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Peter Mills
1 Posted 13/09/2022 at 22:16:50
That third goal was one of my favourite Everton goals ever.

Comedy gold followed by delirium.

Don Alexander
2 Posted 13/09/2022 at 23:11:14
That match was a very small oasis indeed in our 30 year, still deteriorating, Premier League trudge across a desert of failure.

Is there anyone at or close to the top, still, who's culpable throughout?

Danny O’Neill
3 Posted 13/09/2022 at 23:32:22
Phil Neville was massively underrated. Not the best player but in the Everton Moyes era, a captain and leader. When he wasn't on the pitch, you could tell his presence was missed.

It was a great win and I love these articles.

But it was a one-off that meant little other than celebrating the day.

The biggest derby win in my lifetime was Anfield 1984 and Sharp's volley.

No marketing DVDs over a one-off victory. Everton were back and we rattled the neighbours as well as going on to win titles and trophies.

Duncan McDine
4 Posted 13/09/2022 at 23:38:02
#2 Don’ing the turd tinted spectacles again, but accurate nonetheless.
John Pendleton
5 Posted 13/09/2022 at 23:40:06
Great game. I was the only blue watching it in a pub in Wetherby.

As the camera panned in on the Goodson crowd going nuts after the third goal, a local Yorkshire Liverpool fan – a grown man in full red kit mode – ran up to the big screen and screamed,

‘Fuck off, you scouse bastards!'

Christ, that next pint of Guinness was the best I've tasted outside of Ireland.

Brian Wilkinson
6 Posted 13/09/2022 at 00:09:23
David, a very good read.

One player you missed out for me in our modern times as giving everything and scoring against the big boys is Steven Naismith.

Okay, not in the 16 years category but certainly worth a mention, alongside Jelavic. I swear whenever he got a chance around the area, it ended up in a goal or a save; I cannot recall Naismith hitting Row Z.

Absolutely wasted when we played him out wide for over a year, but gave everything and did so much for charity and the fans as well.

One of my favourite modern players, who played for Everton.

Kieran Kinsella
7 Posted 14/09/2022 at 02:32:04
I remember Andy Johnson as a kid giving the RS the runaround in the League Cup. Not sure why he went off the boil but he's been at Goodison many times since indoctrinating his kids into the Blues.

To Brian's point. Naismith was a champ. Didn't he get a perfect hat-trick v Chelsea?

Diagnosing remotely, I think he had self-esteem issues. When he was a spare at Everton he was great. When he carried the mantle of main man for Norwich or Scotland, he wilted.

I always remember him as a good player and a very down-to-Earth bloke who truly appreciated his position and did a lot to help ordinary fans and those struggling to pay bills. Really a top bloke in my eyes.

You can't call him a legend as he won nothing and set no records but, like Cahill, he got us so, in my mind, he's always a personal favourite.

Lee Courtliff
8 Posted 14/09/2022 at 07:38:16
Steven Naismith was an excellent player, considering he was free and we all thought he was rubbish in his first season. Played out of position, granted.

Before the 2006-07 season started, I told a friend in the pub that we'd finish Top 6. He replied, "you sound very confident!". And I was, because we'd got the exact signings we needed, as mentioned in the op.

AJ wasn't the best after that blistering start but his pace and movement was precisely what we needed. He'll always be fondly remembered by myself and many others, I imagine.

Moyes built us a good team and for fans of my generation, that 3 spell from '06 to '09 was the very best we've ever witnessed. In terms of consistency.

3 Top 6 finishes on the bounce, 2 Semi-Finals and 1 Final. We just weren't quite good enough to get that elusive trophy!!

Danny O’Neill
9 Posted 14/09/2022 at 07:46:35
Great point, Lee. That Moyes team around that period was as good as we've had in a generation.

Just not good enough to break the glass ceiling.

Like you say, a generational thing and I probably have what some would call unrealistic ones in the modern era, but I won't drop them.

We'll watch that match together at some point. Just let me know when!! Health warning; beware of my ability to attract away fans!!

Lee Courtliff
10 Posted 14/09/2022 at 10:04:13
Danny, I considered myself an optimistic person until I 'met' you!! I much prefer that to those pessimists who are depressing to be around.

I'll be at Goodison on Sunday, I'm taking my girlfriend to the match for the first time. She's a Manc so I'm educating her on proper football...hopefully.

We're staying in Liverpool for the full weekend so I'm going to walk up to Bramley-Moore Dock and have my first look at our new stadium. Can't bloody wait!!!

Brian Murray
11 Posted 14/09/2022 at 10:41:25
Lee. It's "err on side of caution" for most of us but hats hat to Danny's blue disposition.

I'm always clinging to the hope that he or his mutts have a sixth sense that we are rising fast and that loft conversion at the piggery can now see us clearly on the banks... one by one!

Danny O’Neill
12 Posted 14/09/2022 at 10:43:05
Don't forget the gathering in The Bramley Moore Pub, Lee. Go and meet some of the gang.

That place is going to become as iconic as the Stadium. Not that it's all about the money, but the owners are sat on a gold mine.

Danny O’Neill
13 Posted 14/09/2022 at 10:46:32
Brian, I told that young lad from Gloucester to bring 2 points home against Palace after hugging you.

He did.

If you keep saying it and believing it, it will happen.

No wonder my family and dogs keep shaking their head at me.

Brian Murray
14 Posted 14/09/2022 at 11:05:32

Maybe get a donkey. At least it may nod in agreement sometimes.

John Raftery
15 Posted 14/09/2022 at 20:57:00
That 3-0 win against the neighbours was the first time we had scored three in a league derby since August 1966 when we won 3-1 with Alan Ball scoring two.

One reason for the improvement in 2006-07 compared with the season before was the presence of Lee Carsley. He had missed most of the previous season with an injury he had sustained in the final game of the 2004-05 campaign, at Bolton.

Christy Ring
16 Posted 14/09/2022 at 21:54:01
I remember that wonderful 3-0 victory.

Me and 11 of my workmates were in Merthyl Beach, Carolina, on a golfing trip. We watched the game.

I was the only Evertonian, but had 7 anti-reds in my corner.

After Johnson got the 3rd after Reina's blunder, I started ordering us all shots and singing Grand Old Team, I was lucky I wasn't strangled! Great memory.

Trevor Powell
17 Posted 15/09/2022 at 13:44:33
Thanks for the memory! I got married that day to Lynne in Pembrokeshire just after the game finished. We had a few drinks in our local pub and then down to the hotel for our reception. When we walked in there were half a dozen scousers at the bar and I asked them the red or blue question and they were definitely Blues!

They were staying there as they were working on the Liquid Gas Pipeline. They had been told that they must be quiet as there was a wedding reception! They were great lads and we shared a few drinks during the evening. Beating Liverpool and getting married to Lynne on the same day. Absolute magic!

Brian Wilkinson
18 Posted 17/09/2022 at 19:07:22
I think I can add a little something to the Andy Johnson debate.

He was quick, but as like anything Everton associated, he would get nudged off the ball and his speed would send him tumbling. It did not take the experts long to start calling Johnson a diver. In the end he was getting knocked left right and centre and getting nothing.

The defenders cottoned on quick that fouling Johnson was a free hit, as the refs would just wave play on.

In short, Johnson's speed and skill was being counteracted by simply pushing him and knocking him off balance. In the end, Johnson gave up appealing. He was unlucky in my view; he got nothing, while years later, Salah and Mane got everything..

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