Everton Independent Research Data


November 1, 1924. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Another attractive list of League matches is provided today, but local interest will be chiefly centred on the visit of the promoted team, Bury, to Goodison Park after the lapse of several seasons. (Kick off three o'clock). Bury fully earned their promotion, and their display in the First Division this season has been very convincing especially in away matches, where they have created several surprises. They have a fast moving and determined attack, and shoot at every opportunity, and the home side will be well extended. Everton's last two victories however, were very secured, and, with no alteration in the team and a display of the same form, the visitors may be forced to yield both points. The teams will be: - Everton; Kendall; Raitt, McDonald; Peacock, McBain, Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, Troup. Bury; Richardson; Heap, Adamson; Porter, Bradshaw, Turner, Robbie, Matthews, Bullock, Ball Amos.

Derby Daily Telegraph - Saturday 01 November 1924
A bad habit.
Harold Fare, the ex-Everton reserve full-back, has proved a good investment for Wigan Borough, but he has an unfortunate knack of putting through his own goal. Darlington escaped defeat last week through Fare's mistake in this respect. It is the tourth "time that he has done it since he left Goodison and yet each time he has hardly been to blame. It just seems to be ill-luck.

October 3, 1924. The Daily Courier.
By F. McN.
Considering the slippery ground and wet ball, the exchanges in the game at Goodison Park were marked by skill, resource, and not a little strategy on the part of the players, notably in the case of Bradshaw, the Bury centre half-back, who hoodwinked opponents many times by the soccer equivalent to what is known as the “dummy” in Rugger . This pivot is a brainy player, his footwork, both in attack and defence, marking him out for special notice.

Bradshaw and Richardson (the goalkeeper) were mainly responsible for Bury taking home a valuable point. Everton were the better team, and enjoyed more of the play, but Richardson brought off many fine saves in a manner which must give him a high place among first division goalkeeprs. Anticipation was the keynote of a masterly exhibition. He always seemed to be in the right place at the right moment, and if a trifle lucky at times Richardson must be given credit for making his decisions quickly and carrying them out with the utmost resolution and power. The spectators accorded him an ovation at the finish. One save from Irvine stood out as a masterpiece. Cock passed inside to Irvine, and the Irishman approached the ball with the assurance of a man who saw a golden chance to score. He took aim at close range, but Richardson accurately timed and stopped the ball. The halves generally were rare spoilers, and backs, Adamson and Heap, sterling defenders, but the forwards lacked fire and relied mainly on individual effort. The wingmen were more dangerous than their inside colleagues.

Everton exhibited that dash which characterised their play in the previous two games, but they did not quite finish up to expectations. Cock's energy and decision to run through in possession augured well for the future. If he retains this form he must get goals. Irvine was elusive and a worker all the time, though he had no luck near goal. Chedgzoy too was in his most dashing mood without finishing off with his accustomed polish. Troup was a sprightly winger, but I do not consider that sufficient is made of his undoubted ability to run through and centre, and for those wonderfully accurate drives at goal. He is not getting the right kind of passes. Chadwick is whole-hearted in everything he does, but is lacking that extra yard which makes all the difference. The inside left, however, was within an ace of winning the game near the finish when he drove in a ball which fortunately for Bury, struck one of the backs and then the under-part of the bar and bounded into play again. The Everton halves were the usual artistic exponents, with Neil McBain standing out by means of his wonderful ball control and seductive passes to the men in front. McDonald and Raitt were equal for the most part, to the calls made upon them, but Kendall was not too sure in his catching, and he floundered several times with the ball in his possession in most disconcerting fashion. Teams : - Everton: - Kendall, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Peacock, McBain and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. Bury: - Richardson, goal, Heap, and Adamson, backs, Porter, Bradshaw, and Turner, half-backs, Robbie, Matthews, Bullock, Ball, and Amos, forwards.

November 3 1924. The Daily Courier.
Sheffield United Reserves, were easily the better team in the match against Everton at Bramell-lane. The game was played in a heavy downpour, and ball-control with difficult. After 15 minutes United held a three-goals' lead, the scorers being Halliwell and Hoyland (2). Hoyland afterwards completed the “hat-trick,” and further goals were added by Taylor (2). For the visitors Bain scored before the interval, and Reid in the second half. Jones was shaky in the Everton goal. Hoyland and Wilbourn formed a good left wing for United. Everton: - Jones, goal, Glover, and Kerr, backs, McGrae, Reid (captain), and Virr half-backs, Parry, Hargreaves, Bain, Williams, and Forbes, forwards.

November 5, 1924. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury.
Everton have decided to try another goalkeeper, this is the third time this season that they have change their views in regard to the very important position. The rather uncommon step of bring R. Jones, a local boy, who has leapt into seniority, at twenty-years of age, following a spell of apprenticeship in the ‘'A'' team, after playing with Ferndale F.C. He makes his debut against Manchester City at main road on Saturday. It is not a surprising change, because Kendall has still to show ability and confidence in regard to the single shots. Jones is more than six feet in height, and weights 12st 7lbs, and is an amateur; Ferndale it should be noted is one of the very minor sides in local football. This in a measure the directors are taking the risk of a boy finding the occasion too much for him. However, when he was promoted to the reserve team he shoved excellent judgement and a grade better work than had been shown by Stephenson.

