Everton Independent Research Data

 

September 1930

 

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 2 EVERTON 3 (Game 1Div Two)-( Lge Game 3053 over-all)-(Div 1 3052)

September 1 st 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

First step to promotion

Everton please at Plymouth

Clever play in attractive game

Leslie the First Black player to score against Everton

Three headers assists by Dean

By “Bee”

Everton have begun well by winning the first game of their new football sphere. They knew the difficulty of success at Plymouth. They knew from information of mangers, players, and others that Argyle played “their sort of game,” and that very rarely indeed did a side ever leave the ground with even the consolation of a point. Everton began to reminate about these remembrances when they left the field at half-time with a goal deficit. The game took three distinct and complete parts. First, the goal by the extreme wingmen, made by the left winger and scored by the right winger. Second, an Everton revival immediately after half-time –three goals scored through the agency of Dean's amazing head –White getting two goals, and Martin one. Apparently the game was over; Plymouth floundered, but never foundered. They might have scored an equaliser in the last five minutes for at that stroke Leslie, their coloured player, reduced the total to 3-2, and Everton felt that last season's bogey was about. However Cresswell, in this period, played a masterly defensive game, and Williams, the new captain strove mightily to hold the first victory of the season. Anyway a victory is a matter for congratulation, any side winning away from home after being out of the lead for nearly one hour merits praise. But with all their faults –and it is natural that the new Everton is merely the old one in a new lease of influence –Everton managed to win this.

A Great Asset

The effect of a win where one could hardly be expected will be a tremendous asset. Everton's greatest failing for a season was lack of belief or confidence. Here they started to play against a good class side, with scheming inner forwards with a fine free style. Dean struck the upright, it should have been a goal –it was worth a goal. Time went on, the sun went down a great breeze began to blow on the 34,000 spectators, who gave greetings to two new clubs so far as the second Division was concerned, and Everton felt the benefit of the breeze in the second half. At once they got into shots stride and into the Titmass and Cann defence. They came to the second half a new team, a refreshed team, a practical side. Argyle defence could not hold them! At last Dean nodded the ball to White, who scored. White scored again –as crispy as ever, and from a place that made his task easy. Martin did likewise, and each time Dean gave the ball by means of a header. Argyle did not look the same side. They blundered. Their idea of nice combination, rather than sweeping movement, liad left them. The thought of a draw never entered anyone's head until five minutes from the finish when Leslie scored a neat goal, but not quite so charming as the first goal of the afternoon, which was a winging matter between Black and Crozier. Coggins merely flicking the ball without being able to stay its progress.

Display of Coggins

Coggins was not quite the sure man we have known since March. He had not a great deal to do, and there were times when one wondered whether the right tactics were being adopted by one wing half back and the centre half-back. However, Everton plainly stayed the heat and distance better than Argyle, who probably ran themselves out early on and helped their own downfall. Certainly the well-boomed Black, at outside left, never gave a sign of his prowess. He was not convincing, chiefly through his habit of treading on the ball or kicking outside. He had goodly chances to score, but failed to respond to the subtle play of Leslie, who lies back a good deal and works himself out for the benefit of the other players. Vidler as a centre is a plodding type –a very strong shot. I liked Mackenzie, the home pivot, and Titmuss was always a good level headed back, and now has a good sound goalkeeper in Cann.

High Praise.

Argyle declared they had met the best side they had ever known. That is too high praise perhaps, because it might lead Everton to forget their goal-area faults, and the remembrance that most of their brilliance combined with deadliness was centred into moments that passed between the forty-sixth minute and the sixth-ninth. I don't want Everton to miss their due mead of praise, but I do not want to lead them astray. They had faults in defence. For a long spell their half-back was strangely unable to get to grips with the enlivening schemer Sloan, possibly the best forward on the field. There was a time when the half-back against Crozier had left far too big a gap and his full back did not combine with his half-back. By degrees Cresswell went soaring over to his old position of right back, and he did a fund of good work, at the finish earning much applause. He stood rocklike what time Williams, overworked, had began to tire. In the end Griffiths revealed his best pivotal work; McPherson played the best game I have seen from this merurial member. He was a sheer delight in the way he delivered the ball to his wing. White and Rigby were not seen until well after half-time yet one scored two goals, and got a knock out blow, while the other began to delve into the goal area.

Joyous Football

Critchley played a quiet swift, unassuming game, and Thomson was a half-back who was not prepared to waste the ball when he had worked so hard for it. It was joyous football; it fluctuated considerably; it showed Everton as continuing their one long run that brought them nine points out of a possible ten last season. It showed Arygle as a very interesting side, a side of personality, built on good lines, and played on well thought-out lines. It was a brilliant day (almost too much so). It had little shooting for a while and then a glut –what more could one wish for? Argyle people certainly showed great sporting inclinations when they gave Everton a wonderful reception, and finally voted them a brilliant side, “happy to meet you again –you're the best side we have seen at this home.”

Everton have made their first step towards promotion. The road is long the honour is a long way off, so is some of the attackers idea of how goals can be obtained. Teams; - Plymouth Argyle; - Cann, goal; Bland and Titmuss, backs; Mackay, McKenzie and Hardie, half-backs; Crozier, Sloan, Vidler, Leslie, and Black, forwards. Everton; - Coggins, goal; Williams (captain) and Cresswell backs; McPherson, Griffiths, and Thomson, half-backs; Citchley, White, Dean, Martin, and Rigby, forwards.

 

EVERTON RESERVES 2 LEEDS UNITED RESERVES 1

September 1 st 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Central league (Game 1)

Dunn penalty miss

Everton opened the season with a victory that was hard earned, for Leeds made a desperate fight. Everton had to contend with a sterling defence that included Townsley Milburn and Menzies. The United, without being as pretty in their attacks were decidedly effective, and Sagar O'Donnell Lowe, and Gee had some gruelling spells. Leeds took the lead when Sagar was off with a knee injury –O'Donnell having gone into goal –Brockbank opening the score from close in. McCambridge took a pass from Dunn to level the scores, and the same player added a second from a Wilkinson centre. Other incident were a penalty miss from Dunn that struck the crossbar and a shot from Jennings that hit the upright. Everton were a nicely-balanced side, the halves doing particularly well, and Lowe Gee, Towers, and Robson impressed. McCambridge was a great worker. Everton; - Sagar, goal; O'Donnell and Lowe, backs; Robson, Gee (captain) and Towers, half-backs; Wilkinson, Dunn, McCambridge, Webster and Stein, forwards.

Rhyl 7 Everton “A” 2

Liverpool County combination

Rhyl's entry into the Liverpool County Combination was marked by a 7-2 victory over Everton “A”. The success was achieved by crisp and virile football. Cowan got though for Rhyl after 3 minutes, J. Hughes putting them further ahead. After Fryer had reduced the lead, Hughes score again. The turning point of the game was reached early in the second half, Hughes completing the hat trick. Dyke score Everton's second goal, and Cowan Roy and Peters put though for Rhyl. Geddas was outstanding in defence, and Hughes and Peters were speedy and virile forwards in a well balanced Rhyl attack. J.C. Jones shone in a solace half-back line.

