THIS WAS FIELDING’S MATCH
October 1, 1956. The Liverpool Daily Post
Charlton Athletic 1, Everton 2
It’s a long lane that has no turning, but followers of Everton were beginning to wonder if there was ever going to be one. They had not won an away fixture up to Saturday, in fifteen outings. The success at the Valley, home of Charlton Athletic, was well and truly won; not by academic football, but by fighting spirit which enabled Everton to come from behind, as they say in racing circles. I agree they should have been a few goals in arrears at the interval, but the Charlton forwards were so remiss near goal they could not put the blame for their meagre advantage at the interval on anyone but themselves. How they came to miss some chances was a miracle. One of their misses was an open goal from a few yards out. It is hard to imagine that a professional footballer could err so. Kiernan was the sinner, but he had a companion in failure in Gauld who missed one almost as easy. Small wonder he put his hands to his head in despair. Everton were not playing smoothly in the first half and, the reason being that Charlton prevented the Everton wing half back from being constructive –they were too busy defending. The football never reached a high standard, but Everton kept the ball on the turf and were not ballooning it as they have sometimes in previous games.
Of Better Quality
Their football all through was of better quality than that of Charlton but at times it lacked finality. One had to remember however, that both sides were desperate for points and when you are in that position it is not easy to play normal football. The fear was always there that a mistake might be expensive so mistakes were common. Charlton were a wee bit more fiery, and something a little hard in their tackling but the football moves generally came from Everton and especially Fielding, undeniably the best player on the field. He was the guiding light in the Everton side so much so that whenever, there was difficulty as to where to put the ball they gave it to him. With Fielding in such form it was good tactics. Fielding was able to draw the defence and spray to all parts of the field. From his prompting more goals should have come, especially in the second half when Everton were battling to wipe out a Gauld goal at the fortieth minute, Fielding has never played better. It was Fielding’s match without doubt. Not one other of the twenty-two players were possessed of the artistry of the former Charlton player –yes, he was on the books as an amateur. The longer the game progressed the more dominating became this little figure with the long sleeves and he clinched the day with a great volleyed goal.
Never Stopped Trying
Time was running out with Everton chasing that Gauld goal and Marsh playing so well that it was fully realized that no ordinary shot would beat him. One goal would have been gladly accepted by Everton, for two seemed out of their reach but to their credit they never gave trying. Marsh defied them several times with top-class saves and it looked as though Charlton were going to get through on the strength of one goal; a goal which might have been prevented. Marsh was often in action conclusive proof that Everton were shooting and five minutes from the end Kirby shot hard only to see the ball cannoned out. It came straight back to Mayers who fired his low shot through a ruck of players and into the net. Just as the final whistle sounded Rea and Mayers were lying on the ground injured, O’Neill assisted Rea off the field, but Mayers injury looked more serious; a stretcher was called for but was not needed. He received a kick just below the knee – the same place as he received his knock at Leeds. The damage is not serious. I cannot conclude without paying tribute to Jones. He had to shoulder a heavy burden owing to the half-backs not coming into the game until late on, but he stood his ground under considerable pressure to take honours. Don’t think that the Everton team, is perfection –there were gaps in defence similar to those we saw against Sunderland. This is due to Jones being drawn out of position to lend a hand elsewhere.
EVERTON RES GET A SURPRISE
October 1, 1956. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Res 4, Barnsley Res 4
Barnsley Reserves staged a surprising rally in this Central League game at Goodison Park on Saturday. Leading 4-1 twenty minutes from the end, Everton were rattled when the visitors drew level with three goals in six minutes. As Barnsley lasted the pace better Everton were unable to regain the initiative previously held through stronger finishing and quicker tackling. Thomas and Barr (J) were Everton’s most effective forwards, and in defence Farrell’s class stood out. Leeder also shone Haughey, Thomas, Harris (J), and Williams scored for Everton and Hirst (2), Holmes and Sidebottom for Barnsley.
FIELDING WAS EVERTON STAR
October 1, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
This was a battle of the lowly, for both Charlton and Everton were desperate for points to take them away from the wrong end of the table, and when you are in that position points are worthy double value to the winning side. Charlton could have had this game safely buttoned up at half-time had they taken the simple chances which came their way, but having failed to accepted the offering they had no crib, for that they were not leading by at least three goals at the break was entirely their own fault. One or two of the chances they missed would have caused any schoolboy to try into tears for they were simplely themselves one goal a fact which a professional footballer should never miss. I am fully aware that they are only human like us but if I had missed such chances I would have buried my head in shame. The Charlton players no doubt consider they were unlucky to lose. Not at all like any scorn the simple opening them the onus for defeat lies at your own door. Both Kiernan and Gauld must have wished the ground had opened and swallowed them up when they made their shooting errors for in practically each case the goal was empty and that shooters only a few yards out. It was easier to score than put the ball outside although it was this they did. Having refused such gifts could have no complaint about Everton’s success. This was a long time in coming in fact I had given up hope of it materializing even when Everton had got on top in the second half, for the Charlton goalkeeper, who has taken the place of the transfer listed Reynolds seemed quite capable of dealing with any sort of shot delivered by Everton. He had made superlative saves from Fielding (twice), Mayers and Kirby, and when a goalkeeper is in that mood it takes something unusual to bring about his downfall.
The football could hardly be called top-class but all through the game there was one shinning light –Wally Fielding at one time on Charlton’s book as an amateur. He provided football which was a joy to watch. When he was in possession you expected something and invariably got it, for I don’t remember him making one single error. He undoubtedly lifted this game out of the rut. It can honestly be said that this was “Fielding’s match.” Without him at the Valley Everton would have been like a ship without a rudder. He was the safely valve when Everton were pushed as to where to put the ball. “Give it to Wally” for he was engineer-in-chief. You could depend that the ball would be passed to the best possible position. The position most likely to bring about the down fall of the Charlton defence. Ii was football of the Hagan, James Carter class and incise who remembers those brilliant of the football filed know what that means. Early in the game I saw those gaps which were so apparent against Sunderland and it was well that the Athletic forwards were not in shooting form for they had enough chances to have riddled the Everton net. But they got themselves cluttered up; often in each other’s way, and at all times too fanciful. They were more aggressive than Everton in the first “45” due to some extent to the Everton wing half-backs who could not get to grips with the London forwards. Neither Rea nor Birch fulfilled their duties in subduing their inside forwards, so double work was thrown on Jones. He shouldered the burden willingly although at times pulled out of position. I will say this that Everton were always trying to play football with the ball on the “floor” but I would like to see a little more “bite” in their play.
It was this self same “bite” which put Everton on the collar in the first half, and it was “bite” and fighting spirit which eventually snuffed the Athletic’s out of the game and brought Everton this first away win of the season. The “Blues” had not won an away match in fifteen games so was it any wonder that we had almost given up hope of even seeing one again. That it came at the Valley was mainly due to the superior stamina and “fight” of the Everton team. Their fitness was made apparent in the late stages of the game, for Charlton were running with their tongues out, whereas Everton were gaining in strength the longer the game went on. Don’t get me wrong, I am far from being satisfied with the team, for there were weaknesses here and there and they won’t be meeting Charlton every week. others will not be so kindly and miss “sitters” as the Athletic did. There is an old axiom in football which says “Don’t change a winning team,” but there are one or two of the younger members who are not quite ready. No doubt their time will come, but it is not yet. There was a little temper in the game and Kirby and Gauld had their names taken, but I would not say it was a dirty game; perhaps a little vigorous at times. As the final whistle sounded Rea and Mayers, who scored the winning goal were lying on the ground hurt. Rea was assisted off by O’Neill but it was some minutes before Mayers was able to move. It looked serious so much so that the stretcher was called for but fortunately was not needed Mayers was carried off by Gordon Watson. Mayers had received a kick on the leg just below the knee in the self same spot as that which kept him out for a game or two following the Leeds game. There were other causalities, none of them serious.
STOCKTAKING MOVEDS AT GOODISON
October 1, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
Everton followers are well aware, from what has already happened, this season that the Goodison club is in a state of transition which is likely to continue for some time. Mr. Ian Buchan the chief coach now having had time to weigh up all the players will shortly place his conclusions and recommendations before the full Board. While it does not necessarily follow all will be accepted Everton may be prepared to consider parting with certain players, including some who are approaching the end of their careers and younger ones unlikely to make first-team grade. In short, the club will adjust the staff to its needs, and consider offers for players regarded (as surplus. One can take it for granted that sympathetic consideration will be given to any player involved in considering their future. Everton’s name has been coupled with a likely bid for either Scular or Casey, of Newcastle United. You can forget that. There is no truth in it.
Owing to Blackburn (West Ham) having been injured Kirby (Everton) will lead the Army attack against his clubmates in the friendly game between Everton and the Army at Goodison park on Wednesday.
EVERTON ENTERTAIN STRONG ARMY ELEVEN TOMORROW IN ANNUAL FIXTURE
October 2, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
Everton play their annual friendly match against the Army at Goodison Park tomorrow, and if it proves as entertaining an exhibition as previous fixtures over recent years it will be well worth watching. In recent League matches Everton have so desperately needed points that they have had to play desperately. With nothing vital at stake the team can relax and play more composed football. No team is able to do itself complete justice when playing at full stretch and obsessed with fear of the consequence of defeat. We may get better football and more consistency from Everton when these handicaps are removed. There have been two changes in the Army personnel as originally chosen due to players having been injured on Saturday. One of these results in Kirby the Everton centre-forward leading the Army attack against his Goodison colleagues due to Blackburn, (West Ham) not being fit. The other sees Setters (West Bromwich Albion) at inside-left in place of Charlton, of Manchester United. There is also a switch in the Army half-back line, Anderson and Coleman changing places. Duncan Edwards would have played but for the fact that he is in the England team to oppose Ireland next Saturday.
The visiting eleven includes two full internationals in Foukes (England) and Cliff Jones (Wales), and three who have played for England’s Under 23 or “B” teams in Hodgkinson, Anderson and Shaw. The includion of Melia of Liverpool, also adds further interests to the game from the viewpoint of Merseyside folk, particularly after the excellent displays this 18-years-old lad has turned in for the Anfielders in the last two fixtures. On those exhibitions he seems to have come to stay. The full proceeds of the game will be handed over by Everton to the Army sports Control Board I hope they will be more substantial than in recent years when despite the excellence of the fare provided attendances have been rather disappointing. Wednesday half-holiday folk could do worse than turn up tomorrow. I think they will get full value for their money. Everton first began this annual fixture in 1932 at Goodison Park. From then onwards until three seasons ago it was always staged at the Army Command ground at Aldershot. Up to a year ago, Everton had never been defeated in the series. Last season the Army won 2-1. They will provide a stern test for the Blues again tomorrow. If the latter, encouraged by their recent improvement can add another victory to their list it will give Goodison supporters still further hope for a continuiouance of their upward climb. The Everton team includes several players who have been out of the first team recently, and also the three men on their open to transfer list, who will be watched by representatives of several clubs, who have made inquires about them. Dunlop who did so well in the friendly at Aberdeen is in goal and Haughey also gets his chance to show what he can do against good opposition. Everton; Dunlop; Moore, Tansey; Birch, Woods, Farrell; McNamara, Farrell, Harris (J), Haughey, Eglington. Army; Hodgkinson (Sheffield United); Foulkes (Manchester United); Shaw (G) (Sheffield United); Anderson (Sunderland), Swan (Sheffield Wednesday), Coleman (Manchester United), Crawford (Hearts ), Melia (Liverpool), Kirby (Everton), Setters (West Bromwich), C. Jones (Swansea).
Hood Now Available
Now that Shettleston have been dismissed from the Scotland Junior Cup-tie the way is clear for Everton to complete the signing of Jack Hood, Shettleson’s 18-years-old centre forward, with whom they came to an understanding last week. Mr. Harold Pickering, who originally conducted the first negotiations with Shettleston and the players will be going up to Scotland again this week to complete a deal which will bring to Goodison Park a promising youngster who has been sought by half a dozen leading English clubs.
GOOD SHOOTING AT GOODISON
September 3, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
The Army Visits Everton
Everton; Dunlop, goal; Moore and Tansey, backs; Birch, Woods, and Lello, half-backs; McNamara, Farrell, Harris (J), Haughey, and Eglington, forwards. The Army;- Hodgkinson, (Sheff United), goal; Foulkes (Man United) and Shaw (G) (Sheff United), backs; McKay (Hearts), Swan (Sheff Wednesday), and Colman (Man United), half-backs; Crawford (Hearts), Melia (Liverpool), Setter (West Brom), Anderson (Sunderland), and Jones (C) (Swansea), forwards. Referee; Warrant Officer J.W. Clover (R.E.M.E).
There was only a few small attendance for the annual match between Everton and The Army at Goodison Park today. Everton made one change Lello taking the place of Farrell due to the latter having sustained an injury in training. The Army had three changes –two of them positional McKay came in for Anderson at right half, Setter took the place of Kirby at centre forward (Kirby has stomach trouble) and Anderson moved from right half to inside-left. Several clubs were presented by mangers or directors of them watching the three men of Everton’s transfer list. Among those I saw were representatives of Bolton, Blackburn, Manchester United, Sheffield United, Wolves, Leicester City and Bury. The early play was marked by some good shooting from both sides, Hodgkinson saved well from Harris, Eglington and Haughey, while in the home goal Dunlop made some miraculous saves from Setters and another from Anderson. Everton held the upper hand for long stretches and a neat touch by Harris carved out an opening for Lello whose shot was blocked by Swan. Hodgkinson made two more smart saves from Farrell and Haughey and so far had been much the busier goalkeeper.
An Army Goal
Jones was outstanding in the Army attack until he came within sight of goal when his finishing was erractic. Melia had a chance somewhat similar to that from which he scored on Saturday but this time he was unable to drabble round the goalkeeper for Dunlop dived at his feet and edged the ball away. The Army took the lead at the 35th minute when Anderson got away on the right, delivered a strong low shot which Dunlop could not hold and the ball ran in front of Setters to provide him with the simplest of chances.
The Army would have been two up but for an excellent save by Dunlop off an angle shot by Crawford, Birch also went close with a strong 50-yard drive while Haughey shot over when well placed. Eglington equalized for Everton two minutes before the interval with a terrific first-time shot following a pass by Lello, who had collected the ball following a faulty throw by Hodgkinson.
Half-time; Everton 1, Army 1.
Everton pinned the Army in their own half when the home side forsook its close passing to try a shot, the finishing was poor. The standard of football had deteriorated considerably compared with the first half. A mistake by Birch let in Anderson but the Sunderland player held on too long and when he did finally try a shot it was a very weak one. Harris shot into the side netting when well placed.
DUNLOP WAS AN ABLE DEPUTY
October 4, 1956. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Ian Hargreaves
Everton 3, Army 3
The disappointingly small crowd who saw Everton share six goals with the Army at Goodison yesterday included a number of representatives of leading clubs, but it is doubtful if they left much wiser than when they arrived. Though there was a quantity of good football, particularly in the first half, there was also some indecisive play, and the players who stood out were generally those whose reputations have already been made. Notable exceptions to this were Dunlop of Everton, and Crawford of Hearts and The Army. Dunlop a remarkably fast mover, made a least two quite amazing saves and must have reassured those who wonder what will happen if O’Neill is ever injured. He did appear over-fond of venturing to the edge of his area and he did make one fatal error leading to the Army’s second goal, but in general he was very safe, and can congratulate himself on a successful afternoon’s work. Crawford a fast, hard-shooting right-winger was not as spectacular as Welsh international Cliff Jones but on the day he was the most effective. Though Jones appeared to hold Moore in some kind of a trance and frequently weaved his way through a bewildered sea of defenders his efforts rarely came to anything because his shooting like that of his colleagues, was extremely erratic. Crawford on the other hand did, whatever was necessary kept his eyes firmly fixed on the goal, and shot accurately enough to bring out his best in Dunlop.
Everton’s three transfer-listed players all did fairly well without suggesting their departure would be an irreparable blow, Woods, solid and reliable was the most impressive and there is no doubt Everton might find it awkward if, in his absence anything happens to Jones. McNamara, twice unlucky enough to see well directed shots repelled by the woodwork, looked a hard worker without a great deal of imagination, while Harris though showing odd flashes of brilliance, hardly filled the part of a five figure centre forward. The one player who did look worth five figures of anyone’s money was that pocket-sized genius Colman, who played in almost every position at one time or another and was the main inspiration of what looks like becoming a very powerful Army side. The first half was notable for some fine Army approach work, often spoilt by over-elaboration. After a number of fine saves by both goalkeepers, Setters put the Army in front, when Dunlop parried but could not hold a fierce ground shot from Anderson and Eglington replied with a terrific drive from almost thirty yards. After the interval, play deteriorated with Everton looking the more dangerous, but the Army regained the lead when Dunlop failed to gather cleanly and Crawford was up to score. In a fiery Everton rally Eglington scored with a perfect header from McNamara’s centre and Farrell from an accurate through pass by Birch, but justice was done when Melia equalized for the Army a few moments from time. Teams; Everton; Dunlop, goal; Moore and Tansey, backs; Birch, Woods, and Lello, half-backs; McNamara, Farrell, Harris (J), Haughey, and Eglington, forwards. The Army;- Hodgkinson, (Sheff United), goal; Foulkes (Man United) and Shaw (G) (Sheff United), backs; McKay (Hearts), Swan (Sheff Wednesday), and Colman (Man United), half-backs; Crawford (Hearts), Melia (Liverpool), Setter (West Brom), Anderson (Sunderland), and Jones (C) (Swansea), forwards. Referee; Warrant Officer J.W. Clover (R.E.M.E).
