Everton Legend Gordon West Passes Away
Everton Legend Gordon West Passes Away
Everton Legend Gordon West Passes Away

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of Gordon West at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral today, 18th June 2012.

Everton fans, many wearing blue, broke into applause when the keeper's coffin covered in an Everton flag was carried into the Cathedral.

Tributes were paid by Everton president, Sir Philip Carter and former Club chaplain Harry Ross.

There were more than 30 of Westy's former team mates present including Derek Temple, Tommy Wright, John Hurst, Joe Royle, Colin Harvey, Peter Reid, Cliff Marshall, Ronnie Goodlass, Duncan McKenzie, John Bailey, Frank Darcy, George Telfer and Dave Hickson. (18/06/12)

Everton legend Gordon West has died today, 10th June 2012 aged 69. The Everton goalkeeper was a regular in the team that won championship in 1962-63 and in 1969-70 and the FA Cup in 1966.

Everton signed Westy from Blackpool for £27,000, then a British record transfer fee for a goalkeeper. Gordon Also won 3 caps foe England.

As well as playing for Everton for 11 years, making over 400 appearances, Westy became a great favourite with the fans as an after dinner speaker when he finished playing.

Deepest sympathy to all his family and friends from all at Blue Kipper. (10/06/12)

Tributes

 
Name: Paul Newton
Location: Bootle
Date: 19 June 2012
Yes, a fitting tribute to a true Everton legend. Kudos to the kopite who was there with a red shirt on too, showing that respect for Westy wasn't just amongst us. All the very best to the family of this great Evertonian.
 
Name: Stephen Cummins
Location: Ireland
Date: 19 June 2012
Westy was the Everton keeper when I began supporting them in 1966. We have been blessed with some excellent keepers down the years and Westy was up there with the best of them. Rest in peace.
 
Name: Kubla Khan
Location: Moysieside
Date: 19 June 2012
On the coach home from Wembley in 84" we picked Westie up. We then had Labone and Temple on as well, needless to say we had great time going home with Westie borrowing a few beers! It was also my birthday as well, what a day!! RIP Gordon
 
Name: Sheila Lupton
Location: Ex.lloyds bank
Date: 13 June 2012
One of my favourite customers. We shared a few jokes RIP.
 
Name: Jim McGiveron
Location: Perth Australia
Date: 13 June 2012
Memories are flooding back like my tears. God bless you, see you in blue heaven. Deepest sympathy to all the West family.
 
Name: Graham Rathbone
Location: Runcorn
Date: 13 June 2012
Westy was the goalie when I first started supporting Everton as a lad, true Everton Legend. Rest in peace Gordon thanks for the memories.
 
Name: anthony nolan
Location: new york
Date: 13 June 2012
DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO ALL THE WEST FAMILY. GORDON WAS A TRUE LEGEND, GOD BLESS YA, RIP, NSNO,
 
Name: Ray Welsh
Location: Broadgreen, L13
Date: 12 June 2012
Westy, you were an Everton legend. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting you, one of my fondest memories was when I was in the Bullens Rd. paddock one very bitterly cold night in Nov. '71 against Southampton. Everton were attacking the Gladwys St. end, we were 5-0 up in the first half and you were shivering in the Park End goal when an elderly gent came on the pitch and brought you a hot cup of tea/coffee to warm you up. It must have done the trick because we went on to win 8-0. You were one of Everton's greatest legends and goalie's. You will be sadly missed. My sincere condolences to your family. R.I.P. Gordon West.
 
Name: Martin
Location: Bristol
Date: 12 June 2012
Another of my heroes from that great era for Everton has gone and a lesser place the world is for his passing. RIP and condolences to all his family and friends.
 
Name: Paul Davies
Location: Litherland
Date: 12 June 2012
A Legend. I'll never forget the memories of a truly great goalkeeper. Going back a few years ago i had the pleasure of being in your company many a time at the local pub were you used to enjoy a pint or two. You were quite a character. God bless Westy and Deepest sympathy to all the family
 
Name: The obsructed view
Location: Liverpool
Date: 12 June 2012
Big hearted Evertonian. God bless you and all the family Westie. You were my 1st goalie to support as a kid. Deepest sympathy to all the West family.
 
Name: Dave Yates
Location: Afghanistan
Date: 12 June 2012
Great Goalie, Great man, Great Evertonian. God bless you Gordon, never to be forgotten. NSNO
 
Name: Kev Mcconville
Location: Lowestoft
Date: 11 June 2012
I remember having a few pints with him, John Hurst and Mike Bernard in the Hare and Hounds in Maghull. Wonderful story teller and top class goalie. Our thoughts are with his family. RIP Westy.
 
