ROTTERDAM 1985-MICHAEL KONSEL (RAPID VIENNA)  – Steve Zocek

ROTTERDAM 1985-MICHAEL KONSEL (RAPID VIENNA) – Steve Zocek

Everton’s only success in Europe came on 15th May 1985 at the De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam. Everton’s passage to the final could have faltered at the first hurdle with a two-legged affair with the Irish part-timers University College Dublin providing the opposition. Graeme Sharp, Everton’s saviour that night with the winning goal, once said that it was the trickiest tie of all the rounds to the final, stating that Everton could so easily have been knocked out, with the woodwork saving Everton. Had the ball gone in UCD would have had a priceless away goal. With Inter Bratislava, Fortuna Sittard, and the giants Bayern Munich failing to stop Everton in their tracks to Rotterdam from September to May. I have always been fascinated about what the opposition from the Austrian capital Vienna and their green and white army Rapid thought of Everton, and that final in May. Having made several attempts to speak with the stars from Rapid...
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Clarence Berry, the Rugby Playing Goalkeeper of Everton – Tony Onslow

Clarence Berry, the Rugby Playing Goalkeeper of Everton – Tony Onslow

Clarence Herbert Berry,  Reported to be around 6-foot-tall, was the first man to sign for Everton having previously played Rugby League football at senior level. He had been born, 4th of October 1886, and was the 4th child of Frank and Alice who then ran a Grocery Business on Buick Street in Warrington. Berry had begun to serve an apprenticeship as a Pattern Maker when he began his football career, playing under association rules, for a local amateur team with the name of Warrington Albion. He then switched codes and signed for Warrington Rugby League club on their home at Wilderspool. Clarence Berry made his debut on the 25 of February 1905 in a home game against Swinton where his second half penalty kick won the game for his side. He made another 6 appearances but was not selected to face Hull Kingston Rovers in Rugby League Cup final at Leeds. Warrington lifted the trophy, for the first time,...
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Robert Stevenson & William George. – Tony Onslow

Coming from dissimilar parts of the Kingdom, and completely different backgrounds, the paths of these aforementioned individuals crossed while they were playing football in Liverpool. Robert Stevenson was one of several young Scotsmen tempted to try his luck by an agent who covered the area around the Ayrshire Coalfield. He was born on the 24th of May 1861 at 34 Ardeer Square in the coastal town of Stevenson where, along with his other siblings, he spent his childhood. His Father, George, was a Coalminer while Mother Margaret, had the maiden name of Strain. The 1881 census lets us know that the family have now moved to Kilmarnock where the head of the household is running at Tavern, at 52 Low Glencairn Street, and Robert is working as a Grocers Assistant. He has also started playing football, at full back, with Kilmarnock Athletic where he was partnered by his friend and neighbour, Sandy Dick. The club had previously won the Ayrshire knockout but were...
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John McPherson & The Kilmarnock Connection – Tony Onslow

The area around Glencairn Square, in the Scottish town of Kilmarnock, is today mostly given over to a modern retail park to which it lends its name. In the 1880s, however, it was surrounded by rows of tenement style housing that sheltered this working-class community - many of whom were employed at nearby G&SWR Locomotive Works, from the elements. Living in Glencairn Square was Alexander Dick and he would, unwitting, form a close connection between this community and Everton Football Club. Always known as Sandy, he began playing “Fitba” in Kilmarnock before joining the Merseyside club in 1886 where he his uncompromising style of play quickly made popular with the home crowd. Lodgings were found for him, in new property owned the club President John Houlding, on Thirlmere Road. Sandy was content here until February 1887 when reports began to circulate that, due to an attack of neuralgia, he had been given permission to return home in order to recover. He arrived...
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