CROWD ATMOSPHERE MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE
October 4, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
So it was at Goodison yesterday for the annual game with the Army. This was a match which might have been a real thriller. But the absence of spectators –there was only a sparse spirkling scattered over the vast terraces –the lack of the usual “roar” the non-existence of the usual prematch under-current of anticipation and the absence of all the rest o the crowd atmosphere made it almost a funeral affair at times. You dear readers, if you are a football enthusiasts and I presume you are by reading this, are one of the main reasons why football is the attraction it is. You can invest an ordinary game with some semblance of bite and excitement. You can make a good one something to remember for years. And even if it is so bad that you go away vowing never to waste your money again it is a hundred to one on that you will still be there when the next fixture is played.
It Spurs Them On
Your enthusiasm and excitement is contagious. It spurs on the players and makes them pull out their best. If there had been 65,000 people at Everton yesterday we should probably have seen a far more satisfactory game. As it was there was a mixture of some very entertaining football some not so good and other spasms that at times rarely rose above ordinary Third Division standard. The game seemed to be dying a natural death from lack of crowd atmosphere or earness endeavour on the field when it was sparkled back into vigoress life four goals in the last 13 minutes so that in the end we had something to remember. Two of Everton’s three transfer-listed men did not have consistency good games. Woods was the most solid and reliable, McNamara –like the curate’s egg –was good in parts but disappointing in between while Harris after opening splendidly faded away and was nothing like as good as he can b at his best.
Two Great Goals
Eglington, dropped from the first team scored two splendid goals, but Moore another discard from the senior side, could make nothing of Welsh international Cliff Jones who was the most entertaining of the Army forwards though a poor finishes. Dunlop made some excellent saves yet proved himself human by perpetrating one error which led to a goal. He need not worry unduly about that though. The goalkeeper has not yet been born who does not slip up occasionally and the rest of his work washed out the memory. Everton had plenty of determinations. Twice they fought back to qualiser after being a goal down, then got in front only to lose their advantage through a goal to Melia two minutes from the end. Melia had a very good game but the star man on the Army side was Manchester United’s Colman. Talk about perpetual motion Colman is the enfome of it. He was all over the place except goal.
Congratulation to Peter Redmond a former Birkenhead schoolboy player now on Everton’s books will play at right half for England Youth against Switzerland Youth at Brighton on Saturday week.
Everton have nominated Mr. T.C. Nuttall their vice chairman for the vice-presidential vacancy on the Council of Liverpool County F.A. caused by the death of Mr. W.C. Gibbins. Mr. Nuttall has been a director of Everton since 1951 and his election to the vice chairmanship of the club is almost the speediest cases of promotion in the history of Everton. Although he has been resident of Merseyside for half contrary Mr. Nuttall still speaks his native Welsh –he belongs to Flinshire He is chairman of the three man sub committee which directs the playing affairs of Everton and during the past six months has devoted a tremendous amount of time to the club’s business. In my experience I cannot recall any director who has given his services to anything like the same extent.
Everton will field an unchanged side –for the third successive match –against Preston North End at Preston, the team being; O’Neill; Donovan, Tansey; Birch, Jones, Rea; McNamara, Llewellyn, Fielding, Mayers. Eglington is twelth man. Everton reserves (home to Preston-3-15) –Dunlop; Sanders, Leeder; Farrell, Woods, Meagan; Tomlinson, Farrell, Harris (J), Haughey, Williams (JD).
BOTH TEAMS HAVE SPECIAL SPUR
October 5, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s visit to Preston has more than usual significance for the Buchan-controlled Goodison side will be up against the Britton-directed North End eleven and for obvious reasons both the men at the helm and the players will be anxious that victory should go their way. After their early season teething troubles and experiential changes Everton seem to be settling down on a more even keel. Though there is still a lot to be achieved before their supporters can feel reassured about the outlook, six points have been gathered from the last four games and for the first time over a period the goals for have exceeded those against which provides ground for more optimistic hopes than were once entertained. Another factor of encouragement has been the fighting spirit of the team and the manner in which it has kept going at full strength to the last minute often when the opposition has been showing signs of feeling the pace. The last two victories have been achieved after being a goal down and in each case, Everton have shown greater stamina and fitness than their opponents. To some extent the reduction in the average age of the side has been responsible but credit must also go to the man responsible for the training methods. The problem now is whether the recent improvement can be maintained. There are certain to be some disappointments, for several of the players, no matter how promising lack experience. They have also been playing to the extreme limit of their capacity. It remains to be seen whether they can keep that up consistently until such time as they gain greater confidence and can hold something in hand for emergencies. Only time will answer these queries. Everton; O’Neill; Donovan, Tansey; Birch, Jones, Rea; McNamara, Llewellyn, Fielding, Mayers.
Thinking It Over
Following a personnel visit to Goodison Park last evening by manager Johnny Carey, Blackburn Rovers and Everton, came to terms regarding the transfer fee for Jimmy Harris but when interviewing by the Rovers manager Harris asked for a week or two to think the matter over. Later when it was pointed out to him that Blackburn would like a quicker answer, he agreed to make his decision by Monday next. As I indicated yesterday Everton have reduced their original fee of £12,000 but the figure is still a very substantial one. Everton today completed the transfer of Jack Hood, Shetteston’s 18-years-old centre forward who was sought by many English senior clubs.
A BIGGER TEST
October 6, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
By Leslie Edwards
Though Everton have won both their last two matches – what weight of worry that must have removed from many shoulders –they have not played convincingly enough to suggest that they have turned the corner. At Preston today they meet a tougher and better team in Preston North End, now managed of course by the former Everton chief, Cliff Britton. Had Tom Finney been fit the battle between him and Tom Jones would have been one of the game’s focal points instead Jones takes on the deputy, Hatsell, who played very well a season or two ago when starting his senior career with Preston in a match at Goodison Park. Minus, Finney and Scottish international half-back Docherty, Preston are far from being at full strength. Everton will make them fight all the way, but in football ability Preston may have the edge. Everton; O’Neill; Donovan, Tansey; Birch, Jones, Rea; McNamara, Llewellyn, Kirby, Fielding and Mayers. Preston; Cunningham; Walton, Milne; Dunne, Evans, Campbell, Thompson, Hatsell, Baxter, and Taylor.
CHAPTER OF MISSED GOALS AT PRESTON
October 6, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
Both Sides At Fault
Preston 0, Everton 0
Preston N.E; Else, goal; Cunningham, and Walton backs; Milne, Dunne, and Evans half-backs; Campbell, Thompson, Hatsell, Baxter, and Taylor, forwards. Everton; O’Neill, goal; Donovan and Tansey, backs; Birch, Jones (captain), and Rea, half-backs; McNamara, Llewellyn, Kirby, Fielding and Mayers, forwards. Referee; Mr. J.H Clough (Bristol). There was some disappointment at Deepdale about the absence of Tom Finney, but Preston brought in a useful deputy in Hatsell. The Everton team was as announced and was the same for the third time in succession. The ground looked in tip-top trim and there was quite a fair crowd without it being anything like a record. Everton kicked off and were soon into their stride. A long ball by Kirby over to McNamara was anticipated by Walton, who made a timely clearance. One of the best bits of defensive work so far was made by Tansey who completely tricked Campbell with an overhead lob. It did not, however, prevent Preston working their way towards the Everton penalty area and Hatsell had a great chance of putting his side into the lead although he was hampered by Jones. His reward was a corner kick, which he himself carried over the Everton crossbar. Mayers also won a corner for Everton but wasted it by pulling the ball too far back. Taylor picked up a long ball but swung his centre outside. Then came a tense moment for the Everton defence. The Preston right wing indulged in a round of passing which culminated in Thompson angling himself so badly that he could hardly help shooting against the advancing O’Neill. The first five minutes had seen several visits to the respective goalmouths and a link between McNamara and Birch ended with a shot by the latter which passed outside. A free kick to Preston was of little consequence for Donovan headed the ball away. The most dangerous looking incident had taken place in the Everton goal area, but the next one was in front of the Preston goal and North End were lucky not to be a goal down. Kirby intercepted a back pass by Thompson and with a quick turn unleashed a rising shot which hit the crossbar and flew over.
Then there was a short sharp spell in front of the Preston goal, the ball bouncing about from one wing to another without any Everton man being able to apply the finishing touch. A little later Lewellyn did get the ball into the net, but he was noticeably offside. There was another little house-warming a few yards out of the North End goal, and when Else handled away a Kirby header, the ball came to Everton men, but I try as they would they could not penetrate the rather lucky North End defensive line. We were certainly seeing some misses but there was none worse than the one Thompson missed just after the quarter hour, Hatsell had beaten Jones and pushed the ball through for Thompson who only had O’Neill to beat. The goalkeeper ran out to narrow the angle and Thompson shot well wide.
After a spell of midfield play there was a flurry in front of the Everton goal and Thompson once again missed the target. Hatsell tried a shot but was well off the mark, and then O’Neill punched away a long lob as he was challenged by the North End centre-forward Kirby was distributing the ball extremely well. I would not call the football academic by any means. There were some nice moves but there was also a lot of aimless kicking. McNamara lost a chance when he slipped and Taylor suffered a similar fate although he ultimately did get across his centre. McNamara fell to the weight of a Taylor-Walton challenge and from this Preston gained a corner. Taylor made the “inswinger” but O’Neill rising above at least four others, clutched the ball. A free kick to Preston two yards outside the penalty area was taken by Evans, but O’Neill caught the ball as Campbell went careering into the back of the net. McNamara was getting very little scope from Walton and most of Everton’s advances had come from the inside left. O’Neill’s catching had been superb and before a other one from Hatsell who had gone out to the wing.
REFLECTIONS ON A RESERVE OUTING
October 6, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
Strange Faces and a Slower Tempo
By Peter Farrell
Last Saturday for the first time in over eight years I led the Everton Reserves team on to Goodison Park for our Central League game against Barnsley. There is certainly a big difference between a first team game and a Central League fixture. Instead of the usual sight of imbruted police marshalling the jostling crowds anxious for a good vantage point, there was only a handful of fans leisurely making their way to the turnstiles. In the home dressing room as we went through the usual pre-match routine in preparation for the game there was little difference from the usual set-up except for the atmosphere which was not quite so tense as that before an important League or Cup game. As I walked down the tunnel and up the steps leading on the field it seemed rather strange to behold the practically empty terraces and sparsely filled stands accommodating the few thousand spectators in contrast to the customary 40,000 and more habitués of Goodison Park for the first team games. In a first team game I nearly always know by name or reputation most if not all of the opposing side but in the pre-match kick about I carefully scanned the Barnsley side one by one before realizing that I had never seen or heard of even one of them before. In fact I had never met our amateur left half, Peter Barnett until shortly before the game. The main difference between Division one and Central League football is the difference in the pace or tempo of the game. In the First Division the pace is so fast that one has to think and act on the spur of the moment, otherwise it is too late, whereas in the Central League the pace is a lot slower and one gets more time and room to decide the next move.
Fighting For Places
Despite the lack of atmosphere and other assets necessary to keep players on their toes I found all the players every bit as keen as if it were a first team game. I suppose this is understandable in view of the fact that young players are striving to get into the senior side and those who have been dropped are fighting to regain their places. It was a very disappointing experience on this my first reserve appearance for many years to be in a leading 4-1 position midway through the second half only to succumb to a Barnsley rally and be held to a 4-4 draw. While fully acknowledging the fighting spirit of the visitors, I think John Sutherland’s injury had a lot to do with the result. There certainly seemed a few very promising youngsters in the reserve side and I was delighted with the form of Eddie Thomas at inside right. Eddie has come on in leaps and bounds since I has saw him, if as I am told, this a true sample of his general standard of play. If he continues in this vein young Thomas will soon be knocking at the door for a first team place. As our game finished and the teams filed up the tunnel towards the dressing room I heard a loud cheer ring out from the terraces and immediately guessed that the first team had won at Charlton. When this was confirmed a few minutes later everybody was delighted as all of us connected with Everton realize what a vital two points the lads took back from the Valley with them. Now that the lads have at last broken that long and disheartening row of away defeats I hope it will give them the confidence to achieve further success not only at Goodison but also on visiting grounds, and that Everton now start that steady climb up the league table which we all hope for so earnestly.
EVERTON RES V PRESTON RES
October 6, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
Everton Res; Dunlop, goal; Sanders and Leeder, backs; Farrell, Woods and Meagan, half-backs; Tomlinson, Farrell, Harris (J), Haughey, and Williams (JD), forwards. Everton had enough of the game in the first half to have held a comfortable lead, Preston conceded eight corners, but where Everton came unstuck was in their lack of finish. Harris, however, nearly caught Corbett napping with a shot taken on the half turn while Farrell had hard lines with a fierce drive which sped inches over the top. The best scoring attempt however, came from a Woods drive which followed a Farrell free kick the ball almost scraping the cross bar. Just before the interval a Lewis header was bound for an untenanted Everton goal, but Leeder, falling back, headed off the line. Half-time; Everton Res nil, Preston Res nil.
Everton still maintained their pressure and took the lead after 55 minutes, Farrell put across a perfect centre which Corbett only half saved, Harris being on the spot to tap the ball into an empty net. Previous to this both Harris and Farrell had gone very close with long distance attempts.
BATTLE OF BRITTON ENDS IN STALEMATE
October 8, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
By Ian Hargreaves
Preston N.E. 0, Everton 0
The long anticipated battle of Britton ended fittingly in a draw at Deepdale on Saturday, but though honour was satisfied the football was too poor to arouse much enthusiasm. Preston’s recent performances had led one to suppose they would prove more than a match for Everton’s inexperienced, if enthusiastic team but there was no evidence of a gulf between the ability of the two sides – only a Cliff separated them. Preston showed unmistakable traces of the Britton touch making much use of those smooth, swift bouts of interpassing so familiar to Goodison Park spectators but they were also guilty of the old Goodison falling in front of goal. Such chances as did come their way were recklessly, squandered. Thompson twice shooting wide with only O’Neill to beat and all the time in the world at his disposal. The Preston attacking machine obviously needed the services of a plumber, and on this occasion their number one plumber Tom Finney was absent through injury. Hatsell his deputy, had plenty of vigour and energy, but the skilled touch of the master craftsman could not be replaced.
Everton’s performance in coming away with a point is worthy of praise but one cannot truthfully say they played well. At the start there were signs that their recent improvement would be maintained but as the match progressed the passing grew more and more aimless, and there was a growing tendency to bang the ball hard up-field and hope for the best. The wide-spread roaming of Birch, and, to a lesser extent Rea, meant that gaps were inevitably left on the defensive screen as soon as attacking movements broke down, and as in the game against Sunderland Jones was left to do two men’s work. That he succeeded was due partly to his own ability and partly to Preston’s atrocious shooting. Nothing gives more pleasure than the sight of wing half backs launching a stream of attacking movements but at present Everton’s pair seem to be overdoing their efforts in this direction. They would have achieved more had they run less and passed more accurately. There are usually a few rays of sunshine even on the gloomiest of days and Saturday was no exception, Mr. Ian Buchan’s training methods have come in for a good deal of criticism but they are certainly making Everton fit and the whole team maintained an astonishing pace throughout. Unfortunately they have not yet achieved the same mental speed. Moves were initiated with the utmost rapidity, but they frequently broke down because a player was a fraction slow realizing he was about to receive a pass or because he was moving too fast to control the ball properly. When Everton can think as swiftly as they move they will become a really formidable side, but at present it would pay them to sacrifice a little speed in the interests of accuracy.
Kirby Stands Out
The one forward who refused to rush wildly after the ball was young Kirby, and in consequence he looked much the most effective. He led the line well, sending out a stream, of defence spitting passes, was always ready to seize upon the faintest semblance of a mistake by Dunn, and produced his side’s only really worthwhile shot, a crashing left-footer that struck the cross-bar. Fielding, perhaps remembering who was watching, was strangely inactive and it was the sprightly Mayers who gave Kirby most support. McNamara was kept well under control by Walton while Llewellyn seemed in such a tremendous hurry that he continually got in his own way. In view of the weakness forward it was just as well that the Everton defence had one of their best days, Jones in addition to helping his younger colleagues when required, generally kept a firm hold on the lively Hatsell, while Tansey and Donovan barred the flanks to all comers. O’Neill spent much of his time retrieving long back passes from his colleagues. –How monotonous this is to watch –but he was on the spot to save Preston’s only shot of note when Hatsell made a determined effort to atone for previous errors in the closing minutes. A great save this, and had O’Neill failed Preston would have snatched a victory their earlier misses never merited.
