Cliff Marshall dead, ‘Trailblazer’: Everton’s first black player

Former #EFC forward Cliff Marshall has sadly passed away at the age of 66 Marshall, who made his debut against Leicester City in 1975, went on to make 8 appearances for the Blues, before playing for Miami Toros & #SouthportFC He retired from the game at the age of 22.

Former Everton winger Cliff Marshall died after a brief illness at the age of 66.

Everton’s official statement announced today: “Everton Football Club is deeply saddened by the news of the death of former player Cliff Marshall.

“As a forward, born in Liverpool in November 1955 and raised in Everton, Marshall made his debut as a substitute in a game against Leicester City in Goodison Park in 1975.

“He started for the first time seven days later. Everton won 3-0 at Birmingham City and reached the top of the league standings under the leadership of coach Billy Bingham.

“Marshall has played for the club 8 times. After winning the England School Football Association trophy with the Liverpool Boys in 1970, he joined Everton at the age of 15.

“On behalf of the male students in England, he rejected the interest of Manchester United and Liverpool to sign at Goodison Park.

“Marshall left Everton in the summer of 1976, moved to the Miami Toros in the now-defunct North American Football League, and then returned to Southport for a season of the Football League.

“The two-footed attacker retired from the sport at the age of 22, settled in Liverpool, and established his career in the licensing industry, especially as the owner of several snooker halls in the city.

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