Thursday, June 23 – 1881
A large and handsome bowling green has just been opened at Everton. The green is at and in connection with the Sandon Hotel, Oakfield-road, the property of Mr. John Houlding, and it is owing to the enterprise of that gentleman that the young men and others of this comparatively new neighbourhood have a healthy means of recreation placed within their reach. Overlooking the green is an imposing verandah, which leads to a well-appointed billiard-room, constructed on the most approved Continental system. Taking advantage of the formation of this green, a club has been formed calling itself the “Everton Bowling Club,” and of which Mr. C.W. Boote has been appointed president. The club already number upwards of seventy members, and the formal opening took place on Tuesday evening, when the members sat down to an excellent tea at the Sandon Hotel. The toasts of “Success to the Everton Bowling Club” and the various officers were proposed and duly honoured.
(Liverpool Daily Post, 23-06-1881)