Both teams had cause for some satisfaction –Everton because away points are precious, Preston because they had overcome the handicap of Finney’s absence -but there was little to reward the spectators. During the final twenty minutes the match resembled a cup-tie between non-League clubs, except for the complete absence of cup-tie atmosphere! As the end draw near a strange unearthly sound rose from the crowded stands –not a rousing paen of encouragement but a weary, long funeral whirring of rattles –quite fitting.
FARRELL WAS THE INSPIRATION
October 8, 1956 Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Reserves 3, Preston NE Reserves nil.
Although it took them nearly an hour to open their account, Everton Reserves rode comfortably and quite deservedly to victory over Preston Reserves in the Central League at Goodison Park. Right from the start they took a grip on the game which was rarely relaxed, Farrell was the inspiration of a lot of Everton’s bright schemes which at inside left, Haughey in stigated several useful moves. All Everton’s goals came in the second half through Harris (J) two and Tomlinson.
HARRIS SAYS “NO”
October 8, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
After considering the matter over the week-end Jimmy Harris advised Everton today that he does not wish to sign for Blackburn Rovers. If he moves he wishes to remain with a First Division club.
THIS WAS A POOR SORT OF GAME
October 8, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
While the winning of a point away from home can be looked upon with great satisfaction, it does not always follow that the play warranted that half share, and I have got to confess that the game at Deepdale was not commensurate with that of two First Division teams; Preston have always been acknowledged one of the scientific sides of the Division and Goodison Park was once known as the “School of Science.” Preston are not proud these days, and Everton can take that sign down. When I look back and recall that wonder display against Manchester City last April 1 just cannot account for the deterioration in Everton’s football. I have never seen anything better than that first half at Maine Road, but the scene has changed considerably, for the art has given way to enthusiasm, endeavour and fight. It is that quality which has brought Everton five points from three games. Very gratifying I admit but not quite my ideal of football. Preston were not a great deal better so far as football was concerned. There were some nice movements, but there was nothing at the end of them. It was a case of promise not fulfilled. That there were no goals at Preston was not due to the lack of chances, for there were quite a few and what is more, they should have been taken by men with Division 1 tag to their names. Thompson, the North End, inside forward would not sleep on Saturday night thinking about those three misses. At least two of them were open goals and he is somewhat of a crack shot. The nearest thing to a goal was when Kirby hit the crossbar, for everyone had been beaten when the ball shivered the woodwork. It was one of these quiet sort of matches which needs something to bring it into life. The crowd yearned for a goal. They should have seen at least four, but not a one was put on the score card to help they forget some of the poor football that they had to sit out and watch. One men sitting alongside me as sending his snap result to his paper and this is how it went “Division 1” (you would not have thought it) Preston nil Everton nil.
Well, I have got to admit that it was much below standard; so much football is nowadays. Preston North End undoubtedly missed Tom Finney with his clever football and goal sense. Everton need more time so that some of their youngsters can learn more about the game and not just rely on fighting quality. But let us remember that Everton are in the building stage and you cannot put old heads on young shoulders. They are getting their chances for the first time, so allowances must be made. I don’t suppose you have realized that eight of their eleven players who represented Everton at Deepdale and Charlton are local boys. Is there any other club in the country with such a high percentage of home grown products? I doubt it. Furthermore, not one of the eleven cost Everton one penny-piece more than the £10 signing on fee. They may be a little lacking in experience but they cannot be accused of lack of fighting spirit. I have seen it against Sunderland, Charlton and Preston in turn and they were testing the North End very severely towards the end of the game and Llewellyn should have scored instead of whipping the ball wide. I regret to have to say it again but there was a distinct lack of punch in the Everton front line. Goalkeeper Else had to make one or two saves, but Preston were tarred with the same brush. They had better openings and from players with vastly more experiences should have made better use of them. When Baxter slipped the ball up for Thompson nothing on earth seemed likely to prevent a score. He could not miss although O’Neill came out to narrow the angle. It was this that caused Thomson to shoot wide when trying to put the ball out of his (O’Neill’s) reach.
Risky Back Pass
Thompson missed a similar one a little later and it was he who nearly brought about the downfall of the Preston goal, when he made a risky back pass intended for his goalkeeper. He must have got the fright of his life when he saw Kirby collect the ball whip round and slam a fast rising shot up against the crossbar. Apart from that shot I thought Kirby had a reasonably good day, for he made many cross field passes, but the wingers did not respond. McNamara having a lean time against Walton. Fielding was not so dominating as last week yet was always trying to bring cohesion into the line but the great strength of Everton rested with Jones. He was the rock on which many Preston attacks were wretched. Finney’s deputy Hatsell wanted some watching yet he got few chances and when he did he slammed the ball straight at the oncoming O’Neill, who had a good game. I thought Tansey had a solid sort of game and Donovan was always in the thick of the fray. Near the end he got a hasty blow on the chin and could not close his mouth for some time but was all right by departure time. Birch and Rea did not allow their man so much rope as they did at the Valley and Rea at times showed fine constructional ideas but there must be more striking power up front.
EVERTON CAN ADD THE POLISH LATER –POINTS ARE STILL THE MAJOR NEED
October 12, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
Whatever opinions may be about their standard of play, there is no denying that so far as results are concerned, which is the vital thing at the moment Everton have lifted a load of anxiety from the minds of their followers during the past few weeks. the visit of Chelsea tomorrow affairs scope for the Goodison team to take yet another step up the league ladder, for the Pensioners are on the same points mark as the home team, though they have still a game in hand over Everton. It has been mainly fighting spirit and stamina which has brought Everton their return of seven points from a possible ten since they were hammered at home by Aston Villa five weeks ago. Some critics have waxed sarcastic at their expense recently because they lack the finer arts of the game, ignoring the youth and inexperience of several players the many changes which have been made and other handicapping factors. Though I did not see either of the games which caused them to be slated in this manner, in others I have watched they have certainly not been so lacking as some folk have attempted to make out in one or two games they have shown quite good promise of possessing latent football ability. Had the club been able to take time over the introduction of several players and brought them in more gradually instead of so many at once the team might not have been open to these charges. That, however is by the way. The most important thing as has been stressed here before is the preservation of the club’s senior status, improvement in other ways –and there is certainly room for it in several –can follow later.
Their Own Salvation
It seems clear enough now that Everton’s intention is to try to work out their own salvation through the medium of their present playing staff. That does not necessarily mean that if a first-class player became available at a reasonable fee they would not make a bid, but at the moment whatever the future may hold, they appear set against going into the big-money market. From time to time they inquire the price of players who come on the transfer list, and this sometimes is merely a matter of routine and does not sigifty a likely bid. Chelsea themselves are in somewhat similar case of Everton. They, too, found themselves with an ageing side, and have brought in an in usually large proportion of young players a little suddenly; indeed the team you will see tomorrow will look little like the Chelsea of a year ago. Chelsea have three ever-presents in goalkeeper Robertson, right half Armstrong and the ex-Crewe winger, Bluestones. Former stalwarts of the club in Bentley and Wilsose are now with Fulham and Leyton orient respectively. It will seem strange to watch Chelsea without those two, but not much stranger than an Everton without those bulwarks of many years Farrell and Lello. Time works its changes in football in less than in other walks of life. Everton; O’Neill; Donovan, Tansey; Birch, Jones, Rea; McNamara, Llewellyn, Kirby, Fielding, Mayers.
AN EVERTON DEVOID OF METHOD
October 13, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
Thousands Leave Before Finish
Everton nil, Chelsea 3
By D.R Prole
Everton- O’Neill, goal; Donovan and Tansey, backs; Birch, Jones (Captain), and Rea, half-backs; McNamara, Llewellyn, Kirby, Fielding and Mayers, forwards. Chelsea; Robertson, goal; McParland and Sillett, backs; Armstrong, Dicks, and Saunders, half-backs; Nicholas, Brabrook, Tindall, Stubbs, and Blunestone, forwards. Referee; Mr. R. Ryall.
The early minutes were quiet and uninteresting and it took Fielding to bring the first real cheer. Armstrong attempted clearance went to Kirby who turned the ball back for Fielding to set fly first time but Robertson moved across to make a catch near the post. Fielding was in the firing line again with another prompt effort from a pass by Mayers. This time the ball struck a defender in its flight and cannoned away to safely. In McFarland and Sillett Chelsea must have the biggest pair of backs in the First Division. Added to a splendid half back line they formed a most awkward barrier to an Everton team putting too many passes in the air. Chelsea’s attack had been non-existent so far but they showed the value of surprise when taking the lead at the tenth minute. Nicholson threw in quickly, Brabrook made ground and centred, and with O’Neill tumbling what should have been a simple pick up for the taking. The ball rolled slowly towards the untended net and Stubbs had only to poke it over the line. Birch fired wide as Everton returned to the attack and Kirby missed a fine opening when he was too tentative with his shot. Fortunately his error did not count for much as he turned round to find the referee indicating offside. In three passes Mayers, Kirby and Fielding took the ball fully 60 yards only for Dicks to beat Llewellyn in a race for possession and slip the ball back to Robertson. Chelsea were now beginning to show encouraging signs in attack and from another quick throw-in Nicholas, Armstrong delivered a shot-cum-centre which was charged down as Tindall endeavoured to make contact.
O’Neill Punch Away
O’Neill after fielding a shot from Tindall elected to punch away in another Chelsea raid, when the crowd obviously though he should have made a catch. The ball went straight to Blunestone who promptly returned it but O’Neill had recovered position and brought the ball down with both hands. Challenged by two opponents O’Neill again gave his supporters qualms by letting the ball drop only to recover in time and win the award of a free kick as Nicholas let his foot swing dangerous high. Rea, who had done as well as anybody so far, now produced a centre which Kirby breasted down and then hooked over the bar from a narrow angle. All the goalkeeping lapses were not at one end, for Robertson lost his grip on a cross from McNamara and Llewellyn following up was most unfortunate to find McFarland’s scrambled clearance pass between his legs before he could do anything about it. Had he been able to get the ball under control he could hardly have failed to score. Everton were building up attacks neatly with the defence attempted to keep the ball down, but too many moves fell apart at close quarters against Chelsea’s big defenders. Birch was a persistent marksman and let fly for the third time. Although his direction was better it was still not good enough to test Robertson. Everton’s best move for some time brought a centre from McNamara and a header from Kirby to Llewellyn whose attempt to force the ball home from close range was foiled by the dual attentions of Dicks and Robertson. Birch tried his luck yet again and this time was closest of all, his drive flashing only a yard or so over the bar.
Although lacking experience in at least three positions Chelsea’s forwards did not lack confidence in their ability to hold the ball and work out openings, Brabrook looked a particularly good prospect, but Jones was his usual imperturbable self and the visitors rarely looked like getting to grips with O’Neill. The game was particular lifeless at this stage although Llewellyn won a few sympathetic handicaps when hitting the ball into the crowd from an acute angle. Half-time; Everton nil, Chelsea 1.
The early moments of the second half were as undistinguished as much of the first portion had been. Everton tried to take a leaf out of the Chelsea book by taking a throw in with as little delay as possible. This move by Birch led to Kirby forcing a corner from Sillet, who damaged a leg in attempting to stop the home leader McNamara’s kick led to another corner on the other side and from this McNamara fired wide with his left foot. Everton were now attacking the Stanley Park goal and for the first time the crowd was roused to something like its normal pitch of enthusiasm. A collision in mid-air meant a heavy fall for Rea but the young half-back recovered after attention from Harry Wright, Everton’s new trainer from Town. A deflection turned a McNamara shot into as nasty catch for Robertson and then McFarlance lashed the ball for a corner as Kirby threatened. The flag kick like all the others in this nondescript game brought no reward. For some moments scarcely a pass went to its intended billet the exception being a free kick by Sanders right on the hour. Donovan had nudged his way through a tackle, and when Sanders lobbed the free kick across, Stubbs got up high and headed it right away from O’Neill for a simple but damaging goal. Shot number five from Birch was deflected for a corner, and although the ball found its way back to McNamara the winger could do no more than lob it harmlessly over the bar. With the play giving little cause for encouragement the spectators were now getting rid of their surplus lung power by booing a couple of Chelsea players –although he reasons why were hard to discover. Certainly there were more free kicks at this stage than usually associated with a first division match, but there was not a great deal of unnecessary vigour. Worthwhile attacks had been few and far between in this half, yet Chelsea almost took a third goal, when Stubbs swung round quickly and hooked an awkward ball to the right of O’Neill. There was little power behind the shot, however, and the goalkeeper was able to make a catch. Seven minutes from time, Blunstone who had moved infield pushed a perfect pass to Tindall, who brought the ball to his liking and then put it right out of O’Neill’s reach from 18 yards for Chelsea’s third goal. With thousands streaming out of the ground Kirby headed narrow over the top from a right wing corner. Stubbs went near with a ferocious angled drive which O’Neill pushed round the post. Final; Everton nil, Chelsea 3. Official attendance 34,897.
PERHAPS ENGLAND’S NEED IS A NATIONAL HERO
October 18, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
Like Carey or Doherty
By Peter Farrell
Following England’s convincing victory over Germany last summer, many of the critics predicted that the old masters were well on the way back to the top of that pinnacle in football which England’s footballers occupied for so long but which in recent years has been taken over by the Hungarians and other Continental countries. It looked as if the selectors had at last hit on a happy blend of youth, experience and undoubtedly ability which would stand them in good stead by the time the World Cup series came around. However, the optimism of the selectors and all those who have the fate of the English international side at heart has been severely jolted by the side’s showing at Belfast last Saturday, coming so soon after the League side’s dismal showing in Dublin against the League of Ireland. Where do we go from here? Is a question on the minds of all football fans who are desirous to see England do well in the forthcoming World Cup series. Should the selectors persevere with the present side or start to rebuild by wholesale changes and the introduction of new blood? It is a big problem for the men who have the reasonability of picking the English team, and whatever they field for the next international it will meet with the usual hard criticism from the fans. The poor selectors if they pick a side which turns out to be a big success, there is no comment except praise for the lads they so righteously selected, but if they select a team that flops, everyone seems to blame the selectors.
English sportsmen are world renowned for their fighting qualities yet it often strikes me that generally speaking the English national soccer side is somewhat inclined to rely on its football ability rather than its fighting spirit to bring results whereas the Welsh, Scottish and Irish soccer teams whatever they lack in finesse or ability, are renowned for their fighting spirit. Last week at Belfast the English side on paper looked to contain far more ability than the Irish lads yet the Irishmen had one trump card which the English footballers could not match –namely, team manager Peter Doherty. To all these Irish footballers at Windsor Park last Saturday, Doherty has been a hero during his playing days, and to have him at the helm not only discussing tactics but also instilling fighting spirit into the lads was a big psychological advantage and for the strides made by Ireland on the international Soccer field in recent years I think most credit must go to Peter Doherty.
Kind Of Legend
The Eire international team has for its manager another great strategist and personality in the person of Jackie Carey who has also been reasonable for improving the general standard of the national Soccer team. The reasons for this are obvious. The lads look upon Carey and acknowledge him as no only having a sound knowledge of the game but also as a kind of legend in Irish football and when an Irish side goes on the field they are not only playing for their country but also for Jackie Carey, or as on last Saturday, for Peter Doherty. Perhaps the English national side lacks the moral advantage of having a former football hero at the helm, I said perhaps. Well, the Blues certainly brought back another very valuable point from Preston last week. According to the critics I was not a very attractive game, but from an Everton point of view, with every point we can get needed at the moment we can feel well satisfied at the result. The Blues have had far too many games in the past which have been thrillers packed with good football, but which we have lost. It does our point tally good to have an odd game now and again in which the standard of play is not high but from which we get a point or two in our efforts to climb the league tables. I hope by the time you have read this that the Chelsea game will have produced both plenty of good football and two points for the Blues.
October 18, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
Penalty Provides the Opening Goal
Everton Res; Dunlop, goal; Moore and Leeder, backs; Farrell, Wood, and Meagan, half-backs; Tomlinson, Thomas, Harris (J), Haughey, and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. A Lord
Farrell won the toss and elected to defend the top goal. Liverpool were first on the attack, but after a fine dribble Evans failed to find Lockey. Tomlinson made good headway but his final pass went straight to White who cleared to Jackson from whose centre Woods cleared. Liverpool kept up the attack and Arnell shot on the turn but the ball flashed inches wide. The Blues forwards had scarcely been seen so far and it was Meagan who first tested Rudham with a strong drive. After 19 minutes play Liverpool went ahead when Evans converted a penalty following a foul by Wood on Lockey. Everton replied to his set back with their best move so far, but good work by Eglington and Harris was of no avail as Thomas missed an open goal. A few minutes later the same player missed another splendid opportunity from Tomlinson’s excellent pass. The Everton raids however, were spasmodic and Liverpool were throwing everything into the attack even McNulty having a shot which ended high and wide. Dunlop made two wonderful saves from Rowley and Lockery. The last named was proving most troublesome to the Blues defence. Half-time; Liverpool Res 1, Everton Res nil.
