, except where the home folks, who have been beaten so often, found great joy from the acquisition of two valuable points. Middlesbrough had the good fortune to start the success. Before the game had started many minutes a scramble goal to Warren, with the defence at sea and the goalkeeper out of position, had its effect upon the whole game. It inspired the home side and it served to put Everton back a good way. They were restless in defence, and took up poor positions with the result that before eight minutes had gone Bruce had started a goal and finished it off with a good shot. Middlesbrough were more surprised than Everton, who, although playing a good deal of class football, had no finality about their movements. There was no more scoring, and in the second half Everton showed some measure of reasserting themselves, yet always with a curious lethargic manner which seemed to suggest they were out of love with their task.
Rallying Attacks Absent.
They had their chances to surprise the home team, even if Grififths had a complete hold upon White through height and headwork, and through the ex-Everton player playing the role of third back; if nor behind his backs! To the winners the credit must go. They have been hit by injuries and by lack of confidence, and having tasted two early goals they played really hard football, but the game was a dreary thing, because when the Middlesbrough side was plainly beatable in the second half, Everton had no rallying attacks, and failed to use the wing pair who had shown in the first half they could sweep beyond their rivals with some degree of ease, in fact Geldard, who made his debut at this ground was producing the best and most serviceable football he has shown since he started his League career here. Geldard was easily master of his men, and his centring and passing back were good. Only in the last breath of the game did Everton reveal their proper form, and then Dunn gave Gibson a chance to make the best save of the match. This was a game where goals should have been plentiful although both goalkeepers made some good saves. However, it was the insipidness of play around the penalty box that gave Everton their defeat.
There was a curious incident when gee was adjusted to have committed a foul charge on or about the penalty line. The referee gave a free kick consulted a linesman, and then gave a penalty kick decision what time the linesman raced to the field of play to advise the referee he had not inclined towards a penalty kick. So a free kick was the final order near the penalty line. There was much bright football from Britton, and Johnson had at least four resounding drives at goal, but Everton as a whole were well below their normal standard, and with White out-headed by Griffths (who had a royal reception from the crowd at half-time during the second half rally by Everton, and at the final whistle), the attack was poor and Dean's absence was still previously felt. Thomson suffered a severe cold, but in facing the newcomers Ferguson he did well, Bruce, however, touched one of his good days with shot and with safe holding of the ball. Camsell, however, had a moderate day through gee's attentions. It was Everton's early lapses in regard to positional play that upset their whole machinery and on this viewing it will be good to find Dean back again, and one hopes Middlesbrough will not bank on the victory for their future successes, because it meant little judged from future angles. Gibsons Jennings, Stuart and the all-towering Griffiths took main honours for the victors whose recent failures led to a crowd of not more than 5,000 spectators attending, although the day was fine and ideal for football. Teams : - Middlesbrough: - Gibson, goal; Jennings and Stuart, backs; Brown, Griffiths (captain), and Martin half-backs; Ferguson, Bruce, Camsell, Baxter and Warren half-backs; Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton Gee and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Dunn White, Johnson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. R. Mortimer (Huddersfield).
EVERTON RESERVES 4 NEWCASTLE UNITED RESERVES 3
October 9 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 9)
Newcastle making their first Central league appearance at Goodison park, created a fine impression their wholehearted play coupled with the finely balanced work that characterised their endeavours doing much to bring out the best from the Everton attack. The Goodison front line have not this season been convincing, but against the United they revealed the sharp finish and trustfulness that has been lacking. It was an interesting encounter, with the issue in doubt for Everton, after being twice in arrears drew level and then drove home a couple of fine goals only to find Newcastle score a later one and reduce the victory down to a goal. Each defence, and by convincing half-back play, got through plenty of work with credit, but if Newcastle's attack, particularly the wings, was speedy and full of danger. Everton's combined solid onslaught were the more dangerous in contrast to the losers, clever individuality. Cunliffe was Everton's outstanding performer. Scheming and working with effect, and the scorers were, for Everton Lapham, Turner and Cunlifffe (2), and for Newcastle. Dennioson, and Leighton (2). “Dixie” Dean (aided by crutches) was an interested spectator . Everton: - Deighton, goal; Williams and Bocking backs; Mercer, Clark and Archer half-backs; Critchley, Cunliffe, Lapham Turner and Leyfield, forwards. Newcastle United: - McPhillips, goal; Richardson and Thomson, backs; McKenzie, Betton, and Heward, half-backs; Gallantree, Leighton Kelly, Dennison, and Pearson forwards. Referee Mr. H.T. McBride.
DIXIE DEAN NEARLY FIT
October 9 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
But Who Will Lead Attack next Saturday?
Everton Search For Deputy
By the Pilot.
Dixie Dean Everton's international centre forward and captain, will, according to the latest medical report be able to play for Everton against Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on October 21. But, what are the Blues to do in the meantime regarding the leadership of the attack? There are two courses left open to the directors in selecting the team to oppose Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. They can make an experiment with the players already signed on, or secure a new centre forward. This is the position. Tommy White, who had been deputising for Dean, will not be available for the Blackburn game for he will be on reserve for England at Belfast. The three reserve leaders –Stevens, Balmer and Lapham –undoubtedly lack experience necessary to First division football, but still there is a player in the first team who has often played centre-forward. I refer to Tommy Johnson, the inside left, who created a goal-scoring record for Manchester City as a leader, and who has played centre forward for England. If the directors though of moving Johnson to centre they might find a useful inside-left among their reserves –McGourty, Webster, Leyfield or Turner, the outside left. However, there might be no need for experiments for Everton have their eyes on several centre –forwards –the south of England is proving the attraction and it would not surprise me to find a ready-made centre forward signed before many days are out. I take it as significant that the directors have postponed their weekly meeting until Wednesday. The club has several irons in the fire and when they go out for a man they are not easily put off. Expect big news. Dean was missed at Middlesbrough on Saturday where Everton were beaten 2-0. I do not infer that White was an unsuccessful leader, but he has played so long and well at centre-half that he is “out of touch” with the centre-forward position. Again, gee does not seen to have struck his true form yet.
Defensive errors, in which Sagar and Cook were not blameless, allowed Middlesbrough to snatch two goals from two attacks in seven minutes at Atyresome Park, and then Tommy Griffiths, the former Everton pivot, held the Everton attackers at bay. That sums up the game, except that it was a glorious first half in which the Everton forwards gave a refreshing display of accurate shooting, and a particularly dull second period, when both teams fell away in an amazing manner. Griffiths was the dominating personality in the game and he alone prevented many choice centres from Geldard and Stein being turned to account in the opening period. Everton successes were Britton and Thomson, but Geldard and Stein each did well in the first half and White strove hard against the all-conquering Griffiths. Johnson and Dunn did well in the first half and both shot more often than they have done in any match this season.
