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Sandy Brown passes away

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Former Everton defender, Alex "Sandy" Brown, died today at the age of 75 following a long illness.

The Scot, signed from Partick Thistle, was a versatile and tough-tackling full-back who played 253 times for the club between 1963 and 1971, including 31 appearances in the Championship-winning season of 1969-70.  

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Paul Holden
896 Posted 08/04/2014 at 17:52:18
Really sorry to hear that - a great name from Everton's glory days
Barry Pearce
899 Posted 08/04/2014 at 17:57:39
Sad news... I can remember, back in the day, we had ten English players, and Sandy, good uncompromising fullback.
Alan McGuffog
900 Posted 08/04/2014 at 17:57:47
A great servant of the club... Sandy really stepped up to the plate in 1969-70 and played an important role in our triumph.

Sadly there is bound to be mention of an incident in the Derby in 1969... how I wish that could be deleted from memories.

I shall choose to remember Sandy for twatting that little gobshite Giles in the 1964 in the battle of Goodison against Leeds, even if it got him first go with the soap!
RIP, Sandy

Gerry Quinn
902 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:04:33
Sad, so sad - just mentioned him in my story about my last Goodison visit. Although he will always be remembered for one of the most impressive own goals ever - and against the shite of all teams! However, I will always remember him fondly as he was a cracking full-back, hard as nails, scored a few goals (Hibbo, take note!). We've almost got a fantastic Everton squad up there in Heaven. True gents all, and true Evertonians

RIP Sandy, thanks for the memories

Graham Mockford
903 Posted 08/04/2014 at 17:55:25
Have a look on Youtube to see his greatest moment.

The last penalty in the shoot out vs Borussia Monchengladbach

When I was seven I got a commemorative programme of the game, which I was too young to go to as it was a night game. I remember replaying the pens against the school gates at the end of the street.

Royle. Miss
Ball side foot to the right
Morrissey high to the right
Kendall side foot to the left
Brown lashed to the right

It's not the greatest video but you can just feel the atmosphere. When they took the last pen there is a huge Scouse chant 'Andy Rankin'

Just watched it again, goosebumps.

RIP Sandy

Ray Roche
905 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:09:58
It's a shame that there can be no mention of Sandy without a reference to "that" own goal, which, if I remember right, was on the Goal Of The Season short list.(BBC RS active even in those days) . Sandy was a player who turned out in just about every position for EFC, even playing Centre forward when required. He also had one of the hardest shots in football. One of the red tops organised a shooting competition where the player had to shoot as hard as he could but still get it through ( I think) a lorry tyre, with the speed being measured on a speed trap type of camera. Sandy was Everton's chosen participate and was eventually beaten by Peter Lorimer of Leeds Utd. Sad to see our old heroes slipping away one by one....
Pete Cross
906 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:11:07
How sad, played in all positions.

For those too young to see him, think big Dunc, heart and passion. He loved EFC and at the time we loved him.

Teddy Draper
907 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:15:24
How sad... brought a tear to my eye upon reading the news. I realise how quickly the years do go by when you hear news like is.

I have supported this wonderful club for 67 years now and Sandy is up there with the best. RIP, Sandy, and thanks for the memories.

Colin Glassar
909 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:21:03
You’re right, Ray, but that WAS the greatest own-goal of all time. It just had to be against the RS didn’t it?

RIP, Big Man. Great player, Sandy Brown.

David Price
910 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:20:54
True Ray, a shame. That was my first Derby at the age of 7 and I still can picture him flying through the air powering the ball into the St End goal for the OG.
Yeah, four of the 1970 heroes gone now I think.
Peter Howard
912 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:25:38
"Sandy Brown and beans on toast".

RIP Sandy.

By the way, although the RS laughed their shrivelled cocks off at his own goal, we went on to win the league that season to shrivel their cocks even more!

Tom R Owen
913 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:29:30
Total legend
RIP Sandy
We have a heck of a team upstairs now
Ray Roche
914 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:29:48
David, I think you'll find it was in the Park End.........but, as you say, four players, Ball, Labone ,West and now Brown have all gone.
Tony McNulty
916 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:41:46
It was the Park End. And I know others on here remember the game against Leeds when the ref took the players off to cool down. I believe that Sandy had made use of his fists just before the colling off period. What I can't remember for sure is whether or not he got sent off.
Ray Roche
917 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:47:29
Yes, Tony, he got his marching orders after about 5 minutes. Have a read of this..

