Programme Articles

Everton FC Heritage Society is proud to be associated with the official Everton matchday programme, and for the last few seasons we have been allocated our own page in each issue. Where possible we try to produce an article with historical links to the fixture and opposition of the day, hoping to give topical interest to both sets of fans.

We appreciate that some of the articles leave you wanting to know more, but we are limited to around 450 words, as the programme must cover a variety of functions of course, and there just isn’t room.

Nevertheless, many of the articles are an abridged version of a longer study, often with more illustrations, so it is worth using the Search bar in the right-side panel, or the author’s name, which you will find below Search under Categories, to see if it has been uploaded.

List of Programme Articles

(most recent first)

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Season 2023/24

DateFixtureAuthor Theme
11/5Sheffield UnitedRob SawyerThe Colourful life of Jack Dodds
27/4BrentfordMike RoydenA Tale of Two Tears
24/4LiverpoolKieran SmithTom Wyllie – History Maker
(a Scot who played for both Everton & Liverpool 1890-93)
21/4Nottingham ForestPaul McParlanStuart Imlach: A Top Level Winger
6/4BurnleyRichie GillhamPeter Douglas and the Denny Dougalls
2/3West Ham UnitedRichie GillhamA Blue, a Hammer, and a Spartan
19/2Crystal PalacePaul McParlanLethal Latchford the Record Breaker – Everton v Crystal Palace, 20 September 1980
3/2Tottenham HotspurRichie GillhamOnwards and Upwards: New kids on the Block
27/1Luton Town (FA Cup 4th)Gavin BucklandThe First Sunday Fixture
17/1Crystal Palace (FAC 3rd rep)Rob SawyerThree Replays and an Expulsion: Everton’s Explosive Introduction to the FA Cup
13/1Aston VillaMike RoydenLeap Year Madness: Everton v Aston Villa 28 February 1964
26/12Manchester CityRob SawyerJames Meunier
19/12Fulham (Carabao Cup 5th)No article
9/12ChelseaRichie GillhamJack Whitley
5/12Newcastle UnitedRob SawyerAlan Grenyer
25/11Manchester UnitedMike RoydenRemembrance
4/11Brighton & Hove AlbionRichie GillhamDickie Downs
1/11Burnley (Carabao Cup 4th)Dave PrenticeThe 1975 rescheduled fixture (due to the Grand National)
7/10BournemouthRob Sawyer Alf Harland: A Toffee and a Linnet
30/9LutonPaul McParlanGeorge Cummins
16/9ArsenalRob SawyerDixie Dean’s biography
26/8Wolverhampton WanderersPaul McParlanMickey Lill
12/8FulhamRob SawyerWattie White
5/8Sporting LisbonBradley CatesEverton FC vs Portuguese opposition

Season 2022/23

28/5Bournemouth Rob SawyerGeorge Kitchen – the Penalty Taking Goalkeeper
13/5Manchester CityRichie GillhamEverton and Manchester City – Trialists, Triumphs and Tribulations
25/4Newcastle UnitedRob SawyerJohn Cuff – From Goodison Park to the Monte Carlo Rally!
15/4FulhamRob SawyerFrancis Hamill – The Goodison Bugler
1/4Tottenham HotspurJohn ShearonHow Toffee’s Heavy Lunch Fed Football in Uruguay
11/3Brentford Rob SawyerFrank Oliver and his Debut Hat-trick
25/2Aston VillaPaul McParlanKen McNaught – from League Cup Runner-up to European Cup Winner
18/2Leeds UnitedSteve JohnsonPlayers’ Chronological Numbers
4/2ArsenalPaul McParlanGeoff Barnett
14/1SouthamptonRob SawyerGoodison Avenue – Everton’s Celebrity Street
2/1Brighton & Hove AlbionRob SawyerBarry Rees;the Welshman of both Everton and Brighton
26/12Wolverhampton WanderersMike RoydenThe Lothian Lasses & Boxing Day at Goodison 130 years ago
5/11Leicester CityTony WainwrightRemembrance – The Fallen of Everton FC
22/10Crystal PalaceRob SawyerEFC tour to Australia in 1964
9/10 Manchester UnitedPaul McParlanTommy Jackson
17/9West Ham UnitedKen RogersWhat’s in a Name? (Club names)
3/9LiverpoolRichie GillhamLes Shannon – A Foot in Both Camps
20/8Nottingham ForestRichie Gillham130th Anniversary of Goodison’s First Game
6/8ChelseaDave PrenticeCatterick not sorry TV missed Husband’s bullet
29/7Dynamo Kiev (Friendly)Dave PrenticeDuo fire Kiev to Euro glory

