Free Events

From September to the end of 2009, a series of free Everton Collection events will be held at Liverpool Central Library.

Peter Lupson

Peter Lupson, author of ’Thank God for Football’ and ’Across the Park, Everton and Liverpool FC, Common ground’

Free talks by Peter Lupson on the history of Everton and Liverpool FC are to be held in the Hornby Library next to the Everton Collection exhibition. After each talk, Peter Lupson will be also be signing and selling copies of his books. See information and dates below.

Please note talks by Peter Lupson are ticketed events. Admission is free, but places are limited. Tickets are now available from the Liverpool Central Library Help Desk (2nd Floor Desk, Central Library) or by calling the ticket hotline on 0151 233 5829. Tickets will be issued on a first come, first serve basis.

Free Talks by Peter Lupson (Sept-Dec 2009)

Joint Everton and Liverpool match programmes
Monday 28th September, 2-3pm
Incredibly, only 12 years after the acrimonious split of 1892 when Liverpool emerged out of Everton, the two clubs began publication of joint match programmes. From 1904 until 1935 more than 1,100 were produced. They contained not only team line-ups but also news of important off-the- pitch developments at both clubs and in the country more widely.

St Domingo and the Birth of Everton F.C.
Wednesday 30th September, 2-3pm
The role of St Domingo Chapel in the creation of Everton was crucial but little is known about the personalities involved. Meet some of these early pioneers, including the Rev. Ben Chambers, whose grave in Yorkshire was recently restored and rededicated by Everton and Liverpool and who was inducted this year into the Gwladys Street Hall of Fame.

John Houlding and the Road to Anfield
Wednesday 28th October, 2-3pm
John Houlding, the father of Liverpool FC, has been condemned by many as a ruthless, ambitious businessman who was responsible for the bitter split at Everton in 1892. But was this the real John Houlding? It's time to find out.

Houlding, Mahon and the Battle of Anfield
Wednesday 11th November, 2-3pm
As John Houlding's grip on Everton tightened, tensions within the committee grew intolerable. They came to a head when Houlding raised the rent on the Anfield stadium to an unacceptable level. After a ferocious battle with Houlding, George Mahon led the exodus from Anfield to Goodison Park.

Reconciliation and Forgiveness — The Cuff/McKenna Friendship
Monday 7th December, 2-3pm
In an amazing gesture of forgiveness and reconciliation between the clubs, three Everton and three Liverpool players carried Houlding's coffin at his funeral in 1902. The bonds between the clubs were further deepened through the remarkable friendship of Will Cuff of Everton and John McKenna of Liverpool, two powerful figures who had been on opposite sides during the bitter split of 1892.

William McGregor and the Birth of the Football League
Wednesday 16th December, 2-3pm
Everton were founder members of the Football League in 1888 and champions three years later. Liverpool joined the Second Division in 1893 and were First Division champions in 1901. Find out how the Football League was started and meet its father, Scotsman William McGregor.

Everton, Liverpool and the Moores Family
Sunday 20th December, 2-3pm
Whether Blue or Red, supporters of the city's two great clubs owe a huge debt of gratitude to the vision, energy and passion of John Moores, founder of the Littlewood's empire, who did so much to establish them as driving forces in English football and beyond. Learn more about this remarkable man and his incredible achievements.

Details for other free events are soon to be announced, including exhibition tours by the Everton Collection team and Q&A sessions with former Everton players. Please check back again soon for further announcements.