EVERTON’S TEAM WILL FIND SHEFFIELDWEDNESDAY INTERESTING.
September 1, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
Saturday, Monday and tomorrow the third chapter in the pulsating game of football. It is all hurried, and so early in “summer” weather it is liable to put all form books into the fire. Tomorrow we take further stock of our own wares, and apart from the chance of seeing Dean take the honour in his race with Steve Bloomer, the good things said about the side by the London Press has set the Everton supporters’ hearts beating fast. It is plain Everton must have a better innings than a year ago, and it is equally plain Gillick is an outside right, not an outside left. He started at outside right with us, played one game on an ice-plank, and thereafter went outside left and failed. His display against Arsenal has given the line to his best position, the position he said he most liked when he first landed in Liverpool. Cunliffe limped home at the week-end but he has made a good, swift recovery, so that the second match of the Goodison season is unimpeded by injuries. Sheffield Wednesday have started in an usually bright manner, and the playing of Mark Hooper as inside forward has led that little man to a star-goal of his own making and finishing. Hence Sheffield will be fighting their steps in real Starling manner tomorrow night. Wednesday will always be interesting, if not confusing by their inter-change methods. Arsenal tried these through the wobbly Bowden being unable to strike his form, so the Everton half back line will not be perturbed if starling goes outside left or elsewhere. He will be but a unit and he will be facing a half-back line, that has kicked off with brilliance, none more so than the gentel Britton, Mercer, on the left flank is keen as ever, and forthright in his moves forward, but he has thus far returned to a wasteful action of desperate booting, which is not his best methods. It will be a great game at Goodison, and the occasion is such that Dean’s possible record goal will attract everyone. It is no fetish, that 353 goal mark, but without beening slavish in going for that odd goal, Dean can play his normal game –which is all that he ever does since he broke the 60 mark. At that time he was younger, and time counted with him. He has all season to break Bloomer’s figures, and it is good to think the local man’s followers may see the break occur tomorrow night. Everton chosen their team later this evening.
It is not out of place to foreshadow and forestall some letter writers –I shall be South all week. Therefore I take the opportunity of telling the Everton spectators some inner points about the new Everton F.C., programme. The price is two pence –back to the order that was till a year ago –and “under new management,” the Everton Club say; “We will produce the best programme extant. Try it, see its worth, and we shall be content to rest on your judgement. It is important to provide such programme as this one at a penny.”
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY AT EVERTON.
September 2, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton have most attractive visitors in Sheffield Wednesday, who defeated Sunderland on Saturday. The Wednesday are credited with going in for an all-attacking plan, so that the Everton halves and backs must be prepared. The Goodison Park side, although beaten at Highbury, made an excellent impression and the form suggests greater success than was attained last season. It should be a capital match, which is due to start at 6.15. The Everton side will be the same as that which faced the Arsenal. All eyes will be on Dean who may score the goal which will eclipse Bloomer’s record (352), with which Dean is at present equal. The team are: - Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Sheffield Wednesday: - Brown; Nibloe, Catlin; Rhodes, Handford, Burrows; Luke, Sterling, Dewar, Hopper, Rimmer.
THOUSANDS READY TO CHEER “DIXIE” TONIGHT.
September 2, 1936. Evening Express.
One Goal Against Sheffield Wednesday Will Break The Record.
By The Pilot.
Thousands of Everton football fans will be at Goodison Park tonight ready to cheer themselves hoarse if Billy (Dixie) Dean scores for the Blues against Sheffield Wednesday. One goal is all Dean requires to become the greatest goal-scorer in Football League history. Dean has already equalled the record of the famous Steve Bloomer, by scoring 352 League goals. Tonight he should set up new figures. Dean began the season requiring just two goals. Against Arsenal, at Highbury on Saturday, he nodded one home to become “all square” with Bloomer, the famous Derby County player. It will be fitting that he should break the record in a home game, and I think he will succeed. The Everton captain has received many messages wishing him good luck in his endeavour. Dean received some bumping against Arsenal but has reported fit. Cunliffe and Cook also received minor injuries, but they lo are ready for duty. Consequently, the Blues make no team change. If they reproduce the form they showed against the Arsenal then the watches are in for a veritable football treat. On Saturday they played, at times, in the vein of champions. The Wednesday –the new style club –offer stout resistance. On Saturday the Sheffield men beat Sunderland –the champions –by two clear goals. They are operating with new attacking methods –or is it old attacking methods? -in that all forwards play up in a line. They have cut out the much criticised “W” formation. So far, the new scheme has shown a profit, so that the Everton defence will have to be on their toes if they are to secure their first points. Everton’s defensive make-up is sound, however, and the forwards settled down to their work quickly and excellently. Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Sheffield Wednesday: - Brown; Nibloe, Catlin; Rhodes, Handford, Burrows; Luke, Sterling, Dewar, Hopper, Rimmer.
Everton’s £516 For Charities.
The practice receipts of the Everton Football Club amounted to £516 17s, 10d, and they have been allocated to charity as follows:- Stanley Hospital £52 10s 0d; Royal Infirmary £52 10s, 0d; Northern Hospital £50; Southern Hospital £50; Bluecoat Hospital £45; Bootle Hospital £40; Cancer Hospital £40; St Paul’s Eye Hospital £10; Liverpool Child Welfare £10; Liverpool Maternity Hospital £10; Liverpool Eye Hospital £10; Liverpool’ Children’s Hospital £10; St John Ambulance £10; Nat Inst For the Blind £10; Secretaries and Managers Association £10; Wallasey Central Hospital £5; Wallasey Cottage Hospital £5; Lifeboat Inst £5; Liverpool Orphanage £5; Dental Hospital £5; Liverpool R.S.P.C.C. £5; Liverpool Prisoners Aid Society £5; Liverpool Referees Society £5; British Legion £5; Liverpool P.A.C Fund £5; Walton Nursing Association £5; Lancs. Referees Association £5; Women’s Hospital £5; Home for Incurables £5; Nat Union of Journalist £4 6s 10s; Liverpool Heart Hospital £3 3s; Liverpool Foot Hospital £3 3s; Liverpool Aged Poor £3 3s; Mersey Mission to Seamen £3; Bootle P.A.C Fund £3 3s; Liverpool Boys Association £3 3s; Women service Bureau £3 3s; waterloo and District Hospital £3 3s; Birkenhead Hospital £3 3s; Hahnemann Hospital £2 3s; Deaf and Dum Institute £2 2s.
DEAN V BLOOMER.
September 2, 1936. The Liverpool Echo.
Dear Bee (or whatever you be) –why all this fuss about Dean beating Steve Bloomer’s record? Surely you are award that there is no comparison between Bloomer’s achievement and Dean’s good fortune. When Bloomer got his goals there had to be two men between him and the goalkeeper. If conditions had been as easy in Bloomer’s time as now, I venture to state that he would have doubled his figures, for there must have been a cored of times when he was placed in n offside position, whereas now he would be allowed to go on. Another thing, I don’t think an inside right has as many chances as a centre forward. Dean will very likely beat Old Steve in numbers of goals, but he will never approach him in merit, for it you must know, Steve was a footballer as well as a goal-scorer. I saw Bloomer in his prime, and I have seen Dean in his; but again I say there is no comparison. There has been no second Steve since his time, the nearest approach being Buchan. So I hope you will realise that “Dixie” is not doing such a wonderful thing after all. You have always praised Dean, all through his career –you are rightly named “Bee” you have given “Dixie” the honey while others have had the string. I am pleased Dean is not conceited, for he would have been spoiled before now if he had taken notice of the “slush” that has been written about him –B. Henshaw, Ellesmere Port. P.S. I don’t expect you’ll print this.
EVERTON 3 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1 (Game 1564 over-all)-(Div 1 1522)
September 3, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
Dean’s Record of Goals.
The Point That Beat Bloomer’s Figures.
Everton’s Sound Success.
At 6.45 last night a great cheer rent the air at Goodison Park. Dean had broken a record which has stood the test of time for many years. All the supporters had gone to Goodison Park in the hope of seeing the famous Everton centre forward and captain beat Steve Bloomer’s record of 352 goals. He needed one to accomplished the feat, for he had equalled the total at Highbury on Saturday. Every time Dean bobbled up, the crowd were expectant, and when he at last nodded the ball from Coulter’s corner kick beyond the Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper at the 29th minute hardly one person remained in a sitting posture. Cheer after cheer broke the air, and Dean’s colleagues dashed up to their captain, an old school chum of Dean’s also grasped his friends hand and added to Dean’s great reception.
A Happy Moment.
It was a happy moment for the Everton crowd, for never in the history of the club, has there been such a popular member. Dean has done practically everything there is to be done in this game of football. He still holds the League record for the highest number of goals in a season, and strange to say the goal that made his highest was a very similar point to the one which beat Bloomer’s record. It came from a corner, from the same wing, and in the same manner. I saw Dean after the match, but as usual he would say little. I can only pay a great tribute to the magnificent help of my colleagues was his view in a nutshell. When Sheffield Wednesday equalised nine minutes later the game lost some of its fire. There was plenty of good football in it, clever movement by clever players, but it needed more spice to make it more interesting. Prior to Dean’s record breaker Ellis Rimmer made the shot of the match, which had it scored, might have turned the whole trend of the game. It was a slashing left foot drive which seemed to strike Sagar on the arm and then crashed against the upright. The fact that it hit the goalkeeper no doubt saved the Everton goal for that slight deflection was enough to turn the ball in its flight. Everton, however, did not retain their lead for long –nine minutes to be correct. Luke scoring a scratchy goal as a result of a free kick. This was taken by Rimmer, who sent the ball through to Hopper whose flick went through the Everton backs. Luke had run forward, and had a simple task to score at thirty seven minutes. Just before half-time the Sheffield defence was severely tested and not always safe under pressure, and a perfectly judged pass by Coulter enabled Stevenson to move up and hit a great shot which had Brown beaten from the moment the ball left his foot. For so small a man Stevenson can put astonishing poster behind his shot, and I am sure Brown only saw the ball as it bursted beyond him and into the far corner of the net. Time 42 minutes.
The second half was not nearly so interesting as the first. No doubt the players were suffering from the humid atmosphere for it was uncomfortably close. Good-class movements were frequent and none did better than little Mark Hooper, the hero of many battles. He tried his utmost to set Sheffield going, but the Everton defence particularly Cook, was in no mood for flippancies. He was the staid, complete defender. Dean nearly increased his goal crop in the first minute of the half when he swung round and hit the moving ball nicely, but not strong enough. Brown had to cut out a Coulter effort, and Gillick should have scored when he was well placed, instead of which he rattled the ball on to Brown, who got the ball away for a corner. Britton also went close, and at 72 minutes Gillick brought the score to 3-1 with a shot which barely had “legs” to travel beyond the prone Brown. Everton had an escape when Rimmer shot for the ball escaped Sagar, and it was left to a full back to get his side out of the difficulty. I think that Everton were worthy winners, for they certainly gave Brown more to do than Sagar had to do from the Wednesday forwards. Stevenson was the pick of the Everton forwards. Gillick and Coulter were only moderate. Dean’s linking-up plan should have brought more success but Cunliffe could not find the mark with his shooting. Britton and Mercer along with Gee curbed many promising Wednesday advances. And Cook stood out in the Everton defence. His was a high class exhibition. I looked for Sheffield ‘s five forward plan,” but could not see it, for both Sterling and Hopper were well behind the line when an attack was launched. Hanford never left Dean’s shoulder, and Catlin and Nibloe put up a bold front to Dean and his merry men. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Sheffield Wednesday: - Brown, goal; Nibloe and Catlin, backs; Rhodes, Handford, and Burrows, half-backs; Luke, Starling, Dewar, Hopper, and Rimmer, forwards. Referee Mr. J.E. Mellor, Bradford.
353 AND NOT OUT.
September 3, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
The Glory of Dean.
The excitement is over. W. R. (Dixie) Dean, Everton’s famous centre forward, has broken yet another record. Last night at Goodison Park before an expectant crowd, he beat Steve Bloomer’s figures -352 goals –in twenty nine minutes, and the roar which greeted his success must have been heard in the city (writes “Stork”). Only one thing mattered at Goodison last evening, and that was a Dean goal and whenever his head bobbed up in front of goal there sat, or stood, a crowd ever ready to give vent to their feelings. Several times he made headers which went near the mark, but the Sheffield goal remained intact, and when it was seen that Hanford, the Wednesday centre half, was ever at Dean’s shoulder one began to wonder whether dean could produce the goal which one and all had come to see. The about which greeted Dean’s feat was tremendous, and recalled the day he broke the League scoring record with 60 goals. Strange to say, the goal was very similar to that which he scored against the Arsenal which enabled Dean to break Camsell’s record for it was from a corner taken from the same flag and in similar fashion. I am afraid that goal took the spice out of the game. The crowd sat satisfied. “Dean had done it.” That was all that mattered. One of the most amusing sights was the battery of photographers who stood at the players entrance. They did not know what position to take up until the choice of ends had been made. Then there was a mad rush towards the Gladwys-street goal, into which Dean had decided to kick. They had to have that picture of Dean’s goal; and when he got it there was about: “Make it a big one!” Dean had little or nothing to say when I saw him in the dressing-room. He was naturally pleased but all he did say was, “I want to express my appreciation of my colleagues.” That, and no more. Dean started his goal trek on March 25, 1925, with a goal against the Villa, so that he has taken eleven years to break a record which took many years longer to complete. I do not intend to make comparison for that would be useless; there are too many “for’s” and “against” to get down to anything concrete. Suffice it to say that Dean’s performances has been magnificent, for he has been the most closely –shadowed man in football for many seasons.
Now to the match. Everton deservedly won for they were more assertive near goal, but had that terrific shot by Rimmer gone into the net instead of crashing up against the upright after touching Sagar’s arm a different story might have to be told. Rimmer by the way, was almost as pleased as Dean about the record-breaking goal for they were colleagues in their Tranmere days. It was only poetic justice that Dean should nod the goal, for nodding’ em in has been his strong point, but the best gol of the game was Stevenson’s. It was of such amazing power that it had Brown beaten from the moment it left the little Irishman’s toe. Gillik’s goal was a tame affair, for had not Brown been lying on the ground he must have saved it, for the ball travelled slowly into the net. Luke, who had done little, got Wednesday’s orphan goal as a result of a free kick. He nipped round the Everton defence and scored with ease. The heat was terrific, and this no doubt was one of the causes of the dull second half. The first portion had been good, for, part from the goals, some clever football had been displayed, but there was always more danger about Everton when they got near the Wednesday goal. Stevenson was Everton’s best forward for neither Gillick nor Coulter struck their best, and the next best player was Cook, who gave a classical display. The half backs were sound, and Sagar made some good saves, but the swing of the ball once saved him. Dewar had made a header right away from Sagar, who could not have saved had the ball not swung round the post. Sheffield Wednesday, who according to their manager, Billy Walker, are going to play the five point attack this season, did not carry out their promise, for Hopper and Starling were often well behind the rest of the line when they moved upward. There was plenty of craft in the side, but many chances were allowed to pass by.
Everton No Change.
Everton ill play the same side as that which won last night when they play Brentford at Goodison Park on Saturday.
• League Match, Goodison Park Saturday, Next, Sept 5. Everton v. Brentford, kick-off 3.15. Admission 1/- Boys 4d, stands extra, including tax. Booked seat’s Sharp’s Whitechapel.
MY RECORD-BREAKING GOAL.
September 3, 1936. The Evening Express.
By ‘Dixie’ Dean.
(“Dixie” Dean last night became the greatest goal-scorer in the history of the Football League, with 353 goals to his credit).
Well, I have done it at last. I have reached the goal at which I have been aiming for many years and now a big burden seems to have fallen off my shoulders. It is almost impossible, of course, to give you a really true idea of my feelings at this moment. You see, I have been striving towards this objective for so long, that at times I am afraid I might waken and find it is merely a dream. I do went to say straight away, however, that it was the proudest moment of my life when the referee pointed to the centre of the field and I realised there was no deputing the legality of the goal I had just scored. When I saw a boy, I used to think how grand it would be to set up a new goal-scoring record. I tried to visualise what a football star must fell like. Now, I know that feelings one does get after breaking a big record. And I am almost too full for words. You want to know what it feels like to score a goal of this type? Let me try and give you some idea while I still feel the thrill of that precious moment. When we were awarded the corner kick on the left, I thought it might provide me with just the opportunity for which I had been waiting. So I edged slightly to the right of the goal-mouth and quietly waited for Coulter’s splendidly-taken kick to send the ball dropping perfectly into the goalmouth. Hardly ever taking my eyes of the ball, I leaped up and steered it into the net pass Brown, the Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper, with a flick of my head. For a moment I forget everything. I could not believe it was true. When my team-mates crowded round, feverishly shaking my hands, and the crowd began roaring, and my old school-mate, Ellis Rimmer, the Sheffield Wednesday winger, also came dashing up to congratulate me, I Knew I had achieved my life-ling ambition....the roar of the crowd sent a thrill through me. You see, I have wanted to do this for years. It is 13 years since I scored my first goal in Football League match. That was for Tranmere Rovers. Ever since that day, I have had my heart set on putting up a new goal-scoring figure. Looking back, the time seems to have been short, although now and again it has seemed years and years longer than it actually was. It is when one gets really near to an objective that the energy and time spent in reaching that stage seems to tell. Last night, for instance, the minutes appeared to flash away and I was afraid I might have to disappointed myself and the crowd who had come to see me score the goal.
I have had thousands of good wishes lately from friends in all parts of the country, and I knew I had the best wishes of the Goodison “fans.” I could not let them down. No, Not any of them, especially the crowds at Goodison, where I have always received the best of everything in the way of encouragement. That was what I was thinking of mostly when I Led my team out on to the field for the match with The Wednesday. I knew they were all expecting me to break Steve Bloomer’s long standing record of 352 goals. And what is more, Steve himself told me not long ago that he would rather it was me who broke his record than anyone else. It is amazing what a effect a cheering crowd of 40,000 or so has on one’s nerves. I was keyed up before I left the dressing room, but my goodness, by the time I had reached the field and was listening to the cheers of the crowds gathered all round the pitch, it struck me more than ever that I simply must not let them down. That was one of the thrills I received on scoring the goal. It gave me enormous satisfaction to realise that I had not let my friends down. I also derived much satisfaction from the knowledge that I had done it in Everton’s colours, which will always rank first with me. Somebody once asked me which goal I considered the most important of my career. I studied for a time, but could hardly give them an answer straight away. Now I can I am certain that in my mind of any rate, last night’s goal against The Wednesday’s will always remain clearly defined in my memory.
Before I forget, let me disclose a little secret. Perhaps you will able to gauge my pre-match feelings when I tell you that I meant so much to me to break that record that I decided to do everything by the memory of it would forever remain fresh. So, after obtaining the necessary permission, I brought one of my own special footballs with me, and, therefore, as you will see, it was with my own football and not the club’s that I scored the goal! It isn’t often a player scores goals with footballs provided by himself, is it? I did, though, and so you can see I have derived the utmost satisfaction out of my feat. 353. That number seems a big one. I can hardly realise I have put so many scoring balls into the net. But, however, big it is, I want to tell my friends that I hope to go on scoring for a long time yet. If I am going to retain this record for any length of time it is up to me to set up a figure which will not be overhauled in a few years time. I intend doing that. Now, I thank all of you for giving me such a square deal, not only on my own ground but on grounds in all parts of the country. And I thank Coulter for giving me the opportunity to beat Steve Bloomer’s record.
EVERTON SHAPE WELL
September 3, 1936. The Evening Express.
