Presentation of the League trophy


May 8, 1891
At the College Hall, Shaw-street, Friday evening, a large audience gathered on the occasion of the public presentation to the Everton Football Club of the League cup and the cup of the Liverpool and District Football Association. Mr. John Houlding, the president of the club, presided, and was supported on the platform by the Rev.W.J. Adam, Messrs. A.B. Hull (president of the Liverpool Association), Robert Edward Lythgoe (secretary), Henry Heard, William Clayton, Richard Molyneux, W.L. Jackson, R. Wilson, and Principal James Baxter.

Last year the League cup was held by Preston North End Club, but the result of the victories which the Everton club have attained over all the principal teams in England have now entitled them to the honour of holding it. To celebrate the occasion of the public presentation an excellent concert was arranged, the artists who took part in it being Miss Boufleur, Madame E. Young, Messrs. Barlow, Batty, Leslie Harris, and T.Shaw.

During an interval in the programme the presentation of the League cup was made by Mr. R.Wilson, the president of the League, who in doing so said that the representatives of the League were unanimous in their opinion that the Everton Club had done its work nobly and well, and that it was full entitled to all the honours it had achieved. He then handed the cup on behalf of the League to Mr. Houlding as president of the club.

Mr.A.B.Hull then presented the cup of the Liverpool and District Association to the club. – Mr. Houlding, in acknowledging the two cups, said that when he looked back he thought that the Everton club had attained in the short time it had existed some of the most brilliant victories that had been celebrated in the country. They had now won, and, in his opinion, won deservedly, one of the finest cups in Great Britain.

He thought it was their duty to do all in their power to sustain the name and reputation they had won, and he hoped they would do all in their power to keep possession of the cups. He then presented to each member of the team a handsome gold medal bearing a suitable inscription, after which Mr.Hull presented a similar medal to the team which had won the Liverpool Cup. The recipients of the medals were accorded an enthusiastic reception by the audience, their advent on the platform being celebrated by the playing of “See the Conquering Hero comes,” on the organ.
(Liverpool Mercury: May 9, 1891)

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