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April 1 st 1929. The Daily Courier.







Everton disappointed their supporters at Goodison park on Saturday, when they were defeated by the sprightly Sheffield United combination by three goals to one. The reverse was all the more bitter in view of the team's good showing at Sunderland the previous day. The Champions have no cause, however, to grumble with the result. The United played dashing, incisive football, a thing of which the Blues were generally incapable. The weather militated against a fast encounter, but this was exactly what the teams served up, the ball moving from end to end with lighting rapidity. Everton enjoyed more of the attacking than their opponents, but the forwards did not get away with such clear-cut openings as the Yorkshire attack. As a matter of fact, the abundance of Everton pressure in the second half contributed somewhat to their downfall. This is paradoxical, but infinitely true. When they were on the move, the defence followed up, so that as soon as the ball was cleared from the goalmouth away went the United with those rapier-like thrusts, which proved so disconcerting all through. They got their two second-half goals, in this way.


The first goal will long be remembered as one of the most controversial. It happened in this manner, midway in the opening half, Johnson was boring his way to goal when, Griffiths tackled from behind. He fell over, and the referee awarded the United a free kick inside the home penalty area. Matthews took his, side-passing the ball to the unmarked Phillipson, who scored. The majority of people thought that the decision must have been a penalty or nothing, but the referee acted quite correctly, for he considered Griffiths' tackle to be dangerous, an offence covered by “ungentlemanly conduct.” His only decision was a free-kick, from which no goal could be scored direct. The action of the home men in lining up in front of Matthews had one to believe that they, too, thought Matthews could score direct and it left Phillipson open. The only question about the goal was whether Mr. Bowie was justified in terming the tackle dangerous. This is a moot point. The United, however, deserved to be a goal ahead at the change over, but the Evertonians showed plenty of flight even if not a variety of method, and it was following several heavy attacks that the visitors broke away suddenly through Gillespite, and the veteran's square pass to Johnson gave that worthy a splendid chance to beat Davies. He did. A similar move led to the third goal –it was a breakaway direct from an Everton attack weakly let down by Dunn –but this time Tunstall gave the pass from which Johnson dribbled across Davies to tap the ball home.


Ten minutes later Troup gave the home supporters hope by converting a lob centre from the right, which Martin allowed to run by him. Half-backs played a great part in this game, and it was not the Blues who claimed the laurels in the department. Dunn was not a success at inside right, but even than he should not have been subjected to the unsportsmanlike barracking by sections of the crowd. The winners, by the way, completed the “double” against the Champions. Teams: - Everton: - Davies, goal, Common and O'Donnell (captain), backs Kelly, Griffiths, and Easton, half-backs, Critchley, Dunn, White, Martin, and Troup, forwards. Sheffield United: - Wharton, goal, Gibson (JR), and Chandler, backs, Sampy, Matthews, and Green, half-backs, Ginson (S), Phillipson, Johnson, Gillespie, and Tunstall, forwards.



April 1 st 1929. The Daily Courier.


Everton's visit to Wolverhampton on Saturday provided the Wolverhampton supporters with the best Central league game of the season. Dean, who had a try out for Everton preformed admirably and scored, but did not extend himself. The Wolverhampton were brilliant in every department and Barclay's two goals were obtained by magnificent forward play. Dean hit the Wolverhampton bar in the concluding half, but the leader played convincing football. Everton: - Sager, goal, Cresswell and Kennedy, backs, Rooney, Dixon and Lewis, half-backs, Meston, Attwood, Dean, Weldon, and Stein, forwards.

"Bring Dixie Back"

Derby Mail -Monday April 1 1929

A Liverpool message to the "Telegraph" says it is practically certain that Dixie Dean will appear for Everton against Derby County on the Baseball ground to-morrow. He played on Saturday for the reserves and the cry Everton was: ''Bring Dixie back."



Derby Daily Telegraph -Tuesday 2 April 1929

Fleets of buses were held readiness for the second holiday football match at Derby, the visitors being another Lancashire side, Everton. the Toffeemen's supporters made their presence felt Derby early this morning, for in true Lancashire holiday spirit they were out to make a day it.



Nottingham Evening Post-Tuesday 2, April 1929



In dull weather, before 12,000 spectators, Derby County entertained Everton at the Baseball Ground this afternoon. Crooks returned to the home side the exclusion of Robson, and Everton had two changes from Saturday, Hart resuming, and Easton reverting his original position, vice Dunn. Derby County.—Wilkes; Cooper, Collin; Mclntyre, Barker, Malloch, Crooks, Bedford, Ruddy, Stephenson, and Mee. Eve.rton.—Davies; Common, O'Donnell; Kellv, Griffith, Hart; Critchley, Easton, White, Martin, and Troup. Referee: C. E. Lines, Birmingham. Derby opened in dazzling fashion, and after Davies had saved from Crooks, BEDFORD gave the " Rams" the lead in two minutes with a brilliant shot into the corner of the net. Fine work by Mclntyre led up to the goal. Everton then had spell of attacking, without, however, troubling Wilkes. Derby had the better of the play, and Davies had to be smart get to the ball before Bedford, and moment later the inside-left was only inches wide. Wilkes tipped a great shot from Easton over the bar, and was again called upon Griffiths, but generally the visitors' attacks did not carry the same amount of danger of did those of Derby. Davis saved easily from Mee. whilst Bedford tried a volley which was only inches too high. HALF-TIME :—Derby County 1, Everton 0.



Hartlepool Mail -Tuesday 2 April 1929

Derby in fine weather before 16,000 spetactaors. Derby had Crooks, and Everton played Hart. In two minutes BEDFORD opened Derby's account. Davies later saved finely from Bedford. It was good quality football, though the Everton halves were slow. Martin made great effort tor Everton, Wilkes tipping the hall over. The visitors' shooting was generally moderate. Half-time: Derby County 1 goal Everton Nil. FINAL DERBY COUNTY ... 3 goals EVERTON Nil.


April 2 nd 1929. The Daily Courier.




Motherwell, who are potential runners-up of Division one of the Scottish League, gave a mixed Everton eleven an object lesson in the art of football at Goodison park yesterday, winning by 4 goals to 1 with the utmost comfort. Naturally, the Champions would not field their best eleven with a fixture at Derby to be fulfilled today, but there were men in the side who should have given the Scots a bigger run for their money than they had. At no period of the game, which developed in interest as time wore on, were the Blues any match for their opponents, and even such a star as Billy Dean was blotted out of the picture. Motherwell had not to exert themselves over much to gain the glory of victory, for their combination and scheming was all too good for the Goodison brigade, who played as a pack of individuals against a company who divined each other's intentions with the foresight of a prophet.


Two goals by Tennant and Ferrier served to place the Scots in a comfortable position at half-time –Ferrer's goal was a particularly fine shot –and McMenemy and Tennant improved on splendid openings to give their side a commanding lead before Stein gained Everton's “orphan” with a shot which rebounded past McClorty after having struck a defender. Motherwell struck strictly to the tenets of good football, for each man had the common sense to keep position, and so he was able to receive the many good passes which came his way. What surer road to success is there than for a man to keep position? Everton had little semblance of combination, and it was left to individuals to extend the Scottish defence. They did not do it very well.


O'Donnell, who figured at his old position of inside-left and the distinction of being the most enterprising of the home forwards and with a little more steadiness he would have scored in the first half. He was a man who would fight for possession as few of the others would, but he was too enthusiastic. Dean accomplished little, and Jones fought hard to make an impression on the rock which gave away nothing whatever. Stein was better on the wing than Meston, who was inclined to hold on to the ball too long. Griffiths was the only half to do any good, for Rooney wasted too many opportunities to set his forwards in motion, and Lewis allowed endeavour to get the upper hand of his better judgement. He was a trier though.


The defence was excellent, neither Cresswell Kennedy, nor Sager making the slightest mistake. One admired the manner in which Sager shaped, and one is led to the conclusion that in the youth the Champions have the making of a class goalkeeper. There was not a single weakness in the Motherwell side, but outstanding were McClory, a lank and clever custodian, Craig, McNeil, McMenemy, Stevenson, and Ferrier. Ferrier was the best man on the field, by the way. With a little extra exertion the Scots might have secured more goals, but they were content to play football for football's sake. What is more, they were accomplished enough to do it. Teams: - Everton: - Sager, goal, Cresswell (captain) and Kennedy, backs, Rooney, Griffiths and Lewis, half-backs, Meston, Jones, Dean, O'Donnell, and Stein, forwards. Motherwell: - McCloy, goal, Johnman, and Frame, backs, McFayden, Craig and McNeil, half-backs, Mudock, McMenemy, Tennant, Stevenson and Ferrier, forwards.


Derby Daily Mail-Wednesday 3 April 1929


All-Round Excellence wins Against Everton

WHY dot Everton play Dixie Dean?" One may well ask this question (writes "Baseball") after the " Toffeemen's" defeat the Rams yesterday. Dean travelled as twelfth man, and I noticed him in the directors seats when the game was in progress. He did not give any secrets away by facial impressions, but I have an idea that he was just yearning get among his colleagues. Then, after the game, I had impression of " Dixie's " wholeheartedness for he was in the dressing room acting the part assistant trainer, and he towelled the Everton men down with just much zest as he hits a ball past a goalkeeper. The "crack" centre, like his Everton colleague, was full of beans, despite the fact that the Toffeemen had gone down to the Rams.


The real object of my visit was to have a word with Thomas Percy Griffiths, Everton's Welsh International pivot. I remember Griffiths when he entered professional football in North Wales. One could hardly credit the fact that it was as an inside forward that Griffiths first took to the game. Yesterday was outstanding man on the field of play, but he bore a trophy away in the form of damaged eye, the result of a collision with Stephenson. It is curious coincidence that Griffiths damaged himself on his last visited here in somewhat similar fashion in a Central League game. The Toffeemen have always been I upon a side which takes kindly to a light ball, but it appears they wouitl prefer a heavier surface to that of the Baseball Ground yesterday. It was pointed out to me that the side is a young one, and that the champions are intent upon building a combination which will bring them honours next season.


