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The death of Alex Latta


August 25, 1928
Alex Latta the famous old Everton footballer, died this morning, after an illness of some months. Alex Latta was famous with the Goodison Park when they were housed at Anfield. He was one of a famous line of forwards whose games were chanted of by devotees of the game with a regularity that showed the popularity and skill of the line, when one spoke of Everton of the old days, one said, ”his was the greatest forward line, remember –Latta, Brady, Geary, Chadwick and Milward.”

Alex Latta was visited yesterday by Bert Cooke the Tranmere Rovers Secretary. Latta and Nick Ross for years had a feud, and old-stages will well remember the days when each used to change the other. Latta’s twelve stones and good complexion, plus his height, made him stand out as a very bold figure on a football field, and his renewed nature led to him not being found out when he perpetrated a tricke upon the critic who went with Everton in the old days.

Latta was a builder, and used to work at Hoylake on his own account, but in later days he worked for A. Rutherford and Co shipbuilders.
(Liverpool Echo: August 25, 1928)

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The death has occurred at Birkenhead of Alexander Latta, the old Scottish international and Dumbarton footballer. Latta, who was one of the best outside rights Dumbarton produced, represented Scotland against Wales in 1888 and against England in the following year. In the early 90’s he crossed the Border and played for Everton, being one of the crack forward line possessed by that club in those days.
(Western Morning Press: August 31, 1928)

Alex Latta, Everton (Lloyd’s Weekly News: October 30, 1892):

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