Depending on subjective opinion both here on ToffeeWeb and the wider media, the title of 'legend' is often used and just as often abused. I ask your opinion on what qualities and/or achievements are prerequisites needed to be accepted as a legend. Specifically, I would like to know just what is required of an Everton legend.
To illustrate what I am talking about, let's take for example the suggestion that Tim Cahill, who is already a living legend in Australian Soccer, should also be considered as an Everton legend ? or at least one in the making.
The mere suggestion of such a thing gets some backs up and the Australian Mafia will get its usual airing. I ask those people, are you listening Mike Oates, who is it that they reckon is an Everton legend? And their reasons for it? Perhaps the time has come for a defined set of criteria that will determine what constitutes a legend.
Should there be a department or ombudsman tasked with evaluating criteria and declaring whether or not a candidate is suitable for legendary status?
Then there is the question, should the title be awarded only to those who are dead or should there be a category of living legends.
My personal choice for the latter is Davy Hickson.
Dick Fearon, Posted 02/10/2010 at 00:23:48
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1 Posted 02/10/2010 at 05:04:19
My belief is that there has to be general agreement that a player is (a) very good indeed, and that (b) he is firmly in the Everton camp. Winning something also helps! As much as the groupies may squawk, I don't believe there's anything like a consensus about Cahill.
2 Posted 02/10/2010 at 08:20:04
3 Posted 02/10/2010 at 10:16:18
4 Posted 02/10/2010 at 11:27:02
I doubt we'll see too many of what we would call legends at Everton as money dominates too much both from the point of view of what a player demands and what a club thinks he's worth.
5 Posted 02/10/2010 at 11:11:15
Must be a true ambassador and promotor of the club even on International duty
Must have that something different that gets the supporters pulse racing
Mustn't dissappear when things get a bit tough on or off the field
Mustn't move onto better' things at the first oppertunity
Must continue to speak with passion and continue to promote the club after they leave
I'm sure there are lots more, but Cahill is the only player in our current team that ticks all these boxes for me, but the last one and I hope it's a while yet before he does
6 Posted 02/10/2010 at 11:32:26
Must make a difference (probably the most important one)
You only need to look at the Stats when Cahill plays to when he doesn't to apprecieate that he ticks that box
7 Posted 02/10/2010 at 11:38:14
8 Posted 02/10/2010 at 11:14:21
Mike suggests a vague reasoning based on a general consensus that X in this case Ball is regarded as being a worthy of the title. From a purely Everton view point did Alan do that much more for the club than Tim.has and is still doing.
As part of the holy trinity Alan made a valuable contribution toward our success.
It should be remembered how different were the circumstances faced by Alan's Everton.
In those days we were one of the big rich clubs and could sign practically anyone we wanted. When Alan arrived he was a British record signing,
It is a completely different scenario for Tims Everton. No longer are we a rich club and it is a huge challenge against mega rich opponents. Variables such as those do not assist toward balanced comparisons of a players value. For instance, Alan cost us 115 thousand pounds and we sold him to Arsenal for around 200, thousand. Cahill would be worth many times more than that.
I use that analogy partly to demonstrate one of the differences between then and now.
Another and more pertinent difference is that the Premiership is light years ahead in speed and average players skill level.
Ste #2.I destroy my own argument here by saying that I also would have big dunc on my list of legends.
I wonder if those with the means to research players records could enlighten us on the actual records of Ball and Cahill.
I am just about to update my computer and will temporally be unable to contribute any more to this topic.
9 Posted 02/10/2010 at 11:50:40
A Fantastic midfield player, my favourite member of the Holy Trinity of Ball, Harvey and Kendall and a Championship and FA Cup winner to boot.
Add to that he was the first first team coach throughout the '80s glory years, and took on the Managers job when Kendall and our best players were deserting for European football.
Finally he was a superb youth team coach in his later years with the club until he decided he couldn't do it at the level he demanded of himself.
No contest for me Colin has given more to our club than anyone over the past 50 years.
10 Posted 02/10/2010 at 13:38:01
I am loath to name a player as a legend who is only of average or decent premier league standard, especially if he is playing for a club who has not performed in top competition.
I do not believe that many of our current side would get a place in Chelsea or Man Utd teams except as squad bench warmers.
My legends would include Southall..Ray Wilson..Ball...Vernon..Young...after those few I would be struggling.
Ferguson was just a very direct, physical centre forward who was ill disciplined and sometimes downright embarrasing with his 'thuggish' tendencies.
When he played we were just a very 'hoof ball' team who just played to his strength...no midfield at all.
When I honestly look at todays team I see a lot of average to good premiership standard players without a lot of creativity or guile.
All the above is without wearing the 'blue tinted' glasses.
11 Posted 02/10/2010 at 14:00:50
12 Posted 02/10/2010 at 14:53:31
If they're the best you've seen it's a short hop to bestow legend status on them, look at Beckham by common consent can't head, tackle, dribble but todays generation think he's one of the greats, tossers.
13 Posted 02/10/2010 at 15:16:29
Also IMO an Everton legend does not conform to the dictionary definition of a legend.
The first and most important definition is he must have extreme passion for the club and supporters.
Secondly it helps if he can play a bit.
Thirdly he must have some character and backbone.
And then it helps if he scores a few against the RS.
For me Cahill for his love of the club and his attitude towards supporters and life in general and also taking into account his very important goals is on his way to the "Everton Legends" club.
14 Posted 02/10/2010 at 17:20:32
15 Posted 02/10/2010 at 17:38:37
As an Evertonian, I?d still have no problem in considering the likes of Moore, Charlton, Cantona, Bergkamp, Viera & Petit, Ryan Giggs & Paul Scholes, George Best, Ian Bloody Rush and many others as legends. Similarly, I know numerous fans of other clubs who still have huge admiration for Harvey, Kendall & Ball, the key members of the great eighties side and (albeit for slightly different reasons) Duncan Ferguson.
