DERBY COUNTY AT GOODISON PARK. January 1 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton have a most attractive game at Goodison Park this afternoon with the strong Derby County side Gallacher is again on view this time in new colours and sprightly little Scot is likely to give of his best. He usually does well on Merseyside and he has undoubtedly galvanized the Derby Country ranks into a real live force once more. It should be a capital match but I look to Everton to retain their home form and win. Everton's team is unchanged while Crooks returns to the Derby ranks. The kick off is at 2.30, and the teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Derby County: - Kirby; Udall, Collins; Nicholls, Barker, Hann; Crooks, Groves, Gallacher, Ramage, Duncan.
DERBY'S FIRST HALF BLOWS FOR EVERTON
January 1 1935. Evening Express.
Blues Slow To Find Their Feet
Last-Minute Goal Saves A Point.
By the Watcher.
Everton had an unusual experience against Derby County at Goodison Park today, being two goals down in the first half. Groves gave Derby their first goal with a great drive from 15 yards, and Crooks followed with the second at the 40 th minute. Geldard reduced the lead for Everton after 61 minutes. Gallacher was a great factor in derby's success. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Derby County: - Kirby, goal; Udall and Collins, backs; Nicholls, Barker, and Hann, half-backs; Crooks, Gieves, Gallacher, Ramage, Duncan, forwards. Referee Mr. J. H. Whittle, (Worcester). Heavy rain which fell immediately prior to the first kept the attendance down to only about 15,000. Everton started on a high note, Geldard raced away three times within as many minutes. One of his crosses fell into Kirby's hands and another sailed only inches over Dean's waiting head. Gallacher was the first to spell danger for Derby when he pushed a low ball out to Crooks and then look the return only to be held up by Cresswell. Duncan forced a fruitless corner off Cresswell and then Stevenson, collecting a short grounder from Coulter, rounded Nicholas before sending in a shot, which was wide of the post. After Cunliffe had taken a difficult ball through, Collins held off Geldard while Kirby returned to his charge which he had left in a vain attempt to prevent Cunliffe's square pass to Geldard. Derby went within an ace of scoring when Gallacher, who so far had been their liveliest forward nipped between Cresswell and Gee to take a low ball on the bound and crash it against the side netting. Although the Blues had been slightly the more dangerous combination no one could cavil when the County went ahead at the end of 25 minutes. It was a great goal that gave them the lead. Groves was the scorer. Barker had worked the ball down the middle, and eventually it was swung across to groves, who was standing quite 15 yards out. Punting the ball no more than a yard, the Derby inside left sent across a shot that entered the goal just underneath the bar. Duncan and Crooks in turn rounded the Blues' defence and middled balls that fortunately for Everton went behind, and at the other end Dean and Coulter harassed the County goalkeeper.
Derby were now having slightly the better of the exchanges, a fact which was largely due to Gallacher and Barker. The manner in which the Scottish international leader swung the ball out from wing to wing proved most disconcerting to the Everton defence. Derby had a miraculous escape at the end of 37 minutes, when Collins cleared a ball from the goal line. A shot by Cunliffe was rolling into the net, with Kirby lying on the ground, when Collin and Coulter dashed up the Derby man just managing to clear the ball off the line. The escape only served to infuse new life into Derby who went straight down and went further ahead. This time Crooks was the marksman the goal coming at the 40 th minute. A long lob had resulted in a flight for the ball in the Everton goalmouth and during the tussle that ensued Crooks managed to send the ball over the line. Gallacher was being well fed, but Dean was having few chances.
Half-time Everton 0 Derby County 2.
Duncan beat Sagar with a beautiful shot from an acute angle shortly after the resumption but fortunately for Everton the Derby player was ruled offside. The Blues at this stage were playing more like we have been accustomed to seeing them at Goodison, but Geldard persisted in attempting to beat too many opponents. Geldard who had been one of the liveliest members of the home attack, reduced Derby's lead at the 61 minute. A long kick from the centre line went via several players to Geldard, who took if in his stride ending with a fast rising shot that entered the far corner of the net. Everton after this, attacked with greater zeal, although their general play was still below their best. The crowd, which by this time, had increased to 25,000 was constantly exhorting the Blues to obtain the equalising point, but Everton found it easier said than done. Geldard scored a second goal for Everton after 86 minutes. Final Everton 2 Derby County 2.
EVERTON 2 DERBY COUNTY 2 (Game 1502 over-all)-(Div 1 1460)
January 2 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Rally To draw.
Geldard's Goal Save The Day.
Thrilling Finish in the Gloom.
Everton narrowly escaped defeat for the second time this season when meeting Derby County at Goodison Park. They were two goals down for a long spell, and after having reduced the deficit they played hard for the equaliser. It seemed the desired goal could not come. The light failed the ground became a morass of mud and water, and Everton continued their wrong policy of “nursing” the ball instead of copying Derby's method of free use of the ball with long passes. Time passed on and on, the crowd got more and more excited over Everton's almost continuos pressure in the second half and finally a centre by Coulter provided the golden goal. Geldard scoring in the gloom and lighting Goodison Park for those who had seen them floundering for an hour. It was a ghastly muddy day and there was a strong wind as well. That being so, it seemed folly for Everton to work closely and try the short passing game. Their individual work was often of a high order although the famous Irish left wing did not touch its best heights till three quarter time. Coulter being in the grip of the opposing defence just as surely as the able Derby exponents were in the grip of Britton and Thomson. However, Derby as a whole were incontestably superior in most departments for an hour, and it was the sting of the opening goal to Geldard that made them crumble. Till then they had been masters; now they were servants of the home attack.
Everton began to infuse more spirit and practical football methods into their work, and a draw on the whole was a good result; good, first because it did not seen possible after the visits' opening half and good because it kept Everton's home defeats to one –v. Manchester City. But it was earned and the sterna struggle through the mud patches will probably leave their mark upon the Everton side, unless their visit to Buxton provides them with a reviving power. The game was most interesting, in spite of the absence of shots. The goalkeepers had not a great deal to do owing to the over-dribbling and the inability of the forwards to get any pace into their shots. Gallacher opened the proceedings with a great shot from inside left position, and Sagar covered himself with glory in saving this effort. Groves scored the opening goal after he had been granted possession of the ball through a rather sickening clearance by an Everton back. However he took his chance with deadly effect. The main reason why I claim Everton were worth a draw lay in the fact that Derby's second goal scored in a melee from a corner kick was due to undue and unfair interference with Sagar who had no chance to hand out the ball. The referee did not see this, the lead was taken to two.
Battling Second half.
Then came Everton's battling second half display, full of fire endeavour, and still showing artistic football where definite action and first time passing was the order under the special conditions. Geldard got his first goal through a glide header by Dean, who had a poor day against the outstanding Barker. Geldard closed in steadily yet swiftly, and always keeping the ball under his command he left out a full strength drive to the top of the net; a thrilling goal. His final goal five minutes from the hectic finish followed a left wing effort, Coulter this period having made great strides upon his first half display. The honours in the Everton side mainly belong to Britton, Thomson, the backs, and Geldard, with Cunliffe close up; Derby's honours were shared by every member of the eleven save the extreme wing pair and the goalkeeper, who was not a busy man. Barker pocketed Dean; Duncan and Crooks had some neat passeger, but they found Britton and Thomson very expert and sure.
Gallacher was a personality of play because he did things in a strange and unusual way; he was generally subdued by Gee and the backs, but he was always a menace, and after missing one grit chance, he dribbled in towards goal and wormed his way through before making a square pass fit for a goal, but two unmarked Derby players, by some reason inceplicable to see in the increasing darkness, refused the offer. The only unfortunate note of the game came at the finish, when Gallacher was booed, probably for his method of kicking free kicks to Everton away from the scene of action; the customary Gallacher. Indeed, words followed the final whistle, and Gee and Gallacher had to be parted lest their words led to blows. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Derby County: - Kirby, goal; Udall and Collins, backs; Nicholls, Barker, and Hann, half-backs; Crooks, Gieves, Gallacher, Ramage, Duncan, forwards. Referee Mr. J. H. Whittle.
IT'S A WAY THEY HAVE AWAY
January 2, 1935. Evening Express.
Everton's 11 Month's Quest For First Win.
Will They Break The Spell At Preston?
By the Watcher.
Well Everton ring in the New Year with their first away victory of the season against Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday? It is a lot to expect with the North Enders playing such fine football at present, but it is a success that is long overdue. It is nearly eleven months since the Blues last brought two points from a rival ground. The last occasion was when they defeated Arsenal at Highbury last February. Since then they have made 18 journeys. Everton's last visit to Preston was in 1925, when they shared two goals, O'Donnell scoring the goal that gained the point. Everton will be unchanged from the team that played a 2-2 draw with Derby County for Saturday's match. Preston have already had their colours lowered four times on their own enclosure this season, but if the blues are to break the spell of non-success away, they will have to show better form than they exhibited against Derby County at Goodison Park, yesterday.
Lesson For Everton.
Their second half rally enabled them to share four goals, but on the general run of the play the Rams were, for the most part, the better side. The manner in which Barker and Gallacher brought their wings into action by long swinging passes –a policy that obviously paid on a heavy and sticky ground –was a lesson Everton failed to profit by until the second half. Everton were inclined to keep the ball too close and it was that factor which almost caused their undoing. Derby hardly had as much of the play, but they always were the more dangerous combination. Geldard's two goals earned a valuable point.
EVERTON'S CHANCE TO BREAK SPELL.
January 3 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
In view of their fine displays at Goodison Park, it is surprising that Everton have played so long without recording an away victory. The last occasion they gained an away victory was on February 3, 1934, when they defeated Arsenal at Highbury. They are due to tackle Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday and there are hopes that in this renewal of old-time rivalry the spell will be broken. Preston's position on the lowly steps of the ladder; however, means that they will enter into the fray in desperate mood, and with Everton also realising that there is a chance to get into the leading flight, the game is likely to be a hard one. Everton players are enjoying their stay at Buxton, and the team which drew with Derby County will again do duty.
Everton's Reserves' Advance.
A feature of the Central league since December 1 has been the continued success of the Everton Reserve eleven. Since that date they have play six matches three at home and three away and gained maximum points. They scored 2o goals and conceded only 4. As a result of this success they now occupy the sixth position in their section with 26 points for twenty-one games. Their record run reads:
v. Birmingham (home) 4-0
v. Sheffield Wednesday (away) 4-3
v. West Bomwich Albion (away) 2-0
v. Leeds United (away) 2-0
v. Manchester united (home) 4-0
v. Burnley (away) 5-1
DEEPDALE MAY BE TURNING POINT.
January 4 1935. Evening Express.
Everton Only League Club Without Away Win.
The Everton players who are to visit Preston North End tomorrow are bent on accomplishing two things –to record their first “double” of the season and register their first away win since February, 1934. Rarely in the history of the Everton club have away wins be so few. At bets the Blues can beat almost any team. Away from home they seem to lose they joyous football craft and finishing ability's. They are the only team in the Football League not to have won away from home. Can they change the order in their first journey in 1935? Preston are one of the most indifferent teams in the competition. They can serve up dainty football, but there is a lack of punch in the attack and I do not anticipate that their forward will give the Everton defenders much to worry about. To my mind the result of this game depends on the ability of the Everton forwards to score goals. The tit-bits of the match should be the duel between Everton and ex-Evertonians Holdcroft and Lowe who are always in the Deepdale rearguard. The Blues must adopt more open tactics than against Derby when there have an inclination to plough the ball through the mud. It is best to adopt the long passing methods and exploit the dangers as much as possible. If they will do this, I think their long record will be at long last, broken. Everton; Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Preston; Holdcroft; Gallimore, Lowe; Shankly, Tremelling, Nisbet; Friar, Kelly Maxwell, Bargh, Fitton.
Everton Reserves, who have won their last six Central league matches in succession, should make further advancement at the expense of the North End Reserves at Goodison Park. In those six matches the Blues have conceded only four goals, and the victory run coincides with the advent of Bradshaw, the former New Brighton goalkeeper. Everton have a chance of making a good challenge to the leaders West Bromwich Albion, even though the Midlanders have a 14 points lead over all rivals. Everton have three matches in hand.
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EVERTON AT DEEPDALE.
January 5 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
In the history of the League the rivaly struggles between Everton and Preston North End take a prominent place, and they add yet another match to their long list this afternoon at Deepdale. Earning promotion at the end of last season. Preston made an excellent start this season, though they were beaten 4-1 at Goodison Park on September 1. The side recovered, but later fell away, and the result is that North End are placed near the bottom. Still, they hope to prevent Everton winning their first away match. With the Goodison men equally determined and fresh after their visit to Buxton, a game worthy of the occasion should result. At the best, I think Everton can win. The teams unchanged from the previous matches are: - Everton; Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Preston; Holdcroft; Gallimore, Lowe; Shankly, Tremelling, Nisbet; Friar, Kelly Maxwell, Bargh, Fitton.
EVERTON EARN A POINT.
January 5, 1935. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Fine Forward Work at Deepdale.
Cunliffe & Stevenson On the Target.
By the Watcher.
Everton showed fine fighting equalities against Preston at Deepdale and were well worth their 202 draw. Geldard was the best winger on view and the inside trio worked hard. The Blues' defence was not quite up to its usual high standard. Teams: - Preston North End: - Holdcroft, goal; Gallimore (f) and Lowe, backs; Shankley, Tremelling, and Nisbet, half-backs; Friar, Kelly, Maxwell, Bargh, and Fitton forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Coulter, forwards. Referee Mr. G. P. Davies (Bury). There was a big contingent of Everton supporters among the crowd, and they cheered the Blues when they took the field. Preston were more dangerous at the start, long lobs and volleys proving particularly dangerous. Everton soon came into the picture, however, and when Geldard raced away to beat Lowe and swing across a fine ball the North End defence had all their work cut out to prevent a score. The sun was proving troublesome to Cresswell. In three minutes four mighty shots were banged in by the Deepdale inside trio. Sagar positioned himself finely on each occasion.
Maxwell Misses a Chance.
Maxwell threw away a grand chance of putting Preston ahead within ten minutes. Given plenty of room by Cook, Bargh took the ball well up before squaring it to Friar, who dropped it back into the centre, where Maxwell lifted it over the top. Then the crowd saw the real Everton. A pass by Britton to Geldard, and the winger flashed down the line and middled a low ball to Cunliffe, who took it on his toe to send it flashing into the net. This was in 15 minutes. Tremelling was playing close attention to Dean, but Geldard was allowed plenty of freedom. There was a roar when friar after a short tussle with Cook sent a great drive inches over the bar. First time tackling by the Preston halves was preventing the Everton machine from running smoothly but now and again the Blues showed fine touches.
Clever Everton Move.
A clever movement in which Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, and Stevenson took part ended in Stevenson sending over. Dean had back-headed a neat pass to him in front of goal. Holdscroft was now being called on far more frequently than Sagar, and it was evident that the Blues were going all out to consolidate their position before the interval, if possible. Cook made a great, but unsuccessful attempt to score with a free kick just outside the penalty area. The game was held up a few minutes which Cook received attention following a collision with Friar. Geldard and Sagar were Everton's star turns in a first half that abounded with thrills.
Half-time Preston North End 0 Everton 1.
With the sun at their backs Everton quickly got away, but Thomson found his shot intercepted after Coulter and Dean had tried to engineer an opening for him. Hesitancy on the part of Cook resulted in the Northern-Enders equalising within five minutes of the resumption.
Friar Takes The Chance.
Cook was undecided as to what course he should take in checking the right wing advance, and Friar turned the precious moments to account by sending in a snorter that shook the net from fully 15 yards out. Preston came back with a bang, and in turn Sagar turned shots from Fitton and Kelly over the top. For nearly ten minutes the Blues were penned in their own half. The crowd, which by this time had grown to 25,000 were shouting for another goal, but the blues got through on the right and Dean only just failed to beat Holdcroft to a Geldard centre. Cook, who still seemed to be feeling the effect of his first half collision, nipped a promising Preston movement in the bud when he intercepted a pass from Shankly to friar in the Blues' goalmouth.
Geldard was by far the most dangerous winger on view, and he put the Deepdalers on the defence with a powerful cross, which dropped in front of Preston's goal. Holdcroft with a mighty leap managed to tip it over the top. It was no great surprise when for the second time the Blues went ahead, Stevenson being the scorer. The goal came in the 70 th minute. Geldard sent across a centre from which Dean saw his shot blocked by Holdcroft, but the ball rebounded Stevenson popped up to crash it into the net with a first time shot. Everton held the lead for only five minutes Friar scoring for North end following lighting rush down the middle. Final Preston North End 2 Everton 2.
EVERTON RES V. PRESTON N.E. RES
January 5, 1935. Evening Express Football Edition.
Preston although prone to over-passing, showed some good football, and a feature of the early play was a fine run by Dougall which ended in a shot which swung just outside the far upright. Leyfield then raided dangerously, but spoiled an opportunity through a poor centre, which was cleared without much difficulty. Everton's attack was not playing with its usual smoothness yet the Blues went ahead through Stein, who scored direct from a corner kick. Although Preston lost Coupe through a head injury for the remainder of the half North end continued to give a good account of themselves and both Mercer and White did well to kick clear to prevent Bradshaw being troubled. Briscoe was doing good work for the visitors, and from one of his centres Elliott levelled the scores. Half-time Everton Res 1, Preston North End Res 1.
GREAT SOCCER CLUBS AND THEIR HISTORY-GRIMSBY TOWN.
January 5, 1935. Evening Express Football Edition.
Grimsby Town For Centre Forward.