October 10 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The request of Everton for the release of White, their centre-half, who has been chosen as reserve to travel with the England team, to oppose Ireland at Belfast on Saturday, was granted by the international selection committee at their meeting yesterday in London.
WILL DRAKE COME TO EVERTON.
October 11 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
During the week-end, Everton officials were watching some players, no doubt in the hope of finding a capable substitute for Dean, for since his injury, the Everton team has lacked a real leader in any case, even when dean has fully recovered, Everton will be in need of a first class man, who can fill his place when the occasion arises. Really good centre-forwards are hard to find in these days but there is no reason why Everton should not be succeed in their quest. I understand that one of the players under review last Saturday, was Edward Drake, the Southampton leader, will he come to Everton ? It will take a big fee to secure the services of this player, who has a reputation for himself this season. Two seasons ago Drake took part in eleven second division games with Southampton and scored five goals while last season he played in 33 matches and scored 21 goals. So far this campaign he has found the net in nine occasions, these including a hat-trick against Bradford City in the opening game, and a brace against Notts County, Drake who is 5ft 10ins, in height and weighs 11 st 10lbs is also a cricketer, and has played for Hampshire.
BLACKBURN ROVERS' VISIT.
October 13 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Blackburn Rovers visit Goodison Park for the forty-first time tomorrow, in quest of League points under First Division auspices. No matter how well the Rovers have fared on other grounds they have never met with much success at Goodison Park. They have secured only 24 points out of a possible 84 these being obtained as the result of seven victories and ten drawn games. During the post-war games only two points have come the Rovers way while they have registered but 10 goals to their rivals 36. The results of these latter meetings (Everton's score reading first'; - are: - 3-0, 2-1, 2-0 2-0, 0-0, 1-0,
3-0, 1-0, 4-1, 5-2, 2-2, 5-0, and 6-1.
ROVERS AT GOODISON
October 14 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton entertain Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park today. The publication of the side to do duty for the home club was delayed until yesterday, but there is no fresh name included, and the team will be the same as that which lost at Middlesbrough. Blackburn Rovers held the Arsenal to a draw last week, and their record so far this season shows –10 points for nine games –they are on the upgrade, and the side is likely to test Everton to the full. Hallsall formerly of Marine has recovered from his injury and is in the half-back line. The kick off is at 3.15 and the teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, White, Johnson Stein. Blackburn Rovers: - Gormlie; Gorman, Whyte; Imrie, Carver, Halsall; Bruton, Talbot, Thompson, Kennedy, Turner.
EVERTON 7 BLACKBURN ROVERS 1 (Game 1445 over-all)-(Div 1 1403)
October 16 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Making the Most of It.
Ball Runs Smoothly For Everton.
White's Fine Lead; Britton's Part.
For this release much thanks! This is undoubtedly what Everton though within sixteen minutes of the start of their game against Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park on Saturday, as White, a player originally chosen as a reserve for the English side at Belfast, but released by the Football Association on Everton's appeal, scored a hat trick in this short space of time. The crowd was not slow to show their appreciation of the feat; nor were they slow to stand in their places and turn to where Dean was seated as an upwilling spectator, And see what he though about it all. Everton, as you know, won by the “length of the straight,” 7 goals to 1. “It seemed as though everyone, was prescribing remedies for the beaten side long before the end. The defence was weak; the backs played too far apart these were two popular beliefs. Yet one is of the opinion that there is nothing radically wrong with a side that can work the ball as Blackburn worked it. Things ran Everton's way early on and they went on confidently to get a big win, and play great football. Blackburn started on the wrong foot, as it were, and never once had a suspicious of good fortune to balance the ill-fortune that came their way.
Britton's Artistic Play.
Seven goals margins are possible when two teams of fairly equal merit meet if things go one way for one side and badly for the other. This is exactly what happened at Goodison. White's part in the victory will never be forgotten since goals are tangible means of knowing which player succeeded, but I though Britton's half-backs play was more than anything responsible for the win England, according to the team at Belfast, have a better half-back than this slightly built delightful mover of a ball, and if that is the case then the man who was considered to be better than Britton mist be a marvel. Admitting Everton took their chances with feet and hands –never an offence! They played marvellously mechanical football for long spells notably in the early part of the second half. Then Imrie and others were kept on the run, with a consequent loss of temper and a warning from the referee. It must have been bewildering work attempting to built in on the triangular passing moves put up by various parts of the winning side in this half. Yet Imrie while barracked and distressed by his head work played as sound a half-back game, from a constructional point of view, as any.
Back Heel Touch Begins The Rout.
The scoring stated with a back-heeled goal from White the player rushing to congratulate Johnson, believing his shot had gone straight through a ruck of players and scored, whereas' White's part in it was of most account. White headed the second –the best of his three –and obtained the third within sixteen minutes. Sandwiched between his second and third goals was one by Turner, a sprightly winger, who was kept out of the Blackburn side by Cunliffe until the latter went to Aston Villa. Johnson and Stein scored before the interval, which at 5-1 showed nothing of Blackburn's fine midfield play. Only Geldard, and Dunn of the Everton attack had not scored prior to the interval, and they rectified this omission in time Geldard's goal, the last being the best of the eight scored. Geldard play was much improved. Cresswell and Cook were always equal to an attack that got so l and then fell into the clutches of a defence that gave little away. Halsall, the former Marine player was one of the best Blackburn half-backs, but Carver also a Liverpool product, did not stay with White enough and left him alone when dangerous centres came from either wing. Gormlie in the Blackburn goal, was the victim of several shots that just scraped home, and on the comparatively heavy turf he must have felt miles from the far post when such shots found their mark. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, White Johnson and Stein forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Gormile, goal; Gorman and Whyte, backs; Imrie, Carver, and Halsall, half-backs; Bruton, Talbot, Thompson, Kennedy, and Turner forwards. Referee Mr. A.E. Fogg.
BLACKBURN ROVERS 3 EVERTON RESERVES 3
October 16 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 10)
A draw was a fair result of the game of fluctuating fortune at Ewood Park, where Everton scored in the first minutes, and after being two goals in arrears after the interval rallied and drew level. Cunliffe performed the hat-trick and Clark was a strong half-backs, Blackburn's goals were obtained by Britton and Pinkton (2).
EVERTON SOLVE A PROBLEM
October 16 1933. Evening Express.
No Hurry For A Dean Deputy.
Gee and White Stars in Rout of Rovers
By the Pilot.
