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Derek Knox
1 Posted 29/07/2020 at 08:06:05
Tony, a much appreciated and interesting read, of which you must have had to do some digging through the records to obtain the information, so thanks for that.
Derek Thomas
2 Posted 29/07/2020 at 08:10:46
Thanks for these stories, Tony. Every one is a little and sometimes not so little gem.
Bill Watson
3 Posted 29/07/2020 at 08:22:25
Thanks for a great read, Tony.

Walton Stiles frequently pops up in the early years of Everton FC and I believe we also once played some home games there. Do you know exactly where it was?

Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 29/07/2020 at 09:55:32
How you get these stories and weave them together is a work of art, Tony. They make brilliant reading, this one was a fascinating story. How he was living in Liverpool and making babies in Kilmarnock took my eye.

Keep them coming, Tony, you've got an audience here waiting on ToffeeWeb.

Nicholas Ryan
5 Posted 29/07/2020 at 15:17:38
Tony, the sheer scale of the research into something like this, is phenomenal! Congratulations.
Paul Birmingham
6 Posted 29/07/2020 at 19:30:28
Tony, another epic story, superb.
David Greenwood
7 Posted 29/07/2020 at 21:16:18
Another brilliant story, cheers Tony.
Phil Parker
8 Posted 29/07/2020 at 23:04:33
Walton Stiles was on Priory Road, Bill, where the garage is now. We played there for one season, before we moved to Anfield.

Great piece, Tony, we are lucky to have lads like you who dig deep for Everton History that we can all savour.

Bill Watson
9 Posted 29/07/2020 at 23:28:59
Thanks Phil. I knew we played on the garage site but always thought Walton Stiles was somewhere around City Road.

The fact that Stevenson had a wife and children up in Kilmarnock suggests he was being paid by the various clubs he played for.

Phil Parker
10 Posted 30/07/2020 at 00:53:38
You're right, Bill, and City Road rang a bell with me. Walton Stiles was the home of the Stanley football team. They were away games for us. On the dates given, we were already at Anfield.


Phil Parker
11 Posted 30/07/2020 at 01:28:59
Remember reading that we played 3 "home" games at Walton Stiles. Over to you, Tony.
Tony Onslow
12 Posted 30/07/2020 at 20:48:01
The Walton Stiles ground once stood on what is now City Road about 100 yards away from Goodison Park. It was constructed by The Liverpool Association FC, captained by Edwin Berry, and opened on the 23 September 1882 with a visit from Blackburn Rovers. This club folded next season and Edwin Berry joined Everton.

Everton played one game on the enclosure, 10 September 1883 when they beat Southport 3-1. Next November, they moved to their own enclosure on Lower Arkles Lane. Walton Stiles was then taken over by Stanley FC. Everton played at this location several times, against Stanley, before they folded and the location was given over to housing.

Brent Stephens
13 Posted 30/07/2020 at 20:51:46
That's a great read, Tony. Cheers, mate.
Bill Watson
14 Posted 30/07/2020 at 23:21:34
Thanks for that, Tony. Fascinating stuff!
Dale Rose
15 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:16:47
Very interesting article indeed. I'm so impressed by the guys who write and research these articles. Top bloke, Tony.
Mike Berry
16 Posted 03/08/2020 at 18:07:58
Great read.

Thanks, Tony.

David Ellis
17 Posted 04/08/2020 at 05:29:05
Thanks, Tony – I enjoyed that.
Phil Parker
18 Posted 09/08/2020 at 00:32:56
Brilliant, Tony, thanks for all your research.

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