Fight Back To League After Two Rejections
History of Everton's Cup Opponents.
By a special Correspondent.
If ever a club earned a place in the First Division that club is Grimsby Town, who meet Everton at Goodison Park next Saturday in the third round of the F.A. Cup. Long, established, the Lincolnshire side has known much of the buffetings of Fate and its lads have played in strange company. If experience is measured by variety of conflict, Grimsby Town can have nothing left to learn for they have operated in all four divisions of the League and in minor competitions as well, since they set out on their stormy passenge away back in 1878. The Football League was formed in 1888, and in its earliest years was a competition limited to clubs from Lancashire and the Midlands. Some of those outside these areas decided to form a league of their own, namely, the football Alliance. Grimsby Town were among the original entrants which also included such sides as Sheffield Wednesday (first champions). Small Heath (now Birmingham) Nottingham Forest, and Newton Heath (now Manchester United). Some of the others went out of existence long ago. Grimsby must have been a sound side in those days, for the position at the end of the first season (1889-90) was fourth. A year later they moved up one place. After three seasons the Alliance was disbanded and most of the clubs joined forces with the Football League. With an increased membership, the league became a two-division competition, and Grimsby were given a place in the Second Division. They settled down at once and in their first seasons were never lower than fifth. In 1901 they won the Second Division Championship and went into the top class in company with Small Heath. It was here that their troubles stated. Frankly Grimsby were out of their class, and in the space of two seasons they had to go back whence they came, with Bolton Wanderers their companions in misfortune. By 1910 they had sunk to the last position but one in the Second Division. There was no Third Division in those days, so it was a case of applying to the other clubs for re-election. But a rival candidate had entered the field, a Midland League club named Huddersfield Town, who were then taking the first steps along the road that led to their present greatness. Grimsby, one of the pioneers of the game, found themselves out-voted. They had to yield their long-held place in the League to a club only two years old. For one season, then, Town had to be content with a class of football outside the League. At the end of that time they were voted back into the Second Division, at the expense of their county's only other representative Lincoln City. A few years later came the War, and League football was suspended while a greater conflict was fought out. The Town were hard hit during these four years, and when the game was resumed in 1919 they had the utmost difficulty in getting a sound side together. They had a bad season. Their total of points was 27-45 less than that secured by Tottenham Hotspur, who were Second Division that season –and their position was absolutely last. Again they offered themselves for re-election, and again they found themelves shut out. In sore straits, Grimsby sought admission to the Southern League. They had just been elected when the competition threw in its lot with the Football League and changed its description to the Third Division. All the teams Grimsby had to face now were situation in the Southern area, and the Lancashire lads must have felt in strange company. Anyway, they had to do a lot of travelling, and their League position at the end of their first season was 13 th . During the summer off 1921 the Northern Section was formed and Grimsby effected a transfer. Their fortunes took a turn for the better almost at once. About this time they went down to South Wales and signed on a centre forward named James Carmichael, from the Mid-Rhondda club. Carmicheal, the first of a succession of brilliant centre-forwards who have assisted the Town since the war, provided the inspiration needed by a side that had suffered pretty considerably. He had been a popular player in Wales, although, in the language of the Dressing-room. Carmicheal was possessed of “one foot and a swinger.” But he was getting goals with his shooting foot with welcome regularity, and peter McWilliams, at that time manager of Tottenham Hotspur, considered signing him. In his first season for Northern section football, Carmicheal was leading marksman in the division with a total of 37 goals. With such a leader, Grimsby made steady progress, and in 1936 they won promotion to the Second Division. Once again Carmicheal was their most successful goalscorer. He more than any other player, put Grimsby back in their old place. There more seasons, the Lincolnshire side had fought their way upward to the highest company of all. Carmicheal had gone by now and had been succeeded by another goal-scoring centre-forward named Joseph Robson. This player was greatly coveted by wealthier clubs, and in September 1930, Huddersfield town secured hi services for £8,000 the highest fee received for a Grimsby player. As so often happens, Robson was not a great success with Huddersfield, and he was troubled by injury. For the past two seasons he has been playing for Nuneaton Town, in the Birmingham League. When Robson left Grimsby, the place he vacated was taken over by Earnest Coleman, originally an outside right, Coleman also took over the goal-scoring tradition and his work was so impressive in this direction that the time came when he, too, was transferred for a big fee. Arsenal brought Coleman, but just as Robson failed to find his true form at Huddersfield, so did Coleman lack success at Highbury. He was in and out of the team. His ability was unquestionable but evidently he did not suit Arsenal's style. Early this season he moved on to Middlesbrough. At Grimsby meanwhile the centre forward berth had been given to Ernest Glover, a former railway porter at Swansea, and he, too has proved himself a famous marksman. Following their promotion in 1929, Grimsby faced hard times in the First Division, just as they had done in the early part of the century. They lost their place in 1932, but regain it in convincing style last season. Glover in particular had a successful campaign, for he gained an international cap for Wales and was leading marksman in the Second Division. As this story shows, Grimsby have had a good many ups and downs, but they are on a sounder footing now, probably, than ever they have been in their long career. Their Cup-tie with Everton is regarded as one of the best matches of the draw. It should certainly be a great struggle.
PRESTON NORTH END 2 EVERTON 2 (Game 1503 over-all)-(Div 1 1461)
January 7, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Open Methods Pay.
Preston Test for Everton.
Geldard's Part in Drawn Game.
Everton's search since February 3 last for that away victory is still unrewarded. On Saturday at Deepdale they nearly captured it, and but for an injury to Cook in the late minutes of the first half they would have succeeded, for at the interval they had a goal lead, and were playing in a manner which suggested a victory, but Preston by dint of determination open football, and two goals by Friar, robbed them of success and they had to be content with yet another draw. I think Everton would have won had Cook not received a leg injury in making a tackle on Friar. Since their defeat at Goodison. Preston have made many forward changes; signed new men, so that they were not the feeble attacking side Everton beat 4-1 in August.
They were not, however, nearly so clever a side as Everton, but their open methods paid their way, and I doubt if the Everton defence has been worked so hard this season. The North End were always fighting an uphill battle; they lacked the craft of their line. Opponents, but made up for that by their sheer determination. Twice they were in arrears, and when Cunliffe opened the day's scoring at 16 minutes. Preston gave me the impression that they had lost heart, but it was only for a matter of minutes, for shortly afterwards they blazed forth into a dangerous attacking side, and Sagar had to do some grand things in the Everton goal, Friar and Fitton was Everton's most dangerous rivals. Maxwell and his inside forwards got little chance down the middle's although it was Maxwell who slipped the ball across to friar so that he (Friar) could level matters with a shot which struck the upright on its way into the Everton net. This was seven minutes after the interval, and well after Cook had been injured. The Everton full back had limped off the field at the interest, and it was obvious that all was not well with him when he returned. He did not kick so well, neither did he tackle with the security of the first half.
Preston from then on slashed the ball here and there, and when it landed anywhere near goal there was always someone ready to take a shot at goal and Sagar had a busy time handling out centres cross shots, which skimmed the crossbar helping them over with his finger tips; in fact, Sagar did a whole lot to keep Preston from running up a lead, for it had to be admitted that the North End were harassing the Everton defence by their open game. Geldard, however, was in such brilliant form that he quite outplayed Nisbet and Lowe, and enough came from his feet to have enabled Everton to win the game. He could not be held down. He sauntered down the wing aided and abetted by Cunliffe and Britton, but his centres were swept away often more by good fortune than good engagement.
Lean Time For Dean.
Tremmelling never left Dean's shoulder, with the result that the Everton captain had a leap time, and the left wing pair, Coulter and Stevenson, particularly the former, had his poorest game since he came into the side. They simply could not produce the wizardry, which has made them well-nigh invincible at Goodison Park. Geldard had tested Holdcroft more than once in the opening half, and when he let loose a fiery drive in the second session the ball slammed up against the upright, came out to Stevenson, whose shot struck Holdcroft, who was only too thankful at the opportunity to save. Geldard however, made Everton's second gaol when he dropped a centre bang in front of goal and Stevenson fired the ball into the net at seventy-three minutes, seventeen minutes to go. Could Everton hold on to the lead? Preston were battling along gallantly and with the urge to shoot there was just a possibility that their pressure would bring them an equaliser. It came four minutes later. Bargh scooped the ball high in the air; too high for Thomson to head, and Friar ran round him collected the ball, and crashed it into the net. All square again.
For some minutes after that Everton had to pull out all they knew to hold up Preston. Having done this, they proceeded to test the North End defence and when Dean made a header intended for Stevenson he claimed a penalty for hands. A Preston man undoubtedly “armed” the ball, but whether it was intentional is another matter. The referee did not think it was. At times the game became a trifle rough, and quite a number of players had to be spoken to. Preston had earned their half share. It did not seem possible at one time, for Everton having got over their “shock period” went on to play good class football which however, had to give way to the North end's more open style of game. Cresswell was a good and clever defender. . Teams: - Preston North End: - Holdcroft, goal; Gallimore (f) and Lowe, backs; Shankley, Tremelling, and Nisbet, half-backs; Friar, Kelly, Maxwell, Bargh, and Fitton forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Coulter, forwards. Referee Mr. G. P. Davies (Bury).
EVERTON RESERVES 4 PRESTON NORTH END RESERVES 1
January 7, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 22)
In defeating Preston at Goodison Park by 4-1 Everton achieved a fine performance, in a game that was remarkable for accurate combination. The North Enders where particularly resourceful in the matter of combined endeavour in the first half but they encountered Everton's defence at the top of its form. Soon after the start of the second half Everton ran into their best form, and although they created many harassing moments for the visitors' defence. Preston on a general survey of the game hardly deserved to lose by so decisive a margin –but their chief failing had been that they had not used the ball as effectively in the Everton goalmouth as they might have done. Stein opened Everton's score direct from a corner, but before the interval Elliott scored a deserved equaliser. In the second half Dunn, Dickinson and Stein added further Everton goals.
Northern Nomads 2 Everton “A” 1
Liverpool Challenge Cup Round Three.
In the third round of the Liverpool Challenge Cup. Everton “A (the holders) were defeated by Northen Nomads at Crosby. Northern Nomads played the much sounder game King, the Everton goalkeeper made some fine saves when hard pressed, Brennan and Roberts, half-backs and Dickinson centre forward, were outstanding for the Nomads while Lowdon and O'Reilly played well in the Everton half-back line. Dickinson scored the only goal of the first half for the Nomads, O'Reilly equalised after the interval, and Roberts scored the Nomads second from a well-placed centre by Brennan.
BILLY COOK INJURES THIGH
January 7, 1935. Evening Express.
Likely To Be Fit For Cup-Tie.
By the Pilot.
The only doubt in the Everton team for the game with Grimsby Town is Billy Cook, the Irish international left back. Cook hurt his thign during the game with Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday. Mr. T. H. McIntosh, secretary of Everton, said to me today that the injury had improved considerably over the week-end, and that he had little doubt about Cook being fit for Saturday. “All the other players are well,” said Mr. McIntosh. The players were early astir today, and while some went for long walks others went out for golf. It was rather an easy day, and the more serious part of training with ball practice and sprinting, will not begin until tomorrow. “Today everyone is concentrating on keeping out in the open” said Mr. McIntosh. The Everton directors meet tomorrow evening to select the team to do duty.
Still Waiting For Away win.
Grimsby's cup career will be ended if Everton reveal the fighting qualities that brought them a point from Deepdale. To share four goals after twice holding the lead was a result that hardly gave the Blues their just reward. They were handicapped by the injury to Cook. On the whole, however, the Blues did well. Apart from a period in the first half, when they were facing a dazzling sun, they were the more artistic combination. Although Preston had slightly more of the play their shooting left much to be desired. Geldard came back to his best form with a bang. He was here, there and everywhere and neither Lowe nor Nisbet were able to check him. Coulter reserved his best work for the second period. Cunliffe was the pick of an inside trio faced by a line of halves whose first-time tackling several times prevented, the Everton machine from running smoothly. It was a quiet day for Dean. He was policed to such perfection by Tremmelling that his chances of scoring were limited. Kelly, at inside right and Holdcroft, the former Everton goalkeeper, were Preston's stars. Cunliffe and Stevenson scored for Everton, Friar obtaining both Preston's points.
COOK EXPECTED TO BE FIT.
January 8, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton are taking matters quietly at Buxton, and the nip in the air at the resort just now must be particularly exhilarating. The Everton men may be relied on to step on the field on Saturday, against Grimsby Town at Goodison Park, ready to make a thrust that will ensure the appearance in the fourth round, I understand that cook is making good progress after the high injury received at Preston, and I expect the team to be at full strength with Cook in his customary place. At one time in recent years Grimsby Town gave Everton's a shock at Goodison park, but on this occasion the home side should not make a mistake. At the same time, the record of Grimsby Town is such as to command the highest respect. They ran Portsmouth to the only goal of the game on Saturday at Fratton Park, while they are only two points below Everton in the table. When the teams met as Grimsby on September 8 a goalless draw resulted.
GRIMSBY EXPECT AT LEAST A REPLAY.
January 8, 1935. Evening Express.
Town Manager On Cup Chances Against Everton
By a Special Correspondent.
“I honestly believe Grimsby Town will defeat Everton, if not at Goodison then at Blundell Park in the replay” Mr. Frank Womack manager of Grimsby Town, speaking on his team's chances against Everton in the third round F.A. Cup-tie on Saturday. Forget our defeat by Portsmouth at Fratton Park last Saturday” says Mr. Womack. “The Town were not at their best, and my faith in the team's ability to beat Everton is unshaken. “I think we have a really good side,” he added” and the better the opposition the better we play. “We shall see a great game next Saturday for both teams are capable of playing first class football. In every match of course, a good deal depends on the way the ball runs, and if Grimsby have their share of the luck in this respect I have no doubt what the result will be.”
Equally confident is Jack Bestall the Grimsby Town captain, with whom I had a chat today. “All the lads are confident if a least forcing a replay” he told me. “We are playing the right type of football to succeed and I have noticed that if our opponents play football we can pull out our best game. Everton are a team of footballers –and so are we. “May the better side win I say, but if there is any luck knocking about I hope we get it.” Mr. Womick told me that he hopes to be able to field the best team.
Betmeads, the Grimsby Town Centre Half-back, who has been out of the side since Boxing Day, is making rapid progress and Jacobson, the left back, who has had knee trouble, stood the test well in the reserve team on Saturday. Unfortunately a new complication has surfaced for Kelly the right back, received a nasty kick on the foot at Portsmouth and he may not be fit enough for the Cup-tie. If he is unable to play it will be the first match he has missed since he came to Blundell Park from Barrow in March, 1933. The Grimsby team will leave for Liverpool on Friday afternoon.
EVERTON'S NO CHANGE
January 9 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
One of the outstanding games is that between Everton and Grimsby Town, and there will be a big attendance to witness the struggle. Everton who are preparing at Buxton will have the side that has done duty in recent matches, for Cook, injured at Preston last week, is fit again. Grimsby hope to play Jacobsen the left back and Betmead, centre-half, who have been out of the side through injury, but at the moment Kelly, the right back is doubtful. He was injured on Saturday. If he turns out the teams well be: - Everton: - Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Grimsby Town:- Tweedy; Kelly Jacobson; Hall, Betmead, Buck; Dyson, Bestall, Glover, Craven, Jennings.
A Fine Home Record.
I think Everton will win this tie, though they will find the Grimsby men hard to beat. It is the second Cup meeting of the clubs, for in 1931 Everton beat Grimsby at Goodison Park by 5 goals to 3. League games and cup-ties are vastly different propositions, but as I pointed out yesterday Everton drew at Grimsby in September and their home record is one of the best in the League –played 13, won 11, lost 1, drawn 1, Grimsby Town away from home have played 12, wining 2, drawing 2 and losing 8. They are undefeated at home, where they have won 8 and drawn 4.
SEVEN OF WEMBLEY ELEVEN.
January 9 1935. Evening Express.
Everton's Team to Meet Grimsby
Everton directors gad an easy task in selecting their cup team. It was just a matter of saving “Same team, gentlemen? And the whole thing was settled. Early in the week there was as doubt about Billy Cook, the Irish international left back, being able to play, but he has made such good progress from the thigh injury that he will be ready to face the might of Grimsby Town at Goodison park. So seven of the men who won the Cup at Wembley are included in the Goodison eleven. The team which Everton have chosen and which earned a point at Preston is the strongest combination they can place in the field at the moment, and it is a side which should be capable of passing to the fourth round of the Cup. Reports from Buxton are good, and if the Blues reproduce their customary Goodison form they should win. Grimsby will visit Goodison the following week in a league game so despite the fact that Everton have yet to record an away win, they have the opportunity of recording a “double” within the next fortnight. Everton: Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter.
A TOWN DEMANDS CUP VICTORY ENCORE.
January 10 1935. Evening Express.
Everton's Wembley Spirit Abroad at Buxton.
By the Pilot.
The spirit of Everton's 1933 F.A. cup victory is abroad at Buxton, where the blues are training for the third round tie against Grimsby Town at Goodison on Saturday. It is this spirit which is inspiring Everton to repeat their mighty performance from 1932-33 which they brought the Cup to Goodison. Everton trained at Buxton in their cup-winning year, and Buxton has not forgotten. The Town, to a man demands an encore. When Bert Wright and I visited the Everton camp the chief topic of conversation was the Cup. Mr. W. C. cuff the popular chairman of the club, Mr. Tom McIntosh, the secretary and myself had a chat, and all ways about the Cup. We realised the thrills and joy of the last Cup success and of the songs the boys sang on their way to Wembley.
