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The Everton Collection: The Greatest Football Memorabilia On Display

If you need proof that kindness still exists in football, look no further than Dr. David France and Everton Football Club, and the story behind the greatest collection of football memorabilia ever assembled.

Known as The David France Collection, it’s an incredible assortment of more than 18,000 items that Dr. France has collected. But rather than sell his collection or charge to the highest bidder, France decided in 2007 to sell his collection at a heavily discounted price to the Everton Charitable Trust. Following the agreement, Everton FC then announced that they would donate its own collection of memorabilia. And collectively, the memorabilia would be known as The Everton Collection.

The incredible collection features not only items that are remarkable to Everton supporters. But also to collectors of other football clubs too.

Some of the incredibly rare items in the collection include:

The collection is really something you have to see to believe it. Thankfully, much of The Everton Collection has been digitized and is available to search online at http://www.evertoncollection.org.uk

If you live in England, you can see many items from the collection between now and Spring 2010 at the Liverpool Central Library.

And if you’re interested in making a donation of your time or money to help support the collection, be sure to visit the Support the Collection page.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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5 Responses to The Everton Collection: The Greatest Football Memorabilia On Display

  1. GQ says:

    As an Evertonian, I’ve followed the story of Dr David France and his collection for a few years now, and I have his book. It is fascinating to read the history of Everton from the co-author, David Prentice, but absolutely priceless, at the bottom of each page, is a short explanation by David France as to how he collected these items. Some are hilarious, like the time his wife wanted to wash the shirt of a famous English footballer because the shorts colour had run into it, how she wanted him to get rid of it, etc.
    Footballers and Managers have written books, mostly big-headed sods talking endlessly about themselves – this book is a brilliant read of all things related to the history of football in this country – there is no other collection comes close.
    I still say it to this day – that Dr David France is the ultimate football fan – and a genuinely nice guy to boot. Thanks for the article, I hope all football supporters have a look and gain some joy from thumbing through the Everton Collection – they too are part of our fabulous history.

  2. Melanie says:

    Even though I am unlikely to get home anytime soon to see the collection itself, the website in itself is fascinating, and given GQ’s glowing review I am going to try and find a copy of Dr France’s book. Great post.

  3. GQ says:

    Thanks Melani for the comments – there is one interesting letter in the collection from the FA to Everton’s Harold Hardman in 1906 telling him he would receive “towards the end of the week” his England white flannel shirt for his use in the international match against france in Paris. He is reminded that he is to wear a pair of blue knickers. In those days the players also wore their own teams colour socks!!!
    i creased up when i read that, but it is fascinating to realise how little the players received – even in kit when representing their country.
    Enjoy the website

  4. ED says:

    SAW THE EFC COLLECTION AT C/LIBRARY ITS FASCINATING WELL WORTH A LOOK WELL RECOMMENDED

  5. The Everton Collection is a wonderful legacy.

    We are hoping to do the same in North America at – INTERNATIONAL SOCCER ARCHIVES.

    http://soccerarchives.blogspot.com/

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