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APRIL 2, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
The visit of Chelsea to Goodison Park tomorrow provides Everton with an opportunity of taking revenge for the 4-0 defeat they suffered when visiting Stamford Bridge earlier in the season. The Pensioners have had a recent success over Sunderland at Roker Park. So far Chelsea have obtained 37 points for a game less, and eleven of these points have been won in away games by successes over Leeds United (3-2) Wolverhampton Wanderers (2-1), Sunderland (3-2), and drawn games with Birmingham (0-0), Derby County (1-1), Manchester City (0-0), Manchester United (0-0), and Sheffield Wednesday (1-1). During their League visits to Goodison Park the London club has won nine points. The results of Goodison Park meetings (Everton’s score first) have been 0-3, 3-2, 2-2, 1-0, 0-0, 2-2, 2-3, 5-1, 2-3, 3-1, 2-0, 7-2, 3-2, 2-1, 3-2, and 5-1.

April 2, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Notes.
Fortunately, Chelsea and Everton players have similar notions about the game. They aim at serving up the best in football, and spectators will waste their words if they talk on tomorrow at Goodison Park. Chelsea did not beat Sunderland at Roker by “getting shut,” and Everton know from experience that Chelsea can be a most awkward side to face because their Mills do not grind slowly. Mills is, to my view, one of the best centre forwards in the game Bambrick is a regular goal-getter and go-getter, but he had to stand down so that Mills can take what was his customary places. Everton, having slipped up earlier in the week, are keen to wipe out that memory and come back to favour in the eyes of their supporters. The introduction of Watson at wing half back is to give Mercer the rest he has earned and Watson will be just as engaging as Mercer has been –of that I am sure. The home team read: - Morton; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Watson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Gillick.

April 2, 1937. Evening Express.
By The Pilot.
Everton have only two more matches to play at Goodison Park and they are both against opposition from London. Chelsea will be on view tomorrow and a fortnight hence Charlton Athletic ring down the curtain on Football League games at “the Park.” The Blues have now gone seven successive games without raising a winning flag. It is the poorest result cycle they have experienced this season. Out of the 14 points played for since that runaway mid-week win over Leeds United, they have captured only two. Chelsea bring a better combination than they have in recent seasons, and may be able to stop Everton’s usual goal glut in games between the clubs on Merseyside but I still think Everton are capable of winning. The big point bout tomorrow’s clash is whether Dean and company can break down the Pensioners’ defensive resistance. They will have Cunliffe out in place of Lawton, who is being given a rest. Much interest will centre on the home League debut of Gordon Watson, the clever left half-back, who deputises for Mercer. Everton; Morton; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Watson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Gillick.

April 3, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton’s lapse at home during the holidays proved big surprise and Dean and his colleagues will need to be at their best today at Goodison Park to master Chelsea, who have accomplished some good performances. The London side at their best are capable of testing the finest sides in the League, and the match this afternoon, is likely to provide a capital exposition of football. Smalie, a young player recently signed from Kingstonians is to play at outside left for Chelsea. Burgess is at inside right in place of the injured Argue. The kick-off is at 3.15 and the teams are: - Everton; Morton; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Watson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Gillick. Chelsea: - Woodley; O’Hare, Barber; Mitchell, Craig, Weaver; Spence, Burgess, Bambrick, Gibson, Smalie.

April 3, 1937. The Liverpool Football Echo
Another Point Dropped At Goodison
Morton’s Rapid Saves.
By Stork.
This was a game of missed chances. Everton threw away two points through their inability to finish off what they had started. Morton was their here for he made three saves in three seconds to save defeat. Teams: - Everton: - Morton, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Watson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Gillick, forwards. Chelsea: - Woodley, goal; O’Hare and Barber, backs; Mitchell, Craig and Weaver, half-backs; Spence, Burgess, Bambrick, Gibson and Smale, forwards. Referee Mr. T. Smith, Warwick. Although the weather was perfect in every respect both for player and spectator alike, there was quietness about the opening which rather suggested a lack of interest. Things very soon livened up when the Everton right wing, playing delightful football, mastered the Chelsea defence so satisfactorily that had not Gillick got himself into an offside position an early goal to Everton would most assuredly have been scored. It was all Everton for five minutes, and mainly down their right flank, where Britton, Geldard, and Cunliffe collaborated to such fine effect that they promised their supporters the joy of a goal, but there were several sad misses, although Stevenson showed the power of his shot when he drove hard against the low concrete wall. Chelsea thus far had been confined to defensive play, but when they did deign to make an attack they did so by superlative football, and had Surgess found a true line to his shot Chelsea may have gone-ahead, but in the main it was Everton who treated us to the thrills of the game. One round of passing by the Chelsea forwards was pretty to the eye without bringing any reward. Woodley failed to connect up with a shot, and it was well for him that his full backs had fallen back on to the goal-line, otherwise his task would have been to fish the ball from the back of the net. Both O’Hare and Barber had to make clearance to save the day, and Dean showed his annoyance at the treatment meted out to him when he was anywhere within the penalty area. Chelsea, through their right wing, put the Everton goal in danger, and when Spence dropped the ball into the goalmouth Gee bounded in to effect a clearance, and in doing so scooped the ball up on to his hand.
Penalty Outcry.
There was an immediate outcry for a penalty, which was nonsensical, for it and had been a case of ball to hand and not hand to ball. The referee saw it that way too so walved the appeal aide. Cunliffe made a long drive which lacked direction; in fact, the shooting had been paltry, and it could not be said that shooting chances were scarce. Chelsea had beaten Sunderland at Roker Park, the only side to do that this season, but up to now they certainly never looked like beating Everton, for the latter’s defence nearly always had the whip hand when the visitors attack made a move forward.
Poor Finishing.
Everton should have held a comfortable lead at the half hour, but they were very finicky in front of goal, and once Stevenson allowed the ball to pass him in the belief that a colleague was near at hand but it was a Chelsea man who took Gillick’s pass. The Everton defence repeatedly threw the Chelsea forwards, particularly Spence, offside, and when the outside right did get an opportunity to work his way through he failed lamentably by centring behind. There was little punch in the game, the reason being that there as too much thought given to fanciful methods than to a more straightforward plan. Stevenson had a chance but his shot lacked sting. The first real thrill came when Chelsea for once in a way broke through the Everton defence and Smailes made a shot of some sting which Morton turned aside, but Smailes following up came along with another shot, and again Morton parried it. The ball, however, went out to Bambrick and although Morton was on his knees at the time he made a clutch at the ball, which Bambrick drove goalwards, and saved on the line. It was a great piece of work and the crowd showed their appreciation of it by giving Morton a long ovation. He had undoubtedly earned every handclap given.
Half-Time Everton 0, Chelsea 0
Everton started the second half with Cunliffe once again missing an easy chance. In fact, this was a game of missed chances and the crowd were not slow to realise that Everton were wasteful after they had made play by good class football. Dean made a deliberate header too deliberate, perhaps when Geldard centred, and Woodley had little difficulty in effecting a save. It was all Everton at this stage, but it was heartbreaking to see so many chances frittered away. Gillick had a gift offering, but swept the ball into the crowd. Everton had so much attack, and had been so close to goalkeeper Woodley that Chelsea should have been a beaten side long before this, but what is attack if there is no shot to complete it? Morton saved well from Smalies and Gibson. The best shot of the match thus far was made by Stevenson, but Woodley brought off a capital save by tipping the ball over the bar. Everton were fighting hard to take both points, and Chelsea were rarely allowed to cross the half-way line. Final Everton 0, Chelsea 0.

April 3, 1937. The Evening Express.
Poor Shooting Against Chelsea.
Morton Brilliant In Goal.
By The Watcher.
Everton should have had the match with Chelsea at Goodison Park well won at the interval, instead of which the Pensioners forced a goalless draw. Cunliffe missed more goal scoring chances during the first half alone than any player I have seen this season. Morton was brilliant in goal. The Football Association have written to the Everton club instructing them to publish a warning to supporters; “That any further reports similar to that already received may lead the club into serious trouble. “The warning follows the incidents at the Middlesbrough match.” By the way if Preston North End win their semi-final tie with West Bromwich Albion next Saturday the re-arranged game with the Deepdalers will be played at Preston on April 14. If the match with the Albion ends in a draw Everton’s League game will take place on April 21, but should North End be beaten, Wednesday, April 28, will be the date. Teams: - Everton: - Morton, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Watson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Gillick, forwards. Chelsea: - Woodley, goal; O’Hare and Barber, backs; Mitchell, Craig and Weaver, half-backs; Spence, Burgess, Bambrick, Gibson and Smaile, forwards. Referee Mr. T. Smith, Warwick.
(Warwickshire). Everton called the tune at the start, going through via Cunliffe and then Dean and Geldard, but it was Chelsea who were the first to spell real danger, Jackson having to be particularly smart to hook the ball away from Bambrick’s toes from three yards out. Britton made a fine effort, drawing Weaver and slipping the ball through to Cunliffe, but with Dean calling from a grand position in front of the posts, Cunliffe elected to “hold on” and dribbled against Barber’s legs.
Penalty Appeals.
Twice within three minutes the crowd of 25,000 heard penalty claims. Everton made the first after Dean had been brought down in the “box” but Referee Smith ignored their appeals s he also did those of Chelsea when Gee appeared to handle in passing back to Morton. During the first 15 minutes Cunliffe had no fewer than four grand scoring chances, but he either over-dribbled or sent wide. Everton’s halves were playing grandly together and the case with which they held the Chelsea inside trio in check and at the same time piled their own forwards with the ball was good to watch, yet at the end of the half-hour, when the Blues should have been three up at least, the score board was blank. Gillick drove high over the from a position only eight yards from a yawning goalmouth –the biggest miss so far –but Everton’s hopes were roused by Stevenson, who put in a hard shot which unfortunately hit Dean’s legs and glanced outside. Watson, who had done several neat things, lent assistance to Stevenson when the Irish international tried to tie up O’Hare and Mitchell with his footwork, and at the other end Cook displayed fine understanding with Gee in facing Bambrick and Burgess. Morton saved Everton from a first-half reverse. He pushed out in brilliant style a hard shot from Gibson, then half spun round to clear a quick taken, short-range shot by Bambrick. When Burgess dashed to smash the ball into the net, Morton went down again to save his goal a third time. The crowd cheered Morton’s brilliant saves.
Half-Time Everton 0, Chelsea 0
Everton continued to be the artistic side still minus a marksman, and Morton, who by the way was given a terrific ovation on leaving the field at the end of the first half, had little to do on the resumption. Cunliffe banged the ball yards wide to record his tenth open-goal miss of the game. With range and power Cunliffe might easily have had a big bag of goals all to himself. Geldard closed in and turned a pretty ball across the goalmouth, but Dean’s well-taken header was caught and cleared by Woodley. Gillick popped up to miss the goal mark for the second time this half, but shortly afterwards he got into the crowd’s good books with a hot drive which Woodley cleared low down. The crowd, restless t the goal shortage, clapped ironically when the Blues came down on the right and they kept up a round of monotonous clapping while Geldard, aided by Stevenson, tried to find a way into the goalmouth. Dean supplied a neat touch with an over-the-shoulder kick to Gillick in the goalmouth, and Morton executed a swallow-like dive to tip lighting drive from Bambrick around the post. Everton earned a free kick which ended in Stevenson forcing Woodley to punch his dropping shot over the top for a fruitless corner. It is the first time this season that Everton have failed to score at Goodison Park. Final Everton 0, Chelsea 0

