WADE, Alfred Riley  [1858-1936]

Alfred Riley Wade was a key figure in the history of Everton Football Club from its very earliest days as a player in the St Domingo’s church team until his death in 1936 by which time he had served as a club director for over 30 years.

He was born in 1858, at 14 Great Nelson Street L3, the son of Joseph Wade, a master coachbuilder with a thriving business in London Road.  Joseph was a very prominent member of the Methodist community and in his role as a trustee he laid the  foundation stone of the new St Domingo’s chapel on September 12th 1870. In later years Alfred would point out the trowel that his father had used on the occasion and declare it his most treasured possession. Joseph Wade died in 1874, aged 58, and  Alfred and his brother carried on the family business.

Wade was one of the very first young men to pay his subscription and turn out for St Domingo’s and after the change of name to Everton he played in their debut season. After his playing days were over he became a committed spectator and when he retired from business in 1904 he began his long association as an administrator when he was elected as a director. Wade was thus a unique witness to the growth of a small church club into the wealthiest club in the land. In his time on the board he saw the club win two FA Cup finals and twice be crowned Football League Champions.

Wade also involved himself in a variety of charitable causes and served as a life governor of Stanley Hospital.

His family moved from Great Nelson Street to 46 West Derby Street L7. Both these homes have long since been demolished. After marriage he and his wife Ellen lived at 16 Hampstead Street L6, near Newsham Park. They then moved to 48 Arkles Lane L4 from where he must have had a clear view of the nearby Anfield stadium. He spent the last twenty-odd years of his life living on the Wirral where he gained some fame as a talented tennis player.

16 Hampstead Street L7

Now considerably altered the house would have been a large property in a fairly well-to do area in the 1890's.

48 Arkles Lane L4

The upper floors would certainly have had a fine view across Stanley Park.


There is no particular single source on Alfred Wade.