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60 Greatest Everton Players: #47. Derek Temple
by Ed Bottomley

“I never fail to hold my breath and pray that Derek Temple will hit the target for the winning goal. He never disappoints.” – Dr. David France, OBE

(1956-68) 272 appearances, 82 goals

Derek ‘Shirley’ Temple, a pacy and versatile player, scored the third miraculous goal in Everton’s famous 1966 Cup Final comeback against Sheffield Wednesday, a cool finish in a cauldron of pressure.

In Dr. France’s magnum opus, Everton Crazy, he asks our hero about *that* goal, Temple replies,

“If I had been Alex Young I would have dribbled up to the keeper before waltzing around him, nut-megging him and back-heeling the ball into the net. My practical alternatives were to chip the keeper or to blast the ball past him. I noticed that Springett had advanced from his line and decided to try my luck from the edge of the box. I knew exactly where I was going to hit the ball. Fortunately, the ball behaved itself.”

Temple’s quick-witted two-footed wing play even won the attention of Alf Ramsey, earning him one England cap in 1965. Thank you Derek, for that famous goal and answering Dr. France’s – and thousands of other Evertonians – prayers.

Written by Ed Bottomley

Everton fan exiled in Michigan. Duncan Ferguson obsessive, history buff, optimist. Follow me on Twitter @Dixies60

1 Comment

Everton were playing West Ham and attacking the Gladwys St end.
Everton took a corner with Derek standing on the D of the penalty area. He hit the ball on the volley and everybody ducked as it hit the net in a flash. One of half a dozen goals you never forget

by Joe Douglas on Feb 22, 2017 at 5:20 pm


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