EVERTON TACKLE THE CHAMPIONS.
September 1, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton, who tackle Manchester City, are fielding the side which lost to the Arsenal, the directors apparently being of the opinion that the team requires time to settle down, and that the Arsenal on Saturday’s form would have beaten most sides. At all events the players have an opportunity to make amends tonight. In opposing Manchester City at Maine-road they face a strong eleven who as holders of the championship, will be all out to justify their position. Not once in their last half-dozen visits to Maine-road have Everton left the ground victorious in a League encounter. In fact, only two points have been won during this period, these coming from drawn games in the successive seasons of 1933-34-35 when 4 goals were shared on each occasion. The other games have resulted in the City’s favour by 1-0, 2-0, 1-0, and 4-1. Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Manchester City; Swift; Dale, Barkas; Percival, Marshall, Bray; Toseland, Herd, Tilson, Doherty, Brook.
GOODISON SIDE UNCHANGED AGAINST MANCHESTER CITY
September 1, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Everton make no changes tonight in the team beaten by Arsenal. It was never likely that they would, for the directors realised that the team played much below its best form. Strange results crop up at this period of the seasons, and while they have no excuses to offer Everton are of the opinion they cannot play so poorly again. Maine-road is one of Everton’s “bogey” grounds. Rarely have they won there. In fact, the City have a fine record against Everton both at home and away. Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Manchester City; Swift; Dale, Barkas; Percival, Marshall, Bray; Toseland, Herd, Tilson, Doherty, Brook.
Everton Under “Arrest”
This is the day of the correspondents, the opportunity for the prosecuting counsel bears a Scottish name, but asked me to hide it beneath the anonymity of “fed Up” This is what he writes:-
Have just read your comments in the brilliant performances of Everton and Liverpool on Saturday. It’s no use trying to gloss it over, they are two bad teams. They were just good enough last season to escape relegation. What have those responsible done about it? Practically nothing. Take Everton. Ever since Coulter broke his leg it has been patent that an outside left was required, so they sign Gillick, an outside right, and play him outside left, where he was distinct failure. Then dropped Geldard and put in Gillick with Coulter back at outside left, although he couldn’t stand up to it. All that was accomplished was to upset both outside positions. In my opinion, the management of both teams don’t give two hoots where they finish up so long as the “mugs” continue to roll up. The sooner the public realise that football is a business the same as the threate and refrain from going after a bad performance, the sooner will the managements get a move on. My advice to the followers of both teams is to let them play to the dicky birds for a while, at any rate, here’s one who is going to.
Heights and Weights.
“Ex-Pro.” Says: - We (three ex-First Division professionals) were watching Everton on Saturday, after a rather long absence. We were surprised to notice the exceptional number of very small men in the team. I should think Sagar is one of the smallest goalkeepers in the League, the backs are the smallest, and there are four small forwards. From goal kicks, free kicks, and corners the ball must be in the air also when you kick a lobbing ball. I noticed particularly that the Everton defence rarely got the ball when in the air, and not one of the forwards (Dean accepted) had any chance whatever. Everton have not won one of the last thirteen matches, and I do not wonder. For a small player to succeed as a first class footballer he has to be a Needham, Johnny Holt or an Alex James. Don’t tell me Everton have won this and that. In those days you had Cresswell at back, Thomson at half back, and Johnson at inside forward, all man of height, weight and ability.
EVERTON’S TASK AT MAINE-ROAD
September 1, 1937. Evening Express.
By The Pilot.
Everton have a tremendous task facing them at Maine-road, but the directors have decided not to make changes because of the home defeat at the hands of Arsenal. They have allowed the same team as go to Manchester in an endeavour to regain lost prestige. It may prove a happy plan, for Everton cannot again play as poorly as they did last Saturday. Pre-match talk between the players and Mr. Hunter Hart, the coach, may bring about more pleasing results. The season before last these talks were a feature of Everton’s weekly programme, but they were discontinued. This week, however, the players approached the directors and asked that they be resumed. This sufficient to show that the players have the club spirit and are all out to show the football world that they are no “easy meat.”
Value Of Tactics.
No match can be won in a dressing –room, but a free discussion of tactics can go a long way towards improving team work. I shall watch for the effect at Maine-road. The City are a fine team. There is no disputing that. They rely on speedy thinking and speedy action. They play good football without pandering to the intricate, and their swift moves can upset the best of defences. On Saturday the City, however, could not cope with the direct Wolverhampton forwards, and that seems to indicate that directness can serve Everton well. One would shudder at the thought of Everton scrapping their delightful close passing and ball artistry, but a little more directness in action is necessary once goal looms up. If Everton can capture their first point of the season it will give tremendous satisfaction.
Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Manchester City; Swift; Dale, Barkas; Percival, Marshall, Bray; Toseland, Herd, Tilson, Doherty, Brook.
MANCHESTER CITY 2 EVERTON 0 (Game 1606 over-all)-(Div 1 1564)
September 2, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Forwards Fail To Shoot.
Everton’s Faults At Manchester
Doherty’s Great Shot.
While Everton gave an improved display, against Manchester City, at Maine-road, they were not entirely satisfactory, for had they been so they had every chance of at least taking a point from the League champions, who were not, however, in championship form last night. Everton lost by 2-0, which cannot be considered really bad on an away ground, and it is only the fact that they had a first-class chance of grasping a surprise that made the defeat disappointing. For half the game Everton were just as good as Manchester City, and those who had seen their exhibition against the Arsenal on Saturday were agreeably surprised at their showing.
The reason they did not take a goal was because, the forwards, with the exception of Geldard were distinctly moderate. They had only to touch their average game to have put Manchester City “on the spot” for to be candid, they had the measure of the City right up to the moment -40minutes –the Manchester side scored what was considered a faulty goal. The Everton defence was different to what it had been against the Arsenal. There were no loopholes anywhere, so the whole fault for the defeat must be shouldered by the attack. There were times when they penetrated the City defence only to fail with the shot. In the first minute an interesting movement between Stevenson and Geldard looked like proving successful, but the outside right shot straight at Swift, the City goalkeeper, and the goalkeeper was able to take a long shot by Stevenson because it was levelled straight at him. From goal to left half back there was a solidity about the Everton team which was lacking on Saturday, and I was pleased to see that there was a stiffening in defence, they played further back, and Britton had made up his mind to keep in close touch with the City “engineer-in-chief” Doherty, and at times was to be seen on the far side of the field. Gee’s determination to hold the middle of the ground enabled the two backs to play their normal game and Cook in particular, gave a fine display of defensive football.
The Turning Point.
It was not a classical game by any means. The second half was greatly lacking in thrust, but the turning point of the game was the scoring of Herd’s goal. A free kick started it, and when Tilson shot from close in Sagar saved it, but it only bounced out to Herd, who quickly had the ball in the net. Five minutes prior to that the City goalkeeper had one of the luckiest escapes he will ever have. Geldard rushed in to make a header, and Swift in the belief that the ball would go outside the post, stepped back to allow it to do so, only to see the ball strike the upright. Unfortunately there was not an Everton man near enough to step up to put the ball through. The second half saw the Everton attack completely out of working order. Geldard was the one man likely to do damage, but he saw little of the ball during the last 45 minutes. Coulter was well plied with passes, but he was weak, and Stevenson, while doing some good work, was of his shot, and Dean played too far behind Marshall to be of any great service to his side. Cunliffe, like Stevenson, could not produce a shot of any value, and midway through the half the City scored a perfect goal.
A Great Goal.
No Everton man could be blamed in this case, for it was a nice a movement as one could wise to see, and lifted the game from the depths. Percival swung a centre inside of Cook, and Tilson neatly stepped over the ball to allow it to go to Doherty, who cracked it into the net like lightning. There was never a change of Everton pulling the game out of the fire at this point, for there was not a forward worth his salt, if exception is made of Geldard. I have nearly forgotten the case of Swift saving when he knew little about it, for the ball rattled against the knee before he finally got it away. The City are not well knit at the moment, but I think they were justly entitled to the victory. They had forwards who would shoot, given the chance, and Sagar had to make some good saves. Britton and Mercer worked like Trojans, and Gee, more of a third back than usually was a success, and must in future adopt similar methods which means a more solid defence. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Coulter, forwards. Manchester City: - Swift, goal; Dale and Barkas, backs; Percival, Marshall and Bray, half-backs; Toseland, Herd, Tilson, Doherty, and Brook, forwards. Referee Mr. G. Hewitt (St. Helens).
EVERTON’S DEFENSIVE IMPROVES, BUT FORWARDS WEAK
September 2, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
I will honesty admit that I went to Manchester last night with my heart in my boots, for to be perfectly frank, I expected the champions to score a runaway victory after what I saw at Goodison last Saturday. Imagine my surprise, therefore, when I saw Everton tackle their task in such a manner that they could have won this game had there been a forward present with a reasonably good shot in his boots. The defence had altered its plan of campaign, and it almost brought them success against the champions, who were held down tightly for forty minutes of the first half, when Everton led us to believe that a half-time share of the points could be won. But no side can win matches without forwards, and Everton had only one at Maine-road last night. The Arsenal lesson had been learned. There were no free passengers through to goal, for the defence had got together and out up a splendid barrier to the League champions’ Swift and clever forward line.
City Looked Moderate.
The City were made to look ordinary, when we know they can be a menace, and it was simply and sorely because the Everton defence had done some deep thinking on its own behalf, and decided that Gee must play further back; not quite a third back, but just ahead of Cook and Jackson. It was a success and, although the third back in not favoured at Goodison, I feel that it is the only method, these days. It certainly curbed the Manchester inside forwards.
With Gee lying well back, Cook and Jackson could go out in the full knowledge that there would be no blank spot left by their incursions, so that the Everton defence was really good. But what am I to say about the forwards? One in five will never do, for apart from Geldard, the City goalkeeper had little to fear. He was surprised out of his life just before the City scored, for under the impression that Geldard’s header would past wide, he stepped back to allow it to be so, and saw the ball bump up against his upright. A goal then, and Everton would have taken the lead, but almost immediately afterwards Herd scored a lucky goal after Sagar had parried a hot shot from Tilson. Dean played too far behind Marshall to have any chance and Cunliffe and Stevenson could not find a drive while they put too many passes astray; but the great weakness of the line was Coulter, who could do nothing right. Everton have signed an promising Port Sunlight amateur, Edward Newby, aged 19, n inside right standing 5ft 8ins, and weighing 11st 2lbs.
EVERTON FORWARD FAILINGS.
September 2, 1937. Evening Express.
Defence The Bright Spot at Maine Road.
By The Pilot.
Forward failings brought yet another defeat for Everton, when, at Maine road, last night, they went down to Manchester City by two clear goals. In the early period there was a glimmer of hope that the Blues would beat an unconvincing City, but this hope was not maintained, and Everton went on to their 15th successive defeat in Football League matches. There will have to be vast improvement in Everton’s attack. Geldard was the one forward to constitute real danger to the City defence. He had that touch of zeal and earnestness which was strangely missing in the line. Some of Stevenson’s scheming was attractive, but there was little collaboration and there was an absence of “bite.” Dean too often was behind an opponent waiting for the City man to miss it –a big fault with Everton in this game. Marshall “blotted” out the inside forwards.
Good Defence Plan.
Everton’s defensive plan was excellent. Gee played as a defender, leaving the backs to take the opposing wingers, and with Britton and Mercer doing more roaming than usual in their discharge of the task of construction. This defence will suit Everton. There was solidity about it. But the attack was unimpressive except for Geldard’s bright offerings. Praises to goalkeeper, backs and half-backs, who all did well.
EVERTON MAKE FOUR CHANGES.
September 3, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
In an effort to improve the form of the team the Everton directors have decided to make four changes from the team which lost to Arsenal and Manchester City. Everton visit Blackpool tomorrow, and I am sure they will find the seaside team a hard nut to crack. Jones comes in to partner Cook in place of Jackson, while the other alterations are in the forward line. Lawton replacing Cunliffe, while Dougal and Trentham form a new left wing. The team is: Sagar; Cook, Jones; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Geldard, Lawton, Dean, Dougal, Trentham.
Dougal and Trentham.
Thus the former Arsenal player makes his debut with Everton’s senior side in partnership with a young player who is also a debutant in the first eleven. Dougal demonstrated in the Central League match earlier in the week that he is a live force, and he is expected to add dash to the line. Trentham showed excellent form when playing in the Central League side last term, and his play tomorrow is expected to demonstrate that his training in the hard school of the Central League has improved his ability as a wing forward. Signed in December of 1936 as a professional, he is a brother of the well known West Bromwich Albion full back. He joined Everton as an amateur from Mickle Trafford FC and quickly earned praise for his ball control and capital marksmanship. A native of Cherbury, Shropshire, he stands 5ft 8ins, and weighs 10st 6lb. After the experience gained last season Lawton is likely to add more driving power to the Everton attack. He has a fine shot. With this side I look for a decided improvement at Blackpool.
At Goodison Park the reserve sides meet in a Central League game. Cunliffe, Jackson, and Stevenson are included in the Everton team which is as follows; Morton; Jackson, Felton; Bentham, Jones (tg), Davies; Arthur, Cunliffe, Bell, Stevenson, Watson.
BLUES’ EXPERIMENT AT BLACKPOOL
September 3, 1937. The Evening Express.
By The Pilot.
Everton, without a point and having scored only one goal, go to Bloomfield-road tomorrow to tackle promoted Blackpool –and with an experimental attack. Following the poor forward display at Maine-road on Wednesday, the Blues leave out their three international –Cunliffe, Stevenson and Coulter –and introduce, two debutants. First is 19-year-old Duggie Trentham, a Chester lad and product of the Cheshire League. He was playing with Saltney G.W.R when he was recommenced to Everton and after trials went back to Saltney. He joined Mickle Trafford and scored so many goals that Everton took him as an amateur in December, 1936. He was signed as a professional this season and now comes right into the limelight. If he does as well as his full-back brother did for West Bromwich Albion all will be satisfied. Peter Dougal, whom Everton signed on a free transfer from Arsenal, steps into the side as Trentham’s partner, while Lawton plays at inside right. Jackson goes out in the defence, allowing Cook to move to right back and make way for Jack Jones on the left. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (je); Britton, Gee, Mercer; Geldard, Lawton, Dean, Dougal, Trentham. Blackpool; Wallace; Blair (d), Witham; Farrow, Caldwell, Jones (s); Munro, Hampson, Finan, Baird (JA), Hill.
• Central League Match at Goodison Park Tomorrow. (Saturday), September 4 Everton Reserves v Blackpool Reserves Kick-off 3-15. Admission 6d, Boys 2d, Stands extra, including tax.
THIRD TIME LUCKY?
September 3, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Everton go to Blackpool tomorrow full of hope, gained through the team’s fine showing at Manchester, and if the forwards will only go to it they have an excellent chance of bring off an away victory. It all depends on the attack for under the new plan the defence will give little away. At Maine-road the Everton forwards were never a menace, so that all the good work of the defence went for nought. Having tightened up the defence it was pliable to see the forwards never really test the City defenders. In an effort to bring the attack into line with the defence, the directors have made three changes in the attack, and Dougal, the new man from the Arsenal soon make his appearance. I saw him in a reserve game on Monday and he impressed me by his tactics. He is typically a Scot in a football sense, and he and Trentham should get along quite well; they did against the City Reserves. Lawton comes in at inside right to Geldard, and if only Dean will buckle to them their should be punch in the line, and it is punch which has been lacking.
Fear and Trembling.
Jack Jones returns to the exclusion of Jackson, Cook moving over to the right to accommodate him. I did not anticipated any change in the defence, which was good as Maine-road. The instruction that Gee play closer to the full back was a hugh success and stopped the City from running wild. Cook and Jackson could go out to the wing men without fear and trembling their heart that should they fall in their tackle the middle of the ground would be open. Britton and Mercer was bang on their toss, and if in the same fame of mind should hold down the Blackpool attack. Blackpool have some capable players under the guidance of Joe Smith, but already there is more than a shade of doubt as to their ability to stand the pace in the higher grade. Everton are lacking the inspiration of a victory, and one of their failings –it was most marked in the Arsenal match –was their failure to take the shooting chances that came their way. Too often in recent seasons Everton have been too “easy” in their away fixtures. There has been a lack of spirit and the failures have led to a defeatist atmosphere that certainly should not be the case remembering the talent at the club’s disposal. League championships are won on away performances. There is no lack in Division 1 of clubs who can win at home and lose away. The side which can go for a point and get it occasionally in matches on other club’s grounds is the one that is picking up the medals. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (je); Britton, Gee, Mercer; Geldard, Lawton, Dean, Dougal, Trentham. Blackpool; Wallace; Blair (d), Witham; Farrow, Caldwell, Jones (s); Munro, Hampson, Finan, Baird (JA), Hill.
• Central League Match at Goodison Park Tomorrow. (Saturday), September 4 Everton Reserves v Blackpool Reserves Kick-off 3-15. Admission 6d, Boys 2d, Stands extra, including tax.
EVERTON VISIT BLACKPOOL
September 4, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton, having lost two games, go to Blackpool with a much changed side. The main fault has been lack of shooting power, and the inclusion of Dougal, Lawton and Trentham into the forward line today is expected to remedy the defeat. Blackpool have had a career of ups and downs, and the last time they were in the First Division they could not hold their place, but coming up with Leicester City this time they are determined to make a bid to retain a good place. A draw with Bolton is their best so far. The seaside club are introducing J. Blair the eighteen year old son of the Scottish international. It should be an excellent game, and Everton may be depended on to make a bold bid for success. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (je); Britton, Gee, Mercer; Geldard, Lawton, Dean, Dougal, Trentham. Blackpool; Wallace; Blair (d), Witham; Farrow, Caldwell, Jones (s); Munro, Hampson, Finan, Baird (JA), Hill.
