Duncan Mackenzie... yeah, he did it for me.
He had everything that didn't matter. Did he protect the defence? No fucking way. Did he run himself into the ground? Nah.
He was a statement, that we signed who we liked. Him and Bruce Rioch — we wanted them... and we got them. Did he make us a better? No way! He made us (well, me anyway) feel good.
Gary Lineker was the last signing we made as a big club. Duncan was the last signing we made that had magic about it. He was just magic. Maybe not that good, but just special, a one-goal, Micky Walsh, John Fashinu, waste of money.
The last signing we ever made who did not have us fretting over the pennies. Our last Corinthian...
Who last made your heart sing?
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1 Posted 05/11/2020 at 07:07:53
And before him, Andrei Kanchelskis.
2 Posted 05/11/2020 at 07:48:38
3 Posted 05/11/2020 at 08:18:27
4 Posted 05/11/2020 at 08:31:38
5 Posted 05/11/2020 at 08:37:09
6 Posted 05/11/2020 at 08:37:55
7 Posted 05/11/2020 at 08:42:50
8 Posted 05/11/2020 at 08:54:01
Who first made my heart sing? Alex Young.
And in between? The Troggs - Wild Thing.
9 Posted 05/11/2020 at 09:18:50
Baines and Pienaar
10 Posted 05/11/2020 at 09:22:14
11 Posted 05/11/2020 at 09:41:11
When I first started going the game around 78/79 every team had at least one man who had a bit of something about them whilst the other 10 would run into the ground.
Rodriguez is playing on a different level at the moment and oozes quality.
Stones doing Cruyff turns in our own box.
Arteta on the wing.
The all to brief Rooney first spell.
Kanchelskis direct running with the ball.
Beardsley threading passes.
Andy King having that X factor and love for the blues.
It's hard to beat the ungainly reject who had the machine around him whilst provided the vision and best left peg I have ever seen in Kevin Sheedy.
13 Posted 05/11/2020 at 09:52:15
14 Posted 05/11/2020 at 10:13:29
Players who got me excited: Dave Hickson, Bobby Collins, Tommy Ring, Roy Vernon, Tony Kay,Alan Ball, although Howard Kendall was better, for me, Kanchelskis and a young boy who got everyone excited, and I mean everyone, in the beginning, Wayne Rooney, plenty of very good players have played since I started watching the Blues with the very, very best at the beginning T G Jones, will never forget that immaculate footballer, even though it was through the eyes of a seven and eight year old boy.
15 Posted 05/11/2020 at 10:25:01
My Dad came home and said “I see theyve signed him then”. I grunted with all the disdain an 11 year old could muster “hes no good anyway”. He replied “Oh, I think Howard Kendalls going to be a very good signing for us” as he strolled off into the garden.
Howard provided one or two “wows” during his times with us.
16 Posted 05/11/2020 at 11:38:54
The providers of "Wow" moments are rather few & far between for latter day blues. James has already delivered a few, with many more to follow, I hope.
17 Posted 05/11/2020 at 12:53:13
I thought Jeffers, was another, the kid had terrific movement, then Rodwell, who just never pushed on, even though he had everything in his locker.
A player who could definitely excite was Limpar, loads of skill, loads of talent, but just like Bernard (this kid is letting himself down imo) a player who was not everyones cup of tea.
18 Posted 05/11/2020 at 13:16:58
19 Posted 05/11/2020 at 13:33:59
I thought WOW! That didn't last long though, as the following months proved.
20 Posted 05/11/2020 at 14:25:10
A left field one for me was Billy Kenny in a derby in early 90s, the one where Beardsley scored the winner ! I watched this younger only a few years older than I was run the show in midfield ! I though wow hes quality
Real shame what happened to him
21 Posted 05/11/2020 at 14:27:11
Waste Of Wonga.
22 Posted 05/11/2020 at 15:01:24
23 Posted 05/11/2020 at 15:04:45
24 Posted 05/11/2020 at 15:40:57
Sky have a short special on demand which shows all his goals, well worth a watch.
25 Posted 05/11/2020 at 15:44:10
In terms of impact and wow, it was Bob Latchford. He was the best centre forward for the game as it was, by a mile. The difference he made was immediate and lasting. I was at the Birmingham game mentioned above. Two goals scored, and even more than the hype suggested, was there to be seen.
Rooney - just unbelievable, staggeringly good. There was potentially more than Messi waiting inside, I believe. A mix of Messi and Maradona. The sheer breadth of his all round game probably worked against him later on (among other things). I watched his home European hattrick debut for United. After that third, the free kick, there was a a kind of strange lull after the cheering, as if the crowd thought "WTF have we just bought...".
So many cameos. James the best for eons. Sad that so many of the wows are from so long ago... and that some destined to be a wow, just faded away. Gary Jones I thought was going to really be something.
26 Posted 05/11/2020 at 16:01:59
27 Posted 05/11/2020 at 16:06:00
28 Posted 05/11/2020 at 16:22:42
The game he played against Bolton, is still the finest outfield performance I have ever witnessed live, and I was shocked to hear David Moyes, say that he never scored, whilst being interviewed after the game.
