Are you curious about the early days of Liverpool Football Club? I have spent more than 10 years looking through old newspapers and collected every bit of print that has mentioned our club or the rocky road leading up to the foundation of our beloved Liverpool F.C.
I have written an article about how I see the foundation. You can read that article here:
And, below you will find links and info to all the newspaper articles I have added from the summer of 1891 until the first ever mentioning of Liverpool Football Club in March, 1892.
|Date||Article headline||Info to be found in the article|
|May 8 – 1891||Presentation of the Football League trophy||EFC winning the League and it all seem to be harmony within the club|
|May 15 – 1891||The Everton F.C. AGM.||Note the mood in the hall when a few people stand up to ask questions|
|Sep 1 – 1891||Everton F.C. to become a listed company?||Rumours of listed company appears in media|
|Sep 15 – 1891||Proposal to form Everton F.C. Into a Limited Company||EFC meeting to consider proposal of becoming a Limited Company|
|Sep 20 – 1891||Where are Everton to permanently pitch their tent?||Questions arises – to buy Anfield or rent somewhere else?|
|Sep 24 – 1891||Mr. Orrell ready to accept £120||The word dispute appears in the EFC camp|
|Sep 29 – 1891||Awaiting Mr. Houlding’s reply||Mr. Orrell wants to sell his land, does Mr. Houlding want to sell?|
|Oct 10 – 1891||Fractions arising||Article clearly showing fractions within the Everton club|
|Oct 12 – 1891||Houlding cancels the rental agreement with the Everton Club||Houlding tells Everton FC to get out Anfield on April 30 – 1892, the latest|
|Oct 29 – 1891||Meeting with John Houlding and friends||John Houlding’s football allies meet for a dinner at the Bee’s Hotel|
|Jan 23 – 1892||The future of Everton F.C.||Houlding’s reply to the sub-committee re sale of land|
|Jan 25 – 1892||A club torn in two fractions||Agreement to form a Limited Company, but W.E. Barclay resigns from the Board|
|Jan 26 – 1892||The formation of a Limited Company||John Houlding and friends try to coupe the Everton name|
|Jan 28 – 1892||Letter to the editor of Field Sports||A supporter’s view of the situation at Everton Football Club|
|Jan 30 – 1892||The new company’s claim||More of the coupe of the Everton Football Club name|
|Feb 1 – 1892||Which fraction will the FA and the Football League support?||Field Sports believes John Houlding’s actions should be ok with the FA and the Football League|
|Feb 2 – 1892||John Houlding refused book of the members||John Houlding applied to the Board of Directors at Everton F.C. to get a copy of the members list – request refused|
|Feb 4 – 1892||John Houlding refused the use of the Everton-name in football matters||The FA rules that there cannot be two clubs with the same Everton Football Club name|
|Feb 6 – 1892||A new way to get the members’ names||The new club founded by John Houlding & co with a newspaper advertisement|
|Feb 8 – 1892||What does the Clayton side of the fraction wants to do?||John Houlding reply to the Everton Football Club’s Board of Directors is delayed|
|Feb 15 – 1892||Letters to EFC from Mr. John Orrell||The generous Mr. Orrell and the money-grabbing Mr. Houlding|
|Feb 15 – 1892||The friends and the enemies||Summary of the history of Everton Football Club|
|Feb 15 – 1892||Everton goes for Goodison Park||The Clayton side decides that Goodison Park is their new ground|
|Feb 15 – 1892||A football poem||A member of the ‘old Everton’ with a poem in the local newspaper|
|Feb 22 – 1892||All the lies about Mr. John Houlding||A friend of John Houlding defends his actions|
|Feb 22 – 1892||Another football club is registered||Clayton and his friend tries to get one back over Houlding & co. Actually first article where the ‘Liverpool’ name is mentioned|
|Feb 26 – 1892||The Football League supports Everton Football Club||First the FA, and now the Football League give their support to Clayton and Everton Football Club|
|Feb 29 – 1892||In defence of Mr. Houlding’s scheme||An old member of Everton F.C. Defends the actions of John Houlding|
|Mar 1 – 1892||Out of the frying-pan into the fire||Alex Nesbit defends the actions of forming the Limited Company to the Everton FC board|
|Mar 7 – 1892||What courtesy from a shylock?||Field Sports claim an Everton FC without John Houlding is an impossibility|
|Mar 12 – 1892||Preparations for the special general meeting of Everton Football Club||Copy of circular sent all members of the Everton Football Club|
|Mar 15 – 1892||The final battle of the Everton Football Club||The EFC members kick John Houlding out of office, but leaves the Limited Company club alive|
|Mar 18 – 1892||Liverpool F.C. Seek affiliation with the FA||John Houlding and friends settles with the Liverpool name|
John Houlding, the founder of Liverpool F.C. and former President of the Everton F.C.
The Everton team during the 1891-92 season. Their last season at Anfield.
Anfield football ground in 1892.