EVERTON 0 CHELSEA 0 (Game 1600 over-all)-(Div 1 1558)
April 5, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Chelsea Steal Off With A Point.
Shots Lacking In Tame Display
There Housing Saves By Morton.
By “Stork,”
It was typical end of the season fare at Goodison Park on Saturday. A series of missed chances, the like of which I have not seen in one match for some considerable time, marked the play. Had Everton but taken half of them they would have won the game with Chelsea long before half-time, but for the first time this season they failed to place a goal on their register for the delectation of their supporters, simply because they could not produce a shot of any accuracy. That was why Chelsea were able to steal of with a point, their share of a goalless draw. What was there in this game to remember? Just one or two things, the most outstanding being the saves –three in as many seconds-of Morton the Everton goalkeeper, won by the way, has never appeared on a winning side since he joined the Everton staff. It was through him that Everton did not suffer another home defeat. It was close to half-time and Chelsea had made one of their few attacks the ball going out to Smalies on the left; The winger shot, Morton saved, but Smailes returned the ball, Morton pushing it out again –this time to Bambrick, who should have scored with ease, but Morton swivelling round stopped the ball on the goalline.
Tragic Misses.
It was a grand bit of work, and Morton was cheered for some minutes. Then came the interval and instead of Everton leading by a handsome margin they were on level terms. Looking through my notebook, I find that Cunliffe missed at least half a dozen take able chances. Gillick one or two, and Stevenson quite a number. Would Chelsea be let off so lightly in the second half? Such tragic misses could not go on; a goal must come sometime or other, for Everton were for the most part clustered round the Chelsea goal, but the shooting errors continued right to the end, although Woodlay made one sparkling save when he edged over his bar a fast rising shot by Stevenson. There was still a want of something tangible to rouse the spectators, but all they got was a series of attacks by the Everton forwards with nothing at the end of them. Spectators departed from the ground with few things in their minds to remainder. It was the tamest exhibition I have seen this term. There was no bite or punch in the game, the players being consent to amble through the game in a peaceful manner. Many more games like this –there cannot be many, thank goodness, say some people –and Everton will not get many more points. They deserved the one they got, but it should have been more for Chelsea were mainly standing on defence, with an occasional outburst which took them through to the Everton goal, where, however, they met a defence which was well able to hold its own. Gee was in sparkling form, and those who thought he had given away a penalty when he handled the ball close in to goal must brush up their knowledge of the rules. It was a case of ball to hand, not hand to ball. Intention has to be proved for a handling award to be made, and there was not the slightest intent on Gee’s part to handle the ball. The referee carried out the letter of the law when he ignored the appeal.
Watson Has a Good Match.
There was some excellent midfield play, particularly on the part of the Everton right wing, but there was nothing to follow on the working of the ball to the goal area. Watson playing for Mercer had a good match, as did Cook and Jackson, but the match will go down in history as a game of missed chances, and Cunliffe will not forget ten or so misses. It was a nightmare game for him, for although he was not alone, he was the greatest sinner of all when it came to shooting. It worried him, I could see that for myself, for he showed it in his expression. Teams- Everton: - Morton, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Watson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Gillick, forwards. Chelsea: - Woodley, goal; O’Hare and Barber, backs; Mitchell, Craig and Weaver, half-backs; Spence, Burgess, Bambrick, Gibson and Smaile, forwards. Referee Mr. T. Smith, Warwick.

April 5, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 37)
The Albion who had S. Wood at outside left, took the lead in two minutes, Alsop, from a pass by Lowery, scoring. Wood and Coen made a dangerous left wing for Albion. King saved well from Alsop, and Light , from a high shot by Coulter, was charged against the goalpost, but eventually cleared. In the second half play was fairly even, and after 72 minutes Everton got on terms, a centre from Arthur being turned into goal by Edmunds, the home full back. Everton Reserves: - King, goal; Jones (JE) and Thomson, backs; Bentham, White and Lindley, half-backs; Arthur, Bell, Dickinson, Laidman, and Coulter, forwards.

April 5, 1937. The Liverpool Echo.
Bee’s Notes.
Merseyside football is finishing on a low note. At Goodison Park, on Saturday, I witnessed one of the tames games of the season between Everton and Chelsea; a game devoid of interest because of the “go as you please” methods employed by both sides. With nothing at stake –bonus excepted –I suppose we cannot expect anything different but what we can expect from first-class fowards is the acceptances of fairly easy chances (writes “Stork”). I have not seen so many missed chances in one game for many a long day. The shooting was puerile; if it had been of any consequence at all Everton would have taken a comfortable victory, but got one of the forwards could find real line to his shot. Cunliffe will not forget this game for a long time if I know anything, for he must have had at least a dozen reason-able chances, but failed with them all. It was tragic; it was annoying, for it had to be admitted that Everton had little to fear from Chelsea, who were almost as bad in the “shooting gallery” with the few opportunities at their disposal.
Lighting Saves.
As a matter of fact it was Chelsea who created the biggest thrill of the game, when they forced Morton, the Everton goalkeeper, to make three lightning saves to prevent another home defeat. Morton had made two outstanding clearances, but when the ball went out to Bambrick he should have been left stone cold for he was on his knees when the Irishman shot, but, springing sideways, he collared the ball as it was sneaking over the goalline. His work brought him an ovation, but really and truly Bambrick wanted scolding for giving Morton a semblance of the chance. That was the one redeeming feature of the game; it was the one source of topic as we left the ground, so you people who were not present can judge for yourselves what sort of a match we had to sit out. It was without punch. It opened with the players walking onto the ground like a lot of cat burglars; on one to greet them, and so it went on to the finish. Nothing to enliven proceedings. Everton started s though they would sweep Chelsea out of the ground, but for all their territorial advantage Woodley, who is in the running for a cap against Scotland, had little to do, although he was once saved by his full backs after he had misjudged a ball which flashed beyond him, and again held up Everton by a brilliant one-handed save.
Best Shot Of The Day
How Chelsea had beared the Sunderlion in his den and tamed him, it was difficult to understand on their display against Everton, for while Everton promised much and did so little, Chelsea rarely did anything at all except defend –and this they did very effectively. But that cannot be used as an excuse for Everton’s failure to take a ready-made victory. There is only one explanation for that; and that was rank bad shooting. Some of their combination was high-class, but it all fell to the ground when the penalty area was reached. There was no driving power in the forward line. Even Stevenson who can usually be relied upon to find the “bull” could not get the swing behind his drives, although to him must go the credit for the best shot of the game, and Woodley did well to get the ball over his crossbar.
There Must Be Intent.
The game, however, will only be remembered for the many missed chances and Morton’s lighting saves just prior to the interval. Morton by the way has never appeared on the winning side since he joined Everton, who, by the way, failed to score in their own ground for the first time this season. Watson did quite well in Mercer’s place, but the outstanding man on the Everton side was Gee, who gave a capital display. That was not a penalty when he handled the ball, for the ball ran up against his hand which disproves all intent to infringe the law. Intention has got to be proved for a free kick to be awarded. There are a lot of ifs and buts about Everton’s game with Preston North End at Deepdale. If the North End defeat West Bromwich Albion in the semi-final the game will take place on April 14. If a draw is the result at Highbury, Everton will go to Preston on the 21st, but should the North End suffer defeat then April 25 will be the new date.

April 6, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Adoption Of Mr. Cuff Resolution
F.A. Council’s Important Decision.
Two important decisions were arrived at by the council of the Football Association at their meeting in London yesterday. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the adoption of a last-minute resolution tabled by Mr. W. C. Cuff, chairman of Everton. The resolution, slightly amended from its original form, reads as follows:- “That the International Football Association Board be requested to permit clubs under the jurisdiction of the Football Association to utilise two referees in their practice matches played in August, 1937, under Rule 26 (a) of the Association, instead of one referee as now provided by Law 13 of the laws of the game, and that leagues and competitions to permitted to vary Law 13 in this respect in three selected matches during the season 1937-38 with the consent of the clubs concerned.” Mr. Cuff’s original suggestion referred only to the Football League so far as three selected matches were concerned. True, the resolution has to go before the International Board, but at a time when the two referees scheme was thought to be “dead” owing to general opposition, the F.A.s favour of a further trial of the system comes as a big surprise, especially to seeing that Mr. Cuff’s resolution was amended to bring in “leagues and competition for three selected matches. If the resolution is upheld the two referees scheme will have an extensive trial next season.
Compensation Of Players.
Arising out of a proposal by Mr. T. Thorpe (chairman of Millwall F.C) In June last, joint sun-committees of the Football Association and the Football League have investigated and reported upon the question of compensation to injured players. Yesterday the council adopted the following recommendations by the committee:-
(a) “That the Football Association pay to The Football League Mutual Insurance Federation the sum of £5,446, being the deficit of the fund over a period of ten years.”
(b) “That the Football Association pay from the receipts derived from re-played cup-ties –rule 30, sub-section 2 –to the Football League Mutal Insurance Federation the sun of £600 per annum for the next four years to meet the average yearly deficit of the federation. The positions to be reviewed at the end of that period.” The joint subcommittee, consisting of Messrs H.J. Huband, A.E. Ansell, E. Case, W.W. Heard and S. F. Rous, representing the F.A. and Messrs C.E. Sutcliffe, W. C. Cuff, F. W. Rinder, A Brook, Hirst, and F. Howarth, of the Football League, met in February last. The league representatives had already fully explained the operation of the Football League Mutal Insurance Federation and its present financial position, and thus swayed the Joint Committee to make their successful recommendation.
Free Kicks In Penalty Area
Another recommendation adopted by the council was that of the Rules Revision Committee in respect to free kicks awarded to the defending side in the penalty area. The International Board are to be asked to make it compulsory for free kicks in the penalty area as well as goal-kicks to be kicked direct into play beyond the penalty area. The council had before them a letter sent to the representative of the Sheffield and Hallmshire County Association by Rotherham United F.C. In this, Rotherham pointed out that the present methods of exempting clubs from the early rounds of the F.A. Cup is an unfair handicap to the smaller clubs. Rotherham suggest that if all league clubs went into the “hat” at the same time the game would benefit generally, while hardships inflicted on struggling teams would be avoided. The council deferred the selection of officials for the Cup Final on May 1 until the competing clubs are known. In the event of a draw in the F.A. Cup final, the replay will take place in the province on the following Wednesday.

April 5, 1937. The Evening Express.
Poor Shooting Against Chelsea.
By The Watcher.
If Everton had utilised all the scoring chances they had, they would have beaten Chelsea at Goodison by a rugger score. Instead the result was a goalless draw, mute evidence of lack of shooting power by the Blues’ forwards. Cunliffe had no fewer than eleven scoring chances! Gillick had four. The fact that Everton had so many opportunities was due largely to the halves, who were grand. Last season the Blues occupied 18th position in the League chart. They are now only three rungs higher up the ladder. If they intend no descending further the forwards must lose no time in getting proper range on their shots. It was a pity that the forwards could not find the net, because the rest of the side played well, and artistically, too. Each of the halves did his lob well, with Britton always the artist, gee the ideal down-the-middle “stopper,” and Jackson a hard worker. Morton came next to Britton for chief honours. He was always sure in his handling, and his three great saves near the interval not only prevented the Blues from a first-half deficit, but earned for Morton the greatest round of cheering of the day. It was a quiet game, with an end-of-the-season flavour.

April 7, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
The Everton side chosen last evening to meet Stoke City at Stoke on Saturday shows two changes from the side which played a draw with Chelsea. One is in the half-back line where Mercer resumes for Watson, and the other is at centre forward where Lawton gain leads the attack in place of Dean, who is being rested. The side is: - Morton; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick. The Central League side to do duty against Birmingham at Goodison Park will be: - King; Jones, Thomson; Bentham, Edwards, Watson; Arthur, Bell, Dickinson, Cuff, Coulter.

