EVERTON TEAM CHANGES.
February 3, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Everton directors last night selected the team to do duty at Sheffield Wednesday and made three changes from the side that drew with the Wednesday at Goodison Park. Brewster and Weller return to the half-back line in place of Peacock, and Grenyer, while at centre-forward Parker gives way to J. E. Blair, the Liverpool University player who recently got his place in the English amateur team against Wales. The side will be: - Fern, Downs, McDonald, Fleetwood, Brewster, Weller, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, J.E. Blair, Crossley, and Harrison. Thompson, Parker Brown, and Reid are travelling to Sheffield with the other players.
EVERTON RESERVES 6 MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 2
FEBRUARY 3 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 24)
At Goodison Park. It was remoured that several teams had scouts watching the play of certain members of the home side, and therefore more than ordinary interest was centring on the Central League fixture. Although Wall scored in the first few minutes the visitors soon found a weak spot in the Everton defence, and made some effective raids. Johnson the Manchester centre slipping the ball past Mitchell on two occasions from close range. The top turf was treacherous, and it took the home side longer to find their feet than the visitors, but when they did there was no mistaking their superiority. Kirsopp equalised just before the interval, and when the second half started some 5,000 spectators witnessed some of the best forward work that any Everton team has yet shown on this ground. The whole blended together wonderfully, and goals came in rapid succession, Moffatt scored the third for Everton, and Jones, Wall, and Moffatt also took toll from the visitors. The scorer suggests that the game was one-sided but that was not the case, as the Manchesterians played a good game, but found the young Everton forwards too good.
CAN WEDNESDAY QUALIFY TO MEET NEWCASTLE ?
Sheffield Independent - Thursday 03 February 1921
By The Scout.
The replayed Cup-tie between Everton and Wednesday will be the big event in Sheffield today. All roads will lead to Hillsbrough and there are hopes of a record crowd. There has been some misapprehension over the stand accommodation. The centre portion of the new stands has been reserved at 5s. All these reserve seats were booked up by Tuesday but there are several thousand unreeserved seats available on the new stand at 3s6d, and the old stand at 2s 4d. The new stand seats 6,000 and the old stand 2,000 and only 1,000 nseats had been speciality reserved. With the exception of O'Neill, all the Wednesday players are fit. The full-back has not recovered from his ankle injury and his place will be taken by Kell. The teams will; be;- Wednesday; Davison; Bellas, Kell; Brelsford, Wilson, Price; Reed, Kean, Taylor, McIntyre, Lofthouse. Everton; Fern; Down, McDonald; Fleetwood, Brewster, Weller; Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Blair, Crossley, Harrison.
Can Wednesday Win
Compared with Saturday, Everton have dropped Parker at centre-forward for Blair, and Grenyer and Peacock are out of the middle line. Fleetwood moves to the right, and lets in Brewster at centre-half and Weller takes the place of Peacock. Blair is the centre secured from the Northern Nomads. Last Saturday he played for Liverpool University against Sheffield University at Norton and scored one of the two goals by which Liverpool won. He was recently capped in the Amateur International against wales, at Wolverhampton. Thompson, Brown, Parker, and Reid travel with the team as reserves. Wednesday were the better side at Goodison Park last Saturday, and thoroughly deserved toi win. If they can repeat that form they should pass into the next round and meet Newcastle at Hillsbro. Everton are confident. They have given better displays away than at home, and are expecting much improvement in the side today. They may come about but it will have to be a big improvement for they are not likely to have such good luck as they did in the last meeting. Wednesday plan is to never allow Everton to settle down. To hustle right in from the start and play keen Cu-tie football. Everton do not like teams that upset their scientific movements. Wednesday were successful in their methods on Saturday and the same tactics today should earn than victory. The talk about Everton being better away than at home may be true, but then Wednesday on the other hand, are much better at home than away. Indeed they have got only three points away in League while they have a dozen at home. This is a far more marked difference than the home and away comparison of Everton. If Wednesday could draw at Goodison Park they should win at home, but of course, everything depends on whether the Wednesday players can rise in the occasion as they did last week; and whether the absence of O'Neill will makea marked difference to the defence.
Our Liverpool correspondent writes: I referred in last Thursday's Sheffield Independent" to the feeling in Liverpool that Everton had by no means an easy task in having to meet The Wednesday at Goodison, and the result of the tie created no surprise so poorly have Everton been playing at home this season. Still there were some optimists connected with the Goodison Park Club, for the official programme on Saturday, in dealing with the game said "Everton should qualify for the third round by two goals to nil." By the way, the last time the local official programme tipped a reesult it gave Bradford to be beaten at Anfield also 2-0, yet Bradford won by a goal to nil! Last Thursday I indicated Everton's weakness and showed that the game was by no means a "rosy thing" for the First League club. Events fully justifed what I wrote. The Wednesday certainly surprised everyone by their fine display. They may have played above their form, but their exhibition was an eye-opener for those who judged them merely by their position in the Second Division. The League positions of the clubs might really have been received so marked was the difference in the play of the sides. But The Wednesday will probably find Everton a different proposition at Hillsbro.
