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February 1 st 1926. The Daily Courier.
These are the days of dramatic football upheavals. But what are things really coming to? Everton won because an opponent obligingly scored for them. A strange score like that cheers nobody. Leicester also left the field with the feeling that Loclhead ought to have been allowed a goal. Everton contributed to their rather inept display by their own methods. They were continuously in rear-guard actions. These should have been unnecessary, because there is the striking materials in the forward line. Why, therefore, this change to dropping back?

Dean was ineffective because he was often left "in the air." When he would purvey a pass to his partner right and left, they were not there. In fact, they almost seemed to be lining up with the halves. Progress could not be the motto with that formation. The nippiness of Leicester was the evident cause of anxiety to Everton and the reason of their strategical withdrawals, but it was a mystery why the Blues did not more often dominate the play. The Leicester forwards were effective to a point because they kept the ball on the carpet. They were also a cohesive force. With the possible exception of Dean and Lockhead, the ex-Manchester United man –taking Chandler's place –the marksmen were not on duty. Dean was skilful with both his feet and his head, and was not backward in using his weight, but Campbell, the former Liverpool man, who always gets a good reception here, gave a clever display of intelligent anticipation in goal. Lockhead also can shoot, but he can never expect a better chance than at the opening when he flashed the ball across the goalmouth. Hardy must have been agile in touching the ball, but evidently he did so, as Leciester were awarded a corner. Lockhead claimed that he scored near the close, but we would not care to challenge Referee Bryan's decision from the stand. Hardy saved before Lockhead put through, but the referee explained that he sounded his whistle before that player netted, and that the Leicester men appeared in the belief that the ball had touched an Everton defender. On the run of the play Leicester certainly deserved a goal. In the second half Campbell went perilously near carrying in a header by Dean, and the Everton leader though he had scored. The Everton forwards, with their more dashing go-ahead style of play, ought to have done better, but neither wing worked smoothly, and Weaver, introduced on the right for Chedgzoy, injured whilst he started with promise, did not maintain his form throughout. Weaver, and Irvine ran up against a rare spoiler in Osborne in one of his best games. The Everton right-wing are to be commended on the way they circumvented him at times, but the finishing of the line was often disappointing.

Peacock was again an outstanding half. He showed a cool head, exhibited some of the finer points of the game, and stayed the distance with the best. We have seen both Bain and Virr in more convincing mood; but, of course, Hine, the recent acquisition from Barnsley to strengthen the Leicester attack, and Adcock are an effective pair. They often jumped to it, and took the initiative in a way that even the dour McDonald did not relish. Little Adcock was an imp of mischief, prancing along that right wing. The occasion produced the man –David Raitt. In Choice style, playing above the average club game form, he dashed over when help was required and interfered with Hine's pretty football. Lockhead in his new centre position was dangerous also because he can mask his moves, but there was not that same harmony on the other wing between Wadsworth also formerly one of ours, and Sharp the ex-Tottenham forward, introduced because of Chandler's absence's. While Everton would not desire to claim credit for a goal scored for them by an opponent, it is only fair to say that had not Watson put through his own goal, nothing but an earthquake could have prevented one of the home forwards scoring. Campbell, as a last resource, rushed out of goal following the great centre, put in by Weaver and Watson lash about with the intention of getting his foot under the ball and giving a corner. Instead, it was a corner. Instead, it was a first class forward's shot. Teams: - Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Peacock, Bain, and Virr, half-backs, Weaver, Irvine, Dean, O'Donnell, and Troup, forwards. Leicester City: - Campbell, goal, Black, and Osborne, backs, Newton, Watson, and Bamber, half-backs, Adcock, Hine, Lockhead, Sharp, and Wadsworth, forwards. Referee Mr. Bryan.

February 1, 1926. The Daily Courier.
Burscough were able to maintain their unbeaten record against a much improved Everton team, who were able to make the game one of the fastest seen at Burscough this season. Bennett opened the score for Burscough from just outside the penalty area, and then Rawlins scored a second from a penalty. In the second half Bennett hooked a shot from about 20 yards out which completely surprised Jones. Once or twice Everton were somewhat unlucky not to score.

