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I cant believe it I really cant.

 

Everton Football Club and the people of Liverpool have lost a true legend and gentleman. Labone was someone who you always associated with the club, I remember when I was little he used to stand outside the main entrance and chat to fans and my Dad would just shout 'alright Brian' and he'd always wave. Unfortunately Im too young to have seen him as a player but I know he was a great servant to the club, a real gem and its very rare that someone like him comes along.

 

I really hope this gives Everton something to play for because no one deserves it more than Brian Labone, he gave his life to Everton and always for love never money. Us Evertonains have not just lost a former player but one of us a true fan.

 

My thoughts are with his family and may he rest in peace.

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RIP, true legend

 

At least now he can have a pint with true legends (like Dixie) and have a good old laugh at the redshite!

 

Farewell Labby...

 

There isn't a player at Goodison today that is worthy enough to rank themselves alongside you.

 

RIP and keep watching the blues - the good times will roll again.

 

J

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Once a blue always a blue...the genuine article. 534 appearences and only booked twice. I'm nearly speechless..don't know what else to say. Rest in Peace Brian..you were a true star.

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RIP Brian, I'm too young to have ever watched you play but the stories I heard will mean your name will last as long as Evertons.

 

My thoughts go out to the family.

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A scholar, a gentleman, and a True Blue Legend, thanks Brian for some fabulous memories.

 

My thoughts go out to your family at this sorrowfull time.

 

The passing of a Legend.............. Rest in peace.

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Thank you for the memories that will live with us...

Thank you for the deidcation to Everton FC......

Thank you for the standard you made...

Thank you for being an Evertonian....

Thank you for making the next generation follow your steps....

 

You will be sadly missed

RIP and may god bless you..ameen

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was also too young to see him play, but from what ive heard and from old videos/dvds ive seen he was a true eveton legend who will never be forgotten and he was somone who gave 110% to everything he did. depsite me being a young un, im truly gutted by this. my dad is devastated, he was his hero. in fact, he still is! brian was Everton and Everton was him. Brian, you will be greatly missed by all of us evertonians

 

RIP mate

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It's a very sad day indeed. I first met Brian Labone at Chester Races when I was a young boy and I asked him and a few other players if I could have their autograph. Of course he obliged - this was typical of the man. He always had time for anyone who loved Everton.

 

Then a few years later I had the privilege of caddying for him at Wallasey Golf Club when he was in a pro-am tournament. As I recall this was a couple of years after he retired from football but he was still a great hero of mine and I felt so lucky to be in his company.

 

Just under 20 years passed and I got a job as Branch Manager of Manulife Financial in Pall Mall, just down the road from the Pig and Whistle pub. Brian Labone was working at Manulife as a financial adviser and I was always amazed just how many times he was asked to attend fund-raising evenings. He would always do his best to accept these invitations because he loved Everton and he loved the company of people.

 

Brian was such a warm-hearted and approachable man. He was a giant of an Evertonian and a giant of a human being. I am indeed fortunate to be able to say that I knew him.

 

God bless, Brian - yours was a life that brought happiness to so many others and Evertonians all over the world will be raising a glass to so many good memories on this sad day.

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If you did not already know this, Mr Labone is on record (indeed on my video tape) as saying

 

"Don't forget lads, 1 Evertonian is worth 20 Liverpudlians".

 

Brian Labone will always remain one of a small handful of players that can be called an Everton legend.

 

Dean, Sager, Young, Ball, Kendall, Harvey, Labone, Ratcliffe and Southall - one or two others but not many.

 

Rest in Peace Brian.

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I am proud to say that I watched Everton throughout most of Brian's career - in fact the first time I saw him would be when my older brother was in goal for the Liverpool Collegiate and Labone was also in the team. Make no mistake, this was a really great player, not only because of his powerful domination of the Everton defence alongside the likes of Brian Harris and John Hurst, but because he did things the right way. No dirty play, no tantrums, no diving, no cheating no disappearing to the highest bidder - blue through and through. He should have played for England in the World Cup final as he was a far better player than Jackie Charlton. But he took us to two Championships and an FA Cup triumph which puts him right at the top in terms of great Evertonians.

