EVERTON 3 NEWCASTLE UNITED 1
September 1, 1920
Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker Crossley, and Harrison, forwards. Goals Kirsopp (2), Crossley.
EVERTON V. NEWCASTLE UNITED.
Hull Daily Mail - Thursday 02 September 1920
At Goodison Park, before 40,000 spectators. from the kick-off Kirsopp scored for Everton, Curry was injured, and retired. Everton afterwards had the better of the argument, but failed to increase their Lead. Immediately on resuming, Newcastle equalised through Harris, after Swailes had hit the post, while five minutes afterwards Crossley scored for Everton. Kirsopp scored a third goal, after Lawrence had made some good saves. Everton were the better side, though Newcastle were handicapped owing to the absence of Curry. Result; Everton 3 goals, Newcatsle United 1 goal.
EVERTON BEAT NEWCASTLE.
Sheffield Independent - Thursday 02 September 1920
Everton scored a fine victory over Newcastle United at Goodison Park last night three goals to one. Forty thousand spectators were present. Everton played Harrison for Reid, absent owing to bereavement. The game opened sensationally, Kirsopp scoring for Everton the first few seconds. Play afterwards was keen. Curry, of Newcastle, retired injured. At the interval Everton led one nil. Resuming. Harris scored for Newcastle, but Crossley and Kirsopp 'added goals for Everton.
EVERTON V. NEWCASTLE UNITED
September 2, 1920 Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer
At Goodison Park before 40,000 spectators Everton played Harrison for Reid. From the kick-off Kirsopp scored for Everton. Subsequently, however, Newcastle enjoyed the bulk of the play, their forwards being very clever. Curry was injured, and retired. Everton afterwards had the better of the argument, but failed to increase their lead. Interval; - Everton 1 goal, Newcastle United none.
Immediately on resuming, Newcastle equalized through Harris, after Swailes had hit the post while five minutes afterwards Crossley scored for Everton. The game subsequently was keenly contested. Kirsopp scored a third goal, after Lawrence had made some good saves. Play had been very interesting, but Everton were the better side though Newcastle were handicapped owing to the absence of Curry. Result; Everton 3 goals, Newcastle United 1 goal.
EVERTON 1 BRADFORD PARK AVENUE 1 (Game 935)
September 4 1920
Everton: - fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker Crossley, and Harrison, forwards. Goal Harrison.
The Glasgow Evening Times,
Saturday, 4 September 1920
REALM of SPORT
Football Government by Syndicate
POSITION OF EVERTON
(By THE WATCHMAN)
Have the Everton Football Club reached the end of their internal dissensions? To some, such a question may seem strange, but this famous football club has had a most curious history. It is clear as crystal that some sinister influences have checked the progress of Everton from a playing point of view. In spite of themselves, Everton have become a wealthy company. Never have they really been short of money. Their club is a big estate. They not only own the freehold of their arena and “appurtenances thereunto belonging” (is not this the legal phrase?), but a street of houses and shops adjoining. Once there was a church, or chapel, or at any rate a place of worship, on their property. But they did not think it within their province to be the landlords of a holy ground. All they really required was a football ground – quite a different piece of earth. There could be no stronger evidence of the riches of Everton than the fact that during the war they could borrow, without the least trouble, £6000 to complete the purchase of more property. Yet, in spite of their resources, Everton have twice only been champions of the League, and have once captured the Cup which represents so much to the English football public. The honours which have been won have never satisfied the shareholders, who believe that much more ought to have been accomplished. They think that Everton ought to have been a club with a record akin to that of Aston Villa. Dissensions at Birth Everton was born in the atmosphere of dissension. The ground which is now occupied by Liverpool was the home of Everton. That enclosure was the property of the late Ald. Houlding, sometime Lord Mayor of Liverpool. Differences arose between some of his coadjutors and Ald. Houlding, who remained on his own pasture and called the club Liverpool – in spite of the protest of the Liverpool Rugby club. The dissentients walked to the other side of a public park, and setting up an establishment of their own, determined to retain the title of Everton. Broadly, without filling in the details, that is the true story. Ever since this split there has been an atmosphere of criticism round about Goodison Park. It would be a long story to narrate in detail. Nor is it worth while. What has occurred is that the shareholders, dissatisfied with the directorate and their policy, and their rarely successful team from a playing point of view, banded themselves together into a little association. At first they had no power at all; they had no effect on the management.
But for ten or twelve years, men keenly interested in the club have been purchasing every share in the Everton Club they could get hold of. This movement became known as a syndicate. The Everton syndicate is now notorious in Liverpool. Gradually they gained power. They gave as much as £3 15s for a £1 share which could not pay them more than 5 per cent, and even now not more than 7½ per cent. But the syndicate were not eager for wealth. The aim was power – power to rule the club.
Slowly but surely the syndicate got so many shares in their possession that they began to return one nominee to the directorate. Next they ran two candidates and placed them on the board. The chairman of the club, Dr Whitford, J.P., a fine old robust Belfast Irishman, resigned. Men of position did not like the syndicate.
Crisis Over Now the crisis has passed, for the Everton Syndicate having about 430 of the 700 shares in their own hands have turned off two more of the directors that they wished to remove and placed their representatives on the board. One of these is the late honorary secretary, Mr W.T. Sawyer, who succeeded Mr W. Cuff when he resigned that office. Thus the Everton Syndicate have obtained a complete majority on the directorate, and Mr A. Coffer, a provision merchant in Liverpool, has been elected the chairman of the club in place of Mr W.R. Clayton, a ship owner, who has been associated with Everton from its troubled birth. Mr Clayton has put up a stiff fight for the old gang, but the new gang, the football syndicate, have won the very prolonged and bitter dispute. I suppose this may be regarded as one more development in the democratic tendencies of the age. The sequel will be watched with interest in all parts of Great Britain, because the desire of the syndicalists is not to make money, but to build up a team which will have a measure of success in accord with the position of the club as the wealthiest in the First Division. It should not be overlooked that the syndicalists have stepped into the possession of a club which has ample funds and unlimited resources. The financial building has been done, and that on a solid foundation, by one of the directors long since gathered to his fathers. Mr George Mahon, a Liverpool gentleman, who was, when strong and well, a keen business man with a brain for big finance, built up this club, and, of course, it is now comparatively easy to take over. Whether the syndicalist directorate will get better players than the old governors remains to be seen. A fat purse is, of course, an advantage, but good players cannot be bought like scrap-iron or cotton waste. The “waste” of other clubs is not of much value to Everton.