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 06 February 1926
Frank Moss, tho youthufl centre-half of the Banks club, has been signed by Everton, and assisted their “A” team at Burscough on Saturday last. Moss is a Southport lad, and of fine proportions, and was sought after by at least two other English League clubs. 

February 6, 1926. The Daily Courier.
Everton and Liverpool meet for the 52 nd time, and as I dealt fully with their respective records earlier in the week I propose now only to add that if Liverpool win today, it brings them level with their rivals –eleven victories each –on the Goodison Park enclosure. The Reds have made the greatest progress at the Park since 1906, winning nine games and losing three. Liverpool won the Anfield game earlier in the season by 5-1, but then Everton were in a stage of transition, and at present are a 50 per cent better side. They will be at full strength, Chedgzoy returning to outside right, but Liverpool make two changes from the eleven beaten at Craven Cottage, Hopkins who broke his collar-bone at Blackburn in December 5, deposing McMullan at outside left while Walsh ousts Tom Scott as partner to oxley. These changes should add strength to the Liverpool attack, and enable them to extract a point from their neighbors. The kick off is 3-5, and the teams: - Everton: - Hardy; Raitt and McDonald; Peacock, Bain, Virr; Chedgzoy, Irvine Dean, O'Donnell, and Troup. Liverpool: - Scott; Lucas, McKinlay; McNabb, Cockburn, Bromilow; Oxley, Walsh, Forshaw, Chambers, and Hopkins.

February 6, 1926. The Liverpool Football Echo
I was looking at an old photograph the other day, taken on the practice ground of Goodison Park about thirty years ago. It was a group of the artistes, and a few friends, who had assembled to practice a little football kicking one morning a day or two before the theatrical gala football match of that year was to be played. Some of the theatrical artistes in those early days of the "galas" used to take the football match of the day as a rather serious effort, and they took the opportunity of meeting the players in their training quarters for a few hours' practice in kicking, sprinting, and more especially training. Instruction and attentions. They unusual turned up about 11 a.m. and put in two or three hours' hard work on the field, on the cinder track, and afterwards enjoyed to the full the hot both and rub down that Louis-Love, the Everton trainer of that period, was glad, to provide. The change from the close atmosphere and late hours of the Pantomime Theatre did the artistes good, and the association was eventually appreciated by both players and artistes and led, incidentally, to the forming of long established friendships. To return to the particular photograph, however! In the centre sits dear old George Mahon, the chairman of the Everton Club, who had left his busy accountancy practice in the city for an hour to meet his theatrical colleagues on the Gala Committee, and by whom he was most genuinely and even affectionately esteemed. He sits there in the centre of the motley group, arrayed as they are in all stages and forms an eccentric pantomime or training costume. He is one of the few serious figures in the group, who had just finished a strenuous morning's preparation, and are evidently hot and hilarious in the novelty of theatrical make-up on a frost-bound football playing pitch. At his feet sits Johnny Dane, that brilliant star of pantomime days, who was that year at the Rotunda pantomime with Arthur Picardo, who also appears in the group. The two played the wicked robbers in the "Babes," and a more jovial pair of robber's pantomime has rarely seen. It is many years since I saw Johnny's name on a day bill, but his pretty daughter grew up into a bonny actress, and carried on the name for further honours. Close by is Fred Frederick's, and next to him a slim boy playing Harlequin, both likewise at the Rotunda. Frederick's played Dame, and sits in his stage costume. His father in those days was proprietor of a London (Stratford) theatre, and later Fred succeeded him in management, and retired I believe, form the boards. On the other side of the chairman site Huntley Wright the brilliant star of comedians then in his early youth, and behind stands burly Marten Adeson, both playing the "Ugly Sisters" in that year's Cinderalla at the Shakespeare. Huntley has probably forgotten that February morning photograph at Goodison Park, but his memory is still fragrant with Evertonians, and his hard work for the football charties of those days is not forgotten. By a coincidence Martin Adeson is appearing in the present Empire pantomime. Beside Adeson stands Harry Freeman, the popular, whose greatest hit was "They're After me?" His successes of those days in the summer season at the Isle of Man, and in pantomime, will not be forgotten by old stagers. That year he played at the Shakespeare too, taking the part of the Baron in "Cinderella." Close to him is Edmunds, of the Albert and Edmunds Troups, in his costume of Peter the Page, from the same pantomime. It was the year in which Texture won the Waterloo Cup, and on the night of the Cup he won a round of applause by a pun on the names of the dog, as he stepped over the long train of Cinderella's dress in the ballroom scene at the theatre. With him in his brother, James Albert now an official of the West Ham F.C, and his brother Willie, since dead! While at the opposite side of the group is Mr. Cobra, a member of the same troupe. The Hearnes previously spoken of was one of the cricketing family of Hearnes, whose names have been famous in the South for four generations. Behind in clown's dress is dear old Tom Bennett, also from the Rotunda, and the Court Theatre is represented by the famous scenic artist of those days, F. Coleman, whose yearly productions were most famous of all provincial pantomimes. Rarely even yet has the genius of his brusk been equalled in those gorgeous feasts of colour, renewed afresh each Christmastide for the youth of Liverpool. Two other figures in the group awaken also happy memories in the Brothers O'Malley, that famous pair of "knockabout," comedians who had followed the "Two Macs" and had won so many friends, by the cleanness of their show, and the wit and humour of their patter. As a pair of dancers, too, their fame was set on a fine pedestal, and it was only the untimely death of their older partner of the two shown in the group, a year or two later, that put an end to one of the most promising "act" then on the vaudeville stage. Up to quite recently the younger surviving partner was a resident of Liverpool; whether he is still with us or not, I have not heard. Probably George Manners, at the Empire could tell us. In that year Harris Fineberg of the "Star" and Jimmy Kieran of the Park and Paddington gave valuable help to the cause of the "Gala," but neither are present in the group nor are Jack Gaffney or the late Henderson Howart, then of the Shakespeare, Bert Adams was acting manager to the Nelson brothers at the Prince f Wales, but their pantomomists of that year were not taking part in the football side of the "Gala." On the day itself their efforts yielded a golden harvest in the "floral and sales" auctions in the ground, where under the chairmanship of Mr. Johnny Cropper (then associated with the Glovers brewing interests), they made the hit of the day. An odd figure is inclined in the group of that whimsical personality who, under the name of "Primrose the Tipster," was prominent at all racing and sporting fixtures in the North. In some indirect manner he was assisting the "Threatical" team that played Everton "A" team in that year's gala match. It was of course farcical from the point of serious football, as the efforts of both players and "pros" was merely to entertain the hugh assembly, but some of the players, notably Huntley Wright, took the effort quite seriously and put up –at times –quite a good effort to score. It was these "football" galas that, in later years, gave George Robey serious "leanings" towards the game. He used to "train" for weeks before a match, and made quite an effort to be taken as an earnest player. Dear old George.

