Alfred John Schofield. – Tony Onslow

Following in the footsteps of Edgar Chadwick, Alf Schofield first saw the light of day through the mill chimneys of Blackburn in Lancashire.  He was born 16th of July 1876 at 39 Alexandra Street the 4th child of David, a Machine Maker, and his Wife Betsy. However, following the early death of her Husband, Betsy moved Alfred and his siblings to the comfortable surroundings at 48, Brighton Road in Birkdale where, on the 1881 census, she is reported to be “living by own means”. Alfred Schofield joined Everton, as an amateur, in December 1895 and was first scene by the Goodison spectators on Boxing Day when he replaced Alf Millward for the visit of the Scottish side, Celtic where he scored the deciding goal in 3-2 victory. He made his Football League debut, 7th of March, in 3-2 home win over Preston North End and scored - during the final game of the season – as Everton won 2-1 at Stoke. Schofield next signed a professional form and was paid a wage of £2...
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The Three Young Blues – Tony Onslow

Like many of the young teenagers of Victorian Liverpool, William Gibson Walter Richards and Thomas Whittle would have been drawn towards the new game, association football, the was beginning to sweep the land and would have spent their early teens watching such teams as Everton on Stanley Park. They also would have observed that this particular club had, by 1882, caused the largest number spectators to frame their unguarded playing area. Next year, when they moved to an enclosure, William Gibson appeared in their line-up. Born 1862, he is recorded on the 1871 census living, in Everton, at 34 Hodder Street with his Liverpool born parents William, a Boilermaker, and Anne. The family later moved to 53 Melbourne Street and William was working as a Commercial Clerk when he made his debut for Everton, December 1883, in the local knockout against Liverpool Ramblers. He scored one of the goals in a 4-1 win. Gibson then helped Everton to reach the final of this contest and was in...
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Only Once a Blue (8) Walter Smalley – Tony Onslow

Everton had just excepted the invitation to become founder members of the Football League when Tommy Costley declared himself “unavailable” for the home game on the 2th of April. His place was taken by the elder brother of the club goalkeeper, Walter Smalley.   Born 1864 at Over Darwen in Lancashire, he was the eldest child of Thomas, a Cotton Mill Manager, and Jane. The 1881 census finds the family, which now consists of 4 children, have moved to a larger home at St Matthews Terrace in Preston and Walter has found employment as a Clerk. He has also become a member of North End Football Club.  On the 9th April 1882, Walter is in the side when the they faced their powerful neighbours, Blackburn Rovers. He got on the score sheet but Preston North End are crushed by 13 goals to 2. Major William Sudal then took command of the club and began importing players from the Scotland whom, it was alleged, were being paid for their services. They began the 1883-84 FA Cup...
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Henry F Briggs, An Everton Goalkeeper – Tony Onslow

Signed as cover for the controversial “Happy Jack” Hillman, Frank Briggs joined Everton, from Darwen, in January 1906 having first played football in the Nottinghamshire Coalfield. He had been born at number 84 dwelling – on the Alfreton Turnpike at Eastwood - in 1872 and was the 3rd of child of John, a Domestic Servant, and his Wife, Lucy. Henry Briggs is missing from the1891 census but contemporary newspaper reports place him keeping goal for a Midland League side who were the forerunners of the Mansfield Town of today. His skills quickly caught the attention of struggling Football League Division One outfit Darwen who gained his signature in February 1894. The Cricket and Football Club ran side by side in the Peaceful Valley and the community offered Briggs, a cricketer of proved ability, terms that would also guarantee him a wage throughout the months of Summer. He immediately took his place under the crossbar but could not prevent the Darreners from being relegated at the end of the season. During the summer he returned home...
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