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April 3 rd 1926. The Daily Courier.
Everton, in the Everton way made their 18 th draw, against Bur. They are the accepted champion drawest. It was, nevertheless a fine game, and a holiday crowd of 35,000 thoroughly enjoyed it. Bury fought hard for their equalising goal in the second half, and having got it were satisfied, and ceased to worry for more. It was a tale of two bonny goals –Bury's was the climax to a series of moves almost too fast to follow. Supporters were pleased to see Dean scoring after the first 20 minutes, veilance of late as to create his false impression that he has lost form. If Dean is so shadowed he may not get many more goals this season. That great, cool artist Bradshaw, of the Buchan touch, paid him particularly attention. Troup and Chedgzoy would whip in centres but as soon as Dean made for the ball two or three men descended on him. It is to his credit that when a real opportunity came he took advantage of it.

You could see this goal coming as soon as Troup slammed it from the left. Both the Bury backs closed in on Dean; in fact one got the ball, but it slipped through his legs and Dean, turning round smartly, fired out of the reach of Richardson. It was gratifying to see Richardson the regular goalkeeper, back again, and to know that the injury to his head which has kept him out of the side was not so serious as anticipated. A slow motion picture of Bury's goal would show: - Robbie slipping in a great centre to Bullcock, who headed in, Raitt saved with his head, and Gale also headed back to little Amos, who sent the ball goalward again. A goal was inevitable, and Raitt, guarding the empty goal, tried to head out, but in doing so helped the ball in. No blame attached to Raitt, but possibly Hardy should have got back to his goal again in time. Anyway Bury deserved the goal, but it did not induce them to put more pep into the game.

Batten, in the home forward line, truly curled out of his shell with a dashing, persevering display. With just a little more sting behind his shots he will prove a valuable acquisition. Troup is not the easiest of players to partner, for the tricky little winger is not always orthodox in his methods. Troup is a virtuoso sometimes better than others, but this was one of his good days, and his centres came flying across with mathematical precision alas! often wasted. On the other wing, Chedgzoy is always out for a ding-dong display; he was, as customary, an energetic raider, but it was a surprise to see him at times placing the ball at the side of the net. It was also disappointing to see Dean balloon the ball over from a fine centre from Chedgzoy early in the second half. Chedgzoy hurt his leg early on, and this evidently interfered with his game. Irvine gave another useful display, featuring smart footwork and several neat taps to Dean.

Throughout the ball was too much in the air, but with a light ball and hard ground it seemed inevitable. There was considerable over-kicking by the defences, and the conditions seemed to make placing by Brown, Reid, and Hart, the home halves, difficult at times. An object-lesson how the centre-half position should be filled was provided by Bradshaw, cool and collected, a regular hewer of wood and drawer of water to his forwards, popping up from nowhere in particular when ever required. His constructive work also was masterful, for every kick had a purpose. The home backs were a sound pair. Raitt gave us quite a parlour game for him, but once or twice the Amos and Ball wing went near disturbing his equanimity; McDonald, sound as ever had the perfect understanding with his partner. It has to be recorded that Referee Caesley gave a fine exposition with his whistle, and helped towards a really attractive game. Teams: - Everton: - Hardy goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, Reid, and Hart; half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, Batten, and Troup, forwards. Bury: - Richardson, goal, Heap, and Adamson, backs, Brooks, Bradshaw, and Ward, half-backs, Robbie, Gale, Bullock, Ball, and Amos, forwards. Referee Mr. Caseley.

April 3 rd 1926. The Daily Courier.
Seven thousand spectators witnessed a hard gratifying game at Gigg-lane, in which Everton were beaten only because of their inability to realise numerous chances which excellent open play carved out. Bury scored the only goal of the game five minutes from the interval through Vernon. Kendall kept a fine goal, Hamilton and Kerr defended stubbornly, while Bain was promising among, the half-backs. Weaver and Parry centred beautifully. All the forwards lacked finishing power . Everton: - Kendall, goal, Hamilton, and Kerr, backs, Peacock, Bain, and Rooney, half-backs, Parry, Rand, O'Donnell, Kennedy, and Weaver, forwards.

April 5 1926. The Daily Courier.
For half an hour, at Villa Park, Everton well held their own, but after that they gradually fell away and were truly beaten at the close. Indeed, they were periods in the second half when they played like a jaded and dispirited team. Yet they stated promisingly enough, and were leading at the end of seven minutes play. Prior to that Batten had netted a disallowed goal, Referee Small ruling that he was offside.

However, it is necessary to point out that one of the Villa's three goals was from a penalty, and that for a major part of the second half Irvine was a "passager" on the wing, having hurt his foot. Still, when all is said and done, the victors deserved their win as theirs was the more forceful football. There was a regrettable incident just before the interval. Irvine and Walker came to loggerheads and for a few moments the situation looked ugly. The incident was the more lamentable as, from what could be gathered after the match, it arose out of some trivial circumstance unworthy of a quarrel. Fortunately the referee handled the affair with excellent tact, and after speaking to both players the game proceeded. The two men, however, renewed their argument as they adjourned for the interval, but it ended at that.

In opening the scoring for the Blues' Dean showed opportunism. Hart had lobbed the call towards goal, and Dean, dashing between Bowen and Mort, twisted himself round and nodded a goal with the back of his head. From then till York equalised the visitors held their own, but after the penalty which gave their rivals the lead they were clearly the interior side. McDonald played a leading part in this score since he handled a centre sent in from the right by Stephenson. He protested against the referee's decision, but it was unavailing. Walker took the penalty kick , and although Hardy made a gallant leap at it, he was unsuccessful.

Two other incidents that stood out before the interval was a break through by Dean, who looked all over a scorer, but Jackson brought off a wonderful one-handled save. The incident was almost paralleled at the other end a little later. Stephenson had worked down the right, and after drawing the defence passed to York, when gave to Dorrell. It looked as good a thing for this player as it had for Dean. But Hardy, running up close to the goalpost, smothered the shot by dropping to his knees at precisely the right moment. There was never the life in the play of the Blues, after the interval that there had been before. Their game was frequently scrappy, but it must be forgotten that their attack was disorganised through Irvine's injury. Twice luck saved them when York and Walker appeared to have the visitors' goal at their mercy. There was one shot from York almost vicious in its force that just skimmed the cross-bar. The same player shot wide twice a little later from an easy position. Then there was still another occasion when Reid saved them by kicking out from an open goal.

