EVERTON 5 STOKE CITY 0
April 1 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Left wing Power.
Stoke City No Match For Everton
Five Goals Win At Goodison
By “Stork.” Stoke City were no match for Everton at Goodison Park, and if the score had been lighter than it actually was Stoke could not have complained, for Everton were always the dominating party, and their five clear-goal victory was in no way flattering. Stoke opened out with some good class football, some of their plans being quite as good as Everton's but when they approached any where near goal they had no shot, and if they had the direction was poor so that Sagar was given the opportunity to save when he should have been left helpless. Fate does not offer these grifts a second time, and with Everton moving smoothly they sauntered on to a comfortable and ready victory. Lewis, the Stoke goalkeeper, should have saved two of their goals, particularly the last one for when Cunliffe headed in all that was necessary was a touch to send the ball over the bar. Lewis attempted to bring the ball down, and having done so, lost possession, and Stevenson nipped in, and tapped it into the net. Stein's second goal went to hand, put Lewis made a hopeless mess of it with the result that the ball spun out of his hands and curved into the far side of the net. Spencer made a brave effort to keep it out, but was too late. There was an end-of-season favour about the game. Everton, finding they could cut through the Stoke defence with ease played in nonchalant fashion yet it was sufficient to get them within striking distance of Lewis. McRory and Spencer brought the offside trap to their aid and this for a time held up Everton but when Everton retaliated in like manner, and at the same time produced scheme to overcome this annoying type of defence, there were always riding for a victory. During their most hectic moment –they were few and far between –the Stoke forwards found Cresswell, White, and Williams a very solid guard. Williams brought into use a cover which was well-nigh impregnable so that Sagar had a fairly comfortable afternoon. Matthews had the opportunity to beat him when for a change, he got through the Everton barrier, but he shot straight at the goalkeeper, and Soo was weak when he had a chance. On the other hand, the Stein-Stevenson wing had a joy day, the little Irishman being in one of his ultra-clever moods.
He dazzled by his dribbles and passes, and Tutin did not know how to check him. Stevenson was responsible for the first goal, for he did a Cinquavail set under the nose of several opponents and got the ball out to Stein. It was a quick pass, and it appeared as though the ball would best Stein that he winger trapped it almost on the goalline to deliver a low centre which Dean had in the net in a flash. This was in 18 minutes. Six minutes later stein took up a Geldard cross and shot with power. Lewis shot out a foot in his effort to save, but all he did was send the ball spurning up and into the back of the net. That was the full extent of the scoring in the first half. Davies opened the second with a great shot which sent over the cross-bar, but that was about all Sagar had to do, for Everton dominated the game to such an extent it lost some of its interest, and the “capers” of Everton brought many a smile from all except the Stoke players, who had nothing to smile about. They were the busy chasing Everton players who revelled in artistry. Stoke were on the rack; their goal underwent great pressure before finally Cunliffe made a shot which was well out of its bearing. The ball swing away to the left when Stevenson was lying in wait. He dashed forward –I through he was offside –and swept the ball into the net. Stein nearly scored direct from the corner and then came Stevenson's second goal, which I have told about. It was a solid victory but one must not go into overboard over it, for it must be admitted that Stoke were poor opponents.
Stein's Sure Work.
Stein was very sure he received every help from Stevenson, but the right flank has been seen in better advantage. Cunliffe did not back up Geldard quite so well as usual, but this could not be said of Britton, whose football was a joy. Dean made some excellent shots and a number of headers. Stevenson was cude and clever, in fact there was little wrong with the Everton team as a whole. At all events it was much too good for Stoke who had a toothless task chasing the ball. I mentioned earlier on that Stoke at times played some good-class football but one must do more than that; it must be clinched with shots and as it was not they must not complain. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Stein, forwards. Stoke City: - Lewis, goal; McGory, and Spencer, backs; Tutin, Turner and Sellar, half-backs; Matthews, Liddlell, Sale, Davies and Soo, forwards. Referee Mr. H.N. Mee, Mansfield.
April 1, 1935. Evening Express.
Defence Bars the Way Against Stoke.
Triumph of Experience
By the Pilot.
The value of experience in defence was never better emphasized than in the match at Goodison Park on Saturday when Everton, in beating Stoke City 5-0 registered their most convincing victory of the season. This was only the second time since the match against Birmingham at Goodison Park on December 22 that Everton had not conceded a goal to their opponents. The other occasion was at West Bromwich on March 9. For the Stoke game the directors brought back Williams and Cresswell to back and White to centre half, and it was the grand resistance and complete covering if this trio which laid the foundations to success. Stoke were a better side than the score would suggest. They possessed good ideas and were nippy and quick to develop, but they came up against an impassable barrier and once the Everton defenders got to grips with them they faded out.
Sagar's Easy Time.
This is proved by the fact that Sagar had one of his easiest games this season further, the completences in defence enabled the wing halfbacks to concentrate on opening up the goal way for the attackers and the forwards proceeded to do all necessary in attaining a fine victory. The match showed that while the development of young players is wise and to be preferred to dabbling in the transfer market, but experience must be played with youth. In addition to the triumphs of the defenders Stein returned in place of the injured Coulter to give an almost perfect exhibition of outside left play. Stein was irresistible and only once –in the last minute –did he fail to use the ball properly. He had an excellent understanding with the trickiest schemer of the day –Stevenson –and his flashing centres always constituted a menace to the City goal. Stein and Stevenson took four goals between them and Dean opened the scoring with a snap goal after good work by Stein. The right wing was hardly such a potent force, but it paid Everton to exploit the left wing to the fullest extent. Dean was a excellent leader against a fine centre half in turner and Cunliffe did better after the interval. Geldard did well. Thomson was the better of the wing half-backs, Britton hardly being as good as usual. Everton played as a team of understanding and penetrative force and the effect of the victory should be a big revival in interest during the closing weeks of the season.
Two Everton “Caps”
Britton and Geldard to Play Against Scots.
Clifford Britton and Albert Geldard, of Everton, have been chosen to play for England in the international match against Scotland, at Hampton Park, on Saturday. Britton and Geldard will be playing in their first international matches against Scotland, and it will be Geldard's first game in the British international campaign. Geldard's previous appearance for England were in matches against Italy and Switerland on the Continent. Britton played in each international this season –against Wales, Ireland and Italy.
EVERTON'S SOLID WIN
April1, 1935. Liverpool Echo.
Stein, White and Co, Prove Themselves
Stoke City, who opened the season like potential champions, have fallen from grace in recent weeks, and if Saturday's form was any criterion I am not in the least surprised at the slump in their fortunes. They were always playing second fiddle to an Everton which moved along like a well-oiled machine, yet the Midlanders had their moments, but could not ultilise them. Everton's artistry was clinched with shooting ability. Stoke City's cleverness, and there was some, brought them nowhere because they erred within the goal area (writes “Stork”) For a time early on Stoke produced glimpses of good-class football; they made progress by well through-out schemes, but when they had worked out a position for themselves they failed lamentably. Not for twenty minutes did they deliver a really full-blooded shot, and while I give every credit to Cresswell and Williams for holding them down there were occasions when a shot of any power of direction must have found a billet. Take the case of Matthews. He was clear of any interference yet hurriedly shot straight at Sagar. Anyone should have scored with such a chance. He got very few like it afterwards.
On the other hand, Everton clinched their clever play with strong shooting I though Lewis should have saved two of the goals but there were other times when only good fortune helped Stoke out of the mire so that balances Lewis a “grits” to Everton. It was a curious game. Everton went on their way in a manner, which savoured more of an exhibition game than a serious League encounter. True, they were soon acquainted with the strength of the opposition, and knowing what they did, they decided that skilful manipulation would serve their purpose. It did, and Stoke were a good second right throughout. Stoke attempted to work the offside trap and it accomplished its mission for a time, but when they themselves ran up against it they cut it out. Everton had got their measure, and the Stevenson-Stein wing worked so well together that Tutin and McGrory had a harrowing time. The Irishman was in his most annoying mood-from an opponent's point of view –for he did almost what he liked with the ball, and had opponents running after him with little hope of knowing what he would do next. He scored two goals himself made others by his wizardry, and perfection of pass and Stein responded with a will. So much so that he also took two goals and nearly a third direct from the corner flag.
The Old Guard.
Everton brought back the old guard, Cresswell, Williams, and White and there was more solidity in defence than has been the case for some weeks, Cresswell and Williams employed such a safe cover one for the other that Sagar's task in goal was simple. Cresswell's anticipation was uncanny. He nipped in here to take a ball which had it reached its objective would have produced trouble for Sagar, and Williams aided and abetted him to the full. White defended strongly and distributed the ball extremely well. This was the rock on which the Stoke attack spilt itself. There was not a weakness in the Everton side, but when saying that I am not unmindful off its strength of the opposition. It was weak and very weak at that, so I must take care and not let myself run riot about Everton's wonderful football. It was good it was productive of goals but against a better team it may not have been allowed. Stern-tackling half backs would have had a say in the matter. Stoke were never an opposition simply because they were held down by a defence which could and did but the strangle-hold of any enterprise which Stoke tried to provide.
Let me tell you of the two goals which in my estimation Lewis should have saved. I described them in full in the Football echo, but they are worth repeating. Stein shot, Lewis had the ball covered, and got his hands to it, but allowed it to curl away and spin up into the net. The last goal of the day was a tragic affair. I did not need a Hibbs a Hardy or a Scott to turn Cunliffe's headed over the bar; the merest flick would have done it, but Lewis had his own methods of dealing with the simple-looking header. What they were I do not know, but they let him down for instead of getting the ball away it dropped at the foot of Stevenson, who said “Thanks” and tapped the ball into the net. The Everton right wing was not so convincing as the left. Geldard was quieter than usual, and not until late on did Cunliffe do anything of note. Dean made headers and shot of value, but Everton's strength lay in the rear line. White, Thomson, and Britton were providers as well as defenders, and Cook, Cresswell and Sagar were well able to deal with anything in the way of an attack, which Stoke produced. Matthew's was heir danger man, and Soo the former Liverpool Schoolboy, was not the worst Stoke forward by any means.
April 3 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton's side to visit Maine-road to meet Manchester City on Saturday shows two changes from the side, which vanquished Stoke City. The alterations are occasioned by international calls upon Britton and Geldard, whose places at right half and outside right respectively will be taken by Mercer and Leyfield. The latter player occupied the wing perth in the early matches of the season. The team is: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Mercer, White, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein. The Reserves side to entertain Sheffield United Reserves at Goodison Park this afternoon in a Central League match will be: - King; Allen, Jones; Kavangh, Clark, Archer; Leyfield, Dunn, Dickinson, J. Hannon. L. Sandham. The kick-off is at 3.15.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 SHEFFIELD UNITED RESERVES 1
April 4 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 35)
Everton Reserves Revive
Disputed Points at Goodison Park.
Everton Reserves beat Sheffield United Reserves at Goodison Park, in a Central League game of much interest. Sheffield started like a first class team and took the well-deserved lead through Richardson. Everton drew level and the referee then began to take a leading part in the issue. He signalled a goal and Sheffield were furious at the decision as Leyfield had plainly handled the ball. The referee was adamant, but Sheffield protested so much that the game was held up for minutes and the law was broken thereby. A reguest to consult a linesman was refused, but on the far side of the ground another linesman had been approached and apparently had given his verdict for Sheffield. Hence the rush at the referee, who finally agreed to talk with the linesman and the goal was negatived. In the second half, Everton improved out of all recognition and Sheffield suffered injuries. But the referee came to life again though missing a plain case of handling by Clark and by giving a corner kick from a mis-header by a defender, from which the ball struck the Sheffield upright and went out for a corner. The referee instructed a goal-kick to be taken, whereas Everton's protest brought the referee to further consultation with a linesman and a corner kick was eventually conceded. Anderson heading through his own goal from the corner kick. There was a penalty against the luckless Anderson too, Leyfield planting the ball very slowly to the corner of the net. Dunn and Clark also scored –both good goals. Everton's best were Dunn, the three half-backs, Kavangh being a striking figure, but not better then Clark and Archer in the second half, while the defence was good, King being faulty but once. Sheffield had a fine style about them and were the more collected team. Settle did well till injured, and Richardson, was excellent throughout. Sheffield did not finish too well, or the issue would have been keener. Everton: - King, goal; Allen and Jones backs; Kavanagh, Clark (captain), and Archer, half-backs; Leyfield, Dunn, Dickenson, J. Hannon and L. Sandham, forwards.
EVERTON AT MAINE-ROAD.
April 5, 1935. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
Everton will take a hand in the Championship question when they visit Manchester City tomorrow. TheCity have an outside chance of snatching the title from the main contenders –Arsenal and Sunderland –and if they are to keep in the race they must take both points from this game and so complete a “double” over Everton. Only one club has succeeded in taking four points from the Blues this season –Arsenal. The City however, hold the distinction of being the first team to win at Goodison Park. Everton will be without Geldard, and Britton and the City without Brook. They will be playing in the international match. Leyfield and Mercer reappear in the Everton side. The City will also be without Bray, who is suffering from injury. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Mercer, White, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean Stevenson, Stein.
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EVERTON AT MAINE-ROAD.
April 6 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton and Manchester City invariably play a good match, and today's game at Maine-road is not likely to be an exception. Leyfield resumes in the Everton team in Geldard's place, while Mercer deputises for Britton. Brook, the Manchester City outside left, is at Hampton, but the teams on the whole are good; and a fine game may be looked for especially as the clubs are out for one of the leading places. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Mercer, White, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein. Manchester city: - Swift; Dale, Barkas; Busby, Cowan, Shadwell, Dellow, Heale, Tilson, Herd, Wright.
