EIRE 0 ENGLAND 1
October 1, 1946. Notes
Alex Stevenson and Tommy Eglington played for Eire at Dublin yesterday, England winning by a goal to nil, by a single goal by Finney. Eire attack in which the Everton left wing of Eglington and Stevenson gave Wright and Scott a most unhappy experience. Stevenson was most unlucky not to score.
LANCASHIRE CUP TIE
October 1, 1946. Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Although the spate of mid-week matches is nearing its end we on Merseyside still have the Lancashire Senior Cup to claim attention. At Goodison Park, Everton will once again receive Blackburn Rovers. Everton will be facing the Rovers for the third time this season and they seek their first win. The League game at Ewood Park brought a 4-1 defeat, but the Blues were rather unfortunate not to win last Thursday. Everton will be without Stevenson and Eglington, who will not be back from Ireland in time but Jack Lyon is on leave from the Army and partners Wally Boyes on the left wing. Otherwise the team is unchanged. Blackburn Rovers will not decide on their team until just before the game, owing to injuries and Services calls. Everton; Burnett; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Tommy Jones, Bentham; Mcllhatton, Fileding, Higgins, Lyon, Boyes.
ROVERS VISIT TO GOODISON PARK
October 2, 1946. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
With Stevenson and Eglington absent, Everton being in Lyon and Boyes on the left wing these being the only changes from the side beaten at Huddersfield. The first game at Blackburn ended in a 1-1 draw, but I expect Everton to win today. The Rovers will be below strength because of injuries and Langton non-availability after two international matches in three days. The kick-off is at 3.15 and the teams are;- . Everton; Burnett; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Tommy Jones, Bentham; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Higgins, Lyon, Boyes. Blackburn Rovers; Marks; Cook, Crook; Whiteside, Pryde, Fairweather; Godwin, Coates, Smith, Campbell, Glaister.
W. Cook the Irish international and former Everton and Wrexham full back, who has been signed by Rhyl Football Club as player-manager.
LANCASHIRE CUP-TIE SECOND LEG AT GOODISON
October 2, 1946. The Evening Express
By Pilot (Don Kendall)
Many notable football personalities were at Goodison Park today for the second “leg” of the Lancs, Senior Cup-tie between Everton and Blackburn Rovers, in which they started level at one-one. Mr. Matt Busby, manager of Manchester United; Mr. Jasper Kerr, of Burnley; Tommy Lawton, of Chelsea and Billy Fagan, the captain, and many other Liverpool players, were among the 5,000 watchers. Jack Campbell, a former Liverpool player, was at inside left for the Rovers. Everton; Burnett, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Mercer, Lindley and Bentham, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Higgins, Lyon, and Boyes, forwards. Blackburn Rovers; Marks, goal; Cook and Crook, backs; Whiteside, Pryde (captain) and Fairweather, half-backs; Godwin, Coates, Smith, Campbell, and Glaister, forwards. Referee; Mr. W. Rothwell. A placid opening, for Burnett to pull down a centre from Glaister, and Fielding fall down as he was racing through on a solo effort. Mcllhatton and Higgins also found it difficult to keep their feet, but Boyes was well balanced to hit a shot on the turn from Mcllhatton’s centre. Marks being dead in position, Campbell was going through when he was brought down on the edge of the penalty area, but the free kick struck the barrier of players. Boyes was the “live wire” of the Everton attack and now put Higgins through, but Higgins shot straight at Marks who cleared at the second attempt. When Higgins was put through again, Pryde dashed across to check the shot. Blackburn took the lead in 17 minutes through Godwin, who was completely unmarked after a grand run and low centre by Campbell. Godwin brought the ball to his liking and then flicked it into the net off the near post.
LAWTON TRAINS AT GOODISON
October 2, 1946. The Evening Express
Tommy Lawton the England Chelsea and former Everton centre-forward, was on familiar ground today. Having just returned from Ireland Lawton, thanks to permission from Everton was out training at Goodison Park with his former colleagues. Lawton will continue with the Blues until he leaves Liverpool for Middlesbrough on Friday. (Writes Pilot).
EVERTON OUT OF LANCS cup
October 3, 1946. The Liverpool Daily Post
Rovers Took Their Chances
Everton 0, Blackburn Rovers 2
Goal-scoring seems to be a lost art, out Goodison way. In their nine games to date they have scored only seven goals, three of them in one game, and judged on what I saw of Everton’s Lancashire Cup-tie (second leg), goals are going to be a premium. While admitting that Everton had some ill-luck in the matter of goal-making, there was never that unity of purpose in the front line which suggested that they were there had the opportunities arise. This was one of the poorest displays I have seen.
I am afraid there are hard times ahead for Everton unless there is a decided improvement. Had Blackburn been a really good side I would not complain but they just an ordinary one, with perhaps more vim and endeavour than their rivals. They won at Goodison 2-0 so that they won the tie on aggregate 3-1. True, Everton twice struck the woodwork but so did the Rovers, but in the main the efforts of the Goodison side near goal were paltry to a degree. Blackburn would not have taken a lot of beating for in midfield they could be, and were outwitted at times, but in the main the defence held the whip hand. Higgins had little chance against the upstanding Pryde, who simply closed the gate to the Everton centre-forward with one exception –when Higgins headed against the upright. There were few thrills at any point of the game and the spectators had little to enthuse about.
Rovers Take Lead
The Rovers took the lead at the 17th minute, when a ball came over from the left wing and left Godwin and Coates standing out on their own. Godwin hit the ball hard on to the inside of the upright so its journey into the net. There was a lackadaisical feeling about Everton, and it permeated to some extent to Blackburn, for there was very little more fire in their game than that of the opponents. The difference was that they did except their opportunities. Two of them. Campbell, the former Liverpool outside left now operating at inside left and playing reasonably well, scored the Rovers second goal two minutes from the end. In an effort to bring greater punch into the attack the Everton forward line was switched in the second half, Lyons going on the wing and Boyes inside left. There was no real link-up. There were times when the ball was held just that shade too long which enabled the opposition defence to get to grips and finally the game erred out on a dismal note. Attendance 12,098. Everton; Burnett, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Mercer, Lindley and Bentham, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Higgins, Lyon, and Boyes, forwards. Blackburn Rovers; Marks, goal; Cook and Crook, backs; Whiteside, Pryde (captain) and Fairweather, half-backs; Godwin, Coates, Smith, Campbell, and Glaister, forwards. Referee; Mr. W. Rothwell.
• Liverpool draw 2-2 with Blackpool, Done (2) (1 Penalty) and for Blackpool Smith, and Lewis (penalty).
“DIXIE” DEAN’S STATUS
October 3, 1946. The Liverpool Daily Post
Cheshire F.A. Reject Application
The Cheshire F.A. sitting at Crewe last night refused t support the application of W.R. Dean. Dean former Everton star to become an amateur. The president Mr. E. Case intimated that the correspondence concerned with dean’s playing for Northgate Athletic, the Chester amateur club, while still a professional, had been forwarded to the English F.A. Mr. T. Wood, the secretary, said that Dean’s application to become an amateur was dated September 20, which was after the date Dean had played for Northgate Athletic.
SAGAR; EVERTON’S ‘NO’
October 3, 1946. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton could transfer Ted Sagar, the international goalkeeper to Manchester United if they desired, but there is to be no parting with this popular player, who, throughout his brilliant career, has been a one-club –Everton. However, Manchester United will be signing a goalkeeper right away. Main purpose of the visit of Manager Matt Busby, of the United to Goodison Park yesterday –he saw Everton pass out of the Lancashire Cup on a 3-1 aggregate (deciding score 2-0) to Blackburn Rovers – was to try and secure Sagar. I could have told him long before he left his Old Trafford office that he was wasting his time. Everton may be asked to part will Will Birkett, the young St. Helen’s goalkeeper whom Tranmere Rovers sought a few days ago without success, but whether or not Matt makes an approach on the point remains to be seen. Leeds United, Wrexham, Burnley and Liverpool were also at Goodison and they must have been disappointed with the display of Everton even if admiring the faster-to-possession, and more intensive Rovers who well deserved their win. It was a lifeless Everton operating without any set purpose, although I take Boyes, Mcllhatton and Bentham as rather better than the remainder.
Eleven Everton players have had to receive treatment by the club doctors this week, and consequently it is not as yet possible to announce the team to entertain the Wolves at Goodison on Saturday. The sensation of Monday’s international match in Dublin was Alex Stevenson, Everton’s inside-left. Tommy Lawton, who led the England attack, assures me that Alex played the greatest game of his career. “Never have I seen Stevie play better” said Tommy when he called to see me on his return from Ireland. The number of perfect passes Alex slipped through the middle almost made me wish I was an Irishman or he an Englishman. It was a treat to watch, and Alex certainty seems to have taken on a new lease of life. I though Tommy Eglington, the Blues new outside-left, had a splendid match. Eglington looks like turning out a really good capture; I discovered that the hero of the Eire football at the moment is Alf Hanson, now playing inside forward for Shelbourne. Everyone over there assured me that Alf is playing magnificently.”
EVERTON HAVE 18 PLAYERS OF 44 OUT OF COMMISSION
October 4, 1946. The Liverpool Daily Post
Unprecedented Number of Injuries Hit the Club
By Leslie Edwards
Everton F.C., have so many players injured it takes them all their time to choose an eleven, much less one which can win. All told, thirteen players are on the side-line. Add to the number five others whose duty with the Services make them permanently on-available –they are abroad – and with the season a short five weeks old you have eighteen of forty-four professionals out of commission. This is no alibi. The teams which have represented the club have been dreadfully shy of goals; no one will disagree on that point. Yet to have eighteen of forty-four out of the game even temporarily, is desperately bad luck. Secretary-Manager Theo Kelly says he can never remember a pre-war year in which the club was so heavily hit.
No Signing for Tomorrow
In mentioning the large number of professionals on the staff, Mr. Kelly explained that Everton have re-engaged all the professionals who were on the staff in pre-war years some at increased salaries. As to prospects of a signing, the news is that things are moving fast, but there is no hope of the deal going through in time for the match against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Everton trainer Harry Cooke (who knows football as few other present day contemporaries has his own theory for the reason behind the abnorminal injury list. He told me “The extra strain today is in the avoidance of relegation –something players and clubs didn’t have to consider in the war years. Football is harder and faster. You’ve got to maintain status, and players, who are full out all the time are doing something they haven’t done for seasons. “Some of them have not been too hard pressed, physically in Army service, but I’ve never known so many knee and thigh injuries. The Liverpool manager Mr. George Kay, believes that injuries are abnormally frequent. “They are trying to play pre-war football on post-war rations. “Was one of the reasons he advanced. “It is not due to rough play, he added.
‘WOLVES’ VISIT TO GOODISON
October 4, 1946. The Evening Express
Everton Must Have More Punch in Attack
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Wolverhampton Wanderers, sensation team of 1938-39, when they were runners-up in both F.A. Cup and First Division, provide the premier football attraction on Merseyside tomorrow, when they come to face Everton at Goodison Park – their first match here under Secretary Manage Ted Vizard. Everton’s problems lies in attack – it is accentuated by injuries –for in seven games to date only six goals have been scored two each to Boyes, Livingstone and Bentham. That the club has been able to secure a point a match at that scoring rate is high tribute to the defence centred around Tommy Jones. You see seven clubs between them have only scored nine goals against the Blues and Blackburn claimed four of them. The Wolves stand fifth in the League, but with only a point a game record which emphasises ho level are these First Division clubs. Wolves have scored 15 goals and conceded a dozen. They represent tough opposition, and the Blues simply must have more power and punch in their attack. Rest assured that with old favourites like Mullen, Westcott, and Galley – whether Stan Cullis will be here is not settled – returning to Merseyside, the gate will be well over 50,000 –yes despite Everton’s disappointing display on Wednesday. Just get there as early as you can for the 3-15 pm, kick-off and do not forget that correct money.
Eddie Wainwright, Everton’s brilliant young inside-right, may not be fit to resume football for some weeks. Injured in an Army match three week’s ago, Wainwright’s loss is a tremendous blow to Everton, who at the moment, need shot more than skill in attack. On the other hand there is brighter new’s of Jack Humphrey’s, the Welsh centre-half. Humphreys assures me that he should be ready again in a few weeks and that the second injury was not as serious as the first.
