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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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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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Dixie Dean Memorial Trophy – with award winner Séamus Coleman

Dixie Dean Memorial Trophy – with award winner Séamus Coleman

Our full report of the event, together with a short video, filmed and edited by Lewis Royden: https://youtu.be/jp0cJDk5PyM Séamus’s Big Night Rob Sawyer It was a night of celebration, cheers and even a few tears shed as Everton FC Heritage Society’s Séamus Coleman tribute evening was held at the People’s Lounge, Goodison Park on 16 February 2024. The Toffees’ talismanic, long-serving skipper was the 32nd recipient of the illustrious Dixie Dean Memorial Award. Compere Ken Rogers (Chairman of Everton FC Heritage Society) At 7:30pm, the familiar strains of the theme from Z-Cars filled the room and compere Ken Rogers introduced…
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