Treasured Memories of a Bygone Age – Part 2

John McFarlane [Senior]   23/04/2019 0comments  |  Jump to last
To continue my memories of players I have seen play at Goodison Park since 1948, and who have left a lasting impression on me.

Right-winger: Tom Finney

[Preston North End & England]

Arguably the greatest winger of all time, Tom Finney played in the shadow of the also great Stanley Matthews but was still able to exercise his brilliance to loud acclaim.

Joining Preston in 1937, he turned professional in 1940 after becoming an apprentice plumber, and was thereafter known as the 'Preston Plumber'.

In a long career, the only honours won with his home-town club were runners-up medals in Football League and FA Cup. He made up for that by playing 76 times for England, scoring 30 goals.

Preston experimented by using Tom at centre-forward in 1957-58... and he responded by scoring 26 goals. He will be remembered for his all-round performances, being two-footed and a scintillating dribbler.

Tom was Player of the Year in 1954 and 1958. My stand-out memory of Tom Finney is of a goal he scored in a friendly against Portugal at Goodison Park in 1951 — the Festival of Britain year.

Inside-right: Horatio 'Raich' Carter

[Sunderland, Derby County, Hull City & England]

Silver-haired Raich Carter was a Sunderland product, winning schoolboy international honours. Amazingly, he played for England an 'unlucky' 13 games... but captained his beloved Sunderland when they won the FA Cup in 1937.

The war came when Raich was only 26 years old and in his prime but, afterwards, he again distinguished himself at the highest level, getting another FA Cup medal, this time with Derby County in 1946.

He became player/manager of Hull City in 1948, steering the Tigers to promotion from the Third Division North in 1949. Raich also excelled in other sports, playing cricket for Derbyshire and Durham. I remember Raich from his Hull City days.

Centre-forward: Tommy Lawton

[Burnley, Everton, Chelsea, Notts County, Brentford, Arsenal & England]

Signed by Burnley as a professional on his 17th birthday, Lawton scored a hat-trick on his debut a few days later, against Tottenham Hotspur. Tommy had the ideal build for a centre-forward, great in the air and with a powerful shot, he was one of the most prolific goalscorers of all time.

He quickly replaced the immortal Dixie Dean at Everton in a transfer valued at £6,000. He moved to Chelsea in 1945, playing in that memorable friendly against Moscow Dynamos.

He became the first £20,000 transfer when Notts County bought him in November 1947. He was still a threat to the best of defences, continuing to play for England. By 1952, he had passed his peak, which resulted in Brentford bringing him back to the Capital.

At the end of his footballing days, Arsenal took Tommy from Brentford to help bring their younger players on; he then moved on to Kettering.

In the best tradition of centre-forwards, he won 23 England caps. My most vivid memory of Tommy Lawton was the part he played for Notts County in their 5-1 victory at Goodison Park in October 1951, inside-forward Jimmy Jackson scoring four of the goals.

Inside-left: Peter Doherty

[Blackpool, Manchester City, Derby County, Huddersfield Town, Doncaster Rovers & Northern Ireland]

A native of Magherafelt, coming over to Blackpool from Glentoran in 1930, Doherty later joined Manchester City, winning a League Championship medal and playing for his country on many occasions.

He was probably the finest inside-forward produced by Northern Ireland. With his flame hair, Peter Doherty combined tireless energy with tactical awareness, to disrupt the most disciplined of defences.

He won an FA Cup medal with Derby County in 1946 when partnering Raich Carter at inside-forward. In 1949, at the age of 36, he became player/manager of Doncaster Rovers, driving the team on to win promotion from the Third Division North. Once again, I remember Peter Doherty from Everton's time in the Second Division.

Left-Winger: Vic Metcalfe

[Huddersfield Town, Hull City & England]

Vic Metcalfe was a direct old fashioned outside left who always looked dangerous. especially when cutting inside the full back. He could make a fine left-wing cross, with Jimmy Glazzard benefiting tremendously, and scoring regularly in Huddersfield's promotion drive from Division Two in 1952-53.

The son of a Yorkshire rugby star, he joined Huddersfield during the war, making his debut immediately on the resumption of the League programme in 1946. Surprisingly, he was capped on only two occasions, but one has to remember the surfeit of class wingers operating at that time.

Finally, at the age of 36, he moved on to Hull City, playing 6 League games and scoring 2 goals.

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