EVERTON IN GOAL-STORM
September 1, 1941. The Liverpool Daily Post
Stoke City 8, Everton 3
Stoke Take an Easy Victory
The Victoria ground, Stoke, has never been a happy hunting ground for Everton, but no one expected them to take such a severe tumble as they did on Saturday. They ran into a goal-storm from which there was no shelter, and were ultimately beaten 8-3 –a defeat which must give them much food for thought, and which prove a blessing in disguise. Stoke took command in the first few minutes and retained it to the end. They soon, found the loopholes in the Everton side, and shot through them with an ease that made one wonder what was, in score for Everton in the months to come. Even admitting that several of their “star” players were absent, this does not absolve them from all blame, for the City were in much the same position.
Keeper Not To Blame.
Goals came to the Stoke men with such regularity that one began to wonder how many they would score before the end. It was right; it might have been more, for twice Lovett made two superlative saves, when the position seemed hopeless. It was sorry for the Everton goalkeeper. He was too often left to his own devices. The road down the middle was an easy path for the Stoke inside forwards; in fact there was little cover for Lovett. The forwards; well, they got two goals (Cook took the third from the penalty spot), but apart from that little good could be said about them. They were a higgledy-piggedy lot, with little combined ideas, and their propensity for holding on to the ball played into the hands of the Stoke defenders, who thrown out were masters of the situation. Here is the order of scoring –Sale (5 mins), Brigham (17 mins), Sale (32 mins), Liddell (40 mins), Catterick (43 mins), Boyes (60 mins), Barnett (62 mins), Blunt (65 mins), Cook (75 mins), Basnett (80 mins), Basnett (85 mins), Teams:- Stoke City:- Herrod, goal; Brigham and Glover, backs; Hamlett, Mould and Caton, half-backs; Liddell, Bowyer, Sale, Blunt, Basnett, forwards. Everton:- Lovett, goal; Cook (captain) , and Greenhalgh, backs; Mercer, Hill, and Jones (JE), half-backs; Barber, Bentham, Catterick, Boyes and Lyon, forwards.
September 1, 1941. The Liverpool Echo
Everton have a problem to solve, and a solution is not going to be easy. Their experience at the Victoria ground was unpalatable, for it was not so much the severity of their defeat, but the manner of its making, which must give cause for some deep thinking. It is not unusual for something of this sort to happen in the first match of the season, and the fact that it has happened now and not later on, when there is no chance of righting the wrongs should be beneficial. There were too many loopholes in their play which was slipshod as compared with that of their opponents. Perhaps we are inclined to think of Everton as the Everton of a few seasons ago. That will not help, we must change the side as it is today. We are not likely to have much service from Lawton. Tom Jones, of Stevenson this term, but it was not so much the man as the methods which brought about the crash in the Midlands. There was no cohesion in the ranks, each man seemed to play for himself instead of for the team as whole and I feel that there is need for a return to “tactics talk” as in pre-war. Stoke to their enthusiastic endeavour their link-up one with the other and ran even greater factor in their success, their sense of positional play, won their success. Eight goals need explaining away, but it was not difficult to the onlookers, who saw the way the Stoke forward cut through the exposed “middle” and so left Lovett the unenviable task of facing up to danger with no help whatever. He made two superlative saves in the first half, and was in no way responable for the defeat.
EVERTON’S WIN AT BOLTON
September 2, 1941. The Liverpool Daily Post
Bolton Wanderers 1, Everton 3
Everton defeated Bolton Wanderers 3-1 in a friendly game at Burden Park yesterday. The visitors success was largely due to the excellence of their defence, in which Jones (T.G.) and Greenhalgh were outstanding, but it was contributed to in some measure by Bolton’s failure to make the most of their chances. In the first half in particular they had several scoring opportunities only to throw then away by wretched finishing. Everton were not entirely without blame, in the same direction. Jackson figuring again at centre forward, opened the score after 36 minutes and Barber got two further goals in the second half, Johnson reducing the lead in the last minute. Bolton had four amateurs in their ranks including a 15-years-old centre forward named Lofthouse who, while displaying some sobbing ideas, was weak in his finishing and generally was kept well in check by Jones. The Everton defence in fact had the mastery of Bolton’s front line throughout, and Lovett was not often called upon. Boyes was Everton’s best forward Cunliffe fading out after a promising start. Jackson did well as leader of the attack, through he was unlucky in the matter of shooting. Bolton’s outstanding player was George Hunt, their former centre forward, figuring this time at half-back. Johnson formerly of Charlton was another source of danger, but otherwise the home side rarely looked like scoring.
EVERTON “CAPS RESUME V. STOKE
September 2, 1941. The Evening Express.
Everton will parade many of their stars of the 1939 championship side in their opening home game of the season –against Stoke City at Goodison Park on Saturday. Tommy Lawton and Ted Sagar, their England internationals, will be on leave from the Army and are certainties while it is odds on Tommy Jones, the Welsh skipper, Joe Mercer England’s best wing half and Alec Stevenson, of Ireland also being present. In addition there are “regulars” like Stan Bentham and Norman Greenhalgh. These days, of course, one gets occasional disappointments, but Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly is confident that about eight of the championship side will be on parade. Joe Mercer is being married tomorrow.
There is one position buzzling Mr. Kelly. That is outside-right, but he is hopeful that Alf Anderson of Third Lanark, will be able t play. I had a chat with Anderson at Burnden Park yesterday, where we saw Everton beat Bolton Wanderers 3-1 in a really entertaining game. Alf said that before he knew Everton would give him games he had signed forms for Tranmere Rovers. Now he wants the Rovers to cancel that signing so that he can sign for Everton. It seems to rest entirely with Tranmere, for Third Lanark have given permission for Anderson to play for Everton. Personally I do not think the Rovers will stand in the way, despite the fact that they have taken out the necessary insurances for Anderson. Tranmere are keen to give their own young players all possible experience and in any case they are not calling on Anderson this week for the visit to Manchester City. I think Tranmere will agree to Anderson being “transferred” to Everton and if so then Everton are practically all set for this Stoke return in which they are keen to wipe out that 8-3 defeat. Everton; Sagar; Cook (or Jackson), Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (T.G.), Mercer, (or Hill); Anderson (of A.N. Other), Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Lyon.
Cool, Methodical Defence.