FROM ARSENAL TO EVERTON
Gloucestershire Echo-Saturday 4 September 1937
PETER DOUGAL, who was understudy to the great Alex James in the Arsenal team for five years, has been secured by Everton. He was given free transfer at the close of last season. He had been out of the first team for a season following an injury, and the diagnosis was that he had a wasted leg muscle. Dougal, finding himself free, visited his brother, who is a trainer's assistant and masseur at Burnley F.C. The leg gained strength during the summer, and two weeks ago Everton signed him on trial. He pleased them; a specialist passed him as fit. Everton gave him a contract for the season, and to-day Dougal is back in first-class football.
EVERTON LOSE NEAR TIME
September 4, 1937 The Liverpool Football Echo
Finan Decides Close Game.
Teams: - Everton: Sagar, goal; Cook, and Jones (je), backs; Britton, Gee, and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Lawton, Dean (captain), Dougal, and Trentham, forwards. Blackpool: - Wallace, goal; Blair (d) and Witham, backs; Farrow, Farrow and Caldwell, half-backs; Jones (s), Munro, Hampson, Finan, Baird (JA), and Hill, forwards. Mr. H Hartley, of Bolton. Blackpool bathed as it was in sunshine, did not suggest football, but when I reached the ground the crowds were pilling in so long streams and the stands were closed a quarter of an hour before the start. I met many Liverpool people here and Blackpool had taken the match to heart. Great interest was taken in Everton’s new attack formation, and both Trentham and Dougal were recipients of good cheer massagers. Neither was the least concerned about the big task and was hopeful of doing well. Members of the Irish Selection Committee were present looking over Whitham, Cook and S. Jones. Everton had to play in white for Blackpool’s new colours, blue-striped shirts, would clash with the royal blue. The ground record, I am told, is 32,000 –well, it looked in peril of being broken. Blackpool’s defence was built up with “mountain men,” so the Everton forwards would have their work cut out.
Contrast In Styles.
There was a great comparison in the styles. Blackpool cut out all the frills and fancies and get straight on with their job, whereas Everton must make two passes where one would have done. When Gee made a lob on the middle. Dean hooked it to goal, but it was the sort of kick which was never likely to catch a goalkeeper answered. J. Blair played clever football and was mainly responsible for Blackpool’s good showing but by the same token Dean put Geldard through with a perfectly placed pass, but when the winder made his centre they was no Everton man up to receive the ball. Everton were now attacking with more determination and Dean was unfortunate to find the ball rattle against his heels as he waited for the ball to run on in front of him. Wallace beat Geldard by throwing himself at the forward’s feet and edging the ball away.
Then came the first real thrill and it took place in the Everton goalmouth. Hill got clean through and it looked a certainty that the Everton goal would fall but Sagar brought off a magnificent save. He did not completely clear but there were others ready in do so. Dean was going through when he was tripped and Lawton who was trusted with the free kick, put maximum power behind his drive the ball struck a defender, and flew up. Wallace tipped the ball on to the upright. The ball then went on to safety. Blackpool were distinctly fortunate to have escaped, and when J. Blair ran down it was all too obvious what he would do, and he did is the Everton defence being give to the move.
A Good Plan.
Dean worked hard, and then he dropped back and Lawton moved forward the plan almost succeeded, for the Everton captain got through a perfect up-the-middle pass and Lawton made a lovely drive which Wallace fielded cleverly. Blackpool had their chances, particularly so when J. Blair moved up but he only half hit his shot. Thrills were followed by some quiet spells. Finan shot over from a difficult angle to where Dean, who was in excellent form made a rasping drive, Wallace clutch the ball to his body. Geldard did not move quickly enough when Dean almost told him was about to pass.
Dean And S. Jones Hurt.
Dean and Lawton got together in an interesting statement, and Dean finished off with a flourish, Wallace’s springing smartly to his left to keep out the centre’s shot. Dean and S. Jones came into Collision; the latter going off with twist appeared to be a cut forehead. Dean stayed on, but he had felt the bump and later walked slowly off the field in a dazed condition, feeling his injured face. Lawton brought Wallace to his knees with a left-foot shot on the interval.
Half-Time Blackpool 0 Everton 0
Injured Player Resume.
S. Jones resumed with his forehead plastered, Dean was still missing. Finan missed a great opportunity when he scooped the ball over the box from close range. Lawton made a king dribble, although three attempts were made foul him. Eventually he was out numbered. Hereabout Dean slowly walked on to the field just in time to see Lawton put a great fear into the Blackpool defence with a particularly hot shot which went close. Finan did the same for Blackpool the only difference being that Sagar had to save. Geldard and Lawton had a hand in a smart movement that failed when Lawton shot grazed off a Blackpool man. Dougal was holding the ball and Trentham did useful work against a strong back in D. Blair, but the wing half back had thus for not produced their Manchester City form. Gee was sod dentally blocked by Finan. Lawton once again delayed his shot too long, but adopted first-time tactics later, which brought a corner, and Wallace, was lucky not to concede a goal when Dougal shot hit the goalkeepers body. Dean gave Geldard a nice opening, but the winger was not to good today. Hill had the best chance of the match but he shot right at Sagar, who had a busy time. Blackpool were fighting hard, but Everton were not yet, and Dean, with a header give Trentham a chance. With ten minutes to go Finan scored for Blackpool. Munro was out on his own, and big inward pass was taken promptly by Finan. Britton had a shot saved by Wallace , and Everton had made a good fight of it. Final Blackpool 1, Everton 0.
September 4, 1937. The Liverpool Football Club
By Louis T. Kelly.
• Former Everton favourite Tim Coleman is to coach Epsom the London League side.
• Everton’s match at Maine-road on Wednesday was their 1,650th under League auspices.
• Prior to last week Everton and Liverpool hadn’t both gone down on the opening Saturday of the season since 1899-00 -38 years ago; think of it!
EVERTON LOSE IN LAST MINUTES
September 4, 1937. The Evening Express, Football Edition.
Good Display At Blackpool
Dean Star Of Blues’ Attack.
A goal close on time enabled Blackpool to beat Everton 1-0 at Blackpool today. Everton played well enough to deserve at least a point. Dean was easily the best forward, in spite of ill luck, while the newcomers –Dougal and Trentham –were satisfactory. Irish F.A. representatives were present in the hope of seeing Coulter and Stevenson in the Everton side. They were disappointed, but they were able to watch Cook and Jones (s). It was a great holiday crowd, and the stands were full before the teams turned out. Everton had two debutants –Dougal and Trentham. They received messages of good luck before the game. Teams: - Everton: Sagar, goal; Cook, and Jones (je), backs; Britton, Gee, and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Lawton, Dean (captain), Dougal, and Trentham, forwards. Blackpool: - Wallace, goal; Blair (d) and Witham, backs; Farrow, Farrow and Caldwell, half-backs; Jones (s), Munro, Hampson, Finan, Baird (JA), and Hill, forwards. Mr. H Hartley, of Bolton.
The game opened with a spirited burst on the left, and the 30,000 spectators expected something big, Dean slipped into an off-side position. Farrow dropped a free kick to the middle, and Blair, the Blackpool debutant, headed well. Sagar was kept active without being unduly worried. Then Trentham came into action with a quick centre which his the side netting. Dougal manoeuvred well then dribbled too far. Blackpool were more direct, and Cardwell slipped one right through the centre for Finan to run and shoot wide with only Sagar to beat. The Blues, today in white, were fortunate to escape a penalty when Mercer appeared to catch the ball on his arm.
Trentham came into the limelight with good ball control before racing ahead to Dougal’s past. He middle first time, and Dean’s slick shot found Wallace waiting. Dean put through a perfect pass to Geldard, who was just kept at distance. Then Lawton trod on the ball when getting away to Dougal’s helpful pass. Geldard took over from Britton’s throw-in, and after tipping the ball over Witham’s head was beaten by the out coming Wallace. Sagar came to Everton’s rescue when Hill, getting a cross-pass, was right through. The shot was fierce, but Sagar beat it out and Gee turned it aside for a corner. Back to the Blackpool end; where Dean was fouled as he was taking advantage of a self-created opening. Lawton took the free kick at such a pace that the ball hit a Blackpool player, spun wide of Wallace, and struck the far upright. Before Dougal could get there to tap it through, Danny Blair had kicked clear. Welcome thrills to compensate for a lot of throws-in.
Dean In Form.
Dean was showing his real form today, working hard and using the ball well. Now he came back, drew two men, and pushed the ball up the middle for Lawton to leave his field behind and finish with a terrific shot on the run, Wallace rose quickly to the occasion with a grand catch at full stretch. Dean took a shot on the run, but Wallace saved. Lawton and Dean contributed some clever inter-passing and head work, and Dean tried another of those dangerous, lofty shots which had Wallace beaten but which swerved just outside the post. Dean was next found at outside left, and Wallace slipped out to take charge of his centre. Trentham fought well to earn a corner, from which Dean ran through with a great header. Wallace was there again, and Dean and Jones had to receive attention as, a result of their collision.
Jones had to retire for plaster on the head, while Dean wandered about in a dazed condition for a time. Finally, Dean strolled away on his own right into the Blackpool half, and Hill ran along the touch-line, took his arm, and led him to the dressing-room. Dean had caught a blow right in the face. Lawton took over the centre-forward role to forge ahead and almost beat Wallace with a ball which bounced up at the last second half and hit the goalkeeper on the shoulder.
Half-Time Blackpool 0, Everton 0.
Dean did not resume after the interval. Finan hooked high over from a good position. Lawton beat three men in a race down the middle, and after surviving two fouls, failed in a tackle. Dean came on in a few minutes to a big cheer, just in time to see Lawton swing round to one from 25 yards. The ball went over the top. Blair, easily Blackpool’s best forward, got through to drive inches over. The right wing triangle came into play and Geldard slipped through and returned the ball back to Lawton. Lawton delayed his shot that fatal fraction. The game was still a little scrappy, with the ball in the air too much. There was hardly a pin to choose between the sides. Gee received a kick in the face, but was able to resume. Trentham leapt in with a header, and Dean tried to help it through, yet fell victim to offside. Peter Dougal went within an ace of opening the score. He scooped the ball through a group of players from Britton’s header and the ball slipped passed Wallace’s hands to be stopped by his body. A lucky save! Sagar, who had not been as busy as Wallace, neatly slipped aside a fine centre from Munro as Hill swept into the net. Twice Dean almost burst through on his own, but was beaten by numbers. Munro was bright at this stage and gave a glorious chance to Hill, who shot at point-blank range, Sagar saving brilliantly. Blackpool, however, should have scored immediately afterwards. Munro shot from a crowd of players, and Sagar fell and beat the ball down right to the feet of Finan, standing only five yards out. With Sagar on the floor, Finan put the ball over the top. Finan scored the winning goal for Blackpool after 80 minutes. Final Blackpool 1, Everton 0.
BLACKPOOL 1 EVERTON 0 (Game 1607 over-all)-(Div 1 1565)
September 6, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Finan’s Snap Shot Decides
Everton Still Pointless.
Dean Plays Well Despite Injury.
Everton are the only team in the four Divisions of the Football League who are without a point. On March 3 last season Everton defeated Leeds United 7-1, but they have not won since, a run of 14 matches without gaining full points. A week ago it was the defence that was responsible for their defeat by the Arsenal. At Manchester City and Blackpool the order was changed, for it was forward where their great weakness lay. New men were introduced for the Bloomfield road game, and to a point the inclusion of Lawton. Trentham and Dougal proved a success, but there is still a frailty in their attack. There was more “bite” about their play against Blackpool, who won the day by a single goal scored by Finan ten minutes from the end. It was a snap shot which did it, for Finan had previously failed opportunist in front of goal. In point of fact it was young J.A. Blair who was responsible for Everton’s defeat, for he switched the ball over from the left where most of the Everton defence had foregathered, so that Munro was out of his own. The winger was able to take his own time before he put the ball into the centre, and Finan hit is as it came across, with the result mentioned, the ball curling away from Sagar. Easier chances than the one which was turned to account were missed. Hill had shot hard and Sagar, who was in brilliant form, pushed the ball out to the feet of Finan, who it seemed must score from such a position, but he stubbed and the ball went high over the bar. Hill should also have scored, but so should Dean in the last two minutes. Britton lobbed the ball over the full back’s head and so made an opening that Dean asks for. He would have scored nine times out of ten from such a position, but this unfortunately was the tenth time, and he headed the ball two yards away from the post with Wallace out of place. There was a reasonable excuse for Dean, for up to the time he was injured –he had several teeth loosened in a collision with Farrow, and seemed dazed for the rest of the game, he had played extremely well, quite his best game for some time. Farrow had his forehead plastered and Dean did not resume with his colleagues, after the interval, but strolled on to the field some ten minutes later. During his absence Lawton went into the centre and proved beyond doubt that is his best position. He was responsible for some fine shots, one, a hook shot, almost taking the Blackpool’s goalkeeper y surprise. Wallace, however, was in great form, and as Sagar was, although he was almost beaten when a free kick by Lawton was defected. Wallace rushed across his goal and turned the ball on to the inside of the upright.
A Narrow Escape.
The ball seemed to swerve over the goal line in its passage across the goalmouth, and Lawton is emphatic that it was well over the goal-line in its flight. But Wallace’s best save was from debutant Trentham, who, although opposed by a Scottish international back in D. Blair did uncommonly well. Dean flicked the ball across to the outside left, who cracked the ball to the far side of the goal. I was in june with its flight, and it looked a million to one on its flashing into the far side of the goal, but Wallace turned the ball out –the finest shot and the finest save I have seen this season.
It was a goalkeepers’ day, for the forward-on both sides were fretful. Hampson and Blair, for Blackpool, were the best of the attack, while I have no hesitation in taming Dean as Everton’s best forward. Geldard was in hesitant mood, and while Dougal did some neat things, he must do more shooting. Wallace dived to one of the Scot’s drives, missed the ball with his hand, but was saved by the ball striking his body. Mercer and Britton found the pace of the Blackpool wingers troublesome. Britton came into his own in the second half, whereas Mercer was always laboured in his work. Cook vied with D. Blair for defensive honours. They each kicked with great power and judgement. It was hard luck on Everton, for they had fought hard. They must however, kept the ball down. Teams: - Everton: Sagar, goal; Cook, and Jones (je), backs; Britton, Gee, and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Lawton, Dean (captain), Dougal, and Trentham, forwards. Blackpool: - Wallace, goal; Blair (d) and Witham, backs; Farrow, Farrow and Caldwell, half-backs; Jones (s), Munro, Hampson, Finan, Baird (JA), and Hill, forwards. Mr. H Hartley, of Bolton.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 BLACKPOOL RESERVES 3
September 6, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 3)
After opening the score in 3 minutes and holding on to their lead up to the interval, Everton were outplayed during the second half, at Goodison Park, allowing Blackpool to score three times. Everton’s goal came as a result of the fine run by Watson, who forced a corner on the left and centred well for Bell to net. On the resumption Blackpool quickly asserted themselves, McIntosh levelled matters within 2 minutes, and Watmough registering 2 further goals. The visitors were full value for their victory. McIntosh and Watmough were dangerous wingers throughout and often had the home defence spread-eagled. Bell was a keen worker, but the other Everton forwards had poor day, Jones (TG) was hard worked in an unsteady defence. Everton Reserves: - Morton, goal; Jackson and Felton, backs; Bentham, Jones (TG), and Davies (JW), half-backs; Arthur, Cunliffe, Bell, Stevenson, and Watson, forwards.
Everton “A” 4 Earlestown White Star 1
Liverpool County Combination.
At Sandfield Park. The home side, after a rather indifferent start, rallied strongly in the later stage and won easily. The visitors scored first after 15 minutes through Lowe. Hilton missed a penalty. The visitors’ defence was given plenty of work. Griffin making several good saves. Roberts (2) and Edwards scored for Everton after the interval.
September 6, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
It was not entirely dissatisfied with Everton’s display at Blackpool although I readily admit that all is not well with the team. The forward line is still the director’s trouble, for the defence again gave a solid exhibition; and no blames could be levelled at that section of the team. But to be beaten by a snap goal ten minutes from the end was a depressing experience, for there was every prospect of Everton taking at least a point from Bloomfield road. Even in the last minute there was a chance of the visitors taking a half share, for when Britton lobbed the ball over the Blackpool defence he gave Dean the sort of chance he sighs for and those who knew what that famous head of his can do with such a ball, had no thought of anything but a goal. But last we forget. I must tell you that Dean had suffered a nasty blow five minutes from the interval, and was feeling the effects of his collisions with S. Jones for the remainder of the game. Dean and Jones collided so heavily that Dean had several teeth loosened and Jones a severely cut forehead.
The Best Shot.
Dean, however, played really well, particularly in the first half when he worked like a Trojan, and even later when he must have been suffering pain he did not spare himself, and one flick from him culminated in the best shot of the match –Finan’s goal included –Trentham anticipated Dean’s design and he strode forward to hit the ball with great power. Suddenly a hand flew out; it was Wallace and the ball was edged out of goal. A truly miraculous save from the best shot I have seen this season. But let me tell you of Finan’s goal. Without attempting to detract from it. I have got it at the back of my head that it was a shot at random. Perhaps you have done the same yourself at some time or another –had to go on the off-chance of it proving a success. Munro was out on his own when JE Blair –a star of the future –swept the ball over to him after coaxing the Everton defence over to the left. Munro had time and space to do a dozen things with the ball, but he did the sendable thing, banged it into the middle before the Everton defence could get together and at it came to him Finan pushed out of his leg contacting with the ball which were curling away from Sagar. It was the speed of the whole movement which brought Everton’s defeat.
