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Joe Pickering: Everton Jersey to New Jersey

Joe Pickering: Everton Jersey to New Jersey

Joseph William Pickering was born in Liverpool on Sunday, 31 August 1856, to parents William and Ellen. William was a paviour, or paver, a layer of stone flags for pavements, etc. In 1861, the Pickering family were recorded on the national census as living at 26 Horatio Street, off Scotland Road. Joseph had at least five siblings; three older brothers, Thomas, Edward and Robert, and two younger sisters; Caroline and Esther. Aged 23, on 27 June 1880, Joseph married Hannah Miller at Christ Church Everton, on Great Homer Street, a church which was later destroyed in the May Blitz of…
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Alf Milward – The Toffees’ First Great Left Winger of the League Era

Alf Milward – The Toffees’ First Great Left Winger of the League Era

by Rob Sawyer ‘His buoyant spirit called for the wild career down the wing, for the flying charge, and the flying shot to the goalmouth where Geary or Chadwick could be trusted to meet the rebound.’ Victor Hall, Liverpool Echo, 1924. Baines and Pienaar, Dobson and Thomas, Fielding and Eglington, Stevenson and Coulter – all fantastic partnerships on the left side of the Toffees’ attack. The original great partnership on that flank was formed by the contrasting but complimentary attributes of Edgar Chadwick and Alf Milward. Supporters and reporters would refer to them together simply as ‘The Wing’, such was…
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George Farmer – Grave Rededication Report

George Farmer – Grave Rededication Report

Anfield Cemetery and The Winslow Hotel 23 March 2024 Rob Sawyer In May 1905, a 42-year-old-man who was as working as a gas meter manufacturer in a corporation yard in Everton, succumbed to a heart condition. This was no ordinary man, however, but – in all likelihood – the first idol of Everton supporters in the club’s Anfield days. He was George Farmer, the celebrated ‘king of the screw shot’ and a potent attacking threat down the Toffees’ left flank in the mid-to-late 1880s, at the dawn of the Football League age. His premature passing left a pregnant widow, Louisa,…
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‘George could bend it way before Beckham’

‘George could bend it way before Beckham’

George Farmer (1862-1905) - Everton Pioneer Grave and Headstone Rededication Project Liverpool Echo Article by Ken Rogers In the days running up to the rededication event, our chairman Ken Rogers - former Sports Editor of the Liverpool Echo - composed a fitting article for the newspaper he knows so well; In an age when commerciality pervades every aspect of top-flight football, it is encouraging to reflect on a remarkable initiative that continues to focus on those oft-forgotten heroes who helped transform Merseyside into the soccer hotbed it is today. Everton Football Club’s official Heritage Society (EFCHS) is driving a project…
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The George Farmer Story

The George Farmer Story

Jamie Yates of Everton FC Heritage Society, who researched the story of George Farmer and directed the project, writes; Why George Farmer? Without the philanthropy of Everton Football Club and the local community around Liverpool 4 and beyond upon the death of George Farmer in May 1905, it is not unreasonable to assume that his widow and eight young children would not have survived the poverty-stricken future they were facing. Without George Farmer capturing the imagination of thousands of Evertonians - not to mention the thousands who went along to watch football for the first time in that era with…
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George Farmer (1862-1905) – Everton Pioneer

George Farmer (1862-1905) – Everton Pioneer

* Grave and Headstone Rededication Project (Click images for further detail) . https://youtu.be/_rHA8qFxADQ?si=IQ09wDE2s3YgQADR A film of the rededication, with interviews at the graveside by Giulia Bould and Ken Rogers. Filmed and edited by Lewis Royden The Grave Rededication Event Full Film in production A short film of the rededication can be found above. The full film, including the Winslow event, by Lewis Royden, will be uploaded and announced on social media as soon as possible The George Farmer Story Jamie Yates George could bend it way before Beckham Liverpool Echo article by Ken Rogers Making of the Headstone Order of…
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George and Annie Jane Goodison

George and Annie Jane Goodison

Towards the Foundation of a Stadium, and how Classical Egypt came to Waterloo Mike Royden The name ‘Goodison Park’ has always had a touch of class about it, but it so easily could have been called ‘Mere Green’ or possibly ‘Walton Stiles’:  Mere Green being the land leased (and later purchased) for the new Everton FC stadium, and Walton Stiles being the ancient footpath that once ran from the Walton Church area, approximately along what is now Goodison Road, down Spellow Lane and on to County Road.   But where did the name originate, and how did it become the name…
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Everton’s First League Match

Everton’s First League Match

Everton 2 v 1 Accrington Football League Division One, 8 September 1888 Anfield - Attendance: 12,000 - Referee: J Bentley Everton: Smalley, Dick, Ross, Holt, Jones, Dobson, Fleming, Lewis, Chadwick, Waugh, Farmer Accrington: Horne, Stevenson, McLellan, Haworth, Pemberton, Wilkinson, Lofthouse, Bonar, Holden, Chippendale, Kirkham It started with just twelve. A dozen trailblazers striking out to create what would become the greatest football league in the world (at least until the Premier League ruined the top flight with its orgy of consumption, its vapid razzmatazz, and its Jamie Carraghers). The 8 September 1888 represented a watershed moment in English Football. After…
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In Search of Priory Road 1883-84

In Search of Priory Road 1883-84

In Search of Priory Road Commencing to write this article on the day that government approval was granted for the Bramley-Moore Stadium, social media was awash with good wishes to all those concerned in successfully seeing the project through. There were the inevitable online exchanges, with a great many from the envious dark side, who could see they were now visibly condemned to spend yet another generation in their Big Stand with little chance of expansion, a move, or even a laughable ground-share. Meanwhile, many commented online that this would be Everton’s third stadium build in the city.  (pic: Liverpool…
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George Fleming: The Goalscoring Bank Clerk from Arbroath

George Fleming: The Goalscoring Bank Clerk from Arbroath

Scorer of the first goal for Everton FC in the newly formed Football League of 1888   It is the summer of 1887 and the Everton team poses at the Sandon Hotel with the trophy they had just won after beating Oakfield Rovers by five goals to nothing. Two of these goals had been scored by the man sitting left of the centre row who had recently moved to Merseyside from Scotland. His name was George Spink Fleming and he was destined to etch his name into the record books of Everton Football Club. Along with his twin sister Jemima,…
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