When I got to Burnden Park yesterday my Bolton friends expressed the view who they had discovered a centre-forward who was Lawton the Second. Name Lofthouse. This lad, like Lawton, graduated with the Bolton Boys, Federation, and is only sixteen. “Watch Lofthouse” I was told. I did and early on saw him side-step Tommy Jones and with the coolness and skill of the master player, but Tommy Jones never gave him another chance and marshalled a cool, methodical defence so well that when Bolton, inspired by the adroitness and drive of George Hunt, tried to stage a rally, it was unavailing. In truth was the young star hold in check, but it was more because of the man who opposed him than his own shortcomings. Lofthouse has the head, the foot and the build to make a good ‘un. Once they had settled down Everton were always winning this game. Their half-backs kept a firm grip on the young Bolton forwards, and kept their own attack well catered for in the way of working material. George Jackson was tried again as Everton’s centre-forward and led the line thoughtfully and well. He was a leader and quite an opportunists for he bagged the first goal after having one disallowed for offside. Arthur Barber took two second half goals-the first a remarkable oblique shot and the second a spectular one for as he dived to meet Boyes short centre. It was not until five minutes from time that Bolton could pierce Everton’s solid defensive resistance and then it came as the result of an accident. Hill thought Boyes was going to make a back to receive his throw in, but instead Boyes moved away and the ball went to Hunt, who paved the way for Johnson, the Charlton forward, to take an opportunists bow at a venture which came off. The two right half-backs, Bentham and Hunt, who are both converted forwards, stole much of the limelight. They were good. Jimmy Cunliffe might have been among the goals with a little more “nip” in the penalty area. The forward honours went to Wally Boyes. This was a refreshing display against a good Bolton side boasting plenty of talent in the making, and if the Blues play as well against Stoke on Saturday the Goodison Park fans are in for a treat. Mr. Norman Banks the popular Bolton director, made everyone happy in the real Burnden manner, and with the Everton party were Mr. Will Gibbins, the chairman, Mr. Dickie Williams, directors Mr. Theo Kelly, Mr. Herbert Barker, while Ted Storey Everton’s head grounds man went along for a day out. The gate was a bit disappointing for there were about 1,600 present, but the game was good.
EVERTON’S STRONG SIDE
September 2, 1941. The Liverpool Echo
Sagar And Lawton
Everton, home to Stoke in the return game at Goodison on Saturday, hope to turn out eight of their championship side. Three pre-war stars are on leave together –Sagar from Ireland, Lawton from the south, and Tommy Jones from the R.A.F, –added to which the clubs is hoping to have the services of Alec Stevenson, who last week played for Blackpool. There is a doubt about Cook at right back, if he cannot play, Jackson will deputise. Mercer also is among the doubtful, with Hill first choice in his absence. Outside right position is left blank for the moment, but with Barber, Simmons, and possibly Anderson available there will be no difficulty there. After last week’s heavy defeat the Blues will be particularly anxious to reverse the Stoke decision. If they can’t do it with this side then Manager Bob McGrory must be hiding something pretty good up his sleeve. Everton gave an improved exhibition in the friendly at Bolton yesterday. They had the measure of Bolton’s youthful attack all through, though had the latter made the most of their opportunities Lovett would have been a busier goalkeeper than he was. Bolton like most clubs these days, are concentrating on players of under military age, and undoubtedly they have some good ones in the offing, but they need more experience. The speed and enthusiasm was there, the main thing lacking was balance and coolness in front of goal. Good approach work was nullified by over-hasty shooting, a fault which time will eradicate. Lofthouse, a fifteen-year-old centre forward of massive build for his years is full of grand promise, so is left half Lythgoe and winger Claod, all of them amateurs from Bolton junior leagues. Everton’s youngsters –Barber, Lyon, and Hill –all did well. The first named, took a couple of goals in good style, after Jackson had drawn first blood. Two of the three were the finishing touch to good work and passes by Boyes, who was Everton’s best forward.
• Napier v Everton “A” on Saturday.
GOLDEN WEDDING OF EX-SOCCER STAR
Liverpool Evening Express - Wednesday 03 September 1941
Mr. and Mrs Fred Geary of the Fountains Abbey Hotel, Walton-road Liverpool, have celebrated their golden wedding. Known to countless older Everton and Liverpool football fans, Mr. Geary shared almost every honour used in the Everton v. Aston Villa Cup Final of 1896-97, presented to him by one of his friends. Another treasure is one of the first 12 medals ever presented by the Football League. “We had to forteit fee in those days to get the medal,” said Mr. Geary to an Evening Express representative. Mr. Geary has been twice “capped” against Ireland in 1900, he scored five of the seven goals by which England against Scotland in 1901. Although Mr. Geary is nearly 74 he has taken an active interest in sports o all kinds from the earliest boyhood, and it is only recently that he gave up playing bowls for the Stanley Arms Bowling Club, which has won more honours than any other bowling club on Merseyside. As well as his golden wedding, Mr. Geary this year celebrates two other jubliees -30 years a Freemanson and 50 years a Licensee.
EVERTON F.C. PLAYER MARRIES
Liverpool Evening Express - Wednesday 03 September 1941
Miss Norah Fanny Dyson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Dyson, of Hoylake, was married today to Mr. Joseph Mercer, the English International and Everton F.C. half-back, son of the late Mr. J. P. Mercer and of Mrs. E. Mercer New Chester-road, Eastham, Cheshire. The ceremony took place at St. Lawrence’s Church. Stoak, near Chester. Mr. Tommy Jones, the Welsh International and Everton centre half, was best man, and the ushers were Second - Lieutenant J. G. Dallow, L.A/c Mansell, Marine S. Roberts, Private J. Horswill and Mr. R. S. M. Brisbane. Given away by her father, the bride wore a picture frock of white slipper satin, and bridal veil of tulle, held in position by a headdress of camellias. Miss Betty Mercer (sister of the bridegroom) and Miss Patricia Richards were the bridesmaids.
STOKE TEAM FOR GOODISON
September 4, 1941. The Evening Express
Everton will have a real chance of avenging the 8-3 defeat received at Stoke when the Potters come to Goodison Park for the return game on Saturday, for Stoke hope to bring the same eleven that won the first game. There is a bit of doubt about the young centre-half, Mould who is in the Army, but I think we shall see the lad who was such a sensation in pre-war days. The City will have two other players of pre-war vintage in Brigham, the right-back, and Liddle, the clever little inside-forward who has now taken over Stan Matthews role of outside-right. Tommy Sale, the bustling centre-forward, who began his career with Stoke and had a spell with Blackburn Rovers before returning to the City will again lead the attack, which includes Basnett, the winger who did the “hat-trick” last Saturday. Other promising youngsters are Herrod, the goalkeeper and a local and Paton, an accomplished left-half. All these three are under 18. Stoke City:- Herrod; Brigham, Glover; Hamblett, Mould, Paton; Liddle, Bowyer, Sale, Blunt, Basnett.