February 8, 1926. The Daily Courier.
A draw of 3 goals each was no bad result of the Derby match at Goodison on Saturday. It was a fast game, abounding with the thrills for the 50,000 spectators present. It was rather remarkable that Everton should score in the first and last minute of the first half. In between that time Liverpool had scored two, so that the teams crossed over level. A dense mist crept over the ground midway through the first 45 minutes, and it began to look as if the game might be stopped. During this period it was well-nigh impossible to distinguish the players on the far side of the field. The mist lifted later, however, although the light for the rest of the play was none too good. Without being a brilliant game it was full of incident, and was always interesting.

Six goals is a fairly liberal measure for one match. It is true that early this season, when the clubs met at Anfield a half-dozen were served up, but on that occasion five of them went against the Blues, and the unevenness of it knocked some of the interest out of the game especially for Everton supporters. On Saturday the positional and combined play of Everton struck one as being rather superior to that of their rivals, but there was at no time much between the sides, and right to the final whistle it was anybody's game. The Blues were able to play Sam Chedgzoy at outside right, but had to bring in Livingstone for Raitt at back, Raitt's injured ankle not being well enough to permit his playing. The Reds had Hopkin back on the left wing, who was having his first game with the team since breaking his collarbone. Walsh came in to inside right in place of T. Scott. Hopkin by the way, put up a great show on the wing. There were those who feared that the injury would have made him somewhat nervous and cautious. Not at all. He played a confident and masterly game all through, and had a great share in the goal-getting. Irvine had the Blues' supporters cheering tranically when within a minute, he scored the first goal. It was an oblique shot from close in, and gave Scott no chance. Sixteen minutes later came the equaliser from a capital centre by Hopkins. Forshaw seemed to be going to get it, but was hampered by the backs, and Oxley running in, drove the ball sharply into the net. Play went from one end to the other, and neither side could be said top have the advantage. Both Dean and Forshaw hung well up the field. Forshaw gave the Reds the lead at the end of 22 minutes. The ball came to him near goal, and he booted it into the net right away. Of course, not it was the turn of the Reds' supporters to cheer, and cheer they most emphatically did. The Blues retaliated pluckily and forced two fruitless corners in succession. Dean got his head to the ball once, and it was not far out. O'Donnell went off injured, but resumed a little later. Just as the referee was getting ready to blow his whistle, the blues equalised. Chedgzoy who, by the way, had put in some capital runs and centres shooting past Scott following a determined Everton attack.

