STAR AND STARS IN THE MAKING
October 2 ND 1930. Evening Express.
Charlton's Visit to Everton
To Enter The First Division
London Today. “Everton is a team of stars, Charlton a team of stars in the making” said MR. Gavin Crawford the groundsman of the Charlton Athletic F.C. and a former Arsenal and Sheffield United player discussing his club's chances against Everton on their visit to Merseyside on Saturday. “No team in the country is run more economically than Charlton Athletic. There are no ‘thousand pounders' in its ranks, but the men play most attractive football. “Our ambition is to equalify eventually for the First Division” continued Mr. Crawford. “So far this season the team has won three out of eight matches, lost three, and drawn two. Their most notable victory so far was a 4-1 win against Cardiff City last Saturday. “We expect to play the same team against Everton and hope to return with at least one point.
“Charlton Athletic has always been a training ground for potential First League player. We catch them young, imbue them with enthusiasm and energy, and after a season or two lose them to another club. “Rankin transferred to Chelsea last year was one of our stalwarts, and he has been badly missed this season. He left at a transfer fee or less than £2,000, but he is undoubtedly worth more.” Charlton will be without Astley, their inside right and star performer, F. Whitlow taking his place. At outside right they will have W. Wyper, the former Stockport player. He went from Southport to Accrington and then to Hull City before finally being signed by Charlton Athletic after giving a good display while on trial with the Arsenal at Highbury. E. Sweeney, the inside left in Saturday's match was formerly with Manchester United. Mr. Mcfarlance, the enterprising manager of Charlton Athletic, is well known on Merseyside. He was for six years with the Dundee Club and secured the trasnfer of several prominent Scottish players to Everton at the highest transfer fees then obtainable. Charlton's team will be; Robertson; Smith, Langford; Pitcairn, Hird, Pugsley; Wyper, Whitlow, Lennox, Sweeney, Horton.
“Marguerita Mine, a song composed by Mr. Will Cooke, son of Harry Cooke, the popular Everton trainer, will be featured in the programme of the Aigburth Silver Band at Goodison Park on Saturday.
DIXIE DEAN'S RETURN
October 1 st 1930. Evening Express.
Everton v. League “Babes.”
Charlton's First Visit.
Dixie Dean, who has made a quick recovery from his ankle injury, will again lead the Everton attack on Saturday. He will displace
McCambridge for the match with Charlton Athletic the “babes” of the English League, at Goodison Park.
Dean was injured in the Cardiff game and was in bed for a week, but his recovery has been so rapid that he was missed only two matches. This will be Everton's first meeting with Charlton, who gained promotion from the Third Division (southern Section) in 1928-29, just beating Crystal Palace on goal average. The club was formed as a professional orgaisation in 1921-22 out of the old Gnome Athletic Club.
Eight for Eight
They have obtained eight points from eight matches so far this season and are eleventh in the table. They defeated the improved Cardiff City by four goals to one last Saturday. McCambridge will be Everton's twelfth man. The Everton team is; Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; McPherson, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Rigby.
Scottish clubs are showing particular interest at the moment in Jimmy Dunn the international inside right, but Everton are not parting. Aberdeen had no sooner received a form “No” to their inquiry whether the Blues would transfer Dunn, than along came Hibernians with a similar request, also to meet with an equally emphatic refusal. W. O'Donnell formerly with Everton who is on trial with Crystal Palace figured as left back in the Palace Reserve team against Brentford today in a London Combination match. Followers of Everton will be glad to know that Secretary Tom McIntosh is gradually recovering from his illness, and that he is practically certain to be back at his post next week.
Sporting Parson's Visit
Hull Daily Mail - Thursday 02 October 1930
A WELL-KNOWN sportsman clergyman, the Rev W. C. Jordan, M.A., rector of Slaidburn, is visiting Hull this week-end, preaching the harvest festival services St. Matthew's Church, Anlaby-road, on Sunday. Mr Jordan won his " blue Oxford University for Association football, and played regularly as centre-forward. He turned out as an amateur for West Bromwich Albion, and often encountered Hull City in the old days." He has played for' Everton, Liverpool, and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and for England representative matches.
CHARLTON ATHLETIC VISIT EVERTON
October 4 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel
Like the Arsenal in the senior circle Everton have made the pace in the Second Division. This speed they must maintain if they are to secure their lost place in the upper house. One point about this Second Division excursion is that we are afforded opportunities of seeing new clubs and teams, and this afternoon Charlton athletic make their debut at Goodison Park. This is their second season in the Second League the club having gained promotion on goal average at the expense of Crystal palace. Although they have not created any great stir this season –they average a point per match –the side including some excellent players, and Everton will not find it a walk-over. The Port Vale experience should be sufficient warming that Everton cannot afford to take matters easily, and they should make no mistake in the game today. Maximum home points are essential if the Goodison park club is to keep at the top.
