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1 Posted 16/07/2020 at 07:45:40
Very rarely mentioned but in my eyes one of the all-time true, in every sense of the word centre-forwards. Tommy Lawton (RIP). Maybe John Mc Snr could come up with one of his super posts about Tommy? Bless you all, the tide will turn.
2 Posted 16/07/2020 at 10:11:15
I will be giving this book a miss. I don't think the author has done his homework.
3 Posted 16/07/2020 at 10:58:22
A friend of mine, John Grant, who played for Hibs and Scotland, used to go back to Scotland for get-togethers with other retired Internationals and he knew how highly I thought of Alex so he kindly brought me a signed photo of the great man and it hangs on my study wall today.
Thanks, Jim, for a piece bringing happy memories rather than the gloom and doom we have been reading of late. Let's hope we have more good news after the Villa game. COYB
4 Posted 16/07/2020 at 11:21:35
5 Posted 16/07/2020 at 12:30:10
Yes, but just to state how fantastic was that he repeated it in the second half v Burnley at home – I believe the goalkeeper was his cousin, Adam Blacklaw!
6 Posted 16/07/2020 at 13:52:30
Alex didn't run, he glided across the turf. He didn't turn, he pirouetted. He didn't jump, he floated. He didn't kick the ball, he caressed it. In fact, his first-touch was like a mother's tender kiss. The combination of his balletic balance, delicate feints and elegant body swerves left defenders rooted to the spot as he glided past them with astonishing economy of effort. Never ostentatious, his feet stroked the ball with the uncommon motion usually reserved for the foreheads of their newborn infants.
Probably because he had toiled in the Scottish coal-mines and served in the British Army before winning every prize in Scotland and England, Alex remained an unassuming gentleman who never displayed a hint of pretentiousness. His disinterest in self-promotion was as fascinating as his natural abilities.
George #4. we were both lucky to worship him as a hero and know him as a friend
Gerry #5. his cousin/the Burnley keeper was Harry Thomson
Younger Evertonians who never saw the great man in action should check out his 2008 biography 'Alex Young – The Golden Vision'. ISBN: 1-874799-21 and the 2016 documentary 'Alex the Great' on YouTube.
7 Posted 16/07/2020 at 14:05:15
8 Posted 16/07/2020 at 14:55:36
Back to the thread. That generation was my father's not mine. I never quite knew who his favourite was. I think it was Alex, but he often spoke equally fondly of Brian Labone and Alan Ball, who my younger brother is named after.
I know we don't have as much footage to refer to for that era, but from what I read and see, it appears Colin Harvey was one of the most underrated players of his generation. Not by Evertonians I hasten to add. I was only fortunate enough to witness him become the differentiator in Howard Kendall's first regime. Whenever I watch Howard's Way, the interviews with Colin Harvey have me welling up in nostalgic pride every time he speaks. What a competitor, what a coach, what (I can only imagine) a player and whilst maybe not a manager, what an Evertonian.
Fine article. Thank you Jim.
9 Posted 16/07/2020 at 15:41:41
As Dr France stated and that always stuck in my mind, he never run past players he seemed to glide past them, and had that amazing vision, of he new what he was going to do with the ball as soon as he got it.
With the comments going on about today's players, it is refreshing to be reminded of who, we the older generation, were privileged to see.
10 Posted 16/07/2020 at 16:03:55
When building our Everton dream teams, my dad, always included Young, Ball and TG Jones. How badly do we need talent like that today.
11 Posted 16/07/2020 at 16:34:29
I remember the day England hammered Scotland, and Scotland picked Ian St John instead of Alex, those days league games went ahead when Internationals were played. I remember Gwladys Street letting Alex know the score every time there was a corner, not to rib him just to let him know how stupid Scotland were leaving Alex out of the team. Just for the younger readers there were no substitutes in those days, so no squads just the 11 who were selected.
12 Posted 16/07/2020 at 16:40:58
13 Posted 16/07/2020 at 16:56:15
Brent (12) Alex was also advised to use his own urine to bathe his feet in, courtesy of Everton fans writing in The Echo at the time.
14 Posted 16/07/2020 at 17:00:54
15 Posted 16/07/2020 at 17:10:16
16 Posted 16/07/2020 at 17:16:23
17 Posted 16/07/2020 at 17:19:59
No, I didn't try the urine! Surgical spirits did some good for me. Even better when not taken internally.
18 Posted 16/07/2020 at 17:45:38
19 Posted 16/07/2020 at 18:08:16
Quote, "The 1962/63 season was undoubtedly Young's most effective for Everton as he forged a dynamic partnership with Roy Vernon. He even scored a brilliant glancing header against his cousin, Adam Blacklaw, the Burnley keeper in another important three one win against one of their closest rivals."
Were they wrong? I was in the fact that his 2nd header didn't go in... but it was still classy heading.
