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Harry Catterick
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Personal information
Date of birth 26 November 1919(1919-11-26)
Place of birth    Darlington, England
Date of death    9 March 1985 (aged 65)
Place of death    Goodison Park, Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 9 in
Playing position Centre Forward
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1946-1951
1951–1953
Everton
Crewe Alexandra
59 (19)
24 (11)   
Teams managed
1951–1953
1953–1958
1958-1961
1961-1973
1975-1977
Crewe Alexandra
Rochdale
Sheffield Wednesday
Everton
Preston North End

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Harry Catterick (26 November 1919 – 9 March 1985) was an English football player for Everton, but he is best remembered as the manager during one of Everton's most successful periods. At the 2009 Annual Everton F.C. End of Season Awards Ceremony, Catterick was inducted into the Everton Giants.

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Playing career

Catterick played at amateur level for Stockport County where his father, Henry, was a coach and for Cheadle Heath Nomads before signing for Everton in 1937 as an eighteen-year-old. Prior to turning professional, he was an apprentice marine engineer.

However, his professional career coincided with the Second World War so that his opportunities to play were limited. His war-time scoring record with Everton was an impressive 55 goals in 71 games.

He finally made his league debut in August 1946, aged 27.

Managerial career

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Sheffield Wednesday

Replacing Eric Taylor in 1958, Catterick achieved much success in his three years with Wednesday. He led to team to the Division 2 title in 1959 and reached the FA Cup semi-final the following season, losing to Blackburn Rovers. The following season Wednesday were league runners up to the Double winning Tottenham Hotspur. Catterick left just before the end of the season following an approach from Everton.

Everton

Catterick took over from Johnny Carey in 1961. He soon began to motivate the team and made some astute signings. Under his authoritarian guidance, Everton won the (Old) First Division Championship in the 1962/63 season and the 1966 FA Cup Final. Although he narrowly lost the 1968 FA Cup Final, the same young team eventually dominated the 1969/70 season, winning the Championship again by one point short of a record points total. Catterick upheld Everton's tradition of cultured, attacking football.

Many tipped Everton to dominate the 1970s under Catterick. However, the sale of Alan Ball to Arsenal and a dip in the team's morale saw Everton struggle in the league the following season. The struggle by a previously great team seriously affected Catterick's health, and he suffered a heart attack on 5 January 1972 due to the immense stress.

He was persuaded to accept the role of a non-executive director of the club in April 1973 and held that role until becoming manager of Preston North End from 27 August 1975 to May 1977.

The Shankly rivalry

Whilst the manager of rivals Liverpool, Bill Shankly, was an extrovert, Catterick was the opposite; an introvert. He disliked that the press gave information about his team out to the public, even simple details such as the formation. He ensured that the players on the team-sheet were only listed in alphabetical order so that rival managers would not know the line-up.

He also disliked televised games as he wanted to keep Everton's playing style out of the public eye. His rival Shankly was the opposite, welcoming televised matches as he felt it frightened opposing teams.

Catterick once gave an 'exclusive' story to a journalist that Everton had missed out on the signing of Preston North End's Howard Kendall and that Kendall had in fact opted to sign for Liverpool. The journalist published the story in the newspaper but hours later Kendall had in fact signed for Everton. It is claimed that Harry Catterick had manipulated the media to score points off the field against Shankly.

Death

Catterick died shortly after watching Everton draw 1-1 with Ipswich Town in an FA Cup Quarter Final at Goodison Park on 9 March 1985 of a heart attack. He was 65 years old. His death came almost exactly five years after former Everton striker Dixie Dean had died while watching a game at the ground, also of a heart attack. Everton won the replay 1-0 and the players wore a black arm-band in honour of Harry Catterick.

Honours with Everton

  • Old First Division Winners 1962–63
  • Charity Shield Winners 1963
  • FA Cup Winners 1966
  • Old First Division Winners 1969–70
  • Charity Shield Winners 1970

Portrayal

Catterick was portrayed in the 1997 TV film The Fix surrounding the events of the 1964 betting scandal, by Colin Welland.

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Simple English

Harry Catterick was an English football player and manager. He was most successful when he managed Everton FC during the 1970s.

Honours with Everton

  • Old First Division Winners 1962–63
  • Charity Shield Winners 1963
  • FA Cup Winners 1966
  • Old First Division Winners 1969–70
  • Charity Shield Winners 1970


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