EVERTON CANNOT CARRY ALL THIS SOCCER RAW MATERIAL
October 15, 1956. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 0, Chelsea 3 (Attendance 34,897)
By Leslie Edwards
These teams did not give us football –they administered a sleeping draught I have seen better play from amateurs. The measure of Everton’s failure is not so much that they were three goals inferior to Chelsea, but that they were three goals worse than the worst Chelsea I have seen since they ceased to be the mark of every comedian who chose to being a football crack into his act. If Everton cannot do better than this there can only be one end of their season, I will say this. They are fit as hands can make them. Indeed it is said, with authority that no Everton team has even been fitter. Unhappily football is not entirely a matter of bodily fitness. There must be fitness above all to be able to complete with opponents in football skills. At the moment this is the fitness Everton lack. They are carrying, or trying to carry, too many young, inexperienced players. It is hard enough in 1956 to carry one such, much less five. Thus part of this game looked as though it were being fought by Chelsea men against Everton boys. I don’t blame the boys. They must start somewhere. But unless I am wrong the Everton first team is not their proving ground. Much as one sympathies with Everton for taking over a long-term plan which was never fruitful, one cannot help but be critical of the Everton team as it stands. To be as certain as any club can be of avoiding the relegation, which seems imminent at this early stage they need some first-class players-quickly.
After getting five points from six the Everton side came home to plaudits. For ten minutes it seemed as though they might justify our faith in them. That spell over they settled down to football so inept and lacking in penetration Chelsea not only went on to three goals but to such command as to give the impression that they knew the game could go only one way. For all Everton’s short-comings I think the new boys are largely to blame, Llewellyn is fast, tries hard but the headiness of senior football leaves him gasping –and usually a few yards behind where he should be. Kirby unselfish, adroft with head and foot could scarcely have done more, but Mayers holding the ball fatally long and frequently dispossessed was as completely out of the picture as Llewellyn and that other young man of this game, the Chelsea outside right, Nicholas, who had scant idea of how best to take himself and the ball past Tansey. Both Everton wing half backs, Birch (who has a cracking shot) and Rea (who not only produced good through passes, but follows up into open spaces to take returns which seldom comes) are plainly footballers of the future but are not complete players. Everton need to help the galliant Jones turn the Everton side of mediocrity. There must be changes. There must be a reversion to players who ageing though they may be have the authority to command.
Never More So…
Comparisons are odious and never more so than when one is comparing Eglington, Harris (J) and Harris (B) and such men as Farrell and Lello with the too-raw recruits Everton have been forced to utilse. The answer, I should say, is to retain the best of the young and inject the best of the veterans. Even that is no guarantee that Everton will pass safely through the next vital six months. There was a moment late in the game when the ball went among the crowd after Everton had been awarded a corner kick, McNamara was impatient with a spectator who would not throw it back to the field, a constable went over and give the laggard spectator a pierce of his mind,. One could only surmise that he policeman said –How can they get on with the game if you keep the ball down there” and one can equally surmise that the reply might well have been “Get on with which game.” I have rarely sensed an Everton crowd so obviously defeatist and so obviously disturbed at the crab-like progress of an attack which had only Fielding’s early shots and a few second half strikes by McNamara to commend it.
Everton have developed the lateral pass to absurdity. It is almost as though they go through a to and fro movement of varnishing defences. They employ few deep penetrating passes of the sort Chelsea moderate as they were produced on many occasions. As variation to lateral passing Everton displayed when we fuming at lack of penetration he reverse pass until there was some doubt as to which way they were playing. And as though their inefficiency were not enough some of the Everton youngsters mistook fighting spirit for fouling. Again one tries not to be too hard on up-and coming young men again one suggests that the players can only do their best, it is the club which must find men to do better. Brilliant footballers in this company scintillated like Liberace’s lapels. Blunstone was one, though the uncompromising Donovan sometimes stopped his gallop. Tindall was another so was Tom Jones, Tansey completely bottled Nicholas. The back’s only mistake was to stop play and appeal for an Everton throw what time young Nicholas was throwing the ball in to devastating effect. Brabrook slipped the ball across the goal face and there Stubbs at inside left tapped it home. That goal stood until the interval. It was followed by another from Stubbs –this time a header following a Donovan foul on Blunsone, Tindall capped his day’s good work by getting the third from Blunstone’s pass. This goal was directly traceable to a blunder by Mayers. Some weeks ago people interested in Everton were inclined to panic. There was time to adjust a situation that was getting desperate. Now time is running on –and out- and with matches at Manchester United next Saturday and a visit from Arsenal following Everton must move – and make every more effective. They will not go far with the team which represented them against Chelsea. And if Chelsea avoid one of the last two League places I shall be very surprised.
LIVERPOOL WIN JUNIOR DERBY
October 15, 1956. The Liverpool Daily Post
Liverpool Reserves 2, Everton reserves 1
Liverpool Reserves were worthy winners of a fast and vigorous Central league “Derby” tussle at Anfield on Saturday ad only great goalkeeping by Dunlop saved Everton from a heavier defeat. although having much less of the play Everton did miss at least three simply scoring chances, but generally their deliberation and close passing proved fatal against a quick-tackling defence. Liverpool’s danger man Lockery at outside left had the measure of Moore, but right winger Jackson was invariably held by Leeder, the soundest back on view. Arnell was also a menacing raider and Twentyman stood out in defence in addition to Dunlop and Leeder. Farrell was prominent in the Everton defence with Thomas and Eglington the best forwards. Evens (Penalty) and Arnell scored for Liverpool and Harris (J) for Everton.
GLOOM DESCENDS OVER GOODISON ONCE MORE
October 15, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
By David Prole
There is an old soccer saying that you can only play as well as the opposition allows. By that token Chelsea should have had a field day at Goodison Park on Saturday. As it was, the London club, although barely First Division average took three goals and two points to put Everton “as you were” – very much in the shadow of relegation. The revival that had brought seven-points out of a possible ten, came to an abrupt stop in this game. After the first few minutes Everton never really looked to be in with a winning chance, and although the failings of others have left them clear of the very lowest rungs of the ladder, there is still a very long hard climbing to make before safely can be attained. The most disturbing feature about the match was Everton’s apparent lack of fighting spirit. The players kept going right to the end, but it seemed that they sensed it to be Chelsea’s day, not there –although the Londoners did not have all the lucky breaks by any means. Even the crowd – seemed infected by the apathy, and the “Goodison Roar” which can be so potent a weapon in times of crisis was hardly ever heard; certainly not in all its immense volume. The game had moments of almost funeral quiet when the shouts of one player to another could clearly be heard in the Press box and telephone conversation became a pleasure instead of an almost ceaseless battle to remain audible above the surrounding noises. As a game it must rank with the most uninteresting staged at Goodison for months. Some of the football was of quite good quality but much of it was poor stuff and above all there was the almost complete lack of that electric quality known as atmosphere.
Although Everton’s defence was not blameless, the main faults in the forward line. Fielding sent some typical passes far and near, yet for much of the game he was struggling to find his touch and as is usually the case when he is below bar, there was nobody else capable of taking over the direction of attacks. For all his desperate endeavour Llewellyn rarely coloured the picture against a resolute visiting defence and this game served to emphasize what others have shown in the past, that big full backs who do not stand on ceremony –and few full backs do –can almost invariably dominate McNamara and Mayers until their confidence suffers and their play deteriorates in consequence. The best forward was Kirby in spite of the fact that he had to play a lone hand for a large part of the match. He kept trying right to the end, but for all his efforts he found only one clear opening, which he missed from an offside position, and one very difficult chance when he hooked in a fine shot on the turn and beat goalkeeper and crossbar by a yard or so. Given adequate assistance from his colleagues, Kirby looks as likely to make the grade as any of Everton’s younger element –more so than most. Birch and Rea did much good work in defence, but the formers distribution was not as good as it might be. Both he and his partner suffered through finding their best passes ill used by the men in front, and their inexperience showed up when quick counter-attacks sometimes caught them out of position. To their credit they often managed to regain lost ground by doubling back at great pace.
It was such times of stress that Jones stood out. He made countless interceptions with head and foot to forestall the visitors so much so that they soon reaslied the way down the centre was blocked and concentrated their energies on the wings –tactics which had a lot do to with their victory. Pick of the backs was Tansey, who keeps cool under pressure and always endeavours to use the ball to the best advantage, except in moments of extreme urgency, when he can apply as practical a boot as anyone. Donovan’s stuck to his guns well against a clever opponent in Blunstone and saw to it that the young winger did not enjoy the same success as in the corresponding match last year, but the Irishman must take some of the blame for the second goal which came from a free kick needlessly conceded. Much of O’Neill’s work was patchy. He was universally conceded to be at fault with the first goal and some schools of thought held him partly responsible for the second, although the header from Stubbs like that from Vernon at Anfield last week had the merit of fine direction, if little pace. In contrast to O’Neill Robertson did what little he had to do with the utmost confidence although he escaped once when having the ball knocked from his grasp following a high centre.
Chelsea were well served by Dicks and usually a centre half and the larger peak of the two mountainous full backs McFarlane. Manager Drake looks to have brought very wisely indeed in importing this lanky Scot from Aberdeen. Sillett was not the player of old-hardly surprising after a long layoff because of injury –but Armstrong and Saunders used their experience to good effect. Many Chelsea moves broke down on the left where Blunstone was apt to try too much alone and Stubbs did not lend the best of aid. Tindall with as few chances as Kirby, took his only real opening in good style to record goal number three and Brabrook and Nicholas a young man out of position formed a useful right flank. Some of Chelsea’s approach work was spoilt by too much reliance on passing that was lateral or backward. This mode was even more of an Everton hug bear, although to retain possession is always useful. The more caustic members of the crowd would do well to remember that in football the straight line is not always the shortest distance between two points especially when a six-foot defender is breathing down the neck of one of those points. Although the weather was excellent for football, the gate was almost 7,000 down on the last home match, largely due to the difference in attractiveness between Chelsea and Sunderland and the reserve “derby” at Anfield, which drew over 11,000.
HE PLAYED FOR EVERTON, ENGLAND AND THE B.B.C
October 17, 1956. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Leslie Edwards
They don’t breed em today like the John Southworth who would have been 90 in December and who died suddenly yesterday at the home of his daughter at Beech Tree Road, Wavertree. This Southworth not only played for England, for Everton and for Blackburn Rovers at centre-forward but excelled at all other games he turned his hand to and found time, too, to become a first-class musician. Listen to this tale of versatility, to the story of an old Everton player whose name was a household word among the football-following public of this city of the long, long ago. With John Southworth music came first. He was playing the euphonium and trombone as a boy of 14 in the old Strawberry Gardens in Blackpool. Concurrent with music ran interest in soccer. He played both for Blackburn Olympic and later for Blackburn Rovers before joining Everton. In 1910 he became a member of the Pier Pavillion orchestra at Llandudno. He played the tuba. Off-duty moments he mostly spent on the top of the Great Orme (where Tom McDonald had an eighteen holes links) bringing his handicap to scratch. He was already an expert billiard and snooker man, and a championship bowler.
It was at Llandudno, that people used to point out to me this spare, upright figure as the famed England and Everton centre forward of an almost forgotten era. They say he was one of the great gentlemen of soccer –the John Charles of his day. I can well believe it. What a great life John Southworth packed into his eighty-nine years. He played with the Pier Pavillion orchestra at Landudno for thirty years; he was winning bowling championships at eighty and he was travelling (sometimes as often as three and four times a week) to Manchester to play with the B.B.C Northern Orchestra when he had long passed his eightieth birthday. Happily he was nearly always well. He breakfasted yesterday fit as ever…a few hours later he died. He is survived by his wife (they celebrated their golden wedding nearly ten years ago) and by his son, Harry and daughters, Mrs. F. Hodginson. Few from one of the golden ages of football are left to bid him adlue.
Wait For It
Everton’s team for the match on Saturday against Manchester United at Old Trafford will be announced today. Collateral from suggests an awful fate for them, and readers have already written me suggesting what it may be …but don’t be too sure there’s nothing so certain about soccer as its uncertainty. If this were not so the game would lose most of its charm.
Gordon Memham a day or two ago, recalled to me how the Everton of the 1920’s failed to win one of their opening fourteen matches and sought him –an amateur bespectacled goalkeeper –in help them stop the rot. Manager Tom McIntosh and Mr. W.C. Cuff the big men of Everton those days visited Gordon’s place of business and arranged with his boss for him to be free at such week-ends as he was needed by Everton. Gordon whose father had kept goal for Everton in the 1897 Cup final (Villa 3, Everton 2) was not keen to continue where his father had left off; but he helped Everton to victory in the next three matches and having done his good deed retired gracefully and voluntarily in favour of the newly signed professional Hardy of Stockport County. Odd that there still exist through Gordon Menham and such as John Southworth links with the Everton of so far back. No wonder many people with Everton at heart are so concerned that the club should regain lost glory.
AS YOU SEE IT
October 17, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
An Everton Shareholder Hits Out
Sir –After watching Everton’s shocking display on Saturday and this on top of the terrible caning-given them by the Press the previous week one begins to wonder just to what depths this one great club is to be allowed to descend. Since the war we have not had a really good side, but there was always hope whilst we had Farrell, Lello, Fielding and Eglington, that some sort of a team could be fielded that would hold its own. With the fading out of these players, Everton now have a team composed of players that would not, in the main, grace the Third Division. While the position is due, no doubt to bad management in the past, the present board cannot completely absolve themselves from the position as it is today. They have now had complete control of the club for six months, time enough to have taken concrete steps to remedy a position that was urgent when they took over. During this period statements have been made that the directors were fully aware of their obligations and that these would be met in a manner worthy of the traditions of the Everton club.
Unworthy of Club
We all know now, to our sorrow, what attempts have been made to sign players –bargain basement buying totally unworthy of Everton. Then the directors place their faith in that greatest of all football fallacies –coaching. They hope that mediocre players can be coached into becoming good players provided they train hard. The sooner the club gets back to the old-fashioned idea that any player must first of all have some inherent skill of his own and should be able to trap and head a ball without having to be told how the sooner they will get back to playing a brand of football for which Everton have been noted over the years. The cry should be for ball-players not runners. It’s not the coaching system hat wants intensifying but their scouting system. I will no doubt offend a few people by writing this letter, but as a shareholder I cannot stand on one side and not register protest against a position that is developing where defeat is accepted as our lot. –W. Macauley, 7 St. Bride’s Road, Wallasey.
WHY THEY SAY “NO COMMENT”
October 18, 1956. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Leslie Edwards
Everton F.C may take a big signing in time for their match against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday. Necessity dictates that the newcomer is a forward –maybe Jimmy Gauld, of Charlton in whom Everton have taken much interest once, before this season. Official Everton reaction all yesterday and again last night was “No Comment.” This is natural. If the club have important negotiations in hand and feel that the success of them would be jeopardized if they became known –as they have before – they are bound to do everything possible to maintain secrecy. I feel sure that immediately the club news for their supporters I will not be delayed by as much as a second. Their refusal to even hint at progress in a deal which may well have been in progress for, days suggest Everton are not prepared to have their plans wrecked by further leakages. It is clear that Everton are moving fast and that Gauld is in their sights. The sooner he signs the better!
WHEN SOCCER WAS CHEAP AND GOOD
October 18, 1955. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Leslie Edwards
The passing of former Everton and England centre-forward John Southworth has jogged more than one memory. A reader recalls that Southworth a prince of forwards, was wearing pumps at Goodison Park when some of the younger players asked him to go on the field and demonstrate to them the art of centre-forward play. Southworth agreed, but when walking down the terrace steps to the pitch slipped and wrenched an ankle. From that moment on he was destined never to kick a ball again. An old friend, Mr. Harry Lloyd of 28a Stoneby Drive, Wallasey, surprises me by his memory (and length of service) in connection with John Southworth. He writes;
“It may interest you to know that the first time I saw Everton play was at Goodison Park the Saturday after they had played the final of the F.A Cup at Fallowfield, Manchester (and were beaten by Wolverhampton Wanderers). They played the Wolves that day and won 3-0 I remember my father giving my brother and I a shilling each to go to our first big match. After paying 1d each way from the Old Haymarket to Spellow Lane and 3d each to go in (we also brought two cakes of Bovril chocolate) we had 5d change left. “I cannot recall the year, but I think it was 1895. The Everton team that day was Jardine; Kelso, Howarth; Boyle, Holt, Stewart; Latta, Hartley, Southworth, Chadwick, and Milward. Mr. Lloyd asks me to confirm the date of the match as 1895. There his memory has failed him. It was in 1893 that Everton met Wolves in the F.A Cup final at Fallowfield, Wolves won 1-0.