WOLVES AT GOODISON PARK
October 5, 1946. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
The Football League card today includes attractive fixtures and some capital games should be witnessed. Main interest on Merseyside will be centred on Goodison Park, where Everton receive a visit from Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Blues have been severely hit in the matter of injuries, but the return of the Irish-internationals – Stevenson and Eglington – should improve the attack. The defence is sound and in view of the fact that the Wanderers have only netted twice in away games suggests the home defence will keep the Wolves’ attack at bay, Everton have not definitely selected their side, but twelve players have been named from which the eleven will be finally chosen. Everton (from) Burnett; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (TG), Lindley, Grant; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Bentham, Stevenson, Eglington. Wolverhampton W (probable); Elliott; Morris, McLean; Galley, Cullis, Crook; King, Pye, Westcott, Wright (or Ramscar), Hancock.
CHANCE-WASTING’ BLUES PAY
October 5, 1946. The Liverpool Football Echo
10 Men Wolves Make Sure After 3—Second Shock
Everton’s Fine Play lacks Final Punch
Forward Switch No use
The Wolves handicapped by an injury to Morris fought gallantly and our old friend Westcott scored a brilliant goal, acknowledgment all found the ground. Cullis was still a Wolverhampton rock, to which many Everton’s attacks broke down, Burnett made a flying save from the Wolverhampton left wing. Everton; Burnett, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Mercer, Jones and Grant, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Bentham, Stevenson and Eglington, forwards. Wolverhampton; Elliott, goal; Morris and McLean, backs; Galley, Cullins (captain), and Crook, half-backs; King, Pye, Westscott, Wright, and Hancock, forwards. Referee; Mr. H.T. Wright (Macclesfield). The many Everton-Wolverhampton tussles apparently have been remembered for there were 40,000 people present when the game started. Everton one change was Grant for Bentham, to allow the other to take over the centre forward position. If there is a great utility to football today then Bentham did not know it. Wolverhampton made a left wing change owing to injury, Wright their international right half and centre left half was at inside left. Neither Everton or Wolves have been prolific scores this season. In their away game so far they have scored only a few. Everton’s tally from all league games was 6 goals. Both were hoping to improve today. It was interesting to see Denis Hancock the former New Brighton player once again. It was a sensation in the first 30 seconds when Wolverhampton Wanderers Hancock went down the wing with a Crook’s pass. Although Jones went over to him the winger got his centre across to Westcott, who headed the ball down to Wright, who smashed it into the net. Things had scarcely settled down when the thunderbolt struck. Everton replied strongly who they passed their way beyond the Wolves defence, but not beyond the goalkeeper was not called on. Eglington and Stevenson put Bentham through, and the Everton centre forward responded with a left foot shot which Elliott saved on his knees. The Wolves defence was not so sound as at first suggested for it might easily have fallen when Stevenson cannily put a ball through the middle for Grant who shot. Elliott save once more. Stevenson in the next minute was all but through but found the height and weight of Cullis and company a handicap.
Everton at this point were troubling Wolverhampton, and Fielding was only inches over, and Elliott had twice to pull the ball down from under the crossbar. Such was Everton’s pressure. Everton’s form was a great improvement on anything we have seen in recent weeks. They were well able to penetrate the Wolves defence, but they were still not definite enough near goal. They had several scoring opportunities but failed to take them. So did King, the Wolves outside right. Twice he had golden opportunities. Eglington should have centred immediately instead of holding the ball and allowing Everton defence to concentrate.
Hancock and Wright were particularly dangerous, but Everton were a shade better in midfield and none did better than Grant to worry the Wolves’ attack. Stevenson claimed a penalty for hands when shot, but the appeal was ignored. Westcott was only inches wide with a gliding header and then Morris with nobody near him, fell, obviously in pain. He was carried off on a stretcher to the dressing room. He had apparently twisted himself. Just as he was going off Westcott was sitting in the ground, also hurt but he resumed immediately. The Wolverhampton goal had a near shave when Bentham rushed through and beat the goalkeeper for possession, but McLean was near and his tackle prevented the Everton men landing the ball into the empty goal.
Near the interval Stevenson tried to turn the tide after fielding’s shot had been cannoned out. Fielding came again, and Elliott had to save. A shot by Mcllhatton must have had something uncommon about it, but the goalkeeper got away with a corner.
Half-time; Everton nil, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
It had been a fine first half, but the Wolves were handicapped when they resumed without Morris. They decided to play four forwards, bring Wright back to half back with Crooks right back. They almost repeated their first half goal for King flew beyond the Everton defence and drove fiercely for goals, but Jones stopped the shot.
Eglington showed both speed and ability and put in a ball in so nicely that it seemed that Bentham must have gained possession, but Cullis cleared. Then came another Wolverhampton goal after 67 minutes. It was a header by Westcott, and even the Everton people had to agree to its brilliance. King put the ball across the Everton goalmouth. Burnett came out for it, but Westcott was there first and with a nod turned the ball into the net. This set Everton off on a quest for goals, and they had several worthy efforts repelled, one or two rather fortunately. Despite these misses, I was pleased with the fight Everton were putting up. They were not sitting down and the Wolves defence was often hard pressed. Fielding had a shot blocked out. Stevenson put one over and for a few minutes Everton sounded Wolves defence severely.
It was annoying to see good play peter out near the Wolverhampton goal, but I must pay a tribute to the Wolves defence, particularly Cullis. In a hope that it would bring more accurate shooting, Everton altered the forward formation, which now read; Stevenson, Fielding, Mcllhatton, Bentham and Eglington. Eglington put the ball under the crossbar where Elliott confidently swept it away. After 70 minutes Morris return with his knee heavily bandaged. He went outside left, but was limping badly. The Wolves were doing well with their ten men.
Over the Top
Most of the play this half had been in Wolverhampton quarters, but both Fielding and Bentham slashed the ball high over the bar. When Everton got a corner, “T.G.” who had played magnificently, came up into the goalmouth in an effort to land a goal. Try how they would, the Everton forwards could not break down the solid defence. A free kick against the Wolves saw Jones make one his fiery drives which the goalkeeper could not hold first time. Morris could do nothing, and finally went off. Hancock’s rising shot was tipped over the bar. Burnett had to save an even more tricky one a little later, and then needlessly gave away a corner. Everton were still fighting, but it was hardly likely that five minutes from the end they could pull the game round. Final; Everton 0, Wolverhampton 2.
WOLVES R. EVERTON RES
October 5, 1946. The Liverpool Football Echo
Boyes was a continual thorn in the Wolves defence. Scott saving form him in the second minute. For Wolves Willis went very near and Sagar distinguished himself with good saves. Boyes and Lyon were dangerous but their shooting was faulty. After half an hour Forces pushed the ball against the post for Wolves, but Sagar cleared. Half-time; Wolves Res nil, Everton Res nil. Wolves attacked strongly in the second half and Forbes hit the post the ball rebounding into Sagar’s hands. Some fine dribbling by McIntosh forced a corner, but to no effect. The Everton forwards relied too much on Boyes. Wolves dominated the game towards the end, but could not penetrate the visitors defence. Final; Wolves Res nil, Everton Res nil.
Earlestown v. Everton “A”
The greasy state of the ground spoiled many promising movements. After 25 minutes Hankin scored for Earlestown. Heath saved well for Earlestown, Bagley equalised for Everton and Dunroe added a second. Half-time; Earlestown 1, Everton “A” 2.
SHOCK FOR EVERTON
October 5, 1946. The Evening Express
Wolves Score In First Minute
Everton were in doubt of the final composition of their side for the game with Wolves at Goodison Park until just before the start. Eventually it was decided to try utility man Stanley Bentham as leader of the attack while Grant was introduced as left half –his first appearance in league football proper. It was the Wolves’ first visit to Goodison since pre-war days, and there were over 40,000 spectators when the teams came out. Stan Cullis was given a special cheer when he led the Wolves on to the field. Pre-match news was that Eddie Wainwright’s ankle injury is responding to treatment and he may be able to resume in a fortnight’s time. I understand that peter Farrell Everton’s new Irish half back and Harry Catterick are to be examined by a specialist on Tuesday. Everton; Burnett, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Mercer, Jones and Grant, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Bentham, Stevenson and Eglington, forwards. Wolverhampton; Elliott, goal; Morris and McLean, backs; Galley, Cullins (captain), and Crook, half-backs; King, Pye, Westscott, Wright, and Hancock, forwards. Referee; Mr. H.T. Wright (Macclesfield). The game opened in sensational style, Wolves taking the lead in the first minute. Hancocks made ground on the left and squared a high centre to Westcott, who back-headed to the incoming Wright. Wright shot first time and his low drive flashed into the back of the net giving Burnett no chance what so ever.
Everton Fight Back
Everton retaliated and Eglington was applauded when he neatly outwitted Galley but Cullis and company stood firm and the attack frittered out. Everton refused to be rattled by the Wolves early goal and Stevenson and Eglington collaborated in a glorious bout of interpassing which saw Eglington square the ball to the feet of Bentham. Bentham’s low drive was confidently dealt with by Elliott. Everton were having the better of matters and Stevenson was in great form. When he outwitted Galley and passed inside to Grant, the last named’s swerving shot was headed out by Cullis to the feet of Fielding whose shot, taken without hesitation, was only inches over the bar. In the next minute Stevenson was going through when he was sandwiched by the Wolves’ defence, but Referee Wright claims for a penalty. When galley put Wright in position in the area Tom Jones was on hand with one if his nonchalant tackles to save the day. Mcllhatton outpaced McLean and high high cross-shot brought out the best in Elliott.
SNOW WHITE SCORE SHEET AT EVERTON
October 7, 1956. The Liverpool Daily Post
Need for Bigger Men
Everton 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 (Wright, Westcott)
Everton forwards have played five league games, representing 450 minutes of football without gaining a goal. It is a tiresome waste of energy to travel up and around opposing goal areas for that length of time with consolation. How do other forward lines get goals with reasonable frequency? What have they get that Everton have not got? In the belief that constructive criticism can lend a hand in mending their fragility I offer with sweet reasonableness, some belief. Let us first go back a year –I was at Blackburn and saw Pryde of Blackburn blot out Everton forwards. Sarah Bernhardt was small, but was clever. Vesta Tilley was little, but she was clever.. Den Lento was only jockey height, but he was clever. Now, at a local threate they showed “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Everton put on against Wolverhampton Goal-Light and the five Dwarfs –a preponderance of little men. One was clever – Stevenson took the honour. So we are faced first, with the knowledge that Everton are lacking in understanding, physical frames to combat tall defences.
Poise and Position
The second phase is still more important. When the Wolves leader Cullis (playing) refreshing and competent football gathered the ball he stopped to conquer. It is his manner to bend his back and poise his body and arms to deliver the ball to an unmarked comrade. It is so very, very simple –and so very, very effective. When Everton half-backs hold the ball they look-up enquiringly to find someone to whom they may supply with the ball only to find the forwards have gone to ground to biding places. The Everton forward line must learn to take up a position that will allow a pass to be handed on to them. Spectators looked up to the higher ups of the club after the game, and demanded. “Go and get a centre forward,” or Go out and buy some attackers.” The directors did not reply of course, their answer would be” We have twelve of thirteen on the M.O list and you cannot get new star players “To this the spectators might reply.” Other clubs have been buying as for example Newcastle with Shackleton. Why not a voyage of discovery to produce another Shackleton?” With which duo-talk I leave the matter only to remark that Greenhalgh played his best game for years and Eglington showed speed. It was ironic that we should look upon a former Wallasey artists golden, Dennie Westcott, making two perfect goals, one a nod back at 30 seconds for Wright to hall-mark and later taking one for himself by a perfect example of Dean – to a King-ly centre. Everton played to well in approach it was absurd they did not test the expert Elliott to greater degree.
Let us recall William Ewart Gladstine’s Liberal remark when he was in distress; “I feel when I have spoken that I have not a shot in my locker. “ Everton have not a shot in their locket, and Wolverhampton cool as fish, won with ten men (Morris cartilage trouble ended his innings). There is something painful in having to declare Everton’s strange phenomenon, namely, they make prodigious toil of simple tasks and have not a shot in their locker. Everton; Burnett, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Mercer, Jones and Grant, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Bentham, Stevenson and Eglington, forwards. Wolverhampton; Elliott, goal; Morris and McLean, backs; Galley, Cullins (captain), and Crook, half-backs; King, Pye, Westscott, Wright, and Hancock, forwards. Referee; Mr. H.T. Wright (Macclesfield).
