PRESTON NORTH END'S RETURN.
September 1, 1934. Liverpool Posy and Mercury
By John Peel.
The premier Merseyside clubs have most attractive matches, Everton entertaining old rivals in Preston North End and Liverpool visiting the Arsenal at Highbury. After an absence of nine seasons Preston North End are assured of a warm welcome to Goodison Park and as they have already two victories to their credit they may be depended on to make Everton go all the way. A side that can win at Tottenham, where Everton drew, is worthy of the greatest respect. The good start made by North End has aroused much enthusiasm, and a big influx of visitors is expected today. Everton were not altogether convincing in beating Leicester City and Stevenson is brought in with a view to adding strength to the forward line. Critchley, Lowe and Holdcroft will renew acquaintance with Goodison Park, this time in the rival camp. Leyfield retains the Everton outside right berth after his good display on Wednesday. The kick off is at 3.15 and the teams are: - Everton; - Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee Thomson; Leyfield Cunliffe, Dean Stevenson, Stein. Preston North End: - Holdcroft; Hough, Lowe; Shankley, Tremelling, Milne; Critchley, Beresford, Maxwell, Bargh, Pears.
EVERTON WIN 4-1.
September 1 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition
Leyfield's Two Great Goals.
Preston Miss Penalty with Two Attempts.
By the Watcher.
Proud Preston –and they have plenty to be proud about this season –having won their first two matches against Grimsby and ‘Spurs –had a big following at Goodison Park for their match with Everton. Many colours were prominent among the 28,000 present at the start . Teams: - Sagar goal; Cresswell and Cook backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunnliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Stein forwards. Preston North End: - Holdscroft goal; Hough and Lowe, backs; Shankley, Tremelling and Milne half-backs; Critchley, Beresford, Maxwell, Baugh, and Pears, forwards. Referee Mr. G.F. Davies. Everton attacked vigorously from the start and within seven minutes were one up. Stein being the scorer. Stevenson took a long pass on the left and after punting the ball several yards, and passed inside to Stein, who, shooting instantly made no mistake. Holdscroft sprang to the far end of the goal, but missed Stein's grounder by inches and the ball hit the net and rebounded into play. This was a good start for the Blues. Apart from a raid on their right Preston were seldom dangerous in the early stages.
Everton were not satisfied with their goal lead and after 13 minutes went further ahead, Leyfield was the scorer. It happened this way while running along the right Leyfield crashed in a ball which bounded off Lowe over the line. The referee at once signalled for a corner kick, and so accurately did Leyfield place it that the ball curled under the cross bar between Holdcroft's outstretched hands. Six minutes later Preston reduced the lead. Critchley, the former Everton star, helped in the goal. He headed in the goal. He headed a dropping shot on to Maxwell, standing close in, and Maxwell tapped the ball into the net about ayard wide of Sagar. Dean worked hard, but owing to the machinations of Shankley and Tremelling he found it a difficulty task to get the left wing going. Cresswell's head prevented a possible Preston equaliser when the interval was approaching. Hough sent out a ground pass to Milne, who crossed the ball in fine style Cresswell got the ball away a fine header, while Maxwell was waiting for the ball. The next minute North End's goal had a remarkable escape. After Dean and Stein had worked their way on the left, Dean sent in a “cracker” from only a few yards out, and Holdcroft only managed to push out from under the bar to Stevenson, who narrowly missed with a first timer.
Dean, however, opened his account 30 second s afterwards, when the game was 30 minutes old. Stevenson gave Dean a short pass near goal, and Dean with hesitation banged it into the top of the net, Holdcroft having no chance of saving. Neither set of forwards was afraid of “taking a pop” with the result that both Sagar and Holdcroft constantly were called into action. When the Everton defence was hard pressed, Cresswell got them out of difficulty with his cool tackling. Sagar received a round of applause when with the Everton defence scattered he saved a possible goal by driving at Maxwell's feet as that player was about to shoot. On his first half display alone Stevenson more than justified his inclusion. He was ever ready to shoot and collaborated excellently with Dean.
Critchley, the ex-Evertonian, was prominent on the right with a tricky run and centre, which resulted in Sagar throwing the ball to safety. Holdscroft got Preston out of difficulty by coming out and clearing with a long kick.
Half-time Everton 3 Preston N.E. 1.
The second half opened in quiet fashion with the ball hovering in midfield for several minutes. Everton then got away on the left and Stein sent over a perfect across, the ball dropping at the far side of the goal. Leyfield dashing up, eluded Lowe, and scored after 51 minutes with a quick rising shot. Leyfield shot so quickly beat Holdcroft was unprepared. Everton's fourth goal came as a big blow to the North Enders, who, so far, had played good football; certainly they hardly deserved to be three goals in arrear. Dean missed a great chance of putting the Blues further ahead a few minutes later. When Leyfield squared a pass across the goalmouth, Dixie shot, but failed properly to connect, and the ball soared into the air instead of the net. Dean missed another chance of scoring, Stein raced up, beat Hough, and sent across a low centre to Dixie, who was waiting for it in front of the goalmouth, Dean's shot went yards wide.
Preston missed a great chance to reduce the lead after 30 minutes of the second half. Cook handled the ball in clearing during a Preston attack, and from the penalty kick Pears shot straight at Sagar, who gathered the ball splendidly and sent the ball up the field. The referee, however, ruled that several of the Everton players had moved before the kick was taken. Therefore Pears was given a second chance. With the second kick Pears sent the ball soaring over the bar. Preston never gave up trying, and it was due only to the watchfulness of Sagar and his backs that the Deepdale men did not reduce the lead. When they got near their forwards particularly the inside men, shot on every occasion. So persistent was their attacks at one period that the Everton halves dropped back to assist their defence. Eventually the Blues got away, but Stevenson was rather slow in accepting a chance from Dean near goal.
Leyfield Again –But Offside.
Leyfield sent the ball into the net in one of the Everton attacks, but the referee had previously blown his whistle for offside. Immediately afterwards Stevenson gathered up a Dean pass and missed only y inches with a rising shot. Play slowed down considerably in the closing stages, but the crowd, which was now more than 30,000 had a thrill when Dean dashed forward and almost converted with his head a low centre from Stein. Only the alertness of Holdcroft's prevented Dixie succeeding the goalkeeper catching the ball in his hands. Everton made repeated attacks now, but when they beat Preston's defence they were against a stiff proposition in Holdcroft who saved brilliantly. So great was the desire of Dean to score a second goal that when racing at top speed he threw up his hands and pulled the ball down to his feet. Lowe got a nasty knock on the leg during a scuffle, and play was held up while he was attended to. Final Everton 4, Preston N.E. 1.
EVERTON RES V. SCORE FIRST.
September 1 1934. Evening Express Football Edition.
But Preston Reply with Four.
A severe thunderstorm broke over the Deepdale ground just before the start of the game. Everton won the toss and set North End to face the driving rain. Before an Everton player had touched the ball it was taken right up to King, who fielded it but dropped it again, and only the referee's whistle for some infringement saved the Everton goal. It was a fast game from the beginning with North End doing all the pressing and very narrowly missing scoring on several occasions. After 13 minutes a quick raid put Everton ahead, Higham being the scorer. Five minutes later Butterworth equalised for North End. Further scorers were Dougal, Fitton, and Palethorpe. Half-time Preston N.E. Res 4, Everton Res 1.
EVERTON'S BRITTON –A CLASSIC AMONG HALF-BACKS.
September 1 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition.
“Give me Busby or Britton and I should have the finest half-back line in Britain.” So said a manager who ought to know something about half-back play, and who admitted during a pre-season discussion of prospects that he was not so well equipped on the right of the line as he would like. In the opinion of more than a few Cliff Britton, of Everton, is the finest English right half of the moment, and the two inter-league matches which precede the opening of England's international programme for the season will, perhaps demonstrate that some of those in authority at least are of the same mind. When Cliff was signed by Everton from Bristol Rovers a little over four years ago, he was a pale-faced youth, of whom it was said he would never stand 90 minutes of First Division football, as a regular thing, of course. Yet, he was one of Everton's only two ever presents of last season, and he started this campaign in such form that one critic who saw him at white Hart lane last Saturday describes Cliff as the finest thing in English wing half-backs since Syd Bishop, of Leicester city and Chelsea, dropped out of the active service list. Britton is a classic among half-backs, surely. He resembles Bishop in quality, style and sportsmanship. What can one say more? There will be surprise expressed if he does not “walk into” the first England side of the season. There is nothing like getting into the news straightaway, for he took a hand in that much discussed quickest first-league goal of 1934-35. Perchance, the circumstances made a better advertisement of his virtues than if he had scored the goal himself. Which reminds us, by the way, that Cliff has not yet been credited with a goal for Everton. His one and only in League football, so far arrived in 1929-30, his second and last, term with Bristol Rovers. It is something to wonder at that he has not been among the goals, for there are not many better at going through with a ball, even if he does not typify sledgehammer forcefulness. Britton has poise; he has the indescribable. “It.” None can better illustrate half-backs strength that is not purely physical strength. Before he left his native Bristol for Goodison Park, Britton had a collarbone broken and in a practice match at Everton had dislocated it prior to the opening of the 1930-31 campaign –not a happy beginning. However, Cliff was able to make his debut for the side in the Second Division match with the “Spurs” at Goodison. His share in the promotion winning effort was limited to ten senior games and the following season he had to remain wholley in the background while his teammates were carrying off the League championship. In 1932-33 he missed the first five matches and only one afterwards getting his first representative honours when he played in the international at Portsmouth in March, and following up with the still greater pleasure of a Cup medal a month later. Cliff played for the League against the Irish League in October, last year and all things considered he has been a wonderful bargain to Everton at the price they paid for his transfer. If his old school, Bristol St. George's has any more like him in the embryo stage, team managers all over the country would like to be post-carded.
• Wrexham stole a march on Everton when they signed Wyness, of Spennyrmoor.
EVERTON 4 PRESTON NORTH END 1 (Game 1481 over-all)-(Div 1 1439)
September 3 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Easy for Everton.
Preston N.E. Fall Below Early Form.
Everton had an easy passage against the promoted side, Preston North End, at Goodison Park for newcomers to the League never at any time suggested that they would even cause Everton any great anxiety let alone defeat them. North End defeated the ‘Spurs on Monday, whereas Everton could only draw at White Hart-lane, so taken on form the North End should have offered a bold front to Everton whereas they were never a match and were deservedly beaten by the Goodison Park brigade. The score 4-1 is no exaggeration of Everton's superiority. From first kick to last they were definitely on top. It is early in the season to look on a side as second rate, but taken on this form the North End are not a good First Division side. There is no height nor weight in the team, and very little ability in endeavour. Preston were keen enough but Everton taught them a lesson in the finer art of the game –a game which lost some of its charm because of its onesideness. In no one position could Preston claim the advanatage and so it was that Everton ambled on a comfortable victory when many had expected them to be put through the mill by this alleged fast moving and skillful side from Preston. Everton must have played streets ahead of the form they displayed against Leciester City yet I would ask you to wait awhile until the opposition is better than it was on Saturday before you visualize Cup or League championship trophy on the sideboard.
However, Everton could do no more than win, and this they did with consummate case, and two of the goals scored were brilliantly executed. Stein opening point was a great one. He had an oblique shot, which flashed round the back net and then came back into play. So quick was it obtained that many had not realized that the ball had been in and out of the net. The third goal –which continue Dean to retain his goal per match record –was a more scientific one, for the leading up work to it was excellent. So good was it full deserves a paragraph to itself. Gee passed to Stevenson –who had previously demonstrated his mastery of the ball –who slipped it through to Dean; Dean sent it back, yet Stevenson once again pushed it through to the Everton captain, who was thus left in an unassailable position –he shot into the net. But prior to that Leyfield had scored directed from a corner and Preston had placed one on their score cared through Maxwell; at least he gets the credit for the goal whereas I would say that either Cresswell or Sagar were responsible. This is what happened, Critchley headed towards goal Sagar had the ball covered but Cresswell, not inclined to take any chance sprang up high and headed the ball in the air Sagar ran out, but I could say that he came a step too fat out and when he tried to grasp the ball over the back of his head he lost his balance and the ball dropped to Maxwell who headed it into the net. Another goal was to come through Leyfield, and a penalty kick for Preston through Cook handling. Pears was entrusted with this acknowledged “grit goal” but Sagar saved the shot. The referee however, had seen an infringement and awarded another kick, but this time Pears slashed the ball over the bar. The spectators were interested in the play of the former Everton men now wearing Preston's colours. Holdcroft, Low and Critchley, but they were disappointed for not one of them could claim to have played above the ordinary. Holdcroft made some smart saves but Critchley had a poor match, and the Everton forwards were much too clever for Lowe. Hough the former New Brighton forward now a right half full back for the North End, had a chance of earning fame, for the Welsh selectors were present watching him with a view to their first international match. I fear Hough will not be chosen this time, he did not play at all badly, but spoiled his game through his desire to shadow Dean, who was always outheading the Preston men. Only once did I see him fad with the ball in the air.
Stevenson's inclusion smartened up the Everton frontline. His first half display was perfect, his passing and dribbling being a great joy. He could work around an opponent without any apparent effort, to finish by sending the ball along the turf right to his colleague's toe. Leyfield was also in the limelight apart from his goals in fact the whole front line was most workmanlike. Half-back support made this possible, and Cresswell was to my mind, the finest full back on the field. Britton, Gee and Thomson have struck their best form and when a half back line can offer up such support to a forward line as this trio gave to Dean and Co goals should be a natural outcome. Preston's best were Beresford and Davis for Maxwell got no more from Gee, and Tremelling must keep in more stringent hand on centre forwards than he did here. Teams: - Sagar goal; Cresswell and Cook backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunnliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Stein forwards. Preston North End: - Holdscroft goal; Hough and Lowe, backs; Shankey, Tremelling and Milne half-backs; Critchley, Beresford, Maxwell, Baugh, and Pears, forwards. Referee Mr. G.F. Davies.
EVERTON AT LECIESTER.
September 3 1934. Evening Express.
Team Unchanged for Tonight's Game.
By the Watcher.
Everton for their match with Leicester City at Leicester tonight, chose the eleven that defeated Preston North End 4-1. Everton; Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein. Everton's new star –Leyfield –twinkled brilliantly during the Preston game, and with Stevenson fully justifying his inclusion in the inside-left position, little fault could be found with the composition of the Blues' team. Although there was little to enthuse over in the game itself, the match revealed that Everton have in Leyfield a player, who will quickly be one of the club's star men. In addition to netting two of his side's goals, the 18-year-old winger played a great part in one of the other goals.