Season 2021/22

19/5Crystal PalaceRob SawyerJohn Lindsay’s Unlucky Break
15/5BrentfordGavin BucklandThe Bees – Our first post-war visitors
30/4ChelseaRichie Gillham Jacky Robertson – Chelsea’s First Boss
9/4Manchester UnitedRichie Gillham Neil McBain – The Teacher of Estudiantes
12/3Wolverhampton WanderersRob SawyerGeorge Green
3/3Boreham Wood (FA Cup 5)Darren GriffithsWhen non-league Alty drew at Goodison
26/2Manchester CityDavid PrenticeRed and Black City
12/2Leeds UnitedRichie Gillham Valentine Harris
5/2Brentford (FA Cup 4)Paul McParlanEverton v Brentford 1950/51
22/1Aston VillaMike RoydenEFCHS; new web site and social media
1/1BrightonRob Sawyer Keith Webber
28/12Newcastle (postponed to 17 Mar)Rob Sawyer Tom Robson
18/12Leicester (postponed to 20 Apr) Darren GriffithsHow Eastoe Showed his Worth in Blue
4/12ArsenalRob Sawyer Tim Coleman – a rebel and an entertainer
30/11LiverpoolBradley CatesPatrick Gordon
6/11Tottenham HotspurTony WainwrightRemembrance
6/11 Tottenham Hotspur Richie GillhamJack Kirwan
23/10WatfordPaul McParlanAndy Rankin
17/10West Ham UnitedDavid PrenticeHat-trick Kings
25/9NorwichBrendan ConnollyBobby Irvine
13/9BurnleyKieran SmithFree-scoring Bertie Freeman
14/8SouthamptonSteve JohnsonSeason opener stats

Season 2020/21

15/5Wolverhampton WanderersSteve JohnsonMost frequent Everton pairings
11/5Sheffield UnitedBradley CatesArchie Clark
1/5Aston VillaBrendan ConnollyBert Sharp – the lesser-known Sharp brother
17/4Tottenham HotspurBrendan ConnollyJohn Cameron – A varied life in football
3/4Crystal PalaceRichie GillhamThe 6-0 FA Cup scores in 1922 and 1931
20/3Manchester City (FAC 6)David PrenticeCiteh FA Cup QF Classic 1981
13/3Burnley FCJamie Yates & Paul Owens‘Happy’ Jack Hillman (ex EFC and BFC goalie)
1/3SouthamptonDarren GriffithsJimmy Gabriel’s return ruined
17/2Manchester CityJames CorbettHoward Kendall’s Mancunian Love Affair
14/2FulhamPeter LupsonChurch origins of EFC & FFC
10/2Tottenham Hotspur (FAC 5)Mike RoydenEverton/Spurs players meet again as WW1 PoWs
Tottenham Hotspur (FAC 5)Rob SawyerEverton Young Guns
30/1Newcastle UnitedRob SawyerJimmy Fell; From the Mariners to the Mersey
27/1Leicester CityRob SawyerTommy Eggelston – Harry Catterick’s trusted lieutenant
24/1Sheffield Wednesday(FAC4)Richie GillhamJoe McClure
9/1Rotherham Utd FC (FAC3)Paul OwensBobby Mimms; From Rotherham to Everton
1/1West Ham UnitedGavin BucklandHoward Kendall – last game v West Ham (FAC Jan 82)
23/12Manchester Utd (EFL Cup QF)Joe Brennan1963 Charity Shield – Everton show Utd no Charity
19/12ArsenalRob SawyerHope Robertson and the missing crossbar
12/12ChelseaDavid PrenticeJack Cock (Everton & Chelsea
28/11Leeds UnitedRichie GillhamBilly Scott (Everton & Leeds)
7/11Manchester UnitedRob SawyerHarry Cook/Remembrance
17/10LiverpoolJamie YatesDickie Forshaw – ex LFC and EFC
3/10Brighton & HADarren GriffithsEverton v Brighton; First League Encounters
30/9West Ham United (EFL Cup)Dave PrenticeEFC in the Texaco Cup
19/9West Bromwich AlbionRob SawyerJack Southworth
16/9Salford City (EFL Cup 2)Darren GriffithsMaiden League Cup Campaign 1960/61
5/9Preston North End