November 8, 1924. The Daily Courier.
There is a similarity about the Everton and Manchester City clubs. Both are disciples of the short passing game and, strange to say, both sides have done badly this season. The City have lost their last five games, while Everton, with the exception of three other clubs have scored fewer goals than any other side in the League. This afternoon the pair meet at Maine-road, and the City are hoping to gain the maximum points, and at the same time wipe out that 3-1 defeat ten days ago at Goodison Park. They will have to improve in their shooting if they are to do so. Everton have entered upon a daring experiment in playing in goal a junior without any experience of League football, and for both the club and the player concerned it is to be hoped the experiment will succeed. D. Jones, who, like the City keeper, J. F. Mitchell, is an amateur, has both weight and reach on his side. He has done remarkably well in the “A” team, and if not carried away with the importance of the occasion should come out of the ordeal with credit. The City have fallen away remarkably of late, and although they have generally got the better of Everton in Cottonopolis, the visitors on recent games give more hope of success.

November 10, 1924. The Evening Express
Everton's journey to Manchester did not reaslise the maximum points which their play warranted against the City, yet one could not but admire the wholehearted efforts of the side. If ever a team deserved a victory Everton did. Twice they held the lead, but a couple of slips –one in each half –undid all the good work. In the first case Murphy who was the City's most dangerous raiders, crossed a ball that did not give promise of proving troublesome until McDonald and Jones made the mistake of both going for it. The result was that Austin was presented with a sitter. The second and equalizing goal was the result of Hart being unbalanced when he and Roberts went for the ball, and with the half-backs losing his foot hold, the forward had a clear run through. This happened six minutes from time and was a lucky stroke for City, who through this half had their defence riddled by the swift linking up movements of the Everton halves and forwards.

Debut of Distinction
Jones, who was making his debut in First League football did so with distinction and on his showing promises to be a decided acquisition. He has a hefty punch and in this respect can hold his own with the best keepers, while in addition he is nimble of foot. I liked the manner in which he side stepped Johnson when the centre looked like putting him through the goal. He did not get a chance of showing his ability for low shots as the City marksmen had little opportunity of testing him, but his display can be written down as highly successful. Forward, Chedgzoy was in his brightest vein, with Troup little behind in the manner of cleverness. They had smart inside men who shot often enough but who had little luck with their efforts and one or two good chances were thrown away. Cock on one occasion was through when Elwood caught him on the leg, and all the centre could do was to hop about. Chadwick also was in the wars when he got the second goal, Mitchell catching him on the knee as the pair went for the ball. The halves however, were largely responsible for the effectiveness of the Everton side, and so large a grip did they keep upon the City front line that the latter had one of their poorest games of the season. Mitchell, Austin and Murphy were the only ones really to do themselves justice on the home side.

•  Notts County , Donald Cock, brother of Jack, scored the only goal on Saturday at Highbury, was also sent off against Arsenal.

November 10 1924. The Daily Courier.
Everton took a point out of the City at Maine-road, and thus secured three of the four points possible, which in itself is an excellent performance. At the same time, on the run of Saturday's play, they should have secured both points, for Manchester City were inferior in everything they did except getting goals. In the department they were at least the equal of Everton, as whereas the latter should have scored at least four goals, but only got two, the City only had a couple of real chances, and these they accepted. One could not wish for better combined movements than those of the Everton halves and forwards, which carried them time and again within shooting distance of Mitchell, but first Cock and then his inside partners failed by inches to turn to account telling centres from Chedgzoy. Then on another occasion the City keeper left his charge and when Irvine put the ball in Mitchell was fortunate to find it directed straight at him. Some people would attribute the failure to win to the shortcomings of the forwards, but I am not one of them. It has been reveiled at their heads that they cannot hope to win matches unless they shoot –undoubtedly wise counsel. But on Saturday they did shoot, not once or twice, but often, and therefore it would be ingratitude to label them as a weak attack. The forwards worked hard, but luck was against them, though such will not always be so. Moreover, both Cock and Chadwick got nasty kicks on the legs, and while it did not prevent the latter netting, it certainly did in the case of the centre, as he was all but through at the times.

Jones, Everton's new goalkeeper, came successfully out of a trying ordeal in his initial game in First League Football. He showed clever anticipation, and gathered the ball cleanly, while his height proved a valuable asset, as was proved in the first few minutes, when he neatly turned a Johnson drive over the bar. I would have liked to have seen him tested with one or two ground shots, but none came his way. However, if he can deal with these as successfully as he did with the high ones on Saturday, Everton will have no cause to regret signing him on a professional form. Cock got the first goal for Everton at the end of eight minutes, when he accepted a pass from the right, but three minutes later the City were on terms, as McDonald and Jones both went for a Murphy centre, and left Austin to shoot into an open goal. Before the interval Chadwick netted, but was hurt in doing so, and had to retire. He resumed in the second half, which was entirely in Everton; s favour until six minutes from the end, when hart found himself unbalanced in attempting to stop a City advance, and losing his foothold, let in Roberts to equalise. I have already referred to Jones. Next to him I liked Chedgzoy, who was the live wire of the attack. He had a hard-working partner in Irvine, and this pair rather overshadowed the left wing though Troup and Chadwick did many clever things. Cock led the line well, but had little luck with his shooting.

