We often hear that we have assembled the best squad for some time and I think there is some truth in that. If you had to name the five best Everton players you have ever seen, would any of the current crop make the list? I know a lot depends on one's age but in 45 years of supporting Everton the following are, for me, as good as it gets:
? Southall, the best goalkeeper I have ever seen.
? Ball, vision, skill and the ability,and how we could do with it now, to find a killer pass.
? Lineker, the best finisher I have seen.
? Ratcliffe, at his peak, the quickest and best defender in the world.
? Duncan Mckenzie. the player, after Ball, that I most looked forward to seeing.
Look at those names. We ARE a big club with a big history and a big tradition.
Not a very relevant post but it I've been watching the Milk Cup on TV and Everton have a magnificent tradition in it. There's more to come.
Andy Crooks, Posted 29/07/2011 at 20:17:24
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1 Posted 30/07/2011 at 14:42:51
Neville Southall ? Unbeatable.... literally.
Trevor Steven ? Tricky Trev was full of tricks!
Duncan Ferguson ? Gave us hope and pride at time when we had none.
Andrei Kanchelskis ? Unplayable at times. His one man show at Sheffield Wednesday was unreal.
2 Posted 30/07/2011 at 14:43:55
3 Posted 30/07/2011 at 14:39:07
but thats just my two pennath.....I can only dream, Andy, about the players you mention, or players of that ilk playing for us again...
because to compete, takes a truck load of money to be able to pay the players what now appears to be the going rate over a hundred grand a week, pushing three hundred grand aa week...who's our biggest wage earner at Everton in terms of the team? - isn't it the Manager...?
4 Posted 30/07/2011 at 15:00:06
Cant decide which order tho but seeing Timmy Cahill bullet a header in is hard to beat.
5 Posted 30/07/2011 at 15:12:14
6 Posted 30/07/2011 at 15:33:22
Other outstanding players that spring to mind:
Undoubtedly the best GK I ever saw big Nev.
Brian Labone one of the classiest CBs ever.
Howard Kendall could tackle pass short and long and score goals... the best all round midfielder for me.
His partners in crime Harvey and Ball were also exceptional.
Roy Vernon and Alex Young... 2 of the greatest forwards I ever saw.
Sheedy for his sweet left foot and some of the most important golas in our history.
7 Posted 30/07/2011 at 15:44:19
8 Posted 30/07/2011 at 16:16:44
All we have is our history and we have ceased to be relevant in the modern era. We are like a wooden tennis raquet....
Sad but true......
9 Posted 30/07/2011 at 16:40:14
10 Posted 30/07/2011 at 17:05:12
11 Posted 30/07/2011 at 17:17:20
and controversially even though he was 90 when he played for us... Richard Gough.
Most exiting youngsters who moved on or never made it:
And they could all have been in the same team ... sigh... if only!
12 Posted 30/07/2011 at 17:43:38
13 Posted 30/07/2011 at 17:48:31
14 Posted 30/07/2011 at 17:53:19
15 Posted 30/07/2011 at 17:56:15
16 Posted 30/07/2011 at 17:58:21
Southall - the best keeper ever
Andy King - my first idol and something special
Kevin Sheedy - the best left foot ever
Kevin Ratcliffe - Great defender and so much pace
Graeme Sharp - THAT GOAL!!!
17 Posted 30/07/2011 at 18:33:05
18 Posted 30/07/2011 at 18:19:01
1 Southall - Sheffield wed away made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up
2 Andy Gray - Fearless and inspirational
3 Sheedy - pure class. Still smile at the amount of stick he took from the Paddock.
4 Peter Reid - A winner and for the retribution dished out to Jimmy 'Shithouse' Case.
5 Tommy Gravesen - difficult one to leave out Steven, but on his day Tommy was special and lifted my spirits during difficult times.
19 Posted 30/07/2011 at 18:51:54
20 Posted 30/07/2011 at 20:44:56
21 Posted 31/07/2011 at 02:21:36
22 Posted 31/07/2011 at 01:23:25
2) The terms of Reff. are too narrow. Like with Music, I have, depending on mood and fancy about 14 in my The best records ever made ( current No 1 is 'Sultans of Swing') and about 150 in my all time top 20...so here I go.
The top 5 I have ever seen; and we could do with now.
Southall: West was nearly and on his day as good as Nev, but a bit up and down confidence / temprement wise.Others who would inspire confidence would be Norwegian Tommy ( what was the story behind him going?) and Martyn.
Fullbacks: Wilson and Parker, ' were' the Best in the Country in the early 60's and Wilson WAS the acknowledged best in the World... but Fullbacking was changing, did change and has changed.
Wilson Vs Baines is not a true Apples for Apples comparison.
So ( in the absence of Baines ) it's Stevens and Hinchcliffe for me, with a honourable mention for PvdH and Powers.