 

PRESTON NORTH END AT GOODISON

September 2 nd 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel

After the opening victory over Plymouth Argyle the Everton team should be welcomed by a big crowd tomorrow evening when the opening game of the season at Goodison Park will be played against Preston North End. Both clubs, now in the second Division of the league, were among the original twelve clubs that formed the League when the competition was inaugurated in the 1888-89 season. Preston were the champions in the first two seasons, with the runners up on the second occasion, Everton were beaten by two points in that occasion, but in the third season the positions were reversed, Everton beating North End by a couple of points for the championship. In those days Everton played at Anfield, now the home of the Liverpool club.

A Championship Memory

Everton celebrated that Championship by holding a concert at the College Hall, Shaw Street, on Friday, May 8 th 1881; “on the occasion of presenting medals and League cup” I have a programme of that event. The artististes were Miss Fanny Bauffleur Madama E. Young, and Messrs T. Barlow, Eaton Batty, T. Shaw and Leslie Harris. There was an interval of fifteen minutes during which the medals were presented.

 

EVERTON TEST TODAY

September 3 rd 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton will open their home Second Division programme this evening, when old friends and rivals Preston North End, will provide the opposition. What is second Division football like? I Fancy I hear many enthusiasts asking this question. They will gain a good idea this evening, when the kick off, is at 6-30. Club life in the lower ranks is undoubtedly an adventure, and though Everton made a good start at Plymouth, the way is long and beset with pitfalls and the players must set themselves for an arduous campaign. Preston on Saturday demonstrated that they have a good side, for they beat Southampton well, and it is plain that the old club is out to make a bid it will be like old times to see the clubs clashing once again, even if their present stated is nothing like it used to be. The two former Everton players Harrison and Kerr are assured of a particularly warm welcome, for the dashing play always pleased at Goodison Park. Harrison is still a powerful shot, and he is seen at his best with Penalties or free kicks near goal. The teams are unchanged, and the men will line up as follows. : - Coggins, Williams, Cresswell, McPherson, Griffiths, Thomson, Critchley, White, Dean, Martin, and Rigby. Preston North End; - Hampling, Ward, Kerr, Mesbitt, Craven, Crawford, Reid, Scott, Smith, McClelland, Harrison.

 

EVERTON 2 PRESTON NORTH END 1 (Game 2)-(Lge Game 3054 over-all)-(Div 1 3052)

September 4 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton gain points

Preston North End the sharper side

Critchley stands out in hard struggle

McPherson penalty miss

By “Bee”

Everton got their second win of the Second Division series and their first home win of the new series by a 2-1 victory over Preston North End. Frankly, they were favoured by fortune. Put it into a nutshell; Preston were the sharper, the more thorough, the more penetrating; and although lacking in reasonable shot the visitors so far outplayed Everton by speed and tactics that the home side had to fight very hard to the finish to keep the victory secure. The manner of the victory is uncommonly interesting. Griffiths a half back, headed a goal from a corner; Cresswell becoming a half-back or near outside-left for a moment, lobbed the ball onto White's head for the leading goal, Harrison, the ex-Everton player, having taken a goal through a magnificent drive which started Coggins by its ferocity of pace Coggins touched the ball –that and no more. Harrison has a habit of scoring against his old club, and his goal was welcomed by 30,000 spectators, though it put Everton into a nervous state that was a characteristic of their form last season.

A Penalty missed

To add to the oddities of the evening a linesman claimed a penalty kick for Everton for hands although the referee had seen nothing of the offence, and had allowed play to go on for some moments before the flag up caused his inquiry. Preston contested the spot kick, but could have saved their energy and temper, because McPherson taking the kick merely dug up a divot, and the ball barely reached the tall Preston goalkeeper, who by the way, was a safe handler of the cross ball and the attempted header.

Other than these incidents it is only necessary to state that Kerr, by falling back, prevented a headed goal to Dean; the goalkeeper was helpless, and Kerr made a flying leap and a great delivery-header. Preston had three-parts of the attacking portion of this hard game, and while it is quite true that the form of Everton was not a little bit balanced on the left flank, or in the inside forwards work, plus the difficulties of Thomson against Reid, one is left with the memory that Preston did not push home their advantage so that Coggins had quite an easy time was anxious because Cresswell and Williams were so persistently harassed by go-ahead forwards. Preston lost something of their deserts through McClelland lying too far back, and through the centre-forward Smith being unable to take the easy chance offered by Harrison.

Faulty play

There was an outburst of enthusiasm and doggedness in the second half that suggested Everton had as at Plymouth became a staying force, but this effort soon died away, and the home left wing never really got to grips with their game or the defence and with Thomson poor behind them, and White missing two or three easy chances offered him by the head of Dean the home attack was a badly timed wobbling affair. Critchley took on the major role of individal racer and dribbler and his centres were full of judgement. In addition Dean to whom the ball always came over six feet in the air, showed his energy had not left him, nor yet his precision in heading. He worked desperately just as did Critchley, and he mad many defenders to watch his step. It would be idle to deny that again Dean missed two chances of scoring, but one places the scale in his favour, through his position-play, his chase of a chance a wing man should have taken, and his persistent threat towards a defence that concentrated upon the home leader. It was not a good display by Everton, and so often did Preston attack that one generally forget that they had not a shot in their bag.

North End's Advance.

As a game it was quite a joyful thing to watch, if only because the Preston side showed an advancement upon past seasons that was welcomed by those who remember their past history. Their defence was excellent, and the form of Kerr, the ex-Everton, was particularly pleasing. He was hard on Critchley in the first half, as becomes this tousy son of Scotland, but Critchley never wavered in his endeavour, and footwork was close, clever, and speedy. The outside right earned the applause, he received as the teams left the ground. At centre half-back North End have a good young man, and on the wing Nesbit was all energy and some skill, while T. Scott, formerly of Liverpool and Bristol, was well in front of his previous displays, being sharper and more sound in his dribbles. Reid him an admirable partner yet there was the same lack of driving force near home with this member that applied to the visiting centre-forward and McClelland, Harrison was solid, convincing, and an able hooker of a centre added to which a half-chance of a shot and he forced the ball in at a terrific rate.

Cresswell Stands Firm

Through all tribuistions and trying periods Cresswell as a left back, stood firm, his kicking with the left foot was not always free off a slice or pull; however, this tactics, heading, and general defensive measures when Everton “needed holding up” was a power of use to the Everton side. It would seem that Goodison Park is still a bogey ground to the home team; the fear of defeat still reigns heavily upon the men. Maybe they well grow out of it in the Second Division games, but at least they must show most balanced forward play it they are to get out of the lower division at the first season of asking. Teams ; - Everton; - Coggins, goal; Williams (captain) and Cresswell, backs; McPherson, Griffiths and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean, Martin, and Rigby forwards. Preston North End; - Hampson, goal; Ward and Kerr, backs; Nisbet, Cvraven, and Crawford, half-backs; Reid Scott, Smith, McClelland, and Harrison, forwards. Referee Mr. Bateson.

 

LESSONS EVERTON MUST LEARN

September 4 th 1930. Evening Express

More Snap In Forward Work

Narrow Win Over Preston

Brilliance of Cresswell

By The Pilot.

Everton, won but ….. Frankly they did not reproduce the form they showed at Plymouth, and there must be a general speeding up if they are to be serious rivals in the battle for promotion. Although losing 2-1 last night to the Goodison Park side Preston North End taught their rivals four things.

That the first time pass is essential; that there must be no waiting back in hope that an opponent will miss the ball; that the sudden swinging pass to the far wing is a match winning move; that a player who cannot trap the ball first time, and cleanly, will be crowded out.

