Everton Independent Research Data


Sheffield Independent - Friday 15 July 1927
Goole Town F.C., have signed R. Perry an inside forward who has had experience with Everton and Fleetwood. 

Derby Daily Telegraph - Wednesday 20 July 1927
Nor has the summer been allowed to pass without a new coach being appointed.  Coventry City have given T. Robertson an old time famous player, who made his name with Greennock Morton, Everton and other clubs, the double barrelled job of trainer-coach.  John Robertson has been a manager in league football for at one time he built up a fine side at glossop the North Derbyshire town which once maintained a club in the Second Division, but which went smash.  His is a wise old head and if the hugh army of youngsters at Coventry will only give him an attentive ear some of them should turn out to be the real goods. 

Western Daily Press - Wednesday 27 July 1927
Footballer Charged With Being Stowaway. Not wanted on the voyage " was said to be the label the suit cases of two stowaways discovered in the liner Adriatic four days out New York on her way to Liverpool They were Robert John Porter (19), clerk, son of a Dublin Civil Servant, and Glynn Rowlands (27), professional footballer  of Cardiff, who were before the Liverpool stipendiary yesterday.  Rowdands said his real name was Edmunds, but when caught in the Adriatic he gave the name of Wade. He was brought in the name of Hunt, played for Everton F.C. three years ago as Edmunds, and played Rowlands. He and Porter had passes visit the Adriatic in search of work when the vessel had sailed. It was stated that they mingled with the passenger? rh ihe daytime and hiding night. They were found by a steward coming from a part of the vessel where passengers were not allowed. Rowlands was remanded for furthtr inquiries and Porter was fined £5. His father, who paid, said his son stated that he had gone to New York but become homesick and could not stand the heat wave there The Stipendiary: Well, he will not find heat wave here.  

The Stipendiary; Well, h will not find a heat wave here.

Dundee Courier - Saturday 06 August 1927
Douglas Livingstone, a left back who has been with Celtic and Everton, and was, last year, transferred from the latter to Plymouth Argyle for a big fee, has been secured by Aberdeen. Livingstone, who as a junior played for Ashfield (Glasgow), is 27 years of age, 5 ft. 9 in. in height, and weighs 12 stone. It is expected he will strengthen a department of the defence in which the Aberdeen Club was not too well served last season.

August 8 1927, The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
D livingsone, the former Everton full-back who had played for a season with Plymouth Argyle, has been signed by Aberdeen, he was transferred to Everton from Celtic and during his stay at Goodison Park he earned praise for his cool and clever play. Though he was rather in the slow side, Also C.E. Glover who has played for New Brighton, Everton (Reserves), and Southport, has signed for Wigan Borough.

Dundee Courier - Wednesday 10 August 1927
Moffat, who can play in both inside forward positions and at centre, has had playing experience with East Fife and Everton, but met with a knee injury and gave up the game. He resides at Glencraig. Twenty-six years of age, he is 5 feet 8 inches in height, and weighs 11 stone.

August 10 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Intense interest was created at Maiden-lane last evening, when a start was made of the thirteen-a-side two evenings match between the Clubmoor Club, and Everton footballers, Dean being a notable absentee from the Everton team. Virr and Houghton regular players of the Clubmoor Club played on the opposite side. Clubmoor batted first, to the bowling of Virr and Dominy, the former gaining a wicket with the fourth ball without a run being scored. A respectable stand between the fall of the sixth and seventh wicket took the score from 46 to 88, the inning closing for 117. The smart fielding of the footballers was a feature, while Virr took six wickets for 53 and Raitt, as wicket keeper, kept the extra down to a single. Everton had ten minutes battling before rain stopped play, scoring 5 runs for two wickets. Scores: - Clubmoor, J. Harrling b Virr 10, G. Tomkinson c Davies b Virr 0, M. Sommerville run out 20, AM Roberts c Dominy b Virr 10, F. Ross c Dominy b Virr 0, TC Williams lbw b Houghton 27, G. Hedger b Dominy, o, JB Duff b Virr 20, McDowell c Raitt b Houghton 0, F. Crebbin run out 23, TJ Bond c Davies b Virr 1, L. Nuttall c Davies b White 4, J. Gatcliffe not out 1, Extra 1, Total 117

