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January 1 st 1929. The Daily Courier.
Griffiths, the Welsh International right half-back, who, had his shoulder dislocated a litter before the interval in the match at Villa Park four weeks ago, is now fit again and will play against Derby County at Goodison Park today, instead of White, who has filled the breach in the middle line admirably. The Champions expect to climb still higher in the first division table –they are at present seventh from the top –as a result of the match, as Leciester, who are a couple of places above the Blues, are not engaged today. This will enable Everton to rise by winning, even if the other clubs above them who are playing today succeed while Derby Count's home record is a sound one, their away record is poor, having nine points only from a possible 22.

Everton have only dropped 25 per-cent of the total points, possible at home, so it is unlikely in view of the splendid form shown against Bolton and despite the strong Derby bid for First Division ascendancy, that there will be any few today in the Goodison Park camp of disaster. The Derby players have been resting at Southport sine Saturday, and will chosen their team today. Griffiths reintroduction is Everton's only change. Kick off will be at 2-30, and the teams are: - Everton: - Davies; Cresswell, O'Donnell; Griffiths, Hart, Virr; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Martin and Stein. Derby County: - (probable) –Wilkes; Cooper, Collins; Nicholas, Barker, Storer; Fereday, Whitehouse, Bedford, Stephenson, and Robson.

Hartlepool Mail-Tuesday 1 January 1929
In fine weather, at Goodison Park, before 40,000. Derby had Alderman and Nicholes for Fereday and Mclntyre. Everton took the lead alter 11 minutes, when Cooper raise kicked and DEAN had an open goal to shoot into. Whitehouse missed a fine chance of equalizing, and then Derby were lucky to see the ball hit the post with Wilkes on the ground. DUNN added second goal in 30 minutes and DEAN third and fourth in the last four minutes of the first half. Everton started the second half in storming fashion, Wilkes turning a shot from Dunn behind the post Derby's best work came from the left wing, Hobson getting the ball across smartly A free kick to Derby just outside the penalty area was charged down. Dunn hit the bar. and Wilkes saved from Critchley near the end.



Derby Daily Telegrapgh-Tuesday 1 January 1929

One Change After Blackburn Defeat


The Goodison Park to-day, Derby County brought in Alderman on the extreme right for Fereday, who was rested. This was the only change from the side that was defeated by Blackburn. Everton decided to play T. P. Griffiths at right-half, the Welsh international making his first appearance alter dislocating his shoulder at Villa Park. The champions, with Dean at his best, looked like giving the weakened Derby side stiff fight. The County, however, came to Liverpool refreshed by the breezes of Southport, where the week-end had been spent, and there were hopes that the New Year would open auspiciously. was hoped, in fact, that at least a win would be forthcoming from today's game. Alderman is the best player the County have introduced to League football this season. The teams were:— EVERTON. Davies Creswell O'Donnell Griffiths Hart Virr Critchley Dunn Dean Martin Stein o Robson Bedford . Alderman (J. C.) Stephenson Whitehouse Storer Barker Nicholas Collin Cooper Wilkes DERBY COUNTY. Referee: C. E. Lines (Birmingham). BIG CROWD. The teams turned out in wonderfully fine weather, before holiday crowd of 40,000. The County skipper was successful with the spin of the coin. A smart run down the middle saw Dean sprint away Collin clears, but Everton remain in the visitors' area, and Dunn is off the mark when the ball goes off his toe. Eventually the pressure is relieved when Cooper intervenes Griffiths gets the ball away with Whitehouse in close proximity. The County put in good spell of pressure, aud pretty football on the left provided Whitehouse with chance. Unfortunately the ball comes to him awkwardly, and it goes well outside. Dixie Dean, lying between the halves was very alert, but he was finding Cooper and Collin a rare pair.


Collin is leading the ball dowji in masterly style and has completed a great clearance with a hefty kick down the right. . Generally speaking, the sides have not settled down to their work. The ball is kept in the air too much to provide the forwards with anything beautiful. The Rams make ground when Barker slings the ball out to the left. Robson is grounded by Griffiths, but the corner conceded. It is of no to the County. Everton are on the offensive, and there are some dangerous moments before goal. Just when we were settling down to a long goalless period, there comes a tragedy for the County. Cooper, usually a trustworthy defender, makes big blunder. He clean misses his kick. DEAN is handy. He snatches up the chance in an instant. fierce drive and the ball passes under the bar. Everton are a goal up in eleven minutes. County retaliate, but find the defence coping easily with close passing. Everton are away again. Dean evades Cooper, and Wilkes is called upon to kick out.


Cooper puts the ball to Dean, and it rolls slowly towards the Derby goal and hits the post. A great escape 1 Having had sample of Dean's deadliness the County give him little scope for time. Derby are not shooting often enough. and upto now the forwards have not played at all well together. Improvement is needed here. Robson is away again. He manages to get the ball across to Whitehouse, but Whitehouse cannot shoot as he would like. The inside right gets the ball across again. Bedford gets his head to it, but O Donnell "deals with little difficulty. County's forwards are shaping better now, but Davies still has very little to do. Stephenson supplies Robson with a great pass, but winger loses in a duel with Griffiths. Everton attack in line. Cooper, in attempting to clear gives Dean a great chance, but he shoots hastily and the ball goes well wide. Whitehouse does a, lot of useful work when the County come again. The attack fizzles out when Bedford fails to get past Hart. Stephenson has the next chance. Bedford sends the ball back to him. but he shot high over. Robson is finding Griffiths great stumbling block, and makes little progress when challenged. Everton still hold the mastery. It is enhanced after 28 minutes. A ! high centre from the right proves the County's undoing. Critchley puts the ball before the Derby goal. Wilkes j and Dean go for it. Wilkes partially punches away and falls. DUNN snaps up the ball and shoots into the untenanted net. A cross-shot easily finds the mark with Cooper on the goal-line vainly attempting to stop the progress of the ball. There is a quiet interval, until pretty pass from Whitehouse sets Robson going. The winger's pass is too square, but Hart is only partly successful in his clearance. Stevenson again supplies Robson with a pass, and corner is gained. This wasted, for Robson. when the ball goes back to him, makes very poor attempt to improve on the move. Stephenson gains possession unmarked, but once more shoots badly, and Davies had the satisfaction of seeing the ball travel harmlessly wide. Bedford worked up a concerted movement, but again is tihe old story. Working in perfect unison to a point the County break down before defenders who are lightning tacklers. Everton have not been so much in the picture, and here they come again. W ilkes is seen advancing, and throws himself at the centre-forward's feet to effect a good save. But this looks decidedly dangerous. The County are badly in trouble. The Everton forwards crowd into the goal. A back-header by Hart and a big jump by Dean with another header, and Wilkes is again beaten. Everton are three up. In three minutes Everton further ahead. DEAN follows up a long pass, and Wilkes running out has no earthly chance of stopping his effort. The interval comes with the County well down. Dean has displayed great opportunism, an object lesson to Derby forwards. HALF-TIME. EVERTON 4 DERBY COUNTY 0


Davies, in the Everton goal, had long periods of inactivity, for Derby's forwards see the termination of their hopes time after time in the penalty area. Everton are playing with great confidence. Robson gets a solitary centre , across and Davies gathers it before the chance can be followed up. Martin looks like getting through when is charged off the ball, Collin saving the situation. Martin has to be attended to on the touch-line, but soon resumes. The County strive desperately to make impression upon a strong defence. In a sense the "Rams" play into their opponents' hands by keeping the ball close when near the objective.