Preston were the quicker more electric combination, and deserved to share the spoils at least.

Dynamic Force.

There were times in the first half when Everton were swept off their feet by the dynamic fighting, sharp-thinking North Enders, and it was only for a period off some twenty minutes in the latter half that they produced the better football. Then they were definitely the masters. Snap was generally lacking in the combination of the Blues, however, and the majority of men required too much time in which to get the ball under control, decide on their move, and get their pass away. Their hesitancy was at times tantalising especially when one studied the instant methods of Preston. That they can operate with judgement and skill, allied with speed, was proved by many sharp and exhilarating raids in the second half, but there was not neatly enough of this material. Had it not been for the brilliance of Cresswell they would not have won. He was the outstanding player on the field and the manner in which he lobbed a quick thrown-in from Rigby to the head of White near the far post was the essence of judgement and ideal placing.

Great Defence

It speaks wonders for the Everton defence that such an incisive attack as that of Preston was held at bay. There was purposeful covering and intrepid tackling by Cresswell and Williams, while Cresswell never wasted a ball-Griffiths was invaluable in stemming speedily executed moves, and his opening goal from Rigby's perfect corner was a fine one. McPherson pleased when distributing the ball, but gave Harrison too much room in which to operate, and Thomson was cramped in all be attempted. I Sympathize with Dean, who laboured along with the minimum of support. It was 65 minutes before he received a single pass on the ground. White and Martin wanted those extra seconds, which Preston would not allow them. Critchley had a splendid match and was always a thorn in the side of the visitors.

Sports Pie

Alec Troup and Harry Ritchie late of Everton, are proving the main men in Dundee's attack. Troup is playing almost as well as he did before he left Den's Park for Everton. Ritchie is blossoming into a first class inside right.

 

SWANSEA AT GOODISON

September 5 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

I was not impressed by Everton's form against Preston North End –there were faults at wing half and the inside forward positions –but having won their first two games in the second division, the side should fare better against Swansea Town at Goodison park tomorrow. Swansea opened with a 3-2 victory over Cardiff City, but were beaten 1-0 at Barnsley on Monday. Two Everton players in Williams and McPherson will be opposing their old club, while in the Swansea side will be Easton, who was last season at Goodison. The Everton team for tomorrow will be unchanged namely; - Coggans, Williams, Cresswell, McPherson, Griffiths, Thomson, Critchley, White, Dean, Martin, and Rigby.

 

SWANSEA TOWN AT EVERTON

September 6 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Despite their two victories so far, find a disposition on the part of Everton's supporters to shake their heads, and express the view that the side is not strong enough to get back at the first attempt, time will show. At any rate the team has gained full points so far, and that is the main object. Today Everton tackle Swansea Town, new visitors to Goodison Park, and, therefore, an attraction in themselves, Williams and McPherson will therefore, oppose their old club, and I have no doubt that the Welsh side will put up a bold show. They beat their rivals, Cardiff City, this week, and they are sure to try their utmost to lower the Everton colours. The attendance at Goodison Park have been well up to the standard, and there is likely to be another big crowd today. Everton will have the same team that won against Preston North End. The Preston team will include Easton, the former Everton player, and Bell, who used to play for Wrexham. The kick-off is at 3-15. The teams; - Everton; - Coggins, Williams, Cresswell, Mcpherson, Griffiths, Thomson, Critchley, White, Dean, Martin and Rigby. Swansea Town; - Ferguson, L Williams, Milner, Deacon, Handford, Sykes, McMillan, Easton, R Williams, Armand and Bell.

 

EVERTON 5 SWANSEA TOWN 1 (Game 3)-(Lge Game 3055 over-all)-(Div 1 3052)

September 8 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Dean returning to his best

Everton too good for Swansea Town

Goalkeeping error lead to goals

By Stock.

Everton, who last season could not lay claim to many of dame fortune's smiles defeated Swansea 5-1. Some will say that the opposition was only feeble. It was, but Everton could do no more than win, and they did this handsome and well, even though two opening goals were grits from the goalkeeper.

It must not be overlooked that Everton had two efforts at goal negatived by the intervention of the woodwork, so the balance was fairly even. Still those first goals must have had a moral effort upon the Swansea men, for up to the time of White's first goal they had enjoyed quite a good percentage of the play territorially, but after that Everton took complete charge of the game. They had a strangehold on their rivals, and although the Welsh team were able to obtain a consolation point well on the second half there was never any suggestion that they would make Everton fight for the points, which at half-time were practically in safe keeping. It is the weakest opposition Everton have had to meet to date and it would be well to remember that fact when it comes to weighting up future games for on Saturday's display there can be few weaker teams than Swansea. So far Dean has done well, for although he did not score his first goal until the third match, he has displayed form far and above anything he served up last season. For one thing he is fit –he was not that for many game last term –and a fit Dean could not possibly be subdued for all time, for his enthusiasm for the game it tremendous. He made goals in the game as he has so often done before without getting anything tangible from his efforts, but at long last his inside men have come to the realiisation that to be up-side with him is to be offered goal scoring chances.

Dean takes his chances

Handford, the Swansea centre-half, had a mission to perform, and that was to stay with Dean. That is easier said than done. Others, more famous, have tried and failed and Handford could be placed among that latter, for I can assure you that Dean took eight of every ten centres with his head, scored two goals, and played his best game for many a long day. His heading was truly magnificent. He nodded them here and glided them there, so that forwards with an eye to the need of the day should have had goals, Martin's goal was the result of a Dean header, and for a moment I thought the inside-left was going to delay the shot all too long, for it seemed an age before he actually drove the ball into the net. So much for Dean.

Energetic Swansea

Swansea were energetic enough. They tried all they known to probe the Everton rear line, but there was not the craft the subtle movements, which could outwit such a general as Cresswell and the determined defence of Williams. They were straightforward methods, easily defined by a skilful back, and although there were times when the Swansea attack worried their way through they rarely got the better of their duels with Griffiths, Cresswell and Williams.

Cresswell has never played better. His tackling was deadly, his positional play first class, and his clearance clean and crisp, and he even entered his list of shooters, and was not many inches off the mark. There were times when the Everton's passing movements were magnificent Swansea's defence battled against it with a purpose but they were more often than not chasing their opponents with little rewards for their endeavours, Everton were masters. What effect those two early goals had upon them may readily be imagined, but that apart I liked the Everton wingers, especially in the first half. Critchley, White, and McPherson combined splendidly, and Rigby, who suffered a leg injury early on in the game with Preston North End, had a fine first half, and was unlucky not to score, for he was a rare shooter. The honours of the Everton team, however, must go to Dean and Cresswell. I thought Coggins was faulty in Some of his work due no doubt to the greasy nature of the ball.

Milne's Work.