Meritorious Win Over Sheffield Wednesday
Team To Meet Brentford Unchanged.
By The Watcher.
• Everton’s 3-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Goodison Park last night was well merited. Their display promises a successful season. There is nothing wrong with the defence. Sagar improved on his London display and Cook gave a masterly exhibition of kicking, covering and placing in fact it is a long time since I have seen him play as well. Jackson, too, was safe under pressure. At half-back, Gee shone as pivot, and Britton was a fine attacking half, Mercer was not up to his usual standard at left half back. The inside forwards, particularly Stevenson and Dean were good. Stevenson put great power behind his shots and it was a delight to see him taking his chances. Dean’s effort to secure the goal which enabled him to break Steve Bloomer’s record of 352 goals, and his colleague’s attempts to create every possible chance for him seemed likely to land Everton in danger in the early stages. The Wednesday forwards a sprightly lot, were always popping away at Sagar, and there is no doubt it must have been a relief to everyone to see the Blues’ captain secure the goal he wanted after 29 minutes. Once Dean had notched the necessary goal, we saw Everton play better football. They swung the ball about with more freedom and the inside men combined to better advantage. The inter0changing of positions of Stevenson and Coulter provided an interesting feature of a fairly fast tame and Dean’s leadership and unselfish distribution also stood out. After Luke had equalised for Sheffield, Stevenson and Gillick put on second and third goals for the Blues. Stevenson scored his goal with a terrific left foot shot. Everton’s team to meet Brentford at Goodison Park on Saturday is unchanged.
• League Match, Goodison Park Saturday, Next, Sept 5. Everton v. Brentford, kick-off 3.15. Admission 1/- Boys 4d, stands extra, including tax. Booked seat’s Sharp’s Whitechapel.
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 1
September 5, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 2)
Everton: - King, goal; Lambert and Jones, backs; Tunney, Jones, and Watson, half-backs; Geldard, Bentham, Hullett, Hurel and Stein, forwards.
BRENTFORD A JOYOUS VISITING CARD.
September 4, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
The Value of McCulloch and Leslie Smith
Goodison Park will find great joy in the visit of Brentford. They are among the best London clubs, and have overcome difficulty of an initial season in the First Division. I make bold to say that if Brentford had started last season in a reasonable manner instead of suffering a variations collection of 1-0 defeats they would have been challengers for the championship. As a matter of fact, from Christmas onwards Brentford were the most go-ahead team in the competition. Manager Curtis and his supporting board have taken their gruel with complaint, and they set out to make Brentford a First Division club for all time. Yet for a time they kept loyally to the men who had carried then to promotion. The signing of McCulloch and Reid was a bold stroke. McCulloch was supposed to need careful support to be a success, but in all the games I have seen I have been struck by the all-round ability of Brentford and the personal endeavour of the centre forward. Last season Brentford astonished Liverpool folk by their method of play and McCulloch was voted at Goodison Park a damaging centre forward. Unfortunately Reid had an operation for appendicitis a few weeks ago so that Leslie Smith comes to life. He is but an 18 year old and was found for Brentford by Mr. Curtis’s boy, who was at the same school as Lealle. They claim for this new boy that he is Cliff Bastin the second. If he is a fifth as good as Bastin, he will more than satisfy. Everton should continue in their victory mood, especially as the enthusiasm of the crowd is with them, and there is a fine spirit in the Goodison Park eleven today with the extreme wing positions filled with nicer sense of winning than we have had for a season, good opposition, a good crowd and a good match and Goodison Park tomorrow will be alive with spectatorial eyes. Everton: Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter.
• Match, Goodison Park Saturday, Next, Sept 5. Everton v. Brentford, kick-off 3.15. Admission 1/- Boys 4d, stands extra, including tax. Booked seat’s Sharp’s Whitechapel.
• Central League Match Goodison Park Monday, Next Everton Res v. Sheffield Wednesday Res. Kick-off 6.15. Admission 6d, boys 2s, stands extra (including tax).
BRENTFORD’S VISIT TO EVERTON.
September 5, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post.
By John Peel.
Early games have provided some unlooked results, but the conditions have not been of the best from a playing point of view and it is hoped that today the weather will be cooler than on the opening afternoon. Clubs enter on the third of the matches on the fixture list, and there is another batch of games on Monday, so that by that time clubs will have some idea how they stand in point of playing strength. Everton have played well so far and they will have an opportunity this afternoon of reversing last season’s result with Brentford. The southern side won 2-1 at Goodison Park last season. They have a fine defence and the Everton forwards will find their work cut out. Brentford’s victory over the Arsenal shows that the team is of good calibre. Still, Everton seem to be stronger than they were last season, and I expect the Goodison Park side to gain their second success. The team will be the same as that which defeated Sheffield Wednesday. The kick-off is at 3.15 and the teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Brentford: - Mathieson; Wilson, Bateman, McKenzie; James, Richards; Hopkins, Scott, McCulloch, Halliday, Smith.
BURNLEY RES V EVERTON RES
September 5, 1936. Evening Express, Football Edition.
Burnley went away right from the start, and after cleverly working the ball into the goalmouth Toll was left with only the goalkeeper to beat. He shot straight at King, who cleared. The Everton backs displayed a fine defence against a versatile attack, and King also distinguished himself in goal. Tunney started a pretty movement by the Everton forwards, and from a centre by Stein, Bell headed in Adams bringing off a brilliant clearance at the expense of a corner. Everton showed excellent midfield work, a run by Geldard ending with a centre from which Bell missed an open goal. Good approach work by both sides was spoiled by poor finishing, but after 16 minutes Gastall scored for Burnley. Again the home keeper made splendid saves from Bell and Jones (T), both at the expense of fruitless corners. Towards the interval Burnley had a turn at pressing, but Jones (T) and Lambert defended well, though Gastall missed almost on the goal line. Everton tried hard to secure the equaliser and with more steadinesses within shooting range would have done so. Stein was dangerous on the left and finished a brilliant run with a shot which Adams cleared under the bar. Half-tome Burnley Res 1. Everton Res 0.
September 5, 1937. The Liverpool Football Echo
Tables Turned on Brentford.
This was a smart victory for Everton, and was made possible because of their fiery first half. Brentford, while playing some good football, were not assertive near goal, where the Everton defence was very sound. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Brentford: - Mathieson, goal; Wilson and Bateman, backs; McKenzie, James, and Richards, half-backs; Hopkins, Scott, McCulloch, Holliday, and Smith, forwards. Referee Mr. G. C. Denton, Northampton.
Everton had a score to wipe out against Brentford for last season the Londoners took all the points from Everton, and on top of that fact they already hold a victory over the Arsenal, so that their visit to Goodison brought a good crowd. There was not the tension about this game as there was about Wednesday’s match, because the record had been broken, but almost in the first minute Dean had made a header very similar to the one which brought him his great honour. Coulter thrice tricked Wilson with dazzling ball control and then swept the ball into the goalmouth, and it was hard to see any delight between the ball and the crossbar as Dean’s effort passed into the crowd. Then came the first stoppage, Scott being hurt in collision with Cunliffe. Cook was inclined to over-kick. Scott who soon recovered, was instrumental in bring danger to Everton, for when he made a perfect length centre, McCulloch showed his heading ability when he tested Sagar from ten yards out. Gillick was hurt in a tackle with Bateman, and then Brentford were pulled up for offside after the youthful Smith had worked hard to get the ball across to McClulloch who was responsible for the referee’s whistle. Referee Denton was quick in noting an offside infringement, and when he gave another against McCulloch it was one of the finest I have seen, for there was only a matter of inches in it. Some haphazard play crept in here abouts, and strange as it may appear after what I had previously said, the referee made a bad decision when he allowed McCulloch to go on when he must have a yard and a half offside.
Typical Dean Goal.
A free kick against Brentford proved their undoing. Coulter took the free kick and sent the ball well over to the far side of the goal. Brentford thought they had Dean well covered, but in positions such as this the Everton captain has no superior in getting away from the clutches of a defence, and it was not until the ball was in the net that James realised that Dean had “lost” him. Time: 19 minutes. It was a perfect header taken at an angle from which Dean rarely misses. A few minutes after this Everton went ahead through a defensive mistake, Bateman allowing the ball to beat him and then finding Dean right on top of him. Batemen tried to retrieve the position, but Dean gathered up the ball, and although Mathieson rushed out of goal he was unable to prevent Dean’s shot entering the net at 24 minutes. Brentford were ruffed, and a long ball from the right wing found. Mathieson failing again, but on this occasion he was not made to pay the penalty. When a free kick to Brentford was lobbed into the Everton goalmouth, the Everton defence got itself into something like a tangle, but ultimately recovered.
Gillick Hits the Third.
Straight from the clearance Everton took their third goal at 38 minutes, Stevenson made the pass, and when Dean failed to gather the ball there did not seem to be much danger, but Gillick had closed in and without a second’s hesitation he hit the ball hard and true. Even then a goal did not seem likely, for Mathieson had the ball covered, but to the dismay of everybody he allowed it to pass between his hands and legs and into the net. Everton were playing with great fire, putting more into their game than usual and Brentford did not improve their chances through their becoming rattled. Coulter went close with an oblique shot, after which the Brentford right flank showed good combination which, however, did not take then anywhere.
Half-time Everton 3, Brentford 0
Brentford made a galliant fight in the second half, and were definitely on top for the first twenty minutes, during which they combined in excellent fashion. McCulloch, who is Brentford’s sharp-shooter, was too often offside, and he was not slow to show his displeasure when a decision was given against him, although the referee was justified in his verdict. There looked like being trouble when Mercer charged Hopkins in the back, but the “human” wall set up against the free-kicker could not be negotiated. After having endured a lengthy spell of defence Everton started attacking once more, and Dean with a quickly taken shot from outside the penalty area forced Mathieson to make a grand save by edging the ball over the crossbar. Coulter and Wilson got at cross purposes and Dean gave Gillick a wonder pass which the Scot took grandly, and although hampered by a Brentford defender he got in his shot, and only Mathieson’s ability saved the situation. Gillick was hurt as a result of his effort, and Stevenson had to take the resultant corner from which Mathieson saved. Cunliffe after beating his man, saw his shot graze the outside edge of the upright.
New Rule Difficulty.
The new goal kick rule caused some controversy, and in each case the referee was wrong. The first one was because of an offside rule, and the back was entitled to pass the free kick to his goalkeeper, but the referee said “No” as he had a little later when a free kick was awarded for a foul by Stevenson by the goalkeeper. Here again the back was entitled to tap the ball to the goalkeeper, but the referee blew his whistle for an infringement, but after his attention was drawn to the matter Mr. Denton altered his decision. You see neither case was for a goal-kick.
Cunliffe Dislocated Shoulder
Stevenson put Dean through and it looked any odds on a fourth goal for Everton, but Dean’s shot hit the side netting. At 78 minutes Cunliffe had to leave the field with an injury –following a tackle with Richards. Stevenson near the end nearly sneaked a goal, Maithieson being fortunate to see the ball travel just outside. It transpired that Cunliffe had dislocated his shoulder. Full Time Everton 3, Brentford 0
September 5, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
By Louis T. Kelly.
• The scene that followed Dean’s record making and breaking goal was one that will live long in the memory. It recalled that of eight years ago when he touched the 60 mark to go one better than Camsell’s 59. The first of Dean’s many goals for Everton was registered against Aston Villa, March 28, 1925, who had Spiers in goal that day. Since which the one and only Dixie has been Everton’s spearhead in a multitude of games, many of which have been punctured with thrills. The lot of a star leader in by an means a cake and milk affair, and Dean right down the years has been a much marked man in more ways than one. But now that he had got his latest record-breaking affair off his mind Dean can perhaps breathe comparatively freely once more. Reverting to this day he started his big hill-scoring climb for Everton it may be of interest to give Everton’s team of that day the Villa. It read Harland; McDonald, and O’Donnell; Brown, McBain, and Reid; Chedgzoy, Irvine, Dean, Kennedy, and Troup-three Irishman, four English and four Scotts.
• Dave Murray, the former South African and Everton centre forward is now the coach to the Jersey Football Association. He it was who recommended Young Elis Hurel to the Goodison club. Like most channel Islanders Hurel is a bilinguist and “passed “with honours’ when Dean put him through his first test. “Parley tous,” said Bill. “The same to you,” relied Elis.
• Tom Lawton, the Burnley centres forward, who got two grand goals against Nottingham Forest, will not be seventeen until October.
EVERTON 3 BRENTFORD 0 (Game 1565 over-all)-(Div 1 1523)
September 7, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton on the Mark
Bright Display by Forwards.
Everton followed up their 3-1 success over Sheffield Wednesday by beating Brentford 3-0. Brentford scored a “double” against Everton last season so that the Goodison club had an old score to wipe off, and they succeeded finely. Twelve minutes from the end Cunliffe came into collision with Richards, and sustained a dislocated shoulder. Sagar gave the home supporters a rare fright in the early minutes, when he let the ball slip, following a long throw into the goalmouth by Richards, and was fortunate to see the danger cleared when the ball dropped behind him. It was a narrow escape and Brentford at the time were doing good work. I thought Everton were lucky to get the free kick which was the starting point of their victory, for Stevenson seemed to fall without any, infringement, but the referee allowed his claim and from Coulter’s centre the ball was neatly headed into the net by Dean at the 19th minute. Dean’s head is wonderful, but it was his positional ply which got him the goal, for when the ball from Coulter’s kick was in flight, James was standing at Dean’s shoulder. When the ball arrived, however, Dean was away near the far post and the ball in the net; Dean had “lost” James, as he has lost many other opponents in similar circumstances. The Brentford defence faltered under the Everton barrage, particularly Mathieson, who twice fumbled. Bateman misjudged a cross from the Everton left wing, and although he tried to retrieve himself Dean stepped over the outstretched leg, and closed in to goal, Mathieson came out, but was unable to prevent Dean’s shot landing in his net at the 24th minute. Everton were on their toes. There was no waiting for the ball; they went seeking it. Brentford were good in the “onfield” but in the goal area they were not definite and when Mathieson made another mistake which cost his side a third goal. Everton were on the high road to a comfortable victory.
Gillick’s Goal Shot.
The half-hour had barely gone when Stevenson swept the ball into the middle Dean could not take it, and a “possible” appeared to have been missed until Gillick rushed up to drive in a might shot. Mathieson was right in the line of fire, but he allowed the ball to pass through his hands and legal into the net. Brentford, although unsettled by the turn of events, continued to serve up some good combination, many of their advances being spoiled by McCulland getting offside. They were always full of promise which they never fulfilled. In the open Brentford were quite the equal of Everton, but taken right through Sagar had a fairly easy passage, although Smith nearly took advantage of a misunderstanding between the goalkeeper and Britton. There was no further scoring, the chief reason being that Mathieson touched a form which was unlike his first half exhibition. Stoke were slammed at the Brentford goal, but Mathieson saved. He edged over a great long length drive by Dean, turned a fierce cross shot from Gillick; in fact was man of the moment in the late stages. He was, however, well beaten by Cunliffe, who “sizzled” the ball just outside the upright. Mathieson later failed to hold a ball from Gillick and was fortunate to get it round the post.
New Rule Misunderstood.
The new goal kick rule in this game was misunderstood. It only appears to goal-kicks, but the referee treated one free kick in similar manner. When a goal kick is being taken the ball must be kicked direct out of the penalty area; but when a free kick was given close in to the goal, and a defender scooped the ball up to Mathieson, the whistle sounded. The Brentford players claimed they were breaking no rule, and neither were they, and when the true state of affairs was pointed out to the referee he altered his decisions. Another time the spectators yelled when a Brentford back slipped the ball to Maithieson, but the referee rightly allowed him to do so for it was from a free kick. Everton, won and won well, and a repetition of their form will bring them many more victories. They were progressive; full of life and endeavour, and each man played his part well in this convincing victory. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards. Brentford: - Mathieson, goal; Wilson and Bateman, backs; McKenzie, James, and Richards, half-backs; Hopkins, Scott, McCulloch, Holliday, and Smith, forwards. Referee Mr. G. C. Denton, Northampton.
BURNLEY RESERVES 2 EVERTON RESERVES 1
September 7, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 7)
Everton were unlucky in not securing a point at Turf Moor. They were much superior in their approach methods, but the inside forwards failed to avail themselves of the opportunities provided by Stein and Geldard, who were outstanding. King had no chance with the shots from which Gastall scored Burnley’s 2 goals and the responsibity for defeat rested with the forwards. Stein crowned good display by scoring Everton’s goal in the last half minute. Everton Reserves meet Sheffield Wednesday at Goodison Park this evening at 6.15.
Earlestown White Star 0 Everton “A” 4
Winning the toss at Earlestown the visitors elected to have the wind against them. White Star had most of the play in the first half, but White was in great form and the Star could not score. Five minutes after the interval Everton went ahead from a corner kick and shortly afterwards Dickinson and Webster put them further ahead. Star’s finishing was poor. Fifteen minutes from the end Everton obtained a fourth goal, Dickinson being the scorer.
“EVERTON A GRAND SIDE.”
September 7, 1936. The Evening Express.
Brentford Praise for Conquerors.
By the Watcher.
“Everton have a grand side and they should do big things this season.” This remark, coming as if did from an official of Brentford, whom Everton defeated 3-0 at Goodison on Saturday, is praised indeed. Bear in mind, also that this was Brentford’s first defeat in 15 successive matches. On the two occasions I have seen Everton in action this season, they have earned highest marks. Apart from an occasional tendency to come too far out of his charge, Sagar is as “safe as houses” Cook has run into his best ever form and is covering and kicking perfectly and the other members of the trio –Jackson, who learned his football on Merseyside –is quickly becoming first-class.
Gee: He’s Good.
Charlie Gee is another who has started the season on high note. His work as pivot is not only stamped with thoroughness, but also with distributive quality. Britton and Mercer are proving good partners on the wings. Perhaps one of the best features, particularly of Saturday ‘s game, is brilliance Dean is showing. The Everton captain notched two of the three goals on Saturday. Gillick scored the third point. Dean’s first’s goal was scored with a flying header and the second came at the end of a neat run through with the ball at his toes. Gillick seems to be settling down well on the extreme right, and with Coulter in form on the opposite wing, Everton do not seem to have man troubles just now.
DEAN’S FINE DISPLAY V BRENTFORD.
September 7, 1936. The Liverpool Echo.
Last season Brentford took full points from Everton, a nasty jolt for the Goodison club, so it was only natural that they would be desperately keen to wipe out the memory of it, and in 32 minutes by their smooth, but progressive, football had laid the foundation for a convincing victory. For a time the Londoners had shown promise, but it was not fulfilled because the Everton defence through them down once they had worked their way inside the penalty area (writes “Stork”). In the “outfield” Brentford were capable of producing good-class football, but it was not carried through to a finishing point, whereas Everton were ever a danger once they stepped anywhere near the penalty area. Brentford will no doubt claim that they were hardly done to when the referee awarded Everton a free kick and I must admit that they had some justification for the plaint, for Stevenson appeared to fall without any foul being perpetrated. However, that was the starting point of Everton’s success for Coulter’s free kick was cleverly nodded into the Brentford net. Dean’s head did it, but I would like to know James’s opinion on the matter. He was standing on Dean’s tall when the ball was soaring through the air, especially towards the far side of the goal. And could have had little fear for had he not Dean covered? That was just it. Dean in such circumstances works fast, and he quietly sneaked away from James who did know he had gone until the ball was in the net. Dean’s brain functions too fast for many an opponent. It did for James. Brentford were undoubtedly upset about it, and for some time following they were unsettled and uncertain when Everton were pressing their causes, and it was not long before another defensive slip showed itself, and Dean was there again to take full advantage of it.