The halves were Everton's strong point, and they never let go their hold upon the City forwards who had to reply upon individual rushes rather than combined movements. It would be invidious to single out any particular player for each did well. At back I liked Raitt, who tackled cleverly and kicked with power. On the City side Mitchell, Austin, Murphy and Johnson were the pick. The City have, however, fallen away considerably since I saw them earlier in the season. Then they gave hopes of proving very troublesome to most teams, but on Saturday they were both uncertain in attack and weak in defence. Teams : - Manchester City: - Mitchell, goal, Cookson, and Calderwood, backs, Sharp, Elwood and Wilson, half-backs, Austin, Roberts, Johnson, Barnes, and Murphy, forwards. Everton: - Jones, goal, Raitt, and McDonald, backs, Peacock, McBain, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. Referee DN. Watson.

November 10 1924. The Daily Courier.
Blackpool were distinctly fortunate to share the points in the game at Goodison Park. Everton were the better team, and but for the splendid keeping of Crompton and bad shooting by the home inside forwards, they would have won by a pronounced margin. Blackpool also missed easy chances, and Curran at centre half, was the best marksman in the side. The first half provided some good football, and Hargreaves was prominent with pretty touches, and passes to Parry. After the interval the game become dull, and bad passes were frequent. Kerr was in splendid form for Everton, and was easily the better back. Reid and Brown were halves who constructed many attacks, while the forwards Parry, Hargreaves, and Williams were best.

November 11, 1924. The Daily Courier.
Young Jones, the Everton junior goalkeeper, had his first test at home with the seniors yesterday, and acquitted himself well. He was keeping goal against Bury in the second round of the Lancashire Cup, and in the closing stages of the game was tested with shots both high and low, which he dealt with in satisfactory manner. Bury were beaten by two goals to nil in a moderate game with attracted a poor crowd. The only goal of the first half was scored by Peacock, who took advantage of a slip by Adamson to run in close and defeat Richardson. The Bury goalkeeper was one of the outstanding players, and he was not beaten again until two minutes from time, when Peacock converted a penalty kick for a foul on himself. The respective custodians and halves did well, but the backs were inclined to take chances. Forward, Everton were the better-served, in spite of the fact that Cock was injured in the first minute, and was limping for the rest of the game. Teams: - Everton: - Jones goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Peacock, Reid, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Parry, Irvine, Cock, Williams, and Troup, forwards. Bury: - Richardson, goal, Heap, and Adamson, backs, Porter, Bradshaw, and Turner, half-backs, Matthews, Stevenson, Bullock, Ball Amos, forwards.

November 14, 1924. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Allan Grenyer, the Everton left-half back, of whom little has been heard since the summer season, has now fixed up with North Shield. He is in the veteran stage but has always been fit and should do his new club some good. He has long hankered after a spell of employment up north, for that is his home, and family reasons have been deciding factor. Everton held out for a long time, and teams wanted to sign him on, after the back end of last season, but the player refused to sign and thus sacrificed a good sum of money. Everton for their part were quite prepared to let him go to north shields, but were not prepared for his playing in senior football other than Everton. Grenyer stands six feet in height, is very clever with his head, and a fine shot, when ever corner kicks were taken, Grenyer place was in the thick of the fray, where his height and good direction helped him. He has been with Everton for many years, and had enjoyed a benefit match there. Two years ago he desire to make a move up north and sacrificed his summer wages, but afterwards returned to the Everton side. For long period he was the regular left half-back, but from the time hunter hart signed three season ago, he had little opportunity of appearing in the first team. Grenyer early appearances with the Everton team were at inside left but he become a fine half-back when tried in that position, as Abbott, Makepeace and Taylor had done before him. He played for England against Wales in the victory international of 1920

