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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

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

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

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

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

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

'Money Can’t Buy Us Love: Everton in the 1960s' – By Gavin Buckland

Rob Sawyer
Two strong-willed, complicated, men form the axis of a new book by Gavin Buckland which explores, in greater detail than ever before, Everton during the trophy-laden 1960s
16/08/2019

Update on the Kickstarter Project for Blue Dragon - The Biography of Roy Vernon

Rob Sawyer
With twelve days to run, we are just over half-way to the £5000 target. David and I would greatly appreciate the support of ToffeeWeb readers to get this over the line so that the biography can be published in the autumn.
19/07/2019

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