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February 1 st 1930. Evening Express




By Hunter Hart, Everton captain.

It has been freely advocated, since the great Cup battles between the Corinthians and Millwall, that the Argonauts –the suggested amateur team –should be admitted to the Football League in the name of amateurism, but, without wishing to decry the legion of the unpaid, I consider League football to be out of their sphere. Everyone admires the amateur player, but many people, in their enthusiasm for those who receive no remuneration from the game, and apt to forget that the professional has a particularly strong case for consideration when the welfare of the sport is under consideration. My objection to the admittance of the Argonauts are not based on jealousy or narrow minded views, but more out of loyalty to the present clubs comprising the Football League and the men who earn their living by playing for those clubs.


If the Argonauts were elected to the League at the next annual meeting a professional club would have to go out to make way for them. Is this fair? I consider it would be an act of great injustice if a club in the Third Division (Southern Section) –the new club would undoubtedly be placed in this section –which has kept the banner of Association football flying for many years should have to pass out the existence just because a certain section of the public desire to see amateurs pitted against the paid men. The running of a professional club is not all beer and skittles, and those clubs who have to contend with heavy taxation, bad gates and heavy wag bills should receive the first consideration of the powers that be. The Argonauts at the moment are to me something of a mystery. True, they would have an ideal ground in the Wembley Stadium, but there is no team at the moment. They are a club in name only, and play no matches at all. As far as I can gather, the team will be formed immediately the organisers can be certain they will be elected to the League club. Was there ever a more curious position? As a matter of fact, I think the Football league clubs would favour the admittance of the Corinthians rather than the Argonauts, who have yet to come into existence.


Everyone will agree that the business element is to be found in professional football, though I do not think it is the be all and end all of it, and so it would be grossly unfair if, by the admittance of amateurs into professional circles some players were thrown out of employment. This would surely happen with the decrease in the number of professional clubs. The election of an amateur club to the League would increase unemployment, and anything which would tend to make the lot of the paid player harder than it is at the moment, when there are so many men without clubs, is absolutely unacceptable. No clerk in an office would like a volunteer to come in and offer to do his work for nothing and so throw him out of work, and it is precisely the same with the footballer. No footballer should be deprived of his means of livelihood just because a section of the public, possessing sympathies with amateurism desire to have an amateur team in the League. Personally, I think that a great ideal of this sympathy is misplaced. There must be hundreds of followers of say, Everton, who are loud in their praise of the Corinthians, and who hoped they would have won at least one match in the F.A. Cup, but would those hopes have held good had the Corinthians been called upon to play Everton? I think not. Again, I do not think any amateur club could be a success in the League. First of all they would not have the players to call on owing to business ties of the amateurs, and there would be handicaps in regard to training. Consequently they would be at a disadvantage from the beginning, and it is fallacious to suggest that men who are working all the week with the minimum of preparation can hold their own with men who are in the game every day. If the Argonauts became a Football League club they would quickly find that their popularly would wane. Take the case of Queen's Park (Glasgow). They are not the most popular club in the Scottish League by a long way. Enthusiasts would much prefer to see the Rangers, Celtic, Hearts and others. Once the amateurs came into competitive football with their professional brothers and oppose clubs with hugh followers they would merely be regarded as an ordinary team. If the Argonauts were elected they would find themselves battling against insurmountable odds while lacking the sympathy they received hitherto. It is my emphatic opinion that professional football is no place for an amateur club, especially when a professional club would have to be scarified to allow them to come in.



February 1 st 1920. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton and Portsmouth, who were knocked out of the Cup competition last Saturday, fulfil their League fixture at Goodison Park. Everton's position in the League table is such as to cause the greatest concern to the officials, and if the club is to retain its place in the First Division it is essential that points should be secured at home. Portsmouth are none to safe –they have 23 points from twenty-five games compared with Everton's 20 points for 26 matches. Portsmouth on their day are no easy side to match, and Everton may expect strenuous opposition. Sagar, injured at Blackburn Rovers last Saturday, is unable to keep goal, so that Davies returns, along with Cresswell, Griffiths, and Dunn, who were chosen in place of Williams, Hart and Marti. Portsmouth have released Cook, their outside left, to play for Wales. Everton won at Portsmouth in September by 4 goals to 1, and I believe they will complete the double today. The kick off is at 3 o'clock, and the teams are; - Davies; Cresswell, O'Donnell; Robson, Griffiths, McPherson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Rigby, Stein. Portsmouth; Gilfifian; Mackie, W Smith; Nichol, Kearney, Thackerlay, Forward, J Smith, Weddle, Easson, Rutherford.



February 3 rd 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury



By failing to beat Portsmouth in the game at Goodison Park, Everton greatly disappointed their supporters. The result was a draw of one goal each, and taking the contest as a whole the score was a fairly true reflection of the play. There were times when Portsmouth looked like carrying off both point, their progressive methods and ability to keep the ball down gave them an advantage which, however, they could not use successfully. They scored first at sixty-seven minutes, and with Everton more or less unsatisfactory Portsmouth seemed the more likely winners. A burst by the Everton forwards gave Dean an opportunity, and he headed the ball into the net at seventy-two minutes thus levelling the scores. Smith's goal for Portsmouth was from a shot that came rather unexpectedly, and when Weddle stopped to allow the ball to travel goalwards, Davies appeared unsighted. Davies touched the ball as it bounced near the upright but he failed to stop the shot, which entered the net at the corner.


