Magic Numbers: 1962/63 Special
The 1962/63 season was the sixth time Everton Football Club were crowned champions of England.
With 61 points from 42 games – 25 of which were victories - Harry Catterick’s side deservedly boasted the title as the best team in the country.
We look back on that memorable campaign in the form of stats, facts and figures…
0 Home league defeats for the Toffees during the season. This was the first time the Club had achieved this feat in its history, with 14 games won and seven drawn. The sequence was part of a record run of 39 home league games unbeaten that lasted from September 1961 to September 1963.
2 League hat-tricks scored by Everton players in 1962/63. Roy Vernon netted three in the final game of the season against Fulham, while Johnny Morrissey hit a treble in the home win over West Bromwich Albion in September of that season.
4 Successive league victories at the start of the campaign. Since then this has only been matched once in the post-war era, during the 1969/70 title-winning season.
5 Number of times Everton came from losing positions to win league games - against Burnley (away, 3-1), Sheffield Wednesday (home, 4-1), Nottingham Forest (away, 4-3), Manchester City (home, 2-1) and West Ham United (home, 2-1).
5 Goals scored in the Toffees’ biggest league win of the campaign. The 5-0 home victory over Blackpool came courtesy of two goals from Alex Young and further strikes from Billy Bingham, Jimmy Gabriel and Dennis Stevens.
7 Weeks without a league game for the Toffees as the coldest winter for 200 years took hold. There were no Division One fixtures for the Blues between 22 December 1962 and 12 February 1963. More than 500 games were postponed around the country and the FA Cup third round took nine weeks to complete.
11 Away victories in the league campaign, which equalled the Club record set in the title-winning season of 1914/15. Since then, this has only been exceeded by the 12 wins when Everton were crowned champions in 1969/70 and 1984/85.
42 League games played by Alex Young and Dennis Stevens - the two ever-presents in the championship-winning team.
51,460 Everton’s average home league attendance during the campaign, which again was a Club record. The highest gate was 72,488 for the Merseyside derby in September 1962 and this represented the last top-flight match with a crowd of over 70,000 until the redevelopment of Old Trafford in 2006.