Sagar Does Well.
Sagar and Wallace were the big men in this game, for each made brilliant saves when all seemed loss but Lawton who slashed in a free kick, which was defeated –Wallace eventually pushing the ball onto his upright –the emphatic that the ball curled over the line as it came over the woodwork and sped right across the goalmouth. Everton defensive play again worked well, but Everton was troubled by the pace of Hill and Blair and Mercer was laboured and now successful in his distribution of the ball. But what of the two debutants. Trentham is worthy of another trial. He stood up to the Scottish international back. Blair like Scottish international back, Blair like an old campaigner, although rarely did he receive a ball on the floor –a big fault this with Everton. Dougal did some neat things, fetching and carrying and should be in again, but I am convinced that Lawton who is not yet eighteen is a centre forward, and nothing less.
EVERTON SIGNS OF THINGS TO COME
September 6, 1937. Evening Express.
Improved Form at Blackpool
By The Pilot.
Three matches; no points; one goal! This is Everton’s unusual record for the opening of the season. They are the only club among the 88 in membership of the Football League without a point so far. Yet, while yet the opening defeats were disheartening the work of the Blues at Blackpool on Saturday, when they lost by the only goal, gave hope of brighter things. Everton deserved a point, for they enjoyed more of the attack, even though their forward line was rather disjointed. Only one defensive error was made, and it resulted in a goal. The forwards revealed greater willingness to work and strive for the ball. The new defensive plan, with Gee hanging back more and leaving the fetching and carrying to Britton and Mercer, worked splendidly. There was no open road down the middle Blair crossed a wide pass to Munro, whose quick return was turned through by Finan to win the match. Part from that Jones, Gee, and Cook provided a splendid covering for the brilliant Sagar.
Dean Best Forward.
Dean was the best forward afield in the first half, and although Lawton worked hard he is not an inside forward. He has not the stamina for this exacting task and shone when moving to the centre position. Trentham showed excellent promise. He has courage, good ideas, and centres well. Further, he can shoot. One of his efforts, the best of the game, was saved by Wallace in wonder style. Dougal was clever in his manipulation, but hung back a little too far. However, this was an improved Everton without being the perfect machine we look forward to seeing. The team to oppose Manchester City on Wednesday will be chosen tomorrow.
• League Match at Goodison Park Wednesday, September 8th, Everton v. Manchester City, Kick-off 6-20. Admission 1/- Boys 4d. Stands extra (including tax). Booked seats, Sharp’s Whitehead.
MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 3
September 7, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 4)
At Maine-road last night. Throughout the first half play never ran on a high standard but in the subsequent period Everton considerably enlivened the proceedings Stevenson and Coulter on the visitors’ left wing, showing splendid understanding and giving the City defence a considerable amount of trouble. The finishing of the forwards however, was generally poor. Territorially; the City had more of the play during the early stages of the game and deserved their lead when Allmark burst through and gave Morton no chance to save but this reverse acted as a stimulant to Everton, and Coulter equalised with a header following a corner. Everton opened the second half strongly and after Bell had put them ahead Manchester replied with a good goal by Allmark. Near the end, however, Coulter scoring the winning goal for Everton. Everton Reserves: - Morton, goal; Jackson and Felton, backs; Bentham Jones (TG) and Davies, half-backs; Arthur, Cunliffe, Bell, Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards.
FOOTBALLERS’ GOLF TITLE.
September 7, 1937. The Evening Express.
Competition At Woolton, Oct. 4
The fourth annual Merseyside Professional Association Footballers’ Golf Championship will be decided on Monday, October 4, over the course of Woolton Club. Arrangement are now complete for a competition which has proved one of the most popular sporting events of the year. The competition is open to bona-fide professional Association footballers who are members of Football League clubs within an area of 25 miles of Liverpool Town Hall. Last season 33 players competed, but it is expected that this number will be increased this year. There are two competitions, the cup for the players returning the best gross score over 18 holes –medal play –and the handicap cup for the player with the best return over 18 holes –medal play. There will also be numerous handicap and special prizes, putting prizes, and also a directors and subscribers’ competition. Last year Tom Cooper, the Liverpool captain, won the scratch cup, and T Fogg, the New Brighton half-back, won the handicap trophy. Mr. W. C. Cuff, vice president of the Football league and chairman of Everton Football Club, has been re-elected president for the second successive year. Other officials will be Messrs D.M. Kendall (Pilot), chairman E. Green, J.T. Troop, SR Williams, WS Bibby and RG Simpson, joint hon. treasurers; T Kelly and JC Rouse, joint hon. secretary. Entry forms will be sent to club secretaries within a few days and all footballers are asked to compete. A notable point about this years’s competition is the fact that Mr. J.H. Troop, vice chairman of Liverpool F.C. and a member of the organising committee, is this year captain of the Woolton Club.
Pilot’s Sport Log
Everton are still building up a strong team of amateurs and the latest signing at Goodison Park concerns Hugh Davies, wing half back of Liverpool Ramblers. Davies is 19 years of age and well built, being 5ft 8 ½ ins, and 12st 4lbs. He is a prominent amateur footballer, for in addition to helping the Ramblers, he was awarded his soccer Blue at Oxford University lasts season. He has just returned from Jamaica where has been on tour with the joint team composed of Corinthians and Casual F.C. players.
EVERTON WITHOUT DEAN
September 8, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
For the first time in their history, Manchester City visit Goodison Park as champions of the First Division of the League. It would be a fitting occasion for Everton to secure their first victory of the season and a win badly needed after three defeats. The City were too good for Everton at Maine-road a week ago, but the Goodison men hope to square up matters today. The team shows further forward changes from the side defeated at Blackburn. Stevenson the Irish international, returns to the attack as partner to Geldard on the right week, Lawton moving to centre-forward in place of Dean, who is suffering from a minor injury. The City are unchanged. The kick-off is at 6.20 and the teams are: - Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, Trentham. Manchester City; Swift; Dale, Barkas; Percival, Marshall, Bray; Toseland, Herd, Tilson, Doherty, Brooks.
This will be the 30League meeting between the sides at Goodison Park, where Everton have won 16 games and the City 5, while 8 have been drawn. In post-war engagements there the City have made up a lot of leeway, and have secured 13 points as the result of four victories and five drawn games. The results of matches for this period (Everton’s score reading first) have been: - 2-0, 3-0, 2-2, 0-0, 6-1, 3-1, 1-0, 1-1-, 2-6, 2-3, 0-1, 2-1, 2-0, 1-2, 2-2, 1-1.
EVERTON WITHOUT DEAN
September 8, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Everton will be without their captain, Dean against Manchester City at Goodison Park tonight for after the delayed meeting of the directors last night his name was omitted from the team, his place as centre forward being taken over by Lawton. Another surprise change is the crossing over from inside left to inside right of Alec Stevenson, Dougal retaining his place as partner to Trentham on the left flank. Dean received a nasty facial injury at Blackpool, when he had several of his teeth loosen in a collision with S. Jones, but it was brought that he would be fit for duty against the City; apparently he is still feeling the effects of the knock. He had displayed excellent form up to the movement of his injury. Lawton showed that he is best in the centre. During Dean’s absence he gave the Blackpool goalkeeper some really great shots to deal with, and had not Wallace been at the peak of his form, Blackpool would not have speaked off with their solitary goal victory. In the first meeting of Everton and the City a week ago. Everton threw away their chance through their poor forward play. Had there been any cohesion about their attack, they could have won the game, for the City were not a great team by any means. So it is quite possible that they may take their first win of the season tonight. The City are unchanged. The kick off is at 6.30 and the teams are: - Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, Trentham. Manchester City; Swift; Dale, Barkas; Percival, Marshall, Bray; Toseland, Herd, Tilson, Doherty, Brooks.
The Bad Old Days.
Meantime things are not as bad as they were ten years ago. This in answer to “Tommy Lad” who sake when Everton last lost their first three games on the run. It was way back in 1926-27. That season they lost five games in succession to Spurs (1-2), Bury (2-5), West Ham (0-3), West Bromwich (2-3), and Sheffield Wednesday (0-4). That wasn’t the end of the sad story, for after drawing against Albion (0-0), they lost the seventh game to Leicester (3-4), and the eight to Birmingham (0-1); registering their first win the “Derby” game against Liverpool. Let’s hope history isn’t going to repeat itself. The Blues rarely rose out of the bottom four that year, but eventually avoided relegation by four points.
BLUES LEAVE OUT DEAN.
September 8, 1937. Evening Express.
By The Pilot.
Everton have dropped a bombshell for the game against Manchester City. Billy Dean, captain of the side for seven seasons, has been omitted. The leadership of the line will be taken over by 17-year-old Tommy Lawton, high-priced “star” from Burnley, and Stevenson, the Irish international inside-left, appears at inside-right. These are the only changes from the eleven beaten by Blackpool last Saturday. I am surprised at the changed formation. Dean, prior to his injury, received against Blackpool at Bloomfield-road, was the most effective forward. However, it is obvious that improvement is needed in the Blues’ attack if they are to move from that unenviable twenty-second position in the League. One goal, no points, is all the Blues have obtained so far. One could not, reasonably, have expected the directors to sit back, and take no action. The champions will be out to complete a “double” over the Blues, but Lawton, who is a natural centre-forward, will menace City’s bid –Lawton’s talents are not properly revealed when he operates in an inside berth. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, Trentham. Manchester City; Swift; Dale, Barkas; Percival, Marshall, Bray; Toseland, Herd, Tilson, Doherty, Brooks.
EVERTON 4 MANCHESTER CITY 1 (Game 1608 over-all)-(Div 1 1566)
September 9, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Turn The Corner.
Rousing Display Brings 4-1 Success.
Champions Well Beaten.
At long last Everton have turned the corner and ended their spell without a victory –this is their first in 15 matches –by a most convincing win over Manchester City who were beaten 4-1. It was quite the best Everton we have seen for an age, and they had the City so rattled towards the end that their goal crop would have been considerably augumental had it not been Swift the City goalkeeper, yet he himself suffered like his comrades in that he became uncertain when under stress. I said a week go that the City were not nearly so good aside as they were when they won the championship and I see no cause to alter the statement, for they were only a anger to Everton last night for 15 minutes. Naturally they felt the absence of Tilson their centre forward, for Allmark, the reserve man, could do little against the solid Everton defence. There were chances during that quarter of an hour when a Tilson might have done some damage, but gradually Everton became masters of the situation.
Going Out For The Ball.
The secret of their success was that they went on with their job in such a whole hearted manner, attacking with straight forward methods, defending stubbornly and going for the ball instead of waiting for it, as had been their custom all too long. The changes in the attack brought a great improvement, and unless I am greatly mistaken Dougal, who has the James touch bout his play, is going to prove himself a valuable asset for Everton. He did everything in a methodical manner, and Stevenson’s partnership with Geldard president more spirit on the right wing. But for all that I was somewhat surprised when the referee granted Everton a free kick, when it seemed that the award should go to, City, and from it Everton attack their victory when Lawton took advantage of a defensive hesitation and scored at 30 minutes. This goal brought some fire into the game, and a little of something else we could have done without, but there was no gamsaying, that Everton were playing exhilarating football, quite the reverse to what we have see this season. Still I thought Doherty scored a legitimate goal a few minutes later, but the referee said no, despite the City appeal, and then came Stevenson’s goal, admirably take from Trentham’s centre. This was at 38 minutes and there was no alteration at the interval although Swift had some anxious moments and was none too certain at times.
“In Off” The Referee.
A lead of two goals is not always enough against a side of the calibre of Manchester City, great fighters’ at all times, but Everton played with great dash. From goal to outside left there was unison of purpose and the Manchester defence has not had such a “rattling” time for a long period. Such men as Bray and Percival could not cope with the rousing Everton attack and when Stevenson was presented with a grit offering –the ball came of the referee to his feet –he put the ball into the net. It was a slice of good fortune, but fortune favours the brave in every sport. The City protested, but they could not have known the rule governing the ball striking the referee, otherwise they would not have questioned the decision. That goal was scored at 48 minutes, and Everton were set for a comfortable victory, for the City rarely looked like scoring. At 63 minutes Dougal, who had a magnificent game scored a great goal. The ball never rose above knee high, and Swift was well beaten. This being the former Arsenal man’s first goal he was naturally given a great reception.
The City received some consolation in a penalty award, and Brook added the final touch, but I do not know ever now why the penalty was given. Everton had won well and now that they have broken the ice it can be taken for granted that they will go forward for I saw more confidence in the side than for some time. Gee, Dougal, Britton, Mercer, Cook and Jones were especially prominent, but all did well. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones (je), backs; Britton (captain), Gee, and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, and Trentham, forwards. Manchester City: - Swift, goal; Dale and Barker, backs; Percival, Marshall, and Bray, half-backs; Toseland, Herd, Allmark, Doherty, and Brook, forwards. Referee Mr. S. Hadley, (Leicester).
ARSENAL DID NOT WANT HIM
September 9, 1937. The Evening Express
But He Was Power Behind First Everton Win!
Peter Dougal’s “Come-Back”
A Footballer mighty Arsenal did not want was the inspiration behind Everton’s first victory of the new Football League season. He it was who paved the way to the Blues’ brilliant 4-1 triumph over Manchester City, the League champions, at Goodison Park last night. His name? Peter Dougal, inside left. His James-like moves, accurate passing and advanced ideas helped Everton to get together as a whole-hearted team. Mr. W. C. Cuff, the Everton chairman, explained to me after the match how Everton secured Dougal. More than a year ago Dougal underwent a cartilage operation and last season did not play one game for Arsenal.
A Free Agent.
At the end of the season Arsenal did not include him on either their retained or transfer lists, and so he became a free agent –free to go where he liked. Approaching the season he began training at the Burnley ground, and news of this reached Mr. Cuff, who asked Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly to make inquiries. Dougal was asked to Liverpool to see Mr. Cuff and he brought with him a medical certificate testifying to his fitness. Everton immediately signed him on a month’s trial. They got him for nothing. Arsenal could have transferred Dougal for £4,000 only a short time ago. “Dougal was free to go to any club,” said Mr. Cuff. He had not even a free transfer. Any of the 87 clubs could have signed him –I leave out Arsenal, of course. And Arsenal now realise that they made a mistake in not placing Dougal on one of their lists.” Dougal’s fine display was not the only cause of Everton’s welcome revival. It was a team victory, with every man pulling his weight, and Tom Lawton’s goal giving them the tonic they needed.
Everton Of Old.
They opened with rhythm, but after the goal they settled down to play football of the real Everton vintage, and long before the end the City were a disjointed, haphazard combination. The ball ran kindly for the Blues early on, and I was convinced Doherty was outside when he netted immediately prior to Stevenson getting Everton’s second. Stevenson added a third early in the second half when the ball bounced off the referee, and then came Dougal’s 25 yarder –a great shot, which brought him his first Football League goal for three seasons! Brook’s penalty reduced the deficit. Not a foot placed wrongly by Everton’s defenders, among whom Gee was the centre power. There was splendid covering and the ability to utilise the ball correctly. Lawton led the attack with skill and penetrative power. With good luck he would have had five goals, and was a constant menace to the spectacular Swift, City’s shining light. Stevenson had a glorious second half, and Geldard and Trentham never wasted a ball. Trentham was injured and will be available for Saturday’s game against Brentford. Yes, a happy revival in a thrilling game –a revival which gives hope of brighter days to come. Keep it up, Everton!
REVITALISED EVERTON TOO GOOD FOR CHAMPIONS
September 9, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Everton 4, Portsmouth 1
Play we cannot print it in letters of gold. In the words of Old Kasper relative to another occasion –It was a famous victory. And all the sweeter because it was the first since March 3. On this showing Everton have mended the faults that were so patent in the Arsenal game. Victory has come in the nick of time. Another defeat would have been calamitous would have not effects out of all proportion and perspective. As it is they can go ahead with the assurance and confidence that makes all the difference. Stork reviews the game in detail below. Let me sketch it very briefly –First of all, the changes, in the side have given us a new revitalised and rejuvenated Everton. A player who can use the body swerve so well, shoot with both feet, and yet off the mark so quickly is wasted at inside forward, and Lawton has proved it. Stevenson was a wonderful success at inside right, opening out of the game brilliantly; Geldard played a blinder, Dougal was excellent, Trentham will improve with experience, and the defence was sound as a bell.
Fire and Teams Spirit.
For once in a way Everton had all the luck that was going, and City missed Tilson badly, but that Doesn’t detract from a very fine performance by a side which was full of fire, enthusiasm and team spirit. Everton have made a great capture in Peter Dougal. Here is a player full of football craft and artistry, a clever dribbler, with wonderful ball control, a shot in both feet; a man who plays with his brains the defence before parting and them parts with advantage. Let me tell you the interesting inside story of how he came to Goodison. He wasn’t a free transfer man, as has been stated. Here are the facts. At the end of last season Arsenal, for some reason best known to themselves, omitted Dougal’s name from both their retain and open-to-transfer lists. Possibly they thought he had “finis” written to his career because of his leg injury. When the lists were circulated during the close season the Everton chairman spotted the absence of Dougal. The Omission meant he was free to join any club without the necessity of a prior approach to Arsenal, and Mr. Cuff, well aware of his capabilities, got in touch with him immediately. Dougal was then under the care of his brother the Burnley trainer. It was arranged that he should come to Everton on a month’s trial as soon as he was fit, not because Everton had any doubts as to his ability, but simply to make sure that his injury had yielded to treatment.
