Your all-time Top Ten Everton players.

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This may be quite a juvenile talking point and is obviously very subjective but I am interested to know what people's opinions of Everton's all-time Top Ten best players are.

My Top Ten, in order, are...

#1 Dixie Dean
#2 Alan Ball
#3 Tommy Lawton
#4 Neville Southall
#5 Alex Young
#6 Gary Lineker
#7 Andre Kanchelskis
#8 Romelu Lukaku
#9 Trevor Steven
#10 Greame Sharp/ Bob Latchford

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Andy Meighan
1 Posted 01/07/2017 at 17:41:34
I'd agree with most of them apart from Lukaku who I would have replaced with the one and only Kevin Sheedy – a wand of a left foot and a scorer of someof the greatest and most important goals in our golden period.

I really don't know how you could mention Lukaku in the same breath of some of the greats in there – after all, he's been wanting out since Day One. But hey... Opinions.

Dennis Stevens
2 Posted 01/07/2017 at 17:45:19
As the top ten seems to be a top eleven:

Neville Southall
Dave Thomas
W R Dean
Brian Labone
Howard Kendall
Alan Ball
Joe Mercer
Tony Kay
Paul Bracewell
Dave Watson
Alex Young

Chris Williams
3 Posted 01/07/2017 at 17:52:44
Roy Vernon
Colin Harvey
Alan Ball
Alex Young
Tony Kay
Andrei Kanchelskis
Neville Southall
Brian Labone
Kevin Ratcliffe
Ray Wilson
Alex Parker
Tony Hill
4 Posted 01/07/2017 at 18:04:05
Southall, Labone, Ratcliffe, Ball, Kendall, Harvey, Young, Vernon, Ring, Kay of those I have properly seen.

Dean and Lawton would have to go in on the basis of their records and the reports of those who saw them.

Jim Potter
5 Posted 01/07/2017 at 18:11:09
Van den Hauwe

Okay it's eleven and they are all from one era – but screw it, I love 'em.

Terry Underwood
6 Posted 01/07/2017 at 18:38:20
Keeping it to players I have seen:

Alan Ball
Kevin Sheedy
Neville Southall
Martin Dobson
Mike Lyons
Brian Labone
Gordon West
Graham Sharp
Pat Van Den Hauwe.
Andy King

Seeing as how 11 seems to be acceptable
Gary Lineker.

Ask me tomorrow and I will give you a different list.

Ian Pilkington
7 Posted 01/07/2017 at 18:49:17
Eleven in playing career order:

WR Dean
Tommy Lawton
Brian Labone
Alex Young
Ray Wilson
Colin Harvey
Howard Kendall
Alan Ball
Neville Southall
Kevin Ratcliffe
Peter Reid

I'm lucky enough to have seen nine of them play.

Lee Courtliff
8 Posted 01/07/2017 at 18:54:45
I only started following the Blues in the 90s...
Rideout (only thing I've seen us win).

Stan Schofield
9 Posted 01/07/2017 at 19:28:51
My choice is identical to Ian's @7, and I'm also lucky enough to have seen 9 of them.
Andy Crooks
10 Posted 01/07/2017 at 19:36:48
Conor, it's hard to judge players you have never seen. I like Lukaku but to have him in the top ten ever Everton players is, well, jaw-droppingly absurd.

To me it is how they compare with the others, and with that in mind I think Neville Southall is the best goal keeper I have ever seen; I have seen Pat Jennings and Gordon Banks but, in my view, Neville was better.

Alan Ball was great and so were many others, but who was the best in the world in their position at any time? Ball perhaps, Southall, definitely and then Radcliffe. Add Dixie Dean and I would suggest the rest depend on what age you are.

Mike Gaynes
11 Posted 01/07/2017 at 19:42:43
My list starts in '85... in no particular order and not by position:


Stephen Brown
12 Posted 01/07/2017 at 20:56:21
Agree with the choices such as Big Nev, Dixie, Labone, Ball, Young etc.

But these could have figured if timing was better – Rooney, Gascogne, Hughes, Ginola, Beardsley,

Mike Gaynes
13 Posted 01/07/2017 at 21:25:49
Yep, Stephen, and Lineker as well.
John Pierce
14 Posted 01/07/2017 at 21:29:57
Southall – best all time
Beardsley – shining light in a sea of shit
Sharp – so unselfish
Latchford – pin-up
Ferguson – best aerially I've seen
Pienaar – highly underrated
Sheedy – smooth player
Martyn – 5 years too late
Kanchelskis – real deal
Ball – winner

Honorary mention for Richard Gough – to be able to defy time is quite a skill.

