Everton Independent Research Data


Western Daily Press - Friday 04 November 1921
We are officially informed that George Beare signed forms for Bristol City yesterday afternoon. Beare transferred from Everton to Cardiff City during season 1914-15, and has played a prominent part the successes that has attended the Ninian Park club. Several Bristol City directors were present at the game on Monday last, when the Citizens of Bristol and Cardiff drew (2—2) in a friendly game, and were so impressed by Beare's excellent form that negotiations for his transfer were completed. It true that Beare has not figured in the Cardiff first team this season—it is also true that Cardiff have done none too well but his exclusion was solely because Grimshaw gained the vote for the outside right berth. It remains to be seen how the newcomer will dovetail with the other ten Bristol City players to-morrow, for he will play his first game thus early Against Burslem Port Vale. As memory refresher it may be recalled that Beare scored the goal for Cardiff in the Cup game at Ashton Gate on February 21 1919, when Bristol City beat the Welshmen in the third round by 2—l. His wonderful run up the right wing fowards the " tip" goal, his swerve, and his final shot that beat Frank Vallis will be remembered by all who saw the incident, and if Beare can play as well for Bristol City as he did in thic Cup match and in the two League games season against his new club of to-day then he will, an acquisition to Bristol football.

Hull Daily Mail - Saturday 05 November 1921
William Weston, the Everton groundsman for 30 year, had a seizure at the ground and died last night. 

November 5, 1921. The Liverpool Courier.
William Weston, the Everton groundsman for 30 years, was taken suddenly ill on the ground on Thursday and died at night, he was about 54 years of age, and was well known at the park.

November 5, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Our Glasgow Correspondent wires: - Mr. Tom McIntosh the Everton manager is in Glasgow, endearvarving to secure the transfer of David Pratt of Glasgow Celtic. The negotiations are still being confirmed. Celtic are stated to have asked for £1,500 for Pratt, put Mr. McIntosh considers this top much and unless Celtic reduce their figure the matter is likely to fall through. Pratt is welling to go to Everton

November 7, 1921. The Liverpool Courier.
Figure go to show that only three times since they first met in the season 1894-95, have Everton and Liverpool drawn at Goodison. It was in 1900-01 that the sides finished with the same total 1-1 –as on Saturday, and of the 22 games at the Park, Liverpool since pre-war years have had the bulk of the honours.

An impartial view would give them as having the better or the exchanges in their latest encounter, for it must be remembered that twice they netted, but were brought back for previous infringements, and on two other occasions Fern was beaten, but Downs cleared right of the goal line. On the other hand Scott never seemed likely to be beaten except when a header from Brewster swerved outside the post, as he was ready for Harrison's oblique shot, which struck the side of the upright, and also a bouncing ball from Davies. Everton opened as though they would make short work of the opposition, and when Liverpool retaliated Downs was knocked out heading a hurtling pass, and fell so heavily on his shoulder that he had top leave the field. He came back in time to help the Blues as Liverpool began to assume the upper hand. Shone and Lacey both missed with fairly easy chances, and when the former headed into the net the whistle had already gone for a foul on Hopkins.

The steady pressure told, however, and the Reds scored the only goal of the first half about five minutes before the interval, Bromilow drove a stinging ball goalwards, and Fern failed to gather the greasy leather. Forshaw edged it past the falling custodian, but it was Shone who applied the finishing touch. Refreshed by the interval, the home eleven again began as though they would sweep all before them, but failed to penetrate the opposing defence, and when the ball was netted it was propelled there by Forshaw, who was palpably offside. However, Everton supporters were saved from looking as blue as their wearers of the home jerseys when Chedgzoy forced a corner off Bromilow, and served it up so accurately that Brewster was able to head the equaliser. After this Everton fell away again, and after such hard play on heavy going both teams were inclined to rest on their oars in the closing stages.

