I'd like to know what some of the other baby boomers remember of Duncan McKenzie. I don't think I've seen a more gifted footballer in a blue shirt, but he seems almost forgotten and I wonder why.
Was he not as good as I remember or did he play in a side we'd rather forget? While I'm getting nostalgic, can anyone remember what they were doing when they first heard Ball had gone to the Arse?
Marcus Dawson, Posted 10/12/2007 at 13:30:09
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1 Posted 10/12/2007 at 14:33:34
2 Posted 10/12/2007 at 14:39:54
I remember a brilliant game he had against Stoke in the cup one cold January Saturday only for Bingham to be sacked the following week. This was the end of McKenzie as Lee preferred the dour Jim Pearson as his front man.
My other recollection of McKenzie is him hitting the bar at Wembley in the league cup final in 1978.
He had a radio programme on Sunday afternoon with John Toshack called MacnTosh on Radio City. After retirement McKenzie was a greengrocer in Haydock
He can now be seen with the match ball sponsors on the field prior to the game and in the corner of the Park End and Main Stand in the sponsors box where he throws left over packets of biscuits to the crowd at half time (sad old players have to do this sort of thing as they didn?t get the wages of modern day players.)
McKenzie is also an after dinner speaker but I warn you he is goddam awful only Bob Champion is worse.
When Alan Ball was sold I was in school and my dad told me it had been on the radio, I couldnt believe it. He had been disappointing after the Mexico World Cup as he like most of the other players were burnt out the following season.
3 Posted 10/12/2007 at 14:32:36
Smoking twenty-a -day and tabloid photos of him jumping over a mini are great memories indeed.
As for Bally, I was at my Gran’s house and being the grand old age of ten, fought back the tears from the incessant laughter from my RS gobshite brother.
Very sad memory indeed.
4 Posted 10/12/2007 at 15:15:42
Alan Ball - I think he was sold between Xmas and New Year 1971. I recall my Mum coming into the bedroom to break the news. Disbelief, denial, tears - the lot. Stared at the back page of the Daily Mirror for about half an hour. My first football hero and one the worst days of my football supporting life.
5 Posted 10/12/2007 at 15:34:20
I recall a cup tie at Cardiff when he latched onto a back pass from their full back, one Albert Larmour. Rounding the goalkeeper, he then paused on the goal line, juggling the ball till Larmour caught up with him, then calmly slotted it home. Gordon Lee having the vapours in the dug out while all this was going on
When interviewed by the Guardian after the match and asked about the goal , he just grinned and said "C?est l?amour".
6 Posted 10/12/2007 at 15:53:29
7 Posted 10/12/2007 at 16:03:22
Howard Kendall who was my favourite player at the time going to Birmingham with Archie Style for Bob Latchford. Joe Royle being sold I think it was on Boxing Day too.
The Dunc going to Newcastle behind Walters back. Rooney obviously as was not too long ago.
The one I always remember coming into the club was the arrival of Daniel Amokachi who came out on the pitch in a bright purple blazer when he signed waving away to everyone like he was going to be the big saviour. His passport said he was 21 and he was more like 31.
8 Posted 10/12/2007 at 16:22:52
9 Posted 10/12/2007 at 16:23:20
We had a cat called Bingham. We never had one called Lee.
10 Posted 10/12/2007 at 16:55:13
11 Posted 10/12/2007 at 16:59:03
12 Posted 10/12/2007 at 16:41:26
Incidentally, I believe we got him from Anderlecht. He was worshipped there too, especially for one memorable game when he and Rob Rensenbrinck (remember him?) tore apart Der Kaiser Beckenbauer’s Bayern Munich 4-0, when they were European Champs. If we draw them in the UEFA Cup, a chant of "We all agree, Duncan McKenzie is magic" should need no translation and go down well!
13 Posted 10/12/2007 at 17:15:11
14 Posted 10/12/2007 at 17:39:36
I was at that stoke game and he was even better when i saw the highlights on tv.
He remains my all time football hero and he was too good for the times. I hated Lee for getting rid. Proved he didnt have the vision, leadership or management skills to be any part of Everton Football club.
15 Posted 10/12/2007 at 17:42:23
16 Posted 10/12/2007 at 17:56:13
Seen bits and bobs on videos etc, and he looked like a fantastic player.
Funny that my idol for years was another Duncan!
17 Posted 10/12/2007 at 18:04:58
I was in Tescos on Walton Road with me Mum when some old gossip she knew from Carisbrooke Rd told us the news about Bally. I bawled my eyes out. I got a Caramac to shut me up. I was 27.
18 Posted 10/12/2007 at 18:12:40
He still loved Everton though even above the gunners
19 Posted 10/12/2007 at 19:49:54
20 Posted 10/12/2007 at 20:58:25
21 Posted 10/12/2007 at 21:06:13
22 Posted 10/12/2007 at 17:32:46
23 Posted 10/12/2007 at 21:44:51
Is my memory playing up or does anyone else remember that he could throw a golf ball over the ground as well as jumping over a Mini?
24 Posted 10/12/2007 at 21:59:20
Great player but didn’t come near my own hero, Bob Latchford - in my opinion.
25 Posted 10/12/2007 at 22:55:29
26 Posted 10/12/2007 at 23:00:27
I remember the mini jumping and the golf ball throwing. He was on Swap Shop or one of those saturday am shows and I couldnt watch it because I had my swimming lesson at runcorn old town baths. No VCRs then . Gutted...
27 Posted 10/12/2007 at 23:09:07
Ah happy days!
28 Posted 10/12/2007 at 20:52:11
DK was an obcenely talented individual, his well documented party tricks of jumping over a mini and throwing a cricket ball the length of a football field where only part of the show. On the football field he hardly endeared himself to the manager who had just spent half his sesons transfer budget on him. Bingham brought Mckenzie back to England from Anderlect for 200k a large sum in those days despite Everton breaking the transfer record in paying Birmingham 350k the year before for Bob Latchford. Everton fans really loved Mckenzie and he loved the fans back, he was a showman and clown rolled into one but he couldn’t make it as a consistent team player. Brian Clough brought him from Notts Forest to Leeds in his infamous forty four days but never bought him back for Nottingham Forest. As has been mentioned he only played 48 games for Everton. Everton sold him to Chelsea and on he went season after season in different clubs.
He had some great moments but in todays game he would never have been allowed to progress as that type of player, he would have been controlled and possibly may have become a great player or just faded away as so many talented but uncontrolable players have done.
29 Posted 11/12/2007 at 01:38:41
It was unfortunate that Gordon could not get along with Duncan, who was a genius on the field. The cigarette smoking and the Mini-jumping stunts were just a bit too much for oh-so-serious Gordon.
I was 17 when Bally was sold to Arsenal. The news was shattering. I felt very let down and I never forgave Harry Catterick for not trying hard enough to keep him at the club.
30 Posted 11/12/2007 at 02:31:25
31 Posted 11/12/2007 at 10:23:55
32 Posted 11/12/2007 at 12:14:48
33 Posted 11/12/2007 at 13:01:25
He used to live by Haydock Racecourse in Ashton-in-Makerfield and regualrly would walk his dog on the field of a local school where my arl fella used to take me to play footie.
I don’t remember him if I’m honest, but have a picture of he and I that my Dad keeps with pride.
To quote my Dad, ’Footballers were PROPER footballers back then son’...
Sez it all to me that.
34 Posted 11/12/2007 at 23:06:21