Everton Independent Research Data


October 2, 1926. The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton are to visit Ewood Park to oppose Blackburn Rovers. A team which has not fulfilled its early promise, but which has done much better than later, though Rovers were beaten 4-0 by Leicester on Saturday, Everton are trying Dominy at centre-forward, with Woodhouse at inside left.

October 4 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
A draw with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park may be considered satisfactory from an Everton point of view. But really the visitors, but fort one or two defensive errors, might have obtained both points. Everton have undoubtedly improved. There was more confidence in the side, and the most pleasing feature of this game, was their willingness to fight back when the tide was beating against them. It must be admitted that they had responsible excuse to ease up and centre on solid defensive when Puddefoot scored the third goal ten minutes from the end, for a goal at that hour of the day was enough to knock the heart out of any side.

Everton, however, bucked to with a will and with six minutes remaining Irvine, with the best shot of the match equalised and so turned a probable defeat into a possible victory, for from that point Everton strained every nerve to get a winning goal, and if Troup could have hit a ball first time instead of having to settle both himself and the ball, in the doing of which he lost that fraction of a second which meant all the difference, Everton joy would have been complete. As it was Crawford was able to position himself and saved Troup's fine drive. There was a sigh of relief from the spectators as the goalkeeper cleared the last minute shot. Everton's new formation of their forward line did solve one of their difficulties, for the newcomers, Dominy and Woodhouse did not accomplish any great feats. The former, apart from his two goals, was not convincing. He was not up to the required standard. His positional play was at fault, and one got the idea that he was wasted at centre, for he fell back as if he were an inside winger. On the slow side, it was his policy to stay with the remaining full back, instead of which he stood plumb in front of them, which in view of the speed of Roxburgh and Jones was a mistaken. He was beaten in the sprint nine times out of ten, whereas with a little forethought he would have so placed himself that he could have forced a yard or two start. He must be given credit for the manner in which he took the first goal. The second was an easy matter. Woodhouse worked hard with little effect. He was too easily pushed off the ball. But it was not the forwards who were to blame for the failure to win.

As a line they were a spirited and to a degree a clever collection, Millington played a grand game aided and battered by Irvine, the craftsman and he was distinctly unfortunate not to have scored his maiden goal for the senior side. He used his speed with rare effect, his centres were goal-laden, for they bung sufficiently to allow a nippy colleague to get up to them, and he had bad luck when he hit the upright with Crawford beaten. Another swerving drive of his also had the goalkeeper beaten, but the ball pulled the wrong way. Irvine and Troup, along with this youngster, were the big men of the line, and they were given valuable help by a set of half-backs whose constructional plans were beyond reproach. It was not until Everton had taken the lead that Blackburn came into real life. They had been playing prettily, along with Everton, but the reverse cut them to the quick and they quitted their finessing and sailed headlong into the fray, and within a minute were on level terms. Baker patted down a shot and was unable to get a clean kick at the ball, which was sent out to Pudderfoot, and even than Puddefoot should have been challenged sooner than he was for he was allowed three kicks at the ball before he finally placed it into the net. Then followed a mistkick by McDonald, and Walter closing in, drove the ball into the net, the ball apparently passing between Baker's leg.

Baker made several clever saves once handling a ground shot away in great style. Once Kerr standing on his goal line, headed out with Baker at the opposite end and McDonald repeated the action a little later. Blackburn Rovers have two good wingmen in Rigby and Walter but the mainspring of the line was Pudderfoot, even though his game was not well balanced. Teams: - Blackburn Rovers: - Crawford, goal, Roxburgh, and Jones, backs, Roscamp, Healess, and Low, half-backs, Walter, Rudderfoot, Holland, McKay, and Rigby, forwards. Everton: - B. Howard Baker goal, McDonald, and Kerr, backs, Brown, Hart (captain), and Virr, half-backs, Millington, Irvine, Dominy, Woodhouse, and Troup, forwards. Referee Mr. H. Hopkinson.

