JACK SEARCH – “GENTLEMAN JACK” – EVERTON DIRECTOR – Steve Zocek

JACK SEARCH – “GENTLEMAN JACK” – EVERTON DIRECTOR – Steve Zocek

Jack Search was born in 1915 above his father’s jewellers shop number at 87 Wavertree Road. He attended Brae Street School before heading to Liverpool Institute. In 1932, Jack left Liverpool Institute to further his studies at Liverpool Technical College where he did an engineering course for another 4 years. Jack was always a keen footballer since playing at school. His senior career began in 1933 when he played for Collegiate Old Boys. He was also a member of the old Liobians team at Liverpool Institute. Jack went on to represent Cheshire and he started attracting interest from other teams. He signed and played for Liverpool FC. After nearly two seasons in Liverpool “A” team with one game in the first team Jack moved briefly to Lucem AFC, then for six months with New Brighton. His next port of call in his football career was to join Runcorn FC in 1935 where he spent a staggering 15...
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ROTTERDAM 1985-MICHAEL KONSEL (RAPID VIENNA)  – Steve Zocek

ROTTERDAM 1985-MICHAEL KONSEL (RAPID VIENNA) – Steve Zocek

Everton’s only success in Europe came on 15th May 1985 at the De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam. Everton’s passage to the final could have faltered at the first hurdle with a two-legged affair with the Irish part-timers University College Dublin providing the opposition. Graeme Sharp, Everton’s saviour that night with the winning goal, once said that it was the trickiest tie of all the rounds to the final, stating that Everton could so easily have been knocked out, with the woodwork saving Everton. Had the ball gone in UCD would have had a priceless away goal. With Inter Bratislava, Fortuna Sittard, and the giants Bayern Munich failing to stop Everton in their tracks to Rotterdam from September to May. I have always been fascinated about what the opposition from the Austrian capital Vienna and their green and white army Rapid thought of Everton, and that final in May. Having made several attempts to speak with the stars from Rapid...
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DAVIE WILSON THE FIRST £100,000 EVERTON PLAYER – ALMOST – Steve Zocek

Davie Wilson played for Glasgow Rangers from 1956 until 1967. During that time, he made 373 appearances for the Ibrox club. Davie was an outside left who could play anywhere and he wasn’t shy in front of goal either, finding the net 157 times. This included six goals in one game against Falkirk in 1962 which is still a post-war record. Unbeknown to me previously, he caught the eye of Everton when in 1962 he was approached by the Merseyside outfit. Jimmy Greaves at the time was the British record transfer with a fee of £99,999 from AC Milan to Tottenham Hotspurs. Tottenham manager Bill Nicholson didn’t want Jimmy to be the first £100,000 player as he thought the fee might put pressure on him. I caught up with this sprightly 80-year-old to find out about the interest from Everton, and why the move didn’t happen. ‘I was attending to my pigeons in the pigeon loft next...
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MARTIN MURRAY “THE NEW GEORGE BEST” – Interview by Steve Zocek November 2018

Martin Murray was signed by Everton from Irish club Home Farm in December of 1975 at the age of 16. Billy Bingham the manager who signed him, labelled him as the new George Best. Unfortunately, Martin was unlucky with injuries and failed to make the first team. I have been fascinated with trying to find Martin for a few years, but with much homework, I managed to locate him out in Denmark. We spent time chatting about the days he spent at Goodison, which has left a lasting impression on him, as he is now an Evertonian. Martin continues to tell his story. What happened was I was playing my football in Ireland, and broke into the senior team of Home Farm at the age of 16 and a ½. It seemed to take off from there. The newspapers went ballistic as they had dubbed me the new George Best. It’s hard to imagine for the people nowadays with social media...
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