EVERTON “FIND” IN FIRST X1
September 3, 1942. The Evening Express.
Jack Humphreys, an Army player and one of Everton’s discoveries of their recent junior trials, will play centre-half for the Football League side in their return game with Manchester United at Maine-road on Saturday. Two weeks ago Humphreys had never donned an Everton jersey, but he wrote to Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly asking for a trial, and was included in one of the many games played at Goodison Park. Humphreys was an outstanding success, and last Saturday played a brilliant game for the reserve team. With Tommy Jones unable to get leave from the R.A.F. Mr. Kelly never hesitated to include Humphreys, who is only 21 and splendidly built, Humphreys has had plenty of experience in good-class football, and Mr. Kelly is convinced he will make the grade. Norman Greenhalgh is not quite fit, and so Jack Jones goes to left back to admit George Jackson to right back. Tommy Lawton will be at Griffin Park playing for the Army against the Civil Defence Service, and so Harry Jones, of West Bromwich Albion, takes over the leadership of the attack. Jones deputised for Lawton with success on many occasions last season. Frank Soo, the Stoke City and England inside left, is available, and so will link up with Alex Stevenson who moves to outside left. This pair provided some Soo treats last season when they operated in dual harness. Alf Anderson crosses to outside right to partner George Mutch. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Jones (Jones); Mercer, J. Humphreys, Watson; Anderson, Mutch, Jones (Harry), Soo, Stevenson.
Billy Sumner, Everton’s pre-war junior winger, is home on leave and will play for the Reserves in their County Combination match against St. Teresa at Goodison Park. Everton Reserves; Birkett; Ireland, Lewis; Fairfoul, McDonnell, Curwen; Sumner, Grant, Ledingham, Scott-Lee, Fowler.
NEW PIVOT GETS CHANCE AT MANCHESTER
September 3, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton will have a newcomer at centre half for their return game with Manchester United at Maine Road on Saturday. He is J.V. Humphreys, an amateur who has had a lot of experience in Army football, and has participated in several representative Service games. He takes the place of Tommy Jones, who is unable to get away for this game. Humphreys wrote to Everton some time ago asking for a trial was given one, and played so well that he was immediately earmarked for the future. He got his chance in the “A” side last week and after his display Mr. Theo Kelly had no hesitation in putting him in the first team. It is a big test, but the Army lad of 21 is ideally built and is said to be a grand player. As Greenhalgh is not thoroughly fit, Jones (J.E.) deputises with Jackson at right back. As Lawton is engaged on representative duty, Harry Jones takes over at centre forward. Anderson crosses to right outside and Soo comes in as partner to Stevenson, which promises good things, the team being:- Burnett; Jackson, Jones (J.E.); Mercer, Humphreys, Watson; Anderson, Mutch, Jones (H.), Soo, Stevenson.
September 4, 1942. The Evening Express
Everton go to Maine-Road to tackle Manchester United, who rallied so well to gain a point at Goodison Park last week. Chief interest in the game will centre on the debut of Jack Humphreys, the soldier-footballer, who came along to play in Everton’s junior trials, and who proved rather a sensational “find.” Humphreys has all that it takes to make a first-class player, and Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly is convinced that he will do well. Humphreys will be at right-half –he was originally chosen centre-half. Both Jones (T.G.) and Mercer are not available. Jones (H.) moves to centre-half, and Montgomery (formerly New Brighton) or Bentham will be at centre forward. The Blues may not repeat last season’s win, but I do not think they will lose. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Jones (Jack); Humphreys, Jones (H.), Watson; Anderson, Mutch, Montgomery or Bentham, Soo, Stevenson.
• Tomorrow at Goodison Park, Liverpool County Combination. Everton “A” v. St. Teresa’s, Kick-off 3 p.m. Usual Prices of Admission.
September 4, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton, in the return fixture with Manchester United, will have to put up a better exhibition than they did at Goodison if they are to get even a point. United at Maine road will be a different proposition from last week, when they forced a draw after being 2 goals down, and with a little more steadiness in front of goal might have pulled of a victory. For this match Everton have had to make several chances. As Greenhalgh is not yet thoroughly fit Jones (J.E.) takes his place, with George Jackson as his partner. Soo comes in at inside left and Stevenson on the extreme wing. The play of the pair in their two games last season was brilliant and if they dovetail together in the same manner again this is where the greatest danger will arise to United’s hopes. Team; will arise to United’s hopes. Jones (H.) is at centre half, the amateur Humphreys right half in place of Mercer, who cannot play, while Lawton’s place rests between Bentham and Montgomery. Team:- Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Jones (Jack); Humphreys, Jones (H.), Watson; Anderson, Mutch, Montgomery or Bentham, Soo, Stevenson.
Liverpool Evening Express - Saturday 05 September 1942
Mr. Kelly, secretary of Everton, has concentrated more the juniors in recent weeks than at any time during tie war, and he feels, that he has fopnd boys who will eventually prove as good finds Joe Mercer, Stan. Bentham and ethers. Jack Humphreys stands out as Everton's most notable find so far, and the fact that this soldier-footballer was playing with the first team today shows that all our clubs will give the lads real chance. Everton seem to have found really good goalkeeper Birkett, who hails from with centre half O'Donnell. Scott-Lee, boy of Chinese extraction and who was with Manchester United, will prove acquisition inside forward, and a local lad named has the makings of a tip-top centre forward. Then there is Lewis, a useful full back, who played for Liverpool schoolboys in 1939, and Grant, who has been on the Everton books since before the war and who comes from the North-east. Yes. and there are Plenty ol others who should place Everton Reserves back the map after rather in-and-out period.
MANCHESTER U V EVERTON
September 5, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Manchester United;- Breedon, goal; Griffiths, and Roughton, backs; Warmer, Porter, and Whalley, half-backs; Roach, Carey, Catterick (Everton), Pearson and Mitten, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Jones (J.E.), backs; J.V. Humphreys, Jones (H.) (West Bromwich), and Watson, half-backs; Lyon, Mutch (Preston), Bentham, Stevenson (captain), Anderson (Third Lanark), forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Womersley. Everton were late in arriving at Maine Road, Manchester, for their game, with United. There was only a handful of spectators. Everton had to make several changes in their attack. Lyon came in at outside right, Bentham centre forward, and Stevenson and Anderson linked up on the left flank. United, through their left wing launched an attack, and it looked like succeeding until Jackson put his hand to the ball. The free kick failed to produce anything and Stevenson’s, by some good football, put Anderson through, but the winger shot against the side netting. Everton goal had an escape when Catterick tried a short sharp shot, which Burnett turned round the upright for a corner. Lyon was pulled up for offside when he was cutting through for goal. Carey missed the chance of a lifetime when he shot straight at Burnett. Everton had done quite as well as the United, but after 23 minutes the United took the lead through a goal by Carey, who took up a clearance in the goalmouth, and finding the Everton defence wide open, ran through to defeat Burnett without trouble. United got on top, and but for a marvellous save by Burnett would have increased their lead.
Half-time; Manchester United 1, Everton 0.
Within a few minutes of resuming Manchester United increased their lead in rather an uncommon way. Mitten, United outside left, came over to the right to take a corner. He swept the ball low into the Everton goalmouth, and there seemed little danger, for Burnett went down to the ball with every confidence, but it turned off his arm and went into the net. Everton reorganised their team, Jackson going centre forward and Bentham right back, and the change was an immediate success, for at 67 minutes Jackson scored for Everton. United defence had some anxious moments, particularly when Mutch shot against the far post. The ball ricocheted across the face of the goal and went out of play. Final; Manchester United 2, Everton 1
EVERTON OUT OF LUCK
September 7, 1942. The Liverpool Daily Post
Manchester United 2, Everton 1
Beaten by A Goal
Everton lost at Maine Road on Saturday to Manchester United by the odd goal in three. Everton did not deserve to be beaten on the run of the play, and to many of the onlookers Jackson scored what seemed to be a legitimate goal, when, although in an offside position –he was returning from behind the goalline owing to an injury –he received the ball from a United player following a “throw down.” The point was disallowed. United’s second goal came about by an error of judgement by Burnett. He seemed to push the ball from Mitten’s corner kick into his own net, so you see, Everton were out of luck.
Burnett’s Fine Save.
Everton’s greatly changed side did uncommonly well, and much of their midfield play was the equal, if not better than, that of the United, but their finishing was not convincing. Burnett had the much more difficult shots to deal with, and more of them than Breedon and one save by the Everton goalkeeper stands out in the memory. His former colleague Catterick, slammed in a terrific rising shot which appeared to herald a goal, but Burnett sprang in the air and turned the ball over the bar. He made other saves, whereas Breedon had a comparatively quiet afternoon. Everton started with nice football, the whole side playing with confidence. But the United gradually pulled themselves together, and by swift darting stabs at the Everton defence, gave the latter many anxious moments. Just after twenty minutes, however, Carey picked up a long ball from his own goalmouth, and finding the Everton defence out of position dribbled on to beat Burnett with a well placed drive. For some time after this United were on top and had their forwards taken full toll of their shooting like that of Everton, was not decisive.
