Everton Independent Research Data


December 1930


BRADFORTD CITY 4 EVERTON 1 (Game17)-(Lge Game 3069 over-all)-(Div 1 3052)

December 1 st 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton Run Checked.

Williams Sustains Damaged Ankle.

Hopeless Task for Ten Men

By “Bee.”

Everton lost their second match of the season by the convincing score of 1-4. Bradford has never been a home for the Everton team on cup or league, and now one has to add to their character of accidental the injury of the captain, Williams was off the whole of the second half through an ankle injury that may take weeks to mend. When the teams turned out for the second half before 20,000 spectators, Cresswell played at back on his own account; this, it may be argued, is courting goals against, and on the other hand it may be reasonably argued that for playing four forwards after the way the forwards had shown up in the first half, one could only expect the deputy back and Cresswell to have a harassing time. It was decided that Cresswell should stand on his own account, and he played as well as ever, but nowadays it is impossible for ten men to play eleven, no matter what the value of the ten may be in the scales of football form and skill. Where Everton was unfortunate in addition, was in the fact that, after Bradford had scored an opening goal, Dean was badly tripped and seemed to have “no” as answer to his appeal for a free kick.

Whistle Incident.

Play went on; hardly anyone on or off the field heard the whistle that was said to have been blown for a free kick. Meantime all the players had gone on with the game, and Dunn had made the 1-1-only to find his net result was a free kick he did not want. It was not the ordinary case of a player playing on believing the whistle had not gone; the home players could not have heard the whistle, as they made desperate efforts to stay the equalising goal. However, the absence of a captain and the denial of the goal upset Everton considerably, and with a glut of goals coming all at once –three in seven minutes-Everton were shaken. They fought back so well that while Johnson scored, Stein should have scored one goal, and at the finish they were playing with ten men far in advance of anything they had done before, so that Bradford had to resort to kicking out to save their side. That Davis scored a pretty solo goal with the last kick of the match to make the score 4-1was neither here nor there, because the game had run its course so much so that the usual feature of the centre kick not being taken was adopted. The fact remains that Everton's at three-quarter time had a chance to save the game mainly because they got into the right groove of football charm and out more energy and effort in their work, which had previously lacked heartiness. All through, however, one felt, and sensed the feeling of loss of the captain, and to he quite candid Everton had not played well; they had played just well enough, aided by Coggins safely and Cresswell's magnificence to keep the score level to half-time. Griffiths played a valiant part, one of his best displays he has given. But on the wing there was a lack of touch and ideals; this applied not only to the wing half-backs, but also to the wing forwards, Stein having a moderate match. Wilkinson could not respond to the work of Dunn, which bore a high mark all through, and Johnson added much endeavour. Dean was well looked after, and in a terribly muddy patch he could not get his shots travel towards goal.

Go –Ahead Side.

Bradford are a good go-ahead side. True they had the help of a mistake made by Coggins for the second goal. Yet all through the home side won mainly because of their endeavour. Had Rhodes been sharper they would have won by more goals. As it was he went lame and finally retired to make the teams ten a side. Bradford were particularly rousing at full-back where Cookson delved into the game with a heartiness that brooked no interference. Elwood was a worker at centre-half, and Kilcar showed a fine idea and much shooting spirit. Best of all however, was Davies the local man at outside right. Scorers; Rhodes Scott Rhodes, Johnson and Davies.

Teams; - Everton; - Coggins, goal; Williams (captain) and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Griffiths, and Thomson, half-backs; Wilkinson, Dunn Dean, Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Bradford City; - Clough, goal; Cookson and Lloyd, backs; Taylor, Elwood and Smith, half-backs; Davies, Scott, Rhodes, Kilcat, and Dickinson, forwards. Referee Mr. Health, Sheffield.



December 3 rd 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Central League (Game 16)

Although heavily defeated at home Everton had indulged in equally as much of the attacking as Huddersfield –in fact, Everton were rightly the most aggressive. It was late on when Huddersfield asserted their superiority and although Sagar did well, the home defence found the forward line made up of Kelly Lewes, Magnell, Raw, and Smallies too much for them. The first mentioned was always a danger to Everton, and after Webster shot had been brilliantly saved, Magnall opened Huddersfield's score. After failing to get what appeared a penalty Everton fell away and later on goals were scored by Raw, Kelly (2), and Magnall. Everton; - Sagar, goal; O'Donnell and Lowe, backs; McClure, Gee (captain) and Towers, half-backs; Critchley, Martin, White, Webster, and McCambridge, forwards.

Rhyl 8 Everton “A” 6

George Mahon Cup.

At Rhyl Powell played brilliantly, scoring six of Rhyl's total. The home side were superior for most of the game, but the visitors asserted themselves late in the second half, and scored four goals in quick succession. The scorers for Rhyl were Powell (6), Bates, and Whitehouse, and for Everton, Sefton (3), Cunliffe (2) and Davies.



December 3 rd 1930. Evening Express.

One-Man Defence Overpowered

Mistaken Policy

Changes Should be Made

By the Pilot

Everton's defeat at Bradford –their first away from home and in total their second of the season –might best be summed up in that expressive word “If.”

If Williams's injured ankle had allowed him to play in the second half; If Everton had not left all the defensive work to Cresswell in the second half; if the Goodison team's reserve wingers, Wilkinson and Stein had maintained the promise shown in previous matches; if Dean had not insisted on appealing for a free kick when he was “ankle-tapped” early in the second half; if Coggins had not allowed a centre by Dickinson to be knocked out of his hands and if Everton had taken a leaf out of the Bradford book and introduced more incisive methods, a different story might have been told. But “ifs” do not' win matches” ifs” do not gather league points, “ifs” are only lessons for future knowledge.

Worthy Winners.

Let there be no mistakes about it, Bradford deserved to win. They were the better team throughout. True, they crowded three of their goals into seven minutes play, but they earned them.

I can see at least two changes being made in the Everton team. Critchley will almost certainly resume at outside right and McPherson should also come back into the side.

