BIRMINGHAM TEAMS CHANGES.
September 1 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Against Birmingham at St. Andrews' tomorrow Everton will have the side that has done duty on the two opening games. Birmingham have made changes from the side that lost to Manchester City, Haywood leading the attack in place of Bradford, who partners Curtis in the left wing. The teams well be; Sagar, Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Birmingham City; Hibbs; Becton, Barkas; Stoker, Morrall, Calladine; McGirk, Grosverour, Haywood, Bradford Curtis.
CELTIC VISIT TO GOODISON POSTPONED.
September 1 st 1933. Evening Express.
Scottish Club Hit By Injuries.
By the Pilot.
The match between Everton and Glasgow Celtic, which was to have taken place at Goodison Park on Wednesday next, has been postponed. Mr. T.H. McIntosh secretary of Everton, told me today that he had received a message from Mr. W. Maley, of Celtic, asking for a postponement, owing to the fact that the Celtic have so many players injured that they would have difficulty in placing a representative eleven into the field. A new date has not yet been fixed, and nothing has been done regarding the visit of Everton to Celtic, which is scheduled for Monday September 11. Everton, with an unbeaten record, visit Birmingham tomorrow and will have unchanged team. In this game, Everton have another opportunity of improving on their last season's record, for they lost 4-0 on their last visit to St. Andrews. Birmingham have drawn at Highbury and lost at home so there are strong hopes for Everton. Up to now the F.A. cup winners have revealed splendid form, and if they play as well as they did against Albion and at Derby, then they will bot be defeated. Birmingham have a good defence and a fine general in the attack in Joe Bradford. They usually do well against Everton. Dixie Dean will be all to secure his 300 th Football League goal. He requires one to complete the third century. He has scored both of Everton's goals this season, and may continue in his one goal per match habit. Birmingham introduce Haywood at centre-forward and move Bradford to inside left vice Smith. Haywood scored three goals against Everton in the corresponding match last season. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Birmingham; Hibbs; Booton, Barkas; Stoker, Morrall, Calladine; McGurk, Grosveor, Haywood, Bradford, Curtis.
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EVERTON AT BIRMINGHAM.
September 2 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton have a stiff engagement with Birmingham, at St. Andrews, where they were beaten last season. Birmingham began with a draw against Arsenal, at Highbury, but were beaten at home by Manchester City on Wednesday. Everton have secured three points from their opening games, and on their form at derby in mid0week they may be expected to hold their own against Birmingham. I think they will be good enough to get a point at least. The teams are: - Birmingham City; Hibbs; Booton, Barkas; Stoker, Morrall, Calladine; McGurk, Grosveor, Haywood, Bradford, Curtis. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Everton have scored two goals so far both by Dean, should he score today he will have obtained 300 goals in 311 League matches, including 27 in 29 games for Tranmere Rovers.
EVERTON DRAW BUT DESERVED WIN.
September 2 1933. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Birmingham's Late Equaliser.
By the Pilot.
Everton were at St. Andrews today with the full Cup team, but Birmingham had Haywood at centre-forward and Bradford at inside right. Everton changed to their white jersey sides with the blue facings. There were more than £20,000 spectators at the outset. Teams:- Birmingham: Hibb goal; Booton, Barkas, backs; Stoker, and Morrall, and , Calladine, half-backs McGurk, Grosvenor, Haywood, Bradford, and Curtis. Everton: - Sagar, goal, Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. A. H. Adams (Nottingham).
Within 40 seconds of the start Dean had scored for Everton, and taken his 300 th Football league goal of his career. Johnson held the ball and drew two men before slipping the ball back to Dunn. A cute transfer to Geldard saw the winger push the ball past Barkas and race ahead to the goal-line. Geldard's centre beat Hibbs, and Dean ran in to place into the net at ease. It was a brilliant start, but the Birmingham boys fought back well, Sagar holding a swift low shot from Bradshaw, and after Britton had kicked away Sagar fisted clear a centre.
Dean just failed to connect with Britton's lob centre, then White was penalised just outside the area. Curtis took the kick and Haywood tried to back-heel it into the net, but only the intention was good. Dean and Stein were proving "livewires" and now Dean tried to burst through on his own, Hibbs coming out to gather. Cook was doing brilliantly in defence, and it was necessary, for the home attack was a real live force. Thomson adopted the Britton move of quick centre, and Dunn headed into Hibbs hands. Cook came to the rescue of Cresswell when McGurk was revealing fine pace, and from Curtis's centre Haywood and McGurk charged into Sagar and Cresswell, the ball finally bounding outside. Sager saved from McGurk, and then leapt outwards and upwards to pick down from Curtis. Sagar was playing wonderfully well, Dean tipped a pass out for Geldard to run and win a thrilling race with Hibbs. He hooked the ball over only for Morrall to turn it away. Dunn swept it back and Dean just missed the post with a fine header. Everton's methods were more subtle than those of Birmingham, and some of the passing movements were a delight. Everton were wearing down the opposition by dint of class football passing being more precise, and brains helping to save legs. It was good stuff.
In 37 minutes Everton went further ahead, and again it was Dean who did the trick, Johnson began the movement, drawing Booton, and getting Stein away on live ground. Dean almost forced home the centre with Hibbs dashing out to save. The ball ran back to Dunn, who promptly shot along the floor. Hibbs got to the ball, but it ran away from him, and Dean coolly placed it into the net. Birmingham responded with a goal three minutes later through Haywood. McGurk did the groundwork. He slipped in a square pass to Haywood to take the ball on the turn and shoot past Cresswell and Sagar to the corner, Sagar seemed to be a little unsighted. It seemed as if the equaliser had arrived when Haywood ran around Cresswell, drew Sagar then passed over to McGurk. McGurk had the goal to shot at, but Cresswell ran back and sprang from nowhere to head clear. It was a remarkable escape.
Half-time Birmingham 1 Everton 2.
On resuming Geldard contributed a curling centre, which Hibbs knocked away. When Geldard ran round Barkas and centred the ball fell a foot in front of goal. Hibbs fisted away when challenged by Dean. Sagar had to run out and pick up, and Cook interved following Birmingham's first combined move of the day so far. Curtis got away yards offside, and one lusty-voiced spectators did not forget to let the world know. Curtis was allowed to go on, and twice Sagar was called on to fist clear. Hibbs had to jump up to save a centre from Stein, with Dean eager for his hat-trick. Geldard came across the field and fed Stein, who looked a scorer, until Stoker sat on the ball. Stoker, by the way, was the star of the Birmingham side. Hibbs saved from Dunn and also dealt with several dangerous centres. Curtis miskicked with an even money chance, and there was a big thrill in the Everton goalmouth, following Curtis corner. A mistake by Cook enabled Birmingham to draw level 15 minutes, from the end. Cook had time to spare, but waited for the bouncing the ball and Curtis dashed round him and middled gloriously for Grosvenor to head into the net. Birmingham were lucky to get on terms. McGurk was injured and had to go off three minutes from the end. Everton were the cleverer football side, with White the big man of the game, Final Birmingham 2 Everton 2.
EVERTON RES V. BIRMINGHAM RES.
September 2 1933. Evening Express, Football Edition.
The first half play at this game at Goodison Park, was full of incidents and showed Everton in a very favourable light. Birmingham included Len Evans, the Welsh international goalkeeper, in their side, and it was largely due to his ability that Everton did not score on several occasions. Everton took the lead after 10 minutes, Balmer cleverly heading through from a centre by Turner. Cunliffe was doing fine work in the Everton attack and Evans on one occasion, was fortunate to save from him. McGourty also tested the goalkeeper with a fine effort. Birmingham were always dangerous when in possession, and Harris, after 30 minutes equalised. Prior to this Guest, the Midlander left winger, had netted, and the referee had at first allowed the goal, but changed his discussion after consultation with the linesman. Coggins made some good saves, notably from Harris, Smith and Fellingham, but just on the interval was beaten a second time, Guest being the scorer. Half-time Everton Res 1, Birmingham Res 2.
BIRMINGHAM CITY 2 EVERTON 2
September 4 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton Picking Up Points.
Draw at Birmingham
Dean's 300 th Goal.
Everton satisfied at Birmingham's ground, because Birmingham were smarting from a home defeat and were very anxious to make good before their spectators. The cup winners helped to make a gate of 35,000, and still the game was worth watching because it had so many fine spells of class football from the visitors and a battling finish by Birmingham, who pulled the game out of the fire after they had seemed to play themselves out and after they had seemed to be played out by excellence and cohesion of the whole Everton side. As at Derby, however, Everton's joy was not carried through to the finish, and again a draw was the verdict. However, that was a satisfying result to both sides, and Everton must blame themselves for not pushings their weaving to a logical conclusion. The day was hot the turf was dry, and the ball needed a lot of controlling. There were surprises and sensations early on. In two minutes Geldard rounded his opponents by an old-fashioned trick that is not often attempted nowadays chiefly because it is "worn out" and defences know how to cope with it.
Dean's Scoring Record.
Geldard slipped round the back after pushing the ball forward and the Everton captain took the ball in his stride, close in, making his 300 th goal in League football –a point upon which he was heartily, congratulated. When Dean got a second goal there was consternation in the home team's camp. He got his chance through a poked shot from Dunn touching the shoulder of the advancing Hibbs. Birmingham claimed it was offside, but the referee would not listen to their appeal; indeed it was a half-hearted appeal. Birmingham would never have got all square in this game if Everton had been able to clinch their out-field measures; in front of goal there was still a vital link missing –shooting from any one of the five forwards. So Birmingham struggled on and it was the goal they got before half-time that gave them the needed encouragement, and confidence. Haywood scored it and from then onward he became a dominating young man with Hamptonian ideals. He crashed his way through and late on in a number of rallies Grosvenor headed the ball through.
An Admirable Result.
In view of the fact that Cresswell had planted on the goalline on one occasion and headed away in delightful manner while his goalkeeper looked on in amazement the draw of 2-2 was an admirable result. Birmingham certainly did much better in the last 20 minutes but neither Bradford nor Grosvenor seemed suited by the conditions; or was it that White collared then? Perhaps a little of each portion was the cause. Curtis was uncertain in shot or winning work, and McGurk was quite the best man on the Birmingham side, swift to scoop up ground and take a shooting chance. Dangerous is the best term for this stiff little right winger. At Half-back Morrall, and company trapped Dean into offside decisions and Stoker played well, with Booton good and Barkas improving as the game went on, while Hibbs was not so sure as we expect him to be. On the visitors' side Geldard showed improvement in length of centre, which made him dangerous. Dunn and Johnson worked hard and skillfully through the thick of the fray; indeed every Everton man pulled his weight, and much of their football measures bore a hallmark of excellence, but it bore no faulty. It was interesting football, quick changing, and a contrast in styles, thanks to Birmingham's last moments is rally; a game easy to handle yet providing some strange difficulties for Referee Adams of Nottingham.
Game Worth Seeing.
However, there was no quibble about decisions and no animously therefore Everton by their skill and Birmingham by their doggedness made this a game worth seeing, even if it did not touch the heights of the game at Derby two days earlier. All the players are yearning for softer turf, and less sunshines than on Saturday. It is a grueling task to go through the heat at break-neck pace. Dean has thus far scored all Everton's goals, and each match shows points gained compared with the matches of last season –a happy augury although "not to be used in evidence." Teams: - Birmingham: Hibb goal; Booton, Barkas, backs; Stoker, and Morrall, and, Calladine, half-backs McGurk, Grosvenor, Haywood, Bradford, and Curtis. Everton: - Sagar, goal, Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. A. H. Adams (Nottingham).