The most exciting incidents came near the end, and when both sides struggled hard for the lead, but the play generally had few bright features. Portsmouth probably played as well as then usually do. They are by no means a classy side, and rely more upon earnest efforts and direct methods than polished movements. Everton, however, could claim no distinction in any phase of the game. The improvement noticed a fortnight ago, when they won handsomely against Derby County was a thing of the past. Much of the work lacked both spirit and skill, and it was fortunate they were pitted against a side no better than Portsmouth. Davies had not a great deal to do, and was fairly safe, although in the early stages O'Donnell saved the goal when he kicked out with Davies beaten. Both Cresswell and O'Donnell had lapses, especially in the second half, that might have brought disaster, but they got through a great amount of work with a fair measure of credit. Griffiths was one of the few outstanding figures in the game –a capital worker and one of the best shooters. Robson, too, did well, alert, energetic as ever, Robson missed few chances of helping his forwards.


McPherson, however, was in a different category. He was slow to tackle, and allowed opponents far too much scope. Stein came into the picture late on with some capital efforts; both Rigby and Dean missed excellent chances. Early in the second half Dean got clean through the defence, but Gilfillan brought off a great save. Dunn was slow and generally out of touch with the forwards, with the result that Critchley got few opportunities. Portsmouth best were Gilfillian, Mackle, Thackeray, J. Smith, and Easson. Teams; - Everton; - Davies, goal, Cresswell, O'Donnell, backs; Robson, Griffiths, and McPherson, half-backs, Critchley, Dunn, Dean (captain), Rigby, and Stein, forwards. Portsmouth; - Gilfillian, goal, Mackle, and W Smith, backs, Nichol, Kearney, and Thackeray, half-backs, Forward J Smith, Weddle, Easson, and Rutherford, forwards.



February 3 rd 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury.


It was the persistency and virility of the Everton forwards which gave victory to the team by the odd goal of seven at Stoke. It was a game of fluctuating fortune. Webster, Attwood and White scored for Everton in the first half and Ware and Harrison for Stoke midway through the second half. Tennant, the City's right-back shot an equalising goal with a terrific drive from a free kick at twenty-five yards range. Both goals had very narrow escapes during a tense struggle for the winning goal, which was obtained by Attwood a few minutes from the end. Calvert kept goal well for the winners particularly in the most critical period of the second half, and O'Donnell and Kennedy were stubborn backs. The forwards often showed good cohesion, and Attwood was an enterprising leader.


George Mahon Cup Semi-Final

At Crosby. Dempsey scored the only goal of the first half near the interval, and Blundellsands had more of the play, in the second half, and Dempsey scored two goals, this performing the “hat-trick” Dykes registered Everton's goal in the closing stages. Maycox,McGoff, and Dempsey, were conspicuous to the winners. Calverty and French and Johnson were the pick of the Everton team.



February 5 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury.

There are three changes in the Everton team to play Manchester City at Maine Road to day, compared with the side that drew with Portsmouth, last Saturday. Williams comes into the side in place of Cresswell, White is at left-half back instead of McPherson, while Martin will be at inside right for Dunn. Mr. Cuff on the position of Everton, is one of the most popular clubs in the league, and I am sure their present predicament is regretted by all. Regaining rumours that Everton intended to sign Hill of Newcastle United, Mr. Cuff the chairman said'' that fact is that I have a pocket full of recommendations for players what it is variously believed could help Everton to extricate themselves. We believe that we have the players and I think if they had more confidence, would realise their ability and forest the circumstances that they would, pull the club out of the hazardous position there may yet be time. “Replying to these critics, who emphasized that Everton paid too much attention to fancy football, Mr. Cuff said, “I am opinion that stylish football is as productive of goals as the more vigorous type.”



February 6 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury




By “Bee.”

Everton beat Manchester City at Maine-road yesterday, before 20,000 spectators by 2 goals to 1. In beating the Maine-road side they defeated one of the best teams in the land –a side that is still in the Cup series, and a side that had ideas of over-hauling Sheffield Wednesday in the League Championship race. Therefore, its has a merit and standing that is uncommonly good. It has only to be added that there was no suggestion of fluke or accident about the result to make the victory quite the bets Everton have gained this season, and good enough to be classed with their win at Grimsby. The result may not have been a just one, because Everton and the writer believed the goal scored by Marshall was due to an offside verdict not being delivered by Referee Prince-Cox when the facts and positions of players justified it; but it was a just verdict in that Everton were the superior side and won in spite of a goal against that should not have been allowed.


All the more praise to the players for fighting back against the fates. It took Everton a long time to win, so long, indeed, that one had become reconciled to the fickleness of misfortune hanging on their heads so that they could not even make a draw. Dean had hurt his ankle; he had resumed at centre-forward; then moved to outside right, and finally took a second turn at centre-forward and enjoyed the privilege of joining in the great fun, for this was a match where there was no venom and much good football, and if the game was not full of incident, it was at least finely fought, sternly fought, and a credit to both teams.


One had come to believe that Everton's heart must fail to function in view of the way the game had gone. Yet they fought back with a rentless desire for victory that could not be denied, and when Griffths, the centre half-back, tried a long shot he got the greatest goal seen on the ground, a really stupendous drive, low, slightly to the right of the goal. Barber the goalkeeper, being unable to move ere the ball had entered the net. It might have gone anywhere, it is true, but with the wind pretty severe and blowing at Everton's back any player was justified in taking a thirty yards shot. This Griffiths did, and he got some compensation for his effort where he had none on Saturday against Portsmouth. To clinch matters Martin, always a good scheming forward had moved off in a dribble towards the left wing, and, with Stein joining in the ball came out to Rigby, who crashed in another goal –a winning effort. So Everton won in the last ten minutes of play. The fear of relegation had become so pronounced that the players had been obsessed with the knowledge, change had been made. White was at half-back for McPherson Williams of Swansea was tried vice Cresswell, and Martin returned to the attack in place of Dunn. There were changes of note, and they all carried good results. Williams, indeed, was the outstanding man of the day in defence, well as O'Donnell played when the need of a covering up movement became necessary. Griffiths must take the big palm, too, for his part; his heading was magnificent, and Johnson at centre-forward, could make nothing of him, although near the interval he shot, the ball against the upright. Everton started well, and finished well. Their right wing pair, were ideal in the early game. Critchley showed what a good sound centre he can put across. Alter that the right-winger slipped over many times, and the unsettling of the attacking division through Dean's injury caused the line to be a rather “shredy” affair. When Dean returned to centre-forward the line linked up with the remaining portions of the team, and hammered at the city defence fill it had to give way. Barber was a rather busy man compared with Davies, who picked up one very difficult shot, yet otherwise was so well shielded by his full backs that he had little to bother him.