The Crump Testimonial
The Football Association at their recent meeting officially launched a testimonial to Mr Charles Crump, who will reach his 80th birthday, at least it is hoped so, on December 15 next. This movement has been in the air for a time, and weeks ago I heard in London that all the clubs in membership with the League had been approached, and that each of them was willing to subscribe a handsome uniform donation to express their appreciation of Mr Crump. This genial old gentleman, who is a native of Herefordshire, has devoted his life to the game – first as a player with Stafford Road, a Wolverhampton club; second as a referee; and third, as one of the governors of the game. Mr Crump has done much for football, and, on the other hand, I have no doubt whatever that the game has done much for Mr Crump, as it has provided him with a hobby which has kept his heart and mind young what time he has been a hard-working official on one of the great railways of the country. There is nothing like a lifelong hobby to preserve vitality and refresh the mind.
But when Mr Crump retired from the management of railways he was awarded a pension, which, if perfectly adequate for his modest needs in pre-war days, is utterly useless as even a maintenance allowance in these days. The Football Association and the clubs of the country, realising that pensions cannot be advanced with the elasticity of latter-day wages, have deemed it the proper thing to raise a national testimonial to help the dear old gentleman out of difficulties which are not of his making.
Whatever may be done for Mr Crump, there is no doubt that he deserves it. I believe that Scottish legislators who have sat with him on the International Board will bear ample testimony to his knowledge, his foresight, his acumen, and his universal courtesy. He is, too, a just man. I remember a prominent personage in English football saying that if ever he did anything wrong in the game he hoped that “Old Crump” would be his judge. He is just and merciful. Talking about that reminds me of the appearance of Mr Charles Crump in the witness box during the hearing of the famous libel case brought by a professional against the F.A. and several newspapers. Mr Crump was sworn, and in answer to counsel admitted that he had the experience of 78 years to look back upon. Justice Darling, with his customary keenness, dropped his quill pen, fixed his pince-nez, leaned back in his easy chair, and took a long look at the veteran footballer. He smiled benevolently as he said – “Well, Mr Crump, I hope I shall look as well as you, and be as active as you appear to be, when I reach that period of life – if I do.” Justice Darling was much impressed with “Old Crump,” and with his evidence, given with the lucidity and firm voice of a man of 40.
Status of Past Players The Football Association do not bow the knee to anyone – if they can help it. A little while ago our friend, Jack Sharp, the famous outside-right, applied to the parent body for permission to sit as a director on either the Liverpool or the Everton club. The permission was not granted. But Mr John Sharp, and it pleases, is now a man of substance, and is good enough to play as a Gentleman for Lancashire and to captain their team, while Mr Myles Kempton, the old Etonian and captain has been incapacitated. Incidentally he has been a jolly good captain. Thus we have Mr John Sharp, Gentleman, recognised by the M.C.C. and the Lancashire cricket clubs, but not relieved from the condition of being a professional in his status in the winter game. Again this week, Mr John Slater applied for permission to sit as a director on the board of the Stoke Club – the present employers of McColl, late of the Celtic, and other Scottish professionals. Years ago “Jack” Slater was a paid player of Bolton Wanderers and a jolly good back. He put his earnings at football on one side, and he is now a magnate – reputedly a millionaire, being a big man in the coal trade.
At any rate he is wealthy, and has bought an estate near Newcastle-under-Lyme, and is taking a deep interest in the Stoke Club – one of the oldest in England, if not the oldest. But he cannot sit on the board without violating rules, and he asked for permission to act. The case has been adjourned for inquiries. The Football Association is evidently not inclined to curtsey to wealth. For this I admire them, but, on the other hand, there is something in what an ex-professional, who has made good and been reinstated, said to me the other day. His criticism was that the attitude of the F.A. was apt to keep good men of good class from ever becoming professionals, and he thought that was a mistake. The better men they were the better for the game.
Quite so, but there is a larger question involved. A man cannot have all the advantages and none of the disadvantages. So far as I am concerned. I believe in the saying “Once a professional always a professional.” The real danger lies in handing over the domestic government of a club or of the game to men who have a mind that looks at every point from the view of a paid player. It would be to the advantage of football in every country if it was entirely ruled by real amateurs, and in the genuine spirit of amateurism. Missed Penalties The great game of winter has had a big send-off for this season in England. The results are perfectly well known to your football readers, and the successes of teams like Bradford City, Oldham Athletic, and Huddersfield Town have caused not a little surprise down here. At the same time we must not be led away by these very early birds who have picked up the luscious worm. There have been many accidents to players, and these have influenced results, while the failures to convert penalty-kicks have been dramatic and fatal. For instance, Grimsdell missed the first penalty-kick of his life against Blackburn Rovers, and that made such a difference to Tottenham. Again “Dicky” Downs, who used to be the penalty king, lost the match for Everton at Bradford. Then McCall – the great McCall – was equally remiss for Preston, and Huddersfield Town won 1-0. Thus it is well not to attach too much importance to the results. For instance, McGrory has not yet turned out for Burnley and teams have not yet settled down.
**Thanks to James Yates**
EVERTON, 1; BRADFORD, 1.
Sunday Post - Sunday 05 September 1920
At Goodison Park, before 40,000 spectators. Both teams were strongly represented. The first half was goalless the defence on both sides being stronger than the attack. A feature of the play was the splendid exhibition of goalkeeping by Fern and Scattergood. The visitors played strongly towards the interval, but there was no score. In the second half play was strenously contested. After twelve minutes Harrison scored for Everton from a penalty. Immediately afterwards Mclean equalised from a free kick close in. Both sides tried hard, but the respective defences stood firm. There was not a great deal in it, a draw being a fair reflex.
BRADFORD DRAW AT EVERTON
September 6, 1920 Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer
At Goodison Park, before 40,000 spectators. Play was very keen in the early stages. Scattergood made brilliant saves from Parker and Fleetwood. Everton being the better side for a time, but Bradford improved, and Fern saved grandly from McLean. Both defences were too sound for the forwards to penetrate, and at half-time no scoring had taken place. On resuming, play was as keen as before, with both defences showing determined tactics against lively forwards. Twelve minutes had elapsed when Everton were awarded a penalty, from which Harrison scored. Mclean equalized two minutes later. It was not a great game, though both sides put in a lot of work. Result;- Everton 1 goal, Bradford 1 goal.
NEWCASTLE UNITED 2 EVERTON 0 (Game 936)
September 8, 1920.
Everton: - fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Parker Crossley, and Harrison, forwards.
