Everton Football Club have confirmed the appointment of Graeme Sharp to its Board of Directors.
The Club legend will become a non-executive Director and, whilst he will remain the Club’s Players’ Life President, will relinquish all other club duties to focus on his role on the Board.
Sharp said: “This Club is in my blood. I have enjoyed many great days as a Blue – and joining the Board and being able to play a part in shaping Everton’s future is one of the greatest honours of all.
“I look forward to working with my fellow Board members and take my responsibility as a custodian of our great Club very seriously.”
Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright added: “We were determined to have someone join us with not only great knowledge of Everton but also extensive football insight and experience. Someone who could support and challenge. And in Sharpy’s case we’ve got this in abundance.”
In his new role, Sharp will utilise the wealth of knowledge of the game he has been amassed over more than four decades to provide valuable input into the Club’s football strategy.
The second-highest goal scorer in Everton history behind the legendary William Ralph ‘Dixie’ Dean, Sharp amassed four major trophies during his playing career at Goodison, playing 447 times between 1980 and 1991.
A talismanic striker, he was top-scorer in Howard Kendall’s 1984/85 title-winning side and an integral member of the team when Everton reclaimed the championship two years later. He scored in the final when Everton won the FA Cup in 1984 and was on target on Goodison Park’s most famous night, the semi-final victory over Bayern Munich in the Blues’ triumphant 1984/85 European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign.
Signed by Oldham Athletic in 1991, he went on to manage the Boundary Park club for more than two years after replacing Goodison-bound Joe Royle in November 1994.
In 2000, he returned to Everton in an Ambassadorial role which he combined with media duties for both the Club and national and international broadcasters.
He was inducted as an Everton Giant in 2005 and in 2020 became Everton’s first Players’ Life President.
Oldham Athletic (1991-1997)
Scotland (12 caps, one goal)
Oldham Athletic player/manager (1994-1997)
Bangor City manager (1997-1998)
Everton Ambassador (2000-2020)
Everton Players’ Life President (2020-present)
English League Championship x2 (1984/85, 1986/87)
FA Cup (1983/84)
European Cup Winners’ Cup (1984/85)
FA Charity Shield x4 (1984, 1985, 1986 (shared), 1987)
Everton’s record post-war goalscorer (160 goals in 447 appearances)
Everton’s top goalscorer x4 (1981/82, 1982/83, 1984/85, 1987/88)