Mick Lyons (English footballer)

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For the Gaelic footballer of the same name, see Mick Lyons (Gaelic footballer).
Mick Lyons
Personal information
Full name Michael Lyons
Date of birth (1951-12-08) 8 December 1951 (age 62)
Place of birth Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1982 Everton 390 (48)
1982–1985 Sheffield Wednesday 129 (12)
1985–1987 Grimsby Town 50 (4)
National team
1978 England B 0
Teams managed
1985–1987 Grimsby Town
1991 Nova Scotia Clippers (Assistant)
1993-1995 Brunei
1995–1997 Canberra Cosmos
2004–2010 Stirling Lions
2011 Cockburn City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael "Mick" Lyons (born 8 December 1951) is an English former footballer in the 1970s and 1980s. He is most famous as captain of Everton during this period.

Early life[edit]

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.

Club career[edit]

Everton[edit]

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,[1] 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.

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

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.

International career[edit]

Lyons won two England "B" caps in 1978.

Managerial career[edit]

Grimsby Town[edit]

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.

Canberra Cosmos[edit]

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.

Stirling Lions[edit]

Lyons spent five years as the coach of the Stirling Lions in the Football West Premier League in Perth, Western Australia. He was dismissed in April 2010.[2]

Cockburn City[edit]

He was appointed as manager of Cockburn City in 2011 and his first came against Perth Soccer Club.[3] He was sacked in July 2012 leaving the club in fourth position, three points behind the league leaders.[4]

UWA Nedlands FC[edit]

Lyons was appointed as manager of UWA Nedlands Football club in 2013 for the upcoming 13/14 season. A Mixed season saw the first team finishing 7th although injuries plagued the season which could of seen the team finish as high as 4th. http://www.uwanfc.com.au/

Legacy[edit]

It was at Everton that Lyons is best remembered and revered for his commitment and dedication to "the cause".[1] Lyons famously dived under Norman Hunter's boot to score from inside the six yard box in a league game against Leeds United.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mick Lyons". toffeeweb.com. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Stirling Lions Sack Mick Lyons Appoint Paul Lincoln". club-footballwa.com.au. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Mitaros, Elle. "Cockburn City 1 - 3 Perth SC". Perth Soccer Club. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Miller back in charge of Cockburn after Lyons sacked". West Australian. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  • Mick Lyons, Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Roger Kenyon
Everton captain
1976-1982
Succeeded by
Billy Wright