January 1, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
Tranmere Rovers 0, Everton 4
Rovers Crack After Hard Fight
Everton scored a goal in seven minutes against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park, and an easy victory seemed to be their lot, but the Rovers battled along so gallantly that a draw or perhaps a win, might have been portion in the end. However, Everton won 4-0. The Rovers defence had played stubbornly and defied calls made upon them in the first half and occasionally threatened that they would equalise, but their early endeavour had taken toll of their stamina, and then it was that Everton, who missed innumerable chances, scored three times in the space of seven minutes. I doubt whether a single person on the ground expected the Rovers to slump the way they did, for they had handled the Everton forwards successfully and for so long that they seemed capable of doing it to the end. But a defence which had played so well suddenly lost its grip on things and thus the Rovers were ultimately beaten.
Simple Chances Missed
Everton were undeniably the more likely scorers. They should have held a satisfying lead at the half-stage, for some of the chances missed were of the simplest character, but don’t let us deny that the Rovers defenders were reasonable for the failure of some Everton openings. Quick tackling and several great saves by Butler speak for themselves, so the “breakthrough” was all the more astonishing. Everton were a long time in finding the rub of the green.” They should have been seen what was wanted after five minutes’ play for the ground was treacle like and short passing entirely one of the question yet they persisted with it until the interval, although they must have seen the fertility of it long before that Jones headed a goal in seven minutes and Glidden had beaten everyone when the ball hit the upright shortly afterwards. Then came a series of Everton misses, and the lead of a goal was not enough to curb Tranmere Rovers. Butler’s best save was his one-handed effort in the first minute of the second half, and then Williamson hit the upright from thirty yards range. Then the crack came, Mercer caused it, although it was Jones who scored the second goal at 75 minutes, and within seven minutes Wainwright and Jones had done it again and so the promised narrow victory was turned into a comfortable win. The Rovers however, had given Everton something to think about. Glidden for the Rovers, worked like a Trojan. Wyles made some good passes, but Hanson, found Jackson’s speed a drawback. Williamson was a better half-back than a forward, so you see the Rovers were not strong in attack. Cartwright while he was shadowing Jones, did well, but late on, when he left the middle to help others he left an open space for Jones to operate. Owen started well, but did not keep it up. Anderson and Butler alone retained their good form throughout. The Everton half-back line played well to a man, and Mercer’s control of the ball and backing up of a Wainwright who came to his best late on, was a culminating factor in Tranmere’s defeat. There was more drive about this wing than the left where McIntosh was kept quiet. Ones got three goals he should have had others. Jackson, Greenhalgh and Burnett did what they had to do quite well. Attendance 7,422. Receipts £500. Tranmere Rovers;- Butler, goal; Anderson and Owen, backs; Tunney, Cartwright, and Kieran, half-backs; Lee, Glidden, Wyles, Williamson (S.), Hanson, forwards. Everton;- Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Lindley and Watson, half-backs; Wainwright, Mercer (captain), Jones (T,G.), Stevenson and McIntosh (Preston), forwards. Referee; Mr. W. Whalley (Blackpool).
• Liverpool beat Southport 12-1, Welsh (6) (1 penalty), Campbell (2), Liddell (2), Hulligan (2), and Dellow for Southport
January 1, 1945. The Evening Express
Everton made no mistake about turning the tables on Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park before a £500 gate, their 4-0 victory compensating for that home defeat on Christmas Day. My observer at the game states that from the moment Tommy Jones opened the scoring early on the result was hardly in doubt. Had it not been for the brilliance of Butler,” he writes, “Everton ‘s win would have been more convincing. Butler was the hero of the Rovers with Owen and Cartwright giants in defence. So good were the Everton half-backs –Grant, Lindley and Watson –that the Rovers, forwards were never given a real chance to functure properly, Grant I thought, was par excellence. Everton had three international at inside forward and they served up delightful football. Possibly the finishing was not as good as the approach, but Joe Mercer was a marvellous opening-creator. Alex Stevenson a cute schemer and Tommy Jones a fine leader who had a great first half, faded on for a spell and then came in a late goal burst in which he scored twice and Wainwright once. Wainwright had a grand day at outside-left, but throughout Everton were an excellent team playing too cleverly and strongly for the fighting Rovers. There was always danger in the Rovers but they could not shake free from the Everton “grip.”
EVERTON GET THEIR OWN BACK
January 1, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Tranmere’s Black Spot
A “black spot,” developed in the Tranmere Rovers defence 15 minutes from the end of their game with Everton at Prenton Park, and it cost them dearly, for up to them they were holding their rivals to a goal (writes Stork). The defence had stood its ground exceedingly well against a more powerful force, and few could have anticipated the slump which set and allowed Everton to score three goals in seven minutes. I put it down to the moment Cartwright decided to leave his post in the centre to come across and help others, for it left Jones room to work. Previously the Welsh man was never allowed a free hand. Conditions were against Everton style of play the ball had to be thumped hard to be propelled any distance yet Everton for half the game struck to their close passing only to see the ball “braked” by the treacly mud. Thus many well international passes went wrong. The Rovers defences often nipped in and collected the ball one time so Everton man waited for it. The ground conditions affected all players the ball skidded here stuck there and only powerful legs could swung it into the middle, so in the circumstances the game could on said to have its attractions. There was no lack of goalmouth incidents and three saves by Butler stand out, particularly his one-handed save from Stevenson. That one goal lead was not sufficient to allow Everton to “sit on the spice” was made manifest when Williamson shot from 30 yards range and struck the foot of the upright –a near thing I can assure you. But the Rovers attack was not in its best shooting mood. Glidden was their most dangerous forward for Wyles main mission was to keep his line moving for he was allowed little latitude to do anything else. Lee was spoon fed by Glidden, but persisted in bringing the full back instead of taking it forward. The defence for 75 minutes was free from stemish after that the Everton attack hammered it into submission. Jones scored three goals, it should have been more, but he was not alone in the “missing” column. Mercer and Wainwright ultimately cut down the opposition but McIntosh was not as lively as usual. The three half-backs were sound and Jackson and Greenhalgh lent them treat aid. Burnett had to make one or two saves, but was not called upon half as often as his opponent number Butler.
LINDLEY OUT OF EVERTON TEAM
January 4, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton are unable to announce their side until later for the home game against Bolton Wanderers. Lindley and Jones (T.G.) are doubtful owing to probable “posting.” It is stated from Leicester that Lindley will play for Leicester City at Mansfield.
Everton Reserves (v. Randle, away); Melrose; McDonnell, Adamson; Doyle (J.), Rees, Doyle (R.L.); F. Jones, Ashley, Booth, Wootton, Anders.
Everton Colts (v. Stork, at Bromborough); J.A. Jones; T. Jones, Rankin; J. Makin, Cookson, Tansey; Pye, Taylor, Quayle, Hannah, Hartshorne.
EVERTON’S DEFENCE MAY UNDERGO CHANGE
January 5, 1945. The Evening Express
Everton’s one doubt regarding their important and attractive North cup Qualifying Competition match with famous Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park tomorrow affects the centre half position. There is danger that the defence which has played for 21 consecutive matches unchanged, may have to be altered. The point is that Maurice Lindley, who has held down the centre-half position so brilliantly ever since watching the opening Everton-Liverpool charity game, and while Tommy Jones has been gradually getting back to finesse has been sent away on a R.A.F course, and may not be able to get away. Maurice is chosen for the team and Tommy Jones is named for inside-right. In addition it is significant that Stan Bentham is included among the forwards. So what is to happen if the worst comes to the worst and Lindley cannot get through? Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly is left the alternatives of giving Tommy Jones his first game at centre-half since April 22 or playing Bentham in the position. I may be wrong, but I have a feeling that Bentham will if necessary take over from Lindley (or Mr. Kelly has no wish to subject that ankle of Jones, which has been so troublesome to the extra tackling the pivotal role necessitates. After all, if things do not run aright there is always the chance to change during play. I hope Jones starts at inside right because of his effectiveness in finishing. Lawton, who suffered a fairly bereavement during the week, and Greenhalgh will be playing against their home town club. Jimmy McIntosh is included in the side and so is Syd Rawlings, who had been off because of injury. In fact, the side looks good enough to win despite the definite accomplishments of the Wanderers, who finished in the top half of the North league, losing only four out of nine away games. There is a possibility that Bolton will be strengthened by the inclusion of two players home on leave –Gillipes, a war-time signing from a junior Motherwell club, and Rothwell, their pre-war outside left, who is in the R.A.F. Hamlett, who has done great services as pivot this season moves to right back to make way for Gillies who has been playing well for clubs in the South. Everton (from); Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Lindley, Watson; Rawling, Tommy Jones, Lawton, Stevenson, McIntosh, Bentham. Bolton Wanderers; Fielding; Hamlett, Hubbick; Taylor, Gillies, Murphy; Woodward, Hunt, Lofthouse, Barass, Rothwell (or McCelland).
EVERTON WIN 2-1
January 6, 1945. The Evening Express
Bolton’s Great Fight
Bolton Wanderers paid their first visit to Merseyside for two seasons when they opposed Everton in the War Cup Qualifying competition at Goodison Park today. They had Charlie McClelland at outside left, while Everton, as anticipated had Bentham at centre half for his first match with Everton this season. This meant Everton’s first defensive change for any game throughout the season. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Bentham and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Jones (Tommy), Lawton (captain), Stevenson and McIntosh (Preston), forwards. Bolton Wanderers;- Fielding, goal; Hamlett and Hubbick, backs; Taylor, Gillies and Murphy, half-backs; Woodward, Hunt, Lofthouse, Barrass, and McClelland, forwards. Referee; Mr. A. Baker (Crewe). The Wanderers had a narrow escape in the first minute, when Gillies missed Rawlings free kick, but the ball came too quickly for Lawton to get hold of it properly and his header flashed outside. Everton were ahead in three minutes through Lawton, who was playing with a boil on his neck, and was the result of a three-move attack. Watson headed the ball out to Stevenson who ran 20 yards, before pushing it wide of Gillies for Lawton to take it in his stride, go forward and score with a right foot cross-shot which fielding hardly saw. Everton proceeded to play some delightful football, the combination being magnificent in its accuracy and the essence of rhythmic; Stevenson had a shot charged down before a quick cross-shot by McIntosh was deflected. The ball went to Lawton who could only hook it up for Fielding to catch.
Bentham made a superb tackle on Lofthouse and when the ball ran clear to Woodward the winger placed outside. Lawton beat Gillies in the air and nodded the ball forward for Jones to run in, but Taylor doubled back to bush the ball around the post just as Jones was shooting. From the corner the ball went wide to Stevenson, whose quick shot was fisted around the post by Fielding in brilliant style. Burnett saved a header from Lofthouse before Grant was cheered for running half the length of the field to pull up Hunt, who had broken away as Everton appealed for “hands.” Jones had a shot charged down before Lawton headed inches over from McIntosh’s centre. The Wanderers showed their teeth when Taylor shot from 25 yards, Burnett catching the ball nearly just under the bar. Twice the stern tackling of Bentham put paid to promising Bolton attacks, before Barrass slipped the ball through neatly for Hunt to shoot, Burnett saving low down.