There were few successes on the Swansea side the man to stand out above his colleagues being Milne, the left full-back. He had a heap of hard work to do, but did it calmly and well. Secondly on the list was Deacon, the half-back. He was responsible for the good display of McMillian, who was making his debut for the senior side. He is but a youth, but he should be highly pleased with his display. Easton, formerly with Everton did not come to his best until late on when he levelled a couple of shots at Coggins. Armand and Bell were useful raiders, but Williams, the centre-forward, was too closely watched by Griffiths to be a success. Dean's second goal was a real Dean effort, and was the best of the match. He took up a pass by White and flashed the ball into the net. His first, too bore a lot of power so much so that Ferguson could not hold it. White's opening goal was more of a hook back to Dean. Ferguson caught it but in the act of turning round seemed to throw the ball into the net. Martin's goal was made for him, and White's second was helped into the net by Hanford, who was undoubtedly scared at the presence at his shoulder of Dean and to prevent the latter from getting the ball he (Hanford) deflected it into his own goal. William's goal was the outcome of two centres from Bell, the first of which was ably dealt with, but the second Coggins turned out to the oncoming centre-forward, who headed it into the net. Teams; - Everton; - Coggins, goal; Williams (captain), and Cresswell, backs; McPherson, Griffiths, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean, Martin and Rigby, forwards. Swansea Town; - Ferguson, goal; L. Williams and Milne, backs; Deacon, Hanford, and Sykes, half-backs; McMillian, Easton, Williams, Armand, and Bell, forwards. Referee Mr. TG Bryon

 

WEST BROMWICH ALBION RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 0

September 8 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Central league (Game 2)

Drizzling rain was not conducive to good football at the Hawthorns, but despite this the play between Albion and Everton reserves was both brisk and interesting. Everton, for the greater part of the game, were aggressive, and on several occasions deserved better luck than they had. Albion were rarely dangerous but Fitton scored for them during one of these moments.

Everton “A” 1 Bootle Celtic 2

Liverpool County Combination

At Strawsberry-Lane. The visitors had the better of the opening. After fifteen minutes' play, Haycock scored for the visitors. Dyke levelled the scores, and before the interval Lindsay had regained the lead for Bootle. The second half was contested mostly in midfield, but neither side scored

 

EVERTON “A” 2 LIVERPOOL “A” 3

September 9 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Lord Wavertree Cup Final

At Goodison Park. The opening play was evenly fought. During pressure on the home goal Kelly fouled in the penalty area, and the same player from the kick gave Liverpool the lead. Everton however, were soon on level terms Dyke scoring. The Liverpool left wing proved a source of danger. It was through splendid footwork that Wicklow put Liverpool ahead. In the second half both defences were kept fully extended. Liverpool increased their score when Britt partially stopped a hot shot from Thomas, Wicklow netting. During the closing stages Everton rallied, and Hanson reduced the deficit. Everton; - Britt, goal; Sephton and Parker backs; Chedgzoy, Keeley and Bryan, half-backs; Higgins, Dyke, Wallen, Webster, and Hanson forwards.

 

CARDIFF CITY 1 EVERTON 2 (Game 4)-(Lge Game 3056 over-all)-(Div 1 3052)

September 9 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton's Fourth Victory

Winners' Play fails to Satisfy

By “Bees”

Everton duly fulfilled their fourth successive match of the season of Second Division football with a victory over Cardiff City, at Ninian Park, by 2 goals to 1. The result is the most satisfying feature of the latest victory. They were meeting a team which is in the course of reconstruction, a team that has suffered much through injuries and lack of financial strength, and it is only necessary to point out that only two of the old brigade of the Cardiff side remain from their Cup memories, and that five boys played in the forward line to show that Everton's experience and ability should have been more definite than the 2 goals to 1 victory. Ordinarily it is a more than useful feat for any away side to win after being a goal down, but only the 13,000 spectators who gathered ion the gloom at Cardiff could realise what a needless struggle Everton made for this close victory. There was a frailty near goal and a lack of direct marksmanship that was somewhat appalling, because Everton were quite competent to formulate attacks which became a waste of energy when there was a paltry finish.

Keenor's Call

Everton should have taken a bagfull of goals, with the chances they had, yet at the hour there was a revival meeting on the ground and Keenor, the veteran captain urged his men to attempt to take a heart, shouting “come on boys, there's a chance even yet.” It suited Everton's paucity of ideas when there was a clear passage for goal. Allowing that Farqharson kept a good goal, one is still left with the memory that he should not have been allowed to escape with two goals.

Moreover, there was a definite enterprise on the part of the home side 20 minutes from the end, which thoroughly rattled the Everton side, and only the superb judgement and cool concentration of the veteran Cresswell kept Coggins safe. Cresswell revelled in this match, with head, with feet that dribbled, and with free kicks and twice he covered his captain when Williams had missed his kick.

White's Equaliser.

The first point we arrive at is that Everton had nothing to beat, and eventually played down to the level of their adversaries. Cardiff scored in the nine-teenth minute from Bird after another forward had put the ball against Coggins, from whom it went to the upright, leaving Bird with an open goal. White equalised in one minute through the agency of an all-round bit of passing with the ball kept along the turf and Dean applying the final pass. Just before time Rigby twice tried to beat Farquharson, failing each time through the ability of the goalkeeper, who eventually tipped the ball round the post for a corner that was fatal. White being unmarked and scoring with ease. Griffiths came near further goals from corner kicks, and Dean again missed one “sitter,” but generally played a “heady” game. One of his headers, from a very strong centre by Critchley, was perfectly judged but the ball went over the bar. Another time Dean headed on to the bar. When Everton beat Preston they beat a rousing, racing side, but at Cardiff they beat Cardiff everywhere except in the matter of goals, and this was a serious fault in the hour of victory. It was also unnecessary because Cardiff have not had such a poor side for many years. Their centre-forward, Williams of Colwyn Bay, showed great promise, but lacked support on all sides. Keenor inspired his men by forcefulness, but the years have taken toll of this warrior and he does not stay the course, while his shooting has no direction. So far so good. But Everton in the hour of victory must remember they have no right to ease up top the class of play of the opposition. Teams; - Cardiff City; - Farquharson, goal; Roberts and John, backs; Helsby, Keenor (captain) and Blackburn, half-backs; Emmerson, Jones, Williams, Robbins, and Bird, forwards. Everton; - Coggins goal; Williams (captain) and Cresswell, backs; McPherson, Griffiths, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean, Martin and Rigby, forwards. Referee Mr. Perks, West Bromwich

 

EVERTON'S ADVANCE

September 9 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel

The race for promotion, even at this early stage of the proceedings, appears likely to develop into a thrilling affair. Three clubs so far have gained maximum points from four matches and I am glad to note that Everton are among them, though their victory at Cardiff, last night, was not so pronounced as it ought to have been, seeing that Cardiff City had lost all their matches and seemingly have a very poor side. Everton's form is not such as to send their friends into ecstasies, but the main fact is that their keep on winning, and after all, that is the main object in view, and no doubt Everton will improve as they settle down to the type of game required in the Second Division.

I note with pleasure that Cresswell has settled down in his best form, and his game just now is as good as ever it was. Now that he is not burdened by the duty of captaincy he seems to revel in the game, and last night he played particularly well.

 

ONE TWO, THREE-FOUR

September 9 th 1930. Evening Express

Everton's Victory March.

Cardiff Lesson.

Risks That Spell Danger.

