Everton Independent Research Data



March 1 st 1928. The Liverpool Post and Mercury


At Valley Parade. In the course of an evenly contested first half, Houghton dribbled through and scored at short range for Everton, but soon afterwards, Scriven equalised. White the Everton centre-forward was hurt just before the interval and left the field. Wilkinson scored a fine goal for the visitors, and Scriven equalised.



March 3 rd 1928. The Daily Courier.


Everton will have a respite today from the Huddersfield menace to their League leadership, as the Town have an axe to grind in the Cup. It will mean however, that Huddersfield will have two matches in hand of the Goodison Park lot after this afternoon so it behoves Everton to try to exact as much as possible from the visit to West Ham at Upton Park where they should not be afraid of a defeat. Leicester who have played one more match than the leaders, will be idle as far as the League in concerned, so this will be another encouragement to the Blues to try and make hay in the West Han sunshine. Bolton and Cardiff, others of the Fighting Five, will be away with perhaps, nothing but a draw in view in either case. Huddersfield have cut down the difference between their goal average and that of Everton by about half since last week, while Leiceseter (third) have gone further than that in the case of Bolton, and Cardiff are some way behind the others in this dizzy game of decimal dots. West Ham who have at the moment, little interest in League arithmetic, have been beaten by seven clear goals at Goodison Park this season, but on their own ground they are likely to show their teenth to the extent of retaining a point. Everton play the team who drew with Liverpool last week while the Hammers make two changes. Teams: - Everton: - Hardy, Cresswell, O'Donnell, Kelly, Hart, Virr; Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, Troup. West Ham United: - Hufton, Henderson, Earl; Collins, Barrett, Cadwell; Yews, Watson, V. Gibbins, Moore, and Ruffell.



March 5 TH 1928. The Daily Courier.



Everton put up a valiant fight at West Ham, but nothing went right for them. They came near to snatching victory in the closing stages, and yet the surprising thing was that they were not beaten, for Everton played the greater part of the game with only four forwards, and one of their four was limping. After fifteen minutes' play they lost entirely the services of Forshaw, who although he remained on the field at outside-right, was rendered useless by a return of his knee injury. About the same time Critchley was also lamed. This injury robbed him of his speed, but he continued pluckily, and several times in the second half he came near to scoring. In these circumstances Everton did well to share the points. The chief honours went to the full backs –O'Donnell being the best on the field –while Hardy, in goal, showed splendid confidence. West Ham strengthened by the return of V. Gibbins as leader of attack, and Barrett at centre half, and playing against a disorganised Everton attack, had long spells of pressure. Their best raiders was Yews, and Hufton was brilliant in goal.


West Ham gave a much better display than for some weeks past. Gibbins was kept well in hand in front of goal. It was the same with dean for Everton. Time after time he was thwarted at critical moments, and there were only three occasions when he looked like scoring. Twice when he dashed between the backs Hufton took considerable risks with his won safety, throwing himself at Dean's feet, and but for his anxiety not to injure the goalkeeper Dean might have scored in each instance. Everton's best efforts came in the closing stages when Troup, Weldon, and Crtcheley, each put in rasping shots which might easily have beaten Hufton. The Everton forwards placed too much reliance on Dean being able to force his way past three, and sometimes four, bustling opponents. Kelly was the best of the Everton's half-backs. Teams: - West Ham United: - Hufton, goal, Henderson and Earl, backs, Collins, Barrett, and Cox, half-backs, Yews, Watson, V. Gibbons, Moore, and Ruffell, forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Cresswell (captain) and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart, and Virr, half-backs, Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, and Troup, forwards.

March 5 th 1928. The Daily Courier.
Houghton twice found the net in the first half, and but for many brilliant saves by Carr further goals would have accrued from Easton and French. After the interval Houghton completed his “hat-trick” and nearing the end Nesbitt scored for Preston. The Everton forwards backed up by a capital half-back line, displayed splendid understanding.

