Everton Independent Research Data


December 1, 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
For their match against Aston Villa at Aston on Saturday, Everton last night decided to introduce O'Donnell left full back in place of Kerr. This will be O'Donnell first appearance this season as a full back in the first team, though he has previously played in the forward line, occupying centre and inside left berths in early games. Kerr proved an exceedingly good defender in several matches but he has not been successful on the recent heavy grounds, and O'Donnell has been playing well in the reserves side. Virr is fit again and he returns in place of Reid.

December 6 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
One would imagine that three goals would win most matches but in these days of high scoring it is never safe to assume that a game is won until it is over. Everton at the half-way stage of their game with Aston Villa appeared to have the points in safe keeping, for through their superior football they had taken a two goal lead, but it now becomes a matter for speculation as to how many goals Everton require before they can rest on their oars knowing that victory will be theirs. Some teams can win a match with one goal. Not so Everton, and this undoubtedly points to a weakness in defence, for a forward line which can gather three goals fairly regularly cannot be blamed for not playing its part. Against Leicester Everton held a three goal lead and then were beaten. Other occasions could be cited of Everton holding a lead and then failing to win, so it becomes a simple matter to put one finger on the weak spot in their armour. During the first half Aston Villa were never in the same class as Everton, who played great football. There was no reason whatever why they should not have held on to their lead for the Villa's attack was not nearly so good as that of their opponents. Compared with the work of the Everton attack, the home forward line lacked balance, while at half back, Johnston was rarely effective against Troup, who did just what he liked and with Dominy Irvine, and Dean scoring the half-backs capable of holding the Villa forwards, the outlook appeared bright.

Then came a transformation. It became Everton's turn to act the part of defenders, and they were unable to hold off the Villa attack. The Villa's second goal was the turning point. O'Donnell should have taken Dorrell's centre instead of trying to throw Capewell offside by running forward. It was a tactical and an expensive error of judgement, for it proved unsuccessful, and Capewell was able to beat Hardy in a race for the ball and drive it into the net. From that point everything that Villa did meant a goal, for the Everton defence went to pieces, and the Villa forwards realising that they had a chance of pulling the game out of the fire, slashed the ball into the middle, and left Capewell or Stephenson to do the rest. Everton's defence became inept. There was no covering between McDonald and O'Donnell. Further goals by Capewell Dorrell, and Stephenson were added. The Villa's second half display had been a revelation. Not that their football had risen to any great height, but simply that they had found Everton's defence uncertain and determined to play upon it. “Put the ball in front of goal” was the motto of every men, and in doing so they scored a great victory.

Hardy could not be blamed for the second goal. It was a ease of almost every time the Villa advanced a goal accrued, for the backs failed to stay their progress. A poor defence had beaten Everton. The Everton forward line was good in all but one point. Millington should have had a good day against Moss, but only once did he manage to get out of the veteran's toils. Brown, Hart, and Virr backed up their forwards well in the first half, but afterwards could not get their attack moving, because they were battling against a virile foe, who would not let them tackle, parting with the ball almost immediately it came to toe. Teams : - Aston Villa: - Johnson, goal, Bowen, and Mort, backs, Johnston, Dr. Milne, and Moss, half-backs, York, Stephenson, Capewell, Walker, and Dorrell, forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goal, McDonald and O'Donnell, backs, Brown, Hart (captain), and Virr, half-backs, Millington, Irvine, Dean, Dominy, and Troup, forwards. Referee JJ. Fowler.

December 6 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton's run of success came to an abrupt end at Goodison Park, where Derby County severely trounced them. Try as they might Everton after the first twenty minutes could not settle down, and with Derby infusing a tremendous amount of forceful and endeavour in their work goals soon accrued. Reid for Everton struck the crossbar, and then Cowell, the Derby custodian cleverly saved Hamilton's penalty kick. Hart opened the County's score and Bromage took advantage of defensive errors to score the second. After the interval Fairclough added the third and fourth goal for Derby. Everton: - Davies goal, Raitt and Kerr, backs, Peacock, Reid, and Rooney, half-backs, Parker, Woodhouse, Hamilton, Houghton, and Kennedy, forwards.

December 6 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
At Prescot. Green early on paved the way for ultimate victory. He snapped a fine goal presented to him by Matthews. Five minutes later Fletcher added a second, and Green added a third. The second portion was evenly contested, both defences being prominent. Two minutes from the end French scored for Everton.