• Wolverhampton Reserves 0, Everton Reserves 0
• Earlestown 2, Everton “A” 3
• Grimsby 1, Liverpool 6, Stubbins (2), Liddell (2), Balmer, Fagan (penalty)
STILL NO GOALS
October 7, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
Everton are causing some heartache along their followers. Even when the Wolves were reduced to ten men Everton could not produce the finish required to beat so well knit a defence as that supplied by Cullis and company. Many times they were within striking distance of a goal yet never, I thought they should have had at least one penalty award when Fielding was brought down and it seemed to me that Stevenson had his feet taken from under him when he was going through. How a side must not reply no penalty awards for it success. There were opportunities for striking a blow no more difficult than a spot kick but the shooting of the Everton forwards these days is deplorable. The 30 seconds goal by Wright was not the cause of Everton demise for they fought back bravely enough, penned in the Wolves defenders for long spells but never conveyed the impression that they had the shot in their locker to defeat Elliott, who had to make saves of a kind. The Wolves got in the first blow, and that they say is more than half the battle, and what a goal it was –started and ended in less than half a minute –before some were comfortably seated, from the centre to Hancock the latter to Westcott who nodded the ball back, Dean like to experimental forward Wright, who crashed the ball into the net at thunderbolt speed. It left the Everton people aghast; shaken badly. They were heartened by Everton’s reply, but sorely tried when they saw scoring chances fizzled and their close passing turn to shreds by a magnificent defence. Westcott’s goal was a brilliant header. He just beat Burnett to the ball which came over from the right, and how presto the ball was in the net. Cullis is still a grand player and captain in a well disciplined defence which left few routes open for the enemy. Dominating, confident and leaders of the run of the play, some up the play of Cullis and Everton’s dire need –a scoring centre forward.
October 7, 1946. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton’s distinction is one they want to lose. They have scored fewer goals than any club in the First division and have now gone three games without scoring a single goal. Need for a top-class centre-forward becomes more pronounced with each game, but I know the directors and officials are alive to that need. Here is what Radar has to say about the latest defeat – the 2-0 loss against the Wolves at Goodison Park.
“The Everton forwards against Wolves were like a group of brilliant individual musicians floundering for the lack of conductor. Despite Wolves early snap goal finely taken by Wright in the first minute, the Blues should and could have won this game. It was galling to see midfield play which was the acme of football perfection come to nothing for want of a sharpshooter. One sighed for a Dean or a Lawton. There was no one to hold the line together and I say this in all deference to galliant Stanley Bentham. Goodness knows he worked hard enough, as he always does, but was unable to throw off the attentions of dominant Stan Cullis –on this display clearly back to his vintage 1939 form. Cullis was the master-mind in a resolute, stern-tackling defence which covered every avenue to goal. Everton had no plan to defeat this barrier. In the first half Stevenson and Eglington conjured up vivid memories of the great Stevenson-Coulter wing for they gave Galley and Morris no rest, while Fielding was at his brightest during this period without receiving effective response from Mcllhatton. All the finesse, however, came to nothing because there was no personality in the middle. In Dennis Westcott, former New Brighton star, the Wolves had what Everton needed. Westcott was always alive to the half-chance, and rounded off a fine display with an excellent headed goal. Despite Westcott’s good work, Tom Jones was easily the outstanding Everton half-back for after a promising start, Grant faded out, and Mercer just could not find his game or his colleagues. Mercer’s passes went awry while he was so often out of position that an undue strain was placed on Saunders. Greenhalgh as a fearless confident back, and Burnett could not be faulted. Everton’s paucity of scoring efforts is emphasised by the fact that goalkeeper Elliott’s hardest task was in dealing with a 40 yard free kick from Jones. Yes, a disappointing display by the Blues, but the men at the head have like you and me eyes to see the red light burning.”
EVERTON AND GOALS; MR. KELLY’S VIEW
October 8, 1946. The Evening Express
When Everton can secure a new centre-forward who is absolutely qualified for the task, one who can maintain the high standard of leadership for which Everton have been renowned, then Everton will take the necessary action.” Secretary-Manager, Theo Kelly said this to me when I asked him about the demands now being made by a certain section of the following for Everton to secure a new centre forward. Two weeks ago I wrote that I did not think Everton had any real cause for concern knowing, as I did, that goal-scoring stars like Harry Catterick and Eddie Wainwright were on the injured list. Everton are not the club to be stampeded into anything, willing as they are to top any price offered by another club for the right man. While appreciating the fact that Everton have not been getting goals lately I still hold to the opinion that the men already on the books can solve the problem. Time will prove whether I am right or wrong. Remember that within a fortnight or so these two deadly marksmen should be back playing again. “The Everton club has been alive to the entire situation for a long time,” said Mr. Kelly, and only last Saturday three directors and four members of the staff were out seeking a centre-forward. “The club want the finest players only and will not worry about taking anyone who is merely a “possible” We want someone as good as or preferably better than Stubbins. “I am confident that we have the players to provide the goals just as they are providing the good football. We are not worried about the situation but are prepared to take action if necessary.” With those sentiments I am in entire agreement. I am confident that when Catterick and Wainwright are back that the goals will come in plenty. One must reflect that neither Wainwright nor Catterick has yet had a real chance of operating with the two new wingers. Mcllhatton and Eglington. Yes, there is still plenty of blue in the skies over Goodison.
October 9, 1946. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
In a further effort to solve the vital centre forward problem, Everton being in Livingstone, now fit, as leader of the attack for the visit to Sunderland. Bentham drops back again to left half vice Grant; otherwise these are the only changes compared with the side which lost to Wolves. Everton; Burnett; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Bentham; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Livingstone, Stevenson, Eglington.
There is good news apropos at least three of Everton’s long list of causalities Peter Farrell saw the specialist yesterday and has been given the all-clear to recommence training in ten days time. Eddie Wainwright’s injury has responded nicely to treatment, and Eddie expects to resume a week on Saturday. Harry Catterick’s broken arm was also examined by a Liverpool specialists yesterday. The verdict was that he will be fit to play again in two or three weeks.
• TG Jones has been selected to play for Wales against Scotland on October 19, at Wrexham.
October 11, 1946. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton of the charming approach, but indifferent, finishing make the long journey to Roker Park to face a Sunderland proving quite a shock team. I had a long chat with the Sunderland boys at Ayresome Park, and both Jack Jones, the former Everton back, and Ken Willingham assured me that the whole team was playing well. “The old Blues will have to go some to beat us,” said Jack, I quite agree. I have not seen the Blues since they lost at Huddersfield, and apparently what I saw there in the way of missed opportunity in front of goal was carried on against the Wolves last week. Injury is, I think, the root of the Everton evil. No club can expect to gain many points when key men in the scoring line are occupying seats in the grandstand. As I wrote during the week it will all come right when the Blues shake off the shackles of injuries, and in the meantime Archie Livingstone, the Scottish utility player, once again takes over centre-forward role. Livingstone did exceptionally well as leader against Arsenal, scoring two brilliant goals with snap shooting. Well, Archie, more of that snap shooting is what I want to see tomorrow when I make my third trip to the East Coast in eight days. It is a long time since I saw either Everton or Liverpool lose at Roker; in fact, it is one of Merseyside’s lucky grounds. I am optimistic enough to think that the luck will hold. Everton; Burnett; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Tommy Jones, Bentham; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Livingstone, Stevenson, Eglington.
Everton Reserves will have out a particularly strong side of their Central league game with Chesterfield, at Goodison Park tomorrow. Sagar; Jackson, Finnis; Grant, Lindley, Watson; Johnson, McPeake, Higgins, Lyons, Boyes.
EVERTON’S GOAL QUEST
January 11, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
Everton go North. They are due to meet Sunderland who have been showing excellent form since the season commenced and have been in the recent biding for star players. At one time of day Sunderland were acknowledge as the team of all the talent. They are not quite that today but they are, nevertheless, a good class side and their meetings with Everton have always produced something really worthwhile. Everton have fallen from grace recently and are now going through a learn period. Not a single goal have they scored in their last five matches which is causing great concern very where. Their football is still academic but it is getting them nowhere, simply and solely because there is no personality in the front line, to round off the good work. Time and time again I have had to write of their smart midfield soccer without the punch that is not very gratifying for when all is said and done, goals are the very salt of the game. With the object of bringing more drive into the attack Everton have brought in Livingstone. Now if this young man can only reproduce the shooting he provided in the trial game the Sunderland defence, which includes the former Evertonian Jackie Jones is in for a warm time. Burnett; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Tommy Jones, Bentham; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Livingstone, Stevenson, Eglington.
EVERTON VISIT TO ROKER
October 12, 1946. The Evening Express
By Pilot (Don Kendall)
Everton’s search for talent is unending and it is significant that only Messrs, Ernest Green and Jack Sharp of the nine directors, were present at Roker Park today for the match with Sunderland. The majority of the remainder were away scouting. The day marked the birthday celebration of Tommy Jones, Everton’s international centre-half, who plays for Wales next week, and among those who congratulated him were Jack Jones, the Sunderland full-back, for whom they paid £500 to Everton. Sunderland; Mapson, goal; Stelling and Jones (JE), backs; Willingham, Hall and Housam, half-backs; Duns, Lloyd, Whitelum, Watson, and Burbanks, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Mercer, Jones and Bentham, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Livingstone, Stevenson, and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. R.A. Mortimer (Huddersfield). Sunderland should have been two goals up in the first minute, when their fierce opening brought them two of the easiest possible chances.
October 12, 1946. The Liverpool Football Echo
But Sunderland Calls Tune
Sunderland 4, Everton 1.
Sunderland, were well worthy of their victory. They were masters almost throughout, and four goals to one did not flatter them. Everton scored a goal – it was their first in 298 minutes of football. Sunderland; Mapson, goal; Stelling and Jones (JE), backs; Willingham, Hall and Housam, half-backs; Duns, Lloyd, Whitelum, Watson, and Burbanks, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Mercer, Jones and Bentham, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Livingstone, Stevenson, and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. R.A. Mortimer (Huddersfield). Everton were up North searching for League points, and their task was no easy one. It could be improved, however, if the forwards will shoot and that is why Livingstone was brought in at centre forward. It was worthy of note that only two directors –Mr. Ernest Green and Jack Sharp – were present, suggesting that others were on important business elsewhere. Attendance was 41,000. It was Tommy Jones’s birthday and the best present one could give him today would be two points. Sunderland opened on a lively note and they might easily have scored in the first minute, for Duns was twice through, but over anxiety on the part of the winger caused him to err in his judgement. Then Watson came along with a great shot from just outside the penalty area, Burnett made a really capital save.
It was some minutes before Everton shook off the attentions of the Sunderland attack, in which Watson was an outstanding figure. He made openings time and again but they were not taken up as they should have been. Then Everton forwards came into real action and from good play on the right wing Stevenson was offered a possible but he only half hit his shot, which in any case, travelled outside. Hereabout Livingstone was hurt after coming into collision, and he was laid flat with an injured nose. He soon revived, but he was holding a handkerchief to his face when he resumed. There was no question that Sunderland were a very live force once they moved forward, and it was only some hot defensive play by Jones and company which averted disaster. In fact, the openings which came Sunderland’s way were such that goal should have been the outcome.
Again the Everton right wing pierced the Sunderland defence, and when Livingstone allowed the ball to pass through his legs it opened a way for Stevenson and Eglington “Stevie” left it to Eglington, but he winger shot behind. Jack Jones the former Everton full back was playing an exceptionally fine game while in front of him Housam gave nothing away. So far the Sunderland goalkeeper had very little to contend with for while Everton forwards were able to get within striking distance, their shooting was not a strong point. On the other hand, the Sunderland attack was always ready to strike where an opening arose, and had it not been for Jones and Burnett, goals would have been the result. The Welsh international towered over the Roker forwards and when he was rendered helpless Burnett stood in the breach. He saved a shot from Lloyd which was reflected away from him. It would have beaten a less watched ‘keeper.
Two Great saves
Livingstone shot from long range but Mapson had little difficulty in saving. Jack Jones was again to the fore when he intervened at a critical point and then Burnett distinguished himself with two great saves from Lloyd. Sunderland’s best marksman. At the half hour Sunderland took the lead. It was an unusual goal. Suddenly the ball came out of the Everton goal area and landed at the feet of Lloyd, without hesitation he let drive and his swerving shot landed safely in the net. I fear the Everton goalkeeper must have been unsighted for he made no move whatever to save. Sunderland were worthy of their lead for they had been more progressive and definitely the better shooters. Everton had several shots in quick succession but not one of them was of the calibre likely to beat Mapson. As against that, the Sunderland shooting was both accurate and ferocious and when Duns centred low across the Everton goalmouth Whitelum came up hot pace and without allowing the ball to touch the ground, he volleyed it into the net to score Sunderland’s second goal. Burnett seemed to get his hands to the ball, but such was its power that he could not keep it out of the net.
Half-time; Sunderland 2, Everton 0.
