Dockers remain an important symbol of the city of Liverpool, embodying pride, resilience and hard work. The history of the dockers, the city and Everton Football Club is very much aligned and the move to Bramley-Moore Dock will enable to Club to reconnect with its dockland heritage.
With football having been the central passion for many of the city’s dockers, they would have made the journey from the docks to the match to support Everton at Goodison Park on a Saturday afternoon.
There is also a connection between Everton players and the docks.
Tommy Wright, Tommy White, William S. Stewart, Patricks Gordon and ‘Billy’ Kirsopp were five of Everton’s first team who also made their living working on the Mersey Docks over the years.
Tommy Wright became a dock worker after an illustrious career that included winning trophies for Everton and international caps for his country.
Tommy joined Everton in 1964 and went on to make 373 appearances for his only Football League club, winning the FA Cup in 1966 and a runners-up medal two years later. The right full-back was an ever-present in the League Championship win in the 1969/70 season. The fan’s favourite was also part of the England squad in the Mexico World Cup in 1970 and played in the quarter-final defeat by West Germany.
Tommy made Everton’s ‘Hall of Fame’ in 2016 and was present at the unveiling of a plaque outside Goodison Park alongside many other outstanding Everton ‘Giants’.
Tommy White was born in Salford but raised in Southport and signed for Everton in 1927. During his decade of service, the Club won two First Division titles, a Second Division Championship and the FA Cup.
Tommy’s career ended back on Merseyside with New Brighton, managed by former Everton director W.J. Sawyer. By the outbreak of the war, Tommy was living at 13 Goodison Avenue, to the rear of the current Sir Philip Carter Park Stand, and working as a dock labourer, a role he performed for the rest of his life.
William (Billy) S. Stewart was one of the first Scotsmen to play for Everton. Born in March 1867 and a former soldier, he made his debut on the opening day of the 1893-94 season, and was named Club Captain in 1897. Following the end of his football career, Billy worked on the Mersey Docks.
Patrick Gordon was born in 1870 in Renton, West Dunbartonshire. He signed for Everton in 1890 and played for the Club for three seasons. Patrick also worked on the Liverpool Docks serving both his Club and the city with distinction.
Inside forward William Henry James Kirsopp, known as ‘Billy’ was a Scouser working as a dock labourer for Cunard Shipping Company when his scoring ability attracted the attention of Everton’s talent scouts. During his Everton career, Billy made 63 League and Cup appearances and scored 29 goals.
By relocating to Bramley-Moore Dock, we will be breathing new life into a piece of dockland that has been underused and largely closed off to the public for too long. We will be building a new home in a place where the historic and emotional connection with the Club is deep and strong.