CB's: since the mid-60's they come as a pair; Hurst and Labone, Labone and Ratcliffe, Ratcliffe and Mountfield will do. And if a 23yr old Dave Watson was to bring his boots a long I would take the 18mill for Jags. The Lucas Neil Johnny H combo wasn't too shabby either.
Mid Field: No fannying around here No 1 ALAN BALL
In the ' If they brought their boots along on the first day of this coming season they might get a game over the present emcumbants ' catagory. Collins, Kay, Harris, Gabriel, Harvey, Kendall, Dobson, Bracewell, Reid, Fenandes.
Wide MF/ Wingers Temple, Scott, Morrissey, Husband, Thomas, Steven, Sheedy, Kanchelskis, Pienaar, Donavon.
Forwards: Young, Vernon, Pickering, Royle Latchford, Sharp, Gray, Big Dunc the younger.
And finally, in the ' Any one but Victor ' Cat. Bernie Wright, piss poor attitude ( no change upto now or so it seems ) but check his goals per game stats Vs the present bad attitude occupant.
Thats it, got to go, the wife has found me something to do...as always.
23 Posted 31/07/2011 at 03:25:10
24 Posted 31/07/2011 at 06:46:40
To which I would add Lineker and sadly Rooney, but if I thought for a while these two might change.
25 Posted 31/07/2011 at 08:45:27
26 Posted 31/07/2011 at 09:10:13
1. Southall ? best ever keeper
2. Steven ? class player
3. Beardsley ? vision and ability
4. Watson ? Brilliant in good times and bad; bad in the '89 Cup Final but brilliant in '95
5. Martyn ? saved us almost single handedly in the 2003-04 season
I could add a lot of others to that list as well.
27 Posted 31/07/2011 at 09:43:47
28 Posted 31/07/2011 at 10:05:22
29 Posted 31/07/2011 at 10:12:50
30 Posted 31/07/2011 at 10:53:45
But it's more fun picking five turkeys...
There's more choice.
31 Posted 31/07/2011 at 11:55:32
I was talking to No 1 son about this topic in general and LBs in particular and we came upon a mental blackhole prior to Pistone (one of your candidates no doubt) and Hinchcliffe.
We then went to the Toffeeweb list of squads per season, with a few notable exceptions....
WHAT A LOAD OF SHITE, how did we not go down and stay down... How quickly our selective memory kicks in.
No wonder we have no money, the amount we wasted.
Agents Johnson, Kenwright, Smith, Moyes and others ? what were you thinking??!?!?
32 Posted 31/07/2011 at 12:13:50
I have to be honest, I originally made the Turkey comment with tongue in cheek, but you are dead right. Since the 80s we have had a dearth of real talent with only the odd beacon of light, Rooney etc, who, along with our current squad, stand apart from the Farrellys and Claus Thomsens. I really feel sorry for our younger supporters who can't look back on Ball, Young etc. You need to be in your mid-30s to have a real appreciation of a great Everton team like when Kendall Mk 1 sides ruled the roost.
There's two to start you off... Farrelly and Claus Thomsen.
33 Posted 31/07/2011 at 12:26:28
Weir at his peak was probably the best CB I've seen for us. Played on too long though!
34 Posted 31/07/2011 at 12:40:57
35 Posted 31/07/2011 at 13:35:30
36 Posted 31/07/2011 at 15:12:03
37 Posted 31/07/2011 at 15:52:00
Kay - arrogant, stylish, a natural leader and hard as nails: today he'd have got a fine and 3 match ban
38 Posted 31/07/2011 at 22:19:56
39 Posted 01/08/2011 at 01:24:20
40 Posted 01/08/2011 at 09:16:04
41 Posted 01/08/2011 at 10:00:26
Pat van den Hauwe. Turned a good team into a team that simply didn't concede. No-one was beating Gary Stevens, and I'll never forget the shout from the chap stood behind me in the Gwladys. "Put him in the Upper Bullens, Psycho!"
Peter Reid. For running 60 yards to cripple the lad who'd just ended Bracey's England career.
Agree with Duncan. Hope... when there was none. How the fuck we won a Cup Final with Stuart and Rideout in the team I'll never know. He was a true Blue Hero.
Daniel Amokachi. For pretty much shutting the whole fanbase up and making us all eat a bit of humble pie. Seeing the Gwladys Street bow on masse to a black player was something special at the time. We all need to grow up sometime.
Mad Dog. Similar reasons to Duncan.
Leighton Baines. Possibly the most important signing in decades. I genuinely think he'll be the guy to build a team round.
Tim Cahill. For reasons already mentioned. Legend in the making.
Unpopular one: Leon Osman. When he plays well, we play well. Has everything Arteta's got, and is as consistent, fitter, and can cross a ball.
42 Posted 02/08/2011 at 13:17:25
OK, I'm joking.
Neville Southall who stopped shots that I didn't think even the best keepers could stop. For me, at the time, the best in the game.
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