BACK TO FORM
October 1, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
Leeds United 2, Everton 3
Everton’s Excellent Team work
Everton came back to form in no uncertain manner at Elland-road, with excellent team work and a hat-trick of goals by Boyes giving them victory over Leeds United whose display went near to matching that of the winners, the result being a grand display of football which thrilled the crowd. In the Everton attack there was clever footwork, accurate passing and punch. Boyes was always scheming and illusive to the Leeds defence. Catterick was a dashing centre forward and Rawlings and Wainwright were a strong right wing pair. The defence was always sound with Mercer, Jackson and Burnett, in goal the stars.
A Great save
Everton lead by 1-0 at the interval, Boyes scoring from a free kick just outside the penalty area after 40 minutes. Wainwright and Rawlings had gone near, to scoring earlier and Burnett made many fine saves from the Leeds forwards, including a brilliant effort when he learn across the goal to deal with a shot by Short which appeared certain to go into the net. Goals by Short and Hindle 15 minutes after the interval gave Leeds the lead, but Boyes scored two further goals –the first with a lob shot from close range and the second after a good run through the Leeds defence. In the last 10 minutes Everton got on top and the forwards were often on the target but Hodgson in the Leeds goal gave a good display, and was deservedly cheered by the crowd for his fine saves. Attendance was 13,200. Leeds United; Hudgson, goal; Hudson and Jones (S.), backs; Duffy, Butterworth and Coyne, half-backs; Short, Laidman, Henry, Hindle and Chew, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Mercer (captain) and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings, (Millwall), Wainwright, Catterick, Boyes and Makin, forwards.
• Liverpool beat Blackburn Rovers 4-0, Paisley, Fagan, Kaye, and Balmer, scored
EVERTON RESERVES WELL BEATEN
October 1, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Reserves 1, Aston Villa Reserves 5
Aston Villa again decisively beat Everton for the second week in succession in spite of the fact that the home side missed two penalties. Everton had their moments of brilliance but found two very reliable backs in Guttridge and Lowe. Carey the visitors goalkeeper, saved many good shots including two from Bell and Trentham, the latter being the best. Everton forward T.G. Jones Everton’s Welsh international, who had his first real test following his ankle injury, came through the ordeal well, although he missed a penalty, as did Archer . Villa’s scorers were Boonham (3), and Graham (2), while Bell scored for Everton.
October 1, 1945. The Evening Express
Everton’s success over Leeds United at Elland-road was much more convincing than the 3-2 score suggest. Everton were in complete command practically throughout, and the United goals, came from two sudden raids. It was a triumph for Everton team-work with the half-backs and forwards to consistently assertive that the defence had a comparatively comfortably afternoon. The entire attack responded finely to the leadership of Catterick –he finished limping –with Wainwright and Rawlings a magnificent right wing. Bentham, Mercer and Watson were a solid foundation for a team which operated with refreshing rhythm. Everton gained a first-half lead; lost it; but then came to get their head in front at the point were it matters most –the winning post. Everton had that extra skill, understanding and fighting spirit which gave them a grip they lost only by the brief spell of two minutes.
NOT A HAT-TRICK
October 1, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Everton gave a clever display when defeating Leeds United at Elland-road and the returned the compliment on the United, who one weeks previous sprang a surprise at Goodison Park. They were always masters and from all accounts would have run up a big goal score had it not been for the excellent work of the United’s young goalkeeper. He was the hero of their side to the last quarter of an hour, when he made several superlative saves. Let me correct an error which crept into all the reports. Credit for a hat-trick was given to Walter Boyes, whereas it was Wainwright who scored Everton’s second goal with a header. Leeds tried to match Everton’s scientific play and while they accomplished many good things they could not quite reach the Everton standard. It was team work which enabled Everton to bring off the victory, for each and every man had a hand in it. The forwards were not only skilful in their passing and combination but had the necessary punch to finish off their attacks. Catterick was ever on the lookout for an opening, and showed rare dash which had the effect of upsetting the Leeds defenders. The right wing Wainwright and Rawlings were a strong pair, while Boyes was Alec Stevenson-like “in the way he opened the game for his colleagues.” The defence was well up to standard with mercer, Burnett and Jackson on top form. Leeds were handicapped by the absence of Henry in the second half.
October 2, 1945. The Evening Express
Everton have made two more professional signings. They are James Cookson, 18-year-old wing half-back, and George Dalgleish, 21-year-old outside right. Both have been playing with the junior sides.
October 3, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Everton F.C. have signed on professional forms two youngsters who have been showing good form in the junior teams. They are J. Cookson a wing half aged 18who stands 5ft 11ins and weighting 11st 6lbs. He is a product of the colts. George Dalgeish age 21, 5ft 7ins; 10st 12lbs an outside right who played against Villa Res at Goodison Park last Saturday.
October 4, 1945. The Evening Express
Tommy Lawton, the England centre-forward, now on the transfer list at his own request will lead the Everton attack against Manchester United at Maine-road on Saturday, and so gets his wish of being able to celebrate his 26th birthday leading is own club. Lawton has been out of the game for 10 days because of a knee injury, but the knee has responded to treatment magnificently and Tommy was reported fit yesterday. Lawton’s return is timely, for Catterick was injured at Leeds last Saturday. Syd Rawlings will be absent as he goes to Wolverhampton to play for Millwall, and so Billy Lowe comes back to outside-right. Joe Mercer continues at centre-half with Tommy Jones, the Welsh international, having another run with the Central league side. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Mercer, Watson; Lowe, Bentham, Lawton, Boyes, Makin.
Everton will include Wilkie, a protégé of Tommy Jones, at inside-right, in their Central League team to oppose Preston North End at Goodison Park while Shallcross the centre forward, who played for Liverpool Schoolboys at the same time as George Burnett and Norman Sharp, and who is a professional on the books of Southend United, will lead the forwards. Everton Reserves; C. Savage; Jones (J.E.), F. Willcocks; Cookson, Jones (Tommy), Archer; T. Riley, Shallcross. K. Dean, Trentham.
Everton “A” (v Haydock C and B, at Bellefirld); Nugent; Melling, D.C. Roberts; Goulding, Rees, Lever; Birmingham, Rothwell, S. Wright, Scott-Lee, Nolan.
Everton Colts (V. B.E.N.S, at Linacre-road); Maines; T. Jones, Rankin; Tansey, Dunroe, Street; Fitzpatrick, Cross, Fulton, G. Hannah, Myers.
October 5, 1945. The Evening Express
Everton have a grand chance of recording their third away win of the season, when they visit Manchester United at Maine-Road for there is no denying that the return of Tommy Lawton will make a tremendous difference in attack. Lawton’s very presence will upset the United defenders and keep them keyed up. One man cannot make a team, but Lawton, who celebrates his 26th birthday tomorrow will add that thrust and weight to the attack which was missing in the home games with Preston and Leeds United. The United have not had a merry time this term, in fact their draw with Barnsley last week at Maine-road was their first home point. The Manchester forwards have been pretty indifferent, and with Joe Mercer playing so well at centre half I cannot see the United getting much change out of the Everton rearguard. Everton have won at Preston and Leeds, and were winning at Bury when the game was blacked out so that their away form is more convincing them at home. I take the Blues to pull this off. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Mercer, Watson; Lowe, Bentham, Lawton, Boyes, Makin.