“Armed” Into The Net
Seven minutes after the interval came Mitten’s goal. He had crossed over especially to the right wing to take the corner kick and but in a low ball, which Burnett prepared himself to take with confidence. There did not appear to be any danger of a goal, but in his anxiety he “armed” the ball into the net. It was an interesting game, with plenty of incidents, and I was particularly pleased with the amateur J.H. Humphreys at right half-back. He tired towards the end, but that was not surprising for he had worked like a Trojan against the United’s best wing. He tacked with determination and parted with the ball to purpose. Lyon was inclined to run himself to offside position, and I rated him the best forward, for Bentham could not get away from the attention of Porter, and late in the game he changed places with Jackson. It was then that Jackson scored Everton’s only goal. Mutch had a moderate match. Watson and J.H. Jones, defended stubbornly, and apart from his slip Burnett was faultless. Attendance 2,500, receipts £160. Manchester United;- Breedon, goal; Griffiths, and Roughton, backs; Warmer, Porter, and Whalley, half-backs; Roach, Carey, Catterick (Everton), Pearson and Mitten, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Jones (J.E.), backs; J.V. Humphreys, Jones (H.) (West Bromwich), and Watson, half-backs; Lyon, Mutch (Preston), Bentham, Stevenson (captain), Anderson (Third Lanark), forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Womersley.
• Liverpool beat Wrexham at Anfield 4-0, Done scored a hat-trick, Dorsett got the other.
GEORGE DID IT
September 7, 1942. The Evening Express
It was play-anywhere’ George Jackson who almost saved Everton at Maine-Road against Manchester United, and had he done so Everton would have got no more than their just reward, Everton dropped a goal to Carey in the first half, and later Mitten scored a second owing to a misunderstanding. Then it was decided to bring Jackson from full back to centre-forward, and he straight –away scored. Later Jackson again got the ball into the net, but the goal was disallowed for offside although it had been last played by Porter. Mutch hit the post and Everton fully extended the United by the power if their rally. The Blues gave a much better display than at Goodison Park against the United, and much of their approach bore the hall-mark of accuracy in a bright game. Jack Humphreys, making his debut played with rare promise, particularly in a constructive way and Watson, Stevenson and Jack Jones were others who shone in this improved display which should have brought something tangible.
EVERTON’S BAD LUCK
September 7, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton had all the bad luck that was going in their game, with Manchester United. Not only did Burnett make one of his rare mistakes which cost a point, but Jackson had disallowed what many contended was a legitimate goal. Everton opened well and had delivered several shots before the United got into their stride, and it was a case of thrust and parry until a loose ball from the rear found the Everton defence out of position, and Carey simply strode forward and left Burnett helpless with a hard drive. It had been interesting half, and the one goal margin was perhaps a true reflection of the play, for the United were the more dangerous side near goal. They missed some easy ones, but they were undeniably the more likely scorers. They utilised the quick-raiding plan which brought heavy pressure on the Everton defence at times, but corners these days are so seldom turned to account that we were not perturbed when Mitten caused from left to right to take the flag kick. He swept in a low ball that had no particularly danger about it, or appeared to have come from the stand, but it upset Burnett who “armed” it into his own net. It was then that Bentham changed places with Jackson and the change brought immediately success, for he scored at 67 minutes so that Everton were in the game again with a reasonably good chance for they were fighting back with a will and testing the Manchester defence as never before. Then came that disallowed goal and a shot by Mutch which ricocheted off the post right across the goalmouth and out of play. Only once in a million times would such a shot have rebounded out of play. That was the end to all things. It had been quite a good game, better than the previous one at Goodison for, whereas most of the thrills were left until the last half-hour at Liverpool there were thrills at through this game at Manchester. I thought the amateur J.V. Humphreys made a splendid debut, for he tackled hearty and made good use of the ball.
“DERBY” MATCH TEAM PROBLEMS.
September 8, 1942. The Evening Express
Liverpool and Everton are faced with several problems regarding their teams to play in the first of the season’s big Merseyside “Derby” games which is scheduled for Anfield on Saturday. So far as the Reds are concerned Manager Mr. George Kaye is waiting who he can get to complete his defence. Roy Gutteridge the Aston Villa player, was injured in last Saturday’s game against Wrexham and most be labelled “doubtful” while Ray Lambert the young Welsh international, reported for the Royal Air Force yesterday. Lambert and Gutteridge have been Liverpool’s regular back’s ever since the start of last season except when Jim Harley came on leave. Kaye and Keen are all right for the half-back line, and if Spicer cannot play, Pilling will be ready for left-half, while Alf Hobson will be okay for goal. Mr. Kay intends trying to secure one of his pre-war first team players to include in the attack, and it is possible that Phil Taylor will be able to get away. If so, Phil could play outside-right, allowing Liddell to revert to the left. Then Mr. Kay will have Done, Mills, and Dorsett for the inside berths.
Tommy Jones Back?
Everton will have to take the field without their English international Tommy Lawton and Joe Mercer. Both are playing this week-end with the Army F.A. touring side. It is a pity this tour clashes with the “Derby” match, but these things cannot be helped. One thing, Tommy Jones, the Welsh international centre half, who played for Wrexham last Saturday expressed the hope to me that he will be able to return. This is a piece of really good news, for it means that Harry Jones, of West Bromwich, will be release to deputise for Lawton at centre-forward. Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly is also pretty confident that Frank Soo, the Stoke City English international will be able to play his first game of the season. If so, then Mr. Kelly’s forward troubles are at the end. Soo would link up with acting captain Alex Stevenson on the left, and there is Alf Anderson-George Mutch combination for the right flank. The Irish F.A. had intimated that they would require Stevenson for their game with the Army, but obviously they changed their plans, for Peter Doherty has been chosen and “Stevie” is all set for the Anfield duel. It is hard luck on Stevenson, but good luck for the Blues. Billy Cook may not be back in time to play, but Everton are well served by George Jackson and Jack Jones, and with Stan Bentham a ready-made deputy for Mercer, the Blues may get over their difficulties. The whole thing seems to depend on the return of Tom Jones and Soo.
EVERTON MINUS STARS AT ANFIELD
September 10, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Though Everton will be without Lawton, Mercer, and Stevenson for Saturday’s game against Liverpool at Anfield, there is no reason to suppose that this season’s opening meeting is likely to be any less attractive than last year’s matches, which provided some excellent fare. Lawton and Mercer are in the British Army team in Ireland, while Stevenson is going over to his native land on leave. Everton’s greatest worry will be forward, where there has been a lack of penetrative power for some time. Against Manchester United last week they had almost as much of the game territorially as their opponents, but their finishing, with rare exceptions, was feeble. They will have to be bang on top in this phrase of the game, if they are to reverse last winter’s defeat at Anfield for the Liverpool defence is well knit these days, especially so with Eric Keen in the middle. Norman Greenhalgh who stood down last Saturday owing to unfitness is included among the three full-backs probables. Cook is expected to be available at right back. The middle line reads well with Jones (T.G.) in harness again. Boyes may be available though it will not be definitely known until later. If he plays he will partner Mutch on the right wing, so that Anderson can link up with Frank Soo on the opposite flank, with Jones (H.) in the middle. Anderson is a much better player on the left, and he and Soo should get on well together for Soo will see his partner gets the ball clear of the opposition. The team will be chosen from:- Burnett; Cook, Jones (J.E.), Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (T.G.), Watson; Boyes, Mutch, Jones (H.), Soo, Anderson.
EVERTON MAKE HISTORY
September 10, 1942. The Evening Express
Everton make history on Saturday. They will have two Chinese footballers playing for them in their “Derby games with Liverpool. In the senior match will be English international, Frank Soo, of Stoke City, and in the Junior “Derby” they include Jason Scott-Lee, a youngster from Rhyl. I do not think that two Chinese players have ever played for one club on the same day. Curiously enough both will be at inside-left. Scott-Lee is only 17, and after having had a few games with Manchester United juniors, last season he applied to Everton for trials. He has proved an outstanding success, and no doubt Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly will ensure that Scott-Lee is not allowed to leave Merseyside, as was Soo,, who went from Liverpool schoolboys circles to Prescot and then on to Stoke. Everton’s chief doubt regarding the Football League Match at Anfield is at full back. It is possible that Billy Cook, the Irish international, will be back in time to make his season’s debut, while Norman Greenhalgh may be fit to play. Should anything upset their plans, Jackson and Jack Jones, will continue to hold the fort. As forecast, Tommy Jones returns, to centre-half, releasing Harry Jones for the leadership, and Stan Bentham is at right half for Mercer. Alex Stevenson is going home to Ireland for a spot of leave, and so will not be playing but Soo will be there for inside-left and Wally Boyes expects to be available to partner George Mutch on the right-wing. Anderson will revert to outside-left. Burnett; Cook, Jones (J.E.), Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (T.G.), Watson; Boyes, Mutch, Jones (H.), Soo, Anderson.
Everton “A” play Liverpool “A” at Goodison on Saturday. Everton “A” Birkett; Ireland, Curwen; Humphreys, McDonnell, fairfoull; Teare, Grant, Boland, Scott-Lee, Fowler.
REDS-BLUES CLASH AT ANFIELD
September 11, 1942. The Evening Express
The first of the big Merseyside “Derby” matches constitutes the feature of tomorrow’s sports parade when we see practically the wind-up of the cricket season. There should be nearly 15,000 people to see the Red-Blue offering. Last season there were attendances of from 12,000 to 14,000 for the games, with one exception, and indications are that there will be a rise this time. It is the “Derby” games which will pull back the erstwhile supporters who, may be, have not been following the game quite so regularly as in peace days. There are several factors which should make tomorrow’s meeting a game of games. In the first place, Liverpool step on the field claiming a 100 per cent record. The Reds have taken full points from Wrexham and share the 100 per cent, distinction with Merseyside friends in Chester and Tranmere Rovers. On the other hand Everton will be seeking their first win of the season. All the Blues have to show for their efforts, so far is a single point as the result of the home draw with Manchester United.