To deal with the home side first, Fern had a troublesome time, shots coming at him with great force from awkward angles. He owed much to Downs, who saved the day for the Blues, his early handicap, the right back gave a remarkably good display, and one that in the coming cup-ties would be invaluable. McDonald also gave a steady, painstaking exhibition. Brewster stood out as one of the best halves on the field. His heading was well timed, and he opened out the game well, just as was required on such a day. The forwards were patchy, Harrison did not receive enough support, and while Fazackerley's touches were cute, and there was football wisdom in his dash forward after slipping the leather to Chedgzoy, the inside right did not shoot enough. The outside right suffered from knocks, and Davies was well held, while he should not leap over a pass unless he is certain one of his partners is up to take the ball. Scott was sound, and Longsworth deputised very effectively for Lucas –suffering from a cold –while Mckinley's placing and shots from free kicks gave great delight. Bromilow was the best of a hard working middle line, because he almost invariably made such good use of the ball. Shone was overshadowed by Brewster, but Forshaw was in fine shooting form, and Hopkin was responsible for most of the dangerous centres. Mr. J. T. Howcroft had control of the game, and found the players as sporting and scrupulously fair as usual. Teams : - Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs and McDonald (captain), backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs Fazackerley, Davies, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards. Liverpool: - Scott, goal, Longsworth, and McKinlay, backs, McNab, Wadsworth, and Bromilow, half-backs, Lacey, Forshaw, Shone, Lewis, and Hopkins, forwards.

November 11, 1921. The Liverpool Courier.
The Lancashire Football Association, hold a meeting in Liverpool on Wednesday next, and the Everton directors have invited the members to dinner after the business is included. Everton "A" meet Garston Gasworks at Goodison Park to-morrow, kick-off at 2-45. The admission fees are 5d and 8d; and boys 3d. The Everton "A" team will be Tope, Caddick, Yarwood, McGrea, Leary, Cochrane, Parry, Moffatt, Vin, Young, and Logan.

November 11, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton have signed on as a professional Rex Leary centre half, who has been playing for the 'A' team, Leary who is twenty-four years of age, used to play for Bon Marche in the l Zingari League. He is 5tf 7ins and weights 11 stone.

Derby Daily Telegraph - Saturday 12 November 1921
Charlie Crossley, the dark-haired Adonis of the Everton forward line, was a regular thorn in the side of the Liverpool attack last week, but he is not getting the goals he did last season.  Crossley is another Clennell only with more dash and less science.  There you have him summed up to a nicety. 

November 14, 1921. The Liverpool Courier.
So far this season Liverpool have opposed seven clubs in home and away engagements. Five of these have each yielded three points to the Reds, Everton being the first club since the Sunderland engagements to keep the margin to two points. The Goodison Club therefore are to be congratulated on doing what others failed to accomplish, but the most biased supporter of the Walton team will admit that in the two engagements between the Merseyside rivals Liverpool proved themselves the more convincing side. As at Goodison Park the previous week, the game at Anfield ended in a draw of one goal each, and from one aspect the result may be considered a fair one, for if Liverpool held a strong advantage in the initial half Everton played vastly improved football in the second portion. Taking the game throughout, however, Liverpool, as a combined force, impressed the onlooker as the more artistic and forceful combination. Everton were in a measure fortunate to gather in a point, inasmuch as it was a mistake on the part of the referee which gave them the opportunity to score. At the time the home defence was as sound as the proverbial bell, and they appeared likely to hold out to the finish. Mr. Howcroft pulled up Irvine for offside, but realising that he had made a mistake, he ordered a "throw down" practically on the penalty line. This gave Everton an advantage of which Chedgzoy took full advantage.

A section of the crowd was roused to a "booing" outburst against the referee, but after all the ruling official did the best thing in his power, when he realised his error. Mistakes will happen, and these are all in the game. But really Liverpool had themselves to blame. They ought to have made the game safe in the first half. Failure to drive home an advantage has been the Reds' failing throughout the season, and when we remember that in ten of their games they have scored but one goal, the lack of penetrative power is apparent, and their position in the front flight under the circumstances is remarkable. Seven times this season the Anfield team has shared the points. How valuable a victory on Saturday would have been may be gleaned from a glance at the table. That extra point would have put them on top. Still that may be a pleasure in store. It was a fine, hard game, played in the best of spirit and sportsmanship, and one is glad to record that no serious mishap happened to a player. Fore and aft Liverpool played a capital football, and the forwards combined in the initial portion of the encounter much better than in any previous game. Lewis was clever and enterprising, though he missed chances. The inside left did everything but score. Hopkins too, was a thorn in Everton's side, while Shone distributed the play in approved fashion, and it is evident this lad will improve with experience.

