Vernon Honoured At Goodison

Everton legend Roy Vernon was honoured at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.

In the build-up to kick off against Arsenal, the former forward’s widow, Norma Vernon, helped unveil Roy’s Everton Giant plaque on Goodison Road.

Vernon was inducted into the Club’s Hall of Fame at the End of Season Awards last May in acknowledgement of his 111 goals in 200 appearances for the Toffees across a successful five-year spell between 1960 and 1965.

The Wales international netted a career-best 28 goals in 1961/62, a season before he captained the Blues to the First Division title.

Vernon passed away at the age of 56 on 4 December 1993 after a battle with cancer.

Speaking on the announcement of his award in May, Norma said: "It was a great team Roy played in. He always wanted to play for Everton. He had a trial with them at 16 but was told he was too small so when he eventually sign it was wonderful. He loved playing for the Club and this is a wonderful honour for him."

Vernon followed in the footsteps of fellow strikers Dave Hickson, Bob Latchford, Dixie Dean, Graeme Sharp and Derek Temple in becoming an Everton Giant.

Read Roy Vernon's player profile here

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