What Everton Expect
As I pointed out last week, Everton show much better football away than at home, and granted that they will play as well as The Wednesday will permit them, they cannot very well shape worse than they did on Saturday. because The Wednesday drew at Goodison Park, it by no means follows that they will do better at Hillsbrough. Everton have played splendid football in many of their away games, and I think The Wednesday's task will be a harder one than it was on Saturday. Liverpool people who know Everton's home weakness, and were none too keen on the team's chances on Saturday, now think the Goodison Park playersd will have a better chance than they did on the first meeting. Personally, I think Everton will preform much better than on Saturday, but if The Wednesday play as well as they did at Goodison -keep the ball on the move and never let the visitors settle down -they will just about pull through if the luck is evcenly balanced. Everton cannot always have good fortune on their sides, as they did on Saturday. Wednesday want to make the pace and keep it up; Some of the Everton players are by no means youngsters -and youth will be served.
RECORD GATE AT HILLSBRO
Sheffield Independent - Friday 04 February 1921
Wednesday Unlucky to be Beaten by Everton
GREAT SECOND HALF RALLY FAILS.
The crowd of 64,000, and receipts amounting to £4,405, at Hlllsbro' yesterday was a record for Sheffield. Everton were lucky to win. They deserved the elad at the interval, but Wednesday so persistently attacked in the second half that they thoroughly deserved to win.
Wednesday 0, Everton 1
The Wednesday team failed to gratifty the desires of their enthusiastic followers and win the replayed English Cup-tie with Everton. As at Goodison Park last Saturday so at Hillsbro' yesterday Dame Fortune refused to smile up on them and they died fighting hard in a game which they scarcely deserved to lose. A rather fluky goal five minutes before the interval gave the Evertonians the victory and twice in the second half, when the Blades were striving desperately to equalise, they had the bad luck to see two superb shots by McIntyre at which the visitors goal-keeper would have been helpless, miss by the narrowest margin imaginable. Yet it must be admitted that so far as efficient combination and cleverness on the ball were concerned the Everton forwards were superior to the Wednesday, that superiority being chiefly apparent in the play of the two extreme wing men. The game a typical Cup-tie, played under perfect conditions of weather and ground and full of life, and vigour from the first moment top the last, attracted the biggest crowd ever seen at a football match in Sheffield, breaking the record of 58,175 at the Cup-tie with Aston Villa on the same ground in 1914. The number of people who paid at the gates yeswterday was 62,407, and with tickets sold beforehand, complimentary tickets, etc., it is estimated that the full attendance was 64,000. The receipts amounted to $4,495 19s 5d.
Wednesday had to make one change from the team who were so unfortunate not to win at Goodison Park in the first match. O'Neill who was injured on Saturday not being fit to turn out, so that Kell of the reserves played left back, there making a creditable first apeparance in a big match. Everton were stronger at half-back than on Saturday by the re-appearance of Brewster and in the front line they had the services of J.E. Blair the Liverpool Universary and Northwern Nomads' amateur, who in his first game of great importance proved hiomself an enterprising centre-forward. The breeze which the Sheffielders had behind them by winning the toss was so slight as to be of scarcely any assitance and the game was contested under perfectly even conditions. Wednesday started in a style that promised great things and the crowd were delighted wgen following a centre by Lofthouse, Fean lobbed the ball into the goalmouth for Fern to clear. Soon, however, the clever Everton front line settled down to play good combination and Davison had to be on the alert to stop a furious low drive by Harrison on the extreme left. Speed and dash by the Sheffielders and methodical movements by the visitors with powerful defences at each end were the chief characteristic of the repaid and even exchanges which marked the game until Everton got the goal which five minutes before half time decided the issue.
Crossley Does The Trick
Blair was making one of those indivdual bursts which were the chief features of his play when he was challenged by Kell, but managed to swing the ball goalward where it struck Davison and went to Crossley for the skilful Everton inside-left promptly to put it into the net. The second half opened evenly but it had not been long in profress before the Wednesday set to work in desperate endeavour to draw level. After a good run Lofthouse swung the ball into the Everton goal mouth in a great style, but Fern coolly beat away over the heads of the eager onrushing inside forwards. Occasionally the Everton forwards came away in threatening fashion and the centres of Harrison and Chedgzoy always spelled danger to the home defence. But for the most part now the game consisted mainly of furious Wednesday attacks resolutely of furious Wednesday atatcks resoutely opposed by a powerful defence in which Downs played the part of a hero.
Admirable supportered were the dashing Wednesday forwards by a clever half-back line of whom Wilson was a conspicious figure. Very prominent in attack was McIntyre and twice he had wretched luck with superb shots. One of these was so near that it fetched the white paint off as it grazed the the upright. The other flashed the ball merely inches over the bar. Despite all their eager endeavours and the encouraging shouts of the crowd Wednesday could not penetrate the powerful defence of their foes, and in the last few minutes the Everton forwards woke to life again. Several times they came near increasing their lead with long shots. When Davison tipped one of these over the bar the referee gavce a goal kick when it should have been a corner not the only mistake he made in the game.
Until the last moment and the whistle finally sounded with Wednesday narrowly beaten in a rousing Cup-tie the vast crowd remained interested, even to the last kick. Sad were many faces and truely the luck of the game had been against the local team. In one respect only were the victorious Evertonians the superior side, namely, that they had two very smart extreme wing forwards in Chedgzoy and Harrison. The visitors half-backs played well, Fleetwood especially but as a division the Wednesday middle line were the better trio, and Wilson the best half back on the field. McIntyre and Taylor excelled in the Sheffield front line, but the clverest forward on the field was Crossley, the Everton inside left. Some splendid bac play was seen both from Ballas and Kell and Downs and McDonald, with Ballas perhaps the pick of the four. teams;- Wednesday; Davison; Bellas, kell; Brelsford, Wilson, Price; Reed, Kean, Taylor, McIntyre, and Lofhouse. Everton; Fern; Downs, McDonald; Fleetwood, Brewster, Weller; Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, J.E. Balir, Crossley, and Harrison.
