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September 1 st 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury

The fixture list at this period of the season is always crowded, but rarely has a club had to play ten matches in the space of less than five weeks, this the programme, however, which Everton started on Saturday and today the Goodison park is due at Gigg Lane to meet bury. Everton are making several forward changes from the side, which was beaten at Tottenham.

T. Parker a lancashire county amateur, who played for Stalybride Celtic last year, and who showed great promise in the trial game, is to fill the outside right berth in place of Irvine, who is moved to the centre-forward position in place of john O'Donnell, with batten at inside left, instead of Kennedy. The Goodison club will therefore have two amateurs in the side.


The Everton team to met Bury at Bury (kick off 6p.m) tonight: - B.H. Baker; Raitt McDonald; Brown, Reid, and Hart; Parker, Dominy, Irvine, Batten, Weaver. The Reserves side to Meet West Bromwich Albion Reserves at Goodison (Kick off 6-30) is Davies; Wilcox, Kerr; Rooney, Bain, Virr; Moffatt, Woodhouse, Murray, Kennedy, Troup. The brothers Walter and Bob Curr who play for Orrell have signed amateur forms, for Everton. Walter is an inside forward and Bob a full back.


BURY 5 EVERTON 2 (Game 1186)

September 2nd 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury



By “Bee.”

Everton gave a disappointing display at Bury last night, and were beaten by five goals to two. Bury made no changes from Saturday, and Everton made vital alterations from the eleven beaten by Tottenham Hotspur. Batten came in for Kennedy, Irvine, went to centre, and Parker the Stalybridge amateur, made his debut at outside right. The wind was a frolic, and sweeping as it did around and through the small stands, it made play difficult. Much of the play was of the handling character. From a throw-in, or in the matter of goalkeeping a lively ball added to the difficulty of the players, and Bury having won the toss, had offered them a priceless chance of making good. Bury's forwards, however, were not in direct touch for half an hour. Certainly Baker made two enlivening saves –one a high ball, which he took from the crossbar; the other a low drive from Amos, who has a good habit of pushing into the inside left, and even as far as centre. Apart from this Ball and Bullock had been wakeful. Soon after the half hour Bury took the lead, through Bullock making a lobbing shot close in and over Baker's head. Amos and Stage had made the goal lead possible, and it was no more than Bury deserved, as they had the better of the play.


Everton's forwards showed little sign of combination. When the grit of a goal was offered to Everton they did not snap it up. It was gilt-edge security when Irvine got the ball from one of Bury's few defensive errors, but Irvine failed with his attempted shot. Yet the screw on the ball was so pronounced that Dominy was left with no one to beat. He placed the ball, which gently touched the foot of the upright and rolled across the goal line. That the gods do not forgive was shown when with the last kick of the first half, Stage scored the home side's second goal. He got the rebound of a very fine pat down save from six yards out per Matthews. This was a stinging blow, and came so late on that the centre could not be taken. Everton in the last moment had allowed a frail lead to become as a millstone around their necks. The solitary question now was whether Everton would get more value out of the wind than Bury had. Also whether the Everton half backs could make more impression upon the lively Bury forwards.


The answer was to come all too quickly. After Baker had flung himself at a low shot Bullock shot and Reid had nearly headed through a goal from Ball, who hit Baker's leg with a warm one from close in. This was in four minutes, and two minutes later Baker ran out to make quite a rational clearance, tripped up, and saw Matthews shoot against the upright, Bullock meeting the rebound and pushing the ball into the still empty goal. A fourfold lead was top fulsome for a weak Everton side. Waever Everton's most dependable forward went close with a corner kick, and also offered a nice chance to Irvine. Hart, the losers best half-back –the half-back line was poor on the whole –centred from the touch line, and Dominy, running up, headed in to score readily. Everton now got busier, and when Heap bumped his own goalkeeper out of possession, he left Irvine with nothing to do save punt the ball for a second goal. Bury's answer was a shot by Ball, who hit the upright, the rebound being placed at the opposite end, where Baker made one further addition to a number of clever saves and clearances. The game had now brightened up considerably, yet there was much to find fault with in Everton, save the last two lines of defence; which had wore well. Dominy looked to be well through when Richardson came to the forefront for the first time. A goal at that point would have led to a fighting finish. As it was, defeat stirred at Everton, and only Baker's further solid punches away from Amos and Ball kept the scorers to a rational figure. The referee had been variable in his corner kick decision, but now erred grievously when he allowed Bullock to go on from an offside position and score this third goal of the day. This completed Everton's discomfiture, and they were well and truly beaten 5-2. They had been very disappointing. Teams;- Bury: - Richardson, goal, Heap, and Adamson, backs, Porter, Bradshaw, and Ward, half-backs, Matthews, Stages, Bullock, Ball, and Amos, forwards. Everton: - B.H. baker, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, Reid, and Hart (captain), half-backs, T. Parker, Dominy, Irvine, Batten, and Weaver, forwards.



September 2 nd 1926. The Daily Courier.


About 10,000 spectators attended the Centrel League match at Goodison Park. Everton had numerous of chances of taking on early lead, but the shooting of the inside forwards was, at times woefully weak. Nearing the interval, Sprosan made a couple of great saves from Troup and Murray. On resuming Murray tried hard to get his line working smoothly, but without success, Edwards scored for West Bromwich from a perfect centre from Fotton. Everton: - Davies goal, Wilcox, and Kerr, backs, Rooney, Bain, and Virr, half-backs, Moffatt, Woodhouse, Murray, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards.



September 3 rd 1926. The Daily Courier.

Everton announce the opening of the new Bullen's road stand at Goodison Park for the West Ham United match on Saturday. The shareholders' stand is all seated, and the member's stand his from 600 to 700 fixed seats. As the South end of the new stand will not be ready until the following Saturday, only the north portion (Gwlady's street end) is available for Saturday.