Everton have no used to hurry themselves in the matter of securing a deputy centre forward for Dean. This was proved by the brilliant 7-1 victory against Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park on Saturday. The Everton scouts were abroad searching for a centre-forward in order that White could return to his usual position, but after Gee's brilliant display against the Rovers and the splendid leadership of White, who scored a hat-trick in the first 16 minutes, Everton need not be rushed into playing a high transfer fee for another leader. It is a fact that when Everton go in scratch of players prices increase, but after this mighty victory over the Rovers the Blues will be able to bide their own time with regard to buying players and bring clubs down to their own, level regarding price. Personally, I do not think we shall see an Everton signing right away. The display against Blackburn was most encouraging and it will also prevent Everton being forced to play Dean again before Dixie is absolutely fit. Naturally Dean is anxious to play again, but the extra week of rest might make all the difference. Everton's position is surely bright at the moment. It was a joyous display against Blackburn, with not a single weakness in a side, which played fast, open, bright, incisive football from start to finish. Their success was all the more praiseworthy in view of the fact that Blackburn were such a good side. Several of the Everton players were at the peak of their form. Gee had a splendid first half, and his extra pace in recovery and keener judgement in feeding not only closed avenues to the Everton goal but created pathways to the Rovers' goal. White's leadership was an inspiration and Dean at his best could not have been more effective with the ball in the air. I can pay no higher tribute Johnson, and Dunn were brilliant foragers and schemers who never hesitated to let go a shot and Geldard and Stein were fast, penetrative wingers who used the ball perfectly. There was no flaw in defence and the intermediates constituted the backbone of a really fine football combination. The goals were scored as follows; White (4 mins), White (6 mins), White (16 mins), Turner (23 mins), Johnson (28 mins), Stein (38 mins), Dunn (58 mins), Geldard (82 mins).
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ARSENAL AT GOODISON TOMORROW.
October 17 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
By John Peel.
There should be a football treat at Goodison Park tomorrow when Everton meet Arsenal. It is the annual match between the Cup winners and the League champions for the Football Association Charity Shield, and the game should be worthy of the occasion. Last season Everton, as League champions of 1931-32, met Newcastle United the Cup holders, at Newcastle, and gained a victory by five goals to three. Everton will make a bold bid to gain the Shield for the second year in succession, but Arsenal will be just as keen to secure it. Everton defeated Arsenal in the League match at Goodison Park, on September 23 by three goals to one, and I hope to see the home side repeat that Victory. The Kick off is at 3.15.
ARSENAL AT EVERTON
October 18 1033. Liverpool Post and Mercury
F.A. Shield Tie.
Though five international players will be absent from the Everton-Arsenal teams in the Football Association Charity tie at Goodison Park today, strong sides will be in opposition. Dean, not yet completely recovered after the operation to his foot and Cresswell, who was injured on Saturday will be absent from the Everton side, while as regard the Arsenal, Dunne, the centre forward recently secured from Sheffield United has a bruised thigh, Bastin was injured at Belfast on Saturday is unable to turn out, and Hulme is yet unfit after injury, and is to have run out with Arsenal Reserves in a London Combination match today. Bocking will take the place of Cresswell this being the only change from the Everton side that beat Blackburn Rovers while Roberts returns to centre-half for Arsenal, who will have Bowden at centre, with Jack on the left wing. The kick off is at 3.15 and the teams will be: - Everton: - Sagar; Cook, Bocking; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, White, Johnson, Stein. Arsenal; - Moss; Male, Hapgood; Jones, Roberts, John; Birkett, Coleman, Bowden, James Jack.
ARSENAL LEAD IN TAME GAME.
October 18 1933. Evening Express.
Birkett Scores Against Cupholders.
By the Pilot.
Everton, the Cupholders, played Arsenal, the league champions, in the F.A. Cup Charity Shield at Goodison Park today. There were no more than 15,000 present at the start. I learn that Hodgson and McDougall are likely to be fit for Liverpool's engagement at Middlesbrough, but that Wright and Hanson are exceedingly doubtful starters. Cresswell tells me that his thigh injury is painful and he may not be ready for Saturday. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Bocking, backs; Britton, Gee, and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, White, Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Arsenal: - Moss, goal; Male, and Hapgood, Jones, Sidey, and John, half-backs; Birkett, Coleman, Bowdens, James and Hill, forwards. Referee Mr. Pinekston (Birmingham) . Before the match F.A. officials and Arsenal directors were entertained to lunch by the Everton club.
Play opened quietly, with Sidey prominent in clearing centres from Geldard and Thomson. There was much ball jugglery, play being confined mostly to midfield. The first thrill of the game came after five minutes, when the Arsenal bore through the middle, Sagar being drawn out from goal. He tried to drive at Bowden's feet, but was late and Britton took Hill's shot on the gaol line and cleared. Just after, Bowden headed wide from Hill's centre. This was indifferent football, with little to rouse the spectators. It was obvious that the teams were holding something back. Bowdens claimed applause with a first time shot taken on the run. This went over the top and when next Bowden made an attempt, Sagar was right in position to save. Receiving from Johnson, Stein beat Make and cut in to make a splendid shot, which Moss beat away. Dunn's effort was turned over the top for a corner. Johnson and Stein changed places to contribute a sparkling attack, but Moss was more troubled by a first time drive from White. He pulled the ball down just underneath the bar. Everton recovering from a shaky start, maintained the pressure. White almost scoring with a back heel from Stein's quick pass. Arsenal were always dangerous when they got going, and from a lob centre by Birkett, Hill had a chance, but he collided with Cook, and had to receive attention from the trainer. Hill feeling sound again, ran on to the field, and was promptly ordered off by the referee, who just afterwards gave a toot on his whistle and called the Arsenal winger on the field again, amid laughter.
Everton claimed a penalty following Britton's centre, and I think the referee was correct in turning this down, as there was no suggestion of intent to handle. A badly placed corner kick by Geldard brought to Everton, a quick breakaway by the Gunners being frusty led by an enterprising kick away by Cook as he lay on the floor. Geldard's approaching work was good, but he failed to finish. The finishing on both sides was open to criticism. Alec James took a hand in the shooting business and this led to Arsenal taking the lead in 35 minutes. Sagar had saved James' shot, and Cook booted the ball intent on clearng, but it bound off an Arsenal player, Birkett had a simple task in placing the ball in the back of the net. Everton exterted heavy pressure towards the interval, Hapgood kicking away from Geldard in the nick of time, and Moss taking a good save off a back header from Johnson. Everton had enjoyed the balance of ply up to the interval, but just on the whistle James let go a mighty shot, Sagar turning the ball over the top in equally brilliant style. Half-time Everton 0, Arsenal 1. On, resuming, White almost put through after Hapgood had miskicked; then Male headed away a menacing centre from Geldard. Brilliant work by the Everton right wing caused Moss to come out and clear in style from Britton and Dunn.
EVERTON 0 ARSENAL 3
October 19, 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Arsenal's Shield Tie.
Everton beaten At Home by 3-0.
