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Everton - Class Of 63

Legends launch play celebrating the achievements of 50 years ago.

Everton - Class Of 63

Thursday evening saw the launch of ‘Everton – Class of 63’ - a brand new play that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Everton’s famous title success.

Billy Bingham, Derek Temple and Tony Kay, all members of that revered team, were joined by representatives of the Club’s Former Players' Foundation at Goodison Park to promote the show which will open at the Dome Theatre in Liverpool city centre next month.

The production was the brainchild of local writer Mike Howl, who explains that the project will appeal to Toffees fans of all ages.

He said: “I was there for almost every home game that season, including the one when we beat Fulham. Younger Everton fans are fascinated by that team which I happen to think is Everton’s greatest ever side. It was also full of great people and I wanted to pay a fitting tribute.

Mike HowlWriter Mike Howl discusses the play's storyline.

“The story doesn’t just focus on the games that season but what football was like in those days 50 years ago. I’ve even written scenes into the play of what footballers’ wives were like in that day – and it wasn’t like Posh and Becks!

“The show is about history and we all know how much Evertonians love their history. It's got a lot of nostalgia – and just as much Scouse humour! We have tried to put together a show that you will find entertaining, whether you are six or 106.

“All proceeds are donated to the Everton Former Players’ Foundation which is a fantastic charity, so come along, support it and have fantastic night.”

Former Blues outside-right and manager Bingham scored six goals during the 1962/63 season and he admits the production will bring back many great memories.

The 82-year-old said: “I’m looking forward to seeing the play because it was a glory era and a decade of really good football.

Bingham TempleBilly Bingham and Derek Temple share a joke.

“We all live in the past, as well as the future, and that team was recognised as one of the best that Everton have ever had.

“It doesn’t seem like 50 years ago – it seems more like last year! When I hear all the Liverpool accents around me this evening, it makes me believe it was yesteryear.”

There will be two evening shows of ‘Everton – Class of 63’ – both ‘kicking-off’ at 8pm on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 December.

An additional show will also take place at 3.30pm on Sunday 15 December.

For tickets please click here to visit the Dome Theatre’s website.

Founded in 1999, the Everton Former Players' Foundation is a registered charity that exists to relieve, in cases of need, hardship or distress, persons who are former players of Everton Football Club and the widows and dependants of such persons.

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