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Eddie Wainwright – A Bright Light in Dark Days

Rob Sawyer
The immediate post-war era for Everton was one of austerity which made it hard for local youngsters to through the ranks to develop to near their full potential. Eddie Wainwright was, perhaps the sole exception.
28/09/2020

A Knight of the Round Table at Inside-Left?

Jamie Yates
Did you know that Everton once employed a player with the Christian name of a mythical legend?
21/09/2020

The Short Life of an Everton Blue

Tony Onslow
Isaac Roberts would play just once for Everton in February 1889
29/08/2020

“Van Den Hauwe – One Last Throw Of The Dice…”

Pete Jones
Without the benefit of the visual image, the unique medium of radio means that live football commentary comes to life in an entirely different way than television. Pete Jones recalls some of his most memorable moments experienced that way
13/08/2020

The Final Journey of an Everton Blue

Tony Onslow
The story of Robert Stevenson who returned to live in his native Scotland after giving up football but spent the last days of his life back in Liverpool where he had represented Everton between 1886 and 1889
29/07/2020

The Showman and the Dynamo

Paul McParlan
The Unique similarities between George Best and Howard Kendall's careers
24/07/2020

William Orr – The Boy from Gwladys Street

Tony Onslow
Born on Aughton Street but raised on the famous thoroughfare behind Goodison Park's most famous stand, "Willie" became the first Liverpool-born player to score on his Football League debut
18/07/2020

1966 (and all that) – Part 2

John McFarlane [Senior]
Goodison Park was chosen as one of the stadiums to host matches in the 1966 World Cup; this second part covers recollections of the Quarter-Final and Semi-Final games.
10/07/2020

1966 (and all that) – Part 1

John McFarlane [Senior]
The summer of 1966 was a magical time for Merseyside followers of football: Liverpool were League Champions, Everton were FA Cup winners, and Goodison Park was chosen to host Group 3 matches, plus a quarter-final and a semi-final of the World Cup.
29/06/2020

Singing in the Rain with 10,000 Evertonians

Paul McParlan
The personal story of an FA Cup away day at Notts County in 1984
23/06/2020

The Scot from the Vale of Leven

Tony Onslow
Trying to compile an inventory of Scotsmen who have played football for Everton is like compressing springs in an old iron bedstead. Just when you think your task is complete, another one” jumps up”. The latest addition to this list is John Walker.
10/06/2020

Dennis Stevens: The Players’ Player

Rob Sawyer
Two members of the same family left Dudley for Lancashire to pursue careers in the top echelon of English football. One sadly died in the Munich air disaster; the other would play an integral part in bringing silverware to Bolton Wanderers and Everton
02/06/2020

Tommy Eglington – The Flying Winger of the Fifties

Rob Sawyer
The Irish international left-winger, gave unstinting service to the Blues’ cause during some of the club’s darkest days. He is forever associated with his teammate and great friend, Peter Farrell, who crossed the Irish Sea with him in 1946.
18/05/2020

Tommy E Jones: A Gentleman on and off the Pitch

Rob Sawyer
T E Jones would have the burden of succeeding his supremely gifted namesake ‘T G’ but he went on to carve out his own place in the Gwladys Street Hall of Fame.
07/05/2020

Six Degrees of Separation

Pete Jones
The author tries to link Everton to himself via a bit of land in South Merseyside, the first unequivocal victory for British and Dominion force in WW1, one of the greatest songwriters of the past 60 years and what appears to be the archetypal reality TV show in six steps.
20/04/2020

The Hillsborough Disaster Documentary

Rob Sawyer
Rob Sawyer in conversation with Director Daniel Gordon, who has produced what is held to be the definitive documentary about the 1989 disaster
14/04/2020

‘Easy’ – The Mick Heaton Story

Rob Sawyer
On the 25th anniversary of his untimely passing, celebrating the life and achievements of a man who was a vital part of the managerial team which led Everton to an unprecedented period of glory in the 1980s
11/04/2020

A Classic Everton Who-Dunn-it

Jamie Yates
Going down the Royal Blue rabbit hole on Findmypast.com and stumbling in the direction of the tale of late-1920s/early-1930s Toffees’ inside-right and Scottish international ‘Wembley Wizard’ Jimmy Dunn
30/03/2020

A Day of Celebration and Commemoration at The Winslow

EFC Heritage Society
Earlier this month, the Everton FC Heritage Society teamed up with the current licensee, Dave Bond, to celebrate with the Borthwick, Robinson and Greenhalgh families’ connections to the football club and pub
23/03/2020

The Andrew Watson Story

Tony Onslow
Now accepted as the world’s first black football player, Guyana-born Andrew Watson was to have a career that would bind him tightly to both Glasgow and Liverpool. He would also make a guest appearance in the colours of Everton.
15/03/2020