Everton lost at home in the F.A. Charity Shield final tie, at Goodison Park yesterday before 18,000 spectators, by a score of 3-0. It was poor football for a long time owing to the peculiar wind that bothered both sides, but as the game wore on it became rousing and interesting, because Arsenal, with the oddly mixed attack was able to get going in their own smooth and fascinating manner, and James who has had a moderate season, got into his stride and “made” the other forwards play well. James's fantastic notions helped to keep the game alive, and made the spectators enjoy it more than otherwise would have been the case. He was outstanding in the sense that he did the uncommon things of football life; introduced a new note, and tickled the ball, and teased the defence. James had started in a manner that suggested he had gone stale and too solid in his movements, but once he caught the inspiration of the game he made the ball do things that bothered the Everton defence. He did not introduce his patent methods of treading on or over the ball, but every other trick he brought to use, and his heading was unusually strong and sound, Arsenal played Birkett, a centre forward on the wing; they had Hill a half-back, as outside-left, where it had been though Jack was going to play.
The London team had three centre forwards in their attack, and for a long time the Everton defence held them securely. It was in this special period that Stein and Geldard were aggressive and clever; they offered a shot or a centre that could be taken. By degrees Arsenal got on top of their adversaries, and in the end the victory went by a reasonable margin to the better side, the more accomplished side, and the better attackers. The goals had an unusual ring about them. The first came through a Sagar clearance that struck James on the head, and turned at a tangent towards the middle of the field, where Birkett was able to cut in and take a simple goal. The second went to Bowden who struck the upright before seeing the ball pass inside –a goal made by the sublime craft and cunning of James, who beat three men in the space of half a yard, and turned the ball where the defence least expected it. Near the end Birkett got another goal from a half-save-all-out-by Sagar, and it must be recorded that at another point Sagar made a half arm save of a shot that travelled on to the upright, and then into play again, while, Hill, with a great shot struck the upright. Add the best shot of the ( from James) near half time, when Sagar edged the ball over the line, and any reference to the safety of Moss shows that it was only a minor matter compared with the superiority of Arsenal's attack.
Actually the oddest distinctive feature of the match was the manner in which Referee Pickston of Birmingham, refused to let Hill continue in the game until the ball was “dead” –and unusual affair arising out of the new rule that refuses a permit to a player who has been damaged to re-enter the field till he has obtained the permission of the referee. Hill running on the field; signalled that he was “coming back,” but the referee made him return to the goal area and off the field till the ball had become “dead” –and the interval was quite a considerable one. It was according to football law that Hill was kept out of the issue for these moments. Actually the game did not soar to great heights but the wind was stronger than most of the spectators imagined or made allowance for. It was difficult to serve up stirring football in such circumstances, but in the end the game was an instruction, and was a lesson to the Everton attack which had not the power of Arsenal near goal. The Arsenal defence was taut, and Hapgood was outstanding. Male finding touch too often to make his game a good one, albeit he did much spadework. Moss gave an excellent display, and at half-back where there are two worthy veterans. Sidey showed he had copied Roberts in the modern third back principle; he stayed in his own goal area, and stopped White in spite of the player's noble endeavour.
James The Match Winner.
It was curious that Coleman should be a overate attacker and shooter because he used to be outstanding in the direction when playing with Grimsby. Bowden, acting for Dunne, was a quick forward with some nice idea of play, but hardly showing the physique necessary in the struggle. He will develop however, Hill the newly made outside left, was serviceable and had a strong shot, but at root James made this game a triumph for Arsenal, who got their revenge for a League defeat of a month ago, and by winning' stopped Everton's determination to make this third successive F.A. Charity Shield victory. Of the losers it must be said that Bocking could not be blamed; he acted as Cresswell's deputy, and Cook, with much work to attend to was good in part. At half-back Gee started triumphantly and added one shot of noteworthy sting and direction. Britton had spasms of neatness and Thomson was always working hard but not finishing accurately. In the forward line Geldard was best, with Johnson making the bulletts, but finding his passes were not snapped up as they should have been. It was not Everton's forward march; they were beaten out by a well packed defence. Receipts £1,051; attendance 18,000.
Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Bocking, backs; Britton, Gee, and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, White, Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Arsenal: - Moss, goal; Male, and Hapgood, Jones, Sidey, and John, half-backs; Birkett, Coleman, Bowdens, James and Hill, forwards. Referee Mr. Pinekston (Birmingham) .
October 19 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Arsenal without several of their crack players, proved too good for Everton, who lacked Cresswell's services, in the Charity Shield match at Goodison Park yesterday. The standard of play on the whole was rather disappointing when the calibre of the teams is taken into consideration. However, Everton could not properly get into their swing and the Arsenal, thanks to a great extent to the draft of James, proved the superior attackers. James appeared to me to be allowed a tremendous lot of room, but his passes down the middle and to the wings were superb specimens of this match-winning player's art. With such a player to guide them Arsenal's forwards should always do well. Mereyside enthusiasts supported the match whole-heartedly and the gate receipts amounted to over £1,000.
Spurs Once More At Goodison.
Tottenham Hotspur have figured in some remarkably fine games on Merseyside, and a warm welcome awaits them when the teams, as leaders of the First Division renews acquaintance with Goodison Park on Saturday. The Spurs, after five seasons in the second division won their way back to the senior circle and Saturday's match will mark the fifteen appearance of the London club on this enclosure under First division auspices, during which they have recorded only three victories these being in season 1912-13, 1926027, and 1927-28, when they prevailed by 3-2, 2-1 and 502 respectively. Fouled in 1882 the Spurs first gained admission to the upper circle in 1909-10 having been runners-up to Bolton Wanderers, but they lost their status after the war, when a reshuffling of the League took place. In 1919-20 they won the championship of Division 2, and created a record by obtaining more points in a season than any club in the Football League –70, their record reading: -
Play 42, Won 32, Lost 4 Draw 6 For 103, Against 38 Points 70.
On this second venture of First Division warfare they did much better, and in 1921-22 finished runners up to Liverpool win 51 points. This was their nearest approach to First division honours and since then they gradually dropped back, finally losing their status again at the close of 1927-28, when they lost the final game at Anfield and were relegated. The only sides with the distinction of having beaten the Spurs this season are Wolverhampton Wanderers (1-0), and Liverpool (3-0), the former defeat being away, and the latter at home.
THE GENIUS OF ALEX JAMES.
October 19 1933. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
The genius of Alex James was the primary cause of Everton's 3-0 defeat by Arsenal in the F.A. Charity Shield match at Goodison Park yesterday. He was the wizard of the game, the man who could control the ball was consummate skill; draw the defence out of position and create consternation by the speed and precision of his transfer; the man who paved the way for all three goals. Everton had more of the game than the champions but rarely did they look like breaking down as superb defence in which Sidey and Hapgood were outstanding. The gate receipts totalled £1,056.
To Meet Spurs.