Everton “A” are giving trials to two young R.A.F players –Halsall and Smith –in their match against Napiers, who are also newcomers to the league. Everton “A”; Morton; Ireland, Dugdale; Wyles, Cheers, Hankin; Halsall, Williams, Smith, Dean, Bailey.
EVERTON’S CHANCE TO GET EVEN.
September 5, 1941. The Evening Express
There will be a real atmosphere at Goodison Park tomorrow, when Everton open their league home programme for 1941-42 with an all First Division match with Stoke City. I shall be surprised if the attendance does not run into five figures. Everton will field what is practically their pre-war championship side, providing Willie Cook and Joe Mercer can get away from duty with the Services, and the game will mark the occasion of the debut of Everton’s first “guest” player of the war. The distinction falls to Alf Anderson, the former Hibernian, Bolton Wanderers and present Third Lanarks outside-right. Stoke are bringing plenty of their pre-war talent and some of their local discoveries –players who are more than living up to expectation –so the stage is set for a really grand game.
Spice is added by the fact that the City trounced Everton 8-3 when they met at the Victoria Ground last Saturday. Rest assured the Blues will take the most direct steps to prove that form entirely wrong. Anderson is a signed Tranmere Rovers player, but Mr. Trueman, chairman of the Rovers, generously offered to loan Anderson to the Blues. Mr. Theo Kelly having secured the necessary permission from Third Lanark. I can assure you that Anderson is a really accomplished winger and was seen at Goodison when he was with Bolton. It is Mr. Kelly’s aim to parade the best possible talent at Goodison Park, and that is why he includes Anderson, and is bringing his own stars along for this game. I hope this enterprise is rewarded. The kick off is at 3 p.m., and I expect to see a thrill-packed match of pre-war vintage. Everton; Sagar; Cook or (Jackson), Greenhalgh, Bentham, Jones (Tom), Mercer; (or Hill); Anderson, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, and Lyon. Stoke City:- Herrod; Brigham, Glover; Hamblett, Mould, Paton; Liddle, Bowyer, Sale, Blunt, Basnett.
FULL BACK AT CENTRE
September 6, 1941. The Evening Express.
Jackson Leads Everton Attack.
George Jackson, former full back, led Everton’s attack against Stoke City at Goodison Park, as Lawton was unable to get leave. Mercer was at left-half, and Hill outside-right for Anderson of Third Lanark, who did not turn up. Everton: Sagar, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones (Tom), and Mercer, half-backs; Hill, Cunliffe, Jackson, Stevenson and Lyon, forwards. Stoke City; Herrod, goal; Brigham and Glover, backs; Hamblett, Mould and Paton, half-backs; Liddle, Bowyer, Sale, Blunt and Basnett, forwards. Referee; Mr. W.H.E Evans (Liverpool). Basnett stole the limelight at the outset, for apart from two delicious moves revealing thought and good ball control, he once had to make a spectacular leap over the concrete barrier to save himself from injury. Basnett sent in a cute centre which sale snapped up quickly as he rounded Done, but Sagar dashed out and took the shot on his knees. The City had revealed more method, but gradually the creative prowess of Stevenson got the Everton machine working smoothly and twice Cunliffe almost broke through. Jackson had two shots charged down before Stevenson hit one on the volley, and flashed inches over the top. Jackson tried a quick one from an acute angle, but the ball flashed over and Mercer nipped in at the last minute to prevent Blunt from getting to work. This was interesting play, never lacking in incident, but with the respective half-back lines holding command. Sagar saved a point-blank shot from Liddle before Jackson, breaking through on his own, placed over and Harrod went full length to save from Stevenson.
COOK’S PENALTY GOAL.
September 6, 1941. The Liverpool Echo
Everton: Sagar, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones (Tom), and Mercer, half-backs; Hill, Cunliffe, Jackson, Stevenson and Lyon, forwards. Stoke City; Herrod, goal; Brigham and Glover, backs; Hamblett, Mould and Paton, half-backs; Liddle, Bowyer, Sale, Blunt and Basnett, forwards. Referee; Mr. W.H.E Evans (Liverpool). George Jackson again appeared at centre forward for Everton today in their match against Stoke City. The early play was a desultory character, and for some time neither goalkeeper was called upon. Brigham spoiled some nice, combined work by Stevenson and Lyon, while Jackson, miss his kick with Everton’s first real chance. Jackson made a good hook effort when he got a surprise “pass” from a Stoke defender. The chief danger from the visiting attack came from spasmodic rushes, in which Basnett and sale were mainly concerned, but the Everton defence was sound and sure, Cunliffe went close with a nice header. Everton took a well deserved lead at the 38th minute from a penalty by Cook awarded when Stevenson was brought down by hamlet, Cook’s first effort was brilliantly saved by Herrop, but the Everton captain made no mistake with the rebound. Half-time –Everton 1, Stoke 0. The second half opened on a much liverier mote than hitherto and the shooting all round showed considerable improvement. Within two minutes Cunliffe scored with a header from a nicely placed pass by Jackson, who had veered out to the left wing. Stevenson so far the outstanding forward, nearly made it three when he put in a hefty shot which Herod saved magnificently. After 20 minutes Brigham reduced the lead with a penalty against which several Everton players strongly protested. Personally, I saw no offence. Mercer scored a brilliant goal one minute from the finish after a wonderful sole run.
Final; Everton 3, Stoke 1.
EVERTON IN FORM
September 8, 1941, The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 3, Stoke City 1
Everton were easier winners in the return game with Stoke at Goodison Park than the score -3-1 for Everton –suggests. It was only through superlative work by Herod, Stoke’s seventeen-year-old goalkeeper, that kept the score down to reasonable proportations. It was a match of contrasting halfs, the first inclining to dullness, but the second full of thrills and excitement, with Everton getting more on top the longer it went. Only one of the four goals was scored by a forward. Two came from penalties, one to each side, scored by Cook and Brigham, and one to a half-back. This latter was a brilliant solo effort by Mercer in the last minute in which he beat four opponents with ease and rounded off his effort with a beautifully placed shot. Cunliffe’s goal was the outcome of good work by Jackson, who put across a fine centre after crossing over to the left wing. Stoke’s youthful side could make no impression on Everton’s brilliant defence. The wizardry of Jones blocked the middle entirely and on the wings progress was no easier. Everton’s defence showed perfect co-ordination. Stoke were also strong in defence. Stevenson was the outstanding man of the Everton attack. Mould and Basnett did well for Stoke. Attendance, 5,664, receipts £294. Everton: Sagar, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones (Tom), and Mercer, half-backs; Hill, Cunliffe, Jackson, Stevenson and Lyon, forwards. Stoke City; Herrod, goal; Brigham and Glover, backs; Hamblett, Mould and Paton, half-backs; Liddle, Bowyer, Sale, Blunt and Basnett, forwards. Referee; Mr. W.H.E Evans (Liverpool).
