EVERTON WIN AT CHESTER
October 2, 1944. The Liverpool Daily Post
Chester 2, Everton 6
A Fine Display
Everton’s class proved the formidable for Chester and they had a strong hold on the game, except for spasmodic and sometimes determined attack by the home side. There was no lack of effort on the part of Chester, who went into the attack from the start and for ten minutes or so kept up the pressure. In one of their first attacks, Everton took the lead with a first time shot from Wainwright after Rawlings had swung the ball over from the left wing. Not long afterwards Wyles justified his selection with a goal after he had been shaping for it for some time. There were the only goals of the first half and the only real Chester attempts were made by E. Webb, a young amateur making his first appearance with the senior team. Chester’s brightest display came immediately after the interval, when the forwards swarmed round the Everton goal and shot after shot was sent in without success until Astbury found the mark, placing the ball in the net from a crowd of players. This seemed an opportune time for a Chester revival, but before they could follow up their success Everton went further ahead through Stevenson, one of the schemers of the side. Further goals were added by Wyles (2) and Wainwright. Astbury reduced their lead, but, despite their efforts Chester were never effective enough to look really formidable. They continued to fight back with great determination but they lacked the cohesion and steadiness of Everton. Chester; Scales (Manchester City), goal; Lunn, and McNeill, backs; Housam, Pincott (Bournmouth), and Corkhill, half-backs; Newsome (West Brom), Astbury, Webb, Harris and Brinton (Derby), forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Grant, Lindley, and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Wainwright, Wyles, Stevenson and Makin, forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Lawless (Bury).
• Liverpool lost to Crewe 4-1, Eastham, for Liverpool and Boothway (3), Barnett
• Mercer played for F.A. Services in Paris in front of 30,000 spectators, winning 5-0.
• Beat Belgium 1-0 next day Sunday
EVERTON RESERVES 1, LIVERPOOL RESERVES 4
October 2, 1944. The Liverpool Daily Post
Considerable interest was manifested in the local Junior Derby at Goodison Park. The Anfielders preserving their unbeaten record with a clever away victory. The visitors were the better side due to their better combination, but Everton had their good moment and found custodian Edwards in good form. Liverpool’s marksmen were Shannon (2), Thompson, and Payne, whilst Doyle netted for Everton.
BLUES SWEEP ON
October 2, 1944. The Evening Express
Everton are riding the crest of the wave. By winning 6-2 at Chester and so repeating the previous week’s score they registered their fifth successive victory; their second “double” of the season and their fourth away win. Only four clubs in the entire country –Everton, Sunderland, Huddersfield, and Brentford –have 100 per cent away records. The Sealand-road game was almost a replica of that at Goodison Park, with Chester again playing high-grade football, but lacking the vital thrust in the penalty are necessary to break down such a magnificent defence as that of Everton. Chester did a tremendous amount of excellent work, and yet throughout lacked those extra little touches of art in approach and finish which characteristic the work of Everton. The Blues took charge early on and by half time Wainwright and Wyles had given them a lead. Chester fought back with customary spirit, and Astbury got a goal, but Stevenson soon nodded one home to discount it. Everton lost Watson with an ankle injury, but even with that handicap Wyles (2) and Wainwright added to their bag while Astbury again scored for Chester in an excellent game. Everton were fine as a team, with Makin again doing well at outside left and Wainwright probably the best man of the 22. Wainwright joined the Army last Thursday but should be available for a few more matches. Watson was under treatment at the ground yesterday and may be fit for Saturday’s visit to Tranmere Rovers, where Tommy Lawton will be available again.
October 4, 1944. The Evening Express
Wally Boyes Everton’s international outside left, sends word that he hopes to come to Liverpool to have the operation for cartilage trouble which developed in the game at Bury recently. Lawton, as I foreshadowed returns to lead Everton’s attack at Tranmere on Saturday and if Watson is not fit, 17-year-old Leslie Doyle, plays left-half. Peters plays at inside right, if Wainwright cannot get leave. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Lindley, Watson (or R.L. Doyle); Rawlings, Wainwright, Peters, Lawton, Stevenson, G. Makin. Wyles plays as guest for Burnley.
Ex-Liverpool And Everton Player's
Liverpool Daily Post - Thursday 05 October 1944
Death John Brearley, of Thorpe Bay. who has been killed by being thrown from his bicycle at Southend, played for Everton and Liverpool. among other clubs. In the days before the last war. coach at the Berlin Victoria Football Club be was Interned from 19
October 5, 1944. The Evening Express
Everton are expecting big things of Leslie Doyle, their 17-year-old left half-back who may appear against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday if Watson is not fit. Doyle is a Garston boy who works in a garage and he went to Goodison Park last season for trials making his mark with the Colts team. Doyle earned for himself a place in the Reserves and last season had one match with the first team –at Bury. Leslie –only 17 years old remember –did well at Gigg-Lane, and this team he has been playing consistently with the reserve side. Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly has high hopes of this well 0built lad who is just another example of the quite way Everton are bringing along good youngsters for post-war needs. I note some names in the Everton junior ranks which ring a familiar note –Vizard Taylor and Mannion. If the lads turn out as good as their famous namesakes, Everton will have no reason to grumble.
Ex-Evertonian now Mayor
An interesting Everton “flashback” is that Mr. Joseph Hough the Mayor-elect of Glossop is the former Everton full back. Mr. Hough played here many years ago, before joining Northwich Victoria, and will be remembered by many staunch Blues supporters.
Jimmy Caskie, of Everton, is the only Merseysider in the Scottish team to meet England on Saturday week.
Everton Reserves (v. Liverpool Universary, at Goodison Park); Birkett; Moore, Parks; Parker, Healey, Cookson; F. Jones, Lane, Booth, Mannion, Anders.
Everton Colts; (v. Hawarden, at Orrell-lane) Robertson; Vizard, Lord; Melling, Power, Street; Price, Taylor, Pottage, Gatherer, J. Davies.
October 6, 1944. The Evening Express.
Tommy Lawton, Everton’s international centre-forward is 25 today, and all local sportsmen will join me in wishing “Nodder” “many ov em”. Eight years ago today Tommy first signed professional for Burnley a fact he celebrated the following day by doing the hat-trick against Tottenham Hotspur. Tommy may have a little celebration at Prenton Park tomorrow when he returns to lead the Blues against Tranmere Rovers and in Everton’s bid to record their sixth successive victory. So great are the big match calls on the Everton skipper that it is refreshing to find him with his own side, and his presence should add to the hopes of victory. That Everton have been able to go on winning without Lawton is testimony to the grand team spirit, which has been engendered. Everton are anything but a one-man team. Young Leslie Doyle will play left half if Watson is unfit, and Peters stands by in case Wainwright cannot appear. The fighting Rovers, who won so well at Crewe will have Alf Hanson, Stan Bentham, and Abe Rosenthal in the attack, and if genuine endeavour can upset the Blues then the Rovers will succeed. However, I feel confident Everton will come away with the points and so make a further strong bid for the leadership. Mr. Tom Percy, the Everton director, will attend the game. Mr. Percy has been invalided out of the Army after having served since the outbreak of war. Tranmere Rovers; Butler; Anderson, Owen; Gibbons, Bell, Williamson; Glidden, Bentham, Weir, Rosenthal, Hanson (A.). Everton; (from); Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Lindley, Watson; R.L. Doyle, Rawlings, Peters, Lawton, Stevenson, G. Makin.
October 6, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
Tranmere prospects don’t look too good against Everton, though one never knows when the enthusiastic and optimistic Rovers are going to slip a quick one over the opposition. Everton’s improvement began when they strengthened the defence by the advent of Lindley, and a succession of victories have given them a belief and confidence in themselves which was missing before. Another contributing factor has been that the whole forward line has taken a hand in the shooting and not felt it to one or two. Three goals have come from Rawlings on the extreme left, three from the right outside position, five from Wainwright at inside right, three from inside left, and eight from the middle of which Wyles has got six. That’s the sort of balance and team effort I like to see. Tranmere have altered their side as Sloan cannot get here. Ronnie Hodgson goes to the middle and Alf Hanson the ex-Liverpool winger makes his debut for them. With such experienced players as Bentham, Hanson, and Glidden in the attack –the Rovers should show improvement. Reports of the sound work of Bell at centre half continues to reach me. He will have his stiffest of all against Lawton. If he comes out with credit it will strengthen the Preston view that Bell is going to be another Hughes. Teams; Tranmere Rovers; Butler; Anderson, Owen; Gibbons, Bell, Williamson; Glidden, Bentham, Weir, Rosenthal, Hanson (A.). Everton; (from); Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Lindley, Watson; R.L. Doyle, Rawlings, Peters, Lawton, Stevenson, G. Makin.
October 7, 1944. The Evening Express
For the visit of Everton, Prenton Park housed its biggest crowd of the season, between 5,000 or 6,000 spectators being present. The Rovers made two late changes, Steele, who hitherto had always figured at half-back was introduced at outside right. Glidden moved to lead the attack. Everton had Doyle at left half. Tranmere Rovers;- Butler, goal; Anderson, and Owen, backs; Gibbons, Bell and Williamson, half-backs; Steele, Bentham (Everton), Glidden (Reading), Rosenthal, and Hanson, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Lindley and Doyle, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Wainwright, Lawton (captain), Stevenson and Makin, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.N. Brown (Ormskirk). Among the onlookers was a party of wounded soldiers, in charge of Alderman J.H. Hodgkinson, who were being entertained at the match through the Major of Birkenhead’s War Fund. The Rovers opened with an attack up the middle, which saw Glidden receiving an unexpected chance from a bouncing ball. The home leader was too hurried with his shot. The result was he failed to make proper contact and sliced the ball wide. In two minutes Everton had gone in front with a cleverly worked goal. A quick round of passing up the middle saw the home defence spread-eagled, and Wainwright slipped the ball through, perfectly for Lawton to close in unchallenged and score with a strong, low drive. The Rovers replied to this early set back in promising fashion, Rosenthal, making a welcome reappearance after long absence on Service duty, cleverly tricking two men before getting the ball through to Glidden, who was checked by Jackson before he could get in a drive. Hanson making his first appearance for the Rovers, got in two excellent length centres, Greenhalgh heading away the first, and from the second Steele headed goalwards, Burnett saving smartly. The football in the early stages was of a most entertaining character, the finesse of Everton being offset by the enthusiastic efforts of the Rovers, who, with a more open style, had an even share of the exchanges.
Everton evidently realised that a more open style was likely to prove more profitable and when Lawton from over to the right swept the ball out to Makin on the extreme left, the Rovers’ defence was put out of position. From Makin’s centre, Wainwright with a first time header, put the ball just wide of the goal. Everton were the more impressive side and clever work by Stevenson sent Makin away. From his centre Lawton well over to the right, headed goalwards for Butler to save. There was an exciting moment shortly afterwards when Butler and Wainwright had a race for possession of a loose ball. Wainwright got there first, but his snap shot travelled wipe of the open goal. The two players came in collision and Wainwright had to receive attention before he could resume. Wainwright was put through by Rawlings, but his shot struck the advancing Butler and Bell cleared. Everton were persistent and consistent in their attack, and they had a great chance of going further ahead when Rawlings made a centre close to goal. However, Stevenson unmarked and only two yards out, headed high over. Stevenson showed real trickery when he broken through only to place a shot which lacked string and eased Butler little anxiety. Five minutes before the interval the Rovers got on level terms. Steele and Glidden between them worked the ball from the wing to in front of goal and a shoot clearance by Lindley who placed it on to the head of Hanson, who was standing close by made no mistake.
Half-time; Tranmere Rovers 1, Everton 1
TRANMERE V. EVERTON
October 7, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
Tranmere Rovers;- Butler, goal; Anderson, and Owen, backs; Gibbons, Bell and Williamson, half-backs; Steele, Bentham (Everton), Glidden (Reading), Rosenthal, and Hanson, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Lindley and Doyle, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Wainwright, Lawton (captain), Stevenson and Makin, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.N. Brown (Ormskirk). There was an excellent attendance for Everton’s visit to Prenton Park. A party of wounded soldiers present were in change of Alderman Hodgkinson. Everton made a change at half-back, Doyle coming in for Watson. The Rovers also had to do some switches. The crowd was not kept waiting long for thrills, for after Rovers had missed a possible per Glidden, Everton broke through and a push-through pass by Wainwright to Lawton, found the latter in such a position that a goal was a certainty. The English leader carried the ball close in before he finally crashed it into the net from short range at two minutes. Lindley had to put in some hot work to check Glidden while a second or two later Makin missed a “sitter.” Wainwright muffed an even more certain chances. The speed of the Everton attack often had the Rovers defence split wide open. Had it not been for these misses Everton would have held a commanding lead. Hanson cut across two centre, the first of which Greenhalgh cleared. The second was headed goalwards by Steele, and Burnett had to act smartly to keep the ball out of the net. Everton played the open game with rare effect, and whenever they were on the move they always looked dangerous. Everton had by far the greater scoring chances, but once again Wainwright misheaded when he was offered a glorious chance of scoring.
