I’ve just been reading that Mick Lyons, who was a proper, genuinely tough, hard as nails central defender, is in the early stages of dementia.
He can still remember everything from playing for the club years ago, but he’s suffering from short-term memory loss, but this doesn’t stop him getting up in the middle of the night to watch his beloved Everton. “You’ve just got to get on with it” he said – which is typical Mike Lyons really.
An Evertonian who I’ve got the utmost respect for as a man.
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1 Posted 10/05/2022 at 19:43:25
Mad Mick as we called him in our house was one of us although he happened to be a footballer. It's still vivid in my head him chasing a ball, his neck veins showing. Many a time thrown up front in desperation.
Salute you, Mick.
2 Posted 10/05/2022 at 19:43:33
Well said. Mick Lyons was one of my favourite players at that time.
3 Posted 10/05/2022 at 19:49:30
That's sad news. He was one of my favourites too. Remember him throwing himself amongst the flying boots to score against Leeds around about 1974. Similar to Seamus Coleman at the same end against the same team 3 months ago.
There were more boots when Lyons did it though and they were on the feet of some real psychos.
4 Posted 10/05/2022 at 19:50:52
I was there in 1974 when he scored a ridiculously brave diving header in a 3-2 win against Leeds. Top Evertonian.
5 Posted 10/05/2022 at 19:58:23
I consider Mick Lyons to be one of the players who will last long in the memories of Evertonians who had the good fortune to have witnessed his courage, at both ends of the pitch. In the '70s, he was my favourite player, due to his 100% commitment in every game.
I know that football has changed considerably down the years but I believe that every team needs a Mick Lyons character in their line-up.
6 Posted 10/05/2022 at 20:55:06
for those who want to just see Mick Lyons head the ball off Norman Hunter's boot for a goal.
for those who want to see us beat Leeds 3-2.
7 Posted 10/05/2022 at 21:21:04
Sitting in the main stand I was, very much in my element. Mick Lyons typified bottle.
"There's a wall, Mick, I want you to run right through it" ... he did, many times.
Great Evertonian, proud, passionate player who loves the club. My best wishes go out to him.
It's just another wall, Mick, but this time you have 40,000 running with you.
8 Posted 10/05/2022 at 21:43:17
All this talk of a drug to slow down this horrible illness. Where the hell is it???
10 Posted 10/05/2022 at 22:03:08
A shame what he is going through, but the support will be there.
11 Posted 10/05/2022 at 22:15:13
Life With Lyons, his programme write-up when he was Captain, was always a good read. Mick was a die-hard Evertonian who knew no fear on the park and was one of the bravest of the brave Everton players in the last 50 years.
Remember the Leeds goal and also a flying header v Brighton at the Street End, in 1983 or 1982.
Best wishes, Mick Lyons and Family.
13 Posted 10/05/2022 at 23:14:44
14 Posted 11/05/2022 at 01:03:02
Unfortunately it happened to fall at the time of the ITV strike and it was their turn to broadcast the derby. So sadly never filmed.
15 Posted 11/05/2022 at 08:52:36
16 Posted 11/05/2022 at 08:55:55
Thoughts are with him and his family.
17 Posted 11/05/2022 at 09:05:11
18 Posted 11/05/2022 at 10:04:49
The week after that Derby game Mick was writing about it and said the next day when he walked into his local pub in Croxteth an Evertonian greeted him with a big hug and a kiss on the cheek and said “ Thanks Mick for that goal I had you in the sweep for the first goal”.
An Evertonian supporter playing his heart out every game for the team he loved, mostly at centre half but thrown up front whenever it was needed, any fan who saw him remembered him with affection and knew he was living all our dreams of playing for the Blues.
A good player but more importantly a lovely genuine man, all the best Mick to you and your family in the future.
19 Posted 11/05/2022 at 10:23:58
20 Posted 11/05/2022 at 10:24:21
Do any older Evertonians remember a goal he scored against Leeds, early seventies I think, the ball bounced in Leeds's 6-yard box and Norman Hunter was about to hoof it away and Mick threw himself like a bullet and took it off Hunter's toe into the net, He nearly got his head taken off.
Mick was never the most talented player but boy I'd have him in this team any day.
21 Posted 11/05/2022 at 11:05:25
That derby, we came back twice and the female streaker was a blue. I remember the headlines: Blue Streak.
I think Mick's finest hour was when thousands of us went to Plymouth for the 1975 FA Cup game. Outnumbered the kopites by double who were at Ipswich in the FA Cup the same day. Lime Street around midnight, the noise was a joy to behold. We won and they got knocked out.
Should've been our year until a certain welsh cheat of a ref disallowed a Lyons goal which was proved to be a clean header in the next round vs Fulham that would've put us 2-1 up.
22 Posted 11/05/2022 at 11:08:23
23 Posted 11/05/2022 at 11:40:19
As big an Evertonian as they come. God speed Mick and stay well.
24 Posted 11/05/2022 at 11:47:44
He was my hero in the 70's and my eldest lad is named after him. While he may not have had the skills and talent on the Holy Trinity he's up there with them as true Everton greats.
Keep fighting Mic.
25 Posted 11/05/2022 at 12:07:31
26 Posted 11/05/2022 at 12:17:57
27 Posted 11/05/2022 at 16:49:39
If only he was playing tonight!!!
28 Posted 11/05/2022 at 17:07:19
29 Posted 11/05/2022 at 18:46:16
I remember the Leeds goal and the goal he had disallowed against the RS - typical, as there was nothing wrong with it !!! Some things never change !!!
30 Posted 12/05/2022 at 01:21:18
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32 Posted 12/05/2022 at 06:51:34
Let's hope the club are supporting him.
33 Posted 12/05/2022 at 13:17:20
34 Posted 12/05/2022 at 18:05:01
35 Posted 14/05/2022 at 10:23:08
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