On a ground made slightly heavy by rain, neither Everton nor Preston served up football of First Division standard. Tow many passes went astray; the forwards, especially Preston's constantly were overkicked by their halves and backs; and although most of the inside men were ever ready to shoot their efforts often were too wide of the mark. Dean fully deserved his goal, for throughout he worked hard, though never playing so well as he did on Wednesday against Leicester City. Leyfield and Stein were prominent on the Blues' wings, and, as I have said Stevenson more than justified his inclusion. It was due chiefly to him that Stein came more into prominence. Taken as a whole the intermediate line did well and the defence also performed creditably. After Everton had gone ahead through Stein and Leyfield, Preston scored through Maxwell the former Kilnarnock leader, but before the interval Dean put the Blues further ahead with a shot which gave the Preston goalkeeper no chance. Early in the second half Leyfield netted again, and that completed the scoring.
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LEICESTER CITY 5 EVERTON 2 (Game 1482 over-all)-(Div 1 1440)
September 4, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Leicester City Upset Everton.
Beaten by 5-2 in Fiery Struggle.
New Forward Moves.
Everton visited Leicester City last evening to meet a side desperate for victory. Leicester wisely brought back Lochhead and added dash to their attack by the introduction of Chandler in the forwards. The home side won well by 5-2. The game was not particularly good but for the fiery attitude of the Leicester side, the wingers shooting being much more deadly than Everton's. Indeed, McLaren only had to make one save –it was a superb one –against Cunliffe. Everton had spells of cohesive attack in the main through their right flank and Leyfield and Dean kept up their record of goals a match without being able to disturb Leicester's confidence and capabilities. One feature of the Everton game was the introduction of Thomson in the goalmouth for the corner kicked by Leyfield or Stein, and the same player, Thomson, took up a now position neat the end, placing himself at a point near Cunliffe, a rather extraordinary move for a left half to be found at inside right. Leicester deserved winners, because they were sharper and more rugged and practical, and because of Everton's close triangular patterning, which broke down to often on the extreme, left position. Everton's best were Sagar, Cresswell, Cook and Gee, but there was a lack of consistency about the visiting side. Lack of finality caused them to lose.
The first half showed Leicester the value of reintroducing Lochhead. The home team had brought back two of the old school in Chandler and Lochhead and Mills the Welsh international was tried at inside right. Mills was not accurate and Chandler was no more than a dasher, but Lochhead, by cute dribbling and wise passing made Liddle into a live force. The first half was even and interesting and contained much more football interest than the previous game a week ago provided in 90 minutes. Everton, who had to play in white jerseys were a goal down is seven minutes when Britton was beaten, Lochhead making a gliding pass to Liddle, who got the ball in at the near post. Quite a good goal. Cunliffe made a useful shot through Stein's help, and Cresswell placed his acceptance of thrown in, for which he went far forward. In this period the triangular combination of Britton, Cunliffe, and Leyfield was pretty and expert, and corners were the conclusion and whereas they are so often not conclusive, Leyfield now made a first time home shot into the roof of the net, when he was on the half turn to Stein's corner and to the goalkeeper's pat away. Everton next went back a good deal. They had equalised in four minutes but now had a hard flight in the centre, Lochhead and Chandler going near, and Stevenson had a wonder from inside left to half-back to endeavour to stop the oncoming lead.
Dean Bewilders Defence.
Liddle took the lead in 25 minutes from a free kick on the touchline the Leicester side breaking in on bloc and bundling the ball through beyond Sagar's fingers. Cook misheaded, but Mills failed. Leicester them increased their lead when Lockhead beat Cresswell and sent Mills ahead Sagar making a half save to avert a rather poor shot. Locfhhead's task being simple. At the half-hour Leicester led by 3-1 and Gee prevented it being four. Before half-time Leyfield took two corners with the left foot and made the ball swerve in into the goalmouth, Dean Gliding a second kick into the net and bewildered the whole defence.
Everton Fight Back.
The game took a vital turn immediately the second half started Everton appeal for a penalty kick through Stevenson being plainly legged down being refused. In addition Stevenson unfortunately got in the way of a goal-scoring shot by a comrade. Dean had got his goal from a second corner and Leicester copied the example when Liddle took two corners and Chandler converted the second. Everton fought back with determination and McLaren made his one excellent save of the day to stop Cunliffe scoring. Leicester went further ahead when Mills got a lucky goal in a defensive mix-up. Whereas Everton's right wing was the more dangerous in the first half the left wing and Thomson now came into the attack. Stein however, rarely sounded off his work with a centre or a sound shot. Everton adopted a curious formation at three-quarter time, Thomson becoming a semi-centre-forward and a semi inside-right. Gee starting as third back. At times Everton's combination was superior to Leicester cleverer and neater but near goal the Leicester backs were strong and Everton's danger was more in appearance than in fact. Hence they deservedly lost the day. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Stein, forwards. Leicester City- McLaren goal; Black and Jones, backs; Smith, Heywood, and Ritchie, half-backs; Summers Mills, Chandler, Lochhead, and Liddle, forwards. Referee Mr. Capt Hamilton Jones, Woolwich.
EVERTON RESERVES 7 OLDHAM ATHLETIC RESERVES 2
September 4, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 4)
Five Goals for Higham.
Everton Reserves Double over Oldham Athletic.
Goals were plentiful at Goodison, where Everton completed their first double -a 4-0 victory at Oldham being followed by a 7-2 win at home. The Athletic defenders were completely outplayed by the fast accurate work of the Everton attacking quintte supported by a strong half-back line. Talbot the ex-Liverpool keeper will have cause to remember his visit to Goodison Park and although beaten even times he made a number of good saves, but the only Oldham players who really did well were the full-back Silcock, and the scorer of the goals Livesey. For Everton it was an easy match, Higham in scoring five of the goals showed opportunism and skill in finishing and Coulter and Watson (W.G) added the other two.
• Wolverhampton centre forward Hartill scored five goals at Wolverhampton against Aston Villa.
Goals at 15, 34, 51, 66, and 71 minutes.
EVERTON IN TWO MOODS.
September 4, 1934. Evening Express.
Everton were seen in two moods at Leicester last evening when they lost for the first time this season, the local City winning 5-2. In the opening half Everton were a moderate side lacking in cohesive ability hesitant on the ball and uncertain in their passing. They crossed over 2-3, but with a definite hope of pulling the game out of the fire. The manner in which they started the second half looked as if they would not only draw, but win. Then Stevenson, in my opinion was fouled when about to shoot at an open goal. Everton rightly claimed a penalty, but the referee ignored the appeal. In the second half Everton improved so much that Leicester attacked only five times but scored two goals. The play of the Blues in the second half was satisfactory in the main. There remained weaknesses. It is true that Stein, Cunliffe and Sagar had an indifferent game, Stein could do little right, and Cunliffe lacked all idea of making the vital final pass. Sagar was at fault when two Leicester goals were scored in the first half. Once he misjudged a free kick and on the other occasion pushed out a shot on to Liddle's leg from which it rebounded to the net. Leyfield scored a brilliant goal from Stein's corner, but otherwise did not have much opportunity to shine. The outstanding Evertonian was Thomson. None too certain on the ball and in position in every phase, he became the star man and inspiration of the side. Stevenson had a brilliant second-half after being out of the picture early on, and Dean played well despite the attentions of Heywood. Cresswell and Cook were good, except that their covering was often faulty, and Gee and Britton improved as the game advanced. Lochhead (2), Liddle, Chandler and Mills scored for the City, and Leyfield and Dean, in getting Everton's goals, kept up their records of a goal a match this season.
September 5 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton visit Grimsby Town on Saturday and the directors have decided to reply on the team that lost to Leicester City on Monday. This is the third of Everton's six matches this month. Grimsby Town have won one, lost one, and drawn one game so far, and have scored but three goals to one. The Everton team is; Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein. The Reserves side meets Bolton Wanderers Reserves in a Central League game at Goodison Park, and the team selected is: - Deighton; Williams, Jones; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Geldard, Dunn, Higham, Watson (J.), Coulter.
F.A. SELECTION COMMITTEE
Gloucestershire Echo-Wednesday 5 September 1934
YET another name has been added the F.A. Selection Committee. Already many as 12 may vote for the players to play for England. The new selector is Mr. W. C. Cuff, the Everton chairman. Mr. Cuff has been most intimately associated with first-class football for many years, and he has played a leading patt in guiding the Everton club in their many successes. Everton are one of the few clubs who still do not think it necessary to have professional expert to manage the team. The directors, with, course, the assistance of their scouts, find the players, and I cannot imagine one being engaged without the approval of Mr. Cuff.
EVERTON'S “NO CHANGE” TEAM POLICY
September 5, 1934. Evening Express.
Chance to Make Amends for Leicester Failure.
Blues Always Do Well at Grimsby.
By the Pilot.
Everton, despite their heavy defeat at Leicester, make no change for the visit to Grimsby Town on Saturday. This will be the third successive match in which the same eleven has represented the club. One admires the action of the directors in refusing to make hasty alterations because of one defeat. They prefer giving the players an opportunity of redeeming themselves. The team gave such a good display in the second half of the match at Filbert-street that the retention of the formation is thoroughly justified. Some players were below form and the forwards were lacking in cohesive ability, but the eleven looks good enough to bring back a point from Grimsby. Everton invariably do well at Blundell Park, and though last season's Second Division champions have got off the mark, the Blues will be hard to beat. Grimsby put up a fine show bat home on Saturday when they whipped the F.A. Cup finalists, Portsmouth, by 3-0. That proves them a dangerous, penetrative force. Up to today Grimsby had secured a point a match in three engagements, whereas Everton claimed five points from four games. Everton; Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein.
Ben Williams Everton's Welsh international right-back makes his first appearance of the season when he assists the Central League side in a match against Bolton Wanderers Reserves at Goodison Park on Saturday. Williams, one of the best backs of the day, was injured in a trial match –he pulled a muscle in a leg –and his appearance will be something in the nature of a test. Three other internationals are included in the Everton side which has quite a “first team” appearance. Geldard (England) and Dunn (Scotland) constitute the right wing of attack, and Coulter (Ireland) will be on the extreme left. Everton Reserves; Deighton; Williams, Jones; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Geldard, Dunn, Higham, Watson (J.G.), Coulter.
Footballer-Golf Title Date.
The final game for Dan broster challenge Cup between W. (Dixie) Dean and H. Williams to be played tomorrow, is being eagerly looked forward to by Arrowe Park “fans.” “Dixie” will begin at four o'clock. The prizes the cup and replica for the winner and a case of cutlery for the runners up will be presented by the donor, Mr. Broster in the evening.
• W. H. Weight, who has signed amateur, forms for Everton is the Port Sunlight goalkeeper.
EVERTON'S CHANCE OF HAT-TRICK.
September 7, 1934. Evening Express.
But They Must Combine Better at Grimsby.
By the Pilot.
Everton forwards must reveal greater skill in combination than they did against Leicester City if they are to return from Grimsby with a point. At Leicester the attack was rather disjointed, and this caused promising attacks to peter out. When Everton last visited Grimsby –it was in 1931-32 season –they won 2-1, and completed a double by winning 4-2 at Goodison Park. Two season before that Everton won there 3-0 but lost the return game 4-2, a defeat, which practically relegated the Blues to the Second Division. Thus in two visits to Grimsby in recent seasons the honours have gone to Everton, and the Blues have a fine chance of completing a hat-trick. The Mariners have earned a point a match so far, and in mid-week lost at Sunderland. They are a strong virile combination, with Bestall the prime schemer. The return of Betmead to the Grimsby side is the only change from the team beaten by Sunderland in mid-week. The danger man is Glover, the tall, bustling Welsh international centre-forward who was the leading scorer in the second division last season. Everton should at least return home with a point. Everton; Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson Stein. Grimsby Town; Tweedy; Kelly, Jacobson; Hall, Betmead, Buck; Burley, Bestall, Glover, Craven, Jennings.
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EVERTON AT GRIMSBY
September 8, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton renew acquaintance with Grimsby Town a team that was once largely instrumental in sealing the fate of Everton when they went into the Second Division. The newly promoted side have played one or two good games this season so far notably when they defeated Portsmouth, but Everton are anxious to show that the result at Leicester was not an accurate reflex of the team's ability. It will be a hard game with Grimsby playing dour football, but Everton who are playing the same side as at Leicester may recover to win. Teams: - Everton; Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson Stein. Grimsby Town; Tweedy; Kelly, Jacobson; Hall, Betmead, Buck; Burley, Bestall, Glover, Craven, Jennings.
EVERTON IN POOR GAME
September 8, 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Forwards Lack Finish at Grimsby.
Cook's Fine Defensive Play.
By the Pilot.
It was nice to be back at Grimsby again to meet old friends on the occasion of Everton's visit. There were about 13,000 spectators present. Teams: Grimsby Town: - Tweedy goal; Kelly, and Jacobson, backs; Hall, Betmead, and Buck, half-backs; Jennings, Bestall, Glover, Craven, Burley, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal goals; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunlife, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. R. Bowie, of Newcastle. Cook received the ball in the fact at the outset and Grimsby won a free kick, which enabled them to develop on the left Craven being the schemer, but Burley shot straight into Sagar's hands. Twice Leyfield placed behind when faced by Jacobson. The Burley raced through and caught the ball on the line when everyone thought it would be a loser. He crossed to Glover who sliced the ball goalwards and Thomson was able to nip in and clear. Cunliffe and Leyfield made porgies by close passing, and when Cunliffe made a back pass Leyfield shot outside. Sagar had to handle from Craven and Jennings. Then Cunliffe bore through, made a pass, and receiving the return from Leyfield, and shot a yard wide on the right. Grimsby had the better of the opening play, but their finishing work was weak. The Everton inside forwards were inclined to hold on to the ball. Glover made the first real shot, which Sagar picked up, and then Cook's long free kick gave Tweedy his first opportunity of handling the ball.
Everton's play had been extremely uncertain Cresswell and Cook were doing well in defence, but Gee was out of touch. Burley had a mighty chance from a Jennings centre. He received the ball close in with no one but Sagar to beat, but topped his shot. Betmead mistimed a dropping ball, and Dean lashed out at it first time to see his shot barely inches outside the far post. Stein came into the picture for the first time with a brilliant cross drive, which Tweedy turned over the top in equally brilliant style. Thomson worked the ball before helping Dean to make a shooting chance for Cunliffe, which again was inches too wide. Still, it was a worthily effort. Tweedy made another fine save from Stein, conceding a corner. Everton were now showing improvement and getting a bigger share of the play. Dean tried a back-heel when in thought he had a great chance of taking a first-time shot on the run, and then Cunliffe hooked one outside. Sagar had to come out with a one-hand punch to get the ball away from Glover;'s curly head. It was not enervating football, for there was little finality about the work of either side. Just on the interval Sagar's fist again came to Everton's aid, and then Stein raced away at top speed only to run into Kelly's stern tackle.
Half-time Grimsby Town 0, Everton 0.
