“People think football was invented in 1992, but my '85 Everton team could pass with the best of today”

Saturday, 16 November, 2019 15comments  |  Jump to last
"Reviewing the footage of our passing really made me think, ‘S**t, we were good, weren't we'?

"I suppose Leonardo Da Vinci or Picasso didn't quite understand what they were doing till they were finished and this was the same. We could beat anybody and play several different ways and it was lovely looking back with people who shared it with you – my old team-mates and the fans too. It was like watching a DVD with 650 members of your family."

Having watched the gala premiere of the new film 'Howard's Way', Neville Southall waxes lyrical about the mid-80s side that was poised to take Europe by storm before the Heysel ban intervened.

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Steve Ferns
1 Posted 16/11/2019 at 19:05:05
I'm hoping this film is under the Christmas tree. Good to see Big Nev turning his attention back to the blues in recent weeks. He's done some great work on social media in recent years, championing those without a voice, such as drug addicts, sex workers, those lost and with mental health issues. If he had movie star looks and was a bit more PC he might be lined up for a knighthood, but Nev's never done this kind of thing for any reason than the right one, to help people. He doesn't care about recognition. I'm proud that he played for my club.
Paul Tran
2 Posted 16/11/2019 at 19:12:49
Steve, if you get it, your Christmas will be a better one.

I watched it today and lost count of how many times I welled up. So many happy memories enhanced by those of our heroes.

I'll always be grateful that I was a daft gobby student during those years, able to travel all over the place to watch that great side.

Ill say no more, Steve. You'll love it!

Steve Ferns
3 Posted 16/11/2019 at 19:17:29
I was only 6 Paul, but I was at most of those games. Just sad I cannot sit down with the old man and watch it with him and listen to the old stories, such as when the ungrateful little ankle biter asked him on the way back from Wembley in 1986, why can't we support Liverpool! That really capped his day off!
Paul Birmingham
4 Posted 16/11/2019 at 19:39:54
Like Steve, I hope it’s on the Chrimbo preside list too.

They for me were the halcyon days of my time, so many adventures, home and away, and preseason tours for holidays.

They were the greatest and you never thought we’d lose or if we were down we’d more times than most come back and win.

Fate and history these last 3 decades have not been good but perhaps this is a sign, a hope to take heart and spirit from that team, for the present.

Let’s hope this can inspire the current squad to salvage and win a trophy this season.

James Hughes
5 Posted 16/11/2019 at 19:52:18
Oh yes we had it all, As well as being able to play football, a concept in the '80s, that was not always popular. we could mix it up and stand up for ourselves as well.
Doe s anyone know it there is a downlaod option ? I have a long haul coming up and this would be an excellent way of passing the time.
Steve Ferns
6 Posted 16/11/2019 at 20:08:11
James, it’s not available to download on amazon but you can download it from iTunes if you have access to an Apple device or put iTunes on your PC / Laptop.
Paul Columb
7 Posted 16/11/2019 at 20:18:35
James. Not sure where you’re living, but I downloaded on the beast Amazon here in the States for $9.99. Cracking watch.
Dave Ganley
8 Posted 16/11/2019 at 20:43:09
It was a great time to be a blue then. Wembley like a second home, trophies and a team that definitely could compete today at a canter. Happy days.
Paul Tran
9 Posted 16/11/2019 at 20:48:43
Steve #3, before my Dad died in 1999, we had a phone chat every Sunday, 95% of which was always about Everton. Ever since, I often find myself 'chatting' to him about how poor we are. I know what he'd think and say.

It's not the same as actually speaking with him, but it's as good as it gets for now. I'm sure you could do that too.

Dave Williams
10 Posted 17/11/2019 at 10:25:20
Paul- me too. Mine died three years ago and Sunday’s were always about a phone call which started with “ hows things” and was then twenty minutes on the game. I chat to myself at times as if he was there and I guess ToffeeWeb has taken on the other voice on the phone!
First sign of madness? - it works for me!!
Steve- how do I get the film on my IPad?
David Pearl
11 Posted 17/11/2019 at 22:34:33
Wonder why Ratcliffe wasn't in that picture.
John Pierce
12 Posted 18/11/2019 at 01:20:58
With the credits rolling in background as I type this, several tears rolled too as this wonderful piece of art transported me back to a happier time.

As a kid I never thought it would end, the cup finals, the good football. Ah well.

The musical score in this is transcendent and immediately made me feel like it was yesterday, Keith Mullin expertly joined the music with the tenner of the times.

Can’t help but feel angry too, the political climate and all the things we and many families had to suffer.

A very fitting tribute to a great man and his team. NSNO.

Stewart Oakes
13 Posted 19/11/2019 at 09:38:06
Dennis Law was once asked how he thought his United team would fair against today's team, he reckoned the team he played in would win 1-0, the reporter quite surprised at the score line said only 1-0, Dennis replied well most of us are in our 60's and 70's now. He could have been talking about Howard's mid 80's team against the Everton (or to be totally honest any other) team of today.
Mark Andersson
14 Posted 21/11/2019 at 05:21:51
Dose anyone know if I can download the film here in Australia... without iTunes coz I hate iTunes trying to take over my PC.

Cheers to all blues who enjoy going down memory lane.

John Pierce
15 Posted 21/11/2019 at 05:27:00
Mark, try Amazon. I got it via them in the USA.

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