By The Pilot

Everton's victory march continues, but they must watch their step. The march must not become a shuffle-as it almost did last night. True, the Blues did beat Cardiff 2-1, but there was a period near the close when the home team might easily have run off with a valuable point. There was too much of the casual attitude about the Goodison Park men. They took risks, they assumed a “well-over” air. This will not do. Cardiff City are the poorest team I have seen for many a day. Everton should have won by five goals yet Cardiff scored first. The Blues quickly retaliated and went ahead. Two fine goals by White, who has now scored seven times in four matches, gave Everton the points. He played a useful game, but Critchley was Everton's outstanding forward. He always distributed the ball well. Dean again had to plod along with scant support, but was hardly the force he was against Swansea and missed too many easy chances. Martin was on the slow side but suffered in the second half through being struck in the head by the ball. Rigby, therefore, had to play a lone hand, but accomplished many good things. Griffiths was the pick of a strong half back line his defensive play being brilliant. McPherson gave some lovely passes, and Thomson was the keenest tackler on the ground. Cresswell again carried off defensive honours, and though it was a mistake by him, which led to Bird's opening goal, he ended may awkward situations. Williams his partner, and Coggins, in goal did well. The match was another lesson for Everton –they must not treat their opponents lightly it they want to go on winning. It was all so much plain sailing for them, and in such circumstances they should have kept on a full stretch of canvas. They should have thought of goal average as well as points. It was not a really enjoyable game, because of Cardiff's ineptitude and Everton's easy manner. Except for a spirited rally near the end and one bright period in the second half Cardiff were not in the picture. Mr. Fred Stewart Cardiff's secretary, told me that they wanted a good full back. On last night's showing this was not the only weakness.

Mr. Tom McIntosh

Mr., Tom McIntish, the Everton secretary is confined to his house by illness. The Goodison Park players sent a telegram from Cardiff yesterday wishing him a speedy recovery. Mr. McIntosh's reply was; “The best tonic for me is a win tonight.” He received his tonic, and it is hoped he will soon be able to resume his duties again free from the worries associated with having to find a winning team.

 

EVERTON TASK

September 10 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel

Everton are set their hardest task in the early stage of the Second Division on Saturday, when they visit West Bromwich Albion. The Throstles and Everton are old League opponents, and the game should be a fine one, as they play a similar type of football. Both clubs have opened with four victories, and the Albion head the table by reason of a superior goal average. Everton beat Plymouth (away) 3-2, Preston (hone) 2-1, Swansea (home) 5-1, and Cardiff (away) 2-1, while the Albion have defeated Bristol City (home) 3-0. Charlton (away) 4-0, Cardiff (away) 6-3, and Bradford City (home), 1-0. Thus only Cardiff City, at Ninian Park, have scored against the Albion. The Everton team will be the same as in the four previous games, namely; Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; McPherson, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Martin, Rigby.

 

REAL TEST FOR EVERTON

September 13 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel

At this early stage it is pretty certain that the race for promotion is going to be a thrilling one. The quartet of teams that have gained the full points so far are likely to find their early start of the utmost value when the other end of the campaign is reached. Bury, West Bromwich, Everton, and the Wolves have won all their four games to date, but two of these meet today at the Hawthorns. This game is regarded as the real acid test for Everton so far. In their four previous games, although victory went their way, the standard of play was not up to expectations. We should be able to draw a line on the real merit of the side today, for it is expected that the Albion will prove one of the strongest combinations in the tourney. After a lean period the Midland club appear to have found a good side, and Everton must needs go all the way today if they are to triumph. It will be a great performance if they secure both points. The teams to do duty are; - Everton; - Coggins; Williams Cresswell; McPherson, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, White, Dean, Martin, Rigby. West Bromwich Albion; - Pearson; Finch, Shaw; Magee, Richardson, Rix; Boston, Glidden, Cookson, Carter, Wood.

 

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1 EVERTON 2 (Game 5)-(Lge Game 3057 over-all)-(Div 1 3052)

September 15 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton's run of Triumph

Two Debated goals at West Brom

Staying power Tells

Critchley gets two assists

By Bee.”

Everton have taken their fifth successive victory, and, as they took the latest win at the West Bromwich ground against a side that had not been beaten in as many games, it is, only natural that this should be looked upon as a test match of its kind. Everton won-, which in itself is a satisfactory business, especially when they won against an early goal –as at Cardiff. It would appear that the Second Division sides testing Everton, races off with a dash they cannot hope to keep up, and Everton are staying the distance far better than the majority of the sides. It is certain that save their legs a good deal, by wise play rather than rugged attack, Yet it must be confessed that this game gave Everton something to ponder over. West Bromwich Albion, with their locals and a boy named Boston, from Bolton, were nippy as ever and they played some very good football, notably per Carter and Magee and Boston, with Wood generally a good raider and Cookson a willing hard shooter at centre forward. West Bromwich complained that the result should have been reversed for two reasons –first, they were superior, second a lovely goal through Carter late on in the game, and it was refused on the score of offside. The home crowd said this was the best goal of the day, and a good one in law; the referee said otherwise. Certainly one is bound to say that, placed, as I was, I could see neither the first goal nor Critchley's provider of a point as a goal –both were offside. We do not rule the issue, which is perhaps as well.

Win at will spirit.

It is plain Everton are taking most from off these sides in a half-hearted manner, believing they can win at will. West Bromwich are just the side to revel in such tactics. In the first half the home side gave their 30,000 spectators many pleasant moments in spite of the continual rainfall, and if Coggins should have stopped the shot that was scored by Cookson he certainly kept a great goal afterwards and stopped many fine drives, whereas his vis-à-vis (Pearson, son of the former Albion goalkeeper) only had one telling save –from Dean. Coggins got there when the fire and fury were most dangerous. The only time he was saved by fortune was when a ball was crossed and struck the upright –good fortune. But Everton have suffered the reverse side of the meal for quite a season so they have not been blessed out of their turn. When Everton started the second half they had the wind and water behind them, and they made a hot pace, just as they had in previous games. It was their hectic period and Critchley had a good deal to do with their goal gains. He it was who provided goals for Dean and White in successive minutes, scored about the hour Dean with a forced header and White with a tap-in while Pearson was ground (hurt). Then Everton revealed their best forward work. Until then they had been too delayed in their thoughts and actions. They had planned cute movements, and the little Albion half-backs cut in with their snappy snarling methods and snatched the ball. Behind them two stout-hearted backs, both good-Shaw and Finch –kept a tight rein on the over-pressing Dean, use caused the crowd to boo him for some time. Still, Dean went on with his work and his dash caused the defence to waver. In addition, the inner forwards at his side began to get the ball across where they intended it-previously they had been vexing by the shortness of their passes –and the visitors' attack was something more than a name. Two goals in two minutes seemed to satisfy Everton, who have great confidence in Cresswell and company, and with Coggins keeping a safe goal West Bromwich went out 2-1, their first defeat –an honourable defeat –and a further lesson to the visitors that this championship will not be won without strife long, and heavy. Everton have not yet caught the Second Division species; they feel they can win any time.

More Speed Needed.

West Bromwich came near showing them their folly. It is mainly in attack that the team has faltered; goals have been there if the inner forwards were sharp enough and willing to take a first time notion. But they preferred to daily and delay, which is a fatal course in due course. Griffiths, like Cresswell and Williams did his best work in the late stages of the game, for Albion crowded on a lot of attacks in the last twenty minutes, so that there was an open fear about the final result. Little more need be said except that any victory away is a performance, and this victory was a greater test than the previous visit (to Cardiff). It showed that Everton can rouse themselves. There is a slowness on the left, not only in the attacking line, that needs speeding up, and the absence of definite shooting from the forwards is noticeable in spite of White's continued success as a goalkeeper . Teams; - West Bromwich Albion; - Pearson, goal; Finch and Shaw backs; Magee, Richards, and Edwards, half-backs; Boston, Glidden, Cookson, Carter, and Wood, forwards. Everton; - Coggins, goal; William (captain) and Cresswell, backs; McPherson, Griffiths, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean, Martin, and Rigby, forwards. Referee Mr. Walden, of Derby.