April 7, 1937. Evening Express.
Lawton To Lead Attack at Stoke.
Mercer Returns To left Half.
Need For Better Shooting.
By The Pilot.
Lawton, Everton’s 17-year-old crack shot, has been chosen to lead the attack against Stoke City at the Victoria-grounds on Saturday. The former Burnley player is brought into the team to the exclusion of Billy Dean, the international captain and top scorer for the club this season. This will be Lawton’s ninth appearance in the first team, including one Cup-tie –at Tottenham –and he has scored three goals. He is still a player in the development stage, but carries a terrific drive in either foot –and a player with a ready shot is what Everton need most these days. Innumerable chances were missed against Chelsea last Saturday, and it is hoped that there will be no repetition against the clever Stoke side, who had the distinction of earning a point on their visit to Goodison Park. The directors are making a further change, Joe Mercer, after a week’s rest, returns to his usual position at left half to the exclusion of Watson. Everton; Morton; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick. Everton are trying out youngsters in the Central League side these days and for the match against Birmingham at Goodison Park will have the newcomer Edwards, from Wigan, at centre-half. Arthur is being persevered with at outside-right and Cuff is being played t inside-left. Everton Reserves: - King; Jones, Thomson; Bentham, Edwards, Watson; Arthur, Bell, Dickinson, Cuff, Coulter.

April 9, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Notes.
Everton go to Stoke when they are always an attractive side and welcomed by a large crowd. Here, Manager Bob McGrory has got together a bundle of strikingly good young lads. Steel, the centre forward is one of the best in the country and Soo, of this city and others from neighbour districts make up an entrancing Stoke eleven. I think they paid in all about £700 for ten new players. Rather a nice thought remembering the skilled football the team, as a whole is producing. Now in Everton’s case they have had to juggle with forward positions in recent days. Lawton comes back to the field, while Dean rests a little. With Lawton centre forward any away match can be all eye opener. The boys’s strength of solo run and shot make him a big danger. Stoke have very kindly invited the Everton officials to a mid-day meal and informal talk –one of sir Francis Joseph’s excellent ideals which should be copied by other clubs I am sorry I cannot be there to link up with them, but you know what en-of-season clashes arise through cups & in which connection I imagine most people would like to be at Maine-road when Manchester City tackle Arsenal –a match upon which hangs the League Championship. It is a great wind-up to a rather moderate season of football. Everton; Morton; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick.

April 9, 1937. The Evening Express
By The Pilot.
Everton’s one distinction left to win is that of securing a position in the top half of the First Division table for the third time in the last five seasons. The task is a difficult one, for they have three away games and only one at home. Tomorrow they go to Stoke City, and the Blues cannot be without hope of securing a point. Much depends on the ability of the forwards to take the chances won by intricate development. Lawton is being re-introduced to the leadership, and Mercer returns to left half-back, these being the only changes. Stoke are a young side of enthusiasts, but rather lacking in the midfield craft of the Blues, and I think Everton can void defeat. Everton; Morton; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick.

April 10, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton go to Stoke. The City, on their own ground, require a lot of beating, and it is an excellent opportunity for Everton to try out their forward line with Lawton as leader. The youthful centre forward requires all the experiment he can obtain of First Division football if he is to develop into a real succession to Dean. Everton; Morton; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, Gillick. Stoke City; (from) Wilkinson; Brigham, Scrimshaw; Tutin, Turner, Soo; Kirton, Matthews, Antonio, Steels, Westland, Johnson.

April 10, 1937. The Evening Express, Football Edition.
Surprise Stokes Goal Turning Point.
Cunliffe’s Fine Effort.
By The Pilot.
Everton held the lead for 45 minutes at Stoke, Cunliffe scoring, and then lost it owing to the ball going into the net off one of their own players. Stoke won 2-1. Everton were on top in the first half, and then sacrificed attack for defence, and the City were able to get to grips. Everton were entertained by Sir Francis Joseph prior to the match. Sir Francis announced that specially made Loving Cups in Spode China are to be presented to His Majesty the King, the British Museum, to each first division club and the two promoted clubs, the Football Association, the Football League and the Lord Mayor of Stoke, early next season. The cups, which are to commemorate the Coronation, depict a football match, and the colours of the competing teams are those of Everton and Stoke. After the game Sir Francis presented Mr. W. C. Cuff the Everton chairman, with a musical cigarette box. Teams: - Stoke City: - Wilkinson, goal; Brigham, and Scrimshaw, backs; Tutin, Turner, and Soo, half-backs; Matthews, Antonio, Steele, Westland, and Johnson, forwards. Everton; - Morton, goal; Jackson and Cook (captain), backs; Britton, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, and Gillick, forwards. Referee Mr. L. Dale, (Sheffield). There was a minute’s silence out of respect for the late Mr. Billie Bassett, chairman of West Bromwich Albion, who died this week. Britton’s first-time lob pass went awry, then Jackson came through and banged the ball high over. Everton’s close passing worried the City defence, but offside ruined it. Stevenson’s distant effort failed to meet the right mark.
Everton Ahead.
Wilkinson dashed out to grab a Britton lob from Lawton and Cunliffe. Then Steele leaped through with a header which flashed over the top. Cunliffe gave Everton the lead after 19 minutes, scoring with the force and nonchalance of the most seasoned veteran. Gillick received out on the left and sent over a high centre. The ball dropped in the goal-mouth, and with Scrimshaw caught on the turn, Cunliffe nipped in. As Wilkinson advanced, Cunliffe hooked the ball over his head into the net. Geldard raced ahead only to turn the ball to the feet of the ever-ready Turner. Gee was drawn up the field only to be beaten by the bouncing ball, and Steele was able to feed Matthews. From the centre Antonia let go a pile-driver which rebounded from Jackson’s chest. Geldard was off again, yet the force of numbers beat him.
Wilkinson Saves Stoke.
Wilkinson stepped into the breach when Everton came again with power and confidence. He saved a low shot from Stevenson and then fisted away a curling corner from Gillick. Stevenson immediately hooked the ball over his head, and Wilkinson leaped up to save just under the bar. Mathews contributed a neat run and then tried a half centre, half shot, which Morton pulled down in grand style. The Blues were lucky when a high pass fell on Gee’s head and so held up Steele. Steele, however, was on the ball again like lightning and his fine right foot shot was well taken by Morton. Turner proved a stumbling block to the Blues, who were quicker on the ball and were having more of the game.
Half-Time Stoke City 0, Everton 1
Gee turned out Matthews’s short centre for a corner before Lawton headed over from Britton’s centre. The ball beat Cook and Mercer, and Matthews crashed through with a swift shot which Morton saved high up. Gillick and Lawton combined well for what should have been the second goal, only Geldard took the ball to the wing instead of cutting in for a shot, and Stevenson moved the ball over. Everton were thrown back on defence and showed some relentless tackling against spiritedly raiders. Everton’s inside forward’s fell back and this brought the City more into the game. Lawton went through on his own and turned back a fine centre as the ball was crossing the line. Wilkinson ran out to save before Gillick could get to work. Stoke drew level in 65 minutes with a lucky goal which goes to Johnson’s credit, though the ball went in off an Everton player. The City had a corner kick, and Johnson’s swerving centre was just a little too high for Morton. It dropped in a bunch of four Everton players, and the ball seemed to strike someone’s knee and bounce a foot over the line. It was unfortunate for such stolid resistance, but Everton had contributed to the pressure by falling back too much. Five minutes later Westland gave Stoke the lead. Gee had come up field and when Soo and Westland combined the forward pass was too high for Jackson. Johnson retrieved it from the goalline and pushed back a low centre which Westland crashed into the net, giving Morton no chance. Morton dived at the feet of Steele, and though Steele passed him, he leaped back and made a sensational save. Final Stoke City 2, Everton 1.

April 10, 1937. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Morton’s Great Saves Keep Down Score
By Stork.
Had it not been for Morton Stoke’s victory would have been more convincing. Teams: - Stoke City: - Wilkinson, goal; Brigham, and Scrimshaw, backs; Tutin, Turner, and Soo, half-backs; Matthews, Antonio, Steele, Westland, and Johnson, forwards. Everton; - Morton, goal; Jackson and Cook (captain), backs; Britton, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, and Gillick, forwards. Referee Mr. L. Dale, (Sheffield). Referee Mr. L. Dale, Sheffield. Prior to Everton’s game with Stoke, the Everton directors and officials were entertained by Sir Francis Joseph to a luncheon. Sir Francis has inaugurated the happy idea of presenting a loving cup, to commemorate the coronation year. Sir Francis made one of the speeches for which he is neted, and Mr. Cuff responded, and the Everton chairman was presented with a musical cigarette box. The players stood a minute at attention with the crowd bareheaded, in respect to the late West Bromwich chairman Mr. “Billy” Bassett. It was hardly a day for football, the golf course, cricket grounds, and tennis courts made their appeal so that the crowd was very much below normal. There was nothing at stake, either, so it was not surprising to find that there was very little bite in the game in the first fifteen minutes. For one thing the ball was light, and passes, which would have been so good quality on a softer ground, were now much too fast for the men for whom they were intended. There was some good football, at least some good combination and for a time Stoke showed themselves as the more dangerous side but Morton had only one shot of any account during this period and that was a half hit ball by Steele, which the goalkeeper took without any great difficulty.
Cunliffe’s Loe.
Everton thus far had not tested Wilkinson but they had made things interesting by the clever way they took the ball forward and at 19 minutes Stoke suffered in unexpected blow for Cunliffe scored with a lob shot as Wilkinson ran out of his goal. Gillick supplied the pass and the goalkeeper no doubt though that he could race Cunliffe for possession but erred in his judgement, and the inside right was able to life the ball quietly into the net and dampen the ardour of the home spectators. Soon after this Everton were granted a free kick thirty yards out. Young Lawton was asked to talk it and his shot was not very far off the line, Wilkinson having to closely watch the ball as it aped outside the upright. Mercer, too, caused the goalkeeper some concern. In fact, Wilkinson had to throw himself at a ball to edge it round the upright, but there was no doubt that the antics of the ball to some extent robbed the game of some of it lustre. When Stoke got to within shooting distances following good work by Matthews, who was playing sound football, there was a prospect of a goal, Morton having just left his home quarters when Westland shot, but the ball cannoned against an Everton man and the danger, at least for a time, was over. Matthews and Mercer were having some rare tussles, and Morton had to make a nice catch from Antonia, but there was more danger about the Everton side at this stage, and Wilkinson had to make two saves, one an overhead kick by Stevenson, the other a shot by Lawton. Stevenson was given a great chance by Geldard, but only half hit the ball so that Wilkinson found no difficulty in saving. The duels on the far side of the field between first Mercer and Matthews and then Matthews and Cook were desperate affairs with the wingman often coming out them well on top. But for all their attack there was nothing definite about the Stoke forward line with the exception of Steele.
Half-Time Stoke City 0, Everton 1
In the second half Stoke made great efforts to wipe out their deficit, and had not Morton been at the height of his form, they would have equalised much earlier than they did, for Morton had not Morton been at the height of his form, they would have equalised much earlier than they did, for Morton had to make at least half a dozen saves of great value –particularly one from Martin.
The Equaliser.
Johnson, who ultimately scored their equalising goal, had been disappointing up to this point, sixty-five minutes but he was sailed upon to take three corner kick in quick succession, and with the third one he dropped a ball right across the mouth of the Everton goal. Gee and Mercer were standing close in and it seemed that the ball struck one of them before actually entering the net. There must have been something wrong, for Morton showed his anger by shouting at his colleagues, but from what I bear Johnson is being registered as the goalscorer. Naturally, Stoke held away for a period, and the Everton defence had many anxious moments, and some narrow escapes before Westwood finally beat Morton with a short shape shot which flashed in like a rocket after 71 minutes. Everton attack had gone completely into its shall. At times there was only Lawton and Geldard upfield. Morton dived at Steele’s feet and although he got the ball away Steele was offered another chance, but again Morton flung himself at the ball and regained possession. It was a thrilling bit of work, and Morton was again Everton’s saviours. Soo tested Morton, and Stevenson, Wilkinson and they were the concluding incident of the game. Final; - Stoke City 2, Everton 1