October 4 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
At Goodison Park, Everton had O'Donnell at full back and Bain at Centre half. For almost the first hour the home attack was slow, lacking in spirit and earnestness while the defence was good but never equal to Blackpool's steadiness. The last half hour provided a revelation for Everton rose to great heights, they moved with determination and enterprise and harassed the visitors defence and it was no surprise when a two goal deficit was made up in the last ten minutes. Blackpool notched the winning goal. Scorers for Everton Hamilton, Batten and Houghton, and for the winners Ayres (3), and Tremelling.

October 4 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
At Strawberry Lane. Everton were the more polished side, the forwards in particular playing finely. French opened the home team's account after three minutes but Cowell immediately equalised. M. Devitt gave the visitors the lead. In the second half, the visitors were often dangerous Hughes being kept busy. Cooper also defended well, his clean kicking being a feature of the game. Nearing the end French levelled up the score.

October 7 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
By "Bees."
Bolton Wanderers visited Goodison Park yesterday, and won the Lancashire Cup-tie before 4,000 spectators, by 2 goals to 1. The best thing one can say of Everton's that they died fighting. They made a big rally late on in the darkness, but throughout the whole game they failed to make a deep impression on the practical Bolton backs, and Pym was not often troubled. Nor was Howard Baker, if one excepts the trouble that may have arisen in his mind when JR Smith scored by going down a foot from the earth and heading a ball that passed under Baker's body. It seemed that that goal should have been saved. The effect of it was lost, however, when Irvine took up a blunder by a Bolton defender and squeezed the ball into goal. There was not much shooting, but what there was, by Irvine in particular, seemed to suggest that no matter where he directed the ball Pym would be there. It was football in which the arts and sciences of the game were brought out to a rather larger extent than usual. Vizard pranced his way along the touchline, and Baggett did many good things, while in turn Butler, Finney, and Nuttall in particular served up the right sort of entertainment for this dull day.

Nuttall was without compeer at left half back, and on the losing side Peacock and Hart did many bright things, but Virr was below standard. All through the piece Kerr kicked a good length, and was deadly in his tackle. He was alone, however, in his fire for even Reid and Troup while working together in pairing from were not successes while Dominy had no chance against at tall deputy half-back in Round. Of the right wing Millington made for pace and centre, and Irvine was perhaps the best of the bunch for dribbling and foraging. Where Everton lost (Baggett got the second goal before half-time through a Butler centre glancing from his head) was in the matter of wise combination; Bolton moved up and kept the ball on the ground –fancy heading was out of the desire, Everton on the other hand were patchy and the forward line was a line only in name. Teams: - Everton: - B. Howard Baker, goal, Raitt and Kerr, backs, Peacock, Hart (captain), and Virr half-backs, Millington, Irvine, Dominy, Reid, and Troup, forwards. Bolton Wanderers: - Pym, goal, Greenhalgh, and Finney, backs, Cope, Round, and Nuttall, half-backs, Butler, Baggett, JR Smith, Wright, and Vizard, forwards.

Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 08 October 1926
Everton this morning signed Luckett, outside left, of Skelmersdale United.  He is a native of Peasley Cross, St. Helens, and is 21 years of age. He is particularly speedy forward, and will play for Everton Reserves against Huddersfield  Reserves tomorrow. 

October 8, 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Surprising, but none the less welcome news is that dean the Everton centre-forward, who was injured in a motorcycle smash during the summer, has so far recovered as to be able to have a trial with the reserves team. Dean has been training for some weeks and tomorrow at Huddersfield in the central league match. He is to resume in his old position at centre-forward.

October 9, The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
The visit of the champions to Goodison Park is creating the liveliest interest and there will be the customary large crowd of enthusiasts who follow the fortune of Everton through thick and thin. The changes in is the young goalkkeper Davies while the appearance of peacock once more at centre-forward will be followed with the closet attention.

