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Gerry Quinn
1 Posted 10/01/2020 at 07:39:30
Oh, those were the days, my friend - we thought they'd never end...

Colin Harvey - still my most favourite Everton player EVER - had his number 10 on the back of my shirt playing "centres and headers" on the fields in Crosby with my school mates. Even tried to copy his running style and his tackling from behind (although not as successful with the latter!).

Wonderful story Becky - you provide such sheer enjoyment in reading of their simple and lovely lives from way back when - thank you

Rick Tarleton
2 Posted 10/01/2020 at 10:05:40
I echo Gerry's sentiment about Harvey's quality. Possibly the best all round player, I've seen at Goodison, if he'd have been able to shoot he would have been better than Charlton. Young, Vernon and Ball had more charisma, Collins was more aggressive, but Harvey could dribble, tackle and give fifty yard passes, how he only got one cap is a total mystery.
chris williams
3 Posted 10/01/2020 at 10:16:33
Colin is an Everton great, and a wonderful club servant, as well as a thoroughly decent man. One of my all time favourite players

Don’t these articles reveal a lost world almost?

Simple, down to earth people living their lives in a way that most of us could recognise, and a far cry from the world inhabited by the modern footballer.

Another lovely story thanks, Becky.

Gerry Quinn
4 Posted 10/01/2020 at 10:18:16
Rick - have you inadvertently forgotten his "ability to shoot" against Man Utd in the Semi?????? :)
Jay Wood

5 Posted 10/01/2020 at 10:24:41
Another great read Becky about the women behind the players. Just a great social insight into the times.

The idea of today's PL players holidaying with his mates, all crammed into a caravan owned by his nan in North Wales, causes me some mirth.

I'd forgotten about Colin's eye problem around the time of our 1970 Championship winning team. I recall there were real concerns he could have lost his sight in the infected eye.

What a player, what a servant to the club Colin was. And what another lovely lady in Maureen he married.

Well done again, Becky. Great read.

Stan Schofield
6 Posted 10/01/2020 at 10:36:07
Colin Harvey was the epitome of our footballing style in the 60s, where we elegantly played the ball from the back and through midfield, whilst other teams were booting the ball upfield. It was just great football, in fact beautiful.

What's this business of him not being able to shoot?! The goal he scored from the edge of the penalty area in the match against West Brom that clinched the 69-70 league title was a cracker.

I wasn't naturally very good at football, but Harvey inspired me to spend hours and hours practicising ball skills, like ball juggling, and shooting and passing with both feet. I was still never very good, but improved a lot, then could dribble and pick a pass. Such inspiration is important for youngsters.

Harvey would grace any top side in the world, in any era.

Lenny Kingman
7 Posted 10/01/2020 at 11:55:18
Superb Becky.

They say behind every great man there is a great woman. I think the great Colin Harvey story shows that, in this case, its a true sentiment.

A super stylish player who fittingly made his senior début in a European cup tie for the Blues in the glamorous setting of the San Siro stadium against Inter Milan.

I watched him his whole time at Everton and I suppose that moment in the FA Cup semi at Burnden, when he skilfully placed THAT shot into the corner, was the one for me. A career of brilliance leading ultimately to the historic league title win in 1970.

That reference to their wedding day in January 1970 made me think! Fifty years ago this very month. Life has rocketed by. God bless Colin and his loving family.