Mr. Cuff said: “It is time we had an encore. Because there was an interval of 27 years between our two previous cup triumphant; we do not mean to wait another 27 years before we bring the cup home again. “We have the team capable of winning the cup. It is a fine side in which individual stars are combining brilliantly, and I firmly believe that this will be another Everton year. “I remember the glorious events of two years ago; the thrill of those three goals against Manchester City; the celebrations; the home coming. “We want it again. We are going to have it again, if the players reproduced their true form, it will be this season.” The players are equally confident. They are in the happy carefree mood, which characterized them during their preparations in 1933. Training us hard. They walk through the corridors of the hotel or down the streets whistling a tune or singing a song; they are joking and laughing all the time. There are 17 players in training, and two of the men chosen for the Cup side are having their Buxton baptism. They are Stevenson and Coulter, the Irish international left wing pair. Stevenson was popularly Known as “The Imp.” When out walking with Mr. McIntosh we saw a diminutive figure rushing down the road towards us. It was Stevenson. Steveson was with Leyfield and Jones dribbling with a large rubber ball. For the moment Bert Wright wondered where they had commandeered a Pedisha beacon! I have always noticed that in football training the players are happiest when they have a ball at their toes no matter the size.
Coulter has been initiated to Buxton through the medium of the hose-pipe at the thermal baths. Jackie does not like them. The players have been given two days hard training and ball practice at the Buxton Town ground, and the other days are being long walks, golf and games. Dixie Dean has caused a sensation, he has returned a gross score of 75 at High Park course! The billiards handicap produced a good final between Billy Cook and Archie Clark. Cook won by 440 points to 252. His best breaks being a 36 and 26. Clark's best contribution was 24. Mr. Cuff, Mr. McIntosh, and all the players attended the final. There is another game, which I think must do a lot towards improving the team. It is a game with a blowpipe and a ball. All the players are adepts it but Charlie Gee stands out as the champion. Trainer Harry Cook said he was delighted with the condition of the men. It only worry is Billy Cook, but even the Irish international full back is practically fit again following his injury he received at Preston.
Mud Packs For Cook.
Cook is being given a series of mudpacks to strengthen the leg and take out his bruise. Billy is having so many packs that he is convinced all the mud has been taken from the football fields for his benefit! One thing is certain. If the Everton players are taking their cup-tie with the same seriousness that Charlie Gee is taking his golf then they will win. Also Warney Cresswell, Cliff Britton and Jock Thomson have a foursome today. The weather is glorious –it was crisp and sunny when we were there –and the players have never looked in better condition. There is a healthy glow on their cheeks denoting 100 per cent, physical fitness. They had a ball out today after sprinting and running, and then all went for special baths ands massage. Tomorrow there will be more walks an entertainment at night, and then to Goodison Park the match, and – perhaps – Wembley! There are still tickets available for the match and the office at Goodison Park will be kept open until 9.0p.m. Tomorrow night for the benefit of patrons desiring them. Mr. Cuff said that arrangements have been made for stewards to be present in the grandstands with cards in connection with the county tribute to Lord Derby. The stewards will be happy to give the cards to anyone desirous of subscribing and taking the shillings.
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Vincent, a young full back may take his first team debut with Grimsby Town in the F.A. cup-tie with Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday. The Town have Kelly, Jacobson and Betmead injured, and though there is hope that Kelly may be fit, Vincent is being held in readiness.
EVERTON SHOULD ADVANCE.
January 12 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
We in this area are particularly interested in the four ties in which Everton, Liverpool, Chester and Wigan Athletic are concerned. At Goodison Park old rivals in Cup and League in Everton and Grimsby Town meet Merseyside followers of the game are confident that Everton will report progress. The Grimsby Town team, however, even without one or two stars, are worthy opponents, and they are sure to make the home side go all the way. Everton have had a week's stay at Buxton, and the players, including Cook, who was injured last Saturday, are all reported fit. It was feared that Grimsby would have to play two reserve backs, but Kelly's ankle injury has mended. Wright, his partner has figured in five previous first team matches. The kick off in this, as in all other ties is at 2.30 and the teams are: -Everton: - Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Grimsby Town:- Tweedy; Kelly Wright; Hall, Hodgson, Buck; Dyson, Bestall, Glover, Craven, Jennings.
EVERTON'S THRILLING VICTORY
January 12 1935. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Wonder Rally Beats Grimsby.
Geldard's Three Goals.
By the Watcher.
Thrills, thrills and more thrills was the characterized view of the 6-3 Cup victory over Grimsby Town at Goodison Park today, in the F.A. Cup third round match. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Coulter forwards. Grimsby Town: - Tweedy goal; Kelly and Wright, backs; Hall Hodgson and Buck, half-backs; Dyson, Bestall (captain), Glover, Craven, and Jennings forwards. Referee Mr. Mr. H. Nattrass. (Durham). Grimsby who were brilliant all-red were the first to spell danger and Thomson checked a dangerous move between Bestall and Dyson. The Everton went down on the right and Geldard scooped back a ball which had cross the line.
Cuncliffe missed a “sitter” when after a ten minutes he sent over the top a neat pass from Geldard. The Mariners went ahead within 13 minutes Craven being the marksman. It was a goal that should never have been scored. The Town advanced on the left and eventually Jennings touched the ball inside to Craven who on being challenged by Cresswell sent across a ball which was half shot and half pass. With Sagar out of goal the ball rolled slowly into the net while Cook looked to be possibly being too far away to do anything. After Coulter had shaken the bar with a good effort from well out Thomson had a free kick easily saved by Tweedy. Sagar brought off a wonderful save when he pushed round the corner a point-blank shot from Glover, and at the other end Geldard, who, so far, had been the liveliest member of the Blues' attack was brought down by Wright in the Grimsby penalty area. The referee however, refused to allow the Blues appeal for a penalty. So far the Town had definitely had the better of the exchanges.
A rapid transformation came over the game when within 60 seconds Everton had drew and then went ahead. Geldard was the scorer in both cases. The first point cane after interpassing between Geldard and Cunliffe. The right winger raced up to goal and sent a glorious shot that entered the top of the net. This was at the end of 29 minutes. A minute later almost straight from the Kick-off –the Blues went down the middle and Geldard, who had run from the wing, fastened on a spinning ball and without a moment's hesitation hit it well and truly to leave Tweedy helpless with a might shot. The crowd behind the goal net swayed, only expecting the ball to smash its way through the net. Grimsby deservedly equalising when in the 42 minute Glover scored the second point. The Grimsby centre had the easiest of tasks. It came about in this way. Dyson beat Cook and while Sagar was also racing to meet him, he gave a successful square pass to Coulter, who in a tap sent the ball into the vacant net.
Half-time Everton 2 Grimsby Town 2.
Grimsby at the 50 th minute went ahead for the second time, and Glover was the scorer. Bestall, who had been playing a remarkably fine game for the Town, worked his way down on the left and then Glover with a nice “daisy cutter” the Grimsby centre dashed away and before either Cresswell or Cook were able to control the situation, he had beat Sagar with a shot that entered the net a few inches under the bar. Responding to the cries of the crowd by this time had increased to 45000 the Blues went down “en masse” Wright almost gave away a goal. Grimsby left back breasted the ball in his own goal, but fortunately Tweedy was on the spot. Everton obtained the equaliser on the 55 minute Stevenson being the scorer. Geldard, after giving the “dummy” right across the ball low to Stevenson who had little difficulty in adding the finishing touch.
Everton were now fighting back in fine style, and it was anybody's game Glover, however, made many hearts miss a beat when a free kick he sent in a ball that bounced on the top of the bar. Everton stands reverberated with noise when the Blues once again took the lead. Cresswell swung a long lob up to Dean, who continued the movement giving to Cunliffe for that player to secure Everton's fourth point with a grand shot. It was a fine three-corned movement, its speed left the Town men standing. This came at the 63 rd minute. Back went the Blues to the attack, and in three minutes they had forged further ahead. The ball crossed and recrossed from Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson and Geldard until finally Dean slipped the leather to Geldard. Geldard running in at high speed caught the ball perfectly on his head to flick into the net well out of Tweedy's reach. This was the real Everton. A neat piece of work between Stevenson and Coulter ended in the winger middling a ball that Tweedy had to be remarkably quick to clear before Dean could take advantage. One minute from time Stevenson with a neat flick of his head coverted a cross by Cunliffe. Final Everton 6 Grimsby Town 3.
MANCHESTER U RES V EVERTON RES
January 12 1935 Evening Express Football Edition
Immediately on resuming Cape gave the home team the lead, his shot striking underneath the crossbar and going into the net. Stein made a good solo effort, but Langford saved brilliantly.
Everton “A” v. Earlestown W.S.
These teams met at Prescot for the third time to decide the entry into the next round of the George Mahon cup-Hullett scored for Everton after 15 minutes. Constantine for the White Star, headed into the net, but the point was disallowed. Half-time Everton “A” 1, Earlestown 1
THE SPORTS LOG.
January 12, 1935. Evening Express, Football Edition.
By the Pilot.
Mr. W. C. Cuff chairman of Everton Football Club and a member of the F.A. Council and Management Committee of the Football League, will be in charge of the England side on the occasion of the international match with Ireland at Goodison Park on February 6. This decision has already been made by the Football Association. The England team will be chosen at Monday's meeting off the international Selection Committee –of which Mr. Cuff is also a member –and I am wondering how many Merseyside players will be included. There are several claimants to recognition. The names with spring to mind are those of Cooper and Hodgson of Liverpool, and Sagar, Britton, Geldard and Dean of Everton. I finally believe that two or three will be chosen in view of the fact that the match is being played locally. The selectors invariably seize on such occasions to be honour to the local men.
The player of the six I have named, whom I consider certain to play is Cliff Britton. There is no right half-back in the country so good as the Bristol boy, and in representative matches he has always served his country well. At the moment he is regarded as England's regular right half-back, and he has always fulfilled his duties with credit.
To carry the Merseyside interest in the game father, it is certain that some of the local players will be included in the Irish team. There are Cook, Stevenson and Coulter in the Everton ranks, and English in the Liverpool ranks . It will be a treat to see Britton opposed to the trickiness of the Stevenson and Coulter flank. There will be some fun.
FAMOUS SOCCER CLUBS HISTORY-NOTTS FOREST
January 12, 1935. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Notts Forest's Aids to Football.
2 The Referee's Whistle.
3 The Three Half Back system
By a Special Correspondent.
When the game of football was struggling into life in the 1860's, another popular pastime was “shinney.” This game was the forerunner of the modern hockey and among its devotees was a band of young Nottingham men. They played shinney on the Forest Recreation Ground, so called because the trees of Sherwood had grown there in the long ago. Meanwhile, the Notts County football team had been formed and its players had acquitted themselves so well, that the Forest lads were inspired to follow their example. In their enthusiasm, they wished to drop shinney and take up the new game of football. The older members tried to dissuade them. Football they said, was no more than a passing fad. It would soon die out. The younger element did not agree. A meeting was called at the Clitton Arms Hotel and the Nottingham Forest football Club was formed. This was in 1865. They did not play their first match until the following year, when their opponents, as would be expected were Notts County. The Forest men turned out in red caps, the gift of a supporter. You do not see caps in football now, but has remained the Forest's colours.
Played on a Racecourse.
The game could hardly be described as a soccer match such as we know today. The rules had not been standardized; in 1866 and there was a good deal of the rugby element in those early contests. The result of this match in fact was decided by a place kick by which the Forest won. It was a good start, for the Country were a strong side and had been established for four years. But what an old mixture –Soccer and Rugby played on a racecourse by a band of young fellows who had just given up a crude form of hockey! This curious match was watched by 500 people –a hugh crowd for the period. There was no thought of going back to shinney now. Football was the game for the Forest. The club joined the Sheffield Association and played under the rules of that organisation, and they met many doughty opponents. In the December of 1873 the Royal Engineers team, who had figured in the first cup final a year before, were visitors to Nottingham. This visit was arranged by Major-afterwards Sir Francis –Marindin, and was the first football tour ever under taken. The galliant major, it should be mentioned, here, was one of the early stalwarts of the Football Association. He made himself responsible for the organisation of the early Cup finals and refereed no less than eight of them. He was the first president of the F.A. With major Marindin in goal, the Sappers met the Foresters and beat them 2-1. They won because, they played to a plan. Combination proved superior to individual effort, and the Nottingham captain Samuel Weller Widdlowson, was shrewd enough to realise it. From that day he saw to it that Nottingham Forest developed combined movements without sacrificing dribbling power. Widdowson himself was one of the greatest dribbling forwards of his time. It may be that it was this quality that brought him so many hard knocks. It was the Forest captain who first thought of shinguards as part of a footballer's necessary equipment, and he registered them in 1877. No modern footballer would think of taking the field without their protection –and most of them make use of yards of bandages and thick wads of cotton wool as well. In 1878, the Forest were concerned in the introduction of something else that is now an essential feature of any football match –the referee's whistle. The first musical note of the man in charge was sounded during a match between Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Norfolk.
The Old Formation.
One more innovation in which the Forest had a least a share was the three half-back system. Before this the usual formation of the team was, one back, two threequarters backs, two halves, and six forwards, an arrangement with a definite Rugby origin. The Forest claim that they were actually the first club to play three half backs, but this had been challenged by Wrexham and Turton, both of whom lay equal claim to the credit. With the collapse of a club called Notts Castle, Nottingham Forest grew in power, for they were able to strengthen their own side from the ranks of the disbanded players. In the 1878-79 season they considered they had advanced sufficiently to enter for the F.A. Cup. They must have been good, however, they reached the semi-final at their first attempt, receiving their dismissal at the hands of the Old Estonians, the eventual winners. To travel thus far they had to overcome Notts County, Sheffield Old Harrovians and Oxford University. The match with the Old Harrovians is worthy of note, because it marked the first appearance of a provincial club in a cup-tie in London. A second appearance was made by the Forest in the semi-final he following year, and a third in 1885, and in all three Sam Widdowson was captain. The 1885 semi-final of particular interest, because it was the only one that has ever been played outside England. The Forest's opponents were the great Glasgow amateur club, Queen's Park who were regular competitors for the cup in the were regular competitors for the cup in the early days. The teams met at Derby, and as the game was drawn the replay took place at Merchiston Park, Edbinburgh, and Queen's Park won.
Lent Arsenal Their Jersey.
There seems no limit to the Forest's distinctions. Not only have they played cup-ties with Scottish clubs; they have played Irish and Welsh as well. Linfield were their opponents in an early tie, and in more recent years they have encountered Cardiff City. Forest men, too, took the game of football to Birmingham, and two old members helped to form the Arsenal club. The Arsenal's first match, in fact, was played in jerseys borrowed from Nottingham Forest. The coming of professionalism hit the Forest and nearly sounded their death knell. For some time they resisted it, but the decline in their fortunes became so marked that at last they had to compromise. A modified form of professionalism was adopted, and a revival of fortune was not long in coming once that move was made. The Forest joined the Football league in 1892, having won the championship of that other competition. The Football Alliance, the previous season. In 1898 they won the cup for the only time in their history. With the great Frank Forman winner of nine international caps, as captain they defeated Derby Country by 3-1. In the league the Nottingham club has had a checkered career, and the championship is still an honour waiting to be won. The Forest are in the second Division, and in the past few years have had anything but an easy time even there. But Nottingham Forest have played a big part in the fashioning of football as we know it today. There is credit in that and reputation counts for just as much as cups.
EVERTON 6 GRIMSBY TOWN 3 (F.A. Game 140)
January 14 1935. Liverpool post and Mercury
Geldard Shows The Way.
Wingman's Part in Everton Victory.
Grimsby Town to make a Great Fight.
After one of the greatest tussels seen at Goodsion Park, Everton won their way into the fourth round of the Cup by a 6-3 victory over Grimsby Town, but the spectators were kept in suspense for an hour. Grimsby were good fighters, and up to five minutes of the hour held a goal lead, but with the forward line doing well there was not only a possibility of them holding what they had but improving upon it. The actual score at the conclusion rather suggests a comfortable victory, but Everton were never comfortably set, as the Grimsby side was full of possibilities, and they provided almost as many thrills as did Everton, who won because Geldard pranced his way through to three goals and provided others by his brilliant exhibition. If Geldard had not been at his best I don't know who would have supplied the goals, for the left wing, until late on, was under a cloud. Geldard was undoubtedly the spear-point of the Everton attack, and it was he who unsettled the town defence by his speed, centring, and Shooting ability. I never wish to see a more breath taking game. Grimsby's attack was full of subtle moves, with Glover ever ready, and right up to the interval they had given Everton and their supporters much room for thought by their speedy control of the ball, good positional play, and able marksmanship. When Grimsby opened the day's scoring Everton seemed to go all jumpy, and for some time their defence was hard pressed to find measures to hold down a line or clever forwards. Cook and Cresswell had a harrowing time after craven scored a goal which came about through Thomson and Sagar getting in each other's way the ball eventually going into the net of the half-back Thomson had fallen back as it turned out, put Craven onside.
Grimsby Score First.
