Only Once a Blue (3), Godfrey William Turner. – Tony Onslow

Almost certainly the first Southerner to play for Everton Football club, Godfrey Turner, came from a most eminent family background. His Father Charles, was a prominent floriculturist of Victorian England and was the lessee of the Royal Nurseries at Slough where he employed around 100 people. He had formerly held the license of a Flower Nursery at nearby Chelvey with his Wife Susannah and Godfrey, their 6thchild, was born here on the 26th of July 1854. Godfrey was educated Crawford School and Twickenham College after which his movements are something of an enigma. Official FA records place him acting as Umpire at an International match between Scotland and England – 23rd of March 1878 – at Hampden Park in Glasgow wherethe home side won 7-2. However, the claim that he was representing Edinburgh University does not comply with their Matriculation Album that lists his arrival as being the 12th of December 1878. Turner, at thismoment in time, claimed to be a...
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Only Once a Blue (6)  Joe Marsden by Tony Onslow

No transfer fee was mentioned when Joe Marsden joined Everton from Darwen where he had been born on the 11th of October 1869. The 1881 census finds him living with his parents, Thomas and Nancy, at 6 Sydney Street where he is employed, as a half-time Weaver, in the Cotton Industry. Marsden had fond childhood memories concerning the FA Cup exploits of his local team and would have been proud when he joined them on their home at Barley Bank Meadow. His Darwen side began the 1886-87 campaign a with stunning 7-1 win over Heart of Midlothian that was followed by victories over Bolton Wanderers and Chirk. Their hopes of winning the trophy however, disappeared at Perry Barr as they were beaten, 3-2, by Aston Villa. Marsden became club captain and was on the committee when they made an unsuccessful attempt to become founder members of the Football League. Darwen were members of the Football Alliance when he signed a Football League...
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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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