THE TELLING SHOT
October 5, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s great need in recent weeks has been scoring forwards. In point of skill they are the equal of any side, but having worked out glorious openings for themselves by good class football, they undo all they have done by their failure to snap up the possible.” It is better to have and missed then never to have a shot at all, and I hope the forwards will keep this at the back of their minds in future games. Good and strong shooting only will bring about the defeat of the Manchester defence. Good football is all very well, but unless they finished off with a shot of some weight, it all counts for nought. The United are unable to announce a team at the moment. They are waiting word from their service players, and it will not be known until tonight or perhaps until match time, what the real opposition of the side will be. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Mercer, Watson; Lowe, Bentham, Lawton, Boyes, Makin.
EVERTON DRAW WITH MANCHESTER
October 8, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
Manchester United 0, Everton 0
A fair Result
Everton’s share of the points with Manchester United, who are still waiting to register their first home win of the season was fully justified. Had Lowe taken more care with the opportunities created by Lawton in the first half, they might have won. As it was his finishing was weak, and few further chances came his or his colleagues way. Incidentally it was Manchester United’s fourth draw on successive Saturday’s. Defences were definitely on top Tackling and anticipation reached a high standard. Lawton could not avoid the grip of Whalley, his opponent, who followed him about the field like a shadow. Despite the untiring efforts of Boyes and Bentham, Everton made no impression as an attacking force against the relentless tackles of the home players especially Chifton, Warner and Walton.
Lowe and Makin never overcame Roach and Walton, and Crompton in the United goal had not a difficult shot to deal with. Not so Burnett for he made some brilliant saves especially from Wrigglesworth, who was the best forward on the field. One effort was a combination of perfect anticipation and safe handling and there was never any danger of his charge being violated. Watson and Greenhalgh frustrated the work of Worrall the guest player from Portsmouth and Smith to create openings for Rowley who found his immediate opponents (Mercer) in irresistible form. The Everton centre-half never made a mistake, and his work bore the hall-mark of a craftsman. Manchester United;- Crompton, goal; Walton and Roach, backs; Warner, Whalley, and Chifton, half-backs; Worrall, Smith, Rowley, Cockburn, and Wrigglesworth, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Mercer and Watson, half-backs; Lowe, Bentham, Lawton (captain), Boyes and Makin, forwards. Referee; Mr. S. Boardman (Hale).
• Liverpool beat Bradford 4-1, Balmer, Kaye (2), Liddell, and Horseman for Bradford.
October 8, 1945. The Evening Express
The attack failed at Maine-road, where Everton, however, were content to come away with a goal-less draw against Manchester United. Neither forward line really got together and there was a tendency to indulge in too much distance shooting. That Everton deserved they half share is indisputable, for their defence alone earned that. Mercer, Jackson and Greenhalgh offered a perfect “curtain” to the alert and clever Burnett, while Grant and Watson kept the United inside forwards in complete subjection. There was just a kick of understanding in attack, and with Whalley and Mercer so dominant in the pivotal roles, Lawton and Rowley received scant latitude. Consequently Lawton was denied that birthday celebration goal.
• Everton Reserves went down at home again 2-1 to Preston.
DEFENCES ON TOP
October 8, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Manchester United are qualifying for the now-do of champion drawliest. When they shared the spoils with Everton at Maine Road it was their fourth draw in successive matches. Furthermore they are still without a home win to their credit, and if the Everton forwards had taken full toll of their opportunities early on Manchester United might have suffered defeat. Lowe, well and truly piled with taxable passes, failed to take advantage and having had his chances the Manchester defence saw to it that such chances were never on offer again. Everton were worthy their half share for they had to battle against a defence which gave little or nothing away; Lawton and his partners tried every conceivable way to overcome it, but without success. It was a game in which the rival defences were always on top. Good tackling, quick intervention and excellent covering tactics kept the respective forward lines well in hand. Nevertheless there were plenty of thrills and Whalley prevented Lawton from getting a birthday goal. He kept as close to the England centre forward as a long-lost brother and thus hampering Lawton who could not get a real crack at the United goal. Joe Mercer did the same with Rowley who never at any time escaped from the strangle-hold Mercer put upon him, but the highlight of the hard-fought game was the goalkeeping of Burnett. Wrigglesworth lived up to his name, for he wriggled first this and then that way, until he arrived within sight of Burnett and then let loose many drives which would have found their billet and not the Everton goalkeeper been bang at the top of his form. Speaking of Everton, I am glad to report it at Tommy Jones came through his further game on Saturday, very satisfactorily and is likely to make his delayed return to the senior side this week-end. He will be welcome for both Mercer and Lawton will be with the touring side which goes to Germany.
News of another Evertonian is that Billy Cook recently given a free from Goodison, has signed for Wrexham. Rochdale were also keen to have him.
TOMMY JONES RETURNS TO EVERTON TEAM
October 11, 1945. The Evening Express
Tommy Jones, the Everton, and Welsh international centre-half and most scientific pivot in modern football returns to Everton’s team for the Football League match against Manchester United at Goodison Park on Saturday. The return of this great player and the home debut of Alf Fielding –know to his pals as “Nobby” –should ensure Everton having their best crowd of the season and one should show the 30,000 mark. Jones has been having the odd games since April 22, 1944 when at Anfield against Liverpool he scored for the Blues and then so severely damaged an ankle that he has to all intents and purpose not been in to the game ever since. Tommy has undergone an operation and various treatment, and progressed so well last season that he had two or three games with the League side, but not in his own position. Two weeks ago Jones after having had runs with R.A.F teams, went into the Central League side, and his two tests in the eleven have proved highly successful. So how we welcome back a grand player who always gives proof that the ball player can still be outstanding even in these days of stop-them-all-costs” centre-half tactics. Fielding’s debut will be an event and the lad is certain of a great reception, for there is almost a feeling of gratitude among the Everton following that the Management Committee so quickly lifted the suspension on him. Fielding is now stationed on Merseyside and has been doing a spot of training at the park this week. Alf’s only appearances for the Blues were against Glasgow at Shawfield and against Preston North End, when Everton won 2-0 at Deepdale. Everton make other changes, for Stan Bentham reverts to right-half, advancing Jack Grant to inside-right. Syd Rawlings, after scoring one goal, in Millwall’s fine win at the Wolves, comes back to outside right. Harry Catterick leads the attack and with Fielding at inside-left, Wally Boyes goes back to his real position of outside. The defence? Oh that as usual, is left to the “old-faithful” trio who have played unchanged. Mercer and Lawton set out for Germany today with the Services side due to play three games for troop entertainment. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Tommy Jones, Watson; Rawlings, Grant, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes.
Everton Res (v. Preston North End away); Blackhurst; Curwen, Jack Jones; Cookson, Salder, J.W. Davies; : Lowe, Logan, R. Barker, dean, Makin.
Everton “A” (v. Earle, away); J.A. Jones; Prescott, Willcocks; Goulding, R.E. Tarbuck, Neale; C. Birmingham, Hill, Booth, Lyon, Trentham.
Everton Colts (v. Liverpool Defence Depot, Orrell lane); Watts; Lane, Mainer; T. Jones, Sheppard; Tansey, Dunrose, Street; Fitzpatrick, G, Hannah, Fulton, T. Dunn, Myers.