VALUE OF STEVENSON
September 8, 1941. The Liverpool Echo
It was a pity that Tommy Lawton could not travel for the game, and that Anderson was not able to put in an appearance, but Everton’s win was quite comfortable after an enjoyable game, which boasted a grand climax when Joe Mercer beat four men in succession from just outside the penalty area, drew Herod, the 17-year-old goalkeeper, and adroitly placed into the net corner, Joe had broke his honeymoon especially to play, and he certainly provided a rare tit-bit. A grand goal. Had it not been for some uncanny goalkeeping by Herod the Blues would have taken another five goals. Some of the lad’s saves from Stevenson. Jackson and Cunliffe were astonishing to say the least. Stevenson had no luck with his finishing, but his display complained what a tremendous asset he is to the team. Cunliffe made a welcome reappearance at the Park, and I hope he will be regular, for he has a keen nose for the half chance. George Jackson, a willing “horse” if ever there was one, became centre-forward again and did the job really well. He made up for lack of guile by sound leadership and keenness. It was the soundness of the Blues, half-back line which paved the way for the win. They never relinquished a tight grip on sale, and company and found ample time to keep their own attack supplied with the right working material. It was grand to see Ted Sagar back in goal again, and he answered his few calls with customary efficiently, while Cook and Greenhalgh were the essence of unhurried unflurred craftsmen. The City showed up well in the first half but after Cook had scored for Everton by following up his penalty which Herod saved, and scoring from the rebound, there was never a doubt about the result. Cunliffe headed a delightful second, and after Brigham had reduced the lead from a penalty, came Mercer’s joyous final touch. Dr. Cecil Baxter, Captain Tom Percy and Dickie Williams came along to see a pleasing game productive of much good football and support Chairman Mr. Will Gibbins, incidentally Chester take their 100 per cent record to Goodison next Saturday.
September 8, 1941. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s “Bank of England” defence was too good for Stoke’s youthful side in the return game at Goodison. In a chat I had with a Stoke director after the match he expressed the opinion that Everton’s rearguard, as constituted on Saturday, is the best in the country, a view with which few people will quarrel. Unfortunately, it won’t always be so constituted. Only brilliant goalkeeping by Herod, Stoke’s 17-year-old keeper saved the Potters from a much heavier defeat. Young Herod got an ovation to himself at the final whistle, and will had he deserved it. Brigham and Mould were other stalwart defenders, but elsewhere Stoke’s youthful enthusiasm in attack as well as defence, was no match for Everton’s experience. Tommy Jones was in a class by himself. Cook and Greenhalgh were almost impregnable, and Bentham and Mercer the same. So well-timed and co-ordinated was this defence that on the rare occasion one man was beaten there was always somebody else in waiting to nip in at the right moment. It was in attack that Everton were not so good. Jackson is not yet the complete answer to the centre-forward problem, though he did better than many full backs would under similar circumstances, and it was left to Stevenson to be the mainspring and danger of the front line.
JONES FOR EVERTON.
September 10, 1941. The Evening Express.
Harry J. Jones, the West Bromwich Albion inside-forward, is to play for Everton this season. The only formally which has to be discharged is for the Albion to give the necessary permission Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly, of the Blues, he applied to Mr. Fred Everiss, secretary of the Albion, and I have no doubt the necessary consent will be forth coming. Jones has been selected to lead the Everton attack against Chester in the Football League game at Goodison Park on Saturday and so will become Everton’s first “guest” player of the war. Jones played in one trial game for Southport and has been chosen by the Sandgrounders for Saturday’s match against Blackpool. Mr. Kelly is still doubtful about the exact constitution of his team to tackle Chester, but it is possible that Gordon Watson will be fit to reappear. Gordon underwent an operation some months ago for the removal of piece of bone from an ankle, but he was training at Goodison Park on Tuesday. Wyles will play outside-right and Mr. Kelly is in touch with a prominent League player to play outside-left, with Jack Lyon inside-left. Everton (from); Lovett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Jackson, Bentham, Watson; Jones (Jack), Hill, Wyles, Cunliffe, Jones (Harry), Lyon, A.N. Other.
September 10, 1941. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton will be without Stevenson and Mercer for their game against Chester at Goodison Park on Saturday, as these players are taking part in the Army v. Ireland match at Windsor Park, Belfast. T.G. Jones is also a non-starter, having returned to his R.A.F unit. Gordon Watson is provisionally included in the side. He told me at Goodison last week that his ankle is now doing well, and he expected to be fit to start any time. Everton have included Harry Jones, the West Bromwich inside forward, who is a native of St. Helens, in their attack, and hopes he will play. Jones offered his Services some time ago and all that is now required is Albion’s permission. Jones, however, is meantime included definitely in Southport’s team to meet Blackpool this week-end. This sort of thing illustrates the difficulties of team-raising these days. The position will be cleared up in the next 24 hours. Jones has been one of the most consistent forwards in the game for many years, and in about 200 games for Albion has scored well over 100 goals. Everton (from); Lovett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Jackson, Bentham, Watson; Jones (Jack), Hill, Wyles, Cunliffe, Jones (Harry), Lyon, A.N. Other.
September 11, 1941. The Evening Express
Everton are giving a trial on Saturday to a new goalkeeper in the County Combination match with Automaca, at Childwall. This is R. Lake, who has played for Edgeware Town in the Middlesex League and Wealdstone. He is 6ft, and 12 stone. Everton”A” – Lake; Ireland, Dugdale; Sherrett, Cheers, Hankin; Halsall, Williams, Smith, Dean, Bailey.
• Mercer, Britton and Lawton to play in Army Team in Northern Ireland this weekend.
