WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 4 EVERTON 2 (Game 1486 over-all)-(Div 1 1444)
October 1, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Wolves Rally to Beat Everton.
Frayed Tempers in Hard Match.
Everton and Wolverhapton Wanderers started their game in quite rational manner, and the football was of a good type contested freely and fairly for half the game. And then there crept into the play reminiscence, I fear of something that happened two years ago. It would seen that players never forgot. At any rate, there crept into the game an unseemly part of it that ruined what had been very good football. Both sides were to blame, Thomson and Beattie had their names taken by Referee Vokes, for a kicking bout that started the “fire” and afterwards there were flagrant offences seen by a crowd of 12,000 but apparently missed by the three officiating controllers. I cannot tell how such barefaced kicks and hacks, and dangerous play, passed by unnoticed. The game eventually got into a dirty groove, and ended in a manner unsatisfactory, I hope to both sides. Wolves won 4-2 and up to the hour this did not seen possible. Everton led by a goal scored by Hollingworth putting through his own goal at 17 minutes. Beattie equalising with a great shot at the half hour, Leyfield taking up the lead afresh with a good goal, thanks to Dean's inimitable heading.
Dean's Surprising Shot.
Hartill brought the equaliser a minute after Leyfield's goal. So the teams went off at half-time equal in score, if not in temper, and Everton's opening bout in the second half was quite their best. Dean, in this spell made a great dribble and shot, and later struck the crossbar with a surprise overhead shot. Sagar made a save from Hartill's, quite his best of the day, and Stein and the goalkeepers had a race for a bad pass back added to which Dean made another good drive which Wildman saved. Everton had done sufficient in this spell to take the lead. Having failed, they ran into a decision against Cook, that produced a free kick and Crook the deputy winger scored with a rocket shot. From the hour until the time near the close, when the game travelled its worst stages. There were “book” for various players and even Sagar came into this category, a spectator at the finish attempting to get at the Everton goalkeeper but being ordered of. The Wolves played in desperate fashion and must be given credit for recovering after being led. Their best performers were Wildman the backs, Rhodes, Nelson Bettie, Hartill and Hetherington.
Everton introduced Mercer again as Britton was engaged for the international match, and the young Ellesmere Port boy played in his customary enthusiastic manger, being stronger in defence than attack. The Everton team had many spells of very attractive football, and Stevenson set the pattern o0f combination without producing what Dunn also lacked, punch in front off goal. Dean was working practically unaided so far as shooting and heading were concerned, although both extreme wingers were not averse to trying a shot. It was a sad finish, and for the last half hour the centred of the game was quite unworthy. Both sides were to blame, as were all three officials for failing to notice what every spectator noticed. Teams: - Wolverhampton Wanderers: - Wildman, goal; Hollingworth and Shaw, backs; Rhodes, Nelson and Smalley half-backs; Crook, Beattie, Hartill, Herthington, Barraclough, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Mercer Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Dunn, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Stein forwards. Referee Mr. E. W. Vokes Bath.
MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 2
October 1, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Lancashire Senior Cup Round Two.
Manchester City and Everton to Replay.
During thew major portion of the first half at Manchester, Everton looked like making their exit from the Lancashire Cup, but a draw of 2-2 resulted. The visitors to Maine-road played much the better style of football but Manchester took their opportunities and led by 2-1 at half-time. A spendid rally by Everton, however, enabled them to equaliser shortly after resuming through Higham. After this the City goal had many escapes while credit is due to Hesen. A feature of the game was the spendid display of Clark at centre half for Everton. He was supported well by Kavanagh and Jones. Geldard was the danger man to the City and he made openings for both his sides goals. Coulter on the other wing gave a workmanlike display, if not so polished as that of that of his colleagues and Deighton kept a good goal. Donne and Owen scored for City and Coulter netted Everton's first point. Everton: - Deighton, goal; Jackson and Jones, backs; Clark (captain), White and Archer half-backs; Kavanagh, Geldard, Dickinson, Higham, and Coulter, forwards.
Everton “A” 1 Earlestown Bohemians 1
Liverpool County Combination.
The excellent combination of the visitors to Goodison Park throughout the second half was one of the outstanding features of an encounter that provided much good football. Each side was particularly good in formulating attacks, but Everton's failure in the first half was inaccurate finality, and if the Bohemians had shown a shaper and definite finish to their second half attacks they would probably have won. The respective goalkeepers King and Eaton, were responsible for a number of good clearances, the former, in particular effecting some brilliant saves but Roberts the Earlestown left back, was the outstanding player his solid and sure defence time and again foiling Everton. Hullett scored for Everton in the first half and Farrelly (J.) secured Earlestown's equaliser.
EVERTON'S FAILURE IN ATTACK.
October 1, 1934. Evening Express.
Too Much Daintness and Little Shooting
By the Pilot.
Too much daintiness and too little shooting. Those were the causes of Everton's defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux Grounds on Saturday. There was much to admire in Everton's neat constructive work in the first half, in which the Blues convinced as the superior football combination but the daintiness was often carried to excess. It was left to the Wolves to show the route to goal on a day, which lent itself to first time shooting methods. Had Everton shot with the fire and enterprise revealed by the Wolverhampton forwards they may not have lost. It was a match of two phrases. In the first half there were plenty of thrills, with the Wolves replying on speed and virility and Everton pursuing a path of neat collaboration. Twice Everton took the lead and twice did the Wolves draw level. At the interval everyone was saying, “Great game this!” It was. That interval break, however, signalled the end of the “great game.” Afterwards it was a scramble. Tempers were fayed; fouls were frequent, and there was a demonstration by a section of the crowd behind Sagar ‘s goal. Everyone was glad when the final whistle sounded. After the game I pondered. Why is it that every game I have seen at Wolverhampton for seasons past has been sorely disappointing? The trouble began with a foul on Thomson. Then it developed into anybody's affair and many joined in. In my opinion, the referee should have been more firm.
Stronger Attack Needed.
Everton were defeated because they could not shoot with the deadiness of the Wolves, although Dean had ill-luck with one shot, which hit the bar early in the second half. Dean had a fine game. He was a 100 per cent worker. Dunn made a conspicuous return to the first team, playing well in the first half, when Stevenson also participated in some delightful bouts of interpassing on the left. The Irishman, however, was inclined to be too dainty with his passes later on. Leyfield played his usual direct game, and Stein did well after a shaky opening spell. Still, after weighing up the Everton attack I doubt whether it is quite good enough. The rear divisions were excellent. Thomson has rarely played better. He is having a great season.
BRITTON AND CUNLIFFE RETURN
October 3, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton will again be at full strength for their game with Chelsea at Goodison Park, Britton and Cunliffe returning to their positions at right half and inside right respectively o the exclusion of Mercer and Dunn. The team is; - Sagar; Cresswell, Cook, Britton Gee Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean. Stevenson Stein. The Reserves side to meet Sheffield United at Sheffield is: Deighton; Williams, Jones; Mercer, Clark Archer; Geldard, Dunn, Dickinson, Higham, Coulter.
Players to Assisted Ireland.
Everton are to permit two of their players to take part in the match between Ireland and Scotland at Belfast on October 30. The directors, at their meeting last night, decided to release Stevenson and Coulter to play for Ireland. These players took part in all three international matches last season. Stevenson then being with Glasgow Rangers and Coulter with Belfast Celtic.
JG WATSON TRANSFERRED TO COVENTRY CITY
October 5, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
JG Watson, an out-side reserve of Everton who has twice played for the senior side, has been transferred to Coventry City. He is one of the players of the same name who joined Everton's from Blyth Spartan in 1933 and has proved a useful forward. He played for the England schoolboys against Scotland. Watson had remarkable experience of playing for Everton''A'' and Everton reserves and Everton's first team on three successive Saturday. The first team game was against Middlesbrough.
EVERTON HOME RECORD AT STAKE.
October 5, 1934. Evening Express.
Victory Route Against Chelsea.
Far-Flung Wing Pass.
By the Pilot.
Everton stake their 100per cent home record against Chelsea at Goodison Park tomorrow. The Walton club this season have took all the points at stake at home and have scored 11 goals against four by beating Huddersfield, Leicester, Liverpool and Preston North End. Let me say at once that Everton should preserve they record tomorrow against Chelsea. Chelsea have not picked up a single point in away from home, and it is fact have secured only four points from early matches played. In my opinion everything depends in the Everton forward.
Inside Forward Problem.
The trouble is at inside forward, where there is far too much intricacy and sufficient snap. Four players have figured in the two inside forward positions for Everton, this season –White, Cunliffe, Stevenson and Dunn. These four players have scored only two goals among them. The two were secured by Cunliffe in the match with Huddersfield. Now they definitely is not good enough. Too much has been expected of Dean and the wingers in the scoring apartment. If the inside forwards –Stevenson and Cunliffe –will shoulder their share of the shooting part of football against Chelsea then the Londoners should be well beaten. Another victory route lies in the exploitation of the far-flung pass to the opposite wing. This move has not been included in Everton's repertoire this season as much as it used to be. With such lively, sharp-shooting wingers as Leyfield and Stein, who are every ready to cut in on goal and level a drive the quick sweeping pass out of either flank is sure to show a profit. Chelsea will have the assistance of their latest capture Spence, the outside right from Barnsley. He takes the place of Oakton but otherwise the team is that which accounted for Grimsby Town at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Everton: - Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein. Chelsea; Woodley; Barbour, McAulay, Allum, Craig, Hutchinson; Spence, Gregg, Mills, Gibson, Horton.
CHELSEA'S BID AT EVERTON.
October 6, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Chelsea are struggling hard to strike form that will allow the club to rise in the table and for that reason Everton may expect to oppose a side brimful of energy and the will to win. The Barnsley recruit, Spence, is likely to add speed to the attack. Spence is regarded as one of the fastest players in the country, so that the tussle with Thomson and Cook should be highly interesting Britton and Cunliffe return to the Everton team, which is therefore at full length and I believe they will add two points to their record. The kick off is at .15, and the teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein. Chelsea; Woodley; Barbour, McAulay, Allum, Craig, Hutchinson; Spence, Gregg, Mills, Gibson, Horton.
A collection will be made on behalf of the Gresford Coliery Fund, and Mr. W. C. Cuff will broadcast an appeal.
CHELSEA CLOCK PUT BACK.
October 6, 1934. Liverpool Football Echo
Dean's Old-Time Form At Goodison
Everton's victory should have been for more convincing for they were particularly top dogs from start to finish. Tip top methods robbed them of many goals. Sagar and Woodley were in magnificent form.
Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Stein, forwards. Chelsea: - Woodley, goal; Barber, and McAuley, backs; Allum, Craig and Hutchinson, half-backs; Spence, Cregg, Mills, Miller and Horton, forwards. Referee Mr. E. Pickston, Birmingham.