August 11 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton footballers gained a victory at Cricket last evening, when they defeated Clubmoor by four wickets. The footballers set about their task of obtaining the necessary runs in determined fashion. Six wickets were down for 44, but a stand by Houghton and Hardy took the score to 85, Houghton obtaining 32. Kendrick and Hardy then added 36 before the latter was bowled. Everton thus reversed last year's defeat. G. Tomkinson took five wickets for 36. Scores for Everton: - Virr retired 14, D. Bain b Tomkinson 2, A Troup retired 6, E. Taylor b Tomkinson 1, A. Davies b Sommerville 5, D. Raitt b Tomkinson 0, H. Houghton c Bond b Tomkinson 32, H. Hardy b Tomkinson 37, J. Kendrick run out 16, Extres 8, for Everton R. Irvine, O'Donnell, Dean, and A. Dominy did not bat.

August 13, 1927. Dundee Courier
Centre Who Did Well in Trial Games
St Johnstone yesterday secured the signature of a clever young centre in the person of James Paterson, a Camelon junior, who for the concluding four months of last season played for Everton. He took part with marked success in Saints' two trial games; in the first he netted three goals, and in the second one. In the second game he sustained an injury to his leg, from the effects of which, however, he is satisfactorily recovering. Paterson is 20 years age, stands 5 feet 7 ½ inches in height, and turns the scales at ten stones.

August 15 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
By “Bees.”
As showing the hold Everton have upon the public a gate of 16,000 was recorded at the first trial match played by the Goodison Park club, and the offering of the players to that gate of £400 was quite acceptable, as the first team won 4-3, in an exciting game in which there was much artistry, goals in goodly number, three to Weldon, a crack shot, one to the favourite, Dean, and some slamming drives by Dominy (2), Lewis and White. Four goals came in eight minutes, and generally speaking although the later stages of the game palled a little, the goalkeeping of Taylor and Hardy was always sufficient to keep the game alive to the bitter end, for it was a bitter end in such sweltering circumstances as Saturday, when the sun shone brightly throughout the place. Mr. Ainsworth refereed an easy match and gave few fouls, and there was only one slight injury, to Critchley, when he damaged an arm, but soon resumed. Cresswell took up the Everton captaincy, and Hart; if anything played a better game than usual, thanks to being relieved of the cares of a side that was last season struggling from the first moment to the last kick. The trouble with this type of match is that one can so easily be led astray; therefore I desire that any evidence I give shall not be taken down and used against me. Having thus excused myself, I can afford to go through most of the eleven and fear naught. The first point of play was the appearance of a seventeen year old boy named Lewis of Shell Mex and Everton “A” team who at outside left showed a commanding idea of cutting in, a good drive, some speed, and a nerve to stand up to a man of the arts and classes of Cresswell. Lewis on his showing, should go far and gain much by experience. In some measures he resembles Dimmock.

Then Dominy proved a great driving force for the second team and got two good goals and offered another to the strong limbed young fellow, ex-Southport, White by name. The goalkeeping of Taylor and Hardy was businesslike and they were kept busy, the shooting at all angles and ranges being above par. Naturally, the full backs did not re-enter into the game with a relish such as they will produce in league encounters, but this much can be said, that Raitt played a convincing and sure game without fiuorish, and Griffths, at centre half back, showed that Wrexham had lost something by transferring this man to Everton.

