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February 1 st 1929. The Daily Courier.



Everton have not been stamped into making any drastic changes in the defence as a consequence of the lapses at Maine-road last week, and with the exception in that Martin, now fit comes in as partner to Troup in place of Easton. The side is the same as a week ago. The forward changes then introduced were satisfactory –there was less “playing to Dean” and more attempts to get goals by the remainder of the line. Therefore the Everton directors are acting wisely in giving the side a further chance of settling down. The game is with Huddersfield Town, who at the moment are playing well. There is therefore every likely hood it a great game to welcome the Yorkshiremen. The kick off is 3'o'clock and the Everton team is follows; Davies; Cresswell, O'Donnell; Griffiths, Hart, Rooney; Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Martin, Troup.



February 2 nd 1929. The Daily Courier


Huddersfield Town are playing such storming football at the moment that there is every likelihood of a great gate to welcome them at Goodison Park this afternoon; kick off 3 o'clock. The Yorkshiremen will be without Cummins, assisting Ireland at Wrexham, also Smith, who has wrenched a thigh, but nevertheless the side is a powerful one and likely to extend the Everton team. Everton collapse at Maine-road after the directors had embarked on an interesting forward experiment, but one is glad to note they, the directors, have the courage of their conviction and with the exception that Martin now recovered, displaces Easton at inside left, the forward line remains the same against Manchester City. The forwards showed better penetration than for sometime, and it is only just that the line should have time to settle down, with Forshaw, and Martin in close attendance, the Town defenders will not be able to concentrate on Dean, so that goals should be forth coming,. Everton should secure a much-needed victory. The sides are; Everton; Davies; Cresswell, O'Donnell; Griffiths, Hart, Rooney; Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Martin, Troup. Huddersfield Town; Turner, Goodall, Wadsworth; Steel, Wilson, Naylor, Jackson, Kelly, Brown, Smailes.



February 4 th 1929. The Daily Courier.




Everton, pointless since New Year's Day, failed hopelessly against Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park, on Saturday, being well and truly beaten by three clear goals. The Champions have been in the doldrums for some weeks now, but, whereas there have been justifiable excuses for several of the defeats sustained there is no need to advance one for this latest failure. On Saturday's form there is no team in the country, which could have withstood the brilliance of Huddersfield. Never was a side more deserving of victory than the elite of Yorkshire, and the only wonder of it was that they did not prevail by a larger margin. True, Everton did not play well, but one fancies that the result would have been similar had they touched their best form on occasion. The Town were invincible. Except for the period directly following the interval up to the time Huddersfield got their second goal sixteen minutes in the second half, Everton were overplayed in almost all departments of the game.


Huddersfield did not adhere strictly to the lesson-book methods of football, far from it, for they interchanged positions with a speed, knowledge and understanding that was bewildering. Yet, there were precious few passes, which found a wrong billet. Their half-backs were the main force –the cog on which the other sections operated –and the three never loosened a vice-like grip on the home vanguard. They worked so coolly, and with so much thought, that even when faced with the strongest of opposition they could come out of it with ease and comfort, and set that wonderful attacking machine, with Alec Jackson constituting the narrow point, into motion.


