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August 1, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
By Louis T. Kelly.
• A long-service men t Burnden Park, is George Eccles, who first went there 33 years ago from Everton via West Ham as a full back, and then became trainer.
• Mr. W. C. Gibbins, Everton’s Peter Pan director, has gone deep-sea fishing.

August 6, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
Even To This Day
Bee’s Notes.
Football approaches, and with it some disturbed minds. A correspondent writes this morning to suggest Everton F.C., need strengthening, and were promising ne players when the annual meeting was held, whereas no new name has been mentioned by the club. I advise the spectator to have patience knowing as I do that at this very moment the club are considering three posts and looking at famous players who have not gone to the milestone of years known in football as the stoney age. “A old-Timers” very rightly points out that Everton hovered around the foot of the League all season, and to depend upon the same side this season is to trust a broken reed. The correspondent, however, forgets that Everton took the plunge with many young lads, and it is not wise to hurry up the younger generation in the football game. That promise of the future was rich; the fulfilment must be a matter of time. True, Everton, as he says, had more goals scored against them than most other teams in any division, but that side of the team has not been overlooked, and even the weekend there will be a visit of importance concerning that berth. The correspondent goes through last season’s goal against and trances most of them to goals to Everton’s opponents on the right flank; therefore he claims Everton’s greatest need is along the left flank. We want an inside left like Carter of Sunderland, who can take the ball first time.”
Everton In The Swim.
Everton F.C., forge another link in the chain which binds them so intimately to Ellesmere Port hen next Wednesday, they will get there and spend the afternoon at the Riveace Swimming Pool and hold an unofficial gala swimming off their heats, and leaving the finals to the swum off in the evening when Ellesmere Port S.C., hold their gala. The Evertonians will be welcomed by Tom Waugh, chairman of council, and an old friend and school mate of Chedgzoy. Everton will also oppose Bowaters in a squadron race.

August 6, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
J.L. White’s Exhilarating Knock In Game Against Footballers.
In an exhilarating innings, J. L, White hit 72 for Bootle in an hour in the two-evenings games against a team of twelve Liverpool and Everton footballers at Hawthorne-road, Bootle. Bootle, who also played twelve, declared at 190 for ten wickets. The match will be continued tonight. Hitting freely, white scored on all sides, his chief scoring strokes being two 6’s off Bell and gee, and eight 4’s. He was fifth out at 102 to a brilliant one-hundred catch by Bell at deep square leg. A Cohen was also sent back by brilliant fielding. He was smartly caught by Bentham in the slips. The fielding of the footballers was excellent. Glassey was the most successful bowler taking four for 42. Bootle; H.S Brown c and b Bell 7, J.L. White c Bell b Glassey 72; J.R. Williams run out 1; T.B. Roberts c Gee b Glassey 8; A Cohen c Bentham b Glassey 10; L.S. Collis c and Bell 18; F Harrison LBW b Glassey 2; T.G. Parry c Jones b Gee 18; S. Jones b Dean 30; L Myerscough b Bell 0; J. Shadbolt not out 19; Davies not out 4; Extras 1. Total for 10 wickets 190
Liverpool & Everton J. Balmer (cpt), W.R. Dean, T. Bradshaw, R. Bell, A. Glassey, S Bentham, C. Gee, J.E. Jones, R Lambert, G. Collins, A Hanson, and B. Dabbs.

August 8, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
By Louis T. Kelly
• For the last three years in succession Dean has scored Everton’s opening goal of the season. Hope he carries on with the good work at Highbury.
• Everton F.C. unique distinction. Former players in Messrs J. Sharp and H. Makepeace have gone on to captain the Lancashire first and second cricket sides respectively. Also qualified as double internationals –football and cricket. And he is due to begin his 18th season.

August 13, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Notes.
Their Visit To Ellesmere Port
An Everton Forward For Prescott Cables.
Germany beat us at football –it was not surprising because if the Chinese had any knowledge of real shooting they would have put us out “first pop.” Germany according to the Everton players who faced them when touring their country months ago, are an excellent set of footballers, and we must not cavil at the latest Olympic defeat. England has not the monopoly of football victory, although it is natural a defeat from those we taught-the game reads rather painful. Everton pick their trial team for Monday’s game at the meeting tonight. No startling changes are expected, but I am warned the club may leap into the transfer marker during the early weeks of the season. Mr. W. C. Cuff, chairman, and Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary, together with the players of the Everton Football Club, visited Ellesmere Port yesterday. They were received at the Rivacre Valley Swimming Pool by the chairman of Ellesmere Port Council Mr. T. Waugh, and the players swam four heats, of a 40 yards race, which was eventually won by Bentham. Later a visit was paid to Bowater’s sports ground, where they engaged Bowater’s cricket, tennis, and bowls teams in matches. In the cricket match, 45 minutes battling each side. Everton scored 85 for six wickets to Bowater’s 67 for eight wickets. A Bell scored 45 and took four wickets for 22 runs. W. R. Dean took four wickets for 33 runs. Bowaters won the tennis by four matches to two, and were successful at bowls by 118 to 81. At the swimming pool Bowater’s defeated Everton in a squadron race.
Prescot Cables Sign Sandham.
Cables have signed two new players in Ivor Sandham, outside left, who has been with Everton for the past two seasons.

August 14, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
The Everton directors last night selected the teams to take part in the first of the public practice games to be played at Goodison Park on Monday, Kick-off at 6.30. There are no newcomers to Goodison Park, but Everton have thirty-seven professionals from which to make a choice. The sides for Monday’s game are:- Blues; Sagar; Cook, Jones; Britton, White, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Whites; King; Jackson, Morris; Tunney, Gee, Watson; Leyfield, Bentham, Bell, Miller, Stein. Dean will again captain Everton, with Cook as vice captain.
The New Goal Kick Rule.
A point for players and followers of the game to remember in the coming season is the new rule regarding goal kicks. When a goal kick is taken the ball must be kicked direct outside the penalty area. The practice of a full back sending the ball into the goalkeeper’s hands so that he might take a drop-kick or a punt has been stopped. The practice often led to attempts by centre forwards to dash ahead and harass the kicker. We shall probably see goalkeepers taking more goal kicks in future, and there is no reason why a goalkeeper should not be able to kick a dead ball a considerable distance. Another new rule is that players must not attempt to kick the ball out of a goalkeeper’s hands –a practice that has fed to many accidents.

August 14, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Notes.
Everton F.C., directors last night selected the teams to take part in the first of the public practice games to be played at Goodison Park on Monday, kick off 6.30. There are no newcomers to Goodison Park, but Everton have thirty-seven professionals from whom to make a chice. The sides for Monday’s game are: - Blues; Sagar; Cook, Jones; Britton, White, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Whites; King; Jackson, Morris; Tunney, Gee, Watson; Leyfield, Bentham, Bell, Miller, Stein. Dean will again captain Everton, with Cook as vice captain.

August 15, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
By Louis T. Kelly.
At Everton there seems little reason why the famous Toffees should not have a good season –particularly with Jackie Coulter fit and well after nearly 18 months absence and Captain Dean keen as mustard to add to his great laurels. With two such, along with Alec Stevenson, Everton’s attack will attract by reason of its “personality,” said to be such a declining feature of modern football. Cunliffe, too, should be thereabouts with a whole bagful of goals in the new season, if he can but wholly conquer an occasional tendency to loft his shots. An interesting point –who will be Everton’s opening choice for outside right? Curiously Gillick’s only appearance on this wing was in his debut game with Leeds last December.
There is a possibility of Everton opening the season without a Scotsman in the side for the first time in league history. In only one season here Everton beaten Arsenal since 1928. Alec Stevenson made his debut on the occasion of Everton’s last win at Highbury. Six Everton’s present side, by the way have made their League debut against London clubs. “Stud-marks,” one is told, are rather popular with our lady folk. Possibly because they are so all embracing. It will be appropriate should Captain Dean equal or pass Steve Bloomer’s great League 352 goals record at Highbury seeing it was there he made his Everton debut. One prominent League club is said to be looking for a centre forward with the strength of an ox. The heart or a hon and the cunning of a fox.
• Nuneaton’s newly appointed player manager is McClure, the former Everton and Brentford half back.