I remember being in a shop on Smithdown rd, on the Monday, after he scored his first ever goal against Arsenal, and this young girl who was about 14, had her hands around her mouth, singing - Rooney, Rooney, and for a fan base who had had very little joy, for a long time even then, this kid was going to bring it all back.
I remember leaving Old Trafford, and this United fan was saying, what a fucking player youve got yourselves there. “Youve struggled for a few years now, but this kid is finally gonna bring you some joy isnt he” were is words, followed by, “ see him there? just try and go right through Beckham, hes a proper little scouse kid, who doesnt give a fuck for nobody” so thats why Rooney, will always be a little fucker to me.
Wow is a big word Andy, and although Im falling out of love with the circus that is modern day football, accepting cheats on the pitch, in the VAR room, and then having to listen or read about it from the phoneys in the media, talent is different, and Wayne Rooney, was definitely the kid, who made me say wow.
29 Posted 05/11/2020 at 16:36:07
All of them had that x factor that they could do the extraordinary. Big Dunc had it too but never showed it often enough. Rooney too but he chose to do it in the wrong shirt.
30 Posted 05/11/2020 at 16:45:12
31 Posted 05/11/2020 at 16:55:28
Remember after the Arsenal game, Wenger said "I think today we have seen one of the best young talents etc...". Doomed!
Not to say there should be fawning hyperbole, but for whatever reason, the real impact and success of Rooney as a player often gets a more factual and cool acknowledgement when discussed by many pundits/media.
32 Posted 05/11/2020 at 17:05:20
He was quickly somewhat modified at United, albeit still incredibly good, toward a kind of "Gascrooney", is the best way I can describe it.
Everyone who saw him here loved it.
33 Posted 05/11/2020 at 17:25:33
Moyes didnt know where, how or when to play the lad, witness the United game when we were 3-0 down at half time and he was brought on after half time, Wayne changed the game and we got back to 3-3 before United snatched a winner near the very end.
As for the Bolton game, Wayne was tremendous, created a few chances for himself,didnt score but Bobby Robson and his centre forward up in the stands couldnt believe Rooney was making such an impact on the game while dour Dave said “ he didnt score did he”
34 Posted 05/11/2020 at 17:29:24
35 Posted 05/11/2020 at 18:01:35
Since then I loved Reidy, Stevens, Sheedy, Southall, Sharpe, Kanchelskis etc, but if I was truly honest with myself, the best player I have seen in a blue shirt was Rooney. That kid had everything, power, technique, a real footballing brain, and a huge desire to be a winner.
Sure, he had some stupid moments off the pitch, and reacted pretty badly on his return to Goodison, but a record goalscorer for club and country, over a long period of time, for my money he was simply the best.
Sad, that his best years were for United, but that's the way it goes sometime. I realise this might not be a popular answer to the question concerned, but in my opinion, Everton's best post war player.
36 Posted 05/11/2020 at 18:20:57
37 Posted 05/11/2020 at 18:30:08
Never seen a defender like him best I ever saw in the flesh
38 Posted 05/11/2020 at 18:44:58
39 Posted 05/11/2020 at 18:46:27
40 Posted 05/11/2020 at 19:01:43
I agree about Moyes. It goes against almost everything seen at this level that a young un comes in to an immediate fixed first team place. "Saving" their energy, no burnout, not over-facing them, going to their head etc.
Thing is, Rooney was different and none of that applied. Maybe Moyes had his interests at heart, maybe he wanted to maintain control for his own authority.
I haven't yet read the book that caused the controversy and settlement.
41 Posted 05/11/2020 at 19:22:15
Kanchelskis (for a while)
Limpar (for a while)
Greame Sharp until about 1988
Peter Reid (for being our Roy Keane)
Tony Cottee (for being clinical)
James Rodriguez (although only just got here)
Nigel Martyn (awesome keeper)
Paul Power and Dave Watson (not a wow players just reliable and professional)
42 Posted 05/11/2020 at 19:24:09
43 Posted 05/11/2020 at 19:34:40
80s, Big Nev, Reid, Bracewell, Sheedy, Steven, Stevens, Physco, Rat, Degsy, Sharpe, Lineker, Inchy pre Marwood, Wayne Clarke- if we had an instinct goal poacher now.
Mid 90s: Kanchelskis, Ferguson, Limpar, Horn, Parkinson.
2000s: Rooney, Martyn, Cahill, Carsely, Arteta, Howard
Recently: Rom, Ross, Seamus
Now Allan, Duke and Hames, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.
Success at the start in the middle but nothing since 1995.
Hopefully there'll be silverware soon at Goodison Park.
44 Posted 05/11/2020 at 21:45:00
45 Posted 05/11/2020 at 21:50:02
Regarding players: Colin Harvey. Then Ball, Harvey and Kendall. Then the entire Everton side in 68-69, the football was just brilliant.
I always felt a sense of pride that Goodison Park was our ground, especially after it was used for the '66 World Cup. I first went to Anfield in '68, for a derby match, and immediately thought it was like a tin can with no warmth. It was and still is nothing compared with Goodison.