Jackson was pre-eminent, and he had a wonderfully zealous and clever partner in Kelly. The reserve left-wing pair, Raw and Smallies, were excellent, and fitted in with the others as if they had been playing together for months. Turner had a sinecure in goal, for nearly every shot directed at his charge went straight to him, but Davies, in the other goal, Stood out as the best man on the home side. Daring to a degree, he brought off a number of saves worthy of a Jack Robinson, and at times alone stood between the Town and other successes. Next to him one must place O'Donnell, who covered himself with glory as well as mud. Some of his last minute tackling at the expense of Jackson and Kelly could not have been better, and he could not place the greater reliance on Rooney, while he ofttimes had to race across to help Cresswell out of a hasty hole. Hart was easily the best home half because he always played unadulterated football but Griffiths in the second half contributed in no small measure to the scintillating work of Critchley, who was the best forward. Dean was working a lone hand in that he never had a pass one could term “workable,” this being because Martin never once was happy or even comfortable, and that Forshaw could not put his astute ideas into perfect execution. Troup had few opportunities, but he has often played a whole lot better. Naylor scored the opening goal after eleven minutes from Jackson's centre, and Brown notched number two midday through the second half after Davies had saved brilliant from Jackson. Raw obtained the third a few minutes later from Jackson;s centre. All from the demon Jackson be it noted –the star of an all-star eleven. Teams: - Everton: - Davies, goal, Cresswell (captain) and O'Donnell, backs, Griffiths, Hart and Rooney, half-backs, Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Martin, and Troup, forwards. Huddersfield Town: - Turner, goal, Goodall and Wadsworth, backs, Steele, Wilson, Naylor, half-backs, Jackson, Kelly, Brown, Raw, and Smalies, forwards .



February 4 th 1929. The Daily Courier.


Everton playing delightful football, despite the bad conditions, were superior in practically all departments to Manchester City in the game at Maine-road, ably supported by a very strong half-back line in which Kelly and White excelled. The visiting forwards, frequently overran the oppose and had not the City goalkeeper, Jones been in exceptional good form, Everton would have won by a bigger margin. Webster opened the scoring for Everton, but just before the interval, Bacon equalised. Despite the handicap of an injury sustained in the first half, French put Everton a head again, and Easton added two more for the visitors, inside ten minutes during through the conceding half Bacon scored a second goal . Everton: - Hardy, goal, Common and Kennedy (captain), backs, Kelly, Dixon, and White, half-backs, Meston, Webster, French, Easton and Lewis, forwards.



February 6 th 1929. The Daily Courier.


Reconstructioned middle line, with Kelly, and Hart on the wings; White to lead for Dean, Ritchie, Dunn, and Easton other changes. Everton are first in the field with the team for the Derby game at Anfield on Saturday. Recent games have plainty shown that further changes were necessary in the Blues' side to bring it back to winning form. Since New Year's Day, when Everton beat Derby County, the side in League games and a cup-tie he's scored one goal, form, if continued, which would find the champions, fighting for their position in the first Division when may came around. The directors are to be congratulated on having tackled the position with both hands, and sweeping changes have been made in the hip that a winning combination will be got together whatever may be the result of the game with their local rivals at the weekend. Dean, of course, was a certain absentee owing to a leg injury, but such was not the case with the other positions in which changes have been made. Taking the position from goal to the forward line, the directors have dealt with them as follows; Davies retains his position which his display warranted; Cresswell, the captain, gives way to Common, of the reserves, and he partners O'Donnell at full back. The half-back line has been reconstructed by moving Griffiths to the middle position, Hunter Hart taking the left wing in place of the local, Rooney and the position vacated by Griffiths is filled by bringing in Kelly. This gaves Everton a powerful middlelane, which they will need to hold Liverpool's attack. Forward, Troup a lone at the line that operated against Huddersfield Town is retained, though it is only fair to state that Dean's absence is due to a strain. Troup will have Easton as partner, White the Southport lad, who has appeared in the halves, and forwards at different times, takes Dixie's place, while Critchley and Forshaw are dropped for Ritchie and Dunn, the Scottish wingers –on paper, it is a side that should gave Liverpool's a good run, though the attack does not look any too formidable. The sides is: - Davies; Common and O'Donnell; Kelly, Griffiths Hart; Ritchie, Dunn, White, Easton, and Troup.


Falkirk Herald-Saturday 9 February 1929

Everton continue to show interest in Syme, Dumfermline Athletic's centre-forward, but it is unlikely that the player will change his quarters until he has completed his apprenticeship.


February 9 th 1929. The Daily Courier.