Ssptember 4 TH 1926. The Liverpool Echo

Everton appear to have pick up a smart young amateur in Thomas H. Parker, who was given his chance in the reserve team on the opening day of the season, and promoted to the League the following Wednesday at bury. A Boltonian, Parker stands only 5ft 6ins; but he weights 10st; and is fraid of nothing, being fast and possessing good control of the ball. When at the Bolton Church Institute School he played both outside right and centre forward, and since then he has played in the wings for St. Phillips, in the Bolton .S.F. League, Eccles United, in the Lancashire Combination, and Cheshire County League, and Stalybridge Celtic, in the Cheshire County League, being with the last named club a season ago. A member of the Bolton Harriers and Athletic club, Parker is employed by a firm of chartered accountants. He has a brother who plays left back for Bolton St. Philips.



September 4 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton open their home season with a visit from West ham United, whom they defeated by 2-0 in the corresponding match last term. So far the Goodison Park club has fulfilled two away engagements, and the play of the side, has not been altogether encouraging. At Tottenham, the team did not have the best of luck, but the heavy defeat at Bury came as a surprise. The eleven which did duty on that occasion is to have another opportunity today, and special interest will be shown in the forward line, where T. Parker, the Stalybridge amateur, and Dominy, the former Southampton forward, consistute the right wing. The high wind at bury perhaps upset calculations, and Everton are hoping to do much better on this occasion. Last Saturday the Upton Park side drew with Leicester City, but Everton should win on this occasion. The kick off is at 3-15 and the teams are: - B. Howard Baker; Raitt, McDonald; Brown, Reid, Hart; T. Parker, Dominy, Irvine, Batten, Weaver. West Ham: - Huffon; Hebden, Barrett; Bishop, Carter, Collins; Yews, S. Earle, Watson, Moore, and Ruffell.



September 6, 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury


Everton were soundly beaten when they made their first appearance for the season at Goodison Park on Saturday, and the margin of three clear goals in favour of West Ham did not overstate the case against the Goodison side. It was Everton's third successive defeat, and although they gave such a disappointing display it may be recalled that in the year when Burnley had such a remarkable run of success they open with three successive defeats. At present the outlook at Goodison is the reverse of cheerful, and it is many a long day since the side, as a whole played so poorly. It was that West ham showed any outstanding ability. They were just an average side playing good methodical football without any pretence at brilliant movements, yet Everton were the interior side. The forwards had a poor conception of constructive work. They lacked a big personally capable of devoping ideas that ensure sound progressive work. They laboured and toiled without any definite plan, and were so conscious of their failings that at the end of half an hour's play they rearranged their attack, with Batten as centre forward and Irvine inside left. The forwards were not alone to blame because Baker in the Everton goal, did not inspire confidence by his risky manceuvres and general lack of skill in dealing with ordinary shots.


The one bright spot in Everton's display was the part played by Parker, the youthful outside right. He played with a purpose, spent little time in finessing, and usually got the ball across at a nice pace. Weaver did some good things, but Irvine was too obsessed with the importance of dribbling to be ever dangerous. Batten did better in the centre. He was a more trustful leader than Irvine while Dominy was just a useful link in a very moderate attack. Possibly Hart should not have played because he did not stay the pace and faded out after a promising start. Peacock, who took the place of Brown (injured) was very poor. He found Ruffell too fast for him, and was rarely in touch with his own forwards. Reid worked hard, and was better in defence than attack. Of the full backs, McDonald was better than Raitt although both were much below their usual form.


Raitt was really responsible for the second goal, because he made a pass back that was intercepted and Moore had an easy task in netting the ball. Hufton, in the West Ham goal, had far more to do than Baker and he did it well. He was much troubled in the second half, when the Everton forwards certainly shot oftener than in the first period. Still Hufton was left off far too easily, chiefly because the Everton forwards did not press home their attacks with definite and direct shooting. The backs tackled and kicked well and one of the best performers was Carter, a hard working bustling type of pivot, who allowed the opposition little latitude. Bishop did well early on, while Earle played his usual attractive game with clever passes and skilful touches. Watson led the line well, and always ready to snap up openings. He scored the first goal (twenty-three minutes) with a clever shot, and at thirty-four minutes he provided Moore with a grit chance which the latter converted. At eight-one minutes Watson scored West ham's third goal, when he took up a short pass by Yews, who had responded well to Watson,'s preliminary movements. Teams; - Everton: - B.H. Baker, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Peacock, Reid, and Hart (captain), half-backs, Parker, Dominy, Irvine, Batten, and Weaver, forwards. West Ham United: - Hufton, goal, Hebden and Barrett, backs, Bishop, Carter, and Collins, half-backs, Yews, Earle, Watson, Moore, and Ruffell, forwards.



September 6 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury


Everton received a setback at the Victorian ground, where they were beaten by a side who snapped up their chances. The visitors were deservedly beaten, but the margin of success flattred the City, who never entirely held the upperhand. The scoring was opened by Bussey after nine minutes' play, and Kelly scored again six minutes before the interval. Everton challenged the issue strongly following the resumption, but the forwards, spoiled good work in the field by weak finishing, and they were well beaten when Armitage scored from a penalty sixteen minutes from the end. The Everton defence could not be blamed for the defeat; Wilcox and Kerr were sound enough and both kicked with good directions. Bain was the best of a solid and useful intermediate trio. Forwards were disappointing, but Woodhouse and O'Donnell showed clever touches without being trustful the attack lacked a marksman. Everton: - Davies goal, Wilcox and Kerr backs, Rooney, Bain, and Virr backs, Moffatt, Woodhouse, O'Donnell, Kennedy and Troup, forwards .