Derby Daily Telegraph - Thursday 09 September 1920
Joe Clennell, Everton's inside-left, has undergone another operation his knee—not the one which was recently troubled. He making good progress towards recovery. Mitchell, the Everton goalkeeper, and Thompson, their full back, are both on the injured list.
DERBY COUNTY V. EVERTON
Nottingham Evening Post - Saturday 11 September 1920
At the Baseball Ground, Derby.
Peacock scored for Everton in 17 minutes
Peacock scored for Everton in 30 minutes
Gardner scored for Derby County in 43 minutes
Half-time; Everton 2 Derby County 1
FOOTBALL TO VAUDEVILLE.
Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 11 September 1920
ARCHIE GOODALL’S CAREER ON FIELD AND STAGE.
Archie Goodall’s first visit to Preston, this week, in the capacity of a vaudeville artiste at the Empire Theatre, has revived memories of his football days, and those of his even more famous brother, who, like him, was associated with the “Old Invincible" of Deepdale. Archie’s truly wonderful hoop-walking act is entirely his own invention. A skilled engineer, he made his boltless hoop, which is 50ft. in circumference, with his own hands, and occupied 15 months in the construction of it. He practised from six to nine hours a day before perfected his sensational walk round the inside of the five-inch broad rim, but all who have seen the act will wonder how he accomplished the feat even then. During the act he hangs head downwards for several minutes from the culminating point of the hoop, and is the principal figure in aerial gymnastics, in which is assisted two ladies and his son Dick,’’ who performs remarkable contortionist somersaults whilst grip, pine- his father’s hands. But most difficult part of the performance is the walk itself, especially when the pedestrian has to regain his bodily porse whilst ascending and descending the sides of the hoop. The “turn” calls for physical endurance and skill of the highest order, and as Archie is- 56 years old his achievement speak volumes for his condition. A life teetotaller and non-smoker, he a muscular model of clean living, which, perhaps, is the highest compliment, that could be paid him. He has been round the world three times with has hoop act, which he started a dozen years ago. Before that he had won fame as a footballer. His first big club was Kilmarnock, from which he joined Great Lever with his brother. Next be was associated with Liverpool United, about the time of the formation of the Everton club, with whom he played in many games. He came to Preston for season 1886-7, which he modestly claims to North End's greatest. John had come to Deepdale two years earlier. On leaving Preston he joined Aston Villa, with whom he scored goals from every position except goal during the r first season in the League. Subsequently he played with Derby County, with whom, perhaps, he spent his best football years, and in turn asisted Plymouth Argyle, managed the Glossop club, and played with the Wolves, with whom be finished his football career in a match against Everton. John Goodall. the elder the brothers, who is now a shopkeeper in the South, was born in London. He made 14 appearances in international matches for England, but though Archie, who was born at Dublin, played ten times for Ireland, tbe pair never opposed each other in representative football. Neither did Archie oppose Stephen Bloomer, his old clubmate, in internationals. John figured at centre forward and Archie generally at centre half, though his last appearance in a big match was at centre forward against Wales. Archie, whose home is in London, rarely gets time to attend football match nowadays, but occasionally he watches the ’ Spurs’ home games. He often meets men who were contemporary players, though, and he delights to speak of the good old days, as he has done this week with old clubmate in “Bob Howarth and Sam Thomson. Discussing modern football with that of old, he says:—“ All the old players I meet are of the same opinion—that present-day football is nothing like that 30 years ago. In the first place the men have not the same physique. In Lancashire there were more big clubs than there are now, and they had better players than in those to-day. There were Accrington and Padiham, and the four Bolton clubs. You cannot tell me that any of those four were not better than the present one there; nor are the Rovers of to-day the equals of the teams which won the Cup five times. Football in those days was like a game of chess.
DERBY COUNTY V EVERTO
September 11, 1920. The Derby Daily Telegraph
The result of recent injuries to members of Derby County's team were not so evident as anticipated when the side turned out to meet Everton today. In the half-back line McLaverty was again played in preference to Lamph, and Wightman returned. Lyons, having recovered from a sprain, partnered Thornwell, and Burton was again inside to Quaintrill. Recent displays y Gardner justified perseverance with him at centre forward, and Maskery was in goal, as Lawrence is still suffering with a very tender hand. Everton turned out with a strong side, which included the Internationals, Harrison and Kirsopp, forwards, and Grenyer and Fleetwood, half-backs, so the six Internationals were seen in the match. The teams were;- Derby County; Maskery, goal; Atkin and Ritchie, backs; Waterhouse, Wightman, and McLaverty, half-backs; Thornewell, Lyons, Gardner, Burton and Quaintrill, forwards. Everton; Fern, goal; Downs and McDonald, backs; Fleetwood, Brewster and Grenyer, half-backs; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Peacock, Crossley and Harrison, forwards. Referee; F.A. Freemantle, Sturton-le-Steeple; Linesmen, W. Brownlow and C. Evans. Atkins led Derby in before about 18,000 spectators, with others still arriving and lost the toss. Downing choosing to defend the Normanton goal, Derby. Derby got in, and the visiting back allowed the ball to go through to Fern, who cleared, but Thornwell took possession, and closing in from the wing, was only narrowly beaten by McDonald. He returned to secure a corner, and Lyons heading delightfully from the kick, sent just outside, Burton making a futile effort to get the ball before it crossed the line.
Injury To Downs
Downs was injured, and had to be carried from the field to receive attention on the touch line. Derby were quickly at it again, Fern coming out to take a long pass from Gardner, and Burton was twice pulled up for offside. Brewster intercepted a pass from Thornewell to Gardner, and Fleetwood beat Quantrill in another race close to goal, pressure ending in a long shot from McLaverty passing outside. The visitors right took the play to Derby's quarters, and Maskery hit over the bar a long shot from Peacock. Kirsopp headed in from the corner, Ritchie kicking clear from the line.
DERBY COUNTY 2, EVERTON 4
September 12, 1920. Sunday Post
Before 20,000 spectators. Peacock scored for Everton after eighteen minutes, and again fifteen minutes later. The visitor by superior combination were attacking during the greater portion of the first half. Gardner scored for Derby in the last minute of this period. Parker and Fleetwood scored for Everton, and Quantrill for Derby in the second half.
