Everton Heroes N-S
O'Neill was spotted by an Everton scout playing junior football and was invited across the Irish Sea for trials. The son of a golf professional he was taken on in 1949 and served the club very well indeed. He played in the 1953 FA Cup semi-final and shared the keeping duties with Harry Leyland during the promotion campaign of 1953-54. He won 17 caps for the Irish Republic and was renowned as a safe and reliable keeper. He eventually lost his place in the team to Albert Dunlop and he joined Stoke City for £5,000 in July 1960. He later had spells at Darlington and Port Vale.
Apps: 213 Goals 0
Parker was a classic full-back - fast, adventurous and strong in the tackle. He joined Everton from Falkirk in 1958, having already represented Scotland, for whom he eventually won 15 caps. His Blues debut was delayed though when he was posted to Cyprus to do his National Service with the Royal Scots Fusiliers! He won a Championship medal in 1962-63 and left the club in September 1965 to join Southport, before joining Ballymena United as player-manager. He returned to Southport as manager in May 1970.
Apps 219 Goals: 5
JOHN WILLIE PARKER
Parker was a tall, stylish inside forward with two good feet and the ability to score goals as well as create them. He arrived at Everton as an amateur in 1947 but didn't make his full debut until 1951. He often appeared casual in his approach to the game but he was a fine goalscorer who found the net four times in four matches during Everton's run through to the 1953 FA Cup semi-final. He left Goodison in May 1956 to sign for Bury.
Apps: 176 Goals: 89
Pickering was one of Everton's finest post-war strikers...and possibly the unluckiest. He missed out on the 1966 FA Cup final team and had to watch as his replacement, Mike Trebilcock, stole the glory. But Pickering was a truly class striker with a wonderful goals ratio at Everton after joining from Blackburn Rovers for £85,000 in 1964. He scored a hat-trick on his Blues debut against Nottingham Forest and then repeated the feat for England against USA. He left Everton in August 1967 when he signed for Birmingham City and he later played for Blackpool and had another spell at Blackburn.
Apps: 115 Goals: 70
Settle was one of the game's most instinctive finishers at the turn of the 20th century. He was devastatingly quick and could have been a first-class sprinter had he not chosen football. He started his career with Bolton before moving to Bury and then, in 1899, Everton. He won 6 caps for England and played for The Toffees in both the 1906 and 1907 FA Cup finals before moving to Stockport County in 1908.
Apps: 269 Goals: 97
An integral part of one of Everton's most successful ever sides, Sheedy spent a glorious decade at Goodison Park, winning two league titles, an FA Cup and a European Cup Winners' Cup. Born in Wales, the winger earned 46 caps for the Republic of Ireland and a reputation as one of the most lethal set-piece takers in the world game. Perhaps his most famous free-kick moment came against Ipswich in 1985 when, from 25 yards, he crashed the ball home to the goalkeeper's left only to be pulled up by the referee. Forced into a retake, 'Sheeds' duly curled the ball in the opposite corner and turned away to celebrate. Named in the PFA Team of the Year in both the championship-winning campaigns of 1985 and 1987, Sheedy was also on the scoresheet on one of the Club's greatest ever nights - the 3-1 Cup Winners' Cup final victory over Rapid Vienna in Rotterdam.
Apps: 369 Goals: 97
Although he only ever played 32 games for Everton, the fans saw enough of Southworth to know that he was a prodigious talent. He joined Everton from Blackburn Rovers for £400 in August 1893 and in the December he scored TEN goals in two consecutive games - four against Sheffield Wednesday and six the following week against West Brom. Sadly, injury forced him into early retirement but he also managed to net three goals in his three England appearances. He later became a professional violinist!
Apps: 32 Goals: 36
Stein was a model professional who had the distinction of scoring Everton's first-ever goal at Wembley when he netted in the 1933 FA Cup final. A Scotsman, he joined Everton from Dunfermline in 1928 and was part of the Blues teams that won the 2nd Division, 1st Division and FA Cup in successive seasons between 1930 and 1933. He moved on to Burnley in October 1936 before ending his career at New Brighton.
Apps: 215 Goals: 65
Stevens played for the victorious Bolton Wanderers FA Cup team at Wembley against Manchester United in 1958 before joining Everton in March 1962, just days before Bobby Collins left for Leeds United. He won a League Championship medal just over a year later and showed himself to be a midfield player of rare strength and determination. He was eventually transferred to Oldham Athletic in December 1965 and later had a spell at Tranmere Rovers.
Apps: 142 Goals: 22
Stevenson scored 11 goals as Everton won the 1938-39 League Championship. He was one of the finest ball-players of his generation and although he was born in Dublin he flourished at Glasgow Rangers before joining Everton in 1934. He had an unerring ability to ride rough challenges and he was always a very intelligent footballer. In total, Stevenson won 17 caps for Northern Ireland and 7 for the Irish Republic.
Apps: 271 Goals: 90