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Derby Daily Telegraph -Friday 1 November 1929

It is something of a curiosity when Everton are faring so indifferently that such players as Kelly, Ritchie, Weldon and Troup should be in the reserve side this week against Stockport County reserves. They are all Scots be it noted. It is something new to find only three Scotsmen in the Everton league side nowadays, namely Hart, Martin, and Stein. Dunn would also be there but he is not yet fit again after the operation to his foot, a bit of splintered bone having been removed from the instep.


November 2 nd 1929. The Daily Courier.


Everton are entertaining Newcastle United, who come with the fortmitable Hughes Gallacher in their sides. There should be plenty of excitement and many fine duels between Dean and Hill, Griffiths and Gallacher. Everton have not done as well as expected, but there is still time for them to prove that they are among the top clubs. Last season they beat Newcastle in the corresponding game by five goals to two, but I hardly expect them to win by such a substantial margin today. The Blues will lack the services of Cresswell, who will be on international duty, but Common has proved himself reliable deputy, and can be relied on to do his share of the work. This is the only change in the side, which lost to Blackburn in the last few minutes of the game after enjoying a fair share of the play until that fateful and disputed penalty against Cresswell. The forwards will have to be in their best shooting form if McIlroy the ex-Sunderland goalkeeper is to be beaten. At his best he is one of the sounders custodians in the League. Taking everything into consideration, however, I think the Blues will claim the two points at issue. The kick-off is at 3.0 teams; - Everton; Davies; Common, O'Donnell; Robson, Griffiths, Hart; Critchley, White, Dean, Martin, Stein. Newcastle United; McIlroy, Maitland, Thomson; Mathieson, Hill, Harrris; Irwin, Hutchinson, Gallacher, McDonald, Lang.


Hartlepool Mail-Monday 4 November 1929

Joseph Henry McClure, a young half-back now playing for Wallsend. in the North-Eastern League, was signed on by Everton following his club's game with Hartlepools Reserves on Saturday. McCiure, who plays on either wing, was on the books of Preston North End before joining Wallsend, and is 22 years of age, 5ft. 9m. height, and weighs11ist. 4lb.


November 4 th 1929. The Daily Courier.





By The Pilot.

Everton gave one of their best display of the season at Goodison Park on Saturday, when they repeated their last year's success against Newcastle United, by registered a clean-cut victory by five goals to two. Incidentally, Dean maintained his record of a goal a match –a distinguished performance. This was a really exhilarating encounter, and though the Blues were certainly the better team they had opponents of no mean order, and it look perfect understanding and quick action to bring about their downfall. Everton were quicker on the ball and more incisive in their work than I have seen them for some time. There was no hesitancy when it came to a passing move, and each and everyone managed to find the right man with transfers. Some of their moves were electrifying. Even when the Novocasterians scored first I had no fears, for the Blues were serving up such convincing material that victory was looming large on the horizon. This was a thoroughly satisfying game for though the score was mounting up against them the United never gave up hope, and fought with tremendous honesty right to the long whistle. There was ability in their endeavours too, and against a less sprightly side than the Blues, they would have taken toll. The general method of the Evertonians was better, however. The men kept position admirably; they knew that passes to position would show a profit. Consequently, when they made those passes with speed and accuracy the machine work deliciously smooth. Crown this fine approach work with good shooting ability, and one can realise what Newcastle had to content with. There was fore, plenty of it, about Everton, and even such a skilled combination at the United, could not withstand their onslaughts. It came as a surprise when Gallacher gave the United the lead at the end of 17 minutes, for the Blues had been the directors, and had gone within an ace of scoring on occasions. Might I pay a tribute to the diligent constructive work of White in these early stages? Gallacher took Lang's centre in delectable style and whipped it into the net long before Davies could shape for the shot.


Still, there were positive shadows of the coming goals for Everton, and Martin cleverly hooked in a centre from Crithcley to make the score level after 27 minutes. Dean was the forager and initiator in this move. In 41 minutes the Blues were holding the lead they so richly deserved, for the whole forward line lent a hand to Martin, who headed into the net off Critchley's final centre. This goal was typical of the Everton play. White got the ball into the net soon after the resumption, but he was ruled out of order for alleged fouling. Still, nothing daunted, he scored with a header just after in an exactly similar manner.


Everyone was hoping that Dean would secure his “usual,” and he duly obliged with a wonderful header which, I go so far as to say, no one else could have accomplished. He was standing well beyond the goal when he accepted Stein's centre, and headed in from an almost impossible angle. Newcastle employed McCracken tactics to save them from further reverses, but it led to their undoing, owing to the astuteness of Dean, when in an offside position he refused to play the ball, and away went Critchley like a streak of lighting. He cut in towards goal, dribbled past McInroy, and netted easily. This goal was something in the nature of a spectacle. To give Newcastle their due, they did fight hard, and with the Blues resting somewhat content on their oars they pulled so much weight that Gallacher secured a second goal with another remarkable shot. The speed, with which he accepted the forward pass and shot, so astonished Davies that he allowed the ball to slip through his hands and legs. Good football and thrills made the game a treat. It was enjoyment from the word go. Everton played with skill and understanding all through and there was no weakness in the side. The team spirit was there and it is this factor which made them the superior combination. Davies had not a quarter the work to do that McInroy had, but, save for the United's second goal, he never faltered, and O'Donnell and Common, comparative strangers got down to a fine working understanding right at the start. O'Donnell was a great tackler, and intervenes, and Common lacked no quality that makes a good purposeful defender. I admired the manner in which he stalked Gallacher. Some of the feeding of the intermediates early on was inaccurate but gradually they got into the swing of things and then the forwards were able to concentrate on McInroy Griffiths heading was worth its weight in gold and his long swinging passes to the wingers were really menacing. Hart contributed the guile, and Robson was ever in the thickest of the fight. He distinguished himself with tenacious tackling, and worrying.