CHAMPIONS WIN AT GOODISON
September 13, 1920 Lancashire Evening Post
Let those referees, who have a habit of keeping the whistle in the month all the time they officiate, take warning by what Blackpool and Everton Reserves saw at Goodison Park on Saturday. Referee Duckworth was knocked unconscious through colliding with a goalkeeper who was running out to save. Had the referee had his whistle in his month, he would probably been severely injured. As it was, he suffered from concussion. He was attended by the local trainer, and eventually recovered and took charge again, but he had only a hazy notion for some time as to what was going on. Blackpool Reserves found Everton without Peacock, who has scored nine Reserves team goals, and who did the hat-trick for the League team on Saturday, and Mitchell was off the field some little time through injuring his ankle. Yet no one could mistake the superiority of Blackpool. Bainbridge's defence was good, and Ponnelwell made good at centre half. In the Everton goal was Ted Doig, son of the late Sunderland and Liverpool goalkeeper. He has played a fair amount with Liverpool, and was now called up to play for Everton, at the last moment. He was not to blame for the defeat.
CHAMPIONS WIN AT GOODISON.
Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 13 September 1920
Let those referees, who have a habit of keeping the whistle in the mouth all the time they otticiate, take warning what Blackpool and at Goodiaon Park on Saturday. Referee Duckworth was knocked unconscious through colliding with a goalkeeper who was running out to save. Had the referee had his whistle in his mouth, he would probably been severely injured. As it was, he Buttered from concussion. He was attended by the local trainer, and eventually recovered and took charge again, but he had only a hazy notion tor some time as to what was going on. Blackpool Reserve found Everton without Peacock, who has scored nine reserve team goals, and who did the hat trick for the League team on Saturday, and Mitchell, the goalkeeper. Moreover, Owen Williams was off the field some little time through injuring his ankle. Yet one could mistake the superiority Blackpool. Bainhridge’s defence was good, and Poppelwell made good at centre half. In the Everton goal was Ted Doig, son of the late Sunderland and Liverpool goalkeeper. He has played a fair amount with Liverpool, and was now called up to play for Everton at the last moment. He was not to blame for the defeat.
RAMS WORSTED AT HOME
September 13, 1920 Derby Daily Telegraph
Derby County require improvement in the forward line, and some luck. In early games notably that drawn at Chelsea, ordinary luck would have produced a win, but in the match at Tottenham last Monday, and again on the Baseball Ground against Everton on Saturday, they were beaten principally because their forwards were not good enough. That really sums up the game. Everton were not dazzlingly brilliant, but they were a well-balanced side, each man of whom possessed a working knowledge of the tactics of his colleagues, was all the time acting as part of a machine, and did his work in cool and deliberate manner. Derby's methods, on the other hand, lacked cohesion in many instances and the forwards, in particular, did not play as though they had any method beyond that of the moment. Quantrill and Thornewell, wing men who have few masters on their day, were absolutely wasted. What blame can be attached to them when week by week they are paired with a fresh wing man? No doubt Burton's game has been adversely affected by his change from left right inside and back again. He is not a versatile forward, and it was tragic to see the misdirection of much of his passing. With all his reputed ability as a sprinter Lyons was cumbersome; Gardner's diminutive statues was emphasized by the height of the opposing centre half, Brewster, and he has not shaken down to his position so well as expected. Whiteman was the pick of a half-back line which was not so effective as usual, for McLaverty never got into the way of dealing with Chedgzoy who, in consequence, gave the brilliant Ritchie a grueling time, and Waterhouse was below par. At times Derby threatened to do things, and there were pretty touches; the goal by Quantrill, made possible through Burton's effort, was delightful, but looking at the match in perspective there was not a deal of enthuse over in the home team's offensives. Everton played a scientific game, and Chedgzoy's performance in particular was applauded. He would have shown even better results with nipper inside man than Kirsopp. The hat-trick by peacock promises that he is to have an argument in the goal-scoring honours this season, for he is a fine opportunist, while Harrison and Crossley are fine wing pair. The game was pleasantly contested, yet there were a number of minor accidents. Downs, the Everton skipper had a small bone broken in his ankle, and Maskrey had a finger somewhat badly damaged, but those incidents did not influence the result.
EVERTON V DERBY COUNTY
September 13, 1920. The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer
At Derby, before 18,000 spectators. At the start Derby pressed for some time. Everton retaliated, and Peacock scored at the end of eighteen minutes, the same netting a second goal after half an hour. Gardner scored for Derby close on the interval, when the score stood;- Derby County 1 goal, Everton 2. Derby's custodian was kept busy on the resumption and cleared a number of shots, including a hot one from Peacock. This player completed the “hat-trick.” Derby improved, and twenty minutes from the close Quantrill scored a fine goal from short range. Fleetwood netted a fourth goal for Everton. Result; Derby County 2, goals; Everton 4 goals.
DERBY COUNTY 2 EVERTON 4
September 13 1920. The Strike Edition, Liverpool Echo.
BEES SPORT NOTES.
Everton came out of their scoring shell and Peacock’s three goals showed the value of giving a junior a trial as compared with scouring the country with bags of gold. I believe it is true to state that Everton wore prepared to pay quite a number of thousands of pounds for the right man and while they were angling for men whose clubs would not part company force of circumances made them turn to peacock, with happy results. The speed and deadliness of the attack was astonishing, and Derby goalkeeper, Maskery, says he has seen nothing better than Chedgzoy’s centres. The unfortunate blot on the game is the news that Dick Downs, the Everton captain, has broken a small bone in the foot. He is in a nursing home, and optimistically says “I’ll be playing on Saturday next.” But the officials of the club feat that this cannot be the case, much as they would like it to be. Another Everton man, Owen Williams sprained his ankle, and with Clennell just out of an operation for cartilage the injured list grows all too quickly. A curious incident occurred at Goodison, the referee being knocked unconscious by a punt from a goalkeeper. Asst.-trainer Cooke spent some time bringing him round and the referee in spite of his dazed condition went on with the game later in the afternoon. (Fleetwood scored the other goal). Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer, backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Peacock, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards.
FARE BECOMES A PROFESSIONAL OF EVERTON.
September 15 1920. The Strike Edition, The Liverpool Echo
Harold Fare’s career with Everton will be watched with delight. A son of the former Liverpool director, who, by the way, is now in the staff of the Everton club, Harold has taken the plunge and has become a pro. His father needless to say, had nothing to do with his signing. Everton’s sec-manage gave the lad a trial, and he show so well that it was put to the boy that he should make football his profession. But like a wise lad he is, is keeping to his business for the moment at any rate. He is but 22 years old, stands nearly 6ft, and weights 11 and half stone. He learned his football when soldiering in France, and later played a lot with Harrow, a nursery from which splendid young players are taken, one such Freeman a full back also.