Forshaw, however, was the star forward. The inside right was in great form, and his shooting and the ball control were alike admirable. Lacey, too, was useful. At half-back there was not a finer player on the field than Bromilow. The Liverpool lad was opposed by a player after his own heart in Chedgzoy, and the pair were often at friendly grips. Always marked by good sportsmanship, the duels were most interesting. Bromilow's play was a treat to watch. He is certainly playing in international form, Wadsworth was a worker, and gave Irvine little scope; while McNab, too, played good football and is developing on the right lines. Mckinlay and Longsworth were fine backs, and Scott took his part in his usual accomplished style. He did seem to have a good view of the ball when Chedgzoy scored however.

As at Goodison, Everton seemed to play their game in snatches, as it were –at times brilliant and at other moments very moderate. The Blues on occasion demonstrated their ability to play football of the most artistic type, but somehow they could not retain the standard for long. Their best-sustained play was seen in the second portion, and at the end they nearly snatched the game out of the fire, the Liverpool goal having narrow escapes. Fern was in goal, and Downs and McDonald displayed fine understanding and judgement. The captain had some anxious moments, but he came out all right in the end. Brewster was the best of a good middle line, and Chedgzoy, Harrison and Fazackerley the most enterprising forwards. Irvine showed a fine knowledge of the game, and he will improve with experience. It only needs to be added that Forshaw's goal in the first half was the result of a very fine effort, and the inside right's success was thoroughly deserved. Chedgzoy's goal in the closing minutes has already been mentioned. Sam made no mistake with his shot, which was a fine cross drive. There were 50,000 spectators present. Teams : - Liverpool: - Scott, goal, Longsworth, and McKinlay, backs, McNab, Wadsworth, and Bromilow, half-backs, Lacey, Forshaw, Shone, Lewis, and Hopkins, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs, and McDonald (captain), backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Peacock, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Irvine, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards.

November 14 1921. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton "A" were full value for their victory over Garston Gasworks, the County Combination Leaders, whom they defeated at Goodison Park by 3-1. The "Tanks" were disappointing in the opening half, and Virr opened the score for the Blues after only a few minutes' play, while Leary and Logan added further goals before the interval. Garston improved following the resumption, but Everton still maintained their superiority, and it was only due to a fine defence by Cox, the visiting goalkeeper, that they did not add to their lead. The "Tanks" solitary point was obtained by Oates, who converted a penalty, for Everton, Caddick gave a capital exhibition at full back, while Leary was the finest half on view, through Maxwell, of the Gasworks, was also good. Of the forwards, Virr and Livingstone, a brother of the Blue's full back, who was given a trial, did very well. Garston were best served by Cox, Peale, Maxwell, and Spencer . Everton: - Tope, goal, Caddick, and Yarwood, backs, McGrea, Leary, and Cochrane, half-backs, Parry, Moffatt, Vin, Young, and Logan, forwards.

November 15, 1921. The Liverpool Courier.
The Reserve of Everton and Liverpool meet at Goodison Park to-morrow afternoon, when a fine game is anticipated. Everton continue to "try out" young players of promise, and on Saturday in the "A" match. A younger brother of Livingstone, the full back, had a trial at inside right, he shaped very well too, Cochrane (Seaforth Fellowship), and Logan, of the (Ramblers), also showed promise.