GREAT SOCCER CLUBS-PLYMOUTH ARYGLE
April 6, 1935. Evening Express, Football Edition.
The Try, Try Again Team
Plymouth Pilgrims' Progress.
Their Great Goalkeepers.
By A Special Correspondent.
The story of that famous King who was inspired Scot, Robert Bruce the to try again by the example of a patient spider, is well known. It has its counterpart in football and the hero is another Scottish Robert –Robert Jack, manager of Plymouth Argyle. Six times in succession he saw the team he had built finish as runners-up in the Southern Section of the Third Division. Six times the promotion prize was almost in Plymouth's grasp and six times it was snatched away by other clubs. The seventh time they were third; the eight they were unplaced and the ninth time they won through. Patience rewarded. Plymouth are known as the Pilgrims. Their path to the Second Division was a pilgrimage indeed. Robert Jack was there at the start of the club's journey. His eyes are on the First Division. Devon is the home of the old sea kings. It was also a home of Rugby Union football long before soccer came within its glorious bounds. At the beginning of the present century the handling code stood unchallenged. Yet there were brave spirits who felt that there was a future for soccer in Devon. The thing to do was to show the public the game at its best. With this object in view, such famous sides as Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Notts County, Southampton, Woolwich Arsenal and Stoke were invited to Plymouth to play exhibition matches. These fixtures drew good crowds. Interest was aroused and the pioneers were encouraged to go ahead. They lacked nothing in ambition. They went out from the start to form a professional club worthy to represent their great town. The prime movers in this bold scheme were four members of the Spooner family, A. V. Adlard, Frank Davis, and Lieutenant Windrum of the Royal Artillery. The last mentioned had done a lot of good work in establishing the Portsmouth club a few years before.
These Plymouth pioneers started with £3,000 capital and a team of players whose names were well known. These men included J.W. Robinson, a goalkeeper, with ten international caps for England, Archie Goodall –a brother of the great John Goodall one of the old Preston “Invinibles” –an Irish international ten times over, and Robert Jack an outside right, who had played for Alloa, Bolton Wanderers, Preston Glossop and Southend United. It was while Bob Jack was at Bolton that his famous son David, was born. David, who played for Plymouth, Bolton and Arsenal and won all the honours in the game, is now manager of Southend United, his father's former club. Mr. Frank Brettell, who had been associated with the “Spurs and Portsmouth, was Plymouth Arygle's first manager and he it was who went to the old Southern League authorities and asked them to admit the new club to their competition. He presented a good case and Plymouth were accepted along with Fulham and Brighton and Hove in the spring of 1903, They finished their first season ninth of 18 clubs but improved on this the following year, when they were fourth, and carried off the Western League championship as well. This was promising progress but the club were unfortunate at this stage in losing several good players, among them Robinson. Mr. Frank Brettell too, resigned his position as manager but continued to take a close interest in the Argyle, his last protégé. Robert Jack was called from the players ranks to fill the vacancy, and, as stated has held the position ever since. He replaced the departed J. W. Robinson with another goalkeeper of outstanding ability –J. W. Sutcliffe who held the remarkable distinction of having played for England as both Rugby and Soccer. The recruit became a ready favourite with a crowd that knew both games so well. From now on, Plymouth found their hands pretty full, but they made good progress. Having been runners up for the Southern League championship in 1903 and again in 1912 they won that honour for the first time one year later. In this successful effort they were assisted by one of the most loyal sevants –they ever had Moses Russell who won 23 international caps for Wales in the course of his long career. Bob Jack first heard of Russell when he was playing for the new disbanded Merthyr Town in 1912. He went along to see him and while he agreed that the reports of the Welshman's ability had not been exaggerated, he was disappointing top find that the genial “Mo” had all the appearance of a veteran. It should be explained that Russell's “trade mark” was a bald head. He was bald when Robert Jack first saw him, all those years back and the Plymouth manager's need was a young player who could be developed in the Argyle style. “Too old” was his brief comment. “But he's only 22” was the reply. That sounded good, but Bob Jack, with true Scottish caution, asked to see Moses Russell's birth certificate before he engaged him. He never made a better bargain for Russell remained with Plymouth until 1929. He was captain for many years, and it was his dearest wish to lead the club into the Second Division. That wish was never gratified, for he had left Plymouth to conclude his playing career with the ill-fated Thamas club when promotion was won. From the start, Plymouth Argyle have sought players of outstanding merit. When Russell was partnered by Billy Forbes and Fred Craig was in goal, they had the best defence in the South of England. From September 1921 to September 1923, they defied all visiting forward lines, and the Argyle were unbeaten at home in that long period. Defence has always been the strength. Another great goalkeeper recently retired was William Harper, the Scottish international who made his name with Edinburgh Hibernian and also assisted Arsenal.
Spinning for Wages?
Harper formerly a blacksmith, won distinction in many directions. In the war, he answered his country's call and joined the Scot's Guards. He was a star performer in the Soldiers' Soccer and Rugby sides and won the Brigade heavyweight boxing championship. During this period he fought three rounds with Joe Beckett afterwards heavyweight champion of Great Britain, and gained the decision. His war services was continued in the Royal Air Force, whose tug of war team won honours with his aid. Another famous player introduced to League football by the Argyle was jack Hill, the present manager of Hull City. Hill cost Plymouth no more than £10. There was some difference of opining at the time as to what wages he should be paid, but this was settled by the spin of a coin –and the toss was in Hill's favour. A tower of strength at centre half, Hill was widely sought and he went at last to Burnley in exchange for £6,000. Five years later he was secured by Newcastle for £8,000. He played afterwards, for Bradford City and his present club. Hill had the rare distinction of being captain of every team he assisted. Including an England international side. In Plymouth's present ranks are those two great forwards Jack Leslie and Sam Black, described more than once as the best left wing the club has ever had. His' one of the few coloured players to make a reputation in League football was recruited from London amateur football as long ago as 1921. Black, a Scot from Kirkinlilloch Rob Roy arrive in 1924. Considering the number of fine players who have worm Plymouth's green and black the Argyle honours are surprisingly few. But they know what they want and as their record shows disappointments only make them all the more tenacious. These Pilgrims will make progress. Their spirit is right.
• Lime Light. Jimmy Stein who has come right back to form with Everton, is the best corner kicker in the game. Few players have scored so often direct from flag kicks.
EVERTON GAIN A POINT.
April 6, 1935. Liverpool Football Echo.
City saved by late Rally.
A very tame sort of game, with City much below par. Teams: - Everton: Sagar goal; Williams, and Cresswell, backs; Mercer White and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Stein, forwards. Manchester City: - Swift goal; Dale and Barkas, backs; Busby, Cowan, and Shadwell, half-backs; Dellow, Heale, Tilson, Herd, and Wright, forwards. Referee Mr. Pinkston, Birmingham. The attendance was poor, and the game could not be classed as of very high standard. Some of the midfield play was distinctly good, but there seemed to be no bite in the play. There were goal incidents and Everton had their chances could they be taken, but they seemed to be allhod when in front of goal. Leyfield made two poor centres when he had plenty of times to do better. The Everton left wing was at times brilliant and even the great Busby had his work cut out to fathom some of the moves of Thomson, Stein, and Stevenson. The City likewise were clever when it came to forming an attack and they were responsible for the best two shots in the first half-hour. Tilson let out a tremendous drive but Sagar made one of his wonder saves.
Leave it to You.
From a free kick taken by Cowan the ball landed in the back of Everton's net, but Dellow had got himself into an offside position so that the point was annulled. The City folks were disappointed at this, for they could not see Dellow in an offside position, but he was. Thomson, who was splaying beautiful football, made one push through pass to Stevenson, and this opened the way to a goal, for both Stein and Dean were there to take the chance, but one left it to the other, and although Stein ultimately got in his shot the ball passed harmlessly wide. The City had one bright spell, and the Everton defence was hard pushed to keep their charge intact, but Cresswell and Williams aided by White put up a galliant front. At thirty-three minutes Everton opened the scoring. It was a fortunate goal too. Dean headed for goal and Swift patted the ball out. It went out to Leyfield who although awkwardly placed, screwed the ball back into the net. Swift to my mind, should have caught Dean's header. Everton gradually got on top, and at 36 minutes Leyfield, taking a pass from Stevenson, went round Barkas who was sadly at fault, took the ball close in and scored with a fine shot. The City could not get going, and Everton improved to such an extent that they had their rivals on the run, although Sagar had to make a clever save from Wright.
Half-time Manchester City 0, Everton 2.
The City had not been energetic in the first half, and they were even more feeble at the opening of the session, and their own followers became angry. The City were anything but a First division side on today's play, and Everton dominated the second half in such a manner that the game lost some of its interest. Shooting on both sides was at a premium, but what there was must be credited to Everton. The referee warned both Williams and Dale for simple –looking infringement and the spectators soon made known that he was not a favourite with them. The nearest the City went to a goal this half was when Sagar, in turning aside a Wright centre pushed the ball on to Tilson, but no goal resulted, and all that came from it was an injury to Sagar. Leyfield nearly sneaked a third goal when he hooked the ball over his head and Swift had to turn it away for a corner. Sagar saved a free kick from just outside the penalty area.
When Tilson scored for Manchester City at 78 minute, the home side put up a spirited finish, and just before the end Heale scored an equalising goal; To my mind this goal was definitely offside, and the same remark may apply to Tilson's. Heale's was undoubtedly a fine shot but even many Manchester people agreed that the scorer was offside when the ball was passed to him. Final Manchester City 2, Everton 2.
MANCHESTER CITY 2 EVERTON 2
April 8, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Disputed Points at Maine-Road.
City Lucky to Draw with Everton.
Manchester City must consider themselves very fortunate to take a point against Everton, for they were a beaten side ten minutes from the end, but through what appeared to be two offside goals they secured a draw, which was all against the run of the play. There was some good football in midfield, but more “bite” was needed to lift the game from a common ruck. Everton were undoubtedly the more scientific side all through; in fact they made the City look commoners by their entrancing manceurves but even they did not produce any big thrill. Regarding the two goals, which turned defeat into a draw. Dean had made a faulty pass, not for the first time, to Stein; dale picked it up, and the ball was flung forward. Tilson darted forward in anticipation of another forward pass, but in doing so had definitely run into an offside position, but the referee allowed him to go on. He dribbled round Sagar, but was challenged by White and although the Everton men flung himself at the feet of Tilson, the Manchester City centre forward retained possession and tapped the ball over the line. That goal came at 78 minutes, and from then on the City came into the game, for up to the scoring of that point they had never promised to be any sort of menace to the Everton goal, if exception is made of two incidents in the first half. The first was a grand shot by Tilson, and an equally fine save by Sagar. Manchester City rarely threatened danger, so well held were they by a Everton half-back and full backs but when Cowan came forward to take a free kick he made the ball hard and true and it landed safely in the Everton goal. Handshaking was in progress but the referee disallowed the point because Dellow was standing in an offside position. Was he interfering with play? That was the point, which had to be decided. My view of the matter was that as Dellow was standing in Sagar's line of vision he was interfering and the referee must have throught otherwise. The referee was Mr. Pinkston who had earned a wonderful “write up” from all the critic for the handling of the Everton-Sunderland replay, Mr. Pinkston fell much below the standard, he set at Goodison. He made some palpable errors, and came under the ban of the spectators. When city scored their equalising goal the linesman was flagging desperately to draw attention to an infringement.
Left Wing Power.
The Everton left wing had a great first half. It reminded me of the days of Bromilow, Chambers and Hopkins. Stevenson, Thomson and Stein have forged a link of great strength, and Busby had a busy time and was easily beaten by Everton's combination. Stein should have had a goal when Stevenson pushed the ball through, but he did not know whether to leave it to Dean, and the captain was in just as big a quandary. Stein eventually took the shot, which misfired. For some minutes the right wing was out of joint. Leyfield was not centring well, but he showed keen anticipation when he closed in to goal; when Swift patted out a Dean header. Although Leyfield was badly angled he screwed the ball in the goal at the 33 rd minute. Swift in my estimation should have caught Dean's header. Busby is a clever player but an injury sent him to outside right, and it was then that the City front line became a “live wire.” Previously they had never promised a goal. Leyfield's second goal was the result of a great shot. Stevenson was a far flung cross pass, sent Leyfield away. Barkas, who for once in a way had an ordinary game, was completely deceived by the outside right, who sped past him before he shot with great accuracy and power beyond Swift. The City missed Brook, for Wright was a poor deputy but I liked Dellow, not because he is possessed of any magic, but because he is a wholehearted player who can snap up a chance, and is a difficult man to dispossess once he had got possession. Cunliffe and Leyfield came right into the game in the second half, but it was Dale who had the bad passage. Stein and Stevenson played ducks and drakes with him. Tilson was the only other bight spot among their forwards, but I fear the City have lost their chance of becoming real challengers to the Arsenal. White was firm down the middle, and Cresswell and Williams apart from the spell, usually had a solid grip on the City attack. Sagar was injured late on, and his shoulder –the same one which kept him out of the Bolton cup-tie –was very sore on the journey home. Teams: - Everton: Sagar goal; Williams, and Cresswell, backs; Mercer White and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Stein, forwards. Manchester City: - Swift goal; Dale and Barkas, backs; Busby, Cowan, and Shadwell, half-backs; Dellow, Heale, Tilson, Herd, and Wright, forwards. Referee Mr. Pinkston, Birmingham.
