Brodsworth, Doncaster born goalkeeper Ted Sagar was known as a fearless goalkeeper of great ability. He joined Everton as an apprentice in March 1929 after playing for Thorne Colliery in 1928 and was initially understudy to Arthur Davies and Billy Coggins, making his Football League debut against Derby County in January 1930. He didn’t get a look in during 1930-31 as Coggins was an ever present, but from the start of the 1931-32 season Sagar had the gloves missing one game as Everton won the League title and he hardly let go of them for the next 15 war interrupted seasons.
He played in Everton’s League Championship winning sides of 1931-32 and 1938-39 and the FA Cup winning side of 1933, when Everton beat Manchester City 3-0 at Wembley. Sagar won his first cap for England when he was selected in a 3-1 win over Ireland at Windsor Park, Belfast, in October 1935, and played three more times for England winning his next cap against Scotland at Wembley in April 1936, playing twice on England’s May 1936 European tour in defeats to Austria and Belgium. He made 5 appearances for The Football League XI between 1933 and 1936 but his international career was limited due to the consistency of Harry Hibbs and Vic Woodley. During the Second World War he played for Portadown in 1940, as well as representing the Northern Ireland Regional League in 1941.
He played his last match for Everton, who had been relegated in 1951, at Plymouth Argyle in November 1952 before his retirement, having made exactly 500 appearances for Everton; this goalkeeping appearance record for the club was only beaten by Neville Southall in 1994.
NB This image was (probably) taken at the Everton v Tottenham FA Cup 5th round tie on 20th February 1937, played at Goodison Park, the match finishing a 1-1 draw. Tottenham won the replay 4-3 at White Hart Lane two days later (it’s also possible this was the game at which the photograph was taken). The Tottenham player in the background is Johnny Morrison, the Everton player is their powerfully built full back Billy Cook.