Manchester Evening News - Saturday 07 October 1944
Next Mayor Councillor J. Hough, for many years in the accountant’s department of the L.N.E.R. and formerly the Great Central in Manchester, has accepted an invitation to be mayor of Glossop. As an amateur footballer he played for Everton and Northwich Victoria after the last war.
October 9, 1944. The Liverpool Daily Post
Tranmere Rovers 1, Everton 4
Everton Miss First Half Chances
Everton had to play much harder than the score 4-1 in their favour denotes against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. True they were always the more business like team and had they taken their chances in the first half they must have held a long lead at the interval. When Lawton scored in two minutes it looked as though Everton would run rampant, but later Wainwright failed to take three good chances while Stevenson also left another opportunity slip past. Rovers defence of course made things as difficult as possible for the Everton forwards but they were beaten on the occasion indicated. Bell, Owen, and Anderson stood up gallantly to the weight of pressure thrown against them and Butler in the Rovers goal, was not provided with sufficient work. The scores were level at the interval which tells how the Tranmere defence had stood up to its hammering. Bell had quite a good game against Lawton and the Rovers attack was good in parts but near goal fell to the Everton defence. It was near the interval that Hanson headed the equaliser. Lawton’s part in Everton’s ultimate victory was no small one. He was closely watched; yet he got two further goals, a perfectly built up hat-trick. That would suggest that Bell was outplayed. He was not, for had it not been for him, Lawton would have had other goals. I was glad to see Wainwright get his goal for it made up in some measure for his previous sad misses. Rosenthal showed skill and craft but obviously would benefit by playing more regularly. Bentham did not show up against his former colleagues and the Rovers chief honours go to its defence in which I place Owen on top. The attendance was 6,500, and the receipts £4.458. Tranmere Rovers;- Butler, goal; Anderson, and Owen, backs; Gibbons, Bell and Williamson, half-backs; Steele, Bentham (Everton), Glidden (Reading), Rosenthal, and Hanson, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Lindley and Doyle, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Wainwright, Lawton (captain), Stevenson and Makin, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.N. Brown (Ormskirk).
• Liverpool lost 3-0 against Wrexham, Tudor (penalty), Rodgers, Baines scored for Wrexham.
EVERTON RESERVES 11 LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY 2
October 9, 1944. The Liverpool Daily Post
Booth, who led the Everton attack, was a fine versatile forward and secured the hat-trick in his four goals, their other scorers being Jones (3), Wootton (3), and Lane. Dean and Adams scored for the visitors.
October 9, 1944. The Evening Express
Is there a man bold enough to lad odds against Everton being the Northern League leaders when they meet Liverpool at Goodison Park on Saturday week? I think not. Only goal-average enables Sunderland to stay ahead of the Blues who, by defeating Tranmere Rovers 4-1 at Prenton Park, on Saturday recorded their sixth successive victory. When one reflects that five of those wins have been away from home it can be appreciated just how well Everton are playing. It is the outstanding club run for a long time, and seeing that Everton’s only change for next Saturday’s return at Goodison Park will be Wyles at centre forward for “Nodder” Lawton –playing at Wembley –it looks as if the Blues will keep up the good work. The victory at Prenton was rarely in doubt, although the Rovers suffered through faulty finishing. Tranmere put up a grim fight, their wing halves, Gibbons and Williamson, being tireless in their efforts to break down the Everton teamwork, while Owen was heroic at left back. Yet Everton always had a grip of the game, and young Leslie Doyle delighted with his quiet calm play at left half, in which his link-up with Stevenson was a feature. The Everton defence centred on Lindley was perfect, and Lawton was easily the star forward proving much too clever and elusive for Harold Bell. As I expected, Lawton had a birthday –celebration just as eight years ago, for he helped himself to a “hat-trick” the same as when he first signed professional on his 17th birthday. Wainwright got the other goal, while Alf Hanson headed one home for the Rovers, who were on terms at the interval, but subsequently lost their “fire”. Amongst the spectators at Prenton Park was Mr. W. Harvey Webb, the Liverpool director who we missed at Anfield.
October 9, 1944 The Liverpool Echo
Everton missed numerous scoring chances in the first half, after Lawton had scored in two minutes. It appeared that Everton might suffer a shock against Tranmere Rovers, for the Prenton boys played really hard to check the superior Everton, and by the interval had levelled matters. It would have been a big surprise had the Rovers even drawn, for Everton’s report from was such that there was promises of a sound victory. (writes Stork). It ultimately came, and it was Lawton’s head which did the trick. The England centre forward was certainly on his toes. The way he took his chances in that first minute of the first and second half stamp him as the super opportunist and he was also in the right place for his third goal, so you can see for yourself what a great part he played in Everton’s victory. The Rovers attack was uncommonly out of tune. For some seasons Glidden has been a regular scorer. On Saturday he never looked like notching a goal, for apart from the stranglehold Lindley placed on him, he did not show his customary skill or shot. The Rovers attack had one bright patch immediately following their goal, but in the main they were tightly held by strong half backs and full backs. Therefore it became a duel between Everton’s attack and the Rovers defence, and despite four goals, the latter can be said to have struggled gallantly through their difficult task. Stevenson must like Prenton Park, for he provided the intricacies of football. He seemed to have the ball tired to his boots the way he wheedled his way through the opposition and Wainwright apart from missing goals, played nice football. It was only right that he should score the fourth goal. His would have had another had not Bell covered up a blunder by his goalkeeper and rushed back to kick the ball off the line. When a centre forward scores three goals if suggests that the opposing centre half must have been poor. Bell was never that, but Lawton’s speed and positional play was well nigh perfect. Owen and Anderson defended stubbornly.
GATE PERCENTAGE “FOR AND AGAINST”
October 10, 1944. The Evening Express
One of the liveliest discussions at the annual meeting of the Football League on October 30 will arise from Everton’s proposal that visiting clubs shall, in future be paid 20 per cent of gates instead of 50 per cent, which has been the wartime rule, and as I have hinted previously the resolution will in all probability be adopted. The general feeling among the voting clubs is that a rule brought in during an emergency which reduced all clubs to a similar level should now be scraped because of changed of conditions. Early in the war there was a limit of 8,000 on all gates, and so it was agreed that the receipts be shared on a fifty-fifty basis. Later the attendance limits were changed and clubs were permitted to admit up to half the holding capacity of the grounds. The 50 per cent rule, however, was retained, and the smaller clubs found themselves in clover. As a matter of fact, all made money, which was something they did only on rare occasions in peace-time. It was, as a matter of fact, the “Utopia” of the non-voting clubs, and they have been able to build up teams which are putting the skids under their richer rivals. That is all for the good of football. Now however, the bigger clubs consider that they have more than enough for the other clubs have not the same rates and taxes to bear as the voting clubs. Lack of stand accommodation prevents the non-voters from pulling in the same cash as the voting clubs, and consequently for the major part are drawing in more from away games than ever they have to pay out to visiting clubs. The voters feel that the non-voters have been given a grand chance to build up reserves, but that now they should see about keeping their own finances in order. They do not think it right that Liverpool, for instance paid out more than £300 to Crewe recently, and yet received only just over £100 for their visit to Crewe. The non voters are not without a case, which will be fought tooth and nail by representatives Messrs Harry Mansley, J.B. Haw, A.J. Darnell and Sam Allen, the Third Division representatives with the votes. They argue they have done a great job in keeping the game going during difficult times; that they had the courage to carry on; that they have done as much as the First and Second Division clubs to help football; and that their actual team costs consequent on the maximum wage, are the same. So you can appreciate that it will be a merry discussion and my tip is that the League returns to the 20 per cent.
Tommy Jones, Jack Jones and Wally Boyes
Two Everton internationals will be examined by a specialist this week, and another is in hospital. Tommy Jones the centre-half and Wally Boyes, the outside-left, have leg injuries. Boyes has cartilage trouble and Jones’s ankle is still giving him trouble. Wally is to have his operation here, but whether or not Jones will have to have an operation depends on the report. The third international on the “sick” list is Jack Jones. Jack had a swelling on his arm last week, but it improved and he reported fit, and well ready to play as a guest for Liverpool, however the trouble reasserted itself and Jones went into hospital for treatment. It is expected that Jack will leave hospital tomorrow.
Fred Sweeney Missing since September 21
Fred Sweeney, the young Everton outside right from Northwich, and who played for Witton Albion, is reported missing since September 21 on the Arnhem campaign. Sweeney played several matches in the first team, and it was he who scored the winning goal at Anfield against Liverpool in the last seconds of the Christmas morning “Derby” three years ago.
EVERTON PLAYER MISSING
October 10, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
Fred Sweeney, Everton’s former reserve winger from Northwich and ex-Witton Albion, who made seven senior appearances in the first war-time season, is reported missing. He was with the paratroopers who made the gallant Arnhem stand. Jack Jones the Everton back is in hospital with suspected blood poisoning but hopes to leave in a day or so. While Everton will have only one change for the return with Tranmere –Lawton being at Wembley –Tranmere leave their final selection till later, naming fourteen players. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Lindley, R. Doyle; Rawlings, Wainwright, Wyles, Stevenson, G. Makin
Tranmere Rovers (from); Butler, Gibbons, Owen, Hornby, Steele, Bell, Williamson; Nelson, Lamb, Allder, Rosenthal, Hanson, Glidden, Wheeler.
EVERTON PLAYER MISSING
October 11, 1944. The Liverpool Daily Post
Fred Sweeney Everton’s former reserve outside right, is reported missing since September23 in the battle for Arnhem. Sweeney hailed form Northwich and Witton Albion and made seven senior appearances in the first season of the war.
IT LOOKS LIKE SEVEN
October 13, 1944. The Evening Express
Everton are enjoying their merriest run of success for two seasons, and all indications are that they will complete a cycle of seven successive victories tomorrow, when they entertained Tranmere Rovers at Goodison Park, and with Mr. Dick Searle’s party of wounded soldiers looking on. Manchester United, Bury (twice), Chester (twice) and the Rovers have fallen to the might of the revived Everton playing with a skill and team spirit which places them hang in the forefront of northern clubs. Last week the Blues won 4-1 at Prenton Park, and a repetition of that form should enable them further to improve their goal average to the extent of giving them absolute leadership instead of making it a joint affair as at present. Everton will have Cecil Wyles –incidentally the club’s leading score to date –leading the attack in place of Lawton, and I shall be particularly interested in the home senior debut of 17-year-old Leslie Doyle, the garage worker from Garston, who bids fair to make a name for himself in football. It is unfortunate that the Rovers will be without a few of the stars whom they had hoped would appear, but the two Williamsons will be on duty and Allider the Naval six-footer, will be there to lead the attack. Eight of the Rovers sides are under 20 and three under 18. Everton’s danger lies in over-confidence –a factor which caused them to lose at home to the Rovers not so long ago. The game is timed for three o’clock and it should be rinsing fare. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Lindley, R.L. Doyle; Rawlings, Wainwright, Wyles, Stevenson, G. Makin. Tranmere Rovers; Butler; Hornby, Owen; Steele, Bell, Williamson (S.); Wheeler, Glidden, Allder, Williamson (J.), Hanson.
October 13, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
While Tranmere have administered few shocks to senior sides now and again, I can’t foresee tomorrow’s visit to Goodison producing one for they strike Everton when the Blues are going all one way, have got a grand team spirit, and seem at last to have realised that all the fancy stuff counts for nothing without goals at the end of it. I’m told the Rovers defence put up a great show last week despite conceding four goals, so it is a pity it has to be recast a bit for tomorrow. Everton will be without Lawton, but Wyles has shown such improved form this season –he has got six goals in three games and fitted into the line in good style –that there needn’t be much worry on that account. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Lindley, R.L. Doyle; Rawlings, Wainwright, Wyles, Stevenson, G. Makin. Tranmere Rovers; Butler; Hornby, Owen; Steele, Bell, Williamson (S.); Wheeler, Glidden, Allder, Williamson (J.), Hanson.
EVERTON WIN HARD FIGHT
October 14, 1944. The Evening Express
Second Half goals
The surprise for the Football League match at Goodison Park, today, between Everton and Tranmere Rovers was that there were no team changes. It must be months since the Rovers were able to play the side originally chosen. Everton were not only seeking a “double” at the expense of the Rovers but their seventh successive victory. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Grant, Lindley and R.L. Doyle, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Wainwright, Wyles, Stevenson and G. Makin, forwards. Tranmere Rovers;- Butler, goal; Hornby and Owen, backs; Steele, Bell and Williamson (S.), half-backs; Wheeler, Glidden (Reading), Allder, Williamson (J.) and Hanson, forwards. Referee; Mr. S. Broadman (Altrincham). In a quite opening Hanson dropped a centre just over the top, and Wainwright tried a solo burst unavailingly. Then Stevenson delighted with a piece of ball jugglery, which however, was nipped in the bud by Bell. Doyle had a long range shot before Butler went down to make a comfortable save from Makin’s centre. Rawlings dropped across a magnificent centre which, Bell and Butler between them, got away, with Wainwright and Wyles looming dangerous. Rawlings and Wainwright combined magnificently, and as Wainwright was dashing through he was brought down on the edge of the penalty area by Bell. From Rawelings free kick, Wyles headed in, but Butler pushed the ball out and Bell completed the clearance. Rock like defence pulled the Rovers out of several awkward situations, but none so awkward as Glidden’s clever run through and then Wheeler’s corner, which produced a shot from Hanson, without Burnett being troubled. The Rovers were fortunate to escape a penalty award for hands, before Allider sprang through with the best shot so far, which went flashing over the top. Wyles and Wainwright endeavoured to go through by short interpassing but found Williamson (S.) and Owen too sharp for them. Everton missed the easiest possible chance when Wainwright bore clean through and squared the ball bang in front of the post to Wyles, who was unmarked. Wyles shot all too quickly and the all passed three yards beyond the far post. Play was inclined to be scrappy and with Everton failing to strike the form responsible for their recent success. Allder dash through and Burnett came out to miss the ball, but he was well covered, and then Glidden’s speed almost enabled him to take Burnett by surprise with a quick rising shot which was only inches over.
