Pat Nevin Internet Interview
Pat Nevin is a fast and tricky winger who played an important part in the late Eighties Everton team put together by Colin Harvey. The questions below were posed via the Internet by one of Finland’s greatest Evertonian’s and upcoming classical musician’s, Osmo Tapia E Räihälä, and originally published in the Bullens Bulletin, fanzine of the Everton Supporters Club -- Finland Branch.
1. Was it always obvious that you would want to become a footballer?
2. Have you always been a winger?
3. Did you model your game on some similar type of player -- like Willie Henderson of rangers or Jimmy Johnstone of Celtic?
4. Is it true that one of the "big boys" in Scotland told you that they didn't believe you'd stand a chance in professional football? If yes, please tell us about your feelings then?
5. What was it like at Clyde?
6. How did you end up at Chelsea?
7. What was it like to play alongside Kerry Dixon -- one of the three leading British scorers during the Eighties?
8. Who were your best mates at Chelsea?
9. What were the most important reasons to you leaving Chelsea? Yes, they went down in 1988 but were there other reasons?
10. Why did you choose Everton?
11. You were part of a major rebuilding at Everton. Did you feel some extra pressure because of that, and because you cost a lot of money at the time (somebody has pointed that you cost more than John Barnes did for Liverpool)?
12. How was Colin Harvey like as a manager?
13. What were the biggest differences between Chelsea and Everton?
14. Who do you think were the best players at Everton?
15. Tell about your feelings after the FA Cup semi-final against Norwich in 1989!
· From sheer jubilation at the end of the game, scoring the winner to take us to the cup final, to the deepest low finding out what had happened at Hillsborough.
16. What were the main reasons from your point of view that started Harvey's Everton's slide? What did the team lack the most?
17. During the later times of Harvey's reign, there were often rumours of bad team spirit. Were there any open quarrels between the manager and/or the players?
18. What did you think when you got to know that Kendall would return to Everton?
19. You were obviously a big crowd favourite at Chelsea. What kind of reception did you get from the Everton fans?
20. During the 91/92 season, you only started seven league games for Everton, so it was clear that you weren't a part of Kendall's plans, especially as he had bought both Warzycha and Ward. How did you feel about that?
21. You are also active in the Professional Footballers Association. What is it like?
22. Was there any bitterness from any part when you left Everton?
23. Tell about your move to Tranmere! Were you disappointed to drop a division?
24. What is it like at Tranmere?
25. Several so-called "older" players are doing fine at the moment -- players like Ian Wright, Mark Hughes, Dave Watson et al. -- not to mention Nev Southall or John Aldridge. Do you feel you would still have a chance to play in the Premier League, even if it meant leaving Tranmere?
26. Do you have plans to go into management or do you have some other plans concerning your post-playing days?
27. Who is the best manager you've worked with?
28. You are known for your affection to music and literature, at least more than most other professionals. Tell about your taste in music, what do you read etc.
29. Tell about your family and your background?
30. What is the biggest thrill of your footballing career so far?
31. Who were your best mates at Everton?
32. Are you interested in politics? Are you so to say politically "conscious"?
33. Who is your most difficult opponent?
34. Certainly there were some easier rivals at opposing left-back positions as well. Who did you most enjoy playing against when playing for Everton?
35. What do you think of football fanzines? Do you read any? (You don't have to say, "yes, I like them" only because this will go to a fanzine, -- Joe Royle said he hates them.)
36. Do you read magazines like FourFourTwo, Goal, 90 Minutes, Total Football etc? If yes, do you think their view of professional football is correct?
37. Who did you support as a boy?
38. To fans, their favourite team is everything and most fans have at some stage been dreaming of playing for their favourite team. Do you think -- as a professional -- that this has any real importance to a pro? For example, Gary Speed was a well-known Evertonian before joining the blues. Do you think that it could give any extra dimension to his playing, -- something that he didn't have at Leeds (where he happened to win the league!)? How come a young lad that supports ManU through thick and thin can join ManCity (Andy Hinchcliffe) or an Everton fan can join Liverpool (McManaman, Fowler etc. --this list is too long!)?
39. How big a difference is there in players' wages between the Premier and the Nationwide Division 1 (approximately)?
40. For how long time do you think you'll be still playing top professional football?
41. Which things did you train most as a young lad?
On behalf of all Evertonians, thank you, Pat Nevin
Interview Copyright of Osmo Tapio E Räihälä
EL Group Draw: 29 Aug