Initials T.G. – Researching Tommy Jones, The Prince of Centre-Halves

William Ralph “Dixie” Dean sits unchallenged as the king of Goodison Park. Joining him in the Royal Blue dynasty is the Prince of Centre Halves: Thomas George Jones. Tommy, as his friends knew him, was so famous in his pomp for Everton and Wales that he was known merely by his initials - T.G. Devouring Everton history books as a youngster, I would read of this artist in the Blues’ half-back line. Dominant in the air, immaculate on the ground and possessing a rocket-like shot, T.G. was so confident in his own ability that he would dribble in his own penalty area - accompanied by gasps of fear and appreciation from the terraces. In 14 years of service at Goodison, T.G. cemented his reputation as Everton’s most cultured centre-half – overshadowing the likes of T.E. Jones, Brian Labone, John Hurst, Kevin Ratcliffe and Dave Watson. I sometimes pondered on why T.G. walked away from Goodison to run a hotel in Pwllheli but...
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The Men from the Hill Country

Everton Books - The Men from the Hill Country    Everton FC The Men from the Hill Country Tony Onslow, 2002. Countyvise Ltd;  (112 pages)  ISBN:  1 901231 29 1 � Paperback The book traces their development from Stanley Park to Anfield then on to Goodison.  Contains detailed and factual statistics, some long-forgotten illustrations and undiscovered match reports unearthed from some unlikely places.  And it takes a novel illustrative approach to the history of each topic, showing how football grounds and other points of interest were depicted on contemporary maps and plans.  Covers their participation in the game before the Football League was formed, during the early League, the Lancashire Cup and the FA Cup in the 19th Century. A "must read" for all Evertonians interested in the history of the club. Price: �5.95   Published: 23 August 2002 ...
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ANOTHER GREAT BOOK FROM DECOUBERTAIN – ROB SAYWERS ‘THE PRINCE OF CENTRE-HALVES: THE LIFE OF TOMMY ‘TG’ JONES’

ANOTHER GREAT BOOK FROM DECOUBERTAIN – ROB SAYWERS ‘THE PRINCE OF CENTRE-HALVES: THE LIFE OF TOMMY ‘TG’ JONES’

ANOTHER GREAT BOOK FROM DECOUBERTAIN - Q&A WITH ROB SAYWER, AUTHOR OF 'THE PRINCE OF CENTRE-HALVES: THE LIFE OF TOMMY 'TG' JONES' Posted by Jack Gordon-Brown on May 31, 2017 Rob Sawyer comes from a long line of Everton FC supporters. Listening to his father and grandfather regale the stories of Dixie Dean and the Holy Trinity led to a deep interest in Everton's illustrious history. Whilst researching his first book, a biography of Harry Catterick, Sawyer found just how important TG Jones was to the Toffees. We spoke to him about the Everton great... Hi Rob. You say that when you really became aware of T.G.’s importance to Everton when researching Harry Catterick’s biography. As a keen Evertonian, how aware of T.G. were you before that research? I was certainly aware from Everton history books and talking with my father that T.G. was one of the classiest players to represent The Toffees. Profiles mentioned that he left Everton to run a hotel in...
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Here We Go

http://www.decoubertin.co.uk/here-we-go-everton-in-the-1980s-the-players-stories/ ‘It is a great read and a great present for the Blue in your life’ --- When Skies are Grey ‘It’s a rich read that beautifully sums up all that was good – and bad – about football, and life on Merseyside in the 1980s’ --- The New Zealand Herald ‘This book is very, very, very good’ --- Rob Smyth, The Guardian For Everton FC, the 1980s were the most successful decade in the club’s history. It was a time when Wembley became a second home for Howard Kendall’s band of brothers as they stepped out from Liverpool’s long shadow to take their neighbours’ mantle as the country’s best team, winning two league titles, an FA Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup. In Here We Go, Simon Hart interviews some of the Blues’ best-loved players from that era – along with the most controversial and the unsung heroes too – to provide a vivid, colourful portrait of a period when a group of...
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Everton: The Official Complete Record