The goal came at fourteen minutes and Everton gradually became more balanced, and when Cunliffe, who had missed an open goal, slipped the ball over to Geldard, the winger sprinted forward drew Tweedy out of goal, and cleverly lobbed the ball over his head and into the net. Things were brighter after that (twenty-nine minutes), and just thirty seconds had sped by when Hodgson made a miskick a long way, out of goal, but Geldard flashed through and shot from fifteen yards range. Tweedy came out but could not get in touch with the ball which travlled wide of his right hand and landed in the net. Grimsby, not to be shaken by the quick turn about, displayed renewed energy, and three minutes from the end Bestall a great little player, pushed the ball ahead so that Dyson could take it up in his stride, work his way round Cook and Cresswell; draw Sagar out of goal, and when everyone expected him to shoot, make a square pass to Glover with unmarked and with an empty goal scored easily. Half the game was over, with no advantage in goal power to either side. For a few minutes in the second half Everton crowded round the Grimsby defence, and Tweedy had to save from Dean and Geldard, but Bestall, with a simple pass to Glover, laid the foundation of the goal. The big centre-forward accepted his captain's prompting, and went on to beat Sagar with a glorious left-footed drive which went into the net like a rocket at the 49 th minute. This is how the ball came to Bestall. Geldard was about to dash down his wing, but was unfairly treated by Buck, who grabbed his (Geldard's), thighs in Rugby fashion and brought him down, but the infringement went unseen; so the Buck was able to send the ball quickly over to Bestall. Thus Everton were forced into a defensive side when they should rightly have been attacking.
The Battle Goes On.
The battle went on, and Craven, if he had not tried to walk the ball through, might have added to Everton's discomfortune. At 66 minutes, however, Geldard, who would not be thwarted, raced round Buck and Wright and centred so that Stevenson lobbed a clever goal, just before Glover had grazed the Everton crossbar and with the score level once more the tension of the crowd was tremendous. The Everton left wing came into the play for the first time, and Stevenson and Coulter did many pretty things and Grimsby's defence had its hardest period. A long ball came down the middle to Dean, Hodgson taller than Dean, was beaten, and the Everton captain nodded the ball across to Cunliffe. The inside-right came along and with hesitation, hit the ball into the net at great speed. Cunliffe has never scored a finer goal since he has been with Everton, and when Geldard got a fifth, the game was as good as won, for Everton were definitely on top, even though Grimsby had reorgainsed their forward line which now road; Jennings Dyson, Glover, Bestall and Craven.
Two minutes from the end Cunliffe and Geldard combined and the former swept across a centre, from which Stevenson smartly headed the ball into the net. Grimsby had made a pretty fight of it, and went out gallant losers. Hodgson was lumbersome, yet useful. Geldard and Cunliffe were Everton's best forwards, with Thomson and Britton strong at half-back, and if Cresswell and Cook had their anxious moments they stood up well to a fine forward line, while Sagar made some tip-top saves, one in particularly from Glover. Bestall was just Bestall. I cannot say anything better about him than that and Craven was almost as good. The goals came in the following order; - Craven 14 minutes, Geldard 29; Geldard 30; Glover 43; Glover 49; Stevenson 55; Cunliffe 62; Geldard 66; Stevenson 88. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Coulter forwards. Grimsby Town: - Tweedy goal; Kelly and Wright, backs; Hall Hodgson and Buck, half-backs; Dyson, Bestall (captain), Glover, Craven, and Jennings forwards. Referee Mr. Mr. H. Nattrass. (Durham).
EARLESTOWN WHITE STAR 1 EVERTON “A” 3
December 14, 1935. Evening Express
George Mahon Cup-First Round.
After playing two previous games, these teams met for the third time at Prescot. Earlestown opened with some strong attacks, but found King a reliable goalkeeper. Against the run of play a goal by Hullett gave Everton an interval lead. Bentham and Hannon scored further goals for Everton Fildes scoring for Earlestown near the end. King, Allen, Griffiths, Bentham, and Hannon were Everton's best with Filling, Norcross and Fildes played well for Earlestown.
December 14 1935. Evening Express.
Geldard's Triumph in Thrill
A Second Cup-Tie
One of Goodison's Best Games.
By the Watcher.
One of the best Cup-ties seen on Merseyside. This was the manimous verdict of the 44,850 spectators who saw Everton triumph over Grimsby Town at Goodison Park by 6-3. Thrilling from the moment the signal “Go” was given. Everton, when down 3-2 produced one of their greatest rallies ever to score four times in succession. “It was a great game and a hard one” said Mr. T. H. McIntosh, the Everton F.C. secretary, “ but I think the Blues just deserved to win.” The Everton we saw in the second half was the Everton that may bring the Cup to Merseyside again. In that period they moved better than they had done at any previous stage of the game, and, with Geldard and Coulter sending across beautiful centres, it was only a matter of time before goals were credited to the Blues. Mind you they were lucky not to be in arrears at the interval, for in the first period Grimsby definitely were the better side and always looked dangerous when attacking which they frequently did.
Geldard, Everton's brightest star, dazzled by his brilliance, and he never scored three better goals. If the whole of the Blues' attack had displayed from the start the form shown throughout by the former Yorkshire schoolboy star, there would never have been any doubts about the result ending in Everton's favour, as there certainly were at times. I shall be surprised if Geldard does not get a “cap” this season. What of Dean? Little was seen of the Everton captain, who, for the second week in succession, was up against a pivot who made it his particularly job to police “Dixie” in such a fashion that his scoring opportunities could be counted on one hand. It was a day in which the attacks dominated the proceedings, and neither defence covered itself with glory. The Blues intermediate line performed well after the interval, at which stage Gee was getting the proper measure of Glover. Thomson, however, never got on top of Bestall, who gave a brilliant display. Grimsby's attack was full of subtle moves, and it was not a great surprise when they took an early lead. The Fishermen were so direct in their methods of attack, that goals were always a possibility when they got within shooting range. But all's well that ends well and a 6-3 victory over such opponents makes Everton one of the favourites. Geldard (3), Stevenson (2), and Cunliffe were Everton scorers; and Glover (2), and Craven netted for Grimsby.
EVERTON TO TRAIN AT BUXTON AGAIN.
January 16 1935. Evening Express.
Week's Stay Before Sunderland Cup-Tie.
Team Changes For The League Game With Grimsby.
By the Pilot.
Everton have decided to go in special training for the fourth round F.A. Cup-tie against Sunderland at Roker Park on January 26. The directors, at their meeting last night, again chose Buxton as the head-quarters, and the players will go to the Derbyshire Spa immediately after Saturday's match with Grimsby Town at Goodison park. The party will remain at Buxton until Friday week, when they travel on to Sunderland for the match. The following players will go to Buxton; Sagar, Cresswell, Cook, Jones, Britton, Gee, White, Thomson, Geldard, Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, and Coulter. Since the Blues have been training at Buxton in recent seasons they have lost only one cup-tie. That was against Tottenham Hotspur last season. Everton knocked Grimsby out of the Cup last week. On Saturday next the clubs meet at Goodison Park for League points. It will be the third meeting of the clubs this season. Early in the season Everton played a goalless draw at Blundell Park. Everton have been forced to make one change in the team successful in the Cup-tie. Jones comes in at left back in place of Cook. Cook damaged a thigh muscle in the game at Preston, and in the Cup tie he received another rap on the leg. The injury is not serious, but the directors deem it wise not to risk him this week in view of the cup match seven days later. Jones made several appearances in the first team last season and proved himself a brilliant defender. He is a fine positional player, clean kicker and neat tackler. The Everton directors have given permission to the University students to collect at Goodison Park during this game. Everton; Sagar; Cresswell, Jones; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter.
WE WILL MATCH FOOTBALL WITH FOOTBALL
January 17, 1935. Evening Express.
Sunderland Manager on Cup-Tie Classic
By Mr. John Cochrane (Secretary-Manager of Sunderland F.C.)
If I had been asked to pick our opponents for the next round I might not have chosen Everton, but I am certain I could not have chosen anything better. Excepting Newcastle United our neigbours, no club could give us better prospects of a bumper gate, and when all is said and done that is a consideration, for you may win Cup-ties and have to pay out in the way of compensation most of what you have gained financially. With Newcastle away we should get 60,000 at least. Within a few hours of the draw being known I had several telegraphed money orders, about a dozen telegrams booking seats, and a letterbox full of hand delivered applications. Almost up to midnight on Monday I was answering the telephone. Why on earth don't people realise that there are office hours! –excepting on transfer business.
Teams That Play Football.
But I am transgressing, I never did like kick and rush football. That is the second reason for being pleased my club is drawn against Everton. The boys controlled by my old friend Tom McIntosh play football, and I guarantee our lads to play football with the next. You cannot play it if you are being swept off your feet by brute force, and that is not the stuff Everton serve up. Their play is moulded on lines of using their craft to beat you rather than setting out to destroy your play by the use of weight. Will Sunderland win? Naturally, I think they will, but I am not so foolish as to imagine for one moment that there is going to be any 7-0's about it. The moral effect of Sunderland's big win over Everton on Boxing Day may be useful, but it leaves us under no delusion. We are in for a hard match. The better Everton's football, the better we shall like it. We will match it with football –and that is more than we could do against Fulham in the Third Round. If Fulham had craft, what a team they could be with the height and weight! We are not going away for any special training. That is not because we are “cocky” but because it is not necessary in a bracing climate like Roker, and because the players are happier at home. I am looking forward to the game, and I am sure the Sunderland supporters are. Everton and Liverpool are two of the most popular sides that come to Sunderland. We always have a pleasant game and when it is over, no mater what the results we part friends. Let us hope for a fine day and a great game. Some say “and may the better team win.” I am open. I do not. May Sunderland win, better team or not. It is no good saying one thing and meaning another. I am not thinking of how Everton can beat Sunderland. That is not my job. I am thinking of how Sunderland can beat Everton –and the answer is: By football.
HOME, SWEET HOME!
January 18, 1935. Evening Express.
Everton To Make It 12 Tomorrow?
By the Pilot.
If Everton beat Gimsby Town at Goodison Park, tomorrow they will equal their number of victories secured throughout last season. So far Everton have won eleven matches –all at home. Last season they won nine home games and three away matches. The previous season Everton won 15 matches in all. On form the Blues should succeed and so record their first victory of 1935. Everton beat Grimsby in the F.A.. Cup at Goodison Park last week, but those who labour under the impression that it is going to be easy for the Merseysiders tomorrow may receive a shock. There is a tall young player in the Grimsby side who may make all the difference. He is Betmead, the Town centre-half and perhaps the most promising young pivot in the country. Betmead could not play in the cup match owing to injury. His return will not only strengthen the Grimsby rearguard, but it will inspire his colleagues with confidence. Grimsby make another change. They introduce Vincent the former Stockport County player, to right back. It will be his First division debut. Vincent takes the place of Kelly, the former Southport player, who goes to left back. Everton also have a change in the back division where Jones, the former Ellesmere Port boy deputises at left back for injured Cook. Jones is a fine player. Judging from last week's display' Everton will need to be stronger in defence. Too many loopholes were left, despite the vigilance of the intermediates. Good positional play and quick tackling can held the Town forwards. Grimsby have as good a league record as Everton. They have taken 26 points from 24 matches, whereas Everton have gathered 28 points from 25 matches. Victory to Everton will mean the retention of the honour of having won more home matches than any other team in the First League. Before the game and during the interval the students from Liverpool University will make collections in connection with Pante Day. About 100 students will take part. Everton; Sagar, Cresswell, Jones; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldrad, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Grimsby Town; Tweedy; Vincent, Kelly; Buck, Betmead, Hall; Dyson, Bestall, Glover, Craven, Jennings.
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CUP AND LEAGUE COMPARISON.
January 19 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
At Goodison Park an opportunity is afforded of comparing Cup and League games. Last Saturday Everton defeated Grimsby Town in the Cup-tie and today the teams meet again under league auspices. The fishermen are strengthened by the return of Betmead, who did not play last week and they are expected to give a stronger test this time. Everton are resting Cook who received a slight hurt last Saturday and Jones comes in to partner Cresswell. Another capital display is expected but I think Everton will again finish on top. Kick off is at 2.45 and the teams are:- Everton; Sagar, Cresswell, Jones; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldrad, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Grimsby Town; Tweedy; Vincent, Kelly; Buck, Betmead, Hall; Dyson, Bestall, Glover, Craven, Jennings.
BOLTON RES V. EVERTON RES.
January 19 1935. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Everton showed better control of a lively half, and following good work by Bentham and Leyfield, Campbell saved well from the latter. Bolton improved and it was only grand interception by the Everton halves that prevented them going ahead. A fine shot by Walton was safety dealt with by Bradshaw but the hard-pressed Everton had a slice of luck when Jackson blocked Rimmer's shot on the goal-line. Everton pressed towards the interval but fine defensive play by Hurst, the home pivot, was instrumental in preventing the Everton forwards from once testing Campbell. Half-time Bolton Wanderers Res 0, Everton Res 0.
FAMOUS SOCCER TEAMS HISTORY –BLACKBURN ROVERS
January 19, 1935. Evening Express Football Edition.
Cup Winners Six Times
Including the hat-trick!
Blackburn Rover's Great Record.
By a Special Correspondent.
Blackburn Rovers, who meet Liverpool in the fourth round of the F.A. cup at Ewood Park next Saturday, hold a record equalled by only one club and that club, Aston Villa. They have won the Cup six times and in League football they have never played anywhere but in their present company. Both Blackburn and the Villa have made 13 appearances in the semi-final. The Rovers came in existence in the winter of 1875. Mr. John Lewis, in later years a famous legislator, was mainly responsible for their formation. In the first season, Blackburn, who wore white jerseys and blue and white skull caps had no ground of their own, but they won all their matches. After this, they were quartered for a time at an enclosure that had a pond in the middle of the pitch. On match days this pond was bridged by planks over which turf was laid. From such primitive beginnings did Blackburn rise to glory. It was when the Rovers moved to the East Lancashire Cricket Club ground that they began to make real headway. The first visitors to this ground were Partick Thistle who revealed a rare Scottish craft that considerably influenced the future progress of the Rovers. Players from north of the border were now sought and great captures were Hugh McIntyre and Fergus Suter. Blackburn Rovers made their first appearance in the F.A. Cup-tie in 1879-80 and as early as March, 1882, they reached the final. Their opponents were the Old Etonians and the match, as was the custom in those days, was played at Kennington Oval.
24 Ties Without Defeat.
The Rovers had been built up into such a powerful combination that failure was a thing their followers did not even contemplate. The whole Town was dumbfounded when the Old Etonians won the match by a goal to none, and it is said that the father of one of the Blackburn players lost a row of houses as a result of wagers he had made. Blackburn Rovers were the first representatives of the north of England to figure in the Final, but it was another club from the same town –Blackburn Olympic –who had the distinction of being the first to take the Cup into the Provinces. This was the year later –in 1883. The following year, both the Rovers and the Olympic reached the semi-finals. Olympic were knocked out by Queen's Park (Glasgow) but the Rovers beat Notts County. This meant an Anglo-Scottish final, in which Blackburn Rovers proved victorious. A year later they won the Cup again, once more at the expense of Queen's Park, and the year after that they completed a hat-trick by defeating West Bromwich Albion after a drawn game. This amazing feat was marked by the Football Association by the presentation of a special shield to the club. At that time, the Rovers had actually taken part in 24 consecutive ties without a single defeat. Even now, Blackburn were not satisfied. They won the Cup for the fourth time in 1890, and recorded their fifth success one-year later. The sixth strangely enough, was not until 1928.
Outside Left's Record.
One player took part in each of those five Finals of the early years, namely Jimmy Forrest, a great half-back. In the 1890 success, when Sheffield Wednesday were beaten by the over-whelming score of six goals to one William Townley the Rovers' outside left, found the net three times, the only time such a feat has been recorded in Cup finals. In the midst of their Cup triumphs, Blackburn joined the Football league, which was formed in 1888. As stated they have never known relegation, but on two occasions they came near to losing their cherised place. They finished the 1897-98 season at the foot of the table, but were saved by the membership of the First Division being increased from 16 to 18 clubs. In 1920 they were 20 th of 22, their fate being in the balance until the very last match of the season. They have won the League championship twice –in 1912 and 1914. From this it will be seen that the club's greatness has come in patches. Their team in the year's leading up to the Great war was fine indeed, including as it did such players as Robert Crompton, Arthur Cowell “Watty” Aitkenhead, “Pinky” Latheron, Danny Shea, Jock Simpson, Joe Hodkinson, and others. Crompton, the greatest right-back of his time, won more international caps for England (34) than any other player. In later years he became a director of the club thus following the example of Jimmy Forrest, the hero of those five-Cup finals. Blackburn born Crompton played for the Rovers for 24 years and won every honour in the game –except a Cup medal. “Pinky” Latheron so called because of his complexion a lion-hearted inside forward, gave his life for his country in the War. Danny Shea, a wonderful ball-juggler was an expensive acquisition from West Ham. He partnered Jock Simpson on the right wing, and a wonderful wing it was. Simpson, who came from Falkirk, was a Scot in everything but birth –and played for England. Illness cut his career short.
A Footballer's Romance.
Aitkenhead was the hero of romance. He joined the Rovers in 1906 on the understanding that he should also be found a position as clerk in a local business house. The late Alderman Lawrence Cotton a former mayor of Blackburn, a mill owner, and chairman of the club, took Aitkenhead into his own office. In the course of time, the footballer fell in love with his employer's daughter and they were married. Meanwhile, he had applied himself to his office work in assiduously that he rose to a position on the board of directors and became a wealthy man. Beyond that solitary Cup success in 1928, Blackburn's career since the war has not been particularly distinguished. They have had a number of good players in that time, but somehow have been unable to build up a team in any way equal to the great sides that won glorious prizes for the club in the long ago. Even in their last cup year they were not regarded as an outstanding team and their success over the redoubtable Huddersfield Town was something of a surprise. James Roscamp, a half-back, played at centre forward, and by scoring a goal in the first minute knocked the Yorkshire team completely off the balance. Huddersfield never recovered from the early shock and were well beaten. The winners were captained by Harry Healless, a Blackburn man who gave the club many years of good service, the forward line was Sydney Puddleford who afterwards went to Turkey as a football coach. Roscamp is now play manager with Shrewsbury Town. The team has broken up completely now, and many more men have come and gone since last the cup was won. The old club has known something anxiety and has not been able to sport so freely on talented players as in pre-war years. But it has held its own place. That is a distinction it will not part with lightly.
EVERTON 3 GRIMSBY TOWN 1 (Game 1504 over-all)-(Div 1 1462)
January 21, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Confirm Cup Win.
Grimsby Town lack Lustre.
Everton confirmed their cup-tie victory over Grimsby Town when they defeated the East Coast team by three goals to one at Goodison, but the game was not nearly so good as the cup-tie. One reason was that Everton did not want to stress themselves in view of their important game next Saturday, and having a three goals lead at the interval seemed quite content to rest on their oars, as it were. There goals seemed sufficient to carry the game and the points, for Grimsby were not so dangerous a side as they were in the cup meeting; in fact, when they were placed in arrears they seemed to give up the ghost, and the second half was quite an ordinary one. A week ago there were plenty of “fire” in the game right until the last minute, but in this second meeting the “life” soon went out of it, despite the persistent calls to Everton for more goals. The first half was intercepting enough, but once Everton had laid the foundation of victory, the game lost its charm. There was some roughness in the game, which did not help matters. The referee did not take stern action. An early warning have had an instant effect upon frayed temper. Perhaps some advice had been given at the interval, for the second half was free from any distasteful actions.
Bestall Well Held.
Everton won fairly comfortably, but it had to be admitted that Grimsby never reached the height of their cup-tie form. Bestall, who was the big man in the Grimsby attack a week ago, did not produce the same form. He could not, for the Everton defenders saw that he was well held, while the only man ever likely to trouble Sagar, was Glover, and he was too prone to get into an offside position, and so spoil his chances. The great feature, and the most pleasing one from an Everton point of view, was the return to better form of the left-wing, which for a week or two has been uncommonly out of tune with itself. Although not at their best, they were by far more progressive than has been the case, for some time. One dribble and run by Coulter sent the crowd wild with delight, and it should have provided Geldard with an early goal –he scored two goals with simpler chances in the Cup game –but on this occasion he shot badly and the ball went cruising over the bar. Geldard was not the match winner this time. He found Buck and Kelly a different proposition, the latter being much more reliable than Vincent had been against the outside-right.
Dean's Dash Through.
Cunliffe opened the scoring when he took a pass from Dean, breasted it down, and then sent the ball beyond the Grimsby goalkeeper. This was at sixteen minutes, and six minutes later Dean saw a hole in the Grimsby defence –Vincent and Kelly were wide apart –so ran through the ball over the right, and then shot obliquently from the right hand corner of the penalty line and Tweedy was beaten. At the half-hour the game was as good as won, for there was little to fear from Grimsby, despite some good football in their approach. The Everton defence had them well in hand so that Sagar was not called upon so frequently as a week ago. Everton had been on top almost from the start, and when Cunliffe headed the ball into goal Tweedy seemed to have the ball well covered. Stevenson was standing alongside him, and that may have diverted his attention; at all events the ball dropped into goal between his outstretched hands and the cross bar. It seemed that this ball should have been saved. The light was none too good, in the second half. There was waves of mist on the ground, and while the light must have been all right near the ground, from the Press box it was difficult to follow the fight of the ball, and often it was only the scampering of the players which enabled stand spectators to follow the trend of the play. Grimsby were frail in their endeavours. Glover had given Jennings two great chances in the first half and he should have beaten Sagar, but having missed then both he was not entitled to any more and he received none, but one minute after the hour Craven picked up a pass by Buck to make the score read 3-1 for Everton, and while this had an enlivening effect upon Grimsby, Everton were never in danger of losing a game which fell short of expectations, Jones, who deputised for Cook, played a confident game, his kicking and tackling being sure and effective. Teams:- Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Jones, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldrad, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Coulter, forwards. Grimsby Town: - Tweedy, goal; Vicent and Kelly, backs; Hall, Betmead, and Buck, half-backs; Dyson, Bestall (captain), Glover, Craven, and Jennings, forwards. Referee Mr. R. Bowie (Newcastle).
BOLTON WANDERERS RESERVES 0 EVERTON RESERVES 1
January 21, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 24)
Everton defence behaved finely at Burnden Park. Where the Wanderers had the better of matters, but failed to score. Midway through the second half Campbell the young Bolton goalkeeper, caught a clean cleanly but Webster bustled him ensuing him to lose the ball, which Webster kicked through for the only goal. The Wanderers had sufficient chances, to save the game but Bradshaw kept a splendid goal, and Everton half-backs were very capable. Everton: - Bradhsaw, goal; Jackson and Morris, backs; Mercer, White and Archer half-backs; Leyfield, Bentham, Webster, Hannon and Stein, forwards.
• Everton “A” beat Manchester University 1-0 in a friendly game at Fallowfield.
SUNDERLAND ARE AT HEXTON FOR SPECIAL TRAINING
January 21 1935. Evening Express.
They Want to Escape an Eternal Query
Everton's Rivals One Problem.
By a Special Correspondent.
Fourteen Sunderland players left today for Hexton Hydro, a famous health resort on the edge of the Northumberland moors. To be perfectly frank, these Sunderand players have not gone for special training. They are just being taken out of the local atmosphere –away from being asked countless times; “How do you think you will go on against Everton?” the players to go were: Thorpe, Murray, Shaw, Hall, Thomson, Johnston, McNab, Hastings, Davis, Carter, Gurney, Gallacher, Connor and Goddard. The only problem which confronts the directors, so far as I can see is whether to risk Hastings. This big left half has lost his form, but of Hexham helps in a recovery he is always better than McNab –a hard trier and a nippy half back who is not the class of Hastings when that player is in form. In the same way Connor and Gallacher are a better wing when Hastings is behind them, and Johnston a better centre half. Hastings can cover the gap due to the centre back game better than anyone else. Make no doubt about it, Sunderland think they are going to advance to the next round. Gallacher is fully recovered from the knock he got against Fulham. He might have played at Chelsea, but there was a possibility that he might have broken down, and with a man like Goddard available the risk was not worth while. The question is: Are Sunderland as good at home as they are away? I believe they are, but that they are inclined to be too clever at Roker Park. They have been modeling their game on close, short passing whereas in most of the away games they have been more direct. If their halves hit their game, Everton's defence have something to do. There is no accepted way of stopping Sunderland, for you never know where the danger is coming from. It is not a one-man band though, of course, Jimmy Connor is a shinning light. The grandstand could have been booked three times over, I should say there will be 60,000 at the game –and that is what the ground can comfortably hold.
“TEAM OF ALL THE DISTINCTIONS”
January 21, 1935. Evening Express.
Everton's Remarkable Record.
By the Watcher.
You have heard of the team of all the talents. Here is the “team of all the distinctions.” The team is Everton, and the distinctions they claim are: -
• The only club in the First Division to have won 12 home games.
• The only team to have scored in every home match.
• One of the few teams that have to date won as many games as they did throughout the whole of last season.
• The only club in the First Division without an away victory this season.
Soon they will be able to claim yet another distinction that of having scored more goals than they did in the whole of last season; five more goals will do the trick. It only they had been as consistent away as they have been at home! They would have held a commanding position in the championship race. Everton certainly played like champions when defeating Grimsby Town 3-1 at Goodison. Against a team that fought tenaciously for the full 90 minutes, the Blues played in a manner that must have given their supporters great hopes of at least a draw when Sunderland are met at Roker Park next Saturday. There was hardly a weak link in the side. The attack moved with a precision and smoothness that always had the Mariner's defence guessing. Dean led the line with all his old dash and in addition to scoring once, he had a hand in the other goals, both of which were netted by Cunliffe. Stevenson and Coulter were the best wing. Special mention must be made of Jones, who partnered Cresswell in grand style. The former Ellesmere Port boy kicked remarkably cleanly and was adept in his positional play.
EVERTON VISIT TO SUNDERLAND
January 22, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
What are the prospects of the teams on Saturday? The game between Sunderland and Everton is looked upon as the big tie of the round. Sunderland are regard as the favourites because they beat Everton 7-0 at Roker Park on Boxing Day. But Everton defeated the Wearsiders at Goodison Park 6-2 on Christmas Day –the only away defeat Sunderland have suffered this season. In the game at Roker, Everton had to play for an hour without Williams who was injured. Britton going full-back and Cunliffe half-back. Gee did not play in that match, and since then Everton's half-backs have been at the top of their form.
Spell May Be Broken.
Sunderland's form at home is not so reliable as when they are playing away. In League games at Roker they have lost four and drawn two of their thirteen matches. Everton have not won an away game since they defeated Arsenal at Highbury last February, I hope they break the spell on Saturday. Sunderland have a fine forward line, but with more steadiness in defence I believe Everton can hold their own.
Jones Retains His Place.
The Everton team was selected last night and there is one surprise. Cook, who could not play on Saturday owing to a leg injury is fit again, and will return to the side, but his partner will be Jones, who did so well on Saturday against Grimsby Town. Cook will take the place of Cresswell and the team will be; Sagar; Cook, Jones; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldrad, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson Coulter. The Everton players are staying at Buxton, where they trained when they won the Cup two years ago. Sunderland have fourteen players training at Hexham.
EVERTON BEING IRONISED' FOR SUNDERLAND CUP-TIE.
January 23 1935. Evening Express.
Buxton Tonic is Bucking Them Up.
A Speical Forward Scheme?
By the Pilot.
Everton are being “ironised for their fourth round F.A. Cup-tie with Sunderland at Roker Park, on Saturday. They need iron to master the men of Wearside –and at Buxton they are getting it. Buxton has always been a favourite location of the blues when cup-tie business is on hand, but the entirely new treatment has been prescribed for them this week. Instead of the famous Buxton waters –a tepid drink with a under “lime” taste –they are taking “iron.” The Bert Wright and I visited Buxton Secretary Tom McIntosh invited us to a simple of this vitalizing liquid. “Iron” he commanded, and like the fire of Aladdin's lamp, attendant appeared from nowhere bearing glasses. Buxton in mid-January is not a warm area it is one of the highest boroughs in England, if not the hightest; but Buxton iron water! Br-r-r! Players grabbed at the glasses and consumed the water in one draught. As each player drained his glass he emitted a gasp of satisfaction, the sound one would hear from a thirsty docker who has finished off a “pint.”
We Take The Plunge.
Bert and I exchanged glances. Should we take the plunge? We did. I tried to think of New Brighton in mid-summer but –ounch! –I am not warm . The attendant revealed to me that extraordinary qualities of this water. “ It puts life into you” he said. “It makes you as hard as iron yet with the touch of steel. Now you Roker lads, you know what expect and “ironised” Everton and a different proposition to anything you ever met before this season. This drink –I shiver at the thought – taker after hard intensive training on the Buxton Town football ground. By ten o'clock every player was out on the ground doing short sprints runs around the ground walks, and then the players always welcome –ball practice. The right wing trio occupied one end of the pitch –Geldard, Cunliffe and Britton. They juggled with the ball and passed and interpassed. Had they any special schemer for Saturday, I wondered. At the other end I saw a new process of experiments. There were five forwards Coulter, Thomson, Dean Stevenson and Stein 0ranged against Gee –playing as a back-cum-half back –and Sagar and Jones, both acting as goalkeepers. The idea was for the attackers to prevent Gee touching the ball at all and to get it into the net. Gee did well, but those attackers kept the ball with uncanny skill even though wee Stevenson often used Johnny Holt tactics. By what I mean he often placed his jumps on the shoulders of a colleague or opponent-it mattered not who it was –he leapt up to take a ball in the air. And the onlookers were highly amused.
A Good Move.
It was good training –wise training. Dribbling which enables players to overcome the “third-back” game and a centre half to a perfect game. There was a called to “Come in,” “just one more goal” shouted back the players. There was a fierce struggle; five versus three. Time after time the forwards swept down the field. Time and time the defence repulsed them. There was loud cheer from the onlookers The Everton players enjoyed their training. Well picture that scene and with your own enthusiasm. Then away to the pump room for the ironising. The players had one extra drink. Do you know why? It was Billy Dean's birthday. Other celebrations will be postponed until after Saturday's little affair with Sunderland.
Every player had a tonic bath before a lunch. Then off to the High park golf course for several needle matches. I followed the single games between Dean and Stein. There was “big money” on it. Mr. McIntosh had backed Stein for a shilling against dean. When we joined them Stein was 3 up and 8 to play. I walked around to handle the flag while Mr. McIntosh and Bert Wright sat as convenient points. As soon as the players had holed out I signalled the result to Mr. McIntosh. It was a pusedo tic-tac, but served the purpose well. Mr. McIntosh was delighted –Stein won 4 and 3. A small sides take on the bye was not without due thought and consideration, refused by Mr. McIntosh. A wise man. Dean played attired in flannels, no stocking, a thin pullover covering a shirt and shoes. That was all. Billy has set a new fashion for the Blues at Buxton. It is something akin to the nudist craze. Stockings are barred. The players firmly believe that to go without stocking strengthens the ankles. And so they go on a happy, merry lively, healthy party, convinced that they will get over this mightily Sunderland obstacle and land safety at Wembley. As I was leaving I made an appointment to visit Buxton when Everton are training for the next round. I had a word with Billy cook, the international left back who had just “come off” the injured list. “How are you, Billy; I asked. “I have never felt better in my life he replied, “and that is saying something.” Everton will use Buxton as their headquarters until Friday mid-day. Then they will motor to Manchester to catch a tram for Newcastle. They will travel to Sunderland –a matter of only 12 miles –on Saturday. Arrangements have been made for Sunderland to replay at Goodison Park on Monday if two things happen –if Everton force a draw, and Liverpool force a draw at Blackburn. If there is only one replay, the match will take place on Wednesday. There was only one blot on the day's “work-out” with Everton. I left my treasured typewriter in a telephone booth at Central station. When I returned it had gone.
• Everton Football Club directors have decided to release Cook, Stevenson and Coulter should they be chosen for Ireland in the international match with England at Goodison park on Wednesday February 6.
STOP CONNOR-STO SUNDERLAND
January 25, 1935. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
Without question the match at Roker Park is one with attractiveness and glamour. Even a League encounter between these great sides is a football treat –but a Cup-tie! All the connoisseurs of football will make Roker Park their Mecca, and it would not surprise me to find the ground record of 75,118 set up when Derby County visited the ground in a Cup-tie in 1933, broken. There is a wave of enthusiasm on Wearside this season. Sunderland have a side which bears comparison with the famous “team of all talents” which delighted the north some years ago. Many aver that the present Roker men are a better combination than the side led by Charlie Thomson. Be that as it may, this year's Sunderland side is a mighty combination without being faultless. Their middle name is danger. The attack is almost a perfect machine with quickness in development and power in penetration. Their half-back line is good in all places, but their flaw is in defence. To my mind, Everton have the more balanced eleven. Their half-backs are as good as though their forwards are not quite as potent near goal, they are as able when it comes to football craft and progressive methods. Both side have scored 58 League goals this season. The Blues' defenders must be “on their toes” tomorrow when facing the fastest-moving line in the country. If they can get to grips with the Roker forwards then I feel certain Everton will at least escape defeat. The man most to be feared is Connor, the outside-left, known as “the little red and white devil.” Connor should not be given the slightest latitude. Now Everton have moved Cook, the intrepid, to right back for the express purpose of stopping Connor. I think Cook the right player for the job. Cook was the man who mastered Brook, Manchester's City's danger man in the 1933 final and Everton won.
His First Cup-Tie.
Jones Cook's partner will be playing in his first F.A. cup. The task is an exciting one, but I have not the slightest doubt but that Jones will be a success. It is not a good prospect for Everton-going to the ground where they lost 7-0 in the League and being still without an away victory. Yet, how many times have we seen a poor away team doing something extra-ordinary in the Cup? Hundreds of times I should say. Here on the comparative league records of the clubs: -
Sunderland have not yet decided on their team. They are waiting to see what the ground will be like and then chosen between Hall and Shaw for left back and Hastings, the captain, and McNab for left half back. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones, Britton, Gee, Thomson, Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Sunderland:- Thorpe; Murray, Hall (or Shaw); Thomson, Johnson, Hastings (or McNab); Davis, Carter Gurney, Gallacher, Connor.
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Captains on the Cup-Tie.
Dean (Everton) We all realise that we have on hand one of the hardest tasks possible. That means concentrated effort from start to finish. We have the boys who can do that. Sunderland do not frighten us for we think we have an attack as good as theirs and a better defence. Everton are playing good football and we are after that cup again.
Hasting (Sunderland). Of course, I think we will beat Everton. why shouldn't I think so? We have a team of footballers; we have ground advantage; we have the knowledge that we have already beaten Everton by a big margin. Anyway our boys will put up a good show, and if we do not win –well, Everton will have our good wishes for the remainder of the competition.
CAN EVERTON DO IT?
January 26, 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton and Liverpool are called upon face severe away ties and it is realsied that both teams must necessary play at the top of their form if they are to survive today's duels. The advantage of playing at home is still great and Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers start the ties with the better of the handicap. On paper, at all events, Everton are faced with the more severe task, for their opponents Sunderland, hold a high reputation as one of the most trustful sides in the country, and have enjoyed the leadership of the League for some time, and are at the moment, but a shade behind the Arsenal. These facts indicate the nature of Everton's task, but I am not without hope that Dean and his colleagues will be able to surmount the hurdle. At the top of their form Everton are good enough for anything, and they may strike their most effective game today. Their supporters would be pleased if a draw resulted. League form is not always a reliable guide, and the two seasons between the sides this season were of a rather usual character. At Goodison Park on Christmas Day Everton won by their usual score of 6-2 only to find Sunderland at Roker Park on the following day turning the tables to the extent of 7-0. There were extenuating circumstances for this defeat. Williams being off the field injured for an hour so that the whole Everton side was thrown out of gear.