STOKE CITY 2 EVERTON 1 (Game 1601-over-all)-(Div 1 1559)
April 10, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton’s Barren Spell
Away Bogey Still With Them
Tactical Error At Stoke
By “Stork”
Everton’s away record was not enhanced by their visit to the Victoria ground, Stoke for after promising a win in the first half they eventually suffered their usual fate –defeat, and the worst feature of it was that they contributed to their own downfall, when they went into defence in the second half and allowed Stoke to score 2 goals to the 1 they themselves had obtained in the opening half. It was difficult to balance matters, for whereas Everton had been definitely the better side in the first session, and with the least shade of fortune, would have run up a score which might have proved beyond the City’s compass, Stoke later became the dominating force simply and solely because Everton handed over the initiative to their opponents, who were only too pleased to accept the offer.
Everton Lead
The City, once they found Everton in a defensive mood, saw the wisdom of pressing their case, and the reward for their endeavour was a victory where few had expected a half share indeed on the first half when Everton played clever and entertaining football. In their approach Everton were undeniably superior and were more accurate in their combination but Wilkinson was not called upon as often as he should have been. Naturally, he had made a save or two, and one or two shots swung outside the wood-work, and even Everton’s goal, taken at 19 minutes, might have been averted had Wilkinson stayed in his goal. With his advance, however, Cunliffe’s prospects improved for it only needed a lob to put Wilkinson right out of position. Cunliffe made that lob and his goal shook the City, who have suffered more 1-0 defeats than any other clubs in the country. After that it was an entirely different Everton we were to see. They gave me the impression that they thought that goal good enough to carry them through to victory. They never made a greater mistake. By their change of plan they played into the hands of the Stoke half-backs.
Two In Six Minutes.
Tutin and Soo, with no interference were allowed to strike an attacking attitude, so their forwards saw more of the ball, and had it not been for magnificent work by Morton, Everton would have suffered a much heavier defeat. He made excellent saves from Steele. Westland and Johnson, but within six minutes his goal fell on two occasions. At the 65th minute, Gee, and Mercer crowded their goalkeeper, when Johnson took a corner kick, the ball flashing in front of Morton, striking Mercer, and flying on to the goalkeeper’s back and into the net. Six minutes later Westland bluded Gee and scored a really good clinching goal. Later, Morton was the barrier to the Stoke forwards. By the time the Everton forward line were blotted out. The wing men were moderate and the two inside men were absent when wanted so that young Lawton had to shoulder the burden of the attack. He could not to expected to beat the Stoke defence single-handed, although he was ever willing. I do not blame the Everton defence for this defeat, but place the whole of the responsibility on the attack which changed its plan at a vital stage of the game. They must be more progressive and realise that attack is the best form of defence. Everton have now played eight successive matches, without a single victory –a poor record for a club of their standing.
Coronation Token.
Before the match the Everton directors and officials were entertained to luncheon by Sir Francis Joseph, who presented Mr. Cuff, the Everton chairman, a loving cup, made in the Potteries, to commemorate the Coronation, King George is to be asked to accept one, while one is to be sent to the British Museum. Each club in the First Division, along with the two promoted sides, will also receive one. . Teams: - Stoke City: - Wilkinson, goal; Brigham, and Scrimshaw, backs; Tutin, Turner, and Soo, half-backs; Matthews, Antonio, Steele, Westland, and Johnson, forwards. Everton; - Morton, goal; Jackson and Cook (captain), backs; Britton, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Stevenson, and Gillick, forwards. Referee Mr. L. Dale, (Sheffield). Referee Mr. L. Dale, Sheffield.

April 12, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 38)
Birmingham offered stern opposition at Goodison Park. Everton opened the score with a goal by Dickinson after 20 minutes but Kendrick equalised a minute later. The Everton goal had some narrow escapes earlier in the game, notably when Jones kicked off the goal line with King out of position, while Butler hit a post. During the second half it was the Birmingham goal that had the fortunate escapes. Devine kicked off the goalline and Leyfield and Coulter worked hard and went close on numerous occasions. Everton Reserves:- King, goal; Jones and Thomson, backs; Bentham, Edwards and Watson, half-backs; Arthur, Bell, Dickinson, Cuff, and Coulter, forwards.
Earlestown Bohemians 0 Everton “A” 1
Liverpool County Combination.
At Earlestown. The only goal was scored by Trentham, the Everton outside left, after 65 minutes. In the first half Trentham missed an open goal and Webster shot inches wide. Carragher made some grand saves. Both sides lacked finishing ability. O’Dempsey, the Earlestown inside right had to leave the field in the second half with strained shoulder muscles. F. Owens and Carragher were the home side’s best, while Webster and Trentham shone for Everton.

April 12, 1937. The Evening Express.
Everton’s One Win Since He Moved Left
By The Pilot.
Mistaken tactics were responsible for Everton failing to stop their long run of non-success on Saturday, when they were beaten 2-1 at Stoke. They abandoned attack for defence and enabled Stoke to fight back, take a grip on the game and win. This was the Blues ninth successive game without a victory. It is a fact that Everton have only won one match –at home against Leeds United –since Gillick was transferred from outside-right to outside-left. Does this account for the slump? I do not, for one moment, blame the outside-right, Geldard, but I do say that Gillick is being wasted on the other wing. Only twice –at Old Trafford and Portsmouth –he has struck his true form on the left wing. Apart from that win over Leeds, the Blues have not recorded a victory for eleven games. I cannot recall such a long run without success –at least in the last few seasons. Had Everton kept upon their whole-hearted attack they might have won at Stoke. Yet in the end it was brilliance of Morton which kept the score to reasonable limits. Cunliffe and Stevenson fell back in defence after Everton found themselves a goal up at half-time, thanks to Cunliffe, and this gave Tutin and Soo so much room in which to operate that they inspired the City forwards to go to their triumph. Those wing halves –particularly Frank Soo, the former Liverpool schoolboy –found time to master the ball, hold it, draw the opposition, and then send their attacking colleagues away on good ground. In a short space Everton were transformed from a sound side into an overworked defensive force. The Blues were not disgraced for they were much the better side in the first-half, yet their forwards were woefully weak later on, only Lawton, playing a lone hand, showing real ideas. Both Cunliffe and Stevenson were good when playing their natural games. Britton was the bests half-back, and the backs, Jackson and Cook were good in front of the inspiring Morton, some of whose bordered on the miraculous. Once again attack was Everton’s chief deficiency.

April 12, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Notes.
Stoke has become a centre of happy memories just as Grimsby has been for many a long day, and it is due in the main to Sir Francis Joseph, who thinks that football should have a social side to its activities. On Saturday he entertained the Everton directors to a luncheon at which was displayed a loving cup, which has been struck to commemorate the Coronation year. It is a beautiful thing made of Spode china, and at the end of the season each club in the First Division, along with the two promoted clubs, will receive one (writes “Stork”). His Majesty the King is also to be asked to accept one, while the British Museum, the F.A. and the Football League also will be requested to accept the grit. Sir Francis spoke of football as the game of the masses, and the great part it played in the war. But he was as much concerned about the social side as anything. The terrific battle for points must have some outlet, and such little gatherings as these made things worthwhile.
Change Of Plan.
Now to the match. Everton lost because they changed their plan of campaign in the second half. In the first “45” they were undeniably the better side and should have run up enough goals to have made the points secure but in the second portion they changed over and became an all defensive side. Why they should do this no one knows, but I had it at the back of my mind that they though their single goal lead was good enough to beat the City. Never have they made a bigger error. The Stoke half backs had been so busty engaged in holding up the Everton attack that it could give little help to their forwards, but suddenly Soo, and Tutin found themselves severely left alone, so that they were able to get back to their normal game –attack. It was the turning point of the game, for they carried the ball forward for their forwards, who were thus able to test the Everton defence as it had not been tested in the first half. Stoke were pleased at the changed state of affairs and they gave Morton a stiff time and had he not been at the top of his form Stoke’s victory would have been more convincing. Their equalising goal was somewhat lucky, as Johnson’s corner kick was turned into goal by Mercer, who along with Gee crowded Morton, the ball actually hitting the goalkeeper on the back before it crossed the line. The second goal was of much better calibre, for Westland’s shot was fiery and quick, so that Morton had no chance with it.
No attack.
Everton had undoubtedly handed over the game at Stoke, who once they had got on terms, were on top to the end, Everton’s forward play has not been satisfactory for some time, but it has never been so feeble as it was in the second half of this game. The wing men were poor, and Stevenson and Cunliffe played too far behind to be a menace to the Stoke defenders. At times Lawton was the only man up, and it could not be expected that he could overcome the City defence on his own. Everton play Preston at Deepdale on Wednesday. Don’t be surprised if there is a return to the old order of things –get me? No blame could be attached to the defence, which did sound work, on the attack must accept the whole of the responsibility for this defeat. They could have won the game had they carried on with their first half exhibition. Lawton was sorely disappointed when he missed a fairly simple chance through his anxiety to get too much “beef” behind his drive, but he was the best forward, with little support. Never in the history of the club have they gone so long without a victory. Eight matches have been played in succession without one solitary win placed to their credit.

April 13, 1937. The Evening Express.
Tomorrow’s League Duel At Preston.
Blues Will Have To Revise Stoke Tactics.
By The Pilot.
Everton tackle the Cup finalists, Preston North End, at Deepdale tomorrow, with high hopes of at least gaining a point. Everton were scheduled to oppose North End on May Day, but now Preston have more important business on hand for that day –the big game at Wembley –and so the fixture has been brought forward. When Preston visited Goodison they captured a point. Everton should regain that lost point, but this can be accomplished only if the forward reveal better tactics than at Stoke on Saturday when combination was shattered owing to a desire to defend instead of attack. The Everton team will not be chosen until this evening. Manchester City engage in a vital match against Sunderland at Roker Park. The points are essential if they are to retain their position at the head of the First Division table.
• Central League match at Goodison Park tomorrow, Wednesday, April 14 Everton Reserves v Stoke City Reserves, Kick-off 3.15 Admission 6d, Boys 2d, stands extra (including tax).

April 14, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Britton is playing for England against Scotland on Saturday, and his place with the Everton team against. North End to-day will be taken by Bentham. Changes have also been made in the forward line. An interesting move is the return to outside right of Gillick, to the exclusion of Geldard, the outside left position being taken by Coulter. Lawton, who led the line, at Stoke last Saturday, is at inside right in place of Cunliffe. Dean resumes at centre forward.
Eleven Games, One win.
In view of the return of Gillick to the right wing, it may be of interests to note that Everton have won only one match –against Leeds United at Goodison Park –since Gillick was moved from the rightwing to the left. The win against Leeds United is the only one gained by Everton in eleven games. The team is:- Morton; Jackson, Cook; Bentham, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Lawton, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. During their last four visits to Preston under First Division auspices Everton have gained five of the eight points by a victory and three drawn games. They last won there in 1923-24 by a goal to nothing, and then the following season made a goalless draw. At the close of that season Preston were relegated to Division 11, and when they met Everton (relegated in 1929-30) they won by the odd goal in three at Deepdale. Since North End returned to the premier division three seasons ago Everton’s visits there have resulted in 2-2 drawns.
Central League
There is a Central League match at Goodison Park today at 3.15, when Everton play Stoke City reserves. Geldard and Cunliffe will play on the right wing, the team being; King; Jones (JE), Thomson; Lindley, Jones (TG), Watson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dickinson, Laidman, Leyfield.

