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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