 

EVERTON RESERVES 2 BIRMINGHAM RESERVES 0

September 15 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Central League (Game 3)

An outstanding feature of this encounter wherein goals from Stein and McCambridge gave Everton a deserved victory, was the sterling defensive work of the Birmingham rearguard. The winners were persistent attackers practically throughout, utilising open combination that was decidedly effective and against a team not possessing defenders of the calibre of Sabins, Bandle, Stainton and Yewkesbury. Everton would have had a heavy goal crop victory. The home attack against a formidable trio of halves were convincing –even allowing for the tendency for too much finesse –and Dunn and Johnson had a particularly good match. The former excelled with intricate footwork, and had two fierce drives at goal saved by the keeper. Johnson cleverly schemed in drawing defenders, and had one fine shot that necessitated Tewkesbury diving at full length to save. Gee,McCambridge, Robson, Bryan and the defenders were hard workers. Everton; - Sagar, goal; O'Donnell and Lowe, backs; Robson Gee (captain) and Bryan half-backs; Wilkinson, Dunn, McCambridge, Johnson and Stein, forwards.

Shell-Mex 2 Everton “A” 4

Liverpool County Combination

Everton sprang a surprise on the Shell-Mex at Whitby and deserved their win, which was achieved by better combination quicker play, and keener shooting Webster again proved a dominant leader for the visitors and scored twice in the first half with Hughes responding for the Shell-Mex. Everton maintained their superiority in the second half and Webster increased their score. Roberts reduced the lead, but Jones beat Railton, who kept a fine goal under somewhat difficult conditions.

 

BLACKPOOL RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 7

September 16 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Central League (Game 4)

In a Central League match at Blackpool last night Everton Reserves indulged in quite a riot of scoring against the home side and won by 7 goals to 2. The feature of the sensational game was the scoring of five goals by McCambridge, the Irish International at centre-forward for Everton. Blackpool, playing an experienced side, held the upper hand in the earlier stages, but when McCambridge, Wilkinson and Gee got going they frequently had the home defenders in difficulties. In the first half McCambridge scored twice, and Smalley replied for Blackpool. After the interval Everton partically overwhelmed Blackpool. McCambridge completed his hat-trick and after Dunn had added the fourth, McCambridge scored twice and Wilkinson once Lauderdale scored Blackpool's second goal.

 

McCAMBRIDGE GOES NAP

September 16 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Even in these days of high scoring it is something for a forward to score five goals from his own boot, and the performance of McCambridge, Everton's Irish forward at Blackpool suggest that the Goodison club have an excellent marksman here when the chances come along in the Central League match, which Everton won 7-2. McCambridge found his shooting boots, and the merit of his performance is not likely to be lost sight of McCambridge is an Irish International, and was secured in March last from Ballmena. Well built and very clever he promises, with the experience he is gaining in the Central League to develop into a very useful forward.

 

TO SCOTLAND FOR PLAYERS.

September 17 th 1930. Evening Express

Representatives of both Liverpool and Everton have been in Scotland over the week-end. An Everton scout attended the Greennock Morton v Cowdenbeath League match. He took particular note of the play of “Hookey” Leonard, Cowdenbeath's inside left.

Tramere's Bid

Representatives of Tranmere Rovers attended the board meeting of the Everton F.C last night. They were anxious to secure the transfer of McClure, the centre half-back, who has played in the League team. Everton, however, were not inclined to part with this player.

Transfer of O'Donnell

Early Development Expected.

Early development are expected following the placing on the transfer list of Jack O'Donnell, Everton's left full back, the Evening Express understands. O'Donnell was placed on the transfer list at his own request. It is understood that inquires have already been made for his services by the Cardiff City club. He joined Everton from Darlington in February 1925, but was reported to have had a difference with the management before the start of the season, and did not appear in the practice matches. He was a member of the team, which won the championship in 1927-28, and last season missed only one game. At the end of last season he was granted a benefit. He has played in all central League matches this season, and his form has been good. A native of Gateshead, standing 5ft 8 and half inches and weighing 12st. 6lbs, he attracted Everton while playing at inside left for Darlington in a cup-tie against Liverpool at Anfield.

Forward to back.

He appeared at inside left in many matches for the Blues, but it was a happy thought which made the directors try him at left back, for he proved an instant success and since then has only missed three or four matches. He is a dashing defender and keen tackler.

Sports Pie

Fred Geary the former Everton player, has reached the second round in both the Talbot and Waterloo bowling handicaps.

 

EVERTON 1 CARDIFF CITY 1 (Game 6)-(Lge Game 3058 over-all)-(Div 1 3052)

September 18 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

A Surprise Check

Everton Held by Cardiff City

Youthful Team By Leaders To Draw

By “Stork.”

Cardiff City the wooden-spoonist of the Second Division, appeared easy victims for the leaders, Everton, for they are acknowledge one of the weakest sides in the country, and after Everton's victory at Ninian Park, in the early days of the season, most people had booked two points for Everton. The Goodison Park side, however, had to be content with a point, and Cardiff City were, no doubt, pleased that their youthful experienced team gained a half share. Not for a long time have I seen such a poor display of football. Everton should have had at least two goals in the first ten minutes, when the Cardiff youths were hurrying and scurrying after the Everton men in their effort to get possession of the ball. It seemed that the City were in for a severe drubbing, but as time wore on, and the City came to the realisation that Everton were not invincible side their position denoted, Cardiff City took heart and put up a solid front to the League leaders.

Passes Go Astray

The conditions were not of the best for football, for the turf carried a top wet which made it difficult to turn so that many well-known passes went astray, but Everton's team taken man for man, was of such superior calibre that one naturally expected them to overcome the difficulties more easily. Everton's failure to win was due to the ineffectiveness of the inside forwards. This has been their troubles ever since the opening of the season, and one began to wonder how White had qualified for the position of top goal scorer of the team, for in this game he missed great chances.

Dean's Injury

Dean offered innumerable passes to him, but White wasted the opportunities. When Dean hurt his leg and went outside-right. Everton's prospect of scoring went to its lowest abb. He had been the one bright spot in the forward line. His passes were choice. No man could have wished for better, but Critchley alone of his colleagues took them up, and once cracked a rare shot up against the Cardiff goalpost. The City's efforts in front of goal were frail, yet they might have had a goal when Williams, their centre-forward headed on to the upright. It was a narrow escape. The second half was a chapter of accidents. In some cases players were hurt through their own folly, and once when White charged Farquharson, he suffered for his daring. Then Cardiff had their two full-backs off the field at the same time but even with this advantage Everton could not score, and it was left to the lame Dean, who was off the field for more than ten minutes, to bring it goal, Critchley work led up to it, and when Dean took the ball he steadied himself and scored with a hard drive. In doing so he again hurt his foot, and hobbled back to the centre line. It had take Everton just an hour to score, whereas they should have held a commanding lead, and they had to fight tooth and nail instead of being in a comfortable position against a striving lot of young players, who went the straightest course for goal and had a shot whenever an opening presented itself, and they only got their deserts when Williams scored after good work by Bird and Emerson.

