Everton Independent Research Data


Mr. Westmorland

July 11 1924. The Northampton Mercury

Mr. Westmorland has always been regarded outside the borough, and he has represented Northamptonshire on the Football Association since 1909. A life-long enthusiast and an old Everton player, Mr. Westmorland has watched the growth in public favour in Northampton of his game from the days when local clubs played the Town Club on the County Ground and their money of the gate receipts was 1s 2d Mr. Westmorland will live at Bournemouth.


August 19, 1924. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury




Everton's first practice match supplied a goodly crowd at Goodiosn Park, last night, with some really entertaining football, six goals being equally divided between the Blues and Whites. Unfortunately the game was marred by an accident to Harland, the Blues' goalkeeper. At first it looked as if he been more seriously hurt than eventually turned out –he twisted his ankle, which started to swell –but fortunately for himself and his club it is not a serious matter.

The Blues were undoubtedly the crafty side, while the Reds were triers, all with a shot. The new man fared fairly well, Bain from Manchester United, got two of his side's goals, besides showing clever moves, an abundance of energy, and a true shot. Hargreaves, the Oldham recruit, obtained the third goal with a hefty drive when Raitt was in goal. The Blues' scorers were Troup, who seized upon a centre from Chedgzoy; Cock, who scored the second after Kendall had punched away a shot from Irvine; and then Chadwick equalised when standing unattended.

Kendall did not open with too much confidence, but when he settled down he was safe. His punch-over, when Chadwick made one of his famous drives, was a fine effort. The newcomers who took the eye was the former New Brighton back, Glover, who was the essence of coolness and confidence. Bain is a bunde of energy, and no defender will have to treat him lightly, for he never shirks the issue. Hargreaves too, did well while Williams ably partnered Forbes, whose centres were always a source of danger. Reid and Peacock lived up to their known standards. Parry showed improvement on what was seen of him last season, and McDonald played his usual ruthless game.


The Blues played football worthy of the old masters. In the first half they sent the spectators into ecstasy with their footwork. Troup and Chadwick were competent, Cock led the line well, and the spectators were amazed at the speed of Chedgzoy. Bain used every ball to advantage, Brown and Hart were “themselves” which tells the whole story of their game, Livingstone was the better of the full backs, and Harland up to the time of retirement, did all that was asked of him in a workmanlike fashion. Result 3-3. Teams: - Blues: - Harland, goal, Raitt, and Livingstone backs, Brown, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troups, forwards. Reds: - Kendall, goal, Glover, and McDonald, backs, Peacock, Reid (captain), and Virr half-backs, Parry Hargreaves, Bain Williams, and Forbes forwards. Referee Mr. T. Constantine.



August 28, 1924. The Liverpool Echo

Everton, who have stood for class for a couple of years, have now shown signs of having a kick in their artistry. They will be a delight to the eye, that goes without saying, but some spectators have asked for more definiteness in front of goal. This is likely to arise, because the forward line of the first side has replicas in the second team, and therefore every man is virtually playing for his place. Not that expects any changes in the senior side if things go well in the first seven matches, most of which are on foreign soil. There is an optimistic ring the Everton board-room and amongst the officials there is a feeling that it is up to the players now to redeem their pledge to win the league or the cup. In my estimation a great deal depends upon what happens in the defending lines. There is still a need for a sure kick from the defenders, and one hopes that the rearguard will rise to the height of the other portions of the team. Bain is going to be a live proposition, and Davy Reid is playing more like McBain every day. Everton players, (* denotes amateur) goal, A. L. Harland, Crookstown, 5ft 10, and 12 stone, J. Kendall, Bronghton, 6ft, 12 stone 1. C. Stephenson, Liverpool, 6 and half, ft, 11 stone 11.

