Cliff Marshall dies aged 66

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Sad news about a former Everton young player as news of the death of Cliff Marshall has been relayed by Everton FC:

A forward who was born in Liverpool in November 1955 and grew up an Evertonian, Marshall made his debut when introduced as a substitute in a Division One game against Leicester City at Goodison Park in 1975.

He made his first start seven days later, as Everton won 3-0 at Birmingham City to climb to the top of the league standings under manager Billy Bingham.

Marshall, who would make eight appearances for the Club, joined Everton aged 15 after winning the 1970 England Schools' Football Association Trophy with Liverpool Boys.

He represented England Schoolboys and rejected interest from Manchester United and Liverpool to sign at Goodison Park.

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Tony Everan
1 Posted 24/11/2021 at 13:21:06
Sad news today;

RIP to Cliff Marshall, a trailblazing former Everton player.

Ian Jones
2 Posted 24/11/2021 at 13:22:26
Just seen on the Evertonfc site that Cliff Marshall has died. Sad news.

I was only about 11 when he made his debut for us so don't remember much about him. Reading the article on the site, it suggests he retired at 22 years of age..

This off Wikipedia.. I like his quote at the end.

The 1975–76 season saw Marshall make four league starts. Frustrated by a lack of playing time, he looked for a transfer at the end of the season. Speaking in 2009, Marshall revealed that a dispute with coaching staff at Goodison Park also contributed to his exit: "In the end, I got a bit disillusioned [at Everton]. I loved playing football, football was my first love. But what disillusioned me was some of the coaches at Everton said 'your first priority is to defend', and I didn't like that. I'm an attacker; defending should be my second priority. I moved on."

Stephen Vincent
3 Posted 24/11/2021 at 15:24:13
I remember Cliff, I played against him in a trial match in 1970 at the old Penny Lane ground. I was left back on the day and Cliff was right wing. His team won 7-2 and Cliff scored 5, needless to say I didn't get the call.

I remember him most for the cup tie at Plymouth in 1975 he had a great first half but I think he suffered from the negativity of Billy Bingham and was substituted early in the second.

RIP Cliff, my condolences to your family.

Niall McIlhone
4 Posted 24/11/2021 at 18:27:34
RIP Cliff. Condolences to the family.
Tom Bowers
5 Posted 24/11/2021 at 18:38:30
The lad had talent, like many Everton youngsters, but when you are young you sometimes lack the patience to wait for your opportunity and then you have to really turn it on, like Rooney did.

I was at the Birmingham game and he did look like he could make it but alas could not sustain the consistency required at the top level.

Brian Murray
6 Posted 24/11/2021 at 21:43:28
Stephen post 3. Great day at Plymouth and vaguely remember him playing that day.

That was our year for the cup until a Taffy ref in the next round v Fulham disallowed a clean goal from Lyons when it was one-each. Yes, you guessed it. Cheating bastard – even 2 years before the game semi final.

Paul Birmingham
7 Posted 24/11/2021 at 22:53:15
Just back from working in Glasgow today and I picked up this afternoon on the news, the passing of Cliff Marshall.

RIP Cliff, and prayers and sympathies with Cliffs Family and friends.

I remember a couple of games he played in the first team in 1975, and he was an Evertonian, through and through.

A tough time to break into the first team, at that time for a youth, in a team that at the blew the league title, in as history has proved almost time honoured style, in context of other opportunities of success in almost the last 46 years.

God knows what Everton must do to get the tempo for previous eras of success.

RIP Cliff Marshall.

David Ellis
8 Posted 25/11/2021 at 02:43:32
I remember him. But he retired at only 22???? What happened
Dave Williams
9 Posted 25/11/2021 at 10:58:42
I saw him on his home debut and he was electrifying for a minute! Took a pass on the halfway line and beat four men in a tight space down the flank of the Paddock. We all gasped and wondered what sort of a superstar we had on our hands.

He had a stellar period playing for Liverpool schoolboys with a winger on the other flank called Jeff Swede and looked a dead cert for stardom but it didn't happen.

Seemed a very nice lad from later interviews – way too young to die (same age as me).

Condolences to his family – RIP Cliff.

Howard Don
10 Posted 25/11/2021 at 10:59:48
I remember Cliff mainly for a less than positive reason. I saw him play at Goodison and there was an incident that stuck in my mind.

I was in the Gwladys Street end. Cliff was chasing a ball down the right wing and narrowly failed to keep it in. The result of this was the Neanderthal behind me let loose with some, even for those days, shocking racial abuse which would be unrepeatable here.