November 15, 1924. The Liverpool Football Echo
Trainer Jack Elliott's “Never-Stops”
By Victor Hall
To these present day spectators of Goodison who are used to seeing the portly bearing of Trainer Elliott on the field , it would no doubt come with some surprise to be told that one time he coursed that same field as an active left-winger of Everton, and that few players were as fleet as he in those day's. Yet it is so. Jack Elliott on the left wing, with his boom crony McMillian playing inside-left to him, were known to the whole of the county as Everton's left wing reserve, and in the Combination matches of those days, no wing was dreaded or watched more than the Everton left pair of Elliott and McMillian. You will remember that the left wing of those days in England was the Milward and Chadwick pair. That was, of course, in League circles, but apart from them, and revolving one might say in another planetary sphere the Elliott-McMillian couple were equally famous and as equally effective –perhaps more so –as goal getters. It sometimes happened that owing to injury or illness to one or other of the League players, either Chadwick or Milward, the wing was rearranged for a League match, and at first the obvious remedy were to draft into the first team for the vacant position the successful player who had made good in the “Combination” team for the same period. Thus if Milward (outside left) was away, bring in Jack Elliott to partner Chadwick, of bring in McMillan to partner Milward, with the extraordinary result that Elliott or McMillan, who could carry all before them when playing together because quite commonplace, when peculiarity affected the play of Milward and the partnership was broken. The same peculiarity affected the play of MIlward and Chadwick. Either, playing with another partner, became an individual and alone with but a dim brilliance. League football of course, made –much more searching demands on brain and stamina than did the “Combination” play, but the real difference was that perfect interplay, or in terdependence of the two player, used as they were to one another's styles and limits was broken on severance and the wing became two units, and suffered in the process. The “Combination” to which we have refereed was the English Combination, a poplar association of county and Lancashire clubs in the formation of which the Everton Club had taken a prominent part and in which a number of good reserves teams of League club's figured and played every season. Mr. Clayton of Everton was for long years its patron, and to him primarily was due its honorable career and many fine competitions. In future articles we may trace its progress more closely. Quite early in Elliott's career at Everton, it was found, that the understanding shown between together, gave every promise of developing into brilliancy, and the directors of that day having already an international left-wing playing at the heights of its form in Chadwick and Milward, wisely decided not to risk destroying the ability shown by the Elliott and McMillan wing by separating them. So year in and year out, for nearly the whole of their joint career at Everton, Jack Elliott and Jimmy McMillan played together and if anything happened one or other of the League couple both were “rested” for that match, and the “Combination” wing played together in the League team, and by playing together there they gave a very good account of themselves against the best League defences of the day. Now as to their play, McMillan was a “weaver” which is to say that the style of his play was weaving in and among his opposition, feeding and receiving the shuttle of play as his speedy partner might direct. Elliott, on the other hand, was a stylist! His method of delivering an attack was to seize the ball –with or without permission-push it forward and then proceed to developed speed manic. He rounded or spread-eagles his man, and having acquired the necessary momentum and recovered the ball, set off in full flight for the goal-line or corner-flag. Very few rival, could overtake Jack once he got going; usually they offered him gifts to defrain him, pet names or outstretched legs; but he had two objects only in view at those moments, either to shoo into the goal-mouth himself and thrust to Jimmy or another forward bundling the ball and goalkeeper into the net, or to locate Jimmy or the centre in a good position to shoot, if he were to pass the ball to them for the purpose. At moments of high exaltation such as these Jack Elliott was a playing machine, neither hurt nor injury could stoop him. Experienced opponents would gravely state that once Elliott was on the run for goal, the only remedy was to start a harmonized version of “Annie Lauris” and thrust to his staying to take the alto version; but that, of course, was only a libel on his vocal powers, of which more anon. Seriously it generally took three players sitting on him at one time to distract his attention from the ball in play when an attack was looming, and whenever the Everton right wing had the ball and Jack closed in on goal to receive the centre or help it into goal, experienced goalkeepers, who had him previously forgot the ball and put themselves into an attitude of resigned martyrdom, knowing well that directly the ball came near them the enthusiastic Elliott either propel them through the back netting or jam them against posts or crossbar. He certainly was a “goal-getter” when anywhere near the uprights. Withal Jack was a keen student of the game, and of players for years the directors entrusted him with the captaincy of the Everton Reserves or Combination team, and later when anno severed the old association, between him and McMillan, Elliott was retained by the club in the training quarters and eventually the confidence of the directors justified his appointment as trainer to the club's position he has long held with equal satisfaction to the club and to the players, with whom he has always been on good terms. Elliott association with the Everton club is now in or over the thirty years and for a player to have retained the confidence and goodwill of a directorate, periodically renewed as in all clubs, for that period is a work of sterling approval, not very frequently experienced.

The “Ordinary”

We have rendered above to Jack's vocal successes. This as meant quite seriously. He retains even today a wonderfully sweet tenor voice that with additional musical cultivation would have brought him fame, and whenever players or committee “got together” in the tedious evenings of the training periods or long rail journey's, was a positive delight to enjoy. Jack of course, specialized in the ballads of his own bounty. Scotland and to hear him leading a chorus or giving some old Scottish ballad with sweet pathos and tender feeling was to realize that nature had endowed him in more than one direction. As a story teller too –an historian sounds better, perhaps –he is always in great demand, being blessed with a retentive memory and bristling with statistics of games and players. His dictum is generally accepted as final in any dispute, a privilege one would naturally concede to a man who was playing the game actively before many of today's League “stars” were born. One tale used to be told about Jack's early innocence by the former secretary of the Everton Club, Mr. “Dick” Molyneux, I am the good-natured Elliott will forgive my recalling it. It was during his early years with Everton, and the team were in London playing some friendly matches with the rising London teams that have since become league clubs. The team had been out sightseeing the morning of the match around London, and Secretary Molyneux had omitted to order lunch at the hotel, naturally assuming that lunch would be “on” anytime between twelve ad two o'clock. They were therefore surprised to be told on their return at midday to the hotel before setting out for a match that so lunch was ordered and none could be provided. Mr. Molyneux called Elliott aide and directed him to inquire at the two nearest hotels “if they had an “ordinary' on,” Jack set off, and returned after a quarter of an hour. “I've tried everywhere, Mr. Molyneux. They hadn't one at either hotel, and I've been to several shops and none of them sells any ordinaries. Some of the shops wants to know what the shape of them is.” The secretary collapsed! But Trainer Elliott soon learned what an “ordinary” was and has ordered many a thousands since those days.