Brent Stephens
918 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:46:57
Great memories. Didn't look very stylish but no bigger heart or willingness to do whatever required in the cause. How many players today could or would be prepared to play in most positions. I have a feeling he even played in goal at one point??
Tony McNulty
921 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:59:37
Thanks Ray. I don't remember the game as violent as that report would suggest ... although I was educated by Christian Brothers, so it was probably a reflection of real life, to my young mind.

My Dad though, who supported the Shite, and had taken me to the game, did use the match for a while afterwards as evidence of "yard dogs" at Goodison. I think the Shite recruited Ron Yeats around that time. They also recruited a player called "Strong."

Dave Lynch
922 Posted 08/04/2014 at 19:01:50
RIP Sandy a true Everton legend.

The German goalie in the Gladbach game was Wolfgang Kleff if memory serves me right.

Dont know why I remember that ?

Paul Ferry
927 Posted 08/04/2014 at 19:12:27
Sandy was in my first ever pack of footie cards bought at the green kiosk at Crosby station on the way back home from Ursuline. Ha! Not a star in the Holy Trinity sense of the word but someone who gave all that he had and it was great to have him in that cool blue shirt.

Tony - 921 - and the Christian Brothers and gratuitous violence, now there's a topic that could go on and on! The shower of sadists at St Mary's in Crosby will be with me for ever!

John Keating
929 Posted 08/04/2014 at 19:15:08
Would never argue with Sandy Brown! He'd last possibly 5 minutes these days before he was off and 90% of his tackles would be fair, but still "Red". Brilliant days... 100% player.

Just shows you that we had the great football players in Vernon and Young, then Ball, Kendall and Harvey but we still needed the lads who were forever in the trenches. Bloody hell, I'm really feeling my age!

As other posters, RIP Sandy. A true Blue and a true footballer.

David Price
930 Posted 08/04/2014 at 19:19:36
Park End? Blimey time does play tricks.
Lenny Kingman
931 Posted 08/04/2014 at 19:08:07
Sandy Brown what great colourful contrast of a name. An uncomplicated player who did what he was paid to do. His job. And what a job he did with his match winning clearance off the line at Burnden Park in the FA Cup semi of 66. Without that, no Trebilcock legend, no FA Cup. That final has transcended every other event in my own personal Everton history including the Munich game, Rotterdam and the 4-0 whipping of RS at Anfield in 1964. Thanks Sandy.
Frank Duffy
935 Posted 08/04/2014 at 19:23:59
I remember Sandy with found memories. A true blue, A true Blue.
Trevor Lynes
937 Posted 08/04/2014 at 19:57:46
He was not a great full back and Alan Ball was always shouting at him, but he was wholehearted. I was there when his diving header OG against Liverpool occurred and the crowds were not segregated in those days.
Must admit it caused a lot of laughs (later) but it did not cost us the game.... we lost three-nil!!

I also reckoned our two best backs in the 60s and beyond were Parker and Wilson so being of the same era was a minus for Sandy, but he was solid and hard tackling! RIP

Tom Edwards
940 Posted 08/04/2014 at 20:24:57
Sandy played in the first game I went to at Goodison. A 1-0 defeat by Man City, Colin Bell scoring at the Park End. I will always remember that shock of red hair that caught my eye as I took my seat with my dad, in the Upper Gwladys.

A great example of a team player and another of the School of Science now sadly departed to join the other greats who were already immortal before they went.

RIP Sandy, Nil Satis Nisi Optimum ad Infinitum!

Declan Burke
944 Posted 08/04/2014 at 20:35:21
Thanks Sandy. Always gave your all.

Was Keith Newton RIP also a member of that 1970 league winning team? If so, that would make five who have passed on.

Micky Norman
948 Posted 08/04/2014 at 20:45:59
Sandy presented me with a schoolboy football medal in 1966. I was 11. He turned up to Dwerryhouse Lane on crutches after an injury. The place was a mudbath and he watched the whole game from the touchline.

Someone got him a chair but I think it sank into the mud because I remember seeing him standing near me when I took a throw in and he told me to get my feet behind the line. I couldn't understand a word he said at the end because of his Scottish accent but he seemed like a giant of a man to me. Thank you Sandy. RIP.

