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Ted Sagar



There are few players in the Everton back catalogue as legendary as goalkeeper Ted Sagar.

He was at Everton for 24 years and five weeks and made 497 appearances in all competitions - a figure surpassed by only Neville Southall, Brian Labone and Dave Watson. In the League only Southall has played more than Sagar's 463 matches. If it hadn't been for the interruption of the Second World War then who knows what total he may have clocked up.

Sagar was a brave 'keeper, famed for his headfirst dives at the feet of onrushing forwards and for his ability to come and claim crosses. To survive for so long in an era when it was legitimate for forwards to barge the goalkeeper around practically at will is a testament to how good Sagar was.

He won two League titles with Everton in 1931/32 and 1938/39, as well as the FA Cup in 1933 and the Second Division title in 1930/31. He also won four England caps, making his debut against Northern Ireland in Belfast in October 1935.

His last game for Everton before retirement came in November 1952 at Plymouth at the age of 42 years and 281 days - the oldest player ever to play for the club.

The stats:

  
 League
FA Cup
Other
Total
  
Apps
Gls
Apps
Gls
Apps
Gls
Apps
Gls
1929-30
8
0
1
0
0
0
9
0
1930-31
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1931-32
41
0
1
0
0
0
42
0
1932-33
42
0
6
0
1
0
49
0
1933-34
40
0
1
0
1
0
42
0
1934-35
35
0
4
0
0
0
39
0
1935-36
37
0
0
0
0
0
37
0
1936-37
29
0
4
0
0
0
33
0
1937-38
26
0
0
0
0
0
26
0
1938-39
41
0
5
0
0
0
46
0
1946-47
29
0
2
0
0
0
31
0
1947-48
42
0
5
0
0
0
47
0
1948-49
40
0
2
0
0
0
42
0
1949-50
18
0
0
0
0
0
18
0
1950-51
24
0
1
0
0
0
25
0
1951-52
10
0
0
0
0
0
10
0
1952-53
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
 Total
463
0
32
0
2
0
497
0