EVERTON F.C. ELECTION
July 1, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
Bearing the signatures of Messrs W.C. Cuff, G. Evans, and T. Percy, the “minority” group of Everton directors, a circular has this week-end been sent to Everton shareholders as follows;-
“It has been brought to our notice that individuals have been canvassing the shareholders for proxies to be used at the annual meeting. There seems to be considerable misapprehension as to which candidates are to be supported by these proxies and it is emphasized that a proxy should only be given when it is impossible for a shareholder personally to attend. “In view of the vital importance of this year’s meeting, we strongly urge you to attend and vote in person. Facilities will be available at the hail for the return to you on application of any proxy form you may have given, and a voting paper issued in its place enabling you to vote in secrecy for any candidate you wish to support after you have heard the full position outlined. If you so desire however you may sign and return the enclosed form, thus obviating delay on entering the hail, when you will receive a voting paper. Mr. W.C. Gibbins, chairman of Everton has asked me to make it clear that this circular is not an official one from the club or from the majority group of the board. Mr. Gibbons further adds that so far as the majority group proxies are concerned there can be no possible misapprehension as the names of their three candidates are stated on the forms. In the case of the Shareholders Association proxies, however, the name of only one candidate appears the two other names bring those of directors who are not at the moment up for re-election.
July 11, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
Peter Farrell and Tommy Eglington
Everton are not letting the grass grow under their feet in their efforts to strengthen the side for next season, and further and more definite news regarding their negotiation for left half Peter Farrell and outside left Tommy Elglington, both of Shamrock Rovers may be expected shortly. Both players are young about 22 are Eire Internationals, and Everton’s representatives who have watched them have been very favourably impressed. The Goodison club will have competition, but if the players are willing to cross the Irish Channel, Goodison Park is almost certain to be their destination. Shamrock Rovers is the Dublin club which have a woman director, Mrs. May Cunningham, wife of a wealthy Irish bookmaker and mother of seven children. Her husband is chairman and runs the club mainly as a hobby, but Mrs Cunningham takes a leading part in picking and running the side. It was she who signed Dave Cochrane and Jimmy McAlinden a year or so ago; and made a blank cheque offer to Peter Doherty as player-manager. With a good job thrown in.
EVERTON SIGN FARRELL AND EGLINGTON
July 12, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
Mr. Theo Kelly, Everton’s secretary-manager, last night completed the transfer of Peter Farrell (left half) and Tommy Eglington (outside left) from Shamrock Rovers, and thus beat several other League clubs who were anxious to get them. These two are reckoned the best players in their position in the whole of Ireland, and the fee is by far the highest ever paid for any two Irish players.
July 13, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
Peter Farrell, just signed by Everton F.C., is about 24. Joined Shamrock Rovers from a schoolboy team out Dun Laoghaire (Kingstown) way at 16. First played as inside forward, but now regarded as a first-class left half-back. Is an international and inter-league player, and F.A I Cup medal holder. Tommy Eglington, international outside left, has been playing with Shamrock Rovers for a couple of seasons, but only hit top form this year, especially in the Inter-City competition. About 25, should be good.
McPEAKE FOR EVERTON?
July 15, 1946. The Liverpool Echo
Matt McPeake, former left half of Marine, who played during the war with Chester and Tranmere Rovers and later with Belfast Distillery, had been offered terms by Everton. He is as good at outside left as in the intermediate line, is 26 years of age, and a most promising player.