BLUE ECHO INTERVIEWS STEVE MELLEDEW – Steve Zocek

DATE; AUGUST 2018     Steve Melledew appears on many Everton team photographs with the league championship trophy in 1970. Unfortunately, Steve never made a first team appearance, but never regretted the opportunity of a dream move to Everton from fourth division Rochdale. I caught up with Steve to talk of his move, and what it was like sharing the company of so many household names.   When I was at Rochdale (Pictured Below 2nd row first on left) , we were on a roll, which eventually lead to promotion. In the early stages of the season we were struggling. In fact, we were fourth from bottom at Christmas! However, after the Christmas period, we put it all together and started to show signs of progress and climb the table. Our last game of the campaign was away at Stockport County on the Friday night and a game we had to win and we did indeed win by three goals to one. Everton manager Harry Catterick...
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FA Cup Games at Goodison park ( without the Blues)- Steve Zocek

  The victorious Notts County team pose with the FA Cup. Photo: PA FA Cup Finals On 31st March 1894 Two years after construction, Goodison Park was chosen by the Football Association to host to hold an FA Cup Final, Notts County beat Bolton Wanderers, watched by crowd of 37,000. County running out 4 goals to 1 winner The Magpies were a Second Division club at this point, but Logan did not let this deter him, scoring 21 goals in 21 games and guiding the club to their first FA Cup Final. To get there, Notts eliminated three clubs from the First Division, including Nottingham Forest, who they beat 4-1 in a replay, and so they lined up to face Bolton at Goodison Park. In front of 37,000 people, Notts were done and dusted by the 70th minute as Arthur Watson opened the scoring in the 18th minute before Logan struck in the 29th, 67th and 70th minutes of the match - a feat managed by...
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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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