November 17 1921. The Liverpool Courier.
A splendid recovery, after being two goals down, enabled Everton Reserves to defeat Liverpool Reserves at Goodison Park, yesterday, in a rousing game by 3-2. Skill combined with dash was quite a feature of the game, and although Johnson was fairly well held he appeared to be quite fit again after his injury, which has kept him out of football this season. Liverpool's started well, and inside the first two minutes' opened their account, McKinney heading in a fine centre from Wadsworth. The Blues player up strongly and it was all against the run of the play when Johnson netted, after Salt had saved twice at point blank range, without being able to get the ball away. Following this, the Blues pressed hotly and Davies reduced the deficit from a penalty, while a few minutes later Reid headed the equaliser from a corner. Everton played up better after the interval, and it was only due to Mitchell that only one goal, obtained by wall was added. Both sides played well in almost every department, and there was no cause for complaint against the Goalkeeper of either side. The backs were safe all round, particularly Livingstone, who got through an enormous amount of work, while of the half-backs, the Everton trio were superior, Leddy, Brown, and Cunningham being seen to best advantage. The forward division were fairly evenly matched with the Blues slightly the cleverer, though the visitors shared more enterprise. Everton: - Salt, goal, Weller, and Livingstone, backs, Brown, Leddy, and Garrett, half-backs, Jones, Wall, Davies Reid, and Alford, forwards.

Derby Daily Telegraph - Friday 18 November 1921
William Kirsopp (Inside-right) -The arch-schemer in the attack and an experienced general.  Made his name with Everton and played a great game at Derby last season.  Dark of hair, well-built, and quick, he has established a great reputation at Bury because of his unselfishness and cunning.  Makes his young partner hop it down the wing, but swings the ball across to the other side in a manner which no defence will love.  Can shoot, but this is not his strong point now. 

November 19, 1921. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton make the journey to Cardiff, where they break new ground, as the Blues have, never before appeared at Ninian Park. They will be renewing acquaintance with a former colleague in Clennell, who a few weeks back was transferred to the Welsh club. Clennell has done well for his new casters, who are quite pleased with him. Another ex-local in Pagnam is with the Cardiff Club, but he will not be playing to-day. Everton, as only to be expected after their fine second half rally at Anfield, will place the same eleven in the field. Irvine the Blues have a promising player, but the other members of the side must see to it that he gets the ball more frequently. Last week he was literally staved. On form the Blues should win, through Cardiff are a difficult proposition to weigh up, and generally succeed when least expected. The teams are: - Everton: - fern, Downs, McDonald, Fleetwood, Brewster, Peacock, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Irvine, Crossley, and Harrsion. Cardiff: - Davies, Britton, Blair, HE Evans, Keenor, Hardy, Grimshaw, Gill, L.Davies, Clennell, and Evans.

November 21, 1921. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton lost their away engagement with Cardiff City by the odd goal in three, and so will not have pleasant memories of their first visit to the Welsh town. In forfeiting the points they gave the Ninian Park club a welcome lift, but at the same time have made their own position rather a dangerous one. However, the "Blues" claimed very strongly that Cardiff's second goal should not have counted, the scorer being offside. Everton, on the other hand, had the best chance in the match, and it went begging. There was no score in the first half, in which the midfield honours favoured Cardiff, who lacked finishing power, and also suffered from two very doubtful offside decisions just as they appeared very dangerous. Hardly had the second half began when the City burst through and Len Davies netted. Then came the opportunity referred to, Chedgzoy sprinted round the backs almost to the line, and delivered a square pass to Crossley; who was waiting unmarked a couple of yards from the goal. All he had to do was to guild the leather past a custodian who stood as though already beaten, but Crossley was so overcome by the softness of the job that he made a hesitating sort of swing with his left leg and flicked the ball outside to his own disgust and the delight of the home eleven, who had further cause for congratulation when Len Davies allowed to notch number two as stated.


Fazackerley secured Everton's only goal with a powerful ling shot. Everton's weakness was in the front line, where Irvine was never seen, being almost completely blotted out by the home pivot. Crossley too, could make very little headway against the burly Brittan, with the result that for long periods Harrison held merely a watching brief, waiting for passes which did not reach him, Peacock being too busily engaged with the opposing wing to have much time for feeding the men in front. Most of the attacks which looked promising therefore came from the right, but Davies the Cardiff custodian had little to do. Fleetwood was also compelled to adopt almost purely defensive tactics, and a great deal of work fell on the shoulders of Brewster, who always got the ball when it was in the air, and once grazed the upright with a header from a corner, but against this it must be remembered that Len Davies headed against the crossbar. Downs and McDonald offered a resolute defence, though the former found touch more frequently than is his went, while Fern was helpless against the shots that beat him and made a number of clean saves. Cardiff had a couple of amateurs in their half-back line –the strongest department in the team –and both Eddie Jenkins and H. P. Evans were effective, but Keenor, the pivot, was the best player on view. He was seriously hurt shortly before the end and to retire. He resumed at outside right, but was limping so badly that he might as well have stayed in the dressing room.

