Tag: Joe Mercer

At 32, Emlyn’s even younger

Tuesday, August 28 – 1979 Emlun Hughes today spends his 32nd birthday performing his favourite party piece – playing football. The colours have changed from the tangerine of Blackpool to the red of Liverpool and now to the old gold of Wolves, and a second-round League Cup-tie at […]

Aston Villa wanted Billy Liddell

December 30, 1958 Joe Mercer, struggling Aston Villa’s new boss, made a dramatic attempt yesterday to sign Billy Liddell, 36, Liverpool’s Scottish international forward. But after contacting Merseyside, Mercer was told that Liverpool would not hear of parting with their famous veteran. So Liddell, now out of Liverpool’s […]

The death of Ernest Green

September 11, 1957 The last of the old school at Everton Football in Liverpool lost a personality yesterday in the death, after a long illness of Ernest Green, a director and former Chairman of Everton F.C. He was seventy-five and had been a director of Everton for more […]

Aston Villa pay £23,000 for Dave Hickson

Friday, September 2 – 1955 After a day of suspense, Dave Hickson, Everton’s bustling 25 year-old centre forward, was eventually transferred to Aston Villa at fee believed to be about £23,000. This is roughly what Aston Villa received when they transferred their inside forward, Tommy Thompson, to Preston […]

Goalless at Highbury

Wednesday, September 5 – 1951 Match: Football League, 1st Division, at Highbury, kick-off: 18:00. Arsenal – Liverpool 0-0 (0-0). Attendance: 47,483. Arsenal (2-3-5): George Swindin; Walley Barnes, Lionel Smith; Alex Forbes, Ray Daniel, Joe Mercer; Don Roper, Jimmy Logie, Cliff Holton, Doug Lishman, Freddie Cox. Liverpool (2-3-5): Charles […]

Arsenal v Liverpool 1-2 (League match)

Saturday, May 24 – 1947 Match: Football League, 1st First Division, at Highbury, kick-off: 15:30. Arsenal – Liverpool 1-2 (0-0). Attendance: 44,265. Referee: Mr. G. Tedds. Arsenal (2-3-5): George Swindin; George Male, Walley Barnes; Paddy Sloan, Alf Fields, Joe Mercer; Ian McPherson, Jimmy Logie, Reg Lewis, Ronnie Rooke, […]

Everton v Liverpool: A deserved draw

December 31, 1945 Liverpool’s great rally. Once again Liverpool demonstrated their magnificent fighting quality when they snatched victory from Everton by a ten minute drive at the end of the game, which produced two goals to offset the pair Everton had taken earlier on. It certainly appeared that […]

Wales v England 2-3 (International friendly: May 5, 1945)

May 5, 1945 Match: International, friendly, at Ninian Park. Wales – England 2-3 (1-1). Attendance: 35,000. Referee: Mr. W.T. Nash (Glamorgan). Wales (2-3-5): Cyril Sidlow (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Danny Winter (Bolton Wanderers), Billy Hughes (Birmingham), Donald Dearson (Birmingham), Robert Davies (Nottingham Forest), Ron Burgess (Tottenham Hotspur), Tom Astbury (Chester), […]

All set for some thrilling games

Thursday, March 29 – 1945 At Goodison Park on Saturday, Everton and Liverpool renew their struggle to go a stage further in the money spinning League Cup tourney. This game may well set up a new war-time record for Goodison attendance. The best so far is 45,820 for […]

International stars for Cup Derby

Thursday, March 29 – 1945 There will be right and possibly nine internationals in the great Goodison Park send off to the Easter holiday football programme of two matches in three days. Everton include in their side against Liverpool in the second “leg” of their North War Cup […]

England XI for Belgium trip

Wednesday, March 14 – 1945 Fifteen star footballers from Britain – 13 English, one Scottish and one Irish – are included in the party of Services players which the FA are taking to the Continent next week for two England v Belgium matches at venues to be announced […]

National captains in Army teams

Tuesday, February 6 – 1945 Joe Mercer and Matt Busby, English and Scottish captains in the international match at Villa Park, will appear for the army against the Royal Navy at Ipswich on February 17. Busby will lead the team, which includes two other internationals in Steele (Stoke) […]

FA XI and RAF XI teams unchanged

January 16, 1945 No change have so far been notified in the FA and RAF teams for the Soccer representative match at Coventry on Saturday. The selected sides are: – FA XI: Gill Merrick (Birmingham), Bert Sproston (Manchester City), Harry Kinsell (West Bromwich Albion), Neil Franklin (Stoke City), […]

Big receipt for the War Fund

August 21, 1944 Though it didn’t produce anything wilding exciting, the pre-season game between Everton and Liverpool was a pleasant introduction to Soccer joys ahead, and provided a nice little windfall of £1,150 for the Lord Mayor’s War Fund. It also showed that Everton have some spots to […]