Left Wing Menace.
Whatever the result today, a margin of that character is not anticipated. It all seems to rest on whether the Everton half-backs can hold the swift-moving Sunderland forwards, and especially the left wing, Gallacher and Connor. If they can do that then Everton may create a surprise and secure their first away victory of the season. the teams are:- Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones, Britton, Gee, Thomson, Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Sunderland:- Thorpe; Murray, Hall (or Shaw); Thomson, Johnson, Hastings (or McNab); Davis, Carter Gurney, Gallacher, Connor.
FAMOUS FOOTBALL CLUBS HISTORY-NEWCASTLE UNITED.
January28 1935. Evening Express.
Five Cup Finals in Seven Years.
But Only Once Successful!
Newcastle 1/- A Goal Bonus
By a Special Correspondent.
It seems strange to write of Newcastle United as a Second Division club, but even the mightest have their lapses from grace now and again. Newcastle lost their place in the top class last season, but such is their reputation, that they are not likely to remain content with the present state of affairs. All the big honours of the game have gone their way in the course of their great and glorious career. They were F.A. cup winners as recently as 1932, their third triumph in that competition. They were League champions for the fourth time in 1927. In one dazzling period of their progress, they played in five Cup-finals in seven years! And the most astonishing feature of this performance was that only once were they successful. Even then it was in a replay. The Crystal Palace ground, where Cup-finals were played in those days, was a graveyard for Newcastle's hopes. Not until the great match was staged elsewhere –the conditions that governs replays –did they win. We have to travel through time, back to the early 80's to seek the beginnings of Newcastle United. At that time there was a club on Tyneside known as Newcastle West End. It had no money and no regular ground, but certain Soccer enthusiasts believed that it had possibilities. One of these enthusiasts was Mr. William Neasham, who helped West end to obtain a fourteen-year lease on an area which they called St. James's Park. The others was Mr. Tom Watson, an astute judge of football, who had a reputation for building clubs. well, they put up a little hut for the accommodation of players and a few posts and lengths of rope gave their ground the dignity of being described as an “enclosed pitch.” An Admission fee was charged and the records show that the first “gate” amounted to seven shills and elevenpence! Meanwhile another club was making headway elsewhere in the town, under the name of Newcastle East End. To this club, after a while went Tom Watson and he did a good deal to establish them, before making yet another move (to Sunderland in 1888). As would be expected there was keen rivalry between the East End and the West End and the players of the two sides were offered every judgement to succeed. For their services, they were found situations in the town, in addition to which they were paid fifteen shillings a week for a win, ten shillings for a draw or a defeat and a shilling for every goal they scored. It was handsome pay as things were reckoned in those days. It was that bonus of a shilling a goal that really brought Newcastle United into being. The East End had soon become so superior to their rivals that they were running up victories of seven and eighth goals at a time. It was all very well for the players, but the people putting up the cash were made to think very hard. The revenue was slender. It was not long before the fact became clear that one club well supported was a better prospect altogether than two clubs struggling to pay their way. This consideration led, inevitably, to amalgamation. The East and West were a twain that did meet for once. Having joined forces they made West End's ground at St. James's Park their headquarters, but retained the title of Newcastle East End.
They played in the Northen League without ever doing anything outstanding, and their fortunes were, usually, at a low ebb. Even when they gained admission to the Second Division of the Football League, in 1893, their finances showed no particular sign of improvement. Enthusiasm was strangely lacking. The team had a good playing record, for they finished their initial campaign as a League Club, fourth in the table. If they had continued in that way they might have won support. Unfortunately they did badly in their second season and their future seemed vague indeed. The situation called for a vigorous effort to inspire public interest, and so eloquent were the club's champions, that they succeeded in stirring their two to a sense of its responsibility. People rallied round. Shares were taken up. The club changed its title to Newcastle United and engaged as Secretary Mr. Frank Watt, of Dundee, who had won a splendid reputation in the game, both as an official and as a judge of talent. He proved himself a wise pilot and no man ever did more for a football club than frank Watt did in those difficult days. He died in February, 1932, after an association with Newcastle extending over something like 40 years. The United became a First division club when the membership of that organisation was extended in 1898. In their first season they found their hands pretty full but they kept their place. One of their players at that time, incidentally was Sandy Macfarlane, the present Blackpool manager.
Progress was steady now and gates increased. A new era of prosperity had drawned and Newcastle, after so much early tribulation, at last found themselves fairly on their feet. And now they began to gather that galaxy of talent that was destined to make the name of Newcastle famous –Lawrence, McCombie, McCracken, Carr Dave, Gardner, Ronald Orr, Colin Veitch, Bobby Templeton, R.S. McColl, Andy Aitken, James Howrie, Jock Rutherford, Peter McWilliam, Bill Appleyard, Wally Hardinge, Donniche, Gonell, and the rest. In the years from the beginning of the present century at the outbreak of war in 1914, Newcastle had teams that will be talked about as long as football is played. In 1905 they came near to bringing off a great “double.” They won the League Championship and reached the final of the Cup only to go down to Aston Villa at the Crystal Palace. They were runners-up again in 1906, League leaders in 1907-Cup winners up yet against in 1908, League Champions for the third time in 1909-cup winners in 1910, and runners up once more in 1911. A record like this shows that the type of player then produced was a type well above the average. The fact that so many of the men mentioned became managers, when their playing days were done, confirms it. Those glittering stars gave way to others who in the fullness of time, wrote their own bright pages of Newcastle history who on Tyneside will ever forget Hughie Gallacher, probably the most brilliant centre forward the United ever had. There are Frank Hudspeth too. He captained the Cup winner team in 1924. James Nelson still doing valiant service had a similar distinction eight years later. Neil Harris (now manager of Swansea Town). Stanley Seymour, and Tom McDonald were three more who played their parts. And now Newcastle United are in the Second Division, a club relegated for the first time in its career. A cloud has fallen across the glory that was won ion the past. The men of old have gone, and the future must be fashioned by others. If they seek inspiration for their task, they need only cast a backward glance through the years.
RESERVES IN DERBY BATTLE.
January 26, 1935. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Everton's Early Lead Over Liverpool.
The meeting and Liverpool Reserves at Goodison Park drew a fine crowd. The first item of interest was a good run and centre by Stein, but Kirk caught the ball safety and cleared. When Liverpool made a move White conceded a corner to prevent Bradshaw being troubled by English. This was cleared and then Dickinson sent Stein away with a perfect pass which brought a good deal of trouble to the Liverpool goal before Bentham fired wide of the post. Liverpool brought back, but when Carr centred, English was crowded out. White concerned another corner, which Carr placed behind and then Archer slowed his speed with a fine run, which he spoiled by passing directly to Bush. Everton were the more convincing and eventually took the lead. Dickinson going through and after drawing Kirk from his goal shooting into the net. Liverpool indulged in a good deal of attacking but found White a stumbling block and Bradshaw was rarely tested. On the other hand Kirk made a good save from Dickinson and an even better one when he turned over the bar from Bentham. Half-time Everton Res 1 Liverpool Res 0.
SUNDERLAND 1 EVERTON 1 (F.A. Cup Game 141)
January 28 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Valuable Goal at Roker.
Frayed Tempers Upset Sunderland
Everton sprang one of the surprises of the round by holding the great Sunderland team to draw and earning a replay, each side scoring a goal, and with a slightest bit of luck they might easily have won the game at the first time of asking for had not Thorpe made two amazing saves in the last few minutes, Sunderland would have figured among the fallen. A classic exhibition was expected from two such teams, but in actual fact it was a very ordinary game, the reason being that the science was “kicked” out of the game. I have never seen so many fouls, nor have I seen a referee so often to the players without sending one, or perhaps two to the dressing room. Mr. Jennings had an early insight as to what was going to happen in the first few minutes, and some fouls were committed, and the game consequently suffered. Sunderland are one of the best footballing sides in the First Division but on Saturday they introduced tactic which might have culminated in someone being ordered to the dressing room. It was this factor which cost Sunderland the game. While they were playing football, they did well, but for some reason they decided to take the man and not the ball, and that was way they were mulcted in the free kick which gave Everton the equalising goal, and set then (Everton) on the high road to success, and that victory was not obtained was due to their goalkeeper, Thorpe whose work in the final minutes undoubtedly prevented Everton winning outright.
Terrible Ground Conditions.
The North-East had experience of the worst weather for many a year. Overnight there had been a mixture of snow and frost, while during the early morning a terrific wind got up accompanied later by sleet and snow, Sunderland, however, just prior to the match was bathed in sunshine, but the ground had suffered, and even the high wind could not “dry out” the turf, which was a mud patch down the centre. To win the toss was to win the game, was the opinion of many, and it appeared as if that would turn out to be a true assumption but it has always been my contention that a team can, and very often does play better against the wind than with it. It was so at Roker Park, for Sunderland were the better side in the first half when battling against the elements. The boot was on the other foot in the second occasion for Everton got on top, so much so, that a victory was not out of the question, for the Sunderland defence became unsettled, broke rules of the game, and the ball was smashed into the crowd without any justification whatever. They were undeniably unnerved by Everton's fight back. Having obtained a goal against the wind they naturally thought they had the game won and if they had carried on with football instead of thinking too much about the man, it would have brought there greater success. They lost themselves completely. Hastings in particularly, was an offender against Geldard and Britton. He started almost immediately and never ceased, while Dean repeatedly appealed to the referee about Johnson, who finally tore the pants off Dean so that the Everton captain had to leave the field for another pair.
Just as Dean was leaving the field the free kick was given against Sunderland for a foul on gee. Britton sent the ball sailing through the air, and before it had time to drop, Cunliffe had volley it into the net at 76 minute. From than on Everton dictated the terms of the game. That goal offside the one scored by Carter at 21 minutes. The ball had been bandied about in front of the Everton goal for what seemed age, when suddenly it landed at the feet of Carter, who instantly shot for the far side of the goal. The ball went wiggling into the net to my mind without Sagar getting a touch with it, but Sagar tells me that he actually “fingered” the ball but could not prevent it from going in. “Another” half an inch and I could have turned the ball out” he said.
Sagar had done great work for a short spell in the first half, when Sunderland were all out for a big goal crop, but he had not the intricate work of Thorpe. He made a mighty save from Carter who should have scored Coulter centred so accurately that Geldard was left with a perfect opening. Thorpe's foot shot out, and the ball seemed destined for the net, for Thorpe was at the other side of the goal. He dashed across, and by throwing out his leg averted disaster. That to my mind was a lucky save, but his save of Cunliffe's shot was even more surprising. Cunliffe him self thought he had scored but Thorpe by a superhuman effort got the ball around the post. It was during the last few minutes when Thorpe had his most dangerous tasks to perform, Coulter who had been moderate made two shot, either of which might have won the game for Everton. Thorpe safely ideal with one, but the other, nearly cost him dearly. He thumped the ball unward, and it was spinning over his head when Shaw's head lobbed up to clear the ball away. There was a claim that the ball had gone over the line, but I would not be definite about that. So ended a game, which was not a happy memory. Everton made a penalty claim. Geldard was going through with a great chance of scoring when Hastings brought him down flat on his face. This was surely case for a spot kick it seemed, but the game went on and Geldard, in all probability, missed a goal Geldard, however, had been one of the chief sources of worry to the Sunderland defence, for the learn time, Dean too, could do little against Johnston, but Cunliffe's second half display was nothing short of brilliant, and the half-backs were very good all round. Jones was not happy in the first half. He could not position himself, but later played a really confident game. But there was no better defender on the field, than Cook, who not only curbed Connor, but found time to lend a hand where it was needed most. Gurney and Carter were Sunderland's best forwards, but the half-backs were not good, neither was I enamoured by the play of Shaw or Murray. Teams:- Everton:- Sagar, goal; Cook and Jones backs; Britton, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Sunderland:- Thorpe, goal; Murray and Shaw, backs; Thomson, Johnston and Hastings (captain), half-backs; Davis, Carter, Gurney, Gallacher, and Connor forwards. Referee Mr. V. E. Jennings.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 LIVERPOOL RESERVES 0
January 28 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 25)
Everton's Convincing Victory.
It was expected that Liverpool would recapture the good form displayed in their matches prior to the advent of the present year and make the local “Derby” a real tense game, and incidentally, collect their first New Year point. Such, however, was not the case; in fact Everton from stars indicated the run of the play, and Liverpool never settled down, with the result that for a Derby it proved a moderate game. Everton won 4-0. The chief factor in Everton's victory was the work of Mercer, White and Archer – the intermediate line –who never allowed the Anfielders to get going together and were invariably found supporting the home front line in their prolonged spell of attack. Taken on the whole. It was Liverpool's poorest display of the season there being a lack of understanding among the forwards and so working alliance between the forwards and halves, Maybe it was that they found White too great a proposition for the Everton pivot was in brilliant form and dominated the middle field. Dickinson opened Everton's score with a fine goal, and directly after the interval White added the second from a penalty. Liverpool hereabouts tried to get going, but without success and before the close Bentham completed the scoring with two excellent goals. Liverpool had disappointed, and Everton deserved to win a Derby that did not reach the class usually associated with these local encounters . Teams:- Everton:- Bradhsaw, goal; Jackson and Morris backs; Mercer, White and Archer, half-backs; Leyfield, Bentham, Dickinson, Dunn, and Stein forwards. Liverpool:- Kirk goal; Dabbs and Done backs; Rogers, Bush and Browning, half-backs; Morrison, Heisting, English Johnson and Carr forwards.
EVRTON GET READY FOR BEST “AWAY” TEAM.
January 28, 1935. Evening Express.
Plans For Wednesday's Great Cup Replay.
By the Pilot.
Everton were hard at work at Goodison today, training for their F.A. Cup replay on Wednesday against the best away team in the country,, Sunderland. Immediately after the Blues had forced their brilliantly 1-1 drew at Roker Park, on Saturday –they snatched the game from the fire when all seemed lost there were inquiries regarding injuries. After the bumpiness and buffering the players received it expected that some players would require treatment. That “ironing” at Buxton must have stood Everton in good stead, however, for Mr. Cooke, the trainer, reports a clean bill of health. Monday is usually an “easy” day for footballers, but not so today. The players were at the ground early, doing sprinting and exercises. Tomorrow they are to visit Hoylake, and in the evening will visit a local theatre. When I visited the ground today there was an air of business around the place. While the players were getting through their work in the sharp winter air, Mr. T. H. McIntosh and the members of his office staff were busy dealing with applications for tickets.
What of Everton's chances in the replay? I think the Blues will progress. They deserved their draw at Roker because of their superiority in the early and closing stages of the game. Once they had equalised 14 minutes from time it was all Everton and how two shots from Coulter failed to “get there” was remarkable. There was one main reason, however, why Everton lived to fight another day it was that Sunderland forgot all about football and went for the man in preference to the ball. Rarely have I seen so much fouling at so many cautions. Dean twice had his knickers ripped right off him. Sunderland's tactics led them out of position and caused them to lose their cohesive ability. Everton began to manipulate the ball cleverly and recapture the combined skill which had been lost during the mid period of the game, and once the Blues had scored, they never looked back. It was not a good game. The mud and wind militated against precise combination but both clubs played better against the gale than with it. Everton opened brilliantly, but fell away once Carter had scored for the Wearsiders. Everton should have had a penalty in the first minutes when Geldard was brought down. There was one anxious period for the Blues. That followed the interval when they “fielded” while their cup hopes were burned. Yet I admire them for the fact that they could recover to snatch the draw and nearly the victory.
Danger Men Mastered.
The Sunderland danger men Connor and Gallacher never had a look in against Cook. He mastered them as surely as he mastered Brook and McMullan in the cup final. Cook was the best player on the field. Gurney was the one forward to trouble the Blues not by his skill, but by his unorthodox methods. He was rarely in the centre of the field, and Gee said to me afterwards, “I never once headed the ball and rarely kicked it. Gurney was out on the wings and the ball seldom came my way. I've never had such a strange experience.” Let Everton bear in mind Gurney's wanderings and that Gurney never goes out to the left wing. He always moves to the right! Jones had a fine game, cool and clean and Sagar was a brilliant goalkeeper to complete a defence, which harnessed the Roker danger line. Thomson, Britton and Gee completed a better intermediary division than that of Sunderland because they paid as much attention to construction as destruction. Sunderland may make changes in this division for Wednesday. Forward, Everton's right flank took the honours, for Coulter had an indifferent game up to the last ten minutes and Stevenson was inclined to hold the ball too long. Dean was well shadowed but Cunliffe was the spearhead the forward line with a lighting shot. This boy, who scored the equaliser, is right at the top of his form. Geldard adopted a one way traffic system in the first half, but later varied his methods. This Everton team with the advantage of ground is capable of winning and carrying the banner of Merseyside a step nearer Wembley.
60,000 TO SEE MERSEYSIDE'S GREATEST CUP REPLAY
January 29 1935. Evening Express.
Everton Have Lost Once at Home This Season.
Sundserland's One Away Defeat Was at Goodison.
Classic Fourth Round Replay.
By the Pilot.
