Liverpudliana: By Richard Samuel (June 3,1893)


June 3, 1893
The announcement of Mr. William Jackson’s resignation came as a great surprise Evertonians. Mr. Jackson has been an associated with the Everton club almost from its infancy. He has seen some ups and downs in connection with the club, but has manfully kept his post.

He was one of the guarantors Mr. John Houlding, when the latter secured for the club the Anfleld site, and he had not much encouragement to fill this responsible position, for the first “gate” on this site only realized £1 14s. 10d.

He has now the satisfaction of retiring after seeing the magnificent sum £765 taken under the auspices of the Everton club; In other words he has seen the revenue of the club increased from £300 per annum to between £9,000 and £10,000 per annum.

In all Mr. Jackson has put in 13 years’ service, and deserves well of the club, at the time of the split took the side of the majority of members.

I remember looking over the well-kept volumes of the Football Field at the Sandon Hotel, and I find his son at the time of his death in 1885 was goalkeeper for the second eleven of the Everton club. Mr. Jackson resigns through his business engagements, but he leaves the club as a first-rate going concern and not in a sinking state.

Liverpool have decided to go in the Second Division, and have been accepted. Beyond the possibility of getting in the First Division I fail to see any advantage they have gained, and at the best they are a year behind.

Bootle are in by right, but all the same I cannot see how the things will work. The expenses will be heavier than ever, for with the Royal Arsenal and Newcastle United in the travelling will be exceedingly heavy, and the returns in shape of gate money no better. I cannot venture on either club’s position at the end of April – much will depend on the success accrued.
(Source: Cricket and Football Field: June 3, 1893)

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