Only Once a Blue (Part 5) Henry Parkinson by Tony Onslow

  When Harry Parkinson arrived at the Thornyholme Ground, he had intended to watch a Football League match but instead found himself taking part. He had been born, 9th of December 1866, in Oswaldtwistle, and spent the early years of his life, along with his Mother Catherine, living at the Star Inn where his Grandfather is Landlord. At the time of the 1881 census, Catherine is now the Landlady while her son has started to work as a Weaver in the Cotton Industry. Being brought up in a beer drinking environment may have been the reason why Harry developed an aversion to alcohol for he is now a confirmed teetotaller and playing football for a working mans club known as Bells Temperance. They enter the 1885- 86 Lancashire Junior Cup and, after disposing of Everton, win the trophy by beating Darwen Rovers, 6-2, in the final tie at Fleetwood. Next season Harry Parkinson, and his team mates, again reached the final, which was...
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Only Once a Blue (Part 4) Frederick Greaves Heaton by Tony Onslow

Problems, due to injured players, forced the Everton selectors to “look elsewhere” in order to strengthen the team for an away fixture against Northwich Victoria. They enlisted the help of Frederick G Heaton. He had been born, 1858, near the Staffordshire town of Leek where his Father Edwin was a Land Agent. Frederick, the 5th children born to his wife Elizabeth, appears on the 1861 census living at Basford Villa, Chaddesden and first appears playing football, under the rules of Staffordshire FA, at Lichfield in 1879. Around this time, he moved to Liverpool where he became a Cotton Dealer and took rooms, in property owned by Mrs Hale, at 168 Bedford Street. Frederick Heaton was almost certainly acquainted with Robert E Lythgoe, an experienced footballer, who was a committee member of the North Wales FA. Now residing in Wirral, he was the architect behind the formation of the Birkenhead Football Association in 1879. Heaton was in the side when they faced Everton,...
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Charles Munroe Lindsay, an Everton Goalkeeper – Tony Onslow

In the year of 1871 the FA rules were reformed and it was decided that only one designated player was allowed to handle the ball in order to prevent it from entering the framework of the goal. He hence be known as the designated Goalkeeper. It was a hazardous place to be because the rules as yet did not prevent the man chosen from being “brought to ground”- with or without the ball -or surrounded and barged by opposing forwards. These rules were still in force when Everton – in 1883 - found the man who would became the first of a long line of “first choice” Goalkeepers. Charles Munroe Lindsay was born on the 14th February 1862, and spent the early years of his life living – on Kemble Street - in the area of Liverpool once known as Kensington Fields. His Father George– a former Mariner – had met his Aberdeenshire born Mother – Isabella Cameron - in Liverpool...
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John Donaldson, a Blue from Garnock Valley – Tony Onslow

The second player to come to Everton from the King Park Club in Stirling, John Donaldson arrived in Liverpool at the commencement pf the 1904-05 football season along with fellow Scotsmen William Black and John Hannan. The move however, would also to impact upon the rest of his family. John Donaldson had been born - 25th of July 1885 - at Beith in Ayrshire and was the 3rd child born to Thomas – a Cabinetmaker – and his Wife Margaret. The 1891 census reveals that the family have now relocated to Falkirk – the birthplace of Thomas– and are living at a location know as Pleasance Gardens, Nonetheless the next census – taken in 1901 – finds the family have now moved to Dalry Road in Edinburgh where John has followed his Father in to the Cabinetmaking trade. He has also started playing football – at Junior level – for Kings Park Thistle. Based in Stirling, this club are a member of...
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