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December 5, 1925. The Daily Courier.

In am indebted to Mr. W. Cuff for the information that the ground at Goodison Park is in good order and play certain to take place. This is good news for the visitors are West Ham United, who, however, are coming without their best eleven owing to injuries. Horler takes the place of Hodgson at back while Collins comes into the half-back line, which is one of three local ex-schoolboys. Bailie is in goal, Huffon having hurt his hand. Everton play the side selected against Leicester City, which means that Troup takes Weaver's place on the extreme leftwing. Their form of late has been good enough to win the match. Teams: - Everton: - Hardy; McDonald, Raitt; Brown, Bain, Virr; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, O'Donnell, Troup; West Ham United: - Baillie; Hebden, Horle; Carter, Barrett, Collins; Moore, Earle, Watson, Williams, J. Ruffell.



December 7, 1925. The Daily Courier.



Everton are on the right road. It was a game, which the half-frozen, stamping and clapping spectators found well worth watching. Goodison Park was as cold as a snow-slide, and the picture was quite Christmassy. It would have occasioned no surprise had the ground been reported unplayable, but Referee Price –a most capable whistler, by the way –ruled otherwise. West ham directors just before the start inspected the ground and expressed the wish that their players' boots had been shod with rubber studs. The players felt their way at first as gingerly as cats. Barrett found the earth meeting him after his first kick, and limped afterwards. For at least 10 minutes the players were doing a few extra turns before they began to dominate the conditions.


Everton in their last four engagements have garnered six points, and apparently have returned to complete form. They earned both points and both goals in the game, for except for an exciting spell in the second half the “Hammers” were mostly kept in subjection. Team spirit is the tonic that is working the change with the Goodison Park brigade. They played like as side charming up together to get goals. The halves helped considerably in winning the game, and the wings had a share of the work. O'Donnell took the eye for those useful little crisp passes of his. His goal 25 minutes from the start was an unstoppable shot, and Irvine deserved credit for his well-timed pass. Weaver is an improving winging developing into a speed master, and if some of his centres were not all they should have been, it was obvious that there was difficulty, after going all out, in balancing himself to get in his kick. His goal on time revealed a cool head, for it was an opportunist effort after Bailie had saved one.


Chedgzoy and Irvine had a good understanding, and the latter exhibited a ball control that helped to make the wing so aggressive. The home halves were generally consistent and Virr was not afraid to use his weight when the “Hammers” were particularly robust in the first half. The referee, however, smoothed out the little differences, which cropped up after a claim against Raitt for handling in the penalty area was negative. Dean is developing as a head juggler, which is all to the good; the deft touches with his toe were also quite in the approved style; and with a trifle more spend and generalship the Everton marksman will make an ideal pivot. Raiit and McDonald were full of confidence; it was remarkable the number of corners the game produced. The home pair kicked well notwithstanding the handicap of the surface, but they were inclined sometimes to take too much liberty in working for position before giving the all-clear signal. Hardy had not enough exercise to keep warm first half, and there was nothing much to trouble him. Bailie the “Hammer” youthful centre reserve, playing for Hufton, who injured his arm in the Sunderland match, did well, though beaten twice. West Ham are keen on the local idea, and the team had a substantial leavening of the home product and of reserves due to injuries. Watson, Earle, and Barrett were their outstanding players. Teams : - Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, Bain Virr half-backs, Chedgzoy (captain), Irvine, Dean, O'Donnell, and Weaver, forwards. West Ham United: - Bailie goal, Hebden, and Herler, backs, Carter, Barrett, and Collins, half-backs, Moore, Earle, Watson, Williams, and Ruffell, forwards. Referee Mr. Price.



December 9, 1925. The Daily Courier.

The third round of the Lancashire Cup will be played today between Bury and Everton at Gigg-lane. Both sides are at full strength, and as each club is showing improved form a keen game should result. I have seen both sets of players this season, and my impression is that Everton will win. The sides are: - Bury: - Harrison; Heap, Adamson; Wilson, Bradshaw, Turner; Matthews, Stage, Bullock, Ball, and Amos. Everton: - Hardy; Raitt and McDonald; Brown, Bain, Virr, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, O'Donnell, and Weaver.



December 10, 1925. The Daily Courier.