Derby have withstand pressure immediately on the restart, and Cooper and Collin have to be very alert. County make great attempt to break through, but the Everton defence is sound. The Goodison men are beginning to pile on pressure again. Dunn makes Wilkes go full length to turn away a snappy cross-shot. Alderman and Robson can rarely make ground. Alderman is supplied with a perfect Whitehouse pass, and O'Donnell puts an tackle to to stop progress with flving clearance. From a free kick Griffiths places swerving ball in the goalmouth. Briliant work by Cooper sends Bedford away. The centre transfers to Alderman. Another vain hope> for Bedford cannot get in shot to wind up good work. Wilkes runs out at the other end to stop Dean, and once more the County defence has bad time before the attack is cleared. UNTROU SLED STRETCHES.

A free kick for a foul on Whitehouse causes Everton to line their defenders, and the move proves effective, for Bedford's shot is charged down. County put in long spells of pressure without success. Davies remains untroubled for long stretches. Everton, i too, are resting on their oars now, and Dean is not finding so many chances i to shine. Bedford, at last, causes Davies to " jump to it" with a hot surprise drive, but the goalkeeper sees the ball pass just wide. All the same, little more direction and Derby would have been happier. An appeal for hands against Storer is ignored, and Hart displeases by an apparent jump at Whitehose with the ball nowhere in the vicinity. Everton miss a great chance when Dunn hits the horizontal with a "header." Dean lying in wait, but cannot get the ball to his foot a yard or so out. Critchley tested Wilkes with a hot shot from close range, the Derby keeper saving smartly., Whitehouse and Bedford come into the picture in determined solo efforts. Critchley . causes Wilkes to put over the bar from a fast drive. Result— _ EVERTON 4 DERBY COUNTY 0

Comments on the Game Derby's forwards were extremely disappointing in the first half. They lacked finish and some of the work front goal was weak. There were bad mistakes which led to goals. Everton were far from perfect, but they certainly took their chances. But Derby did not. Their movements were worked up by the Derby vanguard, but in the goal area there seemed to be a lack of confidence. and Bedford seldom got in a good shot worth the name, but it was not all his fault. Whitehouse and Robson worked hard enough in midfield, but were not at all effective in finishing. Derby had quite as much of the play as their opponents. County's finishing did not improve after the interval, and the defence played valiant football. The halves had a better grip on the Everton forwards, and Dean found his chances stinted. The County were very weak on the wing, and the inside men although doing well individually rarely find chance to test Davies. Much praiseworthy work was frittered away , against strong defence,



Nottingham Evening Post -Tuesday 1 January 1929



Everton had 45,000 people to see a cutup Derby County side, which Alderman payed at outside-right, and a son of their old player Nicholas appeared at right half. Both those men did fairly well. Derby unfortunately found " Dixie" Dean snappy form. He did not do a great deal against Barker and Cooper tho matter of running about, but he was very practical, and his second and third goals of the four scored tho first half were excellent samples. He was, nevertheless, quite human, for ho missed two " sitters." Bedford and Robson were very lively pair in the early stages, but eventually Griffiths got tho better of Robson. As soon as that happened the Derby side went back a good way. Stephenson and Whltehouse were poor shooters. DEAN scored eleven minutes through blunder Barker, and DUNN qu'ckly converted a centre from Critchley, while DEAN headed a third. The last-mentioned player contributed a fourth minute later when he took another centre from Critchley, and with the goalkeeper ten yards out of his goal, the rest was easy. Collin, Bedford, ond Robsrn were best men on the Derby side in the first half- HALF-TIME :-Everton 4. Derby County 0. RESULT:—Everton 4, Derby County 0.



Darby Daily Post-Wednesday 2 January 1929

"Dixie" Dean's New Year Goals


the New Year did not bring a change in the County's luck! meeting a team like Everton to open their programme in 1929, was realised that the " Rams " would have to pull ou something very good to gain anthing in the nature of points.. Before a crowd of 45,000, the 44 Hams' " front line gave probably jts worst display of the season as regards finishing, and there were long periods when Davison, the Goodison 'keeper, must have thought better employed in the crowd ! Although the County had but one change from the side that went down Ewood Park three days before, this cannot have had anything to do with the result, for Alderman, who, by the way, was the " Rams' ninth debutant of the season, did not let the side down. Perhaps it will surprise to say that the County had almost as many scoring chances as the Toffeemen, who have rare spearpoint to their attack in “Dixie " Dean.


Dean got three goals, and Dunn, the polished inside forward, the other, and as they all came before the interpal, one can imagine that the contingent of Derby enthusiasts present pretty sorry for themselves. Happily, however, there was a tightening up of the Derby defence— thsre was something magical in it as ei matter of fact—and Dean and Co. found themselves meeting with more resistance. Cooper, who made at least one big blunder which led to goal, found form in keeping with his reputation, and Dean, his international chum, knew all about it.


Wilkes, too, brought off some brilliant saves, and Collin seemed to find a new lease of life. Wilkes had made mistakes of judgment which Dean had been quick to translate into goals, but the County 'keeper did much to atone in the later stages of the game. Storer was the hardest worker in the side. He plodded along inceasingly and never gave up, while his comrades appeared to be disheartened. Barker was none too reliable in the middle, while Nicholas too found his task difficult. But the reserve men, and in this I include Alderman, did not give the worst exhibitions. Certainly Alderman and Kobson did not get the ball over at all satisfactorily, but the inside forwards, when in possesion It seemed to have little idea of finishing. Bedford's best work was done in approach, but like Whitehouse and Stephenson either dribbled himself into a tangle or shot badly. Only once did I>«iford shoot as Bedford can. Perhaps we should have seen better things if Davison had been there behind the leader, for Bedford has certainly had a lean time since the break up of the intermediate line consequent upon injuries. Everton were workmanlike, and the value of Dean a leader in the real sense of the word was exemplified. Dunn and 1 Martin played foi their centre, and Stein and Critchley were direct in their methods. Hart and Griffiths shone in a superior halfback line, Griffiths being in brilliant form. Both backs were sound, and Davies had one of the easiest matches ever. Ninth Promotion Alderman is the ninth young player the County has introduced to League football this season.

Dundee Courier -Wednesday January 2 1929
Everton, 4; Derby County, 0.
In fine weather, Goodison Park, before 40,000 spectators. Everton took the lead after 11 minutes through Dean. Whitehouse missed a fine chance of equalising. Dunn added a sccond goal in 30 minutes, and Dean a third and fourth in the last four minutes of the first half. Everton started the second half in storm

January 2 nd 1929. The Daily Courier.
Everton started the New Year well, yesterday, when they defeated the clever Derby County side to the tune of four clear goals at Goodison Park, before an attendance bordering 50,000, and incidentally wound up a most successful holiday programme. In their four home matches they have collected seven of the points at stake and have scored 12 goals to their opponents' two. This gives excellent premise for the stern cup-tie encounter down for decision at Stamford Bridge on Jan 12. The Champions thoroughly deserved their victory, although just as against Bolton, they took the lead after play, which had certainly not favoured them. Derby opened the game promisingly, their forwards displaying remarkable “hooking” powers, which led to many awkward situations near goal. They could not direct a ball on the target, however, and when Dean gave the Blues the lead after 12 minutes, the leaders never once looked back.