August 17, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
William Scott, brother of Elisha Scott has gone to his rest. He had not been well for some time and pneumonia caused his death on Saturday evening. I don’t suppose there were two such contrasting characters as William and Elisha, but in spite of that they were parallel cases when they took the sport and kept goal. William Scott left Ireland for Everton in 1905-6, following George Kitchen, and at once he became a favourite with the Goodison Park people. He was taller than Elisha and not so demonstrative on or off the field. In fact, one would call William Scott the stolid goalkeeper and in dealing with the best shot of old times. William Scott was unequalled in his ability using a knuckle to knock down the hottest shot from a Hampton, a shepard, or any other driving force. He was Ireland’s goalkeeper for many years. He was the goalkeeper of the first Irish team ever to beat England and Scotland. I think (but I will not swear to it) that he had more football honours than the modern Elisha. When he left Everton he was goalkeeper for quite a long time at Leeds; and later years he and his wife concerned themselves with licensed houses. William helped Everton to win the Cup, and he was the goalkeeper who had the webbing of his thumb and finger split in the famous Everton and Barnsley semi-final at Leeds and Old Trafford. He was a humorist in his own peculiar way, and 30 years ago when the season opened with a terrific heat wave the then trainer Jack Elliott, was ordered to buy silk handkerchiefs to but around the players’ necks. Billy Scott did not get one to which he relied “Oh I’m only a goalkeeper; I suppose the sun doesn’t shine on me.” Injury to Scott caused the Everton club to sigh on L.R. Roose, and there was great fun between these two uncommon goalkeepers. Roose gave a testimonial dinner on the continent to “my dear good pal Billy Scott, the best of goalkeepers.” But when the time to pay arrived Roose asked Scott “Can you run?” Scott said, I’m a bit of a sprinter,” and Roose replied “Well let’s see you do your stuff because I

August 17, 1926. Evening Express.
First Public Try-Out Of Goodison Men.
By The Pilot.
Everton will be on parade tonight. The first public trial match of the Goodison Park club takes place at the Walton enclosure. All the favourities, with the exception of Geldard, Thomson and centre-half, Jones, will be on view, and though no new players are to come under review a good test should be seen. Jack Coulter, the brilliant Irish international, will figure in the team for the first time since he had the misfortune to break his leg while playing for his country against Wales at the end of the 1934-35 season. His form will be watched with keen interest, Coulter up to the time of his accident was one of the finest outside lefts in the country. Gillick the scot will figure at outside right for the Blues, Mercer at left-half and Britton, the English international is back in his customary position at right half. Cook, the Irish international who has been honoured by the appointment to the vice-captain, under Billy Dean will partners Jack Jones at full back. Jimmy Stein, who broke his leg in Switerland last year, has made a fine recovery and partners another Scot Miller, in the Whites’ side. Blues; Sagar; Cook, Jones; Britton, White, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Whites; King; Jackson, Morris; Tunney, Gee, Watson; Leyfield, Bentham, Bell, Miller, Stein.


August 18, 1936. The Sunderland Echo and Shipping Gazette

A member of the first Irish team ever to defeat England and Scotland at Association football, William Scott a former Everton goalkeeper, has died in Walton Hospital from pneumonia. William Scott, who was 52 years of age, was as popular and well-known in his day as his brother Elisha Scott today. he played as regularly for Ireland as has his brother and after his playing days were over he become a licensee. William Scott joined Everton from Linfield, Belfast, in 1905 and was a member of Everton Cup winning side the following season. After many years with Everton he was transferred to Leeds, and during and shortly after the war he deputized for Elisha Scott in Liverpool's goal.

August 18, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
White Damaged In First Practice.
By “Bee.”
Everton held their first practice match in fine weather until half-time when a summer rainstorm was a trouble to the spectators who attended in thousands. They showed much enthusiasm for the capital, if easy going play.
Unfortunately, the game began with Leyfield and Jones colliding without serious results, but just before half-time, White, the centre half, crocked his knee and had to leave the field. This was a decided blow, because White is one of the outstanding centre halves in the game. He crowd was treated to some smashing shooting and some neat and fleet footwork. Goals in the first half came from Leyfield, Bell (from a good header by Tunney), White (own goal), Mercer (one of his longish runs and fiercest shots) with Bell carrying the score to 4-1 with a low and sweet left foot drive. Gillick made it 4-2 and King was saved twice in as many minutes through no fault of his own. Stevenson being the unlucky shooter. King made a good save in this half, but was not convincing with his kicking with the dead ball under the new rule regarding goal kicks. Play was varied, interesting and pointed, and once more the reserve team was on top in a trial match. which means nothing except that the juniors left themselves go a trifle more earnestly than the first team men. However, sufficient was seen of Coulter and Cook (broken legs last year) to prove that these two artistic Irish men have lost none of their confidence.
Outstanding Players.
Stein, on the other hand, had not a great deal to do. On the Blues side, Mercer was most prominent and Stevenson; as the general provider was one of the busiest and perhaps the most practical man. Dean looked extremely fit, while Bell, his challenger recalled some of his Tranmere Rovers exploits by fine shooting, good, heading and an eye for keeping the line going smoothly and well. T.G. Jones of Wrexham made a welcome appearance in the second half in place of White. He is a very tall boy, has youth on his side, and he got a warm welcome from those who recognised the newcomer, but there were not many who realised who the newcomer was. All through the second half sheets of rain made it difficult to catch and control the wet ball and goals were not nearly so numerous as had been the case in the first half. Bell, scored another point before being injured, and Jones took a free kick and drove the ball against an opponent, the ever resourceful Coulter stealing in as is his wont to make the score 5-3. Jones centre half, in the little time that he was on the field, made a good impression by his coolness and wise use of the ball and also with a flashing shot. Near the end, Leyfield was also injured, so the match had been a trouble in two or three directions. Gee’s form against Dean and his general tactics had been one of the pleasing points. Gillick ended the night’s scoring, leaving the first team in arrears, but now only a goal down after beening three down in the first half. Whites 5, Blues 4. Teams: - Blues: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones, backs; Britton, White (TG Jones 45), and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Whites: - King, goal; Jackson and Morris, backs; Tunney, Gee and Watson, half-backs; Leyfield, Bentham, Bell, Miller, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. C. Taylor (Liverpool).


Sunderland Echo-Tuesday 18 August 1936

A member of the first Irish team ever to defeat England and Scotland at Association football, William Scott, a former Everton goalkeeper has died in Walton Hospital from pneumonia. William Scott, who was 52 years of age, was as popular and well-known in his day as his brother, Elisha Scott, today. He played as regularly for Ireland as his brother and after his playing days were over he became a licensee. William Scott joined Everton from Linfield, Belfast, in 1905 and was a member of the Everton cup winning side the following season. After many years with Everton he was transferred to Leeds, and during and shortly after the war he deputized for Elisha Scott in Liverpool's goal.

August 18, 1938. Evening Express.
Quick Goals in Satisfying Test.
By The Pilot.
Shocks and sensations characterised Everton’s opening practice match at Goodion Park last night when the Whites (the reserve team) defeated the Blues (probable first team) by five goals to four. One of the shocks came just before the interval when Tommy White, the international centre-half of the Blues, received a knock under the right knee and had to retire from the game. His place was taken by T.G. Jones. Mr. Thoe Kelly, secretary of the club, said to me afterwards: “We are hoping that White will be fit in time for the opening match.” The Whites provided the sensations, for within a space of 15 minutes they were three goals ahead. Ere half an hour had elapsed six goals had been scored. The Whites’ attackers gave a fine display of first-time football, in which each player dovetailed and contrived to keep exact position. As Mr. Jim Taylor, director of Preston North End, and his manager, Mr. Tommy Muirhead, said to me afterwards: “Everton posses any amount of fine young players, and the club should have few worries regarding the attack. Allowance must be made for any shortcomings in a trial game, because there is not the usual ‘bite’ in the tackle, but I thought the Blues forwards adopted the wrong measures in repeatedly dwelling on the ball, thereby holding up the easy-movement of approach and allowing the defence to consolidate. I always like to see a player hold a ball to draw his man, but the Blues did this to excess. The White’s forwards provided the big features, and none did better than Leyfield at outside right. He was an ever-present menace. Bell was a judicious and opportunist leader and Bentham a sturdy foragen who kept doing at top pace. Miller played the role of creator and Stein showed that he is suffering no ill-effects from his leg injury. The same can be said of Coulter on the Blues side, who, although not all out provided many clever touches. Gillick showed pace and shooting power, but Dean received few chances against Gee, who played excellently as pivot. Tunney, a local boy from St.Malchy’s impressed me at right half-back for the Whites, and I liked Morris, the young full back. Mercer and Britton played with grace and effectiveness in a satisfying trial. Bell (3), Leyfield and White (own goal) scored for the Whites, and Gillick (2), Mercer and Coulter for the Blues. The receipts were £211. Everton’s final trial takes place on Saturday.