EVERTON 3 DERBY COUNTY 1 (Game 938)
September 20, 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
DERBY COUNTY EASILY BEATEN AT GOODISON.
Everton gained their second success over Derby County at Goodison Park on Saturday by three goals to one, but though the Blues triumphed rather easily at the finish they were a long time settling down, and during the first portion of the game it appeared as though the Rams would succeed in reversing their previous week’s defeat. The latter were the first to score mainly through the instrumentality of the left-wing pair, Quantrill and Murray; though they were to some extent helped by a lapse on the part of the Everton backs, Downs and McDonald getting in each other’s way, with the result that Murray nipped in and drove past Fern. This lead the Rams managed to hold up to just on the interval, when the efforts of the Everton vanguard met with success. The equaliser fell to Harrison, whose shot-a real gem –left both Kidd and Ritchie, who had fallen into goal, helpless. Up to this point the defence of both sides proved very sound, the county halves and full backs especially thwarting the efforts of the Blues to get going. McLaverty and Wightman, and Waterhouse required a deal of getting past, the Everton defenders increasing the difficulties of their own front line by rising the ball too much. After the interval, however, this method was changed with the result that the home quintette gave of their best, swinging the ball about from wing to wing with precision and leading the County defenders a merry dance. Long before the finish Derby were a beaten team.
The previous week at the Baseball ground Peacock proved a hugh success, scoring three of the Everton goals, yet strange to say, on Saturday he anything out upheld that reputation, and in fact was the least conspicuous of the line. Probably the heavy ground militated to some extent to his touching his best form, besides which the greasy ball required a great deal of controlling. In this respect it would be hardly fair to condemn him. If the Blues were weak in leadership the visitors were a worse plight, for Shiner, who was making his debut in serious football, was practically a passager, and could do nothing right. Of the respective wingmen Everton’ a were the more polished, the dovetailing of Kirsopp and Crossley with their respective partners being very fine, while Chedgzoy and Harrison got in many dashing runs. Quantrill and Murray were the best on the visiting side the former being a thorn in the side of Downs. In defence the Blues were also well served, Downs and McDonald kicking a fine length, while of the halves Brewster made Shiner look small fry indeed. Ritchie and Atkins covered Kidd, who deputised for Lawrence in the Derby goal, the latter having asked for his transfer, and the custodian could not be blamed for the shots that beat him.
Everton were the first to make progress, but Ritchie cleverly robbed Chedgzoy when the latter was becoming dangerous. The Derby left wing then got into their stride, and matters looked dangerous, when Downs was penalised for roughness. However, the danger was cleared, and Brewster set peacock going. The latter drew the defence and placed out to Chedgzoy, but the latter’s shot just missed the far post. For a while the play was confined to midfiled, but the Rams breaking away, Wightman lobbed the ball into the goalmouth, where Downs and McDonald failed to clear and Murray slipping between the pair easily beat Fern. This success came after 20 minutes play, and for a while the Blues appeared to lose their form. Crossley tried times to find the target, but was wide of the mark. Eventually Kirsopp tricked McLaverty and set Chedgzoy off. The winger raced ahead, and rousing Ritchie drove in a great shot, which Kidd kicked away. The ball went to Harrison, who with a great drive equalised two minutes from the interval. In the second half Everton showed the better combination, and the Derby defenders were hard pressed. Kirsopp and Crossley got in good attempts, but Kidd kept the charge intact. A stoppage was caused when Downs injured his unsound foot, but he was able to resume. The County made an incursion but the ex-Barnsley defender cleared. Chedgzoy than made one of his characteristic runs and passing to Kirsopp, the latter scored Everton’s second goal. Having obtained the lead Everton made rings around the County and before the close Chedgzoy made victory certain by scoring a brilliant goal after beating three opponents. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Down (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Peacock, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards. Derby County: - Kidd, goal, Atkin, and Ritchie, backs, Waterhouse, Wightman, and McLaverty, half-backs, Thornewell, Lyons, Shiner, Murray, and Quantrill, forwards. Referee Mr. Freemantie.
BLACKPOOL RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 1
September 20, 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
No details in local papers
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 6)
Everton: - Mitchell, goal, Fare, and Thompson, backs, Weller, Farrer, and Williams, half-backs, Jones, Wall, Barker, Fraser (Trail from Newcastle), and Reid, forward.
September 20, 1920. The Liverpool Echo
The former director of the Everton Football Club, Mr. Dan Kirkwood has been placed in charge of the Everton “a” team. Himself an old Everton player, Danny knows the game and known how to humour a junior. On the same staff is Mr. John Fare; formerly Liverpool director, who has a “more” for finding players at a cheap rate of transfer. His son Harold has just turned professional for the Everton side.
WELCOME TO DANNY
September 20, 1920. The Liverpool Echo
The former director of Everton F.C Mr. Dan Kirkwood, has been placed in charge of the Everton “A” team. Himself an old Everton player, Danny knows the game and knows how to harmour a junior. On the same staff is Mr. John Faye formerly Liverpool director who has a “nose” for finding players at a cheap rate of transfer. His son Harold has just turned professional for the Everton side.
A SHARP FEAT
September 20, 1920. The Liverpool Echo
Bert Sharp brother of Jack wound up his good season with Bootle C.C in a remarkable manner. He took the whole of the Wallasey wickets for 37 runs, a feat that in the very long history that Booth boast has never before been accomplished. Having broken his record Bert went for another and topped the half century for the first time this season, his total being 70.
SHEFFIELD UNITED VISIT
September 21, 1920. The Evening Express.
Although Everton defeated Derby County with something to spare many who were at the Park on Saturday were dissatisfied with the form of the team as a whole. True there were parts of the combination which did not work smoothly but it must be remembered that the ground was treacherous and after the solid pitch of the past few weeks the players did not get their “sea legs” right away. All these points must be taken into consideration, and it is well that a winning team should not be upset by changes unless of course injuries necessitate one or more players standing down. It will take time to weld the team together, but so far, it must be said that the Blues are streets ahead of last season’s form. Peacock was well watched this time, and the Derby defenders kept their eyes on him, fearing a repetition of that player’s exploits of the previous week, and further, he was unable to operate successfully on the heavy ground, Peacock’s abilities merit further trials, however. The Blues will have another opportunity of proving their worth tomorrow evening, when Sheffield United visit the Park, and a game of great interest should result. The Blades have won but two out of six games so far, but I am assured that the team is much better than their record would indicate. The possess a line of really clever half-backs in Pantling, Brelsford, and Utley. The ex-Barnsley stalwart is still a power in the football world. Stanley Fazackerley, who at one time appeared likely to join the Goodison brigade, is as tricky as ever, and Gillespie is also a forward who is cute and clever. The match tomorrow is timed to start at 5.15 p.m.
