It is with great sadness that we report the passing of a true blue Evertonian – Anne Asquith (nee Morton). Anne, a lifelong Evertonian who was also a member of the Ruleteros Society and the Shareholders’ Association passed away peacefully at home on Monday, 5th September 2016.
Her funeral will take place at 3pm, Friday September 16th at Springwood Crematorium (Rosemary Chapel) followed by a reception at Sefton Park Hotel.
Family flowers only please, but donations in memory of Anne can be made to the Linda McCartney Centre or Clatterbride Cancer Charity via Craven’s Funeral Services, 50 Lark Lane, L17 8UU.
A donation to the Everton Former players will be made from Anne’s estate.
Members of the Association or other Evertonians who knew Anne are welcome to attend both the funeral service and the reception. However, her son James would like to get some idea of numbers if possible (so nobody goes hungry and there isn’t too much waste – either of which would have horrified Anne!), so if possible please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your intention to attend.
Springwood Crematorium: Springwood Ave, Garston, Liverpool L25 7UN (https://goo.gl/maps/4rt8Xchqbz42)
Sefton Park Hotel: 37 Aigburth Dr, Liverpool L17 4JE (https://goo.gl/maps/n2pLCCfkHZp)
Anne Asquith – A True Blue Evertonian
Controversy surrounds Anne’s early years supporting Everton – competing sources (Anne and her younger brother Paul) have differing recollections. Anne always claimed to have been supporting the club and attending games long before Paul.
Paul’s recollection is somewhat different: “Anne’s first game was a Liverpool Senior Cup semi-final against (SECOND DIVISION) Liverpool. A winter’s evening midweek meant Mum insisted the only way I could go was if Anne would escort/take me. She wasn’t very keen on this for some reason, but I produced one of my trademark tantrums and, on being told she would not be allowed out at the weekend if she didn’t, the little spoiled brat got his own way yet again!
I can remember every detail of that night. A fantastic experience for a young lad: a first derby with a full house and under the lights at Goodison. I made my way to the railings at the front of the Boys’ Pen and absorbed every second of the game. Anne stood behind me with her back to the field and chatted up two lads from the Dingle for the entire 90 minutes!
Her dedication to the cause for the last umpteen years and her work and support for the club cannot be questioned, but I am not convinced the teenager from Thornton was a dyed in the wool supporter at that particular moment.”
Whether it was the two lads from the Dingle or the eleven boys in blue on the field, Anne was soon a regular at Goodison Park enjoying many of the successes of the 60’s era. After marriage, Anne’s husband’s career would take them across the Pennines to Yorkshire and an enforced break from attending matches. With her children starting to show an interest in football, and without the modern opportunities for indoctrination (replica kits, televised matches, etc.), Anne chose to buy season tickets and make the regular pilgrimage to Goodison Park with her young family.
Through the glories and disappointments of the following years Anne made the two hour drive to Liverpool for every home game and her involvement only grew. Season tickets led to buying a couple of shares and, in the turbulent period running up to Peter Johnson’s takeover, joining the Shareholders’ Association. Throwing herself into the activities of the group, Anne soon got involved in producing the Association’s newsletter spending many hours chasing articles, wearing out her home printer and posting the editions out to members. Having moved back to the area in the early nineties Anne soon joined the Association’s Executive Committee, serving in a number of roles over many years including Treasurer, Vice-Chairman and eventually Chairman. She remained on the committee, regularly attending and contributing to meetings, until ill-health intervened earlier this year.
Anne’s other Everton passion over the last decade or more has been the Ruleteros Society who are famous for building links with our brother clubs in South America, principally Everton Chile. Over two trips to the region, Anne visited three “Everton’s” in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay and fell in love with each. In concert with other great ambassadors of our club like Tony Heslop and John Shearon, and using her influence as Chairman of the Shareholders’ Association, Anne helped to bring about the fantastic night of the Everton vs. Everton match in August 2010. There were many smaller projects too, like the commemorative plaques installed at Goodison Park and the Estadio Sausalito in Chile which are dedicated to the players of both clubs who died in two world wars.
Since she passed away peacefully at home on Monday, 5th September Anne’s family have been touched and heartened by the many messages of condolence from Evertonians of England and beyond whose lives she touched. She is pictured above with Dave Hickson at a Shareholders’ Association event which helped raise funds for our Chilean brothers to create former players foundation modelled on Everton’s own.