Following Leighton Baines's double against West Brom on Wednesday night, it prompted the question of who was the last EFC left back/ full back to score two goals in a first-team match for the Blues?
Having followed Blues for over 50 years, I confess to not knowing. Any informed scholars out there?
[Hold that – flash of inspiration – I think Dave Jones scored two in an FA Cup replay against Swindon but he was right back.]
Thinking about Baines's season, I doubt I have witnessed a better attacking left back in the Everton blue even though I feel defensively Ray Wilson was better. With this in mind, I have selected the most entertaining EFC team I have seen over the last 50 years. I would emphasise this would not be the best team I would select. In my humble opinion :
- Goalkeeper - Neville Southall
- Left Back - Leighton Baines
- Right Back - John Gidman even though AV fans had better of him than we did.
- Centre Half - Derek Mountfield just shades Brian Labone solely on vital goals scored.
- Half Backs - Tony Kay - short career, man of steel , lucky to see him. Jimmy Gabriel - great passer and very versatile. Seem to recall one derby at Goodison where he played with 9 on his back. He scored twice and we won 3-1.
- Outside Left - Dave Thomas - has there ever been a better crosser of the ball in the last 50 years ?
- Inside Left - Roy Vernon - never been a better striker of the football, deadly shot and no better penalty taker in last 50 years. Recall him making Sheffield Wed and England goalie Ron Springett look hapless in one game at Goodison.
- Centre Forward - Bob Latchford if only for number of goals.
- Inside Right - Alan Ball
- Outside Right - Andrei Kanchelskis Again I would emphasise this team was dug up from my failing memory vaults and was not computer/reference book assisted.
Any opinions ?
Simon Davis, Posted 01/02/2013 at 07:36:05
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832 Posted 01/02/2013 at 21:35:30
Fantastic crosser of the ball a skill and technique the modern day players don't seem capable of..usually hit the first defender!
Bob Latch was my favourite but Dave Thomas must have made half of his goals.
839 Posted 01/02/2013 at 21:41:46
849 Posted 01/02/2013 at 21:48:00
George Wood , John Barton , John Bailey , Mike Lyons., Colin Todd, Andy King ,Trevor Steven, Peter Beardsley, Duncan McKenzie, Andy Gray, Dave Thomas
Drew Brand , Glen Keeley, Billy Wright, Ian Wilson,Stephan Rehn, Claus Thomsen,Geoff Nulty, Mickey Walsh , Mick Ferguson, Marc Hottiger,, Mickey Thomas.
850 Posted 01/02/2013 at 22:01:47
852 Posted 01/02/2013 at 21:44:46
Of course, we could debate fort many hours alternatives to some of your choices. As with Tony Kay the great Tommy Ring at outside left was an all-too short a presence in the early 60's due to his leg being broken against Chelsea. I can still see the two wonderful chipped goals he got against Gordon Banks of Leicester in a great 3-1 win. Johnny Morrissey would be pushing for the number 11 shirt as well I think! We could go on - but in all my 60 years of watching Everton, and thrilling to the sights of Alex Young at his best, the electrifying speed and finishing ability of "He of Match of the Day infamy"!
During his brief spell with us, and many others, I can honestly say that few have brought such undiluted pleasure as the supremely balanced, technically superb, beautiful striker of a football and wonderful example of a sportsman in the unprincipled world of today's football as the young man playing left-back for us today. He is a star entertainer in the fullest sense of the word. A person you could point any young person towards with confidence and say " if you want to know what a footballer is all about son – look at Leighton Baines and emulate him."
I do feel that your selection may prompt a few replies but thanks for prompting me to think back over many years of being a blue and checking if the scars have healed yet!
859 Posted 01/02/2013 at 22:40:15
864 Posted 01/02/2013 at 22:43:43
865 Posted 01/02/2013 at 22:47:30
867 Posted 01/02/2013 at 22:35:28
Big Nev - for his sitting in the goal protest at Leeds and being the best keeper ever
Terry Darracott - for the hair and the moustache
Pat Van Der Hauwe- because he was seriously nuts
Mick Lyons- fearless, still remember his winning diving header the day my grandad died.
Rats- Everton legend who headbutted Tommy Hutchinson in the FA Cup
Anders Limpar- a serial patchy player but great on his day i.e 1995 Cup Final
Barry Horne- need I say more
Phil Neville- only because it will piss of the MOB
Dave Thomas- socks down, the best winger performance I've ever seen 6-0 vs Coventry to go top of the league1977
Duncan Mckenzie an absolute legend who was my boyhood hero, got to play golf with him and he's shit
Andy Gray- our talisman in the glory years, scored the best hatrick I've ever seen against Fortuna Sittard where he literally terrorised the back four.