Lawton shot from a position from which only a Lawton could shoot, but Fielding contrived to get the ball near the foot of the post. This was good football with Everton, the superior side, but with Bolton’s attack-quite dangerous when it got on the move. Lawton was surprised when Murphy miskicked and taking his shot too quickly placed outside. Fielding made a magnificent save at full length from Stevenson, before Jackson “fiddled” on the goal line and allowed McClelland to come in, but Bentham was there with the winning tackle. After being so much superior Everton were allowing the Wanderers to come into the game, and Burnett had to go down to save from Barrass. Fielding fisted out a header from McIntosh and when Lawton shot quickly the ball struck Gillies and bounced away. Fielding then dived to save from McIntosh and dashed out to fist the ball away when Jones was trying to connect with a corner kick. Everton were turning on the pressure again, and from a free kick just outside the penalty area Jones lobbed the ball over for Stevenson, whose shot hit the post and went outside. A dog joined in the fun and was captured by Stevenson at the height of an Everton attack. Bolton had a great chance of equalising when Bentham slipped down, and Lofthouse ran on to turn the ball back to McClelland. McClelland looked all over a scorer, but lost possession and the chance.
Half-time; Everton 1, Bolton W. 0.
Within a minute of resuming Bolton were on terms with a splendid goal by Lofthouse. An Everton attack broke down when Jones tried to back heel, and Murphy seized on it to slip the ball between the backs for Lofthouse to run on and glide it past the advancing Burnett. The Wanderers kept it up, and Lofthouse shot from the goal line, only for the ball to strike the foot of the post and bound back into play. Everton were getting indifferent service from their wingmen, who repeatedly failed to get the ball across. Everton should have regained the lead when Hubbick miskicked, but Lawton was so surprised that he, too, failed to get hold of the ball properly. Bolton were more than holding their own now, their forwards playing equally as well as had Everton’s in the first half. Lofthouse broke through and squared the ball for Woodward to head beyond the far post. Everton definitely were “on the collar” and Burnett had to fist away from the head of Lofthouse.
The Wanderers superiority “in the air “kept Everton in subjection for long spells; in fact for fully 10 minutes. Everton did not launch one real attack.
LAWTON’S “BLIND” GOAL
January 6, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Wanderers Test For Everton
Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Bentham and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Jones (Tommy), Lawton (captain), Stevenson and McIntosh (Preston), forwards. Bolton Wanderers;- Fielding, goal; Hamlett and Hubbick, backs; Taylor, Gillies and Murphy, half-backs; Woodward, Hunt, Lofthouse, Barrass, and McClelland, forwards. Referee; Mr. A. Baker (Crewe). It is a considerable time since Bolton Wanderers visited Goodison Park, and this clash with Everton in the Cup was an attraction, for the Wanderers are old rivals of the Everton club. Tom Lawton came straight from the funeral of his grandfather at Bolton, travelling down with the Wanderers team, whose one change was McClelland for Rothwell. Wanderers opened with a movement which seemed likely to find a hole in the Everton defence until Greenhalgh blocked it up, but soon Everton’s enterprising football often had the Bolton defence in distress. At the third minute Stevenson gave Lawton the ball out on the right, and although there was a danger that either Hubbick or Murphy might spoil his chances, the Everton centre forward swept in and with a grand drive beat Fielding to pieces. The Wanderers’ goalkeeper got near to the ball, but not near enough. This was the forerunner to a series of Everton attacks. That these did not bring goals was due in some measures to a save by Fielding and a scoop up effort by Lawton into the hands of the goalkeeper. Wanderers attack had little chance to display its worth, although Woodward made a quick shot, wide of its mark. Everton were hard to curb and when Rawlings shot a full back cleared the danger at the expense of a corner. But corners nowadays are not of any great value. Barrass made a header following a free kick and it was really a good one, even though it failed to beat Burnett. Woodward was off balance when he was nicely put through by Hunt. A Jones shot found Murphy there to make the save. Bolton were somewhat slow off the mark, but were having the greater part of the game. Everton’s quick raids often had the Wanderers defence in trouble. Taylor tried a long shot –a good one, but not quite the type to bring about Burnett’s downfall. Everton defence was very sound Jackson repeatedly holding up McClelland, while Greenhalgh took good care of Woodward. Hunt showed the value of experience. Then in collected from the left and without hesitation cracked in his shot. Burnett had to go down quickly to keep the ball out of the net. McIntosh should have scored from only a few yards out, but shot against the goalkeeper. McIntosh tried to make amends and but for a fine save by Fielding he would have scored. A free kick which landed at Stevenson’s feet was slammed goalwards at terrific pace, and there could not have been a knife-edge between success and failure the ball just ravelled outside. Lofthouse was right through the Everton defence but elected to give his chance to McClelland. The pass did not reach McClelland so a great chance went abegging.
Half-time; Everton 1, Bolton Wanderers nil.
The second half was not one minute old when the Wanderers produced an equalise. The goal, starting from a harmless-looking affair, showed the value of the quick-pass. McClelland was weaving his way forward, and there seemed to be no danger, but he suddenly pushed the ball through to Lofthouse and although Burnett was advancing, Lofthouse steered the ball just wide of him and into the net. Everton now had to start all over again, and Lawton shot over the bar. Lofthouse again showed quick marksmanship when he veered over to the right and shot against the Everton upright. Rawlings was given a great opportunity by Lawton, but instead of getting the ball quickly back into the middle he tried to link in. Everton were inclined to daintiness rather than progressive football, and this played into the hands of the Wanderers’ defenders. Lawton almost got a second goal when Rawlings centre in front of goal. The Everton captain got his foot to the ball, but over-reached himself in the effort and the shot had no power behind it. The Wanderers reply was a quick combined raid, and a header by Woodward following good play by Lofthouse. The Wanderers had got their teeth well into the game, for there was always a danger in their attack when they moved forward. The Everton defence had to put in some strong work to keep Lofthouse and the clever Barrass at bay. Gillies watched Lawton with particular care, and it was due to him that a centre by McIntosh could not reach the Everton leader, otherwise a goal was a certainty. Stevenson rammed home a perfect shot which Fielding saved magnificently.
Taken all round Bolton at this point were the more dangerous lot, but Everton were next to score at 75 minutes, the goal coming from a corner, McIntosh put the flag kick right into the goalmouth and Lawton got his head to the ball. But I do not think he realised he had scored, for he anticipated a save by Fielding. Final; Everton 2, Bolton Wanderers 1.
January 8, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 2, Bolton Wanderers 1
Bolton’s Second Half Rally
Everton had to battle every inch of the way to their 2-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park, yet they could have made matters safe for themselves had their shooting been in line with their midfield play in the first half when they were much the clever side. They pinned down the Wanderers and turned them into a defensive side, so it was not until the second half that we saw the visitors in their true light, and at the end of ninety minutes one had to admit that Everton were fortunate to win for the Wanderers completely turned the tables in the second session. Butler had enjoyed such a successive spell in recent times that one began to wonder now they came to build up such a nice sequence of victories for they were an uncommonly long time in hitting their true form at Goodison. Once they did, however, they made things exceptionally warm for Everton who by their superior ball play looked the more convincing side. The Wanderers were hit by a Lawton goal in three minutes.
Well Planned Play
Everton played well planned football, and had to deal to their credit, while Fielding the Wanderers new goalkeeper from Cardiff did his job well when called upon, but Everton held the whip hand, even through Bolton had show a revival before the interval, when Hunt, Taylor, and Woodward in turn broke through and almost equalised. The Wanderers must have talked things over during the interval for they had hardly got back to the field of play in the second half when the equaliser was unmarked up and Lofthouse scored inside a minute. That was the tonic Bolton required for they straight away became a different side –a side with skill, progression, and shooting ability in quick time they had a grip on the game and Lofthouse hit the post, and Woodward had shot narrowly over the bar. One time Everton were defending grimly. The increased power of the Bolton attack rarely left an opening to the Everton forwards, although Stevenson had the fantastic shot smartly saved by Fielding. At last, however, Everton got back to normal and at 75 minutes a corner produced the winning goal. McIntosh swung the ball right across the goalmouth and Lawton headed the ball downwards. Fielding seemed to have it safely covered, but the ball passed under his body and over the line. Lawton did not realise he had scored till some moments later. Everton had won a hard fought victory although Bolton impression me greatly during the second half. I liked the way Lofthouse took the chances, Woodward’s wing play and Hunt and Barrass exploitation of the wings. Their three half-backs Gillies, Taylor, and Murphy gave their full support. Fifteen minutes from the end T.G. Jones changed places with Bentham at centre half the first time he had occupied the position since his injury against Liverpool last season, and Everton thereupon resumed the offensive and were hitting the Wanderers with all they had got near the end, attendance 18,123. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Bentham and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Jones (Tommy), Lawton (captain), Stevenson and McIntosh (Preston), forwards. Bolton Wanderers;- Fielding, goal; Hamlett and Hubbick, backs; Taylor, Gillies and Murphy, half-backs; Woodward, Hunt, Lofthouse, Barrass, and McClelland, forwards. Referee; Mr. A. Baker (Crewe).
• Liverpool beat Stockport 3-2. Welsh (2), Shepherd, Catterick and Shaw for Stockport.
TOMMY JONES FIT AGAIN
January 8, 1945. The Evening Express.
Tommy Jones, the Wales and Everton centre half is bang in the news. Tommy Jones had proved that he is quite all right once again to take over his real position of centre half following injury. Tommy Jones had not played centre-half since April 22 and until 15 minutes from the end of Saturday’s match at Goodison Park between Everton and Bolton Wanderers, which the Blues won 2-1, and then he gave us 15 minutes of sheer delight in pivotal mastery and artistry –a point which will delight will delight Mr. Red Robbins, secretary of the F.A. of Wales, equally as much as Everton. The snag is that Tommy has been “posted” in connection with R.A.F duties to a spot which will rule him out of football for some time. However, there are hopes that the international will be able to play at Bolton on Saturday and his position will be centre half.
• Niuwenhuys has received notice that he has been awarded the Czech Military Medal of Merit for services rendered to the Czech Fighter squadrons of the R.A.F.