DECEMBER 7, 1926. Portsmouth Evening News
Sequel to a Newmarket Coursing Meeting
Newmarket, Tuesday
Walter Holdein, described as of no occupation, living at Southport, was at the Newmarket (Cambs) Police Court today, fined £20 on a charge of acting as a bookmaker at a Newmarket coursing meeting without having taken out a certificate, and £5 for failing to use the necessary revenue tickets.

December 8 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
For the match against Cardiff City at Goodison Park, Everton have made two changes from the side beaten at Aston Villa. Davies returns in goal in place of hardy, and Kerr resumes at full back instead of O'Donnell, Kerr it appears has not been to well, and was at a disadvantage in his last league match, but nows feels quite fit… Murray who is a team player who has shown promise makes his debut for reserves on Saturday.

December 13 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton lost to Cardiff City at Goodison Park, on Saturday, by the only goal of the game scored by Ferguson at the eighty-fourth minute. Thus for the second successive week Everton have yielded both points to opponents very little better placed than themselves in the lower half of the table. It was by no means a great game; indeed much of the play was moderate and anything but satisfying. Moreover it could not be denied that Everton were a disappointing side, while the game as a whole lacked tone and quality and contained few really good incidents.

Far too many movements finished without a shot, and this was a weakness not confined to Everton alone. Cardiff suffered in like matter, not perhaps to the same extent, because they did get the ball in the net. Curiously enough the movement that produced the goal hardly looked like bearing fruit. There were certainly others that should have been successful and would have been had the forwards displayed more driving power. In extenuation, the Everton forwards could rightly plead that they did not get the support from the half-backs, which they had a right to expect, but the Cardiff forwards could not offer the same excuse. They were well supplied with the right kind of passes by a sound half-back line, yet they seldom shot accurately. For a long period in the second half Everton were so completely held that they found difficulty in removing play from their own half, and not for some time have the Everton forwards given such a poor display. As a side Cardiff were the better footballers. They had more constructive skill, but lacked the power to finish well.


Everton were weak in everything except defence, and in this section a fairly high level was maintained. Davies could not have been improved upon. He did his work well and was always reliable. McDonald was sound and satisfactory, and Kerr, although he was not as certain as McDonald made no bad mistake. The half-backs were poor in the sense that they did not help the forwards as they should have done. They were mainly occupied in defence and rarely gave the forwards the supported they needed. The forwards both collectively and individually, were below their usual strength. Irvine alone did well, and he was often forced to yield through pressure of numbers. Millington put in some useful centres, but he wasted many opportunities, while Dominy was far below his best. He got a nasty kick during the first half that probably prevented him doing full justice afterwards. Dean had a poor day. He was inclined to leave the centre position too frequently and consequently got few chances to shoot, while Troup was often out-manceurved.

Cardiff had a splendid defence and an even better half-back line. None did more earnest work than Hardy, although Sloan and Keenor were always prominent, the latter being especially clever with passes to the forwards. Poor finishing was the great weakness of the forwards, although they played a useful open game. Teams: - Everton: - Davies goal, McDonald and Kerr, backs, Brown, Hart (captain), and Virr, half-backs, Millington, Irvine, Dean, Dominy, and Troup, forwards. Cardiff City: - Farquarson, goal, Nelson, and Watson, backs, Keenor, Slean and Hardy, half-backs, Collins, Smith, Ferguson, L. Davies, and MacLachanlin, forwards. Referee Mr. Pinkston.

December 13 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton had every possible cause for satisfaction at being able to get away from Bramell-lane with a point on Saturday. For some unaccountable reason Sheffield United simply could not finish their movements in midfield. and the development of attack were alike admirable, but so far as shooting was concerned the team was supremely ineffective, Hardy, Hamilton, and O'Donnell formed a capital Everton defence, while the halves tackled splendidly. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Hamiton, and O'Donnell, backs, W. Curr, Reid, and Rooney, half-backs, Moffatt, Woodhouse, Murray, Houghton, and Kennedy forwards.

December 13 th 1926 The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
At Strawberry-lane. The home team were the first to find the net through Tyson, Kellett equalising. Early in the second half smart combination by Jackson and Hapsey enabled French to regain the home team the lead. Snelgrove equalised and close on time Jackson obtained the winning point.