Athletic News - Monday 05 March 1928
Everton Share with West Ham
Injury Handicap
West Ham United 0 Everton 0
By Kay
West Ham and Everton shared two points in a goalless game at Upton Park.  Neither team will be satisfied.  From Everton’s side of the argument two points would have been very valuable to them, inasmuch as this would have enabled them to keep well ahead in the running for the League Championship.  The Londoners, on the other hand, required a win in order to lift themselves from the vicinity of the danger zone.  However, the result was in keeping with the run of the game.  Everton might easily have achieved their purpose had there been a little more intelligence shown by the half-backs.  Dixie Dean was deluged with passes from all angles.  It seems to be an unwritten law with the Everton men that “when in doubt give the ball to Dean.”  England’s centre forward is a brilliant player, but he is only human and cannot be expected to do the work of a complete forward line.  Quite early in the game Critchley and Forshaw, the right wing pair, were put out of action through injuries.  The last named was badly hurt and hobbled about on the touchline unable to help his colleagues.  On the extreme left Troup was starved for opportunities, and stood helpless while the ball was pushed forward in the centre, for Dean to fall victim to the vigilant home defenders.  I was sorry for Troup, but more concerned about Dean, who made the best of a bad job, and despite the amount of overwork came out of the ordeal with honours.  He did not add to his bag of goals, but he did manage to keep Hufton, Henderson, and Earl on tenterhooks.  Even when the Everton line was disorganized by the mishaps to the rightwing forwards, which, by the way, were quite of an accidental nature, Everton were the more scientific side, and the record crowd for a League match, numbering 40,000, showed its appreciation of the neat triangular movements. 
Full-Backs’ Understanding
The visitors were seen to best advantage in the first half, and Dean would have scored on at least two occasions but for the timely and courageous dives of Hufton, who went into the fray without a moment’s thought for personal safety.  For most of the time Dean was chasing an elusive ball.  Weldon performed some clever tricks by the aid of perfect control, but his passing was extremely weak.  All the same, he put in the most likely scoring shots of the game, and once again the agility of the home goalkeeper was exemplified.  That West Ham did not gain the full spoils was no fault of the half-backs.  Collins, Barrett, and Cox did everything possible to make the work of the forwards easier, but Watson, at inside right, seemed to be uncomfortable in that position, and V. Gibbins lacked the necessary amount of dash at centre forward.  Moore and Ruffell were the most impressive forwards, the former engaging in many a thrilling encounter with Cresswell, who gave nothing away.  A feature on the game was the splendid understanding between Henderson and Earl at full-back for the home side.  There is no question that Henderson has returned to his best form.  He does his work effectively without any fuss, and although not quite so experienced Earl makes an ideal partner.  When Dean’s colleagues were pushing through passes from all manner of impossible angles he never gave up trying.  There were times when he retrieved the ball in miraculous fashion.  West Ham United; Hufton; Henderson, Earl; Collins, Barrett, Cox; Yews, Watson, V. Gibbins, Moore, and Troup.  Everton; Hardy; Cresswell, O’Donnell; Kelly, Hart, Virr; Critchley, Forshaw, Dean, Weldon, and Troup.  Referee; Mr. H.V. Stott, Tamworth. 

March 6 th 1928. The Liverpool Courier.
Dean, the Everton centre-forward is to lead the English League against the Scottish league at Ibrox Park, Glasgow, on Saturday. Thus Everton, who are at home on that date to Portsmouth, will have to find a new leader.
Benefits were sanctioned to Raitt and Troup of Everton.

March 7 th 1928. The Liverpool Courier.
Bobbie Irvine, transferred yesterday from Everton to Portsmouth, will play for his club against his old comrades at Goodison Park on Saturday. Irvine, since joining Everton six years ago, has been capped by Ireland 11 times. He took part in the last six matches against England, and played against Scotland in 1922, 1924 and last month at Glasgow, while he has also figured twice in matches with Wales. Irvine formerly was with Dunmurry a North of Ireland club. He is an inside-right of marked skill and an excellent shot. Irvine, who is a native of Lisburn, County Antrim is 5ft 9in, in height and weighs about 11 and half stone. He did not appear for the Blues in many First Division matches this season, but he managed to score three goals, as well as one in an F.A. Cup tie and four for the Reserve team. He scored 11 goals last season in 34 First Division matches, and in the proceeding campaign he netted eight times in 31 appearances.

Everton have made some surprising changes in their team to meet Portsmouth at Goodison Park on Saturday, kick-off 3.15. Dean of course will not be available owing to the Inter-League duel at Glasgow and Weldon, a little fellow, is moved from inside left to the centre-forward berth. Forshaw, whose many admires will regret to hear may mot play again this season, is also missing from the team, owing to an injury on Saturday. His place is allotted to Easton, a reserve, while Houghton, another reserve, is brought into Weldon's old position. The chosen are as follows: - Hardy, Cresswell, O'Donnell, Kelly, Hart, Virr, Critcheley, Easton, Weldon, Houghton, and Troup.

Harold Houghton
Dundee Courier-Friday 9 March 1928
Norwich City yesterday signed Harold Houghton, the Exeter City inside-left. Houghton has been six years with Exeter, whom he joined from Everton in 1928.

Sheffield Independent - Friday 09 March 1928
Everton have signed on Samuel Neston, outside right of Gillingham, and the Southern Section club have taken Arthur Dominy and Tommy Millington, of Everton.  Dominy will be remembered as the former Southampton player. 
Neil McBain
Neil McBain who has gone from St. Johnstone to Liverpool.  Formerly with Everton, Manchester City, and Ayr United, McBain played at centre-half back for Scotland against England in 1922, and represented his country in the matches with Wales in 1924 and Ireland in 1923.  He will play against Blackburn Rovers tomorrow.

March 9 th 1928. The Daily Courier.
S.W.Meston son of Sammy Meston, a famous old-time player, who has been secured by Everton from the Third (Southern) Division club, Gillingham is a forward, and made 36 appearances last season for the Kent club scoring three times. He has shown good promise and is likely under Goodison Park influences, to develop into a very smart performer. Gillingham have at the same time taken the two Everton players Arthur Dominy and Tommy Millington. Arthur Dominy is of course the old Southampton inside forward, who used to be so popular as a partner to Rawling at the Dell. He scored four goals this season for the Goodison Park reserve team and netted 12 times for the first team last season, when he appeared on 28 occasions with the seniors. Tommy Millington, a sturdy Wrexham boy has assisted the Everton Reserves during this season, and he succeeded in netting once. He, however, made 13 appearances for the senior eleven last season.