The first half play had been disappointing neither side reaching a high standard, and Grimsby struck me as being quite an ordinary side. Everton could not pull out that extra bit which would have placed them on the victory road, Everton's defence was the better part of the team. The finishing on both sides had been poor. Burley opened the second half with a sharp cross-drive to the side netting. Then Stein almost got through on Dean's ground, Jacobson intervening. Glover made a big effort for the Town, He raced between the Everton backs from Bestall's centre, and shot as he got a shoulder charge. The ball dashed by the near post. Dean stood still while Bestall fed Craven, and Everton shouted offside. Craven went on to met the ball, but the referee judged that Everton was right, so the cheers for a goal were premature. Stein put in a lovely one on the left , only for the ball to hit the side meeting. Once again Everton appealed for offside and Burley centred for Bestall to shot as he was falling. It looked a winner but Cook came across to boot the ball out. Dean came over to the left on a foraging expedition, and offered Stein a shot. The ball spin away to the right, and Cunliffe hit it first time but it flew over the top. Final Grimsby Town 0 Everton 0.
EVERTON RES V. BOLTON RES
September 8 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Everton fielded an exceptionally strong reserve side against Bolton Wanderers, at Goodison Park. It was all Everton at the start, and Higham went close to a first minute goal when he headed a Geldard centre inches over the bar. Watson went right through the defence and missed a good opening by shooting wide, but Everton aggressiveness was bound to tell, and when Coulter centred accurately Higham opened the score with a well-judged header. Bolton were inactive for a long spell, and their first movement of any promise was when Jones wended his way down the wing and gave his opposite wing man a chance which he failed to utilise. A clever back-heel touch by Coulter who was Everton's star attacker, almost yielded a second goal, Higham's header striking a defender, and passing out for an unproductive corner. A further lucky escape fell to the Wanderers, as Dunn's shot at goal appeared certain to find the net had Higham not been in the fight of the ball which struck him and flew away from the gaol area. Ben Williams, who was making his reappearance following an injury, had little work to do during the first half hour, but on one occasion he cleverly kicked away off the line when Bacon had fallen in a vain attempt to smother a shot by Walton. Shortly afterwards the Wamderers had a great chance of an equaliser, but Storey with only Bacon to beat, kicked over the ball. Everton were quickly on the ascendancy again, and they kept peppering away at the Bolton goal in which Church made some good saves. Half-tome Everton Res 1, Bolton Res 0.
GREAT SOCCER CLUBS AND THEIR STORIES –PORTSMOUTH
September 8, 1934 Evening Express, Football Edition.
Sailors' Club that Soldiers Started
When Portsmouth Won Promotion by 200 th of a goal!
Although Portsmouth F.C. Draw on the Royal Navy fairly considerably for their support, the club actually owes its existence to the co-operation of two soldiers. Good class Soccer was played by the men of the Royal Artillery, who were quartered in the town towards the end of the last century. They proved that there was a following for the game and in doing so set a few influential people thinking. Why should not Portsmouth have a club of its own? Why should not their town he represented on the Soccer field by a team that could compete worthily with the representatives of other towns? Such were the thoughts. Once the idea had formed, no time was lost in putting a plan into operation. The first was to seek the aid of the Royal Artillery. Sergeant-Major (Afterwards Lieutenant) Windrum and Sergeant Bonney proved ready to help in the new project and so it was decided, at a meeting held on April 5, 1898, to form a professional club for Portsmouth.
A Lavish Start.
Most of the famous League clubs have struggled up from small beginnings on patches of wasteland. Portsmouth did things on a big scale from the start, for the founders had money and influence, as well as enthusiasm. A limited liability company was formed and every holder of 25 £1 shares became entitled to a regular seat in the grandstand. This proved an attractive offer. Land was brought in Goldsmith's avenue Fratton, at a purchase price of £4,950, and no effort was spared in laying it out as a football enclosure on a lavish scale. This ground was named Fratton Park and it is still the headquarters of the club. Few League clubs can claim to have played on the same enclosure throughout their career. Lieut Windrum played a big part in the formation of the new Portsmouth club and having seen it on its feet, he did similar work for Plymouth Argyle –a few years later. M. Frank Brettall was engaged as manager and he came with good credentials from the ‘Spurs. He too played his part in establishing Plymouth Arygle. Mr. Brettell was a shred judge of a player and under his expert eye a sound side was gathered together. It was only to be expected that it should include some Royal Artillerymen. Matt Reilly, the goalkeeper was one and H. Turner a full back another. Bob Blyth, who was recruited from Preston to play at centre half is now a director of the club. Admission was sought and gained to the old Southern League, and from the start the new club did well indeed against powerful opposition. Their position in the table at the end of their first campaign was second (to Tottenham Hotspur). The following year they were third which shows that their team had been well built. From the financial point of view, however the situation was not so happy. No less than £1,500 was lost on the first two seasons' working.
Reward at Last.
But a team that can win regularly must eventually gather a following and it was not long before the club was able to record handsome profits as the reward of its enterprise. In the space of a few years, Portsmouth were firmly established with a sound side in the field and money in the bank. In the 1901-02 season they won the championship of the Southern league in convincing fashion. Tottenham Hotspur, who were runners-up finished no less than five points behind them. For the next few season's Portsmouth continued to hold a prominent place in the competition, but the bad patch that every club strikes sooner or later came their way in 1911. The players failed woefully, and the club was relegated to the Second Division of the Southern League. This by the way, is the only failure that can be recorded against Portsmouth in the whole of their career. It took them only one year to regain their place and after that, they rose steadily until the war brought about the suspension of League football. The club carried on during that anxious period and was assisted by a number of Naval men whose duties brought them to the town. Several of these bluejackets made reputations in league football in later years, among them Fred Kean, the present Luton captain, who won international honours while with Sheffield Wednesday and a cup medal with Bolton Wanderers; and Neil McBain who is now manager of Waltford F.C. McBain assisted Scotland several times and was identified as a player with Ayr United, Manchester United and Everton. When League football was resumed in 1919, Portsmouth settled own readily and carried off the Southern League championship for the second time in their career. After this the Southern League joined forces with the Football League and became the Southern Section of the Third Division. Portsmouth headed this competition in 1924 and so gained promotion to the Second Division. Their manager at this time was the late John McCartney, a shrewd but kindly Scot. It was his ambition to see his club in the highest company of all. That ambition was realised in 1927, when Portsmouth won further promotion by the narrowest margin on record.
Middlesbrough were at the top of the Second Division, and on the last day of the season Portsmouth and Manchester City were rivals for the position of runners up. The two sides were level on points, so the issue had to be settled on goal average. Portsmouth scraped through by one –two hundredth part of a goal! That tiny fraction was their passport to the First Division, in which company they have held their place. His ambition satisfied John McCartney handed over the reins to Jack Tinn, and there is no doubt that Portsmouth gained a pilot second to none. The new manager's first recruit was Jack Smith, who had served under him at South Shields (now Gateshead), and as weaknesses showed themselves elsewhere in the team other capable players were engaged. Gilfillan, the goalkeeper came from the Hearts; Mackie the right back from Arsenal; Billy Smith, the left back (Jack's brother) from South Shields; Nichol, right half from Gillingham; and David Thackeray captain and left half from Motherwell. Good men, too, were found in the lower ranks –Easson Weddle Rutherford Allen, Salmond, the late Bob Kearney and others. Allen, who cost scarcely anything when he was secured from Poole, was transferred to Aston Villa during the recent summer for the highest fee on record -£11,000. Twice have Portsmouth reached the Cup-final, and twice have they been defeated. Bolton Wanderers were their conquerors in 1929 and Manchester City in 1934. Sweet revenge. The men of Manchester must have had that two-hundredth part of a goal in mind when they faced Portsmouth at Wembley last April. Portsmouth play pure football and their matches are always a delight to watch. They have a talented team. They have ambition. They have money. They aim for the highest honours, and sooner or later these should go their way.
GRIMSBY TOWN 0 EVERTON 0 (Game 1483 over-all)-(Div 1 1441)
September 10, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton's Fine Defence.
Valued Point for Grimsby Town.
Everton and Grimsby Town forwards could not get a goal. The 16,000 spectators at the old-fashioned Blundell ground left feeling rather sorry that they had no chance to roar about the ball entering the net. Twice there were goals scored and it says something for the sportsmanship of both elevens that the sides said, “That was a good goal.” The referee Mr. Bowie, of Newcastle said otherwise so the game went to the register as goalless, clean and sporting not satisfying in many particulars, but in defensive measures certainly a bonny display. The real question is how far were the forwards contributing to their own weaknesses and downfall, and thereby making the defence trio look abnormally good? It is an important point because some people viewed this game in the light of an exciting thrilling and most enjoyable game, with a feast of football. Others judging by the Everton standard which demands all the lines of play to be in useful form, found it a disappointing game, I was top of that class, I fear because I cannot blame brilliant defensive play each as Jacobson and his partner and Cresswell and Cook served up, if forwards play in inconsistent manner, and make errors of judgment in front of goal that should be beyond the professional player. Grimsby had so many chance early on and throw them to the winds. In that period Cresswell was having the hardest task against a boy named Burley, from Southampton. Goals should have arisen; Grimsby did not score them, not through Everton's packing of their goal, but through sheer poverty stricken ideas near goal.
After twenty minutes Cresswell took charge of Burley and his heading and intervention and wise length kicking were only equalled by Cook's sternest endeavour and fine timing of the ball in his massive kicks. Cook in fact was the outstanding back of four good ones, and Britton once, and Britton and Hall in contrasting moods –one gossamer the other all hot and bothered to get the ball to stately –over the stand if necessary –made the half-back standard pretty high. Thomson had another grand day and led Stein where Stevenson his nearest partner, was not so successful. Gee, started ill at ease slow moving and out of touch; but in quick time he got to his normal game, and defended with fine attempt and enthusiasm. Betmead took half-back honours, despite two miskicks that should have cost him goals. He is a head taller than Dean, and the latter player was not in his happiest mood, inclining to combination when the shooting task was his own duty; an ankle pass when he should have shot; a call to the wing man when it was the centre's duty. It will be noticed that all my honours go to the defensive areas, and in every case the praise is tinted with the dark outlook of poor football. Betmead played no better than any other centre half-back would have played on Saturday.
Leyfield and Dean Fail.
Then there was the case of Leyfield who did nothing right, and failed like Dean to score for the first time this season. Cunliffe showed better work than usual near goals he was insistent in his dribble and though there were times when all his neat went to nought through the foolish final Cunliffe must be passed as the danger man of the Everton line at Grimsby just as Glover was the man most likely to score for Grimsby. Stein deserved meritorious notice because he played with more confidence than formally and his cut in and rousing shot deserved some reward. However, with Cunliffe and Stein it was a case of “so near” whereas in the case of the home side Sagar had to make a stupendous save to prevent the home team winning. They felt they deserved to win, I think a draw was a good verdict.
Teams: Grimsby Town: - Tweedy goal; Kelly, and Jacobson, backs; Hall, Betmead, and Buck, half-backs; Jennings, Bestall, Glover, Craven, Burley, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal goals; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunlife, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Stein, forwards. Referee Mr. R. Bowie, of Newcastle.
EVERTON RESERVES 1 BOLTON WANDERERS RESERVES 1
September 10 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 5)
Everton partisans were disappointed that the Goodison side were only able to gain a point from this game. Throughout the first half Everton played brilliant progressive football, yet they only scored once through Higham. Church Wallace and Greenhalgh did heroic work in frustrating Everton. Not much was seen of the Wanderers' attack in the first half yet after the interval they contrived to cause trouble for the home defenders and Rimmer scored the equaliser. Williams returning after early season injury played a sound game, for Everton, who should have made victory secure in the first half despite Bolton's brilliant defenders . Everton: - Deighton, goal; Williams
and Jones backs; Mercer, Clark (captain) and Archer half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Higham, Watson (J.G), and Coulter forwards.
EVERTON ATTACK MUST IMPROVE.
September 10, 1934. Evening Express.
Too Much Dribbling; Too Little Cohesion.
By the Pilot.
Everton have reached a high position in the First Division with only one defeat in five matches, but if they are to maintain the progress there will have to be improvement in attack. This was patent at Grimsby on Saturday, where the Blues gained a valuable point as the result of a game, which produced two good goals, but neither of which counted. To be candid I was dissatisfied with Everton's forward work. Combination was lacking and the finishing was poor. There was far too much aimless dribbling and little semblance of accuracy in making the final transfer if attempted. It was a line of individuals each playing his own way without thought of trying to dovetail. Dean fared ill against the towering Betmead, and Leyfield rarely centred well with his right foot. Too often did he send the ball in along the floor and a Town defender said. “Thank you.” Cunliffe and Stevenson endeavored to wriggle a path to goal and generally ran up against a quick-tackling defender before the though of “pass” had entered their heads. Stein, the pick of the line, hardly received a pass beyond an opponent, but even he was slow in making football his own, Stein damaged a calf muscle midway through and this affected his play somewhat. Summed up, the attack fell below standard, and some effort must be made to secure connected movements and greater shooting ability.
The defence earned the point. Sagar, Cresswell, and Cook were an almost impassable barrier, and one save by Sagar off Glover's header was superb. Cresswell was a delight, and Cook has rarely kicked so surely and so accurately. Thomson and Britton were excellent wing half-backs but Gee took a long time to settle down. The Grimsby defence was also good, and with their intermediates proving much too quick and snappy for the Everton forwards. I foreshaw a draw before the match had been in progress 15 minutes. Grimsby are not a good side and though the majority present labelled the game “Great” I could not agree. It was fast enough and hard enough, but there was no finality about the work of either side. The play lacked the veneer of scientific progress and finish. When Cunliffe scored near the end I took it to be a legitimate goal, but the referee ruled him offside. Before that a scoring shot from Craven was wiped off the score-sheet because the referee said it was offside. The angle was deceptive from the Press seats in the case of Craven's shot, but the Everton players are certain that both Craven and Cunliffe were onside. So was justice done.
EVERTON'S CUP-TIE WITH BARROW.
September 11 1934. Evening Express.
Tomorrow's match at Goodison Park.
By the Pilot.
Everton and Barrow meet at Goodison park tomorrow night in the Lancashire Senior Cup for the right to meet either Southport or Manchester City. Barrow have not yet suffered defeat this season having defeated Rochdale and Halifax and drawn with Wrexham, Rochdale and Rotherham. They are sixth in their league. Barrow will lack the services of their clever inside forward Peed, who is suffering from an injury to the ribs, and Rowbottom will deputise. Everton will not select their team until tonight at the weekly meeting of directors. I understand that efforts are being made by the directors to formulate plans for ground improvements at Goodison Park, and something tangible may be decided shortly. No doubt the plans deal with the erection of a new double-decker grandstand at the scoreboard end of the ground. The club have held out hopes of erecting the fourth double-decker for years, but now something definite is taking shape. Barrow; Pickard; Host, Wilson; Tinnion, Cowie, Wassell; Foster, Rowbotham, Shankly, Robinson, Clenshaw,
All Seats Sold.
Mr. T. H. McIntosh secretary of Everton F.C states that all bookable seats for Saturday's local “Derby” match at Goodison Park have been sold. There are 10,000 stands-seats available for those who pay at the turnstiles.
