On This Day: Golden Vision Joins & Royle Takes Charge

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1960: Alex Young Signs For Everton

A centre-forward who combined elegant skill with a boundless determination and passion, Young was an icon of his era, a player who glided across even the heaviest of surfaces, shimmying and tricking his way past defenders before effortlessly floating shots past baffled goalkeepers.

Nicknamed ‘The Golden Vision’, Young came possibly as close as any single player to embodying the essence of the Soccer School of Science.
 
In total, he appeared 273 times for the Blues after joining from Hearts in 1960, netting on 87 occasions before departing for Glentoran in 1968.

He was named an Everton Giant in 2000.

The legendary Scot, a title winner with the Blues in 1962/63 and part of the side that famously came from 2-0 down against Sheffield Wednesday to lift the FA Cup three years later, sadly passed away in February this year, aged 80.



1994: Joe Royle Named Everton Manager

Joe Royle was named as Everton manager 23 years ago today.

Following the dismissal of Mike Walker, the Blues were rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table when Royle took the managerial reins, with a Merseyside derby against Liverpool at Goodison Park next on the fixture list.

Goals from Duncan Ferguson - the Scot’s first in Everton colours - and Paul Rideout (in the video above) ensured three points in that meeting as Royle got off to the perfect start.

He sensationally guided Everton to lift the fifth FA Cup in their history that same season, defeating Manchester United 1-0 at Wembley.

Royle’s ‘Dogs of War’, famed for their hard work and never-say-die attitude, earned plenty of admirers before he left his post on 27 March, 1997.

After his outstanding contribution to the Club both as a player and manager, he was named an Everton Giant in 2004.

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