You Know The Answer!
Those of you who saw him last night know the answer to that one! Peter has to thank his brother’s skill and care for his opportunity, while Everton can take credit for having got for nothing a player who, not long ago, was the subject of offers running into some thousands.
More Like An Everton X1
Looking at the game at Goodison Park last night, one would not have thought that Manchester City were the championship side, and Everton at the foot of the table, and Everton at the foot of the table, for the City looked anything but a championship team, whereas Everton played the best game they have got up for nearly two seasons. After a sequences of fourteen matches without a single win things were looking distinctly bad for Everton, but those who saw the first game at Maine-road, realised that Everton could win the return games if the forwards would do their bit, for the defence nowadays is as good as any in the League. The determination to fall into line with other clubs and play the “third back” game has proved its worth, and although I knew the plan does not find favour with the Everton club, it had to be adopted to prevent a repetition of last season, when the goals –against column showed that the defence needed stiffening up.
Against the City the idea was a great success, for it resulted in holding down a forward line which can be distinctly dangerous if allowed any freedom whatever. Gee completely closed down the centre of the field to the Manchester inside forwards, and allowed the two backs to go out and challenge the wing men, while Britton could pay full attention to Doherty, the City engineer-in-chief. But while admitting the power of Everton’s defence, I have nothing but praises for the forwards.
No weak Link.
Everton’s altered attack must stand untouched until it fails, for there was unanimity of purpose in everything they did. They were much more direct, showed more devil, more speed, and better combination; and, although I have no complaint against Lawton, I think he should had several more goals. Dougal was the man of the line. He played with the Alec James touch, finding the man, with an uncanny accuracy, while his goal was the best of the five scored. But I am not going to individualises. Everton won because of their team work. From stem to stern there was not a weak link, and Stevenson’s partnership with Geldard was a hugh success. Manchester’s consolation goal came from a penalty. Few knew what it was for, and that includes the City players. If Mercer did elbow Allmark it was a tame sort of thing which hardly warranted the fatal penalty. Trentham was injured and will not be fit for Saturday’s game with Brentford. There may be a surprise selection for the outside left position. Felton, the full back, who was on a month’s trial, has been signed for the remainder of the season.
CUNLIFFE MAY PLAY ON THE WING.
September 10, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post.
By John Peel.
London and Merseyside clubs have had quite a tussle in these early weeks, and once more there is a clash tomorrow when Brentford visit Everton. The London club has gained five points from four matches, and Everton earned their first points on Wednesday in four games. Having mastered Manchester City, however, the Everton players have gained confidence and they hope to succeed in this game. A change from the successful side of mid-week is probable; however, As Trentham was injured in the game with Manchester City, and in the event of that player being unfit. Cunliffe will be called on to take the left wing berth, Cunliffe has played in all three inside positions and so versatile a forward would not be out of his element on the wing, though if he is called on this will be a new position for him so far as Everton is concerned. The players chosen are: Sagar; Cook, Jones (je); Britton, Gee, Mercer; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, Trentham (or Cunliffe). No changes is announced in the Brentford team, the side being; Mathieson; Brown, Poyser; McKenzie, James, Sneddon; Hopkins, Scott, McCulloch, Eastham, Reid.
Dean Leads Reserves.
Dean will lead the Everton reserves team in the Central League game at Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers. With Bell and Coulter also in the line the attack will be particularly strong. The eleven is; Morton; Jackson, Felton; Bentham, Jones (tg), Davies; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Laidman, Coulter.
CAN EVERTON TAKE TWINKLE OUT OF BRENTFORD STARS?
September 10, 1937. The Evening Express.
Blues’ Big Task Tomorrow
Second Victory Attempt
By The Pilot.
Everton tackle one of the hardest tasks of the season tomorrow. They face Brentford, the team of the stars, at Goodison Park. If the Blues continue the splendid forward combination and effectiveness which characterised their work in the second half of the Manchester City game they are booked for another couple of points. The win against the City should act as a rare tonic on the players who, following the opening defeat at the hands of Arsenal, seemed to be playing without confidence. The new forward formation has proved a success, and if they get the encouragement of an early goal against the Bees they should march in their second win of the season. Brentford have one of the finest attacks in the country with such brilliant players as McCullock, George Eastham, Reid, Hopkins and Scott; but they will not have it all their own way against Everton’s new defensive formation, in which Gee’s is featured as a semi-third-back. I have faith in the Everton defence and high hopes that the attack under the leadership of young Lawton, and prompted by the clever scheming of Stevenson and Dougal, can find roads through the defence. If Trentham is unfit, Jimmy Cunliffe will play outside left. Cunliffe is such a good dribbler and has such a fine stride that he should be able to make a success of the job. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (je); Britton, Gee, Mercer; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, Trentham, (or Cunliffe). Brentford; Mathieson; Brown, Poyser; McKenzie, James, Sneddon; Hopkins, Scott, McCulloch, Eastham, Reid.
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EVERTON’S EXPERIMENT FOR BRENTFORD GAME
September 10, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Everton Should Win
There an old Italian proverb that sticks in my mind, from dim and distant schooldays. “Real skill and proper assurance are invincible” I think it want. Everton proved on Wednesday they have the skill. They should have the assurance too, and the combination ought to bring the points and the bonus against Brentford. Blackpool seems to have unearthed a treasure in 18-year-old Jimmy Blair son of the former Scottish-international. I haven’t seen him get, but he will need to be something of a genius to carry Blackpool to winning ways against Wolves at Molineus, especially Clayton strikes the form he did when getting a hat-trick against Manchester City.
Cunliffe On The Wing?
After their fine display against Manchester City it was not to be expected that Everton would make a change in their team to meet Brentford at Goodison Park tomorrow, and none will be made unless the injury to Trentham, who had his injury sustained at Blackpool aggravated against Manchester, yields to treatment. If, however, Trentham is unable to take his place and I understand there is a grave doubt about it, the directors have decided to experiment with Cunliffe on the wing, an entirely new experience for him. Never since he came to Everton has he been closed for such a position, but I have seen him cut across to the flanks many times and send along length centres. Brentford have not struck their last season’s form as yet, but they may blaze out at any moment, for they have the men, and the ability and it only requires time for the new man to settle down for the Bees to be right bang among the front rankers. Brentford since they came up, have generally had a happy time on Merseyside, although they were beaten at Goodison last season.
Whatever happens, I think we are due to see a good game, of football Everton surprised even their most ardent admirers by the way they played against Manchester City. One man who has followed their fortunes for thirty years said after the game; “This is a best Everton team I have seen for years.” Teams; Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, Trentham.
BRENTFORD VISTED GOODISON
September 11, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Attractive matches which promise fine sport are on the card this afternoon, and Merseyside enthusiasts are fortunate in again having one of the sprightly London teams as opponents. Brentford have done fairly this term, and with Everton having recovered from early shocks a game full of thrills may be expected at Goodison Park. In the corresponding game last season Everton won 3-0, and as they demonstrated against Manchester City that they are capable of much better form than in the first three games, I am hopeful that the home side will gain the points. The guiding influence of Dean is absent, but in Lawton I believe Everton have a capable successor. Cunliffe will probably play at outside left, owing to Trentham being injured. The kick-off is at 3.15 and the teams are: - Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, Trentham or Cunliffe. Brentford; Mathieson; Brown, Poyger; McKenzie, James, Sneddon; Hopkins, Scott, McCulloch, Eastham, Reid
EVERTON’S NEW MOOD.
September 11, 1937. The Liverpool Football Echo
Late Goals Beat Brentford.
Brentford lost this game in the first five minutes when McCulloch missed two gorgeous opportunities, Everton where not so good as on Wednesday, but won well. Team: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones, backs; Britton (captain), Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, and Cunliffe, forwards. Brentford: - Mathieson, goal; Brown and Poyger, backs; McKenzie, James and Sneddon, half-backs; Hopkins, Scott, McCulloch, Eastham, and Reid, forwards.
Referee Mr. L. Dale, Sheffield. There was a large attendance –there always is when Brentford play on Merseyside, for they usually play high class football here –and after Wednesday’s fine win against the City all were keen to see the new style Everton. Very soon the crowd was entertained in thrills –thrills of a kind that were not pleasing, for the Everton goal should have fallen twice in the space of four minutes, Never again will McCulloch miss such a chance as he did at the second minute. He was right through the Everton defence and find the ball to within four yards of goal, and it was a million to one that Everton would be in arrears. It was such a chance that a school boy starves for and rarely misses when he gets it, but McCulloch one of the best centre forwards in the country, in his eagerness to put the ball away from Sagar put it round the post. It was the let-off of the game. But there was one almost as sensational a minute or two later when Sagar and McCulloch rose to the ball at one and the same moment and it appeared to me that Sagar actually pushed the ball to McCulloch’s head and it went sailing goalwards; Jones, however, had fallen back and was able to kick away. Nevertheless it was a unhappy moment for Everton and their supporters. Brentford showed capital football, yet they had their escapes when Geldard got some pull on his centre and it was curling under the bar until Brown headed it out. Everton were rather wasteful in their passing. So far they had not found direction with them and many balls intended for Geldard found their way to an opponent. There was a gusty sort of wind and this had its effect upon the flight of the ball.
The New Defence.
Mathieson made two saves from Geldard, Everton’s new form of defence was apparent, Mercer and Britton playing almost in the centre of the field with Gee holding the fort further behind. The referee appeared to have a word with Jones. McCulloch once again missed badly when, with a fine chance, he swept the ball over the bar. Eastham made a dribble and Reid tricked Cook to flash the ball to Hopkins who curled the ball outside the upright. Lawton found James a difficult nut to crack, but he glided a nice pass to Geldard. Cunliffe wanted to work the ball too closely for a wing man. Jones received a blow in the face and staggered around until finally he slipped to the ground. Douglas found his big drive bump against McKenzie’s back, and then James put the ball over his own crossbar. From the corner Mathieson saved at the angle of the post from Lawton. Cunliffe was hurt in trying to head a goal just before the interval.
Half-Time Everton nil, Brentford nil.
There was plenty of Everton endeavour, but the passing was still faulty and the best of the forwards to this point had been Geldard, with Dougal a close second. It was Geldard who presented Cunliffe with a chance but the outside left headed the ball downwards and Mathieson took it on the bounce. One of the best shots in this half was made by Mercer, by a centre by Britton the acting captain. Mathieson turned the ball round the upright. The Brentford defence was none too certain under pressure. Britton’s shot sent over. In one sweeping Brentford advances Reid shot behind from a close position. Lawton gave Stevenson a great chance, but the Irishman only half hit the ball. Eastham was hurt and was off for a minute or two. At 69 minutes Everton took the lead, Cunliffe charged the goalkeeper over the line when he was in possession and the corner caused a terrible “hullelafou” in the goalmouth. Shots were put in and came out to again, only to be put in once more and finally, in the scramble Cunliffe netted. So he had started and finish the goal. Brentford would have had an equaliser had it not been for Mercer, who fell back into the goalmouth when the right wing was making trouble for the Everton defence Sagar beaten. In the 85 minute Dougal scored with a grand shot, and Stevenson made it three with a hook shot. Final Everton 3, Brentford 0.
EVERTON WATCH SCOTTISH “TRIAL.”
September 11, 1937. Evening Express Football Edition.
Mr. Hunter Hart, of Everton was among the spectators at the trial match. He seemed most interested in Mckenna (Patrick Thistle), playing at inside right for the “B” team, which won surprisingly by 5-2.
EVERTON 3 BRENTFORD 0 (Game 1609-over-all)-(Div 1 1567)
September 13, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
How Brentford Missed Their Way.
Home Side’s Late Goals
Everton’s victory over Brentford at Goodison Park was somewhat flattering to them, for they did not play, the sort of football which gives a three goals margin. They were decidedly fortunate not to be two or three goals down in the first 15 minutes. Had McCulloch turned to account two gilt-edged chances, and had Scott accepted his opportunity I may have had a different story to tell, for Everton would have found a Brentford in possession of the lead at augment rely different proposition than they were without a goal, McCulloch’s miss from 5 yards in the first 5 minutes must have shaken the confidence. He pulled the ball outside the upright. Immediately afterwards a slight hesitation on the part of Sagar saw McCulloch through again. As Sagar sprang forward the Brentford centre forward beat him to the ball, which went curling over Sagar’s head towards the goal. Jones, however, had fallen back and kicked away.
Brentford Make Early Play.
Brentford had taken the honours for 20 minutes and Everton were very disappointing at that stage of the game. Passes went wrong the linking up process was missing, and the forwards could not strike the right combination to beat the visiting defence, although Geldard, who did not put a foot wrong throughout the game, put across enough centres to provide at least a couple of goals, had his colleagues been up to the task. Gradually, however, Everton “played themselves in” after experiencing a troublesome first half, and at 69 minutes a lucky goal by Cunliffe turned the whole run of the game. Cunliffe had forced a corner by pumping Mathieson over the goalline, and immediately ran into the goal area to allow Stevenson take the corner which produced a good goalmouth scramble. Half a dozen times the ball was slashed into goal only to be cannoned out until finally Cunliffe scrambled the ball beyond Mathieson.
Dougal’ Surprise Effort.
This setup Brentford that they became over-vigorous, lost their balance, and with it a lot of their combination and effectiveness. Their defence which had stood its ground well to the feeble Everton attack, became unsteady under pressure, so that Everton got on top in the last 15 minutes and crowned the day with two further goals by Dougal and Stevenson. Dougal’s goal was in the nature of a surprise, for he shot from just outside the penalty area did not look a winner, but it was because Mathieson was not prepared for it, and the ball sped into the net without him making the slightest movement to arrest its progress. That was at 85 minutes and within two minutes Stevenson hooked the ball from a centre well out of the reach of the Brentford goalkeeper and so Everton had won a game which should have been in the safe keeping of the visitors at the interval. Brentford must not get upset over a goal against them. They were the better side early on, Sagar had his anxious moments and escapes, and the now style defensive formation did not function so well as it did on Wednesday. The reason was that Mercer and Britton did not get their passes away correctly. Brentford man invariably nipping in to take the ball.
Lawton found James too much for him, although he put the ball out to the wings nicely on occasion, and Cunliffe did not fall into his new position at outside left quite so readily as I expected. He wanted to work the ball too close, and was repeatedly robbed. Dougal was always trying, and eventually got the hang of the awkward wind, but Geldard stood out head and shoulders above all other forwards thanks to Stevenson. Gee was the rock on which Brentford floundered. He barred the way to McCulloch and Eastham played too far behind to be of any count in a raiding party. Jones and Cook kicked lustily if without a sense of direction. Team: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones, backs; Britton (captain), Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, and Cunliffe, forwards. Brentford: - Mathieson, goal; Brown and Poyger, backs; Mckenzie, James and Sneddon, half-backs; Hopkins, Scott, McColluch, Eastham, and Reid, forwards.
Referee Mr. L. Dale, Sheffield.
BLACKBURN ROVERS RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 3
September 13, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 5)
Dean proved an asset to Everton at Ewood Park, for he gave the pass that enabled Bell to score the first goal in the opening half and scored the other two after the interval Fisher did well and the Rovers did not deserve to lose 3-1. They were attackers for the most part of the game. Lack of experience counted against them. Everton however, were well served in defence. Morton Goal a grand goal, Everton Reserves: - Morton, goal; Jackson and Felton, backs; Bentham, Jones (TG), and Davies, half-backs; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Laidman, and Coulter, forwards.
Prescot Cables 0 Everton “A” 1
Liverpool County Combination
In a hard game at Preston, Sharpe scored 15 minutes from the end. Wilkinson (goal) and Newby (inside left) were Everton’s best players. Prosser and Davies defended well for Cables whose attack lacked finish.
EVERTON TAKE SECOND HALF CHANCES
September 13, 1937. The Evening Express.
A Good Win –But There Are Still Problems.
Everton have only to maintain their recent improvement to progress still further up the league ladder, but meanwhile the directors have several team problems to solve. They fully deserved the points they secured by their 3-0 victory over Brentford, at Goodison Park, yet their defence will have to be tightened up and another change made in the attack before the side will carry the full confidence of their supporters. Brentford, especially in the first half were often too fast for the Everton defence. Fortunately for Everton, Brentford’s marksmanship was not good. What appealed to me most about this Everton team was the right flank trio –Britton, Geldard, and Stevenson. I doubt whether Geldard and Stevenson. I doubt whether Geldard has revealed better form since his triumph in the replayed cup-tie at Tottenham, last season. Lawton was not so prominent, Dougal was inclined to hang back too far, but his work again proved Everton’s wisdom in signing him. Cunliffe, although he scored the opening goal –Dougal and Stevenson notched the second and third goals –was never at home on the left wing. The intermediate line was, as usual, one of great strength, with Britton claiming top marks, Cook was ahead of Jones, and finally, I must give a good word to Sagar, who not only prevented Brentford equalising in dramatic fashion, but he did everything asked of him in confident style. Everton pleased because of their second half ability to take their chances.
EVERTON FALL FROM MIDWEEK STANDARD.
September 13, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Not The Same Quality.
Time was when Everton could always be counted on to serve up a display full of the science and finer crafts of football. There was not much of that in evidence again Brentford. The result was graftying –though up to half-time never looked on the cards –but the manner of its achievement left much to manner of its achievement left much to be desired. The side fell below the standard against Manchester City. There was plenty of hearty endeavour but the lack of cohesion and combination and the weakness in finishing stood out as clear as the bursts on a camel’s back. If Everton are to continue their elaboration get off the mark right from the start –they were too long warming up on Saturday –improve their shooting and keep the ball down. Lawton, with all the good points that a Dean when it comes to making use of the ballooned centre.