46 Posted 05/11/2020 at 22:15:48
47 Posted 05/11/2020 at 22:15:57
48 Posted 05/11/2020 at 22:38:45
Duncan Ferguson in a derby at Goodison – I can't remember which but Zola had just played out his skin in the semi-final of the FA Cup and everybody raving about him. Ferguson in a midweek night derby, literally one man against Liverpool, and he was unstoppable culminating in left-foot strike on the turn into bottom corner away from David James. The performance was unreal and far superior to anything the magician Zola could possibly ever produce – literally Dunc was unplayable that night.
Rooney - watching a semi-final FA Youth Cup game. Wow!
Rodriguez – I genuinely didn't realise how good he was; seriously... Wow!
49 Posted 05/11/2020 at 22:56:23
A goal kick into the centre circle. Duncan Mckenzie was tightly marked by Tommy Smith. The ball falls towards the centre spot, Mckenzie traps it, flicks it over his shoulder, turns, traps it again, and speeds off with the ball, leaving Smith flailing in mid-air like an amateur. Wonderful.
50 Posted 05/11/2020 at 22:58:03
51 Posted 05/11/2020 at 23:36:35
Lukaku several times, most of all that gaol against Chelsea.
Sheedy and Baines on free kicks.
Cahill going for a header in the box. Any header.
And now James Rodriguez with those first-touch passes.
But Andy #47, you're right, most of all our Blue people. For me also the Abrahams men at the 2018 Derby, and before that Kevin Johnson, Pete Mills, Keith Harrison and Rob Halligan on my first pilgrimage to Goodison. They are all true Wows as well.
52 Posted 05/11/2020 at 23:46:37
53 Posted 05/11/2020 at 23:55:37
You were born and you live thousands of miles away. But you are as close to Goodison as I ever was.
54 Posted 05/11/2020 at 00:03:37
55 Posted 06/11/2020 at 02:50:09
56 Posted 06/11/2020 at 03:06:14
To me, George Best is the late '60s was simply sublime against us in a 0-0 draw at Goodison. Willie Morgan, in his all too brief period of brilliance, ran us ragged a few years later.
The newly promoted Huddersfield Town and, especially, Nottm Forest in the late '70s and early '80s were also sublime to me. They outclassed us at Goodison.
Of our own players, I call "Wow!" as being one who, when he receives the ball, makes you stand up on your tippy-toes pre-Hillsborough – get off your piles thereafter – it's sadly limited to Ball, Thomas (only briefly though), Rooney and, for now, James.
Neville Southall made me question physics only after his saves though, because you couldn't have anticipated such brilliance.
We've been severely let down in a boardroom containing you-all-know-who for the past 30 years, and counting.
On a current different thread, many of us still ponder who the source of infection is that allegedly reduces otherwise good players (Doucouré) when we signed them into bog-standard within weeks. I ask again, might it just be that the self-serving inertia embodied by Kenwright that's had such a profoundly disastrous effect on us for 30 sodding years, lives on at Finch Farm, alive and kicking, way in excess of Covid-19 in the real world the rest of us are obliged to occupy?
Please, Farhad, get rid of him and his self-serving appointees.
57 Posted 06/11/2020 at 05:16:00
My first idol was Dave Hickson who I still regard as our most courageous player of all time. Then there was the Alex Young & Roy Vernon strike partnership backed up by the great unlucky Tony Kay to win the League in 1963.
The next great team included the magnificent Holy Trinity and won the league in 1970.
In 1972, I emigrated to Australia and had to follow the Blues by short wave radio, MotD repeats, the red Echo a week later and the odd TV highlights.
For the past 20 years, I have been lucky enough to see every game live on Fox and Optus TV and have seen all the special players posters have named. But the Wow factor for me will always be pre-1972 at the Old Lady.
58 Posted 06/11/2020 at 06:46:13
Wayne Rooney via Arsenal, his hat trick on his return;
The first glimpse of Goodison Park pitch from the Top Balcony on a frosty night... beautiful, and it still makes my heart flutter and smile with pride;
Tim Cahill, his goal for Australia in the World Cup against the Netherlands;
Duncan McKenzie sitting on the ball;
Neville Southall in his prime;
Albert Dunlop saving a penalty (I think against West Ham, saving it by going the wrong way and catching it between his legs;
Alex Young getting his shirt ripped off him against Inter Milan;
Catching my first toffee from the Toffee Lady;
Standing in Gwladys Street on my wedding day, against Man Utd...
I could fill a book!
59 Posted 06/11/2020 at 06:55:10
I loved Barry Horne after his goal against Wimbledon – what a day that was. The cup final against Man Utd in 95. The semi-final vs Man Utd at Wembley. Duncan and Kanchelskis gave us a few moments. So did Lukaku, Cahill, Arteta and one or two others. But I think youth plays a part in wow moments. If Calvert-Lewin scores 99 goals for Everton, I won't be in awe of him like I was Cottee.
I hope we can get our hands on a trophy or two, that's what makes Wow moments last for me now. A good goal or a win here and there doesn't make me go "Wow!" any more.
