NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1 EVERTON 0 (Game 1061)
September 3, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post ands Mercury
BEATEN BY A GOAL.
EVERTON'S DEATED AT NOTTINGHAM.
It was generally anticipated that Everton would at least share the honours with Notts Forest at Trent Bridage on Saturday, and as a matter of fact there was not a great deal to choose between the opposing sides. The Foresters, however, having scored in the first five minutes, succeeded in retaining the lead; and a pleasant, if not particularly clever, contest concluded in their favour, by the only goal scored. The keynote of the encounter was lack of finish on the part of the forwards. Chances after chances in both sides permitted to go begging, though it is only fair to say that Fern was at times exceedingly busy. His performance, indeed was of the reeling features of the closing stages of the game. The Everton forwards proved to be almost quite lacking in combination, and when this much-to-be-desired quality did emerge it was nullified by lack of judgement in applying the essential touch. The Forest vanguard was much more hustling and dangerous.
THE STORY OF THE GOAL.
The playing pitch after the rain that had fellen looked like a green carpet, and it played splendidly. This seemed all the more reason why so many shots should not have been misdirected, though' the ball perhaps may have been a little greasy. The home side took up the running in strong fashion from the start, and the game had not been in progress very many minutes before Martin, backed up by Burton, took the ball along in very clever fashion. It was put to Walker, who cut in and scored with a swift low shot that appeared to take Fern completely by surprise. The visitors replied by one or two rushes down the left wing, and Chadwick was given several fine opportunities of showing his worth as a centre. Unfortunately, he seemed to lack just that necessary amount of speed with the result that when his shot were sent in Dexter was able to get to them and clear. Williams put in a tremendous amount of constructive work, but much of it was lost for the reason to which allusion has just been made, and the Foresters led at the turn by a goal to nothing. In the second period the Everton attack was much more brisk, and Chedgzoy, who had been rather out of the picture, taxed the home keeper with a couple of fine shots. Irvine also tried to break though on his own account, but he was well held, and in the later stages of the contest the Nottingham team again dominated the play. Fortunately Fern, as we have said, was in the happiest vein and the Everton defence was not again pierced.
Troup did one or two clever things, and Williams was a regular hard worker, Chadwick while persevering was just a little less speedy than one expects and the right wing pair, were occasionally clever, if ineffective. McBain put in a tremendous amount of hard graft in keeping Walker and his wings in check, while the two backs showed resource and courage, if not always correct judgement. Teams : - Nottingham Forest: - Dexter, goal, Bulling, and Jones, backs, Wallace, Parker, and Burton, half-backs, Gibson, Blood, Walker, Tinsley, and Martin, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Raitt, and McDonald, backs, Brown, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Chadwick, Williams, and Troup, forwards. Referee –Mr. Mason, of Birmingham.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 PRESTON NORTN END RESERVES 0
September 3 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 3)
In the return fixture Everton revenged the score of the previous week at Preston, and also recorded their first win. The play of Preston are disappointing with very little combination amongst the forwards. Harland certainly had to save one or two awkward shots chiefly from Hammond and Ferris, but most of the play was in the Preston half. All three goals were scored before the interval, the first from a corner taken by Harrison, which Miller netted when O'Roswe ought to have cleared. Virr got the second goal from a corner taken by Parry, and three minutes from the interval Forbes was badly fouled in the penalty area, and Harrison made no mistake. When the second half began Everton immediately took up the running, and it was only on rare occasions that Harland was troubled. Play was so one-sided that Downs was often seen amongst the forwards and trying a shot. Scott, the Preston keeper, kept a wonderful goal, and it was due entirely to his effort that Everton failed to increase their score. Everton : - Harland, goal, Downs, and Livingstone, backs, McCrea, Reid, and Grenyer, half-backs, Parry, Miller, Virr, Forbes, and Harrison, forwards.
BURSCOUGH RANGERS 4 EVERTON “A” 4
September 3, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
LIVERPOOL COUNTY COMBINATION.
It was a rousing game at Burscough, Everton equalising in the last minute from a penalty taken by Green, who accomplished the “hat-trick.” The homesters made several very effective changes, the outstanding one being cooper on the rightwing whose display was very good. Johnson and Jones scored for Burscough in the first half, and Rawlins and Cooper in the second, while Everton's goals were got by Green (3) and Torley. Burscough had two penalties, the second one being saved by Lawson, who kept a fine goal for Everton.
FOREST ORPHAN GOAL ENOUGH
September 3, 1923. The Liverpool Courier
Everton Front Line Lacks Thrust
Notts Forest 1, Everton 0
The second half rally of Nott Forest at Goodison had prepared Everton for a hard tussle in the return game and it would, therefore, create no surprise locally that they were defeated by the only goal scored. They contributed to the defeat, however because the forwards seemed incapable of forcing themselves within reasonable shooting range. They would surely have gained a point had they done so, for the Forest took a risk by playing an eighteen-year-old local boy in goal as deputy for Sam Hardy, who cried off because of an attack of flu. Passing over the reserve goalkeeper the home directors call upon Dexter a six foot slim built boy who had made less than half-a-dozen experiences with their junior tea, and was making his debut in senior circles. Naturally he was nervous and several times met the ball, only to drop it, but the visiting forwards were not in a position to take advantage of these gifts. The boy had not enough to do really to indicate his merits but Hardy thinks he is a coming international.
The home backs were steady and their ball control better then at Goodison, while Fred Parker stiffened the middle line which fed the forward in fine style. The attack was as last season, and the Martino Tinsley wing was ever a source of danger, some of their cool dropping centres bothering Everton to a great degree while the heading of Flood was also a noticeable feature is a line which generally showed more rim then that of the opposition. Williams made his first appearance of the season for the Blues and he kept well on top of the back but the remainder of his forward colleagues gave them too much scope. Chadwick shot often but was not on the mark, and while Troup improved on pervious games this season, Chedgzoy developed an early limp, and little in the way of pressure cane from the right wing. McBain was again the outstanding half, Hart not distributing the ball with his usual skill, while Brown was up against very hot opposition. The backs had a grueling task, and Fern made some smart saves.
The only goal came at the end of six minutes’ play. The Forest pressed on the left, Martin feeding Tinsley who in turn whipped the ball to Walker. The latter ran close and made sure that the leather travelled well out of Fern’s reach. Subsequently in this half Everton rallied and their midfield man curving was superior to that of Notts, but they could not finish. In the second half there came a period it seemed the home eleven had shot their bolt, but Everton could not get going, and there was a lot of scrappy play. The Forest however, came again and pressed in lively fashion during the last few minutes. Fern making one great punch clearance after Raitt had headed out off the line. Team;- Everton; Fern; Raitt, McDonald; Brown, McBain, Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Chadwick, Williams, Troup. Notts Forest; Dexter; Bulling, Jones; Wallace, Parker, Burton; Gibson, Flood, Walker, Tinsley, Martin.
PLENTY OF GOALS AT GOODISON
September 4, 1923. The Liverpool Courier
Everton Flatter But to Deceive
Everton 3, Burnley 3
Everton display, disappointed 21,000 supporters at Goodison Park last evening, when hey concerned a point to Burnley after establishing a two goal lead when fifteen minutes had gone in the second half. To be candid however as the game finished they were a trifle lucky even to retain the one point, for in the last five minutes Fern only just managed to smother the ball on the line, and it was worked away from the melee. Altogether it was a game of contrasts, but one side and then the other appearing to be top dog. It was not a good exhibition of football if we except the respective tight wings, for there was too much aimless kicking on both sides. Burnley in this respect being the worst offenders. To an extent Everton are to be towminerated, with for it was only when Williams got a rap on the old injury o his ankle, which made him a passenger for the best part of the second half, that the Burnley revived.