Steve Ferns
8 Posted 10/01/2020 at 12:23:27
Becky, thanks for that. Another wonderful article. I believe one of Colin's daughters is a high school teacher in Merseyside and is extremely well respected. They seem like lovely people and a real credit to one of Everton's greatest ever servants, who in turn is a real credit to the club. I wish Colin a long and happy life with his family.
Tony Abrahams
9 Posted 10/01/2020 at 12:29:17
A lovely story about love, and not surprising really because I’ve never heard many people say bad things about Colin Harvey, a true Evertonian and also a proper football man, who was obviously a much better coach than he was a manager!
Alan McGuffog
10 Posted 10/01/2020 at 13:31:20
Not a prolific goalscorer but I recall a goal he scored into the St End in 67 or 68. Against Albion, he made a diagonal run from half way beating defender after defender ( may be wrong but I'm sure he lobbed one of them ) before belting it past Osborne.
Memories eh !Then again I was rolling them a bit thick in those days.
John Davies
11 Posted 10/01/2020 at 13:43:32
Becky, a smashing read. Thank you. Lovely memories of a bygone era when everything about the game, for me, was wonderful.
What a player Colin Harvey was. I first "fell in love" with him in the 1966 FA Cup Final when his long pass was mis-controlled by a Sheffield Wednesday defender, allowing Derek Temple to score the winning goal for us. That goal made this 9 year old boy cry tears of pure joy.
As someone else has pointed out, how on earth he was only capped once for England beggars belief. Harvey, Ball & Kendall were the best midfield trio I have ever seen at Everton. For those of you who were lucky enough to see Steven, Reid, Bracewell & Sheedy in full flow, imagine how blessed we 60+ year olds were to have watched the "Holy Trinity" as well.
Harvey was - and remains - a true gent and a true Blue. His likes are a very rare breed nowadays. But his time was back in the day when the game was so very different - and so much better - in my opinion. Oh for a few the likes of him in our team now.
Peter Mills
12 Posted 10/01/2020 at 14:10:40
Colin must be in the Top 10 most important men in the history of Everton FC. A wonderful player, and a great coach.
Dave Abrahams
13 Posted 10/01/2020 at 15:32:00
What another lovely down to earth story from Becky Tallentire about an Everton footballer and his wife who lived the same sort of life as ourselves, even though Colin was worshipped bythousands of Evertonians every week at Goodison and all over the country when we travelled away.

What an innocent girl Maureen was and so in love with Colin, the places they went and drank in, I never knew The Legs of Man was a lovely little cocktail bar, and The Shaftsbury hotel in Mount Pleasant was a nice place to have a drink, then The Shakespeare club, all places we were used to were special to Maureen from a little town in Wales, as I said earlier, just the same as us, happy and content with what they had and not wanting to be in the limelight. All the better for being like that and better thought of for being so easy going.

So sad to hear about Maureen and Colin’s daughter, Joanna Marie, passing at such a young age. I hope they both continue to have many more happy years together.

Colin a brilliant footballer who most of think deserved many more caps than he was awarded, but that’s life and England’s loss.

Dave Brierley
14 Posted 10/01/2020 at 16:15:17
Colin was one of my favourite all time footballers. As well as tremendous skill he had style and for such an unassuming man he played with a confidence that exemplified the 'holy trinity'. I still feel privileged to have seen that wonderful midfield section grace Goodison.

Such different times then and it's great to read that Maureen and Colin were very happy together. Long may it continue.

Brings back many happy memories of the Shaftesbury and the Shakespeare Club.

Loved the bit about professional footballers not being particularly good dancers. There might have been one or two with some moves but I do remember seeing Jimmy Gabriel in St Pats social club many years ago proving the point. An early contender for 'dad dancer of the year' if ever there was one.

Love these articles Becky. Please keep them coming.

Dave Williams
15 Posted 10/01/2020 at 17:36:58
In my opinion a better footballer even than Ball but he couldn’t inspire and lead others like Alan did.
Incredible skill level, great tackler, tremendous work rate, marvellous passer both short and long.
He would be priceless today and would transform our team at a stroke.
Mike Gaynes
16 Posted 10/01/2020 at 19:11:04
Lovely article, Becky, thank you. I never saw Colin play, of course, so I can't relate to him in the way so many here can, but your "wives" articles give me a window into Everton history and English life that I very much appreciate.
Darren Hind
17 Posted 10/01/2020 at 19:56:41
You'd have love him Mike.

Natural born footballer who knew the value of hard graft.

Humble always, but Quite possibly the greatest Evertonian. His natural humility would disappear once he crossed the white line.

He just knew he could play.. and I mean properly play.