August 19, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Notes.
Everton F.C., are handicapped before the opening of the season. Tom White is injured, and it seems improbable he will be fit for some time. Meantime in the club’s second trial match at Goodison on Saturday (3.15) T.G. Jones, of Wrexham takes his place. This is the only change in the senior side compared with Monday’s game. There are several changes in the “Whites” side. Walkden turning out instead of Gee, Geldard taking the place of Leyfield, and Hurel instead of Miller. The teams chosen are: - Blues; Sagar; Cook, Jones (J.E); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Whites; King; Jackson, A.N. Other; Tunney, Walkden, Watson; Geldard, Bentham, Bell, Hurel, Stein.
• Tom Johnson whose name had been linked with various football jobs, has become coach to the Darwin club.

August 20, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Notes.
One of the strangest requests this Notebook has known comes to light today. So anxious are some of Dixie Dean’s followers to see him complete the equality of Steve Bloomer’s record score, they actually ask if Everton directors will omit their captain for all but home games so that there will be a guarantee the record will be equalled and eventually broken before the eyes of the people of this city” –and Birkenhead! Mr. P. Davies of Birkenhead, says: -we have read your most interesting detail about the goal-scoring record (which may or may not be beaten shortly) and also the comparisons between the two players concerned. “It is true what we’ve read about Dixie, and also true what we seen him do, but my concern at the moment is that I and thousands of others wish to see and apt read about the (record) climax. We have also read that Highbury would be a good and suitable setting for the breaking. I do not agree. My own particularly circle saw his successes in school football, were present when Dixie was borrowed by Laird-street Athletic, from Pensby (who had no match), when the score at half-time was 9-0, Laird-street have a reputable scoring centre forward, but Dixie got the nine goals from inside right! We also saw his trial with Wirral Railway (when even the company), or, I should say, committee, voted him too slow! Well at least slower than their idol, who was the regular player. We saw his debut and successes in both teams at Tranmere, also at Everton; we travelled to Wrexham to see his first international; we saw him score his 60th goal, we travelled to London to see him captain a Cup-winning side. They are all fond memories, so now let’s have this next performance at home for all to see. Dare we ask the Everton club to declare a policy of reserving Dixie for the home matches until his feat has been accomplished? We don’t know how it would suit the player, but know the club would lose nothing by such a gesture to the spectators. They in turn, would be delighted and appreciative.” Answer –It would be nice if Dixie Dean, could perform one more of his record-breaking feats at Goodison Park but after all there is still the second goal needed to break Steve Bloomer’s record, so that if Dean got his equalising goal there would still be the winning notch for the Everton spectators a home. It so happened that Everton start the season at Arsenal and they have a bit of a reputation for their wall of defence, so perhaps my correspondent is crying out when there is no need to do so; in any case I am sure the Everton directors cannot consider the thought of leaving Dean out of a team for the purpose of accommodating an epoch-making record feat which may not arise for a week or so. How strangely fickle is fate. If Dixie had his deserts in his opening game at Highbury, Goodison Park would have seen the record equalled last season, for to be quite candid, Dixie Dean scored a good goal at his debut, having to run about 30 yards to succeed and then to his horror he found an offside decision against him which was not warranted by the position of the defenders. However, that is the “if” and “but” angle of sport and it is not sound to dwell too much upon that. The whole point of Mr. P. Davies’s letter is so uncommon that I have given the matter more than usual length.
• Advertisement in Liverpool Echo. Practice Match at Goodison Park, Saturday Aug 22, Blues v. Whites. Kick-off 3.15 p.m. Admission 6d, Boys 2d, Stands extra. All pay. Full proceeds to Local charities.

August 21, 1936. Evening Express.
Wing Problems Of Everton Trial.
Who Will Play Against Arsenal
By The Pilot.
It may be accepted that Everton’s inside-forwards for the opening League match will be Cunliffe, Dean and Stevenson, but there are three strong claimants for the two wing positions –Coulter, Geldard, and Gillick. In the Blues side at Goodison Park tomorrow this may be taken as the probable first team –Coulter and Gillick are given the positions. Coulter has given proof of his complete recovery from his broken leg to justify his inclusion in the League side. Gillick is equally at home at either outside left or outside right. Geldard, the international, will play for the Whites. Here is a match winning player with pace and a variety of tactics. Whichever decision is reached at the board meeting next week, there will be plenty of sympathy for the one who is left out. The position certainly proves what power Everton have on the wings this term.
Jones’s Promise.
T.G. Jones, the young Wrexham lad, plays in the Blues’ side for White, and his form will be watched with interest. Jones showed up well during the second half of last Monday’s trial when he came on to deputise for White. He is a player of great promise. Youngsters are to get their opportunities tomorrow, for Walkden, from the “A” team, will be pivot for the Whites and Hurel, the former Jersey player, partners Stein on the left wing. Big things are expected of little Hurel, who was recommended to Everton by their former player, Murray, Hurel is full of tricks and is said to be reminiscent of Jimmy Dunn. Blues; Sagar; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter.Whites; King; Jackson, A.N. Other; Tunney, Walkden, Watson; Geldard, Bentham, Bell, Hurel, Stein.
• Advertisement in Evening Express. Practice Match at Goodison Park, Saturday Aug 22, Blues v. Whites. Kick-off 3.15 p.m. Admission 6d, Boys 2d, Stands extra. All pay. Full proceeds to Local charities.

August 21, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
Bee’s Notes.
A week hence, and the world will be pitched into the football game. Tomorrow Everton hold their final trial game and after the way the young men played in the first test to a crowd of 10,000, I imagine the gate tomorrow will touch over £300 which is evidence of the great interest and care taken in our teams. Everton’s show of Hurel, of Jersey, plus such a new comer as T.G. Jones, of Wrexham, makes the final test of the Goodison brigade a vey import one. The teams read.
Blues; Sagar; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter.Whites; King; Jackson, A.N. Other; Tunney, Walkden, Watson; Geldard, Bentham, Bell, Hurel, Stein.

August 22, 1936. The Daily Post
By John Peel.
Final Football trials will complete with cricket today, for the patronage of the public. These last preliminaries, prior to the opening of the season next Saturday, will no doubt, be followed with the keenest attention. Competition for places in Football League teams is greater than ever, and players, therefore must be on their toes to catch the eyes of selectors. Everton place their men on view today at Goodison Park, and I expect a really capital struggle. Special interest will centre in the appearance of T.G. Jones as Pivot of the first team in place of the injured White, and I am sure he will prove a worthy substitute. With Coulter fit once more, Everton seem to have plenty of talent for the wings and much depends on today’s display regarding the selection of the men to take the wing berths against the Arsenal. Gillick and Coulter are the players chosen for the premier side today, while Geldard is in the White’s side. Walkden from the “A” ream and Hurel, the Jersey player are included in the Whites team. The kick-off is at 3.15 and the teams are:- Blues; Sagar; Cook, Jones (JE); Britton, Jones (TG), Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter.Whites; King; Jackson, A.N. Other; Tunney, Walkden, Watson; Geldard, Bentham, Bell, Hurel, Stein.

August 22, 1936. Evening Express
Coulter Paves Way To Trail Goals
Dean On The Target
By The Pilot.
Everton’s final practice match took place today at Goodison Park. A trial was given at left back to Feenan, from Tow Law. There were about 10,000 spectators present. Teams: - Blues: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Morris, backs; Britton, Jones (T.G), and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Cunliffe, forwards. Whites: - King, goal; Jackson and Feenan, backs; Tunney, Walkden, and Watson, half-backs; Geldard, Bentham, Bell, Hurel, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. F. Percy (Liverpool). King early on had to run out to stop a Gillick solo burst following a Dean pass though he missed the ball, Feenan was there to cover up. The football was interesting and there were some thrills, particularly when Bentham headed against the post, and when Stevenson hit the woodwork with King beaten. Dean received a slight cut on his eye brow from a heading duel with Walkden, and during his absence two goals were scored. First Bell pushed a low ball through for Bentham to give the Whites the lead, Sagar diving too late. Then the Coulter-Mercer due opened up the way for Stevenson, whose scoring shot curled under King’s body and rolled over the line. Bentham and Stevenson both contributed many neat forward touches, and Feenan proved himself a accurate place kicker. Dean scored his first of the trial games, and it was again Coulter who sowed the seeds. His quick centre completely outwitted the Whites’ defence, dropped to Dean’s feet, and the captain unmarked, promptly banged the ball home.
Blues Make It Three
In less than a minute the Blues had made it three. This time the engineer was Gillick, who raced to the line, turned the ball back along the floor so that Stevenson could take his time to get it under control before his final thrust. The first-time tactics employed by the Blues –in direct contrast to their work in the previous trial –kept the Whites’ defence running at full stretch. The Whites forwards work was also good, Bell being an alert and enterprising leader, ever ready to profit by good work by Stein and Geldard. Bell now thrilled the crowd with a fine run in double harness with Hurel, and a rasping shot just skimmed the bar. Half-time Blues 3, Whites 1.


