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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896 Posted 08/04/2014 at 17:52:18
899 Posted 08/04/2014 at 17:57:39
900 Posted 08/04/2014 at 17:57:47
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!
902 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:04:33
RIP Sandy, thanks for the memories
903 Posted 08/04/2014 at 17:55:25
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.
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.
905 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:09:58
906 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:11:07
For those too young to see him, think big Dunc, heart and passion. He loved EFC and at the time we loved him.
907 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:15:24
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.
909 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:21:03
RIP, Big Man. Great player, Sandy Brown.
910 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:20:54
Yeah, four of the 1970 heroes gone now I think.
912 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:25:38
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!
913 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:29:30
We have a heck of a team upstairs now
914 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:29:48
916 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:41:46
917 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:47:29
918 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:46:57
921 Posted 08/04/2014 at 18:59:37
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."
922 Posted 08/04/2014 at 19:01:50
The German goalie in the Gladbach game was Wolfgang Kleff if memory serves me right.
Dont know why I remember that ?
927 Posted 08/04/2014 at 19:12:27
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!
929 Posted 08/04/2014 at 19:15:08
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.
930 Posted 08/04/2014 at 19:19:36
931 Posted 08/04/2014 at 19:08:07
935 Posted 08/04/2014 at 19:23:59
937 Posted 08/04/2014 at 19:57:46
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
940 Posted 08/04/2014 at 20:24:57
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!
944 Posted 08/04/2014 at 20:35:21
Was Keith Newton RIP also a member of that 1970 league winning team? If so, that would make five who have passed on.
948 Posted 08/04/2014 at 20:45:59
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.
950 Posted 08/04/2014 at 21:16:54
956 Posted 08/04/2014 at 22:18:14
959 Posted 08/04/2014 at 22:31:36
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.
960 Posted 08/04/2014 at 22:39:42
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.
962 Posted 08/04/2014 at 22:54:10
Must take issue with the original post, Lyndon - you say 31 appearances 1969/70 but http://www.evertonresults.com/196970summary.htm says 31 starts plus 5 sub appearances - so 36 in all for the League.
965 Posted 08/04/2014 at 23:02:59
968 Posted 08/04/2014 at 23:19:12
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.
976 Posted 08/04/2014 at 23:47:42
980 Posted 08/04/2014 at 23:57:26
996 Posted 09/04/2014 at 03:05:05
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.
000 Posted 09/04/2014 at 06:17:37
001 Posted 09/04/2014 at 06:48:21
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
002 Posted 09/04/2014 at 06:58:58
005 Posted 09/04/2014 at 08:43:48
008 Posted 09/04/2014 at 08:35:17
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.
010 Posted 09/04/2014 at 09:07:48
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...
014 Posted 09/04/2014 at 09:46:46
015 Posted 09/04/2014 at 10:00:26
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.
016 Posted 09/04/2014 at 10:05:43
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
Yep, he is.
021 Posted 09/04/2014 at 10:27:03
027 Posted 09/04/2014 at 10:45:27
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 few.............it sucks getting older, right lads?!?
Condolences to Sandy's family & loved ones!!
031 Posted 09/04/2014 at 11:53:15
035 Posted 09/04/2014 at 12:17:37
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!
037 Posted 09/04/2014 at 12:50:29
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.
048 Posted 09/04/2014 at 15:24:12
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.
059 Posted 09/04/2014 at 16:11:29
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.
062 Posted 09/04/2014 at 15:59:27
067 Posted 09/04/2014 at 16:51:01
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.
166 Posted 10/04/2014 at 07:45:40
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.
226 Posted 10/04/2014 at 17:25:29
579 Posted 12/04/2014 at 18:22:59
935 Posted 17/04/2014 at 13:24:24
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-9NVX6Csq0Everton v BMG 70
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