September 6 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.


At rake-Lane. Everton made a splendid recovery early on New Brighton held a commanding lead, but Everton stuck to their task and playing the better football in the second half scored five goals to New Brighton one. New Brighton paid the penalty of throwing away chances, evidently thinking the game won. The scorers were for New Brighton. Nicholes (2), Voar, and Wilson. For Everton “A”, Harrison (2), Manville, Murray, Davies, A. Haspey



September 7, 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.



By “Bees”

Everton were beaten at the Hawthorns, last night by 3 goals to 2, before 20,000 spectators. Everton played O'Donnell for Irvine, and Brown returned vice Peacock. There was a startling opening, S. Davies, a former Everton player, scoring through McDonald erring badly. This goal shook Everton into left rather disturbed their confidence and it was no surprise when O'Donnell hooked an equaliser that Ashmore could not hope to reach, owing to his having gone down immediately before to a ball travelling away from him. O'Donnell had been shooting hard and true, and one of his high drives had made Ashmore concede a corner, from which, indirectly, came Everton's well-deserved and well-earned equaliser, but the success was undone afresh when Reid astoundingly pulled the ball back with his hand.


A goal resulted from the penalty kick , Davies being the scorer. This was a blow that shook the Everton side, and at the thirty-six minute Carter broke through and scored no.3 with an ease and nonchalance that showed the confidence of the man. Thus, as at the Spurs' ground, Everton, after having most of the play and showing capital form, had a weak five minutes and had fallen behind. It was an electric and surprise lead that the Albion held at half-time. On the run of the play there were not two goals between the teams, yet there it was a 3-1 lead for the home side. Raitt did fine work, and Dominy and the sprightly Parker had been thorns in the Albion's backs, well though Howarth had operated at half-back in the first half. O'Donnell reappearance meant more punch to the forward line, his swerving shots trying Ashmore to the full. When twenty-five yards out he elected to try a shot, and Ashmore made a beautiful one handed save. Batten also had a good try, and Hart's energies once took him across the field to the right side of the touch line. Baker might have saved the third goal, as against that there was an instance where Carter hit the crossbar, and Davies kicked a divot instead of the ball when the goal gaped at him. In the second half Reid joined the shooting list, and Parker, as ever, was always going ahead smartly and with practical footwork, whereas Weaver got a few chances. Raitt was particular good in stemming the Byers tide, and the Albion forwards, as usual, were nothing if not nippy, Carter coming near to his best form of a year ago, without finding either of his extreme wing men so prominent as usual. O'Donnell nearly reduced the lead, the ball hitting Magee who had fallen. Ashmore was a busy man for some time and was troubled to keep the opposition out, even falling to the ground and being surrounded by rivals.


Baker was also employed and one catch near the crossbar from James was a gem. Away went Everton to the other end, and when Weaver wheedled the ball to the centre and Dominy running in, as he did in the Bury match headed a goal to make the issue open again. There were now twenty-three minutes to go, and at once Stanley Davies sent in a rocket shot that Baker caught. James, however, missed a sitter after McDonald had blundered. On the other hand, Raitt, cutting across, did well to stop Glidden's drive from eight yards range. Byers at length raced beyond all opposition to the middle of the field, and Baker by running put, stopped a certain goal by a timely kickaway. Back came Everton with almost surprising ruggedness and O'Donnell lashed out when Perry missed the kick. Ashmore, running out, had the good fortune to feel the ball hit his leg. This was good luck rather than good management. Everton had the whip hand in the closing ten minutes, and in spite of another good catch by Baker, from Davies, Everton were the more dangerous side. The Albion broke away again through Davies, yet the Albion were on tenterhooks to the finish of a hard and fast game, in which Everton, though beaten were far from disgraced. In fact it was their brightest display of the season. The Albion welcomed the final whistle. Teams: - West Bromwich Albion: - Ashmore goal, Perry, and Baugh, backs, Magee, Reed, and Howarth, half-backs, Glidden, Carter, James, Davies, Byers, forwards. Everton: - B. Howard, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, Reid, and Hart (captain) half-backs, Parker, Dominy, O'Donnell, Batten, and Weaver, forwards.



September 8, 1925. The Liverpool Post and Mercury

Against the Wednesday, at Sheffield on Saturday, Everton will be represented by the same side as that beaten at West Bromwich Albion; Baker; Raitt, McDonald; Brown, Reid, Hart; Parker, Dominy, O'Donnell, Batten, and Weaver. The Reserves side to meet West Bromwich at the Hawthorns, this evening is Davies; R Curr, Kerr; Rooney, Bain, Virr; Moffatt, Woodhouse, Murray, Kennedy, and Troup.



September 9, 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury


Both Everton and West Bromwich fielded strong sides for the Central league match at the Hawthorns ground last night. The football was of an entertaing character, but they was a marked lack of penetrative power. Neither goalkeeper had much to do before the interval, though Davies made one spectator save from Short. Their was more life in the rival attacks in the second half and great excitement prevailed, when Edwards scored for Albion, Everton protested because Short was in the net, but the referee allowed the point after consulting the linesmen. Murray equalised for Everton, and than Short gained the lead for the Albion. Everton: - Davies, R. Curr and Kerr, backs, Rooney, Bain, and Virr, half-backs, Moffatt Woodhouse, Murray, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards.



September 10, 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.

Harland the Everton and Irish international goalkeeper has signed for Runcorn, and he will play for his new club on Wednesday next at Congleton in the Cheshire county league. At his best Harland proved one of the leading goalkeepers in the country, but he sustained a nasty injury at Chelsea a few season ago and he took sometime to regain his confidence. He is still a good goalkeeper and he should render Runcorn great service.