I wonder what Mr. McCulloch thought about himself after his side had been beaten by 3-0 by Everton. I will wager he is still asking himself how he came to miss such a simple chance of beating Sagar in the first few minutes of the game. Given him the same chance a hundred times and I am certain he would take the ball into the net ninety nine of them. Then again he faltered a few minutes later and Scott followed suit when only steadiness was required, so you see Brentford threw away at least three chances before Everton had done any thing, whatever, except put our heart in our mouth by their poor covering up.
Were Top Dogs.
It required a stern grip to hold down the “Londoners” forward line at this point, for they worked at a great pace a pace too high to maintain. A little less pace and more craft would have been advantageous to both sides, but there is no gainsaying that the “Bees” were top dogs. For the major portion of the first half for Everton’s attack leaving out Geldard, was easily held by the Brentford defenders. Lawton never gave up the ghost against James yet it was plain to be seen that his task was going to be an enormous one, for no man has an easy afternoon against the Brentford centre half-back. What turned the game into an Everton channel? You may ask. Just this! A scramble goal by Cunliffe at 69 minutes. Brentford lost what ever poise they had, and in its place came more vigour and less football skill.
Boot On The Other Foot.
The boot was on the other foot, and Everton got on top and were pounding the Brentford defence severely at the finish. Yet one could not get away from the threat of the Londoners attack, when it made an advance, but Everton had got together and were not going to lose what they had gained. Gee never allowed McCulloch any more simple chances and with Eastham playing too, for back the strength of the Brentford attack was weakened, but the defence had to be augmented at the point, for Everton were hitting it with sledge-hammer blows and it could not withstand it without capitulating. One reason for Everton’s poor showing in the first season was the number of passes which went astray, and gave the opposition defence a free kick. Mercer could not put a ball right, and even Britton could not find a true line with his passes. But even a greater fault was the booting of the ball in the air; I thought we had remedied the fault after the experience against the Arsenal.
Geldard was magnificent. He over shadowed his co-forwards, who were out of joint with each other. Lawton got little chance, and Cunliffe was to fidding for a wing man to the early part of the game, and it was left to Stevenson and Dougal to pull the line together Geldard has found a partner who can tend to his requirements, and is coming back to his international form. Don’t condemn Cunliffe on one showing. Remember he was the man who made the first goal possible by his charge of Mathieson which forced the corner which he himself turned to account.
September 14, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Where do these rumours come from? Everton’s name has been linked up with that of Matt Doherty the Derry City right half-back. Mr. Theo Kelly today, emphatically denied the report that Everton were after his signature.
EVERTON VISITED DERBY COUNTY
September 15, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Derby County have not fulfilled expectation so far, but they have been unfortunate. At their best they are a strong side and they hope to win their first match tonight. Everton, however, have other ideas and the team which defeated Brentford hope to succeed. Since Derby County returned to Division one, in 1926-27 Everton have been beaten on six occasions at Derby. The results of meetings at this evening’s enclosure, with Derby County’s score reading first, have been; 0-0, 0-3, 3-0, 2-1, 3-0, 1-1, 4-1, 3-3, and 3-1. Howe and Crooks will be out of the County side owing to injuries and the teams will be; Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones; Britton, Jones, Mercer; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, Cunliffe. Derby County; (from); Scattergood; Bell, Jessop; Nicholas, Barker, Keen of Hann, Jeffries, Dix, Astley, Napier, Stockill, Hagan, Duncan.
The Everton Reserves side to play Aston Villa in a Central League fixture at Goodison Park this afternoon, kick-off 3.15 will be; Morton; Jackson, Felton; Bentham, Jones, Davies; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Laidman, Coulter.
EVERTON’S AWAY RECORD
September 15, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Everton go to a ground to-night which has fielded few points to visiting teams and although the Derby County will be feeling the ash of their 8-1 defeat by Stoke, one can anticipate a great use on their part to wipe out the memory of the severe drubbing. The County have a line of “star” forwards, and it may be that there is too much talent in the attack, and not enough push and go. I have seen the County in dashing form before their own crowd and should they strike their best then Everton can look out for squalls. Last season Everton suffered defeat only because they missed so many chances in the early part of the game.
Not So wasteful.
They are not quite so wasteful these days, but I would instil into their minds the need for a more forward attack. Against Brentford Dougal and Stevenson played too far back, so that forward strength was lost. I realise that there must be a “wanderer” behind the line, but sure it does not need two to do the fetching and carrying. Another thing. Now that Lawton is in the centre, he wants the ball on the ground. He must have it there if the best is to come from him, for while he can head the ball quite nicely he is not a Dean with the ball in the air. Many times against Brentford the ball was sent hurtling through the air when a ball on the ground would have been of much more value to him. By the way do you know that Dean has been coaching Lawton in the heading of the ball? Well he has.
Forwards Must Back Up.
Cunliffe was not entirely a success against Brentford, one could not expect him to fall into the new position all in a moment but as the game wore on showed, some improvement, and his value in a goalmouth struggle was emphasised when he scored the first goal. I ran into Torry Gillick yesterday. He was limping slightly following his operation on his knee, but he told me his leg was going along well. He will have the plaster taken away on Thursday. Team:- Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, Cunliffe. Derby County; (from); Scattergood; Bell, Jenson; Nicholas, Barker, Keen (or Hann), Jeffries, Dix, Astley, Napier, Stockill, Hagan, Duncan.
EVERTON’S TASK AT DERBY
September 15, 1937. The Evening Express.
By The Pilot.
Everton go to Derby in search of their first away points of the season. They go at a time when they are gradually getting the necessary confidence to succeed, and when Derby are in the Doldrums following that heavy fall at Stoke. The Blues have a splendid chance of showing the football world that, at long last, they have thrown off that inferiority complex in away games. When Everton last won the championship in season 1931-32 –they won eight matches away from home. In the five subsequent seasons they have won only 11 League games on the grounds of opponents. Here are the figures. 1932-33;3; 1933-34; 3; 1934-35 2; 1935-36 1; 1936-37 2. Everton will be catching the County on one leg, as it were, for Derby know not which team to select and they are operating without team work.
Blues On Up-Grade.
Everton have revealed welcome improvement, and while one would not suggest, for a moment, that they are now the ideal football combination, they are on the up-grade.
DERBY COUNTY 2 EVERTON 1 (Game 1610 over-all)-(Div 1 1568 over-all)
September 1, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton were beaten 2-1 by Derby County at Derby last night and so the County took their first victory of the season, and to some extent, wiped out their 8-1 defeat of last Saturday. Everton had to fight against a goal scored in the first half five minutes, and had the rest of their forwards been in the same form as Geldard was in the first half, there was every possibility that Everton might take an away win for a time. The County took the lead through a great goal scored by Dix in five minutes, not I would not say that they were the superior side, for Everton had their chances, but there was a frailty about the forwards. Not that they did not play some capital football, but the punch was not there at the time required, so that Derby were able to hold on to their lead until the interval. Lawton, found Barker a stiff proposition, particularly so when the ball was in the air but the young Everton leader did well in one phase of the game, that being keeping his wings on the move, but Cunliffe was having an unhappy day at outside left. He was not at home on the wing, and later in the game he went inside left. Dougal going outside. The exchanges were fast if there was a lot of wild kicking and Geldard had the measure of Jessop to such an extent that the County full back was raced about without attaining any success. The one fault with Geldard, however, was his desire to advance one more step or so when the ball in the middle would have been of greater advantage.
Defence Given Too Much Time.
Time and again either Britton or Stevenson had Geldard away, and having beaten his half back he had simply to make his centre to test the County defence, but he was not straightforward enough so that when he did ultimately middle the ball Barker and his colleagues had gathered together to prevent the remainder of the Everton forwards doing any serious damage. Lawton had hard luck just before the interval when Dougal who took on the task of taking corners on the left, put the ball close in and Lawton headed the ball downwards; but it bumped up against the upright and bounced away. Geldard was knocked out for a while, but he was able to resume and continue to play exceedingly well without getting any success from it, so that the interval arrived with the County holding a goal lead. Everton resumed brightly, but passes went astray and the ball was kept too much in the air for Lawton, who was usually outheaded by Barker, and when at 67 minutes Jeffries scored a second goal following goo play by Dix there was little chance of an Everton victory afterwards.
They continued to fight every inch of the way, but there was not the necessary punch to bring about the downfall of the County defence. Geldard was still the one man likely to do Scattergood and his colleagues any damage, but it was left to Lawton to reduce the lead. He took the ball on the half-turn, and Scattergood dived to it. The ball hit his body, and although he stretched out his hands to prevent it going over the goal-line he did not succeed. This was at 77 minutes. There was an appeal for a penalty when Lawton was brought down after he had made a great run, and Scattergood had to turn a long shot over his bar from the same player, but the end came with the County holding the lead 2-1. Sagar, Cook, and Jones were sound in defence, and Gee closed down the middle to many of the County raids, but, as I have already said, there was not enough finality about the attack. Teams:- Derby County:- Scattergood, goal; Bell and Jenson, backs; Nicholas, Barker, and Hann, half-backs; Jeffries, Astley, Travis, Dix and Duncan, forwards. Everton:- Sagar, goals; Cook and Jones, backs; Britton (captain), Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal and Cunliffe, forwards. Referee Mr. H.T. McBride, of Crewe.
EVERTON RESERVES 6 ASTON VILLA RESRERVES 1
September 16, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 6)
Everton Reserves had no difficulty in maintaining their high place in the Central League as the result of the visit of Aston Villa Reserves yesterday. The Villa are only a shadow of their former selves; and the efforts they made to beat Morton were poor. When they scored, the ball was helped into the net by Felton. Everton’s scorers were Bell (3), Dean (2), and Laidman, while Villa’s point came from Houghton. Everton took the lead when Dean headed through from Coulter’s pass, and a perfect understanding between Dean and Bell resulted in the latter increasing the margin to three before Laidman made it 4-0 at the interval. During this period only Kerr and Bate made any real shooting on the Villa’s part, and although they did better following the change over, Everton were always masters. Everton had strong halves in Bentham, Jones and Davies, and further behind Jackson and Felton dealt well with all that came their way. Everton:- Morton, goal; Jackson and Felton, backs; Bentham, Jones (tg) and Davies, half-backs; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Laidman, and Coulter, forwards. Aston Villa; Epligrave, goal; Robey and Cobley, backs; Latham, Pritty, and Barker, half-backs; Kerr, Jones, Shell, Houghton, and Bate, forwards.
September 18, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Everton were distinctly unfortunate not to come away from Derby County with half a loaf, for they were quite as good as the County in point of football, with, of course the exception that the home side took the major share of the three goals. In the first half the Everton right was in such entrancing form, and had the County left flank bewildered by their combination and speed, that goals should have been the natural outcome for both Hann and Jenson could do nothing with Geldard, who had them dizzy by his brilliant runs, but he made the mistake of hesitating with his centres.
I have not seen him in such scintillating form for a long time, but the rest of the line was lobe fed, for Cunliffe was unhappy on the left and could do little against the cast-iron Nicholas, who went into his work with a vengeance, so it was not surprising that Cunliffe changed places during the second half, and let me say he did infinitely better at inside left. Everton had to fight against a goal by Dix scored in five minutes. The former Villa man took that shot as if nothing actual depended upon it, yet the County up to last night was without a victory. The goal seemed destined to win the match. It was a match winner I agree but when Jeffries a new outside right from Bradford slashed home a goal following Dix excellent dribble and pass, Derby seem all set for a comfortable victory. But Everton have the fighting spirit these days, and Scattergood had some difficult shots to deal with before Lawton took a ball on the half turn and drove it straight at the goalkeeper. There was no danger, for Scattergood had the ball covered, but to the dismay of all he allowed the ball to sneak through his hands and roll over his goalline despite his frantic effort to scoop it away. Stevenson was there in case of accident. Everton were in the game again with a chance, and they made full use of it, although there was still the need for a quick and accurate shooter. Lawton could not be expected to break through for he had an England centre half back opposite him, and Barker was in one of his most retrenchant moods. With the ball in the air as it was all too often, Barker was master, but Lawton gave him plenty to do. There had been a little too much vigour displayed at times, but one of the worst fouls! I have seen was perpetrated on Geldard by Jessop and there was no need for it, for the winger was at the best when Jessop crashed into him without any thought of the ball. A hush went round the ground. The crowd expected a penalty award, and so did I, but the referee waved aside Everton’s appeal and simply strolled over to Lawton to see how seriously he was injured. Cliff Britton injured his knees during the second half, but it is quite possible that he will be all right for the Bolton game at Burnden Park on Saturday.
BRITTON IS DOUBTFUL FOR BOLTON GAME
September 16, 1937. The Evening Express.
Everton Fear Cartilage Trouble.
By The Pilot.
Everton make no team changes for the visit to Bolton Wanderers, at Burnden Park, on Saturday, but ... there is a doubt regarding Cliff Britton, the captain in Dean’s absence. Britton damaged a knee in the closing stages of last night’s game against Derby County at Baseball Ground when the County won 2-1. He had to go off, played outside right when he returned and finished the game at outside left. Cartilage trouble is feared. Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of the club could give no definite news today, but it may be necessary for Britton to be examined by a specialist. This is disturbing news for the Blues, for Britton is one of the key men of the team –a team that was rather unfortunate to drop both points to Derby in a game producing splendid midfield work, but lack of finality.
In my opinion a penalty should have been awarded Everton for a foul on Lawton in the second half. Lawton was clean through at the time. The penalty would probably have enabled Everton to equalise. While appreciating the earnestness of Cunliffe, the Blues’ outside-left problem remains, I expect developments soon. The country is being scoured for a first-class man for the position –and Everton will get their man. Cunliffe did well when he moved inside and there were neat touches from Stevenson and Dougal, crowned by fiery shooting –but against opponents! Geldard was dazzling, and Lawton again proved he is going to be a bonny leader. He scored the Everton goal after Dix and Jeffries had scored for the County. No man on the field was better than Gee, and the stern work of Mercer, the delicacy of Britton, the complete resistance of Cook and Jones, gave fine covering to the perfect Sagar.
BRITTON OUT OF EVERTON TEAM
September 17, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Britton, the Everton half-back received a knock on the knee at Derby on Wednesday night, and he will not be able to play at Bolton tomorrow. He is suffering from a strained ligament in the knee. Bentham will probably fill the vacancy; otherwise the team will be the same as that at Derby. The Wanderers have made one change, G.T. Taylor, is omitted, the ex-Falkirk winger, Carruthers, being given his first chance of the season. Team; Swift; Tennant, Hubbick; Goslin, Athkinson, Taylor (G); Carruthers, Grosvenor, Milsom, Westwood, Anderson. Bolton’s reserve team to visit Goodison Park is; Hanson; Winter, Connor,; Clark, Ithell, Hurst; Taylor (GT), Woodward, Calder, Howe, Jones.
Dean Refused An Offer.
Owing to the fact that Dean has been omitted from the first team in recent matches, other clubs, no doubt, will explore the possibilities of the Everton captain changing colours. It is stated on good authority, that Southampton inquired about Dean and that a representative offered terms, but that player refused them. In Central League games recently, notably against Aston Villa on Wednesday, Dean has shown that he can still get goals.
EVERTON’S DANGER MAN
September 17, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Everton Visit The Leaders.
Bolton Wanderers are on top of the world, for, having beaten the Arsenal during the week, they have a fancy that they can lower the colours of any side visiting Burnden Park. This is something new at Bolton, where for the last few seasons the club, has been going through a bad spell. They are not putting up any big scoring feats. They have scored only nine goals, but their defence has only been penetrated three times, and not at all on their own ground. So in view of all this, Everton have a stiff proposition before them tomorrow, but they are not in the least bit dismayed by the Wanderers revival, for they themselves think that they have the nuclus of a good team, a scare with the spirit to win, no matter what the opposition. Although beaten by Derby County, they were far from disgraced, in fact, the opportunities were there to take a half, even if an outside win was not in their power.
Everton’s Danger Man.
The acting captain, Cliff Britton, received a knock on the knee at Derby and will not be fit to play. Mercer deputises, and Watson comes in on the left. Westwood is the danger man to the Everton defence, for he is a grand player, can shoot with power, work the ball like a juggler and make openings which simply cry out to be turned into goals. Geldard has struck his brightest form. He made the Derby defence look commonplace, but he must remedy one great fault. If he does then he will have few superiors at outside right. He delays his centres and so enables the opposition to gather together its forces, so that when the ball comes into the goalmouth Geldard’s colleagues are covered. This was most notableable against Derby, I think Everton can take the points where the Arsenal failed and so score their twelfth away victory in five years.
Mr. W. C. Cuff, chairman of Everton F.C. tells me this morning that there is no truth in the rumour that Everton have been approached by Southampton regarding Dean, and had given permission for the southern club to interview the player. “There has been no approach to Everton and we do not contemplate any, said Mr. Cuff. I take the first opportunity of putting the matter right. The information we had yesterday was from a source which hitherto has been impeccable. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, Gee, Watson; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, and Cunliffe. Bolton Wanderers; Swift; Tennant, Hubbick; Goslin, Athkinson, Taylor (G); Carruthers, Grosvenor, Milsom, Westwood and Anderson.
BRITTON UNABLE TO PLAY FOR EVERTON
September 17, 1937. Evening Express.
Two Changes At half-Back
By The Pilot.
