For me, it has to be the last gasp escape against relegation back in 1994 when we beat Wimbledon 3-2. With 2 goals from Graham Stuart, and an absolute belter from Barry Horne! A complete rollercoaster of emotions were felt that day, total despair as Ablett put one in his own net to make it 2-0 to the Dons. To the nervous tension as Stuart clawed us back into the game, thinking we could do it, we could get out of this! And then the sheer delight as the final whistle went and we were safe. I've never heard a noise like that at GP since that match, even though there has been some cracking games there since.
ps: Just writing this has bought back memories of some long forgotten players that I've witnessed over the years and for some random reason Brett Angell has popped into my head. Brett Angell???? What the hell is he doing now? and more importantly, was there ever a worse cetre-forward playing in Royal Blue?
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1 Posted 04/07/2008 at 15:16:21
AJ’s goal against Arsenal was a bit special, the roof nearly lifted off that day!
Mickael Madar. He made Brett Angel look like Graeme Sharp! I’ll never forgive that French guy for missing a sitter against the RS from 2 yards out.........
2 Posted 04/07/2008 at 15:56:29
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4 Posted 04/07/2008 at 16:17:06
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6 Posted 04/07/2008 at 17:56:59
Best game for me was beating Arsenal 6-1 long ago in 1985. Everton were simply brilliant.
Best aways were at Tottenham same year (10,000 Everton fans at WHL on a Wednesday night in a crowd of 48,000 as we beat our closest challengers 2- 1 ) to virtually clinch the League and last season in Nuremberg was another fantastic experience.
7 Posted 04/07/2008 at 17:52:01
It was only my third game & first Derby as I only went when one of my dad’s mates couldn’t go & so there was a spare ticket.
I was too young to remember us beating the shite & couldn’t even beat my Koppite friend Ken at subuteo ( though I once ran him close in a 5-4 thriller ) so was none too hopeful.
The magnificent Andy King scored with a 30 yard screamer, 1-0 to the Blues - Fantastic !
The koppites faces at school on Monday morning - Priceless !
8 Posted 04/07/2008 at 17:59:46
But if I?d have been there, I?m sure I would?ve plumbed for Derby last season.
9 Posted 04/07/2008 at 18:26:29
Thereafter we somehow went behind and for much of the second half we laid siege to their goal at the Street end. Waiting for Dereck Mountfield?s equaliser (we won the replay at Portman Road) I though I was going to have a heart attack. Sadly poor old Harry Catterick did, and died at the end of the game.
Yes indeed, a very memorable match!
10 Posted 04/07/2008 at 18:49:09
Davey Weir scored first when I was in the toilet, then Chaill banged one in.Best game ever IMO.Shame about that Baldy Bastard Colina cheatin against Villareal.
Litterally went from Euphoria to Dispair in the space of about two months.
11 Posted 04/07/2008 at 21:46:37
12 Posted 04/07/2008 at 22:39:45
Anyway the atmosphere was electric and we were just beautiful to watch but it didn’t look like we were going to put the ball in the net that day, until the best British player I’ve ever seen decided otherwise.
Alex Young went for a header and rose above their centre half Maurice Norman...who was about seven foot, he rose above Dave Mackay and he rose above their goalie, Brown, to plant the ball in the net at the Street end. It was just sheer brilliance from the man. For a second everyone just stood there gob smacked then we went bananas. We won the league that season and I don’t think I’ve seen better football from our team since, although the mid eighties were magic as well.
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15 Posted 05/07/2008 at 03:15:47
Runners up? My first derby GP ’84-’85. 3-0 down at HT. Battle back to lose 3-2 but IMHO a draw was fair at least. The Blues supporters were great that day, made me laugh at HT, and that’s what I remember most. 5-0 win versus MUFC at GP. Beating UCD in the ECWC - just. FS same year, same cup (PR’s star jump still has me laughing). Any game played by our team in the 84-85 season, WLD, were happy memories.
FAC final 1989. Many had left before ET. The drama was worth staying if not the result.
16 Posted 05/07/2008 at 07:06:24
Anyway, back to memories. My daughters first ever game. v Coventry early 90s. We bought our tickets for the St End and as I was getting a programme, she waited at the top of the steps. When I caught up with her, she was dumbstruck at the beautiful sight before her. Goodison! She uttered the words "Dad, I?m home".
One cold & wet miserable night v Man City, we took our seats and my daughter grabbed my arm and said "Grandad Billy is next to us". I just froze. My late father had passed away months earlier.
ps: My Missus says its about time I grew up.Im only 56. Blue blood courses through my veins so shut up woman! COYB
17 Posted 05/07/2008 at 07:37:10
The first one Vs WBA and little Bobby Collins squaring up to some monster centre half. The atmosphere, the noise.
Too many to mention, all the usual suspects...
Enclosed spaces make their own universe and they contain both past and future echoes that soak into your very being. Like a stick of rock, if you cut me in half it would say EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB.
Kirkby will be but a pale imitation; the ruination of a once proud club and a million people's hopes and dreams.
18 Posted 05/07/2008 at 10:25:22
The redshite can?t stand the fact that, despite all their jammy wins in European, the Mighty Blues are the team who have produced the best performance in Europe, nothing they?ve ever done can match our game v Bayern.
19 Posted 05/07/2008 at 19:26:49
65,000 inside GP ? they put big screens up at Anfield, that was chocker too.
The tension was almost unbearable, we were the better team, but chances had gone begging and I was starting to fear the worst, then Bally netted the winner.
The place just exploded !
There must have been 10,000 reds inside GP that night, they must have wished they had never gone.
The Evertonians had stole the Mohamed Ali taunt of "What's my name?"
Goodison has never been louder than when that chant swirled around her
EVERTON! What's our name?
EVERTON! What's our name?
EVERTON . . . .
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22 Posted 06/07/2008 at 11:28:05
Depressing to think I?ll never again be that young, that thin or that happy.
Pure 100% ecstasy.
23 Posted 06/07/2008 at 21:43:12
Beating Man Utd who had Best, Charlton, Law etc and the blues 5 nil up at half time with a hat trick from Vernon in 20 minutes. The others included the 4 nil win to win the championship against Fulham with Vernon again in the goals and Tony Kay with a huge cigar (nicknamed Cassius Kay). Beating a great Liverpool side 1 nil with Ball scoring the winner and the game being shown on the big screen at Anfield with both grounds full and thousands locked out...Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal were all also rans during those great days.
24 Posted 06/07/2008 at 21:55:56
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26 Posted 07/07/2008 at 12:36:03
Best ?aways?: Spurs FA Cup semi at Elland Road (Blues on 3 sides of pitch), Newcastle Boxing Day 4 - 0(?) in ?85?, Luton FA Cup semi at Villa Park (Sheeds, Derek Mountfield after being behind and terrible for most of the game)
Best one listening at home on the radio: Southampton semi and Inchy?s extra time winner.
The thread is brightening up a dismal Monday!
27 Posted 08/07/2008 at 19:56:26