• Archie. McPherson, who joined New Brighton from Everton, Miss one of two penalties missed by New Brighton against Barrow, on Saturday sending his kick wide, for the record, Pegg of New Brighton also sending wide. The game resulting in a two-all-draw.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 BIRMINGHAM RESERVES 2
September 4 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 3)
Everton's initial victory for the season –at Goodison Park, was deserved although Birmingham proved by their sharp penetrative thrusts that when they moved goalwards they were a dangerous force. Everton did most of the attacking, but Len Evans (the amateur Welsh International goalkeepr) thwarted the final efforts of Critchley, Cunliffe, McGourty, Turner and Balmer. The midlanders' attack did not combine as effectively as Everton's yet they created plenty of danger through Guest. J. Balmer led the Everton attack brilliantly, and his two goals, the result of perfectly judged headers, evoked great appreciation. The other goals were scored by Turner, whilst Birmingham scorers were Harris and Guest.
Whiston 1 Everton "A" 3
Liverpool County Combination.
Playing at home, Whiston were defeated by a better balanced side. The Blues were a goal down –scored by Ingham –at the interval. Scoring through Stevens and Webster early after the restart, Everton controlled matters by their half-backs superiority, and the home defenders were hard pressed Stevens scored Everton's third goal. Whiston were well served by Crompton, Brady, and Ingham. Jackson, Stevens, and Leyfield did well for Everton.
EVERTON ON THE HIGH ROAD TO HONOURS.
September 4 1933. Evening Express.
All They Need is A Little More "Punch"
By the Pilot.
Everton will be well to the fore in the race for honours this season. That much is indicated by the results so far. True, they have dropped two points –one at Derby and the second at Birmingham on Saturday, where four goals were shared –but the results have brought smiles at Goodison Park. Here is a summary of Everton's early progress. They have not yet been in arrear in any game. They are unbeaten. They have picked up four points as compared with last season's results against the same matches. They have provided a standard of football, which has called for universal praise. And Dixie Dean has completed his 300 goals in League football. That is a good record and when one remembers that, up to now, the members of the first team have escaped injury, the future may be tackle with utmost confidence. Do not imagine for one moment that I consider Everton the perfect team. They are not. The one fault to find is in regard to shooting. They are not crowning their superlative approach football with sufficient snap. This was proved at St. Andrew's where had the forwards taken the opportunities for quick shooting, more goals might have accrued.
I appreciate that the players of both teams found it difficult to get down a lively ball to shooting position on a bone-hard ground. This certainly had a great deal to with the paucity of shots. Then from Everton's point of view, they adopted the game thoughtful methods in finishing in finishing as they did in their approach. It is hard to change from a smooth-working subtle style of precise collaboration to a forceful, virile attack in a trice. That is their difficulty. However, if the Cup winners will continue along their path of pure football and just infuse a little extra punch when the penalty area is reached they will climb to a high position in the League. At times Birmingham were bewildered by Everton's perfect construction. The Goodison men seemed capable of divining each and every intention of a colleague, and the football at times was of an exhibition character. Everton deserved to win, for they were the superior team, Birmingham's chief asset being their enthusiasm and never-say-die spirit. It was joyous football, with Everton's half-backs brilliant. White was the best man on the field. The backs –Cook and Cresswell –were sound, though Cook made one error which brought the equalising goal. Sagar, Dean, Johnson, and Dunn were other successive, Geldard, by the way, revealed tremendous improvement –an encouraging feature. Stein found Stoker a player of the "leech" type. He could not move for the international. Dean scored both the Everton goals, and Haywood and Grosvenor replied for Birmingham, who were two goals down.
Lancashire Evening Post -Wednesday 06 September 1933
New Full Back for Game Against Lancaster
Morecambe F.C., have engaged Richard Parker, a left full-back, who has had previous experience with Everton and Chester. He is 23 years of age, 5ft 8 and half inchs, in height, and weighs 12st. He will be included in the team to meet lancaster Town at Christie Park on Saturday.
September 6 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
The Everton team to meet Sheffield Wednesday at Goodison Park, on Saturday, kick-off 3.15 is Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The Reserves eleven to meet Blackpool Reserves, in a central League game at Blackpool tonight will be Coggins; Common, Bocking; Clark, Gee, Archer; Critchley, Cunliffe, J. Balmer, McGourty, Turner.
September 6 1933. Evening Express.
Everton Team for the Wednesday's Visit.
No change. This is the team news from Goodison Park concerning Everton's home match with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. With no injuries to worry the officials, the directors have selected the F.A. Cup-winning team, which has played unchanged this season. The eleven is undefeated, and this will be their second appearance at Walton this campaign. Everton; - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
Everton Celtic Games Off.
The fixture between Everton and Glasgow Celtic which was due to take place at Glasgow on Monday next has been abandoned. Mr. T.H. McIntosh, secretary of Everton F.C, stated today that the friendly matches between the clubs would not take place this season owing to there being no suitable dates for re-arrangement.
BLACKPOOL RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 1
September 7 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 4)
Everton Reserves and Blackpool Reserves shared the honours after a well-contested game at Blackpool last evening, but Everton were rather fortunate in being able to take away a point. There was not much incident in the opening half, neither side being able to get a grip on the play. After the interval however, Blackpool livened the play up with a goal scored by Robinson. The equaliser, however, came from a good shot by Gee, which was diverted into the home net by Cardiff, a Blackpool, defender. Everton's forward's played smartly without finishing well, their shooting being well off the mark. Everton Reserves: - Coggins, goal; Common and Bocking backs; Clark, Gee and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, Balmer, Not-Known, and Turner, forwards.
Bethesda Victoria 1 Everton "A" 12
Bethesda started sturdily in their friendly game with Everton "A" for the first 25 minutes, at Bethesda last night, but when the visitors scored their first goal at the end of this period the home team fell to pieces, and Everton scored goals at regular intervals with comparative ease. McGourty (3), Stevens (3), A. Williams (2), Ellison (2), W. Wiliams, and Pritchard scored for Everton while for Bethesda Lloyd Jones scored.
A Wednesday Record.
By John Peel.
The visit of Sheffield Wednesday to Goodison Park to meet Everton on Saturday will provide Merseyside enthusiasts with an opportunity of seeing one of the most consistent sides in the Football league. During the past five seasons the Wednesday have set up a remarkable record. For the most part of the 1927-28 season they were in danger of relegation but they staged a revival during which they gained seventeen points from ten matches. Since that period –March 17 until the start of the present season –the Wednesday have played 220 League games and gained 286 points by means of 123 victories and forty drawn games while they have scored 507 goals and conceded 341. Their record for the period under review and the position held in the League is appended:-
1927-28 (17) 10 7 0 3 2 5 11 17
1928-29 ( 1) 42 21 11 10 86 62 52
1929-30 ( 1) 42 26 8 8 104 57 60
1930-31 ( 3) 42 26 12 4 116 64 56
1931-32 ( 3) 42 22 14 6 96 82 50
1932-33 ( 3) 42 21 12 9 80 68 51
WEDNESDAY NOT READY FOR SATURDAY
September 8 1933. Evening Express.
Injuries Delay Team Selection For Goodison.
By the Pilot.
Sheffield Wednesday who will oppose Everton at Goodison Park tomorrow may not be able to decide on their eleven until an hour before the match. One or two of their players are suffering from injuries. I am able to state, however, that it is almost certain that the prince of backs, Blenkinsopp, and the former Tranmere Rovers outside left, Ellis Rimmer, will be on view and they in themselves contribute an attraction. This will be Everton's second home appearance of the season, and they will be out to preserve their unbeaten record. Another thing, the Goodison Park folk have not yet seen a goal scored against the Blues, so the defence will try to keep that sheet clean. What are the chances of the Wednesday of upsetting Everton's plan? They appeared the season in a high note, going to Manchester City and winning by three goals to two. The Wednesday, however, have lost their last three matches, two of which have been played at Hillsborough. The Wednesday must not be understated. Their opening matches have been the hardest of any club in the Football league. Look at the games – Manchester City F.A. Cup Finalists, Arsenal League Champions, Aston Villa League runners up, and Everton F.A. Cup winners. The Sheffield men can play hard, fast, accurate fooball, and they have dangermen in Ball, formerly of Manchester United, the tricky Hopper; Rimmer, who delights in the cut in to goal, and Burgess the subtle schemer. Leach, one of England's greatest centre-halves, Blenkinsopp and Breedon, The Wednesday can settle down to their game, they might spring a surprise. Everton, however, are playing glorious football. They have sufficient confidence in their own ability to hold a ball long enough to draw their man and create an opening. They must, however, shoot with more accuracy and with greater frequently. That is the only flaw. If the Blues can crown their precise approach work with good finishing then I think the Wednesday will go home pointless like in the last two seasons. Everton;- Sagar, Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, John son, Stein.
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September 9 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton have another attractive match at Goodison Park, Sheffield Wednesday being the visitors. The Blades so far have not found, their feet, but as a rule, they revive when Everton provide the opposition, and I look for a very keen match today. Unlike Everton ho are one of the three side still unbeaten in this division, the Sheffield club has lost of its four games, and the players are determined to improve their position. Everton will be without Sagar, who is suffering from a bad cold, and Coggins will keep goal. Otherwise the team is unchanged, and I expect Everton to win. Sheffield Wednesday will not decide on their team until just before the match. The kick off is at 3.15. Everton: - Coggins; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, John son, Stein.
EVERTON BEATEN AT HOME.
September 9 1933. Evening Express, Football Edition
Strain Fight With Ten Men; Coggins Injured.
By the Pilot.
Sheffield Wednesday, following three defeats brought three reserves to Goodison Park today in Burrows, Millership and Brown. Undefeated Everton, had Coggins in goal for Sagar, who has made such chest from his chill that the doctor say that he will be fit in a couple of days. There were 30,000 present at the start, and the Wednesday forsook their blue and white for white jerseys and black knickers. Everton:- Coggins goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (Captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday: - Brown, goal; Beeston, and Blenkinsopp, backs; Strange, Millership, and Burrows, half-backs' Hooper, Starling, Ball, Burgess and Rimmer. Forwards. Referee Mr. J.C. Smith (Aston-Under-Lyne).
Dean having won the toss and gained the advantage of the wind, tried to provide the first thrill, racing ahead to a good wing centre from Stein, but being beaten on the post by Brown. Wednesday had a free kick when Thomson fouled Strange, and Starling brought Coggins into action with a neat shot from the free kick. Them Wednesday were quick to take up the attack, long raking passes proving concerning to Everton, but Britton, then concession of a corner, saved the day. Burrow's put in some wonderful work for Wednesday, being happy in Rimmer role, and causing the Everton defence a little worry. The Wednesday had opened the more dangerous combination and one admired their accuracy with which the wing-half threw the ball. Everton produced an electric attack, when dean back-heeled the ball and then Geldard cut in and win a corner off Burrows, who was injured in progress following the flag kick. Brown fisted away, but Dean jumped high and shot against the side netting. Thomson and Cresswell had to be quick to stop Hooper, after Hooper had accepted an expected pass. The dangerous Geldard centre led to an other successive corner, and from the kick, Brown had to go down on one knee from a shot from Britton.
Defence in A Tangle.