Doyle won applause for some strong tackling, and so did Rawlings with a first timer which swept by the far post. The Rovers were giving as much as they took and Allder headed over from Wheeler’s centre. From another close-up free kick Wyles had an even-money chance but tried to find a colleague instead of shooting and the chance was lost. Butler did well just before to gather a swerving centre from Rawlings which was passing under the bar. Butler was in the picture with a nice save from Makin’s 18-yarder, and then he dashed out to save at the feet of Wyles and Wainwright. Butler doubled-fisted away another curling centre from Rawlings and then the Rovers swept away to take the lead in 39 minutes through Hanson. Credit for the goal went to Wheeler, who cut in with the Everton defence out of position and passed across to Allder in front of the post. Alder failed to gather the ball but Hanson was on the spot to drive into the net. The Rovers almost made it two. The Everton defence was out of position as the ball was placed across to Hanson, but Hanson’s shot twisted away and Burnett was able to save.
Half-time; Everton 0, Tranmere 1
Everton restarted as if they knew they had a job on hand, and in three minutes were on terms through Stevenson. From a free kick in their own half, Greenhalgh lobbed the ball up the middle and Wyles headed it on to Stevenson who scored from close range. The Blues kept it up, the Rovers escaping twice following Makin corners, but this was nothing to the escape Everton had. Burnett ran out to kick away from Allder, but missed the ball completely. It was rolling over the line when Doyle ran across to kick clear. Everton applied plenty of pressure, but few shots were forthcoming because of the magnificence of the Tranmere intervention.
Fast, Hard Struggle
Alder raced past Lindley but stepped on the ball and Lindley was able to recover. The game had developed into a fast hard struggle, with the Rovers’ fighting spirit enabling them to keep a grip on an Everton playing better than in the first half, but still lacking the essential combined skill in attack. Grant and Doyle were magnificent in holding up Tranmere raids, and one tackle by Doyle on Glidden was magnificent. Doyle looks like the goods. Makin shot outside when Everton came again, and then Burnett after twice fisting clear, came out to pull down Hanson’s corner. A quarter of an hour from the end, Rawlings and Wyles charged places in the Everton attack, and immediately Everton took the lead. From another Greenhalgh free kick, Rawlings darted to the line in the outside left position and placed the ball in along the floor for Wainwright to turn it into the net. Just after the brilliance of Butler in making a one-handed save at full length prevented Wainwright from taking another goal, and then Butler went full length to save Rawlings. Doyle was doing some magnificent work in an attacking phase, and two quick centres from him placed the Rovers’ goal in jeopardy. Butler made a sensational save when he dived to fist away from Wyles header, and then he punched clear Makin’s corner. The Rovers were tiring as Everton applied pressure, but were characterically full of fight. Bell being magnificent at centre half. Final; Everton 2, Tranmere 1.
EVERTON V TRANMERE
October 14, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Grant, Lindley and R.L. Doyle, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Wainwright, Wyles, Stevenson and G. Makin, forwards. Tranmere Rovers;- Butler, goal; Hornby and Owen, backs; Steele, Bell and Williamson (S.), half-backs; Wheeler, Glidden (Reading), Allder, Williamson (J.) and Hanson, forwards. Referee; Mr. S. Broadman (Altrincham). Tranmere started off in energetic fashion and kept the home defence on tender hooks for a while without giving Burnett any work. The nearest approach to a goal in the first quarter of an hour came when Wyles headed in from a free kick given against bell, just outside the penalty area, and Butler made a fine save at the foot of the post. Playing with great win, Tranmere continued to dominate play for some time. Everton’s close passing frequently amplifying the visiting defence problems. Wyles missed the easiest of chances with no one to beat, and Rawlings and Makin both delivered good shots, but this was the sum so far of Everton’s attacking moves. Tranmere swung the ball about much more freely, but Lindley and the Everton backs defended in grand fashion and Burnett still remained untroubled.
NARROW WIN FOR EVERTON
October 16, 1944. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 2, Tranmere Rovers 1
Tranmere Fight Hard
The game between Everton and Tranmere Rovers at Goodison, won 2-1 by the former, was mainly noteworthy for the wholehearted fighting spirit of the visitors. Certainly it did not produce from Everton the standard of ball expected for a team to high in the table, and the home side a trifle fortunate to win. More justice to both would have been done by a draw. Everton gave one the impression in the first half that they felt so certain of victory that there was no need to hurry over the process. There was miss-passes in defence which might have cost them dear, and a tendency to close passing in attacks which made the work of the Rovers dogged rearguard easier than it should have been. Tranmere fully deserved the lead which Hanson gave them just before the interval, and with a little more steadiness in front of goal they might have two or three to the good. Tranmere were not the only defenders in this respect, however, Everton also wasted good openings, Wyles missing a “sitter” very early on, which might have turned the game right round had he made the most of it. As it was Stevenson equalised four minutes after the resumption, being put on-side by the ball coming to him off a defender, and Tranmere seemed to me to be fortunate not to suffer a penalty award when Wainwright was grassed a little after. Nevertheless the visitors continued to be the more direct and practical in their work, both in attack and defence, and provided the brighter combined exhibition in a game which was not marked by anything very sparkling in the way of combination from either side. Everton shown up to much better advantage when Wyles and Rawlings changed places in the concluding stages.
The Promise of Doyle.
Always Everton most dangerous and go-ahead forward and the only man with a shot of power in his locker. Rawlings held the line together better and distributed the ball well, and it was his persistence which enabled Wainwright to notch the winning goal. I liked the promise of Doyle, Everton’s young half-back, who positioned himself well and kept very cool throughout. Stevenson and Rawlings were the best forwards, and Lindley and the backs did well once their realised that danger of taking unnecessary risks. All the Tranmere players fought with spirit and determination, but sometimes allowed their enthusiasm to lead them out of position. Butler was a grand goalkeeper, Bell was excellent, Steele and J. Williamson did well, and Owen was a sound and dependable back. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Grant, Lindley and R.L. Doyle, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Wainwright, Wyles, Stevenson and G. Makin, forwards. Tranmere Rovers;- Butler, goal; Hornby and Owen, backs; Steele, Bell and Williamson (S.), half-backs; Wheeler, Glidden (Reading), Allder, Williamson (J.) and Hanson, forwards. Referee; Mr. S. Broadman (Altrincham).
• Liverpool lost 2-1 at Wrexham, Welsh, for Liverpool and Livingstone, Gavin, for Wrexham.
• England beat Scotland 6-2 at Wembley, Lawton scored (3), Mercer also played and captain England, Caskie played for Scotland.
FAZACKERLEY 0, EVERTON RESERVES 3
October 16, 1944. The Liverpool Daily Post
Fazackerley had a big share of attacking but failed to penetrate the Everton goal. Everton scored two goals against the run of the play in the first half, but were on top afterwards. Booth (2) and Jones scored.
October 16, 1944. The Evening Express
Tranmere Rovers are at the bottom of the league Chart –they lost 2-1 at Everton –but why should they worry? If the Rovers can keep on finding youngsters as good as Allder, Butler, Bell, and the Williamsons the points just do not matter. The Rovers may lack veneer, but for sheer enthusiasm and honest endeavour they are good. While I do not go so far as to assert that Everton were lucky to beat the Rovers, I do say that Tranmere deserved something tangible as reward for their fighting resistance. Everton found this a hard game, to win because of the Rovers speed to the ball; the perfect defence of Bell. Hornby and Owen in front of a Liverpool lad not yet 20 who is going to be a goalkeeper of the future. I refer to Ernest Bulter, a six-footer who has it all. I was quite taken with the speedy development of the Rovers and was not surprised that Mr. Will Harron, the Liverpool director and member of the Management Committee deserted Wembley to go to Goodison and run the eye over the players. I think Harrop will have found his journey well worthwhile for the material he sought was there. Everton never struck the form which has enabled them to win seven matches in succession, but that was partly due to the relentless intervention and snap tackling of the Rovers. It was not until a conference between Alex Stevenson and Norman Greenhalgh brought Syd Rawlings to centre forward that Everton could go to their win. Yes, a timely switch which won the game. Mention of Greenhalgh reminds me that Norman in this game gave the faultless exhibition of back play so ably supported by George Jackson. The Blues suffered because Cecil Wyles did not get into the game after being upset by an early miss, and Makin was not impressive. Leslie Doyle delighted me, and while he has still to learn positional sense he, at 17, is a find –definitely. You will hear, a lot of Doyle in the future. Lindley was given a real worrying afternoon by Allder. This was a hard, rugged game, with Hanson giving the Rovers the first half advantage and Stevenson and Wainwright scoring to delight Chairman Mr. Will Gibbins, and a full board who were hosts to more than 70 wounded; and about 40 Americans. On, a word for the continued progress of Eddie Wainwright and “Perpetual-Motion-Grant,” and to the man who, in my opinion never plays a bad game –Arthur Owen. Glidden’s craft was an ever-present menace to the Blues and Wheeler’s long trip from the north-east was profitable as the 10,746 spectators will testify.
Pleasing news is that Tommy Jones, Everton’s Welsh international centre-half, had a game with the R.A.F last Wednesday and will soon be fit for duty with Everton again. Wally Boyes, the Blues international winger, will arrive in Liverpool on Wednesday, for his operation for cartilage. Maybe the most pleasing feature of the week-end sport was that out own Tommy Lawton was the vital factor in giving England a 6-2 win over Scotland at Wembley. Tommy got three beauties to place England on the victory way and turn the tide when things were running against Joe Mercer’s boys, and then lived up to his name of “Nodder” by providing three more goals. Lawton is pre-eminent among the centre-forwards.
THE RIGHT LINES
October 16, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
Tranmere’s policy relying almost excessively for the past five years on the products of their own nursery has been the cause of many a football argument. Time alone will show whether the Rovers have backed the right horse in scarifying transient war-time successes in order to build for the future. You can argue it both ways making out equally good cases either for the Tranmere policy or the Wrexham ideas making pay while the sun shines. If the Rovers post-war register bears the signatures of many of the stamp of Butler, Bell, Steele –and Chairman Bon Trueman tells me they will have plenty –then the First Division scouts are going to hit the trial for Prenton petty often when Soccer gets back to normal. Butler gave a exhibition, Bell, proved that the glowing reports I’d heard of him had foundation, in fact, and Steele, though he needs some polishing up and lacked staying power, proved to have plenty of promise. There were others also in the Tranmere side to take the eye. Alder was a bustling leader, of the Done type who only needs a little more ball control and better shooting direction to be a big menace and the two Williamson and Wheeler did well. Owen, of course, we know of old as one of the Bank of England type. Everton also have a youngster of much promise in Doyle, who positioned himself admirably and kept a cool head throughout and in Wainwright, who would be better still if he would try to do just a trifle too much. All these lads, and dozens more, will have a grant chance to win their spurs in post-war football, for many of the older players who kept their end up today, may find the real competition stuff which is in the offing too much for their years and stamina. Tranmere were unfortunate not to get a point. Apart from the last fifteen minutes when the switching of Rawlings and Wyles have more punch to the home attack. Tranmere were the more direct and practical side, and it they’d taken their chances might have won. Everton missed some easy ones, too; but all through their display was not compatible with their high position to the table. They took positions risks in defence and had only one forward with a shot in his locker. That was Rawlings, who in the brief period he filled the middle perth looked more the answer as the centre forward position than anybody so far. And talking of that position Tommy Lawton seems to have played a real “blinder” at Wembley. Pity he will be missing from the two Derby games.