Brentford’s combination was good; there were some excellent rounds of passing, but it got them nowhere, because it was often overdone. Passes must be utilised to make ground; passing for passing sake is of no earthly use, and this is where the Londoners fell from grace. Two minutes after the half hour, and the match was as good as won, for Everton were playing in such a manner that a three-goal lead was likely to prove sufficient. Mathieson’s goalkeeping had not been confident, for he had already made several handling mistakes, but Gillick’s goal should never have been, for the ball went straight to his hands –low down. His was a simple task, but to the consternation of his colleagues he allowed it to not only escape his grasp but also travel between his legs.
Everton are playing confidently at the moment. Their attack was well supported and Gillick and Coulter were smart on the wings, with Stevenson doing his tricks to effect. Britton, Gee, and Mercer were a very determined trio, giving the opposition little latitude; in fact the whole team did well against a side which can, and must do better. McCulloch was too often offside, and he must not resent the decision when it rightly goes against him. He had a poor day, thanks to Gee and company but there was a lot of skill in the play of Hopkins, Smith, Holliday and Scott. Once Everton got on top, however, the Brentford defence was so concerned in looking after its own interest that it could not lend much of a hand to those in front.
September 8, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton have got off the mark well, with four points out of six, and have played good football. If they can steer clear of injury. Everton ought to have a good season. But owing to the injury he received on Saturday, Cunliffe may be out of the side for two or three weeks. He had a shoulder dislocated on Saturday and was yesterday X-rayed to ascertain the full extent of the damage.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY RESERVES 2
September 8, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 4)
Everton gained their first central league pint in four games when drawing at Goodison Park last night, with Sheffield Wednesday who had Cup Final members in their ranks and such men as Luke and Grosvenor. King blundered with the first shot, and Everton were visibly affected by this early turn of the game. Robinson being the shooter. Grosvenor scored a second, but Everton fought back to draw level through Bell and Hurel, the latter player having earned his goal, if only by reason of his brilliant scheming and shooting efforts. Bell was crowded out by Millership, and with leyfield damaged twice, Bentham’s work did not get its deserts. Sheffield were best served by Goodfellow (in goal), Niblo, Millership, Grosvenor (as centre), and Surtees as the strong forward.
CUNLIFFE’S COLLAR-BONE KEEPS HIM OUT OF THE TEAM.
September 8 1936, The Liverpool Echo
Everton’s inside forward has dislocated his collar bone and will not play against Sheffield Wednesday on Thursday evening, Miller’s name was taken from the Everton Reserves team sheet last night, so that it appears as if he will be chosen to act as Gillick partner. Everton Res last night got their first Central League point. Leyfield was damaged, and Hurel got the equaliser after being a scheming forward with a fine body swerve and a genuine enjoyment in shooting. Bell got the other goal against a team that fielded Cup finalists of two years ago –Surtees, Millership and Niboe –while Birningham’s Grosenor and Huddersfield’s Luke also in the side. McCambridge the former Everton and Exeter player was present as twelfth man. Everton Res always start the season slothfully. They will warm u, Lambert showed great heartiness at full back for the home club. “Observer” writes – “You will find as the season progresses that the Stevenson-Coulter combination will e more dangerous than that of the right-wing pair. I wish you could stress the importance of Everton F.C adopting the long passing to wingers methods, which I emphasised last season and was generally adopted for the last few home games.”
“Observer” also makes a point about my report of the Sheffield game, but I was not present; and leave those at the game to give their own views without interference of any kind.
George Washington writes: - In reply to R. Henshaw’s criticism of Dixie Dean. About ten years ago I often used to wonder who this guy Dixie Dean was, but now I know he has a reputation that echoes well beyond the shadows of Merseyside. I have heard tell of his feats in Hong Kong, read about him in Australia, America, New Zealand, seen photographs of him in remote taverns in Canada, and many other countries, I have travelled. Even the Londoner-knows his “Dixie’Dine.” I went last night to see this famous personality for the first time. Was I impressed, and how? So the least I can ask Mr. Henshaw to do, is to do as I did; take of your hat to one of the greatest personalities the sporting world has known.
MILLER TAKES CUNLIFFE’S PLACE.
September 9, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Tomorrow evening Everton visit Sheffield Wednesday. Last week at Goodison Park Everton beat the Wednesday 3-1 and they hope to confirm that form. One change has been made, Miller coming in for Cunliffe, who was injured on Saturday. Cubliffe is not so seriously hurt as was at first supposed and the club expect that he will be fit in a few days, his shoulder having suffered no real injury. Miller’ at his best is very effective forward, and he should make a good partner for Gillick. The team chosen is: Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Miller, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. The Central League team to do duty on Saturday at Goodison Park against Bolton Wanderers is: White; Tunney, Jones (JE); Lambert, Jones (TG), Thomson; Geldard, Bentham, Bell, Hurel, Stein.
September 9, 1936. The Evening Express.
Everton are forced to make their first team change of the season for the visit to Sheffield Wednesday, at Hillsborough, tomorrow evening. Billy Miller the Scottish forward, who was secured from Patrick Thistle, will partner Gillick on the right wing. He takes the place of Culiffe, who is on the injured list. I am assured that Cunliffe injury is not as serious as first anticipated. There are no torn ligaments in his shoulder, and he should be fit for duty in a few days. Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Miller, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter.
EVERTON GAME TODAY.
September 10, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton play their second away game of the season today, when they meet Sheffield Wednesday, at Hillsborough, and their followers will hope the Goodison side will secure full points, for away wins have been something of a rarity with Everton in recent years. It may surprise Everton supporters to learn that in their last 85 away League games Everton have gained only nine victories. Here is their record;-
1932-33 Won 3 Lost 15 Draw 3
1933-34 Won 3 Lost 9 Draw 9
1934-35 Won 2 Lost 12 Draw 7
1936-37 Won 1 Lost 12 Draw 8
When Everton won the championship in 1931-32 they won eight and drew four of their away matches. Though they were beaten 3-2 by Arsenal in the opening game this season they have shown that suggests they will have a successful campaign. They beat the Wednesday 3-1 at Goodison Park last week, and I hope to see them complete the double and make a start on those away wins that have eluded them so often. The Everton team for tonight’s match is: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Miller, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. . The kick-off is at 6-15.
EVERTON’S CHANCE OF EARLY “DOUBLE.”
September 10, 1936. The Evening Express.
A Lot Depends On Defence Tonight.
By The Pilot.
Everton tonight have a first-class opportunity of recording their first “double” of the season and, incidentally, their first away win since November 23, 1935. They visit Sheffield Wednesday, one of the strongest sides in the First Division. The Blues defeated the Wednesday at Goodison Park last week 3-1. Everton brought off only one “double” last season against Grimsby Town, and it was at Grimsby that they secured their last away victory. There have been indications that this season Everton will rid themselves of that inferiority complex in away matches –a complex which has been troubling them for the past two campaigns, and which has resulted in only three wins” on travel.” The Blues have quickly settled down, are serving up choice constructive football, and the forwards have found “goal sense.” More important still, the defence is covering well. The Wednesday, with their new-style, forward formation –all men play up with no “W” scheme –began well by beating the champions, Sunderland, but since they have lost to Everton and the Wolves. If the Blues defence can hold the Wednesday attackers, then I think Everton will gain at least a point. Miller appears for Everton at inside right in place of the injured Cunliffe, this being Everton’s first change of the season. Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Miller, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Wednesday: - Brown; Ashley, Catlin; Rhodes, Handford, Burrows, Luke, Sterling, Dewar, Hooper, Rimmer.
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 6 EVERTON 4 (Game 1566-over-all)-(Div 1524)
September 11, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
Match of Ten Goals
Everton Beaten 6-4
Defence Errors in Thrilling Match
Sheffield was enveloped in an afternoon mist yesterday, and there was fear the game between Sheffield Wednesday and Everton might not be played. However, it was played –and to Everton’s coat. They sustained their severest defeat of the season, the score being 6-4. There was much to amuse, much to interest, something to startle, variable goalkeeping in the heavy scoring game, in which Sheffield Wednesday took the lead, lost it, and then gained a 4-1 margin, only to come back to 4-3 through Gillick’s sense of positional play and some slack defence on the part of Sheffield.
Coulter Misses Penalty.
Coulter failed with a penalty kick for a handling case against Handford, his endeavour to place the ball being anticipated by Brown, who divide to the foot of the post, and so in a measure redeemed his error when Miller equalised the score at 1-1, the ball travelling through Brown’s legs, after half an hour. It was first class football from both ends, and all through the game the work of Stevenson was outstanding. But what was one among so many when Sheffield began their all forward up principle. This new method has brought Sheffield a lot of goals, but they must not anticipate that they will score quite so easily in future matches, because it has to be considered that the goalkeeping of Sagar was not secure. This was most noticeable when Dewar scored in 7 minutes with a cross shot to which Sagar reached out too late. Miller’s equaliser at 21 minutes I Have described as a mistake on the part of Brown. But all the time Miller was playing very delightful artistic and useful football. Miller’s goal was wiped out when Rimmer headed in from a free kick against Mercer, the ball going out of Sagar’s reach and so in the minute Sheffield had regained the lead after which came a collection of goals. Perhaps it should be better to indicate the order. The Penalty kick followed when Coulter failed to score. Then Sagar failed to arrest Dewar’s drive, the ball rolling over the hands and making the score 3-1. This was the half-time score, and the darkness presented the players leaving the field for an interval.
Luke completed the best run of the match by Sterling soon after the second half started. Then came Gillick’s anticipation by running into the centre, two goals being the result, Mercer made Gillick’s first grit and Handford missed his kick to enable Gillick to take his second point. The game had thus become 4-3 in the home team’s favour, and Sheffield Wednesday, who had changed their forward formation at practically every point except centre resumed their normal formation in fear that Everton would take the equaliser, but Luke now at outside right, made a present to Rimmer. After a second run, Luke squared the ball and gave Dewar his joy day to make the score 6-3. This was not sufficient. Stevenson, who had been brilliant all through fired a shot into the right-hand corner of the net, so that there were 10 goals in the game.
Actually the defences were being overrun. There was a time when Everton had their good fortune through the ball striking the post. However, praise must be given to Everton for a brilliant tally at a time when they seemed to have no possible chance and when it would have been easy to have eased up and accepted the inevitable. Unfortunately, Sagar has not yet found his form, and his two lapses were of vital consequence, coming as they did after Everton had earned high marks for their general play. There was no debating as to the superior side, even if Brown had late on to make some smart saves from Coulter, Stevenson and Mercer. However, Sheffield Wednesday by this period were playing for safety, and were content after the shock they had received to take points with a two goals margin. The best memories of the match were Starling’s magnificent who run, Rimmer’s goal, and Stevenson’s close footwork. Unfortunately, the Everton forward line was not blended and for long stretches Gillick had not the support desired. In addition Coulter was not the busy man one anticipated. It was just possible to see the closing minutes of a remarkable game in which the joy of the crowd for the new-found Sheffield strength in front of goal was foreign to the Sheffield efforts of last season. The continued success of Jackson, at full back’ must give satisfaction to those who like to see local players having their chances in senior football. Cook also did well; but Mercer was too elongated with his runs, and did not produce the shot he can offer when the time was opportune. Teams: - Sheffield Wednesday: - Brown, goal; Ashley and Catlin, backs, Rhodes, Handford and Burrows, half-backs; Luke, Starling, Dewar, Hopper, and Rimmer, forwards. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee, and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Miller, Dean (captain), Stevenson, and Coulter, forwards.
September 11, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
At Goodison Park last week Everton defeated Sheffield Wednesday with comparative ease, but yesterday, in the mist at Sheffield, the home club effectively turned the tables. Sheffield Wednesday are reported to have pinned their faith to the “all-up” principle of attack, and in the last night’s match the plan proved successful, as they won 6-4. Everton’s defeat at one time appeared likely to be heavier than it was, but the forwards rallied in fine style to reduce the margin. Everton’s style to reduce the margin. Everton’s defence was not at its best in the match, and Sagar and his colleagues appeared weak at times, against a fast moving line of forwards.
It was a stirring match in which Stevenson, in the Everton forward line, played t the top of his form. The score would have been closer had not Coulter missed scoring from a penalty kick near the interval. Sheffield Wednesday have now gained 4 points from 4 matches and have scored 12 goals, but they have had 11 goals registered against them, so that the “all-up” plan of attack may not carry them far in this strenuous competition. Everton’s margin in the goals record is only 2. They have scored 12 and lost 10. There are now 10 clubs on the 4 point mark.
• “Bees” understands that Holdcroft, who was transferred from Everton to Preston five years ago, is to be transferred to West Ham at a fee of £5,000.
YOUNG JERSEY ISLANDER TO PLAY FOR EVERTON
September 11, 1936. Evening Express.
Debut Against Bolton Tomorrow
Blues, one change
By The Pilot.
Emil Hurel, the young Jersey footballer who is only 18 years of age, will make his Football League debut for Everton tomorrow when the Blues visit Bolton Wanderers. Hurel will play inside-right in place of Miller, this being the only change in the side that lost at Sheffield last night. Hurel has had a remarkable rise to prominence. He was playing in Jersey last season –he is a native of the island –and was spotted by Dave Murray, the ex-Everton and South African forward, who is coaching there. Murray wrote to Everton recommending Hurel, and the Goodison Park club invited the youngster to travel over. He went back to compete in the Murray Cup competition and then signed as professional for Everton. He has been playing with credit in the reserve team. Everton regard him as a great discovery. He is short, but well limbed, is a master ball-controller, opens out the game well, and can shoot. Much of his play is remimscent of Jimmy Dunn at his best. The Blues go to Bolton still searching for their first away point. It is a difficult task, and for success to be achieved there must be greater speed in recovery and covering up on the part of the wing half-backs and more accuracy in goalkeeping. Bolton, who won Preston and drew at Brentford will be without Finney, Atkinson, and Milsom, who are all on the injured list. Everton; - Sagar; Jackon, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Hurel, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Bolton wanderers: - swift; Tennant, Connor; Hurst, Gosling, Taylor (G); Taylor (GT), Walton, Currier, Eastham, Westwood.
Blackburn and Pompey Watch Everton Forward.
Miller, Everton’s inside-right, was being watched by Blackburn Rovers, Manchester United and Portsmouth officials at Hillsbrough last evening. Everton were defeated 6-4 in a hectic, thrilling struggle (writes The Pilot). The match produced brilliant constructive football and Everton lost simply because of goalkeeping errors, and slowness to cover up in defence. The forward work of both teams was positively brilliant. It was highly scientific and yet executed with astonishing pace. Everton suffered because of defensive errors. Coulter missed a penalty. The Blues fought back to 4-3, after being behind 4-1, but then the Wednesday’s swift raids brought about defeat. There was no forward to compare with Dean, who although he did not score, had a hand in all four goals. His football work, dribbling and feinting, was as good as it has ever been. Stevenson and Gillick also did well, while the three half-backs were excellent in moving forward, but show in getting back to assist and cover the backs in countering the swift raids of the Wednesday. Jackson and Cook were prominent, but Sagar’s anticipation and handling was not good.
• Advertisement in Evening Express. Central League Match at Goodison Park Tomorrow, (Saturday, September 12th) Everton Reserves v. Bolton Wanderers Reserves. Kick-off 3.15. Admission 6d, Boys 2d, stands extra, including tax.
HUREL’S DEBUT FOR EVERTON.
September 12, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post.
By John Peel.
Everton resume acquaintance with old-time rivals in Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park. Dean and his colleagues have participated in some thrilling matches so far, and this afternoon’s game is likely to provide another of outstanding interest. It was a shock to find six goals scored against the defence on Thursday, and there must be an improvement in the department today, if the Wanderers are to be held in check. Everton are making a surprise move in bringing the youth Hurel into the forward line in place of Miller. Hurel is only seventeen years of age and was tired in one or two games last season. He is developing and showed excellent form with the reserves. It is a blood move, who is a native of Jersey, and is sturdily built, will prove a success. At the moment he is regarded as a clever exponent, who requires experience. This is the only change from the side which lost on Thursday. The kick off is at 3.15 and the teams are: - Everton; - Sagar; Jackon, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Hurel, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Bolton wanderers: - Swift; Tennant, Connor; Hurst, Gosling, Taylor (G); Taylor (GT), Walton, Currier, Eastham, Westwood.
September 12, 1936. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Goals by Stevenson and Gillick.
Sagar’s Top Form
Sagar came out of his shell with a magnificent display today, and Bolton had 80 per cent of the attacks, yet had to admit defeat. A fifthy day, torrential rain, Bolton with five reserves, Everton with Cunliffe looking on, and Elie Hurel, of Jersey, known to his pals at Everton as Pat, making his debut, in English League football at his tender age of 18. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goals; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee, and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Hurel, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Coulter, forwards. Bolton Wanderers:-Sift, goal; Tennant and Connor, backs; Hurst, Gosling and Clarke, half-backs; Taylor (GT), Ainsley, Carter, Eastham and Westwood, forwards. Referee Mr. Dedham, Blackpool. Bolton started like the desperate side they had come, and in spite of Jackson’s stretch of the long shot, Westwood was able to make a shot which seemed to be cleverly touched by the goalkeeper, although the referee gave a goalkick. Cook also dived in to save trouble and later became a forward, passing from the half-way line of the field with a precise some forwards could copy with success. The ball, in its flight along the heavy grass, picked up the water and was naturally awkward to arrest or safe, Gee also adopted an attacking vein, and the result was Coulter’s sound centre to the goalmouth where Dean was marked absent, and Gillick running in found the goal keeper make a catch. Westwood shot across the field when well placed, and Ainsley headed too close to be comfortable. Everton were slow starters, but Hurel began his day with some more than useful passes of nice strength and judgement. Eastham performed many tricks, and was a great joy to the eye until he lost possession at which point the small crowd had something to say concerning his finesse. Everton’s passing now became sure and entrancing. Sagar’s first real save was a gem –a really clever catch.
Hurel’s Part in Stevenson Goal.
In 14 minutes a beautifully worked goal came to Everton. It commenced with one of Britton’s characteristic body swerves and when the ball was put forward Hurel made a timely pass to Gillick, who had to be quick and convincing to round the full back. Making his way beyond him he centred square and Stevenson shot into the right hand corner of the net. This was a goal made by the neatest of methods, plain, and pedstrative. After that Sagar made two more catches of note, and Everton returned to the attack, Britton making Swift handle the greasy ball, while t the other end Cook cleverly hooked the ball over his head and followed up with a clearance kick. Hurel, became a defender when needed. Then Gee at the foot of the post, stopped Currier equalising at the expense of a corner. There were free kicks against Jackson and Hurel, the former an inexplicable as the ball struck Jackson’s head and nearly knocked him out.
Cook’s Hit For “6”
Everton copied the Arsenal in making a wall in defence against the free kick. Bolton confined to have more of the attack and one hugh kick by Cook sent the ball on to the roof and was near crashing the new clock. Sagar on the floor and in the air produced his best form of the season. It was all Bolton for 20 minutes with the exception of a moment when Mercer became a shooter from half-back, the ball swinging a yard outside. It became imperative for Dean to go down the field and head away a corner kick, after which he was back in the opponents goalmouth, creating Coulter’s first chance the shot following from the left being safely taken by Swift. Cook had to cross the field to cover Jackson against the wiles of Westwood and Eastham.
Sagars Fine Saves.
