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THE LATEST “DERBY” GAME.
Liverpool Echo.
Newcomers To The Mersey Feat.
Changes At Goodison Park Game.
Bee’s Notes.

Off we go on the second lap and the lap of the gods is the most important part of the second spasm of fixtures. The Cup cuts into the fixtures from now onwards –at least we hope Everton and Liverpool stay in the Cup sufficiently long to keep the “pot” boiling, and the League fixtures can look after themselves in that period. The season has sounded its half-time spell, and now the football enthusiasts goes breathless into the game knowing the Cup can compel as no other game compels. And the first chapter in the second half of the season’s “games” is the great meeting of Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park. It does not need recalling that Everton were beaten “defensively” early in the season in the first of the “Derby” games. That day Howe and Hodgson cracked goals with venom, and Liverpool followers considered the game well won before Dean went off with his broken toe. It was a freakish result, and Liverpool got more confidence out of the result than you can imagine. Since then the fluctuation of both sides has been rather remarkable. At the moment we find Everton struggling. The knowledge that Brentford, Grimsby, and Aston Villa are winning makes Everton’s task the more difficult. But Everton have not been standing still; that was a great performance against Sheffield Wednesday, and at Derby a point was a valuable pick-me-up. Everton have a youthful strain in their side that is not to be found in the Liverpool eleven, which has been built up on the solid lines, of Bradshaw, Cooper, Blenkinsop, McDougall, &c. The attack has its youthful onlook, but Everton’s side is still younger, and I mention this because sometimes the young are unset by “Derby” games, they do not play their normal game, and the atmosphere of the big occasion beats them. So tomorrow’s game is in the lap of the gods. Liverpool having lapsed will be keen to take up the winning strain such as they showed at Highbury. But Everton will win, I imagine through the fiery nature of their attack in which there is new spirit, and a flair for unusual football. Miller’s first half work is always good and when it is attached to the vinility of a Gillick the wing can be not only very effective and pleasing to the football eye but also punishing to any defence. Gillick will be the cynosure of all eyes and I would counsel you to note the call Gillick makes to his partner; it is a “yell,” gruff, commanding and instructional.

Stalwarts.
Readers must not convict me if the home side lets me down. I am entitled to an opinion just as you Reds or Blues. I do not forget the stalwart way White is playing or the fastness of Mercer or the dainty leadership of Cliff Britton. Behind them X; Because King will keep goal for Sagar, and it is a big question to a youth like King, who, however, has never let his side down. At back Everton have a question mark when comparisons of both sides are in the air. Having said so much of the home side let me recall the effect Riley has on the Anfield side; add the tremendous force of the backs and the outstanding man of the season –Cut-eye Bradshaw –and you have reason why Everton should not get a goal. Savage comes back and McDougall, if playing in his Christmas Day and ice-box day against Sheffield Wednesday will be another barrier to the home side. But all these things can count providing the Liverpool rear divisions can “keep in time” with the flighty and peaceful Everton attack. What of the Liverpool attack and their possibilities? They got six last time, you remember. Why should they be bulked this time? Well, the greatest feature is in the middle, where Tom White has by now become thoroughly used to the pivotal work under the goal-bar. So Everton feel this occasion will see Howe covered up effectually. But Howe has a good habit of floating out to the left wing and, like Cunliffe in his roaming, has to be followed. Well, there you are. The backs will have something to say about that and so far as the Wright-Nivvy wing is concerned we all know what can happen there if they get going in the right mood. Carr and Glassey may not yet be stalwarts but some day Carr will break into goal sweat and the people will wonder where he has been hiding his undoubted power of drive all this time. Glassey returns to the Anfield side and will revel in a tussle of this kind because he is a neat worker and is inclined to run himself out in the early stages of play. The prospect is great; the game should be likewise and I do hope all the newcomers to this engagement will remember the meetings of Everton and Liverpool have been spotlessly clean; do not besmirch the good name of either club. Keep it clean, lads, and may the better side win. It will be rather uncommon to have a game of this character with so few of the Liverpool directors present to see how it proceeds, I believe Liverpool have a very important signing-factor in view; at any rate no fewer than five of their directors will miss the Derby game in the hope of finding new talent just in time for the fourth rounds of the Cup!!!

BLENKINSOP COLLAPSES; DABBS’ DASH TO DERBY GAME.

Dramatic Curtain –Raiser To Great Goodison Park Match.
Noughty-Noughty Everton – Liverpool Game
Everton Pitch Away Chances In First Half;
Liverpool Revive And Earn Their Draw.
By Bee.