Neil McBain, Liverpool's latest signing is a Scottish International centre half-back and has been with Manchester United, Everton and St. Johnson.

Athletic News - Monday 12 March 1928
No Sting in Attack without Dean
Dour Defence
Everton 0 Portsmouth 0
By Junius
The majority of the 35,000 spectators at Goodison Park anticipated an easy victory for the local side, but it was a disappointed crowd at the finish of what had been a contest much below the ordinary League standard.  The enforced changes in the Everton forward line probably had much to do with the ability of the team to strengthen the club’s position at the head of the chart.  With Dean at Glasgow, Forshaw again on the injured list, and Irvine transferred to Portsmouth during the week, the Everton attacking line rarely gave the impression of exacting quarter from a side that fought sternly to improve upon their lowly position.  Never was Dean more missed, for Everton’s lack of inches and of the requirements of a centre forward were plainly demonstrated throughout, while the introduction of Houghton and Easton to League football did not bring about the success desired.  The latter, who joined the club from Blyth Spartans last March, showed promise as the game progressed, particularly in the second half, when he was the one forward seriously to test McPhail.
Chances to Score
Regarding Houghton, his time is not yet, and as a result Troup had to plough a lonely furrow.  Critchly played well in the first half, but the forward line as a whole failed to approximate the standard usually attained by the clubs.  This was surprising, as the forwards were provided with numerous chances to display their ability.  But they were slow on the ball, and passes intended for colleagues often went to opponents.  These were outstanding defects and as, by comparison, the Portsmouth forwards were faster and adapted themselves better to the blustering breeze, it can be readily imagined that they enjoyed a good share of the game.  The Southern team were seen at their best in the first half, when Cresswell elected to play against the wind, probably underrating the character of the opposition, and while the visiting forwards did well during the visiting forwards did well during this period, the change-round served to show that the half-backs and full-backs were not lacking in defensive measures.  They defended stubbornly and tenaciously. 
Dour Defenders
In the second half it was a case of Everton attempting to wear down a dour defence that fought hard and lasted well.  Portsmouth, I thought, should have opened the scoring after the game, had been in progress 15 minutes, when Weddle, the young Durham centre-forward, standing but a few yards out, had a glorious chance from a centre by Forward but he allowed Hardy to clear.  Later on, Forward, cutting in, should have shot, for he had plenty of room, but he preferred to pass the ball altogether.  Nichol provided Weddle with another chance as the interval approached.  As Troup’s swift drive from close on the touch-line represented practically Everton’s best effort, it can readily be imagined that the visitors might easily have enjoyed the lead at the turn.  In the second half the Everton forwards had many chances of retrieving the position, and had Dean been in his customary place the issue would probably never have been in doubt. 
No Hesitancy
There was no hesitancy about the work of either half-back divisions, and little to choose between the players in this respect.  I liked McIIwaine, who kept a strong gap on Everton’s inside players in addition to flashing some fine passes out to Cook and Forward, while early on, he tested Hardy with a great drive.  Nichol, a half-back of the attacking type, went to the ball and ably purveyed to his forwards, but he could not altogether combat Troup’s wily ways and tricky movements.  Critchley and Easton could not exact much from Moffatt, who played on to become the best of the Portsmouth half-backs.  Everton’s trio played quite up to their standard, but had the misfortune of not seeing their work turned to better account.  Both defences were thoroughly sound.  Both defences were thoroughly sound, with O’Donnell outstanding.  He was not averse from moving up at times, to remind forwards of what was required of them.  Clifford and McCoglan covered McPhail well for he had little to do.  If the Portsmouth players lacked class they were all workers and merited a division of the points.  Everton; Hardy; Cresswell, O’Donnell; Kelly, Hart, Virr; Critchley, Easton, Weldon, Houghton, and Troup.  Portsmouth; McPhil; Clifford, McCoglan; Nichol, McIIwaine, Moffatt; Forward, Smith, Weddle, Watson, and Cook.  Referee; Mr. C.S. Osell, Tipton. 

March 12 th 1928. The Daily Courier.
It is quite possible that if Irvine had been playing for one of the sides that side would have won at Goodison Park, where Everton were at home after a long absence. As it was, both Everton and Pompey were in parlous straits for marksmen, and it must be said that the home team gave up the lead very tamely to Huddersfield. A Portsmouth director told me, writes a Daily Courier representative, that there was no formal agreement not to play Irvine, but a promise was given not to do so. “We wanted to let Everton down lightly under the circumstances,” he humorously added, although as things turned out he was speaking more truely than he had imagined. The players that did themselves justice on the Everton side could be counted on the fingers of one hand. If it has to be said that Weldon is not a centre-forward, it cannot be said that Weddle, Pomey's centre-forward, made a good impression. I did not like the new forward line lay-out necessitated through the absence of Dean in Scotland. Again, it seems we have to ask ourselves; “What is the would be championship side without Dean?”


