I based it on what they had done from 87-88 onwards and, as such, the likes of Peter Reid, Kevin Ratcliffe and Graham Sharp I did not feel warrant a place in the team.... Anyway, here goes:
In goal – Neville Southall. In my opinion, the greatest ever Everton player. No-one was better in their position than he was in his.
Right Back – Ian Snodin. Absolutely top drawer once he reverted to RB until he knackered his hamstring sprinting in the sun towards the Glawdys Street End.
Centre Back – Dave Watson. Unbelievably consistent and never got rattled.
Centre Back – Martin Keown. A huge loss when he went to Arsenal. His career there shows what we missed.
Left Back – Leighton Baines. The first of the current crop to get in – can’t think of anyone better.
Right Midfield – Andrei Kanchelskis. An absolute phenomenon. 16 goals in 32 games in his one full season. One performance at Hillsborough was simply breathtaking.
Centre Midfield – Mikel Arteta. Slowish start but simply majestic after his first season.
Centre Midfield – Marouane Fellaini. Nobody has bossed our midfield like he does since Peter Reid.
Left Midfield – ???????????? Past his best from 87-88 but I can’t think of anyone better than him for left mid. Still never seen a left peg like it.
Centre Forward – Peter Beardsley. like a diamond in a sea of shite when he was with us.
Centre Forward – Wayne Rooney. What if……………
Nigel Martyn – Still feel he is the only top keeper we have had since the big man.
Joleon Lescott – Faultless apart from his titty lip at the end.
Phil Jagielka – top top pro.
Thomas Gravesen – A bit like Marmite this one but Real Madrid didn’t sign him for no reason.
Olivier Dacourt – One wonderful season... devastated when he left.
Duncan Ferguson – Sometimes unplayable and sometimes very average. Always awkward.
Ayegbeni Yakubu – The most natural finisher I have seen.
I’d Love to know what everyone else thinks – especially those who have been attending for roughly the same amount of time.
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1 Posted 20/04/2010 at 17:03:51
2 Posted 20/04/2010 at 17:06:37
3 Posted 20/04/2010 at 17:13:51
4 Posted 20/04/2010 at 17:16:31
5 Posted 20/04/2010 at 17:27:59
Anyway, it was Kevin Sheedy.
6 Posted 20/04/2010 at 17:38:38
7 Posted 21/04/2010 at 01:49:30
8 Posted 20/04/2010 at 17:43:39
On the bench i'd swap Lescott with Stubbs, Dacourt with Speed and Gravesen with Hutchison
9 Posted 20/04/2010 at 17:42:30
10 Posted 20/04/2010 at 18:10:33
11 Posted 20/04/2010 at 18:12:50
I'd have Materazzi in any team, even though Smith stopped picking him, I fucking loved the guy. His defending was good enough, but on the ball he was like no Everton defender I've ever seen, before or since. I can still remember one 40 yard piledriver towards the Gwladys street that I can't quite believe. He ended up winning a World Cup Final too. He cried when he got sent off once too.
12 Posted 20/04/2010 at 18:20:26
1. Southall 2. Stevens 3. Van den Hauwe 4. Ratcliffe 5. Watson 6. Reid 7. Steven 8. Lineker 9. Sharp 10. Bracewell 11. Sheedy
Subs Keown, Snodin, Kanchelskis, Whiteside, Gray, Heath, Martyn.
13 Posted 20/04/2010 at 18:13:45
14 Posted 20/04/2010 at 21:10:52
I'm a fan of Baines, but for me it's Hinchcliffe every time.
15 Posted 20/04/2010 at 21:22:55
16 Posted 20/04/2010 at 21:46:40
'Baines is quite a lot better than Hinchliffe was, not massively, but noticeably'
I don't wanna be a pedant or anything, but maybe you wanna re phrase that.
I would say Hinchcliffe was better. His crossing as Thor say's was far more reliable. He also played in a much less talented team. He was in my opinion under-rated and should have been in the England team above the over-rated Stuart 'Physco' Pearce.
Baines link-up play is very good, but his crossing is frustrating and he is a little small/weak making him defensively lightweight.
17 Posted 20/04/2010 at 22:28:56
18 Posted 20/04/2010 at 23:02:19
19 Posted 20/04/2010 at 23:11:11
20 Posted 21/04/2010 at 00:46:04
Stevens Watson Ratcliffe Hinchcliffe
Reid Parkinson Sheedy
21 Posted 21/04/2010 at 01:03:11
You say Big Norm was finished when he got here but his 14 goals in 37 games from midfield in 89/90 wasn't exactly bad return for someone who was supposidly 'finished'.
22 Posted 21/04/2010 at 02:38:30
Wright ,O'Kane ,Short ,Ablett ,Naysmyth
Ebrell ,Gemmil ,Nyarko ,Tal ,
23 Posted 21/04/2010 at 02:38:30
Wright ,O'Kane ,Short ,Ablett ,Naysmyth
Ebrell ,Gemmil ,Nyarko ,Tal ,
24 Posted 21/04/2010 at 03:34:07
And the " Not so much "(Think Borat)
O'Kane, Short, Ablett, Cleland
Gemmil, Thomsen, Williamson, Hughes
25 Posted 21/04/2010 at 03:31:39
Its hard to choose a perfect 11 from that period till now due to the amount of rubbish we have had to watch in that period.