LAWTON THE FIRST
October 17, 1944. The Evening Express
Merseyside can take personal pride in the war-time triumphs of England, over her “deadly” rival Scotland in the international field. Not long ago the football world rang with the cheers which greeted Joe Mercer, of Everton, for his inspiration of the Englishmen at Hampden Park which turned defeat into victory, and on Saturday we acclaimed the personal triumph of Tommy “Nodder” Lawton, also of Everton, whose genius also turned the defeat into victory. This latest feat of wonder scorer of the age will put an end to all the comparisons between Lawton and “Dixie” Dean. Lawton is not a second, “Dixie”, but he is Tommy Lawton the First. Their careers are only similar because each played for Everton, and each was hitting the headlines before reaching the “teens.” There was one other curious similarity. Both players might by a turn of fate, have played with Liverpool instead of going to Goodison Park. Liverpool were tipped off about Dean before Everton got on the trail, but the Blues beat them to it. With Lawton it was different. On September 29, 1934 young Tommy came from Bolton to Anfield with his schoolmaster, Mr. Horrocks, and they saw Liverpool defeat West Bromwich Albion 3-2, and after the game they sought out Liverpool officials with a view to getting a job with the club, and playing trials. Liverpool unfortunately for them, had nothing to offer in the way of a job, and so Mr. Horrocks took Tommy back to Bolton, and a few days later secured for Lawton a position on the Burnley office staff.
His 17 Goals
That marked the start of Lawton’s amazing career, in which he has established himself as the man Scotland fears more than any other. In all Lawton has played eight matches for England against Scotland and scored 17 goals. In war-time games he has secured 16 goals in seven games. That is a brilliant record, but in the scoring Tommy has emphasised to me times out of number that it is the assistance of his colleagues which has made it possible. “It’s a grand to get goals,” said Tommy, “but the recent successes of England have been brought about because not one of the eleven minds who gets the goals as long as we get them. I know jolly well the extent of my debt to my colleagues both in international and our own club games with Everton. Lawton, curiously enough, regards the second of his Wembley goals as not only the best of his trio, but one of the best of his career. This came from Leslie Smith’s corner, while Lawton was on the penalty spot, and the ball was placed to the near post so that Tommy had to go between three players to reach it and head it home to the right as he was moving to the left. Pity that Lawton will not be playing in Saturday’s Everton v. Liverpool “Derby”. What a reception he would have received. Touching on the Derby game, readers should note that no seats are being booked and that is a quick cut from Goodison road to Bullens-road should, the Goodison-road stand be filled. All you have to do is to go down Goodison-avenue and walk behind the goal double-decker across to the practice ground and sp into Bullens road stand. This enables spectators to get off the streets and save them the long walk around the outside of the ground.
PILOT’S SPORTS LOG
October 19, 1944. The Evening Express.
Wounded Servicemen on Merseyside will be able to see football matches at Anfield, Goodison Park and Prenton Park for nothing. Liverpool directors at their meeting yesterday decided to scrap their plan to make a nominal charge for a stand seat, and so they, Everton and Tranmere Rovers will be on the same basis. This is the best news we have had regarding the entertainment of the wounded. The club will operate through the Central Committee who will give M.) certificates to the wounded to admit them to matches and all the hospital chiefs have to do is to contact that same committee with needs for each match. Works welfare clubs will be able to work through the committee so far as entertainment of wounded after matches is concerned and the committee will arrange for the transport of the boys to and from the matches and places of entertainment right back to their hospitals. The recently-appointed Executive Committee, one presumes, will hold a meeting to cross “T’s” and Dot “I’s,” but this appears to be rather superfluous now that tickets and tax are done away with. Wounded are reminded –and this will answer Private J. Duffy, of Smithdown-road Hospital and his pals –that they need only apply to their Medical Officer for his certificates and they will be admitted to either of the three grounds gratis, and provided with a seat of necessary. Without these certificates they will not be admitted on the “free list.” The simplest way, however, is to join the hospital party and so make sure of transport –and maybe a meal or show afterwards.
The post-war reconstruction report of the Football league now being considered by the clubs is in itself a tribute to the work of president Mr. Will Cuff, his Management Committee colleagues, the club representative on the committee, and to secretary Mr. Fred Howarth. Maybe there are a few points with which everyone will not agree, but as a report it is report it is brilliance. One could say that 90 per cent, of the points will go through without comment except comment of praise. It is simple, straightforward, and covers nearly every point.
One point not covered is that dealing with footballers discharged from the Services. Recommendation No 4 states that during the transitional period there shall be no agreements with players, and that wages be £4 a match own players and £2 a match guest players. All rights. But...how is the footballer to live if he is discharged from the Army during that period. Any player getting his discharge say, next may, would be faced with a summer with no wages, and then would have to take £4 a match in the new season. Surely clubs should take back their players on the pre-war basis as soon as they are discharged. Of course, it may never happen, but there again it is a possibly. All the League need to do is to add a clause to protect the discharged player in which they empower the clubs to make agreements with all players the moment they are discharged from the Services. It is only a simple matter, but how important to the players. The recommendation that clubs must not be represented at an annual and general meeting by stipendiary officers is one I hope will not be accepted. The stipendiary officers are not very people who should represent clubs, for they know than others and are in a better position to put clubs points of view, an officer, surely, must be capable of that seeing that the clubs pay them salaries for important offices. Our club officials are really a grand lot of fellows, whose views would be of inestimable value to the game. The recommendation actually debars such as Mr. Fred Everiss, of West Bromwich Albion, from representing his club. Yet Mr. Everiss is a Justice of the peace and chairman of the Secretaries’ and Managers’ Association. The League should leave it to the clubs to appoint their own delegate for the meeting and trust them to put the job into the hands of the right men. Chairman Mr. Billy McConnell, of Liverpool states that the Reds have called a special meeting for next Wednesday to consider the report. Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly, of Everton agrees with me that it is a fine job of work giving us hope for a boom in football in the near future.
GOODISON STAGES FIRST LEAGUE DERBY
October 20, 1944. The Evening Express.
Merseyside’s first premier League “Derby” match of the season between Everton and Liverpool will be staged at Goodison Park tomorrow, at a time when Everton are riding high and carrying all before them, and when Liverpool are having their unhappiest run for three seasons. The clubs have met before this season and at Goodison, for the Reds won 5-2 in the charity game on August 19. That day Cyril Done helped himself to four goals, but Liverpool have no Done at the moment. The tragedy is that the Western Command v. Northern Command Army game at Newcastle cuts into our match so much. Everton will again be without Lawton –just as they were on August 19 –and Liverpool will not have Welsh. Bright point is, however, the reappearance in the Liverpool ranks of Matt Busby, their captain and post-war coach, who will be playing his first game here since the last “Derby” at Goodison when he led the Reds to victory. Liverpool should have out one of their strongest sides for weeks in an endeavour to check a run which has brought four successive defeats –at the hands of Third Division clubs. Everton are going great guns, having won their last eight matches and being deprived of Northern leadership only on the point of goal average. The law of averages indicates a Liverpool success tomorrow, which would be quite in keeping with the wartime order. One must only expect Everton’s run to end sometime, and surely Liverpool cannot go on losing. All these runs crash in time, and Liverpool no doubt feel that there could be no more opportune moment than on a Goodison “pilgrimage.” However, I can assure Liverpool that Everton apart from moments last week, have been playing excellent football, and this week will have Doncaster’s Peters at outside left –his first home appearance –and Gordon Watson back again at left-half. And if things do not run well with the Blues’ attack, Liverpool can expect an Everton forward switch with the quick-moving Syd Rawlings going centre in a style reminiscent of Liverpool’s merry pre-war days. The form book indicates Everton as winners, but I am inclined to plume for a draw –the Blues’ first of the campaign. These “Derby” games always provide brilliant entertainment and much good football and there should be approaching 40,000 to enjoy it. Stand patrons should remember the short cut through Goodison-avenue to the Bullens-road stand should the Goodison-road stand be closed. The match is due for three o’clock. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Lindley, Watson; Rawlings, Wainwright, Wyles, Stevenson, Peters. Liverpool (from); Kemp; Harley, McInnes; Gulliver, Busby, Hughes, Pillings; Nieuwenhuys, Taylor, Balmer, Smith, (Manchester Utd), Cumner, Campbell, Paterson.
Everton Colts (v. Stanley Juniors, at Orrell-lane, kick-off 3.15 p.m.); becks; T. Jones, Rankin; Thelwell, Shephard, Wright; Stephenson, Ireland, Kettley, Arnold, Peters.
GOODISON PARK DERBY
October 20, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
Busby Helps Reds
If football from worked itself out with mathematical exactitude, I could tell you tonight the result of the Everton-Liverpool game at Goodison tomorrow, but as it doesn’t the best I can say is that this is a match where anything might happen and I shall be surprised at nothing. On the basis of recent form, with Everton having seven successive clear-cut victories to their credit and Liverpool showing four defeats to blot the escutcheon of previous seasons all conquering progress the odds would seen to be strongly against Liverpool, yet we know of old how the Reds can rise to the occasion at Goodison –and may do so again. While Liverpool showed a big improvement at Wrexham last week, with virtually ten men for half the game. Everton failed to live up to their record against Tranmere. Even three pointers however are useless as an amendment of tomorrow’s chances. The only way to approach a “Liverton” Derby is to disregard what either side has done or failed to do, and look on the game as something standing on its own. The constitution of the sides of course, must be taken into consideration and here Everton have suffered a blow in the fact that Tommy Lawton is an absentee while Liverpool rejoices in the return of Matt Busby. Lawton turned the scales against Scotland at Wembley and might have done it tomorrow. As it is, Everton will line up with Wyles in the middle and Rawlings on the wing, but if Wyles fails to come off I anticipate the two will switch over as last week. Matt Busby will bring artistic and strength to a department of the Anfield team which has latterly been under a slight cloud, while at centre forward where started the origin of Liverpool’s decline, the Reds may introduce a new guest player in Jack Smith of Manchester United. Whether he will actually turn out or not remains to be seen –he has been on the injured list –but in any case Liverpool have Balmer and Nieuwenhuys among the seven probables forwards. Lindley has distinguished himself at centre half in previous games for Everton. This looks like being his stiffest test so far, no matter which of the three leads the Liverpool attack. Watson returns to the Everton intermediate line, having made a quick recovery from what might have been another troublesome ankle injury, and Peters the Doncaster lad makes his first appearance before the home spectators. Liverpool may have McInnes at right back, a position which is not altogether strange to him, and Cumner, the Arsenal and Welsh international, is again in the probables. Cumner has speed, skill, and the Welsh fighting spirit, which would be a big asset in this testing tussle. Intending spectators will help to avoid quienes, if they will get to the ground early. Game opens at 1.45, and the paddock will be available. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Lindley, Watson; Rawlings, Wainwright, Wyles, Stevenson, Peters. Liverpool (from); Kemp; Harley, McInnes; Gulliver, Busby, Hughes, Pillings; Nieuwenhuys, Taylor, Balmer, Smith, (Manchester Utd), Cumner, Campbell, Paterson.
LIVERPOOL WIN THRILLING GOODISON “DERBY.”
October 21, 1944. The Evening Express
Jack Smith the Manchester United centre forward made his first appearance as a guest player for Liverpool when the Reds visited Goodison Park today to oppose Everton in the first of League “Derbies.” Matt Busby returned to make his first appearance since the last Goodison “Derby” and Harley arrived to take the right back position. Nieuwenhuys was at outside right. Everton had no late chances, but Peters of Doncaster, made his first home appearance. Cumner, the Welsh international, was also making his first Merseyside appearance for the Reds, who had the pre-war inside forward of Taylor and Balmer. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Grant, Lindley, and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Wainwright, Wyles, Stevenson, and Peters (Doncaster Rovers), forwards. Liverpool; Kemp, goal; Harley and Gulliver, backs; Busby (captain), Hughes and Pillings, half-backs; Nieuwnhuys, Taylor, Smith (Manchester United), Balmer and Cumner (Arsenal), forwards. Referee; Mr. P. Snape (Manchester). The first real thrust came from Liverpool when Burnett wriggled his way through and let go a shot which sailed over. Everton responded per the Wainwright-Rawlings flank, Hughes nipping in the nick of time to prevent Wainwright’s pass from reaching his partner. Balmer shot hastily and well off the mark, while when Busby went through Lindley intercepted his shot. Liverpool were playing the more convincing football, but the Everton defenders were giving them few loopholes.
It was interesting to note that Referee Mr. Snape was wearing the new all-black uniform asked for by the League in their post-war report. Burnett was the first goalkeeper in action when he went down to a fierce shot by Balmer. This came after 13 minutes, which emphasises the brilliances of defensive work of both sides. Everton missed a fine opportunity when Peters came inside Harley and Hughes, but instead of passing to the unmarked Rawlings he tried to break through on his own and was dispossessed. Everton forced two corners, and from the second Kemp had to fist away from Grant. Liverpool went right to the other end to gain their first corner. Cumner’s centre was disposed of by Burnett and Greenhalgh. Kemp had to fist away from Wainwright and he recovered in time to catch Stevenson’s enterprising lob shot. The ball was again lobbed to the Liverpool goalmouth and Rawlings looked all over a scorer but Kemp managed to brush the ball aside for a corner. From this Kemp came through with the winning catch. Another corner to Liverpool and a fine header by Busby which curled outside. After Kemp had come out to take the ball off Peters’ feet, Cumner grazed the bar with a magnificent first-timer after a well-conceived attack, born of the genius of Busby.