CAPS FOR EVERTONIANS.
Clifford Britton and Albert Geldard played for England against Scotland at Hampton Park in front 129,693 Scotland beating England by two goals to none. Both goals were scored by Derby county winger Duncan from inside right.
EVERTON RESERVES 0 STOKE CITY RESERVES 0
April 8 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury Central League (Game 36)
Considering that the Goodison side included a number of the regular “A” team players, Everton would have caused to feel satisfied in holding a strong Stoke side to a goalless draw. It was not a brilliant game, but there was an abundance of earnest endeavour that always made it interesting, but the predominant failing of both attacks was in providing sharp accurate finality. Everton did well in the first half, but expressed great difficulty in endeavouring to overcome the sturdy Stoke defence. The after-interval play was much in favour of the visiting side, with Soo cleverly distributing the ball and Mayer and Almond dangerous wing raiders. The home defenders were equal to the occasion, and despite the persistence of the City attack, the Everton defence held out. F. White, Everton's latest goalkeeping acquisition from the Midlands, is of the courageous type and showed skill and ability.
DECISIONS THAT PUZZLED.
April 8, 1935. Evening Express.
Everton's Fine Display
By the Pilot.
There were several decisions in Everton's match with Manchester City at Maine-road that puzzled me. In the first place the City had a penalty line free kick in the first half and Cowan drove into the net. Referee Pinckston awarded Everton a free kick and no one knew why. Everton returned to secure a two-goal lead thanks to the opportunism of Leyfield, and appeared well set for a victor. In the second half Shadwell seemed to handle the ball in tackling Leyfield and a linesman signalled. The referee blew for a free kick to Manchester. The linesman flagged and Mr.Pinckston went across to him and then –adhered to his decision in favour of Manchester. Next Williams was adjudged to have handled and the whistle sounded. Now Williams appeared to me to be three yards inside the penalty area, but the referee put the ball just outside the penalty line for a free kick. That was not all. Tilson was allowed to go through when , in my opinion, he was offside –a linesman flagged for the game to be stopped –and he scored. It was a minute from time when Heale, who seemed to me standing five yards offside, went through to equalise and make the score 2-2. Everton were much the better team after the opening ten minutes, and it was refreshing to see them exploit the long passing game instead of persisting to close manceurve so much. Although Dean found Cowan a stiff obstacle, he drew attention so that Stevenson and Cunliffe were able to open up the way for two brilliant wingers in Leyfield and Stein. While dominated the centre of the field and the wing halves –Mercer and Thomson –were good in possession. Williams, Cresswell and Sagar constituted a fine defence in a really sound Everton combination. Everton suffered a blow when Sagar's right shoulder –it was an injury to this shoulder which kept Sagar out of the Bolton cup-tie –and it is doubtful whether he will be fit to play against Middlesbrough at Goodison Park on Saturday.
WERE THEY OFFSIDE GOALS?
April 8, 1935. Liverpool Echo.
Two goals that appeared to me to be offside prevented Everton from beating Manchester City, at Maine-road on Saturday. I was not alone in my opinion and even some Manchester spectators shared my views. When I tell you that the referee was none other than Mr. Pinkston, who was almost smothered with bouquets, for the manner in which he handled the Everton-Sunderland Cup-tie, you will be more than surprised. Another decision that aroused heated discussion was when Mr. Pinkston disallowed Cowan's goal from a free kick, yet he was perfectly justified for Dellow was standing yards offside. Sagar called attention to the fact, and the referee backed him up. When Heale scored the equalising goal he appeared to me to be four yards offside, but the referee would not even consider consulting his linesman, who was waving his flag in desperation telling of an infringement. As a game it was quiet and without “pep” There was some excellent football displayed but it was mainly by Everton, whose first half combination was extremely good, but there was not a lot of shooting. The city were much below par. One of their supporters asked. Is this a Sunday School League match?” Another asked if there would be only surrender value on a season ticket? Can I explain City's poor form, in a better way than those two men who were Mancunians, and not Evertonians? There was not enough action about the game. It rolled along like the “Covered Wagon,” One reason was that Manchester could do little, so that Everton had it all their own way for most part of the game. The left wing was in sparkling mood early on. Stein, Stevenson, and Thomson giving Busby and Dale, the latter in particular, a terrible drubbing, and goals should have been the natural outcome.
But as I have already said, shooting was not the strong point of either team. The best shot of the match was made by Tilson in the opening minutes and only a super save by Sagar kept the ball out of his net. Leyfield after a shaky start came along to become one of the bright lights of the Everton forward line. To him goes the credit for the two goals. His first was taken after Swift had pushed away a header by Dean; his second was due to himself alone. Barkas erred. Leyfield took full advantage of it and went forward to beat swift with a rocket shot. Two goals up with ten minutes to play and the City tackling penetration where goal-scoring was concerned, seemed good enough for an Everton victory; in fact I had closed down my report with a comment on Everton's win, when Heale came along with that last minute goal. Everton were worth a victory. They were definitely on top for the major portion of the game whereas Manchester rarely ever suggested that they would beat the defence put up by Williams and Cresswell, and not until Tilson's goal did they show any likelihood of causing Everton any great trouble. They had been held down so tightly that Sagar had a comparatively easy day, but those two offside goals sufficed to rob Everton of a point.
• There is good news of Mr. Tom McIntosh. The week-end report I a happy to say, is most favourable.
• Everton and Bury play their Lancashire Senior Cup Final at Goodison Park on the 27 th , which is the Cup Final day.
• The combined Welsh and Irish teams versus the Football league will not be played at Liverpool on May 6, but on May 11, at Goodison Park. It will be one of the most appealing combines ever brought to Merseyside.
MR. WALTER CHADWICK
The Scotsman - Tuesday 09 April 1935
Mr. Walter Chadwick, headmaster of St. Barnabas School, Blackburn, one of four brothers who were pioneers of Association football, died in Blackburn yesterday at the age of 61. he played for Everton and Blackburn Rovers, and while with the latter club signed Bob Crompton, the international full back. For 17 years Mr. Chadwick was a referee. He officiated at the Inter League game between Scotland and Ireland in 1909. He originated schoolboy football in Blackburn, his native town.
MR. W. CHADWICK
April 9, 1935. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer
Soccer Pioneer Of Blackburn
The death occurred at Blackburn yesterday of Mr. Walter Chadwick, of 55, Leamington Road, Blackburn, for 15 years Head Master of St. Barnabas Day School, Blackburn. He was 61. Mr. Chadwick was one of four brothers who played for Everton, including the famous Edgar Chadwick at present living in Blackpool. Another brother, Albert died a few weeks ago. Before joining Everton Mr. Chadwick a native of Blackburn, played for Blackburn Rovers and took a keen interest in the development of junior football. He found several players for the Rovers, including Bob Crompton the record holder of international honours for England and another international Fred Blackburn. From 1902 to 1919 Mr. Chadwick was a football League referee, controlling important games, including matches between Scotland and Ireland in 1909.
KING'S LEAGUE DEBUT.
April 10, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
By John Peel.
King, Everton's young reserve goalkeeper, who has been doing so well of late, gets his chance in the first eleven on Saturday against Middlesbrough, at Goodison Park, for he takes the place of Sagar, who received a shoulder injury last week at Manchester. King thus makes his League debut. Britton and Geldard resume at right half and outside right, respectively after international duty, Mercer and Leyfield standing down. The team will be: King; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein. The Reserves side to play at Birmingham is: - S. White; Jackson, Jones; Mercer Gee Archer; Leyfield, Dunn, Dickinson, J. Hannon, L. Sandham.
EVERTON INTERNATIONAL SUSPENDED.
April 10, 1935. Evening Express.
White Cannot Play Again this Season.
F.A.s 28 Days Order.
By the Pilot.
Tommy White, Everton's international centre half, will not be able to play again this season. He has been suspended by the Football Association for 28 days. Mr. T. Kelly assistant-secretary of Everton stated, today that the club received intimation that White has been suspended for 28 days as from today. He was ordered off the field with Smith of Newcastle, in the Central League match at Goodison Park on March 23, Smith has been suspended for 14 days. This means that White will have to miss as fewer than five First Division matches. The directors when they last evening removed White for Saturday's game with Middlesbrough at Goodison Park, and gee will return to the side for the first time since the game at Portsmouth on March 23.
King's Debut for Everton.
In addition to the return of Gee, Everton make three further changes for the Middlesbrough game. The most important is the debut of King the 18-year-old goalkeeper in place of Sagar, who is suffering from a injured shoulder. This is the fifth Everton Debutant of the season, Leyfield, Bradshaw, Jackson, and Dickinson have all played in their first football league game this season. He is a promising goalkeeper who as been showing fine form in the Central League team. He joined Everton from Blyth Spartans, the prolific northeastern nursery, on November 23, 1933, as an amateur. At that time King was only 16, but has been doing well with the “A” team, and he signed as a professional on March when he reach the signable age at 17. The other changes are the return of Geldard and Britton to outside right and centre half respectively following international duty. They displace Leyfield and Mercer.
EVERTON PLAYER SUSPENDED
April 11 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
White, Everton's international centre half, has been suspended for 28 days as from April 9, which means that he will be unable to play in any further matches this season. White was ordered off the field during a Central league match at Goodison Park on March 23, together with J. Smith of Newcastle United, who has been suspended for 14 days from April 9.
Gee returns to the Everton first team to meet Middlesbrough at Goodison Park on Saturday in place of White, while Clarke takes the centre half berth in the reserve team in place of Gee. Although Jennings the right full back, has fully recovered from a knee injury which has kept him out of the League engagements for several weeks, the Middlesbrough directors last night decided to make no changes in the side. Brown the half-back, who has been deputising for Jennings in recent matches will again occupy the right full back position. The team is: - Hiller; Brown, Stuart, Martin, Griffiths, Baxter, Birkett, Bruce, Camsell, Coleman, Warren.
EVERTON FOR FRANCE.
April 11 1935. Evening Express.
Everton Football Club are negotiating for a tour to the South of France in May. Full details have not been arranged, but it is expected the tour will last a fortnight.
BORO'S DO-OR-DIE BATTLE AT GOODISON.
April 12 1935. Evening Express.
Struggle for Vital League Points.
Match That May Decide Relegation Question.
By the Pilot.
A match with an important bearing on the question of relegation will be staged at Goodison Park tomorrow, when Everton oppose Middlesbrough. Middlesbrough are fighting tooth and nail to struggle away from the bottom positions in the League; every point is vitally important to them; every match is as keen as a cup-tie. Everton's chief aim is to improve their position in the top section of the league but to the Borough this is a struggle for existence in the First Division. The seriousness of the position of the Teesiders may be judged from the table showing the state of affairs at the bottom end.
It has It has been ill-fortune almost as much as poor play which has taken Middlesbrough into the relegation quicksand's. They have suffered perhaps more than any other club, with the exception of Tottenham through injuries. I have seen them play some attractive football. The Borough also hold the distinction of not having been defeated by either of the Merseyside clubs this season. They beat Everton at Aryresome Park 3-2-Borough players scoring all the goals –drew with Liverpool at Anfield and won the return game at Ayresome Park. There are some notable men in the side and Tommy Griffiths, their captain, is sure of a warm reception in his return to Goodison Park. The match marks the Football League debut of Frank King, Everton's 18-years-old goalkeeper from Blyth Spartans, who takes the place of the injured Sagar. Britton and Geldard return from international duty to right half and outside right, and Gee comes back as pivot for the suspended White. Everton; King; Williams Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein. Middlesbrough: (Probable); Hillier; Brown (W.), Stuart; Martin, Griffiths, Baxter; Birkett, Bruce, Camsell, Coleman, Warren.
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EVERTON AT HOME.
April 13 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton receive Middlesbrough at Goodison Park, and ought to win. Middlesbrough are in the danger zone, and will make Everton go all the way, but the home side on their best form should not drop a point. Special interest will be centred in the League debut of King, the young Everton goalkeeper. Griffiths, the former Everton half-back makes a welcome reappearance at his old ground. The Kick-off is at 3.15 and the following are the teams; Everton; King; Williams Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein. Middlesbrough; Hillier; Brown (W.), Stuart; Martin, Griffiths, Baxter; Birkett, Bruce, Camsell, Coleman, Warren.
FAMOUS SOCCER CLUBS-PORT VALE.
April 13, 1935. Evening Express Football Edition.
The Club That Rose Again.
60 Years Struggle of “The Valiants”
Port Vale Stars and all Kinds of Soccer.
By a Special Correspondent.
The most remarkable thing in the story of Port Vale Football club is that there should be a club to write about at all. From the start, the Staffordshire organisation has trodden a hard road. It has been in and out of the League and, for a time, suspended operations altogether. Money may be scare at Hanley, but there is no limit to courage. The Vale are known, as “The Viliants” better choice of a nickname could not have been made. Stoke, formed in 1863, are pioneers of Soccer in the Potteries. Port Vale came into existence 13 years later, with headquarters in the Longport district of Burslem. There is very little of note to record regarding those early years but having moved to a new ground at Moorland-road the club became known as Burslem Port Vale in 1890. Two years later they joined the newly formed Second Division of the Football league, and found themselves in opposition to such clubs as Small Heath (now Birmingham), Sheffield United, Grimsby Town and others. In their first season in Division Two, Port Vale finished 11 th of 12 clubs. There was an improvement the following year, but their showing was indifferent in subsequent campaigns, and in 1896 they failed to gain re-election. There was a period of Midland League football after this, and it was at this stage of their career that the club provided the football world with a shock. In the first round of the Cup competition of 1897-98, they were drawn to meet Sheffield United, then represented by about the strongest side that has ever worm their colours. The United had been runners-up for the League championship the previous season, and in this particular campaign carried off that honour. Port Vale, a humble little club in the Midland League, were not regarded as having a ghost of a chance against such powerful opposition.
