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Articles and writing from Heritage Society members and contributors

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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An Everton Memorabilia Special with Brendan Connolly

An Everton Memorabilia Special with Brendan Connolly

An Everton FC Heritage Society video special Rob Sawyer joins Brendan Connolly of Everton FC Heritage Society to chat about a selection of items from his stunning memorabilia collection. Featuring treasures from as early as 1882, the items discussed feature cup winners medals, international caps, and the probable first known useage of Everton's famous lock-up crest. Plus, a shirt belonging to the great Jimmy Dunn - Everton's 1933 FA Cup winning goalscorer and teammate of Dixie Dean. Please click to view the full film (- and please subscibe to our YouTube channel); https://youtu.be/IYf37yN_zDI . Brendan Connolly Brendan is well-known to…
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The Day George Robey Brought Show Business to Goodison Park

The Day George Robey Brought Show Business to Goodison Park

George Robey in his late 60s - National Portrait Gallery Football and showbiz have been bedfellows since the early days of the sport. Before the dawn of the 20th Century, theatrical matches were staged at Everton’s ground. In the 1920s, Jack Cock combined spearheading the Blues attack with treading the boards in music hall, subsequently trying his hand at movie acting. In 1968, the Golden Vision play, screened on the BBC, immortalised Alex Young on celluloid. More recently, the Toffees’ late chairman, Bill Kenwright, was a successful and high-profile impresario in the world of theatre. Other football clubs have, of…
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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 Farmer Grave Rededication – Photo Gallery

George Farmer Grave Rededication – Photo Gallery

Anfield Cemetery - 23 March 2024 (photos by Rob Sawyer / Mike Royden / Lewis Royden) Family and guests begin to arrive Jamie Yates opens the proceedings The headstone unveiling by Annette Kerry and Richard Edwards, two of George’s great grandchildren Mike Isherwood (Deputy Mayor of Oswestry and Everton fan) says a few words on George Farmer's Welsh links and family ties to Oswestry 'Don't Go Gently into that Good Night' by Dylan Thomas, read by Laura-Beth Murray, great-great-grandaughter of George Farmer Prayer of Thanksgiving, Rededication of Grave and Blessing, by Reverend Henry Corbett, Chaplain to Everton Football Club The…
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George Farmer – Order of Service Artwork

George Farmer – Order of Service Artwork

Order of Service Souvenir Another aspect of the George Farmer grave rededication day, which should not be overlooked, was the lovely souvenir handed out by Jamie to all those who attended. Contained in an envelope was the order of service card, with additional inserts shown below. Jamie, a qualified and experienced artist, designed the complete package, a beautiful work of art in its own right, which was then silk screen printed by hand by his friend Erica Donovan. An excellent momento of the day.
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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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