Quite simply folks some of the TV punters have acclaimed Wayne Rooney's third goal as just that, our greatest ever, and that may be the case.
What do you think though, and if you differ, what WAS the greatest ever in your opinion?
For me the screamer Sharpy scored against them over the park takes the biscuit.
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1 Posted 03/12/2017 at 10:17:23
2 Posted 03/12/2017 at 11:18:40
Regarding Sharpy's Anfield howitzer, he actually scored a goal a couple of years earlier against Spurs at Goodison. Just as great a goal in my opinion. It's on YouTube, give it a watch!
3 Posted 03/12/2017 at 20:59:21
Again, the context has an influence. My late dad urged me to watch the highlights. Black and white, muddy pitch, clearance from the goalie. half volley from 35 yards, ball never rises more than a foot from the ground, magic.
You know it probably never happened like that at all but I remember it like yesterday.
4 Posted 03/12/2017 at 21:12:40
5 Posted 03/12/2017 at 21:50:15
If that had been in a massive game it would definitely have been the all-time best. As someone said though, context is everything so any goal against the shite or Sheedy's in Rotterdam would trump it, I guess.
6 Posted 03/12/2017 at 22:02:36
7 Posted 03/12/2017 at 22:10:47
It was a great game, 2-2 draw. Of course, we went down to Ipswich and won the replay.
I'll never forget that goal. Double perfection.
8 Posted 03/12/2017 at 22:37:13
9 Posted 03/12/2017 at 22:57:15
Trouble is, Sheedy in Rotterdam, after they had scored I was explaining to Big Nev that he should just waste time, instead he hurried up and seconds later, Sheedy scored the third, a moment I have determined as the greatest moment in sporting history.
Bob the Pole has a claim at OT, but Duncan's turn and shot at that place followed by the celebration have claims for me.
Only referred to goals I saw live, Sharp's as outlined above was a game I was not at so cant nominate it.
Great subject to discuss though, and cheers us all up I hope
10 Posted 03/12/2017 at 23:02:43
Trevor Steven v Sunderland 85
Jags V RS last minute (just for the stunned slapped-arse faces at Anfield)
Andy King v RS (one of my best childhood memories).
Barry Horne (vital game changer)
Gareth Farrelly (I started to breathe a little better when he scored)
Sigurdsson v Hadjuk Split (audacity)
All of the goals in the 3-0 win v RS at GP.
Sigurdsson v Huddersfield (the first in Sam's glory years at EFC).
The last minute controversial winner at Anfield next week - and the after-match whine-in on Radio Merseyside. “It was miles offside. That Martin Atkinson is a Bluenose. It's not fair. It's our year. Etc.â€
11 Posted 03/12/2017 at 23:17:28
If you mean any other type of goal then it's Derek Temples goal at Wembley in the 66' final, I was two months short of my 28th birthday and it gave me my first taste of FA Cup glory.
12 Posted 03/12/2017 at 23:17:49
This century, Rooney aside last week, we've seen two stunners from Jimmy Mac and Jermaine Beckford. The first, against lowly Charlton in 2007, was Messi-esque. The second was against the champions, Chelski in 2010, when Beckford collected the ball on the edge of our area and then ran the entire pitch dribbling right through their defence to slot.
13 Posted 03/12/2017 at 23:24:38
14 Posted 03/12/2017 at 23:25:29
15 Posted 03/12/2017 at 23:41:52
No one could believe it. We were so bad that day, the goal so out of step with the game.
16 Posted 03/12/2017 at 23:47:47
That night, I was in a club on the Wirral. I was having a piss and the next thing someone was next to me in at the urinal.
Looked across to see it was Souness. Couldn't resist it and said "Hello Graham, you're mate's gonna be here soon." "Which mate?" he said. "Andy King," I said. "Fuck off!" he said, "fucking Evertonians."
He actually laughed and was alright about it.
17 Posted 03/12/2017 at 23:53:34
18 Posted 03/12/2017 at 23:55:14
19 Posted 04/12/2017 at 01:06:20
20 Posted 04/12/2017 at 01:06:25
21 Posted 04/12/2017 at 05:44:22
For bravery, Mick Lyons could have had his head taken off by Norman Hunter while diving to score against Leeds. Finally, in the "Only Rooney" classification, as a kid v a great Arsenal team with Seaman in goal, and his West Ham goal.
