At the Those Football Times website, Paul McParlan chronicles Harry Catterick's first success at Everton, winning the Football League Championship in 1963.
Everton's title win was treated with grudging respect by many commentators outside the city, who labelled Catterick's side as the “Cheque Book Champions” with insinuations that they had used the financial resources of John Moores to buy the league. Everton spent in the region of £290,000 to assemble their side but other clubs – namely Manchester United and Tottenham – had spent £115,000 and £99,999 on Denis Law and Jimmy Greaves alone, failing to reinforce other areas of their teams.
With the maximum wage now abolished and the transfer market in England having been reformed with players no longer bound by the retain and transfer system, the Football League had been revolutionised. Quickly, the big city sides with their wealthy backers would dominate the honours. Everton were merely the trendsetters.
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1 Posted 13/09/2018 at 15:59:40
Anyone remember the Daily Mirror competition where you had to pick a team that didn't exceed One Million in total transfer fees?
2 Posted 13/09/2018 at 16:26:47
If my memory serves me correctly, I think Manchester United paid Sheffield Wednesday £45,000 for Albert Quixall in 1958. He was one of the first signings that they made after the Munich air disaster.
I think it would have been Jimmy Murphy the assistant manager to Matt Busby that signed him, as Matt spent a long time recovering from his injuries.
3 Posted 13/09/2018 at 16:29:42
4 Posted 13/09/2018 at 16:46:31
Then we WERE a big club.
5 Posted 13/09/2018 at 17:47:05
That sounds like a fun exercise. I bet you could do it if you looked for youth team players that are still playing at their first club – people like Mark Noble at West Ham.
Might give that a go.
6 Posted 13/09/2018 at 17:57:44
7 Posted 13/09/2018 at 18:14:41
Steve, my first signing was always Terry Hennessey (Nottm Forest), a bargain for I think £30k, or I'm stuck at that figure, and free transfers don't count.
How much did Vardy cost Leicester?
8 Posted 13/09/2018 at 18:50:53
9 Posted 13/09/2018 at 19:25:11
A great day, Ian. At the start of the game, I was at the Park End of Goodison Road, half-time I was still there but had been down to the Gwladys Street end via the crowd! Think I did another couple of lengths of Goodison Road by the full-time whistle.
Used to love seeing the half-time scores put up against the letters on the Bullens Road wall... I just loved everything about that period. The City was alive and buzzing, we had Young and Vernon. The only blot really was getting rid of Bobby Collins.
Great days and a great team.
10 Posted 14/09/2018 at 02:19:13
11 Posted 14/09/2018 at 02:43:51
Shame Everton don't do dynasties and carry on domination. Same in 1969-70.
12 Posted 14/09/2018 at 17:25:10
By the way, it was a Second Division game.
13 Posted 15/09/2018 at 04:42:18
Suffice it to say, I wish I could put our new owner, manager, team, and our young fans into a time machine and take them back to Goodison for that 1-0 win against Spurs in 1963. If you were there, you know what I mean.
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