To my mind it was a mistaken policy to throw the whole onus of back play on to Cresswell when Williams was injured. He tackled his task with customary zest and skill, but what was one against five of the quickest moving, most penetrative forwards in the League. Gaps were left down the centre. Cresswell was working on the flank, then on the other, but always those gaps could be seen. He was powerless to stem the tide. Coggins was unguarded, and well as he played goals were inevitable.

Dunn the Artist.

Dunn was the best forward on the field –the super-artist –and Johnson also had a good match, but Dean was off form. Griffiths was invaluable in all phases, but Thomson was too slow, and Britton happy only in attack. He has much to learn of the arts of defence. Bradford, though aided by Everton's mistaken policy are a team who will shortly be entering the promotion field. They have secured twelve of the last fourteen points played for. Sharp as needles they were quick to profit by Everton's blunder.



December 3 rd 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Following their defeat at Bradford City last week, Everton have made changes for in addition to finding a substitute for the injured Williams, alternatives have been made at right-half and out-side right, Lowe the former Southport player, has his first opportunity in league football, and as he is a player with local associations- he was born at Skelmersdale-his debut will be closely followed. He is well-built weighting 11 st so that he is well equipped for the position. McPherson returns to right-half in place of Britton while Critchley takes up the outside right berth once more. In facing Oldham Athletic they have a stiff task, but the leaders should take every opportunity to consolidate their position. The team is; Coggins; Lowe, Cresswell; McPherson, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean Johnson, Stein. Everton Reserves team in the Central League to meet Bolton Wanderers at Bolton is; - Sagar; Cook and Parker; Britton, Gee, McClure; Wilkinson, Martin, McCambridge, Webster and White.


EVERTON 6 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 4 (Game 18)-(Lge Game 3070-over-all)-(Div 1 3052)

December 8 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Four goals for Dean

Everton hard Fight for Victory

Oldham Hold Lead Thrice and Lose.

After thrice being a goal down, Everton beat Oldham Athletic by 6-4, and deserved their success, although Oldham my considered themselves unfortunate to loss after making such a hard fight. It was keen vigorous football, and at times play reached a fairly high standard. Oldham may not have the polish of Everton, but they are a fast moving, earnest side not easy to beat. With their direct practical movements they gave Everton much to ponder over before yielding to the superior craft of the Goodison side.

Dean's Capital Work.

One of the outstanding features was the success of Dean, who scored four of the six goals and in all did a capital day's work. He was splendidly supported by the forwards, and the line as a whole worked with fine understanding. Play in the first half was fairly even and the score (2-2) was a pretty good indication of the merit of the sides. Any advantage Everton could claim in the matter of skill was nullified by the keen and successful tackling of the Oldham defenders and half-backs. As in the initial half, Oldham were the first to score following the interval, but Everton responded with three further goals before Oldham got a fourth, and the final goal fell to Dunn a minute from the end. Dunn's goal provoked a strong protest from the Oldham players, as when the ball entered the empty Oldham goal –Hacking having advanced to challenge the shooter –Dean was standing right in his opponents' goal, obviously in an offside position but as he never played the ball the point was allowed without hesitation. Oldham were inclined to vigorous and robust methods, but there was little to which exception could be taken, although in the second period Dunn, and Ivill were called together and spoken to by the referee.

Dunn's Craft.

In this game, Everton fought back with skill, and courage, and their steadiness and power of recovery following three reverses brought a fitting reward. They had a splendid leader in Dean, and his four goals show what a protent force he can be, when adequately supported. Dunn gave another display of bright crafty work, and Critchley responded admirably to his partner's well timed passes. Good centres came from stein, and Johnson also did fairly well. Griffiths was a fine worker as also was Thomson, while McPherson, although once or twice holding the ball too long was neat and effective. Lowe as partner to Cresswell made a promising first appearance with the senior side but the positional play of the backs was not always sound. They were better in the second half when they tackled with greater sureness. For Oldham, Hacking made some daring saves, and twice in the second half saved brilliantly from Dean, who was within a couple of yards of goal when he shot. The backs kicked well, and the halves were strong tacklers. Of the forwards Worrall and Hasson were the best. The goals were scored in the following order; Worrall (3 minutes), Dean (6 minutes); Worrall (18 minutes); Dean (40 minutes); Fitton (50 minutes); Dean (54 minutes); Dean (72 minutes); Critchley (75 minutes); Stanton (88 minutes), Dunn (89 minutes). Teams; - Everton; - Coggins, goal; Lowe and Cresswell backs; McPherson, Griffiths and Thomson half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson and Stein, forwards. Oldham Athletic; - Hackling, goal; Ivill and Porter, backs; Adlam, King and Gray, half-backs; Stanton, Dyson, Worrall, Fitton, and Hasson, forwards.



December 8 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Central League (Abandon Game)

Everton Robbed by Fog

Fog undoubtedly prevented Everton taking points from Bolton, for they had taken a firm grip of the game when seventeen minutes after the interval, the match was abandoned. Webster and Wilkinson scored excellent goals for Everton. Their wingmen were the chief source of danger. Everton; - Sagar goal; Cook and Parker backs; Britton, Gee (captain) and McClure half-backs; Wilkinson, Martin, McCambridge, Webster and White, forwards.



December 10 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

The relegated First division clubs of last season in Everton and Burnley will be in opposition at turf Moor, on Saturday. Both clubs were members of the original twelve that founded the League, but Burnley have had previous experiences of the Second Division, and, indeed, for thirteen successive seasons were in the lower section. The Everton team for Saturday's match will be unchanged from the side that beat Oldham Althetic 6-4 namely; Coggins; Lowe, Cresswell; McPherson, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean Johnson, Stein. Lowe will than continue at full back in place of Williams, the captain, who was injured at Bradford. Of their nine home games this season Burnley have won 5, lost 2, and Drawn 2.

Goodison Second team

Leyfield on trail

The Everton Reserves team to meet Preston North End Reserves, at Goodison Park, in a Central League game, on Saturday will include Leyfield, an amateur who has been playing with Neston Brickworks. The team will be; Sagar; Cook, Parker; Britton, gee, McClure; Wilkinson, Martin, White, Webster, Leyfield.