October 11, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Tommy Jones Everton’s Welsh international centre half who has been out of the senior side since last February owing to ankle trouble, is now fit again, and makes a welcome return against Manchester United at Goodison on Saturday. Originally injured at Anfield on April 22 1944 Jones was out of the game until the early part of last season. He then resumed for a few minutes as a forward followed by four games at centre half, after which the old injury reasserted itself. He had an operation during the last close season for the remove of a small piece of bone which seems to have remedied the trouble. He came through two recent trial runs with the reserves side in good fettle and now feels fit and well enough to shoulder the burden of his old position with the senior side. A further special attraction about the match is the first appearance before the home spectators of Alf Fielding, the former Walthamstow and Charlton Athletic amateur whose recent suspension has now been lifted. Alf Fielding is now stationed on Merseyside, he is likely to be seen regularly in the side. Lawton and Mercer playing in a representative match in Germany this week-end, will be missing from the team. Catterick deptuises in the middle with grant at inside right. Rawlings of Millwall, on the extreme wing and Bentham in the adopted position, where he has recently done so well, at right half. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Tommy Jones, Watson; Rawlings, Grant, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes.
Everton Res (v. Preston North End away); Blackhurst; Curwen, Jack Jones; Cookson, Salder, J.W. Davies; : Lowe, Logan, R. Barker, dean, Makin.
Everton “A” (v. Earle, away); J.A. Jones; Prescott, Willcocks; Goulding, R.E. Tarbuck, Neale; C. Birmingham, Hill, Booth, Lyon, Trentham.
Everton Colts (v. Liverpool Defence Depot, Orrell lane); Watts; Lane, Mainer; T. Jones, Sheppard; Tansey, Dunrose, Street; Fitzpatrick, G, Hannah, Fulton, T. Dunn, Myers.
JONES RESUMES FOR EVERTON
October 12, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
Although Everton will be without Lawton and Mercer their English international players, who are on duty with the British Army team on the Continent this week-end, the Goodison Park side to meet Manchester United in the return League encounter at home tomorrow is a strong and attractive one, including T.G. Jones the Welsh international centre half. Fielding the newly signed inside forward. Rawlings “guest” winger from Millwall, and Catterick, at leader. Jones has been out of the side since last February through ankle trouble, but he is now fit again had a “tip-out “with the Central league side and come through the test successfully.
October 12, 1945. The Evening Express
Everton’s big day with Alf Fielding, the services ‘star making his home debut. Goodison Park will have out the “welcome” mat when Manchester United play there, for in addition to the first appearance of Fielding the Blues will bring in, after the absence all too long, Tommy Jones, the Welsh international captain. Both Alf and Tommy can be assured of fine receptions from what I anticipate will be the best Goodison Park gate since last season’s cup-tie with Liverpool. The United have always been an attraction Walton way, and, curiously enough, they generally fare well there. Every Evertonian will want to see Fielding, over whom there has been so much controversy since he landed back in the county. Fielding showed when playing for Everton in Glasgow and at Preston that he is a rare capture, while Major Jack Sharp, Capt Don McWhinnie, Joe Mercer, Tommy Lawton and Cliff Britton were among those who saw Fielding play in Italy, and sent word to Everton to “sign this men.” Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly did the rest in his usual enterprising manner. Fielding is an enthusiast and as soon as he was posted to Liverpool this week he joined up with the Goodison Tuesday training “class.” Fielding will find Wally Boyes a willing partner and Catterick eager for the through ball. The return of Jones will add not only to the defensive power of a side ranking high in resistance, but to the constructive arts of the sides and Syd Rawlings will bring strength to the spot where Everton have needed it most –on the wing. Defence is the main attribute of the United, who have not had a particularly happy season, and it was their good covering which held the Blues to a goalless draw at Maine-road last week. Not since Bolton were defeated on the opening day have the Everton fans had a win to cheer, but I think it will be their turn tomorrow. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Tommy Jones, Watson; Rawlings, Grant, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes. Manchester United; (from); Crompton; Walton, Roach; Warner, Whalley, Cockburn; Bryant, Worrall, Smith, Hullett, Carey, Wrigglesworth.
October 12, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Football attendances steadily advancing ever since the season started, are likely to touch a new post-war record aggregate tomorrow. I shall be surprised if Everton’s game with Manchester United does not attract the biggest crowd at Goodison so far. Even the most lukewarm fans will want to see the debut of the much-talked of Fielding and the return of Tommy Jones. Having drawn with Manchester United at Maine Road last week Everton should at least repeat the performance with ground advantage. They ought to be good enough to bag both points, for United have been very ordinary this season, having won only one of nine League games with four drawn. Their solitary victory was away at Stoke. Everton’s defence this season has been their strongest link. With T.G. Jones returning to further, knit together the unbroken partnership of the three stalwart rearguard men, plus Mercer and Watson when the former is available, the Blues need have little anxiety in that direction. It is the attack which needs gingering up. It has scored only eleven goals in eight games, which is not so hot. Even if Lawton remains at Goodison for a while, there are so many representative games ahead that his Services will not be as feely available as one might wish. These intermitted appearances are not conducive to team understanding, so that both player and club suffer. United will make three changes, one of them positional, compared with last week’s eleven, and will welcome back Carey their Irish international, making his first appearance after two years in Italy. Bill Hullett the one-time Everton and New Brighton player now back after three years overseas, is expected to lead the attack in the absence of Rowley, but it is not certain yet. Teams; Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Tommy Jones, Watson; Rawlings, Grant, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes. Manchester United; (from); Crompton; Walton, Roach; Warner, Whalley, Cockburn; Bryant, Worrall, Smith, Hullett, Carey, Wrigglesworth.
October 13, 1945. The Evening Express
Wally Fielding, Everton’s new Services’ star, was given a fine welcome at Goodison Park today, when making his home debut against Manchester United. Tommy Jones returning after a long absence came in for a warm rewelcome. The United included Rhodes, a young centre-forward who goes back to Germany on Monday. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Jones (T.), and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Grant, Catterick, Fielding and Boyes, forwards. Manchester United;- Crompton, goal; Walton and Roach, backs; Warner, Whalley and Cockburn, half-backs; Worrall, Smith, D. Rhodes, Carey, and Wrigglesworth, forwards. Referee; Mr. S. Boardman (Sale). Everton opened well with a nice push through by Fielding, but Whalley dashed across to cover up, and then Jones just failed to get hold of a corner by Boyes. The United responded through Wrigglesworth, who forced Jackson to concede a corner, and from this Burnett high to pull the ball down after seeming to lose possession. Burnett them came out to take charge when Worrall put across a perfect centre, and away went Everton through Fielding, Boyes cutting close in to goal. Crompton relieved the danger by diving out and clearing. The United served up some lovely football in midfield, but found the Everton tackling exceptionally good. Fielding was doing some great work in a creative sense, repeatedly opening up the way for Boyes. Fielding almost bore through, but Whalley held him up with a last minute tackle, and then Carey engineered a wondered United move which ended in Wrigglesworth shooting into the crowd.
The United came again, and Wigglesworth shot in at point blank range, Burnett turning the ball round the post with one hand.