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EVERTON TEAM FOR DERBY GAME.
September 12 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The Merseyside football “Derby” has come round again, and on Saturday Everton and Liverpool meet at Goodison Park, so that the supporters of the rival clubs have an early opportunity of making comparisons. Owing to injuries to Bradshaw Wright, and Johnson, the composition of the Anfield team is uncertain, and the Liverpool directors have decided to postpone the selection until Friday when a more definite idea regarding the injured players' fitness to turn out can be gained. I understand the three players named are making progress, but Bradshaw must still be regarded as very doubtful. After the defeat at home by Portsmouth, I think we shall find changes being made in the Liverpool team to do duty at Goodison Park. Everton are in a more fortunate position than their neighbours, and have decided to reply on the same team as that which did duty at Grimsby. The side is; Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton Gee, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson Stein.
Everton play Barrow in the Lancashire Cup competition at Goodison Park today, the kick off being fixed for six o'clock. The teams are: - Everton: Deighton; Williams, Jones; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Geldard, Betham, Webster, Higham, Coulter. Barrow; Pickard; Host, Wilson; Tinnion, Cowie, Wassell; Foster, Rowbattom, Shankey, Robinson, Clenshaw.
EVERTON TEAM UNCHANGED.
September 12 1934. Evening Express.
67 th League “Derby” with Liverpool.
Injuries Delay Choice of Reds' Side.
By the Pilot.
Everton will field the eleven that drew at Grimsby for the 67 th League “Derby” game with Liverpool at Goodison Park on Saturday. Jimmy Stein has recovered from the kick on the calf received in the second half and was out training as hard as anyone yesterday. Liverpool have many injuries, and because of this have been forced to postpone the selection of their side until Friday. Bradhsaw Johnson and Wright are still undergoing treatment for injuries. Bradshaw has a damaged knee and Johnson and Wright have injured ankles. Mr. George Patterson secretary-manager of Liverpool states that the three are making good progress and he holds out hopes that one of not all of the players will be fit to resume. “We are quite pleased with the progress made,” said Mr. Patterson, “and we shall be able to ascertain in the next two days whether any of the injured men will be able to play.” Everton; Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson and Stein.
SIDE TO MEET IRISH LEAGUE
September 13 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton Players Chosen.
By John Peel.
The Everton representatives are playing fine football, Britton showing particularly good form, and honours gained are well deserved. Sagar kept goal for the Football league against the Scottish League last season.
EVERTON CUP WIN.
September 13 1934. Evening Express.
Everton qualified to visit Manchester City in the second round of the Lancashire Senior Cup by easily defeating Barrow 4-1 at Goodison Park, last evening. Higham scored in two minutes with a surprise shot and after Rowbotham had equalised via a post, Geldard scored after good work by Coulter and Webster. Webster scored a brilliant third goal just before the interval lifting the ball over the heads of two opponents before crashing the ball into the net, and he scored in a scramble just after half-time.
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JACK COCK'S INJURY
Sheffield Independent -Friday 14 September 1934
Jack Cock, the former Chelsea, Brentford, Millwall, Plymouth and England international centre-forward, may not play again this season or at all. In a recent match for Walton-on-Thames, a Surrey Leasgue amateur club against Metropolitan police, Cock, who some time ago was granted a permit by the Football association, to play for Walton, injured his shoulder and examination has disclosed a bad fracture. Cock commenced his career with the Old Kingstonian amateur club. besides his service with Chelsea, Brentford, Millwall, and Plymouth, he assisted Everton and Huddersfield Town. He was capped against Ireland and Scotland in 1920.
September 14, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The Everton-Liverpool match at Goodison Park tomorrow will be the sixty-seven League game between the clubs. The first meeting in the League took place at Goodison Park on October 13, 1894 when Everton won by 3 goals to 1 (3-0). The return fixtures at Anfield on November 17 ended in a 2-2 draw. Last season –forty years later –the game at Goodison Park ended in a goalless draw, and Liverpool won at Anfield by 3 goals to 2. Liverpool have not won at Goodison Park since October 1924 when they were successful by 1-0, but they were undefeated there from September 1911 (when they lost 2-1) to October 1925, a solitary goal then deciding the issue in Everton's favour. In that period Liverpool won five games and drew two. Everton set up the remarkable record of being unbeaten in League games at Anfield between January 1900- when they lost 2-0 to December 1920; then Liverpool won 3-1. Of the fifteen games played during the twenty years Everton won ten, seven in succession.
Everton are playing an unchanged side tomorrow namely Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe Dean Stevenson Stein. The Liverpool team will be chosen today the selection of the side having been delayed owing to injuries to players, the team will probably be; Riley; Steel, Blenkinsnop, Morrison, Low, McDougall; Taylor, Hodgson, English, Wright or Johnson, Hanson.
ELEVEN TO MEET EVERTON AT GOODISON.
September 14 1934. Evening Express.
Liverpool have made four changes in the team to oppose Everton in the 67 th league “Derby” at Goodison Park tomorrow –three of them actual and the fourth positional. Morrsion who makes his first appearance of the season, displaces Savage at right half; Taylor is at outside right for Nieuwenhuys, Wright, who has been on the injured list, resumes at inside left, and Hanson reverts to his usual place at outside left, Carr being omitted. Wright had a trial at Anfield today and came through it satisfactorily. Everton play the eleven that drew at Grimsby.
Hodgson Needs One Goal For His 200
By the Pilot.
If Gordon Hodgson, Liverpool's South African forward scores in the “Derby” game at Goodison tomorrow, it will be his 200 th Football league goal for the Reds. I can visualize a tremendous cheer going up if Gordon gets the ball past Sagar. In my opinion the result of the match depends on the respective attacks. As far as defences are concerned, few clubs in the country can claim such consistency. Then so far as the intermediary lines are concerned there is not a great deal to chosen. It is a pity that Bradshaw knee injury will prevent him playing for Liverpool, but the Reds have found a useful third-back exponent in Norman Low. Low may lack something in experience and he will have a particularly hard task in facing Dixie Dean.
The solution of the problem lies in the hands of the forwards. Neither club has been entirely satisfied with their attack this term. Both have suffered because there has been too much individualism and too little cohesive endeavour. So far as Everton are concerned Cunliffe and Stevenson must learn when and where to part with the ball instead of trying to accomplish too much off their own bat. It is sufficient to beat one man and draw another. If they will do that, then Stein Dean, and Leyfield should have a happy time. Low must take upon himself the express duty of keeping Dean in check. Given the slightest scope Dixie will prove a thorn in the side of the Reds. The balance of success in these “Derby” matches is with Everton. Everton have won 15 games at Goodison Park and 14 at Anfield, while Lliverpool have won 10 times at Goodison Park, and 10 times at home. Eight Goodison Park matches have ended with honours even, and there have been nine draws at Anfield. One Everton player Leyfield will be playing in his first “Derby” match, and Liverpool may have three “Derby” debutants in Blenkinsop, Low and Carr. Everton:- Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein. Liverpool: Riley; Steel, Blenkinsop; Morrison, Low, McDougall; Taylor, Hogson, English, Wright, Hanson.
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THE GOODISON PARK STRUGGLE.
September 15, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The lingering summer must take toll of stamina in the hectic struggles expected today, and in no match will the play be more attractive than that at Goodison Park where once again the rival forces of Everton and Liverpool enter the field for the first of the local Derby games. I expect the Park accommodation to be fully tested, and on the form shown so far it seems to me that the issue is so open that it is difficult to visualize the winners. The Merseyside teams have given some mixed displays and the erratic form leaves an impression that the pair may strike their best type of game at the same time. It should be a great struggle, one that should compare with many of the great battles of the past. As I have already pointed out, it is the sixty-seventh between the clubs and the thirty-fourth at Goodison Park. Everton are unfortunate in being able to play an unchanged team, but Liverpool, who were surprisingly beaten at home last week were not able to choose the side until yesterday. Johnson is not fit to play, and it was decided to place Wright at inside left with Taylor at outside right in place of Niuewenhuys. The Everton team is as selected, and they may get the better of the game at the finish. The kick off is at 3.15 and the teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein. Liverpool: Riley; Steel, Blenkinson; Morrison, Low, McDougall; Taylor, Hodgson, English, Wright, Hanson.
DEFENCES DEFIANT IN GREAT GOODISON BATTLE
September 15, 1934. Evening Express Football Edition.
Goal Crop That Might Have Been
Dean's Last Minute Header Decides Game of Missed Chances.
By the Pilot.
The 67 th Football League “Derby” between Everton and Liverpool will go on record as a game of missed chances. There was a lack of finality about the play. A crop of goals should have matured but finishing of both sides was weak. Play in midfield was fast and exciting, but the respective defences proved too enterprising for rather disjointed forwards. The honours went to Sagar and Riley, who were never out of position and never at a loss to intervene. Everton were the better side in the first half, but Liverpool came into their own after the interval and always looked dangerous. A sensational last-minute goal by Dean decided the match. The pre-match excitement in the 67 th League battle between Everton and Liverpool did not savour of the real “Derby” day atmosphere. There were a few rattles and a good display of favours –that was all. I met Tom Bradshaw before the match, owing to injury he was missing his first local Derby since joining Liverpool from Bury. He and Johnson however, definitely well turn out for Liverpool on Monday against Blackpool. My friend writing from Harrogate tells me that Tommy White the Everton international is making good progress at the spa where he is undergoing a serious of special baths and diet. White is accompanied by Hunter Hart. The principals in next week's title were present with their supporters, and I noticed the representatives of several league clubs in the stand. Sagat and Britton came in for special applause when the teams fielded –this honour of their being chosen for the Football league. Teams: - Everton: Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, Stein, forwards. Liverpool: - Riley goal; Steel and Blenkinsop (captain), backs; Morrison, Low and McDougall, half-backs; Taylor, Hodgson, English, Wright, and Hanson, forwards. Referee Mr. A. Taylor (Wigan) . Dean won the toss and the first real chance was initiated by Stevenson, who sent Everton's right flank going. The ball was swept clean across to the left where Stein through on the good ground failed to centre.
Next a thrill in the Reds' goalmouth, Stevenson took a ball which Steel failed to kick and Riley had to save at the post. Then Low intercepted to prevent Dixie getting busy, Gee being totally alert at the other end. Then came the big thrill in which Liverpool had hard luck in not taking the lead. The ball was pushed up the middle, and English headed across to Hanson. Hanson's centre was perfectly timed and it enabled Taylor to cut in, hit it first time and crash the ball against the goalpost. Sagar eventually put paid to the raid. Stevenson wandered across to the right wing and Leyfield was able to go through and Cunliffe holding off the opposition, Dean was positioned for the cross, only to header sped over the top. T was fast, hectic football with plenty of excitement and good conditions. The Reds' defence was hard pressed, with sprightly work by the Everton players, and three corners were forced on the right. Then came a chance to Dean, the sort Deans dreams about. Stein swept the ball into the middle, over the head of everyone and Dean forged ahead with only Riley to beat yet hooked over the top. It was a wonderful opportunity passed away. Then after Dean had another chance a hard one this time, but Blenkinsop conceded a corner to save. The pace was a cracker and the 40,000 spectators were not having a dull time of it.
Riley's Easy Time.
Everton Have Chances But lack Marksmen .
Everton were having slightly more of the game, and certainly were getting the attacking chances. Riley however was not unduly tested because the blues marksmanship was not good. When Cunliffe went through on his own his shot was ill-timed. Then Everton had a half-way free kick, Dean sprang a surprise on the defence by bursting through as soon as the ball was kicked only his back-header went across the goal. Everton kept pegging away, and now Cunliffe banged one straight at Riley. Then a real let-off for Everton, Gee and Cresswell got in a tangle and English found himself in possession and only Sagar to beat. English made a hurried shot from the edge of the penalty area when he might of gone on, and the ball hit the net support. Liverpool had their backs to the wall again and Cunliffe tried a surprise back shot which passed inches wide of the mark. English was an enterprising raider for Liverpool, and his fellow-Irishman, was a courageous defender for the Blues. English ran through on his own Sagar coming out to pick the ball off his toes in brilliant style. Still further corners came to Everton, but they were of no prevail. Leyfield made a flying centre, and Riley and Dean flying leaps, Riley just touching the ball aside for still another corner kick. Liverpool attacked only spasmodically their half-backs being busy watching Everton's sprightly attackers to give their own forwards support.
Half-time Everton 0 Liverpool 0.
Everton had enjoyed the better of the first half, but several good chances were missed. Liverpool's defence had been exceptionally good, but their forwards had been given indifferent support. On resuming, English once again shot too quickly Sagar being untroubled. Stevenson pushed the ball forward for Stein to run in close and turn back an ideal low pass. Stevenson, who was running in, had that “cushy” complex –his legs became entangled and he missed a wonderful chance. There is no doubt but that Everton's finishing had been woefully weak. English got the ball into the net –but long after the whistle had gone for offside. He did the same thing again off a return from Hanson, just one second after the whistle had ruled Hanson offside.
Corner Kick Drama.
Sagar's Great Double-Fisted Save from English.
A corner to Liverpool and the crowd became strangely hushed as Taylor swung the ball in. English was there to head in. It looked all over a goal, but Sagar, who seemed to anticipate everything this afternoon, was there with a mighty double-handed save. Then Low saved the day for Liverpool. Britton centred to the goalmouth, Dean heading back for Cunliffe to try a hook shot. The ball beat Riley but Low had dropped back to the goal-line and prevented the ball entering the net. Dean claimed a foul against Low and argued. The referee called him to book and Liverpool had a free kick. From this Hodgson delivered a wonderful header, and the ball was flying to the top right hand corner of the net, when Sagar leapt across and made the super save. Taylor tricked three men and delivered a low centre, which Wright back-heeled goalwards. Once again it looked that the Reds were in front, but Sagar dived across to make another mighty save. Then came Liverpool's escape. Dean's header was followed by quick shots from Leyfield and Stevenson, and how the ball was kept out of goal only Riley knows. He was there with the final drag and dive to win the day. Another mightily save by Sagar. Hanson swung the ball across to Taylor whose return was cleverly placed to the near corner by English. Hats were in the air to greet the goal when Sagar flung himself full length and turned the ball around the post. Back swept Everton, Leyfield striking the bar with his centre and Stein shooting against Dean's legs. So everything was balanced out. With 30 seconds to go Dean came through with a sensational goal to give Everton a dramatic victory. The ball was whipped to Leyfield, who made ground and placed towards the far post. Dean crouched low and whipped the ball into the net as Riley advanced. Final Everton 1 Liverpool 0.
RESERVES “DERBY” AT ANFIELD.