Tony McNulty
950 Posted 08/04/2014 at 21:16:54
Paul 927 - but your boyhood days are over. You're now on the broad highway of life.
Dick Fearon
956 Posted 08/04/2014 at 22:18:14
If my fading memory on this occasion serves me right there used to be a competition promoted by a Sunday paper to find the hardest shot in football. Each First Division club nominated a player and Sandy was ours. He came second to Peter Lorimer of Leeds.
Ray Roche
959 Posted 08/04/2014 at 22:31:36
Dick, I also remember that, I've mentioned it earlier in this thread. Great minds, eh?

Declan, Keith Newton apparently played 12 games in the latter half of that Championship season having signed in December 1969. So, yes, that's five of that team gone.

Steve Rogan
960 Posted 08/04/2014 at 22:39:42
Paul 927

When I was at St Mary's Prep school in 1965, Ursuline was a girl's school. Tony McNulty owned the 'Tooth of Truth' in the big school in 1972. Glad to hear he's still alive.

Dennis Stevens
962 Posted 08/04/2014 at 22:54:10
Very sad, RIP Sandy.

Must take issue with the original post, Lyndon - you say 31 appearances 1969/70 but says 31 starts plus 5 sub appearances - so 36 in all for the League.

Gerry Quinn
965 Posted 08/04/2014 at 23:02:59
Wasn't Ursuline a Girl's School, Paul?
Andrew Clare
968 Posted 08/04/2014 at 23:19:12
RIP, Sandy.
Always on the fringe of the team but still an important member of the title winning team of 69-70.

I remember away against Stoke that session when we won 1-0, Alan Ball was shouting at Sandy then.

A great Evertonian, I will always remember him.

Greg Murphy
976 Posted 08/04/2014 at 23:47:42
The first player name I learned to chant properly.
Chris Jones [Burton]
980 Posted 08/04/2014 at 23:57:26
RIP... My condolences to his close family. Your huge, extended-Everton family grieve with you.
Derek Thomas
996 Posted 09/04/2014 at 03:05:05
He was signed as a RB and his only crime was he wasn't Alex Parker, He played as a LB and his only crime was he wasn't Ray Wilson. He played as a CH in the semi in 71 (as a sub) and his only crime was he wasn't Brian Labone... In the days of only one sub, it was mostly him, he was cover for every one, he was that versatile.

But he wasn't taking any more shit in that Leeds game and handed out his own justice (quite right, too).

I remember when we were going through one of our perennial post-Young and Vernon, pre-Pickering CF crises, he played up front (by virtue of that hardest shot comp mostly)

Took a pen missed but slotted the rebound much to our and his delight only to have the Ref (correctly if harshly) disallow it for playing the ball twice as it hit the post and came right back to him.

And there isn't a Blue anywhere who harbours one ounce of resentment for that OG... It was and is the stuff of Legend.

I know a RS in Auckland (not a bad bloke for all that) who to this day always has off the anniversary of the goal... he calls it his Sandy Brown Day observance (6th Dec??).

Brown got hung out to dry a bit by Catterick, who waxing lyrical in a TV interview damned him with faint praise in his comments virtually exposing his weaknesses to all and sundry, that did Sandy's confidence no good and the OG finished him off... Hence the rapid out of the blue signing of Keith Newton, of whom, again to be fair, his only crime was he wasn't Sandy Brown.

We knew Sandy had a raw deal and loved him all the more as the crowd's reaction a year or two ago showed.

Not all legends do great heroic deeds and the term 'Legend' is bandied about a bit too much now a days... but Sandy was one.

Peter Barry
000 Posted 09/04/2014 at 06:17:37
I have great memories of watching Sandy and the rest of the lads back in the halcyon days of the sixties. Rest in peace my man.
Darren Hind
001 Posted 09/04/2014 at 06:48:21
The Kopites never seem to remember is goal in 67-68 AGAINST them... when he added to the two Bally scored.

I'm with Derek here, his only crime was he was not a specialist, but he'd have put on the blue shirt any time, anywhere and he would give everything.

Legend? 31 appearances in 69-70... Of course he is a legend

RIP, Sandy.

