Stanley F.C. (Liverpool) – Wikipedia



Soccer membership in Liverpool, England

Soccer membership

Complete title Stanley Soccer Membership
Nickname(s) the Mild Blues
Based 1882
Dissolved 1896
Floor Walton Stiles

Stanley F.C., ceaselessly referred to from 1887 to 1890 as Liverpool Stanley, used to be an English affiliation soccer membership, from Liverpool in Merseyside.

Historical past[edit]

The membership used to be based in 1882 through cricketers from the Stanley Cricket Membership, who performed their fits in Stanley Park in Liverpool. In 1885, the membership used the proceeds from a Liverpool Senior Cup tie in opposition to Everton at Anfield to construct an enclosure at Walton Stiles and arrange a brand new house there. The membership’s first fit at their new floor used to be in opposition to Darwen F.C. initially of the 1885-86 season.[1]

The membership struggled to achieve strengthen on account of previous golf equipment within the town, corresponding to Everton, Liverpool Ramblers, and Bootle. A method by which it attracted avid gamers, in an technology by which professionalism used to be banned, used to be for the membership’s backers to supply employment; most of the avid gamers introduced in to play for Stanley labored on the United Grain Raising Corporate in Bootle.[2] For sure through 1886 the membership had sufficient contributors to box 3 groups at the identical day; a measure of the days is that during that technology the 3rd crew used to be excellent sufficient to stand Tranmere Rovers.[3]

Then again, whilst the membership may draw in 2,000 lovers when webhosting Everton,[4] extra common fits simplest introduced in a “deficient attendance”.[5] The membership’s one fit in the primary segment of the FA Cup, in 1887-88, a 5-1 defeat at house to Halliwell(having reached half-time 1-0 up), simplest attracted a crowd of one,000.[6] At the identical day, Bootle had been webhosting a crowd of three,000 in opposition to Workington.[7]

Liverpool Senior Cup last[edit]

The membership’s absolute best run within the Liverpool Senior Cup got here in 1887-88, the expulsion of Everton for breaches of residency laws disposing of a lot of the hobby from the contest. The unique semi-final tie (the membership’s 5th look at that level)[8] in opposition to Tranmere[9] resulted in a draw, ahead of a crowd of simplest 400; Stanley performed the second one 1/2 with ten males after Goodall left the pitch in protest on the refereeing, which noticed 3 objectives disallowed for Stanley.[10] Stanley received the replay 9-1, Goodall scoring a hat-trick, in all probability justifying the grievance of the refereeing.[11]

The membership suffered a curious incident in a while ahead of the overall when the membership’s goalkeeper, M’Allum (a Scots import), attacked an opponent (George) all over a fit, to such an extent that he used to be prosecuted ahead of magistrates, and fined £1 plus prices. It used to be a in particular ill-judged motion given the membership’s combatants had been the Liverpool Police Athletic Membership.[12]

The loss of strengthen the membership used to be receiving although used to be demonstrated through the attendance on the last. 3 weeks ahead of, 3,000 other people noticed Bootle play a pleasant in opposition to Halliwell;[13] then again simplest 500 noticed Bootle play Stanley within the last, on the athletic grounds in Fairfield. Bootle took the lead within the first minute, and not using a Stanley participant touching the ball, and Stanley completed the sport with 9 males; Wright being compelled off injured after a collision with Bootle goalkeeper Jackson, when 2-0 down, and William Brown despatched off for leaping at Allsop “in an overly unsightly style” within the last minute, after Bootle had scored their 3rd and last objective.[14]

Native leagues[edit]

In 1888-89, the membership reached the 3rd spherical of the FA Cup qualifying pageant, however used to be attracted to play Cliftonville of Belfast away, and moderately than incur the prices, the membership scratched the tie and performed a pleasant in opposition to Bootle as a substitute.[15]

The membership by no means reached as a ways within the Cup once more, dropping 12-0 at Ardwick within the first qualifying spherical the following season.[16]

The formation of the Soccer League, and later Liverpool F.C. and Liverpool Caledonians F.C., all proved severe blows to the membership’s hopes of being aggressive. The membership used to be a founder member of the Lancashire Mixture in 1891-92, however simplest received as soon as in 14 fits, and left the league on the finish of the season,[17] as a substitute becoming a member of the Liverpool District League, which, in 1895-96, merged with the Wirral League to shape the Liverpool & Wirral League. Even this proved to be too robust for the membership, and the membership retired from the League early within the 1895-96 season, after its remaining Cup tie (a defeat to Northwich Victoria).[18] A charity fit in April 1896 used to be supposed to generate some source of revenue for the membership,[19] however it seems that to had been used simplest to transparent money owed, and the membership didn’t emerge for the next season; as a substitute providing Walton Stiles for hire[20] and for the 1897-98 season Everton took the bottom over for its newbie facet.[21]


The membership’s colors had been indexed as blue and white, and the media ceaselessly referred to the membership because the Mild Blues.[22]

Notable avid gamers[edit]

Alec Dick, Archie Goodall. William Brown – long term Evertonians.


  1. ^ Gardner, A. “Walton S tiles” (PDF). Pitchero. Retrieved 7 July 2022.
  2. ^ “Bee’s Notes on Sports activities of the Day”. Liverpool Echo: 10. 19 March 1931.
  3. ^ “Affiliation”. Liverpool Mercury: 7. 20 February 1886.
  4. ^ “Stanley v Everton”. Liverpool Mercury. 12 October 1885.
  5. ^ “Stanley v Colne”. Liverpool Day by day Submit: 7. 11 October 1886.
  6. ^ “document”. Sheffield Unbiased: 6. 17 October 1887.
  7. ^ “document”. Liverpool Mercury: 7. 17 October 1887.
  8. ^ “Soccer Notes”. Birkenhead Information: 6. 11 February 1888.
  9. ^ Now not Tranmere Rovers, however an aspect based totally at Rockville.
  10. ^ “Soccer Notes”. Liverpool Mercury: 7. 6 February 1888.
  11. ^ “Affiliation”. Liverpool Mercury: 7. 27 February 1888.
  12. ^ “Epitome of Information”. East Kent Gazette: 2. 28 April 1888.
  13. ^ “Soccer”. Liverpool Mercury: 7. 27 March 1888.
  14. ^ “Affiliation”. Liverpool Mercury: 7. 23 April 1888.
  15. ^ “Nationwide Cup”. Nottingham Night time Submit: 2. 19 November 1888.
  16. ^ “Soccer and Athletic Information”. Cheltenham Chronicle: 10. 11 October 1890.
  17. ^ “Assembly of the Tranmere Rovers”. Birkenhead Information: 6. 18 June 1892.
  18. ^ “document”. Runcorn Mother or father: 3. 29 April 1896.
  19. ^ “Soccer”. Birkenhead Information: 3. 29 April 1896.
  20. ^ “commercial”. Liverpool Echo: 1. 31 July 1896.
  21. ^ “Liverpool & District Soccer Mixture”. Liverpool Night time Categorical: 4. 31 July 1897.
  22. ^ “A Tug Of Conflict”. Athletic Information. 16 November 1886.


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