Forward, there was no best, but I did admire the work of Stein on the extreme left. His speed was bewilding to the United and the watchers, and he crowned these fine touchline bursts with centring almost perfect. Critchley, too, was in excellent fettle, and displayed surprising footwork and ball control. White employed direct methods, which showed a handsome profit. There was refreshing conviction about his play, and he rarely placed a ball wrongly. Martin was the thinker and chief engineer of the potent force, and Dean's only faults were that he sometimes took over long in bringing the ball under control, and was too unselfish. Sometimes one of his quick bursts would have shown a profit, but he was thinking more of the needs of his colleagues. He was a fine leader, a man who held a grip on the attack despite the attentions bestowed upon him by Hill and Maitland. Gallacher was the pillar on which the United building stood. He is a marvel, cunning, quick an opportruntist and a thinker. It is strange how he did so much with so little support from his inside men. Both McDonald and Hutchinson thought too much of their wingers. Lang was a dangerous raider, and Urwin also did well on splendid material served up by Hinchison. Hill was faultless in his constructive play but his meandering often left open spaces down the middle. The backs spoiled themselves by replying too much on offside measures but the wing halves were clever footballers who made up strong cog in a good wheel. McInroy had no peace at all so rampant were the home attackers but he acquitted himself well and effected numerous brilliant saves. Teams; - Everton; - Davies, goal, Common and O'Donnell, backs, Robson, Griffiths, and Hart (captain), half-backs; Critchley, White, Dean, Martin, and Stein, forwards. Newcastle United: - McInroy, goal, Maitland, and Thomson, backs, Mathieson, Hill and Harris, half-backs, Urwin, Hitchinson, Galacher, McDonald, and Lang, forwards .



November 4 th 1929. The Daily Courier.

Everton on Saturday signed McClure of the North Eastern League Club Wallsend. McClure can play right or left half-back, and is a promising player. A native of Workington, he was with Preston North End for a season before work on Government contract took him to Wallsend. He is 22 years of age, 5ft 9in, in height, and weighs 11 st 4lbs.



November 4 th 1929. The Daily Courier.


Stockport county Reserves defeated Everton Reserves by 4 goals to 2 in a Central league match. Stockport assumed aggressive tactics from the start and Tomkinson opened the score from a penalty, Railsbeck adding the second. Hudspeth was unfortunate after the interval in putting through his own goal. Ritchie added a second for Everton, and Butts and Tonkinson placed Stockport further ahead. Ritchie was the outstanding player of Everton, but had little support. Everton; - Sagar, goal; Kennedy, and W. O'Donnell, backs, Kelly, Rooney, Bryan, half-backs, Ritchie, Easton, French, Weldon and Troup, forwards.


November 4 th 1929. Liverpool Post and Mercury.

Liverpool county combination.

At High Park (Southport). At the interval the home team was leading by 2 goals to 1. In the first half, Webster scored for Everton, and James Fearn and Lucas for High Park. Lewis who registered Everton's second goal, was among the more conspicuous of the visiting player and Calvert also did well in goal.


Hartlepool Mail -Wednesday 6 November 1929

Nelson F.C . yesterday signed F. T. Parry, an outside right, who for the last two seasons has played with Accrington Stanley. Parrv is a native of Liverpool, and was discovered by Everton, with which club he played for three seasons prior going to Accrington.



Burnley Express-Wednesday 6 November 1929

Yesterday, Nelson signed Frank Thomas Parry, outside-right, who for the last two seasons has played with Accrington Stanley. Parry was one of the best wingers the Third Division. He native of Liverpool and was discovered by Everton, with whom played for three seasons. is reported very fast and clever with the ball. He stands oft. 9in., and scales 11 1/2 stones. He will make his debut with Nelson Saturday.


Everton and "Jock" Thomson

Dundee Evening Telegraph -Wednesday 6 November 1929

It will occasion no surprise Dundee are asked by Everton to state a price for the transfer of " Jock Thomson, their left-half. An Everton representative has had a look at the Thornton lad once or twice this season, and looking to the way Jock " has been playing no doubt his report to the Liverpool club will be highly satisfactory.


November 6 th 1929. The Daily Courier.


Cresswell returns to the Everton team for the match with West Ham United at Upton Park on Saturday, displacing Common. Beyond this no other change is made in the eleven who whipped Newcastle United. Everton won the corresponding match at Upton Park last season by four goals to two. They will be represented by the following on Saturday; - Davies; Cresswell, J. O'Donnell; Robson, Griffiths, Hart; Critchley, White, Dean, Martin, Stein.

McClure, Everton's latest signing from Wallsend figures in the Central League side to oppose West Bromwich Albion at Goodison park on Saturday, when the home team will be; - Sagar; Common, W. O'Donnell; McClure, Whyte, Virr; Ritchie, Wilkinson, French, Weldon, Troup.



November 9 th 1929. The Daily Courier.


