Any Chance of a Trial Mr Kelly? – Mike Royden

Any Chance of a Trial Mr Kelly? Charlie Lewis had a dream How many of us have dreamt of turning up at Goodison with our boots, blagging our way inside, finding the manager’s office, knocking on the door and asking if there is any chance of a trial, being told ‘Sure son, no problem, come right this way’, playing a blinder, outshining all the other trialists who had been invited to play, walking off feeling you had blown it, only for the manager, not only to take you on, but to put you straight into the first team next Saturday alongside the England centre-forward? And then you woke up. Nah, it would never happen in a million years. But hold on, who is this young lad on the wing taking a pass from Alex Stevenson and crossing it to Tommy Lawton to bury into the net? Charlie Lewis?  Never heard of him.  But he too had that dream – the difference being he actually turned it...
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Goodison Under Attack! – Mike Royden

Goodison Under Attack! Merseyside was badly hit by enemy air raids during the Second World War, which peaked during the May Blitz of 1941.  However, the bombing had begun the previous summer, with attacks increasing during September 1940.    On the night of 18/19 September, several bombs landed in the Everton and Walton area, including Gwladys Street, causing serious injury to nearby residents while also damaging the Gwladys Street Stand. In Bullens Road, a bomb dropped in the school yard opposite, badly damaging the exterior wall of the stand, while also perforating the roof. A third bomb hit the outside of the practice ground (to the rear of the Park End Stand) demolishing the surrounding hoarding, and blowing out windows in houses in Goodison Avenue and Walton Lane. On Saturday, 21 September, an Emergency Meeting of the Board was convened at Goodison, where it was resolved to call in Archibald Leitch’s company* to give a valuation of ‘the complete renewal of damaged properties,...
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The History of Bramley-Moore Dock – Mike Royden

  The History of Bramley-Moore Dock Evertonians are justly proud of their heritage, and as it has been with Goodison, so it will be with Bramley-Moore Dock.  As it celebrates its 170th anniversary this year, what are the origins of the site of Everton’s proposed new stadium? The dock takes its name from John Bramley-Moore (pictured), who was born in Leeds in 1800.  As a young man he went out to South America, spending several years as a merchant in Rio de Janeiro.  By 1830 he was clearly upwardly mobile, marrying Seraphina Hibernia, the daughter of William Pennell, British consul-general for Brazil.  In 1835, Bramley-Moore was back in Liverpool, quickly building on his mercantile endeavours, and entering local politics.  By 1841 he was elected to the town council, and also became a member of the Dock Committee (forerunner of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board), of which he was elected chairman the following year. This gave him considerable power over dock administration,...
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The First Ever Derby Match – Mike Royden

  After the historic split of 1892, the city had to wait until 13 October 1894 before the first meeting of the two clubs – the first ever Merseyside Derby.  Attendances at Goodison had averaged 30,000 by then, but this eagerly anticipated fixture attracted an estimated 44,000 fans. Local pundits viewed Liverpool’s rise as remarkable.  In their first year they won the Lancashire League Championship, on the strength of which they were admitted to the Second Division of the Football League. They again took the honours as champions, and after a victory in a test match against Newton Heath (whatever happened to them?), Liverpool qualified for a position in the First Division. Everton were still the clear favourites though, being regarded as the richest club in the country and coming into the game on the back of a seven-match winning streak including a 5-0 defeat of Small Heath (Birmingham) and a 6-1 thumping of Nottingham Forest. Liverpool were still winless in the top flight...
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