For me its:
Stevens, Ratcliffe, Watson, Hinchcliffe,
Kanchelskis, Reid, Arteta, Sheedy,
Yes, there are a few close ones for sure. I personally loved Steven and think Campbell was a great finisher, Ferguson was a hero too but my choices are on what I saw the best of in this period.
Oh and by the way Gareth, based on 87-88 being your first season ticket......I think you are a jinx!!!!
26 Posted 21/04/2010 at 04:04:25
Subs would include such rubbish as :Farrelly
Not forgetting the 2 flops that were 'Back of the echo'(Bakayoko) and Amokachi.
27 Posted 21/04/2010 at 05:00:45
1. Richard 'teflon' Wright 2. Paul Holmes 3. Gary 'I can kick the ball longer than anyone' Ablett 4. Earl Barrett . 5. Craig Short 6. Claus Thomsen 7. Mitch Ward 8. Stuart Barlow 9. Brett Angell 10. Simon 'scapegoat' Davies (captain) 11. Gareth 'truely inept' Farrelly.
28 Posted 21/04/2010 at 10:05:49
Post 27 - Alex Carew - I have thought about me being the jinx, perhaps I should give it up next season and see what happens.
29 Posted 21/04/2010 at 09:27:34
I found it a real struggle to pick my 2 strikers and I'm not convinced by my final choice. I think every striker we've had since I've been watching has never been a player with that little bit extra....Rooney has gone on to show it and Saha may be at that level if he can stay fit. I was never convinced by Dunc, inspirational at times but insipid and lazy at others.
1. Richard Wright
2. Paul Holmes
3. Alec Cleland
4. Carl Tiler
5. Claus Thomsen
6. Mike Milligan
7. Simon Davies
8. Stephen Hughes
10. Marcus Bent
11. Kevin Kilbane
There were others that came pretty close to getting in this team - Hottiger, Tal, Angell, Williamson among them.
30 Posted 21/04/2010 at 10:16:18
Martyn, Carsley, Cahill, Jagielka, Campbell, Saha, McCall
31 Posted 21/04/2010 at 10:35:27
Snodin, Watson (C), Jags, Hichcliffe
Kanchelskis Arteta Limpar
Martyn, Materazzi, Pienaar, Dacourt, Yakubu, Gravesen, Ferguson
And my team of shite,
O'Kane, Tiler, Kroldrup Cleland
Ward Thomsen Gemmill Farrelly
Westerveld, Bakayoko, Tal, Nyarko, Ginola, Burrows, Hottiger
32 Posted 21/04/2010 at 10:55:51
33 Posted 21/04/2010 at 11:02:44
34 Posted 21/04/2010 at 16:31:44
35 Posted 21/04/2010 at 16:57:47
Also he wasn't always played left back as he did have spells at left mid.
Never seen corners like it though - If I remember correctly Ferguson got a hat trick against Bolton all from Hinchcliffe corners.
36 Posted 21/04/2010 at 16:59:05
Not sure I agree with that to be honest. In my opinion Ward was an average player, but always put in a shift and his crossing was better than that of Hibbert and Neville put together.
When he first broke into the team Terry Phelan had a stunning half-a-season where he excelled as an attacking left back. I think he was even voted our player of the month on two or three occations. In the end, he probably wasn't up to our standards, but I still feel he was treated a bit unfairly and was never given a decent chance.
37 Posted 21/04/2010 at 17:19:39
How can he be in there when we had, the Angel, Madar, Spencer and fuckin Ginola, i do not know.
38 Posted 21/04/2010 at 17:36:28
39 Posted 21/04/2010 at 18:41:04
Stevens, Jagielka, Ratcliffe, Hinchcliffe;
Arteta, Reid, Pienaar
Martyn, Sheedy, Ferguson, Baines, Sharp, Watson, Dacourt , Keown Hutchison, Rideout, Campbell
40 Posted 21/04/2010 at 18:57:18
41 Posted 21/04/2010 at 18:58:31
42 Posted 21/04/2010 at 19:10:05
43 Posted 21/04/2010 at 19:48:46
Holmes, Hottiger, Barrett, Sansom,
Rehn, Milligan, Thompson, Farrelly
subs: Westerveld, Mitch Ward, Spencer, Burrows, Tony Thomas, Branch, AVDM
44 Posted 21/04/2010 at 20:09:13
45 Posted 21/04/2010 at 22:29:25
Clearly they did sign him for nothing because he spent most of his time on the bench and when he did play he wasnt good enough for them. Within 2 years he was back at goodison and I believe at the end of the season he retired from football. He ended up getting some serious injuries.
46 Posted 22/04/2010 at 07:29:46
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