By Ijay

Everton journey to Upton Park, where they will meet a side full of confidence in their own ability following their great win away from home over their great rivals, the Arsenal. West ham United are a meteoric side. They either play at the top of their form or else they disappoint their supporters with a poor display when victory has been expected. Everton have several points in their favour, however. They easily defeated Newcastle last week when lacking the services of Cresswell, while they also gave evidence of a return to their best form. At the same time “Dixie” Dean gave one of his brightest and best displays. The great improvement in the Everton attack is due to the fact that all members of the forward line are now having a shot if they find themselves near the target. This means that Dean cannot be such a well-marked man, and consequently he will have a better chance of scoring. The Everton centre will also be certain to make a great bid to retain that wonderful goal-a-match record. The best part of the Hammers' team is their forward line, where the amateur Gibbins, Earle, and Watson make a fine inside trio with two fast wingers in Yews and Ruffell. Everton's task is no easy one, but I believe they are just the type of team who will beat West ham. There have been few team chances in the last matches and this has given the players a better chance of getting used to their colleagues' play. The result has been better combination and more effective work in front of goal. A win today will place Everton in a stronger position in the League table and will give an air of confidence in the camp which may augur well for the future. If the Everton forwards have found their form again I think we will hear of Hufton having had a bust time and the International goalkeeper will have to be at his best if the score is to be kept down to reasonable dimensions. One of the features of the game should be the duels between the lion-heart Barrett and “Dixie” Dean. Both these players are expert when the ball is in the air, and their rivalry may end with honours even. The teams will line out as follows; - Everton; Davies; Cresswell, O'Donnell; Robson, Griffiths, Hart; Critchley, White, Dean, Martin, Stein. West Ham United; Hufton; Earl, Cox; Norris, Barrett, Cadwell; Yews, Earle, Watson, Gibbins, Ruffell



November 11 th 1929. Liverpool Post and Mercury.



By “Bee.”

Everton were not themselves at West Ham. They were made to look very common footballers, indeed, the London public and officials marvelled that the side that had given such a great display there a year ago should now be put out of court by the same West Ham side, It was a display that was far from convincing, and it led one to wonder seriously whether the Everton side, on this form could hope to gather anything like a chain of victories. Actually they had a chance at one point of the play to make a drew thanks to the luck of the game –a half-back headed so badly that the ball spun over to Dean, who congratulated himself on this glorious chance of keeping up the record of having scored a goal in every match in this season tournament. He had a previous chance (again through the luck of the game); this time a full back fell, and Dean had an open goal, as it is termed. He shot out, and when one has said that one has said all for the losing side. I only mention these matters because after half-time there was a good chance of a draw if Everton could only pull themselves together and show something like the form, which led them to a defeat of Newcastle United.


They never rallied, and by degrees West Ham not only mastered the opposition, but made the side look very cheap. Cresswell was heavily worked, and his bad luck came when he found a ball slight on a bad bit of turf and come off at an angle that did not seen possible. This was not all –Griffiths elected to try a dribble in front of his own goal and the result was a goal to Ruffell. There was a lot of “luck” about the game and West Ham took their slice when they scored through a ball cannoning from an Everton man to make a perfect pass for Watson. This was early on. Ruffell made it 2-0. Dean responded with a gift-goal, and finally Ruffell took the game to 3-1, and West Ham simply “walked through” the opposition, to the amusement of the crowd of about 30,000 spectators.


The crowd had full value for their money, and were engrossed in watching the side that had beaten Arsenal away from home. They have a fast-moving front line and a big centre half-back, who this day never left Dean's precincts. The wing half-back work was every much ahead of the Everton section, where there was a slowness, and more than that –Martin could not find his form, and his passes went astray in an amazing number of instances. West Ham used the “W” formation to some tune, and if they had taken a heavy margin in no one would have been surprised, because the chances were there, and there came a time when they were right in front of goal to take perfectly easy chances, yet merely tapped the ball outside. There were other times when the goalkeeper Davies made a deep impression; in fact, one of the selection Committee of the Football Association was very impressed by the smart display. He was overworked, but his catches were clean, and had there been faltering on his part and also that of Cresswell and O'Donnell, one shudders to think what the result would have been. Near the finish there was an air of “indifference” about some of the defenders, who had given up the game as lost. and one could not wonder that they tried of their incessant work. The forward line moved off at rare intervals, with nice ideas of combination. Critchley and White had their ideas and worked them to some use early on but Stein had no chances, and the attack was only an attack according to the reading of the team-sheet. There was coldness and sometimes useless over dribbling displays that could only produce one result.


Griffiths was up against a smart middleman in a smart team. West Ham had the flair and the fleetness to carry them through. They raced through the Everton side whose form was too bad to be true. It is not my desire to decry West Ham's game. They won well, they threw away chances of making an historical score, they must take the blame of that. Earle was not so prominent as usual, though always a good general, it was the wing men who created the damages plus Watson's energy and deft work at centre-forward. Norris and Cadwell were great half-backs good alike attack and defence, and Hufton was out of a job thanks to these men and his backs. Everton's wing half backs have never had so little to show for their labour. They were laborious. Teams; - West Ham United; - Hufton, goal; Earl and Cox, backs, Norris, Barrett and Cadwell, half-backs, Yews, Earle, Watson, Gibbons, Ruffell, forwards. Everton; - Davies, goal, Cresswell O'Donnell, backs, Robson, Griifiths, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Critchley, White, Dean, Martin, and Stein, forwards.



