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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

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