60 Posted 06/11/2020 at 07:53:53
But reading this thread has been brilliant because it makes me realise that there is a special connection between people. People who come from everywhere because they all love Everton FC!
Danny B, what a great first memory to have of glorious Goodison Park mate. I can still remember Sheedy's header, that was a “wow” as was his left foot strike in off the post, but not quite as good as the second greatest “wow” I think I've ever had watching football, the following week at Anfield, and the realisation, that we finally had a team of real fighters and winners, when Graeme Sharp, made the Evertonians go berserk!
My greatest night is Bayern Munich, the crowd was heard by Picton Clock, for goodness sake, but the thing that still makes me shiver is Rotterdam. Walking out that stadium, and our song was getting sung, “just like the team that's gonn@ win the fuckin lot, We Shall Not Be Moved!!!”
I can't wait to get to Goodison Park again after reading this thread, and with the crowds back in the ground again, I can't wait to see Everton, running round Wembley with the cup, and to see the younger Evertonians dance the night away!
61 Posted 06/11/2020 at 08:11:01
Youve just put a lot of things into perspective for me in that post.
Lets focus on the things that really matter!
62 Posted 06/11/2020 at 09:11:46
63 Posted 06/11/2020 at 09:14:10
64 Posted 06/11/2020 at 10:02:03
I went past Goodison Park on my wedding day with my new wife tightly holding my hand, not out of love, but in case I jumped out and went to watch the match, Christine you are a much better supporter than me God bless you!!
65 Posted 06/11/2020 at 10:22:52
The atmosphere and experience that day was right up there... Wow!!!
66 Posted 06/11/2020 at 10:24:46
I agree with a lot of what you say about falling out of love with football, things have changed so much since I first started watching Everton. Now when people dive in the box and thats what it is, there is no condemnation even if its blatant, at best a pundit will say he went down a bit easy or it was a soft penalty. But none of them call it for what it is, the new phrase to justify diving is "there was some contact". I could well imagine the reaction of the players in the late 50s to a team mate diving in the box.
The old maxim used to be never show a defender he has hurt you, now even if a defender brushes against you the first thing is scream at the top of your voice and roll over clutching some part of your body. These are con artists who have all perfected the art of conning refs. Now because of new technology like VAR that was brought in primarily because refs were making so many simple mistakes, but they have taken it to a level that it was never intended to do. Remember clear and obvious, now every goal is scrutinised before a decision is made. We have virtually made the role of the linesman redundant, now he sticks is flag up 15 seconds after the offside player has collected the ball had a shot and the goalkeeper is just about to take the goal kick.
Technology and cheating players have made the game I love a lot less enjoyable than it used to be. Sadly I can only see it getting worse, this game had the same rules for decades, now every season a new rule appears and most have made the game worse not better.
67 Posted 06/11/2020 at 10:38:50
68 Posted 06/11/2020 at 10:49:29
69 Posted 06/11/2020 at 11:38:58
70 Posted 06/11/2020 at 11:55:39
That moment at the end was exactly what I was thinking of. I remember the whole Everton end singing ‘Hi Ho Silver Lining and it was brilliant. It seemed to last forever and we were daring to believe our name was on the cup. I should add that it was a great moment when Saha scored after 30 seconds in the Cup Final as well. Obviously we all know how that ended up!
71 Posted 06/11/2020 at 16:00:56
No, she was just stronger than you, Dave!
Or, yes, she's a better supporter AND stronger!
72 Posted 06/11/2020 at 16:43:32
When Asa Hartford first came he seemed incapable of finding a blue shirt. Me and me mates hated him lol. Then somebody started talking about going up to the top balcony for a game.
After standing just behind the goal to the right in Gwladys street since we were schoolboys. We got all adventurous one game and went up the escalator and took our seats. It was dizzying. we were near the middle in row B and you looked down on what was a sheer drop.
When the game kicked off it was like watching a game of chess. Asa surprised us when he tried a couple of really clever passes. Unfortunately his intended targets were'nt on the same wave length. After a while It dawned on us...Asa could play, Deep joy. but the joy was followed by a terrible realisation the rest of the team were fucking morons.
Asa was a talented player, but he was never considered top draw...Unless you sat int the TB. He had a brilliant footballers brain.
We spend years sitting in the TB after that, we thought we were proper cool. Used to go the match dressed as if we were going to a wedding. By fuck did we look down on some proper morons.
73 Posted 06/11/2020 at 16:55:33
McBride got one of the goals, dont know if Asa got the other, but then we just fell apart, had no belief in our selves and Liverpool destroyed us, it finished up a draw, it was a 2-2 massacre. I think Hartford was born with a hole in his heart, but recovered well to become a professional footballer, he was named after Al Jolson the singer, ASA Yolson.
Brent (71),the Christine talks, definitely a better and stronger supporter.
74 Posted 06/11/2020 at 17:05:02
You've got some memory lad - Although I bet you cant remember what you had for your breakfast today.
I forgot about the hole in Asa's heart. That's what he was really famous for.
The Kop used to sing "you've got a hole in your heart dear Asa, dear Asa" and he used to conduct them. In fairness the kopites loved him in his WBA days and they continued to love him even when he signed for us.
