1900-1909

‘Jack O’ Both Sides’ – The Life and Times of Jack Sharp (1878-1938)

‘Jack O’ Both Sides’ – The Life and Times of Jack Sharp (1878-1938)

  Jack Sharp sits in exalted company as one of England’s few dual cricket and football internationals. To Evertonians he is much more than that – an iconic player, captain, FA Cup winner, club director and founder of Liverpool’s best known sports outfitters. Born on 15 February in Everton’s founding year, Jack (christened John) was the youngest child of Charles and Annie Sharp who resided at 8 Eign Street in Hereford. Dorking-born Charles was a butcher with other business interests in the town, whilst Annie hailed from County Meath in Ireland. Jack and elder brother Bertram (Bert) grew up playing…
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Phew, 9-1 Win is a Scorcher!

Phew, 9-1 Win is a Scorcher!

The start of September 1906 saw England sweltering in a heatwave – the most intense temperatures recorded in the 20th century. It was weather for sunbathing, not sport, as the temperatures topped 32 degrees for four successive days throughout most of the country.  No surprise, then, that the Liverpool Daily Post & Mercury’s headline for Monday 3 September read:  Football Hot O! A Warm Kick- Off And Enormous Crowds. Players Collapse. While the editorial began: “The Glorious First, which duly celebrates the commencement of two distinct classes of sport – football and partridge shooting – will long be remembered for…
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Spreading the Everton name…

At the final whistle of this evening’s game both sets of players will be looking forward to a well-earned  rest over the coming months. In late April 1909, this was not the case as Everton closed the season with a 4-2 win over Leicester Fosse to finish runners-up to champions Newcastle United. The Toffees, along with Spurs, who likewise had finished runners-up but in the Second Division, had been invited to play a number of friendly matches in Argentina and Uruguay where the sport was still in its infancy. This was not the first such tour. Southampton in 1904 and…
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Sponsorship deals in the early 1900s ‘Everton by Postcard’

Sponsorship deals in the early 1900s ‘Everton by Postcard’ By Brendan Connolly In the early 1900s, postcards were the equivalent of current day text messages. Very few people had telephones, so the postal system was the main method of communication. As a result, demand dictated that there were four mail deliveries per day, with the last post being late in the evening. It was not unusual to post a letter or postcard early in the morning and receive a reply the same day. Postcards carried a lower postal rate than letters and by the early 1900s picture postcards had become…
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Billy Scott Grave Dedication 17 May 2017

Billy Scott Grave Dedication 17 May 2017

Billy Scott Billy Scott was an Irish international goalkeeper and part of the first Everton team to win the FA Cup in 1906. On Wednesday 17 May 2017, the EFC Heritage Society honoured Billy with a ceremony at 11am in Anfield cemetery, Priory Road, Walton Liverpool L4 2SL, to dedicate his previously unmarked grave. Heritage Society Chairman Brendan Connolly said “The Heritage Society is delighted to again have the support of Everton Football Club, with our latest project. We have also worked closely with Sheelagh Peroulis and Kevin Knight, relatives of Billy Scott, and their wishes have been integral to…
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The Holy Trinity of Our Forefathers Part III:  Dr James Clement Baxter

The Holy Trinity of Our Forefathers Part III: Dr James Clement Baxter

  Previously there has been a concerted effort by the Everton FC Shareholders Association, and particularly by one fellow Evertonian, Paul Wharton, to endorse our song And if you know your history. Paul has been dubbed the Everton Sherlock Holmes. He has been driven to find out the true story behind our clubs formation and the founder fathers who delivered to us this fantastic club. When I read about our club's past it really does make your heart go whoohhoo! It is now generally accepted that the following gentleman were the driving force in forming and making Everton; Ben Swift…
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A Tribute to Alexander ‘Sandy’ Young

A Tribute to Alexander ‘Sandy’ Young

Everton honour 1906 cup hero Sandy Young by Lyndon Lloyd | 03/09/2014 Alex 'Sandy' Young was honoured today in Edinburgh Everton FC and Everton Heritage Society unveiled a new headstone in Edinburgh's Seafield cemetery today to mark the grave of Alex 'Sandy' Young, one of the club's first legends. Still the fourth-highest goalscorer in Everton's history, Young was the scorer of the winning goal in the 1906 FA Cup Final win over Newcastle United that clinched the trophy for the Blues for the first time. In all, he found the net 127 times in 314 appearances in the decade between…
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Everton Tour of Argentina – 1909

Transcribed from the Liverpool Echo by Blue Correspondent, Billy Smith EVERTON F.C. “GAMBETEANDO.”DIRECTOR BAINBRIDGE'S COMPLETE REVIEW OF THE TOUR IN THE ARGENTINE. The Liverpool Football Echo         July 24 1909 WHAT THEY DID and HOW THEY DID IT The following is the exhaustive diary of Mr. E.A.Bainbridge, of the Everton Football Club, who, together with Mr. A.E.Wade, was in charge of the Argentine tour. Mr. Bainbridge writes as follows: - On the 13 th May last, numerous friends and admires assembled at Lime-street Station, Liverpool to wish bon voyage to the Everton football team and officials on their departure by the…
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