The EFC Heritage Society is a voluntary group researching and chronicling the rich history of Everton Football Club.

The Society was founded by Dr David France OBE in 2008, to promote and preserve the rich heritage of our great football club.

The Early Days

After our founding in 2008, I think we struggled in those early days to be clear on the direction, as David was by then living in the USA. Meetings were held at the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre and were not particularly well attended, with often only five or six members present. I must admit, the journey of an hour each way from home after a tough day at work, was not an attractive proposition in the winter, but we eventually agreed our aims and started to make progress under the chairmanship of Paul Wharton.

I’d like to pay tribute to Paul, and George Orr, who were instrumental in setting up our residency at St Luke’s, and I often recall George’s comment in those formative days – ‘We’re just supporters with BluTac and passion’. Another early member was Tony Heslop, who was also very influential in The Ruleteros Society. Tony was a lovely, humble man, who sadly passed away in 2015, taken much too early at the age of fifty-seven.

Brendan Connolly, (Chairman, Everton FC Heritage Society)

Aims of the Everton FC Heritage Society

To be the first point of reference for all enquiries from the club, football historians and the general public, about Everton’s history.

To actively promote knowledge of the club’s history through talks, exhibitions, special anniversary events and other appropriate methods.

To promote The Everton Collection and provide support for the Everton Collection Trust through suitable methods, such as the distribution of publicity material, collaboration with research, checking historical accuracy of information, and advice with exhibitions.


Our monthly meetings have taken place in a number of locations centred at Goodison, such as the Captain’s Table and even the Sky TV box. However, we are fortunate now to meet in the inner sanctum – the Everton FC Director’s Boardroom in the Royal Liver Building. Something we never get tired of!

Furthermore, some of the corridors are adorned with memorabilia provided by Brendan Connolly (the Chairman of the Society) from his amazing collection. You can also meet Brendan on matchdays in St Luke’s where he has his stall with fascinating displays and collectors items for sale.

Royal Liver Building

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List of Members

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Dr David France OBE


Ken Rogers Chairman, journalist and historian

Richard Gillham -Secretary, Media Officer

Paul Kelly – Treasurer, Matchdays at St Lukes

Peter Lupson, Vice-chairperson, Historian, author


Ste Blease – Programme specialist

Joseph Brennan –  Associate member – St Luke’s matchday volunteer

Gavin BucklandJournalist, author and statistician

Bradley Cates – Statistician, Website owner EFC Statto

Mikey CleaveResearcher, specialist in Football stadium history

Brendan Connolly – Chairman 2015-2022, experienced collector of Everton memorabilia.

James Corbett – Journalist, author, publisher (owner deCoubertin Books), novelist

Reg FletcherAssociate member – St Luke’s matchday volunteer

Chris Goodwin – Website owner England Football Online

Kjell Hanssen – Historian, Website owner Play Up, Liverpool

Simon Hart – Journalist, historian, author

Francis Hickey – Historian, web articles editor

Steve JohnsonAuthor, historian, statistician – Website owner – Everton Results

Alison Jones – Historian, Everton Ladies

Lyndon Lloyd Web author, Original site webmaster, Website owner of Toffeeweb

Paul McParlan – Author, Historian, Senior Leader at These Football Times

Crawford Miles – Video and film archivist

Tony OnslowAuthor and historian

George OrrAuthor, historian and life member

David Prentice, Journalist and author, Everton F.C Communications Officer

Thomas ReganGraphic designer, owner of ToffeeArt

Dr John RowlandsAuthor and historian

Mike RoydenAuthor, historian, Website owner, and EFCHS webmaster

Rob SawyerAuthor, historian, web articles editor, EFCHS Twitter account manager.

John Shearon – Ruleteros Chairman

Kieran Smith

Tony Wainwright BEM – Historian, WWI/WWII specialist, Webmaster Liverpool Pals website

Keith Wilson

Jamie Yates – Historian, researcher

Steve ZocekAuthor, researcher

History consultants (and former members)

Peter Jones – Historian, WWI/WWII specialist

Billy Smith – Author, researcher and historian, BlueCorrespondent Website owner

Past Members

Paul Wharton – Founder member and former chairman

Tony Heslop

Members in the Everton FC boardroom, Royal Liver Building, (the regular meeting venue) celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Society
EFCHS members at Finch Farm, with Ian Snodin and Darren Griffiths of Everton FC
EFCHS Members at the Adelphi Hotel (where the Society was founded) celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Society