A Hard-Core Man
A correspondent from Durston Road, Childwall; one who uses the pseudonym, Fed Up, has this to say to what he terms fellow-sufferers at Goodison Park. “We form the hard core of 30,000 spectators who flock to Goodison Park for every home game. We thus guarantee that the shareholders shall receive their usual dividends and that the directors can enjoy their Roman holiday each week. “This season we have received in return a display of ineptitude in team selection and management that is a blot on the escutcheon of this famous club. “With the assurance from the Board that Everton were to be the Arsenal of the North, we started our Saturday relaxation with high hopes and earnest enthusiasm. Mr. Buchan was to revolutionise the club armed with degrees in Physical Culture and an aptitude for imparting fitness of a high order into each player. A few of us had doubts at the time about this. “Late last season the Board had misgivings for they appointed a council of three to deal with team selection. This trio adopted bull in a china shop methods and proceeded among other things to try and make a full back into an inside forward, and a peerless centre half into a very ordinary full back. After falling miserably to strike a winning combination they have passed the buck to Mr. Buchan. “That his method has also failed was borne out by the lamentable display against Chelsea. “The signings, too, have shown a complete lack of foresight when one considers the meagre service we have had from Payne and more recently Glazzard. “Some of us pay 4d for a programme. We have yet to read one word of apology for this ineptitude from the directors on whose shoulders must squarely rest the blame. “It seems, my friends, that nothing will be done until we cease to be a crowd of 30,000 and become an audience of a few hundred.”
EVERTON TOP-SECRET TRANSFER MOVES
October 19, 1956. The Liverpool Daily Post
O’Neill for Gauld?
By Leslie Edwards
Midnight news in the top secret transfer negotiations between Everton and Charlton Athletic, in London last night was that the conference between the clubs would be resumed this morning. I gather discussion this morning will centre on the willingness of Jimmy Gauld the Charlton inside forward, to come to Everton the decision of a famous Everton player to join Charlton as part of the deal and the amount Everton will be asked to pay Charlton to induce them to allow Gauld to leave. Late last night Liverpool was alive with rumours of the transfer of Gauld to Everton, with Everton and Eire international Jimmy O’Neill said to be booked for Charlton. To callers who telephoned the Daily Post last night asking if the story were true the answer was “No,” but wait and see.”
LONDON HOLDS SECRET OF THE GAULD DEAL
October 19, 1956. The Liverpool Daily Post
And of Mystery Trip to Town of Everton Star
By Leslie Edwards
Everton F.C directors and officials were kept on tenterhooks last night awaiting news from London about the possibility of Jimmy Gauld, of Charlton Athletic becoming an Everton player in time to take his place in the club’s attack tomorrow. The Scot who learned some of his football in Waterford, in Ireland. Everton sought as long ago as August, but not with such intensity, or secrecy, as yesterday. Apparently they feel it essential that they should go into the vital game tomorrow against Manchester United and against Arsenal at Goodison Park a week later with a line strengthened by the burly Gauld who has played conspicuously well whenever faced by an Everton defence. In Liverpool, no Everton official or director was to be found at the end of a telephone line. In London, where football transfers such as this –Charlton are said to be asking £12,000 for their man often leak out there were no clues that the Everton representatives was in town and that he had consulted all day with Jimmy Trotter the Charlton manager, who took over when Jimmy Seed resigned his job a month or two ago. But that Everton had sent a negotiator to London to act for them was well known in Liverpool. What was not so well known was that famous Everton player, who must for the moment be nameless, had also travelled to London, along certainly in connection with negotiations between his club and Charlton.
Thus the probability is that Everton have more than cash to tempt Charlton to let Gauld come to Merseyside where he has friends and where, on his own admission he would be pleased to join and play for Everton. Following Sam Bartram’s retirement and elevation to the managerial chair at York, Charlton have not been well placed for goalkeepers and it is said that their special need now is for a first-class man to continue where Bartram left off.
Meanwhile the Everton team to play matt Busby’s side tomorrow remains like these transfer negotiations, in a state of suspended animation. Were Everton to get their man there would be changes up front. Were any Everton player to leave suddenly he changes are that there would be a defensive change. While Everton and their followers awaited impatiently news of Gauld’s transfer the Charlton manager had last night a London threate date he could not break –with his daughter.
EVERTON’S TASK AT MANCHESTER
October 19, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
What is in store for Everton at Manchester? On the face of things it looks as though the Goodison Park team is in for a heavy beating for the United are riding the crest of the wave. Their young side is almost invincible, although they only scored a narrow victory over their German rivals in the European Cup-tie at Manchester City’s ground last Wednesday. In the League, however they are unbeaten this season and are playing with such verve that no opponent can look upon a visit to Old Trafford with any degree of confidence. Everton on present form, least of all. The latter’s football in the last two games has been lamentable particularly last Saturday’s display against Chelsea. At one stage recently it seemed that Everton had got on top of things for they actually took five points from possible six. No one could grumble at that but even so their football was anything but satisfying. It was fitness and fighting quality which brought them results, but one has got to have more than earnest endeavour which can take you only so far. Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have proved that good class football is the only way to success. Spirit and enthusiasm is all very well, but it must be allied to football skills. Everton’s young teams has been given every opportunity but has not come up to requirements. Perhaps it was too much to expect of lads who prior to this season had rarely been given a chance. The Busby babes are in high glee and determined to keep their unbeaten record intact and the magnitude of Everton’s task is apparent. If the Blues can put off a draw at Old Trafford it would be a distinct feather in their cap, but on form even that looks out of the question.
EVERTON SIGN GAULD
October 19, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
O’Neill Stays at Goodison
Following a protracted negotiations Everton today got their man, signing Charlton inside forward Jimmy Gauld in a straight deal. The exact fee has not been divulged but it is considered around the £10,000 mark. Gauld will make his debut for his new club against Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow. Gauld asked to leave the Valley because he did not consider his style of play suited Charlton and expressed a wish to join Everton where he has friends. Mr. Harold Pickering carried out negotiations which lasted over six hours yesterday and were concluded this morning. Charlton originally wanted a two way transfer. The London club have not been able to solve there goalkeepers problem since Sam Bartram left them after many years yeoman service to take over as manager of York City. The Athletic directors had their eyes set on Everton’s Eire international Jimmy O’Neill who visited London yesterday but any deal which involved O’Neill fell through and it therefore became a money only transaction. Gauld comes from Aberdeen and played for his local club for a time, but was given a fine transfer in 1954 and went to Ireland where he came into the limelight by breaking the League of Ireland scoring record with 41 goals for Waterford. On the transfer of Kirman to the Italian club Charlton signed Gauld at a modest fee and he soon established a regular place only missing through injury. Although he has played in every match for Charlton this season he has been unsettled in London for some time and has plead his claim for a transfer on several occasions. In all he has scored 22 goals in league and cup. Gauld is engaged to a Liverpool girl. Mr. Tom Nuttall the Everton vice chairman said when he heard the signing had been completed “I think Gauld will give us good service. We are alive to our needs and this will prove to our followers that we are quite prepared to go to the market if necessary.
Gauld’s inclusion in tomorrow’s team in place of Llewellyn is only one of four changes. Everton have another debutant in addition to the ex-Charlton man. He is goalkeeper Albert Dunlop a full time player, who comes in for O’Neill. Dunlop who during the summer plays cricketer for Liverpool C.C signed professional for Everton in August 1949, and is a former Liverpool schoolboy. The remaining changes are the return of Farrell for Rea and Eglington for Mayers. Farrell has missed Everton’s last four games and Eglington the last six. Manchester United will be practically at full strength. The only absentee from the regular line-up is inside left Violett who has a facial injury. His place is taken by young Bobby Charlton who thus makes his second senior appearances. On his first League outing in the unaccustomed role of centre forward he netted twice against Charlton. Now he returns to his normal inside left position.
A MUCH BETTER-LOOKING EVERTON X1!
October 20, 1956. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Leslie Edwards
Coincidence is always odd and never more so than in the linking of Jimmy Gauld, the Charlton forward, with Everton in time for today’s great game against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Thus, in the short space of three weeks Gauld has played for Charlton against Everton in London, and will now be having his second tilt in that space, against Manchester United. Mr. Harold Pickering the Everton representative in London, clinched the Gauld deal yesterday and to the surprise of those who anticipated that Everton goalkeeper Jimmy O’Neill would be included in negotiations there was no mention of the second party when the transfer announcement was made. The fee paid by Everton for Gauld, a twenty-six-years-old Aberdonian, who learned much of his football in Waterford is stated to be about £10,000. A big, burly type, Gauld (who is engaged to a Liverpool girl) should help to give the Everton attack punch it has lacked. Years ago Everton had a Scottish centre half Jimmy Galt, on their books, in the between “wars” seasons they used to play a small barrel-chested forward named Ernie Gault –he still attends home matches. Now the club have taken Jimmy Gauld and hope with confidence for similar good service from him.
Quite as important as the Gauld signing are the changes the Everton coach and selector Ian Buchanm has made for today’s game. His choice seems to me to represent Everton’s most likely-looking side this season, with experience and ability where we have had only youthful enthusiasm in many recent matches. The great surprise is the out going of O’Neill. In view of the disclosure that he might go to Charlton this is not so surprising. O’Neill has played well and spectacularly, but not always as consistently as one might expect. The man who takes his place is young Albert Dunlop a Liverpool boy who has been on the staff for some seasons but who has never had his first team chance before though in this respect he has had a few near misses. Dunlop, like Hibbs, is not a big man, but he is a very active one. Liverpool players against whom he performed valiantly a season ago in a Central League match said his work that day was so good it was almost unbelievable. He could have no greater test, at the outset of his career, than to face the Manchester United attack.
Dunlop is an all-rounder. He plays cricket for Liverpool in the summer and is quite the man, just as Tony McNamara is quite a bowler. Good to see Peter Farrell back in the Everton half-back line and Tom Eglington at outside left-if only for old time’s sake. But there is more to their reappearance than that. Fielding and Eglington will pose a great problem to the side which has gone twenty-six games without defeat. Farrell’s experience and ability at left half-back, in place of Rea, should help to steady the side, especially as he may have deprived physical benefit from a spell in less exacting Central League soccer. Kirby deserved to maintain his place and may surprise his opponents by his ability to lead and link of much experience. Whatever the odds were against Everton escaping defeat they have been cut considerably by the events of yesterday. With tear away Gauld to help it is just possible that Everton may bring off a surprise. Everton; Dunlop; Donovan, Tansey; Birch, Jones, Farrell; McNamara, Gauld, Kirby, Fielding, Eglington. Manchester United; Wood; Foukes, Byrne; Colman, Jones, Edwards; Berry, Whelan, Taylor, Charlton, Pegg.
AS YOU SEE IT
October 20, 1956. The Liverpool Daily Post
After 40 Years His Patience is Gone
Sir- my patience over the fortunes of the Everton F.C. has held out until it is quite impossible as a life long supporter, to suppress it any longer. There has been a deal of unjust criticism over Mr. Britton’s management and the alleged legacy left to the present board. Suppose one accepts that – not without doubt of course – as Mr. Britton has proved since he left that at least he could manage. I still want to know what has become of the new directors salvation call; “We will make this the Arsenal of the North.” With the exception of the purchase of Gauld there is not one player that has joined the staff (as evidence of what the board has paid for their transfer) that can be said to be a star. The policy of the board is wrong and the appointment of a physical culture expert is no answer and yet they do not see it. It’s not Powderhall runners the spectators want or pays, to see, but football with all its arts, for which the name of Everton has been noted. It is no use running fast unless you can take the ball with you and that is what is lacking in the team today, ability to do that and above all a man to teach them how it should and can be done. Let the directors drop the Britton spleen and get on with the job of giving the spectators what he pays for by playing the best man for the job and these, even now can be found among the cast-offs languishing in the second and third teams. Too old. Have they not heard of Stanley Matthews. In private industry the conduct of the present board would have meant dismissal for the loss of revenue at home matches is due to bad management. First class management six months ago would have stopped flood-lighting for the time being and spent the money in putting new life into the team and then they would have found the cost of carrying out these plane easier to meet through bigger gates. Not only have attendances dropped badly but the status of the team and the club is suffering. The shareholders should call an extraordinary general meeting and tackle the problem fresh. After forty years as a supporter I have never known such inept management. Please do not blame the players –they are only as good as the price any other club would pay for them and are doing their best. It is better material and control that is wanted and by a man who can manage –not dictate.
Thos Fleming 32 Kingswood Drive Great Crosby
And The Band Withdrew
Vin Enright writes;- As an Everton and Liverpool fanatic since nipperhood and as a shareholder in both clubs for nearly forty years one finds your frequent references to yesterday football most fascinating. And how they release the flood gates of memory among an amazing number of old time readers. The Everton V. Wolves Cup Final of 1893 is indeed a case in point. It was Everton’s first final and Wolves second. Since the institution of the F.A Cup in 1872 up to 1892 the finals had been played in London –twenty at Surrey’s Oval and one at Little Bridge (1873). The then record attendance 25,000 in 1892 scared the Oval people and they declined to house any more finals. So in 1893 London was searched without avail and for the first time the Cup final was played in the province namely at Fallowfield, Manchester the venue favouring Everton, already the favourities more than the Wolves, from travelling standpoints. The week prior to the big event Everton were due to play the Wolves in a League match at Wolverhampton. The Everton directors in order to keep their team fresh for the Cup final sent their reserve side –there was no regulation against it at the time –to face the full strength of the Wolves. The Everton reserves won 4-2. Wolves unexpectedly won the Cup for the first time by the only goal of the match scored in the second half from a long distance shot by their captain and centre half Harry Allen Everton’s team that day was William, Kelso, Howarth, Boyle, Holt, Stewart, Latta, Gordon, Maxwell, Chadwick, Milward. The attendance 45,000 was a revelation. There were no crush barriers in those days. Palisades soon gave way and the crowd invaded the touch fines. No one can ever say now far the abnormal conditions affected the play. Everton were greatly dissatisfied and lodged a protest immediately after the game but later withdrew it. Incidentally the Everton supporters who did not travel were so cocksure of the Cup they ordered a band. “Here the conquering heroes come” well rehearsed) which accompaniers them to the railway station to welcome the Blues home right royally. There was consternation when the result came through –and the band withdrew.
EVERTON’S NAP HAND HUMBLES CHAMPIONS
October 20, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
Man Utd 2, Everton 5
Manchester United;- Wood, goal; Foulkes and Byrne, backs; Colman, Jones (M) and Edwards, half-backs; Berry, Whelan, Taylor, Charlton, and Pegg, forwards. Everton; Dunlop, goal; Donovan and Tansey, backs; Birch, Jones and Farrell (captain), half-backs; Gauld, McNamara, Kirby, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. M. Howarth. Before I left Liverpool this morning for Old Trafford rumours were flying about town that Everton were after Bingham of Sunderland and Mitchell of Newcastle. But the club had deny that such is the case. However it is obvious that Everton are well aware of their needs and it was significant that chief coach Mr. Ian Buchan was not in the party which travelled to Manchester. I have no hesitation in saying that Everton should have been two goals up in five minutes, “ifs and buts” however get us nowhere and the next thrill was a header by Taylor which passed outside the Everton goal.
At the 8th minute Everton suffered a blow when Birch had to leave the field with an injury and he was assisted off limping pretty badly. Another blew hit Everton two minutes later when Charlton scored for the United with a volleyed shot which gave Dunlop no chance. It originated from Pegg’s corner that which was passed out to Charlton who simply slammed the ball into the net. It must not be overlooked that this goal was scored during Birch’s absence. For some minutes following the United were on the attack and it took the combined efforts of the Everton defence augmented by Fielding bar one. In the next Everton attack Kirby beat Foulkes but the premise of a goal was not fulfilled but it was in the next seconds when Eglington from slap-bang in front of goal unleashed a terrific drive which Woods did well to turn outside. There was no doubt that Everton were putting up a brave show considering that Birch was still off the field and at the 17th minute the Blues had equalized. And it was a full-back who scored, Donovan had rushed up more than once in this game and on this occasion McNamara push on the ball back to him and the Irishman carrying the ball forward to shoot 25 yards from goal elected to shoot, Wood tried to push the ball away but it dropped into the net much to the joy of Donovan, his colleagues and the mighty Everton supporters greeted. The United retaliated and Dunlop turned one outside and them made a solid save from Berry who tried a fast angular drive. Birch returned to the field at the 20th minute.