It was a wretched day, and this played havoc with the attendance, a point which was to be regretted because of the fact that a collection was made in aid of the Gresford Collery Fund. The players, referee and linesman stood to attention and observed a two-minute silence in respect to those who had lost their lives through this disaster. There was a drizzling rain and the difficulty of keeping a foothold was soon apparent for players found the ball skidding away from them, and to turn quickly to go in pursuit of it was almost an impossibility. Considering the conditions some of the football was of high quality, and the football was of high quality and but for a timely intervention by Cook, Mills would have had a clear cut path to goal. Leyfield ran close in and shot into the side netting just as he was charged over. The charge, to my mind seemed to be in the back, but there was no signal from the referee and no appeal for a penalty. Stevenson following a good run by Stein hard two shots blocked, and then Sagar, although conceding a corner, made the best save of the day thus far. Horton had got the better of Cresswell and his centre was met by Mills, who shot instantly. Sagar patting the ball down and then thumping it away round the upright. Not to be outdone in the saving business, Woodley made a magnificent save from Cunliffe who picked out Dean's back-header and flashed in a great drive. Woodley clutching the ball to his body as a safeguard against the ball going through his hands. At this point Everton were testing the Chelsea defence pretty severely Dean, from outside the line of the penalty box made a smashing left foot shot Woodley catching the ball, and safely disposing of it.
Ovation For Dean.
Chelsea gave away two free kicks and from the second one, Thomson narrowly missed the target. It was so close to a goal that Woodley thought it wise to play safety and edged the ball over his crossbar. Dean made one of his old-time headers, and although it missed the mark by the smallest of margin he received a great ovation for his effort. Sagar made the save of the match when he threw himself across his goal to turn asides a shot by Gregg. It was a shot, which deserved to score. That will tell you how great was Sagar's save. Two minutes after the half hour a fumble by Woodley gave Everton the lead. Gee had tried a long effort. Woodley got his hands to the ball but lost possession. Stevenson ran up to improve the shinning hour and subsequently the ball went across the goalmouth to Dean, and even he hit the upright before the ball landed safety in the net. Woodley made yet another good save off Cunliffe. At forty minutes a handling case against Craig brought Everton a second goal. Dean took the kick and netted, but because a Chelsea man had infringed the rules the kick had to be retaken. Dean again piloted the ball into the net. The referee had to speak to Hutchinson, the Chelsea half back, and later called Gee to book for carrying the ball away after the whistle had sounded for a free kick. It had been a half of classical goalkeeping.
Half-time Everton 2, Chelsea 0
Sagar in Two Minds.
Everton were definitely on top for the first twenty minutes of the second half. Yet it was Chelsea who took the goal. It was from one of their occasional breakaways that Mills burst through and catching Sagar in two minds. (Sagar came out and then decided to stop) he had a simple task in lodging the ball in the Everton net at 53 minutes. What was needed was the quick shot What Everton gave us was tip-tapping greatly overcome so that when finally the shot did arise the Chelsea defence had blocked Everton's passage to goal. There were times when three Everton men had taken shots only to find that a defender barred his way. This came about through Everton despising first time shots. Chelsea nearly equalised when Horton made a square pass right across goal and Spence a full-blooded drive which Sagar saved magnificently. Everton were without this half after their incessant attack for half an hour. Woodley made yet another good save from Stein Leyfield missing a fine chance when the ball came from the goalkeeper almost to his toe. Everton got their third goal through a Chelsea defender putting the ball beyond his own goalkeeper. Stein dragged the ball almost off the goal line and in his anxiety to cover his goalkeeper, McAuley rushed forward and instead of turning the ball away he deflected it into the own net.
Chelsea were still full of fight, and a eighty-two minutes Horton scored the ball hitting the far post before finally settling in the back of the net. Leyfield missed a fourth goal by inches. Final Everton 3 Chelsea 2.
THE SPORTS LOG.
October 6, 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition.
By the Pilot.
Billy Dean, Everton's international centre forward and captain, relates a remarkable circumstance in regard to modern referees. After the match at Wolverhampton, I ask him why he had spoken to the referee when running forward to worry Wildman, who was taking a goal kick. “The referee said that I had to stand outside the penalty area” explained dean. “I told him he was wrong, but he would not believe me. “It's not the first time referee's have told me to stand outside the penalty area when the opposing side are taking a goal kick, It's surprising. “ It was a surprise to me, too a forward is allowed to approach with ten yards of the ball when a goal kick is being taken. That means he can go two yards inside the penalty area and still be on legitimate ground. Some referees are apparently, labouring under the mistaken impression that the penalty area line is ten yards from the goal line. As a matter of fact, it is 12 yards.
Davies For Transfer?
Exeter City are quite willing to enter into negotiations for the transfer of Arthur Davies, the Wallasey born goalkeeper who went to Devon from Everton. There is no hitch in the relations between Davies and the City. Davies likes Exeter and Exeter likes Davies. Arthur, however, has had to take second place to Chesters, the former Manchester United goalkeeper, and both he and the club feel he is far too good a goalkeeper to be kept playing in Southern league and Western League football. The officials of the club said to me that they would not refuse any reasonable offer for Davies. Davies told me during the summer months' that he was anxious to move to a club in a higher sphere. Here is a fine goalkeeper for any club. During his stay with Exeter he has earned the reputation of being the outstanding goalkeepeer in the Third Division. While he was with Everton he won a First Division championship medal and was “capped” by the Football League. The formation given exclusively in The Sports Log that Everton were likely to make an important forward signing looks like bearing fruit. Mr. T. H. McIntosh, the secretary, was away in Scotland during the week and attended the inter-League match between the Scottish League and the Irish league. No doubt he ran an eye over “Boy” Martin, The Belfast Celtic centre forward, whom Everton watched several times last season' without being in the least impressed. My opinion is that, despite other reports, Everton have someone else in mind; I believe Mr. McIntosh merely “checked up” on Martin. Remember that Martin is a centre forward and Everton's pressing need is an inside forward. The Blues have their man “spotted” all right and we may have some definite news next week after the directors have discussed matters at the weekly meeting on Tuesday.
SHEEF.U RES V. EVERTON RES.
October 6 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition.
There were 30,000 spectators at this match. Everton were the first to make headway, Geldard and Dunn combining well. After a short spell of attacking by Sheffield Coulter received on the line, beating Stacey and Clarke. His centre went astray, however, Dickinson being just too late. After 19 minutes Sheffield took the lead. Pickering gave a pass to Williams, who scored with a cross shot. Everton continued to hold their own, Jillourty scored the same player adding a third six minutes later. Everton were by no means outplayed. Geldard and Dunn were a source of trouble to the United defenders, and came near to scoring just before the interval. Half-time Sheffield United Res 3 Everton Res 0.
EVERTON 3 CHELSEA 2 (Game 1487 over-all)-(Div 1 1445)
October 8, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton's Narrow Margin.
Forwards Who Failed to Shoot First Time.
Chelsea Let off Lightly
Chelsea forced Everton to a goal at Goodison park on Saturday, a very creditable performance when seen in cold print, but those who were present at the match know only too well that the score 3-2, does in no way tell of Everton's superiority. Everton fiddled and fuddled with chances which in the normal course of events would have been accepted soly too willingly. So many chances were missed that the crowd became restive. They saw an Everton capable of carrying the ball into the required area, then bandied about in a tantalising manner, tantalising because it played into the hands of the opposition defence. Tip tap methods are easily defeated by a set of defenders who know their job; defenders who will go in quickly and clear first time. It was a day on which shooting should have been the golden rule for the wet ball was difficult to hold by the goalkeepers. Woodley demonstrated how the ball could be the hand, whom he let slip a long free kick by Gee an error, which culminated in a goal to Dean. The lesson was not taken in by the Everton forwards, who swept the ball from man to man only to find at last that a Chelsea player would nip in and ruin the ineffective by play. There were people present who voted the game dull and uninteresting, I cannot link up with them in that line of thought, for I saw a lot of good high class combination, dribbling and scheming, with the one thing lacking –the first time drive at goal.
What I am about to say will read strange in view of my previous statement, but it is nevertheless true. Both goalkeepers brought off several brilliant saves. It would be difficult to say who brought off the best save of the game. Both Sagar and Woodley made some magnificent clearances, but the one save of Sagar's stands out in bold relief. It was not a point blank shot, but one of those which goalkeepers would rather the other fellow save –the ball going away all the time. They are the most difficult shots of all, Sagar leapt yards to get to Gregg's drive and then made the catch of the season. Woodley had one or two of a similar nature, but the pull on the ball was not quite so great. Half an hour had gone, and despite Everton's prolonged pressure no goals were marked up to their credit, but Woodley's fumble of the ball enabled Dean to open the day's account, but it was a near thing even then, for the ball shaved the upright before it finally settled into the net. Then came a penalty award. Dean took the kick and slammed the ball behind Woodley as express speed, but owing to a Chelsea man running forward too soon the kick had to be retaken, it was fortunate that dean netted the second time, for it would have been an injustice had he not done so. A two goal lead seemed sufficient to give Everton victory, for Chelsea had not suggested that they would score many goals, but although penned in their own half for fully 20 minutes a solitary breakaway produced a goal. Sagar erred this time, for had he gone right out instead of half going out and then stopping to challenge Mills, I think he would have foiled the Chelsea centre-forward, who was thankful of the offering made him. An equaliser then prevented by Sagar who cut out a great drive by Spence the former Barnsley winger. Everton were realization that their hold on the game was not secure but their second goal had a fluky tang about it. Stein scooped the ball off the goal line, and Woodley to be awaiting it arrival, when MuAuley dashed across and the ball flew high into the net off his rain-sodden boot. That goal appeared to put the seal on it from a Chelsea point of view, but five minutes from the end Horton defeated Sagar with a ball which bumped up against the upright on its way to the back of the net. Everton had won but they flattered their opponents by missing many goal-scoring chances.
Dean was a clever leader, but under his inside forwards realise that the value of keeping in touch with him ready for those back and glancing headers, many goals will go by the board. Cunliffe snapped up two such opportunities and Woodley knew all about it, for Cunliffe's shooting was deadlier than heretofore. He kept the ball low. He must however remember that there are others on the field of play besides himself. Stevenson was clever to a degree, and the Everton half-back line was usually good enough to stop the Chelsea attack. Thomson has never played better than this season. His passing was a sheer delight. Chelsea are not a good side. Spence has promise. He did not get a lot of chances, but what he did was well done. Mills a big strapping leader, would be dangerous against a centre-half who was inclined to give him any rope, while Gregg was a clever schemer. The defence was stubborn rather than classical. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Stein, forwards. Chelsea: - Woodley, goal; Barber, and McAuley, backs; Allum, Craig and Hutchinson, half-backs; Spence, Cregg, Mills, Miller and Horton, forwards. Referee Mr. E. Pickston, Birmingham.
SHEFFIELD UNITED RESERVES 4 EVERTON RESERVES 1
October 8. 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 8)
The game at Sheffield was well contested and except in the vital matter of goals Everton played much useful football, and both Geldard and Coulter, the extreme wingers, got over some good centres, but Holmes defended well for Sheffield. Deighton made some good saves and had little chance with the goals Killourhy completing the hat-trick and Williams getting the other while Dickinson scored the visitors only goal. Everton: - Deighton goal; Williams and Jones, backs; Mercer, Clark (captain) and Archer half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dickinson, Higham and Coulter, forwards.
