QUICK BLOWS FELLED EVERTON
September 1, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
By Ernest Edwards (Bee)
Everton 1 (Wainwright), Blackpool 2 (Mortensen, McKnight)
Everton reigning fault is “flourish without finish.” In successive home matches they have laboured wearily after half-time, after being precise pretty and effective in earlier phases. Every one of the 60,000 at Goodison Park relished the opening stage of Blackpool’s visit. Their rather heavy-timbered defence made errors the jaunty pace and leapfrog notion of Mcllhatton and the vast striding Eglington promised bright results. Wainwright key man of attack graced proceedings. Wallace should have “aided” in Blackpool’s goal.
Wainwright whose finesse is only equalled by his forthright forward movements, went all along, single-handled, single-minded and deceived Wallace to get a goal lead. Then one moment from half-time Blackpool scored twice-record haste Mortensen took the first and McKnight the second, and Everton never rose from the blows. Sagar, a study of positioning ability and safe-grasping, was the man who kept the now-buoyant Blackpool from making a deeper wounds. He was wonderful. Blackpool faced their former centre, Dodds who got little from the high balls and less from Shimwell and Stuart. Late on, Everton tried to amend their ways by making Wainwright centre forward but he was outnumbered in this lightning stroke. While Everton were suffering their second-half passing paralysis, Blackpool were revelling in passing bouts. Mortensen may not like being centre-forward (his nature seems to tell him to go inside to link up with Matthews), but he is a quick-silver centre-forward of board shoulders and grand brain. Stanley Matthews has the sense of timing that comes naturally to few. People rant that he gets his side nowhere sometimes that is true. I forgive him if only because the enlightens the game. Spectators wonder in which way he can possibly pass the outstretched legs of a Greenhalgh or an intervening and studious Humphreys. Spectators pit themselves against Matthews when he receives the ball. They picture what they would do to clamp down on his deception of feet and pace. A Dean would have made fit company for him. He would have completed all the work done by Matthews. One was forced to the conclusion that the winners used centres passes and throws better than Everton. So many of the latter team must have a flourish of feet before delivering the simple pass. The finishing touch is evading Everton. It is a passing-phase! Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Blackpool; Wallace, goal; Shimwell and Stuart, backs; Farrows, Hayward, and Kelly, half-backs; Matthews, Buchan, Mortensen, McKnight, and McCormick, forwards. Referee; Mr. R. Duerden (Lancaster).
• Everton “A” 1, Bursclough 2
• Liverpool beat Stoke 2-0 Liddell scored both goals
BLACKBURN ROVERS RESERVES 1, EVERTON RESERVES 2
September 1, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
No great effort was required of Everton Reserves to gain a 2-1 win over the poor Blackburn Rovers Reserves side in a game at Ewood Park. Boyes, who shared Everton’s scoring with Grant, was a lively forward for Everton, whose defence had a comfortable match against a straggling Rovers attack of whom Godwin was liveless, despite strong spoiling by Jones.
BLUES MAY FULFIL THAT PROMISE
September 1, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
There was a goal scoring curiosity about the games for Liddell and Wainwright at the same moment, the 34th minute-each scored an electrical goal – up the goal line feinting to centre, and a cool slip through.
Chances Were There
“Everton’s anxiety to do exactly the right thing in front of goal instead of snap shooting from cleverly worked openings was one of the reasons why they lost to Blackpool,” writes “Radar” “The second was that the defence withed for one brief minute, hard on the interval when Mortensen and McKnight wiped out Wainwright’s goal. Given steadiness in shooting the Blues would have had this game in their pocket long before Blackpool –a virile, quick-moving force – struck their blows to disappoint Merseyside’s highest post-war crowd -59,665. Eglington, and Mcllhatton although they had the beating of Shimwell and Stuart for pace, just could not make effective use of their chances, and while Fielding and Wainwright schemed to good effect in the first half they scomed to become discouraged. Dodds, strive as he might, could not escape the vigilant Hayward. The defence and Humphreys, in particular stood up gallantly to the rapier-like thrusts of Mortensen and company, and Sagar’s goalkeeping inspired throughout. Saunders was more reliable than Greenhalgh who had never looked so uncomfortable in face of the Matthews jugglery, Bentham and Farrell worked successfully in defence, but late on fell victim to the misplaced passes bogy. Everton can do better than this, and will do if they learn the lessons of the game in regard to those chances.”
BLUES FLATTER TO DECEIVE
September 1, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Teams for Wednesday’s game will not be announced until later, but no change are likely, beyond the fact that Army leave will determine whether Wainwright will be able to assist Everton against Manchester City at Maine Road.
Everton will have to do better than they did against Blackpool if they are to keep in the top half of the table. As in the two previous games they faded out after a good first half. Maybe it was the heat –though that’s the same for both sides –maybe despondency at being a goal down, after being the better side up to the interval. Whatever it was they seemed to labour in desperation and lack inspiration making heavy weather of the simplest tasks. As before up to a point their work was good. Unfortunately they flattered to decisive – an old failing. When they began to carry their combination to complete finally, instead of breaking down in wild shooting or misplaced passing, then Everton will fulfil our hopes. Until they do, they will continue to frustrate them. Not that we need let the form enter our soul on the account. The season is young, and sides do not all settle down with equal rapidity to give of their best. Possibly we built too rosy hopes for this season on the basis of their performances at the end of last. Time will prove or disprove that. Individually one could no great fault with any particular player. It was as a collective force that Everton lacked that little something which makes all the difference. They shot often enough. Nobody could blame them on that score, for they produced three shots to Blackpool’s one, but the proportion of these which gave Wallace any trouble was small. Shooting which is off the mark isn’t a great deal of use, though at least it shows willingness and determination and practice may make perfect. Mcllhatton strikes me as losing hope and confidence when some of his well-planned ideas don’t come off. He wants to forget it. Things will come right if he doesn’t let occasional set-backs upset his equilibrium. Fielding had the right idea, opening up the game by long cross-passes, and Wainwright full of fire and energy, got a grand solo goal which brought a ludicrous look of amazement to the face of Wallace. Dodds was ploughing a lone furrow most of the time, getting few passes of the right type, and on the whole was well held by Hayward. On nearly all previous occasions that Greenhalgh has been opposed to Matthews honours have rested with the Evertonians, but not this time. While Matthews was not the dominant figure he sometimes is being “starved” most of the first half he still led the defence a merry dance. Blackpool’s real danger man, however, is quick thinking and quick-moving Mortensen who might have revelled in a goal glut if Humphreys had shown any signs of weakness. Fortunately Humphreys struck to him well. Farrell had another excellent game, and Sagar made some smart saves though I though the ball he caught after Mortensen had hit the upright was definitely over the line.
BLUES AT MAINE ROAD
September 2, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
With every desire to look with a kindly eye on Everton candour compels admission that they have not quite satisfied so far, and that they were a trifle fortunate to beat Manchester City at Goodison last week. With venues reversed therefore. Everton’s chances of completing the double would not on paper, look to be over-bright. But that’s the time when surprises are apt to crop up. Everton’s only away game has brought them two points. They will find City a vastly different proposition to Blackburn Rovers however. Any side which can whack Wolves commands respect. On the argument of course, so should Everton, remembering the Molynuex victory, but their away record last season was pretty dismal otherwise. Here’s hoping tomorrow’s visit will help to lay the foundation of a much better one this term. At the moment the side is lacking complete co-ordination and is apt to be a bit wild and woolly in front of goal. When that is remedied Everton should give us what we are hoping for. Everton; (from); Sagar; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington. Manchester City; Swift; Sproston, Westwood; Fagan, McDowell, Emptage; Wharton, Black, McMorran, Smith, Clark.
September 4, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Sagar Made Victory Possible
Manchester City 0, Everton 1 (Stevenson)
Sagar, the Everton goalkeeper, has been with the Goodison club for eighteen seasons, during which time he has performed many wonderful things, but he has never played better than he did at Maine Road, Manchester, last night. He received an ovation and was entitled to it, for it was he as much as anyone else who enabled Everton to beat Manchester City 1-0 and therefore register their first double of the season. They say a goalkeeper cannot win a game. I do not agree, for Sagar saved Everton at a time when Manchester City might have run rampant. It only needed an opening goal to send the City into a blaze for at times they swarmed round the Everton goalmouth and delivered shots of such calibre that they would have beaten most goalkeepers. But Sagar was inspired and he saved magnificently from Black and Smith.
But to turn to the goal which accounted for the City. It came at seventy-one minutes after Manchester had been probing the Everton defence to the full, without, however, being able to penetrate their rear lines. Eglington out on the left wing, flashed a ball over to Stevenson who took it on the volley and the ball hit the far upright and went to the back of the net with Swift so surprised that he could do nothing about it. Stevenson might have scored again a little later, for it was only by a matter of inches that he failed to so. His shot hit the bar.
One would not say that Everton were entitled to their success, for the City were on the attack for most of the game, but they ran against a defence which gave nothing away. Humphreys was the rock on which the City crashed. McMorran had opened well and promised to be a source of danger, but afterwards he was well held. The City after they were a goal in arrears made a valiant effort to break down this cast-iron curtain, but even if they broke through the half-back and full back line they had still the inspired Sagar to face, and he gave a superlative display of goalkeeping which even foe had to acknowledge. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Dodds, Wainwright, and Eglington, forwards. Manchester City; Swift, goal; Sproston and Westwood, backs; Fagan, McDowell, and Emptage, half-backs; Wharton, Black, McMorran, Smith and Clarke, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Hartles, Runcorn.
• Everton Reserves 7, Manchester City Reserves 1
• Liverpool drew 2-2 against Manchester United, Stubbins, Balmer (Penalty), and Mitten and Pearson for Man United.
SAGAR’S VERY BEST
September 4, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Had there been more like Alex Stevenson on the field at Maine Road last night we would have seen some real football instead of the air ball which was mostly evident. The Irishman was in one of his best moods and soon realised that only the ball on the ground, the ball held sufficiently long to draw a defender and then the wise pass to the unmarked man. Others were constant to bash the ball about, so that the football in this match never reached a high level. Present conditions are not conductive to accurate football, yet have was one of the veteran of the game showing them how the ball could be controlled even under such conditions. One can hardly critics a shot which can win away from home, but I must be honest and state that I considered Everton a trifle lucky to win both points. They were on the collar for most of the game, but with all their attack Manchester City were unable to find a way through Everton’s staunch defence. I have been watching Ted Sagar for eighteen seasons, and he has done some fine thing during that period, but he has never produced such a dazzling display as he did last night. For all his long services, Sagar is still cat-like in his movements with a “lovely pair of hands” and a sure eye (writes Stork).
It is said that goalkeepers do not win matches. Sagar won for Everton last night, for he prevented Manchester City from winning by one of the greatest goalkeeping performances even Maine Road has seen, where Frank Swift thrives on good goalkeeping. Sagar out-witted Swift, and it was not easy stuff that he had to save, for some of the shots by Black, Smith and Emptage were of such power and accuracy that had not Sagar been at his brightest and best City must have carried off the points. His display was such that even an old campaigner like myself, joined in the ovation he received at the conclusion of a game which could rightly be called his. But we must not forget the other long-service man. Without his goal a draw would have been the outcome. Stevie only came in at the last minute to figure at inside right, and then inside left. He gave his best in the second half when he coaxed that well to do his bidding, and form a link up with Eglington which brought about the goal. The winger held his pass up to the right moment, then swung it back to Stevenson, who took it on the volley, and the ball went into the net via the upright. Swift was completely surprised, as he was when “Stevie” a few minutes later banged another one shot against the crossbar. Dodds had also beaten Swift, who was saved by the crossbar, so you see that Everton, with considerably fewer chances went closer to scoring than the City. Yet one missed the linking-up process, one with the other which makes for a successful team. True, Everton had to centre a great deal on defence to hold the sprightly City when they were hammering the defence but perhaps we would be wise to wait until the ground conditions change before being hyper-critical. No fault could be found with the Everton defence. It stood its ground at a time when the slightest glimpse of panic would have been fatal. Humphreys ultimately got a hand on McMorran –he started exceptionally well – and held down the middle completely. He had able lieutenants alongside him, but he in my opinion was the men who took the steel out of the City attack. The Everton forwards were variable –good at times moderate at others. I wonder how much Swift knew about that Mcllhatton shot which he frantically dropped down on to save –mightily little I should think. Congratulation to the “Old Guard.”
September 4, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Hats off to Ted Sagar for a really mighty display which more than anything else enabled Everton to gain both points over Manchester City at Maine-road. His agility was uncanny. At least half-a-dozen saves were worthy of the adjective miraculous and the 43,853 spectators, although sadly disappointed by City’s defeat, sportingly gave Sagar a great ovation as he left the field. Alec Stevenson was another great architect in this invaluable Everton away success. In a game which never reached the heights from the point of view of pure football, craft, Stevenson was the one forward on the field who always tried to keep the ball on the ground, and was capable of drawing the redoubtable City middle line, in which McDowall kept a firm grip on Dodds, Stevenson goal was cleverly taken in the 71st minute, when he combined cleverly with Eglington, took a return pace and hit the ball on the volley. It struck the inside of the upright before crossing the line as Swift flung himself across desperately. Only rank bad luck prevented Stevenson beating Swift again with a venomous long-range drive which rattled the bar. Greenhalgh and Saunders were dour, resourceful defenders, and Humphreys mastered the enthusiastic McMorran completely in the second half. Farrell and Bentham sterling in defence, were not so accurate as usual. In their constructive play, Mcllhatton had a bright running against Westwood but Eddie Wainwright has yet to strike his best form. This was a victory gained by galliant defensive work with the inspired Sagar a shining light. Everton will take 12 players with them this week-end for the game against Derby County and Aston Villa –the team which beat City together with “Nobby” Fielding.
September 5, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton set off in quest of points from Derby County at the Baseball Ground on Saturday’s and on to Villa Park on Monday to tackle Aston Villa. Brilliant wins at Blackburn and Manchester City have given the Blues a rare send-off. The County scored a fine win at Burnley but have not proved the all-conquering team some anticipate, although they should settle down into one of the outstanding sides. It will be Stan Bentham’s task to nail down 15,500 Willie Steel, and Peter Farrell’s to subdue the main danger man, Carter. Well, I think those wing half-backs are quite capable of discharging these duties, and maybe settle the Blues on the way to their valid away win. In sectioning Bullions as their centre forward, Derby County have picked their third leader, of the season. A right half back Bullions has worked hard to gain speed and quality for the forward line. On Derby’s injury list are centre forwards Morrison and Stamps and Broome and Antonia. Derby; Townsend; Morley, Howe; Ward, Leuty, Mussen; McCormick, Steel, Bullions, Carter, Harrison. Everton (from) Sagar; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Stevenson, Fielding, Eglington.
EVERTON AT DERBY
September 5, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Everton are making their week-end head-quarters at Buxton, travelling there today for tomorrow’s game at Derby and returning to Buxton on Saturday night in readiness for their trip to Aston Villa on Monday. Derby County have yet to win before their own spectators and Everton have yet to lose away. Just what that foretells about the possible result I haven’t the foggiest idea football form at the moment being about as reliable as a pre-war time table, but it seems to show that Derby, like so many more before them, are finding that money cannot buy automatic success. Derby had a centre forward problem last season. They still have. They’ve bold credited with a desire to sign Tommy Lawton if and when Chelsea agree to part. Meantime, they’ve tried three men three in four games, the last being Fred Smith a 22 year-old, who less than six months ago, was playing in a local Sunday school league. Bullions normally a half-back, plays there tomorrow. Derby have had to make several changes owing to injuries. Everton will choose their side from Wednesday’s eleven plus Fielding. Derby; Townsend; Morley, Howe; Ward, Leuty, Mussen; McCormick, Steel, Bullions, Carter, Harrison
GOALMOUTH MELEES AT DERBY
September 6, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Sagar Bombarded –saves Penalty –Everton Fall
Derby C 1, Everton 0
Derby were sound winners; worth more than one goal, Everton fell to nothing in the second half. Derby County; Townsend, goal; Mozley and Howe backs; Ward, Leuty, and Musson, half-backs; Carter, Bullions, Steel, and McCormick, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Lindley, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Stevenson and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Berry, Huddersfield. Derby were looking for their first home win when they met Everton at the Baseball Ground, today, an uncommon situation for the County. Even the signing of the Scottish star, Steel, had not made that possible, in fact Steel has not yet settled down to English football. Another problem for Derby is the centre forward position, where several have been tried but found wanting. They brought in Bullions this afternoon in the hope that he would solve the problem. Another Derby change was McCormick a little Irishman, signed last season. Everton had one change from the side successful at Manchester. Bentham has a septic toe and Lindley takes his place. Lindley has not had a first team appearance for some considerable time. There has been no sign of rain in this area, and it was a shirt sleeve and light frock affair. The ground looked in wonderful condition. Everton had the glaring sun in their eyes.