September 11 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury

Everton renew acquaintance with the Wednesday, a club, as Sheffield Wednesday, with which the Goodison Park side had had many hard tussles. So far neither team has done well, but whereas the Wednesday won their first match during the week; Everton are without a single point out of four games. The only club in the first Division thus situated. The position is desperate, but after the teams improved display at the Hawthorns hopes are entertained that Everton will this time break the ice. The Sides which did duty in the last match will again turn out. The Wednesday posses a sprightly combination, and they will press Everton hard but the visitors should at least gain a point. The Teams are B. Howard Baker; Raitt, McDonald; Brown, Reid, Reid; T. Parker, Dominy, O'Donnell, Batten, Weaver. Wednesday: - Brown; Felton, Blenkinsopp; Lowdell, Keen, Marsden; Williams, Hill, Trotter, Austiss, and Wilkinson.



September 11 th 1926. The Liverpool Football Echo

I hear that Kennedy has been put on the transfer list by the Everton club. This is probably due to the little contretemps that followed the first game, when Kennedy like O'Donnell, was dropped after, the initial run of the season. Kennedy, with Manchester United, was a bonny player, and when he came, he was hailed as a shooter and a schemer. But he had lost some of his “tricks” and hardly fitted the local forwards possibly because he, like some of the line, is of short built. Already the club have had inquires about his transfer, notably from the Midlands.




September 13 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury



By “Bees”

Everton left Hillsborough crest fallen, weary and wondering what next would befall them. When studying their results one has always to remember that they have had only one home appearance; but allowing for that the collateral form of the clubs rather tends to make one wonder how Everton can escape the range of defeat. Without being harsh or desiring to be harsh with the eleven triers, one is faced with a dismal situation after Everton trooped off with neither a goal nor a prospect. They had been whipped thoroughly by Sheffield Wednesday, a newly promoted club, who had until then one solitary win (v West Ham), and a pile of goals against, yet this was the side competent to gain four clear goals against Everton without response.


There were two in each half, and Trotter took the big spoils with a “hat-trick” performance. Anstiss, a former Aston villa player, having been brought into the attack and making a deadly first time effort which opened the score-sheet. It is only fair to B. Howard Baker to say that he kept a splendid goal, took rational risks, handled clean and well, and was only faulted on the score of his punting, which led the ball to “touch” with frequency. He caught high and low balls, hot and pot shots, and many times he smothered shots that must have been meant goals, as there was no one but the goalkeeper for a forward to face. It was a galling and pronounced defeat, and only for a few minutes did the opposition quiver and when this occurred there was no sting in the attack. Batten started with a stinging drive that augured well, but against the wind and sun Everton lost “weigh” and never recovered their balance, their confidence seemed to go instantly they were a goal down and with Reid and Batten going lame, and a general shuffling of positions arising as a necessity, Everton had not the framework of an eleven. Reid's case was a real misfortune as up to his accident he was revealing his best form.


Everton lost because of their slowness, as compared to the nippy and fast Wednesday team. O'Donnell was ready, willing, and too anxious 0his shooting from outrageous range was useless. Not one of the forwards showed to advantage, and while it is true to declare that they got little help from the half-back line, it is equally true to state that when they had possession they made poor use of the ball, and as a line they lacked pace and punch. Wednesday are not nearly the good side this 4-0 victory suggests; they have, however, the elements of present day success; they keep a good position, the ball on the ground, and their heads in front of goal. Everton on the other hand, blundered through and only Raitt and B.H. Baker showed the skill one expects from an Everton eleven. It is patent that wholesale changes will become necessary.


The opposition side was chiefly noteworthy for the manner of making progress by the wise pass to the man nicely placed for such a pass. Therein they were a grade above any part of the Everton side. But chief of all; the forwards worked harmoniously with the ball on the turf and finality shot delivered without any sign of waiting. I should not class Wednesday as a good side, because their half-backs work had not been of a great character, save that Kean a busy intervenes. However, they are a workmanlike side and any team like that will beat Everton as they are constituted today. The home backs were sturdy in their kicking and not altogether good in their direction, but they saw to it the ball went as far away from danger as possible. In goal Brown took abnormal risks, and should have paid the penalty for such folly, for folly it was in that there was no need for electricity shocks when he caught the ball clear of all. His making a difficulty over simplicity caused his goalkeeping to be “jumpy.” Wednesday were plainly affected by the early second half display by Everton and if Everton has scored them the whole tenor of the game would have changed, because Wednesday showed they had distinct affliction of nerves until they got far ahead on the score sheet. Teams : - Sheffield Wednesday: - Brown, goal, Felton, and Pienkinsopp, backs, Lowdell, Kean, and Marsden, half-backs, Williams, Hill, Trotter, Anitist, and Wilkinson, forwards. Everton: - B. Howard Baker, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, Reid, and Hart (captain), half-backs, T. Parker, Dominy, O'Donnell, Batten, and Weaver, forwards.



September 13 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury


Everton's second Saturday home match, like the first game, resulted in them inflicting a 7-2 defeat on their opponents. Within twenty-five minutes of the start Everton were enjoying a five goal lead. Troup opening from a penalty. Goalkeeper errors led to Murray getting the second and Kennedy the third, while Troup scored the 4 th and Murray the fifth. Meanwhile Davies the Everton custodian had saved shots, from Mcllvenny and Packham, and five minutes from the interval he was beaten by Prince. Further Everton goals, were scored by Murray, and Woodhouse, and Packham notched a good goal for the visitors. All the home side worked hard and well for the victory. The display of the halves Peacock, Bain, and Virr, and of Murray, Moffatt, and Troup of the forwards being just a shade in front of their colleagues. Everton: - Davies, goal, R. Curr and Kerr, backs, Rooney, Bain, and Virr, half-backs, Moffatt, Woodhouse, Murray, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards.