November 15 1924. The Daily Courier.
Everton and Arsenal find themselves uncertain as to the composition of their respective sides. The Blues had decided upon playing the eleven that had drawn at Manchester, but Cock, who received a knock at Maine-road, had the injury father “tapped” on Monday in the Cup-tie with Bury, and may not be able to lead the attack. Should he have to stand down, Bain will in all probability be called upon. The Arsenal find themselves in a worse predicament for Robon, the goalkeeper, had been taken ill, and Rutherford will most likely be an absentee. Lewis is to keep goal, but the remainder of the side will not be selected until just before the start. Arsenal are one of the few clubs that got off the mark well when the season opened, but they have been unable to maintain the pace, largely owing to accidents. Nevertheless they should do well this afternoon, though if Everton play in anything like the way they did against the city there can be only one result, and that a substantial win for the Blues. Teams; Everton; Jones; Raitt, and McDonald; Peacock, McBain, and Hart; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup. Arsenal; Lewis; Baker and Kennedy; Milne, Butler, and John; Rutherford, Neil, Young, Ramsey, and Toner.

November 17, 1924. The Daily Courier.
By F. McN.
The rules of football are not yet perfect. Last season players found it possible to hamper a player who was about to take a penalty kick. This caused a lot of discussion at the time and the rule was amended. On Saturday at Goodison park Sam Chedgzoy drove a coach and four through the corner kick rule by adopting a course which had never before been attempted in first class football. He touched the ball forward from a corner kick more than once before putting the ball into the middle. By so doing he gained several yards. Rutherford went one better later in the game, as he dribbled the ball from the corner and took a shot at goal. The fact that the referee believed that this unorthodox way of taking flag kicks was within the rules must open up the topic whether it is in the spirit, if not in the letter of the rule, to employ such moves.

It may be that the legislators who framed the new rules whereby a goal may be scored direct from a corner kick had in mind the possibility of the kicker touching the ball more than once before being played by another player. Certainly, the legislators have not provided against it, though my personal view is that a mistake has been made in doing so. An official ruling on the point is necessary, since the matter has been brought to a head by such distinguished wingmen as Chedgzoy and Rutherford. Referee and other people who should know all there is to know about the rules differ on the question, and the F.A. must take the earliest opportunity of amending the rule. It is certainly much easier for a wing forward to touch the ball nearer goal than to kick from the flag. The new methods added variety to the tactics employed following a player putting the ball over his won goal line. Rutherford and Chedgzoy are convinced that there is nothing in the rule, as it at present stands, to prevent dribbling the ball into the middle from a corner.

Despite the undoubted talent of individuals in the Everton team, the side does not blend as their supporters would wish, and another defeat at home must go down on their record. The Goodison club has had, on three occasions this season, to bow the knee on their own ground, the Arsenal being the latest victors. The match was notable in many ways. Everton went away as though they would run their opponents of their feet, but as the game were on the Arsenal held their own, and actually took the lead before the interval. I consider, however, that Jones ought to have stopped the long shot from Ramsey. Everton took the game in hand on resuming, and within four minutes Irvine had equalised and Hargreaves had gained a leading point. It was after this that Arsenal took command, and Young's equaliser followed a well-judged pass by Ramsey, who later obtained the winning goal after Jones had failed to clear a low shot from Young. Everton had the chances, but failed to take advantage of them, though Lewis was lucky in the closing stages to save his charge. On the whole, the Arsenal's backs were sounder than the Everton pair, but the respective goalkeepers seemed nervous. Lewis, deputising for Robson, was shaky throughout, and Jones was at fault when two of the goals were scored. He lacks experiences, of course, and he completely misjudged the flight of Ramsey's first shot, and failed to pick up cleanly when the winning goal was obtained. These points no doubt will provide the young keeper with a lesson for the future. Raitt and McDonald have played better as a pair. The halves were hard-working and demonstrated their skill, but Cock was missed from the centre. Chadwick does not like the position, and in the second half he took his accustomed inside left place and Irvine went centre with better results. Teams : - Everton: - Jones, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Peacock, McBain and Hart (captain) half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Chadwick, Hargreaves, and Troup, forwards. Arsenal: - Lewis, goal Baker, and Kennedy, backs, Milne, Kennedy, and John, half-backs, Rutherford, Neill, Young, Ramsey, and Toner, forwards. Referee Mr. Griffiths.

November 17, 1924. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton Reserves were good value for their win over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, and the home team were fortunate not to lose by a greater margin. Everton forwards showed combination quite superior to that of their opponents, and Wall scored worked well with Parry on the right wing. The half backs were better than Blackburn's, and Livingstone and Kerr easily dealt with the Rovers' spasmodic attacks. The forwards finished badly in contrast to Everton's.

