Herbert Rigsby was born, 22nd of July 1894, in the model village built by philanthropist William Hartley to house the employees who worked in his fruit preservative factory at Fazakerley. His Surrey born Father Allen, worked at this location, as a Foreman, while his Mother Frances, looked the Villa that had been allotted to them.
The 1911 census reveal that Herbert is living, with his parents, at this location and is working as Railway Clerk. He was playing amateur football with Zingari League side Marine when he joined the Army, at the Old Haymarket in Liverpool, on the 22nd of November 1915. He was assigned to the Royal Garrison Artillery and was stationed at Gosport.
He appeared at Goodison Park in March 1915 while assisting Southport Central and is first reported to be playing for Everton, 4th of April 1916, in North West regional league game against Manchester United at Old Trafford. When the conflict ended, he signed a professional form with Everton and scored on his debut, 3rd of September 1919, in a 2-0 away at Bradford Park Avenue. Rigsby went on to make another 13 appearances for Everton, scoring 5 goals in the process, but was not retained when the season came to an end. When his former club – now known simply as Southport – discovered that Rigsby was available they signed him to play in the Central League.
Next season the Haig Avenue club became foundered members of Football League Division 3 (North.) He played for Southport until 1925 and then ended his career playing non-league football with Burscough Rangers. In 1932 he married Emily Clerk at Ormskirk. The couple later took over a newsagent shop at 20 Lark Lane in Aigburth where they lived until the death of Bert Rigsby on the 8th of December 1972.
Alexander Wall Another product from the Zingari Amateur League, Alex Wall signed for Everton during the summer of 1919 from Bootle Albion. He was named after his Father after his Mother, Josephine, gave birth to him on the 31st of October 1899 at 31 Crete Street in Kirkdale.
The family later moved to 34 Arkles Lane where they began operating a Scrap Metal and Machinery business where Young Alex was employed after completing his education. Wall began playing in the reserve pool and signed a professional form on the evening before he made his Football League debut, 18th of February 1920 in a 2-0 home defeat by Oldham Athletic.
He remained at Goodison Park for 4 seasons – but failed to command a regular place in the senior side – and was transferred to Football League Division 3 (South) side Swindon Town for a collective fee of around £500. Alex Wall had made 17 league and FA Cup appearances for Everton and scored 3 goals.
He made his debut for the Wiltshire club, 5th of September 1925, in a 2-0 win over Charlton Athletic at the County Ground. Alex Wall “went on” to make 62 appearances for his new club, scoring 23 goals in process, before returning to the family Scrap Metal business at 34 Arkles Lane.
He resided at this address until his death, 10th October 1878, and was buried in the cemetery belonging to All Saints RC church on Oakfield Road.