EVERTON A’S NEW HOME
July 14, 1936 The Liverpool Echo
Everton F.C., are not to play at Marine this year. They have taken Bellefield, West Derby, The Cunard ground, and whose present tenants are the Co-operatives’ Social Guild, who use the ground each Wednesday. Everton will have it for the Saturdays, and they hope to get around them quite a steady and regular crowd of followers. They will be trying a number of new lads, and hope to grade them for the first team in the course of time. The man in charge of the “A” team nowadays is Mr. Harold Pickering, whose work for Bedford is striking commentary on his ability to see the future of some boy’ football chances. I imagine any amateur wingers, right and left, also a full back or two who want a trial could not do better then make a personal application to him at the club offices at Goodison Park.
July 18, 1936. The Liverpool Football Echo
By Louis T. Kelly.
• The Everton secretary is holidaying in Scotland. Was taking to a Falkirk find the other day, who tells me Mills (Aberdeen) is the man whose English tickets is well worth securing?
• Doggie Livingstone’s appointment as Sheffield United trainer.
EVERTON CALL UP ON JULY 30
July 22, 1936. The Evening Express.
By The Pilot.
Players of the Everton football club will report for training next week in preparation for the 1936-37 football season which opens on Saturday August 29. Mr Hunter Hart, assistant secretary of Everton, said to me “Plenty of hard work has been put in for the benefit of the spectators. “We have enlarged and re-quipped all the refreshments stalls on the ground, and spectators, next season, will find it much easier to secure their refreshments at half-time. The improvements should make our catering system as good as any in the country. “We have been doing plenty of painting and when the whitewashing is complete the ground will look a picture. The playing area has been thoroughly weeded and now looks in splendid condition.” In addition to the Everton players reporting for duty on July 30, the secretary Mr. Theo Kelly, will also be there, for the holiday ends on that day. He is on a motor tour throughout Scotland.
July 25, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
By Louis T. Kelly.
The Everton captain is looking splendidly fit for the summer. He finished up last season with a “hat-trick” and can be depended upon to equal and pass Steve Bloomer’s great 352 goals record t the first opportunity in the new campaign. Provided they can put their fingers on the absolutely right type of players Everton are not likely to say no to another first class back, half-back, and inside forward. Now that Cresswell and Williams have gone, Everton have only three backs with League match experience –Cook, Jones, and Jackson. Jackson, who took part in seventeen League matches last winter, may yet turn out a star. He was a shining light during the Continental tour. Experience will help in the perfecting of the positional play.
The Old Head.
Only seven of Dean’s 17 goals last season were kicked into the opposing net.
EVERTON START TRAINING FOR NEW SEASON
July 30, 1936. The Evening Express.
Players Report For Duty Today
Novel “Get Fit” Ideals
“Football-Baseball” Is The Latest Plan.
By The Pilot.
Football days are here again –nearly! Everton F.C., players reported at Goodison Park today for training for the season which opens on August 29. For once in a way Billy Dean was not the first to report. The “get-back-to-duty” race was won by Alex Stevenson, from Tommy White and Gordon Watson. Of the 37 players engaged 29 were on duty, the others being part-time professionals. Everybody was in happy mood, and all expressed delight in returning to their familiar surroundings. The players were greeted by Mr. Theo Kelly, the secretary. Trainer Harry Cooke had surprise in store. There are new departures in training, the party being spilt up into two. One lot was under the supervision of Mr. Cooke and the other under the assistant trainer Andy Tucker. For instance, this morning 15 of the players went out on the road while the others worked in the gymnasium, with punch balls, skipping, rowing, cycling, and on the practice ground with the medicine ball. They also participated in a new game called “football-baseball,” one of the many innovations which will be introduced at Goodison Park during the training period. Mr. Kelly pointed out to me several alterations made at the ground, both for the comfort of the players and spectators. The gymnasium has been removed to lighter quarters and the old equipment brought up to date. Refreshments bars at various points of the ground are being redecorated and the home bathroom, which was erected in 1909, has been modernised and re-quipped. The playing area is looking better than I have seen it for several seasons. The new turf, which was laid two or three seasons ago, has “knitted in,” so that the old “diamond” which used to appear so regularly should not be seen again. The new stand, which it is contemplated will be put at the Gwladys-street end of the ground, is nearer erecting than many people anticipate. It would not surprise me were this work completed in another year. “While we have not signed any new players,” said Mr. Kelly, “the performances of the team during the closing months of lst season should enable us to get into our stride quickly, play good football and secure good results. Five cricket matches have been arranged for the players during the early weeks of training, and I hear that the percentage of entries for the Merseyside Professional Football Golf Competition from the Everton Club will be higher than ever.