Dunn shortly after added number two, and then it was that the spectators were treated to the best and most highly polished football of the game, for, with the goals giving them confidence, the Evertonians played and combined with remarkable exactitude, the three hard-working yet thoroughly halves giving good support. Despite all the level football, however, it was surprising that so few opportunities fell to the home team to beat Wilkes. As a matter of fact, they only had four chances during the whole of the first half. And yet, by the time the interval was called they had four goals to their credit. Dean, who is playing to his best form of last season, scored a trio of goals. Play in the second half fell away a great deal and there was little chances Wilkes had to deal with three or four praiseworthy shots near the end, but he proved the master, so the Blues had to be content with their first half advantage. Derby played better than the score would suggest they lacked the science and understanding between the departments. Griffiths who reappeared for Everton after his shoulder injury sustained at Villa Park was easily the best of the halves.

Hart and Virr were also well in the picture, the former keeping a tight hold of Bedford and also finding time to help the attackers while Virr's strong play was always in evidence. Cresswell was the best back on the field, but this does not detract from the play of O'Donnell, whose dashing methods completely unnerved the youthful Aldermar, who was making his first appearance for Derby on the extreme right. Forwards Martin from the time he was injured midway in the second half, vied with dean for chief honours. He had not played better for several matches for he decivetual passes cleanly and generally to the right man, whether that transfer was Critchley or not. Dunn was clever and scored a good goal. Critchley was the better of the wingers, for Stein, until his moved to Martin's place never got into his stride. Critchley has come on by heaps and bounds in his finishing, which again was excellent. Dean was everything that a good centre-forward should be, and the way in which he snapped up his chances was an object lesson. Davies had little to do owing to the faulty finishing of the County. This was the second match at Goodison Park this season in, which there was not a single offside decision although it was only the foresight of Dean that prevented it on several occasions. Teams : - Everton: - Davies, goal, Cresswell (captain) and O'Donnell, backs, Griffiths, Hart, and Virr, half-backs, Critchley, Dunn, Dean Martin and Stein, forwards. Derby County: - Wilkes, goal, Cooper, and Collins backs, Nicholas, Barker, and Storer, half-backs, Aldermar, Whitehouse, Bedford, Stephenson, and Robson, forwards.

January 2 nd 1929. The Daily Courier.
Everton's strong defence in which Common and Kennedy shore, saved them from a heavier defeat. The only goal came three minutes from the end through Wilson. Weldon and Webster constituted Everton's best wing, Forshaw was too well covered by O'Dowd. Everton: - Hardy goal, Common and Kennedy (captain), backs, Scott, Dixon and Curr half-backs, Meston, Webster, Forshaw, Weldon and Lewis, forwards.

Portsmouth Evening News - Friday 04 January 1929
Pompey’s Match with Everton.
Pompey’s critical game against Everton tomorrow is one of the most interesting in the day’s League programme. Portsmouth have already lost three matches at home, and if they do not win tomorrow their position will, indeed, be serious. Fortunately, all their players are fit and well, and the team chosen the same lost at Huddersfield last week—are prepared to all out for victory. It will be a great game. Everton just now are in splendid form, and they are reaping the benefit of Dixie Dean at his best. England’s centre-forward has scored a hat-trick in each of his last three matches, and is as deadly as ever. Mcllwaine’s task will not be easy one. Everton had Martin injured Wednesday, and it is doubtful if he will be able to play, but they are so well off for reserves that they will have no difficulty in filling the vacancy. Last season they won at Fratton Park by 3—l, Dean scoring all their goals and proving much too quick and clever for Foxall. Away Pompey got a valuable point, no goals being registered, and it is noteworthy that on this occasion Mcllwaine was playing The kick-off is at 2.30 and the probable teams will be;— PORTSMOUTH. Glifillan, Mackie, Bell;  Nichol,Mcllwaine,Thackeray; Forward, Smith, McNeil, Irvine, Cook.  Everton; Davies; Cresswell, O'Donnell; Griffiths, Hart, Virr; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Martin, Troup. 

Portsmouth Evening News - Monday 07 January 1929
“Dixie” Subdued
By Sentinel
Pompey’s brilliant victory over Everton on Saturday has made their position in the table much safer.  There is still a good deal to be done, but a team that can play as well as Portsmouth did in this match should not have the bogy of relegation dangling in front of their eyes.  I have seen every team in the First Division this season, and I can name quite a number who cannot hold a candle to the Southerners, whose one trouble has been lack of leadership and forcefulness in front of goal.  This seem to have solved their difficulties at last, and the advent of McNeil has synchronized with a forward movement which there is every hope will be maintained.  Pompey seldom get full marks for their performances and I was somewhat amused yesterday to read the remarks of a well-known sports writer, who seemed to infer that their victory over the Champions was in no way due to their own merit, but to the fact that Everton played badly.  Well I thought it was a real good match considering the condition of the pitch, and if anyone wants better he should give up going to football.  I wonder what would have been said by the same writer if it had been West Ham and not Pompey who had won so easily?  It would not have been Everton’s weakness then, and doubtless the merit of the Hammers would have been lauded to the skies.  Personally I was very pleased to see Pompey’s extraordinary good form assert itself.  There was not only keenness but the right team spirit manifest throughout, and the excellent understanding between Mcllwaine, Mackie, and Bell had the effect of blotting Dean out of the picture.
Why Everton Failed
The fact that the centre-forward did not get his usual scope reduced Everton to quite a normal side.  That was what was the matter with Everton –they were mastered and could only play as well as they were allowed.  If you want better full back play than was served up by Cresswell and O’Donnell on the one hand and Mackie and Bell on the other you must be a glutton.  What a back Cresswell is; what a tactician.  He seems to get the maximum amount of effort, and it is a delight to watch him.  A really great back is Cresswell.  Cook and Irvine gave him something to do, however, and he did not always have his own way.  On the other wing Forward and Smith were in splendid form, the first named doing some clever scheming and the latter putting in some forceful and clever runs which had Virr guessing.  I liked McNeil; he is getting acclimatized and better acquainted with the quick-moving style of football he is now experiencing.  I like the way he traps a ball and his control over it, and also his quickness to shoot.  He did not get a goal himself but he paved the way for all three that were scored, and on each occasion he displayed the football mind.  The defence was splendid and there are few better half-back lines than Pompey’s.  I thought Thackerey played quite his classiest and best game, but all three were good, and Dean will supply a testimonial to Mcllwaine if it is required!  Gilfillian was quick and clever in his work, but he had a few real chances of displaying his ability, whereas Davies in the other goal was always at it and did not always impress.  Indeed, I thought the third goal might have been prevented, and one or two other clearances were not above reproach.  Everton’s forwards were the weakest part of the team, but that, as I have said, was largely due to the mastery of “Dixie” Dean, who is a great player but can be held. 