The Everton forward line gave the impression of being too light, especially during a protracted part of the second session, when the Portsmouth defence falling back, pounded it with their heavy artillery.

The game was generally patchy, with too few bright spells. Indeed it was seldom above Second Division calibre, and occasionally below. There must have been contributory causes, mainly there was a puzzling breeze, the ground was hard and fast and a light ball was continually in the air, where a requires the most skilful of players to control it. In the criticism it is pleasing to be able to pass a good-opinion of one of the players making a debut for Everton. Easton, despite a couple of early mistakes in front of goal, has apparently the making of a capable inside man. Houghton, the local produced will have to travel some distance before he is up to the first-class standard, if this was his best. He should not be discouraged, for a first occasion has overawed other players before him. Troup did not seem to be able to make much out of the partnership, and he kept wandering into the centre, like a second centre-forward. Critchley, on the other wing, seemed at times to be finding McColgan one of the strongest backs in the game. Hart was easily the pick of the middle trio; but Virr and Kelly were not as impression as they might have been. Cresswell was variable, and O'Donnell played one of his best games, tackling well and kicking a good length, and on one occasion, with his best of intentions, he went through and tried a potshot. Hardy was quite good. He took some of the high stuff in great style. Teams: - Everton: - Hardy, goal, Cresswell (captain) and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly Hart and Virr, half-backs, Critchley, Easton, Weldon, Houghton, and Troup, forwards. Portsmouth: - McPhail, goal, Clifford, and McColgan, backs, Nichol, McIlwaine, and Moffatt, half-backs, Forward, Smith, Weddle, Watson and Cook, forwards.



March 12 th 1928. The Daily Courier


THE Football league team outclassed the Scottish League before 60,000 spectators at Ibrox Park, Glasgow, by six goals to two. After eight minutes in the second half Dean missed a penalty kick, which was saved by Falconer. Dean scored the fifth and sixth goals.



March 12 th 1928. The Daily Courier.


Freakish weather conditions were not altogether to blame for the poor game at Burnley, when Everton Reserves had to be content with a goalless draw after having much the better of the play. The visitors were more convincing in their fieldwork, but generally their finishing was deplorably weak. Wilkinson should have won the match, but he shot tamely into Dawson's hands in the second half. The defence carried off the honours.



March 28 th 1928. The Daily Courier.

Everton have dropped Houghton from their attack on the return of Dean, whose place was taken by Weldon for the match with Portsmouth. Weldon resumes at inside left. The eleven selected last night are as follows: - Hardy; Cresswell, O'Donnell; Kelly, Hart, Virr; Critchely, Easton, Dean, Weldon, Troup.



March 15 th 1928. The Daily Courier.




Everton ought to have won by a comfortable margin in their re-arranged League match with Manchester United at old Trafford yesterday. The fact that they lost by the odd goal was due to the mistaken tactics of expecting too much from Dean! No player worked harder than Dean. He strained every nerve and muscle to break down the Manchester defence, but nothing went right for him in front of goal. Everton had the better of matters early in the game, but their forwards missed many chances. Dean twice eluded the backs only to have his shots stopped by Richardson, and one of his best shots went just the wrong side of the post. Several times he was unlucky with his attempt with headers and he once placed on top of the net. Manchester United were well served at half and full back, but their forwards as a line were distinctly poor. They never looked like scoring, and the only goal they obtained just before half-time was due to faulty tactics by O'Donnell. He tried to take the man instead of the ball, and when Spence broke away both O'Donnell and Cresswell made no effort to recover, apparently expecting the whistle to go for offside. Had Spence shot Hardy would have probably saved, but instead he flashed the ball across for Rawlings to breast the ball into the net.


Everton continued to do most of the attacking in the second half but with the exception of Dean the other forwards seemed to have lost confidence in themselves, as far as scoring was concerned. The United defence was made to look more formidable than it was through only having to concentrate on Dean. This they did to good purpose. Everton's nearest approach to scoring was from a corner kick following a free kick by Hart, which was diverted wide of the goal through striking one of the players. From the corner kick the ball was flashed out of the reach of Richardson, but Jones was standing at the other side of the goal and kicked the ball out. Everton had a similar narrow escape in the second half, O'Donnell kicking the ball away from the goalline. Richardson saved an eleventh hour effort by Critchley, and Hanson struck the crossbar for the United. The Everton half-backs were never more than moderate.


Kelly showed up well in defence, and he was subjected to a good deal of barracking after he tripped McPherson. With the exception of Dean, all the Everton forwards were disappointing. The United attack was led by Rawlings, who the day before had been secured from Southampton. He had the distinction of scoring the United's goal. The United's best forwards were Spence and Hanson. Every credit must be given to Manchester United for their sound defence. Mann was most reliable at centre-half, and he was well backed up by Bennion in keeping Dean from scoring. Teams : - Manchester United: - Richardson, goal, Moore and Jones, backs, Bennion, Mann, and Wilson, half-backs, Spence, Hanson, Rawlings, Johnston, and McPerson, forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Cresswell (captain) and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart, and Virr half-backs, Critchley, Easton, Dean, Weldon and Troup, forwards.