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0 EVERTON 1 (Fac Game 104)
February 4, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON SUCCESS AT SHEFFIELD.
Everton went to Sheffield's big ground Hillsbrough, yesterday, and managed what was impossible at home on the previous Saturday, when the second round tie between the clubs was left drawn, and Everton were lucky to escape defeat. Yesterday's attendance, game and result were an improvement upon Saturday's. There was a record attendance for the ground, the type of football served up was of much higher quality, though there were bad cases of fouling that were not creditable, and the Everton men won cleverly after a very strenuous game by goal to nil. Everton's improvement was in part due to the improvement in the state of the turf. It was turf that one could play upon. Then the appearance of Weller at left half-back and Brewster in the middle made for strength. Weller had not dominated a wing to such an extent for a long time, and his heading and breaking-up were most exacting. Blair's pace at centre forward made for a fast moving forward line, while he did nothing starting for 20 minutes, always kept the defence at full stretch by his dash and the refusal to let the defenders have free kicks every time the ball went to them. Blair was always going ahead and forcing the home defence to work hard. Everton's goal came in the following manner. The ball bumped against one of the backs when Blair essayed to dribble, and when it came back to the centre forward he ran ahead, with Crossley keeping him company. Blair was about to shoot when a defender from behind kicked his heel, and Blair was momentarily put off his shot. However, the shot he tried to sent in caught Dawson, and rebounded to Crossley, who scored quite readily. This was not all Blair did. He gave and took pretty heavy charges, and just on the stroke of the interval he feinted beautifully and had made a goal a simple matter, only to find the whistle go. Everton had a dangerous moment early on when Wilson shot at an empty goal, the ball scaring over the bar by a narrow margin. In the second half, in which Wednesday had one long spell of attacking near the close, the great shock to most people was to find that McInytre had not scored. Ninety-nine out of 100 people though he had scored, but the ball hit the side of the upright, and only when it was returned to play could the spectators gather that Everton had escaped. Everton's defence all through was sound, and if there was a weakness it was probably where Fleetwood was concerned. Admittedly there was no scheming forward like McIntre, who in dribbling and shooting was just as much to the fore as at the previous meeting. Wednesday by their tactics did not command themselves. One player concentrated on Fazackerley and committed wretched fouls. Even for getting the free kicks, it must be concerned that Wednesday fell from their high estate. They were speedy and inexperienced, and their methods were crude, but they had a stout defence; hence Everton's failure to win by more than one goal. Wednesday's forwards, McIntyre excepted, could not take their chances, and their hesitancy and inability to make a combined force attack was obvious. Fern was safe in goal. He was not tried very often, and his biggest trial was to master three forwards when he had to jump and punch away. McDonald played great football, and if Downs let in the Wednesday through-slipping or dribbling he showed his power of recovery. The half-back line was a improvement on past experience, and if Brewster re-damaged his shoulder, and Fleetwood failed to live up to his best known form, the line as a whole did valiantly, with Weller the star. Forward, Fazackerley's dribbles and maneuvering were admirably done, and were full of danger. Chedgzoy responded with excellent length centres and some zig-zag runs that made progress, and Crossley was always on the alert, and possibly the most capable of the five. Harrison tried centres, runs, and shots, and fitted in with the working scheme, and Blair's debut in English Cup ties was one on which the amateur can be warmly congratulated. On the Wednesday side McIntyre was unlucky to find the post a third time in the two engagements. Wilson was strong and keen, and perhaps the best of a moderate lot of half-backs. Bellas as a back showed great promise, and Kell, a deputy for O'Neill (injured) stood up to his work with a will and kicked a good-length. Teams: - Sheffield Wednesday: - Davison, goal, Bellas, and Kell backs, Brelsford, Wilson, and Price, half-backs Reed, Kean, Taylor, McIntre, and Lofthouse, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Weller half-backs, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, J. E. Blair, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards. Referee Mr. Cable, Grangetown. The official figures for the attendance are 62,047; gate receipts £4,445 19s 5d. with ticket holders there were over 64,000 present. This constitutes a record for any match played at Sheffield.
MITCHELL TO LIVERPOOL
February 5 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Liverpool yesterday, signed on Frank Mitchell, the Everton goalkeeper, who was recently placed on the transfer list at his own request.
EVERTON 3 MANCHESTER CITY 0 (Game 959)
February 7, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON'S EXCELLENT WIN.
MANCHESTER CITY BEATEN POINTLESS.
