GOODISON PARK "DERBY" THRILLS.
October 1 1935. Evening Express Football Edition
Liverpool Show Everton How to Shoot.
By the Pilot.
Elisha Scott, who captained Liverpool at Goodison Park today in the 63 rd League Derby match with Everton, was honoured because of his magnificent run with the Anfield club. He has now completed more than 4000 league appearances, and with F.A. Cup-ties and international matches, is well on the way to 500 games. When he took the field Scott, was greeted with a cheer his wonderful record deserved. Queues had formed outside the ground long before the gates opened, and an hour before the kick off the Goodison-road stand had "house full" labels posted outside. The early morning rain seemed to have kept many people away –at least there was plenty of room in the paddock. I should say there were 50,000 spectators present when the teams took the field. By the way, Scott holds the distinction of having appeared in more Derby games than any player on record. There were a few rattles and a big display of club favours, but except for the extra attendance of ambulance men and policemen, it was just an ordinary match day. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, Williams and Cresswell backs; Britton, White and Thomson half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Liverpool: - Scott, goal; Steel and Jackson, backs; Morrison, Bradshaw and McDougall, half-backs; Barton, Hodgson, Wright, McPherson and Gunson forwards. Referee Mr. H. E. Hull (Burnley).
Scott was given a wonderful reception when he went up to toss Dean and the referee extending congratulations. Dean won the toss and gained the advantage of the wind, though facing the sun. Liverpool were quickly away, Morrison's snappy feeding causing Sagar to run out and pick up with Gunson looming dangerous. Dean made a wry pass, and way went Barton, who was unlucky to find Gunson offside when he tried a short header. The Reds' opening was strong and convincing. Soon McGourty weaved a spell in collaboration with Critchley, but Johnson's find effort went behind. Liverpool tried to profit by the quick throw-in, but Cresswell was there to prevent danger, and when McGourty flung a wide pass to Stein, the Scot centred a beautiful ball, which was Dean's or Scott's.
Great Chance Missed.
Scott never moved, and Dean, by watching for Jackson took his eye off the ball and missed a great chance. Everton kept it up, Stein doing good work, thanks to judicious leading, Scott having to run out to pick up after Dean had robbed Steel. Steel held up the Dean-Stein combination in brilliant fashion, and Everton profited by some misjudged passing on the part of the Anfield men. Sagar had to field a high, bouncing ball, with Wright in attendance, and pull down a great shot from Hodgson after Wright had exploited a typical Dean back pass. Liverpool had a narrow escape when Stein's centre was missed by McDougall and Jackson, and when Critchley flashed one by the post. McGourty displayed delightful football craft in drawing the defence and delivering a through ball, which Stein just failed to reach.
The game continued at a hot pace, with Everton displaying the more accurate combination, in that few of their passes went astray. Much of Liverpool's attacking work was ruined through Wright getting offside. Cresswell was now back defending with great skill, but McPherson had to change places with Gunson. Scott had to race to the far post to clear from Stein, and there was a roar as Dean raced through to challenge Scott, The goalkeeper won. White was spoken to by the referee for an unnecessary foul on Barton, who was forced to got to the touch line for attention.
" Artillerty" Silent.
Play continued exciting with Everton still enjoying the balances of play, but never bringing the artillery into action. In the first 35 minutes Scott had not been asked to deal with a single straight shot. There you have the vital difference between the teams. Liverpool attacked less, but looked more dangerous. Everton should have equalised when Dean ran through after Jackson had miskicked, but he moved away from goal when he called up Stein, and the Reds' were given the chance to cover up in their most effective style. At last a direct shot from an Everton foot. It came after 40 minutes. Dean received another down-the-middle pass and this time, after giving a body swerve elected to work solo. He let go with his left foot, but Scott was able to get across and save on one knee. A close up free kick to Liverpool unquestionably ended in a player handling; whether he was Blue or Reds I have no idea –any way the attack fizzled out, thanks to some brainy interception by Cresswell. Liverpool attacked only spasmodically, but Everton despite their pressure, never looked like getting a goal. Wright shot wide from the penalty spot, while Scott fisted away a lob centre from Johnson. McGourty was proving the cleverest footballers on the field, and following his good work Bradshaw was prominent in cutting Critchley's well-judged centres. Dean ran out to help Stein, and shouldered Steel off the ball, so that Stein's centre almost curled into the net Scott having to push it aside for the first corner of the game. From this Critchley, with another even money chance, screwed the ball outside. Everton were having more of the game, and it was the Reds' defence, which was kept moving at top speed. In 20 minutes the first argument arose. Liverpool got the ball into the net. The attack developed on the right, but Wright and Gunson were in offside positions. Sagar parried Wright's shot, but with Gunson attacking, it fell down and cross the line. The whistle already sounded for offside.
McPherson was hurt in a collision with Cresswell and received a nasty cut over the eye, which necessitated him leaving the field. Cresswell also went off, and during their absence Liverpool took the lead through Gunson in 22 minutes. Williams elected to head a ball instead of leaving it to Sagar, and Wright had a chance for a shot. The centre-forward aimed well, but Sagar had the ball covered. At the crucial moment Williams touched the ball with his foot, and it turned across to Gunson who had an open goal to shoot at. Gunson made no mistake. McPherson resumed at outside left, but it was still Everton who enjoyed the balance of attack, two corners being forced with avail, while Williams and Thomson joined in the shooting without troubling Scott. Liverpool were the fifth team visiting Goodison Park this season who had scored first.
Half-time Everton 0 Liverpool 1.
Everton had only themselves to blame for being behind at the interval. They had attacked for 30 minutes of the first 45, yet only two shots had been delivered to Scott. Fine constructive work was wasted, not only because of a reluctance to shoot, but an inability to finish. It was an exciting game, which kept the crowd at fever heat.
Everton's 2-Goals-A-Minute Shock for Reds .
Victory Gained in Second Half Revival
The crowd had not perceptibly increased when the game was resumed, but Liverpool almost took a second goal when Barton was allowed to go on when he was at least five yards offside. He was well clear of any opponent when he received the pass, but as he went through Sagar came out to narrow the angle and saved, low down, when he appeared to have no chance whatever. Twice Bradshaw intercepted when all seemed lost, and twice Wright shot wide from distance. Following a free kick Dean headed on top of the crossbar. McPherson had resumed in his usual position, and he delivered a vital pass, which left the Everton defence open, so that Wright got through with only Sagar to beat.
Sagar Saves Again .
One again Sagar won the day, flinging himself out to turn the ball aside. There was a big thrill when Stein hit the upright. Sagar pulled down a shot from Hodgson, while he fisted two menacing lob centres, with the Reds' forwards rampant. It was the same story, Everton always promising goals, but Liverpool being the side most likely to get them. McGourty had a fine chance for a shot, but elected to feed Critchley, whose centre flashed across the face of the goal with no one there top do the necessary.
At the 61 st minute Critchley equalised with a really fine goal. The ball was flashed across from the left, and Dean outwitted Bradshaw when he edged it across to the right. Jackson seemed to have the ball covered, but Critchley, swerved around him at top speed, brought the ball under control, and crashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net. Everton piled on the pressure McGourty driving in a fine shot which took Scott all his time to clear. Everton should have taken the lead when Stein broke through following great work by McGourty and Johnson, but with all the goal to shoot at he placed by the near post. It was a bad miss. Dean gave Everton the lead in 73 minutes with a typical header. McGourty and Johnson had interpassed with great accuracy, and Johnson whipped the pass out to Stein.
Stein's centre was brilliantly delivered, and before Scott could as much as come out to punch away Dean had levelled into the roof of the net. Within a minute Dean had placed Everton in the comfortable position of 3-1. He snapped up a pass from McGourty, rounded Jackson, and beat Scott all ends up with a right foot shot. Everton should have made it four when Johnson had a clear opening from Critchley's pass, but he would not trust his right foot, and Liverpool were able to cover up. Liverpool had more of the game now, but they seemed to have been infected by Everton's first half finishing style, and were more often than not off the mark. Bradshaw had to go to the line with a lag injury. Bradshaw soon resumed, and after Liverpool had exploited the offside game to their advantage, they came back to force two corners, but Sagar took command. Final. Everton 3, Liverpool 1.
EVERTON 3 LIVERPOOL 1 (Game 1402 over-all)-(Div 1 1360)
October 3 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Dean Turns The Scale
Second Half Transformation.
Three Goals in Lively Rally.
Another "Derby" game goes down to history, and while it cannot be claimed a classic encounter it will not be easily forgotten, for there were several reasons why it will be remembered. The chief one is that there was such a sensational transformation. Liverpool appeared likely to retain their slender lead, which they held for over an hour, but in twelve minutes Everton took three goals and the victory. Did they deserve their success? I think everyone of the 45,000 spectators –a poor gate for an Everton-Liverpool meeting –unless, of course, they were blinded by partisanship, they agree that the result was a true one, even admitting that, in the minds of many, Liverpool were deprived of a goal by a curious decision of the referee. I cannot find any reason why Wright's shot, which Sagar could not keep out of his net, although he handled the ball, was not allowed to count. I could not see any infringement, for the shooter was not offside. It was a mystery decision to me, and an annoying one to Wright, who plainly showed his disguised. I asked a former referee what his thought about it, but he, like us all, was mystified. The referee made many other curious decisions, especially in the offside decisions.
I liked the way Liverpool went about their work in the first half. The forward line, which has been sadly lacking in punch for some time, and which aimed at progress by the aid of the big hit and run, now went forward in a more stereotyped, yet none the less effective, manner; in fact, Sagar was the much busier man, for Scott was left idle for a long time, so well was he covered by his defenders. Everton did too much tip-tapping which, while it looked nice and did not carry them far enough, and the side gave me the feeling that they would never penetrate the Liverpool defence, while it persisted in finery and omitted the big factor in the game –shot. Liverpool were undoundedly on top in the first "45" simply because they took the shortest route to goal, and then followed with a shot. Not always was their shooting or good account for there were times when a pass simply screamed out to be netted, but when a player failed to take it one had to remember that this was a "Derby" game in which nerves were at breaking point. The football during this half was of good standard. Everton were perhaps the more skilful craftsmen, but Liverpool could, and did cajole the ball to do their bidding; in fact I saw more dribbles and combination in this game then many other "Derby" games. There was just a little difference, Liverpool relied upon the wide pass whereas Everton kept the ball close, and to a degree this was their undoing, for their usually ran into a defence that simply reveled in cutting down their rivals intriencies. While Everton were enjoying themselves in midfield, Liverpool were searching for the lance to administer a blow. They obtained this at 23 minutes and for a time they had Everton in a state of frenzy, for that the "Blues" became unsettled everyone could see for themselves. Passes went wrong, their combination became uncertain, and Liverpool once having settled their appetites were determined not to let them become settled again, and right up to the interval they crushed Everton out of the picture.
Everton were a goal in arrears. In all their home games they have been in a similar position at the half stage, but by hook or by crook have pulled the game out of the fire by altering their tactics. Much of their artistry was omitted from their game, and more punch brought it in and this is what happened on Saturday. They had see for themselves that their first half methods had not paid for themselves. Their over-elaboration had got them nowhere and something had to be done about it. They still played sound football; but the close pass was cut out in favour of the long and wide one, which is always a bother to an opposing defences, for it keeps it on the run. How much at fault they had been in the first session was soon made apparent, for they had Liverpool penned in their own half most of the time, and when Critchley opened their score at 62 minutes the team started to play in their best style, and it became Liverpool's turn to offer a bold front to a team that was so entirely different proposition this half. Jackson, Steel, and the half-backs fought gallantly but gradually they were worn down by the weight, which was thrown at them, and Dean was able to turn Stein's centre into a goal by a simple nod of his head. The Everton folk went crazy, but when Dean scored his second, and his side's third goal in the next minute –well, it brought the house down. The roar was tremendous. Liverpool had their chances but did not take them, although Sagar must consider himself fortunate to find Barton shooting straight at him. Liverpool appeared to have tried. They had taken too much out of themselves by the efforts earlier on, yet they never gave up the fight, and although beaten went down with the flag flying. Like all our "Derby" games, it was a clean one, although there were one or two injuries. Cresswell and McPherson were off the field –the latter when his side's goal was scored –and Bradshaw suffered a painful leg injury. To be asked to play before the Highbury crowd and then appear in a local "Derby" is a big order for a newcomer, but McGourty was one of the successes of the day. He found the pace a handicap, but was throughful in everything he did. His passes were the acme of perfection and wisdom, and why he did not shoot more often –he can hit a might shot –is hard to understand. Stein missed some "sitters" and hit the post, yet was ever a danger to the Liverpool defence. Critchley was in and out. He, too, had his opportunities, and while he took one there were similar ones there for the mere taking. Johnson was for ever working for his team, and Thomson has never played better in fact, all the half-backs afield were right up to concert pitch, and Cresswell's cool calculated methods were a strange contrast to those of Jackson, who was a bundle of energy and a big obstacle to Critchley and McGourty. There are some who think that Scott should have saved Dean's header. That is easier said than done, for Dean's timing of the ball was perfect.