Dean returns to the team, and if he is at his best the forward line should be improved by his presence. The team otherwise is the same as that which defeated Bradford City, and it will be surprising if the Evertonians do not win by a good margin. Still, Charlton beat Cardiff City 4-1 last week, and as the Welsh side drew at Goodison park it would seem that Charlton Atheltic are capable of making the home team go all the way. Pitcarn; a Scottish half back, formerly assisted Connah's Quay and Hird and Pugsley complete's sturdy half-back line, while the backs and goalkeeper are strong. The forward line is a good one, and Sweeney who is a native of Rock ferry, last season assisted Manchester United. The kick off is at 3-15, and the teams are; - Everton; - Coggisn; Williams, Cresswell; McPherson Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean Johnson, Stein. Charlton Athletic; - Robertson; Smith, Langford; Pitcirn, Hird, Pussley; Wyper, Whitlow, Lennox, Sweeney, Horton.
Everton's Offer For a Forward
Dix Declines to leave Bristol.
Representatives of Everton have for some time been making offers to Bristol Rovers for the transfer of Ronald Dix, their inside left. The offer were renewed again yesterday, but unsuccessfully because Dix, who captained England against Scotland in a Schoolboy international match, declines to leave Bristol. Dix is nineteen years old.
EVERTON 7 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 1 (Game 9)-(Lge Game 3061-over-all)-(Div 1 3052 )
October 6 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Glut of Goals at Goodison.
Everton Riddle Charlton's Net.
Everton may not always find their work as easy as they did on Saturday when they beat Charlton by the decisive score of 7-1. The disparity between the sides was as great as the score suggest and from the outset Everton had a fairly easy task. Charlton, however, deserved credit for their sporting display, for in spite of their heavy defeat they played clean, honest football. The plain truth is they were not good enough, much of their work was made to appear crude and elementary and at times they were completely outclassed. By comparison Everton were miles ahead of the London side, and with a lead of 4 clear goals at the interval they could readily afford to take things easy.
It was at that stage Charlton made a big effort to rally their forces, and following fairly good forward work, Whitlow scored at 62 minutes. Everton, however, quickly took up the challenge and for the remainder of the game Charlton was allowed very little scope. Everton played bright, clever football, and both in their finer points and general conception of the game were vastly superior. The defence was steady and sound although Coggins made one or two slips that might have been costly against a more formidable attack. Cresswell and Williams, however, had the measure of the opposing forwards right though the game. The former gave a capital display of cool and judicious defence, while the more vigorous work of Williams who no less effective. Much of Everton's strength lay in the middle line, where McPherson, Griffiths, and Thomson made a trio that was beyond the ability of the Charlton forwards to resist.
But the man of the match was Dunn, and not for many a day has the Scot given such a wholly satisfactory display. He was clever with the ball, made good openings for Critchley and shot well. Critchley responded with some capital runs, and with Dunn made the best wing on the field. Dean worked hard and with a fair measure of success. His heading and placing of the ball for Dunn and Johnson were good features. Rigby and Johnson provided spells of good work without being as prominent as the right wing. The best on the Charlton side were Smith Pugsley and Lennox. The goal scorers were Dean (9 minutes), Critchley (29 minutes), Dunn (35 minutes), Critchley (40 minutes), Whitlow (62 minutes), Dunn (73 minutes), Dean (84 minutes), Griffiths (88 minutes). Teams; - Everton; - Coggins, goal; Williams (captain) and Cresswell, backs; McPherson Griffiths and Thomson half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, and Rigby, forwards. Charlton Athletic; - Robertson, goal; Smith and Langford backs; Pitcairn, Hird, and Pugley, half-backs; Wyper, Whitlow, Lennox, Sweeney and Horton, forwards.
DERBY COUNTY RESERVES 7 EVERTON RESERVES 0
October 6 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 7)
The Everton defenders at Derby were left at the finish almost without a kick. The trouble started with the forwards who, failing to profit from the constructive play of the half-backs could not keep possession. Derby quicker into the tackle and more direct in method hammered down the defence. Derby's scorers were Bowers (3), Ramage (2), Randell, and Robson. The margin flattered the home side.
GEORGE COOK SIGNED FOR EVERTON
October 6 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
New Everton Half-Back
Immediately after the North-Eastern League match on Saturday, between Blyth Spartans and Hartlepools Reserves, Everton signed George Cook, the Spartan left-back. Twenty-one years old, six feet in height, and built on generous lines Cook was in his second season with Blyth Spartans. The transfer fee is stated to be in the region of £200. Everton in recent seasons have secured several Blyth players.
October 7 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Few clubs that Everton come in contact with in their new sphere of influence will recall more important occasions than that of Barnsley. The Yorkshire club, which at one period proved dour cup fighters and upset the cherished hopes of more famous rivals is due to receive Everton next Saturday, and no doubt there will be a big turn out to see if Barnsley can accomplish the overthrow of the Goodison Park team, as they did in the famous semi-final of 1910. In that season Barnsley made a reputation as cup fighters which they held for some time culminating in their ultimate triumph after 3 and half hours football over West Bromwich Albion. Those were the days when Glendinning Boyle, Utley, and Downs were the rocks on which high class forward lines were splintered.