Alan Bodell
15 Posted 01/07/2017 at 21:41:31
Conor, it's not a juvenile thread at all and it's probably dependent on what age we all are. Being lucky to see both Alan Ball and Alex Young in the Royal Blue in their prime will take some beating, even with the new riches thankfully Farhad is giving us.

Another all-timer must be Big Nev and on that note i'd like to give a shout to Graham Stuart, if not for him where would/could we all be today?

I was there that day and sweating bricks, oh and another thank you to the great Hans Segers... I'll get my coat.

Ste Traverse
16 Posted 01/07/2017 at 21:48:45
I'll just go off players I've witnessed in a Blue shirt and my first game was in the 83-84 season.

Southall – Best in the world.
Steven – Created goals, scored goals.
Sheedy – As above.
Reid. – Heartbeat of the 80s side.
Kanchelskis – Best winger in the world at his peak.
Sharp – So good he was hugely successful with 3 totally different partners.
Beardsley – Was far too good and intelligent for the mediocre side he payed in.
Lineker – Best goalscorer I've ever seen in a Blue shirt. Sold far too soon.
Ratcliffe – As fast and as good as any defender in Europe in his prime.
Limpar – So two-footed I still don't know if he was right or left footed. Hugely gifted he should achieved much more.

Lee Courtliff
17 Posted 01/07/2017 at 22:04:48
Ste Traverse, Anders is still the only player I've ever seen that took a GOOD quality corner with either foot!!

Also, I can't believe I missed Graham Stuart off my of my big favourites as a kid. Absolute nonsense from HK in selling him to Sheff Utd.

Paul Smith
18 Posted 01/07/2017 at 22:05:35
My top ten from players I've seen live from mid 70s to now.
1. Kevin Sheedy
2. Neville Southall
3. Trevor Steven
4. Gary Stevens
5. Kevin Ratcliffe
6. Bob Latchford
7. Tim Cahill
8. Leighton Baines
9. Graeme Sharp
10. Andrei Kanchelskis
Peter Mills
19 Posted 01/07/2017 at 22:16:16
Going off on a tangent, as I am prone to do, my top team with attitude and character:

Van den Hauwe
Ferguson (on one of his days)

Subs: Cahill, King, Lyons, Gough, The Stracq

Jay Harris
20 Posted 01/07/2017 at 22:16:27
On the basis of a recent article and my dads opinion I am disappointed no-one has included TG Jones in their lists but realize it is hard to include players you've never seen.

Here is my 11:

Southall - Best keeper I've ever seen.
TG Jones - based on the legendary status he is held in
Brian Labone - A giant amongst men
Alan Ball - The greatest Evertonian of them all.
Peter Reid - A winner with skill
Howard Kendal - Best all round midfield player I have ever seen
Colin Harvey - Silky skills
Dixie Dean - Legend
Tommy Lawton - Dad's choice; said he was better than Dixie
Alex Young/Roy Vernon - The best front two pairing I have ever seen in a Blue shirt

First reserves (excuse to name others!)
(Ray Wilson/ Leighton Baines - hard to choose although Ray was a world cup winner.)
Alex Parker - a prototype Leighton Baines
Paul Bracewell - a Rolls Royce version of Mohammed Besic
Kevin Sheedy - one of the best left foots ever seen - pity about his right.
Trevor Steven - He wasn't known as "Tricky" for nothing.

As for Lukaku, I wouldn't insult previous legends by even considering him and, for the record, I don't think he's that good anyway.

Ernie Baywood
21 Posted 01/07/2017 at 22:20:00
Dean - you don't need to have seen him play
Ball - I've seen enough of him

My Era:

Gavin Johnson
22 Posted 01/07/2017 at 22:49:21
Only picking players I was old enough to watch, so a lot of the obvious names are omitted. So my 10 faves would be

#1. Duncan Ferguson
#2. Andrei Kanchelskis
#3. Neville Southall
#4. Peter Reid
#5. Peter Beardsley
#6. Gary Speed
#7. Kevin Sheedy
#8. Mikel Arteta
#9. Don Hutchison
#10. Thomas Gravesen

Alan Bodell
23 Posted 01/07/2017 at 23:02:22
Gavin, you just sparked me off that we got Don Hutchison, Beardo, Sheeds from them and we gave them Barmby, ha ha.
Davie Turner
24 Posted 01/07/2017 at 23:03:24
Players I have been fortunate to see

1. Tim Cahill
2. Duncan Ferguson
3. Neville Southall (probably should be higher but my main memories are the end of his days rather than the whole career
4. Lee Carsley (thought he was a limited player maybe but what he did well he did very well)
5. Anders Limpar
6. Mickel Arteta
7. Dave Watson
8. Seamus Coleman
9. Joe Parkinson (he just did what he did)
10. Gary Speed

11. Leighton Baines

Many more in the mix, but those are the players I remember looking for on team sheets, there are likely others with more talent not on, but talent isn't everything.

