Henry F Briggs, an Everton Goalkeeper

Signed as cover for the controversial “Happy Jack” Hillman, Frank Briggs joined Everton, from Darwen, in January 1906 having first played football in the Nottinghamshire Coalfield. He had been born at number 84 dwelling – on the Alfreton Turnpike at Eastwood - in 1872 and was the 3rd of child of John, a Domestic Servant, and his Wife, Lucy. Henry Briggs is missing from the1891 census but contemporary newspaper reports place him keeping goal for a Midland League side who were the forerunners of the Mansfield Town of today. His skills quickly caught the attention of struggling Football League Division One outfit Darwen who gained his signature in February 1894. The Cricket and Football Club ran side by side in the Peaceful Valley and the community offered Briggs, a cricketer of proved ability, terms that would also guarantee him a wage throughout the months of Summer. He immediately took his place under the crossbar but could not prevent the Darreners from...
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William Wildman – Tony Onslow

An Everton Full Back William Wildman was invited to join Everton, in 1903, having been spotted playing at full back with local amateur team, Queens Road Mission. No fee was involved but the Goodison Park club made a donation - to the mission, of £6,7s & 6d. Their new recruit had been born, 5th of March 1880, and was the 7th child of Allison, a Shipwright, and his Wife Elizabeth. The family then lived in Exley Street but, at the time of 1901census, they are living in Richmond Grove where William has found employment as a Commercial Clerk. Kept out of the senior side by the consistent play of Jack Crelley and the Balmer Brothers, he eventually made his Football League debut, 28th of January 1905 in a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough at Goodison Park. Wildman was called up on one more time, a 2-1 home defeat by Bury before, after being placed on the transfer list in...
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Blue plaque unveiled at Dixie Dean’s primary school in Birkenhead

Blue plaque unveiled at Dixie Dean’s primary school in Birkenhead

Legendary goalscorer's daughter and another Everton striking legend perform unveiling ceremony Everton legend Graeme Sharp, left, together with Barbara Dean, right, daughter of the club's goal-scoring legend Dixie Dean,pictured below the EFC Heritage Society plaque at Portland School in Laird Street, where the football hero first went to school in Birkenhead. Photo by James Maloney The EFC Heritage Society commissioned plaque at Co-Op Portland Academy in Laird Street, where Everton legend Dixie Dean first went to school.  A blue plaque commemorating the site of the school where Everton and England legend Dixie Dean first studied has been unveiled. Dixie's daughter Barbara Dean, and the second highest goalscorer in Everton's history, Graeme Sharp, unveiled the plaque at the Co-Op Academy Portland on Laird Street. The unveiling ceremony was witnessed by pupils and staff from the Birkenhead primary school, Everton legend Derek Mountfield, officials from Conservation Areas Wirral and members of the Everton Heritage Society who commissioned the plaque. Everton legend Graeme Sharp, right, together with Barbara Dean, left, daughter of...
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MARTIN MURRAY “THE NEW GEORGE BEST” – Interview by Steve Zocek November 2018

Martin Murray was signed by Everton from Irish club Home Farm in December of 1975 at the age of 16. Billy Bingham the manager who signed him, labelled him as the new George Best. Unfortunately, Martin was unlucky with injuries and failed to make the first team. I have been fascinated with trying to find Martin for a few years, but with much homework, I managed to locate him out in Denmark. We spent time chatting about the days he spent at Goodison, which has left a lasting impression on him, as he is now an Evertonian. Martin continues to tell his story. What happened was I was playing my football in Ireland, and broke into the senior team of Home Farm at the age of 16 and a ½. It seemed to take off from there. The newspapers went ballistic as they had dubbed me the new George Best. It’s hard to imagine for the people nowadays with social media...
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