The win stamped Everton, on such form, as nearer the top of the division than the foot of it. The effect of such a win must be enormous; it is a pity therefore, that there should be any doubt about Dean not playing at the Arsenal ground on Saturday, Everton's half-back line all through was specially strong in using the ball when they had taken possession of it. Robson also produced a shot to show Griffiths he had caught the infection. White added a lump of weight, and some dribbling propensity to the line, the three who composed it being inclined to work the ball rather than make a wild clearance, which O'Donnell's penchant for moving up in close dribbles made the defensive reign and region of the Everton side a very interesting one. Stein had not a great chance, and once blazed his way through for a shot when he could have centred; but at this time of day with Everton still in danger it is necessary that punching power should be added to the side's formal line, there had not been sufficient shooting on the part of Everton considering the way they played for half an hour. The great feeling of heartiness and enterprise, however, was the ruling factor of this game; where there had been a tendency to tenderness, there was now a dogged will to go through and win. All played well, but I have had to name those who played especially well, and it would not be out of place of mention here that Critchley concluded his second half without pairing to good effect, and Rigby was a trifle short in many sprints to the ball. It will be remembered as Griffiths's match, because of his astounding and outstanding goal, and because his long suit was heading tackling, and feeding, plus an odd shot –what more could be desired from a pivot? Manchester City frankly admitted that they had been sorry to part with that they had been sorry to part with the points, but on the day's play they had gone the right way. Everton took a large number of supporters with them, and they chanted the 1,2,34,5 song when the first goal had come to their side. This strike me as optimists if a super fire character. Yet had Everton drawn or lost the game, I should have felt they had gone from the ground with honours, and without their just reward. They had earned a victory, and the Marshall goal scored near half-time would have rankled very seriously. Teams; - Manchester City; - Barber, goal; Felton and McCloy, backs; Borrall, Cowan, and Heireman; half-backs; Toseland, Marshall, Johnson, Tilson, and Brook, forwards. Everton; - Davies, goal; Williams, and O;Donnell; backs, Robson, Griffiths, and T. White, half-backs; Critchley, Martin, Dean (captain), Rigby and Stein, forwards, forwards . Referee Mr. Prince-Cox, London.



February 8 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton, who revived hopes of better things by their victory over Manchester City, are faced by another stiff task against the Arsenal, at Highbury. Though the Arsenal are still in the Cup, third position in the League is by no means secure so that we still see desperate sides struggling for the points. Everton having won at Maine-road, will enter this afternoon's encounter with renewed vigour and confidence, and they will make a bold bid for victory. Unfortunately Everton will lack the services of Dean, who was injured at Manchester in the mid-week match, and it has been decided to play Attwood at cente-forward. White, who received an injury at Maine road, is doubtful and in his absence Hart many play. What the Arsenal team will be depends upon the reports from Brighton where the players return from their special training. Baker may be at right half. There is a hope that the Arsenal will not have to make any changes in which event James would contrive of inside-left and Williams at outside right. Teams; Everton; Davies; Williams, O'Donnell; Robson, Griffiths, White (or Hart); Critchley, Martin, Attwood, Rigby, Stein; Arsenal (probable); Lewis; Parker, Hapgood; Haynes, (or Baker), Roberts, John; Williams, Jack, Lambert, James, Bastin.



February 8 th 1930. Evening Express.




By Hunter Hart, Everton's captain.

To allow League Championships and the equally important verdicts of promotion and relegation to depend on goal average is to my mind, utterly unsatisfactory. The only just method of deciding exceptionally close finishes is a deciding match between the aspirants for honours or the candidates for relegation, as the case may be. First of all, let us take concrete cases where goal average has brought success to one club and no fruit to another. In the season 1923-24 Huddersfield Town won the championship at the expense of Cardiff City on a small fractional advantage in goal average –and incidentally went on to register a hat-trick of championships –and in 1926-27 Portsmouth secured the second position in the Second Division because their goal average was less than a decimal point better than that of Manchester City. Fancy promotion resting on such a fraction. League football, to my mind, is a test of skill, and therefore, the question of relegation and success should be decided by competition between the eligible parties. If two clubs whether at the top or bottom of the League, have the same number of points them they should participate in a deciding match. This would gave an satisfaction to each club and to every follower of the game. In either of the cases mentioned above there were 50 per cent of the public who said that one team should have secured the honour and the other half said the other team. There was division of opinion, and yet we shall never know which of the clubs was the better. I think that had the teams been forced to play-off we might not have seen that trio of victories by Huddersfield or Portsmouth in the First division. True, goal-average might have worked out correctly, but on the present system there is no chance of finding out.


It is freely argued that goals count most of all in football, but everyone will join with me in desiring that sheer football ability shall carry a team to championship honours and the lack of ability to relegation. Many a side playing pure football has failed to win by a huge score, but got home by one or two goals. By this they gave the public what they require –good football and victory. Why on earth should that club be penalised because they have not reduced a highly scientific game to a farce by registering runaway victories. The present system gives additional advantage to teams playing the kick-and-rush style of football, who occasionally pile up big scores, but cannot by any stretch of imagination be accounted clever.


To supplement my contention, take the case of the Cup-tie between Manchester City and Swindon this season. In the first half the Northerners secured a lead of four clear goals, and eventually won by the cricket score of 10 goals to one. Can anyone consider the score in a series light? Swindon; obviously were absolutely demoralised when they conceded the first two or three goals, and the mental effect of those goals alone enable the City to score practically at will. It is just the same as saving money. It is a hard job to hoard the first hundred pounds, but a matter of simplicity to make it £200.