Corner after corner went the way of the home side and Sagar’s greatest save of the day in many good ones was a beautiful flinging of his body across the goal and the handling out of a stern header by the multitude of Bolton attackers. Dean, who had headed one ball into the goalkeeper’s hands, now headed inches over, and a bad kick from goal by Swift came to Coulter, a chance to put the ball into an empty goal but he missed his way. The rain of the day had now passed away and the sun shone upon the 10,000 spectators, many of whom had made the journey from Liverpool. Right on half-time Sagar made another masterly save as the crowd shouted “Goal” –Kinsley heading what seemed to be a certainty.
Half-Time Bolton nil, Everton 1.
In the second half Cook began failing and letting in G.T. Taylor with a great chance which was not taken. The dogged Mercer joined up with Gillick and Stevenson, the last-named taking too long to get in his shot. A false free kick to Everton was taken by Britton and Dean’s header bothered Swift to the extent of making him save the ball and it was remarkable how the ball was kept out of goal. Westwood on the wing placed Currier in for a goal, to make Sagar placed the ball over the bar, the goalkeeper crashing after making his admirable save. Currier failed badly from an easy position, but Stevenson made Swift touch the ball over the post. Bolton had not been so dominating as in the first half, but were still having a large share of the attack, but they ran into Gee, Cook, Jackson, and Sagar in their best mood and most resolute defence.
Goal Kick Rule.
Everton overcame the goal kick law by the use of the two backs standing square, the goalkeeper passing to Jackson, who repassed to Cook, who then turned the ball to the goalkeeper, who kicked clear. Coulter now adopted a roving commission, and here the Irishman became a defender at a moment when Bolton looked like scoring. Bolton were incensed when Westwood netted and the linesmen and referee signalled an off-side kick.
Everton got one breakaway and relief Coulter and Stevenson pairing off Dean’s header nearing surprised Swift, but Bolton got their deserve when Westwood weaved his way from the touchline to the centre of goal, and passed three men on route scoring through a fine individual effort. Coulter had been limping for half an hour, and now Ainsley crashed his head against the goalpost in trying to convert a corner. Bolton had richly deserved their draw, and they were fired by the enthusiasm of success to make further efforts.
Gillick’s Fine Point. Gillick took the lead five minutes from the finish. The game took another striking changes when after Everton had got rid of two dangerous corner melees Jackson went up to take a free kick which led to a caution to Clark regarding kicking away a dead ball. The kick went straight into the goalmouth where Gillick had roamed, and his header completely bewildered Swift, so that the team from Goodison which had been so long on the defence was once more in the lead, and their appeared no time for Bolton to regain their lost laurels especially as Gee was catching Hurel concerning his position to aid the defence. Final Bolton Wanderers 1 Everton 2.
September 12, 1936. The Liverpool football Echo.
By Louis T. Kelly.
• In reply to N. Summers, Popular , London, the late Abe Hartley, the centre forward who played for Everton in the Cup in 1897, was a Dumbarton native, about 5ft 7 ½ ins,, and weighted 11st 9lbs. His clubs in turn were: Artisan Thistle (Dumbarton), Dumbarton, Everton, and Southampton.
SAGAR HERO OF EVERTON VICTORY.
September 12, 1936. The Evening Express.
First Away Win Since Last November.
Goals by Stevenson and Gillick.
By The Pilot.
Bravo, Sagar! He it was who made possible Everton’s first away victory since last November, at Bolton today. Everton won 2-1, and they had to thank Sagar for his brilliance in keeping the Wanderers at bay when they, were striving might and main for goals. Hurel, Everton’s debutant, received several messages of good luck during the math. Bolton made late changes. Ainsley played inside right for Walton; Hurst came in t centre half- Gosling retained his usual position at right half; G. Taylor could not play, so Clarke appeared at left half. Everton: - Sagar, goals; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee, and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Hurel, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Coulter, forwards. Bolton Wanderers:-Sift, goal; Tennant and Connor, backs; Hurst, Gosling and Clarke, half-backs; Taylor (GT), Ainsley, Carter, Eastham and Westwood, forwards. Referee Mr. Dedham, Blackpool. There were no more than 10,000 present to see Westwood fritter away a good chance in the opening minutes. Westwood and Eastham had tied Everton up and Westwood had got through with only Sagar to beat, but fired over the top. Everton made one brief raid after Dean’s header had enabled Coulter to go away and centre, but the thrills were enacted in the Blues’ goalmouth, where Westwood drove fiercely across the front of the goal with Currier just too late to reach it.
Dean Tests Swift.
Gillick beat Connor and then finished poorly. Dean sprang forward to Mercer’s pass and forced Swift to save. Sagar came out to gather dangerous centres from Taylor before Ainsley headed just wide, when favourably placed, thanks to the forward run and cross by Gosling. Everton were not dealing with the slippery ball with the same certainty as the Wanderers. Everton took the lead rather against the run of the play in 13 minutes, Stevenson doing the trick.
Britton started the movement with a touch through for Hurel. The youngster made a short transfer, so that Gillick could swerve round Connor, and place low across the goal, Hurel Almost took the opportunity, but Stevenson came in at top speed and whipped the ball low into the corner of the net. It was Everton’s first really good chance, and it was well taken. Eastham again over-dribbled and Ainsley was too slow to make up his mind the shoot. Gee was forced to concede a corner, and following this the ball bounced about dangerously in Everton’s goal area. Westwood tried a short shot, and eventually Sagar won through by failing on it. The Wanderers had two penalty line free kicks, but Gosling could not find a way through the barriers.
Sagar in Form.
It was good to see Sagar back to his best form. He pushed away Taylor’s corner and then leapt across the goal to turn the ball outside when Ainsley was jumping in to do business. The Wanderers had three corners in succession, and a free kick, came as a welcome relief to the hard-worked Everton defenders. The Wanderers were still doing the better work, except when it came to clinching the deals. Sagar had to get down quickly to hold a shot from Eastham, and the Wanderers took many corner kick. Everton raided only spasmodically and even Dean had to double back to clear from one corner when Tennant misjudged the ball. Dean put Coulter on good ground, but winger’s shot did not trouble Swift unduly.
Sagar’s Mighty save.
Three more corners fell to Bolton, and from the second Gosling headed in grandly. It looked a good goal all over but Sagar hurled himself across the goal to make a mighty full-length save. Dean’s first good chance came from Cook’s lob, but Dean got a little too far under the ball, Swift was drawn out to save a corner and only half-kicked the ball. Coulter shot first time, but without direction. Sagar once again saved Everton with a sure save from a header from Ainsley.
Half-Time Bolton wanderers 0, Everton 1.
Cool almost paid the penalty of a weak clearance early in the second half, for Taylor seemed to be away after meeting the full force of Mercer’s challenge. Mercer whipped out a long pass to Gillick, whose low return was pushed along by Dean. Stevenson had a good opening, yet dallied, and his shot was changed down. From the corner dean headed over the top. Hurel get through by sheer persistence and gained a corner. Following this, Britton adopted his famous goalmouth lob, and Dean headed into Swift’s hands. From a freekick, Dean almost made it two. Britton’s kick was merely flicked with the forehead, and Swift only contrived to keep the ball out at the second attempt. Everton held command for a long spell; then Westwood sent one over, and with Gee standing still Currier headed in grandly. Sagar managed to turn the ball over the top at the last second. Yes, assuredly this was the real Sagar at his best. Eastham head another excellent chance when Everton stood still appealing, yet he was yards wide. There was a mighty yell when Westwood cut in and netted, but the whistle had long since sounded for off-side. The wanderers came back to take their grip of the game, and Everton were mostly on the defence. Britton’s long pass to Coulter led to another corner, which produced a fine back header by Dean, and a save from swift. At last the Wanderers got a goal, after Everton had been in front for more than an hour. At the 78th minute Westwood dribbled past three men and scored. Westwood scored with a low shot of an unstoppable nature. Bolton deserved their goal. Gillick came to the rescue of the Blues with a goal in 85 minutes. Gillick was alleged to have been fouled on the half-way line and Jackson placed a free kick right to the goalmouth. Gillick darted behind Hurst and nodded the ball into the corner of the net. Final, Bolton 1, Everton 2.
EVERTON RES V BOLTON RES
September 12, 1935. The Evening Express, Football Edition.
Everton were clearly the better side during the early part of the game, and had the inside forwards rounded off good approach work with accuracy, the Blues must have taken the lead. Bentham missed two good chances, and Bell was also off the carpet. Bolton had done little attacking until Rimmer made a good run and centre, which J.E. Jones, in attempting to hook clear, turned into his own goal. This was a shock for Everton, but worse was to follow as White allowed a shot from quite 25 yards range to pass through his hands and placed Bolton further ahead. The Everton keeper, however, reprieved himself later with a full length save from woods. At this stage Bolton were the better side and the Everton defence was frequently hard pressed. Everton broke away and Geldard got a fine goal to reduced Bolton’s lead. Everton fought back and with the Bolton defence in a tangle Geldard levelled the scorers with a fierce drive from close in. The after interval play was in favour of Everton, and the Bolton goal had some narrow escapes. Twice Stein went close, and Bentham had an excellent shot saved by Hanson. Bolton had a chance, but Rimmer lofted the ball high over from Woodward’s centre.
Hoylake “A” v Everton “A”
In a goalless first half, Sherlock, in the Hoylake goal, had more to do than King, who was only hard pressed on one occasion, when Butcher hit the upright an Adams headed the return inches high. Holyoke had a narrow escape when Jackson, the right back, kicked clear off the goal line after the ball had hit the foot of the upright, leaving Sherlock helpless. Half-time Hoylake 0, Everton “A” 0
EVERTON & LIVERPOOL PROSPECTS
September 12, 1936. The Evening Express, Football Edition.
What Early Results Show.
By The Pilot.
One point a match. That is what Merseyside’s premier football club –Everton and Liverpool –have contrived to secure in their first four matches. The outlook for the season, judged purely on these opening games, is brighter than appears from results. Both clubs shave their virtues, but ....both have their faults.
And across the park to Goodison. Here we find one of the most scientific attacking sides in the game. Everton have shown themselves capable of getting goals, but the ability to prevent goals is lacking. The Blues are out to brighten football by playing 100 per cent, attack, I commend the idea, for it will bring the crowds in their thousands. Yet Everton must bear in mind that points count and points cannot be secured if goals has so far characterised their efforts. First, the wing half-backs are inclined to wander too far into the “enemy “territory –or shall I say are too slow in getting back once they have sown the seeds for Everton forward movements? When the backs go out to the wings there is no one to double back and cover. It is a fault Everton have remedied. Bear in mind that Gee is playing the attacking game and that there is nothing of the “third-back” method in the make-up of the Blues. Sagar has had an unhappy start, but I feel certain that he can recover his balance and skill, and if only the backs, and halves will secure a sound working understanding, Everton should go far. Dean is at his best; the Stevenson-Coulter wing is working with erstwhile smoothness, and Gillick is proving the winner he was when with the Rangers. So far as Everton are concerned, “It is there for the taking,” and they can take it if they will cover.
BOLTON WANDERERS 1 EVERTON 2 (Game 1567 over-all)-(Div 1 1525)
September 14, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
Sagar’s Fine Saves.
Bolton Foiled at Burnden.
A Result Against The “Play.”
Everton seem destined to figure in uncommon results. Starting with Arsenal’s 3-2 they went on to Sheffield and scoring four goals still did not win. Their next turn was at Bolton, where they met a side desperate for points and playing five reserves through injuries to the better-known members of the side. Everton won 2-1, and it was the best away win they have had for some time –indeed, one trend of play one is bound to confess this was a result salted for Bolton and suited to Everton. The margin of 2-1 still remains rather mysterious to those who looked on until one begins to recall the tantalising over-dribbling of the Bolton forwards and their lack of real shooting from reasonable positions. Bolton earn our sympathy, but they must take some of the blame for their own defeat, first because they depended too much on headed efforts compared with direct shots, and second their defence was not at all secure when Gillick took the lead five minutes from the end of a really pulsating game, in which errors could be forgiven because the rainfall was so heavy the ground threw up water waves when the ball was propelled along the rich turf.
Everton’s best raid brought a goal, Britton, Hurel, and Gillick having a strong hand to play, keeping the ball low and Stevenson applying the final shot. Bolton were smarting through this unexpected change of front and the more they tried the less chance they seemed to have because Sagar gave the best display he has offered this season, and it is questionable if he has ever played better. He as alive, clean where he had been fumbling and against all-comers he stood his ground, flipping the ball over the bar, catching and clearing, punting with power (compared with Swift’s effort with a dead ball) and at the stroke of half-time he broke Bolton’s heart with a magnificent one-hand save from the earnest Bolton side which had gone up solidly for attack. In the second half the attacking moments were not so pronounced, but Everton, still had to act on the defensive and Dean and Coulter became assistant full backs! Which is about the best tribute I can pay to Bolton and to the forwards concerned! Bolton got just reward when Westwood took up an equaliser after the tiring Hurel, making his debut, had made a short pass and opened the way to a goal. Westwood on the wing seemed to be rather wasted because he did not have sufficient to do. Eastham preferring to play a lone hand. However, few would have grumbled at the score if it had remained there. It did not a free kick taken by Jackson late in the day resulted in Gillick crossing far over the field and nodding the ball, which should have been the Bolton backs or goalkeeper’s possession.
This must not be praise to Gillick for his flit to a new position; in fact the way he glided the ball was expert. So Bolton were folded up five minutes from time with a surprise goal, after their own crowd of 17,000 had shouted “Goal” fully four times only to see Sagar’s superb judgement carry the ball out of danger, I was a remarkable game in many respects, but at least the referee and linesmen did their work, and there was hardly an unsporting incident throughout. Bolton’s best were Tennant, Gosling, Hurel, Currier and Westwood. On the Everton side much concern and interest came through the introduction of the babe of the eleven –Hurel, of Jersey, was baptised in the First Division services. He began with nice effect, but eventually ran himself out in this new-found pace and company, and finally helped the defence, “according to order.” It may have been too soon to bring him in, but one doesn’t forget his charges –he is very stocky –and his endeavour in strange surroundings. The Everton forward line was not nearly so smooth as it had been at Sheffield, Coulter pulling a muscle and Stevenson being unable to reproduce his own there so soon after the gruelling game on Thursday. Dean was always likely to head a goal, and his appearance as a defence help is a new feature. Gillick was the danger of the line, and his control and pace surprised many. He and Hurel could soon be a live wing force. Sagar was the star of the game, and Cook and Jones did three men’s work against a nippy forward line which is too individualistic to be a pronounced success. Everton: - Sagar, goals; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee, and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Hurel, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Coulter, forwards. Bolton Wanderers:-Sift, goal; Tennant and Connor, backs; Hurst, Gosling and Clarke, half-backs; Taylor (GT), Ainsley, Carter, Eastham and Westwood, forwards. Referee Mr. Dedham, Blackpool.
EVERTON RESERVES 2 BOLTON WANDERERS RESERVES 2
September 14, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 5)
A victory still eludes Everton, but had they been quick to take advantage of their chances in the early stages of this game with Bolton at Goodison Park when they dominated the proceedings the first win of the session would surely have been registered. Bolton’s first goal was a gift. Jones deflecting the ball into his own goal while attempting to hook clear. Their second goal was also against the run of the play, and White should have experienced little difficulty with David’s easy shot. Geldard levelled matters with two perfect goals before the interval. In the second period Everton pressed, but their poor shooting nullified their efforts.
Hoylake 1 Everton “A 2
Two of Hoylake’s regular players were taking trials with a senior league side. When full time was signalled however, the teams at Hoylake were on level terms -1 goal each. On arrival at the dressing room the referee found that there was still 5 minutes of the allotted time to go. The players were recalled, and during this period Everton scored the winning goal, Joyce scored both goals for Everton. Hoylake’s point being made by Coulhorn. Webster, Joyce, an Dickinson were prominent for Everton. Butcher being Hoylake’s best.
EVERTON’S BEST RESULTS.
September 14, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
But Not Their Best Display
Everton can now rest on their oars till the big day. Saturday’s, when the “Derby” game is due. Everton know what it is like to have a hard mid-week game as was shown by their display at the week-end two days after they have had a joyful if gruelling time with Sheffield Wednesday. It was then said “Everton will play far worse than this game and get a victory-They answered this dictum instantly and without being uncharitable one must say they won at Bolton where, on the play, no one could imagine them winning. It goes that way –just as my headline was made to appear as Everton’s best, when actually the best thing was the result; the play being far from Everton’s best. Everton played well in part; the defence was in the most earnest mood, and Sagar capped anything he has done for a year by this display, which included five set-goals (the crowd shouted goal) and the players leaped to the air, feeling the ball must go over the line, and each time it was a superb piece of work by Sagar –a refreshing display of goalkeeping. He was helped to a large degree by the solidity of Cook and Jackson, with Britton and Gee the better half-back. Gee has found a new lease of life and philosophy. Mercer did not fare so well, and it may be that he will show a 15 per cent rise in form by appearance on the right flank. Certainly no one could think of leaving out Britton, who was kicked off this season with a neatness and finesse, together with sound defence, that has made him a star. But Mercer appears out of place on the left, and Britton is good enough to play left half if the experiment would be tested, which would mean something for sore eyes if Britton became linked up with Stevenson and Coulter. Not that the left flank was in the ascendancy at Bolton. They were subdued and Coulter was liming, but pluckily helped Dean in the defence role –yes I mean what I say; both the captain and Coulter went to defence regions to give their aid to a harassed and over worked defence.
It is refreshing to find forwards taking a co-ordinated part in defence, it is equally good to see Everton’s methods of wiping out the new goal-kick law, Sagar takes the kick to Cook, who transfers to Jackson, standing near the wing; then Jackson passes the ball to Sagar, who is able to pick it up and clear with the customary handled delivery. Everyone will visit to know about Hurel. Elie Hurel, started off like the clever young man we know him to be. He delivered his charge, let the ball run on (should I say let the ball do the work) and linked up with Gillick in promising manner. But he was new to the surroundings. First Division football and the rush to First Division fame. He ran about trying to do too much working at times without necessity, till finally his usual splendid pass was not possible, he kicked a ball short, and Bolton equalled Everton’s neat goal by Stevenson. Hurel must not be blamed for this error-what is one among so many committed –but it showed the boy had found the conditions trying. However, the promise is ripe, and the boy is right for “futures” Gillick was our most dependable forward, and his cunning anticipation about free kicks led him to well beyond centre forward to catch a free kick and glide it into the net to make a victory where none had appeared possible; indeed, Everton would have been very happy about a drew’s and Ainsley, playing for Bolton contributed to some of their fallings by over-heading near goal, while Westwood’s splendid foraging and finesse had no special result through Eastham playing his customary lone hand –lovely to look at but not altogether satisfying the goals for department. Tennant was a fine back but Swifty not to convincing. At half-back the big young reserve did well, and forward Currier was too flurried with the easy chance and Ainsley, playing for his place again, seemed to be over anxious. It was a well governed gains, Mr. Dedman of Blackpool, and his linemen earning full marks, despite the ill-mannered cries of the boys’ stand thus; “We want the referee,” an unsporting cry for youngster, who are to be Bolton’s future regular followers, and one hopes, sportsmen. Bolton have struck off badly with points and injuries and I wish them anything but another Sagar for the rest of the season, I could not wish them better than that.
EVERTON’S SUPERIOR DEFENCE.
September 14, 1936. The Evening Express.
Sagar Masterly In Goal.
By The Pilot.