After 298 minutes
Everton’s first half display had been anything but convincing. They allowed the Sunderland inside men too much latitude but there is a different story in the first five minutes of the second half for Everton showing greater speed more understanding, scored in four minutes. It was, by the way, their first goal in 298 minutes of football, and the goal was very similar to that scored by Whitelum, for Eglington snapped up Mcllhatton’s pass and crashed it like lightning into the net. When Burnett ran out and raised the ball there was pandemonium in the Everton goalmouth, but Jones by grim defence, saved the situation at the expense of a corner. Watson shot over the Everton crossbar and when Lloyd passed the ball across the Everton goal face Whitelum did the best but just failed to make the necessary contact. Everton had gone back to something like their first half form, and Sunderland were again calling the tune. At 55 minutes they were further ahead through Duns, who received a nice ground pass and promptly directed it into the Everton goal. The score was now 4-1 in Sunderland’s favour, and when they were awarded a penalty for a foul on Watson a fifth goal seemed imminent. Burbanks hot well, but Burnett got down to the ball and made a good save.
The Old Story
Everton had their moments, but they found the Sunderland defence very capable. It gave nothing away, and it was a case of the old story of Everton reaching the penalty area and no further. After defending for a long spell, Bentham came along with a shot that Mapson saved. Everton never looked so dangerous as Sunderland had done, for there was any amount of punch in the Roker mens’ attack, even though some of their shots were wide of the mark. The Everton defence did not seen its usual self today, otherwise Watson and Llody would not have had the good innings they did. The last five minutes was a duel between the Roker forwards and the Everton goalkeeper, Burnett. Final; Sunderland 4, Everton 1.
EVERTON R. CHESTERFIELD R
October 12, 1946. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton with Higgins leading, had most of the play. Drury, the visiting keeper, bringing off grand saves from Higgins and McPeake. Everton look the lead in the 28th minute through Higgins. Two minutes from the interval Chesterfield against the run of the play scored 2 goals through Allport and Bradshaw. Half-time; Everton R 1, Chesterfield Res 2. On the resumption, Everton made many attacks, Drury bringing off capital saves from Higgins, Lyon, and McPeake.
A VERY POOR EVERTON
October 14, 1946. The Liverpool Daily Post
Goal After 298 Minutes
Sunderland 4, Everton 1
Sunderland showed Everton how to win. They were not what you would call a perfect combination, but they had the one thing in football which counted – the power to shoot. It was a mighty poor Everton we saw. For weeks they have failed to score. A goal has become to them almost a thing of memory. Ironically, Eglington’s was one of the best of the five scored at Roker. The trouble was not only in attack; that was poor to a degree, but there were flaws in defence. The wing halves did not mark their inside men in their usual manner so that Watson and Lloyd had a field day. Sunderland might have had more than two in the first half. The Roker men took possession almost from the outset and had it not been for Burnett and Jones, they would have taken an even longer lead.
Over anxiety on the part of inexperienced Lloyd probably cost him several goals for the chances were there for the taking. When Eglington scored two minutes after the interval there were possibilities that Everton might make a close finish, but back they went into their shell and Sunderland came again with a spate of goals which but the issue beyond all doubt before the finish. Burbanks chalked up the third when his shot struck the far post and bounced into the net at 55 minutes. Ten minutes later Duns made it 4-1 and there was a possibility of a fifth when Greenhalgh tripped Watson and a penalty accrued. Burbanks, who had just previously scored, shot straight at Burnett with his spot kick. Sunderland; Mapson, goal; Stelling and Jones (JE), backs; Willingham, Hall and Housam, half-backs; Duns, Lloyd, Whitelum, Watson, and Burbanks, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Mercer, Jones and Bentham, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Livingstone, Stevenson, and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. R.A. Mortimer (Huddersfield).
• Everton Reserves 1, Chesterfield 2
• Liverpool 1, Charlton Athletic 1, Done for Liverpool and Welsh for Charlton.
October 14, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
I wonder when the Everton tide is going to turn? I cannot see any sign of it yet, and until that centre forward which is so urgently needed, is found I don’t expect to see it (write Stork). There were a well beaten side long before the end of their game with Sunderland at Roker Park, and the only consolation we had was that Everton scored a goal. It was so long ago since they put the ball into an opponents’ net that I had forgotten what it was like to see the rival custodian picking out the ball from the back. But what was one goal among five? It only supplied the desire to see more. But the trouble at Sunderland was not confined to the forwards only as has been the call so often in recent weeks. The inefficiency spread to other sections of the team which have not been apparent previously. Maybe the defence has carried the burden to breaking point and just could not go on. I suppose that could be so. When a ball keeps coming back after it has been sent forward it doubles, aye trebles the work of the halves and full backs and I imagine that was as big a reason for the decline of the Everton defence as much as anything else. But whatever the cause the defence was not nearly so well knit as usual. Watson and Lloyd seemed to have the ground to themselves, seemed to have time to make the right move and when an advance was essayed it was done with a five point attack. I could well imagine the state of mind the Everton defence was in when it saw the tidal wave of five forwards beating down on them, sweeping everything aside on route. I visualised a goal each time they struck and had it not been for Burnett and Jones (early on) Sunderland would have run up a mammoth goal crop by the interval. Jones’s head and Burnett’s hands were exceptionally busy. Now what had we from the Everton forwards? A few tame shots, most of them off the target, those that were on the “bull” were easily dealt with by Mapson. Sunderland showed how goals were scored by enterprising shooting, the shots taken whenever there was a suggestion of an opening. Let me tell Whitelum’s goal. It was a hit-or-miss effort taken on the volley, a chance in a million, but a chance well taken. Eglington scored one very similar just after the break and our hearts were brightened, for Everton gave a short lived glimpse of their real ability but Sunderland got their teeth into the game again and the half-back line cracked under the strain and it became a battle between Sunderland and Burnett, for not one of the Everton backs or half-backs could put up the “you shall not pass” notice.
October 14, 1946. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Seeing Everton ball-chasing at Roker Park against Sunderland made one wonder whether their journey really was necessary. This was Everton at rock-bottom. I refuse to labour the disappointing efforts of Everton to hold a team to whom the score 4-1 did not do justice, but who were made to appear rather better than really was the case. Everton were fortunate not to be two goals down in the first two minutes, and although Sunderland’s first two goals were bows at a venture, the Roker lads were always faster, cleverer and more dangerous in front of goal. Well maybe always for immediately after the interval we had an Everton revival which looked like bearing fruit when Tommy Eglington scored his first English goal and so brought to an end that amazing Everton run of 298 minutes without a goal. Had Livingstone accepted, as did Whitelum, a volley immediately after the Eglington goal I think it would have been all-square. The chance was frittered away, however, and when Burbanks got the third for Sunderland it was all over, for even a late Everton forward switch did no good. This was primarily because the main cause for failure, apart from the old fault of lack of thrust in front of goal, was not in attack, but at half-back. Bentham had his poorest game for seasons. Mercer was not the real Joe even before his injury; and Tommy Jones was slow with his interceptions. Llody and Watson, the Roker inside men, had a “field day” believe me. But for the sheer brilliance of George Burnett the score would have been doubled and when I tell you that his save off Burbanks penalty was one of his easiest you will appreciate what a gigantic task faced him. One single-handed save off a long shot from Lloyd which “dripped” curiously was as good as anything Burnett has ever done. With the goals Burnett had not the slightest possible chance. Mcllhatton and Eglington had their moments –all too rare – and Stevenson grafted well, but Stevenson and Fielding had to help so much in blotting out Lloyd and Watson that they could not give attacking service as they would have liked. Jack Jones, the ex-Everton back gave a faultless exhibition against his old pals, and the Sunderland folk who entertained us under Colonel Joe Prior and Manager Billy Murray regard Jack as one of Sunderland’s best-ever bargains.
EVERTON’S F.A. OTHER COULD BE FENTON OF MIDDLESBRO’
October 18, 1956. The Liverpool Daily Post
Dundee and Juliessen both said “No.”
By Leslie Edwards
I may be wrong but the Everton arrow seems to be pointing north-easterly, and the whisper is that you are reading this the club may well be on the point of unwrapping the mysterious A.N. Other, who appears at centre-forward in their team to play Bolton, at Goodison tomorrow. A few days, it is understood, they went for Dundee’s Juliussen. The answer was again “No.” Juliussen is quite content to stay in Scotland, moreover his club is a buyer rather than a seller. What Everton want, and this is no secret, is someone to put the ball into the net. Not necessarily a player who will last for years, but one whose record as a scorer makes him, idea for the urgent business of putting some finality into a forward line which gets so far, and no further. The problem is how to prise such a player from another club Middlesbro, with Fenton and Linwood viewing for the centre-forward position, might be an ideal place to start shopping. Especially as Linwood who cost £6,000 has played but two games for the first team, both at inside forward, and was proved to be a centre and nothing but that. Sooner or later Middlesbrough will have to make the choice –Fenton or Linwood and possibly this is Everton’s cue for entry. Whether it is Fenton or not, a signing is on the way and the chances are that it will come in time to allow the newcomer to take his bow against Bolton.
EVERTON’S TURN MAY COME TOMORROW
October 18, 1946. The Evening Express
But Bolton Will Take Some Beating
By Pilot (Don Kendall)
Everton’s intensive search for a new centre-forward may be ended before Bolton Wanderers trot on the field against them at Goodison Park tomorrow. If Secretary-Manager Theo Kelly’s quest is successful, it will bring about a curious coincidence, for it was against Wanderers that Albert Stubbins made his debut for Liverpool. And Stubbins got the vital goal, too. What Everton will do should the search prove unsuccessful is obscure, and knowing that transfers cannot be put through in five minutes it may be that the “A.N. Other” blank at centre-forward will not be filled in until just before the match. This test with the good folk of Bolton is a vital game for Everton, whose stock has dropped in a disappointing fashion recently. Definitely the trouble has been not so much what Everton have given away but what they have failed to accept. Finishing has been most disheartening, especially as the Blues have been playing some fine football in approach. In the last four Football League games Everton have scored only one goal, that by Tommy Eglington last week, and only one point has been secured –at Anfield. I still contend that there is no need for alarm, but now is the time for Everton to change their ways, and new blood may just do the trick. The Wanderers are a fine side, believe me with exceptional power in defence, so that it will take craft and punch to break down the Bolton resistance. Danger man in attack is Nat Lofthouse, who used to be a schoolmate of Tommy Lawton’s and whom I think one of the best young leaders in the north. Albert Geldard may be “winging it” against his old club. Bolton will have a Division I debutant in R. Banks at full back. This match should bubble over with skill and charm, and I fancy that Everton’s turn will be here at last. A good win will set the seal on Wednesday’s guest game with Albion Rovers at Goodison. Once again I make the “correct cash” appeal for a game starting at 3.15 pm. Everton; Burnett; Saunders, Greenhalgh; (from) Mercer, Humphreys, Bentham, Grant, Mcllhatton, Fielding, A.N. Other, Stevenson, Eglington. Referee; Mr. R. Duerden (Morecamb).
EVERTON BACK TO WINNING FORM
October 19, 1946. The Evening Express
Beat Bolton by Odd Goal in Three
Everton touched their best form which carried them to victory. Bolton, however, fought back to reduce Stevenson and Higgins goals. While Everton’s search for a new centre forward continued. Higgins returned as leader of the attack against Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park today. Humphries was at centre half in place of Tom Jones –away on international duty. Bolton introduced Roberts at inside right to the exclusion of George Hunt and gave a trial at left back to recently demobbed Ralph Banks. Rothwell was at outside left instead of Geldard. Everton; Burnett, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Mercer, Humphreys, and Bentham, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Higgins, Stevenson, and Eglington, forwards. Bolton; Hanson, goal; Hamlett band Banks, backs; Howe, Atkinson, Forrest, half-backs; Woodward, Roberts, Lofthouse, Westwood, and Rothwell, forwards. Referee- Mr. R. Duerden (Morecambe). About 40,000 spectators saw a neat Fielding header put Stevenson in possession in an early Everton raid. Stevenson transferred to Higgins, but Higgins was unable to gain full control and Hamlett was able to clear. Then Stevenson pushed the ball forward to Mcllhatton who slewed it tamely outside. After Lofthouse had forced Greenhalgh to concede a corner Roberts tried a rather tentative long range effort which went over the bar.
A Big Thrill
There was a big thrill in the Bolton goalmouth after Stevenson and Fielding had combined in dazzling style. Eglington gained control and his high centre from a difficult angle was misfielded by Hanson. Banks appeared from nowhere to kick clean off the goal line with no Everton forward in attendance. Everton maintained the pressure and a slip to Forest let in Fielding. Fielding shot without hesitation – a glorious cross shot from 35 yards which crashed against the bar with Hanson beaten and dropped behind for a goal kick. Fielding was keeping the Everton forwards moving with some really perfect passes and Everton had undoubtedly had the best of matters up to this stage. A perfect Stevenson flick gave Higgins a good chance but he was slow to accept the offering and Hanson was not troubled. A second Fielding effort from far out again hit the post with Hanson helpless and again the ball dropped behind for a goal kick. Certainly Fielding had the worst of luck with these two efforts.
