When 'Legends' were Thin on the Ground – Part 5

John McFarlane [Senior]   12/07/2018 12comments  |  Jump to last
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Continuing the theme of listing the players who represented Everton from 1946-47, when the Football League resumed following World War Two, until !950-51 when Everton were relegated to the old Second Division.

Thomas Edwin Jones

Born 4 April 1930; Died 5 June 2010

Signed straight from school Tommy Jones was to spend 17 years as an Everton player, he had to wait six years before making his first team debut, and when it came he had to face Arsenal at Highbury. As if following his namesake TG Jones wasn't bad enough, he was part of the team that was relegated to the Second Division for only the second time, at the end of his first season.

Some publications state that he was known to fans as T E Jones, but I would challenge that statement, because I don't know any Everton supporter who called him anything but Tommy, I believe it was after his legendary predecessor T G Jones had left the club, that sports writers referred to him as T E to avoid confusion.

Tommy Jones was Everton's first choice centre-half throughout the 1950s, initially a full-back he developed into an outstanding cool, calculated defender, a stopper of the highest quality.

He gained youth honours for his country, played for an English XI against the British Army, and captained an FA side on tour of Ghana and Nigeria in the summer of 1958.

Although the team was to struggle for most of Tommy Jones's career with the club, he became a virtual ever present, and Everton fans got used to his imposing figure at the heart of the defence.

Due to the emergence of Brian Labone, Tommy reverted to full back, where he played out his Everton career. Tommy was forced to retire in 1962 after smashing his knee in a reserve game.

A cool, unruffled and most gentlemanly player, Tommy Jones exuded decency on the pitch, and his impeccable sportsmanship was legendary.

Tommy Jones's Everton career was 411 appearances 14 goals.

Albert Laurence Juliussen

Born 20 February 1920; Died?

Signed after failing to establish himself at Portsmouth, Bert Juliussen made all of his senior appearances over a period of four months, when Manager Cliff Britton was trying to sort out the centre-forward position.

He made his debut in a 5-0 home defeat at the hands of Birmingham City, and scored his only goal in his second game a 2-1 home win against Stoke City.

Albert Juliussens's Everton career record was 10 appearances 1 goal.

Cyril Frank Lello

Born 24 February 1920; Died 1997

Signed from Shrewsbury Town in September 1947, Cyril Lello stayed with Everton for over nine years, serving them as a hard working half-back, although he started his Goodison career as an inside forward.

A native of Shropshire, Lello played war-time football with Lincoln City, in 1943 he scored seven goals in a League North match against Notts County, before joining the 'Shrews'.

When Everton were relegated from Division One in 1950/51, Lello was injured and didn't play a single game, but he was an ever-present when Everton won promotion in 1953/54, and again during their first season back in in the First Division.

In 1953 he was a member of the side which reached the semi-final of the FA Cup, before losing to Bolton Wanderers.

In 1956 Harry Catterick, who had played with Lello in the immediate post-war era, signed him for Rochdale, but he made only Eleven League appearances there before ending his first-class career.

Cyril Lello's Everton career record was 254 appearances 9 goals.

John Smith Lindsay

Born 8 August 1924; Died 1991

Cast in the studious mould 'Jock' Lindsay was a thoughtful player who had a great craft in his play. He was one of only two Scottish born players on Everton's books in 1951, he was signed from Rangers for £7,00 by Cliff Britton who saw him as a solid and reliable full-back with a flair for the unorthodox.

He made his debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford, conceding a penalty in a 3-0 defeat, his home debut was as daunting as they come, facing Blackpool [and Stanley Matthews], in another defeat, 2-0 on this occasion.

He proved to be a useful acquisition, shoring up a defence, which at the time was far from being watertight. He remained Everton's first choice until he fractured a leg in 1954, two years later he stunned the Board by demanding a transfer.

In May 1956 he moved to Bury with team-mate John Willie Parker, but after only one season at Gigg Lane he left to join South Liverpool as a part time professional.

Jock Lindsay's Everton career record was 115 appearances 2 goals.

William Maurice Lindley

Born 5 December 1915; Died 1999

Owing to the Second World war, centre-half Maurice Lindley had to wait for 13 years, before making his League debut for Everton against Derby County in September 1947.

In the late '30s, he had been reserve to Cliff Britton, Charlie Gee, T G Jones and Joe Mercer, and during the hostilities made 39 first team appearances, mainly as a centre-half, his favourite position.

In August 1951, he was transferred to Swindon Town and was forced to retire in 1952 because of injury.

