December 27, 1939
“Some football clubs will be forced to close down unless there is general all-round improvement in attendance at matches.” This was the warning issued during the Christmas holiday games.
Mr. William Harvey Webb, director of Liverpool Football Club, made the comment to me at Anfield on Christmas morning, when Everton beat Liverpool 3-2 in a dramatic game, and followed it up yesterday by winning 2-1 at Goodison Park to record their third win of the season over the Reds.
About 6,500 people turned up to see the first game, and Mr. Webb said that clubs could not carry on with that measure of support. At Goodison Park there were nearly 9,000 spectators, and the two matches brought in approximately £800. The matches were on share terms.
Mr. Ernest Green, chairman of Everton, however, mentioned at Goodison Park yesterday that the receipts of these two splendid friendlies were sufficient to enable the club to carry on.
(Evening Express: December 27, 1939)