December 12 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel.

Weldon, the former Everton forward, who was transferred to Hull City at the beginning of this season, has been placed on the transfer list at his own request. Weldon, who has recently played in the Midland League team for Hull, but is selected centre-forward against Tranmere Rovers at Preston Park tomorrow says that he cannot adapt himself to the former class of football after his experience in the First Division.



December 13 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Companions in distress last April, Everton and Burnley meet today at Turf Moor in the Second Division, and the game is likely to prove one of the hardest on the Everton card. The clubs have had many strenuous duels in the past and the issue today appears to be open. Everton are anxious to maintain their hold, while Burnley are of course out to improve their record. Everton showed their fighting power last week, and if they can keep up that form the leaders ought not to be beaten today. The teams are; - Everton; - Coggins, goal; Lowe, Cresswell; McPherson, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson Stein. Burnley; - Conway; McCluggage, Waterfield; Brown, O'Dowd, Storer; Jenkins, Beel, Bowsher, Priest, Page.


BURNLEY 5 EVERTON 2 (Game 19)-(Lge Game 3071 over-all)-(Div 1 3052)

December 15 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Burnley Rally

Everton Lead Quickly Rubbed Off

By “Stork.”

Burnley will be greatly encouraged in their fight to return to the First Division by their victory over Everton at Turf Moor. At one period it seemed that they must be beaten, for Everton took to themselves a two goals lead. Burnley could have been forgiven if they had lost heart, for they were definitely on top when Everton sneaked in their two goals. Burnley had infinitely more opportunities during the 14 minutes during which Everton gained the lead, but either through their own eagerness, and bad shooting they lost their way, and Everton made two sallies and obtained two goals. Still, I could not get away from the fact that Burnley had it in them to hit back, for there was more snap about their play, more pace, and undoubtedly a greater fighting spirit, and slowly but simply they got together, forgot those two goals and by dint of good hard football had taken the lead at the half stage. That was a smart bit of business, for it takes a big heart to fight against a two goals lead, especially when one is having all the play without getting any return.

Griffiths off Colour.

Burnley's football may not have been quite of the class of Everton's, but there could be no getting away from their practicability, and the longer the game continued the brighter became their prospects, for Everton were not playing well together. Their forward line early on was effective, with Dunn providing his colleagues with choice passes, but further in the rear there were blemishes. I have never seen Griffiths in so poor of light. Evan through his passes to his front line have not been one of his strong points, his defence has usually stood the most severe test. At Turf Moor, however, he could do nothing right. He fiddled about with the ball and allowed an opponent to take it from him. Here was one of Everton's great weaknesses. There were others. McPherson spoiled a fairly good first half by his ultra daintiness and that against an opponent of Page's class. Page made him suffer for his nonchalant style. Page claimed a goal, and showed that Lowe is not yet ready for Everton's first team. Page danced his way round this young back, who made good tackles, but lacked the positional idea, and Cresswell with a tremendous lot of work placed upon him; tried towards the end. Burnley tried a half-back, as centre-forward, and Bowsher did a lot of useful work, and had a hand in the making of two goals, but Beel was the mastermind of the Burnley front line.

The Turning Point.

The turning point of the game was the disallowing of what seemed a perfectly legitimate goal by dean. He had to pass McCluggage to get to Stein's centre, and when the ball went into the net Storer was standing under the crossbar along with his goalkeeper. How could Dean be offside? A goal then would have put Everton in the lead again, but it was Burnley who called the tune afterwards, and they were hammering the Everton defence when the whistle sounded. It had been an interesting game particularly in the first half, when the sides were evenly balanced. Dean's opening goal was due to Dean, who also provided Stein with his scoring chance. Beel rubbed those out and Priest, page, and Storer competed the scoring. Teams; - Everton; - Coggins, goal; Lowe and Cresswell, backs; McPherson, Griffiths and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Burnley; - Conway, goal; McCluggage and Waterfield, backs; Brown, O'Dowd, and Storer, half-backs; Jenkins, Beel, Bowster, Priest, and Page, forwards. Referee Mr. H. H. Kingscott, Birmingham.



December 15 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Central League (Game 17)

Everton returned to their best form, and good progressive combination, terminating with an accurate finish and supported it solid defensive work led to them completely overplaying Preston for practically the whole of the game. The winners main strength was in the half-back line. Here Britton, Gee and McClure worked constructively with the home attack, and helped the defence to frequently wreck any ideas Preston formulated for progressive advances. North End, however, offered a very disappointing exhibition. Their attack was one of individual units, lacking cohesive ideas, the middle line was not capable of holding Everton's lively attack, and only the rear defence achieve anything like a measure of success. One of Everton's outstanding players were Leyfield (an outside left from Neston Brickwork playing his first game with Everton), for throughout he played continually, and proved a sound winger, with a penchant for driving in good shots. Everton's scorers were White (2), Wilkinson (2), and Webster (2). Heaton scored for Preston. Everton; - Sagar goal; Cook and Parker, backs; Britton Gee (captain) and McClure, half-backs; Wilkinson, Martin, White, Webster and Leyfield, forwards.

Orrell 3 Everton “A” 1

Liverpool Challenge Cup

Orrell-Lane. Good shooting and smart goalkeeping by Foster and Corry were features of the game, Fryer gave Everton the lead, and Bottonley equalised. The visitors defence weakened after the interval, and Parson scored for Orrell, while Bottomley again netted.



December 15 th 1930. Evening Express

What Actually Happened at Turf Moor

Everton's Shock

And Burnley Surprise.

By the Pilot.