Took Big Risk
Derby were sprightly in their opening and Humphreys took an enormous risk of a kick in the face in stemming a strong County attack. The back pass is becoming more popular with defences and three times Derby used this safely value to prevent danger. Stevenson kept sweeping the ball out to right and left, and from one pass Wainwright drifted out to the right and shot from a terrible angle, yet Townsend had to save. A miskick by a Derby defender opened up possibilities for Dodds but he could not reach the fast travelling ball the first time, and when he made a second effort he was covered.
Lindley was distributing extremely well, with Humphreys a tower of strength when stern defence was needed. Townsend punched away dangerous centres, one of which almost brought about an Everton goal, for Eglington shot hard and true, and Mozley, the Derby full back, headed out with Townsend beaten. Twice there was a melee in front of the Everton goal without Sagar being called upon. Nice work by Steel caused danger, and better things could have been produced from his efforts. I had seen nothing startling about this big moving side; in fact, with the slightest bit of luck Dodds would have scored, for Townsend only pushed his shot around the post at the last second. Sagar failed to gather a shot from Harrison, but recovered quickly, was soon in possession again and cleared his line.
Escape For Everton
Mcllhatton made a strong dribble but in trying to place Wainwright, he put the ball into the goakkeeper’s hands. The Everton goal had an escape at the half-hour when a really fine shot by half-back Musson hit the crossbar and travelled over. Steel was making some lovely passes, and there was power in his shots. Wainwright and Mcllhatton almost brought about the fall of the Derby goal, the former’s shot passing only inches outside.
Roar and Groan
Sagar brought a roar and a groan when he saved a Carter shot, punching it on to the upright and then punching clear. Carter himself could not believe such a shot could be saved. Sagar followed on with two further saves when matters were running the County’s way. Goalkeeper Townsend was penalised for running with the ball more than the allowed steps. A minute from the interval Derby scored. Harrison brushed aside all opposition, and then as Sagar came out he lobbed the ball over his head into the net.
Half-time; Derby C. 1, Everton 0
Derby were soon on the attack in the second half, and one round of passing came undone, not through any fault of the County’s, but the stubborn Everton defence. Musson flashed a free kick right across the Everton goal, Harrison being unable to make contact. It was all Derby, and Bullions should have scored with the chances offered him. Greenhalgh had to make a sterling tackle to prevent Carter getting through and Sagar had to come flying out of goal to kick clear as Steel closed in on him.
Twenty minutes from the end Saunders leapt at McCormick, who had been tripping his way through, and the award could be nothing less than a penalty. Full back Howe- I wonder why not Carter, with his brilliant shot? -was detailed to take the penalty. He drove hard and high, only to see Sagar turn the ball over the angle of the post. A great save for there was plenty of power behind Howe’s kick. It was one-way traffic, with Derby holding all the cards, and Sagar saved again, and it was only by some grim defence that Everton kept the County’s score down. Mcllhatton made Everton’s second shot of the half, which tells you just how Derby had pinned them to defence. A corner to Everton gave them a chance not taken. Final; Derby County 1, Everton 0. Attendance; 28,738
• Warney Cresswell has recently taken over a licensed house in South Shields, where he first made his soccer reputation.
EVERTON RES V BLACKPOOL RES
September 6, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton immediately took up the attack and in less than a minute found themselves in the lead through Boyes, who gave Robertson no chance from Owen’s pass. Blackpool retaliated, McIntosh and Buchan getting home powerful drives that Burnett effectively handled. Everton still monopolised the play but in spite of their efforts found the visitors’ keeper equal to all shots that came his way. Half-time; Everton Res 1, Blackpool Res 0.
Everton “A” v Ellesmere Pt
In the first half Falder was outstanding.
TED SAGAR GREAT
September 6, 1947. The Evening Express
Defies Derby of Penalty Goal
Harrison Beats Off Four Tackles Then Scores
Ted Sagar again hit the highlights when he defied the Derby County forwards as Everton struggled to maintain a one hundred per cent away record. Sagar made two mighty saves from Carter, and then his greatest effort of all, a magnificent save of a penalty by Mozley when County were leading by Harrison’s goal taken in 43 minutes. Lindley made a convincing debut and Farrell had a fine game but Everton generally were defending and doing it well. Everton had more than their share of adventures at the start of their Midlands tour which embraced today’s game with Derby County at the Baseball ground and Monday’s game at Villa Park against Aston Villa. The coach party had got no further than the outskirts of Knutsford yesterday, when the engine “conked.” Skipper Norman Greenhalgh, Stan Bentham, Jocks Dodds and Ted Sagar went to the aid of the driver. Tom Bentley, and the coach managed to crawl into Knutsford, where Secretary manager Theo Kelly showed his powers or organisation. In less time than it takes to tell he had another coach on its way from Liverpool, a host of mechanics working on the broken-down coach, and a meal all laid on at the local hotel. So overnight stopping centre, Woodlee, Buxton, was reached O.K, where the party, led by Directors Ernest Green, Fred Lake, and Harold Williams were greeted by Director Dick Searle. Maurice Lindley, one of the extra players with the party –Hedley and Fielding were the others –was called on, as Bentham has a poisoned toe. Lindley had made only occasional first team appearances and this was his first game with the seniors this term. Mr. Lake was re-visiting old ground, in going to Derby for he showed me a postcard dated 1911 notifying him that he had been chosen to play for the County against Mansfield Town. The County made the experiment of playing cup final wing half-back Bullions at centre-forward as Stamps, who has asked for a transfer, was not available. McCormick was at outside left for Broome. McCormick is an Irishman and the smallest player on the County’s books. Derby County; Townsend, goal; Mozley and Howe backs; Ward, Leuty, and Musson, half-backs; Carter, Bullions, Steel, and McCormick, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Lindley, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Stevenson and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Berry, Huddersfield.
The County provided the early thrills and interest, Humphreys taking a chance of a kick in the face to clear from Bullions but getting clear with the ball. After some delightful Carter manoeuvres McCormick cut in with a good chance, only to make a hole in the crowd. Leuty made a rather short back pass to keep Dodds at bay, and Townsend had to fling himself across to save. When Greenhalgh miskicked, it led in Harrison who forced a corner from which Greenhalgh made ample amends by keeping Harrison’s header out by the post. Mcllhatton slipped the ball along nicely for Wainwright to centre from the line. Townsend turning the ball around the post for a corner. Carter received Bullions’ choice pass on his famous left foot, but before he could even shape to shoot Lindley as on him like a flash for a fine tackle.
Derby Call The Tune
The Rams were calling the tune, but were a wee but inclined to overdo the close passing, and this suited the intrepid Everton defenders to a “T.” Mcllhatton lobbed one centre into the goalmouth, where Townsend fisted away from the head of Dodds. Firm blocking of shots prevented Bullions from troubling Sagar. Mcllhatton was unceremoniously stouldered over when he tried to cut inside but their middle another one from this Eglington shot in like a rocket; Mozley just managing to head it aside for a corner. Hesitancy in shooting cost Derby dearly for the Everton defence was right on top of their job, and away went the Blues for Wainwright to take over from Dodds a quick throwing and shoot along the floor for Townsend to dive and save. Derby were still the more assertive side, but to be candid they rarely looked like scoring because the Everton defence was so well co-ordinated. Sagar was always in position for anything directed at him and kept coming out enterprisingly to prevent the County attackers from getting down to business. The narrowest squeak came from Mussen, who ran through to strike the bar and over from 18 yards, a grand effort. Sagar did exceptionally well to cover a low shot from Steel good players this Steel; which was deflected by Bullions. Howe tried to beat Mcllhatton and failed, the ball running loose for Wainwright to swing around and get in a left foot shot which must have taken some of the whitewash off the post. Sagar alone saved Everton when Steel slipped the ball through for Carter to crack a left-foot shot towards the top fat corner. It looked a million to one on a goal, but Sagar flung himself up and across to fist the ball against the post and then dive across again to punch away the rebound –a double save to remember and one to see to be believed. The Blues gradually got into the swing of things without having so much of the pressure. Townsend was penalised for carrying, but the County packed in Everton’s style, and when the ball came loose to Mcllhatton, his volley went outside. In 44 minutes Harrison gave the County the lead with a lob shot into the far corner of the net after he had survived no fewer than four tackles on the way to goal. Humphreys had to go to the wing as the ball was sent forward and he fell, enabling Harrison to come inside of defy tackles by Greenhalgh, Saunders and Lindley and then lob it over Sagar into the net.
Half-time; Derby County 1, Everton 0
Derby took up the running again but a wealth of pressure failed to produce a shot. Everton were just a little too slow in getting the pass away and so too often the ball was either blocked or defected. Dodds nodded down an Eglington centre for Stevenson to take on the volley, the ball flashing wide. The County failed to profit from a close up free kick, but they took two corners in succession and from the second one Harrison just failed to connect with a diving header as the 28,738 spectator’s gasped. Dodds put Wainwright through only for Howe to come in with a mighty crackle and away went the Rams for Bullions to fail with a comparatively easy position. Sagar saved a goal when he dashed out to kick against McCormick and then turn the ball away for a corner. Saunders cleared well when Carter glided along at outside right to try and find McCormick and then Sagar kicked over a rising drive from Carter which was going away from him. With 15 minutes to go, McCormick was fouled in the penalty area, and Howe took the kick, driving like lightning to Sagar’s right. Sagar had anticipated the direction of the shot, and he leapt outwards and upwards and beat the ball around the post. Even some of the County players congratulated him. Next Bullions was clean through, and he tried to place to the corner but Sagar flung himself across the goal to edge it around the post. What a goalkeeper! Everton came into the game while the seconds ticked away and Mcllhatton just missed with a fine rising shot, but this was only Everton’s second shot of the half. Townsend saved well from Mcllhatton’s corner, but this was a win well deserved for Everton’s attack was out of gear. Final; Derby C 1, Everton 0.
Ellesmere Port res v Everton “B”
The Town monopolised the opening stages, and after Powell had come near scoring several times Waring gave the home side the lead. Everton assumed the upper hand but could not score. Ellesmere Port Town Reserves 1, Everton “B” 0.
Everton have direct interest in Gillingham players and this was the team watched by Secretary-Manager Mr. Theo Kelly last week-end.
Eddie Wainwright is on leave from the Army and will be able to play for Everton against the Villa on Monday.
Overseas visitors to Merseyside will be on view on Monday evening when the Irish amateurs Dublin Bohemians meet Everton at Goodison Park.
SAGAR SUPERB AGAIN
September 8, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Derby County 1, Everton 0
This result was entirely false. In cold print it suggests a keenly-fought battle, with Everton beaten narrowly. Actually Everton were at their worse, and had they been beaten heavily they could not have quibbled. Sagar again performed wonders and kept the score down. Everton’s present form suggests heavy weather ahead. They were not good at Manchester and won, but at the Baseball ground they reached the depths. There was no rhythm, no balance, and flew shots worthy the name. True, they made one or two nice moves in midfield in the first half, but one could see the points were in derby’s safe keeping if they could get a goal. Derby, perhaps were possibly ultra-clever and missed the substance from the shadow and I say that in spite of the fact that Sagar made two magnificent saves – one from the penalty spot. They indulged in such flippancies at times that they had the Everton defence running with little hope of making contact.
The goal came a minute from half time. Harrison the scorer was fortunate to beat his way beyond three Everton defenders before scooping the ball over Sagar. But prior to that Sagar had excelled himself with a masterly save from Carter. The England player took deliberate aim for the far side of the goal, where Sagar was not. Sagar flipped across his goal and punched the ball on to the upright; it rebounded and Sagar, still following up, thumped it away with his left hand –a sensational save which caused Cater to look on in wonderment. In the second half came the complete overthrow of Everton. It was grim work the Everton defence not always sure of itself had to perform, otherwise there would have been a goal orgy.
To be fair to Dodds and his colleagues it must be admitted that they got few balls from the half-backs and without that support forwards cannot hope to do much. Eglington could not outpace Mozley yet kept on trying instead of making the quick past to beat his man. Dodds was too slow against the determined Leuty, and Mcllhatton was more often than not beaten by Musson and Howe. Wainwright was Everton’s best forward. The penalty against Saunders for a foul on McCormick brought yet another magnificent save by Sagar. Howe drove his shot just underneath the bar, but the Everton goalkeeper was able to turn the ball over the angle of the posts. Sagar is in international form at the moment. Derby County; Townsend, goal; Mozley and Howe backs; Ward, Leuty, and Musson, half-backs; Carter, Bullions, Steel, and McCormick, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Lindley, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Stevenson and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. H. Berry, Huddersfield.
• Everton Reserves 1, Blackpool Reserves 2
• Liverpool 1, (Balmer), Burnley 1 (Hays)
ANOTHER BIG WEEK OF FOOTBALL
September 8, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Two important First Division matches this evening give the send-off to what should be another grand week of midweek football for the local clubs. Everton will be at Villa Park opposing Aston Villa, while their Reserves entertain Bohemians the famous Dublin amateurs club, at Goodison Park, and Liverpool meet Sheffield United. Everton will be out for a “hat-trick” of wins over the Villa in the Midlands for they won there in season 1939-40. There should be plenty of entertaining football at Goodison for Bohemians are a good combination.
Against Derby County, who won 1-0 it is true to say that in the first half Everton in midfield were more convincing than the County who made the mistake of holding the ball too close, but generally speaking there was not that accurate link-up between individuals and departments which usually stamps football brand. Tremendous credit goes to the defence for defying the skill and subtleties of Steel and Carter for so long. Saunders had a grand first half against McCormick in whom Everton were once interested, while Farrell had a perfect understanding with Greenhalgh who could move to the wingers comfortably, knowing he was well covered. Yet, this will go down in memory as Ted Sagar’s match. This was goalkeeping of a standard not often seen, and while his penalty save off Howe was a magnificent effort. I rate his first half save from Carter one of the grandest I have seen in years. It was a double effort entailing two dives to a ball going at rocket pace. Two other efforts to note were one which came last off the ground from Carter and another from Steel deflected by Bullion, but which Sagar covered perfectly. Take it from me Sagar, even in his brightest pre-war days has never been in such devasting form and his work is inspiring the entire defence. Everton’s forwards were not good, as much due to the liveliness of the ball as anything else, and Wainwright took what honours there were. A word of congratulation on Maurice Lindley on his first senior appearance for several seasons. This was a classic display of right half work.
Everton (v Dublin Bohemians); Burnett; T.E. Jones, Dovedale; J. Tansey, Falder, Watson; Owen, Grant, Higgins, Johnson, Boyes.
EVERTON’S BAD GAME
September 8, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
The time has arrived when I must be frank. Whitewashing never did anything but a farm house any good for it only leads us into a false belief. You may think that Everton made a fight of it with Derby to see beaten by a single goal. That is not so. They were made to look not second, but third rate by the County; not a great side as yet, but one likely to hit the headlights with one or two positional improvements (writes Stork). If Everton were so poor how comes it that the County could only just scrape home. Easy sirs. Ted Sagar and an over-elaborate Derby attack, who sometimes sacrificed a shot for the more spectacular pass or dribble. But my reading of it was that Sagar was the root cause of their low score. His two saves from Carter and How (penalty spot), along with some others not quite of the same class, prevented a Derby goal riot. Rarely have I seen Everton play so badly and not be made to suffer more damagingly. They were never coloured against the County, and only Sagar, Wainwright, Lindley and Farrell came through the ordeal with any medals. There seemed to be no unity of purpose about them, no get together method which is the essence of a good football team, and the outlook is not very encouraging. True they have won two of their three away games, but will not win another on Saturday’s showing for it was the most feeble effort I have seen from them for an age. It is obvious that there are weaknesses which must be rectified before any worth-while improvement can be expected. There must be a better understanding between forwards and half-backs; more link-up for forwards are entitled to support from those behind. This they did not get at derby. There was an all-round slump to ability in each line with the exception of the last –Ted Sagar. Had it not been for him Derby’s win would have been much more convincing. It was undeniably a poor show. I am not hitting out for any other reason than to see Everton regain some of their pre-war glory, when Goodison Park was known as the “school of science.” There was little science or anything else about their display at the Baseball ground where they were made to look small fry by a Derby side which is not free from team worries.
