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Everton Champions 1986-87

13/01/2015  Comments (9)  jump
This fine review of Everton's 1986-87 season, when they were last crowned Champions, was submitted by Brian Hill. The programme hosted by Rob Palmer is lengthy — almost 2 hours — but includes some fine footage and interviews... a special treat for newer fans who may have missed it back in the day!

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Peter Mills
1 Posted 13/01/2015 at 17:41:08
I'm looking forward to watching this, I think it will be a treat also for us older fans who did experience it.

What a managerial feat by Howard Kendall, fashioning a title wining squad from, amongst better known names, Bobby Mimms, Neil Pointon, Paul Power, Alan Harper, Neil Adams, Kevin Langley, Wayne Clarke and Paul Wilkinson. Genius.

Andrew Ellams
2 Posted 13/01/2015 at 17:51:43
One of the thing that saddens me about modern football Peter is that no club will probably ever achieve something like that again. We started the season with more than half a team missing and Lineker gone
Peter Mills
3 Posted 13/01/2015 at 17:54:02
Yes Andrew, I remember being in the Bug and Bite on the eve of the season, we were total doom and gloom about having sold Lineker and bought Power!

I often wonder whether it would be as impossible now as you suggest. I think managers nowadays instill a very limited belief into their players' psyches, almost encouraging them to believe that they will be tired if they play 50 games a season, and that finishing "Top 6" is a success.

John Daley
4 Posted 13/01/2015 at 19:15:27
Being a kid back then, I was gutted to see Lineker leave (although Adrian Heath really stepped up to the plate in his absence) but the biggest miss at the start of that season was Neville Southall. I remember praying to...well, it'd probably have been Optimus Prime or the fit bird out of Buck Rogers back then...that Big Nev would come back ahead of schedule. Nothing against Bobby Mimms, but he was just a mere mortal compared to the meaty, moustachioed magnificence of the most unkempt keeper in the world. I remember him making his comeback in a 3-2 win against Watford (where Derek Mountfield had the maddest game ever) and pulling off a superb save to secure the three points. Suddenly, it seemed this could be our season again. You simply cannot underestimate the points won due to the presence of that man when he was at his peak,
Peter Mills
5 Posted 13/01/2015 at 23:21:00
John, I agree. Bobby Mimms is unfairly maligned, he played very well when he came into the team. But Neville was just......Neville.
Rob Sawyer
6 Posted 14/01/2015 at 00:19:50
After the high-water mark of the 84-85 season the championship success of two years later is a little overlooked but it was a triumph against the odds.

With Bracewell, Stevens, Reid, Sharp, Southall and Van Den Hauwe absent for periods due to injury/illness it was a testament to squad spirit, good coaching and some inspired bargain-bucket buys in Power, Langley, Adams, Wilkinson, Clarke et al.

The team was not as stylish as the 84-85 vintage but I recall a period around Christmas when the form was devastating. Sheedy and Steven were imperious at times during the campaign and Heath made a strong contribution before fading a bit late on in the season. Sadly the "make do and mend" approach could not continue to deliver silverware - whilst Howard Kendall left for Bilbao and Colin Harvey ascended to the hot-seat with no major incoming signings Liverpool went and acquired Barnes, Beardsley and Aldridge. Personally, going against the opinion of some, I believe that the failure to keep hold of Lineker was the beginning of the rot (there were other reasons such as the two year absence of Bracewell as he battled bravely to recover from an ankle injury). Lineker may have upset the blend a bit in 85-86 but could have adapted his play to be slightly less direct given time.

Still, I enjoyed looking back on those happy times this evening after the FA Cup exit - thanks for the memories Howard, Colin and 86-87 squad.

Brian Hill
7 Posted 14/01/2015 at 11:14:37
Michael/Lyndon, thank you for giving this more prominence. I was living in Great Yarmouth at the time and had a friend who was a Norwich season ticket holder, so he could always get me a ticket when we were playing there, EXCEPT FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING GAME!!! Nearly 28 years later it still annoys me.
Peter Thistle
8 Posted 14/01/2015 at 12:05:38
Nice find. I was at most of the games that season, hard to believe now that we used to be that good. Sure were good times.
Brian Denton
9 Posted 14/01/2015 at 20:12:56
I can remember the drive back from Norwich as though it were yesterday, made even more poignant now by the death earlier this week of my close friend Tony, who was a co-passenger.

If you’d have told me that night that Everton wouldn’t win the League again in my lifetime (I was 29 at the time) it would have seemed incredible. It’s all too credible now, given the shitty mire which is the Premier League.


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