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Articles and writing from Heritage Society members and contributors

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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Mr Blue Thai: The Story of Teerarep Winothai’s Journey

Mr Blue Thai: The Story of Teerarep Winothai’s Journey

by Steve Zocek Like many football-mad teenagers, Bangkok-born Teeratep Winothai dreamt of goals, cup finals and stardom. Unlike most boys of his age, Teeratep was able to live out that dream. In fact, from the age of fourteen, he was already attracting the attention of clubs in his homeland and abroad and had represented Thailand at under-17 level. Then, a fantastic opportunity to study at Brentwood School in Essex led to an excellent sporting experience at Crystal Palace who were the first English club to offer him a trial. He had already represented his country’s under-17 national side in the…
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Everton Number Nines

Everton Number Nines

by Steve Johnson Everton have a rich tradition of famous centre-forwards, many of whom have worn the number nine shirt with pride and success. But when did shirt-numbering begin? And was our own Dixie Dean the first footballer to sport the number nine on his back, as is often claimed? World-wide, shirt numbers were used in football on-and-off in various countries as far back as the first recorded instance in Australia in 1911. In fact, up until 1928, shirt numbers had not been used at all in English Football League or FA Cup matches. However, the 1928/29 season began with…
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‘Everton FC in Everton Day’ – News Report

‘Everton FC in Everton Day’ – News Report

An ‘Everton FC in Everton’ Day took place on Saturday, 29 June (11am to 1pm) at the historic Lock-Up Towerfeatured on our club crest. This free event, jointly organised by the Official Everton FC Heritage Society and the Friends of Everton Park, was very well supported despite the poor weather, and saw over 100 Everton fans in attendance, some travelling from as far as Japan, Australia, and even Newcastle! Here is our report of the event, filmed and edited by Lewis Royden of Everton FC Heritage Society; https://youtu.be/_3Zl7mYEPXQ ............................................................ You can find a background article by Ken Rogers here (click…
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‘Everton FC in Everton’ Day

‘Everton FC in Everton’ Day

by Ken Rogers (Chairman of Everton FC Heritage Society and Trustee of Friends Of Everton Park) An ‘Everton FC in Everton’ Day will unfold this Saturday, 29 June (11am to 1pm) at the historic Lock-Up Tower featured on our club crest. This is a free event, jointly organised by the Official Everton FC Heritage Society and the Friends of Everton Park. Ken Rogers with the special key The ‘Lock-Up’ below Browside on Netherfield Road South is rarely open, but supporters will be able to gain a special candlelight glimpse inside this historic 1787 structure and discover how another Everton district…
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Mick Gannon Remembered

Mick Gannon Remembered

2 February 1943 – 13 June 2024 Rob Sawyer Everton FC Heritage Society has learned of the passing last week of former player Mick Gannon. Born 2 February 1943, Mick was raised with his nine siblings on Scotland Road, with Cilla White (later Black) as a near neighbour. He joined Everton straight from school, signing as a professional soon after his seventeenth birthday in 1960, and learning his trade under the likes of coach Les Shannon. The defender was given three senior starts by Harry Catterick, all at left-back, at the tail end of the 1961/62 season, his debut coming…
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Remembering Frank D’Arcy

Remembering Frank D’Arcy

8 December 1946 - 15 June 2024 Speaking to Steve Zocek in 2013, with an introduction by Rob Sawyer Everton FC Heritage Society members were saddened to learn of the death, at seventy-seven, of Frank D’Arcy - one of the Blues’ youth products who made it through to Harry Catterick’s highly-polished first team in the late 1960s. The Liverpool Schoolboys player joined the Blues as a centre-half straight from school in the summer of 1962, turning professional two years later. At left-back he was an FA Youth Cup winner with the Toffees in 1965. In the quarter-final of the competition…
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Kevin Campbell – An Everton Talisman Remembered

Kevin Campbell – An Everton Talisman Remembered

Rob Sawyer Sometimes, fate throws a football club and player together in times of mutual adversity and it just clicks. Witness Howard Kendall’s 1983 roll of the dice with Andy Gray, a player whose salad days were thought to be long behind him. So it was, also, when Kevin Campbell rolled up at L4 in 1999. On England U21 duty Campbell, born in February 1970, came through the ranks at Arsenal in his native London, having loan spells at Leyton Orient and Leicester City to aid his development. His first team debut came against Nottingham Forest in 1988, and he…
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Eddie Wainwright – A Bright Light in Dark Days

Eddie Wainwright – A Bright Light in Dark Days

by Rob Sawyer ‘When I hitched my chariot to the Goodison Park star, I did myself the best service ever. No club could treat its players better.’ Eddie Wainwright, Liverpool Echo 1955 The immediate post-war era for Everton was one of austerity, much in keeping with that felt by a battered Britain. The Toffees’ squad had been ravaged by age and star-player exits since the club was crowned Football League Champions, a few short months before Nazi forces marched into Poland, precipitating a global war. Tommy Eglington, Peter Farrell and Wally Fielding proved to be astute signings, but the team…
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Royal Blue in The Emerald Isle

Royal Blue in The Emerald Isle

The Story of Club Everton Atha Cliath Rob Sawyer Everton FC has sired namesakes in Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, the Caribbean and elsewhere. Closer to home, several sides in the Emerald Isle have adopted the Everton moniker over the years. Just over a decade ago, a conversation with David Exall, Everton’s erstwhile Promotions Manager, put me on the trail of Club Everton Atha Cliath - translated as ‘Club Everton of Dublin’- and Séamus Ua Trodd, its founder, secretary, coach, PR man and lifeblood. David recalled how the alliance across the Irish Sea was forged: ‘In 1971 Séamus asked for permission…
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