Fifteen minutes after the resumption, the Blues went ahead, the score being a sequel to good work between Troup, Chedgzoy, and Dean, the last named finishing the movement by getting his head to the ball and nobbing it skillfully into the net. It almost seemed as if Liverpool said to themselves; If you're going to score, so are we." And score they did a few minutes later, Forshaw getting the ball past Hardy from one of Hopkin's centres. That was the end of the scoring. As has been said, it was not a bad result, Forshaw and Hopkins were the sharp points of the Liverpool attack, but after a quiet start Oxley besides scoring did a great deal of useful work. Not so much was seen of Chambers and Walsh. Chambers tried hard, but somehow or other some of his best attempts were smothered by the opposition before they became dangerous. So far as Walsh is concerned, he may not fully have shaken off the effects of his injury. Bromilow and Cockburn tackled and passed well, the placing of the former being particularly accurate at times. McNabb worked hard, but had a warm handful to deal with in O'Donnell and Troup. McKinlay and Lucas put in some sound work at back. Scott could not be blamed for the shots that beat him. Dean is a dangerous forward near goal, as was demonstrated, and when he gets going needs some stopping. He was well supported by the rest of the Blues' front line, which gave the impression of being rather better balanced than Liverpool's. Peacock, Bain, and Virr at half-back played up to their reputations, and McDonald and Livingstone repeatedly broke up Liverpool's raids. Like Scott Hardy had no chance with the shots that beat him. Teams: - Everton: - Hardy, goal, Livingstone, and McDonald, backs, Peacock, Bain, and Virr, half-backs, Chedgzoy (captain), Irvine Dean, O'Donnell, and Troup, forwards. Liverpool: - Scott, goal, Lucas, and McKinlay, backs, McNabb, Cockburn, and Bromilow, half-backs, Oxley, Walsh, Forshaw, Chambers, and Hopkins forwards. Referee Mr. Aston.

February 8, 1926. The Daily Courier.
The meeting of the local reserves produced one of the best Central League games seen at Anfield for a long period. The results, as in the senior "Derby, " was a draw. Liverpool, on the run of the play, were the better side, but it was the fault of the inside forwards that the game ended with the rivals on level terms. The Reds attacked almost continuously for a long spell in the first half, but though Shepherd and Hodgson netted the referee refused to allow the points owing to infringements. Rawlings and McMullen raided repeatedly, but Kerr defended sturdily. Kennedy was the most dangerous Everton forward, and almost scored in the first few minutes, Riley just getting away a fine shot. The interval arrived with a clean sheet, but 15 minutes after the resumption Kennedy, who had closed into the centre, snapped up a pass and scored a nice goal. There was a big element of luck about Liverpool's equaliser, as Reid, in an attempt to clear a Rawlings centre turned the ball into his own net. It was a big misfortune for Reid, as he had played a fine game. Kennedy later had a great chance of regaining the lead, but shot just outside. Hodgeson also missed a splendid opening. The Everton amateur right wing did as well as could be expected against Pratt. Rawlingss McMullan and Hodgeson were Liverpool's best forwards, Tom Scott being, as must be expected, still on the slow side. In defence none did better than Longsworth, Kerr and Hamilton were powerful backs, and Kendall safe in goal.