Wright's return to the Liverpool attack brought a combined plan into the line, which, while not being without its weakness was infinitely better than it has been since the season opened. Wright was an unlucky man for apart from his disallowed goal, he had one or two fine shots saved, but it was the way he kept his line moving that made him so successful. Bradshaw undertook two roles. In the first half he was backing up his forwards, in the second he was helping in defence at a time it was sorely needed. McDougall and Morrison with fast men against them, did some smart work, and Steel and Jackson made up a pair that wanted a lot of beating. Britton once again gave a clever display. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, Williams and Cresswell backs; Britton, White and Thomson half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Liverpool: - Scott, goal; Steel and Jackson, backs; Morrison, Bradshaw and McDougall, half-backs; Barton, Hodgson, Wright, McPherson and Gunson forwards. Referee Mr. H. E. Hull (Burnley).
LIVERPOOL RESERVES 3 EVERTON RESERVES 1
October 3 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 8)
The local "Derby" at Anfield provided quite a large crowd with an encounter that was rich in incident, victory deservedly going to Liverpool by 3 goals to 1. Perhaps Everton were just a shade superior in the matter of constructive advance, yet Liverpool's direct thrust proved the more beneficially because they (Liverpool) could produce the sharper accurate finish, although time and again, it was Riley's custodianship that frustrated Everton. It was a game in which the honours went to the respective defence, Riley and Coggins contributing some fine work. The winners possessed the sounder defence, but Everton were the more consistent attackers, without getting the goals. Liverpool's attacking strength came chiefly from the wings, where Taylor and McRorie, during the half-hour before the interval were the initiators of much of Liverpool's danger. Davis, deputising for the injured Stevens, opened Everton score, but a penalty levelled matters Done scoring from the rebound off Coggins. After Riley had saved three efforts from Griffiths (P). Turner, and Webster Roberts added Liverpool's second goal. A couple of minutes from the interval Taylor rounded off a fine run with a brilliant third goal. Everton playing well crowded on heavy pressure without being able to overcome the dour Liverpool defence. Late on Griffiths (centre-half) hurt his foot and went on the wing, and a most interesting game ended with Liverpool considerably troubling Everton's defence. Hancock, on one occasion, hitting the crossbar. After the goalkeeper, Taylor was the outstanding player with Lucas, Done, James, and the others all contributing to a good victory. Other than Coggins, there was no conspicuous Everton player, all endeavouring with equal earnestness to thwart Liverpool's endeavours. Teams: - Liverpool: - Riley, goal; Done and Lucas backs; Savage, James, Henderson, half-backs; McRorie, Hancock, Crawford, Roberts, and Taylor, forwards. Everton: - Coggins, backs; Common and Lowe, backs; Archer, Griffiths (h) and Mercer half-backs; Griffiths (P), Cunliffe, Davies, Webster and Turner, forwards.
Liverpool "A" 0 Everton "A" 3
Liverpool County Combination.
At Pirrie Park, Liverpool lost their first match. The opening half was well contested, and although both sides made many attacks the defence held the upper hand, and both goals terminated intact up to the interval. Everton however took the lead within one minute of the restart Chedgzoy netting. Liverpool fought hard for the equalising and Holdcroft was taken by Hanson and McCracken. Birtley later added a second goal, the ball going through off a defender, and in the last minute Fryer registered the third goal for Everton. The outstanding players were Holdcroft Jackson Birtley, Leyfield, for Everton, and Scott, Neale, Roberts, and Hanson for Liverpool.
ONLY SHOTS BRING GOALS –
October 3 1932. Evening Express, Liverpool.
And Defence Alone Cannot Win Matches.
Lessons of the Goodison "Derby."
By the Pilot.
Everton must decide at once -that shooting alone will bring goals. Liverpool must learn that defence in itself, be it ever so good, will not win matches. These are two most important lessons to be learned from the "Derby" game at Anfield. (Goodison). True, Everton won by the convincing margin of 3-1, but they left the winning effort until the second half, a dangerous producer, which is becoming a habit. Think of it! –It was 40 minutes before Scott had to deal with a direct shot. Let us analyze Everton. In the first half –well throughout the game for that matter –they provided the cleverer more scientific football. Their passing was delightfully accurate and there was a good understanding between departments. It is my opinion that had Everton finished with the incisiveness they revealed later on they would not have been a goal down at the interval.
Fine Defensive Play.
Liverpool give a splendid exhibition of defensive football. Their backs and half backs covered finely, and with Bradshaw playing the role of third back, they offered a wonderful resistance to the quick-thinking sharp-moving champions. This efficiency was not carried right through, however, There was a wide gap between the half-backs and the towards in fact, it appeared to me sometimes as if the attackers were a separate entity. The attack was not satisfactory in itself. For the first 25 minutes and just after the interval they did play well in a go-ahead, highly enthusiastic manner, but there was little semblance of preconceived method, and their efforts at inter-passing did not succeed as they might. Wright was an enterprising leader, but for the most part he worked on his own. McPherson occasionally gave him a through pass but Hodgson concentrated an opening up the way for Gunson. To be quite frank, I do not think the Reds' forward had a working understanding –they were as five units all trying their hardest to win in their own way. They could give Everton points in first time shooting, especially in the first half and for a hectic few minutes before Critchley equalised. Sagar then saved Everton from further setbacks, which would have meant an Anfield victory.
Effect of Dean's Goals. Once Critchley had scored, however, Liverpool faded right out of the picture and not once looked like staging a revival. When the dynamic Dean scored twice within a minute Liverpool collapsed. Everton were the better team except that their earlier finishing was deplorable, not in its accuracy but because they would not shoot. McGourty was the star forward –a schemer, a judicious opening-creator, and a man who always varied his tactics. He was a treat to watch. Stein did well, except in shooting, and Dean Johnson and Critchley were on the top of their form in the second half. White was the master of the Liverpool inside forwards, and Britton and Thomson, were clever constructionists. Cresswell was the better of the backs, though Williams delighted with some ragged interventions. Steel was the best back on the field, and no man in the game did better. Jackson was not so reliable, but Bradshaw had a fine first half. Morrison was the best intermediate and Wright and Gunson the outstanding forwards.
EVERTON TEAMS FOUR GAME GAMES.
October 5 1932. Evening Express.
Conquerors Of Liverpool To Face Blackpool.
By the Pilot.
Everton directors had to choose teams for four games at last night's meeting –a league eleven to oppose Blackpool at Goodison Park; a side to meet Newcastle United for the Football Association Charity Shield, at St. James's Park, Newcastle, on Wednesday next; a team to meet Southport, at Haig Avenue, on Tuesday next, in the first round of the Senior Cup; and an eleven to do Central League duty against Blackpool, at Bloomfield-road, on Saturday. The Football League team was soon decided. No chances was made in the team which to the Arsenal and defeated Liverpool. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, McGourty, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The Directors agreed that, providing no player is injured in Saturday's game, the same team shall oppose the Magpies in the Shield match –a contest that is played annually between the Cup winners and the League leaders. The third item of team selection was the eleven to meet Southport. The directors will field a reserve eleven –this is permitted by the rules governing the competition. Despite this, however, four of the chosen men have had First Division experience. Everton: - Coggins; Common Bocking; Archer, Grififths (h), Mercer; Griffiths (p), Cunliffe, Stevens, Webster, Turner. In the Central league match Archie Clark will figure at right half in this game. Everton: - Coggins; Common, Bocking; Clark, Griffiths (h), Archer; Griffiths (p), Cunliffe, Stevens, Webster, Turner.
OLD EVERTON PLAYER'S VICTORY
October 6 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel
Tom Booth, the old Everton half-back, has long been a bowler of distinction and he crowned his efforts yesterday, at Blackpool, by winning the Waterloo Handicap, thus emulating Jack Cox, the brilliant out-side left of Liverpool club of former days. Booth was a fine half-back in his day, and his work at centre-half is remembered with pleasure. He played against Scotland in 1903 and 1898, when with Blackburn Rovers, he was in the English team against Wales. I picked up a book showing some of the old Everton teams, and the first I saw was the following, against Preston N.E, in January, 1906; Scott; R. Balmer, Crelly, Taylor, Booth, Abbott; Sharp, Makepeace, Young, Settle, H. P. Hardman. That was Everton's Cup year, but Booth was past his best then; he was not in the cup side, Taylor being the centre half, while Makepeace was at right half. All his old friends in Liverpool will join in the congratulations to Tom Booth on his triumph at Blackpool.
100 PER CENT RECORDS AT STAKE.
October 7 1932. Evening Express.
Everton's: Home Successes Blackpool's: Away Defeats
Start of Another Victory Run?
By The Pilot.
A one hundred per cent record in football is something to boast about now that October is here. Everton have not dropped a point at home this season. Can they maintain this record tomorrow at Blackpool's expense? I think so! The worst of these records is that one is always moved more or less by anxiety to over-value opposition. Let us face facts Blackpool, too, have a 100 per cent record away from home –of defeats! The odds in favour of Everton therefore are greater than one's chance of drawing a horse in the Irish Sweep. Still, "certainties" oftentimes come unstuck, and mark my words. Everton's forwards will need to start shooting early on in tomorrow's game. Blackpool are not to be despised because they are at the bottom of the League. They have always given Everton a good game. Last Season Everton won 3-2, and that win set them on the high road to success for they went nine matches without defeat and dropped but a single point-at Huddersfield. Would a victory over Blackpool tomorrow pave the way for another brilliant spell?
Everton have shown considerable improvement in their recent games. They should have won at Highbury and their form against Liverpool was encouraging, once the forwards decided that shooting was the best policy. Although Blackpool lost at home to the Arsenal last week they played so well that the directors have decided to make no changes. This means that a former Everton favourite –Monty Wilkinson –will be seen at outside right. He is having a good season and is included among Blackpool's four goal-scorers. I think Everton are certain to maintain their good home record. Everton: - Sagar, Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White Thomson; Critchley, McGourty, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Blackpool: - McDonough; Wassell, Everest; Watson (a), Watson (p), Crawford; Wilkinson, Butterworth, Hampson, McClelland, Lax.
EVERTON SCORE FIRST –AT GOODISON!
October 8 1932. Evening Express , Football Edition.
Dean Heads A Goal and Paves The Way To Another.
By the Pilot.
The smallest crowd at any Everton game for three seasons attended Goodison Park today for the visit of Blackpool. There were no more than 20,000 spectators present when the teams took the field. Everton have not dropped a point at home, and Blackpool were waiting for the first away point. There were no team changes. Rain was failing at the opening. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Blackpool: - McDonough, goal; Wassell, and Everest, backs; Watson (a), Watson (p), and Crawford, half-backs; Wilkinson, Butterworth, Hampton, McClelland, and Lax, forwards. Referee Mr. H. N. Mee (Mansfield).
Blackpool made the first raid, which brought no danger, and Critchley in racing away from White's transfer, was brought down by Everest. Britton's free kick looked like proving a winner, but Dean's header sliced off his forehead. There was a thrill when Critchley outwitted the Blackpool defence by fine ball control and middled a delightful centre which Dean headed goalwards. The ball struck Phil Watson on the hand, but the referee refused to award a penalty. I think he was right, for though it was "hands" Watson had not played the ball. Wilkinson came through to cause a thrill, his centre being driven in towards goal by Britton. It was a fierce shot, but Sagar was there to save as the crowd gasped. Sagar went full length to save a splendid shot from Hampson. After Dean's shot had been charged down. McDonough made a fine save from Stein, who cut inwards and shot with his right foot. Johnson saw a purler swerve past the post, and Cresswell shone in holding up the Blackpool attack, after McClelland had filed the role of opening creator. It was fast and thrilling football, and Blackpool in the opening passages had displayed power in attack which belied their League position.
Everton took the lead in 12 minutes, Dean, getting another header. The movement started from a curious incident. Cresswell intercepted from Wilkinson, and the ball bounded to his hand. He did not play the ball, and the referee signalled to him to play on. Cresswell fed Thomson, who sent Stein trough. Stein delivered a flying centre, which bore the label "Dean." Dixie flew through the air, and by a flick of the forehead placed into the roof of the net. This was the first home match in which Everton had opened the scoring. Just after Dean took a flying shot, only for the ball to slither away from him at the crucial moment. Johnson and Dean found the ball moving too slowly when they were working the back-pass "act." Everton had a narrow escape when Britton's header ran to Butterworth, who fed the unmarked Hampson. Hampson shot with terrific power, but Sagar turned the ball over the bar with one fist. Blackpool kept it up in fine style, McClelland shooting against the net support. From a Critchley corner Dean almost turned the ball into the net; in fact, how it passed outside the post must remain a mystery. Cressell was quick to clear after Williams had a made a wonderful back-heel tackle. Britton and Critchley paved the way for Everton's second goal in 24 minutes. Johnson was the scorer.
Dean turned Critchley's centre back towards the centre of the goal, and just inside the penalty area. It was Johnson's favourite position. He had three yards to run for the ball, and his right foot shot sent the ball like a rocket to the roof of the net. I think Everton were rather fortunate to be two goals up, for Blackpool had shown good football in attack. Still it was Everton's attack, which made things appear simple. They were displaying infinite improvement on some other matches this season. McClelland joined the marksmen, but Sagar was there to make a "Duckworth catch." Sagar did well to flick away a menacing centre from Hampson, then Wilkinson flashed a ball across the face of the goal in further brilliant Blackpool forward work. As a matter of fact, if Blackpool's defence had been as good as its attack, they might be in a happier position. Dean raced away and provided Stein with a chance to cut in again, and this time the Scot's shot crashed against the bar.