Ted Sagar, England’s goalkeeper, was the man who paved the way for Everton’s victory over Bolton Wanderer’s at Burnden Park on Saturday by two goals to one. The perfect anticipation, speed in moving to scoring shots, clean handling and keen judgement in coming out set Bolton at defiance and Everton went on to record their first away win of the season –and their first since last November! The Wanderers had much the better of the game from a territorial point of view, yet the Wanderers courted defeat. In the opening stages they had chances to make the points theirs, but refused shooting opportunities and seemed bent on dribbling the ball into the net. When they tried to mend their ways they found the Everton defenders had settled down to wholehearted, intrepid work. Apart from Sagar, who was superb, credit also goes to the other Everton defensive units. Jackson and Cook were devastating in their tackling and intervention. Gee was a towering personality at centre-half, while Mercer and Britton were quicker in recovery. The Wanderers pressed so much that the Everton forwards did not see as much of the ball as usual, but they were more effective in operation. Stevenson and Gillick were outstanding, but there was many a master touch by Dean. Coulter suffered through a pulled muscle, and Hurel infused plenty of life into the line. He worked hard from start to finish, and he has reason to be proud of his debut. This lad is a player of the future. Hurel had a hand in the first goal movement, which was, literally, “cracked home” by Stevenson. Westwood equalised late in the second half, but Gillick won the match with a master header from Jackson’s long free kick.
CHEDGZOY STILL PLAYING.
September 15, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
Talking of Anfield, who can forget the work done by Sam Chedgzoy in the Derby Day game for Everton? Sam is in far-off lands these days, but is still playing the game, although he must be fully forty-three years of age. When I was in America I tried every means to get hold of him, but failed at every turn. Now there is news of him through a friend, who sends a marvellous caricature of the “old feller” from Ellesmere Port, saying “Sam is nowadays at Carsheel F.C. Read and pass on to your public the cutting enclosed.” Here is the announcement of Sam’s continued success on the field of play: - “When discussing veterans, what price Sam Chedgzoy, who first played for England against Scotland in April 1914, and got a great hand last Saturday against Hamilton when they took him off towards the end. Sam is still our best outside right, for while not able to gallop like he could two decades ago, he makes his head do most of the work, and saves up for those dashing forays down the right, and those lobs are just grand. There was a time on Saturday that Sam bottled up both Drummond and McElligott for nearly a minute near Hamilton’s corner flag.”
Everton Reserves at Home Tomorrow.
Tomorrow at Goodison at 3.15 Everton Reserves play Wolves Reserves. The Wednesday holidaymaker and the usual hands of scouts will be there in force and see an attractive game for those who like these occasional minor matches.
FIRST OF OUR SENIOR SOCCER “DERBIES” ON SATURDAY.
September 15, 1936. The Evening Express.
There Will Be Debutants in Both Sides at Goodison Park.
Everton’s Lead on Wins.
By The Pilot.
The 71st Merseyside “Derby” match between Everton and Liverpool will be staged at Goodison Park on Saturday, and it is expected that 60,000 people will watch the struggle between these two great rivals. So far Everton have the better of the “argument” which has been going on since 1894. The Blues have recorded 30 victories against 22 by Liverpool, leaving 18 matches drawn. At Goodison Park there have been 35 matches, and the Blues claim 16 wins and Liverpool ten, the other nine being drawn. Although Everton lead the way, they have secured only one victory over their rivals in the last seven meetings. That was at Goodison Park on September 15, 1934. In those seven games Liverpool have scored 18 goals to eight by Everton, but in their last three matches at Goodison Park, Liverpool have not scored! What will happen on Saturday? That is the question everyone is asking. I shall have another opportunity of dealing with the point, but we may rest assured that the game will prove a thriller from the start to finish. Neither side has yet chosen the men who will represent them, but at least we shall have several debutants. On the Everton side Elie Hurel, the young Jersey players –known as “Pat” –may be given his baptism following his encouraging display at Bolton, but all the other Blues have had their taste of “Derby” late. Coulter has never played for the Blues against Liverpool at outside-left. On his only appearance –at Anfield in 1935 –he was inside left to Stein. Liverpool will probably have three debutants. They are matt Busby, the Scottish international, Hobson, the young North-eastern goalkeeper, and Johnny Balmer, the local product. The inclusion of Balmer is interesting for this player was really discovered by Everton. He was playing with the Collegiate Old Boys when Everton gave him trials, and he played for the Blues as an amateur for two seasons. He was not re-engaged, but Liverpool snapped him up last season. He was then a centre forward, and after a few weeks signed on professional forms. He has since played in all three inside-forward [positions, and at outside right. He has now settled at inside right as partner to Nieuwenhuys. Balmer is a nephews of the former Everton backs, W. And R. Balmer, who last played together in a “Derby” match in 1907. The honour falls to Dean, the Everton captain, of having scored more goals in “Derby” matches than any other player. Dean figured in his first “Derby” at Anfield on September 26, 1925, and he has scored 17 goals. He has twice registered the “hat-trick,” against the Reds.
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September 16, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post.
By John Peel.
Cunliffe returns to the Everton team, after missing two matches owing to injury, for the game with Liverpool at Goodison Park on Saturday instead of Hurel. Interest in the meeting is greater than ever, and the match promise to be one of the most attractive of recent years. Both sides at their best have shown that they are in the top class, and there should be a tremendous struggle for supremacy. Everton’s side is Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. The Everton central League team to meet the Wolves today at Goodison Park at 3.15 is White; Lambert, Jones (J.E); Tunney, Jones (TG), Watson; Geldard, Hurel, Bell, Miller, Stein.
THE FARMER’S BOY
September 16, 1936. The Liverpool Echo.
Reds and Blues tells of Dean’s record finding its way into the farming world –In my opinion (based upon forty-five years of personnel experience of football) W.R. Dean is one of the greatest personalities who has ever played at Goodison Park or elsewhere. I would like you to see the photograph of Dean’s scoring his 352nd goal taken from “The Farmer’s Weekly.” Surely the fact that this is a periodical circulating among farmers all over the country is quite sufficient testimony to Dean’s popularity and personality. Referring to “Chimming Bells” and the Arsenal; I never did care for the Arsenal style of play, and have always said so to my friends, and have had to bear with some qualified expressions of my sanity in consequence. All good wishes
EVERTON’S DERBY TEAM
September 16, 1936. Evening Express.
Cunliffe to Play Against Liverpool.
By the Pilot.
Jimmy Cunliffe, the Everton international forward will play inside-right for Everton against Liverpool in the 71st Derby match on Saturday. Cunliffe was injured in the match against Brentford –he suffered a damaged shoulder and an eye injury-but he has made a complete recovery so that Everton will be at full strength. Each of the Everton players have previously figured in the series of matches with Liverpool, Cunliffe takes the place of Hurel. Everton:-Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter.
EVERTON RESERVES 4 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS RESERVES 2
September 17, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 6)
Hat-Trick For Bell.
Everton Win Central League Game.
Everton beat a previously undefeated team by 4 goals to 2 at Goodison Park yesterday when Bell scored a hat-trick against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The visitors showed the better football, besides having the injured Ashall on the right wing for practically the whole of the second half. The game’s outstanding feature was the left wing work of Wrigglesworth and Thompson. It was a good match in which nothing could dim the artistry of Wrigglesworth and the easy grace with which Thompson did his job. But for some stern work by Jones (T) at centre half the steady flow of the centres which came across the Everton goalmouth would have taken greater toll. Bell’s performance was characteristic. He had few chances, but used nearly all, being at his best when he glided the ball over the head of a goalkeeper who erred in coming out. Wrigglesworth scored first, then came Bell’s three goals with a second from Wrigglesworth to open up the game again. Finally a free kick for an offside that was not clear to most people led to Jones (TG) scoring with a magnificent shot to round off an unusually interesting mid-week match, Everton were piecemeal in attack and judged by the standard of the opposition, it was difficult to see where the score shoot’ superiority arose. Everton: - White, goal; Lambert, and Jones (J.E), backs; Tunney, Jones (TG), and Watson, half-backs; Geldard, Hurel, Bell, Miller, and Stein, forwards.
THE MOST CERTAINS DERBY GAME BETWEEN EVERTON AND LIVERPOOL
September 18, 1936. The Liverpool Echo.
Not all Over Bar Shouting.
Hobson v. Dean
In a rather bold spirit I suggest to you, Mr. Everton supporter and Mr. Liverpool Supporter, that tomorrow’s is the meatiest “Derby” game the local sides have ever played. It is so on-sided in its outlook that if we did not remember our history books concerning Liverpool F.C., we should vote it the nap home win of the day. But football form in its ordinary match-stage has been lying more than sufficiently thus far, and meetings between Blues and Reds are proverbially uncertain. Everton do not forget their loss of a recent match at Anfield, where the wide open spaces of the Anfield Kop led Liverpool’s forwards right through almost at will. They are anxious to wipe out that memory, and tomorrow gives them their greatest chance, unless Liverpool pull out of the bag some of their Grimsby nuts. Having forewarned you, I should make Everton winners of this game at Goodison Park, let me at once should myself from the bricks of the rabid partisan by saying Matt Busby’s reappearance will make a wealth of difference to Liverpool’s chances. He isn’t wasteful, and it is so necessary that the Anfield forwards should have someone from the half-back area to purvey the ball along the ground. Busby goes far up, if so inclined and when he stats his upward trend one knows his command of the ball will be such he will not be dispossessed. He is the richest and most practise passer the game has ever known. Hence he appears in a blinding light when compared with some other half-backs. But Liverpool cannot expect to come all over good because one half is about to show the easiness of the natural game of football, namely the ability to pick up a ball and put it to the right man, who should be posted in a position where he can accept the pass. We have lost the football sense in this modern rush. The old idea used to be to keep the ball on the turf and use it in a passing movement. Rounds of passing created the joy of the game. Today, goals and blank walls of defence seem to be the only through. So we shall welcome Everton, who have been treading the combined path this season, and we shall welcome Busby’s endeavour to keep the standard of play at a high level.
Where Hobson is Best.
Hobson, has the baptism of these always engaging games, it is a big task, but this young man has taken to the goal-post with avidity and a good deal of success. His work at Chelsea showed how very expert he is at catching the high ball, and the first goal scored against him was certainly one of those curious cases when the ball is “touched” and the spin applied to it gives it a most awkward appearance. Hobson is best where it is most needed for the game, because Dean can apply the high ball, and has latterly been using his dribbling desires in a way not common to him since he got swollen ankles. Perfectly built, Hobson, will not be shy to face Dean, but will be happy to make his acquaintance,” Everton’s attack appears the cleverer whatever eleven Liverpool finally select, and this is the occasion when one can expect an outbreak on the part of Coulter and Stevenson on the leftwing. One foresees a lot of class football being offered to the mighty throng when Busby, Coulter and Stevenson stand “three in one, “so far as tactics are concerned. The game is not over bar shouting. The local –“Derby” –games have been so wildly uncertain, and Liverpool can always make history by their “up and down” shocks that I keep trying to shield my belief that here is an Everton victory of some margin. Everton will be the fresher through having no mid-week match: Liverpool will be all the keener because they remember Everton’s victory at Bolton was anything but a justifiable effort, and the Anfield club must redeem themselves with the changes in their attack, and one change at half-back. Everton will not be walking over, but the more I study these two teams and survey the work I have seen them do this season; the more I plump for an Everton victory. The team are not finally settled, but this is the probable plan of the field. Everton; Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Liverpool; Hobson; Cooper, Blenkinsopp; Busby, Bradhsaw, McDougall; Nivvy, P Taylor, Howe, Glassey, Hanson. So many of the players named above have been in previous “Derby” games. I am sure it is barely necessary to remind all of Merseyside’s sportsmanship in all these games which are held up as model “Derby” games I do hope this will be a continuation of the completely fair and above-board tactics which should grace all games. I have received some quaint gifts from various partisans –including a lucky charm –and today comes a most appropriate gift. It is from Jack White and his Collegate Band, who have sent me one of those new fangled pipes in which club colours are added and the name of the team is on the bowl. So, at Goodison Park tomorrow if you see me with two pipes with but a single puff you know I am bearing the blue and the red standard. Still it is very kind of Jack and Tom White and their company to offer me this “double-header.”
80,000 TO SEE GREAT MERSEYSIDE “DERBIES.”
September 18, 1936. The Evening Express.
71st Clash of Everton and Liverpool.
Reds Three Changes
By The Pilot.
History repeats itself in regard to the inclusion of Ben Dabbs, the former Oaken gates player, in the Liverpool side in place of Cooper. In the corresponding match last season Dabbs had to be hurried over from Anfield at the last minute to take the place of Blenkinsopp, who was taken ill. Dabs proved one of the success of the game, and his fine defensive work enabled Liverpool to snatch a point in a godless draw. Will Dabbs prove the mascot for Liverpool tomorrow? The Reds will have three “Derby” match debutants in Busby, Taylor and Hobson, but all the players on the Everton side have had their taste of these thrilling struggles between the local football giants. Taking a line through from the indications are that Everton will win. But I would not be in the least bit surprised were Liverpool to crash back to their seven-goal form and upset the favourites. However, after seeing Liverpool’s display against Chelsea, I am forced to the conclusion that Everton will win. The return of Busby, in particular, will make a tremendous difference to the Reds. His is their inspiring force. Taylor’s craft pace and shooting power should also bring needed power in attack. Yet, from what I have seen this season Everton are the superior football side. They are all for attack these days. The Everton wing half-backs proved, at Bolton last week, that they can recover quickly. This is an essential in Everton’s method tomorrow, for Liverpool have speed-merchants on the wings in Nieuwenhuys and Hanson –speed-merchants who pace a shot. This will be a great duel between the craft of Everton and the speed and enthusiasm of Liverpool. Spectators are advised to get to the ground early, form into orderly queens, and when inside the ground move away from the entrances and feeding avenues. This will permit of good packing. There are seats available for more than 10,000 people. Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Liverpool: - Hobson; Dabbs, Blenkinsopp, Busby; Bradshaw, McDougall; Niewenhuys, Taylor (P), Howe, Wright, Hanson. Referee Mr. G. T. Gould (London).
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MERSEYSIDE DERBY GAMES.
September 19, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post.
By John Peel.
The football season is now well established, and if form has been of a mixed character the clubs have gained sufficient experience of match play to know how they stand in point of playing strength. There is another attractive programme today with the added spice of a more general participation Rugby Union players in the sport of the afternoon. Locally the big match is the first of the season’s meetings between Everton and Liverpool, and as is usual on these occasions, partisanship will run high, but a great sporting encounter, with the issue in the balance to the last kick, may be anticipated. The form of the teams so far suggests a very tight struggle. It will be the 71st game between the sides in the League and the 36th at Goodison Park. In the last three minutes at Goodison Park only one goal has been scored and that by Everton the season before last, so that it is time towards made a move. There has been some high scoring this, season and it is noteworthy that Everton and Liverpool are among the ten teams with double figures in each of the goals columns. While Everton have a margin of three in their favour. Liverpool have but one. It seemed likely that the defences will be fully tested today, and while Everton appear to have the more thrustful attack there is no knowing to what heights Howe and his colleagues my rise if in the mood as witness their remarkable rush of goals last Saturday when the teams each won well, though Liverpool fell again during the week at Chelsea. Everything points to a most interesting struggle and the issue appears very open, but with the ground in their favour Everton ought to improve on last season’s goalless draw.
Cunliffe returns to the Everton side in place of Hurel, the inside right having recovered from the injury which kept him out of the team for two matches. Liverpool will again have Busby in the half-back line in place of Savage, but Cooper owing to a strained knee, is an absentee, Dabbs taking his place while Taylor (P.) partners Nieuwenhuy instead of Balmer. The kick off is at 3.15 and the teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Liverpool: - Hobson; Dabbs, Blenkinsopp, Busby; Bradshaw, McDougall; Niewenhuys, Taylor (P), Howe, Wright, Hanson.
GLORIOUS BUT VAIN DISPLAY BY LIVERPOOL
September 19, 1936. The Liverpool Football Echo.
Everton Gain Goals by Stevenson and Dean in Goodison Derby
Sagar Astounds Liverpool Forwards.
I do not propose to comment, being content that the reader will follow every line of the report, to which there is nothing to add, except “Bravo” Liverpool “Bravo” Everton; a great and glorious game, with the tide flowing against Liverpool after Sagar kept them from a comfortable lead. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Coulter, forwards. Liverpool: - Hobson, goal; Dabbs and Blenkinsopp (captain), Busby, and Bradshaw, half-backs; McDougall, Nieuwenhuys, Taylor (P), Howe, Wright, and Hanson, forwards. Referee Mr. Gould, London. Morning glory turned to afternoon of slight mist for another of these wonderful meetings of Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park. The pre-match feature of the game was the absence of colour in the crowd. Here and there one or two blue and white berets –not a redcap, other than perhaps a military M.P, and a silence not common to these games. Doubtless the spectators were saving their voices for the afternoon’s “work.” The stands were soon filled, but in the ordinary portions there seemed to be an ease unusual in these games. Therefore my estimate of the crowd was 52,000. In last year’s match at Goodison Park, Everton played the 18 years young King, in goal. Today, Liverpool played Hobson, still in his teens, and these two, along with Geldard are the youngest players to figure in a Merseyside “Derby.” At the other end one cites the case of Elisha Scott, who guarded the “narrow way” two years ago, when well beyond the 40 marks, and, what is more did not let a shot escape his vigilance. The sporting partnership was continued when the teams came out to public view side by side. The referee was Mr. Gould of London.
Liverpool won the toss and Everton kicked towards the Aintree end. Right away Gee fling the ball up the middle, where Bradshaw made his first of many headers of the day. Vic Wright began with a crossfield pass which “Nivvy” gathered but merely turned outside –not a common waste in his (Nivvy’s) armour. The game had got the pent-up spectators into a state of favour within sixty seconds. The trusty Hanson having received a pass from Phil Taylor crossed the most perfect ball one could wish to see. Sagar tried to cut the ball with a one-hand slug and barely connected with the ball, so that Hanson charging like a warrior bent on a goal in a minutes, missed the ball and went into the rigging of the net. But Everton had saved a sensational deficit. Phil Taylor, in the first effort, went down in pain, and one feared an old injury had been revived, but fortunately that was not the case, and Everton now had their strong moments in attack. Busby, who had started with a perfection pace and a little jugglery against his rival juggler, Stevenson was not altogether accurate in his placings, and when Cunliffe pushed to outside right it was a blindfold pass, because he had not see Gillick change to the centre-forward berth. “Nivvy” joined in the defence, and his speed overcame Stevenson’s notions. Everton must have imagined this Liverpool could not possibly be the side that had played at Chelsea; the Reds were new revolutionaries, and their form surprised and pleased everyone who had seen the goings on at Chelsea. The referee’s whistle was not sufficiently loud for all the players to hear in the din made by the spectators. The result was that a free kick at the Aintree end means nothing in “Nivvy” life and he went ahead and shot hard, the ball striking Sagar on the shoulder. All of which, of course, was love’s labour lost. Mercer let in “Nivvy” and a second offence; this time lawful, and the ball did not run just suitable to “Nivvy” desire so that he had to hesitate before shooting, and that split second meant the Everton goalmouth was covered in.
Hammer Lock by Bradshaw.