For the match against Tottenham Hostpur at Goodison park on Saturday, Everton have selected the team which defeated Blackburn Rovers last week which means that Cresswell is at left back. Cresswell, however, is a doubtful starter, as I announced yesterday, and should he not be able to play, Bocking will again deputise. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell (or Bocking); Britton Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, White, Johnson Stein.
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WILL ‘SPURS DISPERSE
October 20 1933. Evening Express.
The Talent is There But-
More of Blackburn Game Touch Needed.
By the Pilot.
Tottenham's visit to Goodison Park tomorrow will serve as a spur to Everton to show that the form against the Arsenal in Wednesday's Charity Shield game was all wrong. At the beginning of the season, the knowing ones hinted that Everton were prospective League champions this season, but somehow the early promise has not been dulfilled. They played indifferently against Middlesbrough a fortnight ago and disappointed against the Arsenal, yet sandwich between those two games they scintillated against Blackburn Rovers. There is no doubt concerning Everton's capacity; the problem is performance. That little something that spells consistency is lacking and if Everton are to move higher in the chart they must set about remedying the defect. The absence of Dean undoubtedly is a factor. He will not play tomorrow but I am officially assured by the club that dean will be playing again well before three weeks have passed. It is possible he will play against Leicester City tomorrow week. Tomorrow's match will be the first meeting of Everton and the Spurs' since 1931, when the Goodison club was in the Second Division. One of the most attractive games of the year should be the result. It will take the best of football to overcome the ‘Spurs who, in 15 visits to Goodison Park, have won only three times.
The ‘Spurs, who gained promotion with Stoke City last term, have proved themselves a fast, well-combined side and they have taken 14 of the 20 points played for giving them a lead in the league of two points over Arsenal. Five of their games have been played away from home and they have lost only one of them. That was at Wolverhampton. They won at Portsmouth Leicester and Chelsea and drew with Sheffield United. Their biggest defeat was by Liverpool 3-0 at home, and Everton will be all out to complete a “double” for Merseyside at the expense of the North Londoners. Several internationals figure in the Tottenham side. Hunt, the younger leader, played for England against Scotland last season and scored the only goal for his country and O'Callaghan and W. Evans have assisted Wales this season. McCormick, the outside-right, is regarded as one of the best young wingers in the country, and Rowe is a brilliant pivot. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; (or Bocking); Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, White, Johnson Stein. Tottenham H.; (probable); Nicholls; Channell, Whatlay; Evans (T.), Rowe, Meads; McCormick, O'Callaghan, Hunt, Hall, Evans (W.).
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October 21 1933 Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The Tottenham Hotspur club has had its share of ups and downs, but the White Hart lane oganisation came up smiling again at the end of last season, and at the moment they are on the crest of the wave, making a bold challenge to the Arsenal for popular favour in the vast London field of football. Many famous players have been through the ranks of the Spurs' but probably the most familiar in recent years to Merseyside enthusiastic was Dimmock, one of the most elusive wing forwards of the day. The present team includes some fine exponents, notably Hunt, the international centre forward, and they come to Everton today as leaders of the League, so that they are expected to put up a strong fight against the Cup-holders. The Spurs are assured of a warm welcome, and a great game should be witnessed. Everton, of course, will be without Dean and Cresswell is still doubtful. In the event of the noted full-back standing down, Bocking will again partner Cook. The kick off is a 3 o'clock and the teams are; Everton; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; (or Bocking); Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, White, Johnson Stein. Tottenham H.; (probable); Nicholls; Channell, Whatlay; Evans (T.), Rowe, Meads; McCormick, O'Callaghan, Hunt, Hall, Evans (W.).
OLDHAM RES V. EVERTON RES.
October 21 1933. Evening Express.
There was a thrilling first half. Four goals were scored in the first 20 minutes. After seven minutes Lightfoot, the Oldham left back, put through his own goal. Five minutes later Johnson got the equaliser for Oldham after the centre-forward had outwitted Deighton. Five minutes after this Pateman beat Deighton, and six minutes later F.H. Lapham the Everton centre-forward fastened on the ball an put his side on level terms with a hard ground shot. Towards the interval Everton made great efforts to take the lead, but were up against a sturdy defence. Half-time Oldham Res 2, Everton Res 2.
EVERTON 1 TOTTEMHAM HOTSPURS 1 (Game 1446 over-all)-(Div 1 1404)
October 23 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
How Everton Were Foiled.
A Senseless Demonstration
Tottenham Hotspur's the promoted side are leaders of the First Division, and it must be admitted that they are in their rightly place for in their match with Everton they gave a demonstration of high-class football. The Spurs have brought considerable skill with them, and are undoubtedly an asset to the senior circle. It has been said that the Spurs will not be such a competent force when grounds become really heavy. I do not entirely agree with the statement for they are a side which can overcome such a handicap. There is a great deal of youth in the team, and consequently any amount of stamina and enthusiasm a combination, which is difficult to beat. Their game with Everton was one of the hardest fought battles seen at Goodison park this season, and I will go so far as to say that the London team is the best we have seen on Merseyside since the season opened. Everton may rightly claim that they were baulked of two penalty areas through the referee's decision, and I must admit that I was on their side when they staked their claims, but that is no reason why the crowd became hostile to the referee who gave his judgment as he saw the incidents which brought forth the demonstration.
Even after the match the crowd of a few hundred people waited outside the players entrance no doubt with the intent of again showing their disapproval of the referee, but it is all so senseless and not in the true spirit of sportsmanship for which Merseyside football followers are noted. The penalty claims were based on the question of “hands.” The first one when Meads the half-back, got the ball under control by the use of his hands when other method should have been of no avail, but the most glaring case was that of Felton who was standing on the goal line when Dunn shot and he seemed to thump the ball out of goal with his fists. I will say this for the referee. He was fairly well placed to see everything that happened and he gave his decision instantly. It was a fine game so much so that not one person left the ground before the final whistle. That is a sure sign that the spectators are enjoying the fare and were thrilled. Everton in the last ten minutes were fighting desperately hard for a winning goal, and the Tottenham defence was often in “queer street.” Goalkeeper Nicholls is one of the coolest custodians I have ever seen. Even when he was surrounded by Everton players he picked up the ball calmly and made his clearance in a nonchalant manner, which suggested no excitement of any land.
Nicholls at this point of the game was worth his weight in gold to Tottenham, for it had to be admitted that his backs were then in a nervous state, die to Everton's aggressive policy. Why Everton did not being such driving power in their attacks earlier on will never be known. They had but to bring finality into their general schemes in the first half to have marked up more than the one goal they obtained, but it was the Spurs speed in the tackle or in their dash for the ball, which pegged down the Everton forwards. The Spurs seemed to have two yards in hand of the Everton men; in fact they were so quick that they appeared to have more players on the field than Everton. I liked their five forward attack. There was no exaggerated “W” formation when they made their upward movements, but even though they were on top for the major portion of the game they did not give Sagar the amount of work such pressure warranted. Nor for the matter did the Everton forwards deal with Nicholls as they should have done. There were instances when a player would pass when the correct order of things was a quick shot. White once sent the ball out to Geldard when all thought he should have taken the chance himself but I am not in entire agreement that White did the wrong thing, for he would have had to do a lot of “fiddling” about before he should have got the ball down to his liking, and while doing so the Tottenham defenders would have swooped down on him like a hawk.
