Liverpool Football Club
has a long and colourful history.
The Split from Everton F.C.
Liverpool F.C. was founded after an internal dispute within Everton F.C.
The dispute was between the Everton F.C. committee and brewer John Houlding
, the leaseholder of the Anfield
ground and president of Everton F.C.
The Everton committee viewed Tory
councillor Houlding as having a personal financial and political agenda. There was a sharp conflict on the business model of how the club was run. Relations were cold once the Everton committee saw Houldings intentions and moves.
Anfield was owned by Houlding one year after Everton moved in. Houlding bought the land from landowner Orrell. Everton initially made a donation to a local hospital in lieu of rent. After one year they were paying rent to their own president. Mr Orrell owned the adjacent land.
The largely Methodist
based politically Liberal
leaning Everton F.C. committee were uneasy with this, especially the potential selling of alcohol. This would take revenue away from the club. Houlding also increased the rent from £100 to £250 per year, after Everton came 2nd in the second Football League season, 1890. Everton offered a compromise of £180. An international match was hosted, England
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