The Villa got their third at the end of 65 minutes, following a scrimmage in front of goal, which ended with York forcing the ball into the net. Once Dean, from a pass by Batten, found himself splendidly placed, and would probably have scored, but he was pulled up for off-side. There was some booing in the last few minutes when Walker came in collision with Brown, and had to retire. It was poor sportsmanship on the part of those booed, because it was as obvious as anything could be that it was as pure accident. It was not a great game. Everton were a palpably tired side at the close, and the events of the match did not tend to stimulate them excessively. Both McDonald and Raitt have been more convincing. Reid worked gallantly at centre half, and Hart and Brown did much valuable work.

Forward, the Blues were ragged. There was not the thrust and business methods about their play after the interval that there was about the Villa's. Troup did well in the first half, but was less conspicuous in the second. Parry, who by the way took Chedgzoy's place, played promisingly. Dean, as usual worked hard, but he was up against a tough proposition in Dr. Milne; Batten's passes were judicious, but in the second half the whole line was well held by the Villa halves. Stephenson and Dorrell were a couple of able wingers for the visitors. York was a forceful leader, who received plenty of help from walker. Teams: - Aston Villa: - Jackson, goal, Bowen, and Mort backs, Johnstone, Dr. Milne, and Moss, half-backs, Stephenson, Kirton, York, Walker, and Dorrell, forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, Reid, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Parry, Irvine, Dean, Batten, and Troup, forwards. Referee Mr. E.E. Small (Bristol)

April 5, 1926. The Daily Post and Mercury
Everton have struck a bad spell their defeat by Wolverhampton being the eight successive match without a win. Everton had more of the game than the Wolves, but their failing was due to weak finishing by the forwards, numerous chances being missed from easy positions. Weaver was twice brought down in the area, but even from the spot kicks, taken by O'Donnell and Kennedy, the failed to notch a point. The first penalty O'Donnell shot straight at Canavan, who scrambled the ball clear while the second was fired outside by Kennedy. Kendall made a couple of thrilling saves from Legge and Kerr, but was beaten after 25 minutes, when Harrington sent in a fast shot which travlled away from the keeper into the corner of the net. The goal roused the ‘Blues' forwards, who for a time subjected the Wolves' goal to a fierce bombardment, put without success. After the interval Everton has several opportunities of drawing level, but these chances were again ruined by wretched shooting. Towards the end they improved, and gave the spectators hopes of a goal. Kennedy shot strongly, but Canavan brought off a brilliant save. A litter later the Wolvers keeper made a couple of great clearances in quick succession. The Wolves forwards were by no means idle, but found Hamilton and Kerr a pair of resolute backs, and Kendall at all times gave a safe and confident display, his clean catching being a feature of the game. Peacock at right half also impressed. Weaver was the only forward on the home side to shine, but he also missed chances. Canavan kept a good goal for Wolves. Williams and Legge also played well for the visitors.

April 6, 1926. The Daily Courier
There was a moderate attendance for this game at Goodison Park. The first half was fought at a great pace, and though Everton did most of the attacking, they failed to score. Best, the Blackpool goalkeeper made many fine saves. Kendall had by no means an idle time, and did well in keeping his charge intact when he saved a great drive from Neale. In the second half the Blues forwards were prominent with clever passing, but it fell to Rooney to open the score. Rooney gained possession, and after beating a couple of opponents, he fired in a great shot from 25 yards, which tavelled away from Best into the corner of the net. One minute later Bain scored a second, and five minutes from the end he added a third goal. Bain, O'Donnell, and Kendall were the outstanding players for Everton while for Blackpool Best, Martin, and Crooke did well.

April 7, 1926. The Daily Courier.
Like the majority of friendly games, the meeting of Darlington and Everton in a match for the benefit of Tom Greaves, the Quakers' right back, did not give a true indication of the respective strength of the clubs. Neither side was at full strength, and exchanges lacked the incisiveness, associated with League and Cup games. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant contest in which finesse and footwork were more in evidence than robust play. The Everton forward line, which was led by Batten, O'Donnell dropping back to the left back position, played attractive football in midfield, their passing being accurate and crisp. In front of goal, however, there was weakness. Parry and Rand in particular, were an effective wing, and they fully extended Joyce. Troup, on the other wing impressed the crowd with his centres, but Batten did not make the most of his opportunities, being too prone to take long range shots. The Everton half-backs kept a tight grip on the Darlington forwards in the first half, but later they were not so convincing, O'Donnell's ability as a defender was of course well-known on Skerneside, but he has undoubtedly developed since joining Everton and, with Raitt made a strong defence. Darlington were spasmodic, but when they settled down the combined well. Little, Hopper, Joyce, and Maughan being outstanding men. The Quakers' attack was not as strong as usual, but McKenzie and Little were a formidable wing, providing plenty of work for the Everton defence. Robinson was the pick of the half-backs, while Jones and Greaves were a strong pair of defenders. Everton had the better of the exchanges in the first half, and it was against the run of the game when Little netted shortly before the interval. Darlington improved, but for a long time play was tame. It looked as through the Quakers would win, but four minutes from time Rand beat Maughan for the equaliser.

April 8 1926. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Work has begun on the Everton F.C. stand at Bullens-road. The old stand is being demolished, and at present the sight of the reninants suggest there has been a fire at Bullen road. It is believed the new stand will be up by the beginning of next season, and that the ground will them hold something like 70,000 spectators.

Sunday Post - Sunday 11 April 1926
Only the magnificent display of Hardy the home goal saved Evert on from a crushing defeat in the friendly game against Hearts Goodison Park. The visitors were much the better side, and their forwards did pretty much as they liked with the Everton defence until they came to Hardy. Hardy was the hero of the match, but the spectators gave the visitors a hearty cheer at the finish. The combination and interweaving of the visitors' halfs and forwards was an object lesson. They fitted one with another beautiful fashion— the work of Miller, Edgar, and Slavin being especially conspicuous. There was no score until fifteen minutes from the end, when Batten put Everton in front. Five minutes later Edgar equalised after Smith had made a clever- run, and in the ooncluding stages the visitors would have been well front but for Hardy. White had little to do in the Heart's goal, but the Everton defence was hard pressed throughout. Result: —Everton, 1; Hearts, 1.

April 12, 1926. The Daily Courier.
The prominence Scottish players are taking the English football was realised at Goodison Park, when 16 out of the 22 players engaged were Scots. Truth to tell there was not a great deal of difference in the style of Everton and Hearts, and one of the latter's players remarked: “we found Everton's football much like own.” There was a suggestion of staleness to be expected at the end of the season, and Everton did not put their usual vim into it. The friendly game lacked the incentive of competitive football, and there should have been a better exhibition of the finer points of the game, which the occasion provided. The regular Hearts were not on view, for there were several team experiments, yet their forwards showed at times they were masters of ball manipulation.


