MAY 1925 AND CLOSE SEASON
Derby Daily Telegraph - Saturday 02 May 1925
There have been repeated rumours that Bob Irvine, the Irish international inside right of Everton, will be leaving the club this summer, despite the fact that he has been offered a retaining wage for next term. Irvine is recognised a clever raider, but one who does not get goals, nor has he fitted into the scheme of things at Goodison. London may appeal to this Irishman.
ROW IN A TRAIN
Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 04 May 1925
FOLLOWING A NORTH END-EVERTON MATCH.
A number of supporters of the Everton Football Club were returning from the match at Preston on Good Friday when a disturbance arose in the train as the result of which five men were defendants at the Wigan Police Court to-day. They were Martin Burke, Harold Meldon, William Jones, James Johnson, and Fred C. Garrett, all of Liverpool, and they were summoned for riotous and disorderly behaviour in the train and also with doing damage to windows and a lavatory to the amount of £10. Johnson did not appear. It was stated that defendants boarded the 10 48 p.m. train return to Liverpool. The men got into a compartment that was already full, and John Boyle, Everton, taking exception the conduct of the defendants, was struck by Burkt. Boyle then made use a foul expression which caused further trouble and the five defendants set upon him, knocked him about and threw him the corridor. Another man who went to see what the trouble was about, was also set upon and very badly mauled. D.S. Belderson, of the L-M.S. Railway Police, said there was a fight on the platform when the train arrived at Wigan, and he saw Meldon grappling with Boyle. Defendants all stated that the trouble was caused through Boyle’s using a very foul expression Burke. They strangled, and Burke’s friends separated them. They did not know how the damage to the carriage was done. Johnson, was stated, was attending hospital Cor injured leg. Defendants were each ordered to pay 40s, on each summons, and to pay the damage (£10) and also the costs.
EVERTON 1 LEEDS UNITED 0 (Game 1142)
May 4 1925. The Daily Courier.
EVERTON FINISH WITH A WIN.
PRETTY PLAY, BUT FEW THRILLS.
Everton wound up the campaign at Goodison Park with a victory, which enabled them to finish six places from the foot of the ladder, a little higher than appeared likely a few weeks ago. The Blues have had a disappointing time, though the team has played clever football. Unsteady defence in the first half of the campaign and the lack of effectiveness in front of goal by otherwise skilful forwards were the main course of the club's lowly position. Only 26 points were gained on their own ground, the Blues winning 11 of the 21 matches set down for decision at the Park. Nottingham Forest were Everton's only away victims. With the exception of the two relegated clubs, Everton scored fewer goals than their competitors. The spectators were not overcome by excitement in the last game there being few thrills calculated to rouse the onlookers. The play was characterised by skilful exchanges more of the exhibition type, and many of the touches were pretty to watch, but there was no denying that the end of the season flavour dominated the proceedings.
THE ONLY GOAL.
The only goal of the game was obtained in the second half when broad worked his way to the right from what appeared to many to be an offside position. The centre forward with a cross shot hit the bar, and the ball rebounding to Kennedy that player promptly drove the ball into the net. There was promise of further goals, but the defenders always came out on top and the brightest looking movements fizzled out. Hart, Edwards, and Wainscott, of Leeds United, were particularly fond of using fancy touches, all of, which were beautiful to watch; but the frills are not all the spectators look for in modern football. Still, it was the last day, and there was nothing much at stake. Kennedy and Troup were the most enterprising of the Everton vanguard, though Broad was keen enough. McBain was most effective, and it is to be hoped that the club will not lose his services. He is the only one of the first team players who had not signed for another term.
Reid and Brown were sound halves. Reid has proved a great worker and an able tactician at left half, and he will prove a power next season. McDonald again played well, and O'Donnell, though he takes risks, will have benefited by the experience gained in senior football. He believe in first time clearances if at all possible. Harland had little to do, and, indeed Down was not seriously troubled for the major portion of the game. Teams: - Everton: - Harland goal McDonald, and O'Donnell, backs Brown, McBain (captain), and Reid, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Chadwick, Broad, Kennedy, and Troup forwards. Leeds United: - Down goal, Duffield, and Menzie, Edwards, and Hart, half-backs Atkinson, Armand, Whipp, Jennings, Wainscoat, and Harris, forwards.
