Brian Leslie Labone (23 January 1940 – 24 April 2006) played football for Everton between 1958 and 1971. Liverpool-born Labone chose to join Everton at 17 in July 1957 instead of going to university. His debut for the first team was in 1958. He was widely regarded as one of the best central defenders of his era. He was a strong tackler, good in the air, adequately fast but he rarely used his left foot. Brian showed his high opinion of Everton in a simple quote \"One Evertonian is worth twenty Liverpudlians\" Labone made 451 League appearances for Everton and a total of 534 in all competitions. He scored two league goals and was booked only twice throughout his career. Labone played in the championship teams of 1962-63 and 1969-70, in the FA Cup winning team of 1966, and in the FA Cup final of 1968. Labone played 26 times for England between 1962 and 1970. He withdrew from
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