Everton have given so many different displays at Goodison Park during the past few weeks that Saturday's game with Manchester City, which brought them their second home victory since October 9 th , proved a refreshing change. Everton were nearer their best form than for some time, and the margin of three clear goals in no sense exaggerated the difference between the sides. While the City were rarely clever, they were always businesslike and determined, but Everton held a distinct advantage in the greater deadliness of their forwards. The inclusion of Davies, the recently acquired centre from Preston North End, added strength and vigour to the attack. His first appearance was a district success, and he had the satisfaction of scoring Everton's second goal. Davies as a powerful shot, and shows a readiness and skill to develop possible scoring chances. If he has a fault it is a tendency to beat his opponents too often. Wall, a local youth, was given a trial in place of Fazackerley whose injuries kept him out of the side. Wall lacked nothing in determination, but he was hardly up to the League standard. Crossley was rare forager, and his persistency gained Everton's first goal, while Chedgzoy's splendid judgement brought a goal in the second half. The Everton halves were often more than a match for the City forwards, but the most finished artist so far as the half-backs were concerned was Woosnam, whose forward passes were models of accuracy. Downs and McDonald was very effective, and the latter in spite of a bad injury, held on pluckily to the end. Cookson and Fletcher were little inferior to the Everton backs, and the best of the City forwards were Barnes and Murphy.
INCIDENTS OF THE PLAY.
The game was just three minutes old when Crossley scored the first goal. It was a fine individual effort, although Fletcher and Fayers contributed to the downfall of the City goal through hesitating to clear. Crossley deserved high praise for his doggedness in following up when he looked like being crowded out. Goodchild was well beaten by Crossley's final shot, and he had no chance of saving Davies's low drive fourteen minutes later. In this case, however, Fletcher diverted the ball with his head, and Goodchild's anticipation was nullified. The Everton forwards monopolised the attack, and Goodchild was kept fully employed. A splendid centre by Chedgzoy was punched out by the City custodian and while on the ground Goodchild made a further save when Crossley returned the ball. McDonald was injured and was off for ten minutes. Murphy was prominent with several capital centres, and Barnes and Woodcock responded well, but Fern was very sound. Davies made the best shot of the first half when he fired in a tremendous volley, and Goodchild replied with an equally fine save by tipping the ball over the bar. The City forwards improved, and Barnes scored an offside goal.
For some time after the change of ends the City looked like making a flight of it, and the ball bobbed about the Everton goalmouth in dangerous fashion. A good goal by Crossley, however, at fifty-nine minutes settled the issue. Credit must be given to Chedgzoy for his charge in Everton's third goal, for by his capital run and nice judgement in placing the ball he made Crossley's task of converting very easy. Browell missed a glorious chance when after cleverly tricking Downs, he went through and with only Fern to beat he shot wretchedly wide. Weller returned after being injured, and with one of the best shots of the day caused Goodchild to make a brilliant save. Fern was a trifle lucky to keep out a close range shot by Browell. Teams : - Everton: - Fern, goal Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Brown, Fleetwood, and Weller, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Wall, Davies, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards. Manchester City: - Goodchild, goal, Cookson, and Fletcher, backs, Fayers, Woosnam, and Sharp, half-backs, Broad, Woodcock, Browell, Barnes, and Murphy, forwards.
MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 0
February 7, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post.
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 25)
No details, in local papers.
ENGLISH TRIAL MATCH.
February 8, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
At white Hart Lane, England played South, and it finished in a draw of one goal each. Sam Chedgzoy playing for England.
February 9 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Everton team against Manchester City at Hyde road to-day will include Howard Baker in goal, and Jones and Fazackerley on the right wing. These players taking the place of Fern, Chedgzoy, and Wall, who were in the side, that defeated the City at Goodison Park on Saturday. The team is Baker, Downs, McDonald, Brown, Fleetwood, Weller, Jones Fazackerley, Davies, Crossley, and Harrison.
THE EVERTON MATCH POSTPONED.
February 10 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Owing to fog, the return match between Everton and Manchester City, which was to have been played at Hyde road, Manchester yesterday had to be postponed.
Derby Daily Telegraph-Saturday 12 February 1921
Frank Mitchell, goalkeeper whom Everton have transferred to Liverpool, has been shut out the Goodison Park team this season Tom Fern's brilliance. He comes from Elgin, graduated with the Glasgow Friendly Boys, Milngavie, Mary- hill, and Motherwell clubs, and has been with Everton since April, 1913.
Did Not Cost a Cent.
Everton actually played in their League team last Saturday a lad named Wall, who did not cost the club a penny. He is a native of Liverpool, was bred and born there, and after gaining International honours as schoolboy he was signed by the Goodison club. Ho is only 18 years of age.
NELSON DRAW AT GOOD I SON PARK.
Lancashire Evening Post-Monday 14 February 1921
Nelson put up good fight against Everton Reserve-at the top of their form. The Good!son Park, side's backs are a blender of experence and young, the half-backs are young and vigorious, as Hargreaves and Waller could testifty the attack included an Irish International , in Reid, Alford, the Barrow recruit, and Wall, who will one day figure in higher class. on the extreme right was Jones whom Sheffield United were open to pay £4,000 for so Nelson came out of the game creditably and with a useful point. the first was very even, and though Everton made a dogged resumption, Nelson in the long run were the more dangerous and nearly stole a win. for the visitors Hayes, in goal, Wadsworth, Hargreaves and Baird were best in a game that had not many thrills.
MANCHESTER UNITED 1 EVERTON 2 (Game 960)
February 14, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON IN FINE FORM.
A WIN AT OLD TRAFFORD.