Considering the recent climate vagaries, the playing pitch at Gigg Lane was in good condition yesterday. Both sides fielded their recently successful League sides, and the game, which was the third round of the Lancashire Cup, was arduously fought, Bury were fortunate in winning the toss, as this gave them the assistance of a powerful wind which was practically the deciding factor. Everton were quickly on the defensive. Bury repeatedly threatening till after nine minutes a delightful movement initiated by Bradshaw culminated in Matthews centreing and Amos opening the scoring with a fast rising shot. Raitt and McDonald were defending stubbornly against odds, what time Bradhsaw dominated the Everton forwards, so that the latter were able to work up few distinctive, cohesive attacks, or to sustain them when made. O'Donnell was the only forward who appeared to realise the whereabouts of the goal, and one of the numerous attempts had hard luck in hitting the post. After 25 minutes Bury forced further ahead through Ball from another of Matthew's centres. Everton opened the second half with dash, but the forwards lacked precision though both goals had narrow escapes. Twenty minutes from time Ball retired through a head injury sustained in collision with Bullcock, and thereafter Everton aided by the powerful wind, were all over the Bury defence. O'Donnell found the net after 34 minutes, but greater precision in front of goal would have given Everton victory, for they made many storming attacks only to fade away in finishing. Hardy made excellent saves, and Raitt and McDonald defended stubbornly and brainy, while the half-backs showed resource and capital feeding powers. The forwards however, were only good up to a point. Chedgzoy was the better winger while Dean was smart, but the only real marksman was O'Donnell. Teams: - Bury: - Harrison goal Heap, and Adamson, backs, Wilson, Bradshaw, and Turner half-backs, Matthews, Stage, Bullock, Ball, and Amos, forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs Brown, Bain, and Virr, half-backs, Chedgzoy (captain), Irvine, Dean, O'Donnell, and Weaver, forwards.



December 12, 1925. The Daily Courier.

Everton made the journey to Newcastle yesterday in preparation for the game with the United at St. James's Park. The latter place has never been a happy one for the Blues so far as League points are concerned and to add to this, the visitors catch their opponents with Gallacher as leader. Secured in midweek at a fee believed to be bordering on £7,000, the Geordies are hoping his debut will be a winning one. But then Everton are working so smoothly at the moment that this expectation will not be easily realised. Troup resumes on the Everton left now that the “bone” has left the ground. Otherwise the side is unchanged from that which beat West Ham. It should be a close game with the odds slightly favouring the home lot. Teams: - Newcastle United: - Wilson; Chandler, Hudspeth; McKenzie, Spencer, Gibson; Urwin, Cowan, Gallacher, McDonald, Seymour, forwards. Everton: - Hardy; Raitt, McDonald; Brown, Bain, Virr; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, O'Donnell, Troup.



December 12, 1925. The Liverpool Football Echo.


When Everton immigrated to Goodison Park from Anfield, the club “gates” began almost at once assumes handsome proportions. The lavish enterprise of the energetic directorate of those days in providing handsome and adequate stand accommodation brought an immediate reward in an established patronage of people who came to see football under comfortable conditions, of shelter and seating room, and who liked the game, and kept on coming. As the weekly gates grew, so did the club's resource. Players of ability were secured in rapid sequences the best was then only good enough for Everton, and the enterprise of the directorates, and the quality of the football fare provided met its just reward, and the finances of the club because so well established as to leave Everton easily the most influential, and certainly the richest club in the League. With the financial anxieties of the past period safely removed, the club took up on a new lease of life, and the enterprise of the directors of those days led them to spare no pain to keep their players fit and well for any call on the services. Whenever the Cup-tie period approached it was deemed a prudent policy to indulge the players in a process of special training, that included both change of some disary, and training methods. If the coming match were to be played near home, the training ground was selected conveniently near to the scene of the “tie” so as to involve little train fatigue on the final day, but if the scene of the encounter was to be a distant one, then climatic and other conditions had to be taken into account, and a choice would then be made of a training quarter close to the scene of “battle.” Thus it came about, that with cup ties for Sunderland or Newcastle on Tyne a favourite rendezvous for the Everton training was found at Roker, a pretty watering place on the Durham coast.