For that matter, neither were Everton the usual side. Sam Chedgzoy and McDonald were both spectators on the stand. The acting captain, who tore the muscles of his high a fortnight ago, will be fit by Saturday. Parry at the last moment was substituted for Parker on the right wing, and Neil McBain, Everton's clever Scottish International centre half, was back again after his long absence. McBain it seems, is desirous of getting back to Scottish football, and as Everton did not wish to stand in his way he was placed on ‘he open-to-transfer list. England would lose a most attractive player if he did return across the Border. At the end of another season, talk of possible football moves was heard, though prospecting English clubs find that Scotland prefers to receive large fees than pay them.

McNeil, the Heart's regular centre, stood down in order to give Simpson, the St. Bernard's player, in the limelight of late, a show. One of Heart's officials told me that several clubs, including Newcastle, had been after the player, and as negotiations were begun that day something might be settled by the end of the week. Simpson proved a puzzling schemer, but not too good a finisher; he would have found a little more speed useful. Slaven, considering that he is really a centre-forward, did not do so badly at left half-back. Dean, our own centre, had not the opportunities that came to Simpson, for as soon as “Dixie” got a glimpse of the ball he had three or four of the Hearts on him. Hardy gave a smart exhibition during a busy afternoon, and Edgar offered him no chance with his equalising goal. Batten by a coincidence just previously had scored from a corner he had forced.

Progress is being made with the ground improvement. The directors, who have had under consideration for a long time how to increase the accommodation, have realised that they could only extend upwards. The stand on the Bullens-road side has practically been demolished, and is to be substituted by a double-decker to hold 11,000 spectators. The present official accommodation is 55,000.

April 12 1926. The Daily Courier.
Everton Reserves earned a point at burnden Park, Bolton, where they lost 5-2 last season. They were a goal down in five minutes, Roberts scoring, but they had more of the play after the first quarter of an hour. Weaver was a source of danger to the Bolton defence and Murray ought to have improved on his good work. However, one minute from the interval a Bolton defender made a mistake, which gave Millington a chance to turn Weaver centre in the net. Fifteen minutes after the restart Murray put the visitors ahead from Rand's pass, and then J. R. Smith got the best goal of the match cleverly engineered by Picken. Everton's defence was sound, Kendall, Bain, and Peacock being outstanding, and Weaver was the best forward. Bolton defence was shaky. Everton: - Kendall, Goal, Hamilton, and Kerr backs, Peacock, Bain, and Rooney, half-backs, Parry, Rand, Murray, Murphy, and Weaver, forwards.

Aberdeen Journal - Thursday 15 April 1926
Bobbie Parker, who acted coach and trainer the Fraserbuigh Football club during the season now concluding, has been appointed coach to the Bohemians, a Dublin amateur club, and he expects to leave Fraserburgh on Saturday week to take up his new post. Parker was at one time forward With the Glasgow Rangers, and he also did with several English clubs. A severe shell wound which he sustained at Gaza, in Palestine, during the Great War, ended his active football career.

April 15 1926. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Derby game between Everton Reserves and Liverpool Reserves, at Goodison Park yesterday ended in a draw of two goals each. There was an early disappointment for Reid, the Clydebank centre forward signed for Liverpool, was unable to take his place owing to the fact that his registration papers were not complete. Everton were the better team in the early part of the game, for there was greater accuracy in their passes, while the half back line backed up to better purpose than that of Liverpool. The early features were the passes of McBain. He put them through with such fine judgement that goals should have been placed to his side's credit. but there was no finish in the attack. Within five minutes Liverpool were awarded a penalty kick, when peacock was alleged to have handled. Most people though that peacock had breasted the ball, and there was some surprise when the referee granted a penalty. Pratt took the kick and drove the ball straight at Kendall, who brought off a smart save. In the second half O'Donnell netted for Everton, and McMullen equalised, but within a minute O'Donnell put Everton ahead with the best shot of the match. He took the ball on the half turn, and Riley had no chance. Only two minutes remained for play, when Rawling, after dribbling, shot into the net. It was a hard struggle and although Everton were the prettier side to watch Liverpool always promised danger when they got to within close range . Everton: -Kendall, goal, Hamilton, and Kerr, backs, Peacock, Bain, and Rooney half-backs, Parker, McBain, Murray, O'Donnell, and Kennedy. Forwards.

April 17 1926. The Daily Courier.
A draw will probably eventuate from Everton's visit to West ham though the Hammers are a tough proposition on their own ground. Chedgzoy, who played for the London team in the war period, will receive his usual warm welcome. The teams are: - Everton: - Hardy; Raitt, McDonald; Brown, Reid, and Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, Batten, and Weaver. West Ham U; Hebden, and Barrett; Cater, Kay, and Coliins; Yews, Earle, Campbell, Watson, and Moore. It is rather curious that the teams' usual outside-lefts Ruffell and Troup should be operating in that position on opposite sides in today's international.

April 17, 1926. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Bob Kelso was a born humorist, and, being thus gifted, he found it no trouble to said a habit of practical joking that must surely leave many memories even today. Once Everton had been playing an exhibition serious of matches in Scotland. Dundee being the final game of the series. In Dundee on the morning of the match the players had an hour or two to spare and the good natured Kelso at once offered to show them over a jute factory, where he stated he personally knew some of the responsible officials. The party set out on the quest for the factory, Roberts acting as guide, and in the course the chosen factory was located, and negotiations opened with the lodge-keeper to gain admittances. Among the Everton players forming the party was one young man who had never previously been in Scotland, and who found several of the national customs strange to him. The mysteries of cupboard bed places tenement flats, and mutational porridge cooling on the windowsills, he had already experienced, but a jute factory was something new. He was consequently a sympathetic listener when the archihumorist explained to him that as none of the directors formed one of the party it would be necessary to introduce him as a director in order to gain admittance. He had in consequence, the novel experience of being introduced to one of the principals of the firm by a name altogether new to him, with the added description of being a “committeeman” of the club, a prominent Liverpool tug owner and a superintendent of a local band of hope. The principal accordingly devoted his attention and explanations of the intricate processes of the machinery and boilers, while the remainder of the party deferentially brought up the rear of the procession. The players picked out for this singular attention began to fell considerable embarrassment as the tour proceeded, by reason of finding himself wholly at sea in following the details of gear engine power heat degrees, and other technical matters, with which his guild took if for granted he would be quite familiar. To cover his confusion, he took refuge in silence and a series of nods as the description proceeded which caused the guild some surprise. But at length after an hour's progress through the extensive factory, the players could keep silence no longer. “ I cannot understand, “ said he to his host, “why you require so much sugar in a factory of this sort. There seems sugar everywhere in the boilers. Do you use sugar to make jute.” “Jute” exclaimed the owner, we don't make Jute!” What do you make then?” said the perplexed innocent. This is a marmalade factory,” replied the disgusted guide, and we make marmalade and jam.” “Oh” replied the victim,” that accounts for the oranges I noticed as we came along. I though you had got those for the girls to eat” and he looked round to explain his “discovery” to Kelso, but that archconspirator, had strangely disappeared. Later in the day he explained to the indignant victim that “jute” was what they always called “jam” in Dundee. It was months afterwards before one dare mention oranges to that particular Evertonian.