I know I've missed loads out but top of the head stuff and I'm now feeling full of joy remembering why I love this club.
892 Posted 01/02/2013 at 23:48:57
893 Posted 01/02/2013 at 23:52:33
928 Posted 02/02/2013 at 02:03:19
GK - Southall. Was at the end of his days for the most part but having witnessed the FA Cup final I then got what all the fuss was about.
RB - Seamus Coleman. Such a poor choice in general as far as excitement goes with Hibbo taking up a big chunk of that time so. I'm going to be technical and allow Coleman in.
CB - Lescott. Technically sound defender who could maraud forward and also score a few goals.
CB - Materazzi. Only a season but I remember him oozing class and had a nasty side too.
LB - Baines. Best LB we've ever had. Our best player at the moment and one of the best players in England full stop.
RM - Kanchelskis. The last truly world class player Everton bought.
CM - Gravesen. All action superman for a couple of seasons.
CM - Cahill. I got excited evrey time we got a corner or set piece for 7 years.
LM - Limpar. The enigma.
CF - Duncan Ferguson. Anything could happen.
ST - Wayne Rooney. The most exciting player to EVER come out of the club.
This list for the most part pales in comparison to the original post or there after. Exciting is not exactly been the Everton way in my time. Would love to have seen Alex Young.
940 Posted 02/02/2013 at 07:21:31
948 Posted 02/02/2013 at 08:21:58
949 Posted 02/02/2013 at 08:19:43
Thanks to Lyndon Lloyd for Joleon Lescott double info against Villa in 2009.
Two errors in my original submission 0 Dave Jones only one v Swindon in replay and Gabby only one v Reds in 3-1 win.
Keep the faith.
950 Posted 02/02/2013 at 08:19:16
004 Posted 02/02/2013 at 10:35:32
008 Posted 02/02/2013 at 10:46:34
037 Posted 02/02/2013 at 12:26:18
Big Nev - hell of a complex person but one of the greatest keepers of all time.
Gary Stevens - strong, athletic, decent pace, decent defender and decent going forward.
Dave Watson - Strong, Hard, Great Leader, Scored a few goals and Great Evertonian.
Derek Mountfield - Great partner for other CB & scored many vital goals.
Pat Van dan Haue - Hard man who could defend and maraud forward.
Ball, Kendal & Harvey - the 3 greatest midfielders ever to play together (despite what Leeds fans may argue.
Anders Limpar - Sometimes frustrating but at others mesmorising.
Bob Latchford - Goalscorer supreme. In this side he'd score 30 every season.
Dave Thomas - Greatest crosser of a ball ever.
Reading these posts brought back memories to me of watching Latchford and Thomas. I always tell people Dave Thomas is the greatest crosser of a ball that's ever set foot on a football pitch. He was just amazing, he could hit the by-line at full speed and still send over an accurate cross. As good a crosser as leighton Baines is he is nowhere near approaching Thomas's ability in crossing a ball. Anyway That's my team though I'm sure I could come up with several more.
059 Posted 02/02/2013 at 14:06:12
077 Posted 02/02/2013 at 15:53:41
143 Posted 02/02/2013 at 17:40:08
216 Posted 02/02/2013 at 19:14:21
Wright Labone Watson Wilson
Steven Ball Kendall Sheedy
Not a bad little line-up, but don't ask me to put the worst team up.
248 Posted 02/02/2013 at 20:38:11
385 Posted 03/02/2013 at 09:51:00
386 Posted 03/02/2013 at 10:01:21
105 Posted 05/02/2013 at 21:26:26
191 Posted 06/02/2013 at 13:08:18
195 Posted 06/02/2013 at 13:21:59
299 Posted 06/02/2013 at 23:41:19
Preferred to Gary Stevens for me due to Stevens giving the ball away for RS equaliser in FA Cup final and, also, saying he was "absolutely terrified" of facing the shite in a TV interview. Mind you, GS would be in top 3 probably along with John Bailey.
You can only go on who you've seen play really so it's a tough call.
#004 Barry - I'd have loved to see Big Dunc, Andy Gray and Rooney (with Big Bob as sub or preferred to Dunc) up against Tommy "arthritis" Smith and Jimmy "Shithouse" Case.
Left back definitely Bainesy.
Centre backs - Richard Gough was a class act. Surely a contender despite being in a crap team?
Goalie - Big Nev
Midfield - how can you choose out of Peter Reid, Paul Bracewell, Tricky Trev, the Holy Trinity (never saw them), Kanchelskis, Sheedy, Drunken Duncan.
I'm still hopeful we can add Jelevic to the list as he's back on the goal trail tonight.
337 Posted 07/02/2013 at 11:05:47
Entertainment on a stick, never seen better before or since.
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