The Blues were finding the going pretty heavy after a delightful exhibition for the first 30 minutes during which Tommy Lawton gave them the lead but once Lofthouse had equalised a few seconds after the interval it was the Wanderers who called the tune, and honestly I thought they would win. With 15 minutes to go however, Captain Lawton moved Tommy Jones from inside-right to centre-half and Stan Bentham from centre-half to inside right. It had a magical effect. Within three minutes Lawton had scored a goal only he could have obtained and Everton went on to enthral by the brilliance of their work. As Director Mr. Tom Percy remarked –afterwards. “From that moment Everton played as if they had a belief in themselves,” That sums it up exactly Mark “you the change was not because Bentham was a non-success at centre half, in fact I thought Bentham operated with a doggedness and grimness which marked him a success, but things would not run well for Tommy Jones at inside right, and try as he would he could not get his passes away. The type of virile tackling required of an inside-right is not in the makeup of the immaculate Jones. Remember that it was only fear that his ankle would break down that induced Jones to play as a forward, but you could see his joy when he was asked to take over his old role of centre-half –and a role at which he has no superior in football. Despite months away from the job Tommy Glidded into it again as smoothly as water finds its own level. In a flash the menace was taken out of the Bolton attack, and at the same time the steady Bolton defence was shaken out of its competency by the virility and magnificence of Bentham, who seems as pleased to get back to inside eight as was to go centre half. Murphy and Hubbick at once found themselves doubly engaged, just as Hunt, Lofthouse, and Barrass found their goal-path parred. The winner came from a McIntosh corner. Lawton, leaping higher than two opponents and Fielding to nod the ball down over the line. How Lawton got to the one narrow space to the net was amazing. Tommy jumped so high that he fell after his header and not until he looked up did he know he had scored. Tommy afterwards said he thought it one of the best goals he had ever scored I agree it lacked spectatcle but it was a mighty effort. Stevenson had another good game and that goes for Watson, Grant, and the three defenders, Burnett, Jackson and Greenhalgh, but neither Jimmy McIntosh nor Syd Rawlings touched their best form on the wings. Whether McIntosh plays next Saturday or not depends on whether he can get away to play for Preston, but Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly is hoping to be able to field the formation which served Everton so well in the closing stages of Saturday’s game.
A TOUCH STRUGGLE
January 8, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Everton had a touch struggle to get the better of Bolton at Goodison Park, and could then only manage it by the odd goal of three. There were times when it looked not only as though the Wanderers would share the points, but might even snatch a victory. At the interval Everton should have been more than a goal up, scored by Lawton before Bolton had realised the game was under way. And what a goal! Only three Evertonians touched the ball in a more which started from the edge of their own penalty area. Watson fed Stevenson who was a good half-way inside his own half, and after taking the ball to the centre line wee Alec gave Lawton one of those up-the-middle passes which centre forwards pray for but so seldom got, and Lawton said “Thanks” by serving up one of his unstoppable shots. Only some very fine saves by Fielding prevented Everton translating their first half superiority into a bigger lead, but once Lofthouse had equalised in the first minute of the second half –this time it was Everton who hasn’t tumbled to it that battle had recommenced –the boot was very much on the other leg, and Bolton went on to enjoy a lengthy period during which they were definitely the better and more aggressive side. It was fortunate for Everton that their finishing was not on a par with the rest of their work, or the end of the tale might have been much difficult. With the red light showing ominously Tommy Jones decided to take a chance by going centre half, which attended the home rear guarded and also brought more “punch” viz Bentham, so the attack. Two minutes later Lawton had put Everton in front, and thereafter the danger passed for the home side were on top from that point to the finish. Nut it had been a very close call, and Everton will have to do better at Bolton on Saturday to make sure of the double. That was Tommy Jones first venture at centre half since his injury at Anfield eight months ago. now that Lindley future availability is doubtful it will be reassuring for Everton if Jones feels himself enough to over to pivot duties even if only to step into the breach in case of temporary emergency though his future availability is also doubtful as he is due for a “posting”.
January 9, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Harry Cook’s grandson of Everton’s trainer and former “A “team player and office assistance to Mr. Theo Kelly has been lifting football high spots in North-West Europe playing for his R.A.F station. “Young Harry” has scored 37 goals in 16 games at inside right.
January 11, 1945. The Evening Express.
Everton make only one change for their return War Cup qualifying game with Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park on Saturday Tommy Jones is not available and so Harry Catterick is recalled from Stockport County to take the inside-right position. This is hard luck on the County, who face Liverpool but secretary Mr. Theo Kelly is left with no alteration. Stan Bentham who played so brilliantly last Saturday, retains the centre-half position, which means that the Wanderers inside-forwards will have to move the ball quickly if they are to get anywhere. There is a doubt about outside left, where it will be a case of either McIntosh or Makin. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Bentham, Watson; Rawlings, Cattreick, Lawton, Stevenson, McIntosh, (or G. Makin).
Liverpool County Combination game features Everton Reserves v. Marine at Goodison Park (Mahon Cup Business); Melrose; McDonnell, Doyle (R.L); Millings, Abbott, Rees; Birmingham, Wootton, Booth, McCormick, Anders.
Everton (colts (v. Shaftsbury Boys’ Club at Orrell-lane, 3.15); Robertson; Brady, Rankin; K. Makin, Sheppherd, Tansey, Richardson, Taylor, Quayle, E.D. Evans, Hartshorne.
January 11, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Everton recall Catterick from Stockport to play inside right for their return game against Bolton Wanderers at Bolton as T.G. Jones is not available. Bentham continues in the centre half position and if McIntosh is not able to play Makin will figure at outside left. Team; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Bentham, Watson; Rawlings, Catterick, Lawton, Stevenson, McIntosh, or Makin.
Incidentally the recall of Catterick will help Liverpool a trifle in their return game with Stockport for Catterick has been the mainstay of the Cheshire side’s attack and is their leading scorer.
January 12, 1945. The Evening Express
Everton found it difficult to overcome Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park last week, and no doubt the Wanderers fancy their chances of avenging that defeat. However, I have a feeling that Everton will win more easily than a week ago. One of the main reason’s for this is that the Blues captain Tommy Lawton always seems to reach his brilliant best when opposing his hometown club. The last time Tommy played there –in a Services game on November 11 –he scored a hat-trick. Bentham continues at centre half, where he did so well a week ago and Catterick returns to bring his dash and purposefulness to inside right. The doubt affects outside-left where Makin will play if he can’t get away. This will be a hard match to win, but I fancy Everton before what will be Bolton’s best gate of the war. Seventeen thousand is the best so far. Bolton Wanderers team will include a debutant at outside-left in Sidney Kiffman a 21 year old player obtained from the Manchester League club, Audenshaw United Threlfall the Ashton National player will partner at full back, Hamlett filling the centre half vacancy created by Gillies having returned to his unit. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Bentham, Watson; Rawlings, Catterick, Lawton, Stevenson, McIntosh, (or G. Makin). Bolton; Fielding; Fielding, Threllfall, Hubbick; Taylor, Hamlett, Murphy, Woodward, Hunt, Lofthouse, Barrass, Koffman.
Ashes Scattered Over Soccer Ground
Liverpool Evening Express - Friday 12 January 1945
The ashes of Mr. Frank Yates, of 61, Lenthall-street, Walton, Liverpool, were scattered over the playing pitch at Goodison Park, the home of the Everton Football Club, yesterday afternoon, and so the last dying wish of a staunch Everton follower was fulfilled. Mr. Yates, who died on Sunday, had been a keen follower of Everton from his schooldays, and up to the war hardly missed a match. Mr Henry Yates, eldest son, and Mrs. Doris Self, of Crayford, Kent, the daughter, scattered the ashes in the presence of Mr Theo Kelly, secretary of Everton and Messrs. H. Cooke, E. Storey, H. Sadler and other members of the ground staff.
BOLTON WON’T BE EASY
January 12, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Everton had a narrow call in their home game and will have to take care that the Wanderers do not turn the tables for they are a sound side fore and aft, with whom it may be dangerous to take liberties. Catterick’s inclusion should bring more forcefulness to the Blues’ attack, and maybe draw some of the police off Lawton. If Bolton continue to concentrate on the latter then Catterick shot get plenty of chances for those lightning upward dashes of his. Rawlings and McIntosh failed to shine as much as usual in the first encounter. An improvement on the wings would fortify Everton’s hand considerably. While Lindley’s department just at this vital junction is a blow, the club had a grand servant in Bentham, who pulls his weight wherever he plays, and should adequately fill, the centre half berth. I fancy an Everton victory. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Bentham, Watson; Rawlings, Catterick, Lawton, Stevenson, McIntosh, (or G. Makin).
Ashes Strewn on Pitch
An unusual ceremony took place yesterday at Goodison Park, when the ashes of the late Mr. Frank Yates, of 61 Lenthall Street, Walton, a lifelong supporter of Everton, were scattered over the playing pitch following his cremation, in accordance with his wishes. His son, Harry, who is in the police force, and a married daughter, Mrs Doris Salt, Crayford (Kent), were present at the ceremony. Instances of the scattering of ashes over a football pitch are rare. The last previous case was that of Mr. Bob Jack, for many years manager of Plymouth Argyle, who died eighteen months ago.
EVERTON AT BOLTON
January 13, 1945. The Evening Express
Owing to the late arrival of the Everton players, the game at Bolton this afternoon was delayed. The Wanderers had a 21 year old debutant –Koffman, of Manchester, at outside left. Bolton Wanderers;- Fielding, goal; Threlfall and Hubbick, backs; Taylor, Hamlett, and Murphy, half-backs; Woodward, Hunt, Lofthouse, Barrass, and Koffman, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Bentham, and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings, Catterick, Lawton (captain), Stevenson, and McIntosh, forwards. Referee; Mr. A. Baker (Crewe). There were 12,000 spectators. Wanderers started in good style, with Hunt and Woodward joining up well on the right. Following up one of their combined dribbles Taylor drove wide, after Greenhalgh had failed to clear. Hunt was penalised, and McIntosh got away, but Trelfall made a timely clearance, and later Lawton picked up a long ball to dash down the middle, but Trelfall again came to the rescue. A terrific pace was maintained. Hunt and Barrass came into the picture with a delightful heading bout in front of the Everton goalmouth. In the next minute, Fielding had to handle, a long shot from Rawlings. Directly afterwards, the Everton right winger failed by inches to beat Fielding in a desperate raid for possession, when a goal seemed imminent. Everton’s forwards were more dangerous than the opposing attacks, Stevenson and Catterick often distinguishing themselves, but the Wanderers responded with plenty of fire. Hunt got in a great drive which struck Greenhalgh, and before the situation was cleared, Hunt had another shot, Burnett saving well.
Wanderers maintained the pressure for some time, Taylor causing Burnett further trouble. In 18 minutes however, Everton went away to open the scoring, following a free kick on the right, Lawton and Catterick shared in the move, which ended in Stevenson racing in to obtained a well taken goal. Everton were dangerous every time they advanced, and Fielding did well to hold a header from McIntosh, and later was in trouble when Lawton was trying to force the ball home at short range, which Hamlett and both backs in close attendance. Koffman broke through and got the better of a great duel with Jackson, slipped a lovely pass back to Lofthouse, who netted with a powerfully placed side-footer to equaliser in 27 minutes. At the end of half an hour’s play Everton lost the services of Bentham. Watson went to centre half, leaving the attack to four forwards. Rawlings added a second goal for Everton just before the interval. Five minutes from the interval a defensive error presented Rawlings with a good opening, and he made no mistake with his shot.
Half-time; Bolton Wanderers 1, Everton 2.Everton resumed with a full side Bentham turning out with a plaster over his right eye. Everton made several dangerous thrusts in the early stages, Lawton almost being through on one occasion when Trelfall kicked the ball past his own post to save the situation. The Blues continued to be the quicker team and Bolton made a mistake of trying the short passing. A free kick gave Bolton good advantage, Hamlett shot wide with one from 30 yards. Lawton scored a third for Everton after 25 minutes of the second half.