Shock for Sheffield.
Undismayed, they held Sheffield to a draw, and in the replay beat them by 2 goals to 1. The Vale were knocked out in the next round by Burnley, but their performance against Sheffield United had the effect of drawing attention to their merit. It was on the strength of this victory that they were re-admitted to the Second Division, when it was extended a few months later. For a while, Burslem Port Vale gave a better account of themselves than had been the case in their previous membership, but support was poor. By 1907 the situation was so acute that the old club had to chosen down. Oldham Athletic were elected in their place. In 1908, the club was revived and joined the Central league. Again, lack of support proved a bugbear and after three years a move was made to the present ground at Hanley. Having now no further connection with the town of Burslem, that part of the club's title was dropped. Once more they were known by their original title –Port vale –and as such they had to be content with minor grade football for some years. Shortly after the war, the Leeds City club was wound up, having come under the ban of the F.A. This was in mid-season, and Port Vale were invited to take over the Leeds club's playing record and outstanding fixture. In such circumstances did the Staffordshire club return to the League, after an interval of twelve years. There have been “alarms” since then, an one “excursion” for there was relegation to the Northern Section of the Third Division in 1929, but, generally speaking, the old club has had a happier time than in its previous two ventures into League footer.
Unequalled League Record.
It took Port Vale only one season to win their way out of the Northern Section following their relegation, and they carried off the championship with 67 points, the highest ever recorded in that competition. At that particular period they had a sound team at their disposal. Could they have retained it, they might eventually have emulated the example of their neighbours at Stoke and battled through to the highest class of all. Man after man has been transferred to keep the club going, and wealthier sides have thus reaped benefits that might have been Port Vale's. In June, 1931, the directors made a commendable effort to attract regular followers by building a new stand of reinforced concrete, at a cost of 12,000, as well as attending to certain ground improvements. Valiant Vale. They keep going. The good men who go are replaced by others equally good, and all credit must go to Manager Tom Holford and his assistant, T. Morgan, for the way they continue to build up teams at ridiculously low cost. Tom Holford played for Stoke thirty years ago, and won an international cap for England in 1903. In a long playing career first with stoke and then with Port Vale his training never exceeded two evening's a week. The reason was that he had an occupation to follow. Some years ago, his won playing days over Holford introduced his nephew, W. Fred Kirkham to the Vale. Kirkham a local schoolmaster, provide himself one of the best centre forwards they have ever had, and in the 1926-27 season set up a club goal-scoring record (41, which still stands). Before Kirkham there was another exceedingly good centre forward by name, Bob Blood, who was afterwards identified with West Bromwich Albions. For every position on the field through Port Vale have found really high class players, all of whom have taken their talents elsewhere.
Cooper's Old Club.
Tom Cooper, Liverpool's famous English international full back and former Derby county star, was introduced to league football at Hanley. J. Mandley, a capable outside-right, who was found by the club playing for a junior team almost next door to the Vale's ground went to Aston Villa for £7,000, stated to be the highest fee ever received by the Vale for a player. McGeata (Nots County), Mills, (Leeds United), Tabram (Hull City), Roberts (Millwall), Potser (Brentford), Strange (Sheffield Wednesday), Griffiths (Cardiff) and Oakes (Charlton) they were all with Port Vale first. Strange, originally a centre forward, found his true position at right half while assisting Port Vale, and for a long time held that place unchallenged in England's team. Griffiths was a gift to the club. A Welsh man and an international now. He went to the Potteries to play a trial with stoke. This was unsuccessful, but he stayed on over the weekend to offer himself to the neighboring club. They gave him a chance in the second half of a practice match, and as he scored four goals in 20 minutes he was given an engagement. Since leaving the Vale, he has been identified with Everton and West Bromwich Albion. He joined Cardiff last summer. Jimmy Oaks holds the curious distinction of having assisted both sides in what was vitually the same match. It came about in this way; In the Christmas fixtures of 1932, Port Vale met Charlton but because of bad light, the game was abandoned before full time was signalled. Oakes was a member of the Vale team in that engagement. The fixture was rearranged to take place late in the season. By the time the teams came together again Oakes had been transferred to the London club and turned out for them against his old colleagues. This is one of the freaks of the transfer system.
April 13 1935. Liverpool Football Echo.
Fine Work by the Goalkeepers.
Spectator's Kiss for Dixie Dean.
Middlesbrough took a point, and its value may be immense at the end of the season. King was an able deputy for Sagar and Hillar, in the other goal, also made some good saves. Teams: - Everton: - King, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Stein, forwards. Middlesbrough: - Hillier goal; Brown (W.), and Stuart, backs; Martin, Griffiths (captain), and Baxter half-backs; Birkett, Bruce, Camsell, Coleman, Warren forwards. Referee Mr. J. Taylor, Rotherham. Fifteen thousand people was my estimate of the crowd and they saw what nearly became a goal in the first half-minute. Dean defeated Griffiths with his head, but the ball came to Stein in such a way that the winger could not get in his cross in the usual certain manner. Hillier saw the ball turn away towards Cunliffe, who lobbed it over Hilliers head and almost took a goal. Birkett took a long pass cut in, and delivered a fierce drive, and the ball stammed up against the side netting, and then Dean tried his luck when he made a header, but the goalkeeper was ready. Dean did amazingly well with his head notwithstanding the ever-present Grififths and Dean made a great gliding header to Stein so that the latter let out a terrific shot. Hillier turning the ball away for a corner.
A Dean Header.
At eleven minutes a goal arrived, and it making was curious. Warren kicked round the ball, missing it entirely almost on the touchline. Williams came up and made a long forward lob. Dean and Hilliar went for the ball together dean's head won, and the ball went spinning into the net. There was strong appeal against the goal by Middlesbrough-but it must have been on the score of offside against Dean, for I could see no other possible infringement. The referee had to consult a linesman and after doing so the goal was allowed.
Within three minutes Middlesbrough had equalised. A free kick against Cresswell was headed into goal by Coleman, but Cresswell headed away off the goal line. The ball went out to Birkett, who ran in to head into what was practically an open goal. There was now more live in the game and Dean thinking that Stein was in his usual position allowed a ball which he could have taken to pass him by Coleman showed a lot of clever play, both as a forward and in defence, but Everton were by far the superior side. When Griffiths headed a corner kick goalwards Cresswell nearly put through his own goal. He scooped the ball up, and it went curling over the crossbar, while a little later Camsell went close. Birkett beat Cresswell rather easily, and made a powerful shot, King turning the ball out. Cunliffe tried a long shot, which soared half a yard over. Stein got a pass that placed him clear, and he made a hanging centre. Dean put so much power behind his header that Hillier fumbled the ball before eventually making his clearance. The bets shot of the match thus far was made by Birkett. It was worth a goal, just as King's save was worth the great ovation it brought. Dean put Stein through, but the wing man completely missed his kick. The Boro goal escaped when Cunliffe's shot was deflected, and the ball went slowly on to the upright.
Half-time Everton 1, Middlesbrough 1.
Curious Incident .
There was a curious incident just before the resumption. A spectator ran on the field, shook hands with Dean and then kissed him. The crowd simply roared with laughter. King and Hillier made good saves, Middlesbrough missed some gorgeous opening by keeping the ball too close. Everton, too were guilty of many efforts after they had worked out a position, and the crowd became rather annoyed at some of the efforts. Fifteen minutes after the interval Hillier sustained a facial cut in a collision with Dean and he left the field, Baxter going into goal. The temporary goalkeeper Hillier was not long away did some sound work and King once foiled Worrall after a long run. Camsell kicked over the ball near goal. A few minutes from the end Everton nearly snatched a victory. Hillier making a good save, while Stein lobbed one over the bar. Final Everton 1, Middlesbrough 1.
EVERTON 1 MIDDLESBROUGH 1
April 15, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Middlesbrough Get A Point.
Disputed Goal at Goodison Park.
Middlesbrough came to Goodison wanting every point they could possibly obtain from the meeting with Everton. They took one, which will no doubt prove a great value at the end of the season but there were many who thought they were entitled to two, for they were emphatic that Dean, the Everton captain, fisted the ball into the net to give his side the lead after eleven minutes. Williams, ho was well up the field lobbed the ball into the penalty area. Dean and Hillier, the goalkeeper rushed for the ball. Who would get it? Dean was there a shade in front of the Middlesbrough man, and jumping high glanced the ball into the net over Hillier'' head.
Did Dean handle?
It did seem as though Dean used his hand. His arm swung over his head and came almost to the level of his head, but I would not like to say that he fisted the ball. It was just as likely that he headed it. Middlesbrough protested. The referee was a long distance away, so he called on a linesman who was also well down the field. Dean himself could have settled the matter, but of course he was never asked. If Dean did handle the ball it was a tragedy for Middlesbrough, but they had their good fortune when the ball went into the net after Dean had challenged Hillier. That balanced Dean's gaol so in actual fact things were evened out. Considering Middlesbrogh's position in the League one naturally expected the North-Eastern side to be a fighting side. They were but never had the ability of Everton in the matter of framing an attack. Like Everton they missed many chances, but they did sufficient to tell the Everton followers that the club has in King a goalkeeper who proved himself a worthy deputy to Sagar. King had not a lot to do, but what he had was a tricky nature. One save was up to the standard of Sagar, or any other goalkeeper. He had no chance whatever with Birkett's goal, for he was at the other end, having gone there to finedown Coleman's angle.
Coleman beat King, but Cresswell who had given away the free kick which caused all the bother stood in Coleman's path, and headed away a certain goal. His clearance however, only travelled on to Birkett, who had closed in and the former Arsenal winger had practically all the goal at his mercy. This goal came three minutes after Dean's and that was the full extent of the day's scoring. Everton treated the game less seriously than Middlesbrough; they could afford to do so, for they are planted high and dry among the top clubs. Most times their players laughed their way through the game. The wind naturally had its effect on accurate passing –big distance passing –and the bounce of the ball did not help, but those factors alone were not responsible for some of the dull moments – there were too many –of the game. Bright spots shone out at times, but for the most part it was just an “end of the season” game. Hillier, who was off the field for a matter of five minutes when he came into collision with Dean and injured his face made some startling saves. Cresswell and Thomson once left it to one another and Birkett put in a fine shot while Hillier made a grand save when Stein drove in one of his fiercest drives. The goalkeeping was of top-class all through, although the Middlesbrough man once fumbled a header by Dean trusting the ball as though it was a hot cinder. There was a comic interlude just before the commencement of the second half. A spectator dashed out on to the field, grabbed Dean's hand and then kissed him. It was all so quickly done that he was performing his amusing act before anyone had realised that he was on the field of play. Teams: - Everton: - King, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Stein, forwards. Middlesbrough: - Hillier goal; Brown (W.), and Stuart, backs; Martin, Griffiths (captain), and Baxter half-backs; Birkett, Bruce, Camsell, Coleman, Warren forwards. Referee Mr. J. Taylor, Rotherham.
BIRMINGAM CITY RESERVES 4 EVERTON RESERVES 1
April 15, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 37)
Birmingham were too strong for Everton, who lacked sting in attack. White have a fine display in goal, and Archer and mercer were capable halves. Beasley scored for Birmingham after 20 minutes and Dunn tested Clark with good shots. Sandham equalised one minute after the interval, but the home team overplayed Everton, afterwards. James Beasley and Lee added further goals. Everton being handicapped through injuries to Clark and Archer . Everton: - White goal; Jackson and Jones, backs; Mercer, Clark, and Archer, half-backs; Leyfield, Dunn, Dickenson, Hannon and Sandham, forwards.
Everton “A” 2, Skelmersdale United 2
George Mahon Cup.
At Crosby, in the semi-final. Everton set the pace, and Webster netted in five minutes, but the visitors soon replied through Verdin. Everton launched many attacks, but Wilson and Abram were fine defenders while Boardman was safe in goal. The second half proved an interesting as the first, but it was not until midway through it that Bradbury put Skelmersdale in front. Everton got on terms through Bentham who scored the best goal in the match.
HEAD OR HAND?
April 15 1935. Liverpool Echo.
Really was a goal scored at Goodison Park on Saturday that will be disputed for some time, and after it has been threaded to ribbons the true version will not be known until Dean himself tells his story. The general contention in the press box was that Dean fisted the ball into the net. They questioned the referee decision because he was a long way from the incident, but was he as far away as those who were perched away up in the “cock-lift” and at a bad angle at that (writes Stork). There was a lot of laughter behind the goal, and that undoubtedly suggested that Dean had scored with his hand, and though the Borough players rushed across to the referee in bitter protest. My own opinion was that they claimed Dean offside and I though so too. I must admit that it looked as though Dean had handled the ball. Both Hillier and Dean came to met William's lob centre, the Everton man jumping up and swinging his arm above his head at the same moment but whether his hand or head actually connected with the ball to send it into the net I an not prepared to say. I was taken to task for being too dramatic over a referee's decision a week ago, and this was not nearly so glaring a case. I have spoken with people between the goal, and they sat Dean did not handle.
That goal meant a whole lot to Middlesbrough, who wanted both points, situated as they are in the League table but they must not forget that when Hillier was hurt and the ball went into the net I could see nothing wrong with Dean's challenge on the goalkeeper. There was nothing dangerous in Dean's charge and Hillier was in possession so courted the bump Baxter the Borough's utility man has played in practically every position in the team at one time or another and he did extremely well to withstand Everton's attack. It was just an ordinary game, an end of the season display for that matter, and the crowd were very tired of the fare provided long before the final whistle. There were bright spots, but unfortunately more dull ones, and the crowd did not forget to let the teams know, that they were far from satisfied with the play. The second half in particular was devoid of anything to stir tip the blood the chief features being the goalkeeper of Hillier and King. Neither was overworked, but one of two shots came along to test the ability of both goalkeeper. King is a worthy deputy for Sagar. One save alone stamped him as a keeper who is going to make a name for himself. This was his first match with Everton's first eleven. He showed no signs of nerves, and did everything in confident manner. Hillier best save was from Stein, who let out one of his firest drives, but apart from those saves and one or two nice combined movements, there was little in the game. Middlesbrough were naturally the more determined triers. If Everton made mistakes, and they made many their simply laughed them away, and went on their way as if nothing mattered. With the Boro it was different. They wanted the points and they put forth every effort to win them, but they, too, missed their way when in the goal zone. The light ball wanted a lot of timing, and the wind ruined many long passes, but the elements alone were not responsible for the moderate display of either side. The Boro were too eager, too prone to over dribbling when a shot would have been the correct procedure, whereas Everton, as I have already informed you seemed to take matters as you please.” “Griffiths was not the dominating party we know he can be but the Boro wingermen were very sprightly and clever enough to make danger, but there was no finality about the middle men. Camsell had few chances and Birkett was the real danger spot to the Everton goal. He had speed, ball control and shooting ability, but the game never promised to be a thriller. A spectator created the big laugh of the afternoon. Just before the commencement of the second half a man ran out of the crowd, chased across to Dean, grabbed his hand and then kiss him. This tickled the crowd more than any other incident during the whole of the game.
EVERTON BEAT LAST SEASON'S POINTS TOTAL
April 15 1935. Evening Express.
By the Watcher.
Everton, with four games still to play, have already exceeded last season's point aggregate (40) –they have 41 points –and in matches at Goodison Park have scored as many goals (62) as they obtained in all their fixtures last season. Everton should have recorded another victory when Middlesbrough visited Goodison, but they had to be content with a share of the spoils, each side scoring one. For more than three-quarters of the game, it was all Everton. They gave us artistry, and at times football that was a delight, but they did not give us the finishing touches. One of the brightest spots of the game was the Football League debut of King, the former Blyth Spartans goalkeeper. He played a masterly style, his anticipation being good, and some of his saves beautiful executed. Dean's goal was disputed on the ground that in outleaping Hillier, the Boro' goalkeeper, Dean touched the ball with his hand. I do not think he did. The Everton defence –always sound –had a comparatively easy day. Cresswell, was the pick. Gee was the outstanding player of the home halves. Britton ran him a close second. Stevenson and Cunliffe were the best of an Everton attack that lacked finishing ability.
April 17, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The Everton directors last night selected the teams to do duty during the Easter games. On Friday the first eleven is not engaged, but the Reserves have a Central league game at Derby against the County, and the team chosen includes Cresswell at left back, the side being F. White; Jackson, Cresswell; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Leyfield, Dunn, Higham, Webster, J. Hannon. On Saturday the first team are due at Blackburn and the side includes Jones in place of Cresswell with King in goal in place of Sagar, still on the injured list. The team is King; Williams, Jones; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein. On Monday Everton visited Derby County when the sides again shows a change in the back division. This time Jackson appears in place of Williams, with Cresswell as his partner the team being: - King; Jackson, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein.
FOUR EVERTON PLAYERS FOR TRANSFER.
April 17, 1935. Evening express.
Dunn, Higham, Griffiths, Deighton.
Next season's Re-Signings.
Everton Football club announce today that four players have been placed on the open-to-transfer list. They are: Dunn, Higham, Griffiths, and Deighton. The remainder of the players have been offered terms, and such is the happy state of affairs at Goodison Park that the majority have re-signed for next season. None of the players not retained should have much difficulty in securing new clubs. The most notable departure is Jimmy Dunn, the famous Scottish international inside right, Dunn came to Everton from Hibernians in 1928, and, for the best part, has been a regular member of the first team. He helped Everton to win the Second Division championship, the First Division championship, and the F.A. Cup, scoring the third goal in the final against Manchester City. Dunn played six times for Scotland, and was a member of the famous forward line that defeated England 5-1 at Wembley in 1928. Higham is the young centre-forward from Chorley who played exceptionally well in several first team game last season following his debut against Manchester City. This season he has been handicapped by ill-heath, but is now back and well again. Griffiths is the young centre-half who has not played in the first team except in a Lancashire cup-tie and Deighton was secured from a local unemployed list.
Everton are making several experiments with their defence for the Easter games. They involve many changes. The object is to try to discover the best defensive combination for next season with the right blend of experience and strength. It is a wise policy. The first team is not engaged on Good Friday, but the reserves eleven visit Derby County. Warney Cresswell will figure at left back as partner to Jones. For the Football League match against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Saturday, the Everton backs will be Williams and Jones. For the visit to Derby County on Easter Monday the backs will be Jackson and Cresswell. It will be highly interesting to see how the young players fare alongside the men of positional accomplishment and ripe experience. Teddy Sagar, the goalkeeper, is making excellent progress towards recovery from his shoulder injury, but is not yet absolutely fit, so King retains his place in goal for both the holiday league games. Everton's team for the series of matches will be: -
Everton Reserves (v. Derby County, Good Friday); White; Jackson, Cresswell; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Leyfield, Dunn, Higham, Webster, J. Hannon.
Everton (v. Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, Saturday): King; Williams, Jones; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein.
Everton (v. Derby County, at the Baseball Ground Monday): King; Jackson, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein.
EVERTON PLAYERS FOR TRANSFER.
April 18 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The Everton Football Club announce that four players have been placed on the open to transfer list, namely Dunn, Higham, Grififths and Deighton. The remainder of the players have been offered terms, and the majority have re-signed for next season. Deighton is a goalkeeper Griffiths a centre half and Dunn and Higham forwards. The most notable departure is Dunn, the Scottish International inside right, who joined Everton from Hibernians in 1928, and helped the club to win the Second Division championship the First division championship, and the F.A. Cup in successive seasons. Dunn played six times for Scotland. Higham, a young centre forward from Chorley, played exceptionally well in several first team games last season.
DEATH OF FORMER SCOTS ‘NATIONALIST
April 19, 1935. The Dundee Courier
The death occurred in Edinburgh yesterday of John Cameron, a former Queen's Park and Tottenham Hotspur player. Starting his career with Queen's Park, Cameron signed for Everton as an amateur, and later turned professional for them before joining ‘Spurs in 1898. In 1899 ne became secretary-manager, and in 1901 was a member of the Tottenham team that won the cup. He played inside right for Scotland against Ireland in 1896.
DEATH OF FORMER SCOTS NATIONALIST
April 19, 1935. The Dundee Courier
The death occurred in Edinburgh yesterday of John Cameron, a former Queen's Park and Tottenham Hotspur Player. Starting his career with Queen's Park, Cameron signed for Everton as an amateur, and later turned professional for them before joining ‘Spurs in 1898. In 1889 he became secretary-manager, and in 1901 was a member of the Tottenham team that won the cup. He played inside-right for Scotland against Ireland in 1896.
DERBY COUNTY RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 2
April 20 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 38)
Everton twice held the lead in a hard game at derby but a division of points was a fair result. Leyfield and Dunn were the best wing on view and Dunn scored both goals for the visitors. Powers did likewise for Derby though his second might have been averted by White, who gave an otherwise faultless display of goalkeeping. Cresswell and Carr, the veteran left backs were outstanding defenders for their respective sides. Everton: - White, goal; Jackson and Cresswell, backs; Mercer Clark (captain) and Archer, half-backs; Leyfield, Dunn, Higham, Webster and Hannon, forwards.
Everton “A” 4 Liverpool “A” 3
Liverpool County Combination.
Everton enhanced their prospects of retaining the league championship by their victory over Liverpool at Goodison Park. It was a game of many interesting features and Liverpool were unlucky in not forcing a draw. The home side dominated the first half attacking, but Hullett, in the centre was hesitant in his final endeavour. Search gave Liverpool an early lead, and although persistently pressed, the visitors held on to it until ten minutes after resumption when Lambert equalised. Everton then scored thrice through O'Reilly, Bentham and Hullett but Liverpool staged a revival and Stanter added two goals.
BLACKBURN TROUNCE EVERTON.
April 20, 1935. Evening Express Football Edition.
Quick-Tackling Rovers Pile on Six Goals.
Blues “At Sea” on Waterlogged Ground.
By the Pilot.
Blackburn Rovers trounced Everton to the tune of 6-2 at Ewood Park, where the Blues were never able to adapt themselves to the conditions obtaining on a waterlogged ground. Everton were much slower on the ball against a quick-tackling force. Thomson scored the first goal of the season for Everton, and Whiteside his first ever for the Rovers. Everton found themselves on their way to Blackpool, today instead of Blackburn. The coach containing the Everton players was not unhitched from the Blackpool train at Preston and it was not until the Everton party noticed that the landscape was unfamilar that they realised they were bound for the seaside. The Coach was unhitched at Kirkham and attached to the Preston train. On arrival at Preston a late connection was caught, and the party reached Blackburn only an hour before the kick-off. The Rovers, who had suffered defeat at Tottenham yesterday, brought in Carver for Christie at centre half. Teams: - Blackburn Rovers: - Binns goal; Gorman and Crook, backs; Whiteside, Carver, and Pryde, half-backs; Bruton, Talbot, Thompson, Beattie, and Milne, forwards. Everton: - King goal; Williams and Jones, backs; Britton Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. H. Nattrass (Durham). Everton were a goal down in five minutes Bruton being the scorer. It had been a case of all Rovers with the Blues' defenders rather hurried and harried. King handled the ball outside the penalty area, but Gee disposed of the free kick then King went full length to save from Bruton. Then Bruton did the trick. The attack developed on the left, and Thompson beat Gee in his leap and edged the ball down for Bruton to score from close range. Everton fought back and Thomson sent a pile-driver just wide of the far post. The Rovers had three corners, then Dean sent Geldard away on clear ground, but the international muffed his pass. He came again and Britton dashed in to hit a centre, aiming straight at Binns. King made a fine full-length save from a penalty-line free kick by Beattie.
In 15 minutes the Rovers missed a penalty. Milne was going through when he was brought down in the penalty area. Bruton took the kick but drove the ball inches over the top. King twist fisted out brilliantly, and Geldard did good work on the right without being able to finish accurately. Another free kick brought out the best in King, who dived to turn the ball aside, when Bruton flashed the ball across the goal Beattie who had followed up dived full length into the net in an effort to score. In 15 minutes had a second penalty this time Thompson scoring. Beattie was going through when Jones dashed over and foul him. Thompson gently placed the ball in the corner of the net from the spot. This match recalled the game between the same teams two years ago when there were four penalties, two of which were missed. Except for a distant shot by Dean to which Binns fell, Everton were hardly in it, and in 27 minutes Talbot took over a lovely pass from Bruton to drive the ball in along for the third goal.
Everton reduced the lead in 32 minutes when Thomson scored, with a lovely drive from just outside the penalty area the ball beating Binns all the way. Dean had received a throw-in on the right, and when everyone expected him to wheel round and shoot, he passed it back to Thomson, who scored one of his rare goals. Stein was racing through when Whiteside handled. The whistle was blown, by Crook crashed into Stein, who had to go on the line. Cunliffe got the ball into the net off Geldard's corner, but the ball had previously swerved out of play. Whiteside scored his first goal for Blackburn when he found the net after 40 minutes. Thus two half-backs were numbered among the scorers. The goal followed Everton pressure, and came from a centre by Milne. The ball was partially cleared by Thomson, but Whiteside nipped in, dribbled past two opponents and banged in an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net. Next Milne got a terrific drive, which king jumped to and pushed against the upright.
Half-time Blackburn Rovers 4. Everton 1.
Play was resumed on a waterlogged ground, and the play was affected by the conditions, the ball generally being master of the players. King dashed out to save, when Bruton went through and threw himself at the feet of the forward. Bruton purposely refrained from shooting. Had he done so King might have been injured. Quite a sporting touch in a game in which fouls were frequent. The ball was pushed well forward and there was a race between King and Thompson. King missed the ball, but Thomson dallied so long that when he did shoot the ball struck Jones on the foot and went behind. In 65 minutes the Rovers went “nap” with a combined effort. Bruton dribbled close in and placed low across goal. Thompson missed the ball by a yard and King fell on it. Thompson and Talbot succeeded in getting the ball from him, and Bruton tapped it through. Dean helped on Gee's free kick, and Binns saved by the far post Everton's claim that the ball had crossed the line being turned down. Beattie scored a sixth for the Rovers in 75 minutes, after Bruton's pass had outwitted King. Final Blackburn R. 6, Everton 2.
EVERTON RES V SHEFF WED RES.
April 20 1935. Evening Express Football Edition.
There was little to chosen between the sides. Everton were first to attack and Webster ploughed his way through to deliver a hard drive, which Breedon cleverly saved. The Wednesday's replay was a left wing movement, which ended in White saving finely from Grange. Bentham went close with a good header from a pass by Leyfield, who later ran half the length of the field only to pass badly instead of trying a shot. Mercer was in capital form, showing many deft touches Breddon however, was in good form and saved cleverly from Higham, and also from Hannon, who had taken the rebound. Sheffield swung the ball about, a correct procedure considering the conditions, and White's charge experienced some anxious moments, Wynn on one occasions shooting against the upright. Near the interval Mercer gave Everton the lead with a great shot. Half-time Everton Res 1 Sheffield Wed Res 0. In the second half Hannon added a second for Everton and Walker, the Sheffield defender, put through his own goal to make a third.
GREAT SOCCER TEAMS HISTORY-WEST HAM UNITED
April 15, 1935. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Footballers Who Built Battleships.
West Ham's Early Days “Up he Iron!”
By a Special Correspondent.
Now and again, when the supporters of the West Ham United Football Club are rallying their team, the cry will be heard of “Up the Iron!” The cry links the past with the present, for it is a direct reference to the days when West ham bore the name of “Thames Ironworks” and many of their players, built battleships in the docks that lie along London rivers. West Ham origin is akin to that of the Arsenal, who were founded by men employed in the big Governement armaments factory art Woolwich. Thames Ironworks Ltd, constructed battleships and among their players and riveters were some North countrymen who had played football in their own shires. These men, exiles by reason of their employment, decided to form a club of their own. This was in 1895, and their decision having been reached, they were not long in communicating their enthusiasm to the fellow workers. A generous patron was found in Mr. A. F. Hills, and Thames Ironworks F.C. came into being. Football was not a new game to the district. West Ham in fact, is an old centre of the spot, and some years before the advert of Thames Ironwork's, a club named Upon Park, had figured in the F.A. Cup-ties with such sides as Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End. Others that had flourished in the West Ham district before the arrival of Thames Ironworks, were St. Lukes and Old Castle Swifts. All the Ironworks players were members of the shipyards and their captain was one Bob Stevenson, who had some experience with the Arsenal. The club membership was about fifty. The men did their training at night, after they had finished their work, using a schoolroom in the Barking-road for that purpose. They moved to the newly-opened Memorial Grounds, at canning Town, and it was while they were there, that they won their first honour, the London league championship, in 1898. The following season, they embraced professionalism and were admitted to the Second Division of the old Southern League. They did so well that they were leaders at the close of the campaign, and went into the highest division. Despite their playing record, they were badly supported, and their triumph was tempered by troubles of a finical character. In the words of one of their officials they had enough debts to sink a ship. Their first season in the premier division of the Southern League proved that they had taken on a task that was almost beyond them. They won only eight matches, and were in such troubled circumstances, that the only thing to do was to reorganize completely. A limited liability company was formed and the club was relaunced as West Ha United on July 5, 1900. At the end of their first season under the new name, West Ham was sixth. The following year they were fourth, with Portsmouth, Tottenham and Southampton above them. At the end of the 1903-04 season West Ham's lease of the Memorial Grounds expired and after a good deal of anxious negotiation, the present enclosure at Boleyn Castle, was secured. The ground has historical associations, for Anne Boleyn Henry 8 th ;s unfortunate queen, lived in the mansion hard by.
Only Two Players.
Having moved in, the Hammers found themselves with only two players to their name. Their future had been so obscure that they had been unable to make proper preparations for the coming campaign. No time was lost, however, in building up a new team, and at the end of the season the club had the satisfaction of recording a profit for the first time in their history. In 1919 when league football was resumed after the war, West Ham decided to leave the Southern League and join the Football league, then a two-division competition. The move resulted in a fine of £500 being imposed by the Southern League, but West Ham, knowing that their scope would be wider, paid up cheerfully. When their cheque had passed through the bank, they had it framed and placed on a wall in the directors room. It can be seen there today. Beside it is another cheque this time for £6,000 the sum received by the club as its share of the Cup Final gate of 1923. One more interesting souvenir is a silken banner presented to the club in Budapest to mark the fact that they were the first English football club to play abroad after the war. West Ham were beaten in the Cup Final by Bolton Wanderers, but found some consolation in gaining promotion to the First Division. The team that represented them in 1922-23 was just about the best they have ever had. Three of its members are still at Boleyn Castle. They are Victor Watson and Jimmy Ruffell, who remain in playing service, and Billy Moore, who is assistant trainer. George Kay the captain is now manager at Southampton, and Jack Treadern holds a similar appointment with Crystal palace. Mr. Charles Paynter, who trained the cup final team and has been with the club since the early days at Boyeyn Castle succeeded the late Mr. King as manager and is beloved by all the men in his charge. Their present task is to regain their place in the First Division lost in 1932, and they are making a great flight of it.
April 20 1935. The Liverpool Football Echo.
By Louis T. Kelly.
One heard with deep regret of the great loss sustained this week by Mr. S.M. Crosbie, one of the “Fathers” of the Everton club, in the loss of his dear wife and helpmate. Mr. Crosbie was head master of the school, which the writer attended when he first came to Liverpool, nearly sixty year's ago. Those were the days when the stick was laid on heavily and lads were prone to “playing sag.” Today school life is so pleasant by comparison that you can't get children away for love or money.
EVERTON IN A SWAP.
April 20, 1935. Liverpool Football Echo.
Blackburn Rovers' Biggest Victory
King Forced to Face Two penalty Kicks
Three Shots off the Spot.
Blackburn had the good fortune to have a gale of wind at their backs, two penalty kicks, and their own verve for the game. Everton were in moody mood and showed little fight. Bruton was the Rovers outstanding member. It was Blackburn's biggest win of the season. . Teams: - Blackburn Rovers: - Binns goal; Gorman and Crook, backs; Whiteside, Carver, and Pryde, half-backs; Bruton, Talbot, Thompson, Beattie, and Milne, forwards. Everton: - King goal; Williams and Jones, backs; Britton Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. H. Nattrass (Durham). Everton were resting yesterday and Blackburn lost to Spurs –the latter's first win since Boxing Day. Everton came near a journey to Blackpool today, as they were carried on to Kirkham instead of being switched off at Preston Junction. Fortunately the connections at Kirkham and Preston did not prevent their reaching Blackburn in time. Carver played for the Rovers whose colours clashed with Everton, so that the visiting team put their extremely dark blue jerseys. The wind was blustering and rain right at the start threatened to spoil a holiday gate. Blackburn had to fight for their lives, as they were so badly placed in the League table. King picked up outside his area, and so brought a free kick to the Rovers, but they were too excited to turn the grit into a scoring channel. Gee gave a corner and from it handled with the result that Blackburn asked for a penalty kick and rightly asked in vain. King was a busy boy and had to take a charge on his goal line. He got the ball away and then gained a free kick from Referee Nattrass, of New Seaham. Everton were lethargic in the opening minutes and when the ball came over from Milne to Bruton the latter closed in and, unmarked scored what was a joyous goal for the home side. Stevenson and Stein tried to change the course of play, and Stevenson was especially interesting and helpful.
King's Great Save.
Dean came forward with a neat dribble, and Thomson with a stunning shot just outside with quite nerve-racking to goalkeeper Binns. The rainfall was now heavy. Beattie took a free kick from no further than a yard outside the penalty box. King's save was a real gem. Geldard finished off his work rather badly, but he helped Britton in a fine attack, which ended with the latter trying to head a goal. Cunliffe made a tip-top touchline run on his own, finishing with a nice centre to goal. Thomson and Milne paired off perfectly, and Milne was slow to take a chance easy. Thomson and Stevenson in turn, went out of position and found no helpers, when Gee was adjudged guilty of a foul on Milne a penalty award was given and Bruton shot over the bar –Bruton's first miss in seven efforts. King punched out from Beattie when his defence was struggling. Thunder and lighting spread across the field and the rainfall increased. Beattie took a close in free kick against Williams and King's save was truly remarkable. Bruton should have netted the rebound of this save and Thomson went to the back of the net in a dive for a goal, but he did not connect with the ball. Dean replied with a splendid low shot, to which Binns went down with success. Beattie was dribbling through when Jones brought him down, and a second penalty arrived. This time Thompson took it properly, and Blackburn led by two goals in twenty-five minutes. Bruton made the third goal two minutes later with a neat run and dribble which led to a pass-back to Talbot, whose shot was low and sure.
Thomson's Goal For Everton.
Blackburn had played well, and had used the strong wind to the best advantage. Everton fought back, and a pass back by Dean led to Jock Thomson hitting the wet ball fast and sure –a goal of much popularity among the Everton players. Crook cracked Stein on the leg shortly after the whistle had sounded for a free kick. Stein went off the field. Pryse put through his own goal from Geldard's corner kick, but the referee declared the ball had passed out before connection was made. Stein was off but a few minutes, and now Dean was limping though a foul by Carvey, Thomson's free kick going very close. The Rovers centre caught a goal kick by King, the ball cannoning behind after which Whiteside the half-back, took a beautiful goal with a splendid shot. Milne struck the post. So if all the chances had been taken this would have been wholesale scoring.
Half-time Blackburn Rovers 4, Everton 1.
Gorman started the second half with some fine defence. Stevenson beat three men in a quaint dribble, but the Everton side was buzzing today. They had the wind in their favour, but the margin of 4-1 against them. Geldard's best run closed with a pass back to Stevenson, but the chance did not fruity, because the Rovers stepped in. King was saved a serious injury through Bruton holding off close in, and the crowd showed their appreciation of Bruton's sporting action. Everton improved a good deal without making a mark on the goal-register despite Dean's challenge to Binns. Ben Williams on the other hand, kept Thompson from running right through for a goal –fine defence. Bruton scored the fifth goal in a scrimmage and Beattie took a sixth when the irrepressible Bruton was centring at ease and convenience.
A Third Penalty.
Geldard scored for Everton with the third penalty kick of the day –a foul by Milne on Geldard producing the spot kick. Final Blackburn Rovers 6 Everton 2.
BLACKBURN ROVERS 6 EVERTON 2
April 22, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Penalty Kick Offences.
Blackburn Gain Valuable Points.
Everton Lack Lustre.
Everton's visit to Blackburn started wrong and continued wrong. They were carried on towards Blackpool through a railway official's mistake, and might easily have been late for the kick off at Blackburn if the train service back had not been convenient. Then the game started with the Rovers winning the toss, and a deluge of rain and a strong wind against Everton did not improve the visiting team's chances. Two penalty kicks were awarded to Blackburn, Bruton missing with one effort, and Thompson taking the other properly. The wind grew fiercer in favour of the home side, but Blackburn, fighting for their First Division League statues, went on to a solid victory. I have given the foregoing not so much to make excuses for defeated side, but to put the facts of the case as they arose. Blackburn soon got into an impregnable position. Their scorers in the first half where Bruton 5 minutes, Thompson 25 minutes Talbot 27 minutes, Thomson 32 minutes, and Whiteside 40 minutes.
End of Season Play.
Blackburn restarted shakily and missed a great chance of taking another goal, Jones preventing one when king had left his goal. However, Bruton made the score 5-1 after Thompson had been close to goal, but muddied to a point not allowing him to take the honour of the goal, and Beattie took number six. Blackburn, as I have said, were fighting against relegation and their very sharpness was in contrast to Everton's easy going manner. Blackburn had played in London the day before, and it was surprising they should be so fresh where Everton disengaged on Good Friday was so heavy in their movements. The truth was that Everton had a back-end-of-the-season feeling and the half-backs were not good, while Jones could not stand up to the fine wing work of Bruton who was a constant source of trouble to the defence.
King Not to Blame.
King in goal was not to blame and was only twice saved by good fortune once whom Jones kicked away from the line the second time when the woodwork was struck. There was little to say about any of the Everton side the right wing flank being completely off its normal game and Stein and Stevenson were alone in their virility and endeavour. True, the ground was churned up by the heavy rainfall but one had an idea Everton were better in the holding conditions. Perhaps it was the close approach of the season's end that caused Everton to be so disappointing. The victory of the home side certainly tended to ease their relegation situation and the work of Beatiie, Thompson Whiteside, Groman, and Carver, the latter two players ex-Liverpool members was worth a good margin. It was Blackburn's biggest won of the season, and was attained through all-round enterprise and effort. They chased the ball and worked for their openings. Everton made theirs, but were lackadaisical to the rain. Indeed, there seemed to be three Blackburn men where there was one Everton player. Easter's late arrival has made the season seem very long –and that is the kindliest way one can think of Everton's display in this game, in which Geldard was brought to earth in the last moments of play and taking the penalty kick himself scored readily enough. It says something for Blackburn's endeavours and fear of relegation that Milne, the outside left, was the player who brought Geldard down in the penalty zone. Teams: - Blackburn Rovers: - Binns goal; Gorman and Crook, backs; Whiteside, Carver, and Pryde, half-backs; Bruton, Talbot, Thompson, Beattie, and Milne, forwards. Everton: - King goal; Williams and Jones, backs; Britton Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. H. Nattrass (Durham).
EVERTON RESERVES 3 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY RESERVES 1
April 22 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 39)
Considering the conditions prevailing at Goodison Park following the torrential rain and continuous drizzle which made the ground surface a sea of water and mud this proved a most exhilarating game for both sides combined with remarkable accuracy, and it was Everton's more definite finish that enabled then to achieve a commendable win. The Sheffielders were the more attractive attacking force, but their tendency to over elaboration in the goal area spoil many of their chances. Everton invariably selected the shortest goal route and this allied to sharp accurate finally enabled them to gain the victory. Mercer got the Goodison side on the successful road with the opening goal a few minutes from the interval, and although the Wednesday came near equalising on a number of occasions, Dewar and his colleagues were repeatedly frustrated by a sound Everton defence –White in goal, Morris, Jackson, Mercer and Griffiths doing great work in the second half. Hannon and Walker (own goal) added further goals, while Dewar scored for the Wednesday.
April 22 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton have signed on as a professional J. Hannon, outside or inside left, who has been playing as an amateur with the “A” team and the Central League side. Hannon stands 5ft 9ins, weights 11 st and is aged 18.
READY FOR NEXT SEASON
April 22 1935. Evening Express.
All Everton Players Re-sign
That Blackburn Bogy
By the Pilot.
All the Everton players who were offered terms for season 1935-36 have signed on. The full list of signings was completed in one day. So the Blues are set for the next campaign. One wonders if next year they will succeed in winning their first game at Ewood Park, Blackburn, since the war. They played in a sea of mud at Ewood on Saturday, and returned well beaten 6-2 simply because they tried to plough a way through the mud by short passing instead of swinging the ball about. The Rovers adopted the right plans by exploiting their wingers to the fullest possible extent. The wingers had solid ground on which to work. Everton floundered, however and the score against might easily have been more had it not been for the fine goalkeeping of young King who effected many brilliant saves at point-blank range. The Everton half backs never got a grip on the Everton forwards in the first half. When they did get down to their task properly the damage had been done.
Rovers Meant Business.
It was obvious from the outset that the Rovers meant to make sure of the two points to carry them to safety. They went for the ball first time even to sacrificing positional play. Well, Everton got their late-on penalty as a consequence of Geldard being fouled. There were three penalties in the game. The Rovers scored one and missed another while Everton used theirs well with a new taker –Geldard. He did the job so easily and coolly that he can be trusted with further spot-kicks. Williams was the better of the Everton backs, and Thomson the pick of a moderate intermediary division. Of the forwards Stein was the pick, though Dean worked tremendously hard and contributed the best dribble of the game. The match-winner for the Rovers was the veteran Jack Bruton. He never placed a foot wrong.
Hannon Signs “Pro.”
Everton have sighed Jack Hannon their 18 years old inside forward from Crosby, as a professional. He is 5ft 9ins and 10st 7lbs.
DERBY WING TROUBLES EVERTON
April 22, 1935. Evening Express.
Blues Find Their Feet After Shaky Start.
By the Pilot.
Derby County were without Crooks for the match with Everton at the Baseball ground. Crooks is suffering from a knee injury. Blore and Reid were also absent. It rained heavily just before the start. I learn that Everton's proposed tour to South of France has been cancelled . Teams: - Derby County: - Kirby, goal; Udall, and Webb, backs; Nicholas, Barker, and Keen, half-backs; Hughes, Groves, Gallacher, Ramage, and Duncan, forwards. Everton: - King, goal; Jackson and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. J.H. Whittle (Worcester) . Duncan tricked Britton and Jackson to level a low centre, which King saved grandly. King also came to the rescue from a neat effort by Groves, and he fell full length to save a header from the same player. These efforts followed two corners. The Blues would have been a goal behind not Cresswell kicked a Ramage shot from off the line with King beaten. Then Gallacher, though on his own shot over the bar. It was a bad miss. Everton improved to win a corner, but Cresswell and King were the outstanding pair against the fast County attack. Gallacher missed the easiest of chances in placing inches wide from another low centre by Duncan.
First Shot –Goal!
Everton's first shot, apart from a free kick by gee, brought a goal in 22 minutes, Dean breasted the ball and scored with a rising shot, which Kirby touched but could not stop. After 27 minutes Duncan brought the scores level. Gallacher received on good ground and drew thew defence before gliding the ball perfectly to Duncan. All Duncan had to do was to run on and place to the far corner, giving King no chance. The Blues had improved after an indifferent start and were more than holding their own. Udall was playing outside right with his left arm held to his side. Dean outwitted two opponents by clever footwork, but his distance effort sailed over the bar. This was an excellent game, with an abundance of precise footwork by both sides. Everton had taken a grip on the situation after Derby's fine start. Thomson was the outstanding half-back, but Britton was hard put against the Duncan-Ramage wing. Half-time Derby County 1, Everton 1.
EVERTON SCORE FIRST
April 22 1935. Liverpool Echo
But Derby on Terms on First Half Play.
Experiments were made both by Derby County and Everton at Derby. The home side brought in Kirby in goal, Webb at left back and Hughes at outside right for Blore, Reid and Crooks, and Everton had Jackson and Cresswell for Williams and Jones. . Teams: - Derby County: - Kirby, goal; Udall, and Webb, backs; Nicholas, Barker, and Keen, half-backs; Hughes, Groves, Gallacher, Ramage, and Duncan, forwards. Everton: - King, goal; Jackson and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. J.H. Whittle (Worcester) . Dean scored for Everton in 22 minutes when finding himself unmarked he accepted a centre from Stein. Four minutes later Udall returned at outside right, and Duncan immediately equalised. Exchanges were more even, with Stein leading most of the raids, but finishing none too well. Gallacher was having a great day for Derby and three times he drove over with unexpected shots. Stevenson was the most attractive man in the Everton attack, and he not held the ball too long at a time. Half-time Derby County 1 Everton 1.
DERBY COUNTY 4 EVERTON 1
April 23, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Defence Hammered.
Derby Run Up Four Goals to One.
Derby County defeated Everton 4-1 at Derby. Everton's defence bore the brunt of some persistent hammering and in the end King was roundly congratulated, though in the last eight minutes he was three times beaten. Derby had lost three consecutive home games. That meant to win this in quick time. In a space of four minutes from the start Grove, Ramage and Duncan had tested the full quality of King, and Gallacher had smashed the ball against the crossbar.
Udall's Dislocated Shoulder.
What might have proved the turning point in the game came at the end of 20 minutes when Udall, the home right back was charged over and had to be assisted to the dressing room to get a dislocated shoulder fixed up by the surgeon. During his absence, Dean finding himself unmarked as Stein put the ball across easily opened the scoring. The Derby side played as though dispirited as well as disorganized, but immediately Udall returned and went outside right, Duncan levelled the score with a lighting drive from a pass by Gallacher. Exchanges were never dull, and Derby received to take command of the game. Early in the second half, Dean who was playing with one eye closed as the result of a position, well beat the home backs and had a great drive turned aside by Kirby. It may have been the damaged eye, but on another occasion when the goal was almost at his mercy Dean shot straight at the goalkeeper and still again he drove outside. Stevenson an elusive individualists, had a hot drive held, but for the most part the line did not work smoothly. Cunliffe at inside right was not at his best, and Geldard did not get a fair share of the ball, and Stein finished indifferently. Small wonder that Derby began again to monopolies possession and to overrun Britton, Gee and Thomson.
At critical periods the cool calculation of Cresswell though not always good enough to counter the tricks of Gallacher, was very useful, but Jackson had not the equipment to subdue Duncan. Points by Gallacher and Ramage were disallowed for offside, yet Derby were not to be denied the win they so richly deserved, and in the last eight minutes well worked for goals were scored by Hughes who was brought in as emergency outside right, Gallacher and Ramage. With goalkeepers reversed, Derby's score might have reached double figures. . Teams: - Derby County: - Kirby, goal; Udall, and Webb, backs; Nicholas, Barker, and Keen, half-backs; Hughes, Groves, Gallacher, Ramage, and Duncan, forwards. Everton: - King, goal; Jackson and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. J.H. Whittle (Worcester) .
EVERTON RESERVES 3 DERBY COUNTY RESERVES 0
April 23, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 40)
Everton concluded their holiday programme with a convincing and deserved victory over Derby. The Goodison side were in one of their brightest moods right from the start, and when a two-goal lead had been attended within ten minutes of the start a substantial Everton success look probable, because the home side were playing with such fine understanding. However the County who had lacked combined endeavour settled down, but they never equalled Everton in the matter of accurate advance work and sharp finality Hannon and Leyfield were brillant Everton wingers and it was they who scored the early goals. Derby made a determined second half effort and Bowers and Wildman troubled White, but Everton were always the more convincing for Mercer, Clark and Archer formed a strong intermediate line –and they would in defence and constructive in attack. Webster scored Everton's third goal a few minutes from the end.
Skelmersdale United 4 Everton “A” 2
Geo. Mahon Cup-Replayed Semi-Final.
There was little in the teams in an exciting game at Skelmersdale, where the United won by sheer enthusiasm against a well-balanced and capable Everton side. Goals scored by Rawsthorne and Shelgrove against one scored by Hullett for Everton gave Skelmersdale the lead after an even first half but Everton penned Skelmersdale in their own half for the first quarter of an hour after the interval and Hullett put the visitors on terms after the Skelmersdale goal had several thrills. The United, who were playing with ten men, consequent on an injury to Shelgrove, reasserted themselves, and White scored from a penalty and then, later Kenyon got a good goal after drawing the Everton defence. Deighton played as great game in the Everton goal and Hullett led the attack well. For Skelmersdale Wilson played strongly at full back. Rawsthorns though not a forager, turned to good account the many opportunities that came his way. He scored the first goal and two of the others came from opening created by him.
EVERTON SOLVE BACK PROBLEM.
April 23, 1935. Evening Express.
Williams and Cresswell Prove Their Worth
By the Pilot.
Everton went into their Easter holiday matches with the fixed idea of finding the club's best back combination. They have found it. The outstanding combination at the moment is Williams and Cresswell. Williams was the better back at Blackburn, and Cresswell was the bets back on the field at Derby yesterday, when Everton lost 4-1. Jackson and Jones have performed well but have never reached the standard of their more experienced colleagues. So the Easter games have proved profitable in one respect even though the Blues had a disastrous time in dropping four points and conceding 10 goals to three. Their defeat at Derby was rather sensational. Up to eight minutes from time they were level with the county. Then the magical Gallacher and the cool, collected Duncan weaved their spells, the County scoring three goals in the last eight minutes. It was a dramatic climax to a fine exhibition of clever constructive football. The County opened at a tremendous pace and looked as if they would swamp Everton, but the Blues gradually secured a grip on the proceeding Dean gave Everton the lead, but Duncan quickly equalised. Then it became a thrilling struggle with both sides developing precisely and speedily. Everton stood up well to the incisive work of the County, but loopholes were left down the right defensive flank, and when Gallacher and Duncan set about their task the County swept to a well-earned success although the score flattered them. Dean was handicapped as a consequence of having his right eye completely closed early on by Barker's elbow. King, in goal, played brilliantly for Everton. In fact he and Thomson were the outstanding men on the field.
EVERTON AND THE CUP FINALISTS.
April 24, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
By John Peel.
Everton, who were at one period of the season joint favourites with Arsenal for the F.A. cup are keeping in touch with the finalists as it were. The Goodison Park first eleven should have met Sheffield Wednesday at home on Saturday while the Reserves are due to meet West Bromwich Albion Reserves. The first game will take place on Wednesday providing the final is settled, and in the Central League match, Everton whose second team is meeting Bury in the Lancashire Cup Final are sending practically their first eleven to fulfil the Central League fixtire with West Bromwich namely King; Jackson, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Hannon. Everton's side to meet Liverpool tomorrow evening kick-off 6.30, in the semi-final of the Lythgoe Memorial Cup at Goodison Park will be Deighton; Allen, Morris; Kavanagh, Griffiths, Watson; Higham, Dunn, Hullett, Hannon, Sandham. The side to meet Bury at Goodison Park in the final of the Lancashire Senior Cup, kick-off 3.30 on Saturday will be Deighton; Williams, Jones; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Geldard, Bentham, Dickinson, Webster, Stein.
EVERTON'S TEST FOR CENTRAL LEAGUE LEADERS.
April 24 1935. Evening Express.
Fine First X1 Men Against Albion Reserves.
Lans Cup Final.
Fine first team players will be figure in Everton's Central League side for their match against West Bromwich Albion, at The Hawthorns on Saturday. The first team has no league engagement on Saturday owing to Sheffield Wednesday being engaged in the F.A. Cup final at Wembley, but in addition the Central league game at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. Everton will meet Bury in the final of the Lancashire Senior Cup at Goodison Park. Thus two teams have to be fielded by the directors have decided that the first team shall tackle the Albion – in the Central League –while the Reserves who carried Everton through to the final of the Lancashire Cup final against Bury. The eleven to go to the Hawthorns will in lonely two respects from that that lost 4-1 at derby on Easter Monday, Leyfield will be at outside right for Geldard, and Hannon , the newest professional will play outside left in place of Stein. Geldard and Stein will play in the Lancashire Cup final, with Williams and Jones as the full backs.
Everton also have a match tomorrow evening when at Goodison Park, they oppose Liverpool in the Lythgoe Cup semi-final. Higham will appear at outside right with Jimmy Dunn the Scottish international, as his partner. I expect many scouts will be present at this game to run an eye over the men whom Everton and Liverpool have placed on the transfer list. Everton's teams will be: -
Against West Bromwich (Central league): - King; Jackson, Cresswell; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Hannon.
Against Bury (Lancs Cup Final); Deighton; Williams, Jones; Mercer, Clark; Archer; Geldard, Bentham, Dickinson, Webster, Stein.
Against Liverpool (Lythgoe Cup). Deighton; Allen, Morris; Kavangh, Griffiths, Watson; Higham, Dunn, Hullett, Hannon, I. Sandham.
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EVERTON RESERVES 2 LIVERPOOL RESERVES 3
April 26, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Lythgoe Cup Semi-Final.
A mistake by Deighton resulted in Liverpool opening the score through Search. Everton made earnest efforts for an equaliser, but soon after resuming Stanyer mad it possible for Glassey to add Liverpool's second goal. Everton's bold endeavours were rewarded for after Kirk had saved brilliantly from Hullett, Higham scored. Subsequent play was evenly contested, and although Guy restored Liverpool's lead, Hullett headed a second Everton goal to make a most interesting finish. Teams: - Everton: - Deighton, goal; Allen and Morris, backs; Kavanagh, Griffiths, and Watson, half-backs; Higham, Dunn, Hullett, Hannon, and Sandham, forwards. Liverpool Reserves: - Kirks, goal; Harley and Felton backs; Whittle, Holmes and Brardon, Guy, Aiden, Search, Glassey and Stanyer forwards.
LANCASHIRE CUP FINAL
April 26 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The Lancashire Cup final between Everton and Bury Central League teams takes place at Goodison Park tomorrow, and Everton, with ground advantage should secure the trophy. They have done exceptionally well in the Central League this season and at present occupy third position in the table with 49 points for 40 games, Bury are fourth from the foot of the table with 33 points for the same number of games played. The respective records of date read: -
Bury have had slightly more success than Everton in this competition Everton have won the trophy on three occasions, in the season 1893-94, 1896-97, and 1909-10, while Bury were successful in the seasons 1891-92, 1898-99, 1905-06 and 1925-26. Some years ago Bury met Blackburn Rovers in the competition and it was only after five hard-fought games that the Rovers finally succeeded in vanquishing them. Everton have reached the final this year by means of victories over Barrow (h) 4-1, Manchester City (h) 5-2, after 2-2 draw Oldham athletic (a) 6-1, and Preston North end (a) 4-1.
LANCS CUP FOR EVERTON?
April 26, 1935. Evening Express.
Tomorrow's Duel with Bury.
By the Watcher.
Two clubs who between them have won the Lancashire Senior Cup seven times meet in the final stages of this season's competition at Goodison Park tomorrow. They are Everton and Bury. The Blues have succeeded on three occasions and the Gigg laners have four wins to their credit. Everton, however, will start favourites. Their performance in the Central league this term stamps them as one of the strongest reserve sides in the country. At the present time they occupy third place with 49 points from 40 games, whereas Bury have secured 16 points less. It is nine years since the cup came to Goodison, but victories in this year's competition over Barrow, Manchester City, Oldham Athletic and Preston North End have put the Blues into a mood that is likely to bring success.
Liverpool beat Everton 3-2 in the Lythgoe Cup semi-final, and qualified to meet Marine in the final. Search, Glassey, and Guy (Liverpool), and Higham and Hullett (Everton) were the scorers.
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COUNTY CUP FINAL AT GOODISON.
April 27 1935. Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton and Bury Central league sides meet at Goodison park this afternoon, Kick-off 3.30, in the Lancashire Cup Final, and as there is no First Division game on Merseyside the game should prove a big attraction. Everton are including Williams, Geldard, and Stein in their side, and as Bury have already drawn 2-2 at this ground in a league game earlier in the season the result is likely to be close: - Teams: - Everton Reserves: - Deighton; Williams, Jones Mercer, Clark, Archer; Geldard, Bentham, Dickinson, Webster, Stein. Bury: - Burrows; Eddleston, Bradshaw; Porter, Jolly, Cope Smith; Earl, Blackmore, O'Rouke, Amos.
BURY SHOCK FOR EVERTON.
April 27, 1935. Evening Express Football Edition.
Lead First in Lancs, Cup Final
Everton and Bury met at Goodison Park today in the final of the Lancashire Senior Cup. Everton won the toss and took advantage of the sun. Teams: - Everton: - Deighton, goals; Williams and Jones backs; Mercer, Clark and Archer, half-backs; Geldard, Bentham, Dickinson, Webster and Stein, forwards. Bury Reserves: - Burrows, goal; Eggleston and Bradshaw, backs; Porter, Jolly, and Cope, half-backs; Smith, Earle, Blackmoor, O'Rouke, and Amos, forwards. Referee Mr. A. Taylor (Wigan). Everton were quickly into their stride, Webster bringing Burrows into action. Bury, however, scored in their first raid, Smith, the outside right netting after five minutes. Blackmoor provided the winger with a good pass. Smith's first shot was too hot for Deighton to hold, and the winger, running in, pushed the rebound into the net. Everton were roused and made raid after raid, but there was little power behind shots by Stein, Webster, and Bentham, Burrows having little difficulty in keeping his charge intact, though a Geldard effort raised the hopes of a small crowd. Everton continued to have much more of the play; in fact, Bury were penned in their own half. The Blues' persistency was rewarded when Geldard beat Burrows to secure the equaliser after thirty minutes. Good work by Mercer and Bentham fed to this goal and Geldard beat Cope and Bradshaw before calmly placing the ball into the far corner of the net from six yards' range while Burrows looked helplessly on. Bury were hard pressed and only the steady tackling of Bradshaw and Eggletone kept the blues out, the interval coming with no further score. Half-time Everton 1 Bury 1. On resumption Everton attacked strongly and Geldard tested Burrows in the first few minutes. Following this, there was a tussle in the Bury goalmouth in which Dickinson shot barely a foot past the post. Smith was Bury's most dangerous attacker, and after a brilliant run, he was forced just wide of the mark by Jones. Clark was a steadfast pivot and nipped many Bury raids in the bud.
WEST BROMWICH RES. GAIN LEAD.
April 27, 1935. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Cunliffe's Goal for Everton.
Central League (Game 41)
Everton put several first team men into the field when they met West Bromwich Res in an attractive Central League match at the Hawthorns today. Teams: - West Bromwich Albion Reserves: - Adams, goal; Finch and Foulkes, backs; Raw, Rideyard, and Travis, half-backs; Rawling, Cope, Ashley, Robbins, and Banks, forwards. Everton Reserves: - King, goal; Jackson, and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson and Hannon, forwards. Referee Mr. H. Hariels, of Runcorn. There was a fair crowd, but the spectators were more interested in the progress of the Cup Final, which was posted at frequent intervals than in the match in front of them. Everton were the first to attack vigorously, and took an early lead. A move on the right wing gave Cunliffe an excellent opening, which he took and scored after three minutes. Albion fought gamely and five minutes later Robins netted with a rasping shot King having no chance. Play was transferred from end to end and each goal was put in danger in turn, Adams and King both showing good form. Banks made an excellent run, but his effort was fruitless.
Albion's Great Efforts.
Albion were making great efforts and Rawlings and Ashley came near with shots which went just over the bar. Dean and Stevenson made a clear dual run down the middle, but Dean's shot rolled outside the post. Albion continued to press hard, and kept Everton on the alert. Many efforts which started in promising fashion came to nothing. There were some wild kicking, and interest began to flag. Hannon with a clear opening allowed the ball to roll past him. Following a scramble in the goalmouth, Travis scored for Albion after 40 minutes. Half-time Albion Res 2, Everton Res 1. Cunliffe and Stevenson scored for Everton during the second period and the match resulting West Bromwich Albion 3, Everton 3.
EVERTON RECOVER IN LANCS CUP FINAL.
April 27 1935. Liverpool Football Cup
Bury Depend After an Early Goal.
Teams: - Everton: - Deighton, goals; Williams and Jones backs; Mercer, Clark and Archer, half-backs; Geldard, Bentham, Dickinson, Webster and Stein, forwards. Bury Reserves: - Burrows, goal; Eggleston and Bradshaw, backs; Porter, Jolly, and Cope, half-backs; Smith, Earle, Blackmoor, O'Rouke, and Amos, forwards. Referee Mr. A. Taylor (Wigan).
Conditions were excellent at Goodison Park this afternoon for the visit of Bury in the Lancashire Senior Cup. The attendance, however was poor, less than 2,000 present at the kick-off which was at 3.15 instead of the advertised 3.30. The Bury team had already drawn here in a Central league match, so that a close game was anticipated. Everton gained the advantage of the sun by winning the toss, but were a goal down in five minutes. Smith the Bury outside right scored. Smith shot hard after receiving from Blackmore, and Deighton was only able to dive and push the ball out for the incoming danger to lift it over him into the empty net. Everton made strenuous efforts to equalise, but shots by Stein, Bentham, Webster and Dickinson had little power behind them though one effort by Geldard almost brought a goal after fifteen minutes. Everton continued to have much more of the play. Bury's sole raid through Smith being neatly stopped by Jones,. After half-an-hour Everton equalised through Geldard who worked his way past cope and Bradshaw to beat Burrows from six yards, the goalkeeper watching the ball slide into the net alongside of the post. The efforts of the Blues forwards were not always on the mark, and the interval arrived with no further score. Half-time Everton 1 Bury 1.
WEST BROMWICH V EVERTON RES
April 27 1935. Liverpool Football Echo.
West Bromwich Res, met Everton Res, in a Central League game at the Hawthorns today and had to face a side which included several first team men. There were plenty of thrills in the match right from the start. Cunliffe opened the scoring for Everton after three minutes. Robbins with a fine shot equalised five minutes later, and there after play was fairly even both goalkeepers being called upon several times. Banks maneuvered a fine effort on the right, but Ashley put his centre just over the bar. Dean and Stevenson made a good effort, but the former's shot was wide. After forty minutes Albion took the lead Travin heading through. Half-time West Bromwich Albion Reserves 2 Everton Reserves 1.
LANCASHIRE CUP FOR EVERTON.
April 29 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Geldard's Goal at Goodison
Bury Penalty Miss.
Everton proved worthy winners of the Lancashire Senior Cup when they defeated Bury at Goodison Park by 3-1. It was purely lack of shooting ability that made the issue so uncertain for a long time. In midfield Everton were cleanly superior and Bury were often seemed in their own half. Less than 2,000 spectators attended at the start, which took place at 3.15. The crowd was almost double when the gates were opened at three-quarter time. Bury had already drawn at Goodison Park in a Central league match.
Everton quickly brought Burrows into action, the goalkeeper saving from Stein, but in Bury's first raid they took the lead. Blackmore passed to Porter and he sent Smith away, the right winger closing in and shooting, Deighton was only able to push the ball out for the incoming Smith to hit it into the net. Everton then took command. Clark, Mercer and Archer proving a solid barrier to the Bury attacks. Geldard got the equaliser after half-an-hour following a fine dribble while in the second half Dickinson and Geldard added goals from excellent centres by Stein, who played a fine game. Smith was Bury's best forward, and a centre by him early in the second half gained a penalty award. Jones handling to keep it out and O'Rourke who took the kick struck the bar, and the ball passed over. Geldard, Stein and Dickinson were Everton's best forwards, while Webster did well. Clark was the pick of the halves with Williams the best back. Smith and Blackmore were Bury's best raiders while Jolly at centre half. Burrows in goal, and the two backs Bradshaw and Eggleston all played well. The Lady Mayoress of Liverpool (Mrs Richardson) presented the Cup to Clark, and medals to the players. Teams: - Everton: - Deighton, goals; Williams and Jones backs; Mercer, Clark and Archer, half-backs; Geldard, Bentham, Dickinson, Webster and Stein, forwards. Bury Reserves: - Burrows, goal; Eggleston and Bradshaw, backs; Porter, Jolly, and Cope, half-backs; Smith, Earle, Blackmoor, O'Rouke, and Amos, forwards. Referee Mr. A. Taylor (Wigan).
F.A. CUP WINNER STA GOODISON
April 30 1935. Evening Express.
They Will Bring The Trophy With Them.
Everton's Final Home Game
By the Watcher.
The season's football heroes will visit Merseyside tomorrow. Fresh from their triumph at Wembley, Sheffield Wednesday, the F.A. cup winners, will play their re-arranged League game with Everton at Goodison Park-Everton's last home game –and they will bring the Cup with them. It will be the third year in succession that the trophy has been in Liverpool. Everton won it in 1933, and Manchester City brought it with them to Anfield last year. The Blues will be keen to defeat the Cup-holders. It is nearly three years since they took both points from an engagement with the Wednesday. One has to go back to August, 1932 for Everton's last success at the expense of the Hillsborough club. It was by the odd goal of three. Everton shared the points when the sides met at the Wednesday's headquarters in December, and I shall be surprised if they do not improve on that performance tomorrow. The Blues' team has not yet been chosen, but it is likely to differ greatly from the one that played at Blackburn. I understand that the Wednesday will play their successful Cup side. Thus Ellis Rimmer, the former Tranmere Rovers player, who scored the deciding goal in the Cup final, will be on view. Another well known Merseyside is Palethorpe, a player who graduated from the Spartan League, one of the South's premier amateur organizations. Palethorpe previously played with Preston North End. The Wednesday play quick, attractive football, and it should be a game well worth going a long way to see.
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Dixie Dean to kick-Off
“Dixie” Dean the Everton F.C. captain, will kick-off at the final tie of the Elias Cup at Llangefni on Thursday evening. He will be accompanied by Stein. The match is between Holyhead locals and Langefi.