Season 2019/20

26/7BournemouthBrendan ConnollyFootball caps in the Everton Collection
16/7Aston VillaPeter LupsonWilliam McGregor – Villa director, and EFC bid to join Football League
9/7SouthamptonMike RoydenFirst meeting with the Saints
1/7Leicester CityGavin BucklandLineker joins the Blues
21/6LiverpoolMike Royden80th anniversary of the first wartime season with eight derbies
1/3Manchester UnitedRob SawyerJason Scott Lee
Manchester UnitedKen Rogers & Rob SawyerSpecial feature: 40th Anniversary of passing of Dixie Dean
8/2Crystal PalaceTony WainwrightCrystal Palace – 1969/70 season meetings
21/1Newcastle UnitedKen RogersBarcelona Cup
11/1Brighton & HARob SawyerJefferis breaks the deadlock
26/12BurnleyRob SawyerJack Taylor
21/12ArsenalDarren GriffithsWoolwich Arsenal and the 1904/5 championship
18/12Leicester City (LC)Richie GillhamReginald Boyne of Leicester Fosse and Everton Auckland, NZ
7/12ChelseaDarren GriffithsMost bookings in a game – v. Chelsea 1974
23/11Norwich CityRob SawyerHarry Catterick centenary
3/11Tottenham HotspurMike RoydenRemembrance: The Fallen of Everton FC
Tottenham HotspurMike RoydenExtended pages based on the EFCHS Remembrance booklet
29/10Watford (LC 4)Rob SawyerEverton’s Age of Illumination
19/10West Ham UnitedRob SawyerBullens Road Stand opens v WHU in 1926
29/9Manchester CityKen RogersSponsorship back to the 19th Century
21/9Sheffield UnitedRichie GillhamEarly floodlighting 1890
1/9Wolverhampton WanderersKen Rogers Everton Collection: programmes v Wolves
17/8WatfordRob SawyerEverton Collection and Watford references

Season 2018/19

3/5BurnleyDarren GriffithsKeith Newton
21/4Manchester UnitedRob SawyerTed Sagar
7/4ArsenalRob SawyerTommy E. Jones – a Gentleman on and off the Pitch
17/3ChelseaBrendan ConnollyEverton and Chelsea Go Dutch
3/3LiverpoolRob SawyerHarold Uren – Crossing the Park
6/2Manchester CityRob SawyerJock Thompson – Leader of Men
2/2Wolverhampton WanderersDarren GriffithsBlues Crowded out of a First Cup Win
13/1BournmouthRob SawyerTommy Eglington – the Flying Winger of the Fifties
5/1Lincoln (FA Cup 3)Rob SawyerImps can’t stop Blues promotion dream (1953-54)
1/1Leicester City
23/12Tottenham HotspurTony OnslowJohn Cameron- Spurs and Everton
10/12WatfordRob SawyerRon Saunders – a Toffee and a Hornet
5/12NewcastleRichie GillhamWhen Newcastle Won the Cup at Goodison
24/11CardiffJames CorbettBrian Harris
3/11Brighton & HATony WainwrightThe Fallen of Everton FC
21/10Crystal PalaceDarren GriffithsThe Day We Met at Wembley
2/10Southampton (LC 3)Richie GillhamPeter Meechan
29/9FulhamRob SawyerGeorge Milligan
16/9West Ham UnitedSteve JohnsonEverton Number Ones – by Numbers
1/9Huddersfield TownRob SawyerEFC v Terriers 1920
21/8Rotherham (LC 2)Darren GriffithsRotherham’s Bit of History
18/8SouthamptonDarren GriffithsWhen the Blues followed The Beatles

