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1 Posted 18/12/2016 at 23:50:57
Certainly in the time I have been watching Everton, he is one of three, the others being Southall and Ball, who would be uncontested to being in the "all time great" team. A hard, skillful, classy footballer, and a lovely, humble man.
2 Posted 19/12/2016 at 16:11:08
I think he may have been an undertaker after his career finished. He certainly laid many an outside right to rest over the years.
In my All-Time 11.
Oddly enough, we have not been blessed with many top-class left-backs over the years. The only others of top class have been Baines and Hinchcliffe. Many others have been okay to good, some have been abject.
Many happy returns, Ramon.
3 Posted 19/12/2016 at 16:32:05
I remember he spent a lot of his time during games puffing and blowing (and for any Amie WInehouse fans out there, I am using those two terms as they were used then, and not now).
4 Posted 19/12/2016 at 16:38:56
I think we saw him at his mature best. It is hard to think of him being even better than we saw. Got a couple of injuries with us and over his career too. But was seriously quick with a cultured left foot. Him and Morrisey must have been the hardest left side we've ever had.
5 Posted 19/12/2016 at 16:56:42
6 Posted 19/12/2016 at 17:05:39
I saw the EFP interview with him when he was asked by the poor interviewer when he knew he would be in the team for the 1966 FA Cup Final. Ray looked at him with disbelief at the question. Sandy, Fred, Tommy and Mike may have been unsure of their place. There would never be any doubt who was going to be our No 3.
7 Posted 19/12/2016 at 17:34:42
Do you remember the informal induction (it is now called "onboarding") given to any player joining Everton at that time?
"Whatever you do during training, don't tackle Morrissey."
8 Posted 19/12/2016 at 17:58:19
I'm told the same sort of thing was said about Big Nev, along the lines of 'Don't chip Neville in training'. I can't remember now, who the new player was who disregarded this, but he missed his debut match through injury picked up in training!
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