Everton Independent Research Data


March 3 1924. The Daily Courier.
Everton were two goals down at half-time; they scored in the first minute of the second half, and equalisedf in the last minute of the match. They should have won, before 30,000 people left the ground thrilled and excited, and with the satisfied, feeling that comes with the reception of money's worth. Newcastle United are a good team, but they were lucky to escape defeat. This is by no way of disparagement to their Cup-tie chances against Liverpool on Saturday. Indeed, with reserves in the side, they played well enough to warrant the assumption that the Reds will have to be on top form to win. Quick-striding wingers always spelled danger when they got away, and keen tackling halves ably supported the forward thrusts. The game was distinctly curious. The chief factor in Everton's first deficit was the dazzling sun and the glue-like consistency of the turf, for they were blinded and bogged.

In eight minutes Mitchell, on the left wing, received the ball, which he ran into touch, but was allowed by a lenient referee to go on, the while Brown and McDonald waved frantic appeals. The winger's centre was a beauty, and Cowan, standing unmarked, had little difficulty in heading past Harland. In thirty minutes McDonald in clearing his lines kicked the ball hard on to McBain's head and a corner resulted. This was well placed, and Newcastle were two up via their own McDonald. It was a unique experience for Everton to be two goals to the bad, and they proceeded to demonstrate their disapproval with no uncertain way. Thereafter the rest of the game was their's if one except an occasional breakaway. The Newcastle backs McCrackenised and kicked into touch on every possible occasion, but their goal was bombarded for minutes on end. Mutch saved three full drivers from Chadwick in fifty seconds, and it was only sheer misfortune, which prevented a score.

However, from the kick off in the second half, Troup got away, diddled Curry and Hampson, and put across a lovely centre which Cock emulating Cowan, nodded into the net. Although Everton had practically all the game, it was not until the referee was about to give his final whistle and many people had left the ground, that Chedgzoy ran down and centred. One of the United halves headed the ball up into the air. Chadwick trapped it, and without hesitation lobbed it over the head of Mutch. Nothing alike the scene of enthusiasm, which followed, has been seen at Goodison this season, especially as there was no time left to restart the game.

The best man on the field was Low, the United outside right. He is slightly built, but takes the ball on the run is fast, and centres admirably. Once he might have scored himself but for unselfishness. Mitchell on the opposite flank was a fine deputy for Seymour, and Mooney was the best of the halves, Harris was subdued by McBain, and although Cowan scored. McDonald was the better inside man. Mutch, the saviour of his side at Watford, played a similar role here. Davie Reid made a splendid partner for Chedgzoy, and might himself have scored with luck. Cock worried the visitors' defence all through, while Chadwick's terrific punches and Troup trickiness were feature. McBain, Hart and Brown were an impressive trio, and the backs, although prone to play too much on the halves, kicked lustily and with direction. Harland was blameless as regards the goals. It will be no holiday for Liverpool on Saturday. Teams: - Everton: - Harland, goal, McDonald, and Livingstone backs, Brown McBain and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Reid, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. Newcastle United: - Mutch, goal, Hampson, and Hunter, backs, Curry, Spencer, and Mooney, backs, Low Cowan, Harris, McDonald, and Mitchell, forwards.

March 3, 1924. The Daily Courier.
Extraordinary conditions prevailed of Molineux, where bright sunshine in the first half was followed by a snowstorm. Everton took an early lead, but the Wanderers did better in the snow, and took the lead twice. Wall led Everton well, and was robbed of the "hat-trick" through the referee reversing his decision after consulting both linesmen. The Wanderers introduced Timmons and Bowen, just secured from Walsall. The Wolverhampton scores were Marson, Martin, and Picken.

March 4, 1924. The Daily Courier.
Sam Chedgzoy played for England who lost at Blackburn, before 30,000 spectators yesterday against Wales.

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Friday 07 March 1924
George Brewster, Scottish International player and ex-captain of Everton, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Wallasey United football clubs, is leaving Liverpool to-morrow by the Cunard Liner Ausonia for New York to take up an appointment with the Brooklyn Wanderers.

March 10, 1924. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
At Goodison Park. Everton were out to reverse the previous week's result, when they lost by the odd goal in five. Play during the first half, was even, but afterwards the Wolves fell away, and Everton dominated the game and ought to have had a commanding lead at the interval. The fine goalkeeping of Hampton, however, kept the score down to one. Barton, a recruit from the "A" team, was always a live wire, and succeeded in scoring that goal. Fern was only troubled on one occasion, with an awkward shot that came from Legge the keeper being fortunate in tipping it over the bar. In the opening stages of the second half, the Wolves forced the pace but soon fell away. Their halves were never able to operate freely against the pertinacity of the Everton forwards and after Wall had a goal disallowed for offside, Parry scored Everton's second, and later Barton got a third. Fern had an easy time, for the shots he had to deal with were mostly misdirected. Everton attacked strongly towards the finish, and Barton scored his third goal. Everton were good winners, the Wolves play being very disappointing.