It was this quick tackling which held up many Everton advances. Never for one second would they allow an Everton man to settle on the ball. When White got his goal almost on the interval, it was against the run of play; in fact, there was an element of good fortune about the goal for Stein intended his shot to land in the net, whereas the ball swung across the goal and White simply stabbed it into the net with the side of his boot. The Spurs' goal was a much more pretty thing to behold, for a great round of passing has been indulged in before W. Evans –a great little player this –shot into the far side of the net, the ball pulling away from the waiting Sagar. Omit those two penalty claims and I think the result was a correct one for neither side deserved to win or lose, for each had given a wholehearted display of clever, fast, and interesting football. I hope we shall see many more such games at Goodison this season. Teams : - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Bocking, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, White, Johnson and Stein, forwards. Tottenham Hotspur: - Nicholls, goal; Felton and Whatley, backs; Evans (T.), Rowe, and Meads half-backs; McCormick, O'Callagan, Hunt, Hall, and Evans (W.), forwards. Referee Mr. F. Smith Walsall.
OLDHAM ATHELTIC RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 2
October 23 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 11)
Everton at Oldham were lucky to draw all four goals were scored in the first twenty minutes, and after that both sides had many chances. Oldham being the weaker in front of goal. Lightfoot put through his own goal to give Everton the lead. Johnson and Paleman scored. Lapham got Everton's goal, Deighton was splendid in the Everton goal.
DON'T MAKE A FUSS ABOUT IT!
October 23 1933. Evening Express.
A Word To Wrathful Evertonians
By the Pilot.
It was a pity that a small section of the crowd through fit to make a demonstration against the Referee at the conclusion of Everton's 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on Saturday. Possibly they though themselves justified in protesting against Mr. T. Smith's decisions regarding Everton's penalty claim in the second half, when Meads pulling down Geldard's shot and the dismissal of an appeal for either a goal or a penalty when Felton, the Spurs' back fisted out Dunn's shot when standing inside the goal. They were both bad decisions. At least the referee might have consulted the linesman, but this he did not do. Even so the crowd should always remember that the referee is the sole judge of fact. Not even the Football league nor the Football Association legislators can upset his decision on a point of fact. How useless then is it for any irate supporters of a team to show their wrath! The only remedy lies in the hands of the officials of the competing clubs, who, after each match, report on the referee's control to the Football League. If that official is exceptionally good he is awarded four points; if he is satisfactory but not outstanding, three points; if he is indifferent, two points; and if poor, one point. A crowd demonstrations are worse then useless. They cannot possibly affect the result of a game, and may have serious consequences to a club.
Spurs Deserved To Draw
With regard to the match, a draw was a fair result on the run of the play. Everton's principal failing was slowness in getting to the ball. They were prone to wait for the ball to come to them instead of going in first time and making sure of possession. Consquently the Spurs appeared be much quicker in interception, and they developed their attacks with greater speed. It was especially noticeable in the first half when Tottenham played delighted football at a maximum pace. Everton eradicated this fault to a certain extent later on, and this forced the Spurs back on defence for long periods. Everton were best served by Cook, Britton, Gee, Thomson, White and Stein, and Meads, Nicholls, Rowe, Evans (W.) and O'Callaghan were the best for the Sours. Stein's centre in 44 minutes was converted by White, and Evans (W.) equalised in 60 minutes.
RETURN OF CRESSWELL.
October 25 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Cresswell, the Everton full-back, is fit again and he will return to the side on Saturday, when the Cupholders meet Leicester City at Leicester. He will take the place of Bocking. The team will therefore be at full strength, with the exception of Dean, who is making good progress towards recovery and is expected to turn out in a week or two. The sides is: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, White, Johnson, Stein. The Reserves eleven to meet Burnley Reserves in a Central League game at Goodison park, kick off three o'clock will be: - Deighton; Common, Jones; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Birtley, Cunliffe, Lapham, Leyfield, Turner.
Reds and Blues.
A rather unusual feature connected with our Merseyside senior clubs so far this season has been the number of occasions that the respective colours have been red and blue. Tottenham Hotspur's visit to Goodison Park, brought the first change of colour since Leciester City's visit to Anfield on September 16. Since then reds have opposed blues at Anfield in First division games, and blues have opposed reds at Goodison Park. These reds and blues meetings have been Liverpool at Anfield v Leicester City, Everton, and Chelsea, and at Goodison Park Everton v. Arsenal Blackburn Rovers (Lancashire Cup), Blackburn Rovers and Arsenal (F.A. Charity Shield).
CRESSWELL BACK IN EVERTON TEAM
October 28 1933. Evening Express.
Dixie Dean Resumes Training.
By the Pilot.
Warney Cresswell will reappear in the Everton side for the visit to Leicester City on Saturday. Cresswell strained a thigh muscle in the match with Blackburn Rovers. He was forced to miss the F.A. Cup Charity Shield game with Arsenal and also the Tottenham Hotspur game, but has been pronounced fit again. He will displace Bocking, and this is the only Everton change. It had been hoped at Goodison Park that Dixie Dean, the centre-forward and captain, would also have been ready to do duty at Filbert-street, but it has been found that another week's rest is necessary in his case. Dean has recommenced training. He has been at ball practice this week and kicking well with his left foot. I understand that it is extremely probable that Dean will be ready to take his place in the Blues next home game. Everton will be visiting the ground where they scored their first triumph in their march to Wembley last season. Since their return to the First Division, Everton, against Leciester, have taken three out of four league points at stake, and have not a cup-tie there, so it may be considered one of their fortunate enclosures. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, White, Johnson, Stein. The Everton Central league side to entertain Burnley at Goodison Park on Saturday is: - Deighton; Common, Jones; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Birtley, Cunliffe Lapham, Leyfield, Turner.
DRAW FOR FOOTBALL-GOLFER CHAMPIONSHIP.
October 25 1933. Evening Express.
Title to be decided at Childwall Next Monday.
The early-awaited draw for the competition to find the Merseyside area's best golfer among its footballers: -
10.20 - S. English (Liverpool) and J. Stein (Everton).