Widespread controversy has been caused by Everton's disallowed goal at Burnley. Was the decision a blunder, or was Dean really off-side? Let me state right away I am convinced the goal was absolutely legitimate. Here is what actually happened. Thomson drew the defence and sent Stein off. The winger, seeing Dean in position, cented to a point in front of the post and Dean headed into the net. As the ball passed into the net, Conway, the Burnley goalkeeper, was standing on his goal line with Storer, the Burnley captain beside him. This alone placed Dean on-side, but in addition, Dean, to reach the ball, had run past O'Dowd after Stein had centred. Clearly therefore the goal was a good one. Conway though it was a goal Storer thought it was a goal –everyone in fact except the referee Mr. A.H.Kingscott thought it was a goal. Everton players surrounded Dean and gave him the usual handshakes, and Storer took the ball from the net and kicked it up the centre for a restart. Imagine the effect on Everton when Mr. Kingscott gave offside. It was the turning point of the game.

Burnley Lead.

Burnley took the lead immediately after though Priest. Prior to this Dean and Stein had scored for Everton and Beel twice for Burnley. The disallowed goal was not the sole reason for Everton's defeat. Everton are suffering from defensive weakness. Since Ben Williams, the captain, went off midway though the match at Bradford, they have conceded no fewer than 13 goals. Never has Williams been so missed as at turf Moor. I do not mean to suggest that young Lowe has let the Blues down, but the presence of Williams would have such all the difference. Cresswell misses him more than anyone. He cannot get a working understanding with Lowe, and this affects his other play seriously. Lowe is lacking experience. He was willing enough and brought off many a fine tackle, but was totally incapable of holding up Louis Page, and failed to enter into the scheme of things. It was not his fault, but his misfortune. Everton had two units at full-back instead of a sympathetic pair. The backs were not entirely to blame. The who defence, with the exception of Coggin and Thomson, was at fault. The vital weakness was Griffiths at centre-half. Of the forwards Dean played finely in the first half, but missed two good chances in the second. Dunn and Johnson were up to standard. The wingers Critchley and Stein, were not exploited sufficiently, but neither played to form. Burnley were worthy winners –but what a difference that disallowed goal might have made!



December 16 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury.

By john Peel

I trust Everton's visit to Plymouth will meet with success. Their visits to be South in cup-ties have not as a rule been attended with happy results, for I can recall defeats at Brighton and Southampton, not to mention Fulham and Highbury. But I think Everton will be capable of overcoming the first hurdle of this season's tie.

Everton are due to travel to Plymouth, In the opening match of the season Plymouth gave Everton a hard game and were beaten only 3-2. This tie will certainly prove a rousing one. The teams meet in a League match on Saturday week at Goodison park, so that there will be an opportunity to compare notices. The Plymouth Argyle club and their followers express the utmost delight. Mr. Robert Jack predicts a record attendance. “We could not have wished for anything better,” he said in an interview. “Everton will find us a different proposition on present form. When they were here at the start of the season our players short of ball practices. We recognizes we are meeting the cleverest side in the Second Division, but I think our luck has turned.” The previous visit of Everton, attracted 34,916 people, a record for Plymouth.



December 17 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel

The visit of Southampton to Goodison Park on Saturday will revive memories of Cup-ties in which the team from the Dell opposed Everton and Liverpool in several stern battles. It is something new for Southampton to visit Merseyside in League warfare, and Everrton's clash with the Southern side on Saturday is likely to be one of outstanding interest. A critical period of the campaign has been reached, and it is essential that Everton should consolidate their position. The defeat at Burnley reduced their lead to three points, and the team must take a big effort to gain full points this time.

Important alterations have been made, for Saturday match against Southampton at Goodison Park. And it is good to know that Williams is fit to return in place of Lowe. The captain was undoubtedly strengthen the defence, while I note too, that Britton returns to the half-back line in place of McPherson. To following strong side, will oppose Southampton who have won eight and drawn five of their nineteen matches.; - Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; Britton Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.

Everton's Central League side to meet Burnley at Turf Moor is; - Sagar; Cook, Parker; Chedgzoy, Gee, McClure; Wilkinson, Martin White, Webster, and Leyfield.

The Cuefellows.

The cuefollows have now topped their first £100 contribution to the Goodfellow Fund. Tonight they have the pleasure of playing the Everton F.C. players and staff at the Stork Hotel, Queen's square, by kind permission of Mr. Harry Mestre. The match will start about 7.30. Tomorrow the cuefellows will play the Liverpool F.C players and staff at the Sandon Hotel Oakfield-road, where a concert has also been arranged. The Cuefollows conclude their tour at the Sefton Park Conservative Club on Friday evening.



December 17 th 1930. Evening Express.

Britton Will Also Play.

After a fortnight's absence, Ben Williams, the Everton captain and right back, returns to the team on Saturday. During his absence nine goals have been scored against Everton in the last two matches. As a matter of fact, the position up to the date of his having to leave the field injured in the match against Bradford, was that Everton had only 17 goals scored against them in the previous 16 games. Bradford against the ten Everton men managed to score four times in that match which means that actually 13 goals have been notched against Everton while Williams was not playing. While be himself –it would be the first to disclaim that his absence makes all the difference, there can be no doubt that his inclusion will strengthened the side in the match against Southampton at Goodison park on Saturday. Britton also returns to the first team, displacing McPherson at right half. Team; - Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson Stein.

The Reserves travel to Burnley in a Central League match, and a further trial is given to Layfield the Brickfield Athletic outside left. Team;' Sagar; Cook, Parker; Chedgzoy, Gee, McClure; Wilkinson, Martin, White, Webster, Layfield.



December 18 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Blackpool have not found the first division to comfortable and the directors are taking steps to strengthen the team, in securing J'O'Donnell the Everton full back. The seaside club would appear to have made a good move, for O'Donnell ought to be, capable of added strength to the defence. At his best he was a dashing back, and can reproduce the form which he display as partner to Cresswell. O'Donnell has not played in Everton's first team this season, but previously, since joining the club in 1925, he rendered valuable assistance, and he was one of the team that won the league championship three season ago. Everton were attracted to O'Donnell following a fine display on his part for Darlington against Cardiff City in a cup-tie at Anfield and later he joined the Goodison club.



December 18 th 1930. Evening Express.

Everton Must “Tread on the Tails.”

Big and brainy.