First Minute Goal
The game opened in sensational fashion, Chedgzoy putting the Blues one up in the first minute with a fine drive from 20 yards range as a result of a nice cross from Williams. Everton continued to be faster on the ball and once Dawson had to be quite in negotiating a great centre from Chedgzoy under difficulty. The Burnley forwards hereabout were giving a very ragged display, and it seemed only a matter of time when the homsters lead would be increased but their finishing tactics were weak. The equalizer came about ten minutes from the interval, and was indirectly the result of a weak clearance by McDonald from a throw-in. The ball went to Wilson who put it well into the goalmouth. Anderson just reached the ball before McBain and the centre seized with a ground drive, Fern being partly unsighted by the centre-half. The only other incident was the injury to Williams the inside left going off for repairs. In the second half the Blues opened in dashing style, and with thirteen minuets were two goals up, Chadwick in each case being the artist. First McBain gave the centre forward a pass, and the latter sent in a drive which beat Dawson all the way. Two minutes later Hart was going through when he was brought down in the penalty area and Chadwick taking the kick, beat Dawson with a hard ground shot.
It was about this time that Williams, who it was plain was handicapped, went outside left, and hereafter Everton had to play second fiddle. Burnley concentrated their efforts on their right wing and quite well did Kelly and Rennie rejoice. Once McDonald did well to rob Kelly ten yards out, but after 2 minutes the international got in a shot which gave Fern no chance. A minute later Anderson equalized from a centre to Rennie. Ten minutes from time Williams again had his injured ankle sapped and was carried off.
EVERTON 3 BURNLEY 3 (Game 1062)
September 4, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
THRILLING FGAME AT GOODISON PARK.
EVERTON YIELD POINT AFTER LEADING 3-1.
It would seem that Everton this season have unaccountably come to the conclusion that one goal against is fatal and they have to belief in themselves. “They win who believe they can,” Everton this season have belief in that maxim, but no belief in themselves. It was seen in the Nottingham Forest game, when, after leading nicely by a satisfying margin, they collapsed when their defence was pierced on one occasion.
Something similar occurred last evening before nearly 30,000 spectators when Everton fielded the side that were beaten at Nottingham, and took the lead in two minutes, lost it before half-time, gained a two goals lead within a short time after half-timer, Yet drew the game 3-3 with Burnley. It was amazing thrilling, and fluctuating football, and to their everlasting credit, may it be said that the men played in a sporting manner, and although they could have contested with the referee some decisions they made their protests and then went on with their work, which is uncommon in these days of extreme protests in sport. Let us study the goals as they came. In two minutes Chedgzoy had received a pass from Troup, thanks to Irvine allowing the ball to travel to him. He hit a glorious drive and put his side one up. This was a hearty beginning and yet Burnley, who brought Anderson and his overweight at centre-forward, and made other very vital changes, leaving out such men as David Taylor and Weaver, came so very near to eqaualising that it must be confessed Everton were lucky to escape a goal until late in the half. There were times when it was sheer good fortune that the Everton defence did not give way, and during this period Fern and McDonald, as in the second half, were utterly unblameworthy. Raitt certainly save done goal, and McBain another, when hopes was lost, but Fern had done wonderful things, and had, like Dawson, used the one-handed punch to edge the ball over the bar with shots that were full of danger. Before halt time Anderson scored by driving the ball into the goal after Fern had made a clearance. Thus at the interval there was a cry of “All square. And “45” to come.”
A TEMPERAMENTAL SIDE.
No sooner had the second half started its mission than McBain gave what is a rarity in these days, a straight forward pass up the middle to his centre-forward. It was something like the days when Taylor and Coleman used to make openings for Freeman, and Chadwick, tall, strong, and willing to shoot, wasted no times about driving the ball along the turf. It was a shot such as Chadwick alone could produce, and Dawson saw the ball bound into the left hand corner. This was good football, and when the tall, awkward to pass Hill pushed Hart in the back as the home captain was dribbling his way through a penalty kick was only just, and Chadwick took the spot-kick and scored, so that Chadwick had completed his double and justified himself. A lead of 3-1 should have been sufficient for Everton. It was not nearly sufficient, for allowing for Anderson's misses through uneasy tread, the fact remains that Burnley were dangerous and fested the equilibrium of the home defenders. Thus Kelly, in front of goal drove hard into the net. Such a goal showed Everton as a tempernmented side, for they went clean out of the attacking line, and within a moment they had not only lost their lead though Anderson taking a centre from Bennie, but they came near to losing the game.
TURN OF THE TIDE.
Such a starting turn round in football is rarely seen. Time had nearly flown before Burnley awoke to their chances, and it must be conceded that Williams having been hurt at half-time was a passenger in the second half, and changed places with Troup, who had played his best game of the season thus far. But even so that does not excuse Everton their incapacity for keeping out the opposition when they held a nice lead. The game ended with six goals divided, and one must give points to certain outstanding pierce of play that crowded themselves into the game. Thus in the first half Williams drove, Irvine headed, Dawson made many saves. Hart made a solo run and got no support from his forwards, who should have been better placed when he centred. Anderson was intently weak, Kelly made a drive, and Fern handled, and some imagine Fern's hand was over the line when he propelled the ball. Freeman headed against the upright, which was lucky for Everton, and Hill made chance shots from too far out. Raitt saved Fern from Freeman and Bennie. This was further luck. Chedgzoy sent in delightful centres from the wing, and a shot from the touchline that tested Dawson, to the full. Troup passed to Chadwick, whose overhead kick had enormous pace in it, so much so that Dawson fell on all four after he had saved it, McBain and Irvine were slightly over with drives. In the second half, Chedgzoy shot with left and right, which is another uncommon feature in these days of one footed players Brown was unlucky to have a drive blocked and McBain gave Chadwick his first goal. Then came the penalty. Freeman then showed himself quite a clever controller, but unlucky in his finishes. After Kelly goal, and Anderson's goal a further Kelly effort was smothered by Fern, and Williams being hurt again was carried off by the trainer.
PRAISE FOR PLAYERS.
Speaking personally, one could give praise to Fern, McDonald, McBain, Chedgzoy, the last two in particular, and in minor key to Hart, Brown, Irvine, Chadwick, and Troup. Burnley are an improving side, and they made changes for the better. They have to do something, but there are not many selectors who would leave out their captain. The right flank of the side was left untouched, but all along the left wing there were experiments, and they did not come out at all badly, even though Anderson is slow. Freeman, Morgan and Evans justified themselves, and one imagines that Cross, the Birkenhead can become quite a useful outside left. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Chadwick, Williams, and Troup, forwards. Burnley, goal, Dawson, goal, Smelt, and Evans, backs, Watson, Hill, and Morgan, half-backs, Bennie, Kelly, Anderson, Freeman, and Cross, forwards.
