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 Waleswhose organisation had been formed some 4 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 3rd Son of Edward, a Stonemason, and his Wife Margaret. The family home was at 72 Hill Street. According to the 1881 census, Billy has followed the male members of the family intothe Stonemason Trade and has begun playing the association gamewith his local side Bangor. On the 4th of February 1884, Willie Lewisrepresented the North Wales FA against their counterparts from Liverpool on what was the recently opened Bootle Cricket enclosure onHawthorne Road. He scored one of the goals as the game ended in a 2-2 draw. On the 14th of March 1885, he made his International debutagainst England on the home of Blackburn Rovers at Leamington Roadand scored a late equaliser as the game ended 1-1. Lewis had made another several appearances for Wales when he signed articles with Everton in August 1888. The Welshman was first seen at Anfield when Everton beat Halliwell 2-1before taking part in the clubs inaugural Football League match against Accrington where he took up position at centre forward. The day was a...
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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 neededcover in the position of Goalkeeper due to the tragic loss of John Angusfollowing 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 1881he is living with his Auntie and his cousins and has begun to work as a Potter. Around 1884 he joined Burslam Port Vale and was quickly chosen to play representative matches for Staffordshire. Next season he took part in the clubs inaugural FA Cup campaign which saw them having to withdraw when faced with an expensive replayed game against Essex based Brentwood. Rowley then caused a controversy when, unbeknown to the Burslam side, he joined neighbours Stoke which resulted in court case and in his new club having pay a fine which amounted to £5. Both sidesnext applied for membership of the Football League, but it...
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Edward Turner, the Carpenter from Lancaster – Tony Onslow

Edward Turner, the Carpenter from Lancaster – Tony Onslow

Renowned for its Mint Cake and Grey Limestone buildings, the former Westmorland County Town of Kendal – now Part of Cumbria – was the location at which an Everton talent scout discovered a defender with the name of Edward Turner. Born the 24th of February 1874 in Lancaster, he was the 2nd child of John, a Cotton Spinner, and his wife Mary. The 1881 census finds the family living on Rigg Lane but by 1891 they had moved to Penfold Lane where Edward has begun to learn the Carpentry trade. Around this time his name briefly appears playing for the local Skerton club but by 1896 he is reported to be representing Kendal in the Lancashire Junior Cup against Whiston. This club are also members of the Westmorland FA and play their home matches on a small enclosure known as Maud’s Meadow. On the 19th of January 1898 Edward Turner accepted a trial period of one month with Everton, which proved...
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Only Once a Blue, Humphrey Jones – Tony Onslow

Only Once a Blue, Humphrey Jones – Tony Onslow

Once a major force in Scottish football, the Vale of Leven club are basedin the small Dunbartonshire town of Alexandria. Originally formed in 1872, there were the first team to take away the SFA Cup from the famous Queens Park club of Glasgow when they won the trophy threetimes on the run between 1877-78 -79. In 1890, now founder members of the Scottish League, the Scots made their first visit to Liverpool where a certain Humphrey Jones made his only appearance for Everton. He had been born, 17th of December 1863, at Summerhill Terrace in the North Wales town of Bangor and was the 5th child born to Humphrey, a successfulBuilder, and his Wife Jane.Privately educated, he first attended the local Friars School before moving to Christ College in Brecon from where he won a place at Cambridge University.Humphrey played association football for Peterhouse College but owing to his style of play, failed to gain a Blue. When his studies permitted, hewould be seen in the half back line, for Bangor City on their homeground, (here featured) at Maes-y-Dref. The club were members of the North Welsh Football Association and regularly won their local knockoutcompetition. The dominant style of play shown by Jones soon caught the eye of the Welsh selectors and, on the 23rd of March 1885, he won his first...
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