November 11 th 1929. Liverpool Post and Mercury.


Everton played their best game of the season against the Albion at Goodison Park in the Central League game and won by 7 goals to 3. The whole team excelled in footcraft, combination, and skill Wilkinson was the spearhead of the attack and in scoring five of the seven goals revealed speed, skill, expert ball distribution, and a deadly finish. Ritchie and Easton scored Everton's other goals, and although the forward line was brilliant in all they did, Troup and Ritchie were outstanding with a wing brilliance that dazzled a good defence. The Albion's goals were of the snap order. Richardson (2), and Short ( a great schemer) being the scorers. McClure, Everton's latest addition was responsible for a really fine exhibition at right half and fitted into the workings of a perfectly balanced team admirably. Everton; - Sagar, goal; Common and W. O'Donnell, backs, McClure, Whyte, and Virr, half-backs, Ritchie, Wilkinson, French, Weldon, and Troup, forwards.


Liverpool Post and Mercury

Liverpool county combination

At Strawberry-lane. The junior “Derbty” game produced some good football. Everton winning comfortably. There was little between the sides during the first half, the home team leading by a goal scored by Hanson ten minutes from the interval. Webster increased the lead immediately after the resumption, but Watson soon replied for Liverpool. Webster again netted for Everton, and near the end Liggin registered a fourth goal. Lewis played well for Everton at centre half. Webster and Hanson doing well in the front line. Bretland, James, and Burke were prominent for Liverpool.


November 14, 1929. Lancashire Evening Post

The Bristol Rovers F.C., have signed on Fredrick J. Forbes, the Plymouth Argyle inside forward, and he will turn out for his new club against Exeter City at Exeter on Saturday. Forbes who has been with Plymouth for the past four and a half seasons, previously played for Everton. While with the Devon side he appeared in 158 League games and scored 54 goals.


Lancashire Evening Post-Thursday 14 November 1929

The Bristol Rovers F.C. have signed on Frederick J. Forbes, the Plymouth Argyle inside forward, and he will turn out for his new club against Exeter City at Exeter on Saturday. Forbes who has been with Plymouth the past four and half seasons, previously played for Everton. While with the Devon side he appeared in 158 League games and scored 54 goals.



November 16 th 1929. The Daily Courier.


By Ijay.

Everton are relying on the side, which went down to West Ham a week ago. The directors feel that the side is capable of doing better than at Upton Park, and I hope the players will get plenty of encouragement from the crowd today. Their home record has been anything but impressive, but I am taking them to get two points from the game. The home task is not impossible by any means, for Huddersfield have only avoided defeat in one of their seven away games to date. It may well be that Hunter Hart holds the key to Everton's success for if he can hold Jackson much of the visitors sting will be lost. Jackson's great danger is that he is not only an outside-right, but plays all over the field. He is often to be seen in the centre, and at times even finds his way over to the other wing apart from giving the defence a hand. This game should be a classic. Both sides are capable of turning out the real stuff, despite the fact that both have fallen from grace during the last season or two. There should be a great crowd to watch the game and some thrills should be certain. I am looking to Everton to make a rise in the chart, in which case their position will be much comfortable. The teams are as follows, kick-off being at 2-45; Everton; Davies; Cresswell, O'Donnell; Robson, Griffiths, Hart; Critchley, White, Dean, Martin, Stein. Huddersfield Town; Turner; Goodall, Roughton; Fogg, Wilson, Campbell; Jackson, Kelly, Lewis, Davies, Smith.


Lancashire Evening Post-Monday 18 November 1929

W. R. (“Dixie”) Dean, Everton's international centre forward, has been successfully operated upon for the removal of a foreign body in his ankle which has been troubling him for several weeks. Dean was reported this morning to be comfortable and progressing as well as can be expected


November 18 th 1929. Liverpool Post and Mercury



Everton yielded both points to Huddersfield Town in the game at Goodison Park, the Yorkshire side winning a contest that never rose above mediocrity by 2 goals to nil. A better display was expected from two sides with the reputation of high-class play as possessed by Everton and Huddersfield, yet –neither maintained anything like the traditions of the past Huddersfield are far from being the brilliant side they were a couple of seasons ago and Everton with their forward difficulties have been very unsettled for sometime. Saturday's game was never definitely bad, but so patchy and devoid of incident that the effect as a whole was far from impressive. Throughout it was like waiting for something to happen and then being disappointed with the result.


The chief fault lay with the forwards, and with the exception of Jackson and Smith neither side had much to offer. Without the clever work of these two Huddersfield players the forward work generally would have been poor in the extreme. Dean was not really fit for his job, and he limped off the field five minutes from the end. He has been troubled for some time with an ankle injury, and has been operated on. The first half was goalless, and with the exception of a brilliant drive by White, Everton were hardly ever as dangerous as the Huddersfield forwards. Jackson was the bright star in this period, and he certainly served up some capital openings, but the inside man were never effective. Smith too, made a number of clever runs only to see his good work spoiled by poor finishing. The first goal can at 58 minutes, when Jackson swept through a fine centre by Smith, and five minutes from the end Davies got a second goal for Huddersfield. Smith again was the prime factor in making the goal possible, while Jackson also took part in the movement before Davies drove the ball into the net. Everton threatened much without being able to carry through their movements to a satisfactory end.