Power Of Shot.
My opinion is that power of shot will decide tomorrow’s game, which has a decidedly open appearance. And believe me, Liverpool have the lads who can shoot. That forward strength may take Liverpool through to their third win of the season. Everton will miss the craft of Stevenson, while appreciating that they have excellent deputies. Wee Alex is a master craftsman, however, who must always be missed. Frank Soo, will make a fine deputy and there is George Mutch at inside-right to carve out the paths for quick-moving Harry Jones at centre. Then Wally Boyes returns to take over at outside-left with Anderson on the right. This line breathes skill all right, but it may just lack the snap of the Liverpool line. And that extra snap may mean all the difference between success and failure. At half-back I think Everton have the pull, if any, for Tommy Jones returns to the centre-half position, and Stan Bentham will, I think be happy to get back to right half. The Everton forwards should not lack for opportunities and neither should Mills and company if George Kaye and Ted Spicer will concentrate on the constructive arts, and leave Tom Bush and the backs to shoulder the brunt of the defensive work. I am pleased to say that Roy Guueridge has recovered from injury and that Ray Lambert will be available so the major problem of the Reds –full back –is solved. Everton are still uncertain about their defenders, but there is a chance of Billy Cook and Norman Greenhalgh will return. Maybe we shall not know for certain until the last minute. Anyway, make up your minds for a great struggle producing football at the brightest and best. If I fancy Liverpool is is because of the deadliness in attack from Liddell to Taylor. The kick-off is at three o’clock, and you are asked to come as early as possible to avoid delays at the turnstiles. Remember that there is a limit on gatemen these days. Liverpool; Hobson; Gutterridge, Lambert; Kaye, Bush, Spicer; Liddell, Dorsett, Mills, Done, Taylor. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Jackson, Greenhalgh, Jones (Jack); Bentham, Jones (Tom), Watson; Anderson, Mutch, Jones (Harry), Soo, Boyes.
FIRST “LIVERTON” CLASH
September 11, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
The first game this season between Liverpool and Everton come earlier than usual, which is perhaps advantageous from some angles, and I shall be surprised if tomorrow’s crowd at Anfield does not touch 15,000. The absence of Lawton, Mercer and Stevenson from Everton’s team, while rather disappointing, is balanced to some extent by the inclusion of Boyes, on one of his rare visits and Soo, of Stoke. If the latter fits in with Anderson, as he did last season with Stevenson, then the home defence is in for a hectic time. Our local Derbies, of recent years have produced some thrilling and clean football, with both sides striving might and main to win. Those who maintain that war time football can’t be compared to pre-war stuff should have seen last season’s “liverton” matches. True, the absence of the old tremendous crowds takes away some of the atmosphere of most matches but Liverpool –Everton meetings don’t suffer this, and the pregariously inclined spectators will find all the company and excitement he wants. Tomorrow’s match is likely to develop mainly into a battle of defence. Both sides are strong in this respect and the rival attacks will have to pull out some good stuff to get the better of them. While Everton’s attack so far has shown lack of fire in the front of goal, the inclusion of Soo should make a big difference. Liverpool’s attack is not without blemish, but in Done and Dorsett they have two forwards who realise that first time shooting pays better dividends than tip-tapping, and if they shoot as they did against Wrexham last week Burnett is going to be busy. Teams from :- Liverpool; Hobson; Gutterridge, Lambert; Kaye, Bush, Spicer; Liddell, Dorsett, Mills, Done, Taylor. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Jackson, Greenhalgh, Jones (Jack); Bentham, Jones (Tom), Watson; Anderson, Mutch, Jones (Harry), Soo, Boyes.
• Tomorrow at Goodison Park, Liverpool, County Combination. Everton “A” v Liverpool “A”. Usual Price of Admission.
September 12, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Mills Scooped Goal For Liverpool
In the first of the season’s meetings between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield, Liverpool held the interval lead with a goal by Mills. Liverpool:- Hobson, goal; Guttridge (Aston Villa) and Lambert, backs; Kaye, Bush, and Spicer, half-backs; Liddell, Dorsett (Wolverhampton), Mills, Done, and Taylor, forwards. Everton:- Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jones (JE), backs; Bentham, Jones (TG), and Watson, half-backs; Jackson, Mutch (Preston), Jones (West Brom), Grant and Anderson (Third Lanark), forwards. Referee; Mr. R.A. Mortimer (Huddersfield). Liverpool started off in good fashion with a nice run from Liddell and a grand centre-cum-shot, which Burnett caught in nonchalant and confident fashion. A couple of minutes later, after Everton had made two incursions into the Liverpool half, the visitors’ goal had a narrow escape when Mills, changing places with Liddell, sent across a centre which begged for conversion, but there was nobody to tap it in after Burnett had failed to connect with the ball. Taylor was injured in a tackle by Cook and had a receive attention on the line. Harry Jones neatly flicked the ball aside to set Anderson moving, but the winger’s shot was blocked by Bush. Everton forced a corner on the left and Tommy Jones, dashing up, was only just over the bar with a smart header. Taylor returned hereabouts and put Mills in possession, but the centre forward’s attempts to round Cook was unsuccessful. A Cook-Mutch-Jackson combination spelled danger for Liverpool until Lambert nipped in at the right moment. Then came a couple of minutes of concentrated thrills. First, the Liverpool defence got itself all tied in a knot, and was lucky not to concede a goal when first Bush and then Lambert failed to get a proper hold of their clearance. Then Mills receiving a pass from Dorsett, with only a defender to beat, failed badly. The centre forward, however, made amends a few moments later, when Taylor, neatly eluding Cook, put across a fine centre, which the former Chelsea man “scooped” past Burnett. Burnett made two brilliant saves in quick succession and was fortunate with the first of them to get away without serious hurt when he collided heavily with the upright. The second was from a header by Bush, who had come up for a corner.
Knocks and Limps
Taylor-received another knock on the leg which made him limp badly, and then Anderson, in his eagerness to get to the ball when Kaye lay on the ground walked on the Liverpool man who grabbed his leg in the process. From the resultant free kick, which curiously enough went to Everton, Jones crashed a terrific shot against the bar. It had been a grand, exciting first half, full of hard, determined football, with both goals having many narrow escape.
Half-time; Liverpool 1, Everton 0
For five or six minutes, Liverpool were hard out to keep their good intact, and if only Everton’s finishing had been better they might not have succeeded. Then came a spell of Liverpool pressure in which Burnett brilliantly saved a Liddell header from a centre by Spicer. Both centre halves had played extremely well under heavy pressure, and Bust at this period was a tower of strength for Liverpool. Done looked all over a scorer for Liverpool three minutes from the end but Burnett made a miraculous save. From the rebound Done put the ball into the net but the point was disallowed for a previous infringement. Final; Liverpool 1, Everton 0. Attendance 17,131.
• Everton “A” 1, Liverpool “A” 4
ONE GOAL AT ANFIELD
September 14, 942. The Liverpool Daily Post
Liverpool Beat Everton
While the first clash of the season between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield did not produce a classic display, it was so packed with stern endeavour, grim determination and football of the pre-war cup-tie type, that the crowd of 17,131 went away well satisfied. Liverpool won by the only goal scored by Mills after 25 minutes, and were rather fortunate to get both points. A draw would have been a fairer result, for Everton had as much of the play as their opponents, while their football was more methodically planned, than that of the home side, who with one or two exceptions inclined more to kick and rush tactics. Both defences had a gruelling time, and each had periods when they were not too happy under pressure, but on the whole the rearguards came out with more credit than the attacks. Play was maintained throughout at a terrific pace –in fact often took precedent over polish –and veered from end to end in lightning fashion. Liverpool’s goal came from the second of two breakaways after Everton had been hammering their defence for some minutes. On the first occasion Mills, with only Burnett to beat, failed but on the second occasion he managed to “scoop” a Taylor centre beyond the goalkeeper. It was not a pretty goal, but it was sufficient to bring two points, and though there were many periods later when Everton threatened to get the equaliser, the home defence stuck to its guns so stubbornly that the task was beyond them.
The visiting goal also had its quots of narrow escapes, for Liverpool did as much attacking as Everton, and the woodwork was struck by both sides more times than I remember in one game for many months. When the forwards did manage to get a shot through to the goalkeeper –and there were a number of very hot ones –they found Burnett and Hobson in brilliant form. Of the two, Burnett had slightly the more work to do, for whereas Liverpool shot at every opportunity, though not always with accuracy. Everton were inclined to try to work a clear opening before “having a go,” a mistake which played into the hands of Bush and the co-defenders who tackled so resolutely and covered one another so well that Everton seldom found the opening they sought. Both sides were well served by the centre-halves. Jones (T.G) gave his usual clever display, even if he did have to gallop a little but more than normal at times, while Bush though not so polished, was equally effective, Kaye was excellent, but Spicer tired in the second half. Mills was again a disappointment, and with Taylor injured Liverpool’s attack developed mainly on Done and Liddell, and Dorsett the schemer and always a dangerous marksman. Jackson did well for the losers at outside right, Harry Jones got little change out of Bush, and Grant an “A” team youngster, made a promising debut. He makes up in courage and staying power, what he lacks in inches. Liverpool:- Hobson, goal; Guttridge (Aston Villa) and Lambert, backs; Kaye, Bush, and Spicer, half-backs; Liddell, Dorsett (Wolverhampton), Mills, Done, and Taylor, forwards. Everton:- Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jones (JE), backs; Bentham, Jones (TG), and Watson, half-backs; Jackson, Mutch (Preston), Jones (West Brom), Grant and Anderson (Third Lanark), forwards. Referee; Mr. R.A. Mortimer (Huddersfield).
