In 1927, he scored a penalty, his second goal versus Arsenal, to equal George Camsell’s record of 59 goals (for Middlesbrough) from the previous season. The roar from the crowd was heard for miles. My dad was working a couple of miles away and he heard the noise and an even greater noise when Dixie scored again to break the record with 60 goals for the season.
Ephraim ‘Jock’ Dodds
No direction — just boot the ball as hard as possible. In 1947 versus Manchester City, he whacked the ball so hard that it caught Frank Swift in the midriff. The goalie collapsed winded but held on to the ball with his huge hands.
1953 FA Cup semi-final v Bolton Wanderers at Maine Road. Tommy blasted his penalty as hard as he could as he usually did but this time he missed the goal completely. Everton lost 4 – 3.
April 1978 second goal v Chelsea was a penalty in a 6–0 rout. This was another blast and Peter Bonnetti had no chance. It came right at the death for Bob to achieve 30 goals in a season and claim the reward offered by a national newspaper. I seem to recall that John Willie Parker had scored 30 goals for the Blues in the 1950s but he did not get a reward.
Over the years, who can we say were Everton’s best penalty takers? In my view, they must be Trevor Steven and Leighton Baines as joint favourites. Baines needs one more to equal Trevor’s record of 30 successful spot kicks.
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1 Posted 25/02/2019 at 21:56:36
Didn't Dave Unsworth have an almost perfect penalty record for us?
2 Posted 25/02/2019 at 22:10:19
The only problem Ive got, is whose gonna take the fuckin penalty!
3 Posted 25/02/2019 at 22:27:35
4 Posted 25/02/2019 at 22:44:23
Kevin Mirallas v WBA 2015 (most memorable for all the wrong reasons?)
5 Posted 25/02/2019 at 22:44:25
Has Martin Atkinson ever even gave us a free-kick in a dangerous position, though? He fucking hates us, and as much as I try, I don't think this bastard will ever let us cry it in!
6 Posted 25/02/2019 at 23:27:13
As a 12-year-old in May 68 I sobbed my heart out when we lost to West Brom in the FA Cup final. Much was made of the fact we had beaten them twice that 67/68 season.. notably at the Hawthorns (what a great ground name that is) 6-2 in the March.
Fast forward season 68-69 (a season Colin Harvey is adamant Everton played far better than the following season when we won the title). Alan Ball had made many comments after the cup final regards being totally irked by the fact we'd not done ourselves justice. Basically he was well pissed off by it and was well wired up when we played WBA at Goodison in October 68.
On the Thursday night, my younger brother was quite horribly – in front of my mum – knocked down and was quite near death (he survived) and my two uncles took me to the game whilst my parents were at his bedside at Adler Hey.
From the Gwladys Street, I saw Alan Ball on a one-man mission to avenge the cup final result. One of the most inspirational performances I saw him play. He'd scored two and went again on goal when he was absolutely hammered by a defender and went down. Penalty went the ref.
He was down on the ground for quite a while and eventually got up in quite some pain holding his shoulder. Joe Royle wanted to take the kick but Ball... holding onto his injured shoulder... waved him away and snatched the ball and placed it onto the spot. Still holding his shoulder... ran up and blasted it into the net... and shook a fist toward the Street End.
I knew he'd proved a personal point in a minor way towards avenging the cup final result and we ran out 4-0 winners.
That penalty still obviously sticks on my mind. You know why?... because those were the days when we had a bond with the team and them with us. When we knew they felt the same as us and players stood up to be counted... unlike the spineless flakes of today!!!
9 Posted 26/02/2019 at 00:19:13
His idol was/is Dave Hickson (he's 76 now, my Dad, not Dave). His favourite ever player was Bally. He enjoyed the '80s and his favourite players from that era where gray, Reid, Ratcliffe and Big Nev.
I can see a pattern, I hope everybody else can.
10 Posted 26/02/2019 at 01:23:18
11 Posted 26/02/2019 at 02:26:33
12 Posted 26/02/2019 at 03:17:53
Jack Charlton – "Have you decided which corner you're going for, Sheeds?"
Kevin Sheedy – "Na, I'm going to let him dive and smash it over his head boss."
Jack Charlton – "Don't you dare get smart at this stage!"
Jack Charlton – "You see, boys, that's how you take a penalty."
They're all good if they go in!
13 Posted 26/02/2019 at 15:09:55
14 Posted 26/02/2019 at 22:58:37
Everton roared back and Jimmy Husband equalised. Then to add to the drama, Alan Ball went down for a very soft penalty for the blues to win the match?
Bally stepped up and sent the goalie the wrong way only for the ball to rebound straight back to him off the post. Ball reacted by slamming the ball into the goal and then looked shocked when it was not awarded. Perhaps, the excitement of the moment caused him to forget the rule about not being able to play the ball again. So, it finished 2-2 and there was a feeling that Fussey had given this soft penalty hoping that two wrongs would put his earlier decision right!
15 Posted 26/02/2019 at 23:07:24
To counter Darrens “Sheedy smash”, Ill offer Johnny Morriseys effort at Old Trafford in the FA Cup semi-final in 1968, which took an eternity to bobble past Gary Sprake.
16 Posted 27/02/2019 at 02:30:19
17 Posted 27/02/2019 at 19:29:29
As Terry White says Roy Vernon has to be in contention as Everton's best penalty taker with Unsworth and Baines, one of the worst penalties was Duncan McKenzie's in the second leg of the League Cup Final at Burnden Park, a very half-hearted effort, good job we won the tie.
18 Posted 27/02/2019 at 19:31:54
19 Posted 27/02/2019 at 19:56:08
20 Posted 27/02/2019 at 21:48:21
22 Posted 06/03/2019 at 08:55:14
23 Posted 06/03/2019 at 17:00:27
Fergusons last game for us against West Brom,the goalie saved it but Ferguson charging towards him was a no contest for the rebound, for Dunc to get his farewell goal.
24 Posted 06/03/2019 at 17:06:49
25 Posted 01/04/2019 at 21:35:33
26 Posted 10/04/2019 at 12:19:09
27 Posted 10/04/2019 at 12:49:46
* Can't remember the lead up but Sprake was out of goal and the ball was lobbed back to the empty net and Jack Charlton jumped up and caught it as it went over his head. Not sure he was even booked, let alone thinking about a Red card in those days. No film of that but here is the goal.
The other one was Sandy Brown in the 1970-71 penalty shootout with Borussia Mönchengladbach. Joe Royle missed the first, then we tied it up at 1-1. Howey took the 4th and it was Sandy to take the 5th. He thumped into the back of the net, walked past the goalie, picked up the ball and gave it to the German player with a "Go on, beat that". Andy Rankin saved it and we went through
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-9NVX6Csq0 for the highlights with a German Commentary. If you watch it, who was the Everton player who went to console the German penalty taker who missed. The way he walked up to him was not a "gloating" attitude.
28 Posted 10/04/2019 at 12:54:04
But having witnessed Obafemi Martins at the street end a few years back first hand. This will live long in my memory. Think its still going.
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