The Evertonians gave a very bright and sparkling display at Old Trafford on Saturday, and they were full value for their 2 goals to 1, victory over Manchester United. The latter are a good and competent side, but their work and methods generally were much below the standard set by the visitors. The pace throughout was fast and full of incident, the closing stages being fought with exceptional keenest. United, however, were never able to combat the more masterly tactics of their opponents, who eventually left the field with a couple of well-won points to their credit. In all departments they showed balance and judgement. The forwards were quick on the ball, the halves untiring, while the defence left nothing to be cleared. These qualities were all the more meritorious inasmuch as Manchester United were no mean antagonists. Everton started on the somewhat soft surface in merry fashion, the left wing being especially dangerous. and it was not very long before their efforts were crowned with success. The game was rather more than ten minutes old when Harrison moved along in brilliant style, and put the ball to Fazackerley, who further helped its career, and Parker pouncing upon it scored a clever goal with a fast rising shot which Mew had little chance of saving. Following upon the Mancunians made great efforts to equalise, and some wonderfully good work was put in by Partridge. He was best supported however, by both Hopkin and Miller –the latter was obviously below concert pitch –and they allowed numerous opportunities to slip by. So Everton crossed over with the lead.
In the second period the battle proved fiercer than ever and the big ring of spectators were treated to an exciting display in which each goal was threatened in turn, both keepers doing their duty manfully. Grimwood on one occasion tested Fern with a particularly difficult shot, and a little later another combined assault ended in Fleetwood being penalised for “hands.” The veteran Meredith took the Penalty kick and planted the ball well and truly in the net. Ten minutes from time Everton gained their winning goal, chiefly through the instrutnentality of Crossley. He wriggled his way to within close range, and then gave the leather to Parker, who beat Mew, as he came out to meet the danger. Then Downs in collision met with such a knock on the ribs he had to be carried off on an ambulance stretcher. Everton, however, still remained aggressive, and they were pressing when time was called. Harrison and Crossley were the pick of the forwards, and Fleetwood played conspicuously well in the half back line. Both the backs were sound, and Fern kept a good goal. Partridge was the best of the home front line, and Meredith gained cheers for his inimitable centres. Grimwood again showed his excellence as a pivot and the defence was for the most part good and confident. Teams: - Manchester United: - Mew, goal, Barlow, and Silcock, backs, Hildith, Grimwood, and Forester, half-backs Meredith, Myerscough, Miller, Partridge, and Hopkins, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Brown, Fleetwood, and Weller, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Parker, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 NELSON 2
February 14, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 26)
At Goodison Park. About 4,000 people witnessed the game. Play was fairly even all through. Everton had most of the chances but Hares kept a good goal. On one occasion Thompson miskicked and let in Andrews, who had only Salt to beat, but he shot wide of the post. The game was 35 minutes old before Garrett opened the score for Everton, and half a minute from the interval Hargreaves equalised. Two minutes after the restart Wall netted a centre from Jones, but thirteen minutes from time Hargreaves again equalised, and the game ended in a draw of two goals each. Everton: - Salt goal, Fare, Thompson, backs, Williams, Garrett, and Barlow, half-backs, Jones Spencer, Wall, Reid, and Alford forwards.
DAVIES PLAYED FOR WALES.
February 14, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Scotland beat Wales at Aberdeen on Saturday by two goals to one. Davies hit the bar with a fine shot, which had beaten Campbell.
February 15, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Downs the Everton full back who was injured at Old Trafford on Saturday will play in Saturday's Cup-tie. The Everton players went to Stafford, yesterday, for brine baths, and saw the Stoke against Cardiff match in the afternoon. The Everton team against Newcastle United well be Fern, Downs, McDonald, Fleetwood, Brewster, Weller, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Davies Crossley, Harrison.
Dundee Evening Telegraph -Wednesday 16 February 1921
Macconachie, the old Hibernian player, who put in many years of valuable service 'as full back for Everton, is going to Sweden to teach them how to play there. He has got a 12 months' engagement
NELSON DRAW AT GOOD I SON PARK.
Burnley News -Wednesday 16 February 1921
Nelson put up good fight against Everton Reserve-at Good!son Park, and the point which they extracted out the engagement was fully merited. The forward play the home side was superior to that the who, however, were much stronger defence, Wadsworth and Lilley showing fine form, while several masterly saves were brought off Heyes. Wadsworth played one of his best games the season- The inability of Pickles to hold the Everton right wing pair in subjection threw a considerable amount work to him, but he was equal to the occasion, and in his many bouts with Jones, the Welsh nation ah he was invariably successful. Afford, newly-acquired left winger from Barrow, and Reid. who also has international cap, proved troublesome the opposite flank, and here Li!lev made up for the deficiencies of Hnlme by intelligent defensive tactics. Jacques, who was again the pick of the middle line, also proved useful defence. There was not much co-operation between the halves and the forwards, the latter for the most part getting away through the powerful clearances the backs. Hargreaves was the most, dangerous the front line men and the best marksman. Both goads came from his, foot, and was unlucky with other efforts, one powerful drive striking the bar when the Everton custodian was well beaten.
Sunday Post-Sunday 20 February 1921
EVERTON FORWARDS IN RAMPANT FORM.
SPECIAL CRITICISM "SUNDAY POST" REPRESENTATIVE.