Looking Forward to the Past

Lyndon Lloyd
As the 50th anniversary of Everton's 1969-70 League championship triumph approaches, Lyndon Lloyd chats with Dr David France about that wonderful side
12/03/2020

The Age of Illumination – The Story of Goodison Park under Floodlights

Rob Sawyer
There is something truly magical about a football stadium under lights. It’s hard to imagine that, as recently as the 1950s, winter kick-off times had to be set so that matches would conclude before dusk, whilst midweek fixtures were a rarity. However, as far back as the Victorian era, innovators were seeking a solution to the issue of playing after sunset
16/02/2020

Everything You Wanted To Know About Portugal (But Were Afraid To Ask)

Pete Jones
I’d been thinking about writing something about Portugal and Brazil since the appointment of Marco Silva and the arrival of Portuguese speaking players like Bernard, Gomes and Richarlison
14/02/2020

”We Were Surrounded By Wonderful People”

Becky Tallentire
The latest chapter from Becky Tallentire's 2004 book featuring the stories of the women behind some of Everton's greatest ever players features Maureen Harvey, wife of the "White Pele" and one arm of the famed Holy Trinity, Colin Harvey.
10/01/2020

Union Jack

Rob Sawyer
The Story of John ‘Jack’ Bell: Victorian Sporting Superstar and Union Pioneer
16/12/2019

Harry Catterick’s Centenary

Rob Sawyer
Last Friday, the Everton FC Heritage Society organised and hosted the ‘Catterick 100’ event to celebrate the life and achievements of Harry Catterick who would have turned 100 on 26th November.
26/11/2019

Jimmy Dunn and Sons

Rob Sawyer
Stein, Dean and Dunn – that trio of names is immortalised in Goodison folklore as the Everton scorers in the 1933 FA Cup Final victory over Manchester City. William Ralph Dean needs no introduction but today’s Blues supporters may be less familiar with the two scoring Scots: Jimmy Stein and his compatriot, Jimmy Dunn, whose son chats with Rob Sawyer about his dad and two footballing brothers.
20/11/2019

(Everton in the) Community Singing

Pete Jones
If you were watching BBC Look North West on September 26th 2019 you may have caught a report about BBC Music Day which included a snippet about a mass singsong at the National Football Museum. The singers were drawn from football clubs across the North West and the newly formed Everton in the Community Friday lunchtime singing group represented the Blues.
02/11/2019

Eddie Thomas – An Unsung Goodison Hero

Rob Sawyer
Slight – almost frail looking – he appeared ill-equipped for the hurly-burly of professional football. But appearances can so often be deceptive and Eddie Thomas enjoyed a fruitful career over eleven years.
23/10/2019

Bus and Boat Return

Alasdair Jones
As a bit of light relief, given our present travails, and with an eye to nostalgia, I thought I would pen and submit this short article.
15/10/2019

Architect of His Own Success: Samuel Bolton Ashworth

Jamie Yates
The story of a man who made 11 league appearances for Everton during the 1904-05 season.
03/10/2019

Names of the Nineties: Duncan Ferguson

Paul McParlan
Genuine cult heroes are hard to find these days but, needless to say, barring a miracle, we will never see the likes of "Big Dunc" again. He’s the player who made watching Everton in the 90s worthwhile.
13/09/2019

Everton – The Baseball Years

Richie Gillham & Rob Sawyer
Baseball may be a minority sport in the UK but 80 years ago Merseyside was a hotbed of this popular American pastime. Had it not been for the outbreak of War in 1939 perhaps it would have gained a proper foothold in our sporting life.
12/09/2019

Names of the Nineties: Daniel Amokachi

Paul McParlan
A World Cup star for Nigeria in 1994, Daniel Amokachi was Mike Walker's marquee acquisition that summer. The striker's spell at Goodison Park would outstrip that of the manager who signed him and while his record was fairly unremarkable, he is one of the more noteworthy players of the mid-1990s due to the extraordinary circumstances around his brace in an FA Cup semi-final.
10/09/2019

Goodison Park – The New Home of Everton (1892)

Rob Sawyer
127 years ago Everton unveiled its new stadium at Mere Green – it would become known as Goodison Park on account of its proximity to Goodison Road. The first football match would take place on 2 September - a friendly against Bolton Wanderers. Athletic News was on hand to report on developments.
09/09/2019

Spellow Lane, Stone Roses and Redemption

Rob Sawyer
Nigel Ipinson-Fleming was born in 1970 and raised on Spellow Lane, just round the corner from Goodison Park. In spite of his proximity to the famous old ground, he would eventually follow the rival team from across Stanley Park – but he is also quick to acknowledge the greatness of the Everton team of his teenage years.
05/09/2019

Clarence Berry, the rugby-playing goalkeeper of Everton

Tony Onslow
Clarence Herbert Berry, who joined in 1908 and played for the club until 1912, was the first Rugby League player to switch codes and sign for Everton
26/08/2019