The question of injuries also comes into the matter especially relating to the clubs in the danger zone. One club might suffer the death blow of injuries for a few weeks during which period they concede goals, which would otherwise not have arisen. With a full team available again they might possibly serve up football, as good as any other club in the competition and yet suffer the sad fate of going down just because they had that bad patch when good men were sitting on the stands. To bear out this contention I need only point to the case of Everton last season when Dean was off so long for injury. We were not getting the goals we should have done had Dean been available all the times. We escaped ignominious fate by a narrow margin, but it would have been unfair had we been forced to go down merely on the count of goal average when our leading marksman was out of the game for about 50 per cent of matches. An element of luck creeps into the argument as well, for in some seasons a club will have say two, three or even four goals scored for them by opponents while another club might have no such smiles from the gods of fortune. Those goals might make all the difference between preservation of status and relegation or success and non-success at the top end of the table when the final reckoning comes. Trouble would arise under the play-off system in that the proceeds of any matches played after the first Saturday in May must be devoted to charity. This is an obstacle that could be easily surmounted however, for the Football Association and the Football League could come to an arrangement to allow these vital matches to be decided even if the “gate” did go to charity. The club concerned would not mind losing their share of the money, though it would be infinitely better to play the matches on Cup-tie terms. Again, play-offs would not be necessary each year, for goal-average might not enter into the championship, Promotion and relegation at all. There can hardly be a club in the land which would not welcome the alteration in the goal average system when it affect such vital problems, and I hope for an early change.


ARSENAL 4 EVERTON 0 (Game 3039)

February 10 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury



By “Bees.”

Everton have done no good in London. Their worst was saved for the game at Highbury against a side that was mainly units and was struggling against a near-foot-of-the-table register. The game was extraordinary in many ways; in the second half it was notorious for its limp character. There was not an incident worthy of record if we except frailty on the part of both sets of forwards. It was lifeless, dull football with out a sparkle, and the whole ground with its 33,000 spectators seemed to have fallen under the spell of the goalkeeping errors of the first half-hour when Arsenal scored four goals. They might have had more with a shade of fortune, but they could not grumble at the luck that went their way owing to the mistakes made by the Everton goalkeeper, who had a tragic match. He has plainty lost his confidence, and it is no exaggeration to say that two or three of the first set of goals should have been saved. There was no pace, no sting in the headers that scored, and Everton were finally routed, even if they kept the score down in the second half.


The air of misfortune spread around the tem. The players went from good to bad from bad to worse, till finally the visiting side packed up and realised that this was not their day out. Yet the Everton side started in a way suggestive of distinct possibility. Their right flank opened in a way that reminded one glandly of the Wednesday game against Manchester City. There was sense and touch in their combination. There was attack, with a well-formed idea of beating a defence that is known to be shaky and slow. The opening twelve minutes were not a guild to what was to follow. Davies, in short, erred when they opened their score and when the score was added to. Here was a case where four goals were scored, yet the day was productive of no shooting from either side –shooting to the mark, that is to say.


Everton had no confidence, and most of the men failed to come within bounds of their former form. White had been tried just before the match owing to a danger of his injury being beyond his chance of play. He played, so that the only alteration was the appearance of Attwood, of Walsall, for Dean. Dean's presence must count for a lot with the other members of the side. His absence was felt to a degree one could never have believed possible. The London side was very happy about a four-goals' margin, yet they readily appreciated how the game had gone, and did not hide their views. Arsenal scored three though Lambert, who was a mere plodder and opportunist. Bastin and Williams were thorns in the defensive flesh; they are the real raiders. Alec James playing in his erratic manner which leads him to lie far back. He actually acted the part of back, and kicked hard up the field when Lambert got his final goal –a goal Everton called illegal, as Lambert was reckoned to be in his opponents half when he received the ball. But what was one among so many? The damage had been done; the heart had gone out of the side that had found its best form at Manchester; the margin is wrong, judged from any angle of actual play, became Everton were the more constructive.


The lack of punch in their attack is photographed in the easy passage Lewis, the Arsenal goalkeeper, was allowed. The turning point of the game, came when Critchley hooked a shot over his shoulder and Lewis was nonplussed. He imagined the ball must go outside; actually it struck the upright and passed out. From that point –which was an hour before the doleful end, Everton were not able to make progress against stocky half-backs and the height of Roberts being too much for Attwood, who also fell into the clutches of the offside trap, laid frequently and definitely so that the referee could not be in error about the incident. On the other hand, the Everton defence once again had a habit of calling for offside, and stopping play albeit the referee said, “play on.” That way goals are given away.


In half an hour Lambert had scored three, and Williams had got a centre from Jack –an interchange of positions –that Davies should have gathered. It is difficult to describe the change of front of defence of the defeated side; a team that could play so well for ten minutes should not be disheartened by a solitary mistake. Yet this is exactly what occurred, despite the rousing efforts of O'Donnell, Williams, and Griffiths the last being without superior in the field, and producing one of his electric shots without fortune. Griffiths was a finder and a seeker and a tackler and feeder, but his wing half-backs were too readily run through, Robson not doing so well as usual. With all their wandering dribbles Jack and James were not to be compared with Martin for sheer artistry and effect. Yet the absence of shots was very noticeable. Stein did not forget this, but he had not such chance to show how strong a raider and shooter he can be. It was the quietest match I have seen this season, it was a tragic match. And the greatest trouble of the affair is that the defeat and its manner of making is deeply impressed on a side that had just recaptured its confidence. Teams ; - Arsenal; - Lewis, goal, Parker, and Hapgood, backs, Baker, Roberts, and John, half-backs, Williams, Jack, Lambert, James, and Bastin, forwards. Everton; - Davies, goal; Williams and O'Donnell (captain), backs, Robson, Griffiths and White, half-backs, Critchley, Martin, Attwood, Rigby and Stein, forwards.