Cliff Britton, Everton’s international half-back, will be unable to play against Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park tomorrow. His knee injury has not yielded to treatment. His place at right half will be taken by Mercer, and this allows Watson to come in at left half. Watson made some notable appearances for the senior side last season. These constitute Everton’s first changes for three matches. The Blues tackle the Wanderers at a time when Bolton are the league leaders and with Everton still seeking their first away point. Jack Tennant the Wanderers’ back, assures me that the side is playing brilliantly. Everton have only to reproduce the good midfield play shown at Derby and more thrust in front of goal to get a point. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, Gee, Watson; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, and Cunliffe
Everton Reserves hold the leadership in the Central League and should prove an attraction at Goodison Park tomorrow, when they entertain the Wanderers’ Reserves with the team which beat Aston Villa. Everton Reserves; Morton; Jackson, Felton; Bentham, Jones (tg), Davies; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Lawton, Coulter.
• Central League Match at Goodison Park, Tomorrow (Saturday) Everton Reserves v. Bolton Wanderers. Kick-off 3.15. Admission 6d, Boys 2d. Stands seats, including tax.
EVERTON FACE LEADERS
September 18, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton have not yet struck form which can depended on, and in facing Bolton Wanderers, the League leaders at Burnden Park they are faced with a task of the utmost importance. Everton at their best have the power to test the strongest eleven but they must do better near goal if they wish to progress. Britton is unable to play and Mercer plays at right half, Watson coming in on the left. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, Gee, Watson; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, and Cunliffe. Bolton Wanderers; Swift; Tennant, Hubbick; Goslin, Atkinson, Taylor (G); Carruthers, Grosvenor, Milsom, Westwood and Anderson.
Everton Chairman’s Statement.
I understand from Mr. W. C. Cuff the Everton chairman, that there is no truth in the rumours that Everton had been approached by Southampton about Dean. There has been no approach to Everton, and we do not contemplate say, said Mr. Cuff.
EVERTON SHOW THE WAY
September 18, 1937. The Liverpool Football Echo
Great Win At Bolton
A sound away win this –for Everton had to produce a strong defence to the Wanderers attack, which at times was simply clustered in the Everton goalmouth, but they missed easy chances. Teams:- Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones, backs; Mercer, Gee(captain) and Watson, half-backs; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal and Cunliffe, forwards. Bolton Wanderers:- Swift, goal; Tennant and Hubbick, backs; Goslin, Athkinson and Taylor (G), half-backs; Carruthers, Grovsenor, Milson, Westwood and Anderson, forwards. Referee Mr. ED Smith. Here are a few items of news from Burnden Park, when Everton faced the League leaders today. Dougal, having completed his month’s trial with the Everton club, has been signed for the remainder of the season, while I have excellent reports concerning Britton. Britton had torn the ligaments of his knee and is to be examined by a specialist on Monday. He thinks that he will start training again on Tuesday. Gee became Captain.
The Wanderers have made such a revival that there must have been forty-odd thousand people present when the game started and Everton immediately showed up in a good light, for they played excellent football mainly along the turf. At ten minutes Bolton were awarded a free kick and Grosvenor, who resembles Buchan in build, made a gliding header reminiscent of the famous Sunderland man, and had it not been for Sagar’s agility Everton would have been a goal in arrears. Sagar, however, rose to the occasion and with his outstretched right hand turned the ball out of goal. The referee would not allow even a suggestion of a foul and when there was a handing case just outside the Wanderers penalty area it seemed to me, it was surely accidental, but the referee called for a free kick and this was the fortune to an Everton goal.
Lawton Scores In Thirteen Minutes
The goal did not actually come from the free kick, but it was the leading up point, for it produced a corner and Dougal took the kick, and Lawton headed the ball downwards and although Swift went down on all-fours in his attempt to save the header he failed, so that Everton were a goal to the good in 13 minutes. Two minutes later Lawton netted again, but an offside decision –and a bad one, in my opinion –nullified the goal. It was after this that the Wanderers showed their wing, and for some time Everton were kept purely on the defensive. For a time Everton showed the Wanderers just how football should be played. They kept the ball to the ground and worked it along with an accuracy and speed that was uncanny. But for all that the goalkeeper had a fairly comfortable time.
The Wanderers were quite capable of carrying play into Everton’s quarters but once again there was not a deal of punch behind their attack, and even the great Westwood was capably held by the Everton defence. Near the interval the Wanderers had the best chance of all when Taylor lobbed the ball over Cook’s head and sent Anderson away. The winger glided the ball into Westwood who made a fiery shot that pulled yards wide.
Half-Time Bolton nil, Everton 1.
It was not surprising to find the Wanderers equalities early in the second half, for they had pandering the Everton defence solidly for ten minutes. Anderson, however, screwed the ball wide with all the goal to shoot at. Grosvenor then made a neat pass to Milson, but even then the position did not look dangerous. The Bolton centre, however, tapped the ball neatly to Westwood, and the latter with a great shot scored for the Wanderers. The crowd were satisfied to some extent, but Everton were not by any means done with, and when Lawton chased a long ball and beat Huddick it opened the way for Stevenson. The ball came to Stevenson and he hit it with immense power, and although Swift got his hands to the ball he could not keep it out of his net. This was at the hour, and the goal gave Everton more heart and they continued to harass the Wanderers defence.
The most thrilling moments of the match were to come. Thrills followed thrill, and Everton must have been at least two further goals better off. Grosvenor made a header which Sagar caught safely and then Lawton was through only to shot behind, but of much more concern was the back pass by Hubbick to keeper Swift. The keeper completely missed the ball and it was travelling across the face of the goal when Cunliffe rushing in to tap the ball into the net, but he was just too late and the shot struck Swift who had also rushed back into goal. Milson was responable for a ground drive which Sagar caught. The Everton defence had to go through some hot work, but they were well up to it., and a defensive error by Tennant let Lawton through and a goal seemed assured. There was only Swift between him and success. He took the ball forward and drove in hard, but it cannoned up against Swift who effected a save. There was no doubt Everton should have benefited from these two slips and they might have even added to it, when Swift made another mistake that was not made to pay for it. Everton had played extremely well for not only were they dangerous in attack but good in defence, which proved too much to the Wanderers. Dougal and Cunliffe changed places, Gee and Cook were spoken too. Just before the finish Cunliffe should have scored, but kicked right round the ball. Final Bolton Wanderers 1, Everton 2.
EVERTON MAKE IT BOLTON WONDERERS!
September 18, 1937. Evening Express, Football Edition
Blues’ First Away Win.
Stevenson’s Great Goal.
By The Pilot.
Everton scored their first away win of the season when they beat Bolton, at Burnden Park, 2-1, and also became the first team to score at the ground this season. They were much the better side in the first half and were quicker on the ball. Peter Dougal the Everton inside left, having played his trial period, has been signed for the remainder of the season. Britton told me he had torn a ligament in the knee. It is to be examined again on Monday, and he hopes to resume training on Tuesday. Taylor, the Wanderers right winger, asked I understand to be omitted from the side because he thought the new Bolton defensive plan left him out of the game. This allowed Carruthers to come into the side. Everton had Watson at left half, Mercer moving over. Team. Bolton Wanderers:- Swift, goal; Tennant and Hubbick, backs; Goslin, Athkinson and Taylor (G), half-backs; Carruthers, Grovsenor, Milson, Westwood and Anderson, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones, backs; Mercer, Gee (captain) and Watson, half-backs; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal and Cunliffe, forwards. Referee ED Smith (Cockermouth). Everton’s artistry in the opening stages constituted the high lights, yet there was a lack of finality, the ball running direct to Swift. The Bolton right flank did good work, in which the height of Grosvenor told against the Blue’s defence.
Thrills Follows Free Kick.
Mercer was pulled up for a foul, and there was a thrill following Goslin’s kick, for Grosvenor flicked in a great header, and Sagar leaped out to turn the ball aside with one hand. Geldard ran on to the net after the whistle had sounded for offside. The attack kept the Wanderers defence at full stretch, Goslin handled on the edge of the penalty area, and the Lawton free kick was turned aside for a corner. This led to the opening goal in 12 minutes, the first against Bolton at home this season. Dougal placed the kick to the near post and Lawton headed down into the net. Lawton scored one offside point, so that the ball had been in the Bolton net three times for a single goal. Sagar saved a header from Milson, and Gee held up Westwood as Ray was racing for goal.
Everton On Top.
Cunliffe provided a thrill when he dribbled through and let go a left-foot drive inches over the bar. So far the Blues had been the better team. In fact, the Wanderers never showed Everton’s speed on the ball. Bolton launched their best attack following a free kick. Gee headed the ball out as Dougal fell in front of Milson to prevent the leader from taking a shot. Westwood had been strangely inactive, but now he gained a foul. Anderson lobbed the kick behind goal to keep up the Bolton tale of inaccuracy. Grosvenor put Anderson through to cut in and turn the ball back for Westwood. Westwood’s shot flashed across the face of the goal, and Carruthers’ quick return was disposed of. This had not been a rousing half, but Everton were the better team, showing greater understanding.
Half-Time Bolton Wanderers 0, Everton 1
Everton were in the wars on resuming. Three fouls were given against them in succession, and there were “lectures” for Mercer and Cunliffe. The Wanderers might have had a penalty when cook lunged at the ball and Westwood caught half the kick. Anderson had a great chance of equalising when he rounded Watson, but his shot was yards wide across goal. Then Sagar dashed out to pick up after some neat inter-passing between Milson and Grovenor. The Wanderers kept up the pressure. For a spell, everyone except Swift was in the Everton half. The equaliser came in 55 minutes, Westwood doing the trick. Watson had robbed Milsom and had failed to check Grosvenor. Still the tall inside right was parried and the ball dropped back to Westwood, standing just outside the group. He hit it with his right foot first time, Sagar having no chance. Everton then spring into the attack again, and they forged ahead through Stevenson in 60 minutes. A great goal! Lawton pushed the ball back to the in running Stevenson, who from just outside the penalty area rammed home a terrific shot to the near top corner of the net, Swift never having a chance. Grosvenor headed in finely from a corner, and Sagar caught the ball as if it had been a cricket ball. Final Bolton 1, Everton 2.
BOLTON WANDERERS 1 EVERTON 2 (Game 1611 over-all)-(Div 1 1569)
September 20, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Bolton Off Their Perch.
Everton’s Skill Prevails.
Bolton Wanderers were knocked off their perch by their defeat at Burnden Park. Everton’s 2-1 victory was no fluke. It was won by better class football, an admirable defence, and tackle which upset the preconceived ideals of the team that had led the league. It was Everton’s first away win and they scored the only goals by a visiting side at Bolton this season. Everton’s score should have been greater for two further goals were there for the taking had Everton been smart enough to serve the opportunities made owing to the Wanderers’ faulty defence. Twice goalkeeper Swift failed to connect with the back passes which left his goal unguarded. Everton played football that made the Wanderers appear a moderate side. They prevented the keyman, Westwood, from making openings, Mercer seeing to it that the England forward got few chances. There was no rhythm in the Bolton line as a consequence and their attacks were of the tearaway variety. Even Westwood’s goal from a grand shot after 55 minutes had a streak of luck about it. In the first place the ball should have been cleared before Milsom received in and when he shot he slammed the ball on to Watson’s chest, and that was how Westwood got his chance. I readily admit that it was an excellent shot, the work of the true opportunist, but he was fortunate to get the ball in the manner he did.
Everton’s first half hour’s play was a model of perfection in football artistry. They showed the Wanderers how it should be played; along the turf and by high-class combination, and the left wing been half as good as the right they would have crushed the Wanderers completely out of a game. Geldard, Stevenson, and Mercer played ducks and drakes with Hubbick. Atkinson, and (J) Taylor, who did not know quite how to deal with the pace of Geldard, the craft of Stevenson, and the strength of Mercer. The Wanderers failed where they have been so strong –at half-back –but perhaps a greater reason for their defeat was that Everton were quicker to the ball, tackled grimly, and so never let the Wanderers settle down. Sagar probably saved Everton when he handed out a header by Grosvenor, for a goal then –inside 5 minutes –might have turned the whole trend of the game, whereas it was Everton who took the lead at 13 minutes, the ball being neatly headed into the net by Lawton from Dougal’s corner as Swift leapt forward to sweep the ball away from the Everton’s head. But if Everton had their due two further goals should have been theirs, for neither Geldard nor Cunliffe, at least to my reckoning, was offside when he netted. Geldard had to shoulder off Hubbick to get round him before the shot and Cunliffe had a man in front of him –right across the field, I will admit when he went through, but he was onside, nevertheless. The Wanderers crashed their way through for the last 10 minutes of the first half, but the Everton defence stood solid. After the interval Bolton opened up as though they would swoop everything out of their path, but except for Westwood’s goal they found the Everton defenders, sterling opponents and the team, generally masters of the day.
Attack The Best Defence.
Everton did not fall back and become a collection of defenders, as was as often the case. They replied with attack, and so persistent were they that they had Hubbick and Tennant sorely troubled. A back pass by Hubbick saw Swift misjudge the ball, which ran across the goal face. Cunliffe rushed up but was hesitant and ultimately kicked the ball against the goalkeeper. Then Tennant blundered –his only one –and this let in Lawton, only for the Everton centre to stood against Swift. At the hour Stevenson gave his side the lead. It was a smashing drive after Lawton had harassed Hubbick into making an uncertain clearance, the ball going to the little Irishman, who got amazing power behind his drive. Although Swift got his knuckle to the ball, he could not keep it out of the net. Just on time Cunliffe was presented with a “gift” but put the ball tamely into the goalkeeper’s hands. Dougall was inclined to dribble too much but only lost the ball once and Cunliffe was not a success on the left; he did better when he came inside. Lawton was ever a trouble to Bolton. He did not do a lot of shooting but he went after the half-chance, giving the defence no rest. I pay tribute to the defence. Sagar was at his best when most needed, immediately after Westwood’s goal, and Jones played a fine game. He was so sure in his kicking and tackling that Carruthers had a poor match, and Cook’s first half display was flawless. Gee played the third back game as though he had been at it all his left. Milsom could do little against him, and alongside him was Watson, a terrier-like half, who must find Burnden Park to his linking, for he has played four times there and been on the winning side each time. Team. Bolton Wanderers:- Swift, goal; Tennant and Hubbick, backs; Goslin, Atkinson and Taylor (G), half-backs; Carruthers, Grovsenor, Milson, Westwood and Anderson, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones, backs; Mercer, Gee (captain) and Watson, half-backs; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal and Cunliffe, forwards. Referee ED Smith (Cockermouth).
EVERTON RESERVES 1 BOLTON WANDERERS RESERVES 0
September 20, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 7)
One goal sufficed to enable Everton to retain their place at the top of the table. only for the brilliant goalkeeping of Hanson, the margin at Goodison Park, would have been greater. Everton were on top during the first half, and although Dean had a quiet game, he made severe openings for Bell, who went close on a number of occasions. Ten minutes after the interval Bell scored when he turned a ball from a centre into the goal from an awkward angle. Arthur proved a dangerous winger, particularly during the first half, but later Coulter, Bell, and Dean provided most of the openings. TG Jones was a strong defender as also was Bentham, while Morton made some fine saves. Everton Reserves; Morton, goal; Jackson and Felton, backs; Bentham, Jones, and Davies, half-backs; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Laidman and Coulter, forwards. Bolton Wanderers Reserves:- Hanson, goal ; Winter, and Connor, backs; Clark, Ithell, and Hurst, half-backs ; Taylor (GT), Woodward, Calder, Howe, and Jones, forwards.
EVERTON RES, LOSE LEAD
September 20, 1937. The Evening Express.
Everton Reserves took an early lead in their Central League encounter with Aston Villa Reserves at Villa Park; today. They went ahead within three minutes with a typical Dixie Dean goal. The centre forward threw himself full length to head in from Coulter’s centre. Morton captained Everton against his old colleagues, but was beaten in the toss by Gardener and Villa started with the advantage of the gusty breeze. With the Villa appealing for offside, Laidman dashed through, but his shot from point blank range struck the goalkeeper and rebounded to Arthur who sent wide. Morton cleverly gathered a centre from Kerr, and Fish shot wildly when he had only the goalkeeper to beat. The Villa were trying to score with long range shots, but their direction was faulty. The Villa eventually got on level terms when, after 40 minutes, Kerr was brought down in the penalty area and Barker made no mistake with the spot kick. Half-Time Aston Villa Res 1, Everton Res1. With a view to improving their attack the Villa rearranged their forward line, and the move was immediately successful. Six minutes after the restart Fish gave them the lead, converting a centre from Goss, who had moved to outside right.
September 20, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
I went to Bolton expecting to see the Wanderers play the sort of football which had put them among the high and mighty, football which had broken through the strong Arsenal defence, and had prevented a single goal being scored at Burnden Park this season, but as matters turned out it was Everton who played the real football, and made the leaders look most unlike a championship team. I was given to understand that Bolton had been showing form reminiscent of the days of Vizard, Smith, Butler, Sneddon and others, but they failed to produce it against Everton simply and solely because Everton nowadays have a set plan of campaign, a plan that makes it difficult for any opposition to find a way through to goal. Tactics and craft won the game for the Goodison Parkers, for had there been a link missing in their chain of defence the Wanderers would have found it, for while they attacked more by massed force than concerned movements, there was no denying the fact that they were a danger.
But not nearly the danger Everton were when they went forward by neatly engineered movements, in which Dougal and Stevenson played their part. The Wanderers defence were so concerned about the Everton attack, a three-point attack these days –Dougal and Stevenson play as exaggerated a “W” formation –that they fell into many blunders and presented goals which should have been accepted.