HINT TO ENGLAND
September 14, 1942. The Evening Express
England’s main problem for the Wembley game may be centre-half for there is still a doubt about Stan Cullis, who may not be quite fit following that broken leg of last season. I wish the English selectors had joined the 17,131 at Anfield on Saturday, when Liverpool defeated Everton by the only goal in the first of the season’s “Derby” games. Had they been they would not have hesitated in naming their new pivot. I refer to Tom Bush, Liverpool’s tall all-powerful pivot, the man who defied Everton frequently.
More Speed Than Skill.
Those who went along to Anfield to contribute to the receipts of £1,049 seeking skill must have been disappointment, for here was a match which though boasting much of the peacetime favour and excitement, was curiously lacking in the delicacy of football. Blame the occasion for this to a certain extent. These “Derby” games and the blood racing through the veins and it effects players and spectators alike. Hence the super-abundance of free-kick. Play at times was all too vigorous and protesting voices were often raised, not always against the real winners. We yearned in vain for something approaching cohesive skill and a touch of grace. Pity for the thrills was there right to the end. A curiously –assorted Everton had a merry 25 minutes in which they were slightly the better team, but than Phil Taylor inaugurated the move which ended in George Mills hooking into the net for the only goal of the match. Two Everton efforts came back off the bar and that was about the end of the Blues for Liverpool went on to dominate the game for the remaining 65 minutes. Twice in the closing stages they got the ball into the net, but the goals were rightly disallowed for infringement. The Liverpool forwards had the better understanding and far more bite and their half-backs never once relinquished their grip on the individualistic Everton forwards who seemed all too small. Bush in particular, towered over them. A grand player, Bush, Kaye, and Spicer, too, were keen in defence and discriminating in attack, and behind them Gutteridge and Lambert proved rugged backs. With Hobson right “on song” there was no loophole in the defence. In attack I liked Mills better, and the Done-Taylor wing was rather the more protent, just as the Mutch-Jackson wing was the better flank of the Everton attack. Young Jack Grant was rather crowded out, and Harry Jones could make little of Bush. Easily Everton’s outstanding men were Tommy Jones and George Burnett with Bentham, Cook, and Watson giving excellent service. So far as actual football went Watson contributed more than any of the 22. However, Liverpool had that extra sense of collaboration and were generally operating with greater smoothness and potency. No not a memorable “Derby” except that justice was served by the result. And the Reds won the junior “Derby” 4-1 at Everton.
LIVERTON DERBY THRILLS
September 14, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Luck has a habit of evening itself out over the years. Last season Liverpool were very unfortunately to lose to Everton in the first meeting of the season at Anfield. On Saturday it was the other other way round for Everton were well worthy of a draw and would have got it had they been more effective in front of goal. Once more, however, they preferred to make the easy task difficult and instead of first-time shooting tried to work clear openings. While the game never reached a high level from the academic viewpoint, it was sufficient crammed with thrills and excitement to satisfy the 17,000 crowd and whet their appetite for next Saturday’s repeat performance. On the whole the defences were on top, but both had periods when they were anything but rock like under heavy pressure. The goalkeepers were excellent, Burnett in particular, so were the centre halves, and though there was all the difference in the world in the style of Jones and Bush, the Liverpool pivot got there just the same minus the polish but with plenty of push. Mills bagged the winning goal, but otherwise did little of note and, with Taylor limping most of the time, it was left to Liddle and Done to form the spearhead of Liverpool’s attack, with Dorsett schemer-in-chief and always a dangerous marksman. Grant a young “A” teamer, making his senior debut, put up a creditable show, and balanced his lack of inches by plenty of grit and hard work. Those who aver there is no “bite” about present-day football would have changed their minds had they seen this game. If Saturday’ return is as good there will be no complaints.
• News in Echo that Jack Parkinson death, the old Liverpool centre-forward.
“DERBY” MATCH TEAM NEWS
September 15, 1942. Evening Express.
Both Everton and Liverpool have doubts regarding their teams for the second of the big Merseyside “Derby” games, which is due to be staged at Goodison Park on Saturday. Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly is able to announce a provisional side, but manager Mr. George Kay cannot give any definite indications as to the constitution of the Liverpool team. One thing is certain, Everton will have out a stronger side than that which lost by the only goal at Anfield last Saturday. Alex Stevenson, the Irish international forward, will be back on duty, and that will make a tremendous difference to the effectiveness of the attack. Mr. Kelly hopes that both Tom Lawton and Joe Mercer will be able to get along, but this depends entirely on the needs of the Army F.A. The Army tour concludes on Saturday, when they play Scotland and only if Tom and Joe are not required for this game will they be able to come to Goodison Park. Mutch, Anderson, and Harry Jones, are the three “guest” players among the certainers, while Tommy Jones, the Welsh international pivot, will also be on parade. Four full backs are named, and Stan Bentham is included among, the forward –obviously because of the home that Mercer will be back. The certain news from Anfield is that neither Phil Taylor nor Ted Spicer will be available. Taylor has an injured ankle, and Spicer has gone back off leave. Still, maybe Mr. Kay can get one of the other Army lads down for the day, and he will try to get Billy Jones, the tall forward. Then there is Eric Keen available, so on the face of things, the clubs should have out pretty representative teams. Everton (from); Burnett, Cook, Jones (Jack), Greenhalgh; Mercer, Jones (Tom), Watson; Bentham, Mutch, Lawton, Jones (Harry), Stevenson, Anderson.
Lyon and Grant return to the Everton Reserves team to visit Liverpool at Anfield in the junior “Derby.” Incidentally, a message from Manchester United says that Scott-Lee, the inside-forward of Chinese extraction to whom of Everton gave trials and games with the Reserves, is a United player signed last season, and that they intend playing him. I mention this is clarity the position. Everton Reserves; Birkett; Tuthill, Curwen; Humphreys, McDonnell, Fairfoull; Finch, Grant, Boland, Lyon, Fowler.
EVERTON PROBABLES FOR RETURN DERBY
September 15, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton will have the Alex Stevenson back in their side to meet Liverpool at Goodison Park, on Saturday, in the return Liverton Derby. Apart from that, and the questioners of Greenhalgh at back, the side, is not likely to be changed from that which played at Anfield, unless Lawton or Mercer make an unexpected returns from the Army tour in Northern Ireland, which is a remote possibility, seeing the trip winds up with a march on Saturday on Scotland, on the way home, and that Lawton and Mercer, are as certain to be chosen as anything can be in these uncertain days. Everton have included these two it their probables, so that the list reads. Burnett; Cook, Jones (JE); Greenhalgh, Jackson, Mercer, Jones (TG), Watson; Bentham, Mutch, Lawton, Jones (H), Stevenson, Anderson.
Greenhalgh is fit again, and actually got changed to play at outside right last Saturday when Mutch and Harry Jones, had not put in an appearance for minutes before the start having been delayed on route. As they turned up in the nick of time, however Greenhalgh was when the chance to rest his injured leg a little longer. For the return game with Liverpool “A” the Blues will start with; Birkett; Tuthill, Curwen; Humphreys, McDonnell, Fairfoull; Finch, Grant, Boland, Lyon, Fowler. Liverpool “A” (from); Willis; Morris, Seddon; Kirrwan, Arnold, Finney; Macdonald, Hall, Campbell, Shepherd, Williams, Hulligan, Rothwell, Battersby
• News Of Arthur Dorrell death, the former Aston Villa and England forward, who was 46
TOMORROW’S RETURN DERBY
September 18, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Tomorrow’s return game, between Everton and Liverpool, at Goodison Park, has all that it takes to make a first-class exhibition. Let us hope that is what it will be. Last week’s game, crammed though it was with thrills and excitement, never reached the high standard of some of last season’s Liverton clashes for pace was preferred to precision and brawn too often took the place of brains. In times like these, when there is no relegation bogey to raise its head and no finger of promotion to beckon, every game, so far as lies within the skill and ability of the players, should be an exhibition of the best type, of football. Nobody enjoys a grim and determined battle more than I do. It was all that at Anfield, and, I hope will be so tomorrow, for reasonable “bite” is the salt of Soccer, but we can well dispense with the feeling, which somewhat tarnished last week’s match toward the finish. A word to the wise should be sufficient. Our local Derbies of recent years have been almost without blemish. Let’s keep em that way. With Lambert now posted to a distant R.A.F stationing returned to Service, Liverpool bring in Westby, Blackburn Rovers’ tall and talented player, in his plans. The defence should not suffer thereby. With Spicer having returned to Services duties Keen appears against his colleagues of last season, while on the left flank Hulligan takes over from the injured Taylor.
Everton are still undecided about their team, which has three “ifs” and buts” about it. Chief of these refers to Lawton, who is still left in as probable. After the Army’s Irish tour Lawton is understood to be due back at his head quarters on Saturday evening, which cuts him out from the Dumfries match, and Everton have asked permission for him to break his journey South for a few hours to enable him to play. If he is unable to so, or if later arrangements have been made for him to play in the Army match at Dumfries Harry Jones will lead the attack.