Everton defence got into a tangle, from the cleverness of Rimmer, and the quick interception of a shot –particularly that from Hooper, who just headed against the side netting. Thomson held up Ball in glorious tackle, and at the other end Dunn shot well after a good combine movement, which dean took the honours. Wednesday were the more dangerous, and for the first 15 minutes had been much quicker on the ball. Thomson, following good work by Geldard and Stein, shouted "All right," Thomson and his the bar with a terrific drive from the edge of the area. Then Wednesday had to thank Blenkinsopp for saving a certain goal, when covering Brown's save at point blank range from Dean, he intercepted a hard shot from Geldard at the expense of a corner. Geldard's thrilling run and centre provided a gilt-edged chance, and with Brown as usual hesitating, Stein to have a chance only he over ran the ball. Everton had improved considerably in the opening passages, and were dominating the proceedings. At 30 minutes Ball had the distinction of placing Everton in arrears for the first time this season. A clever pass from Blenkinsopp to Starling was partially responsible, with Hooper having a hand with the quick sharp passing. When Everton stood still, Ball nipped between the backs and scored with ease in close range. Rimmer should have made it two after Cresswell had missed his intervention, on the interval Burgess scored a second goal, for the Wednesday. It was a lucky goal, absolutely causing Coggins injury. Burgress following Beeson's free kick, to the ball to the middle, and Coggins came out to field it. His left leg collapsed under him, and he fell to the ground, the ball bounced off his head into the net.
Half-time Everton 0 Sheffield Wednesday 2
Everton deserved to be in the arrears after their first half showing, Cresswell, the versatile, garbed in an unfamiliar green sweater, guarded the goal. Cresswell was early brought into action and he fisted away like Sagar at his best.
The Wednesday went further ahead in 61 minutes through Burgess, who took advantage of what seemed to be quite a harmless ball, but which he missed by three Everton players, including Cresswell. As Burgess was racing by the post, he adroitly hooked the ball into the net. Everton's desperate plight was making them play better than at any period in the first half. Cresswell saved twice at the expanse of close-up shots, once after the ball had struck his face as he went down to pick up.
Fourteen minutes from the end White reduced the lead from a penalty after Strange had brought down Geldard. Brown touched the ball, but it carried too much power. Four minutes later following Geldard's corner Dean made it 3-2. Britton hooked the ball to the goalmouth and Dean nipped through the defence and hooked the ball into the net. The crowd yelled encouragement. Hooper cut in and shot, beating Cresswell all the way. The ball struck the far post, and Cresswell coolly turned around and caught the rebound. Everton nearly drew level from a flying centre by Stein, Brown getting the ball away under difficulties. Final Everton 2 Sheffield Wednesday 3.
EVERTON 2 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 3
September 11 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton's First Defeat.
Sheffield Wednesday the Better Side.
Coggins Hurt; Cresswell Keeps Goal.
When speaking of Everton's first defeat of the season (they lost 203 to the Wednesday), one has to make allowance for their misfortune in losing their goalkeeper, Coggins one minute from the interval. I do not wish it to be understood that Everton would not have been beaten, if they had the full use of their complete side, for the Wednesday, in my opinion were always the better team. But it is an axiom nowadays that to lose a man is to lose the game. Up to the time of the Wednesday's opening goal Everton had played sound football; in fact, the game promised to be one of high class, for there were players afield who know and played the best type of football. There were series of combined movements, which were pleasing to the eye, and with a shade of luck, Everton might easily have taken the lead before their rivals scored. The conditions did not help the players for apart from the hard ground and the lively ball, there was a variable wind which often played tricks with the ball and put a man out of position when he had in effect taken up the correct place if the ball had not eddied about in the air. One of the big factors in the Wednesday's triumph was their speed in going for the ball. They did not wait its arrival, preferring to seek it, whereas Everton waited its coming, and many times lost their chance because an opponent was too smart for them.
Hooper's Rapid Move.
With the injury to Coggins, it appeared likely that the Wednesday would run up a big score, but Everton fought against worthy formen and a tremendous handicap in fine style, and in the end came close to saving a point. The first goal was due to Hooper's quick thinking and misjudging on the part of Cresswell, the Everton full back coming out to shade too far to head Hopper'' centre which went over his head and straight to the foot of the eager Ball. Coggins was left in a helpless position. Their second goal, which followed on an injury to Coggins, was the direct outcome of the injury, for when Burgess sent the ball hurtling up towards goal there did not appear any danger in it culminating in a goal. Coggins came out and found the ball bouncing in the air. He jumped to catch it, but his injured knee gave put on him, and he slumped to the ground, what time the ball went bounding towards the goal. Ball, too make doubly sure, dashed after it, and cracked it into the net, but the ball had already crossed the line.
Cresswell As A Goalkeeper.
Coggins, did not resume with his colleagues and Cresswell went into goal, and let it be said he dealt ably with his first two shots, but when he ran out and missed what looked an easy ball he presented Burgess with the simplest of goal scoring tasks. Three goals down Everton were not in a happy position. It needed a tremendous effort to break down the solid Wednesday defence, but when Geldard was badly fouled by Strange and White scored with the Penalty kick, Everton put more fire into their play and for a time bustled the Yorkshire backs. Beeson –a good one this –and Blenkinsopp, to such an extent that they had to kick out more than usual, and Brown had to make the save, of the match when White put in a grand drive which the goalkeeper edged away from goal after he had flung himself across his goalmouth.
Goal Per Match.
Everton second goal enable Dean to maintain his goal per match record, even though it was a scrambling sort of goal, but it only went to prove that Everton were fighting a game battle. They were ultimately beaten, but not disgraced. This was my first view of the Cup holders this season, and I was not impressed. I asked a good judge of the game "who was Everton's best player?" He had to cudgel his brain before answering, which gives you a good idea of their play. He named Stein; I agreed, and then added White, but really and truly Everton as a team, even when at full strength did not play confidently. At times the crowd became restive. They called upon their favourites to do something and not let the Wednesday have so much of the ball. It annoyed them to see the ball taken from the Everton men so frequently. While the Wednesday won I would not say they were quite so good a side as a few years ago. Their wingers, Hooper and Rimmer, had a quiet time, but their inside men Starling, Burgess and Ball, were very smart, and were well supported by a good half-back line. Beeston, the right full back, has been spoken of as a coming international, and it would not surprise me to see him in a representative game before the season is over. Everton: - Coggins goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (Captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday: - Brown, goal; Beeston, and Blenkinsopp, backs; Strange, Millership, and Burrows, half-backs' Hooper, Starling, Ball, Burgess and Rimmer. Forwards. Referee Mr. J.C. Smith (Aston-Under-Lyne).
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 0
September 11 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 5)
Penalties played a great part in Everton's defeat by Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsboro. Two were given against Everton defenders and both converted by walker, the home right back, and as Brolly, a half-back scored the other goal neither set of forwards distinguished themselves in goal-scoring. Sheffield, however, were the better side and deserved victory.
Everton "A" 0 Northern Nomads 0
At Crosby. In a game characterized by much hard and high kicking, it was fitting that both sides about gain a point. Everton had the better chances of scoring. O'Reilly and Lapham both missing open goals. Everton had the better of the opening half, but splendid goalkeeeping by Norman Hones (Welsh amateur international) prevented them from scoring. The second half was fairly even Lapham hit the crossbar with a terrific shot while Pitt, of the visiting side, who was an outstanding player, made some very clever runs, but met with no success.
• Tranmere Rovers held their lead after a close game with Gateshead who lost their goalkeeper, and O'Donnell the former Everton back, took his place.
EVERTON'S FORWARDS MUST –SHOOT!
September 11 1933. Evening Express.
Weakness That Cost Them Full Points.
By the Pilot.
In spite of a desperate rally in the closing stages of their match with Sheffield Wednesday, Everton failed to retain their unblemished home record. Sheffield Wednesday defeated them 3-2 at Goodison Park –a victory which was deserved, because the visitors were the superior team even before fate dealt the Blues a series of handicaps. Everton's chief fault, however, lies in attack. The forwards did not produce half-a-dozen real shots among them. That is not good enough and will cost many more points if the defect is not remedied. But it was an unlucky game for Everton. Here is the Blues' tale of misfortune briefly told. Thomson struck the bar when the score-sheet was blank; Coggins was kicked on the knee when intercepting Rimmer; Coggins knee collapsed when he went to gather a harmless bouncing ball, and the ball bounded on to the net; Cresswell took Coggins' place in goal throughout the second half, leaving the Blues with ten men. White struck the post with a mighty drive. Let me explain right away that the Wednesday were quicker and more incisive in their first half work, during which Everton never struck true form.
Cresswell in Goal.
After Ball's goal in 30 minutes had been added to by Burgess's lucky shot, when Coggins collapsed, the match looked as good as won. Cresswell went into goal and did exceedingly well, but when he missed a harmless pass Burgess was able to make it three up for the Wednesday. Then however, came one of the most gallant fights I have ever seen an Everton team put up. Spurred on by White's penalty goal, they hammered away at the Wednesday who, though inclined to ease up at one stage, were forced back on to desperate defence. There were fourteen minutes to go when White scored, and at the 80 th minute Dean made it 3-2. Dean was well mastered by Millership, and like Johnson and Dunn, was right off the shooting standard. Geldard was held by Blenkinsopp, and Stein caused most trouble to the Wednesday defence. White was the bets of the intermediates. Cook had a good day, but the Everton star was Warney Cresswell –the versatile. Coggins was examined by a specialist on Saturday night, but the extent of the injury to his left knee is not yet known. Sagar will probably be fit for Saturday following his throat trouble.
GLYN JONES SIGNS AMATEUR FORMS.
September 12 1933 Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Glyn Jones, goalkeeper of Bala F.C. has signed amateur forms for Everton. Jones has kept goal for Bala for the pass four seasons, and has played for Towyn and Aberdovey Clubs.
September 13 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton will once again be at full strength when they meet Manchester City at Maine-road on Saturday, for Sagar has fully recovered from his cold and will resume in goal. The team is; - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. This is the team, which defeated the City in the Cup final at Wembley last season. The Reserves to meet Manchester City Reserves in a Central League game at Goodison Park, Kick-of f3.15 will be; Frostick; Common, Bocking; Clark, Gee, Archer; Birtley, Cunliffe, Stevens, McGourty, Turner. Frostick is the "A" team goalkeeper and played with the side against Sheffield Reserves last Saturday.
KEEPER FOR EVERTON
Hull Daily Mail - Tuesday 12 September 1933
Everton, whose two leading goalkeepers are indisposed, Sagar having to stand down from the senior side last Saturday and Coggins, who took his place, being badly hurt and having to leave the field, made a step towards righting their position yesterday when they signed Glyn Jones, the Bala custodian, on amateur forms. Jones, who has kept goal for Bala for four seasons, was previously with Towyn and Aberdovey.
Coggins, the Everton Reserve goalkeeper who sustained a knee injury in the game with Sheffield Wednesday at Goodison Park on Saturday while deputising for Sagar, is stated not to be so seriously injured as at first feared. He is, however, to see a specialist today.
TEAM THAT WON THE CUP.
September 13 1933. Evening Express.
Will Face Wembley Rivals on Saturday.
Sagar back In Everton Goal.
By the pilot.
The rivalry of the last F.A. Cup final will be revived on Saturday. Everton, the holders, and Manchester City, the runners-up will meet at Maine-road, Manchester, in the first of the two league engagements. The game should prove one of the biggest of the season, for whereas the City will be anxious to secure some measure of compensation for their 3-0 defeat on April 29, Everton will be all out to prove that they really are masters of the City. Everton will be encouraged by the fact that they will field the full cup-winning eleven, so that Manchester people who were unfortunate enough not to secure tickets for the final will be able to see the winners in action. This has been made possible by the fact that Sagar has recovered from his sow throat and cam resume in goal. This as eased an awkward situation, for Coggins is not likely to be available for some time following his injury received at the Sheffield Wednesday match. Manchester City will decide on their eleven tonight.
