I have only been a supporter of Everton since 1988, so I missed out on the glory days of the mid 80s. I was just wondering about the great team we had back then. Apart from Lineker, I think, did we ever buy any big name signings? Did any players come with good reputations, or was the team built from 'no-name' players. Just curious that's all.
Trevor Thompson, Posted 03/02/2008 at 15:02:49
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1 Posted 03/02/2008 at 18:04:56
2 Posted 03/02/2008 at 18:12:55
3 Posted 03/02/2008 at 19:10:20
With the exception of Lineker I don’t think that really changed until Colin Harvey got a bit excited and wedged out on Cottee, McCall, McDonald and Nevin.
4 Posted 03/02/2008 at 19:20:27
There was not much televised football in those days so it was only by going to the games that you knew how good that side became. There were times when you wondered whether the opposition would touch the ball ever again.........
5 Posted 03/02/2008 at 19:48:24
6 Posted 03/02/2008 at 21:00:25
- reserves at big clubs ( for Neville & Howard you could say Harper & Sheedy ),
- playing for smaller clubs in the top flight ( Baines = Van den Hauwe, Carsley = Bracewell for example ),
- the odd big money buy ( Yakubu = Heath ),
- supposed failures or players where their careers had dipped re-igniting their careers at EFC ( Arteta = Reid, Johnson =Gray )
- lower division players getting their chance in the top flight ( Cahill = Steven, Lescott = Mountfield, Jagielka =Southall )
- and youngsters brought through the ranks ( Hibbert, Vaughan, Anichebe and Osman = Ratcliffe, Stevens, Sharp & Richardson )
7 Posted 03/02/2008 at 22:04:52
8 Posted 03/02/2008 at 21:58:56
I have also recognized some of the above similarities in the manner in which Howard and Moyes have built their teams.
One thing that was really frustrating with Kendall?s sides was that they were forever missing players with injuries. Now, everyone loses players to injury, and obviously modern training methods shame what was the norm even 20 years ago, but besides the long term jobs (Heath, Reid, Neville in the ?86run-in, Bracewell) it seemed we were always losing men to ?niggling injuries? back then. Did Howard run training sessions at the pub?
The post that mentions all the ?nobodies? who helped us win the title in ?86-?87 reminds me, however, of just how bloody good we were in those three years. Still, we really should?ve won more.
I wonder what three titles in a row would?ve meant to the club at the onset of the big money. Surely our prestige throughout the world of football would?ve risen dramatically. I?ve always had a suspicion, and I can?t back it up with evidence, but maybe not winning in ?85-?86 was more damaging to us long term than not being allowed to stroll to the European Cup in the same campaign. Twenty-two years later I still can?t forget that Bobby MacDonald goal. Worst day of my life.
9 Posted 03/02/2008 at 23:31:03
10 Posted 04/02/2008 at 01:48:04