Dave Williams
18 Posted 10/01/2020 at 22:21:59
Darren #17 spot on. Once he crossed that white line he could outplay anyone and look after himself too, but a humble, almost retiring person away from it all.
Paul Tran
19 Posted 10/01/2020 at 22:28:01
A lovely article about a wonderful player and man. The word legend is thrown around way too much these days, but Colin Harvey fits that description perfectly.
Stephen Brown
20 Posted 10/01/2020 at 22:39:23
Colin Harvey - Evertonian No 1
Steve Ferns
21 Posted 10/01/2020 at 22:41:59
I spoke to my mother before, and asked her about Colin Harvey's daughter, the teacher at my old secondary school. She's the one who passed away. Very sad. A lovely lady according to my mum who had the pleasure of meeting her in a professional capacity on a few occasions. The only reason my mum knew it was Colin's daughter was from conversations about watching Everton and me being Everton mad. Very humble lady and a big loss to the teaching profession at a young age.
Len Hawkins
22 Posted 10/01/2020 at 23:40:25
Yes another wonderful insight into the lives of our heroes when they were just ordinary people living their lives unlike the untouchables today. As for goals in the championship clinching game against West Brom in 1970 he certainly had a great shot which beat Osborne all ends up at the Park End.
Derek Thomas
23 Posted 11/01/2020 at 00:55:29
All of Becky's pieces peek through a window at the life of people 50, 60 yrs ago.

In general terms this is, depending in your age, how your Mum or your Nan lived. How far removed we are now - too far. How much we've lost - too much.

We all focus, probably too much, on just the goals scored and missed, the score, the result.

I'd like to thank her and all the wives for getting this historical and gender perspective down before it is lost.

Bill Watson
24 Posted 11/01/2020 at 04:08:38
Great read, Becky, and such a different life to what they have, today.

Just on Maureen's comment that Ford workers were on £50-£60 a week, in 1970.

I wish; I was there in 1970 and our pay was £18 on days and £24 on nights!

Alan J Thompson
25 Posted 11/01/2020 at 12:11:31
I am of the same age and lived just across Newt's Field from their place in Cherry Tree Lane but it still sounds like a different world even for such a wonderful footballer. Oh, and Bill, it got up to that much when you got a Sunday in but usually a Sunday in meant a Monday off.
Dave Abrahams
26 Posted 11/01/2020 at 13:05:37
Darren (17), yes, Colin wasn’t afraid of anyone on the pitch, as you say “ he knew he could play” and if they wanted to play he was more than happy to go against them fairly, if they wanted to intimidate and bully, he would face up to that as well. One game, a mid week night match at Old Trafford, he tackled Dennis Law, a good hard fair tackle, Dennis didn’t like it, and was right in Colin’s face, Colin stood up to him and gave him loads back, “ You’ll do me lad” I thought. I never had any problems liking Colin’s all round and stylish game after that incident. It never bothered me that Colin never scored many goals, eighteen league goals in total, the rest of his game was top class and always, always for the team, that was what mattered most to Colin Harvey,E V E R T O N.
Tony Abrahams
27 Posted 11/01/2020 at 13:43:05
Such an interesting analogy of Colin Harvey, that Dave W, especially because you put Harvey, top of the tree, but say he couldn’t inspire and lead, like Alan Ball.

I trained at Everton for a couple of months, which just happened to be Colin’s last 2/3 months in charge at Everton, and he amazed me when playing in the gym. He was tough, he was as fair as the age gap could allow, and he was Everton’s first team manager, rolling up his sleeves, talking, fighting, working, and just doing the thing he probably done best, which was just playing football.

I mostly trained with Mike Lyons, and couldn’t believe the stick he was taking for Everton’s poor form at the time. Lyons was a cracker, and he was getting loads, even though he had nothing to do with the first team, and his training sessions were both interesting and enjoyable, and much more technical, than you would have expected from a man who had played as a centre-back, for all his career.

Harvey’s training was also really good, and he struck me as much more of a coach, than a manager, especially because it was mostly “possession football” at Everton, and I thought Harvey’s team was very good until the final third, possibly because of the way the way they trained, and it’s why your comments really resonated Dave.

My abiding memory of those sessions in the gym, was that I’d have loved to have seen Colin Harvey play when he was younger, because even though he must have been at least 40, you could see how much pride he had in himself, because the effort he put into his game, to stay with us 20 year olds is something I still remember to this day.

