LIVERPOOL SENIOR CUP TOURNEY
July 1, 1941. The Everton Express
It has been decided that last season’s Liverpool Senior Cup competition, which was not completed last season, will now be scrapped altogether -providing Everton and Liverpool are agreeable. Last season only one match of the competition was played. Everton defeated Southport and were waiting to meet winners of the New Brighton-Liverpool tie. Owing to late season fixture congestion it was impossible to arrange dates, and so the competition was postponed until last season. Mr. Ike Robinson, the Liverpool County F.A., secretary, now holds the view that it would be better to cancel the 1940-41 competition and to start afresh with the 1940-41 competition next season. I think this is a wise plan, for any competition held over losses its appeal, and it is far better to begin on a “fresh page” I expect the Reds and Blues will fall into line. And I have little doubt that the County F.A. will once again forego their percentage on receipts in order to help the competing clubs.
EVERTON F.C. LOSE £1,904
July 2, 1941. The Evening Express.
Everton Football Club balance sheet for the year ending June 7, shows a loss of £1,904 as against £9,135 the previous season. The balance carried forward is £34,337 as against £39,877 the previous year. The actual loss is reduced to £1,334 by the profit on sale of war Loan, and income from properties and investments. The directors have made provision in the accounts for depreciation in the accounts to £4,206, so that assets of land, property, etc, now ranks at £37,860. The overdraft at the bank stands at £24,090 as compared with £30,565. An anticipated, there will be no dividend declared at the annual meeting which will take place on Friday, July 11.
No Loss On Football
Everton did not make a loss by participating in the Football League Regional and cup competitions. Football about paid for itself. Gates receipts brought in £3,677, this being a drop of £5,422 from the previous season, while only £1,343 was received from matches played away against £3,508. Season tickets brought in £30 as compared with £524, and the sub-lets and programmes account brought in £671. On the expenditure side players’ wages and transfers fees took up £715 against £3,854 the previous season, and £1,454 was paid to visiting clubs. Travelling expenses amounted to £594 compared with £1,512; training expenses and wages were £265 as against £772, and ground expenses and wages were £360 against £2,286. Rent, rates, and taxes, etc, swallowed up £1,070 and subscriptions were down from £1,277 to £126. Altogether it is a good balance sheet in view of prevailing conditions, and it shows that Everton will be able to carry on at a similar rate for about 16 years. The retiring directors, Messrs W.C. Gibbins, the chairman, G. Evans, and W.R. Williams, will not be opposed at the annual meeting and so will be re-elected, as I mentioned some time ago.
DEATH OF SCOTTISH INTERNATIONALIST
Aberdeen Journal-Saturday 5 July 1941.
Harry Ritchie, former Scottish international footballer, has died at Nottingham aged forty-one. A native of Perth, he played outside right for Everton, Hibernian, Dundee, and St. Johnstone. He made his first appearance for Scotland in 1923 against Wales and his last in 1928 against Ireland.
July 16, 1941, The Evening Express.
Ritchie and Tom Costley Passed Away
I have received news of the passing of two former Everton forwards, Ritchie and Tom Costley. Ritchie was the Scottish international outside-right and a member of the famous Dunn-Ritchie wing which created such a sensation with Hibernians. Everton secured the transfer of Jimmy Dunn and later went back and signed Ritchie. This wing made its debut for Everton at Burnden Park against Bolton Wanderers in August 1928, when Everton won 3-2, thanks to a Dixie Dean “hat-trick.” Ritchie remained at Goodison Park for about two seasons and then returned to Scotland. Costly played for Everton about 50 years ago and was 76.
Liverpool Echo - Friday 18 July 1941
The passing of yet another old Everton player is announced in the death of Mr. Ted Griffiths, who played as a full back for the Blues away back in their Stanley Park days. Later had several seasons with Liverpool Leeks, a well-known amateur side those days. He was also a good sprinter, winning the Jersey championship and many other trophies, while in his later years he regularly lifted the veteran’s prize at Orrell sports. He was member of the Olympic Bowling Club for many years, and was well-known in the city the wholesale fruit trade.