Bradford Park Avenue v Everton 4-1 (League match: November 29, 1930)

November 29, 1930
Match: Football League, Second Division, at Park Avenue.
Bradford Park Avenue – Everton 4-1 (0-0).
Attendance: 19,638.
Referee: Mr. H.H. Heath.
Bradford Park Avenue (2-3-5): Jack Clough, Sam Cookson, Tommy Lloyd, Harold Taylor, Jimmy Elwood, John Smith, Bert Davies, Harry Scott, Trevor Rhodes, Steve Kilcat, Syd Dickinson.
Everton (2-3-5): Billy Coggins, Ben Williams (C), Warney Cresswell, Cliff Britton, Tom Griffiths, Jock Thomson, Monty Wilkinson, Jimmy Dunn, Dixie Dean, Tosh Johnson, Jimmy Stein.
The goals: 1-0 Rhodes (50 min.), 2-0 Scott (54 min.), 3-0 Rhodes (57 min.), 3-1 Johnson (85 min.), 4-1 Davies (87 min.).

Everton Run Checked.
Williams Sustains Damaged Ankle.
Hopeless Task for Ten Men.
Everton lost their second match of the season by the convincing score of 1-4. Bradford has never been a home for the Everton team on cup or league, and now one has to add to their character of accidental the injury of the captain, Williams was off the whole of the second half through an ankle injury that may take weeks to mend.

When the teams turned out for the second half before 20,000 spectators, Cresswell played at back on his own account; this, it may be argued, is courting goals against, and on the other hand it may be reasonably argued that for playing four forwards after the way the forwards had shown up in the first half, one could only expect the deputy back and Cresswell to have a harassing time.

It was decided that Cresswell should stand on his own account, and he played as well as ever, but nowadays it is impossible for ten men to play eleven, no matter what the value of the ten may be in the scales of football form and skill. Where Everton was unfortunate in addition, was in the fact that, after Bradford had scored an opening goal, Dean was badly tripped and seemed to have “no” as answer to his appeal for a free kick.

Whistle Incident.
Play went on; hardly anyone on or off the field heard the whistle that was said to have been blown for a free kick. Meantime all the players had gone on with the game, and Dunn had made the score 1-1 – only to find his net result was a free kick he did not want.

It was not the ordinary case of a player playing on believing the whistle had not gone; the home players could not have heard the whistle, as they made desperate efforts to stay the equalising goal. However, the absence of a captain and the denial of the goal upset Everton considerably, and with a glut of goals coming all at once – three in seven minutes – Everton were shaken. They fought back so well that while Johnson scored, Stein should have scored one goal, and at the finish they were playing with ten men far in advance of anything they had done before, so that Bradford had to resort to kicking out to save their side.

That Davis scored a pretty solo goal with the last kick of the match to make the score 4-1was neither here nor there, because the game had run its course so much so that the usual feature of the centre kick not being taken was adopted.

The fact remains that Everton’s at three-quarter time had a chance to save the game mainly because they got into the right groove of football charm and out more energy and effort in their work, which had previously lacked heartiness. All through, however, one felt, and sensed the feeling of loss of the captain, and to the quite candid Everton had not played well; they had played just well enough, aided by Coggins safely and Cresswell’s magnificence to keep the score level to half-time.

Griffiths played a valiant part, one of his best displays he has given. But on the wing there was a lack of touch and ideals; this applied not only to the wing half-backs, but also to the wing forwards, Stein having a moderate match. Wilkinson could not respond to the work of Dunn, which bore a high mark all through, and Johnson added much endeavour. Dean was well looked after, and in a terribly muddy patch he could not get his shots travel towards goal.

Go –Ahead Side.
Bradford are a good go-ahead side. True they had the help of a mistake made by Coggins for the second goal. Yet all through the home side won mainly because of their endeavour. Had Rhodes been sharper they would have won by more goals. As it was he went lame and finally retired to make the teams ten a side.

Bradford were particularly rousing at full-back where Cookson delved into the game with a heartiness that brooked no interference. Elwood was a worker at centre-half, and Kilcar showed a fine idea and much shooting spirit. Best of all however, was Davies the local man at outside right.
Scorers: Rhodes, Scott, Rhodes, Johnson and Davies.
(Liverpool Post and Mercury, 01-12-1930)

Trevor Rhodes, Bradford Park Avenue.


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