I certainly agree that more than half the side on duty yesterday represented Everton against the Rams in the Central League game on September 12th of last year, but to my mind where Derby had the pull was in the punch which rounded on their attacks. Everton missed ' there's no doubt about it, and it seemed almost tragic to see him there as twelfth man. Still, there is little doubt that he will be included in the Toffeemen's team next Saturday, or the spectators already beginning , to think hard, will be wanting to know a thing or two Merseyside way. Everton played well wnough in midfield , but White was not a success in the middle. Ruddy, of Derby, was much more effective, and in Stephenson and Bedford he had colleagues who played just the right style of football for the occasion. Bedford further impressed with his ability as an inside right, while Stephenson shared the honours in the forward line with the former centre- Neither Crooks nor Mee made the best use of their chances at times, although they were useful members of the line, and Crooks seemed to be feeling the effects of the injury sustained against the Villa. The winger seemed to receive knock on the old injury in the later stages of the game, and this resulted his being carried off.


I spoke to two visiting officials yesterday, and they were loud in their praise of Barker, Rams' pivot. There's no doubt about the fact that the young centre –half has come on apace, and he now bids fair to rival any pivot in the game if he keeps up his present rate of progess. McTntyre, too, was in his happiest mood, and Malloch has rarely been seen to better advantage. " Why England don't play Cooper and Collins against Scotland I don't know,” was a remark I heard yesterday. It is certain that the mother country could rely upon this clever pair; both were real artists against Everton, and rendered Wilkes's task much easier than it might have been. WWhile Everton backs played pluckily there was no comparison between the respective pairs of defenders. Griffiths was head and shoulders in advance of his colleagues in more sense than one, while Troup and Easton were the best of a set of forwards whose methods lacked the essential ingredient of punch and penetrative powers. The Rams' goals were scored by Bedford, Ruddy, and Stepheson –all good points.



April 3 rd 1929. The Daily Courier.



Everton wound up their holiday programme with a none too convincing display at the Baseball Ground, Derby yesterday, when the County defeated them by three goals to nil. Thus the Blues' egg has been of one-point dimensions. At no time yesterday did their play compare with the fast, accurate collaboration of the Rams, who always though and acted far more quickly than their opponents. The Champions often appeared to be a bit leg-weary, and in addition they placed the ball in the air five times out of six, whereas the Rams had the common-sense and the ability to glide it along the ground with an ease that was refreshing.


In the middle division the County were admirably served, and they outshone the Everton trio. Griffiths, however, acted with real good heart and held up many dangerous well-directed sallies with his strong tackling. Common was the outstanding man on the Everton side. O'Donnell took too long to make up his mind, but by no means played poorly. Davies had no chance with the shots, which beat him, and like Wilkes, was guilty of no error. There was little to go into raptures about over the attack except that Martin and Easton occasionally schemed to good purpose and shot strongly when the opportunity presented itself. All five, however, wanted too much time and did not infuse that essential flavouring of “devil” into the business. Bedford scored the first goal after four minutes with a swift low shot. After an hour Stephenson dribbled through on his own to net as Davies advanced. Five minutes later Ruddy slipped down the centre from Bedford's pass, and though Davies got his hand to the shot he could not arrest its progress to the net. Teams: - Derby County: - Wilkes, goal, Cooper and Collin, backs, McIntyre, Barker, and Malloch, half-backs, Crooks, Bedford, Ruddy, Stephenson, and Mee, forwards. Everton: - Davies, goal, Common and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Griffiths, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Critchley, Easton, White, Martin, and Troup, forwards.



April 4 th 1929. The Daily Courier.


The return of Dean for the match at Gigg-Lane, Bury, on Saturday, will send the Everton stock soaring considerably. Billy has had a lot of relief from the attack of Rheumatism and he should soon reach his usual excellent form. The Everton directors make two changes in the attack of the team beaten at Derby. White his understudy of the stir centre-forward now finished in the period at any rate, is moved to inside left, Martin being dropped. Bury are bound to fight desperately to the full points, in view of their precarious position on the First Division table. They have had to make alterations in their attack, Bullock, recovered from injury, returns to partner Robbie. Arthur Gale is to be Cnetre-forward, and Bull again joins old partner Amos, on the left wing.



April 6 th 1929. The Daily Courier.


There will be a crisis at Bury, serious in degree –for the home side. They receive a visit from Everton, with Billy Dean once more as leader of the attack, and eager to show these critics that there can be only one England centre for years to come –this fellows initials are “W.R.D.” The England selectors meet on Monday, you know. Bury are so, badly off that their outlook is simply a nightmare, so the visit of Everton, strong once more, but with much of the pep gone the middle line, has brought on an epidemic of "“umps-in-the-throat"”-this disease may not be in the medical dictionary, but you know what I mean all the same. Kick off at Gigg lane will be at three O'clock, and the teams will be: - Everton: - Davies; Common, O'Donnell; Kelly, Griffiths, Hart; Critchley, Easton, Dean, White, Troup. Bury; Harrison; Heap, F. Smith; Porter, Finney, Pratt; Robbie, Bullock, Gale, Ball, Amos.


Yorkshire Post-Monday 8 April 1929

After their home match against Newcastle United Reserves on Saturday, Blvth Spartans transferred their right half-back, Tom Robson, to Everlon. Robson. who is a native of Morpeth, played for Northumberland against the North Riding in an inter-county amateur match three years ago. He is 21 years old and, built on strong lines, is a player of considerable promise.



Hartlepool Mail-Monday 8 April 1929

Blyth Spartans, after their horme match against Newcastle United Reserves on Saturday, transferred their right half-back. Tom Robson, to Evsrton. Robson, who is a native of Morpeth, is 21 years old. and built on strong lines. He is a player of considerable promise.



Dundee Evening Telegraph-Monday 8 April 1929

Tricks Sacrificed For Paying Game

Future of Ritchie-Dunn Wing

by A. Dundonian

Amongst the players given by Dundee to English football there are few who have been successful over such lengthy period as Troup, the Everton left-winger. Troup was first-class footballer when he left Dundee six seasons ago, and when I saw him Bury on Saturday for the first time since his Dundee days, I readily recognised that his skill is great ever. Indeed, an Everton director told me that Troup "is the most consistent player we have had for years." And I can well believe it. In the hard school of English football Troup has learned his lesson well. He is no longer the bag of tricks who used to dance along the Dundee left-wing—he is now a footballer pure and simple. So ruthlessly has he pruned his repertoire of tricks that he seems now almost mechanical in his movements. He traps the ball as beautifully as ever, dashes ahead like a deer, brings himself to a sudden full stop and then centres the ball to the very spot where virile Dean can make most use of it. That is movement number one. The second move is simply the quick pass to his inside forward and the run into position for the return pass. And the third (and, far I could see. the only other movement Troup employs) is the cut and left-foot drive for goal. The Game that Pays. To any who knew Troup in his Dundee days, and who, therefore, knows the wonderful footcraft of which he is capable but which is now never in evidence, the transformed Troup I saw at Bury would be something of a disappointment. But Troup knows what pays. It has meant a sacrifice, but he has made it willingly. If all Scottish footballers in England were as ready as Troup has been to conform to the needs of the English game there would fewer failures among the highly-priced men who come over the border. Troup is keen as ever. You remember how, when he with Dundee, he periodically had a shoulder bone displaced, and how, after a painful readjustment, he was back to the field in a few minutes, thirsting for more work. This spirit still animates him in spite 'of his advancing years. " Man, wasn't struggle T" were his first words on coming off the field Bury. Troup knows there no living on reputations in English football. To Stay on at Everton. I was told that Troup would be signed again for Everton at the close of the present season. When I asked about the future Ritchie and Dunn, the former Hibernian wingers, the information was not so definite. Ritchie and Dunn have been unable to keep their positions in the Everton team. They are not likely to transferred, if only because Everton might find it difficult to secure an adequate transfer fee, but the club might disposed to consider an exchange of players. Everton, however, are by no means certain that Ritchie and Dunn are unsuited to English football. There a belief amongst the directorate that Scottish players require season at Liverpool to become acclimatised, and there are hopes that Dunn and Ritchie may yet settle into the game which made them famdus in Scotland. Whatever English football may think of Ritchie and Dunn, is synifioant that only a few weeks ago Scottish selectors came south to see them play—unfortunately on day when neither was playing. And the selectors went far to ask if they would release Dunn, if required, for the Hampden game. Alec Troup.

BURY 1 EVERTON 2 (Game 3004)

April 8 th 1929. The Daily Courier.




The ability to maintain a state of nonchalance in the face of desperate and storming football won Everton a brace of points at Gigg-lane, Bury, on Saturday, when they defeated the Shakers by the old goal in three. Bury were in a desperate mood, for the capitulation of even an inch of ground was bound to send them nearer to the edge of the Second Division. Throughout they played like a team with a worried mind, and though they set up a sturdy opposition for each and every ball, they were flurried over-anxious, hasty, and uncertain for the most part. As a matter of fact, whenever they approached goal –and this was very often –a state of stampede prevailed, and they could not improve on good chances. It was certainly not indifferent play on the part of the Champions which allowed Bury to press as much as they did, but a team in the frame of mind that the Shakers were will batter a way through any side only to waste opportunities. The Blues can be congratulated on keeping cool and alert against this enthusiastic band, who were fighting for First Division “life” and it was this, which gained them the two points.


Great interest centred in the reappearance of Billy Dean after being absent for five consecutive matches, and his display should set everyone at rest in regard to him. He occasionally touched something like his form, of last season when he was irresistible, and he was always worrying the Bury defence and seeing to it that his line was kept well within the bounds of the reins. He scored the two goals, though he would be the first to agree that the honours of the first went to Troup, and altogether Dean gave an exhibition that was encouraging. Even now he is not really well, but the Shakers must be wondering what he is like when he is fit. The best man on the field was O'Donnell, and alter this glorious exposition of back play one wonders whether he will receive his first International honour today. Common supported him in a dour sturdy manner, conceding nothing at all, and behind this gallant pair was Davies, on whom they could place the utmost reliance. The halves contributed their favours to attack and defence in a refreshing manner, and touched a higher plane than they have for some matches past. Critchley was the outstanding forward and was never once robbed when in possession. With excellent support from Easton –who is playing brilliantly at the moment –he led Smith a terrible life, and his finishing was splendid. Troup was in a happy vein and Harrison –a very uncertain goalkeeper –was never joyous when he diminutive winger was “sending then across.”