February 10 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury


Everton were a trifle unfortunate in being defeat at home in a game that never soared much above mediocrity. Their second half rally was of such lengthy duration that a division of the points was at least deserved, and the Villa were much indebted to Jackson, who kept goal-scoring efforts from McPherson, Wilkinson, and Lewis. The initial half had provided very tame football from both teams, Everton's second half display provided a spell of enthusiasm that was welcome, but the losers were not able to equalise a goal scored by Tully for the Midlanders soon after the start. The Everton backs Common and Kennedy, were sound defenders, and McPherson, tried at inside left revealed cool artistry, but the tendency to lie too far back spoiled much of its effectiveness.


Liverpool challenge cup

At Strawsberry-lane. Although extra time was played the teams were on level terms at the finish, and the replay takes place at Ellesmere Port next Saturday Everton were slightly the superior side during the first half, and were fully entitled to their lead of 2-1. The vistors made a brave fight during the second half and managed to level the score, and at ninety minutes the score was 3 each. Each side again scored during the extra time. Scorers for Everton; French (2) Dykes (2), for Shell Max Hodkinson (3), and Jones.



February 14 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury.

Ritchie, the Everton outside right has been transferred to Dundee. The negotiations were completed last evening and Ritchie thus returning to the Scottish league, in which he is likely to be more at home, than in the faster style of play demanded in England. Ritchie at times, showed skill and resource, and his powerful shooting was a feature but he did not hold his place in the senior side, though he had several spells on the right extreme. Since he joined Everton from Edinburgh Hibernains two season ago probably the pace was to fast, for him here, and he will I believe prove a source of strengthen to Dundee. Ritchie has played twice for Scotland against Ireland and Wales in the 1928 International he had Dunn as his partner'' and when the pair came together again at Goodison Park they, were decribled as the best wing that ever left Scotland. Of sturdy build Ritchie scored, some good goals for Everton when cutting in, he played in nineteen league games last season and scored four goals, while he has made periodical appearance with the first team this season, but has not turned out in recent matches.



February 15 th 1930. Evening Express.




By Hunter Hart, Everton's captain.

The question being discussed by the Mereseyside football public at the moment; “What is wrong with Everton?” Let me give a direct answer to this query. There is nothing wrong with Everton. It is my opinion that the club is playing football equal to that of the majority of teams in the First division –certainly more scientific than many –but what has placed the team in the position of having to fight against the relegation bogey is nothing else but bad luck. It has been with use since the first match of the campaign, and remains with us.


It has been my experience in football that a side which is in the bad books of the gods of fortune cannot get on, and as proof I have but to mention that some of those clubs which were thought to be comparatively poor have carried off both League Championships and the F.A. Cup. A good slice of fortune can make all the difference between success and failure. The Blues have been denied it this season. It is far from my intention to make excuses for Everton; in fact, excuses are not necessary, for the reason of their non-success is sticking out the proverbial mile. Take our opening match with Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park for instance. It was a grand game between two splendid sides. Well I have heard it said that it was the best match seen at the ground for seasons, and is still held up as an example.


That encounter ended in a draw just when everyone was convinced we should win. They had every reason to think that way, for we held a goal lead up to the last minute and then the Wanderers drew level. I do not say they did not deserve their points, but it is rather galling to have victory snatched away from you when it is within easy reach, especially as we had to swallow the same medicine in our next match at Burnely. On this occasion also a last minute goal –I still think it was offside –robbed us of another success which our defence and excellent team-spirit had earned. I shall never forget the play of our backs and goalkeeper in the game, and their task was made all the harder because I was injured with the first kick on the face –I say first because I received another in the same place while playing against Blackpool –and consequently we laboured under a handicap. With the smallest slice of good luck we should have had four points on our side instead of two, but as I say Dame Fortune has nothing but frowns for us this year. The next match at Anfield, convinced everyone that we were a side which would become a power in the League. Could anyone wish for a more decisive victory than that secured against our friendly rivals, who, incidentally, have lowered the colours of many League stalwarts since? Rightly so, they are just the side to upset the calculations of the best of them. Everton won at Anfield by dint of clever constructive, well-conceived, yet forceful and penetrative football and everything in the camp was rosy. This time we had got what we deserved and proved to all and sturdy that we were a good team. I do not say this is self-praise, but because I am certain it was so.


Just when we though we had got over the run of ill fortune out next match proved we were wrong. You will readily recall the Goodison encounter with Leeds, and how the United drew level with a goal, which I know they deemed unsatisfactory, though essentially welcome. At Derby on the Saturday we lost by the odd goal after having had the better of the second half, and in the return match with Leeds we were soundly beaten by a better team on the day's showing. It was sapient to all that we were experiencing none of the good luck, which obtained in the first six matches, and them, on top of bad fortune, came an even more sickening blow. That menace to all clubs –injuries –hit us as hard as it could possibly do. A few perhaps minor hurts affected us at first, but it was like a snowball –it rolled and it grew until it reached dimensions almost unequalled.


In a short space of time we had no fewer than thirteen men on the injured list. The unlucky number certainly proved unlucky for us. All those players could be described as first team men, and the result was that the precise combination we had built up was destroyed as effectively as a puff of wind will blow down a house of cards. We had suffered injuries before, and in the operation category, too, but to have thirteen men sitting on the grand stand with exacting matches facing us every week –they became little short of cup-ties –proved too much, after a great victory over Portsmouth and the draw at Sunderland in successive games. We still continued to play well, and the spirit of the officials and players was absolutely unchanged, but for every match we had to make changes, for there was hardly an encounter for us without having one man added to the injuries list. I know that the men who went onto the field in the Everton colours during those stormy days were eager, willing and capable enough, but the point was that the combination was broken up and before we had time to foster another standard of understanding play, more players were injured and so re-shuffles were forced on us week after week.