September 15, 1923. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Home Side Take Lead From Penalty
The Reserves “Derby” was played under ideal conditions at Anfield before a fair crowd. Everton were the more vigorous attackers during the early part of the game and Higham, with a delightful through pass sent Webster on his way to goal Kirk having to run out and clear. Coulter was soon displaying his intricate footwork on the Everton left, but after neatly beating Done and Alden, his centre was lacking in accuracy. A free kick by Archer was safetly cleared, and then Liverpool began to play with a more definite purpose, with the result that Everton goal was frequently endangered. Carr was a live winger, and when he passed inwards Rogers missed a glorious chance of giving Liverpool the lead. Dunn came into collision with McPherson and sustained a cut over his eye, which compelled his retirement for 10 minutes. Coulter broke through the Liverpool defence, and after drawing Kirk, shot against the upright, the ball rolling out of play. After 23 minutes “Nivvy” raided on the right wing, and was veering towards goal when he was fouled in the penalty area. Carr with the spot kick gave Deighton no chance of saving. A second gaol fell to Liverpool shortly afterwards Rogers heading through from a well-placed corner kick from Carr. An injury to Savage forced Liverpool to make several positional changes. Rogers falling back to right half, “Nivvy” going into the centre, and Saving taking to the right wing. “Nivvy” showed a decided liking for new position and several bursts by him almost brought further goals. “Nivvy” fastened on to a back pass intended for Jones and flashed the ball into the net to make Liverpool's total three. Everton had been very disappointing this half and beyond saving a good effort from Higham the Liverpool keeper was inactive for a long spell. Half-time Liverpool Res 3, Everton Res 0.
GREAT SOCCER CLUBS AND THEIR STORIES –SHEIFFIELD WED.
September 15, 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Britain's Oldest Football Club.
First Cup Presented by Oliver Cromwell.
Football in the City of Sheffield goes back into the misty past. Here, the game was being played when other centres knew it not and away back in the 1860's there were no fewer than a dozen teams in regular competition, playing according to the rules of their own Association. The Sheffield club, formed in 1855, still survives the oldest football club in Britain. Sheffield Wednesday, the subject of the story, came into existence in 1866, but the roots of their organisation go far deeper into the years than that. There was a Sheffield Wednesday Cricket Club as long as 1820. The football section was added with the idea of keeping members together during the winter months. The earliest Sheffield Wednesday football practised for three months on a ground they had rented at Highfield, before issuing their challenge to the rest of the city. Their first match was against Dronfield whom they defeated. They won their first trophy the following year, a cup presented by Oliver Cromwell. No “old Noll” who caused Charles 1 to be deprived of his head. Even Sheffield football does not go back so far as that. This particular Oliver Cromwell was a local theatrical manager who offered a cup to further the interests of the Soccer game in the city. The Wednesday won it by beating a club named Garrick on the Bramell-lane ground.
Sir Charles Clegg as Player.
Four years after their formation the club was joined by J.C. and W.E. Clegg. “J.C.” has since become Sir Charles Clegg, and is the veteran president of the Football Association. He was a fine player in his youth and was in the England side in the first international played against Scotland. His brother who died a year or two ago was also a prominent figure both in football and civic life. He was a lawyer and one of the most sensational cases in which he figured was the trial of the notorious Charles Peace. A Sheffield Association Cup Competition was started in the 1876-7 season, and the Wednesday had the distinction of becoming the first holders of this trophy. Their opponents in the final were Heeley, and the match was made more notable by the fact that each side contained a Scottish international player enticed to the Steel city by the offer of a good job. These two J.J. Lang, of Third Lanark. Who assisted the Wednesday, and Peter Andrews –were the first players brought from North of the Border in such circumstances. Other clubs were not slow to follow the Sheffielder's lead and so professionalism found its way into football. Having made a reputation in various local competitions Sheffield Wednesday decided to enter for the F.A. cup in 1878, but it was not until 1896 that they managed to win that trophy. During that period, they experienced difficulty in finding a regular headquarters. They settled down at last at Olive Grove, which ground was opened on September 12 th 1887.
The following year, the Football League was formed. Sheffield Wednesday applied for Membership, but were not accepted. Their reply to that was to take a leading part in forming another competition, known as the football Alliance, of which they were the first champions. It was not long before two leaguers, amalgamated and first and second divisions were formed. The Wednesday, on this occasion had no difficulty at all in gaining membership. In 1899 –three years after winning the Cup from Wolverhampton Wanderers –they run into real trouble. Not only were they relegated to the Second Division, but they lost their ground as well. Their supporters rallied round. A limited liability company was formed, and a sum of money was raised to buy a new enclosure. Even then the club's difficulties were not ended, for the actual ground had still to be found. Not until June did they complete arrangements to purchase ten acres of freehold land at Owlerton and then they had to equip it as a football ground in time for the opening of the new season. This colossal task was tackled with a will and the ground was ready in time. It has remained their headquarters ever since. The Wednesday were in the Second Division for only one season and followed up their success in gaining promotion by winning the League Championship two years running (1903 and 1904). They were the Cup for the second time in their career in 1906, when they defeated Everton by two goals to one. They have not appeared in the Final since that date but were League champions again in 1929 and 1930. In such a long career, it is only to be expected that the club has had a variety of experience. Two of the most curious concern early Cup-Ties.
1,140 Copper Coins.
The Wednesday met the Crusaders at Leyton. The “gate” was £15 but the Sheffielders had to wait many months for their share. Eventually a cheque for 8s 4d. Was received and even then there was a dispute about the signature which caused much more delay. The second curious Cup-tie was with Long Eaton Rangers and again the gate money provided the subject. This time the Wednesday's share was £4 15s and it was handled to them –in pennies. ! Any number of famous players have worm the blue and white stripes of Sheffield Wednesday and there is no hope of giving a complete list in the space at our command here. Names that come readily to mind, however, are those of Fred Spikesley, the famous left-winger, and the only man to score a hat-trick against Scotland in international football; Tom Crawshaw centre half in the two Cup winning teams; Andrew Wilson, the Scottish international centre-forward another member of the second successful side, and George Wilson recruited from Blackpool soon after the War who was captain of England many times. In more recent years there were Jimmy Seed, the present manager of Charlton Athletic who pulled the side together when it was in danger of relegation and led it to its two league championship triumphs of 1929 and 1930' Ernest Blenkinsop now with Liverpool for many years the best left back in England; little Mark Hooper; dour Alfred Strange –and many more. The club has had its ups and downs but never has it lacked an outstanding player. And today, the side is as good as ever, with that great artist of post-war Aston Villa teams -Billy Walker –in charge.
EVERTON 1 LIVERPOOL 0 (Game 1484 over-all)-(Div 1 1442)
September 17 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Sagar Foils Liverpool
Great Display in Derby Game.
How Dean Slipped Away to Score.
Everton provided one of the most thrilling finishes I have witnessed this season when they defeated their friendly rivals, Liverpool in the last half-minute of their “Derby” game at Goodison Park. Steel had sliced his drive, Leyfield centred, Dean nodded his head and Riley was beaten. Many people did not see the important phase of the game, for they had left the ground in the belief that a draw was inevitable and they were justified in this belief for it seemed a million to one on either side scoring with half a minute to go I count Liverpool as distinctly unfortunate to loss this game. They had done sufficient in the second half to have brought them full marks, for they had brought more pressure to bear on Everton's goal than the Everton forwards had done on Riley's charge. It had been the other way in the opening session, for Everton then had chances, which were not taken. Sagar was without doubt the saviour of Everton. Liverpool people will say “if it had not been for Sagar Everton would have been beaten. True, but the only answer to that must be “Sagar” was there to save shots.” Four times at least in the second half Sagar stood between Liverpool and success. It was the best piece of goalkeeping I have seen for years. To emphasize the statement I have but to tell you that the Liverpool players on-blue shook hands with the Everton goalkeeper as he left the field, Sagar had defeated Liverpool, yet so brilliantly had he preformed that even the “enemy” had to honour his display. That is the true spirit of sportsmanship.
Man of the Match.
Sagar had been the essence of confidence all though and only once did he look like suffering defeat when Taylor slashed a fine shot on the far upright. Even a Sagar could not have kept that ball out if it had been an inch the other way. Everton also hit the upright, a fact which pleased me for it balanced matters, and could not be used as an argument when the game is talked of during the coming week. So often did Sagar's goal look like failing yet so often did the keeper save the situation with stupendous work that Liverpool had reason to lose heart, but they kept pegging away only to see Sagar push the ball away tip it over the bar leap up in the air make a catch in cricket fashion or dive across his goal and prevent a “certainy”. It was without a doubt a great day for the Everton goalkeeper –the man of the match. Now to the game itself. It was not a classic in the true sense, for the standard of the football did not reach a high mark but what it lacked in finesses was samply made up for in earnest endeavour. There was never a dull moment; in fact I thought the game most enjoyable for there was plenty of action, a thousand or more thrills, and plenty of pace considering the sweltering heat. It was warm enough for the onlooker –what must it have been for the players? Everton took the early honours, and Dean should have had a goal for it was there for the taking. Low had erred in his judgement of the flight of the ball and Dean was so well placed that a goal should most certainly have come from his shoot. In the old days such a chance would never have been missed, but on this occasion Dean lifted the ball over the crossbar. I though Dean was badly treated by Low, who was constantly using his elbows to brush Dean aside, and it was not until late on that the referee spotted the infringement. Dean made some excellent passes with his head, but was not supported by his inside men. Stevenson had one shot sandwiched in a lot of scheming play, but Cunliffe has got into the habit of nursing the ball. One time he ran round in circles and finished behind the point where he had started. He must get rid of this fault if he is to succeed. The defence of both sides usually held the ship hand, but Liverpool got the better of Cook and Cresswell late on in the game, so much so that Sagar had a glut of work to do. I have told you of it, but only refer to it to help you visulism how near to victory Liverpool had been. English, Hodgson and Wright were held up at the last fence as it were by miraculous saves. Their efforts had been good enough to have beaten most goalkeepers.
Low's Only Lapse.
Low, considering his year, had been highly successful against Dean, but at the finish was trapped by the Everton captain. Low, no doubt though Dean was at his shoulder, whereas Dean had sneaked away when Leyfield made his centre. The ball soared over Low's head straight to Dean, who had it in the net in a flash. It was Low's only lapse, if it could be so designated. Some are inclined to disagree with the referee's offside decision against Hanson when English headed into the net. Angles in football make then matters a sore point. Hanson was very close to the goal line when he centred, so it must have been a very close thing. Mr. Taylor, however had handled the game so well that I have every belief in his infringement. Liverpool think English was onside, but I except the referee's ruling –he was better placed then I. The four full-backs were splendid, with none better than Cresswell. Morrison's retain was an improvement and the Stein-Stevenson, wing was well kept under. McDougall got better as the game progressed. Taylor was more hearty in his play than Nieuwenhuys, and Wright did smart work at inside left I thought Hodgson's first half display of a very high order. He could not obtain that 200 th goal, and after the interval he was not so prominent. Hanson was ever a danger man. English led the line well, and was particularly good in his heading. The Everton half-back line was dour and clever, with Britton linking up with Leyfield like a long lost brother. The outside-right was spoon-fed in the opening half. He did not take full advantage of such support, but don't forget he had McDougall and Blenkinsopp to overcome, Riley's greatest difficulty was not the saving of the shot, but the clearing of it. He had to watch out for the charge, and Leyfield once knocked him out of position in the first half. It was one of the quietest “Derby” meetings I have seen. There was not the bust of excitement either before of during the game one associates with this gathering. But not one of those present, be it friend of foe will ever forget the goalkeeping of Sagar. Teams: - Everton: Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, Stein, forwards. Liverpool: - Riley goal; Steel and Blenkinsop (captain), backs; Morrison, Low and McDougall, half-backs; Taylor, Hodgson, English, Wright, and Hanson, forwards. Referee Mr. A. Taylor (Wigan) . Attendances, 45,0000
LIVERPOOL RESERVES 5 EVERTON RESERVES 0
September 17, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 6)
The overwhelming defeat of Everton at Anfield was one of the surprise results of the day, for even allowing for Liverpool's improved current season form, it was hardly considered likely that the attack would be sufficiently strong enough to get the better of the Everton defence to the extent of inflicting a five goal defeat. Such, however, was the case, and Liverpool, playing brilliantly, completely routed a side that on occasions showed true glimpses of their form, but for the most part Everton were endeavouring to thwart a Liverpool eleven that was giving its brightest combined exhibiting for some time. There was not a great deal to chosen between them for the first half hour, but after Coulter had hit the upright. Liverpool quickly scored twice, and the Anfielders then continued to harass Everton defence into uncertainty, with the result that Deighton was the only Evertonian to play consistently to the end with Higham and Coulter the best of an attack that was never allowed to settle down. All the home side ere brilliant, with Done and Carr outstanding and the brief glimpse of Niuewenhuys at centre-forward when Liverpool reshuffled through Savage being injured pleased many. The goal-scorers were; Carr (one penalty), Rogers, Nieuwenhuys, and Browning. A victory well merited.
Earlestown Bohemainas 0 Everton “A” 4
Liverpool County Combination.
Before a large crowd at Roker Park, Earlestown, Everton “A” showed definite superiority in the first half. Waters, the Bohemians outside right went off after five minutes with an ankle trouble. W. Hallard, the home centre-half was outstanding. Farrelly, on the left wing had to do the work of two forwards. He made several fine runs, in the second half Hannon, Everton inside left scored twice, and Dickinson (centred forward) and Lambert (Right half) also scored.
EVERTON'S SUPER GOALKEEPER.
September 17, 1934. Evening Express.
Sagar The Hero of A Thrilling “Derby.”
Match that will Live in memory
By the Pilot.
Sagar, the Everton goalkeeper, played one of the greatest games of his career in the “Derby” game against Liverpool at Goodison Park, and was chiefly responsible for his side's 1-0 victory. Time after time the ball was speeding to the Everton net when that lithe, nimble figure came hurling through the air or along the ground to turn the ball aside. The Liverpool forwards shooting with accuracy and fire, stood dumbfounded that Sagar could save such efforts, but they were quick to run over the pat the goalkeeper on the back – a sporting gesture the watchers appreciated. Sagar's second half work, when Liverpool battered and buffeted the Blues defence, was spectacular and glorious. His work in the first half, when Eveton were calling the tune, was equally effective for he made sure that any centre from the wing or quick pass through was promptly cleared. Never have I seen a goalkeeper anticipate shots and crosses with such perfect judgement. It had to be seen to be believed.
Everton on Top But –
Everton were first to settle down, and they were well on top in the early stages except when it came to applying the final touches. Then they were poor. Riley too, checked them time after time will clever positional play and safe handling. The second half ran the way of Liverpool, definitely. The played with greater dashs and virility than Everton had done hitherto, but found Sagar an impassable barrier. Then came Dean like a bolt from the “Blues.” With only 30 seconds to go his curly head connected with a choice centre from Leyfield, and the ball was in the net to dash the hopes of the Reds. My sympathies were with Liverpool for there was not a pin to choose between the sides, and if each had got their deserts the game would have resulted in a draw of something like 6-6. It was keen, pulsating football, and it is a long time before I shall forget the thrill of the second half. Everton's precise advance work in the opening stages delighted those who favour scientific manoeuvre, but the Blues failed at the easiest phase –placing the ball into the net. Dean was twice at fault, but he was not the only one who failed in this respect. In the opening period the Liverpool forwards rarely showed accurate cohesive ability, but they adopted storming tactics afterwards, and were unfortunate not to reap a reward.