Little fault could be found with the Everton defence,. Davies did his work well. Several times he intercepted centres with fine judgement, and once in the first half the referee stopped the game with Davies holding the ball on the ground, surrounded by opponents. All eager to dispossess him. Cresswell gave his usual neat and polished display, but O'Donnell, although rarely beaten was inclined to risky clearances, Robson was perhaps the most wholly satisfactory player on the side. He was good in defence, and for hard honest endeavour he was without equal. Hart did well, and Griffiths was not as prominent as usual, he played a useful game. There was scarcely a redeeming feature in the work of the forwards. Dean was not himself, but he got few chances owing to the poor support offered and the work generally was much below Everton's best. Huddersfield had a good defence, and the backs improved greatly in the second half. Wilson was as usual, prominent in a strong middle line, but the form of the inside forwards particularly Lewis, who missed many splendid openings, was too poor to be true. Jackson about whom rumours and contradictions have centred during the week has lost little of his ability. He is still of the great player in the game. On Saturday he made the creation of good chances look more child's play, while his enthusiasm and quick thinking added greatly to the anxieties of his opponents. On the opposite wing Smith was just as effective. indeed, he and Jackson were the only forwards that mattered. Teams; - Everton; - Davies, goal, Cxresswell and O'Donnell, backs, Robson, Griffiths, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Critchley, White, Dean, Martin and Stein, forwards. Huddersfield Town; - Turner, goal, Goodall, and Houghton, backs, Fogg, Wilson, Campbell, half-backs, Jackson, Kelly, Lewis, Davies, and Smith, forwards.



November 18 th 1929. Liverpool Post and Mercury.


W.R.Dean, the Everton centre-forward was operated on yesterday in a Liverpool nursing home for an injury to his foot. The operation the “Daily Post” understands was successful, and the player is progressing favourably. Dean has been playing under difficulties for the greater part of the season as a result of a knock received in an early game. He stood down for a time, but the injured ankle –a bone was splintered –still gave him trouble. He very pluckily turned out to play on Saturday against Huddersfield despite the knowledge that he was to undergo an operation, but he was compelled to leave the field before the finish of the game. Later he was taken to a nursing home, and as indicated, the operation was performed yesterday. Dean's many friends throughout the country will wish him a rapid recovery. Everton will of course be handicapped for a time, put a complete cure is hoped for. It is now plain why Dean has not been able to do himself full justice and why he was not chosen to play for England. Up to Saturday he had average a goal per match and in the light of present events his form has been wonderfully good. Another Everton player Dunn, has just resumed playing after a similar operation.



November 18 th 1929. Liverpool Post and Mercury.


Capital marksmanship by Robinson , who completed the hat-trick, saved Birmingham from defeat against Everton. Wilkinson (2) and Troup were Everton scorers. Birmingham monopolised early play, but Everton found their feet and after the interval had matters their own way. Troup gave a remarkable display and was instrumental in both of Wilkinson goals, and Ritchie also made an impression while Grosvenor was the pick of the Birmingham line. Everton; - Sagar, goal, Common and W. O'Donnell, backs; McClure, Whyte, Virr, half-backs; Ritchie, Dunn, Wilkinsin, Weldon, and Troup, forwards.


Liverpool county combination

At Strawsberry-lane. A draw was a fair result. The visitors fully deserved their goal lead at the interval obtained by O'Donnell. Chedgzoy equalised after the resumption, but the visitors hotly contended that the ball had not crossed the line. French put Everton in front, put in the closing stages Hulligan levelled the scorers.




November 19 th 1929. Liverpool Post and Mercury.

W.R Dean, the Everton centre-forward, who as reported in yesterday ‘'Daily Post'' underwent an operation in a nursing home on Sunday, it was reported, yesterday to be progressing favorable. He expresses the hope that he would be out in about three weeks, and would be able to play within four or five weeks. It is believed that when fit again Dean will have successfully overcome the difficulties that have beset him for some months. The operation was for the removal of bone sprinters from the ankle.


Burnley Express-Wednesday 20 November 1929

Top of his club's goal getting list, with a goal in every game in which he has played, Dixie Dean left Saturday's match at Everton to hospital for an operation bones which had been chipped. He played against Huddersfield and then went right into hospital, an X-ray examination making plain had been suffering for months.

Wrexham sign Rooney

Lancashire Evening Post-Friday 22 November 1929

Wrexham signed another player in Rooney, of Everton. who will turn out for the foam against Chesterfield to-morrow.



Lancashire Evening Post-Friday 22 November 1929



Arthur Rigby, the Blackburn Rovers' international left winger, who on Wednesday, along with John Hutton, was placed on the open to transfer list at his own request, was to-day signed by Everton. Arrangements between the clubs were completed last night, and Rigby went over to Liverpool to-day for the necessary formalities. He is the second player to be transferred from the Rovers to Everton this season, John Whyte, the reserve halfback, being the other. Tho public, Writes Rover will prepared for the move io Rigby's case for it was felt that he would readily snapped up. As forceful type of left winger with his terrific shots, Rigby had no peer until he met with leg injury last season. He had only just regained his form and confidence recovery from that mishap when the season ended. In the last practice game in August he damaged tho other leg—in both instances a small blood vessel was burstbut he has now made a complete recovery. The fine play of Turner, has kept him from returning as a regular member of the Rovers' front line. For Rigby's services the Rovers paid Bradford City transfer fee of £3,500 on April 22nd, 1925. His 156 League appearances and 41 goals with the club have been spread over the following seasons: —l 924-25, one game; 1925-26, (15) goals; 1926-27, 40 (8); 1927-28, 37 (7); 1928-29, (13); 1929-30. 3. He scored in one of his F.A. Cup matches Rigby was a member the last victorious International team Hampden Park in April, 1927, and early in the following season played against Wales Burnley. He has also taken part in F.A, continental tour.


