Tony Kay

Tony KayKay 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

mannificent footballer

sinister enforcer

unforgiving tackler

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 £60,000 fee paid only one year earlier. The beneficiaries were Brian Harris, Bill Shankly, Nobby Stiles, and even Bobby Moore.

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