Athletic News - Monday 07 January 1929
McNeil’s Great Centre Forward Display Against Everton
By the Mystery International
Portsmouth 3, Everton 0
This match at Fratton Park was contested in bitterly cold weather and with plenty of “bone” in the ground.  I have seen and played under worse conditions.  Still, the ground was very hard, and the players had difficulty in keeping their balance and controlling a lively ball which at times bounced to a great height.  To get a line on either team’s chances in their respective Cup-ties on Saturday from this game is rather difficult.  The conditions then may be totally different.  At the start the visitors moved in smooth fashion and with more cohesion than the home team.  Dean was very prominent during this period, giving delightful passes with head and feet to each of his colleagues in the front rank.  He also made one fine attempt to score from a very difficult angle, the ball going just the wrong side of the post. 
The Turning Point
Than an incident happened which, to my mind, had a great bearing on the subsequent events, Mcllwaine, the Portsmouth centre half-back, started to “deal it out” to the Everton inside forwards.  Dunn promptly retaliated, and being seen by the referee, was cautioned.  This reprimand apparently upset Dunn so much that he was practically never in the game afterwards.  A few moments after smith, the “Pompey” inside right took a fine first-time shot from a cross by Forward and the ball spun out of Davies’ hands and over the goal line.  From this goal being scored Portsmouth were a different team.  There is no tonic like a goal to most teams, and Portsmouth afterwards played with an enthusiasm and keenness which was undoubtedly lacking on the Everton side.  Not only was this enthusiasm most marked, but it brought with it a distinct improvement in the play of Portsmouth.  Portsmouth scored again in the first half, and led at the interval by 2-0.  The second goal was scored by Forward after a very fine piece of play by McNeil and Cook.  The Everton defence got into an awful tangle when this goal was scored.  The home team were full value for their lead at the interval, and they so dominated play in the second half that it was a wonder they did not score more than an additional goal.  Their football on such a surface was very skilful, and in great contrast to the labored movements of the Everton team. 
Dean’s Lonely Furrow
Most of the Everton players seemed to have no liking for the hard ground, whereas Portsmouth, inspired by success, seemed to revel in the conditions.  I must except Dean from this criticism.  Throughout the game he endeavoured, to the best of his ability, to get his forward line going, but without success.  The other four Everton forwards steadily deteriorated the longer the game went.  The two wing men, Critchley and Stein were woefully weak.  The third and final goal which Portsmouth obtained was scored by Irvine after a very clever and unselfish bit of footwork by McNeil.  I thought Davies should have saved this shot, though he slipped as the ball came to him.  This goal completed the scoring, though Portsmouth attacked incessantly.  On the slippery surface accurate shooting was very difficult, otherwise they would probably have increased their lead.  On the form displayed in this match it is difficult to understand the lowly place Portsmouth occupy in the League table.  They undoubtedly caught Everton on an off day, and this may have made Portsmouth appear a better side than they are.  Everton can seldom have played so poorly.  I was not impressed with Davies, their goalkeeper, and Cresswell and O’Donnell were really weak.  Throughout Cresswell overdid the coolness business and would have served his side better if he had got the ball away with more promptitudes.  His methods enabled the Portsmouth forwards to play right on top of him, and he was often easily brushed aside by Portsmouth’s keen raiders.  O’Donnell was weak under pressure, though he kicked with more vigour than his partner.  I felt sorry for the two Everton wing half-backs, who worked hard, throughout trying to retrieve other people’s mistakes.  Everton had only one forward –Dean, who in spite of the close attentions of the Portsmouth defenders, was always trying to get his line on the move.  I think Portsmouth have a good full back in Bell, though both were flattered by the room the Everton forwards gave them.  The half-backs are a good trio of hard workers, with Thackeray as the most mindful of his forwards’ requirements.  The forwards played a very spirited game once they scented the weakness in their opponents. 
McNeil The Complete Leader
Irvine and Smith served their wing men well, and their efforts were responded to with enthusiasm.  In spite of the close and persistent tackling of Everton’s wing half-backs, Forward and Cook managed to get plenty of centres into the goalmouth.  Though practically all the Portsmouth team played well, especially after they obtained their opening goal, the man of the match was undoubtedly McNeil, the centre-forward.  He did not score, but he gave a most impressive display and was responsible for the second and third goals being scored, and throughout the game he was the mainspring of the Portsmouth attack.  McNeill who was only secured from the Hearts of Midlothian a few weeks ago, was always doing the right thing in a most unselfish manner, and simply made the rest of his colleagues in the front rank pull out their best.  On this form he is comparable with the best centre forwards I have seen.  He was easily the most complete forward operating in this match and was unlucky not to get a goal or two.  If Portsmouth can maintain this form they must soon rise in the League table.  I hope to see the Cup-tie between Swindon Town and Newcastle United on Saturday, and by the way, I would like to correct an error in my report of the Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday match a week ago, I was made to say that there was lack of class in all positions in the Wednesday team, but what I wrote was a lack of class in one or two vital positions.  Portsmouth; Gilfillan; Mackie, Bell; Nichol, Mciiwaine, Thackerlay; Forward, Smith (J), McNeill, Irvine, and Cook.  Everton; Davies; Cresswell, O’Donnell; Griffiths, Hart, Virr; Critchely, Dunn, Dean, Weldon and Stein.  Referee H. Kilsby, West Bromwich. 

January 7 th 1928. The Daily Courier.
Everton disappointed a large following at Fratton Park Portsmouth, where they failed to reply top three unsatisfactory goals by the home side. The Champions appear to rise to brilliant height's one week and the next to touch rock bottom. They touched rock bottle on Saturday with a vengeance. Portsmouth it is true, have greatly improved since they were defeated at Goodison Park, and on this showing must surely escape from the danger zone, but it was the inability of the Evertonians to adapt themselves to the frosty conditions which contributed to their success.

This was yet further proof that the Champions dislike a frost-bound ground, and this ground was as hard as iron. In the present conditions continue the outlook will not be promising. Portsmouth worked excellently, in fact their nippy forwards occasionally displayed marvellous ball control and trapping capabilities, and they thoroughly deserved their success. The Champions did well at the start, and one was anticipating a close struggle, but gradually they faded out of the picture when the intermediaries failed to give that necessary support to the forwards which is essential. The only two men on the Everton side to really do themselves justice were Cresswell and O'Donnell although Virr rose to greater heights than either Hart or Griffiths, and Dean was only prevented from doing good things because he rarely received a workable pass, and was so closely shadowed. Cresswell was easily the best back on the field, and O'Donnell was not far behind.


Forward, neither Dunn nor Weldon, “came off” and they generally gave one the impression that they were frightened to make a pass because they feared it would go astray. Critchley and Stein were held in subjection by the determined Portsmouth backs, and so poor Dean was “alone in the world,” having to make all his own openings. On one occasion he had bad luck, for after working across his favoured position, he miskicked when about to deliver his shot. Davies seemed to be infected with the same complaint as the majority of his colleagues, for two of the Portsmouth goals, the first and last, were of a single character. He stopped Smith's first shot only to allow the ball to drop just a foot inside, and when Irvine gently propelled the ball forward on being forcefully tackled, Davies fell all too late, and it trickled slowly over the line. When forward ran the ball into the net from Cook's pass just before the interval, the goalkeeper had not much chance of averting the disaster. Portsmouth played with high enthusiasm throughout, and it was pleasing to see the way in which the agile, wily forwards including Irvine, the old Everton player, responded to the excellent leadership of McNeil. Irvine, incidentally, proved that he can cut out the “tricky” business when the method of attack demands incisive play. Teams: - Portsmouth: - Gilfillan, goal, Mackie, and Bell, backs, Nichol, McIIwaine, and Thackerlay, half-backs, Forward, Smith, J. McNeil, Irvine and Cook, forwards. Everton: - Davies, Cresswell (captain) and O'Donnell, backs, Griffiths, Hart and Virr, half-backs, Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Weldon, and Stein, forwards.



January 7 th 1929. The Daily Courier.


The result was hardly in accordance with the run of the game, but although Everton did a great deal of attacking the forwards failed to finish against a strong defence. the Blues claimed two penalties, but were allowed only one, for Easton to fire against the bar. Bolton took the lead through a capital header by Taylor. Jones scored a second, and in the closing stages, when Everton strode desperately Lewis reduced the deficit from a pass by Meston. Webster was the most successful Everton forward.