Bolton Wanderers lost because Everton said “checkmate” to their every move. Everton, nowadays set up a cover which provides no loopholes. Even so smart a player as Roy Westwood could not break it down, even though he scored his side’s only goal. He was lucky to get the chance when the ball bumped up against Watson’s chest and went to his boot. He took the chance well to equalise Lawton’s header from Dougal’s corner kick, and it was then I looked for a Bolton revival. It came in the shape of rush tactics, but the Everton defence never gave ground when the Wanderers were doing their best work. The surprise was that Everton did not go into retreat, but continued with their attack, which rather surprised the home spectators who had anticipated a recovery by their favourites, which would force their opponents on the defensive.
Stevenson’s Great Shot.
Lawton and Geldard worried and harassed Hubbick into making errors, and it was the Everton leaders’ enchant to test the issue with Hubbick that resulted in the latter only half heading away, so that the ball dropped at Stevenson’s feet. He let drive and the ball flew like a rocket from his foot, and although Swift got his hands to the ball he could not keep it out of the net. Cunliffe has had his chance on the left and has proved that he is not an extreme winger. When he changed places, with Dougal he was much more successful? If I might offer a suggestion would not Watson make a left winger. He was excellent as a half back, Gee played a third back game as to the manor born and Mercer blotted out Westwood –that was his mission, while Jones played the game of his life. I give him full honours, for he never put a foot wrong. Cook had a brilliant first half, but was not quite so effective later. Geldard maintained his good form, and with Stevenson made up the best wing on the field. They were a source of trouble to Bolton throughout.
ASTON VILLA RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 1
September 21, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 8)
In this game, at Villa Park, several notable first team men turned out. Everton included Morton in goal, Dean, and Coulter, while Gardiner and Kerr helped Aston Villa. It was a keen well-fought, and interesting contest, in which defence were superior to attacks. Everton started in sparkling manner, and within 3 minutes’ Dean gave his side the lead with a characteristic header from a centre by Coulter. Aston Villa forwards gradually warned to their work and tested Morton with some hard shots, but Aston Villa’s equalising goal came from a penalty converted by Barker just before half time. In the second half Aston Villa had slightly the better of matters, and Fish headed the winning goal. Jackson, Jones (TG) and Laidman were the pick of Everton. Dean met a stern stumbling block in Hardy, but generally Everton lack combination and understanding.
EVERTON “A” win
September 23, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
In a friendly match at Hawthorn-road, Bootle. Everton “A” beat Bootle Wednesday 5-0. Quinn (2), Simons, and Owen (2) scored. Lambert, Webster, Hullett and Merritt were also prominent for the winners, and Cain, Thomas, Kelly, and Murphy did well for the Bootle side.
• South Liverpool have signed H. Houghton and he will play for South Liverpool against Northern Nomads on Saturday. Houghton played for Everton before going to Exeter City and later to Norwich. He is a clever inside forward.
EVERTON SIDE TO MEET HUDDERSFIELD
September 24, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Huddersfield Town visit Everton tomorrow, when the Yorkshire side will no doubt offer their customary sturdy display. Although there is not a W.H. Smith to tie defences in knots these days, the Huddersfield team is a good one, and the defence is still very sound. Everton have decided to bring in Trentham, who has recovered from his injury, at outside left in place of Cunliffe. The team otherwise is the same as at Bolton. The side is; Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, Gee, Watson; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, Trentham.
Huddersfield usually prove a difficult proposition at Goodison Park and few clubs have met with as much success here. Altogether they have opposed Everton at the Park under League auspices on 16 occasions, and have taken 18 points by 7 victories and 4 drawn games. Everton having won only five times. Results of all League meetings between the rivals at Everton with the home club’s score first have been 0-0, 6-2, 0-3, 1-1, 0-2, 2-3, 0-0, 2-2, 0-3, 0-2, 4-1, 2-0, 0-1, 4-2, 1-3, and 2-1. To date the Yorkshire club has captured 6 points this season, by means of three home victories, their away games having been lost to Manchester City (3-2), Arsenal (3-1), Brentford (2-0), and Leeds United (2-1)
The Everton reserves team to meet Huddersfield in a Central League game at Huddersfield is; Morton; Jackson, Thomson; Bentham, Jones, Davies; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Cunliffe, Cuff.
EVERTON’S NEW PLAN
September 24, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
In meeting Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park, tomorrow Everton will realise that the Town has got together a smart side, which will, no doubt, he somewhere at the top of the table towards the end of the season. They have won two of their last four games at Goodison Park, and I rate them a better side than for some seasons. There is strength fore and aft, but as the Everton defence is playing well at the moment, I can promise the Town a difficult time. Not for some considerable time has there been such unanimity of purpose in the Everton rear lines. Bolton Wanderers could not fathom it, even though Westwood scored a goal but that was really a stroke of luck for the ball bounced off an Everton man to provide him with his opportunity. That is not likely to happen often so Huddersfield must make up their mind that they will have to work out their own goal-scoring opportunities if they are to bring about the downfall of Sagar.
The meetings of Everton and Huddersfield Town have usually provided good class football with an abundances of thrills, and tomorrow’s meeting should prove no exception. It was here that Hesford, the Yorkshire sides goalkeeper, gave a brilliant exhibition and defied the Everton forwards so long. Everton’s attack under the new formation is a three-point attack for Dougal and Stevenson play an exaggerated “W” formation; To do this a team has got to have three first class forwards, ready at any moment to pick up passes from the inside men as well as the two half backs, who can almost be classed as forwards so well up and so much to the centre of the ground do they operate.
There is no getting away from the fact that Everton’s covering tactics nowadays leave few openings, and Gee has tumbled into the third back game as though he had never been anything else. The directors have made one change from the team which brought off a surprised victory over Bolton Wanderers. Trentham returning on the left wing in place of Cunliffe. The team therefore reads:- Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, Gee, Watson; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, Trentham.
The reserve team versus Huddersfield Town at Leeds road, is; Morton; Jackson, Thomson; Bentham, Jones, Davies; Arthur, Bell, Dean, Cunliffe, Cuff.
EVERTON’S SKILL SHOULD WIN THE DAY
September 24, 1937. The Evening Express.
Huddersfield At Goodison Park Tomorrow.
Yorkshiremen’s Poor Away Record.
By The Pilot.
Huddersfield Town, who visit Goodison Park tomorrow to meet Everton, have not won away from home for a long time. Last season the Yorkshire men were the only team in the football league not to win away from home, and their four away matches this season have not brought a point. I do not think they will be able to bring about a change in the order of things against an Everton playing splendidly in defence and possessing plenty of craft in attack. I would warn the Blues, however, that Huddersfield have often proved a “bogy” team at Goodison Park, but while I appreciate the dominance of Alf Young, the Town pivot, and the soundness of their defence, Everton’s forwards artistry should overcome that resistance. Much depends on the ability of the Blues’ attackers to take the chances offered them. Greater accuracy in finishing would have enabled them to finish up runaway winners at Bolton. Charlie Gee will once again skipper the Blues is the absence of Dean and Britton, and Gordon Watson makes his first home appearance of the season. If he does as well as he did last week everyone will be satisfied. Trentham, the 19 year-old winger, returns to outside left, and should succeed if he plays due attention to directness. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (je); Mercer, Gee, Watson; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, Trentham.
TOWN CALL THE TUNE
September 25, 1937. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton Go Down at home
A Defensive Net
Everton much below form. Huddersfield deserved their points. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones, backs; Mercer, Gee (captain), and Watson, half-backs; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, and Trentham, forwards. Huddersfield Town: - Hesford, goal; Hayes and Mountford, backs; Willingham, Young (s) (captain) and Chivers, half-backs; Weinand, Barclay, MacFadyen, Richardson, and Beasley, forwards. Referee Mr CE Wainwright, Hull. The much boasted Everton defence did not show up any too well in the first few minutes and the Town might easily have struck an early blow when MacFadyen but Beasley through, but the extreme wingman sent the ball spinning into the crowd. Everton replied through the initiation of Dougal and Hesford had to have a header from Lawton. Then came the first big thrill. Wainand was “placed” when Sagar thumped his first save high up into the air and the South African had all the goal to shoot at but made a hopeless attempt. Up to this point the Yorkshiremen had been the much more dangerous side, and with the Everton defence still a trife unsettled, there were further opportunities for them. Sagar once only had petted the ball out and had not Mercer dashed in to the rescue, I am sure Everton would have been in arrears. Trentham and Hayes were hurt in collision and Cook suffered a knock but all were able to carry on and when Lawton ran out to the right wing there was danger had not Trentham closed in to anticipation of a shorter length centre.
Young Bars The Way
Lawton made some sweeping passes to his right wing and Geldard responded with good length centres but against a man like Young there was little prospect of Lawton boring his way through and I would have liked to have seen Dougal and Stevenson a little more upfield when such centres were coming along. Dougal was doing his best to get his forwards away and Lawton worried Huddersfield’s defence. In twenty minutes the Everton goal had the greatest let off it has had this season. The cover in the defensive plan which was a successful a week ago was not there today, and when McFadyen wormed his way through to the penalty spot one could sense a goal. Sagar stood between him and a goal and the fact that Sagar came out a yard or two no doubt saved the situation, for MacFayden shot straight at Sagar who parried the ball, which went back to the shooter, who this time drove it against the upright. There was still a danger, until Cook dashed in and gave away a corner. Everton showed their thanksgiving for such a let-off through a Geldard run which ended in Trentham heading the ball low down, so that Besford had to make a last minute dive to it to keep it out.
The goal was only delayed a matter of thirty seconds, for Geldard made an outstanding run during which he beat at least three men before he pulled the ball back into the goalmouth. Stevenson was unable to get a drive at it, meaning to slice his kick, and the ball travelled on to Trentham, who soon had it in the net from an easy position at twenty-one minutes.
Young nearly gave a goal away with a back header and the corner kick brought a heap of trouble to the Town defence for Stevenson made two fiery drive, the first of which was blotted out, the second being handled by Young, and Everton’s claim for a penalty seemed fully justified although I will grant you, the referee was right on the spot. Everton rounded the Huddersfield defence and Geldard showed a clean pair of heels to Chivers and Mountford and was chiefly responsible for Everton’s quick raid. Stevenson was again on the mark, but the Town defence had it share of luck just as Everton had earlier on. Lawton was through but the ball was not running to his liking, so that he kicked round it when there was a semblance of a chance. Trentham was knocked over in the goalmouth by Young and Hayes left the field injured just on the interval.
Half-Time Everton 1, Huddersfield 0.
Within six minutes of the resumption Barclay had levelled matters with a goal which was simply made. Cook one of the surest man I know when it comes to over-head kicking, young one of them go astray and hit an opponent and the ball ran towards the goalmouth. Sagar rushed out in desperation but was beaten by Barclay who scored with easy. This put Huddersfield on good terms with themselves and they started to play the sort of football they had opened with.
McFayden Darted Through
The town went ahead through McFayden. Gee came up the field to tackle him and being beaten the way was open for the Huddersfield charged forward to go on to beat Sagar who never had a ghost of a chance once Gee was beaten. The Town defence did not find it difficult to hold down Everton’s three point attack, and Young was undoubtedly a barrister to young Lawton. Geldard was still capable of beating Chivers and Mountford but having done in his co-forwards could not find a way through the neatwork of defenders the Town piled up against them. Gee, who was captain of Everton, afterwards shouted to play an attacking game, playing well in advances of his full backs. The idea no doubt was that Everton being a goal behind should become an attacking force to the hope that they could gave themselves from defeat. Gee even become centre forward and at one stages, and had not Stevenson fiddled around with the ball too long, there was a proceeds of something to come, but it petered out. Sagar made a daring save when he threw himself at the feet of Barclay. Everton lacked punch in attack. Final Everton 1, Huddersfield Town 2.
TOUCHLINE DANCES HAVE DISAPPEARED, BUT MERSEY “DERBIES” STILL CHARM.
September 25, 1937. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Dick Johnson’s Goal Backed In To Beat Fern; Dean And Lisha Scott;
Jimmy Jackson’s Great Day
Merseyside “Derby” games have a charm about them, not usually associated with otherstowins’ “Derby” events, and for weeks before the common talk is, “Who is going to win the “Derby” At one time that question would have been easy to answer for there was a spell when Everton used to win at Anfield and Liverpool at Goodison Park. But times have changed, and in recent years, results have favoured the home team. I love these “Derby” games, for there is electricity in the air, no matter which side you favour, and sight of the crowd rolling into the ground is one to be remembered. There is nothing quite like them. I have been present at all sorts of sports and games, but none take such a hold of me as a Merseyside “Derby” meeting, with the noise of the crowd, the bustle and hustle of the ambulance men, the happy banter of the rival partisans, and then the roar which greets the players as they come out two by two. My old chief “Bee” was the originator of that idea and it has been copied up and down the country –a happy thought which, I hope, will never be allowed to die. At one time partisanship ran high. Supporters in their colours used to entertain us round the touch line, but I am afraid that has almost disappeared, or has been specially put aside for other important occasion, such as Cup-ties.
A Queer Goal.
Which game stand out in my mind most of all? That is taking me a question difficult to answer to answer, for I saw something in most of the games which made them outstanding, but one I will never forget took place at Goodison Park in the 1922 season. There was nothing special about the play, for that has always been keen in these games, but there was a goal the like of which had never seen before nor since. It was Dick Johnson’s goal scored at the double-decker end of the ground, I hear it spoken about even to this day, fifteen years later. Some goals linger in the memory for all time. This to save them. Tommy Fern could readily call it to mind, and I would like to wager that to this day he does not know how Johnson got the ball beyond him from the position he was in. Johnson was actually standing out of the field of play five yards from the goalpost, with Fern at the post in case of eventualities. There appeared little danger, for the possibility of a score was desperately small. What was in Johnston’s mind I cannot say, but he drew back his foot, and the ball went out, towards the penalty spot then suddenly took a turn and curled back into the net. That goal will never be forgotten. Such another was scored by Chambers at Anfield. I cannot name the game, for Chambers scored so often against Everton, but “Smiler” Of only he were here again got so much cut on the ball that it completely bamboozled. Here Fern had taken up the perfect position to receive the shot, and it was going straight into his eager hands until within six yards of him, the ball seemed to stop, take a look round, and them curl right away from him. Some people said the ball got into a pocket of wind, but my opinion was it was Harry’s pigeon toes did it. Harry Makepeace was never considered a goal scorer, but the maker of goals, so you can imagine the joy at Goodison Park in 1907, when Harry cracked one beyond Sam Hardy, even though Everton were beaten that day. Makepeace also had the pleasure at Anfield three years later. Only two players have ever scored four goals in a “Derby” game –Sandy Young as far back as 1904, and Fred Howe as recently as 1935, when Liverpool swamped their rivals 6-0, the most convincing victory in the long series of games. Didn’t that give the “kopities” some thinking to crow about? The Everton fan had in keep out of listening distance for many a long day after that.
Dean, like Chambers, Freeman, Parkinson and Hodgson; invariably found the “Derby” games the medium for showing his scoring prowess. Several times he has notched a “hat-trick.” Two of them were at Anfield the first in 1926 –the one I remember best, because he headed all three goals in the first half. He did the same thing against Elisha Scott in 1931, and the look on the Irishman’s face when the third goal fled by him was a study in expression. I wonder what he said to his full back, for Elisha was never to blame. One of the greatest duels I ever saw was that between Dean and James Jackson, at Goodison Park, in 1907, when Jackson was at centre half back. Jackson shadowed Dean no matter where he went. If Dean had gone off to town I think you would have found Jackson at his shoulder. Neither spared each other. Always fair they battled the whole game through and Jackson took the honours, for had he not prevented Dean scoring? There is a good story concerning a Derby game, it followed on Dean’s three goals scored with his head. Scott was walking down Bold-street (why Bold-Street I cannot say) Dean was strolling up the other side, Dean nodded to Elisha, who promptly threw up his hands in goalkeeping fashion. Have you got it? The Derby series were started on October 13, 1894, at Goodison Park, and there have been few breaks since that time. The first was in 1895-6, when Liverpool were relegated. They were resumed the following year, and continued unbroken until 1904-05, when Liverpool again dropped into the Second Division. There was a halt during the war, but not again until 1931, when Everton lost their place in the First Division for the first time in their history, were we robbed of our Derby game. Everton followed Liverpool’s feat in gaining promotion at the first attempt. Who will ever forget the pulsating match at Anfield in 1923 when Liverpool won 7-4. The Anfielders’ experimental attack was led by Barton, an outside right, and few expected such an orgy of goals scoring. These young men of Anfield gave Everton the biggest running-about they had for years, and Barton got three goals. I can recall only one other occasion when the excitement ran so high, the Everton-Sunderland Cup replay at Goodison Park. Everton and Liverpool have met in 70 Derby games of which Everton have won 30, Liverpool 24, the remaining 16 having been drawn. What is in store next Saturday? Don’t you think we had better wait and see?
IS LIVERPOOL BETTER THAN EVERTON?
September 25, 1937. The Liverpool Football Echo
By G.A. Brooking.