November 21, 1924 The Daily Mirror
Engine Drive into Carriage by Collision at Preston
Six Injured
“Two railwaymen were killed and six people injured in a railway smash near Preston last night. The 7.3 p.m. train from Preston to Ormskirk had only gone about half a mile when it came in collision with a light engine. So great was the force of the impact that the engine of the passenger train was forced back into the brake van, which was almost completely telescoped, and mounted the back of the engine. When taken out the driven of the passenger train, Robert Banks, of Derby Street, Ormskirk, was dead. Harry Tate, of Walton, Liverpool, the driver of the light engine, received severe head injuries and died in Preston infirmary. The injured were; Joseph Mills, fireman of the light engine, of North-end, Walton, Liverpool; W.H. Howard, guard, of Southport; Hugh Cross, railway clerk, Cronston; Martin Harrison (sixteen), Croston; and Sarah Yates, welfare worker, Croston. All are progressing favourably. The two girls were flung violently against one another and Miss Yates's face was badly injured. They were able to get out and bandaged the injured fireman's face. The light engine was driven back along the line for some distance, but was not derailed. All the passengers' coaches remained on the line. One of the passengers, Mr. W.J. Sawyer, a director of the Everton Football club, who was in a carriage in the middle of the train, said that he felt a terrific jolt and was fixed with his head against the woodwork. The cushions of the compartment were thrown into the air. Mr. Vincent Kelly, commercial traveller, of Liverpool, said he was in the first coach and was thrown violently from side to side, and landed on his knees on the floor. He got out and went towards the engine, where he found the driver pinned down by the wreckage.

Thanks to Kjell Hanssen for senting this

November 22 1924. The Daily Courier.
Neither Aston Villa or Everton have been convincing in their form to date. Both started the season well, but each in common has developed weakness in certain parts of the team, and despite all attempts by the respective boards, neither has yet been able to hit upon a match winning combination. The Villa have been the more disappointing of the two, and with the idea of gaining time the Birmingham Club has delayed selecting its side to the last minute. As the game is at Villa Park, there is little doubt but the Dr. Milne will be available for the half-back line, and that being the case considerable strength will be added to the defence. Everton report Cock again fit, and he returns as leader, while Irvine and Chadwick are back in their old positions, thus the attack is the same as that which did so well against Manchester City. The lapse of Jones last week has not been allowed to interfere with his selection, and he again keeps goal. A change however, has been made in the back position, McDonald moving to the left, while Livingstone comes in place of Raitt. Despite the fact that Everton allowed the Arsenal to take two points out of them last week, I look to them winning this afternoon.

November 24, 1924. The Daily Courier.
Everton adopted two methods of play on Saturday –decisive and indecisive. For the first 12 minutes their movements were cleverly conceived and rapidly carried into effect and during this period they gained a goal for Hargreaves turned to account a ball that either Chadwick or Irvine could have netted but wisely left to the inside right. Aston Villa had done a lot of pressing both prior to and after the goal, but their general movements did not impress, whereas the visitors shaped as though they would increase their lead. Then came the tragedy of the match –a tragedy inasmuch as it gave the Villa the much-needed impetus as well as an extremely lucky goal.

There was nothing about the shot, which was one that Jones must likely would have saved nine out of ten times, and none was more surprised at it taking effect than the shooter Walker. However, there it was. Jones made the mistake of going down to the ball with his legs apart, and when it slipped through his hands there was nothing to keep it from entering the net. For the rest of the half the Villa did much as they liked. Their tackling was clever, and their advances were rapidly carried out, the result being the Everton halves and backs were run off their feet, and it was no surprise to find Dorrell converting a pass by Varco. As in the opening half, Everton resumed with dash, and there was every encouragement for them getting on terms, but the Villa halves, of whom Dr. Milne was an outstanding player, never allowed them to get within the danger zone. Gradually the visitors loosened their hold on the play, and with half-an-hour to go their chance of even drawing was nigh hopeless. The Villa took command and peppered the goal unmercifully, but Jones twice saved point-blank drives from Walker and Kirton, while Livingstone kicked the ball off the line on a similar number of occasions. Four minutes from time, however, the ball came off Peacock and McDonald to Varco, who was right in front of goal, and the Villa centre completed the scoring. The Villa, on the run of the play, well merited their success, but it is possible a different tale, would have had to be told had Jones, not made that unfortunate slip. This was but the Villa's second home win of the season, which seems surprising in view of their display.

Dorrell and Walker were the prime movers in all the advances, overshadowing Kirton and Eccles, while Dr. V. E. Milne'' return as pivot welded the half-back line into an impossible barrier. Further behind Harris was the more successful back. Everton like the curate's egg, were good in parts. Irvine who took Cock's place in the centre, owing to the latter being doubtful about his leg, did well up to a point, but he is not a centre, even though he came to Goodison Park as such. Hargreaves apart from getting the goal, worked well with Chedgzoy, and they formed the best Everton wing, as Chadwick and Troup found Moss a difficult obstacle in their path. Of the halves Hart was the best, as both Peacock and McBain fell away in the second half, the pivot especially. McDonald and Livingstone could in no way be blamed for the defeat; in fact, both came through a gruelling game with credit, while Jones apart from his one mistake kept out many scoring shots. Teams: - Aston Villa: - Spiers, goal, Harris, and Rowen, backs, Moss, Dr. Milne, and Blackburn, half-backs, Eccles, Kirton, Varco, Walker and Dorrell, forwards. Everton: - Jones, goal, McDonald, and Livingstone, backs, Peacock, McBain, and Hart (captain) half-backs, Chedgzoy, Hargreaves, Irvine, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. Referee Mr. WF. Turnbull.