A Grim Struggle.
In the semi-final of 1910 Jack Sharp led a fine side and they were expected to get into the final for the third time in five years, but after a grim struggle at Leeds had ended in a draw Everton were beaten at Old Trafford. In that game Everton to my mind had lost the tie from the time the resolute Jack Taylor, one of the hardest workers Everton ever had received a kick in the throat as he was heading the ball. Taylor was as hard as nails, but even the dour centre half could not play on after such an injury, and he had to retire. Taylor was never the same as a player afterwards. Barnsley were on top then even though Everton fought hard, and indeed there still seemed a chance, but William Scott, the goal-keeper, was then hurt and Barnsley won all fight in the end. MaConnachie the artistic full-back played like a giant in the latter part of the game when Scott was hurt, but his valiant efforts and those of his colleagues were in vain.
Barnsley went on to meet Newcastle in the final but it seemed like fate that they should have to go to the Everton ground, for the reply in which they were beaten 2-0. Newcastle lifting the cup at last after losing three previous finals. In those days Newcastle seemed to do as they liked until they reached the final, for they were a brilliant side, but some team usually cropped up at the Palace to upset their ambition. As a fact, Newcastle were in the final five times in seven years, and the victory over Barnsley at Everton was their only success. Everton, the Wolves, Aston Villa, and Bradford City lowered their colours in the last stage when the odds seemed to be in favour of the Tyneside team. I have no doubt that this period of hectic cup warfare will be recalled vividly by many followers of Everton, by their clash twenty years after their famous semi-final duel. In a Second Division League match. It provides an illustration of the rise and fall of famous clubs.
LIVERPOOL 5 EVERTON 0
October 9 TH 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Lancashire senior Cup
Liverpool Five Up
10 Everton men Beaten in County Cup-Tie
Smith gets Hat-Trick
Liverpool, at home, yesterday, beat Everton 5-0 in the Lancashire Cup. It might have been many more; it might have been less if Everton had not lost their half-back Bryan, with ankle trouble in ten minutes. This was the upsetting feature of the day –the only blot in the Lancashire Cup-tie meeting that produced a gate of £700. McDougall, of Liverpool went off late in the game but it is expected that he will be able to play against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. Liverpool by their latest score, have put up an old graduation –score; 12,345 –in successive matches. The path for their last effort was made easier by reason of having to play against ten men against a side that was not so “full” as the home eleven whose only change was Riley for Scott, whereas Dean, Williams, and Thomson were absent from the regular eleven of the Goodison team. Candidly, Everton disappointed. They had little punch and no much precision; Cresswell showed them how easy it can be to put a ball towards an unmarked comrade; the other members of the side seemed to find this a matter of much manceurving and much travail whereas it was merely a matter of keen thought and wise action.
McPherson, the half-back, was as sure as Griffiths was insecure in his passes –which is saying a good deal. Dunn was another able schemer and worker. Critchley answering his calls with many fine runs and centres. On the left flank, however, there was no unity and little sparkle in the shooting department. Johnson certainly hit the upright once when Riley was well beaten, and he afterwards had to fulfil the role of half back and forward. McCambridge was light in the vice worked by the big pivot. Bradshaw, whose control in attack was able and rather an object lesson to his vis-à-vis. These Lancashire Cup-tie results are proverbially unreliable; but this result only goes to show with what skill and certainty Liverpool are working these days. They worked together, play together, each for the other, with no suggestion of shellfishes. Yet they did not attain the brilliance of their game at Newcastle where they play touched a super class.
Sufficient for the day was the lead thereof –Liverpool did not extend themselves when they had gained a hearty lead, and the players of both sides then seemed to settle down to a little showmanship rather than serious football. And in this Liverpool continued to have the rousing and right idea near goal. Coggins did many fine things, but he had to retrieve the ball five times –scored in this order; Hodgson Smith, Bradhsaw, and Smith (2). McCambridge hit the crossbar late on but the game had by that time gone rather dead, it had been for a long time one-sided to the point of being almost uninteresting. Before the game the crowd stood at attention in memory of the R 101 victims and the players, and usual came out together as evidence of good feeling. Teams; - Liverpool; - Riley goal; Done and Lucas, backs; Morrison, Bradshaw, and McDougall, half-backs; Edmed, Hodgson, Smith, McPherson and Hopkins, forwards. Everton; - Coggins, goal; Common and Cresswell (captain), backs; McPherson, Griffiths and Bryan half-backs; Critchley Dunn, McCambridge, Johnson and Rigby forwards.