BOLTON’S ENJOYS THRILLS
January 13, 1945, The Liverpool Echo
Lawton’s Good Work in Goal-Making
Bolton Wanderers;- Fielding, goal; Threlfall and Hubbick, backs; Taylor, Hamlett, and Murphy, half-backs; Woodward, Hunt, Lofthouse, Barrass, and Koffman, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Bentham, and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings, Catterick, Lawton (captain), Stevenson, and McIntosh, forwards. Referee; Mr. A. Baker (Crewe). Bolton looked like having one of its biggest crowds for the return game with Everton at Burnden Park. There were several changes to the Wanderers team from that which played last week, and it included amateur in the person of S.J. Koffman. Everton turned out as selected, with Catterick as inside right. The attendance at the start would be about 10,000 with more to follow. Owing to the late arrival of the Everton team there was a delay of 20 minutes before the game started. The first ten minutes were chockfull of thrills. Wanderers almost carved their way through the Everton defence in the first minute when Bentham failed to connect with the ball, but Grant choked the gap so that Everton had what could be called a narrow escape. Taylor tried a surprise shot which travelled wide, and it was Everton ‘s turn to put Everton on the run Lawton broke through the Wanderers defenders and seemed to be assured scorer, but Trelfall cut in and kicked the ball almost from Lawton’s toes. In doing so he almost cut through his own goal. Conditions were not at all in favour of scientific football yet there were some delightful movements, and Hunt in particular showed the value of an old hand, and clever feet by passing out to Woodward who, however, found Grant in the way. Then came a quick Everton raid which should have produced a goal. Lawton got the ball away out on the right and offered it to McIntosh bang in front of goal. The winger was hesitant with his shot the ball struck Hubbick and was cleared only temporarily for Rawlings cut through and made a shot which was only an inch off finding the net. The Wanderers relied with much heart, and Hunt made a brilliant shot which Burnett punched up in the air and cleared. This was a real cup-tie. It had everything in it.
Lawton Races In.
Koffman, who was having his first game with Bolton, was having quite a good innings. He was fast and full of ability, and gave the Everton defence much to think about. Lofthouse had one shot cannoned away, and Rawlings centred dangerous, but the ball was quickly cleared. At 20 minutes Everton took the lead, Lawton raced in with the ball and put it to Stevenson who had it quickly in the net. Everton were the more dangerous side because they were quicker to the ball and were finding their men with more accuracy but it was Wanderers who got the next goal and it was due to fine work by Koffman, which enabled Lofthouse to shoot and score. Koffman’s pass was the acme of perfection, and Lofthouse simply came up and hit the ball and placed it into the net at 26 minutes. At the half hour Bentham had to leave the field with a badly cut eye, but Everton continued to be the more dangerous and at 40 minutes they went ahead again. Woodward made a bad pass and it opened the way for Lawton, who swung the ball out to Rawlings and the winger shot a well-placed goal.
Half-time; Bolton 1, Everton 2
Bentham resumed for the second half, but went to outside left. This was indeed a man’s game and the Wanderers applied great pressure but could not land the ball into the net, although they were perilously near doing so. The referee was knocked out when a ball struck him, but play went on. It was up to the linesman to blow his whistle and call a half. However, the ball eventually became dead, and the referee recovered. Keeping one’s was a problem Catterick, enabling is way through –lost his foot hold, and the anticipated shot did not come. Greenhalgh once rushed right across the field to tackle Barrass who was also sweeping in with a goal at his mercy could he have made contact but Greenhalgh was first. Lofthouse leapt high in the air almost falling over the top of Watson, who immediately fell over the top of Watson, who immediately fell to the ground injured. No one in the stands could quite tell what had happened. Lawton was given little scope for whenever the ball went pass to him there were about three Bolton defences at his shoulder. At 72 minutes Lawton scored Everton’s third goal. Bentham from outside left, made a beautiful cross and although surrounded Lawton got his head to the ball and turned it into the net.
TESTING CUP DUEL
January 15, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
Bolton Wanderers 1, Everton 3
Bolton’s First Home Defeat.
Bolton Wanderers suffered their first home defeat of the season when they were beaten 3-1 by Everton in the second leg of their cup-tie at Burnden Park on Saturday. Calling to mind many pre-war cup ties, I don’t remember a better game. Ground conditions were unsuitable but they were overcome by two sets of players who gave a fine exhibition of football and a fine display of stamina. Everton won because they were superior near goal. In midfield there was not a deal between them, although no one could deny superiority of Everton’s passing with a skidding ball and uncertain foothold. The first half was particularly entertaining –packed full of thrills, stern defensive measures with swift and darting forward raids and goalmouth exploits. Everton were faster to the ball much game accurate in their passing and near goal always the more likely to score. But it was a great tussle. After exciting incidents at both ends Lawton pushed the Wanderers defence aide and gave Stevenson an opening which was accepted at the 20th minute. Six minutes later matters were all square again for Lofthouse from a Koffman pass equalised. This latter player was paving his first game with the Bolton seniors .
When Bentham received a cut over the eye he had to leave the field, but Everton reorganised team still kept that attack and five minutes from the interval went ahead. Again Lawton was the provided. He snapped up a faulty pass by Woodward and sent the ball across to Rawlings who cut in and scored. Bentham’s injury was such that it necessitated three stitches, but he gallantly resumed in the second half, operating at outside left with Watson at centre half and McIntosh at left half. At 72 minutes Lawton got his long looked-for goal. All through he had to be closely watched, sometimes by as many as three rivals, but he beat all-comers by heading Bentham’s perfecterly centre beyond Fieldings. The Wanderers still fought every inch of the way, but had to admit that the Everton defence was too much for them, and rarely was Burnett called upon.
Referee Knocked Out
The referee was injured in a curious incident. He was struck by a ball from Woodward and was knocked out. He tried to blow his whitsle but was unable to do so and the play went on and I began to wonder what would happen had a goal been scored while Mr. Baker was on the ground. One of the linesman should have blown a whistle, and one did actually did, but few of the players who were engaged in the game could not have seen him. Eventually the ball was kicked out of play and the referee recovered and ordered a thrown-down. Bolton Wanderers;- Fielding, goal; Threlfall and Hubbick, backs; Taylor, Hamlett, and Murphy, half-backs; Woodward, Hunt, Lofthouse, Barrass, and Koffman, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Bentham, and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings, Catterick, Lawton (captain), Stevenson, and McIntosh, forwards. Referee; Mr. A. Baker (Crewe).
• Liverpool beat Stockport 4-1, Taylor (2), Campbell, Welsh, and Shawcross for Stockport
HANDICAP OVER COME
January 15, 1945. The Evening Express
For the second time this season Gordon Watson, the Everton wing half-back, has had to take over centre-half duties in an emergency and register a triumph. It happened against Crewe recently and on Saturday Watson had to do it again when Bentham was injured in the first half of the game at Burnden Park with Bolton Wanderers. Bentham had three stitches put in a cut over his eye and he went to outside left. Jimmy McIntosh dropping back to left half. Yet despite three enforced changes Everton went on to complete a fine “double” 3-1 and by their very brilliance caused a Bolton collapse fully twenty minutes from the end, writes my observer at the game. Bolton went out with the obvious notion that if they stopped Lawton they would stop Everton” he writes “and while they restricted Lawton’s shooting space they still could not prevent him making goals for Stevenson and Rawlings, and then getting the goal in 72 minutes which broke the hearts of the Wanderers. There were two periods in the game when it looked as if Bolton might turn the game in their favours, but apart from that Everton were the more masterful team playing excellent football. During the bad periods Burnett and the defenders were magnificent, some of Burnett’s saves being perfect. Stevenson and Lawton provided the brains in attack and Catterick the dash. Rawlings came back to his best form, and curiously enough McIntosh was as great a success at left-half as Bentham was at outside-left. Bentham made Lawton’s goal just as he had stopped two certainties when pivot “Watson delighted me as much as anyone, for he was the complete footballer, while Grant played himself to a standstill, and Jackson and Greenhalgh were much surer than Trelfall and Hubbick. Everton deservedly defeated a good side –before Bolton’s biggest gate of the war for a League game –but a side which lacked Everton’s 90 minutes fighting spirit and football skill –a skill when pleased the many Blues followers present, including officials Messrs Ernest Green, George Evans, Tom Percy, Dick Seale and Bob Turnbull (directors), and Theo Kelly (secretary), accompanied by “Junior.”
January 15, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Bolton Wanderers home record had stood unsoiled throughout the season until Everton visited Burden Park on Saturday and defeated them in one of the best games I have seen for an age. A week previously Bolton were decidedly unfortunate to lose their first leg of the tie at Goodison Park, so Everton’s task at Bolton was acknowledged as a most difficult one, and when I saw the grounds –a patch of mud I realised what the players were up against. The tie was hard enough in itself without the handicap of a difficult ground (writes Stork), but the 22 players set about beating each other and the ground as well. The skidding ball was mastered although it was a task to keep one’s feet. Everton were the more accurate passers of the ball. It was astounding the way their did it and their pace was a shade better than the Wanderers. Not for one second could a man ease up for a rival was ready to take advantage of such a happening. This was a game for the strong, weaklings could not have survived the test, and not until Everton had scored their third goal did the Wanderers show any sign of flagging. Then they seemed to admit defeat, for there was little danger from them afterwards. But up to them they fought gallantly against a team which provided the better football, with definitely more danger in attack. Bolton framed nicely conceived passing movements but they were not so sure near goal. At the half-hour Bentham received an eye injury and was off for the remainder of the half, but Everton still remained the more dangerous side. Lawton had a hand in the making of two goals. He headed the third himself from Bentham’s pass from outside left. Stan had three stitches inserted to his injury during the time he was off, and was a hero to resume. The second half was not quite so good as the first, but there was still enough in it to create plenty of excitement. Jackie Grant was perpetual motion with unbounding stamina. But talking of stamina what about Stevenson, one of the day’s great players? The one and all friends and foe alike I would like to say “I was glad I was at Bolton to see this grand game.”
TOMMY LAWTON AND BLUES’ SPIRIT
January 16, 1945. The Evening Express
The pluck of Stan Bentham emphasises the team spirit which has enabled Everton to have such a good run this season,” said Tommy Lawton, the England and Everton leader, to me when we were discussing the welcome change in Everton fortunes as compared with previous war seasons. Had Bentham not returned to the field at Bolton on Saturday after having three stitches put in a cut on his forehead no one could have blamed him,” continued the Blues’ captain, “but Stan came out with blood running down his face and said, I’ll play anywhere –outside left if you like,” and he did. Only a team with the right spirits could possibly have overcome the handicap of one injured player against such a good side as Bolton. I’ve not been so happy over a result for a long time as I was over that win in my home town.” Tommy also paid a compliment to Hamlett, the Wanderers centre half, whom he regards as a real sportsman. “After the game, Hamlett ran to me and said that although he had hoped to stop me scoring,” said Tom, “he was delighted that we had such good tussles in a sporting way. I felt the same about Hamlett too.” There is no denying that Lawton has put his finger on the Everton secret of success. The club is blessed with players who put club first and individual aims second. Bentham is, and always has been, the epitome of 100 per cent endeavour. This is proved by the fact that although he has played in only two games this season –the Bolton matches –he has occupied three positions –centre half, inside right, and outside left.