Athletic News - Monday 10 March 1924
George Brewster, the ex-Everton, and Wolverhampton Wanderers player, sailed on Saturday afternoon for New York, where he is to train the Brooklyn Wanderers Football Club.  He will be away four months. 

March 10, 1924. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The home team had little difficulty in winning their match at Townsend-Lane. The first half was evenly contested, there being little to choose between the sides. Both goals were frequently visited, but bad shooting spoiled several good chances. Everton obtained the lead shortly before the interval through an excellent goal by Swindell. In the second half the visitors, playing downhill, made efforts to get on level terms, but Crellis and Davies proved stubborn defenders. Further goals for Everton were scored by Swindell, Houghton, and Rooney (penalty). Caddick, McGrae, and Swindell did well for the home side. Fyldes, Birk, and Nuttall, being the pick of the visitors.

March 17 1924. The Daily Courier.
By Adams.
Everton's defeat in London by West Ham United cannot be attributed to the old fault of bad finishing. It was due to a new one –bad starting. Times without number the Hammers were allowed to get going without any attempt being made by their opponents to grapple with man or ball. This was particularly noticeable in the case of Campbell, the new young centre forward from Jarrow, who was, literally, allowed to score a goal upon his first appearance in First League football. McBain, indeed, was kind to him throughout the match, and he had any amount of room in which to operate. When Campbell scored, he was facing both McDonald and McBain. They stood still and looked at him, and Campbell looked at them. Quite an appreciable pause follow before the centre-forward shot the ball past Harland.

Against such a bustling enthusiastic side a West Ham different tactics should have been employed. For one thing, the Hammers had played Notts County the week previously, and had imbibed quite a lot about the one back game, which they exploited with great success. For another, they had a couple of fine fast wingers in Edwards and Ruffell, and these two were well supplied with long swinging passes, the while Everton tip-tapped and pirouetted, and played balloons with a light ball. With advantage in height, Bishop, Kay, and Cadwell, the home halves were able to check anything in the nature of concerted advances. The backs kicked and over kicked joyously, and Hampton had more or less of a holiday, but Everton ought to have been able successfully to combat these methods, for taken all in all, West ham are not a great side. The Blues will probably profit by their tactical lapses and originate a different plan of campaign for the return match. Campbell's goal has been referred to; the second came ten minutes from the end after Ruffel had forced a corner, and dropped the ball right into the goalmouth, where Edwards applied the finishing touch with his head. Irvine's goal came after delightful work between Cock and Chedgzoy, and was well worked.

This young man Campbell is a "find." He played a remarkable fine game, in exalted company, having a working plan of the goal position in his head and being clever in ball control and foot flicking. He should go far, and West Ham are to be congratulated. The inside forwards were weak, but the halves played vigorously and well. Everton had for a wonder, one or two passengers. Chedgzoy seems unable to show his best form against London sides, and Irvine, apart from his goal, did little. Chadwick had a comparatively off-day, and the best of the front line were Troup and Cock. The half-backs with the exception of Hart, who gave a splendid exhibition all through, were nothing like so potent a force as usual, and the backs, although they kicked and cleared well, and were rather outpace by the fleet wingers, and on one occasion got on top of each other, Harland was in fine form. Teams: - West Ham United: - Hampson goal Henderson, and Young, backs, Bishop, Kay, and Cadwell, half-backs, Edwards, Collins, Campbell, Moore, and Ruffell, forwards. Everton: - Harland goal, McDonald, and Livingstone, backs, Brown, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards.

March 17, 1924. The Daily Courier.
Everton should have annexed both points on the balance of play, but faulty finishing and splendid goalkeeping by Gurney nullified clever midfield work. The Villa goal had a lucky escape when tall rebounded from the underside of the bar into the custodian's hands. It also appeared that a penalty should have been awarded when Williams was brought down, but despite appeals, the referee ruled against the Blues. Smart wing play by Forbes and Parry was a feature of the first half hour. Then the Villa got moving and after a bout of passing between Eccles and Harris, the former gave Fern no chance with a fast drive. Everton got on terms almost immediately. Wall ran down and after racing over to the right delivered a hot which Gurney, in attempting to clear, fisted into the net. Both pairs of backs were in great form and the defences came out on top for the remainder of the game. Peacock was always to the fore in providing openings for the forwards and often went through himself. Vise also sent in smart drives. Wall was not at his best but the wingers did well throughout. In the first half Parry almost scored but Gurney made a wonderful save.

