On Retro Day, when Everton celebrated their rich and illustrious history, Blues legend Derek Temple was honoured in fitting fashion at Goodison Park.
Ahead of kick-off against Hull City on Saturday afternoon, a plaque bearing the name and signature of the 74-year-old former forward was unveiled on the Goodison Road ‘Wall of Fame’.
Temple – revered among Evertonians for his matchwinning contribution in the 3-2 FA Cup final victory over Sheffield Wednesday in 1966 - became the 24th Toffees great to receive Everton Giant status last May when his service to the football club was commemorated at the End of Season awards evening.
Temple’s plaque, which acknowledges his standing as an Everton icon, now sits alongside those of Alex Young, Brian Labone, Colin Harvey, Dave Hickson, Gordon West and Alan Ball – all teammates of his from the golden era during the 1960s - and the other Everton Giants.
“I think it is wonderful. Thanks to the Club and the fans – they are the greatest fans in the country,” an overjoyed Temple told evertontv. “I was on the Everton groundstaff as a boy when Everton had just been promoted in 1954 and I must say that I never imagined then that I would see my name on a plaque outside the ground, so I’m absolutely thrilled.
“We’ve had some great players in the past and to be listed with them is absolutely fantastic. It’s a great honour.”
Temple offered 10 years of service to Everton, making 275 appearances between 1957 and 1967.
He scored 83 goals during that time, although his breakaway strike a quarter of an hour before full-time against the Owls at the old Wembley Stadium in 1966 is widely regarded as the defining moment in his Blues career.
The Everton Wall of Fame was officially opened on ‘Giants Night’ last November when Everton entertained Arsenal in the Premier League. Click here for more information on the 24 Everton Giants.