The enforced changes in the Liverpool attack have done something towards levelling matters for the great local clash at Anfield today between Liverpool and Everton. The staggering alterations fore and aft made by Everton, who will be without two of their stars –Dean (injured) and Cresswell (dropped) –have been followed by a reshuffle of the Anfielders' forward line owing to injuries. Liverpool are among the unlucky teams of the season, but their never say-die policy is likely to sheer them through the stress of the times with more success than Everton, if the latter suffer a continuance of their misfortune. There is no panic in the Goodison camp, however, as Mr. Cuff points out. The Liverpool directors found yesterday that Hodgson and McDougall could not possibly be fit for today, so McFarlane, the Scottish boy who has been doing so well with the Reserves, will lead the attack instead of Whitehurst, the ex-Rochdale man and Race and Salisbury have been chosen as the left-wing pair in place of McDougall and Lindsay. The absence of centre-forwards like Dean and Hodgson deprives today's battle of a great deal of sparkle, but the general keenness will hardly be diminished. Dean is, of course suffering from a leg injury, and his place in the Everton side will be taken by White, the Southport lad, who has deputised for “Dixie” before, as well as playing at half-back. White is a reliable worker. Alex Troup will be –the only one of the forwards who opposed Huddersfield Town to take the field today, when he will have Easton as partner instead of Martin. Critchley and Forshaw have had to give way again to the Scottish pair, Ritchie and Dunn, on the right. One of the greatest surprises created by the Everton upheaval, however, is the disappearance of Warneford Cresswell, the captain, who place today will be filled by Common, who will be making his appearance for the senior side at right full-back. Common has done yeoman service for the Central League team.


The half-back line has also experienced a reshuffle, Griffiths, the Welsh international, becomes the pivot, Hunter Hart taking the left-half position, while Kelly comes in for Rooney on the right. The face of both sides have been changed so much that it is extremely difficult to pick on a possible result. It appears clear, however, that the Liverpool defence has a great advantage in strength over the Everton attack –that is, on paper. This fact may give Liverpool the extra goal, that counts. At the same time, the Anfielders front line seems to be badly balanced, and perhaps too much they be expected of the right wing. The McFarlane experiment is likely to prove of vital importance, one way or the other. This will be the 29 th meeting of the teams at Anfield. In the series Everton have won 11 and Liverpool eight, while nine have been drawn, with a total of 40 goals to the credit of each club. In recent seasons, however, the Reds have shown a pronounced improvement and have won several games on the run till the corresponding match last season, which, as already stated, was drawn. The match at Goodison Park last September was won by Everton by the only goal, scored by Troup. A record attendance is expected today. The turnstiles begin to operate at 1-30, and all must pay at the gate. There are no reserved stand seats. The kick off will be at 3.9' and the teams are: - Liverpool. –Riley; Jackson, Done; Morrison, Davidson, Bromilow; Edmed, Clark, McFarlane, Race, Salisbury. Everton. –Davies; Common, O'Donnell; Kelly, Griffiths, Hart; Ritchie, Dunn, White, Easton, Troup. Referee Mr. A. Josephs.



February 11 th 1929. The Daily Courier.





Liverpool have only themselves to blame for losing the return Merseyside “Derby” at Anfield on Saturday, and Everton have to thank their welcome enterprise for gaining the points by virtue of a two-goal-to-one victory. For enthralling, inspiring football this encounter between these old, friendly rivals –they were meeting for the 57 th time –must be written down as a classic, for except for two incidents which one would rather forget –they both occurred in the opening half –it was contested cleanly and keenly with neither side giving any quarter. From a territorial viewpoint, the Reds held a distinct advantage; in fact, they attacked twice to every once by the Blues. This was particularly noticeable in the second half, when often it was merely a case of the Everton rearguard holding the Reds' attackers at bay. Time after time the home five swept down the field in massed formation with combined lightning-like movements, but when it came to applying the finishing touch they were hopelessly at sea. If the Reds had only taken the absolutely “open” goals they would have been goals to the good at the finish, but, on three occasions, which can readily be recalled, Edmued fired over with not a soul between himself and the gaping net six yards away, and Race twice blinded wide with only Davies guarding the Everton fort. Everton scored first Griffiths heading in following a corner forced from a free kick given for a foul –a doubtful decision. Race equalised for Liverpool, and then White, with a great shot, won the game for the Champions. Salisbury was also another Red who missed chances. In absolute contrast to the Anfielders' tactics, the Everton vanguard adopted the open method –strange for them, it is true –for they made the ball travel from wing to wing, so that the Liverpool defence was generally spread-eagled. The Blues came away time after time, solo and in pairs, and each time they did get going Riley found himself with something difficult to handle. As a line of forwards the home five carried off the palm, but it must have been most disheartening to their supporters to see so much excellent approach work discounted by palpably weak finishing. It is funny thing, too, that the Reds have earned a reputation for being able to snatch at even the most slender branch, and making it serve their purpose.


