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 80)
Place of birth Loanhead, Midlothian, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Newtongrange Star
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1960 Heart of Midlothian 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.

Alex Young (born 3 February 1937 in Loanhead, Midlothian) is a Scottish former football player. He was a prolific goal-scorer for Heart of Midlothian and Everton. He won league championships with both clubs. Young, who later played for Glentoran and Stockport County, also represented the Scottish League and Scotland

Career[edit]

Heart of Midlothian[edit]

Young first played for Newtongrange Star in Midlothian, while he also worked as a colliery apprentice.[1] He joined Hearts in 1955 and made his debut at the age of 18. He helped Hearts win the Scottish league championship in 1957–58, with 20 goals. Two seasons later he scored 23 goals, as Hearts won the league title again.

Everton[edit]

Young and George Thomson were signed by Everton from Hearts in November 1960,[2] but Young was not an immediate success at Goodison Park. 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."

In addition to the championship, Young won an FA Cup winners medal in Everton's epic win in the 1966 FA Cup Final. Young scored 87 goals in 273 appearances in all competitions for Everton.Young also won eight caps for Scotland.

Glentoran and Stockport County[edit]

Young was sold to Glentoran in 1968 for £10,000.[3][4] Young later played briefly for Stockport County for 23 games before a knee injury forced his retirement.

After playing[edit]

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.[5]

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

Honours[edit]

Everton FC

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beesley, Chris (25 July 2015). "Everton FC legend Alex Young looking forward to Hearts game". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Prentice, David (23 November 2010). "Dave Prentice on the 50th anniversary of Golden Vision Alex Young signing for Everton FC". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.glentoran-fc.co.uk/managers.htm
  4. ^ "Transfer agreement for Alexander Young between Everton F.C. and Glentoran F.C.". The Everton Collection. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  5. ^ "Jason Young". Neil Brown. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 

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