THE McCOLGAN MYSTERY
September 5, 1923. The Liverpool Courier
Everton To See Him Play After All
McGolgan, the scot Everton were after, has come to the surface again. It was announced that he had given up the idea of playing any more football, and had gone back to work in the pits. However, our Scottish correspondent writes that McGolan has resigned for Albion Rovers, which will give Everton the opportunity of seeing him in action after his accident. By the way, the price asked for this player is £1,000.
DRASTIC CHANGES BY EVERTON
September 6, 1923. The Liverpool Courier
Both Backs Dropped For Saturday
Everton directors, who apparently share the uneasiness of Goodison frequenters regarding the defence, have dropped Raitt and McDonald at full back for the match with Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, and have selected Downs and Livingstone. Peacock happily fit resumes at half, but Williams whose ankle was hurt on Monday will be absent. Chadwick takes to inside-left berth, and Forbes reappears at centre. The side is, therefore; Fern; Downs and Livingstone; Peacock, McBain and Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Forbes, Chadwick and Troup.
CENTRAL LEAGUE. BRADFORD CITY RESERVES BEAT EVERTON RESERVES.
Thursday 6 September 1923 Yorkshire Post
Leeds Harehills player, J. Smith, made his first, appearance with Bradford City Reserves at inside left, in their return match the Central League, with Everton Reserves, at Bradford, last night. Everton had matters much their own way in the first half, and should have crossed over with a bigger lead than a goal, scored by McGrae from long shot. The second half City showed greatly improved form. Cant took a forward pass, and running between the Everton backs, scored at short range. City continued to press, and in melee which followed, miskick by Rigby. When he had only the goalkeeper to beat. Everton were penalised for hands, and Cheetham gave City Reserves the lead. Result—Bradford City Reserves 2 goals Everton Reserves 1 goal.
BRADFORD CITY RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 1
September 6, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 4)
Although represented by a strong side, including Harland, Raitt, and McDonald, Everton Reserves were beaten by Bradford City Reserves. In the first half the visitors dominated the game, Miller, Virr, and Wall all making good attempts, before McGrae scored 20 minutes before the interval. Everton quite outplayed the home team, however, made splendid recovery in the second half, Cant equalising after 20 minutes and Cheethan scoring the winning goal from a penalty kick given against Raitt, ten minutes later. Everton afterwards made strong efforts to equalise, but the forwards finished weakly, and Bradford despite inferior injuries to three players held out to the end. The strongest department of the Everton team was in defence, Raitt, and McDonald forming a powerful rare guard, while Grenyer was the best of the half-backs, and Harrison the chief figure in a moderate attack. Everton: - Harland, goal, Raitt, and McDonald, backs, McCrae, Reid, and Grenyer, half-backs, Parry, Miller, Virr, Wall, and Harrison, forwards.
September 6, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Everton team to meet Blackburn Rovers at Goodison Park on Saturday, will include Downs and Livingstone at back in place of Raitt and McDonald. Peacock returns to half-back to the exclusion of Brown, while with Williams injured, Forbes returns to centre-forward, with Chadwick at inside left. The team will be: - Fern, Downs, Livingstone, Peacock, McBain, Hart, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Forbes, Chadwick, and Troup.
ALL GLITTER –NOTHING GOALED
September 10, 1923. The Liverpool Courier
Gifts Go Begging At Goodison
Everton 0, Blackburn R 0
Saturday was an ideal day for sea-bathing soda fountains, and alfresco slumber –in fact, for almost anything outdoor except football. The 40,000 spectators at Goodison went home sun burnt but unsatisfied. The players ended the game in perspiration and the emission of sighs of relief. There was too much sun altogether; it bothered, blistered, and blinded 22 performers and one referee, and that is a feasible excuse for many mistakes and no goals. Everton began at a rare bat, and both sides evidenced cleverness under difficulties. In a perfectly clean game, it was strange that first Chadwick and then Downs should be laid out before the match had gone half an hour. In this period Chedgzoy was inimitable. Four times he beat Wyllie, and sent across perfect centres but there was nobody at home. Troup, who by the way, is developing far too much individualism, had hard luck with a terrific bar-grazer, later on being beaten by a light bouncing ball when it looked odds on his scoring. The Rovers unfamiliar in red shirts, were no slovens, McKay, Byers and Crisp each moving dangerously and once Harper hit the crossbar after a whistle for offside. There was a gasp when Livingstone was dazzled by the sun, and let the Rovers centre through, but Downs stopped his man all right.
Ups and Downs
“Dicky” was ubiquitous. He was here, there and everywhere, and his acrobatic heading was a continual source of joy and wonderment. Time and again he bobbed up serenely when the Blackburn forwards were in aligament and all out for shooting, and that the crowd recognized his worth was evident by his reception at the interval and the finish. There were plenty of offside decisions from Mr. Shape, but what is a referee to do when he is running about shading his eyes in self defence. Once there were cries for a penalty when Forbes fell in the area, but official vision was obscured. Again when the Rovers’ five were right in front of Fern, and all onside, the whistle went for an infringement. Having recovered his eyesight, Mr. Shape realized his mistake and ordered a throw-down on to the whitewashed spot. This was hard luck for the visitors but it was all in the game, and if Everton had the better of the first half the Rovers held the reins in the second. The match actually was lost by poor shooting by the inside forward but as I have said, physical conditions were to a great extent responsible. Next to Downs, Chedgzoy was Everton’s best man. Irvine was uncertain; Forbes was occasionally a yard too slow in making up, passes a remark which equally apples to Chadwick and Troup elusive as ever, tried to do too much, the halves played steadily and sometimes brilliantly, while Livingstone was sound if overshadowed by his versatile partner. Fern was safe.
Blackburn were best served by their intermediate trio. Williamson, deputizing for Dixon have a promising display, albeit he kicked somewhat recklessly now and then. Crisp and Byers were flesh outsiders, the old Thristles sprints giving Livingstone a good deal of trouble. Harper was rarely in the picture, but the two Macs –McKay and McIntyre –dogged in whole heartenedly. Of the rearguard Swell was the pick and some of his punches were things at which to marvel. A pleasant legitimately played match in which the honours were deservedly shared. Everton; Fern; Downs and Livingstone; Peacock, McBain and Hart; Chedgzoy, Irivine, Forbes, Chadwick, and Troup. Blackburn Rovers; Sewell; Rolle, and Wylle; Healless, Williamson, McKinnell; Crisp, McIntyre, Harper, McKay, and Bynre.
EVERTON 0 BLACKBURN ROVERS 0 (Game 1063)
September 10, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
ROVERS GET A POINT FROM EVERTON.
A GOALLES DRAW.
A share of the points was as much as Everton deserved as the result of their game with Blackburn Rovers, at Goodison Park, for, on the general run of the play, the sides were fairly evenly matched. No goals were scored, but 40,000 spectators saw much clever work by Everton in the first half, which was counter-balanced by the Rovers after the change of ends. For the best part of the first half the Rovers defence had to stand much hard pressure, and Everton's forward play was always pretty to watch, but it was not pushed home with the precision necessary to beat even as moderate defence. Sewell was kept busy, but in the main he was occupied in dealing with cross centres rather than direct shots. It was the lack of shooting that robbed Everton attack of its value as a match winning forces. The Rovers came more into the scheme, after the interval, and chiefly through Crisp's fine runs were frequently dangerous, yet Everton defence was steady enough to avert defeat. Everton's display, however, was hardly quite satisfactory, for the Rovers are by no means a great side, and having regard to the chances Everton had they lost a splendid opportunity of gaining both points.