22 Posted 04/12/2017 at 07:28:23
We'll probably score loads of similar goals under Big Sam, hopefully starting next game at that same venue.
23 Posted 04/12/2017 at 10:53:12
A goal that showed the total understanding that side had as to each others positioning (no reason to control the ball and then have to look up to see where everyone else was) plus the majesty of the strike, taken on the chest and then hit on the half volley. Crying shame that it was not captured on film.
24 Posted 04/12/2017 at 11:11:39
25 Posted 04/12/2017 at 17:10:50
26 Posted 04/12/2017 at 20:04:01
27 Posted 04/12/2017 at 20:21:11
He was just by the dugout on the halfway line shimmied his hips the way only he could sent 3 Sheff Wed defenders sprawling and then hit a 60 yard cracker into the back of the net with Springett (I think) clawing fresh air.
More modern times has to be Ossie against Larissa.
28 Posted 04/12/2017 at 21:11:36
May I throw into the mix 2 other goals, maybe not the greatest, but goals when time stood still? Howard Kendall at Goodison against Chelsea in 1970, we were on for the Title, it was going to be a very tough game, and Howard scored after 14 seconds, Goodison exploded.
And Inchy against Southampton in the semi final, 1984. After all the disappointments of the previous 14 years, we were going to win the FA Cup.
29 Posted 04/12/2017 at 21:15:19
30 Posted 04/12/2017 at 21:33:03
Remember Mathew Jackson's goal at Bristol City, where I don't think I've ever seen Everton, ever get so battered but still win the game, and hope for something similar at Anfield next month! We need a cup so badly, and maybe soon the winner in the cup final can be my new favourite goal!
31 Posted 04/12/2017 at 21:43:39
Henry Newton and big Joe got the others.
Other than that it's got to be Sharpie's goal at Anfield.
32 Posted 05/12/2017 at 08:58:42
Poor quality video.
33 Posted 05/12/2017 at 09:27:12
34 Posted 05/12/2017 at 09:52:33
My memory is failing by the minute but I was thinking about a goal which I think is the one you said. If I remember right they were attacking our goal (Gwladys Street) and the ball was passed out to Bally who scurried forward and he fed Jimmy who smashed it in the Park End goal about 2 or 3 passes from one end to the back of the net.
35 Posted 05/12/2017 at 10:16:28
36 Posted 05/12/2017 at 10:20:30
More than 100,000 at the 2 grounds, a gale blowing, "What's Our Name?", the conga from Gwladys Street to the Winslow.
37 Posted 05/12/2017 at 10:43:27
It's a minute in on the attached link. Keeper (Tim Flowers??) didn't have a prayer!
38 Posted 05/12/2017 at 11:14:11
Don (#12) those guys you mention could certainly shoot, as could the hugely under-rated Alan Woodward of Sheffield Utd.
39 Posted 05/12/2017 at 13:08:07
You remember it correctly. I recall it being John Hurst who brought it out and passed to Harvey. He then passed it to Bally on the left who lofted in a diagonal ball over Husband's shoulder who hit it on the volley and into the net. A glorious goal.
Alan (#35), you are also right. I was involved in that thread some time ago as I had mistakenly recalled the game being against Newcastle for some reason but another poster corrected me and also recalled the goal as a cracker!
40 Posted 05/12/2017 at 13:32:29
41 Posted 05/12/2017 at 18:22:39
Kendall's hitchkick circa 1968- can't recall the opposition
Bally's 30-yarder v Newcastle
Steven v Sunderland
Sharp v Spurs
Harvey v West Brom 1970 title clincher
Latchford, No 30 for sheer elation
King v RS
That's 9 and I could go on for hours but clear winner is Sharpy v RS. Best goal ever by either side in a Derby and the celebration was also memorable.
42 Posted 05/12/2017 at 18:36:48
My vote would be Jagielka's last minute thunderbolt (v the RS) from a couple of years ago.
43 Posted 05/12/2017 at 18:48:13
That goal was unexpected and gave us a shot at what was still a long shot. The fact that we survived has only heightened the importance of that goal in my mind. I'll never forget that day. Goodison was full by about 12pm. What a goal and what a day!