Name: Steve West
Location: Liverpool
Date: 11 June 2012
Thank you all for your kind words. It means so much. God bless you all. Steve West
 
Name: John Codling
Location: Thailand
Date: 11 June 2012
The word legend is too easily used today. Westy was one, Great memories of a great man I remember ha laid Jim Illy out at Newcastle cost us a pen but worth it
 
Name: Tony
Location: Australia
Date: 11 June 2012
Sad sad news. R.I.P. champ from a few Evertonians down unda.
 
Name: LES
Location: PHUKET
Date: 11 June 2012
My first real hero when i started to watch Everton as a boy. A giant in the goalmouth, i used to watch with awe when he used to swing on the crossbar after tipping one over!. Sadly missed, a real great My thoughts to his family.
 
Name: Shavs47
Location: Perth WA
Date: 11 June 2012
RIP Westy, deepest sympathy to your family.
 
Name: Andy Hamel
Location: Garston
Date: 11 June 2012
I am gutted what a man what a player a True Blue Legend , RIP Big Fella Nil Satis Nisi Optimum.
 
Name: Alan Brown
Location: Thailand
Date: 11 June 2012
Another of The " Great "Everton teams gone. But will NEVER be Forgotten......RIP Gordon...
 
Name: Ann
Location: NZ
Date: 11 June 2012
So sad to hear of a lovely person like Westy passing away. He brought fun and laughter especially to Derby games. RIP blessings to his family.
 
Name: Stephen Lyth
Location: Whitby
Date: 11 June 2012
God Bless ya Westy, I had the pleasure to meet you on a number of occasions, a true Gentleman and genuinely funny man, who made everyone laugh
 
Name: Geoff Edwards
Location: St Petersburg, Russia
Date: 11 June 2012
I was fortunate to have a drink with him in the Royal Oak in Crosby with him a few years ago; a true gentleman with a great sense of humour - hated footballers agents. Deepest sympathy - RIP Gordon
 
Name: Shane
Location: Wales
Date: 11 June 2012
One of the clubs real legends. R.I.P.
 
Name: Bobby V
Location: L'pool
Date: 11 June 2012
RIP Gordon. Heart goes out to the West Family
 
Name: John Kearney
Location: Wallasey
Date: 11 June 2012
I remember sharing a dressing room with Westy when we played in Ian Callaghans Testimonial at Anfield and he had a bin liner full of handbags which he threw into the Kop as he ran down that end of the park. Also had the pleasure of doing many after dinners with him and Labby. A great 'keeper, a great Blue and a great man respected on both sides of Stanley Park. Rest in Peace Westy.
 
Name: Bruce Humble
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Date: 11 June 2012
Absolutely gutted. 2 league medals and an FA cup winner. I am sure Labby and Bally are waiting for you. My thoughts are with your family and friends. R.I.P Goodison will never be the same.
 
Name: Pat Armstrong
Location: Liverpool
Date: 11 June 2012
R.I.P Gordon great man ~ great goalkeeper ~great Evertonian the fans past and present all admire and respect this truly wonderful man
 
Name: Dicko
Location: Everton
Date: 11 June 2012
Great man, great, great keeper in the bygone days when we really did have a great side. Thanks for the memories Gordon. Deepest sympathy to all your family. R. I. P. Lad.
 
Name: Dave McCarron
Location: Liverpool
Date: 11 June 2012
Met Westy a few times and what a genuine and funny man.Rest in peace Big Man.
 
Name: The Blue Monkey
Location: Liverpool
Date: 11 June 2012
RIP Westy What a great character I can remember a testimonial when a stretcher came on for an injury under the blanket on the stretcher was a huge shape it could ony be Westy. What a great guy he was they don't make them like him anymore
 
Name: Gary
Location: BANGOR NORTH WALES
Date: 11 June 2012
HEARD A GREAT STORY WHERE NEVILLIE SOUTHALL AND GORDON WEST WERE DISCUSSING WHO WAS THE BEST EVERTON GOALIE !! AFTER MUCH DISCUSSION GORDON WEST SAID LETS JUST AGREE I WAS THE BEST IN BLACK AND WHITE AND YOU WERE THE BEST IN COLOUR !! R I P GORDON WEST
 
Name: Brian Snagg
Location: Liverpool
Date: 11 June 2012
Sorry to see you have left us Gordon. You were up at the top with all the greats. It's only goodnight for now. You are with your mates Labby and Bally. R.I.P. my mate.
 