EVERTON'S FINE START.
Everton started well, and there was more than a suggestion of superiority in their early movements. The forwards combined cleverly, and sound work by McBain helped to develop many nice openings. Excellent centres came from both Chedgzoy and Troup, which, however, only served to emphasize Sewell's ability to deal with cross-drivers. Early on Chadwick was temporarily knocked out when he got the full force of Swell's punch as he attempted to head the ball through from a centre by Chedgzoy. Then Sewell fell to take a ground shot by Troup, shortly afterwards, Troup was let in by Rollo, and a terrific shot went just over the bar. The Rovers next had a turn at attacking, and McKay shot very wide after getting close to the Everton goal, while Byers with one of the best chances so far venged to goal, but Hart blocked the shot near the goalline. Troup did not take their opportunity when it occurred, and the turn of the ball eventually prevented him doing justice to a fine opening. Livingstone failed to clear and let in McKay, who went on, but was challenged by downs, and between them the Everton backs got out of a bad position without loss. Although the Rovers were obviously the inferior side in this half, Crisp with a splendid run, opened out the best chance of the game. McIntyre should have scored, but he only shot across the face of the goal. The Everton forwards had difficulty in keeping on side and the brilliant run was a source of trouble to both teams. After the interval McBain went forward with a glorious drive that sailed narrowly over the bay. The Everton forwards then seemed to fade out, and the Rovers came more into the picture. Crisp was the mainspring of the attack, and during the last half hour, he was the most dangerous forward on the field, but he was not supported as he should have been, and the Everton defence survived an anxious time. One of Everton's best efforts came from Forbes, who with a close range shot almost surprised Sewell.
The strongest part of the Everton side, was the half-back line. McBain did many clever things. His passing was true and judicious, and he kept a tight hold on the Rovers inside trio. Downs and Livingstone were moderate, and while they held the Rovers attack with a fair amount of ease their work did not touch a high level. The forwards started well, and their cleverness in the open was beyond question, but they hesitated to shoot often enough. Fern kept a good goal, and so, too did Sewell, while the Rovers' backs made few mistakes and kicked well. Crisp was easily the best of the Rovers' forwards although McKay frequently delighted with clever footwork.
Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Down, and Livingstone, backs, Peacock, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Forbes, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Sewell, goal, Rollo (captain) and Wylie, backs, Healless, Williamson, and McKennell, half-backs, Crisp, McIntyre, Harper, McKay, and Byers, forwards.
EVERTON “A” 2 FRODSHAM 1
September 10, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
LIVERPOOL COUNTY COMBINATION
An evenly contested game was witnessed at Townsend-Lane, the home team winning by the odd goal in three. Barton scored first, and Duphie immediately afterwards added a second, but was given offside. From a corner taken by Moody the ball was sent into the Everton goalmouth, and after a metee Moody put the visitors on level terms. In the second half Rooney put Everton in front after good work by Duphie and Forrest. A feature of the game was the excellent keeping by Gibson, the visiting custodian.
EVERTON SHARE THE HONOURS
September 13, 1923. The Liverpool Courier
Backs In Good Form at Villa Park
Aston Villa 1, Everton 1
It was a fast, interesting game at Villa Park, the backs on both sides taking the honours, the respective sets of forwards, although indulging in many skilful movements, finishing very weakly. Everton particularly spoiled promising movements by their failure to shoot with sting and accuracy. Otherwise the team played splendidly, and the half-backs were really fine, McBain playing one of his most skilful games, while Brown has never done better since he has been at Goodison Park. Hart also worked manfully, and Livingstone and Downs were a fine pair of backs. Chedgzoy was the best forward but his finishing left a lot to be desired. Peacock was dashing and clever at times, but I found Ball a rare handful. Both goals were rather luckily obtained but a draw was a fair reflex. For the Villa Jones and Smart were a fine pair of backs, Moss the best half, and Walker leading the forwards.
Some delightful combination on the part of the Everton forwards was witnessed straight from the kick off, when Peacock dribbled clear past several opponents, the ball eventually going to Irvine who paced over the bar. It was pretty pay spoiled. Walker gave taste of his mettle when he fired a foot wide, whilst later Troup just missed with a great drive. Everton opened the score as a result of a centre from Irvine, Peacock beating Jackson with a capital close range shot after ten minutes play. The keeper failed badly in trying to get at the ball. Everton were decidedly nippy and contested the issue in fine style, play generally being of a high standard. Downs saved what appeared t be a certain score, when he got a ball full in the face from a terrific drive by Kirsopp, the full-back being dazed but was able to resume the resulting corner leading to a series of attacks on the visitors goal, both Walker and Kirton missing narrowly. The Villa put on further pressure, Hart once baulking York when he appeared certain to go through after Kirton had made the opening by skilful dribbling. Play continued to rivet attention, the halves and backs being very fine. Peacock dashed away down the centre on occasion, but in the latter part of the initial half the Villa did the bulk of the pressing. Kirton once shot hard the ball being turned over the bar by Hart. Just before the interval Everton had another spell, Chedgzoy getting sesy on the right, but his centre with Peacock unmarked was very weak. At the other end Capewell shot weakly with a good opening. It was excellent football apart from the forwards’ weakness in front of goal, but Everton deserved their lead at the interval.
Chedgzoy was remiss in his centres on resuming but Peacock headed one down, which Jackson cleared. Then the referee gave a free kick to Villa just outside the penalty area for so obvious reason and from this Moss sent in a long shot which entered the net off McBain’s head, the equalizer coming after 64 minutes. Having got on terms the Villa improved wonderfully, Fern making a great save from Capewell. The home forwards were playing much better, and they gave Everton’s back a trying time. Walker narrowly missed in the last minute, whilst Irvine missed a regular sitter from Chedgzoy’s centre. Attendance 18,000.
ASTON VILLA 1 EVERTON 1 (Game 1064)
SEPTEMBER 13, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON DRAW WITH THE VILLA.
Everton experimented at the Villa ground, last night by bringing in Peacock as centre-forward, vice Forbes, Brown reappearing at half-back. Peacock certainly started all right, as he scored within four minutes' of his side kicking off. He scored a peculiar goal through following up. Peacock certainly had the good sense to watch the opposition and keep onside, but o though him at faulty when he was due for a second goal, thanks to Jones miskicking, not for the first time. This early Peacock, in his generally, offered a sweet chance to a comrade, but Peacock had left the propelling so late that the ball was covered, and in the circumstances it would have served him and his side better had he made a first time shot. The Villa were unusually weak at full back, whereas Everton were strong, and Downs and Livingstone kept Fern from danger. All this time Chadwick was opening the game with sensible passes over to the right, and also with overheaded kicks that sent the ball to his partner.
VERY PRETTY FOOTBALL.
In fact, it was very pretty football, and made the old Villa players, now directors of the club, pass remarks' about the old style football artistry. Walker, the newly found centre for Villa, who used to play inside forward, relieved the Villa by making two drives that went nearer than a first-time drive on the part of Troup, the force of the shot causing the ball to swing outside the angle of the bar. Downs was greatly in the picture early on, and if he had a fault it was his over length clearances. He made one save in an accidental manner, Capewell's shot hitting him in the face. This movement by the Villa forwards was the signal for some activity on the part of the home side, but York ruined Kirton's brilliant initiation. Capewell was let in by Brown overdribbling, and the Villa forward made a wretched effort to scorers after which Peacock got through on the half-way line and shot, only to find a full back cover the ball luckily. Thus at half time Everton led by one goal, and were worth their lead.
