Monday, 31 December 2018

Emmeline Pankhurst plaque in Manchester is now on Rebel Road site

Thursday, 6 December 2018

The way I work: Linda Charnock, a young persons domestic violence advice worker

The way I work 
Linda Charnock 
In the latest in our popular series the young persons domestic violence advice worker reveals how she helps people escape abusive relationships and ensures they’re safe afterwards. Interview: Mark Metcalf. Photo: Rebecca Lupton 
I get real pleasure in helping women damaged by domestic abuse to improve their lives. It can be a complex, frustrating, lengthy task. 
During relationships in my early adult life I suffered domestic abuse. I don’t tell the young people I work with about these experiences but I believe they give me an understanding of what they may be going through. 
It was after being a trained volunteer and working as a women’s safety officer at the Manchester Domestic Abuse helpline that I started working in 2014 at the Paws for Kids Endeavour Project in my hometown of Bolton. Finding funds for services is difficult – one manager is constantly searching – but generally Endeavour, which recently celebrated its 21st anniversary, employs around 15 women. 
Endeavour was begun by women who knew that domestic abuse victims wouldn’t leave violent partners because they’d need to leave behind a pet they loved if they entered a refuge, because refuges don’t allow pets. Volunteers started collecting and housing the pets. Women were then prepared to escape their situations. The pet service still operates and I do occasionally arrange for a pet to be collected. 
I’m lucky. We recently got three years finance for my post and my part time colleague on the Young Persons Domestic Violence Advice Service. Last year we had 87 referrals from various agencies, including the police, social and mental health services, housing and solicitors. 
I try to help young people escape abusive relationships and then empower them to continuing living free from domestic abuse. To succeed I need to get to know the young person well but I have to tell them that I must legally share information with other agencies, such as the police and child protection, who I meet at multi-agency risk assessment conferences, where decisions on risk management, safety planning and referrals to other agencies are taken jointly. 
A young woman or man – 5 per cent of our clients are male, generally from same sex relationships – may be reluctant to exit an abusive relationship. They may be unwilling to help prosecute
their partners or former partners. Some will return on a number of occasions to unsuitable relationships. I mustn’t be judgemental as people can make poor decisions and it can take time for the penny to drop. I can’t force a young woman to do something they don’t want to do and it wouldn’t result in a positive long-term outcome anyway. 
The safety package for each young person varies. We have access to the national refuge network that provides emergency temporary accommodation for women and children fleeing abuse in an intimate relationship. I can assist a woman who decides to enter a refuge. Unlike in the past, women can travel outside their home area to find accommodation and I would enable them to travel safely to their chosen destination. If they later return to Bolton I will support them. 
Locally I can help find emergency or short-term accommodation at Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme, followed by finding the young person more secure living space and a support package. She or he may have been having their income controlled. I might need to contact the benefits office or social services so the young person can retake control of their finances. A doctor may need finding, one that does not know the abusive perpetrator. It’s a similar process when seeking a solicitor. This might take time as some perpetrators can have a lengthy list of court involvement, requiring them to find various solicitors. 
I liaise between the young woman and the police. When a prosecution takes place we jointly visit the court beforehand so that she knows what to expect. I attend the court during a trial. If it’s safer for evidence to be given by video link then I attend and give support to the victim. 
It is not always a case of removing a victim from their home. I may encourage them to report an abusive relationship to the police and get the perpetrator charged with an offence where the bail conditions mean a civil court will issue an occupancy order that removes them from the accommodation. 
The police can also issue a domestic violence protection order against anyone aged over 18. The police must believe that she or he has been violent or threatened violence. The order can be made quickly at court and requires the ordered person to leave and not return near to the premises, initially for a minimum of two weeks. 
Where I work with a young person requiring a translator – we have many spoken languages in Bolton – then I can access translation services. For safety, Endeavour would not employ anyone from among the local community the young person is leaving. 
After I am able to ensure the safety of clients I can help them improve their skills and tackle personal problems such as mental health or drug or alcohol abuse. As a qualified teacher I run a series of eight-week programmes around building confidence, self-esteem, identifying healthy relationships and empowering victims to become survivors and move on with their lives. 
I also help train two final year social work university students. This includes ensuring the students communicate clearly and don’t get embarrassed when required to ask intimate questions, sometimes of a sexual nature. We need more social workers – too many drop out after qualifying. 
I also take photographs of a victim with physical injuries. My information can be used in prosecutions so I try extremely hard to ensure it’s accurate. 
I am increasingly giving advice about mobile phone use. I want to ensure that nothing posted online from any phone can help identify the owner or their location. Some former partners are installing tracking and spyware devices in gifts given to children and I warn domestic abuse victims to be vigilant. 
My job is full of challenges, which are being made very difficult by cuts in the number of police officers – many of whom do a great job – local magistrates courts and other public services. But I am lucky in working with other people at Endeavour who share my passion to prevent domestic abuse. Also the feedback I get is generally very positive. Seventy-six young people were referred in 2016-17 and most of them said the benefits included feeling more motivated, managing money better and feeling safer. I am always delighted when I meet former clients and they appear pleased to see me. 
Two or three women are killed every week by their partners or ex-partners. Smaller numbers of men are killed. I have been a big supporter of the annual local Ellen Strange Commemoration event on Holcombe Moor, where Ellen was murdered by her husband in 1761. See:-