The Nursery

Pete Jones
In a region of France known as the Forgotten Front lies an area dubbed “the Nursery Sector”, where new formations arriving on the Western front in WWI were often given their first front line experience. One was the 2/10th (Scottish) Battalion of the King’s Liverpool which included Corporal Wilfred Toman, formerly of Everton FC who was killed there on 2nd May 1917
21/08/2019

Blue Dragon – The Biography of Roy Vernon

Rob Sawyer and David France
David France and I have teamed up to bring Roy’s colourful story to a wider audience and give him the credit he so richly merits. With deCoubertin Books, we have recently launched a Kickstarter initiative in anticipation of publication this autumn.
01/07/2019

Soccer Boss? You’re Joking – I Want to be an Undertaker

Rob Sawyer
This article, adapted from the original, published in Lancashire Soccer Annual (1970), underlines Ray Wilson’s candour and honesty – and his pride at having played for Everton FC
24/06/2019

‘Rags’: The Life of Cuthbert Tatters

Rob Sawyer
Few footballers’ names are more evocative of bygone times in the Goodison lexicon than Cuthbert Tatters.
18/05/2019

Treasured Memories of a Bygone Age – Part 3

John McFarlane [Senior]
Continuing the theme of players I have seen in my boyhood, adolescent, and adult life.
10/05/2019

Treasured Memories of a Bygone Age – Part 2

John McFarlane [Senior]
To continue my memories of players I have seen play at Goodison Park since 1948, and who have left a lasting impression on me.
23/04/2019

Harold Uren and His Sporting Dynasty

Rob Sawyer
Harold Uren holds the distinction of being the first footballer to transfer directly from Liverpool to Everton. His sons Harold and Dick would go on to have notable careers in sport of their own.
20/04/2019

Tommy White – A Player of Many Parts

Rob Sawyer
Tommy White was Everton’s ‘Mr Versatile’ in a decade of service, which saw the club win two First Division titles, a Second Division Championship and the FA Cup.
10/04/2019

Harry Grundy – An Everton Winger

Tony Onslow
The Shropshire-born player briefly represented Everton and Lincoln City in the early 1900s and went on to fight in World War I and was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal
06/04/2019

Treasured Memories of a Bygone Age – Part 1

John McFarlane [Senior]
I was recently asked how many matches I have attended in my 70 years of following Everton. This question, together with the recent death of Gordon Banks, prompted me to think of all the players I must have seen and the impression they made on me.
03/04/2019

Kissing The Badge, Part 2 – A Little Latin

Pete Jones
All of us know at least one bit of Latin: Nil Satis Nisi Optimum; moreover we can translate it. But how come a modern football club on Merseyside has a motto in a language that hasn’t been spoken as a native tongue for 1,500 years?
04/04/2019

“We Were Treated Like Royalty”

Becky Tallentire
The latest chapter of the 2004 book, Real Footballers' Wives, features Annette Scott, wife of 1960s winger Alex who won the FA Cup and League Title with the Toffees.
22/03/2019

Ron Saunders – The Toffee Years

Rob Sawyer
Ron Saunders is best remembered for moulding the Aston Villa team which won the League Cup in 1975 and 1977, the Football League championship in 1981 and the European Cup in 1982. Less reported is the fact that he began his life in football as an Evertonian.
19/03/2019

The Charlie Parry Grave Event – 1st March 2019

EFC Heritage Society
Everton Heritage Society were joined by Everton FC ambassadors to unveil a headstone at the grave of former player Charlie Parry at Oswestry Cemetery
07/03/2019

John McPherson and the Kilmarnock Connection

Tony Onslow
Hailing from the same locale as his one-time Everton team-mate, Sandy Dick, John McPherson would briefly represent the Toffees as an amateur in 1887
21/02/2019

‘Flicka’ – The Life of Graham Williams (1936-2018)

Rob Sawyer
The "small but stockily-built" winger who was signed as a promising 19-year-old from Bradford City in 1956 and spent three years with the Blues, passed away last November aged 81.
21/02/2019

Fred Pickering – A Tribute

Rob Sawyer
The Everton legend passed away yesterday in his home town of Blackburn aged 78.
10/02/2019

The Three Young Blues

Tony Onslow
The story of Liverpool-born William Gibson Walter Richards and Thomas Whittle who represented Everton in the 1880s
18/01/2019

Jason Scott-Lee: Football Pioneer

Rob Sawyer
The story of one of the first of two players of Chinese heritage to play for Everton, some six decades before Li Tie and Li Weifeng would sign for the club under David Moyes
20/12/2018

Billy and Bob: The Fabulous Balmer Brothers

Rob Sawyer
William and Robert Balmer formed a fearsome, and fruitful, fraternal partnership in Everton’s back-line in the early years of the 20th Century
22/11/2018