White had the misfortune to receive a heavy knock early on, but played surprisingly well considering his bodily discomfort, and Easton gave a brainy tricky display. Dean obtained his first goal by “shouldering” home a centre from Troup right under the bar, and after Ball had improved on Robbie's centre, Dean followed up a “down-the-middle” pass to worry Harrison and Heap so much that they missed the ball and he rammed it home. Bury would not have scored at all had not the Everton defenders stopped when a Bury man appealed for hands. Teams:- Bury: - Harrison, goal, Heap and F. Smith, backs, Porter, Finney, and Pratt, half-backs, Bullock, Gale, Ball, and Amos, forwards. Everton: - Davies, goal, Common and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Griffiths and Hart (captain), half-backs, Critchley, Easton, Dean, White, and Troup, forwards.



April 8 th 1929. The Daily Courier.


After the home match with Newcastle United Reserves on Saturday, Blyth Spartans transferred their right half-back, Tom Robson, to Everton. Robson, who is a native of Morpeth, played for Nothumberland against North Riding in an inter-county amateur match three years ago. Robson is 21 years of age, is built on strong lines, and is a player of considerable promise,



April 8 th 1929. The Daily Courier


Bury's Championship aspirations were checked at Goodison park, after winning one of the best games of the season. Hesitancy by the Everton defence enabled Davison to open the visitor's account with a goal after five minutes, but an equaliser followed almost immediately, Attwood shooting through after Robbie had headed against the post. The goal by Ritchie which gave Everton the lead was a splendid one. Attwood completed the scoring. Everton: - Sager, goal, Cresswell and Kennedy, backs, Rooney, Forshaw, and Lewis, half-backs, Meston, Ritchie, Attwood, Weldon and Stein, forwards.



April 11 th 1929. The Daily Courier.





Everton, in admitting defeat to West ham United by four clear goals encountered one of those days when not a single player could produce his known form. On the other hand, West Ham had a day out and everything they did turned out well. If the score had been heavier Everton could not have grumbled, for their goal had several marvelous escapes. West Ham opened in confident manner and it came as no surprise when they recorded their first goal after nine minutes' play. Watson was the provider and Gibbins, the amateur centre, the scorer. Gibbins received from Norris and cut in to shoot hard and true, only for Davies to effect a brilliant save at the expense of a corner.


Watson took the corner cleverly, and Gibbins headed goalwards. There was nothing dangerous about the header, but to the consternation of the spectators Griffiths who was standing in the goalmouth, could do no better than return the ball to Gibbons, who promptly accepted his chance to give West Ham a deserved lead. The second gaol was also given away by a defender in an effort to clear his lines. Yews had broken through after eluding the Everton defenders, and shot goalwards, Kelly would have cleared nine times out of ten, but added to the discomfiture of the Everton camp, he simply turned the ball into his own goal, to make West Ham two goals up. This shocked the Blues, and with the defence shaky West ham were continually on the attack. It was therefore, not surprising to see them go further ahead at the 22 minutes, when Gibbins again netted. Yews made a good run down the wing, and after a half-hearted tackle by O'Donnell he centred to Gibbons, who made no mistake in heading the ball well out of Davies reach. Davies made a couple of brilliant saves before the interval, and only for his work and some over excitement by the West ham vanguard, Everton would have been further in arrears. The second half provided a similar state of affairs, although Everton did make more attacks on the visitors citadel. Gibbins registered his own third and his side's fourth goal 20 minutes after the restart but it was Earle who made the point possible. Earle and Watson took part in some pretty passing before Earle sent in a terrific drive which rebounded into play off the crossbar, leaving Gibbins, who was waiting on the spot little to do but pilot the ball into the net.


Play was lifeless after this, and there never seemed any likelihood of Everton reducing the arrears. Attwood, the ex-Walsall player, was unlucky in having to make his First Division debut in a match in which none of the home players could find his form. Troup was again, the pick of the line, while Critchley only came in patches, White and Easton had a lean afternoon. The halves were all off, and it must be many a long day since they gave such an inept display. O'Donnell, was too prone to wander, and his tendency to dribble in front of his own goal gave the spectators many shocks. Davies was not at fault with any of the successful shots, but he was not quite so clean and confident as usual. One was left wondering how such artistes as Dunn, Ritchie, Weldon, and Forshaw, could be left out of the side. West Ham's “V” formation worked out well, and all their forwards advances were made in a decisive manner. Teams: - Everton: - Davies, goal, Common and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Griffiths, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Critchley, Easton, Attwood, White, and Troup, forwards. West Ham United: - Hufton, goal, Barrett, and Earl, backs, Collins, Norris, and Cadwell, half-backs, Yews, Earle, V. Gibbins, Robson, and Watson, forwards.


Nottingham Evening Post-Wednesday 10 April 1929


The Goodison Park, in showery weather, before 10,000 spectators. West Ham were the more forceful, and GIBBINS gave them tho lead in nine minutes. Prior to this, however, Hufton twice saved. West Ham pressed strongly and KELLY, in trying to clear a shot from Yews, turned the ball into his own goal. This was after 16 minutes. GIBBINS added a third goal in 22 mimites from Yews' centre. Everton improved, _ White and Attwood missing good openings. Near the interval Davies saved from Hughes. HALF-TIME West Ham Utd. 3, Everton 0.



Yorkshire Post-Thursday 11 April 1929

Visiting Goodison Park, West Ham United gained ample revenge over the champions for home defeat last October, winning handsomely 4 clear goals. Everton had early shock when Gibbins put the United ahead after seven minutes, and few minutes later Kelly turned the ball into his own net. 'Six minutes after this Gibbins scored again. West Ham were clearly the better side, and a quarter hour from tho finish Gibbins put on a fourth.


April 13 th 1929. The Daily Courier.


The midweek debacle at Goodison Park caused much guashing of teeth and much gnashing of teeth and much trepidation in regard to the future. Everton are playing far below their real form, but there is scarcely cause for panic. Any rate “fans” will be more at ease today, even though the match is with clever Aston Villa, following the wise recall of Warneford Cresswell, Ritchie, and Weldoin. We should see something of the Everton we admire today, not altogether by the return to the fold of the three men mentioned, but also because Aston Villa are the kind of fellows who pull out the best in their opponents. You see, then a pretty match, with the possibility of revenge of Everton for the defeat at Villa Park, in the first game. The match starts at 3-15 and the team will be: - Everton' Davies; Cresswell, O'Donnell; Kelly, Griffiths, Hart; Critchley, Ritchie, White, Weldon, Troup; Aston Villa; Olney; Bowen, Brittleton; (or Mort); Kingdom; Talbot, Tate; York, Beresford, Waring, Walker, Chester.



April 15 th 1929. The Daily Courier.





Everton suffered their third successive home defeat at Goodison Park on Saturday, when Aston Villa registered their first post-war victory there by a goal to nil. The fall of the Blues was not so disappointing as the score suggests, however, for they enjoyed by far the bulk of the attacking, and must be considered unlucky not to have obtained at least one point. When two such artistic teams as Everton and the Villa meet one expects to see super-football, but hopes in this respect did not materialise, for there was little combined work by either side, though the game pleased from the point of thrills. The all-important point was obtained after 22 minutes, and proved what an opportunist “Pongo” Waring is. Walker slipped the ball far out to Chester, whose centre outwitted Cresswell and fell in front of the post. Warting sprang forward and flicked the ball as it dropped. Davies having no time to more before it had struck the roof of the net.


Everton had a glorious chance of equalising five minutes later when Brittleton knocked the ball down as White was making tracks for goal in promising style, and the referee awarded the Blues a penalty on the appeal of a linesman. O'Donnell was anxious not to “blind” at the ball, so he carefully placed towards the top left hand corner of the goal. The effort would have beaten none goalkeepers out of ten, but Olney saved. He flung himself sideways and upwards to his left and effected a miraculous double-handed save. If ever a man deserved the cheers which greeted his clearance and the handshakes of his confreres it was Olney. As a matter of fact it was he, more than anyone else, who won the points, for he gave a faultless exhibition, bringing off a number of saves when it seemed that the goal must fall. Everton did most of the pressing, and at times they set their work with such goodwill that only Davies was left in the home half of the field. Yet it was the Villa who had more clear0cut openings, these being won by individual sallies carried out at high speed. Walker and Chester missed particularly easy openings, but the greatest “sin” of all was at the other end of the field when the ball came from the Villa crossbar right to the feet of Weldon, who was standing unopposed not four yards from goal. He shot right away, but landed the ball many feet over the bar. It was questionable whether he could miss scoring again in the same circumstances if he tried.


There was often a gap of almost 20 yards between the Everton forwards and halves when an attack was being launched, and so whenever the ball came out there was no one at hand to push it forward again. Rooney often tried to break through on his own, and these attempts were delightfully refreshing. The understanding was not too good either between any department except Cresswell and O'Donnell, and the tactics were not varied enough. Weldon was a “bag of tricks,” but Ritchie did not put enough dash into his work, though he operated coolly all through. White had to be content with trying to make bricks without straw. Critchley always waited too long before making up his mind what to do. Griffiths was the outstanding half from a defensive point of view, but his feeding was too serial altogether. One of his tackles off Waring was brilliant. Rooney tried hard all through, and only failed because he was so easily drawn on a false trail. Hart was not so good ass he usually is, being slow in recovery. Davies did what little that came his way well. Teams: - Everton: - Davies, goal, Cresswell (captain), and O'Donnell, backs, Rooney, Griffiths, and Hart, half-backs, Critchley, Ritchie, White, Weldon, and Troup, forwards. Aston Villa: - Olney, goal, Brittleton and Bowen, backs, Kingdon, Talbots, and Tate, half-backs; York, Beresford, Waring, Walker, and Chester, forwards.