Prescot Cables 2 Everton “A” 2
Liverpool County Combination.
At Prescot. A draw was a fitting result. Pennington who was tried as centre-forward led the Cables attack cleverly, and scored an excellent goal after 15 minutes. Griffiths for Everton, failed to convert a penalty, but early in the second half the centre half equalised when Stratton failed to hold a hard drive taken from a free kick. O'Reilly scored Everton's second gaol. The Cables immediately equalised when a shot from Pennington was deflected by Lambert through his own goal.
MORE SNAP IN SHOOTING NEEDED.
October 9 1934. Evening Express.
Everton's Error Against Chelsea.
Triumph of Dean.
By the Watchers.
Everton cannot afford to look “gift horse” in the mouth if the League leaders are to be overhauled. They missed good chances against Chelsea. Further they will have to shooter better and more often than they did against the “Pensioners.” True, Chelsea were defeated, but the main credit for the victory can be claimed by Dean. The Everton leader was in fine form and it is just as well that he was for his colleagues hardly ever looked like scorers. The greasy ball was difficulty to control, but that fact alone could not be held responsible for the casualness of some of the play. However, Everton were always the superior side. Dean was the mainspring of the Blues' attack, and with better support might have recorded a hat-trick. Cunliffe and Stevenson shone individually, but neither Leyfield nor Stein produced their usual form.
Apart from the fact that gee allowed Mills too much room in which to work the Blues' intermediate line did well and were rarely in difficulties with the Chelsea attack. The defence was sound without being brilliant, but special mention must be made to Sagar, whose anticipation was well nigh perfect. Two first half goals by Dean put Everton in what everyone imagined to be a perfectly safe position, but a splendid second half rally by Chelsea put a different complexion on affairs. When Mills scored the game livened up considerably, but McAurley put through his own goal before Horton netted Chelsea's second and final goal. Mills was the pick of the Chelsea attack, but not a great deal was seen of Spence, their Barnsley “capture.”
EVERTON'S CUP TIE TODAY
October 10, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton and Manchester City replay their second-round Lancashire Cup-tie at Goodison Park today. The teams are evenly matched as they shared two goals in the last game, and a good exposition is expected this afternoon. Everton will be represented by; Deighton; Jackson, Jones; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Geldard Bentham, A. Dickinson, Higham, Coulter.
To Meet Aston Villa.
Everton and Aston Villa renew their rivalry once more at Aston on Saturday. The Villa these days are going through the team-building process, but they usually play at their best, when opposed to Everton, and another great game may be looked for on Saturday. The Goodison Park team will be the same as that which defeated Chelsea namely; Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein. The collection at Goodison Park on Saturday for the Gresford Colliery Disaster Fun realized £74 15s. The Everton directors considered this a splendid effort in view of the small attendance at the match. They have, however, agreed to double the amount.
Rhyl Schoolboy for Everton.
Everton have arranged to sign on amateur forms Norman Jenkins, a sixteen year old Rhyl boy, who has played for Abergele Country school and Old Cowyn Urdd, winners last season of the Urdd National Cup. Jenkins, who is still at school is a son of the former Stoke City player, and is an inside forward.
EVERTON RESERVES 5 MANCHESTER CITY RESERVES 2
October 11, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury.
Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round Replay
Everton Win Cup Relay.
Coulter's Three Goals.
Everton Reserves, having made a draw at Manchester City's ground in the Lancashire Senior Cup proceed to win the return game 5-2, after being led by two quick goals. It was a good performance to recover and win by a capital margin after being surprised twice by snap, but nevertheless, good goals by Fletcher and Wright. Manchester City had two contrasted halves, the first being good, the second moderate, under the stress of Everton's persistent attack. The home team won because of the excellence of their wing pair Coulter being in dazzling form in the second half, and Geldard playing uniformly well throughout the game. Coulter got three goals, and the only fault to be found with anyone of them arose when he got his first point from a penalty kick, which seemed to be outside the line. He placed the ball neatly and sure, wide of the goalkeeper's left hand, which shows the confidence and the coolness of the Irish player when he is in his best mood. Geldard suffered a number of severe tackles by the Manchester City defenders but played on in fine spirit to the finish, and only once when he missed a “sitter” was he at fault.
A Busy Worker.
Higham was a busy worker, but not so successful as usual a remark that applies with equal force to Bentham at centre-forward the amateur Dickinson, showed quite a nice appreciation of centre forward uses, and gained two goals, but the whole line had to thank their centre-half, for Clark, until injured in his thigh, proved a great stumbling block to the swift-moving Manchester forwards and behind him Jackson and Jones, two locals were powerful supports with fine length clearances and sound judgement. The game was a vast improvement upon the old-time style of first team players lazying through a Lancashire Cup-tie. The enthusiasm and interest was sustained although the game petered out at the finish though Manchester City being overrun, and in a lesser degree through the continual solo on the part of the referee. Manchester's City best were Coulston, at outside-right. Curley left-back and Percival at right half. Heath was not to blame for the goals, and his saves of stinging drives from both Everton wingers touched a high mark . Teams: - Everton: - Deighton, goal; Jackson and Jones backs; Mercer, Clark, and Archer, half-backs; Geldard, Bentham, Dickinson, Higham, Coulter forwards. Manchester City: - Heath, goal; Cann and F. Corbett backs; Percival, Shadwell, and Curley, half-backs; Coulston, Owen, Fletcher, McDougall, and Wright, forwards.
THE SPORTS LOG
October 11 1934. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
There is tremendous satisfaction in the Everton camp that at last matters are going forward in the new grandstand scheme. Many meeting have been held with the board about the houses at the bottom of Goodison Park, and the club has compensated them good inducements to seek new accommodation. Many tenants have accepted, and there is not the slightest doubt by the season 1935-36 dawns a new Goodison Park will be able to claim four double Decker's stands which will all be seating accommodation. This will hold the distinction of the only club in the country to have double stands on each side of the ground and certainly they will be able to claim the finest enclosure among the Football League clubs.
Folk were impressed with young Dickinson Everton's amateur centre-forward, who scored two of the Blues' five goals, by which they beat Manchester City and qualified to meet Oldham Athletic in the third round of the Lancashire Senior Cup. I was. Dickinson who is only 20 and hails from Saltney Ferry, did not open out too well, but once he had settled down, revealed nice ideas, moved thoughtful, was keen to see an opening yet was absolutely unselfish. He has plenty to learn, but strikes me as a really good proposition. The form of the Everton wingers –Geldard and Coulter –was encouraging and I did admire the fine work of Clark, at centre half, and the young backs, Jackson and Jones. Coulter helped himself to three goals, and the manner in which he scored his penalty was an object lesson.
EVERTON SEEK FIRST AWAY WIN.
October 12 1934. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
Everton go to Aston Villa in search of their first away win of the season. In four away games so far they have picked up only two points. On form Everton should escape defeat at Villa Park. They drew with Grimsby at Blundell Park, but last Saturday the Villa crashed there 5-1. It is at home, however, that the Middlanders are putting up their best performances. They have won three games there and drawn one –against Sunderland. By no stretch of imagination can it be said that the Villa are a brilliant combination. They have the players, it is true, but despite individual brilliance there has been a lack of combined skill. Everton's defence ranks as one of the best in the First Division, and there is constructive and defensive skill in the middle line. The only Everton doubt is at forward. The inside men, Stevenson and Cunliffe would do well to adopt the long-passing game scoring that the short, intricate fare has not brought much grist to the mill. Further, I hope they will follow the Dean example and take a hand in the shooting game. That is essential to Everton's success. Everton make no changes, but the Villa bring back Cunliffe and Kingdon vice Watkin and Simpson. The home side will have two Merseyside products on view –“ Pongo “ Wareing, formerly of Tranmere Rovers, and Tom Gardiner, the ex-Liverpool half-back. Everton; Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein. Aston Villa; Morton; Beeson, Blair; Gardiner, Allen, Kingdon; Roughton, Beresford, Waring, Astley, Cunliffe.
Central league Match at Goodison Park, Tomorrow (Saturday) Everton v. Aston Villa. Kick-off 3.15. Admission 6d, Boys 3d; Stands extra (including tax).
EVERTON PLAY LIKE WINNERS.
October 13, 1934. Evening Express Football Edition.
But Have To Be Content With A Draw.
Dean Fails With Penalty Kick.
By the Pilot.
Everton should have won at Villa Park. They played the superior football and their passing was a delight. Dean's goal in the first minute was a beauty, but, oh! That penalty kick. Walter Abbott, the Everton 1906 Final player, was among the spectators at Villa Park, where the Blues in search of their first away victory opposed Aston Villa. Everton were unchanged and Villa played Cunliffe and Kingdon. Teams: - Aston Villa: - Morton, goal; Beeson, and Blair, backs; Gardiner, Allen, and Kingdon, half-backs; Houghton, Beresford, Waring, Astley and Cunliffe, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Stein forwards. Referee Mr. W. F. West (Nottingham Kent). Gardiner, the Bootle boy was anxious to show his Merseyside friends how it should be done and he paved the way for Houghton to send over a dangerous ball. Cresswell could not reach it, and with Waring outdistanced Cunliffe tried to breast it through, but Sagar was there with a safe field. In a minute Dean had given Everton the lead with a header which only a Dean could provide. From a throw -in on the left Stein broke away and levelled a centre just beyond the penalty spot. Dean took in the entire situation, and headed the ball with his forehead right into the corner of the net, the one place which gave Morton no chance. The Villa fought back well, Sagar pulling down a centre from Houghton and Astley banging a beauty inches wide of the post. Dean put in some good heading to provide Stein with a half chance. The shot was deflected for the first corner. Thomson banged a ball into the goalmouth, and with Dean holding off the opposition Leyfield crashed a shot straight at the advancing Morton.
Everton in Form.
Every time Everton got going, and this was often, they looked like a goal, and now when Britton lobbed to the goalmouth Dean's back header enabled Stein to fire across goal and just miss the far post. The Blues were playing excellent football. Too quick and accurate for the Villa. Astley got a second chance off the rebound and when Cunliffe (A.) centred Waring missed the ball. Twice Sagar had to be alert to intercept dangerous cross, but it was Everton who dictated the tune. Dean, Britton, and Gee being excellent. The passing of the Blues was a sheer delight. Leyfield was brought down by Allen and from the free kick Dean forced Morton to save low down. Waring then got the better of Cresswell and Houghton had one shot turned down, while another skidded off Waring's foot. Dean nodded a Stein centre back for Stevenson to bang the ball at an open goal, but he aimed straight at Morton. Then a big thrill. Stein turned the ball along the ground and Cunliffe drove in at such a pace that the ball struck the foot of the post and rebounded straight across the goal and outside the other post. In 29 minutes Astley equalised for the Villa. A goal totally undeserved on the run of the play. Thomson made a wry pass and Waring fed Astley. The Welsh international sped the ball out to Cunliffe (A.), and ran into position for the return and hooked the ball into the net. Everton might have regained the lead when Thomson glided one down the middle, and on the floor, but Dean appeared to slip as he turned to shoot, and the ball went wide. Leyfield was showing speed and skill on the right, and now Morton had to dive out to clear one of low crashes, with Dean watching and waiting.
