June 3, 1941
Though Everton defeated Liverpool in their return game at Goodison, yesterday, the Anfield side put up a good show under the circumstances, and considering they finished the game, with only nine men on the field, the result did not disgrace them.
Bad luck, befell Alf Hanson, the Chelsea and former Anfield winger, who sustained a dislocated knee following a collision with Percy Lovett, the home goalkeeper, and was taken to hospital, I trust that he will soon be fit again, and that the injury will be followed by no advance after effects. The accident happened in quite a simple manner, and nobody was in any way to blame.
The first half provided some entertaining football, in which the forwards on both sides moved nicely into the open spaces and passes generally were well placed, but later the game became rather scrappy, and though there were some exciting incidents, play was not on the same plane.
Tommy Jones, who joined the R.A.F this week-end, had the doubtful distinction of ending the season by scoring against his own side the only goal of the first half. Later Wally Boyes got a couple and Jackson one, when Liverpool had only ten men. Hanson having been carried off on a stretcher twelve minutes after the resumption.
With ten minutes to go Harry Kaye and Kenneth Seddon came into violent collision with their heads, and for a moment it looked as though both were badly hurt. Fortunately Kaye was all right, but Seddon had to retire with a badly cut forehead.
This was my first view of young Seddon, at full back. The lad has good possibilities and is an earnest and wholehearted worker, but is not robust enough yet for a gruelling ninety minutes.
Cyril Done has improved considerably. Stan Palk’s passes in the first half were excellent, while the Liverpool half-back line stood up manfully to its task until the side was reduced to nine men.
Everton’s centre forward problem still remains, for, while George Jackson fills the bill as well as anybody could expect from a full back he is not the permanent solution. Sid Simmons will be a bigger asset when he cuts out unnecessary elaboration. The defence, if the same one is available next season, causes no anxiety.
Liverpool are due at Preston this weekend, and as Everton have completed their programme, Mr. Bill Gibbins sportingly offered the Liverpool directors the loan of any available Everton player if the Reds have difficulty in completing their side.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: June 3, 1941; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited