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Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
1 Posted 23/11/2022 at 08:29:07
I have written this story on here before and I will continue to write it with reference to this match until my last day on earth.

It was my very special birthday. One of those with an 0 at the end. My wife took me for dinner at the most expensive restaurant in Chester. We got home and it was only then did I remember there was a derby match that night. Mobile Phones were as scarce as hen's teeth. Kids were under 10 so no idea where they were. Did we have a babysitter? Don't remember. So they were not there to tell me the result.
Turned on the TV, probably checked Ceefax for the result.
I think you can guess the rest!

A birthday or Christmas a while later I was given a video "2-0 to the Blues".
An unforgettable night.

Danny O’Neill
2 Posted 23/11/2022 at 09:42:06
That night speaks for itself.

Walker was out of his depth.

Joe Royle initially steadied the ship, won us a trophy and then, just as he had built a platform, didn't get the backing of the board is how I remember it.

Glad Limpar got a mention. I used to like watching him even though Kanchelskis was the marque signing at the time. Not a great team but 2 great wide players of genuine quality.

Martin Reppion
3 Posted 25/11/2022 at 12:50:25
Great memories as usual.
I was there as in those days I seldom missed a game, home or away.
The interesting player of the time was the enigma Andy Hinchcliffe.
Signed by Colin Harvey from Howard's Man City only to have the manager that didn't fancy him return.
He apparently suffered stage fright in front of a crowd despite being, in Joe Royle's words, the best player in the training ground every day.
It took Joe's man management to get him to deliver on the field. The responsibility he was given, free kicks and corners, made him. As did the encouragement of a good man at the top.
Not all footballers are egos on legs. Some need to be coaxed to show what they can do. Andy Hinchcliffe was one such. And Everton winning the cup that year was one hell of an achievement.
Lee Courtliff
4 Posted 27/11/2022 at 09:25:56
I still miss those days, as I was 13 and football meant everything to me!

I still remember my last lesson at school that day was IT and I kept looking at the clock, counting down the hours until kick off. Monday November 21st 1994...not far off 30 bloody years ago!!

Joe Royle was such a monumental breath of fresh air that we suddenly looked almost unbeatable. Even though there was a lot of poor football played by us, it was still exciting to watch as the threat of relegation lingered for, near enough, the entire season.

And, Anders Limpar was a sublime player. I'd love to know exactly what happened between him and Royle in 1996, as he suddenly became very unpopular with the manager.

Dave Abrahams
5 Posted 27/11/2022 at 17:05:21
Lee (4),

The story was Limpar wasn’t selected for the team when they played away at Blackburn, not sure if he was even a substitute, but he was heard to say words to the effect: "I hope they get beat".

This was heard by a former Everton player who was a coach at Blackburn, he reported this to Joe Royle and that was the start of the beginning of the end for Anders at Everton.

Lee Courtliff
6 Posted 27/11/2022 at 21:03:28
I've never heard that story before, mate. I was at the Blackburn away game in March '96, Kanchelskis scoring twice in a 3-0 win.

Anders did start away at Blackburn in September '96 but barely kicked a ball for us after that. A real shame as he was a quality player and played a big part in our survival and Cup win in '95.

Lee Courtliff
7 Posted 27/11/2022 at 21:07:37

I've just looked online and it says Limpar started the game away at Blackburn in the March but was subbed off after 15 minutes!!!

I have no recollection of that substitution so he was either injured or Royle decided to change tactics early due to Blackburn having Gary Flitcroft sent off after only 3 minutes. That red card I clearly remember as I was sat in the Blackburn end!!

Chris Hockenhull
8 Posted 29/11/2022 at 17:21:26
Lee (6). Anders played no part in the relegation fight/ FA Cup win. Wasn’t signed until the August… and em what another Everton transfer fiasco that was…. Nothing new there!!
Peter Carpenter
9 Posted 29/11/2022 at 17:28:53
(Whispering) Chris, he did just wot Lee said!
Kieran Kinsella
10 Posted 29/11/2022 at 17:36:00

Mike Walker signed Limpar in 94

Matthew Williams
11 Posted 29/11/2022 at 17:45:03
Your wrong Chris!...Limpar started in the Cup Final in '95 as have our line up on the day!

20th May,1995...such bliss!


Lee Courtliff
12 Posted 30/11/2022 at 08:17:13
Chris, you're thinking of Andrei, mate. That was a real transfer fiasco...

Worth the wait though!

Dave Abrahams
13 Posted 30/11/2022 at 11:11:05
Lee (7), I wasn’t at the Blackburn game but accept that Limpar played in the game, the story I heard was told to me by someone I trust but I have got the version wrong or my friend did and possibly Anders said what he said after being subbed so early in the game, thanks for your reply.
Chris Hockenhull
14 Posted 30/11/2022 at 11:37:40
Lee (6)…

Aghhh. Apologies.

Of course I meant Andrei... hence the reference to the transfer fiasco. I can still remember a beaming Limpar with Joe at the end of the final!!

Lee Courtliff
15 Posted 30/11/2022 at 19:57:54
No probs, Dave.

Chris, so can I...but only because I watch it on YouTube at least once per month!! The only bloody thing I've ever seen us win.

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