Whilst contemplating the close season and tired already of the speculation about who is going where I idled away some time picking Everton teams using only one surname letter. I thought it might amuse some of you to try over the break and see which letter yields the best team.
I have started with A which most of you will agree yields a pretty rubbish side but not much choice for this letter. Hopefully people will pick up the thread and take on this challenge
Everton A-Team (4-4-2):
I tried to pick only players I remember seeing, so I have omitted anyone from the really olden days... Some letters will be impossible!
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1 Posted 01/08/2020 at 15:47:52
Playing a 4-5-1 formation:
Stevens Stones Stubbs Seargeant
Steven Stevens Snodin Speed Sheedy
I reckon this S-team would smash the A-team!
2 Posted 01/08/2020 at 16:25:34
3 Posted 01/08/2020 at 16:30:17
4 Posted 01/08/2020 at 16:31:13
I left out notable good Ms like Mountfield because the general trend was Ms aren't very good. This team would get slaughtered.
5 Posted 01/08/2020 at 16:37:19
I agree on the S-team but the A-team (Atteveld, Alcatraz, Anichebe!) seems a lot like the current team.
6 Posted 01/08/2020 at 16:45:49
7 Posted 01/08/2020 at 16:49:38
I would but, with so many crap players in there, I didn't want to tarnish Martyn by putting him in this group.
8 Posted 01/08/2020 at 16:59:54
9 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:02:57
10 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:07:57
11 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:09:48
12 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:12:41
13 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:13:12
14 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:16:14
15 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:18:57
16 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:20:22
17 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:22:24
A'hem Li Tie
Just need a keeper!
18 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:22:53
Funnily enough, I remembered some years ago (50 odd?) in an Everton programme the same question, a team composed of players names beginning with "L". There was Lill, Lello and the, apparently, only goalkeeper, Harry Leyland.
19 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:23:02
20 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:24:50
21 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:31:39
22 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:33:01
23 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:33:18
Bob the Pole
Bingham player manager.
This team has zero consistency
24 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:33:50
25 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:34:43
26 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:36:53
27 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:39:52
28 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:40:18
29 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:44:00
30 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:44:45
31 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:45:57
32 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:47:06
33 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:47:09
34 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:52:39
Gough Galloway Gidman
Goodlass Gosling Gemmil Gueye
Some classics. Mostly bad...
35 Posted 01/08/2020 at 17:52:43
36 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:07:45
Instead of Gerrard try ‘Groundsman'.
37 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:08:09
Lads, anyone got a keeper?
38 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:08:12
39 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:09:02
40 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:09:49
41 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:10:15
(Dont remember the strikers, but couldnt think of anyone else)
42 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:10:58
43 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:11:51
44 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:11:59
45 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:12:11
A couple of horrors in there. Thought of Beagrie, and Bernard too, even Baxter and Bailey. But certainly not Barrett!
46 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:12:38
47 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:12:53
48 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:13:33
49 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:14:01
John Willie Parker?
50 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:14:24
51 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:14:44
Check Fred's goals-per-game stats. You wouldn't worry with Fred up front.
52 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:15:30
53 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:18:42
54 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:20:25
Darracott Dunne Distin Digne - Darracott forced to switch to right back
Deulofeu Davies Dacourt Dobson - that's Tom, not Simon
55 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:24:49
56 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:28:29
57 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:30:56
58 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:33:15
59 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:33:26
60 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:33:45
61 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:35:03
62 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:35:56
63 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:38:44
I was gonna do a B-team with Fred Barber but you beat me to it. I wondered if anyone else remembered him, lol.
64 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:39:23
Harris B, lovely bloke, excellent player too.
I don't really remember Harris J.
65 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:44:10
66 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:44:50
If John OKane counts Ill add him if not I will include myself at RB
67 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:45:31
68 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:45:32
Jimmy was a contemporary of Brian. Centre-forward who moved to right wing when Alex Young was signed. Great burst of pace, he scored the least remembered hat-trick in Everton history. When we got beaten 10-4!
Went to Birmingham for a decent fee.
69 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:46:31
70 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:49:54
71 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:50:55
72 Posted 01/08/2020 at 18:54:05
And the 10-4 debacle. I remember the effect on my Dad when that score came through on the BBC on the Saturday evening. And the piss-taking in school on the Monday.
73 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:01:17
74 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:01:48
I was standing outside the players' entrance when I was about 8 or 9 getting autographs in pre-Bellefield days. Jimmy came out and signed my scruffy bit of paper. He asked who else I wanted and I said Davy. He went back in and came out with Davy who signed as well. Just a nice thing to do.
So I've got a bit of a soft spot for Harris J (as the programme used to say).
75 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:05:47
76 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:09:14
Its strange these things stay with us maybe 60 years on.
77 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:16:31
78 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:23:07
79 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:56:40
And I don't know if I'm allowed this sneaky one for the 'goalie':
80 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:58:45
81 Posted 01/08/2020 at 20:21:21
Player manger: Catterick
82 Posted 01/08/2020 at 20:27:44
83 Posted 01/08/2020 at 20:46:14
84 Posted 01/08/2020 at 20:54:40
85 Posted 01/08/2020 at 20:58:10
86 Posted 02/08/2020 at 05:06:49
87 Posted 02/08/2020 at 07:19:27
Midfield, what else, The Holy Trinity
Joe Royle upfront alongside Harry Catterick and the Golden Vision.
Joe Mercer in defence and/or Goalie in & out, for those old enough to remember that position
What position did that bloke Saunders(?) who managed Villa to a European Cup (almost?) play
Just a couple of full backs and the usual problem possibly covered by Joe Mercer.