A Great Struggle

It might have been Everton who had scored, judging by the roar which greeted the goal. It then became a tremendous struggle, Everton trying to retrieve their fortune, and Cardiff well content with a point away from home putting in all they knew to hold what they had. They had to do great battle to do so, for Everton had seen the errors of their ways and pressed the Cardiff defence. How Farquharson's charge did not fall again in the last ten minutes was amazing. The goalkeeper had a hectic time, and once saved by the crossbar. The pressure Everton brought to bear was enough to crack up any defence, let alone one that was minus a back, but the Welshmen held out until the bitter end, and well deserved their point if only because of their plucky fight against odds. I have already referred to White's misses, but he was no more to blame than Martin who had a good chance towards the end. He had the ball at his toe four yards out of goal, but seemed thunderstruck as to what to do with the ball waiting to be placed into the net, and while he was making up his mind a defender rushed in and took the ball off his toe. Critchley was the best Everton forward, for Dean could not do himself justice, and Thomson and Griffiths the best half-backs Cresswell and Williams were safe, especially the former, who is at the top of his form. If Everton are to retain their position at the head of the table the inside forwards must not allow gilt-edged opportunities to slip by them, as was the case last night.

Cardiff City Players.

Cardiff City were figurers Farquharson was agrand goalkeeper, and Smith and Roberts did well until the latter retired. Wake and Blackburn were workers, and John found time to shoot. Of the forwards Williams showed a good idea of the requirements of a centre forward, and Emerson struck me as likely to progress at outside right. Bird was variable, and Helsby brought spirit into the workings, but the best way to size up the uncommon Cardiff team is to say they were workers all. Teams ; - Everton; - Coggins, goal; Williams (captain) and Cresswell, backs; McPherson, Griffiths, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean, Martin, and Rigby, forwards. Cardiff City; - Farquharson, goal; Smith and Roberts, backs; Wake, John and Blackburn, half-backs; Emerson, Helsby, Williams, Robbins and Bird, forwards. Referee Mr. Perks, West Bromwich.

 

DEAN OUT FOR PORT VALE

September 18 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton dropped their first point of the season yesterday, when Cardiff City created a surprise by drawing at Goodison Park. Dean was injured in the first half of yesterday's match and will be unable to play against port Vale at Goodison Park on Saturday. This is the first time the Everton team has been altered this season. In Dean's absence White has been selected to lead the attack, his place at inside-right being filled by Martin the latter's position at inside left being taken by Johnson. The International thus makes his first appearance of the season in the League side. Team is; - Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; McPherson, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Martin, White, Johnson, Rigby.

 

PORT VALE VISIT EVERTON

September 20 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Grounds are likely to be a trifle holding, but I always believe that scientific play is more fully brought out under such conditions. The chief attraction today is the visit of Port Vale to Goodison Park. Everton's Second Division career means new visitors and the team, which gained promotion last term will try their skill against their more famous opponents. Everton sustained their first check in the promotion race during the week and they must, if at all possible, making up for that false step today. The loss of Dean will be severely felt, for the centre-forward appeared to be regaining some of his old form. In his absence, though the injury sustained in the Cardiff match. White will take up the centre-forward berth and Johnson comes in at inside left, this being the first alteration in the side this season. The Potteries team will make a good fight but Everton should prove successful. They cannot afford to drop home points. The kick-off is at 3-15, and the teams are; - Everton; - Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; McPherson, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Martin, White, Johnson, Rigby. Port Vale; - Davies; Shonton, Oakes; Sherlock, Round, Jones; Griffiths, Pynegar, Jennings, Anstiss, Baxter.

 

EVERTON 2 PORT VALE 3 (Game 7)-(Lge Game 3060 over-all)-(Div 1 3052)

September 22 nd 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

The Pluck of Port Vale

Recovery Which Won Two Points

Everton's Weak Finishing

Everton's first fall this term was a blow at a point which confidence in the side pointed to anything rather than a home defeat. That Port Vale should win by 3 goals to 2 after being two down in the second half only added bitterness to an expense throwing away of points. Unlike so many of the comparatively minor sides that have upset Everon Port Vale did not shock the opposition out of playing their usual game. They merely scored three fine goals when three chances offered. Everton had move of the game had scoring chances in plenty, and never looked like yielding to a supposedly weak eleven. In that comparison Everton are shown to have lost their way by their own mistakes. It was galling to see the hard work, which preceded an opening being so uselessly ended by finishing which suggested that the forward line could score at a word of command. Given the persistence and patience, which carried the day for the winners who can say to what extent Everton would have triumphed? Certainly they would have placed themselves, in forty-five minutes beyond reach of any recovery Port Vale were capable of putting up. In fact White's shot which hooked round a full back and earned a goal was the only real result of long periods of attacking in which Port Vale were made to look almost hopelessly outclassed, and at least not worthy of a win.

Skidding Surface.

With a heavy fall of rain, the ground became a skating ring. The fact that the surface gave the ball a skidding motion had no bearing on the change about, as Rigby squeezed the ball past Davies soon after the restart. How valuable a goal is to Port Vale's type of persevering eleven was proved when Baxter's goal transformed them from dreary strugglers on to triumphant teachers of the method of correct attacking. Pynegar and Anstiss each scored a great goal, and although Everton were sometimes near equalising they failed.

Ovation For Goalkeeper.

Davies, the Port vale keeper, was rightly given an ovation at the close. His display deserved something of this manner, and it was good to see a crowd, which must have been disappointed act so generous. The goalkeeper made at least three magnificent saves. Critchley had two shots to everyone's one, but his centring of the ball was not always in accord with the excellent way be beat his man. The only fault one could lay on the shoulders of the attacks was the most important one any five men can be guilty of. Otherwise their work was good. As showing Everton's pointed superiority for the biggest part of the match, as is only necessary to say that Coggins was tamely troubled at any time, but he was beaten three times on shots he could not be expected to touch. Not a little of the winners' success was due to Oakes, who played for Port Vale since Perk was there. In the main however, it was pluck and doggedness, which made a win possible, and in this respect Port Vale, as a team, showed a superabundance of both assets. Teams ; - Everton; - Coggins, goal; Williams (captain) and Cresswell, backs; McPherson, Griffiths, and Thomson half-backs; Critchley, Martin, White, Johnson and Rigby, forwards. Port Vale; - Davies goal; Shenton and Oakes, backs; Sherlock, Round and Jones half-backs; Griffiths, Pynegar, Jenkins, Anstiss and Baxter, forwards. Referee Mr. J.C. Smith.

 

STOCKPORT COUNTY RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVRS 2

September 22 nd 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Central League (Game 5)

Stockport penalty miss

At Stockport on greasy turf, both sides missed chances. Stockport did most attacking, but the Everton backs were sound. McCambridge scored for Everton after twenty-five minutes, and Keating equalised seven minutes later, but Dunn gave the visitors the lead again. In the second half Keating failed with a penalty kick. Rathbone played a good game for Everton.

Southport High Park 4 Everton “A” 4

Liverpool County Combination.

Everton took the lead through Simpson owing to a slip by the home goalkeeper. Afterwards Hanson increased their lead, but towards half-time Park improved, and Vicars and Rimmer (Penalty) put their side level. In the second half Liggin and Towers scored for the visitors while Parker netted twice for High Park.

