Society News

Society News

Finding Woodcroft Park, Liverpool’s lost football ground

Our friends at ‘Bygone Liverpool’ have been busy trying to discover the location of the lost football ground of Liverpool Caledonian AFC from 1891 to 1892. After a search by historians that began in 2014, they have finally solved the mystery. They have produced a fascinating and detailed article, using a great deal of research, with a few links to Everton and the Society. A valuable contribution to our understanding of the early history of football in the city. Well worth a read!

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Easily the best Everton feed on Twitter (with no hint of bias whatsover), Rob Sawyer keeps us regularly entertained and well informed about fascinating and intriguing aspects of Everton FC history.

Covid

Although our last monthly meeting was in February 2020, we have still tried to keep the Society functioning as best we can.

Website

Well this is the obvious development as you are here, but it does show where Society work has continued at a pace in certain fields.

Meetings

Our monthly meetings in the Everton FC Head Office in the Royal Liver Building are suspended at the moment. We have had a few meetings on Zoom, but we have regular contact with all members through group email, while sub-groups also continue to have regular contact.

St Luke’s Church (home matchdays)

After the suspension of our matchday exhibitions due to the Covid restrictions, our service fully resumed at the Norwich game. Hopefully this will continue through the 2021/22 season. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook as well as visiting the website for future updates.

Research

If there has been one benefit of lockdown, it has enabled a number of members to focus on research projects, and the results are starting to bear fruit, with several new articles being published on the site, and more in the pipeline. See ‘Latest’ on the front page.

Publications

Huge congratulations to EFCHS members Paul McParlan, Gavin Buckland, David France, Rob Sawyer and Everton FC Broadcast and Liaison Manager Darren Griffiths, who we work closely with, on the recent publication of their excellent Everton works. Well done to all on your achievements. Click images to order!

The Forgotten Champions vividly recounts Everton’s remarkable 1986/87 title win, a feat that tested Howard Kendall’s managerial skills to the limit. Lifelong Everton fan and experienced football writer Paul McParlan draws on personal recollections, extensive research and interviews with key team members – Alan Harper, Paul Power and captain Kevin Ratcliffe – to recreate that dramatic season. The book recalls the decisive and emphatic match-winning sequences over Christmas 1986 and Easter 1987 when Everton exhibited some of the most exhilarating football ever produced by an English team. Against all odds, an injury-ravaged Everton side deprived of so many key players for large chunks of the campaign were crowned league champions for the ninth time. It was a magnificent achievement. To date, it is the club’s last title. With his unrivalled knowledge of 1986/87, Paul brings that incredible season to life in all its glory in this fascinating, page-turning account.
As well as being a member of Everton FC Heritage Society, Paul Mc Parlan is a member of the Football Writers’ Association and a Senior Writer for These Football Times. He has written features for The Athletic, the Liverpool Echo and When Saturday Comes magazine and has appeared on TalkSport and Radio City. Paul is a regular guest on the popular Blue Room podcast show and is a regular contributor to the Black Watch fanzine. He has been an Everton supporter since the 1960s.
In May 1985 Everton were the best team in Europe, having romped to the First Division title and lifted the European Cup Winners’ Cup in thrilling style.
That twin triumph was the culmination of a long and occasionally treacherous journey that started with the departure of Harry Catterick twelve years earlier. Set in the wider cultural and economic context of the time, Boys from the Blue Stuff tells the story of that passage.
Chronicling the efforts of Billy Bingham and Gordon Lee to return the club to the summit of English football and out of the shadow cast across Stanley Park by their dominant neighbours, Boys from the Blue Stuff concludes with how Howard Kendall overcame the dark days of 1983 to produce the most successful Everton team in history.
Expertly researched and brilliantly written, Boys from the Blue Stuff is the definitive account of an era in which Everton touched the extremes of triumph and despair, leaving an indelible mark on the club’s illustrious history.

EFCHS member Gavin Buckland is official statistician to Everton FC and has written a number of books about the club, including Strange But Blue and Money Can’t Buy Us Love. He has checked the questions for BBC TV’s A Question of Sport for more than 20 years, and has set questions for several football-related TV quiz series.
Expertly researched and beautifully illustrated, Toffee Soccer highlights Everton Football Club’s significant contribution to North American soccer and vice versa. The book summarises every tour game and profiles every player and includes hundreds of previously unseen photographs and illustrations, as well as original interviews with everyone from Wayne Rooney to the late Alan Ball. Toffee Soccer is a must read for all soccer fans, irrespective of accent.
Toffee Soccer’s co-authors have between them contributed more than 30 Everton books, encompassing some four million words, to the royal blue canon.
David France: From the USA and Canada, David has travelled over two million miles to introduce his trailblazing initiatives and support the club. In addition to writing a small library of Everton books, he created the Hall of Fame, registered the Former Players’ Foundation, formed the Heritage Society and combed the globe to compile the world’s finest football archives, now known as The Everton Collection. In 2012, he was awarded an OBE for his services to football in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Rob Sawyer: A fourth generation Evertonian, Rob’s great-grandfather, William J Sawyer, was a director between 1920-1930 who was active in the signing of Dixie Dean and the club’s secretary in 1918/19. Rob is a columnist for ToffeeWeb and a member of the Everton FC Heritage Society. His other Everton books are the biographies of Harry Catterick, Roy Vernon and TG Jones, the latter of which was shortlisted in the British Sports Book of the Year awards in 2018.
Darren Griffiths: A key member of Everton’s media department for more than 20 years, in his current role of Broadcast and Liaison Manager Darren is involved in editing the matchday programme and scripting, voicing and producing club videos and podcasts. He has hosted hundreds of Everton events, and provided interviews with players and managers as well as match commentaries. Darren has co-authored a dozen editions of The Official Everton FC Annual and the autobiography of Graeme Sharp.
Congratulations to EFCHS member, and Liverpool Echo’s Head of Sport, David Prentice on the publication of his recent book ‘A Grand Old Team to Report 45 Years Following Everton Football Club.’ A wonderful read for any Blue. More here
We are also looking forward to Steve Zocek’s Goodison Memories volume
Also, congratulations to EFCHS member James Corbett, whose first novel The Outsider was nominated on the long list for the Portico Prize in September 2021.
All publications by EFCHS members can be found here

Matchday Programme

We have continued to produce regular articles for every Everton matchday programme within which we have our own Everton Heritage page. Programmes are available online from the official club website.

We are busy working to complete our listings with free downloads, but progress so far can be found here.



Masters research scholarships

Everton Football Club and Liverpool Hope University have appointed two researchers in a MRes in the History of Everton Football Club and a MRes in the History of Everton in the Community. This is an opportunity to shine a light on previously unexplored chapters in the social history of Everton and its award-winning charity Everton in the Community – and to have their findings published in a new book.  Everton FC Heritage Society played a key role in the inauguration of the award. More details here.