CHESTER AT GOODISON
September 12, 1941. The Liverpool Echo
Chester F.C., who have started the season in promising fashion, have a stiffer test tomorrow, when they meet Everton, at Goodison Park. Everton, however, will not be so strong as they were last week against Stoke, being without Sagar, Mercer, Stevenson, and Jones, but to help balance this in some measure they will have Gordon Watson back for the first time since his ankle operation, and Harry Jones, West Bromwich Albion’s sharpshooting forward, is also included. Everton have a wire from him definitely promising to play. Jones will add more pep and punch to Everton’s attack, which so far has been less satisfactory than the defence. The latter department even with Sagar, is sound, and reliable, and though Tommy Jones will be missed, the intermediate line reads favourably enough. Chester were a puzzling side last season. Time and again, I saw the verdict go against them after they had served up some grand football. Forward weaknesses in front of goal were their besetting sin. If they have remedied this, and the defence is still as good as it was. Chester can be counted worthy opponents. Manager Frank Brown has made a real find in young Derek Williams, the 18-years-old six-feet centre half, who has signed “pro” forms this week, while Shortt and McNeill have fully proved their ability and right to regular senior inclusion. Charlie Leyfield comes back to the forwards after his leg injury, and altogether the Chester side looks a well-balanced combination. So far I haven’t seen them this season. We shall have a better idea of their capabilities and prospects after tomorrow. Everton; (from) Lovett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Jackson, Bentham, Watson; Jones (JE), Hill, Wyles, Cunliffe, Jones (H), Lyon, A.N.Other. Chester; -Shortt; Turnbull, D. McNeill; Cole, Williams, Howarth; Roberts, Astbury, Yates, Pendergast, Leyfield.
September 13, 1941. The Evening Express
There need be no regrets that Everton’s record of having gone through two war time seasons without having used a “guest” player is broken. It just had to be these days. Harry Jones, of West Bromwich Albion, and Alf Anderson, of Third Lanark, were on duty for Everton today, and I can assure you that there will be others following in their footsteps. Mr. Theo Kelly, the Blues’ secretary, has the full backing of his directorate in his plan to ensure that the game does not lack in personalities. Everton’s gain in signing Jones is a big loss to Southport, whom Jones helped in a trail game, Jones had agreed to play for Southport today at Blackpool, but at the time he did not know Everton had Albion’s permission to play him. Hence the change in his plans. Both Jones and Anderson are on work of national importance and may be pretty regular in their appearances. Anderson can play on either wing, and Jones is at home in any of the three inside-forward positions –valuable lads to have on your books.
CHESTER ON THE MARK
September 13, 1941. The Liverpool Echo
Only A Point For Everton
Everton:- Lovett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Hill and Jackson, half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Seddon (Guest player), Jones (West Bromwich Albion), Cunliffe and Lyon. Chester:- Shortt, goal; Turnbull and McNeill, backs; Cole, Williams, and Howarth, half-backs; Roberts, Astbury, Yates, Pendergast, and Leyfield, forwards. Referee; Mr. R.A. Mortimer (Huddersfield). Everton F.C., has at last fallen into line with most others clubs and introduced a number of guest artists. Chester had their strongest team in the field, and after Everton had made two assaults on the Chester goal, the Cestrians took the lead at six minutes, through Roberts. The Everton defence might have prevented this had they not thought about an offside decision and played to the whistle.
Cunliffe, and Jones played well together in a passing sense, and Shortt, the goalkeeper, had one or two saves to make, but it was Chester who came closer to scoring goal number two. Lovett making a magnificent save when Yates threw himself headlong at a Roberts centre, and headed the ball a foot under the bar. Chester’s forward play was exceptionally good in that it was fast, and there was a shot to round it off. Roberts was the main shooter. He put rare power behind his drives. Twice Lovett had to deal ably to prevent further goals, and while the Everton side were mainly the aggressors, Chester were ever dangerous when they made a move forward. Everton’s continued pressure at last got its reward, for a free kick taken by Greenhalgh, helped along by Seddon, enabled Jones to score an equalising goal.
Half-time; Everton 1, Chester 1.
Chester had the chance of regaining the lead in the first moments of the second half, for Leyfield was left with all the goal to shoot at, but could do no better than crack the ball at the angle of the woodwork, probably taken by surprise by the manner in which the ball came to him. Short made a save from Cunliffe, and Leyfield, who by the way, is the Everton player, offered Yates an opening with a choice pass, which was not accepted. Everton were attackers in-chief, but there was no denying the good form displayed by the visitors.
Final; Everton 1, Chester 1.
CHESTER HOLD EVERTON
September 15, 1941. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 1, Chester 1
Draw At Goodison
Chester are well up the League table, and rightly so if Saturday’s display against Everton at Goodison Park is any criterion for they were most unfortunate not to have taken the full points at stake instead of half share as a result of their 1-1 draw. Everton for the first time brought in “guest artists” –three of them, in fact –yet even with their help they could not lower the colours of the Cestrians. The Everton goalkeeper had many difficult shots to contend with, but he was in one of his brightest moods. He made fine saves from Roberts, Yates, and others after he had fallen, through, not fault of his, in the first five minutes to a shot by the first-named.
Weakness Near Goal.
Everton, while having the major portion of the attack, were feeable in front of goal. That was a great difference. Chester with half the chances, were a greater menace to Lovett than the Everton forwards were to Shortt, who had a comparatively easy journey. Everton had to battle 43 minutes before they obtained their equaliser; H. Jones finishing off some good work by Greenhalgh and Seddon. There was no further scoring. Everton rarely looked like scoring, whereas the Chester forwards particularly Roberts, gave Lovett plenty of anxiety but near the end Everton almost took the lead when Anderson put across his best centre and Cunliffe appeared to have a winning chance, but instead of contacting the ball with his head, he directed it into the goal with his hand, and the referee had no alternative but to negative the goal. Everton’s defence made perhaps, one mistake. That was when they stopped playing when Roberts scored in the belief that an offside award would be theirs. Jones was the best of Everton’s imported players, for Anderson was slow and wasted too many centres, and Seddon lacked experience. I would rate Bentham as Everton’s best player, but Cook, Greenhalgh and Lovatt were little behind hind. I liked the play of Astbury, the greatly-improved Derek Williams, the eighteen-year-old centre half-back, and McNeill. Leyfield was having his first first team game for months, and did well in the circumstances. But it was the team as a whole which made the draw possible. Everton:- Lovett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Hill and Jackson, half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Seddon (Guest player), Jones (West Bromwich Albion), Cunliffe and Lyon. Chester:- Shortt, goal; Turnbull and McNeill, backs; Cole, Williams, and Howarth, half-backs; Roberts, Astbury, Yates, Pendergast, and Leyfield, forwards. Referee; Mr. R.A. Mortimer (Huddersfield).
