BRIAN LABONE - A LEGEND
Brian Labone was a true Everton Legend.
Born in January 1940, he was educated at the famous Liverpool Collegiate School and joined his beloved Everton as an amateur in the summer of 1955.
He progressed through the ranks to become one of the greatest defenders in the club's history and was described by Harry Catterick as being the 'Last of the Corinthians.'
Brian made his debut for the Blues at Birmingham City on March 29th 1958 and he went on to play 534 times for Everton, scoring two goals.
He won two League Championship medals in 1963 and 1970 and led the team to FA Cup glory in 1966.
He was capped 26 times by England and played in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
Right up until his untimely passing at the age of 66, Brian worked tirelessly for the football club, looking after sponsors on a match-day and making himself typically accessible to the supporters who idolised him.
Even on the night he died, Brian was amongst the Evertonians, attending a supporters awards night in the Winslow public house opposite the stadium.
No other outfield player accumulated more appearances for the club and Brian will be remembered with nothing but ultimate affection by everyone connected with Everton Football Club.