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Shock Results: Everton 2-0 Liverpool FC (November 1994)

Goalscorers: Duncan Ferguson 57, Paul Rideout 89

Teams:

Everton: Neville Southall, Gary Ablett, Andy Hinchcliffe, Matt Jackson (Paul Rideout 45), David Unsworth, Dave Watson, Barry Horne, John Ebbrell, Joe Parkinson, Daniel Amokachi (Anders Limpar 77), Duncan Ferguson

Liverpool FC: David James, Phil Babb, Stig Inge Bjornebye (Jamie Redknapp 63), Rob Jones, Neil Ruddock, John Scales, Jan Molby, John Barnes, Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler, Ian Rush

Referee: Dermot Gallagher, Attendance: 39,866

In November 1994, Everton were in big trouble. They were bottom of the Premier League with just one victory to their name from 16 outings. Mike Walker had been sacked in early November and replaced by former goalscoring legend Joe Royle. He had a major task on his hands.

By contrast, Liverpool FC went into the 151st Merseyside Derby in peak form. Roy Evans’ side had lost just three times all season and were sitting comfortably inside the top five. They also had enjoyed the better of this fixture in recent times, winning 20 of the previous 42 encounters with the Toffees.

As is usually the case with this fixture, there was a frenetic approach to it from both sides. Liverpool dominated possession throughout the first half but had little to show for this territory. Neville Southall was experiencing a quiet evening as Everton looked to build on recent clean sheets achieved in Walker’s final games as the club’s manager against West Ham United and Norwich City.

At half-time, Matt Jackson was forced off by injury. Rather than make a like-for-like change, Royle sensed the opportunity was there for the blue half of Merseyside to take the game by the scruff of the neck. Paul Rideout was sent on to join the power of Daniel Amokachi and Duncan Ferguson upfront for the second half.

There was an immediate response to the positive change from the manager. Amokachi’s deflected shot needed saving from James but from the resultant corner just before the hour mark, Everton took the lead. Andy Hinchcliffe delivered an in-swinging corner into the danger area. Goalkeeper James came into the crowd but never looked like taking control of the situation. He was beaten to the ball by Ferguson whose towering header found the back of the net for his first Everton goal since joining on-loan from Scottish powerhouses Rangers.

Although Liverpool had a more pressurized spell after the goal, forwards Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush got short change out of Dave Watson and David Unsworth all evening. Rideout hit the post before the visitors were sunk by more aerial prowess from Ferguson in the 89th minute. Hinchcliffe floated in another deep delivery. Again, Ferguson got the better of James in the air and via a deflection, the ball fell perfectly for Rideout to slot the ball into the empty net and seal a wonderful victory on opening night for Royle.

The win took Everton off the bottom of the table and they wouldn’t return there either. They rallied to finish 15th despite not being officially safe until five days before the season concluded. The silver lining to the season was victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup final with Rideout scoring the winner. Liverpool’s form tailed off slightly after this defeat but they still finished fourth in the final standings and also claimed silverware, beating Bolton Wanderers 2-1 to win the League Cup.

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Premier League Files: Graeme Sharp

Premier League Career: Oldham Athletic (1992-1994)

Graeme Sharp’s professional career will always be linked to just two clubs – Everton and Oldham Athletic. He won two First Division titles with the Toffees in the 1980s and experienced two Premier League campaigns with Oldham before going on to become the player-manager of the Latics.

He started his playing career with Dumbarton in 1978, playing 40 times for them before joining Everton in 1980 for £120,000. It took time for Graeme to make an impact on Merseyside but Howard Kendall’s arrival as first-team manager was the telling impact for his career. Between 1980 and 1991, he would score 111 league goals for Everton in 322 matches.

Sharp won the FA Cup in 1984, scoring the first goal in the final against Watford at Wembley Stadium. It was his sole victory in this competition, experiencing the agony of defeat in the final in 1985, 1986 and 1989. It was a time where the Merseyside clubs were dominating English football. Liverpool FC were the prime team but Everton did crash the Reds’ supremacy to win the First Division title in 1985 and 1987. There was also European glory with victory over Rapid Vienna in the 1985 Cup Winners’ Cup final.

He formed successful scoring partnerships with the likes of Andy Gray, Adrian Heath and Gary Lineker and was seen as the perfect foil for a striking duo. However by 1991, his days were numbered at Goodison Park and he moved to Oldham for £500,000. This came just weeks after they had won promotion to the top-flight for the first time in 68 years.