Bradshaw put the hammer lock on Everton’s close passing, and the big man went up the middle of the field, taking long strides and eating up the ground, with the result that Hanson was able to make more danger for Sagar whose catch was as secure as he had shown in the game at Bolton. Jackson was unable to stem Hanson until that player fell and took a divot, hurting his leg at the same time. Both Hanson and Phil Taylor missed when one expected them to score, and Everton’s position because so troubled that Dean chased to outside right centred like the complete winger Gillick falling into the central berth. But Gillick flinging himself for a header, merely turned the ball far from goal. Stevenson was once more baulked on the right flank by McDougall, and Vic. Wright helped the defence in hearty manner, hoping for a bonus for his new son’s money box. One wondered how long Liverpool would last the pace they were settling themselves. The Everton forwards were erratic in their finish, but Blenkinsopp had to kick off the goal line at the left-hand corner of the post from a muddling raid. Another jumbled up raid, with players on the ground, and Liverpool’s defence harassed was cleared after much tribulation on the part of Dabbs, Blenkinsop, and Bradshaw and again Gillick was out of place sizing up a chance of taking a goal as a centre forward. The “highest today” as the cynics call it was delivered by Dabbs, who put a ball as high as the roof of the grand stand. So far Liverpool had been their customary revelation, and when Gee failed to time a clearances, half topping the ball. “Nivvy” shot with rage and haste, and Sagar’s clearance by turning the ball round the left post was a beautiful save. The corner that came from it led to McDougall making one of his few, but enlivening drives, and Sagar stood firm as a rock, to clear the ball, and the force of his save sent him flying to the floor. Sagar had been the outstanding man of the match, and had prevented Liverpool taking the toll. Sagar came back to his best form last Saturday, and has already gained honours for the Inter-League, and today his meritorious conduct badge should gave him all the confidence he may need.
Stevenson Starts Revival.
Everton realised the need of something very special, and Stevenson was the man to create the revival. His centre across the goalmouth enabled Gillick to crash in once more as a middle man rather than a winger, and Gillick must have been inches off connecting the rod towards goal. Stevenson later decided to have a go and his shot sounded against the concrete well, having missed its way to the desired net by four of five yards. Jackson continually found Hanson a labour, and on the other side of the field Coulter now moved off in his own uncommon way, and this meant Dabbs found the Irishman extremely difficult to hold off and to keep in subjection. Coulter’s first accurate centre was the sort of grit Dean dreams about, but –believe it or not –Dean for once made a bad header. So that Hobson’s choice became a goal-kick, and probably he was very thankful for it. A second time Dean headed, but his challenge of the Liverpool backs was earnest and strong, and Dean could not get the situation to his liking.
Everton’s Greater Chances.
The ball was netted but once in half an hour, and the decision against Howe for offside was a sound one. Everton’s greatest chances were recorded at this moment. Dean patented a forward pass, the like of which he must yearn for, and he offered these priceless gifts to Gillick. In each case Gillick had but the goalkeeper to beat, because his pace had carried him through close to goal. But to everybody’s amazement Gillick spooned the ball over the bar. The cost of such wanton finishing was shown when Liverpool were away on the right wing and “Nivvy” might have scored. Jackson being unable to get the ball away and letting in “Nivvy” for a second chance, the Everton goal escaping through Jackson kicking away after Sagar had saved. But the best save of all was credited to Sagar for turning Hanson’s pile driver over the crossbar when every Anfielder had already shouted “Goal.” Hobson later risked some injury in saving his goal, and selected to throw the ball to the touchline.
Half-Time Everton 0, Liverpool 0.
“Nivvy” and Phil Taylor changed places, and Liverpool resumed where they had left off, in first-class hearty attacks. Sagar was hesitant about coming out with the defence all at sea to a lob by McDougall, and Everton were extremely fortunate to escape a goal and a second later a shot from Vic Wright was sailing for home, but Struck Jackson and knocked him out. It looked as if Cunliffe had resumed too early after his injury, he developed a limp, while Cook and Gee required attention. The game was now one-sided, and the Everton forwards had no trophies on their sideboard. Dabs and Blemkinsopp, two unerring full backs, took the goal kicks for Hobson at varying times, and I should rate Busby’s appearance, apart from his expert play, the mainspring of Liverpool’s astounding returns to their best form. The only comedy touch in this stern game came when Coulter caught a high ball just over the throw-in mark, and placed the ball and himself read for the thrower. The guard on Hobson, plus the frail efforts of the Everton forward line, caused the Liverpool goalkeeper to have a comfortable innings. Everton’s defence was equally tainted and slow moving, and it was well for Everton that Cook chased across the field to stop the roving “Nivvy” shooting a goal. Everton now showed unmistakeable signs of being rattled as well as unsettled. There was an old-fashioned ring of joy and applause when Dean, out on his own on the left wing, decided to perform his own operation from first to last. His shot had some pace, but swung a yard too high –a splendid old-time and old fashioned effort. Dean was working with the enthusiasm and fire of three men, and once more trekking to the left he shot what would have been a sinner but for Bradshaw, whose clearance at the goalmouth turned the ball upward and against Bradshaw’s arm the cry of “penalty” being a foolish one. Busby and Stevenson interlocked with resultant pain to Busby, but one is happy to say this had been another of the perfectly clean “Derby” games, there being two free kicks for fouls in one hour –which is sufficient testimony to the control of the players and the referee. Everton continued their revival by Britton, who now performed prodigious attacking, and Gillick keenest of all to get a goal, made a well-directed header, which Hobson caught. Everton had now caught the spirit of adventure, and they went up to score at the 64th minute of play. Stevenson was the scorer into an empty goalmouth, and three forwards had helped to make this goal, Cunliffe moving off towards centre and lobbing the ball forward to Coulter. The Irishman’s challenge to Hobson seemed to have failed when the ball passed onto to Stevenson, whose task, while joyful, was definitely a comforting and simple one.
This was a cruel blow for Liverpool, because they had been so much the better side, and the more likely to score at any moment until an hour had passed. But worse was to befall the Liverpool side because Blenkinsop fell when no one was near him, and apparently ricked his left knee. This was the cruellest blow of all, and Liverpool now had to play Hanson at left back, and Wright had to carry the left wing task. It was a thousand pities that Liverpool should have suffered two blows in two minutes after their sterling display, and it was nice to think that the Everton trainer joined up with the Liverpool trainer and the Liverpool manager, Mr. George Kay, in giving attention to Blenkinsop, who returned after five minutes delay to the passenger t outside right. Nothing would go right with Liverpool and their cup of bitterness was filled when Bradshaw fell in the middle of the field near the penalty box, and thus left Gillick with a ready made chance. The boy who had been most keen to score now back-heeled the ball to Dean, who looked around as though aiming to pass the ball to an unmarked comrade, instead of which he proceeded to use his feet in a dribble, and eventually fired in a shot from six yards range to make the score 2-0 at the 73 minute. This was a complete turnover of the fates and the fortunes of football war. While congratulating Everton upon their lead, one had to confess that this was a result almost unjust to the Liverpool side. The blows to the visitors had taken all the heart out of them. While Busby had been their mainspring of attack, Britton and Dean had been responsible for the uprising of Everton, while Gee had not allowed Howe to use anything like his normal form. Phil Taylor now appearing as outside left, fell as Blenkinsop had done when no one was by his side, and he was no more than a hobbling passenger. Blenkinsop took a corner kick in his new-found post of outside right, and an excellent effort caused the goalkeeper to edge the ball over the bar for another corner kick. Dean made another great shot, which Hobson saved, despite the pace of Dean’s drive. Final Everton 2, Liverpool 0. The official attendance was 57,587.
September 19, 1936. The Liverpool Football Echo
By Louis T. Kelly.
• Bradshaw, the goalkeeper whom Everton transferred to Arsenal, for, it was said £2,000, is doing well with Doncastle Rovers, to whom his cost was exactly nil.
• By tonight Everton’s receipts from their three home matches will probably have reached the £7,000 mark. Attractive football seldom lacks in public appreciation.
• Five clubs other than Everton were keen to stage the England v. Scotland Inter-League game fixed for next month at Goodison Park.
• Gillick led the way this morning among First Division wingers with 5 goals. With Hanson’s 3, and “Nivvy” 2, we had some rare wing marksmen on view this afternoon. Strange to find Jack Coulter even temporarily out in the cold in this connection.
DEAN’S DEADLY “HEADERS.”
September 19, 1936. The Evening Express, Football Edition.
True, the centre-forward without thrust would achieve little success in modern football, but much more than that is needed. He must be complete control of the ball, both with head and feet. He must be a man of quick thought and even quicker action. His football brain must be ever on the alert to devise impromptu devices for defeating the object of the policeman centre-half opposed to him. And of course, most important of all –he must have power, speed and a wallop in each foot. Such a man is “Dixie” Dean, Everton’s centre forward, and one of the most prolific scorers in modern football. Dean has everything. But if there is one phrase of his game which is more devastating than another, it is his headwork in front of the posts. Many a goalkeeper has admitted that a ball from Dean’s head contains as much sting and power as one from his boots. It is fatal for an opposing defence to keep the ball in the air when Dixie Dean is about. And therein lies one of his greatest assets.
LIVERPOOL RES V EVERTON RES.
September 19, 1936. The Evening Express, Football Edition.
There was a good attendance at Anfield to witness the reserve “Derby” game. After a quick opening spell Everton developed a splendid left wing movement in which Thomson, Leyfield and Hurel participated. The trio carried the play, well into the Liverpool goal area before Hurel let go a great shot which Flowers touched round the post for an unproductive corner. Liverpool replied with a good shot by Harley and then the Liverpool centre tried to dribble his way through, only to be dispossessed by Jones. Savage shot high over the bar and the spell of Liverpool pressure ended in Hurel sending through a beautiful pass. Bell fastened on to the ball and drove in a powerful shot, but Flowers made a brilliant clearance. Harley was only a shade too high when Carr sent a perfect centre. Harley had another chance but failed to hit the ball accurately, which enabled White to save. The finishing of both sides was not up to standard, and Bell was badly at fault when he shot over with only Flowers to beat. A great shot by Glassey as brilliantly saved by White. Half-time Liverpool Res 0, Everton Res 0.
EVERTON 2 LIVERPOOL 0 (Game 1568 over-all)-(Div 1 1526)
September 21, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post.
How Sagar Saved His Side.
Thrilling Derby Game At Goodison Park.
The outstanding feature of the latest meeting of Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park, was Liverpool’s amazing good form for an hour, during which period Sagar, the Everton goalkeeper, gave such a stirring display that to him must go most of the credit for Everton’s two goals victory. He stood between Liverpool and at least four goals during Everton’s testing time, so that the home side were able to frame a recovery in the last half-hour and win a game they would have lost had it not been for Sagar. Liverpool had played so poorly at Chelsea during the week that one anticipated that Everton would take a comfortable victory, but Liverpool are a law into themselves, it has been their custom in “derby” games in recent years to provide sensations bring off the almost impossible, and so it was on Saturday, for if they had had their deserts they would have had a lead at the interval had not Sagar been in his brightest form –international form. Sagar’s saves were made from fine efforts by Liverpool’s sweeping, progressive football, for which the team is renowned. They gave their best exhibition of the season, and had Everton toiling after them for 60-odd minutes. It was then that Sagar barred the way to Hanson, Nieuwenhuys, and McDougall saving shots that would have beaten most goalkeepers. Of course Sagar was part of the Everton team. That will be the Evertonian’s answer when the Liverpool followers say, “If it had not been for Sagar Liverpool would have won handsomely.
For an hour Liverpool astonished their own supporters by the way they flitted through the Everton defence until they ran up against Sagar. Not only were they faster, but their combination was beyond reproach, and the Everton defence was soundly tested and, at times, found wanting. They were an eye-opener, not only to their own followers, but Everton’s also, for the Goodison men did not give them any rope. They fought every inch of the way with a set of players who swept down the field in harmony and with great purpose of mind. There was no slipshod method bout them, but good, sound combination of an open nature. It was not perhaps quite so pleasing to the eye as Everton’s more intricate plan of campaign. , but, for an hour was undoubtedly more effective. They set the pace; they shot with immense power; in fact they gave Everton such a fright that the home side became rattled and unsettled, so that errors crept into the play, but Sagar was their sheet-anchor. Four of his saves will be talked of for weeks. Any one of these shots could have resulted in a goal; indeed, no blame could have attached to the Everton goalkeeper had every one of these shots landed in his net. A goal to Liverpool during their hectic spell might very easily have brought Liverpool into one of their fiery moods, when goals come to them at an uncommon pace. It needed but one to set them ablaze. They had Everton battling gallantly to stave off defeat, and those four saves by Sagar enabled them to accomplish the feat.
Dean And Gillick Miss.
What were Everton doing all this time? You may ask. Quite a lot in their own particular way the fanciful way, but for once in a while Dean was not getting his headers correctly. Coulter offered him a glorious chance, but the ball went curling over the crossbar. This is unlike Dean when he is offered such opportunities, but his misses were trifling s compared with the two Gillick let slip by him. The Scot closed in under the slightest provocation, and this spoiled him many times, for he was out of position when Britton or Cunliffe sent the ball out to the right wing. There were heaps of good football in the Everton team, but the Liverpool defence cut it up rather badly in the early stages although Coulter and Stevenson sorely troubled Dabbs. But to Gillick’s misses. Dean stayed behind the line, thus making Gillick and Coulter the spear points of the Everton attack, and the centre perfected a pass which should have produced goals from Gillick, who had run in a anticipation of Dean’s plan. He got the ball nicely and with only Hobson in front of him there was every reason to expect a goal, but Gillick disappointed the huge crowd by sweeping the ball over the crossbar. He repeated it almost immediately afterwards. Yet it was Gillick who eventually set Everton on a winning path. The one big question concerning Liverpool was, “How long could they maintained such a pace.? It appeared to be too hot to hold for 90 minutes, but by the same token, could Everton withstand the Anfielders’ onslaught very much longer without yielding a goal? It was all to intriguing; and made the game one of great interest. Everton were the better strategists, the more artistic side, but Liverpool did not seem to mind how many passes. Everton made so long as it brought them little or no result. They were content to exploit the open game. It was just a matter of style, and Liverpool’s plan up to a point had served them well. For fifteen minutes after the interval Liverpool had mastered the clever Everton forwards, but one could see Everton getting a firmer grip on matters, whereas Liverpool were “cooling off.” I gained the impression that Everton were letting their opponents run themselves out. There was suddenly a chance of front on the part of the Blues. Dean became more of a centre forwards, and he, along with Britton were in my opinion, responsible for their side’s great rally. Britton struck an attacking vein, and a neat push forward to Cunliffe culminated in the first goal. Cunliffe’s lob to Coulter was a nice idea, yet Hobson seemed to have “blotted out,” the Irishman’s effort, but he never really had the ball safely in his grasp, always being on the edge of it, and when he “lost” it. Stevenson bounded forward and shot into the empty net. That was at the 64th minute, and it so staggered Liverpool that from then until the end of the game they were easily second best.
Liverpool Suffer Blows.
That was a blow to Liverpool’s pride, but another followed almost immediately when Blenkinsopp dropped to the ground with a damaged leg. That was atrocious luck, but I doubt if it made any difference to the result, for Everton were now definitely set for a victory. Where everything had gone right for the Anfielders it now went wrong, and P. Taylor suffered a twist and was limping at outside right. Blenkinsop was on the right flank with Hanson at left full back. It was a peculiar alteration, I must say. Bradshaw who had been splendid, doing two men’s work, failed to gather the ball just inside the penalty area, so that Gillick ran in, took possession, and veering over to the left, promised Hobson a shot, but changed his mind and calmly pulled the ball back to Dean. The Everton captain dribbled his way beyond a challenger and then drove the ball into the net at lightning speed –time 73 minutes. This was a complete turnaround. Liverpool were worth a draw, but Everton are to be given great credit for staging such a recovery. It had been a grand and glorious battle, fought out in the true tradition of Merseyside “derby” games, and as much honour must go to the losers as the winners. They played just as big a part in making the game one well worth watching. Liverpool’s inside forwards had a lean time, but Nieuwenhuys and Hanson did prodigious work on the wings and were the big danger to the Everton defence. Dabbs and Blenkinsop were good, but Liverpool’s great strength lay in the half-back line, where Bradshaw, McDougall and Busby were magnificent. Busby was the artists; his passes enabling his attack to move with ease.
Jackson did not open too well against Hanson, who often left him standing, but Cook was as solid as a rock and Gee slowed down Howe r ouch an extent that little was seen of him. Taylor made some astute passes, but there was no “bite” about the inside men. Britton came to his best late on, whereas Mercer was always up and doing. It was grand to see Busby, Stevenson and Coulter at grips, for the trio relied upon cleverness to beat one another. Stevenson is having a fine season, but Cunliffe was out of touch with his game. Dean has not played better this season, and Gillick, leaving out his two misses, did some uncommon things and did them well. Sagar, however, was the man of the match. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Cunliffe, Dean (captain), Stevenson and Coulter, forwards. Liverpool: - Hobson, goal; Dabbs and Blenkinsopp (captain), Busby, and Bradshaw, half-backs; McDougall, Nieuwenhuys, Taylor (P), Howe, Wright, and Hanson, forwards. Referee Mr. Gould, London. Attendance 57,587
LIVERPOOL RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 1
September 21, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
Central League (Game 7)
The Central League match at Anfield resulted in a draw of one goal each, but had Liverpool made the best use of their opportunities they could have taken both points. Balmer made many openings, but his efforts went unrewarded. Harley worked hard, but he lacked finish. The Everton defenders –particularly Jones (TG) –hold out gamely. Harley and Glassey never gave up trying, but both missed several good chances. Carr, at outside left also did well, but here again the fault was poor finishing. He deserved one goal, however, when he shot hard and direct just after the interval, but White deflected the ball around the upright. Peters was a constructive half-back and Savage defended soundly, despite the fact, that the early in the game Geldard outwitted him on several occasions. The Everton forwards were seldom as dangerous as Liverpool, but Geldard and Hurel were always conspicuous, Jones (TG) was a strong defender, Jones (JE) cleared several dangerous Liverpool attacks, while White in goal, had much more to do than Flowers, and saved good shots from Glassey and Balmer. Liverpool, after being on top most of the first half, were unable to find the net until after the interval when Peters opened the score. During this melee White ran out of goal to punch clear, but missed the ball and unstead hit Glassey on the nose, and the Liverpool player had to be assisted off the field. Liverpool retained their lead until ten minutes from the end when following a pass from Bell, Geldard darted in and gave Flowers on chance with a great shot.
Everton “A” 13 Prescot Cables Res 0
At Sandforth road, West Derby. Prescot provided poor opposition against a strong side who won comfortably. The whole of the “A” team played well, having a perfect understanding. R.E. Davies a youth on trial from the Chester district, played well, and scored 3 of his side’s goals. Prescot’s defence was weak, and their forwards at times displaying good footwork, could make little headway against the strong Everton rearguard. Scorers Hullett (5), Davies (3), Webster (2), Cuff (2), and Rivers, Prescot (own goal).
AFTERMATCH OF THE GREAT LOCAL MEETING
September 21, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
Clues to the Blues and Reds.
Nine times has Dixie Dean got a goal when facing Tom Bradshaw in these famous “Derby” games, and much labour as Billy Dean has spent on these games, I don’t think he ever put quite so much heart into the games as he put on Saturday. There was a strange failure to link together in the Everton side; they did not start right, and got right by a very gradual process. Certainly Britton and Dean created the finale that put Liverpool out of the running, but Sagar had broken the hearts of the Anfield players and spectators by those superlative displays of goalkeeping such as he had shown at Bolton the week before. Sagar took some time to get “seasoned” to his work, and has in two games got right back to his best form. How strange that Hobson should three days before been hailed hero at the Chelsea ground by the Londoners, and now some would find fault with the first goal in which a Coulter threat probably unsighted Hobson regarding his handling of the incident; started by Cunliffe and carried on by Coulter.
Not Just Yet.
