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George Farmer

Everton FC




George Farmer
Birth Saturday, 13 December 1862 in Queen's Head Yard, Oswestry, Shropshire
  registered in Oswestry January-March 1863

According to the 1871 census, George is the youngest of four children to George, a cabinet maker, and Elizabeth (née Evans). They now live at 10 Vine Cottages in Oswestry.


According to the 1881 census, George, a skinner, is the youngest of the three children living at home with his widowed mother still at 10 Vine Cottages.

Marriage to Louisa Isabella Gallant, on 25 December 1886 at Holy Trinity Church in Walton Breck. Occupation stated as being a glass cutter.
  registered in West Derby October-December 1886
Children George and Louisa had four children together. Winifred (b&d.1895), Mary Louisa (b&d.1898), Edward (b.1904) and Arthur (b.May 1905 d.1906)

According to the 1891 census, George, a leather dresser, is now married to Louisa, and they have three children, Georgina, George and William Thomas. They live at 36 Pulford Street in Everton. They had another two children, Winifred and Mary Louisa.


According to the 1901 census, George, now a Tinsmith inspector, has three more children, Eva, Laura and John, with Louisa. They remain at 123 Belmont Road. and they had another two children after this census, Edward and Arthur, who was born two weeks after George's death...and himself died within the year.

Death Thursday, 4 May 1905 at 123 Belmont Road, West Derby, Lancashire
42 years 142 days registered in West Derby April-June 1905
Funeral Sunday, 7 May 1905 at Anfield cemetery

Jamie Yates (EFCHS) &

Playing Career

Club(s) Started with Oswestry White Star FC, before joining Everton FC in October 1885, until 1890. After leaving Anfield, Farmer played with Everton Athletic FC in March 1891 and by the August, was playing for West Manchester FC. In September 1893, he was reported playing for Liverpool South End FC and had connection with Liverpool Caledonians FC and Rock Ferry FC.
League honours
31 appearances, 1 goals
Everton FC 1888-89 31 appearances, one goal
debut: 8 September 1888 Everton FC 2 Accrington FC 1.
last: 16 November 1889 Everton FC 1 Preston North End FC 5.
Club honours Welsh Cup winners 1883-84, runners-up 1884-85;
Football League runners-up 1889-90 (ten apps);
Individual honours not known

Generally regarded as the first professional to play for Everton FC alongside Alec Dick, George Dobson and Job Wilding.
Benefit match was first held on 7 March 1891 between Everton FC and Darwen FC at Anfield, proceeds being split between Farmer, Alec Dick and Charles Joliffe. Another Benefit match took place on 23 October 1905 between Everton FC and Stockport County FC. Everton FC won 3-2, raising £33.
Height/Weight 5' 6"

Jamie Yates (EFCHS)

England Career

Position(s) Outside-left
Individual honours Wales (two appearances, 1885)
Distinctions None

Beyond England

According to the census', George was a leather dresser and a tin smith inspector. But according to his marriage certificate, he was also a glass cutter.

The Numbers
parties reserve
2 2

Match History

 Club: Oswestry White Star F.C. - two full Welsh appearances

Welsh F.A. Committee - two full appearancesx

Age 21/22
1 19 14 March 1885 - England 1 Wales 1
Leamington Street, Blackburn
BC AL   ol
2 20 23 March 1885 - Wales 1 Scotland 8
The Racecourse, Wrexham
BC HD   ol
21 11 April 1885 - Ireland 2 Wales 8, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW withdrew

George Farmer changed his allegiance from Wales to England

 Club: Everton F.C. - no full appearances

F.A. Committee - no full appearancesx

Age 24
29 5 February 1887 - England 7 Ireland 0, Yorkshire Cricket Ground, Sheffield BC HW reserve
30 26 February 1887 - England 4 Wales 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington BC HW reserve