Even without Dean, the Everton forwards showed more promise than has been noticed for weeks past, inasmuch as there was more decision about all of them, with the possible exception of Ritchie, who was never at his best. At half-back the Blues had the pull, for the simple reason that their trio could effectively combine attack with defence. Neither was slow in following up an advantage, but whenever the Reds developed they double back on their tracks and were ready and willing to guard against any contingency. The Liverpool intermediaries were too prone to lay up the field right at the heels of their forwards, and that accounted for the fact that so often did the Everton fleet-footed forwards break through with hardly a soul in immediate attendance. Everton held the upper hand also at back, for while O'Donnell stood out as the best man on the field –Griffiths compared with him in some respects –and Common made several bad mistakes the two worked together more as a pair than the home two. Jackson ruined what might have been a heroic exhibition by trying to accomplish too much. He wandered here, there and everywhere, and the folly of this was proved by the manner in which Troup received the ball. As a matter of fact, whenever the Scot gained possession Jackson was not within twenty-five yards of him four times out of six. Done was able to put a tight rein on Ritchie, but his kicking was none too sure, and many times he stepped in where even angels would have feared to tread and quickly realised his mistakes. He did keep better position than Jackson, however, and came to the rescue of the side time after time.


None could complain that there was no incident, and when the play was more even earlier on, each end was visited with astounding rapidity so that neither goalkeeper had any respite. By the manner in which they discharged their many duties they desired none either, for, taking their work all through, better displays could hardly have been given. Riley, it must be admitted, had more difficult material to handle than Davies, and once or twice only his uncanny anticipation saved his side, but Davies was not once at fault, and his courage in coming out to meet centres drew the admiration of the 55,000 who lined the enclosure. The game produced a lesson in goalkeeping for neither man had any chance with the shots, which beat him. To refer to the losers first, one would almost be inclined to give the greatest plum to Tommy Bromilow, the finest ball controller on the field. His was a purely scientific exhibition demonstrated with a coolness, which was a delight in such a needle “affair.” His feeding was excellent, and he stood the pace as well as anyone. Davidson played a storming game at centre-half, using his weight in strict fairness and looking after the requirements of his forwards well. Like Moirrison, however, he played too much to the attack. Morrison's penchant for following up left a wide gap on the home right flank with Jackson roving and it was small wonder that Troup and Easton enjoyed themselves. Edmed and McFarlane were the pick of the forwards, who did better as a combined force rather than individually. Edmed was excellent when he got rid of the ball first time, but he could not hold a candle to O'Donnell in a straight tackle. Clark was the cleverest of all, but he was cumbersome at times, and often held to the ball too long, thereby causing a hold-up in the machine. McFarlane led the line with excellent judgement, and was a masterpiece at nipping between the backs with the ball at toe to bring Davies into action. He did well on his first appearance. Race was hardly strong enough, and Salisbury did not make the most of his opportunities for the Blues O'Donnell took pride of place with Griffith once more a pivot, running him almost a dead-heat. Faced with the most potent home attacking section, O'Donnell never flinched, his fine anticipation, his thrilling rackling and artistic dribbling bringing forth the praises of friend and foe alike. Griffiths covered an astonishing compass with his long legs, reaching balls which seemed to have him beaten time after time. His tackling was relentless, and while he never once lowered his flag in a heading bout, he always tried to use the ball to the best advantage of the men in front. Commom nipped in may times to save dangerous situations, but he was not too sure when harassed. Kelly came back to give one of his best displays with doggedness his outstanding attribute. Hart was many times beaten for speed, but like Bromilow, he kept a cool head, and always considered football first at all. Easton was the best of the forwards, who were inclined to be too individualistic; but they did keep the ball moving, and it was the game, which paid. Easton juggled with extreme cleverness, and made the best of his transfers, so that Troup had a glorious day on the left, his centering being realty artistic. White made a capable deputy for Dean, being quick to seize openings, and making a point of playing up on the backs, while Dunn was the brainiest attacker on view. He always did the unexpected, some of his clever back-heels being a perfect joy. Ritchie hardly made the most of the excellent material his partner provided.