Gauld challenged Wood to such an extent that the United goalkeeper was only too happy to concede a corner. Eglington took this and Wood failed to make a catch of a high ball but tipped it away from his goal and was fortunate that Byrne was handy and not an Everton man. Dunlop was very much alive to a pass from his colleagues Tansey, had he not been so I fear there would have been trouble in store for Everton. If Dunlop does not do anything more than he did when saving a Charlton header he will have done enough. It was one of the most brilliant saves I have seen for a long time. The ball was travelling away from Everton’s young goalkeeper but he sprang across his goalmouth and cleared the ball outside. The game was stopped while Tansey received attention. Charlton had a powerful drive cannoned away off Donovan but the movement still continued when Pegg put the ball into the Everton goalmouth but no result came from it. One of the best movements Everton made came unstuck when Kirby himself outside from a Gauld flicked header. The United were not the same smooth-running side I have seen before. This was due to some extent to Everton’s quick and determined tackling and this unbeaten side in 26 games got the surprise of its life when Byrne misplaced his free kick and the ball went to McNamara. The winger moved in a few steps and then kicked a lovely centre so that Kirby was able to nod the ball down and Wood seemed to me to be too late in going down for the ball which passed underneath him. This was at the 38th minute. It was just after this that another Everton man was injured when Eglington had to receive attention for a knock. With only seconds to go for half-time Gauld made a run to beat of a challenge and then slipped the ball over to the oncoming Eglington who promptly put the ball in the United’s goal for the third time. This was indeed a sensation.
Half-time; Manchester United 1, Everton 3
Everton started the second half as they had left off and a Birch pass to McNamara culminated in Wood having to field a fast drive from the Everton winger. Then Birch had a shot blocked by Jones the ball going for a corner and Gauld suffered similar fate almost immediately afterwards. Pegg after beating Donovan looked as though he might reduce the lead but Dunlop made a great one-handed save to turn the ball over the bar. It was almost immediately after this that United scored their second goal.
It will be disputed for many along day, it arose from a free kick. Berry’s short pass to Whelan did not look particularly menacing but Everton tried to bring the offside trap into being. It certainly looked to me as though three United men were offside but the referee was on the spot and would not be influenced against the goal scored by Whelan at the 54th minute. The whole point was were the United men offside when the ball was last played? The referee in the best possible position thought not. The United anxious not to lose their unbeaten record this season, were now playing some high powered football not particularly clever, perhaps but the Everton defence fought a galliant rearguard action and at times sandwiched in an attack of their own when like the United defence at full stretch.
So far it had been a rousing entertaining tussle. And although the United perhaps enjoyed more of the attack Everton were quite capable of bringing trouble to Wood and company, Birch and McNamara changed places momentarily, the movement ending when Birch shot wide. No one can grumble at this fare and when called upon Dunlop so far had not made a semblance of an error. Gauld too, was having a satisfactory debut. Whelan had a half chance but missed his way. The United were doing very much better now than they had done in the first half but Everton were giving nothing away.
The United were now going all out to save their unblemished record, putting on immense pressure and Dunlop had to make a double-handed save from Taylor. He did even better later when he came in amongst a trio of Manchester men to make a good catch and then followed on with another good one from Charlton. Farrell was urging his men on and he himself was never out of the thick of the fray. Eglington raced away and although paced by Jones it needed a touch over the line to check the Irishman’s run. The match was undoubtedly Everton’s best of the season, no matter what the result. And great credit is due to the young Everton goalkeeper who once again showed his ability in striving from Charlton.
At the other end Kirby had a great opportunity but instead of taking a shot immediately he worked himself over to the left wing and was then successfully challenged. He made amends a minute later following a fine Everton movement in which Fielding, Gauld and McNamara played their part magnificently. The winger’s final centre was put close into goal and Kirby, using his heights, nodded the ball home at the 76th minute. Everton had come right back into the game as an attacking force and Wood had to make saves from the Everton right and soon afterwards conceded a corner, but this was cleared. The United had been knocked right out of their style. Jones had a magnificent game, in fact no Everton man could be faulted on today’s play. Right at the death it was Dunlop who foiled United of a third goal. He made three good saves when all seemed lost. This was the United’s first defeat at home since Everton beat them here on September 1955. Actually United have gone through 29 games without defeat prior to today. United made strenuous efforts in the last few minutes but the Everton defence stood firm. McNamara scored a fifth for Everton right on time. He lobbed the ball over Wood, who had come well out of his goal. Final; Manchester United 2, Everton 5. Official attendance 43,450.
THE ROAR’S REMARKABLE, BUT-
October 20, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
Your Hear So Much More Clearly at a Central League Game
By Peter Farrell
While most footballers look forward with enthusiasm and optimism to every League game I am convinced that there is nothing to what the appetite of Everton and Liverpool players as much as a “derby” game. During the last eleven season’s I have figured in many stirring tussles with the old enemy from “across the park” and I look back on all the Blues and Reds encounters with some great memories. Yes and even those games in which the Reds defeated us will always remain fresh in my memory when other stirring League and Cup games have been forgotten. Last Saturday, as the thousands of Blues fans were making their way to Goodison Park, I was on my way to Anfield to play in my first ever Central League “derby” game. En route wondered would the game be much different to the first team clashes between Blues and Reds or would it be just another Central League game devoid of atmosphere. When the game started I soon realized from the enthusiasm of the 11,000 crowd that the old “derby” atmosphere was prevalent about as much as at first team games with one or two small differences, notably that last Saturday all or nearly all the Blues fans were at Goodison and practically everyone in the very large crowd for a Central League game were cheering for Liverpool, which was somewhat different to previous experiences when the vociferous efforts are usually about fifty-fifty. The game turned out to be a real thriller with plenty of good football from both sides. The kop Roar at Anfield is world famous in football circles and last Saturday the crowd gave their favourities more vocal encouragement than I have heard on visiting grounds at times from 40,000 people. I have great aspiration for the majority of those loyal Liverpool supporters where vocal efforts mean so much to the Reds players and who cheer themselves hoarse from start to finish. I also never mind in the least when supporters such as last Saturday are shouting abusive personal remarks to me which are more clearly audible in a Central League game than in a first team match. In fact, when a crowd is somewhat antagonists to me or my team it seems to keep me on my toes more so than if the reversal was the case. So to those whom it may concern I should like to add that I quite enjoyed the insulting remarks that a small section of the crowd showered on both myself and Matt Woods in particular last Saturday except for some of the bad language which I suppose you get on every football ground throughout the country. But I must mention one ill-mannered young lad of about 14 years of age who was leaning over the stand at the point where the players disappear down the steps coming off the field. On hearing his flow of bad language t the end of the game I looked upwards where upon he spat on me and obviously thought it a huge joke. However isolated ones like this represent a very small minority of the sporting soccer fans of the city, but it is a city that the good name of the city to sport should be spoiled through irresponsible delinquents such as the one I have just mentioned. In conclusions I should like to pay tribute to the Liverpool Reserves side who all played such a sporting game last Saturday. There were plenty of hard tackles, but I don’t believe there was an incident by any player to which anyone could take exception which is as it should be. It was grand to play against Johnny Evans again, as he is one of those footballers who depends on his skill for results and whom I have never seen guilty of a shady action on the field of play. Yes, whether it be the first team or the Reserves there is nothing like a “derby” game between Reds and the Blues.
EVERTON RES V MAN UNITED RES
October 20, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
Everton Res; Harris (A), goal; Moore and Leeder, backs; Meagan, Woods and Lello, half-backs; Tomlinson, Farrell, Harris (J), Haughey, and Williams (JD), forwards. Manchester United Res;- Hawksworth, goal; Greaves and Bent, backs; Goodwin, Cope and McGuinness, half-backs; Webster, Doherty, Dawson, Blanchflower, and Scanlon, forwards. Referee; Mr. K.G. Hanson (Southport). United started in brisk fashion and in the first five minutes Blanchflower twice hit an Everton upright. Everton seldom progressed beyond the visitors penalty area although Meagan and Tomlinson showed up well. Everton’s only worthwhile shot was a drive from Lello which flashed over the bar. The visitors had two speedy and clever wingers but their approach work was wasted through poor finishing, Hawksworth had to make spectacular saves from Tomlinson and Harris but United retaliated by securing two goals at the 37th and 40th minutes. Scanlon put the visitors ahead following a fine solo run and after Everton had gained two quick corners Doherty broke away to score the second. Right on the interval Harris saved a Webster penalty. Half-time; Everton Res nil, Manchester United Res 2.
...AND IT WAS NOT ONLY GAULD THAT GLITTERED
October 22, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
By Ian Hargreaves
Manchester United 2, Everton 5
Everton gave the perfect answer to their numerous critics on Saturday with an exhibition of football reminiscent of the club’s palmlest days. They out-fought and out-though what is generally conceded to be the strongest side in Britain, ended the champions’ record chasing unbeaten run of twenty-six League matches, and inflicted their first defeat at Old Trafford since Everton beat them there 2-1 on March 19, 1955. Yet victory seemed out of the question when Birch was helped off the field with an injured ankle after six minutes and United profiting from his absence snatched an early lead through Charlton. Hopes of an Everton revival were replaced by fears of a Manchester massacre. But Everton were not dismayed. A glorious interpassing move ended in Wood saving a savage Eglington shot at the expense of a corner, and a moment later Everton got the tonic they needed when Donovan moving into the attack, snapped up a shrewd pass; from McNamara and leveled the scores with a long shot which Wood appeared to misjudge. From that moment onwards Everton played like men inspired. Gone was the hesitancy and indecision of past weeks; in its place confidence, understanding and determination. Here at last was the attack we have long availed a forward line with pace, penetration and purpose, and packing a punch in each of its five prongs. The introduction of Gauld and Eglington made all the difference and their experience helped to bring the best out of young Kirby who has previously had to do most of his own foraging. Fears that Gauld might take time to fit in with his new colleagues were soon dispelled. This sturdy young man with the boyish features should not have really been playing (he has been suffering from a heavy cold and did no training last week) but he turned out at Everton’s special request and did enough to indicate that Everton may have made one of the season’s best bargains when they signed him. Strong on the ball, his speedy dashes up field were a continual threat to the United defence, and if he failed to score himself, he had the satisfaction of making a brilliant goal for Eglington immediately before the interval, when he dribbled through from half way. Good though he was, Gauld was not the only man to stand out in a line which had no real weakness. McNamara made the second and fourth goals possible with lovely swinging centres duly headed home by the high stepping Kirby, and crowned a memorable afternoon by driving the ball and final nail in the Manchester coffin with a delicate lob over Wood’s head in the closing seconds. Fielding and Eglington combined beautifully with a rejuvenated Farrell to form a formable left wing and with Kirby confirming the good impression he has already created one felt that goals were always imminent.
Of all those who took part Everton’s new goal keeper Albert Dunlop will have the most vivid memories. After eight years with the club – seven as a professional –he finally got his chance to show his ability in the best possible company and he survived the ordeal with distinction. Long before the end Manchester supporters comparing Dunlop’s work with that of ex-international Wood at the other end, were asking “Where has he been hiding.” Well they might. Eight years is a long time for such a fine player away recognition. A wonderful flying save from a Taylor header set the pattern for what was to come, and in the second half, when United launched a ten man assault he was continually in action. Hampered by lack of inches, he still managed to reach –and hold –a stream of high centres and at the end was applauded all the way off the field; I think we shall hear a lot more of Dunlop in the not so distant future. In front of him the Everton defence gave its best display of the season. With Jones, in international form, holding Taylor in subjection, most danger came from those two clever wingers Berry and Pegg but for once they met their match. Abandoning the widespread formation which has cost so many goals, both backs kept well in the middle of the field and their opponents come in to meet them. Neither winger was allowed to approach within shooting distance and when they centred, Jones, Farrell, and Birch were there to clear the danger Charlton and Whelan did their best but this tightly interlocked barrier of bodies was virtually impenetrable and when the ball did get through there was still Dunlop to beat. Only once after the first early shock were the visitors outwitted. Berry took a free kick inches outside the penalty area pushed it gently forward past Tansey and in a flash Whelan had nipped in and scored while Everton appealed for offside. But Whelan had been behind the ball when it was kicked the score stood and Everton’s favourite trap had been sprung. So much has already been written about Manchester United that there is little constructive to add. On Saturday they seemed to be suffering a reaction from Wednesday’s European Cup-tie and one got the impression that one or two players, notably Edwards and Colman, have been playing too much, too often. No side can play better than they are allowed and for this reason it is hard to blame forwards who were shadowed relentlessly throughout but the same does not apply to some of Manchester’s most famous defenders. Byrne never reached international standard and gave a goal away with a free kick that went straight to McNamara’s, Foukes rarely found an answer to Eglington and behind them Wood had the sort of game he will want to forget. No doubt Manchester United will be relieved that their record has gone and that they can return to normal once more. They are a splendid team and have graced our fields with some splendid football, but on Saturday it was Everton’s day and I am proud to have witnessed what was surely their finest hour.
What did the principal actors in this great drama think of it all?
Albert Dunlop (making his Football league debut) was greatly encouraged by the sheath of congratulatory telegrams he received before the game, including one from Liverpool Cricket Club colleague Eric Porffit, “as one short leg to another” Asked how he enjoyed the game Dunlop said “it was terrific, I was a bit nervous at first but I hadn’t time to be after we started.”
Jimmy Gauld (newly signed from Charlton) also enjoyed his first match with Everton –but he nearly didn’t play at all. He had a heavy cold all week. Manchester folk probably with he had gone to bed.
Dan Donovan (who scored Everton’s first goal) clearly remembered his experience as a towards the end of last season. Cracked Donovan afterwards “Sure it was a simple goal, I couldn’t miss from that range” (about thirty yards).
Matt Busby (manager Manchester United) was not at all downhearted. He said “We had to lose sooner or later, Everton played grand football and deserved to win. If anyone had to beat us I am glad I was them.
An injury note Ken Birch went off for fifteen minutes after a bad kick on the ankle, but played excellently on his return.
EVERTON RESERVES NARROWLY BEATEN
October 22, 1956. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Res 2, Manchester United Res 3
Manchester United won a fast game more convincingly than the score indicates. The visitors displayed better team work and by finding the open spaces had more time to execute many clever and varied moves. Although enjoying an equal share of the play, Everton’s indirectness and hasty passing eased the task of the visiting defence. Albert Harris made numerous good saves, including a penalty and Meagan and Lello also shone in the home defence while Haughey and Tomlinson were the best forwards Farrell and Harris (J) scored for Everton and Scanlon and Doherty (2) scored for United.
THIS WAS A MAGNIFICENT EVERTON TRIUMPH
October 22, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s staging victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford was one of the most sensational victories of the season, aye, for years as a matter of fact, I am an old campaigner so far as football is concerned and when one has had years in the game one is apt to become biase. But I admit I was thrilled to the bone by this magnificent Everton triumph. Not since the famous Everton-Sunderland Cup-tie at Goodison Park have I been so excited. For the full 90 minutes this game had the blood tingling. It was another case of David and Goliath and history was them repeated for David (Everton) slew the giant (the mighty Manchester United) and put an end to their 26 games without defeat. To say that the United followers were stunned is only to put it mildly. They had become so accustomed to seeing their team win that it was utmost a new experience to see them beaten and beaten in a manner which brooked of no excuse simply that they had been mastered by an Everton revival. This was no fluke result, but a victory obtained by sound and determined team work in which good football and fighting spirit won the day. Everton since the first match of the season have given their young players a chance, a chance they never had before, but it is obvious that some were not quite fitted for First Division football. However, it gave the selectors the opportunity of sifting the wheat from the chaff and last Friday they decided that a blend of youth and experience would probably solve their problem.
Lost Their Poise
When the United took the lead at the tenth minute I thought to myself here is the United pattern, even though they could only have been two goals down by that time –a Kirby miss and a Wood save from the Everton centre forward. It was then I expected to see the all conquering Manchester rise in their might and overwhelm Everton but this newly framed Everton refused to have it that way. They tackled with speed and determination and the United lost some of their poise. They had not expected this from a team struggling for its existence. Every one of the 11 Everton players was on his toes. No United man was given any latitude he had to fight for every ball he got. But Everton were not just a defensive collection; they produced quality football to shake the international United defence, which was not nearly so content not so settled as that of Everton. Wood never inspired me. He was jumpy and jittery and this was shown up when Donovan took a pass from McNamara took the ball to within 25 yards from goal and then made his shot I wonder was it a intended centre? Whatever it was Wood made a hash of it. He tried to punch the ball away, only half hit it and it slithered into the net. Donovan could not believe such a thing could happen. He jumped for joy, and I am sure that goal was the turning point, for it put Everton back in the game and they made Manchester United, look anything but champions. They out footballed Manchester, checked them at every move and by half-time were two goals in the lead and full value for it.
