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Money Can't Buy Us Love: Everton in the 1960s


    ‘The content is crisp, analytical, thought-provoking and balanced’ Dave Prentice, Liverpool Echo.

    Hardback. Pages: 400. Size: 234x152mm. ISBN: 978-1-909245-59-4. Publication: August 2019.

    In 1960, the wealthy owner of the Merseyside-based Littlewoods corporation, John Moores, took control of Everton Football Club, setting in motion a chain of events that still affect the game in this country today.  

    Everton had enjoyed success before Moores's takeover but things would never be the same again from the moment he walked through Goodison's doors. Although big clubs had spent money before, none had done so with such naked short-term ambition and a ruthlessness to succeed that sent shockwaves through the previously stagnant world of English football. 

    The new owner's ruthless streak was personified by his first major move, sacking the popular Johnny Carey in the back of a London taxi in April 1961. Everton would finish that 1960/61 season in fifth place, their highest position since World War Two, but the Irishman's affable nature cost him his job. In his place Moores wanted a man in his own image to lead the club forward and he soon found him: Harry Catterick.  

    Catterick was little over 40 years old, and had been an Everton player himself only ten years before. But as a boss he exuded an aura that demanded respect and obedience from his players. It was a characteristic that won him few fans but plenty of trophies, and across the decade Everton reasserted themselves as one of English football's powerhouses, winning two league titles and an FA Cup.  

    Catterick's ability to nurture young products of the club's youth set-up such as Colin Harvey and Joe Royle was trumped only by his mastery of the transfer market, allowing him to sign the great Howard Kendall from Preston North End and World Cup winner Alan Ball from under his rivals' noses. Harvey, Kendall and Ball would soon form the club's greatest midfield trio, and their brilliance would underpin the 1969/70 title win, a victory for free-flowing football in an era of cynicism.  

    That trophy would be Everton's last major honour for 14 years. In Money Can't Buy Us Love, Everton's official statistician Gavin Buckland tells the tale of how Moores and manager Harry Catterick took the so-called 'Mersey Millionaires' to the summit of English football, in the context of the major cultural changes of the time. 

    The book provides a forensic character study of both Catterick and Moores, and also delves into the archives to provide a definitive account of the incidents that rocked the club in a fruitful but turbulent decade, including allegations of doping in the 1962/63 campaign, the 1964 match-fixing scandal which signalled the end of Tony Kay's career and the shock sale of Alan Ball.  

    Money Can't Buy Us Love offers fascinating insight into how strong personalities can take a team to the very top, but can also cause in its ultimate downfall.  


    Gavin Buckland is the official statistician at Everton Football Club, A Question of Sport script consultant, and a BBC Radio Merseyside regular. He is the author of a number of Everton books, including Never Mind the Toffees and Strange but Blue.

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    1. De Coubertain come up trumps again!  star rating

      Posted by Frank Thomas on 18th Aug 2019

      A fantastic read, devoured in a night & a morning! Tales from when my beloved Blues were "The Mersey Millionaires" Gavin has done us readers proud with a labour of love.. Thanks!

    2. Buy it now  star rating

      Posted by Tony Gavin on 16th Aug 2019

      A fantastic book that is hard to put down. It gives a fantastic insight into the relationship between John Moores and Harry Catterick and it provides a great insight about the players who played for our club. Players that those of us who were lucky enough to see them,were idolised and adored.I would highly recommend this book

    3. De Coubertain come up trumps again!  star rating

      Posted by Francis Thomas(Frank) on 16th Aug 2019

      I am an avid reader & collector of literature on Everton FC.. Money Can't Buy Us Love is the latest by DeCoubertain in an illustrious collection on The Blues. The author catches the period involved perfectly and sympathetically on a true Golden Era in the club's history. Maybe money can't 'Buy Us Love' but this splendid book, which I devoured in an evening and the following morning brings back a treasure trove of memories, the like of which we hope to experience again in the not too distant future. Congratulations to Gavin on a job well done & thanks!

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