Micky Lill (1936-2004)

The club were saddened to learn of the death of Micky Lill, who played for Everton between February 1960 and June 1962.

The Barking-born winger made 34 appearances for the Blues and scored 12 goals in his brief spell at Goodison.

Johnny Carey signed Micky for £25,000 from Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he had made his name as a prolific scorer from midfield.

He made his debut at Highbury in a 1-2 defeat on the 20 February 1960, but didn't have too long to wait for his first goal for the club.

That came on his Goodison debut a week later, in a 4-0 victory over Preston North End, with Jimmy Harris and Roy Vernon (2) also on the scoresheet that day.

He scored five goals in four games at the beginning of the following season, but then suffered a cartilage injury, which sidelined him for the rest of the campaign.

The arrival of Billy Bingham limited his chances when he was fit 12 months later - and with his knee still causing pain, he decided to drop down the divisions to play for Plymouth Argyle.

He later moved along the south coast to Portsmouth, where he made 39 appearances and scored five goals.

Following his departure from Fratton Park he emigrated to South Africa where he spent his final days.

His former team-mate Brian Labone offered this tribute:

"It's always sad to hear of the death of one of your former team-mates and Micky was a very nice man indeed.

"He fitted the bill of a stereotypical cockney: always friendly, chirpy and had a very sharp dress sense. He was a handsome fellow as well - I think a few of the lads in the squad were quite envious of him.

"In fact, we used to joke that he turned up to training the way most of us would dress for a wedding! On the pitch, he was lively, very quick - and scored a fair few goals.

"He was quite a slight fellow - and he wasn't helped by the injuries he had, but he did have talent."

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