Backs, D. Livingstone, Alexandra, 5ft 9, 11-4, D. Raitt Buckham, 5ft 9and half, 11stone, 4, J. McDonald Drke head, 5ft 10, 12stone 1, J. Kerr, Burnbank, 5ft 8 and half, 11 st 8, G. R. Caddick, Bootle, 5ft 9 and half, 11 stone, C. E. Glover, Bootle, 5ft 7 and half, 10 st 9, H. Hamilton, * Wallasey, 5ft 8and half, 11 st 8, A. H. Hetherton, Liverpool * 5ft 8, 11 st , A. Calvert, Shilton, ft 8, 11 st 5,

Half-backs, W. Brown, Cambuslang, 5ft 8, 11 st 6, N. McBain, Cambleton, 5ft 8, 12st 2, H Hart, Glasgow, 5ft 9 and half, 11 st , 8, J. Peacock, Wigan, 5ft 8 and half, 11 st 2, D. Reid, Glasgow, 5 ft 8 and half, 11 st , A. E. Virr, Liverpool, 6ft, 12st, J. McGrae, Bootle, 5ft 9and half, 12st, W. F. Rooney, Liverpool, 5ft 8 and half inches, 11 stone, R. Fairfoul, Liverpool, 5ft 10 and half inches, 11 stone 6, J. Gray, Liverpool* Prescot, 5ft 7 and half inches, 10st, 8, L. H. Holford*, Liverpool, 5ft 9, 11 stone, J. Weir* 5ft 10, 12 stone.,

Forwards. S. Chedgzoy, Ellemeres Port, 5ft 8 and half inches, 11stone2, R. Irvine, Lisburn, 5ft 9, 11 stone 4, J. G. Cock, Hayle, 5ft 10, 12 stone, W. Chadwick, Bury, 5ft 10 and half, inches, 12 stone 4, A. Troup, Forfar, 5ft 5, 10 stone 7, F. J. Parry, Seaforth, 5ft 9, 11 stone, F. Hargreaves, Ashton-under-lyne, 5ft 7 and half inches, 10 stone 10, D. Bain, Ruthergien, 5ft 8 and half, 11 stone 8, W. D. Williams, Blackburn, 5ft 7 and half inches, 10 stone 12, F. J. Forbes, Edinburgh, 5ft 8, 10 stone 10, E. V. Barton, Liverpool, 5ft 9 and half inches, 11 stone 6, H. Houghton, 5ft 8 and half inches, 10 stone 8, G. Robinson, * Middlesbrough, 5ft 9, 11 stone 8, G. H. Wilcox *, Prescot, 5ft 6 and half inches, 10 stone 6.



August 25, 1924. The Daily Courier


There was some bite about the Everton practice game, and also a surprise result, for the eleven made up practically of first team men, and labelled the Blues, was beaten 3-2 by the reserves after scoring first. When the Blues found themselves two goals in arrears, they put some vim into their work which had been rather lacking before; there was some hefty charging, and at least one appeal to the referee for a foul, but the Reserves hung in to their advantage, urged on by the 15,000 spectators, who saw a good game, as practice games go. Everton have found a couple of capital young goalkeepers in Kendall and Stephenson, both of whom made some smart clearances. Glover also took the eye, for though rather lacking in size for a back, he places a ball extremely well. The regular backs were sound and kicked well. The Everton halves firmly established their reputation last season, and appear as good as ever, but in Peacock, Reid and Virr the club have further talent knocking at the door. Both sets of wing forwards were speedy, and dexterous, and there was generous applause for Hargreaves, Forbes and Parry, who all showed up well against the seniors. Chadwick and Bain scored in the first half, and Wall (twice) and Cock in the second half. Teams : - Blues: - Kendall, goal, Raitt, and Livingstone, backs, Brown, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Hargreaves, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. Whites: - Stephenson, goal, Glover, and McDonald, backs, Peacock, Reid (captain), and Virr, backs, Parry, Wall, Bain, William, and Forbes, forwards.