It took us a long time to survive that never-to-be-forgotten period, but the injury bogey has not left us to this day. In practically every subsequent encounter we have had either one or two men injured, and far from thinking that the results to date should bring grumbling and say, sorrow, I consider them a source of gratification. It is remarkable that the club has been able to collect so many points in view of the extenuating circumstances. What would some other clubs in the division have done had they had to contend with all that has beset the Blues? Certainly, no more than we have up to now. Injuries and ill-luck can, and do, defeat the best. Out best performance to date was the recent win at the Manchester City ground, but even than we had not things out own way in the matter of luck. We were a goal behind at the interval after having had the better of the play, and then dean was injured so badly that he could not do himself or the club justice. Yet we won through against all those odds. Does not this prove that the Everton of today can pull the club out of the mire? I think it does. I think what Everton did at Manchester they well repeat many times ere May comes round, and that the ship Goodison will be safely in harbour before them.


All teams, which win championships, you will find, have been able to call on the same players practically throughout the season. Season 1927-28 when we had the honour of winning the First Division, proves it. Will had a few injuries, it is true, and also out strokes of bad luck, but O'Donnell and Troup were two who missed not a single game, and I know I only missed one. Others had records almost as good, and so it will be seen that clubs who “get there” have mostly honey, and the others get nothing. The points is that the teams who are playing together week by week must have a big pull in the race for honours. Well, this season we have had no chance of doing that, but Sheffield Wednesday certainly have. Look where they are today –favourites for the Cup and League. We have a good club, a good organisation –I know of no better –and I firmly believe, a fine set of players, who will pull the club through. The directors, I know, have confidence in the players, for they realise what trouble have visited the club in the matter of injuries and ill-luck, and that the men have not had a proper chance to justify that confidence. People grumble about the directors not playing this or that man, but how can they when certain men are injured? On occasions, too, there are men on the injured list about whom the public know nothing. The task of a directors is unenviable one when things are running badly, but the Everton directors like the players, know the present playing strength is good enough to carry the Everton banner to a place of safety. The spirit is there and so is the ability so that unless Dame Fortune plays another “all-trump” hand against us we shall come up smiling. It behoves the supporters to put their trust in the Everton club. Let them think of the whole organisation as a club, not a band of units, and let them pull their weight by genuine support instead of undeserved and oftimes harsh criticism and Everton will escape with a good margin.



February 17 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury


Despite a strong side which included Cresswell and Troup, Everton were no match for Wolverhampton Wanderers though the visitors improved in the second half. Bartley and Phillips got the goals for Wanderers before the interval. Hollins allowing a shot from McPherson to slip through in the second half. In the second half Everton's attack lacked snap and did not greatly trouble the Wolvers defence.



February 17 TH 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury.

A benefit for O'Donnell the Everton full back was sanctioned by the football league yesterday O'Donnell joined Everton in February 1925, from Darlington, and has proved a dashing and entertaining defender.



February 20 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury.

Everton, after the fortnight's rest, will be again taxed to the utmost when they visited Middlesbrough on Saturday, but it is satisfactory to know that Dean is fit again, and he will strengthen the forward line. It will be recalled that Attwood played in the last match against the Arsenal. Another importance change is that Sager returns to keep goal in place of Davies.



February 21 st 19230. Liverpool Post and Mercury.

Everton's representatives, Mr. J. Sharp and Mr. McIntosh, who attended the Derby County –Arsenal game had it is believed a special look out'' for C. Jones, who was the best Highbury attacker before he went half-back. It is also reported that Everton would be willing to offer a big sum for Cooper the Derby County international full back. Everton are not the only club who would like Cooper, Sunderland it is said, are also in the trail.



February 22 nd 1930. Evening Express




By Hunter Hart, Everton's captain.

Supporters are important persons in the great winter game. The team “supporter” is elastic, for whereas some people merely attend matches, pay their shillings, and claim to give support to a club when thing are running smoothly, the real supporter is the man who willingly braves all weathers to see his side whether they are doing well or badly. In addition, the real supporters is he who considers himself an important part of the club he is supporting, not in the matter of management, but just because he has that something which makes him look on the club as his own. He is not presumptions in this feeling of possession, but gives his all for the well-being of his own team. To him it becomes not merely Everton, Liverpool, Aston Villa or Huddersfiled, but “my team.”


There are thousands of people who follow football today when claim to be supporters, but who are really a menace to the side they loudly proclaim they are backing. This type of supporter attends matches and points out in a loud voice how much better are the visitors compared with the home players. These “supporters” walk up to the directors, tell them to do; they write letters to the officials and to the press. They are forever pulling to pieces the team that say they support. Every club in the county would be better off without such people. But the real supporters are invaluable. These folk know how utterly useless it is worrying an already harassed management by saying what they would do to bring improvement in a side, which is not doing too well. They realise that the men at the head of affairs and the players themselves must be striving their utmost to make the progress necessary to maintain that confidence in the people directly concerned which is essential to any man who is trying to get the best out of “his team.” Let me say now that I consider Everton have a loyal band of supporters whom I wouldn't change for any in the land. For proof of this I have only to cast my mind back to season 1926-27, when we were fighting to avoid relegation, much the same as we are at the present time. Out true supporters –and there were thousands of them –did not let us down in that period of stress, but they rallied around the directors and players to such an extent that their support was positively invaluable. Every player in the team, when he stepped on the field, knew there were hundreds of honest supporters relying on us to pull through to a place of safely, and I am certain that the knowledge helped us to succeed in that Homeric task. It will be recalled that we secured 16 out of the last 26 points played for and escaped one of the fatal positions by a margin of four points, whereas at one time it looked odds on us going down for the first time.