Everton took the lead in the first half, when Griffiths headed home from Troup's corner. That corner was forced from a free-kick given against Morrison for a foul when he and Hart became locked as they were following the play up the field. It was a doubtful decision. After 62 minutes Salisbury and Edmed took a strong hand in the attack which brought the equaliser, Clark just gliding the ball over for race to push it into the corner. In two minutes Everton obtained the decider when Kelly followed up a corner to lob the ball into the goalmouth and White, displaying wonderful enterprise, sprang between Done and Davidson to crash the ball into the roof of the net. Thus did the Blues register their second “double” of the season, and come back after a period that has been all too “Blue.” Liverpool had the balance of the play and dovetailed better, but they threw away everything, which the gods gave them. They could have won, but this was Everton's day, and no one will begrudge them the points in a thoroughly satisfying and exciting contest. Teams : - Liverpool: - Riley, goal, Jackson and Done, backs, Morrison, Davidson, and Bromilow, half-backs, Edmed, Clark, McFarlane, Race, and Salisbury, half-backs, Everton: - Davies goals, Common and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Griffiths, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Ritchie, Dunn, White, Easton, and Troup, forwards.



February 11 th 1929. The Daily Courier.


Everton had a good share of the game, but their attack was not newly so methodical as that of the City, whole right wing, consisting of Pringle and Liddle was particularly dangerous. The latter opened the score, Webster Everton's last forward equalised but Mawson and Johnson scored further goals for Stein. Both custodians made several good saves, and Kennedy was a fine Everton defender. Johnson, ex-Liverpool engineered many of the attacks made on the Everton goal.


Derby Daily Telegraph-Friday 15 February 1929

Two footballer-cricketers who have appeared in Derbyshire celebrate their birthday to-day. Jack Sharp, the International is 51, and "Andy" Ducat, another old International, is 43. Sharp played two Cup-finals while with Aston Villa and Everton. For Lancashire he played as an amateur and professional and finished up as captain. He figured in three Tests against Australia. Ducat also wore Aston Villa colours besides those of Southend, Woolwich Arsenal and Fulham. Ducat made 41 centuries for Surrey. He appeared for England versus Australia 1921.


.Jack Sharp's Birthday.

Notting Evening Post- Friday 15 February 1929

Many happy returns Jack 'Sharp, international footballer and cricketer, who was born Hereford on February 15th, 1878. The old Aston Villa and Everton outside-right played in two Cup Finals and rose to director of Everton F.C. For his adopted cricket county, Lancashire, he appeared both a professional and amateur, and ended as captain of the side- Sharp played three tests against Australia, and was tho only batsman to score century for England such matches in 1909. In all first class games, from his first appearance in his last in 1899 to his last in 1925, he scored 22,715 runs, which included 38 centuries and averaged 31.11, while his fast bowling brought him 400 wickets at a cost of 2747 runs each. Jack was a member of tho English Cricket Selection Committee 1921.