August 25. 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury

On Saturday some 13,000 spectators, presenting a sum to charity of about £400, saw a young “Local” named Stephenson keep goal like a master. He is only nineteen years old, stands 6ft 1ins, as does Kendall the other goalkeeper of the side, and he was making his first senior appearance though Harland being out of combat through injury. Stephenson played for Walton Parish Church in the L. U. B. C Competition. He catches were splendid and he shaped, as through he will make a big name in the matter of goalkeeper.



August 26, 1924. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.

Robert Downs, the Everton full back, has been transferred to Brighton & Hove Albion. Downs formerly played for Barnsley and was a member of the Yorkshire side, which made Cup history. He came to Everton from Barnsley in March 1920, and was capped for England against Ireland in October of the same year.



August 30 1924. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury


Like their neighbours across the park, Everton have signed but few men. It is therefore rather unfortunate that they will have to take the field against Birmingham in the Midlands without such stalwarts as Harland and Bobby Irvine. Both the Irishmen were in the wars in the practice games, but are mending nicely, and will soon be fit to take their places in the sides. In the absence of Harland, Kendall, the ex-Lincoln keeper, will guard the goal, while Hargreaves will deputise at inside-right. Apart from those two changes, Everton will be at full strength. On paper the side is powerful one and should do well at St. Andrews. The halves and forwards are, so far as football goes, the most daintiest to watch, and it is doubtful whether any club in the premier division can match them in point of skill. Their one drawback, however, is the lack of penetrative power. If they only bear in mind that it is goals that count in football we can see quite a happy time of Everton way. This afternoon they have a chance of showing they have not lost this art, for they will catch the Birmingham side without their clever captain, Frank Womack. The latter has proved a valuable leader for the past seventeen seasons, and his absence will be severely felt by the Midlanders. Birmingham, however, have a most dangerous leader in Bradford, who one time did good service with Blackpool, and the Blues' defence will need to keep a watchful eye upon him, otherwise they will find themselves debited with goals. Apart from Bradford, however, the Midlanders do not appear a formidable opposition, and the Blues should at least return with one point.



August 30, 1924. The Liverpool Football Echo


By Victor Hall.

When Football opens this season there will be a number of old time enthusiasts at both Goodison and Anfield who will recall with a sigh the years that have passed since their football fever began, and will be reminded thereby of the keenest with which at each of the season's opening, the faces – and the faces –and paces –of new players were earlely scanned, to judge of their promise in the field of play.

It always appears that the players and personalities of the latter days can never quite reach the intimacy of relationship that existed between the players of a previous generation, and their particular “public” of those days. Nowadays, they have become “supporters,” and form themselves into regular constituted bodies with rules and agendas, and what not. It may be that present day directors welcome such support or on the contrary, they may find it at times an embarrassment. Which is the case, I wonder. However, to return to our theme, it may be only the halo of the youthful enthusiasm that seems to make as believe that the “old” players were best and that the game was more skilful, if not so fast, as the present day. Certainly, there did seem a more intimate bond of “association,” shall we say between the personality of the players and the “man in the crowd.” It was known, say, that the popular right winger worked at his trade at Rollo's or at some other engineering shop –especially if he came from the Clyde; or the left back might be is trade as a newsagent or cycle maker, and so the personal link of association off the field of play was formed, to mutual advantage and many enduring friendship thus made.


