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1 Posted 26/03/2020 at 09:12:13
2 Posted 26/03/2020 at 12:16:02
English clubs had won 7 of the previous 9 European cups. The final was the worst football match in living memory, 0-0 after 2 hours, then pens, Barcelona missed ALL theirs pens, Steau scored 2.
The following year, the winners Porto played Rabat Ajax of Malta (who), Vitkovice (who), Brondby and Dynamo Kiev. Beat Bayern in the final. Some say we would not have won it back then. I beg to differ. I am certain we would have.
3 Posted 26/03/2020 at 15:15:38
4 Posted 26/03/2020 at 15:31:23
I always remember one player for them as being one dirty player, Norbert Nachweiller I think was his name, he was tackling and bringing all of our players down he came in contact with. At least they all got up and carried on, as the crowd got more and more behind them.
What a night and as the goals went in, a realisation that we were on one of the top stages and competing and winning.
5 Posted 27/03/2020 at 09:41:02
I'd been taking him since he was about 7 years old. In those days, you could slip the turnstile operators the 'price of a pint' and they would let you lift little kids over the top without paying 'full whack' for them. So my little boy spent his formative years perched on top of a barrier every other Saturday, watching dismal displays from Gordon Lee's charges, interspersed with occasional flashes of brilliant showmanship from 'dazzling' Duncan Mckenzie.
Kendall arrived as player manager. I had regaled my boy with tales of the 'Holy Trinity' and hailed the return of Kendall as the coming of The Messiah! Alas, his early buys, bought with a flourish, turned out to be duds, with the exception of a certain Neville Southall. My lad was unimpressed. What was the fuss I was making of this Kendall fella all about?
And then, as if by magic, it all came together. Culminating in that never-to-be-forgotten night against Bayern. The sheer ecstasy of it!! My beautiful little boy, by then a young teenager, stood alongside me, hugged and kissed me, tears streaming down his face at the final whistle. "You were right all along, dad. I knew you wouldn't let me down!"
I didn't make Rotterdam, but my son did. I'm eternally grateful for that, as sadly, he died suddenly a few years later at the age of 19. At least he got to see his beloved blues at their very best.
6 Posted 27/03/2020 at 13:27:45
I then got to Rotterdam too. What a team we were then. No contest. I'm still convinced that with a week's rest we'd have won the treble. Two days to recover from that game before we played the Cup Final?! Wouldn't happen today.
7 Posted 27/03/2020 at 19:34:06
It was great.
8 Posted 27/03/2020 at 19:42:29
9 Posted 27/03/2020 at 19:43:05
We had some team in those days, we could and did out-football teams, but we could also dig in and be nasty when required. 35 years later and still the vast majority of that team would walk into any team we have had since.
Hopefully we are now moving in the right direction and just might get some more great nights down by the river.
10 Posted 27/03/2020 at 20:08:24
11 Posted 27/03/2020 at 20:27:19
12 Posted 27/03/2020 at 20:41:13
13 Posted 28/03/2020 at 01:19:26
14 Posted 28/03/2020 at 07:31:42
15 Posted 28/03/2020 at 08:16:49
I was watching games from the past the other day and the Man City game came on against QPR when Scourge Aguero won them the league in the 94th minute, with Man Utd players waiting on the pitch to celebrate, and suddenly the Stadium of Light went pitch black on them!
Man City were losing until the 91st minute, and my thoughts instantly went to Usmanov, and my imagination started perking right up. All the hurt they've ever suffered, all the stick they've ever taken, must have evaporated in an instant for those delirious Man City fans.
I hope I'm there when the same thing happens to us Evertonians, fans who have stood the test of time as good as any others.
Munich was incredible, probably the greatest night Glorious Goodison has ever seen, they say the crowd was heard by Picton Clock (6.5 miles away as the crow flies).
I remember reading Alex Ferguson's programme notes one time when he said he was very lucky to be present, taken by the late and great Jock Stein, and it gave him an introduction into how special European nights can be.
Bigger things on our minds right now, but thanks for the reminder T/W, especially because I'm convinced “The Old Lady” has got to see a bit more glory before she finally closes the door!
16 Posted 28/03/2020 at 14:23:59
Peter #7, perfectly put!
17 Posted 28/03/2020 at 14:41:40
That last paragraph was so very sad to read and I, fortunately, can only imagine the pain you went through losing your your lovely boy.
18 Posted 28/03/2020 at 14:45:12
I didn't see it live as I was about a year away from learning about football but I watched it recently on YouTube.
It was amazing to see the speed and ferocity. It was much more like like a boxing match or a gladiator fight than modern football. Not literally (e.g. punching) but with respect to the physicality, the 100% commitment, the eb and flow of the crowd sounds taking hits, getting up, it was truly epic.