I think it was when he was having a medical for them that his heart condition was first discovered - although I may have just made that up.
Youre also right about his goal against Liverpool too. Cross from the right Glwladys street end.. down by the paddock (cant remember who). Asa arrived late to near the six yard box. Header. Bang. Cue Bedlam
75 Posted 06/11/2020 at 19:07:19
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78 Posted 07/11/2020 at 01:19:47
Ah the dare.. that came about when my Uncle Jimmy chided me at the reception in Thornton Hough, for getting wed on the morning of the 19th August when we were playing Man U at Goodison that afternoon.. he waived his blue season ticket book in my face and said, "Here it is, are you going or not? What sort of blue are you?" I was offended..lol
I just pinched his ticket, thanked everyone, who by this time was well on the way to drunken oblivion, grabbed the other half and threw the bags in the boot of a Hillman Minx and we were gone.. daft buggers...:-)
79 Posted 07/11/2020 at 02:45:05
To me on this thread there's far too much adulation of one single moment or two regarding WOW: exemplified by Duncan Mac - give me a break! He was useless in terms of winning football matches. With a ball at his feet he could admittedly match sealions at Chester zoo though, yet some on here revere him. Bizarre!
We all remember THAT goal from whomever but the fact is that WOW factors are accumulated over years and not just seconds.
Winning teams don't revere moments folks, they revere dynasties.
Go figure who's chiefly responsible for where Everton's been for the past 30 years?
80 Posted 07/11/2020 at 03:49:33
My first game in 1953 was in Gladys St stand and although I did my time in the boys pen and the four sides of the ground I jumped at the chance to get one of the first season tickets in Gladys St with Everton supporters club.
I have been in all the top tiered Stands at GP but my long winded point, is to agree with Darren that you see a different game from a height.
81 Posted 07/11/2020 at 07:34:29
I reckon I probably dislike Bill Kenwright, just as much as you Don, (honestly) and although I can understand your disdain, this thread is about players who have “wowed us” and not split us in half, mate.
82 Posted 07/11/2020 at 12:01:58
Joe Parkinson in the semi against a Spurs
83 Posted 07/11/2020 at 12:15:52
As for being the better supporter I never disagree with a lady, especially my wife, pull tongues behind her back instead,but you are correct we are all Blue together.
I hope you are well settled in New Zealand Christine and enjoy the game, and a win this afternoon.
84 Posted 07/11/2020 at 20:15:51
3 days earlier Hansen was praising Zola for his awesome display in the FA Cup semi-final and said he wouldn't like to play against him.
3 days later he said, "if had to choose between playing against Zola or Duncan tonight, you'd pick Zola every single time."
85 Posted 07/11/2020 at 20:46:15
86 Posted 08/11/2020 at 00:27:20
We did win 2-0 but for the life of me cannot remember much of it, (it was 72)
So here I am watching a painful display at 3am in the morning, howling winds and rain outside.. but safe. As an aside, you cannot have James and Siggy in the same side, two passengers, one you can live with for his brilliance, the other barely makes any impact. Secondly, we have been sussed out by teams, every manager is attacking us down the right, you have to move James inside and cover Coleman. Everyone thinks Holgate is great, I don't. Never have.. his positional play is dreadful, he made Keane look bad, both Man U goals came from unmarked players, although the second one dropped in, Rashford had a free header but missed it completely, I don't condemn Pickford for that. I could for a few other things as his form is erratic and we cannot afford that. Lucky goal. The third one, a sucker punch.
James not fit, he needs a free role but we need to organize a team that can accommodate him. The honeymoon is over!
Stay well over there Dave.. I see they are using Pontins camp in Southport for testing, I wonder how this is going to work in lockdown..
We are two or three players short of a team,
87 Posted 08/11/2020 at 16:21:51
You always write a lot of sense Christine and most of what you wrote about yesterdays game I agree with, but differ over Holgate and Keane, I like Holgate but with Michael, it is himself who makes him look bad, in my opinion, I bet wed have some arguments after the game over the Blues.
As for the virus testing, I think the people from the army are staying in Pontins while all the testing is going on, Ive got mixed feelings about getting tested at the moment, for various reasons, I certainly believe that this virus is alive and infecting many people as well as killing them but Im holding fire about being tested for now.
88 Posted 08/11/2020 at 16:37:43
89 Posted 08/11/2020 at 18:09:46
90 Posted 08/11/2020 at 18:17:26
91 Posted 08/11/2020 at 18:43:21
92 Posted 08/11/2020 at 18:57:17
He was the one player who you thought could change a game with one piece of magic. After him Big Dunc. His attitude always gave us hope and dread in equal measure.
Maybe James can become our beacon of hope.
93 Posted 08/11/2020 at 22:52:48
94 Posted 09/11/2020 at 01:35:29
I will start with Adrian Heath, took a while for some of the crowd to warm to him, but he didnt half knock some goals in for us, crying shame about his bad injury.
Staying on the injury front I would add Jelavic, until he got injured, there was never a doubt he would score for us.