Although on the small side Len Davies led the Welsh attack very well, and was capably supported by Gill and Clennell, the ex-Evertonian being in capital form though unluck in his attempts at goal. Evans, the outside left, also swung across many well-judged centres. Brittan was the better of a pair of solid backs. For a team, which was at the bottom of the table, Cardiff gave a very good account of themselves, playing worrying football, more effective than picturesque. The game saw an unusual number of minor injuries, but in nearly all cases these were brought about quite accidentally. Despite the counter-attraction of Rugby game the club received very good support, and with further successes their gate average will be very high. Teams : - Cardiff City: - Davies, goal, Brittan and Blair, backs, H. P. Evans, Keenor, and Eddie Jenkins, half-backs, Grimshaw, Gill, Len Davies, Clennell, and Evans, forwards. Everton: - Fern, goals, Downs, and McDonald (captain), backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Peacock, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Fazackerley, Irvine, Crossley, and Harrison, forwards.

November 21, 1921. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton Reserves gave one of their best displays of the season against Stoke City Reserves, whom they defeated, at Goodison Park by 3-0. Stoke were slightly superior in the opening stages, the Everton forwards being repeatedly pulled up for off-side. It was not long, however, before the Blues came into prominence, and Grenyer headed the first goal. Davies put in a couple of fine runs, on one occasion hitting the foot of the upright with Knoff helpless. Reid scored the second with a splendid shot, while the third came from Wall in the second half, following constant pressure. The Blues played well all round. The defence of Salt, Livingstone and Weller was rarely at fault, while the intermediate trio, were fine breakers up, and fell their forwards admirably. There was not a weak link in the front line, Jones, Wall, and Reid being seen to the best advantage. For Stoke no one performed better than did Dickie the former centre half, and Tom Brittleton who for so long did great things for the Wednesday.

November 23, 1921. The Liverpool Courier.
Everton "A" and Wigan Borough meet in a replayed George Mahon cup-tie at Goodison Park today; kick-off 2-30. The team chosen is as follows: - Salt, Morris, Stansfield, McGrea, Caddick, Gabler, Parry, Russell, Virr, Barton, Young. L + Y Railway against Everton "A" at Barlow –Lane, Fazakerley to-day 2-45. This game is for the Benefit of a L + Y player injured when playing football. The Everton directors are kindly sending a strong team, and a good keen game is excepted. The teams are as follows: - L + Y: - McGrath, Gent, Bolton, McNea, McNeal, Williams, Spencer, Hijnett, Bexfield, Shore, and Ingham. Everton "A": - Burke, Fare, Yarwood, Leekis, Crelly, Kennedy, Walm, Spencer, Moffatt, Livingstone, and Houghton.

Yorkshire Evening Post - Thursday 24 November 1921
West Bromwich Albion have secured the transfer of Stanley Davies the international inside forward of Everton.  He played in every international match for Wales during the last two seasons and ranks as the second goal-scorer for Everton this season.  He joined Everton last season from Preston North End.  The transfer fee on the that occasion was four thousand pounds, but it is not stated what figure has been paid in the lastest transaction.  West Bromwich of course, as in a sad position near the bottom of the First Division. 

November 24, 1921. The Liverpool Courier.
The replayed George Mahon Cup-tie, at Goodsion Park resulted in the victory of Everton "A" over Wigan Borough Reserves, by 2-1. Play was ragged, though not lacking in thrills, and after 25 minutes, Caddick opened the Blues' account, while Virr added a second a minute later. Wigan became more incisive, and Brodie scored from a penalty just before the interval. Two more penalties were awarded in the second half, Salt saving one, and McGrae putting the other over the bar just on time. For Everton, Salt, Morris, Caddick, (who was rather badly injured), Parry and Young were seen to best advantage, while Wigan were best served by Owen, Williams, Woodward, Brodie, and Twist. – Everton: - Salt, goal, Morris, and Stansfield, backs, McGrea, Caddick, and Gabler, half-backs Parry, Russell, Virr, Barton, and Young, forwards.