For Cup-ties down South, Winchester was a favourite training quarter, and for London Cup-ties the sylvan charms of Epping Forest and Chingford made strong appeal. For home matches though Everton made long and favourite use of Hoylake and West Kirby, where the League team became warm favourities, with the residents, and came to be regarded almost as natives of the village. Indeed, on the day of the match it was no novelty to see the whole of the residents at the station when the team set off for the “great flight” with both engine, carriages and the railway staff bedecked with the Everton club colours. Lytham and St. Annes were also great favorites training quarters, as there, the players could indulge their fancy with golf and the vigorous sea breeze added their quotes of the necessary vim. There, too, the natives became ardent Evertonians, and it has been said, ungallantly, no doubt, that fond fathers had trouble with the outbreak of Everton blue in new frocks and furbelows demanded by' marriageable daughters. The demand for stand tickets that came from training quarters admirers in Cup tie days was for long a source of amusement to harassed secretaries, until they discovered to their astonishment on the day that the match that nearly every player in the team had a sister or a cousin or an aunt from Lytham who “simply must see Everton play.” Then of course, he knew! Another favourite training ground for short training spells was the “Grapes” at Freshfields, when the late Charlie Sulivan was in management them. Charlie had for years been a firm supporter of Everton, and followed them away to all their big cup-tie battles, and as his hotel at Freshfields was well equipped with cinder track, covered training quarters, and other materials comforts, both players and visiting committee were glad to make Freshfield at such times their temporary headquarters. Even today the Formby people are accordingly hereditary Evertonians. Hoylake and West Kirby were however, the prime favourites and Holt, Bell, Boyle, Chadwick, Milward, Kitchen, and the rest were to the manner natives of the place and eligible at any time they chose to be elected mayor or members of the corporation. There it was that I found one day the late and popular Sandy Young lying on his side on the heart-rug in front of the fire in the dinning room, working imaginary “picks” at the coal scuttle with the ordinary fire poker, while Secretary Cuff (of those days) and a group of the team looked on, doubled up with laughter “Sandy is just showing up,” explained Mr. Cuff, tears of merriment running down his face as he spoke “the way miners pick the coal from the colliery in which he used to work in Scotland. Sandy was a most innocent and obliging young man, and whenever the secretary or any of the team disputed the possibility of being able to “pick” coal while lying down in a cramped position, he was always willing to show them how it was done. Towards the end, however, those requests for demonstrations became too frequent and Sandy wildly complained that they had seen him “do it before.” And they had! The later Ben Kelly most popular of directors was a favourite visitor to the team in training, as was dear, loveable John Davies. The club realised then, and do now, that under certain conditions it is in the players own interests, as well as the clubs, that a quiet period of sustained application to training methods is advisable at periods of important preparation. Players are like ordinary people in most things, and they are subject to certain temptations and flattering attentions well meant, no doubt –that are a positive danger at times. So to remove community to an atmosphere of quiet intensive preparation, with regular meals of a special character, where both exercise and rest can be practised with regularity in a good preparation for a stiff encounter.



December 14, 1925. The Daily Courier.



Everton created an excellent impression on the 35,000 spectators, who saw them divide six goals with Newcastle on Saturday. Certainly it was a feat of which the team has every reason to be proud. Critics were unanimous that Everton's game was really good and the forwards played with a dash and verve that was enjoyable to watch. Indeed, one or two went so far as to say that the visitors put up the best show that has been seen on the ground this season. Coming from Newcastle praise of that sort is undeniably heartening. Injuries influenced the choice of the Blues' team. Reid took Bain's place at centre half, and Peacock went to right-half in place of Brown.


Uncommon interest was taken in his first appearance for the Tynesiders of Gallacher, the famous Scottish International centre forward. He made a good debut, and scored two of the goals. Dean shone brilliantly. There was not one of the three goals that was not deserved. The more spectators work of a good front line is, in the nature of things, apt to dim by comparison the more unostentatious efforts of the halves and backs. A fine passing movement which culminates in a good goal obviously takes the eye of the crowd right away, whereas the plucky tackle or judiciously placed pass from the rear which really initiates the attack, is frequently overlooked. It was in just this quiet but effective way that Virr, Reid, and Peacock worked on Saturday. On his form at present Virr will take some displacing from the side. Reid and Peacock, too, were capable and the centre had no easy job of it in keeping an eye on Gallacher. The first goal came in nine minutes. A real good one too. O'Donnell, who, by the way played a dashing game, slipped the ball out to Troup, who flashed in a centre which Dean drove low into the net. This was a promising start, and things looked well for the visitors, who never slackened in their efforts. Before half-time, however, Newcastle drew level, Gallacher shaking off the defence, ran through and shot past Hardy, who had left his goal. On the run of play few predicted that the Tynesiders would be two ahead midway through the second half. That was what happened, however.