February 18 th 1929. The Daily Courier.


The Junior “Derby” game attracted a fair crowd to Goodison Park and a draw was a true reflex. Liverpool held the advantage during the first half by adapting themselves better to the conditions, Sullivan scored the only goal of the first half for Liverpool, but Everton might have been level had Webster made use if his change near the interval, Everton played much better after the resumption and French soon put them on equal terms, and later the same player added a second goal from a penalty. Wilde, however, gained the equaliser in the closing stages, Maher and Fairhurst the custodian, made some clever saves. Slater and J. was good in defence and the intermediate line honours were quality divided between Jones and James. The pick of the Everton forwards were French and Templeton. Liverpool's most prominent forward were Sullian and Wilde.



February 20 th 1929. The Daily Courier.



Everton will have as opportunents on Saturday Blackburn Rovers, for the game at Goodison Park, the Blues find Dean recovered from his injury, and he therefore deposes White from the leadership of the side. Dunn will be away assisting Scotland (Didn.t play, injured) so the directors have moved the former Southport player to inside right and he will have as partner Critchley. The team reads: - Davies; Common, O'Donnell; Kelly, Griffiths, Hart; Critchley, White, Dean, Easton, Troup.

H Young

Derby Daily Telegraph -Wednesday 20 February 1929

H. Young the Newport County outside left, in his second season with the Welsh club, has been suspended for a month by the directors for an alleged breach of training regulations He was formerly with Everton and Brentford.



Yorkshire Post -Thursday 21 February 1929

The Corinthians will meet Everton in match at Goodison Park on Saturday, March 2. West Ham United, who were to have metthe champions in a League game, being engaged m their F.A. Cup-tie on that date.


Arbroath Herald-Friday 22 February 1929

Dunn, of Everton, cannot take his place for Scotland to-morrow at Ireland, and W. S. Chalmers, of Queen's Park, will fill the position. In the Irish side, Flack, of Burnley, will appear at left back in place R. Hamilton, of Rangers.


Derby Daily Telegraph-Saturday 23 February 1920

There was a time when Everton were willing to sell William Eaton, the young inside forward they secured from the North-Eastern League club, Blyth Spartans, two seasons ago, but when Stoke enquired his price they did not fancy paying well into four figures for a comparatively unknown reserve player. Now Easton has literally forced himself into the first eleven, and Stoke are likely wish they had down. Easton isn't for sale at any price to-day.



February 23 rd 1929. The Daily Courier.



Everton have a respectable record in the series of matches with their old foes Blackburn Rovers, and in the last half dozen tussles they have secured no fewer than 8 of the points at stake. Many tides have, however, trembled on Mother Mersey's bosom since a year ago when the Champions were in their prime and now, Confronted with a team who are within reach of both “plums” and who are sweeping onwards with irresistible dash, supporters of the Goodison Park club are asking themselves were fully if the much-desired revival must be postponed again. Yet they console themselves with that the inimitable Dean, with his innumerable artifices, will be back to the fold at Goodison Park today. That fact and means a lot of the hopes of the home crowd. But Blackburn Rovers, too, possess shooting stars of high degree. What about young Clarence Bourton, who is devoting his varied abilities to the plough in the International furrow? If he maintains his wonderful goalscoring propensities he must be given a cap some day. Then there are Puddefoot, artful and seaned, and Roscamp.


Oh, yes with all these classic, and a few more whom I have not mentioned, it will be a pleasant match, in which there will be a point or points, for the Champions. Dragging reaction of recent high endeavour is bound to cloud the Rovers' ranks in this period of seeming tranquillity, so I expect the Goodison bogy to strike again, to some extent anyway, the Blackburn invades, Hutton or no Hutton. The mention of the burly Scot makes me feel that here we have the heaviest back in England football today. But though carrying, avoirdupois in generous quantities, he can “lad about” like a two-year-old. Just watch him today. He seems to have taken as his battle cry the famous wartime phrase of a French Army general. “They shall not Pass.” However, I recommend him with all, his impressive power, to centre-forward, Dean, of Everton. The match starts at 3-15, and the teams are: - Everton; Davies; Common, O'Donnell; Kelly Griffiths, Hart; Critchley, White, Dean, Easton, Troup. Blackburn Rovers; Crawford; Hutton, Roxburgh; Healless, Rankin, Campbell; Roscamp, Puddefoot, Bourton, McLean, Mitchell.