Travelling through Perth Railway Station on one journey, the Everton players saloon was detached at the station platform to be added to a South bound mail train, and the delay afforded a short interval, in which some of the players left the Saloon for a stroll along the station platform. Some of the pressman accompanying the party remained in the carriage, and were later joined by the players who had been out among then Kelso, flourishing a hugh stick of confectionery locally known as “Perth Rock.” “Hello” asked one innocent youth of the press party, addressing Kelso; “where did you get that.”

“Och” relied Bob nonchalantly, “there's a man down the platform giving them away.” “Where” asked the guiless one startled into activity by this reckless enterprise –in Scotland. “He away up the platform” said Kelso, without a wink! “Are you sure he's giving them away?” persisted the credulous Saxon. “Aye” persisted Robert, “he's give us these all right” pointing to the rest of his companions each sporting a similar trophy. “Ah think it must be to advertise Perth.” That was sufficient for the victim. Something for nothing in Scotland was too great a novelty to miss, and so, although whistles were blowing to “resume” your seats,” he darted reckless from the carriage and down the full length of the train till he espied an attendant closing a carriage door, and hearing a tray with a few remnants of the free gifts.” He reached him breathless. “Please” said he in gasps and with an agony of appeal “give me one, I haven't had one” he added in some sort of palliation for his haste. “Och” are you're just in time said the giver of joy as he speedily rolled one of the coveted sticks in paper, and handed it over. “One shilling please.” The victim was sport enough to look as if he intended to have paid for it in any event, but it took him all his sprinting ability to get back to the Everton saloon in time, as the train had started to move. “Did you get one?” asked Kelso blandly as they landed him on his feet, after being dragged through the carriage windows. “Oh, aye,” said he with a catch in his voice, but he charged me a shilling.” I hear that to this day you cannot mention “Perth Rocks” with impunity to that sadder and wiser pressman. People at home were told that they gave “Perth Rocks” away up north. He knows better, though. Kelso was very fond of Oysters, and to a certain perambulating oyster merchant in the North-end of Liverpool Bob was a frequent and generous patron. At that time Bill Stewart the Everton half-back was installed in management of a prominent north-end hotel, and one afternoon some of the players, including Kelso, were playing off some rounds of a billiard handicap when the oyster man entered with his basket of stock, and the necessary plates and condiment. Spying Kelso he made for him first as one would a principal patron. “Have a few oysters Mister Kelso,” said he, with the soft brogue of the Munsterman, “they are fine and fresh today.” Bob surveyed the basketful with the critical glance of the connoisseur. Then suddenly, “How many have ye” he asked. “Eight or ten score,” replied the shipper. “We'll take the lot” replied Kelso. “Here boys” to then other players, “there's a score each for you, “ and for the next half-hour a truce was called to the billiard handicap, whilst the succulent bivalves were disposed of. “Very goo, very good; indeed” was Kelso's command as their tired oysterman wiped his hands and stocked the empty shells in his basket. “Now, how much does Bill Stewart owe you for all those?” “What” shouted the indignant Stewart, who had innocently participated in the feast, “what have I to do with it?” “Now Bill” explained Kelso, didn't you tell me to order them from Paddy for the boys as your New Year's grit” “Bill” was not to be spoofed, however, and Bob protested that the order was Stewarts and not his, declined any responsibility. Paddy, the oysterman, looked anxiously from one to the other for payment fee his vanquished stock while the other players who had joined in the feast looked foolishly on at the disputants. At one time when the argument appeared to be getting heated, the oysterman picked up his basket to depart “ Come back Paddy” cried Kelso” a Scotsman is a man of his word” and the money was paid over by Bob, with a broad wink -to the delighted salesman, and an added tip that restored good homour on both sides. Bob was a great bot at Everton.

April 19 1926. The Daily Courier.
The bright spot about the game between West Ham and Everton was Campbell's excellent goal. It came ten minutes from the end when a division of points seemed a certainty. Yews, doing his best bit of work of the afternoon ran down the touch-line on the right, and swerving in, lifted the ball right into the goalmouth. It seemed impossible, however, that any of the home forwards would reach it in time, but Campbell dashed up in fine style, and headed a beautiful goal.

Everton ought to have made sure of not losing the match in the first half when they had more chances, and when their shooting appeared more effective than their rivals. After the interval the Blues palpably fell away. It was rarely that the front line got going, and there is no question that the Hammers had the best of the game. It was something of a coincidence that both teams should be supplying the left-wings for the International sides at Manchester; Troup playing for Scotland and Ruffell for England. Everton filled the place with Weaver and the Hammers brought in Moore, who did well. Batten was tried as a partner to Chedgzoy, Kennedy taking his place at inside left. There was not a great deal between the sides in the first half. Both goals had narrow escapes, but the defence prevailed over the attack, and there was no score. Once or twice Dean was nearly through, and there was one occasion when Barrett was so bustled by Batten, that he nearly put through his own goal. Then there were two other occasions when Chedgzoy, with low, swift shots, almost had Hutton beaten. Still, it can scarely be said that Hufton had anything superlatively difficult to deal with; whereas Hardy brought off at least two first class saves, once before the interval and once after.

In the first instance, Campbell found himself with the ball with no one but Hardy to beat. It was an awkward moment for the Blues' keeper, but he made up his mind what to do instantly, and ran straight at Campbell. The movements seemd to nonplus the Hammers' leader, for in the most tame fashion possible he lifted the ball clean into Hardy's hands. It should be stated here that Campbell looked to be well offside when he received the ball, but there was no whistle. The next occasion hardy distinguished himself was when Earle shot point-blank from only a few yards out. Hardy swung his foot out like lighting and brought off a capital clearance. In the last few minutes the Blues should have equalised. The ball came right across the goalmouth to Weaver who was unmarked. He took his shot first time, but it was yards out. Had he but steadied himself there was a good chance of his equalising. Just before West Ham got their goal there was a little excitement. They had thrust down the centre, and Earle, with a hard cross-shot appeared to have scored. The ball seemed to go past Hardy into the net and out again, but what really happened was that the ball struck the upright and rebounded into play. Referee Price, of Wrexham, who was well up and in a position to see, ruled that the ball had not been over the line, and ignored the Hammers' claim for a goal. This incident however, gave the crowd something to shout about for the next few minutes. Neither set of forwards made the most of their opportunities, but in the second half the home attack was superior to their visitors. Dean seldom received the ball in a good position after the interval, and Hufton was rarely troubled by anything really formidable.