April 15 th 1929. The Dairy Courier.

Scotland 1 England 0

At Hampton Park, in front of 110,500, England losing by a last minute dramatic goal.



April 15 th 1929. The Daily Courier.


Everton fully deserved their victory over Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park. Maddison scored for Oldham in the first half, and the visitors with the wind in their favour after the interval, got goals through Lewis and Attwood. Only good goalkeeping by Lloyd saved Oldham from a heavier defeat. Attwood was a clever and constructive leader, and Lewis a fine half-back. His shot which brought the first goal for Everton was a wonderful one. Everton: - Sager, goal, Common and Kennedy, backs, Robson, Forshaw and Lewis; half-backs, Critchley, CR Webster, Attwood, Martin, and Stein, forwards.



April 20 th 1929. The Daily Courier.

There are only five teams in the whole of the Football league and the First Division of the Scottish League who have not been beaten at home in a League match this season. Leicester City are one of these teams –The Wednesday are the other, this in the First Division of the Football League –and today Everton, who at this time last season were about to be crowned with a Saint's halo, instead of the Dunce's cap, which some would like to see them this term, pay a tremendous visit to the awesome Filbert Street ground. I am not taking Any laid today, Winston Churchill of no Winston Churchill. The Everton plough has experience rough going in the past month or so. Only a strange trick of fate, how often have you seen fate with shooting Boulton? Can give them success today –or Conan Doyle's spirits, I will say no more –I am tried. Teams; Leciester City; McLean; Black, Brown; Duncan, Carr, Ritchie; Adcock, Hine, Chandler, Lochhead, Barry; Everton, Davies; Cresswell, O'Donnell; Rooney, Griffiths, Hart; Ritchie, Dunn, White, Weldon, Troup.



April 20 th 1929. The Daily Courier.




Everton suffered a peculiar fate at Filbert-street, Leciester, for, after having had equally as much of the play as the local team, they were trounced by four goals to one. Time after time clever inter-passing and guile took the Champions into their Leicester territory, but the manner in which they got down to the task of clinching matters was disheartening, to sat the least. Each side attacked in turn, but there was one thing, which made the City the better team, and so deserving of the points. This was better deadly finishing. Snap, fire, the ability to worry and unsettle the opposing backs, and willingness to shoot-all these things were missing in the Everton ranks, to be found among Chandler and Co.


In few matches this campaign has there been such a good understanding –a workable understanding –between each department of the Everton side, but it was heartbreaking to see it all come to nothing. They led one to expect goals and then disappointed. The City were lucky to be two goals ahead at the interval, but they had the happy knack of being able to pile on agony when the spirit of the Champions was at zero. After 32 minutes a fortunate goal placed them in front, and in less than 30 seconds number two had also been chalked up. The first was unsatisfactory in that Chandler attempted to screw the ball in from the goal-line after Davies had been drawn out. It was up to O'Donnell to do all he could, but when he played, the ball twisted off his foot into the net. He could not help it, and it is possible the shot would have scored had he not touched it, but there it was. The City returned post-haste, and when O'Donnell lost track of Adcock the elusive winger tapped back for Hine top shake the net. Hine also got the third after an hour, flashing a shot into the roof of the net after Davies had knocked out a close-up attempt by Adcock.


The next goal came the way of the Blues, and it was a good one, Weldon, who had gone to outside-right, though injury, slipped a low centre across for White to register as Black came into tackle. The City quickly restored the margin when Davies partially cleared from Adcock, and the ball ran to Lochhead two yards out. Lochhead was certainly surprised but though he stumbled once he managed to do the needful. The Everton defence was excellent, especially in view of the astuteness of the home forwards, and Davies, in particular, came through a harrowing afternoon with nothing but credit marks. The side was well served at half, where hart was the shining light. Griffiths was also a tower of strength. Forward, chief credit went to Troup, who crowned spontaneous and classic field play with good shooting. Dunn and Weldon were as artful as foxes and always got plenty of work on the ball, but why cannot they display the same skill in finishing? White was much the same –he failed at the last obstacles –and Ritchie did not put half enough life into matters to be effective. Teams: - Leciester City: - McLaren, goal, Black and Brown, backs, Duncan, Carr and Ritchie, half-backs, Adcock, Hine, Chandler, Lochhead, and Barry, forwards. Everton: - Davies, goal, Cresswell (captain) and O'Donnell, backs, Rooney, Griffiths, and Hart half-backs, Ritchie, Dunn, White, Weldon, and Troup, forwards.



April 22 nd 1929. The Daily Courier.


At Goodison park. The Sheffield defence offered such poor resistance that the heavy score might easily have reached double figures. Even allowing for the fact that the United lost Davies services with a leg injury after 15 minutes in the second half, it is no excuse for the loser's overwhelming defeat. The visitors were decidently weak at half and full back, while Alderson, although having no chance with the goals, has often played better. Everton in contrast played brilliant football. The goals were scored by Attwood (3), Meston (2), Easton (2), and Stein, while Kennedy was responsible for both of the United's points. Everton: - Sager, goal, Common and Kennedy, backs, Robson, Forshaw and Lewis, half-backs, Meston, Easton, Attwood, Martin and Stein, forwards.


Yorkshire Post- Tuesday 23 April 1929

Arsenal defeated Everton at Highbury yesterday in moderate game, which was witnessed by 15,000 spectators, by 2 goals to nil. Everton were handicapped from the first minute owing to injury to Martin, who could only limp about on the wing. Clever work by Jones enabled Jack to open the score for the Arsenal with a smart shot after four minutes. Seventeen minutes from tho end Parker converted a penalty kick given against Cresswell for handling. Everton defended admirably, but their forwards were mastered by the Arsenal halves and full backs.


ARSENAL 2 EVERTON 0 (Game 3008)

April 23 rd 1929. The Daily Courier.




Everton made drastic changes in their side to meet the Arsenal at Highbury, and before they had time to settle down to anything approaching a working understanding the Arsenal took the lead with one of the finest goals scored on the ground this season. Jones, who had worked the ball down to the goal-line, passed back to Jack, who, with his back to the goal, hooked it round well out of Davie's reach. O'Donnell took a flying leap into the net, and just missed heading the ball out.


Everton were thus in arrears at the end of five minutes, and at the same time, add to their misfortune, it was noticed that Martin was limping badly, and he had to change places with Troup. He was a hobbling passenger on the line for the remainder of the game. Dean made valiant efforts to get his side on level terms, but always found himself outnumbered, for Butler, Parker, and Hapgood seemed to have a special mission in subducing him. This they accomplished with a fair amount of success, owing to the lack of support for Dean from his colleagues. They did not, however, prevent Dixie hitting the foot of the post in the first half, with Paterson beaten, and heading against the crossbar in the second half, when the goalkeeper was again very uncertain of saving. While so much attention was being paid to their centre-forward it would have been a paying policy for the other forwards to have taken risks and indulged in more shooting, because Paterson, in the home goal, was none too safe under pressure.


Critchley did, however, try two chance shots during the opening chapter. The first almost caught Patterson napping, and the second he was very lucky to tip over the bar. Although the visitors never really recovered from their early misfortunes, they improved considerably in the second half, and were so persistent that they had the home defence well extended, and were playing such purposeful football that they deserved to meet with success. They received their final blow, though, 15 minutes from the end, when Cresswell, for some unaccountable, reason, handled a harmless pass by Brain in the penalty area. The Referee did not hesitate to award the full punishment, and Parker gave Davies no chance with the spot-kick , which he placed, well to the right. This unfortunate occurrence marred an otherwise masterly display, which, in conjunction with O'Donnell's had been a feature of the game. They covered each other with such superb judgement that Davies was never seriously troubled.


Forshaw, in his unaccustomed position, did fairly well. He had a stiff task in holding Jack, but received good support from Griffiths and Rooney, who were too much occupied in defence to be of great assistance to their disjointed forward line. There were 18,000 spectators. Teams : - Arsenal: - Paterson, goal, Parker and Hapgood, backs, Baker, Butler, and John, half-backs, Hulme, Brain, Jack, Peel, and Jones forwards. Everton: - Davies goal, Cresswell (captain), and O'Donnell, backs, Griffiths, Forshaw, and Rooney, half-backs, Critchley, Ritchie, Dean, Martin, and Troup, forwards. Referee A.J. Weaver (Grimsby).