Going back to the seventies and this has had previous mentions has to be Bob Latchford.
Unsung heroes would go to Andy King, Alan Harper, Kevin Richardson, Derek Mountfield, Joe Parkinson, Nigel Martyn, Paul Power and finally for one of the best human beings and work rate, Steve Naismith.
95 Posted 09/11/2020 at 11:47:12
96 Posted 09/11/2020 at 12:48:19
As far as I'm concerned he is as good a winger as there had ever been and the best crosser of a ball I've ever seen.
Kathie would never have got his 30 goals without him.
Just to mention 2 other great favourites of mine who I think don't get the recognition/respect that they deserve, Martin Dobson and Dave Watson. I thought Dobbo was elegance and coolness personified while Watson was one of the bravest and hardest players I've seen in the Blue Jersey.
97 Posted 09/11/2020 at 17:01:44
I am still baffled after setting up most of Latchfords 30 goals, we allowed him to leave the following season.
There is only one other winger I would put on a par or better than Thomas at the time and that was Steve Coppell.
So yes Christine, I will add Dave Thomas, glad other Evertonians have the same memories of Thomas, as I had.
98 Posted 09/11/2020 at 17:13:14
99 Posted 09/11/2020 at 17:17:10
100 Posted 09/11/2020 at 17:54:32
101 Posted 09/11/2020 at 21:50:17
102 Posted 09/11/2020 at 22:08:02
I'm pretty sure he's well past his best by now and won't be walking into any team, least of all Carlo's Lost Boyz!
103 Posted 10/11/2020 at 04:15:20
So I quickly came up with Radzinskis very late wow against Southampton, Goslings against Liverpool, missed by ITV, Johnsons brace against the same opponents, and Segundo Castillos thunderbolt against Standard Liege(?).
And then theres Barry Hornes screamer against Wimbledon.
Slightly more mundane wows, if tackles can be considered a wow, were Nevilles tackle on Ronaldo and Besics tackle on Toure which got the crowd on their feet.
Its fair to say that none of the players mentioned could ever be described as having the wow factor, but for me at least, theyve stuck in my memory, if only for the moments mentioned above.
Neville Southall was definitely a wow player, but it is his save from Falco against Spurs that I remember most vividly.
So for me I guess its as much to do with the individual moment and the memory as it is to do with the great players.
104 Posted 10/11/2020 at 11:55:24
105 Posted 10/11/2020 at 14:24:36
The reason I ask is to tie in with one of the players I liked and gave me the wow moment in signing Gary Lineker.
After the season ended there was only radio or newspaper reports back then to get any news, and I always remember feeling sick when the back page headline was Lineker sold to Barcelona.
Snodin asked Kendall about this and he said we were relying too much on him and other players were not scoring, me on the other hand was more than happy with Lineker scoring 44 goals, in all competitions for us.
That was the reasoning why Kendall,let the player leave, then justified his reasoning saying we won the league the following season with the goals spread out.
To put it in prospective, can you imagine Calvert Lewin banging in 44 goals, then we sell the player because other players are not sharing the goals.
I still say to this Day, Kendall thought he was getting the Barcelona job at the time, only to be overlooked after we sold Lineker to them was part of the reasoning he allowed Lineker to move.
Now back to my question about watching his interview, after giving his reason why he allowed Lineker to move, he then moved on to coming back to Everton for his second stint and he said to Snodin, I made a big mistake in not putting a clause in Linekers contract to give Everton first offer on Lineker returning, and him ending up signing for Spurs instead.
So again I ask, if Kendall was not happy with Linekers roll at Everton, why was he so disappointed that we did not get Lineker in 91, a player he has already stated, does not fit in with goal contributions from other players.
My personal feeling, Lineker never asked for a move but was as good as told he would be going to Barcelona.
That is the one big regret for me that we allowed Lineker to move after only one season.
106 Posted 10/11/2020 at 14:39:11
So even though other players were not sharing the goals, we only scored one goal less than the 85 title winning side, but scored 11 more than the 87 title winning team, so what ever logic Kendall was using, he dropped a big one, selling Lineker.
107 Posted 10/11/2020 at 14:53:39
Luxury Player comes to mind. Sigurdsson, a poor man's Duncan McKenzie?
108 Posted 10/11/2020 at 15:09:25
109 Posted 10/11/2020 at 15:20:16
I never saw Duncan McKenzie at Everton but saw him play a couple of times in the US when he closed out his career with my hometown Chicago Sting. He was always fun to watch on the ball but didn't run much. I thought it was because he was past 30... come to find out he was always that way!
And when I met him at Goodison a couple of years ago, turns out we had been close neighbors in suburban Chicago during his time there. That's when his sense of humor made me go "wow"... he certainly never did on the pitch.
110 Posted 10/11/2020 at 15:55:41
111 Posted 10/11/2020 at 16:25:35
What does the last one almost remind you of?
112 Posted 10/11/2020 at 16:37:21
113 Posted 10/11/2020 at 16:47:30
Not so much a "Wow!" – more a “What the fuck!?” the same season was against us at Coventry. For some reason, we were moving around the ground at the time, all I could see over people's heads was the ball somehow going up vertically in the air and being walloped into the net. It wasn't until I watched MotD that night that I got a decent view of Ernie Hunt's now illegal goal.