February 10, 1926. The Daily Courier.
Everton play their rearranged League game with Manchester City at Goodison Park, this afternoon Kick-off 3-15. Three changes are made in the blues' side from that which drew with Liverpool. Hardy is down with the flu, and Kendall, therefore, comes back in the team, while Kennedy takes the place of the injured O'Donnell at inside left. The third change is at back, Kerr partnering McDonald. Team: Everton: Kendall; McDonald, Kerr; Peacock, Bain, and Virr; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, Kennedy, and Troup.

February 11, 1926. The Daily Courier.
It looked, at the outset, as if there was to be an Everton joy-day. Inside two minutes Irvine had scored. The Goodison brigade, in fact, shaped in a match-winning way in the hectic first 12 minutes, and supporters were thinking of counting the goals that did not come. It was exhilarating to see the Everton forwards playing with such confidence. To the Manchester defenders goes the credit for withstanding the shock tactics, when friend and foe were mixed up in front of goal and Everton were volleying and shooting.

Everton's goal followed a corner, and Irvine standing at the further post acted so suddenly that any goalkeeper might have gasped. From the bombardment Everton should have scored two or three more goals, and more than once Dean had a clear road for goal but Goodchild would not be beaten. Chedgzoy struck the post, and Irvine, getting a pit-pat pass from Dean, found Goodchild scooping up from his shot. The Everton halves, particularly Bain, who was consistent from first to last, fitted in with the scheme of things. Then suddenly it was realised that the Everton advances had not taken the ginger out of Manchester. There came an awakening, and in the second half the fates were not kind to Everton. Nothing seemed to come off. Thrice different forwards hit the post, and once the ball did a Cinquevalli act along the bar instead of going in the net. It was disheartening. Chedgzoy and Irvine had fine chances, but Goodchild was equal to the rough ones that came his way. Dean was fairly well supported both right and left, but his trouble was that the ball often came too high. He was, too, particularly well watched by Cowan, and ran up against some robust opponents.

Something better had been expected from Manchester's attack, but the mechanism of the forward line improved and developed into quite a high-class display. Roberts, in the centre, was well plied by Daniels, who took Johnson's place, and Browell, but though he was a dashing centre he was more than once a defaulter in front of goal. The other forwards also missed chances. Robert's goal 24 minutes from the start was an opportunist effort following Kendall's clearance of Copeland's shot. Kendall, who was in goal for Hardy, out through influenza, preformed with credit if not always too confident. Kerr, deputising at back, too, was being tried high, and in his anxiety was sometimes not particular where he placed the ball, and his strong punts occasionally gave opponents possession. McDonald, in his new position, with more responsibility, fulfilled all requirements. Kennedy, introduced for O'Donnell, pleased with his keen display and the way he made several openings for Troup, who back to form, was a tricky raider. Chedgzoy and Irvine worked hard against strong opposition, McCloy being a particularly hard nut to crack. Virr towards the close twisted his knee, but the injury is not serious, and he is expected to be fir for Saturday. Teams: - Everton: - Kendall, goal, McDonald, and Kerr, backs, Peacock, Bain, and Virr, half-backs, Chedgzoy (captain), Irvine, Dean, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards. Manchester City: - Goodchild, goal, Cockson, and McCloy, backs, Copeland, Cowan, and Pringles, half-backs, Austin, Browell, Roberts, Daniels, and Hicks, forwards.

Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 13 February 1926
In this competition, St. Philip’s gained a victory by defeating Crossens Juniors by 3—l, whilst Banks Juniors remain undefeated in this section, and defeated St. Paul’s Juniors at Southport by 7—3. The victors were Shield victors last season, and are already winners of this season’s Junior League section. Their centre half-back, Frank Moss, has caught the eye of one or two English League clubs, and has already had a trial with the Everton “A” team.

February 13 rd 1926. The Daily Courier.
"Dug" Livingstone, the Everton left full-back, who played against Liverpool last Saturday, was yesterday transferred to Plymouth Argyle and he will play for his new club this afternoon. He joins former club mates in Jack Cock and Forbes. Livingstone came to Everton from Glasgow Celtic, previous to which he was with Vale of Leven. He is Dumbarton man. His brother, Alan, plays for New Brighton.