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WENT TO Goodison THIS EVENING TO PAY MY RESPECTS.NEVER GOT TO SEE YOU PLAY .HOW WE COULD DO WITH A PLAYER LIKE YOU NOW. RIP BRYAN

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FIRST SEEN BRIAN COMING OUT OF THE BANK AT THE CORNER OF SPELLOW LANE AND COUNTY ROAD COUNTING HIS MONEY IN 1958 WHILE I WAS ATTENDING WALTON TECH.

LATER WATCHED HIM RIGHT THROUGH HIS CAREER A TRUE GENTLEMAN ON AND OFF THE FIELD R.I.P BRIAN :(

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heres a quessie for you lot.

 

 

on the pic of him holding the FA cup on the official site what significance has the cat got to do with anything

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:( the big man may have past on but he will live on in are club because thats what he was an evertonian thru and thru .thanks labby gone but never forgotten ;)

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If you did not already know this, Mr Labone is on record (indeed on my video tape) as saying

 

"Don't forget lads, 1 Evertonian is worth 20 Liverpudlians".

 

Brian Labone will always remain one of a small handful of players that can be called an Everton legend.

 

Dean, Sager, Young, Ball, Kendall, Harvey, Labone, Ratcliffe and Southall - one or two others but not many.

 

Rest in Peace Brian.

:P labbys always right kid ;)

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shame am at school. oh well ill wear my Everton shirt underneath my uniform in memory

 

I don't wish to sound condesending, but bluenose, it makes my heart swell with pride to hear a young blue speak with such respect. My hat is well and truly off to you young man.

 

ATB

 

Mac

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i just seen this on Blue Kipper, i like the final quote!

 

A tribute By David France

 

Brian Labone was my conscience in establishing the Everton Former-Players' Foundation, my reference source for selecting the original inductees into Gwladys Street's Hall of Fame and my telephone directory for organizing the Hall of Fame Galas. Also he has been my strength throughout my recent medical battles. I spoke with him only a week or so ago to review the reference to him in the upcoming 'Everton Treasures' book which is a joint-collaboration with Dave Prentice. It reads:

 

'His name catches the eye in over 500 programmes - No 5 Labone. Their pen-pictures hint at his abilities ... cultured defender ... dominant in the air ... strong in the tackle ... comfortable on the ball... constructive in his distribution ... gentleman both on and off the pitch ... respected universally for his sportsmanship ... blessed with a character that made him deservedly popular. Brian Labone was the backbone of his one and only club for fifteen years and deserved greater recognition outside of Merseyside. His 1962 nightmare in Paris coupled with his 1966 decision to withdraw from Alf Ramsey's World Cup squad proved costly in terms of caps, about 40 of which were awarded to Maurice Norman and Jack Charlton in his absence. My most enduring image of The Last of the Corinthians? Not him towering over Bobby Collins as both the Everton and Leeds teams were ordered to the Goodison dressing rooms to calm down in 1964 nor him glaring at Peter Bonetti after the England keeper had fluffed Franz Beckenbauer's shot in 1968; but as the Everton skipper downing a pinta at Wembley after receiving the FA Cup from Princess Margaret in 1966.

 

I am often asked what is the greatest Everton treasure not in my collection? My standard response is Brian Leslie Labone - the Blue Hope, one of the finest diamonds in the world. Having made 500 or so near-flawless appearances, Brian's essence is woven into the fabric of my post-war memorabilia. I believe that no single player has done more for Everton Football Club after hanging up his boots. Every club deserves such a passionate, proud and gentlemanly ambassador. Possibly because he has always lived on Merseyside and is so accessible, fans have tended to overlook him in favour of the fleeting visits by other ex-players. Notwithstanding, Labone continues to promote the royal blue cause not just as part of his matchday responsibilities but on every single day of the week, every week of the year to football fans of all persuasions.'

 

My words embarrassed him. So much so that he muttered: 'Can't you add something about the delicate royal blue veins in the Princess' hands and the twinkle in her eye? Also I'm not sure about the Blue Hope reference.' I retorted: 'Well what would you like chiselled into your headstone?' After a pause, he suggested: 'Simply, a Son of St Domingo.' David France. (28/04/06)

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