William Henry Briscoe. by Tony Onslow

Liverpool born William Briscoe appears in the Everton line up - having begun his career on Stanley Park – during their inaugural season in the Football League.  Born the 24th of May 1866, he was the second of 3 children born to William and his wife, Ann. The 1871 census finds her, and the 3 children, boarding with the Kelly family at 15 Brisbane Street in Kirkdale where she declares to be a Ship Stewards Wife. The family later found a home of their own at 75 Windermere Street where William junior, after finding work as a Railway Clerk, began playing football for the church of St Benedict. The team had been formed by the resident Curate, William Edward Jackson. Born 27th June 1852 at Blackheath Park in Kent, he studied at the local proprietary college from where he matriculated to Cambridge University at Michaelmas Term, in 1874, and was admitted to Corpus Christie College. William Jackson later chose a living...
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John Arthur Eyton-Jones. By Tony Onslow

John Arthur Eyton-Jones. There was a “larger than usual” crowd of Journalists filling the Anfield Press Stand when the Everton players took to field, on the 7 of January 1888, to play Nottingham Rangers. They were here to record what side the club executive would place in field following the one-monthsuspension they had incurred for paying players they had imported fromNorth of the Border. The Scots had now departed so they were obligedto fill the vacant positions with local amateur players who were eligible for selection. One of them, John Arthur Eyton-Jones, had been born, 1863, at Wrexham in North Wales.   The 1871 census records that Thomas Eyton-Jones is living with his Wife Sarah at Priory Street in Wrexham where they are waited up on by 5 servants. They have 3 sons Thomas John and Hugh who attend the local Grove Park School. On the 8th of October 1880, the name of JA Eyton-Jones appears playing football, for Saffron Waldron Town in...
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Thomas Horn Fayer by Tony Onslow

Thomas Horn Fayer. Unlike many of early Everton football players, who met on Stanley Park, Thomas Fayer came not come from the newly established Anglican community around the Breckfield Road area but from their Anglo-Irish neighbours in another part of Everton. His Father William, had been born in Preston where he had met and married Newry born Anna Horn before moving to settle at 151 Great Homer Street in Liverpool. Their first child Thomas, was born here on the 11th of January 1866 and baptised at the church of St Anthony. The family later moved to Rokerby Street where 2 additions to the family were baptised at the church of St Francis Xavier. The Liverpool newspapers do not mention where Fayer developed his football skills but he is first reported, playing for Everton, against Bootle at the start of the 1885-86 season. He took a while to settle in with his team mates until he gained some plaudits, from the Lancashire press, for...
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Only Once a Blue (Part 5) Henry Parkinson by Tony Onslow

  When Harry Parkinson arrived at the Thornyholme Ground, he had intended to watch a Football League match but instead found himself taking part. He had been born, 9th of December 1866, in Oswaldtwistle, and spent the early years of his life, along with his Mother Catherine, living at the Star Inn where his Grandfather is Landlord. At the time of the 1881 census, Catherine is now the Landlady while her son has started to work as a Weaver in the Cotton Industry. Being brought up in a beer drinking environment may have been the reason why Harry developed an aversion to alcohol for he is now a confirmed teetotaller and playing football for a working mans club known as Bells Temperance. They enter the 1885- 86 Lancashire Junior Cup and, after disposing of Everton, win the trophy by beating Darwen Rovers, 6-2, in the final tie at Fleetwood. Next season Harry Parkinson, and his team mates, again reached the final, which was...
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