Kennedy and batten were more impressive in the first half than the second. Chedgzoy did well on the right wing, and occasionally showed a turn of speed that was something of a revelation. Weaver got in some good runs and centres, but like the rest of the line was out of it rather after the interval. The defence was better, but the halves have had better games. Brown was the pick of them. Raitt and McDonald at back were a little shaky at times, but on the whole they put up a good defensive display; Raitt once saving a certain goal by kicking out. Hardy lived up to his reputation he is rapidly making himself. The goal that beat him would have beaten any keeper in the country. The Hammers put plenty of pep into the game Earle and Campbell were the pick of their forwards, and Collins the star man and half-back. In Barrett and Hebden at back they were well served and though Hufton rarely has anything difficult he was equal to what come his way. The two points came a extremely opportune moment for the East London team. Teams: - West Ham United: - Hufton goal, Hebden, and Barrett, backs, Carter, Eastham, and Collins, half-backs, Yew, Earle, Campbell, Watson, and Moore, forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raiit and McDonald, backs, Brown, Reid and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Batten, Dean, Kennedy, and Weaver, forwards.

April 19 1926. The Daily Courier.
At Old Trafford, Scotland beat England by one goal to nil Troup, the extreme wingmen, played admirably to their leaders and the forwards generally fitted into each's others style of play.

April 19 1926. The Daily Courier.
Everton sustained another home defeat, Preston winning by the odd goal in three. The result was not in accordance with the run of the play, but the Blues' forwards finished poorly against a fine defence which allowed little latitude. Preston opened the score early in the game, Woodhouse converting a fine centre by Young. O'Donnell worked hard to get the home forward line running smoothly, but received little support. Everton were constantly on the offensive in the second half, but from one of the few Preston breakaways Bradford scored a second goal. Near the end Peacock scored for Everton from a penalty. Little fault could be found with the home defence, Kerr being a great back. Peacock was the best of the halves. Gibson was a fine Preston back and Prout a splendid custodian, while Jefferis the former Everton forward revealed a good deal of his former cleverness.

Western Morning News-Tuesday 20 April 1926
Everton paid Plymouth Argyle the compliment of bringing a full league team to Home Park last evening to play a game for P. Corcoran's benefit, and they had the satisfaction of defeating the Plymouth club by 4 goals 3. Corcoran, who joined Argyle in 1920, played regularly in the outside right position, but had to undergo an operation during the current season, and has not been fit enough in the first eleven.  Batten, recently transferred to Everton, played for the visitors, but Livingstone, who came from that club, was unable turn out for Argyle. Though naturally neither team were risking injuries, there was life and vigour in the game, and pretty football was played. Though the last remark applies more particularly to Everton. Leslie and Black, with Hardle behind them, gave as stylish a display as most of the Everton stars. The senior club, particularly the backs, and Troup, who played in the international match on Saturday, and Dean, gave a dexterorus exhibition of the ball control, though here again their skill was equalled by some the Argyle men.
HARDIE' in new role.
Hardie in particular came out in a new role. Argyle's spectators have been accustomed to regard him as a dour  and tireless worker, but last evening he displayed his whole box of intriguing and agile tricks, it was in shooting and finishing that Everton were slightly superior the first half, and Taylor had occasionally to make brilliant saves. The visitors' first half goals, both scored by Dean, were of the opportunist variety, though both were magnificent shots.  Argyle's goals, too, were good ones. Black scoring at high speed on both occasions. Pullen was one the most energetic players on the field, though Logan, too, tried hard, his endeavours undoubtedly giving the crowd six or seven thousand an interesting time. As an exhibition jugglery, Troup's performance outside left for the visitors was engaging, and it was from one of his clever centres that Kennedy scored a splendid goal, to put Everton ahead immediately after the interval. Dean added -to the lead from an off-side position, the referee, however, allowing the point. Argyle with the wind and sun with them were pressing for large part of the half, but it" wanted but three minutes time before Logan's efforts met with success. His goail, headed past Hardy, the international goalkeeper, brought forth the cheer the evening. A pretty and too serious exhibition of football both elevens ended Everton winning  4 goals to 3. Plymouth Argyle.—Taylor; Price, Miller; Connor, Pullen, 'Hardlie; Matthews, Wallace, Logan, Leslie, Black. Everton.—Hardv: Raitt, McDonald: Brown, Reid, Hart; Chedgzoy, Batten, Dean, Kennedy, Troup.

April 20, 1926 The Western Evening News
First Leaguers Extended By Plymothians
Everton paid Plymouth Argyle the compliment of bringing a full League team to Home Park last evening to play a game for P. Corcorma's benefit, and they had the satisfaction of defeating the Plymouth club by 4 goals to 3. Corcoran, who joined Arygle in 1920, played regularly in the outside right position, but had to undergo an operation during the current season and has not been fit enough to play in the first eleven. Barker, recently transferred to Everton played for the visitors, but Livingstone, who came from that club was unable to turn out for Argyle. Though naturally neither team were risking injuries, there was life and vigour in the game, and pretty football was played. Though the last remark applies more particularly to Everton, Leslie and Black, with Hardle behind them, gave as stylish a display as most of the Everton stars. The senior club, particularly the backs, and Troup, who played in the international match on Saturday, and Dean, gave a dexterous exhibition of ball control, though here again their skill was equaled by some of the Argyle men.

Hardle In A New Role
Hardle in particular came out in a new role. Argyle's spectators have been accustomed to regard him as a dour and tireless worker, but last evening he displayed his whole box of intriguing and agile tricks. It was in shooting and finishing that Everton were slightly superior during the first half, and Taylor had occasionally to make brilliant saves. The visitors first half goals, both scored by Dean, were of the opportunist variety, though both were magnificently shots. Argyle's goals too; were good ones, Black scoring at high speed on both occasions. Pullen was one of the most energetic players on the field, though Logan, too, tried hard, his endeavours undoubtedly giving the crowd of six or seven thousand an interesting time. As an exhibition of jugglery. Troup's performance at outside left for the visitors was engaging and it was from one of his clever centres that Kenendy scored a splendid goal, to put Everton ahead immediately after the interval. Dean added to the lead from an offside position, the referee, however, allowing the point. Argyle with the wind and rain with them were pressing for a large part of the second half but it wanted but three minutes to time before Logan's effort met with success. His goal headed past Hardy, the international goalkeeper, brought forth the cheer of the evening. A pretty and not too serious exhibition of football by both elevens end in Everton winning by 4 goals to 3. Plymouth; Taylor; Price, Miller; Connor, Pullen, Hardle; Matthews, Wallace, Logan, Leslie, Black. Everton; Hardy; Raitt, McDonald; Brown, Reid, Hart; Chedgzoy, Batten, Dean, Kennedy, Troup.