Critchley, McGourty and Johnson tested McDonough with low shots, but the goalkeeper was equal to the calls. Critchley then cut in to McGourty's pass, McDonough saving well on one knee. McGourty was proving a genius at this stage, his clever ball control repeatedly outwitting the Blackpool defenders. Seven minutes before the interval Stein missed a chance of a lifetime. The ball came across on the right, and Dean adroitly turned it across to the inrunning Stein. Stein slipped as he shot, and the ball flashed over the top. Blackpool were tiring perceptibly, and much of their intervention had become elementary. White ran over to make haste with a throw-in, so that Britton was able to centre immediately. Dean turned the ball over to Stein, whose header would have entered just under the bar had not McDonough turned the ball over in brilliant fashion.
Half-Time Everton 2, Blackpool 0
Everton had shown greatly improved forward work. In fact, both attacks had shown in the first half. The difference between the clubs was that Everton had a brilliant defence, whereas the Blackpool defence were prone to take the "dummy." McGourty was again a genius in Everton's front line.
Blackpool Provide The Illuminations.
But Everton Get The Goals .
Blues Maintain 100 Per Cent Record.
There was a thrill at the opening of the second half, which began under brighter weather conditions, when Dean broke through only to be crowded out by McDonough at the vital moment. Crawford and McClalland were just off the target with fine drives, and when McClelland hit another terrific shot from an easy position, Williams hurled himself in front of the shooter, preventing a certain goal. The Blackpool forwards were still playing really good football and for ten minutes nothing had been seen of Everton. Sagar made one brilliant save from a first time shot by Hampson. Everton seemed to be taking things a little too easy.
Play had deteriorated considerably, both teams tiring in the heavy going. Dean nearly got through to relieve some of the monotony, but his shot, struck a defender's foot and ran straight to McDonough's hands. Blackpool continued to do the better work. Blackpool continued to do the better work. Lax shot across the face of the goal, and from (a) Watson's free kick Cresswell headed out in a remarkable manner. It was all Blackpool, in fact, Everton's fade-out was a matter for wonder. White was penalised for a foul on Hampson just outside the penalty area. White came away with the ball, and it was impossible to see exactly what happened. Hampton injured his leg, but was able to resume. McClelland's shot was turned aside by Williams. Final Result Everton 2, Blackpool 0.
EVERTON 2 BLACKPOOL 0 (Game 1403 over-all)-(Div 1 1361)
October 10 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Sagar's Telling saves.
Mixed Football at Goodison Park.
Blackpool's League position did not suggest that they would offer such stern opposition to Everton at Goodison Park, but when I say that they are not the worst team seen at the ground this term you may realise that Everton had to fight for their narrow win. As a fact, Blackpool were a shade unfortunate not to take a goal, and Sagar had equally as much work to do as McDonough. Sagar's work, in fact, was of a much telling nature than McDonough's, who had no chance with the two goals, which beat him. It was a curious game in that the first half was bright and breezy and full of good football, and Blackpool was not far behind their more famous rivals in the matter of attack. There, was, however, a difference, for there could be no disputing Everton's superior by play in the making of scoring opportunities but Blackpool showed as enthusiasm and willingness and enough craft to make the Everton defence pull out some good work. Hampson, a wiry and crafty centre-forward, who is possessed of a strong, shot had several worthy efforts kept out and McClelland had a terrific drive edged over the crossbar by Sagar. By contrast, McDough had not a lot of shots to cope with, although it can be readily called to mind that he was beaten twice, and Stein hit the crossbar with a fine shot. Still, I would say that Sagar had the more intricate duty to perform, and not the least was his save from his colleague Britton, who, in his eagerness to clear a palpable danger, directed a swift shot straight at Sagar.
Blackpool undoubtedly made a big fight against Everton, but their defence had to yield to a glorious header by Dean. Only a quick thinking brain could have scored such a goal, for when Stein's centre came into the goalmouth, McDonough was standing plump in front off Dean, but the Everton captain glided the ball right away from the goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net. That happened as the eleventh minute, but Blackpool did not let the blow allow them to any great extant, and strove might and main to get on equal terms, and they had the mortification of seeing several worthy shots cannon away, from goal by the fortunate intervention of an Everton man's body. I do not wish to take any bonquets from Everton's style of play, but I would ask of them to quite the finesse which seems to have become part of their existences nowadays and go out for goals instead of finery, which brought them nothing but an urge from the spectators to go upward and onward. A second goal was marked up at the 24 th minute, and again it was Dean's head, which made the goal possible. He was not the actual scorer at the goal point, but he made an opening for Johnson, which cried out to be converted into a goal. There was even then a doubt, for when Johnson came up he shaped to take a right-footed shot. What would happened, Johnson's right foot is not considered as effective one in the matter of shooting, but it was in this instance, and if it had not been for the net the ball would have travelled on to Aintree, such was the power of Johnson's drive. There the scoring ended, but just on the interval Stein who had run into the centre forward position crashed the ball on to the Blackpool crossbar.
Dull Second Half.
That was practically the last of day's thrills for the second half for some reason or other, became as dull as ditch water; so dull, in fact that many left the ground long before the finish. In trying to find an explanation for such a remarkable deterioration, I can only think that the ground was the responsible factor. Teams have been so used to playing on hard and dry turf that the soft, slippery turf of Saturday took greater toll of the players' stamina. One of suffer in particular was McGourty, who could not do a thing right. He tried hard enough, but without success. He was slow in his movements, and was easily dispossessed when he had the ball at his feet.
Sagar And Cresswell Stand Out.
The Everton forwards, who had been so effective in the first half, were now not one whit better than those of Blackpool, and the game petered out and became a scrambling affair, with no skill, no shooting, and no interesting features. Everton deserved their victory, but on this showing they will not cut a big figure in this season's tournament; but of course, one must expect such happening now and again. Sagar and Cresswell to my mind were the two outstanding players, yet one could not find fault with any one individual player with the exception of McGourty, for it was the whole forward line which fixed out in the second half. Hampson was Everton's greatest danger, for it was from him that most of Blackpool's shots came; yet McClelland was responsible for some hard hitting drives, which were either saved or finished in the crowd. The former Everton man, Wilkinson, played well and Lax was successful in a quieter sort of way. The defence of the seasiders was sound, and none did better than the former Preston player, Crawford who used the ball well. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Blackpool: - McDonough, goal; Wassell, and Everest, backs; Watson (a), Watson (p), and Crawford, half-backs; Wilkinson, Butterworth, Hampton, McClelland, and Lax, forwards. Referee Mr. H. N. Mee (Mansfield).
BLACKPOOL RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 3
October 10 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 9)
Everton Reserves had a hard struggle for their victory at Blackpool, but they deserved it for their more convincing football. The forwards and half-backs combined in some effective at times, and with more accurate finishing they would have won more comfortably. Webster and Turner were a clever wing, and Clark was prominent in the half-back line when it came to defence. Everton had scored through Cunliffe in the first two minutes after Blackpool equalised before the interval Webster, who was a very clever individual got a couple soon after half-time. Smalley scored Blackpool's second goal. All through the game Everton as a team played better ordered football than the home team. Everton: - Coggins, goal; Common and Bocking, backs; Clark, Griffiths (h), and Archer half-backs; Griffiths (p), Cunliffe, Stevens, Webster, and Turner, forwards.
Everton "A" 2 Peasley Cross 4
Liverpool County Combination
A Hat-trick by Grice in a splendid second half recovery was the principal feature of Peasley's well-deserved victory at Crosby. The initial period had favoured Everton to a certain extent quit, with the exception of a consistency sound defence, the team fell away and only Leyfield of the forwards maintained a high standard. Peasley showed their best form after the interval Grice leading a penetrative line with skill and trustfulness. Mcntisth made one or two admirable saves. The order of the scoring was: Waine (Peasley), Chedgzoy and Fryer (Penalty) (Everton), and Grice (3) for Peasley.
JUST LIKE THE CURATE'S EGG.
October 10 1932. Evening Express.
Everton and Blackpool Good Only in Parts.
Game To Forget
By The Pilot.
Forty-Five minutes with-out a dull moment; 45 minutes with a thrill. That sums up Everton's game with Blackpool. Everton won 2-0 –both goals scored in the first half-but it was a match to forget. This was what happened. Everton scored two goals, eased up and then, when they tried, after the interval, to get going again, could not do anything right. In fact, the second half honours went to Blackpool. On the strength of their showing in this period the visitors deserved a point. They made Everton's middle line defend and would not allow Britton, White and Thomson to do anything but defend. The result was that the Everton forwards had to forage for themselves.
Heavy Going Not to Blame
It was not because the heavy going made the players tired, but the whole Everton forward structure broke down. They simply could not pick up the threads and the game fizzled out. Never before have I heard such varied opinions expressed after the game. Everyone seemed to have different opinions as to Everton's merits and demerits. "McGourty was easily the best forward" I heard said on one hand. Yet within a few minutes I heard someone else say "McGourty was off form. He didn't fit in." It was the same with Cresswell. I thought him the outstanding player on the field. Others thought he was too prone to be lured into false positions. Cresswell was magnificent in interception and tackling, and Sagar made some thrilling saves. Williams played well, but White was always a stumbling block to the quick-footed Blackpool raiders. McGourty had one inspired period in the first half, and though he did not play quite as well as in his previous matches he was cute in his moves and displayed good ball control. Many of his passes, which were good, were made to appear bad because some of his colleagues did not pull out that extra yard. Dean was off form though his goal was masterly and the wingers have often played better. Johnson was not up to standard, though always a trier. Blackpool were well served by Hampson, McClelland, Crawford, Everest and McDonough and struck me as being a better team than their league position indicates.
SOUTHPORT SCORE SIX
October 12 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Lose in Liverpool Cup Semi-Final
It is doubtful which side was the more surprised when Southport entered the semi-final of the Liverpool Senior Cup by defeating a representative Everton eleven, at Haig-avenue, yesterday, by 6 goals to 2. The immediate prospects of Southport, did not seem good, for they had lost each of their two previous League games by 4-0, but yesterday saw them in a very different light. After the first half-hour they were on top, and gave a display that well warranted their prolific scoring. Adopting open methods they kept the Everton defence on the stretch, and their lively forwards as a rule managed to upset the calculations of the opposing players.
Southport had a new combination in the front line, which for the first time included Medley at centre-forward. This player had the misfortune to receive an injury in one of the practice game and was only recently reported fit. He had been out with the reserves, and done well. The experiment of playing him in the centre proved a success. He infused into the lines a spirit and dash that had been greatly lacking, and the forward line as a whole benefited. The Southport backs did more than stand up to the dashes of Everton; their placing was excellent, and they always had an eye to putting the ball where it was most useful. The half-backs also were notable in this respect. Wyness being, perhaps the most prominent. The outstanding man among the forwards was Sellars, whose flashing runs along the wing always threatened danger. He quite held the masterly over Lowe, the former Southport back and his centres were excellent.
Cowan's Return To Form.
But the forward who caused the principal astonishment and delight was Cowan. After several performances which has given rise for series criticism he came into his best form, and frequently commanded the situation in a way that aroused the attendance of 1,800 to excitement. Medley, however, was the hero of the match. He was tireless. On one occasion towards the end he missed a "sitter" but this failure was readily forgiven in view of the fact that he did the hat-trick. Appleby came next with two goals, one from a penalty kick, and Cowan got the remaining goal. Middleton the home goalkeeper, had a comparatively easy time, but the same could not be said of Coggins, who had all sorts of shots to tackle, and who saved many times. Bocking's work was sound. Griffiths (H) provided an object lesson in breaking up; Dunn was a puzzling tactician; and his partner Griffiths (p) had a rare turn of speed and centred accurately.
Griffiths (H.) scored the opening goal. Appleby equalised from a penalty, and Cowan placed Southport ahead before the interval. Then came Medley's hat-trick and Appleby's second goal. It was not until about three minutes from the end that Turner reduced the margin. Result Southport 6 Everton Reserves 2. Teams : - Southport: - Middleton, goal; Little and Robinson backs; Taylor, (H.W.), Wynnes, and Duckworth half-backs; Appleby, Sellar, Medley, Cowan, and Dobson, forwards. Everton Reserves: - Coggins, goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; Archer, Griffiths (H.), and Mercer, half-backs; Griffiths (P), Dunn, Stevens, Webster, and Turner, forwards. Referee Mr. G. Stephenson, Liverpool.
LOSSES OF EX-CHAIRMAN OF EVERTON
October 11 1932. Evening Express.
Mr. W. R. Clayton in Bankruptcy Court Scenes.
£16,000 in Speculation
Did Not Understand BookKeeping
Some remarkable allegations were made in Liverpool Bankruptcy Court today, during the examination in bankruptcy of a former chairman of the Everton Football Club Williams Robert Clayton. The fact you cannot get over is that but for £16,000 lost in speculation you would have had a profitable business? , And a question asked by the official Receiver. I am not going to admit it is true, I should like to see the figure," replied Clayton. This is a revelation to me" he declared later. There were several angry passages during the hearing of the examination. Clayton was described as residing at Avalon, Formby, and having carried on business as W. M. Whittingham and Co, forwarding agents. Tower Buildings, Liverpool, and also at Swansea and Hanley. The total unsecured debts were returned at £9,467, and the net assets at £272 leaving a deficiency of £9,255. Answering the official Receiver (Mr. James Allcorn), Clayton said he had been made bankrupt on the petition of a creditor in July, after having carried on business in Liverpool since 1891. When asked whether his partnership with Mr. Whittingham, his brother –in-law, was dissolved in 1918, he replied: "I'm not so sure, but he robbed me of £12,000." After that he carried on business on his own account, and also ran a cartage business under the name of W.R. Clayton and Co. When asked whether he did not know that he had been insolvent for several years, Clayton declared he was not aware of it. He did not know a balance-sheet prepared in 1928 showed him insolvent to the extent of more than £4,000; as a matter of fact, he did not understand bookkeeping. When shown the balance-sheet he still maintained the forwarding business was not insolvent, but that the carting business was, and he closed the latter down.