November 24, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The announcement yesterday that Stanley Davies the Everton centre-forward, and Welsh International had been transferred to West Bromwich Albion, came as a great surprise in the Liverpool football circles. Davies was transfer from Preston to Everton early in the year at a fee said to be about £4,000 but was unable to keep his place in the team regularly. Both last season and this, his great fault has been inconsistency, he can fill any of the three inside berths, but inside-left is his real place. before going to Preston at the end of 1918-19 he played for Rochdale, during the war he gained the Military medal and Croix de guerre.

November 25, 1921. The Liverpool Courier.
To-morrow against Cardiff City, kick-off at 2-30, Wall, the Bootle Albion player, who has had previous experience of League football, is to occupy the inside right berth, and on his form with the Reserve team, Well deserves his place. He is a clever forward, who uses his head in his endeavours to beat opposing backs, and there is no doubt that he will improve with further experience of League Football. Reid and Grenyer also return to the side, the full team beening as follows: - Fern, Downs, McDonald, Fleetwood, Brewster, Grenyer, Chedgzoy, Wall, Fazackerley, Reid, Harrison. The Reserves meet Stoke, and the players travel by the 10 o'clock train from Lime Street Station. The Everton eleven to do duty for Everton will be Salt, Livingstone, Weller, Brown, Leddy, Peacock, Jones, Irvine, Moffatt, Young, and Alford.

November 26, 1921. The Liverpool Courier.
The poor position of Everton in the League table has caused a deal of anxiety not only to the directors, but also the supporters of the club, many of whom think it is high time a winning side was got together. No doubt they are right, but the building of a successful team is not as easy as it looks. It is, however, good to know that the directors realise changes are necessary in the constitution of the side before the club can make any further headway in the table. During the present week Stan Davies has been transferred to West Bromwiich Albion, where he should be of services to the Throstle, who are in queer-street at the moment; but his transfer, coming so close to that of Clennell to Cardiff, cannot be held to leave the club in any stronger position. New blood is evidently badly needed, and the sooner it is the better, we will leave the matter there for the moment. In today's return game with the Cardiff City club. Fazackerley is to lead the line, while the youngster Wall, who has been showing up well with the Reserves, is to take the inside right berth. On the other wing Reid comes once more into the line as partner to Harrison, while further behind Grenyer displaces Peacock at left half-back. On paper these changes look good enough to being about an improvement in the attack, whether they will prove so can only be discovered during the game. Cardiff, whose first visit this will be to Goodison Park, were greatly delighted at their success last week. They are, however, forced to make changes owing to injuries, Hardy comes into the halves vice Jenkins, while there is a doubt about Keenor, and in the probable absence of the latter, Smith will be called upon to fill the centre half position. The sides on its earlier showing is a bustling one, but the advantage, slight though it be, should enable the Blues to gather a couple of badly needed points. Teams are: - Everton: - Fern, Downs, McDonald, Fleetwood, Brewster, Grenyer, Chedgzoy, Wall, Fazackerley, Reid, and Harrison. Cardiff City :- Davies, Brittain, Blair, HB Evans, Keenor (or Smith), Hardy, Grimshaw, Gill, Len Davies, Clennell, and J. Evans.