I feel that Endeavour and other similar organisations help many domestic abuse victims to rebuild their lives and prevent many more people from being abused and killed. 

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Living will allows patients to opt out of treatment

Living will allows patients to opt out of treatment 
Little known document gives control when sick 
Big Issue North magazine 26 November - 2 December 
A Lancashire woman whose mother survived a stroke only to say she would have preferred not to have been resuscitated has backed a legally binding document scheme that allows anyone to record any future medical treatments they want to be given. 
Brenda Kilshaw’s mother, Edith, 93, lives independently in Preston but has become increasingly housebound. Four months ago Edith was resuscitated by doctors after suffering a mini-stroke. Brenda and her sisters have rallied round to help care for their mother, whose husband died many years ago. 
When Edith returned home from hospital she shocked Brenda by saying she wished the doctors had not kept her alive. 
“My mother was unhappy and when the doctor visited she told him that if something similar happened in the future then he was not to make her better,” said Brenda. “As he was leaving the doctor gave us an advance decision – or living will – document pack to read from Compassion in Dying, who I had never heard of.” 
Legally binding 
The living will allows people to record any treatments that they do not want to have in the future, in case they later lack capacity and are unable to make or communicate decisions for themselves. 
Since Compassion in Dying launched its website in 2016, 21,600 have completed the legally binding document. 
“When I read the pack I realised it was just what I wanted myself as I don’t want to end up in a situation where I am kept alive knowing that I would then need to be cared after by other people,” said Brenda. 
“I have, like my mother, completed the form. It is quite easy as much of it is tick boxes, but alongside them are spaces where you can write down anything else you want to clarify and be considered.” 
According to Natalie Koussa, director of partnerships and services at Compassion in Dying, many people first hear of the organisation through “tragic cases such as Brenda Grant, who received treatment against her wishes for 22 months following a stroke because healthcare professionals had misplaced her advance decision. Other high profile cases such as that suffered by Paul Briggs attract attention.” 
Briggs was left in a minimally conscious state after a traffic accident. Because he had not made an advance decision his wife fought a lengthy legal battle to have his treatment withdrawn. 
Plan ahead 
Koussa said: “Compassion in Dying is committed to helping everyone plan ahead for their end of their life. We tailor our information for a diverse range of people. 
“We worked with Mind to provide clear, straightforward information about the rights of people with mental health conditions. We have worked with Stonewall to produce tailored information to the LGBT community. 
“Information is available in many languages, although the advance decision forms are currently only available in English.” 

Big Issue North 26 November - 2 December 2018.  

A visit to the Cammell Laird picket line with former TUC President Mohammad Taj on 4 December 2018

Taj on the picket line 

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Plymouth 0 Sunderland 2

Looking back towards Plymouth Town Centre en route to Home Park 

The view from the away end 

The Main Stand is being replaced 

After scoring a solo goal, McGeady doubles his and Sunderland's goal tally 

Celebrations on and off the pitch after Sunderland win 2-0.