The City have an imposing record this season, having won three of their five games, lost one and drawn one. They opened indifferently by going down at home to Sheffield Wednesday in the precise score by which the Wednesday broke Everton's home record on Saturday. On that reckoning the City and Everton are evenly matched. The City won 1-0 at Birmingham were as Everton forced a 2-2 draw and at Birmingham 1-0 in the return game at Maine road. In addition the City draw at Leicester without a goal being scored, and last Saturday created a big surprise when they held the Arsenal to a 1-1 draw at Highbury. That result reveals Manchester City as a fine team. The chief worry has been in regard to the centre forward position. At the moment young Syme is filling the berth, and he has scored one goal of the City's initial of five. Herd and Tilson claim two apiece. I anticipate that a large crowd of Everton supporters will make the short journey and so give Maine-road something more of that Wembley astomsphere. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
Everton Reserves entertain Manchester City Reserves in a Central league match at Goodison Park. Everton Reserves; Fostick; Common, Bocking; Clark, Gee, Archer; Birtley, Cunliffe, Stevens, McGourty, Turner.
CUP FINALISTS' MEETING.
September 15 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The Manchester City team to meet Everton at Maine-road tomorrow, will include eight players who figured in the cup final last April, while Everton's eleven will be the same as at Wembley. The newcomers to the City side are Barnett, right half, McLuckie left half, and Syme centre-forward, who played against Everton at Goodison Park, last season. Bray, who was a left half in the cup final plays at inside left in the City reserve team, at Goodison Park tomorrow. The City League team is; Langford, Barnett Dale, Busby, Cowan, McLuckie; Toseland, Marshall, Syme, Herd, Brook.
• The Irish football authorities are not pleased with English clubs in declining to release players for the international match against Scotland tomorrow. Ireland want Cook (Everton).
• The Majority of Everton's Cup-winning side will play in Smelley and Carr's benefit match at Rake-lane on Monday at six o'clock when New Brighton will play Everton. The Cup will be on view.
• Coggins of Everton is to undergo a cartilage operation tomorrow, following his injury in the match against Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday.
September 15 1933. Evening Express.
Everton Forwards' Way To Beat City.
By the Pilot.
Shoot-hard-and-often. This should be the policy of Everton's forwards tomorrow when the Blues visit Manchester City at Maine-road. At the same time Dixie Dean, Everton's captain, will be all out to preserve his record of scoring a goal in every match this season. Dean, up to now, has scored five goals in the four matches played by the Blues. He scored single goals against West Bromwich Albion Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday and two against Birmingham. On this reckoning it seems as if the Everton forwards are getting "among the goals," but the reverse is the truth. The only failure about the cup-holders this season has been their lack of shooting power although their approach work has been brilliant in its subtely and effectiveness. If matters are not altered tomorrow, then Manchester City might secure some measures of compensation for their defeat in the F.A. Cup final at Wembley in April. The trouble with the Everton forwards is that they try to make too sure before letting go their shot. It is a mistaken policy. The club will be encouraged by the return of goal of Teddy Sagar, and consequently the full cup winning side will be on view. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Manchester City; Langford; Barnett, Dale; Busby, Cowan, McLuckie; Toseland, Marshall, Syme, Herd, Brook.
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CUP FINALISTS MEET AGAIN.
September 16 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
By John Peel.
The Cup finalists at Wembley last April renew their rivalry today at Maine-road and no doubt the City will be particularly anxious to turn the tables to some extent in this League game. Everton are still a power, and with Sagar back in goal the cup-winners will be at full strength. The loss of Coggins last week largely contributed to the defeat by Sheffield Wednesday, and providing the teams remain at full strength to the end on this occasion, the game should be well worth seeing. The teams are: - Everton; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Manchester City; Langford; Barnett, Dale; Busby, Cowan, McLuckie; Toseland, Marshall, Syme, Herd, Brook
September 16 1933. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Herd's Master Goal Foils Blues.
Dean –As Usual.
By the Pilot.
Everton proved a great attraction at Maine-road today, nearly 40,000 spectators turning up to see the renewal of the Cup final duel. Everton wore the black and white colours they used at Wembley. The City wore black armlets as a mark of respect to Danny McMahon, an old player who died this week. Manchester City: - Langford goal; Barnett, and Dale, backs; Busby, Cowan (captain), and McLuckie, half-backs; Toseland, Marshall, Syme, Herd, and Brook, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. L. Dale, Sheffield.
Everton had to open against a blazing sun, and Britton got Geldard away, the ball being swept across to the left flank, where Stein won a corner. From this Geldard shot in along the carpet, and although
Langford was beaten, Cowan managed to get his foot to the ball and thus save a certain goal. The ball was only partially cleared and was sent in again, Langford having to fist away. Syme managed to head by the Everton post in the first City raid, Everton were playing good football, being rather quicker on the ball and more precise in their work. Geldard, always a menace, gave Everton the lead in five minutes. This followed work by Thomson and Dean.
Thomson Beats Three Men.
Thomson beat three men on the touchline, before tipping the ball up the middle for Dean. Dixie turned it over to Geldard, who raced in at top speed and banged the ball into the roof of the net with such force that the ball hit the net support and came back into play. Syme twice disappointed with reasonable chances. Then Dunn, receiving a back pass from Geldard, struck the post with a terrific shot. When the City defence stood still Geldard ran through, but had to be content with a corner. Geldard was playing a great game. It was left to Busby to deliver the best shot, Sagar saving high up. Cook was twice guilty of slowness, but fortunately Sagar was on his mettle, saving glorious drives from Herd and Marshall, beating away a cross ball from brook, and having to take the ball well outside the penalty area before kicking out to safely. Johnson burst through the backs and passed back across goal as he was pushed. Barnett was there to relieve. Geldard was pulled up with a lovely tackle in another of his bright movements, but it was only on rare occasions that they could hold up the Bradford boy. White took this but topped his drive. Sagar saved a header from Syme, and then Marshall let go from behind a colleague Sagar taking the ball with his left arm as he dived to the right.
The City had improved after a shaky opening, and Herd, receiving a rebound off the referee, placed by the post with terrific force. The game was producing some good football even though the players on both sides founded it no easy thing to kill the ball on a bone hard ground. In this pursuit Everton were the more successful. The City deservedly drew level in 42 minutes, Busby taking a quick throw-in, and Toseland crossing to the goalmouth. Syme's leap drew attention, and Brook drove in along the floor from short range, Sagar being unslighted. Sagar and Geldard were the heros of the first half but there was inclined to be hesitancy in defence on occasion, Cook being rather slow.
Half-time Manchester City 1, Everton 1.
There was a thrill at the start of the second half when Toseland was allowed to run in towards the post, but White managed to get the ball away. Stein had a good chance, cutting in with only Langford to beat, but shooting straight at the goalkeeper. Everton played brilliantly in the opening stages of this half, the City being hard pressed time and again. Cook surprised the City with a mightily kick to the goal-mouth, and Langford fisted the ball up when menaced by Dean. The ball fell to Stein, who took it with his head, and Cowan jumped in to hit it around the post.
Everton Regain Lead.
Everton regained the lead at the end of an hour when Dean kept up his record of a goal in every match. It was another big clearance by Cook which started the damage. It kept the City, defence on the run. A quick forward pass was made and Johnson flicked it with his forehead so that dean was able to run by Cowan, draw Langford from goal, and neatly flick the ball into the net.
A Lucky Escape.
Just after Dean got through again, but Barnett just managed to flick the ball from his toe and helped Langford. This was a remarkable escape for the City. Johnson and Dunn contributed some glorious interpassing, which left dean and Johnson with only Langford to beat Langford managed to smother the ball and withstand the scramble until aid came in the form of a kick out by Cowan. Everton had been right on top this half, and should have taken game and rubber with this move.
The City in their second really dangerous raid of this half, equalised with one of the greatest goals I have seen in years in 67 minutes. McLuckie drew the defence and fed Herd, who knocked the ball over the heads of two opponents in turn, stepped in and scored with a perfect "daisy cutter" from just inside the penalty area. Final Manchester City 2 Everton 2.
EVERTON RES . MANCHESTER C. RES
September 16 1933. Evening Express.
Manchester showed more enterprise early on in the match with Everton Res today, and Frostick, deputising for Coggins, did well to save from Halliday. Everton improved. Nicholls saved from McGourty, and Birtley went close with a capital header. Stevens showed a clever touch, but failed with two good chances. Everton escaped a deficit when Halliday charged Frostick over the line and the keeper just cleared. Everton were awarded a penalty, but the City keeper brought off a great save from Clark's shot. Manchester became dangerous and Frostick made two fine saves from Bray and Halliday. He was lucky when an effort from Bray hit the bar and bounced into play. Eventually City took the lead through a drive by Percival. Half-time; Everton Res 0, Man City Res 1.
MANCHESTER CITY 2 EVERTON 2
September 18 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Sagar's Fine Display
Great Crowd See Finalists Draw.
Sagar should have been in bed with the after-effects of the flu then Manchester City would have had a chance to wipe out something of the soreness felt through their Cup final defeat at the hands of Everton. As it was Sagar kept a splendid goal –as at Wembley –and Manchester had to be content with a draw of 2-2, after being led twice in the game that attracted 47000 spectators and a gate of well-nigh £3,000. Sagar was the foremost man of the day. He took the shots from Herd, Marshall, Brook, and Busby of the half-backs with fine skill; his anticipation, clearances and catching and clearing in spite of on rushing forwards, showed him a mater schemer for position. Actually the ground was terrible hard, and therefore the ball rarely staved on the turf; it had that bumping turning motion that is footballers' greatest bogey. Yet the game was admirable in every way, and was refereed to the satisfaction of all concerned. Add the space of thetuation, the continues of shots, and pace, and the general satisfaction to player and spectator, and it will be seen that this was a fine meeting of Lancashire sportsmen who contested every bit of the game with a willing heart but a perspiring brow.
Fast Pace Maintained.
I did not think it possible the pace of the first half could be kept up, but after a strangely quiet ten minutes' interval of play in the second half the players were aroused to further effort, and even if City had the majority of the attack there could not be a word said against the way Everton stood up to those attacks. The game began with thrills and some frills from Everton, with must work the ball their own sweet way or else give up the game. Geldard scored in six minutes; a goal taken with sting in little space, with the shooter necessarily quick to stride to his chance and a shot of much worth delivered to the right place. City then met Sagar. Enough has been said to indicate what happened then. Near the interval Brook scored close in from his fellow winger's cross-field pass, following a throw-in through a deliberate kick to touch. The second half was just as thrilling. Dean, who had been gripped by the workmanlike and dogged Cowan, had just one change to steal through per Cook's lunge at the ball and he coolly beat Langford, and if a moment later either dean or Johnson had got out of each other's way a goal must have arisen.
As it was an extraordinary escape came City's way, which otherwise would have made the margin two goals. Finally two goals. Finally Herd, the little winger, took the draw through a very fine goal; a spectacular hook over White 's head and a following up process that brought him within twenty yards or so from goal. Herd drove in a low shot close to the right upright, and Sagar had to confess he was beaten. Each side had to thank a back or a half-back for keeping the goal intact when the goalkeeper was temporarily out of position, but the draw of 2-2 was quite the best verdict in such circumstances. There was but one stoppage (to Cowan), who works a trifle too hard, and could save himself with more first time passes to the wingmen, and every player deserves' credit for having made a perfect day's sport where cricket would have been more suitable according to the state of the "pitch" and the sun's rays. In the home side I liked best their steadfast backs and Cowan and Busby, the latter of whom is a subtle player, with a strong shot. In attack Brook had his best innings early on, but later was held quite securely by Britton and Cook.
