Everton in 1960s

This was the swinging sixties when everything seemed happen in the city of the Liverpool with Everton playing their full part in the city’s image with the club being known as the Millionaires. Everton finished the first season of the decade 1960/61 in 5th position in League Divsion 1 under the management of Johnny Carey. Billy Bingham, Jimmy Fell, George Thomson and Alex Young were all brought to the club & Brian Labone & Albert Dunlop both played a full season. Johnny Carey was sacked and the beginnings of a very successful era was born when former Everton forward Harry Catterick was brought in by John Moores to replace him. The following season 1961/62 Everton finished 4th in League Division 1 with Catterick bringing goalkeeper Gordon West & Dennis Stevens to the club from Blackpool & Bolton Wanderers respectively. 1962/63 was a championship winning season for Everton the first time since 1939. Winger Johnny Morrissey, Alex Scott and Tony Kay were all brought in by Harry Catterick. John Moores had also overseen the purchase of Everton’s new training ground of Bellefield. Welshman Roy Vernon and Scotman Alex Young fired in 46 League goals between them as Everton scored 84 goals home and away. The following season 1963/64 Everton failed to build on the success they had gained the previous season finishing 3rd. Sandy Brown & Fred Pickering both joined the club with Frank Wignall leaving for Nottingham Forest. In 1964/65 the blues finished 4th in the League Division 1 table with Harry Catterick signing Ray Wilson, Mick Meagan. Eveton finished the League Campaign of 1965/66 in 11th but won the FA Cup. Jimmy Husband, John Hurst and Joe Royle all made their debuts this season as did Mike Trebilcock. Three players received their debut when they played in a controversial game for the club against Leeds United a week before the FA Cup Semi finalFrank D’Arcy, Gerry Humphreys, Derek Smith Everton were later accused of fielding a weakened team. Ray Wilson would become an Everton World Cup winner this year also. 1966/67 saw the FA Cup holders finish 6th they signed World Cup Winner Alan Ball from Blackpool, Howard Kendall joined from Preston N E and so the famous Kendall, Harvey,Ball midfield came in to being. 1967/68 and Everton finished one place higher in 5th and were runners-up to West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup. Fred Pickering, Derek Temple, Alex Scott and Jimmy Gabriel all leaving the club this season. At the end of the 1968/69 season Everton finished 3rd in the table. Alex Young left the club and Everton played in another FA Cup Semi-final. Champions again at the end of the last season of the decade 1969/70. Everton brought in Keith Newton to add to the squad that won the league by nine points.