After taking the car to Woolley Edge Service Staion then the bairn and I made the 7 hour trip on the ALS bus to Plymouth. 

Tribute for Spiksley article in England v USA match on 15 November 2018

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Tommy Lawton finished top scorer in Division One in 1937/8 and 1938/39


Everton 1937-38

29 goals (out of 79) 19 home, 10 away. Percentage: 36.7%

Runner-up: Dave McCulloch (Brentford) 26

Finished fourteenth 


Everton 1938-39

34 goals (out of 88) 20 home, 14 away. Percentage: 38.6%

Joint top scorer with Mick Fenton (Middlesbrough)



The article is from this book, published in 2012. 

In their book ‘The Essential History of England’ published in 2002, writers Andrew Mourant and Jack Rollin wrote: ‘Lawton combined brawn and delicacy; one moment a blood-and-thunder centre-forward, the next executing some manoeuvre of wit and subtlety.’
One contemporary said that he was ‘...the lightest mover of any big man who ever played football’ while another wrote ‘everything was about him was a threat: from his coolness, to the jut of his head on a muscular neck that could flick a heavy ball into goal like a stone from a catapult.’

Yes, indeed, he was a great centre-forward, brilliant on the ground, absolutely supreme in the air and a constant threat to defences throughout his career.... and all this despite having flat feet!

The only player to have scored in five consecutive England internationals on two separate occasions, he still holds the best post-war strike-rate of any England forward, netting 16 goals in 15 appearances for his country (1946-48)... doing so when there weren’t too many under-par footballing nationals around! He also scored one of the quickest-ever goals by an Englishman, netting after just 17 seconds against Portugal in 1947.

Over a period of 20 years, from his professional debut in 1935 until his retirement in 1956, Lawton scored a total of 292 goals in 471 competitive matches, including 232 in 390 League games. He also netted almost 160 goals in 125 wartime games (152 in 114 starts for Everton), struck 22 goals in 23 appearances for England, including two fours versus Holland in 1946 and Portugal in 1947, bagged another 24 goals in 23 Wartime and Victory internationals and notched two in his three appearances for the Football League.

He also scored another 200 goals in various friendly, tour and other wartime matches. That’s some record.
 Tommy Lawton was born in Bolton on 6 October 1919 - his father was a signalman on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, his mother, a weaver. 
A pupil at Tongue Moor and Castle Hill Schools, Bolton, he represented Lancashire Boys (playing for the North v. the South in 1933) and scored a staggering 570 goals in just three seasons for his school and for weekend team, Hayes Athletic. An amateur with Bolton and a trialist with Sheffield Wednesday, he also played for Rossendale United before joining Burnley as a 15 year-old in May 1935, turning professional in October 1936.

Lawton became Burnley’s youngest ever League debutant when he played against Doncaster Rovers in March 1936 at the age of 16 years, 174 days. Seven months later, he was the youngest-ever player (at that time) to score a League hat-trick, netting three times for the Clarets against Spurs. Then, following his move from Turf Moor to Goodison Park in December 1936 for £6,500 – a record for a teenager - he became the youngest-ever scorer in a Merseyside derby, obliging against Liverpool at the age of 17 years, 362 days in October 1937.

He went on to top the First Division scoring charts in season 1937-38 with 29 goals and the following year he helped Everton win the League championship with a haul of 34 goals, which saw him top the scoring charts again, this time jointly with Micky Fenton of Middlesbrough.

Remaining at Goodison Park for nine years – and having played as a wartime guest for Aldershot, Morton and Tranmere Rovers - he switched his allegiance to Chelsea for £11,000 in November 1945. After spending two years at Stamford Bridge – and falling out with manager Billy Burrell - he was transferred to Notts County for a record fee of £20,000. He helped the Magpies win the Third Division (S) championship in 1950 and following a spell at Brentford (from March 1952 to September 1953) he wound down his career with Arsenal whom he joined in a £10,000 cash/player-exchange deal involving James Robertson.