Griffiths has everything to recommend him. Brown the half-back too, showed the wisdom of his re-signing and with Weldon cracking hot shots and Troup skirting the line and occasionally offering a drive, Everton should at least get more goals than a year ago. The question really becomes one of defence –as last season. Irvine is filling the outside right position more acceptably than in his early efforts of a year ago, and with further chances he will develop the extreme wing game, while Dickie, of Poole, commended himself to everyone by his deadly method of intervention and his wise use of the ball; he is a very big fellow physically. Nothing more need to be added save that four goals were gained in eight minutes –rushing football successes. Result: - Blues 4, Whites 3 . Teams: - Blues: - Taylor, goal, Cresswell (captain) and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly Hart, and Virr, half-backs, Irvine, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, and Troup, forwards. Whites: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and Bain, backs, Brown, Griffiths, and Dickie, half-backs, Critchley, Dominy, White, Houghton, and Lewis, forwards. Referee Mr. Ainsworth.

August 18 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton held their second practice match at Goodison Park, last night when the Blues (the first team) beat the Whites 3-2. Irvine left the field at the interval and did not resume. He damaged his ankle, but the injury is not expected to kept him out of the game at all. It must be admitted that the Whites had the better of the first half, in which goals were scored by Easton and White, the only reply for the Blues coming from Dean, late on in the half. The young forward line showed some clever football, and with Easton, White, and Wilkinson all eager to show their shooting power, it was small wonder that Taylor had much more to do than Davies.

White is distinctly a go-ahead centre forward, and hits a tremendous shot, which is not often off the mark, while Easton was not only a worker but a schemer. Hart stood out in his side's half-back line, but Curr and Rooney showed great promise. Bain accomplished many smart things at full back. There is no more enthusiastic player on the Everton books than this general utility men, and R. Curr stood up to his work well, went into a tackle, and punted cleanly. Davies had a lot of work to do in the second portion, Dean and Weldon in particular plying him with shots. He had no chance with Weldon's goal. Of the Blues side, the appearance of Griffiths at centre half-back was followed closely and while he opened out with some strong play, he seemed to slack off somewhat, but for all that he demonstrated that he can not only stop an attack but can initiate forward moves. Hart, however, was the best middleman on view. Dickie was not so dominating as in the opening game.

O'Donnell, with a powerful kick and at times a trifle too much finesse, was ably backed up by Raitt. Weldon worked hard, and once again demonstrated what a wonderful shot he possesses, while Dean, who scored two goals, offered up many chances besides having a couple of rasping efforts saved by Davies. Forshaw was dainty and crafty, and Troup made some fine openings. Dominy, by the way came out as substitute for Irvine. Teams : - Blues: - Taylor, goal, Raitt and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Griffiths, and Dickie, half-backs, Irvine (Dominy 46), Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, and Troup, forwards. Whites: - Davies, goal, R. Curr and Bain, backs, W. Curr, Hart (captain), and Rooney, half-backs, Critchley, Easton, White, Wilkinson, and Kendrick, forwards.

August 27 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
The programme of Football League games is a highly entertaing one, and given reasonable weather conditions, I expect a large crowds everywhere. On Mereseyside Everton begin operations with Sheffield Wednesday as visitors to Goodison Park. The shock which the Walton club sustained last season has not been forgotten, but compensation in the shape of greater success is expected this season. Although the side has one or two weak places, I have great faith in the club's half-back strength for it the three men who are due to duty today do not strike their form immediately, there are three equally good players in the reserve ranks ready to fill the breach. A club's power to my mind, can always be measured by the calibre of its half-backs. Everton, on paper, have a good side, and if Irvine can settle down to the outside right berth, then I believe the forwards will prove most effective. Irvine is rather out of his element on the wing, but he is too good a player to be left out. I expect Everton to win. The Wednesday are a strong combination, and the forward line will be improved by the introduction of Seed late of Tottenham Hotspurs. The Kick-off is at 3.15 and the teams are: - Everton, Taylor, Creswell O'Donnell, Kelly, Hart, Virt, Irvine, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, and Troup. Sheffield Wednesday: - Brown, Felton, Blenkinsopp, Leach, Kean, Marsden, Williams, Seed, Trotter, Strange, and Wilkinson.