Name: Roger Kenyon
Location: Chester
Date: 11 June 2012
Thanks for being my mate. Miss you Westy R.I.P. My true friend.
 
Name: Craig Findlater
Location: Romsey Hampshire
Date: 11 June 2012
Pride of position my picture of Harry Catterick's all conquering stars. None more so than Gordon - a true legend. The days gone by of Labby, Alan Whittle, Sandy Brown, Bally, Joe, Jimmy H, and Brian Harris. In all great sides there had to be a class keeper - Gordon / Neville Really sorry to hear the news of his passing. Rest assured he will be in great company with the other Corinthians.
 
Name: Dave
Location: Liverpool
Date: 11 June 2012
A gracious man, humble and honourable, a gentleman, an Evertonian. Last time I spoke to Gordon, he'd gone out of his way to come to a fundraiser for a friend of ours who was battling cancer. Typical Gordon, he went around the room chatting and sharing his stories, having banter with the reds and was absolutely brilliant, as usual. He deserves to mentioned amongst the greats, because he was one. R.I.P Gordon west, deepest sympathy to the family.
 
Name: Spectator
Location: Crosby
Date: 11 June 2012
Before my era but greatly respected by all. A great player in the Everton pantheon. I met him at functions and he was always very friendly and open. Condolences to his family.
 
Name: Colin Evans
Location: Gloucester
Date: 11 June 2012
What's more to said....The chant was Gordon, Gordon, Gordon, with arms thrust forward....Could throw it to the 1/2 way line...I'm sure he used to mark a 'V' out from the 2 posts to the middle of the 6 yard box, so he knew his position...Could have been an England regular....RIP Westy....NSNO.
 
Name: Albie Charles
Location: Gloucester
Date: 11 June 2012
What a legend,what a man.A great goalkeeper a great entertainer.Deepest sympathy to the West family. RIP Gordon.
 
Name: Patrick Hale
Location: Isle Of Wight
Date: 11 June 2012
Top man Westy, such sad news ,deepest sympathy to all the family.
 
Name: Gary Mac
Location: Wirral
Date: 11 June 2012
RIP Westie, a Blue Legend. Sincere condolences to your family.
 
Name: Ron
Location: West Derby
Date: 11 June 2012
A rock solid true blue legend. A superb goalkeeper who represented his club and his country with utmost distinction. And a great, jovial, affable man who had an abundance of tales to tell. Will be sadly missed by Evertonians and all supporters of the beautiful game. Deepest sympathy to all his family and friends. R.I.P Westy.
 
Name: Jeff
Location: Cheshire
Date: 11 June 2012
Another one of my boyhood heroes gone. Fantastic goalkeeper and a real character. With the greatest of respect to Andy Rankin, Dai Davies and others that followed him, he was never truly replaced until Neville came along, which is a tribute to just how special he was. R.I.P. Gordon and God Bless your family.
 
Name: Paul Newton
Location: Bootle
Date: 11 June 2012
My dear Dad used to drink with Gordon in the Vic, in Waterloo. I remember when my Dad first introduced me to him (though there was little introduction needed, of course) and I was overawed to be talking to one of my first football hero's. A friend of mine is on t.v tonight, talking of her memories of 'Westy'. A great goalie, character and part of our great clubs history. R.I.P Gordon. Much love and sympathy to all His family. x
 
Name: Kevin
Location: Newmarket
Date: 11 June 2012
Remember that save at Wolves in the FA CUP. Top man. We'll miss you. God Bless.
 
Name: Mac
Location: Crosby
Date: 11 June 2012
One of the great Everton keepers. Will never be forgotten.
 
Name: Glenn
Location: Crewe
Date: 11 June 2012
Gordon-Gordon-Gordon. Loved saluting the grand keeper as he arrived at the Street back in the glory time. A character with a mind of his own. No compromise. An Evertonian. So long Westy.
 
Name: Allan
Location: Liverpool
Date: 11 June 2012
My dad took me to me Westy's first game against Wolves in March 62. A a real club man which in today's game is no longer the case. As previously mentioned what a save at molineux in FA cup in 67!!
 
Name: John
Location: Gosport
Date: 11 June 2012
Thanks for the memories Gordon. Too many to mention. God bless to an Everton great.
 