William Henry Briscoe

Tony Onslow
He collected a Liverpool Cup winner's medal in his first season at Anfield and played three Football League games for Everton between 1884 and 1888.
22/11/2018

Gentleman John

Rob Sawyer
The infamous circumstances of Johnny Carey's dismissal as Everton manager in 1961 have entered football folklore but there was so much more to this which makes the focus on that taxi ride unjust.
13/11/2018

Kissing The Badge, Part 1 – The Name Everton

Pete Jones
One of ToffeeWeb's esteemed Everton historians looks at the origins of the name that our club adopted from the district in 1879 and still proudly bears to this day
05/11/2018

An alternative 'Team of the Century' – Part 2

John McFarlane [Senior]
To finish off this article, I pay tribute to another three Everton players who formed part of my alternative "Team of the Century": Sam Chedgzoy, Bobby Collins, and Bill Dean.
22/10/2018

An alternative 'Team of the Century' — Part 1

John McFarlane [Senior]
At the turn of the century (1999-2000), Radio Merseyside presenter Alan Jackson invited listeners to his 'Football Football Show' to submit the names of players with Merseyside connections to feature in a Team of the Century. I submitted an eleven who had left their mark on football both on and off the field of play; my Everton nominations were as follows...
16/10/2018

Charles Munroe Lindsay, an Everton Goalkeeper

Tony Onslow
The first of a long line of “first-choice” goalkeepers at the club
08/10/2018

“Nobody Loved Football More Than Tony”

Becky Tallentire
The next chapter of the 2004 book Real Footballers' Wives, features Marina Kay, wife of 1960s legend, Tony.
02/10/2018

“Maestro” – The Jack Southworth Story

Rob Sawyer
Evertonians laud the club’s lineage of talismanic goal scorers but some wonderful marksmen are somewhat overlooked. One of them, Jack Southworth, remains the only Everton player to score a double hat-trick in a first team match. Yet there was much more to this polymath who excelled on both musical and sporting stages.
10/09/2018

Jack Brearley, a Prisoner at Ruhleben

Tony Onslow
The forward played for Everton in the early years of the 20th Century and was caught up in World War I when he was imprisoned by the Germans while working as a trainer in Europe
20/08/2018

When 'Legends' were thin on the ground — Part 7

John McFarlane [Senior]
To conclude the list of players who represented Everton from the 1946-47 season, when the Football League resumed after World War Two, until the 1950-51 season, when Everton were relegated to Division Two.
07/08/2018

“Bunny” – The Robert Bell Story

Rob Sawyer
The Wirral has a proud tradition of producing high-calibre footballers and for a period in the 20th century, Tranmere became something of a centre-forward factory, producing the likes of “Dixie” Dean and his eventual team-mate “Bunny” Bell.
31/07/2018

When 'Legends' were thin on the ground — Part 6

John McFarlane [Senior]
Continuing the theme of listing every player who represented Everton from 1946-47 when League Football resumed after the Second World War, until 1950-51 when Everton were relegated to Division Two.
22/07/2018

Elie Hurel – The First Jerseyman to Play in the First Division

Rob Sawyer
Elie Hurel was the first man from the Channel Islands dependencies to play in the English top flight. His journey there – from being orphaned as a child to lining up alongside the legendary Bill “Dixie” Dean at Goodison Park – is a remarkable one.
18/07/2018

When 'Legends' were Thin on the Ground – Part 5

John McFarlane [Senior]
Continuing the theme of listing the players who represented Everton from 1946-47, when the Football League resumed following World War Two, until !950-51 when Everton were relegated to the old Second Division.
12/07/2018

When 'Legends' were Thin on the Ground – Part 4

John McFarlane [Senior]
Continuing the theme of listing the 50 players who featured in the Everton team, from the resumption of League football in 1946-47 until the relegation season of 1950-51
23/06/2018

When 'Legends' were Thin on the Ground – Part 3.

John McFarlane Snr
Continuing the theme of listing the 50 players who featured in the Everton team, from the resumption of League football in 1946-47 until the relegation season of 1950-51
13/06/2018

When “Legends” Were Thin on the Ground – Part 2

John McFarlane [Senior]
Continuing the theme of listing the 50 players who featured in the Everton team, from the resumption of League football in 1946-47 until the relegation season of 1950-51
02/06/2018

Benjamin Howard-Baker: Goalkeeper, Olympian, Corinthian

Rob Sawyer
Blazing a trail for Everton goalkeepers to represent England was the remarkable Benjamin Howard-Baker. If Brian Labone was “The Last of the Great Corinthians”, then Benjamin Howard-Baker was one of Everton’s first.
02/06/2018

Alan Ball Unseen

James Corbett
In this unpublished but recently rediscovered interview, the Everton great talks about his career high points and life low points.
18/05/2018