Higgins’ Hand Touch
Everton continued to be the more dangerous force and the Bolton goal second luckily on more than one occasion, notably when Mcllhatton cut through on the right and centred. Higgins flung himself at the ball, but touched it into the net with his hands. Bolton were nippy and trustful when they did get away but they found the Everton defence 100 per cent, confident and competent. Stevenson as slightly damaged starting an Everton attack, but was then able to resume. There was danger for Everton when Mercer out himself in the way of a Greenhalgh clearance, and from the corner which resulted. Burnett brought off a brilliant save from Robert’s accurately placed header. In 44 minutes Everton deservedly went ahead through Alex Stevenson, who came dashing in to crack Eglington’s low backward centre into the right hand corner of the net, beating Hanson all over the place. There was no doubt that Everton were full value for their lead.
Half-time; Everton 1, Bolton 0.
Bolton’s Bright Vein
Bolton resumed in bright vein, but still the Everton defence stood him and Burnett was not seriously troubled. Saunders was in brilliant form both in defence and attack, while Stevenson and Fielding continued to contribute some masterly inside forward touches without being able to add to Everton’s lead. A corner in the right to Bolton spelt trouble, but Rothwell finished rather weekly. Bolton earned a second corner, Burnett anticipating Rothwell’s intention and running out to make a leap and catch. Eglington went away from Bentham’s pass and pushed the ball across to Fielding, but once again Fielding put too much left on his shot, which sailed a foot over the bar. After 59 minutes Everton increased their lead following a sinuous crossfield dribble by Mercer who ended by feeding Eglington. Eglington’s centre was the acme of accuracy and Higgins accepted it gratefully nodding the ball into the top right hand corner of the net. Bolton put everything they had into an effort to offset Everton’s advantage but two successive corners failed to produce any tangible result. After Eglington and Stevenson had combined effectively. Stevenson crossed the ball over the face of the Bolton goal. Mcllhatton dashed in with a grand shot only to blaze the ball over the top. Everton were now always dangerous with the extra confidence borne of goal successes and only the steadiness and anticipation of Hanson prevented the “blues” establishing an even stronger lead. In 78 minutes Roberts fastened on the ball just within the Everton area and beat Burnett with a low shot into the right hand corner of the net. Within two minutes Bolton had the ball in the net again through Lofthouse but referee Duerden disallowed the goal on the grounds of offside, despite repeated protests by the Bolton team. Final; Everton 2, Bolton 1.
Willie Miller, the former Everton forward, is now playing with Stenhousemuir.
Eddie Wainwright sat in the Press box at the Everton match today. He told me that he is to have a try-out early next week and hopes to be fit to resume next Saturday (writes Radar).
MASTERS V. BOLTON
October 19, 1946. The Liverpool Football Echo
A ‘Crackerjack’ Goal
Everton; Burnett, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Mercer, Humphreys, and Bentham, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Higgins, Stevenson, and Eglington, forwards. Bolton; Hanson, goal; Hamlett band Banks, backs; Howe, Atkinson, Forrest, half-backs; Woodward, Roberts, Lofthouse, Westwood, and Rothwell, forwards. Referee- Mr. R. Duerden (Morecambe). The first 15 minutes had gone in Everton’s favour, and had they been a goal up well inside that time they would not have been flattered. They were showing some grand combination, and, what is more, there was some shooting from a line which has been very lax in recent weeks. Fielding had the hardest of luck, when he turned in a shot which had Hanson beaten, but the ball struck the crossbar. Such is the luck of the game when one is trying so hard to break a bad spell. Don’t think that Bolton were entirely fastened down to defence – they, too, were capable of framing an attack and finishing it off with a shot. Lofthouse slapped in a shot the moment he saw an opening, and Burnett had to make a capital save. So far it had been a fine game with much good football and some goalmouth thrills, but there was no denying that Everton had been the more dominant attackers. Twice Mcllhatton put the ball behind, which is uncommon for him, Stevenson, trying to force his way through, found the weight of the Bolton defence too much for him, but he caused concern to the Wanderers. His shot from twenty yards out was so hot that Hanson was unable to hold the ball, which was running towards the goal. He flung himself and grabbled it as Higgins dashed in.
Everton were definitely the better side. They were more skilful in their play, yet one could not minimise the danger when Bolton forwards got on the move, even through Burnett was not called upon for some considerable time. After Fielding had smashed another shot over the bar the Wanderers had another lucky escape. A capital movement on the Everton right flank ended with Stevenson banging in a shot which Hanson only managed to turn round the upright. Everton persisted in their driving play, and one of the big moments of the match thus far should have culminated in a goal. The ball was actually netted, but Higgins had used his hands and not his head to put the ball into the net.
Many thought it was a goal and were greatly disappointed when they learned the facts. Burnett made a fine save from Woodward when he need not have bothered, for the shooters were obviously offside. But it is always better to save and argue afterwards. Near the interval Bolton tried to prise open the Everton defence but found it securely locked against them, and so the honours of the first half went to Everton, whose combination was of excellent quality. With two minutes remaining the much sought for goal came. Stevenson scored it with a cracker-jack drive which left the Wanderers’ goalkeeper helpless. The making of this goal is worth recording. Higgins drag centre left the Wanderers’ defence wide open and gave Stevenson his chance –and how he took it.
Half-time –Everton 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.
I had a word with Harry Catterick during the interval. He told me his arm is going on exceptionally well and he hopes to be fit in a fortnight or three weeks. Bolton opened the second half with distinct promise but it was not long before Everton were again attacking. Hanson had to make a quick save from Stevenson, who had followed up an Eglington centre. Had it not been for Saunders, Forrest might have piled his way through the Everton defence. As it was, Burnett was not called into action. It was almost immediately that Everton increased their lead, Eglington swept across a fast centre, Higgins almost flung himself at the ball to head it into the net at fifty-eight minutes. There was no letting up on the part of Everton for they had seen such leads dwindle down before. They had no intention of showing this to happen today. Everton maintained their attack and the Wanderers’ goal had some near squeaks. Hanson made one particularly fine save when he turned a dangerous ball over the crossbar. Then, in a flash, Bolton attacked and Roberts seemed to have hours in which to take his shot. There was no great speed behind his drive, but the ball was so well placed that it left. Burnett standing. A few minutes later Lofthouse put the ball into the Everton met but was obviously offside, and why he argued the point was beyond my understanding. Furthermore one of the linesmen had flagged him offside which he undoubtedly was. The Wanderers fought valiantly for an equaliser, and the Everton defence had hard work to hold on to their lead. Bolton were fighting magnificently at this point and the Everton defence was often on the collar. Final; Everton 2, Bolton Wanderers 1.
• Tommy Jones played for Wales against Scotland at Wrexham today, Wales winning 3-1.
EVERTON TURN THE CORNER
October 21, 1946. The Liverpool Daily Post
Snappy Exhibition Against Bolton
Everton 2, Bolton Wanderers 1
It has taken Everton a long time to turn the corner. For five weeks they have been seeking a victory, for not since they accounted for Portsmouth at Goodison Park have they tasted the sweets of victory. They have been near to it more than once and on balance of football skill they have deserved it, but without the shots all their good play has been of no avail. Time and time again I have written that all Everton needed was a trustful centre forward to round off the play of the others. They know their requirement and are looking for the man they want. Several directors were absent from Goodison Park on Saturday and not all of them were at Wrexham.
One Bleak Spot
I am convinced that with a centre forward much of Everton’s troubles would be over, for it is the one bleak spot in the attack, but what a vital one. Had their been a more experienced player, leading the forwards, against Bolton Wanders, Everton would have had no need to battle out the last fifteen minutes to hold their goal lead. They were always playing better football than the Wanderers but the most satisfying thing to me was the shooting. Against the Wanderers they were masters battling the last quarter of an hour, and had they held a bigger goal at that point they would only have had they deserts. The Bolton people could not understand why a team playing such football as Everton should have gone five matches without recording victory, no shooters was the answer. I am not going to sing too high a praise about this win, but no one can gainsay the fact that they played excellently and shot well. “Two things the work of Bentham and Mercer at wing half and the excellent of Fielding and Stevenson at inside forward.
Fielding and Stevenson
Fielding and Stevenson prepared the way by astute football craft, but more than that they shot. Stevenson took a goal and Fielding a neat thing when the crossbar foils him. These two artists often spirit and Mercer and Bentham prompted and prompted again with their ground passes. Some of then looked “wrong” they were not bad the forward sensed the play for running into the open spaces. Higgins got a goal, but in the main was imprisoned by Atkinson’s height and weight. Roberts scored Bolton’s goal through a little laxity on the part of the Everton defence. Then it was the was Wanderers put in their most determined efforts to stave of defeat and Lofthouse did net the ball, but was obviously offside. It would have been a gross injustice had Everton not won this game after the way they played –they most snappy exhibition this season. Attendance 45,104. Everton; Burnett, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Mercer, Humphreys, and Bentham, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Higgins, Stevenson, and Eglington, forwards. Bolton; Hanson, goal; Hamlett band Banks, backs; Howe, Atkinson, Forrest, half-backs; Woodward, Roberts, Lofthouse, Westwood, and Rothwell, forwards. Referee- Mr. R. Duerden (Morecambe).
• Leeds United Reserves 1, Everton Reserves 1
• Everton “A” 2 Orrell 1
• Liverpool won 4-1 at Huddersfield, Done (3), Balmer and Brooks for Huddersfield. Balmer had a penalty kick saved by Hesford.
October 21 1946. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton and Liverpool made our day brighter by each recording victories to bring us one of those refreshing “doubles”. Such twin wins have been rare this term. The 2-1 success of Everton over Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park was typical of this “puckish” side. Rest assured that the Blues would give of their best on the very eve of what may be the transfer of Mick Fenton to Goodison. Liverpool did another great job in winning 4-1 over Huddersfield. Here is what Radar writes of Everton’s welcome success. “This was a new, more zestful Everton holding out considerably brighter prospects for the immediate future. The 45, 104 spectators went away from Goodison, highly-pleased with a culture, all round display which gained the Blues a narrow yet fully merited victory over a nippy hard-tackling Bolton – Everton’s first win since they defeated Portsmouth on September 14. “To my mind the most important feature from Everton’s viewpoint was Fielding’s return to his best form. Things had not run too well for Fielding, but in this game he reproduced much of the brilliant football which gained him such a host of admirers last season. Speedy in control, expert in opening out the game with shrewd, accurate passes which repeatedly ripped open the Wanderers defence, and shooting well it unluckily. That was the Fielding of this game. “Equally as good was Stevenson, especially in the first half, when he capped a great display with a fine goal off Eglington’s backward pass. Higgins, if not the complete centre-forward, gave a performance which pleased everyone. Opposed to one of the game’s most redoubtable stoppers, Jack Atkinson, Higgins was always a worrier and headed the second goal with commendable coolness. Eglington was the more effective winger, and the more I see of George Saunders the more convinced am I that he is destined for the highest honours. Saunders was cool in the Tommy Jones way, and particularly impressive in his astute use of the ball, Greenhalgh was also in his merriest vein and certainly Everton have no centre half worries when they can call upon so splendid a deputy as Humphreys who blotted the live-wire Lofthouse out of the game. Bolton staged a grand rally in the best game seen at Goodison this season, and Roberts scored, but Greenhalgh and his men stood firm. Yes, a much brighter Everton and let us hope they keep it up. “
VICTORY AT LAST
October 21, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
It is a long lane which has no turning. For five matches (writes Stork). Everton have been tramping the country searching for victory. It came on Saturday, and I hope with it a long run of success. The win over Bolton will have restored the rapidly declining confidence of the side, for it was attained by all-round merit; more “snap” elsewhere, and the return to their best form of Fielding and Mercer, and the brainy display of Stevenson. But on this occasion good football was allied to more earnest endeavour near goal. How I have signed for the need of a shooter in Everton’s forward line in all other phases of the game they were equal, and very often the better ball players but they missed the shadow for the substance goals. The need for an experienced centre forward –one which can drive home the nails that have been supplied –is still great, and don’t be surprised if there is news of a signing any day. Most of my reports on Everton this season have stated plainly that in football ability they have been quite good, but minus a marksman, and that has been the stumbling block in their victory march. Against Bolton Wanderers they were far and away superior to the Wanderers in every respects, and that goes for shooting, which was the most pleasing thing of all to me. They overplayed Bolton to such an extent that the Wanderers people asked me if this was a true sample of their normal game. When I replied yes, with the exception of shooting they could not understand why Everton had gone so long without a victory. Had they been with me at Sunderland, Huddersfield and Goodison they would have understood. However, let me record this victory, a victory which may put Everton on a winning path. The players themselves, had began to wonder what bonus money looked like. I myself, had got tired of writing up defeat on defeat. With the exception of the last 15 minutes Bolton were forced to play second fiddle to a superior team, which, with the slightest piece of luck would have built up a score out of the reach of the Wanderers. There was more life bout their play. If defence was needed, Fielding and Stevenson fall-back to lend a hand, but it was so all-round improvement. Humphreys after a shaky start barred the way to Lofthouse, and Mercer and Bentham were providers in chief to a forward line, which was up and doing, and not waiting for things to turn up. A little more running into the open spaces is required but the fact that Hanson was made to earn his wages instead on acting the spectators rolls as so many goalkeepers have done this season against Everton was the most gratifying thing of all. In point of skill there was no comparison between the two teams. Everton advanced by copybook football, the Wanderers by the sweeping pass and the quick dart through. Everton’s greatest danger was the last 15 minutes when Bolton threw everything they had into the game in the hope of spitting the difference. Burnett, and company were there to deny them a point and a pound.
