May 18, 1885
The annual general meeting of the Everton Football Club was held at the Sandon Hotel, Anfield on Monday evening about 100 members being present. Mr. John Houlding, C.C. presided and was supported by Messrs, Berry and Jackson, vice-presidents.
The secretary’s annual report was read by Mr. T. Higgins, who has acted in the absence of Mr. Frank Brettell, and afterwards the treasurer submitted his financial statement.
Mr. Houlding said he had purchased the ground now enclosed. He hoped full justice would be done by the public to the grand match to be played on Saturday between Everton and a picked team of the Liverpool clubs.
The following officers were elected for the ensuing season; President (Mr. John Houlding), seven vice-presidents, three auditors, and the usual committee; captain first team, F.W. Parry; vice-captain, Mr. Higgins; Captain second team J. Douglas; vice-captain W. Brown; secretary Frank Brettell; assistant secretary T. Higgins; Treasurer, W. Gunning.
(Liverpool Mercury: May 21, 1885)