In March 1956, Lawton was appointed player-manager of Kettering Town. A year later he took over at his former club Notts County before returning to Kettering for a second spell as boss in 1963, becoming a director in 1968. Thereafter he worked as a coach and chief scout at Meadow Lane before becoming a licensee in Lowdham, Nottingham where he lived until his death in November 1996.
Back in 1936, Lawton teamed up with the great Dixie Dean at Everton and when they first met the legendary centre-forward put his arm round Lawton and said: "I know you've come here to take my place. Anything I can do to help you I will. I promise, anything at all." 
Dean, 30 years old at the time, had suffered several serious injuries and knew that there was not much time left for him at top level. 
Dean kept his promise and spent a lot of time with Lawton on the training ground. Gordon Watson, who played at inside-left for Everton, later recalled: "Lawton and Dean used to work together under the main stand, Dean throwing up a large cased ball, stuffed with wet paper to make it as heavy as a medicine ball". 
Six weeks after joining Everton, Lawton was introduced to the first team for an away match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Dean being rested prior to a fifth round FA Cup tie with Tottenham Hotspur. Lawton found it difficult playing against England’s rugged centre-half, Stan Cullis but he did he manage a consolation goal 15 minutes from the end of a devastating 7-2 defeat at Molineux. 
Everton drew their Cup-tie with Spurs and it was decided to play Lawton alongside Dean in the replay. In the second minute Lawton scored with a tremendous shot from outside the penalty-area. Dean turned to his team-mate Joe Mercer and said: "Well, that's it then. That's my swan song. That's the end of it." 
Dean realised at this point that it would not be long before Lawton would take his place in the side. 
After twenty minutes, Albert Geldard crossed for Dean to make it 2-0. Dean later added a third to no avail as Spurs scored four to go into the sixth round. 
Dean and Lawton both netted in the next game when Leeds United were thumped 7-0 and they finished the season with 34 and three goals to their credit respectively. This was the start of things to come
At the beginning of the 1937-38 season, Lawton lined up again alongside Dean, but the pairing did not work, Everton failing to win a game when the two strikers played together. In early September, Dean was dropped and Lawton switched to centre-forward for the game against Manchester City. He scored in the 4-1 victory and kept his place; Dean only played in two more games for Everton before leaving the club. 
After netting against the team he supported as a lad, Bolton Wanderers, Lawton celebrated with a goal in the 2-1 Merseyside derby win at Liverpool before scoring in six of the seven League games played in October and November, including an excellent strike against Leeds United (1-1). This made it five goals in eight games as Everton started to climb the table. However, on the Monday after the Leeds game, Lawton upset several players by walking into the dressing room at Goodison Park and saying ‘Morning boys.’ As a result he was thrown fully-clothed into the bath!
There followed a rather lean spell in December before he returned to form with a fine goal against Blackpool (won 3-1), scored another in a competent 4-1 and double-achieving victory over Bolton and claimed braces at Leeds (4-4) and in home wins over Grimsby Town (3-2) and West Bromwich Albion (5-3).
Everton finished 14th in 1937-38 and Lawton ended up as top marksman with 28 goals in 39 League games. The following season he finished top of the charts again, this time jointly with Fenton, an amazing achievement for someone so young as he was still only 18 years of age. 