 

EVERTON CHANGES

September 24 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

It was only to be expected after Everton's defeat at home by Port Vale that changes should be made in the side to meet Bradford City at Bradford, next Saturday. The directors at their meeting last night made two changes in the forward line, Martin and White who were at inside right and centre forward respectively last Saturday give way to Dunn and McCambridge. The latter scored five goals in a central league match at Blackpool on Monday week, and his league debut will be watched with interest. Dean is still on the injured list. The rest of the side is unchanged. It is of interest to note that, with the inclusion of Dunn and McCambridge there are seven internationals in the Everton side namely Williams and Griffiths (Wales), Cresswell, Johnson and Rigby (England) Dunn (Scotland) and McCambridge Ireland),

Meanwhile Britton the clever left back secured from Bristol Rovers who received a broken collar bone in the trail match, makes his first appearance on Saturday, for the Reserves, who meet Sheffield United reserves in the central league match at Goodison Park, kick off 3.15

 

WILL EVERTON CHANGES PAY?

September 27 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton have already had a reminder that it is not plain sailing in the Second Division; indeed the directors and other connected with the club realise full well what a great task it is to get back to the upper house. They do not hold lightly the task at Bradford this afternoon, for the City side is a trustful one and Everton must improve if they are to prevail. It is hoped that the inclusion of McCambridge and Dunn will strengthen the forward line, which lacked finish last week, and in the absence of Dean, McCambridge is expected to prove a good leader. The Irish man has already shown his ability to get goals and if he is supported today he ought to lead the line well. Dunn, at his best is a clever schemer, it is hoped that the changes will prove the means of Everton striking the winning vein again. It will be a case of old rivals meeting, for Bradford City and Everton have in happier days classics first Division warfare. The teams are; - Everton; - Coggin; Williams Cresswell; McPherson, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, McCambridge, Johnson, Rigby. Bradford City; - Gill; Bicknell, Watson, Barkas, Summers; Bauld, Woodhouse, Moore, Hall, Cairns, Scriven.

 

BRADFORD CITY 0 EVERTON 3 (Game 8)-(Lge Game 3060 over-all)-(Div 1 3052)

September 19 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Class Will Till

Why Everton Won at Bradford

Critchley's Speed and Skill

By “Bee.”

Everton have resumed their winning ways away from home. They won at Bradford City's ground by 3-0, and though the margin may give a wrong impression, there can be no denying the difference between the type of game and the class of football served up by both sides. Everton were distinctly classier than their rivals, who depended to a great degree upon rush and shock tactics yet beat themselves in the matter of goal-getting by the rash manner in which they used, of misused, the ball in the neighborhood of goals.

Critchley in the Wars.

Bradford City went a long way towards beating themselves when they started to “rough it” –there is no other term for the offences –with Critchley, who began to dance in and out his rival half-back and suffered three trips that lamed him. He went off the field the third time of the offensive but came back and then kept pretty clear of the dangerous force. He hugged the wing, and with Dunn and McPherson sending the ball far up the field, Critchley was able to run his undoubted speed and discretion.

Only once did Critchley centre the ball wastefully, and he came to his deserts when he got a perfect goal near the end to settle the issue that had stood at 2-0 for Everton for a long period, albeit Bradford had done so much pressing that it was really remarkable they had nothing to show for their labours. They could blame themselves for missing the easy chances and they could also join me in paying tribute to the wonderful Coggins in goal and Cresswell and his captain.

Experience Counts.

Williams has never defended more stoutly and Griffiths has never kept so near his backs as in this game, yet to my mind it was Cresswell who gain's the big honours of the day. After their lapses against Cardiff and Port Vale, Everton decided to introduce new blood to their anemic attack. Dunne's experience counted for a lot, and he did much earnest work in the matter of foraging. McCambridge, at centre forward was taking the Dean-White place –this was the Irishman's debut –and it can be said that McCambridge did well considering his few opportunities. It was he who made Rigby's goal –the second of the day –by a wise move towards the right flank and a good hook towards the centre, Rigby's task was an easy one. Before this Griffiths had scored another of his invaluable goals –a long drive that was a goal from the moment he took the ball as it came eighteen yards out. Griffiths make and breaks goals with his reach and head, and his shot is more powerful than most of the Everton shooting stars. Actually the game at valley Parade was not nearly so one-sided as the score suggests.

When Bradford Were On Top.

There were long spells when Bradford were on top of their rivals, Bradford were noticeable clever on the left wing where Scriven was quite a thorn in the side that has still definite marching to regard to its first line –Johnson had not a good match and McCambridge was without a chance this showing that the line did not act as a line, but merely was ever dribbling unit. Stein was not impressive, yet like the remainder of the line was always willing to work and act. The trouble with the attack was not a new one –they always wanted to work a ball by one more dribble or pass, what time the Second Division defences cut in and intervenes with relenticeness as is their want.

Danger Ahead

That is where one begins to fear that this latest victory may lead Everton into a wrong channel of confidence, a belief and thought about their merits. To win away from home 3-0 should be sufficient for anyone, yet I would again counsel the warming that while the defence is still doing its great work; there is need for something more practical and resolute than Everton have served up. The ground was in favour of good football, and only a gushy wind troubled the players. The crowd of about 18,000 enjoyed the fare, and were not slow to show appreciation of the work of the defensive giants. Everton had occasional rounds of pressing that were quite a joy to see, and the ground passing of Dunn and McPherson was a thing of special beauty. Bradford found Hall, their centre, in very good form, but Cairns and Summers must have tired under the pace set by both sides. Bradford were unbalanced, and very uncertain in front of goal –otherwise they must have shaken Everton's goal lead very perceptibly.

Rushing Sides

These rushing rousing Second Division sides often look to be more dangerous in front of goal than is actually the case –it would seem so from our experience of Second Division sides. It is not a new feature that Everton win at their visits and fall at home –this has been the case of over two seasons, and the latest victory merely confirms it. With Charlton who play as Everton style of game, as visitors to Goodison Park next Saturday, Everton may regain their homely feeling. Teams; - Everton; - Coggins, goal; Williams (captain) and Cresswell, half-backs; McPherson, Griffiths and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, McCambridge, Johnson, and Rigby, forwards. Bradford City; - Gill, goal; Bicknell and Watson, backs; Berkas, Summers, and Gauld half-backs; Woodhouse, Moore Hall, Cairn (captain) and Scrivan, forwards.

 

EVERTON RESERVES 4 SHEFFIELD UNITED RESERVES 0

September 29 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Central League (Game 5)

At Goodison Park. The home combine perfectly, moving ahead by short accurate passing that at times completely nonplussed the United halves, and but for the sound defensive work of Birks, Bennett and Smith, the winners score must easily have been doubled. White got three of the goals, but the centre was much indebted to Martin and Webster who scheme and worked so industriously and cleverly, while Stein, who scored the other goal, and Wilkinson provides the speed and thrust on the wings. The back halves collaborated with the forwards with fine understudy. Sheffield were not a poor team, but their attack lacked the cohesion that characterized Everton's work. Johnson in the centre was always dangerous, but other them once really good effort, Sagar was not seriously troubled. It was Everton's best exhibition for some time and a worthy victory.

Everton “A” 5 Blunderlsands 2

Liverpool County Combination

At Stopgate-Lane. Aided by the wind, the visitors were aggressive Anderson scoring in the first minute. Hanson subsequently equalised. Roberts put the visitors ahead, but a couple of goals by Cunliffe gave Everton the interval lead. In the second half the home team were superior, the visitors being kept in their own half for the major portion. Further goals to Everton were obtained by Liggins, and Cuningham. Blundellsand only had ten men throughout.

September 1930