Everton Independent Research Data


Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 04 July 1925
Harry Miller, a Prestonian, and former Everton forward, who was with North End last season, has been engaged by Lancaster Town. 

Sunday Post - Sunday 19 July 1925
Bobby Parker, the old Rangers-Everton-Notts Forest centre forward, has accepted the position of player-coach and secretary of Fraserburgh F.C.  Bobby has certain theories regarding play, and hopes to put them into practice with the Northern club.

August 17, 1925. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
By "Bees."
The first semplances of the new football laws locally was shown at Everton's ground on Saturday when 12,000 spectators were present in summerlike weather. It was good football considering the conditions, and the main part of it was a sight of the new throw-in law and the new offside law that has now come into force for the purpose of stopping the one back game and the faulty throw in and the persistent kick out. So far the new rules have proved worth while. It was sixty-five minutes before an offside decision was made by Referee Constantine, and Kennedy was the player penalised. The spectators must have voted in favour of the new rules, because the game was carried on by real fast football and play was continuous, whereas in the past the game has been spoiled by players who could by a forward more dodge the real ethies of football. As far as play was concerned it was not perhaps altogether serious it never is in trial games –but it produced some enlivening passages, notably when Rand got his two goals. He is a nippy young forward who came from Chilton Colliery on trial towards the end of last season. He has a go-ahead style and is competent to shoot with either foot. The result of the game –a win for the reserves by 4 goals to 2 –will probably surprise those who were not present, but they need not take the score too seriously, for the Blues were plainly holding something in reserve for future occasions. This much may be said, Chadwick has fined down a bit and so has Raitt, and the former has still a strong direct shot, while the latter has mellowed and is likely to do well. Some of the younger members revelled in the outing. Parry had a good innings at outside right, and Broad, at centre forward, was always having a lot of shots at goal, refusing to waste a chance to shoot. Weaver, at outside left, was another success, and Bain at centre half was quite good. Broad scored in the first few minutes, Kennedy equalised right after the interval, and then there followed goals Rand (2), Chadwick, and Dean. The last-named still shows promise of developing into a good player. Of the back, none did better than McDonald, and both goalkeepers made some capital saves from awkward angles. Teams: - Blues: - Harland, goal, McDonald, and O'Donnell, backs Brown McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards. Whites: - Kendall, goal, Raitt, and Livingstone, backs Peacock, Bain, Reid (captain), half-backs, Parry, Rand, Broad, Chadwick, and Weaver, forwards.

August 20, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
By "Bees."
Everton played their final trial game last night before 10,000 spectators, who enjoyed a spirited finish, after a dull period. The display was notable in that Rand failed to live up to early reputation, and Everton showed they had good young backs for the reserves –and possibly first team –Hamilton of New Brighton, and Jasper Kerr, the ragged young player who had an occasional spell with the first team till he got rather badly hurt. McDonald played his usual game –which is sufficient evidence of his "form"-and the half-backs work all round was of a splendid character. The forwards had little respite. Thus it is hard to reconcile the fact that each side scored three goals, unless one comes to the conclusion that there will be many goals scored though the new offside rule –it was broken but twice last night by the way. Bain, at centre half did very well. D. Reid who was prominent, and the appearance of Virr and Rooney in the Whites' half-back line enabled the onlookers who see little of the reserve side, to see that they are distinctly promising players. The goalkeeper was of the same character, and there is no doubt that Everton are stronger this season than they were a year ago.

Kendall made one faulty "hold" and Harland made many saves, especially, so where Broad was concerned. Broad is profiting by the new rule and lying well up the field, and darts away and shoots from all angles. It was no wonder that he scored twice –he hit the bar twice too –and made Harland perform wonders to stop other goals. Kennedy got three goals "off his own bat. Weaver completed the scoring, Harland turning his back on the forward who was so close in that he could not miss. The appearance of Murray, of South Africa, was the main topic of the evening. He has not yet lost his sea-legs, and probably he wants some more training after the long journey to England. He has good ideas, has sized up the offside position quickly, and has adroit methods of going ahead. He presented Broad with one goal, and his play generally gaves hopes of happy results in the future. Rand was not the success he was on Saturday, and some of the other forwards persisted in close work when the policy nowadays is plain up-the-middle passes, ground gained, and first time shots. Teams: - Whites: - Harland, goal, McDonald, and O'Donnell, backs, Brown, Reid, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Parry, Rand, Dean, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards. Whites: - Kendall, goal, Hamilton, and Kerr backs, Virr, Bain, Rooney, half-backs, Millington, Murrays, Broad Chadwick, and Weaver, forwards. Referee Mr. Constantine.