October 11 th 1926. The Post and Mercury
Everton shared the points in a goalless game with Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park, on Saturday, this being Everton's third successive draw in League games. On the play Everton were really worth the full honours, as after allowing for the fact that the champions were below their usual form, it could not be denied that Everton were the better side, both in skill and method. Much of the play was good and both sides showed commendable keenness. There were chances missed that might with a little more steadiness have been converted, but in the main the honours of the game rested with the defender. In this respect Huddersfield displayed skill and elsewhere, and particularly in the second half, when Everton pressed with great determination the Huddersfield defence showed up exceedingly well. At the same time there was a freshness and buoyancy about the Everton side that made it a better fighting machine than it had been for some weeks.

Davies, who appeared in the Everton goal in place of Baker, inspired confidence by his safe handling of several difficult shots, and early on he made a capital clearance that showed he had a safe pair of hands. Both Kerr and McDonald acquitted themselves well. They were practical and sound, rarely allowing the Huddersfield forwards scope to elaborate their plans. The greater part of Everton's improvement, however, was due to the excellent work of the half-backs, particularly Hart, who was the best half-backs on the field. Strong in defence and resourceful in attack, he played one of his best games while Brown and Virr were very little inferior.

Of the forwards Troup was in one of his most elusive moods. He was difficult to hold, and made some effective movements that should have been more productive. On the other wing Millington made sparkling runs, and in the early stages had hard luck in hitting the crossbar with a tremendous shot. Both Irvine and Dominy worked hard, and with a fair amount of cleverness, but neither were deadly near goal; while Peacock was a poor leader, his best effort being a shot from a difficult angle which Mercer did well to save. Shaw was a poor substitute for Wadsworth in the Huddersfield defence, but Goodall was sound, as was also Mercer in goal. The half-backs were much inferior to the Everton half-backs although Wilson was capital in defence. The forwards were quite ineffective, chiefly because Devlin was too well guarded to be dangerous. Smith did little and Slicer was seldom seen, while Brown and Stephenson tried hard to get the line going but with little success. Teams : - Everton: - Davies, goal, McDonald, and Kerr backs, Brown, Hart (captain), and Virr half-backs, Millington, Irvine, Peacock, Dominy, and Troup, forwards. Huddersfield Town: - Mercer, goal, Goodall, and Shaw, backs, Cawthorn, Wilson, and Watson half-backs, Smith, Brown, Davies, Stephenson, and Slicer, forwards. Referee Mr. GN. Watson.

October 11 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton's experiment with Dean, when he was played at centre forward in the reserve side at Huddersfield, in a Central league game, proved a success, so successful, in fact, that it is not unlikely that Dean will figure in the first team next Saturday. Many though Dean would never have the confidence to play as he used to do, so dangerous were his head injuries, yet against Huddersfield, despite the fact that he only touched the ball on about eleven occasions, he was the most dangerous Everton forward. Of course, he was "tender" in the heading department –that was expected –but even so, he put one ball against the bar from a long free kick. The day could not have been a more grueling one for a "test" of this kind, the wind being strong and the ball on the heavy side. Through injuries, the beaten side –Huddersfield won 3-0 –included three amateurs Hughes, W. Curr, and Lockett. With the wind in their favour, the possibility of a lead at half time was only foiled by the sure handling of awkward balls by Turner. After the interval Everton were well overplayed, and finally were a well-beaten side. One of the most pleasing features of the game, apart from dean's progress was the work of W. Curr, the Orwell amateur. Murray was effective at centre-half, Hamilton defended well, and Hughes in goal did a lot of useful handling. Everton: - Hughes, goal, Hamilton, and O'Donnell, backs W. Curr, Murray, and Rooney, half-backs, Moffatt, Woodhouse, Dean, Batten, and Lockett, forwards .

October 11, 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
In the first half French (2), and Tyson scored for Everton "A" and Finney for the Borough. Shallieker also made some clever saves. In the second half the Borough Copitch and Martindale, while in the closing stages the home team gained the lead, through a penalty kick successfully taken by Donnolly.