Lawton scored in each of the first four League games at the start of the 1938-39 campaign (all won). The fifth match was against Arsenal, the reigning League champions, at Highbury in front of almost 65,000 fans. 
After 15 minutes Lawton laid on a goal for Alex Stevenson before powering in a second himself in the 38th minute, George Casey of the Sunday Pictorial describing it as ‘A wonder goal’. 
In the second-half, Bryn Jones scored for the Gunners from 30 yards. However, Everton held on to their lead despite Lawton getting a battering from Wilf Copping
Lawton had constantly beat the Arsenal defenders in the air and Copping warned him that he was "jumping too high" and that he would have to be "brought down to my level". 
As Lawton later recalled "Sure enough the next time we both went for a cross, I ended up on the ground, blood streaming from my nose. Copping, looking down at me said 'Ah told thee, Tom. Tha's jumping too high!' 
Lawton’s nose was broken and to make things worse, when Arsenal came to Goodison Park later in the season, Copping broke Lawton’s nose again! 
Charlie Buchan, writing in the Daily Chronicle argued that Lawton was the main reason for Everton's 2-1 victory: "....he had a lot to do with the success; he kept the wings moving and was ever dangerous in front of goal."
On target in the next game – a 5-1 home win over Portsmouth – Lawton had now scored in the first six matches. After a couple of goalless encounters, he got back on track with the winner over Wolves and also found the net at Bolton before whipping in a hat-trick in a 4-0 romp over Middlesbrough at Goodison Park, one of his goals being a stupendous header, directed with enormous power and accuracy past ‘keeper Dave Cumming.
Following up with two goals against both Manchester United (won 3-0) and Chelsea (won 4-1), Lawton was impressing all and sundry with his strong and clever centre-forward play. However, he didn’t have much success in the scoring stakes between mid-December and mid-January but stormed back with another fine goal in a 2-0 home win over Arsenal before hitting the target in home victories over Huddersfield Town (3-2), Portsmouth (1-0) and a 3-0 win at Liverpool.
Following another three-week spell without a goal, during which time Everton also slipped out of the FA Cup in the sixth round, Lawton was outstanding in the last two months of the campaign. He scored in a 4-0 win over Leicester, hammered home the first four-timer of his career in an eight-goal thriller with Middlesbrough at Ayresome Park (4-4 – with Cumming again the hapless ‘Boro ‘keeper), netted two vital goals in a 4-2 win over Birmingham, salvaged another point at home to Stoke (1-1), grabbed the winner at Sunderland (2-1) and then helped his team-mates complete the double over the Wearsiders with another smart goal in a 6-2 victory at Goodison Park.
This proved to be Lawton’s last goal of the season as one more win and a draw secured the League title ahead of Wolves. 
During this excellent campaign, Lawton won his first cap for England, lining up against Wales in October. He scored in the 27th minute but the Welsh surprisingly won the game 4-2. Four days later Lawton scored again in a 3-0 victory over FIFA and the following month netted in both games against Norway (4-0) and Northern Ireland (7-0). 
Lawton was only 20 years old when War was declared in September 1939. At the peak of his form at the time, he continued to sparkle throughout the hostilities, scoring goals galore for Everton and England. 
The British Army invited some of the best footballers to become Physical Training instructors at Aldershot. Lawton was one of them along with a certain Matt Busby.
On returning ‘home’ he continued to play for Everton before surprisingly being sold to Chelsea.
What they said about Tommy Lawton...centre-forward supreme