Some years ago, I gave a lecture on Australian cricket teams in England, which could have been better patronised. A friend afterwards humorously suggested that had the topic been “Why Everton is a better team than Liverpool or Liverpool better than Everton,” the attract would have been packed with excited people, queering up for position. Without entering on that most controversial topic which would split nearly all Merseyside in two halves, it is interesting to reflect on great Liverpool teams of the past and incidentally, compare them. The Reds have invariably appealed to most followers as the ideal side for the F.A. Cup, but just so often they have been knocked out most disappointingly, who among us that have followed them single they started at Anfield in 1892 by defeating Rotherham Town by 7-1, can ever forget the sadness felt when the news came through that Burnley had conquered them in the final tie at the Crystal Palace on the last Saturday of April 1924, by a single goal to nil, and it was galling to know that Bert Freeman whom Everton had thought done, for was the scorer. Liverpool had a capable side out that day; in fact, some old stagers fancy. It was almost as good as any, either before or since. I hardly think it was; but look at the following names and reflect, Campbell goal; Longsworth and Pursell, backs; Fairfoull, Ferguson, and McKinlay, half-backs, Shelton, Shelton, Metcalfe, Miller, Lacey, and Nicholl, forwards. What a welcome they had at Central Station when they first won the League championship in 1900-01. To make sure of it, they had to win or draw against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. They secured two points, and finished that much ahead of Sunderland, the runners-up. They came home the same evening, and for them and the big crowd who greeted them it was a memorable day. The following eleven had most to do with their success: - Perkins, goal; Robertson and Dunlop, backs; Parry, Raisebeck, and Goldie, half-backs; Robertson, Walker, Raybould, Scattergood and Cox forwards. Other occasional players were Glover (right back) S. Hunter (inside left), Andy McGuigan (Inside right), and Wilson (half back). Generally speaking the Reds though quite scientific are not so lamed “three-penny hit” dribblers as Everton, but they get there just the same. They have secured the League championship on four occasions (Everton also have won its a similar number of times). Still it is just as well to point out that Liverpool’s initial season in the League First Division was 1893-94, whereas Everton were at the start in 1888-89. On the other hand, Everton have twice secured the F.A. Cup, an honour so far denied to Liverpool. Supposing the bets eleven of Liverpool was to be chosen, irrespective of period, to play on the Elysian fields against Everton, who would you pick? There is a big field for research, but here is my team. K Campbell or Hardy goal; A Hannah and Dunlop, backs; Parry, Raisebeck and Bromilow, half-backs; Goddard, J. Ross, Allan, Chadwick, and Cox forwards. Could Everton beat that?
EVERTON 1 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 2 (Game 1612 over-all)-(Div 1 1570)
September 27, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Poor Display By Everton.
Forwards Held By Sound Defence
Football plays some queer pranks. A week ago Everton beared the leaders Bolton Wanderers on their own ground and astonished everyone by taking the two points. On Saturday they provided yet another surprise, but this time of an entirely different nature they were beaten before their own followers by a side which had not won away for 19 months. Just when we had arrived at the conclusion that Everton had formulated a plan of campaign likely to bring success they let us down by giving one of the poorest displays of their career. The 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park was the worst they have suffered this season. They play against the Arsenal never fell to the few standard it did against the Yorkshire side. All their good intentions came thumbing down, because they lost belief in themselves following on Huddersfield’s spirited opening when they should have taken 3 goals in 10 minutes, and the defence, which had played at one in recent games, failed to get together while speed in the tackle and clever combination was sadly missing.
Tonic From Trentham.
Huddersfield soon found that Everton’s much vaunted defence was not the impregnable defence it had been made out to be, while the attack made up of three forwards, was insufficient to break down the concentrated defence they themselves built up against it. MacFadyen. Beasley, and Winand had all missed simple chances during the first quarter of an hour, and it appeared that fate had played them a scurvy trick when Trentham scored for Everton at 21 minutes. There was no denying that the Town had displayed the better class football. But Trentham’s goal did something for Everton; it brought them together, made them into a combined force and not a lot of units. From that point until the interval they got on top. A penalty award should have been theirs when Yong handled a Stevenson shot which seemed bound for the net, but never at any point had they produced their Bolton form. I could not understand such a change of front, for Huddersfield were not a great side, but upon looking closer into things, I would point to the fact that they were slow into the tackle, waited for the ball instead of going to it, and were too fanciful when they had it. They were in my opinion, the chief contributory factors for the defeat. When there was a man of Young’s calibre holding down the middle of the field, it was folly to hold the ball, but that was what Everton did, Geldard was the only forward Huddersfield had to fear, for Lawton found Young one too many for him. Trentham scored the goal “made” by Geldard, but even they fell from grace in the second half when only one shot was levelled at Hesford. When Barclay obtained the equaliser Everton seemed to slump. The tonic of their goal left them and with it their newly built up defensive plan, Gee immediately forgot that he was a third back and meandered up the field no doubt with object of throwing more weight into the attack and the hope that the lead would be regained, out it weakened the defence, which had never been sound in this game. Everton’s new plan of defence was spilt asunder by fast forwards who made one pass do where Everton required two or more. Over –elaboration by Everton’s inside forwards brought no result, for in many cases they lost possession before they could carry out their intentions.
The Winning Goal.
Where Everton had previously been so strong they were now weak. The half-back line did not back up the attack, so that there was a great lack of punch in the forward line. The Yorkshire team only got their deserts when MacFadyen, who had missed a great chances in the first five minutes, ran round Gee and scored the winning goal. Everton fought back, but to be candid, they never suggested that they would equalise. How could they with the forwards failing to shoot? I would have liked to see Dougal and Stevenson in closer communication with the front line when Geldard was making his spirited raids down the right flank. Time and again the outside right planted the ball in front of goal, but there was only Lawton and Trentham up to take it, and what chance had they with Young, Hayes, Mountford, and very often Willingham and Chivers against them? Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones, backs; Mercer, Gee (captain), and Watson, half-backs; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, and Trentham, forwards. Huddersfield Town: - Hesford, goal; Hayes and Mountford, backs; Willingham, Young (s) (captain) and Chivers, half-backs; Weinand, Barclay, MacFadyen, Richardson, and Beasley, forwards. Referee Mr CE Wainwright, Hull.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 1
September 27, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 9)
Everton’s display was disappointing, and it was not until Watson, Town’s left half-back, left the field with an injury in the second half that they began to press strongly. Dean and Cunliffe were the only marksmen in the Everton attack, the latter scoring Everton’s goal during the second half. Jones kept Lythgoe under control, but the Huddersfield centre forward eluded him to score the first goal after 1o minutes, after Thomson had headed out a shot from another forward. Perrett scored Huddersfield’s second goal near the interval. Cuff and Cunliffe were Everton’s better wing. Everton Reserves: - Morton, goal; Jackson and Thomson, backs; Bentham, Jones (TG), and Davies, half-backs; Bell, Dean, Cunliffe and Cuff, forwards.
U.G.D (St Helens) 2 Everton “A” 0
Liverpool County Combination.
Superior defence gave U.G.D the points in their home game with Everton “A.” The visitors midfield play was attractive, but only on rare occasions was Duckworth, the home goalkeeper tested, Sharrocks, Topping and Parry were prominent in the home defence. Platt opened the scoring early on, and Owen added a second 5 minutes from time.
NEW STYLE FAILS.
September 27, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Everton were under the impression that their new style defensive plan was good enough to carry them through to success but after Saturday’s experience when it was spilt asunder by Huddersfield Town’s fast-moving forwards they cannot rest assured that it is the answer to their problem. I frankly admit that it had succeeded against Manchester City, Brentford, and Bolton Wanderers t Burnden Park, but against Huddersfield it fell down like a pack of cards, and if the Town had taken full toll of their chances –they had three simple ones in the first ten minutes –I tremble to think what would have been the result. Those darting raids by the Huddersfield wingers had undermined the great confidence Everton had placed in their new formation so that it was never the solid wall we had believed it to be. The gaps which had been closed down to the aforementioned teams were opened up once again, and Huddersfield went through them like a knife goes through butter. Where there had been so much strength there was weakness, for the half-back line was without driving force, so that the natural consequence was that the attack, lacking support, petered out.
One Shot In Second Half.
When I tell you that only one shot was delivered at the Town goal throughout the whole of the second half, you will have some idea of the poverty stricken nature of the attack. Poor, Lawton had no chance against the mighty Young, for with Dougal and Stevenson playing too far behind the line, there was no one to give him a helping hand, and he needed it against such a stern defence as that built up by Huddersfield. Geldard was the only forward to do well, but what was one against so many –the Town had five full backs at times. Another thing more direct methods were required of the inside forwards. They were clever enough in their full control –aye, too, clever, for they were often robbed through their desire to be too artistic. Huddersfield did not went to juggle with the ball. One long, wide pass was sufficient to set them going, and off they went like a hare before the hounds, no thrills, but just honest goodness, straightforward football, and it completely upset all Everton’s plans. When Trentham scored the opening goal Everton did get together, and during their hot attack I though Young should have had a penalty given against him, for he handled a Stevenson shot which seemed destined for the back of the net.
Within five minutes of the resumption, Barclay had equalised, and from then on Huddersfield took command. Gee was behind the forwards and did so, once figuring at centre forward, but I was just afraid that would happen if matters were not running true to form. No doubt Gee saw defeat ahead, and though he may as well throw all his weight into attack in the hope of staving it off, but one must either play the third back game thoroughly or not at all. Young did not move from the goalmouth when Everton took the lead oh dear, no. The goalmouth was his sector no matter how the game is running. I do not blame Gee so much, for he could see that his own forwards needed some backing if they were to pull the game out of the fire, but his journeys up the field left openings, dangerous openings. Cook and Jones fought bravely, but the failure of the half-back line did not help them. McFayden who had missed the chance of the season early on, atoned with the visiting goal after he had swept his way pass Gee. This was Huddersfield’s first away win since they defeated Bolton Wanderers on February 1, 1936.
EVERTON LACK INSPIRATION
September 27, 1937 The Evening Express.
Defensive Lapses Against Town
By The Pilot.
The absence of an inspiring influence and the temporary scrapping of the new defensive plan were the main reasons for Everton’s suffering their second home reverse of the season, at the hands of Huddersfield Town, who won 2-1. Town until Saturday, had not won away for 19 months. Personally, I think the influence of a player life Cliff Britton was sadly lacking in the Everton team. Britton could have produced the subtle feeding to break down Town’s splendid resistance. As it was the forwards had to carry on with few workable passes to lay the foundations of an attack. In addition the Blues forgot their semi-third back scheme in the second half, and once again there were the wide gaps to goal because the backs adopted customary positional methods. Apart from usage of the ball, the backs did well, but Gee, in his enthusiasm to strike a blow at Huddersfield left open spaces. Mercer had a poor day. He was beaten for pace. Neither he nor Watson used the ball well, so it was small wonder the forwards had to forage so much.
Attack Not perfect.
The attack was far from perfect. Geldard was brilliant, yet he rarely received a good pass in the second half. Another fault was the neglect of young Trentham, who gave the Blues the lead in the first half. I do not assert that Trentham could have won the match, for I do not think his day is yet, but variation in method can prove profitable. Stevenson had a good day, but Dougal was inclined to overdo finesse and allow Town to consolidate. Lawton apart from the opening quarter, was blotted out by the all-powerful Young, surely Britton’s greatest centre-half. Throughout the entire match Lawton did not deliver a shot at goal. Granted the match produced more incisive tackling than shooting, but one goal thrust from the Blues in an entire half – this from Geldard –does not help to win matches. This was what happened in the second half! Huddersfield were much the sounder combination. They were able to profit by two corners, take two goals, scored by Barclay and Mcfayden, and then, ably led by Young, fall back to a destructive policy.
TEAM’S FOR MEREYSIDE DERBY
September 29, 1937. Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
In view of the see-saw character of the form displayed by Liverpool and Everton this season it would appear that the match at Anfield on Saturday between the pair is likely to prove one of the most open in the series of matches between these local rivals. There are not many personalities in the team these days to compare with old-time stars, but the sides on Saturday will be just as keen as many of their predecessors in these battles, which have provided entertaining features of football the teams first met in 1894-95. While Everton have chosen the side which lost at home last week to Huddersfield Town, Liverpool have made an alteration in the forward line, Taylor (P) coming in as partner to Nieuwenhuys in place of Balmer, who for the time being has lost touch with his best form. Taylor has been playing well with the reserve side. Everton have won at Anfield since the 1931-32 season when they gained the points by 3-1, but since that time Liverpool have won 7-4, 3-2, 2-1, 6-0 and 3-2. The teams are as follows; - Liverpool; Kemp; Harley, Dabbs; Busby, Rogers, McDougall; Nieuwenhuys, Taylor, Howe, Eastham, Hanson. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (je); Mercer, Gee, Watson; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, Trentham.
Everton Reserves to meet Liverpool is; Morton; Jackson, Thomson; Bentham, Jones (TG), Davies; Arthur, Cunliffe, Dean, Bell, Cuff.
ONE TEAM CHANGE FOR BIG ANFIELD “DERBY” DUEL
September 29, 1937. Evening Express
Phil Taylor At Inside Right For Liverpool
Dean Misses First Great Match For Years.
By The Pilot.
Liverpool and Everton are all set for the 73rd Merseyside Football League “Derby” game which takes place at Anfield football ground on Saturday. The directors of both clubs met last night to choose their sides and only one change was announced. This is in the Liverpool team, when Phil Taylor, the former Bristol Rovers forward, appears at inside-right in place of the ex-Everton player, Jack Balmer. Consequently no fewer than eight players will be making their first appearance in the “Derby” match. They are Kemp, Hartley, Rogers, and Eastham in the Liverpool side, and Watson, Lawton Dougal and Trentham in the Everton team. There is every prospect of a brilliant game and one of the highlights should be the duels between Liverpool’s experimental centre-half, Fred Rogers and Tommy Lawton, the Blues 17-year-old leader. Rogers made his mark recently by the manner in which he held Freddie Steele, of Stoke City. England’s leader, and he fared well against his Gordon Hodgson last Saturday. If can keep young Lawton in check it will be a great achievement. In many quarters it was expected that Everton would bring back Dean –the record goal-scorer in “Derby” games –but the directors despite the home defeat at the hands of Huddersfield Town, decided not to disturb the eleven. So Dean will be missing his first “Derby” game for many seasons. Britton has not sufficiently recovered from his knee injury to play, so the sides will be led by two players who were not elected to positions of captaincy at the start of the season. Busby, the Scottish international, skippers Liverpool, and Gee, the English international, Everton. Here is the line up;-
- Liverpool; Kemp; Harley, Dabbs; Busby, Rogers, McDougall; Nieuwenhuys, Taylor, Howe, Eastham, Hanson. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (je); Mercer, Gee, Watson; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, Trentham.
Everton and Liverpool also meet in the Central League on Saturday. The match takes place at Goodison Park and Everton are changing over their two inside forwards. Liverpool’s team will not be chosen until after tonight’s game at Newcastle. Everton; Morton; Jackson, Thomson; Bentham, Jones (TG), Davies; Arthur, Cunliffe, Dean, Bell, Cuff.
NEW NAMES IN “DERBY”
September 29, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Here are the Derby teams which will take the field at Anfield on Saturday. - Liverpool; Kemp; Harley, Dabbs; Busby, Rogers, McDougall; Nieuwenhuys, Taylor, Howe, Eastham, Hanson. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones (je); Mercer, Gee, Watson; Geldard, Stevenson, Lawton, Dougal, Trentham. Many names new to Merseyside Derby this will not take away any of the interest from the Derby game, rather the reverse. Neither of our teams are pulling up any trees this season, and with only a point between them in the table the struggle at Anfield will be intense. Some people expected some changes in the Everton team after their poor showing against Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on Saturday, but the directors have decided that no change should be made in the side.
Having seen Everton in all their games this season, I rated their display against the Town was just about the worst, but at the same time I could not see how’s change could be made to the score of the poor game. Against Manchester City, Brentford, Derby County and Bolton Wanderers, their game was distinctly good; in fact they should not have lost at Derby, and at Maine-road, Manchester City were lucky to go off with the two points. But their best game was against Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park, where they made a great heights. The absent of Cliff Britton, will be miss for he has a happy knack of making openings with his accurate passes, whereas Mercer while he, is usually a grand defender is not sure in his passing to that the forwards in front of him do not get their full supports. But under the present plan of comprised where by Stevenson and Dougal play and back Geldard, Lawton, and Trentham should get their chances. Just a word of wearying to Dougal and Stevenson. “Don’t try to be too fancy, otherwise you will find the Liverpool defenders will down on you like a pack of wolves
More Punch In Attack
I have not seen Liverpool since the trial game, but my colleague Contact, keeps me well posted. Niewenhuys is playing grand football and that Harley is improving at such a rate that there is a possible Scottish cap for him in the near future; that Eastham is a great little footballer –he is telling me –and that Rogers at centre half back is terrier-like in his tackling with Busby adding the spicy bits, and making openings for one and all. But I still think there is a great need for more punch in the attack. Well, Everton are not over strong in that department of the game, so it may well turn out that the “derby” game may result in a battle of defence. With “Nivvy” and Geldard –two of the fastest forwards in the game –at the peak of their form, I can promise the opposing flank a busy afternoon. A “Derby” game is a big test for such as Lawton, Trentham, Kemp, Hartley, Rogers, Eastham and Watson, but if they can come through with flying colours they can come through anything. I will leave it at that. Everton Reserves to meet Liverpool Reserves at Goodison Park on Saturday is; - Morton; Jackson, Thomson; Bentham, Jones, Davies; Arthur, Cunliffe, Dean, Bell, Cuff.
BLACKPOOL AND DEAN
September 30, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Mr. W. C. Cuff chairman of Everton F.C., commenting on a statement by Mr. W. Parkinson, the Blackpool chairman, that Blackpool were contemplating an approach to Everton for the services of Dean, said that no overtures had been made to Everton, and that if they were his personal opinion was that Blackpool would be wasting their breath.