LEEDS UNITED RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 1
May 4 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
CENTRAL LEAGUE (Game 42)
Everton showed excellent form against Leeds United at Elland-road. Though they were beaten by 2 goals to 1. Everton hardly deserved to lose, for they had a liberal share of the play, and with a little more luck in front of goal might easily have saved the game. Their forwards, ably led by Dean, were very quick and it was from a clever piece of opportunism that Wall scored. So effective also was the Everton defence that Leeds only scored twice Riley netting on both occasions. Everton: - Kendall, goal, Raitt, and Kerr, backs, Virr, Bain, and Hart, half-backs, Parry, Rand, Dean, Wall, and Weaver, forwards.
LIVERPOOL RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 0
May 5 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
LIVERPOOL SENIOR CUP FINAL
Everton: - Kendall, goal, Raitt and Kerr backs, Virr Bain, and Hart, half-backs, Parry, Rand, Brown, Chadwick, and Weaver forwards .
ALEC TROUP RE-SIGNED BY EVERTON
Dundee Courier - Wednesday 06 May 1925
" DENS PARK WOULD SUIT ME NICELY "
M'Bain Also Re-Engaged at Goodison Park
The destination of Alec Troup, the diminutive Everton left-winger, for next season has excited considerable interest in Scottish football circles, but at the moment there is no prospect of Troup returning to Scottish football. He has re-signed for the Goodison Park side. The wee fellow has returned to Forfar, and when the " Courier " called on him yesterday at his business premises he found the ex-Dundee player in a new role. Troup was behind the counter of his recently-acquired shop, scissors in hand, discussing business—and football—with a commercial traveller. In response to a question as to his club next season, Troup replieds—"l have fixed up again for Everton. They want me next season, and although I would have preferred to have been nearer home, I had no option but to put pen to paper." Troup stated that many Scottish clubs had been making inquiries about him, but Everton had no inclination to let him go. He has enjoyed football in England, but now that he has gone into business he feels he would like Scottish club—and the nearer Forfar the better. Dens would suit me nicely," he confided as the Courier " left him arranging neckties. M'Bain Also Stays.—Neil M'Bain, the Scottish international. centre-half, of Everton, has also re-signed for the' club. It had been stated that M'Bain intended to return to Scotland at the end of the season, and it was rumoured that might be fixed up for Tynecastle.
HARGREAVES LEAVES EVERTON.
May 9, 1925. The Daily Courier.
Hargreaves, the Everton Reserve forward, who made several appearances in the first team last season, but was placed on the transfer list, signed for Oldham Athletic yesterday.
BLACKPOOL 2 EVERTON 1
April 11, 1925. The Daily Courier.
OFFSIDE TEST AT SEASSIDE.
EVERTON DELIGHT BUT LOSE AT BLACKPOOL.
The precise merits of the new rule effecting offside can probably only be determined in a match of greater consequence than that which by the odd goal in three, Everton lost to Blackpool at South Shore in the local Hospital Charity Cup on Saturday. But the style of game its test produced was of the kind, which all football followers will appreciate. Mr. Arthur Ward, of Kirkham who referred the match satisfactorily, had only to blow his whistle twice for offside, and the infrequency with which play was interrupted for correotious enabled some effective schemes to be developed; 5,000 spectators –there would doubtless have been more but for the wretched weather –saw more actual play, and play of a kind worth encouraging, and the elimination of what has long been regarded as "artificial" means of foiling artistic movements met with audible approval. Everton did not win the Cup. But they won applause by the facility with which they demonstrated some of the services of the new order, and the skill of their raids, some of which were so sudden as to afright the home admirers. Luckily for seaside comforts, the visitors' shooting was not what it should have been –terrific at times, admittedly, but a little too high, or too wide. Chadwick, Kennedy, and Weaver did most of it, but the first named was the only one to seriously trouble Crompton. Home goals by Butler and Bedford, in 23 minutes and 30 minutes respectively from passers by Meredith and Watson were rapidly followed by that which Chedgzoy flashed under the keeper's failing body from 20 yards out and which entered at the foot of the near post. Harland had less to do them Crompton in goal, and in defence Wood for Blackpool and Kerr for Everton were striking. NcDonald got a kick, but though he returned he dared run no risk. Blackpool's new halve. Mercer and Jarratt, look like being of good use, but Benton was the best with Meredith and Mee clever forwards. Team: - Everton: - Harland goal, McDonald, and Kerr, backs, Brown, McBain (captain), and Bain, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Chadwick, Broad, Kennedy, and Weaver, forwards.