In 28 minutes Liverpool took the lead through Smith. Nieuwenhuys started the raid and when he pushed the ball across to Smith, Burnett dived out to intercept but missed the ball, which ran for Smith to turn it into the vacant net. Wainwright and Rawlings wept through with another precise interpassing movement, and when Wainwright’s final pass went to Rawlings off Gulliver’s foot Rawling thought, as I did that he was onside and he ran through, dribbled Kemp, and placed into the net, instead of a goal however, the referee awarded Liverpool a free kick. Liverpool should have increased their lead, when a fast shot from Balmer went across goal, but Taylor from short range just failed to connect. Cumner missed a golden chance from close range, heading yards wide with only Burnett to beat. Liverpool, beautifully prompted by Busby, who was playing at his brightest and best, were more direct than Everton and their raids generally looked more dangerous, but the Blues were playing some more interesting football. Peters was giving a lot of trouble to Harley, and now he paved the way for Wyles to try a quick shot, which struck Kemp on the legs as the goalkeeper was falling the other way and rolled outside the post for yet another corner. Two minutes from the interval Everton were awarded a penalty for a foul on Peters, but Rawlings shot a yard wide. This provided a dramatic conclusion to a thrilled-packed half.
Half-time; Everton 0, Liverpool 1.
Everton resumed the second half in brilliant style, their speed to the ball and in its use, keeping the Reds penned in their own half. Apart from two shots by Balmer, which went direct to Burnett, Liverpool did nothing in an attacking sense, but their defence, perfectly marshalled by Busby, stood firm against incessant pressure. Time and again Busby sprang up from nowhere to thwart an attack which missed Lawton. Stevenson was operating out the game magnificently, and after calling on Rawlings, Wainwright went through on his own but Kemp strung out to make a magnificent save. The Everton defence found it easy to counter the isolated raids of a Liverpool attack which had lost its understanding and accuracy. Nieuwenhuys did let go one right foot shot which Burnett pulled down, but at the other ends, Busby twice intercepted with Kemp out of goal. Stevenson had hard luck with an enterprising hook shot which defeat Kemp, but bounced inches outside the post.
Twenty minutes from the end, with Everton still in command, Rawlings went centre forward, but it was Liverpool’ who did the damage, Nieuwenhuys sent Taylor through, and Taylor shot was passing beyond the far post when Smith turned it into the net for a second goal in 75 minutes. Everton claimed that Smith was off-side. This took some of the heart out of Everton, and the Reds returned to their first half form, Burnett saving a grand header by Gumner, while Balmer’s first timer flashed behind off the foot of the foot. The score exaggerated Liverpool’s superiority; in fact, taking matters all through, the sides should have been lever. Kemp dashed out to take the ball away from Rawlings and in kicking clear twisted himself, but was able to carry on.
Final; Everton 0, Liverpool 2.
SERGT. BOMB-AIMER “JOE” DONNACHIE KILLED ON "ACTIVE SERVICE
Chester Chronicle - Saturday 21 October 1944
Sergt. Bomb Aimer Joseph (“Joe”) Donnachie, aged 31, his Chester friends will regret to learn, has died in flying accident. He was the son of Mr Joseph Donnachie, the former Scottish international and Everton footballer, and licensee of the Mariners’ Arms, New Crane-street, Chester.. Sergt. Donnachie himself had played for Everton, Bolton Wanderers, and Chester. As a junior he won many medals in Chester and District League football when he played tor Brickfields Athletic and Chester United Gas Company. He was educated at the College School and afterwards entered the office of the late Mr. A. B. Dye, City Coroner St. John-street. Chester. (He assisted Mr. Dye at inquests and in those duties became a friend of all Chester Press men. Through this association he played for The Chester Chronicle ,r football team. On the death of Mr. A. B. Dye he continued in the same offico with the late Mr R. A. Williams, solicitor and Deputy City Coroner, At Christmas, 1941, he joined the R.A.F. and after preliminary training in England went to Canada. He returned to England last February. In August, 1942, Sergt. Donnachie married Miss Margery M. Milligan, only daughter of Mr, and Mrs. Wm. Millifan. of Braemar, Townfield-lane Tollington, and formerly of Bank Farm. jSealand. The deepest sympathy is felt with her and Sergt. Donnachie’s father.
The funeral took place at SI Francis Roman Catholic Church, Chester, on Tuesday, Father Victor officiating. The coffin was draped with the Union Jack. The mourners were: Mrs. M. Donnachie (widow), Mr. Jos. Donnachie (father), the Misses Eileen and Joan Donnachie (sisters), Mr. W. Milligan (father-in-law). Others present were: Mr. David Hughes (City Coroner) Messrs. H. R. Evans, R. P. Quinn. W. Caunce, Alec Taylor, and Hampshire Mr. A. Newnes (representing the Chester County Court), Messrs. E. P. Jones, E. Saxon (representing Corpl. E G. Jones and the staff of “The Chester Chronicle’), R. a. Houldey and Cyril Price (representing “ The Cheshire Observer ), Capt. and Mrs. C. Spencer. Mesdames R. A. Williams. R. Moore Dutton Pierce, H. B. Peate, L. Davies, A. Price. K Bromfield, Tiffin, W. Williams, J. Smith, G Warrington, Tulloch, E. Davenport, Nicholas, A. Jenkins, M Bradshaw , M. Parkinson, F. Blain and W P. Elsden, Mr. and Mrs. E, Bromfleld, Miss Ethel Dye, Miss M. Quinn, Miss Crosby, and Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Dickenson. The undertakers were Messrs Geo. Pettit, Chester.
SMITH GOALS COUNTED
October 21 1944. The Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Guest Scorers
Fine Kemp Saves
Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Grant, Lindley, and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Wainwright, Wyles, Stevenson, and Peters (Doncaster Rovers), forwards. Liverpool; Kemp, goal; Harley and Gulliver, backs; Busby (captain), Hughes and Pillings, half-backs; Nieuwnhuys, Taylor, Smith (Manchester United), Balmer and Cumner (Arsenal), forwards. Referee; Mr. P. Snape (Manchester). Pre-match news from Goodison Park was that Tommy Jones who was present is now fit again, but word from Kaye, the Liverpool half-back is that he has to undergo another specialist’s examination. About 25,000 people looked on. Liverpool started off in a sweet combined fashion, and for seven minutes, Everton were only once able to get away from their own half. Busby was doing grand work, forming the Liverpool attack, and his grand passes were always a source of danger. Nieuwenhuys tried to open up the game with long, sweeping deliveries to the far side of the field, yet in spite of Liverpool’s pressure, Burnett was not called upon. Balmer fired one strong shot only a foot over the bar, but the second attempt swerved away to the corner flag. When Everton did take up the running first Wainwright and then Rawlings not the ball behind when a pass might have been ominous for Liverpool and Peters going through on his own tried to do too much and ruined his chance. Lindley nipped in to dispossesses Smith, and in quick succession each side forced an unproductive corner. Kemp fisted, out a Wainwright centre, caught a shot from Stevenson, and then took the ball right of Rawlings head when a goal seemed certain. This was at the expense of a corner. From the resultant flag kick, Kemp again saved in grand fashion.
A Left off
Cumner missed a great chance through shooting too hurriedly, and Balmer likewise sent over the bar, both these opening being worked by Busby’s cool play and accurate passes. Liverpool had a let-off when the defence got itself into a tangle. Kemp advances and Rawlings lobbed the ball over his head, only to find it pass just outside the post.
Straight from this escape, Liverpool dashed away, to the other end and Smith opened the scoring after twenty seven minutes. The centre-forward started the movement himself, passed to Taylor. Taylor returned the ball and Burnett running out missed the ball when he dived leaving Smith with an open goal. He made no mistake. A couple of minutes after Rawling had the ball in the net from a Wainwright pass, but the point was disallowed for offside. Hughes’s persistence frustrated Peters when the winger was again going through on his own, and then Kemp saved an awkward situation following a Wainwright centre. Everton were now enjoying the major part of the attack, and neat combination by Stevenson and Peters more than once had the visiting defence on tenterhooks. Kemp was a trifle fortunate with one save from Wyles, and it was now Liverpool who were being pegged down in their own territory.
Wide Penalty shot
Wyles was distributing the ball nicely though with rather too much fondness for the left wing. It was, however, from one of his passes which led to a penalty when Peters was upset by Hughes. Rawling took the kick, and tried to place his shot with deliberation, only to see it pass a yard outside.
Half-time; Everton 0, Liverpool 1.
Liverpool started the second half with two neat pieces of combination, first between Balmer and Smith and next between Nivvy and Smith but in neither case did they get through to test Burnett. The quick tackling of both sets of defenders that kept sustained combined movements down to a minimum, and none had done better than Grant and Jackson, who had pegged down the Liverpool left flank. A triangular effort by Grant, Wainwright, and Stevenson took the ball three-parts of the length of the field before Wainwright was just beaten to it by Kemp. Offside pulled up Smith, and them, at the other end, Stevenson went close with a hook effort over his shoulder. Sixteen minutes from the end Rawlings and Wyles changed places, and immediately the former winger dashed through and almost snatched the equaliser.
As it was the next goal came to Liverpool at the 75th minute, when Nivvy fed Taylor, who helped the ball forward to Smith, who tapped it into the net from what seemed to everybody an offside position. The only explanation appeared to be that Burnett had just touched the ball to attempting to gather Taylor’s pass and thus put the centre forward onside. It had been a hard game throughout fought at a very fast pace and remarkably free from stoppages, though there was one at this period when Jackson had to receive attention. Burnett made a brilliant one-handed save from a header by Cumner, and then Balmer dashing up at top speed, hit the foot of the post with an unstoppable shot from Taylor’s pass.
Five minutes from the finish Kemp collapsed as he was kicking the ball away and had to receive attention but was able to carry on.
Final; Everton 0, Liverpool 2.
HARD AND FAST GAME
October 23, 1944. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 0, Liverpool 2
Derby Game Features
Although the Derby game at Goodison Park, will now go down as a three-star classic display, it was full of hard and fast football, always bright and enjoyable to watch, and fought throughout in a splendidly clean and sporting spirit. Liverpool were worthy of their 2-0, victory but only just for on final balance there was not a great deal between the sides. The winners had the better of the augmented territorially for the first half hour; then Everton reversed the order and throughout the second half, neither side could claim any proceeded superiority. Liverpool aim was always to make progress with the minimum of effort by long sweeping passes whereas Everton indulged in intricate footwork and close passing, and frequently nullified a lot of good work by excessive individualism.
The first goal, scored by Smith after 27 minutes, came from the day’s nearest bout of combination and when Taylor made the final return pass, Smith coolly cleared the ball into the net as Burnett made a desperation dive. From this point onwards until the 75th minute it was anybody’s game. Both sides missed chances, with Everton the greatest offenders. Their biggest miss was Rawlings failure to convert a penalty for a foul by Hughes on Peters. In trying to place his shot out of the goalkeeper’s reach, Rawlings hit it to the wrong side of the upright. That was the lucky lift off, for Liverpool. A goal to Everton at this juncture might have turned the tide for they had some anxiety, got the measure of the opposition after a shaky start, and were now enjoying a spell of midfield superiority though without being able to turn it to tangible advantage. It was still a toss-up for three-parts of the second half, and where Rawlings and Wyles changed places the move almost brought the equaliser, only a last second intervention robbing Rawlings when he had only Kemp to beat from close range. Straight from this escape, Liverpool dashed away and got their second goal again scored by Smith, and aided by Taylor whose shot Burnett touched out could not clear, leaving Smith another open net to tap the ball into the net. This sealed Everton’s fate and in the closing stages Liverpool almost went further ahead through Cunmer header brilliantly saved by Burnett, and a terrific Balmer drive which hit the foot of the post.
Busby’s Brilliant Work
Thus ended Everton’s sequence of seven victories and Liverpool’s run of four defeats. Biggest factor in the visitors success was the brilliant work of Busby, who gave a classic exhibition of half-back play and spoon-fed his forwards with ideal passes. Busby had a steadying effect on the whole side, welding it into a more cohesive force than in any previous game this season. It is unfortunate for Liverpool that he is not available for the return game being engaged the Army international at Hampden. Hughes was again prominent the backs were sound, Harley’s speed being a big help, and Kemp made some excellent saves, though taking occasional risks by fisting the ball out instead of catching it. Nieuwenhuys got no help from Greenhalgh and was farely in the game, but Smith, Liverpool’s new guest from Manchester United was always a potential match-winner –speedy, cool, and possessed of sound positional sense. The inside man supported him well.
Grant and Jackson were solid defenders for Everton, Grant in particular being a splendid intervener and tremendously hard worker, and Lindley was sound without being showy. Stevenson was the star forward with Wainwright displaying some excellent ball control but a tendency to be too individuastic. Peters also was partly tarred with some brush, and Wyles was out of touch with things for long periods though he did his best to open up play by feeding his wingers. Attendance 33,199. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Grant, Lindley, and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Wainwright, Wyles, Stevenson, and Peters (Doncaster Rovers), forwards. Liverpool; Kemp, goal; Harley and Gulliver, backs; Busby (captain), Hughes and Pillings, half-backs; Nieuwnhuys, Taylor, Smith (Manchester United), Balmer and Cumner (Arsenal), forwards. Referee; Mr. P. Snape (Manchester).