EVERTON AT BARNSLEY
October 11 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton pay their first visit to Barnsley under League auspices today and although the Yorkshire side is not nearly so strong as the teams which played a prominent part in the Cup-tie warfare sum years ago, the present combination is likely to make the leaders go all the way. Barnsley is noted for the trustful type of player, and Everton may expect to face opponents who will impart plenty of dash to their play. Last year they finished seventieth in the table and so for this term they have gained seven points from eight games, and have won three of their four home engagements. Everton on form, however, ought to win. The players should not allow their defeat at Anfield to upset them. The team will be at full strength and two points should be added to the record. Teams; - Everton; - Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; McPherson, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Rigby. Barnsley; - Gale; Dixon, Richards; Smith, Henderson, Caddick; Curran, Proudfoot, Wallbanks, Kerry, Gibbs.
BARNSLEY 1 EVERTON 1 (Game 10)-(Lge Game 3062 over-all)-(Div 1 3052)
October 13 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton's First Away Slip
Barnsley Force a Draw
Everton drew at Barnsley –one all, and a debated goal to the home side, who rejoiced in their 16000 gate. Barnsley's goal came through the use of the elbow Curran shooting through, and the referee refusing to listen to any appeals. It was Everton's first slip up in their way games, which have previously brought full points. It took them a longtime to work an equaliser –twenty minutes from the end Johnson scored after gale had made a save. Gale, indeed, can be said to have turned the game into his side's channel when he made a glorious save from Dean. Everton had many chances in the second half to take the full value –not that their form warranted any more than a draw; they were not secure in their pass; they seemed to find the cramped Barnsley ground against their style and method, and they found the tactics of Barnsley disconcerting.
Kick and Rush.
They were merely the old Barnsley tactics of kick and rush –Caddick doing more than anyone else in this direction against his old side. On the other hand, Caddick and Henderson can be said to have done some splendid tackling and between them kept the Everton forwards from moving along smoothly. True, there was wind and sun to brother both sides, but the fact remains that Everton all round did not touch their best form, and the half-backs in the first half, had many presentations for the opposing side instead of their own forwards. Johnson should have scored before he did, when he did he got a rebound from a save. Now a comparison of this with the Barnsley drivers per Kerry, Wallbanks, and others showed how well Coggins played. Coggins deserves the highest praise, if not all of it, for keeping the away record still clear of a defeat. There was little football in the first half from either side, and in the second, Everton put severe pressure on backs who had run themselves out. But the ball did not run kindly for Dean, and his colleagues, and on the left Rigby was held tight by Caddick.
An “Off” Day.
Griffiths had one of his quietest days. In fact, it can be described as one of Everton's off days, so that to get a draw against these rugged fighters was a feat of some importance. The difficulty one has in sizing the value of the point is that those who saw them know that this was not the real Everton by any means, and that while the team is grateful for a hard-earned “half” the look to the future though this form, becomes the more urgent. Oakwell is a cramped space, and not suited to Everton's usual methods yet one was left with feeling that the whole eleven never really settled to the football until Barnsley had notched their debated goal, and the Yorkshire side has a habit of finding one goal sufficient for the day. Everton therefore cannot be said to have done badly. They fared fairly well through a rallying second half without ever touching their best form or a liveness in front of goal.
Teams; - Everton; - Coggins, goal; Williams (captain) and Cresswell, backs; McPherson, Griffiths and Thomson half-backs; Critchley Dunn, Dean, Johnson, and Rigby, forwards. Barnsley; - Gale, goal; Dixon and Richards, back; Caddick, Henderson, and Baines half-backs; Curran, Proudfoot, Wallbank, Kerry, and Gibbs, forwards.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 1
October 13 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 8)
At Goodsion Park the fine work of Langford in goal prevented the winners adding to their score. The City scored first through Syme, but Stein equalised. White added the second, and McClure the third. Everton were the superior side throughout Webster, White and McClure being particularly prominent.
GROUND DECIDES RESULT
October 13 th 1930. Evening Express
Why Everton Lost a Record.
Tricks That Helped Barnsley.
By the Pilot.
Everton dropped their first away point because they could not adapt themselves to the small ground at Barnsley. This, rather than the play of their rivals, reduced Everton to a team little above the ordinary.
On any other ground they would have easily defeated these plugging, fleet-footed Barnsley men, but on the Oakwell ground they could not accept the many excellent chances which came their way. The ground is well-equipped, but narrow and short. The spectators seemed to be right on top of the players, and to add to Everton's troubles, the surface was uneven and the light ball played tricks, which only the Barnsley men knew. This fact was revealed not only in Everton's approach work but also in their shooting.