April 25, 1929. The Liverpool Echo
The Veterans have a “complaint
Bee’s Notes
It is not an easy matter to dine and wine a party of 600, and I had grave misgivings how Everton would carry through their mountainous task –a Jubilee with their large army of friends. The Philharmonic was a capital setting; there was amplification of the speeches made, and some “blasting” when the autograph hunters tended to interfere with the smooth running of an historic and memorable night. I cannot do justice to the gathering in one session and must leave the affair to the verbatim report provided by “Blackstaff,” in the “Football Echo.” My views must be cursory and commentary, but at the outset I must pay tribute to the officials for the holding of the crowd, and the excellent manner in which the memorable occasion was carried through, then I must say how happy we all felt to link up with the musty past. It was a great joy to sit besides the great men of other days and nothing gave me quite such a thrill as the intervention of Lord Derby, who came straight from the famous 5.55 and at once created an atmosphere in the gathering that accounted for the rare enthusiasm at this point. Then Lord Derby told us of the joy the King and Queen had experienced when at Goodison Park in 1913 they had seen the schoolboys and schoolgirls giving their amazing display. Their Majesties had told, by latter their delight, but here, sixteen years after, was a revival of the gratitude of the Royal household that they had been privileged to witness such a display as this. And who if us at the gathering will ever forget the scholar-scheme and the colour –scheme? “Uncle Stalky” heard the Derbyan statement I am sure.
A Suitable Chorus
I think just one chorus song, as above, would have been suited to the occasion last night, instead we had to be content with a sort of roll call, such as we used to experienced at school. Mr. Cuff, the chairman, called upon the men one by one, beginning with the oldest of all, Director Alfred Wade –a proud moment in his life –then we had a filmed view of the men who made Everton famous. I can’t detail all; but I was glad to note the wellbeing of them all; Edgar and Arthur Chadwick, looking alike save for the silver threads. Edgar said “Send me paper, don’t ee forget.” Jack McGill, who still does useful work for the local football association; W.H. Parry, a West Kirby ,man and former Captain. Tom Booth, another captain, Jack Taylor, silver haired and still going strong, the man who held the cup aloft along the road ways of Liverpool in 1906, an occasion when it is definitely stated I sported a top hat and frock coat –well, I’d willingly do the same again if we could have another cup victory in our city. J.D has son playing rugger; so has Jack Parkinson. Then up spake Fred Geary, bowler and billiard man. H.P Hardman sat at the top table, because he is a director of Manchester United, Charlie Joliffee; Bill Stewart, lucky to be alive, although his recent injury cost him three inches of one leg; and the Marriott’s, and forgetting the clean-cut and still finely constituted Bill Briscoe my old friend of mine.
Friends from Everywhere
Around the board one found friends from Birmingham in Mr. Lane and Mr. Harry Morris, both directors of Small Heath when I was a lad there; the Villa and Newcastle, Manchester City and United, Newcastle United through “young” Mr. Watt, Jim Galt, another former captain, a man who plays off two at the gold courses –therefore a man to be feared just as he was feared on the football ground –one could go on for hours in this strain; Bob Balmer and Crelley suggested I did not remember them –who could forget? Mr. Ted Robbins was there paying just tribute and in an ulterior moment asking for Griffiths to be allowed to go to Canada with the Welsh F.A, Mr. Tom Crompton, chairman of the Liverpool Football Club spoke through the “mike” and reminded us that he too was an old Everton player. But the oddest point of a joyful night was the request of one of the old school of players who asked me not to call them “Veteran,” he was dead serious about it too. So well christen them the “W.O.P” –otherwise the “Wonderful Old Players” Not veteran –sounds too autocratic and ancient. These are epoch-making dates; I myself am joining in them. May they long be memorized in the think-tank.
Lord Derby’s Joke
Mr. Bracewell represented Burnley and denied the O’Dowd and Burton swopping story. New Brighton and Tramnere had their representatives there, and Mr. Barritt and the chairman of Blackburn sat near the old players, and the cry was “Eureka!” when Messrs Cartwright and McConnell made their bow. The ladies were there in goodly numbers and though the crowd was a big one, I fear some of them missed Lord Derby’s cute joke. He hoped to see Everton’s supporters packed like Sar-Dean’s in a final tie at Wembley. The League championship cup, held by Everton during the past season, and other trophies were displayed. Mr. W.C Cuff, chairman of the Everton Club, presided. Mr. C.E Sutcliffe, proposing “The Everton Club” referred to the pleasure it gave him to see the old players and paid tribute in individuals players including Harry Makepeace, who would go down to posterity as one who never caused any trouble to anyone. Whether it was the players on the field or the directors off the field. Everton always gave the public full value in real, meritorious football. “If I were asked to name two of the finest sporting clubs in the country,” he added “I think that I should place Everton first as a real, good, honest sporting club, that has made its mark in the world of sport,” Everton was one of the clubs whose name was not only respected in Lancashire and England, but throughout the whole world.
Mr. Cuff, replying, indulged in a retrospect of the Everton club’s history. He referred to the pioneers movements which the Everton club inaugurated such as the institution of goal nets invented by Dr. Brodie, the then city engineer; the publishing in the programme of details of the home and visiting players; numbering the players on the programme and indicating changes on the board; showing results on a telegraphic indicators, setting aside a League match as a benefit to a player and guaranteeing a £500 benefit to a player. “The one outstanding feature of the club” he added” has been the ideal that whatever the result the team would play a scientific type of football, and I feel that we have achieved that ideal. Mr. Cuff went on to pay tributes to many of the old players, to old directors to the players and directorate of the present day, and to the sporting public. Mr. Ernest Green vice-chairman of the club, giving the toast of the guests, referred to the great pleasant it gave them to welcome Lord Derby, who never spared himself in the interests of his country, and in particular of Lancashire, while his interest in sport was well known.


Yorkshire Post -Friday 26 1929

Lord Derby's Consolation and Hope.

"As long as we live there always the hope that next season will bring off the double event by winning the Football Association and the Football League Championship. One hundred and thirty-seven years elapsed between my family first won the Derby and won it again, so you may take consolation with me and go on hoping, said Lord Derby, speaking the jubilee dinner of tho Everton Football Club Liverpool Wednesday. Mr. W. C. Cuff, chairman the club, presided, supported by directors and representatives of English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish F. A.'s, and several old members of the club were present. The Mayor of Accrington, Mr. R. Watson, for Mr. John McKenna, said that Everton had played in the Lancashire Junior Cup, and from that position had succeeded in winning the championship of the League and F.A. Cup, although in different, seasons. Mr. Cuff recalled that 1889 the Football League was composed of tho twelve best clubs in the land, and Everton was one of them. The club had maintained an uninterrupted membership of First Division of League ever since that date and was tho only club the country to have done so.



