Sir Paul McCartney's Everton 'secret' was no surprise

By David Prentice on Jul 5, 08 10:00 AM in Journalists

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IT was, apparently, the "best kept secret in Beatles history." Unless you're a long-time reader of this column.

Paul McCartney's preference for all things Blue has been discussed, debated and nailed firmly to a Goodison goalpost on this page years ago . . . the clincher being his presence at the 1968 FA Cup final in an overcoat and winkle-pickers.

He even referred to his Royal Blue leanings in a Radio Merseyside interview ahead of his Anfield appearance last month.

But just for the record, here's the interview he gave to the Observer Sports Monthly magazine.

"Here's the deal: my father was born in Everton, my family are officially Evertonians, so if it comes down to a derby match or an FA Cup final between the two, I would have to support Everton.

"But after a concert at Wembley Arena I got a bit of a friendship with Kenny Dalglish, who had been to the gig and I thought 'You know what? I am just going to support them both because it's all Liverpool and I don't have that Catholic-Protestant thing.

"So I did have to get special dispensation from the Pope to do this but that's it, too bad. I support them both.

"They are both great teams.

"But if it comes to the crunch, I'm Evertonian."

The man who began a proud football heritage

HE didn't know what he had started . . .

But 130 years after the creation of St Domingo's Football Club, both Everton and Liverpool have paid tribute to Reverend Ben Chambers, the man who founded St Domingo's FC.

The gravestone of the pioneering churchman was re-dedicated on Wednesday at a service of commemoration at Shepley Methodist Church, near Huddersfield.

Blues' Life President Sir Philip Carter and representatives from the Everton Former Players' Foundation and the Everton Academy, were present at the ceremony.

Blues chairman Bill Kenwright said: "Both Everton and Liverpool have a proud footballing heritage and the history of the two clubs is a source of immense pride to supporters whatever colour they choose to wear.

"Therefore, it is entirely appropriate that we honour such a man especially in Liverpool's Capital of Culture year.

"Ben Chambers was clearly a man of vision and real enthusiasm - thus demonstrated by the unique role he played in the formation and development of football in the region.

"Everyone whose lives have been touched by either club owes him a debt of gratitude."

Ben Swift Chambers was born on August 30 1845 in West Yorkshire.

He became the Methodist minister at St Domingo's Church in Everton.

He changed the football landscape of Liverpool in 1877 when he was appointed circuit superintendent and minister of St Domingo Chapel in the Everton district of Liverpool.

After forming the St Domingo Cricket Club, Reverend Ben Chambers turned his hand to forming a football team to keep the cricket team fit during the winter months of 1878.

The St Domingo Football Club was soon attracting players from churches outside the parish and by November 1879, the football section of the cricket club was renamed Everton.

Ben Swift Chambers died on November 28, 1901, aged 56.

Jumping in at the deep end

LEAGUE TWO crisis club Bournemouth have appointed former Everton commercial manager Alistair Saverimutto as chief executive.

The Cherries remain in administration with debts of £5 million and are facing a 15 point deduction when their season gets under way next month.

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