Hartlepool Mail- Monday 24 August 1936

Gateshead expect to secure a new centre forward before the week is much older. He is Gordon Reed, a native last season and had previously played for Everton, Bristol City and Queen's Park Rangers.

August 24, 1936. The Daily Post
Everton’s Test.
The Comedy Due On The Left Wing.
Dean’s Injury Not Serious.
By Bee.
Everton wound up their trial games with ten goals and little hurt. Dean cut his eyebrow a little, but he was not off the field for any length of time and the effect upon the team sheet against the Arsenal will be nil. The final game drew 1,300 spectators and £305 for charity. The ground was perfection and this, to a degree enabled the close-fitting left wing pair, Coulter and Stevenson, to have a day of entertainment. They were in unrivalled form and the dainty touch and the manner, in which they worked the ball in the space of inches, suited the expectant crowd.
Promise Of Jones.
The best goal of the day was that scored by T. Jones ex-Wrexham, who from a longish distance shot with such terrific force that the goalkeeper could not have had a sight of the ball. This boy has the making of a good pivot because he is not inclined to third back principles and his height leads him to many a ball he could not otherwise get. Best of all he has a strong inclination to start combined movements rather than merely getting rid of the ball. Stevenson got three goals for the first team, and Dean and Gillick also scored, but it was the forcing Bentham, who opened the scoring, and when the lead had gone out to 6-1, the reserves team had a burst of success and Hurel and Bell (2) reduced the margin to make a splendid finish to an entertaining game. On the winners’ side Morris appeared for the lightly damaged Jones, and the defence was in the customary form. In the forward line the left wing took the honours so insistently that the other portion of the line hardly counted, albeit Cunliffe did much ground-work and made a shot of sterling merit against the crossbar. On the losing side, Hurel of Jersey showed neatness in his outlook and a stylish method, while Bell was a live centre, also with a neat touch. Bentham was strong, and flung himself into the game, with Walkden at centre half a rousing young pivot. The reserves defence was not so good and Feenan of the North on trial, probably found the uncommon surroundings too severe for him. Jackson was the better back, and Tunney’s task was never too much for him to try to show up with endeavour and skill. Everton Blues 6, Whites 4. Teams: - Blues: - Sagar, goal; Cook and Morris, backs; Britton, Jones (T.G), and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Cunliffe, forwards. Whites: - King, goal; Jackson and Feenan, backs; Tunney, Walkden, and Watson, half-backs; Geldard, Bentham, Bell, Hurel, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. F. Percy (Liverpool).

August 24, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
Goodison Trail Form Weighed.
Bee’s Notes.
Dean is fit for the first test game at Highbury. He cracked his eyebrow on Walkden’s massive defending body and leaving the field, came back to saunter through. The older the player the less he likes these trial games. And yet this trial game, the final endeavour before the sever opening game at Highbury, had much to make the crowd laugh and gave the 13,000 spectators (gate £305) plenty of shouts for goal. The leading figures on the football bill were the play actors with a steak of comedy running through their masks. Stevenson and Coulter cannot be separated. They are inseparable and to some defences will be so able as to be a confusion. They go where one least expects them to go they wheel around and walk through the left flank with the daintiest of tricks, hugging the ball and working in such small space that one wonders they do not collide with an opponent. The quaintest of goals will be got by Coulter. There was one he scored in a cup-tie v. Derby County when he, the outside left, went inside right to catch Sagar’s goal-kick. This was followed by one on Saturday, where Stevenson shot and the low ball was going off its proper marking when Coulter, standing yards offside, edged it into the net. And I doubt whether any one saw Coulter move up to “accept” the chance.” Houdini had nothing on him in getting out of close confines, but in his positional sense he is stronger than ever. Alec Stevenson was in stealing out of position, without being seen on his trek. Another discovery –forewarned by what I said of him when I saw him on Wednesday –was the showing of Jones of Wrexham, who started ill at ease with his ground pass, but having scored the grandest of goals with a 22 yard shot, Jones began to show the value of his forward tendencies. Ideally built, and with a fine sense of want should be done to prevent waste when he has gathered the ball, Jones is a great find.
Stolen Thunder.
Morris, who deputised for J.E. Jones, was also a strong deliverer after starting with the annual pass to the half back instead of a lunge at the ball. The left wing pair stole the thunder of the reset of the forward line against a line well led by the versatile and cool customer, Bunney Bell. Bentham flung himself into a game with resolution and some football progression, whereas little Hurel of Jersey, whom I had not seen before was responsible for the best passes on his side. He has a beautiful action and his cross field pass is worthy a veteran the likes to think a boy like this “looks like a Clem Stephenson,” and waddles like a James. Time must be allowed before making too much of the young lad, but at least he is a bright forward with resource a goodliest shot, and the heart of intentions to make wise passes in a football world flood-lighted for the mistaken passes that are grits to opponents. Walkden centre half was another success, and Tunney is developing into a wing half back which is most urgently needed in most clubs. Althogether it was a splendid finale before the curtain is rung up and it was all well handled by Mr. F.Percy brother of the new Everton director. So we go to London not for a day, but for a longish spell. There is the visit to Arsenal with Everton, followed by a visit to Portsmouth and Chelsea. The opening weeks will be studied with fascinating problems, and a fair share of points. It is impossible to tell whether Everton will be able to play Tom white against the Arsenal, but the indications today are that he will not play. His injury is not serious, however, and the absence will be of short duration.

August 24, 1936. Evening Express.
Whom To Play Against Arsenal.
Geldard and Gillick In Great Form
Coulter Back at His Best
By The Pilot.
Everton Football club directors will have only two real team selection problems when they meet tomorrow to choose the side to open the season –against Arsenal at Highbury next Saturday. They concern the outside-right and centre-half positions. Geldard and Gillick re the men ready to partner Cunliffe on the right, and in Saturday’s final trial game in which the Blues –the probable first team –beat the Whites 6-4, there was little to chose between them. White is unlikely to be fit for the pivotal role, and the directors will have to select from Gee, the international and T.G. Jones, the young player secured from Wrexham last term. Jones gave a fine exhibition for the Blues on Saturday, particularly in an attacking light, but it is anticipated that, against the might of Arsenal’s attack, Gee’s experience will prove an invaluable asset.
All “Set”
In all other respects everything is “set” for the cut Dean received over his right eye on Saturday will not prevent him turning out. The highlights of the trial –apart from the goal rush –was the delightful play of Stevenson and Coulter on the Blues left flank. It was as amusing as it was effective. Coulter is right back to his best vein, and in that is going to make a tremendous difference to Everton this season, for, at his best, Coulter has no superior in the four countries. Stein, on the left for Whites, also gave a brilliant display and showed no signs of having been suffering from a broken leg. His finishing was the essence of accuracy. There are possibilities about Feenan, the young left back on trial from Tow Law. He is deserving of a further trial –and will get it. I am assured that he is the best young defender in the north-eastern area. The outstanding players of the match were Sagar, Cook, Britton, T.G. Jones, Stevenson, Coulter, King, Jackson, Walkden, Hurel, Bell and Stein. Stevenson (3), Jones, Dean, and Gillick scored for the Blues, and Bell (2), Bentham and Hurel for the Whites. There were 14,000 spectators present and the receipts were £304.

August 26, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton are faced with a stiff task in the opening match in opposing Arsenal. White, injured in the practice match, will be unable to play, and Gee will take the pivotal berth. Stevenson and Coulter resume their partnership on the left wing, which proved so attractive a feature of Everton’s games the season before last. Coulter has made a good recovery from a broken leg, and he seemed a sound as ever when playing in the trial. He played a lot in Central League football during the latter part of last season. Gillick is preferred to Geldard at outside right, and the team appears strong enough to test Arsenal to the full. The side is: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter.
Central League Side.
The Everton Central league side to meet Preston North End at Goodison Park will be King; Allen, Jones; Tunney, Jones (TG), Thomson; Geldard, Bentham, Bell, Miller, Stein.

