May 30, 1969
One of soccer’s great characters dies
One of the handful of men who have played for Everton and Liverpool, and one of soccer’s greatest characters of his day, William Lacey, died yesterday in Broadgreen Hospital. He was 79.
An Irishman, Lacey joined Everton from Shelbourne in 1908 but was transferred to Liverpool four years later in exchange for Harold Uren.
Originally a winger, he occupied every position in the forward and half-back lines while at Anfield. He was at inside-left in the 1914 Cup Final team, and also played in the championship winning teams of 1921-22 and 1922-23.
Lacey won the first of his 23 Irish international caps in 1909 and the last in 1925, when he was with New Brighton. He captained his country when they won the championship in 1914.
A widover, with one son who lives in Bootle, Lacey had recently lived in Basil Grange old people’s home, Sandfield Park.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: May 31, 1969)
Liverpool Echo: June 2, 1969.