Everton have Raitt and Hardy fit again, but Virr and O'Donnell are not able to take their places in the side that visits Huddersfield this afternoon, and in their stead appears Hunter Hart, and Kennedy. It should be a good game, between the two sides, but Huddersfield should win. The teams are: - Everton: - Hardy; Raitt, McDonald; Peacock, Bain, Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, Kennedy, Troup. Huddersfield Town: - Taylor; Goodall, Wadsworth; Cawthorne, Wilson, Watson; Jackson, Cook, Brown, Stephenson, W.H. Smith.

Nottingham Evening Post - Monday 15 February 1926
Everton have signed H.G. Batten, inside forward, from Plymouth.  He is strongly built, is 26 years of age, and has a big crop of goals.  In the Australia tour he was the top scorewr, and as recently as Saturday scored for the Argyle. 

February 15 1926. The Daily Courier.
The score of three to nil flattered the Champions in their game with Everton at Huddersfield. An odd goal victory would have been a fairer reflex of the run of the play. The outstanding incident of the match was Huddersfield's second goal. It was a present –not accompanied with good wishes, however –from Raitt to the Champions. Under pressure the Blues' right-back passed the ball back, as he fondly imagined, to Hardy. It was rather a hard kick of its kind. Still, probably everything would have been all right if the Everton keeper had been in position, but he was not. He had run out to intercept. The Blues had Hardy back in goal, and Hunter Hart, after being out of the team for several weeks, came back to left half-back in place of Virr, who was injured at Goodison last Wednesday.

The Champions scored at the end of 18 minutes, but up to then there had not been a great deal between the sides. The goal, however, was well deserved, and was the sequel to clever inter-play between Jackson, Cook, and Brown, the last named finishing the movement by beating Hardy at close range. An amusing incident occurred a few minutes later. Referee O'Donnell of Newcastle was bowled over by a shot from Kennedy. Happily, he was not hurt, and got up smiling. The laughter had scarcely subsided, when another roar went up from the crowd, but this time Raitt was the unwilling cause of it, and it was his luckless goal against his own side. This was at the end of 30 minutes. In spite of being two on the wrong side, the Blues retaliated pluckily. Troup and Kennedy struggled desperately to break down the defence, but in Goodall and Watson they were up against a sound pair of backs.

Chedgzoy, too, put in some elusive runs on the right and occasionally tested, Taylor, but always to find the champions' goalkeeper much on the alert. Dean tried hard, but was closely shadowed by the astute Wilson at centre-half, who absolutely refused to allow him too much rope. The first promising movements in the second half started with Peacock passing the ball forward to Chedgzoy, who in turn tapped it to Irvine. The Blues' inside right took his shot from an oblique angle, but it was such a good attempt that Taylor was loudly cheered for saving. By this time, however, a win, or even a draw, looked out of the question for the visitors. There was no denying the fact that their rivals were more deadly in front of goal. Everton's play was all right in the open, but it left much to be desired when it came to finishing. Brown, Cook, and the wily Stephenson were a trustful trio, and they had an excellent feeder in Jackson on the right wing. The visitors' defence was penetrated once more before the end, Brown again doing the trick. Jackson had centred, and the champions centre banged it in the net following some loose play –near goal. The home club earned their victory, but not by such a margin. Their superiority lay in their finishing work, and it was because of that they gained 2 points. Dixe Dean was rather neglected at times. The Everton wings were good. More was seen of Irvine in the second half than in the first. The Everton defence has been seen to better advantage, although their tackling was often good. The placing of the halves at times was faulty. Teams: - Huddersfield Town: - Taylor, goal, Wadsworth, and Goodall, backs, Watson, Wilson, and Cawthorne, half-backs, Smith Stephenson, Brown, Cock, and Jackson, forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goal, McDonald, and Raitt, backs, Peacock, Bain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards. Referee Mr. J.J. O'Donnell.

February 15, 1926. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
At. Goodison Park. Marine were full value for their victory. They were well served by a capital defence although the Marine keeper (Ricksby) was inclined to take risks. With the exception of Rand and Millington the Everton "A" team were weak. Marine's scorers were Moneypenny and Clayton (2). Everton: - Jones, goal, Rankin, and Harley backs, Harrison, Gaskill, and Halbrook, half-backs, Millington, McGough, Masey, Rand, and Kelly, forwards.