Everton Sign Blackburn International.

Western Daily Press-Saturday 23 November 1929

Everton have secured the transfer from Blackburn Rovers Arthur Rigsby who early this week was placed on the open to transfer list at his own request. Rigby joined Blackburn Rovers from Bradford City in 1925, and played for England against Scotland 1927 and against Wales 1928. At the opening of the season Rigby received an jury which kept him out of the team for some time, and recently the fine form or Turner has prevented him regaining his place The transfer fee is believed to be about £3,000.



Dundee Courier-Saturday 23 November 1929

EVERTON have signed on Arthur Rigbv, the Blackburn Rovers out side-left., who was placed tho transfer list at his own request as recently as Wednesday. Rigby a native of Manchester, went Bradford City from Crewe, and was secured by the Rovers front the first-named club nearly five years ago. Ho haas played in 150 league games and scored 41 goals. Last season he was tho club's second highest scorer, with 13 goals to his credit. RIGBY played for England against Scotland in 1927 and against Wales in 1928. At the opening of the season Rigby received injury which kept him out of the team for some time, and recently tho fine form of Tom Turner, whom Blackburn secured from Raith Rovers, has prevented him regaining his place. The transfer fee is believed to be about £3000.



Hull Daily Mail-Saturday 23 November 1929


Arthur Rigby, Blackburn Rovers left wing-forward, who was placed on the transfer list this week at his own request, on Friday signed for Everton at a big fee. Secured from Bradford City in 1925 a cost of £3.500, has appeared in 156 League and 12 cup matches for the Rovers, and scored 42 goals. He was member of tho Rovers' Cup-winning side. Rigby has played against Scotland, Wales, France, Belgium, Luxembourg. The transfer fee is believed to about £3,000.


November 23, 1929. Western Daily Press

Everton have secured the transfer from Blackburn Rovers of Arthur Rigby, who early this week was placed on the open to transfer list at his own request. Rigby joined Blackburn Rovers from Bradford City in 1925, played for England against Scotland in 1927-28 and against Wales 1928. At the opening of the season Rigby received an injury which kept him out of the team for some time, and recently the fine form of Turner has prevented him regaining his place. The transfer fee is believed to be about £3,000.



November 30 th 1929. Liverpool Post and Mercury.

Everton rearranged their force for the match at Birmingham on Saturday. In view of the fact that dean is in hospital it is fortunate that Dunn has recovered and, following his trial with the reserves last week. He is called on to resume his association with Critchley and I trust the combination will on his occasion prove a success Critchley shoulder not lack chances with so clever a player. He beside him and if the wingman pays a little attention to the accuracy of his finishing worth the inside forward. Should benefit Wilkinson, who has been doing well with the reserves, leads the line again he has scored seven goals in the last two centre-league games.

Hart, who has shouldered the responsibility of captaincy for some time and has been through troubled waters is again called onto move his position and he resumed the onerous duties of centre-half Griffiths is engaged in the international match to-day, and it may be through that a second game in three days may prove, too great a strain for the welsh player. Hart to my mind is at his best in the centre White returns to left after a period in the forward line.



November 21 st 1929. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Griffiths played for Wales at Chelsea against England, in front of 40,000, England winning the game by 6-0.



November 22 nd 1929. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton have transferred to Wrexham, WF Rooney, the left half-back, who has accomplished good work for the centre league side, and has also had considerable experience of the first division football. Rooney is a local player, who started in the Everton ‘'A'' team, and made rapid progress. He assisted the first team on occasion this season and will I feel sure, prove of great worth to the welsh club, A left half-back, Rooney can take up the pivotal position if required. He stands 5ft 8ins, and weights 11 st 7lbs.



November 23 rd 1929. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton have strengthened their ranks by the acquisition of A. Rigby of Blackburn Rovers. The player who had asked to be put on the transfer list, earlier in the week was signed yesterday, so that Everton lost no time in getting into touch with the club and the player. Rigby is to turn out for his new club at Birmingham to day when he will occupy the inside left position as partner to stein in place of Martin.

Rigby has made his name at outside left, but he can also occupy the inner perth, and it is expected that his ability and shooting power will have greater scope here. Certainly Everton are in need of a driving force, and it is hoped that Rigby will strengthen the attack. He has held a reputation as a strong shot. The new man has won a football association cup medal, and has twice played for England at outside left. He was in the team, captained by Hill, which recovered finely to beat Scotland at Hampton Park in 1927. He has been out of the rovers team recently owing to the consistency of Turner and with Hutton, requested the directors to put him on the transfer list the fee is believe to be in the neighborhood of £3,000. Rigby began his career as a goalkeeper and served Crewe Alexandra and Bradford City, before joining Blackburn Rovers with whom he has been nearly five years. With Bradford City he played in 150 league games, 41 goals, last season he scored 13 goals from the wing. Well-built Rigby is a native of Manchester and stands 5ft 8ins and weights 11 st .



