Everton Football Club – Trinidad – Richard Gillham

Everton Football Club – Trinidad – Richard Gillham

The 1930s People’s Club The Trinidad Amateur Football Association (TAFA) was formed on July 23, 1908, and First Division play in Port-of-Spain included such teams as Casuals, Clydesdale, Local Forces, and Shamrock. League play was conducted in front of the Grandstand in the Queen's Park Savannah. By 1911, the local FA gained affiliation to the English Football Association and there were large gates at the top matches. The first league was reduced to just the top four teams while a second league was introduced to cater for the other teams. The influx of new teams in the second league caused wide scale debate as to the composition of the Football Council. Teams in the second league automatically gained representation on the Council, doubling the number of members. The teams in the new league comprised a second team from all clubs in the first league - Casuals, Shamrock, Clydesdale, and Local Forces in addition to St Marys, QRC, Majestic, Unity, Yorkshire, Thistle and Everton. The feeling was...
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PAT JENNINGS – THE BOYS OF ‘86 – Steve Zocek

PAT JENNINGS – THE BOYS OF ‘86 – Steve Zocek

There is a question that arises in many football trivia quizzes which is; ‘Name Everton’s most capped player’? Answers are being thrown back to the question master with all sorts of names which are all announced incorrect. Okay, I give in. The correct answer infuriates the most knowledgeable of contestants when Pat Jennings becomes the answer. Okay, I suppose it’s a bit of a trick question but the fact is, Pat was actually registered with Everton for the FA Cup semi-final and final of 1986. I don’t think I have ever seen any evidence of anything related to Pat’s association with Everton. Maybe there was nothing much to say, but I have a fascination with anything Everton related, so I had to dig deep to find the man with shovel-like hands, to get his version of events. One Sunday morning I received a call from Tottenham manager Peter Shreeves to ask if I would help them as cover for Ray Clemence because...
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Isaac Roberts – The Short Life of an Everton Blue – Tony Onslow

Isaac Roberts – The Short Life of an Everton Blue – Tony Onslow

Standing at the rear of the tall buildings that today run along the thoroughfare of Dale Street are the remains of the uniquely named Ryleys Gardens. However, this once squalid and narrow court was inhabited by many destitute immigrants who had arrived in Victorian Liverpool hoping for a new start in life. Ryleys Gardens was also the birthplace of a man who played one competitive game for Everton. Isaac Roberts was born, August 1868, the 4th child of Isaac, a Mariner, and his Wife Leah. The couple had married at Holy Trinity church   having moved to Liverpool from Mostyn in Flintshire where they both had been born. According to the 1881 census the family have now relocated to Lavrock Bank in Dingle where the 13-year-old Isaac is working as a Shop Boy/Messenger. He began playing football for Aigburth Vale on Fulwood Park before signing for Stanley, around 1887, on their home at Walton Stiles. The new signing quickly found a regular place...
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ALAN McINALLY – “THE BEST STRIKER EVER TO PLAY FOR EVERTON” – Steve Zocek

ALAN McINALLY – “THE BEST STRIKER EVER TO PLAY FOR EVERTON” – Steve Zocek

Alan McInally, in his day, was a big name north of the border with Celtic. To his beloved fans at Parkhead, on the terracing known as ‘the Jungle”, Alan was known as Rambo and Big Mac. Alan relished the challenge of playing in England where he was signed by manager Graham Taylor for Midlands club Aston Villa, then in the old Second Division, with desires to help Graham Taylor’s men gain promotion to the top flight. German giants Bayern Munich became his next club, where he spent four years, helping Bayern win the Bundesliga in his first season. Whilst with Bayern, Alan was called up for his country Scotland, who he represented on eight occasions. Alan in his Bayern Munich Days Where is all this leading to? Alan did have a trial at Everton. Really? Yes, he sure did. This is what Alan told me of that moment. My brief spell came because of my affection for Graeme Sharp who I have known for what...
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