114 Posted 10/11/2020 at 17:25:19
There is one that really tops the lot and that is Sharpies tremendous volley against the RS at the Analfield Rd. end beating gobshite Grobellaar all ends up. This was one we did win.
115 Posted 10/11/2020 at 17:42:36
Yep, it was a goal and a half or 'half a goal' on TV, I didn't link that one because it comes after the other lot took a 3 goal lead and was merely a consolation. But in the clip below he scores a cracker and Everton won the game at Old Trafford.
I take it you mean a certain 16-year old who's name I can't recall :)
116 Posted 10/11/2020 at 17:52:04
And then there is this
Martin Dobson was an elegant and classy midfield player, beautiful to watch him glide across the middle of the field. I did enjoy the front 5 of that time, King, Dobson, Latchford, McKenzie, Thomas. The side, in my view is vastly underrated and underappreciated as it came close to winning all the trophies but fell short.
117 Posted 10/11/2020 at 18:14:48
Strange how Walsh's brother also came and wrecked us 38 years later!!
118 Posted 10/11/2020 at 18:17:44
From '74 to '77, I was obsessed but my best mate in our street was a Red and went with his Dad and his uncle every other week. I was envious, but most of my school mates were Reds and not many went to the match. My old man worked shifts and we had no car, and he wasn't into football (although he had been to Goodison a few times when he was 17 or so, just after the war.)
Eventually, me and a mate "Brownie" decided to go together and made the pilgrimage, a bus to Woodside, the ferry across the Mersey, and then a bus from Pier Head to Goodison. It was 1977-78 season and we had just bought George Wood and Dave Thomas and we were playing newly promoted Nottm Forest.
We somehow got into the Top Balcony, and I was amazed at a bloody escalator to get to the top! My first view of the pitch as we came up the stairs blew my mind, that intense green. We were in really early and watched the build-up from our lofty perch.
Forest won the league in that season and we finished about 4th. Dave Thomas caught the eye, he was lightening quick and his crosses were fabulous. We never went in the Top Balcony again, preferring the Street End and then Park End, but it was the beginning of a few years of going to almost every match until I went off to Art College, in Nottingham where I was lucky to see Nottm Forest and Notts County regularly.
119 Posted 10/11/2020 at 18:39:31
120 Posted 10/11/2020 at 18:42:32
121 Posted 10/11/2020 at 18:43:57
I was at the game in the Park end and it was a very cold Day, with Joe Royle playing for them.
There was only a few Bristol fans that turned up and the banter was, you must have come on a tractor.
The very player you mentioned Walsh was put on the subs bench and Andy King recalled for the game, King ended up scoring with his left foot, right foot and header for the perfect hatrick, to put us back top of the league.
I can only assume Walsh ended up starting some games later on, to start our free fall :-)
122 Posted 10/11/2020 at 18:58:45
123 Posted 10/11/2020 at 19:03:30
In the current Premier League era? Not a single one.
124 Posted 10/11/2020 at 19:06:13
125 Posted 10/11/2020 at 19:09:05
I was also at Old Trafford that night, I sat in the stand to the left of the scoreboard end, personally I didn't see much bother that night, probably because we parked well away from the bulk of the Everton coaches. But generally, Old Trafford could be pretty scary – especially for night matches. I always found Maine Road far worse.
126 Posted 10/11/2020 at 19:17:56
8-0 vs Southampton;
Dobbo's goal at Anfield;
Big Bobs 30 goals;
Andy King's screamer;
Sharpy's volley at Anfield;
5-0 vs Man Utd;
Trevor Stevens's goal against Sunderland;
4-0 away at Newcastle;
Ron's goal against Chelsea;
Rom's goal away at Man City (when Stekelenburg saved 2 pens);
3-0 League Cup Quarter-Final at Man Utd.
As I say, so many and I can think of loads more.
But the one that has and always will be top for me is hearing “We Shall Not Be Moved” sung at full volume. I love Goodison Park and will really miss it when we move to Bramley-Moore Dock (although I do realise the need to move forward).
127 Posted 10/11/2020 at 19:22:32
I was 16 at the time and me and a mate grabbed hold of a police horsetail and followed it through the middle of the Mancs baying for blood.
Oh and how could I forget; 3-1 vs Bayern Munich.
128 Posted 10/11/2020 at 19:42:02
129 Posted 10/11/2020 at 20:05:45
A great shame as Terry outlined – King, Dobson, Latchford, Thomas deserved better for their contributions in a blue shirt.
130 Posted 10/11/2020 at 20:42:39
Bally (RIP) scoring 4 at WBA in a 6-2 win in 1968.
131 Posted 10/11/2020 at 21:02:57
I was in the Man Utd Stretford end with four other Evertonians, and when Stapleton scored there were loads in the Utd road end stood still with glum faces, but saying nothing, there must have been a good few hundred Evertonians, in that end.
