Kay was a real hard-man who broke Harry Catterick’s heart. Respected for his biting tackles and perceptive passes, he was lured from the manager’s former club to secure the 1962/63 League title and serve as a formidable cornerstone of Catterick’s strategic plans. Of course, that was until Kay was banned from football after a match-fixing trial in 1965.
Born : Sheffield, 1937
Previous Club : Sheffield Wednesday
Everton career : 1962-62 to 1963-64
League : 50 appearances, 4 goals
Total : 58 appearances, 4 goals
The People newspaper revealed that Kay had bet on Sheffield Wednesday losing to Ipswich. Consequently, he was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud, served 10 weeks in prison and was banned from football for life. It was a tragic outcome. The real losers were Everton who lost Kay’s services plus the massive Â£60,000 fee paid only one year earlier. The beneficiaries were Brian Harris, Bill Shankly, Nobby Stiles, and even Bobby Moore.