He next inclined to agree to the official Receiver's suggestion that he had been in financial difficulties for some time, saying that he did not know what was meant by that. Mr. Allcorn thereupon put it to him that three of his friends had guaranteed, his bank overdraft, one for £1,000 and the other two for £500 each, and that they had to pay the amounts of those guarantees to the bank. "Its it not a fact," went on the official Receiver, "That in addition to letting those friends in you borrowed from other friends, and you owe £1,080 in respect of borrowed money? Clayton demanded to know the names of those friends, and when they were mentioned he admitted owing £605 to Mr. French, but the sum of £483 owing to Mr. Thomas was an amount which Mr. Thomas, who was his Swansea manager, had paid on account of the form's debts there. "I did not ask him to pay them" he added. Questioned as to whether his firm's books were not incomplete at the time of the receiving order he first said they were complete and later that they were not. Mr. Registrar Neild, who had previously warmed him to keep to the point and answer questions, remarked; "You are so stupid. You have written practically 20 pages in one book since the receiving order, and the question was a simple one." An example quoted by the Official Receiver. Maclver and Co, as owing £1,342, whereas they were creditors for £311. The sum of £603 advanced by Mr. French, which was to pay a bank guarantee he (debtor) had given on behalf of his son, did not appear in his books, he admitted, the reason being that it was not a firm's matter. Nor was the £484 paid by Mr. Thomas in his books. "I am thoroughly incompetent in the matter of bookkeeping," he said. Mr. Thomas paid the money voluntarily. Asked whether the real reason was that cheques he sent to Swansea were dishonored, he replied that if Mr. Thomas had paid the cheques in when he got them they would have been met. While certain figures as to trading results were being put to him. Clayton said he was ignorant of those figures, and added that the Offical Receiver was taking about a time when he was not "composiments" having been unconscious for three days. "I know," retorted the Official Receiver" you have been doing your best to put the failure of your business on to somebody else's shoulders, not one person, but lot of people. I am going to show there is nobody else to blame but yourself." Severe losses in the cartage business were due to low rates charged for haulage. Clayton said, and asked why he did not give it up instead of continuing to sustain losses year after year he replied," Because I was a fool, as I have been right through." "Well, I will take that answer," observed Mr. Allcorn. "I was a fool to be thinking of my workpeople and others," Clayton went on, "I was not making anything out of it. My drawing have been about £350 a year right through." The Official Receiver: I appreciate that I also appreciate when your business is insolvent you are not bearing the expense, but your creditors –I want you to understand when that insolvency took place I was not fit to tackle anything. Clayton agreed with the Offical Receiver that the following business had always been a profitable one, and he further agreed that its actual trading over a period of 10 years had yielded a profit if £5,976. During the same period, however, he was speculating in metals. The Official Receiver put it to him that his total losses in these speculations were £16,730.
"Yes, if I am allowed to answer" said Clayton. "A bare statement like that is just like me asking you "Were you drunk last night?" "Will you please try not to be rude?" asked Mr. Allcorn in answer to which Clayton insisted there was an explanation which would wipe away a good deal of the impression that statement might make. When eventually he gave the explanation he said that he had been requested by an American firm to carry on speculations on their behalf in his own name in metals. He did so, and the upshot was that he was personally addled with a loss of more than £5,000, which had been made on that firm's account. The Official Receiver pointed out, however, that the loss of £16,730 did not include the whole of this £5,000 loss, the bulk of it, £4,550 being scheduled in his statement of affairs as a sum still owing. "If you eliminate the specualtion losses" the Official Receiver continued, "Whittingham and Co would have shown a profit of considerably more than £10,000." While agreeing, Clayton repeated that the official Receiver was giving a wrong impression. "The fact you cannot get over is that but for £16,000 loss in speculation you would have had a profitable business," insisted the Official Receiver. "I am not going to admit it is true," Clayton responded. "I would like to see the figures." His books were thereupon shown to him, and Mr. Registrar Neild asked, "Didn't you know you had lost £16,000?" "I did not" replied the debtor, examining the book. "This is a revelation to me." "But you ought to have known," commented Mr. Nield. "It is the same as when I allowed my brother-in-law and others to get thousands out of me" remarked Clayton. "It is the same foolish idea." Still looking at the books, he added: "this is all double Dutch to me."
"Not A Laughing Matter."
Arising out of answers to other questions relating to his losses. Clayton was warned by Mr. Register Nield that he had signed and sworn to certain figures. "It is either the truth or it is perjury" added the Register. "It is not a laughing matter." Turning to other matters, the official Receiver asked. "You are not living with your wife," to which Clayton replied that he was not. "When the Official Receiver went on to ask" Are you living with your typist?" Clayton shouted indignantly," I am not living with my typist or with any other woman, and you have no right to put such questions to me. I shall refuse to answer such questions. " "I want to have it right," pursued Mr. Allcorn. "Are you living in the house of your "typists" to which the answer was again "I am not" On being asked whether his letters were being addressed there Clayton appealed to the register as to whether he had to answer such questions. "Answer the question. Are those letters addressed to you?" commanded Mr. Neild. "I want to give you the reason" said Clayton. "There is an inference behind the question, and there is an answer." Clayton asserted that he did not know when questioned as to whether the house referred to was the property of his typist. "You have no right to say that, and I won't have it, "he stated. "Has any of your money," was the next question "gone at any stage to furnish that house or to purchase that house?" "Certainly not. If she was here she would slap your face for that," was Clayton's vehement reply. The Official Receiver warned him that he was on oath, but said he would take the answer that none of his money had gone to purchase furniture or purchase property." "She does not own the house." Reiterated Clayton," and there there has never been a farthing of my money gone to her at all beyond her wages" "That is the answer I am asking for," added Mr. Allcorn. "You have got it, and it is straight," answered Clayton, still with indignation, "and if you repeat it and I can take action I will do so. I am not going to take that sort of nonsense." Mr. Register Nield again warned Clayton remarking, "You know I have strong powers and you many have to take the consequences. You are bound to answer questions." "But he has defamed the woman's name" protested Clayton. At the close of the examination which was adjourned to December 6 Clayton was ordered to furnish certain accounts as to his trading between 1928 and 1930. "Will you kindly advise me how I am to live in the meantime" remarked Clayton, adding that he had the offer of one or two jobs in London, and he was not going to starve.
EVERTON MAY GET TWO CAPS.
October 12 1932. Evening Express.
Johnson a "Certainty" Sagar Worth His Place.
By the Pilot.
What are Merseyside's chance of providing players for the England team to oppose Ireland at Blackburn on Monday Next? When the selectors meet after today's F.A. Charity Shield game between Newcastle United, the cupholders and Everton League champions, I think they will at least entertain claims of our local players –Dean, Johnson, and Sagar (Everton) and Hodgson (Liverpool). Of these there is only one virtual certainly and that is Johnson. The next best chance, in my opinion is enjoyed by Sagar. Johnson, on paper "Chooses himself" for the inside left perth. He was one of the successes of the eleven, which defeated Scotland at Wembley, and his current club form is good enough to permit his retention.
Do not be surprised if Sagar is given his chance between the posts. I know that when the selectors met to pick last season's eleven to oppose Scotland, Pearson (West Bromwich Albion) and Sagar were the pair from which the final choice was made. No goalkeeper in the country is playing better than Sagar at the moment, and Scott regards him as the best English goalkeeper. I think there is a distinct possibility that Sagar will be honoured. Elisha Scott has already been selected to keep goal for Ireland. It would be a great day of Teddy Sagar, Everton's young goalkeeper, were chosen for England. The centre-forward position will present a difficult problem, for there are three worthy candidates –Dean (Everton), Brown (Aston Villa), and Hampson (Blackpool). Any one of these men would suit England, but in view of Brown's success in Belfast, I expect him to be chosen.
F.A. CHARITY SHIELD.
October 12, 1932. Evening Express.
Dean;'s Four Goals For Everton
Champions On The Target At Newcastle.
By the Pilot.
St James's Park, Newcastle. Today.
Everton, the champions of the Football League, opposed Newcastle United, the holders of the F.A. Cup, for the F.A. Challenge Shield at St. James's Park today. Newcastle made one later change, bell appearing at right-half in place of McKenzie. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Newcastle United: - Burns goal; Nelson and Fairhurst, backs; Bell, Davidson, and Weaver half-backs; Boyd, Richardson, Allen, McMenemy, and Lang, forwards. Referee Mr. W. R. Jennings, Middlesbrough.
Richardson opened with a clever cross-field dribble, but Boyd ran to upset the movement. Dean broke through from Thomson's centre but shot over from an acute angle. Johnson and McGourty manipulated cleverly, and Dean twice found himself outnumbered when racing through. Johnson next gave the "dummy" and slipped an accurate pass to Critchley. The winger's centre had Burns well beaten, but the ball struck the bar and passed over.
In six minutes Newcastle took the lead with their second raid of the match, McMenemy was the scorer. This goal will remain a subject of controversy, for it was like Newcastle's Cup final goal. The ball came across the goal line, Boyd raced through and placed a swinging centre straight across the goal. The ball appeared to be over the dead line when Lang turned it inwards, and McMenemy got it through. The consensus of opinion was that the ball had crossed the line when Lang centred. Williams injured an ankle, but was able to carry on, and Sagar picked up a ground shot from Richardson. Critchley centred, and McGourty, flinging himself forward, headed just over the bar. The forward play on both sides was superior to the defence. In 23 minutes Everton drew level with a typical Dean goal. Dean beat Davidson for possession and passed to Stein. The Scot placed his centre admirably and Dean beat Fairhust and Burns in his leap. His forehead did the rest. McGourty had a shot deflected by Davidson. McMenemy took a fine centre from Lang on the run, and Sagar had to be quick to intervene.
Johnson's Great Goal.
Thrills followed in Everton's goalmouth, McMenemy heading over, and Allen crashing a shot inches wide of the post. The 26 th minute saw Johnson give Everton the lead with a marvellous shot. The movement began on the left, and Thomson and Stein displayed clever footwork before Johnson was able to race forward to a through pass. Johnson found himself on a side line of the goal area, but his left-foot shot was so swift and accurate that Burns never moved. In thirty minutes Dean brought Everton's total to three, with another header. Stein and Johnson got the United defence into a tangle with clever inter-passing, then Stein delivered a perfect centre, Dean again jumped higher than anyone, and the ball dropped over the line. One minute from the interval Britton fouled Lang. Weaver took the penalty kick. Sagar beat the ball down and gathered it.
Half-Time Newcatle United 1 Everton 3
Three minutes after resuming Dean scored Everton's fourth goal. In 51 minutes Boyd reduced the margin. Then Everton broke through and Dean worked an opening for Stein, Dean was there to meet the centre and head a great goal to make the score 5-2.
DEAN'S FOUR GOALS.
October 13 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Newcastle United 3 Everton 5
Everton Win F.A. Chairty Shield
Cupholders Made To Look Small.
Everton won a handsome victory at Newcastle –their first away win of the season –after a first-class display of football fineries. They outplayed the Cup winners, who were at home through winning the toss for choice of ground, and so the team came home with the F.A. Charity Shield. Moreover, some of the men must have made a mark by their display, for the selection Committee of the English F.A looked on for advice in team building for the game at Blackpool on Monday. Everton won after being a goal down –that is a common experience for them in fact, it is their custom, or it was their custom until Saturday last. The goal Newcastle got was not a good one. It had two fundamental failings; first the winger who centred seemed to be off-side, and when the ball was crossed to the centre it passed over the line, but was pulled back into play and the centre went off McMenemy's foot. However, Everton, who up to that point had been clever without being convincing, went on to make hacks of Newcastle. They played them to a standstill before half-time, when they had taken a lead of 3-1 by charming football –football that commanded the attention and applause of the 10,000 spectators, who realized that the craft of the Everton attack was not clinched with some very fine shooting.
The first goal came to Dean, a headed goal that came after Sagar had made on eof his half-dozen great saves. Dean's header was a goal all the way to those who know his positioning and his mechanical methods of nodding a ball beyond a goalkeeper who has lost his touch with a centre-forward. Dean makes goalkeepers look awkward and slow. Critchley had already struck the crossbar with Burns beaten before McMenemy had opened the score, but there followed a great goal by Johnson, who fired in one of the fastest shots I have even seen after his wingmen and his wing half-back had opened up the play. A great shot, unstoppable, and the turning point to a game that had started with Newcastle very clever through Memenemy, and Allen's dangerous rushes, which were hard to hold up. However, when Johnson and Stein paired off with sublime easy indifference to the halfback and backs that opposed them, Dean came to the fore with another header. He was marked by numerous people, but when he headed towards goal he collided with a defender, and did not know the ball was travelling on towards goal.
Sagar's Penalty Save.
