MIKE'S MEMORIES - PART 2
In the second part of Mike Trebilcock's story, he explains how he made the transfer to Merseyside and began to settle in at Goodison Park.
Having secured his entry into the professional game, Mike Trebilcock's career was soon to take a giant leap.
In December 1965, he was transferred to Everton for £20,000, and as Trebilcock explains, it was a far cry from the complicated transfer deals of today.
"The secretary-manager turned up at the house," he said, "I asked him if there was a problem, he told me there was no problem. He said, 'Everton want you, you go tomorrow morning,' that was it."
"So I borrowed £5 off my landlady, who was my auntie, got on the train and got up to Liverpool at four o'clock the next afternoon."
Trebilcock admitted that the interest in his move had come as a surprise to him.
"I travelled all day, got to the station and got off the train, there was flashlights everywhere and photographers. I turned round and looked behind me - I thought the Beatles were on the same train."
Unbeknown to Everton, their new signing had been carrying a foot injury, a problem he was keen to keep from his new employers.
"The next morning I had a fitness test. Now, when I left
Plymouth I had a bad foot, I had torn the ligaments in the top of
my foot, then the next week Everton came in for me!
"I had to pass the fitness test, which meant running up and down the stands, kicking the ball, everything - it was so painful.
"They brought the top specialist in to examine me. He was bending my ankle around and tears were coming out my eyes. But I wouldn't let them know I was injured.
"Soon I was training with Gordon West and he was beating me in sprints because I couldn't put any weight on my foot.
"Westy said 'you aren't very fast are you' and I said 'no not really'."
Sharing the dressing room with some of the country's best known players did come as somewhat of a shock to the young forward.
"When I was in the dressing room for the first time, one
bloke said to me 'I'm Alex' and one bloke said
"Two days later I said to Colin 'where's Alex', and he said he was training with Scotland. It was Alex Young. That is when it hit me!"
It was not long before Trebilcock made his debut, but he himself admits it was one to forget.
"We went to Tottenham, and the only difference between me and the spectators is that they paid to get in. I had an absolute shocker.
"People must have been wondering what they had bought me for. I had this injury though, I couldn't run - but I was going to play for Everton anyway."
After finally making his mark against Aston Villa, Mike was able to get treatment on his damaged foot.
"We played Villa and won 2-1 and I scored our second. Then I limped off with my injury and got treatment for three weeks. I had signed by then so it didn't matter.
"I got three weeks of treatment then I got back in and was scoring goals in the reserves."
Tomorrow: In the final part of Mike's story, we hear first hand how he became an Everton hero with his matchwinning cup final performance.