As someone who has been accused of only being negative, I'd like to post something positive here. I'd like to go back to the days when my Dad and I walked to the ground with a feeling of excitement. To be honest, my dad probably didn't but I did.
I went to the match with only one player I wanted to see. I didn't follow play, I just watched my hero throughout the match. To me it was Alan Ball. He could have been tying the laces on his white boots, but, well, he did it for a reason and I was watching him. I'd like to ask my fellow Evertonians who has made them feel that excited. Who did you want to see?
Andy Crooks, Posted 26/02/2011 at
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1 Posted 26/02/2011 at 14:39:23
When he was sold to Arsenal I even used to go over the Park to see him play aganst the other side.
2 Posted 26/02/2011 at 15:49:26
3 Posted 26/02/2011 at 17:30:10
4 Posted 26/02/2011 at 17:35:07
5 Posted 26/02/2011 at 17:44:00
6 Posted 26/02/2011 at 17:50:09
Billy Liddell frightened the life out of me every time he got the ball when he starred for Liverpool!!!
7 Posted 26/02/2011 at 17:48:00
Only yesterday I took the kids down to HillHead, a local beach front on the Solent and as I was driving there I went past a sign saying Hook 1 mile. "What's so special about Hook?" I hear you cry... well Hook was the hamlet where Alan in latter years lived, and sadly, died.
Last time I was down there, it was right after his untimely demise in the fire and I just drove around Warsash and Hook trying to make sense of it and believe it had really happened.
Sad, I know... but, like you, he was my man, the first man I ever remember idolising in my life. No player in a blue shirt has touched him since. Can't ever see one doing so to be honest.
Alan Ball RIP, You Blue Warrior!
8 Posted 26/02/2011 at 18:30:38
9 Posted 26/02/2011 at 18:41:37
10 Posted 26/02/2011 at 18:18:11
11 Posted 26/02/2011 at 19:17:40
12 Posted 26/02/2011 at 19:34:36
13 Posted 26/02/2011 at 20:13:46
14 Posted 26/02/2011 at 20:14:33
15 Posted 26/02/2011 at 20:17:47
Dunc........without a doubt - usless a shite half the time but when he was on form nothing was better than watching defenses scratch their heads trying to work out what the hell to do with him.
16 Posted 26/02/2011 at 20:51:31
I liked Cottee and Kanchelskis, too. Recently it's Arteta, Saha and Cahill.
17 Posted 26/02/2011 at 21:05:05
18 Posted 26/02/2011 at 21:38:05
19 Posted 26/02/2011 at 21:57:17
20 Posted 26/02/2011 at 21:51:12
21 Posted 26/02/2011 at 22:12:02
When I was able to actually go every week, Don Hutchison was our designated footballer for a while, then it was John Collins. Marco Materazzi and Olivier Dacourt could look excellent in very brief spells as well.
Maybe now you see why so many of us look on the bright side of the team we have now. We'd have killed for a player like Arteta, Pienaar or Fellaini back then, now they're seen as a bare minimum and "Why haven't we got twelve or thirteen of them?"
22 Posted 26/02/2011 at 22:17:52
23 Posted 26/02/2011 at 22:47:57
Always loved Dave Thomas crossing the ball and to be honest one player that I always like watching these days is Leighton Baines. I was also there for Latchfords 30th goal of the season, but Andy King's goal was just a great feeling.
24 Posted 26/02/2011 at 23:02:12
25 Posted 26/02/2011 at 23:06:44
26 Posted 27/02/2011 at 02:18:30
27 Posted 27/02/2011 at 06:32:28
No 2: Alan Ball
No 3: Inchy Heath
28 Posted 27/02/2011 at 08:01:27
No 3: Bobby Collins
No 4: Inchy Heath
29 Posted 27/02/2011 at 10:57:29
30 Posted 27/02/2011 at 10:55:54
I pity the younger fans who missed out on seeing such truly great footballers and who don't have the successfull teams to look back on, but still follow the Blues through thick and thin. Those of us of a certain vintage, now in their fifties or sixties, can remember title-winning sides on four occasions and seasons when we were at least in the mix but fell short at the death but the younger fans have been starved of success for far too long. It's Hibbert's fault. Everything is.
31 Posted 27/02/2011 at 11:36:32
Favourite players over the years Ball, Harvey, Kendall, are the first names on the list. Tony Kay was brilliant but not with us long enough. Peter Reid for his tenacity, Trevor Steven, Arteta at his best... I could go on. Just realised, with the exception of Young, all my favourite players are midfielders.
32 Posted 27/02/2011 at 12:24:40
He was closely followed by Big Dunc, that man was my hero until his final game against WBA. Finally got to see him score and oh how wonderful it was. That penalty rebound, along with the noise the Glawdys Street made when Tim Cahill scored vs Newcastle and when James Beattie scored against Villarreal in the subsequent Champions League games are memories I'll take with me forever.
Always will have love for Jasper Blomquvist for scoring the winner in my first ever game vs Sunderland in 2001, and I always did want to see Thomas Myhre in goal.
Fucking love Everton Football Club and I always will, comes to something when you're throwing yourself around as a kid wanting to be Myhre when all my mates were immitating Scholes and Owen, but that's Everton and I wouldn't change it for the world.
COYB let's get to Wembley again!
33 Posted 27/02/2011 at 13:26:21
34 Posted 27/02/2011 at 14:05:04
Sheedy ? best left foot I have ever seen ever. Does anyone remember the THAT free-kick against Ipswich ? never seen better than that!!!
35 Posted 27/02/2011 at 14:51:50
36 Posted 27/02/2011 at 16:31:18
Kendall as a player and manager (shame on you England managers for not selecting him for the national team when many bums got at least one cap). There have been many other heros but Mackenzie was a delight to behold.
37 Posted 28/02/2011 at 09:06:15
Duncan came back and put Chelsea 2-1 up at Goodison in Nov '78, still can see the whole of the St End applauding the goal. We came back to win 3-2, Gordon Lee criticised the fans for their response to Duncan's goal. He never really understood the Everton Way.
Most skilful player for me was Peter Beardsley, one of the great English players anywhere.
38 Posted 28/02/2011 at 19:40:36
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