Seymour obtained the second goal after Hardy had partially cleared from Gallacher. The last named got the third soon after. It could be said with truth the lead was undeserved and that the Blues had fully as much of the game as their rivals. The vistors speedily demonstrated this, Five minutes later they reduced the lead. Dean again being the marksman. It was an excellent bit of opportunism. Under pressure Spencer passed back to Wilson, who was apparently taken by surprise, and Dean dashing up placed the ball in the net. Then just before the end Dean preformed the hat-trick and presented his side with a welcome point. The Tynesiders in only sharing honours cannot complain of ill-luck. Their keeper, Wilson had several trying moments besides those when he was beaten. He had no chance at all with any of the three goals against him, whereas the second one that beat Hardy looked –at least from the stand –as if there was just a chance of him saving it. Still, whether that is so or not, there is no doubt that the Everton keeper played a masterly game, and brought off some fine saves. He had a couple of hard-working and competent men in Raitt and McDonald in front of him. Raitt was particularly good in his tackling and clearing. It was the front line, however, which attracted the crowd most. At present it is playing convincing football. Newcastle played a good all-round game, and in the trustful Gallacher always had a potential scorer. Their halves and backs played a sound game on the whole. But if Everton's defence had to keep a wary eye on Gallacher, so did Newcastle's on Dean. Teams : - Newcastle United: - Wilson, goal, Hampson and Huspeth, backs McKenzie, Spencer, Gibson, Unwin, Cowan, Gallacher, McDonald, and Seymour, forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goals, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Peacock, Reid, Virr, half-backs, Chedgzoy (captain), Irvine, Dean, O'Donnell, and Troup, forwards. Referee Mr. A. Scholey.



December 14 1925. The Daily Courier.


Everton sustained an unexpected defeat at Goodison Park. Leeds winning a keen game by three clear goals. The Everton forwards were the weak part of the team their finishing being poor. Leeds were fast and clever and never failed to shoot usually with direction. In the first half Everton claimed two penalties, but the referee ruled against them. All the goals were scored after the interval Riley (2), and White netting . Everton: - Harland, goal, Livingstone, and Kerr, backs, Rooney, McBain and Hart, half-backs, Peacock, Houghton, Murray, Kennedy and Williams, forwards .



December 14 1925. The Daily Courier.


Skelsderdale were trying Gutteridge, the former New Brighton forward, and though he was obviously out of condition on he did very well, and should improve their forward line. Skelmersdale deservedly won, for though Everton played well in the first half their defence did not kick too well in the second half, when the home forwards for Everton, and Gutteridge, Harris, Heaton, and Pilkington for the homesters Murphy the Everton centre and Jones in goal were the pick of the visitors.



December 16 1925. The Daily Courier.


James Broad the ex-Stoke centre forward, has been transferred by Everton to New Brighton and will play against Bradford today. He was obtained from Sittingbourne in November last year and played several games in the Everton senior side, eventually to be displayed by Dean. He is the son of James Broad for many years trainer of Manchester City, weights 11 st 7lb, and is 5ft 7 and half in height. Broad's dashing methods should be successful in Third Division football. He had the record of scoring 32 goals in 39 matches while with Stoke.


Everton's team against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday at Goodison Park will be the same as that which draw at Newcastle, with the exception that Bain displaces Reid at centre-half back.


Sam Chedgzoy, acting in love parents for Hunter Hart, is not only optimistic, but gives good advice as well. He says: “There are no good things in F.A. Cup-ties, and we shall have to take Fulham seriously. Of Course, I am quite pleased with the draw. We shall go into the fourth round anyway. “We shall have to put all we know into the game, the same as if it had been a so-called stronger club. Form in cup-ties is often misleading. “Fulham play a more classy game than many clubs, and their style will fit in with Everton's. MY advice to the team is ‘Play the open game, with plenty of dash and shooting by the forwards,' and to repeat myself ‘Take Fulham seriously,' A splendid team spirit prevails.



December 21, 1925. The Daily Courier.




