One of Goodison’s greatest sons, The Golden Vision, Alex Young has passed away peacefully.
Everton have released the following statement:
The legendary Scot, a title winner with the Blues in 1962/63 and part of the side that famously came from 2-0 down against Sheffield Wednesday to lift the FA Cup three years later, passed away on Monday, aged 80.
A centre-forward who combined elegant skill with a boundless determination and passion, he was an icon of his era, a player who glided across even the heaviest of surfaces, shimmying and tricking his way past defenders before effortlessly floating shots past baffled goalkeepers.
In total, he appeared 273 times for the Blues after joining from Hearts in 1960, netting on 87 occasions before departing for Glentoran in 1968.
“We are all very sad and will miss him terribly,” said Young’s son, Alex Junior. “He passed away peacefully with my mum by his side at a small hospital close to Edinburgh.
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“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.”
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