Everton Giant

Everton Giant

Gordon West is the latest former player to be named an Everton Giant.

The Club has honoured one of its former greats every year since 2000 and the inauguration of the Everton Giants accolade to mark the millennium.

At the 2007/07 End of Season Awards, West joined the elite list of Everton Giants that includes Howard Kendall, Graeme Sharp, Alan Ball and Dixie Dean.

Big Westy is one of the most popular goalkeepers to ever pull on a green jersey for Everton.

 

Gordon West joins Kevin Ratcliffe, amongst others, as an Everton GiantGordon West joins Kevin Ratcliffe, amongst others, as an Everton Giant

 

Harry Catterick paid a then record fee for a goalkeeper when he bought West from Blackpool in March 1962 for £27,000. The player he had purchased was a superb shot-stopper with a dash of theatre about him; he was a massive character.

West won Championship medals in 1962-63 and 1969-70, and was part of the 1966 FA Cup winning side. He won three England caps but opted not to be part of the squad that took part in the 1970 World Cup finals.

West left Everton when he was just one game short of 400 in total.

West was presented with the award by Kevin Ratcliffe and Peter Reid, men who are already on the list of Giants.

Speaking to evertonTV, he said: "This was a big surprise to me, I thought I was going to present it to someone else!

"I was just made up to play for Everton, the number of appearances and the England caps were a privilege."

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