Mike Trebilcock

Mike TrebilcockHarry Catterick paid £23,000 for a complete unknown named Trebilcock. Although his Everton career was short-lived, it was money well spent. Without question, Trebilcock left his mark at the club and in the nation’s heart. Given his Wembley heroics, it is often overlooked that he was one of the first men of colour to play in the top flight in Britain.

Born : Gunnislake, 1944

Previous Club : Plymouth Argyle

Everton career : 1965/66 to 67/68

League : 11 appearances, 3 goals

Total : 14 appearances, 5 goals

1966 hero

fleeting star

first man of colour

Catterick picked Trebilcock to deputise for Fred Pickering in the semi-final against Manchester United. Although the side’s leading scorer returned for the last few games of the 65/66 season, Pickering was clearly not fit to play at Wembley. It turned out to be a courageous decision. Despite trailing 2-0, Everton fought back with Trebilcock scoring twice before Derek Temple hit the winner.

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