Team That Cares For Goals, Not Style.

Southampton Today. Everton must watch H. L. Coates on Saturday. He is the big brain of the Southampton attack, and if he is able to make the journey to Goodison Park for Saturday's match the Blues' defence is likely to have a worrying afternoon. Coates is the Royal Navy player, possessing highly-developed football sense and skill. Tall and fast, it does not matter whether he is playing on the wing or inside. Coates is a danger to any opposition. He is a great dribbler –a real disciple of the old school –and he can shoot with either foot with power and precision. His greatest ally in the Southampton attack is McIlwaine, the comparatively new centre forward. Not a first flighter by any means, but a player who knows the shortest way to the goal and never misses a shooting chance. And he can shoot; Everton may play prettier football than the Saints, but the Southampton method is direct and determined, without frills, and after all goals, and goals only count. What is more; they seem to play better when the odds are against them.

Remember Bury.

This will be Southampton's first visit to Liverpool in a League fixture. They are one of the oldest clubs in the South. They have done better than they are doing this season, but still they hold a comfortable position in the League, and although the odds must be on Everton the Reds and Whites have a habit of bringing off a surprise. Witness the five goals victory over Bury a week ago. The team contains several players who have been on the club's books for many seasons now –Keeping the left back, who is always in the right position's a sound tackler and a footballer who kicks with judgement. Adams the right half, and Shelley the centre half equally as good in defence as in attack.

Everton sign C. Leyfield.

Everton F.C. have signed C. Leyfield, the Chester forward, on professional forms, following a trial in the Central League side. Leyfield, who is 19, and stands 5 feet 10 inches played regularly when a boy for Chester Schoolboys X1, and also represented Cheshire County School boys. For Four seasons Leyfield has been a member of the Brickfield Athletic Club in the Chester League and three weeks ago played for Cheshire in the Amateur County Championship against Lancashire.



December 19 TH 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel

Tomorrow Southampton visit Goodison Park to engage Everton in a second Division encounter, and although the sides have met in Cup warfare this will be the first meeting under League auspices. Formed in 1885 the Southampton club have been a power in the Southern League, and during their connection with the combination they won the championship on six occasions. It was during these days they met Everton in the Cup, the first occasion being in 1899-00, when they defeated the Goodison Park side 3-0, while the following season they met again in the first round, and this time Everton won by 3-1. Entering the Third Division (South) with its formation the “Saints,” as they are called, finished runners up the first season worth 54 points, while the following season they won the championship on goal average from Plymouth Argyle and gained promotion. During their career with the second Division they have not met with great success, last season, when they finished seventh being one of their best. So far this campaign they have obtained 21 points from nineteen games, and occupy the tenth position in the chart. The Southampton team will be; - Scriven; Bradford, Keeping; Adams, Shelley, Lockett; Jepson, Fraser, McIllwaine, Wilson, Arnold.



December 20 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel.

Everton have most attractive visitors in Southampton at Goodison Park. The Southern side play bright football, but they have not been blessed with the best of luck. They will give Everton a good run today, but I expect the home side to strengthen their position at the head of the table. It is essential that Everton should make the most of their opportunities over the holidays I understand that Williams, the captain, is unable to turn out as arranged, and the selection made on Tuesday night, therefore, becomes disturbed. This is a great pity, because the services of Williams are greatly needed. Lowe will probably take his place. Southampton are sending a strong side, and at 2.15 the teams will line out as follows; - Everton; - Coggins; Lowe, Cresswell; Britton, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Southampton; - Scriven; Hough, Keeping; Adams, Shelley, Lockett; Jepson. Fraser, McIllwaine, Wilson, Arnold.


EVERTON 2 SOUTHAMPTON 1 (Game 20)-(Lge Game 3072 over-all)-(Div 1 3052)

December 22 nd 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton Leave it Late.

Southampton Beaten after Hard Fight

Dean scored two headers, assist by Stein and Griffiths.

Everton found Southampton a difficult side to beat, and won only by the odd goal in three in the last five minutes of the game at Goodison Park. Everton's task was made harder by their own fondness for keeping the ball close on a surface that was gluey and treacherous, especially down the middle. A more open policy would no doubt have given the forwards better score against a defence that was easily the best part of the Southampton side. While the game was not exactly disappointing it did not grip with the intensity of many earlier contests.

Southampton's defence.

Speedy movements were almost impossible except on the extreme wings, and any attempt to work the ball was almost certainly nullified by reason of its own slowness in execution. Still, Everton were the aggressors for the major portion of the game, and the Southampton defence stood up well to the intensive and prolonged battering of the Everton attack. Indeed, it was mainly Scriven's good work in the Southampton goal that kept Everton out till near the end. Dean scored after 6 minutes when he met a centre by Stein and with a skilful touch headed into the net. At 31 minutes Wilson equalised through a corner well placed by Jepson and the over worked Southampton defence yielded a second goal at 85 minutes, when Dean again headed through following good work by Griffiths. Before Dean scored, the Southampton goal had some narrow escapes. Twice Scriven fell full length to turn the ball past the uprights. Johnson being the shooter, Everton ought to have won by a bigger margin considering the chances they had, but Dean, although he did well up to a point, was often crowded out and always closely watched. Shelley, the Southampton pivot was not clever enough to check dean and when he failed his methods of recovery were not always sporting.

Dunn's Work.

Dunn did a lot of good work and was responsible for many of the openings created by the Everton attack, while Johnson was well in the shooting line. Both Critchley and Stein wasted too many centres. Of the half-backs, Thomson and Griffiths did moderately well, but Britton was not as good as he can be. Williams was not able to resume, and Lowe again partnered Cresswell with a fair measure of success, while Cresswell was sound and effective, as also was Coggins. The best of Southampton side were Scriven, Keeping and Arnold. Teams; - Everton; - Coggins, goal; Lowe and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Griffiths, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Southampton; - Scriven goal; Hough and Keeping, backs; Adams, Shelley and Luckett half-backs; Jepson, Fraser, McIllwaine, Wilson, and Arnold, forwards.



