‘King’ Charles: Everton (Trinidad and Tobago) – Richard Gillham

Alfred Charles (Southampton Strip) Alfred Pious Charles was born in Trinidad & Tobago, 11 July 1909. He received his prestigious royal nickname from a 1931 match report when in 1931 the Touring Trinidad & Tobago national team played British Guiana: ‘Playing at centre-half. He shone like a beacon in that position and so amazed the Guianese that they christened him "King Charles". Alfred was very highly regarded in his school days at Newtown Boys’ RC – he was head and shoulders above other boy footballers in Port of Spain. In 1929 he joined the Port of Spain Football League side, Everton FC. In his first season there, Everton captured the FA Cup. The glory days carried on with Everton winning the quadruple three years on the run from 1930 to 1932, the Port of Spain Football League & FA Cup, Sperling Cup & the Wincairns Trophy. The club also won the McKinney Cup against the Rest of the League XI on the...
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Only Once a Blue (10) Charles McGoldrick. – Tony Onslow

Charles McGoldrick was born, 30th of November 1865, at 38 York Terrace in Everton and baptised at the church of Our Lady Immaculate. (This being the case, his birth might well have been attended by the future Director of Everton Football Club - Doctor James Baxter.) He was the first child of Denis, an Irish born Warehouse Man, and his Preston born Wife, Mary. McGoldrick is first reported to be playing football, on Walton Stiles, for the Stanley club but by September 1886 has signed for Oakfield Rovers. Formed by members of a Wesleyan Methodist community they had, that year, opened a new place of worship on Oakfield Road that was adjoined by a church hall. Their home ground was on Lower Breck Road. The club entered the Liverpool Senior knockout and reached the final – 2nd of April 1887 - where they faced Everton on the home of the Bootle club at Hawthorne Road. McGoldrick lined up alongside former Everton...
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