ALBION ROVERS’ STARS AT GOODISON
October 22, 1946. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Albion Rovers, the club from which Everton secured Johnny Mcllhatton, their outside right, make their first appearance at Goodison Park, when they oppose Everton tomorrow afternoon in a friendly match. The game is in connection with Mcllhatton’s transfer, and we shall get our first glimpse of Hannah, the inside-right who made such a splendid partner for “Mac” and about whom I heard such good reports when I was in Glasgow recently. The Rovers –“The Wee Rovers” they style themselves – play at Coatbridge. Not blessed with much cash with which to spend lavishly on players, they are renowned for the industrious manner in which they find and develop young stars. The present playing staff in typical of the Rovers “rearing” policy. With few exceptions the players we shall see here went straight out of minor football into the ranks of the Rovers. Most are working as well as playing football, and they include four coal miners, a bricklayer, a shale mine worker, a railway wagon builder and a steel-worker. Definitely the team of many trades. Goalkeeper, McGregor, who was signed from Pokemmet Juniors a year ago, hopes to be fit following an injured thumb. Mackie stands by as deputy. At back will be Muir and Kerr, both of whom went to Albion from Burnbank Athletic. Also from Burnbank is Coats, the left half-back, while Martin, the right half, formerly with Rutherglen Gelncairn, has been sought by several First Division clubs. Stein the centre half came from Blantyre Victoria. Centre-forward Doonan is on his second venture into senior football. During the war Doonan played with Patrick Thistle, but returned for a spell with the miners and then signed for the Rovers about a month ago. Wallace and McClure the outside forwards, only came out of the junior ranks this year, and Bell, the outside left is another attracting attention. Everton will find the young Rovers worthy opponents in a game which should make an instant appeal. There should be a fine crowd, and you can rest assured that club “scouts” from all over the north will be heading up in the hope of finding something good. The kick-off is at 3.15 pm. The Rovers arrive in Liverpool tonight about 8 o’clock. Albion Rovers; McGregor; (or Mackie); Muir, McInnes, Beath, Kerr; Martin, Stein, Coats, Wallace, Hannah, Stephenson, Doonan, Bell, McClure, Hunter. Everton; Burnett (or Sagar); Saunders, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Tommy Jones, Bentham; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Higgins, Stevenson, Eglington.
EVERTON AND FENTON
October 22, 1946. The Liverpool Daily Post
Quest Not Renewed
Everton did not renew their quest for the transfer of Michael Fenton the Middlesbrough international centre forward yesterday as had been expected. Mr. David Jack, the Middlesbrough team manager, told the Daily Post last night that there were no further development in the transfer transaction to report. It is understood that no definite decision will be made until the directors meet tomorrow. Mr. W.R. Kelly, chairman of the Middlesbrough club denied that the club has come to any definite terms in regard to the transfer fee.
ALBION ROVERS AT GOODISON
October 23, 1946. The Evening Express
By Pilot (Don Kendall)
Everton were keenly interested in several of the Albion Rovers players who opposed them in the friendly match at Goodison Park today. Several club representatives were present, and I hear that after the match the Albion Rovers directors have a nice surprise for Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary-manager of Everton. Everton; Burnett, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), half-backs; Mercer, Jones (T), and Bentham, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Victor Green, Stevenson and Eglington, forwards. Albion Rovers; Mackie, goal; Muir and Kerr, backs; Martin, Stein and Coats, half-backs; Wallace, Hunter, Doonan, Hannah, and McClure, forwards. Referee; Mr. W.H.E. Evans (Liverpool). Victor Green, 20-year-old amateur centre-forward from Stonecroft, the I-Zingari League, made his debut for Everton, and when he ran on the field, I thought for the moment that it was Cyril Done of Liverpool, for they are as alike as two peas. But for the timely intervention of Stein, Green might have got an early goal when Mercer weaved his way through and tried a short centre. McClure delighted the 10,000 spectators with his neatness of control Fielding went right through on his own but drove wide with only Mackie to beat. This was purely exhibition football, but a real delight to the eye. Stein again cut out Green as he was shaping as a potential scorer.
Everton took the lead in 15 minutes. There was a misunderstanding between Kerr and Mackie, who had left his goal to a long pass, and Fielding hooked it into the net. Everton were two up within two minutes, Bentham jumped in to breast down a headed clearance by Stein, and score with a fast shot, which swerved well beyond Mackie.
October 22, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
Scottish Side Visits Goodison
Everton; Burnett, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), half-backs; Mercer, Jones (T), and Bentham, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Victor Green, Stevenson and Eglington, forwards. Albion Rovers; Mackie, goal; Muir and Kerr, backs; Martin, Stein and Coats, half-backs; Wallace, Hunter, Doonan, Hannah, and McClure, forwards. Referee; Mr. W.H.E. Evans (Liverpool). Friendly games have almost been tabooed, so it was nice to get back to Everton’s meeting with Albion Rovers at Goodison Park. The match is the outcome of a promise made by Everton to the Rovers, from whom they signed Mcllhatton last season. There was a nice crowd, and they saw some capital football –football with an exhibition stamp about it. There was great interest shown in the appearance of Victor Green, a young amateur from the I.Zingari club, Stonecroft who was only signed as an amateur last week. Nicely built, Green showed enthusiasm and a striking likeness to Lawton when he was in the teens. The hope was he would prove more than like him in looks. At 14 minutes a blunder by Albion defence saw Fielding run round full-back. Muir and goalkeeper McKie to hook the ball cleverly into the net. Three minutes later they increased the lead through a pile driving shot by Bentham. Coats had one shot saved by Burnett, so did Hannah, but in the main the Albion attack usually came to grief when it ran up against Jones, Saunders, or Greenhalgh. Fielding should have scored when he ran the ball close in and them hit the side netting. Green was carefully watched, but did manage to get in one worthy header. Near the interval, Green was put nicely through, and looked certain scorer until his shot rattled the legs of the goalkeeper.
Half-time; Everton 2, Albion Rovers 0.
Doonan reduced Everton’s lead at 50 minutes.
EVERTON SCORE SIX
October 24, 1946. The Liverpool Daily Post
Fielding Stars v. Albion Rovers
Everton 6, Albion Rovers 3
Friendly games usually lacks the “bite” of a competitive match, and had it not been for the second-half, the Everton game with Albion Rovers would have fallen into that category. Everton were so much superior in the first half that one could never visualise the Rovers ever making a game of it. Fielding opened the day’s scoring at fourteen minutes, Bentham following suit three minutes later, the shooting being such that it merited further goals. Everton tried a new centre-forward and amateur, Victor Green from Stonecroft. He scored a goal, but one must not overlook the fact that he has never played in this type of game before, and he found it exceptionally fast. Well built, he was a trier all the time, and in the circumstances gave a reasonable good account of himself. Fielding seems to have come back to his bets, and Stevenson is playing as well as he ever did, and with the attack up and doing the defence is at last getting respite. Unfortunately, the second half fell short of standard, much of Everton’s lustre banished and the match become somewhat scrambling, with Albion showing up in a better light. They tried to copy the Everton pattern. While not quite so successful they were able to score three times through Doonan, Wallace and McClure. While they were doing so, Everton were not idle, Stevenson scored a third, Green a fourth and Fielding the fifth and sixth. Fielding’s was excellent, but when writing of the victory one must not forget the “boardroom” boys, Burnett, Saunders, Jones, Greenhalgh, Bentham, and Mercer. Teams; Everton; Burnett, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), half-backs; Mercer, Jones (T), and Bentham, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Victor Green, Stevenson and Eglington, forwards. Albion Rovers; Mackie, goal; Muir and Kerr, backs; Martin, Stein and Coats, half-backs; Wallace, Hunter, Doonan, Hannah, and McClure, forwards. Referee; Mr. W.H.E. Evans (Liverpool).
EVERTON RUN RIOT
October 24, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
Everton with a 6-3 victory, scored more goals against Albion Rovers in 90 minutes yesterday than in their previous seven League and Lancashire Cup games. I hope this is the turning we have been hoping for, though it would be unwise to pin too much reliance on this friendly encounter, which produced some excellent exhibition football from two excellent sides. Fielding came back to his best with some clever work and three fine goals. Bentham and Stevenson each got a strong shot into the net, and young Victor Green, the 20-year-old, Stonecroft amateur bagged the other. Stevenson was in his most puckish form revelling in the freedom which this type of match gives him to display his wires. Though obviously he has a lot to learn, and a rather “raw” in some respects, Green made quite a promising show. Considering their side is a “home-produced” affair, the visitors did well, and might have made the issue closer with better finishing. Martin was a great half-back and McClure after being starved in the first half later showed his capabilities. Afterwards there was a pleasant little ceremony in the boardroom, when Major Kirk Albion’s chairman, presented a silver cigarette case to Mr. Theo Kelly. Both Major Kirk and Mr. E McLaren (ex-chairman) said high tribute to the Everton manager’s ability and straight dealing and to the Everton club generally. Mr. W.C. Gibbins said Everton were proved of their traditions at honesty, integrity, and good sportsmanship and were determined nothing would ever be done to lower their high standard. Mr. Norman Bullock, manager of Bury and Cliff Britton manager of Burnley were among officials I saw in earnest conversations with Everton officials after the match. I wonder whether this was aby special significance?
JONES BACK IN EVERTON TEAM
October 24, 1946. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton will have Tommy Jones, one of the conquering Welsh international star, back at centre half for their visit to The Valley on Saturday to oppose Charlton Athletic. This will be the only team change. Eddie Wainwright the inside-right, is making grand progress towards complete recovery, but is not quite right for first-team duty. He will play for the Reserves on Saturday as will Peter Farrell, the Irish international half-back who will thus have his first game for the Blues. The fact that Fenton decided not to leave Middlesbrough for Goodison Park does not mean that Everton have banished from their minds ideas of securing a ready-made centre-forward, but all connected with the club must have been pleased with the showing of 20-year-old Victor Green, the amateur from Stonecroft, against Albion Rovers at Goodison Park yesterday, when the Blues won 6-3 after 90 minutes of charming football. Green has the right build and the right ideas, while I noticed particularly that he is two-footed, serving mainly with his right, yet scoring his goal with his left. Versatility there. Yes, I think Green has the “making.” This was an afternoon we shall not really forget –by we I mean the 10,097 spectators and the officials and critics –for the football was gloriously entertaining, and there were several moments which will go down as highlights.
The Rovers directors –Major Kirk (chairman), Mr. Eddie McLaren, former chairman, Mr. John Wilson, directors, and Mr. Webber Less, secretary-managed had a splendid surprise after the match for Mr. Kelly. Major Kirk presented Mr. Kelly, with a solid silver, engraved and filled cigarette case as a tribute to the Everton club for the manner in which negotiations were carried through in connection with Johnny Mcllhatton’s transfer to Goodison Park. Yes a grand gesture, typical of these good fellows from Coatbridge who made many friends here. As a matter of fact relations between the clubs are so good that Everton may go to Cotbridge for a return. This was hinted by Mr. Will Gibbins, the Everton chairman who spoke feelingly on the modern transfer craze. Mr. Gibbins emphasised that so long as the Everton club was in existence all their transfer transaction would be strictly “above board.” “We pay a club what it demands,” said Mr. Gibbins “pay the removal expense of the player, and his £10 signing-on fee. That is all. If the time comes when clubs try, and do more than that then football is doomed. “I noticed many representatives of League clubs present including Mr. Cliff Britton from Burnley, Mr. Norman Bullock, from Bury, and they, like myself, found Fielding was the main topic of concersation after the game. Fielding, believe me, was superlative, and it was a joy to see him crash into the headlines not only as a goal-maker, but a goal-taker. “Nobby” bagged three, all with a fine shots, and I hope he keeps up this quick-fire shooting in league games. Everton were easily masters in the first half, but the Rovers matched them with accuracy if not speed of approach later on. That Everton were always able to wipe out any goals by the Rovers within seconds demonstrated their superiority. I liked several of the Albion players, especially Martin, the right half who is being sought by several clubs; Muir, the right back; and McClure, the outside left. It is not long odds that the Rovers will be parting with some players, but if so then rest assured that Everton will have first refusal.
