ONE GOAL AT A TIME BOB LATCHFORD – Steve Zocek

ONE GOAL AT A TIME BOB LATCHFORD – Steve Zocek

Recollections of Bobs 30 Goal record by his Colleagues       On 29 April 1978, Everton recorded a memorable 6-0 victory over Chelsea in front of 39,500 people. Watching from the Main Stand that afternoon was the great Dixie Dean. Bob Latchford was adored by his fans, who were convinced that he walked on water and anxiously wanted the two goals required to achieve thirty goals for the season. The Daily Express had offered a generous prize of £10,000 for this milestone.I recently made contact with most of the players that played for Everton that day, to ask for their story of that great afternoon. Sadly, two of the team, Mick Buckley and Andy King have passed away. I also spoke with Gordon Lee and the club physio Jim McGregor.  Martin Dobson I didn’t know this at the time, but Bob was confident that he was going to score the two goals required to reach the tally of 30 for that season. He got to 28 with three games remaining. We drew away at Middlesbrough 0-0 and lost 3-1 at the Hawthorns (West Brom) in...
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When Baseball came to Goodison

When Baseball came to Goodison

(Everton FC Website) 27/03/2019 The Major League Baseball season gets under way in the USA on Thursday and, to mark the occasion, the Everton Heritage Society's Richie Gillham looks back at the some of the links between the sport and Everton FC. Richie starts by reflecting on when two of the most famous teams in baseball slugged it out at Goodison Park… White Sox v Giants at the Grand Old Lady New York Giants New York Giants became the San Francisco Giants when the Franchise was moved in 1958 Chicago White Sox On 23 October 1924, Chicago White Sox and New York Giants opened their European Tour with an exhibition game at Goodison Park. More than 2,500 people watched the White Sox beat the Giants 16-11. A newspaper report describes the game as follows:Many who had not previously witnessed a ball game were astounded by the prodigious hitting of the American batsmen, the ball frequently falling into the stands. The play was exceedingly fast, but the smart...
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The Andrew Watson Story by Tony Onslow

The Andrew Watson Story by Tony Onslow

Now accepted as the world’s first black football player, Guyana-born Andrew Watson was to have a career that would bind him tightly to both Glasgow and Liverpool. He would also make a guest appearance in the colours of Everton. His father, Peter Miller Watson, was born on 16 June 1805, in the Orkney Islands and was the fourth son of James Watson who acted as factor for a Scottish nobleman. His mother was Scottish, neé Christina Robertson, whose family were sugar plantation owners in the colony of British Guyana. When Peter was just 3 years old his father died and his mother was married for a second time to Orkney-born Dr Thomas Traill who had a practice in Liverpool. She moved to the Mersey seaport with her sons and gave birth to another six children. Peter later trained to be a lawyer in London before joining his elder brothers in British Guyana where he administered legal affairs at the family sugar plantation....
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The Allan Maxwell Story. By Tony Onslow

The Allan Maxwell Story. By Tony Onslow

When Allan Maxwell decided to leave his native Scotland to play professional football, he had no idea that, eventually, he was involved in one of the most peculiar transfers that ever happened in Victorian England. He had been born, 2-4-1869 in Lanarkshire town of Dalziel, now part of Motherwell, where his Father worked as a Coal Miner. The 1871 census finds the family have moved to 30 Sunnyside Rows in Cambuslang where young Allan is confirmed as being 2 years old. He is listed as a Scholar on the 1881 census which reveals that the Maxwell family have now moved to the town of Hamilton. They were living at 5 Windsor Street when Allan Maxwell left school and joined his Father working at the Mine. It is around this time that he started playing football for Cambuslang on their home at Whitefield Park and was at the club when they became founder members of the Scottish League in 1890.They finished in fourth place but, at the end of the season, Allan Maxwell decided his interests would be best served by moving to Scottish League outfit, 3rd Lanark in Glasgow. He had not long been with his new club when Everton came in with...
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