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John Dewar – by Tony Onslow

John Dewar – by Tony Onslow

Thanks to the British Newspaper Archive website, the mystery of John Dewar, who made a single appearance for Everton, can be revealed. He was born, September 1867 in the Renfrewshire village of Strathbungo (today part of the City of Glasgow) and was the 2nd child of Andrew, a Stonemason, and his Wife Janet. The family had relocated to the Kinning Park area of Glasgow when John became an apprentice to his Father and play junior football with Well Park with who he won the Glasgow Junior Cup. Around 1882 he progressed to Senior football with Thistle FC (once a Scottish…
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The Stanley Park Three – Tony Onslow

The Stanley Park Three – Tony Onslow

The names of Marriott, Morris, and Pickering might not instantly come to mind - when mentioning former members of Everton Football Club – but they played a major defensive role during their formative years on Stanley Park. The first of this trio to appear there was Thomas Marriott. He was born on the 4 February 1861 and was the third son of Mary and her husband John who worked as a Cotton Porter. The family were, at that time, living at 2 Duke Street but by 1881 they are living in better surroundings at Gray Rock Street where Thomas is working as a Clerk. He first played at full back alongside Tom Evans, from whose experience all 3 were to benefit, during the season of 1880-81 after which he was partnered by a man from the North East of England. Richard William Morris - born 1862 – was the son of John, a Sergeant Major with the South Durham Militia, and…
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Lewis the Fireman – Tony Onslow

Lewis the Fireman – Tony Onslow

When the Liverpool & District FA was formed in 1882, they turned for guidance to their more knowledgeable counterparts in North Wales, whose organisation had been formed some four years earlier. The members of the Everton executive, thereafter, would make incursions into the Principality in search of experienced players they hoped wouldimprove the standard of play at Anfield. One such man who caught their attention was William Lewis. Born 1864 in Bangor he was the third son of Edward, a stonemason, and his wife Margaret. The family home was at 72 Hill Street. According to the 1881 census, Billy had followed the male members of the family into the stonemason trade and had begun playing the association game with his local side Bangor. On the 4 February 1884, Willie Lewis represented the North Wales FA against their counterparts from Liverpool, on what was the recently opened Bootle cricket enclosure on Hawthorne Road. He scored one of the goals as the game ended in a 2-2 draw. On…
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Only Once a Blue, William Rowley – Tony Onslow

Only Once a Blue, William Rowley – Tony Onslow

When Everton began their first season at Goodison Park they needed cover in the position of Goalkeeper due to the tragic loss of John Angus following their Championship success at Anfield. Overtures were made to the currant Scottish International Jim Wilson, but he could not be lured away from his position at Vale of Leven, so Everton invited Stoke player William Rowley to join them on a visit to Scotland. Born November 1865 in the Potteries town of Hanley, he was the child of Charles, a Clarke, and his Wife Sarah. However, by 1871, Sarah is no longer living and William, along with his Father, is living at the home of his Grandparents in Hanley. By 1881 he is living with his Auntie and his cousins and has begun to work as…
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