Half-time Aston Villa 1 Everton 1 .
Everton should have been ahead at the interval. They were the superior football combination, and offtimes played superb football. They had an escape on resuming, for Waring got a lucky rebound off Cresswell, who lobbed to the goal mouth, where all Cunliffe (A.) had to do was turn it home. He seemed to have done so, and the 30,000 spectators cheered. Sagar, however, snapped up the ball and held it to bring off the 100 to 1 chance. Stevenson tried to nip through from Leyfield's forward pass, but ran into a beautiful shoulder charge from Blair.
In an hour the Villa took lead, and I though the goal was offside. So did the Everton players, Cunliffe (J.) had overdribbled and paid the penalty, for Astley ripped in and made ground before oushing a pass for Waring, who had little difficulty in shooting past Sagar. In this half, too, Everton were having the major portion of the game, playing the better football. One minute later Britton banged one of his curious dropping centres into the goalmouth and Allen blunded Dean. The referee was on the spot and immediately awarded Everton a penalty. Dean took the kick and drove in along the ground but Morton dived to the right and made a thrilling save. What a cheer went up! With five minutes to go Thomson received from a throw in and centred to the far post, where Cunliffe headed the ball into the net to equalise. It was a deserved success. In the last minute Morton made mighty saves from Dean and Cunliffe. Final Aston Villa 2, Everton 2.
A VERY GOOD DRAW.
October 13, 1934. Liverpool Football Echo.
Dean's OneMinute Goal.
Grand football. Dean failed with a penalty kick. Honors even. Everton did a big thing in drawing. Teams: - Aston Villa: - Morton, goal; Beeson, and Blair, backs; Gardiner, Allen, and Kingdon, half-backs; Houghton, Beresford, Waring, Astley and Cunliffe, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Stein forwards. Referee Mr. W. F. West (Nottingham Kent).
A dull day; a bright game promised, ground perfect. Allen's Dean and Gardiner's appearances were prominent features of a game that is generally excellent when these teams meet. Everton won the toss. Gardiner was brilliant early on and his work led to Houghton centreing, Astley missing the heading chance. Sagar, surprised and awkwardly placed, made a grand catch and away went Everton to score a simple movement. Stein retrieved a throw-in, and centred perfectly. Dean with that due deliberation so marked in his method of heading applied his head to the ball. He was yards from goal, but his aim was unerring. The ball fled from his head to the left hand corner of the net –a picture effort a goal in a minute. Dean rushed over to say “Thank you” to Stein, and all Everton was pleased at the unusual turn of events at this ground, which has not been too happy for Everton in recent years. Allen had gone so far up in the opening bout that one wondered whether he was thinking of leaving Dean out of his thoughts. Ashley supplied a rasping shot –comfortably outside but suggesting plenty of venomous shooting. Morton got off luckily when dean out headed three defenders and the ball went off to Leyfield. The goalkeeper had left his perch, and Leyfield's shot luckily caught the goalkeeper's body. Gee accurately gauged a Waring sprint and obtained the ball which was used to advantage. Britton's cross after further good work by gee led a Dean bewildering the defence, and Stein's close-in shot swirled across the goalmouth inches out of the second goal margin. It was a case of Birkenhead versus Birkenhead when Cresswell coolly stepped in against Waring after Gardiner had pushed the ball through Thomson's legs.
Waring Misses His Way.
Waring twice missed his way close in when Cunliffe centred – a let off. There was plenty of grand football, and Everton were the more settled and expert in combination. Britton, Cunliffe, and Gee were doing expert work. Houghton tried two shots, and one cannoned off a defender, and led to Houghton shooting again –an escape. Leyfield was brought down lustily by Allen, Dean heading the free kick, despite three opposing heads bobbling up. Villa got the greatest left off when Cunliffe standing at inside left, hit the upright with a beauty the ball shooting right across the goal. This was after Stevenson had tested Morton. In 29 minutes Villa equalised after a paltry bad pass by an Everton half back. The ball went to Waring who flicked it to the left and Cunliffe centre was converted by Astley. A neat goal was a beginning that should have been otherwise. Leyfield made two great runs and Dean took the ball just out from Thomson's wise pass.
Half-time Aston Villa 1 Everton 1
Great Save By Sagar.
Cook began the second half with a smothering out of a dangerous Villa raid. Cresswell slipped up, and Waring found himself with a back unbalanced by what I reckon a trip, and Cunliffe being in front of Sagar and a goal seeming a certainly. Sagar got to the ball, help it on the ground, and the spectators to the number of 30,000 gasped as they reckoned Sagar could no possibly connect with the ball. It would have been vire fortunate if the goal had come, remembering its fortuitous make-up. Dean has never headed so well; here he put up a leap into the air; and his header gave Stevenson a chance, but the latter man shot just off the mark. The £11,000 figure, Allen was limping badly through an accident in the first half. Britton's artistry delighted the Aston people, and reminded them of stars of others days. Cunliffe tried to help the defence with a long winding run in Everton's defensive portion. He gained the ball lost it, realised it, and failing to kick clear, was again dispossessed and Wareing took up the offering and scored almost with eat while Cook and Cresswell ran up the field to complain to the referee that the scorer was offside.
A Dean Penalty Saved.
Everton next got a penalty kick, the referee being close up to see the Allen offence when Britton put across one of his lobs. Villa held up the game for a time arguing with the referee who would have none of their argument. Dean took the kick, and the save by Morton was abnormally good. Cunliffe should have scored when Sagar was out of goal. Waring made the run of the match, shooting when half falling outside. Dean followed with something similar Thomson went to the back of Villa's net in a staunch effort to head a goal. Villa had the better of this half although Morton made a good save from Stein. Gee made the equaliser possible by going to the wing and making a sensible pass. Thomson used this pass with a centre with which Dean could not connect, but Cunliffe headed perfectly, and so Everton were deservedly on level terms again. Cunliffe's goal followed an effort on the half-turn when making a shot just over the bar. Dean troubled Morton sensationally, Morton grabbing the ball on the goal line. This would have been a complete turn around. Final; Aston Villa 2, Everton 2.
ASTON VILLA 2 EVERTON 2 (Game 1488 over-all)-(Div 1 1446)
October 15, 1934. Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury
Everton The Stylists.
Smart Draw With Aston Villa.
One of the Fastest of Games
There was much superb football in the game at Aston Villa between the Villa and Everton and on some reckoning Everton could be counted unlucky not to make a victory. On the other hand, a draw was an undebated fact, and Everton were fully worth their half in four. The game was quite one of the fastest seen this season, and its general phrase included noteworthy affords by Dean, Britton, Gee and on the Villa side goalkeeper Morton and Besson, the back with Gardiner outstanding in his half-back line. One always expects good football from the meeting but in recent years the verdict has gone against Everton. Here the visiting side unchanged once more, went into their work with virility and a good deal of combined skill. Aston Villa generally take the palm for their cute working and combination; this time the position was reversed. It was Everton who commanded the game and at times they rivaled Manchester City's best in the fine ground work and thoroughly enjoyable football fare Britton worked in a space of inches; he made the wing man before him play; his cunning hold-up of the Villa left wing was only part of his day's work; his feeding and surprise movement on the touchline roused even the Villa's 30,000 spectators to a pitch of envy and admiration. It was classic football.
Next I would put Dean because he was facing a man inches taller than himself, the record holder in the matter of transfer fees, yet only once did Allen get the ball in the air when Dean, contested the issue. Dean, indeed, has made a come-back where many though none could be expected. His dash his control, his expert drag pass to a co-forward stamped him as on ideal centre-forward. His goal was taken by means of his cunning and clever head. Stein centred Dean scored with a longish range header. That was the opening bout of a remarkable game. Aston Villa equalled per Astley another neat goal; then Villa took the lead through Waring while the game became steeped into argument first through the offside call of Everton when Waring took advantage of an open channel. Excitement grew when the villa protested against referee Wort's grant a penalty kick for an offence he had seen on Dean. Dean struck a blow from the spot kick and Morton made a thrilling save, not a fluky save though there must be some fortune favouring a goalkeeper in such circumstances. Finally Cunliffe headed through after good work by Thomson and Britton; and Dean, in the last flash made Morton make another expert save on the goal line, so the game ended all square. Everton have done nothing better away from home his season. At times their play touched high mark there was cohesiveness about their work all and if Cresswell was outrun at times there was always Cook and Sagar to master, while Gee had the ball with rare discretion, and made his tackling twofold, because he served the ball along the ground to a fellow player instead of aimlessly booting the ball away. Thomson was good, if not quite so prominent in all previous games.
Forward Leyfield revealed a streak of pace none had associated with his little frame prior to Saturday. He had his customary tricks but he had the pace of Blair who was not nearly so successful as Beeson the former Sheffield back. Cunliffe's shooting improved. Stevenson had not the necessary punch, the result being that Stein had to get most of his passes from his half-back rather than his nearest forward. However, all the side played well in this grand exhilarating game and Everton were only prevented taking the full spoils through Morton's goalkeeping late on. Villa are still unable to fit their own scheme. Allen was outplayed and outheaded; Blair was not certain, and Gardiner was easily the cleverest half-back of the home side long striding long throwing (from touch), and generally serviceable in a pretty way. The Villa forwards have not struck their form. Astley was below par, and Houghton had little chance in his new effort at outside right while Cunliffe was dangerous only for the first half, and even then did not seem to be playing confidently. Teams: - Aston Villa: - Morton, goal; Beeson, and Blair, backs; Gardiner, Allen, and Kingdon, half-backs; Houghton, Beresford, Waring, Astley and Cunliffe, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Stein forwards. Referee Mr. W. F. West (Nottingham Kent).
EVERTON RESERVES 4, ASTON VILLA RESERVES 2
October 15 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 9)
The Midlanders on their visit to Merseyside have always been noted for their snappy combination and sharp finishing powers, but on this occasion, against Everton, these essentials were missing. The Goodison Park halves, Mercer, White, and Archer completely subdued the opposition and for the most part Everton indulged in the attacking, with the forwards combining to good purpose. The scorers were Higham (2), Coulter and Dunn for Everton, and Brocklebank and Roberts for the Villa.
Northern Nomads 0 Everton “A” 5
Liverpool County Combination.
At Aintree. The early play did not suggest such a convincing victory for the visitors. Riding, in the Nomads goal, saved well from O'Reilly and Hannon while King prevented Dovedale and Robertson from giving the Nomads the lead. The defences checked advances made by the respective forwards during even play up to the interval. Everton played well together in the second half but it was not until after 15 minutes that Bentham opened the scoring, Hannon adding a second. The Nomads' forwards worked too close against a sound defence, in which Griffiths was outstanding. Further goals for the visitors were netted by Bentham, O'Reilly and Hannon.
CHAMPION FORM THIS!
October 15, 1934. Evening Express.
