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Dennis Stevens Passes Away

1963 Championship winner Dennis Stevens has sadly passed away.

Dennis Stevens Passes Away

Everton Football Club was saddened to learn of the passing of 1963 championship winning former player Dennis Stevens.

Stevens passed away on Thursday after a long illness, aged 79.

He was born in Dudley in the West Midlands in November 1933 but came through the ranks at Bolton Wanderers and helped them to win the 1958 FA Cup, scoring three times in the earlier rounds before a brace from the great Nat Lofthouse secured a Wembley triumph over Manchester United.
 
He remained at Bolton until March 1962 when Everton signed the inside right for £35,000.
 
After making his debut shortly after signing, Stevens played every single Everton game until August 1964, meaning he'd been ever-present for over two seasons.
 
During that time he helped the Blues win the league in 1962/63, weighing in with seven goals as Everton romped to the league title with a team featuring bona fide legends Brian Labone, Roy Vernon, Gordon West and, of course, the 'golden vision' Alex Young - who was also ever-present that season.
 
Stevens' feat of playing in all of the 100 games the Club played straight after his arrival has only been achieved by three other Everton players - Jack Taylor, George Wood and Joleon Lescott.
 
By 1965 Stevens was playing a lot less football for the Blues and in November of that year, just before his 32nd birthday, he moved to Third Divison Oldham Athletic for a fee of £20,000.
 
He finished his career back on Merseyside at Tranmere Rovers, playing for just a season before retiring.
 
Stevens was the cousin of Duncan Edwards, the Manchester United player who died in the Munich disaster. Their family links clearly didn't continue onto the football pitch however - in one meeting between Bolton and United Edwards challenging Stevens with such ferocity he required a stretcher and 10 minutes of treatment before he could return to the pitch.

After his football career, Stevens returned to Bolton and became a gents outfitter.

Former teammate Derek Temple has paid tribute to Stevens, saying: “Dennis was a fighter all his life. There were no lost causes for Dennis - he was a good player and a gentleman on and off the pitch.”

Everyone at Everton sends their condolences to Dennis' wife Eileen, sons Gary and Julian, and the rest of his family and friends at this sad time.

mike woodsDenis replaced my hero Bobby Collins so I never fully appreciated him,but my peers recognised his importance ,he would have fitted into this era very well

Wednesday 26th December 20:50 Report Comment

Anthony BirdAlways dependable, many condolences to Dennis' family and friends.

Saturday 22nd December 12:51 Report Comment

Martyn HeslopGod Bless

Friday 21st December 22:13 Report Comment

Philip mitchellDennis, part of a great side, always so dependable. Condolences to his family. RIP

Friday 21st December 17:49 Report Comment

dan murphyfond memorys of a great player,those were the days, r i p dennis.

Friday 21st December 08:59 Report Comment

Anthony DavisDeepest sympathy to Dennis's family and friends.

Thursday 20th December 23:38 Report Comment

Martin RogersA member of one of our greatest teams, the original midfielder, great memories. RIP Dennis.

Thursday 20th December 21:39 Report Comment

keith westonWhat a player & Gent, part of a great Everton team, will never be forgotten by us 'older' blues. Rest in Peace Dennis.

Thursday 20th December 20:15 Report Comment

Peter LawlessDennis Stevens was way ahead of his time as 'holding' midfielder. Great little player, solid and dependable. R.I.P.

Thursday 20th December 18:19 Report Comment

Anthony kellyR.I.P Dennis,I saw every league game you played for the Blues,always gave your everything.

Thursday 20th December 17:17 Report Comment

grahame burchelldennis rip

Thursday 20th December 16:12 Report Comment

wiliam williamsR.I.P Dennis

Thursday 20th December 15:40 Report Comment

brian SephtonA far better player than the stats reveal ,very sad to hear this news Lots of strength to his family and my best wishes

Thursday 20th December 15:31 Report Comment
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