Everton Giant

Everton Giant

Legendary manager Harry Catterick became the latest Everton Giant at the Club's annual awards night on Monday.

Catterick's name has been added to the prestigious list of Blues legends, alongside the likes of Dixie Dean, Alan Ball and Howard Kendall.

An authoritarian manager, Catterick took control of Everton following the departure of Johnny Carey in 1961. Given a direct brief to get the Club back to the top of the league, Catterick transformed the Blues, winning the FA Cup in 1966 as well as the League Championship twice.

Catterick had earlier played for the Club throughout the 1940s and early 1950s, scoring 24 league and cup goals in 71 appearances.

Confident in his own judgement, and unafraid of criticism, Catterick acquired a series of top-class players, bringing in the likes of John Morrissey, Fred Pickering and Ray Wilson.

Harry CatterickHarry Catterick with the FA Cup in 1966

In 1966, he led Everton to the FA Cup final, gambling on the previously unknown Cornishman Mike Trebilcock for the Wembley showpiece. The gamble paid off as Trebilcock scored twice and the Blues came from 2-0 down to win a memorable final 3-2.

Three years later, in 1969-1970, Catterick fielded one of the finest sides ever seen in English football and secured the Championship in style, with the 'Holy Trinity' of Kendall, Colin Harvey and Ball providing silk and steel to the Everton midfield.

Catterick suffered a heart attack in January 1972 and though he carried on as manager, continuing fears about his health forced him to move to a less strenuous role as a senior executive a year later.

His love of Everton continued until his death in March 1985.

Catterick's daughter Joyce, who collected the award, said: "My father was a seven-days-a-week manager."

To see the full list of Everton Giants click here.

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