By comparison, these days even rugby seems pretty sterile. There are pros and cons to the change. As a neutral, I enjoy the aesthetics these days of watching immensely skilled players but, if I am watching my own team, especially at the ground live, I prefer the old swashbuckling games.
19 Posted 28/03/2020 at 15:15:57
Talking to the locals after the game, they couldn't believe it when I told them we'd put out a stronger team at Goodison and I think they knew and their team knew that they were on their way out of the competition. Two great nights to be an Evertonian!
21 Posted 28/03/2020 at 15:32:52
The second leg at Goodison was just incredible. My mate, when I rung him about arrangements, said he was giving the game a miss because he didn't feel that well.
I felt sorry for him for years after, knowing he'd missed something he may never get the chance to experience the like of.
22 Posted 28/03/2020 at 19:37:29
Precious occasions such as the Bayern match are indelibly imprinted in my mind, for the reasons I described. I will cling to them forever. It was 35 or so years ago, but for me it seems like yesterday.
I love to mention my son to fellow Evertonians, as he was the truest of 'Blues'. He had the warmest heart and brightest of smiles. He loved life, and worshipped Everton.
Here's hoping that all families can get through these current dark days and look to a bright blue future. All the best, fellas.
23 Posted 28/03/2020 at 20:04:23
I have stated many times on this site "That if Everton losing a game of football is the worst thing that happens to anyone in any season, then they've had good a year," I know that you and I are not alone in our loss, [there are many, many more], and as I have said, it puts football in perspective, especially in the present uncertain situation.
24 Posted 28/03/2020 at 20:43:53
Anyway I had to miss this game so cannot even blag I was there.
My first game was against Derby County around 1974, the game ended Nil-Nil, Derby went on to lift the title.
My next bad luck, again down to the Thatcher era and no job, came with a tough decision: either the Rapid Viena game or the FA Cup Final? Money made my mind up to chose the FA Cup Final v Man Utd.
So, although I had lots of memories of good and bad, Lady Luck was tough on me for those two decisions that were taken out of my hands.
25 Posted 29/03/2020 at 12:54:13
My brother and I bought tickets for the GS end a few hours before kick off, bit different to now.
Peter Reid played for a long time with a blood red sock on one leg, due to a particularly nasty cut.
Goodison was rocking, we were up against it, and came through.
26 Posted 29/03/2020 at 19:19:50
Two things I remember were the near non-stop din and the chilling silence when they scored the opener.
You had to be there. It was some night.
27 Posted 01/04/2020 at 13:12:42
My brother, Dad, Uncle, cousins and assorted friends ended up in a heap about 3 rows down from where we originally sat. The realisation of what the boys had achieved that night, and the club had waited for all its history, led to a nuclear explosion of emotion, to have a European final to grace.
No one in that ground, including the Bayern fans would have backed whoever we would be playing at any price.
The day we beat Fulham to win the league in 1963, the FA Cup win in 1966 and getting on the pitch in 1970 for a lap of honour of my own, after clinching the league against West Brom. Also the win on penalties against another great German side Moenchengladbach in 1971, the first such outcome in the history of professional football.
They, alongside this out of body experience against world great Bayern Munich, and the subsequent expected final win against Rapid Vienna, which I also attended during a week-long party in Holland, are the greatest memories amongst many in a long and blessed life as an Evertonian.
28 Posted 01/04/2020 at 14:06:25
The day after, I went back to the ground in the faintest hope I could find it. The groundsmen were there still clearing up. I explained what I had come for and the head groundsman looked at me like I was simple, but he just went along with it and escorted me from the Park End and along the terracing along Goodison Road. As we got just past the halfway, line we could see something glistening in the sun near the area where I was standing the night before. Sure enough, it was the watch – and what is more amazing, there was barely a mark on it! It really was amazing!!!
It was only then that I could really celebrate the result, running back down the terracing, shouting and screaming with joy as I made my way back through the door in the corner of the Park End. I still have the watch but haven't worn it since; every time I look at it, the memories of that night pour back.
29 Posted 01/04/2020 at 14:44:53
And when we get through these bad times, you then need to start wearing it for the Everton games, once again!
30 Posted 01/04/2020 at 14:57:30
I was in the Gwladys Street for the Bayern game and the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan in Sevilla when Steaua Bucharest beat Barcelona to win the European Cup the following season.
I was studying there and you could buy a ticket for the final at the tobacco stalls in the city, the game was that popular. We would have absolutely battered both teams who made the final and all Blues missed out on an amazing Andalusian piss-up!
31 Posted 04/04/2020 at 11:44:18
32 Posted 13/04/2020 at 20:30:38
I was also lucky enough to be in Rotterdam for the final which was a wonderful night.
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