Alex Young (footballer, born 1880)

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Sandy Young
Personal information
Full name Alexander Simpson Young
Date of birth (1880-06-23)23 June 1880
Place of birth Slamannan, Scotland
Date of death 17 September 1959(1959-09-17) (aged 79)
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Inside Right
Youth career
1898-1899 Slamannan Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1899–1900 St. Mirren ? (?)
1900–1901 Falkirk ? (?)
1901–1911 Everton 275 (109)
1911 Tottenham Hotspur 5 (3)
1911–1912 Manchester City 13 (2)
?-? South Liverpool ? (?)
National team
1905–1907 Scotland 2 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Alexander Simpson "Sandy" Young (23 June 1880 – 17 September 1959) was a Scottish professional footballer who played for St. Mirren, Falkirk, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, South Liverpool [1] and represented Scotland at international level.[2]

Football career[edit]

He is the all-time fourth highest scorer for English club Everton and scored the only goal to win the 1906 FA Cup Final. Some attribute to him a total of 113 league goals for Everton, which would put him in second spot behind Dixie Dean. He was also the Football League's top scorer in 1906–07.[3] In 1911 he joined Tottenham Hotspur where he scored three goals in five appearances. [4] After leaving White Hart Lane, Young went on to play for Manchester City before ending his playing career at South Liverpool.

Post-playing life[edit]

Young was convicted of the manslaughter of his brother in Australia in June 1916 and sentenced to three years' imprisonment.[5] At times it was rumoured that he was hanged for sheep-rustling in Australia. Young, who was considered mentally unstable, died in an Edinburgh asylum.[3] He is buried in an unmarked grave, and Everton FC, which supported him throughout his life with occasional cash assistance, intends to create a memorial by September 2014.





  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888-1939. soccerdata. p. 290. ISBN 1-899468-63-3. 
  2. ^ Young's international stats Retrieved 27 August 2009
  3. ^ a b "Gallery of Players Signed Between 1900 - 1919". Archived from the original on 7 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  4. ^ Tottenham Hotspur F.C A-Z of players Retrieved 1 December 2012 Archived 3 June 2009 at WebCite
  5. ^ "Brother Shoots Brother. Tongala Tragedy. Verdict of Manslaughter.". The Argus (Melbourne). 21 June 1916. Retrieved 2009-11-21.