Everton In Villa Classic.
By the Pilot.
Everton on the form they showed against Aston Villa, at Villa Park have an excellent chance or regaining the title of champions of the football League they lost to Arsenal last season. If they continued to play the high standard of football, which characterized their work in this game, then Arsenal and Manchester City had better beware. I do not yet regard Everton as the perfect team. The one “doubt” about Everton is at inside forward where neither Stevenson nor Cunliffe have really settled into the scheme of things yet. Each played plenty of good football on Saturday, but one of the main reasons why they do not do better is because they take rather too long to secure command of the ball. Quicker command of the ball should soon dispel all doubts regarding Everton's forward ability. Cunliffe improved in the shooting department against the Villa, and had hard luck with a shot, which crashed against a post and another, taken on the half-turn, which swept over the top. Stevenson's shooting however, was not good, but both took part in some delightful moves, which thrilled the Birningham people. Everyone agreed that it was the best match seen on the ground for many months.
It was a classic and Everton deserved to win because they had individual brilliance and combined skill whereas the Villa were more a team of brilliant individuals. In the first half the Everton half-backs were the acme of perfection –keen to pave the way to the Villa's goal, and equally studious in defence. The intermediary work was a feature of the game, which stood out as an argument against the “third-back” method and in favour of the copybook centre half play. Dean showed that the third back game is not so effective as many people believe. Against Allen, one of the best exponents of the third back game, he had a great day and only twice was beaten with the ball in the air. It was Dean at his best. Britton was the best player on the field; Gee did not waste a ball he has not fed his forwards so cleverly for a long time –and Thomson continued that excellent all-round play which is giving him one of the best seasons. The defence was good, even if Cresswell did not kick so accurately as usual. Cook was the best back on the field. Leyfield had a fine game showing extraordinary speed, craft and skill, while Stein was good with his finishing. Sagar again revealed splendid anticipation, but was not as busy as Morton, whose penalty save off Dean was masterly. Dean scored with a mightily header in a minute and after Astley had equalised before the interval. Waring in my opinion scored from a position clearly offside. Cunliffe headed the equaliser late on.
FOOTBALLERS AT GOLF.
October 18, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Gray Wins For Second Time.
Gray the tall Tranmere Rovers goalkeeper, yesterday won the annual Merseyside football-golfer championship and Clubmoor Cup for the second year in succession, with a fine round of 81 gross which was particularly good considering the storm of wind and rain at the time. Thirty-five footballers, including players from Chester, Runcorn, and Wigan took part in the competition, which was held over the Woolton club's course. W. Cresswell, the Everton full back was runner-up with 82. His card was spoiled by a 6 at the eighth and a 7 at the ninth. Both Gray and Cresswell are 5 handicap men while Gray has figured near the top in Liverpool Alliance competition. His card showed two 6's, at the 10 th and 16 th otherwise it was very consistent. Gray also won the putting prize for the second year with 34 for 18 holes, Nieuwenhuys being second after playing off a tie with J. McDougall and R. Spencer, First handicap prize in the A. Division (13 and under) was won by J. McDougall, second prize going to J. Stein and third to A. Gray. R. Done, who had the lowest net score – 70 (despite a 9) – took first prize in B Division. A. Riley and G. Hodgson securing second and third prizes. Riley also won the first sweep, while R. McDougall and Hodgson divided the second and third sweep. Councillor S.R. Williams (Liverpool) won the directors competition over 10 holes after a tie with Mr. G. Lambert. The prize for the lowest score at any hole went to W.R. dean who secured a 2 at the eight while T. Bradshaw took the prize, for the highest score at any hole, having the misfortune to record 14 at the sixth. The sealed prize for the highest net score went to H.S. Griffiths, with 99.
C. W Gee
R. V. Wright
S. English (Liverpool), J. Tennant (Liverpool), F. Cresswell (Chester), W. Glasper (Tranmere), and A. Wilson (Chester) no return.
EVERTON PLAYERS CAPPED
October 16, 1934. Evening Express.
Stevenson and Coulter.
By the Pilot.
Nine Anglo-Scottish and Auglo-Irish players will take part in the second international of the season – Scotland v. Ireland –at Belfast, on Saturday. There will be three Scots who are associated with Football league clubs, and eight Irishmen who figure in the same competition. Two Merseyside players and one Ex-Merseyside favourite are included in the Irish eleven. Ireland has taken the Everton left wing pair, Stevenson and Coulter, and have once again called Elisha Scott the player manager of Belfast Celtic, who was with Liverpool last season, for goal. They will each be receiving their fourth caps, but Scott will be representing his country for the 28 th time in international games.
October 17, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Having released Stevenson to play for Ireland against Scotland on Saturday, when he will partner his clubmate Coulter, Everton make a change in the side to visit Leeds United Higham, who has scored 12 goals for the Central League team, will appear at inside left. The team is; Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Higham, Stein.
Today's Game at Goodison.
Everton have a central League match at Goodison Park today, when Wolverhampton Wanderers will provide the opposition. It should be a keen struggle. The kick off is at 3 0'clcok, and the Everton team will be; King; Williams, Jones; Mercer, White, Archer; Geldard, Dunn, A. Dickinson, Higham, Coulter.
HIGHAM HERE AGAIN!
October 17, 1934. Evening Express.
Will He Help Blues to First Away Victory?
Steven's Deputy For Leeds.
By the Pilot.
Norman Higham, Everton's young inside forward, makes his first appearance of the season in the Football League side when, on Saturday he plays against Leeds United at Elland road. Higham takes the place of Stevenson, who will be assisting Ireland against Scotland in the International match at Belfast. Higham, who came to Everton from Chorley after having been turned down by Bolton Wanderers, is a sharp-witted and quick-footed attacker how has been scoring many goals for the Central League eleven. He claims a dozen goals scored both from the inside left and centre forward position. His first senior eleven game was against Manchester City, at Goodison Park, on February 7 last, and altogether he made 13 appearances, and scored six goals. There is plenty that Higham has yet to learn of the intricacies of football, but he is ever eager to “have a go,” and can shoot and scheme. It may be that he will have a hand in helping Everton to secure their first away victory of the season.
Chance to “break Ice.”
There is no doubt but that this game at Leeds provides the Blues with a splendid opportunity of “breaking” the ice” away from home. When I saw Leeds in action against Liverpool a few weeks ago I deemed them a poor side –one of the poorest I have watched this season –and Everton on current for should win. If Everton do gain both points it will greatly strengthen their challenge to the League leaders – Arsenal, and increase interest in the coming match between Arsenal and the Blues at Highbury on November 3. The inclusion of Higham is the only change, so that since the game with Leicester City at Goodison Park early in the season Everton have not made a voluntary team change. The only alterations have been due to international calls on the side –Britton, Cunliffe, and Stevenson having been selected. Everton; Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Higham, Stein.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS RESERVES 1
October 18, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 10)
Coulter's Day at Goodison.
Irish International in Great Form.
The Everton Reserves team for the Central League game with Wolverhampton Reserves at Goodison read rather curiously, in view of Saturday's engagements. Coulter, the Irish International, due to play for Ireland on Saturday was engaged, Higham chosen to play for Everton as deputy to Stevenson, another Irish international, on Saturday, played in the game, which was won by Everton 3-1. The result was satisfactory if the game was not satisfying. Everton started very well indeed, thanks to the thrust of Coulter and Geldard. They took the lead through Coulter heading a grand centre from Geldard. This was in seven minutes. Afterwards a rather strange lull came over the home team. There was a lack of fire and snap, and Higham has rarely done so little or passed so badly. That Everton won was surprising, because Wolverhampton took up the thread of the game and made galliant attacks. The half-back line of the home eleven did not carry throught their raids with the customary success, the result being the defence had a good ideal of effort against a big, sharp moving side, even through Geldard was out of the picture throughout the game. Everton were caught napping when Boland shot a capital goal and made the scores level. Dickenson, a useful member leading the home side got two more goals, and so Everton won.
Wolves Make Brave Show.
The game was a personal triumph for Coulter, who weaved his way in and put the opposition, and yet found time to show his enthusiasm for his club by trekking to the full back position and passing to a point “where he should have been” –namely, outside-left! It was an interesting game, because Wolves made a brave show, but the fortune of war was not with them. They were not sound in front of goal, yet there was much to admire about their general play, and the refereeing of Mr. D. Shilton of Manchester was another thing about which one could hand out Bouquets. I believe it was his first Central league game. If this is so, he did uncommonly well. Everton had some famous names in their eleven. White appeared at centre half back, and while he has lost many pounds in weight he seems to have lost some of the zest that was his. King started shakily in goal, but wound up, on a good note. Forward, Dunn blended with Geldard to valuable purpose, and Dickinson was successful in spite of appearing a little lame, maybe he should not have turned out, however, Coulter was the star raider. He nonplussed the defence without making his co-players wonder which way he would go. His command of the ball was as rich as some of this entertaining dribbles and long sinuous runs. Coulter got a goal and provided other goals and the game must go to the records as his special day. He is a most entraining player, and one wonders how he can be kept out of the senior side. Wolverhampton Wanderers had sturdy backs. Spiers the veteran goalkeeper did remarkable things, but he saved twice by the woodwork. Clayton was a powerful forward, with Crook, another veteran, sharp and unlucky with his final efforts. Collis was the losers' best half-back, and as Everton struck the bar twice it may be one is not doing justice to Everton to say they won 3-1 and did not deserve to. Certainly they lapsed for long lengths of play and courted a home defeat, which, after their fine display against Aston Villa Reserves at the week-end, would have been a blow to their supporters. Teams: - Everton Reserves: - King, goal; Williams And Jones backs; Mercer, White, and Archer, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dickinson, Higham and Coulter, forwards. Wolverhampton Wanderers Reserves: - Spiers, goal; Pierce and Dowen backs; Morris, Galley, and Collis, half-backs; Crook, Jones, Goddard, Clayton, and Poland, forwards.
LEEDS ROUTE TO LEADERSHIP.
October 19, 1934. Evening Express.
Everton may record the first away win of the season tomorrow when they visited Leeds United at Elland-road. The United have played sox home matches and have recorded only two victories –against Huddersfield Town and Stoke City. Everton, in ten league matches to date, have been beaten only twice –at Leicester and Wolverhampton –and if they reproduce the brilliant form shown at Aston Villa last week they should bring back both points tomorrow. If Everton are to maintain their challenge to the League leaders they must secure both points. They are playing so well at the moment that this should be well within their power. Everton; Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Higham, Stein.
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EVERTON BELOW PAR.
October 20 1934. Evening Express Football Edition.
Forwards Out Of Touch At Leeds.
Furness Keeps Cool!
By the Pilot.