FIELDING’S PLACED GOAL PLEASES EVERTON
October 13, 1945. The Liverpool Football Echo
Burnett-Wrigglesworth Duel In Lively Goodison Spell
United Crash in last Minutes
Everton were rather flattered by the margin of their victory over Manchester United. The visitors served up attractive approach work, but could make no impression when they got to grips with Everton’s grand defence. Jones proved to be in his best and most classy form, while Fielding, making his home debut, pleased the spectators after a rather slow start. Burnett at one period when United were the more aggressive side, made a number of brilliant saves in a duel with Wriggleworth. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Jones (T.), and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Grant, Catterick, Fielding and Boyes, forwards. Manchester United;- Crompton, goal; Walton and Roach, backs; Warner, Whalley and Cockburn, half-backs; Worrall, Smith, D. Rhodes, Carey, and Wrigglesworth, forwards. Referee; Mr. S. Boardman (Sale). There was a crowd of about 30,000 to welcome Fielding and T.G. Jones at Goodison Park today when Manchester United were the visitors. United had D. Phodes at centre forward in place of Hullet, who had been unable to make the journey from his Southern unit. Among the Press box spectators was Ernie Roderick, the welterweight and middleweight boxing champion, who tells me he has now been in training for the past few days, and will soon be ready for all comers. T.G. Jones came up into the United goalmouth when Everton forced a corner in the first couple of minutes through a faulty back-pass by Walton, but the corner led to nothing, and straightway Smith got away for the United and forced one at the other end which was beautiful placed by Wrigglesworth and looked dangerous until Burnett came out to make a sure catch. United showed some clever ideas of combination, progressing by many passes to the open spaces and by keeping the ball on the ground. One move in particular looked dangerous until Tommy Jones came through with one of these nonchalant but telling, tackles of his which transferred play to the United’s quarters. Wrigglesworth missed a great chance from a corner taken by Worrall, the left winger sliding the ball well away from goal. All eyes were on Fielding, but in the first 15 minutes he had little opportunities to distinguishing himself. He had however, shown intelligence in positional inter-change with Catterick, and had provided one or two nice passes.
Everton’s attack was a long time setting down to anything like real combined football, and the best approach so fay had come from the visitors. Everton had one good chance when Rawlings put over a centre which found the United defence badly placed but Catterick misjudged the ball and was unable to get in a shot. Wrigglesworth came into the picture with two more sparkling efforts, the first saved by Burnett at the expense of an abortive corner, the second deared in very confident fashion. Jones was playing in the most confident fashion in the Everton defence; so confidently that it was difficult to realise he had been out of the game so long Greenhalgh and Jackson were lending him good support. It was well for Everton that their rearguard was sound and solid, for United were definitely at the stage by for the more dangerous side. The home goal had a series of narrow escapes, all cramped into a hectic period of about two minutes. First Burnett made a brilliant save from Smith then Casey hit the bar with a header, and finally Burnett popped up from nowhere to make another brilliant short range save from a pile-driver by Wrigglesworth. This was Burnett’s fourth tiptop save from the United outside left, and Wrigglesworth this time shook his head in exasperation at his inability to get the ball past the Everton keeper. Everton forced a corner on the right and from the resulting flag kick, Catterick headed in what seemed an almost certain goal, but Crompton got to it, and edged it on to the underside of the bar.
It bounced down just on the “safe” side of the line as far as United was concerned. After Boyes had tried hard to scramble it through. United managed to get the ball away to safely. This encouraged Everton to the extent that for some moments they kept the United penned in their own half, and Fielding put in one fairly long shot which caused Crompton a little anxiety. Grant wended his way to outside right and out across a first-class centre which Catterick just failed to reach; Rawlings had a shot which had not much power behind it, and Fielding who was showing canniness in his positional. Play and abilities as a forager set Rawlings going only for the latter to slice the ball wide of goal. This was something more lively and more to the liking of the crowd. Still more to their liking was what happened a moment later.
Fielding, who had cleverly brought the ball down to earth, where obviously he prefers it was legged up about half way in the United’s half. Greenhalgh came up to take the free kick, which he lobbed straight to Fielding. Fielding brought it to earth with one sweeping movement, wheeled round a couple of defenders, stumbled for a split second, recovered, and then rather gently stirred the ball just out of the reach of Crompton from the edge of the penalty area. It was simple-looking goal, but there was guile and craft in it, and Fielding showed by the way he took it that he knows the advantage of a “placed” shot rather than a blazed-away effort. This was at the 44th minute, and though Everton might be regarded as a trifle fortunate to be in the lead, United had frittered away their chances from in front of goal –that is, apart from Wrigglesworth, who had done his utmost without being able to get the better of Burnett.
Half-time; Everton, 1, Manchester United, nil.
Everton, who had finished up the first half in very aggressive fashion, were on so aggressive in the early stages of the second half, and the game took on a rather sombre tone for some while. It was relieved by a couple of tussle between Boyes and Walton, in which honours were fairly even, and by another effort at a “placed” shot by Fielding, which this time, however, did not catch Crompton “napping.” Jackson and Greenhalgh, who had played in their best fashion throughout, broke up some threatening raids, by United by their well timed interventions, and the first really scoring shot came from Wrigglesworth after the ball had been in progress 15 minutes. Burnett came out and caught it in his usual confident manner. Bentham went up once or twice in an endeavour to show his forward colleagues the way to goal, and Catterick with his only real chance this half fired high over the bar. Catterick gave the crowd a momentary thrill when he flung full length at the ball and headed over from Rawlings’s centre, but after thus play continued dull, and desultory for some time until Fielding again woke the spectators up with a grand shot from 30 yards out which struck the bar. Crompton had advanced from his goal and apparently thinking the ball was going over had made only a half-hearted attempt to reach it. This was a “let off” for United.
Cheers for Jones
Tommy Jones earned the applause of the crowd for one of his old-fashioned free kicks just two short steps –then wallop, and the ball was its way like a cannon ball. He got a round of cheers a few moments later for a fine piece of interception and altogether had shown that the long lay off had not interfered with his skill and surety. Fielding also at this stage pleased the crowd, first with his grand ball-control in a neat run which provided an opening for Grant and then for another shot from the edged of the penalty area. Fielding would probably have shown to more advantage had the Everton forward line been more together as a cohesion force; instead of the rather disjointed thing it was. United hereabouts switched their forward line, Rhodes who had been blotted out of the game by Jones, going outside right, and Worrall centre forward. Burnett’s most difficult save this half came when Bentham passed-back from the edge of the goal area. Burnett having to make a flying drive to keep the ball out. Straight from this Everton attacked down the middle, following a free kick by Jones, and got the United defence in a tangle. Catterick made a grand effort only to see the ball cannon back off the upright. Fortunately for Everton, Rawlings was on the spot to meet the rebound, and make the score 2-0, Time 77 minutes. Everton went further ahead when Catterick in a centre by Rawlings at the 82nd minute. Boyes, who was limping badly, almost made it four a couple of minutes later. Final; Everton 3, Manchester United 0.