August 26, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
Goodison Absentee; White and Jones Away.
Bee’s Notes.
“We’re off.” Football directors have made their choice. The Cup team is to face Everton. Everton face the famous Arsenal with the knowledge that two able bodied fellows like White and Dick Jones are absent. Gee and Jackson are natural successors, and are hearty substitutes too. The eleven good enough to win the Cup can surely be relied upon to open the following season. That is at all events the Arsenal viewpoint, and while it cannot be said that the team for the opening match has been definitely chosen, this is the side likely to turn out against Everton on Saturday. Wilson; Male, Hapgood; Crayston, Roberts, Copping; Hulme, Bowden, Drake, James, and Bastin. Everton are faced with a stiff task in the opening match in opposing Arsenal, White injured in the practice match will be unable to play, and Gee will take the pivotal berth, Stevenson and Coulter resume their partnership on the left wing, which proved o attractive feature of Everton’s game the season before last. Coulter has made a good recovery from a broken leg, and he seemed as sound as ever when playing in the trials. He played a lot in Central league football during the latter part of last season. Gillick is preferred to Geldard as outside left and the team appears strong enough to test Arsenal to the full. The side is: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook, Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. The central league side to meet Preston North End at Goodison Park will be King; Allen, Jones; Tunney, Jones (TG), Thomson; Geldard, Bentham, Bell, Miller, Stein.

August 26, 1936. Evening Express.
Coulter – Stevenson Partnership.
By The Pilot.
Jackie Coulter, Everton’s famous Irish international outside-left returns to the side to go to Highbury, after being absent from the senior team since he broke his leg when playing for Ireland against Wales at Wrexham in March, 1935. Coulter resumes his partnership with his fellow-international Alex Stevenson and his return should do much to restore the power of the Blues’ front line. Gillick, the versatile attacker who came from Glasgow Rangers last season, takes over the outside right berth in preference to Geldard, and Dean and Cunliffe complete the line. Dean will be out to secure the two goals necessary for him to beat Steve Bloomer’s record of 352 Football League goals. It was against Arsenal at Highbury in 1925 that Dean made his Football League debut with Everton. Mr. Theo Kelly, secretary of Everton, assures me that the injuries to White and Jack Jones are not serious. White had fluid on the knee and Jones has strained a muscle. It will be only a matter of days before they are fit, he said. The honour of deputising for White falls on experienced Charlie Gee, the international. His “knowledge” should do much to upset the Arsenal raiders. Cook crosses to left back in place of Jones, so that Jackson can come in at right back, while Britton and Mercer have the wing half positions. Mercer will be appearing on the left –a role he filled with credit last season in several games. Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook, Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter.
Everton Reserves.
Everton Reserves field a particularly strong side for their Central League match against Preston North End at Goodison Park on Saturday. Seven of the players have had first team experience and three internationals are included in Thomson, Geldard, and Miller. Everton Reserves: - King; Allen, Morris; Tunney, Jones (TG), Thomson; Geldard, Bentham, Bell, Miller, Stein.

August 28, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton are turning out a strong “A” team for the opening game of the season in the Liverpool County Combination against Runcorn at the new ground Bellefield, Sandforth-road, West Derby, on Saturday. The side will include Walkden from Maghull and Hurel from Jersey, who did so well in the practice game on Saturday. Arthur (Haslingden), Ball (Rawstenstall), and Taberner (Pemberton, Wigan). The team is; White; Lambert, Robert; Lindley, Walkden, Teberner; Arthur, Ball, Dickinson, Hurel, Cuff.

August 28, 1936. The Liverpool Echo.
Bee’s Notes.
Everton’s game produces the following sides: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook, Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Arsenal: - Wilson; Male, Hapgood; Crayston, Roberts, Copping; Hulme, Bowden, Drake, James, Bastin. Everton’s first test is a severe one, facing Arsenal is always a task because the world eyes are upon the side trying to beat Arsenal! But Everton’s away record is not illumitiating; although much of their best work has been produced as a result suggest of their good form. Arsenal’s cup side comes back to the fold, refreshed and in full harmony. That is one of the biggest features of their game; every man is 100 per cent club man, not that Everton have not a loyal band; indeed the standard of man on the Everton book, has never been equalled. However, in the endeavour to kick off with a win or draw it is a certain no player will consider Dean’s record in tomorrow’s game, slavish desire to make him the goal getter to equal Bloomer’s record is not part of their make-up and fortunately Dean has ever been the most unselfish centre forward who ever played –perhaps too often has he scarified himself for the gaol of a comrade. All eyes will turn left to see Coulter and Stevenson in earnest, business rather than trial games and at back the sturdy Jackson will take the place of Jones, damaged. It is a magnificent start for both teams and I go to London expecting to see something abnormal and still pleasant! Everton Reserves start their season with a visit from Preston North End and Morris takes the place vacated by Jackson’s rise to first team position. Everton “A “start in a new home at Bellefield, Sandforth road, West Derby. They hope the thickly populated area will be interested in the following team v Runcorn (who are back to the County Combination after some years of absence). F. White; Lambert, Roberts; Lindley, Walkden, Taberner, Archer; Ball, Dickinson, Hurel, and Cuff. Walkden, of Maghull, Hurel of Jersey, R.E. Roberts a Liverpool boy and Archer of Haslingden, with Roy Ball of Rawstenstall and Taberner, Pemberton, are young men of promise.
• Advertisement In Liverpool Echo. Central League match at Goodison Park, tomorrow (Sat), Aug 29, Everton Res v Preston N.E. res, kick-off 3.15. admission 6d, Boys 2d, stands 9d (Including Tax)
• Liverpool County Combination, League Match, Tomorrow, Sat, Aug 29, Everton “A” v Runcorn, at Bellefield, Eaton-rd, West Derby, kick-off 3.15. Adults 6d, Boys 2d.

August 28, 1936. The Evening Express.
Two Against Arsenal Will Beat Bloomer’s Record.
Everton in match of the Day at Highbury
By The Pilot.
It is anticipated that a crowd of 70,000 people will fill Arsenal’s mighty stadium to see the great duel between Dean and Roberts, the Arsenal centre half. It would be fitting if Dean broke the record against Arsenal, for it was against the Gunners, way back in 1925, that Dean made his debut with Everton when only 18. It was against Arsenal –at Goodison Park in 1928 –that Dean set up the goal record for the Football League by reaching 60 goals. Dean has scored more “hat-tricks” than any other player -33 to be exact. This is how he has scored his league goals.

Goals Matches
1923-24 0 2
1924-25 29 34
1925-26 32 38
1926-27 21 27
1927-28 60 39
1928-29 26 29
1929-30 23 25
1930-31 39 37
1931-32 45 38
1923-33 9 12
1934-35 26 38
1935-36 17 29
351 387
It will be noticed that despite Dean’s brilliant record, he has had many long spells on the injured list so that his feat is all the more remarkable. His bid for the record coincides with the return to first team duty of Jackie Coulter, the brilliant Irish outside-left, but the Blues will be without White and Jack Jones, who were injured in the trial games. They have fine deputies, however, in Gee and Jackson and Everton will take the field full of confidence and fight. In their last two visits to Highbury Everton have picked up three points. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook, Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Arsenal: - Wilson; Male, Hapgood; Crayston, Roberts, Copping; Hulme, Bowden, Drake, James, Bastin. Such is the keen interest being taken in this match that the London, Midland and Scottish railway Co are running a special excursion to London leaving Lime Street at 1.50 p.m. Tonight.
• Advertisement In Evening Express. Central League match at Goodison Park, tomorrow (Sat), Aug 29, Everton Res v Preston N.E. res, kick-off 3.15. admission 6d, Boys 2d, stands 9d (Including Tax)
• Liverpool County Combination, League Match, Tomorrow, Sat, Aug 29, Everton “A” v Runcorn, at Bellefield, Eaton-rd, West Derby, kick-off 3.15. Adults 6d, Boys 2d.

August 29, 1936. The Liverpool daily Post
By John Peel
No more difficult obstacle than that of meeting Arsenal at Highbury could have been suggested for Everton’s first venture. The cup winners are undoubtedly a team of experts, but Everton are not perturbed by the stars and they no doubt feel that they can make a bold bid. It would indeed be a tonic if Everton were to prevail and I have no doubt t all that Dean and his colleagues will explore every avenue to bring about the desired result, Everton, too, have cause to remember misfortune in the practice games, of White, the centre half, and Jones, the full back, sustained injuries which will keep them out of the game today. The club is happy in the knowledge, however, that they possess an experienced pivot in Gee. The cup winners are likely to be represented by the side which won the national trophy. The match starts at 3.30. Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook, Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Arsenal: - Wilson; Male, Hapgood; Crayston, Roberts, Copping; Hulme, Bowden, Drake, James, Bastin.