Knowing their ground Barnsley played up to it and they rarely over-kicked because they could judge distances. “Bang the ball about run fast and shoot hard and often “was Barnsley's policy and it certainly paid. They are not a good side, but Everton, who were 50 per cent below their-usual form, made the Yorkshiremen's task easier. The outcome was disappointment because the finer points were missing, and the result 1-1 though a fair reflex of Saturday's game, was no criterion of the teams' representative merits. Curran scored two minutes after the interval, and it was not until Everton started to swing the ball about more accurately that they were rewarded and Johnson scored with a low shot. Coggins played brilliantly and Dean, who worked hard, finished poorly. Dunn was purposeful and his combination with McPherson –Everton's best man –was one of the rare touches of constructive football we saw. Critchley finished indifferently, and Rigby came off with honours even against the ex-Evertonian Caddick, whose winning move was the quick, tenacious tackle. Johnson had a good game by following orthodox lines. McPherson played one of his best games for the club, his tackling being greatly improved, but Griffiths never once found his bearings and had a poor day. Thomson was a forceful factor, and the backs defended magnificently when Barnsley fought hard in an effort to snatch a winning goal.
*Late last season Mr. Tom McIntosh, the Everton secretary began to wear his Football league medal, and since then the Blues have not lost an away match. He intends to continue wearing it.
• Arthur Davies the former Everton goalkeeper, was omitted from the Exeter City team on Saturday for the first time this season.
• The attendance for the Everton v Barnsley match, more than 16,000, was the largest seen at Oakwell for a league match since the war.
EVERTON TACKLE THE FOREST
October 16 4h 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel
Everton renew acquaintance with Notts Forest at Nottingham. The clubs have had many hard tussles in the past, and there is no reason to anticipate that the meeting on Saturday will lack anything in point of keenest. The Forest has found life in the Second Division very strenuous, and so far this term they have only won three of their ten games. This will be Everton's second “away” game in succession, and as it usual for clubs to try to take down the leaders in any competition I have no doubt that the Forrest will put in every effort to lower the colours of Everton, who will be represented by the team which drew at Barnsley viz; -Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; McPherson, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn Dean, Johnson, Rigby. Everton meet Blackburn Rovers in a Central League match at Goodison Park today, when the home side will be represented by: Sagar; Lowe, Cook; Britton, Gee, McClure; Wilkinson, Martin, White, Webster, Stein.
BLACKBURN ROVERS RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 5
October 15 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 9)
EVERTON TACKLE THE FOREST
October 18 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel
Everton are again away, and this time they are to explore the Forest, at Nottingham, in search for points. So far progress has been satisfactory, and I have no doubt that the team will make a strong effort to increase their hold on the topmost place today. In tackling Nottingham Forest they have their work cut out. The Midland men are very difficult opponents to master on their own ground, and they will make a special effort to bring about Everton's downfall. It is a most difficult matter for Second Division leaders to maintain the pace, for every match becomes a cup-tie, as all clubs are out to put a spoke in the wheel of rivals who appear to be on the crest of a wave. It should prove a capital game, and I expect Everton to gain at least a point. There are no changes, and the teams will be; - Everton; - Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; McPherson, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Rigby. Notts Forest; - Dexter; Thompson, Barrington; McKinlay, Graham, Farmer; Scott, Stocks, Dent, Loftus, Simpson.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2 EVERTON 2
October 20 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
An Everton Rally
Faulty Timing Prevents a Win
Everton got another point away from home, and everyone not present at Nottingham will say; “Well done.” It was not quite so well done as the reader may imagine. The score was two all and twice Forest led –deservedly led. Everton took an extraordinary long time to get into their stride or to take the game in any other than a lethargic manner, yet when they had McPherson and Cresswell crippled and hobbling they were outplaying the home side, who had drawn together some 31,000 spectators for a gate of £1,500. Everton may be attractive visitors but their away form leaves one wondering quite how they come to toddle though the early stages of play and yet reveal such staying power. It is true that Forest, as most opponents of this season have done, cut out in a racing manner to take a lead and got a well-deserved goal. It is true that Forest had four chances and should have won this game in the first half to teach Everton laggards a salutary lesson. But through the whole game there was some sign of steadiness in the Everton side where there had been none at Barnsley. They made the now customary rally in the second half and then having been outplayed for nearly the whole of the first half they refused to be so ungenerous as to take a victory offered them by the locals.
Dent and Dean
Dent, ex-Huddersfield, a very much improved forward to the young man seen at Anfield Cup Semi-final, scored a nice goal, and Dean equalled it with a nicer goal just before half-time. Dean had to bring a ball down, had to work it, had little space in which to operate, and finally got home a great shot. This made a chance for Everton, who had forgotten Johnson's miss when faced by the goalkeeper. Dean repeated Johnson's mislater on –which was surprising for a man who had played so remarkably well that he, by heading and passing and general sense of timing and direction, proved himself almost in the form that made his name famous. Eventually Loftus got a goal through Cresswell being lamed and hobbling around instead of getting the game stopped. Loftus headed beyond a goalkeeper who held the Forest up for the first half-hour with magnificent saves.