McGRAE GOES TO TRANMERE.
May 21, 1925. The Liverpool Echo.
McGrae, the young Everton half-back has joined Tranmere Rovers. He was signed earlier in life than most pros, and has at the age of twenty-two seen five years service with a senior side. He is a wing half-back, but has struck a side that has rather an abundance of half-backs.
CRITICS OF THE EVERTON CLUB.
May 21 1925. The Liverpool Echo.
CRITICS OF THE WALTON CLUB.
When people read paragraph in other newspapers around the country, suggesting "Everton storm." I begin to wonder whether the public do not lose charm in the same Everton. Of course, there are two such wholesly-biiter rivals' sets of shareholders that Everton F.C. will for many a year suffer this annual haggling. This season's storm has been brewing along time and has in part been engineered with a subtly that deserves a better work on which to hang clever initiation. However, that's by the way. The resolution, which I was able to make known anyone else yesterday –as also the McDale signing by Liverpool, Caddick signing for Stockport, and a host of other live wires –to which may be added the signing in due course of Rogers the ex-Liverpool by Bradford Park Avenue Club, and McGrae of Everton, by Tranmere –all this resolution declares is that it is to be the subject of a proposition that "The board be sacked forthwith." Well Thursday night next will offer the answer. It has been answered before today, when the prospect was a free light. But when proxies come to hand, prosaic general meeting often follow as night follows day.
MEETING OF MALCONTENTS.
The Everton shareholders have been invited to a meeting at the hall under Walton Conservative Club on Tuesday night at eight o'clock. Chair to be taken by Councillor Clare. Councillor Hurrell, who in nominated for a position on the board, will be present and will address the meetings.
The Everton F.C. shareholders have received the following appeal from Mr. James Ross Hurrell who has been nominated for a seat on the Everton board:- at the request of many shareholders and enthusiastic supporters. I have pleasure in coming forward for election to the board, and I shall be very grateful for your kind support. Well may shareholders ask, "What is wrong with our club." We know a great deal is wrong with our club? We know a great deal is wrong with it, despite the admitted good intentions of the board. As with a business, so with a football club –problems of high policy are not solved in these ultra competitive days except by thoroughly practical and democratic minds. The board must be strengthened at once by the inclusion of one or two men possessing these qualities, if it is to be rise next season above its new lowly state to a position consistent with its great traditions and wealth. Preston experience apart, it is always sound policy to have a charge of directors periodically. In the conviction that my long and practical association with the control of all classes of sports would be of great material help to the club. I ask you to eject to the directorate. Those shareholders who know me best will give me their vote because assured by their knowledge of me, that I would work independently of all misguided sentiment and prejudices, to ensure shrewd and successful management of the team. Those to whom I am less known could not do better than follow this lead. Yours, etc James Ross Hurrell.
