Everton Heroes A-D
Abbott made 291 appearances for Everton after joining the club from Small Heath in 1899. A left-half, he was renowned for his stamina and energy although, strangely enough, his one England cap came at centre-half! Abbott played in both the 1906 and 1907 FA Cup finals and also represented the Football League. He moved to Burnley in the summer of 1908.
Apps: 291 Goals: 37
'Bails' joined Everton from Blackburn Rovers in July 1979 for £300,000. He was the real 'joker in the pack' for the Toffees but it must not be forgotten that he was also a first-rate left-back who won England 'B' honours and played a major part in the team reaching the League and FA Cup finals. The arrival of Pat van den Hauwe cost him his place in the team and he eventually moved to Newcastle United in October 1985.
Apps: 220 Goals: 3
Liverpool-born Balmer was an England international who played in both the 1906 and 1907 FA Cup finals. A tough-tackling full-back, he could operate effectively on either flank and on many occasions he partnered his brother, Robert, in the Everton defence. He left the club in 1908 when he signed for Southern League side, Croydon Common.
Apps: 331 Goals: 1
A Scottish international signed from Dumbarton, Bell scored one of Everton's goals in the 1897 FA Cup final defeat to Aston Villa. A superb dribbler, he joined Everton in 1892 and had two spells with the club. He first left in 1898 to join Tottenham, then he signed for Celtic before returning to Goodison, via New Brighton Tower FC, in 1901. He played ten times for Scotland between 1890 and 1900.
Apps: 199 Goals: 70
'Brace' signed for Everton from Sunderland in 1984 and had the distinction of making his debut at Wembley against Liverpool in the Charity Shield. Born in Heswall, he was a midfield player of enormous ability and was a vital cog in the great midfield that helped Everton to glory in 1984-85. A dreadful injury in January 1986 stunted his Blues career and although he fought back, he left Everton in 1989, returning to Sunderland, for whom he played in the 1992 FA Cup final.
Apps 135 Goals: 10
Britton was a truly gifted midfield player who started his career at Bristol Rovers before switching to Everton in 1930. He played in the victorious 1933 FA Cup final team and then made his England debut twelve months later, winning a total of 9 caps. During the Second World War, Britton formed a fine England half-back line with legends Stan Cullis and Joe Mercer.
Apps: 240 Goals: 3
Brown cost Everton £38,000 when Harry Catterick bought him from Partick Thistle in the summer of 1963. He was a fine utility footballer who as comfortable in midfield as he was in his more favoured position of defender. He played in the 1966 FA Cup semi-final but missed out on the final success. However, he was a pivotal member of the wonderful team that won the 1969-70 championship. He left Goodison for Shrewsbury and later played for Southport, with whom he won a 4th Division championship in 1973.
Apps: 251 Goals: 11
Campbell initially joined Everton on loan from Turkish side, Trabzonspor, towards the end of the 1998-99 season and made such a goalscoring impact that the deal was made permanent in time for the start of the following campaign. In September 1999 he netted a Mersey derby winner at Anfield and he became a firm favourite with the supporters. An excellent leader of the forward line, Campbell had previously played for Arsenal and Nottingham Forest and left Everton in 2005 to join West Brom.
Apps: 164 Goals: 51
Chadwick was one of the game's first superstars. He played for Blackburn Olympic and Blackburn Rovers before joining Everton for the inaugural Football League season of 1888-89. Although only 5ft 6in tall, he was a fearsome competitor who won 7 England caps. He played in the losing FA Cup finals of 1893 and 1897 but was an ever-present in the 1890-91 Championship winning season. Chadwick left Everton for Burnley in 1899.
Apps: 300 Goals: 110
Collins was one of the finest inside-forwards ever to wear the Royal Blue of Everton. Standing at only 5ft 4in he was a player of immense stature and joined Everton in 1958 from Celtic. A Scottish international, his Everton career was brief but exceptional and he was even the club's top scorer in his second season. All too quickly, he left for Leeds United in 1962 and became an Elland Road legend, winning the Footballer of the Year in 1965.
Apps: 147 Goals: 48
Cresswell was a classy defender with superb distribution. Early in his career, he was a British record transfer when he joined Sunderland from South Shields for £5,000 in 1922. He signed for Everton in 1927 and won a Championship medal in 1928 and an FA Cup winner's medal in 1933. He won 7 England caps and later moved into management with Port Vale (1936-37) and Northampton (1937-39).
Apps: 306 Goals: 1
Critchley was an outstanding right-winger with a real turn of speed to accompany his wonderful ball control and he provided many goals for the great Dixie Dean, especially during the '60 goals' season. He signed for Everton from Stockport County for a nominal fee in 1926 and was a key member of the 1927-28 Championship team. He played in the 1933 FA Cup semi-final but was dropped for the final when Albert Geldard was fit. Twelve months later he left Everton for Preston North End.
Apps: 229 Goals: 42
A gifted inside-forward who joined Everton from Hibernian in 1928, along with Harry Ritchie, and he won the Second Division, First Division and FA Cup in successive seasons between 1931 and 1933. He scored the third goal of the 3-0 Wembley Cup final triumph against Manchester City and also played in the famous Scotland 5-1 win over England in 1928 that earned the team the 'Wembley Wizards' nickname.
Apps: 154 Goals: 49
Dobson established a new British transfer record when he signed for Everton from Burnley for £300,000 in 1974. Already an England international, he was a classy performer who, once he settled at Goodison Park, was an Everton regular who played a major part in getting the team to the 1977 League Cup final and FA Cup semi-final. It was something of a surprise when he returned to Burnley in 1979.
Apps: 230 Goals: 40