  http://www.decoubertin.co.uk/Everton Everton: The Official Complete Record is the definitive account of one of Europe's most distinguished clubs. With nine league titles, five FA Cups and a rich club lore that boasts names such as Dixie Dean, Alex Young, Alan Ball and more recent heroes like Tim Cahill and Romelu Lukaku, theirs is a history replete with success and high drama. Boasting one of the most passionate and knowledgeable sets of fans, Everton are justifiably known as 'The People s Club'. Nearly 140 years after Everton's humble birth as a church team, Steve Johnson has painstakingly trawled through the archives to provide for details of every game, line up, goalscorer, attendance and result, as well a plethora of other facts and figures. This officially endorsed record of one of English football's great names includes season-by-season accounts of every campaign since the onset of league football, more than 100 player profiles and a foreword by the Club's captain, Phil Jagielka. Fully revised and updated...
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Alan Ball Remembered DVD

Former Everton star Ronny Goodlass is will have a DVD on sale at St Luke's Church and the Winslow every home game. The DVD pays tribute to one of the Club's most iconic legends, Alan Ball. Along with the DVD is a special tribute programme for the Ball of Fire play, both on sale for a special price of £9.99 instead of £12.99. Ronny will at St Luke's to autograph the items. Winger Goodlass was a boot boy for Ball in his youth and came to be in awe of the man who scored 79 goals in 251 games during a dazzling five-year spell at Goodison Park. The highlight of that stint was helping Harry Catterick's great side ease to the League Championship title in 1970 as part of the ‘Holy Trinity’ alongside Colin Harvey and Howard Kendall. The DVD re-lives all the best Ball moments through his own words and those of the men who knew him best. Goodlass, Kendall, Joe Royle and Graeme...
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Paul Power Guest Appearence

            Paul will be appearing at 11:15am to 12:30pm On Sunday 15th January Upstairs at St Lukes Church Paul Power finished his career on a high after signing for Everton in June 1986 for a fee of £65,000. He played in a total of 52 games in the 1986-87, providing valuable experience for a Toffees side who were without key players including Peter Reid and Paul Bracewell for long periods due to injury but still managed to win the league title and give Power a major trophy at long last in his 34th year. His first team chances were more limited in the 1987-88 season when Everton finished fourth under new manager Colin Harvey after the departure of Howard Kendall to Atletico Bilbao, and at the end of the season he retired to join the club's coaching staff. Paul returned to Manchester City were He is now involved with the academy at Manchester City. Paul will be signing Simon Hart Superb Here We Go -The...
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Kevin Sheedy Book available at St Lukes church

You can grab a copy of Kevin Sheedy a book at st Lukes church before each home game until stocks run out for £6.00 KEVIN SHEEDY is an Everton and Republic of Ireland legend with plenty of entertaining stories to tell. The man with one of the best left foots in football played alongside some of the biggest characters in the game during a colourful career. Sheedy started his football life with Hereford United before being spotted by Bob Paisley s Liverpool. But he featured in only five senior games during his Anfield career and crossed Stanley Park to Everton, where he won two League titles and a European Cup Winners Cup medal as well as playing in three FA Cup Finals. Sheedy was a regular fixture in Howard Kendall s celebrated side that brought unprecedented glitter to Goodison. It was during an FA Cup tie against Ipswich in 1985 that his famous free-kick moment came. Sheedy hit the net from...
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Highs, Lows & Bakayokos: Everton In The 90s

Highs, Lows and Bakayokos tells the story of Everton in the 1990s; the successes and failures, the agony and the ecstasy, the good times and the Mike Walker times. It's the tale of how one of English football's greatest clubs lost its way and how the nature of being an Evertonian changed forever. In the book, Jim explores this transformative time for our grand old team. It searches for the causes of Everton's troubles, looking for reasons why peers raced away, grasping the opportunities presented by the dawning of the Sky era. But it seeks to redefine this often maligned decade too. Memorable games, silverware and moments of unadulterated elation; the 1990s was a time of emotional intensity, an era that moved fans in ways that have been all-too absent at Goodison Park during the stable years of the past decade.     What they're saying about Highs, Lows & Bakayokos "A book about Everton in the 90s and it's great." - Football 365"It really is...
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