April 27, 1929. The Liverpool Football Echo
Historic Gathering of 600 at the Philharmonic Hall
Great Record of a Pioneer Club
Old Players Listen to their Feats in the Light of History –Epoch Making Reunion
Full Report of Speeches
By Blackstaff
Everton F.C celebrated its fifty-year career by a banquet at the Philharmonic Hall on Wednesday, April 24. There were over six hundred people and a feature of the gathering was the sight of famous players of the early year days, who listened to eulogies of their deeds, and signed autographs by the hundred. In view of the tremendous interest with the attainment of fifty years’ unbroken connection with the highest class of football has caused among Everton followers all over the world, the “Football Echo” presents a full report of the proceedings for the especial benefit of thousands who could not be present.
No vivid description is necessary –the speeches tell the whole story, that is last season’s story, it is the hope of the future, along with the elusive companies, the Cup trophy. When shall they meet again? That is Everton’s concern after fifty years of football.
Mr. W.C. Cuff, chairman of the club, presided at the jubilee dinner, which was held in the Philharmonic Hall where over 600 were seated. Having taken wine with various sections and individuals, including the several ladies present. Mr. Cuff invited the old players to drink with him. He said; The first name I will mention is one who played in the Everton team in 1878-79 –Mr. Alfred Wade, I ask that the players as I name them will stand up, that I may have the honour of presenting those who carried the banner of Everton in days gone by to the notice and acquaintance of the present day players. Mr. Alfred Wade having stood up and received his ovation, Mr. Cuff proceeded I now pressed Mr. Jack McGill, Mr. George Dobson, Mr. Robert Smalley, Mr. W.H. Parry (captain in 1879), Mr. Edgar Chadwick, (the famous Hookie”), Mr. Alfred Chadwick (his brother); still hovering about Blackburn, Mr. Tom Booth another centre half-back and captain when we won the English Cup; Mr. John Taylor. Then going back to ancient times, May I introduce you to one of our famous centre forwards –Mr. Fred Geary (loud applause). The next name I have to present to you at the famous captain Mr. James Galt, and coming to another favourite who was in the championship team –Mr. Harold Hardman, and yet another of the team that won the championship –Mr. George Crelly (applause).
Of Stanley Memory
Charlie Joliffe, Bill Stewart then with memories of Stanley Park –William Briscoe and a contemporary of his Mr. H. Williams. Let us remember with friendship two brothers whose name was Marriott. Mr. Tom Marriott is not with us now, but William Marriott is. Then we come to another well-known player, Mr. Fred Core, likewise Tom Costley, and the last name I have the pleasure to bring forward is that of Johnny Holt (prolonged applause). Other well-known former players present but not named were T. Fleetwood, G. Harrison, J. McDonald, Harry Makepeace, Harry Cook, J. Elliott, L. Weller, T. Crossley, and R. Balmer.
F.A and League
Mr. Cuff next proposed the toast of “The Football Association and Football League” He said; “It is quite unnecessary for me to deal at great length with these two very excellent bodies. You are all aware that we are attached to one great sport under the auspices of the Football Association, which is the parent body and which controls and generals the sport in all its directions so far as play on the field is concerned and that, of course is a very important function. The Football league, however, is a member of the Football Association and, if I may say so a very important member of the Association. It performs its duties as obtrusively, and with obvious regard and respect for the players body. It provides the competitive spirit; it provides the match for the various towns and cities in Great Britain for an afternoon’s entertainment.
Keen Competition
The competition is keen in the three Divisions of the English League. I will not say anything more except that I am sorry to say that owing to indisposition our worthy president of the Football league and our worthy vice president of the Football Association (Mr. John McKenna) is unable to be with us tonight. He had hoped to be with us up to the last moment, and I am sure you will regret as he regrets that he is not able to come. “In the absence I am going to ask you to drink the toast of the Football Association and the Football League and to couple with that toast the name of Mr. Richard Watson, Major of Accrington.
Mayor of Accrington
Mr. Richard Watson (Mayor of Accrington) responding said “I rise to respond to the toast that you have pleasingly streak to the health of the Football Association the noble body and gathering football in this country. I have belonged to the Association for very many years and every man who is at the table I have seen before –on the football field or in some connection with the game. My memory goes back to the Everton Football Club as it was originally. Many happy hours I spend on those occasions when Everton had to play in the Lancashire Junior Cup. From that time onwards you have come to a position when you win more than one championship and even the F.A Cup. I hope that success may attend the efforts of the Everton directors and the club itself in the future during the next fifty years as during the last fifty years (applause). I was going to say that I have only one regret and that is that probably I shall not be here at the next-banquet; nevertheless if I am not here perhaps I shall be somewhere else looking on (laughter)
Football Association’s Part
I appreciate the great honour, if I may say so of being asked to respond on behalf of the Football Association. As a member of this body, I think we do our best though I know perfectly well we don’t always please, it would be a bad job if we did. You want a decision, you get it when you want it, and sometimes before (laughter). Again to the directors and to all present I say with a grateful heart how pleased I am to be present here this evening and I wish success to all connected with the game of football, I would like to close with this plea – put your best into the game and you will get the best out of it (applause).
The Everton Club
Mr. C.E. Sutcliffe on Measure of Esteem
Mr. Charles E. Sutcliffe proposes The Everton Club,” He said I don’t know that I altogether like the fancy of talking into a sort of Noah’s Ark (a reference to the microphone that created laughter), I am afraid that sometimes that ought to go ill will never get in, and that something will get out that ought not to got out. I want first of all to thank the Everton directors for the privileges of attending this jubilee dinner and celebration (applause). Very often, on all occasions like this there is some rankling as to which is the greater toast. There is no doubt to-night, because I shall carry everyone with me when I say that my toast is pre-qainently the toast of the evening (applause). If you don’t believe it, hear it (laughter). Had it not been for the Everton Football Club none of you would have been here. Then I have personally the pleasure of seeing some of the old Everton players here under conditions that it is impossible for them to give any trouble (laughter). I knew a few of them in the past, and if I could have carried out my wish with one or two, I suppose they should be absent. My old friend Johnny Holt won’t mind if I say he was one of those (laughter). He caused no end of trouble, and there is Edgar Chadwick, who thought he could argue with the best lawyer in the land (laughter). But it is a real pleasure to us to see them, and see them looking so well- (hear, hear) –even my old friend Harry Makepeace –Hear, hear) –who I think, will go down to posterity as the one player who never caused any trouble to anybody (hear, hear).
Universally Esteemed
Having said that, I want to say that I have got rid of the worst of my toast because I don’t know a club in football whose name stands so richly respected so universally esteemed as that of the Everton Football Club (applause). Right through from the commencement of the club they have always sought –not only the players on the field, but the directors –to give the public not only full value for their money in any competition in which they took part, but full value for their money in the exhibition of real, meritorious football (hear, hear).
A Sporting Club
If one were to sit down and write the names of the two finest sporting clubs of course a lot of you would write your own club first and Everton second. If they were subjected to censorship, I think you would more often have found that the name of the Everton club would have stood first as that of a really good honest sporting club (applause). You are good workers and you have made your mark in the world, but you have not always made your mark. I could mention something that would be intimate, but I don’t want to give you the blues, and I could mention a name at the other end of the ship that would mean an unhappy day in the life of the lot of you, one who is very, very miserable. But that is all in the game, and when all is said and done, whether you win or whether you lose, I do honestly believe that the Everton players and the club itself are always highly esteemed and respected. The full measure of estimation is not what you yourself think of it and neither our friends nor our enemies are the best judges. We have got to get down to the sport who can afford to pay a tanner a week.
The Cracks
I was at the meeting of the Northern Section club this afternoon and I was telling them of a friend of mine from Burnley, and he was telling me of the very splendid sporting spirit of the game, and how much he had enjoyed it. Of course, Burnley won 2-0 so that is why he had enjoyed it (laughter). But very often, nearly always, the first question-people ask is; “Where’s Everton?” That shows that as a club you are the cracks. Well, Mr. Chairman I must catch my train, which is the last and I now purpose my toast, but I do want to emphasize almost my opening words of gratitude at this opportunity of being with you. It has brought to my mind many happy memories, many names that I would always gladly have recalled, because I have known the Everton club practically from its birth have known secretary, manager, players and directors in connection with the club as they have succeeded one another.
Rich Friendships
Somebody will say it is about time I cleared off. Well, I am going to in a few minutes and yet there is a richness and sweetness, a pleasure and a joy in all these men, and I tell you frankly that whatever might have been our association in life in the past, whatever they may be in the future, there is nothing so fresh and sweet to me as the memories of the rich friendships I have made in connection with the game of football (applause).
The Major of Accrington reminded you, and perhaps I may emphasize it, we are not here merely to celebrate and to rejoice over the past, but we are here to wish the Everton club, its players and directors all goodwill for the future (hear, hear). Every success therefore, to all.
Money Not Everything
There are directors here whom I have known across the years, and who are going away also and they have an idles that it is time they were doing something. I agree with them (Laughter) they kept spending money and getting players –of course. Everton spend money, I don’t think we spend more; I have just been signing a lot of chequers –that is the only thing they ask me to put my autograph to. However, I may remind you that money is not everything and I think the directors of the Everton club would agree that a man can make a good bargain at little cost and make a bad bargain at a big cost, but whether Everton players are cheaper or not, you can reply that in the years to come as in the years gone by they will be one of the clubs that will be respected not only in Lancashire and England but throughout the world. Therefore I ask you, everyone of you except the chairman, because although I am proposing the toast of the club, and a club has no soul, I am not proposing the toast of the directors or of the shareholders – you are in a class of your own, to rise and drink with me to the Everton club coupled with the name of your worthy chairman Mr. Cuff (applause).
Mr. Cuff Responds
Everton in Prominence all over the World
Mr. Cuff rose amid applause to respond. He said I am sure you will agree with me when I say that this is a momentous occasion. It is an event unique in the history of this club, and very nearly in the history of most clubs. If you don’t agree with that you will agree that it is extremely improbable that this occasion is likely to be repeated in this club in the presence of any one of us here. That will not prevent us ladies and gentlemen from making this an occasion for rejoicing and for commemorating in festive spirit. I seriously realize my unworthiness to hold a position such as this chairman on such an occasion as this! “No, no.” the gift of oratory was never more earnestly desired by anybody than by me at the present moment, but knowing as I do and conscious as I am of my own limitations, I will do my best to accept the position and rely upon your indulgence whatever my shortcomings may be. I am addressing Mr. Sutcliffe in his absence but I say Mr. Sutcliffe, that as chairman of this club I am very deeply sensible of the very flattering eulogistic, and complimentary observations it has pleased you to pass on the club of which I am chairman. And to you, ladies and gentleman, I wish to accord my very deem appreciation of the enthusiastic manner in which you received that toast and the toast of my own personal health.
The World Over
We meet ladies and gentleman, to commemorate an event the importance of which it is impossible to overstate. We celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the existence of this club and if I may say so, with egotism, I feel confident in saying, after the complimentary remarks of Mr. Sutcliffe that Everton is one of the most prominent club organiastions in the world (hear hear) and I feel it is proper that we should celebrate such an occasion as this in festive spirit (hear hear). These responsible for the celebration were anxious that not only they but their friends and acquaintances and well-wishes should join in the rejoicing and that is the main reason, ladies and gentlemen, why we have invited our football friends to honour us with their presence tonight and celebrate our fiftieth birthday. The attainment of a half-century, whether it be of one’s life or the duration of a business association or, as in the present instance a club naturally induces those who are participating therein, to pause at the prominent mile-stone to reflect for a moment to enjoy if they can the flight of mental retrospect.
Passing Thoughts
To me, and to such as I, who have had thirty-eight years of my life in close and constant connection with the Everton club, the temptation to survey the past is well-nigh, irresistible and if I may, without boring you to tears, I shall attempt to fulfill some of those thoughts which pass through my mind. Complementing that mental retrospect takes me back to when I was a very little boy in 1878, when I was a junior member of the Sunday school of St. Domingo, attached to the chapel in St. Domingo-road. In that year the senior scholars of that school formed themselves into a football club, and they gave it the title of St. Domingo Football Club. The following year, owing to the influx of membership of a number of youths having no connection with the church or Sunday school, the club changed its name from St. Domingo to that of Everton, and it was in 1879 in Stanley Park that the Everton Football Club, the members of the Everton Football first set the ball rolling which has been rolling continuously for fifty years from that time till now (applause).
During the next few years the members played as amateurs and it is unique that of those players who first donned the jersey of the Everton Football Club we have three present tonight (applause). There may be more, at any rate I recall three that is Mr. Alfred Wade, Mr. Jack McGill, and Mr. W.H. Parry. Substantial progress during the next few years brings me to 1888, when Mr. W.H. McGregor found the Football League, consisting of the supposedly twelve best clubs in the kingdom, and the Everton club was invited to become a member and did become a member of the League. I think I may say, with the greatest respect to other clubs present that the Everton club, of that original twelve has maintained unbroken membership of the League to the present moment.
Lord Derby Arrives
At this point Lord Derby entered the half, and was enthusiastically received. Continuing, Mr. Cuff said; I am quite sure you will permit me to break into my retrospect to tell you that Lord Derby, when he responded to the invitation to come this evening, said he was engaged in London on that date but expected to arrive back in Liverpool, at 9.35 and if it was possible he would come and join us. I have very little more than to say, on your behalf that those of us, and there are a multitude who know Lord Derby, say,” That is exactly what Lord Derby would do” (applause and cries of “Good old Lancashire”). Personal convenience does not count but to show his interest in his fellow countrymen he comes here after a long hard day’s work and a long journey to show his interest in the sport we are here to celebrate the anniversary of and to show his interest in the county generally (applause).
First Championship
I had arrived at a point in 1890-91 when my club won the League championship and I think I see several members here tonight of the team that won the championship –Holt, Crelley, Edgar Chadwick, and Fred Geary, others do not for the moment occur to me. The year 1892 was a very important one, not from a playing point of view but that year saw the removal of the Everton Club from its headquarters at Anfield road, to Goodison Park, their present headquarters. It is not necessary for me to dwell at all on the circumstances that occasioned the removal. It is too far back to go into now. At any rate, I will say this, that the reasons were satisfactory to both sides, but one cannot help but refer to the energy displayed by those pioneers who took the Everton Club, without anything but a team of players –no stands, no ground at the moment –to Goodison Park where they established themselves and founded the club afresh, where it now stands. I refer of course, to stalwarts such as George Mahon – (applause) –Dr. Baxter – (applause) –John Atkinson, who did great work, and who unhappily has now passed beyond. And I would like to refer to others who happily are still living –Mr. W.R. Clayton – (applause) –and Mr. James Griffiths.
Two Great Sportsmen
The owners of those names represented the cream of the talent at Anfield road but not all the cream of the talent. Some of the cream remained, and help to form the club which is now the Liverpool Football Club, and I refer only to one –Mr. John McKenna (applause). The next important event was in 1897, when we participated in a memorable final at Crystal Palace against Aston Villa, and it was by common consent the finest game that ever was played in a final tie before or since (applause). In 1905-06 we were successful in winning the English Cup, and of those players who brought that trophy to Goodison Park there are members present here this evening. I refer to Mr. Jack Sharp, my colleague on the board, and one of the greatest all round sportsmen in the world (applause). Harry Makepeace (applause) who might in this respect be bracketed with Mr. Sharp (hear, hear). Harold Hardman (applause) and our then captain John Taylor (applause), John Crelly, and Roberts Balmer (applause). The following year 1906-07, we again appeared in the final, and were, unfortunately, beaten by Sheffield Wednesday, who deservedly won the cup in that year. In 1914-15 we won our second League championship, and tonight we recall the 1927-28 championship, a fitting prelude for the jubilee festivities we are now holding (applause). That ladies and gentlemen, is something of a mental retrospect of the past fifty years, but there are one or two other things for which I am going to claim credit for the Everton Football Club as being pioneers. The Everton Football Club –and when I mention the Everton Football Club I mean necessary men and officials, or mately with the Everton Football club –were the pioneers thanks to Dr. Brodie, of goals nets, of printing in the programme information concerning the home and visiting players. That was considered a great innovation. Another one was affixing numbers to the players in the programme, and announcing team alteration by notice board. The public were not aware of the personality of the players until they saw these names and numbers. Everton also originally started the system of communicating half and full time results by means of a telegraph board. We were the first board to give a League match as a benefit, and the first club to institute or guarantee £500 benefits to our players.
The Everton Ideal
Scientific Football Played On The Turf
But in my view there is one feature of outstanding clarity and that feature was referred to in the toast so ably proposed by Mr. Sutcliffe, and I would describe that feature as an ideal, an ideal which although never mentioned on any committee that I was associated with, seems to have been set up by those who have governed the destinies of the Everton Football Club in the early days at Anfield Road, and which has been followed by succeeding candidates and directors as the goal of their ambition. I would describe that ideal as the cultivation and development of the scientific type of Association football (applause) Ladies and gentleman, there has been to my recollection, no period in the history of the club in which a predilection and perhaps a natural bizz towards the stylish type of football has not predominated. While the clever-footed artist has always exercised a great influence over the minds of those representatives of the club employed in the engagement of players, it is strange but true, that the vigorous, robust type of player has failed somehow to attract their attention.
On the Turf
It has been argued, is argued and no doubt will be argued that the best type of football, the purest football, is that which is played on the turf and not in the air (applause). I am sure that must be generally accepted, or else why do clubs and club managements go to such enormous expense ad care in providing for the production of first class conditions unless it were to play football on the turf. Ladies and gentlemen, we have endeavoured to cultivate that style of football. We may not have much to write home about when we talk about winning championships and cups, and may not have cut much ice in the Cup but all that winning of championships and winning of cups, is not the be all and end all of football (applause). Above all the game is the thing that matters (applause). It pays best in the long run. It has paid best as far as the Everton club is concerned. Its attractiveness is universal, and we have nothing to complain about in the game that we have played because we are satisfied that it has been the great consolation of hundreds of thousands of spectators who go to Goodison Park week in and week out (applause). That brings to my mind that it is now proper that I should place on record our indebtedness first to our predecessors in office who set up that high ideal and those traditions, and their successors in generations who succeeded in maintaining those traditions.
Players and Supporters
We desire also to express out gratitude to players past and present, for the manner in which they on the field of play, have exhibited that style of football, which has provided such attraction and been so entertaining to the thousands of football followers (applauses). I should also like to express on behalf of the club our acknowledgments of the Press of the country (hear-hear). They had at all times commended approved and applauded every effort to improve the style of the class of football and they had given it the very pleasant feeling that it gives us to-day (applause). Lastly I would place on record our great gratitude to the sporting British public the finest sporting body in the world, who week in and week out, no matter what the weather is, will pay money, not so much to see us win, but to be certain of seeing a game of football worthwhile (applause).
A Glorious Picture
These are thoughts which occur to one, and they are not the thoughts of a decrepit old man sitting in his armchair, who at the end of life looks back at his life with great regrets, and into the future with little favour and much resignation. This is the mental retrospect of a vigorous youth, one “full of beams,” and still going strong, and who, tonight although celebrating what we call a jubilee, is really celebrating his attainment to vigorous manhood after a lusty youth, with long life and plenty of honours before him. We leave the past behind. We look into the future and we see that it is a glorious picture. We know not what is in store for us. We do know that there are trails and tribulations which will beset us as they beset the very humblest and jumps to overcome, but of this we may be assured that comes weal or come woe, if only those who follow us will strive to carry on the good work of our predecessors and hold on to those ideals and maintain the traditions of the past success will undoubtedly be ours, and we shall undoubtedly go on to play the game (applause).
The Guests
Mr. Ernest Green proposed the toast of “our guests”. He said; it is my honour and my privilege and pleasure to propose the toast of our guests, a very important toast this evening because without our guest this historic occasion could not possibly be a complete success. I dare any further that without our guests this historic occasion could not have been at all a success, and the members of our club this evening differ from our gusts in this respect, that while our members are playing at home, so to speak our guests are playing away. What I mean is, that our guests for the most part had to make journeys to be with us this evening, some very long and tedious journeys, some even involving a stay overnight. So while we members of the Everton Football Club welcome our guests, while we are indeed happy and delighted to have them amongst us, we are very grateful to them for making these journeys and making these festivities the more memorable. I thought it would fall to my lot to enumerate quite a number of our guests but I think the enumeration has taken place already. I think you have heard most of the guests’ names, and the various associations to which they belong, so that it would be invidious for me to repeat them. There still remain two that I may mention without being tedious. We have with us the representative of a national association in the person of Mr. E. Robbins, secretary of the Welsh Football Association. Since Liverpool is the capital of Wales we might claim Mr. Robbins, that you ought to be here.
Tom Crompton
One other name reminds that has not yet been mentioned –and it is one that we directors of the Everton Football Club are delighted, mention –that of the genial chairman of our friends across the Park –Mr. Tom Crompton, I should like to couple with this toast the name of the Earl of Derby. He never spares himself in the interests of Lancashire whether in the sphere of commerce of welfare or of sport (applause).
Lord Derby’s Joke
A Wembley Crowd Packed Like Sar-Deans
Lord Derby was vociferously received and said; Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking, I could wish that the order to retire to the side of the ball – (extended to the waitresses and autograph hunters) –applied to me (laughter). Alas I did not come prepared to speak to you and yet I feel that not to respond to the kind way in which the health or myself and other guests has been given and accepted by you would indeed be churlish. I have to apologise to you for arriving late on the scene, because had it been a racing meeting, I should have been disqualified from running. Yet you know already because your chairman knew I should be late, and I only came here to night because I wanted to see you, and still more because I wanted to keep faith (applause). Now Mr. Green in his kind remarks said that without your guests the dinner would not have been a success. May I say this that without any hosts we should have had no dinner at all (laughter) I think the guests are more to the hosts than the hosts to the guests.
The Crowd
I unfortunately did not hear the whole of your fifty years record, but I did come in just at the time when I first began to take an interest in local football. I was – and I suppose you will cry “shame” when I say it –educated in a school where Rugby football was played “(Shame”), I thought you would say so – (laughter) –but since then, since I left school and lost both my youth and my figure, I paid full attention from the spectator’s point of view to Rugby and Association, and I can safely say that never have I spent more happy hours than on the Everton football ground-(applause) –to which I have been kindly asked by your directors. I got much enjoyment from the game I am not sure that I did not get almost as much amusement from the extra ordinary outspoken and forcible comment of the crowd (laughter). “The directors are a set of imbeciles for playing that they do” and so forth. If any player makes a mistake, the man in the crowd lets him and everybody else known. And yet, all through it there is something one cannot help admiring, and that is the extraordinary enthusiasm for the game in the first place, extraordinary loyalty for the club in the second (applause). Forcible and direct as they are, it is simply with a view to expressing what they think would be for the benefit of the club, and for no other reason (applause). You and Everton can congratulate yourselfs and I think you do congratulate yourselves, on having a stalwart body of supporters and I sincerely thrust that next year will see those same supporters packing themselves like sar-Dean in a tin to see the club playing at Wembley (laughter and applause).
Hope For The Future
The year is past but as long as we live there is always hope and we can hope that next year we may see you successful in bringing off the double event of the League championship and the Cup. After all, its is not so long, and you will take consolation from my own family, who took 137 years between winning one Derby Cup and the time they won another (laughter and applause) - and who thinks every year he is going to win the Derby, I hope you won’t have to wait that long lapse of time before you gain the blue riband. All of us, when I might call the out siders who sometimes see most of the game feel that in Everton you have got directors, players and spectators whose one and only object is what we j=know in England as the best tribute that any body can have –the playing of the game (applause). You profess to play the game and you do play the game; and as long as you do that you will reckon all on your side, sharing gladness in your victories and sorrow in your defeats (hear hear).
Everton’s Centenary
Fifty years is a long time in the life of a man, perhaps not quite as long in the life of an institution and I only hope – though I shall not be here to share it –that in fifty years time my son will be honored as I am honored at present, and will be able to be in a position to be invited to your centenary (applause). If so, he will have the same delight and experiences, I am sure that I have had in finding myself amongst those –some of whom O know, some of whom I don’t –but can say to myself; I have been to a meeting where my friends predominated” (hear hear). I thank you for having invited me and before I actually sit down I would like to take this, perhaps the most fitting opportunity I have ever had of publicly thanking the directors of Everton for something they did for me sixteen years ago, when the King and Queen cam to Lancashire and came to Liverpool.
Sixteen Years Ago
There was no place I could get where they could go to see a demonstration by the school children. Everton came to my rescue and I venture to say that in that ten days, tour, when we went all round Lancashire and saw the loyalty of the people, there was nothing that gave greater pleasure to our king and queen, nothing so striking, as what they saw on the ground which Everton had so kindly placed at my disposal. In conclusion, I thank you for the toast you have received. May I also thank you for the personal welcome you gave me. I don’t thank you simply with lip service. It is from the bottom of my heart that I say to you, Mr. Chairman and to all present thank you (applause).
A Welsh Note
Mr. Ted Robbins, secretary of the Welsh F.A, acknowledged his gratitude for being allowed to be present. He could not say he had come without an ulterior motive. He came also to gain a kindness from that great club, Everton who have always been very kind to Wales in the years, brothers of ours on the great while continent what they had bred, and born in Wales and he would be delighted if he could take with him one of the Welshmen who was making a name with Everton today. Mr. Robbins’ reference was to Griffiths. Mr. Tom Crompton chairman of Liverpool Football club said he stood there in the dual capacity of representing the Liverpool Football Club and also an old player of the Everton team. He went back to the old days. There was himself, Jack Crelley, Jack Taylor, Chadwick, his colleague of the old days and they had played for the game. They had got a picture of old players before them and on their behalf he wished Everton great luck. Mr. Cuff apologized for having omitted Mr. Crompton’s name from the list of former Everton players. He was of course a valuable centre forward of the old Everton team. Mr. Joe Galt and Mr. Fred Geary also replied on behalf of the guests.
The Chairman
Mr. W.R. Williams purposed the toast of the Chairman.” He said; Thirty-five or so years ago there entered into the councils of the Everton club a dapper young gentleman with an undoubted profile destined to play a large part in the councils of the club in years to come. That he has played that large part you will agree. Mr. Cuff prayed for oratory, and then proceeded to give as fine an exposition of the club’s history as we could wish. He never once mentioned the large part he had played in the club’s affairs. Through the length and breadth of the land –and I could bring men who have known him –Mr. Cuff is well known and Mr. Cuff and the Everton club are synonymous terms. Every where he has gone he has been received with open arms and respect. He was the initiator of the Central League. He nursed it through its infancy, through its early youth, during the period of adolescence, to take a prominent place in football in the South, North, and North Midlands of England. He has been associated with an agitation for better representation of the League on the F.A Council, and has been nominated by the members of the Football League to the champion of their cause with the F.A. No greater tribute could be paid to the chairman of any club. Mr. Cuff suitably responded, and the function closed with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne.” During the evening Mr. Eric Child and Mr. Griff Williams obliged with songs, and Mr. J.L. Pennington’s orchestra discouraged enjoyable music.