Those supporters who stood by us through thick and thin did their part, and they can do so today if they possess that same spirit and the determination to do their little bit in the battle to safety. They can help us save Everton again if they will only give us real genuine support instead of biased criticism. At a time this criticism and barracking are entirely out of place and it is up to the people who love Everton once again to rally to the banner and gave definite indication o the directors and players that they are there doing their bit. If this is done the battle will be more than half won. The barracking I have no time for. While appreciating that no genuine Everton supporter would stoop to such a thing, I might mention that we have seen even too much barracking at Goodison directed at our players and opponents. I do not believe that the barracking came from Everton supporters, for no person who hopes and wishes that the club should succeed could possibly do such a thing. No player deserves s to be barracked just because he is not playing his usual game.


Everyone is entitled to criticize, but that can be done without jetting a player hear it and so put him even more off his game. There is no more effective way of putting an end to a player's endeavors than openly to barrack him. Besides, the spectators, more often than not, do not know under what handicaps a player is operating in many instances. I recall an incident not long ago, which I can only describe as a blot on the escutcheon of the Everton crowd. A certain player was injured in a match during a heavy fixture period, but just before the last game of the “rush” another man went down with an injury. There was no man available to fill the breach, and the unfortunate player who had not recovered from the injury he had received a couple of days before had to turn out and do his best in most difficult circumstances. This man was obviously unfit but when he walked out to do his best he looked as well as any other man. What was the result? The man could not do himself justice or reproduce anything like his true form. He was at a disadvantage right from the start yet ere long he was made the butt of a certain section of the watches and was barracked. The outcome of this was that he played even worse than he was doing at the beginning of the game and must have retired to the dressing-room a broken-hearted fellow. Let me make an appeal to every lover of football to give real, honest genuine support to his club, and to cut out the aspirations to an advisory role. Thus they will help their club to gain laurels instead of having to contend with additional hardships. In this strain I appeal to every good supporter of Everton to give the club the same splendid support they did three seasons ago, and in the championship year, when the skies were invariably blue. I can assure them that the management and the players are doing their level best to get away from the danger zone, and their support will help no end.



February 22 nd 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercy.

Everton, after a fortnight inactivity, resume their struggle to get out of the danger zone, in facing Middlesbrough, at Ayresome Park, they are set a task which will test their resources to the full. True, Middlesbrough have not shown their customary power of late, and how much the absence of Camsell, the dashing leader has been to do with this may be demonstrated today, for the scoring centre-forward, who has been suffering from a shoulder injury many resume, if he does not turn out. Grififths the Everton pivot will, I am sure, have all his worth cut out to hold him in check. Everton, on the other hand will have the valuable assistance of Dean, who was unable to participate on the last match owing to injury, a win today would relieve the position considerably, but a draw would be a good performance at Middlesbrough. Sagar resumes in goal in place of Davies, and the teams are; Sagar; Williams, O'Donnell; Robson, Griffiths, White; Critchley, Martin, Dean, Rigby, Stein; Middlesbrough; Mathieson; Jennings, Ashman; Watson, Webster, Forrest; Pease, McKay, Camsell, Bruce, Warren.



February 24 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury






By “Bees.”

Everton got 2 priceless points from the Middlesbrough ground. With the last kick the best forward of the day Martin, gained a solo goal. Thus Everton kept up their rather remarkable away victories during the season and relieved the tensions of the relegation situation. It was not good football; it was positively poor in the first half, and it struck me that when Griffths hit the woodwork with a magnificent shot before a goal had been scored that Everton were hurt by the fickleness of Fate, and had no spirit to go into the fray with a will and a forgetfulness of this misfortune. They are easily unset by a incident of this character. However, there was a revival and it was in the second half that Everton merited their victory through genuinely good combined football, with some suggestion of shooting. Whereas Mathieson the home goalkeeper had never been tested but once in the first half, Everton now began to fire away from any rational distance, and Dean's header were always a menace, even though he went up to balls that Mathieson might not have had, Dean being a foot short where he generally gains a foot by a head, as it were.


The Middlesbrough people had suffered a home cup defeat, and the attendance reflected this; so did their remarks to the players right from the start the public seemed to delight in barracking their own men. Bruce was their special favourite, and he, certainly, played a game in accordance with that which one expects from a harassed player, who is frightened to work the ball to any degree. But he was not the only harassed man of the day. Sagar keeping goal again for Everton after having been absent from the day of the Cup defeat, had some testy moments and the greatest was when he found himself beaten and his full back, Williams reached out a hand with a thorough goalkeeping skill and saved a goal.


Middlesbrough had their penalty kick , and Sagar saved the shot (after Williams pull down shot with hands-Liverpool Football Echo). They had a second penalty kick near half-time for a supposed foul by O'Donnell. It was not a foul in my judgement. This time Jennings, not Pease took the kick, and he made just as poor a shot, but Sagar dived a shade too late, and the ball passed under his arm. Two penalty kicks, a half-time lead of one goal. Camsell reappearing for the home side after three weeks absence. This was not sufficient for the Middlesbrough crowd. They were still caustic, and when Everton struck their practical and good form in the second half they caught the spirit that carried them though at Maine-road, Manchester. In fact, the game developed in the same record. Everton won 2-1 late on, after being a goal down. It was the same team that had won at Manchester, and the style of play and sense of direction and forcefulness of the visitors in the second half made them worthy winners of what turned out quite an interesting game after a shocking start. Stein got the first goal, added by a glance header by Dean, and a great defensive tackle and punt by Williams, and the final goal arose through Martin's delightful control and conceit in his own ability, he had been able to weave a way through the defence and make his passes; when the shot chance came to him he was rather delaying his effort; he appeared to feel that any time would do. He sliced two balls that should have been driven home.