December 22 nd 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Central League (Game 18)

At Burnley. But for Sagar's brilliance in goal Burnley might have won by twice that margin. Sagar's judgement was a feature of the game, which was largely controlled by Burnley, whose centre (Drinnan) registered a hat-trick. Henderson and Hall scoring the others. Burnley were sound as a team, and gave one of their best displays of the season . Everton; - Sagar, goal; Cook and Parker backs; Chedgzoy, Gee (captain) and McClure, half-backs; Wilkinson, Martin, White, Webster, and Leyfield, forwards.

Liverpool “A” 1 Everton “A” 0

Liverpool County Combination

At Walton Hall-Avenue. Scott scored ten minutes from the start. Both sides played good football. Everton being unlucky in not sharing the points. Roper and Corry gave a good display in goal, and Corhill and Jackson played well in defensive. Gardiner, Roe, and Towers were good half-backs, with Burke, Scott Milward, and Liggins were clever forwards.



December 22 nd 1930. Evening Express

Dixie Dean's Revised Version of Old Proverb

By the Pilot.

One understands clearly, after watching Everton's game with Southampton at Goodison Park, why the south-coast side had conceded fewer goals than any other team in the Second Division. Southampton have a first class goalkeeper in Scriven, two Corinthian-like backs in Keeping and Hough, and half-backs who concentrate on defence. There was only one man in the country who could have scored the two goals that Dean got against them on Saturday. What a head! What an opportunist!

After six minutes he lept inches higher than Scriven the Saints' goalkeeper, could reach with his arm and headed through Stein's centre. It was an astounding effort nearly as amazing as his second success. Griffiths punted right to the goalmouth where Dean was standing with his back to Scriven. Dean did not trouble to gather the ball and turn around like the majority would have attempted, and as the Saints anticipated he would do. No, he headed the ball back over and into the roof of the net with a dexterity and judgement almost uncanny. This match was a triumph for Dean.

Strong Half-Backs.

Everton's other main source of strength was the half-backs. They distributed their favours evenly, were always in position and they tackled accurately. Griffiths showed welcome improvement, and Britton and Thomson combined thoughtfulness and precision. A gratifying feature was the better understanding and more certain methods of Lowe and Cresswell. They harmonised on this occasion with the natural result that there were few gaps for the Saints to slip through. This was Lowe's best game so far, though he hardly reached Cresswell's standard. Dean worked harder than anyone, though getting few chances owing to Shelley's persistent shadowing and Stein was a quick raider. Critchley was hardly so happy because he delayed his centres too long, but Johnson and Dunn were brilliant at times. This was Johnson's best game of the season.

Southampton's Error.

The Saints made the mistake of concentrating on stopping Everton rather than on endeavouring to win in spite of Everton. They used the shoulder charge more than any other team I have seen for seasons. They did not finesse. First time tackling and kicking was their process, and they covered up faultlessly. Arnold and McIywaine were the best of the forwards, who relied more on individual advances rather than cohesive effort.



December 23 rd 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton, are engaged at Bury on Thursday, and I am glad to note that Williams is again chosen to appear. I expect he will have thoroughly recovered from his injury in time for the test at Gigg lane McPherson to resumes in place of Britton, and the team will be; - Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; McPherson, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn Dean Johnson, Stein.

Central League “Derby.”

Everton and Liverpool meet in a Central League match at Goodison Park, and as the seniors are out of town this is likely to prove a highly attractive match. The Everton team is; Sagar, Lowe, Cook; Breitton, Gee, McClure; Wilkinson, Martin, White, Webster, Layfield.

Everton and Bristol Rovers in Dispute

The Everton and Bristol Rovers clubs evidently do not see eye to eye with regard to the Bristol club's inside-left Renald Dix, for whom many offers have been received from First Division clubs, and the matter is to be taken to the Football league Management Committee for settlement.

At the start of the season the Rovers had Attwood, a centre forward, transferred to them by Everton on the understanding, it is stated, that Dix and Britton were transferred to Everton. Britton was duly transferred to the Goodison park club, but Dix, who is still a minor, and his father acting for him, declined to go to Everton. Bristol Rovers plead, if for no other reason, that the arrangement is not stamped. Mr. George Dix, father of the player describes these many transfers fee rumours as strant nosense, and adds. “Ronald will not leave Bristol in any circumstances whatever. For one thing, he does not desire to leave the Rovers, and it does not matter how big a sum is mentioned he will not go. It is not at all certain that he will go next season either.”

Everton Chairman Explains.

Mr. W. C. Cuff, the Everton chairman, in an interview said; -

“Bristol Rovers first approached us for the transfer of our player Attwood. They wanted him urgently. We agreed to this transfer, and suggested we should sign Britton and Dix. The price of £1,600 was agreed upon, and we received £650 for Attwood. We have got an agreement in writing to the effect that Britton and Dix should be transferred to us. Dix was working at the time, and the illness of his mother also delayed the deal, but the suggestion that Dix knew nothing of the affair is nosense; he knew and his father knew, and the player himself agreed in August last to sign for us.”

We are prepared continued Mr. Cuff, to pay him the amount for which he is eligible, but not necessary entitled, and we are not going to accept the position as it is today. We are concerned with the sanctity of the contract in out possession. We have done our part; Bristol have not. The authorities will be called upon to decide whether an agreement is binding.

Bristol Rovers' View.

Captain A.J. Prince-Cox, the new manager of Bristol Rovers, declares that Dix is worth at least £3,000 or £5,000 to Bristol Rovers in the matter of a transfer fee, and he does not intend to conclude a deal with Everton for about £800 under an old contract. “There is no agreement between this club and Everton,"he added, "because Dix has not been consulted. We have been inundated with football officials who want to sign him. Everton have made a mistake. He has not been promised to them.”



December 24 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton are called on to play two matches in three days. The Second Division leaders go to Bury on Christmas Day, and as the Gigg lane side is in the front fight, Everton will have to play at the top of their form if they are to prevail. The team will be at full strength upon to do their utmost to gain the points which would enhance the clubs prospects of eventual success in the promotion race.