So Everton led at half-time by 3-1, and two minutes after Britton helped to make agreat goal by Dean. Again a fast shot and Burns hopeless to save. However, the turn of the game might have been reached one minute from the interval when Britton, strange to relate brought down a rival with an unfair tackle, and the penalty kick was taken by Weaver. Sagar saved the low shot, and although the pace of the ball caused him to release his grip for a moment, he regathered, and so Newcastle want of dismayed and lacking confidence that could have come had the spot kick been a success. I have not seen Everton play so well this season. They started in carefree fashion, and much of their work bore the half-mark of excellence until they reached the goalmouth. Then it was that they faltered. However, having tasted the goal glut, they went on in their supreme and confident manner, and Newcastle could not live in this reigning power.
Every Everton men played well, and none better than Sagar, but one must give credit to the side on block. The attack of course was the mainstay, because they became so practical. McGourty nursed Critchley, and increased his secure tenure of the inside right position. It is true that Boyd scored a neat goal to bring the margin down a little, but Dean scored his fourth goal of great innings, and had one of the best triumphs of his extraordinary career. He was irresisible and this in spite of the way Davidson albowed his way through the game. Weaver played badly for one so renowned, and the Newcastle backs could not live with the Everton combine. But few defences could have withstood the attack, which was smooth and consistent, from the end of a quarter of an hour in the end of the game. It was a personal triumph for Dean, but it was an all-round success for the visitors. McMenemy was the losers best shot, and scored Newcastle's second goal. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Newcastle United: - Burns goal; Nelson and Fairhurst, backs; Bell, Davidson, and Weaver half-backs; Boyd, Richardson, Allen, McMenemy, and Lang, forwards. Referee Mr. W. R. Jennings, Middlesbrough.
DEAN'S SECOND IRISH CAP.
October 13 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Compared with the side that defeated Ireland at Windsor Park, Belfast last October, the goalkeeper, the backs, Strange and Crooks are the only players to appear against the Irish team this time. Given a fine day there should be a good attendance at Blackpool, and some high-class football is anticipated. It is particularly gratifying to find Dean again in the England team and it is apparent that his play yesterday, when he scored four goals, turned the scale in his favour. Given the right support, Dean us undoubtedly a most fascinating centre-forward, his judgement of distance and his head work making him a most dangerous in the goal area. This will be Dean's second cap against Ireland, and he has opposed Scotland on four occasions and Wales three times. This will be the first time Johnson has opposed Ireland, and it will complete his "hat-trick" of internationals.
JOHNSON AND DEAN CAPPED AGAIN.
October 13 1932. Evening Express.
Sagar "Pipped On The Post "By Hibbs.
By the Pilot.
Johnson we were certain of but Dean's inclusion in the England team to meet Ireland at Blackpool on Monday, whilst not a surprise was not so generally anticipated. When I congratulated Dean, at Newcastle, last evening, on getting his tenth cap, Everton's centre-forward was obviously delighted. He and Johnson paid tribute to the splendid assistance given them by their colleagues in their climb up the ladder of fame. "It is an honour to the club as well as ourselves," said Johnson, who now gets his third cap. Everton and Sheffield Wednesday, by the way, are the only clubs in the country to provide two players for the international side. I am able to state, however, that if Hibbs, by any unforeseen circumstances, cannot play then his place will be taken by Sagar, of Everton. Sagar's name is not included among the list of match reserves, but I understand that his name went forward with that of Hibbs from which the final choice should be made. This is the second time that he has been passed over, but, take it from me, Sagar's prowess has impressed itself upon the selectors, and his turn will come.
Another Everton Player Capped.
Another Everton player has received an international cap. He is Ben Williams, the full back. Williams has assisted his country in previous internationals.
Everton The Team Of The Year
Hail the champion football team of the year –Everton. They won this distinction at St. James's Park by defeating Newcastle United –the F.A. Cup holders, 5-3 in The F.A. Charity Shield game confined to holders of the cup and the League championship. Everton would have beaten any team in the kingdom on any ground. They played super-football. There was a dovetailing between individuals and apartments which thrilled even the most biased United supporter. From goalkeeper to centre forward there was not a weak link. Dean gave the international selectors proof that he is still England's best leader. His four goals were the work of a master footballer. He got three with headers, no other player could have reached and his one shot from 20 yards range was like a conning ball. Yet with all his own brilliance Dean remained a unit in a real team. He was the spearhead and made no error.
EVERTON AFTER FIRST AWAY POINTS.
October 14 1932. Evening Express.
Unchanged side to Meet Derby.
By The Pilot.
Everton are finding team selection an easy matter these days. At the directors' meeting last night they decided that, for the fifth game in succession, there shall be no change when they play Derby County at the Baseball ground tomorrow. The eleven has suffered only one defeat-that at Highbury –and has defeated Liverpool, Blackpool and Newcastle United. If the team plays well tomorrow as in the F.A. Charity Shield at Newcastle, then they will defeat Derby, who forced a draw against the Arsenal last week. Last season Everton suffered their first away defeat at derby. Will the order be reversed tomorrow and the County provide the champions with their first away victory-in League football? So far Everton have lost at West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland, and Arsenal, but they are playing excellent football at the moment, and there is bound to be a turning of the tide. The champions have got over their habit of wanting to walk the ball into the net, and are bringing all their old shooting power into action. I cannot see them losing tomorrow if recent form is a criterion. Derby will play the eleven, which drew at Highbury, Jessop and Hutchinson continuing in place of the injured Barker and Robinson. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, McGourty, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Derby County; Wilkes; Cooper, Collins; Nicholas, Jessop, Keen, Crooks, Hutchinson, Bowers, Ramage Duncan.
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SURPRISE FIRST HALF FOR EVERTON
October 15 1932. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Derby's Two Goals Against Run Of Play.
Bowers On The Target.
By the Pilot.
Dixie Dean was a doubtful starter for the game at Derby owing to a severe cold contracted at Derby. He has been under the doctor, but after examination was pronounced fit to play. Everton were in search of their first away points and Derby had not lost at home . Teams: - Derby County: - Wilkes goal; Cooper and Collin, backs; Nicholas, Jessop, and Keen, half-backs; Crooks, Hutchinson, Bowers, Ramage, and Duncan, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams, and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. D. McGorty (Northwich).
Everton started on a particularly high note. Critchley raced away to win a corner, and then Dean contributed a delightful flick from Johnson's back shot, but Stein could not reach the ball. Johnson put one up the middle, and Dean was brought down when racing through. Cresswell came along with timely intervention when the County forwards broke away in open order. Everton kept up the pressure, yet it was the County who sprang the surprise after two minutes. Thomson dallied with a clearance, and Cresswell and Williams, in their haste to trustrate this first Derby attack, only tapped the ball. The ball went to Duncan, who rounded Britton and centred from the line. Bowers was there to head through, Sagar having no chance. Dean fed Stein delightfully, and slipped the return for Johnson to bring Wilkes to his knees. It was good, keen, exciting football, Everton having much the better of the game territorially without troubling Wilkes.
Best "Gate" This Season.
The 17,000 "gate" was derby's best for the season. Critchley beat three men, and when Dean turned a centre backs, Johnson screwed it wide of the post. A stein header almost curled away from Wilkes after touching ground. Then Crooks contributed a dazzling run and passed back For Bowers to beat Sagar. Collins headed away a Stein centre, which was covered by Wilkes, but, Dean's quick header into the goalkeeper's hands. Next Stein flashed a rising shot by the upright.
Derby were attacking only in spasms, but always appeared a dangerous quantity. Everton's left flank were playing with rare precision, and Wilkes had to be quick to fist away from Dean's header following some intricate passing on the left. Wilkes did well to pull Critchley's corner down from under the bar, and then Collins contrived to flick away the ball from the same player. Johnson's inward pass deceived Derby, and Stein might have scored had he and fallen. Then Sagar snatched the ball away from Bowers' willing feet. For no apparent reason Bowers dashed back and tried to bowl White over, and he was cautioned. Ramage came away to feed Crooks. He passed for Hutchinson to place right to Bowers whose quick shot scored Derby's second goal, all against the run of the play. Rarely have I seen a team attack so much as Everton did in this game, and yet to be two goals down.
Half-Time Derby County 2 Everton 0
The first half had produced curious results, with Everton producing all the good football (it was brilliant at times) and the County launching rare attacks to get the goals. Dean was obviously affected by his cold.
Everton Goalless and Pointless.
Derby Cling To First half Lead.
Clever Football Unrewarded
Stein improved on Thomson's good work on resuming and Collins hit the centre from the goalmouth. Johnson was fouled on the edge of the penalty area, and instead of shooting passed over to White to crash a drive against the back. It was retrieved by Stein and Critchley's short shot hit the side netting.
Bowers On His Own.
There was a roar when Williams missed the ball completely and Bowers went through on his own. The shot was a good one, but Sagar turned it over the bar in great style. Wilkes made a fine save when he touched the ball away from Dean's head. A goal seemed certain. McGourty had a good chance, but delayed his shot. Wilkes made a fine save from a point-blank Dean shot. This was the first match this season in which Everton have failed to score. Final Derby County 2, Everton 0.
DERBY COUNTY 2 EVERTON 0 (Game 1404 0ver-all)-(Div 1 1362)
October 17 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton's "Class" Play Without Finish.
Everton drew the largest gate Derby County have had this season. They also drew from the crowd many signs of appreciation for their style of football, but Everton had no other recommendation. They played extremely well, a classic manner all suited to the "desire" of the Scottish selectors who were present and enjoyed Stein's masterly display, compared with Duncan on the other side of the field. However, Derby won by 2-0, and Everton in the end became their tantalising selves. Admittedly Dean was not al all fit or fresh through a heavy could that led him to ask for absence, but that does not entirely wipe away the memory of a clever forward line so capable that they would make holes in the home team's defence yet no shot was forthcoming. I think Everton were shocked to find Bowers scoring in five minutes. Yet their record this season is full of one-goal deficits before half-time. Not once had Everton drawn a blank in any game; here they were carrying their attack right up to an excitable and nervous goalkeeper, and in the penalty ranges they had nothing to offer Wilkes, who flourished and flurried his way through the game, kicking out on one occasion to a shot that had no string, yet making it appear a very urgent business.
It is no exaggeration to say that Everton had Derby Running wild. The home men put vim and vigour into their defence, realising that the Everton side had mastered them and fearing the goal that did not come. Everton beat themselves, as readers may imagine when I say they had their first barren day this season and played to a pitch of perfection on the left flank that should have made shots rain from centre or right wing portion. Late on we had just ten minutes of the sensible Everton, but the effort was too late to do more than rattle Derby into a state of fear again. Derby correspondingly had one spell of five minutes when they played Everton at their own game, and did so well that one wonders they do not attempt that pattern of play all through. They have the brains and ability per Crooks and others to take that scientific stand. They seem to prefer to be earnest pace-makers, and in view of their victory by two goals taken by Bowers no doubt they feel justified. Yet I would remind them that with anything like a Bowers in the Everton centre on Saturday, Derby would have counted the goals against Dean could not get up to the ball and was well-nigh a passenger in the grip of flu and also Jessop and Cooper and Collins. In spite of Dean's inability to do himself justice Everton gave a delightful exhibition save in the shooting department, and after Bowers had scored with a header in five minutes, through the defence ceasing play a trifle believing the ball was going out of play, Bowers got a second point late in the first half, Sagar making a capital effort to save and touching the ball with his fingers, which gave some the idea that he ought to have saved the shot, whereas actually he did well to get near the ball.
The goal came from the enlivening Crooks who had generally speaking, been in the hollow of Thomson's hands. In fact, it was odds that Thomson should subdue the match winner and Everton should slip up twice and have a goal taken each time. There was no comparison between the two sides in the shooting range. Derby shot every time, and very hard; Everton fiddled while the defence burned to get in and cover up the way to goal. Sagar saved three times –from Hutchinson, Crooks and Bowers-when he could not have been blamed had the rocket-shots passed him. Thus it was a curious mixture of style and effect. Everton kept up their combination to the end: Derby kept up their battering ram. And the practical side won. If Everton could have taken an early goal per Johnson or Stein, then I am sure Derby would have collapsed under the strain of the artistry of the visiting side. The equaliser did not come and some of this fault must be laid at McGourty's door as he was possessed with the passing phase to the exclusion of any driving force near goal. Johnson, Stein, and Thomson were brilliant, none more so than Thomson, and Johnson's late on tried to score with a great drive –all too late in the game –so soon as Dean, at point blank range, had failed to do more than drive a ball straight at Wilkes.
Paying The Price.
It was enjoying football so strangely averse to the run of the ball; Everton work it through a maze of Derby defenders all big follows and staunch workers, whereas Derby near goal took the nearest course to honour and glory –they never hesitated to shoot and they applied force and direction to their endeavour. That was the difference between victory and defeat. Everton have paid the price of over-finesse, perhaps they were trying to live up to their reputation made at Newcastle, when they had a vastly different half-back line to consider. . Teams: - Derby County: - Wilkes goal; Cooper and Collin, backs; Nicholas, Jessop, and Keen, half-backs; Crooks, Hutchinson, Bowers, Ramage, and Duncan, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams, and Cresswell, backs; Britton, White, and Thomson, half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. D. McGorty (Northwich).