PRESTON RES V EVERTON RES
October 13, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
In three minutes Everton forced a corner, and from Makin’s second attempt Barker headed an early goal. Everton played fast effective football and their forwards combined well. After 19 minutes a defensive blunder by Preston let barker through to bang the ball into the net at point-blank range. Just on half-time Everton scored a third, Barker again getting the point. Half-time; Everton Res 3, Preston 0. Everton continued on top, in spite of fierce but spasmodic efforts by Preston. Three times in five minutes North End’s goalkeeper had to save, once in thrilling fashion at Barker’s feet. After 15 minutes Archer scored a fourth for Everton. Final; Preston Res 0, Everton Res 5.
EVERTON’S GOOD DEFENCE
October 15, 1945, The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 3, Manchester United 0
Everton have mainly to thank their powerful defence for their 3-0 victory over Manchester United at Goodison Park. United were the better side in the first half, and with luck might have been three goals up at the interval, instead of one down. Their approach work was entrancing at times and they finished it off with some good shooting, but the best they found produced was not good enough to beat Burnett, who kept goal brilliantly. During the first half hour Everton’s attack was very ordinary, but after the United goal had a couple of very narrow escapes, it became much more purposeful. Fielding opened the score a minute before the interval with a great goal. He brought a free kick by Greenhalgh, under control in clever fashion rounded a couple of defenders and then very deliberately placed the ball out of Crompton’s reach.
Though the second half was marked by spells of rather scrappy and aimless play, it definitely ran in favour of Everton, and in the end Manchester were a well-beaten side. Rawlings scored the second goal after 77 minutes and Catterick headed in the third five minutes later. From an Everton viewpoint the most encountering features were the excellence of Jones and Fielding. Some people had doubts as to how Jones would react after his long spell off inactivity. He set them at rest by a solid and reliable display. He improved the longer the game went and showed fine ball control, dribbling power intelligence in positional interchanging and anticipation and would undoubtedly have shone still more had the Everton attack been less disjointed. The attendance was 32,087. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Jones (T.), and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Grant, Catterick, Fielding and Boyes, forwards. Manchester United;- Crompton, goal; Walton and Roach, backs; Warner, Whalley and Cockburn, half-backs; Worrall, Smith, D. Rhodes, Carey, and Wrigglesworth, forwards. Referee; Mr. S. Boardman (Sale).
• Liverpool beat Bradford 2-0, Liddell, Shannon
October 15, 1945. The Evening Express
Merseyside football clubs are certain doing well in the discover “sphere Everton continued the good work on Saturday when they introduced a Wigan lad named Barker who proceeded to record a first half hat-trick for the Central league side in their sensational 5-0 win at Preston North End, I have assurance that this Barker is something above the ordinary. Mr. Will Gibbins, chairman of Everton, said that several clubs in the district were seeking barker and that in fact is proof that the player has what it takes. Barker would not be the first youngster from Wigan to gain fame in the Goodison blue jersey. At hat-trick in the first game is good going, but there it was good going all the way for the Merseyside Club on Saturday apart from Liverpool Stanley folk there is not a soul who would now say that the 13th is unlucky day. Well, for the first time this season both Everton and Liverpool throughout a treble. Yes the football League, Central League and County Combination sides both clubs all won. Everton’s with a goal aggregative of 14-1.
Everton had their happiest day of the season, so far, for there were three things in their fine 3-0 win over Manchester United at Goodison Park, which above everything else, brought an extra thrill of satisfaction. They, were first the sensational home debut of Wally Fielding; second, the resumption of those object lessons of scientific football so long given by Welsh international, Tommy Jones; and third the magnificent goalkeeping of George Burnett. There were other happy Everton features but I rate those as those deserving of special mention.
Everton realised as well as you and me that when Alex Stevenson went overseas they would find the going tough until they could find a successor. Well, I am convinced that they have now found that man in Fielding. I wonder was it one of those clever thoughts of Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly which found Fielding occupying Steve’s seat in the dressing room? If so it was something of an inspiration for Fielding had a truly grand home debut. And right here let me pay a tribute to the generous manner in which the 32,087 spectators made Fielding feel at home. I do not think Wally will readily forget this days in his career, coming as it did right on top of his ten day suspensions. When Fielding cracked home that vital shot at the 43rd minute to alter the entire run of the game he wiped out the memory of that incident. And let us permit the past to bury its dead in Fielding’s case. Wally has a great future if this is a sample of his play. Mr. Kelly brought Fielding and myself together before the game, and I was struck by Fielding’s genuine enthusiasm and eagerness to “get cracking.” Fielding is a quiet lad obviously tickled to death at the warmth of the dressing-room reception, and he went out there and made many Everton hearts, beat a little faster as the watchers realised that this is a lad of the traditional Everton mould who can do things. Fielding is always master of the ball, can move both ways, uses the vital short ball cleverly, yet never falls to employ the cross-field pass which is always such a winner. And to this a power in the close tackle indicates of strong legs and shooting ability and you will appreciate that Everton have a four-figure player for the cost of an evening dash to North London from the Waldort by Mr. Kelly, in July. Yes that enterprising trip to Wally’s home by Mr. Kelly really made Fielding an Everton player. Congratulations, Wally, on a splendid debut and may this be only the first of many similar games.
The colourful return to his favourite centre half position after long injury of Tommy Jones was another source of supreme satisfaction. What a difference it made to Everton’s defensive make-up what burdens it lifted from the shoulders of the ever-faithful Jackson, and Greenhalgh, what motive power I put behind Everton’s end so willing attacks. Jones was the complete footballer never hurried and playing with all his old-time enthusiasm. You have it your way, and I’ll have it mine –Jones to me, is the most accomplished centre half in football. It was a treat to see him again. Now to the man who stood between Everton and what might have been a heavy defeat. –Burnett. Wearing Ted Sagar’s international jersey, Burnett did that jersey and Sagar proudly. “The boys” himself could not have done better and I can think of no higher praise. One save from Wrigglesworth’s point-blank shot was absolutely miraculous. Even now I do not know just how Burnett got to it. It was the defence and United best periods, until Fielding landed his winner but then the old style Everton machine revolved delightfully around the “Jones hut” and the United fared right out of a pretty football picture in which thrills abounded. There was not one dull moment in the game, for even the midfield play completely satisfied those who know football. The Everton backs were splendid, and Bentham and Watson –Bentham in particular –settled down to splendid second half displays after rather too much half-chasing early on. Catterick was a splendid leader with that virtue so often found lacking –his willingness to try and make every poor pass into a good one. Catterick got his reward when he headed the third goal after the always-enterprising Rawlings had slipped home number two. Boyes was hardly at his best, although handicapped by a leg injury, and Grant’s at inside-right made up in enthusiasm what he lacked in skill. The United were a good side, but speed and skill told in the end.
Archer and Hill were other scorers in Everton’s Central league win at Preston.