10.25 - J. Thomson (Everton) and W.R. Dean (Everton)
10.30 - J. Watson (Everton) and R. Birtley (Everton)
10.35 - R. Done (Liverpool) and A. Riley (Liverpool)
10.40 - T. Bradshaw (Liverpool) and A. Gray (Tranmere)
10.45 - G. Hodgson (Liverpool) and C. Britton (Everton)
10.50 - T. Morriosn (Liverpool) and E. Critchley (Everton)
10.55 - W. Cresswell (Everton) and T. Johnson (Everton)
11.00 - J. McDougall (Liverpool) and A.L. Dewar (Liverpool)
11.10 - F. Cresswell (Chester) and A. Clark (Everton)
11.15 - H.McMahon (Wrexham) and G. McLachian (Chester)
The title will decided at Childwall on Monday next. Play will be over 18 holes, and the player returning the lowest scratch score will hold the Clubman Challenge Cup for 12 months. Those who fail in their bid for the cup will have a chance to secure a consolation in the handicap prizes, which will be awarded. Although this is the first year of the competition it is interesting to note that entry includes players from Everton, Liverpool Chester Tranmere Rovers, Wrexham and Warrington. I have had the opportunity of seeing some of our footballers on the links and know their play reaches a high standard. There are many interesting parings. Take the opening game for instance. Here we have Sam English, Liverpool's Irish International forward setting out with Jimmy Stein Everton's Scottish International outside-left. This should be a keen duel. Other inter-club pairing are Gordon Hodgson, of Liverpool with Clifford Britton, of Everton. Hodgson is a splendid golfer, and Britton has made wonderful advancement, although only a comparative newcomer to the game.
Tommy Morrison of Liverpool, one of the best golfers in the district as far as footballers are concerned, goes out with Teddy Critchley the Everton winger, who can hit a pretty ball on his day, and Tom Bradshaw the Liverpool skipper has been paired with gray Tranmerer's international goalkeeper, who, I am told, is well above the average. Frank Cresswell of Chester will cover the 18 holes with Archer Clark of Everton, and his brother Warney, is paired with a clubmate in Tommy Johnson. Dixie Dean, the Everton centre forward, will also go out with a clubmate in Jock Thomson, the captain and vice-captain setting off together. J. Miller, the only Rugby League entry, has been paired with T. McCable, of Wrextam. All competitors are requested to be at the clubhouse at least 20 minutes before they are due to drive off. A plan of the course and a record of distances will be found in an adjoining column.
EVERTON'S RECORD AT LEICESTER
October 27 1933. Evening express.
By the Pilot.
Three League points and a cup success have been Everton's rewards for the last three games with Leicester City at Filbert-Street, Leicester. Can the Blues record their first away success this season on this enclosure tomorrow? Judging by their form against Blackburn Rovers yes. Judging on their form against Tottenham Hotspurs, no. The point to my mind is whether Everton can overcome that prepensely to wait for the ball to come to them instead of going to it. The City are a good side this season, and have lost only one match at home to Tottenham Hotspur 3-1. Maw is the danger man of the attack, but the Everton left defensive flank will be strengthened by the return of Cresswell. This is the only change, Dean still being unfit. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, White, Johnson Stein. Leicester City; - McLaren; Black, Jones; Smith, Heywood, Young; Adcock, Maw, Campbell, Lochhead, Liddle.
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October 28 1930. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Nippy Leicester Forwards Given Too Much Rope
By the Pilot.
Everton were in search of their first away victory when they visited Leicester City today. Everton scouts were abroad again today searching for a centre-forward. Teams: - Leicester City: - McLaren, goal; Black and Jones backs; Smith, Heywood, and Young, half-backs; Adcock, Maw, Campbell, Lochhead, and Liddle forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee, and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, White Johnson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. H. Carlidge, of Burslem.
About 15,000 spectators saw Leicester kick off, and Britton was brought into action before Campbell, taking advantage of the ball slithering along the turf, evaded Cresswell, and brought Sagar to his knees. In the early stages of the game there were plenty of thrills, there being two goals in the space of a minute and four in all in fourteen minutes. Maw scored after two minutes with a surprise shot taken on the drop from twenty yards range. Sagar had no chance. Everton raced away from the kick off, Johnson feeling Stein, who raced around the back and centred to the goalmouth. McLaren saved White's header while falling to the ground but the ball rebounded to white, who promptly placed into the net.
Sagar had to run out to kick away from Campbell, and dribbled outside the penalty area. Next, five Everton players headed the ball in turn but Black stemmed the attack by passing back top McLaren. Then came a veritable siege by the City, with the Everton defence slow in recovering and not at all confident in fielding the ball against fast nippy forwards, who slung the ball about. In ten minutes a cross-field pass to Liddle laid the foundation for Leicester regaining the lead. A centre was turned aside by Cresswell only to give Adcock a clear opening, and the diminutive winger made no mistake from close range. Sagar turned over a surprise shot by Smith, but two minutes later the City went further ahead through Campbell. Liddle started the trouble, but his centre swept through a crowd of players and everyone expected it to got behind for a goal kick. The enterprising Adock however, gained possession and swept the ball in along the floor for Campbell to turn it into the net. Everton improved slightly without being able to trouble McLaren, the only shot coming from White's foot and this travelling wide.
Lochhead drove a foot by the post and though Geldard and Britton revealed juggling powers they failed to get across centres which could be turned to account. Thomson was cautioned for two fouls. Everton's half-backs had never yet been in touch with the game, being caught out of position, and exceedingly slow in recovery. Liddle broke through on his own, and placed a brilliant shot passed the far post. Dunn had a great chance of reducing the lead, but he failed to bring under control a ball, which McLaren touched out for Geldard. Thomson's long shot flashed by the post, and McLaren had to punch away, a swerving corner kick by Stein. Maw tried his goal kick again, only this time his aim was not so accurate.
Half-time Leicester City 3, Everton 1.
Some sensational football was seen on resuming with Everton doing all the pressing, but juggling with the ball too much. Geldard raced straight through and came along the goal line to give Dunn a perfect opening. Dunn's shot was weak, but the ball was running towards goal when Smith, in trying to kick away, shot hard towards his own net; McLaren having to dive to save. Britton contributed a dazzling run, and shots from Dunn and Johnson were charged down. Everton could do everything but score, and often every man on the field, with the exception of Sagar, could be seen in the Leicester half. Black tried to field a free kick, only for Mclaren to clean miss the ball. White being prevented from placing into the untenanted goal by the quickness of Heywood's intervention. Leicester had lost their dash and pace, and had Everton produced any shooting ability they would have taken goals.
EVERTON RES V. BURNLEY RES.
October 28 1933. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Within a few minutes Everton were a goal to the good, Turner accepting a pass and running through to score. The Blues' attacked continuously. Wood neatly nipped in to prevent Latham going through, and Scott made a last minute effort, which prevented Cunliffe scoring. A long shot by Clark was followed by Cunliffe hitting the bar. The Everton forwards have scored, as he went right though the defence before shooting. Burnley became assertive, and tricky wing work by Miller looked likely to produce an equaliser. Clarke, however, came to the rescue with a capital intervention. Scott twice punched away from corners and Birtley with an open goal, shot over. One of the best efforts of the game was a fine drive by Gustard, which went outside. Everton were the better side, and with better finish would have held a more commanding lead. Half-time Burnley Res 0 Everton Res 1. In the second half Graham equalised and later placed Burnley ahead, but Cunliffe again levelled the scores.