November 23 rd 1929. The Daily Courier.


Everton retain their habit of disappointment their supporters, and today's game can hardly be faced with confidence unless it is that Rigsby will be making his debut. Dean;s absence is a serious loss to the Blues, who are a much better side when he is in the team. Birmingham are a rugged side with a brilliant goalkeeper, and they had been doing great things until injuries kept some of their stars out of the side. Bradford, Cringan and others are included in this list. Everton are perilously near the foot of the First Division table, and an effort to improve matters is imperative if they are to enter the Cup campaign with any degree of confidence and safety. A good run to the New Year would make a great difference to the chances of the side, and I hope that it will begin today. I am taking a risk in throwing in my lot with Everton, but I feel they deserved one more chance. A lot will depend on the way in which Rigsby settles down, and if he is well attended to by Stein and White we may see better results. Dunn makes a welcome reappearance in the Everton side while Wilkinson will be entrusted with the leadership of the attack. Griffiths has been left out and Hunter Hart goes centre-half and White the versatile player, takes over the left-half position. Whether these experiments have been a success or not will not be known until this evening, but with a special effort I believe the Blues will be good enough to take the two points at issue. With the talent available, the fact, that Everton have only secured 13 points out of a possible 32 takes a deal of explaining. A win today will do a lot towards bringing a great crowd next week to see Rigsby home debut. The teams are as follows (kick-off 2.30) Everton; Davies; Cresswell, O'Donnell; Robson, Hart, White; Critchley; Dunn, Wilkinson, Rigsby, Stein. Birmingham City; Hibbs; Liddell, Randle; Firth, Morrall, Leslie, Bond, Crosbie, Briggs, Curtis, Hicks.



November 25 th 1929. Liverpool Post and Mercury



By “Stork.”

There is a big controversy in football as to the necessity of goal judges. On many occasions this season a goal judge would have settled many knotted points which the referee, who cannot be in two places at one time, cannot possibly decide with any degree of surely. Never was a goal judge more necessary than in the game between Everton and Birmingham at St. Andrews, where Everton secured a valuable point as a result of a goalless draw. Liverpool people who were present can be forgiven if they consider they should have had both points, for there was an incident in the Birmingham goalmouth which only a goal judge could have given a satisfactory answer to Everton's claim to a goal or Birmingham opinion that the ball had not crossed the line. Wilkinson took up the ball from Stein and shot at goal. Hibbs stopped the ball but could not hold it, and as he swung round he appeared to carry the ball over the goalline, or at least over the place where the goalline should have been.


My angle did not allow me to assert that the ball was over the line but it did not prevent me from seeing Hibbs put his hand behind him and drag the ball back and unless he was standing some yards out of his goal the ball must assuredly have been over the line. The referee instantly signalled a goal by pointing to the centre of the field, and the Everton players had gathered round Wilkinson to congratulate him. The Birmingham players appealed against the decision, upon which the referee went across to a linesman who was no better placed (if as well placed) as himself, and upon his word altered his decision and disallowed the goal. Now if Mr. Crew was satisfied that the ball crossed the line, and he evidently was by the way be immediately awarded a goal, what caused him to alter his mind once it had been made up. He either saw the ball over the line, or not, but to consult a linesman who was as far away from the incident as himself is a point in favour of goal judges.


The decision robbed Everton of a point, which may proved a vital importance, but whether they were worthy of the two points is another matter. Personally, I though they were a trifle fortunate to hold on to a draw, and it was only the Birmingham forwards sins of omission in front of goal which prevented them from taking a good lead before the interval. They could and did frame attacks that took them into scoring position, but they wanted to walk the ball through the goal. Briggs, Curtis Bond and Crosbie had ample opportunities to make goals if they had the inclination or the pluck to take a chance, but the thought of a miss was uppermost in their minds and the longer they played the less confidence a front of goal they became. I have never seen a forward line so remiss. Everton, with less than half their chances have Hibbs a much more worrying time than Davies had Hibbs is a fine goalkeeper, but he had some luck for two shots from Martin had him sorely puzzled perplexed, and in difficulty, yet I do not forget his one big save from Martin, when that player put all he knew behind a close range shot and saw it turned aside in astonishing fashion. It caused Martin to scratch his head in bewilderment, for it was undoubtedly a brilliant save.


Wilkinson had little chance against Morrall a big dashing, and capable centre-half. Rigsby made a blessing debut. He did not get a lot of opportunity, but I saw enough in his play to impress me. He gathered the ball nicely worked it well, and distributed it accurately. He was not well supported

For Stein was off his game, so the left wing link was broken it was the poorest game I have seen Stein play this season. With Dean back Rigsby should prove an asset for he will be up for those back headers of Dean's which in recent days have been wasted. Martin did some clever things but held onto the ball a shade too long. Still he was ever ready with a shot. Critchley made several fine openings but Rigsby was the best of the five. The Everton defence was the best in the second half. Cresswell positioned himself as only he can and O'Donnell kept Bond, Birmingham best attacker, well in hand. Robson again with each game. He was the best Everton half-back several times making last minute tackles that stopped the whole of the Birmingham front line. Hart must like centre-half position, for he did well in it, and White is proving his worth as a man who can adapt himself to any position. Birmingham's defence was sound. Particularly Randle, while the half-backs were progressive and determined. Teams ; - Birmingham City; - Hibbs, goal, Liddell, and Randle, backs, Firth, Morrall, and Lesbie, half-backs, Bond, Crosbie, Briggs, Curtis, Hicks, forwards. Everton; - Davies, goal, Cresswell and O'Donnell, backs, Robson, Hart (captain) and White, half-backs, Critchley, Martin, Wilkinson, Rigsby, and Stein forwards.