November 28, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Although Everton made a number of changes in the composition of their side for the return game with Cardiff City, at Goodison Park, on Saturday, they surrendered both points for the second successive week. Cardiff were the better side and Everton's display was disappointing. Everton have not yet found a satisfactory solution to their forward troubles for it was obvious their methods against the nippy Cardiff half-backs did not imspite confidence. The work of the backs and half-backs was fairly satisafctory, and attacked to a more forceful and harmonious forward line would probably have been much better. Cardiff gave a sound display, with occasion's spells of brilliant work, and if their shooting had been on a par with their general play they must have won by a big margin. Everton's defence held out stubbornly and conceded little to the persevering Cardiff forwards. Evans in the second half, when McDonald was seriously injured and carried from the field with badly bruised ribs. Downs displayed wonderful resource, and his coolness never deserted him. One felt that if Downs could have inspired his colleagues with some of his enthusiasm a better result might have been attained. Fern was safe, and Brewster was Everton's best half-back. The forwards did better after McDonald left the field when they apparently realised the desperate nature of their position, and Chedgzoy responded with clever runs and centres. The line, however, was never in unison, and by keeping the play close the forwards played into the hands of the Cardiff half-backs. There was a contrast in styles, for the Cardiff forwards progressed by long, swinging passes, often from one extreme wing to the other. They were on safe ground while they struck to this policy, but their weakness was revealed when the goal area was reached. Clennell worked hard and was anxious to score against his old colleagues. He was not always wise in his judgement, and the same way he said of both Gill and Grimshaw, whose powerful long distance shots were often wide. Davies was a splendid leader, prominent with clever passes and crafty footwork. Cardiff had a strong half-back line, dominant in defence and helpful in attack, while Brittan, Blair, and Davies were very sound.

Everton forced a number of corners in the early stages, but they found the Cardiff defence unyielding, and Grimshaw was prominent with a nice lob to goal, which Fern caught and Reid was well over the bar following a forceful move by Downs. A surprise shot by Clennell from long distance was caught low down by Fern and an overhead shot by Davies struck the crossbar. Cardiff kept the game open with long swinging passes, and there was grit and methods in all their movements. The forwards revealed one great weakness. They made some glorious openings, but hesitated to shoot, being content to pass and repass frequently to their own disadvantage. The cuteness of Downs saved many dangerous positions, but he could not keep the Cradiff forwards at bay all the time, and when Davies scored close on the interval, McDonald was completely beaten. Gill created the opening with a neat pass, and Davies with a clever touch rounded McDonald and drove hard and true into the net. This success was no more than Cardiff deserved for Everton were slow and unenterprising. Everton played better in the second half. They gained two corners and the Cardiff goal had a narrow escape, Brittan heading clear with Davies out of his goal.

A risky clearance by Downs let in Grimshaw, and in making a terrific drive Grimshaw collided with McDonald, the latter being badly injured. McDonald took no further part in the game and Everton's one back methods completely upset, the visitors. It was some time before Cardiff adapted themselves to the changed conditions and meantime Downs revelled in his work. He became a sixth forward, helped his half-backs, and threw his opponents into a state of chaos by his masterly tactics. Everton fought hard for an equalising point and Chedgzoy led some spirited raids. Gill hit the crossbar with a hard shot, and both he and Grimshaw failed with glorious chances and Reid could not take advantage of a mistake by Brittan as he shot yards wide. There was a lot of poor shooting, although with the last kick of the game Grenyer almost scored, Davies just taking the ball as it reached the upright. Teams: - Everton: - Fern, goal, Downs, and McDonald (captain), backs, Fleetwood, Brewster, and Grenyer, half-backs, Chedgzoy, Wall, Fazackerley, Reid, and Harrison, forwards. Cardiff City: - Davies, goal, Brittain, and Blair, backs, EB Evans, Smith, and Hardy, half-backs, Grimshaw, Gill, Len Davies, Clennell, and J. Evans, forwards .

November 28, 1921. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
The Everton Reserves on the general run of the play at Stoke were a little unfortunate to be defeated by the odd goal in three. Stoke were weakened by the absence of Dickie and Page, and were forced to play Maddick, their right back, at inside right. The only goal of the first half came from a penalty taken by Maddick given against Weller, for handling. Five minutes after the interval Whitehurst increased the lead, and Irvine scored Everton's only goal fifteen minutes later. Everton's defence was sound, and although the forwards were fast and clever they had the fault of over-elaboration. There was little good shooting, Kays, in the Stoke goal, was seldom troubled. Everton: - Salt, goal, Livingstone, and Weller, backs, Brown Leddy, and Peacock, half-backs, Jones Irvine Moffatt, Young, and Alford, forwards.

November 1921