DECREASE IN THE PACE.
The second half showed a decreased in the pace, and it was plain that the heart of the day had been taking its toll. The players became jumbled in their positions, and at one point Peacock was to be seen acting at half-back, and Hart moved up to the forward line, leaving Chedgzoy a nice pass, and a centre going near. The Villa were again easily held, yet, the inside forwards of the visiting side failed to combine. It amounted to this, that Everton were sitting tight on a lead, because they could not help themselves. It was only Everton's friability that kept them from taking a larger lead. Neither side on this showing could be compared with the teams of 1896. Certainly Chadwick made one first time drive all along the ground which was inches out, and Fern dived out to edge away a dangerous ball, prior to York going off the field, but these were but relieving incidents in a lot of bad play. The referee gave a free kick outside the penalty area against an Everton player without cause, so far as I could see, and I had a perfect view so far as position was concerned. Moss took the free kick, and scored with a fierce shot that cannoned off another player before finding its mark. Thus the scores were level after 69 minutes. Yet again the referee gave a free kick for imaginary hands, and from this error of judgement Walker nearly gained this lead, and Moss also went close. Peacock had chances, which he attempted to make solo-handed, instead of helping comrades, and by degrees the Villa began to assert themselves more confidently, and Troup got a little more work than he had been accustomed to.
It seemed that a dispute and save followed each other closely, as Everton stopped play in view of an alleged handling case, and Capewell went on to make a shot of intense power, Fern's save being one of the features of the evening. Moss, not for the first time, committed a foul on Chedgzoy which escaped the notice of the referee and Chedgzoy after making a grand dribble essayed a shot, instead of passing inwards. With the last kick Irvine missed a golden chance.
On the Everton side the defence was excellent, McBain being again the star of the half-backs, in which Brown shaped well. Chedgzoy was overfed, and none of the three inside forwards was impressive. Troup was not made use of in the second half. On the Villa side the goalkeeper Walker, and Kirton were outstanding players, but the side all round was of poor quality, and Everton should have won without considerable difficulty. Teams: - Aston Villa: - Smart, goal, Jones and Johnstone, backs, Ball, Moss, and York, half-backs, Kirton, Walker, Capewell, and Dorrell, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs, and Livingstone, backs, Brown, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Peacock, Chadwick, and Troup forwards.
STOKE CITY RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 1
September 14, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 5)
The Reserves of Stoke and Everton met in a Central League match at the Victoria ground, Stoke, last evening, the Potteries side winning by 3 goals to 1. The visitors were outplayed in the first half, and Stoke held a lead of three clear goals at the interval. Richardson, the former Plymouth Argyle centre-forward, who has lost his place in the Stoke first eleven, scored twice, and Edwards, the Stoke outside left, added the third goal. The Everton attackers were soon to greater advantage in the second half, and Harrison reduced the arrears. It was not a great game, and in the closing stages a great deal of unnecessary vigours was introduced into the play. Raitt, Mcdonald and McGrae were prominent in defence for Everton, but the half-back play was only moderate. Harrison was the best of the forwards, and he swung across a number of useful centres, but the attackers generally were not well together. Everton: - Harland, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, McGrae, Reid, and Grenyer, half-backs, Parry, Miller, Green, Wall, and Harrison, forwards.
BLACKBURN ROVERS 2 EVERTON 0 (Game 1065)
September 17, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON FAIL AT BLACKBURN.
THE ROVERS IN FORM.
FERN SAVED A PENALTY.
As the result of a rather disappointing display Everton were beaten at Ewood Park by two goals to nothing on Saturday. The defeat was made none the less palatable by the uncomfortable feeling that the score against the visitors might have been much heavier. They threw away many chances while the shots that came to hand –including a penalty kick –were brilliant dealt with by Fern. The Everton forwards never appeared to establish or carry out a proper plan of campaign. At times there were glimpse of their real cleverness, but, speaking generally, combination was conspicuous by it s absence. The Rovers on the other hand showed an admirable understanding in all departments. Their forwards worked in harmony with the half-backs, while the last lines of defence got through their work with coolness and confidence. In short, the Rovers were very good value for their couple of goals.
HOW THE GOALS WERE GOT.
The weather was beautifully fine, and when the second half, was entered upon the attendance numbered 28,000. Play opened promingsly, for the home attack at once set a merry pace, which gave Downs a chance of showing his powers of tackling and clearing. The visitors' attempt at retaliation were not successful, though Chadwick once missed the mark by the narrowest of shares. Play had been in progress a quarter of an hour when the Rovers drew first blood. The movement was begun by McKay, who worked through and put the ball to McIntyre. The latter made no mistake, for he sent in a fast shot, which completely beat the Everton keeper. For some little time after this there was an improvement in the work of the Everton vanguard, though the three inside men seemed to fade away just when they ought to have rammed their shots home. Taking advantage of this weakness the home side paid keen attention to the Everton defenders, and Crisp, with a brilliant sprint, gave Harper possession, with the result that the centre forward notched a second point. A little later Blackburn were again dangerous, and Harper was pulled down in the penalty area by Livingstone. Rollo took the penalty kick , but shot straight at Fern, who brought off an effective clearance. In the second half play deteriorated considerably on both sides, though the Rovers almost invariably held the whip hand of their opponents who were temporarily weakened though minor injuries to Chadwick and Downs. Both men, however, stayed on, and as we have said, a disappointing display ended in Everton's defeat.
Appreciation has already been expressed as to Fern part in the game. At back Downs showed all his old dash and fearlessness, but Livingstone was frequently in trouble. The half-backs left little to complaint about, McBain getting through a tremendous amount of work. Chedgzoy at times showed his wonderful command of the ball, but Troup was very mediocre on the other wing. Chadwick did quite a lot of smart work and Irvine also shot occasionally with force. Peacock did his best to lead the line, but it cannot truthfully he said that he proved a conspicuous success. Teams : - Blackburn Rovers: - Sewell, goal, Rollo (captain), and Wylie, backs, Healless, Williamson, and McKinnell, half-backs, Crisp, McIntyre, Harper, McKay, and Byers, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs, and Livingstone, backs, Brown, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Peacock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 BIRMINGHAM CITY RESERVES 0
September 17 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 6)
For the first meeting between these teams this season at Goodison Park, Everton opened promisingly, their smart passing causing great danger. Had it not been for the clever goalkeeping of Samson, the home side would have had a comfortable lead at the interval. On the other hand, they were rather fortunate to score the only goal through Green, the keeper running out to clear gathered the ball, but failed to hold properly, and the Everton centre had no difficulty in netting when Green lay prone on the ground. The second half opened with Birmingham playing man short, as Hunter who had left the field prior to the interval, did not return. Consequently the visitors resorted to the one-back game, which greatly upset the Everton vanguard. Dixon had a handful to contend with in Harrison, who was the best forward on the field, and time after time the latter beat his man, Dixon's methods at times were very rough and the referee had to caution him severely on one occasion. Miller scored the second goal, and Harrison a third from a penalty. Towards the end Grenyer handled in the penalty area, but Dixon from the spot kick sent high over. The Birmingham forwards were well held by the strong Everton defenders, and Harland was rarely called upon to save a difficult shot. Samson, on the Birmingham keeper was the hero of the day. Mcdonald, Reid, Miller, and Harrison were most prominent for Everton, and Samson, Liddell, Linley, and Chilton for Birmingham. Everton: - Harland, goal, Raitt, and McDonald, backs, McGrae, Reid, and Grenyer, half-backs, Parry, Miller, Green, Forbes, and Harrison, forwards.
