Anfield legend honoured by Everton Heritage Society – David Prentice

Everton's first title winner - at Anfield - has his grave rededicated Alec Brady EVERTON and Celtic supporters share a line from a famous old song. Separated by 200 miles and a national border, both sets of supporters still sing about “a grand old team to play for” - and in that song celebrate each club’s “history.” Those words were made real last weekend, when the Celtic Graves Society and the Everton Heritage Society joined forces to rededicate the grave of a Victorian pioneer who graced both clubs. Alec Brady was an Everton original. A Scottish inside forward, he was a member of the first Everton team to win the League Championship in 1891, in the days when Everton played their football at Anfield. He later moved onto Celtic where he played in the Celtic team which won the first of their 36 Scottish Cups in 1892 - coincidentally also at the ground of a team to become their fiercest rivals, Ibrox Stadium. Later he also became...
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Reverend and the Makers’ unlikely links to Everton legend Dixie Dean – David Prentice

Reverend and the Makers’ unlikely links to Everton legend Dixie Dean – David Prentice

Pop star's Great Uncle was a Toffees' star Reverend and the Makers  THE lead singer of Reverend and the Makers has been reading up on his family links to one of Dixie Dean’s team-mates, thanks to the Everton Heritage Society. Jon McClure, lead singer of the Sheffield based band, revealed his links to the Toffees on Sky TV’s Saturday morning Soccer AM show. Jon is a passionate Sheffield Wednesday supporter, but revealed that he’d been told his Great Uncle, Joe McClure, used to play for Everton. Which is where the Heritage Society got involved. A group of passionate and learned Evertonians dedicated to celebrating and publicising all aspects of Everton’s history, they investigated McClure’s Goodison career. And after discovering that wing-half, McClure did make 34 appearances for the Blues, scoring one goal, they put together a 119-page book meticulously chronicling his four year spell at Goodison. Joe McClure The Heritage Society’s Richard Gillham, who produced the book using research from Billy Smith’s remarkable Blue Correspondent website and pictures from Society Secretary...
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Everton Heritage Society to hold Remembrance Day Service at Park End plaque 2015

Everton Heritage Society to hold Remembrance Day Service at Park End plaque Service will commemorate Everton and CD Everton players who have fallen in wartime conflict   David France with the memorial plaque to Everton's war heroes Evertonians and other football fans will gather at Goodison Park on Wednesday to pay respects to players who lost their lives during wartime conflict. A remembrance service, organised by the EFC Heritage Society, will be staged at the plaque based at the Park End that commemorates those who have fallen. The service, which begins at 10.50am, will be conducted by the Reverend Harry Ross, with all welcome to attend. Eight wreaths will be laid, one each for Everton Football Club, Dr and Mrs France (The Everton Collection), Everton Shareholder’s Association, Everton in the Community, Past Players’ Foundation, Everton Free School – who will have teachers and more than 40 students in attendance – the Ruleteros Society and the EFC Heritage Society. A piper will play “The Flower of the Forest” during...
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The ‘real’ story behind Everton’s enduring anthem Z-Cars – David Prentice

"When did Everton first run out to Z-Cars at Goodison? We’re closer than we’ve ever been to a definitive answer" Goodison Park, home of Everton It's a question which has been asked almost as many times as it has been played: When did Evertonfirst run out to Z-Cars at Goodison? And today, thanks to some splendid research from the Everton Heritage Society, we’re closer than we’ve ever been to a definitive answer. That’s closer. But still not spot on. Because a mystery which has lasted half-a-century deserves to retain some allure. And a theme as evocative, as stirring and as downright different as Everton’s matchday anthem is also still enigmatic. The folklore of its Goodison origins, plucked from the pages of the popular Everton website Toffeeweb, was that: “one of the fans, who played PC Sweet on the front desk, was an Evertonian; one day he brought a few of the cast to watch the team. In recognition of that, the team came out on the field to...
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