April 29, 1907
Mr. Alfred Wade has only been connected with the Everton Club in an official character – as a director – for about three years, and yet he has intimate associations with the club from its very earliest days.
He has always taken an interest in its doings, and I believe that he is every bit as proud of the fact that he knew of it in the days of long ago as he is one of his present connection with the wealthiest club in the land.
When one considers the Everton Club, and traces its history, it reads like a romance. Less than thirty years ago there was a cricket club for the youths at the St. Domingo Church.
During the winter months they youths also played cricket decided to play football, too. About that time other youths who belonged to the Everton Church Club – a social organisation – decided to do likewise, and out of the fusion of the two has grown the Everton Football Club.
It is no intention of mine to here dilate upon the subsequent history of the club. That would take too long, and must be reserved. But I wish to say that Mr. Wade, whose photo appears in this issue, was one of the youths who belonged to St. Domingo.
He joined the club, paid his subscription, and, like all others who played games at that time, he helped to carry the goal posts and mark the boundaries, etc.
In the beginning the team played in nondescript costume, but as matters progressed regular colours were adopted, and the players wore dark blue jerseys with crimson sash.
If he ever achieved fame, Mr. Wade was a fair player, and when he gave up playing he became an enthusiastic spectator – and that enthusiasm has never waned. He is a whole-hearted follower of Association football.
He is the son of the late Mr. J.A. Wade, who was established in London Road as a carriage builder, and after his father’s death he and his brother carried on the business.
Some three years ago, however, he retired, and he is now in the happy position of being able to devote the whole of his time if necessary to the great game he loves so well.
He is one of the original shareholders of Everton; and was elected a director in 1904.
Mr. Wade is a life governor of Stanley Hospital, and did good work for the great gala which many years ago was held in Stanley Park on behalf of the North-end hospital.
All his energies are devoted to whatever he takes up, and that Charity is no exception.
He is, however, no passive sportsman, for although it is many years since he gave up football he plays other games. He is a noted tennis player in the Wirral district, and has won many prizes, including the Warren Cup, which he gained two years in succession, and still retains.
Of course, he is a golfer, and is a member of the Leasowe Golf Club, but he has yet to distinguish himself at the Royal and Ancient game.
He plays, too, another game which disputes with golf its antiquity – bowls – and bids fair to become an adept at that.
He is an active man in the very prime of life, and, come weal or woe, he is staunch towards the famous “Blues.”
Since his official connection with the club good fortune has smiled upon it, and the three successive seasons in the English Cup Everton have been beaten in the semi-final, won the Cup, and been beaten in the final.
(The Everton and Liverpool Match Proramme: April 29, 1907)