Billy Smith

Goodison Park – The New Home of Everton (1892) – Rob Sawyer

Goodison Park – The New Home of Everton (1892) – Rob Sawyer

Billy Smith has been a royal blue bloodhound for many years, sniffing out historic articles about our beloved club in microfilm archives across the region. These nuggets are posted on his excellent Blue Correspondent website (bluecorrespondent.co.uk). Working chronologically, he has reached the 1962/63 season but Billy continues locate and transcribe previously hidden gems from earlier eras. One vein of high-quality content mined by Billy is Athletic News (The Athletic News and Cyclists' Journal, to give it its full title). This Manchester-based weekly newspaper, which ran from 1875 to 1931 was a keen proponent of Association Football in its early decades. Mere Green…
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Everton Tour of Argentina – 1909

Transcribed from the Liverpool Echo by Blue Correspondent, Billy Smith EVERTON F.C. “GAMBETEANDO.”DIRECTOR BAINBRIDGE'S COMPLETE REVIEW OF THE TOUR IN THE ARGENTINE. The Liverpool Football Echo         July 24 1909 WHAT THEY DID and HOW THEY DID IT The following is the exhaustive diary of Mr. E.A.Bainbridge, of the Everton Football Club, who, together with Mr. A.E.Wade, was in charge of the Argentine tour. Mr. Bainbridge writes as follows: - On the 13 th May last, numerous friends and admires assembled at Lime-street Station, Liverpool to wish bon voyage to the Everton football team and officials on their departure by the…
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Joe McClure – Career Record

A booklet compiled for Reverend and the Maker's lead singer Jon McClure. Full story click here. Joe McClure Everton Career 1929-1933  Researched by Billy Smith, Photographs supplied by Brendon Connelly & Compiled By Richard Gilliam On Behalf of the EFC Heritage Society WikipediaEVERTON SIGN WALLSEND PLAYER Hartlepool Mail Monday 4 November 1929 Joseph Henry McClure, a young half-back now playing for Wallsend. in the North-Eastern League, was signed on by Everton following his club's game with Hartlepool’s Reserves on Saturday. McClure, who plays on either wing, was on the books of Preston North End before joining Wallsend, and is 22 years…
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William Charles Cuff

A variety of press articles relating to William Cuff - Transcribed by Blue Correspondent, Billy Smith Great Football Legislator February 7, 1949. The Liverpool Daily Post Mr. W.C. Cuff Dies Mr. William Charles Cuff, president of the Football league, and one of the original members of Everton F.C, died yesterday, aged 80. A Liverpool solicitor, he was one of football’s greatest legislators and was the man who introduced the system of numbering players. The rejection of a plan, a few years ago, for pool betting subsides to football was one of his successes. He consistently opposed this. Mr. Cuff had…
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Everton Suspension of 1887

Transcribed from the local press by Blue Correspondent, Billy Smith The Football Field        December 12th 1887 A Chat with Mr Nisbet How the club came to the front As all the world knows by this, the Everton F.C. have been adjudged guilty of infringing the laws relating to professionalism and importation, and suspended for a month, the sentence remaining in force until January 5, and thus depriving the club of the benefit of the New Year fixtures. The following seven players have been declared professionals; - Dick, Watson, Izzatt, Murray, Weir, Cassidy, and Goudie. In obedience to our commission, our…
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