• Downs, Fleetwood, Grenyer will play in Tommy Bennett benefit match at Anfield on Monday next week, tickets will be on sale at the Everton match on Wednesday and at Anfield next Saturday
EVERTON TEAM FOR TONIGHTS GAME.
September 22, 1920. The Evening Express
Everton entertain Sheffield United at Goodison Park this evening, kick-off at 5.15. the Blues side was chosen last night as follows; Fern; Downs, McDonald; Fleetwood, Brewster, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Peacock, Crossley, and Harrison. Unlike Everton the Blades are not in a position to field the same side as that which performed on Saturday. Owing to a kick he received in the match against Bradford Gillespie is not likely to turn out. Panthing is not quite fit either and it is probable that Ball and Plant will be selected to fill the vacant places. The teams, therefore will probably be; Gough; Sturgess and Milton; Plant, Breisford, Utley; Bolan, Fazackerley, Rawson, Ball, Savage.
EXCITING FINISH AT GOODISON PARK
September 23, 1920. The Evening Express
Everton’s New Chairman
The advantage of stamina in present-day football was fully demonstrated at Goodison Park last evening, when Everton gained a meritorious victory over Sheffield United by 3 goals to nil. Up to a point Jack was as good as his master, but Everton stayed on in the closing stages, and full of vim and vigour, they crowded on all sail and notched two goals, which put a more decisive appearances on the score sheet, which, five minutes from the end, stood at 1-0 in the Blues favour. It was an interesting encounter, brimful of fast and clever football, particularly by the respective sets of defenders, who rose superior, for the most part, to the wiles of the attacking forces. Two skilful sets of half-backs contrived to upset many well-laid schemer, while the backs shone brilliantly at times by reason of their clever and resourceful clearances.
The Skilful Downs.
Downs was the star artist, his kicking under difficult conditions being really fine, and his skilful touches in extricating the ball for clearer opportunities to kick away were masterly in the extreme, and quite took the eye of the crowd. Downs is certainly a great force for good in the Everton ranks, and his leadership and general tactics are admired by everyone. On the opposing side Sturgress ran him close for honours, and the pair proved their worth in a marked manner. The second portion too, was marked by many stirring passages. It appeared that an equaliser might come at any moment, especially when Utley went forward to try and retrieve the fortunes of the Blades; but as indicated, the Sheffielders did not sustain their efforts to the end, and Glasgow scored a second goal with a great shot from Chedgzoy’s centre, while Crossley put on the third point following a similar movement. Everton play the same team against Blackburn at Ewood as that which did duty last night. Viz; Fern; Downs, McDonald; Fleetwood, Brewster, Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Peacock, Crossley, and Harrison.
Tip-Top Centre Needed.
Considering the strength of the opposition, Everton did well, but it was felt that a really tip-top, centre-forward would make a vast difference. Chedgzoy, who was injured, was a real live wire, and his runs and centres were quite outstanding features of the first half. Kirsopp too, was good, and Peacock, though well-watched, did some clever things, though he once failed with a clear course and only Gough to beat. Harrison was prominent, but Crossley was not in his best form. The halves were rare spoilers and astute providers. Grenyer perhaps being the pick. Reference has already been made to the abilities of Downs, and it need only be added that McDonald and Fern were able Lieutenants. Gough in the Sheffield goal, made several clever saves, and Mitton and Sturgess were excellent defenders. Utley worked hard, but he found Chedgzoy’s rare handful in the initial half. Brelsford was a tower of strength at centre half. Of the forwards, the brainy play of Fazackerley took the eye. Everton were perhaps the superior tacticians, but it was only by the aid of a penalty kick in the first half that they obtained the lead. Peacock was brought down after half an hour’s play and Harrison –who is becoming quite an adept with “spot” kicks –made no mistake.
Central League Entertained.
The good fellowship existing between our local football clubs was further demonstrated yesterday, when the new Everton board held a lunch at the Exchange Hotel, to which they invited the directors of the Liverpool Club an dalso the management committee of the Central league, who were holding a meeting in the city. It was enjoyable little function in which the guest were welcomed by Mr. A. Coffey, chairman of the Everton board. The League president; Mr. John McKenna, in reply, referred to the fact that the Press could once again say; The world is our,” and in that way they were delighted that normal times had come again. Turning to the chairman Mr. McKenna greeted him in his new position, and added, amid laughter, “Give an Irishman enough rope, and he is sure to get to the top.” He hoped that Everton would have a successful season, because it was the interest of football generally that clubs of that calibre should do so, otherwise the public were apt to say that football had deteriorated. Mr. W.R. Williams, chairman of the Liverpool Club, and Mr. James Catton, the well-known journalist also spoke.
EVERTON 3 SHEFFIELD UNITED 0 (Game 939)
September 23, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON BEAT SHEFFIELD UNITED.