Doubt No 2 concerns Boyes. Here also Everton have asked for permission for the players to travel, but so far have had no word either way. In case he doesn’t turn up. Jackson is available to take his place, and after the sparkling display of Jackson at Anfield. Everton need have no worries there. Greenhalgh also has a question mark against him. Although fit enough to play in an emergency, as he nearly did last week. Everton don’t want to take many risks so are leaving the decision until the last possible moment. Everton (from) –Burnett; Cook, Jones (JE), Jackson, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (TG), Watson; Boyes, Mutch, Lawton, Jones (H.), Stevenson, and Anderson. Liverpool (from); Hobson; Westby, Guttridge, Kaye, Keen, Pilling, Liddell, Dorsett, Mills, Done, Polk, Hulligan.
September 18, 1942. The Evening Express
Everton will be fvourities tomorrow, and that is an occasion when I think the favourities will turn up. There was no disputing the fact that Liverpool deserved to win last week’s game, but the Blues will have cut a more representative side tomorrow, and that may make all the difference. For 25 minutes at Anfield, Everton gave a refreshing display, but then they faded so completely one of the picture that they never looked like retrieving the position, I expect more concentrated effort this time. While form indicates Liverpool’s second “double” of the season. I side with Everton, to the knowledge that their attack will be a much more potent factor. Alex Stevenson will be back on duty and this means that George Mutch will not have to shoulder the entire burden of creator in the attack. There will be more players with creative artistry and with just a little more readiness to have a go” in front of goal the Blues should turn the table. Another big factor is that Tom Bush will not be playing for Liverpool. On the other hand, Tom Lawton may be released to play for Everton seeing that he is not playing for the Army. If Lawton play then I think Everton’s chance are outstanding. We should see another thrill-packed game contested. I hope, without much of that severity, which marked the Anfield clash. Just a little more skill and less ‘dash” will please us all. Once again I urge spectators to get to the Park early so as to assist the stewards, whose numbers are limited these days, and I want to emphasise that the kick-off will be at 3.15 p.m. instead of the usual three o’clock. Everton (from); Burnett; Cook, Jackson; Greenhalgh, Jones (Jack); Bentham, Jones (Tom), Watson; Boyes, Mutch, Jones (Harry), Lawton, Stevenson, Anderson. Liverpool; Hobson; Wesby, Gutteridge, Kaye, Keen, Pilling; Liddell, Done, Dorsett, Mills, Done, Polk, Hulligan.
September 19, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Rally At Goodison
Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jones (Jack), backs; Bentham, Jones (Tom), and Watson, half-backs; Jackson, Mutch (Preston), Jones (West Brom), Stevenson, and Anderson (Third Lanark), forwards. Liverpool:- Hobson, goal; Wesby and Gutteridge (Aston Villa), backs; Kaye, Keen (E) (Derby), Pilling, half-backs; Liddell, Dorsett (Wolves), Mills, Done, and Hulligan, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Holt, (Rochdale). There was quite a crowd to see the return Derby game between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park. Liddell showed his quick brain when he seemed to nip in from nowhere and almost caught the Everton defence napping, but was finally beaten in the last fraction of a second. The Liverpool goal had an escape when Harry Jones beat Westby and flashed the ball across the Liverpool goalmouth. The ball hit Guttridge and if Hobson had not kept his eye on it he would have been beaten. He made a great save –great because of the deflection which might easily have caught a less wary goalkeeper unprepared. Liddell had been the danger spot of Liverpool’s attack, and he attempted a shot, an angular one, which was cannoned away.
Mutch and Jackson.
Everton had played in better style. There was more cohesion about them, and at ten minutes they got their reward, Mutch scoring with a great shot which left the whole of the Liverpool defence dumbfounded. Jackson’s corner kick was a poor one, for it only reached half-way between the goal and the corner flag a little bit back, I’ll admit. Mutch collected the ball, and without the slightest hesitation crashed it into the Liverpool net, Hobson having no chance. Mutch came along with another fine shot, which Hobson saved. At twelve minutes Everton had increased their lead to two goals when Jackson shot from what appeared an impossible angle, the ball eluding a number of players and landing in the far corner of the net. Everton form after this was brilliant. Their forwards linked up one with another to great effect and Mutch and Bentham went close with good efforts. Liverpool had been so much on the defensive that little was seen of their attack, but when did launch a forward movement it resulted in an injury to T. Jones, who had to leave the field for a time.
At 20 minutes a quick burst through by the Liverpool forwards found Done in possession. This strong aggressive inside forward ran close in before he finally beat Burnett. He nearly did it again in the next minute, the ball just hitting the outside edge of the upright. Everton were playing like a real Everton team. It was quite their best form of the season. At twenty-six minutes Everton scored a third goal through a perfect length corner kick taken by Anderson. He swept the ball right across the Liverpool goalmouth, where Jones (H.) was waiting to nod it into the net. Mills missed a possible and then tested Burnett, while Stevenson called upon Hobson with an oblique shot. Liddell was the star of the Liverpool side, and there was always danger when he was in possession. He once made a brilliant run and offered a chance to himself, when cannon ball shot crashed up against Jones’s body and away from the target. T.G. Jones made a sensational save when he back the ball straight off Dorsett’s toe as the latter was about to shoot.
Half-time; Everton 3, Liverpool 1.
The second half opened with a Stevenson shot, but Liverpool got into one of their brightest moods, and by open football took play into Everton territory.
Dorsett found himself all alone well inside the penalty area, and the Everton people, a shot from such distance, stood waiting to see what the Wolves player would do, Dorsett elected to shoot, but even than there seemed little prospect of a goal, for Burnett moved to the ball. But he seemed to change his mind, at the last second and stood still. The ball dropped into the centre of the goal at 50 minutes. With the score now 3-2 in Everton’s favour, the game became even more trilling than ever. Liverpool promised to get an equaliser, particularly when Liddell cut in and shot across the face of the goal. Everton were not so dominating now; in fact Liverpool had rallied to some purpose and the Everton defence was often hard push to stay off Liverpool’s attack. There was an appeal for a penalty when Liddlell tripped over T.G Jones leg, the referee ignored the claim and rightly too. H. Jones scored a scramming sort of goal for Everton.
September 21, 1942. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 4, Liverpool 4
Fighting Finish to Draw 4-4
Derby Game Thrills
Having seen most of the Merseyside “derby” games I think I can speak with authority, and I rate Saturday’s game at Goodison Park –a draw 4-4 –as one of the best of the long series. It was a spectators match “chock full of thrills, some excellent football, and Liverpool demonstrated their fighting spirit to get on terms when they seemed likely to suffer their first defeat of the season. With twelve of thirteen minutes remaining for play Everton were sitting in the high place with a lead of two goals and were playing so well within themselves that it did not seem possible that their lead could be damaged, but Liverpool are famed for their enthusiasm, -their will to fight to the end –and it was their determination which enabled them to force a draw. They got their last goal in the last minute. In this tense struggle there was everything that football can provide; good play and eight goals. Everton’s first-half display was up to championship standard, and they had Liverpool throttled down so securely that they promised to run out comfortable winners. They played as a team; no man sought the limelight to the exclusion of a colleague and the result was perfect harmony, high-class combination which made the game a joy to watch. Even the Liverpool spectators had to hand it out to their rivals. The whole team dovetailed as in their championship days.
Fast and Accurate Play
Play was fast yet exceedingly accurate and inside twelve minutes Everton had taken a lead of two goals by perfect football. Liverpool could not get their attack into action, because their half-backs and backs were too busily engaged. Mutch opened the scoring at ten minutes, with a great drive and two minutes later Jackson had added a second with an oblique shot. Then at 21 minutes a Jackson pass back let in Done, who ran through to beat Burnett. This brought Liverpool more into the game, and for a time their promised an equaliser, but the Everton defence stood firm in their attacks, and having weathered the short aquall H. Jones headed the ball from Anderson’s corner kick into the net. Done and Mills had opportunities to reduce the margin, but missed their way, although Done was unfortunate to rattle the ball against the outer edge of the upright with Burnett beaten. So the first half ended with Everton in what appeared a sound position and they opened the second half, a confidence and a shot by Stevenson was a find one. But Liverpool were not to be shaken of so easily and at fifty minutes they brought the score to 2-3 by a Dorsett goal. The Wolverhampton player seemed to wait a tackle, which, however, never came, so the elected to shoot, not a very hard one, and Burnett started to move to the ball, but suddenly stopped and the ball hurtled into the net.
Liddell’s Great Goal
Liverpool at this point battled magnificently, but another Jones goal restored Everton’s lead, and the possibility of Liverpool catching up seemed small. It was then that Liddell came into his own. He had been well handled by Watson and J.E. Jones up to this but he suddenly sprang to his best and when he is in that form he can baffle and beat the best of defenders. He got on top of Watson and Jones, and the superlative ball play went through to ram home a swift shot. Burnett did not see the ball until he went to the back of the net to pick it out. With the score -4-3 the excitement was intense for there were only a few minutes to go. But Liverpool were on their mettle. They saw a chance of pulling the game out of the fire, and they swept forward, and Done going through when he was fouled in the penalty area. One could almost have heard a pin drop when Dorsett went up to take the penalty kick. He made no mistake and the roar which greeted this goal was pre-war like. It was a fitting finish to a fine game, Liverpool may have been a trifle fortunate to save their unbeaten-record, but every credit is due to them for their valiant fight back. From a Liverpool point of view it was Liddell’s match. Everton’s success rested with Mutch –his best game for Everton –and Stevenson, but it was as a team that they impressed. Here is the time-table of the goal success:- Mutch (10 min), Jackson (12 mins), Done (21 Mins), Jones H. (26 mins), Dorsett (50 mins), Jones (H) (67 mins), Liddell (85), Dorsett (88 mins). Attendance 15,000. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Jones (Jack), backs; Bentham, Jones (Tom), and Watson, half-backs; Jackson, Mutch (Preston), Jones (West Brom), Stevenson, and Anderson (Third Lanark), forwards. Liverpool:- Hobson, goal; Wesby and Gutteridge (Aston Villa), backs; Kaye, Keen (E) (Derby), Pilling, half-backs; Liddell, Dorsett (Wolves), Mills, Done, and Hulligan, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Holt, (Rochdale).