It seemed Everton's first away defeat must come when Rigby swung across a beautiful centre and Dunn scored an equaliser. There was great joy in the camp over this goal, but on time sheer hesitancy regarding the timing of a ball prevented first Rigby and Critchley making it a win outright. That was where Everton wounded up as they started in vexing attitude. They were not convincing against a hard side whose half-backs Graham and McKinlay, were splendid workers, while Dexter late on did some excellent work in goal and probably had his greatest bit of fortune when Dean's glance-header near the upright had him well beaten and passed inches outside. Forest had a lively left wing pair and Dent was a centre who kept Everton defence and his own wingers going smoothly. Forest could have won this game if they had not been hesitant in front of goal and if Dent had been more selfish. Yet Everton nearly won with the last kick of the game. The half-backs finished better than they started and there was still a reigning fault in the left flank.
Teams; - Everton; - Coggins, goal; Williams (captain) and Cresswell, backs; McPherson, Griffiths, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, and Rigby, forwards. Notts Forest; - Dexter, goal; Thompson and Barrington backs; McKinlay, Graham and Farmer half-backs; Scott Stocks, Dent, Loftus, and Simpson, forwards. Referee Mr. Cartlidge, of Staffs.
EVERTON RESERVES 5 MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 1
October 20 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 10)
Manchester United made Everton fight extremely hard at Goodison Park. The United's inside trio did well, but the wingers and halves were not convincing in the first half-hour the home defence underwent some severe pressure, but a goal to Webster turned the game, and although United attempted to challenge Everton's superiority, they became overplayed as the game progressed. J. Roberts, the Blundllsands centre, made a praiseworthy debut for Everton and scored the second goal. Ratcliffe reduced the lead, but White and Stein added goals before the interval. In the second half Stein scored. Chesters kept a fine goal for the United, and Gee Webster, and Common were outstanding for Everton.
GOOD SIDE THAT FINISHED BADLY
October 20 th 1930. Evening Express
Notts Manager's View of Everton
Coggins the Star
By the Pilot.
“Everton are a fine side, but they missed chances.” Said Mr. Stan Hardy, Nottingham Forest's secretary-manager, to me after the game at Trent Bridge. “Everton gave us a hard game, and lasted better than our men” said Mr. Hardy. I am in complete agreement with Mr. Hardy. Everton lost the leadership of the Second Division not because they played badly, and not because they were the inferior team, but because all the forwards missed easy chances. The lesson of the game, therefore, is that Everton's only way to promotion is to introduce better finishing. About the game. Had Everton won it would have been an injustice to the Forest, who in the first half were clearly the better side. In fact, Coggins saved Everton at this period.
Second Half Revival.
Everton recovered in the second half. This was especially noticeable when Dunn equalised after Loftus had regained the lead established earlier by Dent and negatived by Dean. In the last minute Rigby had a chance, but waited until an opponent's body covered up the line to goal. Then Critchley, who was unobstructed, erred in trying to make two certain instead of hitting the ball first time. Johnson, Dean and Dunn had missed chances previously. Weakness at back allowed Forest to gain the mastery in the first half, and it was improvement in Williams and Cresswell, which gave Everton superiority in the later stages. As I have said, Coggins saved the Blues. Thomson shared with graham the half-back honours. He was invaluable in defence and often filled the role of the sixth forward. Grifiths was greatly improved, especially in defence, and McPherson pleased though handicapped by a muscle injury. Dean played a good game though watched every second. Critchley, however, was the best forward on the field. Dunn used guile to bring him success, but the left flank was merely moderate their good work coming in flashes.
EVERTON MATCH WITH THE ‘SPURS.
October 22 nd 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Rivals who have participated many stirring games in the senior division meet at Goodison Park, under Second Division auspices on Saturday, when the Spurs oppose Everton. In the palmy days of Grimsdell Walden, and Dimmock the Spurs were a fine thrustful side, but their gradual decline finished in a surprising fall into the lower house when there were a number of clubs who seemed to be destined for relegation.
Spurs' Hurricane Start.
The Spurs have had a fairly strenuous time, and now they find themselves in the front rank fighting to regain their place. At the moment they are third in the list so that Saturday's game should prove a really good one. The Tottenham side started the campaign in such hurricane fashion that they appeared to be out for a nonstop run. First they ran up seven goals against Reading, and in their next match netted eight against Burnley. Fifteen goals in their first two games seemed good enough for anything, but the Spurs were brought up with a jolt in the next two games. Still the London side are a force to be reckoned with and players who have previously proved their skill at Goodison Park in Dimmock O'Callaghan, and Skitt will again be in the field. Outside these three players the team is new to Goodison Park. Dimmock often proved himself a magician on the touch line, and is, or was probably the most elusive wing forward of his time. Everton will rely on the team which in the main has carried the club to the second position, the eleven being Coggins; Williams, Cresswell; McPherson, Griffiths, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Rigby.
