Alex ‘Sandy’ Young – An Everton Great Touched By Tragedy

An Exhibition featuring Everton and Scotland legend Alex ‘Sandy’ Young is being held prior to the Swansea kick-off this Saturday at St Luke’s Church

Evertonians have a unique chance to celebrate the career of one of the greatest ever forwards to don the famous Everton shirt this Saturday.

At the height of his Everton career, Alex ‘Sandy’ Young not only scored the winning goal in the 1906 FA Cup final, in turn bringing the cup to Goodison Park for the first time in the club’s history, the following season he also finished as highest goalscorer in the Football League with a 28 goal haul.

This Saturday the EFC Heritage Society will be presenting a display in honour of the legendary Alex ‘Sandy’ Young at St Luke’s Alex 'Sandy' YoungChurch before Everton’s Premier League clash v Swansea.

Chairman of the EFC Heritage Society, Paul Wharton, is hoping that Evertonians of all ages will come along to St.Luke’s before the Swansea game and pay homage to one of Everton Football Club’s all time greats:

Alex ‘Sandy’ Young scored our goal in the 1906 FA Cup final at the Crystal Palace (not Selhurst Park), the first time Everton FC had secured the cup after the third attempt in a cup final,” said Paul.

“Alex gave 10 years outstanding service to Everton FC scoring 128 goals. This takes Alex to the second highest goalscorer behind only Dixie Dean.

With 12 goals, Alex is also only behind Dixie in Derby Day goals against our nearest and dearest rivals Liverpool.”

Paul also revealed that five descendents of the Toffees legend and Scottish international will be at the event were they will be presenting the Scotland shirt worn by Alex ‘Sandy’ Young in a fixture against England played in 1905.

“Alex made two appearances for Scotland one against Wales and the other against England in 1905. The shirt Alex wore in the England fixture is still in the family today and Alex’s great nephew Bryan Cleeton will be coming from Scotland with five members of the family to show this shirt.

It isn’t the dark blue shirt we normally see Scotland play in so please come and see it!”

“We will also have photographs, articles and other memorabilia on Alex.”

St Luke’s will be open from midday – 14.30. Admission to the exhibition is free and you can buy tea, coffee and homemade cakes from the church on the ground floor.


While Young’s career on the pitch was touched with glory, his life after football was shrouded with mystery and tragedy. After short spells at Tottenham, Manchester City and South Liverpool, Young emigrated to Australia to be with his brother John.

What occurred in the Southern Hemisphere had long been a mystery with initial rumours reaching England that Young had been hanged for ‘cattle rustling.’

In fact, in an apparent feud over money, Alex ‘Sandy’ Young had shot his brother John before turning the shotgun on himself. John Young was killed while Alex recovered to be found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of ‘temporary insanity.’

Read this post on the Royal Blue View blog for an in-depth account of the mystery surrounding Alex and his time in Australia.


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Alex ‘Sandy’ Young Alex 'Sandy' Young


Born: Slamannan, 23 June 1880

Died: Portobello, Edinburgh. 17 September 1959

Height: 5 ft 9 inch. Weight: 11 stone 8 lbs.
Career:  Slamannan Juniors (11 (0) + 7),

Paisley St. Mirren (1899),

Falkirk: 1899-01, 35 +1

Everton: 1901-11, 314  + 125

Tottenham Hotspur: 1911, 5 + 3

Manchester City: 1912, 13  + 2

South Liverpool: 1912

Burslem Port Vale: 1913

Total games: 378 goals: 137



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