September 13 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.


At Burscough. The home side were well balanced and Bennett (Centre) and Chatburn (Centre-half) were the best of a good team, whose Everton's three goals were due largely to the slackness of Ashurst, the home right back. Murray opened the scoring for Everton, and Pye equalised, but before the interval Davies broke away and gave Everton the lead. Two goals from Rawlins in the second half put Burscough in a winning position, and goals were added by Bennett and Walle. Murray scored a third goal for Everton. Farrington for Everton, saved a penalty.



September 15, 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.

Drastic alterations have been made in the Everton team to meet West Bromwich at Goodison today. The match is creating the liveliest interest and it is hoped that it will mark the turning point in the club's fortunes. Everton have still to gain their first point, but though beaten at West Brom they played well and a big effort is to be made to improve the position this afternoon. It will be noticed that Brown is the only one of the original half-back line retained, but Bain and Virr are experienced performers who have rendered good service in the past. Virr was injured last back-end of last season, but he has recovered, and has been playing well with the reserve side. A remark which applies to the forward. Moffatt, whom Everton secured from Luton injured a foot in training, and was not available at the outset but he is now fit. Moffatt and Troup must be the smallest wingers in the country, but both are clever and shot hard and often. Murray the South Africa player has also shown good form with the reserves and he obtained three goals last Saturday.



September 16, 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.





By “Bees.”

Everton have broken the ice of despair. They have moved one pace to the right, and have thus shown some sign of getting away from the bottom of the First Division. Yesterday they shared in a goalless draw at Goodison park with a side that had beaten them 3-2 a week or so earlier. The two games were totally different. At West Bromwich there was life and effort and some skill, with Everton making brave show and some people imagined proving worth a draw. Yesterday the weight of oppression seemed to pall on the Everton side. They strove too hard, it is to be feared, and forgot that football is best played when the ball is kept on the ground. Admittedly the strained situation facing them was of a dark character; every man knew that the wholesale changes at half back and forward –the forward line was quite new for this season –meant that each man was playing for his place, and the result was that over-anxiety tended to spoil the day's pleasure, for rarely has a game given so little pleasure as the goalless draw of yesterday when the Albion seemed to come to Everton's lowly measure. Neither side on the day's play, will go far.


West Bromwich Albion regretted the loss of a schemer such as Carter, one of the best inside forwards in the County. His loss led to Wilson coming in, but he and James have both failed to come ahead as they promised to do. In fact, on either side there was as abundance of poor forward work that made the defensive attitude an easy one. It struck me that there was more chance of goals from the forward line fielded by Everton yesterday than there was from the line that had represented them at Sheffield and Bury. They have got a shot in their locker, and Kennedy and Troup had a working agreement that paved the way to some semblance of methods and attacking devices, but Murray's slowness rather jarred. It had been said that he kept the line going smoothly, but little was seen of this yesterday, nor yet his known shooting power. On the right wing Irvine wheeled hither and thither at will, and generally found one too many for him, but he is certainly the best inside right at the club's command, for he occasionally has a shot at goal, and one of his efforts would have been crowned but for Ashurst bringing off a mighty save.


Ashmore made three saves of real merit –one from Irvine, another from Bain, who worked his own way through to inside right from the centre-half, and wound up with a brilliant shot which Ashmore turned over with an outstretched hand, and finally, the same man kept Kennedy from the reward of his good day's work. On the other hand B. Howard Baker appointed captain for the first time in his career I should imagine had a comfortable time and really touched his previous “home form” rather than the convincing display pattern he has shown in his away games. His kicking of the ball when running out to clear is not clean, and there was a time when he tried to hand out the ball and failed, with the result that a goal should have been scored. He was not to blame, however, when McDonald tried to force a goal kick and the winger rounded him off and offered Wilson a perfect chance. Had it not been for Raitt's sudden drop back to the goal-line another defeat would have been staring the club in the face.


Raitt and Baugh were the best backs of the day and both were busily engaged. At half-back Reed, the Albion captain, was a captain in something more than name, directing affairs and by his wholeheartedness showing a way to the other members of the side. Virr as wing half-back, had a splendid half, and did not need to have a good second half, so poor was the wing against him; while Brown gave a capital display against the Albion left wing, which wing, it should be noted, was transformed in the second half, Davies going to inside right after he had played inside left in the first half. Davies save for one or two passes, and a string driving forcing shot, was “moody” and below par, as was the whole of the remainder of the line. Everton have a long way to go before they regain their lost confidence, but time may do much with them. At the moment they lack a personality in the middle. On the showing of the game yesterday, Murray is too slow at centre forward and Moffatt making his debut in First Division football after being signed from Luton, was not so good and Sharp as the amateur T. Parker. It was Everton's first “draw” of the season. A win against Leicester City on Saturday, at Goodison Park would brighten things considerably. It is a big task. Teams: - Everton: - Hardy (captain), goal, Raitt, and McDonald, backs, Brown, Bain, and Virr, half-backs, Moffatt, Irvine, Murray, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards. West Bromwich Albion: - Ashmore, goal, Perry and Baugh, backs, Magee, Reed (captain), and Howarth, half-backs, Glidders, Wilson James, Davies, and Byers, forwards.



September 18 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury

Leicester City visit Goodison Park this afternoon with a record of 8 points from 6 games, and they share with Burnley the distinction of not being beaten. They have won two games and drawn four, so that they may be expected to make a bold bid for the points on this occasion. Everton, however, are a desperate mood just now and it is hope that the alterations decided on after Wednesday's drawn game will provide the necessary finish to the attack. Bain is no stranger to the centre-forward berth, and he domstratated against the Albion that he has the ability and determination to force his way through and shoot. T. Parker will return to outside right, while Hart will be in the centre-half berth. The kick off is at 3-15 and the teams are: - B. Howard Baker; Raitt, McDonald; Brown, Hart, Virr; T. Parker, Irvine, Bain, Kennedy, Troup. Leicester City; Campbell; Black, Osborne; Duncan, Watson, Bamber; Adcock. Hine, Chandler, Lockhead, Bell.