Phil Bellis
25 Posted 01/07/2017 at 00:01:17
OK... I'll bite
Seen on pitch...


God knows how that lot could be permed... No centre forward.. No Sheedy... No Latchford.. No Beardsley.. My 'ead' urts

Mike Gwyer
26 Posted 02/07/2017 at 07:59:10
Too many good players to knock it down to 10 but for me, one player that came across as a true blue and a total Evertonian was Tony Hibbert. The guy just loved Everton and the fans returned it, great player.

Mike Gaynes
27 Posted 02/07/2017 at 08:05:52
Peter, my friend, thanks for sending me off to bed with a laugh... because I thought about including The Stracq as a joke, and you went and did it.
Eddie Dunn
28 Posted 02/07/2017 at 08:15:03
I will stick to players that I either watched on telly, as a kid or watched on the terraces from a teenager onwards:


That's 11 in my list!

Alexander Murphy
29 Posted 02/07/2017 at 08:55:47
I just can't manage to get down anywhere near eleven let alone ten.

Neville Southall

Best keeper ever for any club in any era, the man absolutely defied the laws of time, gravity and physics. Attitude to this day is beyond belief. Eleven Big Nevs would beat any side through sheer indomitable willpower. We should have the great man cloned.

Alasdair Mackay
30 Posted 02/07/2017 at 10:12:46
Since I have been watching – 10 players that have been my favourite player in the team that they played in:

Trevor Steven
Tony Cottee
Neville Southall
Anders Limpar
Olivier Dacourt
Tommy Gravesen
Duncan Ferguson
Tim Cahill
Leon Osman
Seamus Coleman

1st eleven of my favourite Everton players from my time watching the club:

Coleman Ratcliffe Lescott Baines
Steven Dacourt Cahill Limpar
Ferguson Cottee

Laurie Hartley
31 Posted 02/07/2017 at 11:10:29
All my favourites are mentioned above except one who regrettably spent far too short a time with us.

Perhaps he was passed his peak when he came to us but he was still class - sentiment agility aside :) a fantastic footballer. I wish we had had him longer.

Header to the top left hand corner
Shot to the top right hand corner

John Keating
32 Posted 02/07/2017 at 11:31:40
Have to go with a team of players I saw:


Bloody difficult leaving some smashing players out...

Alex Mullan
33 Posted 02/07/2017 at 11:44:27
I started watching in 1994. Heavily influenced by nostalgia and undoubtedly not the most talented players, but they gave a lot which is more than can be said for the 'star turd' we have now.


Ray Robinson
34 Posted 02/07/2017 at 11:57:54
Having started supporting in 1961, I'd go with

Neville Southall
Alan Ball
Howard Kendall
Brian Labone
Colin Harvey
Gordon West (yes, two goalkeepers!)
Bob Latchford
Kevin Sheedy
Trevor Stephen
Andrei Kanchelskis (first season only!)
Ray Wilson

My all-time favourites though (you know, the ones that you fret over when they leave) would probably include Phil Jagielka, Tim Cahill, Seamus Coleman, Andy King, David Unsworth and Leighton Baines. But that would be a totally different set of criteria.

Amit Vithlani
35 Posted 02/07/2017 at 13:43:13
I will chip in with the top 10 I saw (in order)

1. Southall 1987-1990; I thought he deteriorated after. In those years, he was probably the best player to pull on the jersey that I saw. No one else made me shake my head in disbelief like Southall did when he pulled off one of his match winning saves.

2. Arteta, pre-injury. I could not believe how good with both feet he was. And he could go past a man.

3. Sheedy. Ridiculously under rated.

4. McCall. Controversial choice but I thought he was the best player by a mile in the 88-89 side. He could have won us the cup, in the days when winning the cup still meant something.

5. Beardsley. Brilliant player.

6. Kanchelskis.

7. Pienaar pre Spurs.

8. Baines. 50-odd Premier League assists

9. Dave Watson.

10. Anders Limpar. Genius. Will never forget his performance at Stamford Bridge when we won 1-0 in the league in November 1994.

Matthew Williams
36 Posted 02/07/2017 at 14:16:01
Gotta be a special mention for Kevin Brock, without whom etc.