March 15 th 1928. The Daily Courier.
Liverpool put up a poor show in the Central League game at Goodison Park, and were well beaten. The blame could be divided between the Liverpool backs and forwards. Walsh and Scott on the right worked well together, and with Clarke, opened out the play, but so far as finishing power went it seemingly was not in their plan of campaign. Pither and Devlin had an off-day, the outside left, wasting many centres by wretched shooting. Clarke never had a real chance apart from that in the opening half, when triangular work by Miller, Scott and Walsh ended in Scott placing the ball between Kennedy's legs for the ex-Newcastle man to net. Everton deserved their success, they showed a better understanding, and when it came to close quarters gave Riley and his backs a warm time. The success of the forwards was Bain, who obtained four of the six goals and did the “hat-trick.”

After accomplishing this he twisted his knee and was off the field 15 minutes, but returned on the change over. Meston, the young player from Gillingham, also showed up well and with Bain, proved the most dangerous of the line. Wilkinson who has played in four different positions in as many games yesterday led the attack, and well he carried out his task. He was responsible for the fourth goal when he headed beyond Riley a ball that the goalkeeper had just previously fisted out. The sixth goal came from a penalty, Houghton netting. Liverpool who were down 3-1 at the interval, obtained their second pint from Walsh. Teams : - Everton Res: - Davies, goal, Common and Kennedy, backs, Brown, Griffiths, and Rooney, half-backs, Meston, Bain Wilkinson, Houghton and Lewis, forwards. Liverpool Res: - Riley, goal, Gray and Done, backs, McMullan, Cockburn, and Miller, half-backs, Pither, Devlin Clarke, T. Scott, and Walsh, forwards.

March 16 th 1928. The Daily Post and Mercury.
G Martin, Everton new forward, is a versatile player, who will now realise his ambition of figuring in first division football. He played a prominent part in the defeat of Everton at Aston Villa ground last year in the fourth-round of the FA cup after the teams had played two drawn games. Martin played at inside left in the first match, and he was a live force through out. In the final match at Villa Park, martin at outside right scored the winning goal following a corner, and it was recognised that apart from that point he more than any player, was responsible for the overthrow of Everton. A swift attacker, he is no sooner on the run than he has a shot if at all favorably placed and he shoots well, to. He had the quite uncommon distinction for a footballer at one time of being awarded a diploma in art. A native of Lanarkshire, martin assisted Hamilton academically and while still with the club was allowed to assist bo'ness the Scottish league club, in the Scottish cup in October 1922 he was transferred from bo'ness to hull city, and has been a regular member of the first team ever since he played in all positions in the forward line, and occasionally in the back division. He stands 5ft 9ins and weights about 11 st 6lbs. Very popular in hull at the present moment at one time he was subjected to barracking by the crowd and this led to his being placed on the transfer list at his own request. Fortunately for hull he reconsidered his decision. Mr. T McIntosh, the Everton secretary completed the negotiations, and the transfer fee runs into four figures.

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Friday 16 March 1928
Martin Transferred at a Big Fee
George S. Martin, inside forward, was yesterday transferred from Hull City to Everton, at a fee stated to exceed $1,000.  He will play against Leicester City tomorrow.  Martin, who went from Bo’ness to Hull in October 1922, had originally played with Hamilton Academicals.  Last season he scored the deciding goal for Hull in the second replay in the Cup-ties against Everton at Villa Park.  Martin has occupied every position in the Hull attack. 

Hull Daily Mail - Saturday 17 March 1928
G for George, one of the best
E for "energy," when put to the test.
O for "opportunity," when he never lacks.
R for "repeating," his famous attacks
G for "gaining" entry into First Division
E for "Everton," and a wise decision.

M for "Martin,: Hull City's joy
A for "always" a broth of a boy;
R for "remembrance: of his clever tricks;
T for "taking" most of the risks;
I for "interest" we shall now take.
N for "nothing" the progress he'll make.
-J.F. Werge. March 16th, 1928.