September 15, 1941. The Evening Express
It was half-back superiority that enabled Chester not only to hold Everton but to almost beat them. Chester had the intermediates who not only kept a grip on a ragged Everton attack, but ensured the maximum support for their own attackers. Whenever the ball came out of a Chester attack there were three willing lads ready to slip it back in again. With Everton; it was different for when the ball came loose from their attacks, it generally meant the inception of a Chester raid. There was rarely any sustained Everton for the simple but all too obvious reason. Everton had the better of the opening half, when they played much too close when working on the material supplied by Cook and Bentham, and Jones managed to equalise Robert’s early goal, but in the second half it was Chester who called the tune. Then, had it not been for the brilliant work by Lovett, Cook and Greenhalgh the Blues would have been well beaten. Lovett has never played better. Certainly Chester took the eye as a good workmanlike side with tenacity in defence and power in attack. It was refreshing to see the way in which the Chester forwards exploited the effective but oft-neglected cross-field pass. I was impressed by the individual play of Turnbull, Williams, making his professional debut one to remember. Cole, the always delightful Howarth, the direct Roberts and the always dangerous Leyfield coming back to show he carried no ill-effects of that broken leg, while throughout the Chester side was a collective will to succeed. Chairman Sir Thomas Brocklebank, who came along supported by Mr. Harry Mansley, vice-chairman, Mr. Walter Shaw and Mr. Frank Brown, manager was proud of the show put up by Chester, and he had reason to be. Eight of their players are “their own.” It was a happy day for them for, besides sharing the points, they shared a gate just short of £200. Captain Charlie Hewitt former Chester and Millwall manager and now doing his bit in the Army came along with his old club for this pleasing re-union, presided over by Mr. Will Gibbons, Mr. Dickie Williams and Dr. Cecil Baxter, the Everton director. For Everton the game was not satisfying I am sure Harry Jones is going to prove an acquisition, for he was always dangerous even with a scanty supply of workable passes, and also Anderson, who was obviously needing this game. He took time to get his “touch” Cunliffe had a good first half, and the three defenders were excellent, but this was not football of the Everton vintage.
September 15, 1941. The Liverpool Echo
Everton will need to produce something better against Chester in the return match at Sealand Road if they are to have any chance of even dividing the spoils than they did at Goodison. Even allowing for the fact that Chester ‘s only goal was partially a grit –the Everton defence halting for an expected offside decision –the visitors were unlucky not to win. That they didn’t was due to the excellence of Everton’s defence, and particularly Lovett, who made some brilliant saves. Lovett was the busiest man on the field in the second half, what time Shortt in the Chester goal seldom handled the ball. From that it should not be deduced that Everton had no chance. They had plenty particularly in the first half, but failed to use them aright. Though three guest artists were introduced into the front line –the first time Everton have gone into the lease-and-lend business – only Harry Jones filled the bill adequately and he got a nicely-judged equaliser. Cunliffe was a hard worker, and at times an unlucky marksman, but for the rest the attack was woefully weak. If Chester can reproduce the standard of football regularly they are going to make a much better show this season. It was their teamwork and progressive combination, rather than individual brilliance that made them dangerous, but among those deserving of special mention were Roberts, possessor of a terrific shot, Astbury and Williams.
JOCK COMING BACK?
September 16, 1941. The Evening Express.
Billy Cook, Everton’s Irish international back, and present captain, gave me a spot of good news for the Everton followers. He hears that Jock Thomson, Everton’s pre-war skipper to whom Billy acted as vice-captain is shortly coming for a spot of leave and may be reappearing with the Blues. Incidentally, Billy is convinced that there is a general revival in sport. “It is obvious the people want good sport these days,” he said, “and if we can provide it the public will rally around us.” He is correct. Attendance so far have been in advance if last season, and there is no denying that the return to the points system has helped materially to the end. I met Billy at the Stadium, where I sat with him and Mr. Ernest Green the Everton director, who is such a keen fight fan. Bill is something of an expert and said that he teaches a lot of boxing in the Army. Both he and Mr. Green were loud in their praises of the astute manner in which Jimmy Moore, and Birkenhead, beat the more experienced Bob McLuckie, of Glasgow. It certainly was a triumph of tactics.
September 17, 1941. The Evening Express.
Mr. Theo Kelly secretary of Everton, is still doubtful about his team to visit Sealand road Stadium on Saturday, to oppose Chester. He has 14 names on his team sheet including Jock Thomson, the Scottish international who, as I mentioned, is coming home on leave and may be here in time. Alex Stevenson, the Irish international returns from duty for his country, and Harry Jones and Alf Anderson, the two “guest” players are again included. Two lads from the “A” team, both of whom have had first time experience –Owen and Bailey –are named among the forwards. Everton (from); Lovett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Watson, Thomson; Anderson, Cunliffe, Jones (Harry), Stevenson, Jones (Jack), Jackson, W. Owen, G. Bailey.
September 18, 1941. The Evening Express
Automac, who began sensationally with a 5-0 win over Everton, Everton entertain Roots at Goodison. Everton include three of this season’s newcomers against Roots –Strange, Kelly, and Fowler. Everton:- O’Hara; Ireland, Strange; Hill, Kelly, Cheers; A.N. Other, Fowler, Williams, Simmons, Seddon, Lyon.
September 19, 1941. The Liverpool Echo
Everton will have to pull out something better than they did at Goodison to get the better of Chester, at Sealand Road. Defensively they are all right, and this time the attack, the weak spot in the home match, is strengthened by the return of Alec Stevenson, who will supply the needful support for centre forward Harry Jones. With Cunliffe on the other side, Jones should get a better chance to show his shooting ability. The half back line includes a “strange” name this week in Jock Thomson, whose grand work on and off the field has so much to do with Everton’s pre-war ascendancy. It will be good to see him in action again, and also Gordon Watson, who is bursting to get back into harness. The team will not be definitely chosen until shortly before the match, as there are a few “if’s and buts.” As a precautionary measure Owen and Bailey, two “A” teamers, who had senior experience last season, are included, and George Jackson, who gave a solid display at half-back last week, is again in the intermediate probable’s. Apart from the fact that McNeill is doubtful. Chester will be unchanged. If they reproduce the same sound defensive play, nippy attacking and all-round team work as they did at Goodison then Everton will do well to draw. Everton; Lovett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Watson, Thomson; Anderson, Cunliffe, Jones (H), Stevenson, Jackson, Jones (JE), W. Owen, G. Bailey. Chester; Shortt; Turnbull, D. McNeill; Cole, Williams, Howarth; Roberts, Astbury, Yates, Pendergast, Leyfield.