Whilst we have some very capable players in the squad today, I genuinely don?t feel that any of them deserve the accolade. Though I?m certainly not his biggest admirer, Tim Cahill is probably the only one who?s appeal transcends the Everton fanbase and is probably the closest we have right now. I also believe that Fellaini might, in time, become a genuine legend ? though he?ll probably outgrow the club in doing so.
16 Posted 02/10/2010 at 18:28:42
17 Posted 02/10/2010 at 18:31:30
18 Posted 02/10/2010 at 20:02:02
19 Posted 02/10/2010 at 20:10:27
20 Posted 02/10/2010 at 20:18:46
21 Posted 02/10/2010 at 21:30:08
22 Posted 02/10/2010 at 23:06:15
23 Posted 03/10/2010 at 00:14:52
24 Posted 03/10/2010 at 01:26:36
That goal was another pinprick to the inflated elitism of posters who say someone as uncouth and lacking in so many ways as Cahill is not as worthy of the kind of praise lavished on others who plied their trade when, compared with today, the game was played at snails pace.
Peter #23 (not related.) I agree with you and my list of worthy players goes back to our days in the old second division.
None were perfect yet each had a huge following that I would be loath to quibble at.whatever status they were allotted.. The great Alex and the Ball of Fire plus others who are now venerated had their full complement of critics.
What makes Cahill stand out is a unique ability or instinct that enables him to score vital goals against top sides. The average fan would be fortunate indeed if in their own lifetime they would see another Everton player with the same incredible quality.I wish some people would come down from their horse, drop their pat a cake idea of what this game is all about and recognise that all the pretty ball skills in the world are of no use if the ball does not hit the net.
By the way, Timmy is the only Everton player since Dixie to score in three derby games.
How many times must Tim repeat that feat before his critics throw in the towel?
25 Posted 03/10/2010 at 02:19:00
26 Posted 03/10/2010 at 06:10:23
27 Posted 03/10/2010 at 11:25:17
Tommy Lawton 1937-38 [Home and away] 1938-39 [away]
Johnny Morrissey !962-63 [home] 1964-65 [home and away]
Roy Vernon 1962-63 [home] 1963-64 [home and away]
Andy King 1978-79 [home and away] 1979-80 [away]
Two players Graeme Sharp and Duncan Ferguson, have scored in four derby games.
Graeme Sharp 1981-82 [home] 1984-85 [away]1985-86 [home] 1989-90 [away]
Duncan Ferguson 1994-95 [home] 1996-97 [home] 1997-98 [away] 20000-01 [home]
With regards to the question of Legendary status, I believe it is devalued nowadays, but I also believe that Bobby Collins should be given consideration as an Everton legend.
28 Posted 03/10/2010 at 12:18:54
3 key goals and a couple of assists that have resulted in a point against wolves, almost single handedly rescued a draw from no where against United and another goal yesterday, granted the points were in the bag but hes still the only person scoring.
The fact that he have been givin g him stick on here for not being good enough clearly have a lot to learn.
29 Posted 04/10/2010 at 01:44:59
30 Posted 04/10/2010 at 09:25:31
Duncan Ferguson is a legend. He fought for us and was the only glimmer of hope during our really shit years. He was the only player you paid to see in a team that included the likes of Alexandersson and Blomqvist. For all his disciplinary problems, he cared about the club and was a good player. It's not his fault he was in a really shit team. If you took him in his prime and put him in this team now, we'd be top 4. There is still nothing like a Ferguson goal.
Cahill is similar, he stands up to be counted and doesn't hide. The rest of our team of late have all been hiding and not taking responsibility. Cahill will keep fighting and has scored important goals for us. He was sorely missed against Newcastle and I'm sure we wouldn't have lost that game had he been playing.
31 Posted 04/10/2010 at 14:05:24
32 Posted 04/10/2010 at 14:24:37
In a similar vein, as someone once said about Duncan Ferguson...he gave us something...when we had nothing. Amen to that.
33 Posted 04/10/2010 at 19:44:18
it`s not even an argument that he should be.
He has played as many games as them,scored as many goals and drank far less ale than them in being the model pro to give everything for us.
You could see on Saturday he is playing injured, but fights for the cause.
He has been slaughtered on here for having a poor first half of a season last year when he played most of it out wide, would any of those done that without a peep given the shit they would get off the fans?
Legends are fellas who give fans hope in dark times as much as men who give glory in great times.
There are thousands of young blues out there who never saw Reid and co, nevermind Ball and co, to them Cahill is a legend and so Is Ferguson so dont rob them of that.
34 Posted 04/10/2010 at 20:25:11
35 Posted 05/10/2010 at 02:45:03
A little scenario:
What if we switched out one of the holy trinity, say Colin Harvey with Cahill? Would Harvey be a legend in this lacklustre era? IMO he wouldn't get an iota of recongnition as he would be let down by the inconsistency of the players around him. Why is this different from Cahill?
36 Posted 05/10/2010 at 03:12:44
I doubt anyone would dispute Matt Le Tissiers 'le god' status on the south coast, why is he different from Cahill:
1. Never won a trophy
2. Stayed with the club for his entire 16 year career (Cahill may have had a previous employer but he's signed here for 10 years, which will end up being 11-12
3. Similar goal returns (approx 1 goal every 3 games)
4. Has an exceptionally good record on and off the field
5. Have never pretended or tried to go anywhere else
6. Constantly appears out of criticism to produce a match winner (without the hand to the hear gesture to the crowd we're seeing all too often these days)
7. Anything else??
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