October 14 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Dean and Hardy appeared in the Everton second team which yesterday, at Goodison Park defeated Birmingham Reserves 3-2. Dean scored twice –the first with his head and the other from a penalty –and Bain obtained the third point with a great shot from long range. Birmingham, after having been down 2-0, levelled the score through Garrett and Islip. Hardy played a surprisingly confident game, but Dean was not quite as good as on Saturday. His first goal was the result of Weaver heading the ball onto the simplest of scoring positions. The ground and weather were troublesome to the players. Birmingham hardly deserved to be beaten. On one occasion Harvey put a ball into the goalmouth and O'Donnell just managed to kick away from the line. On the other hand, Bain made a great drive, which struck the upright. Peacock, Bain, and Rooney had a lot of trouble with a virile forward line but on the whole did well. Hamilton was easily the better back. Of the visiting side Hunter and Sciven and Garrett were outstanding. Everton: - Hardy, goal, Hamilton, and O'Donnell, backs, Peacock, Bain, and Rooney, half-backs, Moffatt, Woodhouse, Dean, Kennedy, and Weaver. Forwards.

October 14, 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
At the meeting of the football association council on Monday next, the emergency committee will report the information has been conveyed to the Everton that it would be contrary to the association's regulations to increase the capital of the club company by issuing bonus shares. This is the outcome of the shareholders request at the annual meeting of the Everton football club that a question regarding the issue of bonus shares should be put to the association. Mr. cuff, the chairman of the club, on that occasion pointed out that it was against the regulations, but the shareholders pressed his point and it was agreed to make the request. It is pointed out that such a course would he another way of increasing the dividend, which at present is limited by the FA rules to 7 half per cent.

October 14 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Following the tests given to Hardy, the Everton goalkeeper, and Dean, the centre-forward, yesterday, in the Central League match against Birmingham when both players appeared to be confident, the directors decided to include the men in the team to meet Newcastle United on Saturday at Goodison park. Thus Everton will be at full strength for the first time this season, and interest in the match will be increased. Hardy displayed all his old confidence in goal, and his inclusion in the first team should have a good effect on the side as a whole. The selection of Dean is also gratifying and if he can reproduce his old form he should provide the necessary finish to the forward line. The Birkenhead man's recovery has been surprisingly rapid when one remembers the severe injuries he sustained. The team to meet Newcastle will be: - Hardy; McDonald, Kerr; Brown, Hart, Virr; Millington, Irvine, Dean, Dominy, Troup.

Chedgzoy in U.S.
Dundee Courier - Saturday 16 October 1926
Sam Chedgzoy, the old Everton International, has now settled down in American football. Sam plays outside right for the New Bedford Club, Mass., and is installed as a firm favourite with the U.S.A. Soccer enthusiasts. His team holds respectable position in the American League, mainly owing to the combined work of the side.

October 16 th 192. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Weaver, the Everton outside left, has been transferred to Wolverhampton Wanderers and he will play for his new club against Blackpool today. He and cross-played together on the left wing for Birkenhead schoolboys, and after the war Burnley signed them and they developed into one of the finest left wings in the country. Weaver joined Everton in December 1924 and has rendered good service to the side. Well built he has good turn of speed, and he should prove a great service to the midland club in joining wanderers weaver will become associated one more with W. Chadwick, another old Evertonian who was transferred from Leeds to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

October 16 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton are at home to Newcastle United, as side which usually provides high-class football and the Goodison Park team will be fully tested. If Everton are to get away from the bottom of the table they must win their home games, and the improvement in their play against the champions suggest that they will give the Newcastle men a good run. The visitors are an attractive combination with Gallacher, the Scottish centre forward, the outstanding figure. Hardy chosen to make his reappearance for Everton, but he sustained a slight strain on Wednesday, and Davies who played so well last week against Huddersfield, will keep goal. With Dean due to make his appearance in the League team this season there should be a great crowd to see the match. The kick off is at 3-15. The teams are: - Everton: - Davies' McDonald, Kerr; Brown, Hart, Virr; Millington, Irvine, Dean, Kennedy, Troup. Newcastle United: - Wilson; Martland, Hudspeth; McKenzie, Spencer, Harris; Urwin, Clark, Gallacher, McDonald, Seymour.

