Apr 082014

The Scot made 31 appearances for the Blues during the League Championship winning campaign of 1969/70

Title-winning former Everton defender Sandy Brown has died aged 75 after a long illness.

The Scot made 31 appearances for the Blues during the League Championship winning campaign of 1969/70, after signing for the Goodison outfit in September 1963 from Partick Thistle.

Renowned as a tough defender, the left-back was also blessed with an ability to read the game and was occasionally deployed as a defensive midfielder by manager Harry Catterick. 

Brown, who scored the only goal in a dramatic European Cup Winners’  Cup fixture against Real Zaragoza in 1966, made 253 appearances before departing Goodison for Shrewsbury Town in May 1971.

Before that he had contributed to Everton’s FA Cup success in 1966, playing four games en route to the final, while also helping Catterick’s side reclaim the First Division crown in 1969/70. 

Although he scored 11 goals for the Toffees during his time on Merseyside, another of his more memorable strikes was an own goal in the Merseyside derby – a diving header into his own net in December 1969.

It was an uncharacteristic moment for someone who otherwise provided eight years of exemplary service for the club, and played every position for the Blues including goalkeeper when Gordon West was once sent off.

He also scored against Liverpool to balance out his rare moment of misfortune.  After his time at Shrewsbury, Brown returned to Merseyside and played his final games for Southport before retiring in 1973.

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