EVERTON HAD NO PUNCH IN ATATCK
September 9, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Aston Villa 3 (Edwards, Ford, Dixon), Everton 0
Aston Villa have been greatly concerned about lack of punch in their attack this season. Last night’s against Everton they had plenty of it. Everton could not do anything right. Passes went astray and the forwards never menaced a rather aged defence. Until Everton get more punch in their attack they are not likely to pick up many points. Villa are not the Villa of old but they were well able to master Everton. Speed and good passing brought Villa success, but the main reason for their improvement was that they could and did shoot, even though some of their efforts missed the mark. The scoring started after twenty two minutes when Ford put Edwards through. The winger hit a rocket shot which no goalkeeper could have saved. Wainwright succeeded in netting, but the whistle had sounded for a foul. The old heads of Cummings and Guttridge were well able to look after the Everton wingers and Parkes had many grim tussles with Dodds.
Five minutes from the interval there was a tremendous tussle near the Everton goal line, and Ford got the ball into the net. Villa were worth their lead, and in the second half they were even more superior, more dominating and more successful in their combination. Dixon scored a third goal at the fifth-ninth minute, and before the final whistle Smith netted again only to be adjudged offside. Wainwright near the finish gave Rutherford one of his few anxious moments. Villa’s goalkeeper however, had a simple task, for never at any moment did Everton gave promise that they would break down the defensive barrier up by the Villa. Only in defence could Everton gain any award, for the attack was completely out of joint, and I should say Aston Villa defenders will never have an easier passenger. While the form of Everton was somewhat better than at Derby it is still a long way short of satisfactory. Teams; Aston Villa; Rutherford, goal; Guttridge Cummings, backs; Dorsett, Parkes, and Lowe, half-backs; Edwards, Dixon, Ford, Martin, and Smith, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. S. McCarthy (Wrexham).
• Liverpool lost to Sheffield United, 3-1, Stubbins and Brook, Hagan and Thompson for Shefield United.
CLOUDS AT EVERTON
September 9, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
The clouds are gathering out Goodison way. There is no doubt that Everton have struck a lean patch and as they are playing at the moment there is little prospect of them winning many points. Attack is said to be the best form of defence. This being so, it is not surprising that Everton are failing to deliver the goods, for I can truthfully say that there was no forward movements at either Derby of Birmingham worthy of the name. Their recent games have been of strict defence, and this does not win matches it only saves them and not that at times (writes Stork). Rarely have I seen the Everton attack so impotent. Even when they were on the move they did not convey the impression that they would produce a goal, for there was no shooting strength in any of the five positions and without shots all the approach work and defence counts for nought. It is strange turnabout from the back end of last season, when Everton’s form was distinctly good. Such is football form, however, Excuses get us nowhere, and I have no excuses to offer than they were beaten by a better team, by Aston Villa last night. The Villa once one of the most famous names in football, have been suffering in like fashion, to Everton -no forward punch, but last night they made several changes and they were highly successful. Perhaps for one short spell in the initial portion of the game Everton seemed likely to make a strong bid for victory but after Edwards’s goal they had to play second fiddle to a side which was greatly encouraged by its success. From that moment the Villa got on top and remained there till the end. They scored two further goals, twice struck the woodwork and had a goal disallowed for offside. This will explain the supremacy of the home side. To give you some idea as to the dominance of the Villa I have put to tell you that Rutherford their goalkeeper had no more than two shots to contend with. Everton’s good start has been whittled away by their two defeat’s this week-end, and I have got to admit that the outlook for the future is not encouraging. Football, however, is a funny game, and they may strike a winning team, but not until the forwards are up and doing. That is their great weakness at the moment.
September 9, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Jack Humphrey’s, of Everton, and Trevor Ford, of Aston Villa, are already being measured for more Welsh caps. Last night at Villa Park they were under review by Mr. Bryn Jones of the Football Association of Wales, when they were in opposition and Mr. Jones went home deeply impressed. Mr. Calvin Hughes and Mr. Herbert Powell, have had Humphreys under “inspection” twice recently and indications are that the Welsh side will be constructed around them with Sidlow and Lambert of Liverpool, certainties for the defence.
Everton might easily have made sure of a win over Villa in the first 25 minutes. During that period it was Everton who called the tune and who played the delicious football, with Fielding a great constructionist with his cross-field pass. Pity that the centres were not as accurate as we would have hoped. Good approach work petered out tantalisingly, and at the 27th minute a Villa who had experienced an indifferent opening to the season got the inspiration of a mighty goal by Edwards who hit a pin-pointed centre from Ford on the half-volley and rocketed the ball into the top far corner. What a shot. The Villa took the bit between their teeth, and, having survived without a penalty when Dodds was knocked yards, they played football of the old Villa vintage so that we had a game full of “meat.” Edwards second goal was lucky, for his own centre was headed forward by Ford between two players. Sagar was impeded and on the bounce Edwards raced in and nodded it home. An unsighted Sagar had no chance with Dixon’s winner in the second half. Wainwright was Everton’s most-enterprising boy in front of goal although Dodds was luckless. Everton had good service from all three half-backs for Humphreys stood stolidity in the centre once he saw the folly of chasing a roving and oh so brilliant Ford, who is one of the finest leaders I have seen for a long, long time. Some more good work by Sagar and his backs was seen in this delightful example of football’s arts. This was not Everton’s best but that was more due to the brilliance of the opposition than anything else. Fielding strained his right thigh but was walking all right afterwards. All the others are okay.
• Everton Reserves defeated Dublin Bohemians comfortably last night
• Tomorrow evening Wolves Reserves visited Goodison Park for a Central League match
EVERTON NEED TONIC WIN
September 12, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Only a fortnight ago the visit of Huddersfield to Goodison would have looked a sure thing for the Blues. Today, one cannot be quite so certain. Everton have slipped, and Huddersfield thanks to the increasing influence of Peter Doherty the brilliance of Metclafe, and the return of Price at centre forward, have improved considerably. Two of Everton’s defeats, however, have been away while Huddersfield’s victories have been at home. They have yet to win an away game, and ground advantage may turn the scales in Everton’s favour. The home side, however will have to produce more shots on the mark than they have in recent outings. Without them no side can hope to win. Stern defence can prevent defeat, but in itself doesn’t ensure victory unless there is some punch in the forward line. Sagar has been in great form recently. But for him Everton’s position might be even less healthy. I trust that the Goodison club’s fall from grace is only a passing phase –that tomorrow will show them back at their best, with power on the wings, combination in the front line and more accuracy in their passing and shooting. Nothing gives a side more confidence than a solid win. One against Huddersfield may be just the tonic Everton need to give us football like we had at the back end of last season. There is a slight doubt about Doherty’s appearance due to a knock in the mid-week match, but it is hoped he will be fit. Everton (from); -Sagar; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Stevenson, Dodds, Fielding, Eglington. Huddersfield; Dring; Hayes, Barker; Green, Hepplewhite, Boot; Whittingham, Glazzard, Price, Doherty, Metcalfe.
EVERTON MARKSMEN MEET STERN DEFENCE
September 13, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Huddersfield Star Was Keeper Dring
Everton 1, Huddersfield 1
Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Huddersfield; Dring, goal; Hayes and Barker, backs; Green, Hepplewhite, and Boot, half-backs; Whittingham, Glazzard, Price, Thompson, and Metcalfe, forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Williams, (Bolton). There was another magnificent crowd at Goodison Park for the visit of Huddersfield Town. I should say the attendance was round the 45,000 mark. Many of them were disappointed that Doherty did not turn out for the visitors, as the Irish international is a popular figure on Merseyside. Thompson took his place, and this was the only change on the programme. Everton started on a bright note, and their opening movements were distinctly promising. Had they taken an early goal Huddersfield could not have quibbled for in the first few minutes Wainwright was perfectly placed to make one of his fiery drives. Unfortunately he only half hit his shot, and the ball went bouncing to Dring who was thankful of the opportunity to save.
The Town, however, were not long in showing that they had improved since last term, and Glazzard made a header which went close, from Metcalfe’s corner kick. Eglington cleverly collected a ball from Fielding and swept it right over to Mcllhatton, whose pass, however, was intercepted. The winger made some amends later with a perfectly judged corner kick, which the amateur goalkeeper and schoolmaster Dring caught confidently, although surrounded by players. Humphreys, with a back-header gave us a slight attack or nerves when Sagar, who had anticipated it, had to scramble back to save. Mcllhatton was getting the ball over perfectly, and one of his crosses brought trouble for the Huddersfield defence. Dodds could not quite make contact, but the ball went on to Eglington, who, having to take his shot quickly, could not find the true direction.
Everton were a much improved side to that which I had seen at Derby and Birmingham. They were keeping the ball “on the floor” and finding their man with rare accuracy. Furthermore there was a desire to shoot, and two efforts by Eglington brought out two saves by Dring. Then Fielding from the outside left position closed in menacingly, and shot with great deliberation, and power. Despite the angle he gave Dring a difficult handful. So hot was it, in fact, that the goalkeeper was only able to parry the ball, and then go on and complete the save. Dodds was responsible for a lovely movement of the feet which completely bamboozled the Huddersfield defenders but his final pass went astray. Price sent Whittingham away on the right, and when he centred Metcalfe closed in. He trapped the ball with great skill, only to find that he had no one to pass it to, and he could not make a shot as he was covered.
Farrell, Fielding, Eglington, and Dodds, got together in one combined movement which culminated in the centre-forward shooting hard and strong only to see Dring make the save. Sagar had little to do this half; such was the supremacy of the Everton team, and the strong defence, who needed, of Humphreys and company. He did have one awkward ball to save from Metcalfe who was only a matter of a few yards out when he scooped the ball round Saunders. Dodds made a long shot weak off the mark. I was glad to see some shooting for that way only can matches be won. Some of the brightness had gone out of the game, yet Bentham and Wainwright brought out a scheme, the speed of which was likely to carry Wainwright on to a more conclusive finish, but the Everton forward was brought down, and the free-kick was placed straight into Dring’s hands.
Dring was Defiant
Dring had so far defied the Everton shooting, and once again he held up an Eglington shot, delivered with precision by turning the ball round his upright. When one thinks of the Huddersfield of old, this present-day side look a very ordinary lot by comparison. Boot received a nasty cut on his left eye in a heading duel with Dodds, and the game was held up for a while he received attention. Everton resumed with an attack, Mcllhatton gained a corner, and Dring had to watch the flag-kick carefully as the ball dropped on top of the crossbar. Near the interval Bentham came up to join the ranks of Everton shooters and his shot was deflected by Hepplewhite, the ball going over.
Huddersfield went straight from this incident to the Everton goal area, but they could not penetrate the Everton defence. A dashing run by Wainwright heartened the Everton supporters. He went right through like a streak of lightning, looked a certain scorer until his shot hit the side netting. These were tense moments for the Town, and there were others to come, when Mcllhatton beat down the opposition, centred to Dodds, and only desperate defence on the part of Hayes saved the Town.
Half-time; Everton nil, Huddersfield Town nil.
Everton went straight into the attack in the second half, and Eglington showing a clean pair of heels to every Huddersfield man, finally pushed the ball over to Fielding, whose shot, a sort of lob, passed narrowly over the cross-bar. Huddersfield then showed us their best form of the match thus far. Glazzard from well out drove in a hard drive, which Sagar caught but could not hold. The ball dropped behind him, but, as quick as lightning, he pivoted round and made a wonder catch to make a save which was nothing short of brilliant.
Visitors Hit Back
Back went Everton, and Eglington made a run which took him right through the opposition ranks until he ran up against Barker just inside the penalty area. At this point of the game Huddersfield were enjoying a little more success. One round of passing between Price, Glazzard and Whittingham had the Everton defence on tender-hooks. This success gave the Town some heart and Metcalfe, receiving the ball well out on the wing, was allowed to work his way through the Everton defence via three defenders and then crack in an unstoppable shot from close range. This was at the hour. To say that this was a knock-out was only to put it mildly, for Everton had enjoyed 90 per cent, of the game up to this period. However, it is nothing new in football for a side to have all the play and then find themselves behind. For a few moments following this the goal put such fire into their play that they became a danger. Fielding almost snatched the equaliser with a capital effort. The goal undoubtedly acted as a tonic to Huddersfield. Formerly they had been easily held. Now they were giving Everton defence many anxious moments.
Two Chances Missed
Whittingham had a great chance of putting his side further ahead from a corner kick by Metcalfe. He elected to make a header, low down, instead of hitting the ball first time. A lot of the rhythm had gone out to the Everton side, and Price made a dainty flick with his back to the goal, the ball passing outside. Mcllhatton sent Wainwright away, and it looked as though there was going to be trouble in store for the Town defenders, but the inside right was collared by Hayes.
A free kick by Boot was nicely collected by Sagar, but there could be no denying at this point that Huddersfield were putting up a grim battle. Not that they were defenders alone, for when they launched an attack it always spelled danger for the Everton defence. Dodds found Hepplewhite a thorn in his path , and at this point Huddersfield looked more confident than at any other stage. Everton were trying all they knew to clear away their deficit, but they were not together as they had been in the first half, and Huddersfield looked the more likely scorers. They almost had a second when Price brushed his way through, but was finally dispossessed at the last moment. Near the end Everton made a final bid for an equaliser. They got a corner, and from it Dring made his first mistake. He missed Mcllhatton’s cross, but a colleague saved his face by clearing. Another corner, the last kick of the match practically. This prove fatal, for Barker handed Fielding’s shot as it was crossing the line, and a penalty was the result. Wainwright scoring with the last kick of the match. Final; Everton 1, Huddersfield Town 1.
HUDDERFIELD RESERVES V EVERTON RESERVES
September 13, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
With the game only three minutes old, Huddersfield went ahead. Reid snapped up a pass from Hutchinson and coolly placed the ball beyond the goalkeeper’s reach. Fifteen minutes from the interval Everton were award a penalty, but Jones shot wide. Catterick, however, equalised a few minutes later. Half-time; Huddersfield Res 1, Everton Reserves 1.
METCALFE’S SHOCK FOR EVERTON
September 13, 1947. The Evening Express
Many Misses at Goodison
Shooting Lacks Finish
It was a game of missed chances between Everton and Huddersfield Town at Goodison, today. Rarely can the Everton forwards have cast aside so many inviting scoring opportunities. Everton in the main dictated the play, but what shots they could produce were invariably aimed straight at Dring in the Huddersfield goal. Huddersfield, in their turn, were little better when it came to rounding off their attacks, but they took the lead after 60 minutes with a picture goal by left-winger Metcalfe, Town’s most trustful forward. Huddersfield Town’s hopes of success against Everton at Goodison Park today suffered a blow because of the inability of Peter Doherty to turn out. The Irish international inside-left received a back injury during midweek, and Thompson came in as deputy. Huddersfield again had the young Lincoln schoolmaster amateur Dring in goal. The Everton team was unchanged from that defeated by Aston Villa on Monday night. Despite the improvement in the weather, the attendance fell below expectations and had hardly reached the 40,000 mark at the start. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Huddersfield; Dring, goal; Hayes and Barker, backs; Green, Hepplewhite, and Boot, half-backs; Whittingham, Glazzard, Price, Thompson, and Metcalfe, forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Williams, (Bolton). Everton were first to make progress, Fielding opening the Huddersfield defence with a glorious cross-pass to Eglington. Dodds, however, was unable to connect with Eglington’s drop and Boot was able to come across and take possession. Again Everton went away, after Humphreys had foiled Price and Dodds served Wainwright with just the kind of through pass he likes. With only Dring to beat, Wainwright stubbed his toe and there was no power behind his shot, Dring saving without difficulty. In Huddersfield’s first raid of note, Saunders conceded a corner, from which Thompson flashed a header just wide of the post.