BLUES’ GRAND DEFENCE
October 15, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Credit for Everton’s victory over Manchester United their second win at Goodison this season, goes mainly to the defence in which Tommy Jones and Burnett were outstanding with Greenhalgh and Jackson as solid and reliable as ever. If it hadn’t been for brilliant work by Bunett, United would have had this game won at half-time. He saved at least half a dozen shots which would have beaten most goalkeepers, so frequently did he keep popping up from nowhere and making marvellous last-second saves that it took all the heart out of the visitors who in the long run were well and truly beaten even though the margin, remembering United’s first-half display, was a trifle flattering to the victors. More than a few folk had their doubts about Jones. They felt his long hibernation might react to his detriment. I’ve always regarded Tommy Jones as the best centre half players today, notwithstanding Cullis Franklin, Harris, or anybody else. It was convinced neither his skill work confidence would be affected. Events proved me right. Alf Fielding was a bit nervous about his debut. No wonder, seeing how strongly the limelight has been on him. He need not have worried. After a rather slow start, due mainly to the disjointedness of the Everton attack he soon showed that he has all it takes to make the high-test grade –and keep there. He has good ball control –I was impressed by his ease in bringing a bouncing ball down to earth –sound positional sense and anticipation, and showed by the manner he took his goal that he brings guile and thoughtfulness to his shooting. Many a player? Would have tried to make a hole in the net hen so placed Fielding just lobbed the ball where Crompton couldn’t get it. His shooting all through was thoughtful rather that powerful. He produced no “cannon-ball” efforts though I’m told he can do when the occasion demands. United, having supplied most of the best football for the first half-hour, faded out badly in the second portion, when further goals to Rawlings and Catterick put the issue beyond doubt. It may seem rather cherish to criticise any side that wins 3-0 but the fact remains that Everton’s attack was never as bright and sparkling as one would have liked, and that the front line still lacks cohesiveness and team work. The defence is still the main buttress.
INQUIRES FOR LAWTON
October 17, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
I understand that Everton F.C. have had a number of inquiries from Southern clubs regarding Lawton, their England international centre forward, who was placed on the transfer list at his own request last month, and that the Everton board are dealing with these inquiries. Quite a number of clubs would no doubt, like to sign Lawton and in this respect, I think Arsenal, West Ham United, Chelsea, Millwall, and Crystal Palace. Among others are interested in the player. The Everton team to meet Sunderland at Goodison Park on Saturday will be Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones, Watson; (forwards from); Rawlings, Wainwright, Catterick, Lawton, Fielding, Boyes.
EVERTON’S OTHERS SIDES
October 18, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Everton Reserves (v. Manchester Utd Reserves away); J.A. Jones; Curwen, Jones (J); Cookson, E. Falder, Archer; Lowe, Dean, A. Booth, Logan, Makin
Everton “A” (v. Earle at Bellefield)-Maines; Sheppard, Willcocks; Melling, Massey, Lever; Fitzapatrick, Hill, Wright, Lyon, Trentham.
Everton Colts (v. Shaftesbury); H.J. Williams; T. Jones, Rankin; J. Makin, Dunroe, Street; Heath, Kitchingman, Futton, T. Dunn, Myers.
October 19, 1945. The Evening Express
Tommy Lawton says that he is a certain starter for Everton tomorrow in the Football League game with Sunderland which will bring back vivid memories of the two hectic pre-war cup battles between the clubs at the Park. First there was the sensational 6-4 Everton victory after extra time, and which is still regarded as the greatest-ever club match, and then followed Sunderland’s 1-0 victory –after Everton had pressed for nine-tenths of the game. Carter got the goal that day, but there will be no Carter tomorrow because he is injured. However, the Roker lads will bring Spuhler, Burbanks, Whitelam, and Lockie of their pre-war stars, and several highly-moving juniors in a side carrying a nice blend of youth and experience and quite capable as witness the Wednesday 4-2 win over Stoke City. Those Everton followers, who missed the chance of seeing Fielding and Tommy Jones last week, should right the wrong this time, while this out of no disrespect to harry Catterick who played so well last week –and the reappearance of a lad who may one day play for England –Eddie Wainwright. I rate Eddie as one of football’s most improved forwards of the past year. It will be grand welcoming back Sunderland one of the games outstanding clubs throughout the ages, and beat a rather luckless side. It should be fine football. Just another reminder to the intending spectators. The match starts at 2.45 p.m. to enable Sunderland to catch the five o’clock train home. So hurry that lunch. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Tommy Jones, Watson; Rawlings, Wainwright, Lawton, Fielding, Boyes. Sunderland; Buchan; Gorman, Stelfing; Waller, Lockie, Housam, Spubler, Brown, Whitelum, Dunn, Burbanks. There will be a collection in aid of the Liverpool Dental Hospital.
October 19, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Sunderland’s visits brings this season’s first real whiff to pre-war atmosphere at Goodison Park. Even if the Rokerites come with a rather unimpressive record they are still very welcome. Of their ten games to date they have won three and lost the rest, their victories being home affairs against Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday, and Stoke. Four times Sunderland’s attack has failed to find the net and altogether has got twelve goals against 30. On that showing it looks as though Everton should win. Certainty it doesn’t seem as though the Blues grand defence is going to be seriously extended. Still we thought that when Leeds were here and they soon disillusion us. Since then, the return of Jones has further strengthened Everton. He is a certain starter, tomorrow. Lawton is also practically certain to play. Remember the kick-off is 2.45 and there is a collection in aid of Liverpool Dental Hospital; Teams; Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Tommy Jones, Watson; Rawlings, Wainwright, Lawton, Fielding, Boyes. Sunderland; Buchan; Gorman, Spelling; Waller, Lockie, Housam, Spubler, Brown, Whitelum, Dunn, Burbanks.
FORMER EVERTON PLAYER
October 20, 1945. The Liverpool Evening Express
Sam Wolstenholme, the Blackburn Rovers, Everton, Croyden and Norwich City half-back, who 40 years ago made three appearances for England has died in hospital aged 68.
Birmingham Mail - Saturday 20 October 1945
Wolstenholme, the Blackburn Rovers. Everton and Norwich City half-back, who 40 years ago made three appearances for England, has died in hospital aged 68. In 1914 he was interned in the Ruhleben camp with other footballers. including Bloomer and Pentland.
EVERTON ON TOP
October 22, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 4, Sunderland 0
Lawton Gives Fine Display
Everton had little difficulty in beating Sunderland –a Sunderland that was only a shadow of their famous cup tie side. It may seem paradoxical in view of the score to say that Burnett for Everton had more difficult shots to deal with than Bircham, but that can be explained by the fact that the Sunderland goalkeeper had no chance with the four goals which beat him. Even so, the Everton forwards did not take full toll of their chances some really simple opportunities being missed. The first half provided some capital combination with Everton always looking the more dangerous side-but there were occasions when Sunderland promised to make a keener fight of it, for some of the midfield play was good, although never quite so good as that of Everton’s. They were poor finishers and did not have a Lawton in their front line.
Three Perfect Goals
Lawton scored three perfect, goals each fine gems. His second goal was the best for it was a header to the right. T.G. Jones had waved Lawton up to the goalmouth. Lawton went there and Jones found him with his long lob, but Bircham spoiled the move by just beating Lawton. Not so the second time for Lawton flicked the ball right to the far side of the goal and Bircham could do no more than stand and watch the ball enter the net. Prior to that Lawton had swept Rawlings pass into the net and in the second half Wainwright plied Rawlings again and the winger spotted Lawton taking up positions at inside-right. Rawlings pulled the ball back and Lawton smartly hooked it into the net. Jones had been coming up for corner kicks throughout the game and near the end got his reward, when he safely turned Boyes corner into the net. Jones was in brilliant form again both in attack and defence. The Everton defence was too good for the Sunderland attack. Lockie did his best against Lawton without holding him, and Fielding, not so good as the previous week, did many things which stamped him as a born footballer. Attendance 31,365. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones (TG), and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Wainwright, Lawton (captain), Fielding, and Boyes, forwards. Sunderland; Bircham, goal; Gorman and Spelling, backs; Walker, Lockie, and Housam, half-backs; Spuhler, Brown, Whitelum, Dunn, and Burbanks. Forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Hartles (York).