It was a fine sporting encounter with no venom, just keen, enthusiastic rivalry. Apart from that Dean goal everything else was levelled up, for Taylor and Dean struck the woodwork and territorially the teams were even. It struck me that each side could do with greater efficiency forward. Everton were too dainty and over-inclined to dribble. Leyfield were the pick, though Stevenson did well in the first half. The Blues half-backs were not strong after the interval against the fast-moving Liverpool attackers, but the defence was fine. Liverpool must have been happy that their experiments came off. I liked Taylor with his nippy runs, good ball-control and neat centring while Morrison, though taking time to settle down definitely is “coming back.” Hodgson lay rather too far back, out was the chief forager, and in thought English, always willing and trustful was outstanding. Low played his part well and gave Dean little scope. He is going to be a great player this boy. McDougall was the dour, purposeful intermediate and Blenkinsopp was a delight. Steel was troubled by Stein in the first half.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 BARROW 1
September 18 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Everton's County Cup-Tie.
A Good Margin Over Barrow.
Lancashire Senior Cup Round One.
Everton Reserves won their way through the first round of the Lancashire Cup at Goodison Park last night, beating Barrow by a margin (4-1) almost unkind to the visitors, whose first defeat of the season it was, and whose style of play interested 4,000 spectators. Higham scored from his new position, inside left, in one minute with a nice shot high up and well out of the goalkeeper's reach. Rowbottom, Barrow's most cunning forward equalised in 15 minutes, and Geldard got the lead in 23 minutes thanks to Archer and Coulter providing him with a chance. The best goal before half-time was delayed to the last moment when Geldard opened the way for Webster at centre forward, and that player hooked the ball forward, and made a perfect shot again to the right-hand side of the goal. Webster scored the fourth in the second half, but was aided in this by a jump that the law does not allow, but referee Warr, of Bolton missed the infringement. The feature of play was Coulter's half length field run Foster's old fashioned work on the right wing some good shooting by Shankly the tall Barrow centre-forward, and the steadiness of the steadiness of the Everton backs.
Deighton was not seriously troubled, but was uncertain with one effort wherein the ball did not roll over the line. Barrow deserved praise for a neat effort, and their defeat came in a measure through the run of the ball being unkind to them. For an hour play was keenly contested, but after then one could have heard a pin drop. Geldard did reasonably well with the few chances he got, the resigning fault of lack of all round combination being noticeable in the home ranks. Coulter got the biggest hand of the night with a run in and but past four defenders winding his way to the inside right, his path to goal was closed to him through the Barrow goalkeeper leaving his goal and covering up the avenue to goal. Archer, and Mercer made many runs and joined the forwards and Mercer was a stumbling block to the Barrows left wing. Teams: - Everton: Deighton, goal; Williams and Jones, backs; Mercer, Clark (captain), and Archer, half-backs; Geldard, Bentham, Webster, Higham and Coulter forwards. Barrow: - Pickard, goal; Host and Wilson backs; Tinnion, Webster, and Wassell, half-backs; Foster, Rowbottom, Shankly, Thompson, Clenshaw forwards. Referee Mr. Warr Bolton.
IRISH LEAGUE 1 ENGLISH LEAGUE 6
September 20, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
The Football League proved too strong for the Irish League at Belfest yesterday, the visiting team winning by six goals to one. Everton's Britton gave a scintillating display for England on the right wing, and Ted Sagar making some fine saves.
EVERTON SIDE TO MEET HUDDERSFIELD.
September 21, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton's side to meet Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park tomorrow will again be unchanged from the team, which has done duty in recent games. Thus the eleven will be; -Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton, Gee, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein. Tomorrow's visit marks Huddersfield thirteenth appearance at Goodison Park and probably no other club has fared there so well as the Town. From their previous visits they have taken away 14 points, registered 17 goals and conceded a like number, the Town having won five times to their rivals's thrice. In the corresponding game last season Huddersfield won the only goal of the game scored by W.H. Smith. The Reserves side to meet Huddersfield Town Reserves in a Central league game at Huddersfield will be: Deighton; Jackson, Jones; Mercer, Clark, Archer; Geldard, Dunn, Dickinson, Higham, Coulter. Dickinson is an amateur from Mold Junction, near Chester, and played with the Guilden Sutton club.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN'S VISIT.
September 22 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Merseyside clubs well be in opposition of Yorkshire sides. Huddersfield Town visiting Goodison park and Liverpool trying conclusions with Leeds United. Huddersfield have enjoyed a run of great success but just now the club has fallen upon comparatively lean times, but they will revive, and today Everton may expect strenuous opposition to their plans for advancement, but I expect the home side to win. Huddersfield will have John Ball, the Manchester United centre forward as leader of the attack. He was signed yesterday. He is a native of Southport, and played for the native club, Darwen, Chorley, and Manchester United before joining Sheffield Wednesday in 1931. Last season he returned to Manchester United, who exchanged him with Sheffield Wednesday for Dewar. In three seasons Ball has scored eighty goals. The kick-off is at 3.15 and the teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Britton Gee, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein. Huddersfield Town: Hesford; Roughton, Mountford; Willingham, Young, Carr; Rawlings, Malasm, Ball, Like, Bott.
BLUES CROWD ON ALL SAIL.
September 22 1934. Liverpool Football Echo.
A Great Second Half Rally.
Huddersfield Shocked After Interval Lead.
An easy win. A poor Huddersfield and a featureless first half. Everton right on top in the second forty-five minutes. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook backs; Britton, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Stein forwards. Huddersfield Town: - Hesford, goal; Roughton and Mountford, backs; Willingham, Young and Carr, half-backs; Rawlings, Malam, Ball, Luke and Bott forwards. Referee Mr. G. W. Ward, Nottingham. We had got back to normal times –it was wet. The result was a reduction in the size of the crowd, but fine weather would have brought a big gate for this attractive game. Everton soon found themselves in the Huddersfield territory, and Thomson, with the aid of Stevenson tried to put through to Stein, who had run into the inside berth, but before the latter was able to make use of the chance the Town defence had cut in and closed the door to the Everton outside left. Huddersfield's trouble however, was not over for Britton, by a subtle dribble, put the Yorkshire goal in danger, and when Roughton and company got in a tangle Cunliffe ran through, and finding himself faced by the goalkeeper back-heeled the ball to Leyfield, whose angled shot struck the goalkeeper. These had been tense minutes, but the one, which followed, was even more thrilling and by every right should have produced a goal. Cunliffe got clean through an uncertain defences, and I thought he would shoot, even though Dean was standing in front of goal waiting for the chance. Cunliffe, however, instead of tapping the ball gently to Dean, lashed it across the field towards Stein, but the latter had not expected the ball, and when he started for it could readily be seen that Robinson would be the man to collect the ball.
Dean's Penalty Goal.
Thomson was at his best. He gave Stein some great passes. Dean once sliced the ball, yet instead of it bringing trouble it sent Everton off in combined stray, but Leyfield over-ran the ball so that the good chance because a goal kick for Huddersfield. Much of Everton's work was clever to a degree. It had one fault –it was too close, and so often came to naught through a defender being able to cut into it. At sixteen minutes Britton took a free kick and the ball was turned out for a corner. Stein took this corner, and Dean headed downwards, but a defender –I think it was Mountford –stopped the ball with his hands, and a penalty was instantly awarded to Everton. Dean took it and crashed the ball into the net at a great pace. A quick tackle by Cook on Rawlings in all probability prevented a goal Malam, the former Referd amateur player, was a schemer in so much that he made openings. He was particularly and of the back-heel pass and once puzzled his partner Rawlings with it.
Luke Sees His Chance.
A minute after the half-hour Huddersfield drew level. Malam had a hand in the making of the goal, for it was from his pass that Luke set off on a long run down the left wing. Cook challenged Luke just as he shot, and Sagar, who was out of goal, had no chance to save. It was a simple looking point. Stein was off the line when he tried a right-footed shot, but this could not be said of Dean, who was dead on the mark when he made a shot when on the half turn, and Hesford had to save. The game tacked punch and the crowd became listless; they wanted more action.
Rawlings Scores No 2.
They got it when Young went charging into Dean and Thomson with elbows akimbo. The referee saw him in the Thomson case, but the crowd had spotted him some considerable time before. Just on the interval Bott, unattended, carried the ball down his wing and then shot across the goalmouth. Sagar threw himself at the ball but was unable to intercept it, so that it went on to Rawlings, who had simply to tap the ball forward to make a goal. This he did.
Half-time Everton 1, Huddersfield 2.
There was more excitement in the first five minutes of the second half than throughout the whole of the first forty-five minutes. Urged by the crowd, Everton crowded around the Huddersfield goal, and Dean shot the ball against Hesford body. Then Cunliffe brought Hesford out to save with a shot of quality. Ball netted but was yards offside. Britton took another free kick, but Dean had no chance –three men were clustered round him and he was severely buffered about but at fifty-two minutes Everton's pressure received its due reward. We have been criticizing Cunliffe for his dribbling. It was through his dribbling that Everton drew level today for he simply had to dribble through the Hudderrsfield defence to get his chance. He ankled the ball into the net at the fifty second minute. Malam tried a ground shot, and that was about the only work Sagar had for twenty minutes in this half. That will tell you to what extent Everton had dominated the play. Stevenson missed what looked like a great opportunity but at seventh minutes a corner kick by Leyfield resulted in Everton taking the lead. Dean went up for Leyfield's corner kick, but the ball was too high for the Everton captain,. It was just as well that it was too high, for the ball dropped at Stein's feet and he shot it into the Huddersfield net. Hesford was responsible for a fine save when Cunliffe made the shot of the match. Sagar made an uncommon save when he stabbed the ball with his foot to prevent Bott having a clear run through. Everton took another goal at the seventh-sixth minutes , the scorer again being Cunliffe. His drive left Helsford helpless. Huddersfield had their chance of reducing the lead after Sagar had misfielded the ball. Three of their forwards had their hands, or I should say feet at making a goal, but not one of them could find true direction. Final Everton 4 Huddersfield 2.
HUDDERSFIELD RES V EVERTON RES
September 22, 1934. Evening Express.
Christie won the toss and Dickinson kicked off against the wind. An early Everton attack was repulsed followed by a raid on the visitors' goal, which Jackson saved nicely. The visitors' goalkeeper had to come out soon after this to save. Huddersfield did most of the attacking in the early stages, but the Everton defence was too strong. Ten minutes after the kick off Dickenson put Everton one ahead. Following this Huddersfield returned to the attack and kept the Everton men in their own half for some time. An appeal for a penalty for handling by Jackson was turned down by the referee. In an Everton attack Geldard caused Turner to dive full length for a shot. After 25 minutes Dickinson with an opportunist effort scored the visitors' second goal from a long forward pass by Mercer. There was no further scored until the interval. Half-time Huddersfield Town Res 0 Everton Res 2.
EVERTON 4 HUDDESFIELD TOWN 2 (Game 1485 over-all)-(Div 1 1443)
September 24 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Huddersfield Town Well Beaten.
Huddersfield Town, last season one of the big teams of the tournament, have fallen on hard times. Injury has played havoc with their playing strength, and until their absent members reappear in the side I am afraid they are doomed to a lengthy lean spell. Against Everton they had the former Manchester United centre-forward, Ball and an ex-Bedford amateur inside-right in their attack, but the team sheet did not look at all like the Huddersfield of bygone days. They did not play like the old Huddersfield either, for although they held an interval lead, Everton ultimately defeated them 4-2, without any great effort. If the Goodison Park team had been in average form in the first half they would have held a commanding lead, but their forwards would persist in keeping the ball too close, just what an opposing defence like their rivals to do, for it offers them chances of breaking down any suggested combination. It was a lifeless first half, even though there were three goals. Huddersfield were incapable of framing a dangerous attack, and it was twenty minutes before Sagar was called on. He had to field a number of stray balls, and a few back passes, but then his duty ceased until the thirty-first minute, when Luke found a clear-road to goal down the left wing. Even then he did not look dangerous, for Cook went across to tackle him, but just before the Everton full back got in touch with him he shot in a haphazard sort of manner, and the ball landed in the net.
Dean's Penalty Goal.
Sagar, no doubt, had it firmly fixed in his mind that Cook would step in. That goal levelled Dean's penalty goal scored at the sixteenth minutes. Britton had sent along a free kick, which was headed away for a corner. Stein's centre was headed goalward by Dean, and a full back, I think it was Mountford, must have handled, for the referee instantly awarded a penalty. Dean made no mistake with the kick. The first five minutes of the second half produced more thrills, more fire and greater penetrative power by Everton than the whole of the first half. Within seven minutes Everton had equalised, Cunliffe has often been severely criticized for his desire to overdribble. It was this desire which brought him his goal, for he actually dribbled through the whole of the Huddersfield defence and then ankled the ball beyond Hesford. Just prior to the Cunliffe had hit the shot of the match, and Hesford made a great save to keep the ball out of the net. Only on rare occasions did the Town get out of their own half and at 66 minute Stein, took the ball from Leyfield corner kick and defeated Helsford. The fourth goal came when Cunliffe sized an opportunity to again beat the Town goalkeeper. During all this time Dean had few chances. Young never at any time made an effort to supply his forwards. His task and only task was the subjection of Dean, and very ably he carried out his duty, though he elbowed him and nudged him from behind. Young was one of the successes of his side. He kept the middle of the field closed down to the Everton inside forwards. Huddesfield's record goal was scored a few minutes before the interval. Bott ran through and centred. Sagar flung himself forward in an endeavour to prevent the ball travelling over to the right wing he failed to make contact, and this left Rowlings with nothing more to do than to run in and tap the ball into the empty net. It was not a great game. It fell short of previous Everton and Huddersfield meetings. Ball will have to show vastly different form. Malam is a tricky player with ideas, but height will always beat him. I gave Hesford goalkeeper, and Roughton the honours at the Huddersfield side. Some of Everton's combination was excellent. It only failed because it was too close; but in the second half when more open methods were employed, they were on top all the time, and only some good goalkeeping by Hesford prevented them running riot. Thomson's passes to Stein were excellent, and Gee like Young gave the centre-forward little scope. Britton plied Leyfield, who was not so lively as in previous matches, and Stein was the better winger. Stevenson worked hard without little reward. Cook had no superior at full back. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Cresswell and Cook backs; Britton, Gee, and Thomson, half-backs; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Stein forwards. Huddersfield Town: - Hesford, goal; Roughton and Mountford, backs; Willingham, Young and Carr, half-backs; Rawlings, Malam, Ball, Luke and Bott forwards. Referee Mr. G. W. Ward, Nottingham.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 2
September 24, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
Central League (Game 7)
Everton's victory at Huddersfield was rather flattering to a side which was defending for the greater part of the game. Opportunist efforts by Dickinson gave the visitors a two-goal lead at half-time and a penalty resulted in Hayes scoring for Huddersfield. The Everton men were more polished in their football, and it was this combined with a staunch defence, which gave them victory. Everton: - Deighton goal; Jackson and Jones, backs; Mercer, Clark (captain) and Archer, half-backs; Geldard, Dunn, Dickinson, Higham and Coulter, forwards.