Hull Daily Mail - Friday 16 March 1928
(Exclusive to the "Mail" by "Veritas.")
"I have often wondered whether First Division football would come my way," said George Martin, when I congratulated him on his translation to the Everton team, soon after his transfer from the Hull City Club on Thursday was completed, "and-though," he continued, means parting company with many friends made through football Hull, I have no regrets otherwise. Without having the faintest idea that Everton ever entertained any desire for mv services until they asked me, with the permission of the Hull City Club, to sign on for them this afternoon, I have always thought I should like to play for them. did not take me long to consider and to accept the terms offered me by Mr. McIntosh, the Everton secretary, who said I should be wanted to play in the League team on Saturday against Leicester City at Leicester, either inside right or left to Dixie Dean, and wherever they put me," Martin added with a smile. "I don't mind, because I have had a fair turn every position, except in goal, for Hull City."
"It is somewhat remarkable," the popular Scotsman went on to say, that shall begin my First Division career with one of the teams I helped to beat in last season's cup-ties against the team that beat Hull City in this season's competition." In the course of further conversation, Martin said he thought .that his style of play would fit in with the Everton idea, "and hope," he remarked, be able to help Dean create further records in League football." . There is no doubt that Martin was the most consistently effective forward in the Hull City team, for which made his 205 the appearance in League football last Saturday. In these games he scored 54 goals in addition goals obtained in cup-ties. It was his goal in the cup-tie at Anlaby-road last season that created the draw with Everton, and in the second replay he obtained the third and deciding goal which dismissed Everton in extra time at Villa Park. A MEMORABLE GAME.
In these cup-ties he played outside right, but in the decisive frame he went centre forward in the extra half-hour, and won the match. It was doubtless the versatility the Scotsman these games that impressed the Everton officials and caused them make successful overtures for his services desperate bid recover the leadership, and with the championship, _ for which Huddersfield Town are now making the pace very hot.
It was as centre forward that Martin first joined Hull City in October, 1922, being brought from Bo nes? By the then City manager, Mr Harry Lewis. He had previously played for Hamilton Academicals, which was his first club, and some dispute subsequently arose because the Academicals claimed Martin's signature and a right to the transfer fee paid Hull City to Bo'ness. The matter was amicably settled the clubs concerned. Martin in recent seasons has been in much favour with the crowd Anlaby-road, but the Hull spectators have not always treated the Scotsman kindly. Will recalled that in November, 1925, barracking led to his being placed the transfer list at own request, but, fortunately for the club, he reconsidered his decision. Nor was on the transfer, list when Everton, I understand, made some enquiries earlier in the present week, but as these were not immediately followed up, was thought that they had abandoned the quest for Martin's services. The visit paid by McIntosh, the Everton secretary, on Thursday afternoon to Hull was quite unexpected, and no one more surprised than Martin when the nature the official's errand was made known. The Hull City manager, Mr. W. McCracken, was in South-West Yorkshire, and permission for the Everton to approach the player desired was given by the chairman, Dr. Pullan.
The amount of the transfer fee has not been divulged. While not in the nature of some of the big " sales " effected Hull City in past, I gather that the Everton cheque is for a substantial figure, out of which Martin will, of course, receive the guaranteed amount due to him connection with the joint benefit was to share later in the season with his fellow Scotsman, "Jock" Gibson. This is the second deal Everton have had with Hull City, the first being the sensational treble transfer seventeen years ago when Tom Browell left Hull City for Everton for £1.650, to be followed three months later by his brother Andy and Joe (" Stanley ") Smith. In all Hull City received £3,100, an amount which was said to record up to that period, 1911. To-day the last day for the transfer except by permission the League authorities, and transfer permitted to clubs in vital positions in any division of the League.

March 17 th 1928. The Daily Courier.
Everton have a stiff task at Leicester today, and it is understood that their team will not be chosen until just prior to the game. The Filbert-street fellows are pretty dangerous on their own ground, and as they are within easy reach of Everton they will endeavour to strike a blow for a lift up the ladder today. It is difficult to foresee the result here in view of the decision to postpone the selection of the Everton team. Everton's probable team follows, with Leicester's chosen side (kick-off 3.0) Everton: - Hardy, Creswell, O'Donnell; Kelly, Hart, Virr; Critchley, Bain, Dean Weldon, Troup. Leicester City: - McLaren; Black, Brown, Duncan, Carr, Bishop; Adcock, Hine, Chandler, Lochhead, Barry.

March 19 th 1928. The Daily Courier.
Leicester City won by a lucky goal, the only goal in their home match with Everton. Thus Everton have not scored a single goal in their last four games. Leicester were considerably assisted in their victory by the fact that Dean, the Everton leader, strained the muscles in his right leg early in the game, and although he played on pluckily he was prevented from shooting with his right foot, and was just made that little bit slower by his injury which prevented him from scoring. The goal was scored after ten minutes' play. Adcock took a wide pass from Chandler, beat O'Donnell, and sent in a high dropping shot, which he evidently intended as a centre. The ball was carried by the wind to the far end of the goal. Hardy sprang forward to save, but apparently took his eye off the ball to look at Chandler rushing him with the result that the ball went between his hands into the back of the net. Prior to this, Dean several times had looked like scoring with spirited rushes, only to be foiled by the Leicester goalkeeper, who adopted the right tactics in repeatedly leaving his goal to intercept both centres and forward passes. Then came the injury to Dean, who until the interval played outside left, returning to the centre-forward position in the second half.


The Everton front line was sadly disjointed in the first half, but improved later. They did most of the attacking in the second half, but once again they adopted the wrong tactics in expecting too much from dean, who playing with a damaged right leg, was not as trustful as usual. Still he had hard lines on one occasion, meeting a centre from Troup with his head and diverting it goalwards. It would have beaten most goalkeepers, but not McLaren, who was seen at his best. Adcock missed the best chance of the match in the closing stages, having a clear run for goal, only to place behind when nearing Hardy. It was a keen game, full of fast and interesting football. Everton played better than in their last two games, but still their forwards left much to be desired. The new player, Martin from Hull City, certainly improved the line. He played with great dash and determination, and provided Critchley with many neat passes. Unfortunately he did not reveal shooting powers. Weldon worked hard, but is still completely off colour, and neither Critchley nor Troup were seen at their best. All three of the Everton halves worked hard, but they repeatedly found themselves beaten by the Leicester wing forwards, as also did Cresswell and O'Donnell. Hardy except for the one mistake he made played a sound game. Teams : - Leicester City: - McLaren, goal, Black and Brown, backs, Duncan, Carr and Bishop, half-backs, Adcock, Hine, Chandler, Lochhead and Barry, forwards. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Cresswell (captain) and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart and Virr half-backs, Critchley, Martin Dean, Weldon and Troup, forwards.