Fave players... Duncan McKenzie & Andy King... real Footballers'.

Andy Sheehan
37 Posted 02/07/2017 at 14:19:56
My favorite players:

Southall, Gidman, Gough, Labone, Pejic, Steven, Ball, Dobson, Thomas, McKenzie, Latchford.

Eddie McBride
39 Posted 02/07/2017 at 15:07:26
I would've loved to have seen this team with all the players in their prime:

Todd Labone Ratcliffe Baines
Ball Gascoigne Kay
Kanchelskis Beardsley

Adam Carey
40 Posted 02/07/2017 at 15:09:19
This is from when I first started my love affair with Everton in the 80s:

1 – Neville Southall. I loved this man throughout his time with us. From being the best keeper (imo) in the world to the time he sat against the post in protest at how far we were falling. Legend!

2 – Kevin Ratcliffe. Our captain and rock at the back during our 80's pomp. He always seemed to catch any striker who got past.

3 – Kevin Sheedy. Just a magician with that left peg. Never seemed to run anywhere but few could land a ball on a six-pence from a cross. Fewer retake a free kick and just take the piss by placing it perfectly in the opposite top corner to the first.

4 – Gary Lineker. Only one season but I remember being proud he was our player at Mexico '86 and he just appeared to score for fun. As a 10-year-old lad, he was who I pretended to be playing footie against the garages with my mates.

5 – Andrei Kanchelskis. Another short stay but for a time when we had him in the team you felt like we could beat anyone. What we would do to get a player like him today...

6 – Duncan Ferguson. The 90's were quite a poor time and he was a highlight for me. One of the few players you felt other teams actually worried about when playing us.

7 – David Unsworth. I genuinely believe that he bleeds blue, and would run through a wall for the sake of the team. Always felt confident when he took a pen as well.

8 – Mikel Arteta. How we got him so cheap in don't know, but he oozed class and gave us that flair in the middle.

9 – Tim Cahill. Another transfer steal. Played the game like I think us fans would, with heart on sleeve and running into the ground for the team. Also had the best goal celebration I've ever seen for a player in royal blue.

10 – Wayne Rooney. Aside from the manner in which he left, what an impact he made from the start. That goal against Arsenal I must've watched for weeks on a saved recording of MotD. For a short time he was figuratively ripping up trees and terrifying opposition – and he was one of us.

Dermot Byrne
41 Posted 02/07/2017 at 15:19:45
Sheedy for me... or some guy from years ago I cannot remember. Seem to recall Alan Labone and Brian Harvey were good but, with dementia probably imminent, I would not bet on their skills.

I always liked Martin Dobson too, or is she my wife? All gets Tricky...

Paul Ellam
42 Posted 02/07/2017 at 16:02:15
In the time I have seen the Blues here are my "Best" XI:


David McMullen
43 Posted 02/07/2017 at 16:08:50
Top 10?


Steavey Buckley
44 Posted 02/07/2017 at 16:13:16
There are many great Everton players to choose from for a top ten. So I would choose just 3 players who are irreplaceable, that is Neville Southall, Dixie Dean and Alan Ball. It always mattered that their names were on the team sheet for Everton fans.
David McMullen
45 Posted 02/07/2017 at 16:13:28
My best 11 seen would be:

Southall; Stevens, Mountfield, Ratcliffe, Van Den Hauwe; Steven, Reid, Bracewell, Sheedy; Sharp, Lineker.

I would have to have Kanchelskis, Ferguson and Cahill on the bench!

John English
46 Posted 02/07/2017 at 16:24:01
Here's my all-time top players to ever pull on a blue shirt:

Richard Wright
Marc Hottiger
Earl Barrett
Billy Wright
Per Krøldrup
Klaus Thomsen
Brett Angell
Geoff Nulty
Alex Nyarko
James Beattie

Legends every one of them!!!

Dean Edwards
47 Posted 02/07/2017 at 17:37:09
Alexandersson (fraud)

Subs: Gerrard, Krøldrup (the centre half who couldn't head the ball), Gemmill, Pembridge, Pistone, Beattie

I loved all these beauties!

Amit Vithlani
48 Posted 02/07/2017 at 17:58:32
Worst 10

1. Slaven Bilic
2-10: Slaven Bilic

Nyarko was bad but honorable mentions must go to Vinny Samways, Brett Angell, Kenny Sansom, Mitch Ward, Carl Tiler, Neil Moore.

Danny Williamson and Stephen Hughes I leave out as I felt both were unlucky with injuries.