November 24 1924. The Daily Courier.
Everton deserved to win, but not by so pronounced a margin as Huddersfield played very attractive football in midfield, but failed lamentably when nearing goal. Deficiencies in defence also contributed to their downfall. The Blues were smart forward, and Williams early on made a telling shot, which was only inches out. Then Forbes forced a series of corner kicks, the latter of which Wall converted. Parry scored a second goal, with a high shot, which Boot might have saved. The third goal scored by Williams should also have been prevented, as the Huddersfield keeper allowed a simple shot to go through his hands into the net. Green scored the last goal after Barker had miskicked. All the Everton forwards did well, particularly Williams and Parry. Bain, who was deputising at centre half, for Reid, improved as the game progressed while Kerr played one of the best games . Everton: - Harland, goal, Glover and Kerr, backs, Brown, Bain, and Virr, half-backs, Parry, Wall, Green, Williams, and Forbes forwards.

November 24 1924. The Daily Courier.
Everton have signed J. Broad the Sittingbourne centre forward, formerly with the Stoke City Club. It is understood that the fee was about £1,500. Broad's transfer was completed prior to the commencement of the F.A. Cup-tie between Sittingbourne and Leyton on Saturday. The centre-forward was on the Stoke Club's transfer at £2500. At the beginning of the season he took up a position as coach on the Continent but found the climate too trying, and at the end of a couple of weeks was back in England again. Since then he has played for Sittingbourne. Broad although no chicken so far as a footballer's age is concerned should render good service to the Goodison Park Club.

November 27, 1924. The Daily Courier.
Everton beat Blackburn Rovers in the third round of the Lancashire Cup at Goodison Park yesterday. The winners meet Bolton Wanderers in the semi-final at Old Trafford on Wednesday, December 10. The game was one of the most enjoyable seen in the competition, and Everton well deserved their success. Twice the Blues were in arrears, but refusing to give in, eventually gained the day through sheer tenacity combined with excellent midfield tactics and direct shooting. Both sides had changes, Harland being in goal and Kerr making his debut with the Everton first team; while Blackburn, had a mixed attack, the most notable change being McIntyre at outside left. Both sides got goal in the first half, Crisp netting for Blackburn after an individual run, while Chadwick drove home a pass from Troup. The equaliser was the result of a cleverly worked advance. In the second half McCreery burst through the Everton defence and, running to within a yard of Harland, gave the keeper no chance. After this Everton pressed hard, and although the Rovers in turn had their chances, there was more sting in the Blues' movements. Irvine put them on level terms from a corner, and soon after the same player beat three opponents, and scored a great goal, while near the close Cock netted from Chedgzoy ‘s centre. It was a great finish, the last three goals being scored in six minutes. The winners were best served by the forwards, who swung the ball about and thus kept the Rovers' defence at full stretch throughout. Chedgzoy and Troup especially were prominent with excellent cenrtres, McBain and Hart did well in the halves, while Kerr showed resolute tackling and powerful kicking. For Blackburn, McIntyre McCleery and Crisp were the star artistes, Sewell was sound in goal. Teams: - Everton: - Harland, goal, Livingstone, and Kerr, backs, Peacock McBain and Hart (captain), half-backs, Chedgzoy, Irvine, Cock, Chadwick, and Troup, forwards. Blackburn Rovers: - Sewell, goal, Roll (captain), and Roxburgh, backs, Rosscamp, Healess, and McKinnell, half-backs, Hulme, Crisp, Harper, McCleery, and McIntyre, forwards.