One does not expect an England full back to make errors but Rodger Byrne was school-boyish when he took a free kick and out it straight to McNamara. Two steps forward and then a goal-laden centre right to the head of Kirby and Wood was a well and truly beaten goalkeeper. Everton had got their teeth into this game by this time and with only a minute or so to the interval Gauld repaid a hefty chunk of his transfer fee by making a great run and pass to Eglington who had the ball into the net before Wood realized what was happening. As you can imagine the interval was spent discussing this amazing happening. Not a single person begrudged Everton the lead –but even the United folk although it must have been a bitter pill to swallow. Someone said the United will fight to the death to retrieve their position in the second half but would not Everton also fight for the last ditch to hold what they had? Of course they would, and did although it meant some stern defensive work when Manchester were hammering away, but the Blues defenders never put a foot wrong. They stood four square to this striving United, who did not relish seeing their long run coming to an end particularly to Everton so lowly placed, it was tough going for the Everton defence but not for one moment did it become unbalanced or shaky and when United did get their second goal I am not so sure that Whelan was onside. The Everton backs moved up as Berry took his free kick but were they in time? When the ball came to Whelan there were three Manchester forwards in an offside position. The whole thing rested on were they offside when the ball was last played? The referee – well placed –signaled “not”
Took The Stain
The United saw the possibility of a draw at the least and they attacked time after time but the Everton goal was not to fall again. Having taken the strain Everton came back as an attacking force and another McNamara centre saw Kirby head his side’s fourth goal. That was the end we all thought, but Everton were not done with by any means, and McNamara who had a hand in three goals took one himself when he lobbed the ball over Wood’s head a second before the final whistle. Everton left the field in a blaze of glory. There were pats on the back for each and everyone but if special praise has got to be allocated it must go to Albert Dunlop making his senior debut. He can surely never play better than that, if he can there is an international cap in store for him. Some of his saves bordered on the miraculous. His first from Charlton was the greatest of many. It came early and it must have inspired him. It was without a doubt a story book debut. Gauld will do for me. His sharpness, his long striding runs and his propping were a constant worry to Manchester, but this was a team success –one for all and all for one. Farrell and Eglington were a distinct improvement and if I had to gave special praise to another it would be Tommy Jones. Taylor never got a single shot at goal throughout, he had a header of two, but nothing else. This team should be left alone for a time. It was the best side Everton has fielded this season and what is more it included three players who have been in the lurentiles for years. Chatting with Matt Busby the United manager, after the match he said “Everton were well worth their win. They played very well, particularly in their covering.” I had a wore with Gauld. He was naturally delighted. “I thought it was fast but these Everton lads amazed me,” Dunlop with a happy smile on his face told me he found the speed of the game tremendous. Gauld had not done a day’s training for a week because of a heavy cold. Captain peter Farrell as usual said “It was team work that did it.” I should say team work and physical fitness. Now for the Arsenal a reproduction of Saturday’s form and they will go the way of the United.
EVERTON SET FOR STEP UP TABLE AFTER POOR START
October 23, 1956. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel
Occupying fifth place from the foot of the First Division with their record showing ten points from a possible twenty-eight, it is hardly surprising to meet many soccer enthusiasts confidently tipping Everton as likely candidates for relegation this season. While admitting that the Goodison side’s rate of point-gathering to date can hardly be regarded as satisfactory to their followers, I see no real evidence to support the pessimists views, in fact after the team’s great 5-2 victory over the previously unbeaten League leaders Manchester United (at Old Trafford too) I expect to see a general improvement in Everton’s fortunes in the near future. Their programme of five matches –three at home and two away –starting next Saturday until the end of November, certainly appears a stiff one, but displays similar to that given against Manchester United should result in the Goodison Park side capturing the major portion of the points that will be at stake and give them an appreciable lift in the League table.
Starting on Saturday with a visit from the one and only Arsenal; Everton then take on West Bromwich (a) Portsmouth (h), Newcastle United (a), and Sheffield Wednesday h) and I am expecting Everton to win the home engagements and possibly return from Newcastle with one point at least. Arsenal come to Goodison boasting seven victories and a draw from the fourteen games they have played. Three of their victories have been on opponents grounds, the sides being defeated before their own followers by the Highbury combination being Portsmouth (3-2) Sheffield Wednesday (4-2) and Charlton Athletic (3-1). In spite of these Arsenal away successes I am quite hopeful that Peter Farrell and his team colleagues can add yet another victory to their home record as a result of the London side’s visit Everton’s team for the game will probably be unchanged from the one victorious over the League leaders.
IT MUST BE THE SAME TEAM AGAINST ARSENAL
October 23, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
Those who missed last Saturday’s epic at Old Trafford will never forgive themselves. I suppose they had every right to think it would be a wasted journey, for Everton could have little chance against what was reputed the best footballing side in the country, a side which had great hopes of breaking Burnley’s or was it Liverpool’s –record of 30 games without defeat. No doubt it had to come some day, even Matt Busby realized that, for he told me so after the match but surely it could not be Everton, who would put the scratch under the United wheel. The “Blues” in their two previous games looked more like a relegation side, for their football –if you could call it football –was so poor that one could hardly link it with the name Everton. It is well known that Everton had previous to their home defeat by Chelsea, taken five out of a possible six points but it was not by good football, but fight and endeavour the main essential soccer skill, being absent I wonder if a too drastic measure after their defeat by Leeds United in the first game of the season was made. The introduction of some of the youngsters was long overdue, I know but such sweeping changes looked like panic stations. It was not panic by any means, it was the new policy of giving youth its chance. For months aye years I had heard about the promising youngsters playing among the juniors and my answer had been to that “Well why not bring them out and test their ability in a higher grade of football.” That is undoubtedly the test of a young footballer.
He could look a world beater “don below” but only a turn in the senior side would tell us if he had possibilities of making the grade. Well, they have all had their turn and while it has been proved that some are not yet ready for First Division football, others have been proved worthy of their promotion. It is hard to believe that Albert Dunlop the chief architect in Everton’s amazing performance at Manchester had been a professional on Everton’s books since August 1949. I had repeatedly heard about his startling goalkeeping displays but never had the opportunity of seeing him in action. Now that I have I am even more bewildered that he had not had a run with the first team. Of course there were Jimmy O’Neill and Harry Leyland before him but now that he has got in he will be difficult to shift if Saturday’s display was normal and I am given to understand it is. It was a bit of an ordeal for an untried player so far as senior football was concerned to put him in against the mighty Manchester United. What a blooding but Dunlop not only justified his inclusion but has done more –guaranteed a place for himself against another might team on Saturday. The Arsenal may not be the team they were but they are still a facer for any young goalkeeper. I sincerely hope he can put up a repeat performances for the Everton followers. Liverpool told me about Dunlop display against them in the Central League side the previous week, when no defect the Anfielders almost on his own. He has many other fine games to his credit but I think that one at Anfield was the one that put him in the side to meet Manchester. He is not a big ‘un nor was Harry Hibbs and Elisha Scott. The way he went out among those United forwards and took possession was good enough for me. His catches –well that was expected for Dunlop is a local cricketer.
Both Kirby (1952) and Birch (1951) are almost long service men with Everton but until the back end of last season their names were hardly heard. Both are local products and both are rapidly improving. They are not yet the finished article by a long chalk, but they have earned their places. Having read all this you may think that I am giving all the credit to these youngsters for that Old Trafford triumph. That is not my intention. When the team was given to me on Friday morning last, I say to myself “I like this team; there is a blend of age and youth” It has always been my contention that you cannot play an entirely new team of lads without a leader. Matt Busby’s policy has been to “blood” a lad at the first possible moment. Move him up when needs demanded. Farrell’s return was timed to a nicety. He was forever encouraging prompting and calling for that little extra endeavour which was freely given. Eglington still as fast as even as another who helped make this a great day I understand that Gauld cost Everton £10,000. His value may be twice that amount in a few weeks time, for he can be made much fitter than he was on Saturday. He told me he had not had a football boot on for a week and was full of a cold as I saw for myself. If he can play like that under such a handicap, what can he play like when he is fully tuned up? Some people are skeptical at Everton’s fetish for fitness, but Mr. Buchan’s boys showed its value by 90 minutes of intensive football during which they outpaced and outstayed the Busby Babes whose average age is said to be 23. If I had to make the team selection for Saturday it could be done in a matter of seconds. It would need no second thought and for the first time for weeks Mr. Buchan although he did not see the match, can safely say “Same team as last week.” The Everton team is to have a day’s relaxation tomorrow for they are to play golf at Hillside. Jimmy Gauld is returning from London today and will go right into training.
LET’S HAVE A REPEAT PERFORMANCE AGAINST ARSENAL
October 26, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
All eyes will be on Goodison Park tomorrow to see if Everton can maintain the form which caused the biggest upset in football this season –the defeat of the champions Manchester United, at Old Trafford last week. It was so startling that it was almost unbelievable and many are asking if it was just a flash in the pan –one of those things which happen in football from time to time. Arsenal may not be a Manchester United, but in recent times they have been showing glimpses of their old form and their sound win over Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday was an accomplishment for it ended their rivals sequence of six winning games in a row. Everton, however, should have all the confidence in the world after last week’s success. There is nothing like a poor run –although Everton had taken five out of a possible six points –to undermine any side. They get the feeling that nothing will ever go right for them, and as you know the more you press the more error creep into your game. Most of Everton’s success in recent games has been due to their fighting spirit, but there had been a lack of football skill to go along with it. At Old Trafford they played just as good football as the United perhaps a little better in fact, and that allied to amazing stamina and fitness proved just too much for the League leaders.
You cannot get anywhere on just enthusiasm and endeavour. You must have the great essential –football craft and Everton had it in full measure last Saturday. Was it any wonder that the Manchester people kept asking why had Everton kept these young players in storage? I could not give them an answer. They were amazed to hear that Albert Dunlop has been a professional on Everton’s books for seven years. The policy of giving the “lads” a chance has been well worthwhile for it enabled the powers that be the opportunity of seeing how these youngsters would fare in the higher grade of football. One or two have fallen by the wayside but at least three have emerged as good prospects –Dunlop, Kirby, and Birch. I am not one to fly off the handle over one display, but I had been hearing about Dunlop’s displays in the Central League side for months. I frankly admit I doubted the wisdom of playing him against such a formidable team as United for his initial outing with the seniors, but he amply justified his sponsor’s confidence in him. The youngsters certainly did themselves proud, but don’t let us forget the “old brigadier” It was the blending of youth with experience which made all the difference. The older members brought just that touch of class into the game which means success.
However, last week’s game is now history and Everton have to look to the future. Some of the tame hearted who said they would not go to Goodison Park again after seeing the miserable display against Chelsea will be back in their places tomorrow and I hope they have the joy of seeing a repeat performance. The same team is on duty –it could not have been otherwise –and as nothing succeeds like success I expect another solid display for the “Blues.” Arsenal will not be easily beaten, for they have a habit of putting up a special show for Merseyside. We have seen some rare battles down here with the “Gunners” who are not the snap and grab team they used to be some years ago, when they exploited their defence in depth to the full. In their last two visits to Goodison Park they have given Everton close games. The last one was drawn 1-1, but Everton won the previous one 1-0 so you see they have not been high scoring games. Arsenal have hit a goal scoring vein in recent weeks – thirteen goals in their last three games with five credited against them. You will see by that what sort of a task Everton have on hand tomorrow. All I ask of Everton is a repeat performance of last week, I have little fear of a defeat if they can produce it. Jimmy Gauld has fully recovered from his cold and should be fitter than he was at Manchester, where he impressed me considerably. Everton; Dunlop; Donovan, Tansey; Birch, Jones, Farrell; McNamara, Gauld, Kirby, Fielding, Eglington.
NEW EVERTON SHOULD BEAT NEW ARSENAL
October 27, 1956. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Leslie Edwards
At Goodison Park the Arsenal team which last week beat Tottenham Hotspur take on the Everton who won at Old Trafford. What more could one ask? Except, perhaps the certainly that Everton will confirm their form of a week ago and confound critics who may feel that one staggering result does not amply that Everton cam produce others of the kind. My view is that Everton have got nearer to the right blend of old and young than since the day manager Cliff Britton left. I think they will win I trust goalkeeper Dunlop in this his first home appearance in a First Division match will play to his customary form, and that Jimmy Gauld, newly signed from Charlton, will make his home debut a winning one. Whatever happens the Everton attendance is likely to be the day’s largest. Re-awakened interest and enthusiasm in the club has been noticeable during the week. And Arsenal –a new Arsenal to many –will help to ensure that any wavering fans will decide that this at least is a match not to be missed. I know of a few Rugby men who have been won over to the other code for this occasion. Besides Everton’s two new comers there will be on show Arsenal’s splendid young centre forward prospect David Herd, so of the old Manchester City forward. A last minute choice a week ago he scored twice and is preferred to Vic Groves though that much discussed player has reported fit.
Two From Wales
Other Arsenal men who will compel the attendance of Welsh fans are goalkeeper Kelsey –I have never see him play badly –and Tapscott a forward who was particularly fiery in that never-to-be-for-gotten international at Wrexham Racecourse last season. Arsenal denuded now of the vast experience and knowledge of Tom Whittaker are a potentially great side in process of reconstruction. It will be Interesting to see how Young Kirby fares against the experienced Dodgin and how far Fielding and Eglington, a wing to be fared by any defence, go forward, I think Everton will win. Everton; Dunlop; Donovan, Tansey; Birch, Jones, Farrell; McNamara, Gauld, Kirby, Fielding, Eglington. Arsenal; Kelsey; Charlton, Evans; Wills, Dodgin, Holton; Clapton, Tapscott, Herd, Bloomfield, Haverty.
NOW ARSENAL GO “TRUE BLUE” WAY
October 27, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
Half-Backs Join Brilliant Kirby On Goal Trail
Everton 4, Arsenal nil
By David Prole
Everton; Dunlop, goal; Donovan and Tansey, backs; Birch, Jones and Farrell (captain), half-backs; McNamara, Gauld, Kirby, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Arsenal; Kelsey, goal; Charlton, and Evans, backs; Willis, Dodgin, and Holton, half-backs;Clapton, Tapscott, Herd, Bloomfield, and Haverty, forwards. Referee A. Ellis. Everton director Mr. T.C Nuttall paid tribute to the late Mr. Whittaker the Arsenal manager, over the loudspeaker before the kick-off and up in the centre of the field as the great Goodison crowd stood in silence for a few fought. Everton’s new man, Gauld was in action picking up a smart back-heel pass from Fielding and forcing a corner which Kelsey pulled down. Referee Ellis played his part in Arsenal’s first raid by allowing a pass to run between his legs. The movement developed for a corner which in turn led to another. Gauld won cheers for his part in clearing the second. Farrell started an Everton move in which four Everton forwards before Willis stepped in when McNamara attempted a pass to Kirby in the penalty area, he put the ball too close to goal and Kelsey came out to clear it.
There were more back-heel passes in the first few minutes of this game than normally seen in many complete matches. Tapscott, Clapton and Evans all tried this move in quick succession; and the generally quality of the football was of the highest possible order, in spite of a strong sun shining down on Kelsey in the Gwladys Street goal. The first real shot of the game was a strong one from Eglington’s left foot which sailed comfortably wide, after Gauld had played a leading part in getting the Irishman his chance. Arsenal’s reply was a header from Harvety their ting left winger, was yards off the mark and Charlton’s free kick although he did well to make contact at all considering his lack of inches. Jones and company were wisely giving Dunlop the feel of the ball by means of back passes and the goalkeeper handled on half a dozen occasions within as many minutes. Against an attack which was inclined to finesse too much his task so far had been simple. The best visiting move so far found Herd offside when in a reasonable scaring position and the centre forward looked aggrieved at the award, for there could have been very little in it. Some of Fielding’s passes had been perfect and the latest of the series set Eglington off on a run which produced a fast centre. Three players –two home and one away –all failed to make contact by the narrowest of margins. A glorious Everton move saw six players take part with Kelsey saving McNamara’s header, but the goalkeeper’s short clearance went astray and when Birch put the ball back into the middle Kirby survived Dodgins tackle, and promptly put his shot right out of Kelsey’s reach for the opening goal at 26 minutes. The home side were now exerting considerable pressure, with Arsenal showing some typical unyielding defence.
No Flash In Pan
Although Everton were using short passes to good effect, it was their employment of long transfer from one wing to the other that was causing most trouble to an Arsenal defence which although overworked showed no inclination to panic. Everton were obviously put to show that their Manchester form was no flash in the pan and in the first half hour at least they had certainly succeeded in this object. Dunlop had a spectator for some time and even when Herd put Haverty through with a pass inside the full back the goalkeeper was not troubled. Haverty’s shot sailing safely over the bar. At last Dunlop was brought into serious action. He brought down a centre in fine style and in the next minute brought off a good save when a Bloomfield effort was deflected into the air off Donovan. Dunlop knocked the ball up turned round quickly and fell on it right on the line. Every Everton man was playing his part well in a display which was a vast improvement on the last home game. Even the most staunch Arsenal supporter could not quibble at the home side’s lead. Right on half-time the lead almost disappeared when Bloomfield was narrowly off the mark with a well-timed header from Clayton’s corner.
Half-time; Everton 1, Arsenal nil.
A run by Gauld in the opening minutes of the second half looked full of danger from his very first strides. He burst past two opponents on the left and attempted to squeeze the ball between Kelsey and the near post only to find it running off the goalkeeper’s leg. This corner led to a second and when McNamara headed in strongly Wills handled to prevent the ball entering the net. Kelsey having been beaten by the winger’s effort. Jones took the penalty and gave the goalkeeper no possible chance after 49 minutes. This second success had the crowd in high spirits and Kirby with a powerful header, forced Kelsey into action again as the Blues came back into the attack. The young centre forward had very splendid game and from McNamara’s cross he again connected solidly with his forehead but this time direction was at fault.