March 19, 1924. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
For the return match with West Ham United at Goodison Park, on Saturday, Everton are making one change from the side beaten in London last week. Raitt taking the place of McDonald. The team is Harland, Raitt, Livingstone, Brown McBain, Hart, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup.

March 24, 1924. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
There was a lot desultory play in the game at Goodison Park on Saturday, when Everton beat West Ham United by the odd goal in three. An end of the season atmosphere permeated the proceedings, and there were few incidents that aroused enthusiasm. West Ham led at the interval by a capital goal scored by Moore, and ten minutes remained to play when Chadwick gave Everton the lead with a penalty goal after Cock had equalised. The early play favoured Everton, but the forwards were never able to get the better of the West Ham defence. It was the clever work of the visitors defence that caused thee game to swing round in West Ham's favour, and their policy of long swinging passes during which the whole side moved in almost solid formation quite upset the Everton players, At all events the Everton attack was eclipsed, and West Ham, with their open methods, dominated the game. Afterwards Everton came more into the picture, but it could not be said that the play at any stage reached the standard expected.

Everton were at their best in the early stages, and Chedgzoy and Irvine by effective work, caused Hampton to exert himself, but it was from McBain that Hampson had most to fear. The half-backs sent in one glorious drive, which Hampson brought down very cleverly. Campbell proved a leader of the persistent type with all the energy and enthusiasm of youth, that kept him worrying the Everton defenders. Proctors got in a hard shot, but McBain's clever Interceptions generally neutralised the efforts of the West Ham forwards. At the end of twenty-four minutes, however, Edwards got well past the Everton defence and centred for Moore to drive a really fine shot into the net. West ham stuck to the methods that proved profitable, and in the first half Everton failed to find an effective way of dealing with their long swinging passes to the wings. The West ham attacks was very practical, if it lacked the finer touches and once Proctor sent a fine header just over the bar, while McBain was again Everton's best shooter. Young made a blunder, and Hampson only just managed to touch the ball, but it sufficient to prevent Irvine from scoring. The next Everton attack, however, proved successful, for Chedgzoy centred close to goal, and Cock managed to get the ball into the net in rather scrambling fashion.

Then happened one of those simple incidents, which sometimes have big results. The Everton left wing broke away, and Hampson after leaving his goal, decided that the distance was too far, but before he could return Troup shot, and the ball hit the foot of the far upright. Chadwick got the rebound, and from his shot, Bishop knocked the ball down with his elbow. A penalty kick followed and Chadwick easily converted. Thus Everton, in spite of some desperate play by West Ham, won rather luckily. The Everton half-back line was easily the best section of the side. McBain was so accurate with his interceptions, and so skilful in attack, that he had no superior on the field. The defence was good without showing any great cleverness, but the forwards were much below their usual standard. The best on the West Ham side were Hampson, Bishop, Moore, Edwards, and Henderson. Teams: - Everton: - Harland, goal, Raitt, and Livingstone, backs, Brown, McBain and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. West Ham United: - Hampson, goal, Henderson, and Young, backs, Bishop, Kay, and Cadwell, half-backs, Edwards, Proctor, Campbell, Moore and Ruffell, forwards.

March 24 1924. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Attractive football was display by both sides in this game at Hoylake. Nomads missed opportunities by bad marksmanship, whereas for Everton many fast drives were ably fielded by Sutcliffe. Millar the Everton centre-half, would probably have won the game if after a fine dribble Wall had not interfered with his final shot. Nomads scored first, fern experiencing difficulty with an excellent centre Davies. Robertson met his clearance and netted from close range. Wall reduced the lead prior to the interval. After the interval Howard put Nomands ahead, but Wall, with the finest shot of the match, gave Sutcliffe no chance. Miller and Wall were prominent for Everton Loxham and Allen for Nomads.

March 24 1924. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Recs, sprang a surprise at Townsend –lane were they gained a substantial victory. The first half was stubbornly contested. Swindell narrowly missing an opening the home team's account. In the opening stages A penalty granted to the Recs, was safely negotiated by Wright. Woods after clever work by Finlott scored the visitors second goal. Close on the interval the home team managed to reduce the lead from one of Swindell centres, the ball striking one of the opposing defenders and entering the net. In the second half both sides played good football, but the Recs added a further goal through Woods.