Everton “A” 3 Ellesmere Port 2
Liverpool County Combination.
At Blundellsands. The home side's defence played well, the goalkeeper King, saving many times. He was ably assisted by Allen and Morris. Ellesmere Port were well served by Clarke in goal, and Noble, Adams and Boyd were the pick of the forward line. Watson, Ullett, and Hannan were the scorers for Everton “A” and Adams and Boyd for Ellesmere Port.
BRAVO CUNLIFFE !
September 24 1934. Evening Express.
The Man Who Led Everton's Revival.
By the Watcher.
Everton did not find their feet until the second half against Huddersfield Town and the revival which led to a 4-2 victory was due largely to Cunliffe. Cunliffe was the star of the attack. He scored two goals and might have secured even more. He certainly did his share both in providing and rounding off openings. Cunliffe was always Everton's most dangerous attacker. He has a deceptive turn of speed, and his long strides took him through the Huddersfield defence as a hot knife goes through butter. From his great effort from 25 yards' range, young Hesford the Huddersfield goalkeeper, made the save of the match. Dean did not have too good a day. He got his usual goal, thanks to a penalty, but he suffered from the attentions of Young, who was the prefect shadow, doing one job and one job only. Whether such tactics pay is a debatable point for Young rarely had time to look after his forwards, and Ball suffered correspondingly in that he did not get one good pass down the middle.
Disappointing First Half.
Everton's display in the first half must have been most disappointing to their supporters, for they frittered away opportunities after excellent approach work with almost monotonous regularity. Hence their improvement after the interval came as a most pleasant surprise, and well though Hesford kept his goal it soon became apparent that he would have to be a superman to keep his charge intact. Everton were definitely superior at half-back. Gee played the part of a rock like defence, and Britton and Thomson took on the role of extra forwards. Brritton's centre invariably boded danger to the Huddersfield goal, and it was from one of his attacks that Cunliffe scored his second goal. Cresswell seemed to give Luke rather too much room when the Huddersfield inside left scored Huddersfield's first goal, but apart from this mistake he was quite sound while Cooke, who bore a plaster on the side of his face, was generally the master of the Huddersfield right wing. Sagar displayed keen anticipation in cutting out dangerous looking centres, although I thought he dived too late at the pass from Bott, which led to Huddersfield's goal. Malam, who was one of Huddersfield's three debutants and who is a native of Liverpool, was not greatly in the picture, although he showed sufficient promise to leave the impression that he will be a useful acquisition when he has had more time to fit in with his colleagues. This was the 13 th meeting of the clubs at Goodison Park, and the balance of power still rests with the Yorkshire club, who have five wins to Everton four, the remaining being drawn. Once the Blues found their shooting boots they displayed marksmanship which has been noticeably lacking in recent games, and for this reason alone their display in the second must be reckoned an improvement on their form against Grimsby Town and Liverpool. Everton scorers were Dean (penalty), Stein and Cunliffe (2). Luke and Rawlings replied for Huddersfield.
• Winners all! Everton and Liverpool elevens took full points in the various competitions on Saturday. The results were:- Everton 4 Huddersfield 2; Leeds United 0 Liverpool 3, Huddersfield Res 1, Everton Reserves 2, Liverpool Res 5, Leeds Res 2, Everton “A” 3 Ellesmere Port 2.
MERCER TAKES BRITTON'S PLACE.
September 26 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton like their rivals across the Park, also have Midland opponents –Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molyneux Ground. The Wolves have gained only three points from seven games, one victory being recorded. They naturally gave Everton a good game, however, and Dean and his colleagues may expect a hard struggle. League clubs are handicapped owing to International calls, and Everton are only one of them, but the absence of Britton at Cardiff gives Mercer a chance and the Ellesmere Port player son of the old Notts Forest man, will no doubt make the most of his opportunity. He has been playing finely in the Central League, and this will be his second outing with the senior side. He played once for the first team the season before last. Mercer's inclusion is the only change, and the side will be Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Mercer, Gee, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe. Dean Stevenson, Stein.
Everton play a Lancashire Cup tie at Maine-road on Saturday and the team chosen will again include A. Dickinson, the amateur of Guilders Sutton, near Chester, who scored two goals last Saturday. The Eleven is; Deighton; Williams, Jones; Kavanagh, Clark, Archer; Geldard, Dunn, A. Dickinson, Higham, Coulter. In place of the postponed Central League match with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Ellesmere Port Bohemians will visit Goodison Park to meet Everton “A” in a Liverpool County Combination fixture at 3.15. The probable Everton team is; King; Allen, Morris; Lambert, Griffiths, Watson; O'Reilly, Bentham, Hullett, Hannon, Sandham.
19 YEAR OLD STAR TO PLAY FOR EVERTON.
September 26, 1934. The EveningExpress.
Forward Who Became A Half-Back.
Signed When A Schoolboy.
By the Pilot. Mercer, the 19 year old Everton half-back has been chosen to play right half in the Football League side to visit Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. He will take the place of Britton, who will be in a International duty for England and who will be missing his first league match for nearly two seasons. Mercer is a boy whom Everton found when he had only recently left school, and developed into a really good hardworking intermediate. An Ellemeres Port player Mercer, was sighed on amateur forms when he was 15 years of age, and he played for the Everton “A” team as an inside forward. On the last day of Season 1930-31 Mercer played in the Central League eleven against Bury. He was then only 16 years of age. He was allowed to assist Ellesmere Port Town experience which has stood him in good stood –and Everton signed him as a professional in September 1932. Mercer has football in his blood, for he is the son of the late Joe Mercer, the well-known Nottingham Forest centre-half. A descent player he has splendid command over the ball and plays in a manner which inspires confidence. He is a stern tackler and can use the ball well. This will not be his debut in Football League matches. He played for the seniors on Easter Monday 1933 at Leeds when Everton lost by the only goal under the captaincy of Jimmy Stein.
The inclusion of Mercer is the only team change, so for the sixth successive game Everton have not made a voluntary team alteration. Everton have a fine record this season, having a 100 per cent home record and having lost only one match –at Leciester. They are, however still in search of their first away success. Everton; Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Mercer, Gee, Thomson; Leyfield, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Stein. The Central league side will visit Manchester City in the second round of the Lancashire Senior Cup and field a strong eleven, including eight players who have first team experience and A. Dickinson, the amateur centre-forward from Guilden Sutton (Chester), who scored two goals against Huddersfield Reserves last Saturday. Everton Reserves; Deighton; Williams, Jones; Kavangah, Clark Archer; Geldard, Dunn, A. Dickinson, Higham, Coulter. At Goodison Park on Saturday Everton “A” oppose Ellesmere Port Bohemians in a County Combination match. Everton “A” ; King; Allen Morris; Lambert, Griffths Watson; O'Reilly, Bentham, Hullett, Hannon, Eastham.
• Arrangements are now complete for the Second Merseyside Footballer-Golfer Championship meeting to be played over the Woolton Club's course on Monday October 15.
• T. Parker, the former Everton player will be at outside right for Northern Nomads against Denton on Saturday.
WIDOW OF EVERTON F.C. DIRECTOR
September 27 1934. Evening Express.
Application for Moneylending License
Objection was made in the Liverpool Police court today, to an application for the granting of a moneylender's license. Mr. Fraser Harrison, barrister, made the application of behalf of Mrs. Catherine Hayes, widow of Mr. Clarry Hayes, former director of the Everton Football Club, Huntley-road Fairfield, and on behalf of Mr. Sidney Simans, Seymour-grove, Old Trafford Manchester. Mr. Fraser Harrison said that it was proposed to start the new company under the name of Arthur Wilson Ltd., with registered offices in Lord-Street Liverpool. Mrs. Hayes and Mr. Simans would each hold 2,000 of the 5,000 shares, which was the nominal capital of the company. Mr. Simans, added Mr. Fraser Harrison, had been a director of G. Lloyd Estates Ltd. Moneylenders, which had gone into voluntary liquidation. Mrs. Hayes had carried on the business of a moneylender previously from her house in Huntley-road. Mr. J. H. Neville solicitor objected on behalf of Mr. Frank Dutton. “My objection added Mr. Neville “is that Mr. Simans is not a fit ands proper person to hold a moneylender's license. I allege that the G. Lloyd Estates, LTD had transactions with my client and that there is money owing to him for overcharges. “On September 13 my client issued a writ against G. Lloyd Estates Ltd for £100. This company went in voluntary liquidation on September 17.” Mr. Fraser Harrison said that the claim was in dispute and the matter was sub-judice. Simans, cross-examined by Mr. Neville said that G. Lloyd Estates Ltd, went into voluntary liquidation because his co-directors decided to go out of the business. Mr. Neville if my client is successful in his application for £100 are there sufficient assets to pay him? Positively. Mr. J. R. Bishop who appeared for the Chief Constable said that the Chief Constable was cognizant of the facts stated by Mr. Neville and, so long as the court had been made aware of them, he (Mr. Bishop) had nothing to say. Mr. Neville said that Mr. Siman's statement on oath that Mr. Dutton, if successful in his action would receive his money had more or less disarmed the objection to the lincence. The magistrates, Mr. J. Loughin and Mr. J. Worrall, granted the licence.
Cunliffe For Cardiff Match.
The Everton F.C. directors at the request of the F.A. selectors have released Cunliffe, their inside right, for the international match at Cardiff on Saturday. His place in the Everton side at Wolverhampton will be taken by Dunn.
CUNLIFFE ON RESERVES.
September 28 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
The Everton directors at the request of the Football Association have released Cunliffe so that he can go to Cardiff as reserve for the England side in place of Hall. Cunliffe's place in the Everton team against Woilverhampton Wanderers tomorrow will be taken by Dunn.
Mercer the Everton half-back, who deputises for Britton tomorrow against the Wolves, previously played in the League team against Leeds United on April 18, 1933 his only appearance in League team. This is reply to a correspondent who says he cannot remember Mercer ever having played for the Everton first team. To satisfy my correspondent I may add that Cunliffe made his first appearance for Everton against Aston Villa on March 25 1933 and scored the only goal for his side. Cunliffe's only other appearance that season was against Middlesbrough, on April 1.
FIRST POINT FROM MOLINEUS GROUNDS?
September 28 1934. Evening Express.
Everton Will Need To Be At Top Pitch.
By the Pilot.
Everton have won only one game against Wolverhampton since the clubs resumed fixtures on the promotion of the Wolves to the First Division. That was in season 1932-33 when the Blues won 5-1 at Goodison Park. The remainder of the matches –three in all -have ended in victories for the Midlanders. Each side has scored eight goals each in those encounters. In season 1930-31 the clubs met under the auspices of the Second Division and honours were even. Everton winning at Goodison Park 3-0 and losing at Wolverhampton 3-1. So Everton will be in search of their first point from the Molyneux Ground and also anxious to avenge the “double” recorded by the Wolves against them last term. The Midlanders are famed for their fast virile football and strong tackling. Neither side will be at full strength for each has players figuring in the international match at Cardiff. Everton will lack the services of Britton and Cunliffe and Wolverhampton be without Phillips their outside right and Richards the left halfback. Everton bring in at right back Mercer, son of the late Joe Mercer, the former Nottingham Forest player, and a product of Ellesmere Port football. He is a keen and nippy intervener and if hard work can make him a success, then Mercer will be one of the “stars” of this game. Dunn, the Scottish international will play at inside right, this being his first appearance of the season. He should have a steadying affect on the line. Wolverhampton are not one of the outstanding sides of the season, and have won only one match at the Molyneux Grounds. That was against Aston Villa. One thing the forwards will need to infuse more dash and fire into their work than recently but at least the Blues should bring home a point. Everton: - Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Mercer, Gee, Thomson, Leyfield, Dunn Dean, Stevenson Stein. Wolverhampton Wanderers: - Wildman; Hollingworth, Shaw; Rhodes, Nelson, Smalley; Crook, Beattie, Hartill, Hetherington, Barraclough
• Advertisement in Evening Express. Liverpool County Combination Match at Goodison Park, tomorrow (Saturday). Everton “A” v. Ellesmere Port Bohemians. Kick off 3.15 Admission 6d Boys 3d, stands extra (including tax).
EVERTON TACKLE THE WOLVES.
September 29, 1934. Liverpool Post and Mercury
By John Peel.
Everton who have lost only one match to date may secure their first away victory of the season at Wolverhampton where the Wanderers have got three points from as many games to date. Everton will have Mercer at right half-back in place of Britton (playing for England) and Dunn inside right instead of Cunliffe (reserve for the international match), while the Wanderers have Richards and Phillips away assisting Wales and Jones is on the injured list. The Wanderers are a dour side, but if Everton adopt more open methods than in recent games and shoot oftener I think they will secure at leasts a point. The teams are - Everton: - Sagar; Cresswell, Cook; Mercer, Gee, Thomson, Leyfield, Dunn, Dean, Stevenson Stein. Wolverhampton Wanderers: - Wildman; Hollingworth, Shaw; Rhodes, Nelson, Smalley; Crook, Beattie, Hartill, Hetherington, Barraclough.
EVERTON TWICE LOSE LEAD
September 29, 1934. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Blues The Cleverer Side.
But Wolves Have Winning “Bite”
By the Pilot.
Everton were given a hard game at Wolverhampton where they twice held the lead only to lose it after the interval. The first half produced a thrilling struggle with Everton rather the neater football combination, but there was a “bite” about the Wolves. Sagar and Cresswell were outstanding for Everton. Rain was failing when the teams took the field before 12,000 spectators. Jimmy Dunn was making his first appearance for the season. So was Mercer. 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.
Everton were minus their striped stockings, which had been banned in the boardroom. Personally I liked them. The Wolves had a corner, and Everton tried hard to developed on the left without breaking down the Hollingworth barrier. Cook stopped a hard one and was in the trainer's hands for a minute. Hetherington header, over then came again, this time with a hook shot, which travelled too high. Stevenson carved a fine opening for Stein, who delayed his cross. Stevenson and Thomson participated in some fine inter-passing, only for the ball to run into touch. A flashing headed by Hetherington skimmed by the Everton post, with Sagar going full length. Sagar was there to handle Hartill's cross effort with Beattie to do business. The Everton forwards could not get past the penalty line, but now Dean gave Nelson the “dummy” and ran ahead to shoot over the top while going at full speed. Thomson did some neat dribbling to take over the Stein role, and then with everything before him, fell a victim to the greasy turf. Hard luck!
Mercer Nips In.