April 20, 1926. The Daily Courier.
Everton visit to Plymouth to provide a benefit match for Corcoran, the outside right, who had been with the club six years drew 5,000 spectators. Play was of an interesting character though Argyle had half their chief strength away. Everton had the advantage of a strong wind in the first half and the helped them with their shooting, but the home side nevertheless gave a smart display. Logan had a glorious opening the first minute from Black's centre, which he just missed turning to account, and Black sent good effort inches over. Everton were always dangerous near goal, and after Dean had a hot shot intercepted, Miller misjudged the ball and let the visitors through, Dean securing and giving Taylor, the reserve goalkeeper, no chance. This was six minutes from the start. Reid then had a long shot well saved after which Plymouth took up the running, Logan being twice nearly through; while Black shot finely, and Matthews headed wide. After 16 minutes play Balck got clean away and beat Hardy. Logan nearly increased the score a little later, Hardy saying, and then Taylor well from Brown. Dean was next in the picture, and beating the backs, he added a second goal, at close quarters. Kenendy tested Taylor, and Pullen gave Hardy a hot handful, after a clever individual effort. Twelve minutes from the interval Black equalised with another good effort, which struck the upright and bounced in the net, Taylor, saved hot shots from Brown and Kennedy. Four minutes after the resumption Kennedy placed Everton ahead from Troup's opening, and two minutes later Dean, receiving from Troup added another. Plymouth had several chances of scoring after this. Black hit the upright, and Logan the crossbar. Logan missed some good openings, but eventually scored with a header from Black, and a minute before the end headed just wide. Everton thus won a pleasantly fought game by four goals to three. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, Reid, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy Batten, Dean Kennedy, and Troup forwards.

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 21 April 1926
Whilst training Jack Cock, Plymouth Argyle's centre forward, received an injury from the swivel of a punch ball, necessitating the insertion of stitches. 

Western Morning News - Wednesday 21 April 1926
Jack Cock, Plymouth Argyle's centre forward, met with a slight accident whilst training yesterday.  He was exercising with the punch-ball when it came away from its top-board, the swivel striking Cock heavily on the head, and inflicting a scalp wound just above the right ear.  Blood flowed freely, and Dr. Gratton Guinness was called, but fortunately the wound was found to be superfical, and a stitch was inserted in order to facilitate healing.  it is improbable that bthe injury will keep Cock out of the team on Saturday, when Plymouth will play Charlton Athletic at Home Park. 

April 22, 1926. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Troup of Everton has been invited to play for the Anglo-Scot against the Scottish at St Jame's Park on Wednesday next.

April 24, 1926. Aberdeen Journal
Bobby Parker, the Fraserburgh coach, who is leaving for Dublin, received a silver cigarette case and a hand-bag for Mrs Parker, as parting gifts, from the Fraserburgh junior football association and Mrs. Parker in turn presented the association with a football, on which are inscribed the signatures of eleven Scottish international players. The Peterhead team presented Mr. Parker with a outfit.

Aberdeen Journal - Saturday 24 April 1926
Bobby Parker, the Fraserburgh coach, who is leaving for Dublin, received a silver cigarette case, and a hand-bag for Mrs Parker, as parting gifts, from the Fraserburgh Junior Football Association, and Mrs Parker in turn, presented the assoication with a football, on which are inscribed the signatures of eleven Scottish international players.  The Peterhead team presented Mr. Parker with a smoker's outfit. 

April 24, 1926. The Daily Courier.
With nothing particular at shake Everton and Newcastle United should provide a good match at goodison Park, as there is a distinct similarity of style in the two teams. A win for the Blues would give them a rise in life, and the pleasure of finishing up the season in the top half of the table. Gallacher a fresh from his international success turns out for Newcastle, and the teams will be: - Everton: - Hardy; Raitt, McDonald; Brown Reid, Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, Kennedy and Troup. Newcastle United: - Wilson; Clandler, Hudspeth; Harris, Spencer, Gibson; Urwin, Clarke, Gallacher, McDonald, and Seymour.

April 26, 1926. The Daily Courier.
A feature of the closing game at Goodison Park was the triumph of Dean. By pulling off the hat-trick he duplicated his recent performance at St.James's Park. Dean, apart from his goals, gave an exhibition of his best form, and playing right up the field, found he was getting more elbow room than for a long time past. Considering that the centre was forging ahead, he received a commendable amount of support from his colleagues, made the most of his chances, and came through with flying colours.

He proved himself a centre of skill and strength ready to give and take a charge. His positional play was splendid, but he had to thank his colleagues for opportunities. Sam Chedgzoy, who played a stylish game, knows all the moves. It was from his flag-kick in the first half that Dean slipped the ball well out of the reach of Wilson. His second goal was from a fine down the centre pass by Reid, also playing one of his best games. The young centre nodded the ball on, then raced up regained it, and released an unerring first time shot. Dean's third goal, however, was the pick of the basket for after Troup had given him the ball, he had to swerve away from Chandler and then shoot. What of Gallacher? Admittedly the Scottish international is a great player, but he was not at his best, and this day, at any rate, Dean outshone him. Gallacher, likewise, adopted the role of raiding centre, lying well up, but his luck was out in his two best efforts first half, notably when Hardy took the ball off his toe. In his characteristic way Gallacher often defty pushed the ball along the ground, but the most was not made of several great openings. There was in fact in the second portion much about Newcastle's play that was inconsequential, though it could not be said there was an end of season lassitude as might have been expected with both sides free from anxiety.

Newcastle were fairly and squarely beaten, and only have themselves to Blame. Their defence did not hold the nippy and speedy home forwards. Huspeth-allowed Chedgzoy and Batten too many freedom, and at the close the United back had the misfortune to miss a penalty kick , for instead of lifting the ball underneath the bar, as he had intended, he saw it soar skyward from the bar. The home defence toiled to more purpose; and the half-backs- Brown particularly seconding Reid –enabled the Everton forwards to beat Newcastle at their own game. McDonald was thoroughly useful and gave the sprightly Clarke and Urwin wing no quarter. As Indicated Reid was responsible largely for Gallacher'' later subdued mood, while Newcastle's McDonald did not reproduce his real form by any means, Kennedy and Batten did useful things in a progressive forward line, and the ex-Plymouth man was not backward in passing if a colleague had a better opening. Troup was responsible for several telling centres with a sure left foot, but had to face keenor opposition in Harris and Chandler than the other wing. Teams: - Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, Reid, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Batten, Dean Kennedy, and Troup, forwards. Newcastle United: - Wilson, goal, Chandler, and Hudspeth, backs, Harris, Spencer and Gibson half-backs, Urwin, Clark, Gallacher, McDonald, and Seymour, forwards. , Referee Mr. Scholey.

