An authoritarian manager, Harry Catterick took over Everton following the departure of Carey in 1961. Given a direct brief from Moores to get the club back to the top of the league again, Catterick transformed the club under his leadership, leading them back to the top of the League and two Championship victories.
Another prolific former player returning to Everton, Catterick had played for the club throughout the 1940’s and early 1950’s, scoring 24 League and Cup goals for the club in 71 matches. Older fans welcomed him back enthusiastically, hoping his talents on the pitch could continue off it.
Confident in his own judgement, and unafraid of criticism, Catterick acquired a series of top-class players for the club, bringing in players such as John Morrissey, Fred Pickering and Ray Wilson from extensive playing of the transfer market. Reaching fourth place in the League during his first season at the club, Catterick’s second season saw the dream of Moores and the other fans come true as a much-changed team took the Championship victory with customary panache.
The only blight on an otherwise superb career appeared in 1965 when player Tony Kay, acquired by Catterick, was sentenced to prison for fixing matches during his time with Sheffield Wednesday, crushing Catterick’s belief in the idyll of sportsmanship.
With the FA Cup finals beckoning, Catterick gambled on the previously unknown Cornishman Mike Trebilcock to fill the void left by Kay. Catterick’s record spoke for itself as Trebilcock scored twice to bring home another FA Cup victory.
With Trebilcock joining a line-up of rising stars such as young players Joe Royle, John Hurst, Jimmy Husband and new signing Howard Kendall, 1968 saw Everton in Wembley once more, only for their hopes to be dashed by watching West Brom take the Cup in extra time.
With the 1969-1970 season beckoning, hopes were high as Everton fielded one of the finest sides seen in English football. However, disaster was to strike for Catterick as team confidence plummeted unexpectedly, and the team fell to 14th place only 12 months after heading the League.
While driving home one night in January 1972, Catterick suffered a heart attack, and in April 1973 with four years still left on his contract, continuing fears about his health, and worries about the affect it would have on the team forced him to move to a less strenuous role as a senior executive.
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