Herd's Neat Ways.
At centre Syme worked hard, but not to much purpose, through the irregular finishing of the City forward line, in which Herd was a joy with his neat ways and his massive shots. On the Everton side there was a good, all-round display, particularly in goal and at full back, with all the half-backs doing their part nobly. Geldard showed confidence, and therefore improvement, albeit his partner did not get much from him in the second half through not employing his sufficiently with forward passes.. Dean had a lone innings for nearly an hour, but he kept his place, and kept Cowan and company on the edge of their nerves through his heading, and finally got what has become a custom with him this season –a goal in every match. Johnson schemed against his former comrades, and Stein, after a quiet opening, wound up on a high note of determination and skill. Although a match to remember for incident, thrill and equality in really good football in really bad conditions. Manchester City: - Langford goal; Barnett, and Dale, backs; Busby, Cowan (captain), and McLuckie, half-backs; Toseland, Marshall, Syme, Herd, and Brook, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. L. Dale, Sheffield.
EVERTON RESERVES 0 MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 1
September 18 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 6)
Clarke Penalty saved by Nicholls.
A long pass, a direct sprint for goal, and a first time oblique shot from Percival –a few minutes from the interval –gave the City their goal and victory. Throughout the game Everton had sufficient chances to have made victory secure, but faulty work in the visitors goal area and poor marksmanship was the failing. Fortunately for the losers their defenders and halves played excellently and young Frostick must be credited with some smart clearances, particularly from Holliday and Bray (a very earnest worker). The Mancanians for periods were the more practical and deliberate attackers –even allowing for the fine work of the home halves –their well-constructed advances frequently revealing the possibility of a goal that was eventually thwarted by the resolute Everton defence. Nicholls among other good clearances brilliantly saved a penalty taken by Clark, and although Stevens, who had a poor match, hit the upright. Bray at the other end struck the crossbar with a very fierce drive. A game in which the respective defences prevailed. Everton: - Frostick, goal; Common and Bocking backs; Clark, Gee and Archer half-backs; Birtley, Cunliffe, Stevens, McGourty, and Turner, forwards.
Ellesmere Port Town 0 Everton "A" 6
Liverpool County Combination.
At Ellesmere Port. Everton had not a weak spot in their side, and had it not been for some fine goalkeeping by Evison the score would have been much greater. Everton's new recruit Glyn Jones, in goal, was not called upon to show his worth until the second half, and then he pleased by his sure catching and anticipation. Latham was a fine centre forward for Everton and obtained their first two goals. T.G. Watson added the third before the interval. The second half saw the Town have a little more of the play, but Everton scored further goals through Latham, Leyfield and Hyland.
EVERTON THREE UP ON "BOGIES"
September 18 1933. Evening Express.
Points gains That Inspire.
Sagar's Brillance At Maine-Road.
By the Pilot. A point a match. This is Everton's Football League record to date this season and, at first glance, it does not appear inspiring. Yet, Everton are three points up on last season. They have engaged in five games, and have won five points. In the corresponding matches last term they secured only two. Here are the comparative results
Season 1932-33 1933-34 Gain Loss
West Bromwich A (H) 1-2 1-0 2 -
Derby County (A) 0-2 1-1 1 -
Birmingham (A) 0-4 2-2 1 -
Sheffield Wed (H) 2-1 2-3 0 2
Manchester City (A) 0-3 2-2 1 -
In recent seasons Everton have rarely gained any points from visits to Derby, Manchester, or Birmingham. They are thus improving on "Bogies." Sagar was magnificent against Manchester City, and the consensus of opinion after the game was that here was England's best. He made not the slightest error against some of the best first-time shooting I have seen for a long time. It was only when he was unsighted following a quick Toseland centre, that Brook was able to equalise Geldard's early goal and then it was a wonder shot from Herd which beat him, after dean had placed Everton in front to make the scores two-all. Everton, though hardly so good in marksmanship as the City had more of the play and their football, at times, was a source of sheer delights. It was a fine match, and the result was just as equitable. They were good teams, with Everton the more subtle schemers and the City providing the power of shot. It was a treat to see Geldard right back on his top note. He had a wonderful first half, giving McLuckie and Dale no peace. He had speed and ball control and with judicious feeding was always a menace. If Geldard keeps up this form it will do much to strengthen Everton's attack, Stein was not so effective, and Johnson and Dean were the pick of the inside forwards. Dean did not accomplish a great deal, but he made Cowan the hardest worked man in the game and was always commanding attention, even though getting little scope to be effective. Thomson, White, and Britton constituted a solid backbone to the team, and Cook and Cresswell did well in the second half, when they got over an inclination to slowness which I noted earlier on.
NEW BRIGHTON 2 EVERTON 2
September 19 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
New Brighton Benefit Game.
Everton Show Their Skill At Rake-Lane.
The friendly match between New Brighton and Everton at rake-Lane, last evening, the proceeds being for the benefit of L. Carr and J. Smedley, the New Brighton players, ended in a draw of 2–2. A crowd of about 5,000 had much to enthuse over, and though lacking the snap and thrills of League meetings, the game never lost interest. Eight of the Everton team which won the F.A. Cup turned out, the absentees being Cresswell, White, and Sagar, from whom Gee, Bocking and Frostick deputising. Though Everton were content at times to go at half-speed, there were occasions when they produced all their known pace and skill which served to bring out the best in New Brighton's defence.
Kerr and Carr stood well to their work, and Bradshaw twice saved in brilliant fashion when Dean made characteristic headers or shots. At the other end Frostick earned applause when he turned aside a drive by Amery. There was a deal of neat and clever combination and many engaging duels, in which New Brighton who their share of the spoils. Twice New Brighton took the lead, first through Davis, who smartly eluded Cook before scoring with a fast shot, and then, after dean had balanced matters with a deft touch, Miller put his side ahead again. Everton then made one of their best efforts, and after a clever round of passing Johnson, with a terrific shot, made the scores level. During the game the F.A. Cup was on view. Teams:- New Brighton:- G.F. Bradshaw, goal; Kerr and Carr, backs; Smedley, Arnery, Butler, and Liggins, half-backs; McPherson, Davis, Miller and Pegg, forwards. Everton:- Frostick, goal; Cook and Bocking, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards.
MATCH OF THE SEASON FOR GOODISON.
September 19 1933. Evening Express.
Cup Holders Tackle The Champions.
Players Worth £80,000.
By the Pilot.
The match of the season is when the Cupholders meet the League Champions. Goodison Park stages that match on Saturday, when Everton, the holders of the F.A. trophy will oppose Arsenal, who topped the First Division last season. It will answer the question of which is the better team of the present day. There should be players on view whose value totals more than £80,000 –men who have claimed tremendous transfers fees and who are the finest exponents of football. Let us glance at the recent records of the clubs:-
1927-28 League Champions
1930-31 Division Two Champions.
1931-32 Football League Champions.
1832-33 Football Association Cup winners
1925-26 Football league runners up.
1926-27 Football Association Cup runner sup
1929-30 Football Association Cup winners.
1930-31 Football league Champions.
1931-32 Football Association Cup runner and Football League runners up.
1932-33 Football league Champions
In addition to these successes both clubs have won the F.A. Charity Shield –Everton twice.
These are achievement s which slamp Saturday's rivals as super-teams. What a game it should be. It would not surprise me to find the ground record of Goodison park broken –the League record is 66,737 for the Everton – Liverpool "Derby" in 1927 – for everyone will want to see this British championship bout." Arsenal may not have the assistance of one or two of their star players. Joe Hulme the international outside-right, is still suffering from a twisted knee received recently while Coleman did not play in the North London "Derby" against Tottenham Hotspur last week. However, any Arsenal player, like any Everton player, is an attraction. Moss, the goalkeeper who came from Oldham Athletic is one of Sagar's chief rivals for international honours. He is a brilliant goalkeeper –agile and alert. Male, the right back is one of the most versatile players in the Football League. In the 1932 cup final he played at left half, but has now settled down into a fine defender. Hapgood, his partner, is one of the best backs in the country, who is certain to be an international.
The outstanding figure in the middle line is Herbert Roberts, the former Oswestry boy, who is described as the finest defensive half-back in the country. By no means the ideal constructionists, he takes it upon himself the task of blotting out opposing centre forwards. And he does it very well. john is another versatile player who, though a left-half, played outside left in a cup final, and young Hill, the right half is decribed by Mr. Chapman as "my most promising player." In the attack – the most protent section of the side – are such men as David Jack, of Plymouth and Bolton fame, who, is a fine schemer and opportunists. There is Alex James,, a player in a thousand, and a box of tricks who can get any side on the run. Then there is "Boy" Bastin, the brilliant outside-left, whom I first saw playing for Ladysmith-road School in Exeter, and who then was a dominating personality. He has a fellow Devonian in the attack in Bowden, from Plymouth Argyle, and a third in Birkett, an outside-right from Torquay United. What an array of talent against Everton's brilliant side. yes, it should prove the match of the year.
EVERTON TO BE INVITED TO SOUTH AFRICA?
September 20 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Johannesburg, Tuesday, Everton, winners of the FA cup have been invited by the south Africa football Association, to make a tour of south Africa in 1934, an invitation was recently extended to West Brom, but it was declined on the ground, that such a tour in between two english playing seasons would involve too great a strain on the players. Press association foreign special. Mr. WC Cuff, the chairman of, the Everton football club, when asked about the above message, said that he knew nothing about the matter. No invitation, he said had yet been received.
Everton Cup Team to Meet Champions
Once again the Everton team shows no change and thus the side that has done duty since the opening of the season, with one exception (when Coggins deputised for Sagar against Sheffield Wednesday) will face the Arsenal. The kick off will be 3.15. The side is Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn Dean, Johnson, Stein. The Reserves side to meet Bury in a Central league game at Bury will be; Deighton; Common, Bocking; Clark, Gee, Archer; Birtley, McGourty, J. Balmer, Webster, Turner.
ARSENAL VISIT EVERTON
September 23 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton and the Arsenal promise their customary high-class exposition of the code today, when I expect Goodison Park to be crowded in every part. For several seasons not the club have been able to field sides of supreme skill, and indeed they have set so high a standard that it is difficult to maintain it. Spectators expect more from the Cup winners and the champions than from other sides, and the player's know they have a high plane to reach. The match this afternoon should provide first-class entertainment, and the issue seems open, but Everton have the advantage of playing at home, and they may make up for the last home defeat and, incidentally, for defeats sustained during the last few seasons at the hands of the Arsenal. James is to turn out, and with Bastin the left wing is likely to prove the danger point. Cook and Britton will have a lively time, and the battle of wits will be a feature of the game. Everton are at full strength and the Arsenal may be without Roberts, who hurt his knee last week, and Haynes may play in his place. The kick off is at 3.15 and the teams are: - Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn Dean, Johnson, Stein; Arsenal: - from Moss; Male, Hapgood; Hill, Roberts, Haynes, John; Parkin, Coleman, Jack, Bowden, James, Bastin.
EVERTON IN POWER.
September 23 1933. Evening Express Football Edition.
Great Win Over Arsenal.
By the Pilot.
The match of the season – Everton v. Arsenal, Cup Holders v. Champions. Rain did not keep the people away, there must have been 50,000 spectators present when the teams took the field. The Stands had "House full" notices well before the kick-off. There was plenty of room in the shilling area. Arsenal had Bowden at centre-forward and Jack at inside right, and Parker at inside right. The excursion trains brought Highbury supporters to Goodison. I understand that Mr. A. Coffey is to be the present of grit from his fellow directors at Tuesday board meeting in his roll of his 21 years service as a director. Teams: - Sagar goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein forwards. Arsenal: - Moss, goal, Male and Hapgood, backs; Hall, Roberts, and John, half-backs; Parker, Jack, Bowden, James, and Bastin, forwards. Mr. E. C. Carnwell (Lichfield).