August 22, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
The match between Clubmoor and Everton football club was continued last night, despite the pitch being rain-sodden. Clubmoor had made 78, and Everton 29 for one wicket overnight. It was appropriate that Houghton and Virr, in partnership, should win the match for they are regular Clubmoor players and were plainly keen to do well against their colleagues. There were many laughable incidents during the last half-hour's play, but, the batsmen, although obviously inexperienced, did well, and their innings closed at 130, after the match the players were entertained by the club.
Scores: - club moor, Dr J Rumishn c Rooney b Kennedy 19, JB Duff b Weaver 15, M Somerville b Houghton TP Jones c Dean b Houghton o, FB Gamidie run out 0, b Mylrea b Kennedy 0, A Bloomfield c Parry b Kennedy 11, F Ross c Bain b Kennedy 5, AM Roberts c Virr b Kennedy 0, J Morgan c Weaver b Virr 11, L Povey not out 0 extras 11 total 78

Everton, W. Weaver b Broomfield 16, H Hamilton c sub Jones 15, H Houghton, retired 35, R Jones c Duff b Morgan 0 A Virr retired 34, F Parry not out 12 W Rooney b Povey 2 F Kennedy b Povey 1, D Bain b Povey 0 WR (ean c Roberts 5, J Kerr c and b Povey 5 extras 5 total 130

August 26, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Everton have good cause to view their prospects with pleasure. Their list of players is a large one, but they will get good value from each man and their only difficulty is; will they be able to blend successfully? The class is there and therefore when they do choose a winning lot it is right that they should not be interfered with. The club's penchant for players who have made their name is happily now eclipsed by their very sensible policy of taking players when they are still on the upward grade and moulding them into the team's ideas. It is a paying policy. Most of the signing was done at the back end of last season, and players booked in the closing stages of the last campaign –such as Dean, Weaver, O'Donnell, and Kennedy –will start their work knowing the style of play wanted. Everton are no doubt pleased with the improvement in goal, and from Livingstone, Raitt, McDonald, Kerr, O'Donnell, and Hamilton, a sturdy defence should be framed. Not less strong is the half-back line, with Hart and Peacock fit again. In this department also there are first-class reserves, notably Bain and Reid. Everton have three centre-forwards in Murray Broad and Dean, so that the club is fortunately placed in this respect. Everton are likely to fall in the front line only if they carry on with their over –elaboration, which will be useless against some defence they will meet. Swiftly moving wingers will be favoureed by the new offside law, and if they adopt the correct methods their should be no fault to find with the Goodison team's attack. If Everton do not score a lot of goals it will not be the fault of the half backs, who as a line will rank with joy in the game. The Everton team (v Sheffield United at Goodison Park is: - Harland McDonald, O'Donnell; Brown, McBain, Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Broad, Kennedy, and Troup. Everton Reserves v Sheffield United Reserves at Sheffield: - Kendall; Raitt, Livingstone; Peacock, Bain, Virr; Parry, Band, Murray, Chadwick, Weaver. Everton Reserves meet Birmingham Reserves on Monday kick off 5.30 at Goodison Park, and the team will probably be the same.

The Everton club is making a pen for boys only at the north end of the Paddock. The entrance will be at the Gwlady's street end of Bullen-road, and will be ready for Saturday.

August 28, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
McDonald, outside right of Dumbarton is said to be wanted by several clubs, in England and Scotland, including Everton. McDonald is in his first season with Dumbarton club, and in the two opening games has shown a wonderful skill for a young player. He is only eighteen years of age.

August 31, 1925. The Daily Courier.
Although Sheffield United managed to take a point home with them in their opening game with Everton, on Saturday they were rather lucky to do so. The score was two goals each. The match attracted about 35,000 spectators, and although play was a little scrappy at times the match was quite enjoyable one as the hearty applause of the large crowd frequently testified. The opening exchanges favoured the visitors, and it was some time before the home attack got going in a way that looked productive of goals. When they did however, they pleased their supporters immensely with the business like way they set about it. In spite of the new offside rule there was no score before half-time was no longer young when scoring began with a goal for the Blades by Johnson.