March 19 th 1928. The Daily Courier.


After a grand first half the game deteriorated considerably and the Everton forwards never looked like scoring. Bury had the more convincing attack, but they frittered away some glorious openings. Meston, the Blues' recent wing acquisition saw little of the ball, while Lewis on the opposite wing was weak. Griffiths was in great form both in attack and defence, and was easily the outstanding exponent on the Everton side. Houghton and Lewis received injuries, the latter being carried off ten minutes from the end. Everton: - Davies, goal, Common and Kennedy, backs, Brown, Griffiths, and Rooney, half-backs, Meston, Bain, Wilkinson, Houghton and Lewis, forwards.



March 22 nd 1928. The Daily Courier.


Everton Reserves won against Third Division opponents just as readily as the score indicates. New Brighton started well enough, and although a goal down in five minutes through French, fought back so strongly that soon Laycock levelled the matter with a header, that went to the right of Davie's outstretched hand. Having done this much, however, they seemed to think that was all that was required of them. Roberts did not accept a gilt-edged chance made possible by Dickie and with Howson lapsing momentarily, French headed past Mehaffy after the ball had come back off the bar. Wilkinson added a third point before the interval and completed the scoring. Everton as indicated, deserved their success and now met Tranmere Rovers in the final. The winners strongest point was defence. Davies, Kennedy, and Common dealt ably with everything that came their way. They had, however, an excellent trio of halves in front of them, and it was mainly due to Brown, Griffiths and Rooney that so little was seen of the New Brighton attack. Roberts especially had an off afternoon as a result of Griffiths keenness. French not only scored a couple of goals, but distributed the ball with excellent judgement. He had clever inside wingers in Wilkinson and Easton and with Meston, the quartette should develop into a resolute attack. Mehaffy kept a good goal for New Brighton, despite being beaten three times, one save from Easton in particular being cleverly made. He was ably supported by Jock McDonald, the old Everton back, who resumed acquaintance with the scene of many triumphs. Forward the extreme wingers, Dickie and Whitter caught the eye most: - Everton Res: - Davies, goal, Common and Kennedy backs, Brown, Griffiths and Rooney half-backs, Meston, Easton, French, Wilkinson, and Kendrick, forwards. New Brighton: - Mehaffy, goal, Howson and McDonald, backs, Beattie, Reid and Morrison, half-backs, Whitter, Sanderson, Roberts, Laycock and Dickie, forwards.



March 23 rd 1928. The Daily Courier.

Jones, Bournemouth and Boscombe's inside right, signed on yesterday by Everton, is the youngest brother of Ivor Jones, the Welsh International. The new Blue is 19 years of age, 5ft 7in, and weighs 10st 7lb, and has made a reputation as a clever forward.


Features of Everton's chosen, published in the later editions of the Daily Courier yesterday are Davies for Hardy in goal, Bain at inside right and Martin at inself-left. There was a possibility that Dean might not play owing to his leg injury, but he has improved under skilled treatment and, of course has been chosen. The Everton Resevres team to visit Sheffield United Reserves will be: - Hardy, Common, Kennedy, Brown, Griffith, Rooney; Meston, Easton, French, Wilkinson, and Kendrick.



March 26 th 1928. The Daily Courier


The joy bells were set ringing at Goodison Park when Dean, the famous goal hunter scored his 45 th League goal, and thus becomes the record scorer in the First Division of the League, taking the title from Harper, of Blackburn, with his 43 . Camsell, the Middlesbrough centre-forward, of course, still holds the record for the English League (all divisions) his 59 in the Second Division still standing as a record. Dean, has, of course scored a great bunch of goals besides in representative and club games. This time he found the route to goal particularly difficult, for he was closely patrolled, with Tommy Davison, the sleuth in chief, who looks after the centre forward all the time. His second was a really great goal. The Rams deserved their lead in the first half for Everton gave the impression of regarding them too lightly. It was not until well after the County obtained their two goals in quick succession that Everton realised the urgent necessity of making everything tight and snug. Crooks is little more than a youth, but he is a born footballer, and was a real danger on the Rams' right wing. It was he who gave the chance to Bedford, the ex-Forest and Blackpool “star” who beat Davies just after the goalkeeper had punched clear. Bedford was a brainy leader, and Hart patrolled him closely, but Virr and Kelly were not up to their best standard. Then Skipper Storer scored the Rams second goal. The international was largely the brains of his side and his constructive work was notable. Things were going awry for Everton before Dean obtained his goal near the interval, and the second half saw a turning in the tide, but the forwards' clock did not tick properly. There was such coming and going in front of goal, but little concerted action, and far from being able to breathe triumph, Everton had to be thankful with another goal by dean to keep his first in the initial half company. Martin, the ex-Hull City man impressed favourably, writes a Daily Courier representative. He had a knack of opening out the game, could draw a man and pass the ball. Possibly he will prove deadlier in front goal. On this occasion Troup was not at his best, and on the other wing Critchley and Bain did not have a good afternoon. Bain has the enthusiasm and he was better than some material we have seen in the inside perth, but he will have to do better in passing and shooting although he was unlucky with one close up hook shot. Teams: - Everton: - Davies, goal, Cresswell (captain) and O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Hart, and Virr, half-backs, Critchley, Bain, Dean, Martin, and Troup, forwards. Derby County: - Wilkes, goal, Carr and Collins, backs, McIntyre, Davision, and Storer (captain), half-backs, Crooks, Whitehouse, Bedford, J. Stephenson, and Mee, forwards.

