John Houlding and friends refused the use of the Everton-name


February 4, 1892
The Football Association council passed the following resolution:
”That this council, in accordance with its past decisions will not recognise or accept the membership of any club bearing a name similar to the one already affiliated with the Association, and in the case of the Everton Club, will only recognise the actions of a majority of the members at a duly constituted meeting.”

It is easy to construe the late decision of the Football Association into victory for the William Clayton party. The reply from F.A. in regards to Houlding’s actions read:

”That he had not taken the members into his confidence before his resolution to register the name of Everton, and that now he could scarcely except to have them consider him after such actions.”
(Field Sports: February 8, 1892)

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