August 29 TH 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton delighted a big crowd in the opening game of the season at Goodison Park with their sparkling play and splendid four clear goals' win over Sheffield Wednesday. Everton were both confident and competent and on the play a bigger success would not have been surprising. Although it may not be wise to take the result of Saturday's game as a future guilde, it can safely be said that Everton's side was sound, well balanced and well deserved its brilliant initial success. It must not be overlooked however, that Sheffield Wednesday had only a moderate side that was overplayed and outgeneralled at almost every point. There was much to appreciate in the bold, convincing work of the Everton forwards, the clever craftsmanship of the half-backs and the soundness of the defence. Indeed, Everton's display reached a high standard especially when compared with the moderate work of the Yorkshire side. It was in the first Twenty minutes that the game was won and lost. During this period there was a battle royal between the Everton forwards and the Sheffield defence, and as no defence could for long stand such intensive methods without weakening it was not surprising that Everton's ultimate success was so complete. Taylor had few anxious moments against the weak Sheffield forwards, but he was one or twice fortunate to be in the right place, as for instance, when near the interval, Trotter made one of his few scoring efforts and the ball hit Taylor on the legs. Both Cresswell and O'Donnell played a sound and effective game. Cresswell was the more polished, and at times he seemed to carry his nonchalance to excess, but he was always quick to recover, and often to the surprise of his opponents. O'Donnell was more dashing, yet none the less confident. Of the half-backs Hart was masterly in the centre –a skilful tactician –while Kelly and the hard working Virr served up some delightful openings for the forwards in addition to keeping the Sheffield forwards in check.

There were times when Irvine did not utilise the openings, which he himself had created to the best advantage, but apart from that there was little wrong with the Everton attack. Dean was trustful, discreet in his passing, and always difficult to subdue, even allowing that he missed a great chance early on. Troup and Weldon made a capital wing especially in the first half, when their bold, vigorous work was mainly responsible for Everton reaping the due reward of their excellent play. Forshaw was crafty and skilful in providing openings, and generally did well, while Irvine was clever with the ball although he was the only Everton forward without a goal.

The Wednesday had three good performers in Brown, Kean, and Wilkinson. Brown made some thrilling saves in the Sheffield goal, and in spite of the heavy defeat played his part well as did Kean with his bustling methods in the pivotal position. The backs kicked without discretion, and too frequently left the goal uncovered to be considered effective, while the wing half-backs rarely helped their own forwards, being too busy aiding the defence. Trotter rarely got a chance and Seed, although he occasionally put in some dainty touches, was poorly supported.

It was not a great game, but served to show Everton capable of playing sound, purposeful football that showed be an encouragement for the future. The goals were scored by Troup (27 minutes), Weldon (28 minutes), Forshaw (62 minutes), and Dean (75 minutes). Troup's goal was the best of the four; a brilliant drive from a difficult angle, that quite deceived Brown, while Weldon a long, hard drive was another example of taking a chance without wasting precious time. Teams : - Everton: - Taylor, goal, Cresswell (captain), and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart, and Virr, half-backs, Irvine, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, and Troup, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday: - Brown, goal, Felton, and Blenkinsopp, backs, Leach, Kean, and Marsden, half-backs, Williams, Seed, Trotter, Strange, and Wilkinson, forwards.

August 29 th 1927. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
In Everton's Central League fixture with Sheffield Wednesday, at Hillsboro Griffiths, Everton's centre-half, was the most prominent player on the field. Splendid in defence he fed his forwards finely. The forwards were clever but their finishing was weak, Everton, the inside right being the best. Sheffield Wednesday led at half time by two goals to one, Hooper scoring both, while White obtained Everton's point ten minutes from the end. Powell increased Wednesday's lead. It was a fast hard game. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and Bain, backs, Brown, Griffiths, and Dickie, half-backs, Critchley, Easton, White, Wilkinson, and Lewis, forwards .






August 1927