April 27, 1929. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton Jubilee Souvenir Handbook by the Late Mr. Thomas Keates
From Church club to Champions” aptly sums up the history of the Everton Football Club’s fifty years of progress as contained in the Jubilee Souvenir which was presented to the guests at the celebration dinner held in the Philharmonic Hall. Complied by the late Mr. Thomas Keates, a former director of the Everton Club, who died very shortly after he had completed the work, and while it was in the process of publication the book contains a mass of information not only of absorbing interest to supporters of the club, but to the sporting world in general. The early vicissitudes of the club, the many difficulties which were surmounted and the gradual building up of the Everton traditions, are told in entertaining fashion and there is no doubt that the booklet, which runs to over 100 pages, will find an honorable niche in the bookshelf of every sportsman.
The First Match
The young men of the St. Domingo Congregational Church little thought that the football team they brought into being in 1878, under the name of St. Domingo Football Club, would be hailed as champions of the premier football league in the country fifty years afterwards. The name was changed to Everton in 1879, and on December 23 the first match under that title was played in Stanley Park against another church team. In those days they played two half-backs and six forwards. In 1880 Everton signed their first Scotsman, one Jack McGill and as it well known ever since they have shown a fondness for Scottish players, which has stood them in good stead throughout the years. Everton and “The Blues” are synonymous terms nowadays, but up to October 1881, the players wore Blue and white striped jerseys then they had them dyed black, and wore scarlet sashes to relieve the drab scheme. They called the team “The Black Watch” during that period. Later salmon jerseys with blue knickers was the garb and ruby shirts with blue trimmings and dark blue pants were also worn for a time. Finally the dark blue jerseys and white knickers as now worn were introduced.
The Spilt
They had their first enclosed ground in Prior road for the season 1883-84 but the venture was not all immediate success, for the first gate realized only 14s a striking contrast with today’s gates realizing £3,000 or so. In 1892 came the famous parting of the ways, when the Everton executive disagreed with Mr. John Houlding the owner of the Anfield ground, and after protracted meetings Everton went across the park to Goodison road, and the Liverpool club was formed at Anfield. The story of Everton as original members of the First Division of the Football League, retaining that membership unsullied throughout its history, is well known but it is retold with much interesting detail in the booklet. The old players who did so much to make the team famed throughout the county the three championship years, the historic Cup final, and all the ups and downs of fifty years of first class football are faithfully chronicled in the absorbingly interesting publication.


