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On This Day – January 19th 1957

Both teams were struggling in the lower reaches of Division One, with Everton having been hammered 5-1 at Aston Villa the week before. Ex-player for the Blues George Cummins was made Luton captain for the day on his return to the club, while for the home team Derek Mayer was switched to centre-forward from his usually role on the wing.

The game started brightly but by the time the half-time whistle blew, the standard of play had fallen dramatically. The home team took the lead midway through the second period when Mayers headed across the area to Jimmy Gauld who nodded the ball home. Though Everton had the better of the play after that, they could not add the vital second and with 12 minutes remaining the visitors equalised through Wally Shanks.

Five minutes from time, with the Blues down to ten men after full-back John Sutherland had gone off injured, Mayers shot through a crowd of players and into the net, with Luton keeper Bernard Streten unsighted. But the general concensus appeared to be that Mayers was not a long-term solution for the number nine position.

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