I have always regarded Stan Bentham as “the iron man.” Few players have had so many head injuries as the munitions worker, and while he may be put down, they cannot keep him down. Bentham had, to use the vernacular “guts” and that is worth its weight in gold. One hesitates to single out anyone in this good team, which may even yet miss honours this season, but which will not fall for the want of effort, but I think it is time attention was drawn to Thomas Gordon Watson. Maybe half-backs do not get the same amount of glamour as goal-scoring forwards and goalkeeper, but in my opinion Watson’s form this season has been one of the features of the Everton side. I regard Watson as the second finest first-time passer in football. The first of course, is Matt Busby. As a matter of fact, there is a lot of the Busby in Watson, for they can both use a dropping ball perfectly and place it straight to the foot of a colleague in one motion. Watson has twice had to take over centre-half duties recently, and has accomplished the task magnificently. Leg injuries troubled “Watty” for some time, but he is now absolutely fit, and is having his best time since the 1939 championship season. In singing out Bentham and Watson for special mention this time, I am not forgetting the many other vital cogs in the Everton machine which has built up such a wonderful away record this season. Remember that in 13 away games this season, Everton have dropped only three points. Only Huddersfield Town can lay claim to such a record. Bentham will have the stitches removed from his eye on Saturday morning, and hopes to play at Stockport in the afternoon –typical of Stan –but both he and Tommy Jones –still troubled with that ankle –must be regarded as “doubtful” for the time being.
LAWTON NEEDS FIVE FOR HIS 400 GOALS
January 19, 1945. The Evening Express
Tommy Lawton, the England leader and Everton captain needs only five goals to complete 400 goals in his first class football career dating from March 19, 1936, when he played for Burnley against Doncaster Rovers. Up to the start of the present season Lawton had scored 352 goals, and by December 16 last he had reached 380 goals. Since then Lawton has scored doubles against Stockport County, Tranmere Rovers and Bolton Wanderers, seven for the Services X1 against an R.A.F X1 at Shrewsbury and singles against Bolton and for the Western Command. This season Lawton has scored 22 goals in international, representative and Services matches and 21 in Football league games. In pre-war League and cup games Tommy got 19 goals with Burnley and 75 with Everton, and from 1939-40 to 1942-43 scored 133 goals for Everton and Aldershot and nine with Morton. In 1943-44 40 goals were scored for Everton, 10 for Aldershot and one for Burnley. In all internationals, representative and Services matches this master-scorer has total up 87 goals. That brings it to 395. Unfortunately the Merseyside followers may not have the opportunity of cheering Tommy’s 400th goal for he is due to play away for the next three Saturdays. If one presumes he will be leading England’s attack against Scotland on February 3, a choice which is practically a certainty, Tommy goes to Coventry tomorrow to play for the F.A. against the R.A.F and to Wolverhampton on January 27 to play for the Western Command against the Northern Command.
Harry Catterick, the Everton reserve centre forward, is having curious experiences this season. A few weeks ago Harry travelled from Stockport with whom he has been playing as a guest to Goodison Park, wondering whether he would play for the Blues or the County. As Lawton was available Catterick played for the County and scored. Tomorrow Everton go to Stockport and Catterick who lives in the town, will play for them against the County. Just another of those war football curiosities. Everton hope that Tommy Jones will be able to resume at centre half, and if so the return will brighten the Blues chances of securing honours. Stan Bentham is also hopeful for inside right, but the remainder of the team is unchanged as compared with the side which won at Bolton.
Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Tommy Jones, Watson; Rawlings, Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson, McIntosh.
January 19, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
As Everton registered thirteen goals to Stockport’s one in their last two meeting, the Blues should not have undue qualms over their visit to Edgeley Park though I can warn them that on last week’s Anfield display Stockport have come on apace since they were last at Goodison. They are not a side to regard lightly, despite their lowly position, but with T.G. Jones at centre half again –assuming his ankle doesn’t let him down –and Bentham in the forwards, Everton look good enough to at least avoid defeat. Much will depend on how their wingers fare. They have not been up to par in some recent games. If they touch their best, and the inside men also give Catterick the right type of passes, those that he can take in his stride, Everton may win. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Tommy Jones, Watson; Rawlings, Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson, McIntosh.
EVERTON ON TOP
January 20, 1945. The Evening Express
Everton visited Stockport County today in the League cup qualifying competition. Tommy Jones, the Welsh international centre half, played his first game in the position since last April. Bentham had the stitches removed from the cut over his eye this morning and played with plaster over the wound. Stockport; Gage (Fulham), goal; Redfearn and Lewin (Bradford City), backs; Hill (Everton), Livesley (Crystal Palace), McCulloch, Watters, Wilson, Shaw, Gee (Birmingham), and Morrison, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Grant, Jones (Tommy) and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson and McIntosh (Preston), forwards. Everton had their strokes of good fortune in the opening minutes as the County forwards were dashing in to do business. A centre from Watters bounced off Burnett’s chest almost to the feet of Shaw, but before the centre-forward could reach the ball, Jones had kicked it clear. Another centre from Watters dropped awkward for Jones, but Wilson’s centre over the top. Catterick got through but the whistle sounded for offside as he placed into the net. The County forwards were moving the ball freely, but when a wide pass came to McIntosh, the winger cut in and placed across the face of the goal. Rawlings came into it, but his shot struck the side of the net. Rawlings got away and although Catterick took his centre perfectly his header hit the bar and went over. Back came Stockport for Burnett to punch away off the head of Shaw, and then McCulloch sprang through. He made a long shot which passed over the top. There was little to choose between too keen sides, who were playing an open game. Twice Redfearn pulled up McIntosh, before a lucky rebound let Stevenson through to lob the ball to Rawlings. He centred to McIntosh who lobbed it back into the goalmouth, and as Bentham sprang in to shoot, Lewin turned the ball round the corner. From this Stevenson shot over.
Everton took the lead in 19 minutes with a good goal by Catterick playing against the club managed by his father. Greenhalgh started the movement by pushing the ball through for Stevenson to cut in from the outside left position. Stevenson survived two tackles and then, instead of shooting adroitly lobbed the ball just beyond the far post for Catterick to head into the net magnificently. The County fought back splendidly, Burnett leaping to turn over a fast rising shot by Wilson. From the corner Shaw headed in from close range, but Burnett was right on the spot to make a safe catch. In 32 minutes Everton increased their lead through Bentham. Catterick did the “donkey work,” beating two men as he worked in towards goal, and then slipping the ball back for Bentham to dash in and score with a right foot shot from 12 yards, which gave Gage no chance. Everton kept it up, Livesley twice baulked Catterick and Rawlings was clean through only to find the pace of the ball beating him. McIntosh cut in with a cross shot which struck Lewin and bounded back into the arms of Gage. Bentham shot outside before Catterick ran through and turned the ball back for Bentham, who, however, tried to place his shot, and Gage intervened. Everton had a lucky escape when Wilson from four yards range placed the ball against the bar with Burnett beaten. In 43 minutes Everton increased their lead through Bentham, who swung around from 16 yards to hit the ball, which passed over Gage’s head into the net. This following some brilliant inter-passing by all five forwards.
Half-time; Stockport 0, Everton 3
The County reopened well, but the Everton defence stood firm, although once Watson almost, headed through his own goal. Everton fell into their old faults of taking matters too easily. Catterick went through absolutely unattended, but he shot straight at Gage. Bentham should have secured his hat-trick when Rawlings presented him with an open goal, but he lost possession. Gage saved from Stevenson before Catterick headed over. Everton were finding an open road down the centre, and Stevenson was next to go through, but Gage dived to save at the expense of a corner. Everton were playing good-class football against a forceful opposition, and it was their mastery over the ball and position which kept them so much on top. Tommy Jones completely blotted out the County attack, and the Everton forwards did everything but add to their score. Gage saved well from McIntosh, Rawlings and Stevenson, but otherwise the finishing was not as convincing as the approaches, in a game which had become completely one-sided.
EVERTON AT HOME AT Stockport
January 20, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Goals for Catterick and Bentham
Stockport; Gage (Fulham), goal; Redfearn and Lewin (Bradford City), backs; Hill (Everton), Livesley (Crystal Palace), McCulloch, Watters, Wilson, Shaw, Gee (Birmingham), and Morrison, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Grant, Jones (Tommy) and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson and McIntosh (Preston), forwards. Jones (T.G.) resumed at centre half for Everton for the first time since his injury at Anfield last April, but his ankle was not as fit as it might have been. Bentham, injured at Bolton last Saturday only had the stitches removed from his injured eyebrow this morning, and played with the wound heavily plastered. Stockport were first to make a more of any importance, and they got within close touch of the Everton goal, but could not find a loophole to Burnett. So far it had been entirely Stockport and when Watters centred Burnett scooped the ball, lost possession and Jackson and Jones had to make a hasty clearance to prevent a goal. Both teams adopted open play. To attempt to cuddle the ball would have been folly under such conditions, and let me say these tactics paid soundly for there was any amount of goalmouth incidents and Wilson headed over for the County. Bentham did net the ball for Everton but he was obviously offside. Rawlings once his the post, and McCullock coming in with a rush, drove his shot over the Everton crossbar. It was entertaining fare, and both sides showed a keenness which resulted in play travelling from end to end quickly Catterick, playing against his original team, was responsible for one nice header which grazed the topside of the crossbar. At nineteen minutes the first goal arrived and it went to Everton’s account Stevenson, who seemed to allow a shooting opportunity to pass, eventually got the ball to the far side of the County goal, were Catterick was stationed, and the centre forward’s header got it into the net, beating Gage to pieces. Morrison tried a long shot which Burnett turned over his bar, but the Everton goalkeeper had to save a quick header from a corner. After Burnett had turned aside a particularly dangerous corner by Wilson. Everton at the 32nd minute increased their lead. Catterick veered out to the right and then pulled the ball back for Bentham who made no mistake with a fine shot. The County were doing quite well and Wilson should have marked up a goal when he was five yards out, but to the dismay of all he placed the ball against the crossbar. Watson was playing a particularly smart game his passing even under difficult conditions being perfect. At the 43rd minute Bentham scored a third goal for Everton, after good work by Stevenson. I think Gage should have saved the effort for it had no great power behind it.
Half-time; Stockport County 0, Everton 3.
