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Fred Pickering (Blackburn, Everton, Birmingham, Blackpool, Brighton)


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From the Everton FC website

Everton Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Fred Pickering.

A prolific striker and the most expensive footballer in Britain when Everton paid his home town team Blackburn Rovers £85,000 to sign him in March 1964, Fred died on Saturday 9th February 2019, aged 78.

The thoughts of everybody at Everton Football Club are with Fred’s three children, his family and friends.

Pickering scored a remarkable 70 goals in 115 appearances during three years at Goodison Park to secure his place in the Club’s pantheon of brilliant number nines.

The Lancastrian centre forward instantly set about vindicating Everton’s decision to part with a record sum for his services, scoring a hat trick on his debut in a 6-1 victory over Nottingham Forest.

Pickering struck nine goals in nine matches immediately following his arrival at Everton, form which earned him a first England cap in May 1964.

He would mark his international debut in stunning fashion, too, hitting a treble as Alf Ramsey’s side beat USA at Wembley. He made two further appearances for the Three Lions and found the net in both matches

Fred Pickering was born in Blackburn on January 19th 1941. He joined Blackburn Rovers aged 15 and signed professionally for the club on his 17th birthday.

Originally a defender, Pickering played full back in the Blackburn team which beat Bobby Moore’s West Ham United to win the F.A. Youth Cup in 1959.

He scored 59 goals for Rovers before being prised away by Everton.

Pickering scored 37 goals in all competitions in his first full season with Everton in 1964-65 and the following year added another 22

He netted twice more early in the 1967-68 campaign before leaving for Birmingham City in a £50,000 transfer.

Pickering achieved the rare feat of establishing himself as a genuine favourite at a third English club.

He was an ever present in his first season at St Andrew’s and scored 15 goals as well as helping Birmingham reach the F.A. Cup semi-final.

Pickering finished his career with spells at Blackpool – where he scored at a rate of a goal every two games across two seasons – and Brighton & Hove Albion, either side of a second stint with Blackburn

"People do not have moments of truth in station waiting rooms"

(This post was edited by John Treleven on Feb 11, 2019, 8:24 AM)

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Fred Pickering was captain of the 1959 F.A. Youth Cup winners

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Sorry to read this. Fred scored the first goal I ever saw (playing for Birmingham) after just a few seconds in my first match.


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Re: [Karb] Fred Pickering (Blackburn, Everton, Birmingham, Blackpool, Brighton) [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

A childhood hero of the Blues team that got to the FA Cup semi and played hugely attractive attacking football...Barry Bridges, Bert Murray, Johnny Vincent, Trevor Hockey.....

Fabulous scoring record in his pomp, and by all accounts a great bloke and good old fashioned no.9

There's been a fab suggestion on a Blues website that at tomorrow night's game vs Bolton, the blokes should wear their trousers with the waist band turned over to be inside out - just as Fred did with his shorts.

Hopefully the club will also play 'Mighty Quinn' as the teams run out onto the pitch in his honour as the Tilton had a great chant

Come on without
Come on within
You'll not see nothing
Like Fred Pickering!


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