September 3, 1941
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Geary of the Fountains Abbey Hotel, Walton Road, Liverpool, have celebrated their golden wedding. Known to countless older Everton and Liverpool football “fans,” Mr. Geary shared almost every honour which goes to a professional footballer except playing in the FA Cup final. He played centre-forward for Everton, Liverpool and England.
Among his most treasured trophies is the football which was used in the Everton v Aston Villa Cup final of 1896-97, presented to him by one of his friends. Another treasure is one of the first 12 medals ever presented by the Football League.
“We had to forfeit our fee in those days to get the medal,” said Mr. Geary to an Evening Express representative.
Mr. Geary has been twice “capped.” Against Ireland, in 1890, he scored five of the seven goals by which England won. The other cap he gained when he played for England against Scotland in 1891.
Although Mr. Geary is nearly 74, he has taken an active interest in sports of all kinds from his earliest boyhood, and it is only recently that he gave up playing bowls for the Stanley Arms Bowling Club, which has won more honours than any other bowling club on Merseyside.
As well as his golden wedding, Mr. Geary this year celebrates two other jubilees – 50 years a Freemason and 50 years a licensee.
(Evening Express: September 3, 1941)