ELLESMERE PORT 4 EVERTON “A” 2
September 17 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
LIVERPOOL COUNTY COMBINATION.
The Port team made their debut on their new ground by securing a clever victory in spite of the presence in the visitor's team of Wall (inside-right) Virr (centre-forward) and Caddick (back). Councilor Pertival chairman of the Council kicked off and set up a merry pace at once. Forshaw opening the scoring in a few minutes. Still playing clever football the Port worried the defence, which held, and Virr equalised by shooting from close range. Ten minutes later the Port were three more goals up though Rale, Forshaw and Woods. Two more goals to the Port were ruled offside. In the second half Everton had more of the play, but were kept out until Virr scored a minute from the end.
EVERTON FALL TO A BETTER TEAM
September 17, 1923. The Liverpool Courier
Fern Saves His Side From Heavier Defeat
Blackburn Rovers 2, Everton 0
Everton lost by two goals to none at Blackburn, on Saturday and those of their most fervid supporters who were present will be ready to admit that the score might have been four or five without injustice to either side. Fern saved his team from a larger numerical extinction. Blackburn richly-deserved their win, which was achieved by clever opportunism and team cohesion sadly lacking in the visitors’ ranks. Their forwards were thrusting, active, speedy, and models of positional preparedness. Time and again the inside men took the ball on the bounce, and were through the opposing halves before the latter could turn in their tracks. The outside men sprinted and centred with accuracy, and on Saturday’s form Crisp and Byers are not far removed from the highest class. With these characteristics continually exploited, it was small wonder that both Downs and Livingstone were frequently flustered although the former made many fine clearances from apparently hopeless positions. It was Livingstone’s bad day. McIntyre and Crisp were much too fast for him, and although the legitimacy of the Rovers first goal was rather debatable, he was responsible for allowing McIntyre the necessary room in which to maneuver a shooting stance. Again, when Healless engineered the second goal it was Livingstone’s lack of pace which gave Harper an absolutely gift.
A note on the Rovers programme stresses the proud record of Ewood Park for clean play, but there were several incidents which rather depreciated its value, Healless was penalized for no less than eight fouls, one of which evoked retaliation from Hunter Hart, who was warned by the referee. Williamson the young Scottish centre-half, deputizing for Dixon was also reckless in his tackles and none too scrupulous and he also came under official ban. These incidents tended to upset the Everton attack, and it was ironical that on one of the few occasions upon which the visitors lapsed from the cannons of good sportsmanship a penalty should have been awarded. Both Downs and Chadwick were off the field for injuries, the back’s accidental, the forward’s inflicted by Williamson in a tackle.
The outstanding feature of the game was the goalkeeping. Pride of place must be given to Fern, who not only saved a penalty from Rollo, but effected thrilling clearance from Harper and McInyre at short range. Sewell playing behind confident backs, also gave a good exhibition and one save of his from Irvine was a marvel. His lengthy kicking, too was an asset, and one lunge actually reached Fern with only one interception, that of Byers. Summing-up, Everton lost through the inability of their front line to work together. It was heart-breaking to see Chedgzoy’s centres going begging in the way they did although Irvine improved on his Goodison display. To be candid, Peacock is not an ideal centre-forward. John cook travelled as reserve and will in all probability play against Huddersfield on Saturday. Chadwick disappointed and Troup has not yet struck his best form. He is inclined to overdo the long acute shot, a futile scheme against good goalkeepers. Hart worked heroically and once nearly scored on his own, but neither McBain nor Brown were more than spasmodically effective. Apart from their forceful five, the Rovers were well served by Healless and McKinnell, who were first-rate spoilers if none too gentle. Rollo and Wylie were sound and cool, Teams;- Blackburn Rovers; Sewell; Rollo and Wylle; Healless, Williamson, and McKinnell; Crisp, McIntyre, Harper, McKay, and Byers. Everton; Fern; Downs, and Livingstone; Brown, McBain, and Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Peacock, Chadwick, and Troup.
EVERTON’S LEADER TO REAPPEAR
September 18, 1923. The Liverpool Courier
Cock To Play Tomorrow Vice Peacock
Everton will have the assistance of John Cock against Aston Villa at Goodison Park, tomorrow afternoon. Peacock drops out, otherwise the team is the same that lost at Blackburn, this;- Everton; Fern; Downs, and Livingstone; Brown, McBain, and Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup.
EVERTON'S MATCH AGAINST ASTON VILLA
September 18, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
In the return League match between Everton and Aston Villa at Goodison Park, tomorrow, Everton will have the assistance of Cock, their centre-forward, for the first time this season. Cock, who has been laid up through influenza, will take the place of Peacock, this being the only change from the side that played at Blackburn on Saturday. The team will be: - fern, Downs, Livingston, Brown McBain, and Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup. The kick off takes place at 3.15. On Monday next Everton meet Bury at Goodison Park in the Lancashire Cup competition.
VILLA AT GOODISON PARK TODAY
September 19, 1923. The Liverpool Courier
Everton have a First League fixture with Aston Villa at Goodison Park this afternoon (3.15), and given fine weather there should be a good gate. For the visitors are a popular attraction of long standing. They won the corresponding match last season 2-1 and last week drew with the Blues at Villa Park and the relative records of the two clubs are “much of a muchness.” Interest will centre in the return of J.G. Cock to lead the Everton attack after an illness which has prevented his playing this season. His presence should strengthen the front line immensely, for he is of just the type to rattle an unsettled defence like the Villa’s. The Villa make several changes from the side which shared points at Aston. Mort, Milne, Blackburn, and Stepheson being included. Milne, is a doctor, but plays as a professional, surprised his detreactors on Saturday by a great display at centre-half against Chelsea, so that the duel between him and Cock should be worth going a long way to see. The teams, therefore are;-
Everton; Fern; Downs, and Livingstone; Brown, McBain, and Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup. Aston Villa; Jackson; Smart and Mort; Moss, Milne, and Blackburn; Stephenson, Kirton, Walker, Capewell, and Dorrell.
EVERTON BEAT VILLA IN STYLE
September 20, 1923. The Liverpool Courier
Clean keen Game With No Regrets
Fern and Moss
A Mantalini afternoon –dull, moist and unpleasant- but the game was worth watching and the spoils of victory went to the better side, so the 20,000 spectators departed humid but happy. The wet turf and slippery ball did little to detract from the pace of a contest which was played in a fine spirit. The way Villa’s left wing began suggested great things to come, but Capewell soon fizzled out, and Dorsell’s delightful centres were either missed or mulled by the other inside men. Kirton was a great offender in this respect, and although Walker is a thruster and a worker, he is out of position at centre forward. One of his first-timers, however, gave Fern a nasty ten seconds, and later in the game he brought the keeper full length to save another. The goalless first-half just about represents the run of the play for each side had their share of chances, and in the Everton case also it was the inside forwards who were a fault. Chedgzoy’s middles were many and dangerous, but something always seemed to go wrong. Sometimes it was Cock who headed over, and other times Troup would receive the ball, tip-tap is practically out of range and then take a pot shot at the six inches of goal space he could see.