REDS’ JOY DAY
October 23, 1944. The Evening Express
Blue skies for the Reds. The turning has been reached in Liverpool’s long lane of non-success, and having defeat Everton by two clear goals in the first of the League “Derby” games, there is no reason why the Reds should not go on up the ladder. The final whistle was followed by the news that Billy Liddell, the club’s Scottish international winger, is back in England –plus his officer’s rings –and will soon be playing again. Liverpool’s run of ill-luck ended when the Western Command commandeered Tommy Lawton to play for them at Newcastle and when Matt Busby, the football genius of the age, at last secured permission to travel here to play. Lawton’s absence and Busby’s presence were vital factors in deciding a game which satisfied the thrill-seekers, but without reaching artistic heights. There was little in it, but I think Liverpool just deserved their success because they could take what the gods offered. Everton were tantalisingly weak in front of goal, and even Rawlings usually so sure with penalties, shot wide from the spot at a vital point in the game. Had Lawton received the openings which fell to the Blues late in the first half, and almost throughout the second he would have been among the goals. The reason was that apart from good approach work Liverpool’s defence was lop-sided and there were loopholes on their left flank where Pilling and Gulliver were so often drawn out of position. The steadiness of Hughes, Harley and Kemp and the quick thinking and moving of Busby held the defence together during those trying times when the Liverpool followers were making there watches work overtime as they yearned for the whistle.
Busby Did It
On reflection it stands out like a beacon light that the paramount influence on the game was Busby. Apart from his fluent movement, masterly closing of open spaces, and delicious use of the ball. Matt welded the side together by ball play and advice. Among football leaders Busby is a Montgomery, and I can pay no higher tribute. Busby never drove his colleagues, he encouraged them, and gave them heart even in their darkest moments. How Scotland came to leave him out is something I’ll never understand. Jack Smith came from Manchester to do the vital vital things –the scoring of the two goals –but it was Phil Taylor who was the unostentatious grather and connecting link in approach, and Jack Balmer who supplied the fire. For sheer shooting Balmer stood alone. Liverpool’s wingers were never in it simply because Jackson and Greenhalgh –and Jackson in particular –gave as fine an exhibition of back play as I have seen for a long time. Watson and Grant so worried Taylor and Balmer that after half-an-hour the Liverpool attack rarely functioned well until they got the second goal. Add to that the dominance of Lindley, and you will appreciate how hard Liverpool had to work for anything they got. Harley was much safer than Gulliver, who was worried psoitionally, and Hughes stood there like a rock refusing to the enticed from his ground. Kemp’s courageous and colourful goalkeeping gladdened the hearts of the Reds’ officials who have been sorely worried about the goal position. Kemp was more reliable than Burnett, who could be faulted when Smith got the first goal. Turning to Everton again I liked the foot craft of Peters, who would be a danger man were he to part a shade quicker. Stevenson was a grand creative force while Eddie Wainwright again demonstrated that he is one of the most improved players on Merseyside. Wainwright’s play was always progressive, and the work he got through was astonishing. Rawlings was a willing outside-partner to Wainwright, but big-hearted Wyles just could not get going. There were some points of argument in this game of two phrases –Liverpool’s first half and Everton’s second half-watched by 33,199 spectators meaning more than £1,000 to the Govement in Entertainment Tax. For instance. Was it a penalty? Technically yes but intentionally no. Was Rawlings offside when he dribbled the ball past Kemp. No, he received the ball off Gulliver. Was Smith on side when he scored the second goal. No, Burnett and Grant played him on. There was more excitement than general good play, and a more sportsmanlike Derby I have never seen. There was not a single real foul, and that is as it should be. Apart from the fact that neither side ever likes to lose a “Derby” I do not think Everton chairman, Mr. Will Gibbins and his colleagues begrudged Liverpool their win, for Liverpool have had some harsh luck of late. Our congratulations to chairman Mr. Billy McConnell and his co-directors on the turning of the tide under the influence of Matthews Busby. There is no definite team news for next Saturday’s return at Anfield, but Everton will have all their men who played on Saturday available and Liverpool will have Welsh back –besides Liddell.
FINE SPORTING SPIRIT
October 23, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
When one thinks back to the days of rabid “Liverton” partisanship, we realise how far we have travelled in achieving the grand sporting spirit which ran like a golden thread through Saturday’s Derby. True, there was a penalty, but there was nothing vicious about the offence, and the game was a “doddle” for referee Percy Snapes. There was something vital about Rawlings’s miss from the spot kick, through for a goal to Everton at this stage might well have turned the tide in their favour. The Blues were beginning to get slightly on top after a shaky start, and the shock of Smith’s goal at 27 minutes, and an equaliser was just the tonic they needed. Instead, the only other goal came to Smith again, thanks once more to Taylor, and this time to a helping hand by Burnett which put Smith onside. Liverpool were worthy of their victory, even though there was so little between the sides, for they took their chances when they came, Everton fell from the old habit of doing the work themselves instead of letting the ball do it; and washed out a lot of good approach work by not being content to beat one man and then pars to advantage. Too often they tried to he stood clever, and paid the penalty against a defence which tackled with speed and precision and covered up in grand fashion. Even so the Liverpool goal had some narrow squeaks, none more than when Kemp calmly scooped the ball right off Rawlings head alongside the post. Though the football was always bright and enjoyable and the thrills were fairly plentiful there were comparatively few sustained bouts of combination. One of the best were the “crosstalk,” and between Smith and Taylor, finished off so coolly by the former when Burnett made his despairing dive. I heard Burnett blamed for that first goal, but as I saw it had had no more chance by staying in than coming out, and he couldn’t have comes out before he did. I thought it might have paid Everton better to switch Wyles and Rawlings earlier than they did for Wyles had no sort of a show against Hughes and Rawlings had insufficient time to pull the game out of the fire. He almost snatched the equaliser immediately they swooped over, and then came Smith’s second goal to put paid to any lingering hopes of an Everton revived. Star of the day was Matt Busby, who gave another classic display and made everybody wonder whether the Scottish selectors had been emulating Nelson and clapping their telescopes to a blind eye. Busby’s tackling is the real text-book stuff, always done judiciously with an eye to quick recovery if he is beaten, while his “push strokes” to his inside man or the outward flick to a winger are master places of precision.
A Steadying Influence
He had a steadying effect on the whole side, moulding it by his thoughtful play into a far greater cohesive force than at any time this season. There is a world of difference between the styles of Busby and Grant, yes I made Grant the next best half back on the field, where he gets his energy and stamina from beats me. Hughes again played a sterling game, and Lindley was not far behind him, though sometimes drawn out of position too easily. There was little to choose between the respective full back divisions. Harley made the most of his speed, particularly in the second half, when he invariably beat Peters to the ball, and Jackson had the measure of Gumner most of the time. Nieuwenhuys got no change out of Greenhalgh and was seldom in the picture, but Liverpool can be well satisfied with the showing of Smith their latest guest. Smith was always a potential match-winner, never letting up so long as there was a possible chances, and showing a cool head to front of goal. Wainwright again showed up well, and along with Stevenson initiated most of Everton’s attacks, but he will no better still when he realises that the quickest way to make progress is to best one opponent and then use the ball to advantage, not to go on to try and bamboozle a second or a third. Pity that Busby will not be available for Saturday’s return as he plays to the Army international at Hampden Park for which Balmer is also a reserve to travel. With Fagan leading the Scotts and Mercer and Lawton in the England said. Merseyside is again well represented. Liverpool hope to have Welsh back, however, and possibly Liddell, who has returned home with his R.A.F commissions, I should imagine Mr. Theo Kelly will make an efforts for Caskie –and maybe, another star. Everton will be all out to reverse Saturday’s result at Anfield.
October 24, 1944. The Liverpool Daily Post
It appears that Lawton, the England and Everton centre forward is likely to have another good goal-scoring season this year, for he has got well off the mark in the opening games to date. Already the Everton leader has scored 13 goals, 5 of which have been for his club, 4 for England and 4 for the Western Command. His “bag” so far indicates 3 v. Scotland for England, 3 v. Tranmere Rovers (for Everton), 2 . v. Chester (for Everton), and 2. V. R.A.F (for Western Command).
October 24, 1944. The Evening Express
At Goodison Park, the news spotlight centres on Tommy Jones, the Welsh international centre-half, who is gradually getting back his “football legs” following a long lay-off with ankle trouble. Tommy actually played in three R.A.F. matches last week –a sure sign that he is reaching complete fitness. Tommy sat in the stands to see the “Derby” game, and when I asked him how he would have liked to have been in the middle he said,” A “Derby” is a bit too strenuous for a come-back game, but I hope to be there soon.” With Maurice Lindley playing so well and with Tommy Lawton so often playing in representative matches Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly may feel disposed to do as he did a couple of seasons ago –play Tommy Jones at centre forward. Jones liked the position, and on the point of shooting and heading he would be a menace to any defence. Still, Everton may decide to continue with Cecil Wyles, who, despite a blotting out by Laurie Hughes last week, is still a capable deputy for Lawton, and shares with Eddie Wainwright the position of highest scorer for the club this season. I think Wyles has done exceptionally well especially when one considers that Cecil is a wing half-back who has converted himself into a centre forward. Everton’s problem is to keep alive the centre forward position, for Lawton looks like being a pretty regular absentee. Tommy will be able to play on November 4, but will not be available again for his own club until just before Christmas. This comes far too heavy both club and player but it is the penalty of efficiency. Mr. Kelly has put the machinery into motion for getting a star or two here for Saturday’s game, but this is extremely difficult. If Mr. Kelly fails, however, it will not be for the want of trying.
LAWTON 369 NOT OUT
October 25, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
In another month or so Tommy Lawton should have overhauled Dixie Dean’s total of League goals, which my book-keeping makes out to be 379. The records are no comparable and I mention it as a matter of interest only not to set up the respective merits of the figures, which would be foolish. Dean’s total for instance is swollen considerably if we include all his cup, international, inter-League, and trial match goals. There is also the difference in the sides of opposition plus the fact that Lawton’s total, which I make to be 369 to date, includes all games since he started League football. Also Dean was sixteen years in the game; Lawton so far has had only eight. The war has taken so big a slice out of Lawton’s career that he isn’t likely to overhaul his predecessor on the basic of peace time goals alone, but his figures making all allowances for war-time inequalities still stand out as a brilliant achievement, and over the same period there is nobody to touch him.
REDS DERBY PROBABLES NUMBER 13
October 26, 1944. The Evening Express
Liverpool, with their unlucky run behind them, face Saturday’s return Merseyside “Derby” match with Everton at Anfield with a big degree of confidence. Despite enforced changes they announce an appealing array of talent from which their team will be selected. The Reds cannot be superstitious, for Manager George Kay names 13 players from which the side will be selected, and the only department absolutely certain are goal, where Dirk Kemp continues for the fifth match, and at half-back where we find one interesting change. Phil Taylor, the versatile Bristolian and inside-right drops back to take over the mantle of Matt Busby. In attack Jack Balmer goes from inside-left to inside-right, and doubtless will be thoroughly happy over the switch, for Jackie fancies the inside-right berth better than any Don Welsh, the Charlton Athletic international, comes back to inside-left, and Cumner, the Arsenal and Welsh international is again named for outside-left. However, should Cumner not be able to play George Paterson, the Scottish inside-forward cum half-back will deputise –his first game in Liverpool’s colours for a long time. Leading the line again will be Jack Smith of Manchester United, who scored both the goals last Saturday, Smith had been nursing an arm injury, but is quite fit again now Jimmy McInnes the Scottish halfback, may be at right back in place of Harley, but for this position Ken Seddon stands by, although including in the reserve team.
A great deal of interest will centre on the appearance of Tommy Jones at outside left for Everton. The last time Tommy played in the attack was in League cup-ties a couple of seasons ago. He should be an asset when there are corners kicks, and his heading capabilities should compensate in some measure for the continued absence of Tommy Lawton. Curiously enough, the last match, apart from R.A.F unit games, in which Jones participated was a local “Derby” at Anfield. That was on April 22 when after scoring for Everton, he went off with the ankle injury which has kept him out of sport up to a couple of weeks ago. Catterick who returns to centre forward, scored for Hartlepool United last Saturday. Liverpool (from); Kemp; Seddon, McInnes, Gulliver; Taylor, Hughes, Pilling; Nieuwenhuys, Balmer, Smith, Welsh, Cumner, Paterson.
Everton Reserves (v. St. Tersa’s at Goodison Park); Birkett; McDonnell, Doyle; Melling, Rees, Thomas; Makin, Wootton, Booth, Lane, Underwood.
Everton Colts (v. Y.C.W at the Rake Bromborough); Robertson; T. Jones, Rankin; Tansey, Shepphard, Street; Stephenson, Taylor, Pottage, Cross, Peters (J.).
