Linfield was represented by chairman Roy McGivern and honorary secretary Andy Conn at a dignified event in which the Everton Heritage Society and Everton FC honoured Billy Scott, a former goalkeeper of both clubs and the Irish international team.
On Billy's birth date of May 17, the Everton Heritage society unveiled and dedicated a new headstone on Billy's previously unmarked final resting place in Anfield cemetery in Liverpool.
Everton FC was represented by their former players and ambassadors Graham Stuart, Graeme Sharp and Colin Harvey and in a moving ceremony beside Billy's graveside, Anita Davies beautifully sung "Abide with me" and "The Lord's my Shepherd."
Billy's grand son Kevin and grand daughters Sheelagh and Germaine were in attendance, along with a number of members of the Everton Heritage society.
After the service the Linfield directors received a warm welcome at nearby Goodison Park where the Everton Heritage society had laid on a display of photos and memorabilia on the career of their former goalkeeper who played in the first Everton team to win the FA Cup in a 1-0 win against Newcastle in 1906.
Prior to his transfer from Linfield to Everton, Billy had won 2 Irish League winners medals and 2 Irish Cup winners medals (both in 1901/02 and 1903/04).
Recently, Roy Carroll joined Billy as the second Linfield goal Keeper to have won both Irish Cup and FA Cup winners medals. 2 other players to have achieved this unique feat include Jackie Milburn of Linfield and Newcastle, as well as Jimmy Delaney of Derry City, Celtic and Manchester United.
Billy Scott earned 25 international caps, famously playing in the first Irish team to defeat England in 1913 and after 289 games for Everton, he also played for Leeds City and wartime Liverpool FC.
Billy recommended his famous goal keeping brother Elisha to Liverpool FC and prior to his death in August 1936, Billy worked in the licensing trade and as a taxi driver in his adopted home city of Liverpool.
The Everton Heritage society produced a souvenir booklet about the career of Billy and they deserve immense credit for their efforts to honour and pay tribute to a former player who made a significant contribution to the successful history of both Linfield and Everton.
A photo of the front cover of the booklet, as well as images at the grave side in Anfield cemetery and nearby Goodison Park follow below.
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Above - Roy McGivern with Matt Roach - EFC marketing manager and below Roy presents a LFC pennant to Brendan Connolly of the EFC Heritage society.
Below - Billy Scott's grand son Kevin with grand daughters Sheelagh and Germaine.
Earlier in the day a visit was also paid to pay respects at the Hillsborough monument at Anfield.