He made 55 Premier League appearances, scoring 16 goals in total. Sharp scored Oldham’s first-ever Premier League goal at Boundary Park in a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace in August 1992 and also scored vital goals in victories over Nottingham Forest, Ipswich Town and Middlesbrough.

After finding the target seven times in 1992-1993, Sharp improved his tally to nine in 1993-1994 including a goal in a 1-1 draw at Highbury with Arsenal and two goals in gallant defeats to champions Manchester United. It was United who agonisingly ended Oldham’s FA Cup dreams at the semi-final stage and the club were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season despite Graeme’s best efforts.

In November 1994, Oldham manager Joe Royle quit to take over the vacant position at Everton. Sharp took over as player-manager but he struggled to adapt his playing success into the dugout. After two mediocre seasons in the First Division, he resigned in March 1997 with Oldham on the verge of relegation to Division Two.

He had one season managing Bangor City in Welsh football before stepping away from the game in a primary capacity. Sharp is now a club ambassador at Everton and works for the local press in Liverpool on the radio for 96.7 Radio City.

The Clubs: Everton

All data correct upto 16th April 2018

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
996 360 286 350 1298 1261 +37 1366 26

 

Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
Tim Howard 354
Leon Osman 352
Leighton Baines 330
Phil Jagielka 311
David Unsworth 302
Tony Hibbert 265
Phil Neville 242
Duncan Ferguson 239
David Weir 235
Tim Cahill 226

 

Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Romelu Lukaku 68
Duncan Ferguson 60
Tim Cahill 56
Kevin Campbell 45
Leon Osman 44
David Unsworth 33
Leighton Baines 29
Kevin Mirallas 29
Paul Rideout 29
Tony Cottee 28

 

Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Everton 7-1 Southampton 16th November 1996 1996-1997
Everton 7-1 Sunderland 24th November 2007 2007-2008
Everton 6-0 West Ham United 8th May 1999 1998-1999
Everton 5-0 Middlesbrough 17th February 1999 1998-1999
Everton 5-0 Sunderland 26th December 1999 1999-2000
Everton 5-0 West Ham United 29th September 2001 2001-2002
Everton 6-2 Swindon Town 15th January 1994 1993-1994
Everton 6-2 Sunderland 1st November 2015 2015-2016
Everton 5-1 Hull City 7th March 2010 2009-2010
Everton 4-0 Middlesbrough 26th December 1995 1995-1996

 

Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Arsenal 7-0 Everton 11th May 2005 2004-2005
Everton 1-6 Arsenal 15th August 2009 2009-2010
Manchester City 5-0 Everton 9th December 2000 2000-2001
Chelsea 5-0 Everton 5th November 2016 2016-2017
Newcastle United 6-2 Everton 29th March 2002 2001-2002
Everton 1-5 Norwich City 25th September 1993 1993-1994
Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 Everton 2nd April 1994 1993-1994
Manchester United 5-1 Everton 4th December 1999 1999-2000
Manchester City 5-1 Everton 15th May 2004 2003-2004
Arsenal 5-1 Everton 3rd February 2018 2017-2018

 

Managers

Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
Howard Kendall 2 4th December 1993
Mike Walker 2 5th November 1994
Joe Royle 3 27th March 1997
Howard Kendall 1 10th May 1998
Walter Smith 4 10th March 2002
David Moyes 12 19th May 2013
Roberto Martinez 3 12th May 2016
Ronald Koeman 2 23rd October 2017
Sam Allardyce 1  

 

Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Everton 1-0 Liverpool FC 11th December 2004 40,552 2004-2005
Everton 2-1 Manchester City 26th December 2004 40,530 2004-2005
Everton 0-2 Manchester United 27th August 1997 40,479 1997-1998
Everton 2-0 Newcastle United 7th May 2005 40,438 2004-2005
Everton 0-1 Chelsea 12th February 2005 40,270 2004-2005
Everton 2-3 Liverpool FC 16th April 2001 40,260 2000-2001
Everton 2-2 Newcastle United 16th September 2003 40,228 2003-2004
Everton 0-3 Liverpool FC 30th August 2003 40,200 2003-2004
Everton 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22nd November 2003 40,190 2003-2004
Everton 3-4 Manchester United 7th February 2004 40,190 2003-2004

 

Intro

Everton are one of only six teams to have been a Premier League ever-present and when they play on the final day of the 2017-2018 season, they will reach 1000 Premier League games. The Toffees have endured a rollercoaster ride for their supporters. Final day escapes from relegation in 1994 and 1998 mixed in with a highest finish of fourth place under David Moyes’ stable time at the club in 2005. Sam Allardyce is the current boss and the former England manager has guided them to safety after a rocky start to the current campaign.