February 25 TH 1929. The Daily Courier.





Defensive blunders by Blackburn, an extra ounce of virility, and a shade of that invaluable asset –luck –gave Everton a welcome victory over the Rovers at Goodison Park on Saturday. People were in doubt as to whether the Champions could continue their welcome revival, started at the expense of Liverpool, especially as Billy Dean reported unfit at the last moment. The team which did duty had a somewhat Central League flavour about it, but it stands to the credit of the eleven that they gave a fine exhibition of spontaneous “first kick at the ball “ football. For the opening thirty minutes it appeared as if the Rovers were bound to prove that it is harder to win the Cup than the League Championship, for they gave the Blues an object lesson in fast, clever well-combined football. In four minutes they took the lead, when the cup-winning Roscamp wriggled his way through the defence to score with a shot which Davies touched but which rolled just over the line. It was quite a simple affair, and left everyone dumbfounded. Encouraged by this success, Blackburn demonstrated how they done so well in both League and Cup warfare, for they held the Champions in subjection, delivering thrust after thrust on the home goal. Roxburgh, the Blackburn left-back, had an unfortunate day, for he was the man who paved the way for the Everton victory, and even when it had been won drove an extra nail into the coffin of his own side. He had the misfortune to put through his own goal twice, but it was the first blunder, which mattered. Challged by White, he endeavoured to flick the ball outside, but placed it low into the net. Nothing daunted, the Rovers still continued to play good football, but then the Everton defence settled down to play steady football after a somewhat shaky opening, and the Blues gained a fortunate goal by Martin after 28 minutes.


A long shot from Martin hit the turf of earth in it flight at the same time as Crawford stumbled to the ground on both knees. The ball swerved away to pass just under his hand into the goal. The Champions were highly delighted at their lead, following three goals, which were the fruit of fortune. They buckled to with rare zest, always making sure to reach the ball first and make the best use of it in the shortest possible time. It was their turn to call the time, and it was a merry one. For minutes on end one saw the Blackburn defenders at their wits' end to repel the rapier-like raids of the Champions. So deadly were the Blues that on occasion questionable tactics had to be resorted to by the Rovers to keep them at bay. Even then the Champions must have considered themselves the children of the gods to be ahead at the interval, but in the second half they made no mistake on the question of superiority, though hardly from a purely football sense. Martin and White scored excellent goals for the Blues before Roxburgh kindly placed a centre from Troup into his own net. From that point onwards the Rovers came into their own again –it is true Everton eased up somewhat –and McLean scored with a lovely shot into the roof of the net to ring down the curtain on the scoring. Except for the first half-hour there was little scientific football, but for exhilaration and enjoyment the match would be hard to beat. Thrills were taking place in either goalmouth almost every minute, and Crawford can take full credit for pulling his side out of many difficulties, even though he was not always quick in disposing of the ball. After the splendid showing of the Champions hope springs up that their revival is really a genuine one, for the team as a whole showed more willing endeavour than has been the case in the majority of matches this season. There was sympathy and team spirit evident, and this is what the Champions have been lacking for a long time. The five forwards, fast, and eager, received splendid support from the trio behind them, and the backs gave not an inch away after that uncertain opening.