September 20, 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury




Everton on Saturday missed a splendid opportunity of sending their supporters home in a happy frame of mind when they lost to Leicester City 4-3 after holding a lead of three clear goals at the interval. Everton defeat came as a surprise after their good work and excellent lead in the first half but it cannot be overlooked that well as Everton played Leicester did better in the second half than Everton had done in the first period, and on the balance Leicester were the more impressive side. It certainly looked as though Everton's tide of misfortune had turned, for the side played with more spirit and determination than in the first home game, and at times their work was of high standard. Yet it was not good enough to prevent Leicester springing a dramatic surprise and earning the full points. It was a game of bright football, thrills and sensations that did not end till the final whistle. Even in the last stages of the game (eighty-seven minutes) Everton narrowly missed dividing the points when Troup failed to convert a penalty kick , his shot striking the crossbar and going over. All things considered however, Everton are entitled to view their position more hopefully. There was a definite improvement in the attack and with a stiffening in the middle line the side should further improve.


Baker did splendid work in the Everton goal. He did not always handle the ball securely, and was rather shaky at the start, but he made some remarkably good saves, and generally did his work well. Raitt and McDonald were a sound pair of backs, although they had far too much to do in the second half when the Leicester forwards made telling raids. This was chiefly due to the failure of the half backs. They were incapable of holding the City forwards, and Raitt and McDonald were overworked. Hart did much useful work in the first half, as did Brown and Virr, but afterwards the wing half-backs fell away considerably, Virr being the weakest in the line. Bain was not an ideal centre although he added force to the attack. Irvine was a more effective unit, because he did not overdribble, and devoted more time to shooting, which proved to be one of his strong points, Parker had a good first half, but lacked opportunities in the second period. Troup and Kennedy made the better wing. The former was clever and effective, and a fine shooter.


Campbell was bear witness to the deadliness of the Everton shooting. He had anything but an easy day, and made some brilliant saves. The Leicester backs were not impressive, although they improved, while the half-backs played an even game. Chandler was a splendid leader and provided he gets the ball in the right position there are few more deadly shooters. Lockhead and Hine were splendid inside forwards and Bell Adcock completed an excellent line. The goals were scored in the following order –Bain (5 mins), Irvine (35 mins), Irvine (38 mins), Chandler (52 mins), Chandler (54 mins), Hind (84 mins), Duncan (85 mins). Teams: - Everton: - B. Howard Baker, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, Hart (captain), and Virr, half-backs, Parker, Irvine, Bain, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards. Leicester City: - Campbell, goal, Black, and Osborne, backs, Duncan, Carrigan, and Bamber, half-backs, Adcock, Hine, Chandler, Lickhead, and Bell forwards .



September 20 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury


In a hard-fought game, Oldham Athletic well-meited their victory at Boundard Park, Hey and Kirkpatrick scored the first two goals in the opening half, and Taylor added a third twelve minutes after the interval. Weaver and Woodhouse provided Everton with many good chances, but were badly supported by the rest of the forwards.



September 20 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury


At Poulton, Everton were much the superior team, Gaskill, and Harrison playing well. Westcott was the most prominent player for the home team and Futton in goal thoroughly beaten 3 times made some good saves. Gaskill scored twice for Everton “A”, one from a penalty, ands Harrison added the third. Westcott scored for Poulton from a penalty.



September 21 ST 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.




Everton made tremendous, yet unavailing efforts to win their first match of the season at St. Andrews's last night, when Birmingham defeated them by 1 goal to nothing, the point being scored by Briggs after twenty-four minutes play. Everton played Millington for Parker, whose business prevented him from appearing. Although the game as a whole was poor, especially in the second half, Everton must have been heartbroken by three great saves, made by Tremelling before Birningham had scored. Kennedy was the shooter on each occasion, and it was obvious that he was out to shoot hard and often. This he did with deadly accuracy, and his work being fruitless, Everton from this point rarely got home a shot of any sting. Birmingham were worth a victory, if only for their smartness in every department. Still they were little better than Everton who had almost as much of the play during the first half as the home side.


They were not upset by Brigg's goal, which was a surprise. It arose from a corner taken by Thirlaway, who put the ball into the goalmouth. Baker slapped rather than punched, the ball away, and the result was the goal. Crosbie heading to Briggs and the latter past baker. From that point the home side were never sure of a win, so forceful were Millington and Bain. The centre-forward tried to get the line moving chiefly by his headwork to right and left, but his only consolation was the wing work of the speedy Millington. One of the features of the match, in fact, was the manner in which Millington caught up when the chances of reaching the ball appeared small. The second period of the match proved to be a replica of the first, a replica in the sense that each side played poor football, Birmingham being wasteful with good chances. A rather panicky Everton defence held out and the halves continued good destructive work without making much shape at setting the front line working.


