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Initials T.G. – Researching Tommy Jones, The Prince of Centre-Halves

Rob Sawyer
William Ralph “Dixie” Dean sits unchallenged as the king of Goodison Park. Joining him in the Royal Blue dynasty is the Prince of Centre Halves: Thomas George Jones. Tommy, as his friends knew him, was so famous in his pomp for Everton and Wales that he was known merely by his initials - T.G.
30/06/2017

'The Things We Do For Love' – Janet Royle

Becky Tallentire
The latest chapter of the 2004 book Real Footballers' Wives, features Janet Royle, wife of Everton playing legend and former manager Joe.
10/06/2017

Harry Williams – Death of a Mascot

Rob Sawyer
Aside from the iconic Toffee Lady, Everton supporters in the 1930s also possessed two unofficial mascots. Harry Williams of Westminster Road, Kirkdale, was one.
31/05/2017

Alex Young: With Us Always

Peter Jones
They say you should never meet your heroes. I’ve been lucky enough to have met some of mine and I have never found that to be the case. They have been gracious, humble and even a little surprised to find that they are still revered long after they have hung up their boots. To a man they have been approachable and happy to talk about the good old days. There has been one exception: Alex Young.
17/04/2017

“Even After All These Years” – Pat Labone

Becky Tallentire
The latest chapter from Real Footballers' Wives serialised here at ToffeeWeb features Pat Labone, wife of Goodison legend Brian
13/04/2017

Neville Southall – The Winding Road from Winsford to Goodison

Rob Sawyer
How a former Everton player, George Rooney, played a small but significant part in the career of, arguably, the club’s greatest-ever goalkeeper.
30/03/2017

Alex Lochhead, the Everton Wing Half from Neilston

Tony Onslow
Many Everton players over the years have been asked to make their debut in some tough “must win” situations but the first of these must surely be a young Scotsman who arrived in Liverpool during the November of 1891 at a time when his new club were challenging to take the football league championship away from Preston North End
29/03/2017

Joseph Davies, the Welsh International from Shropshire

 
Joseph Davies played for Everton during the season that they became founder members of the Football League.
21/03/2017

Enough to Bring a Tear to a Glass Eye

Peter Jones
All of the stories of the Everton players who were killed in WWI are tragic, but the story of Donald Sloan is the most tragic of all.
15/03/2017

Everton’s 'Hall of Fame' Events through the Decades

Rob Sawyer
[Images fixed] Friday, 10 March, 2017 sees the staging of a Gwladys Street’s Hall of Fame event after an eight year hiatus. At The Hilton Hotel John Bailey, Pat Van Den Hauwe, Nigel Martyn, Ian Snodin and Kevin Campbell will join the 120-plus previous inductees in the pantheon of Blues greats.
06/03/2017

Charlie Leyfield – Everton, Wales and England

Rob Sawyer
Charlie Leyfield had a long association with Everton as a player and trainer. He also can claim the unique distinction of being trainer to both the England and Wales national teams.
24/02/2017

The Hope of Everton

Tony Onslow
The story of another Scottish import, Hope Robertson, who played for Everton between 1890 and 1892, leaving the club shortly after the move to Goodison Park.
22/02/2017

Andrew Gibson, the Blue from Dalmellington

Tony Onslow
Drawn to the northwest of England from Scotland in the mid-1880s, Andrew Gibson eventually signed for Everton but never made a Football League appearance for the club.
31/01/2017

Time to celebrate something

Mark Cuddy
January 22nd is a special day in the history of Everton Football Club and every year Evertonians all over the world should raise a glass to celebrate the date the greatest Evertonian there has ever been was born.
22/01/2017

Keys and Warmby — The Duo from Derby

Tony Onslow
The story of Jack Keys and William Warmby who played for Everton during the club's first season in the inaugural Football League
20/01/2017

On Tour in London with Everton

Tony Onslow
As reigning champions of the Football League, Everton travelled to London and played their first match against Arsenal in 1891.
13/12/2016

The Oxford Blues of Everton Football Club

Tony Onslow
Many of the early adherents to association football in the south of England played the game for love and not money and some of them ended up playing for Everton via Oxford University
26/11/2016

With Everton at Great Lever

Tony Onslow
The short and somewhat acrimonious history of Everton's match-ups with one of their early opponents in Lancashire
22/11/2016

The Bitter End

Pete Jones
Everton Heritage Society's Pete Jones marks the 100th anniversary of the end of five months of carnage at the Somme with his fourth and final account for ToffeeWeb of the links between Everton and the First World War's most infamous battle.
18/11/2016

Jack Cock – Scorer, Singer, Soldier, Superstar

Rob Sawyer
Relatively few Cornishmen have represented Everton but several have left their mark on Merseyside. However, the most remarkable life story is that of Jack Cock: international footballer, team manager, war hero and star of stage and screen.
18/11/2016

James Gourley of Everton and Morton

Tony Onslow
The Scot played 54 times for Everton after joining the club in 1909 before going to to forge an impressive career back north of the border with Morton
14/11/2016

International Football arrives on Merseyside

Tony Onslow
Following the first international fixture to be played on Merseyside at Liverpool Cricket Club, Aigburth, Everton FC hosted the second at Anfield in 1889.
06/11/2016

The Good Doctor of Everton, Part II

Tony Onslow
After many years of searching, I finally managed to find a newspaper report confirming the last resting place of the Everton benefactor Dr James Clement Baxter.
17/10/2016

If You Know Your History… Matchdays with EFC Heritage Society

Rob  Sawyer
The Church of St Luke The Evangelist – better known as St Luke’s – is where the EFC Heritage Society (EFCHS), founded in 2008, has been welcoming home and away supporters for the past two seasons.
11/09/2016

Pals

Pete Jones
The story of a battalion of friends from the same office who fought shoulder to shoulder for the honour of Britain and the credit of Liverpool during World War I and their connection to Everton.
04/09/2016

Nat, King of Goals...and Bowls

Rob Sawyer (EFC Heritage Society)
The life of Jimmy “Nat” Cunliffe whose achievements, like those of many players at Goodison in the 1930s, were overshadowed by the Everton giant that is W.R. Dean. Yet his life in sport was a remarkable one.
29/08/2016

A Bit of a Coincidence

Pete Jones
A lot of people who visit the First World War battlefields talk about curious, even strange experiences. However, one coincidence makes one wonder sometimes. It is a story about two sportsmen and two letters with the backdrop of the terrible events of July 1916. It even has a link to a famous hostelry on Goodison Road. The coincidence is remarkable and can perhaps be interpreted as more than mere chance.
01/08/2016

Archibald Leitch – The Man Who Shaped Goodison Park

Rob Sawyer (EFC Heritage Society)
It is at Goodison Park where the work of Glasgow-born architect Archibald Leitch's industrial-style design is best preserved.
18/07/2016

Journey’s End: A Summer Saturday on the Somme

Pete Jones
A story about distances and journeys: a football tour, a new team, and a story that ends with journeys that took three men across the fields of northern France and the bloodiest day in Britain’s military history.
01/07/2016


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