Tuesday, December 26 – 1939
Match: Friendly, at Goodison Park, kick-off: 14:30.
Everton – Liverpool 2-1 (1-0).
Everton (2-3-5): Ted Sagar (C), George Jackson, Norman Greenhalgh, Maurice Hill, Tommy Jones, Maurice Lindley, Simmons, Stan Bentham, Bunny Bell, Alex Stevenson, Wally Boyes.
Liverpool (2-3-5): Dirk Kemp, Jack Tennant, Bernard Ramsden, Matt Busby, Tom Bush, Stan Eastham, George Leadbetter, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Cyril Done, Len Carney, Herman Van den Berg.
The goals: 1-0 Boyes (40 min.), 2-0 Boyes (60 min.), 2-1 Busby (Penalty, 89 min.).
Everton complete the double.
The Everton and Liverpool return friendly did not produce the good football nor the thrills of the first meeting. It may be that the players were feeling the strain of three games in four days. There were patches of good combination, but taken throughout the play never reached that high standard usually associated with Merseyside “Derby” games.
Both teams showed changes and the experimental line of Liverpool’s attack did not quite fill the bill. Nieuwenhuys at inside right started the game on the top note in that he was a keen shooter, and Sagar had to make at least two excellent saves from the South African. But that was almost the extent of the Liverpool shooting and Everton’s attack was not a great deal better in this respect so that most of the play was confined to midfield and goal incidents were few and far between.
Everton won because they took their chances and the scorer, Boyes, who took a goal in each half, had to be complimented on being in the right place at the right moment.
Busby Shows The Way.
Liverpool had the opportunities for making a draw, for they had two penalty kicks awarded, but only one of them found the net. Eastham (S.) took the first one, and decided that power of boot would serve him best. It failed him, for Sagar made a save under his bar. Busby took the second one, and he showed how penalties should be taken. He relied upon, the placed shot, the one which gives a goalkeeper no chance. He strolled up to the ball without any flurry and piloted it right away from Sagar, who had no chance whatever.
(Liverpool Daily Post, 27-12-1939)
Wally Boyes, Everton F.C.