Stein got in to run and centred across shot, which Wildman handled well. Then twice Mercer nipped in to save the Everton line when Hartill was shaping to bring out his artillery. In 17 minutes Everton took the lead, and it was scored by Hollingworth the Wolves right back. Dunn had held the ball after an enterprising run by Cresswell, which gave Leyfield the right of way. Leyfield levelled a low centre, which Nelson allowed to run under his foot. Hollingworth coming in to help Wildman when the ball touched his toe and travelled across the goal just inside the far post. Hartill's neat header was saved by Sagar, but Wolves' forward play was never so precise as that of Everton. The ball ran too fast on the went turf when Dean was ready to dash through on his own. Everton were not shooting so often as the home men, but they were were certainly the better football combination. Stein ran through from Dean's pass, but the cross was taken by Rhodes. Crook took the ball to the corner flag, and Hartill passed cleverly from a centre, only for Sagar to save at full length. In 30 minutes Beattie equalised with a real fast drive. He gathered the ball while moving and with the Everton defence almost standing still, wondering what he was going to do he ran on and from the edge of the penalty area let go a drive which seemed to gather speed, and it beat Sagar all ends up. It was a fine spectacular goal. Beattie drove the ball into the net off Sagar a long time after the whistle for offside had sounded. Hartill was near with a header following a free kick.
Everton regained the lead in 38 minutes through Leyfield. Dean hooked out a forward pass and Leyfield was able to take it in his stride and forge inwards. He was tackled by two opponents, but sent his rising shot against the far post and into the net. The spectators hard hardly time to settle down before the Wolves were on terms again. Beattie made the goal possible for he ran through to the goalline and sent back a lone centre, which Hartill booked into the far corner of the net. Beattie fouled Thomson when a free kick was given. Beattie ran on with the ball, and Thomson tore back to save the situation. There was an argument following a tackle, and names were taken.
Half-time Wolves 2, Everton 2
The first thrill in the second half was when Dean brought the ball to his liking and drove in a rising shot, which Wildman leaped to and turned aside. Dean tried again, this time swinging round at a ball with his right foot he completely beat Wildman only to strike the bar and go over. Sagar came to Everton's aid with a masterly save at point-blank range from Hartill, and Wildman served the Wolves alike when he ran out to save on the ground as Stein was planting the ball into the net. In 55 minutes the Wolves had taken the lead for the first time. Beattie was carving out a path when Thomson was alleged to have fouled him Crook took the free kick from 30 yards range and placed the ball into the top right hand corner of the net before Sagar had a chance of getting across. Dean was doing a lot of hard graftying, but the game deteriorated. Too often the man was played and not the ball. Beattie scored a fourth for Wolves after 77 minutes. Final Wolves 4 Everton 2.
BRITTON'S FINE HALF-BACK DISPLAY
September 29, 1934. Evening Express Football Edition.
The international football match began today, Wales playing England at Cardiff, England winning 4-0, in front of 45,000 spectators. Cliff Britton playing a fine game.
• Everton Res v. Wolves Res postponed.
• Manchester City Reserves 2 Everton Reserves 2 Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round
• Everton “A” 1 Earlestown B 1 Liverpool County Combination.
GREAT SOCCER CLUBS AND THEIR STORIES-MANCHESTER CITY
September 29, 1934. Evening Express.
Mercurial Manchester City
From the Depths to Giddy Heights.
Their Cup Fighter Aged 49.
Today we write of Manchester City as holders of the F.A. Cup. No club ever battled more courageously for the distinction that is theirs. No side ever showed greater tenacity of purpose. In 1932 Manchester City reached the semi-final, only to be dismissed by Arsenal with the last kick of the match –a shot from Bastin. In 1933, they went doggedly through to the final –one stage further. Again they were defeated this time by Everton. In 1934, they reached the final yet again, with Portsmouth their opponents. Portsmouth scored first and held the lead until the closing quarter of an hour. Then Tilson Manchester City's centre-forward a born opportunists, came along with two quick goals –and Manchester City were winners of the Cup. The City are a mercurial club. They have gained the giddy heights and they have plumbed the depths, and these changes of fortune have occurred with bewildering swiftness. The clubs's very waywardness adds to their attractiveness adds to their attractiveness. We have to travel back through the years to 1880 to trace the beginnings of this extremely popular side. In that year, a club was formed bearing the name West Gorton F.C., and the earliest matches were played off Clowes-street. A year later a move was made to the Kirkman-shulme cricket ground, but their stay here was brief. The cricketers complained of damage done to their pitch –and West Gorton had to go.
Fresh Start –and Relapse.
Homeless the club, lapsed, and to all intents and purposes, went out of existence. There was a revival of interest, however, in 1884 and a fresh start was made as Gordon Association Football club. The great need, now was an enclosed pitch so that an admission fee might be charged. They settled at Hyde-road in 1889, and in they tear, made another change of name, this time to Ardwick F.C. The club was reorganized and joined the Manchester Association, the first important step forward. Professionalism was embraced but for some time there was only one paid player on the club's books. This was J. Hodgetts, who received five shillings a week for his services. Having made something of a reputation, Ardwick were placed in the newly formed Second Division. They spent two seasons in this competition, and at the end of the second, were in such bad way generally, that they collapsed. Out of the ruins sprang Manchester City. A limited liability company was formed and the place Ardwick had held in the Second Division was taken over by the new organisation. Fresh players were sought, and among the earliest to be obtained was one William Meredith, a learn Welshman from Chirk. Meredith's first match for Manchester City was against Newcastle United on October 27 1894. His playing career extended over 30 years, during which period he figured in 51 international matches for Wales (a record), won two Cup-medals (one with Manchester United) and scored 287 gals. His last Cup-tie was against Brighton and Hove in March 1924 when he was in his fiftieth year. He scored in that game.
International in First Season.
Meredith went to the City on the recommendation of another player, who had been his partner in a minor team. The club decided that they “would take a risk and sign him on,” What a player they engaged! He became an international in his first season. The City won their way into the First Division in 1899, in which success they were aided by Jimmy Ross, one of the men who had helped to make Preston North End invincible 10 years before. Ross played inside-right to Meredith and the pair made a wonderful wing. Three seasons the club remained in the top class but they found the going hard and were relegated in 1902. They have been described already as a mercurial side. It took them only one season to regain their place and they followed up this success by winning the Cup in 1904. That same season they were runners up for the League Championship. Meredith scored the gaol that won the Cup. The match was against Bolton Wanderers, and all Bolton declared that he was offside. Twenty-two years later, the two clubs met again in the Final, this time at Wembley, and Bolton had their revenge. There is always a hugh crowd when Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers meet. The City lost their place in the First Division once again in 1909, only to regain it in the space of a single season. Then, as the year went by, they consolidated themselves thoroughly. On August 25, 1923, they opened their present magnificent ground at Maine road. It was at this enclosure that the record attendance for a match in the provinces was registered –on March 3, 1934 –when 84,569 people paid to see the City play Stoke, in the sixth round of the F.A. Cup. In 1926, as already stated Manchester City made their second appearance in the Cup Final, and suffered defeat at the hands of Botlon. The same year they lost their place in the First Division – a curiously mixed experience. With memories of what had happened before to urge them on, the City made a courageous effort to win their way back in one season. On the morning of the last day of the campaign Middlesbrough were assured of top place and Manchester City and Portsmouth were level on points for the second position. Knowing that goal-average was likely to decide the issue, the rivals went all out to “pile up a total” in their respect fixtures. Portsmouth beat Preston 5-1, Manchester City beat Bradford City 8-0. Then they reckoning was taken –and Portsmouth qualified by one two-hundredth part of a goal.! The City made sure of promotion the following year, and they have remained in the First Division. The League Championship, however, is an honour still waiting to be won. Meredith undoubtedly, was the greatest player ever to wear Manchester City's sky blue shirt, but the club has never lacked brilliant footballers. Jimmy McMullan, the famous Scottish international left half, now manager of Aston Villa, comes readily to the mind. So does Eric Brook the present outside left, who has been first choice for England for some time. Sam Cowan is an inspiring captain, and the club made a good margin when they persuaded Doncastle Rovers to part with this player some years ago. It is one of the oddest of the game that Cowan played no football at all until he was 17.
• The first goalnets were used in 1891 at Anfield-road during Everton last season there.
• Dixie Dean, of Everton is the only player now in the game who has scored more than 300 League goals.
• Bolton Wanderers fancy Albert Geldard the Everton winger.
• Gordon Reed, the Queen's Park leader, played for First, Second and Third Division clubs within a fortnight! He Left Everton, a First Division club, to join Bristol City then in the Second Division a week before they were relegated to the Southern Section of the Third Division.
• Blyth Spartans have sent many embryo stars to Everton, and I am informed that the Goodison Park club is almost certain to secure John Anderson, a right half from Pelaw-on-Tyne, where he was “discovered” by that shrewd judge Mr. “Ernie” Hoffman the Spartan's manager.
• Four famous League players, Bob Haworth (Bolton Wanderers), James Armstrong (Barnsley), Jack Wilson (Manchester United), and Joe Clennell (Everton) have held the position of coach to Accrington Stanley within the last two years.
ONLY ONCE HAVE EVERTON FIELDED SAME SIDE AGAINST LIVEROOL -INS AND OUTS OF POST WAR DERBY GAMES
September 29, 1934. Liverpool Football Echo
By the Bee.
Intriguing and interesting post-war facts and figures concerning Everton in their twenty-nine local “Derby” day meetings with the Liverpool neighbours, home and away since the dawn of 1919-20. In this keen series Everton have ten times been successful, losing eleven and drawing eight. In goal-scoring, too, they are in arrears obtaining but 41 to Liverpool's 50 goals. Coming to the players called upon by Everton in these duels, they mount up in the aggregate to the amazing total of eight-one in the twenty-nine meetings. Not only so, that two players Peacock and Tommy White have occupied three different roles v. Liverpool and other eighteen players two positions. Here are the particularly thereof; Peacock –right half, left half and centre forward; White, centre-half Centre forward and inside right.
The “double” list is as follows; Fleetwood, right and left half. Chedgzoy, inside and outside right; Kirsopp inside right and centre forward; McDonald, right and left back; Reid left half and inside left; Crossley, inside right and inside left; Irvine right and centre forward; Hart, left half and centre half; Chadwick, inside left and centre forward; Livingstone, right and left back; Bain, centre half and centre forward; Cresswell, right and left back; Rigby, inside left and outside left; Bocking right and left back; McClure right half and centre half; Johnson, inside left and centre forward; Cook right and left back. Here is the full total of players called upon for the various team positions in these twenty –nine league encounters; Goalkeeper 9, right back 11, left back 8, right half-back 9, centre half back 9 left half back 7, outside right 7, inside rights 13, centre forward 12 inside left 14, outside left 5.
It will thus be seen that the most difficult all positions to satisfactorily fill have been the two inside forward places. Extraordinary to relate, in the long series only two goals have been scored against Liverpool from inside right –one goal each to Bobby Irvine and Tommy white. Irvine occupied this role in nine games and Dunn in seven, the little Scot without once hitting the target successfully. Only five outside lefts have been required, and this little lot is made up of, Troup 12, matches Stein 8 Harrison 7, Donnachie and Rigby one each. The 41 goals have been shared by seventeen players, and in this connection Everton's great leader and captain, W.R. Dean, stands absolutely in a class by himself with 16 goals. No one else has exceeded a total of three. These are Chedgzoy, Critchley and White. Two goals have been recorded from centre half –one each to Brewster and Tommy Griffiths. Pride of place for making most appearances v. Liverpool in the fifteen seasons since the war goes to that sterling half back worker now looking after the interests of the Everton “A” team, Hunter Hart to wit. Here are the players claiming the highest attendance marks; Hart 14, Chedgzey 13, Dean 12, Troup 12, McDonlad 11, Irvine 11, Cresswell 11, O'Donnell 10, fern 10, Brown 8, Critchley 8, Stein 8.
Troup's dozen appearances were all made without a break as were Tommy Fern's ten. But what a depressing set of experiences were those of the goalkeeper named, for not once in the first eight of his post war games v. Liverpool did he come out on the winning side! Finally, it is interesting as showing the “ins and outs” of football forms and fortune to add, that with one exception (in October, 1923, when the “home and ways” took place within a week of each other) never have Everton fielded the same eleven v Liverpool in any two successive matches. Also the Blues failed to win any of their first eight of these twenty-nine games beginning in 1919, five being lost and three drawn Liverpool therein totaling 15 goals to Everton's 4.
THE SALT OF THE CROWD
September 29, 1934. Liverpool Football Echo.
Harold Williams, of Prenton, these days –thanks to his recent marriage –but known more particularly at Wallasey. Cannot be missed at any Everton match; yes, any Everton match; for he goes to them all. At Swansea Cardiff, Portsmouth Plymouth, where ever Everton walk there Harold Williams is sure to go. Goes by road nine times in ten and his tall, film-like figure is put “on the stand” A truly earnest devotes with great love for the club and its members. In cotton during the spare moments of the lift, and in good order all time thanks to his methods of living and his sporting ways. Not a blind partisan, but a well-spoken spectator –a credit to the game. Some people might say; “Young man, go out and play; don't look on” But Harold Williams is entitled to make his own sport, the way he chooses; football would be the better for more of his kind; people of clean mouth and diction and a good sight of all clubs, even though he learns on Everton F.C. Harold;s longest journey to a match was from Antwerp to Anfield to see Liverpool. He is cruising and determined he would see Liverpool play Chelsea. At this was the well-remembered Cup-tie I wonder if his kind words could over die.
By Louis T. Kelly.
September 29, 1934. Liverpool Football Echo.
• Somebody asked the other day how many times Dixie Dean hitched up his pants in the course of a match. We “timed” him for ten minutes in Saturday's match and the result was amazing –60 times up and twice down. This multiplied by give gives –
• In passing, one would say that there is too much passing in modern football i.e. passing for passing's sake. We say it at Everton last week; but we'll better pass. It wasn't a really good game, but lets not forgot that the football was very treacherous, and the wind also played pranks. Yet two men stood out boldly –Thomson and Britton –As a matter of fact; Thomson is playing better football this season than every before. His work against the Town touched perfection point in wing half back play.
• A former famous performer on football stages –the late Dan Doyle to wit. This old-time Everton and Scottish international back was something of a humorist too.
• Jack O'Donnell, the former Everton back has turned out once and once only for Clitheroe this season, and ever since rumours has been rife in the town. The facts are that when the Clitheroe Secretary sent his registration form to the English F.A. he was informed that it could not be entertained as O'Donnell left the Irish Free State after the Dolphin F.C. had suspended him sine die, and until same was lifted O'Donnell could not play for Clitheroe or any other club.
• Dean's penalty goal on Saturday was his first since April , 1928 when in the closing match v. Arsenal t Goodison. Everton finished the season as League champions and Dean himself set up a record with 60 goals in a season.
• Jimmy Dunn has just opened a smart grocery stores in the North End of the city. The little Scot was always a good provider.