LIVERPOOL’S BID FOR “DERBY” HAT-TRICK
October 27, 1944. The Evening Express
Liverpool will endeavour to complete a hat-trick of “derby” victories over Everton this season when they clash at Anfield tomorrow in the second half of the League engagement of the campaign and in the 35th wartime match. Liverpool started off well by winning the pre-season-charity game at Goodison Park 5-2 and last Saturday returned to the ground to win 2-0 to stop Everton’s upward march and their own long run of defeat. Of course, it was just like Liverpool to upset all the form when the majority expected them to lose and it will be quite in keeping with “Derby” tradition if Everton return the compliment by winning tomorrow. I think it well within Everton’s capacity, for there was hardly a pin to chosen between the sides last week except in actual finishing. That was where Everton failed. The Blues will have two new men in their attack this time, for Welsh international Tommy Jones has been selected for outside-left and Harry Catterick is recalled to take over leadership of the attack. Jones should prove useful in the goalmouth, while Catterick has a keen eye for the half chance. Strange that Jones’s last game for the Blues was at Anfield last April –when he scored. Peter stands by in case Jones cannot get away, but I think Tommy will be “on parade.” Turning to the Reds we find the inimitable Busby absent, but Taylor taking over right half duties and Welsh returning to inside left to back up guest Jack Smith, form Manchester United, Kemp, Balmer and Cumner are not available. I expect to see our old friend Jimmy McInnes at right back and it will be a treat seeing this Scot in action again. All form goes by the board in these local duels even if the high standard of football is maintained. You will get all the thrills you desire from three o’clock onwards, and with Liverpool basking in the glory of last week’s win the gate should reach the 35,000 marl. Apart from the usual conducted parties of American and wounded there will be about 100 American Naval boys present thanks to the encouragement given by the British Council. Liverpool; Hobson; McInnes, (or Seddon), Gulliver; Taylor, Hughes, Pillings; Nieuwenhuys, Campbell, Smith, Welsh, Paterson. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Lindley, Watson; Rawlings, Wainwright, Catterick, Stevenson, Tommy Jones (or Peter).
HOBSON IN GOAL
October 27, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
Just how the Liverpool eleven will be constituted remains to be seen. There are still ifs and buts about some of the probables and the side below is the nearest Mr. George Kay would “estimate” this morning. Most important change from the original probables is the substitution of Hobson for Kemp, who is not available because military duties Balmer and Cumner are similarly ruled out, and at the moment Mr. Kay has had no confirmation from Nivvy. Neither has any word come from Liddell, and in its absence, Liverpool do not included him in the probables. So far as the rest are concerned, they are as near certain as one can expect these days. Once again, the issue looks very open. Had Busby being playing, I should have fancied another Liverpool victory. As it is I’m not so sure, and will be quite satisfied so long as the better team wins and the match is as clean and sporting as the Goodison encounter. While there was a good muster of wounded men last week at Goodison, the figure tomorrow will be the highest yet for any League game. Liverpool have distributed over 400 free tickets through the Army Welfare Officer, and most of the organisations looking after transport are also providing an after the match meal, and entertainment. That’s the spirit. Liverpool; Hobson; McInnes, (or Seddon), Gulliver; Taylor, Hughes, Pillings; Nieuwenhuys, Campbell, Smith, Welsh, Paterson. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Lindley, Watson; Rawlings, Wainwright, Catterick, Stevenson, Tommy Jones (or Peter).
BRILLIANT ANFIELD “DERBY” DRAWN
October 28, 1944. The Evening Express
Pilot Officer Billy Liddell, the Scottish international outside left, returned to Liverpool team today, after eight months in Canada, for the return “Derby” with Everton at Anfield. Jimmy McInnes another Scot, returned after a years absentee to take up the right, half position, while Phil Taylor went to inside right. Tommy Jones, the Welsh international centre-half reappeared for Everton –the first time since April –in the unaccustomed position of outside-left. Liverpool; Hobson, goal; Harley and Gulliver, backs; McInnes, Hughes and Pillings, half-backs; Nieuwenhuys, Taylor, Smith (Manchester United), Welsh (Charlton Athletic), and Liddell, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Lindley, and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Wainwright, Catterick, Stevenson and Jones (T.G.) (captain), forwards. Referee; Mr. A.C. Denham (Preston). There were early thrills for Liverpool opened well under inspired leadership from smith, and Welsh broke clear to a perfect position, but just as he was about to shoot, Watson sprang across to clear at the expense of a corner. From this Burnett jumped out to make a perfect catch, and a Catterick-Rawlings switch almost caught Liverpool napping. Burnett came out to catch a centre from Nieuwenhuys and although Liddell robbed him, Burnett quickly recovered to make the complete clearance. Wainwright and Rawlings combined perfectly to keep Liverpool penned in for a spell, but the defence covered magnificently and no shots were forthcoming. All Everton gained was a corner. Smith and Welsh then went through, Welsh finishing with a terrific shot which flashed across the face of the goal.
A big thrills followed Gulliver’s free kick, for despite some keen tackling Welsh, received to shoot at point-blank range, Burnett grabbing the ball on the goal-line. Away went Everton for Catterick to place the ball across for Stevenson to shoot from the edge of the penalty area. The ball was sailing home when Hobson flung himself out to make a one-handed save as he was actually in mid-way, which was worth a goal any day. Burnett fisted away from a corner before going down to save a close-in header from Liddell. Nieuwenhuys came through with a first-time shot which flashed back off Greenhalgh, and when Jones went through Harley made a magnificent recovery to hold up the dangerous Catterick. This was cut and thrust all the time, with both sets of forwards playing brilliant football. Stevenson missed a wonderful chance of giving Everton the lead which ran through to a beautiful pass by Jones, but in hitting the shot quickly as Hobson sprang out, the ball flashed into the crowd on the kop. Everton had come more into the picture and all five forwards participated in some delightful passing moves, their speed and easy movement to the open space proven troublesome to the Reds. Lucky for Liverpool that Hughes and Harley stood so firm and that a dangerous Rawlings centre with Catterick in close attendance.
Everton almost went ahead when a low centre by Rawlings travelled through to Tom Jones, whose shot was sneaking in by the post when Hobson fell on it. Everton were pilling on pressure nearing the interval but the Liverpool defence showed no sign of cracking. This had been a brilliant half, the surprising feature being that after so much glorious approach work there should have been so few shots. Liverpool were relying on individual bursts and had a shade of lucky when a flashing shot by Stevenson came back off Catterick, who was trying to get out of the way. Harley, who had been a vital cog in Liverpool’s first defence, was limping badly.
Half-time-Liverpool 0, Everton 0.
The pace never slackened for an instant on resuming, and Liverpool came more into the picture, Lindley twice holding up Smith, before Hughes nipped an cleverly to hold up Wainwright. Everton escaped when Nieuwenhuys shot first time, but Lindley jumped up and headed the ball over the bar for a corner. Two other corners followed, but they were negatived by sound defence. Wainwright and Catterick raced through the Liverpool defence but Hobson who had been playing splendidly dashed out to kick away. Liverpool facing the kop and accompanied by roars from their supporters tried some snap shooting which had the people on their toes, Taylor looked out-side before Nieuwenhuys tried a quick left foot shot which Burnett saved low down. Burnett fisted away two fine centres before Nieuwenhuys was just over the top with another hook shot. Rawlings had a shot deflected and then Burnett fisted away a centre from Liddell.
Best Game of Season
For sheer endeavour, excitement and good football, this was the best game on Merseyside this season. Everton were right on the collar now, their attacks being few and far between, but in the face of heavy pressure Greenhalgh held the Everton defence together magnificently. Liverpool had a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, and Welsh drove in a grand shot to which Burnett dived and caught as he was falling. The safely back pass from Hughes to Hobson cut a hole in the Everton attack but when the Blues did penetrate Hobson was there to catch Jones’s headed-pass. Liverpool had bad luck when Liddell slipped down when perfectly positioned, as these teams gave their all in a titanic struggle. Everton came back into the game again to keep the 26,068 watchers on the tip-toe of expectancy. Although there had been no goals so far, the match lost no charm on the score. In fact no goals represented a true reflex of the game, taking it all through.
Final; Liverpool 0, Everton 0.
GRAND DERBY THRILLS
October 28, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
A Hard-Fought Draw
Saves and Shots
Liverpool; Hobson, goal; Harley and Gulliver, backs; McInnes, Hughes and Pillings, half-backs; Nieuwenhuys, Taylor, Smith (Manchester United), Welsh (Charlton Athletic), and Liddell, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Lindley, and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Wainwright, Catterick, Stevenson and Jones (T.G.)(captain), forwards. Referee; Mr. A.C. Denham (Preston). Liverpool, who were in somewhat of a quandary as to the composition of their side for the return game with Everton at Anfield, eventually turned out a tip-top team with Liddell as outside left. For Everton, T.G. Jones, with a view to getting his eye in, was played at outside left. It was at Anfield last season that Jones received the injury which kept him out of the game until now. Liddell’s quick throw-in to Welsh brought immediate danger to the Everton goal, because Welsh was through and only a desperate clearance by Watson saved the situation. From the corner Burnett made an excellent catch, the catch of the season, taking the ball from the heads of at least three Liverpool men.
The goalkeeping later dropped the ball when challenged by Liddell recovered possession before further trouble, and cleared. T.G. Jones made an opening for Catterick, and the Everton centre forward was only dispossessed at the crucial moment. McInnes stopped the Everton centre forward in the same way as Watson had stopped Welsh. It was grand football open skilful and determined and Liddell and Welsh went close with fiery shots. Catterick who was showing fine dash down the Everton middle, was interfered with just as he was about to shoot and the shot went outside.
The pace continued to a cracker. It was also full of football meat with both sides giving of their best. Burnett had to pounce quickly on a close-in shot by Welsh but the best shot of the game thus fat was credited to Everton. Catterick had worried the Liverpool defence and the ball travelled across the Liverpool goalmouth some yards out. Stevenson came up hot-foot and drove fiercely for goal, and Hobson had to take a flying leap across his goalmouth to turn the ball out. Niuwenhuys had one of his power drives cannoned away by Greenhalgh and then Campbell and Jones changed places. Stevenson almost caught the Liverpool defence napping when he slipped through and tried to sweep the ball from the rear into the Liverpool net, but he got too much elevation on his shot, and the ball went over the bar. Nevertheless it was a grand try.
Greek Meets Greek
It was Greek meeting Greek. When one side attacked the other immediately launched a counter-attack and when Jackson made his first error it almost let in Liddell, who took deliberate aim for the far side of the goal, and it was only a yard that he missed the target. Hobson touched a Catterick effort and gave a corner, and Rawlings after cleverly keeping the ball in play, offered Jones a chance. The winger, however, when shooting, stubbed his foot at the game time as he contacted the ball, with the result that there was no power behind his effort, and Hobson was able to save at the foot of the post.
Half-time; Liverpool nil, Everton nil.
Liverpool tried a blow in the first minute of the second half, and they had more shots during this period than at any other part of the game. Nieuwenhuys was dead on the mark with a fast rising shot which Lindley glided over the bar with his head. Pilings made a desperate tackle to stop Stevenson, but back came Liverpool and Taylor shot wide and Nieuwenhuys made a hook shot of worth which Burnett fielded smartly. The outside right came a second time, but this time shot over the bar. Everton defence was often hard pressed. Rawlings had a shot deflected. A free kick from 25 yards range was taken by Welsh and Burnett had to get his body behind the drive to complete the save. Liverpool clustered round the Everton goal for long periods and only desperate measures often saved the situation. Rawlings was given a grand chance to make fame, but his desire to over-dribble cost him dearly for he was finally robbed. In one of Everton’s fleeting attacks over-elaboration brought about their undoing. Harley sliced a ball and opened the way for Jones, but he wanted to get the ball in correct position and found himself hampered by two opponents. When Liverpool did come down they came down in “fives” so Lindley had a rare handful. But neither defence was giving anything away. Near the end Rawlings flashed the ball into the goalmouth, and it cannoned off Catterick. A goal seemed a certainty but by some means the Liverpool goal did not fall. A similar sort of thing happened at the other end, so that the game ended with two thrilling incidents. Final; Liverpool 0, Everton 0. Official Attendance 25,000.
A GREAT GAME
October 30, 1944. The Liverpool Daily Post
Liverpool 0, Everton 0
No Goals But Grand Football
I have seen scores of Derby games over the years, but none could surpass the last one of the long series at Anfield on Saturday, for it had everything to commend it, and this despite the fact that no goals were scored. It was a traditional “Derby” meeting; tense fluctuating check-full of sound, thoughtful football which produce a waiter of thrills and heartiness about the play which brought back memories. Of previous Liverpool and Everton games. The first half was particularly good for it was then that the keen rivals put forward their best endeavours. Good football it was matched with good football, and had there been goals scored it would have been a grand finale and a worthy reward for high-class endeavour. The best shot of the first half was undoubtedly Stevenson’s drive, which Hobson saved cleverly and near the interval all escapes by Liverpool must have brought a sign from their supporters when they saw T.G. Jones slice a shot –kick the ball and the ground at the lame time –and so allow Hobson to save. Burnett had not been idle, but his work had not been to staunch as Hobson’s for Liverpool’s finishing was somewhat erratic.