Here is a letter from "Grand Stand."- May I offer a few observations on the published accounts of the Everton Football Club? My chief observation on the capital account is that the directors and their immediate friends relying as they do on 30,000 or more supporters week by week, might see fit to spilt up the shares into a nominal value of 5s. Then there would be 10,000 shares available for distribution by purchase instead of 2,500 which are in the possession of a handful of people who can control the company year after year on the system of "You vote for my people this year, and we will vote for your people next year." The revenue account is a little disturbing. If you take the receipts gate and season tickets and deduct the entertainment tax and result of the give-and-take as regards visiting teams, there is (net) £37.415. Of this the operations of the club have absorbed £36,635, leaving £780; or only 5d in the £ out of the £37,415. The income from baseball matches, advertising, hoarding, programmes etc, and rents of property produce another £810; surplus £1,590 –as shown by the published accounts. But the point is; less than half of this surplus comes from the operations of the club itself, and one (extra) really bad Saturday involving the postponement of a match to mid-week would have made sufficient differences to have wiped out the whole surplus; including the money received from sources other than the club's operations. To take the position at the end of April is all very well, but there are four months' liabilities ahead before the turnstiles move again. There is £6,000 in the bank, and none of that will be visable at the end of September. In the balance-sheet there is an unusual item for a football club. "Sundry debtors as valued by directors, £3,419", Why " as valued"? Are they really larger than this? What are these debts for? Unpaid transfer fees from other clubs, or what? On this point, I note that players wages and transfer fees (in and out) are all lumped together, £22,166. Why should not these be separated, especially to show the hugh items that the directors pay out for men and the miserable sums they recover on their release so soon after it has been discovered that the original engagement was a hugh mistake?
RIDE OVER ULSTER BORDER
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Friday 22 May 1925
MACHINE SEIZED BY THE CUSTOMS OFFICIALS.
(From Our Own Correspondent.) Belfast, Thursday.
Robert Irvine, an international football player, of the Everton Club, and James Sherry, soldier, home furlough from Mesopotamia, left Lisburn for spin on a motor-cycle, totally ignorant of the Customs' regulations the border between Ulster and the Free State. They decided go to Monaghan, where Sherry has relatives. On crossing tho border they visited Sherry's friends in the Clontibret district, and when they returned to the place where they had left their bicycle, they were both detained by the Customs authorities. The Monaghan police communicated with the Lisburn police, who in turn got in touch with Irvine's relatives at Low Road, Lisburn, and verified the statement which the two men made to the authorities at Mnuagban. The charge against the men is that they unlawfully imported into the Free State, with intent evade payment of duty, an uncustomed article, namely, a motor cycle. The bicycle has been seized by the Customs authorities, and the men re released on bail to appear at the next Monaghau district court.
May 22, 1925. The Liverpool Echo.
"Paddock" writes: - I was interested to read in your issue that several shareholders of the Everton F.C. have given notice of motion to move a resolution at the forthcoming annual meeting, which whilst being a vote of ceasure virtually means so far as present directors are concerned "Sack the Lot." As an old supporter of the club, I am pleased that such a spirit is pervading the shareholders, and this in my opinion argues well for the future prosperity of the club. It is an open secret for some time the directors have not attempted to foster the true spirit of sportsmanship, nor have they given the players the encouragement necessary in modern conditions of professional football; if they had done I am confident the Everton Club would not be in the parlous conditions they are today in the League table, which is a disgrace to the name of Everton in the realm of football. In conclusion I hope the shareholders will clear up the mess and set their house in order.
"Bob Speak," writes: - I have read with interest the announcement that a movement is on foot to effect a change of a drastic nature in the directorate of the Everton Club. I am pleased this move is being made because I consider during the last four or five years the club has been disgracefully handled, and the whole position has shown a lack of foresight on the part of the board. It has been asserted the club has had very good players. Well if this be true, my only conclusion is the players have been badly handled. Many alterations are long overdue, both from a trading and financial; standpoint and I hope the other shareholders will rally round those who have the plucky to bring this matter to ahead by opposing the re-election of the "old-gang."
May 25 1925. The Liverpool Echo.
The meetings this week in connection with the Everton Club are: -
Tomorrow night, at conservation Club, Walton, at 8'o'clock, a shareholders and supporters meeting in support of Mr. J. R. Hurrell. Thursday Night –Annual meeting of the club at Law Rooms, Cooke-street. Mr. Hurrell states, that he is unable to answer all the friends who have written him wishing success to his endeavour. He takes this opportunity of thanking them. The Everton officials state that there us no truth in the suggestion (which I have never heard mooted) that the board is not "one." As a matter of fact I have been known an Everton board to well together and a happy band.
May 27 1925. The Liverpool Echo.
