February 25, 1936
One of the Everton Football Club founders died this morning. Mr. Alfred Riley Wade, doyen of directors at Goodison Park, has passed to his rest.
Alfred Riley Wade.
Mr. Wade had been a director of Everton for many years, and in his day he was a playing member of the side, having been with the side when they played in Stanley Park. Mr. Wade was a well-known character at golf, tennis and bowls on the Wallasey side, and in his membership of the Warren Club was one of the leading personalities of play.
Mr. Wade was one of the Sunday School boys of the Methodist Church at St. Domingo Vale, Everton, which formed a football club and called it St. Domingo F.C. Next year they called it Everton F.C., and the first match was played a few days before Christmas in 1879. Everton won that game and Mr. Wade was one of the six forwards, which formation was then the vogue.
One of his most prizes treasurers was the trowel given to his father when he laid the foundation-stone of the church out of which grew Everton F.C.
Mr. Alfred Wade (says “Bee”) was a hard, sporting man. He played his golf, his tennis, his bowls with relish and extreme determination, and this characteristic made him one of the most valuable directors the Everton club could have. In my view he was one of the best judges of a footballer the game has produced.
His picking of new players bore a hall-mark not always possible to other directors. He knew what he wanted from a footballer, and while a hard taskmaster he was a kindly friend to players and all connected with football.
He had been ill for some time, and a recent cruise had not helped him in any degree. He had no family, and our sympathy goes out to his widow, who is a well-known social worked in Wallasey.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: February 25, 1936)