Everton's tide of fortune is at the flood. They are a goals-every-match club. In other words, they hold the unique record of having scored in every match this season. They have also collected nine points in the last six games. Saturday's was another “famous victory.” It was real full-blooded football. The Wanderers brought their restored Cup winning forward lines. Both sides started to make an afternoon of it, and the standard of football we exceptionally fine, showing that style and dash can be combined. The new Everton, if they have cut out unnecessary finesse and frills are by no means a kick and rush team. There was some gilt-edged football.


They were hustlers in front of goal. Forwards let go at half chances without trying to turn them in to better chances before having a pop at the target. Dean's goal which gave Everton the lead at the restart illustrates this. It was one of those one-two wing to centre efforts –a fine square centre from Chedgzoy, and in instanceous crashing of the ball into the net by the pivot. The “Trotters” little day finished before Everton's and in the later stages the home side took command and deserved to score at least two more goals. O'Donnell, Dean, and Irvine being persistent marksmen. Up to this stage we had seen the real Bolton, with this reservation. The halves were not quite up to the Bolton high standard, but the possibilities are there. The trio –Thornborough Round, and Cope –were all playing with the reserves at the beginning of the season. What is the reason of Everton's progress? It is admitted that the quality of their football now compares favourably with any other club in the country. The story of this game reads that all departments must take credit. If we single out the forwards, it will be agreed that the halves were splendid. No trio could have covered each other better, and the forwards flouished on their support. Then the backs must be singled out for a dour defence and happy understanding, and if the players were to give a reason they would probably indicate Hardy as the inspirer of confidants in his responsible post.


Dean gave of his best as leader of the line. His long strides did not suggest the speed of the snappy run of Chedgzoy, but “Dixie” was a hustler in the role of goal-getter. Chedgzoy recovered from his cold, was particularly effective –he was off the mark in a flash. Thornsborough found Chedgzoy and Irvine altogether too elusive, and Jennings never had the winger under his thumb. Irvine was the ideal partner. On the other wing, O'Donnell, whose early goal was a great one, was outstanding –always confident sometimes brilliant, and anxious to apply the finishing touch, Troup, if not robust in his methods, often had his opponents guessing. The halves were as good as most trios in the League. Bain, back again, and Virr particularly in present. Chedgzoy, Irvine, and O'Donnell were all injured in the strenuous closing stages, fortunately not seriously and most of the free –kicks, which were a feature of this period, were against Everton, a state of affairs which the crowd did not relish. Referee Scholeys had no enviable task in these crucial moments when there were many contending applicants on the field. He declined the appeal for a penalty when Round charged Dean in the area. Perhaps he was right; perhaps not. The Bolton Jack and Butler wing was most workmanship, and Butler's goal was the result of brainy anticipation. Teams: - Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Peacock, Bain, and Virr half-backs, Chedgzoy (captain), Irvine, Dean, O'Donnell, and Troup, forwards. Bolton Wanderers: - Pym, goal, Howarth, and Jennings, backs, Cope, Round, and Thornsbrough, half-backs, Butler Jack, J.R. Smith, J. Smith, and Vizard, forwards.



December 21, 1925. The Daily Courier.


While deserving a point for the better style and methods. Everton Reserves were rather luck when their bar was hit by Heap and Roberts of Burnley. Each side scored, Palland for Burnley and Kennedy for Everton with a free kick for Everton. The latter, however, lacked conviction in front of goal, and were not nearly so aggressive as Burnley who, however, lacked steadiness. Evertons left flank, fore and aft, was the best section, but Everton's work all round was much appreciated. It was an excellent game particularly in the first half.



December 21 st , 1925. The Daily Courier.


Newton Common Recs, were beaten on their own ground by Everton “A” on Saturday. Everton were successful chiefly by reason of their superior speed and opportunism, but the ultimate score of 3-1 in their favour was flattering. The goals were scored by Murphy, Dodds and Hibbert.



December 23 rd 1925. The Daily Courier.

