Walter Brown, the Kirkcudbrightshire Blue – Tony Onslow

Most of the Scotsman who played for Everton during their inaugural Football League season made their way to Liverpool having been recommended by agents who acted for the Anfield club North of the Border. Walter Brown, however, appears to have arrived in the Mersey Seaport with no knowledge whatsoever of the association game. He was born, 11th of June 1870, in the remote Kirkcudbrightshire community of Colvend and was one of several children born to Thomas, a Tinsmith, and his partner Agnus. The 1881 census finds the family still living in Kirkcudbrightshire before Agnus, on becoming a Widow, moved – along with her 3 sons – to live with her married daughter Jane at 6 Parkinson Road in Walton on the Hill. She did not however, remain at this address for very long and soon took up residence at 9 Imrie Street off Breeze Hill. The association game did not reach the South West of Scotland till 1892 so Wally Brown must...
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