EVERTON RESERVES 3 DERBY COUNTY RESERVES 2
October 17 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 10)
Everton deservedly won, but it was a very near thing, for Derby, after being compelled to defend for the mayor portion of the ninety minutes, snatched a surprising goal in the closing minutes and came very near getting away with a point. Everton had most of the first half attacking, yet Alderman opened the score for Derby a minute from the interval. Webster equalised soon after the resumption and Stevens followed with a quick second goal. Dickinson levelled the score in the last five minutes, but Stevens gave Everton the victory. Clark was a conspicuous shooter and attacker and Webster, Turner, Bocking and Lowe were also prominent. Everton: - Coggins goal; Bocking and Lowe, backs; Clark, Griffiths (h), and Archer, half-backs; Griffiths (p), Dunn, Stevens, Webster and Turner, forwards. Derby County: - Kirby, goal; Webb and Robson, backs. W. Carr, Scott and Hann, half-backs; Wileman, Alderman, M. Robson, Dickenson, and Green, forwards. Referee Mr. J.R. Stockbridge.
New Brighton Reserves 2 Everton "A" 1
Liverpool County Combination
At Rake Lane. New Brighton were fortunate to win. There were five minutes left for play, and Everton "A" leading by a goal scored by Thomas when Carter headed the equaliser. Two minutes later Stevens got the decider. Everton "A" were throughout the better team, playing fast open football and New Brighton owed much to their sound defence.
THOMSON IN TIME FOR A SCOTTISH CAP.
October 17 1932. Evening Express.
Selectors saw him at Derby and were delighted.
By the Pilot.
Everton, who have provided England with dean, and Johnson and Wales with Williams, probably will be asked by Scotland this season for the services of Thomson, their left half back and vice-captain. Scotland meet Wales at Edinburgh on October 2. Messrs Fleming (St. Mirren) and Nicholson (Stirling), Col. Shaughnessy (Celtic) and Mr. G. Graham (Scottish F.A. secretary) were present at the Everton and Derby County match at the Baseball ground on Saturday, ostensibly to watch Duncan, the County outside left. The man who took their eye, however, was not the former Hull City winger, but Thomson, who stood out as the most accomplished player on the field. Thomson, without knowing, he was under the critical eye of the selectors, played the game of his life. He never put a foot wrong and with Johnson and Stein made up one of the finest left wings I have seen for a long time. After the match the Scots expressed their pleasure at Thomson's display, and it was conveyed to the Everton officials that they may require him. The probability of Thomson being selected is increased because Brown, of the Rangers, regarded by many as an automatic choice for the left half position, finds it difficult to get away from his scholastic duties for midweek matches. Thomson is only rival is Telfer, of Motherwell.
Never Been Capped.
Thomson played for the Scottish League in season 1930-31, but has never represented his county. "I am delighted that I gave such a good display while selectors were watching me" said Thomson to me after the match he was delighted and hop to be cap, for that is my chief football ambition. There is no doubt but that Everton played delightful football at derby, and had Dean, been fit, instead of labouring along with a severe cold which sapped his vitality, Everton would have won. Everton provided the football, but Derby got the goals, and it is goals that bring points. However, the champions thrilled the Derbyshire folk with their consummate skill, and even though they did lose they created a fine impression.
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ENGLAND CAPS FOR EVERTONIANS
October 18 1932, Liverpool Post and Mercury
Dean and Johnson played for England against Ireland at Blackpool in front of 23,000.
LANCS CUP COMING TO MERESEYSIDE.
October 18 1932. Evening Express.
Everton's Bid For Last Four.
By the Pilot.
I expect to see the Lancashire Senior Cup resting on the sideboard of one of the Merseyside clubs this season. Liverpool have already reached the semi-final of the competition. Tomorrow Everton meet Preston North End at Goodison Park for the right to join the last four. Everton and Preston have engaged in some thrilling cup battles in the past, and with both clubs fielding their strongest possible elevens tomorrow we should see another entertaining game. The Deepdale men created a sensation last Saturday by forcing a 5-5 draw at Grimsby after being 4-1 down. On this form they will make the Champions flight every inch of the way. They have some notably personalities in their side, including Bob Kelly, the England and former Burnley, Sunderland and Huddersfield Town forward, Ted Harper, the former England international centre-forwards, and Mustard, who last season played with Wrexham. Everton will not select their team until this evening's meeting of the directors. Dean in view of his severe cold must be considered a doubtful starter. Should he not be able to play I expect Stevens will deputise and figure in his initial game with the first team. Preston have secured eight points from ten Second Division matches, including four away from home. Probable teams: - Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, McGourty, Dean (or Stevens), Johnson, Stein. Preston North End: - Wolf; Gallimore, Ward; Broadbent, Nelson, Hough; Mustard, Kelly, Harper, Galloway, Hales.
PRESTON VISIT EVERTON.
October 19 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Preston North End renew acquaintance with Everton at Goodison Park today, the occasion being the second round of the Lancashire Cup. These ties may not have the sparkle of some league games, but the players are keen enough to gain the trophies, and a match of a highly interesting character may be expected. Preston North End demonstrated at Grimsby that they still possess the fighting spirit, and Everton may anticipate keen opposition. The kick-off is at 3.15 and the Everton team shows three changes, Bocking deputising for Cresswell, Clark coming in for Britton, and Dunn for McGourty. The side is: - Sagar; Williams, Bocking; Clark, White, Thomson; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The Preston North End team will be the same as at Grimsby, namely; Wolf; Gallimore, Ward; Nisbet, Tremelling, Hough, Mustard; Kelly, Harper, Galloway, and Hales. Everton go to Leicester on Saturday, when the team will be the same as last week, viz; -Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, White, Thomson; Critchley, McGourty, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The Reserves team to meet Bolton Wanderers in the Central League side at Goodison Park is: - Coggins; Common, Bocking; Clark, Griffiths, Archer, Griffiths, Dunn, Stevens, Webster, Turner.
LANCASHIRE CUP-TIE DRAWN
October 20 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton and Preston in Even Game.
Everton have McPherson, McClure, Gee and White, all centre half-backs, laid up, and are in distress as to how they are to complete the team at Leciester on Saturday. White's injury came in a drawn Lancashire Cup-tie of 1-1 at Goodison Park yesterday, when he made a sliding tackle and damaged the groin. It is perfectly plain he will not to play on Saturday. Gee and McPherson are walking about again after their operations, but McClure is still ill. Preston are so rarely in the Goodison picture these days that it was most interesting to see the side that had drawn 5-5 at Grimsby after being down 4-1 at half-time. Preston gave quite a delightful exhibition at Goodison, and thoroughly earned their draw, if even one allows that for 45 minutes Everton had to play ten men through White leaving the field.
Everton had started in the way suggested they would take these minor members in hand, and soon settle their pretensions of appearing in the semi-final of the Lancashire Cup. But Preston had an old head at centre half-back in trembling, and a valued forward line in Robert Kelly ex-Huddersfield, and after Stevens acting for Dean, who has a serious cold, had headed a Critchley centre and opened the scoring. Preston played so heartily and well that they commanded attention and admiration, especially in the manner of shooting. Sagar had a busy afternoon and kept goal extremely well, but finally had to yield with a shot from Harper, which was so hot that it turned out of the goalkeeper's hands. A Pass by Kelly leading up to the goal was perfection, so that the match is to be replayed, and Everton will be sorry, because their programme is quite big enough without any mid-week Cup-ties being added to the list. The strangest feature of this sternly-contested game was the display of Tom Johnson as a left half-back. He has often "stayed behind," as the term goes, but here he commanded attention not only by his half-back style but also by reason of his saving two goals, and a very sound and afair charge on a forward who was going through until Johnson came across him with a well-timed charge and put the unbalanced forward down.
Sagar was excellent and Williams and Bocking steady. Clark hardly touched his best form, but Thomson at centre-half and wing-half was excellent. The attack was fitful, but Stevens in his first moments of play was excellent. Dunn joined Critchley, but the line was not so penetrative as the Preston line, which included Mustard on the right, the Tottenham player Harper in the middle, and Galloway and Halse, who made a very good left wing, who were sharp practical, making ground and making shots. Gallimore saved Wolf early on, though many throught that Critchley's shot had passed over the goal line, but generally speaking Preston's defence was just sturdy and resolute against a line which rather ran into traps. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal, Williams, and Bocking, backs; Clark, White and Thomson (captain), half-backs; Critchley, Dunn, Stevens, Johnson and Stein, forwards. Preston North End: - Wolf, goal; Gallimore and Ward, backs; Nesbit, Tremelling, and Hough, half-backs; Mustard, Kelly, Harper, Galloway, and Hales, forwards. Referee Mr. R. Warburton, Bolton.
EVERTON AND PRESTON TO MEET AGAIN
October 20 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
With the pressure of League games as great as ever, senior clubs do not relish long drawn out country cup-ties, but Everton and Preston North End were unable to settle their second round tie yesterday, and of course, a second midweek meeting is necessary. It was a good hard game yesterday, but it was an expensive match for Everton, as White was injured, and will not be able to play on Saturday. This is rather a serious loss to the club bceause there is no centre-half available. Everton having a long sick and injured list. Thomson is a versatile exponent, and it may be decided to give him the pivotal position against Leciester City.
EVERTON WITHOUT A PIVOT.
October 20 1932. Evening Express.
Biggest Team Problem For Years.
Four Centre-Halves on Books, But All Injured.
Is Clark The Man To Play?
By the Pilot.
Where will Everton find a centre-half for Saturday's game at Filbert-Street against Leciester City? The club has faced some big difficulties in the past, but this is the biggest personnel problem they have had for years. In fact, there is much head scratching and "I wonder if_____" among the Everton directors today. White, the inside forward, who has filled the pivotal position so successfully in the last nine games, pulled a muscle at the back of his right thigh in yesterday's Lancashire Cup-tie with Preston North End at Goodison Park –the result was a 1-1 draw –and will not be able to play. A cursory examination was made after the game and I am informed that if the worst fears are realized he may be out of the team for a month . Everton have three other players signed who are essentially centre halves, but each is unavailable. Here is the tale of Everton's pivots: -
Gee, recovering from cartilage operation;
McPherson, recovering from cartilage operation;
McClure, in hospital with suspected diphtheria.
White, pulled thigh muscle.
Let us glance through the playing strength in an effort to solve this problem. Thomson, the Scottish left half-back, has had experience in the position, and played throughout the second half as pivot against Preston. To move him to the centre would break up on eof the most potent wings in the First Division –that of Thomson, Johnson and Stein.
Clark The best Choice.
Clark, the former Luton Town right half, has had more experience than Thomson as centre half. He played many games in the position for Luton and possesses the physical attributes, which go towards making a good pivot. Clark is certainly a possibility. The only real centre half signed is young Griffiths, the former Jabisco player, who only became a professional this season. Griffiths has been revealing highly promising form in Central league matches. He question is to be decided is whether Griffiths is sufficiently experienced to figure in First Division football. In my opinion Everton would be strongly advised to play Clark at centre half. He knows the methods and is a player accustomed to the role. The remainder of the team escaped injury in yesterday's game, which attracted a gate of but £140. It was a fairly interesting match, but was another strong argument for those who assert that reserve eleven should be played in this competition.
Lancashire Senior Cup Draw
The draw for the Lancashire Senior Cup Semi-Finals has resulted: Liverpool v Blackpool or Manchester United; Bolton Wanderers v Everton or Preston North End. The clubs will decide the dates of play.
CHANGES AGAINST LEICESTER ITY
October 21 1932, Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel
Thomson is destined to figure in, for him, an unusual berth for Everton, on Saturday, for owing to injuries and illness, Everton were in a quandary regarding the centre-half position, following whites injury in the Lancashire cup-tie. But as suggested might happen Thomson has been called in by the directors to fill the pivotal place. He is a versatile performer and has still ought to enable him to rise to the occasion in, the onerous position allotted in him, the fact that he has been honoured by his country to player Scotland against Wales at left-back at Edinburgh next Wednesday will add zest to his effort. Thomson joined the blues from Dundee in March 1930, and he has played sound and skilled football since. He played centre-half, once before curiously enough against Leicester City, but he is undoubtedly seen at his best on the wing. To compete the inclusion Archer the young player from Walsall, who has being doing well in the centre –league makes his debut in division one football. At this critical period of the season, Everton are hard hit, white mat not be able to play for some weeks and with gee and McPherson recovering from cartilage operations, and McClure in hospital, with threat trouble, the club's half-back difficulties are obvious.
A THOMSON COINCIDENCE
October 21 1932. Evening Express.
Two Games As Pivot –Both At Leicester.
By The Pilot.
Thomson, Everton's fourth player this season to be capped, who will play in the unaccustomed role of centre-half at Leicester, tomorrow, once before figured in that role for Everton. It was, strangely enough, at Leicester, on April 5 1930. I was Thomson's first away game for Everton, who on that occasion lost 5-4. Funny how history repeats itself, isn't it? I hope that this will not be the case in regard to the score tomorrow. In fact, I expect Everton to win their first away points of the season tomorrow. Thomson's transference to the middle allows Jack Archer, the former Walsall boy, to make his first Division debut. He will play at left half. These are the only changes from the team, which lost at Derby. Everton; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, Thomson, Archer; Critchley, McGourty, Dean, Johnson, Stein.
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• Is it a Record? The Two Liverpool Football clubs –Everton and Livepool –have supplied internationals for each of the four countries this season. –Dean and Johnson (England), Scott (Ireland), Williams (Wales), Thomson (Scotland).
EVERTON'S EXPERIENCENT AT LEICESTER.
October 22 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton have struck a bad patch, in that a number of their players are suffering from injuries and illness, the loss of White at the present juncture being a great blow. A successful team must necessarily have a lot of luck in their men escaping the consequences of grueling contests and the team to visit Leicester is so far as the half-back line is concerned, somewhat of an experimental character. Thomson, who is to join the international ranks, has moulded his game to suit requirements on the wing, but circumstances decree that he should move to the pivotal position. I have no doubt that he will fill, the breach with credit to himself and the club. Archer has an early opportunity of distinguishing himself, and his play will be closely watched. Leicester City are somewhat unreliable just now, and the team is not as strong as it was. Everton will no doubt make a big bid to emulate Liverpool's feat there a week or two ago.
Leicester's New Wing Forward.
Liecester City have signed on Idris Miles, an outside right from Yevil and Potter's United, Miles is a Welsh lad 5ft 6ins, and 9 half stone, and a product of Cardiff. He played for Cardiff City from November, 1930, till the end of last season, and he will turn out instead of Adcock in the Leciester team today. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, Thomson; Archer Critchley, McGourty, Dean, Johnson, Stein. Leicester City: - Calvert; Black, Bumbreall, Smith, Heywood, Ritchie, Miles, Keeley, Chandler. Lockhead, Liddle.
EVERTON SCORE FIRST FOR A CHANGE
October 22 1932. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Leicester Revival Follows The Equaliser
New Winger Gives Them the Lead.
By the Pilot.
Leicester City introduced Miles, the new outside right from Yeovil, for Everton's visit today. Davy Pratt, formerly of Liverpool, was at the ground and told me that he expected to complete two more transfers during the coming week. I understand that the injury to White, the Everton player, is not so series as was at first though . Teams: - Calvert, goal; Black and Dumbell, backs; Smith, Heywood and Ritchie, half-backs; Miles, Keeley, Chandler, Lockhead and Liddle, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Thomson, and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. J. Mellor, (Bradford).
Leicester opened on a high note, Liddle breaking through. Everton replied via Critchley, and the City defence had the utmost difficulty in clearing a tricky centre, with Dean appealing for hands. Cresswell delighted with an interception, following a free kick against Thomson. Then Miles rounded Archer, and his well-judged centre landed at the feet of Chandler, who, however, was robbed before he could do damage by the quick-recovering Archer. McGourty slipped a pretty through pass up to Dean, whose shot was turned aside, and Calvert had to fall on it to prevent actively by Stein.
We then saw a glorious inter-passing movement by Everton, beginning with Thomson and finishing with McGourty's shot across the goal. Keeley twisted himself in jumping for the ball, and was carried off the field. Cresswell headed away from Liddle before Crithcley, who was doing good work on the right, presented McGourty with a choice opening, but the Scott allowed the ball to bound from his toe. Miles beat Archer and crossed a particularly dangerous centre, which Sagar turned over the bar. Sagat then saved from Chandler.
In 20 minutes Everton took the lead. The movement began on the left, and a quick short pass just inside the penalty area enabled Stein to run in and score with a slow but well placed left-foot shot. Dean was baulked when shaping for a second goal, and the ball dropped back for McGourty to lift it over the bar. Leicester equalised in 25 minutes through Liddle following a corner.
It came from one of the most desperate scrambles I have seen for a long time. Sagar had made an effort to fall on the ball, but about six players fell on top of him, and while he was still undeanth the human mound the ball ran loose to Liddle, whose shot struck Britton and went into the net. The City had bucked up considerably after their goal. Sagar twice having to run out to save.
Dean Misses a "Sitter."
Then Dean missed the chance of a life time. Critchley ran through on his own and let go a terrific shot, which Calvert tapped out right to the feet of Dean. Dean had only to tap the ball, into the net, but it bounded off his leg into the arms of the goalkeeper. Keeley returned to midfield. The new man Miles gave the City the lead in 35 minutes. Chandles made the opening, drawing Cresswell before placing the ball through to Miles to shoot against the far post, off which the ball went into the net.
Keetley Off Again.
Just after Keeley collapsed again, and had to leave the field. Dean was guilty of another miss, Stein's centre pass give Dean the ball with no one in attendance, there was only Calvert, but the Everton centre forward shot across the goal.
Half-Time Leicester City 2 Everton 1
Everton Gain a Point At Leicester
Clever Football But Poor Shooting
McGourty Gets The Equaliser.
Everton resumed strongly, but Dean and McGourty missed a good opening, Critchley was playing great football. The only Leicester raid was when Heywood placed a terrific shot by the post. Everton were all over the opposition but their shooting was deplorable.
Missile Thrown At Stein.
The Police had to be called when a spectator threw a missile at Stein. Williams appealed for a foul in the penalty area, but the referee waved play to proceed. Everton failed to break down a defence which covered magnificently, although they were having all the better of the game. Five minutes from time McGourty equalised, following good work by Johnson. Final Result Leicester City 2, Everton 2.
LEICESTER CITY 2 EVERTON 2 (Game 1405 over-all)-(Div 1 1303)
October 24 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Everton Leave It Late
A Point From Ten Leciester Men.
By "Bee." Everton have obtained their first away point of the season through a draw at Leicester. They took a long time to make good this orphan point, and when it came four minutes from the end per McGourty close in shot Leicester's defence was bewildered by the heavy work that had come their way during the second half, when Everton were attacking almost without cessation. There should have been no doubt about a game like this, because Leicester were playing a man short for nearly the whole of the game, and ten men should never have beaten eleven. Leicester were doing this till four minutes from the end, when the home team's defence, harassed, lost their way through sheer fatigue. A goal counts at any point of the 90 minutes, but Everton were exasperating in the way they shaped till McGourty got his first goal for Everton. Attack upon attack had delivered by the Everton club, but they were weak in front of goal, as a week ago, when they played at derby and gave a delightful exhibition without producing any shots. This time Everton were not so delightful; they merely carried the attack right up, but in front of Calvert, and then became as clay. They seemed to have no heart to shoot, and by degrees their chances of shooting became lost upon them because a ball that was driven by Johnson, or other of the forwards, cannoned against a well-packed defence. However, McGourty's goal saved the point, and so long and persistent had been the pressure of the visiting side that a goal simply had to come –so soon as the visiting forwards elected to take a chance and shoot at the first chance.
Bad Day For Dean.
Each forward was tarred with the complaint, and Dean had one of his worst days. Having failed with two easy chances, he seemed to lack confidence in himself, and he was rarely in the hunt in the second half, even when his side was fighting its merriest. Passing was Everton's strong point; such passing was only valuable if it had a logical conclusion. Put had none, yet Everton took the lead through Stein's swerving shot deceiving Clavert. Johnson and McGourty helped in the making of the goal, and Everton were playing with rare refreshing confidence and skill at this point. Then came a breakaway to a simple chance in fact, there was a succession of misses and the forward line drifted far back. In an extraordinary muddled melee in the Everton goalmouth Liddle moved out of position and put the ball over for an equaliser –not a pretty goal, but it counted. Then followed a sensible through pass for Miles the young winger making his debut for Leicester. Chandler delaying his pass till he had drawn the defence.
Their First Goals.
So McGourlay and Miles had scored their first goal in English League football, and Miles was the subject of much admiration as the young Yevoil boy had travelled all night with Manager David Pratt, and he played a dominating game, making sparkling runs and taking the place of Adcock with resource enterprise and speed. Miles lacked Keeley ex-Chester, who was damaged in the early part and did not see the first two goals. Miles was a distinct success in the circumstances; he helped in the corner that brought the equaliser and took a second himself. Everton were able to hold off the Leicester rushes, but it must be confessed that the playing of Thomson at centre half-back, through White's absence, was not a success albeit Archer played well throughout and Johnson and Britton were outstanding. It was not Dean's day; this was the turning point of the game. He missed two or three of the simplest chances and the effect of such a lapse upon the rest of the side seemed to be over powering for they dallied and dribbled on right through the second half as if afraid of taking the final shot. Stein and Johnson were the pair that made an equalising goal possible and Stein might have been worked a little more persistently even if one has to confees that most of the cross-field passes to the right came per the agency of Johnson, Leicester City a defence was not good yet was ever hearty, and the skill displayed by Everton in working the defenders, but position should have been sufficient to guarantee Calvert much work; actually he had a very easy day.
Everton were in their vexatious mood. They were all compelling when working the ball up the field and the backs played their usual game, with Sagar safe against a handicapped forward line, but there was a quality lacking in front of goal that must be felt if there is no change of front. Dean has lost his booting power in away matches; indeed, he is so unlike himself when he is visiting grounds –Newcastle accepted that one feels there is a key to the curious situation. The game was enjoyable, fresh and free of temper, but it lack quality from quarter-time onwards. Up to that point it had been a delightful game to watch. The game was offered to Everton and they could not take it seventy eight minutes against ten men and over whelming attack up to the penalty are tells its own tale, when the final goal was scored in the dying moments of the half. . Teams: - Calvert, goal; Black and Dumbell, backs; Smith, Heywood and Ritchie, half-backs; Miles, Keeley, Chandler, Lockhead and Liddle, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Williams and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Thomson, and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, Dean (captain), Johnson and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. J. Mellor, (Bradford).
EVERTON RESERVES 1 BOLTON WANDERERS RESERVES 3
October 24 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 11)
Although defeated by a better balanced side, Everton were worthy of a measure of praise for the second half rally-but the general run of the game made the Wanderers deserved winners, for they were the more consistent attackers. Everton were well overplayed in the first half, but the fine anticipation and clearing by Coggins prevented the visitors claiming an interval lead. Webster injured a leg and did not resume after the interval. Within fine minutes of the restart Everton opened the score with a header from Stevens, and although handicapped, the home forwards jumped into left and harassed the sound Bolton defence for a lengthy spell. Smith, however, equalised, and Bolton came with a late-on rally to score two more goals, Hathway and Taylor scoring. Everton: - Coggins, goal; Common and Bocking, backs; Clark, Griffiths (H), and an Other, half-backs; Griffiths, Dunn, Stevens, Webster, and Turner, forwards. Bolton Wanderers: - Church, goal; Boyle and Duckworth, backs; McKay, Goslin, and Richards, half-backs; Mayson, Hathway, Wilson, taylor and Rimmer forwards. Referee Mr. W. H. Grady.
Liverpool Cables 0 Everton "A" 7
Liverpool County Combination.
At Bootle. The visitors record their biggest score and inflicted on the Cables their first home defeat. The winners superiority was in no way exaggerated for they played sparkling football. The home side was penned in their own half for long periods. Fryer opened Everton's account shortly after the start, quickly followed by a further goal from Cunliffe. The Cables made good efforts to reduce the lead, but met with a resolute defence, of which Jackson and Holdcroft were prominent. Danes later netted Everton's third goal. Stratton, the Cables goalkeeper, was off for 10 minutes owing to injury. Davies added two further goals before the interval and completed the hat-trick. Leyfield also netted. Daves scored Everton's seventh goal.
October 24 1932. Evening Express.
Everton Must Study Shooting.
By The Pilot.
Everton forwards failed against Leicester City at Filbert-street on a day, which provided an abundance of opportunities for goal getting. True, Everton scored two goals, which made the result 2-2 and brought them their first away point to the season. Yet the side had chances enough to score six or seven goals. Against an unconvincing team further handicapped by the absence of Keetley, the inside right, for three quarters of the game Everton shone as the better combination, but what it came to scoring they were poor. Dean missed three easy chances and McGourty also wasted openings while it seemed that dozens of shots struck opponents. The superiority of Everton in midfield may be gauged by the fact that Leicester did not launch more than four attacks in the second half. Still pressure alone never brought victory, and Everton must bear this in mind. The two forwards who played faultlessly were Critchley and Stein. Critchley was brilliant, and if any man looked like pulling. Everton through it was Critchley. There was accuracy in everything he did. Stein was not far behind him, and it must remain a mystery to me that their good work was not crowned with goals.
Thomson and Archer.
Johnson was the pick of the inside forwards and lent. Thomson, the temporary centre half, a helping hand when Thomson, unaccustomed to his new role, inclined to lose position. Archer accomplished many good things, but would do well to curb his impetuosity. Britton was the pick of the line, and no fault could be found with the defence.
Everton And Irish International.
Everton are not interested in "Soldier" Jones, the Irish International and Linfield centre half. It has been stated that Everton offered £2,000 for the player, but Mr. Tom McIntosh, the Evertoin secretary states that his club has not even made an inquiry, let alone offered a sum in transfer fee.
October 26 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel
Portsmouth, who made so strong a bid for the points at Anfield a fortnight ago, are due to try conclusion with Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday. Everton's sick and injured list remains heavy, and White is still unfit, but I understand he is progressing favourably. The team which did duty at Leicester on Saturday will face Portsmouth, viz; Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, Thomson, Archer; Critchley, McGourty, Dean, Johnson, Stein. The Reserve side to meet Manchester United Reserves at Manchester in a central League game will be Coggins; Common, Bocking; Clark, Griffiths (h), McPherson; Griffiths (p), Dunn, Stevens, Fryer, Turner. The Everton team on Monday, in the replayed second round Lancashire Cup-tie will be Sagar; Williams, Bocking; Clark, Griffiths (h), Archer; Critchley, Dunn, Dean, McGourty, Turner.
EVERTON'S CASULATY LIST INCREASES.
October 26 1932. Evening Express.
Webster and McClure To Undergo Operations.
By the Pilot.
Webster, the Everton inside left, is to undergo an operation for the removal of a cartilage, and McClure, the half-back, is to be operated on for tonsil trouble. Webster is the third Everton player to be operated on for the removal of a cartilage this season. McPherson has recovered from his operation, and Gee is making progress. White is recovering from the injured thigh received in last week's match with Preston North End. Meanwhile, Thomson continues at centre half in the first team, which will be unchanged for the visit of Portsmouth to Goodison Park on Saturday. The Champions have a 100 per cent home record, and will be out to average the defeat received at the hands of Portsmouth in the final match of last season. Dean has been suffering from a cold, but it is stated he has quite recovered. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, Thomson, Archer; Critchley, McGourty, Dean Johnson, Stein.
Lancashire Cup Replay.
The replay of the Lancashire Cup second round tie with Preston North End has been arranged for Monday next at Deepdale. The match will mark the initial first team appearance of H. Griffiths, the young centre half, who has been doing well in the Central eleven. Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Bocking; Clark, Griffiths (h), Archer, Critchley, Dunn, Dean, McGourty, Turner.
EVERTONIANS GAIN CAPS
October 27 1932, Liverpool Post and Mercury
Thomson played for Scotland against Wales, Williams playing for Wales. Wales winning 4-1, Thomson scored an own goal.
October 28 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel
For the second time within three weeks Portsmouth are visitors to Merseyside, this time to Goodison park, and –in view of the Southern club's fine exhibition at Anfield they are bound to prove a big attraction tomorrow. This is their fifth visit to the Park, where they have done equally as well as their rivals, for from the previous four meetings both sides have secured four points, but whereas Everton have registered five goals, Portsmouth have scored but two. The results of these meetings (Everton's score reading first) are 0-0, 4-0, 1-1, and 1-1. So far this campaign Portsmouth have secured fourteen points from eleven games. Weddle returns in place of Nichol (j), this being the only change from the team which did duty at Anfield. The team is: -Gilfillan; Mackie, Smith; Nichol, Allen, Thackeray; Worrall, Smith (j), Weddle, Easson, Rutherford.
Western Daily Press - Friday 28 October 1932
Jack Cock, the former England, Chelsea and Millwall centre-forward, has joined Walton-on-Thames, an amateur club in the Surrey Senior League
Edinburgh Evening News - Friday 28 October 1932
Jack cock, the former England centre forward, has joined Walton-on-Thames, an amateur club in the Surrey Senior League. he had spells with Huddersfield, Chelsea, Brentford, Everton, and Plymouth.
Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald - Saturday 29 October 1932
Jack Cock, who played for Folkstone last season, has been granted permission to play for Walton-on-Thames, an amateur club, without payment.
PORTSMOUTH AT GOODISON PARK
October 29 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton are at the home today after a fortnight's absence, and they have an attractive fixture in the visit of Portsmouth, who were beaten by Liverpool, at Anfield last Saturdayt week by 4 goals to 3. Everton who got their first away point of the season at Leicester on Saturday, have won all the five games played at Goodison park, but they look like having to fight hard this afternoon to maintain their 100 per cent home record, for Portmouth are a fine side. The Southern team won at Goodison by 1-0 last season, but I expect Everton to secure full points on this occasion. The kick off is at three o'clock, and the teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Williams, Cresswell; Britton, Thomson, Archer; Critchley, McGourty, Dean Johnson, Stein. Portsmouth: - Gilfillan; Mackie, Smith (w); Nichol, Allen, Thackeray; Worrall, Smith (j), Weddle, Easson, Rutherford.
DEAN HEADS A GOAL FOR EVERTON
October 29 1932. Evening Express. Football Edition
Inspired Play Against Portsmouth.
By the Pilot.
Everton had their scouts abroad today. Only Messrs, Banks, and Wade of the directors were at Goodison Park for the match with Portsmouth. It was Archer's first home appearance in a Football League game, and Thomson was again at centre half. Everton claimed a 100 per cent, home record. Seven directors, the secretary, and five members of the staff, were away searching for talent. Teams: - Everton; -Sagar, goal; Williams, and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Thomson and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Portsmouth: - Gilfillan, goals; Mackie and Smith (w); Nichol, Allen and Thackeray, half-backs; Worrall, Smith (j), Weddle, Easson, and Rutherford, forwards, forwards. Referee 0C.E. Lines (Birmingham).
Portsmouth were the first away, Weddle helping Rutherford, who set the right flank in motion. Worrall manipulated cleverly, and from his centre Weddle headed in for Sagar to save. McGourty delighted with some clever dribbling. He seemed to like the going, which for the first time this season could be described as heavy. Critchley broke through and flashed a centre into Gilfillan's hands. Everton got into a tangle when Weddle raced through from Jack Smith's pass, and with Sagar and Cresswell being outwitted, Weddle ran to the goal line and crossed to Worrall, who enabled Rutherford to flash a shot by the post. From Stein's corner Britton shot into Gilfillan's hands. The opening passes had provided plenty of interest for the 20,000 spectators.
In ten minutes Everton took the lead, the Dean-Stein combination once again proving a winner. Johnson –tricked Nichol and sent Stein away with a perfect pass. Stein's centre came towards the near post and Dean was there to head into the net. Dean's leadership was proving a decided Everton asset. Sagat pushed away a shot from Nichol at full length right to the feet of Rutherford who lobbed into the goalmouth. Williams was there to head over the bar. Gilfillan had to run out to kick away from the approaching Dean after Archer had opened up the path. Sagar made fine save off Rutherford, and in the scramble Weddle accidentally kicked the goalkeeper, afterwards apologizing with a handshake. Everton almost went further ahead from Critchley's centre, Dean and Stein just failing to connect. Gilfillan contrived to turn a ball from Dean's head, and when Stein shot with Gilfillan still out of goal, he placed just over the top. Everton were having the better of the game, with Dean proving he had fully recovering from his cold by inspired leadership. Everton were swinging the ball about in rare fashion, and Gilfillan had to run out to save from Critchley.
Stein Shoots Over.
Stein hooked over the bar before Dean flashed a header by the post, following Britton's free kick. Play continued fast with the ball moving at lighting speed on the treacherous turf. Sagar was doing fine work for Everton in cutting out dangerous centres, but the Blues were having more of the game –and a really good game it was. Gilfillan made a great save from Stein. Despite the fact that the greasy ball was particularly difficult to control, both teams served up fine football. Portsmouth were dangerous in their forward moves. Allen joined the shooters to flash in a fine shot past the post from ten yards' circle. Nichol was able to charge down a shot from Stein when the winger had a clear opening.
Half-Time Everton 1, Portsmouth 0.
It had been a fast, highly interesting first half, with both teams, playing exceptionally well under deplorable conditions. Dean and Weddle had been fine leaders, and both goalkeepers excelled. Everton deserved their lead, for there was more variety in their methods.
EVERTON 1 PORTSMOUTH 1 (Game 1406 over-all)-(Div 1 1364)
October 31 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Fine Display On Wretched Day.
Everton and Portsmouth Share Honours.
Every player at Goodison Park, on Saturday, deserved congratulations on brave endeavours to stay in the game until the final whistle. It needed great stamina to keep going for the conditions were atrocious. The chilly wind and rain and a heavy turf tested players to the full, yet there was only one casualty through the wretched elements. Easson, the Portsmouth forward, I am informed fainted owing to the cold. One did not anticipate such a fine game on such a day yet I voted the play of both Portsmouth and Everton as top class. If the play had fallen below out expectations it would not have been surprising. Everton lost their first point of the season, and I think the result was a just one, although Portsmouth's goal bore on element of luck, for if the shot Jack Smith sent in had not struck Thomson on its flight, I feel that Sagar would have made a save. The deflection, however, put him out of position. Everton's goal was made in the usual manner –Johnson to Stein, Stein to Dean, and the ball was in the net. Gilfillan did get in touch with Dean's header, but the best he could do was punch it up against his crossbar.
It was not until the end of the game that there was much shooting, and it was then that Gilfillan showed his true worth. It was almost impossible to judge the pace of the ball off the turf, for it gathered impetus after hitting the ground, and then shot off at a terrific speed, and with the foothold uncertain it was only natural that many passes went astray. On a dry ground such passes would have been acclaimed as brilliant and used up to better advantage, but it was hard enough to sit in the stands and watch, let alone run around in soaking clothing. I felt sorry for Portsmouth, for they had evidently brought no change of wearing appared whereas Everton were able to don some new clothes during the interval. "Pompey" were compelled to turn out in their soddle jerseys. However, every man did his best, and I must say that every one I spoke with after the match voted it a grand game considering the conditions. To the two defences, I would give more praise, for they had the greatest task of all to perform. The ball was elusive, but on top of that the forwards were fast moving and quick on their methods, yet only two goals were allowed to be scored. Everton were perhaps ahead of their rivals in respect of attack, but Gilfillan, Mackie and W. smith never turned hair and were three heroic defenders. In the late stages the goalkeeper kept out all manner of shots when Everton were trying hard to gain a winning goal. Williams, Sagar and Cresswell were also hard pressed, but were again never an inch was yielded to an opponent.
Ability showed itself in each and every movement. Before the ball became like a "plum pudding", it was made to do the players holding but after the soaking it did not answer to the calls quite so readily. Still, there was excellent by play right to the better end, and that most have been welcome to both players and spectators alike. The latter could have been forgiven if they had made an earlier exit, but so interesting was the game that few left before the final whistle. Thomson is not at home in the centre. He is essentially a wing half, and showed it by his inclination to veer ever to the left, but he did a lot of good work for all and I would place Britton very high, for he made use of the ball at all times, and Archer was not made to suffer by any of the other youngsters with men like Jack Smith and Worrall against him, but he came through with flying colours. All the forwards did well. They might have shot more often, and one great drive by Stein was worth a goal until Gilfillan made a save that made the shot unworthy of landing in the net. Portsmouth were not sop dominating as against Liverpool, but their style of football was always of the best. Teams: - Everton; -Sagar, goal; Williams, and Cresswell, backs; Britton, Thomson and Archer, half-backs; Critchley, McGourty, Dean (captain), Johnson, and Stein, forwards. Portsmouth: - Gilfillan, goals; Mackie and Smith (w); Nichol, Allen and Thackeray, half-backs; Worrall, Smith (j), Weddle, Easson, and Rutherford, forwards, forwards. Referee 0C.E. Lines (Birmingham).
• League Division One Results. Arsenal 8 Leciester City 2 (Hulme 3 goals); Middlesbrough 4 Birmingham 1 Blackburn Rovers 3 Sheffield United 0; Blackpool 4 Chelsea 0 (Hampton 3 goals); Huddersfield Town 3 Derby County 2; Leeds United 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0; Manchester City 1 Liverpool 1; Sheffield Wednesday 2 Newcastle United 0; Sunderland 7 Bolton Wanderers 4 (Gurney 4 goals); West Bromwich Albion 3 Aston Villa 1.
MANCHESTER UNITED RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 1
October 31 1932. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 12)
Everton were unlucky to be beaten at Old Trafford. After a hard first half they obtained the lead through a well-obtained goal by Turner, and then Clark had to leave the field through injury. With ten men they faced the wind and rain in the second half, and two snap goals for the United by McDonald and Black gave the home side victory. Coggins gave a great display, while Dunn and Fryer were clever schemers . Everton: - Coggins, goal; Common and Bocking, backs; Clark, Griffiths (h) and McPherson, half-backs; Griffiths (p), Dunn, Stevens, Fryer and Turner, forwards.
Peasley Cross Athletic v Everton "A"
Liverpool County Combination.
Peasley Cross had to make a number of changes for their match with Everton "A" as Grice the centre forward was transferred to New Brighton on Friday, which Monteth and Matthews played with Mossley. The features of the game which was abandon after twenty minutes play in the second half, was the display given by Davies who was credited with all the three goals scored by Everton, while Swift responded with a goal for the Athletic. Almond, the ex-Carlise United full back, who was having a trial run with Everton with a view to an engagement, had to retire early in the second half.
UNUSUAL FOR EVERTON.
October 31 1932. Evening Express.
First Draw At Home for Two Seasons.
By the Pilot.
Perhaps it was the exceptional day that produced the exceptional result, but it is a fact that Everton's drawn game at Goodison Park on Saturday was almost a novel experience for the Blues. It was the first drawn game played there by the First Division side since the season 1929-30. What a day! And what a game, considering the weather –weather that caused Easson, of Portsmouth to collapse temporally. It must be admitted that Everton had more of the game –particularly in the later stages, when Pompey fell back on defence –and introduced more variety into their methods, but Portsmouth deserved that point. They played some glorious football, with a sound intermediary line forming the ideal axis for a pure football combination. It was at half-back, as a matter of fact, where Portsmouth held the whip hand, not that any of the home trio played poorly.
It is a matter for wonder how the players overcame the deplorable conditions in the manner they did. Play was always fast, and the ball control and passing often the acme of precision. The only shortcoming of the teams was in regard to finishing. Once again I thought the champions reluctant to take the shooting chance, and Portsmouth did not finish with the same accuracy with which they approached. Still, Sagar and Gilfillan played heroically in goal, and one save by Gilfillan from Stein in the second half was the work of a master. It brought Pompey their point, anyway. Thomson played well at centre half for Everton; but I do not think he will ever make a good pivot. On the other hand, Allen, of Portsmouth, was as good as any player on the field. He dominated the centre of the area and kept a tight hold on Dean, who played much better than in recent games/ Johnson was the forager of the Everton attack, which often operated with smoothness and accuracy, while Britton and Archer were good half backs. Williams was the better of the backs. Dean scored for Everton in the first half, and Jack Smith equalised at the end of an hour.