Newcastle's exit from the English Cup tie inglorious one except for a short period of the second half. Their display was incredibly disappointing. The score of three goals to none in way flattered the toffee men Right from the start they took the game in hand, and played and clever football up to time the whistle went for the close. All the craft of that great trio M'C'racken, Hudspeth, and Low, was brought into play to stem the rush the Everton forward line, but all in vain. The home forwards were rampant vein, and would not be denied. The wonder is' that the score was not greater. Only one goal was notched the first half, being the marksman, Harrison and Fazackerley making the opening for him, and he gave Lawrence no chance with fast vising shot. This success acted a tonic on the home side, and the United defence had a harassing time of it until the half-time whistle went. The restart saw Newcastle shape better. Low set his forwards going t>'mo and again, but all their efforts cracked against the wall-like opposition Downs and M'Donald. The visitors, however, were only in the picture for an exceedingly brief period. 'Ably supported by their half-backs, the Everton forwards swept down irresistibly on Lawrence's charge, and Low had to come to the assistance of the sorely-tried backs. * With twenty minutes to go, this continued pressure brought success. A sparkling run Chedgzoy ended in perfect centre, and Crossley had no difficulty in registering number two. Poor their shooting was before ; the Geordies went all to pieces after this reverse, and as their play deteriorated that the home team giew more clever and aggressive. The Newcastle defence strove manfully to hold forward line playing at the top their form, but their cup was not yet full. A minute from time Chedgzoy againmade a brilliant run and centred, and the ball was sent past Lawrence for the third time by Davies.
CRITICISM OF THE PLAYERS.
Thus did the Tynesiders decisively and reservedly get their quietus. In addition to playing much below par themselves,'they had the misfortune to meet Everton one of the few occasions on which they have shown their true form this season. In all except the back division and in the home side were infinitely superior. They had a distinct pull at half-back. Brewster played sterling football, and w;ls well supported his halves. Low played doggedly, but lie had often to go to the assistance of Curry and Finlay. who were quite unable to make anything of the opposing wings. . It was forward that Everton held the greatest advantage in cleverness and dash. The play of the wing men was a sheer delight. Chedgzoy, Crossley. and Fazackerley were particularly brilliant. Davies the weakest link in the line, but was still superior to any the opposing forwards. Harris worked like Trojan all the time, but received assistance from his wing men. With the exception of some clever work ">n the part their display was lamentable. Ward, in particular, was exceedingly weak. Final result: —Everton, 3; Newcastle United, 0. Everton Fern Downs and Macconachie; Fleetwood, Brewster, and Weller; Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Davies, Crossley. and Harrison. Newcastle United lawrence; M'Cracken and Hudspeth; Curry, Low, and Finlay; Aitken, Ward, Harris, Smailes, and Ramsey
Derby Daily Telegraph-Monday February 21 1921
Stanley Davies, the Welsh internationalist, who has been transferred from Preston North End to Everton in acknowledging a presentation from his Preston admirers, said that football player's life was a short one. and was his duty to make much money possible.
EVERTON 3 NEWCASTLE UNITED 0 (Fac Game 105)
February 21, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON BEAT NEWCASTLE
POOR CUP-TIE GAME.
Fa Cup Round Three
The meeting of Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park in the third-round of the F.A. Competition was generally expected of provide one of the best contests of the lay, but so far as the actual play was concerned it was disappointment. Everton won by the decisive margin of three goals to nil, as they deserved to do, but there was little to grow enthusiastic about. The game, never brilliant, was often poor, and lacked the thrilling associated with the Cup contests. Newcastle's offside tactics prevented the game being fought at anything like a fast pace and several times there was the uncommon spectacle of attacking forwards having to race back towards their own goal to place themselves on-side. This of course, interfered considerably with the game, and offside stoppages were frequent. Curiously enough, Newcastle's defeat was hardly due to their persistent application of offside tactics for Everton's second goal resulted from the Newcastle defenders placing too much confidence in their powers of manceurving. The greatest surprise was the poor quality of the forward work. True, Newcastle had to re-shuffle their line, and they certainly felt, the absence of Seymour, but allowing for these misfortunes much better work was expected. The Everton forwards were very little superior, Crossley, however, was in great form, and his deadly shooting, forceful attack, and wise passes to Harrison made him the outstanding forward. Harrison worked hard, and did many clever things, but the right wing pair and centre did not show up well. Chedgzoy found his true form near the end, when his dash and speed amazed the Newcastle defenders. The Newcastle forwards were never allowed to settle to their game. Occasionally they indulged in pretty and combined work, but when it came to shooting they were a spent force. The extreme wingers sent across few centres that were capable of conversion. All the craft and skill of Harris and Smalies were unavailable against the solidity of Downs and McDonald. The Everton backs have never given a better display, Downs in spite of injuries, played with splendid confidence and hardly failed to achieve what he attempted. McDonald rose to the occasion in fine style, and kicked with great success. Fleetwood, Brewster, and Weller made a formidable half-back line. They had a capital understanding with the forwards, and assisted them with excellent constructive play. Fern had nothing to do in the first half, and very little in the second. His greatest trial came when a curling ball from Ramsey looked like getting under the bar, but Fern cleverly tipped it over. Low was the pick of the Newcastle middle line, but even he did not live up to his reputation. The backs were weak under pressure, and they often showed poor judgement when clearing.
HOW THE GOALS WERE SCORED.