Maurice Lindley's Everton career record was 54 appearances.

Archibald Livingstone

Born 15 November 1915; Died 16 August 1961

Archie Livingstone, a highly talented footballer, could occupy both inside-forward positions as well as centre-forward.

Small in stature, he was a tricky customer, possessed an exciting body swerve, which he used to good effect, and was not afraid to battle it out with the many robust defenders he came up against.

Unfortunately his best football was played away from Goodison Park, for he failed to settle on Merseyside.

He made his debut for Everton against Aston Villa in September 1946 and was transferred to Southport in 1947, during his career he appeared in only 83 League games.

When guesting for Wrexham he scored seven goals in one Regional match against Tranmere Rovers.

Archie Livingstone's Everton career record was 4 appearances 2 goals.

Henry McCormick

Born 10 January 1920; Died?

Best known as a small and nippy winger Harry McCormick, graced the football field in every position including goalkeeper.

Signed by home town club Coleraine as a teenager, McCormick made his full debut for the 'Bannsiders' against Distillery in September 1946 as they returned to senior football after World War Two.

Within a few months he moved to English football with Derby County, he made just seven competitive appearances for the Rams, plus another in a friendly. Coleraine were forced to appeal to the international Board to receive their £1,000 fee.

In July 1948, McCormick moved to Everton in a £10,000 deal, he made his Toffees debut in a 5-0 home defeat to Portsmouth as stand-in to Tommy Eglington. After just four appearances in a season at Goodison, McCormick returned to Coleraine.

Back at the Showgrounds he attained legendary status appearing three times for the Irish League, also appearing in the Irish Cup, and claiming a City Cup winners medal.

Such was the regard for him within the game, McCormicks testimonial featured the likes of John Charles and Harry Gregg.

Harry McCormick's Everton career record was 4 appearances.

John McIlhatton

Born 3 January 1921; Died 1954

Johnny McIlhatton played his first game for Everton on the last day of the 1945-46 transitional season against Bury, and then he made his first appearance in the top flight against Brentford at Goodison Park the following August.

He impressed during that initial post Second World War campaign, when playing wide of Wally Fielding, Eddie Wainwright and Alex Stevenson.

Decidedly quick, he could deliver a fine cross and caused defenders plenty of prosufferedHe sufferd with injuries during the second half of the 1947/48 season and again the following season, prompting a move back to Scotland, joining Dundee. He was forced to retire early, and died at the age of 33.

Johnny McIlhatton's Everton career record was 58 appearances 2 goals.

James McClaren McIntosh

Born 5 April 1918; Died?

Jimmy McIntosh was a very useful forward who made his League debut for Blackpool as a 17-year-old winger in September 1935.

He then appeared in over 100 games for Preston North End during the Second World War, and after returning to Bloomfield Road helped the Seasiders reach the the 1948 FA Cup final, sadly he missed the showdown with Manchester United owing to injury.

His first game in the blue of Everton was against his former club Blackpool in March 1949, when he scored a goal and made two for Eddie Wainwright, who scored 4 in a in a 5-0 victory at Goodison Park.

He also found the net from the centre-forward position in his last outing for the club, against Aston Villa in a 2-1 home defeat in April 1951.

Jimmy McIntosh's Everton career record was 59 appearances 19 goals.


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Ian Burns
1 Posted 13/07/2018 at 15:39:19
Hi John, first of all may I wish you all the best for your 80th birthday on Sunday. Unfortunately I am not in the UK otherwise I would have made an effort to be there.

Another very interesting read John and once again sincere thanks for the time you have taken - another great series.

Cyril Lello seems to ring a bell in a distant memory for some reason. I think I read somewhere (maybe on TW) the story of Cyril Lello's life. But once again many thanks John, fascinating to read about those who played in the blue shirts, even if on occasions for the shortest possible time.

Terry White
2 Posted 13/07/2018 at 16:23:47
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Terry White
3 Posted 13/07/2018 at 16:41:45
I saw both Tommy Jones and Cyril Lello, Farrell, Jones and Lello being the names of the first half back line I can recall.

Tommy Jones always suffered, I think, in his relationship with the fans because of the closeness of his name to "TG" and by virtue of coming into the team so closely after "TG" ended his career with us. Comparisons were inevitable.

I would agree he was a cultured centre half and set the tone for the style of his replacement, Brian Labone. "TE" was a little too nice in his play and could always be knocked around a bit by a bustling centre forward. He did take a good penalty kick as I recall. And he certainly did not let us down when moved to left back after Brian took over his role in the back line.