Season 2017/18

5/5SouthamptonKjell HanssenDixie Brings the Cup Home!
23/4Newcastle UnitedMike RoydenEFCHS Dixie Dean evening – and his 1928 medal
7/4LiverpoolMike RoydenThe first ever derby match
31/3Manchester CityRob SawyerGentleman Joe (Joe Mercer)
10/3Brighton & HAKen RogersThe Vision of an Everton Future
10/2Crystal PalaceGavin BucklandWinter Cup Blues
31/1Leicester CityMike RoydenGoodison Under Attack – the Blitz of September 1940
20/1West Bromwich AlbionMike RoydenThe History of Bramley-Moore Dock
1/1Manchester UnitedRob SawyerHarold Hardman
23/12ChelseaRob SawyerDouble Helpings of Festive Football (Dec 1957)
18/12Swansea CityRob SawyerWarney Cresswell – the Prince of Full-Backs
2/12Huddersfield TownGavin BucklandAfter the Ball…
29/11West Ham UnitedRob SawyerFrank Sugg – a Sporting All-Rounder
23/11Atalanta (Europa L)Peter JonesGridiron at Goodison -(and maybe Humphrey Bogart)
5/11WatfordPeter JonesThe Fallen of 1917
22/10ArsenalRob SawyerVernon’s Crowning Glory (May 1963)
19/10Lyon (Europa L)John ShearonSouth American Visitors to Goodison Park
1/10BurnleyJames CorbettBritton’s Blues
28/9Apollon Limassol (Europa L)Rob SawyerThe ‘Mauretania’ Stand
23/9BournemouthBilly SmithThe New Home of The Everton Club
20/9Sunderland (LC 3)No featured article in this edition
9/9Tottenham HotspurBrendan ConnollyThe King’s Visit to Goodison Park 1938
17/8Hajduk Split (Europa L)Rob SawyerSt Luke’s – the church with its own football stadium!
12/8Stoke CityDavid PrenticeSuperMac Drives Potters Potty (Duncan McKenzie)
27/7Ruzomberok (Europa L)James CorbettEverton’s Previous Homes

Season 2016/17

12/5WatfordJohn ShearonSpreading the Everton Name
30/4ChelseaSteve JohnsonClocking On
15/4BurnleyTony OnslowWelcoming Old Friends
9/4LeicesterKen RogersLeicester’s Favourite Blue
18/3HullDavid PrenticeWhen Parker Tamed Tigers [John Willie Parker]
11/3West Bromwich AlbionBrendan ConnollySponsorship deals in the early 1900s; ‘Everton by Postcard’
25/2SunderlandJames CorbettThe Influence of Tom… [McIntosh]
4/2BournemouthGavin BucklandQuick Off The Mark
15/1Manchester CityDavid PrenticePhew! 9-1 is a scorcher!
7/1Leicester (FA Cup 3)Darren GriffithsFrom Leicester Fosse to Leicester City…
2/1SouthamptonRob SawyerT.G. Jones And The Boys Of ‘39
19/12LiverpoolRob SawyerMerseyside Derby – What’s in a Name
13/12ArsenalTony OnslowJimmy Ashcroft – Liverpool Gunner
4/12Manchester UnitedTony OnslowOrigins – Everton and Newton Heath
4/12SwanseaPeter JonesEFCHS / Everton FC Remembrance Service
30/10West Ham UnitedPeter JonesEverton in 1916 – Remembrance
30/9Crystal PalaceNo featured article in this edition
20/9Norwich (LC 3)
17/9MiddlesbroughNo featured article in this edition
27/8StokeNo featured article in this edition
23/8Yeovil (LC 2)
13/8TottenhamAlan Ball Day – EFCHS Exhibition

Season 2015/16

15/5NorwichPeter JonesWhy are Everton Called Everton?
30/4BournemouthPeter JonesWho was Prince Rupert and why did he have a tower?
19/3ArsenalRob SawyerTommy Lawton – Goalscoring Great
12/3Chelsea (FA Cup QF)George OrrIn the Hunt for the Double
5/3West Ham
13/2West Bromwich AlbionRob SawyerArchibald Leitch – The Man Who Shaped Goodison Park
3/2NewcastlePeter JonesWhy Naisy Wore Yellow and Pink!
23/1Swansea CityBrendan ConnollyPre season and end of season tours
9/1Dagenham & Redbridge
6/1Manchester CityPeter JonesName that Tune
3/1SpursPeter LupsonSandy Young and his subsequent link with Spurs
28/12Stoke CityNo featured article in this edition
19/12Leicester CityPete JonesGeorge Harrison
7/12Crystal PalacePete JonesWhy the Name Crystal Palace?
21/11Aston VillaPeter LupsonWilliam McGregor and EFC’s admission to the Football League
1/11SunderlandPeter JonesEverton in 1915 – Remembrance
27/10Norwich (LC4)No featured article in this edition
17/10Manchester UnitedNo featured article in this edition
4/10LiverpoolPeter LupsonEverton and Liverpool – Band of Brothers
12/9ChelseaDarren GriffithsGeorge Farmer (1885) and his descendants at Goodison
23/8Manchester CityRichie GillhamHeritage Society Backs Kit-Aid
8/8WatfordPaul WhartonAn Introduction to Everton FC Heritage Society

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