November 25 th 1929. Liverpool Post and Mercury


The opening play was of such an even character that an overwhelming Everton victory seemed improbable Ritchie started the scoring. The Town however, do not possess a convincing defence. Huddersfield midfield combination was nice and artistic to watch, but lost most of its effectiveness when allied to excessive individualism in Everton's goal area. Prior to the interval Attwood and Weldon scored and with Everton showing footcraft and ability that was superior to the Town in the second halt Attwood (2) and Easton added further goals, with Raw scoring for Huddersfield. Common, McClure, Ritchie and Troup were outstanding.


Liverpool county combination.

At Hawthorn-road. The Celtic won their first League fixture, and were full value for their success. Sewage kept a splendid goal, while Clark, and P, and J Jones defended well. Quayle netted twice for the home side, and Mulhollnad also score. Calvert, Webster and Leyland were the pick of the visitors.



August 29 th 1929. Liverpool Post and Mercury

Dean, the Everton centre-forward left the nursing home yesterday, and he expressed his delight at being able to get home again. The operation to his foot has keep completely successful and he hopes to get back to football in a few weeks time. Dean expects to see the Everton match on Saturday.


Aberdeen Journal -Friday 29 November 1929

Alec Jackson to Enter Into Business. Alec .Tackson, Huddersficld Town's Scottish international outside right, has entered into an agreement to become the manager of a sports outfitting department in a new store which is shortly to be opened in Huddersfield. The agreement is for a period of years. He will take up his 'new duties early in the New Year. This announcement is interesting in view rumours that he was about to join the Everton club.



Lancashire Evening Post-Saturday 30 November 1929


Carlisle United have been approached by Everton regarding their outside right. Jack Cape. The board decided not to stand in Cape's light should he desire to go. Cape intimated at a special meeting of the board last night that he desired to remain with Carlisle until he has gained more experience. Everton have been notified that negotiations are off.


Bill Lacey

Dundee Courier-Saturday 30 November 1929

A wonderful player is Bill Lacev, the ex-Everton and Liverpool halfback. Although it is now over 20 years since .he played for Ireland, Bill is still footing it merrily with Dublin Shelbourne, his first senior club.



Burnley Express- Saturday 30 November 1929

Cheshire F.A 's Attitude to Boys Six-a-side Tourney.

The surprising announcement was made on Thursday evening that Page, of Burnley, and Dixie Dean, of Everton, had been reported the F.A. by the Cheshire F.A. for bring concerned in the holding a six-a-side competition last August, in Liverpool. it was also alleged that McKinlav. of Prescot Cables, was concerned the arrangements, but that player states that knows nothing about it. The Wirral Association seems to be trying to make a mountain out of a molehill," said Dean a Daily Dispatch reporter who interviewed him on the matter. I am at a loss to know in what way I have broken the rules." Dean explained that he arranged with two other players each bring six schoolboys to ground of St. Edward's Orphanage, Liverpool. He took six boys from Birkenhead. They played three games in one afternoon, and the final his boys defeated the team chosen from the Orphanage boys. It was purely an informal charity effort," continued Dean. There was a small number of spectators, and I believe collection was taken on behalf of the Orphanage. Judge of my surprise when recently the father of one of the boys who had played in my team telephoned me and said that his boy and another had been debarred from playing in a cup competition the Wirral Football Association. I intend see Mr. Chase, of the Wirral Association soon I can get about again.


November 30 th 1929. The Daily Courier.


Rigsby, Everton's recent International signing, will make his first appearance in the Blues colours at Goodison Park today, and there is certain to be a great crowd present to watch the ex-Blackburn forward. Two changes have been made in the side which draw at Birmingham, as White the versatile, comes in at centre-forward to the exclusion of Wilkinson, while Albert Virr takes White's place at left-half. Virr has had an unlucky spell this season owing to injury, but if he can keep clear of further trouble he will greatly strengthen the Blues middle line. Leicester are a capable side, but they have lapsed recently and are intent on getting back to their winning ways. If Everton are to record their third home win today they will have to try their luck in front of goal at every possible opportunity. If clubs would only accept the Manchester City style of forward play as a pattern there would be man more goals and a lot more trouble for defenders. The inclusion of Rigsby is expected to improve the work of the vanguard, but he cannot take on all responsibility. With Hunter Hart in the middle the forwards should get plenty of the ball, and if they can only find their shooting boots theu would gain confidence which would bear them in good stead for future matches. Lovatt and Co. are goal-scoring forwards, and they cannot be allowed as many chances as were the Birmingham forwards last week. Everton must cut out this pattern-weaving type of game and remember that goals –not class –win points. Plenty of vocal support from the spectators should work the trick today, and I am looking for an Everton victory once more. The teams are as follows (kick off 2-20) Everton; Davies; Cresswell, O'Donnell; Robson, Hart, Virr; Critchley, Martin, White, Rigsby, Stein. Leicester City (probable) –Mclaren; Black, Brown; Duncan, Watson, Ritchie, Adcock, Hine, Lovatt, Langford, Barry.

November 1929