LEICESTER CITY 3 EVERTON 1 (Game 1447 over-all)-(Div 1 1405)
October 30 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Lack A Marksman
Great Second-Half Rally But N Goals.
Leicester City Prevail After Keen Struggle
There was a strain of the humorous about the match at Leicester where the City side won 3-1 against Everton. The home side played so well in the first half, when Everton were slack in positioning themselves and particularly poor at half-back, that one feared a heavy defeat. Goals had been scored with a riotous pace, and the crowd of 15,000 had become satisfied that the home team would take their revenge for the first round of the Cup defeat last season. The came a complete change of front. Where Everton had been weak they now became strong; where Leicester had been fast and certain and convincing, they now became common as clay. There was no bite in the home team; they made error upon error, and even went near scoring goals for Everton. The first was when a back turned the ball away from McLaren, who did well to save by a startling dive at the ball, and there came a moment when with Leicester all astray, Everton should have made it 3-2, and then Leicester must have crumpled or buckled to nothingness. A throw-in had been taken and the linesman stopped play to advise the referee he had signalled a free kick. This was taken by Black, who sent the ball across the goal to his goalkeeper, who by falling in the mud left White with a certainty, if he had taken his time. He had no opposition, but he (White) inclined towards a big drive, and the ball went sailing away outside the goal area. It was a miss at a momentous stage of the game.
Lack Of Staying Power.
Everton had by now taken command of the game, and with the exception of some stray haphazard efforts by the home forwards, the visiting side had Leicester in their pockets. It is said that Leicester have a bad habit of playing weakly in the second half. This was a revaluation game because they went to a dreary point in the second half, and Everton should have made them pay dearly for their lack of spirit and staying power. The game was won early on. Maw scored in two minutes –a lighting drive; Adcock got the second in ten minutes with a goal to White sandwich between the two goals . White got his chance through the goalkeeper falling and the ball striking his body went out to White who scored with ease. The Everton half-backs had tested shakily, and the inside forward work, was not well placed, the inner men lying too far back to give White and his co-forwards a chance to make for combination against what was then a stocky and sure defence. The third goal to Leicester came in fifteen minutes from Adock's fine play on the wing, but Liddle was the most dangerous forward of the day even allowing for the splendid work done by Geldard and Stein in the second half. Britton led many raids along the touchline, and Thomson now took charge of Adcock and Maw. It is difficult to describe such a match unless one cuts the game into two district halves. Leicester were a bright side in the opening phase and made Everton look slow and uncertain. Then in the second half the work of Everton was inspiring, and only the safe hands of McLaren kept the game going Everton's way.
Still Waiting for Away Win.
They, Everton still require their first victory away from home but it must be confessed that on this showing, and even granted the amount of pressure they applied in the second half there is something lacking in their mode of play just now, and Dean's absence is the signal reason for their inability to provider shots. Dunn certainly made two telling chances that looked like being goals, but there was a lack of absolute shot from the boot that helped to keep this game safe for Leicester. Goals headed have to be very cleverly executed to make a register nowadays, and in this connection Everton are not making headway. The game was a fine sporting effort with few fouls and stoppages for injuries or any other interventions and the spoils went to the better side, although their bitter experience of the second half would leave a deep impression upon them for future games, because the winners were thoroughly unsettled and nervy for forty-five minutes. However, they held out to the end, and there is nothing to do now except pay tribute to McLaren, Heywood, Young Adcock, and Maw (for his very fine goal) while on the Everton side the honours went to the backs, Gee, and Britton, and Geldard and Stein.
Teams: - Leicester City: - McLaren, goal; Black and Jones backs; Smith, Heywood, and Young, half-backs; Adcock, Maw, Campbell, Lochhead, and Liddle forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee, and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, White Johnson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. H. Carlidge, of Burslem.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 BURNLEY RESERVES 2
October 30 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 12)
Everton's early play was of the equality that suggested the prospect of a comfortable victory, but Burnley in the second half rallied to such an extent to take the lead, and Everton were left to fight extremely hard for a draw. The home side however, had sufficient chances in the first half to have made victory certain for they kept up as strong barrage of attack, but faulty finishing proved the undoing. Burnley after the interval were a much improved force, Turner opened Everton's score in the early minutes and after the interval Prest ended a great run by making the opening for Grahamito equalise. The same player added a second and later Cunliffe equalised . Everton: - Deighton, goal; Common and Jones, backs; Mercer, Clark, and Archer half-backs; Birtley, Cunliffe, Lapham, Leyfield and Turner, forwards.
Everton “A” 4 Peasley Cross Athletic 1
Lord Wavertree Cup
At Crosby. Everton “A” were in their best form. The opening play was fast and keen, and thanks clever wing work by O'Reilly, Stevens gave Everton the lead. The visitors fought the issue gamely. The home defence had many anxious moments in starving off their opponents eleven and persistent attacks. Stevens scored a second goal for Everton near the several narrow escapes during the early part of the second half. Stevens later completed the “hat-trick” with a clever headed goal Griffiths registered a fourth and in the last minute Worrall scored the visitors only goal.
JUST LIKE A DAMP SQUIB
October 30 1933. Evening Express.
Everton Sparkle, Then Fizzle Out.
Attacks Needs More Sting.
By the Pilot.
I'm all in favour of classic football, but when scoring methods are sacrificed to elaboration the style, because of its exaggeration, becomes a caricature. Everton were sadly guilty of this fruitless sacrifice of good shooting to tactical elaboration at Leicester, and it cost them a3-1 defeat. How can a team expect to improve its League position by these methods. Leicester gave Everton a lesson in the opening half, of the value of quick open tactics and earnestness to shoot. In the second half the City lost their snap, and fire and it came to Everton's turn to dominate the exchanges. It is safe to say that Everton in the short space of 45 mins passed and re-passed a hundred times yet only two shots were delivered to goal by the foot. Everton tried to walk the ball into the net. When you realise that for 15 minutes on end the only man in the Everton half of the field was Sagar, you will realise how futile were these efforts.
More Sting Needed.
It was tip-tip football in its most exaggerated form. The play revealed the weakness of the Everton attack. There is no “sting” behind it. Unless Everton change their style at once they may find themselves in “Queer street.” Leicester made all manner of slips, which, in ordinary circumstances, should have meant goals for Everton. The City took full advantage of the failure of Everton half backs to get a grip in the first half, and Maw, Adcock, and Campbell scored in the first 14 minutes during which period White relied. Everton could have won this game, but their efforts fizzled our like a damp squib.