Metcalfe gave a glimpse of his ability when he had both Bentham and Saunders going the wrong way, but Price spoilt the movement by straying offside. After Dring had been applauded for a perfect leap catch from Mcllhatton’s corner there was a thrill in the Everton goalmouth when Humphreys blinded by the sun, back-headed almost out beyond Sagar’s reach. Sagar had to dive backwards twice, first to prevent the ball entering the net and then to avoid a corner. Away went Everton again, for Mcllhatton to outwit Barker cleverly and centre accurately, but Eglington’s header was wide of the target. Everton were not taking their chances convincingly. They had another great opportunity of taking the lead when, with the Huddersfield defence caught on the wrong leg, Mcllhatton went right through almost unchallenged, but only succeeded in flashing the ball across the face of the goal, where Hayes cracked the ball behind for an unproductive corner. Everton were having more of the game, but there was no denying the danger of Metcalfe whenever he gained possession. Thus far Dodds had not been finding the mark with his passes, but when he foraged effectively in midfield, Eglington took over to test Dring with a long-range drive which skidded on the hard surface. Yet again Everton refused a great chance when Fielding was sent away by Wainwright with the Huddersfield defenders claiming offside. Fielding worked his way to within eight yards of Dring and then shot weakly, straight at the Huddersfield goalkeeper. Huddersfield showed craft and speed in approach and there was a close call for Everton when Whittingham raced down the wing, and squared the ball invitingly for Metcalfe but the Huddersfield winger was just unable to make connection. Then Eglington took advantage of hesitancy by Hayes, dispossessed him and ran on to bring Dring in to action again, but as had happened to all the other Everton shooting efforts so far Eglington’s shot was delivered straight at Dring.
Dodd’s Snap Shot
There was certainly plenty of action and incident in a fast game, and Dring had to scramble full length to deal with a Dodds’ snap-shot. Metcalfe would be denied, and it took the combined efforts of Sagar and Saunders to prevent him giving Huddersfield the lead from Glazzard’s low pass. Farrell was brilliant both in defence and in the constructive use he made of the ball in creating defensive openings for his forwards, but with Dodds having an unhappy time, there was a distinct lack of finish. Huddersfield also were indecisive in front of goal, and Metcalfe once cut in and went through on his own, only to shoot wildly well off the target. The best move of the match to date came when Fielding completely “sold the dummy” to Green, transferred to Dodds, took possession of the returned pass, and let go with a fiery drive which Dring only turned round the post with the greatest difficulty. The game was held up several minutes while Boot received attention and emerged with a plaster over his left eye. Mcllhatton gave Dring a fright when he landed a corner almost on top of the bar, and then it was lucky for Huddersfield that Hepplewhite managed to divert a long-range drive from Bentham which had “goal” written all over it and seemed likely to provide the answer to the chant from the Boys pen; “We want goals.”! The Huddersfield goal certainly bore a charmed existence, for when Wainwright broke through he rattled the upright and flung up his arms in disappointment as the ball rolled harmlessly behind for a goal-kick.
Half-time; Everton 0, Huddersfield Town 0.
A sinuous run by Eglington, followed by a Fielding shot which almost shaved the crossbar, marked the early stages of the resumption. When Humphreys and Greenhalgh both decided to leave it to each other, they almost let in Whiitingham, but Greenhalgh covered cleverly. The ball went clear to Glazzard, who brought out to the best in Sagar with a deceptive cross-shot which Sagar required two bites at before gaining complete possession, as Price dashed in. Again Eglington came into the picture with a clever solo run, during which he beat three Town defenders and it was fortunate for Huddersfield that barker was alive to the danger and tackled Eglington successfully just as he was about to finish off a great effort. Huddersfield were as indecisive as Everton when they got within striking distance of Sagar. They made ground cleverly, but were unable to shoot. Everton threw in everything they knew now, but again Huddersfield escaped as Fielding sent Eglington away. Eglington flashed the ball harmlessly across the goal, with Dodds standing waiting for the pass, which assuredly must have brought the much desired goal. Then Dring had to leave his goal in a hurry to beat Wainwright for possession by a matter of inches. Just when it seemed that neither attack could produced a goal-worthy shot, Huddersfield, rather against the run of play, took the lead after sixty minutes. It was a brilliant individual effort by Metcalfe, undoubtedly Huddersfield’s most enterprising forward which did the trick. He had the Everton defence “on the collar” and went through as he liked, to shoot into the top of the net from point blank range, with Sagar a helpless spectator. There was further danger to Everton when the defence stood still and allowed Price to keep the ball in play and try an up-field pass, but this time Sagar was not tested. Farrell was still striving mightily to put the Everton forwards on the goal trail, and they certainly came near when Fielding took over from Farrell and cracked a left-footer into the side netting from close in. Huddersfield’s with the advantage in their possession, were not having more of the game, for Everton seemed reduced to a lifeless, discouraged force, and just could not find their man with their passes. Dodds made a valiant effort to force away through on his own, but had to give way before weight of numbers. Successive free kicks to Huddersfield produced no tangible return, and there was little now to rouse the spectators to enthusiasm. Passes being almost equally remiss, while there was far too much aimless booting of the ball towards no particular objective. Everton had their chances in the last moments of the game but were still shot-shy. However, almost on the final whistle, in a sensational finish following a Mcllhatton corner, Everton were awarded a penalty for hands against one of the Huddersfield defenders and from this Wainwright equalised for Everton. No sooner had the ball entered the net than the final whistle blew. Final; Everton 1, Huddersfield 1.
EVERTON SIGNED CYRIL F. LELLO
February 13, 1947. The Evening Express
By Pilot (Don Kendall)
Everton today signed from Shrewsbury Town at a substantial fee, Cyril F. Lello, a 23-year-old forward who can play in any of the three inside forwards position. Everton manager, Mr. Theo Kelly who completed negotiations this morning, regards Lello as an acquisition, for a number of other First Division clubs, were angling for this well built young player, who hails from Shrewsbury and has recently been released from H.M. forces. Lello, is 5ft 9ins and weighs 11st 6lbs.
TEAM SPIRIT THAT IS WORTH MORE THAN GOLD
September 13, 1947. The Evening Express
A Trip With Everton;
Alex Stevenson the Fun marker
By Pilot (Don Kendall)
These are the days of the £15,000 transfer fee, but there is one player right here on Merseyside whose worth to his club is priced at double that amount –a player whose transfer cost less than £3,000. I refer to Alex Stevenson, Everton’s Irish international inside-left. Were Everton offered £30,000 for Stevenson they would refuse – promptly. The man who lines the terraces knows Stevenson for his immense abilities as a footballer, but to get a true assessment of his worth it is necessary to go behind the scenes. Then and only then, can one really appreciate what a golden asset is this little wizard from Dublin, who admits that he almost made one mistake in his life. That was when Everton sought his transfer from Glasgow Rangers. All terms and details had been arranged, but Alex when it came to the point, refused to sign. Three days later Alex did sign, and he said to me; “It was a darned good job I changed my mind.” Everton feel that way too. Stevenson is a remarkable ,man. When he came home after service in India, he said to me that he though Football League days were behind him, but here he is playing as well as ever. A man of boundless energy, Stevenson is the man who keeps the Everton spirit flying high when things are running ill.
It happened as we came back from Villa Park last Monday, after a tour which was a great success, despite the fact that it brought neither points nor goals. To be with Everton after the 3-0 defeat at Villa Park was an experiment worth having. I have had similar experiences with the Goodisonites for who could forget the “We’ll do better next time” spirit of the officials and players returning from Middlesbrough once after a 6-0 defeat, and when the chant “Eight bells and all’s well” became a by-word? It was like that on Monday, for wee Alec quickly had the party in a merry mood with his quips gags and songs. You would have imagined that Everton had just won the cup. Rollicking songs practical jokes, friendly banter –everyone joined in from Chairman Dr. Cecil Baxter, Directors Ernest Green, Fred Lake and Harold Williams downwards. It became a big happy party all started by a player worth his weight in gold, and with a heart of gold. This attitude of “hence loathed melancholy” is encouraged, nay contributed to, by Secretary-Manager Mr. Theo Kelly, who has the support of the directors in ensuring that only a happy team cam command success, Mr. Green, who travels to practically every match, is as keen on a joke as the youngest member of the party. Laughingly, Mr. Green said to me; “I’ll never grow up.” He never will while continuing in the company of Alex Stevenson and his “Merry makers.”
The lads are never safe from his (Stevenson’s) “attentions.” Ask Coach Thomson for conformation. But, there is no more popular player in the dressing-room. Alex’s spontaneous song to the tune of “Bless’Em All” is masterly. These Everton boys may have to take it on the chin now and again but their team spirit is unshakable. Each and everyone is a loyalists 100 per cent and believe me they are natural humorists. Throughout the whole trip I heard not one word of criticism or a grumble, and the way in which the lads joined in the attempt to repair the broken down motor coach was amazing. Dominoes have now superseded cards with the players but the “solo school,” headed by Mr. Green, continues it’s merry way. Yes, a tour to remember and foreign home the lesson that officials and players possessed of such club mindedness and sense of humour as those of Everton simply cannot fail.
LAST KICK WAS FROM PENALTY SPOT
September 15, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Dramatic Everton Draw
By Ernest Edwards (“Bee)
Everton 1, (Wainwright), Huddersfield Town 1 (Metcalfe)
There was more drama than delight in the equality Everton gained. Time had nearly run out when a corner kick led to Fielding swerving a step and shooting. The ball, certain to enter goal, was handled away. Wainwright by the ruling of an expert referee, Mr. J. Williams (aided by sound linesmen –one a former player of standing), was allowed sufficient time to shoot from the spot and score. That was the drama; what had gone before was drab. Many left before with the feeling that this formation could not score. Others stayed to shout their desires and the club’s alleged needs towards the directorial places. Huddersfield had taken the lead with a delicious goal to Metcalfe, their flighty winger, who caused Saunders much trouble all day. Their second half display was so superior that many forgot Everton’s first half ability and strength. Spectators, not given to note-taking, cannot hope to remember ninety minutes. What is latest is important to them and here Huddersfield, without the aid of the genius Doherty, were riding to victory with assured step and appreciable combination.
Cause and Effect
Everton’s older members must loathe the dry field. The pace of the ball and the opposition is too much for them. Dodds tried his utmost to outwit a tall, lanky Hepplewhite who, playing scrupulously subdued his man. This meant the home attack went out of joint. Passes strayed in the second half with irritating frequency. Huddersfield’s wing half-backs were always linking with the forwards, and guide promised goals. Per contra Everton’s half-backs were happy to remove danger and had little time to feed their comrades. After a splendid first half effort against the third team goalkeeper, schoolmaster Dring who saved half-a-dozen sound shots. Everton began to meanerise themselves. The simple pass never appeared to enter their thoughts everything must be done with a twirl and a whirl and on the wing with a flourishing foot the other defence getting together and crowding out individualism without much difficulty. Eglington made a single-handled run which appealed to the crowd, tried of the misplaced pass. But at a given point however, the Irish boy could have transferred the ball to an unmarked co-forward and a goal must have been the result. Other forwards angled lashed out when an inward pass might have been wiser.
Everton have lost touch and confidence. Maybe the cry will be “Hello Lello.” Lello being the Merseyside boy of promise. Certain is it that after they had played some stirring football first half they became commoners in the second half with nothing but a Wainwright penalty goal to save them. Oddly enough, Sagar’s best save was from Humphreys also dependable who headed backwards knowing the skill if not the position of Sagar. Dring and Sagar had their main difficulties in the first half, at which point Everton went out of joint and Huddersfield were refreshingly neat and sharp to their combined moves. Everton could learn something from the Yorkshire side, whose backs were the better the more stoutly defensive and sure in kick, while the half backs had poise and pleasant methods for seeing their attacking comrades moving up. Fielding’s cross-field pass and Wainwright impressive chasing should be allied to motives, which come so readily by means of combined forces rather than solo-flights. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Dodds, Fielding, and Eglington, forwards. Huddersfield; Dring, goal; Hayes and Barker, backs; Green, Hepplewhite, and Boot, half-backs; Whittingham, Glazzard, Price, Thompson, and Metcalfe, forwards. Referee; Mr. J. Williams, (Bolton).
• Huddersfield Reserves 2, Everton Reserves 2
• Liverpool lost 1-0 against Portsmouth, Reid Scoring.
MAY HAVE AUTOMATIC GATE CALCULATORS
September 15, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton and Liverpool football directors are considering installing the new £1,500 automatic calculators, so that crowds may be better controlled. This is the latest move in the policy of preventing over-crowding. Derby County have the machine operation already, and find that at their small ground it is of inestimable value. The machine records exactly how many people are in the various parts of the ground at any given moment, and so the entry of spectators into the ground can be regulated. Officials of both clubs have inspected the new invention and may decide on installation, if only to keep a firm control on crowds. However, at both Anfield and Goodison Park things have run pretty smoothly, and the systems employed in checking numbers are excellent.
Loss of yet another home point –and very nearly two –was a bitter disappointment to the 40,622 spectators who saw Everton promise much but produce little against Huddersfield Town (writes Radar). And once again it all boils down to inability to take chances once the openings have been created. Everton’s approach work in the first half was of the highest order, with Farrell prompting brilliantly and Fielding scheming delightfully. On the balance of play, Huddersfield could not have complained had Everton been five or six goals ahead by the interval. As it was only a penalty goal scored by Wainwright with the last kick of the game enabled a point to be saved. Wingers Eglington and Mcllhatton invariably beat their man during the opening half, but when it came to finishing off their work it was a different matter. Both should have had goals. Wainwright has struck an unlucky spell with his shooting. Dodds had one of those games when nothing came off for him –primarily because of inaccurate passing –and even Fielding failed with a takeable chance. In the second half the intermediates seemed to become discouraged by the failure of their forward colleagues to strike oil” Bentham lacked his usual direction in passing, Saunders was never really happy against the wily Metcalfe and Greenhalgh also fell away after the turn-round. Humphreys kept a strict hold on Price, while Sagar was his usual wholly reliable self.
A NARROW SQUEAK
September 15, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Everton will never avoid defeat by a narrower margin than they did against Huddersfield, for it was literally the last kick of the game which brought them a point. My watch showed referee Williams already allowing a minute extra time in the second half –due to stoppages –when Everton got the penalty award which Wainwright converted. In that respect Everton were fortunate, but on balance of play they were worth a draw, being neither the worse nor the better of two very ordinary sides. One point was as much as either deserved. Once again Everton flattered to deceive, in the first half they produced some lively and attractive approach play, finished off with a fair proportation of shots, though more were generously and needlessly directed straight at Huddersfield’s goalkeeper, thus lightening the task of amateur Dring, who gave an excellent display and only once was at fault. In this period Everton did not spoil their moves with useless embroidery. They went out for making maximum progress with minimum effort, thanks chiefly to the grand way Fielding served up his crossfield passes. Unfortunately many moves petered out at the most promising stage through faulty passing.
Blues Faded Out
Everton deserved to be in front, at the interval. Fielding had gone near with a hot shot which Dring netted down and cleared; Bentham had a another deflected by Hepplewhite and Wainwright had hit the side netting after missing the chance of the match in the first five minute, when a goal might have set Everton firmly on the victory trial. Against these efforts, Huddersfield produced not a single shot worthy of mention up to the interval. At the hour came Metcalfe’s goal, almost a replica in execution of that Wainwright scored against Blackpool a fortnight ago, and from that point onwards until the last five minutes Huddersfield always looked the more likely to score of two sides which rarely appeared dangerous. Everton’s last-minute assaults and penalty goal has already been mentioned. In between the goals there were periods of aimless and desultory play with enabled spectators to take their eyes off the field and fill in the half-time score without danger of missing anything worth seeing. Fielding, Wainwright and Metcalfe were the only forwards to shine, what honours there were otherwise going to defenders. Farrell had a good game, Humphreys was always where the fight was thickest, wading in with great gusto, and Sagar did the little he had to do with complete confidence, including a fine save from Glazzard’s shot – the best of the day –at the second attempt. I may be wrong, but it seems to me, at the moment that Everton’s greatest need is confidence. They seen so desperately anxious that they are falling into the errors they are striving to avoid, and not fitting together as a team. Certainly there are weakness much the same in some cases as at this period last season, but I fancy that the confidence which comes from a couple of good wins might do much to remedy them.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS RESERVES 1, EVERTON RESERVES 3
September 16, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton deserved their victory over Wolverhampton in the Central league game at Molinuex Park. Lello signed from Shrewsbury, capped a good display for Everton by scoring two goals. Catterick scored the other goal with a low drive. All the scoring took place in the second half. Dunn netted for the Wanderers.