Lee Courtliff
49 Posted 02/07/2017 at 19:08:01
I remember being really excited when we signed Williamson... he'd been very impressive for West Ham since the 94-95 season.

And Stephen Hughes was the heartbeat of my All-Conquering Everton team on Championship Manager!

Unfortunately, they both never lived up to my unrealistic expectations.

Pete Laffey
50 Posted 02/07/2017 at 19:14:15
P Gerrard

M Ward
M Hottiger
C Tiler
P Billinge

I Wilson
A Nyarko
C Thomsen
D Williamson

S Barlow
M Branch

Or alternatively the 84-85 title winning team

John Pierce
51 Posted 02/07/2017 at 19:31:13
Eddie Youds, lads!
Paul Hewitt
52 Posted 02/07/2017 at 19:55:36
The 1984-85 team. Simple.
Don Alexander
53 Posted 02/07/2017 at 20:32:01
Watched and worshipped the mid-late 60s side, special mention for Jimmy Husband who was on fire in 69-70. Always rated Andy King, the 70s version of Tim Cahill and the one and only Mick Lyons (have we ever seen a bigger heart on a football field?).

I can also remember being dismayed by what I saw in Henry Newton, Rod Belfitt and Joe Harper from the early-mid 70s and, worse, the Bilic-inspired left-back slackers that were Pistone and Valente under Smith and Moyes.

Tim O'Connell
54 Posted 02/07/2017 at 22:10:56
Ian Burns
55 Posted 02/07/2017 at 22:12:04
What a great post: here we go - only players I have seen:

Alex Young;
Alex Parker
Alan Ball;
Roy Vernon;
Brian Labone;
Ray Wilson;
Colin Harvey;
Howard Kendall;
Peter Reid;
Kevin Sheedy;
Neville Southall
Andy Gray

Dave Bowen
56 Posted 02/07/2017 at 23:03:30
Neville Southall
Joe Royle
Bob Latchford
Duncan McKenzie
Dave Thomas
Tim Cahill
Andrei Kanchelskis
Peter Beardsley
Peter Reid
Duncan Ferguson

Just listed my all-time heroes, but tomorrow my list will be different I'm sure.

Andrew Rimmer
57 Posted 02/07/2017 at 23:13:46
Gavin Johnson
58 Posted 02/07/2017 at 23:21:14
Dean (#47),

I see you've got 'mad' Mikael Madar in your worst 10.

I contemplated putting Madar in my 10 faves. I thought he was a great player in the worst Everton team Kendall assembled. He was definitely a poor man's Cantona, but we were a very poor side.

Dean Edwards
59 Posted 02/07/2017 at 23:24:27


Paul Ward
60 Posted 03/07/2017 at 07:08:06
In my time (post 1953) in a 4 4 2 formation my best team would be.

Unfortunately some of my favorite players don't make the cut, namely : Reid,
Harvey, Ferguson, Cahill, Kendall, Hickson and Gabrial.

George Stuart
61 Posted 03/07/2017 at 09:28:09
The first 4 are a shoe in

Then gets interesting. I'm going
Lawton (on record)
Young (because)
Tricky Trev
Ray Wilson
Lineker (because he really was all that)
Reid (a decrepit old man who bossed midfields for three glorious seasons).

Honourable mentions for the joy they brought me:
Andy Grey.
Duncan MacKenzie .
Tim Cahill.
The Latch.
Andy King (for much but mostly for one glorious moment).

I saw them all bar Lawton.
I saw Dean kick off against the Shite once :^)

George Stuart
62 Posted 03/07/2017 at 09:36:52
Arrgh. Also forgot two interesting names.

Wayne Rooney, who in another universe might have occupied a place in the top three, and a very interesting Colin Todd. An imperious single season with us.

Dick Fearon
63 Posted 03/07/2017 at 11:22:27
Restrict picks to those having played in the Premier League and it's a new ball game.
Jonathan Fletcher
64 Posted 03/07/2017 at 14:48:14
Morgan Schneiderlin
Ademola Lookman
Davy Klaasen
Michael Keane
Jordan Pickford
Sandro Ramirez
Idrissa Gueye
Henry Onyekuru
Robert Leigh
65 Posted 03/07/2017 at 17:22:03
Dick Fearon #63

In my time (97 onwards when I was 7) I'd say the following;

1) Arteta
2) Cahill
3) Baines
4) Steven Pienaar
5) Ferguson
6) Jagielka
7) Coleman
8) Nigel Martyn
9) Lukaku
10) Sylvain Distin (we haven't been the same at the back since losing his pace!)