The County resumed with a strong attack, but were unable to beat down the Everton defence and when Catterick went through a fourth goal seemed assured but the Everton man shot feebly and Gage had no difficulty in saving. There was some really nice football, particularly by Everton, who at times must have though rightly they were playing on a bowling green. Everton were now so much on top that they should have increased their lead by a considerable margin. Bentham should have taken his hat-trick when Rawlings put him through, Stevenson also found a hole in the County defence and ran clean through and tamely put the ball to Gage. The County had no answer to Everton’s strong positional play and good-class combination. The way Everton opened a passage down the middle suggested a goal every time they attacked. The County defended stubbornly, and McIntosh was clear of all opposition. He shot strongly enough, but did not find the best direction, and Gage was able to clear.
BENTHAM’S BRACE OF GOALS
January 22, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
Stockport County 0, Everton 3
Ground Conditions Overcome
Everton managed the difficult conditions, at Edgerley Park and defeated Stockport County 3-0 in convincing fashion. Everton were always superior craftsmen and had they accepted off the reasonable scoring changes they must have run up double figures. The County put plenty of spirit into their play, sometimes trying with their more famous rivals to show that they too, could play good class soccer, but there was always that little difference which class gives over honest endeavours. Stockport fought gallantly against the better combination of Everton, and Burnett, the Everton goalkeeper was not entirely free from duty, but they found the Everton defence with its covering tactics too big an obstacle to negotiate.
The open game was the open possible one, so that the ball was kept on the move most of the time, but they were occasions when the passing was very skilful. There were times when the ball skidded out of direction but the football on the whole could be said to be of excellent quality. Quite the best save of the day had been placed to Burnett account which shows that there was some shooting ability in the Stockport attack. Wilson cracked in a great shot and the ball appeared to be speeding under the bar when Burnett sprang up and smartly turned it over the bar. Another fast ball from a corner was also saved finely by Burnett. Once however Wilson no more than five yards, out, should have had no difficult in scoring, however placed ball against the crossbar.
Catterick’s Neat Header
In 19 minutes Catterick headed a neat goal but before that attempts were missed. The County goalkeeper it appeared ought to have saved Bentham’s second goal, but he had no chance with his first goal the ball going into the net at lightning speed. Stockport had shot their bolt and rarely gave the Everton goalkeeper any trouble although from a free kick by McCulloch the ball was only inches over the bar. Everton’s inside forwards found no difficulty in streaking through the middle and goals should have been the natural outcome. Catterick, Bentham, McIntosh and Stevenson all missed openings by shooting straight at the goalkeeper. Gage did well to turn a McIntosh drive away. The County’s best work was in midfield. They started each half as though they would be a troublesome problem to the Everton defence, but they flattered only to deceive, and Everton shuddered through the major part of the game. Watson was a brilliant half back. He offered one and all with excellent passes, but neither of the Everton wingmen struck their known form. T.G. Jones playing his first full game at centre half since an injury last April barred the way to all comes. Bentham with his eyebrow heavily bandaged the stitches were only taking out during the morning –played well, his best game for some time. Referee; Mr. Williams, (Bolton). Attendance 1,400. Stockport; Gage (Fulham), goal; Redfearn and Lewin (Bradford City), backs; Hill (Everton), Livesley (Crystal Palace), McCulloch, Watters, Wilson, Shaw, Gee (Birmingham), and Morrison, forwards. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Grant, Jones (Tommy) and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Bentham, Catterick, Stevenson and McIntosh (Preston), forwards.
• Liverpool against Tranmere was postponed
• Mercer, and Lawton played for F.A X1 against The R.A.F at Coventry in front of 12,750 spectators. Lawton scoring one goal. R.A.F winning 6-4.
January 22, 1945. The Evening Express
Wallasey is to pay honour to an unsung hero early next month. I refer to Stan Bentham, the quiet, unassuming Everton inside-right who has been invited to attend Wallasey Town Hall to receive from the hands of the Major a certificate in recognition of Stan’s gallantly in stopping a runaway horse at Sercombe some weeks ago. It was Bentham who got two of the three goals which I saw Everton defeat Stockport County at Edgerley Park on Saturday, and if you ask me whether my journey was worth it, the answer would be an emphatic “Yes.” It is a long time since I got on such a hustle but I thoroughly enjoyed a trip which reminded me so much of the happy peace-time football days. There were directors Messrs Will Gibbins (chairman), Tom Percy and Dick Searle, and Mr. Theo Kelly the secretary, in a happy party. We were elate in arriving at Stockport, and as the coach swung up to the ground there was quite a cheer from the congregated spectators. The gate had been opened, but with the Blues arrival in went the people 1,400 of them and including some real Everton enthusiasts among whom I saw Mr. George Clarkson sporting what must have been the “father” of all chrysanthemums. Although the match started late it was well worth, the delay, for we had thrills, spills, and an abundance of perfect football. During the first quarter of an hour I wondered whether, for the first time since I first saw Stockport County in 1919, I should see them record a win. The County started full of the dash and “fire” which charterised their work at Anfield last week and had it not been for the alertness of Tommy Jones and George Burnett the Blues could not have survived those early shocks. Then came a peach of a goal by Harry Catterick, who crowned a joyous dribble, feint and job centre by Stevenson with a header of the Lawton-Dean-McGrory vintage. Catterick then bore through to make a choice opening for Bentham to score a smashing second goal. It was Catterick who put Rawlings through to create a half-chance from which Bentham rammed home the third goal before the interval. Before that Wilson had crashed a shot against the Everton bar –the last real thrust by the County –and Catterick had headed against the County bar. Long before the interval the County were a beaten side, and Everton were so much on top that we all expected a goal rush in the second half. We should have had it too, but curiously enough there were not another goal. However that did not matter for we had all the charm of making goals without actually seeing the ball in the net. For me that was everything for the building up of a goal is often just as much satisfaction as the final move. Everton, by adroit manoeuvre and delightful combination time and again took the ball right up to Gage and were content.
Major reason for Everton dominance was the complete supremacy of the half-back line of Grant. Tommy Jones and Watson. They kept a firm grip on the proceedings throughout, Jones completely blotting out Shaw and company and Grant and Watson repeatedly going through to make clean-out openings. Honestly, Everton on chances should have scored ten goals in the second half, so easy and graceful was their progress against a side game enough, but falling to close the door down the middle. Conversely there was never a road through to the Everton goal, so effectively did Jones resume his role of centre half. Tommy gave a display to thrill the most exacting, and this despite the fact that his ankle is not yet right. The ankle had to be reinforced with methodically applied adhesive taping to give support to a ligament which is weak. This added strength will be necessary for some time yet. Still Jones broke the hearts of the County inside forwards, who changed places to escape him without avail Jones once again demonstrated that for sheer mastery of every phases of centre half back play he is the supreme master. Bentham had a grand afternoon although he should have made sure of his hat-trick, and Catterick was a fine deputy for Lawton, even allowing for second half misses. Stevenson could have been among the goals but with the game well won he enjoyed himself trying to present Jim McIntosh with a goal. Yes, Everton were so much on top that they could do just that. McIntosh and Rawlings shone only in spasms but the defensive trio of Burnett, Jackson, and Greenhalgh was ideal once Jackson had taken the pressure of Morrison. Altogether an enjoyable if one-sided exhibition and that Everton’s gate share was only £25 did not worry them in view of the points and good football. Thanks Everton, for a happy time.
EVERTON’S FINE PLAY
January 22, 1944. The Liverpool Echo
While we were waiting for the teams to come out at Edgerley Park on Saturday, a bystander turned and said; “It will be farcical” Would he be right? No, he was decidedly wrong for the play was excellent. It was good fare, and for a time Stockport promised that they would be troublesome formen, but the superior class of Everton ultimately told its own tale. They never appeared to be out of a fox-trot, exploiting every known move in football, and they gradually snuffed-out the County from the game. That being so, why did they score only three goals? Very simple sirs. They missed some of the easy chances because they were not determined enough near goal; In the second half in particularly they were kindness itself to Gage, the County keeper by shooting straight at him giving him the chance to save where there should not have been any. Each forward had the scoring opportunities which would have been accepted at other times, but Everton not for the first time, eased up when they had three goals in hand. It has cost them dearly in the past, but it was not likely to trap them this time, for they kept a tight grip on the County even when indulging themselves in effective football artistry. I would have liked Stockport to have scored to see what effect it would have had on Everton. I have seen a goal shake them to the roots from which they have never recovered. Would a County goal have had that effect on Saturday? I don’t think so for they played with a confidence that sapped the spirit from their opponents who late on were watching an indulgent Everton carve their way through with extreme ease. Goals were there for the taking but Everton had three in their pocket at the end of the first “45” viz Catterick a lovely header and two by Bentham who had his best game for some time, but on those terrible misses. In every aspect of the game Everton were expert, particularly Watson with precision passes to all quarters of the ground. Jones (T.G.) had a grand game at centre half, although he told me that his ankle felt the strain of the tricky going.
EVERTON RESERVES TEAM NEWS
January 25, 1945. The Evening Express
Everton Reserves (v. Carlton, away); J.A Jones; Painter, Vizard; Melling, J. Drury, Doyle; F. Jones, Ashley, Booth, Wootton, J.D. Lee.
Everton Colts(v. Army cadets, at Orrell Lane, 3.15 p.m.); Gardiner; T. Jones, G. Rankin; Tansey, Cookson, Lever; Richardson, Taylor, Fulton, E.D. Evans, Peters.
MAKIN SIGNS ‘PRO.’ FOR EVERTON
January 26, 1945. The Evening Express
George Makin, the 18-year-old war worker, who was born within a stone thrown of Goodison Park, as signed as a professional for Everton, and so follows in the footsteps of many promising young juniors who have graduated through the Everton junior teams. Makin went to Goodison Park in 1942 for trials and his form as an outside left made an instant appeal to Secretary Mr. Theo Kelly. During the 1942-43 season Makin played in 21 third team and two County Combination games scoring no fewer than 41 goals. At the same season Makin made his debut in the Football League side playing against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park in May 1, 1943, making the centre from which McIntosh scored the goal to draw 1-1. Apart from the pre-season charity game Makin played for the first team against Manchester City at home in the 1943-44 season but –at outside right. Everton winning 4-0. That season Makin scored 28 goals for the Reserves. Makin came back into the first team for the charity friendly with Liverpool this season and so far has made nine appearances for the seniors this campaign getting four goals. In addition Makin has played as a guest for Chester, Tranmere Rovers and Southport. Mr. Kelly has a high opinion on this free-moving and direct winger whose young brother Jimmy is a wing half-back with Everton juniors. Makin definitely is a player of the future. Everton should improve their Cup prospects tomorrow.
Tommy Lawton in view of the calling-off the Western Command match, will lead the Everton attack against Stockport County at Goodison. This means that Catterick will be available to play for the County. Everton still require three points to be absolutely safe for the competition proper and success tomorrow will put them in “easy street.” Everton played magnificent football at Stockport last week, and with the conditions at Goodison identical with those at Edgerley Park I look forward to another classic display. The kick-off will be at three o’clock. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Tommy Jones, Watson; Rawlings, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, McIntosh. Stockport County; (probable); Gage; Redfearn, Lewin; Hill, Leivesley or Cope, McCulloch, Watters, Griffiths, Catterick, Shaw, Gee, Morrison.