Everton, who play the Rovers at Blackburn on Christmas Day and again on Boxing Day at Goodison Park, are in the happy position of being able to field a winning side. This is the one that disposed of Bolton Wanderers, namely; Hardy; Raitt and McDonald; Peacock, Bain, and Virr; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, O'Donnell, and Troup. The Reserves have an attractive match at Goodison Park Park on Christmas Day when the second team of Blackburn Rovers provide the opposition, the pair meeting again on Boxing Day. The Rovers have not been beaten since September so that Everton will have to be at their best to dispose of them. Everton are giving a trial to C. Murphy, who has played one or two games with the “A” team, the full side being: - Harland, Livingstone, Kerr; Rooney, Reid, Hart; Parry, Murray, C. Murphy, Houghton, and Kennedy.


December 26, 1925. The Liverpool Football Echo

Cross-Patter in the Days When Spectators Walked to the Ground

By Victor Hall

Most people walked to see football matches at Anfield when Everton played on these greens –thirty years ago. There were, of course, always a proportion of people who hired four wheelers and hamsome from town, but, in the main, people walked. Trans and bus services there was too, of a sort but not enough of either, and the service was causal. But parties made up their own company, and the old-style wagonettes were a favourite travel means in bulk traffic, something like the brake cabs of today in Scotland. Which means that a group of people made their own travelling arrangements with their local car proprietors, and he took the party to the match and waited for their coming home. The parties travelled together going, and mostly they returned together. The nearest reliable tram route then running near the Anfield ground was the Walton tram at the foot of Everton Valley, and the Breckfield road car though Robson street. Anfield and Oakfield roads had then no car tracks. A steady stream of men hurrying from the docks took the Sandhills-Lamberth road and Everton Valley track, Shell-road brought the Southerners and Breck-road, St. Domingo road and vale were the principal tributaries. The Castle street and Pier head car ranks were the earliest raided by the “toffs” after the St. George's crescent and the railway stations were drawn on. When they were emptied you waited for the first empty one returning; if you were not in a hurry, you walked. Billy Bradley, the black-and-white artist, contributed a sketch for the local athletic paper forecasting the time when cabs and buses would being passengers to the ground propelled by motor power, instead of horse. The sketch cause great comment and was attributed to a flight of artistic license or poetic indulgence, not to be taken at all seriously. But, for those who could capture and board one of the buses running from town to the match direct, the journey was worthwhile for the company one met –and the opinzones. “Whose their burly chaps Everton's playing today.” ‘They're not burly, their name's Burnley; they come from a place called Bury.” “Bury what.” “No not ‘to Bury' the place is Bury or Burnley; anyhow, it's a part of Manchester.” “Are they as good as Everton.” “Not art as good, but they play a rough game, and that's why most teams let them win.” “Their goalkeeper, “Trainer,?” No, you're got it all mixed up, Trainer is the goalkeeper of Preston North End. Prince Tariner they call him. I think he's a Welshman, and it's a misprint for Pryce Trainer.” “What do they call them Preston North End for? “They always play better at the north end of the field so they give them that name. You'll see a funny team today. All six foot fellows, the goalkeeper weighs twenty stone. A chap called Hillman, used to be in the Life Guards, I believe. If a player gets the best of him he always falls on him and picks him out that way.” “Does the empire come with the Bury team.” No.” They toss for umpires sometimes the linesmen won't agree to be umpire because they play rough with him. All the umpires give in to Hillman though they're afraid of him.” “Well why don't Everton have an umpire of their own.” “They're got two or three, but they don't like playing so much now that the younger umpires have started wearing these fancy knee breeches and blazers the way they do now. Bob Lythgoe and Billy Roach of Bootle are too good Everton referees, and McGill is another.” “Who do you fancy for today's game,” “Everton, of course, unless Geary gets hurt again; he got a proper good bashing, I believe last week at a place called Blackburn, where the Rovers play.” “Are they the team Mr. Lewis referees for.” “They are that, and you see them playing, my lad, and you'll see some football. All of them Scotchmen too, I believe except Jack Southworth. “Who's he,” “Have you never seen Southworth?” “Best player, bar Geary, in the centre in England –and a fine shot.” “Well what does he do,” “He shoots of course” (with disgust) “Have you ever seen Southworth play” “I don't know, I've seen Preston and Aston Villa, and West Bromwich and Accrington that's all. “Ah man, you've not seen half the good teams play. What about Bootle? That's a good little team if you like; beat Everton twice last year, once with ten men. You want to see Smart Arridge play. Now, there's a player if you like. Never knows when he beat. See him and Charlie Parry play; beats all your Scotchmen.” “What do the players do in the week-time, do they work at anything.” “I should think they do. There's two of them working at Rollo's and one at Jimmy Jacks that I know of –one of them is a regular Toff too, quite affable to talk to, not a bit of swank. I spoke to him myself one day on the tram going to work. He's had a lot of hard luck lately, got a bad ankle he says, and puts him off his play.” “Why do you mean you was talkin' to him about his game.” “Me? Yes, of course, I was, I spoke to him quite friendly like. Told him I often go to the match. He says he must have seen me some times. Promised to look out for me the next time near the touchline. I hold him just about where I stand. He thinks he must have seen me.” “What does he think of the referee?” “He says there's not many of them understand the game properly. Only John Lewis, I was telling you about. He's a whopper and no mistake, he says. Thinks nothing of telling you to mind your own business, or he'll send you off the field. I told this chap I wouldn't be spoken to that way by any man especially in front of a crowd.” “He doesn't mind, though. He say he believes in playing your own game, and taking no notice of the referees. He says they soon tumble to it, if you take no notice of them, and often that they leave you alone.” “Whereabouts does this chap work, you say. What is he, a striker, or an engineer? “Mr. Rollo's I believe he an engineer or an engineer labourer, I forgot which but he has a good job. You watch when I get near him today, you'll see me give him the wink all right.” “Here we are “Breckfield-road” That was the sort of football chat one picked up in those days in the tram or bus. There was little prominence given to football matters in the newspapers and rumours was consequently active. There was no “Bee's” column, nor his ready answers to correspondents of every description so that readers today have the advantage of news is real news, and views that are real views. Sometimes too, they have garrulous old writers who can only write in the past tense. So they get wheat and chaff together.



