Albert Chadwick, the Brother of Edgar – Tony Onslow

When Thomas Chadwick married Susanna Pilkington, in 1865, at St Peters church in Blackburn both their families had a firm foundation in the Grocery Trade which enabled them to “set up” their own local outlet at 66 Darwen Street. It was here that their first child Albert Llewelyn was born on the 1st of August 1867. The family then moved to a terraced house on New Park Street – while the business was expanded elsewhere – and it was here that a second child, Edgar Wallace, was born on the 14th of June 1869. He was destined to become an early legend at Everton Football Club.

The 1881 census finds the family business now operating at 115 King William Street were Albert is already learning to bake bread and serve behind the Grocery Counter. Three years later his name begins to appear on the team sheet of the 1883 FA Cup winners Blackburn Olympic on their home at Hole-in-the Wall. He quickly establishes himself as a defender but the popularity of the “Light Blues” has now been surpassed by their local rivals, and three-time FA Cup winners, Blackburn Rovers. Albert, nevertheless, has now been joined by his younger brother Edgar and they are first seen together – in Liverpool – on the 26th of April 1887 when Everton defeat Olympic 2-0 at Anfield. The Chadwick brothers then signed forms with the Rovers – to play as amateurs – and did so until the end of the season. It was reported that both brothers had promised to sign again for the forthcoming season but – on the 9th of July 1888 – they agreed terms with Everton.

The club minute book states that Edgar is to be registered, as a professional player, for a wage of 35s per week while Albert would receive a payment of 5s per match as a reserve team player. The Chadwick Brothers first appear for Everton on the 8th of September. Edgar playing in the forward line, made his Football League debut against Accrington at Anfield while Albert – playing at full back – did so for the second X1 against Spring Branch Rovers at Ince near Wigan. Next Monday Edgar witnessed the marriage of Albert to Matilda Hargreaves at the church of St Paul in Blackburn and celebrated by scoring his first goal for Everton next Saturday, as they beat Notts County, at Anfield by 2 goals to 1.Edgar quickly found a regular place in the Everton forward line, but Albert had to wait until the 1st of December to make his Football League debut in the most unfortunate of circumstances

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The game was against West Bromwich Albion on what was then their “home turf” at Stoney Lane. Nick Ross and John Holt were absent from the side having been chosen to represent Lancashire against the East of Scotland in Edinburgh. The Everton side was further weakened by an illness to Sandy Dick, so Albert partnered veteran George Dobson at full back. Jimmy Costley, a former teammate from Blackburn Olympic. made his Football League debut for Everton but was reported to be “blowing like a porpoise” after 15 minutes. Nevertheless, Edgar gave Everton an early lead but by half time they were trailing by 3 goals to 1. Second half injuries to Costley and Sugg then reduced the visitors to 9 men and they lost the game 4-1. Albert then returned to reserve X1 duty before making a second Football League appearance against Wolverhampton Wanderers – at Anfield – on the 9TH of February.

Nick Ross and John Holt were again absent on “Red Rose Duty” so Albert was placed in the half back line alongside the veteran George Farmer and debutant, Isaac Roberts. Edgar gave Everton the lead, but the visitors hit back to win the game 2-1. Albert later played in the Lancashire Cup defeat by Higher Walton and took part in the tour game, against Ulster, in Belfast before the season came to an end.  With Nick Ross set for a return to Preston and Sandy Dick near to retirement, it is safe to assume that Albert was hopeful of staying with Edgar at Everton. However, he was not retained and accepted an offer to join Halliwell.

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He took part in the Bolton based clubs FA Cup campaign which saw him quickly return to Merseyside as they beat Liverpool Stanley 2-0 at Walton Stiles in round 2. All hopes of an extended “cup run” were then brought to an abrupt end by a 2 -0 home defeat by Darwen. Next season Halliwell became founder members of the Lancashire Combination but ran into financial trouble and could not complete their list of fixtures. On the 23rd of February 1891, Albert Chadwick signed a two-year contract with Everton, to commenced from the start of next season, that would begin with an “all year” wage of £1 .50s per week.

He recommenced his service on the 2nd of September 1891, as Everton defeated Chester St Oswald’s 1-0 at Exton Park. Albert then became a regular member of the reserve side who were now members of the Combination and assisted them in winning the title. He was also awarded a Gold Medal for taking part in the Liverpool Senior Cup final where Everton beat Southport Central 2-1 at Hawthorne Road, Bootle.

Next season – with Everton now relocated at Goodison Park – he again took his place in the Combination side and was recalled to “first team duty” on the 5th of November 1892 as Everton recorded their largest win of the season by beating Derby County 6-1 on the Baseball Ground. Next week he took part in a 2-2 home draw with Stoke and the made his fifth and final Football League appearance when Everton were beaten 5-3 by Sheffield Wednesday at Goodison Park.

Nevertheless, he saw out the season with an Everton Combination side who again won the title by scoring no less than 107 goals in 22 matches. On the of 23rd April 1893, Albert Chadwick took part in the first game to be played between Everton and their new neighbours Liverpool. The occasion was the local Senior Cup final and it took place, in front of 10,000 people, on the home of Bootle at Hawthorne Road. Everton lost 1-0. Albert Chadwick made his final appearance for Everton when – as a last-minute replacement – he took part in the game against Celtic in Glasgow where Everton lost 2-0. He then announced his retirement from the game.

The 1891 census finds Albert still working in the family business in King William Street, but has secured his own home at 6 Fawcett Street in Blackburn with his 2 daughters Maud and Maria.  The number of children had risen to 3 by the time of the 1901 census that lets us know that Edgar has now married – and lodging in Southampton – while his Wife and Daughter live 2 doors from Albert at number 10. Albert Chadwick lived at this address until his death on the 16th of February 1935. He was then a Widower and left over £1,800 to be divided equally between his Daughter Maud and his Brother Edgar.

By Tony Onslow

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