Nottingham Evening Post - Friday 17 December 1926
Everton have signed as an amateur Kerr, a full back from the Coast Lines (Liverpool) club.  Kerr, who is regarded as a promising player, is only 18 years of age.

December 20 TH 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton's decline is alarming. Although there is yet a chance of their escaping relegation, their task was not made easier by their fall at Burnley, where the Turf Moor side, showing superior form, rattled five goals into Evertyone's net what time Kerr scored for Everton –his first point since he joined the club. If was not a high-class game by any means; in fact, there was much more rush and bustle than science about it, and Burnley's superior speed and better finishing won the day, but they enjoyed all the luck that was knocking about. They scored two goals in nines. The first scored by Beel, was registered when the scorer appeared to be offside, while Devine's point was not of the clean-cut type. His shot hit Davie's outstretched foot, ricocheted up the upright, struck the underneath part of the crossbar, and fell into the back of the net. The antics of the ball undoubtedly puzzled Davies, who could not have known the position of the ball after he had put his foot to it. Two goals down at this stage was enough to take the heart out of any team, and when Kerr had to leave the field owing to an injured knee the prospects of Everton wiping off the arrears was highly improbable, for the whole team was disorganised and thrown on the defensive by Burnley's fast-moving forwards.

Somerville's task in goal became an easy one, long shots being his only menace, and as he was equal to these, Everton's chief concern was to keep the score down to reasonable dimensions. They fought gallantly up to the interval, but more injuries –Virr, Dominy, and Woodhouse –were added to the list, effectively preventing a revival. Burnley's good fortune continued, and when Bell scored the third point three minutes after the resumption, it gave them greater courage. This goal, like its predecessors was a lucky one. Bruton centred, and Beel and others were running in towards the Everton goal, and just when everybody thought the ball would travel across the goalmouth, it struck Beel on the thigh, and glanced into the net. From that point Burnley ran riot, and the Everton defence underwent terrific pressure, and if their methods were not scientific, they were successful up to the scoring of Page's goal, the best of the day for the wing man took a centre in his stride, and shot with surprising power, and Davies was helpless to save. Then came Everton's solitary goal. Woodhouse got free from Dougall, and delivered a great drive which Somerville turned aside but Kerr had limped his way forward, and hooked the ball into the net before Somerville could recover his balance. Everton's weakened forward line rarely showed up so well did Hill, Steel, and Dougall perform. Dean should have scored, and Dominy had a fine shot saved, but apart from one or two occasions when they made spasmodic raids they rarely gave Somerville any trouble. When Freeman completed the day's scoring at the eighty-first minute, Burnley's triumph was complete.

The better side had undoubtedly won for Everton, even during the few minutes they were at full strength, were not nearly so sprightly on the ball, nor quite so good at finishing as the Burnley five. Page had a poor first half, but was the big man of the game in the second portion. It must be admitted that he had every chance to shine, for he was given the ball when free from all interference, and simply had to go forward and complete the movement, for the Everton defence was too keen to pack their goal, and so left this flect-footed winger to do as he liked. Everton were well and truly beaten, but they were unfortunate. With four forwards it was a hopeless task, for even though Kerr resumed at outside left he could do little. Troup and Irvine worked like Trojans both in attack and defence, and, although Dean got away at times he was well looked after by Hill. The half-backs –Dominy was one of them –had to concentrate on defence, while McDoanld and Virr had a gruelling near time. Davies was responsible for some fine saves, and he did not appear to be at fault with any of the shots that scored. Teams: - Burnley: - Somerville, goal, Fergus, and Waterfield, backs, Steel, Hill, and Dougall, half-backs, Bruton Freeman Beel, Devines, and Page, forwards. Everton: - Davies goals, McDonald and Kerr, backs, Brown, Hart (captain), and Virr half-backs, Woodhouse, Irvine, Dean, Dominy, and Troup, forwards. Referee Mr. GW. Watson.

December 20 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
At Goodiosn Park. The display of the home side on the general run of the play was not convincing, for Bradford after the first twenty minutes were never able to infuse much method or forcefulness into their game, with the result that the quality of their play deteriorated. Poor finishing and loose combination lost the home side many chances. After Peacock had missed with a penalty and Kennedy had shot wide from less than ten yards, Peacock headed in from Moffatt's centre. Bradford meanwhile had made some game efforts through Knox, Gascoyne and Ingleden. The second half produced only one goal, and little good football, Everton's goal being the result of a fine shot from Houghton. The outstanding player on the field, was Bain who excelled in attack and defence.