Yet he had been the mainspring of the attack, and finally when he was bumped off unfairly in the penalty area it would have been no surprise had the referee, Mr. Brown, of Newcastle, given a penalty kick. Martin wobbled, wavered got up, and pivoted, and then hit out a deciding factor to win a rather amazing game in dramtic fashion. Middlesbrough brought in their three Cardiff players, and Jennings and Watson were best, for Watson, a half back had a habit of shooting hard and true, which was more than could be said of Camsell, who hot little chance thanks to the lapses of McKay, Bruce, and Pease. Webster like Griffiths was a magnificent pivotal half-back, and at full back Williams, ex-Swansea, took the honours of the day. There was a fine insistence about this back's defence, and O'Donnell also did many of his individual works. It must be remembered that the backs had to play well because the wing half backs, Robson and White had a bad passage for more than the first half hour.


Robson could not catch the twisting twirling Warren on the left, and White was hardly fast though his passes crosswise to Critchley were models of accuracy and strength. Later both these half-backs as also Rigby who changed places with Stein through injury touched their best standard and Everton were completely masters in the second half and what is more to the point, they produced some heavy work for Mathieson, who had merely sauntered through the first half, thanks to the tenderness of the Everton attackers who had not a solitary foot-shot from the centre forward and captain. It is an odd thing that Everton cannot play with Dean's presence. He draws a defence; he allows his wing men to have a clear view. His bigness and slowness compared with masterly moments of years gone by force themselves upon one's view. Yet without his presence the team loses its confidence. This was a timely victory bringing points that should save Everton. They have eight home and four away games, left. Experiments will be made in the side for the local cup-tie with Southport on Wednesday at Goodison Park. Teams; - Middlesbrough; - Mathieson, goal, Jennings and Ashman, backs, Watson, Webster, and Forrest, half-backs, Pease, McKay, Camsell, Bruce, and Warren, forwards. Everton; - Sagar, goal; Williams and O'Donnell, backs, Robson, Griifiths, and White, half-backs, Critchley, Martin, Dean (captain), Rigby, and Stein, forwards.



February 24 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury


A draw was a fitting result at Goodison park, for whereas Everton were the most persistent attackers, there were spasmodic raids from the Athletic attack that seriously jeopardised the home goal –when Taylor raced clean through and Davies saved from close in, again when the same player shook the crossed bar with a first-timer, and when Smelt cleverly directed a header, the Everton goalkeeper adroitty clearing. Against this was a series of Everton raids that kept the Oldham Athletic defence almost continually on the run, while shots from Wilkinson, French and Troup were saved. The first-half offered little to aroused enthusiasm for nether attack was capable of over coming sturdy defenders, but the second half provided a complete revival of the Everton front line, and they harassed a solid defence without succeeding in getting through –although French and Wilkinson were conspicuous raiders, Cresswell Common, Davies and McClure were prominent defenders.


Liverpool county combination.

At Whiston. Everton “A” dominated the game in the first half, Chedgzoy and Dyke being prominent. Naylor kept goal well, there being no score at the interval. In the second portion Whiston played with more engery, but Everton were the first to score through Lewis. A first time drive by Forshaw gained an equaliser. Whiston put on strong pressure afterwards but could not again get the ball past Everton.



February 27 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Liverpool senior cup semi-final

By “Bees.”

Southport do not often make appearances at Goodison park, and their Liverpool Cup-tie yesterday, at the ground brought them face to face with some expert manipulators of the ball. One signing alone on the home team part cost more than Southport's side and their wage bill for a season. This much can be said of the game that ended 5-2 for Everton; Southport put up a brave show showed some good football ideas, much energy, a fair game, and a fighting spirit to the finish of the tie. They made a braver show than the score suggests. Indeed at half-time they were level, and they had missed chances that should have given them opportunity of creating a rare surprise. Everton always played as if they had a bit in reserve, and there came a period after half-time when they did pretty well as they liked. Yet Southport fought on the end, and unfortunately their forward faults continued to the bitter end –they were not decisive in front of goal, and I am not forgetting a shot that hit the bar when the goalkeeper could not have saved.


They seem to grow goalkeepers in Southport, as witness the long services man Halsall, and then Jones of Everton, and nowadays a North East Coast boy named Baker, who though not tall served up a fine exhibition of goalkeepering, catches, and daring. He had an injury early half, yet he had the main honours of the day for his saves at point blank range were of sterling quality. He has a great idea of positioning himself, and his eye never leaves the ball. He had plenty of practice in the second half, because the home half-backs were so skilled in the use of the ball for the benefit of the forward line. It took Everton some time to start their weaving beyond two sturdy backs and against a side that had to field a completely reserves elements on the left flank. In the end, of course, Everton won cleverly and well, and it may be that some of Attwood's work and shooting led the home people to believe in him more than they have done in the past.


Stein, tried as a right winger instead of a left winger also had a useful day and Wilkinson got in some powerful and quick work, his inter-passing with his comrades being of good quality and sure touch. In point of touch no one equalled McPherson of Swansea, and Hart. They were masters of the craft, and the nonchalant way McPherson got through his afternoon's work would have led the small crowd to a noisy interruption but for the fact that at last they realised the value of the man's ideas and the ability with which he carried on his plans of campaign. One could see the effect of his presence upon the clever young half-back behind him. Bryan by name. McClure also did well, at half-back, and it was here that Everton were so superior. The Southport half-backs Jones excepted would kick anywhere –which leads nowhere. The scorers in order were Wilkinson, Hill (half-time), McPherson, Cowan, Attwood, Stein and Attwood. Baker's goalkeeping was the feature of a game where many offside decisions arose –some unnecessarily. Southport depended to some degree upon this method of defence. It were better to adopt the positive fashion of Cresswell and Common. Teams ;- Everton; Davies, goal, Cresswell and Common, backs McClure, Hart and Bryan, half-backs, Stein. Wilkinson, Attwood, McPherson, and Troup, forwards. Southport; Baker, goal, Little and Kelly, backs, Jones, Dixon, and Sinclair, half-backs, Hills, Allen, Cowan, Holmes, Garstang, forwards . Referee Mr. G. Stephenson.



February 1930