Millington was again the star forward, and his only failing was the finish of his clever runs, which invariably ended with a low centre. Everton lost because they had only one forward who played well from start to finish. Kennedy was brilliant in long rang work, in the first half hour. Troup never got going, Bain found little support, Irvine played a unusually tame game, and thus it was left to Millinghton to get most from his speed. Brown was the best half, though all did well as attack breakers and Raitt and McDonald got through an enormous amount of work with far credit. Howard Baker seemed to have little chance of saving the header which brought the goal, and that apart made several daring saves. He, however, did not inspire confidence in several cases when he had to puck up from ground shots. Jones, Dale, Crosbie, and Briggs were outstanding Birmingham players. The attendance was 12,000. Teams: - Birmingham City: - Tremelling, goal, Smith, and Jones backs, Liddell, Cringan, and Dale, half-backs, Harris Crosbie, Briggs, Russell, and Thirlaway, forwards. Everton: - B. Howard Baker, goal, Raitt and McDonald, backs, Brown, Hart (captain), and Virr, half-backs, Millington, Irvine, Bain, Kennedy, and Troup, forwards. Referee Mr. F.H. Warris, Sheffield.



September 25, 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury

The fifty third meeting between Everton and Liverpool as the outstanding feature. The holding capacity of Goodison Park will be fully taxed, and the addition space on the new stand will be needed. The kick off at 3-15, and there is likely to be a keen and exciting game, for Everton are in desperate mood, while Liverpool are anxious to maintain their good beginning. On form the Anfield side are likely winners, and as they have gained many success at Goodison Park in recent years they are hoping to finish on the right side once more. Certainly the team is more convincing than, that of Everton, and all the chances are in their favour. Everton have made changes in the side, Kerr, the Reserves full back, being introduced at left back in place of Raitt, who is injured, McDonald is crossing over. The half-backs remain the same as at Birmingham, and in the forward line T. Parker returns in place of Millington, and O'Donnell returns to inside left in place of Kennedy. For Liverpool Edmed resumes at outside right in place of Walsh. The teams are: - B. Howard Baker; McDonald, Kerr; Brown, Hart, Virr; T. Parker, Irvine, Bain, O'Donnell, Troup. Liverpool: - Riley; Lucas, Longsworth; Shears, Cockburn, and Bromilow; Edwards, Hodgson, Forshaw, Chambers, Hopkins.



September 27 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury




Everton won their first game of the season at Goodison Park, The only goal of the contest was scored by O'Donnell after fifty-five minutes' play, and it was sufficient to enable Everton to break their long spell of abortive efforts. There have been many better games between Everton and Liverpool, and the play has been more constructive and satisfying. It might truthfully be said that Saturday's game was far below the average in point of skill and interest, and for this Everton cannot afford to rest satisfied with their display. They may obtain a measure of contentment at having turned the corner, but it was a convincing win, because Liverpool played much below their normal form. The standard of play, taking the game as a whole, was poor. True, there were times notably in the first half, when both sides played with Great Spirit and earnestness, but the contest was never brilliant. It was often ragged and disjointed, and lacking in the finer points of the game.


Both sides missed fine scoring chances as for instance, when Chambers lobbed the ball over the bar in the first half from a position that seemed to offer a great chance, and again when Bain was given the ball near the Liverpool goal only to shoot wide. Similar chances never came in the second half as after Everton scored they played for safely and the Liverpool forwards were not able to formulate a decent attack. Liverpool did certainly get the ball into the net, but Forshaw had the misfortune to be thrown forward and he touched the ball with his hand just as it was crossing the Everton goal line, the point being disallowed. Baker did his work well in the Everton goal. He was several times under severe pressure, but he was confident all through. Riley on the other hand was not as sound as usual. He did not make any serious mistakes although he appeared rather slow in making an effort to stop the shot that beat him.


The injury the kept Raitt out of the game had at least one good point for Everton. It gave Kerr an opportunity to display his ability, and he was certainly a success. Keen and smart on the ball, he never hesitated to tackle and used the ball well. McDonald was not so certain. Both Lucas and Longsworth were serviceable backs, with Longsworth little inferior to the Liverpool captain. At half-back Everton held the advantage. Hart was good in defence, and with useful touches kept the forwards well supplied with good openings. Brown too did good work, but Virr was variable. The Liverpool halves were weak and did not support the forwards as they had a right to expect, Shears being the best of a poor line. It was this weakness that played such an important part in Liverpool's fortunes, especially in the second half. Edmed for instance was rarely given the ball and Hodgson was slow and ineffective compared to what he can be. Forshaw was too well held to be often dangerous. Hopkins was the best of the line with Chambers a good second.


Everton have not yet solved their forward troubles. The line as constituted on Saturday did not blend effectively. There was plenty of hard honest efforts, but little cohesion. Parker had his limitations, Irvine was trustful, and often clever, but Bain, hard as he tried, was not a successful leader. Troup put across some capital centres, and his elusiveness helped him to make useful raids, while O'Donnell, although inclined to leave his position, was a splendid worker. Teams : - Everton: - B. Howard Baker, goal, McDonald, and Kerr, backs, Brown, Hart (captain), and Virr, half-backs, Parker, Irvine Bain, O'Donnell, and Troup, forwards. Liverpool: - Riley, goal, Lucas (captain), and Lonsworth, backs, Shears, Cockburn, and Bromilow, half-backs, Edmed, Hodgson, Forshaw, Chambers, and Hopkins, forwards.



September 27 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury


Marine had to field four Reserves at Rossett Park. Both sides put up a good game, the forwards combining well, McKenna opened the home team's account from a penalty, but Hapsey soon equalised. Before the interval Parry restored the lead. The second half was keenly fought, some clever midfield play being witnessed and Farrington in the Everton goal made some clever saves. Five minutes' from the end the home team scored again through Sharp.