Coulter has not yet caught his bonniest plan of campaign. And he appeared a shade slow, as did both the Everton backs. What a strange match in many ways, yet what glory attached to the cleanliness and manliness of it all. Anfield’s inside forwards were not penetrative, yet nothing but Sagar kept Wright, Hanson, Phil Taylor, and McDougall from getting a goal apiece. Now look at the reverse side; Gillick and Dean have fine positional senses; they know each other’s second move; hence the new scheme by which the winger comes forward to take a semi-centre berth, Dean putting the ball forward, but not to the wing, Gillick ought to have had two simple goals this way, but this central idea is not carrying any weight if the shooter scooped the ball high over the bar. It is a new thing for a winger to become a half centre and take the centre’s pass –the sort of pass centre forwards nightly pray for! Not only is Coulter not quite “there” as in former years, but Cunliffe chosen for the inter-League games as twelfth man –a habit, I imagine, in view of the last three years of reserve service –is plainly not fit, and was out of touch with the whole game. Busby’s appearance made a difference to Liverpool that was electrical. I rubbed my eyes to consider whether this could be the side London had stated with unanimous voice. Busby had made a difference to everyone. They all knew they could find Busby and hand over the ball to him with perfect satisfaction and guresty Busby and Britton made this a joyous game, and fouls were so few and far between that when Busby committed one foul he begged his opponent’s pardon. Yet, I must mention one little bit of chat that went on at half-time, when the players were leaving the pitch, and in the public eye one saw Stevenson and Mercer “holding an inquest” over some point of play. In this quite wise, or is it in the proper quarter, I wonder?
Dabs has played in one of these games, and been on a hiding to nothing, but once more he never let his side down. McDougall had his best game of the season, and Bradshaw’s bad luck was characteristic of the team’s. He with Blenkinsop and Phil Taylor was in the all-fall-down school after Liverpool had done sufficient to win the game. Everton’s revival must be acknowledged, but the revival was helped to no mean degree by the occurrence of the first goal, also the Bradshaw fall when no one was near. No one was near, too, when the injured captain and Taylor went to earth. A pity, but there you are, the simple accidents are always the worst. Remember the man who broke my taxi window the night of the Portsmouth game? Well I have not heard from him regarding his impending apology. That is all I want and he need not sign his name and address. I have nothing but praise for both teams for their demeanour in this game. Referee Gould did his part well, but he could not have “lived” if the players had not gone into the game with a determination to set an example of clean play to the world, and play was not lean as a consequence of their good behaviours. Merseyside’s top teams were never so sporting as in 1936. I say that remembering one period when a defender was put in “to stop” an amateur. My part in that affair ended when a deputation of directors approached this firm and a notable gentleman asked for my dismissal and for the silence of the Echo. Otherwise the club would take their news to other quarters. Is that the price of our silence? Asked the Echo manager Mr. Allan Jeans. “Yes,” came the reply; and Mr. Jeans replied, “We are quite prepared to pay that price!” End of bidding! Hence my joy at the present day standard of fair play in Everton and Liverpool. Long may they reign and be ruled by the laws of the game and fair play.
A Gem From The Kop
First Kopite –“what they ought to is to harest those backs.
Second Kopite –“Who, what?”
First Kopite –“Arass those backs,”
Second Kopite –“Harris! No Arris playing today.
• Cunliffe who got injury early in the “Derby” game, will be unable to go to Ireland tonight, in connection with the inter-League match.
• Everton have signed pro Joe Arthur, outside right of Haslingden.
CRAFT –AND SAGAR –WINS “DERBY” THRILLER
September 21, 1936. The Evening Express.
Everton Find Their Feet in Last Half-Hour.
By The Pilot.
Failure to stand the pace and the brilliance of Sagar in goal brought defeat to Liverpool by two clear goals in Saturday’s 71st “Derby” game with Everton, at Goodison Park. Liverpool, in the first half, were the more incisive force, but they could not crown their rapier-like raids with goals, because the shooting was left to the wingers and because Sagar was the presiding genius in goal. Everton were fortunate not to be in arrears at the interval even though they had revealed greater cohesive ability throughout. After an hour the Blues came into their own. Their precise manoeuvre had gradually damped the fire in Liverpool. Errors were made by the Reds and once Stevenson had scored –in 63 minutes –the match was virtually won.
Everton dominated the play in the last half-hour with even greater effect than did Liverpool early on. Right to the end it was Everton. Everton all the time and so the victory was not underserved. For sheer enthusiasm –full marks to Liverpool; for sheer soccer craft and finishing power –full marks to Everton; sportsmanlike play –full marks to both teams; for perfect control –full marks to Referee Gould and his linesmen. This was a grand game; a joyous exhibition of football. Everyone was surprised at the sprightliness of the Reds, following their dull display at Chelsea, and on this form they will win more points than they drop. More effective work from the inside forwards is needed, that is all. The side suffered owing to an injury to Blenkinsop, but that had no bearing on the result. Everton had won the game by then by virtue of Stevenson’s goal. As I anticipated it was a game of enthusiasm versus craft and craft getting there in the end. Everton’s fault was in defence where Jackson and Cook played too far apart and did not cover as well as they can. Nieuwenhuys and Hanson were quick to take advantage and they went near to clinching the deal.
The heroes of the game were Sagar, Dean, Gee, Bradshaw, Nieuwenhuys, Hanson, and McDougall. Sagar was magnificent. He defied the might of Liverpool time after time, and proved that there is no better goalkeeper in the four countries. Dean was just as effective as he was a few seasons ago. His footwork was as good as his heading. His coolness ball control, quick-thinking and perfect leadership bore out the words of Chairman Mr. Will Cuff –“There is no better centre forward playing today.” Dean was the inspiring force behind the Blues. Gee was a grand centre half, who not only kept a hold on the go-ahead Howe, but fed his forwards with meticulous care. Gee is the centrepiece of Everton’s all-attack plan and it is making for more enjoyable football. Nieuwenhuys and Hanson revealed pace and accuracy in finishing while none hot better. McDougall had his best game to date. Bradshaw was the big bulwark that faced the Blues’ raiders, and no player on the field got through so much work in such a thorough manner. No commentary would be complete without a good word for Busby, Britton, and Mercer –the master tacticians. All were refreshingly progressive. Yes a strange “Derby” but a thriller and as clean as a new pin. Combined football ability won the day, but cheers, boys, for all concerned!
HUREL RETURNS TO EVERTON TEAM.
September 22, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Everton are early in the field this week, their team to meet Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on Saturday having been decided on Cunliffe was hurt in the game with Liverpool on Saturday and he will not be able to play. Hurel, who made his League debut for Everton against Bolton Wanderers a fortnight ago, is again included in the side. Otherwise the team is unchanged, namely Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Hurel, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. The Central league team to play Huddersfield Town Reserves at Huddersfield will be White; Lambert, Jones (JE); Lindley, Jones (TG), Thomson; Geldard, Bentham, Bell, Miller, Leyfield.
EVERTON INTERESTED IN FLINT TOWN AMATEUR.
September 22, 1936. The Liverpool Echo.
Playing for Flint Town Amateurs is JH Bevan, Shotton, a very promising player, who has also signed amateur forms for West Bromwich, with which team he has played three times this season at outside right. Everton and Bolton Wanderers are both interested in him and Flint believe they have made a great capture in this youngster, who is only 18. He was offered an opportunity of turning professional for West Bromwich, but declined owing to the fact that he is going in for the teaching professional.
EVERTON’S TEAM CHANGE.
September 22, 1936. The Evening Express.
“Pat” Hurel to Play Against Huddersfield.
By The Pilot.
“Pat” Hurel, Everton’s inside forward from Jersey, will make his home debut for the senior side when he plays against Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on Saturday. Hurel has been chosen to fill the vacancy caused by Cunliffe’s knee injury. The Jersey player, who is in his first season as a professional, made a satisfactory debut against Bolton Wanderers last Saturday week when Everton won 2-1. Everton’s opening goal against the Trotters came as a direct result of some clever passing by Hurel, and although the 18 years-old lad tired in the second half he gave evidence that he is going to be a success. His fierce tackling and clever ball distribution should fit in well with Everton’s scheme. This is the only change in the team which defeated Liverpool last Saturday. Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Hurel, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Everton Reserves travel to Huddersfield Town on Saturday in search of Central league points. Everton Reserves; White; Lambert, Jones (JE); Lindley, Jones (TG), Thomson; Geldard, Bentham, Bell, Miller, Leyfield.
Burnley Express- Wedbesday 23 September 1936
Everton hare signed professional John Arthur, 18-jears-old outside-right from Haslingden. Arthur, who m 5ft. 8in. in height, and weight 10at 31b., was recommended to Everton by J. Clennell, their former player.
SOLDIER BILL STEWART
September 23, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
“X” writes –We sing of old Soldiers never dying, but merely fading away. If this is their fate, what is the fate of old footballers? Recently I saw Soldier Bill Stewart, one of the famous trinity of Boyle, Holt and Stewart, who brought much lustre to the game many years ago, whose names will live forever whatever football is played or discussed. Bill Stewart, in spite of his advancing years, retains the fiery enthusiasm for the game. From his fireside armchair he follows the deeds of the present day artists of the big ball. He never tires of telling us comparative youngsters that football today compared with his day is –well.
Mr. H.P. Craig-McFeely writes as follows; psychologically Sagar’s brilliant display was a major cause of Everton’s victory with Liverpool, seemingly hoping for an early goal. The Blues began to gain the upperhand about ten minutes after the interval but Cunliffe’s weakness especially in the first half enabled the Reds’ wing halves to initiate attacks. Dean headed over the crossbar on five different occasions, with Gillick missing three fair openings.
September 24, 1936. The Gloucestershire Echo
Port Vale have obtained the transfer from Everton of Alfred Dickenson an inside forward, who played for Everton in 20 Central League games last season. Dickinson, who is 22 years of age, stands 5ft 9 ½ ins, and weighs 11st 2lbs. Mr. Cresswell, the Port Vale manager, has played with Dickenson on a number of occasions and has a good opinion of his ability. Dickenson will probably play for Port Vale against Stockport County at Hanley on Saturday.
NEW PORT VALE PLAYER
Gloucestershire Echo-Thursday 24 September 1936
Port Vale have obtained the transfer from Everton of Alfred Dickinson, an inside forward, who played for Everton in 20 Central League games last season. Dickinson, who is 22 years of age, stands 5ft.9ins- and weighs 11st. 21bs. Mr. Cresswell, the Port V ale manager, has played with Dickinson on number occasions and has good opinion of his ability. Dickinson will probably play for Port Vale against Stockport County at Hanley on Saturday.
SAGARS FINE SAVES.
September 24, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
Irish League 3 Football League 2
Over 25,000 spectators saw the Irish League defeat the Football league, at Windsor Park, Belfast, last evening by 3-2, after a remarkable fast match. On the English side Sagar had no chance with the shots the beat him, but saved from all sorts of angles.
EVERTON PLAYER FOR PORT VALE.
September 25, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
W. Cresswell, the former Everton full back, has not been long in taking a player from his old club. He has signed Dickinson, the centre forward, for Port Vale. Dickinson made his first team debut, at Portsmouth. Dickinson has had some bad luck in the matter of injuries, but he is fit again now.
Third Son tor Dixie Dean
Dundee Courier -Friday 25 September 1936
One More Needed for " Family Forward Line "
Dixie Dean, the England and Everton centre-forward, was yesterday presented witha son. He is now the father of three boys, the eldest being 4 ½ years. " Its great news," said Dixie. " Just one more boy and we will have family forward line.
EVERTON SHOULD RAKE IN MORE HOME POINTS
September 25, 1936, The Liverpool Echo
Huddersfield’s Charm and Strength
There’s no place like home when you have caught the winning smile of the Football Imp. Everton hope to wade in to the home games for full points, making them the basis of safety, and taking allowing the club a chance to have a further shot at the Cup. If nothing Everton have been a side worth watching this season, and I believe there is a prospect of even further allurement once the left wing pair “play ball” – which means the pair of them have so far been scintillating in part, not in whole; there were signs of the life and enjoyment of both last week against Liverpool, but the continually of their plans was broken, so that we still have to see the pair in full pantomime dress, for little Stevenson and solemn-faced. Coulter can make a crowd laugh once they catch the manoeuvre mood. Huddersfield will look strange to the Goodison Park crowd without a Turner as painter of the goal-end. But the new man Hesford has already got medals for his work. Then Huddersfield have belief in their half-backs, and Clem Stephenson says “Say what you will; bark about Arsenal copyials, but it is my belief you must have a defending centre half back; you’ll see.” At which his tugs his pipe and shuffles along, Clem should know. Of course, grand big fellow Huddersfield (Young) may suit Huddersfield and yet he unsuited to other teams. Ogilvie will be new to Goodison Park followers; he is a streaky sort of winger from Scotland and one is sorry the former Everton forward is not to be there because he has entertained his old friends with many great games. Malam is the boy to whom I refer, and Lean visualise a break here –it appears as if he will be one of the earliest transfers. We wish him well whenever he goes. And a word to Dean and the lads –the three boys at the faintly I mean not the lads of the team. It is nice to think there may be Dean 2 or Dean 3 in due course. Youth is having its fling in football these days and the home crowd will be charmed with Hurel, of Jersey. He ran himself out possibly “in fear and in endeavour” when he began his First Division career, but it was a terrible day to catch the ball which skidded round and about and bothered everyone. Even so, the endeavour to connect showed Hurel’s natural ability to play the game in a captivating manner. The crowd must not make a ready made hero or a ready made star. Give him due time, and watch and encourage the development of a nice lad who is built for the part and has many football methods of help even in First Division standards. The team is: - Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Hurel, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter.
EVERTON AND LIVERPOOL IN GREAT “BATTLESOF THE ROSES”
September 25, 1936. The Evening Express.
Huddersfield at Goodison Park.
By The Pilot.
Two great Soccer, “Battles of the Roses” will be decided tomorrow. Everton entertain Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park, and their neighbours Liverpool, go to the Town’s neighbours, Leeds United. Everton will be staking their 100 per cent, home record against a team which has invariably done well at Goodison Park. Only one club has succeeded in scoring a goal against Everton at Goodison Park this season. That was a Yorkshire side –Sheffield Wednesday. Huddersfield are, however, a bogy team to the Blues. Twice in the last three seasons the Town have won at Goodison, and already this season they have shown signs that they are to be a power once again. The Town come in search of their first away win, but although they have engaged in seven matches, they have only once suffered defeat. That was against Manchester United at Old Trafford. In my opinion Everton will do something towards balancing their account with Huddersfield tomorrow. There is still need for better covering in defence, but I think the forwards are clever and direct enough to make sure of the victory. Everton have a great chance of becoming joint leaders of the league, for the clubs above them –Derby County, Portsmouth and Stoke City –are all playing away from home. Huddersfield re always a tremendous attraction, for they play good, constructive football, and a fine game is ensured. Pat Hurel, the young Jersey boy, makes his home debut with Everton. He partners Gillick on the right wing in place of the injured Cunliffe. Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Hurel, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter.
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September 26, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
Huddersfield Town invariably play sound football on Merseyside and Everton may anticipate a hard match this afternoon, when the spectators at Goodison Park ate sure to enjoy another rousing display. After the rain the ground should be in good condition. The side appear to be fairly level, each having secured 8 points so far, though Huddersfield have played one more match than their opponents of today. The Yorkshire side’s defence is very sound so that Dean and his colleagues will have their work cut out. Hurel comes into the side again for the injured Cunliffe. Cunliffe is to undergo an operation for cartilage trouble. Leyfield also is to go into hospital for a minor operation. Huddersfield are relying on the same team that defeated Bolton Wanderers. But has recovered from injury, but Lythgoe is still unfit. The kick off is at 3.15 and the teams are: - Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Cook; Britton, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Hurel, Dean, Stevenson, Coulter. Huddersfield Town: - Hesford; Craig, Mountford; W. Bingham, Young (captain), Wightman; Ogilvie, Butt, Chivers, Richardson, Chester.
TWO SENT OFF AT GOODISON
September 26, 1936. The Liverpool Echo.
Young and Gee Blows Near Finish.
Five minutes from the end Young and Gee were ordered of for fighting. The town’s all-defensive plan was shown up in a very bad light by Everton’s attacking methods. Everton should have won this match by a much larger margin, for they were for an hour masters of the game. Hesford was Huddersfield;’s big man, for he made some fine catches. Teams: - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Hurel, Dean (captain), Stevenson, Coulter, forwards. Huddersfield Town: - Hesford, goal; Craig and Mountford, backs; Willingham, Young and Wightmans, half-backs; Orgilvie, Butt, Chivers, Richardson, and Chester, forwards. Referee Mr. W. B. Briscow, Stafford. Although the Town had their moments, Everton had their minutes. They played exceptionally good football and Helsford was severely worked in making catches from all angles. Young could not always keep a check on Dean, who once claimed for a push in the back against the Huddersfield policeman, but got no response to his appeal. Gee made a starting run and a wise pass to Gillick whose centre troubled the Town defenders without causing them to yield. The visitors produced some good football, particularly Richardson, who made opening after opening for Chester and Chivers, but up to now there had been no finishing point about them, although Butt once headed without direction from a “possible” position. Everton should have had a goal at the eighteen minute; it was there for the taking. Dean had shot the ball came out to Hurel, who had all the goal to shoot at as Hesford was lying prone on the ground at the time, but in his anxiety the youthful inside right slashed the ball without a thought for direction, and the ball went soaring into the crowd.
Another Chance Gone.
Chester, is one of the Town’s breakaway was responsible for another good effort, but Everton were calling the tune and Huddersfield’s defence were taking no risks with Dean, who was being badly bumped about. The Everton captain, however, made a header of Coulter, which surprised one and all by its accuracy. Coulter replied with a nice length centre, but Gillick and Hurel got in each other’s way so that a rare chance went astray. The Everton half backs were in magnificent form, particularly Britton and Gee, whose constructional, play was the acme of perfection. Hesford made his first mistake when he punched up a lob by Britton. The ball went over his head and Mountford had to step back to save the situation. Such was the Everton pressure that on the first showing of an attack all Huddersfield went into the rear, leaving but two forwards up field the case of emergency; but even such a solid defence could not prevent Gillick making a header which Hesford caught confidently. Hurel could not do a thing right. He tried hard enough but he was guilty of another bad miss being in front of goal when he dug his toe into the ground. Stevenson was not strong enough with one drive but Gillick hit the ball like a rocket, and Hesford made a starting save with his outstretched hand. It was so good, in fact that Young, the Huddersfield captain, immediately ran up to his goalkeeper and congratulate him upon the save.
Putting The Referee Right.
The new goal kick order was once again mis-read by the referee. An offside decision had been given, and when the Huddersfield full back passed the ball to his goalkeeper, the referee ordered the kick to be retaken, which, of course was quite incorrect. The situation was pointed out to him, and he therefore allowed the kick to be taken as it had been originally. Dean stood just inside the penalty area, and the referee ordered him away, but Dean put him right, the pointing out that he was not infringing any rule. It was a peculiar happening and an instructional one. Everton should have been two or three goals up in the half, for they had practically all the game. Hesford however, had shown grand form in Ted Taylor’s old position. Huddersfield had too many full backs and not enough forwards, hence the scantiness of their attacks.
Half-time Everton 0, Huddersfield Town 0.
Huddersfield did not change their plan of campaign on resuming, so that there was little to fear from their three point attack, whereas Everton, with their attacking half-back line soon made holes in the Town defence, and had it not been for the sound and confident game of Hesford they would have taken the lead earlier than they did.
Hurel’s First Goal
As it was they opened their score at the 52nd minute, when Hurel scored his first league goal with a Dean like header from an atrocious angle. The youngster got a great reception, rounds of applause greeting his goal. Huddersfield, judged on today’s form, will not score many goal’s, for they are an all defensive side. Their policy was soon shown up in a bad light by Everton’s all attacking arrangement, and although Dean had been watched closely and huffered about in a rather disgraceful manner, he got a goal at 59 minutes when he calmly nodded a Coulter corner beyond the Hudderfield goalkeeper. The Town for one fleeting moment, changed their ideas, having five forwards in the line, and for the first time during the game they brought the Everton defence some stern work. Even Young came forward to show that he was something more than a traffic man, which only went to show that an all-defensive method had its great fault. Hudderfield’s change of front brought them reward, and also produced the best goal of the match, for Chester’s shot, scored at the seventy-sixth minute, was a benny one. The ball beat Sagar to pieces, and made a bulge in the back of the net as big as a balloon. This goal made the game more interesting for up to now it had been too one-sided. Huddersfield were now a fighting factor, and they came very near to equalising, after Sagar had made a save Butt picked up the clearance and with the goalkeeper out of his lair shot inches wide. Young and Gee got at logger-heads, Gee butting Young in the face, and Young punched Gee on the jaw. After the referee had spoken to them for a few minutes they were both ordered off the field five minutes from the end. This happened in the Everton’s goalmouth, which explains to what extent the Yorkshiremen were attacking. Final; Everton 2, Huddersfield Town 1.
September 26, 1936. The Liverpool Football Echo
By Louis T.Kelly.
• In the first Everton-Liverpool clash 18 of the 22 performers were Scots. And the language!
• Arthur, a Joe Clennell recommend from Haslingden, has been shaping very well on the wing for Everton “A” team. The latter had a big haul against the Cables on Saturday -13 goals.
• Hobson is the 16th goalkeeper called upon by Liverpool in their 71st League tussle with Everton. On the other side, Sagar is one of an Everton list of 19 men, neath the bar.
• Everton’s famous “Sandy “Young played 16 Derby games, and in his first nine never finished on the losing side. Was considered the greatest problem another Alex (Raisebeck) ever had to face.
• The inimitable Dean has now popped on 18 goals in 13 Derby games v. Liverpool, including two hat-tricks and four sets of twos. Who’s like him. We must “give it to Dixie” that is had a big hand in the capture of last week’s full points.
• In a recent letter of appreciation, Warny Cresswell describes the nine years spent with the Everton club as the happiest and most successful of his career. But in his turn, what a pile of pleasure he has given to the man in the crowds. Just now Warney is temporarily –let us hope –facing the worrying side of football’s field.
• Everton and Liverpool have only had one winning “double” since Boxing Day.
GILLICK MAY GET SCOTTISH “CAP” AGAINST GERMANY.
September 26, 1936, Evening Express, Football Edition.
T. Gillick, Everton, is being spoken of in connection with a Scottish “cap” against Germany next month.
EVERTON 2 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 (Game 1569-over-all)-(Div 1 1527)
September 28th 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post.
The Goodison Game.
Huddersfield Town Beaten.
Two Players Sent Off.
Huddersfield Town usually give am excellent display when they visit Goodison Park, but they were only a moderate second on Saturday, for Everton’s victory was a much more convincing one than the score -2-1- would suggest. For sixty minutes they had Huddersfield defending, and, only Hesford, the Town’s new goalkeeper, and Everton’s failure to snap up chances, prevented them from running up a nice goal account. There was an unsavoury incident five minutes from the end which culminated in Young, the Huddersfield Town captain, and Gee, the Everton centre half, being sent off the field. The dismissal occurred directly after a corner kick against Everton, when there was something of a scuffle between Young and Gee. The referee called the two men together and ultimately sent them to the dressing room. Up to the time of Gee’s departure he had given up a perfect exhibition of clever football, and Young, if a trifle vigorous, had played well. Gee was of the outstanding men of the game. Dean was badly “ mauled.” He was charged and bumped all over the place, but set a fine example in taking it all and never complaining. He has an amazing temperament.
“Third Back” Game Mastered.
Everton showed up the “third back” game as it has never before been shown up, Huddersfield’s manger Mr. Clem, Stephenson, is emphatic that the plan must be adopted in present day football. I wonder what he thought when he saw his side being riddled by Everton’s attacking formation. Young was made to look very ordinary by Gee, who gave one of the finest exhibitions of constructive and attacking football, I have seen. He carried the ball forward, parted with it cleverly, and was back again ready to challenge any of the Huddersfield inside forwards who displayed the slightest sign of becoming a menace to the Everton goal. With such a backing as they received from the men behind, was it any wonder the Everton attack moved forward with an easy grace? Their combination took them through the Huddersfield defence at will, and if they had taken a 2 goal lead in the first quarter of an hour they would not have been flattered, for they were that much and more on top of their adversaries. Gillick missed two and Hurel two, and Stevenson, while Dean was unlucky to see a defender step across a header that was booked for the net. To give some idea as to Everton’s domination, I may say that Huddersfield had seven full backs, the only men being up being Chester, Chivers, and Ogilvie. Yet even with this augmented defence the Town were hammered incessantly, yet did not yield until the 52nd minute. Up to that point it was more by good luck than good management that the goal escaped, even allowing for the fine goalkeeping of Hesford. Hesford did some grand work on save of his from Gillick causing Young to dash over to him and congratulate him on his successful endeavour. Naturally with their-skimpy attack, the Everton defence had its task made easy, albeit Chester made two shots which went near the nark, while Butt almost succeeded through Gee failing to connect with his shot and unsightin. Sagar, who made a second pounce on the ball to prevent it going over his goalline. It was simply a game of attack versus defence, and attack carried the day, for not until Everton’s second goal did Huddersfield become a menace. Nothing would go right for Hurel. He did a lot of running about, and had nothing to show for it, but his goal was a magnificent effort. It did not look possible for him to glance the ball into the net from his position, but he accomplished it, and got a great reception. Dean scored from Coulter’s corner kick. Dean had been followed about, yet got the better of his attendants in the end. Neither Young nor his helpers were with Dean when he nodded his goal.
It was shortly after this that the Town decided to change their tactics and to make a final bid to save the game. For the first time in the game they threw their full strength into attack, and it produced a goal the best goal of the game. Chester beating Sagar with a terrific shot at 67 minute. Huddersfield saw the possibility of a “half” and even Young came up among the forwards in an endeavour to make that equalising goal, which, however, never came although Everton’s defence had the unhappy moments. Everton’s strength was at half back. Britton was well nigh perfect, and Mercer reliable. Hurel, is not yet ready. He has football in him, but at the moment he lacks experience Gillick, Dean, and Stevenson were good, with Coulter working in spasms. It was a well won victory, but could have been won much earlier had not chances been frittered away. The referee got mixed up about a free kick and a goalkick. When he awarded the former and the Huddersfield full back tapped the ball back to his goalkeeper, the referee ordered it to be retaken and the ball kicked direct out of the penalty area, which rule only applies to goal kicks and not free kicks. He changed his decision when informed of his error. Dean stood just inside the penalty area when it was taken. The referee warmed to move him, but Dean claimed the right to stand where he was, and rightly so. Teams: - - Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson and Cook, backs; Britton, Gee and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Hurel, Dean (captain), Stevenson, Coulter, forwards. Huddersfield Town: - Hesford, goal; Craig and Mountford, backs; Willingham, Young and Wightmans, half-backs; Orgilvie, Butt, Chivers, Richardson, and Chester, forwards. Referee Mr. W. B. Briscow, Stafford.
HUDDERSFILED TOWN RESERVES 1 EVERTON RESERVES 4
September 28, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post.
Central League (Game 8)
Everton were clearly the better side at Huddersfield. They had craft, combination and balance, and thoroughly deserved their win. Geldard was one of the best of the forwards, and his goal was the titbit of the match. He scored it seven minutes from the end after closing in from the wing. T.G. Jones scored the first from an early penalty award, and Bell added the second in reply to an equalising penalty by Hayes. Miller scored Everton’s third in the second half. Everton Reserves: - white, goal; Lambert and Jones (JE), backs; Lindley, Jones (TG), and Thomson, half-backs; Geldard, Bentham, Bell, Miller and Leyfield, forwards.
Hoylake 2 Everton “A” 0
Hoylake’s victory was due in the main to the sound play of their half-back line –Butcher, Bird and Owens –who seldom allowed the Everton forwards to show their paces. It was a thrilling game in the first half, with Hoylake the more aggressive and finding King plainty of work, while Sherlock in the home goal was comparatively idle. Offside tactics robbed the game of much interest in the second half. King found it necessary frequently to leave his charge. Davies and Adams were the scorers.
EVERTON’S GEE-UP TO VICTORY.
September 28, 1936. The Liverpool Echo
Attack Beats Defence.
Huddersfield have made it a habit of bringing a goalkeeper along to Goodison Park to thwart Everton of a comfortable victory, and Hesford, the Town’s new keeper, followed in the footsteps of Turner and Ted Taylor, for it was he as much as anyone who kept Everton’s goal score down to reasonable dimensions. He made all manner of saves, and made them neatly and confidently, so instead of Huddersfield being beaten by a good margin they left the field but a goal in arrears (write’ “Stork.”).
It was a most enjoyable game, with but one regret that two players, Gee and Young were dismissed for fighting five minutes from the end. No doubt both men are sorry for their loss of temper in the heat of the game, but fighting cannot be counterbalanced for one moment, so the referee had no alternative but send the pair of them to the dressing room. The irony of it was that both had played grand football up to the moment they came under the referee’s ban. Gee had been one of the most outstanding players on the field, for not only was he a great attacker, but a reliable defender also. Young was just as good in a different way, for he was all defence –he is, of course, one of football’s greatest “stoppers” Strange to say it was while he was up attacking in the hope of getting an equalising goal that he ran into his trouble. One could see as the pair left the field together that they had already regretted their action. The game was a triumph of the attacking plan as against the all-defensive methods, for Huddersfield could not hope to beat the Everton defence with but three forwards up the field, the rest being full backs and goalkeepers, Clem Stephenson, the Town manager, is emphatic that the “third back” game must be played for a team to be a success in modern football I would have liked to be sitting alongside him when Everton were smashing their way through the augmented. Huddersfield defence at will, I wonder what he thought about it. He could not have been satisfied. At all events a change came about after Everton had taken a two goal lead in the second half. Hurel and Dean –and then Huddersfield with all five forwards attacking along with Young, Willingham and Wightman, tested the Everton defence for the first time in the game, and went on to prove that attack is the best defence, as well as being the plan most likely to bring success. It nearly did, for Chester scored a grand goal and Butt should have had the equaliser when, with Sagar out of goal, he shot outside. That last quarter of an hour must have convinced a lot that Huddersfield would have been well advised to change their tactics much earlier than they did.
Not Yet Ripe.
Everton played excellent football what time the Town were trying to hold them down, and should have had at least two goals in their possession after fifteen minutes’ play, for good hough Hesford was he, should have been beaten by Gillick, Hurel and Stevenson with the chances played before them. The result was that Everton had to fight hard for their lead after the interval, when in reality they should have been sitting on the fence with a victory look about them. Britton, Gee and Mercer have never played better. Each and all felt desire to attack, and they did to such purpose that the forwards were constantly in possession of the ball, so that the Town defence was always under the hammer, but Hesford barred their way. Dean was followed hither and thither by Young, and came in for some severe buffering, but he never turned a hair simply going on his way in the hope that his time would come. It did when Coulter crossed the ball and Dean crept away from everybody to nod a goal to augment Hurel’s header. This youth, by the way, is not yet ripe for senior football. He has football in his shoes and brain, but requires more time to polish it up. His goal was a beauty, for he had Hesford to beat when he dashed in to make his header –a glancing the ball which completely deceived the goalkeeper. Hurel got a great reception, and deserved it.
GREAT SEASON IN PROSPECT FOR EVERTON.
September 28, 1936. The Evening Express.
Blues’ Success In Goodison Classic.
By The Pilot.
There are indications that Everton are to have their most successful season since 1933 when they won the F.A. Cup. Their play against Huddersfield Town, whom they defeated 2-1 at Goodison Park, on Saturday, proves this. I would not describe their play as flawless. It was not. But the Blues have a fine all-round combination with tremendous power in the intermediary section. The forwards missed chances against the Town, in fact, had they won by five goals it would not have exaggerated their midfield superiority. They were however opposed to one of the finest defences I have seen for many a day –yes, including Arsenal’s. It was a great pity that the two big men of the match –Charlie Gee (Everton) and Alf. Young (Huddersfield) –should come under the ban of the referee and receive marching orders with only five minutes to go. Gee’s play in every match this season has been the epitome of good sportsmanship, and he has never played better in his life. On current form he is the finest attacking pivot in the First Division. Young, too, was combining effectiveness with cleanliness. Often he stopped Dean by sheer bulk, but he was fair. It was a sad finish to a classic encounter in which the points went to the better side.
Young and Hesford, were the players who defied Everton early on. Hesford was magnificent and was beaten only by the unstoppable shots. Hurel, the 18-year-old forward, paved the way for victory with a fine goal early in the second half, and Dean clinched the deal after good combination between Stevenson and Coulter, Chester came along with a shock goal, the flight of which deceived Sagar, and the Town put up a great fight to pull the game out of the fire without success. Britton, Gee and Mercer constituted the dominant force of the game. They were brilliant. Gee was the complete pivot, and Britton has returned to his best form. Mercer is settling down finely. Jackson and Cook gave Sagar complete covering against accurate forwards, and in the Blues’ attack Dean and Gillick took the honours. On current from Dean is easily the greatest centre-forward in the game. He has recaptured all his erstwhile skill with head and feet. Stevenson worked hard and Hurel contributed some useful touches without aspiring to brilliance, Coulter’s play was featured by accurate crossing. Praise to Everton’s all-round skill and to Huddersfield’s gallant resistance. Two fine teams in a fine game. The attendance was 34,427.
EVERTON SIDE TO MEET OLDHAM.
September 29, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
The Everton team, chosen last evening, to meet Oldham Athletic in the first round of the Lancashire Senior Cup t Goodison Park tomorrow, kick-off 3.15, shows three changes from the side which defeated Huddersfield Town. Cook, Britton, and Stevenson are all absent and their places will be filled by Jones, Thomson, and Miller. The side is: Sagar; Jackson, Jones; Thomson, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Hurel, Dean, Miller, Coulter.
EVERTON’S CUP-TIE WITH OLDHAM TOMORROW.
September 29, 1936. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton play Oldham tomorrow at Goodison Park, and the strength of the Everton side will be sufficient to take to holiday marker take up at Goodison at 3.15. Oldham Athletic used to be a power in the land, they had a Roberts as captain and leader and pivot, they have Hunter to contend with, they had their Wallace and Wilson, and, in later years, they Hacking, whose duels with Dean used to be the subject of great fun when the pair met before the game. Everton’s team for the Lancashire Senior Cup game shows three changes from the side overcoming Huddersfield, Cook, Britton, and Stevenson are absent, and their vacancies go to Jones, Thomson and Dusty Miller, the last named blending with Coulter which suggests some fun. Everton: - Sagar; Jackson, Jones; Thomson, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Hurel, Dean, Miller, Coulter.
EVERTON’S CUP TIE.
September 30, 1936. The Liverpool Daily Post
By John Peel.
The county trophy competition has lost some of its lustre compared with the early days, but if the present-day ties are less strenuous they afford the players ample scope to develop more scientific methods in their play. Oldham Athletic are the visitors to Goodison Park this afternoon, the kick-off being timed for 3.15, and as Everton are fielding a strong side, they ought to win. Hurel will have a further opportunity of getting accustomed to his colleagues’ play, and the experience of match play will prove useful to this young player for Saturday’s more strenuous task of Sunderland. The Everton team today will be: - Sagar; Jackson, Jones; Thomson, Gee, Mercer; Gillick, Hurel, Dean, Miller, Coulter.
EVERTON LEAD IN CUP-TIE.
September 30, 1936. The Evening Express.
Goals By Gillick and Miller.
Lancs Senior Trophy Match With Oldham.
By The Pilot.
Everton opposed Oldham Athletic at Goodison Park, today, in a Lancashire Senior Cup first round tie. Everton: - Sagar, goal; Jackson and Jones (JE), backs; Thomson, Gee, and Mercer, half-backs; Gillick, Hurel, Dean (captain), Miller, and Coulter, forwards. Oldham Athletic: - Caunce, goal; Hilton and Price, backs; Williamson, Radcliffe, and Milligan, half-backs; Jones, Brunskill, Davies, Robins, and Buckley, forwards. Referee Mr. W.N. Warburton, (Bolton). I Met Warney Cresswell, the former Everton player, at the match. He told me he was present looking for players. Several other Football League clubs were presented. Oldham had the better of the opening play, Buckley showing to good advantage at outside left, although Sagar was only once brought into action when he caught a curling shot from Davis. Everton took the lead in ten minutes through Gillick, who scored from short range following Dean’s headed pass. Oldham fought back and Sagar had to leap high to pull down an excellent drive from Williamson. Hurel broke through and rattled the net supports with a shot taken on the move. Oldham equalised after 14 minutes through Davis, following Williamson’s free kick. Thomson inadvertently placed the ball back into the goalmouth and Davis had nothing to do but bang the ball into the roof of the net for the equaliser.
Everton went ahead again in 20 minutes through a perfect shot from Miller, who scored from the edge of the penalty area. Oldham revealed pace but lacked Everton’s grace. They had a star winger in Buckley while Davis, the ex-New Brighton player, was a “live” centre-forward. Oldham had their fair share of the game which was lacking in thrills. The Everton defence stood steady against Oldham attacks, and the more artistic work came from the Blues.
Half-Time Everton 2, Oldham Athletic 1.
LANCS SENIOR CUP-TIE.
September 30, 1936. The Liverpool Echo.
Everton And Oldham At Goodison Park.
It is said that Liverpool’s reason for playing as all-reserve side at Blackburn this week, for which they are being reported to the Association, was due to the fact that they had no conception the law of the Association concerning Lancs Senior Cup competition had been altered again. Everton and Oldham produced a very poor crowd, and Miller, Jones and Thomson were changes from Everton’s side of Saturday last. The early play did not produce many thrills until the stocky and big Oldham side had their first attack, after which Mercer made a fast and exciting run, his pass to Coulter bringing an offside decision. Dean showed Meredithian manner of back-heeling, which began with the planting of the heel flat on the ground behind the ball. Buckley had Oldham’s best chance of scoring, but was much off the mark. The same player afterwards brought out a beautiful centre for Davies, whose attempt to convert made Sagar jump up to an extremely awkward ball. Sagar got the ball all right. Gillick edged the ball into the left-hand side of the goal when the game had gone a quarter of an hour. Hurel, with a through pass, let out a stinging shot which swerved in its flight and passed outside the post and beyond the outstretched hands of Caunce. Oldham had nice understanding in attack. Davies equalised with a ball that struck the under part of the crossbar, but was never a matter of doubt to referee Warburton, although Sagar caught the ball as it spun down and towards the field of play. Oldham were particularly good on the left wing, where Buckley was over worked, but responded in grand manner, making Sagar catch and clear with accuracy. Dusty Miller made a magnificent shot after a solo effort, and thereby took the score to 2-1 for the home team. It was a magnificent drive. There were a lot of scouts and managers from other clubs present, and included in the sumber was Warney Cresswell, the former Everton player, now manager of Port Vale. One of the quaint incidents of football came now, when Dean stopped his own individual attacks to show the referee how his wrong decision was going to rob Everton of a goal. Half-time Everton 2, Oldham Athletic 1.