Everton Heroes T-Z
One of the stars of his generation, Taylor could operate effectively in any number of positions in the team. He was the only Everton player to appear in the 1897, 1906 and 1907 FA Cup finals - playing on the right-wing in the first one and centre-half in the latter two! He started his career at Dumbarton and moved to St Mirren before signing for Everton in 1896. A fierce shot in the 1910 FA Cup semi final against Barnsley struck him in the throat damaging his larynx and he never fully recovered, eventually moving to non-league football with South Liverpool.
Apps: 456 Goals: 80
Thompson played for Everton in two Championship teams, an FA Cup winning side and a 2nd Division promotion winning team. Born in Fifeshire, he joined Everton from Dundee in March 1930 and represented Scotland on one occasion. The emergence of none other than Joe Mercer restricted his first-team appearances later in his career but he still played enough games in the 1938-39 season to win a Championship medal. He retired in 1939 and had a spell as Manchester City manager after the war.
Apps: 294 Goals: 5
It may seem a little strange to include a player in this section who only played 14 matches for the club and who only scored five times, but when one of the games and two of the goals were in just about the most Cup final Everton ever played then it becomes more clear. The diminutive Cornishman joined Everton from Plymouth Argyle in December 1965 and was largely unheralded until he replaced Fred Pickering in the 1966 FA Cup final and scored two goals to bring Everton level with Sheffield Wednesday. He couldn't keep his place after his day of glory though and moved to Portsmouth in 1967 before ending his career at Torquay.
Apps: 14 Goals: 5
Dixie Dean himself gave a lot of credit to Troup for helping to reach his magical 60-goals target in 1927-28. The little Scottish winger - 5ft 5in tall - had fantastic ball control and could cross the ball as well as anyone in the country. It was actually 'Wee Troupie' who supplied the centre from which Dean headed his 60th goal in the last match of the season. Troup joined Everton from Dundee, having started his career with his hometown club, Forfar. He won five Scotland caps and rejoined Dundee at the end of his Everton career in February 1930.
Apps: 259 Goals: 35
Unsworth scored a memorable goal on his Everton debut as a teenager in April 1992 and went on to become one of the most popular players of the 1990s. A powerful defender who was more than capable in a midfield position too, he won an FA Cup winners medal in 1995. Unsy appeared in more Premiership matches than any other Everton player and enjoyed two separate spells at the club after one season with West Ham and two weeks at Aston Villa. He won an England cap in 1995 and is the joint record penalty scorer with 23 successful kicks - a tally he shares with Trevor Steven. He moved to Portsmouth in 2004 and later joined Sheffield United.
Apps: 350 Goals: 40
PAT VAN DEN HAUWE
When Van den Hauwe joined Everton in a fairly low-key deal from Birmingham in 1984 for just £100,000 he could scarcely have believed what lay in store for him. His ferocious approach quickly earned him the affection of the Goodison faithful and he won the Championship and ECWC at the end of his first season, and he played in the FA Cup final. He scored the goal that clinched the title again at Norwich City in 1987 and, strangely enough, was a full Welsh international! He left Everton for Tottenham in 1989 and won the FA Cup with them in 1991. He had later spells at Millwall and Notts County.
Apps: 190 Goals: 3
Vernon joined Everton from Blackburn Rovers in February 1960 and became one of the most revered strikers the club has ever had. An expert penalty-taker and supremely powerful and accurate from any dead-ball situation, Vernon contributed 24 goals in the Championship-winning season of 1962-63. He captained Everton on many occasions and won 32 caps for Wales. He left Goodison for Stoke City in March 1965 and had later spells in South Africa and at non-league Great Harwood.
Apps: 199 Goals: 110
An intelligent ball-player who possessed a fearsome shot, Wainwright progressed through amateur football in Southport before joining Everton in 1939. He played a lot of representative football during the war and was later a pivotal figure in Everton's FA Cup run of 1949-50 that took them through to the semi-finals. A broken leg in December 1950 hindered his career but he fought back before eventually leaving Everton for Rochdale in 1956.
Apps: 228 Goals: 76
White was a striker of exceptional versatility who joined Everton from Southport in 1927. His direct style endeared him to the supporters and he even coped with the awesome task of standing in for Dixie Dean on occasions! Towards the end of his Everton career White reverted to centre-half and played there in the 1933 FA Cup final. Indeed, he did so well in defence that he earned himself an England call-up to face Italy in Rome in the same year. He left Everton in October 1937 when he joined Northampton Town.
Apps: 202 Goals: 66
Wright was born and bred in Liverpool and won England schoolboy honours before joining Everton. He made his debut in 1964, aged 19, and played in the 1966 FA Cup final triumph at Wembley. He made his England debut in 1968 and won 11 caps for his country, including appearances in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. He was a solid defender who was an ever-present in the 1969-70 Championship-winning campaign. Eventually, injuries took their toll and Wright was forced into retirement in 1974.
Apps: 371 Goals: 4
ALEX 'SANDY' YOUNG
Young was the first Everton player to score a winning goal in an FA Cup final when he netted in a 1-0 win over Newcastle United in 1906. Born in Stirlingshire, he played for St Mirren and Falkirk before joining Everton in the summer of 1901. He was a fabulous goalscorer, netting an impressive 110 goals in 275 league matches - a figure bettered only by Graeme Sharp and Dixie Dean. He moved to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 1911 and ended his career at Port Vale. He won two Scottish caps whilst with Everton.
Apps: 275 Goals: 125