December 20 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
At St. Helens. Had not the defence on both sides been sound a big score would have been recorded, for the forwards were persistent, in their efforts. Tyson and Davies were prominent in attack for Everton, while Brown and Bromilow were always a menace to the visitors' defence. Bromilow and Brown scored for St. Helens and Davies for Everton.

December 23 rd 1926, The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
The efforts of the directors of the Everton to secure new players with a view to strengthening the team have at last been attended with success Officials of the club have recently traveled hundreds of miles in order to watch players so that new men could be obtained to strengthen weak places in the league team. In view of the serious position of the club in the league table. It has not been an easy matter to obtain new men at the standard required, but two players were signed yesterday. And it is hoped they will add strength to the side. The new players are TP. Griffith the centre-half back of Wrexham club and e Critchley the outside right of Stockport County. Quite a number of the first division clubs have had representatives watching Griffith play in recent matches. It is not know officially how much Wrexham agreed to accept for his transfer. But the lowest may be put at £2,000. Negotiations between the two directors were concluded in few days previously but it, was not until yesterday afternoon that representatives of the Everton club visited Wrexham and concluded their bargain with the player himself. Griffiths who will be twenty-one next February stands 6ft in height and weights 12 stone 4lbs although so young, he has five of six years in competitive football behind him. Having started when fifteen with fifth valley. A village club, which he helped in the junior tie for the chums league cup. The league is a Wrexham and district tourney, and it has the credit for having also produced Jesse Williams Middlesbrough's outside left, who played with oak alyn, before he went to Wrexham and thence to the northeast. Griffiths fame soon secured him recognition by the Wrexham club, who signed him on amateur when he was seventeen years of age, and one of his first games for than was in may 1923, when he played inside right in the junior tie for the Flintshire charity cup. In that match his partner was Millington, who subsequently went to Everton so the pair are club mates again. Grifiths played last season in the junior international between Wales and Ireland at Holyhead, and also in the team representing the welsh league against the Cheshire league

The new right winger… the negotiations for the transfer from Stockport County of Edward Critchley the outside right, were completed at Manchester last evening. Critchley first signed as an amateur for the Stockport County club, in 1921, when only sixteen years of age. He played for union chapel, and in October 1921, he was signed as a professional. He played in the Stockport County reserves team during that season, and first appeared in the league team in December 1922, and occasionally up to the end of the 1922-23 season, he began to play regularly with the league team in the season 1923-24, succeeding Edgley the old Aston Villa player. He is twenty-one years of age. 5ft 7 and half inches in height and about 11 stone in weight.

December 24 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Main interest on Merseyside centres in the struggle of Everton to improve their position, and the fact that Sunderland, who visit Goodison Park tomorrow are striving for points to maintain the leadership will accentuate the severe nature of the task in front of Everton. The power of Sunderland has been proved, and it is realised that a tremendous effort will be necessary on the part of the players if the Roker Park men are to be vanquished. In times gone by Everton were good enough to hold Sunderland, ort any other team, but they have fallen on lean times. Still, the players are not overawed by the reputation of their opponents, and despite the depressing circumstances, they may be depended on to make a brave fight of it. It would indeed be a feature in the cap of the Goodison Park team if they were to beat the leaders and such a feat would encourage them to go on to further success. In any case it should be a great game. The fact, that two new players Griffiths and Critchley have been secured has quickened interest, but the team has not yet been chosen. The kick off is at 2.15. On Monday Everton play a return visit to Sunderland.

