19. Ray Wilson MBE (1964-69)
“There wasn’t a winger who played against him who could claim to have broken even in the exchange, let alone come out on top.” – Alan Ball
Wilson is not only the best left back in Everton’s history, he became a world champion in 1966. Wilson was 29 when Harry Catterick bought him from Huddersfield for £40,000 and England’s Alf Ramsey regarded Wilson to be the best left back he had ever seen. Hard in the tackle, and armed with the ultimate defenders’ get-out-of-jail-free card, raw pace, he improved under the more intense Everton training system. Wilson played a clean game, and was never booked for a foul in a Football League match.