Everton FC’s 1909 pre-season tour of South America, Edwardian style – David Prentice

Everton FC’s 1909 pre-season tour of South America, Edwardian style – David Prentice

Edwardian style Amazing story of Everton's pioneering 1909 tour of South America A contemporary cigarette card of Bert Freeman, the star of Everton's 1909 tour of South America. In the summer months of 1909 a 13-strong Everton FC playing staff led by two directors and a trainer, together with travelling companions Tottenham Hotspur, travelled 14,000 miles and spent more than six weeks at sea, visiting Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina – “to introduce and develop first class football.” Their story is a fascinating one – and thanks to the diligence of director E. Bainbridge and an exhaustive tour diary he produced for the Echo, the story of the ground-breaking tour can be retold a century later. So settle down with a cup of finest Brazilian and a corned beef sandwich, and enjoy the exploits of the Evertonian adventurers. Like many great Evertonian trips, the story began at Lime Street station. The Blues boarded a steam train to London Euston on Thursday...
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Sam Strettle. – Tony Onslow

Born at the family owned Foundry on the 2nd of February, 1886, Sammy Strettle was the 6th child of Thomas who - along with his Father -in - Law, manufactured Iron Files at 125 Knutsford Road in Warrington. The name of his Mother was Elizabeth. By 1901, with the Foundry now closed, the Strettle family have decamped to nearby Fothergill Street where Sammy has found employment in a Wire Works. Further records reveal that his Father later became a Works Manager and, at the time of the 1911 census, had moved the family home to Prescot on the outskirts of Liverpool. Sam Strettle had, in the meantime, obtained employment at a Soap Works in Liverpool for whom he was playing football. This particular factory, owned by J Hargreaves & Company Limited, produce a single item that they marketed under the brand name of Lively Polly after which their football team was named. They were members of the Liverpool &...
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