England's top two soccer clubs from last season -- league champions Everton and Football Association Cup winners Chelsea -- matched skills in London today (Saturday) in the annual clash for the FA Charity Shield.
England's top two soccer clubs from last season -- league champions Everton and Football Association Cup winners Chelsea -- matched skills in London today (Saturday) in the annual clash for the FA Charity Shield. Despite a valiant late rally by Chelsea, Everton added the shield to the club's league honours with a 2-1 victory.
Though Chelsea had the ground advantage, they were handicapped by injuries to such stars as McCreadie, Boyle, Dempsey, Cooke and Baldwin.
Everton seized the early initiative from the Londoners. Ball, England's World Cup star and Everton's new captain, took control of the midfield.
A quick-fire passing movement between Ball and Harvey after 37 minutes set Alan Whittle free just inside the penalty area. The winger deceived Chelsea's goalkeeper Bonetti by hitting a superb drive between defenders into the top lefthand corner of the net.
Nine minutes after the interval, Chelsea defender Hollins made a weak back pass under pressure. Royle snapped it up and clipped a centre over Bonetti's head to Howard Kendall, who nodded in an easy header.
Chelsea came back with one of their famous late rallies. In the 78th minute, Hutchinson reduced the arrears when he outjumped Everton goalkeeper West to head Weller's centre into the goal. But although the Londoners kept up the pressure, they were unable to penetrate Everton's well-organised defence a second time.