Honorable mentions to Saha (was so gifted but too injured), Barry (seeing him at the end but what a player), Fellaini and finally Rooney

John Codling
66 Posted 03/07/2017 at 22:31:06
My dad, who was a red nosed cunt, said to me, "If Dixi (who he never saw) was better than Tommy Lawton, then he must have been the best ever."

I look to who I watched:

Jimmy Gabriel, who, as far as I am concerned, was the greatest player to put on the shirt.

Tony Kay; only for his indiscretions would have been England's captain (lucky man, Bobby Moore).

The finest trio ever to play the game must come into this: Alan, Colin & Howard.

The greatest left back in the world: Ray Wilson.

Then we have Neville Southall... all these cunts talk about the Manc Danish cunt – not fit to lace his boots. I would have said Gordon West but Nev was the man.

Brian Labone – what a captain, what a man, the last of the Corinthians – was the truest thing ever said.

Bobby Latchford – what a goalscorer this man was... unbelievable!

I am sitting here in Tbilisi, living my life thinking about my club; we all have favorites but these are some of mine. Johnny Morrisey, Derek Temple, Alex Young, Dennis Stevens, Royston Vernon....

Dave Cooney
67 Posted 03/07/2017 at 23:00:28
Dean (60)
Lawton (if you know your history)
T G Jones (my grandad's favourite player)
McKenzie (my hero as a kid)
Rooney (sheer excitement when he came on the scene)
Todd (absolute class, a Rolls Royce)
Ferguson (not the giant with the size 6 feet but the fella who bullied Liverpool players.)
Tony Kay (my dad's favourite player)
Alan Ball (perpetual motion)
Neville Southall (Adam Carey's, 40, reason)
Dick Fearon
68 Posted 04/07/2017 at 08:19:32
Wee Bobby Collins deserves a shout as does Fred Pickering, Mick Lyons and Peter Farrell.
David Ellis
69 Posted 04/07/2017 at 09:41:55
Crikey - those that started watching in the 90s including lumps like Ferguson and Unsworth in their top ten... I love them too but they are not great players, certainly not all-time top players.

I would include:
TG Jones
Dixie Dean
Tommy Lawton
Alex Young (all on reputation)
Alan Ball
Paul Bracewell (for a brief period pre his injury... if only he had been at the World Cup in 86, I am sure we would have won it with 5 Everton players in the team)
Rooney (he was an Everton player when he had his best international tournament)

These were all among the best in their position in the world for a time when they were playing for Everton.

others to consider (but not amongst the best in the world TBH) – Reid, Latchford, Dobson, Labone, Harvey, Vernon, Arteta, Lukaku, Lineker, Sharp... maybe Tim Cahill and maybe a couple from the current squad; time will tell!

Mark Daley
70 Posted 04/07/2017 at 10:01:58
It has to be Duncan Mackenzie; and honourable mention for Steven Naismith.

As for Lukaku...!

Carl Taylor
71 Posted 04/07/2017 at 10:25:57
Like most, age dependant response, but applying the 'I have seen them play in the flesh' rule to my top 10, it would be:

Andrei Kanchelskis
Trevor Steven
Neville Southall
Kevin Sheedy
Peter Reid
Paul Bracewell
Greame Sharp
Tim Cahill
Peter Beardsley
Gary Lineker

Honourable mentions to Joe Parkinson and Adrian Heath, pre injuries.

Tony Abrahams
72 Posted 04/07/2017 at 10:31:14
John @51, I went to school with "Eddie Arms" which was his nickname, simply because he was all arms! Had many a cut lip playing against my mate, but have to hold my hat off to him, because he became a professional footballer because of his desire.

It's not always just about ability, because Eddie had a great set of lungs. I can still remember him playing right back and making a goal for Sharp, possibly on his Everton debut?

Dean Johnson
73 Posted 04/07/2017 at 11:03:45
Of the players I have actually seen play:

Paul Gerrard
Marc Hottiger
Antolin Alcaraz
Per Kroldrup
Phil Neville
Alex Nyarko
Gareth Farrelly
James McFadden
Tom Cleverley
Ibrahima Bakayoko
Mikel Madar

I chose this list of shite as I genuinely don't believe that in the time of Everton games that I can actually remember, we've had any decent players.

Save for Mikel Arteta who was the only one who has made me want to watch Everton (for the quality of football) in all these years.

All the rest have been honest hard-workers in the time that I can remember at least.

I was 10 the last time we won the league and besides, people are picking players based on their status and reputation so I thought I'd base mine on what I've actually seen and can remember.