Dundee Evening Telegraph -Monday 9 January 1928

Scots players in England have been getting into trouble. At Goodison Park, where Middlesbrough were Everton's visitors, two players— of Middlesbrough, and Weldon, of Everton—were ordered off the field for an alleged kicking duel, while it is learned that Hugh Gallacher, of Newcastle United, has been reported by the referee for an alleged offence during and after the Newcastle-Huddersfield match on December 31. It is understood that Gallacher's offence followed the referee's refusal to grant penalty kick late in the game. Weldon and Gallacher aro ex-Airdrioonians players, while M'Clelland played one time for Raith Rovers.


After a blank first half, French scored for Everton, but Bailey (2), and Green (2) scored for the home team, the third goal coming from a penalty given against Platt.

'Dixie' Waxes Fame

Derby Daily Post -Friday 11 January 1929

A portrait model of H. R. "Dixie" Dean, the Everton and England centre forward, has been added to the hall of fame at Madame Tussauds. Dean is we wing his international costume.


Changes Which Paid

Derby Daily Mail-Saturday 12 January 1929

Barnsley's reintroduction of George Caddick to the centre-half berth against Swansea Town, and the playing of Atkinson at right half, made for a vast improvement the whole effectiveness of their side a week ago. Caddick is a product of the Bootle club, and had four seasons with Everton before he went to Stockport, and thence to Oakwell. It was at Goodison Park where he learned all the stylish touches he still imparts his play.


Chelsea v Everton

Dundee Courier -Saturday 12 January 1929

What is generally agreed be the match of the afternoon will be fought put at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea and Everton line up in oppositi in. London is agog over this game. Both teems suffered unexpected reverses last Saturday, but the possess match winner in Dean, and the Chelsea defenders fail to get a grip of the visiting forwards difficult to imagine the Londoners figuring in the next round.

Everton Chairman's View.

Mr W. Cuffe. the chairman of Everton, speaking last on the match, said : "We have a sporting chance of either winning or forcing draw. Chelsea plav much the same advanced type of football as ourselves, and it will be a game worth watching. I think we have the better side, but they have the ground advantage, and shade of luck on either side might decide the issue."


Yorkshire Post-Thursday 12 January 1928

Fallowfield, Manchester, famous for over 30 years for its athletic gatherings, to continue to be sports arena. has just been purchased from Lord Egerton bv tno Manchester Amateur Athletic Grounds. Ltd., company, to which the chief subscribing parties are tho Manchester Athletic Club, the Manchester Wheelers' Cycling Club, the Manchester City Police Athletic club, and the North of England Lacrosse Association. Tbe district has been the scene of much building activity recently. Fallowfield was the scene of the memorable F.A. Cup final of 1893, when Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Everton, and thousands of people failed gain admittance to the ground.


January 12 th 1929. The Daily Courier.


Dixie Dean, the dashing Everton and England footballer has achieved a Niche of fame in Madame Tussaud's world famous London Waxworks. His effigy in way is to be placed in the exhibition. His colleagues in the Everton team are anxious to see what “Dixie” looks in wax, and arrangements have been made for them to visit the exhibition after the Cup-tie with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge today. Dean, in his effigy, is wearing his international garb with the England badge in his breast, and, he occupies a prominent position among the famous sport men exhibited. He is shown as the front of the Daiswith a football at his feet, on his immediate left are Jack Hobbs and WG Grace while on his right are Jimmy Wilde, Joe Beckett, Jack Dempsey and Steve Donoghue. Dixie Dean's is the first footballer model to be added to the exhibition “said the manager of Madame Tussaud's yesterday; “we are anxious –to hear what his verdict of it will be.” “We are hoping to make models of many more famous footballer's past and present “ he added.


This model was made from a photograph, and Dixie Dean knew nothing about it until a Daily Courier representative informed him at Brighton yesterday that it was to be shown in Madame Tussaud's exhibition “no body” is more surprised at this event than myself” he said. “I am looking forward and anxiously to our visit at Tussaud's tomorrow” “ I want to see myself as other see me.”


The Everton team have accepted an invitation to be present at Tussaud's cinema this evening to see a special film of the Cup-tie with Chelsea this afternoon.



There is no disparagement in saying that Chelsea and Everton are well matched, and while the Champions should win or draw at least they will have to put every ounce they can muster into the task. The Pensioners loss of Bishop and “Andy” Wilson is a grave matter for the Stamford Bridge officials, and the team selected by the Everton directors should repeat Blackpool's performance last Saturday, even if the conditions today place the visitors at some disadvantage. This, however, cannot be so serious as one is led to believe from the tons of bulletins issued during the week, and perhaps the only effect of a heavy ground will be to put the rivals off their usual subtle game. If this happens, then Everton being more versatile than Chelsea, must prevail. They have in the opinion of the writer, just the same advantage in defence as in attack, and the pensioners will find that ground advantage and playing conditions may not suffice to balance these factors. Everton's display against Portsmouth recently has not been excluded in coming to the foregoing conclusions. Everton have fared badly when drawn against Clubs outside the First Division. In 1919-20, Birmingham (Second Division) beat them in the first round 2-0, in the following season they were defeated by the Wolverhampton at Goodison park 1-0, and they lost 6-0 in the first round at hope to Crystal palace (then in the second Division). Later Bradford (Third Division) beat them 1-0, after a draw 1-1. Brighton follow, and Hull City are other teams who have knocked them out of the cup. But Chelsea while outsiders as far as the First Division is concerned are in a better strata if football class, as the teams mentioned were in the days of their triumph



Jack Townrow, the Chelsea captain; “said he thought Chelsea would beat Everton.” “In the first place, he added, “we are well in the running for promotion, and if a side is good enough to win promotion, it is usually good enough to do well against the best in the First Division clubs. Townrow said he though Chelsea possessed one of the best defence's in the country and they were bracketed with stone, in having conceded fewer goals than any club in the League.” “I think that said our defence is capable of holding Everton's brilliant line of forwards. Coming down to the attacking side of the game, I believe the Chelsea forward line is faster and more dashing than that of our opponents, and though we do not posses a marksman of the caliber of “Dixie” Dean, “We have a couple of sharp-shooters in Thain and Thompson. “We shall probably win by a couple of goals.”


Yorkshire Post -Monday 14 January 1929

Tho tie at Stamford Bridge where as many 61,316 people paid for admission, had a stirring finish, when Chelsea, after theif defence had experienced exacting test, suddenly developed strong attacks and tho last nine minutes scored two goal for victory. The rally came a real surprise, for the home forwards had received hardly any decent opportunity getting the ball past Davies, and the Everton defenders had been very reliable, and did not make a mistake until the late breakdown.

CHELSEA 2 EVERTON 0 (Fa Cup Game 124)

January 14 th 1929. The Daily Courier.




“Fickle fortune” never plays so great a part as in the Football Association Cup, and it took a leading role in the great struggle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, when Everton, the Champions of the League, failed to overcome the promotion candidates, Chelsea. The better side lost –even the most biased Londoner would admit this –for the Champions were superior to their opponents in everything but the matter of goals. And what goals! It is cruel fate to have two-thirds of the play, serve up the prettiest and more scientific football, and then to find your opponents pilling on a brace of goals in the last 10 minutes to march a step farther on the long, weary trail to Wembley. Such was the experience of Everton. Everton opened up as if they meant to apply the knock-out to the Pensioners in the first round, and for minutes on end they were swarming around the home goal fighting strenuously to find a loophole. Stein, in particular, profited by many a glorious pass from Dunn and Weldon, and also the men behind, but desperate defensive tactics alone pulled Chelsea through.