132 Posted 10/11/2020 at 21:06:31
If that was not a "Wow!" moment, I give up.
133 Posted 10/11/2020 at 21:32:09
We didn't deserve that defeat that day.
134 Posted 11/11/2020 at 08:09:23
Of course Rooney. It was all too brief but being at Leeds to see him score that goal in 2002 when he was just 17 and a scally like us is an indelible memory. The end went mental.
135 Posted 11/11/2020 at 13:52:20
136 Posted 11/11/2020 at 13:55:23
137 Posted 11/11/2020 at 13:56:38
138 Posted 11/11/2020 at 14:12:32
139 Posted 11/11/2020 at 14:38:00
I'm sure Brian Viner tells the story in his 'Looking For The Toffees' book. (great read if you haven't already).
140 Posted 11/11/2020 at 17:33:57
WHL 1985. Goals from A Gray and Tricky Trev have us ahead against a very good Spurs team who were many peoples favourites to win the league.
When Spurs pulled one back, WHL became a cauldron. Roared on by their fans, Spurs quite literally through the kitchen sink.
We didnt just have A strong Character back then. The team was full of them. They would all step up to the plate at sometime during that season
It has to be said, Spurs probably gave us the most thorough examination that night. They were playing with such purpose and aggression. Nervous Evertonians were biting their nails and praying we would hold on. The clock was on go slow.
Despite our resilience an equalizer for our title rivals seemed a certainty.
Ball in from the wing. A Spurs player (I think it was Falco) drives in and meets the ball perfectly right on the bone of his forehead from point blank range. WHL exploded in celebration of the "Goal"
Neville Southall had other ideas. He somehow contrived to miraculously turn it over the top.
Astonished Evertonians celebrated as if we had just won the league. That's probably because we just had.
141 Posted 11/11/2020 at 18:16:02
142 Posted 15/11/2020 at 01:00:23
143 Posted 15/11/2020 at 08:29:01
144 Posted 15/11/2020 at 09:04:50
145 Posted 15/11/2020 at 11:02:28
Really thought big Joe had us on the cusp of something special and bringing back the great days again.
146 Posted 15/11/2020 at 12:00:13
Clemence was asked, tongue in cheek, by Elton Welsby, "Did you nearly save it ?"
Fair play to clemence for a very funny answer - "I nearly saw it"
It's a pity the big fella didnt inspire you enough to avoid doing your David Lawson impersonation a few days later.
I know I have mentioned this once or twice before, but it should never, ever, be forgotten that you single handedly threw away a two goal lead and cost us a place in the final
147 Posted 15/11/2020 at 12:28:03
148 Posted 15/11/2020 at 12:37:22
Going off on a slight tangent, any F1 fans among us?
I ask because the Turkish Grand Prix has just delivered a sporting 'WOW!' moment.
If Lewis Hamilton's drive today doesn't qualify as sporting genius, then I don't know what does.
What a way to seal his record-equaling 7th World Title.
149 Posted 15/11/2020 at 12:43:07
A better match up may have been Amir Kahn but I think retirement is now the best option.
Lewis Hamilton should be the biggest ''wow'' now even though it is not quite what I consider a sport but still he is a Brit. and has conquered the World yet again.
150 Posted 15/11/2020 at 12:47:05
151 Posted 15/11/2020 at 18:24:26
For all the flair and swagger on McKenzie, he did not think he did anything to help his teammates out.
He saw Graeme Sharp and then Ian Rush and wanted both players; the board would only allow Lee to sign one of the two, with Sharp available for less, and so the board allowed Sharp to be bought.
Talk about Thomas was he was wanting a bigger contract and was advised from outside the club that he would get more money if he moved elsewhere.
153 Posted 19/11/2020 at 07:52:04
154 Posted 19/11/2020 at 08:21:24
Nigel Martyn was definitely one of the best goalkeepers we have ever had.
155 Posted 19/11/2020 at 10:38:55
If we're talking about non-EFC then I remember being slightly mesmerised by Ryan Giggs in his early seasons at Utd. He used to rip us to pieces at Goodison, he had perfect balance on the ball, almost like he was skating around the pitch.
A few years back I went to a pre-season friendly of Barca v Roma and the starting 11 had Messi, Neymar, Suarez, Inestia, Xavi etc. My head was spinning trying to keep up with the inter-play from the stands, god knows what it was like for the Roma defenders!
156 Posted 19/11/2020 at 14:26:14
Rennie(155), when Neville sat by the post at half time he had a cob on with Everton, we had had a good offer from Spurs to buy Southall, but wouldnt let him go, he wanted to, Colin Harvey was the manager at the time, sitting by the goalposts was one of many tantrums at the time, like lashing his boots at the windows in the gym at Bellefield, good job they were tough, Neville was the best of the best, he had a right temper as well.
157 Posted 19/11/2020 at 15:14:57
He could teach a few of today's players about keeping a low profile!
If we have had a thread on a "wow" moment, surely there has to be the opposite and have an "Oh FFS!" moment 😁
158 Posted 19/11/2020 at 17:07:48
159 Posted 19/11/2020 at 17:41:44
Fair. he belongs in there
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