The Catt In Stats
When Harry Catterick turned up at Goodison Park on 17 April 1961, he had a pen and a vision.
The pen was to finalise his return to a Club he had served as a player a decade earlier, the vision not even he could have imagined would go so perfectly to plan.
By the time his tenure as Everton’s fifth permanent manager came to an end some 12 years later, he had brought two league titles and an FA Cup to Merseyside, given rise to the famous Holy Trinity of Howard Kendall, Colin Harvey and Alan Ball and moulded the Blues into one of the most respected and revered teams in the country.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Catterick’s 1962/63 championship triumph – his first silverware as the man in charge - we went trawling through the record books to discover the numbers which show why Everton’s famous authoritarian was also one its greatest gaffers…
THE CATT IN STATS
0 Goals conceded by Catterick’s Everton in reaching the 1966 FA Cup final - the first time this feat had been achieved by a side for 63 years.
1 Former Everton teammates who featured for him during his time as manager, T.E. Jones being the man to play both alongside and under him.
2 Occasions on which ‘The Catt’ broke the British transfer record for a goalkeeper in his Goodison reign. He signed Gordon West for £27,000 in 1962 and David Lawson for £80,000 a decade later.
3 Players from the 1968 FA Cup final side who later managed Everton in the final themselves. Howard Kendall, Colin Harvey and Joe Royle all led the Blues out at Wembley - a unique feat.
4 Goals scored by Everton without reply in what remains our biggest post-war derby win at Anfield in September 1964.
5 League defeats in 1969/70. A Club record low for a full season.
7 Players who picked up championship-winner’s medals in 1970 having progressed through the youth ranks. 1962/63 title winner Brian Labone, plus Joe Royle, Jimmy Husband, John Hurst, Alan Whittle, Tommy Wright and Colin Harvey were all given their chance by Catterick.
8 Goals scored in one game – a feat achieved twice under Catterick, against Cardiff City in April 1962 (8-3) and Southampton in November 1971 (8-0).
14 Catterick victories against Sheffield Wednesday, the club he left before joining Everton as manager - more than against any other team in his time at Goodison Park.
15 Successive home wins between November 1967 and August 1968 – a Club record.
29 League wins during the glorious march to the title in 1969/70 - a Club record.
43 Home matches without defeat between September 1961 and September 1963. Consisting of 34 wins and nine draws, the run is another Club record.
44 The average home attendance in thousands during Catterick’s reign.
61 Points accumulated in winning the title in 1962/63. A Club record at the time, he bettered it with 66 points nine years later.
180 The fee in thousands paid to bring Joe Harper to the Club from Aberdeen in 1972 - the biggest purchase of the Catterick era.
276 Wins during his tenure - more than any other Toffees boss.
449 Matches played by Brian Labone under Catterick - more than any other player.
535 Top-flight points accumulated by Catterick between 1960 and 1970 - more than any other manager in the period and 27 more than his closest rival, Tottenham’s Bill Nicholson.