Everton not at their best and Leeds not an astonishingly good side. The Blues' forwards lacked lustre and the defence was not without fault. Furness's goal was a wonderful cool effort, and Hyde clinched the issue for Leeds after 86 minutes. The Blue's suggested tour to South Africa had, I understand, been turned down. Team: - Leeds United: - Savage, goal; Sposton and Milburn (J.), backs; Mills, Hart and Hornby, half-backs; Mahon, Roper, Hydes, Furness, and Cochrane, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Higham, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. R. Blake (Middlesbrough). Leeds opened strongly, through Sagar was not tested, thanks to sharp intervention by Cresswell and Cook. Stein sent in a swift centre, which had Savage in difficulties. The ball flew away from him but he managed to scramble back and save. Sagar ran out to save off the head of Mahon. After fine work by Cochrane, Thomson nipped across to save a difficult situation. The first corner fell to Everton, Stein heading outside. Then Cunliffe for some unknown reason tackled and robbed Stein. Everton came along with the first dangerous raid. Cunliffe was the initiator and from Leyfield's centre Dean failed to connect properly. Stein and Leyfield then placed short centres, before Sproston cleared with the aid of a hand. Cochrane had an excellent chance of cutting in and shooting, but his aim was hardly up to the “Bisley” standard.
Leeds Go Ahead.
Leeds went ahead in 18 minutes through Furness. Gee was robbed in midfield and Mahon got to work on a fine sweeping pass. He middled accurately, and though Sagar fisted the ball away from Hydes it ran to Furness, who coolly and methodically lobbed it over Sagar –Still out of his ground –into the net. Hornby then had a swift shot turned over by Sagar before Cresswell intercepted a lightning “daisy cutter” by Hart.
Some of the Everton's pasing was indifferent, and Leeds were the more dangerous side, Sagar once having to fling himself out to fist away with one hand a centre from Mahon. Everton should have had a penalty, when following good collaboration between Dean and Leyfield. Stein saw his shot charged down and Leyfield, cutting in, had his shot kept out by Hornby's hand. Everton's appeal for a penalty was turned down. Cresswell joined in the attack, his shot just swerving to safety when it seemed that Everton would again be on terms. Next Cunliffe raced through Savage rushing out and intercepting the shot. Hart was doing fine work for the United, and it was he who enabled Mahon to cross a ball, which Sagar, not for the first time today, failed to punch cleanly. The ball spun off his fist towards the net, and Gee racing back, saved a certain goal with an overhead kick. This was not the Everton we had been seeing in recent matches, but the United were not over-powerful.
Half-time Leeds United 1 Everton 0
This has not been a particularly interesting game. The Everton forward's apart from the wingers, were out of touch. The defence was not without blemish either. The game re-opened with a shot from Higham, Savage almost allowing the ball to slip through his knee. Mahon slipped through, Sagar diving out to make a double save with Furness charging in for a goal thrust. Leyfield afforded Dean an opportunity of nipping between the backs, Sproston kicking away as Dean was in the act of shooting. Leyfield missed a gift-edged chance when he fluffed his shot after Dean had edged the ball forward. Sagar scored shots from Hydes and Cochrane. Then Higham and Leyfield changed places in the hope of bringing needed improvement. Leeds claimed a penalty when Cresswell appeared to handle, but the referee said “No.” The Stein, Dean, and Leyfield trio just failed to bring a goal, Leyfield's lob going beyond the post. Gee, kicking away from the feet of Roper, placed the ball inches past his own upright. Hydes scored a second goal for Leeds after 86 minutes. Final Leeds United 2, Everton 0.
EVERTON RES V. BURY RES.
October 20, 1934. Evening Express Football Edition.
Everton fielded an “A” team left wing in the Reserve game at Goodison Park. O'Reilly soon showed his qualities with a nice pass to Dunn, whose shot was tipped over the bar for an unproductive corner. Burt frequently progressed through good constructive football, and when Gregory centred from the left wing Anderson gave the visiting side the lead with a good shot, which gave King no chance. Although Everton were not displaying their customary from Eggleston prevented a certain equaliser when he stopped Webster going through, Everton drew level through a fine goal by Webster, who neatly took a pass from Geldard, who neatly took a pass from Geldard and netted with a fine drive. Dunn was unfortunate in not giving Everton the lead when his drive struck a defender. Half-time Everton Res 1, Bury Res 1.
GREAT SOCCER CLUBS AND THEIR STORIES.-SUNDERLAND
October 20, 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition.
When Sunderland Were Saved by A Canary!
“The Team of All the Talents.”
By a special Correspondent.
Little things often play big parts in the shaping of a football club's destiny. Sunderland for instance, might have gone out of existence altogether –but for a canary. It was years and years ago, when a few school teachers were trying to established the Soccer game in the North-East. Their leader was a young Scotsman, named James Allan, who had arrived on Wearside to find that there was not a single football club in Sunderland, and only about four in the whole County of Durham. This deficiency he determined to put right. He called his colleagues together in the October of 1879, and the direct outcome of that meeting was the formation of “The Sunderland and District Teachers' Association Football Club.” Its arrival did not awaken any great enthusiasm and it is on record that the “gate” for a County trial match in which the teachers took part was only 6s. 2 ½ d. Money was so scare in those early years, in fact, that it was a wonder the club was kept alive at all. One financial crisis was overcome by the auction of a prize canary belonging to a member. They were desperate days.
Their First Cup.
At the end of two seasons the future seemed so hopeless that the teachers had to face the alterative of disbanding or extending the qualification for membership. They selected to carry on, and it was then that they took on the title of The Sunderland Association Football club. No one could have dreamed what a mighty force in football the new organization was destined to become. There was no thought then that the men of Sunderland would in the space of a few yards earn for themselves the proud description of “The Team of all the Talents.” Sunderland gained their earliest distinction in the Durham cup. They won this trophy the first year it was put for the competition and repeated the feat again and again as the years went by. By now they had gathered something of a following and their reputation was more than a local one. In the 1885-86 season they paid a visit to Edinburgh, where they encountered Hearts of Midlothian, the first of many fixtures with leading Scottish sides. This association with clubs north of the Border brought Sunderland into contact with players of whom they thought so highly that they engaged several of them for their own team, and it was from this point that real progress was made. The late Mr. Tom Watson who had been appointed secretary was laying the foundation of “The team of all the Talents.” In 1890 Sunderland sought admission to the Football league, which had come into existence two years earlier. Objections were raised because the applicant's geographical situation was too remote from the rest of the clubs in membership. But Sunderland persisted in their appeal and were admitted at last on condition that they paid their visitors' travelling expenses. It all seems so strange now, imposing such a condition as this, but there was not much money in football 50 years ago. The game was young and had yet to grip the public imagination.
Sunderland began their League career with a home engagement with Burnley, on September 13, 1890. They lost 3-2 and were defeated again two days later, by Wolverhampton Wanderers, the score on this occasion being 4-3.
“Prince of Goalkeepers.”
Realising that their weakness was in defence, Sunderland now engaged a goalkeeper from Arbroath a stalwart fellow named Ned Doig a Scottish International. On Wearside, Doig is still spoken of as “the prince of goalkeepers.” He was in the club's service for fourteen years, and helped them in the many triumpants that brought lasting lustre to their name. Yet the circumstances of Doig's start were unfortunate. He was put in the team for the away match with West Bromwich. The Wearsides won and there was great jubilation over the initial victory. So eager had they been to play their famous new goalkeeper, however, that they did not complete his registration. The penalty was a £50 fine and the forfeit of the points they had taken from West Bromwich. Sunderland did not let such misfortune depress them. In the space of the next five years, they only suffered in defeat at home. A new force had arrived in league football. The Wearsides held 7 th position in the table at the end of their first season. In each of the next two campaigns they were champions. The season after that, they five years, they only suffered one defeat led again. They were the first club to score 100 goals in a season (1892-93). All the world marvelled of such a record. And the wages paid to these men were anything from 30s, to £3 a week! In August 1896, the club was converted into a limited liability company and Mr. Tom Watson left them to build up the fortunes of Liverpool. A bad season followed and then the men had to fight for their League lives in the closing stages of the campaign. They came near to being relegated but pulled through and starved off a humiliation that has never yet fallen to their lot.
Notcie to Quit.
Having received notice to quit their ground at Newcastle-road Sunderland moved to Roker Park, their present headquarters, in 1898. They opened the ground with a match against Nottingham Forest in the presence of a record crowd of 30,000. But the “team of all the Talents” was breaking up and in the next few years, Sunderland were to know anxiety as well as success and to undergo many changes. Mr. Bob Kyle, was appointed manager in June, 1905, and under his guidance, the club gradually found its feet again. He it was who gathered together a new team of talented players among them such men as Charlie Thomson, from the Hearts, Jack Mordue, from Woolwich Arsenal; Arthur Brown, who had won his international cap with Sheffield United when he was 18; Frank Cuggy and the peerless Charles Bucham. The Cuggle-Mordue-Buchan right wing triangle became a combination at which to marvel. A new era dawned with the arrival of these men. Old glory was recaptured. In 1913, Sunderland won the League Championship and reached the Cup final for the only time in their history. Their opponents Aston Villa beat them by a solitary goal at the Crystal palace in the presence of a crowd of 120,000. Sunderland's lack of success in the Cup is one of the mysteries of football. They have been League Champions five times, but not once have they been able to inscribe their name on the silver trophy, even though they have been seeking to do so since 1885. Since the war, the club has spent lavishly in an effort to gather together yet another “Team of all the Talents” but somehow, it has never been able to succeed. The present manager Mr. Johnnie Cochrane, has concentrated, in late years, on building up a side of young players. He has chosen his lads carefully. He has drafted them in one by and seen them developed a sound understanding that promises well for the future. They gained sixth place in the League last season and some of them, notably Heraitio Carter, showed that they were on the threshold of international services. It is Sunderland's aim to prove that all their glory did not perish with the past.
LEEDS UNITED 2 EVERTON 0 (Game 1489 over-all)-(Div 1 1447)
October 22, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Forwards Off Form
Everton Fail At Leeds.
Strain On The Defence.
Leeds United beat Everton 2-0 at Leeds before 17000 spectators, and they took a long time over their rather simple job. In Fact, a minute from the finish Leeds held the slendered lead and Sagar and his backs had defied their over-many attacks. The trouble with Everton's defence was that they were expected to do everything all the time. The strain wore the backs down to a fine point and finally Hydes scored from a throw-in near the corner flag taken by Cresswell and not accepted by his back partner Cook. Could any one picture an opportunity such as that. If did not matter much because the better, faster, and nippier side, the side that shot hard and often worthily won, but there were spells of Everton combination in the first half leading to nothing, and one did not believe they could be so preserve near the goal area. Everton had Higham, for Stevenson, engaged in a winning international side, and long before the finish Higham had changed places with Leyfield –evidence that something had gone wrong with the Everton attacking works. Actually the whole five were out of the picture. Dean had not been well and played as though he was hardly fir. Stein was the safest and best and Leyfield was below form, while Higham did no better than he had done on Wednesday at Goodison, which is saying a tremendous amount of any one at that game.
Cunliffe got a bad knock in his effort to beat Savage, the Leeds goalkeeper, and both suffered in the collision, and Cresswell and Higham in turn came near beating a goalkeeper who appeared none to safe. However, Everton's solitary redeeming feature came when Leeds were a goal to the good. Dean headed so well that Savage could do no more than knuckle the ball away for a corner. The Leeds goals were uncommon. I have named the last first. The first came in 18 minutes, and Furness coolly lifted the ball over the heads of the players. Sagar having advanced and his goal was left gaping. If was a goal cleverly taken by the outstanding forward on the field a neat goal; a just rewards. After the Everton showed some of their sterling combination, thanks to the leadership of Britton, with Gee and Thomson adding their weight but the response to Britton's highly polished work was of a paltry character, and this was galling, because Britton had done something similar against Aston Villa and had found his forwards responding. There was a gulf between the inside forwards of the winning side compared with the losers, and while Furness was excellent the whole team had virility and determined not seen from the Goodison men. Hart was a studious, foraging, and forward centre half-back; Sproston saved two goals cleverly, and Hornby, of Oakengates, had a good innings albeit a linesman did not see him use his hand to propel the ball, when the incident was five yards from the linesman's position. The refereeing of Mr. Blakes, of Middlesbrough, however, was a feature of mention; quite a happy control of the contesting sides, although one has to say it was a game that never threatened to get out of hand. Everton's forwards slept throught it. Team: - Leeds United: - Savage, goal; Sposton and Milburn (J.), backs; Mills, Hart and Hornby, half-backs; Mahon, Roper, Hydes, Furness, and Cochrane, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Higham, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. R. Blake (Middlesbrough).
IRELAND 2 SCOTLAND 1
October 22 1934.
Coulter's Shot Decides.
The International match at Belfast had a most drastic finish. Ten minutes from the end Scotland held a one goal lead against ten opponents Scott the Ireland goalkeeper having been off the field injured all through the second half. Yet Ireland swarming round the Scottish goal in a last desperate bid to equalize, not only did this but scored twice and won the match by 2-1.
Everton Players Do Well.
Stevenson (A.) the Everton forward was the brains of the Irish attacks. His dribbling was perfectly done, and in this respect he even at times outshone his Scottish namesake. If Coulter and Duggan were not so fast as the Scottish wingers, they made several tricky runs, and Coulter redeemed some bad errors by getting the winning goal. Coulter headed the dramatic winning goal from Gowdy's pass. The attendance was 39,772.
EVERTON RESERVES 3 BURY RESERVES 3
October 22 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central league (Game 11)
Everton could rightly consider that they were unfortunate in not gaining both points for a somewhat even first half was followed by a lengthy spell wherein Everton completely overplayed the visitors. Then, five minutes from the end, with Everton enjoying a 3-1 lead, Bury found their first half form again and the result was that they snapped a goal that Everton warmly disputed. Another break through brought them a third goal. Everton invariably revealed the better balanced and sharper thrust. Everton's “A” team left wing Hannon and O'Reilly, did remarkably well, and the scorers were Webster (2), and O'Reilly for Everton and Anderson (2), and Chalmers for Bury. Everton: - King goal; Williams and Jones backs; Mercer, White and Archer, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Webster, Hannon and O'Reilly, forwards.
EVERTON'S BACKWARD FORWARDS.
October 22 1934. Evening Express.
Only Four Shots in 90 Minutes.
By the Pilot.
Forward weakness was entirely responsible for Everton's defeat by an indifferent Leeds United at Elland-road, on Saturday. Had the Blues' attackers revealed any semblance of the form they have been showing in recent games they would have returned winners but there was little cohesion and no snap. Throughout the 90 minutes no more than four shots were aimed at savage, and only one of those looked like producing a goal. That was a header from Dean in the closing minutes, which may have brought an equaliser and a point. For the rest it was merely a case of disjointed endeavour. Dean tried to bring improvement by making Higham and Leyfield change places, but it failed to “work.” Dean was not well in health, and his play was affected. This may have accounted for some of the poorness of attack, but surely Everton's forward-line is something more than a one-man affair? Stevenson has not accomplished much in the goal-scoring line but definitely he was missed. Higham and Cunliffe were never in touch at any period, and the scheming manceurves of Stevenson were sadly lacking. Leyfield tried hard, but Stein was the most successful, for he did outwit Sproston several times and get across good centres. With Hart a dominant figure in the centre of the field, it was small wonder that the Everton vanguard appeared in such an unfavourable light. This was but a shadow of Everton –the 1934 Everton – and poorest team I have seem this season 0 Leeds – were made to appear better than they really were.
EVERTON CHANGES – GELDARD AND COULTER IN LEAGUE SIDE.
October 24, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The display of Everton at Leeds last week was not at all satisfactory and for the match with West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park on Saturday several changes are made. Stevenson, who helped Ireland to defeat Scotland, returns to his position as inside left in place of Higham, and he will have for his partner his international colleagues. Coulter, who has been playing so well in the Central League team, apart from his display at Belfast. Coulter appeared in the senior side on three occasions in the spring of this year, but this will be his first appearance in the senior side this term. He takes the place of Stein, who thus misses his first match for a long time. He played in all League matches last season, and has taken part in all this season's games to date. On the other wing Geldard returns once more in place of Leyfield. Geldard has been showing a return to the form which proved so attractive where he first joined Everton and it is hoped that his return to the first eleven will mark a continuance of his fine football with the reserves. Geldard played in the first match of the season against Tottenham Hotspur, but since the time Leyfield has held the outside-right berth. The team to meet West Bromwich Albion is as follows: Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. The reserve side to visit Blackpool will be; King; Williams, Jones; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Leyfield, Bentham, Higham, Webster, M.W. O'Reilly.
EVERTON'S THREE FORWARD CHANGES.
October 24, 1934. Evening Express.
International Partners Brought In.
Stevenson and Coulter
Geldard Returns Against Albion.
By the Pilot.
Everton are determined to bring about improvement in their attack in an effort to regain the championship of the First Division. For the match with West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park on Saturday three forward changes have been made, only Dean and Cunliffe retaining their places as compared with the team which made such an indifferent show at Leeds last Saturday. The re-inclusion of Stevenson at inside left in place of Higham was expected for last week Stevenson was away assisting Ireland in her victory over Scotland. Stevenson will have alongside him his international partner, Jack Coulter, the former Belfast Celtic player. Coulter takes the place of Stein, the Scottish winger, who will be missing his first game with Everton since season 1932-33. Coulter played in three first-team matches last season. He was at inside left against Portsmouth, and outside left against Huddersfield Town and Sunderland. He has been Irleand's regular outside-left for two seasons, and on Saturday scored the winning goal by which the Irishmen beat Scotland.
His form with Everton Reserves has been brilliant of late. The same applies to Albert Geldard, the international outside right, who returns to his position for the first time since August 25, the opening day of the season. Geldard played against Tottenham Hotspur, but suffered an injury. So well has his deputy, Leyfield been playing that Geldard has been unable to regain his position. The former Bradford player has now recovered from his leg trouble, which seriously affected him in the early days of the season, and has been reproducing the form, which induced the Football Association to play him against Italy and Switzerland. The remainder of the team is unchanged for the Albion game in which Everton will make an attempt to keep their 100 per cent, home record. Everton; Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Leyfield and Higham are included in the Central league side to visit Blackpool, and at outside-left will be M. W. O'Reilly a local schoolmaster. Everton Reserves; King; Williams, Jones; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Leyfield, Bentham, Higham, Webster, M.W. O'Reilly.
ALL STAR GOODISON DUEL
October 26, 1934.Evening Express.
Everton's “National” Eleven.
Six “Caps” in Albion Team.
Blues' Forward Experiment.
By the Pilot.
Everton's match with West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park tomorrow looks more like an international duel than an ordinary League game. Every member of the Everton eleven has gained representative honours and the West Browich team contains no fewer than six internationals. The Everton side includes nine full internationals a Football league player and international trialist and an international reserve player. Just cast your eyes over this imposing assembly. Everton: - Sagar (League player and Tralists); Cresswell (International) Cook (International), Britton (International) Gee (International) Thomson (International) Geldard (International Reserve), Dean (International), Stevenson (International), Coulter (International). West Bromwich Albion: - Pearson (International), Shaw (International), Trentham, Murphy (International), Richardswon (W.), Shakley, Glidden (International), Carter (International), Richardson (W.G), Sandford (International), Boyes.
This should ensure one of the finest games of the season, and it is a match of paramount importance to Everton.
Everton have been trying to find a satisfactory forward combination, in the firm belief that with a penetrative attack they have a championship eleven. So far this season nine forwards have been tried with only Dean and Stein figuring in every match. The tenth attackers get his chance tomorrow. He is Coulter, the Irish international outside left, who takes the place of Stein. His partner will be Stevenson, his international “companion” so the watchers will see the Irish left wing, which was such a potent force in the defeat of Scotland a week ago. A further change has been made on the right where Geldard the young Bradford boy and English international comes in for the first time since the opening match of the season at Tottenham. He will resume his partnership with Cunliffe, Leyfield reverting to the reserves. Everton's hopes depend on the forwards. If they can strike a working understanding and infuse more goalmouth endeavour into their work they should win.
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EVERTON PLAY BRILLIANTLY
October 27 1934. Liverpool Football Echo.
West Bromwich Side Overrun.
Irish Wing Tricks
By the Stork.
Everton always masters. West Bromwich outplayed and outclassed. Everton's four goals' victory did not flatted them in the slightest degree. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. West Bromwich Albion: - Pearson, goal; Shaw and Trentham, backs; Murphy, Richardson (W.), Sankey, half-backs; Glidden, Carter, Richardson (W.G.), Sandford, and Boyes, forwards. Referee Mr. W. S. Bristow, Stafford . The crowd was again a thin one despite the attraction of what promised to be a stirring game. Rain was the responsible factor for just before the time of kick-off it fell heavily, so that many would not risk the journey Everton got off with a good start, for within three minutes they had chalked up a goal through Cunliffe. The Irish wing had a good opening spell, and from Coulter's centre Dean tried the old trick of letting the ball run between his legs, but W. Richardson was too old a hand to be caught napping by a such a trick. Geldard, the first time he received the ball, made an accurate centre, and Pearson was now just in time to beat Dean, who made a great effort to nod the opening goal. Then followed the Everton goal. Britton centred the ball so accurate that it simply bounced on to Dean's head, so that the Everton leader was able to nod it over to Cunliffe, who was thereby left with an open goal. This was a good start, it put Everton on good terms with themselves and for ten minutes or so little was seen of the Albion attack, because Everton were dictation the terms of the game thus far. Glidden, Carter and Murphy joined up in a beautiful inter-passing movement, but Cook cut into the working so definitely that the trio did not reach a danger point. In fact, it enabled Gee and Thomson to show that they, too, could finesse to advantage. Dean was marked offside with a free kick and at this stage Trentham, who was hurt, had to leave the field. Dean followed him off the ground, to change his knickers. Cunliffe was doing two men's work, and spread out play better than usual. He plied Geldard with some choice passes, and when the latter returned, the inside right made a valiant effort to scoop the ball into the net, and it was only Pearson who prevented him doing so.
Dean Heads a Goal.
