August 27, 1889
At the invitation of the president (Councillor John Houlding), the executive and players of both teams of the club were entertained to supper at the Sandon Hotel on Tuesday (August 27). The object of the gathering was primarily to inaugurate the coming season, bring into friendly contact the working members of the organization, and to introduce the new players, who have this season thrown in their lot with the club.
It was also felt that the occasion should be taken to express the regret felt at the departure of Mr. Thomas Howarth, late assistant secretary of the club, for America and the appreciation of his past services.
Amongst the invited guest were Messrs Joseph Williams, R. Wilson, Frank Currier, Edwin Berry, Harry Hallard, William Henderson, William Clayton, Jackson, Richard Molyneux, John James Ramsay, Brookes, and R.L. Stockton and Dr Flinn.
The tables being cleared, Mr Houlding took the chair, and the usual loyal and patriotic toasts having been proposed, Mr Houlding proposed the health of Mr. Howarth. He had known Mr Howarth in political and in other areas, and he felt that in all his under-taking he had made his mark. He hoped that in the future his position would be much entrust, and wishing him God speed, on behalf of the members of the club.
He presented him with a handsome gold pencil case as a memento of their friendship. The toast was received with evident appreciation. Mr. Howarth suitably responded, and proposed the toast of the Everton Football Club, coupling with the toast, the name of the president Councillor Houlding.
Mr. Houlding in responding said it gave him pleasure to meet his many friends, especially as they were all interested in the welfare of the Everton Club. He received at length the early history of the club, and its struggle until present time, contrasting the position it now occupied with that of its early days.
In proposing the toast “The Executive Officers.” He regretted that they should loss the services of Mr. William Barclays and Mr. Thomas C. Howarth, and wished every success to the new secretary, Mr. Molyneux, and his assistant Mr. Joseph Williams.
Mr. Robert Wilson responded on behalf of the executive, and Mr. Jackson also spoke, and was followed by Messrs. Ramsay, Molyneux, and Joseph Williams.
The proceeding, which had been enlivened by the vocalization of several members were brought to a close by singing the National Anthem.
(Liverpool Mercury: August 29, 1889)