At Everton's annual which takes place at the rooms I have mentioned above tomorrow night, we are led to expect something rather more exciting than the calm, easy affair of last year; that is, if all who fancy they have a grievance do get up on their hind legs. That was not a very big meeting at the Walton Conservative Club last night, when the candidature of Mr. James R. Hurrell for a vacancy on the board of directors was confirmed without much enthusiasm and with a few discontents. Mr. Hurrell explained his attitude in clear and moderate fashion, saying that he stood simply because he felt some new Blood on the board was necessary, in view of the poor fortune Everton had these last few seasons. He had taken an interest in Everton for a long time, and had been a shareholder for the past five years. He denied the lateration that he was a bookmaker, but said that he could claim experience in sport of all kinds, from captaining Seacime Swifts at football and Wrexham Casuals at Cricket to leading Wrexham chess team to victory against Manchester and playing in the Isle of Man bowie handicap. He had no personal grudge against any of the present directors and if he felt he would lose any of their friendship by standing he would withdraw. What could one do amongst eight? It might be asked and the suggestion followed that they would all be against him. Not necessarily, he urged. If he had something reasonable to propose he believe they would listen to him, and so he appeared for the shareholders' votes and confidence for three years. He guaranteed that at the end of that time, he would have done something to justify that confidence.
"SACK THE LOT" MOVE.
Mr. W.R. Clayton, a former chairman of the club, came armed with a requisition for a special general meeting of the shareholders for the purpose of calling upon the present board to retire. He invited signatures thereto, and his invitation was accepted by several at the end of the meeting. I am informed that the required number of signatures has just about been obtained, so that we may expect an additional meeting in the near future. Mr. Clayton criticsed the present board's ascenditure on players, and said the number of men who had been signed on and not used had been more like the pamage of men through a labour exchange than a football club. During the past four years the directors had spend more than £50,000 on players, and yet they could not make a success of it. If they paid hugh prices for such men, either their did not know what they were buying or did not know how to handle the men whom they had secured. Mr. Clayton said they would never do any good by putting Mr. Hurrell alone on the board. They wanted a wholesale clearout and reconstruction. They should ask the board to retire. Let the shareholders have a general meeting and pass a resolution calling upon the board to retire. They could then elect nine new men, and lift the club back to the success of former years.
EVERTON BOARD CRITICISED
Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 29 May 1925
FORMER CHAIRMAN'S COMMENTS AT ANNUAL MEETING.
At the annual meeting, last night, of Everton F.C., Mr. W. R. Clayton, a former chairman, stated that in his opinion the Board had not managed the club, either from a playing standpoint or financially, in a way which merited the confidence of the shareholders. Even after buying players at huge prices the Board had not the ability to play the men rightly. It was his intention to put in a requisition culling a special meeting of the shareholders to call upon .the directors to resign. He did not think they had the ability to encourage the right sort of men. It was not right to pay or £3,000 for men who had to be transferred again a few months. They had spent in four years nearly £50,000 in the purchase of new players, with no success. He asked the directors to apply the same acid test to themselves as they did to them five years ago. . . , The accounts, showing a profit of £1,590, and declaring a 7 half per cent, dividend, were adopted, and the three retiring directors, Messrs. E. Gray, J. C. Baxter, and A. R. Wade, were re-elected. At the close of the meeting a vote of confidence in the directors of the club was passed.
June 1, 1925. The Liverpool Echo.
Knowing what Millington could do on the track, I am not surprised to find this new Everton player from Wrexham and Oswestry winning the big sprint at Manchester on Saturday and taking the £100 prize and the medal. Millington shocked a lot of the Palatine members, but they could not have known that this footballer of nineteen years of age has been looked upon as a productive Powderhall handicap winner. He was good enough to turn up to run at the "silent" match at cadby Hall's ground, but it was a fiftby night, and it was difficult to him, opposition to him through other footballers being ill and so on. It was plain that we missed a treat. However, perhaps Millington will turn up again at some future affair and if he does I can see him landing the spoils.
June 2, 1925. The Liverpool Echo.