September 17, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton make three changes for the game against Aston Villa at Goodison Park tonight (kick-off 6pm). Harry Catterick takes over leadership of the attack in place of Dodds, while Stevenson deputises for Wainwright, whose Army duties prevent him from turning out. Hedley makes his first appearance with the seniors this season, coming in at right back for Saunders. Everton; Sagar; Hedley, Greenhalgh; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Catterick, Fielding, Eglington
SAGAR WAS THE STAR
September 18, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Everton 3 (Fielding 2, Moss o.g), Aston Villa 0
There have been grumblings among the Everton supporters, but I am sure there was great satisfaction over last night’s display. It was something like Everton football, although it was not quite top-class. Everton carried too many guns for the Midlanders. They had pace and control and ripped the Villa defence. Slowness among the forwards has been one of Everton’s big faults. They could not be faulted on that score last night. They whipped round the Villa backs with steady football that bodes well for the future. Yet for all that, it was Sagar who had to make the best saves of the night. For a spell of fifteen minutes he stood like a sentinel, defying the Villa. His save of Dorsett’s free kick was great, and he followed with saves from Parkes and Ford.
It was a Sagar in a “No they shall not pass,” mood at a time when Villa were extremely threatening. He must have broken the hearts of the shooters. Catterick has brought more speed to the attack, and there was more liveliness about Everton’s play. True, two of their goals were of the streaky type. Rutherford had saved Fielding’s shot when challenged by Mcllhatton, who put the ball back for Fielding to crack into the net. Three minutes later Fielding, who took up a Farrell pass again scored. One minute from the interval Stevenson collected the ball near the goal-line and swept it across the Villa goal. Rutherford dived but missed, and Moss sent it into his own net. Rutherford made a daring save when driving at Stevenson’s feet. He had previously been hurt, and in the second half, he collapsed as he was about to field the ball. He recovered to make many nice saves, but Everton were in charge of the game. Teams;- Everton; Sagar, goal; Hedley and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Stevenson, Catterick, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Aston Villa; Rutherford, goal; Potts, and Cummings, backs; Dorsett, Moss and Parkes, half-backs; Edwards, Dixon, Ford, Lowe, and Smith, forwards. Referee; Mr. S. McCarthy.
• Liverpool lost 2-0 against Charlton, Fenton and McCrea.
JONES ASKS FOR TRANSFER
September 18, 1947. The Liverpool Post
T.G. Jones, Everton’s Welsh international centre-half who has been out of the first team this season, has asked to be placed on the transfer list. The directors considered his request at Tuesday night’s meeting, but turned it down. Jones is understood to have renewed his request. It will be recalled that he asked to be transferred last march, but on that occasion also the board refused his request.
September 18, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Everton returned to winning vein against Aston Villa at Goodison Park last night by soundly defeating a clever, attractive Aston Villa force (writes Radar). That they did so in a much improved display was in the main due to three factors –splendid team work, the undimished brilliance of the never-ageing Ted Sagar, and the brilliant opportunism of Wally Fielding. Territorially speaking, there was not three goals difference between these teams. In the second half, for example, Villa had considerably more to the game, threatening at times to over-run an Everton defence which, however, stood firm and in, which young Hedley showed up exceptionally well against the wily Leslie Smith, Ford and company shot hard and often after clever creation of openings, but Sagar defied them to the end. Describing Ted’s work these days makes a great call in one’s supply of superlatives. At least six saves in the second half bordered on the uncanny. Fielding again and again had the Villa defence bamboozled, particularly before the interval. His first goal (21 minutes) was a cute lob into the empty net after Mcllhatton’s persistence had caused Rutherford to drop the ball. His second was a shot “out of the bag’ from fully 30 yards which left Rutherford standing. Dorsett, the Villa right half, could never cope with this Fielding menace, strong on the ball, tricky and accurate in disposal. The Third and final goal came hard on the interval, when the much harassed Moss turned the ball into his own goal. Catterick’s liveliness and persistence were always a danger to the Villa defence, and his introduce certainty added speed to an Everton attack which was a little inclined to rest on its laurels in the second half. Eglington and Mcllhatton were effective wingers, while Alex Stevenson was always in the picture with shrewd touches and clever distribution. Humphreys closed the down-the-middle path effectively to the alert Ford, and Farrell and Bentham were industrious wing halves always on top of their job. Greenhalgh was sound and fearless and all-in-all that was an Everton in much more encouraging mood.
Tommy Jones has again expressed the desire to leave Everton. Unable to gain his place in the first team, Jones has for the third time renewed his request to be placed on the transfer list, but the directors have refused his request.
JONES ASKS FOR TRANSFER
September 18, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Welsh International Wants to get Back to senior Football
Tommy Jones, Everton Welsh International centre-half, has again asked to be place on the transfer list. His request has been turned down by the board but Jones has asked the directors to reconsidered their decision. Few folk will be greatly surprised at this news. It is a fairly logical outcome of the g=fact that Jones now seems to have lost his first-team place for good. There is no question of “dissatisfaction” about his latest request. When he asked to go on the list last March, Jones made no secret about not being happy at Goodison. The misunderstandings were later ironed out, and only a fortnight ago Tommy himself told me that nobody could have done more than Manager Theo Kelly to endeavour to make him comfortable. The truth is that Jones feels that he is good enough to command a regular place in some First Division sides. I think everybody will agree with that. He has no grouse about not being in Everton senior team. On the contrary, he is the first to pay tribute to the effective manner in which Humphreys fills the pivotal position. But he has his own future to consider, and cannot contemplate with equanimity apparently unlimited “banishment” to Central league games, knowing full well that plenty of senior clubs would be glad of his services. It is an invidious position for the player, and an equally awkward one for the club, Everton naturally want to keep him. Football has all too few man of his skill and stylish artistry and the club would far rather have his name on their books than the money it would bring on a dotted line. There the matter rests for the moment. I gather from an outside source that the player is really anxious this time to make a break. Before he was not so keen, feeling that by now he might have been back as a regular first teamer.
There was hardly a football manager, club director or player in the length of the land who didn’t take a deep breath last night and say “Thank goodness that’s over.” The few who didn’t are the odd Third Divisioners who have still one more midweek game to play. But for the vast majority the heat is off, and after Saturday’s they can get down to the ordinary schedule. And not before time. It has been a hectic opening. The hard grounds have brought a bigger crop of injuries than ever before, players are footsore and weary, and results have fluctuated from the mildly sensational to the frankly crazy. That Everton got both points from Aston Villa last night was gratifying, but if the board are lulled thereby into a feeling that at last all is well I’m afraid they’ll be basking in false security. The plain fact is that Villa, on that showing are the poorest side we’ve seen this season, that two of Everton’s goals were grits and the other might have been saved. Everton were certainly better than they have been, but they’ve a good bit to go yet, Catterick revitalised the attack which was livelier and more menacing than in previous games, but apart from the goals they got they seldom looked like scoring. The first was a gift when Rutherford allowed Mcllhatton to take a ball which Mac should never have smelled and give Fielding a “sitter” and the third Moss put through his own goal. Fielding’s other, was a brilliant shot, but from long range, and Rutherford was slow to jump to it. Villa were woefully weak in nearly all links. Rutherford normally sound, was much below par even before he was hurt, Cummings was the best of a poor defence which showed shakiness right from the start, the halves never linked up with the attack, and the forwards were at sixes and sevens for all bar one brief period in the second half, when Sagar’s brilliant goalkeeping broke their hearts as they strove desperately to reduce the deficit. Don’t think I’m being grudging in praise in saying all this. Far from it. Everton won handsomely and with ease, and nobody was more pleased than the writer. But that doesn’t alter the fact that they had little to beat, and that it would be as well to wait before building castles in the air on the strength of this one victory. Having said that let me give credit to the forwards for an improved display to Catterick for his lively leadership, to Hedley for a steady show, and to all the rest who helped to put the Blues sixth from top. This win should give them more confidence which has been one of the main things lacking hitherto.
BLUES V BLUES
September 19, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
It will be a case of Blues v. Blues at Stamford Bridge, for Chelsea wear Everton’s “strip,” and so the Merseysides will have to change. Everton’s only doubt is whether captain Norman Greenhalgh, will be recovered from injury. Should Norman not be able to play, Saunders fills the position as partner to Jack Hedley. Wainwright returns to inside right. Everton will be out to record their third win of the season –against a side which won well at Sunderland on Wednesday and who obviously have made experiments pay. Stanford Bridge is not a lucky ground for Everton, but a repetition of their midweek form should ensure at least one point. Everton; Sagar; Hedley, Greenhalgh or Saunders; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Eglington.
MONEY NO SHORT CUT
September 19, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Everton visit Chelsea, who may not have as many “Macs” in their side as Blackpool but have more Scots on their books than any other First Division team, about seventeen in all, not counting Manager Billy Burrell. Everton’s task will be lightened by the absence of Lawton, on duty for England, and if the Goodison lads can serve up the same virility to attack as against Villa –plus a little more accurate shooting –and equal solidity in defence, they stand a good chance of a draw possibly even victory, for Chelsea are not a particularly forceful combination these days. Individually. Chelsea have the stars Dan Winter, John Harris, Tommy Walker, Len Goulden, and Tommy Lawton are all of international vintage, but collectively they haven’t struck the all-conquering blend that Chelsea set out to build on the gold-standard backs. I fancy Everton’s defence will be good enough to checkmate Chelsea’s forwards, so that it may boil down to a question of their shooting ability. Here’s hoping for another victory. Everton; Sagar; Hedley, Greenhalgh or Saunders; Bentham, Humphreys, Farrell; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding, Eglington.
EVERTON LACK RHYTHM
September 20, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Lawton’s Deputy Shines in Duels With Defence
Chelsea 3, Everton 1
Two bad misses by Everton made all the difference. On football balance they were as good as Chelsea. Hedley’s injury disorganised the Blues. Chelsea;- Robertson, goal; Winter and Bathgate, backs; Walker, Harris and Foss, half-backs; Dolding, Bowie, Armstrong, Goulden, and McGuiness, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Hedley and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. F.C Green (Wolverhampton). The visit of Everton to Stamford Bridge was a big attraction and a nice sized crowd was present. It was a glorious day and the ground trod splendidly. Two Everton directors, Merres, F. Lake and Harold Williams came with the party, but were not present at the match. You must come to your own conclusions but they were not on pleasure-bent you may be assured. With the exception of Wainwright for Stevenson, Everton played the same team as that which defeated Aston Villa, Chelsea made a number of experiments, chief of them being Walker as a half-back. Armstrong took Lawton’s place in the centre. Armstrong is, of course, a half-back. With the Arsenal at home there was a reduced attendance, yet there would be over 40,000 people present to see Everton launch an attack and Wainwright make a shot which did not have the necessary power behind it to defeat Robertson. Another minute and Bentham had tested the Chelsea keeper with a strong free kick. Robertson pulling the ball down and saving at the second attempt. Everton attacked for some moments and then Armstrong was beaten by a clever back-heel, but the danger was not disposed of. Dolding backed up, with the result that play was transferred cross-field and Goulden who had returned to the Chelsea side after a long absence, would have taken a goal but for the magnificent one-handed save by Sagar, who turned the hard drive round the post.
Armstrong was filling Lawton’s place with a liveliness that caused Everton some troublesome moments. There are, by the way, no developments concerning Lawton at the moment. Farrell gave Robertson a straight shot to field, and Armstrong followed suit when he shot straight at Sagar. Two pass-backs by Humphreys caused a gasp among the Chelsea supporters. It need not have done for there was no danger.
Sagar’s Ready Hands
Most of Everton’s drive was down the middle, and so far the wings had not been properly exploited. Dolding shot outside from a scorable position, and Wainwright, from a free-kick was wide of the mark. McGuiness tried to beat Hedley once too often and fell a victim to the Everton back, and Goulden hooked a shot into Sagar’s ready hands. There was some good football on show, but Everton were not quite so rhythmic as they were against the Villa. Farrell who gave the “dummy” to two Chelsea challengers found the third one more alert. Mcllhatton tried to dispossess the goalkeeper, as he did on Wednesday but the referee ruled against him. A Mcllhatton move gave Catterick the opportunity to produce a long-range shot. At 25 minutes Chelsea took the lead with a goal by Goulden. Armstrong made the opening and just as the Chelsea inside-left shot, someone ran right across Sagar’s vision. Chelsea started to play with more confidence than ever. Five minutes later Armstrong from a long way out, made a “toe-ender,” and the ball went sizzling into the net. It was as much a surprise to Sagar as it was to Armstrong. Mcllhatton lobbed one ball into the Chelsea goal and Robertson was only able to kick clear as Catterick bounced down on him. It was raining heavily at this point. Two goals had given Chelsea a secure feeling, and when Dolding centred, Goulden dropped knee-high to head straight for the Everton goal and Sagar. Chelsea almost took a third goal when Armstrong “placed” McGuinness. Sagar advancing to close down the angle McGuiness lobbed the ball over his head and it just shaved the cross-bar. Five minutes from the interval Everton reduced their deficit. Wainwright started the movement, and Fielding over on the right dropped a beautiful ball close in to the goal. Catterick was there to connect, and his header passed over Harris’s head and into the net. The equaliser looked on when Wainwright broke through, but he kicked the ball over. A corner by Mcllhatton grazed the face of the crossbar, Robertson finally edging the ball away.
Half-time; Chelsea 2, Everton 1
Chelsea went into the attack immediately in the second half and took a non-productive corner. Then Eglington got his first pass of the game and utilising his speed seemed likely to outpace Walker who, however, got him in the end. Hedley strode forward with a ball and then delivered a centre which went straight to Robertson.
Good Moves Peter Out
In the main play was mostly midfield for a few minutes until Bowie completely miskicked and then shot behind. Hedley was taken to the touchline with an injury. Foss, Goulden and Bowie got together in a movement which promised well but petered out. A much better bit of collaboration was that between Mcllhatton and Catterick, which ended in the latter shooting narrowly over. Hedley was off for five minutes just in time to see Armstrong head outside. Catterick made a headed pass when set Eglington off. The Irishman overcome a tackle, by winter, collected the ball, and pushed it inside to Mcllhatton who was offered a gift goal. He miskicked badly and so the equaliser did not arrive as it should have done.
Chelsea on Top
A shot by McGuiness was deflected over the bar by Farrell and at this stage, Chelsea were striving desperately hard to secure a more consolidated lead. They got it at 70 minutes when Winter, at outside left, put across a centre which Sagar pushed up and as the ball came down he tried to punch it away, but Anderson came up and rushed the ball into the net. Final; Chelsea 3, Everton 1. Attendance 41,249.
EVERTON RES V BURY RES
September 20, 1947, The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton were early the predominant side. Grieves the Bury keeper having an early task. Bury made periodical raids, but found the Welsh international, Tommy Jones in great form. After 35 minutes Higgins put Everton ahead, and before the interval Everton further increased their lead through Owen and Higgins. Half-time –Everton Res 3, Bury Res, nil. In the second half, the Bury ‘keeper saved from Lello, Higgins and Grant. T. Jones kept the Bury forwards at bay. Final; Everton Res 4, Bury Res 1
EVERTON SKILFUL, BUT UNLUCKY
September 20, 1947. The Evening Express
Chelsea Score Goal Against Run of Play
Chelsea two goals in five minutes shock against Everton at Stamford Bridge and kept the Blues fighting a fine uphill battle. Everton proved the more versatile side, but a little too inclined for up-the-middle approach. Catterick reduced the lead with his first goal of the season before half-time, and after Chelsea were desperate defenders against a much more progressive team, in which Fielding was the scintillating star. Norman’s groin injury had mended well, and so he continued in partnership with Jack Hedley. Chelsea made the experiment of playing Scottish International Tommy Walker at right-half, while young Armstrong, Tommy Lawton’s pal, deputised as leader of the attack. Messrs, Ernest Green, Jack Sharp, and Harold Williams made the trip. Messrs Lake and W.R. Williams were not at the game, however, and were off on a scouting mission to Leyton. Staying at Everton’s headquarters are the Russian chess champions, and President De Valera’s secretarial staff. Chelsea; - Robertson, goal; Winter and Bathgate, backs; Walker, Harris and Foss, half-backs; Dolding, Bowie, Armstrong, Goulden, and McInnes, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Hedley and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. F.C Green (Wolverhampton).
Everton opened skilfully Wainwright making a long run, to end with a shot from just inside the penalty area, which Robertson took low down. Wainwright tried to burst through again, but was brought down, and Robertson was correctly placed to take Bentham’s fiery free kick.
