Members Work

Articles and writing from Heritage Society members and contributors

Peter Corr: Winning in Blue and Green at Goodison Park

Peter Corr: Winning in Blue and Green at Goodison Park

Rob Sawyer Peter Corr of Preston N.E. Andrea, Caroline, Sharon and Jim Corr - performing as The Corrs - were a mainstay of the British and Irish pop charts in the late 1990s and 2000s. They continue to perform for their many fans around the globe. Four decades before their musical breakthrough, their uncle was an Irish international and Everton footballer, who helped to make history at Goodison Park in 1949. Less widely-known is his role in bringing Howard Kendall to the Toffees in 1967. The Corrs Born on 23 June 1923, Peter Corr grew up in Dundalk, close to…
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Tribute to John Hurst

Tribute to John Hurst

John Hurst John Hurst, one of the club’s most cultured centre-backs (and the previous Dixie Dean Memorial Award recipient) passed away recently, so it was fitting that his wife and daughters were present at our Dixie Dean Memorial Award evening as special guests. They joined other audience members in watching a moving video presentation, which captured the essence of this fine footballer and lovely man, who epitomised all that is great about Everton. Rob Sawyer then shared tributes from Joe Royle and Colin Harvey to their friend and former teammate, before asking Derek Temple to join him onstage to speak…
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Dixie Dean Memorial Trophy – with award winner Séamus Coleman

Dixie Dean Memorial Trophy – with award winner Séamus Coleman

Our full report of the event, together with a short video, filmed and edited by Lewis Royden: https://youtu.be/jp0cJDk5PyM Séamus’s Big Night Rob Sawyer It was a night of celebration, cheers and even a few tears shed as Everton FC Heritage Society’s Séamus Coleman tribute evening was held at the People’s Lounge, Goodison Park on 16 February 2024. The Toffees’ talismanic, long-serving skipper was the 32nd recipient of the illustrious Dixie Dean Memorial Award. Compere Ken Rogers (Chairman of Everton FC Heritage Society) At 7:30pm, the familiar strains of the theme from Z-Cars filled the room and compere Ken Rogers introduced…
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The Battle of Goodison Park

The Battle of Goodison Park

Jim Keoghan Everton v Leeds United Football League Division One, 7 November 1964 Everton 0 Rankin, Labone, Brown, Gabriel, Rees, Morrissey, Temple, Pickering, Vernon, Young, Stevens Leeds United 1 (Bell) Sprake, Reaney, Bell, Bremner, Charlton, Hunter, Giles, Storrie, Belfitt, Collins, Johanneson To the modern fan, one reared on a game where crowds are often dispassionate tourists, players overly protected, and referees the agents of the authorities’ aims to make football as bloodless as possible; the past must look like a foreign country. The days of swaying crowds seething with a palpable sense of malign fury, defenders who would soften forwards…
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It started with a Blue – Milford Everton to Armagh City

It started with a Blue – Milford Everton to Armagh City

Armagh City of Northern Ireland were once known as Milford Everton. This is the story of the club. Written by Brian Weir (Author and Historian) Aidan Murphy (Former Milton Everton Player and Current Chairman of Armagh City) Richard Gillham [NB. If using a mobile phone, the full embeded document cannot be viewed, but the download button will open it. View on a laptop for the full embed within this page]. It-started-with-a-Blue-Milford-Everton-to-Armagh-City-Download
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Erin Roberts – Memories of an Everton Mascot in 1985

Erin Roberts – Memories of an Everton Mascot in 1985

Rob Sawyer with Erin Roberts On 14 September 1985, I was one of just over 26,000 Evertonians at Goodison Park, watching the Football League champions Everton take on Luton Town. It was a fairly routine 2-0 win for the home side. Howard Kendall had the conundrum of which pair of strikers to select from Gary Lineker, Adrian Heath or Graeme Sharp. On this occasion ‘Inchy’ and the former Leicester man got the nod from the manager. I recall a clearly nonplussed Sharp coming on in the second half and scoring from close range at the Gwladys Street End, making a…
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Son of My Father (part 19): Albert and Paul Holmes

Son of My Father (part 19): Albert and Paul Holmes

                              Holmes Sweet Holmes                                  Albert Holmes Albert Valentine Holmes was born on 14 February 1942, St. Valentine’s Day, hence the middle name Valentine. In his teens, Albert attracted attention for his football skills and was wanted by Rotherham United, but declined in order to prioritise his focus on his studies, which were more important to him. He started work by taking on an apprenticeship with British Gas (East Midlands Gas) as a gas fitter. The works had a football team for which Albert played. He was also involved in local football and, at the age of  sixteen, matched up against opponents…
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Everton – The Chinese Links

Everton – The Chinese Links

Evertonians who know Liverpool well, will be aware of the longstanding historical links between the city and China. They may be less knowledgeable about the numerous players who have worn royal blue, but who also played in China at some point in their career, and how far the links go back in time. This article will give readers a flavour of the links between Everton and China over the years, and show how important some aspects of that relationship were intended to be. This introduction sets the scene and focusses on two players who represented Everton during World War Two.…
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John Hurst (1947-2024)

John Hurst (1947-2024)

A Tribute by Rob Sawyer ‘The Last of the Corinthians’ is a phrase used to describe one of Everton’s great captains, Brian Labone. However, John Hurst, his defensive partner in Everton’s great side of the late 1960s, embodied many of the same qualities that gave Labone his sobriquet. John in the mid 1960s Like Roger Kenyon, who would also come through the ranks at Bellefield and be unlucky not to collect full international honours, John hailed from Blackpool. A centre-forward and inside-forward as a youth, the leggy Lancastrian had represented Blackpool schoolboys and also received England youth honours. Harry Catterick…
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Memories of Goodison Park

Memories of Goodison Park

A Film by Everton FC Heritage Society This is the latest of our Society-made films, which in this episode features a nostalgic look at the history of our great stadium. Our presenters, Ken Rogers and Rob Sawyer - who you will have met before in the 'Everton Village and the Birth of Everton Football Club' film - take us on a memorable journey, through the step-by-step development of Goodison Park from its foundation in 1892, through to the impending ground move on the banks of the Royal Blue Mersey. View the full film by clicking here: https://youtu.be/xLeg70CN928 View the full…
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