Each month we take a look at an
Albion ‘programme from the past’. A number of the programmes will be rarities, allowing a much wider audience to view them, perhaps for the very first time.
West Bromwich Albion v Everton, Football League Division One, The Hawthorns, Saturday
19th March 1960
Almost 52 years ago on
March 19, 1960, Derek Kevan
became the last man to date to score five goals in a league match for Albion
when he helped the Baggies to a 6-2 win over Everton. Kevan, known
affectionately as ‘The Tank’, died earlier this month at the age of 77.
Derek Tennyson Kevan was born in Ripon,
North Yorkshire, and began his
career in his home town with Ripon YMCA. He was snapped up by Bradford Park Avenue
in October 1952 and went on to score eight times in his 15 games for the club. By the summer of 1953, his former manager at
Bradford - Vic Buckingham - was in charge of
Albion. Kevan had been a professional for less than 12 months but
Buckingham must have liked what he saw and made him his first signing for the
Baggies at a cost of £2,000.
National Service in the Army meant it would be two years
before Kevan would appear for
Albion’s first team but when he finally did it would be a debut to
remember. His first game in
Albion colours came at The
Hawthorns on August 24, the opponents were Everton. Kevan started his Albion
career in much the same way it would continue - with goals - notching both in a
2-0 victory over the Toffees. The big man scored again three days later in a 3-1
defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford. The return game against
Everton on August 31 would see the Baggies lose 2-0 but Kevan would find the net
again in the next match at home to Sheffield United.
Despite four goals in his first four appearances,
Kevan would play just three more times during the 1955/56 season, manager
Buckingham preferring to stick with the prolific pairing of Ronnie Allen and
The 1956/57 season would see Kevan become a regular
starter and scorer for Albion and also an England international. He made his
full debut and scored in a 2-1 win over
Scotland at Wembley in April. He
would go on to win 14 caps for his country scoring eight goals, two of which
came at the 1958 World Cup finals in Sweden.
With the exception of 1957/58, Kevan would finish
each of the subsequent seasons as Albion's top league goalscorer, with his best
tally of 33 coming during his final full season with the club in 1961/62, a
season which saw him top the first division goalscoring charts and set a new
post-war Albion goalscoring record.
following season would see his Hawthorns career come to an end after a falling
out with the club's new manager Archie Macaulay. Kevan admitted in later years
that he never wanted to leave Albion.
In March 1963 , after 291 appearances and 173
goals, he left the Baggies and joined Chelsea in a £50,000 deal. His time at
Stamford Bridge would last just six months however after falling out with
Chelsea boss Tommy Docherty. A £35,000 move to Manchester City followed which
was a success. His first season at Maine Road saw him score
30 goals to break the club's post-war scoring record, which
stood until beaten by Francis Lee in 1971-72.
Kevan left Maine Road after two successful seasons
and short spells followed at Crystal Palace, Peterborough United, Luton Town and
Stockport County. Amazingly, in 1967 whilst at Stockport, Kevan won the only
senior medal of his career - the Fourth Division title. After leaving County he
dropped down into non-league football, having spells with Macclesfield Town,
Boston United, Stourbridge and brewery side Ansells FC.
From 1972-1993 Kevan played for and later managed
the Albion All-Stars team, combining that with a role during the 1980s as an
Albion Lottery agent.
The word legend is used perhaps far too frequently
these days but Derek Kevan, who spent the last years of his life living in Birmingham,
really was a true Albion legend.
6th March 1935 - 4th January 2013
The matchday programme issued for Kevan's 'five goal game'
against Everton was the normal Albion 12 page issue for the season. Perhaps the
only thing out of the ordinary in the programme were the
adverts for the upcoming Aston Villa v Wolverhampton Wanderers FA Cup semi-final
which was due to take place at The Hawthorns one week later.
The programme can usually be bought for around a couple of
As for the game itself as noted above Kevan scored
five of Albion's goals with David Burnside grabbing the other. Bobby Collins and
Jimmy Harris scored the Everton goals. A crowd of 24,887 were in attendance to
see the following teams in action.
Albion: Wallace, Howe, Williams, Drury, Kennedy,
Robson, Jackson, Burnside, Allen, Kevan, Hogg.
Everton: Dunlop, Parker, Bramwell, Gabriel, Labone,
Meagan, Lill, Collins, Harris, Vernon, Ring.
View the complete programme here