Liverpool Call The Tune
Came the second half and a reverse of the order of things. Liverpool called the tune. They pounded the Everton defence for lengthily periods, cracked shots all round the woodwork and some almost between, but there stood Burnett and his colleagues to defy all comets. Lindley held up a Nieuwenhuys shot by flicking it over the bar with his head, and Burnett barred his way a minute later, but I feared there would be a penalty award when Burnett rushed out at Smith and brought him down for the ball was not in Smith’s possession at the time. I know it was a desperate situation which faced Burnett for Smith appealed to be booked for a certain goal. Smith was knocked but by the collision, but the game was so near its conclusion that it made no matter. It was good to see Liddell wining it again and he served up some nice football and so did the experimental left winger T.G. Jones but I give my highest praise to the men in the rear, such as Lindley, who had a heavy day. Hughes who had to keep a wary eye on the electric Catterick and further behind still; Jackson, Gulliver, Greenhalgh, Harley (limping), and the two goalkeepers. But why single but any player? They all played their part in an “old-time” Derby game. Attendance 26,000. Liverpool; Hobson, goal; Harley and Gulliver, backs; McInnes, Hughes and Pillings, half-backs; Nieuwenhuys, Taylor, Smith (Manchester United), Welsh (Charlton Athletic), and Liddell, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Lindley, and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Wainwright, Catterick, Stevenson and Jones (T.G.),(captain) forwards. Referee; Mr. A.C. Denham (Preston).
• England beat Scotland 2-1 at Hampden Park before 25,000 spectators in the Army international. Mercer and Lawton played for England, Lawton scoring one goal.
EVERTON RESERVES GOOD WIN
October 30, 1944. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Reserves 3, St. Teresa’s 0
At Goodison park. Everton did not have matters all their own way in spite of their clean-cut win by 3 goals, for the visitors served up good football but their fault lay through erratic shooting when at close quarter. Everton’s success was due to their clever winger Makin who besides scoring twice in the second half, played the way for Booth’s goal in the initial half. Gillespie the visiting keeper, kept a good goal and brought off many capital saves. He was well supported by Webb and Witton.
October 30, 1944. The Evening Express
The Anfield “Derby” on Saturday, when Liverpool and Everton played a goalless draw we shall not readily forget. We all like the thrill of a goal naturally, but not a person with whom I spoke even mentioned the no goal angle. Absence of score, was forgotten in the thrill of the game itself, proving that it is not always the culmination of effort which delights but the standard of the approach work itself. And believe me in this game both sides reached a particularly high level. We saw football at its meatiest served “pipping hot.”
Maybe one of the most gratifying features entirely apart from the brilliance of the endeavour was the fact that two of our international stars Billy Liddell and Tommy-Jones whom we have missed for months proved that they are quite okay. Liddell, you will recall, broke a bone in an ankle, and when better went off to Canada with the R.A.F, where he earned his commission. Well, Liddell 0now 12st 3lb, and as fit as a fiddle –proved to us that he is still a master winger –a fact which should delight the Scottish F.A. selectors. Tommy Jones so badly damaged an ankle in his last Anfield game –in April –that he has been out of football ever since, but the Welsh skipper played at outs-side-left, and in the first half convinced with some subtle moves and movement which gave proof that he is quite fit again. Jones did well against Harley, although Harley gained the mastery in the second half. Another pleasing note was the return of Jimmy McInnes, who was at right half giving us pleasure with his neatness of control, quick covering of open spaces, and the facility with which he brought the attack into action. Harry Catterick making one of his rare appearances for his own club, told Everton by deeds that whenever Lawton –again a scorer for England at Hampden –is away on his representative calls, the Stockport boy is a highly capable deputy –with a ball-master which is refreshing. The curious things about the game was that, as in the Goodison Park match, each side claimed superiority for a half. I thought Everton should have been a goal ahead at the interval, but there was no denying the fact that in the second half Liverpool called the tune and kept the Blues defending for periods on end. The similarity between the games was carried a step farther in the discussion which followed two penalty area incidents late on. Everton wanted a penalty when Catterick seemed to be pushed yards, and the Reds clamoured for their spot-kick when Jack Smith raced through and came down as Burnett met him. Well, they may have been technical fouls, but personally I was in complete agreement with Referee Denham, who, I thought handled the game most efficiently. And what an injustice it would have been for either side to have lost at that stage.
Blame for the absence of goals can be placed first on George Burnett and Alf Hobson, the goalkeepers and grand craftsmen, and then on to Laurie Hughes and Maurice Lindley, the centre half-backs complete, Norman Greenhalgh, Jim Harley-despite a nasty ankle knock –and George Jackson. Add to this the insistent intervention and covering of Grant, Pilling, Watson and McInnes, and you will appreciate Why so much forward work produced no goal to cheer. Attacking methods were entirely different, for whereas Liverpool revelled in Manager George Kay’s famous “long ball up the middle,” where Smith could draw a defence like a magnet drawing a pin. Everton kept it closer –but not too close –and glided the ball from point to point. And with both tactics expertly exploited, was it any wonder the watchers got their fill? Two goalkeeping highlights were Hobson’s drive and one-handed punch away from a crackerjack shot by Stevenson in the first half and Burnett’s catch off Welsh’s free kick taken in raid air as he fling himself to his left Liverpool did most of the shooting, and Nieuwenhuys did not have the best of fortune with some snap shots late on which the Kopites were clamouring for that deciding goal. So well did all 22 play that it is hard to individualise, but I thought Smith the best forward afield; Stevenson the leading opening creator; Wainwright –in the first half –a really progressive player; Taylor and Welsh the diligent grathers; Rawlings the chief danger man in the Reds until he tried too much; and Gulliver the man who took longest to get into the stride, but whose kicking was faulties. There was a big gathering of the clans, but one friend we missed was Mr. Billy McConnell, the Liverpool chairman, who was confined to bed with bronchitis on doctor’s orders. A few of us telephoned Mr. McConnell in the evening to give him accounts of the game, and he said; “It must have been a great struggle and a great result. I’m delighted that we have proved the only team so far not to have lost at home to Everton.” The indisposition prevented Mr. McConnell from going to London, where Mr. Walter Cartwright is looking after Red interests at the Holburn.
A REAL DERBY GAME
October 30, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
While the two clubs continue to serve up such football as they produced in their last game at Anfield on Saturday. Derby games in Liverpool will always pack them in. I have been present at a host of these games, but I honestly say that I never enjoyed one better than this. That is saying something for Liverpool and Everton have put up some grand games since Derby games were started in the long years ago. I heard one American soldier say “Weren’t they evenly matched?” and he undoubtedly hit the nail on the head, for there was not a pin prick between them. If Everton were slightly the better side in the first half, Liverpool were undeniably “top-dog” in the second, and had either lost it would have been hard lines, for neither deserved to drop both points after such a display. It was the sort of game which kept the 26,000 spectators at full blast. This joy of tune got of partisans was quickly followed by the joy of the other, for the game took on a different aspect every minute. Any moment a goal seemed inevitable, but after 90 minutes of honest-to-godliness endeavour we were still waiting that goal. No matter who had scored it a roar would have vent the air even though the spectators had plenty of other things to roar about, but they love to see a shot hurling into the net. It is the most satisfying thing in the great game of ours. I did not mind whether a goal was scored or not (writes Stork). There were so many other incidents in the game that it ranged itself alongside those of pre-war days. From the opening minutes until the final whistle the game was packed with incidents and the crowd went away reeling that they had full value for money. A game without a goal must be good to provide such unlimited praise; and let me tell you this game was good. It was by far a better game than the one at Goodison Park a week previously, for there were no dull patches. It was “live” from beginning to end, and that there were no goals tells how stubbornly the respective defences stood up to their heavy task. They automatically take the main honours, for their job meant hard going. The rival forwards punched with power, but could not produce the knockout blow. Of course there were some missed chances, but the football up to the point of the shot was top class worthy of any Derby game.
The Final Thrill
Undoubtedly the best shot of the first half was made by Stevenson, who must have marvelled at Hobson’s save, the goalkeeper having to throw himself across the goal to keep the ball out. Near the interval Rawlings after keeping the ball in play swept the ball over to T.G. Jones. This must be a goal, but Jones seemed to scrub his shot and Hobson was able to save at the post –a let off for Liverpool to be sure. With Liverpool playing towards the “kop” in the second half, we naturally expected big things for they are undoubtedly more dangerous when facing that goal. They were decidedly dangerous and how Everton did not crumble under Liverpool’s barring goodness only knows. Taylor, Liddell, Nieuwenhuys and Smith crashed in shots, but they were cleared sometime luckily. Having checked Liverpool’s onslaught Everton came into the picture, but the fast big thrill come in the last minute when Smith appeared to be through for a goal. It was between him and Burnett, with the odds on the forward. The goalkeeper rushed out in desperation and dived at Smith, bringing him down with the ball many yards away-surely a case for a penalty award. So a grand match ended on a controversial note. Now to the players. I will pick out only one or two for special praise, for on the whole all did well. The backs, one and all, were sound but I thought Lindley and Hughes, the respective centre half backs, gave superlative defensive displays. Liddell who seems to be bigger these days, made a pleasing re-entry to Anfield and T.G. Jones at outside left brought in some deft touches, particularly in the first half, but it was twenty-two players who made this game possible.
SERVICES PLAYERS STILL CLUB EMPLOYEES
October 31, 1944. The Evening Express
The status of footballers now in the Services and their position when they are discharged has been defined clearly by the Football Association in their interim report dealing with post-war development. The report states that under the demobilisation scheme clubs employing men at the time of their entry into the Forces will be required to offer them employment for the periods stipulated there in, and while contracts were suspended in September, 1939 the clubs have maintained retained lists, and such will be considered evidence that the players are recognised as employees of the clubs. So at last we have a clear decision, given only two hours after the Football League, at its annual meeting in Holborn yesterday, had groped in the dark on that very point. Club delegates asked more than once what would be the position of players on leaving the Services. They wanted to know before voting on Everton and Liverpool proposition, that during the transitional period all players be paid £4 a match. Despite the fact that every member of the Management Committee knew the F.A. report –they are members of the F.A. Council –they did not enlighten the League clubs on the point. This was because the F.A. report was private until the F.A. annual meeting, when, on the proposition of Mr. Ike Robinson, secretary of the Liverpool County F.A., it was decided to issue the report to the Press. But why allow the League clubs to grope in the dark? Had the League known the true facts they might not have voted for a match wage at all. The link between the League and the F.A. which was the subject of an Everton proposition was apparently not strong enough for one to guide the other.
I instance this lack of information for the League clubs on one point, as sound grounds for adopting the Management Committee proposition to postpone all proposals for the constitution of the League in normal times until a later date. All clubs have been invited to send in their amendments and counter-proposals to the League by December 31, and they will be considered by committee who will draw up a final report for consideration by clubs at a special meeting in the spring of 1945 or at the next annual meeting in June. This does shot that the committee desires most earnestly to give the clubs themselves a real opportunity of helping to mould League football of the future. It was unfortunate that no one seconded Everton’s proposition that all Management Committee members, with one exception should retire from the F.A. Council. After the publishing of the F.A. report, however, some delegates said to me that had they known about the players post-war discharge position, they would have seconded Everton. The suggestions for the transitional period with the one alteration that all players get £4 per match, went through as suggested by the League, which means competitions as near as humanly possible to the pre-war lay-out. It should work out well. Personally I think the clubs should have voted for £4 a match right away. Naturally all payments are subject to income-tax, but £4 a match would have been a real reward for the grand services rendered by the players. The proposal by Tottenham Hotspur to raise present players age to £2 10s per match, was “killed” by the letter from the income tax authorities out that any increase over the present £2 a match would bring players under Pay-As-You-Earn. The Liverpool Evening express, in the column, was the only newspaper in the country to point this out and was done as long ago as July. Everton withdrew their motion to revert to pre-war law of 20 per cent of gates to visiting clubs, because of the curious position of the southern clubs, but when it was proposed that in the transitional period the visiting clubs should get 20 per cent, it was the vigorous appeal by Mr. Harry Mansley of Chester, which swayed the meeting to turn it down and accept the League’s suggestion of 33 ‘s per cent. After all there are 34 third division clubs among the 78 clubs playing today, so they have played their part in keeping the game alive. The League paid high tribute to the services rendered to football by Mr. W.C. Cuff, the League President who was elected a Life Member of the League, the sixth to be so honoured in history. Mr. Cuff will at a bouquet at some future date receive a casket to mark this elevation to the pinnacle of the unforgettable in football. The others were the late Messrs;- Wm McGregor, J.J. Bentley, John McKenna, C.E. Sutcliffe, and F.W. Rinder. It was fitting that this honour should be conferred at the very meeting at which Mr. Cuff so brilliantly displayed his powers as a chairman. Without exaggeration I state definitely that never in football’s history has a meeting and a difficult one remember, been ruled with such astuteness and skill as shown by Mr. Cuff yesterday. Yes, Mr. Cuff, a grand job, and all Merseyside will join in the congratulations to you on your life membership.