• Liverpool “A” 2 (Polk, Shepherd), Everton “A” 2 (Boland, Grant)
DRAME OF GOODISON “DERBY”
September 21, 1942. The Evening Express
There was more drama packed into the ninety minutes of the Merseyside “Derby” between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on Saturday than one sees in a dozen wartime games. It boasted a crop of goals, skill and artistry of peacetime vintage, the truest example of the fast, open game, a model exhibition of match control, and an encounter played in the finest of spirits. The result was a draw of 4-4 and one which sent Liverpool players officials and fans home whispering a prayer of thanks to the gods of fortune. It enabled the Reds to preserve their unbroken certificate and left a luckless Everton still seeking their first win of the season. Argue if you will that the gallantly and wholeheartedness of the Liverpool rally secured a point, but it can also be argued with even greater justification that Everton’s glorious display of immaculate football received, more than a half-share. Yes a lucky escape for Liverpool who for more than an hour, had to play second fiddle to a much accurate and smooth-working Everton in a game in which attacks were always too incisive for defences. Praise to a never-say-die Liverpool for battling away while there was still hope and a word of criticism for Everton, who for the second home game –and there have been only two –failed to make a two-goal lead a winning one. And two goals to the good midway through the second half should be good enough to ensure victory. Everton had that advantage first against Manchester United and now Liverpool. Yet they dropped a point each time.
Grand Stand Finish
It is a long time since we had on Merseyside such a grand stand finish as that at Goodison Park. Everton had shown for a long time that as exponents of pure, unadulterated football that they were the masters of Liverpool. Mutch and Jackson had given them a two goal lead within 13 minutes and even after Done had as usual bagged a goal, Harry Jones restored the two goal lead before the interval. Dorsett brought it back to one early in the second half but harry Jones made it two again with 20 minutes to go. We expected that goal to spell the end of Liverpool, but not so. The one man of the 22 booked for Wembley on October 10, Billy Liddell inspired the “come-back” fight, which eventually brought the point to a Liverpool urged on in their quest by a hand of excited officials who were so keyed up that many a toe-cap was damaged as they made involuntary kicks at imaginary balls. It was a finish like that. It gripped you and thrilled you and left you regretting that the “Derbies” are over, at least until the second half of the season. Pity.
Liddell led raid after raid on the Everton goal, and gradually the Blues defenced came hurried. Young Hulligan came to lend a hand to a Liddell-made attack, and when he slipped the ball back to the Scot, Liddell crashed it home. That was three minutes from time, and after the Liddell war dance of delight the Reds crammed on all sail while the Blues became even more dangerous. Done was barging a path through with only seconds to go when he was uprooted by a double intervention and Liverpool got a penalty. Without hesitation Dorsett got back on the penalty line as Referee Holt placed the ball on the spot, and them “crack” Dorsett hit it home like lightning to save the game. There was just time to restart play, but that is all. A grand crowd was left a little breathless and a little sympathetic towards Everton.
The highlight of a completely satisfying game, apart from the concentrated thrills of the finale, was the superb work of those master craftsman. Alex Stevenson and George Mutch, the two Everton inside forwards. They provided some of the finest football seen here since the palmist 1939 days when the Blues were winning the championship. They manipulated the ball with Cinquevalian skill, drawing opponents out of position and always finding the open spaces. Ably backed by Harry Jones, Jackson and Anderson, this Everton attack was a combination of skill and penetration to delight and thrill. Liverpool never approached it, for the Reds scorned collaborative arts for the rapier like thrusts in which alertness and speed to the ball compensated for the subtler moves. The Reds were more individualistic than cohesive, but a bunch of the bonniest fighters one could imagine. A gratifying feature of a game which was kept at top pace all through –a pace which amazed at times –was the absence of the pretty transgressions of rule of the Anfield game –and the control of Mr. Holt had a lot to do with it. He got full marks from both clubs.
A GREAT STRUGGLE
September 21, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
The return “Liverton” Derby was better than many pre-war games between these two old rivals. And what a finish –a finish which sent people away bubbling over with excitement. Liverpool equalised almost in the last minute of the game. Some folk are sceptical as to whether football will come back into its own. With such games as that on Saturday, who dare say is has ever let us? It was a “spectator” There was not a dull moment. There was something in it every minute –excellent rounds of combination, hefty drives and goals, stubborn defences, scintillating attacks –aye, everything that football can produce. I admit through Everton were bound for a convincing victory, for their first half display was good enough for League days. They undoubtedly seemed to be riding to victory by their clever footwork, accurate rounds of passing, and the shot, but Liverpool are famed for their fighting quality. A game is not won until it is lost with the Anfielders, and they proved the axiom to be right. Everton had built up a lead which appeared impregnable by solid team work in which every man linked up with his partner, and Liverpool had to struggle desperately hard against their opponents’ waves of attack and canny moves which took them within shooting distance. Two goals in twelve minutes was a nasty blow to Liverpool but they hit back and reduced the lead only to find Everton regain their two goal lead by half-time. It is not comforting to resume with such a heavy list, but the Anfielders fought on trying to get themselves into something like their true shape, but Everton were playing with the confidence which a nicely-sized lead can give. Few imagined that Liverpool could catch up, not even when the score read Everton 3, Liverpool 2. You see, Everton were going great guns, whereas Liverpool were stressing and staining and were not a united whole, and when Everton got two goals ahead again, there appeared little possibility of them losing their grip on things. It was then that Billy Liddell struck his international form. Watson and J. E. Jones had taken good care of him up to then, and in doing so had run themselves out. Liddell saw his chance and utilised it to the full. He bounced past them with intricate bad control, offered chances to colleagues took one himself in fact. I would say this was Liddell’s match so far as Liverpool was concerned. He lit the flame which set Liverpool alight and so the match which promised to be in Everton’s safe keeping ended all square. It was a grand fare, boys and each and every player deserved a pat on the back for an afternoon’s splendid entertainment. Everton were the more polished team, their artistry was without compare but Liverpool got the same return from their more direct methods. The last goal from the penalty spot, when Done was nudged off the ball. Two minutes remained when Dorsett strode forward to take the spot kick. Would he fail? No! The ball went into the net like a rocket to the accompaniment of a roar such as I have not heard for an age. Mutch played his best game for many a long day. He and Stevenson were artists, and until Tom Jones was injured he had held down the middle securely. I wonder why Burnett did not move to Dorsett’s first goal. Was he unsighted? Hobson might have collared Anderson’s corner kick before it reached H. Jones’s head.
EVERTON’S 18-YEAR0OLD’S CHANCE
September 24, 1942. Evening Express
Everton include an 18-year-old half-back from their reserve team in the 14 players from whom they will select their eleven to oppose Burnley at Goodison Park on Saturday in the Football League game. This is Martin McDonnell, a lad who joined the club this season from Haydock, and who has been playing excellently with the juniors. In addition the Blues include another debutant in Urmston, the young centre-forward from Bury, for whom he scored nine goals last season. Neither Lawton nor Tom Jones is available, and Harry Jones has been recalled by West Bromwich Albion for this week. Mercer will return to duty following the Army tour and Greenhalgh absent through injury since the opening day of the season, is among the possible. Wally Boyes is practically certain to be at outside-left –his first game of the season –and Jackie Lyon is selected for outside-right. This will be Lyon’s first senior game this term. Everton (from); Burnett; Cook, Jones (Jack), Greenhalgh; Mercer, Bentham, M. McDonnell, Watson; Lyon, Mutch, Jackson, Urmston (Bury), Stevenson, Boyes
September 24, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
New Names In Team To Meet Burnley
Everton will be without T.G. Jones for their home game with Burnley on Saturday, as he is playing for Wales against the R.A.F at Swansea. Anderson is also unavailable, Lyon taking the place while Lawton through he is back after the Scottish tour is unable to get leave to make the journey. The first selection will be made from fourteen probables including two newcomers. The first of these, McDonnell, is an 18-year-old amateur from the Haydock district. This is McDonnell’s first season with Everton, but he has played so well in the “A” team that even if his chance does not come this week-end, it is not likely to be long delayed. The other new name is that of Urmston, the Bury forward, who is now working in this area. Three full backs are mentioned, as there is still a doubt about Greenhalgh’s complete illness. Team from:- Everton (from); Burnett; Cook, Jones (Jack), Greenhalgh; Mercer, Bentham, M. McDonnell, Watson; Lyon, Mutch, Jackson, Urmston (Bury), Stevenson, Boyes
BLUES’ CHANCE OF FIRST WIN
September 25, 1942. Evening Express
Everton, the only club of the seven Merseysiders in the Football League without a victory, have an excellent chance of losing that enviable record tomorrow when they entertain Burnley at Goodison Park in what should prove one of the best matches of the day. Not for years have Everton made such an inauspicious start as now for the four games have produced only two points and it is only because of goal-average that both Crewe Alexandra and Wrexham are below them. On the other hand three of our area clubs are bang up among the leaders. It cannot be long of course, before the Blues do register a win for their play against Liverpool in the two “Derby” matches was infinitely better than their league position suggests but Burnley may prove an exceedingly difficult hurdle. Burnley have secured seven points out of eight. They defeated and drew with Blackburn Rovers, and then did the “double” over Oldham Athletic. And they have conceded only four goals in the process, concrete evidence of the solidity of their defence.
