Mick Lyons (English footballer)
|Full name||Michael Lyons|
|Date of birth||8 December 1951|
|Place of birth||Liverpool, Merseyside, England|
|Playing position||Defender (retired)|
|1991||Nova Scotia Clippers (Assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Lyons was educated at the all-boys' De La Salle School in Liverpool. He was a Everton fan and his dream was to play for the football club.
Lyons signed as a professional at Everton in 1970 after having served an apprenticeship at the club. He made his first team debut in the Football League First Division in 1971. Utilized mostly as a defender, Lyons would be pushed forward into an attacking role in the last 10 minutes of a game.
Lyons was not considered the most technically gifted of players but more than made up for it by his desire to play for Everton, the club he supported when he was a boy. Lyons' versatility made him a very useful player; he could play anywhere down the middle and was once Everton's top goalscorer.
Lyons moved to Sheffield Wednesday in 1982. He appeared for them 129 times, scoring 12 goals. Lyons helped Wednesday win promotion to the Football League First Division.
Lyons won two England "B" caps in 1978.
Lyons became player-manager of Grimsby Town in 1985, replacing David Booth. The side could never get above mid-table and finished 15th. The 1986-87 season began well and most of the season was spent in the top half and on the fringes of the play-off race. However, a run of 8 losses and 2 draws in the last 10 games meant that Grimsby fell from 8th to 21st and the first of two consecutive relegations.
Lyons was appointed coach of Canberra Cosmos in Australia's National Soccer League in 1995. A 9th place finish in his first season showed sporadic promise, but this was not maintained as the club finished last the following season.
He was appointed as manager of Cockburn City in 2011 and his first came against Perth Soccer Club. He was sacked in July 2012 leaving the club in fourth position, three points behind the league leaders.
It was at Everton that Lyons is best remembered and revered for his commitment and dedication to "the cause". Lyons famously dived under Norman Hunter's boot to score from inside the six yard box in a league game against Leeds United.
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