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  • mr_lister2000 mr_lister2000 Jan 21, 2008 09:17 Flag

    Wally Fielding has died, aged 88

    Just thought I'd mention this as he was Everton's oldest surviving player until he peacefully past away.

    WALLY FIELDING, Everton's oldest surviving footballer, died peacefully yesterday at his home in Cornwall, aged 88.

    Affectionately known as Nobby, Fielding made more than 400 appearances for the club, scoring 54 goals.

    A Londoner by birth, he joined Everton in 1945 after leaving the army and was hugely popular with the Goodison fans.

    Many youngsters in the 1950s mimicked his trademark style of holding onto his rolled down sleeves as he ran with the ball.

    A regular visitor to the Hall of Fame gatherings, he was usually introduced as "Everton's favourite cockney." Known for his passing precision, his reading of the game and his ability to beat defenders, his trademark was a perfectly weighted ball inside the full back to his flying winger Tommy Eglington.

    He spent 14 years at Goodison, finally quitting the club at the age of 39 to join Southport.

    He made 20 appearances for the Sandgrounders, scoring one goal, before moving back down to his native south.

    In recent years he made his home in Cornwall, but was always happy to chat with holidaymakers from Merseyside.

    Funeral arrangements will be made public next week.