The Everton-Burnley clash makes an appeal because of the possibility of two interesting Everton debuts, I refer to young Marty O’Donnell, the Haydock boy who after four games with the reserves may deputise for Tommy Jones, and Urmston the Bury centre-forward. Everton will be without Tommy Lawton and Tommy Jones, who are engaged in representative matches, but fortunately Joe Mercer comes back after four games with the Army and Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly has had word that Wally Boyes is practically certain to have his first game of the season. Jack Lyon is also named among the forwards, for the first time this season, but the exact constitution of the side may not be known until just before the match. Harry Jones will be playing for West Bromwich, but Jackson is also named among the forwards and the team sheet shows four half-backs and three backs. Surely from this collection of high talent the Blues should be able to strike a winning combination. Mr. Kelly is convinced that O’Donnell will developed into a tip-top player, and the fact that Marty is included is further proof that Everton are determined to give any promising youngsters a real opportunity to make good. Urmston is one of the most promising young leaders discovered in Lancashire for a long time. Urmston only came into prominence last season, but in a few games he collected nine goals and is a rare opportunist. Burnley have a fine side of youth and experience nicely blended, and among their “guest” players is Hugh O’Donnell, the prominent Scottish winger. Then the Turf Moor team includes Tommy Gardiner, the Liverpool lad who always rises to the heights in his native city. This should be a great game, and while appreciating the power of Burnley, who were Everton’s companions in distress at the end of season 1929-30 when they both dropped to the Second Division. I think the Blues will gain their first win of the season. Everton (from); Burnett; Cook, Jones (Jack), Greenhalgh; Mercer, Bentham, M. McDonnell, Watson; Lyon, Mutch, Jackson, Urmston (Bury), Stevenson.
EVERTON SHOULD WIN
September 25, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton, still without a win after four games, ought to remedy this state of affairs tomorrow when Burnley provide the opposition at Goodison Park. Not that it will be an easy task, by any means, for Burnley’s team is not greatly changed from last season, when they ran Everton to a narrow verdict in one of the Cup preliminaries after putting up a splendid show. They also have the advantage of having got off to a good start this term, with seven points out of a possible eight, which is a big psychological help. All the same, I look for an Everton victory, especially if they can reproduced their sparkling display of last week. But they will have to remember one thing, not to ease off after getting what looks like a winning lead. Twice have Everton made that mistake when they have been a couple of goals in front and twice have they paid the penalty of a draw instead of a win. Burnley this season have been led by Hugh O’Donnell, but he is required by Blackpool tomorrow, so that Harry Jackson, the Turf Moor club’s own centre forward, on leave from the Navy, will take his place; otherwise the team is unchanged. Danger man of the side is Gardiner, who played brilliantly here last season and nearly won the game off his own bat. Everton have one or two doubts about their side, which will not be finally chosen until just before the start. The fourteen probables below include Urmston, ex-Bury and M. McConnell, a youthful pivot who has been doing well with the “A” string, who will come in case of emergency. Teams: Everton (from); Burnett; Cook, Jones (JE), Greenhalgh; Mercer, Bentham, M. McDonnell, Watson; Lyon, Mutch, Jackson, Urmston, Stevenson and Boyes. Burnley; Holdcroft; Rededd, Snowden; Robinson, Woodruff, Lomax; Gardner, Waddington, Jackson, Hornby, Bright.
Everton “A” for their away match with Fazackerley have chosen;- Birkett; Tuthill, Ireland; Cassidy, Humphreys, Fairfoull; Makin, Grant, Boland, Reid, Fowler.
EVERTON IN KEEN GAME
September 26, 1942. The Evening Express
Mutch and Urmston Score
Jack Humphreys, the English Varsities half-back’ made his home debut for Everton in the match against Burnley at Goodison Park today. Urmston the Bury centre-forward made his first appearance. In the Burnley side were Holdcroft, formerly of Everton, and Gardner, ex-Liverpool. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, J.V. Humphreys and Watson, half-backs; Jackson (G), Mutch (G), Urmston, Stevenson and Lyon, forwards. Burnley:- Holdcroft (Preston), goal; Readett, and Snowden, backs; Robinson, Woodruff and Lomax, half-backs; Gardner, Waddington, Jackson (H.), Hornby, and Bright, forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Phillips, (Liverpool). When bright got the better of Cook, Greenhalgh was in position to take charge of the centre, and after Holdcroft had been drawn to the edge of the penalty area to hold up Urmston, the Bury player hit one first time from Jackson’s centre, Holdcroft saved low down. Gardner provided a thrill when he neatly tricked Greenhalgh and Watson, cut close in and centred invitingly, but Jackson (T), got the ball on his wrong foot and it passed outside. Burnley were playing with more accuracy than the Blues, and the crowd gasped when Hornby dashed through. Burnett run to the edge of the penalty area and tried to kick clear, but the ball struck Hornby and bounced across to the unmarked Waddington. Waddington shot quickly, but Burnett recovered to turn the ball on the tip and then fist it to safety when it dropped back in front of goal. Urmston went close before Mutch hit one from a narrow angle, but the ball struck Holdcroft toe and flashed over. Burnley, however, were playing with greater method.
Everton took the lead in 21 minutes through Mutch after brilliant work by Urmston. Woodruff had failed to hold Jackson (G.) who pushed the ball, inside Urmston by sheer resistance outwitted Snowden and Woodruff and hooked the ball back to Mutch to bang it into the roof of the net from close range. Following a Robinson free kick, Harry Jackson hit the ball on the volley and it looked a goal all over until Burnett dived upwards and outwards to turn the ball over the bar with one fist. Everton had settled down to their game and Snowden saved Burnley when he kicked away from the feet of Mutch after Holdcroft had lost the ball. Then Humphreys came through with the winning tackle when Jackson (H.) was making tracks for goal. Little was seen of Burnley now and the Everton forwards, brilliantly served by Bentham and Watson, have the Burnley defence plenty of anxious. Stevenson shot just outside following a corner and then Mutch ran through, but Snowden kicked clear. Stevenson was the inspiring force behind Everton, his ball control being a sheer delight, but Burnley were dangerous with their quick raiding. Holdcroft turned aside Lyon’s corner before Burnett ran out 20 yards to clear from Waddington. Right on the interval Holdcroft save
D magnificently from Mutch, turning the ball over the ball with one hand.
Half-time; Everton 1, Burnley 0
Burnley resumed strongly, Hornby hitting the bar with an excellent attempt but gradually Everton’s superior skill asserted itself again. Stevenson being brilliant. Holdcroft’s saved from Mutch and collected a centre from Lyon before Everton increased their lead –and deservedly so –in 56 minutes. Urmston was the scorer. Gardner tried to rally Burnley, but he got little response from his inside forwards, who were repeatedly frustrated by the sound Humphreys, ably supported by Cook and Greenhalgh. Humphreys adopted safely first tactics and left no loophole. Stevenson hit the first time and the ball seemed inches over the line when Holdcroft beat it away, but the referee signalled for play to proceed. Everton provided most of the thrills in a local game. With nine minutes to go Burnley won a corner on the left and this brought a scramble in front of the Everton goal, when Burnett came out, but failed to get possession. Twice shots were headed away, before Harry Jackson hooked it into the net to reduce the lead. Burnley tried hard to equalise but Everton took command again, Lyon being the spearhead of some good attacks. Final; Everton 2, Burnley 0
September 26, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Mutch and Urmston Score
Everton had to make changes in their side for the visit of Burnley to Goodison Park today, which attracted a crowd of 7,000. They introduced J.V. Humphreys, the Liverpool University player, at centre half, and Urmston of Bury, led the attack. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, J.V. Humphreys and Watson, half-backs; Jackson (G), Mutch (G), Urmston, Stevenson and Lyon, forwards. Burnley:- Holdcroft (Preston), goal; Readett, and Snowden, backs; Robinson, Woodruff and Lomax, half-backs; Gardner, Waddington, Jackson (H.), Hornby, and Bright, forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Phillips, (Liverpool). Urmston was early in the picture with some neat work, and a first-timer by Stevenson was not very far off the mark. Burnley were a little while in setting down, but when they did Gardner contributed a brilliant solo run in which he outwitted Greenhalgh and Watson and offered a grand chance to Jackson. The Burnley centre forward however, shot too hastily when more deliberation might have put the visitors in front. The home goal had a much narrower escape when Burnett running out to intercept Jackson lost touch with the ball near the edge of the penalty area and Waddington had an open goal. He delayed so long, however, that Burnett dashing back, intercepted his shot just beyond the six-yard line, and tipped it onto the crossbar.
The football was interesting, but devoid of thrills, though Everton’s attack provided plenty of thrills. There was no unnecessary finery about the goal with which Mutch opened the score after 22 minutes. The former Preston man dashed in when Urmston had got the Burnley defence in a tangle through his persistency and Mutch hooked the ball past Holdcroft in lightning fashion. Humphreys, who had played well all this half, made two neat interceptions when Jackson tried to burst through.
Half-time; Everton 1, Burnley nil.