• Liverpool lost 1-0 to Manchester City, Pearson for Manchester City
• Wales beat England 1-0, at West Bromwich, mercer played for England
October 22, 1945. The Evening Express
England would have won with the aid of Lawton, who was so irresistible at Goodison Park. No defence could have held this Lawton, whose general leadership was as complete as his goal-getting. At the root of Lawton’s scoring was an unselfness which emphasised the Everton team spirit –precision passes by men, who, in two instances might have been tempted to themselves “have a go.” First Wainwright went right through to draw everyone clear, of Lawton, and then, instead of shooting, he turned the ball back to Tommy to make it a certainty. And in the last of the three Rawlings scorned the chance to cut in and quickly stabbed the ball back for Lawton to hook it through. The second goal was from a perfect free-kick by Tommy Jones who from 40 yards dropped the ball to Lawton’s willing head as accurately as if he had placed it there with his hands and a forehead glide did the rest. So much for the hat-trick with which Lawton started his league goal-scoring of the season. The fourth goal was a just reward for Tommy Jones, who must have covered a mile running up and back, for each corner kick. He headed goal off the last corner was a beauty and proved that there is always reward for the trier. Brilliance in defence laid the foundations for this success against a Sunderland and never revealing its pre-war glamour, but beating a grand young inside-left in Dunn, who was so reminiscent of our own Jimmy Dunn in build and movement. On only about six occasions was the Everton defence extended so easily did the Everton half-backs and backs made not the slightest trace of an error and Burnett carried on where be left off against Manchester United. Take it from me, Burnett is fast approaching the Ted Sagar class and that is no exaggeration. The forwards had much for which to thank the judicious feeding of Bentham, Jones, and Watson and they thrived on the work. Wainwright and Rawlings comprised a glorious right wing and after seeing Rawlings in his last two games I would not, were I Everton hesitate longer but makes an offer to Millwall for him. Wainwright seems to play better in my opinion every time I see him, while Fielding demonstrated that his, display against United was no mere “flash” but his genuine form. With the extra “nip” which will come with First League experience, Fielding will be a sensation. Why does Lawton want to leave a club having such inside forwards as Wainwright and Fielding? Fielding, incidentally seems to be something of a mascot, for Everton have won the three League games in which he has played. Boyes would be the first to say “Thanks” to Fielding for he received fine support and revelled in it. Pity that Boyes was not just a little steadier in finishing, Everton are riding the crest of the wave at the moment, and being not over impressed with Sunderland I think the Blues are due for a “double.” Lawton will be in London on Friday for a broadcast, but should be able to travel through to Roker. Mr. Ernest Green was host at Goodison to the 31,636 guest and spectators. Chairman Mr. Will Gibbins was away with the reserves and being represented at home by son, Capt, W. Gibbins, back from overseas services.
• Everton Reserves lost at Manchester United on Saturday
A PICTURE HAT-TRICK
October 22, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
The score does not given you a true idea as to Everton’s superiority over Sunderland at Goodison Park. It was convincing enough, but those four goals should have been doubled for there were some simple chances missed in an inexplicable manner. Although Everton won comfortably, Burnett was the busier goalkeeper; at least he had the more difficult shots to content with, and he dealt with them in a masterly way. His opposite number Birsham was busy in goal scrambles, but had no shots of high power to turn aside like those of Burnett. Well how did he come to yield four goals, simple at all. They were of such magnificent quality that he was unable to make contact with the ball until he had to pick it out of the net. Not an earthly with any one of the four. Lawton took three of them, for a hat-trick a better treble I have not seen. His second a header, was one generally seen in picture books (writes Stork). Some time previously T.G. Jones and Lawton where the scheme and it only just failed. The second attempt was highly inaccurate. Bircham being left standing. The third goal was also the result of perfect position play by Lawton. Rawlings was quick to see Lawton requirement and his backward pass was swept into the net with hesitation. Jones had been itching for a goal all through the game. He came up for corners each time, and at last got his reward. Boyes twice clean through missed the easy ones, and Fielding also should have scored. His field play, however, was throughout without being up to that of the previous week. Some of his ideas were too subtle for his partners. His style will soon be numbered by his colleagues and then we shall see his full value. Wainwright keeps on improving a fine young player this. Sunderland turned out a new lad in Dunn a product of Northampton soccer and if I am any judge he is going to be a top class performer ere long.
October 24, 1945. The Evening Express
When Torry Gillick and Jimmy Caskie, Everton and Scottish internationals, were hero on September 19, they mentioned to me that there was a possibility that they might not return to play for Everton. Ever since that date negotiations have been proceeding between Everton and the Scottish League clubs, with which the players have been appearing as guest players –Rangers and Hibernian. The fact is that Rangers from whom Everton secured Gillick ten years ago, want to retain his services, and Hibs, would like Caskie whom Everton signed from St. Johnstone just before the war. The players now have business in Scotland, and that is the reason why it may be impossible for them to return to Goodison Park. Now that these facts have “leaked out” I am released from my promise to keep things off the record until something definite had been done, so I can now tell you that the purpose of the visit of Mr. Theo Kelly, Everton secretary to Scotland last week-end was to try and come to some arrangement with Rangers and Hibernian regarding the two players, either on direct transfer or some amicable arrangement for exchange. The loss of Gillick and Caskie coming on top of Lawton’s request for transfer would be a severe blow to Everton, but the supporters need not worry, the club have the position well in hand.
Cecil Wyles transferred to Blackburn Rovers
Everton will later today transfer to Blackburn Rovers Cecil Wyles, their wing half-back, who has been converted into a centre forward. Wyles went to Goodison in 1938, and has been playing as a guest with the Rovers. Bury were also anxious to sign Wyles
October 25, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Everton away to Sunderland, will turn out the same side as that which scored so solid a victory, in the first encounter and look to have a good chance of completing their first double of the season. Mercer has a Command game tomorrow and another on Tuesday and is “resting” on Saturday. Team; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (TG), Watson; Rawlings, Wainwright, Lawton, Fielding, Boyes.
There is nothing to add to the news gave on Tuesday about Gillick and Caskie. It may be months before Everton make a decision. That one benefit of the transitions periods. It gives clubs time. Actually it is two months already since I gave the first news about Rangers desire to keep Gillick.
Everton Reserves (v. Manchester United, home); Birkett; Curwen, Jones (JE); Cookson (JD), Jones, Archer; Lowe, Elliott, R. Barker, A. Boyde, F. Froud.
Elliott is a 22 year old inside forward whom Mr. Theo Kelly recently signed from Maryhill Harp, a Scottish junior side. He appearance is not yet definite, but the player will do his best to get down.
Everton may sign Syd Rawlings, their guest winger from Millwall, any day now. Negotiations for his transfer, at a four figure have reached an advanced stage. Rawlings was previously with Preston, Huddersfield and West Bromwich and war time guest with Southport .