Last Ditch Tackle
Arsenal’s attack, which had never been particularly brilliant was now almost nonexistent, although Jones had to make one last ditch tackle to prevent Herd breaking through. It must have been most dispiriting for the visiting defence to have so much extra thrown on them by the fallings of those in front. Holton a formen centre forward came up to show his colleagues the way and his fierce free kick might have been a handiful for Dunlop had it not hit the Everton defensive wall early in its flight. Arsenal forwards could make absolutely nothing of the stalwart Jones and his equally determined colleagues. The match had gone rather tame at this point but Farrell as still urging and inspiring and from a raid which started with the captain Gauld lost a possible chance through hesitancy, while a McNamara shot cannoned off Evans who had played as well as anyone in the visiting team. Holton came in for some unnecessary booing after he had brought down Gauld, but the free kick brought its reward in the shape of a third goal in 68 minutes through skipper Farrell. Finding his way blocked he slipped a short pass to Kirby, who promptly returned the ball and this time the avenue was open for a low drive by Farrell from just inside the penalty area which give Kelsey no chance.
Arsenal’s forward uncertainty had now spread and the defence was nothing like as confident and composed as in the first half. The longer the game went the less impressive the Arsenal forwards became and as Everton’s goals had taken much of the urgency out of the home side’s efforts, the standard of the game had dropped considerably. Kirby was again in the picture with a headed, effort which rebounded from kelsey’s chest to be caught by the goalkeeper at the second attempt. A right wing run and centre by Kirby produced yet another header, this time from Eglington, which Kelsey patted down near the post. Kelsey again revealed safe handling when bringing the ball down from Eglington at a time when Dunlop stood in solitary state in Everton’s half of the field.
Great Run by Gauld
Gauld made a great run from his own half, in the dying moment, but took the ball a yard or so too far forward and Kelsey came racing out to dispossess him. It was a fine effort by the new inside men; and the crowd would have liked nothing better than for him to have rounded it off with a goal. In the very last seconds Eglington paved the way for Gauld to skip the ball into the path of Fielding whose first time drive was goal No.4 from the moment it left his foot. Final; Everton 4, Arsenal nil. Official attendance 52.478.
DUNLOP, GOALKEEPER, INSPIRED REST OF EVERTON DEFENCE
October 27, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
By Peter Farrell
Everton’s great victory over the champions, Manchester United, is now history, but for those of us privileged to take part in this epic Blues win, Saturday, October 20, 1956 will forever remain fresh in our memories as the day we experienced one of the greatest thrills in our soccer career. What an extraordinary game football is. Only the previous week, following the Blues dismal showing against Chelsea when the lads form touched rock bottom there was gloomy cloud hanging over Goodison Park, and very few if anyone gave the Blues a chance of even returning with a point from Old Trafford, never mind a 5-2 victory. In previous games this season, our points tally was attributed in honest endeavour allied to physical fitness, and the critic frequently condemned the side for lack of method or fooball ideas. Perhaps the reason that makes our win over the Busby Babes all the more welcome is the fact that in this game the lads displayed everything the fans have been looking for since the start of the season, namely team work, tremendous fighting spirit and most important of all precision attacking football. We in the Everton side fully realize that we have a long way to go yet in our efforts to climb the league table before satisfying our supporters, but I think that the true value of our victory over Manchester United will eventually be seen in the months to come as I should imagine and I hope this win have given the lads confidence in themselves that they have the ability to beat the best sides in the country. What a tonic our showing at Old Trafford must have been to the loyal band of Evertonians who made the trip to Manchester and shouted themselves hoarse in their vocal efforts and appreciation of the lads’ display. And believe me I was delighted these people were rewarded for their loyalty by seeing such a great show from their favourities. Much has already been written about the Blues display but I don’t think I can let the occasion pass without my own personal tribute to the display of Albert Dunlop and I know the rest of the side who all played such a valiant part in the win will not mind if I single out Albert for special mention. When shortly after the interval Whelan had narrowed our lead to 3-2 and United were attacking with grim determination in an effort to maintain their proud record, Dunlop certainly showed his skill as a goalkeeper and inspired the rest of the defence to greater efforts by his safe handling and uncanny anticipation. Jimmy Gauld was naturally delighted with his effort, and speaking to me on our return from Manchester on Saturday night, told me how impressed he was with the fighting spirit of the Blues and also by the way everyone helped and encouraged him on the field at Old Trafford. It must also pay tribute to the champions that great Manchester United side who had gone so long without a defeat on Saturday when they found themselves trailing a couple of goals behind, they threw everything they knew into the fight, but still endeavoured to play that brand of football for which they have become famous, and never at any stage of the game did Matt Busby’s lads get annoyed on resort to unfair tactics and at the final whistle there were handshakes all round, which showed Manchester United as the real champions and sportsmen they are. Again following our bath before we left Old Trafford captain Roger Bryne and a few of his team mates came in to our dressing room to congratulate me on the display of the lads. A simple gesture perhaps but one which further emphasizes what a great team of sportsman and footballers are Manchester United, a factor which makes it always a pleasure either in defeat or victory to play against them.
SHEFF WED RES V EVERTON RES
October 27, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
Sheffield Wednesday Res; Hinchliffe, goal; Martin and Bingley, backs; Whittan, Swan, and Hill, half-backs; Wilkinson, McAnerany, Shiner, Ireland, and Cargill, forwards. Everton Res;- O’Neill, goal; Anders, and Leeder, backs; Meagan, Wood and Lello, half-backs; Tomlinson, Harris, Glazzard, Haughey, and Mayers, forwards. Referee; Mr. R. Hanson (Halifax). A goal by Shiner –dropped for the first time from Wednesday’s league team –put the home side ahead after 12 minutes. Everton although trying hard, owed much to O’Neill who in one inspired spell saved splendidly from Cargil and Wilkinson. Glazzard was given few chances by Swan but the fist occasion he broke away he shot over the bar. Although Woods and Sanders continued to give O’Neill wonderful support Everton were fortunate when a clever back heel by Shiner went the wrong side of the post. Half-time; Sheff Wed Res 1, Everton Res nil.
A wonderful one-handed save by O’Neill kept out a fast rising shot from Shiner and the goalkeeper followed with a number of first class saves. Everton kept cool and their short passing game was always appreciated by the crowd.
BARRACKED LAST APRIL NOW HE GETS AN OVATION
October 29, 1956. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 4, Arsenal 0 Attendance 52,000
In seven previous home games this season Everton had totaled seven goals with never more than two at a time, now they piled four on an Arsenal team which had beaten only a week before, the mighty Tottenham Hotspur. Not only did Everton get four, they deserved them –and a few more. The brave goalkeeping of Welsh international Kelsey whose-positioning is always so good kept the margin to reasonable proportions in a match which confirmed Everton as likely to rise fast now they have hit on the right blend. There was an ovation at the end for young George Kirby who had played brilliantly, cleanly; there was warm-recognition, too, of the man-in-a-hurry, Jimmy Gauld who went neat to marking his home debut with one of the most spectacular solo goals ever seen here. Gauld picked up the ball in the centre of the field, just inside his own half, dummied his way to a clear path and then went like a fire-engine straight for goal. How a man who must weigh well over 12 stones generated and maintained such speed over such distance is Gauld’s secret. It certainly caused many Everton (and Arsenal) eyebrows to lift inquiringly. Then, when within sight of the target he stumbled, pushed the ball those fatal few yards too far ahead and Kelsey, head down and full of determination, dived on the ball to end a tremendous gallop. That McNamara got better service, that Everton benefitted from Gauld’s dash and directness is beyond doubt. Everton players say that Gauld in possession is as fast over the ground as most players are without the ball.
Many Of The Arts
In the clam clear atmosphere of a sunny October afternoon Everton and Arsenal produced many of the football arts in a game that had scarcely a shot of header for the first fifteen minutes. arsenal lost because they missed during this spell, opportunities such as old Arsenal forwards would never throw away; they lost, too because Everton’s long crossfield passes to both wings- McNamara and Eglington both played beautifully –were so accurate and so well timed the defence was caught badly out of position. McNamara has never trapped the ball so well so consistently. Both he and Eglington did their job compactly, confidently and with a minimum of fuss. That one could not say of an Arsenal attack which was only a shadow of the great times which have represented the club. But the man who gave most pleasure was, I suspect young Kirby. Here is an Everton player-originally trained in lithography –who looks like developing into one of the best centre-forwards the club have ever had and perhaps comparable with Dean. Tall, strong still not mature physically, he is a man with intelligence and one determined to play for the good of his life. I have seen him three times, I am more than ever convinced of his football potential. Yet less than a year ago some Everton fans were barracking him mercilessly. Kirby had hand or foot in most of Everton’s four goals, getting one himself from a close-in cross shot and showing such promise one cannot appreciate (with him) that it is all part of a dream and that he hopes it can continue.
Due A Benefit
How odd that Kirby should have been an Everton player so long without recognition; like Rea, the half-back he has been there long enough to warrant a benefit next June; Dunlop in goal, too becomes benefit-worthy at about the same time! This was most people’s first view of the cricketer-footballer who kept goal for Everton. He is not tall but he is satisfyingly study. His greatest difficulty here was to keep out a high reverse pass from one of his own defenders who was hard pressed by Herd. The ball had passed over Dunlop’s head when he flung himself back on it and pinned it down literally on the goal line. One waited in vain for more testing moments for the new Everton goalkeeper, but Arsenal masters of football frustration kept making three short passes where one long one would have sufficed and so fell victim to a defence which might otherwise have been beaten. From all Arsenal fritting and fussing and frittering one absolves Bloomfield. Here was the one Arsenal forward who did his job superlatively. He deserved the goal which escaped him right on the interval when he sailed in and punched with his forehead, a corner kick from Clapton. Everton could not do other than watch the ball whizz past the post and go, relieved to their interval drink and rub down and leading by Kirby’s goal.
Arsenal In Trouble
When McNamara rose high and nodded the ball downwards from Eglington’s early second half corner Arsenal were in trouble. Wills knew it. He stretched out his right hand to make the save Kelsey was powerless to bring off. The trusty Jones who had put the Arsenal center forward into the common Herd category came up to the spot to give his side a two-nil lead. There followed some hard knocks for Gauld, mostly from the hugh Holton and a fiery touch-line scene between Herd and Donovan. Referee Ellis settled this clash before Kirby with a splendid header had Kelsey body-lining the ball out before dropping on it to complete the save. Everton’s last two goals were models. The crowd went wild about them. Farrell and Kirby indulged themselves in a cute you-to-me routine for the third point. It was almost as though they rolled the ball the few inches required with the tips of their studs. When Farrell had walked into position to receive Kirby’s pass of a few feet he hit a lovely shot for the most satisfying of goals. Kirby and Gauld between them played lead to Fielding’s well-planted shot which brought the fourth and final blow to Arsenal. Nothing remained then except to acclaim an Everton performance which was wholly satisfying. Their promise now is bright. Victories against Manchester United and Arsenal have transformed them, bringing increased confidence. The bringing back of some of the older hands has steadied and balanced the side.
Weeks ago it was stated here that Everton’s fitness was no myth. The speed of Fielding and Farrell on Saturday and their fined down look is evidence that they are well and truly trained. Gault, it seems may benefit from Everton’s intense training schedules. I gather he has already found a great difference between Charlton and Everton training methods. With Tapscott and particularly Haverty so impracticable the Everton defence had an easier job than would have been the case if Arsenal had been up to standard. The beaten team played much clever football and some pretty –pretty inconsequential stuff and must be mystified that they did not score even once. Donovan forced Haverty into many mistakes, Tansey, solid dependable and Jones confident in his ability to quieten Herd put other clamps on and Farrell, happy about his return to the senior side and well qualified to know the sort of passes Eglington and Fielding required had a grand match. But Everton’s big cross-field passes –many of them by Fielding –and Gauld’s penetration in a line which has often been criticized for making progress too laterally were decisive factors. Young Birch learning fast, and leaping well to headers played his part too, in a triumph which must have far-reaching effect. Surely McNamara cannot remain on offer after this? I never recall an Arsenal so convincingly beaten on Merseyside.
SHEFFIELD WED RES 1, EVERTON RES 0
October 29, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
Everton surrendered both points at Hillsborough but only after a tremendous struggle and against a Wednesday side which included eight men with first team experience. The only goal –scored by Shiner in 8 minutes –marked the beginning of an uphill fight by Everton which looked near to success as the final whistle blew. Glazzard watched by Bury, Hull, and Chesterfield showed many neat touches but was overshadowed by the powerfully built Swan. Haughey was the best forward, Lello and Woods excellent halves and Leeder and Sanders were dependable backs. O’Neill however was Everton’s hero.
PHASE TWO OF EVERTON’S FINE RECOVERY
October 29, 1956. The Liverpool Echo
By David Prole
Nine points out of twelve is Everton’s record since the closing days of September, and although the first five of those valuable paper products were gained more by spirit and enthusiasm than by skill the two latest victories have shown the Blues possessed of any amount of footballing ideas, so much so that a rapid rise in the table will be ensured if this brand of go-ahead soccer is maintained. They have only risen two places in the past ten days, but already one rabid enthusiast has pointed out to me that they are only 11 points behind the leaders. To expect a challenge for honours is going too far, if the club finish half-way up the table after their disastrous start they will have done well. By continuing in the vein of their victory over Arsenal on Saturday that safe placing should he assured. It was hard to reconcile this form with that in the previous home game, although seven players did duty in both engagements. It may seen harsh on the others to single out individuals for special mention for this was essentially a team triumph, but new man Gauld must come in for commendation. If Gauld continues like this, his signing must be counted among the best bargains of post-war soccer. Although he has not yet opened his scoring account for his new club he has seen nine goals netted by colleagues in his last two matches –seven previous they games had brought only five successes –and with any luck he may well have had a couple for himself. His home debut would have been perfectly crowned had he not gone on a trifle top far after running through from his own half in the dying moments. Kelsey came out to deprive him of a memorable goal, but Gauld showed that he has quickly fitted in with the Everton scheme in the very last minute when Eglington’s square past left him with a possible chance. With Fielding it a better position, however, Gauld unselfishly slipped the ball aside –and that was goal number four.
Added to his general liveliness and pace –which may be even greater when he has had more training –Gauld showed a football brain in several excursions to the left wing and some short passes, placed to the inch. Few people can have expected so fine a start to his Goodison career. Another to earn high praise up front was Kirby a young man who heads the ball with force and accuracy on the lines of Hickson. He took his goal perfectly with a low cross –shot after holding off a tackle and his inter-changing of positions and ability to trap and work the ball without loss of time made him a great handful for the visiting defence. Fielding played his part with some far-flung passes and others shorter and even straighter although some of his vim departed after a couple of knocks in the second half. Eglington’s recall to Manchester had been a source of pleasure to his many supporters here he emphasized his claims to continued inclusion with another fine display. Greater variety would have added considerably to the effectiveness of McNamara who spoilt some good efforts by employing the same tactics and thereby playing into the hands of the Arsenal rearguard. There could be no complaints about the service given him for Birch revealed improved construction as well as his customary biting tackle. Jones again was superb making countless interceptions and Donovan lent him good support with some typically unyielding jousts for possession.
No Test For Dunlop
Dunlop will never have an easier game. He made one first half save from a deflected Bloomfield shot which would have beaten a man with slower reactions but for the rest of the time his work consisted of pick up back passes and hauling down an occasional centre. Without attempting to detract from the all-round merit of a fine Everton performance. It must be stated that Arsenal were most disappointing. It was obvious from the start that their undue finesse would not pay against a determined defence but there was no man in the front line capable of dictating the flow of the attack and move after move broke down through a misplaced final pass or an Everton intervention when a shot even a long range one, had been called for many seconds –which seemed ages-previously. Arsenal’s defenders started in its form of old, with short passes being used to build up attacks from the penalty area and even from the goal area on a couple of occasions. Everton’s superiority never became rampant until the last quarter of an hour, when the tide of overwork and lack of assistance from the inside forwards meant that Holton and company were simply over-whelmed and glad to seek relief by putting the ball anywhere.
October 31 1956. The Liverpool Echo
Bobby Moore who has been playing regularly in goal for Everton’s “B” and “C” teams this season has been signed on part-time professional forms by the Goodison Park club. Moore, who is now 17, is a former England schoolboy international and a native of Ashington. He has been with Everton as an amateur for the last 18 months. Part of that time he was on the ground staff, but more latterly has been fixed up with a firm of accountants in the city. He is a goalkeeper of considerable promise of whom we shall probably be hearing frequently in another year or two.
Everton will be unchanged for the third successive occasion when they visit West Bromwich Albion on Saturday the team being. Dunlop; Donovan, Tansey; Birch, Jones, Farrell; McNamara, Gauld, Kirby, Fielding, Eglington.
Everton Reserves;- (home to Newcastle United 2.30)-O’Neill; Sanders, Leeder; Meagan, Woods, Lello; Tomlinson, Harris (J), Glazzard, Farrell, Mayers.