January 26, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
All being well Stockport will provide the opposition at Goodison Park tomorrow, and after the convincing way in which Everton have put paid to Stockport’s hopes in their three meetings so far, the chances of another two points finding their way into Everton’s bag look fairly certain. But on the “tricky” pitches we have been having lately one cannot altogether ruled out the possibility of a surprise. In such games the less fancied sides are sometimes inclined to take risks which their more famous opponents quite naturally fight shy of and a snap goal or two under such circumstances may be held on to with such grimness that the lead is still there at the end. T.G. Jones showed last week that his ankle trouble has not upset his brilliance as a pivot and if he can remain in that position Everton’s defence will be all the stronger, admirably though Lindley filled the breach. Lindley by the way, is expected on leave this week-end. Catterick is proving a good deputy for Lawton, and with Bentham back at his best the attack should be more than a match for the visiting defence, especially if the winners do their stuff as we know they can. At the time of writing this game is “on” and the ground is fit.
George Makin, Everton’s 18-year-old outside-left has now signed professional forms for them. Everton; Burnett; Jackson, Greenhalgh; Grant, Tommy Jones, Watson; Rawlings, Bentham, Lawton, Stevenson, McIntosh. Stockport County; (probable); Gage; Redfearn, Lewin; Hill, Leivesley or Cope, McCulloch, Watters, Griffiths, Catterick, Shaw, Gee, Morrison.
LAWTON’S 400 GOALS
January 27, 1945. The Evening Express
Everton Triumph Over Stockport
Tommy Lawton, the Everton international centre-forward completed his 400 goals in senior football in the Northern cup qualifying match against Stockport County at Goodison Park today. He also did the hat-trick. Everton loaned three players to the County. These included Makin Everton’s latest professional, who only took the “paid ticket,” on Thursday. The others were Catterick –released because of Lawton’s presence –and Hill. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Jones (T.G.) and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Bentham, Lawton (captain), Stevenson and Mcintosh (Preston); Stockport County; Gage (Fulham), goal; Fedfearn and Lewins (Bradford City), backs; Hill (Everton), Cope, and Lievesley (Crystal Palace), half-backs; Shawcross, Wilson, Catterick (Everton), Shaw and Makin (Everton), forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Williams (Bolton). Within one minute Stockport took the lead through Catterick. Everton had come off second best from three close tackles and when Wilson headed the ball forward Tommy Jones completely miskicked it. This allowed Catterick to go on unchallenged to drive into the corner of the net. Everton should have been on terms in three minutes when Bentham and Rawlings went through but when Rawlings turned the ball in, Lawton six yards from goal hooked the ball over the top. Greenhalgh ran through but placed over the top as he tried to find Lawton. Another delightful Rawlings centre, after some excellent work by the right wing, saw Lawton try a hook shot, however, also went over the top, and then Stevenson was wide with a long shot. Catterick almost took a second goal when he robbed Jones, but this time his shot passed just beyond the far post. Lawton could not find his shooting boots, for from twelve yards he completely missed the ball and then when McIntosh put him through, his shot swerved past the near post. Bentham had hard luck when he took over from Lawton’s header and from just outside the penalty area struck the bar with an excellent shot. Immediately the County responded and Shaw hooked in the ball landing on top of the Everton bar and going over.
The County were more than holding Everton, for they were equally as quick on the ball and their tackling was exceptionally good. After 17 minutes Makin received the ball in his stomach and had to go off. Watson beat three players with a magnificent run to get Rawlings through but Lewins came across with a timely intervention. Everton equalised in 25 minutes through Lawton, who started and finished the movement. Lawton dropped back to the half way line and pushed the ball forward for Stevenson to make a short pass to Bentham. Bentham adroitly back-heeled the ball for the in-running Lawton, who ran close in and this time made no mistake. Then the thrills came thick and fast. Gage fisted away a centre from Lawton, then stopped a point-blank shot from Bentham, and got in the way of Stevenson’s quick return before the ball bounced back again over the dead line. Makin return after about 15 minutes absence, in time to see Catterick race through unchallenged, only to find Everton recover so quickly that his shooting space was blotted out. Bentham had a good chance from Rawlings’ centre but the ball passed a foot wide of the post. Everton took the lead in 35 minutes through Lawton and it was a peach of a goal, this being Tommy’s 398 of his career. Jackson intercepted on the half-way line, tricked Lievesley, and placed accurately to the penalty spot, for Lawton to leapt around Cope and head into the near corner in superlative style. This was a typical Lawton effort. Stevenson shot outside with only Gage to beat as Everton piled on the pressure to beat as Everton piled on the pressure, and then Bentham tried a shot with Lawton perfectly position. Grant three times held up Shaw to set his own forwards in motion, in fact, Grant industry was one of the salient features of a good game. Lawton completed his hat-trick in 40 minutes to bring his total to 399. Bentham centred for McIntosh to head against the bar, and when the ball rebounded, Lawton neatly headed it into the far corner beyond Gage’s right hand, so the hat-trick had come in 15 minutes. Everton were complete masters of the situation, and two minutes before the interval Stevenson was going through when he was fouled, and from the penalty McIntosh brought Everton’s total to four.
Half-time; Everton 4, Stockport County 1
The teams turned right round at the interval, and the County repeated their first-half shock, for in one minute, Catterick reduced the lead. Everton seemed to be caught on one leg, and when the ball dropped back to Catterick, he made a quick turn and hooked a slow shot into the far corner. Everton took up the attack, McIntosh and Lawton going close, but the Stockport defence played cleverly. Everton brought their total to five in 50 minutes through a fine individual effort by Bentham. Bentham by sheer determination and command over the ball, forced his way past three players, drew Gage from goal, side-stepped him, and turned the ball into the net as it was running away from him. Lawton scored his 400th goal in senior football in 53 minutes, and thanks to another fine header. Bentham placed to the goalmouth and Lawton did the rest in his inimitable style, and there were cries of “Gold old Tommy” in celebration of this event. Everton were practically all the attacking, the County defence emerging from heavy pressure with distinct credit. This applied in particular to Gage, who made two point-blank saves from Lawton from shots which would have beaten most goalkeepers. When Stockport threatened Jones intervened cleverly, and Lawton turned a shot just over the top before Stevenson dived into the net in an unsuccessful attempt to connect with Rawlings’ header.
Lead of Five
Everton made it seven in 73 minutes through Bentham, who shot through from close range following McIntosh’s corner. There was still plenty of fight in the County, but Jackson, Greenhalgh and Jones offered splendid cover for Burnett, and Everton looked like scoring every time they got on the move. Everton’s total was brought to eight in 77 minutes, when Bentham centred for Rawlings to do the rest with an excellent header, so like Lawton, who just after ran through but placed outside as he was tackled. Everton were trying hard to give Stevenson a goal, and he almost got it with a splendid header, but Gage leaped across to make an excellent one-handed save. Stevenson scored ninth goal for Everton.
TOM LAWTON’S 400TH GOAL
January 27, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Goodison Hat-trick Against Stockport
Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Jones (T.G.) and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Bentham, Lawton (captain), Stevenson and McIntosh (Preston); Stockport County; Gage (Fulham), goal; Fedfearn and Lewins (Bradford City), backs; Hill (Everton), Cope, and Lievesley (Crystal Palace), half-backs; Shawcross, Wilson, Catterick (Everton), Shaw and Makin (Everton), forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Williams (Bolton). All was calm and while at Goodison Park, today, twenty minutes after the advertised time of the start at which point both sides took the field before a crowd of about 3,000 hardy, muffled enthusiasts. Mr. J. Williams (Bolton), the referee, decided the ground was fit for play although it was obvious that combined football of the usual type would be out of the question. The possibly of surprises in fact, was early confirmed when Stockport took the lead in two minutes through Catterick, who kept his feet when Jones partially slipped and miskicked, and worked the ball forward a few yards on the holding surface before placing it out of the reach of Burnett. A couple of minutes later, when Lawton tried to “place” a centre from Rawlings he put it a foot over the bar. Catterick came near to registering No. 2 for Stockport when his quick tackle enabled him to get the better of Jones a second time, but his cross shot went just outside the far post. There were a lot of spills, skids, and sliced clearance but the falls were not hurting anybody. A neat bit of work by Bentham and Stevenson gave Lawton a seeming chance, but the ball shot forward so quickly that he missed his shot completely. Lawton again was barely a yard off the mark with a fierce drive, and Bentham struck the crossbar with a first-timer from outside the penalty area. A scooped effort by Shaw at the other end suffered a similar fate. Stevenson, running into the middle when Lawton veered to the right wing was placed yards offside by Stockport’s advancing defence. The first stoppage, for an injury came after 15 minutes, when Makin, Everton’s latest professional signing playing his first professional game as a “guest” with the visitors, was taken off after being hit in the stomach with the heavy ball.
A grand bit of combination resulted in Everton equalising after 25 minutes, McIntosh started the move on the left, Bentham helped it on, and Stevenson made the final pass from which Lawton scored. There was a thrill when Gage made three brilliant saves in three seconds two of them from Stevenson, and though there was a tinge of luck about the last the crowd rose to him for his good work. Straight from this Catterick made a lone dash from the centre circle right to the Everton goal area. His final shot, however, was a yard wide. Makin returned at this stage, but had only been back a couple of minutes when Hill got a knock and was limping badly. At 34 minutes Everton took the lead, Lawton heading a brilliant goal from a centre by Rawlings. The standard of football had been quite good and though most of it had been contributed by Everton, Stockport were a determined and hard-working side.
After McIntosh had hit the bar, Lawton completed his hat-trick by calmly heading a rebound out of Gage’s reach. Time 40 minutes. Two minutes before the interval McIntosh scored form a penalty following a foul by Lewin on Stevenson. Everton had now more than got the measure of the visitors and Stockport’s attack was few.
Half-time; Everton 4, Stockport County 1
Goal A Minute
The players turned round without going off, and once again within two minutes Catterick had scored, looseness in the home defence being a contributing factor. Two more goals came Everton inside two minutes. Bentham scored the first when he kept control, despite the challenge of two defenders and screwed the ball in from an almost impossible angle. Lawton got the other one from a header to make it 6-2 and then Stevenson made a valiant effort to pen the list of scorers.
This goal was Lawton’s 400th in all games since he became a professional footballer with Burnley in 1936. In pre-war Soccer he registered 94 goals in league and F.A. Cup games, for Burnley and Everton, while he had a further ten in international games. The remainder have been obtained since the outbreak of war. Gage made two quick saves from Lawton, and then was thankful to see one of the latter’s old-timer pile drivers sail over the bar. A Stevenson effort tickled the crowd for Alex was too quick and was in the back of the net before the ball was crossed. Bentham made it 7-2 (68 minutes) with a standing shot when he scooped the ball into the net as it fell dead at his feet. With their commanding lead Everton let up a little, and Watson had to come to the rescue to relieve a dangerous situation and then Burnett made a flying save from Shaw. When Bentham veered over to inside left, and put across a peach of a centre Rawlings headed Everton’s eight goal (77 minutes).