April 14, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
H.O’Donnell Scores In poor First Half.
Teams:- Preston North End:- Burns, goal; Gillimore (T), and Batey (JC), backs; Shanklin, Batey (R), and Milne, half-backs; Dougal, Vernon, Maxwell, Fagan, and O’;Donnell, forwards. Everton:- Morton, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Bentham, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Lawton, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Referee Mr. J. Rennie. Oldham.
Preston had seven of the Cup side out on this desert ground at Deepdale with its hard turf and bony nature. There was a small, enthusiastic crowd present to welcome the Cup Finalists. Everton’s important changes were keenly scrutinised. Bentham was making his First Division debut, as a wing half, he having played in the attack in previous appreances. Dean tried hard to convert a sharp centre from the right, and it was more luck than good management that kept the ball from passing through. Burn’ goal kicks were carrying the ball three-parts the length of the field, as if there were more wind than the grandstand spectators realised. Gillick and Stevenson soon indulged in rounds of passing. One of the most comic incidents ever seen came when Gee headed back to Morton, who tried to gather the ball. He fell, gripped the ball, and found a Preston man struggling with both hands to retrieve the ball for the corner he imagined must come. It came, too, and Morton saved a very surprise shot from Fagan. Burns did well to hold a surprise shot from Lawton. Fagan and Hugh O’Donnell were getting strong, but Bentham snatched a cross-pass, and the latter went on to see Everton on a goal mission. Dean ankling the ball for Stevenson to take steady aim. There was loft on the shot, which was not the case when Fagan and Maxwell dovetailed to some time, and a bad centre left Fagan send in a drive which Morton did well to hold. The dusty road made the ball hard to control, and a pass-back from R. Batey was more awkward for his goalkeeper than he anticipated. Preston were not taking this match lying down, and were chief attackers, Jackson blotting out a very promising move.
Weak Passing.
Lawton brushed his way through, and he was able to deliver a shot if not a blow, as the ball swung round the post. The game held out, weak passing becoming a disease with both sides and mercer making a wild shot. “How about that” shouted Dean as Gillick went to earth through a sliding tackle. The referee, Mr. Rennis, didn’t see if he heard, and Shanklin went off on his enthusiastic half-back work Cook blocking out Dougal, although Morton had to make a dive to prevent the ball passing through into the haven. Spectators could have board a pin drop so lethargic was the movement and so paltry the spirit of the day. Gee, however, raised some “Well played, Sir,” when he pulled back the ball in neat fashion. Fagan gave us a laugh as he ran on after an off-side whistle.
A Neat Goal.
He tried to the dribble the ball round Goalkeeper Morton, trod in it and fell headlong. A minute later Preston scored quite a neat goal -31 minutes –through interchanging of forward passes between Maxwell and Hugh O’Donnell the latter being the scorer with a fast rising shot. The scorer was near to making it two in two minutes when Morton got to the hot ball and made it into a corner. Preston now became appliers, playing the offside trick with unanimity, and getting the verdict. Everton could not get going, and were not helped in their task by erratic passing. Morton took the liberty of going outside his area, and being unable to pick the ball, he started a dribble to the touchline before making his clearance kick. Everton’s best chance came from a beautiful flick by Stevenson, Mercer, went up with the ball, saw big intended pass intercepted by shanklin, who passed back with such timidity that Burns and Dean had a race for possession. Dean bumped the goalkeeper to earth, and there was continuity of the movement, which had all the making of a goal if someone had followed up. Much of the dullness of the game was saved by Preston’s neatness on the left wing, and Morton did well to held a high ball. Everton looked very dangerous when Gillick swept in and shot with intensity Burns making the catch found himself grassed in a manner bringing a free kick. Half-Time Preston 1, Everton 0.
Everton Res V Stoke City Res
In this Central League game at Goodison Park, this afternoon Everton opened very smartly, and Leyfield got across a couple of nice centre neither of which however, the inside men could turn to account. Stoke’s halves were keen tacklers, but the forwards gave King little to do, through Robson on one occasion forced the ball across the face of the goal. Three unproductive corners came Everton’s way followed by a great shot from T. G. Jones which topped the bar. The Blues went ahead with a goal headed by Dickinson which looked suspiciously like offside from the stand. After this Laidman came near adding a second, his shot missing the far post by inches. Everton continued to do the bulk of the pressing, Cunliffe forcing Westland to a full length save. Just on the interval Robson burst through to hit the post. Half-time Everton Res 1, Stoke City Res 0

PRESTON NORTH END 1 EVERTON 0 (Game 1602 over-all)-(Div 1 1560)
April 15, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton Lose Again
Cup Final Team One Goal Too Good.
Preston’s Deputy Players.
By “Bee.”
The air at Preston, where North End beat Everton 1-0 in a League game brought forward from final-tie day, was balmy –so was much of the play. There was an utter lack of sting and precision in passing; paralysis in passing became a feature of both sides, but Everton’s waste of the ball was almost inexplicable, till one remembered the state of the turf, which was bone dry, no grass upon it, and the ball bouncing high and taking many quaint turns. It is easy to sit in the stand and complain; it is only those who have played on such barren wastes that know how difficult is the movement on the ball to the place one intends the ball to be sent. The difficulty was overcome by some wised players, Stevenson in particularly, and on the North End side by means of their left wing pair. Fagan a smart player, and Hugh O’Donnell, who, after a lean spell has regained his pristine form, and it was poetic justice that the only goal scored should be made and completed by these two in a round of passing which stood out boldly in the other dross-like efforts of forwards. The pairing of the two led the ball to be put through for O’Donnell to score a good goal. Preston should have taken a further lead when Dougal with all the goal gaping at him contrived to put the ball outside – a shocking miss –and there was a period when Preston netted the ball when some infringement cost them the value of their goal.
Bentham’s Game.
It can be said for Everton that they scored one which disallowed for offside. It may have been a mistake on the part of the referee and in any case the goalkeeper, beating the whistle, did not attempt to make much effort to stop Dean’s lob over his head. It is not too much to say, however, Everton’s form did not warrant a goal or a draw, and Preston showing much more attacking verve and much nicer combination than their rivals, won with a certain degress of ease. Everton had brought back Coulter to the left and Gillick went to his natural berth at outside right. Bentham playing really well against the strong wing, deputised for Britton who, by international calls was not allowed to play. Mercer on the other wing was the worst purveyor of the ball and, therefore, and good tackling he did was wasted through the disposal of the ball, which has not been strong point and was now showed up in a bad light. Gee was the best of the half-back and the backs did well although Jackson made one blunder to let in Dougal for the infamous miss of which I spoke earlier. Morton had a good deal of work, handled the ball smartly, and was taking up wise positions. He has yet to see Everton, his new side, win a game, but he was in no way to blame for this latest defeat, one added to a large string of defeats registered since the Tottenham Cup tie defeat. Burns acting for Holdcroft in the Preston goal, made one sound save from Lawton without being sure in punch away efforts that came to him late on when Everton were having a little more of the play than had been their lot for 80 minutes.
Four Reserves.
It is vexatious to think Preston should play no more than seven of their Cup team and still be able to beat Everton, and when there is a single goal at issue one wonders why an all-in-all up scheme is not adopted by the Everton side by which there might be something gained and curtained nothing could be lost. Perhaps the end of the season has warped their judgement and their enterprise. Certainly the forward line was slow, easily dispossessed, and unconvincing in a game of little interest little football merit, and a good deal of flagging by linesman, who proceeded to release their indictor and let play proceed, all of which must be wrong to both sides. On the North End side their half-backs were steadiest and fast; Shanklin was a terrier with some art. Milne was quietly effective, and Batey, the deputy half-backs, did Tremeling’s work with a fine vigorous outlook on third back needs. Maxwell and Vernon were the weak links of the forward line in a team which really won an easy victory without much effort. Teams:- Preston North End:- Burns, goal; Gillimore (T), and Batey (JC), backs; Shanklin, Batey (R), and Milne, half-backs; Dougal, Vernon, Maxwell, Fagan, and O’;Donnell, forwards. Everton:- Morton, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Bentham, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Lawton, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Referee Mr. J. Rennie. Oldham.

April 15, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 39)
Two goals in the last couple of minutes robbed Everton of a couple of points in their Central League game with Stoke City Reserves at Goodison Park. Everton should not have lost this match, as they were undoubtedly the better side despite the forwards missing scoring chances. Dickenson headed a goal in the first half from Lindley’s centre and this looked like being all the scoring when Moore, the Stoke half back, hit a really fine equaliser; and while Everton were still thinking about it Robson burst through to win the game after King had twice pushed out the ball. Everton Reserves:- King, goal; Jones (JE) and Thomson, backs; Lindley, Jones (TG), and Watson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dickinson, Laidman and Leyfield, forwards.

April 15, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Bee’s Notes.
Everton failed at Preston as they have failed for some time. One goal was sufficient to carry points and pounds and the club’s position has now become extremely lowly. Not since the Spurs scored three goals in four minutes have the side regained their lost confidence. The shock was too great. Preston won a drab game with their seven Cup members, and they showed the better idea of football. Everton’s forwards, with new touch-line selection, being unable to get together in a manner so necessary it seems to be won. Stevenson, Gee, the backs, and Morton did fine work, but Preston had the whip hand, and Everton when a goal down should have gone into the fray with an all-up attack made up of half-backs and forwards to try to gain a draw. That they did not show this enthusiasm and enterprise for their task led them to defeat –“all up” with their chances when a spirited all-in effort by seven forwards would have shaken Preston. The latter’s left wing pair. Fagan and Hugh O’Donnell, kept the game from being deadly. It was easy to criticise work on this sandy track and with a bouncing ball; but only those who have played the game in such circumstances know the difficulty of the task. Having said that I confess I am not happy about Everton’s continued failings and would urge some of the members to look before they pass. Bentham acting for Britton, had quite a good day against the best wing on the field.

April 15, 1937. The Evening Express.
Everton make No Team Changes.
By The Pilot.
Everton have decided to make no team changes for the important match at Goodison Park on Saturday against Charlton athletic –a match which will have some bearing on the destination of the championship. The following team, defeated by the only goal at Preston yesterday, will do duty: Morton; Jackson, cook; Bentham, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Lawton, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. The Blues put up an indifferent display at Deepdale, even allowing for the bone-hard pitch and the lively ball. Both sides found it difficult to secure mastery over the ball, and yet both attempted too much long passing. Everton have now gone ten successive Football League matches without a victory. Their last win was recorded against Leeds United at Goodison Park on Wednesday, February 24. The failure yesterday was primarily due to the lack of combination in attack. Added to that was an absence of thrust. Only Lawton carried a shot and even he was inclined to shoot from too great a distance. There was no dovetailing, the players operating as so many units. Lawton was the pick of the line. Coulter could rightly grumble at lack of support,. Rarely did he receive a pass. Morton’s work in goal was the high spot of the defence, though Gee blotted out Maxwell and Jackson, and Cook indulged in some lusty kicking and intrepid interventions. Yet the general play of the side was unsatisfactory, and North End were not much better.

April 16, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton play their last home fixture of the season tomorrow, when Charlton Athletic are the visitors. The team will be the same so that which lost at Preston. Morton; Jackson, Cook; Bentham, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Lawton, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. The London side defeated Everton 2-0 in the first meeting. This will be Charlton’s second appearance at Goodison Park, the last one being in a Second Division game in 1930-31 when Everton won 7-1. Charlton, however, are a much more powerful side these days find possess an enviable away record. So far they have captured 18 points on opponents grounds by means of victories over Grimsby Town (1-0), Portsmouth (1-0), Liverpool (2-1), Huddersfield Town (2-1), Birmingham (2-1), West Bromwich Albion (2-1) and drawn games with Arsenal (1-1), Manchester City (1-1), Manchester United (0-0), Middlesbrough (1-1), Preston North End (0-0), and Stoke City (1-1).

April 16, 1937. The Evening Express.
Title Aspirants Their Rivals.
Charlton’s League Record Bid
By The Pilot.
Everton will play their final home match of the season tomorrow. At the same time they will play a big part in the destination of the championship honours. Charlton Athletic pay their first visit to Goodison Park since Everton were in the Second Division. They come with a chance of winning the championship and so creating a record by securing the championships of the Third Division (South), Second Division and the First Division in three successive seasons. Not a single victory has been recorded by Everton in the last ten engagements. Can Everton tomorrow strike a blow for the north against the South? If they beat Charlton it will be of great help to Manchester City who are three points ahead of Charlton and Arsenal for the same number of matches played. The Blues field the eleven which lost in mid-week to Preston by the only goal. It is up to the forwards to play their part if the victory route is to be regained. Everton must get back to their subtle combination, and on the hard grounds with a lively ball, try and keep the ball low. This. Allied to more accurate shooting, should pave the way to success. I would warn Everton that Charlton are notorious for their quick openings. The Athletic have won many matches this season simply through an early goal and then concentrated defence. Let Everton strike the first blow. Everton; Morton; Jackson, Cook; Bentham, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Lawton, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Charlton Athletic:- Bartram; Turner, Shreeve; Green, Oakes, Jobling, (or Ford),; Wilkinson, Robinson, Tadman, Stephenson, Hobbis.

April 16, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Notes.
Charlton Athletic are visitors to Everton, and in view of the latter’s fall-away for weeks and the need of a brightening win, there should be much endeavour. I never forget Charlton first game against us at their home. They played like Newcastle of old for half an hour. It was unbelievable they should adopt such tactics, and in my evening report I mentioned with a glow the joy of such an exhibition. Fair as jewels, good to look at, and having a remarkable player like Hobbins, on the wing they must always be an attraction. If they won the League their rise from the lowest to the lightest estate would have been a mirable, but it is more important they, through Manager Jimmy Seed, insist on playing their own good type of football. They in their youthfulness in the game, have done more enterprising and accommodating things than some of our very old clubs. Charlton therefore are a good addition to first class football. They topped the league the day we went there and smiled be mighty over their early lead in the tournament. I never dreamed even then they would be challengers to Arsenal and Manchester City or Brentford, yet they have continued “there about” ever since and, be certain of this, they will make a grand aglitter to try to win at Everton tomorrow. Everton: Morton; Jackson, Cook; Bentham, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Lawton, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter.

April 17, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post.
By John Peel.
Everton fish their campaign so far as Goodison Park is concerned this afternoon, and it is appropriate that so attractive side as Charlton Athletic should provide the opposition in what is likely to prove a fitting wind up to the home season. Everton on the whole, have done well at home, but their away record is poor. They ought to make a great effort this afternoon to finish with a victory. The kick-off is at 3-15, and the teams are;- Everton: Morton; Jackson, Cook; Bentham, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Lawton, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Charlton Athletic:- Bartram; Turner, Oakes (James);Jobing, Oakes (John), Ford; Wilkinson, Robinson, Tadman, Boulter, Hobbis.

April 17, 1937. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton’s Fail To Break The Spell.
Last Home Game
By The Buzz.
A Poor Crowd. A sticky ground, but a very entertaining match in spite of the fact that Everton are adding to their without victory sequence. Teams:- Everton:- Morton, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Bentham, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Charlton Athletic:- Bartram, goal; Turner and Oakes (James), backs; Jobing, Oakes (John), and Ford, half-backs; Wilkinson, Robinson, Tadman, Boulter, and Hobbs, forwards. Referee Mr. G. W. Jones, Nottingham. Charlton, a unique side with championship aspirations, and some cheer leaders among the special party which followed them up to Goodison, faced an Everton without Lawton in dreadful conditions which kept the crowd underneath the sheltered part and gave a thrill or two to the early play. Hobbis was notable with two good centres in the first moments of play, but there was a real thrill when Turner was too tender with an attempted pass to his goalkeeper, and Dean nipped in to flick the ball towards the line. Coulter and Stevenson hereabouts contrived to work a chance, Stevenson allowing the ball almost to travel out of play before curling it over to where Dean stood ready to put his famous nod into operation.
One Of Dean’s Few Mistakes.
Dean makes few mistakes with such chances, but with everybody waiting to herald a goal. Bartram came from nowhere and saved the situation. Bartram was injured in the process, and was able to follow on with a pick-up at the feet of Dean from a free kick source. Robinson gave Tadman a perfect through pass which caught the Everton defence pretty well spread-eagled, but an offside decision –it must have been a hair’s breadth one –game to the aid of the home team. A skidding ball travelled over Gee’s head, and Tadmans nodded it out to Wilkinson, who, after cutting in, shot hard and true, but not with the necessary direction to beat Morton, who went down to the ball confidently and well. Everton were on top, but some of their work which passed for finesse was of very doubtful character.
Dean Penalty Score
Oakes (James conceded a penalty when Cunliffe was nowhere near the ball, and there was no hesitation about the decision. Dean converted this chance from the slippery spot with a straight shot after the game had been going 29 minutes. Charlton almost made it 1-1 immediately afterwards when a good shot from Hobbis was blocked away. Cunliffe, with a header from a Gillick corner, curled the ball just wide of the angle. Charlton should have equalised when a free kick against Cook fed to Jobling becoming a right winger and putting the ball across in a way which prevented Morton from making a proper punch away. Hobbs had a wonderful chance of scoring but blinded the ball over the bar with an open goal gaping. It seemed Tadman was offside before he went on to level the score with five minutes to go to complete the half. However, Charlton took what the gods offered, and it is to the credit of the scorer that his shot would have beaten practically anybody. Considering the conditions it had been an excellent half.
Half-Time Everton 1, Charlton Athletic 1.
Although the pitch churned up more and more as the game went on; it seemed to make little difference to match that seemed no more than ordinary on paper. After Gee had been winded and Coulter had nearly scored from a Dean free kick with had been too hot for Bartram to hold, Everton took the lead.
Cunliffe Takes The Lead.
Cunliffe glanced a nice header at 55 minutes from a centre by Bentham to earn this leading goal; and the consequence of it was that Everton cut loose for ten minutes and became the Everton of old. Dean took an unseal position in midfield and put in a lot of good work there, while Gillick, Stevenson, and Coulter had the Charlton defence in a tangle. Charlton had gone stone cold, and when Everton enjoyed their crowded hour of glory, Charlton came to. Bentham was earning full marks for enthusiasm and heavy work, even though he may have lacked that little bit of class. Little stood between Dean and Stevenson and further goals, but the state of the turf in front of the penalty area was sufficient to make anyone misplaces the ball. With one of the neatest flicks of the foot, he has ever used, Dean converted a Coulter corner, but Bartram was in the right spot for the unexpected effort. The heaviness of the ground had slowed the game up to a point when it appeared to be almost lackadaisical, but actually Charlton always had their eye on the chance of a point, and when Hobbis, who was going inside fairly frequently riddled his way through and shot, Morton could only turn the ball upwards, and Tadman headed the equaliser t 80 minutes. Morton was injured as the result of making his save. This goal put new life into Charlton whose leading lights was Hobbis. Final Everton 2, Charlton Athletic 2.

April 17, 1937. The Liverpool Football Echo
By Louis T. Kelly.
• In charge of the vital Leicester City –Aston Villa game, Referee Mr. F. Percy (brother of the Everton director)
• Everton years ago Everton had both goalkeepers William Scott and Leigh Richmond Roose (Ireland and Wales goalkeepers)

April 17, 1937. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton are not signing some of their youngster members King and White, the goalkeepers, Hannon, inside left, Joyce inside right, Morris, the Birkenhead boy, and Tunney, right half. The official view is that the clubs is rather overstocked in view of such players as Hurel, “Bunny” Bell, Jones, Leyfield, Laidman, and Dickinson. Hence the players not required are forced to find new clubs.

April 17, 1937. The Evening Express.
Seven Players Not Offered Terms.
All Others Sign on.
By The Pilot.
Everton have decided to retain all their professional players for next season with the following exceptions. Goalkeepers, King, White; full backs, Allen, Morris; half-backs; Tunney, forwards, Joyce, Hannon. King is the only player not offered terms who has played with the first team. He has made several appearances in football League and F.A. Cup games. His last first team appearance was at Goodison Park against Middlesbrough. White came to Everton from Wolverhampton junior Circles. The other players have figured, for the most part, in the “A” team. All the players to whom terms were offered have already signed on!

EVERTON 2 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 2 (Game 1603 over-all)-(Div 1 1561)
April 19, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton’s New Confidence.
Great Display By Wing Forwards
Charlton Take A Point.
By L.E.E.
Everton could not get both points from their last home game of the season, in spite of being twice in the lead, against Charlton Athletic. The verdict, two goals each, was a fair rewards for the sides, and although Everton could not recover their winning ways –they were not registered a victory in ten matches –the game had its compensation for them in the shape of the promise of things to come next season. Saturday’s match should have taught them a lesson or two. The one which was made clearest was that Gillick’s place is at outside right. Others are almost “unmentionable,” but those who saw the missing of good chances in both halves will put their fingers on the spot without any help from these columns!
Attractive Play.
Usually end of season matches become boring. There was nothing vital at stake at Goodison Park on Saturday, but the attractiveness of the play was full compensation for those who braved the draughtily vantage point under the shelters. Not once did the play flag. Not once was there hint of a “don’t care” feeling by other side. Charlton were overplayed for long spells –and Everton enjoyed the particularly hectic period of supremacy in the second half –but all through there was a give-and-take attitude that made for interest and excitement. It might have been a match marred by wrong decisions. Nothing evened themselves out well, and a draw was a good result. Everton could claim some offside positions that did not seem to come to the notice of the official in charge –and from one of these Charlton scored –but there was at least one other occasion when the followers of the home club could look upon an offside decision against Charlton as something in the nature of a gift from the gods. Everton should have won, but the blame lay with themselves.
A New Confidence.
It was a new Everton, in spite of the absence of Britton, for whom the workmanlike, sturdy Bentham substituted enthusiasm and doggedness for the classic type of play the England half-back serve up. Not once in their last half-dozen matches have the team shown the fire and confidence they put into their work on this occasion. And it was largely traceable to Coulter’s uncanny positioning and dribbling at outside left and Gillick’s satisfied and satisfactory display in his proper place at outside right. If Gillick can continue to pull the ball back in a new form of centre, as he did on this occasion, the inside men should get plenty of goals. Cunliffe had an unusual match. Having missed two good chances, he was the penalty “victim” when charged with the ball nowhere near and later, after Tadman had similar the antics, he headed a leading goal. This remained until Tadman headed the equaliser after Hobbis had worked close to goal and had shot too strongly for Morton to be able to do anything save force the ball towards.
Dean’s Penalty Drive.
Dean’s straight penalty drive from a slippery spot was not his only good work. In his side’s best rallying period in the second half he stood back and engineered attack from the centre of the field as to the manner been Stevenson worked hard, and Coulter return to best was quite the feature of the match. Gee was tireless and completely successful and Jackson’s speed stood him in good steady. Charlton were not so effective as they had been at Anfield. Yet Hobbis was always dangerous, despite the poor ball service he got. That was the real reason for Charlton’s failure to shine except at odd moments. The attack rarely in action because the half-backs were too busily concerned with defensive work against a greatly improved. Everton attack Bartram played a big part in helping hi side to get a point with a save from a Dean header and a gallant dive to the feet of Coulter.
Teams:- Everton:- Morton, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Bentham, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Charlton Athletic:- Bartram, goal; Turner and Oakes (James), backs; Jobing, Oakes (John), and Ford, half-backs; Wilkinson, Robinson, Tadman, Boulter, and Hobbs, forwards. Referee Mr. G. W. Jones, Nottingham.

April 19, 1937 The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 40)
Yielding four goals between the 37th and 49th minutes at Newcastle. , Everton Reserves had little hope of recovery. They hammered away steadily at the home defences later and Hurel scored, but Newcastle won deservedly. They were more thrustful everywhere except on the wings. Geldard, Leyfield, and White were Everton’s best. Boyde (3), and Mooney were the Newcastle scorers. Everton Reserves:- King, goal; Jones and Thomson, backs; Lindley, White and Watson, half-backs; Geldard, Hurel, Dickinson, Cuff, and Leyfield, forwards.
Southport Reserves 0 Everton “A” 3
Friendly Match.
Everton sent to Haig-Avenue a team which included several young players who have been put on the transfer list. White the goalkeeper gave a brilliant display. He made a series of fine saves, including one from a penalty kick from Hampson. Southport had the bulk of the play, but Everton were dangerous on the move and scored through Trentham and Arthur, two excellent wingers and Webster. Southport were disjointed, the inside forwards being the chief weakness. Tomkin and Briscoe were outstanding.

April 19, 1937.
England lost to Scotland at Hampden Park by three goals to one, in front of 150,000 spectators. Britton was not quite so prominent as usual yet was a pronounced success in the way he fed his wing forward –without which the forward would have been languishing for work.

April 19, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Splendid Entertainment.
Bee’s Notes.
Everton may finish fractionally higher than Liverpool in the final League table (writes Buzz). This will be sufficient to give joy to those who have the hardy annual wager of one side against the other, but it would not be the kind of finishing flourish Everton desire. They went another match without heralding a victory on Saturday, and as this was their last home fixture there seems slight enough chances of the long “without victory” spells being broken before next August. Still, there were compensation for Everton and for us. For one thing the team played immeasurably better than for many weeks. There was more confidence in their work, and one spell in the second half whipped up interest to a point where the cheering-on might have been that of a Scot at Hampden –after his side had scored the equaliser. The compensatory part for the spectators who braved the vile weather was the fine football provided from end to end. At the start the pitch was slippery, but moderably firm. It made no difference when flying feet chummed it up more and more as the game progressed to a stage when putting the ball along the floor was the wrong policy. Charlton helped to make the match memorable and as they were twice down, they were worth the draw they earned. Everton’s chance to make the game their’s came fairly frequently. Gillick provelled two, but Cunliffe could not summon up the confidence for one of those “blinding” shots from the square centres. Yet Cunliffe was the penalty victim when Dean scored, and he headed the second goal from a centre by the worthy and –“dirty” Bentham. Full proof was there for all to see that Gillick’s place is at outside right. Coulter was at his very best of the other side, and he lost nothing in comparison with Hobbis, who was his side’s best forward. Gee sure touch in the centre and Jackson’s speed, with little “Steve’s” mean darings and Dean’s new generalship –from a far-back position –were notable accomplishments. Charlton’s front-liners had a poor service of the ball, but when they did enjoy possession they were always dangerous. Some of the decisions may have been hairs-breath ones, but fortunately they seemed to even themselves out which was as well since the Everton followers would have disliked Charlton taking both points, after having little of the game.

April 19, 1937, The Evening Express.
Everton’s Eleven Matches Without A Win.
By The Watcher.
Eleven successive matches without a win; only ten points out of a possible eighteen in matches at Goodison during 1937; seven points forfeited to the last five visiting clubs –this in brief is the story of the most disappointing spells of non-success Everton have experienced for many years. The Blues just cannot strike the winning path. Final game on the Blues’ fixture card is at Grimsby, next Saturday, and they must win this and bank on several other clubs losing their remaining fixtures, if they are to fill the eleventh rung in the ladder. Charlton Athletic escaped with one point at Goodison on Saturday because of a 2-2 draw, but I think they will readily admit that if only Everton’s forwards had taken full advantage of gift-edged scoring chances, they would have returned to London well beaten. Morton affected some thrilling saves against Charlton, but the defence was not always too sure. The halves, however, performed well, Bentham playing the game of his life as deputy to Britton, on international duty at Hampden Park. Mercer left little room for criticism and Gee also played well. Stevenson definitely took forward honours. His feet twinkled, taking him from one flank to another in a manner perplexing to Charlton’s defenders. Dean strove hard against John Oakes, a capable pivot, who left the Everton captain little room in which to work. But Dean’s back-headers and side-taps were often wasted because of his colleagues –particularly Cunliffe –running out of position. Cunliffe lost some good chances, but atoned with a brilliant header, following Dean’s penalty goal. Tadman scored both goals for Charlton.

April 20, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Notes
Everton “A” are trying hard to bring a trophy to the club and tomorrow’s night at their ground, Bellefield, they receive Hoylake, which match bears an important ring of championship about it. Everton lead, Earlestown Bohemians one point, but Oh, Bob, the Earlestown club has a match in hand. Everton must win tomorrow –start of game in 7. p.m -and follow up with a win at home on Saturday Earlestown Bohemians their greatest rivals. The team to play tomorrow night is:- White; Lambert, Morris; G.E. Saunders, Edwards, Tunney, Arthur, Hurel, Webster, Laidman, and Trentham.

April 21, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton conclude their League programme on Saturday, when they visit Grimsby Town. Last Season’s game ended with a 4-0 victory for Everton. Their away record this season is a poor one, and only six points have been obtained as the result of 2-1 and 3-0 victories at Bolton and Huddersfield respectively, and 2-2 draws at Brentford and Portsmouth. Since they beat Leeds United 7-1 at Goodison Park on March 3, Everton have played ten games without gaining a victory. This is not the form from expected from Everton, who were unbeaten at home till March 6. Britton returns to the team on Saturday for the game at Grimsby, taking the place of Bentham, who played against Charlton. The team is: Morton; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter.

April 21, 1937, The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Notes
Britton returns to the team on Saturday for the game at Grimsby, taking the place of Bentham, who played against Charlton. The team is; Morton; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Everton’s central league side to meet Leeds United at Goodison Park, on Saturday (3.15) will be; King; Jones, Thomson; Bentham, Edwards, Watson, Geldard, Hurel, Bell, Laidman, Leyfield.

APRIL 22, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Gillick, of Everton, has been selected to play for Scotland at outside left. The following players were chosen yesterday to represent Scotland against Austria at Vienna on May 9 and Czechoslovakia at Prague on May 15.
• R Jones the ex-Everton goalkeeper has been placed on a free transfer by Bolton Wanderers.
• Mr. James Thompson Bissett, one of forty applicants has been appointed secretary manager of Barrow Football Club. Mr. Bissett played full back for Dundee, Everton, Middlesbrough, Lincoln City and Rochdale, before coming secretary manager to Dundee, afterwards he was the Scottish representative of a number of English League clubs.

April 22, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Liverpool County Combination.
At Bellefield, West Derby Everton “A” gained two valuable points towards retaining the league championship after a hard fought game. Hoylake scored through Snow and Coleburn but before the interval netted for Everton. The home resumption and the Hoylake goal seemed to bear a charmed life. The posts were hit several times before Webster equalised 15minutes from the end and with only seconds to go completed the hat-trick.

April 23, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Free Transfer For Everton International.
Everton are parting with a popular player and an all-round footballer in T. A. White, who has rendered the club fine service, but has been handicapped this season owing to injury and has played in only one League game. He is to have a second benefit and a free transfer. White made a reputation as a school-boy with the Holy Trinity team. Southport, and when 13 played in five matches for the Lancashire Boys. He was a centre half, and in one game against Birkenhead Boys was opposed to Dean. Both helped Everton to win the Cup and League championship and gained international honours. From Southport Trinity White went to Southport, from which club he was transferred to Everton on February 17, 1927. He has played for the club in every forward and half-back position, and was at centre half when Everton won the Cup in 1933. White has played in 194 League games for Everton and scored 65 goals.

April 23, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
By Bees
Everton make their far-flung trip to Grimsby Town where we always get a rare welcome. Gone is the old pal, Frank Womack, but in his place we shall find the steadfast Spencer, ex-Wigan Athletic. Grimsby always fear Everton, who have had remarkable results in their visits to the Port. It would be nice to think of the Goodison club finishing up its final visit in a winning vein, because the team has not done well away from home, and Grimsby should not have the monopoly of home victories, I understand Dean will not be making the foreign tour with Everton and that there is little chance of a change in tomorrow’s game from the following selected side, which made:- Morton; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter.
News is to hand of Sagar, the luckless of the season, being laid up through measles. His kiddle was just getting better when father joined in the spotting competition. The Everton goalkeeper had only just recovered from his cartilage when he had to be kept indoors for another spell.

April 24, 1937. The Evening Express, Football Edition.
Grimsby Add to Long Run Of Blues’ Defeats.
Changes Go A-Begging.
By The Pilot.
Everton ended the season with a long run of defeats continued by a 1-0 reverse at Grimsby. Everton’s last win was at Leeds on March 31. This month’s is the worst ever run for the Blues. It was never high standard football today, at Grimsby, were Glover’s goal gave Town the points Teams:- Everton:- Morton, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Grimsby Town:- Tweedy, goal; Kelly and Hodgson, backs; Hall, Betmead, and Buck, half-backs; Quigley, Dyson, Glover, Craven, and Swain, forwards. Referee Mr. Mr. W. E. Ross-Glover, London. Both sides held their little conferences before lining up and in the first 15 minutes were more mistakes than anything else. Gillick was dispossessed here times in succession when trying to double-turn on Hodgson, and the players often mis-used the lively ball. Grimsby should have taken the lead when Glover’s height worried Everton so much that the ball dropped invitingly for Swain, but the schoolmaster, though unattended, shot straight at Morton. Morton next had to time a fist away perfectly, when quickly the Town newcomer from Brechin City dashed in to nod through. Coulter’s “ through” pass was taken up by Dean away on the left and his centre left only Gillick and Tweedy in touch. They went up for the high centre together and although Tweedy got the ball out of the danger area, the players were injured in a collision. Both were able to resume.
Dean’s Leap.
There was any amount of excellent work by Gee, Jackson and Cook, and Cunliffe took over the outside-right’s role and middle a tasty ball which Dean leaped to and placed just over the angle of the post. Betmead intervened when Dean was getting to work again, and Everton played some neat football particularly on the right wing. They were having more of a game which up to now had not caused the blood to tingle. Everton almost took the lead through Dean, who received after a double tackle. He stepped with his shot, but as his foot touched the ball he was tackled again, and it flew wide.
Grimsby Lead.
In twenty minutes Glover gave Grimsby the lead from a corner kick. Quigley took the corner on the right and Glover was there to send in a rocket-header. Morton touched the ball, but could only turn it up into the roof of the net, from whence it bounced back into play. The referee did not award a goal at first, but the linesman on the far side gave his “all right” signal. Everton were always promising something, but accomplishing little. The manner in which they won their position, and then threw it away, so repeatedly, was tantalising. With Grimsby showing little grace, the match was not elevating. Grimsby should have taken a second goal when Quigley ran through on his own, with Everton holding up again in that foolish offside ppeal. His low centre, however, was turned aside by Morton.
Nearly Equaliser.
The Blues almost drew level when Gillick, having eluded Hodgson for once, dropped over a good centre. Dean just failed to reach it, but Coulter was there to head against the bar and over. Swain got in a drive a fine rising shot, which Morton touched up and caught. Tweedy dived out to turn a great effort over the top. Dean received a knock on the law, and staggered off the field like a drunken man. Glover then “took the count” resuming as Dean returned. On the interval Morton made a fine save from Glover’s free kick near the foot of the post.
Half-Time Grimsby Town 0, Everton 1.
Almost another shock for Everton in the first minute of the resumption, Glover crossing a shot against the post Stevenson worked the ball well and turned it back for Coulter to shoot in by the post. Morton held a fast centre in prefect style, and then Everton were awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty area for a foul Dean let got a smashing shot which Tweedy caught with the grace of a fielder at cricket. Gillick wasted another chance to get the ball across and so another effort petered out. Everton were able to claim equality of pressure in this half. Morton saved a strong ball from the right and then turned away grand headed by Glover with on hand. Morton was playing great football. Tweedy also pleased with his clever anticipation. Final Grimsby Town 1 Everton 0.