20 Posted 16/07/2020 at 20:29:11
21 Posted 16/07/2020 at 20:42:27
A superb player and he'd have been even better in the modern game.
22 Posted 16/07/2020 at 21:32:45
23 Posted 16/07/2020 at 22:03:50
24 Posted 17/07/2020 at 06:37:33
25 Posted 17/07/2020 at 15:20:56
26 Posted 17/07/2020 at 20:15:48
27 Posted 17/07/2020 at 21:30:38
28 Posted 17/07/2020 at 22:07:57
I agree with all that's been said about Alex; I've never seen a player who could glide past defenders so effortlessly and, remember, this was in the days of cut-throat defenders and mud-heap pitches. He also had this uncanny knack of being able to hang in the air to meet crosses.
I always understood Adam Blacklaw, the Burnley 'keeper, was his cousin but wouldn't argue with John or Dr David!!
The only criticism I could make of Alex was that he could sometimes disappear in away matches!
29 Posted 18/07/2020 at 10:33:56
Hi Bill , It was common practise for clubs to open the gates at what we used to call 'three-quarter time'. Good on you for taking that opportunity of watching the Blues.
30 Posted 18/07/2020 at 11:41:45
I could hardly speak but just said, “Thank you Alex for what you gave us.”
His reply – “I can't thank you people for what you gave me and my family” such humility.
31 Posted 18/07/2020 at 16:55:54
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34 Posted 18/07/2020 at 19:18:35
How about Johnnie McIllatton who played when I first started going? He was a little outside right... or Albert Julliousson, not sure of the spelling or even if he was Scottish, but he came down from a Scottish club. I think Everton got their money back on him because of a strange injury he had when they signed him.
35 Posted 18/07/2020 at 19:41:21
36 Posted 18/07/2020 at 20:09:18
Julliussen was a prolific goal scorer for Dundee, he joined Portsmouth in March 1948 scoring 4 goals in 7 games.
He was transferred to Everton in August 1948 scoring 1 goal in 10 games. Yes he was injured, I think it was before clubs provided medicals. You will recall that Liverpool had a similar problem with Des Palmer. Johnny McIlhatton was another who only played a handful of games.
You only have a few weeks to go before you become an octogenarian and you may experience the occasional lapse of memory; it's frightening isn't?
37 Posted 18/07/2020 at 21:22:17
As Eddie Canter used to sing “Keep young and beautiful, it's your duty to be beautiful”. I don't know about beautiful, but I do do my best to stay young; mind you, Everton have been putting years on the lot of us.
And John, it's getting closer to our release date: 1 August unless the government changes their mind, we'll feel like new men!!!
38 Posted 20/07/2020 at 01:34:09
The famous goal which against Spurs at the Gladys Street end which virtually won us the Championship came from an Alex Scott corner not a Roy Vernon ross. I was there as an 11 year old in the Boys Pen and it is etched in my memory.
39 Posted 20/07/2020 at 16:07:10
As we get older our memory fades or we're certain of things that didn't actually happen and I have to inform you that your memory of Alexs' header against Spurs is wrong. It was definitely from a Roy Vernon cross. I too was there. In the Paddock. Look at the photo of the goal. There's no way that has come from a corner.
Mr Quinn (5)
It was definitely Harry Thompson who was his cousin. You're so right about his header against Burnley though. I still have a photograph of it in a scrapbook and he was so far beyond the front post it's unbelievable.
40 Posted 20/07/2020 at 17:49:32
Alexs goal against Spurs was scored from a corner taken by Roy Vernon from the corner of Gladwys St and Goodison Rd!
41 Posted 20/07/2020 at 21:41:49
Alex's goal against Spurs was scored from a corner taken by Roy Vernon from the Goodison Road and Gwladys St junction by the church.
At least, that's how my memory replays it.
42 Posted 21/07/2020 at 15:48:41
My Mother and Father (may they rest in peace) were always under the impression that it was because it was the name of my eldest brother.
Sadly I never, ever, told them the truth – I actually chose that name because of my hero Alex Young!!!!!
43 Posted 21/07/2020 at 18:55:34
No, I'm sorry. Definitely not. Vernon was out on the left wing position and curled a lovely ball in from a cross. You used to be able to see the goal on the ITV website until a couple of years ago but it's disappeared now so I can't prove it but it really was a cross from quite deep.
Never mind. We can agree to differ.
It might not have been the greatest goal Everton have scored but it's always been my favorite and I had the great pleasure of meeting Alex at his testimonial and telling him so. What a great player and a lovely man.
44 Posted 22/07/2020 at 05:43:34
The fact it comes from the left not the right would eliminate Alex Scott. For me, it was the greatest moment of my life as an 11-year-old. Thanks, guys. COYB
45 Posted 22/07/2020 at 07:51:32
My dad always said that Tommy Lawton was a great player.
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