By reason of their 5-1 victory over Manchester United Reserves at Goodison Park on Saturday, Everton Reserves went to the head of the Central League with a clear point lead and two games in hand over the nearest rivals, Leeds United and Aston Villa. Like the Goodison Park Club's first team, the Reserves have shown much improved form this season, and to date have won eight of the ten games and show 16 points in the column, the 4 points being dropped at West Bromwich and Derby, where they lost by 1-0 and 7-0 respectively. Are Everton out for the double, the second division and Central League championship.
EVERTON F.C. DIRECTORS RESIGNS
October 22 nd 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Mr. W. J. Sawyer's 12 Years' Service to Club
Mr WJ Sawyer has resigned his seat on the board of directors of the Everton Football Club, owing to pressure of business. The news will create surprise in the football circle, as it was totally unexpected. When the news of the intended resignation was received the board asked him to reconsider his decision. Mr. Sawyer reply was that he, could not see his way clear to continue further with football work, and at he last meeting of the Everton board, with Mr. WC Cuff in the chair the resignation was regretfully accepted, and the board put on record the great service that Mr. sawyer had rendered to the club, and also the sense of loss, which the board felt at losing their colleague.
Life Work In Sport
Mr. Sawyer has been a prime mover and worked in sport and Athletic circles all his life. He was on the Lancashire FA council which position he has also resigned and from the early days of the Liverpool cycle carnival to date. He had been indefatigable in the cause of sport. In 1918 he became Hon secretary of the Everton, and soon afterwards a director, so that he claims twelve years service with the Goodison club organization. He is even more readily remembered as the backbone of the south Liverpool club which had a hard and difficult period of life, in which Mr. Sawyer faith never wakened. A man of particularly large heart and kindly disposed to all forms of sport, Mr. sawyer had undoubtedly taken toll of his strength by helping football and by strenuous endeavor to put Wigan Bourgh FC on the football firmament. In the last year Mr. sawyer suffered a breakdown in health and he has now wisely decreed that must forsake the game in which he has played so great a part.
EVERTON 4 TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS 2
October 27 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton's Best Display.
Spurs Beaten In Attractive Game.
Football of a high standard, compete with a wealth of incident combined to make the game between Everton and Tottenham the best seen at Goodison park this season. Everton won by 4 goals to 2, and the points certainly went to the better side. Both gave an attractive display of bright sparkling footwork, and in a football sense there was not a great deal between the sides. Everton however, put more fire into their work, and not for many a day have the forwards shown such penetrative power. At times the Spurs moved with great smoothness, and while the attack, was often dangerous, there was not the same amount of definite work near goal as on the Everton side. That was the main difference between the sides, and the quality that gave Everton their success. From start to finish there was hardly a dull moment while the issue remained in doubt till well on in the second half. With Everton holding the lead by 2-1, it was anybody's game, till goals by Dean and Rigby at seventy-five and seventy-seven minutes settled the fate of the London side.
Even afterwards Spurs never gave up trying, and stay Smy with a goal at eight-two minutes, reduced Everton's lead, without, however, disputing their right to full honours. Tottenham scored first through Smy at four minutes, and Everton's equalier came by the way of a penalty kick given for hands against Mercer, Messer Johnson converting at thirty-two minutes. Two minutes from the interval Dunn gave Everton the lead, which they never lost. Coggins made a faulty clearance when Smy scored the first goal, and for a long period Everton hammered hard at the Spurs' defence without having much luck. Time and again Spiers got the ball away when a goal seemed certain, and once in the first half Dean flung himself at the ball as it came across, missing the goal by inches, while Lyons, with a timely header, prevented the ball entering the net, with Spier out of position.
Beyond doubt Everton did most of the pressing although Spurs by their graceful movements kept the game full of interest and at times were definitely dangerous. Harper sent a shot against an upright and Davies drove over from the rebound. That was one of Everton's narrowest escapes, although near the end Harper ought to have scored when he allowed Coggins to make a really good save, It was clever football all through, and revealed both Everton and Spurs as efficient and impressive sides. There was not a weakness in the Everton team. Coggins might have cleared with greater confidence, but he made no mistakes after the early stages. Cresswell and Williams were a sound pair, the head work of Cresswell being very effective especially in intercepting passes by the Spurs forwards.
Britton improved in the second half and compared favourably with Griffiths and Thomson, whose work was of a high order. If Dead did not touch his best form, he came nearer than in any previous and was always a source of real danger. The wings combined well with Dunn showing cleverness, and although the line was very effective. Spurs gave a polished display, the outstanding players being Spiers, Messer, Bellamy, and Smy. Teams; - Everton; - Coggins, goal; Williams (captain) and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Griffiths and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson and Rigby, forwards. Tottenham Hotspurs; - Spiers, goal; Lyons and Hodkinson, backs; Skitt, Mercer, and Meads, half-backs; Davies O'Callaghan, Harper, Smy and Bellamy, forwards.