When “Legends” Were Thin on the Ground – Part 1

John McFarlane [Senior]
A brief introduction to the 48 players who represented Everton between the resumption of the Football League in 1946 and the Toffees' relegation in 1951, starting with the first six in alphabetical order.
14/05/2018

“He Took My Breath Away”

Becky Tallentire
The latest installment of Becky Tallentire's Real Footballers' Wives features Johnny Morrissey's wife, Celia
10/05/2018

“60 at 90” – A Night to Remember William Ralph “Dixie” Dean

Rob Sawyer
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of William Ralph Dean's record-breaking 60th league goal, Blues of all ages gathered at the People’s Club Lounge in the Park End stand last Friday evening.
08/05/2018

Frank Sugg – A Great Sporting All-Rounder

Rob Sawyer
The story of the cricketer turned footballer who played for Everton in the inaugural Football League season
24/04/2018

Le Coq Sportif: Spectacular in Action – Sensational in Style

Rob Sawyer
Everton have never worn an Adidas team kit...or have they? Not appreciated by many is that the Gallic marque, which burned brightly but briefly on these shores, was a branch of the German sporting behemoth.
25/03/2018

John Wilson Goudie

Tony Onslow
The story of another of the Scots who came south to play for Everton in the early years of the club's existence
22/03/2018

The Life of Charlie Parry

Rob Sawyer
Charlie Parry enjoyed 6 years with Everton, over two spells, winning the club's first Football League title and becoming only the third Everton player to represent Wales (after Job Wildling and Joe Davies).
27/02/2018

How Catterick avoided the dreaded taxi ride!

Paul McParlan
Everton’s unexpected 1966 Cup triumph
22/02/2018

Faith Of Our Families: The Hillsborough Disaster

 
Another excerpt from Faith Of Our Families: Everton An Oral History 1878-2018, published by deCoubertin Books
09/12/2017

Jack Humphreys – Blue Dragon

Rob Sawyer
The story of the Welsh centre-half who at one time was keeping Goodison great T.G. Jones out of the Everton team.
13/11/2017

Tim Cahill and Moyes’s Modern Football Miracle

 
An excerpt from Faith Of Our Families: Everton An Oral History 1878-2018, published by deCoubertin Books
13/11/2017

T.G. Jones at 100

Rob Sawyer
12 October 2017 marks the centenary of the birth of Thomas George Ronald Jones in Queensferry, Flintshire. The tall, quiet son of a Connah’s Quay coal merchant would find his footballing feet at Wrexham F.C. but he would achieve immortality at Goodison Park.
12/10/2017

The Life and Times of Peter Meehan

Tony Onslow
The life and times of Peter Meehan, yet another import from Scotland in Everton's early history
04/10/2017

Everton's Greatest Games – Dixie's 60

 
a chapter from Jim Koeghan's latest book, Everton's Greatest Games: The Toffees' Fifty Finest Matches which covers standout fixtures from a club history stuffed with great occasions and memorable encounters.
03/10/2017

The Life of Smart Arridge – The Welshman from Sunderland

Rob Sawyer
The wonderfully named Smart Atkinson Arridge was one of Everton’s first Welsh international players
08/09/2017

They Were The Best Years of Our Lives

Becky Tallentire
The latest installment of Real Footballers' Wives features Norma Vernon, wife of Everton goalscoring legend Roy.
05/09/2017

Andrew Hannah

Tony Onslow
By being the first man to captain both Everton Football Club and their local rivals Liverpool, Andrew Hannah holds a unique position in Merseyside folklore.
29/08/2017

'Jack O’ Both Sides' – The Life and Times of Jack Sharp (1878-1938)

Rob Sawyer
Jack Sharp sits in exalted company as one of England’s few dual cricket and football internationals. To Evertonians he is much more than that – an iconic player, captain, FA Cup winner, club director and founder of Liverpool’s best known sports outfitters.
31/07/2017

The Life and Times of John Cameron

Tony Onslow
Another Scottish import to Goodison Park, the forward would go on to make FA Cup history.
06/07/2017

Initials T.G. – Researching Tommy Jones, The Prince of Centre-Halves

Rob Sawyer
William Ralph “Dixie” Dean sits unchallenged as the king of Goodison Park. Joining him in the Royal Blue dynasty is the Prince of Centre Halves: Thomas George Jones. Tommy, as his friends knew him, was so famous in his pomp for Everton and Wales that he was known merely by his initials - T.G.
30/06/2017

'The Things We Do For Love' – Janet Royle

Becky Tallentire
The latest chapter of the 2004 book Real Footballers' Wives, features Janet Royle, wife of Everton playing legend and former manager Joe.
10/06/2017

