The Merseyside Derby Game. – by Tony Onslow

  The people of the Merseyside “turn in on themselves” today as their two vintage football clubs line up to face each other for the 194th time. No other City in England can claim to have staged more local Derby games, at the top level of English football, than Liverpool. The atmosphere will be electric yet when these two deadly rivals first locked horns with each other it was on a football pitch that has long since faded in to local folklore. The date was April 1893 and the occasion was the final of Liverpool Senior Cup which took place, in front of 10,000 people, on the present home of Bootle Cricket Club at Wadham Road. The encounter was settled by a single goal, that was scored, in favour of Liverpool, by Scotsman Tom Wylie who had once played for Everton but, following the acrimonious “split” had chosen to remain at Anfield. His new club nevertheless, were members of the Lancashire League...
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George Harrison

A MOVING tribute was paid to 'one of our own' as representatives of some of Britain's biggest football clubs descended on South Derbyshire. George Harrison was a Church Gresley teenager with a dream of making it to the top when he started playing football for his local team, Gresley Rovers, back in 1910. It was the beginning of stunning career that later saw him win a top flight title with Everton and two caps for England. Amidst it all he was called to fight for his country on the front line during the First World War. THE Everton FC Heritage Society has paid for the new headstone for footballer George Harrison, who went to play for England Everton. Pictured from left are society chairman Paul Wharton, ex-player Ian Snodin, Reverend Henry Corbett, and society vice-chariman Peter Lupson. VIOLINIST  Daniel Axworthy plays while , Paul Wharton, Peter Lupson, Rev Henry Corbett and Ian Snodin look on. CHARLIE Smith placed flowers on the grave. ,also to the right Kieran...
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A Tribute to Matt Woods

By Rob Sawyer 14/10/2014 Matt Woods (1 NOVEMBER 1931 - 26 SEPTEMBER 2014) Skelmersdale-born Maurice “Matt” Woods, a centre-half on Everton’s books in the 1950s, passed away on 26 September aged 82. He had been playing as a wing-half in the Wigan Sunday League when his uncle wrote to Everton requesting a trial for his nephew. Having impressed in the B team, he signed amateur forms at 15 and by the 1949-50 season he was a regular in the Reserves – alongside the likes of Don Donovan, Tommy Clinton, Wally “Nobby” Fielding, Jimmy O’Neill and Harry Catterick. An early Reserves appearance brought praise in the local press: Everton Reserves ‘Derby’ Victory 24 December 1949, Evening Express Blues’ Juniors Clever Another of Everton’s younger players who showed up well was right half Matt Woods, who comes from Skelmersdale. Possibly a little slow on occasion, Woods at the same time proved that he realises the requirement of the complete wing-half and his use of the ball was always judicious. Having...
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A Tribute to Alexander “Sandy”Young

Everton honour 1906 cup hero Sandy Young by Lyndon Lloyd | 03/09/2014 Alex "Sandy" Young was honoured today in Edinburgh   Everton FC and Everton Heritage Society unveiled a new headstone in Edinburgh's Seafield cemetery today to mark the grave of Alex 'Sandy' Young, one of the club's first legends. Still the fourth-highest goalscorer in Everton's history, Young was the scorer of the winning goal in the 1906 FA Cup Final win over Newcastle United that clinched the trophy for the Blues for the first time. In all, he found the net 127 times in 314 appearances in the decade between 1901 and 1911 but he was troubled in later life by mental illness and a prison sentence for the manslaughter of his brother in Australia before he passed away in 1959. Thanks to the efforts of the Heritage Society, a fundraising effort has finally enabled the erection of a headstone at his grave site which was revealed at a special ceremony attended by club officials, his...
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