Newcastle stated in promising style, and Harris had the first shot at goal, which went over the bar. Davies might have opened the scoring, but he hesitated with a nice length ball from Harrison, and was beaten. After sixteen minutes, however, Crossley scored. It was a triumph for Crossley's follow-up methods. He initiated the movement, passed to Harrison, who sent a lofty ball across the goal to Fazackerley, who was prevented from shooting by one of the Newcastle backs. The ball, However travelled to Crossley, and he drove it hard and true, into the net. There was an anxious moment for Everton when both Fern and Downs tried to clear a centre by the Newcastle right wing, but between them they sent the ball over the bar for a corner. Davies had a glorious chance when he trapped the ball from along return, and beating McCracken went through with only Lawrence in front. The final shot, however, finished at the foot of the upright, but on the wrong side. Lawrence made a capital save by anticipating Chedgzoy's centre. Downs was twice injured before the interval came with Everton one up. As in the first half, Newcastle put in their best work in the opening stages, and at the cost of certain injury Brewster pushed the ball away from Smalies as the Newcastle forward prepared to shoot. The move was successful, and Brewster's intervention caused the ball to travel to Ramsay, whose lefty curling shot was splendidly saved by Fern. Then Ramsey closed in to take up a long centre from the extreme right wing, and Fleetwood was forced to give a corner to save the position. This was the limit of Newcastle's aggressiveness, and from this stage Everton were masters. At sixty-one minutes Chedgzoy finished a brilliant run with a clever centre, Lawrence left his goal and jumped to intercept the ball, but he only touched it and the ball fell to the ground for Crossley to score. Low made gallant attempts to get to the ball, but it was over the goal line when Low placed it further into the net. When Chedgzoy started his run there was a strong appeal from the Newcastle players for offside, and some of them actually stopped playing but in the instance their offside tactics led to their undoing. Chedgzoy was in happy mood in the closing stages, and getting through again in the last minute placed the ball finely for Davies to score. The attendance 58,000 receipts £4,961. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain) and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Weller, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Davies, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards. Newcastle United: - Lawrence, goal, McCracken, and Hudspeth, backs, Curry, Low, and Finlay half-backs Aitken, Ward, Harris, Smailes, and Ramsey, forwards.
NELSON 1 EVERTON RESERVES 2
February 21, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 27)
Everton were full value for their points at Nelson on Saturday. They were representative by a strong side, and were vastly superior to their opponents. In the first portion they ran the Nelson defence off its feet, and had it not been for the clever custodian, they would have led by a good margin, when the teams crossed over, Everton were leading by two goals to nil, the goals being scored by Moffatt and Kirsopp. Nelson had more of the play in the second half, but they lacked any combination, and were weak in front of goal. They registered one goal, a penalty taken by Lilley, who shot hard, and though Baker touched the leather he could not save. In this portion Heyes saved many shots brilliantly.
MANCHESTER CITY 2 EVERTON 0 (Game 961)
February 24, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
FORWARDS' POOR PLAY AT HYDE-ROAD.
Everton lost 2-0 to Manchester City, yesterday, at Hyde-road, before a crowd that was a record for the ground. In days gone by Hyde-road did not house its crowd very cleverly, but after a recent fire, in which a stand was burned, an improved stand was raised in quick time, and it was not surprising therefore that the old attendance figure went by the board. There must have been 33,000 people present, and the pity of it was that they should see such poor forward play. Everton's attack was not worthy the name. At times Crossley dribbled and passed effectively and Jones made some runs, but not a man was there with a semblance of a shot. Not until a few moments from the finish was Goodchild called upon to handle a shot, and then the ball barely reached him. It was an amazing exhibition of how not to do it, and although one must give due credit to the City's line of half backs, the fact remains that Everton did not go for their rivals with any sense of security. The game was simply a test of Everton's defence, which lasted for full eighty minutes and their gave in. Browell the ex-Everton forward was overjoyed at scoring two goals against his old side –they came in the space of two minutes –but one hopes he does not take credit for the second point, which was obtained with the aid of his hands, when the referee was unsighted. Browell got the goals, and Barnes was the one dangerous looking forward. He shot hard from all angles, and although injured in the thigh, stood out as a player who know what his objective was. So puerile was City's attack near goal that one hardly believed that they could score against the splendid Everton defence, and it was hard luck for the visiting defence to give in so late in the game after having held the fort so long. But if City's forward work was frail, Everton's was impotent. At half back there was plenty of solid breaking up and nipping in, and at full back Downs and Thomson could not be blamed even if the latter was not always true in his kicking. Fern's was a masterly exhibition of catching and clearing, and the crowd recognised his brilliance by applauding him at half time and at the finish. But the defence had no rest. Reid was a poor substitute for Harrison, and the wing that shaped so well at Nelson could not reproduce its form. On the City side none did better than Max Woosnam, who was always getting the ball and making good use of it. England has no better pivot, Cookson at back, and Browell with his swinging passes were the next best of the City side. Teams : - Manchester City: - Goodchild, goal, Cookson, and Fletcher, backs, Fayers, Woosnam, and Hamill, half-backs, Broad, Woodcock, Browell, Barnes, and Murphy, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs (Captain), and Thompson, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Weller half-backs, Jones, Kirsopp, Davies, Crossley, and Reid, forwards. Referee H. Rylances.
Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 25 February 1921
It is interesting to note that Howard Baker, the amateur champion high jumer, who was a centre half with the Rovers Reserves before war and who became a goalkeeper in post-war football, acting in that capacity with North End Reserves last season, will make his League debut with Everton at Chelsea.