Len Shackleton (Sunderland and England)
“In his prime, Tommy had everything – a terrific shot with either foot, strength and accuracy with his head, the perfect physique, wonderful positional sense and a quickness off the mark that was unexpected in one of his build.”

Stanley Matthews (Blackpool and England):
“Tommy possessed a rocket of a shot, he could hit the ball equally well with either foot and was lethal in the air and, most surprisingly for a centre-forward of the time, had all the ball skill and creative prowess of the most mercurial of inside-forwards.”

Wilf Mannion (Middlesbrough and England): 
“I cannot recall any centre half who could keep him in check in his international days. He was the complete centre forward.”

Stan Mortensen (Blackpool and England)
Tommy had a wonderful knack of heading the ball from a high centre. He was marvellously equipped for the job of leading a forward line.”

* Lawton was rewarded with a belated benefit match (Notts County v. Nottingham Forest) in 1971 and a Testimonial match at Goodison Park in 1972.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Unite History Project

River trust denies funding crisis claim

User group says fears have proven founded 
Trust says performance exceeds expectations 
Big Issue North, 29 October - 4 November 2018 
The national charity given responsibility in 2012 for managing England and Wales’s inland waterways system has rejected a users group claim that reduced government funding has caused it to fail to maintain standards and guarantees future problems. 
The Canal and River Trust (CRT) replaced British Waterways, the public body established in 1963 that spearheaded the revival of the neglected 2,000 mile canal and river system – including towpaths, buildings and landscapes – after it fell into disarray following the arrival of railways and the car. 
“Can’t raise finance” 
CRT has faced large cuts in government, although it has been guaranteed money until 2027 and been given the power to raise revenue itself through rent on properties. 
Government funding in 2017-18 was £51 million, significantly less than in the first decade of this century, when it peaked at £82 million in 2003-04 and never fell below £57 million. 
In 2017-18 CRT spent £22 million on repair of major engineering assets and a total of £110 million on routine maintenance. CRT’s total income and expenditure were both around £181 million. In 2017-18 charitable donations fell from £31 million the previous year to £21 million. 
Allan Richards writes for, which describes itself as “the voice of the waterways”. Its readers previously voted overwhelmingly against the British Waterways transfer into the charity sector. 
Richards claims: “Our fears have proven founded. CRT can’t raise the finance to catch up on the maintenance work. 
“The core new funding stream is ‘charitable giving’, which has been disastrous. Moving to the charity sector gives some tax advantages and CRT has more flexibility on using assets. But the extra revenue is simply not enough to generate income to prevent the waterways from deteriorating. Meanwhile visitor numbers are falling and volunteer numbers are not rising to the levels predicted.” 
Mooring costs 
Richards believes CRT has been unclear about its problems and fears this will provide an opportunity for the government to cease funding after 2027. This will lead to mooring costs that are unaffordable for boat users. The subsequent loss of income will reduce spending on maintenance and facilities and lead to fewer visitors to the inland waterways. 
A CRT spokesperson rejected Richards’ views, saying: “We have guaranteed government funding until 2027. Our increasing property dowry, up from British Waterways’ £500 million to £867 million, generated £50 million income last year, double British Waterways’ £24 million. 
“Volunteer numbers are at a record level of 600,000 hours. Regular visitors over a two week period are 4.3 million people, up by 34 per cent since 2012. 
“There were 20,000 licensed boats in the early 2000s. Now there are 34,000. 
“Our performance measures set by the government exceed the targets set for the conditions of towpath, principal and flood management assets. As such the condition of the trust’s principal assets has improved since our inception. 

“We are creating living waterways that transform places and enrich lives, delivering greater wellbeing to millions.” 

Friday, 26 October 2018

Sunderland's best ever scorer of goals was who? David Halliday tops the lot

When it comes to scoring goals, David Halliday scored more per game for Sunderland than anyone else. Few Sunderland fans though know much about him. 

David Halliday is the only player to have notched 30 top-flight goals in four consecutive seasons and his record of forty-three in 1928-29 not only earned him top-spot in the scorer’s charts that season but makes him Sunderland’s highest scorer in a single season. 

The Scotsman’s career straddled the change in the offside law, when, alarmed by the shortage of goals, officials changed the rules in 1925 so that a forward could only be offside if there were fewer than two, rather than three defenders, between him and the goal. 

Even before the change, Halliday was already a prolific striker of the back of the net and had finished top scorer in the Scottish League with Dundee in 1923-24, hitting home 38 goals in 36 appearances. With such a pedigree, it was no surprise when he was lured south in April 1925 to play for Sunderland.

The Wearsiders were who looking to rebuild their side after a disappointing seventh place and Halliday’s arrival marked the end of Charlie Buchan’s time at Roker Park, the league’s highest scorer just two season earlier moving on to play with (further) distinction at Highbury.

Halliday’s role was a ‘simple one’ - get the ball into the goal. At 6 feet tall and 12 stone and four pounds in weight, he was powerful enough to give any opposing centre-half a hard time, especially as he was lightning quick and fearless in front of goal. 

He started with a bang, hitting ten goals in his first four games and although he could never have hoped to keep up such a record he had hit 106 for Sunderland in the League when the 1928-29 season got underway with the Wearsiders one of the favourites for the title under manager Johnny Cochrane. 

Halliday scored on the opening day, but Sunderland lost 3-1 at Burnley. Back at Roker Park he was, for once, missing his shooting boots when Blackburn came to town. Determined to put right his mistakes Halliday then hit home a hat-trick in the home game with Derby that followed. 

Two more followed when Bolton travelled north, the centre-forward profiting from some lovely moves down the home right involving Bob Wallace and Johnny Lynas. After eight games he’d hit home seven goals. 