West Bromwich Albion, second to Everton at the moment have a stiff hurdle to negotiate at Barnsley, while there will be a real Lancashire duel at Turf Moor when Burnley and Preston north End meet. Tottenham, who are well placed, are at home top Southampton. Everton are not engaged on Friday, but on Saturday, Plymouth Argyle, the local sides cup opponents, visit Goodison Park. The Everton team to meet Bury tomorrow is Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; McPherson, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein.

The central League game between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison park tomorrow (2.15) will provide a lively due, as both clubs will be strongly represented. The Everton side has already been announced, and Liverpool will be represented by Scott; Done, Charlton; Ireland James, Bromilow; Burke, Clarke, Scott (A), Wright, Raine.


BURY 2 EVERTON 2 (Game 21)-(Lge Game 3073 over-all)-(Div 1 3052)

December 27 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Christmas Day Football.

Everton Gain a Point

Fast Football at Bury

Twenty thousand spectators witnessed the Bury v Everton match at Bury. The game was not marked, by any high class football. Both sides relied on straight forward tactics long passes to forwards followed by quick centres. Consequently the game was very fast, and neither side tired until near the end. Dean was a much-shadowed man. Bullock stuck to him like a leech the whole 90 minutes. Dean was the only Everton forward, who was really satisfactory. Once he headed against the crossbar and twice Hardy had to save at full length. Robbie put Bury ahead, and Amos added a second when Lowe miskicked. Dean and Dunn scored for Everton. A draw of 2-2 was an equable result of a splendid fought game. Bury; - Hardy, goal; Chester and Bradshaw, backs; Porter, Bullock, and Robinson, half-backs; Robbie, Hope, Smith, Grast, and Amos, forwards. Everton; - Coggins, goal; Lowe, and Cresswell, backs; McPherson, Griffiths, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards.



December 27 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Central League (Game 19)

Everton were full value for their Christmas Day victory in the local “Derby” for although Liverpool opened well, and took the lead through am adroitly headed goal by Scott after fifteen minutes, the Everton halves gradually asserted command, and Liverpool to the end were fighting a hard battle. Still, Sagar, late on made two great clearances from Done and Raine, and Clarke's leaving the field injured after twenty minutes of the second half further handicapped the Anfielders. Everton at all times were playing convincing, intricate footwork, allied with short sharp and snappy ball distribution making plenty of work for Done, Charlton, Jones, and Thompson. Everton's equaliser came from White at the twenty-fifth minute, and a minute from the interval Webster gave Everton the lead. The winners were the more dangerous in the second half, and Wilkinson and White added further goals. Leyfield on the home left, played another good game, and Scott saved smartly from Martin and Webster, while White hit the upright. There was a large crowd, but the game did not evoke much enthusiasm . Everton; - Sagar goal; Cook and Parker, backs; Britton, Gee (captain), and McClure, half-backs; Wilkinson, Martin, White, Webster, and Leyfield, forwards. Liverpool; - Scott, goal; Done and Charlton, backs; Ireland, James, and Bromilow, half-backs; Burke, Clarke, A. Scott, Wright, and Raine, forwards.



December 27 th 1930. Evening Express

Everton Recovery When Two Goals Down.

Everton hit Bar three Times in Second Half.

By the Pilot.

A magnificent second half rally when defeat appeared to be inevitable, enabled Everton to draw at Bury on Christmas Day. Sixteen minutes from time the Blues were two goals down, but they piled on such pressure after the interval that the Bury half-backs so strong before fell right away, and in two minutes Everton were on terms. Robbie gave them the lead in six minutes when Lowe in endeavouring to clear, sliced the ball to his feet to give him a clear opening. Bury continued to dominate the game up to half-time, the Blues never getting down to clever combination. Six minutes after the resumption Porter punted down the field, and through Lowe had the ball covered he allowed it to pass between his legs and the enterprising Amos crated out to score the second goal. Then the Blues gave further proof that they are in truth a second half team. They completely command. Dean and Stein hit the bar, and Hardy turned another centre on to the bar. Bury only managed isolated attacks by Robbie, and Cresswell mastered those in brilliant fashion. Sixteen minutes from the end Dunn slipped the ball through the middle for Dean to score and two minutes later Dean ran to the far post to turn a Cresswell free kick with his head and Dunn shot low into the net. Coggins and Cresswell were brilliant defenders and Lowe had quite a good first half despite his lapse. Griffiths played by far the best game of the season –he did more work than anyone –and Thomson and McPherson made up a strong line. The forward weakness was on the extreme wings. Critchley was never happy, and Stein did not always use discretion in centring. Dean was always closely watched, but played hard all through, and drew attention from the clever Johnson and Dunn, who displayed keen initiative powers.

Sports Pie

•  Everton continue to prove the biggest attraction in the Second Division. On Christmas Day Bury had their best gate since last New Years Day with 21,000 spectators. The receipts were £1,102

•  There was a big exchange of seasonable greetings at Manchester on Christmas morning when Everton, Derby County and Wolvehampton Wanderers took lunch together at a Manchester hotel.


EVERTON 9 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 1 (Game 22)-(Lge Game 3074 over-all)-(Div 1 3052)

December 29 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton score nine Goals.

Cup Opponents Trounced

Plymouth Argyle will remember for a long time their first visit to Goodison Park, where Everton won by the remarkable score of 9 goals to 1. Although not a record, it equallied Everton's previous best in the League when they beat Manchester City in 1906 by the same score. Saturday's contest was as the score indicates, too one-sided to be regarded as a true test of Plymouth's ability. They were train tired after their all-night journey from Plymouth, following upon their home game with Cardiff City the previous day, whereas Everton had rested since Thursday. In addition, the ground was in a terrible state and only the extreme wing were free of mud and water. Beyond doubt Everton were in far better state physically to operate on the heavy ground.

Test of Stamine.