Sheffield as a city of football has gone down in the sports world. The teams do not seem to have recovered from the war period, and while Wednesday languish in the Second Division. United seen to be hankering after that station in life, if we judge them by last night’s game at Goodison Park –a dull dreary game with some football and a lot of “siring” and throws in. The real football was crowded into very few phases, and yet the game wound up tastefully from the viewpoint of the 25,000 for these were two goals crowed on in the last two minutes. Up to this point there had been but one goal –that a penalty, into the bargain –and the number of shots to goal were abnormally few. It is true that the backs on either side were strong, yet that does not account for the lack of combination or dovetailed work, nor yet does it account for the lack of shots from short or long range. The fact was that the United’s young forwards were obsessed by the name and fame of Downs, who found time not only to make theatrical clearances but also to give a hand in his own side’s attacking qualities. Downs inspires the Everton players by his game and by his personality, and he seems to have younger generation walking right into him. There was no other reason for the poverty stricken forward play of Ball and Rawson, the latter of whom did not show the same form that he played against Sunderland for instances. Rawson was not alone, Fazackerley was clever without being the brilliant general we know he can be, and the one steady man in the line was Savage an ex-Crewe player, who if he will take the last yard against a defender, should come into the forefront. At half-back, too, United were remise. They were cumbersome and unable and unable to make aid for their forwards. Age has dimmed Utley’s strength and Brelsford is just a plodder. Plant was best, and none of that department could be compared with Everton’s strong trio in which Brewster continued his good form and Grenyer with head and foot was always reliable. It was Grenyer who scored the second goal, Chedgzoy, after a quiet period through poor feeding and a damaged leg, getting a centre so far backward that Grenyer could take the ball in his stride and score with a low shot. In a trice Crossley had taken a further centre from the right winger, and had made the score 3-0. The score was against the balance of play, but Everton were good winners nevertheless. Where they looked to be losing a hold on the lead –made at half an hour through Peacock being tripped (Harrison scored with the Spot kick)-was when Utley remodelled his team, going inside left, vice Ball, and infusing some fire into the forwards. Utley was at his best late on, as a forward and just then the Everton defence was harassed to unsteadiness. However, Fern and the backs were always good enough, and Sheffield went empty away. All through play was of poor standard, and the refereeing came under the same criticism. Still, it is trite saying that one team’s badness will bring in opposition to the same level. Everton made it apparent that there is still a need for a forward or two, Crossley who, it must be confessed was injured twice, was prone to hugging the ball, and Peacock was best only when he swung the ball out to the extreme wing men. He rarely put a snap pass to the inside man –and there in lay his want of variety. Harrison was strong in runs and centres and Kirsopp worked hard, if not coming into the picture brightly. United’s side is even more deficient in attacking men, and their half-back slowness brings the side under the heading of “slow,” Sturgess is a wonderful veteran, who, if he did not kick as true as Downs was nevertheless just as prominent, and it must be remembered Sturgess did not have a reliable partner, whereas Downs had. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Peacock, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards. Sheffield United: - Gough, goal, Sturgess, and Milton, backs, Plant, Brelsford, and Utley, half-backs, Bolan, Fazackerley, Rawson, Ball, and Savage, forwards.
EVERTON AT BLACKBURN.
September 24, 1920. The Evening Express.
Everton journey to Blackburn to try conclusions with the Rovers. At the moment the “Blues” are bang in the front rank, their victory over Sheffield United putting the Everton men high up on the ladder. A win against Blackburn would indeed put the Blues boys in high glee, and I would not be surprised to see them win. Still to achieve their ambition the forwards must improve on Wednesday’s showing. More vim and decision is required near goal. The halves and backs may be trusted to look after the rest if the forwards ill only put more sting into their finishing touches. I am inclined to anticipate a double success for the Mersey teams tomorrow. Everton will be represented at Blackburn by;- Fern; Down and McDonald; Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Peacock, Crossley and Harrison.
BRAINS WANTED IN DEFENCE.
Dundee Courier - Saturday 25 September 1920
Points Which Backs Must Remember.
BY RICHARD DOWNS
(The Famous Full Back of Everton.)
Some people may be surprised when I say that is just as necessary for the defenders of a team to work together as it is for the attackers. Yet such is a fact. Combination in attack is necessity - which is generally recognised by the man in the crowd. He can understand, for instance, that is vitally important that, generally speaking, the men the forward line should keep to their proper places to be ready for a pass from one of their colleagues. Combination in attack there must be, that is admitted, but in my view there must be combination in defence as well. that I don't mean that the defenders of a side will pass and repass the ball to each other like the attackers do, because the first principle of defence is to get the ball away. But even in this passing business there are occasions when a full back or a half-back can get his side out of a bad hole if he will remember that there are other defenders often in a good position to help him out. The Pass Back. Perhaps no better illustration of this point could bo given than by instancing the pass back to the goalkeeper. The full back who is hard pressed should never forget that between the posts is a man who may be able to help him out of his troubles if only he will pass the ball back to him. l The pass back is a sign of strength—an indication that there is working under. standing between the full backs and the r man between the posts. It is much safer, generally speaking, for the full back to pass the ball back to the goalkeeper when a forward disputing possession than it is for the full back to attempt a dangerous dribble. ... , In defence as well as in attack there ; should be a properly-organised plan of campaign, but the necessity for this is often overlooked by young players. The three half-backs and the two full backs of a side should so arrange their methods that in the ordinary course of their duties each man of the opposing forward line will be covered. The centre half will pay most attention to the opposing centre forward —that generally accepted—but there is some difference of opinion as to which of the wing forwards shall be considered the special care of the half-back and which shall be looked after by the full back. Watching the Wings. Some teams go on the principle of the wing half-back watching the inside forward, leaving the outside man to be covered by the full back. On the other hand, there are clubs whose defenders work the principle of the wing half watching the outside wing forward, and the full back covering the inside man. There is quite a lot to be said for and against each of these methods, but have not the space to go into all the Eros and cons of this debatable question ere. The real point is that one or other of the methods should be adopted, and that before a team goes on the field its defenders should have their minds made up as to which they will adopt. If they discuss their plans beforehand, then each man knows just what to do, and the supporters are saved the picture of both the half-back and the full back going to tackle one wing forward and leaving the other unmarked.
If you doubt the necessity for this proper understanding, consider for a moment the question of offside tactics. Most full backs watch for an opportunity of throwing their opponents into an offside position, for such is perfectly legitimate way of stopping the other fellows. But is not always as easy as it looks to throw your opponents offside, and such tactics may prove absolutely fatal to the side unless there is a proper understanding between the full backs and the half-baclcs. In these notes up to now I have insisted on the necessity for thought in defensive play in a team which is being hard pressed. But equally necessary is it for the defenders, and especially the full backs, to take thought about their position when their own team is attacking. It so easy to be lulled into a false sense of security when your side is raining attack after attack the other side's goal, but as matter of fact there is danger in this comfortable feeling that everything is all right. When the Unexpected Happens. It would perhaps not be quite true to say that as many goals result from spasmodic dashes as come to reward steady pressure, but it is true to say that there is real peril in breakaway unless the backs are careful. The safest policy is for one of the backs : to go up, and the other to keep further be-j, hind. If they both advance the same dis- tance up the field, they obviously leave aji big gap through which an enterprising centre forward may dash in breakaway. Yes, in full back play, as in every other department of the field, it is vitally import- ant that each movement shall be backed by thought, by brain, and by method.
EVERTON TO BE CARPETED
September 27, 1920. The Evening Express.
They were late in arriving at Ewood, and the club no doubt will be reported to the league, but the directors have a good answer. They cannot help railway accidents. The smash at Preston delayed not only the Blues but Chelsea as well, and the two clubs will be “carpeted.” When Everton did arrive at Blackburn Station, the taxi which had been ordered to meet them had vanished and the players had to make their way to the ground as best they could by tramcar. They were only four minutes late turning out however. Reid made his first appearance at inside right, and I am assured that he played a fine game. He is certainly a very handy player when he can play outside left, centre or inside right.
Blues Valuable Point
It could scarcely be said of the game between Everton and the Rovers, writes “Rover,” that the play reached the highest standard or that it aroused the intense excitement which is usually distinctive of really great struggles. For all that, it was interesting through devoid of thrills; but the big crowd of well over thirty thousand could scarcely have been satisfied with the comparatively low standard of efficiently attained by the respective forwards. Possible openings were frittered away through hesitancy near goal, and in the respect the Rovers were probably the more culpable. Defence, however, was a strong point on both sides, and compensated for much that was lacking in other quarters. There was no more capable defenders on view than Downs, whose ready anticipation of opponents’ movements, and clever clearances, were invaluable assets to his side. McDonald, too, was an able defender and like his captain, rarely overkicked his forwards. Inches in the half-way line served Everton a very useful purpose, for the trio often upset the calculations of the Rovers’ forwards by their headwork, though as a rule they were not so prominent as usual with forward ground passes. Fleetwood had a big task on hand with Hodgkinson and Hawkesworth, who formed the Rovers most aggressive wing, and held his own, while Grenyer ably subdued the home right. Brewster played an improved game, though most of his efforts were concentrated upon defence. Harrison was the most successful of the forwards, and with Crossley formed the more dangerous wing. Reid, who filled Kirsopp’s position at inside right, gave a good account of himself, despite some odd occasions on which his methods did not quite fit in with the movements of Chedgzoy. The last named put in several fine centres, but so ably was Peacock shadowed that it was difficult for the leader to make progress. However, he kept the line going satisfactorily, and further experience should have a beneficial result. Fern did all that was required in business like style.
BLACKBURN ROVERS 0 EVERTON 0 (Game 940)
September 27, 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON DRAW THE ROVERS.
PLAYER COLLAR BONE BROKEN.
There was a crowded attendance and some capital football at Blackburn on Saturday when Everton succeeded in making a goalless draw with the Rovers. This was perhaps as equitable a result as could be desired, for there was no great or decisive difference in the merits of the opposing sides. In the first half, it is true, the Rovers enjoyed the bulk of the pressure but their forwards were unable to make any serious mark against the heavy physique of the Everton defenders, and though they pressed with praiseworthy persistence, the interval saw the Evertonians still unperturbed. In the second period the home side had the misfortune to loss the services of their centre forward, Holland who in accidental collision with Downs fractured his left collarbone. Thus handicapped their forward work became very scrappy, and though one or two brilliant individual efforts to score were made by Rodgers, and Hawkesworth –the latter once hitting the crossbar –they failed to get through. Everton, on the other hand, might well have taken better advantage of the fortune of war, but their finishing touches lacked the necessary finish, and at the end of a vigorous ninety minutes the antagonists could only cry quite. The home side, on the nice and easy-going turf, set the pace in very merry fashion, and with Holland, the ex-schoolboy international, leading the van, the Rovers were particularly dangerous on the left wing. Time after time they swooped down only to find a Titan-like stumbling block in Downs. The Everton forwards occasionally made clever play through the medium of the three inside men, and Peacock was certainly unfortunate on at least three times, in failing to find the net. Their attempts at combination were smartly countered by the really nippy work of the Blackburn half-backs, Reilly especially distinguishing himself. In followed that they work at range finding was hampered. They certainly did much better in the later stages of the contest. Reid and Harrison both having tries at the target, and one shot from the former was saved in marvellous fashion by Sewell. The Everton forward line, as will no doubt be gathered, just fell short of perfect combination, but the performance was a very grand one. Reid considering the position he was playing in, gave a highly creditable display, though Chedgzoy was frequently out of the picture. The left wing pair showed speed and command of the ball, and Peacock was unlucky. Brewster pleased everybody by his remarkably improved form, and the two backs dominated much of the play, Downs once more proving a tower of strength to his side. Fern kept a good goal, though he was not too often troubled. Teams: - Blackburn Rovers:- Sewell, goal, Ducksworth, and Bibby, backs, Heston Reiley, and Thorpe, half-backs, Hodkinson, Hawksworth, Holland, Rodgers, and Robinson, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Reid, Peacock, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards. Referee A.F. Kirby.
EVERTON RESERVES 0 BLACKBURN ROVERS RESERVES 4
September 27 1920. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 7)
These teams met on Saturday at Goodison Park, and served very poor football, the shooting on both sides being tiresome to witness. In the first half Everton had the bulk of play, and kept the Rovers well penned in, and should have taken a good lead. Mitchell being rarely troubled, and at half-time neither team had scored. In the second period the Rovers played better football. It was only through individual efforts they managed to score four goals though Eddleston, McDonald, Benson and Brooks. Otherwise the play on both sides lacked combination. Everton were very weak at half and forward. Jones being the only dangerous man, who sent in many openings, his centering being a feature without result.
September 29, 1920. The Evening Express.
So far, Everton forward line has not quite settled down, but the line is improving. On Saturday Blackburn Rovers visit the Park and after last week’s game the return fixture is bound to be attractive. Everton are replacing Kirsopp in his accustomed place as partner to Chedgzoy. Reid drops out but otherwise the team will be the same as last week, viz; - Fern; Downs, and McDonald; Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer; Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Peacock, Crossley, and Harrison.
The reserves are due at Blackburn and the team has been selected as follows: - Mitchell; Fare, Thompson; Garrett, Weller, Williams; Jones, Reid, Parker, Fraser, and A.N. Other.
EVERTON’S ONE CHANGE
September 30 1920. The Liverpool Courier.
On Saturday Blackburn Rovers visit Goodison Park, and after last weeks game the return fixture is bound to be attractive. Everton are fielding Kirsopp in his accustomed place as partner to Chedgzoy. Reid thus drops out, otherwise the team will be the same as last week, viz –Fern, Downs, McDonald, Fleetwood, Brewster, Grenyer, Chedgzoy, Kirsopp, Peacock, Crossley, and Harrison. The Reserves are due at Blackburn Rovers, and the team has been selected as followers: - Mitchell, Fare, Thompson, Garrett, Weller, Williams, Jones, Reid, Barker, Fraser, and AN Other. Blackburn Rovers team is, Sewell, Rollo, Duckworth, Thorpe, Reilly, Heaton, Robinson, Rogers, Dawson, Hawksworth, Hodkinson. The Reserves are, Robinson, Hodgson, Cowell, Forrest, Watson, Kerr, Brooks, Coppitch, Eddleston, McDonald, Benson.