IT WON’T BE EASY
October 25, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
A little of Liverpool’s luck would be much appreciated by Everton’s supporters, who despite last week’s big improvement cannot be over optimistic over the Blues’ chances against Charlton at the Valley. Even through Jimmy Seed’s side has not been meeting with the success which one anticipated after their fine record last season, they are a pretty stiff lot to overcome on their own ground. In addition to entertaining football from the Blues in the friendly game against Albion Rovers we saw some great finishing and first-time shooting. Every goal was a good one, and Fielding showed us form more like that we saw from him last season. If Everton can reproduce the same penalty area fire and snap at this in tomorrow’s game they stand a good chance of at least making a draw which would be quite a good performance. Everton; Burnett; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Bentham; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Higgins, Stevenson, Eglington.
This is a special angle to Everton’s Central League game against West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park, for Farrell, ex-Shamock Rovers makes his debut – he has been laid up with an injured ankle since before the season started –and Wainwright has his first outing since September 2.
EYES ON FIELDING
October 25, 1946. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Eyes of keen, interest – not covetousness – will be on “Nobby” Fielding at The Valley, for it was Charlton Athletic for whom Fielding played a couple of games as an amateur before the war. Fielding, in his last two games, has not only recaptured his 1945-46 form, but has shown his potentialities as a goal-scorer. Everton’s only away win this season was at Villa Park and that Charlton are a sound side is proved by the fact that they gained a point at Anfield – as did Everton, I think the Blues are on the upgrade, and while appreciating that since their sensational 5-0 win at the Valley in Division 11 days they have not fared particularly well in south-east, London, I think I shall have the pleasure of recording a draw at least. With Everton’s pre-war London headquarters still requisitioned, the club goes to the Waldorf for the first time for a match. The only change from last Saturday’s winning combination is the return of Tommy Jones to centre-half. Everton; Burnett; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones, Bentham; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Higgins, Stevenson, Eglington.
Peter’s Farrell’s Debut
Peter Farrell, reputed to be one of the greatest footballers ever to come out of Eire, will have his first game on English soil, when he appears for Everton against West Bromwich Albion in the Central League match at Goodison Park tomorrow. Eddie Wainwright, young Army Star, will also be in the team. Farrell’s debut is a football event, for I am assured by my Dublin friends, that Peter is something well above the ordinary, and there were aching hearts among Shamrock Rovers supporters when Farrell left with Tommy Eglington for Merseyside. Farrell has been laid up with a cracked fibula since arriving here, but is now quite fir again. That return to fitness also goes for Wainwright, who may be the man to solve Everton’s centre-forward problem. Wainwright might have been in the first team tomorrow, but said he preferred to have a test run with the Reserves first. There should be a splendid crowd to welcome these “releases from the injured list.” Everton Reserves; Sagar; Jackson, Finnis; Grant, Humphreys, Farrell; Johnson, Wainwright, Victor Green, Livingstone, Boyes.
EVERTON IN LONDON
October 26, 1946. The Evening Express
By Pilot (Don Kendall)
Mr. Ernst Green, the Everton director, travelled with the party to the Valley today for the match with Charlton Athletic, but did not see the match. Mr. Green was on a scouting mission at another London game. This was Everton’s first visit to London since 1940 and Wally Fielding’s first Football league game in the home city. I saw Don Welsh before the game and he sent his good wishes to all his Merseyside friends and expressed delight at Liverpool’s record successes. It rained heavily on the way to the ground but cleared up again just before the teams took the field. Charlton Athletic; Bartram, goal; Croker and Phillips, backs; Turner, Wright and Johnson, half-backs; Robinson (W.), Lancelotte, Revel, Welsh, and Duffy, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Saunders, and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Mercer, Jones and Bentham, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Higgins, Stevenson, and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. G. Salmons (Stoke-on-Trent). Charlton’s bright opening through Duffy, ended by the timely intervention of Tommy Jones, saw Everton cool and collected in their movement and Mcllhatton and Fielding forced a corner from which Stevenson headed outside. Higgins raced on to Fielding’s through pass and tried a tricky back flick, only the ball had no power, Everton held command without being strong in finishing, Eglington and Mcllhatton both centring wildly. Then in the seventh minute a sudden and surprising Athletic breakaway brought the opening goal. Duffy glided down the left-wing and cut in on the inside of Saunders to flash over a yard-high centre which Welsh turned into the net gleefully.
YOUNG TRAINER WITH BRIGHT IDEAS
October 26, 1946. The Evening Express
Charlie Leyfield’s Club and National Success
By Pilot (Don Kendall)
Met the young trainer with the bright ideas –Charlie Leyfield, the man who brings fitness to Wrexham and the Welsh international team. Such was Charlie’s success as trainer for Wales last Saturday, that already he has been appointed to a similar capacity for the visit to Maine Road on November 13. During a lifetime of following football, I have known and chatted with scores of brilliant trainers with fertile and novel ideas –men like Harry Cooke, of Everton, Albert Shelley, of Liverpool – but of the newest “schools” I doubt whether there is one better than Charlie Leyfield. After the Wales-Scotland match I had a long talk with Charlie about his job and his ideas. It was obvious that he had made a complete study of training to fitness and preparing for victory in a tactical way. Just before the Welsh players went to Rhyl for “tuning-up.” Charlie sat at home and worked out on paper schemes which he was convinced could help them to victory. Little charts were drawn up with Welsh players marked in red and the Scots in blue, and Leyfield got down to “cases” with his players, explaining every little detail so that each man knew exactly what to do at the precise moment. To give you details of the ideas would be to divulge too much, but I can tell you that these little points on tactics helped materially to bring success to Wales. No wonder Charlie Leyfield was “re-engaged” for Manchester. I shall not be “pinching” his stock-in-trade by telling you of one plan which went wrong . It related to the use of a long throw-in, which one cessitrated a forward moving to a certain position. Behind the full-back. Everything was all set and when the half-back went to get the ball ready for the throw-in the forward quietly slipped away to his pre-arranged position. Unfortunately the forward passed in Front of the full-back and gave the whole show away. And after the match the Welsh players had a really good laugh over it. They had every reason to laugh too with a 3-1 win “in the bag.” That idea fell through at Wrexham, but it will, I expect be put into operation at Maine-road. That is why I am keeping the Leyfield and Welsh “secret” I will be watching for it through on Nov 13. Charlie Leyfield is the outside left Everton discovered playing for Brickfields Athletic in the Chester league. Mr. Theo Kelly, now secretary-manager of Everton, made the signing and took him into the “A” team. After some seasons at Goodison Park, Leyfield was transferred to Sheffield United before going on to Doncaster Rovers. During the war he played as a guest for Fulham, and Chester and for England in the Army International. Once again in “civvy-street” Charlie joined Chester as coach to the junior players, and did great work under Manager Frank Brown, in the summer he applied for the Wrexham trainer-coach position and got it. It has been a very happy union. So while his career as a footballer was cut shot because of serious injuries –twice he suffered fractures of a leg –this painstaking conscientious young man, who was once in private business in Warrington, while still playing football has found his real level. And if Charlie does as well on future international occasions as he did last week-end, than he can be trainer to the Football Association of Wales for many seasons to come.
NO LUCK WITH GOOD EFFORTS
October 26, 1946. The Liverpool Football Echo
Charlton on the Target
Charlton Athletic 4, Everton 1
Charlton Athletic; Bartram, goal; Croker and Phillips, backs; Turner, Wright and Johnson, half-backs; Robinson (W.), Lancelotte, Revel, Welsh, and Duffy, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Saunders, and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Mercer, Jones and Bentham, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Higgins, Stevenson, and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. G. Salmons (Stoke-on-Trent). I have not been to the Valley since 1939, and I was impressed with the “Bowl,” although it still lacks covered accommodation. Rain started to fall during the morning, but by match time it had ceased, and there was a fair crowd present. Charlton started off in a hurry and with the first attack, Duffy put the Everton goal on the spot until Jones collared the wing man’s centre, and with the aid of Mercer and Bentham, the danger was cleared. The early moments of the game are often the most troublesome ones, but having taken the shock, Everton proceeded to gave as much as they took, and Bartram had to handle. Duffy came again but was just as successfully mastered. Then Mcllhatton and Fielding produced a spell of passing which, however, did not take them far enough to be a menace to Bartram.
Winner by Welsh
Duffy was like an eel, and again he was the cause of trouble to the Everton defence. This time he put his centre close in to goal and Welsh tapped into the net – seven minutes. It was a good goal, and Welsh showed his appreciation of Duffy’s pass by waving his hand to his colleagues. Joe Mercer ran through, but only half hit his shot, which passed wide. Stevenson put Mcllhatton through but the Scot was just a shade late in getting in his shot and the best he got out of his challenge to Phillips was a corner. Charlton kept the ball on the ground and were nipper to the ball. They were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area and Welsh shot against the wall of players. Following up he put his second effort to the far side of the goal, and Burnett had to get swiftly to keep it out.
Stevie Does It
Then came Everton’s best effort at scoring. Eglington and Mcllhatton the latter at centre-forward for the moment, got together, the culmination of their passing being a fast drive by the Scot, and Bartram was lucky to be in the right spot at the right time. At 22 minutes the Everton left flank linked up in a movement to provide the equaliser. Bentham square-passed to Eglington, whose lob centre travelled over Higgin’s head and was dropping in front of Stevenson, standing two yards outside the penalty area. He took a change with a volley, and the ball went flashing into the net, much to the surprises of Bartram. After Burnett had saved from Robinson, Higgins had an easy chance which he missed, but he made some atonement a moment later when he flashed the ball back to Stevenson, and Bartram had to make a flying save. At this point Everton were sounding the Athletic defence to the depths and Bartram had to make another splendid save.
At this stage Everton looked good enough to win, but it must not be overlooked that Wright, the Charlton half-back had left the field and Welsh had take over. Wright was soon back and he was just in time to see his side retake the lead. A throw-in on the right reached the middle, and Lancelotts, the local boy, got his foot to the ball and fired it low into the net –time 36 minutes. Everton should have equalised a few minutes later when Higgins was a few yards out, when he tried to back-heel the ball beyond Bartram. He was able to regain possession, but could do nothing. Charlton had now taken command and Duffy should have shot instead of passing. Eglington shot outside and Mcllhatton over the bar. The half ended with play in midfield.
Half-time; Charlton 2, Everton 1.
Charlton resumed with plenty of bite, and but for a great save from Burnett they would have increased their lead. Mercer went through and back heeled to Higgins who shot tamely. Then Charlton scored their third goal in a curious manner. Duffy and Burnett raced for the ball together. The goalkeeper got there a split second before the Charlton man, but his big clearance cannoned against Duffy, and if dropped into the Everton net.
Blues Hit back
Bartram had to punch round the post to prevent Eglington scoring and again, when Mcllhatton made a low centre. Robinson took a corner from Greenhalgh and Duffy drove a fast shot beyond the far upright. Robinson scored for Charlton after 76 minutes. Final; Charlton Athletic 4, Everton 1.
EVERTON RES V. W. BROM RES
October 26, 1946. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton introduced for the first time the Irish captures Farrell, who played at left half. Wainwright was included following injuries. In 20 minutes the Albion went ahead, Edwards scoring from fully 30 yards. Three minutes later the Albion increased their lead, Thomas scoring. Within five minutes from the interval Everton levelled the score through goals by Boyes (penalty) and Livingstone.
Half-time; Everton Reserves 2, West Brom Reserves 2
Success came Everton’s way after 55 minutes of the second half, Boyes making no mistake from the spot kick. Again the Everton forwards went into the fray, and Green, who by the way had played a good game, added a fourth. Final; Everton Res 4, West Brom Res 2.
EVERTON’S NEED IS EMPHASISED
October 28, 1946. The Liverpool Daily Post
Sorry Finishing at Charlton
Charlton Athletic 4, Everton 1
Just when everyone expected a rise in Everton’s stock due to their convincing victory over Bolton Wanderers and their grand shooting in the friendly game on Wednesday, they came a purler against Charlton Athletic. The Blow was all the harder to bear because they could have built up a solid foundation for victory in the first half. Once again the forwards failed to deliver the goods. It was vexatious to see Everton cut and curve their way through a defence and then fall lamentably. How can one forgive forwards who will not accept their chances? In football craft they were far and away the better line. Had Charlton played well Everton could be forgiven but they did not despite their four goals, which in print suggests a drubbing.