Dean charged Pearson, who last the ball, but there was no other Everton man close enough in to benefit by the movement. A second goal came at twenty-eight minutes. A perfectly-judged centre by Geldard was headed by Dean well wide of the Albion goalkeeper –this was good positional play. Trentham was back and Cunliffe tried a saucy back-heel effort, which Pearson saved. Coulter was rather inclined to hold the ball too long, so that when he wanted to get it away he usually found his way barred, and repeatedly kicked the ball to an opponent's body. Sandford tried to land a goal with a long free kick, and the Albion for the first time in the game now became a menace to the Everton defence, Sagar having to save from Glidden at the corner of the post. Dean and Cunliffe got in each others way while Britton had the legs swept from under him, and taking the free kick himself, gave Dean another nodding acquaintance with the ball, but Pearson was in position and pulled it from under the bar.
Half-time Everton 2 West Bromwich Albion 0
The crowd had increased considerably and it saw Everton in a winning vein. The Albion although at times producing excellent football, rarely obtained an opportunity to test Sagar. Everton were masters. They had been in the first half and were in the second. In fact one began to wonder what had come over that Albion team, noted for fieryness and pace. The answer was this; They played as well as they were allowed, for the Everton half-back line was in one of its most trenchant moods. Britton, Thomson and Gee plied their attack with great passes and these were added to by Stevenson and Cunliffe. Coulter had a moderate first half and for the first part of the second, but then he burst into the limelight with a bang. He and Stevenson played ducks and drakes with Murphy and Shaw (limping) and it was amazing that a glut of goals did not rise as the outcome of their work.
Letting Him Down Lightly.
True, Pearson had his anxious moments. He was well beaten by Dean but saved by Sankey, who, them on his knee by the goal line turned the ball away. The goalkeeper turned a stiff shot by Britton over the bar. Stevenson should most certainly have had a goal when he ran through drew the goalkeeper out, beat him, and then wide of the mark – a tragic miss, and Pearson patted Stevenson on the shoulder for letting him down so lightly. Coulter was a veritable box of tricks and it was only right and proper that he should take a goal. This he did when he headed Geldard's corner kick beyond Pearson at seventy-five minutes. Everton were dazzling! They had the crowd laughing by the manner in which they bambooned the Albion defence, and at eight minutes Stevenson got the reward for his fine game when he scored from twenty-yards out. Geldard was brought down in the penalty area and Dean entrusted the penalty kick usually taken by himself to Coulter, who, however, made a hopeless attempt to score. Final scored Everton 4 West Bromwich Albion 0.
EVERTON “A” V WEST KIRBY
October 27 1934. Liverpool Football Echo
Trentham making his debut, for the home side opened the scoring after fifteen minutes play. The good start was not sustained, for ten minutes after Hewitt, Rogers and Chamberlian scored in quick success for the visitors. Half-time Everton “A” 1, West Kirby 3.
BLACKPOOL RES V. EVERTON RES.
October 27, 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition
Everton were distinctly forcing the game in the earlier stages, and the Blackpool defence was not given much rest. The Blackpool goal had a narrow escape from a header by O'Reilly, and later the goalkeeper had to save hot shots from Higham and Webster. Everton were the quicker side and held position for a long time in the Blackpool quarters. After 23 minutes Brailsford scored for Blackpool in a sudden breakaway. Just before the interval Brailsford scored a second goal. Half-time Blackpool Res 2 Everton Res 0.
Everton central League match with Blackburn Rovers will take place at Goodison Park on Wednesday Nov 7. It was fixed for Nov 3, but Everton are engaged at Oldham in the Lancashire Cup on that day.
EVERTON 4 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 (Game 1490 over-all)-(Div 1 1448)
October 29 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Crush The Albion.
Fine Footwork Leads To Big Success.
Forwards Respond To Clever half-Backs.
Coulter penalty Miss.
Everton bewildered West Bromwich Albion by superlative football, the like of which I have not had the pleasure of witnessing for many a long day. It was brilliant in every way and the score of 4-0 in Everton's favour does not flatter them. The Albion were crashed; they were left dazed by the perfect football machine, and they themselves are not dunces in the finer arts of the game. They met an Everton, which on the day's play would have beaten any opponents. Not even during their hectic days of big scoring feats did Everton produce the skill and artistry they brought into this game. Almost immediately play started they struck a method of attack which promised well, for it was full of canny, yet effective movements which the Albion defence was not capable of defeating. A goal in 3 minutes by Cunliffe could not have been the main cause of Everton high lights; it may have brought them confidence, but at that moment the Albion were playing such sound football that Everton could not have become over-confident. But it is only a truth to say that they were masters of the game from the first minute.
Memorable Fifteen Minutes.
The Midlanders side is noted for its pace and fiery attack, and clever defensive quality but Everton played in such a manner that the Albion were made to look small try, novices as compared with Everton. It was however, in the last 15 minutes that Everton showed their great might. Stevenson and Cunliffe all through had shown intricate footwork clever passes and subtle feints, but that last quarter of an hour will live long in the memory of all, and that goes for the Albion as well. They must have wondered what had come over this Everton team. I doubt they have ever found themselves so overran as they were on Saturday. They can usually give as much as they can take, but in this game they were thoroughly whipped and with average luck Everton's score would have been heavier. Everton missed a penalty, Stevenson after taking the ball beyond the goalkeeper swept it into the crowd. Dean should also have scored again, but I suppose that most will say 4-0 was sufficient. The Albion did not suggest at part of the game that they would score. I think they took Four Corners during the whole of the game. I put Everton's brilliance down to the work of their half-backs, Britton, Gee and Thomson. They were the key men, and how they unlocked the door for the Everton forwards to swarm through!
Irish Wing Pair.
Naturally all eyes were centred on the Irish wing Coulter and Stevenson. The inside left was perfect all through but one began to wonder if the omission of Stein was a wise one, for Coulter did not have a good first half. He wanted to do too much, but his display in the second half wiped out any adverse criticism totted up against him by his masterful game later on. He simply romped round Murphy and Shaw (limping) but to what extent he was indebted to Stevenson only Coulter knows. The inside forward was a wizard with the ball. Never a pass went wrong, and Coulter responded with a will so that the Albion defence was overwhelmed, at its wits end how to deal with the pair. They never did successfully in this last 15 minutes. Both Stevenson and Coulter scored a goal – it was only right and proper that they should do so for theirs was a big part in this handsome victory. Dean scored his usual goal with a beautiful header. The Albion have never before been so tightly pagged down yet I saw sufficient in some of their football to know that they only wanted some sort of snur-probably a goal –to set them off and make them a team to be feared. But this was Everton's day. One followers of twenty years standing said; “I have never seen such foot work” and I had to agree. It is a long time since I saw the crowd rise to its feet in actual. The people could hardly contain themselves. Everton running round the Albion, one of the smartest sides in the division. It was difficult to imagine Dean led the line extremely well, and Geldard has come back to something approaching his best –which he is good enough for anyone. It was as a team that this victory was accomplished, but Coulter and Stevenson must come for the main laurels and I was glad to see Cunliffe opening out the play more than has been his wont in recent games. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. West Bromwich Albion: - Pearson, goal; Shaw and Trentham, backs; Murphy, Richardson (W.), Sankey, half-backs; Glidden, Carter, Richardson (W.G.), Sandford, and Boyes, forwards. Referee Mr. W. S. Bristow, Stafford.
BLACKPOOL RESERVES 5 EVERTON RESERVES 0
October 29 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 12)
At Blackpool. Everton did most of the attacking, holding the Blackpool men in their own quarters for long periods, without being able to score. Blackpool's success lay in the ability to snap up chances. The Everton forwards were unable to finish. When within striking distance their skill seemed to leave them, and many cleverly won positions were thrown away. The shooting was very erratic too. Leyfield and O'Reilly were clever wingers, and a good deal of useful work was done by Clark at centre half. The defence was not too sound and at times wide-open spaces were left. Everton: - King, goal; Williams and Jones backs; Mercer, Clark (captain) and Archer half-backs; Leyfield, Bentham, Highan, Webster and O'Reilly, forwards.
Everton “A” 4 West Kirby 3
Liverpool County Combination.
Though making good use of their opponents disadvantages against the sun and wind West Kirby held a 3-1 lead at the interval at Crosby. Hewitt Rogers and Chamberlain scoring in the first half for the visitors and Trentham noting for Everton. On the resumption Everton assumed a forceful method of attack, and 30 minutes play was sufficient for them to make matters equal. The incidental goals included a penalty Watson scoring. Superb goalkeeping by Deighton successfully frustrated West Kirby. Five minutes before the final Lambert scored his second goal and gave Everton a well-deserved victory.
EVERTON NEARING THE TOP.
October 29, 1934. Evening Express.
Form That Will Gain Them The Leadership.
By the Watcher.
Everton will soon be league leaders if the form against West Bromwich Albion is maintained. It was a dazzling display, which brought the 4-0 victory, and with the same eleven available against Arsenal on Saturday the Goodison Park club should advance above the Highbury club in the chart. Everton are only two points behind the leaders, Stoke City, with equal games played –twelve. From goal to centre, every man performed his task in a manner, which must have been gratifying to the club's directors. Cresswell stood out in defensive, which nearly had the opposition guessing; in fact, he gave his best display of the season. A pleasing feature to me of the work of the halves was the manner in which they slipped the ball through to their forwards. They pushed it along the ground each time, and thus the forwards, particularly the wingers received more chances than usual of cutting through a defence, which was overworked. Of the Blues' attack I thought Geldard and Cunliffe were the best. They had a better understanding than existed on the left. That is not to say that Everton's Irish wing –Stevenson and Coulter did not play their part. They did, and fully justified their inclusion. Dean did well as leader, but he was up against the Albion's strongest man –Richardson (W.) –who was always at hand when the ball went near Dean.
THE SPORTS LOG
October 30 1934. Evening Express.
By the Pilot.
Everton may not worry quite so much about securing new inside forwards following their brilliant success over West Bromwich Albion, but there is one position they are anxious to strengthen at the earliest possible moment. That is goal. For this position the club has three players –Sagar Deighton, and King. They want another –and a man of experience at that. The directors realise that should Sagar received an injury they would have to place a player of comparative inexperience into the League side. King is only a youngster yet learning the game, and Deighton is hardly up to Football League standard. So, Everton are determined to sign a goalkeeper of First Division standard and they have cast eyes London way to this end. The man they fancy is Jackson the Chelsea goalkeeper and a Scottish international. Jackson is languishing in the Chelsea reserve team owing to the continued good form of Woodley, but he is a brilliant goalkeeper who played for Scotland against England last year. Everton want Jackson, but so does Mr. Jimmy Seed manager of Charlton Athletic. There is going to be some keen competition.
October 31 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
After last week's fine performance at Goodison Park it was expect that any change would be made in the Everton side to meet Arsenal at Highbury, and this proves to be the case. The side will be; Sagar; Cresswell, Cook, Britton, Gee Thomson; Geldard, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. The Reserve side to oppose Oldham Athletic in the Third Round of the Lancashire Senior Cup at Oldham will be; King; Jackson, Jones, Mercer, White, Archer; Leyfield, Dunn A. Dickinson, Webster, Stein.