Harry Williams – Death of a Mascot

Rob Sawyer
Aside from the iconic Toffee Lady, Everton supporters in the 1930s also possessed two unofficial mascots. Harry Williams of Westminster Road, Kirkdale, was one.
31/05/2017

“Even After All These Years” – Pat Labone

Becky Tallentire
The latest chapter from Real Footballers' Wives serialised here at ToffeeWeb features Pat Labone, wife of Goodison legend Brian
13/04/2017

Neville Southall – The Winding Road from Winsford to Goodison

Rob Sawyer
How a former Everton player, George Rooney, played a small but significant part in the career of, arguably, the club’s greatest-ever goalkeeper.
30/03/2017

Alex Lochhead, the Everton Wing Half from Neilston

Tony Onslow
Many Everton players over the years have been asked to make their debut in some tough “must win” situations but the first of these must surely be a young Scotsman who arrived in Liverpool during the November of 1891 at a time when his new club were challenging to take the football league championship away from Preston North End
29/03/2017

Joseph Davies, the Welsh International from Shropshire

 
Joseph Davies played for Everton during the season that they became founder members of the Football League.
21/03/2017

Everton’s 'Hall of Fame' Events through the Decades

Rob Sawyer
[Images fixed] Friday, 10 March, 2017 sees the staging of a Gwladys Street’s Hall of Fame event after an eight year hiatus. At The Hilton Hotel John Bailey, Pat Van Den Hauwe, Nigel Martyn, Ian Snodin and Kevin Campbell will join the 120-plus previous inductees in the pantheon of Blues greats.
06/03/2017

Charlie Leyfield – Everton, Wales and England

Rob Sawyer
Charlie Leyfield had a long association with Everton as a player and trainer. He also can claim the unique distinction of being trainer to both the England and Wales national teams.
24/02/2017

The Hope of Everton

Tony Onslow
The story of another Scottish import, Hope Robertson, who played for Everton between 1890 and 1892, leaving the club shortly after the move to Goodison Park.
22/02/2017

Andrew Gibson, the Blue from Dalmellington

Tony Onslow
Drawn to the northwest of England from Scotland in the mid-1880s, Andrew Gibson eventually signed for Everton but never made a Football League appearance for the club.
31/01/2017

Time to celebrate something

Mark Cuddy
January 22nd is a special day in the history of Everton Football Club and every year Evertonians all over the world should raise a glass to celebrate the date the greatest Evertonian there has ever been was born.
22/01/2017

Keys and Warmby — The Duo from Derby

Tony Onslow
The story of Jack Keys and William Warmby who played for Everton during the club's first season in the inaugural Football League
20/01/2017

On Tour in London with Everton

Tony Onslow
As reigning champions of the Football League, Everton travelled to London and played their first match against Arsenal in 1891.
13/12/2016

The Oxford Blues of Everton Football Club

Tony Onslow
Many of the early adherents to association football in the south of England played the game for love and not money and some of them ended up playing for Everton via Oxford University
26/11/2016

With Everton at Great Lever

Tony Onslow
The short and somewhat acrimonious history of Everton's match-ups with one of their early opponents in Lancashire
22/11/2016

Jack Cock – Scorer, Singer, Soldier, Superstar

Rob Sawyer
Relatively few Cornishmen have represented Everton but several have left their mark on Merseyside. However, the most remarkable life story is that of Jack Cock: international footballer, team manager, war hero and star of stage and screen.
18/11/2016

James Gourley of Everton and Morton

Tony Onslow
The Scot played 54 times for Everton after joining the club in 1909 before going to to forge an impressive career back north of the border with Morton
14/11/2016

International Football arrives on Merseyside

Tony Onslow
Following the first international fixture to be played on Merseyside at Liverpool Cricket Club, Aigburth, Everton FC hosted the second at Anfield in 1889.
06/11/2016

The Good Doctor of Everton, Part II

Tony Onslow
After many years of searching, I finally managed to find a newspaper report confirming the last resting place of the Everton benefactor Dr James Clement Baxter.
17/10/2016

If You Know Your History… Matchdays with EFC Heritage Society

Rob  Sawyer
The Church of St Luke The Evangelist – better known as St Luke’s – is where the EFC Heritage Society (EFCHS), founded in 2008, has been welcoming home and away supporters for the past two seasons.
11/09/2016

Nat, King of Goals...and Bowls

Rob Sawyer (EFC Heritage Society)
The life of Jimmy “Nat” Cunliffe whose achievements, like those of many players at Goodison in the 1930s, were overshadowed by the Everton giant that is W.R. Dean. Yet his life in sport was a remarkable one.
29/08/2016

Archibald Leitch – The Man Who Shaped Goodison Park

Rob Sawyer (EFC Heritage Society)
It is at Goodison Park where the work of Glasgow-born architect Archibald Leitch's industrial-style design is best preserved.
18/07/2016

The Life of Hunter Hart

Rob Sawyer (EFC Heritage Society)
Hunter Hart served Everton with distinction on the field in the 1920s and behind a desk in the 1930s but, unfortunately, his association with the club he loved was to end prematurely, as was his life.
30/06/2016

14 May 1966 — Is it really half a century ago?

Ray Roche
A story where one of the most famous games in Everton's history, the FA Cup Final of 1966 when Everton beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-2, was just a part.
14/05/2016

Car-Shares and Cemeteries: A Tribute to Jeremiah Kelly, EFC 1927-28

Tony I'Anson
An account from the unveiling of a gravestone commissioned by the Everton Heritage society to honour Jeremiah (“Jerry”) Kelly, a member of Everton’s championship winning team of 1927-28.
10/05/2016

In Search of John Houlding

Tomy Onslow
An article not intended to either praise or condemn John Houlding for the role he played in the decision made by Everton Football Club to move away from Anfield but an effort to try and throw some light on this “larger than life character” who played a big part in the establishing the game of Association Football in his home town of Liverpool.
04/05/2016

Amo on THAT Spurs game

Jens Björknäs
The strange story of how Daniel Amokachi decided to come on as sub for Paul Rideout in the 1995 FA Cup Semi-Final, where he went on to score two fantastic break-away goals that secured Everton's place in the Final, and went on to beat Manchester United.
21/04/2016

1966 and All That – The Story of Everton's Cup Glory

Rob Sawyer with Derek Temple
In May 50 years ago Everton celebrated one of the greatest days in the club's history with a thrilling win at Wembley in the 1966 FA Cup Final.
30/03/2016

Chelsea Hit for Six: Fifty-Six Years Ago

Rob Sawyer
Fifty-six years to the day before our 12 March 2016 FA Cup tie with Chelsea, Everton took on the Londoners at Goodison Park in the First Division and thumped them for six.
09/03/2016

Our Tam McInnes, an Everton First

Tony Onslow
The story behind the very first Merseyside derby that took place in 1894, two years after the schism that saw Everton leave Anfield for Goodison Park, and Tam McInnes who scored the first goal between the two clubs.
23/02/2016

Fond Memories of Shirley

David France
Ahead a tribute evening dedicated to Derek Temple, Dr Everton recounts his most vivid recollections of Everton's hero of the 1966 FA Cup Final and vital part of the Toffees' 1960s side in general.
08/02/2016

George Fleming: The Goalscoring Bank Clerk from Arbroath

Tony Onslow
The story of the man who scored the first goals for Everton in the Football League.
04/01/2016

A Christmas Tale from Liverpool

Tony Onslow
The story of Jack Angus and the events of Christmas 1888 when the then20-year-old Scot made his debut for Everton.
23/12/2015

The 'Lost Home' of Everton Football Club

Tony Onslow
Tracing the location where Everton FC briefly played their football off Priory Road in Anfield between 1883 and 1884.
25/11/2015

Get behind them?

Patrick Murphy
Fans barracking players who are not performing well is nothing new, as this piece unearthed by Patrick Murphy shows from early in Everton's 1956-57 season.
15/11/2015

Lunch with Latchford

Rob Sawyer
Rob Sawyer in conversation with the Goodison folk hero who etched his name into Everton's history books with 138 goals in a seven-year spell, 30 of them in one memorable 1977-78 season.
22/10/2015

The Untold Story of Ian Buchan

Rob Sawyer (EFC Heritage Society)
22 September 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Ian Buchan who, oversaw Everton's first team for a shade over two seasons. Often overlooked, his posthumous pen portraits have been cursory. So who was Ian Buchan?
22/09/2015

Cliff Britton A Life in Football

Rob Sawyer (EFC Heritage Society)
Part II of an in-depth look into the life of a man who was Everton's first manager in the modern sense of the word.
16/08/2015

Parallel Lives

Peter Jones (EFC Heritage Society)
The story of Thomas Norse, selected for three Everton reserve games in the spring of 1903 and another candidate for the roll of honour of the Everton players who died in the two World Wars.
10/07/2015

Tom McIntosh – Everton's First Full-Time Secretary

Stuart McIntosh and Rob Sawyer
Tom McIntosh is a significant off-pitch figure in Everton’s story, yet he seems to have fallen through the cracks of the club’s historical records and his contribution over 16 years is largely overlooked.
19/06/2015

William H Parry, a former Captain of Everton Football Club

Tony Onslow
The story of the man who captained Everton in the season they would lift their first piece of silverware.
30/05/2015

Cliff Britton – A Life in Football

Rob Sawyer (EFC Heritage Society)
Cliff Britton was Everton’s first manager in the modern sense of the word, yet it is for his footballing feats at Goodison Park in the 1930s that he is most celebrated. Part I: The Player.
26/05/2015

The Man Who Coached Everton to Their First League Championship

Tony Onslow
The story of David Waugh who went from Everton player to successful club trainer.
12/05/2015

The Life of a Former Everton Captain

Tony Onslow
The story of Nick Ross, the Victorian version of the present-day soccer super star who captained both Preston North End and Everton. He was described at the time as "the most brilliant back of his day, if not of all time."
05/05/2015

Was This the Birthplace of Everton Football Club?