Rain was falling when the teams took to the field. James beat Dean for choice of ends Geldard raced through before people had realized the game was on. Everton kept up the pressure, Dunn's fast shot bounding away off an opponent before White and Thomson left each other, and Parker was able to go through unattended. He cross the ball to the far wing, and it found the touch. Hapgood's back pass misfired before Roberts jumped to the Arsenal rescue in close work by Stein and Johnson. Everton had opened brilliantly, pinning the Arsenal into their own half and working well against an good defence.
Bastin the roamer, came inwards to the penalty area, but found Cook unbeatable. A flashing Geldard centre the ball across the Arsenal goal with no one to do the necessary. Everton deservedly took the lead in six minutes dean keeping up his record of a goal a match this season. Clearance kick at the expanse of a throw-in started the movement. Johnson gave the ball a delightful flick, which dean went through with a bouncing ball at his command. He hit it first time and it struck Moss on the body and came out again. Dean seized on to the ball, and with a low shot into the corner of the net. Moss subsequently had to pick up a centre from Stein and turn a shot around the post for a corner. Ten minutes now had gone, and Sagar had not touch the ball. Stein, who just previously had contested a drizzling run cut through to centre and Moss was force to turn the ball over for a corner. Under pressure the Everton defence were far from happy. They seemed to take far to much for granted. Parker go through again because the defence hesitated and Britton had to head the ball over the goal line, with Sagar beaten. Arsenal's first corner, on the left was take by James, but it was poorly used. Hapgood kicked away off the goalline when Dean made a commendable effort, put Dean was penalised. In further pressure by the Cup holders, Johnson tested Moss with a 20 yard shot.
James did some splendid feinting and Everton had a narrow escape, by shooting against Thomson's head Parker with the goal practically at his mercury Hapgood fired over the top from 25 yards out with a free kick, after which White was alleged to have fouled Bastin. Moss fisted away a lighting centre from Geldard before Dunn headed outwards when White took the ball on the drop and his drive flashing only inch over the bar. In a quick throw in Geldard had space to run the ball into the net, but kick the ball too far forward.
5 minutes from the interval Stein was through and delivered a raking pass which Dean shaped for Roberts push him from behind and bumped Dean in the back, and the referee who was on the spot awarded a penalty. White took this and placed to the one side of the gaol and Moss on the other.
Half-time Everton 2 Arsenal 0
Everton had given a really dazzling performance in the first half. Their combination work was a joy and the whole team succeeded because the players kept good position and practically every pass found "home." Apart from certain hesitancy in the defence, this was the almost perfect football combination. Arsenal were dangerous with their sudden raids but that was all. Everton were soon attacking in the second half, Sagar being a spectator, but few shots were forthcoming to worry Moss. Dean had been nursing a leg injury. I think he kicked the ground in a shooting effort, and four minutes after the resumption he left the field. This made little difference so far as territorial play was concerned, for Everton still kept on top, Moss having to gather a sharp shot from Dunn and also to bounding header from Johnson.
Dean returned after five minutes, and as a good observer of the new rule awaited the referee's pleasure. I though Dean was fouled in the penalty area when Roberts again appeared to push him in the back, but the referee said "No" when the crowd and Everton wanted White to take another penalty. Everton kept the Arsenal always on the run, in fact I would wager that the Gunners had never been given such a chasing for three seasons. They never knew way to turn, and must have breathed a sign of relief when terrific drives from Johnson and Stein crashed against the side netting. Bastin and James were the "big" little men of the Gunners, but the Everton defence had tightened up considerably, and there were few loopholes. Bastin cut in to bring Sagar into action. Thomson fully compensated for conceding a free kick by extricating Everton from a ticklish position.
Everton went further ahead in 76 minutes. Dunn was the scorer, this being the first goal by an Everton inside forward this season, Dean of course excepted. The goal was well planned, Johnson placing to Dean and Dixie adopted his famous back pass to give Dunn the first time chance. Dunn took his opportunity with a "daisy cutter" and though Moss touched the ball by diving he could not keep it out. Everton subsequently bombarded the Arsenal goal, Moss fisting away under difficulties and Stein having to take three corners in as many minutes, while the Gunners raced hither and thither. Two minutes from the end, with Everton playing on a light rein and taking liberties, James weaved a spell and Bowden was able to run through on his own and score comfortably, Sagar having no chance. Everton's positional play was the deciding factor. As the whistle sounded Alec James ran across and shook hands with Johnson and Dunn and congratulatory manner. Final Everton 3 Arsenal 1.
BURY RES V. EVERTON RES.
September 23 1933. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Central League (Game 7)
The opening play favoured the visitors, but Stevens was well offside when Turner centred to provide him with a favourable chance. Bury were much more prominent in the subsequent play, and Vernon was repeatedly giving Earl chances to go forward. Deighton was, however, never really extended, although he had to be rather smart to pick up a forward lob from Vernon when earl put across. The game ran on exciting lines, and when Common was penalised for a foul on buttery, Deighton made two quick saves when a goal seemed imminent. Anderson was only inches too high after Buttery had given him an opening, and from a breakaway Stevens failed to hit the objective when given a clear opening by Turner. After much attacking by Bury, Webster came along smartly, but placed the ball outside. Later Stevens hit the bar. Half-time Bury Res 0, Everton Res 0. Nine minutes from the restart Anderson beat two men and put Bury ahead with a shot that went in off the post. Final ; Bury Res 1 Everton Res 0. Everton: - Deighton goal; Common and Bocking, backs; Clark, Gee and Archer half-backs; Birtley, McGourty, Balmer, Webster and Turner, forwards.
EVERTON 3 ARSENAL 1
September 25 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Giants of the Game.
Everton's Mastery of Arsenal.
The big guns of the Arsenal failed to boom at Goodison Park in fact they disappointed to the extent of making the game one-sided after the first half. Everton's 3-1 victory was truly won, and in a manner which not even a Londoner could find fault. Merseyside had expected a lot from this meeting of the giants of the game –League champions and Cup holders, but, as so often happens from such a gathering of stars, the game fell short of anticipation. It was not a dull game by any means, but the artistry, the ultra-science of the game was not so pronounced as it might have been. One, has perhaps, to make allowance for the fact that the London side was forced into import changes. The omission of Hulme was a setback, for while his deputy did uncommonly well, he had neither the craft nor the match-winning ability of the Middlesex cricketer. If Hulme had half the chances of Parkin, I think he would have had a goal or two. The Arsenal early on did not impress; they seemed at sixes and sevens when Everton were in full cry, and when they became more balanced they found the Everton defence equal to the demands made upon it. They were few, that is true, for Sagar to watched the game for fifteen minutes workless, then made a save which told that he was ready and prepared if the Arsenal called upon him. Moss had a much more hectic time, in fact he was defeated in six minutes, so that Dean maintained his goal per match record.
Sagar Bars The Way.
That goal set seal to an Everton victory, for they never looked back afterwards, gradually gaining the mastery until finally they had their great rivals on the run, and even Bastin's individual efforts –they were sound ones, too – proved of no avail for Sagar barred his way. He barred the way to all until the fleeting minutes, when James and Jack contrived to put Bowden through, and did so. Sagar came out, but had little of no chance. That goal was nothing more or less than a consolation prize for White and Dunn had previously added to dean's account, so that the victory was convincing and complete. Everton as a few season ago, were determined to get an early lead in the belief that the first blow has a telling effect upon the morale of an opponent. Whether Dean's goal did unsettle the Arsenal I cannot say, but they were never really a menace, and the Everton defence, with few exceptions, could hold down their attacks with what appeared consummate ease. Those who know the Arsenal looked for their usual reply, the setting off "fireworks," but the firework's in this instance turned out to be damp squibs. Never before have I seen James so ineffective. True, he gave flashes of his wizardry, but they were as nought compared to what he has done in previous visits to Goodison Park. With the mainspring faulty the rest of the machinery would not revolve with its customary ease, and it was Everton who produced the scientific side of the game, and made the Arsenal look common foremen instead of the big wigs of the football world. Jack, too, could not boast a good match, and the great need of the Arsenal is a centre-forward.
Moss's Risky Saves.
Bowden, on the few occasions he got the better of White, would persist is blazing the ball over the bar, but it was in defence that the Arsenal suffered most. Moss made some grand saves in risky fashion. Male and Hapgood did not seen to have a great belief in themselves, whereas their confreres, Cresswell and Cook, never got themselves into a tangle or became flustered under pressure. Cresswell was cucumber –like; he was the back with the artistic temperament, with Cook, the fiery little member with the hugh punt. To write in this manner rather suggests an Everton complex. I am glad to say I do not suffer in that way, and am only trying to tell you just how convincingly superior Everton were. Even Roberts. "Constable" Roberts would be appropriate, was not one bit better than White, for the latter did construct, whereas Roberts simply stood between the backs and used his heights to defeat Dean. I know that was all he was there for, and he headed away many dangerous looking balls, but I like something better in a pivot. John was the best of the visitors' half-backs, but taken all through the Arsenal were disappointing.
I missed the speedy runs of Hulme, the dash of Lambert, and the intricacies of James, and only one point of the team struck me as being up to its usual standard, and what was at outside-left where Bastin displayed enthusiasm, ability to beat a man and a telling shot which required the full attention of Sagar. But it was Everton's game almost from the start. If there was a weak link in the Everton side it was at outside-right, yet Geldard played better than in his previous games at Goodison Park. What has happened to his bag of tricks? In his early days with Everton he produced the tricks of a veteran, but nowadays seems to reply upon the one movement –a movement, which is as old as the game itself – touch the ball forward and chase round an opponent. Dean was not so sure with his "heady" passes, but it was the stoke of a genius which gave Dunn his goal. Moss had expected Dean to head to goal; he positioned himself for such a contingency, but Dean used his now worldwide back header and Dunn was able to have a clean crack at goal. White's goal came from the penalty spot. When Roberts pushed Dean in the back nothing but a penalty award would have met the case, and the referee –a good one in Mr. Carnwell – made up his mind immediately. Britton showed James a few new moves; in fact, he was in my opinion, the most artistic player of the twenty-two. He wheeled, feinted, and passed with amazing judgement. . Teams: - Sagar goal; Cook and Cresswell, backs; Britton White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein forwards. Arsenal: - Moss, goal, Male and Hapgood, backs; Hall, Roberts, and John, half-backs; Parker, Jack, Bowden, James, and Bastin, forwards. Mr. E. C. Carnwell (Lichfield).
EVERTON "A" 3 PEASLEY CROSS 3
September 25 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Liverpool County Combination
Although there were occasional evidences of ill-feeling that at one time threatened to mark the game the standard of football provided at Crosby was of an excellent quality, and a draw was perhaps a satisfactory verdict to an encounter that was never lacking in interest. Yet Everton were fortunate in holding a two clear goals' interval lead (obtained through Hyland and Leyfield the latter being the most consistent forward on view), and Peasley's fine recovery in the second half when three goals were registered in the space of fifteen minutes by Jones (2), and J. own, was not wholly undeserved. An equaliser subsequently came to Everton from Leyfield penalty, but with the exception of Griffiths and Watson (T.G.) the home team were not as impressive as in their previous games, so that Peasley, if only because of the commendable displays of Peat Tinsley, and Swift, were worthy of the point.
EVRTON'S BITTER-SWEET TRIUMPH OVER ARSENAL
September 25 1933.Evening Express.
