Alex Young, one of the most revered players in Everton’s history has died at the age of 80. The Golden Vision, as the former Scotland international was known, died in hospital in his native Edinburgh on Monday after a short illness. He scored 89 goals in 275 appearances for Everton, winning the league in 1963 and the FA Cup three years later, but it was his style and skill for which he was idolised during eight years at Goodison Park and beyond.
"Many years ago before we even thought of be coming pop stars, Tony Jackson and I went every other Saturday to see our heroes playing for our beloved Everton but especially one hero, Alex Young "THE GOLDEN VISION" who won us many games with his wonderful early Messi type skill and heading ability.
"I got to know Alex years later after being invited to an Everton game by another Everton legend Allan Ball who May and I became good friends with but it was Alex and his wife Nancy who we became really good friends with, the four of us going on many holidays and just really having a good time. I remember when, like all professional footballers as they reach the the twilight of their career, the powers-that-be, namely the Everton Board and manager at the time The Cat (Harry Catterick) called his number and Alex had to leave his beloved Everton.
"In my eyes, along with thousands of other Blues fans, I could see he still had another season left in those twinkling silver heeled feet but it was not to be, and so it was Stockport County who took advantage and signed him! I was there along with my old mate Bill Kenwright for his first game underneath the flood lights at the County ground Stockport.
"I could go on talking about Alex, but I'll just say "Goodbye my Friend, you really were The Golden Vision"