CHESTER V EVERTON
September 20, 1941. The Liverpool Echo
Chester:- Shortt, goal; Turnbull and H. Bates, backs; Cole, Williams, and Howarth, half-backs; Roberts, Astbury, Yates, Pendergast and Leyfield, forwards. Everton:- Lovett, goal; Cook and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones and Thomson (captain) , half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Owen, Jackson, Stevenson and Bailey, forwards. Referee:- Mr. J.E. Thompson. Everton have always been an attraction at Chester. Today’s gate was probably the largest they have had for some time. Jock Thomson, who was down on leave, reappeared not only in the Everton team but also as captain of the side. Chester’s side was almost identical with that of a week ago. There were two quick goal incidents, the first when Roberts made a shot which looked better than it was, judged by the way Lovett handled it. Then came an Everton 2drive” and they should have taken a goal with the opportunity, but Jackson made rather a feeble effort with the easiest of chances. Roberts veered over to the Chester right wing and opened the way with a good length centre, but Astbury drove the ball into the side netting. Chester was the more forceful side, and the Everton defence had a narrow squeak but was able to extricate itself from difficulty through Jones. Everton’s attack could do little when it came to finishing off a round of passing, whereas Chester’s aggression was much more dangerous, and Lovett had many fine shots to deal with.
Half-time; Chester 0, Everton 0
Lovett had saved repeatedly from Roberts and Yates, and he was finally beaten by the latter at 55 minutes, Leyfield provided the centre, and Yates with a perfect header directed the ball into the net. This lead was well deserved, for while Everton were able to get into shooting positions, there was little shooting from any one of their attackers. Roberts scored second for Chester.
CHESTER BEAT EVERTON
September 22, 1941. The Liverpool Daily Post
Chester confirmed the good impression of the previous week, when they defeated Everton 2-0 at Sealand Road, in the return game. To take three points from Everton is a feat even in these days when Everton are feeling the loss of many of their star performers, for it must not be overlooked that the championships –Everton are still champions-have a fair array of their original defenders. Forward was Everton’s trouble at Chester just as it has been in almost every match they have played, and until worthy substitutes are produced for such as Lawton, Gillick and Boyes, I feel that they will have a varied career in this season’s competition. Chester were the nippier team on Saturday, and I am sure Lovett will pay due tribute to their shooting quality. He had to make any number of sparkling saves. In the first fifteen minutes Everton should have had at least two goals, with the opportunities which came their way, but they lost their chances. The referee would have been justified had he given Everton a penalty just before the interval, when Anderson was brought down from the rear. Greenhalgh brought down Roberts and the latter scored from a penalty, thus increasing Chester’s lead. Yates having headed in a perfectly-timed centre from Leyfield. Let us give Chester credit for their success. Everton’s forwards were ragged the two young boys, bailey and Owen, are not yet ripe for “big” football and Jackson is not a centre-forward despite his four goals last season. Chester were best represented by Roberts, who must not, however, attempt to shoot from atrocious angles. Howarth, Turnbull, Yates, Astbury and young Derek Williams, but it was team work which won them their laurels. Chester:- Shortt, goal; Turnbull and H. Bates, backs; Cole, Williams, and Howarth, half-backs; Roberts, Astbury, Yates, Pendergast and Leyfield, forwards. Everton:- Lovett, goal; Cook and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones and Thomson (captain) , half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Owen, Jackson, Stevenson and Bailey, forwards. Referee:- Mr. J.E. Thompson.
• Liverpool won 4-2 v Manchester City, Done (3), Fagan for Liverpool and O’Donnell, (pen), and Parlance for Man City
CHESTER STILL LEAD
September 22, 1941. The Evening Express
Chester still lead the way among the Merseyside area clubs in the soccer field. They accomplished a fine win over Everton 2-0, and so gave themselves an aggregate of seven points out of eight. Great going. Unbeaten after four matches, Chester deserved their 2-0 win over Everton, at Sealand Road. It the Third Division side which produced the classic football, and the Blues forwards were seldom strong enough to make much impression against a stubborn defence which made the best use of covering tactics. Chester were strong from goalkeeper to half back, but were not too impressive in attack. Roberts and Astbury formed a dangerous wing. Centre-forwards Jackson and Yates, both missed chances. T.G. Jones made valiant efforts to pull Everton together and Stevenson’s scheming failed through lack of support. Yates and Roberts (penalty) were the scorers. A satisfactory feature was the attendance of 3,850.
September 22, 1941. The Liverpool Echo
Chester were very pleased with their three points lead over Everton, after their victory at the Stadium, on Saturday evening. They had been a shade unlucky not to take full points at Goodison Park, but there was no argument about their superiority at home. They were fully two goals better than Everton on the play which showed up Everton as a moderate side. This is acknowledged to be the year of youth in football. Most clubs are fielding youngsters in their teens but the boys Everton have turned out are not yet ripe for the more serious League games. Their time may come, but it is not yet, Owen worked hard but a little fellow has got to be extra clever to overcome his lack of inches. Time and again he held the ball so long that he ran himself into trouble, not having a trick up his sleeve to extricate himself from difficulties. Bailey did little on the wing so that the wing play was feeble for Anderson was not at home on the right. He is essentially an outside left. Everton had their chances in the first quarter of an hour, but shooting was not their strong point.
September 24, 1941. The Evening Express.
Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of Everton cannot make any announcement regarding the Blues side to oppose Manchester United at Maine Road on Saturday. It may not be possible to state a common experience these days, when it is often not known until the last minute what Services players are available. Lovett, the young goalkeeper, was injured in the game at Chester last Saturday, but I understand he is responding well to treatment and that he will be fit.
BRITTON IN FORM
September 25, 1941. The Liverpool Echo
I see that Cliff Britton, Everton’s half-back is again included as reserve in an England side this time against Scotland, at Wembley, on Saturday week. Tommy Lawton tells me that Cliff has been playing brilliantly of late. Mercer is “in” again, an almost automatic choice these days. Lawton gives way to Don Welsh.
