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Everton Heroes I-M

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TOMMY JONES
Known simply as TE Jones, the Liverpool-born stopper was Everton's first-choice centre-half throughout the 1950s. He signed professionally with the club in 1948 and proved to be the model of consistency after breaking into the first-team in 1950. This most reliable and unruffled of defenders was a credit to the club and the only surprise from his long career was that he didn't gain any England honours. A smashed knee-cap sustained in a reserve game effectively ended his Everton career and he left the UK to coach in Italy in 1961.
Apps: 411 Goals: 14

ANDY KING
One of the bubbliest characters to ever wear the Blue shirt, King was a hugely gifted, if occasionally erratic, player who had two spells with the club. He first arrived at Goodison from Luton Town in 1976 for a bargain £35,000 and became an instant hit with the supporters. His goal against Liverpool in October 1978 is still fondly remembered but he left in September 1980 to join QPR. He couldn't stay away though and returned in July 1982, although he only added about 50 games to his Everton tally before leaving again in 1984.
Apps: 247 Goals: 68


ALEX LATTA
Latta was Everton's regular outside right during the club's early days in the Football League after joining the club from Dumbarton in 1889. A tall man for a winger, he represented Scotland twice and won a Championship medal in 1890-91. He also played in the 1893 FA Cup final defeat to Wolves. Latta left Everton to join Liverpool in 1896 and later retired to start his own yacht-making business.
Apps: 148 Goals: 70


TOMMY LAWTON
After Dixie Dean, Everton's next centre-forward needed to be special to even begin to stand comparison. Tommy Lawton WAS special and had the Second World War not intervened he would have scored many, many more Everton goals than he did. He cost the club £6,500 when he joined from Burnley in March 1937 and he netted 38 goals in the title winning season of 1938-39. The War deprived him of the next six seasons and he joined Chelsea in 1945. Everton never forgot him though and he was granted a testimonial at Goodison in 1972.
Apps: 95 Goals: 70

CYRIL LELLO
Signed from Shrewsbury Town in September 1947, Lello spent nine years at Everton and played in the team that reached the semi-final of the FA Cup in 1953. The Toffees were a 2nd Division club at the time but it is significant that during the relegation campaign of 1950-51, Lello was injured and never played a single game. He was an ever-present in 1953-54 when promotion was gained and he helped re-establish Everton as a top-flight team. In 1956 he left to join Rochdale, managed at the time by his former team-mate, Harry Catterick.
Apps: 254 Goals: 9

MIKE LYONS
It is doubtful that a more committed footballer ever represented Everton than Lyons. Born in Croxteth, he played both centre-half and centre-forward with equal effectiveness during his 460-games Blues career. He once readily admitted that he would 'run through a brick wall for Everton' and he scored some memorable goals for the club. After leaving the club for Sheffield Wednesday in 1982, he later returned in a coaching capacity and declared that he was 'coming home'.
Apps: 460 Goals: 59


HARRY MAKEPEACE
Makepeace represented England at both football and cricket. He signed for Everton in 1902 and played in the club's first ever FA Cup winning side four years later. He was in the team again a year later when Everton lost in the Cup final. He won three England caps and also represented the Football League in 1910. A brilliant opening batsman he played in four tests and once scored 117 against Australia in Melbourne.
Apps: 336 Goals: 23


JOE MERCER
One of British football's all-time great names, Mercer started as a junior with Everton in 1932. He was a regular in the first-team during the four seasons prior to the Second World War and he also made the breakthrough at international level. Sadly for all concerned, he couldn't pick up his Everton career when he returned from the War and he was allowed to move to Arsenal, with whom he won League and FA Cup honours. Later in his career, Mercer was a successful manager and even led the England team in a caretaker capacity in 1974.
Apps: 184 Goals: 2


ALF MILWARD
A hard-working outside left, Milward joined Everton in 1888 from Old Borlasians. He quickly established himself and forced his way into the England squad - being one of five Everton players in the national team to play Scotland in 1891. Milward scored 12 goals in 23 games when Everton won the title in 1987 and he played in the 1893 FA Cup final defeat to Wolves.
Apps: 224 Goals: 96


JOHNNY MORRISSEY
One of the toughest wingers to have ever played the game, local-born Morrissey started his career at Liverpool but joined Everton for a bargain £10,000 in 1962. His competitive style made him a firm favourite with the Goodison faithful and he scored the 1968 FA Cup semi-final winner against Leeds United to take the team to Wembley. He was superb when The Toffees won the League in 1969-70 but he left the club two years later to join Oldham Athletic.
Apps: 314 Goals: 50


DEREK MOUNTFIELD
Merseyside born and bred, Mountfield came to Everton from Tranmere Rovers in the summer of 1982. A lifelong Evertonian he got his break when Mark Higgins suffered cruel luck with injuries and Mountfield seized the opportunity with both hands. He made the number 5 shirt his own and gave the team the added bonus of being a more than useful goalscorer, netting an impressive ten league goals during the victorious 1984-85 campaign. He famously scored the 1985 FA Cup semi-final winner against Luton but he lost his place in the team when Dave Watson arrived in 1986. He eventually left for Aston Villa in the summer of 1988.
Apps: 148 Goals: 24

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