Mick Higgins , The Original True Blue- Tony Onslow

Mick Higgins , The Original True Blue- Tony Onslow

Mike Higgins No Other player can claim a tighter bond with the early development of Everton Football Club than “good old” Mike Higgins who can surely lay claim to the title of “Original True Blue” From the start of club records, he can be found representing them when they first appeared on Stanley Park. Higgins was with the club during their one-year tenure at Priory Road and took part in the first game Everton played at Anfield. He the longest serving member of the playing staff, when they became founder members of the Football League in 1888. His Irish born Father, Michael, and his Carlisle born Mother Eleanor, were living at Great Yarmouth when their first child Thomas was born in 1860. They then moved to the Southend of Liverpool and were living on Essex Street when they brought their second child to be baptised, on the 20th of September 1862, at the church of St John the Baptist. The names they choose were William Michael. The 1871 census find...
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Gray Wolves – Simon Hart

League Cup Winner With Wolverhampton Wanderers 1984 Fa cup winner and Goalscorer alongside fellow Goalscorer and Frontman Graeme Sharp “I loved playing at Everton.  Once you got on that pitch, the atmosphere was great – the comments you got when you were taking a corner or throw-in were brilliant.” These are the words of Kenny Hibbitt, a Wolverhampton Wanderers stalwart of the 1970s and 1980s – and a member of the last Wolves side to win a league fixture at Goodison Park fully 40 years ago. It was on 15 September 1979 that John Barnwell’s visitors prevailed 3-2, with the help of a debut strike from a player who would later earn a place in Evertonian hearts, Andy Gray. Everton’s goals came from Brian Kidd and a Trevor Ross penalty but Gray wrote the headlines, seven days after his arrival at Molineux from Aston Villa. The circumstances of the Scot’s transfer had been controversial – he signed only after Barnwell had threatened to resign when a specialist advised the Wolves board to abandon the transfer owing...
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Alfred John Schofield. – Tony Onslow

Following in the footsteps of Edgar Chadwick, Alf Schofield first saw the light of day through the mill chimneys of Blackburn in Lancashire.  He was born 16th of July 1876 at 39 Alexandra Street the 4th child of David, a Machine Maker, and his Wife Betsy. However, following the early death of her Husband, Betsy moved Alfred and his siblings to the comfortable surroundings at 48, Brighton Road in Birkdale where, on the 1881 census, she is reported to be “living by own means”. Alfred Schofield joined Everton, as an amateur, in December 1895 and was first scene by the Goodison spectators on Boxing Day when he replaced Alf Millward for the visit of the Scottish side, Celtic where he scored the deciding goal in 3-2 victory. He made his Football League debut, 7th of March, in 3-2 home win over Preston North End and scored - during the final game of the season – as Everton won 2-1 at Stoke. Schofield next signed a professional form and was paid a wage of £2...
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The Three Young Blues – Tony Onslow

Like many of the young teenagers of Victorian Liverpool, William Gibson Walter Richards and Thomas Whittle would have been drawn towards the new game, association football, the was beginning to sweep the land and would have spent their early teens watching such teams as Everton on Stanley Park. They also would have observed that this particular club had, by 1882, caused the largest number spectators to frame their unguarded playing area. Next year, when they moved to an enclosure, William Gibson appeared in their line-up. Born 1862, he is recorded on the 1871 census living, in Everton, at 34 Hodder Street with his Liverpool born parents William, a Boilermaker, and Anne. The family later moved to 53 Melbourne Street and William was working as a Commercial Clerk when he made his debut for Everton, December 1883, in the local knockout against Liverpool Ramblers. He scored one of the goals in a 4-1 win. Gibson then helped Everton to reach the final of this contest and was in...
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