Did Davie Weir ever manage and could Arteta manage at full back?
88 Posted 02/08/2020 at 07:24:58
89 Posted 02/08/2020 at 08:46:15
90 Posted 02/08/2020 at 09:39:03
91 Posted 02/08/2020 at 10:10:38
Maybe with Kanchelskis?
92 Posted 02/08/2020 at 10:35:36
93 Posted 02/08/2020 at 11:46:39
94 Posted 02/08/2020 at 13:10:33
95 Posted 02/08/2020 at 15:46:17
96 Posted 02/08/2020 at 15:48:45
The guy at Wolves was a goalie wasnt he?
97 Posted 02/08/2020 at 15:55:52
98 Posted 02/08/2020 at 15:57:21
99 Posted 02/08/2020 at 15:57:49
Mike Walker was a goalie, Southall managed Wales, Dino Zoff, Nigel Pearson, Peter Shilton at Plymouth,
100 Posted 02/08/2020 at 16:06:17
David Weir was sacked I think by Sheffield Utd, as they were rooted to the bottom of the table. Alan Stubbs had some success at Hibs but was sacked by Rotherham, and Neil Warnock did a miraculous turnaround to keep them up.
I think Peter Reid won promotion to the Premier League with Sunderland as Champions.
101 Posted 02/08/2020 at 16:30:02
Ron Saunders played 3 games in the 1954-55 season and it was your hero Dave Hickson who was the regular centre-forward. He played 39 League and 2 FA Cup games: Southend 3-1 and that disaster vs Liverpool 0-4.
102 Posted 02/08/2020 at 16:46:06
Full-backs: Reid & Arteta
Central Defenders: Mercer & Ratcliffe
Midfielders: Harvey, Ball & Kendall
Forwards: Young, Royle & Catterick
Subs: Weir, Stubbs, Saunders, Cliff Britain?, and the legendary AN Other.
I've got my doubts about Wales being a club but it's a line up like Brazil, who needs to defend with attackers like these?
103 Posted 02/08/2020 at 17:15:52
104 Posted 02/08/2020 at 17:21:34
105 Posted 02/08/2020 at 17:33:48
Does Duncan Ferguson qualify? And if so, does that mean Unsworth does also? It could be that the money is sat on the bench.
106 Posted 02/08/2020 at 17:47:36
Drop anyone but Tony Kay. Fantastic player. He would have been a World Cup winner but for the so-called betting scandal.
107 Posted 02/08/2020 at 17:54:29
108 Posted 02/08/2020 at 18:12:08
Maybe Uncle Joe to console Boys Pen Bill as he wipes away the tears.
109 Posted 02/08/2020 at 18:45:20
110 Posted 02/08/2020 at 19:46:05
Peter FarreLL [capt]
More than one 'L' of a team
111 Posted 02/08/2020 at 19:47:49
112 Posted 02/08/2020 at 20:01:33
Bit stuck for a 'keeper. Is "Fuckin' Gerrard" permissable?
113 Posted 02/08/2020 at 20:08:20
It's probably outside your time of watching but a Goalkeeper by the name of Tommy Fern played for the club from 1913-1924 and I think he was the keeper in the Championship-winning side of 1915.
114 Posted 02/08/2020 at 20:09:15
115 Posted 03/08/2020 at 03:56:58
116 Posted 03/08/2020 at 12:59:54
Van Den Hauwe
117 Posted 03/08/2020 at 13:09:38
At a push, you could have Andy Van De Meyde and one that I had to look up – the Icelandic Bjarni Viðarsson.
118 Posted 03/08/2020 at 13:28:08
119 Posted 03/08/2020 at 13:52:40
120 Posted 03/08/2020 at 13:56:25
Pat VAN DEN HAUWE
Andy VAN DER MEYDE
I hope that helps a bit.
121 Posted 03/08/2020 at 13:56:48
Not surprised, I still have nightmares of him in goal for us.
122 Posted 03/08/2020 at 14:36:44
I didn't realise there were two Vaughans. And no Virginia on your list although I don't think he's been seen yet. Does he actually exist?
I tried it with 'K' as well – some good choices there. i could put together a half-decent team but no goalie other than 'A Keeper'.
123 Posted 03/08/2020 at 15:02:13
124 Posted 03/08/2020 at 15:10:54
125 Posted 03/08/2020 at 18:11:01
126 Posted 03/08/2020 at 18:31:06
127 Posted 03/08/2020 at 23:35:15
Drew Brand is the last keeper at Everton to come through the youth or school boys to make an appearance in goal for the first team, making just two appearances. Since then, we have never produced a goalkeeper coming from the youth set up and playing for the first team.
Does anyone know what goalkeepers if any have come through our youth before Drew Brand who have made a first-team appearance for Everton, not including being an unused sub?
That's 45 years since we produced a goalkeeper to go on and make it in our first team; even then, Drew can be discounted with only ever playing 2 games for Everton.
128 Posted 04/08/2020 at 00:41:52
I can't help you in the quest to find a goalkeeper Everton produced prior to Drew Brand – but below is a full list provided by Evertonresults.com. Having looked at the list again it would seem that Andy Rankin may be the answer?
129 Posted 04/08/2020 at 12:48:02
130 Posted 04/08/2020 at 13:34:34
131 Posted 04/08/2020 at 16:57:00
Having said that, same could be said about other clubs.
Seems strange one of the most important areas of a team, yet very few make it at top level with their clubs.
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