November 29, 1924. The Liverpool Football Echo
Some Goalkeepers who made Fame in Liverpool
“Badly” Pinnell’s Long Legs
Who remembers dairty Davie Jardine, the idol of spectators in his day at Everton? Today his son has a large circle of admires so time is surely on the wing and indeed one can scarcely pick up a team sheet of today and fail to find a name that records heroes of an earlier period. Good football is brail in a player, and comes out in his sons given half a chance. Today a score of names of promising players could easily be picked that one their origin to players of our local teams. Jardine had a particularly attractive style of play that was taking to the eye and thoroughly effective in result. He combined the agility of a cat with the resourcefulness of a squirrel. Although of slim build, he was a bundly of particular development and could wriggle his way through a swarm of thrusting forwards and never give a chance of losing possession of the ball. No matter how many players charged at him, he seemed able to clear their assault and come through unhurt and with the ball still in safe custody. One series of hard grueling games in the Lancashire Cup ties was with Bury, then an unknown power outside the ranks of the Lancashire League, where their prowess was well understood. When Everton were drawn against Bury, these who didn’t know thought it was an easy journey for the premier club, but the drawn games and replays proved a different result, and the dour never-say-die” tactics of the “unknown” club carried them through their ties successfully, and eventually won the cup for them. In these particular ties Jardine showed to great advantage – although his style appeared to play somewhat to the gallery-still but for him the score against Everton in those matches would have been formidable so fearless and desperate was the vigour the Bury men brought into their play.
“Baldly” Pinnell
Archibald Pinnell originally played for Everton as a centre-forward in the Combination team. He was a tall, good-looking boy, with long, lanky limbs, and a stretch of arm in like proportion. He had a great reputation in Scotland as a promising youth of whom great things were expected. At Everton he straightway made a great impression on the home supporters. He was of a naturally sunny disposition, and no incident in the game –no matter how vigorous the play, refused to remove his perpetuates smile of happy contentment. He was extremely active on the field, and a real glutton for work, but he had an extremely disconcerting habit of being able to thrust out at long leg at unexpected moments that invariably robbed or upset his opponents. In running, while his movements were slow his strides were prodigious, so that he seemed in a few steps to overtake without effort a man who had apparently got “well away,” This and the barefaced robbery of the ball used to get the other fellows either “wild” or guessing, and tickled the crowd immensely and so with the two long legs, that would shoot out either side, and two long arms that would resolve like wind-mills, he was soon nicknamed “Scissors” and it became the hero of most games he played in. Whenever he went after the ball the crowd laughed when he got it they marred when he did the “splits” and missed it they shrieked again. Later on it was found that “Baldy’s” long legs were more useful in defence than in attack, and he was brought back to centre half, where he became a greater favourite than ever. Many people used to go to Combination matches just to see Pinnell play, and were satisfied they had got their money’s worth. Finally Pinnell was brought into goal and there he finished his career with Everton. When he stood in the middle of the goal it was a lucky shot that he could not field with either arm or leg. He never jumped up to kick a ball, he could reach higher with one foot on the ground than most players could jump in those days.
Some Unusual
John Hillman the “mighty” goalkeeper, was in his day a prime favourite with Everton people, players and spectators alike. He had a great name at Burnley before he came to Everton, but he certainly added to his laurels at Goodison Park. For his bulk and weight he was the most active goalkeeper of his day, and took a deal of solid grueling that less conscientious players would have dodged. His massive proportions made it difficult for him to avoid the heavy charging that the laws of the game then permitted, and spectators of today have little idea of the amount of vicious by-play that was indulged in by some players of those days, especially mouth, where the crowding hid a deal from the view of the referee. When one realizes the high art that photography has reached today, those old methods could be clearly impossible. It is a commonplace nowadays to see a photo showing three or four players in the air at once trying to head the ball. The position of every hand, elbow, and knee is clearly exposed. Then such instantaneous photography was unknown, and unscrupulous players took full benefit. After one grievous and grueling game for Everton, Hillman reached the dressing room in a pitiable plight; his hugh limbs were black and blue. A dozen times in the course of the game –the fortunes of which had been against his team throughout –he had thrown himself bodily and full length on the ground to keep the ball out. His bulk of frame and flesh had saved the limbs from fracture, but he had been roughly treated, and his big heart was indignant. “I’ve often heard” he grunted, as the trainer applied the healing balm,” that all goalkeepers are mad. Upon my soul I believe it, or they never would be goalkeepers.” There are many goalkeepers today, who would probably subscribe to that statement.
Jimmy Trainer
While our symposium has mostly dealt with players of the home circle in Liverpool no record of recollection of old days can resist a tribute to the “Prince of goalkeepers” when the custodians of former days come under review and it is because Trainer was such a prime favourite with Liverpool people that the reference has a just place. There have been great players since James Trainer last played in goal for Preston North End. We have in Liverpool ourselves produced great players in that position. While the records of the game are kept we can never overlook such names as Dick Williams of Everton or Harry Storer and Sam Hardy of Liverpool. The latter two, especially, will always appear among the names that are classics of the game but James Trainer, of North End, was a great player in himself, and he helped to develop the art of the goalkeeper, from which all great players that followed him have profited. He found the position of goalkeeper one of scant importance, the sort of place where you might put a man who was not quite good enough for any other part of the team. When Trainer left off the North End jersey for the last time, the position of goalkeeper was established as the one key position of the team where only the best is good enough! Further than that, James Trainer brought artistry into the game and a knightly spirit of chivalry that, outside some of the university teams, was unknown. He played the game as a gentleman would, with courtesy and kindliness of heart, but with brave, undaunted velour. He was gentle to the weak valiant to the strong, stout of heart, and clear in understanding. He played in a team that was brilliant beyond any of its compeers. By sheer ability passing found and stereotyped the short passing game we play today. Trainer helped by word a d counsel to mould the brilliancy of that wonderful North End team of champions and of them all none was more brilliant than James Trainer, their wonder “Prince.”

November 29, 1924. The Daily Courier.
Everton have a tasty dish to serve up in the visit of the Champions, and judgement by the display of the Blues in last Wednesday; s Cup-tie, they will give Huddersfield a warm reception. Mercer, who made his debut with Huddersfield Town last week, did not get the opportunity of displaying his skill in goal owing to the inability of Notts County to overcome the defence of Goodall and Wadsworth. It is up to the Blues this afternoon to see that a similar state does not prevail. With Harland back in goal, and Cock as leader the team will have more confidence in its own ability to win. Huddersfield Town are quite as clever this season as last, and will not surrender the points without a great struggle. Still, Everton before their own spectators should raise a winning flag.




November 1924