Dean once broke through and banged in a pile-driver which had Millington beaten to the wide world, but the ball struck his bent arm and bounded away to safety. Chelsea, it is true, occasionally made spasmodic incursions into the Everton territory, but they were a trifle anemic as compared with the sharp raids by the Goodison brigade. Miller had a golden opportunity with Davies out of goal, but he hooked over the bar in tame fashion. It was not until ten minutes before the interval that Chelsea began to display promise, and then they gave as much as they took. The football at this stage was thoroughly exciting, and kept the watches at fever heat. The same state of affairs prevailed for about ten minutes after the interval, and then dean and company restarted their storming tactics over again, and one wondered how it was that they did not take the lead. All the forwards were shooting on each and every opportunity and a series of sharp terror-laden sallies ended with Dean crashing in a great shot which human hands could not stop, but the ball hit the post. Sympathetic souls were beginning to have pity on Chelsea, but when they fought back to try and regain some of their lost prestige, the Pensioners had the audacity to notch the goal which really won them the match. Players of both sides went up to head a great clearance kick, and as it happened O'Donnell just managed to touch it, only to see it travel towards his own goal right to the feet of Thompson, who was waiting in front of Davies. The leader had no difficulty in driving low into the net. It was all so simple, and the onlookers were so dumbfounded at the remarkable turn of events that it took them some seconds to realise that Chelsea were in front.


Everton never recovered from the shock, for, though they pressed, there was not that sting about the movements, which had characterised their earlier play. The add almost insult to injury, when Chelsea reached striking distance again, and Miller ran in to take over a lovely low forward pass, the Evertonians stepped, appealing for offside, and Miller was able to proceed at will and trouble Davies a second time to retrieve a ball from the net. That was the last straw to the Champions and to all their camp followers. Beaton, not by merit, but by two unconvincing goals. There is some consolation in the fact that, though victory was denied them, the champions lived up to their name and went down fighting. They played the game to the last, and were truly gallant losers. Some of their football was excellent and it generally bore the stamp of brains, but their finishing could have been stronger. It was invariably left to Dean to put all the virility into the vanguard, and of course, he was well watched, especially after the interval. Millington had twice as much work to do as Davies –the latter was only seriously troubled by centres –but so many of the best Everton efforts sailed either a few inches too wide or too high. The respective defences, were excellent, though one must hand the plums to Cresswell and O'Donnell, who gave as splendid an example of thoughtful and wholly effective back play as one could wish to see.


Hart proved a better pivot than Towrow, and some of his judicious feeding early on was the acme of perfection. Griffiths was only seen at his best when participating in corners at either end, but Virr cleverly combined brains and weights, much to the discomfiture of the tricky Thain-Crawford wing. Dunn was the best inside forward on the field and no winger did better than young Stein, who made a splendid deputy for Troup. Weldon played his best game for weeks, and the manner in which he collaborated with Dunn to place Dean in possession was delightful. Dean had great difficulty in eluding Law and Smith, but he left a great impression on the Pensioners, though hardly able to give of his very best. Ritchie was on the slow side, though he managed to drop over one or two inviting centres, which almost produced goals. Davies did all that was required of him in a clean, cool manner. Teams: - Chelsea: - Millington, goal, Smith and Law, backs, Irving, Townrow (captain), and Ferguson, half-backs, Crawford Thain, Thompson, Miller, Pearson, forwards. Everton: - Davies, Cresswell (captain) and O'Donnell, backs, Griffiths, Hart, and Virr, half-backs, Ritchie, Dunn, Dean, Weldon and Stein, forwards.



January 14 th 1929. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.


A crowd of over 20,000 at Anfield saw Liverpool avenge the earlier season defeat at Goodison Park, and although there was only a goal in it at the close, the winners throughout display the greater trustfulness and undoubtedly deserved the victory. Everton were much indebted to Common, Kennedy, Dixon and Hardy, who by resolute defensive work was able to hold off Liverpool's many onslaughts. It was a typical Derby encounter and even it. Liverpool were the more frequent attackers, the result was in doubt to close, because Everton proved by spasmodical spasms of brilliant attacking that they could be dangerous. Liverpool, however, were the more consistent forward, the halves and forwards combing to good purpose. The first half provided good, interesting football without a goal, but on resuming McFarlane scored a perfect goal and Easton levelled the scores. Barton eventually obtained Liverpool's second goal. Lucas, Mackinlay and Scott formed a triangle of stern defensive ability. Gardiner was a brilliant half-back. Race worked the ball adroitly and with McFarlane, Barton and Kelly formed a good attack. Lewis alone of the Everton line did well, Scott, having to make a number of good saves from him. Hardy in goal demonstrated that he is fast regaining his confidence. Teams: - Liverpool: - Scott, goal, Lucas, and Mackinlay, backs, Gardiner, Shears, and Flannagan, half-backs, Barton, Miller, McFarlane, Race, and Kelly forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Common and Kennedy (captain), backs, Kelly, Dixie, and Curr, half-backs, Meston, Forshaw, CE Webster, Easton, and Lewis, forwards.



January 16 th 1929. The Daily Courier.


Everton have selected their luckless Cup team to meet Birmingham in the League campaign at Goodison Park on Saturday. (Kick-off 2-45). The Champions will, no doubt, now concentrate on a bid for the retention of the League laurels they won last years, and while the results in the corresponding matches last season (5-2) is unlikely to be quite so substantial, the Blues appear to have a fairly safe couple of points nearly within their grasp. It is coincidence that the referee who officiated in the Cup-tie at Stamford Bridge Mr. L.B. Watson (Nottingham), will have charge at Goodison Park. The Everton team will be; Davies; Cresswell, O'Donnell; Griffiths, Hart, Virr; Ritchie, Dunn, Dean, Weldon, and Stein. The Everton Reserves team to meet Birmingham Reserve at Birmingham, will be Hardy; Common, Kennedy; Kelly, Dixon, Rooney; Critchley, Webster, French, Easton, and Lewis.


Falkirk Herald -Saturday 19 January 1929


It is to expected that the immutable of Nature should now be liberal toll of football players who were the zenith of their fame about half a century ago. and In recent a few those who were famous the Falkirk district In their day have “crossed the bourne." Last week the death was recorded the Press “Danny" Kirkwood, who, since the early '90's, had been located in Liverpool, where for a good number of years was hotel keeper. I observe in a Glasgow contemporaryan old player refers to the death Kirkwood, and with his appreciation of the little man and bis then Liverpool confreres I heartily agree. But when it comes facts there another story to tell. The article in question was a signed one. and the writer a well known internationalist.

After stating that Kirkwood played for Broxburn before he crossed the Border, and that was out of work owing a shale miners' strike, the writer states that Kirkwood and another great Dan —Dan. Doyle—decided take the road Liverpool. 'And they walked all the way." with the lapse of time, the writer must have got his facts mixed up a bit!

Neither the players mentioned travelled direct from Broxburn to Liverpool.

They joined East Stirlingshire about the year 1887, and it was during a return Journey from Airth Games and Falkirk that the two Dans agreed to join East Stirlingshire. The then secretary of East Stirlingshire, who still takes interest in the old club, was one the "interviewers" on the “horse shay" that did duty as the mode of conveyance from Airth Games in these days. Football players were "amateurs" then, and all worked more or less a job apart from football; but it was an open secret that in not a few plavers received payment for playing by finding “something in their boots" at the close of the game.