Sunderland though were struggling down near the bottom with just six points, and in attempt to freshen up the side, Bobby McKay was signed from neighbours Newcastle United.

The Scotsman was a bundle of tricks and a sublime passer of the ball and was to use his position at inside right to scheme a host of goals for Halliday as the season progressed. Both men were on the scoresheet in a 5-3 defeat at Maine Road, and a few short weeks later each hit a double in a 5-2 Roker Park demolition of Newcastle, McKay playing particularly brilliantly.

Bury’s defence was never going to be strong enough when Sunderland visited Gigg Lane in November, McKay and his fellow inside forward Tom McInally threading the ball between the two full-backs during a period in the game of football when three defenders in a centre-half and two full-backs was the norm. Halliday hit two and soon after when Bury’s near neighbours Manchester United journeyed to Roker Park, his rich vein of goal-scoring continued with a hat-trick in a 5-1, Alf Steward twice being beaten with thundering drives. It wasn’t long before a third hat-trick of the season followed, although it still didn’t stop Sheffield United taking a point back south in a 4-4 draw. 

Arsenal were building a team that would go on to dominate English football in the 1930s, but Halliday showed they still had much to learn by scoring three times over Christmas and the New Year as Sunderland earned a draw at Highbury before hammering the Gunners 5-1 at Roker Park on New Year’s Day.

When Sheffield Wednesday travelled to Roker Park fans got the chance to compare Halliday with Jack Allen, who was competing with him for the honour of finishing at the league’s to scorer come the season’s end. Allen did grab a 30th-minute goal but by then Halliday had hit two. Both came in the first six minutes, with a neat finish from eight yards and a cracking 2—yard drive soon after. It might have been four, but Wednesday ‘keeper Jack Brown twice reacted brilliantly during intense second-half pressure from the home side in a 4-2 win that put them in touch near the top with their defeated opponents. 

Halliday’s goals were putting the Wearsiders in with a chance of a first title success in sixteen seasons, especially as the following weekend, he again hit two in a 5-0 defeat of Portsmouth. Winning away from home, though, had proven difficult, and so when a falling backwards Halliday headed Adam McLean’s cross into the net at Leeds Road it was a big boost as Sunderland then withstood strong pressure to win 2-1. 

It meant that thousands of the side’s followers travelled expectantly to St James’ Park for the local derby, and although their side played well, they returned disappointed after witnessing a 4-3 defeat in a match that revealed the Scottish selectors continued selection of Hughie Gallacher, who, with 3 minutes left, superbly headed a Tommy Lang cross home.

Gallacher had been a major part of the previous season’s Scottish side that had wiped the floor with England by winning 5-1 at Wembley, and it was his brilliance that meant Halliday never even played once for his country. 

Newcastle’s last-gasp winner seemed to take the wind out of Sunderland’s sails in the title run-in and when only five points followed in seven matches, it meant only 10,000 were at Roker Park for the final home game of the season. That was a shame because they missed Halliday finish off with a flourish, scoring another hat-trick described as follows in the Newcastle Daily Chronicle:

Halliday scored a hat trick with his first goal coming after a fierce bombardment, the second when he cleverly took a pass from McInally and the third after the interval was the best of the lot. He started a dribble over 40 yards out and finally drew Hufton from goal to shoot into the empty net.

The Sunderland man had blasted 43 goals to finish at the top of the scorers’ charts. 

Despite the success, the Scotsman departed to Arsenal before 1929 had ended. Robert Gurney was ten years younger and his time had arrived. The local lad was, in fact, to enjoy a magnificent career at Sunderland remains the Wearsiders’ record goalscorer with 228 goals from 388 appearances. His strike rate, however, never matched that of Halliday with 162 in 175 appearances. 

Halliday stayed a year Highbury before moving on to Manchester City, with later spells at Folkestone, Clapton Orient and as player-manager with Yeovil and Petters United. As a manager he was highly successful, leading Aberdeen to Championship and Cup success and Leicester City to the Second Division title. He died in January 1970. 

Article taken from GOLDEN BOOT book that was published in 2012.