Alex Young (footballer, born 1937)

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Alex Young
Personal information
Full name Alexander Young
Date of birth (1937-02-03) 3 February 1937 (age 77)
Place of birth Loanhead, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Youth career
? Newtongrange Star
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1960 Hearts 155 (71)
1960–1968 Everton 228 (77)
1968 Glentoran 6 (1)
1968–1969 Stockport County 23 (5)
National team
1958–1960 Scottish League XI 2 (2)
1960–1966 Scotland 8 (5)
Teams managed
1968 Glentoran
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Alex Young (born 3 February 1937) is a Scottish former football player. He was a prolific goal-scorer in Everton's 1962-63 championship season.


Alex Young first played for Newtongrange Star in Midlothian but soon joined Hearts making his debut at the age of 18. He helped Hearts win the Scottish First Division championship in 1958 with 20 goals. Two seasons later he scored 23 goals when Hearts won the title again.

He was signed to Everton along with George Thompson for £42,000 by Johnny Carey from Hearts in November 1960 but was not an immediate success. However his partnership with Roy Vernon soon blossomed. Young scored 22 league goals in the 42 league games in the 1962-63 season and made many other goals. His elegant touch earned him the nickname of 'The Golden Vision', a title coined by Danny Blanchflower - "...the view every Saturday that we have of a more perfect world, a world that has got a pattern and is finite. And that's Alex – the Golden Vision."

Alex Young featured as himself in a drama-documentary film by Ken Loach called "The Golden Vision", released in 1969.[1]

In addition to the championship, Young won an FA Cup winners medal in Everton's epic win in 1966. Young also won eight caps for Scotland. Young scored 87 goals in 273 appearances in all competitions for Everton before being sold to Glentoran in 1968 for £10,000.[2][3] Young later played briefly for Stockport County for 23 games before a knee injury forced his retirement.

After football Young ran his family's upholstery business in Edinburgh before retiring. His son, Jason, became a professional footballer in the 1990s but could not match his famous father's prowess, and spent his career mostly in the Scottish lower divisions.

Belatedly, in August 2001, Everton gave Alex Young a testimonial at Goodison Park, with over 20,000 turning out to salute him.

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