March 25 1924. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton F.C. played their second annual match with St. Francis Xavier's School at West Derby yesterday, when the score was 2-2. There was a large crowd to see an amusing game, which helped the boys in their football knowledge enormously. Although the juniors did not appear to be playing well, they were, in reality, playing a good game, and in the second half it was a noticeable fact they had picked up some of the little touches they had learned from Everton in the first half. King and Poole scored for the boys, the diminutive King from a penalty, and Cock and Irvine got goals for their side. After the match the School entertained the players and party to tea and a game of billiards. Mr. Jon McKenna, who made a short speech, and Director Banks were made honorary members of the Old Boys. Association and were presented with souvenir medals. The result of the billiards match was: - St Francis Xavier's W. Dodd 100, A. Dowd 60, J. Owen 100, R. McCann 65, J. Long 97, L. K 100, Rev. Ft. Woodlock 100, total 622. Everton F.C. McBain 88, Makepeace 100, McIntosh 86, Teroup 100, Cock 100, Father Sargent 99, Mr. Cuff 79, Total 652.

March 29, 1924. The Daily Courier
By Adams.
There were several flags flying at Ninian Park on Saturday, and at times they were blown in different directions all at once. It was the most peculiar breeze that ever blew, and 22 players said things about Boreas that made him more "rude" than ever. While Everton were ejaculating "Blow it!" (Or sometimes similar), Cardiff's Championship chances were being waited away. I daresay, if the whirlwind from the Bristol Channel had refrained from practical jokes, we should have seen some good football, but the fact remains that we did not, and I emerged a human interrogation mark, in relation to Cardiff's position in the League. On Saturday's form they are no more than second-rate, and they cannot excuse themselves on the grounds of misfortune, for Waks (deputising for the unfortunate Herbie Evans) and Hagen (substituting the injured Joe Clennell) were two of the best men on the field.

The chief fault was fatal hesitancy in the forwards. With the wind blowing NE. A point E, they had countless opportunities in the first half, but their efforts were reminiscent of a pleasant Sunday afternoon in the Doldrums. Often Shon Evans and Lawson would mancururve an opening, and Gill and Len Davies would drift away and come to grief on a ice shone. "The sweet little cherub that sits up aloft" Watched over the lot of Everton to some purpose in the first half and there would have been no surprise if there had been a couple of goals against them at the interval. In the second half Everton got favourable slant of wind, and outpointed their opponents, Chadwick hoisted the slacks and fired in a wonderful dead-ball drive which rattled the crossjacks –crossbar, I mean –and Master Roberts (Irvine) took a 25-1 chance which nearly gave a national victory to England.' This half was almost entirely Everton's and it is remarkable how the City goal escaped. One of the most thrilling incidents in the game occurred when Troup sent in a shot from the wing. As Faruharson shaped at the wobbling sphere a burst of sunshine took him full in the eye. He groped blindly for the ball, which, as it happened, hit his hands, and fell on the line. With Cock and Irvine upon him, he was lucky to scrape it round the post for a corner. However, this was only one incident in a game of close shaves and narrow escapes.

Critcism of individual players in such conditions would be unfair, but one might say that Nelson kicked harder And higher than any one else; that Keenor, both conversationally and athletically, was the best of the City halves; and that only Gill and Len Davies appeared at any time likely to take bearings for the net. Lawson started well and fell off; Evans is nothing like the potent force he was. For Everton, Chedgzoy, when he managed to get the ball, was a force to be reckoned with; Troup was one of the best forwards (and half-backs) on view; Cook beat up to windward untiringly, covering dozens of tacks to the nautical mile in chasing the ball, and Chadwick never hesitated to shoot. McBain played his usual sound constructive game, and Livingstone was the better of the backs, although Raitt bore the brunt of the work, and had the distinction of having four free kicks given against him for hands. The state of the weathercock at the end –a point to the North, with the championship going West about represents the run of the regatta. Teams: - Cardiff City: - Farquharson, goal, Nelson, and Blair, backs, Wake, Keenor, and Hardy, half-backs, Lawson, Gill, Davies, Hagen, and Evans, forwards. Everton: - Harland, goal, Raitt, and Livingstone, backs, brown McBain and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards.

March 31, 1924. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
A capital game was seen at Goodison Park. Everton won 4-2, and deserved their victory because they were more skilful in attack, controlled the ball betters, and showed more finally about their work. Forbes on the extreme left was prominent throughout and had the satisfact of scoring three of the goals. The United the disadvantage of having the wind against them in the first half and their passing was very inaccurate. Everton play with much confidence and succeeded in opening thee score after six minutes, Parry after beating the half and full backs, places a centre to the foot of Forbes who gave the goalkeeper no chance. After 20 minutes the United equalised, a centre from Partridge right into goal, and Fern allowing the ball to roll over his arm into the net. After Mace had hit the crossbar, Wall put Everton ahead. It was in the second half that the United proved most dangerous, and Fern's charge had some narrow escapes. Forbes placed Everton further ahead, and Johnson reduced the lead, with a capital individual effort in the last minute, Forbes scored Everton's fourth.




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