The first goal had a decided streak of luck about it. It came half-way though the second half, and was the result of a blunder by McDonald. Sheffield had been pressing so hard that McDonald appeared to think that a pass back to Harland was the best means of clearing. In making the kick, however, he stumbled, so that the ball went only a few yards. Harland dashed out of goal in an effort to clear, but Boyle beat him for quickness, and, passing to Johnson that player had nothing to do but steer it into the net. The Sheffield partisans –and there seemed to be quite a number of them, judging by the cheering –showed their satisfaction in no half-hearted fashion. Their triumph, however, was short-lived. Scarcely had the applause subsided before the Blues were on equal terms. It happened this way, Everton were awarded a free kick for a foul on Broad. It was fortunate for the visitors really, that it was not a penalty because it happened only just outside the penalty line. The Blades lined up in front of the goal like a platoon on parade. But the Blues had a card up their sleeves. Two of their players ran up to the ball when the whistle blew as if either might take it. This obviously puzzled the defence. Kennedy was the man, however, who actually took the kick. He drove hard for goal, and the ball, rebounding sideways off a defender went to Troup, who made no bones about sending it where Everton supporters desired to see it go. Everton had been playing a strong game just before their success and now heartened by a tangible token of it, they set about the Blades' defence in fine style, and it was not long before they again broke it down. It followed some excellent work between Chedgzoy and Irvine, the last named finally passing to Kennedy who being well placed, promptly sent into the net with a low drive. By this time the game was nearing the end, and many spectators confident that it was all over bar the shouting, began to leave the ground. They were a little precipitates, however, because Sheffield in one of their few raids on the home citadel, at the period managed to cheat Everton of what looked like a certain victory. The goal was deserved certainly, but it had to come from a penalty kick , which came about in this way. Tunstall set up an attack on the wing and finished with a well-judged centre. Harland did his best to save his charge by rushing but to clear. But he could not reach the ball in time, and his goal was left open. Johnson fastened on the ball and shot hard and low O'Donnell threw himself into the goalmouth, and intercepted the shot, but in doing so handled. Tunstall who took the penalty kick made no mistake with it. Almost immediately after the whistle blew for time.

As an opening match it was a good 0ne. It is true that the Sheffield attack, led by Johnson with such able allies as Gillespie, Tunstall and Mercer to aid him, was more effective than that of the home side in the first half. But the Everton line put much more style and effectiveness into their play after the interval. They gave the visiting team some anxious moments in the second half, and I do not think many have though the result unfair if the Blues had won. Broad and Irvine on two occasions looked to have Sutcliffe beaten, but he was saved by the crossbar. It was not till after the interval, however, that the Everton front line began to show their possibilities at a combination. The halves were good, and Hart and McBain put in some useful work. McDonald and O'Donnell played a sound game at back. McDonald's error in passing back when he might have cleared was the one blemish in his otherwise good play. Harland could not be blamed for either of the goals registered against him. To sum up, Everton's play was promising, and I for one should not be surprised if the end of the season finds them in a considerably. more exalt position in the table than last year. The Cupholders defence struck one as not being so good as their attack. More than once it was good luck that saved them rather than good play, and Milton and Crook back were frequently harassed by the keenness of the Blues attacks. Judging from Saturday, there seems little doubt that the new offside rule has brightened the game and made it faster. In the first half there was only one off-side, and few in the second. The new throw-in rule, too, is an improvement, and there is now no irritating waiting while a player is finnicking about on the touchline with his feet before throwing in. Teams: - Everton: - Harland, goal, McDonald, and O'Donnell, backs, Brown, McBain and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Broad, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards. Sheffield United: - Sutcliffe, goal, Cook, and Milton, backs, Pantling, King, and Green, half-backs, Mercer Boyle, Johnson, Gillespie, and Tunstall.

August 31 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Everton: - Kendall, goal, Raitt and Livingstone backs, Peacock, Bain, and Virr, half-backs, Parry, Rand, Murray Chadwick, and Weaver. Forwards.

August 31 1925. The Daily Courier.
At Townends lane. Although the Rovers only secured the odd goals, they were by fare the better team, and had they taken chances in front of goal the score would have been a large one. Webb opened the score, and after the interval, Wadsworth increased the lead, but Shaw, who played extremely well in the Blues' middle line headed in from a corner. Everton's defence played finely under much pressure. Braithwaite's in particular giving a rousing display. The forwards were poor with the exception of Harrington who sent across some fine centres which the inside forwards failed to convert. The Rovers forced many corners, and Jones in Everton's goal made many good saves. Webb, Ford, and W.Jones proved themselves to be trustful forwards for the Rovers.




August 1925