Name: Steve D
Location: wirral
Date: 11 June 2012
RIP Gordon you always took the time to speak to people and made my daughters day outside the main stand telling her stories of your playing days. True legend
 
Name: Lennie.
Location: West Kirby.
Date: 11 June 2012
As a kid watcing Westie in goal in the 1960's, he always looked like a giant. So sad to see another of my boyhood idols pass away. Never to be forgotten.
 
Name: Albie
Location: Liverpool
Date: 11 June 2012
Rest in peace a blue legend who was a great keeper and as strong as an ox from a time when the Derby was fun. Respect from the red half the city.
 
Name: Degsy
Location: Southport
Date: 11 June 2012
They don't have characters in the game anymore like you Gordon.RIP Westy.
 
Name: Colin Brown
Location: L
Date: 11 June 2012
I was lucky enough to see Westy in goal for the Blues for most of the time he was with us. I also saw him at a Sportsmans dinner a few years ago with the late great Brian Labone and a wonderful night was had by all. Deepest sympathy to all his family and friends, R.I.P a true legend and great man.
 
Name: Mark G.
Location: Oxton
Date: 11 June 2012
Larger than life and 'genuine' both on and off the pitch; chose his family over his country in 70 which must have pleased the Germans. R.I.P.
 
Name: Rob Parker
Location: Holbeach
Date: 11 June 2012
R I P Gordon a true Blues legend
 
Name: Hotpants
Location: Crosby
Date: 11 June 2012
A great hero of mine has passed away. I remember having a drink with Gordon in the Punch Bowl pub in Sefton years ago, in 1977. We were organising a charity football match, and when he heard me talking about being a goalie and an mad Evertonian, on the day of the match, he brought along his 1963 championship winning goalkeepers jersey for me to wear. I have never felt so proud, and felt ten foot tall playing in it. A real honour for me. The posts above say it all. A true hero, gentleman and Everton legend has passed away. Thanks for the memories Gordon. RIP.
 
Name: Balcony Blue
Location: Maghull
Date: 11 June 2012
One of my first Everton heroes. Who can forget him pulling down the crossbar to allow shots to go over? Probably get a yellow card these days. Or shoulder charging oncoming forwards who always came off second best. Interesting to see an earlier comment about his long throws. I think that was because he played for a long time with his thigh strapped up cos he couldn't kick properly. Great keeper, great guy, great loss. Rest easy Westy.
 
Name: Pete
Location: Tuebrook
Date: 11 June 2012
Gordon, you always had your back to me in the Gwladys street end. I felt so safe, cannot believe you've gone. What a man. West the best. nite my mate, and thankyou so much,
 
Name: Steve Hamill
Location: Mold noth wales
Date: 11 June 2012
Gordon, you were a true football legend. We never forget sense of humour. Rest in peace .
 
Name: Karan Hamill
Location: Mold noth wales
Date: 11 June 2012
So glad you were at my wedding. You were a lovely man. Our thoughts are with your Linda and sons Steve and Mark at this sad time. I bet you're chatting to Brian and putting the world to rights. Rest in peace. You'll be missed.
 
Name: Brian Saint
Location: Ormskirk
Date: 11 June 2012
R.I.P. Gordon you were my all time hero and i had the pleasure of being in your company many times in the Weld Blundell.
 
Name: Diane Gilligan
Location: Dovecot
Date: 10 June 2012
Deepest sympathy to all the family, god bless Westie xxxx
 
Name: Dave Charles
Location: Liverpool
Date: 10 June 2012
Very sad news to hear. Another of The Catt's Legends gone. Thanks for the memories Gordon. Deepest Sympathy to all the Family.
 
Name: Peter B
Location: Wirral
Date: 10 June 2012
Met the great man a few times, A True Legend. Will be sadly missed by all Blues. Thanks for the memories Gordon. R.I.P Big Fella.
 
Name: Tony H
Location: Wallasey
Date: 10 June 2012
Westy. My first Everton hero. A great keeper and great person. Met gordon several times over the years. RIP Gordon
 
Name: Alan Ash
Location: Liverpool
Date: 10 June 2012
Guted - spent my youth watching a great keeper RIP
 
Name: Mark & Liam Bowen
Location: St Helens
Date: 10 June 2012
Good Night & God Bless Big Fella. Give our regards to Messrs Labone, Ball et al. Nil Satis Nisi Optimum.
 
