“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.