Steve Ferns
74 Posted 04/07/2017 at 11:23:27
What about the legend that is Claus Thomsen, or Graham Allen, Mitch Ward or Carl Tiler?
Ryan Rosenberg
75 Posted 04/07/2017 at 11:26:54
07/08 my first season:

1 - Arteta
2 - Lukaku
3 - Baines
4 - Pienaar
5 - Cahill
6 - Jagielka
7 - Distin
8 - Fellaini
9 - Saha
10 - Coleman

Steve Ferns
76 Posted 04/07/2017 at 11:44:35
1. Neville Southall;
2. Kevin Sheedy;
3. Trevor Steven;
4. Gary Stevens;
5. Peter Beardsley;
6. Anders Limpar;
7. Andrei Kanchelskis;
8. Thomas Gravesen;
9. Tim Cahill;
10. Mikel Artea;
11. Seamus Coleman.

I did it in the order of the era in which they played. I went the game in the 80s from my first season in '83/'84 when I went the cup final twice! But I was far too young to really assess that side, all I know is Southall was fantastic well into my adulthood, Tricky Trev was my idol, and Stevens used to be electric in overlapping him. I remember an old Kevin Sheedy in the early 90s still being head and shoulders better than a poor Everton side, with that great goal in '92.

Then, I went with Peter Beardo who was a great player for us in a disappointing time as we slipped down the league. Limpar was the best player the last time we won a trophy with a great pass to Jackson for the cross for the goal and an even better one earlier in the game highlighting his passing, but I loved his ability to take players on, despite not being the fastest.

Kanchelskis was not really here long enough, but we've had so few great players, that his performance for not even a year (injured for the first half of the 95/96 season, and wanting away during the 96/97 season) makes my list. So fast and a howitzer of a right foot, summed up by the goal against arsenal.

Gravesen did not do much for a few years. I always thought that was more to do with the team playing long balls than his ability, and once he was able to dictate play we got 4th. The fact that we got 2/3 of the points whilst he was in the side and then 1/3 of the points after he left halfway through shows just how much of it was down to him. Of course there is the joke that Madrid wanted Carsley and not Gravesen, but Gravesen's technique was sublime. His touch is the best I've seen by anyone in a blue shirt. He saw passes that you needed to be sat in the crowd to see. He was a magnificent player.

Tim Cahill was selected as the best player from the Moyes era, and the epitome of the side. He was consistent as we were consistent. Pieanaar and Osman had better technique. But Cahill was the one who delivered time and again.

Mikel Arteta was such a joy to watch. After the highs of 4th, we came crashing down to earth the next season, smashed out of the UEFA 5-1 or something by Bucharest and it took ages to get going again and "recover" to 11th. By then Arteta was established as our best and most skilful player. I recall in that first season, that he would play like a matador, taking people on, on the edge of our box, and beating 3 or 4 at a time. Anyone else and it would have been hearts in mouths, but he was greeted by shouts of olé as we had total faith in him. Arsenal never saw the real Arteta as he was never the same again after destroying his knee.

Coleman definitely makes my top 10. Perhaps Beardo should drop out? The best side since '87 was Martinez's 72 point side. That was far better than Moyes side who finished 4th with barely 60 points. Who was the best player? Barkley? Lukaku? Barry or McCarthy? Mirallas? No for me it was the marauding right back and his longevity makes him deserve a place in my list.

Really Romelu Lukaku should be in as well, but the other players are dear to me, and he is not.

Derek Thomas
77 Posted 04/07/2017 at 11:52:07
The 2 best teams I ever saw? 69-70 and 84-85.

Was West better than Nev? - No...just, but by enough.
Would he have be a better replacement than Mimms? - Yes.

Fullbacks; Wright - Brown / K. Newton Vs Stevens - P. vd Hauwe...waggles hand.
Full-backing had and still was evolving though. So what of Parker and Wilson? Well they were almost universally recognised for a period in the early 60's as the best in the world...No lesser personage as Jock Stein said give me Parker and Wilson as FB's and I'll give you a League Championship...but that was in the early 60's and as I said Full-backing has/was/ evolving.

So what of Lescott, Coleman and Baines - well I just don't know one way or the other, too many variables. All I will say is Lescott could've slotted in for either Brown or Newton with no loss of overall performance.

Labone and Hurst Vs Ratcliffe and Mountfield. As pairs? 6 of 1, etc.
Individually they were all 'Boss Apples,' firm, juicy, etc - just 4 different varieties.
Hurst played Longer but Mountfield seemed to have more goals in him in a shorter time.

Though by all that's been said, TE Jones would've pissed over all of them.