March 26 th 1928. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
At Brammell-Lane. Easton at centre-forward, preformed the hat-trick. United quickly became two up through Oakton and Shantley, but Easton reduced the deficit just before the interval. Later Easton equalised, Stevenson putting United ahead for Easton to again score. Everton team: - Hardy, goal, Common, and Kennedy backs, Brown Griffiths, and Rooney, half-backs, Meston, French, Easton, Wilkinson, and Kendrick, forwards.

Athletic News - Monday 26 March 1928
But Everton Recede In Race For The Champion
Everton 2 Derby County 2
EVERTON lost further ground in championship race by conceding point Derby County, who thereby moved a step away from the relegation zone. Chief interest match from a local standpoint centred round the home forward line, in which Martin and Bain were making their first appearance of the season at Goodison. In Martin, the ex-Hull City player, Everton have secured inside forward who at once dropped into the Goodison team’s scheme of attack. He responded well to all that was asked him, and not only provided Troup with accurate passes, but flung the ball across to the other flank when there were better prospects of advancement.  Bain did not settle down to the inside-right position until late in the game, when he improved upon a rather moderate display in the first half.  The County forwards, by accurate passing and quick movement, always suggested danger. They held the ball and used it well, early on a slip by Cresswell might have brought disaster.
At the outset they did not finish well, but as the game progressed they began to locate Davies, and at the end of twenty minutes Crooks returned a ball cleared by the goalkeeper for Bedford to head into the net.  Within a minute Stephenson headed the County’s second point from a pass by McIntyre, and Everton’s discomfiture seemed complete.  The County forwards became more enthusiastic, striving and struggling to increase their lead, but when Dean reduced the margin in the thirty-eight minute he restored confidence in the Goodison side.  Everton got the equalizer within thirty seconds from the resumption, when Dean snapped up a pass from Critchley to beat Wilkes.  This was his 100th League goal for the club.  The bulk of the play in the second half was favourable to Everton, but marksmanship was poor, that of Troup especially, for he had at least two chances from easy positions.  Dean had few opportunities for he was ably patrolled by Davison.  He found the net a third time, but was just a shade offside.  His first goal put life into the Everton attack, and his colleagues from that point played like men refreshed. 
Critchley’s Craft
Crithcley was the most aggressive home forward in the first half, though in Storer he met a half-back tenacious, crafty and clever.  Still, the wing player had his successful periods.  In Crooks and Mee the County had two clever raiders who caused much anxiety to both O’Donnell and Cresswell, the former being the best back on view, especially under pressure, and that was frequent during a period when Virr was not up to his usual level of efficiency.  Bedford, despite the close attention Hart kept on his movements, led the line ably, while Stephenson and Mee repeatedly kept Kelly at full stretch.  There was little to choose between the respective half-back divisions, but that little favoured the Derby trio, who were the more constructive in their methods and passed with greater accuracy.  Behind capable full backs, who were rarely found wanting, both Wilks and Davies the latter displacing Hardy, accomplished good work.  Everton; Davies; Cresswell, O’Donnell; Kelly, Hart, Virr; Critchley, Bain, Dean, Martin, and Troup.  Derby County; Wilkes; Carr, Collins; McIntyre, Davison, Storer; Crooks, Whitehouse, Bedford, Stephenson, and Mee.  Referee; Mr. G.T. Davies, Bury. 

March 28 th 1928. The Daily Courier.
Everton make no changes in their defence for the match with Sunderland on Saturday. As Dean however, will be playing in the International, Bain is introduced at centre-forward Weldon comes in at inside left, and Martin resumes at inside right. Teams: - Davies, Cresswell, O'Donnell, Kelly, Hart, Virr; Critchley, Martin, Bain, Weldon, Troup. The Everton Reserves tea at home to Aston Villa Reserves on Saturday, will be: Hardy, Common, Kennedy; Barker, Griffiths, Rooney; Meston, Jones French, Houghton, Wilkinson.

March 31 st 1928. The Daily Courier.
Everton have signed on amateur forms H. Barker, right half-back of the Cockfield club, which reached the final of the amateur cup. French who has been playing centre-forward as a amateur, has now signed as a professional. The two players will assist the reserves to-day in the centre-league match against Aston Villa at Goodison Park.








March 1928