Above image: Alex Young (right) with the late Jimmy Murray.
His elegant skills were then enjoyed by exiled Scots and the local hosts during Hearts’ summer tours of North America in 1958 and Australia in 1959. On his return from Australia, Alex commenced his National Service with the Army Signal Corps where he starred for his unit and represented the British Army in international fixtures at home and abroad. In addition, the classy attacker was able to regularly play for Hearts on leave and in October 1959, he netted one of the goals when the maroons defeated Third Lanark by 2-1 in the League Cup Final. Alex then secured a second League Championship winner's medal in 1959-60 when he scored 23 goals for Hearts’ title winning side.
During that splendid season, on New Year’s Day 1960, Alex left a lasting memory for the fans when he scored a great hat-trick during a 5-1 win over Hibernian at Easter Road. Alex maintained that he actually scored four goals that day, although the media reported one as an own goal.
He was unable to enjoy Hearts’ summer tour of North America in 1960, but only because his fine skills were required by Scotland for a tour of Europe. Alex had won his first cap in the 1-1 draw against England on 9 April 1960 and before he left Hearts, he had scored three goals in six appearances for his country. He added two more caps and two more goals after his move down south.
Alex played for Hearts in the European Cup against Benfica in the autumn of 1960 and then the handsome blond striker was lured to Everton in November that year for a fee of £42,000. Alex subsequently became the "Golden Vision" of Merseyside and helped Everton to win the Football League Championship in 1962-63 and the FA Cup in 1965-66. The “Toffees” played glorious football during that decade and Alex Young was a perfect fit for Goodison Park where supporters have always appreciated skill and style.
Alex went to Glentoren in August 1968 as player-manager and he later appeared for Stockport County. Unfortunately, in 1969, he was forced to retire through arthritis in a knee and Alex came home to run a number of businesses in the Midlothian area. He was a regular and very welcome visitor to both Tynecastle Park and Goodison Park, and our sincere condolences are extended to his wife, Nancy, daughter, Jane, sons Alex junior and Jason, and all his family.