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Everton FC honours former player Wilf Toman, killed in WW1

The grave of Wilf Toman Image copyright Everton FC
Image caption Wilf Toman played 29 times for Everton, scoring 10 goals

Representatives from Everton Football Club have paid tribute to former player Wilf Toman in a special ceremony at his grave in France.

Mr Toman, who played as a centre-forward, was killed during World War One on 2 May, 1917.

He had played 29 times in two spells at Everton between 1899 and 1901, scoring 10 goals.

He later became a ship steward and Lance Corporal of the Liverpool King's Regiment.

Club officials were joined by members of the Everton Heritage Society, fans and Everton club chaplain the Reverend Harry Ross at the cemetery in the village of Erquinghem-Lys.

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Image caption Club officials laid a wreath at Mr Toman's grave at the village of Erquinghem-Lys

The cemetery lies 10 miles away from Lille, where Everton played a Europa League match on Thursday.

Chief Executive Robert Elstone laid a wreath and a minute's silence was observed.

Rev Ross said: "We came here to Lille to remember Wilf Toman and at the same time we remember those who were killed in the Battle of the Somme."

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