Thomas Horn Fayer.

Unlike many of early Everton football players, who met on Stanley Park, Thomas Fayer came not come from the newly established Anglican community around the Breckfield Road area but from their Anglo-Irish neighbours in another part of Everton.

His Father William, had been born in Preston where he had met and married Newry born Anna Horn before moving to settle at 151 Great Homer Street in Liverpool. Their first child Thomas, was born here on the 11th of January 1866 and baptised at the church of St Anthony. The family later moved to Rokerby Street where 2 additions to the family were baptised at the church of St Francis Xavier.

The Liverpool newspapers do not mention where Fayer developed his football skills but he is first reported, playing for Everton, against Bootle at the start of the 1885-86 season. He took a while to settle in with his team mates until he gained some plaudits, from the Lancashire press, for keeping a cool head during an off-colour performance that saw Everton nearly make a “shock exit” from the Liverpool Cup competition at the hands of the High Park club in Southport.

Fayer then took part in semi-final, which saw Everton eliminate Stanley, and was in the side when they faced Bootle in the final at Walton Stiles. Around 8,000 people were reported to have “crowbarred” themselves in to ground to see Job Wilding give Everton the lead after 20 minutes. The newspapers again praised the play of Fayer as Bootle pressed his side hard while trying to equalise. They failed to break down the suborn resistance and, when the final whistle sounded, had to concede defeat. The trophy, for the first time, was awarded on the ground before it was transported, in the care of George Dobson, back to the club headquarters at the Sandon. Tom Fayer next took part in the football tournament that was designed to introduce the new grounds of the Liverpool Athletic Club before the season came to an end. Confusion then prevailed as to his whereabouts.

Next August the Football Field remarked that… Everton have lost a promising half back in Tom Fayer who has emigrated to North South Wales. He had in fact, joined the Merchant Navy and was working as a Cook on board a ship that was on a roundabout voyage between Liverpool and Australia. By October Fayer is back in Liverpool where he plays football for Stanley against Oakfield Rovers. He then made a voyage to North America and, up on returning home, played football for the Everton second X1.

On the 12th of November 1894 Thomas Fayer married Mary Catherine Griffiths at the church of St Francis-de-Sale, Walton on the Hill and the couple settled at 35 Romily Street. According the 1901 census, he now has “quit the sea” and is working as a Barman. By 1911 the family, which now has 3 children, have taken up residence 19, Braemar Street where the head of the household is employed as a Dock Labourer. Thomas Fayer lived in Liverpool until his death in March 1935.



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