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Bootle Times September 4 1953.


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The order can sometimes be jumbled on these photos, but somewhere above should be an 18 year old Bobby Boardman.



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Further to the comment on Tommy Mulholland and Alhambra FC.

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Thanks, Dan
Great bit of history
keep them coming, Dan
Looking for Ford Utd v St Edmonds played the final at stilcock Crosby and District like most lads played Saturday in the JOC and Sunday Football Crosby and District.
Most of the lads from Ford Utd played for Miranda and other teams in the JOC. Most of the Lads from St Edmonds played for teams in the JOC and the manager was Mick Goodwin he managed Pentagon.
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Dan wrote: Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:15 pm Further to the comment on Tommy Mulholland and Alhambra FC.

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Thank Dan Very Interesting Read
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From the Liverpool Echo. Cyril "Chick" Heath.(c 1930 - 1993)

An England youth international, Cyril 'Chick' Heath was selected for a regional war time clash with Stoke City on May 26, 1945, while 13 years later Andrew Penman featured in a Liverpool Floodlit Challenge Trophy match against Liverpool.

Both were just 15 years old - and each played in front of sizeable crowds.

Heath was selected alongside stalwarts like Norman Greenhalgh, Gordon Watson, Stan Bentham and Jackie Grant when he ran out at Goodison Park in front of an estimated 8,000 fans in the convolutedly titled War Football League Northern Division 2nd Championship.

It was Everton's final wartime fixture, kicking off a fortnight after VE Day, and Everton continued the celebrations with a 3-2 victory.

The Echo's report on the day read: "Everton wound up their season at Goodison Park with a visit from Stoke City, and took this opportunity to make further experiments in the forward line, giving another trial to Ashley the Northwich inside right who did quite well last week. At outside right they had Chic Heath, a youngster from the Litherland Boys club, who has been showing good form with the Colts."

The teenager took little time making his mark.

"In three minutes Everton were a goal to the good, chiefly through the good work of the youngster Heath, who gave Wyles a quick return pass close to goal and the centre, refusing to be bustled off by McQue, forged his way through and scored easily."

Monday morning's Daily Post was complimentary about the impact of the youngster.

"Many thought at the outset that the home side were taking unnecessary risks in trying out Cyril Heath of the Litherland Boys Club, and Ashley of Northwich against the stalwarts of Stoke," they wrote "but they were quickly relieved when in the third minute Heath gave Wyles a quick return pass to the right spot and the centre gave Everton the lead.

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Chick (front row seated, left) lining up for the successful Seaforth Fellowship side in the Bootle JOC

Monday night's Evening Express added: "It was mainly with a view, to next season that Everton included “Chick” Heath, from Litherland Boys Club and Ashley, from Northwich as their right-wing pair against Stoke City at Goodison Park on Saturday. (Chick gaining an additional 'k' to his nickname).

"Heath is only 15, and so joins the select company of Lawton, Cliff Bastin, and a few others who have played League football at that tender age. Ashley, is 18 and it is my opinion that both these lads are going to make the grade in top circles. Their all-round ability was one of the most satisfying features of a brilliant finale to the season in which Everton by their 3-2 win secured the position of runners-up to Derby County in the North Championship No2."

Chick didn't feature for the Everton first team again, but became a renowned member of the successful Seaforth Fellowship side in the Bootle JOC - not to mention winning four England youth caps in 1946/47, a full year after his Everton first team debut!


Chick Heath (circled) on one of his four England Youth international appearances

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Ranger of the Liverpool Echo, added: "Many spectators came away from Goodison Park on Saturday with the satisfaction that Everton should do well in the post war seasons if they can produce a few more young players of the calibre of “Chick” Heath of the Litherland Boys Club, who has played for the Colts and Ashley the inside right from Northwich. Both livened up the forward line against Stoke City to such all extent that there was little “end of season” flavour about the game."

However, while Chic, or Chick, was making headlines in the local press, such was the unofficial nature of wartime football his achievement did not register in the official record books.

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Cutting from the Crosby Herald , from about 1993.

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Great bit of reading Dan
Really enjoyed that.
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