December 26 1925. The Liverpool Football Echo.



Points for visitors at Ewood Park have been too cheap this season, so that it cannot be said that Everton accomplished anything particularly more worthy in effecting a draw with the Rovers yesterday. They were full value for what they got, however, and must have struck the bulk of 30,000 observes as a side that adapted itself better to the prevailing conditions. The ground was covered with snow, except in the goal areas, which had been cleared, and a foothold was rather precarious. It was no day for smart passing and in this respect the Rovers went wrong, for they held the ball too closely, and never swung it about as did Everton. Fourteen minutes suffered to give the visitors the lead, O'Donnell, from a centre from the right, banging through a high ball that quite beat Sewell. Shortly afterwards the Rovers won a brilliant equaliser, Harper, after a run of many yards (In which he thrice mastered efforts by McDonald to stop him). Having Hardy helpless with a fine shot. Four minutes before the interval Everton were pressing on goal.


Rollo placed a free kick straight to Bain, who oushed the ball ahead to Dean to run through and spread-eagle the defence. Just before this O'Donnell missed an open goal, and the manner in which he rubbed his hair roused the crowd to instant laughter. On resuming Robers quickly equalised, through Bradshaw, who rushed the ball through, and this proved to be all the scoring, though Everton were often dangerous. A draw was a fitting result, Everton's custodian Hardy, was not seriously tested until the later stages, so well was he covered by Raitt and McDonald, both, of whom tackled and kicked well. Peacock, Bain, and Virr, were a strong and resourceful half back line a like in defence and attack. Forward Chedgzoy and Troup were speedy and created well, and Dean impressed by his trustfulness. The line moved much better than the Rovers. Teams: - Blackburn Rovers: - Swell, goal, Roll, and Forrest, backs, Campbell, Healess, and McIntyre, half-backs, Crisp, Pudderfoot, Harper, Brayshaw, and Rigby, forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Peacock, Bain, and Virr, half-backs, Chedgzoy (captain), Irvine, Dean, O'Donnell, and Troup, forwards. Referee A.M. Kirby, Lostock Hall.



December 26, 1925


Everton: - Harland goal, Livingstone, and Kerr backs, Rooney, Reid, and Hart half-backs Parry, Murray, C. Murphy, Houghton, and Kennedy, forwards.



December 27, 1925. The Daily Courier.



Everton got down to the job against Blackburn. There were no half-hearted measures in this latest conquest. The Everton side have a leavening of real hustlers, well known by now, who butted in and swept aside opposition. One of the most improved clubs in the League, supporters are now hopeful of them before long challenging some of the top sawyers. The 45,000 supporters were highly delighted with this thoroughly convincing victory. Everton have been on the up-grade since the home defeat early in November, and in the eight subsequent games they have secured 12 points.