Urmston increased Everton’s lead at the fifth-fifth minute after good work by Jackson and Bentham. Holdcroft was at fault however, and the goal was not without a tingle of luck. Gardner, who was Burnley’s most dangerous forward, but was not well served with passes, made two grand runs, but could not finish them off in his usual manner. Stevenson who had delighted with some of his canny tricks nearly got a third when Holdcroft fumbled his shot, and Watson came along with a daisy cutter which was only a yard outside. Burnley’s defence was not standing up too well under pressure apart from Woodruff, who time and again came to the rescue. Jackson scored for Burnley eight minutes from the finish. Final; Everton 2, Burnley 1
FIRST WIN FOR EVERTON
September 28, 1942. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 2, Burnley 1
Burnley Stage A Strong Finish
Everton won their first match this season against Burnley at Goodison Park, but only by the narrowest of margins. Once more they fell into the error of assuming, having established a two-goal lead, that was quite sufficient and that no further effort was required of them. They nearly paid the penalty, as they had done in the two previous home games, for Burnley, putting up a grand fighting rally, reduced the lead ten minutes from the finish, and it finally took Everton all their time to hang on to their slender advantage. Though there was plenty of interesting football and some flashes of good combination, the game, as a whole, was rather devoid of thrills for three parts of its journey, nearly all the excitement being concentrated in the last 15 minutes. Mutch opened Everton’s score after 22 minutes when nipping in after Urmston had harassed the defence, he hooked a splendid shot into the net. The second goal scored by Urmston at 55 minutes was a grit, for Holdcroft was badly at fault. Everton lulled into a false sense of security by this lead, finally found themselves struggling hard after previously being well on top against a side which refused to admit defeat. Jackson got Burnley’s goal when Burnett dashed out and lost touch with the ball, and though Humphreys and Cook stood under the bar and the former headed out one shot, Jackson managed to squeeze the ball past them. If Everton had a strong first-time marksman they would have won more handsomely, for the Burnley defence was frequently tied in a knot. The home forwards, however, were strangely shot-shy, Urmston in particularly being an offender. Stevenson also was seldom a shooter, though he was in his brightest and trickiest mood and it was left to Mutch to be the main marksman. Burnley had their spells of attack, and Burnett made a number of brilliant saves, one in particularly from Jackson in the first half being amazing. But more than once his penchant for running out placed his goal in jeopardy when he failed to connect with the ball. The home backs were sound, also the wing halves, while at centre half J.V. Humphreys, the Liverpool University player, gave a splendid display. Burnley owed much to Woodruff, who was a tower of strength in time of trouble to a very indifferent defence, and saved his side many times. Gardner, the visitors best forward, was starved for three parts of the game, and though he made valiant efforts whenever he got the chance the odds were against him through lack of support. Jackson was a lively leader. Attendances 6,752, receipts £378. Everton; Burnett, goal; Cook (captain) and Greenhalgh, backs; Bentham, J.V. Humphreys and Watson, half-backs; Jackson (G), Mutch (G), Urmston, Stevenson and Lyon, forwards. Burnley:- Holdcroft (Preston), goal; Readett, and Snowden, backs; Robinson, Woodruff and Lomax, half-backs; Gardner, Waddington, Jackson (H.), Hornby, and Bright, forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Phillips, (Liverpool).
• Liverpool beat Bury 4-1, Done, Liddell, Mills (2), Davies for Bury
HUMPHREYS PASSES TEST
September 28, 1942. The Evening Express
It was not until after a bit of a struggle that Everton managed their first win by beating undefeated Burnley by two goals to one at Goodison Park. The game marked the home debut of the English Varsities half-back Jack Humphreys, an Everton discovery of this season. Humphreys played centre-half as Mercer was assisting Chester and ably backed by the Cook-Greenhalgh experience, he bottled up the Burnley inside forwards. Humphreys certainly passed the test with honours. He took not the slightest risk, always accepting discretion as the better part of valour, and so we saw little of him as an attacker. But in defence he was grand, and his display must be a source of gratification to the Everton officials if that injury to Tom Jones is serious. Humphreys will prove a worthy deputy when needed. Another youngster who came in to do well was Jack Lyon, from Whiston who had his first game of the season. Well, Lyon is worthy of all encouragement. Then young leader, Urmston impressed on his debut, although he has much to learn. Urmston’s unorthodox play took the Burnley defence out of its stride. The generally reliable Woodruff hardly knew which way to turn at times, and that seemed to upset his defensive colleagues. Of course, I hasten to explain that it was more the scheming and skill of Stevenson and Mutch which ruled Woodruff out, but Urmston played his part early on. Urmston, however, must learn to shoot. He headed the second goal after Mutch had cracked home a smasher early on.
The man who really paved the way for this deserving win was Alex Stevenson, the best inside forward I have seen in wartime football. Stevenson was a wizard, who bewildered Burnley with his intricacies and made the 6,000 spectators roar with laughter at his cheekiness. Even allowing for justifiable over-elaboration on occasions, Stevenson was a grand contribution and Mutch, Watson and Bentham was equally as zealous in their campaign of construction. Everton did give their followers another shock for with nine minutes to go they became as muddled up as garments at a jumble sale, and Harry Jones scored to bring Burnley back into the game. This time, however, Everton recovered their balance and rather easily held to their advantage. Still, the win might have been more pronounced for Burnley were an unimpressive team after the first 90 minutes. I like d Gardner and Lomax, but that apart they were definitely inferior to the Blues. Mr. Tom Clegg, the Burnley chairman came along in charge of the visiting party with whom was Jasper Kerr, the former Everton defender who is now coach at Turf Moor. They were entertained by Everton Chairman Mr. Will Gibbins.
BLUES’ FIRST WIN
September 28, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton registered their long played victory though once more they nearly threw it away, with the establishment of a two-goal lead the Blues again wallowed in a sense of false security, assuming it was all over bar shouting and then had to fight hard to keep their lead against a side which refused to lie down to defeat. A rather dull battle was resumed by a grand fighting finish in the last fifteen minutes, when Burnley’s Jackson reduced the deficit, and the visitors from that point on exerted such pressure that the home defence had to pull out its best to ensure maximum points. Had they had a strong first time marksman in their ranks Everton would have won much easier for they frequently had the Burnley defence dizzy but Woodruff fine work and helped to keep the score down. The first goal scored by Mutch, was a beauty, Urmston’s was a gift and after that a weak visiting defence got by without seriously troubled. Mutch was the main shooter, with Stevenson artistic and entertaining Urmston worked hard without much success and was strangely averse to having a pop on his own. J. V. Humphreys, the Liverpool University player, did splendidly at centre half, and Everton’s defence generally was sound, though Burnett’s fondness for spectacular dashes out of goal too, often, put a charge in jeopardy when he lost touch with the ball. Against that he takes credit for some brilliant saves, particularly from close range. Burnley’s best were Woodruff, a tower of strength in an indifferent defence, and Gardner, who was starved for long periods, but was always a danger. Everton will not escape from the lower half of the table, until they realise that matches are won by goals, but pretty football. The frills and finely are nice to watch, but get nowhere without a spot of shooting and of that we saw little.
EVERTON PLAYERS “CHAPPED”
September 29, 1942. The Evening Express
Everton will provide no fewer than three players for the England team to meet Scotland at the Empire Stadium, Wembley on Saturday October 10, in the first of the season’s big internationals. They are Tommy Lawton, Cliff Britton and Joe Mercer, all previous “caps”. This is the first time for years that any club has been honoured by having to fill both wing half’s position. I forecast such a selection as far back as September 12, and while Lawton and Mercer were “certainties” Britton, set the seal on his come-back by his brilliance in the recent Army F.A. tour of Ireland and Scotland. Britton was first capped for England in 1935, when he played against all three countries, and he played in many other representative pre-war games. He was recalled to duty last year when he played against Wales at Cardiff. Mercer and Lawton both crashed into international circles in 1938-39 season and while Lawton was for a time passed over.
September 30, 1942. The Evening Express
Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly holds out high hopes that Tommy Lawton, the England leader, will return to the team to visit Turf Moor on Saturday for the Blues return clash with Burnley, Tommy’s old club. Anyway it is a good even money chance. Norman Higham, the former Everton forward who went to Middlesbrough and who helped the Blues last season is another who will return to the team, and there is a chance that Boyes, who helped Sunderland last week will be at outside-left. Higham is named as deputy for both Lawton and Boyes, but if Tom plays he will be outside-left. Harry Jones comes back to centre-half after one game with West Bromwich and the defence remains unaltered. Mercer I hear, is not available. Everton; Burnett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (H.), Watson; Jackson, Mutch, Lawton (or Higham), Stevenson, Higham (or Boyes).
September 30, 1942. The Liverpool Echo
Everton hope to have the service of Lawton for their visit to Burnley, but the appearance is not definite. If he does not turn up they will play Norman Higham, the former Everton, Middlesbrough and Southampton player, who has previously figured in a war-time match for hos old club. As Harry Jones is available, he resumes at centre half, J.V. Humphreys, the Varsity pivot, returning to the “A” team. After his fine performance last Saturday, however it is not likely to be long before Humphreys is seen again in the senior side, whenever an emergency arises. Boyes is also mentioned as a “probable” but in his case also there is a doubt. Team;- Everton; Burnett; Cook, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Jones (H.), Watson; Jackson, Mutch, Lawton (or Higham), Stevenson, Higham (or Boyes).
Everton “A” (v Carlton at Goodison Park); Birkett; Tuthill, Curwen; Humphreys, McDonnell, Fairfoull; Wykes, Jones, McPherson, Grant, Fowler. Carlton; (from); Strifton; P. Kean, E. Phillips; H. Hanson, G. Stobbart, J. Butler, J. Milligan, A. Neilson, P. Steele, H. Dalley, W. Coppart, J. Parle, J. Minshutt, P. Davie.