I remember receiving information—but which l never appeared in print—as the first club committee the Falkirk district that proposed to “lift" a player from an adjoining clüb—and pay him. It was before the day of the two Dans.

Doyle and Kirkwood did yeoman service for East Stirlingshire in 1887 and 1888, the former as a left back and Kirkwood as a half back, and later as inside forward. Doyle had as a partner at back Bob Wilson, now a director of the Falkirk Club. Doyle left East Stirlingshire a considerable time before Kirkwood, and instead of going to Everton. he went to Sunderland Albion, a club long since gone. Doyle had a perio with the Grimsby Club ere he landed at Liverpool.

It was then that he sent word north for Kirkwood come south. In mean time Kirkwood had become a bit of an expert in the moulding trade, and before left he was one of the best paid moulders in Castlelaurie Foundry, where he was engaged in making rice-bow's. This goes to prove that “Danny” did not tramp Liverpool, and it certain from the files of '”Falkirk Herald” that Kirkwood achieved what was cosidered a great honour —namelv. To plav for the Stiringshire Association in an inter county" match, such as then took place against Forfar, Fife, and Linlithgow shires. Doyle's travelling days were not finished at Liverpool, as he was subsequently a famous player for the Celtic. Kirkwood, however, remained in Liverpool. He played on until a broken leg terminated his football career the on the field, but he was subsequently director of the Everton Club—one of the wealthiest clubs in England.

There was big difference physique between the two Dans—Doyle was a big hefty player, who could use his weight advantage; Kirkwood was a somewhat small insigniflcant-looking chap, with great speed, but a grand manipulator the ball. I think the appellation applied to the two the man the street fitly described the two —in the one case it was "Dan" Doyle (a player whose appearance one could admire), but In the case Kirkwood it was the more lovable “Danny." The wee man was always smiling. The last occasion which I saw him was at English International Hampden Park, when he came along to the box and we had few words together. Now both Dana are gone. "Peace to their ashes.”



January 21 st 1929. The Daily Courier.





Hicks, The former Manchester City player, helped Birmingham to their revenge for a home defeat earlier in the season by scoring the two goals in the match at Goodison park on Saturday, when the game was witnessed by a crowd of 40,000. Birmingham proved the superior team throughout. The Champions were almost run off their feet at times, and in their showing Birmingham will soon experience a lift in the First Division table. Hicks, returning after his recent injury, transformed the Midlanders' team. As well as scoring both goals, he afforded his colleagues some glorious chances which should have been put to better use. The centre, Bradford, missed two or three easy openings, while he and Briggs touched the posts twice when Davies was well beaten. On another occasion three Birmingham forwards successively failed to put the ball into the empty goal from close range. The visitors' greatest fault was poor shooting, but they were not such great offenders in this respect as the home side. Dean was the best of the Everton forwards, but he was slow at times on the mark. The Birmingham wingers' attack was well backed up by the intermediate line, in which Cringan especially proved himself a canny schemer, while Randle and Barkas were sound backs. Birmingham fully deserved their victory. They were quicker on the ball, tackled with more deadiness and moved up by direct and trustful measures. Briggs, the Birmingham outside right, netted once when offside. Teams: - Everton: - Davies, goal, Cresswell (captain) and O'Donnell, backs, Griffiths, Hart, and Virr half-backs, Ritchie, Dunn, Dean, Weldon and Stein, forwards. Birmingham City: - Hibbs, goal, Barkas, and Randle, backs, Liddell, Cringan, and Morrall, half-backs, Crosbie, Bradford, Pike, and Hicks, forwards.



January 21 st 1929. The Daily Courier.


Everton gave an excellent display at St. Andrew's where they halved the points with a powerful side. First scored twice and Bond once in the opening half, French netting once for the visitors, but later Everton showed remarkable dash and French and Easton managed to secure a drawn game. Critchley French, and Easton were the best of the Everton forwards, and Common, Kelly, and Dixon shore in defence . Everton: - Hardy goal, Common and Kennedy (captain), backs, Kelly, Dixon, and Rooney, half-backs, Critchley, Webster, French, Easton and Lewis, forwards.

Everton Bombshell

Derby Daily Telegraph-Wednesday 23 January 1929

Everton management have dropped something of a bombshell on their front line players (comments "Brigadier"'). Drastic forward changes have been ordered for the League match with the City at Manchester, Dixie Dean alone being retained. Critchley, Forshaw, Easton and Troup displace Ritchie, Weldon, and Stein, while left 'half Rooney is preferred to White. Rooney has recovered from an injury and makes first appearance of the season.


January 23 rd 1929. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.

Five alterations in the side to meet Manchester City at Maine-road on Saturday, fit and well again Troup is selected for the outside left berth in place of Stein, three additional forward changes have been made, however, Critchley and Forshaw forming the right-wing to the exclusion of Ritchie and Dunn, while Easton comes in as partner to Troup instead of Weldon. Meanwhile Templeton, is a local player for the “A” team, is to play for the Reserves at Goodison Park against West Bromwich Albion Reserves on Saturday.



January 28 TH 1929. The Daily Courier.




The sensational collapse of the Everton defence 12 minutes from the end of their match at Maine-road, Manchester, on Saturday, forced the club suffer one of their heaviest defeats of the campaign, Manchester City running out flattered winners by five goals to one. Seeing that the City defeated Everton six goals to two at Goodison Park early in the season, they have every reason to place the Champions among the list of their “lucky team.” This was a remarkable encounter, viewed from any angle, but Everton played a great deal better than the score against them suggest. The ground was like iron, and for the most part the match was contested in a think fog. As a matter of fact, not the referee decided to eliminate the interval, it is doubtful whether the game would have been finished at all. Any bad luck that was going went to Everton this being examphfied in the opening session, when Warney Cresswell had the misfortune to shot through his own goal to gave the City the lead. It was cruel luck, for he simply had to play the ball or else Tait would have “broken the net,” but in trying to hook it aside he slipped it just inside the post. The Champions had by far the better of the argument later, their experimented team serving up clear-cut fast, open football. In addition everyman on the side was eager to bring Barber into action and it was disheartening that so many commendable shots travelled either inches too wide or too high. Just before the interval the prowess of Barber alone kept the Goodison brigade at bay, and everyone admitted that the City were fortunate to be leading at the change over.


Matters at the start of the second half were more in favour of Everton than ever. They seemed to have the full measure of the home side, and the 40,000 spectators were honestly, only waiting for the equaliser. It came following a free kick taken by Griffiths, for Forshaw was right on the spot to do the needful. This upset the City still more, and it was a case of all Everton. The halves gave the forwards excellent support, and the front line thrived on it. Goals were missed by a fraction only, in fact, the City seemed utterly demoralised. When the final quarter-of-an-hour was embarked on, however, the City developed one of those haphazardous attacks, which put the best of defences in jeopardy just because of its unorthodox nature. Cresswell and company simply could not get rid of the ball and it bobbed about the goal in ominous fashion. When O'Donnell received one felt relieved, but the left back, instead of giving the ball air, essayed one of those dribbles of his, and Johnson easily robbed him away on the right. That did it, Johnson centred nicely for Tilson to shoot pass Davies, the goalkeeper making no effort to save. Two minutes later the City piled on the agony for, when the ball punted forward O'Donnell stopped thinking that by holding off the eager attackers someone else would be ready to clear. There was no one handy, however, and Austin walked through to increased the lead. In another two minutes, when the home forwards came down in massed formation O'Donnell and Hart mistimed their interception, and Tait came away solo. His high shot was parried by Davies, but the ball dropped over his head, and Tilson walked the ball into the net. Then in heavy fog Brook audaciously walked through to add number five after collaboration with Johnson. It was the final blow!