Two Good Goals
The second half was another affair entirely. In four minutes Cock had retrieved a seemingly lost ball, hooked it to Troup, who was unmarked and the ball was past Jackson –a perfectly good goal. It took Everton nearly forty minutes to get the second –a pile driver per Chadwick and Troup. There were other occasions when the Villa citadel appeared likely to fall, and Chedgzoy, Cock, and Irvine had hard lines. There was one period, however when the visitors bombarded Fern with equal lack of result. For the winners, Fern was splendid, the backs sound if not brilliant. Brown was the best of the halves and Chedgzoy the star of the forwards. Cock reappeared with success and his smart following up rather rattled the Villa back on occasions. Irvine and Chadwick put in some hot shots, but Troup the tricky, should remember his colleagues are waiting for passes.
Moss In Form
Moss played a great game for his side and was the shinning light of a hefty middle line, Milne whose first away match this was for his new club did quite well. He is big and methodical, if not particularly speedy, and tried a couple of shots at goal. Mort and Smart were safe and Jackson brought off some clever anticipatory clearance. Dorrell was the pick of a front line which is, alas! But a shadow of the old Villa vanguard. Teams; Everton; Fern; McDonald, and Livingstone; Brown, McBain, and Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup. Villa; Jackson; Smart, and Mort; Moss, Milne, and Blackburn; Stephenson, Kilton, Walker, Capewell, and Dorrell.
Everton are satisfied with the side that won yesterday at Goodison, and will make no alterations against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
EVERTON 2 BLACKBURN ROVERS 0 (Game 1066)
September 20, 1923. The Liverpool daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON BEAT THE ASTON VILLA.
It used to be a habit for Aston Villa to visit Goodison Park and take away points, but that habit has lately discontinued. Yesterday, however, there must have been many among the 10,000 spectators who wondered whether Everton could hold out against such useful attacks as Villa made in spite of Dorrell and Stephenson being weak. Everton, in the first half, were perhaps lucky to get off without a goal against them. They had to thank Fern for a superb display, and after his initial faulty pick-up, he got a solid grip on things and his methods of edging Walker's drive over the bar and his manner of clutching Moss's drive showed him at his best. Aston Villa were distinctly dangerous, and it may be that remembrance caused the onlookers to be nervy about Everton, even when they had taken a goal two minutes after the interval. The fact is that this season Everton have not stayed right through the second half, and opposition that had been in arrears came near winning after the game had seemed to have gone the way of the Goodison side. Yesterday Everton finished fresher and brighter than at any other point of the season, and it was, therefore, a pity they did not test the Villa goalkeeper to more tune. Jackson had a comfortable afternoon if one excepts the period when Irvine rounded off a beautiful bit of combination with a low drive, which Jackson attended to smartly.
The real reason for Jackson's easy afternoon was the fact that in the first half the Everton wingers kept centring, and the inner forwards had to head the ball. There is not a great deal of sling arising from a header unless it comes at an acute angle and at some pace. Therefore, the Everton forwards kept getting near with headers and did not impressed, as they would have impressed had one of them stolen, beyond Jackson. On the other hand, the Villa were pretty frequent marksmen with the boot, and Fern had a joyous day and a clean sheet. That there was a goal even so far on as 47 minutes can be attributed to the return of Cock. Cock was playing his first game of the season, thanks to the frailty caused by an attack of the ‘flu, and he controlled the younger forwards in nice style. He tells then what to do, when he will pass and how he will pass, and then encourages then to go on with the good work. His generalship counts for something. Moreover, he always follows up when there is a reasonable chance. Thus it came about that when a back was trying to kick clear from a line just outside the goalkeeper's area, Cock, from behind stretched out his leg and oushed the ball up into play with such force that it went to Troup, who drove in a capital ball. It took Everton nearly 40 minutes in the second half before they could drive home their advantage to the point of security. Then Troup offered a pass to Chadwick, and the latter hit one of his best “downs-the-middle” drives which are unstoppable. Chadwick is a better footballer and a better shot than has been given credit for, and he has shown more genuine football, this season than has been generally recognised. His shots are always so forceful that he should be left severely alone in the matter of tactics and speed. He is gaining experience every day and he is reaping a rich harvest through playing alongside Troup, even though the latter has had a poor season so far.
THE VILLA'S WEAKNESS.
The feature of the game, other than Fern's sure fielding, was the appearance of Dr. Milne, of Aberdeen, who vied with McBain in doing canny things in quiet but effective manner. Milne has come to stay in football. He has a sure touch with his forwards, and has a timely tackle, while his heading is above normal. He headed out one fast paced shot as if he enjoyed it, but he took good care to get the ball on the right part of the forehead. All the Everton half backs were good, and Hart stopped Stephenson, but found a tougher task in Kirton, who, like Walker, is the brains of the Villa attack. Capewell is hardly good enough, and Dorrell was most wasteful in shot and centre, though once he hit a ball that served out and knocked a boy over the adjoining rails. Goals don't come that way –only ambulance vans. The Villa's great weakness was that they had no height and weight, and that Walker, at centre, could not keep Dorrell primed with passes as was his wont last season. Most returned to the Villa defence and was not sure with the greasy ball, but Smart played better than a week ago. On the other hand, McDonald who many thought was not worth dropping some weeks ago, returned vice Downs (damaged) and gave a very good display. In the home attack Chedgzoy did much useful work. Irvine saved his best till the second half and the left wing was hard to keep in subjection. Troup showing a further step towards his last season's form. It seems a contradiction to say Everton deserved to win in view of Fern's display, but it is an indisputable fact. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, McDonald, and Livingstone, backs, Brown, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. Aston Villa: - Jackson, goal, Smart, and Mort, backs, Moss, Milne, and Blackburne, half-backs, Stephenson, Kirton, Walker, Capewell, and Dorrell .
Everton play Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on Saturday, and the team will be the same as against Aston Villa yesterday.
FOOTBALL AT ITS BEST AT GOODISON
September 24, 1923. The Liverpool Courier
Everton Share Points With Huddersfield
Everton 1, Huddersfield Town 1
The best football of the season was served up at Goodison Park, when after leading Huddersfield Town by a goal at the interval. Everton had to be content to share the honours –their fifth draw in nine matches. It was an equitable result, for there was never any great disparity between two fast-moving clever sides. The first half pace was a cracker. Hefty kicking by the backs usually culminated in thrusting forward work, and there were countless shots, speculative and considered. Chadwick and Irvine each put over in the first two minutes, and Smith had Fern at full length in the third. Chedgzoy’s due is with Wadsworth were frequent and free, and the back often miskicked or placed the ball, an awkwardly bouncing one, out of play. The winger and Troup were always sending over delectable centres, and in the first half hour the Huddersfield halves and rearguard were full of work.