April 24 1937. The Liverpool Football Echo
First Post-War Home Win Over Everton
Players’ Conference.
By Bee.
Teams:- Everton:- Morton, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Grimsby Town:- Tweedy, goal; Kelly and Hodgson, backs; Hall, Betmead, and Buck, half-backs; Quigley, Dyson, Glover, Craven, and Swain, forwards. Referee Mr. W.E. Ross-Glover, London. Everton’s final game, happily enough at Grimsby, where we have so many friends. Summer shone on this, my last League game, and suiting the occasion, the band played “ Drink To Me Only,” The turf could have done with some drink –it was bone dry save on the corners. Bestall, not playing through an exhibition game, told me this was the first time in his career he had been unable to complete a game. Everton had not lost at Grimsby since the war in League or Cup. There seemed to be a conference between the captains both centres, at the start and I wondered what had been done. Everton faced the sun, and were troubled thereby. Gee and the fearless Hodgson were early prominent members and Cook, facing the only Scot on Grimsby’s books, the little 100 pounder (cash) Quigley of Brechin, soon closed him out, and when Jackson’s near idea was luckless, Cook came forward to make a hook pull shot worthy of a golfer. Swain should have scored after the neatest of work by Craven. He was suitably placed and was tame in his finishing touch, Morton picking up with ease. Morton timed his punch-out perfectly, catching Quigley’s head as well as the ball, and a worse accident came when Dean went outside left, bumped the opponent off the field, centred perfectly, and Gillick and Tweedy collided, both going to the ground rather heavily. They resumed, and saw Dean head next and Cunliffe make a bold show, almost on the wing. Gee’s “dummy” set the spectators cheering, although it was done on their own hero, Glover. Jackson did a lot of spade work, but Craven crossing to the left, with a great nuisance, being was subtle in his glide and pass. Dean should have scored when he got a lucky cannon-back from Hodgson. He shot hastily and probably when he was unbalanced.
A Glover Goal.
Right away went Glover to take the lead in twenty minutes. It was a corner kick effort, and Glover headed to the slight hand corner. Morton stretched out a hand, and connected with the ball but the referee and lineman has signalled the ball as crossing the goalline, and there could be not doubt about the position of the ball just before Morton handled it. Coulter had hard luck when he headed on to the crossbar with the goalkeeper well beaten. Morton’s best save was a fine deliverance from Swain. It is not often Dean is out, and now his face injury was followed by Glover’s –also a centre, and both were attended to. Quigley made a flying trapeze dive at a goal and missed by inches across the crossbar. Everton’s forwards could not get going and the right wing found Hodgson extremely powerful. Glovers free kick was another timely save by Morton and was a false free kick anyway, against Stevenson.
Half-Time Grimsby 1, Everton nil.
I think I descry a revise for the conference and referee at the start. This referee advises players to take free kicks at once, without delayed positioning; others have other ideas. Hence when Cook was kicking a free kick but away four yards, the referee admonished him, as if he had done something criminal. Mr. Ross-Gower is making his own method of ruling, and it is confusing the players. It would have been smarter of the referee if he had seen a sly kick on Mercer within two yards of the referee’s spot. Glover began with a shot which struck the upright. Coulter missed close in after Stevenson had done fine work, and escaped a trip. Hall and Coulter now did those things they ought not to do, and when a referee or a linesman should have seen. Dean’s free kick was taken by Tweedy with remarkable easy, although it was a hot shot. Hall now warned Coulter and Stevenson who got a word from the referee, the first caution after much that was not nice. Dean was playing grand stuff and the game had livened a little, Dean taking the ball from Gillick’s toe, and Tweedy punching out a dangerous Dean effort. Morton made two nicely judged saves one with one hand from Glover’s headed. Tweedy handed off Stevenson in Rugby fashion, with no word from the referee and Stevenson’s attempted kick to dispossess the goalkeeper. Cook, Jackson and Gee still kept the game open for a possible draw. Coulter kicked over the ball when there was rich-promise of a goal. Britton, Dean and Gillick provided the best chances. Tweedy saving by falling sharply on to the ball amidst from close range. Everton died fighting. Final Grimsby Town 1, Everton 0.

GRIMSBY TWON 1 EVERTON 0 (Game 1604 over-all)-(Div 1 1562)
April 26, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton’s Final Game.
Grimsby Town Gain The Only Goal.
By “Bee.”
Everton were at least consistent away from home –they rarely did big things, generally failed in attack, and played as if home was their only measure of confident step. Their final game at Grimsby Town was just no worse and no better than previous away journeys. True, the ground was terribly hard, and dusty and the opposition had three 6ft giants, who stepped in no uncertain manner. True, too, that most end-of-season games are dull. However, Everton with reasonably good attack could have punished Grimsby once more –Grimsby had not won a home game against Everton since the war and were anxious to take their revenge. Their methods of doing so was not at all satisfying because they scored but one goal, escaped from Coulter’s header on to the crossbar, and other means, and had to thank Tweedy for two very sharp saves where none could have been expected. The game started with the referee giving his own preconceived notions about the taking of free kicks. One player, not realising the change of notion after all these years of football, innocently kicked the ball away and was promptly made to suffer the indignity of a referee threat.
A Debated Goal.
There was far too much “nibbling” between Coulter and Hall for this game to be enjoyable. They may not be so lucky another time. Even the goal scored in 20 minutes was debated by goalkeeper Morton and Jackson, the back. There had been a corner and Glover sent the ball to the top corner, Morton reached out towards it, connected with it at a moment after it had touched the woodwork, but in my cross field view the ball had already been over and Morton’s effort, while valiant, was not one to count. The crowd of £500 (say 5,000 people) yearned for goals, and failing to get them began to take their “enjoyment” out of barracking Gillick, who had a bad match, a bad knock early on in collision with Tweedy, and some bad finishing with close in shots that could have won this game. The trouble with Everton was that their forward line was so ill-balanced. Dean had a crack on the jaw and was well covered by the able Betmead. Gillick was brushed aside by the equally gigantic Hodgson and the attacking line thus got little chance of blending. Cunliffe did much spade work and Stevenson was the energetic and competent purveyor of the ball. Behind Gee and Cook, Jackson and goalkeeper Morton were in grand trim and it was rather a pity the forward line could not find it in their heart to add their power to such intease defensive work as those named put in throughout the game. Grimsby were, therefore, deserving winners; they scored without response, they were sharp on the right wing, where a £100 transfer midget Quigley, did enlivened things, whereas Swain on the other wing was a wasteful young man till the second half, when this school-master began to show neat touches and rousing attack. Glover was not able to do much through Gee’s insistence and honours for the winners went out to the Grimsby goalkeeper, backs, and half-backs, with Craven jerkily the genius in raids, although bothered by the state of the turf. It was not good football, but it was open to the end and Everton showed fight to the last gasp of their season of strangely-mixed fortune with visiting days quite their worst feature in the results column and also in the standard of play they have served up. Teams:- Everton:- Morton, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Grimsby Town:- Tweedy, goal; Kelly and Hodgson, backs; Hall, Betmead, and Buck, half-backs; Quigley, Dyson, Glover, Craven, and Swain, forwards. Referee Mr. W.E. Ross-Glover, London.

April 26, 1937, The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 41)
Everton were fully extended at Goodison Park. The Everton team had many good chances during the first half, but Leeds offered stubborn resistance, and managed to keep their goal intact. Soon after turning round, however, Bell headed a well-earned goal, following good play by Geldard. Later Leeds broke away for Thomson to equalise, but a few minutes from the end Laidman scored for Everton and decided the issue. The Leeds defence was hard-worked throughout and in addition to timely clearances by Milburn and Rooley, the Leeds keeper made several excellent saves, notably from Laidman and Bell. The Everton forwards were often dangerous, but finished badly on numerous. Leyfield was prominent especially during the first half, while Laidman and Bell worked hard. Everton Reserves: - King, goal; Jones and Thomson, backs; Bentham, Edwards, and Watson, half-backs; Geldard, Hurel, Bell, Laidman, and Leyfield, forwards.
Everton “A” 0 Earlestown Bohemians 0
Liverpool County Combination.
At West Derby. Trentham’s splendid centres, were not inside use of O’Reilly and Gleave, Bohemians wingers put in some good work. Carragher saved his line frequently and Farrelly was a strong kicker. White, Morris, Webster and Hannon did well for Everton.

April 26, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Notes
We headed for home from Grimsby in a special train and coach with the postmaster of the travel agency –Everton’s most famous spectator –Mr. Harold Williams, who has not missed an away game all season. There was much to talk about, to think about, and to ponder. Some thought the referee a fine fellow, some thought the game had been really good compared with old-time reserve match days. Well my frank opinion about this game was that it had been lost through failure to drive home advantage made by the goalkeeper, backs and half-backs. Other forward lines do not let our defence off so lightly. Yet here were missed chances of a character not causing the thought of a miss. True, the dry ground and light ball timing the most difficult thing. Forwards shot with too much ferocity, placing the ball would have been better; albeit it would be a good man who could beat the giant Tweedy, the equally gigantic Betmead, or Hodgson not forgetting the ginger-pair Hall and Quigley. Everton’s goalkeeping was of fine quality. Jackson and Cook held a grand day, and Gee blotted out the versatile Glover save for his snap goal. That being so, how came it the forwards could not hand? Well, Gillick and Dean were knocked out, and the crowd took violent exception to Gillick’s every move; what caused this no one call tell unless it were the proximity of the crowd to the rear of the player. Stevenson was joyfully weavy and Coulter had too little to do early on and too much concern for Hall-marked notions afterwards. For and of the season it was intensely hard going in a football sense and in turf thoughts, but remembering Everton’s chances in the second half I was sorry they did not take at least two and win a game offered to them. However the season ended with a flourish, no accidents, good run, and splendid lot of well-behaved fellows from Goodison Park. I do not desire to bark up Referee Ross-Gower’s tree, but I do complain that if Every referee is allowed to give his special angle of free kick taking before a game starts, wholesale confusion will arise. To the Everton officials who have made my path so easy and my train travel so much easier my thanks; to the Everton trainer a bundle of thanks; to Messrs Kelly, Hart and all engaged in this football war-Fare, I have but one word –thanks.

April 26, 1937. The Evening Express.
Blues’ Long Run Of Non-Success
By The Pilot.
Everton completed their Football League programme at Grimsby on Saturday with the loss of a record and the creation of one. They lost at Blundell Park for the first time in post-war football –the Mariners succeeded by the only goal –and experienced their longest run without a victory in the same period. Rarely have Everton ended a season on such a poor note. They have not won since beating Leeds United 7-1 at Goodison Park on March 31. Everton’s defence was brilliant, with Jackson playing his best-ever game for the Blues, but the forwards lacked collaborative force and individual skill. The ball, generally, was the master of the players in this game won with a Glover goal in the first-half which Morton could only turn to the roof of the net –inches inside –but which Morton and Jackson contend was never a goal. Everton had their opportunities, but attacks repeatedly broke down in tantalising manner, and the more deserving side secured the points. Morton, Jackson Cook, Gee, and Britton were outstanding for Everton, while Hodgson, Tweed, Buck, Hall, Betmead, and Glover were the pick of the Town.

April 27, 1937. The Liverpool Echo
Harry Catterick.
Bee’s Notes
H. Catterick, 17-year-old son of Harry Catterick, former Stockport Country player and assistant trainer has been signed professional by Everton, for which club he has played three times. He is a centre forward standing 5ft 9 ½ ins, and weighs 11st 7lbs. This season he has played for Gheadle Heath Nomads, a Lancashire and Cheshire league team. At Goodison Park, tomorrow there is a replay of the premier Cup final between Lanacre Gaswork and Mirands who drew in the original final on Good Friday at Bootle, 3-3.

April 28, 1937. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton Reserves have Oldham Athletic as visitors to Goodison Park on Saturday, and the home side will be: King; Jones (JE), Thomson; Bentham, Edwards, Lindley, Geldard, Cunliffe, Lawton, Bell, Trentham.

MAY 1937


Sunderland Daily Echo-Tuesday 11 May 1937

Everton F.C have brought ff their finest deal. Though they have taken part in transfer in which highly-priced players have figured, the club derived more satisfaction than any international's arrival or departure could provide when they gained possession of a house in Gwlady's Street which borders their ground, Goodison Park. This house, which was occupied long after the others in the row had been pulled down threatened to hold up the building of Everton's new double-decker stand. Arrangements have, however, now been made to transfer the tenant, and the house will shortly meet the same fate as its companions. Work on the new stand, which will contain seating accommodation for 4,000 spectators and which with standing room, will bring the ground's capacity up to 80,000, began this morning. Part of the stand will be ready in time for the start of next season, while November will see its completion.

April 1937