That is the sad tale! Everton had the better of the proceedings, because the new formation did not think so much of the abilities of Dean, and one feels certain that dean was truly thankful. There was more shooting from the five forwards than on any occasion for weeks, and the half-backs also joined in the onslaught. It was a pity that the thrusts were not more accurate or goals must have occurred. Then of course, Barber performed miracles in the home goal, the manner in which he utilised his fists being truly remarkable. There is no excuse for the unaccountable collapse of the defence near the end, and although O'Donnell was directly to blame for some of the final mistakes, he was not the only one at fault, for Cresswell, Hart, and Davies were guilty of errors. One admired the work of Rooney and Easton, who were playing their initial games with the seniors, for their passing was accurate, and they stuck to their work with zest. Critchley was better than Troup, because he had more opportunities and with Dean having more room in which to operate and Forshaw serving up the most delectable passes, the attack was good. Griffiths played an excellent forcing game and though a 5-1 defeat takes some explaining away this team was certainly better than those which have represented the champions recently. They earned the right to further trial. It was in keeping with the way things are running with Everton at present that the foundations of the club –the defence –should capitulate when victory was looming on the horizon. Still, even the best of us make mistakes, and it is certain that the virile play of the City forwards was the outcome of mistakes rather than their own ingenuity. Teams : - Manchester City: - Barber, goal, Ridley and McCloy, backs, Barrass, Cowan, and McMullan, half-backs, Austin, Tilson, Tait, Johnson, and Brooks, forwards. Everton: - Davies, goal, Cresswell (captain) and O'Donnell, backs, Grifiths, Hart, and Rooney, half-backs, Critchley Forshaw, Dean Easton,, and Troup, forwards.



January 29 th 1929. The Daily Courier.


Everton by reason of better combination, were the more frequent attackers, and were dangerous near goal. The visiting side fought hard, and had dangerous raiders in Fritton; but both Common and Kennedy were strong in defence for Everton. The Blues took the lead after Two minutes through Meston. French scored a second and Webster a third, all three goals coming in the first half. Afterwards James scored for West Bromwich, and later missed a penalty kick at the second attempt. Everton: - Hardy goal, Common and Kennedy (captain), backs, Kelly, Dixon and White, half-backs, Meston, Webster, French, Templeton, and Lewis, forwards.

Masters and Their Methods : Centre Forward.

Bucks Herald -Friday January 25 1929


Few players who have come into football in recent times have been talked about quite so much as William "— Other name Dixie—the leader of the Everton attack. Of course he has insisted on being talked about During last season it was impossible to get away from him as subject tor very long at time. In the first place he was member of the attack of the League champions. In the second place, and as a member of that attack, he broke all previous goal-scoring records for one player in one season. His total of goals from League games during the last campaign was sixty. To get the best impression pf what these goals meant to Everton, well as something like the proper perspective, it should added that the total of goals scored by Everton League matches during the season was 102. unless you want to be pedantically accurate you can say that Dixie , Dean scored two-thirds of the goals which fell to the Everton side. There are indications that during the present season this centre-forward will not touch his last season's record in the goal-scoring line. But don't think any reasonable or logical person expected him to do so. It is one thing making a reputation as a goal-scorer, and that one thing isn't easy. But it is easier to make a reputation than to keep on adding to it. Fame carries with it certain penalties, especially fame on the football field. And the first penalty is that opponents get to know. It is hot going too far to say that every team which has run up against Everton this season has started with the central idea that it was necessary to stop Dean from getting goals. "These opponents have often played as though they felt that if they stopped the centre-forward they would also have stopped the whole of the Everton attack. One might add that this unfortunately, has proved partly true on several occasions. Dean has often suffered from the too close, and not always scrupulously fair attentions of his opponents, and the Everton team has sometimes suffered from Too much Dean.” The other players have not taken full advantage of the special watch which has been set upon the centre-forward. ‘‘Give it to Dixie” is all right its way as a spectators' war-cry, but giving it to Dean is not necessarily a paying game if Dean is surrounded opponents. Personally, think the centre-forward of is a better footballer—in the all-round sense—than he was last season. He has learnt some of the lessons of experience. But he has need a much better footballer than he was in the early days of last season because he has so much more against which to contend. Actually, there should be many years of useful service still in front of Dean, because he only recently passed his twenty-second birthday. actually led the attack of England before he had attained his majority, and his rise was certainly phenomenal. He has told me that as lad his first idea of a career” was to become an engine driver on the railway, this ambition being no doubt due to the fact that his father was employed on the railway. His early days were different from the early days of the great majority of the lads of our country. He played some football as he went to school in his native Birkenhead, and climbed the various rungs the ladder until, at the early age of seventeen, became a “pro” player for Traumere Hovers. Tranmere is, of course, one of the clubs to which managers look when they want more or less ready-made footballers, because those managers know that Tranmere are seldom in a position to refuse a big cheque. said that Derby County were among the clubs to take first interest in Dean, but though they went to watch him officially, they were not particularly impressed. However, there was a manager who saw the possibilities of Dean; who realised that it might be worth while to take chance. This was the manager of Everton. So the cheque book was brought out; three thousand pounds written across the face of one of the forms, and Dean became Everton player in March 1925. A day or two later he made his debut—at Highbury, against the Arsenal—and was forthwith relegated to the reserves. However, he was tried several occasions between then and the end of the season. His form, though, was such that the Everton officials must have wondered, more than once, whether that three thousand pounds cheque was going to be worth-while. It is now such common knowledge that the Everton directors are convinced that they have got their money back on Dean several times over that there is no necessity to into further details concerning his career. For a minute or two let us consider the methods of the man; the secrets of his success. Naturally it goes without saying that lie can shoot hard and true with both feet. No man is likely get sixty goals in a season who can't do that. But with Dean it is not all a question of foot-work. He scores goals with his head too. I have seen him get remarkable goals with forward headers, and I have seen him get one or two with backward headers made such a way that the surprising thing was that he did not break his neck in performing the acrobatic feat. The suggestion, if carried into effect, that heading should be barred from football—made a punishable offence—would immediately reduce the goal-scoring capacity of this best of present-day centre-forwards. But such a reform would also take much the joy out of the game: the sheer delight of perfectly headed goals. Don't let it be imagined, however, that Dean is the mere Macawher-like type of centre-forward who just hangs around waiting for something to turn up. He goes in search of openings, and what is more he can work openings for himself, for he is not merely the man with the gun” who shoots when others have brought out the “bird.” Quick off the mark, he can round opponent with the best, and that is why wo still find him registering hat-tricks in spite of all the policeman business indulged in by opponents. Sometimes recently it has been said that he has not served England quite so well as he has served Everton; that his International form has been below his club form. Well, maybe his goal-scoring propensities nave not always been revealed in International games, but this may be as much due to the shortcomings of strange colleagues, to deficiencies in the play of the centre-forward. Any failures in International games are not due lack of the big match temperament. He doesn't know what nerves are .And let not forget that he scored both the England goals against Scotland at Hampden Park in 1927 to enable his side to register the first win over Scotland on Scottish soil for many years. Tee-total, and a non-smoker. Dean loves golf as recreation, and is also interested in greyhounds. But these are side lines. Football is his real love, and like all the other big men in the game he has “got on” because his hearts is in it.


January 1929