Dean's Injury May Affect "Derby" side.
By the Pilot.
The convincing victory of Everton, the F.A. Cupholders, over the league Champions, by 3-1 on Saturday may be of the "bitter-sweet" variety. It was a brilliant performance in which the art of positional play laid the foundations for success, but Dixie Dean suffered an ankle injury, which might prevent him playing in Saturday's Merseyside Derby at Anfield. Dean played under a handicap throughout the second half, and though Trainer Harry Cooke was working on the ankle yesterday, Dean suffer pain. The full extent of the injury is not yet known. The Cup holders took a firm grip on the famous Gunners at the outset of Saturday's match, and never relinquished it until the closing stages, when they had achieved their purpose, and had the point safely stowed away. The first half brought a wealth of glorious, constructive football, for Arsenal were always dangerous with their sudden raids through the agency of the sprightly Bastin, but the second half was far too one-sided to thrill. It was Everton all the time. I do not think the Arsenal have been made to look such an indifferent combination for many a day. It was not that they lacked ability, but it was the precision of the Blues, which spelt their undoing.
Everton possessed the greatest asset any team can have - the art of true positional play. It proved the undoing of the champions. Every Everton player knew he could pass to position and fins a colleague there. Passes were made with a neatness and smoothness which amazed the watchers and dumbfounded the Gunners. The Blues played as a team against a combination, which often endeavoured to adopt a "superior" attitude. The outstanding player of the 22 was Cliff Britton. He was a mighty half-back with a thousand tricks up his sleeve. He could have held two James', despite the fact that Alex played well, and I particularly admired the manner in which he slipped through to take over Geldard's work and place the Arsenal goal in jeodary with delicious centres. White was a much better pivot than Roberts, who failed even in his third back role, and the Everton forwards were much better balanced. Dean was a fine leader though suffering from a leg injury in the second half and Johnson and Dunn were splendid foragers and feeders. Stein was a keen, nippy penetrative force on the left. Thomson improved after taking some time to settle down, and no fault could be found with the Blues' defence, in which Cook was outstanding. Sagar had one of his easiest days, and did not even touch the ball for any reason in the opening 13 minutes. There was little powder in the Arsenal guns. Dean kept up his record of a goal a match, and White and Dunn also scored for the Blues, while Bowden netted for the Arsenal.
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September 26 1933 Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Dean, the Everton centre-forward, was injured in the game against Arsenal, and at the moment there is some doubt as to weather he will be able to play against Liverpool next Saturday, I understand the trouble is a sprained ankle, which forced him to retire for about five minutes in the second half of the game against Arsenal, and he finished the match, under difficulties It is hoped he will be fit to turn out against the Anfielders.
The victories of Liverpool and Everton over. Tottenham and Arsenal on Saturday completed a notable double, and the scores left no doubt as to the convincing victories of Liverpool over London. I note that the old-time excuse "the ball did not run kindly" for the losers, has been trotted out again. Some of the Southern critics will have to alter their ideas and give credit to teams that defeat their pet clubs. Liverpool are the first team to beat the Spurs at White Hart-Lane since 1931, and Everton gave Arsenal the heaviest defeat they have had for some time.
The Derby Meeting.
These victories add to the interest in the meeting of Liverpool and Everton at Anfield next Saturday. Everyone will want to see Nieuwenhuys, Liverpool's new right-winger from South Africa, who made so successful a debut at Tottenham. Two of his centres led to goals, a good enough start for anyone, but I am told his general play, once he had settle down, gave indication that Liverpool have secured a player who should make his mark in the game. There is certain to be a great crowd at Anfield this week-end.
Liverpool Cup-tie At Goodison
Everton and Liverpool are to meet at Goodison Park tomorrow in the preliminary round of the Liverpool Senior Cup. Both clubs are fielding strong sides, and the game should be an interesting one. The kick off is fixed for 5.45. Liverpool and Everton are meeting in three games this week. There is the first of the League games at Anfield on Saturday, and the Central League match between the reserves the reserves at Goodison Park the same day.
As a result of their 3-1 victory over Arsenal at Goodison Park, Everton made the honours for games between these rivals on the Goodison enclosure in post-war meetings level. Both side have only obtained 14 points from the same number of games played each having won, last and drawn the same number of matches. On goal average, however, Everton are just in front, for they have registered two goals more than their rivals, as will be seen by the appended records for the games under review:-
P W L D F A Pts
Everton 14 5 5 4 29 27 14
Arsenal 14 5 5 4 27 29 14
OPERATION ON DIXIE DEAN
September 16 1933. Evening Express.
Ankle Injury That May Keep Him Out of Side Four Weeks.
By the Pilot.
Dixie Dean Everton F.C.s' Famous Captain, was operated on Today for an Ankle injury. It is expected that he will be out of the team for four weeks. The operation was necessitated by an injury to the left ankle sustained in the match with the Arsenal at Goodison Park on Saturday. Dean twisted his ankle while turning quickly, and though he was able to continue after attention by Trainer Harry Cooke, he complained of pain on Sunday when he visited the ground for attention. Yesterday he was examined by a specialist who found there were two small pieces of bone in the ankle joint. Dean was immediately sent to Liverpool nursing home to have the bones removed. This is the second operation of this character that Dean has had. The first was in November 1929, and was on his right ankle. Dean made a rapid recovery on that occasion and hopes are entertained that Dixie will be back within four weeks. The injury to Dean is a crushing blow to Everton especially in view of the "Derby" game with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday and the fact that they have been shaping so well as a champion side. The Evening Express was informed that the operation had been successful and that dean was making splendid progess.
Scored in Every Game.
Dean has scored seven goals in six matches this season, and up to the present has scored in every match. He will be seriously missed. Everton have two regular reserve centre-forwards –Stevens, the former New Brighton player, and J. Balmer, the young amateur from Liverpool Collegiate. The directors will meet tonight to decide what the constitution of the team shall be for Saturday's match, but they might think it inadvisable to play either of the reserves in such a vital match in view of their lack of experience. An alternative suggests itself in the playing of Tommy White, the international centre-half, as centre-forward –his old position – and re-introducing another international, gee, to centre-half. This appeals to me as the best move when considering Everton's playing strength, but the Goodison Park club is certainly not one to allow any grass to grow under its feet.
A New Signing?
It will be recalled that when Ben Williams was injured last season the club immediately went abroad with a cheque book and filled the vacant position with Billy Cook –a wonderful stroke of business. I have not the slightest doubt that if Everton can "spot" their man they will not hesitate to sign him and give a cheque in return. I have the utmost faith in the Everton management, and they will not permit a weakness in their side. Dean was never happier than when opposing Liverpool, and his 14 goals against the Reds constitutes a record for the series of matches. The previous was nine by Sandy Young.
Everton and Liverpool In Senior Cup Tie.
The first meeting of the season between Everton and Liverpool takes place at Goodison Park tomorrow evening, when they meet in the preliminary round of the Liverpool Senior Cup. This will be the first of three matches between the clubs within a space of four days, for there is the First Division match at Anfield, and the Central league game between the reserve eleven's at Goodison Park the same day. Teams for tomorrow's match will be chosen by the directors of the clubs this evening, but both will field strong eleven's.
OPERATION ON DEAN
September 27 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Just when they have struck their best form, Everton have suffered a blow to their hopes by the fact, that, the team will be deprived of the services of dean for a least a month. The centre-forward who so skillfully led the team to league and cup honours, was operated on yesterday, for the removal of two small pieces of bone from his left ankle. He received the injury while playing against arsenal at Goodision park, last Saturday. Dean's absence from the derby game with Liverpool at Anfield, next Saturday will be a severely felt.
White As Deputy
On a previous, occasion in November 1929, dean was operated on for a similar injury to the right ankle, and he made a quick recovery. Dean is in a nursing home, and is reported to be making excellent progress. The club is facing with a difficult problem in filling his place, and the directors, last evening decided to move white once again, for the centre-forward berth, and to bring in gee, to his old position of centre half. In the circumstance this step appears to be the right one, as it would be a big test to place a less experienced player in the onerous position of leader of the attack. White has on many occasions played fine football in the forward line, but of course he has been so long at half-back that he may take time to settle down. Gee seems to have fully recovered, and at his best he would be a source of great strength. Liverpool will rely on the team which won so well at Tottenham and therefore the teams will turn out as follows:- Liverpool; Riley; Steel, Tennant; Morrison, Bradshaw, McDougall; Nieuwenhuys, Hodgson., English, Wright, Hanson. Everton:- Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, White, Johnson Stein. This will be Nieuwenhuys' first game at Anfield.
For the Liverpool Cup preliminary round tie at Goodison Park today, kick off 5.45 Everton and Liverpool are fielding strong reserve sides. The teams chosen are:- Everton; Deighton; Common, Bocking; Clark, Griffiths, Archer; Critchley, Birtley, G. Davies, Watson (J.), Turner. Liverpool; Scott; Done, Dabbs; Savage, Gray, McPherson; Taylor, Roberts (S.), Roberts (J.), Carr, Gunson. Carr is the South Africa inside-left who recently joined Liverpool along with Nieuwenhuys.
TWO EVERTON PLAYERS IN LEAGUE X1
September 27 1933. Evening Express.
Sagar and Britton; White on Reserves.
Two Everton players will assist the Football league in the inter-league match with the Irish league at Deepdale Preston, on Wednesday, next, October 4, and another will be on reserve. The players honoured are Teddy Sagar, the goalkeeper, and Cliff Britton, the right half, who are two of the youngest players in Everton's team, while Tommy White who played for England against Italy is on reserve. Sagar and Britton both figured in the international trial at Portsmouth last season, but this is their best first honour in representative matches. Sagar is the second Everton goalkeeper to play for the league against the Irish League in a space of five years, Arthur Davies, now with Exeter City, having played in 1928.
BRITTON AND SAGAR
September 28 1933 Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
It is pleasing to Merseyside followers of the game, to note that sager the Everton goalkeeper, and Britton the Everton half-back have gained places. These men are the forefront on their profession, and their selection for this game may be followed by greater honours later on. Sagar is undoubtedly one of the finest goalkeepers of the day while Britton is a half back of supreme skill and craft. A scientific player, he relies on his cleverness in ball control and judgement in passing for his success. A slimly built exponent, he is a most entertaining player to watch, and he is likely to prove a success in this game. He was the outstanding player in the Everton-Arsenal match at Goodison Park last Saturday .
EVERTON RESERVES 1 LIVERPOOL RESERVES 2
September 28 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Liverpool Win Cup tie.
Merseyside Reserves Sides Give Attractive Display.
Liverpool Reserves won their Liverpool Senior Cup tie at Goodison Park by 2-1 last night "in the gleaming." The gate was £135, which represents (at a six-penny entrance fee) some 6,000 spectators. it was very interesting football, and as a curtain raiser for the meeting of Everton and Liverpool first team on Saturday next at Anfield was quite an appetizer. Indeed, the spectators got very enthusiastic about both sides in the first half because there was so much really interesting and good football served up. Liverpool were fired into enthusiasm by a grand goal scored in the opening minute by Taylor, the winger. Turner made a centre that caused an equalizer to come to Birtley, tried as the inside-right whereas he has generally been a winger. Birtley eventually had to go off the field through an injured back, and Everton were also "injured" in that Carr the South Africa scored his first goal for the Liverpool side. he was laying inside-left, his nest position whereas in the past he has been played at outside left. He was not a marksman and his goal was an easy thing, but he showed a lot of good sense in his positioning and in his long passes, in addition to keeping Gunson going smoothly, and in fact, the whole attacking line played better than at any previous point of the season.
