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Colin Harvey (born 16 November 1944 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England) is an English retired footballer who is best known for his time as a player, coach and manager with Everton.

Colin Harvey
Personal information
Full name James Colin Harvey
Date of birth (1944-11-16) 16 November 1944 (age 74)
Place of birth Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1974 Everton 320 (18)
1974–1976 Sheffield Wednesday 45 (2)
National team
1971 England 1 (0)
Teams managed
1987–1990 Everton
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Harvey was born in Liverpool and joined Everton as an apprentice in 1960. Harvey was often described as an elegant and skilful player and was nicknamed the "White Pelé" by Everton fans. "A beautiful footballer this boy" commented Kenneth Wolstenhome during the 1968 FA Cup Final, while Goal Magazine called him "a delightful player to watch". The 'White Pele' nickname came about because of his natural ability, grace and technique:

"It was when I made my debut for Sheffield Wednesday at Bolton. My dad had brought me back and I got a few phone calls asking how the game had gone, and someone told me that there was a banner at the Park End at Goodison saying something about me and the white Pele – it was a very proud moment for me! For someone to say that about you comparing you to probably the best player that ever played the game is really unbelievable. To think that people thought that much of me was hard to believe."[1]


Harvey made his debut in 1963, aged 18, against Italian side Inter Milan in a European Cup tie in the chaotic San Siro Stadium. He became a first team regular during the 1964–65 season.[2]

Of the occasion he said: "[I found I was playing] on the afternoon of the game. We had lunch and then we had a team meeting. Harry Catterick said there would be only one change. He said "Dennis Stevens – you move to number 4 and Colin Harvey goes to number 8" This was all because Gabby was injured at the time. It was as simple as that! I just gasped, I didn't have a clue that I was going to play – it was a great way of doing it, he didn't give me a chance to think about it, I just had to go out there and play! I thought no-one was going to expect too much of me, I just went out there and done my best and I did okay."

Holy TrinityEdit

Harvey became a part of the famous midfield trio known as the "Holy Trinity" with Alan Ball and Howard Kendall. Widely regarded as the best midfield of their generation, they were the key components of Everton's Football League First Division winning team in the 1969–70 season captained by Brian Labone.[3] In an interview in the late 1970s, Harry Catterick claimed that in terms of "skill and ability, Colin was the best of the three". Of the late 1960s/early 70s Everton side, George Best said "they were a delight to watch and indeed play against." It was in fact Harvey's superb solo goal which clinched the title at Goodison Park vs West Bromwich Albion which has been described as one of the best ever goals to win the league championship.


He played in the FA Cup winning team of 1966, scoring the winning goal in the semi-final against Manchester United. Harvey also played in the 1968 team that also reached the FA Cup final who lost the game against underdogs West Bromwich Albion. Harvey was also a key member of the 1970 League Championship winning side. While at Everton he made 384 appearances (4 as substitute) and scored 24 goals.[4]

Harvey left Everton shortly after Kendall's departure in December 1993, and in November 1994 became assistant to Oldham Athletic's new player-manager Graeme Sharp following the departure of Joe Royle to Everton. Sharp left Oldham in March 1997, and Harvey followed him out of the Boundary Park exit door, but was soon back in the game as Burnley assistant manager to Adrian Heath, however after just a matter of months he was appointed Everton's youth coach when Howard Kendall became manager for a third time.[5] Evertonians have nominated Colin Harvey for an MBE for over forty years worth of service to Everton F.C.[6]

In 2008 Harvey bagan working for Bolton Wanderers, during Gary Megson's tenure at the club. In July 2012 it was announced that Harvey had left his chief scouting role at the Reebok Stadium after just over four years at the club.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Harvey is married to Maureen and lives in Aughton, Lancashire.[8]

Colin Harvey's brother, Brian Harvey, was also a footballer who forged a career playing for clubs on four continents before coaching in Hong Kong and Oklahoma.[9]


  1. ^ Everton Secrets – Colin Harvey's autobiography. (ISBN 0954687167)
  2. ^ Colin Harvey Toffeeweb profile
  3. ^ Colin Harvey NSNO profile Archived 14 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ The History of Everton Football Club – Colin Harvey Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
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  6. ^ Harvey MBE
  7. ^ "Up to 17 staff may go at Reebok Stadium in cost cutting measures". The Bolton News. 21 July 2012.
  8. ^ "When Mersey footballers' weddings were a simpler affair", Greg O'Keeffe, Liverpool Echo, 13 June 2008.
  9. ^ Brenner, Steve (20 March 2018). "Football's maddest tour EVER: When Dallas Tornado wandered the world in 1967". Retrieved 21 March 2018.