April 26 1926. The Daily Courier.
Everton were full value for their victory at Leeds, but their best efforts were reserved until the second half, when their combination puzzled the home backs time and again. A little more steadiness in the finishing movements of the visitors would certainly have resulted in a bigger score accruing to their credit. Kendall was clean in his saves, Hamilton and Kerr safe defenders, while Rand was the best forward on the field. The last named had an intelligent understanding with Millinghton. Leeds were poorly served at half. White proving unreliable. Fell worked hard, but was not adequately supported. After 20 minutes Everton took the lead, Rand sending a cross shot which Johnson failed to hold. The major portion of the second half saw Everton attacking. O'Donnell and Rand only just failing to score. Houghton scored cleverly in the closing stages. Mears scored for the home side from Fell's centre. Everton: - Kendall, goal, Hamilton and Kerr, backs, Peacock, Bain, and Rooney, half-backs, Millington, Houghton, Rand, O'Donnell, and Weaver forwards.

April 27 1926. The Daily Courier.
The foundations of the new stands on the Bullens-road side of the Everton football ground at Goodison Park, are now being put in. It is expected it will be ready by the end of August, and will accommodate 5,000 seated, with shelter for 11000 beneath.

April 29 1926. The Daily Post and Mercury
At Goodison Park. The selected eleven from Liverpool County Combination gave a great display against the full Central League. Weaver
scored first for Everton and in the second half Morrison (from a penalty kick) and Harrison scored for the Combination.

May 3 rd 1926. The Daily Courier.
Everton finished up the season with a fine two-to-nil win over the Cup-holders at Bolton. The score, however flattered them rather. The reason the Blues won was because they made the most of the chances that came their way, and Bolton did not. The home side could not complain at the lack of opportunities, especially in the first half. Rollo Jack, who led the attack was frequently erratic in front of goal, and shot wide of the target time after time. For the losers it must be said that they were without Nuttall, Seddon, David Jack, and JR. Smith. On top of that they had placed two hard midweek matches. Rain fell heavily before and during the match, and half-way through it turned extremely cold. There was a gate of not more than 10,000.

The first half undoubtedly went to Bolton but in spite of repeated attacks they could not penetrate the Sturdy defence put up by Raitt, McDonald, and Hardy. R. Jack's shots lacked direction, and it was Butler who came nearest to scoring before the interval. The best Jack did was top head in a beautiful centre from Vizard, which Hardy did well to field safely. But both Butler and Joe Smith should have beaten Hardy just before the whistle, when they were very well placed. Of Course, while all this was going on the Blues' vanguard was not idly looking on. Chedgzoy, Kennedy, and on one occasion Batten and Troup, were not far out with attempts. Pym brought off a splendid one handed save from Batten just before the interval. The home defence did not give the impression of being as reliable as Everton. With far fewer chances the visitors broke through it twice, and after the interval always looked more likely scorers than their opponents.

Both were good goals. Dean obtained the first. Troup and Kennedy were responsible for the pioneer work, which mad it possible for the Everton centre to score. He cleverly tricked Greenhalgh and Howarth and beat Pym with a low, fast drive. The Cupholders had chances after this of equalising, but their shooting was still weak, so that Hardy was able to deal successfully with all that came his way. A few minutes from the end Chedgzoy beat Pym with a beauty. The excellence of this goal, was acute because it was obtained from such an acute angle. The Blues' right winger had worked down the touch-line, and swerving in towards goal, drove the ball hard. The shot appeared to bamboozle Pym. He jumped impartially caught it, but fumbled, so that the ball went well over the line, and Referee Scholey had no hesitation in awarding a goal. This put the result beyond doubt, and there was little interest in the closing exchanges. The great fault of Bolton was their ineptitude in front of goal, had it not been for that Everton would assuredly not have got away with two points. Round at centre-half worked hard, and so did Thornborough, but the defence at times was none too certain. The Trotters were well served by their wings, Vizard and Butler, but none of the inside men stood out. Everton's defence was strong Hardy, Raitt, and McDonald being a capital fettle. The halves too, had a good day.

Chedgzoy and Dean were the outstanding forwards. Judging by Chedgzoy's game on Saturday, he has served years football in him yet. For the end of the season he showed a turn of speed that was astonishing. His shooting too, was well on the mark. Dean played his usual bustling game, using his head and feet with excellent judgement and the goal he got was a cool, well-merited one. Batten, Kennedy, and Troup worked hard and out in some valuable work. Teams: - Bolton Wanderers: - Pym, goal, Howarth, and Greenhalgh, backs, Cope, Round, and Thornborough, half-backs, Butler, Baggett, R. Jack, Joe Smith, and Vizard, forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, Reid, Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Batten, Dean, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards.

May 3 rd 1926. The Daily Courier.
A typical end of the season game was served up at Goodison Park. Everton were weak forward, only O'Donnell have any ideal of how to round off the attack. Bain worked hard at centre half, while Kerri. as usual was a rugged defender. The Blues were the first to score, O'Donnell after a fine run passing beautifully to Rand who had no difficulty in netting. Five minutes later Devine, easily the outstanding player of the game, presented Freeman with a chance of equalising, an opportunity which the Burnley centre promptly took. With only five minutes left to play O'Donnell scored Everton second goal.

May 3, 1926. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
After the Luton Town match on Saturday, the right winger Harold Moffatt was transfer to Everton. Who have been interested in him for some weeks. Moffatt 5feet 4inches in height and weights 9 stone 7lbs. He went to Luton from Guildford United last September and was formerly with the Arsenal and Workington . A fast tricky player he-has plenty of assurance and has scored several goals from the wing.