Martin stood out as the best attacker, for, in addition to his two goals, he was the prime schemer and was always endeavouring to do the unexpected. White Led the line splendidly, making the best use of every pass which came his way, and Easton, though none too convincing in front of goal, was the creator of many a good opening for his confreres. Critchley outshone Troup on the wing, but this was partly due to the fact that he had more chances. Griffiths was the best men on the side; in fact, there was no one to approach him out of the whole 22. Hart and Kelly preformed many brilliant things a took a lot of work off the shoulders of Common and O'Donnell, who, however, had plenty to do. O'Donnell was the best back on the field, and Common gave an improved display on that at Anfield. Davies might have saved the first goal, but he did well afterwards. Teams: - Everton: - Davies, goal, Common and O;Donnell, backs, Kelly, Griffiths, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Critchley, Easton, White, Martin, and Troup, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Crawford, goal, Raitt and Roxburgh, backs, Healless, Rankin and Campbell, half-backs, Roscamp, Puddefoot, Bourton, McLean, and Mitchell, forwards.



February 25 th 1929. The Daily Courier.

Substantial fee for Walsall Centre-forward R. Albert Attwood, who has been signed by Everton. Attwood joined Walsall from the Army, and has scored 16 goals this season. He is 5ft 9in; and weights 11 st 6lbs. Attwood played a brilliant game against Queen's Park Rangers on Saturday, and he scored one, Attwood was in the Rhine Army until a few months ago, and since joined Walsall has scored 13 goals in 13 Third Division (South) matches, Manchester City, among other clubs, have recently been interested in him. The transfer fee is stated to be a substantial one.

ATTWOOD transferred

Derby Daily Telegraph-Monday 25, 1929

Walsall transferred A. Attwood their centre forward, to Everton for a substantial fee after the with Queen's Park Rangers on Saturday. Attwood, until few mouths ago, was on the Rhine with the Shropshire Regiment, and he has played in several representative Army teams.



Yorkshire Post -Tuesday 26 February 1929

The Walsall centre forward, Attwood. who has been transferred to Ever ton. was secured by Walsall from tho Army. He weighs list. 1st 6lb., and stands 5ft. 9in. He has been consistent scorer for the Third Division club.'


Dean's Rivals

Derby Daily Telegraph-Tuesday 26 February 1929

DEAN, who has been out of the Everton side owing to injury has now another rival with the signing the Toffeemen of Attwood, the young Walsall forward, who has done so well since his promotion to the Southern Section side's seniors. Attwood played football with the Rhine Army, and was snapped up bv the Saddlers as soon as he had doffed Ins khaki kit. White, the recognised deputy for Dean, has been doing exceptionally well with the League side. Liverpool papers are beginning to ask, "What will'Everton do with William Dean?"


Yorkshire Post -Thursday 28 February 1929

Everton Successful at Huddersfield.

Everton Reserves defeated Huddersfield Town Reserves in Central League match at Leeds Road yesterday 2 goals to 1. Both sides had strong elevens on the field, the home men playing Cumming, fresh from the International match at Belfast, while the Everton forwars were led by Attwood, who was signed earlier in the week from Walsall. Most attacking was done by Everton, Ritchie being a difficult man to hold. It was he who put his tide ahead with splendid shot from near the penalty area, after good work by Attwood, Forshaw, and himself. Attwood originated and completed the move that lead the second goal. Just before the dose Young scored for Huddersfield.



Edinburgh Evening News -Thursday 28 February 1929

Ary United deny a story that they have been approached by Everton for the transfer Robertson, their half-back.


February 28 th 1929. The Daily courier.


Attwood, whom Everton have just secured from Walsall made a successful debut in the Central League match at Huudersfield yesterday and had the satisfaction of scoring. Good football was out of the question on the snow covered ground, but the Everton forward Ritchie especially, tested the home defence, after thirty-five minutes Ritchie put them ahead following good play by Attwood and Forshaw. Ten minutes from the close Attwood scored a clever goal, but just on time Young narrowed the margin. The result was fair for Everton did most of the pressing, and a sound defence repulsed Huddersfield's few attacks. Weldon played well, Kell, made is debut, is a youth from the North, who is on trial and he plays at left half-back.



February 1929