February 15, 1926. The Liverpool Echo.
As we stated in Saturday's issue, Everton directors went South on Friday –not for the good of their health or for the help of railway dividends. The outcome of the journey was felt last night, when the news came through, that Mr. McIntosh that the club had signed H.G. Bitten, the Plymouth Argyle forward. Playmouth and Merseyside seen to have been closely allied in the last few months. We send them Cock, Forbes, and Livingstone, in a manner similar to Anfield sending Bamber, H. Wadwworth, and Finlay to Leicester. Then the other side of the picture is revealed in the signing of Batten, who, it is hoped, will strengthened the inside forward work of the Goodison Club. Batten did fine work in Australia with the touring side, and topped the goal-getting list. One wonders how Argyle can afford to release him, especially as they are out for promotion, and in the latest game played for them he scored a goal to help in a big victory. He is twenty-six years of old, the new player, and stands 5ft 9in, and weighs 12 stone. He scored six against South Australia, and played in all the tourists matches, twenty-six in number. Born at Bristol, he plays inside left or centre forward, and his 47 goals in a Colonial tour represents a record for such a tournament.

Western Morning News - Monday 15 February 1926
Within an hour of the conclusion of the Plymouth-Brighton  match on Saturday it was made known that the representatives of the First Division club Everton, Mr. Jack Sharp and Mr. E. Green, who travelled to Plymouth on Saturday with Livingstone, the new Arygle back from Everton, had secured the tansfer of Bert Batten from the Argyle club.  The play of Batten who was at inside-left for Arygle on Saturday, was watched by the two Everton Directors, who were evidently pleased with his display, and so terms were agreed upon.  It is possible Batten will play in Everton's next League match. 

February 17, 1926
Details not-known. Everton: - Kendall, goal, Hamilton, and Kerr backs, Rooney, Reid, and Hart, half-backs, Parry, McBain, O'Donnell, Houghton, and Kennedy, forwards .

February 22, 1026. The Daily Courier.
Everton's friendly game with Preston North End at Goodison Park proved a strange one. It generally is when we see, the game played for the game's sake. Goals were not dear. There was too much of the "One for you and one for me" about it till nine were registered, and at the finish a calculation showed that Everton were odd man out. Much interest was displayed in the debut of Batten, the Plymouth Argyle recruit. He will have to be judged under more strenuous conditions, but first impressions were favourable. He had few opportunities, but sufficient to show that he is an adept in neat, open passing, while his goal was the pick of the bunch. It was also interesting to watch the performance of Preston's Scottish players who have crossed the Border recently to strengthen the sides. In the first half, each side scored thrice –Dean (2) and Irvine for Everton, and Harrison, Jackson, and Gillespie for Preston. In the second half Batten got Everton's fourth and Russell two more for Preston. Teams: - Everton: - Hardy, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, Bain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Parry, Irvine, Dean, Batten, and Troup, forwards. Preston North End: - Branston, goal, Wade, and Gibson, backs, Gerrand, Morris, and Crawford, half-backs, Gillespie, Russell, Jackson, James, and Harrison, forwards.

February 22 1926. The Daily Courier.
Everton Reserves were clearly the better team in the first half at Huddersfield. They combined much better, but only Kennedy seemed able to shoot at all well. In the second half Kennedy and Houghton worked together so effectively as to have the home defence in a tangle on several occasions, and O'Donnell had more opportunities. He narrowly failed to equaliser when with a long shot, he hit the upright and beat Mercer completely. The ball just went back in play, and was cleared to touch, but it was a narrow escape. On the day's play the Everton half-backs were superior, but the home men were better in the full back position. Still, Everton provided about the best Central League match seen at Leeds road this season.

February 23, 1926. The Daily Courier
At Holyhead, Ireland beat Wales by three goals to nil.

February 24, 1926. The Daily Courier.
Everton at home to Burnley have their best side, including the Plymouth Argyle recruit, Batten, who makes his League debut for the Blues. Brown and Virr are both fit again, and return to the team vice Peacock and Hunter Hart. The teams reads: - Hardy; Raitt, McDonald; Brown, Bain, Virr; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, Batten, and Troup. The Reserves to meet Manchester United, at Manchester are: - Jones; Hamilton, Kerr; Peacock, Hart, Rooney; Parry McBain, O'Donnell, Houghton, and Kennedy.

February 1926