A Great Goal
At thirty-six minutes, Chadwick scored a plucky and determined goal. He received some distance out, and appeared hopelessly sandwiched, but going on he let fly with a fast daisy-cutter, which had Taylor guessing all the way. There was no stopping Everton after this and Troup and Irvine reached top form. McDonald and Livingstone worked heroically, and although the visitors always looked dangerous with long swinging passes it is a striking commentary on the excellence of the defence that in this half Fern only handled the ball twice, once unnecessarily. The start of the second half saw Brown, the Huddersfield centre forward, miss a absolute sitter, and then Fern had to save rapidly in succession. It was Brown, however, who equalized for his side, but it was a happy go luck sort of affair, McDonald had tackled the forward, and kicked apparently clear. The ball, however, struck somebody and Brown fifteen yards out, fired a high dropping shot. Fern had come out a yard or two, and this proved his undoing, for he just managed to touch the ball before it entered the net behind him. It was hard going from now onwards. Once Walter sent in a beauty which hit the underside of the bar and came back into play and both goalkeepers made brilliant saves, not only from forwards but half-backs. A.W. Smith was carried off injured five minutes from time, and the finish was fought out amidst intense excitement.
Praise Al Round
Where so much clean, clever, robust football was exhibited, it would be cavalier to apportion blame or praise. There was not “a passenger” on the field. Both defences were splendid, albeit the Huddersfield backs were rather prone to kick out. The halves were tireless and their constructive work of the first rank. McBain played one of his best games. The understanding of each set of forwards was immense, and Huddersfield’s left wing were models, Troup showed a welcome return to the form he displayed last April, but Chedgzoy was better in the first 45 minutes than the last. Cock’s following-up was a feature, one chase of Taylor evoking great applause and laughter. A fine clean game, with no favours asked or granted. Teams; Everton; Fern; McDonald and Livingstone; Brown, McBain, and Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup. Huddersfield T;- Taylor; Barkass, and Wadsworth; Smith (A.W) , Wilson and Watson; Walter, Cook, Brown, Stephenson, and Smith (W.H.).
EVERTON 1 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 (Game 1067)
September 24, 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
PLEASING DISPLAY AT GOODISON PARK.
There was much good football in the game between Everton and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park, and if the result –a draw of one goal each –fell below the anticipation of the Everton contingent, there was satisfaction in the knowledge that both sides played well, and that the score was a fair indication of the play. The best of the game was seen in the first half, when Everton reached, something like their true form. There was steadiness in defence, and the towards shot, with greater frequency than in some of their earlier games. It could not be said however, that the improvement extended –throughout the game, for the forwards were not near, so effective after the interval and this in spite of the fact that they were well supported by the half-backs. True, the Huddersfield defenders played sprandly after a rather shaky first half, and taking the game throughout, the side were fairly evenly matched.
Everton led off in sparkling fashion, but the first dangerous movements came from the visitors, a fine run by Smith resuling in a corner. Early on the Huddersfield goal had a narrow escape, as A. Smith missed his kick, and the shakiness of the visitors' defence was revealed when Wadsworth turned the ball over his own goal. Gradually the Town forwards came into view and they made excellent progress with long swinging passes. Walter was plied with takeable passes and he made good use of them. The Everton backs, however never faltered, and the football thus early was of the exhilarating type and highly creditable to both sides. Brown went through from a clever pass by Stephenson and the Town right wing continued to be a source of anxiety to the Everton defence, although Fern was rarely in action. Chadwick started a movement when he put Chedgzoy in possession, which was only cleared with difficulty, and Taylor had to catch a hard drive by Chedgzoy. The Huddersfield halves played very soundly and had a fine understanding with their forwards. Still, the Everton forwards looked the more likely scorers, and Chadwick got his opportunity at the thirty-seven minute. He took it without hesitation, and his rapid movements quite surprised and confused the Town backs. Although hampered, Chadwick drive the ball into the corner of the net quite out of Taylor's reach. The success had a tonic effect upon Everton, and they played on to become a much-improved side, McBain hitting the post with a tremendous shot.
Fern had very little to do in the first half, but he stopped two fine efforts early in the second stage. Then Chedgzoy got in a glorious drive, and McBain's clever anticipation saved an almost certain goal, when Cook was sent forward with a pass by Walter. Twelve minutes of the second half had gone when Brown made the score equal. It was a rather lucky opening that gave Brown his chance, as a half clearances by McDonald caused the ball to cannon against an opponent, and Brown lofted it into the net as Fern attempt to anticipate the attack by leaving his goal. Everton worked hard to regain the lead and Taylor was forced to make several capital saves. Just before the end, A. Smith was carried off with a damaged knee, and Taylor revealed himself as an artistic dribbler by the way the dribble the ball around Cock, who vainly sought to dispossess him. Everton without being brilliant gave a pleasing display. The defence was sound, and McDonald did a deal of good work. He never appeared slow, even against the dashing Smith. The middle line held a nice balance between the opposing forwards and their own attacks. Troup and Chadwick made a capital wing, especially in the first half, but there was not the same understanding on the right wing, Irvine being slow. Taylor played a splendid game, and the backs improved considerably in the second half. Then half-backs were very strong, and the forwards compared favourably with the Everton line. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, McDonald, and Livingstone, backs, Brown, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. Huddersfield Town: - Taylor, goal, Bates, and Wadsworth, backs, A. Smith, Wilson, and Watson, half-backs, Walter, Cook, Brown, Stephenson, and W. H. Smith, forwards.
EVERTON 4 BURY 1
September 25, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON BEAT BURY IN CUP-TIE
TROUP DISLOCATES HIS SHOULDER.
Alec Troup the Scottish International winger, dislocated his shoulder yesterday when engaged in a Lancashire Senior Cup-tie, that was won by Everton by 4-1, Chadwick scoring two goals, Cock, one, and Richardson, the Bury goalkeeper helping a ball from Troup over the line. Bury scored first through Woodhouse, but Everton soon recovered from the blew, and afterwards a rather dull game was enlivened by flashes of humout on the part of Cock and the opposing goalkeeper, who seemed to be doing a due-act that appealed to be crowd. Unfortunately, near the finish there was an outburst on the part of Livingstone, who kicked a Bury player, the centre forward, but whether it was in retaliation one could not –say –certainly, it was a blot on the game. Everton tried a new right wing from the reserve side, parry and Miller giving a sprightly display, even if they were not over-successful against a half-back who was not too clever. The pair showed their best form in the late stages of the game.
Of the other home men it is only necessary to state that the half-back line was as deadly as ever, and Chadwick with shots and passes to the centre and also to the outside right, showed a marching forward in tactics that is great delight to those who sponsored him. When he does break through he is a very deadly. Bury were disappointing and outclassed by a side that took many liberties, having the feeling that they could win at any time. Certainly the Second Division club has a good pair of centres, Norman Bullock, tried by England, was not present, but Ball made a capital understudy, in spite of the absence of help from their left flank, Finney did well as a pivot, and at full back none did better than Smith, and both goalkeepers stopped some hot shots. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, McDonald, and Livingstone, backs, Brown, McBain and Hart (captain), half-backs, Parry, Miller, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. Bury: - Richardson, goal, Smith, and Heap, backs, Brookes, Finney, and Cooper, half-backs, Butler, Stage, Hall, Woodhouse, and Burkeshaw, forwards.
September 25 1923. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The dislocation of his shoulder in the cup-tie at Goodison Park yesterday has not put Troup, the Everton outside left, out of the team for Saturday's return match with Huddersfield Town. The shoulder was set in the dressing room. The only change from the team, which defeated Bury, is that Irvine is brought into the inside right forward position in place of Miller. The team therefore will be: - Fern, McDonald, and Livingstone, Brown McBain, and Hart; Parry, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup.