Elie Hurel was the first man from the Channel Islands dependencies to play in the English top flight. His journey there – from being orphaned as a child to lining up alongside the legendary Bill “Dixie” Dean at Goodison Park – is a remarkable one.
That feeling of disappointment from that season never went away. Every time I looked at those three years from 1985 to 1987 something always felt disjointed, smudged. The 1986 season was the one that got away.
The 2018 close season has already offered a fresh start and some optimism for Evertonians following the appointment of Marcel Brands and Marco Silva. Now the new management team needs time and backing to effect the big changes needed.