Dixie Dean on the radio this morning got me thinking about the greatest Everton player I have ever seen... Sadly I'm too young to have seen Dixie Dean... Maybe the best I've seen is the binman, Big Nev.
Almost 10 years ago, I was out on the piss in London and wandered into some student place with my friends. After another pint we wandered through to the dance floor... there was a five-a-side goal on the dance floor and Big Nev was there saving penalties from anyone who cared to take them.
Spent the rest of the night drinking in the queue, taking a penalty, hugging Big Nev, getting his autograph, then going back to the back of the queue again... think I woke up with a dozen of his autographs in the morning. Sorry Nev, if I spoilt your evening, but you made mine!!
Tom Brown, Posted 03/05/2008 at 09:25:31
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1 Posted 03/05/2008 at 15:06:17
I will bet anything that all the aforementioned would agree that Big Nev was their kingpin, their insurance, who never let them down, and who could be relied on time after time. Keep hold of them autographs, mate ? they will be great memorabilia for the future.
2 Posted 03/05/2008 at 16:24:38
Southall was without doubt, the best ?keeper in the top division during the mid to late 1980s and the early 1990s, and even played on for the blues in a defeat of the Liverpool in late 1997, when Danny Cadamarteri left some Norwegian on his backside and he raced towards through on goal to give us a 2-0 win over them. The first was a Neil Ruddock own goal if memory serves.
One thing about Neville Southall: after the 1995 FA Cup Final win over Manchester United, instead of staying on for the after match banquet he headed straight home to North Wales. He said in the post match interview "If you had been with these players for as long as I have, you?d want to go home as well!"
A quiet man, and a bit of an odd ball at times, but as mentioned, a fine goalkeeper, and an Everton legend.
3 Posted 03/05/2008 at 16:56:49
4 Posted 03/05/2008 at 17:48:39
Oh, and I won the Golden Goal as well.
5 Posted 03/05/2008 at 18:19:21
Shame on them, I actually still see them now and again, feel like reminding them of their slur on a legend and all because he saw his arse because people's standards were not matching his.
6 Posted 03/05/2008 at 19:37:10
7 Posted 03/05/2008 at 19:58:31
Do you know the story behind that? The relevance of bringing it up is?
8 Posted 03/05/2008 at 20:14:58
It could have been triple that. Southall got man of the match. Superb.
9 Posted 03/05/2008 at 20:11:25
Had the great pleasure of meeting him and his good lady at the 100 Year Dinner at St. George’s Hall, spending 15 minutes in their company. It was clear that he was as big an Evertonian as any of the rest of us.
10 Posted 03/05/2008 at 20:24:28
11 Posted 03/05/2008 at 20:01:23
Just to move it on a tad, I can?t decide if the save at Tottenham that won us the league - I think it was from Micky Hazzard although I may be very wrong (like Allan Farrell) or in the Derby match at anfield against John Barnes (although it was offside but Big Nev didn?t know that ) was his best save.
12 Posted 03/05/2008 at 21:42:46
Don?t get me wrong: Neville Southall is a true Everton Legend, certainly our greatest goalkeeper in the modern era, and possibly ever. But that was his job: ace goalkeeper ? not Paragon of Virtue or Perfect Family Man.
The story Alan Farrell mentioned can be found here (for those interested ... and for those who aren?t, best not click on that link; you won?t like what you read, cos it?s from eveyone?s least favourite national rag...), which I?m sure will only add to the angst of scared memories now clouded by knowledge of the man?s basic humanity.
Get over it.
13 Posted 03/05/2008 at 23:53:59
14 Posted 04/05/2008 at 03:13:28
15 Posted 04/05/2008 at 09:59:07
16 Posted 04/05/2008 at 11:05:07
He was deprived of the top international stages thanks to Liverpool / Heysel and the fact that Wales never qualified for a major tournament during his tenure.
Should he have been more fortunate, his name would have been mentioned, by the uninitiated, with such as Shilton, Schmichael etc
17 Posted 05/05/2008 at 05:19:36
Also remember the game against Graham Taylor and David Platt’s Villa, when we lost 6 -2. Felt sorry for him and the bunch of wankers he had to play with.
To slate his place in Everton’s history because of ’personal problems’ is unfair, we all have issues and personal demons. Though playing goalie on a disco dance floor does push it a bit.