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Ian Snodin

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  • Position: Midfield
  • Born: Rotherham 15.8.63
  • Previous clubs: Doncaster, Leeds
  • Joined Everton: January '87 (840,000 pounds)
  • League games: 356
  • League goals: 33
  • Cup games: 73
  • Cup goals: 7
  • Honours: 1 England B Cap, 4 Under-21 Caps, League Championship ('87)



 
Ian Snodin is an almost unique figure in modern football insomuch as he declined an invitation which few receive and virtually no one declines when he turned down the chance to join Liverpool in January 1987. Having established himself an an aggressiv e, yet thoughtful, midfielder in a struggling Leeds United side during the mid-eighties, Snodin was pursued by several leading clubs but only two - Everton and Liverpool - were willing to meet an asking price of 840,000 pounds. Having agreed personal term s with Kenny Dalglish, Snodin was expected to move to Anfield but an eleventh-hour intervention by Howard Kendall proved to be decisive and within a matter of hours he had pledged his future to Everton. Although his never-say-die attitude was warmly recei ved by the Goodison public it was not until Snodin was pressed into service as an emergency right-back that he truly began to flourish. His transformation from midfielder to defender was accomplished with such speed and in such style that he was called up into the full England squad for a friendly international in Greece in February 1989. Unfortunately, Snodin was forced to withdraw because of injury and his problems were compounded a matter of only a few weeks later when he was carried off during a game against Sheffield Wednesday with a serious hamstring problem. Despite lengthy periods of rest and several operations, Snodin struggled to regain his fitness and spent the whole of the 1991-92 season convalescing.
 

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