Terry White
4 Posted 13/07/2018 at 19:11:02
John, Jock Lindsay made your team of "Favourites", that great series you started that resulted in wonderful reminiscences from so many people, especially from us older 'uns. So, Jock clearly made an impression on you especially when he had to beat out everybody's "best" left back, Ray Wilson..
Dave Abrahams
5 Posted 13/07/2018 at 19:14:00
Tommy Jones was a good steady better than average centre half, always played fair and with a bit of style, much like Brian Labone but not as good, most of his goals came from the penalty spot although he scored with a long distance shot the night we won promotion at Oldham. Cyril Lello was an excellent half back, going well the first season we came back into the first division, scored the winner v PNE in a 1-0 victory, then was injured and faced a long spell out of the game.

Jimmy McIntosh, I saw his first game v Blackpool on a pitch covered in snow, scored in a game, pointed out by John, dominated by Eddie Wainwrights four goals, Jimmy scored the two goals at Anfield to give us a 2-0 win, but it wasn't enough to save us from relegation that year.

I saw Johnny McIllahatton with his shorts hitched up but he never lasted long. Maurice Lindley a tall gangling centre half never saw much action due to being in the queue behind TG Jones and Jack Humphreys, I never saw the other players John but keep them coming.

Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 13/07/2018 at 19:22:12
Terry (4), thanks for that post, reminded me of Jock Lindsay, of course I saw him and that dreadful day, I think it was a game v Stoke City on an Easter Saturday, when Jock broke his leg, in the season we won promotion, he was never the same after that, Jock was also a penalty taker, he scored one in the famous 8-4 win against lymouth Argyle the year we came up. Thanks again Terry.
John McFarlane Snr
7 Posted 13/07/2018 at 20:20:05
Hi all, in the Johnny McIlhatton tribute, the third paragraph should read 'Decidedly quick, he delivered a fine cross and caused defenders plenty of problems'

My proof reader had retired to her bed, and I'm afraid I wasn't as diligent as I should have been, please accept my apologies.

Rick Tarleton
8 Posted 14/07/2018 at 09:37:40
I remember Jones and Lello vividly. Tommy Jones Mark 2 was an excellent player perhaps a trifle too clean for the role he needed against Lofthouse, Ford and others of that era. I remember seeing Cyril Lello walking from his house to Goodison, he had a club house and he was strolling slowly to the players' entrance chatting to supporters as he went. Autre temps etc.
Have a great day tomorrow, John, I wish I could have joined you.
John McFarlane Snr
9 Posted 14/07/2018 at 11:25:40
Hi Rick [8] you're right about Tommy Jones being too clean for the role of centre half, because there were some 'bruisers' around in those days, and in his latter years he would have faced the likes of Derek Dougan and Bobby Smith.

Regarding Cyril Lello, he may have lived in Goodison Avenue before it was demolished to make way for the new stand, I know that Tommy Clinton lived there, in fact I remember him being quoted as saying, "I live next to the ground and I've never seen a match, and that includes the World Cup."

I often saw Cyril at the ground myself, when I used to stand outside the Winslow putting the world to rights. Thank you for your good wishes, and I'm sure we can arrange to meet in the coming months, I would really like that.

Rick Tarleton
10 Posted 14/07/2018 at 16:48:48
We must try to meet up. I've got some health issues at the moment, not me, but my wife. When it gets cleared I'll hope to make a trip back to the City and we can meet up.

George McKane
11 Posted 16/07/2018 at 11:30:22
Great day with some of the greats from TW at The Midland yesterday, celebrating John's 18th Birthday! Wonderful to chat about all things Everton and put faces to names; should do it more often. Maybe we will start something between us. Go to this link to see a few photos of the day: www.facebook.com/The-Dark-House-Blues-105117249592273/?ref=bookmarks

The amount of Everton knowledge from the assembled crew was amazing and we had time to chat about out growing up in Liverpool — schools, priests, Mums, first games, first heroes — it would be great if we could make this happen a bit more.

All the best, John – Rave On You Holy Fools.

John McFarlane Snr
12 Posted 16/07/2018 at 23:32:52
Hi George [11] apologies for taking so long to answer your post, I wasn't ignoring you, I was just wondering how I could address the fact that you had taken me back to 1956, when I was 18, and six weeks away from joining the Army.

Having been in your company for six hours yesterday, I have come to the conclusion that you have a sense of humour that matches my own. I enjoyed your company immensely, and I will make every effort to attend the Dark House to renew our friendship, the only snag may be the fact that my Grandson who is not quite 14 years old, may not be allowed in.

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