LONDON – Everton legend Alex Young, an integral part of the 1963 title-winning side and then the 1966 FA Cup, has died aged 80 his family said on Monday.
The Scottish international striker, who earned the nickname “The Golden Vision” from Northern Irish icon Danny Blanchflower during his time at Everton, scored 87 goals in 273 appearances in his eight years there after joining from Hearts.
Young, whose goals also helped Hearts to two league titles, scored 23 goals in Everton’s title-winning season.
Young, capped eight times, went on to become player-manager of Northern Irish outfit Glentoran before finishing his career at Stockport County and subsequently ran the family’s upholstery business.
“We are all very sad and will miss him terribly,” Young’s son, Alex Junior, told the Everton website.
“He passed away peacefully with my mum by his side at a small hospital close to Edinburgh. He has been ill for a few weeks but he battled on bravely. It’s still very raw but I wanted people on Merseyside to know.
“He loved Everton, he loved being back at Goodison Park. He always said it was like going to church,” added Young Junior, who also pursued a career as a footballer but never rose to such heights.