October 18, 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Playing better ands more convincing football Newcastle United beat Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday by 3 goals to 1. Everton disappointed in a double sense as in addition to losing the game. Dean was not included in the side much to the surprise and annoyance of no small section of the 45,000 spectators that witnessed the game. It transpired that Dean was suffering from a damaged ankle sustained at the midweek match and was quite unfit for duty. This was a big blow because as the game developed on Saturday it became clear that Everton's chance of success would have been considerably improved had Dean been able to lead the attack. It is one of Everton's greatest misfortunes that they have not been able to find an efficient centre. Dominy was tried but he was no more effective than others who have occupied the position. He did work hard and occasionally put in some clever touches and shots but he was rarely, if ever, dangerous.

The Everton forwards were good up to a point. They either got hopelessly mixed in a maze of intricate footwork or shot wildly so that the attack spends itself without being effective. On the other hand Newcastle had a well-balanced forward line that revealed clever footwork and far more deadly shooting. Gallacher did little in actual work, but he was a big factor in the Newcastle side. He needed a lot of watching and was always deadly with the ball. It could not be said that Everton played badly; indeed, they played remarkably well and had their full share during the early part of the fast game. They fought splendidly till Newcastle scored their second goal. Then they just lost hope, and Newcastle got the reward they were entitled to on the play. During the second period tempers were ruffied, and it was a pity that such a fine game should be spoiled by incidents that did not relict credit on either side.

Davies again gave a capital display in the Everton goal, and he certainly did not let the side down. He made one save late on, when Gallacher dashed through that no goalkeeper could have improved upon. Wilson had less to do, but was quite sound. The backs were not very impressive. Kerr was not always discreet in his tackling, and McDonald was rather below his best form. The Newcastle pair played well without showing any special ability. Both side had a splendid half-back line. Hart again filled the pivotal position with credit, and was admirably supported by Brown and Virr. On the Newcastle side McKenzie was a great worker, while Spencer and Harris did much useful work in both attack and defence.

Irvine was Everton's best forwards. His enthusiasm is beyond question, and with more effective co-operation his work would certainly yield better results. It was Irvine that gave the attack what semblance of power it possessed. Troup was rather wasteful with his chances, but Millington was a useful raider. Urwin and Seymour were excellent, while McDonald was responsible for most of the shots that troubled Davies. The goals were scored in the following order –Clarke, thirty-five minutes; McDonald, sixty-nine minutes; Gallacher eight five minutes; Troup, eight-nine minutes. Teams: - Everton: - Davies, goal, McDonald and Kerr, backs, Brown Hart (captain) and Virr; Millington, Irvine, Dominy, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards. Newcastle United: - Wilson, goal, Maitland and Hudspeth, backs, McKenzie, Spencer and Harris, half-backs Urwin, Clark, Gallacher, McDonald, and Seymour, forwards .

October 18 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton were well beaten in a poor game at Preston. Constructive work was of the poorest quality, and attacking generally speaking, had no sting. Whitehead and Nelson from a penalty scoring for Preston, who had the greater forward power and resource.

October 18 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
At Whiston. A few minutes before half-time Fildes scored. After the interval Everton pressed, but Pye saved well. Fildes scored the second goal for Whiston, Gaskill was the outstanding player for Everton.

October 21, 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton have transferred D. Murray, their south Africa player to Bristol City, Murray has been with Everton a little more than one season and has mainly assisted the reserves team. A strong player, he has figured at centre-forward and in the last back line and though he has not been able to hold a place with the first team, he is likely to be of, service to Bristol City.

Gloucestershire Echo - Thursday 21 October 1926
 Bristol City F.C. on Wednesday signed on Murray, the South African centrefonvard of Everton. Murray led the South Africans during their tour England and signed on for Everton last season.