The Everton forwards in the first half of the “Derby” game were lamentable. So the first goalless draw in the series at Goodison Park, for 22 years was registered. It was a graceful gesture on the part of Carr to handshakes the deputy Dabbs for his part in the draw. Liverpool deserved a point for their plucky fight back after being riddled by attacks in the first hour. Teams: - Everton: - King, goal; Cook and Jones, backs; Britton (captain), White, and Mercer, half-backs; Geldard, Bentham, Cunliffe, Miller, and Gillick, forwards. Liverpool: - Riley, goal; Cooper (captain), and Dabbs, backs; Savage, Bradshaw and McDougall, half-backs; Nieuwenhuys, Wright, Howe, Glassey, and Carr, forwards. Referee Mr. Thompson, Leamington. Goodison Park was in good order for the seventieth meeting between the local sides. Everton, who had been at Everton, inside no changes from the side that drew at Derby, although there had been a doubt about Gillick, whose mother-in-law passed away two days ago. Liverpool brought back Riley for Kane, Bradshaw for Lowe, Savage for Rogers, and Glassey vice Hodgson, Day met a trifle cold, but excellent for football. Everton keen to take the edge of their 6-0 would sustained at Anfield early in the season. The moment I reached the ground I was a witness of an unusual and dramatic change of front. A taxi speed up the side streets, and Police-Superintendent Hughes was anxious to know why this taxi proposed to break all regulations. Inside the cab was dabs, who had been rushed from the Anfield ground at five minutes to two to play in place of Blenkinsopp, who at half-past eleven this morning had collapsed in the Liverpool offices through an attack of flu. Doubtless some Liverpool supporters said “Ah! Then why did they transfer Tennent the day before? The answer is on Tennent’s head, not on the Liverpool’s Club’s head. Cooper captained the Liverpool side, and after the players had come out two by two the game got on its way, Cooper, having won the toss, electing to kick towards the Aintree end. The excitement was intense when, in two minutes, Cunliffe fed Geldard across the legs of Dabbs. Bradshaw was beaten by Geldard, and finally a pass back by Geldard produced a scoring chance for Britton, whose shot struck Dabbs full in the face, and thus the newcomer had saved a goal in a minute. McDougall responded with fine result and “Nivvy” was most unfortunate when he spirited along took the tackle, fell and could not recover himself. Referee Thompson of Leamington, was unemployed not so the Liverpool defence especially when Mercer went bounding along towards the middle of the field for a shot at any price. He did not strike the ball in the correct manner, and Liverpool were glad to see the ball go outside. The first foul was committed by Geldard on McDougall. Interested onlookers from the sick ward seated in the front row of the Press box were the following players:- Sagar, Stevenson, Coulter, Stein, &c. Bradshaw made some sound play with his head against the tall Cunliffe, and Savage was particularly pleasing in the early phases. It needed the offside trap on the part of the Liverpool defence to stop a perfect of pairing by Britton those who have not seen Geldard at his best in the last few weeks.

Gillick Hits The Post.
However, Everton continued on the offensive, and Geldard’s corner kick ended in Gillick shot against the foot of the left post. A second corner kick on the other side of the field culminated when Mercer’s shot struck a defender and presented Geldard with a further chance. The goal was well packed and Geldard’s shot lacked pace and direction. Mercer made a wild attempt at a clearance failed to connect with the ball and White had to subdue Howe, Glassey joined in a close shave for Everton and Cunliffe probably hurt his leg in a long winding run on the right flank, which had no value because, when he could pass, he would not, and Bradshaw started where Cunliffe was made to end. The sequel was a strong attack by Liverpool, in which White had to stand firm against Wright. Moreover, Glassey got the ball in his favourite move clasping the ball with ease in a similar manner to a subsequent save by riley against Cunliffe, who was unbalanced through the attention of Dabbs and Cooper. After McDougall had been unable to time a shot, Britton became full-fledged outside right centring far across the field to Gillick, whose header landed on top of the net. Even nearer was an Everton chance, made through Bentham’s excellence. Geldard closed in, could have shot, and preferring to pass low, found Bradshaw touch the ball towards his on goal, where Riley prevented any though of Bradshaw putting through his own goal. However, the move leading up to this point had been so good that it was rather a shocking waste to find no Everton forwards ready to connect with a gift goal.
Everton Net –But Offside.

Cook, the full-back, commenced the movement by which Everton netted the ball for the first time, but the referee said “Offside.” Cook work had parried him to the three-quarter mark and his enterprise had earned something better than an offside verdict. The best thing in the match so far was the acme of perfection in timing on the part of White, who was bothered to collect a high ball and yet back-headed that ball behind him, and thus saved an awkward situation for his full backs.