December 27 th 1926. The Liverpool Football Echo.
We saw nine goals, some desperation football, some poor some good football, and some bad goalkeeping by England's last try-on, McInroy, who shaped no better than he had done at Anfield. It was the biggest Christmas gate Everton have had for years –nearly 40,000 –and the win was the most joyous the club could have gathered as it meant some relief after six weeks of efforts. The club instantly dropped Davies, the goalkeeper, owing possibly to his faulty handling of a corner kick that made the score 4-4 and brought back Hardy for today's game. There were four changes. Bain and the backs justying themselves, even if the backs at times kicked poor length. I like O'Donnell resolute manner, if not his final trip which might easily have cost his side a point. I liked, too, the fine volleying of Raitt, but Bain did best when he swung the ball out rather than pass to a full back, a habit he developed as time went on. Forward Critchley was on view for the first time, and the Stockport boy did very well indeed. His one run the full length of the field was something to memorise, but allowing for his over-anxiety, which made him run the ball out. I though his old mannerisms and passes and centres augur well for the future days. Irvine worked himself clean out, and when he went to the inside left position, he hit out a first time drive that was the best goal of the match –and we had seen four from the Dixie kid, Dean who was on his toes to give his Tranmere followers, a Christmas box. His heading was delicious; his idea of combination was well founded, but the left wing was not quite at par; hence the trouble. For my part I am happy to chronicle the victory, sorry to think that Dean's second goal was not a legal one, and offer a word to Sunderland, in that they hit the crossbar and that they were slightly the better side in the matter of definiteness, if we except a full back and the goalkeeper. It was Everton's first win in six weeks, and was “taken and wanted.” Dean's quartet was a fine effort, but Chandler, of Leicester and Camsell of Middlesbrough got five each. Goals were scored by, Dean (4) Critchley for Everton, Sunderland, Halliday (2), Ellis, and Clunas ( Penalty kick ) for Sunderland.

Teams: - Everton: - Davies goal, Raitt and O'Donnell, backs, Brown, Bain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Critchley, Irvine, Dean, Dominy, and Troup, forwards. Sunderland:- McInroy, goal, Oakley, and England, backs, Clunas, Henderson, and Andrews, half-backs, Kelly, Marshall, Halliday, Gurney and Ellis, forwards.

December 28 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton played a spirited game at Roker Park, and were only beaten by the odd goal in five before a crowd of 35,000. The winning goal scored eight minutes after the restart was strongly disputed on the grounds of offside, but there seemed little ground for Everton's protest, and after Referee Caseley had consulted the nearest linesman he maintained his decision that a goal was scored legitimately. It was a soul –stirring encounter but Sunderland were seriously handicapped by nearly sixty minutes of the game, Andrews pulled a muscle in the left high and finished at outside right, with Kelly inside and Marshall at left half. This crippled the Sunderland attack, and gallantly as the team played they were somewhat fortunate to win as in the second half O'Donnell missed three golden opportunities, which would have gloried on. From one of them he certainly hit the bar, but it was a bad shot to get there and he was weakness in Everton's attack.

Dean was menacing is his dribbles, but the brains of the line was Dominy, playing inside-right instead of Irvine, who got the best out of Critchley. The new winger showed up well, as did the whole of the halves, but there was far too much back passing, instead of direct progress. Hardy might have punched out before Sunderland got the second goal, but if he was to blame so was McInroy, when Bain scored, and England was grievously at fault when Dean scored. Clunas was Sundrland's strongest half, but Marshall played well as emergency man. Halliday got no quarter and was still Sunderland's most dangerous forward. Ellis making good for the first time for weeks. It was a tremendous existing game right through in five minutes Halliday headed through from a corner and just the same space of time Bain drove from forty yards, and from the bar the ball struck McInroyon the back and went into the net. Then Dean scored a great goal, England miskicked but Marshall equalised and Gurney goal settled the issue in the second half. Teams : - Sunderland: - McInroy, goal, Oakley, and England, backs, Clunas, Henderson, and Andrews, half-backs, Kelly, Marshall, Halliday, Gurney, and Ellis forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and Kerr backs, Brown, Bain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Critchley Irvine, Dean, Dominy and Troup, forwards. Referee Mr.Caseley.

December 28 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
At Goodison Park. A draw was a fair reflex of an encounter that provided spells of brilliant football, couple with periods when loose kicking affected the combination and made the spells uninteresting. The first half found Everton easily the better side, but opportunities were lost in the goal area the Bury defenders (by no means reliable when under pressure) being able to intercept and break many good moves, although the keeper made one good saved from Woodhouse. The second half provided a surprise, for Bury on resuming took command of the game, Davies in the home goal warding off possible defeat by three brilliant saves. Griffiths Everton's latest acquisition, played a resolute and reliable game at centre-half, and was one of the best of the home side. Scorers for Everton; Woodhouse, and Houghton, and for Bury, Gale and Phillison.

December 29, 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
For the match against Burnley at Goodison Park on Saturday, Everton are making a couple of changes. Irvine, who was out of the side on Monday, returns for inside right, while Dominy goes to inside left. J O'Donnell who partnered Troup at Sunderland moves to left back in place of Kerr. Kendrick well play for the Reserves on January 1, outside left recently secured from Ireland.



December 1926