Name: El Cid
Location: Offshore
Date: 10 June 2012
A terrible loss to his family and the club. Larger than life and a great character who would always have time to have chat and a joke. Scary - how the years pass by and another Legend passses on. God Bless Gordon West and you'll be in great company in the Main Stand in Heaven.
 
Name: Joe Dids
Location: Bury
Date: 10 June 2012
Brilliant keeper; inspired me to be a keeper, in the early 70s. Great legend; leaves fond memories of successful days.
 
Name: Tommo
Location: Wigan
Date: 10 June 2012
A great shame. I went to a dinner when he was there with Labone and the two just had so many stories and were like a comedy duo. RIP
 
Name: Ken Sweeney
Location: Winsford
Date: 10 June 2012
Your mate Labby will be waiting for you with a Pint mate ,Evertonian and Legend! Everton Mid Cheshire
 
Name: e williamson
Location: kirkby
Date: 10 June 2012
Sad news. RIP westie.
 
Name: Neil
Location: Rainford
Date: 10 June 2012
I had the honour of meeting the great man several times. True legend. R I P Mr West
 
Name: Doug
Location: Tenerife
Date: 10 June 2012
What sad news....Many condolences to his family..R.I.P. Gordon West... one of Our All Time Greats
 
Name: Pauline Kelly
Location: Aintree
Date: 10 June 2012
R.I.P Westy. A great goalie & a great man. Up there now with his many friends Bally, Labby, Dixie, Harry Catterick etc. Deepest sympathy to all his family x
 
Name: Tel the blue nose
Location: Aintree
Date: 10 June 2012
A true Everton legend Sympathy to all Gordon's family
 
Name: fitz389
Location: Wolverhampton
Date: 10 June 2012
I was lucky enough to start watching the blues in the season we won the title in 1970. A great keeper, behind a great side. Rest easy Westy; you've earned it!
 
Name: PETER RIGBY
Location: ENGLAND
Date: 10 June 2012
Gordon West was a true Everton legend, and only for being so unselfish and staying at home with his then wife instead of going to Mexico in '70 would have gone on to be an England legend. Westy what a team you're joining up there, Labby, Bally et el! Thanks for the memories mate. R.I.P.
 
Name: John
Location: Southport
Date: 10 June 2012
Gutted to hear the sad news. A true blue and a legend. RIP Gordon West.
 
Name: mike
Location: bootle
Date: 10 June 2012
R.I.P. Westy. true Everton legend. "your in are heart your in our soul".
 
Name: Norman Patterson
Location: Widnes
Date: 10 June 2012
A great keeper, in my time a close second to Big Nev, I remember his long throws out, at that time most keepers used to kick it. A very sad day for people of our generation as our idols pass away.
 
Name: Andy
Location: Huyton
Date: 10 June 2012
A god to me when i was a kid and had the pleasure of meeting him 8 or 9 years ago at a sportsmans dinner. What a gentleman and what a character. He said to me you know you people are the greatest people on earth the way you treat your ex players. No Gordon. Were not mate. You are and always will be. Go and join your mates. The great gods Labby and Bally. RIP big man as my uncle Tommy used to say. Hands like shovels Westy.
 
Name: BLUE NOSE
Location: ST HELENS
Date: 10 June 2012
THANKS FOR ALL THE MEMORIES RIP WESTY
 
Name: Riley
Location: Liverpool
Date: 10 June 2012
It's such a shame that when people talk about the greatest goalkeepers in the English game they talk about Banks, Shilton and Clemence but never Gordan West. RIP Gordan West.
 
Name: Eddie Hallsworth
Location: Isle of mann
Date: 10 June 2012
God bless big man. Had a pint with Westy in the Hermitage in the 70s. He had me memorised with very humorous tales about the other players ie Brian Harris. Fred Pickering. We will never see the like again
 
Name: John Kelly
Location: Australia
Date: 10 June 2012
RIP Westy, you'll never be gone.
 
Name: Mick McGuire
Location: Blackpool
Date: 10 June 2012
Very sad news. I remember Westy laying out Andy Lochead of Burnley at Turf Moor. Nobody messed with Gordon. True legend. rR.I.P. Gordon say hello to Bally and Labby for us..
 
Name: Mike
Location: L'pool
Date: 10 June 2012
Another boyhood hero gone. Deepest sympathy to the West family. RIP Gordon.
 
Name: Ken Cunliffe
Location: Widnes
Date: 10 June 2012
The `Kop` had a song for you Westie, but that was a compliment to you. They knew how good you were, God Bless and Rest in Peace.
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