April 27 th 1929. The Daily Courier.


The Goodison Park follows, starved of the warmth of a win for so long, are castling envious eyes on the Manchester United tucker-box-and are saying “there at last is a meal for us boys.” They know very well that the United are a vastly improved set of people, yet the Everton fans are confident that there will be a bore or two left behind at the Park today. Certainly Everton should at least hold the visitors. Dean returns to the Everton team, while Forshaw will be the pivot. Manchester United make no changes. Time of kick off 3015. Teams; Everton; Davies; Cresswell, O;Donnell; Griffiths, Forshaw, Hart; Critchley, Dean, Easton, Troup; Manchester United; Steward, Moore, Dale; Bennion, Spencer, Mann; Spencer, Hanlon, Reid, Rowley, Thomas.



April 29 th 1929. The Daily Courier.



The worrying point about the game at Goodison Park was that Everton had more of the play territorially, but there was a decided lack of method, and that was what counted. They would generally scramble the ball into the Manchester quarters and thrust to luck as to who was to apply the finishing touches. Consequently no one ever did, and the numerous occasions when Stewart should have been brought into action he filled the role of a mere spectator. Dean was invariably hemmed in on all sides, but he was quick to realise it, and so he played a totally unselfish game, striving hard to make openings for the others. They shot, it is true, but not half often enough, and when they did hit a ball goalwards, it was generally off the target. With the United it was a totally different story. They had some semblance of an understanding and it was the combined raids;- not too many of them by the way –which won the points. In addition they had the happy knack of being able to fasten on to opportunities like leeches. Result Four goals. United were by no means a brilliant combination, but, compared with them, Everton were ragged –a conglomeration of disintegrated units with each man weaving a scheme which no one else divined, understood or fell in with. The United displayed surprising improvement since Everton paid their respects, to them at Old Trafford, and have now garnered 23 points on the last 29 played for. During that period they have only lost once. Except for the first five minutes they did not look like biting the dust here, for, though the Blues did so much of the pressing they simply could not introduce artifice into their penalty area play, and Spencer, backed up by two resolute defenders in Moore and Dale, was able to hold them off in comparative ease.


It must be said of Everton that they laboured under a great handicap after the first fifteen minutes. Then Griffiths received one in the face and had to go off. He returned only to have a leg injured, which necessitated his transference to the extreme right. By the second half he hobbled about on the wing trying, only =knows how hard. to do his duty, but at last the pain got the better of goodwill and he had to go off for good. The United took the lead in seven minutes when the ex-Anfielder Reid, drew the defenders before slipping the ball across for Hanson to score at ease. In less than a minute Critchley had stepped forward in a most enterprising manner to gain a corner, which he placed so accurate that Griffith bobbed up and the ball bobbed down into the net with Stewart and Moore standing nonplussed. Davies was at fault in the next two Manchester goals, one secured just before the inter and the other at the end of an hour, for he should have come out to Thomas's centre when Reid nodded home and when Spencer crossed a ball later on Davies, with no one near him, elected to fist away instead of gathering as he usually does. The result was that the ball went to Hanson who joyously landed it into the net before Davies had a chance to get back. The Blues got a goal three minutes from the end, and it was Warney Cresswell who scored. This, incidentally, was the first score for the Blues in a League match, and he was proud of it. A free kick fell to Everton on the edge of the penalty area, and Cresswell did precisely what person on the stand loudly appealed for –took shot through the crowd of United players in front of the goal. The ball went through then and was in the roof of the net before Stewart could move.


Reid negatived this point, however, by scoring off a centre from Thomas in the last half minute just when the majority of people were thinking more traincars than goals. Except for those two errors on the part of Davies, no fault could be found with the Everton defence, but Forshaw is clearly not a centre-half for his very style of play will not allow him to do himself justice in the position. He did his best, though, and, like Hart, always tried to make good use of the ball. However, the ball was too much in the air so Dean never had a really workable pass. Critchley was too eager to get on with the work, and many times overran the ball, and Troup sufficient from the lack of good passes. White and Easton could get no direction in their shooting, and neither did they meet with any luck when came to conferring blessings on their fellows, a matter of fact cohesion was sadly lacking in the attack, and that is why Stewart had such an easy time. Interest centred on the display of Reid as United leader, and he has improved considerably since leaving Anfield. Not once did he barge the goalkeeper, and he gave a subdued and consequently, much more efficient exhibition lead the line with thought and enterprise all through. Teams: - Everton: - Davies, goal; Cresswell (captain) and O'Donnell, backs, Griffiths, Forshaw, and Hart, half-backs, Critchley, White, Dean, Easton and Troup, forwards. Manchester United: - Stewart, goal, Moore and Dale, backs, Bennion, Spencer, and Mann, half-backs, Hanson, Spence, Reid, Rowley, and Thomas, forwards.



April 29 th 1929. The Daily Courier.


The Deepdale side were full value for the two points and had finishing been better than perhaps, would have been a greater margin. The Everton front line gave a poor display, Stein alone beening effective. Robson was the best of a good half-way line, but Kennedy and Lewis could not hold Baugh and Healless, who were the best forwards on the field.

Dismal Home Records.

Dundee Evening Telegraph -Tuesday 30 April 1929

Comment is being made in Liverpool at the dismal home record of Everton, who have been beaten at Goodison Park eight times this season, and it can readily be understood that Dundee people are not feeling at all happy over the performances of the Dundee team on Dens Park during the past season. Dundee lost 10 games at Dens Park, thus beating Everton by two matches.






April 1929