44 Posted 05/12/2017 at 20:12:09
I made a banner that day out of a shower curtain I think it was, found some black paint in my dad's garage and imaginatively painted on it “We will beat youâ€. Hung it over the Upper Gwladys and weighed the corners down with two footy socks filled with sand. It was very rough but homemade and from the heart. It worked its magic.
An unbelievably emotional day, it was all too much for me, nearly passed out with the stress. I let Everton get into my nervous system, I can't help it.
For pure joy, the Andy King goal against the RS was my reflex thought when I saw the headline link.
45 Posted 05/12/2017 at 21:37:56
Proud to be an Evertonian and those days and games make us what we are, and we survive and laugh and moan.
Best days by far... more to come. Hopefully on Sunday there's a couple more and we beat them.
46 Posted 06/12/2017 at 04:32:57
The pitch was like soup. Harvey was one-on-one and actually miscued it beyond Harry Gregg's reach. Colin was still a young player and his reaction to putting us in the final was priceless as was ours, behind the goal.
47 Posted 06/12/2017 at 05:39:34
48 Posted 06/12/2017 at 15:32:36
RIP, Bally love ye still.
49 Posted 07/12/2017 at 09:09:08
I'll go along with Gerry Humphreys goal versus Sheffield Wed. Coming from a young lad who didn't get many games never mind goals, Gerry just caught the ball right and it was going in the second it left his boot. Always stays in the memory.
There have been some fabulous goals suggested here and I wouldn't argue too much about any of them. Gerry had an average career, with all due respect, but what a goal to look back on and recall.
50 Posted 07/12/2017 at 09:35:17
51 Posted 07/12/2017 at 20:36:22
52 Posted 08/12/2017 at 08:57:39
One of my great disappointments in my time as an Evertonian was not seeing more of that man in an Everton shirt. He was a footballing thoroughbred.
53 Posted 08/12/2017 at 15:35:33
Everton eventually won the game 3 - 2.
[Young's goal comes about 4 mins into this clip, and it's a peach! Ed]
54 Posted 09/12/2017 at 11:37:59
Steve (#39), my far from foolproof recollection is that Ball received Harvey's sideways, first time, ball out on the right, in front of the dugouts, not out left in front of the Bullens, and that Husband hit it on the half volley rather than the volley. But who cares; a thing of absolute beauty.
55 Posted 09/12/2017 at 15:15:36
You may well be right. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I initially recalled the game being against Newcastle for some reason.
I tried to find it on YouTube by inputting "Everton goals 1970/71 season", and other combinations, to no avail. Notwithstanding it has always stuck with me as being one of the best I've seen.
56 Posted 09/12/2017 at 16:40:04
57 Posted 09/12/2017 at 17:37:33
Graeme hit a beautiful volley from the apex of the box and if memory serves me right, also won Goal of the Season.
58 Posted 09/12/2017 at 17:49:48
Howard"s hitchkick was against Leicester in the quarterfinal of the FA Cup, at Filbert Street in 1968.
59 Posted 09/12/2017 at 17:56:31
I think for importance though Derek Temple in the 1966 FA Cup Final. After being 2-0 down, one-on-one with the keeper, what must have been going through his mind? Brilliant. What a welcome home we gave them on Sunday evening!
60 Posted 12/12/2017 at 20:48:48
I was honoured to meet John Hurst a fortnight ago, and delighted to obtain his autograph again, as I had done outside Bellefield in 1970.
61 Posted 12/12/2017 at 20:56:59
It's never shown up on YouTube so I only ever saw it from my spot in the Paddock but, in my memory, it was a screamer from about 45 yards out!
Did I dream it...??
62 Posted 15/12/2017 at 16:05:58
Sharpy, of cours !
63 Posted 17/12/2017 at 17:13:28
But the one for me is Sharpy against Liverpool. I was lucky to be in the Anfield Road end that day in October 1984. I've watched it a thousand times.... Stevens floats a sublime ball to Sharpy, one touch to steer in front of Lawro, then Bang! like an Exocet into the roof... I swear Brucie was still grasping air 3-5 seconds after it hit the net.
My greatest Everton goal by far!
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