Tony Onslow
It was to the Midland Railway Company's goods depot on Liverpool's Victoria Street, that Tom Evans, an instrumental figure in the formation of Everton FC, was transferred from Derbyshire in 1875.
04/05/2015

The Class of 65: Evertons First FA Youth Cup Winning Team 50 Years On

Rob Sawyer with David France
The players and the story behind Everton's 1965 Youth Cup-winning side updated with a postscript following their appearance at Goodison during the recent Spurs game.
25/03/2015

From West Derby to New South Wales: The Footballing Odyssey of Ian Hillsdon

Rob Sawyer
Some rejected teenage footballers quietly slip out of the game, whilst others have a second chance at a lower league club. An intrepid few go further afield to fulfil their footballing dreams. A prime example of the latter category is Ian Hillsdon.
13/03/2015

Tony Cottee My Everton Years

Rob Sawyer
Rob Sawyer in conversation with Tony Cottee
06/03/2015

The Enterprising Mr Sawyer

Rob Sawyer
William James Sawyer was a significant figure on the North West football landscape in the first half of the Twentieth Century.
24/02/2015

Jack Earp The Gentleman Amateur

Rob Sawyer
The story of Jack Earp who played for the Blues between 1891 and 1892 before winning the FA Cup with Sheffield Wednesday in 1896.
30/12/2014

Memory Lane - Everton vs Stoke City

Patrick Murphy
The last in this series looks as Everton's history against the Potters
23/12/2014

Memory Lane - Southampton v Everton

Patrick Murphy
The recent history of Saints vs Everton.
19/12/2014

Rob Howarth a Former Everton Captain

Tony Onslow
Everton's first captain at Goodison Park, Howarth took over as skipper from Jonny Holt after the move from Anfield
17/12/2014

Memory Lane - Everton v QPR

Patrick Murphy
A potted history of tonight's Everton v Queens Park Rangers fixture.
14/12/2014

In Search of George Brewster

Tony Onslow
The story of George "Dod" Brewster, an Everton captain who played for the club between for 18 months between 1921 and 1922.
11/12/2014

Memory Lane Man City v Everton

Patrick Murphy
From Hyde Road to the Etihad Stadium: Manchester City versus Everton
05/12/2014

Memory Lane - Everton v Hull City

Patrick Murphy
Hull City have made more visits to Goodison Park for FA Cup ties and Second Division games than they have made for top-flight matches and today’s fixture will be only the fourth occasion that they have visited the stadium for a top-flight encounter, all of which have come in the Premier League era.
02/12/2014

Memory Lane Spurs v Everton

Patrick Murphy
Cup Specialists unable to Match Everton’s League record – Tottenham Hotspur versus Everton, a historical review of this fixture.
29/11/2014

Well Qualified to Keep Goal for Everton

Tony Onslow
The story of Bob Smalley, the man between the posts when Everton kicked off the inaugural Football League season in 1888-89.
26/11/2014

In Search of the First Everton Stalwart

Tony Onslow
The story of George Dobson who made his Everton debut in 1885 who went on to become Everton's first captain.
17/11/2014

Tommy Eggleston Remembered

Rob Sawyer
Beside virtually every great manager there is a great right-hand man. In Harry Catterick’s case he enjoyed the vital support of Tom “Tommy” Eggleston.
17/11/2014

The Blacksmith of Crossmyloof

Tony Onslow
The story of John Weir, a Scottish defender who played 19 league games for Everton in 1889-90.
04/11/2014

The Costley Brothers Was It Jim Or Was It Tom?

Tony Onslow
Profiling Tommy Costley who joined the club in 1886 and was a member of the Everton side that became founder members of the Football League in 1888
27/10/2014

Memory Lane Burnley

Patrick Murphy
The Clarets – Vintage Opponents: Burnley v Everton
25/10/2014

Memory Lane Aston Villa at Goodison Park

Patrick Murphy
Villains – Oldest Rivals, Oldest Friends! Everton v Aston Villa
17/10/2014

A Tribute to Matt Woods

Rob Sawyer
Remembering Matt Woods, a centre-half who was on the Blues' books in the 1950s, who recently passed away aged 82.
14/10/2014

Buck Mick Buckley Remembered

Rob Sawyer
On the one-year anniversary of his passing, Rob Sawyer of the Heritage Society looks back at the life and career of Mick Buckley who played for the Blues 135 times in the 1970s.
07/10/2014



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