 

1992-1993

Everton recorded their lowest league finish in over a decade as they never made any telling impact in the inaugural Premier League season. They finished only 13th and just four points clear of the relegation zone. A 2-1 Merseyside Derby victory at Goodison Park in December with Peter Beardsley scoring the winner was the main highlight of the season for the supporters.

 

1993-1994

Victories over Southampton, Manchester City and Sheffield United took Everton briefly top of the table after three matches. The spark had fizzled out though for Howard Kendall and he ended his second spell at his beloved Goodison in early December after just one victory in eight games.

He was replaced by Norwich City boss Mike Walker but he couldn’t stop the slide. Just one win in 10 matches saw Everton start the final day of the season in the bottom three. Things looked grim at home to Wimbledon when they trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes. Two goals from Graham Stuart and a Barry Horne blockbuster saw the Toffees rescue the match and their season. Results elsewhere meant Everton avoid relegation…just. They finished 17th but it was much closer than any fan would have liked.

 

1994-1995

The Merseysiders made their worst-ever start to a season, failing to win any of their first 12 games. Despite a 1-0 win over West Ham United in early November, the board ran out of patience with Mike Walker. Days after a goalless draw at former club Norwich, he was sacked and replaced by former goalscoring great Joe Royle – who ended his long association with Oldham Athletic in the process.

The squad looked like a bunch of broken men but Royle fixed things quickly with his ‘Dogs of War’ approach. Clean sheets were kept in five successive matches and victories over Liverpool FC, Chelsea and Leeds United took Everton out of the bottom four. Champions Manchester United were beaten in late February by a towering Duncan Ferguson header and survival was clinched in the club’s penultimate match of the season when a scrappy Paul Rideout effort defeated Ipswich Town.

Rideout would provide the silver lining to the season too with his winner in the FA Cup final against Manchester United. European football would return to Goodison Park for the first time since the Heysel disaster of 1985 which had seen a blanket ban on English clubs competing in Europe.

 

1995-1996

Royle and Everton built on their excellent end to the previous season, finishing sixth and just two points shy of a top four finish. This was despite losing star striker Duncan Ferguson for just over a month after he was sentenced to a spell in jail for head-butting an opponent during his time with Rangers in Scottish football. Andrei Kanchelskis starred with 16 goals in his first season on Merseyside.

 

1996-1997

Everton finished 19 points off their 1995-1996 tally and nine places lower too after a difficult season which saw Joe Royle resign as first-team manager at the end of March. Captain Dave Watson steered the club to safety but there were few highs. Kanchelskis was sold to Fiorentina during the campaign but Everton did record their joint-biggest Premier League victory, thumping Southampton 7-1 in November.

 

1997-1998

Howard Kendall returned for a third spell as manager after preferred target Andy Gray elected to extend his contract with Sky Sports. However, financial problems were growing and the fans’ frustration at owner Peter Johnson’s lack of investment meant Kendall would be in for the toughest season of his managerial career.

Like 1994, Everton went into the final day of the season in the drop zone. A 1-1 draw at home to Coventry City was enough to ensure their safety on goal difference from Bolton Wanderers. There was great joy and relief on the pitch at the final whistle but Kendall wouldn’t be staying. He resigned and would be replaced in the off-season by Walter Smith.

 

1998-1999

Peter Johnson’s tumultuous reign as Everton chairman ended in December, quitting after a row with Walter Smith over the controversial sale of Duncan Ferguson to Newcastle United for £7 million. Smith had enjoyed plenty of success in Scotland with Rangers but couldn’t replicate that in his first season at the helm in England. Everton finished 14th and only the goals of on-loan signing Kevin Campbell in the season’s closing weeks avoided another huge scrap with relegation.

 

1999-2000

Smith’s second season as Everton manager was better and the Toffees spent much of the campaign in the top half of the table. However, a final day home defeat to Middlesbrough saw them finish a slightly underwhelming 13th. Campbell signed permanently and was top scorer with 12 goals and Everton finished with a positive goal difference thanks to huge margin wins over Sunderland and West Ham United.

 

2000-2001

Paul Gascoigne joined the Everton ranks but he was past his best and Everton endured another poor season. They finished a tame 16th in the table, eight points clear of the bottom three. The fans continued to feel frustrated by the lack of progress but Duncan Ferguson did return to the club after 18 months at Newcastle, scoring twice on his home debut return against Charlton Athletic.