John Burns
28 Posted 12/01/2020 at 14:54:58
Like me, Colin Harvey lived in Fazakerley with his mum and brother Brian, (who I think played for Chester). I was 11 or 12 and had been nominated by friends to perform the task of asking Colin if we could start his fan club? We had drawn straws to decide who would be the spokesperson. I lost.

I remember being very nervous as I walked slowly to the door before knocking. My two friends were standing behind urging me on. Colin’s mother answered.

‘Is Colin in please? We want to start his fan club’.
‘He’s not in son’, his mother said.
Brian, who was coming down the stairs shouted, ‘I’ll let you start one for me’.
‘No thanks’, we said and walked away, never to return.

Is it too late to start one now?

Ray Atherton
29 Posted 12/01/2020 at 20:08:17

Colin Harvey brilliant player for Everton. George Best
was his favourite player, he knew a star footballer.
Peter Mills
30 Posted 12/01/2020 at 20:43:26
Moving very slowly away from the FA Cup final on the coach in 1966, one of the senior men jumped off the bus and picked up a toy white rabbit that was sitting on a garden wall.

With reference to the famous Jimmy Stewart film about a giant white rabbit, and to one of the heroes of that day, the toy was instantly christened Harvey, and became a mascot on away days for a number of years afterwards.

This small piece of Everton history may still be lying hidden away in a Crosby attic somewhere.

Mike Doyle
31 Posted 12/01/2020 at 21:03:28
Tony 27] slightly off topic, but I played for the Sunday League side that Mike Lyons ran. His training sessions were all skill-based - and quite different from long-ball approach that people often associate Mike with. And no bad language allowed - he wouldn’t tolerate it.
Anthony Dove
32 Posted 13/01/2020 at 18:56:11
Only just seen this item, but however late just wanted to say he is the greatest Evertonian, for all sorts of reasons.
Rob Halligan
33 Posted 13/01/2020 at 23:49:23
Like Anthony 32, I've only just read this. A fantastic, but also very sad read re: the death of Colin and Maureens eldest daughter, which I was unaware of. Regarding Alan's post @ 25, I don't know if he refers to where Colin lived when he lived in Gateacre, but the Harveys moved into a house in Cherry Vale, just off Halewood road on the outskirts of Gateacre village. I remember we would go and knock on his door asking for autographs, which he was always more than willing to do. Jimmy Husband, who lived nearby, I think it was Vale road in Woolton (or somewhere just off), and again Jimmy was always willing to sign autographs. I think we also went to Jimmy Husband's house just to look at his E Type jaguar!!
Alan J Thompson
34 Posted 14/01/2020 at 04:44:01
Rob(#33); May be my memory playing up but yes, the street opposite (across Halewood Road) from the old Gateacre Hall Hotel. As for Vale Road, would that be the old cottages that used to be part of Strawberry Fields and, I think, Henry Newton also may have lived in. Used to see Jimmy Husband in, of all places, the Coffee House in Woolton Village although I don't know what I was doing in there.
Bill Griffiths
35 Posted 15/01/2020 at 19:18:22
This is my favourite article ever and I've got tears in my eyes having read it.

For me personally, Colin Harvey is the best footballer I have ever seen in an Everton shirt, even shading Bally, "The White Pele" being a fitting description.

I think he's right up there with Dixie as one of the greatest Evertonians ever.

Graham Hammond
36 Posted 20/01/2020 at 16:36:12
Colin Harvey should have had a stand at Goodison named after him. Bollocks to the 'Sir Phillip Carter Stand'.
Gerry Morrison
37 Posted 22/01/2020 at 18:12:12
What a great read about a great Evertonian.
When I was at St. James', we won the cup in 1970 and Colin Harvey came to the school to present us with our medals. He stuck around afterwards and had jellies and fairy cakes with us; it was an unforgettable day.
After reading a couple of earlier excerpts from Becky's book, I couldn't wait for the rest, so I found a copy on ebay. It only cost a couple of quid and every chapter is as good as this one.

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