• Everton “A” v. Randle, on Saturday
WATCH ON ROWLEY
September 26, 1941. The Evening Express
When I was in Manchester last week-end a keen United follower assured me that Rowley of the United, was the best centre forward in the country at the moment. “He is certain to get international honours,” he added. Well, I know Rowley is heading the right way, for he is the leading scorer in the whole of the Football league with 15 goals. Strangely enough, Rowley is a converted leader. He was an outside left with Wolves and Bournemouth, but hind going to Old Trafford as a winger, he is certainly become a fine leader are rare opportunist. It behoves the Everton defence to keep a sharp eye on Rowley tomorrow. If they give him any latitude he can win in the game off his own bat. Harness Rowley and the Blues may harness the United, but it will take increased penetrative power in the attack, if Everton are to win. Lack of “punch” has cost the Blues rather dearly in recent games, but if they can find a way to finish their work better they might pick up their first away point of the season. A little more of the form shown in the friendly at Bolton is needed. Everton have not decided on their side, but will select it from the following:- Lovett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Hill, Jones (JE); Anderson, Cunliffe, Jackson, Jones (H), Stevenson, Lyon, W. Owen.
September 26, 1941. The Liverpool Echo
Everton away to Manchester United, have the example of Liverpool’s “double” against the other Mancunians to spur them on to a victory at Maine Road, though they will have to improve on recent forward displays to achieve it. The Blues’ attack has developed a penchant for scorning the easy openings and making their moves too intricate and elaborate, which plays into the opposition’s hands. They can’t afford to do that against a side of United’s defensive calibre, which has forfeited only six goals in four games, what time their attack has totted up 28 on the credit side. True, their four matches have been against ex-Third Division opposition, and this is the first time United have met ex-First Divisioners this season. Everton have not decided definitely on their team. The defence, fortunately, causes no anxiety, but the forwards will be chosen from seven probables, as follows:- Lovett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Hill, Jones (JE); Anderson, Cunliffe, Jackson, Jones (H), Stevenson, Lyon, W. Owen.
MANCHESTER UNITED V. EVERTON
September 27, 1941. The Liverpool Echo
Manchester United:- Breedon, goal; Redwood and Roughton, backs; Warner, Porter, and Whalley, half-backs; Bryan, Smith, Rowley, Carey, and Mitten, forwards. Everton:-Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones (H) (West Bromwich Albion), and Mercer, half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Owen, Jackson, Stevenson and Lyon, forwards. Referee; P. Snape (Manchester). There was quite a good crowd at Maine Road. The United have been in the news lately through their big scoring. Everton had to make some changes and Jones, the West Brom centre forward, figured at centre half. The first ten minutes play was definitely in favour of the United, and Burnett had a series of shots to cope with, but not of the type likely to bring about his downfall. At seventeen minutes Everton took an unexpected lead through Stevenson. Porter was mainly responsible in that he trod on the ball, and did not get it away. Lyon gained possession and offered Jackson a pass, which was readily taken and returned. The winger again pushed the ball nicely forward for Jackson to shoot, Breedon having to punch the ball straight back to Stevenson, who promptly slammed it into the net. The equaliser came at 21 minutes, H. Jones, making a faulty tackle, presented Smith with a gilt-edged chance which he took gladly, leaving Burnett no chance. Manchester’s second goal was the result of a three-piece suite between Smith, Bryant, and Rowley, the last named finally squeezing his header between the upright and the Everton keeper. At 43 minutes Everton took an equaliser. Owen heading through after smart work by Jackson.
Half-time; Manchester United 2, Everton 2
Within a minute after the interval Everton took the lead through Owen who headed the third goal after smart work by Anderson and a perfect length centre by Lyon.
Final; Manchester United 2, Everton 3.
September 29, 1941. The Liverpool Daily Post
Manchester United 2, Everton 3
Everton surprised Manchester United at Maine Road, beating them by the odd goal of five, and thus checking their high-scoring ramp. Rowley their newly-found centre forward, with 15 goals to his credit from four matches, added another goal, but apart from that was rarely seen in this game. The Manchester side attacked for such long periods that had not Everton’s defensive plan been sound they must have scored more goals. Everton did well to hold the United to a draw at the interval. They actually scored first through Stevenson, after Breedon had pushed out Jackson’s shot straight to the oncoming Stevenson, who put the ball into the net. Smith was virtually presented with an open goal by a faulty tackle by H. Jones, the West Bromwich forward was playing at centre half-back. Shortly afterwards Rowley headed the United’s second goal. Owen equalised. In the second half the United launched attack after attack, but they were met by a solid front. Anderson wriggled his way across the field and finally put the ball to Lyon. The ball flew over the heads of the United defenders and Owen sprang up high to head a clever goal. A mighty drive by Smith was kept out of the net by Mercer’s face, but Mercer played on helping his side in a great victory. Owen was one of the big successes of the side, bit I am not unmindful of the great part Stevenson, Lyon, Mercer, Bentham, Cook, Greenhalgh and Burnett played in this excellent victory. Manchester United:- Breedon, goal; Redwood and Roughton, backs; Warner, Porter, and Whalley, half-backs; Bryan, Smith, Rowley, Carey, and Mitten, forwards. Everton:-Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, Jones (H) (West Bromwich Albion), and Mercer, half-backs; Anderson (Third Lanark), Owen, Jackson, Stevenson and Lyon, forwards. Referee; P. Snape (Manchester).
• Liverpool won 7-2 against New Brighton, Done scoring four goals. Fagan(2), Liddell scored the others and Eden, Malam (Penalty), for New Brighton.
EVERTON’S FINE WIN
September 29, 1941. The Liverpool Echo
Manchester United who these days have no difficulty in selecting their team –it selects itself –received a shock when they were beaten by Everton at Maine-Road on Saturday. They have had such a great successes since the season opened, even admitting that they were obtained at the expense of Third Division sides, that people began to look upon them as prospective champions. They may be but the real test of their ability must be ganged when they are meeting teams of their own strength. It is all very well to crack up hugh scores against “junior” League teams, but what can they do against their own members? Everton, although not at full strength, exploded any idea that the United are a super team, useful, undoubtedly, but nothing more than that. The Everton defence, while having to work in top gear most of the time scotched the United’s ambitious forwards by their covering tactics, and with their own attack showing greatly improved form were able to bring about the United’s first defeat of the season. While I pay high tribute to Everton’s defenders, the most pleasing feature of the game was the great improvement in their attack. At Manchester there was but one change from the previous week, when no goals were scored and the forwards play in general feeable. It was a different line at Maine Road for there was skill “bite” and shooting power in it. Young Owen made me eat my words by scoring two goals –it was almost a hat-trick –and giving a display that brought praise from one and all; friend and foe alike. He was a bundle of energy, but more than that he made his football easy by slipping the ball at the right moment and running into position for the return and he took his goals like a veteran. Stevenson and Lyon made up a smart wing, the latter’s centres being perfect in their delivery. Jackson and Anderson were better than previously. Anderson’s intricate dribble across the field and final pass to Lyon was responsible for the third goal.