Merseyside is in the gap of cup-tie fever, and it is expected that 60,000 people will see the great fourth round replay battle between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park tomorrow. The officials of the Goodison Park club are working at high pressure dealing with the applications for tickets, and it would not be surprising to see the record figure of 66,737 –the gate for the League game with Liverpool in October, 1927 –go by the board. That a fight is in prospect now that the winners have a home game with Derby County in the fifth round. It will be one between a team that has lost once at home –Everton- and a team that has lost once away –Sunderland. And Sunderland's only away defeat was at Goodison Park on Christmas Day! Here are the captains views: -
W.R. (Dixie) Dean (Everton)
Having forced a draw at Roker Park we have every reason to think we can win at Goodison Park, where we have done so well this season. Sunderland can play better than they did on Saturday, and we shall go into the match knowing it. We have a hard fight in front of us –a cup final could not be more exacting –but we have the ability and the spirit to bring success.
Alex Hastings. (Sunderland)
It is not all over as far as the Cup and Sunderland are concerned. Strange as it may seem, we prefer to play away from Roker Park, and Everton are going to oppose a different team than on Saturday, when we were affected by the terrible conditions. We did not play up to form on Saturday and are determined to show our real mettle tomorrow. I think that at least, we can do as well as Everton did at Roker. That will satisfy us.
Sunderland come to Goodison Park as a team never to have won the Cup. They have had their chances and have once reached the final. On form Sunderland should have beaten Everton last Saturday. They had the knowledge of a 7-0 win over the Blues at Roker Park to encourage them. The cup however knows no form. That is why I hope the Everton players will not pay any attention to the fact that on Christmas Day they broke Sunderland's unbeaten away record 6-2. There are greater things to inspire them. There is the joyous reflection of that evening in April, 1933, when they prevailed in triumph with the Cup through the streets of the city to the view of half million people. Everyone wants that experience over again. Make no mistake about it, Everton have a grand chance of accomplishing this again I say that because I know that the players have the ability.
A Great Side.
But the conquering of Sunderland is the first consideration. Sunderland are, perhaps the finest football side in the country today. That is when they are content to play football. They rely on speedy development and inter-changing of positions, and snap shooting. Their forwards have been known as “the thin red line.” There is not a big fellow among them, and for sheer ability, speed, quick passing and penetrative power they could be hard to beat. The half-backs are strong and purposeful with a shred idea of what the men in front require and a penchant for tackling these lassie passes. Withal the half-backs constitute the classic of a defence which on the ball with planned intervention is excellent. The one fault with Sunderland is slowness in defence, and it is because of this I have came to the conclusion Everton well win tomorrow.
SUNDERLAND DEFER TEAM SELECTION
January 29, 1935. Evening Express.
Probable Defensive Changes.
Evening Express Correspondent. Sunderland Today.
“Sunderlnad have not selected their team for the replay.” That was the announcement from Roker Park today. But I am of the opinion that the tem has been provisionally selected, and that there will be one change in the defence. The probabilities are that hall may appear at left back in place of Shaw. There is also a chance, of course, that McNab may be in the half-back line. The probable team is: Thorpe; Murray, and Shaw of Hall; Thompson, Johnston, and Hasting of McNab; Davies, Carter Gurney, Gallacher, and Connor. It was decided last week that in the event of a draw on Saturday, the Sunderland players should immediately proceed back to Hexham and go from there direct to Liverpool. These arrangements, however, were cancelled at the last moment at the express desire of the players. They made representations to the directors that they would prefer to remain at home during the week-end and have the quietude of their own home instead of the tense atmosphere of a hotel. The directors acceded to this wish. They feel that they are playing far better away from home than at home and it may be taken for granted that we will see better football from Sunderland than was witnessed in the game on Saturday. For some reason or other, they forsook their football in the second half of the game for a defensive role, and there were many free kicks given against them. The players had light training yesterday and simply a sprint this morning. They journey to Liverpool today and will stay overnight in Liverpool.
THE SPORTS LOG
January 29, 1935. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
There is a team bound for Wembley that is the strangest and merriest that ever donned =football jerseys. Unless you are “in the know” you will never guess the identity of the team which the following names conceal. Cigar; Coleraine, Dick; Pal, Chick, Jock; Al Nat, Pampas, Mickey Derry. Do you recognise them? Well, they are the eleven Everton players, whom I expect will play against Sunderland in the Cup replay tomorrow. You will be wondering what it all means, so I had better explain. In the Everton dressing-room there is, and always has been, a flair for anything jocular, anything to promote a smile and banish a frown. To this end they have found new nicknames for the players. What do you think of “ Pampas” for the one and only DixieDean? . A colleague dubbed him “ the wild bull of the Pampas” and so Pampas has struck. But I do not think it will ever supplant the world known “Dixie.”
It is easy to find why some of the names were chosen “Cigar” for Sagar for instance, is a play on his own name. Cook is known as Coleraine after his North of Ireland birthplace while young Jones, though he is named Jack, is hailed as “Dick” everywhere. We must go back to Buxton in 1933 to find how Britton secured the name “Pal.” He was the instigator of the Everton Cup password “Ole Pal” “Chick” for Charlie Gee is rather elusive but Thomson has been “Jock” ever since he came to Goodison Park from Dundee. Geldard's get his “Al” because of his association with Britton on the field. It makes a double “act” Pal and Al –but I have failed to find out why Cunliffe is known as “Nat.” Stevenson is the prime practical joker of the team and gets his Mickey because of his Mickey Mouse proclivities, and Coulter gets his name from his home town. There you have them. The other, players have names too, Jimmy Stein is known as “Snozzle” Clark 0its natural –Nobby” White –Porkie.” While Dunn and Leyfield have names deprived from what is known as rhyming slang in which a phrase is used to rhyme with the real word. For instance Dunn is known as “Curran” because it is taken from “Currant Bun” which rhymes with Dunn. In the same way Leyfield is known as “Barley” because it rhymes with his Christian name Charlie. So if you should chance to hear any of these names being used you will be able to rcognise who it is.
The Everton players have another way of keeping the ball rolling. They hold smoking concerts when they are on tour. Returning from the Sunderland match it was obviously a happy party, and to while away the time, a smoking concert was organised. The chairman was Charlie Gee, who set the ball rolling by leading community singing. It resounded throughout the train. Next, Willie Cook with a “classic” rendering of “Thors” –all verses and choruses –while Billy Dean came along with a rollicking sea song in a resonant baritone. Albert Geldard described the advantages of rabbit slew and pickle pork, and how it made Windsor lad win the Derby, and Charlie Gee gained applause for his impressions of Stanley Holloway's turn re Albert and the hons. There was a cry from the “chairman” for an item from the Press. I had brought no music, I had to refuse. “Well,” said Charlie, somewhat threateningly. “If you don't sing I'll have to do another monologue which ever you like.” I pondered. Then I chose the monologue I think I was kind to the company!
Gurney's Heroic Effort Keeps Pot Boiling
Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette - Wednesday 30 January 1935
Equalising Goa Near Final Whistle
Sunderland Fight Back In Close Cup Struggle Near EVERTON IN LUCK
By "A FINE
morning gave way to a drizzle- rain about noon, but long before the kick-off Goodison Park housed a characteristically Cup-tie crowd, with a generous leavening Wearside representatives who came by two special trains. A great cheer went up when Colonel Prior -entered the grandstand. The Everton team was unchanged from chat which drew at Roker Park Saturday, whereas Sunderland made a change at left back. Hall coming in for Shaw. Teams:— SUNDERLAND C. Thomson Johnston Hastings Davis Carter Gurney Gallacher Connor Coulter Stevenson Dean Cunliffe J Thomson Gee EVERTON Referee: Mr E Pinkston Birmingham! Just before the kick-off the police and ambulance men had a lot work to do in one corner of the field where the crowd, swaying ominously, caused dozens of casualties in the crush. Hastings won the toss for Sunderland, but there was little benefit to be gained from this success. Everton got to the first attack, when right wing cross went to Cunliffe, who. However, was forced to take the ball over the line. Sunderland replied immediately with a left wing attar!-, and this produced a comer.
Connor made a brilliant run through and a centre, but Jones beat Carter for the ball. It was brilliant football and the first foul the match came through Johnston holding Dean well out. Every movement was cheered by the crowd. This was the football they expected to see on Saturday. Positional play of both sides was excellent. Connor centred and Gee headed up into the air. Davis hit the ball on the drop but sliced it wide. Sunderland were having the better of the exchanges and Guney burst along the right flank and centred but Sagar took the ball the air beautifully. Then there was a narrow escape for Sunderland. Hall mis-hit a back-pass and Murray just got his head to the ball as Coulter rushed in with Thorpe still standing on his goal-line.
Every effort at foul play was promptly checked, but the players were not going for the man so much in this game. We saw a brilliant forward movement between Carter. Gallacher, and Connor, and when Gurney headed in the crowd shouted as the equalizer were already there, but Sagar's right hand shot out and turned the ball for a corner. It was cleared and at once Sunderland were danger. Geldard put over a magnificent centre which Cunllfle met with his only for Thorpe to fist away. It was
Great save. Some neat work by Connor and Gallacher brought Cook into the picture, but a promising Sunderland movement was broken up.
Next Carter made fine dribble through, but he was too selfish and wanted to do it all on his own. Then Sagar was beaten to the world by a shot from Connor which hit the bar. Gurney breasted in a rebound, but the luck was with Sagar, who managed to grasp the ball on the goal-line. Every movement by Sunderland was excellent, but Everton had all the luck in defence. When a free kick was given for hands against Murray Charlie Thomson kicked the tall away so that he could get back into position. Mr Pinkston immediately gave him a caution and took his name. The taking of this free kick gave Dean chance for a header, but he turned the ball wide of the post. Everton had to concede a corner kick to Sunderland, but Davis placed this very badly and it led indirectly to Everton's second goal. He kicked the ball right to an Everton player on the edge of the penalty area and the ball was taken down by Stevenson and swept to his right. Geldard centred and with the defence watching Dean COULTER had nothing to do but to beat Thorpe at short range. WEARSIDERS UNLUCKY The early punch of Sunderland had evaporated a little and did not like the way the defence occasionally miss-timed their tackles, and were left helpless on the ground. Hall gave a corner, but Thorpe saved the situation, and Hall was lucky just afterwards when Dean beat him with his head to a centre from Coulter, the ball dropping behind. Sunderland's luck was dead out when Davis centred and Carter got through and drew Sagar from goal. The goalkeeper knocked the ball into the air and it dropped behind him and travelled towards the net, but Jack Thomson kicked off the goal line. Then there was change. Five minutes from the interval a centre from the Sunderland left wing dropped over to DAVIS and he hit it with great speed into the net. This put fresh life into Sunderland, and they began to dictate the course of the game again.
Gallacher finished badly, however, a fine effort by Connor, the Inside man putting the ball behind when it looked easier to lift the ball into the goalmouth. Half-time—
EVERTON 2 SUNDERLAND 1
There was a threatening mist when the game was resumed. Sunderland got in by the aid of a free kick, but Gee beat them with his head. Then there was no signal from the referee when Geldard was six yards offside and Hall was lucky to get the ball away for a corner when the winger dropped the ball over. Sunderland got through and Sagar made a magnificent save from Carter and then held the ball despite a scramble. A free-kick against Johnston was badly placed and Connor made the play for Gallacher. Who shot wide, however, when there was not a man for him to beat. Sunderland were playing magnificent football in the open and making the Everton defence run about.
Geldard placed a comer, which was cleared, and then Gurney went through the middle. Sagar came right out and Gumey dribbled round him, but at that instant Jones got in front of the ball to make wonderful clearance. The pace was really hot and It was football worthy of the two teams, with Sunderland showing the neater footwork. Beautiful footwork produced a gilt-edged chance for Gallacher. How he could miss scoring was a mystery, but he did. He shot wide from Gurney's centre to the dismay of Sunderland's supporters.
Coulter had a chance from a corner kick, but he dropped the ball over the bar. Gallacher was the weak man in Sunderland's attack. His passes were as faulty as his shooting. Gee handled within the penalty area, but he was on the blind side of the referee Sunderland had nearly all the attack, but Cook and Gee never gave an inch. Some of the offside decisions against Sunderland were atrocious. Once, Davis was five yards on side, but he was given offside. After 34 minutes STEVENSON scored Everton's third goal from close range after Murray had charged the ball down. Three minutes later Connor and Gurney took the ball down and
CONNOR shot the ball into the net from close range. Gurney was given offside, but it made no difference for he did not get the ball into the net. Thorpe made a great save from Dean, and then Gurney was nearly through from Connor's pass, and Jones stopped him. Johnston played attacking game in order to force the play. GURNEY scored three minutes from the end with an overhead kick from Connor's pass. Final— EVERTON SUNDERLAND Extra time being played
January 30, 1935. The Daily Mirror
Unemployed “Scout's” big Talk About £5.500 Football Transfer
After obtaining credit at a Glasgow hotel by representing himself to be agent of well-known football clubs, Archibald Macpherson, thirty, a native of Falkirk, was at Glasgow Northern Police Court yesterday fined £2 or twenty-0ne days for receiving board and lodging without paying. It was stated that MacPherson, who had been unemployed for two years, told the hotel manager that the Everton Football Club had sent him to Glasgow to secure the transfer of Charles Napier, of Celtic. The transfer, he stated, had been secured for £5,500. He also said he did a bit of scouting for Mr. Orr, the manager of Falkirk, and that the Everton Club did not know about this side line. Actually, when he went to Falkirk it was to sign for his relief money.
Thanks to Kjell Hanssen for senting this
COULTER'S FIRST HALF “DOUBLE.”
January 30, 1935. Evening Express.
Everton's Cup Replay Thrills.
Davis Reduces the Lead
Sagar's Brilliant Saves.
By the Pilot.
Goodison Park presented a wonderful sight today, when 60,000 people gathered to witness the fourth round F.A. Cup replay between Everton and Sunderland. Sunderland had plenty of vocal support and red and white favours were prominent among the predominant blue and white of the Everton fans. Bells and rattles were in abundance, and the teams had a tremendous reception when they steeped on the field. I noticed two former Everton stalwarts, Fred Geary and Jack Borthwick, among the spectators. There were several casualties and ambulance men were kept busy. Everton were unchanged, but Sunderland made one change from the side that drew at Roker Park, Hall taking the place of Shaw at left back. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar goal; Cook and Jones backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe Dean (captain) Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Sunderland: - Thorpe goal; Murray and Hall, backs; Thomson, Johnston, and Hastings (captain), half-backs; Davis, Carter, Gurney, Gallacher, and Coulter, forwards. Referee Mr. E. Pinckston (Birmingham).
Just as Everton took the field the crowd broke in at one corner of the ground just by the old bottleneck, but the police soon had the matter in hand. Hastings won the toss for Sunderland, but there was little advantage. Jones swung a pass to Geldard who turned the ball in cleverly, but Stevenson was forced behind. Twice Cook held up Connor, but then Connor enlisted the aid of Hastings and Sunderland earned a corner off Cook. This was placed behind. Everton almost took the lead in three minutes. From a goal kick Dean snicked the ball to Cunliffe, who plied Geldard, and from the winger's centre Cunliffe headed in brilliantly for Thorpe to push away. At this point crowds of people left their places and took up spots inside the touchline. This was indication that more than 60,000 were present.
Jones To The Rescue.
Jones came to Everton's rescue when Connor was cutting on. Then Geldard raced away but was forced behind. Coulter was next in action, and then followed a Dean shot, which cannoned back off a defender. Connor was clear away, but the referee stopped the game and awarded Sunderland a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. This was easily cleared. A free kick for a foul by Cook on Connor saw a solid defence prevent a shot at Sagar. Everton had opened brightly, but Sunderland's passing was becoming more precise, and Sagar had to pull down a sharp centre from Gurney.
Coulter had not been much in the picture, but when he first came into prominence he had the satisfaction of giving Everton the lead in 13 minutes. It was a joyous move for Coulter, out on the wing, turned the ball in to Stevenson, who wheeled completely round, giving Murray and Thomson the dummy, and he came through with a shot. The ball was parried; Dean tried to drive it home; then Coulter hooked the ball out of Thorpe's reach, a foot inside the far post. Johnston was cautioned for a foul on Dean. The Everton left came again, only to fall to the temptation of over elaboration. The Sunderland forwards slipped through the Everton defence, and from Connor's centre, Gurney looked to have levelled matters with a lovely header, Sagar, however, flung himself full length to the right and turned the ball around the post.
Thrilling Escape For Everton.
It was a grand save. Carter made a sinuous dribble. Then Cook took command at the crucial moment and like lighting Everton swept to the other end, Thorpe pulling down a centre from Geldard. How Everton escaped in the next few seconds was miraculous. Davis beat Jones on the right and Connor found himself with a clear cut route to goal Connor took deliberate aim but his shot struck the bar and rebound right to the feet of Gurney. Before Gurney could shoot Sagar had flung himself on top of the ball to once again save the day for Everton. Sunderland were quicker on the ball, but there was little to choose between the sides. The second caution of the game was to the Sunderland Thomson. From a free kick the ball went across to Coulter who centred on the turn Cunliffe heading just by the post. Geldard was being fed in spoon fashion by Britton, and he was the big danger to Sunderland. It was great football despite its keenness. There was always something to create a thrill. The referee was taking a stern hand punishing every foul promptly.
Everton Two Goals Up.