A free kick gave Chelsea the initiative, and after some purposeful manoeuvring by Armstrong, Gordon sprang in with a low swerving shot, at which Sagar dived to turn around the post. The Blues’ defence was nicely co-ordinated and Catterick and Fielding soon had Chelsea worried. The attack ended when Farrell dribbled through to shoot inches over. It was even, entertaining football, with Sagar saving a fast one from Armstrong and Robertson safe behind Fielding’s left-footer. Catterick was clean through when bumped just outside the area, but Wainwright’s free kick went outside. The ground was in better condition than any I have seen this season, and Everton were showing up excellently. A short corner by McInnes brought no danger, for Sagar was there to take command at each call. Chelsea took the lead after 20 minutes against the run of play, for Robertson had just saved from Catterick and the ball was cleared to Armstrong who had moved to outside right. Armstrong centred, and just at the crucial moment someone crossed Sagar’s line of vision and Gordon was able to dart in and head the ball home. Worse was to follow, for Armstrong increased Chelsea’s lead at the half hour –a travesty of a score in view of the play. The ball had rebounded luckily to Armstrong, standing 20 yards out, and he to ended the ball almost in speculative manner. Sagar leapt across but was too late.
Robertson dashed out to kick away as Catterick went in to cash in on a Mcllhatton centre, put now the Chelsea defenders were too quick in their tackling to give the Everton forwards time to get in a shot. McInnes nipped through to a choice pass and grazed the top of the bar, and then Everton went away to reduce the lead in 40 mins, through Catterick. Wainwright made ground at outside right and then pushed the ball along to Fielding, who had come right across. Fielding turned almost on the goal line and lobbed over a fine centre for Catterick to leap higher than Harris and head the ball home by the far post. Just as Everton should have been level, Fielding lobbed the ball through, for Wainwright to go on unattended, but the quick shot went over. Chelsea were in a panic, and from Mcllhatton’s corner the ball grazed the front of the bat before Harris headed over as a safely measure.
Half-time; Chelsea 2, Everton 1.
In the first half Everton could be faulted only in a refusal to bring the wingers into play, but on resuming Eglington received his first ball of the day –after 47 minutes. Fielding was having another great game, and only a sharp tackle by Winter held him up after another deceptive run through, while Hedley was at the touch line receiving attention to a leg injury. Mcllhatton –over on the left –and Eglington worked out a chance for Catterick to go on and skim the bar from an acme angle. Hedley came back limping after five minutes.
Everton missed a glorious chance of equalising at the hour after heavy pressure. Following the best passing movement of the day, Eglington slipped the ball back for the in-running Mcllhatton who, however, missed the ball. Hedley had to go to outside right, with Bentham as full-back. Wainwright at right half and Mcllhatton inside. Humphreys was defying the roving Armstrong splendidly, but in the 70th min, Chelsea scored again. Winter, who had gone to outside left, lobbed over a dangerous centre, which Sagar turned against the underside of the bar, and as it dropped Armstrong dropped it into the net. It may seem fantastic, but had the score been reversed it would have represented a true picture of the merits of the sides in field work. Final –Chelsea 3, Everton 1.
Everton Res v. Bury Reserves
The second half saw the Blues in competent mood, the Bury custodian being pepped with shots from all quarters. T.G. Jones played his usual role and had the Bury forwards well tied up.
Everton are reviving their annual match with the Army, and oppose the pick of the Army at Aldershot on Monday October 27 following their visit to Arsenal.
EVERTON WERE GOOD –TO THE SHOT STAGE
September 22, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Chelsea 3, Everton 1.
Chelsea took their chances Everton did not. That was the principal difference between the sides. In cold print 3-1 looks convincing but Everton should have had two certainties. Fate is usually unkind to the club which scorns her gifts. It is a long time since I saw two such simple chances cast to the winds. Even with Chelsea leading 201, at the interval I had faith in Everton’s football, and thought they would eventually win. A serious bow to Everton –Hedley twisted an ankle and had to go out on the wing –completely disorganised the side which petered out to nothing. Chelsea were good on the ball; at getting it and working a position they were not better than Everton; in fact the latter played better class football.
Everton had first chance to chalk up a goal. Having refused, Chelsea moved forward and Goulden, still a power, shot a goal with Sagar unsighted and some of the Everton defence anticipating an “offside” decision which did not arrive. That was at 25 minutes. Five minutes later Armstrong struck a bow at venture shot and Sagar was beaten again. Just before the interval Fielding veered over the right wing and centred close in. Catterick took the ball on his head and steered it over Harris and into the net. Everton were back in the game with a chance. Then came Mcllhatton’s miss. Eglington had run round all opposition and slipped the ball back to the Scot, who kicked over the ball with all the goal gaping at him. A goal then –the equaliser –would undoubtedly have knocked the spirit out of Chelsea.
Sagar has dealt with some brilliant shots this season and has never made a single error. His first semblance of a mistake provided Armstrong with the third goal. Sagar had punched Winter’s centre against his crossbar and then attempted to punch it away as it rebounded, but Armstrong was there to rush the ball over the line. The defence was the best part of the Everton team, for there was the old lack of punch forward. In Chelsea Armstrong was a good substitute for Lawton. Bowie a lively forward, but the big man for the Chelsea side was Walker, who made an excellent debut as a half-back. Chelsea;- Robertson, goal; Winter and Bathgate, backs; Walker, Harris and Foss, half-backs; Dolding, Bowie, Armstrong, Goulden, and McInnes, forwards. Everton; Sagar, goal; Hedley and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Bentham, Humphreys, and Farrell, half-backs; Mcllhatton, Wainwright, Catterick, Fielding and Eglington, forwards. Referee; Mr. F.C Green (Wolverhampton).
• Liverpool drew 0-0 Bolton
CHELSEA WOULD LIKE TOMMY JONES
September 22, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Chelsea definitely have made inquires of Everton for the transfer of Welsh international centre-half Tommy Jones. Secretary-Manager Billy Birrell mentioned this to me on Saturday, but I assured him that Everton would not part with one of the greatest pivots in the game. Jones asked for his transfer –for the third time –last week, but Everton naturally refused. Even if Jones pursues his request I do not think there will be any change in the Everton mind. Cash these days is no good to a club, but a player of the Jones calibre is a priceless asset.
At Chelsea we saw an entertaining game, but producing a result which hardly did credit to Everton. The Blues paid dearly for missing three comparatively easy chances, and two of the Chelsea goals were of the “wishy-washy” type. In the field Everton were immeasurably the better side in craft and progression and their one fault was a tendency to neglect their extreme wingers in a keen desire to approach down the middle. It was Everton’s cruel luck to lose Jack Hedley with a leg injury just at a time when they looked like making it 2-2. The re-arrangement upset the whole team. It is true that Chelsea had a handicap in an injury to Winter, who went to outside-left, but whereas they had only to hold what they had, Everton’s hopes of pulling back a goal with a strangle-constituted team faded considerably. But for that injury to Hedley I am certain Everton would have won. This is by no means a perfect Everton, but the side has skill and ideas. Fielding was at his best again, and Wainwright had a fine first half in an attack which Catterick led with a zest which inspired. Harry is back to his best. Everton were much better at half-back, even though Humphreys had to cover a lot of ground to stop sprightly Armstrong who deputised for Lawton while Hedley and Greenhalgh were good. Sagar has saved so many certainties in recent games that one easily forgives his failure to get the ball over the bar in the scoring of the third goal. Everton always were the better looking side, but Chelsea maybe were more menacing in front of goal. With Chairman Dr, Cecil Baxter making his first London journey since pre-war days this trip was just like old times-even to the defeat at Stamford Bridge which has generally been an unlucky ground for the Blues. Everton have arranged to play their Lancashire Senior Cup game with Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park on October 8 this being a “sudden death” tie.
WHY EVERTON LOST
September 22, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Chelsea fancy they have solved their centre forward problem in anticipation of the outgoing of Tommy Lawton. Let it be said that the London Club do not want money. It is players they are after and who can make a swop to balance up with a player of Lawton’s brilliance? Manager Billy Birrell is hopeful that the Lawton affair will solve itself, and that he will remain at Stamford Bridge. But what about his deputy, Armstrong, whom the London critics claim made such a splendid debut that some think that the England centre forward will not be missed? Armstrong had a good game against Everton, but to say he has solved the centre forward position is bunkum (writes Stork). Armstrong was lively; a worry to the defence, but he was a long way behind being a Lawton. His two goals could easily have been saved. His first was a shot in the “dark” which caught Sagar unsighted. His second a bustling sort of thing due to Sagar’s first mistake of the season; and what a season. He has saved dozens of goals since August 23. The only difference between Chelsea and Everton was that the “pensioners” took their chances. Everton refused them, and the gods are not kind to those who scorn them. There were two flagrant misses. You or I could have put them in the net. One has to admit that Chelsea were the more dangerous side because they were so good on the ball, but no better, if as good as Everton at framing an attack. Even when Chelsea were a goal to the good, I had faith in Everton’s ability to at least equalise, for they were getting their teeth into the game. Another blow in the shape of an injury to Hedley completely disorganised Everton, and they afterwards became a lot of units with no co-ordination. They became ragged and easy prey to the Chelsea defence which previously had shown signs of panic under the slightest provocation. Had Wainwright scored early on –he should have done, -I think it would have knocked the stuffing out of Chelsea. I am sure the equaliser, which was offered Mcllhatton would have set them downhill. The Scot kicked right over the ball, which was “put on a plate for him” by Eglington. There was little wing play by Everton, most of their drive being via the middle, which helped the Chelsea defenders; but the whole crux of the matter was that they were not speedy enough to the ball, missed the sample chances, and were then knocked out of joint by Hedley’s mishap. I understand that Chelsea will make a bid for Tommy Jones’s signature if he goes on the transfer list, but as things are at the moment Everton have no intention of parting. Chelsea have already informed Everton of their interest.
September 23, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Tommy Jones, Everton’s Welsh international centre-half is to meet the club directors at their meeting this evening, in connection with his request for transfer. Last week Jones for the third time, asked to be placed on the open-to-transfer list but there this was turned down emphatically. Jones then asked that he be allowed to meet the directors and this, naturally has been granted.
Tribute to Everton.
One of the finest tributes ever paid to a football club was conveyed to Chairman Dr. Cecil Baxter in London during the week end by Viscount Hall, First Lord of the Admiralty. Viscount Hall lives in the Rhondda Valley township of Penrhiweeiber, and a fellow-townsman is none other than Ben Williams, former Everton and Welsh international captain. Viscount Hall said to Dr. Baxter and myself that Ben is forever talking of his playing days with Everton, which he claims as the greatest football club in the world. “You must treat you players well,” said the First Lord, for whenever I meet Williams –and I do pretty regularly –he always refers to his happy days with your club. It is a rare tribute to you.”
EVERTON, LIVERPOOL TEAM CHANGES
September 24, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Internationals return for Saturday’s “Derby” match at Goodison Park, between Everton and Liverpool, and for which Everton make four changes and Liverpool two. Tommy Jones, Everton Walsh international centre half, to play in the pivotal position in place of Humphreys and Watson will be at right-half in place of Bentham, while Fielding takes over at outside right for Mcllhatton and Stevenson returns to inside left. The other Blues’ changes is the return of Saunders for the injured Hedley at right back. Stevenson, Farrell, and Eglington, incidentally have been chosen to play for Ireland against Scotland on Saturday, October 4.
Now to Liverpool, who recall last year’s captain, Billy Fagan in place of Polk. Another Scottish international Billy Liddell will be at outside right following injury, in place of Watkinson. Tommy Jones, Watson and Fagan will be making their first appearance of the season in the Football League side. Jones had an interview with the directors last night and again received an emphatic “No” to his transfer request. His return to the side should end forever any transfer talk. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Watson, Jones (TG), Farrell; Fielding, Wainwright, Catterick, Stevenson, Eglington. Liverpool; Sidlow; Jones, Lambert; Taylor, Hughes, Paisley; Liddell, Balmer, Stubbins, Fagan, Priday.
JONES AND FAGAN RETURN
September 24, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Blues Make Five Changes
Both Liverpool and Everton make significant changes for the local derby at Goodison Park, on Saturday, but whereas Liverpool are confined to the recall of Billy Fagan – plus the return of Liddell, now fit –Everton have gone in for a wholesale re-shuffle, involving five positions. First and foremost is the return of Tommy Jones, whose interview with the Everton board last night failed to shake them in their determination not to let him follow in the wake of Lawton and Mercer. Jones’s recall will please thousands of Goodison fans, who, despite the splendid way Humphreys has held the fort, feel there is something missing when Jones is absent. Next comes the experiment of Fielding at outside right in place of Mcllhatton. Few players have caused so much argument as the former Albion Rovers winger, who has reserved most of his best displays for away games. Everton have given him a long run without him getting into the good books of most supporters. Whether Fielding will fill the bill remains to be seen. Other changes are the recall of Watson for Bentham, the inclusion of Stevenson at inside left, and Saunders for Hedley (injured). In an endeavour to iron out their forward shortcomings, Liverpool bring back Billy Fagan in his proper position at inside-left. This will be his first senior appearance this campaign, and like Jones, his return will please many Anfield supporters. Fagan’s form suffered last term through round-peg-in-a-square-hole attempts to convert him into an outside right, a position for which he has no natural learning and where he was obviously unfitted. In his rightful sphere, and when on his best form, he is a first class ball player, a good shot, and a valuable link in what I hope will be a balanced five-point attack, not one which is missing on two or three cylinders. Liverpool’s attack should also gain in forcefulness by the transfer of Liddell to the right flank and the incoming of Priday at outside left. Teams; Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Watson, Jones (TG), Farrell; Fielding, Wainwright, Catterick, Stevenson, Eglington. Liverpool; Sidlow; Jones, Lambert; Taylor, Hughes, Paisley; Liddell, Balmer, Stubbins, Fagan, Priday.
Liverpool Reserves (v Everton Reserves at Anfield); Minshull; Shepherd, Ramsden; Polk, Easdale, Spicer; Muir, Barron, Done, Cairny, Hulligan.
Everton will be deprived of three players when they meet Wolves at Goodison on Saturday week as Stevenson, Farrell, and Eglington have been chosen to play for Ireland against Scotland at Belfast that day. That’s a big handicap to any side, but Everton have never stood in the way of their players gaining international honours no matter what the cost.
79TH ‘DERBY’: HOUSING THE CROWD
September 25, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
The appearance of several heroes of Merseyside “Derby” games of yester-year has added considerably to the interest in Saturday’s great clash at Goodison Park between Everton and Liverpool and which may break all records –crowd, and thrills. Stars like Ted Sagar, Norman Greenhalgh, Gordon Watson, Tommy Jones, and Alex Stevenson, of the Blues, and favourites like Phil Taylor, Jack Balmer, and Billy Fagan of the Reds are seasoned campaigners in the series which started in 1894-95, making Saturday’s game the 79th in history. I am dealing, of course, only with peace-time “Derby” games and not the many war-time matches which Liverpool seemed to win so regularly. In the real League tests Everton have by far the better record; in fact, of the 78 games the Blues have recorded 35 wins to 24 by Liverpool and 19 games have ended in draws. In matches at Goodison Park Everton have scored 19 wins to 12 by Liverpool, leaving eight draws.
Room for 70,000
The Goodison Park ground record stands at 68,158, but Head groundsman Ted Storey assured me today that 70,000 can be accommodated easily, providing the people come early; queue orderly; tender the correct money, and generally help each other in every possible way. There are no more bookable seats –the 250 available have been sold –but there are 12,500 stand seats for those who pay at the gates, which will be opened between 1-15 to 1-30 thus giving rarely two hours to pack the crowd. Those stand seats cost only 2s 6d –easily the cheapest of all First Division clubs. The boys pen will take 1,500 lads under 14 years of age, and on the occasion it will be much easier filling the ground or 1s 3d portions. Work of repairs on the new Gladwys street stand has been completed and this provides five or six additional 1s 3d turnstiles at that end so supplement the long row in Goodison-road and the four in Bullens-road. It is possible now to serve the 1s 3d, portions from all sides of the ground for close on 80 turnstiles will be in use. “When we had that record gate for the Sunderland cup-tie” said Mr. Story,” there still was plenty of room even in the stands, and I know we can take 70,000 without any worry. The Liverpool Corporation Passengers Transport Department is making adequate arrangements to take spectators to and from the match. It is not possible in these austerity days to run a special train service from Victoria-street but all existing routes to the ground will be augmented, especially Route 19 and 22 from the Pier Head and cross country Routes 3, 20, 25. And 46. Fleets of buses will operate from Bankhall Station, Old Swan and Leyfield-road so if you set out early enough you should experience little difficultys. I am assured that there will be ample vehicles to take the crowd away at the conclusion of the game.
EVERTON OR LIVERPOOL?
September 26, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Though Everton and Liverpool have disappointed their followers this season, and the play of both has been below the standard we anticipate that won’t deter supporters from being there in full force, for what promises to be a thrilling and satisfying game. Previous displays against other clubs are no criterion of what to expect when these two old rivals get together. Invariably each pulls something good out of the bag in the effort to get the better of their neighbours, while the hugh crowd always gives their meeting a tense and almost Cup-like atmosphere. Tomorrow’s encounter is notable for certain changes in both sides, the effect of which will be keenly watched. Will Tommy Jones play himself back into the Blues’ defence for good? Will Billy Fagan prove that the key to the riddle Liverpool have been trying to solve has been close at hand all the time? Will Wally Fielding prove as effective a winger for Everton as he is an inside man? These and a heap of other queries will be answered by five o’clock tomorrow evening. As for the result, I’ve no leaning either way. All I hope for is a good, hard, clean game fought out in the grand sporting spirit which has characteristsed local Derbies of recent years with no injuries to create if’s and buts afterwards. If justice is done and the better team wins, then none can ask more. In Albert stubbins and Tommy Jones we shall see two of the classiest and cleanest players in their respective positions in opposition. I know Albert has a high regard for Tommy’s prowess and artistry, which Tommy reciprocates. It should be a battle royal between them. Similarly with the tussle between Catterick and Laurice Hughes. If Everton want Catterick to get goals they will have to give him the ball on the ground. Most balls in the air will be “snaffled” by Hughes. Norman Greenhalgh the Blues skipper, will have to be at his best to counter the speed and directness of Billy Liddell, and Saunders has much the same problem to face in trying to check Priday. Liverpool’s wing halves will find Wainwright and Stevenson redoubtable foes, the one go-ahead and always ready for the half-chance, the other tricky and elusive as an eel. A final reminder. Het there as early as possible, tender the exact admission money and move well away from the entrances as soon as you are in the ground. Gates open between 1.15 and 1.30. Kick-off 3.15. teams; Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Watson, Jones (TG), Farrell; Fielding, Wainwright, Catterick, Stevenson, Eglington. Liverpool; Sidlow; Jones, Lambert; Taylor, Hughes, Paisley; Liddell, Balmer, Stubbins, Fagan, Priday.
MERSEYSIDE ‘DERBY’ DAY TOMORROW
September 26, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
It is Merseyside football “Derby” day tomorrow with two major attractions Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park for the 79th time in league games and a Central League cash of Liverpool Reserves and Everton Reserves at Anfield. All ground records may be smashed at Goodison Park, and I again appeal to spectators to go early and make it easier for you and your neighbours. It will be a notable game, for we shall be rewelcoming stars like Tommy Jones, and Gordon Watson of the Blues and Billy Fagan of the Reds. Liverpool have not scored for three successive games, but they usually contrive to pull something “out of the bag” when facing their local rivals. Everton have been getting goals, but there is not much between them in the table. Defensively, both clubs are magnificent, and it seems that everything depends on attack. Schemers like Stevenson –always the bogy man to Liverpool –and Fielding should be able to exploit the strike like Catterick, Wainwright and Eglington, while I fancy Fagan’s skill to hold and draw will be much to the liking of wingers Priday and Liddell, not forgetting the main marksmen, Stubbins, and Balmer. The sides appear to me to be particularly evenly matched, and I have a feeling this will end in a draw, but with goals to add to the hundred-and-one thrills which start at 3.15 p.m. Everton; Sagar; Saunders, Greenhalgh; Watson, Jones (TG), Farrell; Fielding, Wainwright, Catterick, Stevenson, Eglington. Liverpool; Sidlow; Jones, Lambert; Taylor, Hughes, Paisley; Liddell, Balmer, Stubbins, Fagan, Priday. Referee; Mr. S.E. Law (West Bromwich).
STILL ONE OF FOOTBALLER’S BEST
September 27, 1947. The Evening Express
Ted Sagar’s 19 years of Great work for Everton
That Famous Leap
By Pilot (Don Kendall)
The most sensational footballer of 1947 is one of the oldest –Ted Sagar, Everton’s international goalkeeper, who, with 19 years’ club service behind him, is today playing better than at any time in his brilliant career. Sagar’s amazing work has become the talk of football. So consistent has Sagar been that people are already tipping him for further “caps” to supplement the two he earned in 1935, when he played against Scotland and Ireland,. That may not happen because of the continued brilliance of Frank Swift, the “man in possession” but Swift is playing no better than Sagar these days. It is partly because Ted’s great goalkeeping and partly because of the great “Derby” record that I seize this opportunity of doing what all Merseyside sportsmen want to do –pay tribute to him. I have known Ted since he came to the club as a shy lad in the teens in 1929. A more likeable fellow it would be impossible to meet, and while kindly, considerate and certainly modest, Ted has strong principles in conduct and a will of his own. Who was the first to protest when reflections were made on the lovalty of the Everton players and the manner in which Everton treated her players? Ted Sagar who drew up the “round robin” signed by all players, emphasising the complete harmony in the Goodison dressing room? Ted Sagar. Who willingly goes out of his way to help the young players and give advice? Ted Sagar. Those little things confirm that Sagar is not only a great footballer, but also a first class clubman. Hero of more than 20 “Derbys” games Sagar is known by his colleagues as “Boss” –a “title” that was bestowed when Ted first became captain just before the war. No youngster straight from the pits could have had a more trying time making his way in big time football. Sagar once had trials with Hull City –his home at Thorne is not far from Hull –but he failed to impress and Everton brought him to Liverpool in March 1929. The late Arthur Davies was Everton’s No 1 choice at the time, but by January 1930, Ted had played so well in the Central League side that he won his place in the first team. Everton were battling against relegation at the time –a battle they lost – but Ted could not be blamed for that. However, after eight games –the eight was at Leicester when the Blues went down 5-2 (not a happy day for Ted) –Sagar sent back to the Central League and Bill Coggins came from Bristol City to guard the Football League goal. Such an experience might have broken the hearts of many youngsters, but not so this lad, who was determined to get to the top and stay there. A coincidence about Sagar’s debut in 1930 – it was against Derby County –was that in the same game Ben Williams played his first game for Everton. Sagar won a First Division championship medal in his first season and the next season was a vital factor in Everton’s F.A. Cup triumph.
Cup Final Sidelight
A sidelight on that cup Final was given me by Ted Sagar only last week. While in training at Buxton the lads had been kidding Ted about his goalkeeping and he made a challenging wager; “The City will not put one past me.” The City failed to do so, and so Ted won his bet. Many serious injuries –sagar has had three cartilage operations –could not halt the forward march of this great goalkeeper, who made the “man on the flying trapeze” type of save so popular. Many have tried to emulate Ted in that thrilling leap outwards and upwards to a fast ball, but few can do it with his grace and sureness. Sagar’s heart is in football and this was proved on Christmas Day in 1937, when, after being beaten three times, was rushed to hospital with a dislocated shoulder, and after having his shoulder put back insisted on returning to Goodison Park and actually going on the wing. Believe it or not Ted almost scored a goal. During the war years when Ted was out there fighting in Far and middle East and in France, he used to write to me and hint that maybe his footballing days were over. What football would have lost without the 1947 edition of Sagar –a player capable of keeping out such a grand youngster as George Burnett. Ted has the strongest wrists of any one I have ever met –what a grip –and is firm in his determination that the goals area is His property. Woe betide anyone crowding in on Ted. Like Jack Robinson used to do in the days when I wore knickerhockers, he orders them to give him breathing and working space and then he does his work in a manner which gives you that safe, feeling, and which breaks the hearts of opposing forwards. It is good to pay tribute to one whom it has been a delight to know and to see play for so long.
RED ‘DOBLE’ SPOILS BLUE HOPES
September 27, 1947. The Liverpool Football echo
2-In-A-Minute Thrill Killed Spirit of A Lively Everton
‘Toffees’ Without Points
Everton 0, Liverpool 3
Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Watson, Jones (TG) and Farrell, half-backs; Fielding, Wainwright, Catterick, Stevenson, and Eglington, forwards. Liverpool; Sidlow, goal; Jones and Lambert, backs; Taylor, Hughes, and Paisley, half-backs; Liddell, Balmer, Stubbins, Fagan, and Priday, forwards. Referee; Mr. S.E. Law (West Bromwich). It could not have been a more perfect day for the first of the Derby games at Goodison Park to-day. The sun shone brightly, yet there was a nice cooling breeze. The record for the Goodison ground is 68,000 odd. I don’t think there were that many there today, but there was an excellent crowd nevertheless. Forward trouble has been great in each side, so that changes were made and Everton, in particular, experimented. They tried Watson, a left winger, at right half, and Fielding, a natural inside left, at outside right in the hope that more punch would be brought into the line. Liverpool’s great trouble has been at inside forward and in their efforts to eradicate that difficulty they brought back Willie Fagan.
Liverpool Face The Sun
As has been the case for years past, the teams came out in pairs and Everton won the toss. This might mean something, for captain Greenhalgh put Liverpool to face the brilliant sunshine. At seven minutes Stevenson who had thus far been the engineer-in-chief of the Everton attack, instituted a movement which put Wainwright through, and the Everton inside man appeared to pass an opponent on his way to reach the ball. He did make contact, and glided the ball beyond the advancing Sidlow, but the referee claimed that Wainwright was offside.
What Did He See?
This will be a controversial matter for many a long day. Of course, the referee may have seen something we did not see, and perhaps it was not an offside decision, but some other infringement. I saw none. Stubbins once beat Jones in the air, but so far the Everton defence had not been greatly concerned. A long free-kick by Jones sped into the Liverpool goalmouth, but did not create the danger anticipated. When Liddell beat his man, and went running in, all the Liverpool crowd expected to see one of the Scot’s specials but Liddell was distinctly off the line with his shot.
Off The Target
Stevenson tried a quick drive which was off the target, and then Eglington forced a corner, his shot being nodded over the goalline, but corners these days don’t mean much in the packed defences which prevail. Liddell and Stubbins almost got the Everton defence tied in a knot, which, however, was unravelled. Stevenson was in brilliant form. He was a will-o-the-wisp, and rarely did he put a ball wrong. Indeed, at this stage, he was the outstanding man in the whole 22. Catterick made a hook shot which passed over, when I thought a ball to his right wing would have been of much more value. So far there had been plenty to please the mighty throng, but there was no disputing Everton’s superiority at this stage. Eglington used his speed to harass Hughes who finally had to submit and conceded a corner. This was safely caught by Sidlow.
Two Goalmouth Thrills
Wainwright would have been off-side had the ball not hit Paisley’s legs in transit. Wainwright, however, shot with power from an angle, and Sidlow made a neat catch. The neatest approach to a goal thus far was when Liddell broke through moved close in, and then tried a shot, which actually became a pass, right across the Everton goalmouth. Priday tried his utmost to make contact, but the speed of the ball was too much for him. It only needed a touch, and that ball would have been in the net. Liddell made another powerful run and the hearts of the Liverpool people must have been beating high. After beating Greenhalgh, the Liverpool winger thundered down the wing and closed in, with the object of shooting. He was tackled at a crucial moment, and finally shot against the side netting. This was something like the Liverpool I knew last season. Stevenson was penalised, rather curiously, I thought, for he actually kicked the ball, but the referee thought it was rather dangerous. Stubbins delighted with some tricky footwork and again opened a way for Liddell, who, however, found the way to goal barred to him. Eglington and Stevenson joined up in a movement that found its culmination when Hughes headed away, but the matter did not end there, for Stevenson was brought down by Jones, and from the resultant free kick T.G. Jones brought out a magnificent save by Sidlow, who turned the fast drive over his crossbar at the very last second. There was no denying that there was a lot of danger in Liverpool’s keen thrusts. The lead-up may not have been pretty, but the effect was just the same, and a Stubbins pass to Priday was only cleared away by Saunders with difficulty.
Liddell was injured in a collision with Greenhalgh, and the free kick was headed to Safety by Watson. Greenhalgh came under the ban of a section of the crowd with justification. In my opinion it had been a good game. There had been some excellent football by both sides the Everton forwards in particular showing up extremely well. There was just one, unhappy note, and that was when the referee spoke to Liddell. Near the interval Farrell sent Everton away, and Catterick helped things along with his header to Wainwright, whose ground pass, right across the Liverpool goal, was collared by a Liverpool defender. This was followed by a Liverpool advance, and Sagar had to make a catch from Priday, who was almost standing on the goal-line. A corner to Liverpool almost brought about the downfall of Everton, for Priday’s corner’-kick was hit first time and only the presence of Greenhalgh, who was on the line along with Sagar saved the situation. It was a grand finish to a grand half.
Half-time –Everton nil, Liverpool nil.
One magnificent save by Sidlow, and two goals by Liverpool –all in the space of the first six minutes of the second half, were flabbergasting for Everton. Sidlow’s one-handed save, as “Stevie” eased across Saunder’s free kick, bordered on the miraculous. Then Priday “lummied” to pass back to a half-back, turned the ball the other way, and delivered the centre by which Balmer interposed his body in front of Sagar to glance the ball in for number one. Everton called “offside” when Stubbins chased a through ball, and after appearing to over-in it, beat Sagar as he came out to try and kick away. There was the ball crossing the line at snail’s pace, and nothing Everton could do about it. A few minutes more, and it was those men again – Greenhalgh and Liddell. Everton resumed with a strong attack, and a free-kick by Saunders saw Stevenson make a wonderful flick which almost opened the day’s scoring. It would have done, had not Sidlow made a master save with his right hand, just getting his finger tips to the ball to turn it out.
A Double Shock
Then came the highlight of the game thus far, and a complete reversal of things, for Liverpool took two goals in a matter of just over a minute. The first scored at 50 minutes, was due to the persistency of Priday, the South African, although harassed was able to get across his centre, and Balmer rushing in, and with his two feet off the ground, did a kind of scissors kick to land the ball into the Everton goal, with Sagar having not the slightest chance of averting this disaster. This goal naturally sent the Liverpool supporters into a frenzy, and they had more to shout about a minute later when Stubbins, well out on his own, took the ball in his stride and headed straight for goal. Saunders challenged unsuccessfully, and Sagar also came out and attempted to kick clear, but the Liverpool centre forward safely guilded the ball into the Everton net. This was undoubtedly a sensational minute, but just typical of Liverpool.
On Crest of Wave
There was a call for a penalty when Jones brought Eglington down from behind. It was certainly a free-kick, for the offence took place well outside the area, but Liverpool now seemed to be riding on the crest of the wave, and were making openings which had previously been a “closed shop.” Stubbins was caught in an off-side trap, and a free kick, taken by Balmer, failed to produce anything but a left-footed shot by Liddell were over the Everton crossbar at lightning speed. Catterick was finding Hughes a stumbling block, but he did beat him with one header, even though Sidlow was not called to duty. Everton’s passing, which had been so sure in the first half, was now inaccurate, and it was Liverpool who were calling the tune. A body feint by Liddell had Greenhalgh running the other way, but the Scot’s shot, although it had plenty of power, was not on the line. Liverpool were the dominant party in this half, Priday gave Sagar a nasty cross to deal with, but the Everton goalkeeper took it cleanly.
Everton changed their forward line, Catterick figuring at outside right. Fielding at inside right and Wainwright taking over as leader. Priday, a greatly improved player since last I saw him, collaborated with Stubbins in the making of a corner, but Sagar was very safe in his handling again, catching the ball confidently and surely. Eglington and Stevenson opened the way for the Everton right wing and Fielding without any hesitation shot hard and true, only to see the ball bump against the crossbar. Then it was Liverpool’s turn again, and Stubbins with a perfect pass sent Fagan through. The inside-left aimed for the far side of the goal, and the ball struck the upright before it finally went to the back of the net. Time 80 minutes. Final; Everton 0, Liverpool 3.
Attendance 66, 576.
L’POOL RES V. EVERTON RES
September 27, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
Everton played Humphreys at right back, while Dodds led their attack. Liverpool held the monopoly of play, and within 15 minutes took the lead through Done. Minshull, the Liverpool goalkeeper, gave a fine display. Half-time; Liverpool Res 1, Everton Res 0.
Liverpool set up heavy pressure immediately after the restart. Burnett brought off two grand saves from Muir, who was giving a fine display. Mcllhatton put in fine work on the right, and several of his centres caused anxious moments to the Liverpool defence. Liverpool were now full of confidence, and it was amazing how the Everton goal escaped further disaster.
WAINWRIGHT NOT OFFSIDE
September 27, 1947. The Liverpool Football Echo
It seemed A Good Goal to Me.
This is no record crowd. They are all breathing easily. Sixty thousands is the guess. Only a few casualties in a model attendance –one of them a St. Edward’s Orphange boy, gashed on the head by one of the “pennies from heaven” showered on the Orphanage Band. Latest “black-market” touch are “phoney” programmes, on sale round Goodison to-day. “It’s nice to see him out again,” says my neighbour of Jones, and so it is. He does not pass the ball, he literally puts it in a fellow’s pocket. Everton, to-day, I am told, played better, and were more on the attack than when Jones’s artistic setting-off of movements is absent. The other hugh success is “little” Alex Stevenson, looking like a rejuvenated “Chad” and inquiring at half-time “What! No goal?” and well might he ask! He was here, there, and everywhere like a busy bee, as the generator of most of Everton’s dangerous moves. What was the mystery of Wainwright’s goal”? Certainly he could not have been off-side, as he came behind everyone to take his chance. Referee Law must have seen something which 60,000 did not. It seemed good enough goal to me. Some of the decisions were equality mysterious, but the referee was better placed to make decisions than we were. Only the Liddell-Greenhalgh francas brought temper into the game, and there was a free kick either way –a case of six-o-one, and half-a-dozen of the other. Liddell’s great right-wing run, with the ball in the side netting from his shot, and Greenhalgh kick-away from a Balmer shot when in the region of the goal-line, were major thrills, but Everton, as a while, easily took the first half honours.
LIVERPOOL TOUCHED THEIR BEST
September 29, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Fade-Out Everton Fault
By Ernest Edwards (Bee)
Everton 0, Liverpool 3 (Balmer, Stubbins, Fagan).
The inquest provides argument, little help therefore, and final judgement that the better team won. Everton appealed against the veto of an opening score by Wainwright. This veto will provide argument for the enthusiasts for many weeks. Therefore, let us tackle first things first. Anyone in the Press box could have no real judgement upon an offside decision. The angle is preposterous, the distance merely provokes debate and without a photograph no one near the far end of the grandstand is competent to judge the case, albert he is entitled to his opinion. I offer none, because by good fortune, I met a former player who happened to be well placed. He said “Eglington was offside. If the referee had placed the free kick further to the left instead of in the goal area the crowd would have understood, I am an Everton fan but I must confess that offside was the correct decision.” The referee’s name was Law. His decision was law. It is in favour of the Everton claim, that the goal was a just one that no Liverpool player appealed in the course of the goal being made. And some defenders are awfully appealing.
The game could have produced a penalty, if Liddell had not kept his feet. He was tripped slipped, yet kept a chance of shooting, so the referee exercised his judgement and let him proceed to his shot (to the side of the netting). Had Liddell fallen, a penalty kick must have been the punishment. And who, pray, was this young man tripping his way beyond? None other than Eglington, whose great pace had carried him back to aid his defenders stem a right wing advance. The thought of a winger risking concession of a penalty is uncommon, though not unique. Everton played with verve and combined effort for thirty minutes. One could not picture them fading. Yet, it is not a new feature off their game. The second half appears to find the flaw in their stamina. For some time their second-half display has shown them lacking stamina and bite. Fielding tried as extreme right winger, did more than anyone in the first hour to cross chances to his comrades. Stevenson, in similar manner worked himself out to capable co-attackers to take up where he left off when he and Fielding left off the path for others was strewn with potential glory –if they had punch. It was here Catterick, so earnest and full of endeavour fell into the lap of that astute young man Hughes. Wainwright was playing as if rather worn by Army life and travel, and needing a rest. The Irish boy Eglington linked up with his compatriot almost to the point of slavishness, but needs a sharper collection of the ball and a more immediate step towards progressive football. Delays make heroes of men like the able Jones. Lambert, Hughes and others of the Liverpool faith such as Taylor and Paisley.
Sealed by Taylor
Taylor started in minor key, but pulling out the diapason stops in the second half, set seal on the side’s victory. When Taylor and Paisley begin to keep the ball, to earth and move it to unmarked forwards, Liverpool begin to prosper. The forwards are forced to the attack by such examples. On the losing side Tom Jones returned, after too long an absence, and charmed with his precise grits for deadening a ball and making a pass to his comrades with complete sand froid and perfect timing. If he had not been in his prime style Everton would have conceded a larger margin because the backs were “passable.” Wounds cannot be healed without searching, so I suggest that adulation has led some players beyond their proper station in football life. The green for Everton has turned to red and they must study their defensive and forward situation before the side cam touch the heights. Changing the abet does not change the substance. Fielding’s place is at inside-forward. The lack of punch became obvious when his surprise shot had to be delivered from the touchline region. Hail the conquerors. Each goal was of different pattern and of glittering conclusion. Priday (most improved footballer in the city), was being beggen for a pass by his half-back –he heard him not and went ahead to centre. Priday has a booting power almost equal to that of Liddell and the ball sped knee-high towards goal. Balmer was there to meet it. I imagine the 66,000 would call Balmer’s flickering ankle, glide as “tinged with the luck that may come to a luckless forward.” That would be usual –it was a stroke of genius that enabled him to force the ball, obliquely, behind the startled Sagar. A notable goal.
Number two came from illustrious and industrious Stubbins, who won a duel with Fielding (each master of feint and finesse) and went on, and on, as though certain to make a stride too, many, yet controlling the ball cleverly and edging it forward to an empty goal. Sagar having been lured out. A striking goal -50 seconds after the opening goal time.
Number three came to the quiescent Fagan, whose shot struck the foot of the post (Fielding had struck the top angle with a great shot) before it swerved over the line. Everton dazzle had left them. They had trodden on the Liverpool serpent and goalkeeper Sidlow had made the win possible by a one hand save from Stevenson, while Greenhalgh saved Everton by kicking from the goalline when a corner promised the first goal. Although Everton were never demoralised, Liverpool finally played so fluidly the loser’s were just not in the hunt in a game far from classic yet productive of much good stuff and some talks between the referee, Greenhalgh and Liddell. The better team won, the better stayers won, the better collective machinery got through a defence which was opened wide in spite of Sagar’s and Jones convincing displays. In the last stages of play Sagar was superb, but it was a case of love’s labour lost. Everton; Sagar, goal; Saunders and Greenhalgh (captain), backs; Watson, Jones (TG) and Farrell, half-backs; Fielding, Wainwright, Catterick, Stevenson, and Eglington, forwards. Liverpool; Sidlow, goal; Jones and Lambert, backs; Taylor, Hughes, and Paisley, half-backs; Liddell, Balmer, Stubbins, Fagan, and Priday, forwards. Referee; Mr. S.E. Law (West Bromwich).
LIVERPOOL RES 2, EVERTON RES 1
September 29, 1947. The Liverpool Daily Post
Liverpool Reserves were far the better side. Jack Humphreys played in his unusual role by right back, and Lindley played well in the pivotal position. Muir the Liverpool right-winger was excellent. Done scored both Liverpool’s goals and Mcllhatton for Everton.
‘CAPS’ FOR SIDLOW, LAMBERT & JONES
September 29, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
The Welsh team to oppose England at Cardiff on October 18 is taking shape, and it is certain that Cyril Sidlow and Ray Lambert, of Liverpool, and Tommy Jones, of Everton will be selected to play. Any doubts on that point were dispelled on Saturday when each proved a star in the “Derby” game at Goodison Park which Liverpool won 3-0. Mr. Herbert Powell, secretary of the Football Association of Wales was at the game, and afterwards he assured me that he was deeply impressed by his three follow-countrymen. That is good enough for me to name them as certainties for more caps. Secretary manager Theo Kelly of the Blues, and Manager Geo Kay of the Reds missed this enjoyable and somewhat controversial game. They were out talent-spotting but honestly I do not think they need worry even if they did not find anything which appealed to them. There is little wrong with either of our teams at time will show. Merseyside’s greatest-ever crowd for a League game had a thrill-a-second and saw the Reds eventually run out sound winners, for after being the interior side for 49 minutes they again proved themselves merry opportunists who, in a sudden flash, changed the entire complexion of the game. The factors which brought the transformation after a wealth of Everton delicacy were Sidlow’s great goalkeeper, the brilliance of Laurie Hughes and his backs, and the fact that once Taylor and Paisley came into the game –they took a long time making their entry –Liverpool recaptured rhythm. For a long time Wainwright and Stevenson had Phil and Bob “on toast” at a time when Everton were a yard faster to and in possession. Everton ran themselves out somewhat and then came the Liverpool shock tactics which brought Balmer, Stubbins and Fagan goals.
Had what I am convinced was a good goal by Wainwright in the seventh minute been allowed to stand I think Everton would have won. The goal definitely was disallowed for offside. I had a talk with Referee S.E. Law afterwards and there is no suggestion of any other infringement. Mr. Law said; “I disallowed the goal on a signal from my linesman who ruled a winger offside,” Now you do know. Subsequent to that it was Sidlow’s goalkeeping which defied an Everton full of football. The three “old favourites” –Tommy Jones, Gordon Watson and Billy Fagan –amply justified their inclusion, Jones was artistry plus in face of Stubbins’ finest display this season, and only in the scoring of the second goal did Tommy allow Stubbins to elude him. Watson’s strength on the ball and perfect use of it lent charm, while Fagan, the best inside left the Reds have had this season was forever seeking and getting the stray ball and using it to advantage, Liddell was the main striking force, but Priday had a fine second half when he remembered that football is not played with the elbow. Balmer always was a potential danger in front of goal. Alex Stevenson was Everton’s mighty man, and it is significant that only when he tired did the Everton forward machine fade away. Fielding always gave the impression that he would have been happier inside instead of at outside-left –he hit the bar as soon as he was moved inside –and Catterick deserved reward for his manful endeavour, Eglington rarely outwitted Bill Jones, but Wainwright had a good if luckless day. Farrell was the fountain head of many a precise move, and the defenders Saunders and Greenhalgh and Sagar, were right on top of their job until Liverpool began to turn on the heat, and then I thought they became too ruffled. The win was typically Liverpool’s and when they gained the points and bonus Everton earned just as much glory for a galliant failure.
“LET ME GO,” SAYS JACK HUMPHREYS
September 29, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
Everton Cap “Sees No Future”
With the reinstatement of Tommy Jones, it seemed that all would be quiet on the Everton front, instead of which heavy clouds are again scudding over Goodison Park.
Today Jack Humphreys, who was at full back in the team against Liverpool Reserves on Saturday, made a request to the secretary –manager Mr. Theo Kelly, to be placed on the transfer-list. This is indeed a bombshell few, if any could have anticipated. It is undoubtedly a difficult position with two internationals for one position in the team, but Humphreys says;- “I cannot see that my play this season has given any cause for emitting me from the first team. “What is more, I can see no future ahead if I stay with the club. Both Jones and I are internationals and I feel that what chance I had of playing for my country while in the reserve side is very remote. “I was chosen to play at right full back in the Central League side last Saturday, a position I occupied in the senior team last season without any great success. I have no desire to move from centre half.” Humphreys wants it made perfectly clear that he holds nothing against Tommy Jones, who displaced him. On the contrary he holds him in very high esteem, and has always admired his football ability. Nor has he any quibble with the manager or players. “Mr. Kelly, ever since I signed for the club, has always treated me very fairly, and given me every encouragement. I have always been most happy, and content while in the company of the players, and can honestly state they are a fine bunch of fellows. Humphreys is a product of Bangor University football. He signed professional forms for Everton on April 30, 1943, after playing many games as an amateur in all half-back positions. He gained his cap last year. He is a cricketer or no mean ability. He served in the Army during the war.
THE DERBY GAME
September 29, 1947. The Liverpool Echo
A good game without being a classic. I saw more good football during the first half than I have seen in any match this season, but let me say straight away that Liverpool were worthy winners after they looked like being beaten by superior craftsmen. We in the Press stand were all mystified by the offside decision which negative Wainwright’s goal in the seventh minute. We were all agreed that Wainwright was not nor could have been, offside and we were right, for I learned later that the referee disallowed the goal because Eglington was offside, not Wainwright. A goal then would have made all the difference, for Everton were playing excellent football; football which promised much, but brought so little. Liverpool at the time could not keep track of them, and their supporters must have been worried by the fluent was Everton cut and carved their way through by high-class combination. Much of Everton’s success was due to Stevenson, who was at his brightest and best. He piled every point of vantage and his colleagues responded so that the first half belonged to the home team. But all the time I was fearful of those raiding drives by Liverpool. They may not have been so spectators as Everton’s, but they brought the same result, and Everton were saved by Greenhalgh who kicked off the line, with Sagar at the other end of the goal. Sidlow had previously saved a free kick by T.G. Jones in masterly fashion. Sagar’s only work was a shot by Priday, which tells you in a nutshell how dominating had been Everton.
A miraculous save by Sidlow in the first minute of the second half, when Stevenson flicked Saunder’s free kick wide of the goalkeeper, only to see Sidlow get his fingers to the ball and edge it out, was, apart from a Fielding shot which struck the crossbar, the last we saw of Everton as an attacking force, for Liverpool rose in their might, took two goals in a minute and that in effect was the eclipse of Everton, for from then on the game belonged to the “Reds.” The first goal came at 50 minutes, Balmer swooping in, got himself in front of Sagar as Priday flung over his centre and rising from both feet, he flipped the ball around Sagar with his left foot –a goal in a thousand. One minute later, Stubbins, out on his own seemed like running into trouble for himself but he has just beat Sagar, to the ball and trickled it into goal. That plucked the heart out of Everton, who lost their rhythm and swing by the sensational turn of events. Liverpool, naturally with two goals in their pocket, were able to play with more ease and grace, and Everton became a purely defensive side, battling against a team which was riding the crest of the wave, Fagan’s goal was a gift from Stubbins. Strange as it may appear, the two goal scorers, Balmer and Fagan were the least seen in the victors attack, capably led by Stubbins, a classy ball player, with masterly touches and the unorthodox Priday, greatly improved since I last saw him. Hughes mastered Catterick and Lambert was superb. Now to the losers. Good footballers, without striking power. Fielding did not seem to relish his job at outside right, but fulfilled it well for half the game. But that could be said about the whole of the Everton team, which ultimately fell under the spell of two goals, and finished without fights. Tommy Jones was excellent all through, and Sagar made some good catches from the wings. Everton’s splendid football had no value against the raiding Liverpool, who at the interval could have had little hope of winning this match.
THE OTHER JONES
September 30, 1947. The Evening Express
Pilot’s Log (Don Kendall)
Tommy Jones the Everton player, has been selected to play for England at Doncaster. No this is not the better-known “T.G” but T.E. Jones, one of the many “plums” Everton discovered through their junior trials. I have known “T.E” a long time, for my keen interest in the juniors has enabled me to become as well acquainted with juniors as with the stars of the Football League. Jones, whom Mr. Kelly signed at 15 from St. Margaret’s (Anfield) made a tremendous impression on us when we saw Liverpool defeat Eire. Before the season is out there may be other local lads in the England side to support this Jones who is now 17, and who has appeared in Central League football already.
The Wainwright Goal
Just as I anticipated, the disallowed goal in Saturday’s Merseyside “Derby” has been the “talk of the town” ever since, and varied are the view I have heard expressed on the point. What we do know is that Wainwright who netted went past two opponents before doing so and could not in my opinion, have been offside. Wainwright was not, and on the Referee S.E. Law and his linesmen colleagues agree, I made a point of chatting with the three officials after the game, and so know exactly why the point was disallowed. Whether we agree with them is beside the point, but certain it is that a linesman flagged for offside against Wally Fielding who was over on the Bullen’s Road side, but who was not interfering with play. The rule on that point reads; - “A player in an offside position (mark the word IN) shall not be penalised unless, in the opinion of the referee, he is interfering with play or with an opponent, or is seeking to gain an advantage by being in an offside position.” There you have it. Now most people are agreed that Fielding was not interfering with play, nut the fact remains that the linesman did think so, and that is why he flagged and why Mr. Law disallowed the goal.