Now it gets hard; Wing Halfs, Inside Forwards, Mid Fielders, Wide Mid Fielders, Out and Out Wingers, Goalscoring wingers ( or even a support to the CF.

Kendall, Ball, Harvey; were they aided in a 4 or 5 by Morrissey & Husband?? some say Yes, some say No - I say maybe...sometimes. But don't forget Tommy Jackson.
Steven, Reid, Bracewell, Sheedy + Richardson and Harper...not even going there...Too Hard.

Would Collins, Kay, Gabriel, D. Stevens, Beardsley, Dobson,Young and Vernon have fitted in seamlessly? More than likely.

Joe Mercer?? Where do you even place MacKenzie?

Royle Vs Sharp & Grey...I have to give it to Sharp on longevity. Young and Vernon were goalscorers too and better all round footballers. Vernon was a better 'sniffer' than Lineker - just.

Latchford walked on water.

Pickering was better than Wilkinson, jeez, Gabriel was a better C.F. than Wilko.

Lawton would on 'repp' be even better than them.

Then there's W. R. Dean. - no contest.

Morrissey & Husband well they were good and Steven and Sheedy weren't true wingers.

Temple &Scott all accounts Tommy Ring was better, but Kanchelskis was faster...or was he? who knows.

As always with The Ev - more questions than answers...and depending who you ask there are plenty of different answers.

and I'm sure somebody will come back with - you forgot xxxxxxx.

An Interesting close season exercise, to pass half an hour.

Martin Nicholls
78 Posted 04/07/2017 at 12:11:09
Derek#77 - a brilliant post and one which sums up my response when asked to name my best Everton 11. My answer is simply "I can't" before I go on like you to debate the merits of the great players I've watched over the last 55 seasons, and of course the legends who preceded them. One point on your posting though - I suspect you meant TG rather than TE Jones, but then again, maybe not! A final point - I don't think anyone has mentioned Fred "goal a game" Geary who from what I can gather, was the first in our long line of great centre forwards (not of course number 9's in those days!)
Gerard Carey
79 Posted 04/07/2017 at 13:20:48
I would have to go for;
Neville Southall
Brian Labone
Mike Lyons
Seamus Coleman
Alan Ball
Howard Kendall
Tim Cahill
Joe Royle
Andy Gray
Kevin Sheedy
Peter Reid.
Peter Mills
80 Posted 04/07/2017 at 20:28:02
Derek#77, that's 30 minutes of your life well spent. It was difficult to spot the "you forgot" player, but for me it would have to be Dave Watson!
Brian Wilkinson
81 Posted 05/07/2017 at 13:55:16
Derek@77 yes you forget for me one of the finest wingers and crosser of a ball, I give you Dave Thomas, socks rolled down, mounded studs, cross over and pin pointed to bob Latchfords head or foot, well he would walk into my 11.

But fair dos some great picks and reasoning in your selections, I cannot even narrow it down to 20, even those I have seen since the mid seventies.

Martin Reppion
82 Posted 06/07/2017 at 09:19:01
Oh Well, here goes.. It would be easy to start with the 85 team and then see who else would get into it. Baines over Bailley Ball over anyone.

However sentiment also comes into this. I always enjoyed watching Davie Thomas and have a soft spot for Stuart McCall.

Then again, how do we line up? In 85 you wouldn't play Ball and Reid in the same 4-4-2, but in a modern 4-2-3-1 they'd both play.

Anyway, its my dime, so here goes:

Gordon West (first hero)
Seamus Coleman (Just edges Gary Stephens)
Kevin Ratcliffe
Brian Labone (Royal Blue blood)
Leighton Baines
Trevor Steven
Allan Ball (Assuming Reid is injured again)
Paul Bracewell (Best passer of a ball I've ever seen. Children: watch the Sunderland game on YouTube)
Kevin Sheedy (No contest)
Graeme Sharp
Aruna Kone (Just joking)
Wayne Rooney

Philip Yensen
83 Posted 09/07/2017 at 22:35:40
Neville Southall.
Alex Parker.
Brian Labone.
Alan Ball.
Colin Harvey.
Howard Kendal.
Johnny Morrissey.
Bob Latchford.
Tim Cahill.
Greame Sharp.

All from the good old days no cheating, diving, no big screen to see if they look good. Alan Ball the greatest for me.

Robert Fleetwood
84 Posted 26/07/2017 at 15:02:00
My favourite players since 1974 would be:

Todd Lyons Ratcliffe Pejic
Steven Dobson Reid Thomas
Sharpe Latchford

Subs: Sheedy Bracewell Beardsley Gray Stephens Jennings.

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