TRIUMPH OVER DIFFICULTIES
January 29, 1945. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 9, Stockport County 2
Good Football at Goodison
Considering the conditions, the game between Everton and Stockport, at Goodison Park, produced better football than one anticipated was possible. The score of 9-2 in Everton’s favour makes it obvious from which side it came. It was a case once again that “class will tell,” and Everton might easily have won by a much-bigger margin. Instead they were content not to seriously extend themselves after the first half-hour during which period Stockport put up a good shot without, however, ever looking a really serious danger. The visitors were spurred on by a goal in the past two minutes to Catterick due to a slip by Jones before he had got the “feel” of the treacherous surface. Stockport held on to this lead until the twenty-fifth minute, when a fine bit of combination by McIntosh, Bentham, and Stevenson enabled Lawton to equalise. Everton overcame the difficulties of the snow-covered surfaces in clever fashion, realising that the only way to make progress was to keep the ball just off the ground. Yet, never descending to kick-and-rush tactics. There was always method, though and cohesion in everything they did and some of they did and some of their moves were as polished as though the pitch had been immaculate. Lawton added two further goals –both headers –to complete his hat-trick, and McIntosh got a fourth from a penalty.
During the time Stockport had not been idle, Shaw had hit the bar. Burnett had to make two good saves, and Catterick had twice been near, but on the whole the visitors had been held without difficulty and their attacks had mainly been isolated and spasmodic. The visitors started the second half as they had done the first with a goal in two minutes once more through Catterick’s opportunism and defensive slackness. But Everton were not ruffled. They had the ball measure of the opposition they took things comparatively easy, and always looked good for a goal every time their five-point attack went up in unison. Bentham got a fifth from a seemingly impossible angle after beating three men, Lawton the sixth, Bentham the seventh and Rawlings the eight, leaving Stevenson the only forward goalless, though he had gone near with one header which was brilliantly saved by Gage and had a shot kicked off the goalline. In the closing stages it was all Everton, with their forwards trying with one another to “give” Stevenson a goal. Four minutes from the end Lawton did so, turning back a ball which he had only to tap in so that Stevenson could do it instead. Everton’s display was a triumph over difficulties. The side adapted itself much better than Stockport in the needs of the day. The visitors wasted a lot of energy in non-productive efforts, lacked precision and understanding in attack and above all the essential link-up between halves and forwards. Attendance 6,700. Everton; Burnett, goal; Jackson and Greenhalgh, backs; Grant, Jones (T.G.) and Watson, half-backs; Rawlings (Millwall), Bentham, Lawton (captain), Stevenson and Mcintosh (Preston); Stockport County; Gage (Fulham), goal; Fedfearn and Lewins (Bradford City), backs; Hill (Everton), Cope, and Lievesley (Crystal Palace), half-backs; Shawcross, Wilson, Catterick (Everton), Shaw and Makin (Everton), forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Williams (Bolton).
Lawton was signed by Everton in December 1936 and made his League debut for the Goodison club against Wolverhampton Wanderers in February, 1937. Prior to the outbreak of war Lawton had scored 94 goals in league and F.A. Cup games for Burnley and Everton, and had also registered 10 goals in international matches. Since the war he has scored a further 296 goals to send up the 400. While playing in junior football Lawton had the distinction of scoring no fewer than 570 goals in three season. W.R. Dean scored 376 goals in 15 years up to 1938. Bloomer obtained 352 goals in League games and 28 international matches.
LAWTON 400 UP
January 29, 1945. The Evening Express
Readers of the Evening Express were well prepare for the big event in the week-end sporting world –the scoring by Tommy Lawton, the Everton and England leader, of his 400th goal in all top-class football. Ten days ago details of Tommy’s goal-scoring feats were published –exclusively –in these notes, and at Goodison on Saturday, after Lawton had scored a first-half hat-trick in 15 minutes, Tommy at the 53rd minute, lived up to his international nickname of “Nodder” by nodding home the all-important goal which set the football world alight and kept me up until midnight answering telephonic queries regarding the feat. Mr. Johnny Best, Merseyside’s mater of boxing reminded me that most of these big sporting achievements are recorded on Merseyside. Dixie Dean, for instance, beat Steve Bloomer’s record right here at Goodison Park. Gordon Richards smashed Fred Archer’s long-standing total of winners in a “seller” at Aintree, and now Lawton has reached 400 at Goodison Park when in ordinary circumstances he would have been playing at Wolverhampton. One curious feature of Lawton’s feat is that early on the game Tommy never thought he would do it. I have reminded him jocularly so many times of misses against Tranmere Rovers that when Tommy missed two even money chances early on he though to himself “It is going to be one of those days when nothing will go right.” However luck cannot stop a master goal-getter like Lawton and at the 25th minute Bentham’s delightful back-heel paved the way for number one. Ten minutes later a wonder cross by George Jackson saw Lawton leap around Cope and Redfearn and head home a perfect goal as good as any he has ever scored. Five minutes later Lawton was right there to nod home the ball as it came back off the bar from McIntosh’s header. The fourth goal was another Bentham offering –a nice forward thrust which Lawton headed well out of Gage’s reach. Anticipating queries I might add that the 400th goal was scored at the Gwlady’s-street end of the ground where stands the new double-decker. Dixie’s 60th in 1927-28 season and Bloomers’s record beating goal were scored at the other _Stanley Park –end. After the game Tommy paid high tribute to the help he has received in goal-scoring from the players who have made the openings for him. That is typical of Lawton. “No one can get goals without the help of others,” said Lawton, “and credit for the goals goes as much to them as myself. I am now all out to establish all time records and being only 25 I think I can do it if I am fortunate enough to have the same aid in the future as I’ve had in the past.”
Harry Catterick is playing a real game of family post,” for he will be leading the Everton’s attack next Saturday against Liverpool, when the Blues are not likely to show any other change. Catterick shocked Everton by scoring for Stockport in the first minute of each half and all through he demonstrated what a fine leader he is. The County put up a rare battle for half-an-hour and then lost their grip because of goals against and Everton were supreme afterwards in an interesting game productive of plenty of thrills and much good football. This Everton team is good, for Bentham, right back to his best –has brought more “fire” to the attack and the entire defence revolves smoothly around the Tommy Jones “hubs.” At the moment Everton’s defence is as good as any in the country, and for sheer consistency commend me to the wing half-backs. Watson and Grant. During Everton’s most testing periods on Saturday I thought Jackson, Grant, Greenhalgh, and Bentham were marvellous, while throughout the game Watson only three times failed to find a colleagues with his pass. Jones was caught napping twice, but that is all, and we saw glimpses of the old subtle Bentham. Stevenson link-up to get Lawton clear. From the wings Rawlings and McIntosh gave much improved service and Burnett was sound. Bentham got two goals and McIntosh (penalty), Rawlings and Stevenson one apiece the crowning feature of the game being Everton’s effort to give “Stevie” a goal-Lawton did it a few minutes from time among the guests under the chairmanship of Mr. Will Gibbins were Mr. Walter Cartwright and Mr. George Kay, of Liverpool, no doubt weighing up form for next week’s test.
January 29, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
Must Stand by Itself in record Books
It is typical of Tommy Lawton that, when I congratulated him on notching his 400th goal, his first words were a tribute to the men who in the Everton side and others, have helped him to achieve the feat. It was the same when I similarly congratulated him just over a year ago on his four brilliant goals against Scotland at Maine road. His words on each occasion were almost the same. “I couldn’t have done it if I hadn’t had good lads alongside me.” Which isn’t quite true, because not every centre forward can take the chances when they are there, but it does show that success hasn’t gone to Lawton’s head.” He is still as unassuming as when he first came to Everton but with the slight difference that success has brought responsibility, which have moulded his character and given him a touch of seriousness that was formerly absent. Tommy takes life a little more earnestly and solemnly than most footballers of his age, and has his mind fixed on the future. He sees clearly what he is aiming at, both during his active career and when his playing days are over, and has the determination as well as the ability to bring them to fruition. As for his 400 goals, they are a wonderful achievement, but those who attempt to compare them with the feats of McGrory, Dean, or Bloomer are not being fair to the last three who got their goals under vastly different and more difficult conditions. I’m sure Lawton himself would be the first to admit that goal-scoring during the past five years has been easier than in pre-war days. That is no reflection on his achievement. Had there been no war he would have stood a good chance in due course of beating the assisting records under comparable conditions; as it is, any attempt to get the various feats side by side is futile. Lawton’s aim must be to set up an all-time record for peace –and war performances. If he keeps fit and well his chances of he doing are bright. I hope there’s never another war to give a later generation the chance to beat him!
The extent of Everton’s victory over Stockport tells its own story. There were visions of a shock result when Catterick scored for the visitors in the first couple of minutes , but they faded out quickly, and though Stockport enjoyed a fair measure of the play for the first half hour, they were rarely coloured afterwards. The 6,700 spectators who braved the elements got full value for their money. Biggest surprise of the day, in fact, was the size of the crowd; spread out over Goodison’s vast terraces and huddled under the stands from the cold there didn’t look half that number present. These hardly stalwarts saw Everton adapt themselves to the conditions in enterprising fashion once they had got the feel of the surface on which sometimes the ball skidded sometimes stopped dead, and now and again behaved almost normally and then proceed to serve up an exhibition which considering all the difficulties was of surprisingly high standard; certainty much better than I had anticipated was possible. Some of their combination would have been good even if done on an immaculate pitch. They saw also four excellent Lawton goals (three of then headed) two of them headed) two from Bentham one from McIntosh (penalty) and Rawlings and then, when it looked as though wee Alec Stevenson was to be the little boy that Santa Claus forgot they saw Lawton present him with a certainty four minutes from the end, to complete Everton’s record win of the season. In spite of its one sidedness the game had its fill of thrills and entertainment and Stockport, as at Anfield failed to see their merits properly reflected in the result. Those who have made comparison between Dean and Lawton when it comes to heading the ball, will no doubt have noted how increasingly dangerous Lawton is becoming with his head. Each of his three headed goals was a gem with the ball cunningly deflected just out of Gage’s reach. Tommy Jones tells me he is getting more confident each week about his ankle, and that the regular games be is now getting are just what he needed. All the same, he still has to go a trifle gingerly, and still needs twice-weekly treatment.
Death Of Old Everton Player
Liverpool Daily Post - Wednesday 31 January 1945
The death Is announced ol Robert William (Bob) Manham. former Everton and Swindon footballer, who died at his home In Eastcott Hill. Swindon, aged 73. native North Shields, his ability as a goalkeeper when serving In the Army attracted the attention Everton, who bought him out. He played lor them the Cup-tie at the Crystal Palace In 1897. On going to Swindon he played in goal for Swindon Town, and on retirement became a director.
DEATH OF OLD EVERTON PLAYER
January 31, 1945. The Liverpool Echo
The death is announced of Robert William Menham, former Everton and Swindon footballer who died at his home in Eastcott Hill, Swindon, aged 73. A native of North shields and his ability as a goalkeeper when serving in the Army attractive the attention of Everton, who brought him out. He played for them in the Cup-tie at the Crystal Palace in 1897.