Whether Cliff heard it I doubt, but it does illustrate what black players often had to put up with then. Things aren't perfect now with cowards on social media spreading their poison, but I like to think most of us in the stadiums on match day would not tolerate someone shouting that kind of abuse.

RIP Cliff, you and other black players of your era helped blaze the trail for others.

Dave Abrahams
11 Posted 25/11/2021 at 11:10:35
Howard (9), there was one game when Cliff was substituted, he had taken some stick in this game, racial, and it looked to me like Cliff was relieved to get off the field.

I think Cliff was the owner of a club in Parliament Street, known as Gloria’s, well known as a popular stay behind gaff, afternoon’s and early mornings, with Gloria and her three penny bits being the star attraction!!

Dave Williams
12 Posted 25/11/2021 at 11:27:02
Is it still open, Dave? Possible future venue for a ToffeeWeb gathering? Now that would be worth the 550-mile round trip and sod the game!
Len Hawkins
13 Posted 25/11/2021 at 11:50:19
Dave #11,

Time & Gravity will have taken it's toll on Gloria's assets, probably down to the waist band of her kecks by now.

RIP Cliff.

Paul Birmingham
14 Posted 25/11/2021 at 12:44:17
RIP Cliff Marshall.
Kevin Burke
15 Posted 25/11/2021 at 13:09:54
RIP Cliff.

I did see him play for Everton then he left and played for Southport in the lower divisions.

Graham Mockford
16 Posted 25/11/2021 at 13:12:45
Stephen #3,

I grew up on the houses that backed onto the Penny Lane pitches. Grove Mount it was called or ‘Grovey'

I saw Cliff play for Liverpool Schoolboys there and score a hat-trick, one of my first footballing memories.

Chris Corn
17 Posted 25/11/2021 at 15:29:00
Listen to the podcast Bred a Blue. Darren Griffiths interviews Cliff.

Very entertaining. Only published three weeks ago. RIP Cliff

Rob Halligan
18 Posted 25/11/2021 at 16:08:41
Really sad news about Cliff.

I saw him in the Royal hospital three years ago, whilst visiting my brother, and Cliff was in the next bed to him.

My mind is clearly playing tricks with me, but I'm certain Cliff had had a foot amputated, for whatever reason I cannot remember, and I just wonder if his untimely death is in any way related to that?

Anyway, him and my brother got on like house on fire, spending several weeks in the same ward. RIP Cliff.

Howard Don
19 Posted 25/11/2021 at 17:41:39
Dave (11),

When I was a young site engineer working on civil engineering sites in and around Liverpool, if the site ever got rained off for the day, the guys on site used to joke about heading off to the Gladray Club in Upper Parliament St. I never went, but gathered it was the kind of place you could blow a weeks wages on a day/night session.

Dave Abrahams
20 Posted 25/11/2021 at 20:45:42
Howard (19), Yes. The Gladray Club was the official name of the club but was always called Gloria's. I suppose you could spend a week's wages there in one session but I only ever went there for the beer!

Dave (12), No, The Gladray, like a lot of clubs around that area, have long gone but the memories of the characters who drank in those gaffs linger on.

Len (13), I don't know where Gloria's assets have finished up but I hope she is still going because her heart will be in the same place. She was okay, always game for a laugh and a lot of fun to be around.

Karen Mason
21 Posted 26/11/2021 at 11:55:07
Really sorry to hear about Cliff Marshall. Little doubt he was a talented player. A diamond in the rough, but perhaps not just managed well at his time at Everton to bring out his talent. I met him several times around town when we were both in our heyday. Not only a talented footballer, but a real gentleman with lovely manners.
My sympathy to his family & friends. I'm sure that he will be remembered fondly by those of us old enough to appreciate him. RIP Cliff.
Jay Wood

22 Posted 26/11/2021 at 12:13:23
In memoriam of another fine Everton player, astonishingly today is the 10th anniversary of Gary Speed's passing.

The BBC has penned a very fine piece about a very good man.

Gary Speed Remembered

Brian Murray
23 Posted 26/11/2021 at 13:15:59
Gary Speed. I always knew he was a Boyhood Blue and wanted us to sign him before Leeds (I think). Best memory is an Anfield derby as the Norwegian folk song was in full pelt and he popped up in the last minute with a boss glancing header for the equaliser. Great player and decent man by all accounts.

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