Coulter came across the field from a pass by Stevenson and ere Sunderland knew it, they were two goals down in 31 minutes. Coulter came to midfield and then swung out a pass to Geldard. Dean just failed to reach the centre, but Stevenson and Coulter were present, and with Murray and Thomson (C.) out of position Coulter sent the ball into the net from six yards range at such a pace that Thorpe never had a chance. Cunliffe came along with a low shot, which Thorpe stopped but could not hold. These was no one up to take advantage. Coulter tried for his hat-trick once again working inwards and shooting from the edge of the penalty area, but Thorpe managed to pull the ball down and resist Stevenson's challenge. Coulter baffled Murray and dropped the ball over to give Dean a back header, which dropped inches over the top. Sunderland came with a rally Carter letting go a shot without opposition Sagar and Thomson were there to prevent a score. Coulter contributed the best dribble of the day, beating five men in succession. He tried a sixth and was dispossessed.
Sunderland reduced the lead four minutes from the interval. From a throw in on the left Connor went through and lobbed over the ball, which Gurney back-headed to Davis. The outside-right was unmarked, and he crashed the ball into the top of the net, giving Sagar no chance. Sagar ran out to kick away Carter's pass. The ball hit Connor, but Britton was there to boot it away to safety.
Half-time Everton 2, Sunderland 1.
Extra Time in Everton Cup replay .
Gurney's Dramatic Goal For Sunderland.
At 89 Minute
Coulter's ‘Double' in Game of Thrills.
A Dramatic goal at the 89 th minute, by Gurney of Sunderland caused extra time to be played in the fourth round Cup Replay with Everton at Goodison Park today. Everton had a lead for 74 minutes, but Sunderland in a great finish scored twice. The goals came as follows; - Coulter (Everton) 13, minutes, Coulter (Everton), 31 minutes, Davies (Sunderland), 41 minutes, Stevenson (Everton) 74 minutes, Connor (Sunderland), 78 minutes, Gurney (Sunderland), 89 minutes. It was a thrilling game, and produced more good football than is usually seen in a cup-tie. Sunderland were quicker on the ball, but they made the mistake of persistently feeding Connor and Gallacher. Everton were the neater footballers, and their defence was better than that of the Wearsiders, Cook and Sagar being magnificent. Dean had little chance against Johnston, and the most dangerous forwards were the wingers, Coulter and Geldard. It was a wonderful game in the first half. Plenty of thrills and plenty of good football. There was little to choose between the sides for though Everton enjoyed more of the game, only the brilliance of Sagar prevented the Wearsiders from getting on the goal standard. Gee kicked the ball against Gallacher on resuming and it rebounded to Sagar. The Stevenson opened up the attack with a far-flung pass to Geldard –I thought the winger was offside –and Geldard came through with a shot, which hall turned behind for a corner. The Sunderland forwards developed play beautifully, each wing being brought into action in turn, and Thomson was thankful to concede a corner. This was brilliantly saved by Sagar, who, on this showing, is certainly England's best goalkeeper. Coulter was fouled just outside the penalty area, but the free kick was wasted. Thomson turned Gallacher's shot to safety. Then Stevenson went through but Dean was not there to take the pas. Sunderland were making a grand fight and were quicker on the ball than the Blues. Their tackling was so deadly that Everton could never afford to dwell on the ball. Jones came to the rescue of Everton when a quick pass by Connor put Gurney through on his own. Jones was three yards behind him, and Sagar dashed out to what must have been to him a hopeless position. Gurney dried to drag the ball to the left of Sagar, but Jones came through with a wonderful tackle and a winning clearance to touch. Gallacher frittered away a wonderful chance of an equaliser after Gurney and Davis had done good work. He was left with an open goal but sent outside. Sunderland were much the more dangerous side in this half, but the Everton backs were standing firm. Sunderland swung the ball about much more than Everton and it made a great deal of difference. Britton went off for a moment with a leg injury and a steady drizzle made the conditions far from pleasant. Coulter had a chance of a third goal from Geldard's corner, but got too far under the ball. Stevenson also had a chance from Geldard's pass, Geldard having been fed brilliantly by Cook, but he also lacked elevation. The ball struck Gee's hand just inside the penalty area, but the referee rightly waved on play, for there was not the slightest intent to foul.
Everton increased their lead in 74 minutes, Stevenson being the scorer. The ball had been whipped out to Connor, but Cook made a wonderful tackle, carried the ball along by a series of headers and then lobbed it into the centre. Dean tried a header, but was bumped by an opponent. The ball dropped and Stevenson coming in full pelt flashed the ball into the back of the net with a terrific shot. Sunderland were not done by any means. In 78 minutes Connor reduced the lead with a beautiful oblique shot, after the defence had been drawn to the right and those watching the goal expected a centre. Offside saved Everton when Sunderland got away again. Thorpe made a flying save, but lost possession. Then when Coulter flashed the ball across the goal, Stevenson just failed to turn it home. Then Cunliffe had a shot charged down after good work by Geldard. Gee made a lovely intervention when Sunderland got away –a back heel and winning kick. Johnston, in getting to a centre by Geldard, almost placed through his own goal. Geldard went through after glorious work by Stevenson near the end Thorpe saving his daisy cutter at full length. Then Connor came again, and Sunderland pulled the game out of the fire with a sensational goal a minute from time. Connor lobbed the ball into the middle, Sagar came out of goal a few yards and Gurney standing with his back to the goal, scored with a wonderful overhead kicked which went up over Sagar and dropped into the net. During the interval Mr. Cochrane, the Sunderland manager, went on the field but was ordered off by the referee.
After 90 minutes –Everton 3 Sunderland 3.
Extra Time Being Played.
Coulter scored for Everton in the first two minutes of extra time. Britton lobbed the ball into the middle, and Dean headed it across for Coulter to score with a terrific drive from close range.
Thousands Turned Away At Goodison.
Thousands of people were unable to gain admission to the Everton ground and for a long time hundreds stood outside the closed entrances on the chance of room being found for them. Many “fans” who arrived at the ground about 2 p.m. and waited in a queue found themselves unlucky and by the time they reached other entrances they found these closed as well. Tramcars from town, packed to capacity were still arriving until almost three o'clock half an hour after the kick off. The Prior-road tramwaymen and civilians stood on the roofs of tramcars trying to catch a glimpse of the game.
EVERTON 6 SUNDERLAND 4 (F.A. Cup Game 142)
January 31 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton's Cup Triumph.
Ten Goals in Two Hours' Struggle.
Sunderland's Great rally
Over 59,000 Thrilled by Epic Game.
All Goals Came From Feet.
Everton dully passed to the next round of the cup by beating Sunderland at home before 59,213 spectators (a gate 0f £4,382 5s 6d) the score of 6-4 being an uncommon figure and a just one, obtained only after the greatest amount of effort on the part of the Everton team after extra time. It was a match of a lifetime; one international player of years gone by told me he had never scene anything to approach this historic struggle. Thrill packed on thrill; incident upon incident goal upon goal a home victory seemingly settled a quarter of an hour from the finish of the ninety minutes only for an rallying force by Sunderland (shocked by two goals margin) fighting back to accomplish the seemingly impossible –two goals in the closing stages –the equaliser to bring the score to 3-3, being the most spectular and strange looking goal of the ten.
There were no headed goal; the foot did the trick ten times, and the best goal of all was that which Connor drove home, but picture the Gurney goal which kept the game alive for another half-hour. Time was passing; the tender lead of the home side seemed sufficient; one is enough, if it is one more than the opposing side has scored, Gurney was ten yards away from goal, his back to the goal; a rather high ball is near him. He can only hook it over his head, but it is beyond Sagar's power to stop it and Gurney hears the roar of a goal he has made and has not seen. It is all so romantic and astonishing that the crowd of city supporters is stunned while the large party of Sunderland excursions in renewing its throwing of streamers to make a grand stand look like the festive board of a Christmas part's dinning table.
Turning of the Tide.
Half-an-hour is added to the game; the pace has been killing; one wonders how these players can raise another gallop or checkmate the indisputably able Sunderland forward line. The pace does not slacken through the mud slicks to the leavened ball, had the light begins to fall. The turning point of this fluctuating game had arrived two minutes after the start of the extra time. Coulter scored. In those two words one saw the turning of the tide. This goal, one of the Irishman's three successful efforts at goal, and although Connor the outstanding forward on the field equalised this score (4-4) a few minutes later with the best shot of the match . Sunderland hardly recovered from the sudden lead two minutes after extra time, a big toll to start. Finally Geldard took the score to 6-4, and once more a goal had been scored with pracually the last kick of time. One felt sorry for the losers because they had played beautiful football in attack; their movements were constructive and convincing; the ball was kept on the ground and was used in draughsman's manner; there was art and craft in all they did till they reached the vital part of their task the goal area was reached by such diverting ways and in such charming combined fashion that
THRILLING CUP-TIE –GREAT GOODISON GAME.
January 31 1935. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
There have in the past been many exciting Cup-ties played on Merseyside, but never has there been a more thrilling struggle than that in which Everton defeated Sunderland yesterday in the fourth round replay by six goals to four. Whatever Cup-ties are talked about in years to come this one will hold a prominent place in competition history. Nearly 59,000 spectators were fascinated and their interest held for the full 120 minutes in a duel characterized by brilliant play and rapid changes of fortune, Everton's hold being slackened almost at every turn by the rapier like thrusts of a Sunderland attack which did not know when it was beaten. It was cut and thrust almost right up to the finish of extra time, when Geldard settled the issue for Everton. With two such great sides playing capital football it was a pity to see one beaten, and Sunderland were unfortunate to go out as they did, but, of course one had to go. Few teams have been beaten in a Cup-tie after scoring 4 goals, but they can pride themselves in having participated in one of the finest Cup-ties ever witnessed. Yesterday's gate was not a record for Everton, but crowds of people outside the ground could not gain admittance. Inside enthusiasm ran high. The Sunderland supports added colour to the scene by “decorating” the stand with carnival streamers and red balloons which they released floated all over the ground.
The scoring in meetings between these teams has been remarkable, and yesterday's heavy tally brought the aggregate in four matches this season (two in the League) to 27. On Christmas Day Everton won 6-2 at Goodison Park, and on the following day Sunderland turned the table by 7-0, and last Saturday, of course the Cup tie was drawn 1-1 at Sunderland. Everton now meet Derby County at Goodison Park in the next round. In yesterday's game eight of the goals were scored by wing players Coulter (3) and Geldard (2) for Everton and Connor (2), and Davis for Sunderland. Enthusiasts attended the game from all parts of Lancashire and Cheshire and these included may notable sportsmen. George Duckworth, Frank Watson, E. Tyledesley and Harry Makepeace, the Lancashire crickters, and Fred Geary and Jack Borthwick former Everton players were among the great crowd, the last three named being particularly delighted at the success of their old club.
EVERTON'S GREATEST CUP-TIE.
January 31 1935. Evening Express.
Brilliant Sunderland Go down Before Everton Team Play.
What Hastings Told Me.
By the Pilot.
Everton won what I consider their greatest cup-tie at Goodison yesterday in beating Sunderland by six goals to four in the fourth round replay after extra time. As one who saw the match will ever forget it. The pace was a cracker from start to finish and thrill followed thrill throughout the 120 minutes of play. 59,213 spectators who paid £4,382 for admission were kept on tenterhooks to the last minute. Everton won because they met the brilliant flashes of Sunderland by equally brilliant but sounder team play. The difference between the two teams was that while the Sunderland attack always looked dangerous, the Everton forwards worked more constructively and finished better. Even after time the Sunderland front line swept on the Everton goal, but Sagar, ably backed by Cook and Jones made miraculous saves time after time. He was too well policed but he was always the purposeful leader and opening maker. The fact that he was so well watched enabled the wingers Coulter and Geldard to take full advantage of their opportunities. Coulter scored three goals and Geldard two and Stevenson took the other. A hugh crowd enjoyed every minute of the game even if the mortality among grandmother's in Liverpool was frightful. By the way, so great was the rush to the match that there was almost a taxi famine for a time. Took altogether 3 ½ hours to decide the tie and more than 100,000 spectators watched the two matches. Immediately the final whistle had blew and the crowd had tried to hurry the Everton players off the field shoulder high I repaired to the Everton directors' room. My thoughts were with the man who had made a grand exhibition of football possible. That was Mr. Ernest Pinckston the referee. In his early action his quickness to stop offences and his dominance of the proceedings he told the players that they had to play football and nothing else. It made all the difference. Mr. W. C. Cuff the Everton chairman had the opinion that the tactful handling of the game by Mr. Pinckston of the game. It was a wonderful day and one we will never forget as long as we live,” said Mr. Cuff to me. He as usual pass a vote of sincere on to Mr. Pinckston, however. His good refereeing was the main reason why we had such a wonderful battle. He then pay tribute to both teams who played like men and the only reason for regret was that one had to be knockout of the competition. He was delighted that we won. Each and every one of our lads did his best and stuck to their task in grand style never relaxing and always battling for the great triumph. Through our better finishing and better defence enabled us to pull a win against one of the finest teams I have ever seen. On behalf of the Everton Football club I pay the highest tribute to Hastings and his team. Though they lost they fought to the last ditch and played the game.”
And of the Sunderland view? I think we should have had a draw” “We played well enough, but there no one can be disappointed after such a mighty exhibition of football. The players themselves expressed the view that the game was lost, not at Goodison Park but at Roker Park last Saturday when the sides drew 1-1. They should have made no mistake after having held the lead for so long. Hasting the Sunderland captain took defeat in splendid fashion. He attaches some of the blame for the defeat to himself like the action of a sportsman. The turning point of the game,” he said was when he passed to Britton instead of one of my own players, and this lead to Everton's fourth goal in extra time (scored by Coulter). I think our other goal which was scored in extra time was a legittive goal. That view is shared by all our players. Gallacher who got the ball into the net is firm in the belief that it was behind the ball when he last played it. We all tried our best against a fine football team and we hope Everton will go on the win the cup.
Goals After Goals.
Everton secured a two goal lead- to break the hearts of any Cup team, but the Roker men struggled on at all count and reduce the lead. Everton were two goal's ahead, and Sunderland never through of giving up in a hopeless position with only 16 minutes to go, but they them they snatch a goal through Connor and with only 30 seconds remaining they equalized through Gurney. Some of the people had left the game before this, thinking the game was won. Then extra time, a quarter of an hour each way with the biggest thrills of the afternoon. Everton quickly regained their lead, but Connor –the magnificent –equalised with the goal of the game. They turned around 4-4. Gallacher got the ball into the Everton net. Goal! No. The referee had seen Gallacher move too quickly to an offside position. A corner to Everton Coulter takes it. Crash –Geldard bangs it into the net. Everton ahead again –another blow to Sunderland hopes. Everton back on defence, determined not to relinquish their advantage again. Away goes Geldard –a flashing shot from distance, the ball safety in the net and Everton safety in Round five. Everton won because they were quicker to take their chances in front of goal and because they had by far the better defence. Everton did not fritter away the openings like Sunderland whose inside forwards were inclined to over-dribble when near goal. The best Sunderland move was to draw play to one flank and then whip the ball across to the other wing. They got their goals this way. Sunderland played more in flashes of brilliance –flashes, which came after they had suffered the reverse of a goal. Everton, on the other hand, were a consistent football combination. They were always serving up delightful material, and whenever they got on the move the Roker defence wavered. Never have I seen so much delicacy, such thought, such precision in Cup football. There was nothing of the kick and rush; there was everything of the classic. The man who stood out on the Everton side was Sagar. On this form he has no superior in the land. Four saves were positively miraculous –leaps through the air and strong firm hands to turn the ball aside or rather it. Next or should it be on a pair, Cook, the man who faced Connor, Sunderland's mightly rapier. Cook has never served Everton better. Connor beat him yes, but more often did Cook beat Connor. His tackling, positional play, quick recovery and ideal kicking made up for one of the finest exhibitions of back play I have seen in years. Young Jones, the Ellesmere Port boy, playing in his second cup-tie, was not far behind. He was coolness personified –a player who positioned himself with uncanny forethought and whose quick, intrepid interventions saved Everton many times. Jones has come to stay. He has courage and ability. Britton's constructive football was delightful even though he over dribbled at times and paid a price while Thomson, was the hard, sturdy warrior throughout convincing in defence and studious when on the ball. Gee reserved his best work for extra time and then performed prodigious deeds.
The wingers Coulter and Geldard –were the outstanding forwards. Coulter scored three goals and Geldard two, and this crowned precise development of a fine combination. Coulter was a will-of-the-wisp-a box of trickiness with which Murray could rarely cope, and Geldard's lighting bursts down the wings and accurate placing always brought danger to the Wearsiders. Dean did not secure much limelight as an individualist, but he was the purpose full leader and opening-maker. He paved the way for four of the goals with his dangerous head flicks and was always demanding the attentions of one or two players. Stevenson and Cunliffe were quick on the ball and the main-spring of many attacks. Still apart from individual ability Everton played finely as a team, and that is what mattered. On this form, and with the slightest luck in the draw I firmly believe Everton will once again appear at Wembley.
Tickets for the fifth round cup-tie with Derby County, which will be played at Goodison Park on Saturday February 16, will be on sale on Monday. The prices will be Shareholders stands 7s, 6d members stand, 5s; north and south ends of Bullens road stands 3s 6d, blocks DE and F (Goodison road stand) 5s, blocks A, B, C, G, H K (Goodison road stand), 3d,, 6d goal double-decker 2s, 6d. Everton have been forced to make one change in their cup side for the visit to Huddersfield Town on Saturday, Britton is suffering from a slight injury to an ankle, and his place will be taken by Mercer, who will be making a second first team appearance this season. The rest will enable Britton to get fit for the England v. Ireland match at Goodison Park on Wednesday. Everton; Sagar; Cook, Jones; Mercer, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter.