Congratulations to Paul Wharton and the Everton Heritage Society, who saw there work finally come to fruition yesterday.
Everton legend, Alex 'Sandy' Young scored 127 goals in 314 appearances between 1901 and 1911 including the only goal of the game in the 1906 FA Cup final in Everton's 1-0 win over Newcastle at Selhurst Park.
Sandy's goal gave Everton the FA Cup for the first time in our history and is still fourth in the lists of Everton's all-time leading goalscorers.
After he had finished playing football Sandy had troubles in his personal life and mental health issues and served a prison sentence for the manslaughter of his own brother in Australia before he died in 1959.
Unfortunately there was now gravestone to mark his grave. So the Everton Heritage Society contacted the Club in 2011 and led a fundraising effort to pay for a gravestone in Seafield cemetery in Scotland.
So yesterday 3 September 2014, Young's family gathered from around the world many meeting for the first time alongside Paul Wharton and Lupston from the Heritage Society, Everton representatives and former players Graeme Sharp, Graham Stuart and Alex 'The Golden Vision' Young (No relation).
A service conducted by Reverend Henry Corbett and the Heritage Society paid tribute to 'Sandy', the footballer and the man, at the side of his newly-unveiled headstone.
Paul Wharton, chairman of the Everton Heritage Society, added: "This is an Everton legend from 100 years ago that Evertonians will talk about in another 100 years. We had to honour the man and we're made up with how well it's gone. The Club are proud and so are we."
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