"Old Blue" writes: - he was glad to see that the "sack the lot" side was squashed at the Everton meeting. Such drastic measures are not necessary. I have been an ardent supporter of Everton for 25 years, and in that time I have seen some of the finest players, individually and collectively that ever stepped on to football field. It is through this high standard of play that the present display seems crude. Since the war Everton have not been the same; they have played good football in parts. You hear people talking about "They want a new trainer manager, etc." Personally, I can't see these persons have anything to do with the playing ability of the team. There are a dozen first class teams in the League who are in the same position as the Blues but their turn will come again, it is a long lane etc. I am glad to see that the enthusiasm of the Everton supporters remains through the storm, judging from the big gate of the past season. Who knowns but what we may see the old Everton spring up again from the eruption.
DEATH OF FORMER EVERTON FULL BACK.
June 4, 1925. The Liverpool Echo.
Alec Dick is dead. This news will set the old-time football follower talking for hours. Alec Dick was a really great back, whose style of play was not always of the gentlest. He was only a wee follow, but in very truth was a terror for his side, and many an opponent had stories to till about his mannerisms. Alec Dick. The name rings off every follower's tongue. He was the hero of the story of Caesar Jenky as a whopping fellow, who was then with Small Heath. He was told to "mark Dick." He had not seen him before, and when he was told which was his man Carsear bumped him and bored him to the point of exasperation at that the unoffending man asked "What's this about" "Well" said Carsear" you're "Dirty Dick" ant' you?" "Not likely that's him over there" He and Dennis Hodgetts used to have many a tilt, but Alec always had a good friend alongside him in George Dobson, who retired but a year ago from business life. He was always a local –he played for Stanley before joining Everton in the early eighties, and his fame spread all over the land. In a game with Queen's Park he got across Dr. Smith, and it was said that he was dared to go to Scotland of the Midlands, ands he would then see what the "home folk" would do to him, but he was convenically out of the team for these occasions. There must have been a spirit of devilry in Dick, for he was without a shadow of denial a great little full back. He had a long and painful illness and his death yesterday was in the nature of a merciful release. The funeral takes place at Anfield Cemetery tomorrow at 11-30.
MAKEPEACE CONTRACT TERMINATED, AND WALL TO SWINDON.
June 6, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Everton directors have decided upon an arrangement of their staff, and under the scheme have advised Harry Makepeace the Lancashire Cricketer and former Association International that his engagement as Coach is to be terminated. Makepeace was engage three season ago. A. Wall, the Everton inside forward has been transferred to Swindon Town.
June 15, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Paris on Saturday at the annual meeting of the International Football board here today, under the presidency of Mr. White (Scotland), the Offside rule was altered so that a player shall not be offside if two instead of three opposing players are between him and the opposing goal line. Another decision was that a player throwing in from the touch must stand outside the line, instead of with his feet thereon.
SOUTHPORT’S NEW FULL BACK.
Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 22 June 1925
The Southport Football Club have signed C. E. Glover, full back, who last season was with Everton, with whom he played chiefly in Central League games. Prior to last season was with New Brighton.
EVERTON TO SIGN SOUTH AFRICANS
June 25, 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
The Everton Club is reported to be signing Murray and Riley of the South Africa Football side that made a tour here last season. Interviewed the "Everton Chairman (Mr. WC Cuff) said" The statement is absolutely premature. We have been in negotiation with the players named, and also with another of the side, but at the moment nothing has been settled, and I am sorry any statement should have been issued. Some of the tourism were plainly anxious to come to live in England and expressed that view to us. There is nothing to be added at the moment, one may come, two many come, and none many come.
EVERTON SECURE MURRAY.
June 29, 1925. The Liverpool daily Post and Mercury.
Murray, the South Africa centre-forward, who was intend to sign for Everton. Everton consider they have done well in securing Murray, who is a strong and clever centre-forward, who greatly impressed the critics at Goodison Park last season. Murray it is said, would have signed on them, but the tourist were bound to return home to complete the contract they had signed. Riley signed for Liverpool.
BARTON SIGNS FOR TRANMERE.
June 30 1925. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Tranmere Rovers gave secured the signature of Barton, Everton's old school-boy international, who is now only twenty-one years of age and is looked upon as a coming player. Preston, Chester, and other clubs were trying to get Barton, but his acquisition by Tranmere Rovers, is in a way a return for the transfer of Dean from that club to Everton.