Tony McNulty
002 Posted 09/04/2014 at 06:58:58
Steve Rogan (960) Good God. Still got the whale's tooth, still alive, living in London, and still in touch with some of the old boys. Send me your number and I'll give you a bell
Brian Denton
005 Posted 09/04/2014 at 08:43:48
The first memory I have is of Sandy popping a penalty over the bar. Can't remember when or against whom (or even why he took the penalty rather than Bally). It was a league game at home in the sixties - anybody recall?
Ian Burns
008 Posted 09/04/2014 at 08:35:17
The years are flying by. I was at the Leeds game when he was sent off after 5 or so mins. I doubt there is an Evertonian anywhere who didn't have a huge amount of respect for this true blue, granite of a man.

It brings a lump to my throat thinking of Bally; Labby; Gordon and now sadly Sandy all playing for the old boys up there in the Heavens somewhere.

RIP Sandy with thoughts for your family at this sad time.

Phil Bellis
010 Posted 09/04/2014 at 09:07:48
Two memories of Sandy...

Stretching along the goal line, right in front of us, at Burnden Park, 1966, saving a certain Man Utd goal with his studs;

Gordon West nailing Sandy's boots to the dressing room floor.

We shall not see their like again...

Rick Tarleton
014 Posted 09/04/2014 at 09:46:46
Whole-hearted with a terrific shot, as a left back, we'd been spoiled by Ray Wilson, but he always gave his all even when asked to play up-front which did not suit his skills. Sympathy to his family and friends, another has passed from the era that defines my Everton.
Joe Bibb
015 Posted 09/04/2014 at 10:00:26
I just watched the Monchengladbach game on Sunday upstairs at St Luke's before the Arsenal game; excellent quality dvd and excellent quality display.

Sandy was a brilliant player, he would walk through walls for Everton. Take some concrete, use a little bit of Dave Hickson, a touch of Duncan Ferguson, and you are on your way to having Sandy Brown.

I was at the game against Leeds when he was sent off, the atmosphere was one of pure hate. Even Jack Charlton said he dreaded going to Goodison.

Sandy even played in goal twice for Everton. For those too young to remember him believe me when I tell you he was one of the all-time greats at Goodison. To come from Falkirk and step into the shoes of Ray Wilson and be as dependable took some doing but Sandy did it and more. He was a fine player and a nice man but most of all an Evertonian.

Tony Draper
016 Posted 09/04/2014 at 10:05:43
I remember Sandy mostly from when I was a kid

Everyone knew where Sandy lived and he never chased anyone away, not even little reds, he'd sign autograph books n programmes with a smile then politely let us go

Sandy was as tough as rawhide, but what an Evertonian

Sandy is the kind that makes a club what it is
Legend ?
Yep, he is.

Graham Gough
021 Posted 09/04/2014 at 10:27:03
Sandy was a great servant to EFC as part of the great 1970 side. The OG was the Park End, I remember watching it from Gwladys Street
Tommy Davis
027 Posted 09/04/2014 at 10:45:27
R.I.P. Sandy & thanks for being an Evertonian, along with the memories you gave me/us! Hard as nails, would run through the proverbial brick wall would Sandy!

He would & did play anywhere on the pitch, including goalie, centre half, centre forward! The infamous Leeds game at Goodison, from my recollection, Sandy had stud marks down his chest, perhaps from Willie Bell, or some say Johnny Giles, all I remember is Bell, or somebody clattering into Sandy & he took umbrage to the........erm challenge & I think Bell did the acting role (even back then) although Sandy may have done a bit more than shake hands with him, however he did receive his marching orders very early in the game! I also recall Derek Temple being stretchered off too in the same match, after one of the dirty Leeds goons had 'done' him!

Sadly our generation, (the 40's & 50's babies) are seeing more & more retired Everton players, passing over to the sublime heavenly grounds & we must now have a damn decent team up there.............with Dixie, Davey Hickson, Royston, Bally, Westy, Labby & Sandy to name just a sucks getting older, right lads?!?

Condolences to Sandy's family & loved ones!!

Tom Bowers
031 Posted 09/04/2014 at 11:53:15
So sad at his passing away. A true gentleman on and off the pitch and a great servant. Tough as nails. Forget his own-goal, remember the one he scored against the Redshite in a great win. RIP, Sandy.
Trevor Powell
035 Posted 09/04/2014 at 12:17:37
Very sad news indeed. I doubt whether EFC has ever had such a bigger hearted squad man before the days of squad rotation. A true warrior and perhaps the best No 12 of his day in the country. Seemed to be able to fit seamlessly into any position that was asked of him.

