Kitaid

  KitAid is a small charity with a big heart! Run entirely by volunteers, it was founded in 1998 by Derrick Williams MBE. During a trip to a village in Tanzania Derrick, a passionate football fan, spotted young children playing in tattered shirts and a ball made of plastic bags. On his return he collected a box of kit and sent it back to the village and KitAid was born. Since then we have sent more than 275,000 items of kit around the world, reaching over 40 countries across 5 continents. KitAid is very proud to have Graham Taylor as its patron.   KitAid now has Regional Co-ordinators around the country collecting kits, boots and equipment from Grass Roots level to the Premiership. We also receive kit from major suppliers including new kit that cannot be resold in the UK which would otherwise end up in landfill, recycling approximately 15 tonnes of unwanted kit annually.   Every month KitAid volunteers collect, sort and...
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Harry Williams – Death of a Mascot by Rob Sawyer

Aside from the iconic Toffee Lady, Everton supporters in the 1930s also possessed two unofficial mascots. Harry Williams of Westminster Road, Kirkdale, and his near neighbour, William Jones, would “play up” for Blues fans both home and away. Williams would wear his trademark mock policeman’s uniform, decorated with the club colours whilst Jones would don a blue and white chess-board suit. In the days before fences and enclosures, the firm friends were often permitted to “conduct” the crowds from the cinder path bordering the pitch. When Everton travelled to St Andrew’s on 11 February 1939 for a FA Cup 5th round fixture against Birmingham City – the “blues brothers” were determined to entertain fellow fans and be entertained by the champions-elect. Press photographers captured Harry Williams in his trademark bobby outfit (with the number 9 emblazoned on the lapels) but, sadly, tragedy would strike. The Liverpool Evening Express described how 44-year-old Williams was walking with a crowd towards the stadium when...
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Tom McIntosh – Everton’s First Full-Time Secretary By Stuart McIntosh and Rob Sawyer 19/06/2015

Tom McIntosh is a significant off-pitch figure in Everton's story, yet, despite the club's achievements under his watch, he seems to have fallen through the cracks of the club's historical records and his contribution over 16 years is largely overlooked He came from humble beginnings. His Scottish father, Peter, left his native Nairn to become the resident baker at the lunatic asylum in Sedgefield, County Durham. Here he met Eleanor Hunter, an attendant at the asylum. Eleanor's sister Elisabeth and brother-in-law, Thomas Nokes, would also work at the institution (John rose to the position of Chief Attendant). Peter and Eleanor married in September 1876 and late the following year their first born son, John George was born. Sadly John died from scarlet fever just two months after the birth of his brother; Thomas Herbert McIntosh, was born on Monday, 24 February 1879. After the birth of a younger sister, Penuel, in 1880, the family moved first to Byker in Newcastle and...
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66 hero gets his 63 championship medal at last

66 hero gets his 63 championship medal at last

Everton legend Derek Temple was finally been presented with a League title medal, 53 years after helping the Blues lift the trophy. Temple had played in five games for Everton in the Championship winning side of 1963 but at the time that wasn’t enough to be presented with a title winner’s medal. However, in the years since then, things have changed and today Leicester’s Mark Schwarzer will collect his second successive title medal despite having not played for either of his clubs. So, The Everton Heritage Society set about the task of asking The FA to make sure Temple was rewarded for his part in Everton’s title winning season in the 60’s and last night, at a gala dinner to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his winning goal at Wembley in the FA Cup final, he was presented with his medal. Dr David France proudly handed Derek his medal in a packed Devonshire House Hotel, surrounded by Everton legends including Mike Trebilcock who had...
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