The Old Story
The story of defeat is reminiscent of so many other games this season. I am almost afraid to tell it to be becoming bread bare. There must be plain speaking about this latest effort. The whole burden of trying to beat Bartram was left to the greatest forward on the field, Stevenson. Had he not elected to enter the shooting gallery Bartram might have stayed at home in the full knowledge that his goal would remain intact. He had to make superlative saves from the little Irish international. Not only did he score his side’s only goal, but he engineered “possible” for others. Fielding was a clever ball manipulator but there his usefulness ended. Mcllhatton had his worst game, and for a time Eglington was completely at sea. Not until it was too late did he touch his form. Young Higgins tried galliantly but lacked experience. So Everton were rally trying to beat Charlton with one forward. The defence had its full measure and more of work owing to the forwards ineptitude, and naturally tired towards the end, but for an hour the half-backs had been dominating. . Charlton Athletic; Bartram, goal; Croker and Phillips, backs; Turner, Wright and Johnson, half-backs; Robinson (W.), Lancelotte, Revel, Welsh, and Duffy, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Saunders, and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Mercer, Jones and Bentham, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Fielding, Higgins, Stevenson, and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. G. Salmons (Stoke-on-Trent).
• Liverpool won 1-0 against Brentford (Stubbins).
• Newton Y.M.C.A 0, Everton “A” 4
October 28, 1946. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton are having difficulty deciding whether Eddie McMorran, of Belfast Celtic, will fill their centre forward needs. Three times they have watched him –most recently on Saturday –but in two matches he didn’t get a goal. McMoran stands 6ft and weighs more that 13 stone. He is a blacksmith and has scored 20 goals in 14 matches. It is understood that Everton may decide one way or another at their meeting tomorrow. An Everton possibility, this week, if that Catterick, their injured centre forward, may conceivably be fit to play against Grimsby Town at Goodison. In this event some of their problems would be solved.
WAIT FOR IT
October 28, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
“Wait and see” is still the watchword regarding Everton’s negotiating with Belfast Celtic for Eddie McMorran, the 22-year-old six-foot blacksmith, who leads the eleven managed by Elisha Scott. Everton’s representatives have been unlucky in the matches they have chosen to watch him. On Saturday Celtic were well whacked, and McMorran never had a chance to show his prowess. The matter will be discussed at tomorrow’s board meeting. Meanwhile Catterick may be fit to resume earlier that at first expected which would help to solve Everton’s problem. There is also another angle – will Celtic be willing to part? Earlier this season they turned down two good offers. So far the matter has not yet got to the stage of approaching the player, who may have views of his own also. The whole business is still very much in the air.
Frank Talk Needed
All season I seem to have been explaining away Everton defeats, and the job is not a pleasant one. I have tried to point but their falling and the danger pointed to the centre forward position, but the time has come for an even more frank talk (writes Stork). Admittedly that Everton’s great trouble is the lack of a leader, there are other causes for their present position. They were most apparent at Charlton. The wingers Mcllhatton (all the time) and Eglington (part time) were poor to a degree. The Scot had his worst game to date. He did absolutely nothing for the full 90 minutes and not till well on in the second half did Eglington show us anything. Yet for all that Everton had opportunities enough during the first half to have settled the issue. That such football as they played for 45 minutes did not scatter Charlton to the four winds was due entirely to the forward line with one exception. Alex Stevenson. How he strove to not some punch into the line the only those present can realise. Here was the smallest man on the field doing a big man’s job and doing it well. But even his big hearted effort could not possibly be expected to beat the Charlton defence single-handed. He tried every avenue to bring some bite into the attack, but it was of no avail. Fielding worked the ball cleverly, but finished there and Higgin was a hard worker who must realise that goalkeepers of the class of Bartram are not beaten by back heelers. I have told you of the forwards now what of the rest of the team. Half-backs good until the third goal. Saunders never in charge of Duffy, and Burnett’s positional play not convincing. But as I have said before the defence is getting on respite these days for the forwards are not helping to ease the pressure. The ball keeps coming back all the time which means that the defence’s work must start all over again. Three of Charlton’s goals had an element of luck about them. The second went into the net of Greenhalgh’s foot. Burnett had pushed it there. The third was even more tragic, for Burnett ran out and his big clearance returned back into goal off Saunder’s body. The fourth was due to Greenhalgh’s slipping as he was about to tackle the winger Robinson. Stevenson’s goal was the best of the five for he volley the ball into the net with Bartram helpless. The Charlton goalkeeper made two smashing saves from “wee” Alex.
October 28, 1946. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
McMorran, the young Belfast Celtic international centre-forward, may play centre-forward for Everton at Goodison Park next Saturday. The whole question will be decided at tomorrow’s evening’s meeting of the directors. If the deal goes through, then Everton will pay their greatest=ever transfer fee. I can tell you that the £6,500, paid by Everton to Burnley, for Tommy Lawton in 1936 will be exceeded by about £500. That tops everything ever paid by the Goodison Park club, but their need is urgent despite all the gallantry of Billy Higgins and the high promise of Young Victor Green, who scored for the reserves on Saturday. The quest for McMorran goes back a few weeks, and when Chairman Mr. Will Gibbins and Director Mr. Jack Sharp saw McMorran’s side beaten 4-0 at home on Saturday they were following up reports on McMorran given by Messrs Ernest green, George Evans, Fred Lake and Dick Searle, but had full powers on which to act. After the match Mr. Gibbins telephoned to the Waldorf, London, to Secretary-Manager Theo Kelly, who said to me;” The whole matter will be considered at the directors meeting on Tuesday. “ McMorran is as near 6ft as makes no matter, weight nearly 13st, and can hit them home with both feet. McMorran has scored 20 goals this season. In the regions of 20, McMorran is apprenticed in Belfast and is highly regarded by the old Liverpool star, Elisha Scott, the present manager of Belfast Celtic. It will not surprise me if the directors decide that Mr. Kelly shall go next Saturday to take a look at McMorran before making the signing, but if they do then you can rest assured that it will be left to Mr. Kelly, football’s highest-paid secretary-manager, to say the final word, and sign or not sign. On the other hand decision may be made tomorrow, and in that event you can make up your minds to get to Goodison early on Saturday.
Judge By Fault.
Blam not Higgins nor any player of his tender inexperience for not placing Everton on the goal-standard. Higgins has played exceptionally well as a deputy for the luckless Catterick, but is only a youngster in the game and cannot be expected to drop into First Division football right away. Higgins certainty failed against Charlton Athletic at The Valley on Saturday when Everton went down 4-1 making three 4-1 defeats in six away games but at least bringing their goals for total to double figures and with Wally Boyes still the joint top scorer with two – in only three games. Other failures there were, particularly Mcllhatton, who had a game he will be pleased to forget. Eglington had his moments – merry moments –but is a little one-footed and slow in giving the short pass to Stevenson. So Everton lost with only two forwards – Stevenson and Fielding – and even Fielding had a poor game, and forgot that he has a shot which tells. Unbalanced and ineffective was this attack although Stevenson’s display will long stand out in memory. Alex was the greatest of the 22 and I made a point of congratulating him after the game. Stevenson was the finest marksman in the game – his goal at the 22nd minute was perfection itself – and made innumerable openings which were not accepted. Yes, Everton could have won this game on attacking chances alone, but ...the defence must take most of the blame. The defence cracked at crucial moments against a not over-impressive Charlton. As a matter of fact Everton had little to beat once Stevenson had wiped out the opening goal credited to Welsh, but which I find he did not score. Believe me, two goals went in off Everton players. The defence of Everton was at times magnificent, but sassing value, on my old adage of “judge not by what they do well, but what they fail to do,” one can but reach the conclusion that the defence was as much , if not more, to blame for this necessary defeat as the attack.
Back It Came
I was not surprised that Everton’s defence tired as time passed by, for no sooner was it placed forward than the ball was back again. I guarantee that the tireless Mercer had to make each pass three times instead of once in the first half for the ball always seemed to go right back to him. Is it any wonder that Mercer went on those thrilling lone dribbles in the hope of bringing award? Granted that this wandering threw extra work on Saunders, but with always the spark of hope burning brightly it, was the only thing to do. Mercer had an excellent game, and Jones kept Revill in subjection. Greenhalgh was the perfect back for an hour, and Saunders use of the ball was good, but ....Saunders revealed a weakness when ever Duffy took the inside route. Bentham, like Greenhalgh, faded out once Charlton scored – or were presented with – their third goal, and Fielding suffered through slowness and bewilderment as to whom he should give the pass. Burnett made some good saves, but could be faulted, definitely, in a game which was so easy to win and yet so tantalisingly thrown away. Maybe Mr. Ernest Green had a happier afternoon “scouting” on the south coast – at a reserve match incidentally – but certainly the Everton display in which they were so infinitely superior to Charlton in midfield will give food for thought to Directors Messrs George Evans, and Dick Searle and the man who matters, Mr. Theo Kelly. In referring to Everton one must always bear in mind the tremendous loss it was to have Catterick and Wainwright injured at the same time.
EVERTON MAT ALSO SAY “NO”
October 29, 1946. The Liverpool Daily Post
Far from playing for Everton on Saturday, the chance are that McMorran of Belfast Celtic will never sigh for them. The public knows well enough that Everton have seen him, they were told yesterday by the incompatible goalkeeper Elisha Scott (who managers the Irish club), that the Celtic board had set their minds against his moving. What the public can only judge with customary shrewdness is what will be in the Everton directorial minds tonight when they come to make a decision. If my advices are correct, the answer may well be; On what we have seen he is not worth what is being asked, and we refuse to pat it! – and who shall blame them, since being stamped into a signing would only worsen their position. Maybe the return of Catterick will make all the difference, and maybe he will be found fit to play against Grimsby.
BLUES AND DODDS
October 29, 1946. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
The centre-forward problem will be one of the principal items on the agenda at this evening’s meeting of the Everton directors. Blackpool have announced that Everton are interested in Ephraim Dodds, the Scottish international who joined Shamrock Rovers in August. Dodds now wants to get back to English football and there will be snags in the way. However, if Everton could arrange a transfer with Blackpool then I am confident big “Jock” would be just the man to get the goals for the Blues. This will be sorted out this evening when I anticipate that Eddie Wainwright will be selected to play centre-forward against Grimsby Town at Goodison Park on Saturday. This is an experiment which Secretary-Manager Theo Kelly has been waiting to make for some time, but Wainwright had been injured. A trial run last Saturday proved Eddie is all right.
McMORRAN CHAPTER CLOSED
October 30, 1946. The Liverpool Daily Post
And Dodds Signing Would Mean Double Deal
By Leslie Edwards.
Everton F.C, last night ruled the line under the McMorran chapter and closed the book. He will not sign for them this season. Chairman W.C. Gibbins told me why in three sentences “Celtic have exercised with perfect justification their right to withdraw their offer to allow him to come to us. There has been no ill-feeling, no bother; they have merely changed their minds. They don’t want to transfer him this season, but if the situation changes we shall have first consideration. On the possibility of Dodds, becoming an Everton player, Mr. Gibbins said; “We have been asked whether we are interested in Dodds. Of course we are. We are interested in any star forward. But that does not imply that we want to sign him. As I see it, the position is that whichever club takes him from Shamrock Rovers will be automatically involved in two deals. Blackpool remember would have to be considered. We certainly should not work on those limes. “The board did not select the side to play Grimsby in their meeting. Wainwright and Catterick are to be tried out later in the week, and from them the centre-forward position will be filled.
October 31, 1946. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
There was a general “get together” on the part of Everton and Blackpool officials at Anfield, and the two managers, Messrs Theo Kelly and Joe Smith were in long and earnest conversation both before and after the match. Blackpool have already announced that Everton are interested in Eph, Dodds, Blackpool’s Scottish international centre-forward. Neither Mr. Kelly nor Mr. Smith made any announcement, but I think you can take it assured that the clubs will have little difficulty in coming to terms. If talks can do it then it is all right for certainly the conversations were long enough. The player, however, has the final word, but Dodds is so keen to get back to Football League circles – and anxious also to join a club not far from Blackpool – that I do not anticipate any hitches from that quarter. I have not the slightest doubt that Everton will try to push things through so that Dodds can play against Grimsby Town on Saturday, for it is not now a question of whether they bid for Dodds or not. They are doing so. And If I know Everton they will have their man here by the week-end.
• Liverpool beat Blackpool 2-1, Eastham, Watkinson and Blair for Blackpool