One memory of him was cutting in from the left to unleash a pile driver that Joe Royle diverted into the net with a deft glancing header for a hat-trick. We really knew then that Big Joe was either daft or brave for even daring to get in the way of a flying sledgehammer of a shot.

Even when Keith Newton was bought to replace him, he stayed immensely loyal and won his place back from the England World Cup Player.

If it thunders again, it won't be Thor and his hammer, it will be good old Sandy practising his tackling!

Phil Roberts
037 Posted 09/04/2014 at 12:50:29
1. It was the Park End. My Dad and I were in Goodison Road Stand at the Park End and it was level with us. 6 inches higher it would have cleared the bar and been a great clearance we forgot 2 weeks later.

2. He took the penalty against Monchengladbach. Slammed the ball into the corner to make it 4-3, walked into the goal, picked up the ball, walked back to the penalty spot, banged the ball down – actions which said to the Germans - now you do, and if you don't we win. Andy Rankin saved the pen. My dad always said Sandy made a real statement with his actions that night.

Sadly missed – but all of us will die someday.

Paul Ferry
048 Posted 09/04/2014 at 15:24:12
Nope; Ursuline was mixed in 1970 under the watchful eye of the poisoned penguins. I – modest cough – was captain of the footie team, a natty little right winger.

Alan Ball might have been my idol but I always loved watching Sandy homing in on geezers from the other team with well threatening intent. He was a terrific foil to the skill in the middle.

RIP Sandy.

Trevor Lynes
059 Posted 09/04/2014 at 16:11:29
Talking of terrific shots... Liddell broke the Middlesborough goalkeeper Ugolini’s arm with a penalty and Balmer scored with a header from a Liddell cross that knocked him unconscious.

The old leather ball with laces was a fierce missile when hit with power. I got a nasty cut heading a cross when playing for Southport in the old 3rd Division North against Rochdale. Incidentally two old Everton players were in the Rochdale team that day – Eddie Wainwright and Jackie Grant.

Peter Fearon
062 Posted 09/04/2014 at 15:59:27
Every Everton fan will remember "Don't Say Brown, Say Over" because Sandy could be profligate in front of goal but he was a true blue, a hard, hard tackling defender and a great character. My favorite memory is Sandy scoring a tremendous goal - a close range header - against Liverpool this time - at the Gwladys Street End in a great derby game in, I think, 66 or 67. Miss You Sandy Brown
Peter Mills
067 Posted 09/04/2014 at 16:51:01
I was fortunate enough to be at the games against Leeds, the RS and Moenchengladbach, and many more in which Sandy played. He was no mug as a player, and had a heart of oak.

I heard a story via Tommy Eggleston, the trainer of the 1966 team. As we know, Sandy played a key part in getting us to Wembley, including his famous goal-line clearance late on at Burnden Park. He was then heartbroken to be left out of the final, but he did so much on the day, from carrying the kit to geeing up the team, that John Moores presented him with a set of silver cutlery as a mark of respect and gratitude. If one Evertonian is worth 20 RS, Sandy was worth 50. Rest in peace Alexander Brown.

Russ Quinlan
166 Posted 10/04/2014 at 07:45:40
Sad loss, Sandy was one of those players who did everything he could for the Club in any position and at any time. I too was in the Street End when he scored 'that' goal and was right behind the flight of the ball, it was a stunning finish!!

But he should also be remembered for all the passion he showed to be in a Blue shirt in all the other games he played. RIP, Sandy.

David S Shaw
226 Posted 10/04/2014 at 17:25:29
Out of respect we all had beans on toast for our tea last night. RIP, Sandy.
Tony Dove
579 Posted 12/04/2014 at 18:22:59
Great servant for the club. He had the whitest legs I've ever seen.
Patrick Murphy
935 Posted 17/04/2014 at 13:24:24
I just found footage of Everton v Gladbach from European Cup 1970 at Goodison the commentary is in German but Sandy can be seen slotting home his penalty in the shoot-out. Some good stuff on there with a game from 1960 with Lill and Vernon scoring at Goodison v BMG 70

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