The conditions were such that only the fittest could expect to do themselves justice. Victory went to the stronger and more resorting side, and, all things considered Plymouth did well to play as they did. They fought gallantly to the end of a contest that gave them little to hope for them the start. True, there were times when they threatened to become dangerous, but for the best part of the game they were forced to play the part of defenders, and Cann, the goalkeeper, was easily the most outstanding figure on the Plymouth side. He made some wonderful saves, and although beaten nine times. He gave a very creditable display.

Mistaken Tactics.

The whole side made the mistake of keeping the play too close. It was almost impossible to force the ball through the mud in the centre, and more frequent use of the wings would have served better. Still was at a discount, and Everton, being the fresher and stronger, held a big advantage in what was really a test of stamia. It was hoped the meeting would provide an indication of how the cup-tie a fortnight hence would develop, but any opinion based on Saturday's contest might be very wide of the result. Everton, however, should derive confidence and encouragement from their big win, but it was clear the Plymouth side, fit and fresh, could be a vastly different proposition, especially on a dry ground. For Everton Dean (4), Stein (4), and Johnson were the scores, while Black scored for Plymouth. Coggins had a very easy day. The backs, Williams and Cresswell, stood up well, although their task was never very difficult chiefly because the half-backs were well able to counter the attacks of Plymouth forwards. Of the forwards, Dean did splendid work, his heading being a feature, while Dunn worked hard and well under conditions that seemed to suit him. Plymouth were best served by Cann, Titmus, Mackay, and Black. The goals were scored in the following order; - Dean (1 minute), Dean (5 minutes), Johnson 15 minutes), Stein (32 minutes), Black (55 minutes), Stein (63 minutes), Stein (68 minutes), Dean (69 minutes), Dean (71 minutes), Stein (87 minutes). Teams; - Everton; - Coggins, goal; Williams (captain) and Cresswell, backs; McPherson, Griffiths and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson and Stein, forwards. Plymouth Argyle; - Cann, goal; Roberts and Titmus, backs; Mackay, Pullen, and Hardle, half-backs; Grozier, Bowden, Birt, Leslie, and Black, forwards.



December 29 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Central League (Game 20)

Leeds United and Everton played a draw of 1 goal each at Leeds. Play was scrappy on the waterlogged ground, but the forwards on both sides got through a lot of hard work. United being more effective near goal. Green headed a goal for Leeds after ten minutes, and Martin equalised in the second half. Both sets of halves did well in attack and defence.



December 29 th 1930.Evening Express

Dean and Stein score Four Each

By the Pilot

Never before has an Everton team scored a bigger and more convincing game than that against Plymouth Argyle. It was their greatest triumph in a triumphant season. In scoring none goals to one, they accomplished their record score made against Manchester City at Goodison Park on September 3, 1906. It was a triumph for accurate combination a triumph in the use of correct skill on a ground, which was all against skilful football owing to its fineness and a triumph for brilliant combination.

Pilgrim's Error.

The argyle were obviously affected by the long night journey from Plymouth but even then they made an error of trying to dribble the ball through ankle-deep mud instead of swinging it about in the same manner as the Blues. The wonder is Argyle scored at all, but Black did get a consolation goal early in the second half. Had it not been for the fine judgement and agility of Cann the Argyle goalkeeper, Everton would have reached double figures. He was the only player who could compare with the winners. One of his saves from Stein was the best I have seen for years. Dean and Stein were the marksmen –in-each half, each claiming four goals. Stein scored his hat-trick for the first time and his feat was the more remarkable because it was achieved from the outside left position. Johnson scored the remaining goal.

Faultless Everton.

There was not a weakness in the Everton side. Coggins did what little he had to do with great skill; the backs promised better than in the last few games the return of Williams bringing a great improvement. The half-backs held the Argyle forwards as in a vice even after Griffiths sustained a thigh injury and swooped places with Thomson, who, confidently, was the best intermediate on view.

Stein and Critchley have never played better. Critchley hardly wasted a centre and it was generally from one of his centres that goals came. Stein had to thank him a great deal for providing excellent openings. Dean was the perfect leader. Dunn and Johnson played the role of initiators selfishly. Argyle were a disjoined eleven with Cann as their hero. He deserved his ovation at the close. Black and Grozier did well with the few chances they had and Hardie was the best man from a defensive point of view. After this Everton triumph, what of the cup-tie at Home-Park on January 10, on paper it looks odds on the Blues and I cannot see them losing.

Sports Pie.

•  The English Scottish, Irish and Welsh Football Association, together with the Football League, will meet in Liverpool on January 7, to discuss the international championship. The English F.A. will be represented by Sir Charles Clegg, and Messrs. W. Pickford and J. McKenna and the Football League by Messrs C.E. Sutcliffe, F. W. Rinder and W.C. Cuff (Chairman of the Everton F.C.).

•  Everton have scored more goals than any other club in the Football and Scottish Leagues; - 70. Manchester United, with 79 have conceded more goals than any other club.



December 31 st 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

By John Peel

Tomorrow Bury are the visitors to Goodison Park to engage Everton, and the game should be a good one, though the ground conditions are likely to be heavy. Bury first appeared on tomorrow's enclosure under League auspices in the season 1895-96, after winning the championship of the second Division the previous season. Since than they have made twenty-six visits to Goodison park. First Division auspices with the result that they have gained eleven points from three victories and five drawn games, their last victory dating as far back as 1906, when they prevailed by a odd goal in three. On the occasion of their last visit in 1927-28 they lost by a goal to nothing, and at the close of the campaign were relegated to their present sphere, for they finished second from bottom with 31 points. So far this season Bury side has served 25 points from 22 games and occupy ninth position in the chart, but their away performances do not stemma them as likely to prove a barrier to Everton's advance.

Everton have chosen the team, which overwhelmed Plymouth Argyle, and the men will therefore have another chance of distinguishing themselves. The Evertonians is; Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; McPherson, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn Dean, Johnson, Stein.

The Everton Reserves team to meet Bury at Gigg lane tomorrow will be; Sagar; Lowe, Cook; Britton, Gee, McClure; Wilkinson, Martin, White, Webster and Leyfield.

December 1930