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posted 2 May 2018, 05:47 by Roy McDonald   [ updated 3 May 2018, 12:48 ]

This piece looks at some games between Prescot and Everton over the years. It was featured in the programme for the Liverpool Senior Cup Quarter Final game on 13th March 2018

Despite being situated just 8 miles apart, matches between Prescot and Everton have been relatively few. In 1918/19, Prescot and Everton Reserves were both founder members of the Lancashire Combination (Liverpool section), which restarted after the Great War. This only lasted for one season, after which Prescot returned to the Liverpool County Combination. This brought regular league games against the Everton A team until 1928, when Prescot left the County Combination to join the West Lancashire League. There was a remarkable game at Hope Street in December 1927 in which Prescot beat the Everton A side, 9 - 6 !

In Liverpool County FA Cup Competitions there have been several interesting matches between Prescot and Everton sides. Tonight we will focus on just two of those games.

From the very start, the Prescot players were keen to test themselves against the best sides in the area, and in just their 6th season, (1890/91) Prescot entered in the Liverpool Senior Cup whilst the reserve team contested the Junior Cup competition.

The senior Prescot side surprised even themselves as they won through to the semi-final stage of the competition where they faced the mighty Everton at Anfield. Despite an 8-1 defeat, before “a capital attendance of 3,000”, the result was hailed as a moral victory for the Prescotians, for Everton fielded Alex Latta, Alec Brady and Jack Elliot  from their Football League Championship winning side, and the hugely experienced Robert Smalley in goal. The five Everton forwards alone were said to be paid £20 per week, (almost one-fifth of the annual income of the Prescot club). The teams for this match were;

Prescot: Harrison, Lyon, Whitfield, Woodward, Fairish, Alcock, George, Prescott, Lawrenson, Stockley, Scott.

Everton: Smalley, Dobson, Cresswell, Martin, R. Jones, W.H. Jones, Latta, McGregor, McMillan, Brady, Elliot.

In May 1949, Prescot Cables met a strong, but youthful Everton A side in the final of the Liverpool Challenge Cup, at Anfield. The appearance of the players was accompanied by a brief thunderstorm, but that was nothing to the thunderous reception given by the hundreds of die-hard Cables supporters as their heroes took to the field.

Prescot were on the front foot from the start and generally had the better of the first half, and it was no surprise when Cables’ captain Sandy Lyon beat Toffee’s keeper Harry Leyland with an out of reach shot in the 28th minute.

Everton rallied in the second half, but their shooting was wayward. Cables made them pay, when a fine pass by Lyon found Bobby Middleham who, without hesitation, left Leyland helpless with a lightning shot from the left wing.

To the delight of their supporters, Cables ran out comfortable 2 – 0 victors to lift the Liverpool Challenge Cup for the fourth time in their history.

Prescot Cables: Alf Hobson, Harry Topping, Syd Stanley, Bill Rogers, Bert Jelly, Tommy McMahon, Bill Mottram, Bill Taylor, Jonny McGurk, Sandy Lyon, Bobby Middleham

Everton: Harry Leyland, Tommy “T.E.” Jones, George Rankin, Jimmy Tansey, Dave Falder, Leslie “Paddy” Doyle, Tony McNamara, Phil Taylor, Eric Moore, Thomas Gordon Watson, John Willie Parker

The majority of this Everton side went on to have illustrious careers with the Blues, collectively making over 1,200 senior appearances between them during the 1950’s.