August 29, 1936. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Everton and Arsenal in a Goalfull and Keen Duel.
Two Penalty Appeals Dismissed
By Bee.
Dean, of Everton, today scored against Arsenal and brought his total of league goals to 352 equalling Steve Bloomer’s record. James also scored thus both captains got a goal. Dean got his goal today through his favourite heading act. Locals blamed Wilson for not using his hands properly, to Coulter’s centre but Dean has beaten many goalkeepers the same way. Everton played magnificently, but unfortunately, after Dean had equalised Alec James’s opening goal, Sagar made a blunder with a very high dropping ball and Hapgood, the back was credited with a goal. Stevenson equalised, but Bowden regained the lead. Everton’s captain had many telegrams of good wishes at his attempt to equal or best Steve Bloomer’s record aggrate score. One was actually said, “Good wishes”, but don’t do it today. Let’s be seeing at Goodison Park on Wednesday! On Wednesday Everton are at home to Sheffield Wednesday. White and Leyfield are now fit. Arsenal’s home continues in grow bricks and mortar till it becomes a palatial home of football with its “upper hundred,” club with a ten guineas entrances. Sixteen weeks ago, the Arsenal were at home to Leeds. Yet today they have rebuild their old stand and made it a masterpiece. It is artistic, but the club have worked its improved accommodations with an eye to business and they reckon they will show ten per cent over the deal. When the back of one goal is made like the kop end, Anfield this will be the most spacious and compact large football ground in this country. Fine weather kept some people away today. It was hot when these teams got a fine reception from the crowd which looked like 50,000. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean (Captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Arsenal: - Wilson, goal; Male and Hapgood, backs; Crayston, Roberts and Copping, half-backs; Hulme, Bowden, Drake, James (Captain) and Bastin, forwards. Referee Mr. W.P. Harper
White Shirt Brigade.
The turf was a sturdy in green verdure, all set for the big opening game, with Everton happy to be back to it and the Coulter-Stevenson register. Gee acted for White (damaged). The Chinese Olympic football team were present and had an enviable reception. A large proportion of the crowd discarded their coats and the football crowd for once was a white shirt brigade. Gillick could not quite catch the run of the ball in the first two runs, but Coulter surprised the Londoners by his stealth from outside left to the centre to try to catch a terrific clearance by Willie Cook. At Gillick third effort he got the ball no one thought he could reach, but there was no one up at this time to catch what was really a grit centre. Cunliffe looked for a penalty kick when he went down, but Mr. Harper said “No.”
Second Penalty Appeal.
There was a wealth of incident now, Bastin and Britton were delights. Britton swung one lob over the bar. Male Christian the new stand by putting the ball into it among the empty and unfinished seats. Jackson put the ball over the top to save Drake careering through, and Arsenal made deep appeals for a penalty kick for hands and got a negative answer. Then Gillick close in, looked like scoring a goal by his own, unaided effort, but got crowded out, and moreover got a damaged left knee as well. James was prominent and almost and the goalkeeper Wilson throw the ball forward to make a change from the customary kick away –a good move that opened up Arsenal’s hottest attack. After excitement that was tense, goalkeeper Wilson twice missed a high ball, and Cunliffe got into him, and thus created a foul. Then Cunliffe made a sweeping shot well off the mark, and followed it with another right on the goal mark. The crowd relied “goal” but Gillick had unfortunately got in the line sight and the ball hit him and cannoned outside. There was another when Cunliffe shot hard and high off the target, but Cunliffe would not be denied and his second shot hit Wilson. Hulme came to centre berth, and without having a powerful shot got Sagar leaping downwards to grab the awkward situation. Bowden and Bastin changed places for no apparent reason. Everton’s strongest effort came from Gillick, who faced by three, pulled the ball inwards, and then let go with a smashing shot which struck the goalkeeper.
James Scores.
When the Arsenal backs came up to trey to clear they nearly put the ball through their own goal. But one moment later Alec James took the liberty of scoring the first goal. James robbed Gee pushed the ball to Hulme whose centre was half out after connecting with Sagar, and Sagar travelled out just far enough for James to run up and edge rather than shoot the ball into the net. Two goals came in two minutes Coulter took a free kick for a foul by Male on Coulter. The kick went to the deadly head of Dixie, who glided the ball into the net to equalise the scores, and equalise Steve Bloomer’s famous record which stood for so many years. Dean leapt into the air at his success, and he was warmly congratulated by the players, and the crowd also showed their appreciation of the epoch-making goal. How odd that Everton’s captain should score his historic goal with referee Harper and Arsenal in the same picture. For it was against the Arsenal with Mr. Harper also refereeing that Dean got his 60th goal of the famous record-breaking season. Before half-time Gillick came near scoring, Roberts heading away to save his goalkeeper, while at the other goal Arsenal were poor in finishing off an effort that looked like being a goal. It had been first class sport and Everton had never played move heartily and with more successful stamina and wisdom against the famous London side. It was a pity Dean’s equaliser should have come before any crowd save his own, but believe me, it was a joy to see here and now because of its effect on the game.
Half-Time Arsenal 1, Everton 1
The second half started with Bowden and Bastin back to their normal places. Gillick would not be denied and once more he beat the backs and fired in to find the ball swerve outside. Dean would have got his one up on Bloomer if Wilson had not this time connected with the ball sent across by Coulter. Drake had hardly been seen and Jackson and Cook cloaked him with Gee making an additional mark... Bowden quite failed to gather a grit shot after Hulme initiation. Everton now had their bad moments. Drake headed against the crossbar and a free kick led to James letting the ball go on, Sagar grabbing it. But Drake was now hammering on and after beating Cook and Jackson he drove at Sagar, in ten minutes a most unfortunate goal came to the Arsenal. Hapgood made a long, lobbing clearance, and the ball bounced between the backs, and Sagar. Drake went up to try to head the ball and must have impeded Sagar’s view because here was the full back’s lunge passing on over the line. Hapgood still at full back across the hairway line waved his hands on high at the honour of scoring a goal. Hard times for Cuniffe who had the Arsenal goalkeeper well whacked and found the ball bump up to the crossbar. Later Cunliffe was k.o. through collision with goalkeeper Wilson. Stevenson scored in the left-hand corner with a crowded goal, and Arsenal’s defence pumped. The goalkeeper dived to the ball, but he was too late, and the little Irishman set his side light again. This was after 75 minutes. Hulme hit the crossbar with the best shot of the match, and Bowden headed the leader ten minutes from time from the outside left position. Arsenal were now leading 3-2. Final Arsenal 3, Everton 2.

August 29, 1936. The Evening Express, Football Edition.
Everton On top In Great Highbury Struggle
But Slips Enable Arsenal To Lead.
By The Pilot. Billy Dean, the Everton captain, equalled Steve Bloomer’s record of 352 goals when he scored Everton’s first goal against Arsenal at Highbury. Arsenal gained the lead, but it was not because of any superiority on the part of the Blues, who had command for the greater part of the game. The Chinese footballers were present. It was a gathering of short-sleeved enthusiasts, and it was one of the hottest days of the year –a really warm welcome for King football. Arsenal’s second new stand is half completed and it will be ready on Oct 16. The upper deck today was exclusive to the Press. Dean received several massages of good luck today. He was aiming at breaking Steve Bloomer’s goal-scoring record of 352. Leyfield travelled as 12th man, and Director Tom Try was at his first match in an official capacity. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean (Captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Arsenal: - Wilson, goal; Male and Hapgood, backs; Crayston, Roberts and Copping, half-backs; Hulme, Bowden, Drake, James (Captain) and Bastin, forwards. Referee Mr. W.P. Harper
(Storbridge). A spectator run from the crowd and presented Gillick with a horse-shoe and we were off two minutes before time to the cheers of 70,000 spectators. Arsenal asserted a menacing attitude at the start, but Mercer adopted the back pass. Gillick was early in the picture, taking over cleverly from Britton, while Cunliffe and Stevenson were to the fore with neat inter-passing. Dean out-headed Roberts, and Gillick rounded Hapgood to cross from the line. There was no one up to take advantage. Cunliffe broke through at inside left, only to be forced over the “dead” line, and Britton brought out one of his famous lobbing shots which had Wilson puzzled, but which dropped over the top. Everton did the bulk of the early work, but Drake, James and Bastin contributed one delightful passage which was neatly held up by Jackson. Away went Drake, and with Sagar coming out, Jackson hooked the ball over his own bar. Drake seemed to have speeded up. From the corner Sagar missed the ball and Drake’s header struck Gee on the chest. Arsenal’s claim for a penalty was negatived.
Human Barrier.
Gee was pulled up for a foul on Drake and Hulme’s hurricane free kick crashed against the human barrier. Gillick was in great form on the right and now bored his way through between three men only to be baulked of his shot. He came out limping, but was soon in the thick of the fray again. It had been a choice opening with plenty of thrills and fast clever football. James was a delight and the Everton inside forward work good. Wilson now had to save not from a forward, but from Jackson, James also started the natives with a couple of shots, which however, were off the mark. Dean sent Coulter off and a quick centre was missed by Wilson. The goalkeeper was saved, however by a foul on Cunliffe. Dean out-headed Roberts again, and Cunliffe came through with a first-time shot. Gillick was running in, and the ball struck the chest, being deflected to the side of the goal, where Wilson was not. It trickled inches by the post –a great escape for Arsenal. Cunliff’s next shot whizzed by the upright.
Everton On Top.
Everton were having much the better of the game. They were quicker on the ball and were revealing excellent combined skill. Yet Arsenal provided a big thrill when Bowden, unopposed between Britton and Jackson, levelled a sharp rising shot. Sagar leaped up and covered the ball with his chest before completing the clearance. Coulter and Stevenson combined as only they can, and from Stevenson’s centre Gillick made an heroic effort to head through’ Hapgood got there first. Drake ran down the righting to pave the way for a Hulme-Bastin effort. Bastin dribbled through to Bowden’s position and when he tried to pass to the unmarked Hulme, now at outside left Cook shot out a foot and prevented a certain goal. The Blues had a freekick on the edge of the penalty area, but Cunliffe’s shot failed to find a loophole. Gillick deceived three men, but his shot struck Wilson in the face and went to safety. Then came the big thrill. Two goals in two minutes, and Dean equalled Steve Bloomer’s record of 352 goals. Arsenal were first there. Gee dallied in midfield and Jams surprised him in the tackle and sent Hulme away. The winger’s pace beat Cook, and the low centre struck Sagar and rebounded for James to bang the ball through from close range. That goal came at the 34th minute, and Everton went right away to equalise, Dean being the scorer. Coulter going through when Male brought him down. Coulter refused to let Mercer take the free kick, but himself lobbed it accurately to the goalkeeper. Dean ran around Roberts, and as Wilson came out, Dean leapt like a leopard and his forehead steered the ball low into the far corner of the net –a goal of the best Dean vintage. “Dixie” was warmly congratulated by his colleagues on his feat. Everton nearly took the lead when Gillick came along with a first-timer which had Wilson beaten, but which Robert’s headed away.
Half-Time Arsenal 1, Everton 1.
It had been a fine first half, with Everton the better side. Their forward work was good and there was the covering in defence. The Blues were active again on resuming for Gillick gave the “dummy” beautifully and cut in to level terrific rising shot which skimmed the bar. Hulme was fouled by Mercer and from the close-up free kick Sagar just grabbled the ball as it was sneaking into goal.
Dean’s Duel’s With Roberts.
Dean was beating Roberts time after time “in the air” in fact I have never seen Roberts out-headed so much. Twice Wilson had to come out to scramble the ball away from Dean, thirsting for the new goals record. Stevenson dribbled on the proverbial sixpence, and the Drake, contributed his well-known, burst through and quick move to the left. His shot possessed power, but Sagar had come out, and again the ball came back off his chest before he completed the clearance. Gain Everton were having the better of matters in the match, which produced astonishing pace at times. Hapgood cored the second for Arsenal in 57 minutes. Drake struck the bar in a header and then Arsenal regained the lead with a curious goal. Hapgood, standing well in his own half made a hugh volley to the goalmouth. Sagar ran out to fist away but on being worried by Drake the ball passed over his head, bounced once and so into the net. Everton’s defence had a gruelling five minutes, in which Sagar twice had to run out to hold up attacks. Everton went away at pace and Cunliffe was through like lightning to take over Dean’s header and nod against the crossbar. This was ill-luck. Everton did not deserve to be, losing; in fact, they were the better all round side. Just those to mistakes in an abundance of excellent work had led to the situation, with the Arsenal holding the lead without being in command. Stevenson scored a second goal, for Everton and Bowden a third goal for Arsenal. Stevenson’s goal came with an quarter of an hour to go. Dean edged the ball across to Coulter, who turned it back with a low lob. Stevenson took it on the volley and drove in long the ground.

August 29, 1936. The Evening Express. Football Edition.
Everton fielded a particularly strong side in the opening Central League game at Goodison Park, many of the players having had First League experience. Geldard was prominent during the early minutes of the game with several good runs, and from a free kick the winger sent across a ball which both Miller and Bell missed by a narrow margin. The Preston left wing made one good movement which was spoiled through Briscoe passing directly to the foot of Allen, and when Everton went forward Thompson slipped through a beautiful pass to Stein, who drove against the side netting. Preston became dangerous when Vernon snapped up a chance which was made possible through hesitancy between Jones and Tunney, but unfortunately for the home side, the centre’s shot passed just over the bar. Bell just failed to connect with a Geldard centre, but Preston were quick on the ball and King made a brilliant save from a Vernon header after offside had been whistled. The offside tactics exploited by the visiting defenders frequently nullified the combined efforts of the Blues’ attack. Stein cleverly worked his way through the Preston defence and finished with a perfect cross which Bell headed in only for Burns to divert over the bar. Preston took the lead through a left wing movement which culminated in Hart passing through for Vernon to drive into the net, wide of King. Half-time Everton Res 0, Preston N.E. Res 1.
Everton “A” v. Runcorn
The home team had the better of the opening exchanges, but both teams missed many scoring chances through erratic shooting. Hurel scored the only goal of the half for Everton 10 minutes from the interval. Half-time Everton “A” 1, Runcorn 0.

ARSENAL 3 EVERTON 2 (Game 1563 over-all)-(Div 1521)
August 31, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
Dean Equals Bloomer.
Everton’s Fine Effort
Arsenal Prevail in Tense Struggle.
By “Bee.”
A goal to Dean at the opening day of the season was a momentous affair. It was a goal marking his equality with the great Steve Bloomer in the aggregate number of goals obtained by both. Thus one more milestone had been carved with an historic niche regarding the popular Everton captain’s many individual performances. It was strange that he should make his debut at Arsenal’s ground at Highbury, stranger still that he should score his record making 60th goal against Arsenal with the same referee that day as on Saturday –Mr. W.P. Harper has signalled both of Dean’s memorable achievements –and it is left to Goodison Park habitués to see Dean endeavours to get the lead on Bloomer when the side is receiving Sheffield Wednesday, on Wednesday evening. Dean’s goal had been heralded by some very fine work by the whole Everton side. The Arsenal machine had not been running smoothly, and Sagar had been unemployed whereas the mercurial Wilson the home goalkeeper, had been busy and not altogether successful in his fortunes. However Dean’s goal came as the equaliser of Alec James’s opening goal of the season. James’s reckons to provide, not finish off, goals, but here he got a square deal from the right winger, and Sagar’s turn the ball merely meant James could help himself.
Typical Dean Point.
All London seemed to be keen on Dean taking at least one goal, and when Coulter taking at least one goal, and when Coulter took a free kick on the left flank, Dean got his head to the ball and having found Wilson not sufficiently vigilant with his hands, Dean knew that header was soaring through to the back of the goal. It was a typical Dean header, the sort he has shown Everton supporters for many years, but this one bore a special significance and the players surrounding Dean and congratulated him upon his feat. Dean himself leaped into the air, a habit of his when he has broken any particularly new record, and then the game between the cupholders and a recent cupholder continued. It was a stirring match, in which there was a lot of sportsmanship, many bristling incidents, no bones broken –although Cunliffe was damaged and went to outside left, and Bowden wobbled about first in one position and then in another, always uncomfortable, fill the end, when fortune smiled on him and I am sure he scored a headed goal when he had intended to “centre” the ball to Drake. However, this game was full of uncommon goals.
A “Mystery” Goal.
Let me recite the markings of the register James’s goal led the day’s nettings. Dean’s headed goal came next after which the full back. Hapggod scored a mystery goal. Hapgood is the full back of Arsenal’s side and a simple long lob of his dropping between the Everton goalkeeper and his backs. Drake certainly went up to assist in the heading bouts, at which Arsenal are all so dept, but Sagar should have kept his eye upon the lofted lunge. He took his eye off the ball for a moment and the ball bounced twice before it entered the net to the chagrin of Everton, and Sagar in particular. The game continued its fluctuations and Stevenson got an equaliser with a shot of no special sting, but the crowded goal area and the confused mind of Wilson, the Arsenal goalkeeper, enabled the ball to steal in the left hand corner so the scores were all square again, and without a shot of intensity having recorded one of four goals. Then Hulme like Drake just before him crashed the ball to the woodwork, and as Cunliffe had done likewise at a very vital stage of play, the “ifs” and “oddities” of near goals were pretty well balanced. Close on time Bowden got one more of Hulme’s flashing runs by means of a long cross to the left, and reading Bowden’s mind I found he intended to turn the ball inward; no more than that. Actually the ball swung over towards the right and Sagar never got a connecting finger with it, so that Arsenal had won their first home match by 3-2 after a brilliant game in which there was not a goal of distinctive style by means of a shot, and in which the goalkeeper was “tinted” three, if not four, times.
The Delayed Pass.
It was a dainty result for those who looked on because the majestic Arsenal machine had been well oiled with new gym, and training notions and Everton had taken that machine in hand and made it look rather moderate. Arsenal were not so good, not so sharp’s as Everton; the delayed pass became the smart Everton half-backs special pleasure. Not until late on did the speed of Hulme prove too much for the long legged Mercer and right to the end Everton were as good as Arsenal and as Drake was held tight by Gee and two very good backs in Cook and Jackson the result looks a trifle severe upon the visitors. However, one has to pay a tribute to the Arsenal style, their command of themselves in a tight corner, their confidence, and to Hulme’s outstanding work and to James’s genius in creating an opening in spite of his lack of inches and his lack of pace. He was still the operative forward with the mind competent to see yards ahead. Arsenal were not so good at half-back as usual; it was possible to pass the big battalions, but Male did well and likewise Cook must be counted smart to have saved one raid when naught else but his own uncommon and striking flick-back of the ball could keep the Arsenal from scoring. Everton will play much worse and again a victory ere the season ends. Gillick and in minor manner. Cunliffe, were best of the losers forwards –till both were damaged –but the left wing pair, Coulter and Stevenson, of whom much is expected, found Crayston and Make massive follows to pass by even with intricate footsteps and fancied care free football. Britton was stylish, Gee for White) was always to the fore. Mercer had his moments, although his finishing was boylish, which means he wasted a good number of balls. However, this summer day’s sport was good to look at. It was a memorable day in many respects. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean (Captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Arsenal: - Wilson, goal; Male and Hapgood, backs; Crayston, Roberts and Copping, half-backs; Hulme, Bowden, Drake, James (Captain) and Bastin, forwards. Referee Mr. W.P. Harper , Sturbridge.

