Only Once a Blue (10) Charles McGoldrick. – Tony Onslow

Charles McGoldrick was born, 30th of November 1865, at 38 York Terrace in Everton and baptised at the church of Our Lady Immaculate. (This being the case, his birth might well have been attended by the future Director of Everton Football Club - Doctor James Baxter.) He was the first child of Denis, an Irish born Warehouse Man, and his Preston born Wife, Mary. McGoldrick is first reported to be playing football, on Walton Stiles, for the Stanley club but by September 1886 has signed for Oakfield Rovers. Formed by members of a Wesleyan Methodist community they had, that year, opened a new place of worship on Oakfield Road that was adjoined by a church hall. Their home ground was on Lower Breck Road. The club entered the Liverpool Senior knockout and reached the final – 2nd of April 1887 - where they faced Everton on the home of the Bootle club at Hawthorne Road. McGoldrick lined up alongside former Everton...
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Harry Grundy An Everton Winger – Tony Onslow

When Elizabeth Bradley moved to work in Liverpool from Chirk, she caught the eye of William Grundy, then working as Groom, and they were married, in 1870, at the Welsh Chapel dedicated to St David on Brownlow Hill. The couple then settled at 4 Moorside in Neston where the head of the household worked as a Coachman. It was here, on the 15th of March 1883, that their 6th child Thomas Henry was born. He became known affectionately as Harry. The 1891 census finds the family now living at 25 Parkgate Road where William has become the Clerk at the local parish church of St Mary. He was still working at this occupation when Harry, having completed his education, began work as a Bricklayer and play football for West Cheshire League club, Heswell. During the months of Summer, he would earn as much as £80 competing in various athletic events and received accolades for the skill he displayed at the...
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Winterhalder and Dawson, Everton Wingers – Tony Onslow

Signed to cover the abrupt exit of the Wilson brothers, Arthur Winterhalder, a promising Outside Left, joined Everton from West Ham United. He was descended from a family of Clockmakers who had emigrated from Germany to settle in the Marylebone area of London. His Father Richard did not choose to follow this profession but decided instead to enlisted in the 3rd Dragoon Guards and was stationed at Colchester when he married local girl, Martha Gibbons. Around 1878 Richard left the Army to work as a Carter at Stratford in London. In 1883 he took up position as a Carriers Agent and moved the family to Oxford where Arthur, his 6th child, was born at the 13th of October 1884. The family and missing from 1901 census but records reveal that Arthur Winterhalder married Lucy Skinner, at West Ham, early in 1906. He was reported as being … a local amateur who hails from Wanstead when he made his Southern...
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James McMillan. The Lad from Leven Vale. – Tony Onslow

When the Scottish FA Cup knockout was inaugurated in 1874, Glasgow based Queens Park won it no fewer than 6 times during the first 10 years. Their run of success however, was interrupted, for 3 years running, by a side who came from the small town of Alexandria. They played under the name of Vale of Leven. This Dunbartonshire town, on the 11th of April 1869, was the birthplace of James McMillan. Born to George, a Dye Works Labourer, and his wife Martha on Bryson’s Land, in the parish of Bonhill, he first arrested the attention of the local football agents while playing for Vale of Leven. The club fought their way through the 1890 Scottish FA Cup final where McMillian, playing at inside forward, lined up to face Queens Park at Ibrox. The tie, which needed a re-play to decide the outcome, was won by the Glasgow side. Next season, on October the 12th, McMillan accepted to offer to sign...
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