A Gillick Thrill.
A swapping of positions between Gillick and Cunliffe collapsed through Cunliffe’s shot being far and wide. Vice Wright produced a long shot of much pace, and the biggest thrill of the match came when Gillick, using his customary cut-through to inside left, raced beyond the backs and, and seeing Riley out of goal tried an old-fashioned lob over the goalkeeper’s head. He got too much loft on his effort, so the lob that failed to go into the empty goal could be likened to the light that failed. Fate plays a heavy hand with the club that fails to take reasonable chance, and Everton thus far had three gilt-edged chances of scoring. Everton did other unexpected things, notable when Cunliffe back heeled the ball while Geldard stood at his side waiting a pass. White kicked over Howe’s pace in another Liverpool breakaway made by the resourceful Glassey. All Everton’s prettiness became futile so long as Riley was not called upon to handle the ball, and this phrase gives a complete survey of the first half-hour’s play, Riley was unemployed, yet the Everton right flank continued to flash through for what seemed to be an easy raiding party. Two Everton players went for the ball at the same moment, and Geldard found to his astonishment that he had a priceless grit if he could beat Riley. Over-running the ball he trapped it just far enough for Riley to advance and not only smother the attempted shot but also gather the ball. If Everton had taken their chances today as Liverpool took theirs at Anfield the margin must have been in the nature of a 6-hit. A further sample of Everton’s futility in front of goal arose when Gillick centred and Bentham’s shot struck Bradshaw, putting Cunliffe onside and no more than seven yards from goal, yet Riley advancing, was able to smother what should have been a gift. The overworked Bradshaw again found Riley in his best mood when Cunliffe tried to go through, and Bradshaw’s mis-hit was well taken by the goalkeeper. Much more practical attack was shown by “Nivvy’s” first-class centre and Howe’s header towards goal. There was only one stoppage in the first half, Dabbs straining a knee. Until now neither goalkeeper had a shot worthy the name; but Riley amended this by a very good save, even if Geldard’s shot was practically at him –one more instance of Everton’s inability to take the golden chance. Everton’s finishing was lamentable.

Half-time Everton 0, Liverpool 0.

The first half could be described as Everton noughty-noughty without being nouty and the beginning of the second half was little different except that Geldard’s last shot was saved by Riley after the right winger had been allowed much space, and had closed in to what it was reasonable to call a scoring position. Dabs brought down Geldard when another Everton raid suggested possibilities and so the game went on, with the Liverpool attack easily held and rarely in the picture, King having enjoyed a day off for the best part of an hour. Gillick’s was the best endeavour when he employed a placed header in the same way that he scored against Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day. This time the ball passed a foot outside the post. Bradshaw did heroic work while Everton’s attack proceeded to do everything but score, and Cooper linked up in similar manner. But nothing could have saved Liverpool in Cunliffe cross had been caught a thousandth part of a second quicker by Gillick. As it was, the ball fired a yard from Riley’s post. Referee Thompson had no trouble, and a number of his decisions were hall-marked. The possibility of a snap goal to Liverpool was always rife, and a pass out to Carr created an opening, until King came forward in confident manner. The Liverpool right wing was unusually quiet, and the match continued to be Everton’s over-neat attack without punishing finish. The crowd, which was probably 54,000 in number, had tried of the passed away shooting department and was over anxious for a goal. Cook gave away a corner kick with a complaisance not justified by the result as Glassey and Wright between them threatened to head it into goal although the ball passed just over the bar. The Liverpoolians begged the referee to change his decision of offside when the ball was netted. It was a pity “Nivvy” and King had not heard the whistle sounded because they played on and both were injured in the process, and with King diving to make a half save he was the more seriously hurt. Liverpool strongly contested the referee’s verdict, Cooper and Glassey joining in but being waved away by the referee. It was the only unfortunate debute in play, and was followed by Mercer showing petulance. Liverpool found the off-side trap on the Everton forwards a matter of supreme ease. Liverpool now had their best moments of attack; there was fire in the eleven, and the game now became more rousing. Gillick went through at a great pace, cutting inward, and, although hampered by Bradshaw and dabs got close to goal when his shot was smothered out, Dabbs being hurt thereby. When Liverpool were playing at their brightest and best, Britton, who had been the attacking half of the first half, stopped the Liverpool danger zone with a perfect tackle. Riley caught a further Gillick header. Carr had the best Liverpool chance of the afternoon, having beaten the back, but his tame centre was headed out with ease. This lapse might have been costly as Bentham now made a trim shot which swerved outside after it had appeared safe for goal.

The save Of The Match.
White made an astounding save against Howe when Liverpool made another insistent raid. Everton came back to engineer, through the aid of Miller’s subtedly another golden chance, but it was frittered away in the same way as all the others had been shelled. A free kick taken by tom White was sailing under the crossbar when Riley made the save of the match, turning the ball over the bar. Liverpool had been a revelation to Everton in the second half. With a minute to go, Cunliffe gave the dummy to Bradshaw, and then having got his position secure, trod over the ball. So the game ended 0-0, and Everton’s position became more perilous. Right on time, Cunliffe made a leap in the air, fell on his neck, and damaged himself. Final, Everton 0, Liverpool 0.

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