September 29 th 1926. The Daily Courier

Everton, at Goodison Park today, play their tenth match of the season. Bury will be the visitors, one change has been made in the side which defeat Liverpool Millington taking the place at outside right of T. Parker, who is not available. Millington, is a fast wing forward, who plays well in the match against Birmingham, at St. Andrews last week. The kick off is at 3-15, and the team is: - B. Howard Baker; McDonald, Kerr; Brown, Hart, Virr; Millington, Irvine, Bain, O'Donnell, Troup. The victory last Saturday should give the players confidence to face what is likely to prove itself, for Bury are an enterprising side, who won the last game between the sides at Bury 5-2. Bury have won 3 games and drawn four, out of seven, and includes some excellent exponents, notably Bradshaw the centre half-back. The Bury team will probably be: - Davies; Heap, Adamson; Porter, Bradshaw, Ward; Matthews, Stage, Bullock, Ball, Amos. The Everton Reserves team to meet Bury at Gigg Lane, today, includes Murray, the South African, at centre half-back. The side is Davies, Curr, Hamilton; Peacock Murray, Rooney; Moffatt, Dominy, Batten, Woodhouse, and Weaver.


EVERTON 2 BURY 2 (Game 1194)

September 30, 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury




By “Bees.”

Everton and Bury made a draw of two goals each at Goodison Park, yesterday, before some 16,000 spectators. It was a good game to watch, but it was disappointing to local enthusiasts, who expected Everton to continue the winning way they had found against Liverpool. Well, they had their chances, and cannot complain that the draw was an unfair verdict, because Bury fought under the great disadvantage of having Ward, their half-backs, damaged to the extent that he felt he had dislocated his shoulder. Ward continued through the second half, and was of some service to his side, but of course he could not take any risks in tussels with the home right wing. Then Bradshaw the big and clever centre half-back of the Bury side, had a deep cut over the right eye owing to a collision with one of his own men, and though he was off for a short time only it served to reduce Bury's playing strength and to make Everton believe that their second victory was in sign.


Twice the home side led, first and early on through a swift piece of draughtsmanship; Troup centred, and Bain took the ball on the run and scored a clean-cut goal, a joyful affair duly acknowledge by shooter and the man who centred. Amos scored an equaliser soon afterwards, the ball hitting the upright ere it passed a foot over the line. Everton regained their lost confidence when hart taking a bow at a venture, at full distance, shot into the corner of the net, a fine effort that beat so good a young deputy goalkeeper as Davies. This was the first goal ever scored by the Everton captain in the Goodison colours, and it should have sufficed, except that Bury's subtle forward work always had one believing that there was danger lurking in the offing and that the slightest slip would lead to a goal. Kerr was beaten adroitly by Ball, who at once fired into the corner of the net.


Ball has great driving power from his strong limbs, and it were folly to complain that Baker should have saved, as some did yesterday. He had no chance with either shot. His manner of fielding the shots late on was excellent, and two high balls were fielded with a sure catch and a nice discretion. Where Baker makes the crowd gasp is in endeavour to pick up a bouncing ball; at times the ball cannons from his chest; there is no danger of goal, but "“he look of the things” is troublesome. His manner of picking up one ball in a half-volley fashion was thoroughly expert. He was not to blame; the inside forwards were to blame for their haphazard methods. Had they taken Bury as their example they would have done well, for Bury are at least tacticians in their movements; they work the ball on the ground, position themselves with a fine insight as to the next move, and they bring the ball to earth, where it is supposed to be, whereas the inside Everton forwards were too inclined to head a ball and to make blind drives. Irvine's shooting was wide of the goal posts; Millington did not do badly at outside right vice T. Parker, who was hurt and had business calls in addition. Millington has speed and some dash, and his hanging centre is of good quality. At centre Bain was a trier, without much result, and O'Donnell, who was damaged and changed places with Troup in the second half, was looking out for snap-shots, and looked in vain. Troup and Millington were the dependable forwards, with Troup making rather vague smashing shots at an angle. At half-back Hart put up another good game, perhaps his best this season; he offered passes and went in for constructive play. Indeed, each of the half-backs was capable against a live line of forwards that twisted in and out, and had a fine appreciation of each other's needs.


Bullock was below what one remembers of his best, but Ball and Amos were a fine left wing, Amos inclining towards cutting in, as should every extreme winger if he can be certain his partner knows his perspective move. The right side of the attack brought to light the dainty touch of the veteran Stage, but Matthews was poor. At half back there was a mixture, owing to the cutting up process, consequent upon injuries to two of the members, and at full back Adamson and Heap showed judgement, and did not incline to the hefty booting of the ball when a placed pass promised better results. Davies in goal for Richardson, was not too convincing early on, but later he took no risks with balls that cross the goalmouth, and his manner of getting back to a ball he had overreached was distinctly clever, and showed a nice appreciation of the angle of the goal and the crossbar. In spite of his body being inclined towards his goal, he lifted the ball over the bar with the fingertips. It was a just verdict that each side should take two goals and a point. Teams: - Everton: - B. Howard Baker, goal, McDonald, and Kerr, backs, Brown, Hart (captain), and Virr, half-backs, Millington, Irvine, Bain, O'Donnell, and Troup, forwards. Bury: - Davies, goal, Heap, and Adamson, backs, Porter, Bradshaw, and Ward, half-backs, Matthews, Stage, Bullock, Ball, and Amos, forwards. Referee Mr. Tate, of Halifax.



September 30 th 1926. The Liverpool Post and Mercury.


This game at Bury thoroughly entertained 4,000 spectators. The Everton were very smart on the ball, collaborating splendidly and showing effectiveness in front, Dominy, and Weaver betting inside twenty-five minutes, and Gale two minutes later for Bury. Bury quickened in the second half Gale equalising after twenty minutes. Everton improved and Dominy hit the woodwork with Harrison helpless. The game was fought at a furious pace to the finish, and a draw was a far reflex. Everton: - Davies goal, R. Curr and Hamilton, backs, Peacock, Murray, and Rooney, half-backs, Moffatt, Dominy, Batten, Woodhouse, and Weaver, forwards.






September 1926