August 31, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 1)
Preston North End were full value for their victory at Goodison Park. They were quicker on the ball and although there was no advantage held by either side during the first half, when Vernon cored after 30 minutes for the visitors. Preston were superior afterwards. Everton tried hard for an equaliser on turning round, but the forwards fared badly against a strong Preston defence. Everton were seldom prominent and Vernon increased Preston’s lead when he slipped through to score a simple goal while Everton were appealing for offside midway in the second half. Stein and Geldard were dangerous wingers, although the former was inclined to over-dribble. Bell started well and went close on several occasions, but was rarely dangerous in the second half. T.G. Jones was prominent, while for Preston Vernon, Butterworth and Briscoe were in good form. Everton: - King, goal; Allen, and Jones, backs; Tunney, Jones (TG), and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Bentham, Bell, Miller, and Stein, forwards.
Everton “A” 2 Runcorn 2
County Combination.
At Sandforth road. West Derby. Everton A’s first game on their new enclosure ended in a drawn game. Runcorn newcomers to the County Combination gave a good display, and were unfortunate in not gaining the full points. Everton enjoyed most of the play in the opening half, but it was not until ten minutes from the interval that Hurel gave them the lead. Runcorn had good chances wasted through erratic shooting. After the resumption Salibury saved splendidly from Ball and Hurel, but later was beaten by a shot from Dickinson, which went in the net off a defender. Crawford, however, reduced the lead. Roger levelled the scores after splendid combination. White made many splendid saves. Walkden played a strong game, Houghton and Oakes did well for Runcorn.

August 31, 1936. The Liverpool Echo.
Bee’s Notes.
It was in practically every respect a finely expected game in which the Arsenal’s customary defence-wall crumbled and Everton had the better of the first half in the end Arsenal got on top of their rivals, but not until Hulme had been a revelation to those who remember him at York and Blakburn. It is not many season’s since he was on transfer from Arsenal at a fat fee. They thought he had tired of the game and gone to stout. Today, thanks to his cricket he is a new forced and always as engaging force. The battles between the two Joes –Mercer and Hulme –were an interesting at the battle between the cliffs of far north –Cliff Britton had Cliff Bastin guessing. The turning point of this game came to Arsenal when Cunliffe’s best shot of many tried during the day struck Gillick, who was near inside-left looking for a goalmark and turned the ball outside. It was straight for home if Gillick had not been so enthusiastic to chase for the ball. Actually Gillick did have a good day his best since he came here. Hapgood could make little of him and the little fellow sent in some strong shots. Indeed, the right flank pair, Gillick and Cunliffe outshone the left pair, of whom perhaps too much was expected, as we had forgotten the size and standing of Craytson and Male –giants of the game. Of course Dixie took main hounours for his goal that took Bloomer ‘s towards the shade of moderately in football. How odd that here again Referee Harper should have been in control –as when Dean got his 60th. Dean started v. Arsenal and scored his 60th goal and here he is equalling the Bloomer aggregate “with power to add to his number.” Dean, Cunliffe and Cook are suffering minor injuries, but I think they will be in the team for Wednesday.
Backs To Wall.
Let us now talk of a storming game played by Willie Cook and Jackson. Jackson on the tour games, was a study, but he has now learned to make a tackle and keep his feet, thereby allowing him chance of recovery, if he is passed. His display was mode able and it was a pity Sagar’s rather nervous display didn’t tally with the rest of the side’s effort, because this was the only fly in the ointment. Charlie Gee without being “lifted” on and off was only once out of form, and even than I account him on any goal change although a goal came directly afterwards, Gee was in resolute and pulsating form, Arsenal had to thank James for the linking-up methods he adopted; his judgement of drag on a ball and pace the thereof, is still unimpaired although this showed he could race him “with indifferenance or to the results or consquentences.” Hulme however, was the study of direction and flight; he varies his methods so often that a half back has to be extra good to catch him or intercept the centre or pass. The half back work suggested the Arsenal big fellows could not stand the heat and in goal Wilson was once again a surprise packet –to his best friends. All five goals had a “mixy” make up. The first was from a pat away, the second from Dean’s header which Wilson could have stopped, the third was hapgood’s punt from three-quarter length, next came wee Stevenson’s right foot lo shot which came down to quickly for Wilson, and finally the damaged Bowden headed (I am sure for the benefit of Drake to take up a chance) and found the ball swing round into the goal-nt. Five goals and none could be compared with Cunliffe’s, Drake’s Hulme’s, or Gillick’s truly magnificent shots. Ah me what a game this is, and how beautifully Everton kicked-off –even without a point to show their followers.

August 31, 1936. Evening Express.
Highbury Form That Augurs Well.
By The Pilot.
If Everton ply as well in subsequent matches as they did in the first half of their hectic’ struggle with Arsenal t Highbury on Saturday they are certain to figure in the championship race. During that period they played joyous football, being yards quicker on the ball than the Gunners and more accurate in their passing. They were also much quicker in development without losing the leavening of scientific endeavour. Luck was against them, however, in finishing. A winner from Cunliffe hit Gillick and passed outside, and Gillick twice bore through only to find Wilson’s face coming to the rescue of his hands. Arsenal stayed the course better than the Blues, but the score flattered the Gunners. Their second and third goals should have been saved by Sagar. Apart from these lapses by England’s goalkeeper, Everton gave a grand exhibition. There was much better covering on the part of the full-backs –and intermediates, for that matter. To me this was the most satisfying point, for doubts have been expressed regarding Everton’s rearguard solidity.
Jackson The Best Back.
Jackson was the best back on view, and I do not think any player discharged his duties with such thoroughness. Cook encouraged and backed up in fine style. The half-backs –Gee was the pick of them –were quick in recovery and sharp to tackle. Drake, in his efforts to avoid Gee repeatedly sought open ground, only to fall victim to offside. Gillick was the man of a grand all-round attack. His quick side-stepping and sharp shooting deserved greater reward. Cunliffe made him an astute partner until he was injured in collision with Wilson, and Stevenson was another prime-schemer. Dean began the season in grand style. He not only equalled Steve Bloomer’s scoring record, but actually out headed Roberts with greater frequency than I have ever seen. Yes, on this showing Everton will do for apart from individual skill there is evidence of super-team work. James, Hapgood, and Bowden scored for the winners. Dean and Stevenson netted for the Blues.





August 1936