May 4 th 1926. The Daily Courier.
A goal scored by Irvine seven minutes from the interval decided the game at Anfield last night. Taking the play as a whole Everton were just about worthy of the spoils. The exchanges were fairly even, but the Blues were the better finishers, and Mehalfy had more difficult work to accomplish than Kendall. Two saves from Dean in the second half were masterly clearances. “Dixie” was well shadowed by Reid in the early part of the games, but was Everton's best forward, with Irvine a good scored. No half-back did better than Bain, who was strong in defence and ball control, and always parted to the best advantage. Raitt was the better of the Blues' backs, Kerr, at times kicking wildly. After Mehaffy, Mathieson, was the outstanding New Brighton exponent. Though slow, the burly “Raker” was tricky, and passed always to the best advantage. Little fault could be found with the halves, Gee and Morris allowing the Everton wingers little latitude. Worrall and Lowes were sound backs. Early in the game both Keepers were called on without being seriously troubled. O'Donnell had a great chance of giving Everton the lead, but shot outside. At the other end, Carney forced a corner, from which Mattieson headed inches over. Everton dashed away, and when the ball was passed into the centre Irvine fastened upon it and gave Mehaffy no chance of saving. After the interval feeling crept into the game for a while, but nothing drastic resulted. Then came a great shot from Dean and an equally brilliant clearance by Mehaffy. Everton were awarded a free kick for an offence on the penalty line. It appeared that the foul was committed inside the area, but the referee ruled otherwise. This led to another fine save by Mehaffy following which to Rakers pressed for a while, Kendall having to make saves from Corney and Whitter. The Everton defence resisted the pressure, and the game ended without further scoring.

Lancashire Evening Post - Wednesday 19 May 1926
Queen's Park Rangers have appointed T. Mayson, of Pontypriod, as their new trainer.  he formerly played for Burnley, Everton, Grimsby Town, and Aberdare. 

Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 21 May 1926
Preston North End to-day transferred Roland Woodhouse, one of their forwards, to Everton. Woodhouse, who is 27 years of age and a native of Leyland, is 5ft. 5in. in height and weighs 10st. 71b. He was discovered near the end of war-time football while playing with Lancaster Town. Though one of the smallest forwards playing he is one of the most active players in the game, but latterly he has been unable to gain a regular place in the North End League team, in which he has figured at some time or another in every forward position, though his most effective work has been done at inside right and inside left. He had a £650 benefit at the end of the 1924-25 season, and this figure represents the amount of the fee North End placed upon him when they put him on the transfer list along with several other players this month. Three years ago sought to secure him, and North End asked a fee of about £3,000, but the player refused to leave Preston.

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 22 May 1926
Sam Chedgzoy, Everton's international right winger, has gone to Canada, as he did last summer.  Everton have reported the matter to the Football Association.  

Lancashire Evening Post - Wednesday 02 June 1926
The death occurred in the Blackburn and East Lancashire Royal Infirmary early this morning W. D. Williams, the clever inside left of Blackpool Football Club. Death was due to meningitis. It was not until this morning that the Blackpool officials became aware that his illness had been of a serious nature. Williams, who was married, was one of the smartest forwards Blackpool had, and he was also most unfortunate. He began his playing career with Darwen, where he was employed in a paper mill, and from there he went to Everton, where in his last season he was the second highest scorer. Williams joined Blackpool F.C. on March 16th last year from Everton at fee of £1,150, and five days later made his first appearance at Bloomfield-road against Stockport County. He had only been on the field about 30 minutes when he broke arm and was unfit for the rest of the season. He appeared seven of the opening eight games of the season, five times as inside left and twice as centre forward, and then at Darlington, on the day Bedford was transferred to Derby County, a further mishap befel him. He was struck on the face with a fast-driven ball, and though he continued his injury became so much worse that he had to into Victoria Hospital, Blackpool, with septic poisoning, which endangered his life for some days. When Williams recovered he turned out at Stockport outside left on November 28th, and then regularly played until the match with Barnsley on February 13th, when he performed the hat trick.” Then he sustained a knee injury, and though he played twice afterwards he was never really fit. Last season Williams made 21 appearances in the first team and scored eight goals. With the reserve side he obtained 10 goals. The news his death will be received with very great regret both in Blackpool, where he was very much admired, and at Blackburn, of which town he was a native. The funeral will take place at the Blackburn Cemetery on Saturday afternoon. The Blackpool F.C. and other sporting organisations will be represented.

Dundee Courier - Thursday 03 June 1926
"The Courier and Advertiser" learns on excellent authority that Raith Rovers' new manager is George Wilson, the famous international player. Negotiations secure to Tom Muirbead, the Rangers player, for the post fallen through. Wilson was born Lochgelly, and commenced his career outsideleft with Hearts. He later went Everton, and from there to Ireland. where played for time with Belfast Distillery. Returning to England, he fixed up with Newcastle, and when there (1909-10) he won English Cup badge. From Newcastle he returned to Scotland, playing first with Raith Rovers and later with East Fife. He figured the Methil side that won the Qualifying Cup. Having previously earned Scottish Cup badge while with Hearts, Wilson thus had the distinction of being holder the English, Scottish, and Scottish Qualifying Cup badges. In addition to these honours, he also played for Scotland v. England 1905, 1907, and 1909; v. Wales 1904 and 1906; v. Ireland in 1905, and was honoured by the Scottish League. From East Fife Wilson went America, and became manager of Falls River Club, who won the American League championship two years in succession. He returned home about a year ago.

June 3, 1926. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
The death has taken place in hospital at Blackburn of WD Williams the former Everton forward, who was transfer to Blackpool in March last year. His death was due to meningitis. Everton secured Williams from Darwen, in his first match for Blackpool, who paid £1150 for his transfer, Williams broke an arm and was unfit for the rest of the season. This season he played twenty-one games for Blackpool first team.

June 11, 1926. The Liverpool Daily Post.
Parry, Everton outside-right has been transferred to Grimsby Town, who have returned to the second division. Parry is twenty-five years of age and has been four years with Everton. He has often deputised for Chedgzoy.

June 21, 1926. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
William dean the E verton centre-forward, who was injured in a motor smash near Holywell yesterday.

Dundee Courier - Thursday 24 June 1926
A Stylish Player Neil McBain, the Everton and Scottish international half-back, was yeserday signed by St Johnstone. The Muirton Park management 'have been " angling " after the ex-Ayr United player for some time and his inclusion in next season's team ought strengthen half-back ljne considerably. He came first into prominence with Ayr United and landed at Everton after a spell with Manchester United.  A stylish half-back, he was " capped " against England in 1922, against Ireland in 1923 and against Wales in 1924.

Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail - Monday 28 June 1926
Dixie Dean, the Everton footballer who was seriously injured in a motor car accident last week-end, is stated to be rapidly improving. 

Lancashire Evening Post - Wednesday 30 June 1926
Mr. William David Williams, of 78, Queen Victoria-street, Blackburn, professional Association footballer, formerly playing for Everton, prior to that for Darwen and latterly for Blackpool, who died on June 2nd, intestate, left estate of the gross value of £906, with net personalty £503.


April 1926