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60 Greatest Everton Players: #8. Ted Sagar
by Ed Bottomley

(1929-1953)
497 appearances

“I tried to make collecting crosses my life’s work, I would practice for hours on end, week in week out, with a couple of lads pushing high balls into the box and another one coming in to tackle me as I grabbed.”

  Shunted down the list only because Southall is one of the best goalkeepers in history, Sagar is an Everton behemoth. Amazingly, Ted was just 11 months short of spending a quarter of a century on the Toffees’ books as a ‘keeper and unsurprisingly he holds the record of the longest time playing for one club in league football. The enormously athletic Sagar played almost 500 times for Everton – winning two division One Championships, an FA Cup, and a Charity Shield in the process. Although he was capped by England only four times, he remains a legendary Blue.

Written by Ed Bottomley

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

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