Meanwhile Robert Irvine scored for Ireland against England in a 3-3 draw

October 25, 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Tyson is a local player who has assisted the ''A'' team and who played well in last Saturday at Goodison Park, will play for the reserves on Saturday

October 25 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
Admitting that there is a topsey turveydom. In present day football which is hardly explainable, few would expect Everton to return with a victory from Elland-road where Leeds United have lost one game –the first –since the opening of the season and also where some big scoring tests have been accomplished in recent weeks –they have scored eight goals in their last two home fixtures. The outlook was not at all promising judging it on Everton's record, even though the Goodison Park side had shown a more settled, and effective style of game; but they was more easily than the score of 3-1 denotes. They were the superior side in every phase of the game to the United, who were nothing more than a dashing body of players, who never gave a though to the finer points of play in their quest for goals, and when it came to administering the final touch Jennings was the one man they could entrust with the task of beating the Everton defence.

With this dangerous player curbed, Everton's task was rendered easy, and as Hart kept this dashing leader in check for the major portion of the games it was only right that the small band of Liverpool people who were there had come to expect a victory, for Everton's football was not only entrancing but effective up to the goal area, where it must be admitted that one or two opportunities were allowed to slip by. Still, such football as they displayed was bound; to receive its reward and when Jenning's goal had been negatived by Dean, and the Everton defence had only come one final effort by Leeds United, it was all Everton, and even the home spectators had to admit that their team had been beaten by a better side, and inquired how it was that Everton, playing such football, were at the bottom of the League. They simply ran Leeds off their legs, and when Irvine and Dominy added further goals the victory was as complete, as their football had been a joy to the biggest crowd of the season.

How came the wonderful change? The inclusion of Dean to a great degree was one of the factors but perhaps the main reason was that the Everton players decided to keep the ball on the "floor" and as a consequence the pass found the man in nearly every case, and when he found he could not find a passage way through he promptly sent it back to where it had come from and another source was exploited. The ball was made to do the work, and so Everton scored a brilliant victory, and took us back a few years when they were one of the greatest footballing side in the land. Dean made the forwards into a one –piece line. It was not a collection of units. He did not overexert himself. It was his first serious game since last season, but he did things is such a manner that his colleagues simply had to respond, which they did willingly. It was sheer joy to see heading to the wings passes that placed his comrades in an unassailable position, and if they were not always used up Dean was not to blame for he had played his part in the action. He scored a goal, but really Troup must take the honour for it.

Dean has not fully recovered his confidence, for he held back once or twice, but once he has fully recovered his courage he will be the Dean of old, for the one great doubt –his heading –was as sure and as confident as ever. He made one bad miss and looked disgusted with himself. All three half-backs played splendidly, McDonald and Kerr were staunch and skilful, and were more than the equal of the Leeds attack. Davies improve with each game, his catching of a ball was excellent. Leeds United were not a good team on the day;s play. Even the dominating Townsley was overshadowed by Hart and only the goalkeeper justified himself. Jenning's subjection was due to Hart, but it must be said that he was not supported. The defence was wild and not always trustworthy if Potts is expected. Teams: - Leeds United: - Potts, goal, Roberts and Allen, backs, Edwards, Townsley, and McKenzie, half-backs Sissons, Duggan, Wainscott, Turnbull, and Jennings, forwards. Everton: - Davies, goal, McDonald, and Kerr, backs, Brown, Hart (captain), and Virr, half-backs, Millington, Irvine, Dean, Dominy, and Troup, forwards.

October 25 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
A 4-1 victory for Everton at Goodison Park did not look possible at the conclusion of the first half, for during that period the football was never of a high class Leeds were the more businesslike side. Everton revealing a noticeable slowness in their front line. However, when Woodhouse equalised Riley's early goal just before the interval Everton were showing a gradual improvement. Kennedy scored within five minutes of the restart and then Everton completely overplayed the United and goals were added by Tyson and Houghton. The former a local making his debut did fairly well, being opposed by Leeds best defender, while Hardy in the home goal was as reliable as ever, but the outstanding player was Bain, who excelled throughout.

October 26 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury
At Strawberry-lane. Everton recorded their first home win. Westcott the score for the visitors, but before the interval Rowlands and Haspey gained Everton the lead. In the closing half Jones soon got the Rovers on level terms, but nearing the end, Haspey, with two more goals completed the "hat-trick."


October 1926