NOT THE OLD FREEMAN
Derby Daily Telegraph - Saturday 26 February 1921
Bert Freeman was scarcely happy as the leader of the Burnley forwards at Hull having apprently got out of tocuh after his long absence. He has, however, had a good innings. Born at Birmingham, in 1885 he played for Aston Villa Reserves and Woolwich Arsenal before he went to Everton and established a League record by crowding 38 goals into a season
Tommy Fleetwood, the Everton captain and half-back, did much to carry Everton over the Newcastle hurdle by subduring the United left wing. A big, strong defender, he developed in the Bolton district through born at Kirkby. He assisted several junior clubs before graduating by way of Atherton and Hindley Central to Rochdale, where Everton booked him in 1911 as a forward.
EVERTON WIN AT CHELSEA.
Yorkshire Post-Monday February 28 1921
At Stamford Bridge, before 50.000 spectators Chelsea pressed early, but Crossley scored surprise goal for Everton in eight minutes, with a long shot. Sharp missed an easy chance for Chelsea from Dale's pass. Chelsea were unlucky. Interval Everfon 1 goal. Chelsea none. After the interval play was fairly even, but dull, with few note worthy incidents. Davis got clear through Molyneux coming out to clear Crossley and made a fine effort, and Baker saved splendidly from Sharp. Chelsea i forwards were too slow for Everton's defence. Chelsea spurted desperately towards close, but Baker kept goal brilliantly. Result:— Everton one. Chelsea none.
CHELSEA 0 EVERTON 1 (Game 962)
February 28, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
EVERTON WIN AT CHELSEA.
THE PENSIONERS POOR SIDE.
There was a fine crowd at Stamford Bridge to witness the meeting of Everton and Chelsea on Saturday and an interesting, if not particularly exciting game whiled away a sunny afternoon. Both clubs are interested in another tournament, and as may be readily imagined the players were not over inclined to outrun their strength. Nevertheless, there was not a few exciting episodes in the encounter, and the issue lay in doubt until quite near the end, in spite of Everton having taken an early lead. The visitors in every department were always the superior side though the fact should be realised that Chelsea were playing a forward line, practically made up of reserve men. This vanguard showed anxiety to assert themselves, but they were no match for the ripe and seasoned Everton defenders, who were very rarely extended. The main fault of the Pensioners was their inability to combine or finish their forward movements with that “snap” which to essential success. By the same token the Everton front line might have shown better form in this particular direction though they were always cleverer than their opponents, and thoroughly deserved their victory.
Everton opened vigorously, and the only goal of the match was scored after rather less than ten minutes' play. It was the result of a cleverly-contrived movement in which the principal participants were Fazackerley and Crossley. The former slipped on the greasy surface as he shot, and Crossley, always an opportunist seized on the leather and netted with a fast low drive from close range. From this point onwards the visitors held the whip hand of their antagonists who rarely got going. On one of these few occasions, Sharp missed a fine opening, and on a second Dale lost a great chance of putting his side on level terms. In the second half the Everton players appeared to ease up a little, but they never allowed Chelsea to take liberties. At the same time they were not slow in attack, and both Crossley and Davies ought to have added to the score when well placed. In the closing stages Chelsea tailed off lamentably, but considering the “gruelling” they had undergone in the Cup-tie replays there is every excuse for their lack of fire and finish.
Considerable interest was taken in the debut of Howard Baker as a goalkeeper in First League Football. Let it at once be said that the well-known amateur made a highly successful “first appearance.” He had not very much to do, it is true, but several shots might well have beaten a less lengthily or agile custodian. One shot from Thomson he dealt with in a strikingly clever way. Both the backs were in fine fettle, and though Downs got a nasty knock on the knee, he was never beaten. He found a capital partner in McDonald, and the support of the halves was admirable. Brewster, if slightly on the slow side, was more than a match for Thomson –a very dangerous centre-forward –and both Fleetwood and Weller were always in the picture. The right wing pair were occasionally brilliant, though Fazackerley was scarcely up to concert pitch. Davies, on the whole did well, and Crossley once again demonstrated his skill in taking advantage of everything that offered. Reid on the outside was somewhat slow, but his centres were invariably accurate. Chelsea, with their reserves, were quite out of the hunt, but the fact that they kept the margin down to the lowest possible limit is distinctly in their favour. Teams: - Chelsea: - Molyneux, goal, Bettridge, and Harrow backs, Middlehoe, Wilding, and Halse, half-backs, Ford, Dale, Thomson, Sharp, and Lee, forwards. Everton: - H. Howard Baker, goal, Downs (Captain), and McDonald, backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Weller half-backs, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Davies Crossley, and Reid, forwards. Referee Mr. J. W. D. Fowler.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 STAYLBRIDGE CELTIC 0
February 28, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 28)
At Goodison Park. About 3,000 people witnessed rather a tame game, which ended in a narrow win for Everton by one goal to nil. With the exception of the first fifteen minutes and near the end, the display given by the home side was poor. Everton played a new back in Ballantyre in place of Thompson, but he was frequently at fault, and often let in the visitors who would have taken the lead had their shooting been accurate. Moffatt scored the only goal four minutes before the interval. In the second half, the visitors had lots of chances, but Salt had only three decent shots to save. Grenyer stood out as the best player on the field. Everton: - Salt, goal, Fare, and Ballantyre, backs, Brown, Garrett, and Grenyer, half-backs, Jones, Spencer, Moffatt, Wall, and Alford forwards.