On Wednesday 3rd September 2014 12:30pm, at Seafield Cemetery Edinburgh Seafield Road EH6 7LD, The EFC Heritage Society, together with Everton Football Club, will pay tribute to one of Scotland's great Centre Forwards, Alex "Sandy" Young.
Alex started his football career with Slamannan FC, progressing to play for St. Mirren, who let him play for Falkirk FC. This is where the goal scorer captured the eye of an English team Everton FC.
So in 1901 began the goal scoring love affair with Evertonians. In 10 years for The Toffees he scored 127 goals, and with 12 goals against Liverpool this made Alex the highest goal scorer after Dixie Dean in both League goals and Derby Goals.
1906 was to be Alex's greatest achievement, scoring the winning goal in the final of The English Cup at Crystal Palace, bringing The Cup back to The City of Liverpool.
After a decade of service to Everton, Alex was transferred to Spurs leaving Evertonians unhappy with this decision. Upon his return to Goodison Park, the crowd showed their appreciation to him, even after Alex scored for Spurs it did not dampen the applause for their Former Blue.
Alex went on to play a handful of games for Man City before ending his Professional Football Career.
Once hanging up his boots, he took up farming in Australia, buying the Farm next to the one he had previously sent his Brother over to buy.
In 1916, The Young Brothers lives were about to change, Alex shot his brother John and then turned the gun on himself, aiming at his own face.
John sadly died whilst Alex lived.
Alex was to be sent to trial for Murder, however Alex's two sisters came to Goodison Park from Edinburgh to see Will Cuff, Everton FC's Secretary/Manager. Will promised that written evidence would be sent to Australia stating that Alex was under the two Doctors on the board, being treated for a Mental Health condition.
The charges were dropped to Manslaughter and Alex was found guilty, serving 3 years in an asylum and he returned to Scotland upon his release.
In 1959 Alex "Sandy" Young sadly died in a Mental Care Home in Portobello in Edinburgh.
After a newspaper article in December 2013, Bryan Cleeton came forward. Bryan is the Great-Great Grandson of Helen Cleeton, one of the sisters who visited Will Cuff.
Bryan came to visit Goodison Park and was delighted to see how much respect Evertonians still have for his Uncle Sandy. He brought with him the Scotland Shirt Alex wore against England in 1905 to be put on Display.
When the EFC Heritage Society realised that Alex was buried in the Poor House grave, we went to meet Robert Elstone, EFC CEO, who said Yes without any hesitation to our request for a new headstone, we have shared the cost with The Club and with the great support from Evertonians, donating both small and large amounts. Our Patron Neville Southall was a fantastic contributor in this project!
Sir Philip Carter Everton Football Club Life President
Robert Elstone Everton Football Club CEO
Neville Southall Everton Heritage Society Patron
Alex Young (Golden Vision)
St. Mirren FC & Falkirk FC
If any Evertonian's would like to come along to Seafield Cemetery you are welcome.
Paul Wharton Everton Heritage Society
Come Along To St Lukes Church from 2.30pm before the game on Saturday to see the Everton Heritage Society Display Of Everton Memorabilia.
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