September 11, 1957
The last of the old school at Everton
Football in Liverpool lost a personality yesterday in the death, after a long illness of Ernest Green, a director and former Chairman of Everton F.C. He was seventy-five and had been a director of Everton for more than forty-three years.
A retired schoolmaster and a man who was occasionally bitting sometimes a little better Mr. Green worked in close co-operation with Manager Cliff Britton until a crisis early in 1956 led to Mr. Britton departing and Mr. Green resigning as Chairman.
The vacancy which will now occur on the Everton board may be exceptionally hotly contested. Mr. Green was a master for many years at Arnot Street School. Many young players from that school later joined Everton and Liverpool as first class football. Mr. Green never sought headmastership; he was content to remain a master and to spend most of his spare time at sport. He was a great sprinter and once beat the great American crack Duffy off a mark.
His love of Everton may have cost him a suspension. When in 1940 authority asked “Is Joe Mercer available to play for England” his reply was “No.”
So, Mercer played for Everton and Mr. Green suffered a period of suspension which always rankled. When he was asked if Mercer was available he supposed that Everton were being given the option to play him, if they wished to.
A rather jaunty seventy-five year-old Mr. Green was a strong and sometimes dominant personality. He was not afraid to speak his mind and at least one of his on-the-record pronouncement at an annual meeting created consternation… He had a fund of stories about Everton, mostly of the old Everton and a facility for recalling detail. When Everton were due to tour Germany in the summer of 1939 he wrote the then Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain for advice as to whether Everton should make the trip. The answer was a courteous “I do not think it would be advisable.”
Mr. Green was a contemporary and sometimes an adversary of the late Mr. William Cuff during the eventful between – wars seasons when Everton had so much success, mainly through Dixie Dean. Mr. Green was never tired of recalling his Mr. Cuff had once said:
“The ideal Committee is one of three members, with two of them permanently absent.” He never tired, either of decrying the effect of alcohol – “quickens the hearts action, that’s all” – though in his earlier days he used to enjoy a drink.
Mr. Green was one of the old school of football directors –a fast disappearing class. He knew the game; had played it and after so many years of inside experience in football knew every move on the board.
(Liverpool Daily Post: September 12, 1957; by “Leslie Edwards”)