J. Roberts at centre forward, was overshadowed by the physical strength of Clark, but Syd Roberts came back to his best form, even if he did not get a goal. Roberts was at inside-right, so that with Clark, wing half back, tried as a pivot, the teams sheet itself was something of an education. Everton had their chances to make good; but Liverpool held out to the end, and it was a rather bitter end, because Scott making some startling saves, seemed to dictate a policy to his defenders in no uncertain manner. Scott was otherwise just his wonderful self. Griffiths an "A" team member was tried at centre for the home side owing to G. Davies having been signed for Blackburn Rovers. He had little chance against Liverpool's consistent line of half-backs. In Goal Everton played Deighton the man they found in the ranks of the unemployed footballers, and although he tapped one ball away that came back a goal he did some very fine catching when the game got going, and he with it also got going. He is tall and agile, and followed up his previous good work against Bury with a good show. He is a soldier and has played at Brighton and was made a professional just before yesterday's match. Liverpool's backs merit a good word in a game that was usually interesting till the light failed. Teams:- Everton Res;- Deighton, goal; Common and Bocking backs; Mercer, Clark and Archer half-backs; Critchley Birtley, Griffiths, J. Watson, and Turner forwards. Liverpool Res; Scott goal; Done and Dabbs backs; Savage, Gray, and McPherson half-backs; Taylor, Syd Roberts, J. Roberts, Carr, and Gunson forwards. Referee Mr. Martin.
WINGMEN THE KEY IN TOMORROW'S GREAT "DERBY"
September 29 1933. Evening Express.
The Pilot Sums Up Anfield Classic.
Liverpool's Three Debutants Against Everton.
One of Merseyside's biggest football thrills will be staged at Anfield tomorrow, when Liverpool and Everton meet in the first of this season's Derby games and the 65 th of the League series. The extreme wingmen hold the key to the situation. If both teams exploit their outside forwards to the fullest extent, there might be a crop of goals in addition to spectacular football. There will be three "Derby" game debutants in English, Tennant, and Nieuwenhuys, of Liverpool, and Nieuwenhuys, will be playing in his first home game, while Thomson will captain Everton for the first time in a Derby match. it will be a football gala day for the district and it is possible that a record crowd will witness the struggle. The main question is which side will win. This query has been asked a hundred and one times in Liverpool this week. I agree that Everton will miss Dean, but Tommy white they have a brilliant deputy leader – a man who has a knack of getting "hat-tricks" when he deputises for Dean. That White knows all football's moves there is no disputs in and there are few who can shoot with greater power or accuracy. The only question is whether he can forget his centre-half complex and settle down again in his old position. Time will answer that. From the general opinion one would gather that Liverpool will start favourities. Their brilliant victory at White Hart Lane (3-0) last week has sent the Anfield stock soaring, and I am assured that their display really was dazzling. I sincerely hope the Reds repeat this form for Everton are playing brilliant football themselves, and if both teams contrive to strike top note then the match should be a classic among "Derbies." Nieuwenhuys is certain to have a warm welcome. This tall colonial is of the Billy Brawn type, and all his colleagues testily to his accuracy in crossing a ball. A good display from "Nivvy" and he will be established as far as Merseyside crowds go. Everton have a record to maintain in this match. Up to now they have not suffered away from home having snatched single points at Derby, Birmingham, and Manchester City. The Reds will be out for their second home win of the season and give their supporters some compensation for the defeat by Leicester (1-3).
Charlie Gee, who returns to the Everton side for the first time, this season will have the task of watching English. It is a task not beyond his power and the duels between the pair should constitute a tit-bit of the meeting. Everton have a better record to date, but the figures will explain this. Here they are;-
Home Goals Away Goals
Pos P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
Everton 11 6 2 0 1 6 4 0 3 0 5 5 7
Liverpool 17 7 1 1 1 5 6 1 1 2 8 8 6
It would occasion no surprise were 60000 spectators to be present. The gates will be opened at 1.30 p.m. and there will be plenty of grand stand seats available for payment at the turnstiles. No seats have been booked. Spectators are asked to "come early" and form into orderly queues to ensure that they are passed into the ground speedily and without trouble. Once inside the ground spectators would assist if they moved away from the entrances and gangways. This is how the field will line up after they enter the field according to "Derby" custom –In pairs:- Liverpool;_ Riley; Steel, Tennant; Morrison, Bradshaw, McDougall; Nieuwenhuys, Hodgson, English, Wright, Hanson. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, White, Johnson, Stein. Referee Mr. W. P. Harper (Stourbridge).
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NIEUWENHUY'S HOME DEBUT.
September 30 1933. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The first appearance of Nieuwenhuys at Anfield increase interest. The young player from South Africa had a severe test before the London crowd, and he was somewhat overawed to begin with. He is faced by another "sea of faces" today, and much depends on how he settles down. Still he showed that he can play a good game at Tottenham and if he can forget the importance of the occasion all will be well. altogether it should prove a most interesting match. I do not anticipate anything like the freak score of 7-4 which started Merseyside in the corresponding match of last season, but Liverpool may just get in front again for there no mistaking the fact that Everton without Dean are under handicap. Since the war Liverpool have won seven of the thirteen games played at Anfield. Two have been drawn, and Everton won the three games prior to last season and also in 1923-24. I look for a fast open struggle. The kick off is at 3.15 and the teams are;- Liverpool;_ Riley; Steel, Tennant; Morrison, Bradshaw, McDougall; Nieuwenhuys, Hodgson, English, Wright, Hanson. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Dunn, White, Johnson, Stein.
LIVERPOOL WIN "ALL ACTION" DERBY 3-2.
September 30 1933. Evening Express, Football Edition.
"Nivvy" Hanson and English Seal Everton's Fate.
Riley Hero of Best Game for Ten Years.
Liverpool 3 Everton 2 –thus ended the greatest Merseyside Derby game for ten years. Nieuwenheys, Hanson, and English scored for Liverpool and White and Johnson for Everton. fifty-five thousand people saw a thrilling game, distinguished by brilliant forward work by Everton and dashing enterprise by Liverpool. Hats off to Riley for a brilliant display that kept Everton at bay when Liverpool gained the lead.
By the Pilot.
An hour before the start of the 65 th Mersideside "Derby" between Liverpool and Everton today; the stands at Anfield were full, and people were still clamouring to the turnstiles. There were long queues at all the turnstiles. Mr. W. C. Cuff, the Everton chairman will be the recipient of a honour present from the Everton shareholders at a smoking concert to him on November 4. It will be in recognition of his long service to the club as Secretary and Chairman and to celebrate the F.A. Cup victory.
• Unfortunately the first column is in the crease of newspaper on microfilm, and impossible to read, started from second column.
Then White missed a great chance when he had no one to beat but Riley. Tennant completely missed the ball and Geldard was able to put White through with their easiest of chances, White only half kicked the ball with his left foot, and Riley was able to save when he must have been preparing to pick the ball out of the net. It was a great game, thrilling in the extreme producing plenty of good honest constructive football, and contested at a hot pace. Everton fritted away another chance when Geldard flashed a centre across the face of the goal.
Riley missed it and Stein trying to bang it home first time, was yards wide. Liverpool then showed that Everton could not afford to miss these chances, racing right through to take a goal in 34 minutes. Nieuwenhuys was the scorer. Thus he celebrated his home debut in fitting fashion. The Reds inside forwards were given plenty of room in which to work, and a short forward pass was sent out which "Nivvy," who had cut in to the penalty area gathered in style and pushed it home by Sagar's foot. The lead was not held long –to be precise, two minutes –White compensating for his previous failure by getting a neat equaliser in 36 minutes. Dunn secured the ball after a scramble with Bradshaw, and White drawing the defence, sent Stein away with a glorious pass. Stein's centre went to the far post, and White neatly headed into the net. Riley having no chance. These goals were good ones in one of the best Derby games seen for ten years. Liverpool gained the first corner five minutes before the intervent, and English headed outside.
Geldard made another dazzling run across the field, but found Steel true. The Everton left wing played superb football, and Stein got close to the post, only to shoot straight at Riley, with White dead in position for the centre.
Half-time Liverpool 1, Everton 1.
This had been a classic first half with a clash of styles. Everton played the short passing game with the occasional far-flung pass to the wingers, while the Reds relied on fast menacing raids, in which English and Nieuwenhuys were prominent. From an Everton free kick early in the second half Dunn failed to back-head through. Hanson got away, Sagar fisting out his centre. Hodgson's quick shot went to the roof of the stands. Then perhaps the mightiest thrill of all, with the exception of the goals. A great shot from Hodgson from 30 yards beat Sagar from start to finish. The ball flew at a tremendous pace, but it struck the corner of the crossbar bounded down a yard outside the line , and Sagar was able to recover and clear. Liverpool showed themselves as a potent force, but they failed to profit by two corner kicks. Thomson tried to head back to Sagar but gave away a corner, which should have brought the second goal for Liverpool. "Nivvys" kick travelled across goal, and Hanson cleverly returned it to give English a clear goal to shoot at, but the Irishman, bent on wasting no time, hit it flew wide. Nieuwenhuy's proved that speed can be a useful asset when he doubled lack to rob Stein when Jimmy thought it was on velvet. Stein had a chance to give Everton the lead when Morrison failed to hold a Dunn pass, but shot too quickly, and the ball nearly hit the far corner flag. When "Nivvy" centred Sagar ran out for the ball, but Cresswell edged it away. Two Liverpool players tried to shoot through while Sagar was scrambling to get back to his goal. Then Hanson received and glided it up to the net just inside the near post to make "Kopities" happy. Everton had two close up free kicks, but failed to do any good, although their passing among their forwards remained a source of delight. Riley pulled Liverpool out of the fire with another great clearance from a corner. Thomson headed in, Riley saving on the goal line. Liverpool leapt to their work now with a will, inspired by Riley's greatness in goal English almost made it game and rubber after 79 minutes when the speed of Neuiwenhuys made the goal possible. Hodgson and "Nivvy" developed the move and when it looked as if the ball was travelling too fast to the goal line "Nivvy" pulled out speed and caught the ball and put it to the centre. There was a short scramble, and English after breasting the ball down snapped through with a shot, which seemed to go off the post
The score hardly reflected the run of the play, but it showed that the Reds do not lack enterprise. Everton were not done with, and from Stein's corner Johnson headed against the upright. Nieuwenhuys put across another great centre which English "cut" too much with his forehead and wide of the goal, when it seemed as if it was number four. Riley went flying through the air to make another 100 per cent clearance, when Geldard was clean through. Johnson reduced the lead a minute before time slipping the ball into the far corner for a pass by White. .
Liverpool had to thank Riley for their victory. He stemmed the Everton tide when things were looking black, but Everton are to blame for missing chances. Final Liverpool 3 Everton 2. The attendance was 54,584, and the receipts amounted to £3,241.
EVERTON RES V. LIVERPOOL RES
September 30 1933. Evening Express.
The attendance at Goodison Park for the Reserves Derby was on the small side but during the first half the football displayed was of a good standard. Everton were the first to make progress, and after Turner had shot just over Critchley came along with a capital centre, which led to Scott having to save brilliantly a first time effort by McGourty. Cunlifffe also made a good attempt, which Scott saved with his customary ability. Liverpool then attacked and but for a timely intervention by Common, J. Roberts must have scored. The Liverpool backs found the speedy Everton wingers a rare handiful and at this stage of the game Everton were definitely on top. After 30 minutes Turner ran through and passed inward for Lapham to give Everton the lead. McGourty next headed against the bar. Five minutes from the interval S. Roberts from a centre by Taylor levelled the score. Half-time Everton Res 1 Liverpool Res 1.