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Singleton & Paterson – The Everton Mariners

Tony Onslow
Two Scots who had brief a association with Everton in 1901-02 before moving on to Grimsby Town
10/03/2021

Alex Birnie – The Scotsman from East London

Tony Onslow
Signed as an amateur playing for Sittingbourne, Birnie would make three Football League appearances for Everton in 1905 before returning to the southeast and then finishing his career with Bury
05/03/2021

Ted Surely Was Good for Everton

Tony  Onslow
Ted Shaw had a successful amateur career with Great Marlow in Buckinghamshire but he turned out for Everton as a guest player in a couple of pre-season matches in 1891 and might have been good enough to join them full-time that year
27/02/2021

John Dewar

Tony  Onslow
The Scot played briefly for Everton in 1892 just as Goodison Park was being opened.
13/02/2021

The Stanley Park Three

Tony Onslow
Thomas Marriott, Richard Morris and John Pickering played together at Everton in the 1880s
29/01/2021

Edward Turner – The Carpenter from Lancaster

Tony Onslow
Discovered in Kendal, Turner made two Football League appearances for Everton at the end of the 19th Century before joining Portsmouth
05/01/2021

David Henry Williams – A Lad From Shropshire

Tony Onslow
He was to play a major role in the development of Everton Football Club before they established a permanent home at Anfield.
08/12/2020

James Morris – A Shropshire Lad

Tony Onslow
The Trefonen-born player represented Everton during the inaugural Football League season in 1888
18/11/2020

William Wilson – The Last of the Originals

Tony Onslow
At the time of his death, Billy Wilson was the last surviving member of the Everton team that had taken part in the first season of the Football League
14/11/2020

Walter Brown, the Kirkcudbrightshire Blue

Tony Onslow
Another of the Scots who played for Everton in the inaugural 1888-98 season, although he is believed to arrived on Merseyside with no knowledge whatsoever of the association game
03/11/2020

Lewis the Fire Bobby

Tony Onslow
Bangor-born and a regular Wales international, Billy Lewis joined Everton for their inaugural Football League season in 1888 but his time with the club was short-lived
29/10/2020

Richard Williams – An Everton Goalkeeper

Tony Onslow
The Bromborough Pool-born player played over 70 times for Everton after joining them when they were reigning Football League Champions in 1881
12/10/2020

The Short Life of an Everton Blue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charles Munroe Lindsay, an Everton Goalkeeper

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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