OLDHAM ATHLETIC RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 7
November 27 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 11)
Everton were much the cleverer side at Oldham, and after the first twenty minutes completely outplayed Oldham. White and Stein scored for Everton, the first half, and Kennedy got both goals for Oldham after the interval. White added three more and Stein two. Oldham being handicapped though an injury to their goalkeeper, Moss who had to retire.
Bootle Celtic 2 Everton “A” 5
Liverpool County Combination
At Hawthorne road. The first half was evenly fought, the sides being level at the interval Watson and Hulligan scoring. The visitors were easily the superior side after the resumption. Goals were added by Fryer (2), Walton and Cunliffe. Larkin scoring for the home side. Tower Parker, and Liggins were outstanding for Everton. Clarke, Jones and Haycock played well for Bootle.
TEAM WORK DOES IT.
October 27 th 1930. Evening Express
Everton's Cohesion Too Good for Spurs
On Top Again
Britton Makes a Promising Debut.
By the Pilot.
Teamwork brought Everton full points from their encounter with Tottenham Hotspur. Everton's solid maneuvre, better understanding and ability to collaborate, better finishing, and steadier defence in troublous times proved too much for an enterising opposition. The Spurs gained a quick goal against the run of the play, but Johnson's penalty levelled matters, and Dunn's goal placed the Blues in front. It was in the second half that the Blues first showed any signs of faltering, and once I thought the ‘Spurs would get on terms again. But at this juncture Everton's team work asserted itself and brought a 4-2 victory which placed them in the position their play merits –top of the League. There were minor faults in the team, made more noticeable by the fact that Coggins erred each time the ‘Spurs scored, and that Dean was not quite at his best in the matter of his passing. Yet Coggins redeemed himself with the save of the match, and Dean, it must be remembered was opposed to one of the best pivots in the land. Messer, and shot more than he has done for a long time. The feature of the game from an individual point of view was the manner in which Dunn scored. The way he steered Rigby's centre into the net was artistic. Britton made a debut of which he can justly be proud. He was a welling worker resolute in defence and keen and brainy in attack. He was by no means the inferior of a solid intermediary division, which formed a sound foundation. Messer assured me after the match that there was no intent in his handling which gave the Blues the penalty. “The ball swerved as it came to me” he said, “and I could not avoid its striking my arm.”
CAN EVERTON DO IT?
October 28 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
By John Peel.
Those who predicated that Everton would get out of the Second Division at the first attempt are still sticking to their guns, and it must be acknowledged that they have made a good start towards reaching the goal. Everton have already met some of the strongest sides in the division, and with 19 points from 12 matches they lead the way. But for that lapse at home against Port Vale their record would have been infinitely more convincing. They start their November programme at Reading, a club placed at the foot of the table with 5 points for 12 games so that it will be a case of heads and tails meeting on Saturday. The Wolves will provide sterner opposition on the following Saturday, at Goodison Park, and Millwall, Stoke City and Bradford are to be opposed later, so that with ordinary luck Everton ought to gain a far margin of points from these games and thereby consolidate their position. I have no doubt that the club and the players will be all out to make the most of their opportunities before the turn of the year. It is plain however, that Preston North end West Bromwich Albion, and Burnley are going to press Everton to the full.
EVERTON TRANSFER ROBSON
October 20 th 1930. Evening Express
Half-Back For Sheffield Wednesday
By the Pilot.
Tommy Robson, the Everton half-back was today transferred to Sheffield Wednesday. The transfer fee has not been disclosed, but I understand it was a large one. Robson, who joined Everton from Blyth Spartans in April 1929, was the Blues' regular first team player until the club secured the transfer of McPherson from Swansea Town. He played 27 times for the first team last season. Robson was considered to be one of the best young players who ever came from the North-Eastern nursery. He is built on small but wiry lines. He stands 5ft 8ins, and weights 8st 7lbs. He is a tenacious player, a fine lad and has real constructive ability. Robson can operate on either flank, but played most of the games for Everton on the right.
Hull Daily Mail -Thursday 23 October 1930
Fred Kennedy, the ex-Manchester United, Everton, Middlesbrough, and Reading inside forward, signed for Oldham Athletic on Wednesday. He is years 23 years of age, stands 5ft. 6in. and weighs 11st. 51b.
ROBSON LEAVES EVERTON
October 30 th 1930. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Robson, the Everton half-back has been transferred to Sheffield Wednesday. A scientific type of player Robson proved a most energetic exponent at half-back play, and as he is only young he should, developed into a high-class middleman. That Everton have decided to let him go will doubt create surprise among supporters of the club. His lack of stature told against him in the rush of stenuous league warfare but he give some exceedingly hearty displays in his twenty-seven appearances for Everton last season, Robson joined Everton from Blyth Spartans in April 1929 he has now chance of getting into the championship side, it is reported that another Everton defender is likely to be transferred North.