April 10, 1896
The directors of the Everton Football Club Company, Limited, last evening gave a dinner at the Alexandra Hotel, Dale Street, Mr. W.R. Clayton, vice-chairman of the club, presiding over a numerous assembly of guests, including Messrs. Edward Askew Bainbridge, J.C. Brookes, J.M. Crawshaw, and J. Prescott (directors), Louis Ford and D. Haigh, vice-presidents of the Football League; Messrs. Dunkley, Parlby, Bellamy and Richard Molyneux, management committee; Mr. D.S. Lamont, president of the Liverpool Football Association; Mr. W. Wilton, secretary Scottish League; and Mr. Robert Edward Lythgoe, secretary. Mr. John James Bentley, the president of the Football League, and Dr James Baxter, the chairman of the club, were unable to be present owing to other engagements.
After an excellent repast, served under the personal superintendence of Mr. H. Heard, the loyal toasts were duly honoured. Subsequently, the Chairman proposed the toast of “Health and Prosperity to the League.” He remarked that in Liverpool they were peculiarly grateful for the formation of the Football League. In his opinion the League had advanced football considerably, and it had been of great advantage to the community at large. (Applause.)
Mr. Louis Ford, in responding to the toast, said the management committee of the League had always received the greatest sympathy and support from the Everton Club. Mr. Molyneux was a valued member of the management committee, and although he represented one of the wealthiest clubs in the country they always recognised from the advice he gave that he was the representative of one of the straightest clubs with the League had to deal. (Applause.)
The Football League, he contended, had added to the advancement of football, and it was a matter of satisfaction that during the present season there had not been an appeal to the almighty appeal committee. (Applause.)
Mr. J. Parlby proposed the toast of “The English Association,” and, in the course of his remark, said that the association ought at least to have a representative of their body for the League. (Hear, hear.)
Mr. Haigh, in responding to the toast, said that the leading members of the Football Association were as loyal to the League as any member of the latter body.
Mr. Lythgoe remarked that while he did not for one moment contend that the League had a full representation on the council of the association, they formed a compact and powerful body in the councils of the association. (Applause.)
Mr. Dunkerley proposed “Success to the Everton Football Club,” and said that while he was distinctly proud of the Aston Villa Club, to which he had the honour to belong, no club had given to the public better football than had Everton. (Applause.)
The toast was cordially pledged, and the chairman suitably acknowledged it, dwelling particularly on the active and energetic work which Mr. Molyneux had done in advancing the interest of the club. (Hear, hear.)
The arrangements of the dinner were admirably carried out by Mr. J.M. Crawshaw and Mr. R. Molyneux. During the evening an excellent musical programme was rendered by the Minster Vocal Quartette (Messrs. Thomas Barlow, Charles Aspinall, W.H. Atkinson, and Fred Oens), accompanied by Mr. George Kiddle and by Mr. Lewis Harris.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: April 11, 1896)