It is pleasant to recall some of the players –names made at Anfield and Goodison –that will endure in the annuals of the game. Their prowess was exceptional in days when talent of an exceptional order was not so scarce as it is today. As an example of type that was akin to genius –outstanding genius as that, let me recall “Johnny” Holt, the Everton centre half-back. John Lewis (who writes football articles today as brilliantly as he ruled the been equalled since the football association game was introduced. Many of the present day followers of the game have no idea in what degree exactly Holt excelled. They have seen and applauded more of the brilliant half-backs of today, whose names are household words. They have seem and admired their varied styles of excellence. One man will be exceptionally good in defence; he will have the happy knack of breaking up attack, or he speedy in falling back to cover his co-defenders. Another men will perhaps be an admirable leader in attack; forceful in carrying the ball to his forwards, and in backing up their assault, making as it were an extra centre forward. He may be a positive genius in “ sizing up” the weakness of the opposing side –in crystallizing, as it were, their one weak spot –and then like a master strategist –autantly vitalizing his whole team with that discovery, and leading foray after foray on the weakened link, until victory is assured. These are but the individual brilliance by which the great centre halves are made “great.” Some are speedy –some are born tacticians –others are untiring, or have that sure and born instinct for being at the right spot at the precisely accurate moment. We label that grit and call it “judgement.” Now, if you ask in which of these degrees Johnny Holt excelled, I answer at once –“in all” –and in twice as many!” To give a faint picture of his style. Remember he was not tall. “Little” Johnny Holt was his pet name –he was four or five inches below the average height, and he often played against exceptionally tall centre forwards. He enjoyed that. Almost invariably when the opposite side got a “goal kick “ –Johnny” got the ball. He generally stood a few yards from the centre forward, who, conscious of his own height –waited for the goal kick to “come” to him. Holt made no movement until the ball was in the air –and dropping; them like a flash his body shot up into the air. Most often his hands rested on the startled “centres” shoulders for an instant of time –getting an “impetus” of a “poise” whichever he needed. And his head headed the ball; often two feet higher in the air than the six-foot “centres” below him. Holt's “heading” was miraculously exact –he seldom headed a pinpoint out of direction, but he headed to his own forwards, and straight away his side were attacking again! This, mine you, from the opposing goalkick. When this incident had been repeated a dozen times in the game the centre forward began to feel foolish, and play foolish accordingly. If he was a very stupid centre forward as well he got vexed, and then Holt scored off him more easily. Then Holt broke up every attack he played against. This is no figure of speech; he shattered every attack –robbed it, plundered it, battered it, and ridiculed it, until it became limp and paralyzed, and generally gave up trying to get past this magician, who seemed to know just where you were going to “try” to put the ball, and to get in the way of it, and take it away with him. Even if you changed your mind, and didn't get it there –he changed his mid too, and got to the other place first.


Once he got the ball it was no use trying to take it from him. Very few people ever saw Johnny Holt robbed of the ball –he took it along with him –not fast, mind you –just whenever he wanted to take it –while his forwards sorted themselves into their proper positions –and then he “gave” it to them. He kicked it, of course, if they were free and “unbothered,” but if there was any interference, he dribbled it up said, as it were, put it on your toe, with an air of “Now! Go on, while I go back and play in the centre.” And withal, Jack Holt was a humorist –and at times I am afraid he was a bit of a rogue too! When an unsuspecting referee, who was new to Jack's play, saw a little foot getting suspiciously imitating a trip, and “blew” accordingly to investigate, he would find to his amazement, when he got to the spot, that it was Holt who was on the ground, writhing probably, in apparent anguish, while an indignant and bewildered forward was volubly protesting that he was the injured party, and giving a pictorial representation of Holt's apparent “foul.” Most forwards forgave Holt's jokes when the game was over because he was of a sunny disposition, and looked so profoundly innocent of say ill intent that it was easy to accept his version of “ a pure accident.” But all of them admired him as a player. He worthily served his club and his country, and was never out of form. He took care of himself and always kept himself in good training condition, although through living out of Liverpool a lot, he could not train with the team on the ground as regularly as did his comrades. He was a great believe in Turkish baths for keeping his weight down and himself fit. During the greater part of his career, and certainly during the height of it with Everton, he played behind Fred Geary as centre and Brady and Chadwick as inside forwards. The combination of these four players in the centre –in the opinion of many keen judges had never since been equaled. Johnny Holt made many enduring friendships while with Everton, and he certainly made a name as English centre halfback that the passing of the years has only enhanced.



August 1924