To the repeated question, “What is making Everton?” we have to answer; “Largely the half-backs. There were no flaws in the middle-line. Bain and Virr are getting better and better. These two, who stand for resolution and strength, generally had the grip of the Puddlefoot and Crisp wing. They put devil into their play, and the home forwards flourished on their support. They are, liked O'Donnell, of the masterful type, who will go till they drop. They will be an asset, particularly when it comes to Cup-tie football, and thoughts are turned in that direction just now. Peacock's methods were not so robust; he had quite a few ideas in bringing about what he desired and stood up well to a wearing game on the clayey, glusy surface. Even towards the end he remained cool and unalarmed when the Rigby and McKay wing occasionally had the defence on the run. Despite the freedom with which the Everton forwards moved, 24 minutes had gone before O'Donnell got the opening goal with that characteristic left foot first time shot, but the sturdy Rovers' backs contested every inch of the ground. To this opening success the Everton halves had contributed. His second goal directly after thew restart was scored in a similar way from an instantanous shot. The Everton forwards were happy. They combined skill with dash, which was an achievement on the mud. When the wings found passing along the ground impossible, they lifted the ball into the centre, giving the inside men a better chance.


It was the most surprising, therefore that Dean did not get his customary goal this time, although he tried persistently with head and feet. The Rovers' defence, however, were up and doing whenever the young forward was in possession. Nevertheless Dean's performance was a good one, his generalship is improving with experience, and Blackburn declared him one of the best centres they had been up against for some time. It was just a toss up whether he or Irvine should score the third goal, and it was left to the latter. Fortunately there was not a repetition of Blackburn's irritating mistake to them just before, when Harper, their outstanding forward, got in McKay's way in trying to help him, as he was shooting. Irvine, Dean, and O'Donnell are three of the youngest forwards in the League, and the experience of older men like Chedgzoy and Troup is valuable. Chedgzoy chaperoned his forwards with useful little gestures of advice. Time after time he went twinkling and smiling down the wing, rounding the back in his usual style, but evidently disappointed when several of his passes went astray. Chedgzoy, older in years, but not in play, had the making of Irvine, who was not afraid to shoot. Troup was persistent and tricky, and made the most of his chances. Raitt and McDonald were a pair of sound backs, with Hardy behind in his best form. The methods of the Rovers' forwards must have sorely tried their supporters. They would persist in passing and dribbling, though this style of play led them nowhere. It was not worthy of the reputation of the Rovers. Pudderfoot was not the Pudderfoot of days past, although his skill occasionally penned out. Harper has got some goals this season, but in the game he did not suggest the marksman. Forrest, and Rollo had a grueling time, and the former's endurance was tested to the limit. Teams: - Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Peacock, Bain, and Virr, half-backs, Chedgzoy (captain), Irvine, Dean, O'Donnell, and Troup, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Sewell, goal, Rollo, and Forrest, backs, Campbell, Healess, and McIntyre, half-backs, Crisp, Pudderfoot, Harper, McKay, and Rigby, forwards. Referee Mr. AP. Kirby.



December 28, 1925. The Daily Courier.


Despite the soft and treacherous turf at Ewood Park, the football between the Rovers Reserves and Everton Resevers was of a vigour order. The gate was one of the best if the season, nearly 10,000 persons assembling. The home side deserved their victory of five goals to one, for thought the visitors were conspicuous at certain stages of the first half, the Rovers made greater use of their opportunities. There was none of the lucky elements about any of the goals registered by the Rovers. Hope and Ball scored the only two obtained in the first half, and in the second half Shaw twice beat Harland, and Ball contributed another clever goal before the close. Walker, the Cumberland youth, who made his debut between the posts for the Rovers, had little to do. The backs were sound, and the halves were solid, Low being outstanding of the forwards, Holland, Ball and Shaw were active throughout. For Everton Harland did well in goal despite the heavy margin against him. But for several of his great clearances, the odds against his side would have been much greater. The backs gave a good display, but the half-backs did and not feed the forwards as they might have done. The few passes which came they way were quickly snapped up by McBain and Houghton, Murphy in the centre was prominent, and before the close he scored Everton's only goal.





December 1925