March 26, 1958
The death took place at Liverpool Royal infirmary today of Mr. T.C. Nuttall vice-chairman of Everton F.C., after a brief illness. He was 67 years of age. The news was a great shock to Mr. Nuttall’s many friends for he only went into hospital following a thrombosis, on Saturday morning last and at first seemed to be making good progress towards recovery. Although
Tom Nuttall was only elected to the Everton board in June 1951, he had been an Everton supporter all his life, and for many years was one of the leading spirits of the Shareholders Association. He threw himself, whole-heartedly into the work of the club upon joining the board and his keen business acumen and football knowledge was of great benefit to Everton.
He was a member of the Finance Committee and chairman of the Playing Staff sub-committee. In the latter direction a tremendous amount of work fell upon his shoulders following the resignation of Mr. Cliff Britton from the club’s managerial position two years ago, a task which he tackled with great energy and determination. His labours in this connection led to a short illness a year or so ago, but he made a complete recovery and until recently, although obliged to take matters a little less strenuously than he wished he appeared to be in good health.
It was very largely Mr. Nuttall’s lead to all the other clubs at a special meeting in Manchester two years ago which killed a suggestion by the League Management Committee that the like television of football matches should be allowed. He made a long speech pointing out the threat inherent in the idea, and carried the meeting with him to such an extent that the proposal was thrown out by a big majority.
He was also responsible with the support of his co-direction for producing a scheme which led to a change of League rules last year by which clubs are now compensated for loss of gate revenue through the postponement of League matches due to Cup-tie clashes from the F.A Cup pool, instead of individual clubs having to pay out big sums.
In many other ways Tom Nuttall did excellent work, not only for the Everton club in particularly but for football in general and his wise counsel will be sadly missed.
His death means that there will now be two vacancies to be filled at the annual meeting of Everton shareholders as the position occupied by the late Mr. Ernest Green has not yet been dealt with.
In business Mr. Nuttall was a dried produce merchant with offices in North John Street. He resided at Sefton Lane, Maghull and was for many years associated with the Maghull club.
(Liverpool Echo: March 26, 1958)