EVERTON “DOUBLE” BID
October 26, 1945, The Evening Express
I anticipate Everton completing a “double” over Sunderland at Roker Park tomorrow although Lawton will not be playing. He is in London today for a broadcast in “Shipmates Ashore,” and is due to play in a Service match at Leamington on Sunday. Therefore I expect Harry Catterick to be leading the line, and if he players as well as he did against Manchester United then Everton will be okay. At least Catterick is certain to get the best possible support from Wainwright and Fielding, not forgetting the two clear wingers. In defence Everton are as sound as a bell with Tommy Jones again back to his brightest and best and the whole scheme operating smoothly. I was not over-impressed with Sunderland last week, but there is danger in their wingers. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Tommy Jones, Watson; Rawlings, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes
Everton include a new Scottish star in their central League side against Manchester United at Goodison Park. This is Tom Elliott an inside forward from Maryhill Harp. Elliott is a professional and the transfer has just been completed.
October 26, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Everton won in such confident manner last week that their prospects of completing the double against Sunderland at Roker Park, are distinctly bright. The change of venue makes the game more open, of course, and Sunderland through lacking the craft and subtly to break down the strong Everton defence last week nevertheless showed that they have shots in their locker, and the Blues must not take too much for granted. Everton hope to field an unchanged side, though there is a doubt about Lawton. In any case with Fielding and Wainwright in the line, it becomes a much more excellent combination, than hitherto. Fielding has made a lot of difference. He does his stuff with the ease and skill of a veteran while Wainwright has come on apace. The defence which has never given cause for anxiety, is strengthened still further by recent displays of Jones, which is right back at his brightest and best. Everton today are a well-knit side. Yet they must not scorn the easy chances for all that. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Tommy Jones, Watson; Rawlings, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Boyes
October 29, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
Sunderland 0, Everton 4
Craft and artistry Beat Enthusiasm
Everton’s 4-0 victory over Sunderland at Roker Park was a triumph for craft and artistry over undisciplined enthusiasm. Everton, who for the fourth game in succession have not forfeited a goal, were a strong and virile side in every department. Yet on balance of natural scoring chances Sunderland should have won. Sunderland’s youthful forward line, with an average ago of eighteen, repeatedly ruined good chances by hasty and erratic shooting, and gave the worst display of finishing I have seen for a long time. It was inevitable, with so many mark, but, when they were, Burnett was always there to pull off a brilliant save. His splendid work seemed to take all the heart out of the home side. He was well protected by Greenhalgh, Jackson and Jones whose coolness and all-round understanding was on the whole, more than a match for anything the home side could produce.
It was in attack that Everton pleased. Their forward line was almost international like in its precision in the first half, making quick progress by accurate passing and clever positional play. It fell away a little in the second half, but even so it was still of a high standard. Catterick a forceful leader, was unlucky to have two goals disallowed for offside. Fielding and Wainwright again pleased by their clever work. Boyes was brilliant in the first half, and Watson and Bentham were sound at half-back. Neat play by Fielding and Catterick enabled Wainwright to score in three minutes, Catterick got the second in splendid fashion after ten minutes, but was made a present of the third when Bircham misfielded a centre. The fourth scored by Fielding shortly after the resumption was the best of the day, a brilliant shot from twenty yards. Sunderland; Bircham, goal; Ford, and Stelling, backs; Waller, Lockie, and Housam, half-backs; Etherington, Brown, Whitelum, Dunn and Ellison, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Jones (TG), and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding and Boyes, forwards. Referee. Mr. H. Hartles (York).
• Liverpool lost 5-0 to Manchester City, Herd (2), Smith, Pearson (2)
EVERTON RESERVES IN FORM
October 29, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Reserves 6, Manchester United Reserves 2
Everton, who were hard pressed in the first half made a brilliant rally afterwards and made amends for their previous week’s defeat with a 6-2 victory. The Blues’ forwards line played splendid combination, ably led by Barker who did the hat-trick. Elliott the new Scottish forward did well for the Blues. The United were the better team in the first half, but found Birkett the home keeper in capital form. Mycock scored twice for the visitors, while Froud, and Cookson scored the other Everton goals.
October 29, 1945. The Evening Express
Everton apparently set Wearside slight by their comfortable win over Sunderland at Roker Park. The victory was the reward of construction for Bentham, Watson, Wainwright and Fielding used the ball with fine discrimination and kept Everton moving smoothly and rhythmatically from start to finish. The Blues were encouraged by a goal in three minutes and another seven minutes later, and the young Sunderland could never recover. Rawlings, Catterick, and Boyes were splendid foils to the creative stars, and the Everton defence found little difficulty in negativing all Sunderland’s attempts to find a loophole –Jones blotting out the inside forwards. Jackson and Greenhalgh clamping down on the wingers and Burnett making some fine saves. Wainwright placed Everton on the victory way, and then Catterick took a couple before Fielding scored with another of his distance “specials.” Note that Everton have won every point sought with Fielding in the team.
Tommy Lawton wanted to play for Arsenal, and his fact alone leads me to think that it will be Arsenal and not Chelsea, who will make the strongest bid for Lawton’s transfer. There cannot be smoke without fire. Joe Mercer said on Saturday that he is to have a fortnight’s rest from football, and surely no player deserves it more. Joe, incidentally will be out of the Army in a matter of weeks. That Everton could go to Sunderland without Lawton and Mercer and win 4-0 is testimony to their team spirit and general strength, and the win takes then above Liverpool with one match in hand.
EVERTON’S GRAND DISPLAY
October 29, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
It was a peculiar game at Roker. The score did not exaggerate Everton’s superiority; yet Sunderland did three-fifths of the attacking and had three openings to each of Everton’s. The difference was that Sunderland wasted their chances in shocking manner, whereas Everton accepted everyone in crisp and sparkling fashion. Up to the half-hour, Everton had three shots and got three goals. All Sunderland could do was boot the ball into the spectators. And that was how it went throughout. Though the home team had so much more of matters territorially, don’t think they were unlucky to lose. They were fortunate the deficit wasn’t bigger. There was all the difference in the world between their approach work and that of Everton’s. Everton make quick progress by accurate passing, canny positioning and artistic footwork. Sunderland’s advances were the result of sheer determination and dogged endeavour. Their young forward line had all the attributed of youth, but when you’ve said that you’ve said all. They had not the guile and craft necessary to outmanoeuvre the visiting defence, which was sound in every link. In the first half particularly the Blues rearguard had the crowd gasping at the calm way in which backs and halves steamed an attack and indulged in little passing movements of the first 45 minutes Everton came near to international standard. That they were not to sparkling later on was due to Sunderland’s courageous spirit, neglect of Boyes, and the fact that the inside forwards with the game well won were inclined to be more individualistic and sometimes tried just one move to many. Catterick got two goals and had two disallowed –one at least a legimate one –Wainwright got one and Fielding’s was the best of the day though Catterick’s first ran it close. Fielding is still justifying all the good things said about him. Wainwright and Catterick were excellent; Boyes was electrying in the first half, and Rawlings was reliable. The defence I’ve already mentioned, and what I’ve said about them includes the wing halves likewise admirable. This is the fourth successive game in which Everton have kept a clean sheet.