 

2001-2002

Two wins and a draw saw Everton top of the table in August but Walter Smith managed just five more victories from the next 26 games. After a calamitous quarter-final exit to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, the board sacked the manager in March. He was replaced by Preston North End boss David Moyes. He managed four victories from his nine games to keep the club clear of any relegation danger. They ended 15th.

 

2002-2003

2002-2003 was Everton’s 100th season in the top division, becoming the first club to achieve this feat. It was also the season that saw Wayne Rooney make his huge breakthrough, becoming an England debutant by the end of it. Rooney scored a brilliant late goal to end Arsenal’s 30-match unbeaten league run in October and David Moyes’ side were a challenger for the Champions League positions. Three losses in their last four games meant they missed out on European football altogether but a 7th placed finish was seen as major progress for the supporters after years toiling at the wrong end of the table.

 

2003-2004

After all the promise of the previous season, it looked like it might be a false dawn again. Everton mustered just nine victories and a final day 5-1 mauling at the hands of Manchester City saw the Toffees finish a dreadful 17th in the table, just six points clear of relegated trio, Leicester City, Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

 

2004-2005

Many pundits tipped Everton for relegation in pre-season and a boardroom battle between Bill Kenwright and Phillip Carter raged throughout the summer. Marcus Bent was the only close-season arrival whilst the likes of David Unsworth, Steve Watson, Tomasz Radzinski and boy wonder Wayne Rooney all departed.

The Toffees lost 4-1 on the opening weekend at home to Arsenal but a siege mentality resolve gathered over the club and they completely defied expectations all season. Despite selling Thomas Gravesen to Real Madrid in the January transfer window, Everton secured a Champions League qualification spot, finishing fourth with 61 points. It meant they finished above Liverpool FC for the first time in the Premier League Years. Tim Cahill was the Player of the Season, scoring 11 times in his debut campaign at this level.

 

2005-2006

Eight matches into the 2005-2006 season and Everton were propping up the table, with just three points and seven defeats. A 1-1 draw with runaway league leaders Chelsea saw a revival in fortunes but back-to-back 4-0 losses over Christmas by Bolton Wanderers and Aston Villa ensured Everton went into 2006 in the bottom three.

The fans needn’t have worried. Everton lost just four games in the second half of the season and rallied to finish in 11th place but struggled for goals all season. They hit the back of the net just 34 times in 38 matches.

 

2006-2007

In an attempt to solve the goalscoring conundrum, David Moyes signed Andy Johnson from Crystal Palace in the summer and Johnson produced a solid 11-goal return. Everton showed much better consistency and there was an enjoyable 3-0 home victory in the Merseyside Derby in September. Everton finished in sixth place – which ensured qualification for next season’s UEFA Cup.

 

2007-2008

David Moyes’ reputation as one of the finest managers in England continued as Everton amassed 65 points and finished fifth in the table. In fact, they were fourth in the table with 10 games left to play but arch-rivals Liverpool FC’s late surge in form saw them overtake their neighbours before the season’s end. Yakubu enjoyed a prolific first season at Everton, scoring 15 Premier League goals whilst Sunderland were destroyed 7-1 in November which is the club’s joint-biggest Premier League victory.

 

2008-2009

Despite limits on resources, Everton broke their transfer record in late August to acquire the talents of Marouane Fellaini from Standard Liege for £15 million. A difficult start to their home form meant Everton didn’t launch a top-four challenge. Louis Saha’s late winner over Fulham in November galvanised their domestic season. Everton finished fifth for the second successive season.

 

2009-2010

Many key players were missing from Everton’s line-up in the first half of the season, with the likes of Mikel Arteta, Phil Jagielka and Yakubu missing due to long-term injuries. This played a part in a tricky start to the season. Everton were just 16th at Christmas and only two points clear of relegation danger.

However, they were one of the form sides in the second half of the season, losing just two of their last 24 matches. This included impressive victories over Chelsea and Manchester United. Everton finished in eighth place. Their slow start ensured European football would elude them for the following season.

 

2010-2011

Traditional slow starters Everton failed to win a top-flight game until early October when they beat Birmingham City 2-0. There was a memorable Derby victory over Liverpool FC and a fourth successive victory at Eastlands against Manchester City but these were three of just four victories in the first half of the season. Again, form improved after Christmas with just two losses from their last 12 matches to ensure a final finishing position of seventh.

 

2011-2012

Everton’s Premier League campaign was delayed by a week due to the London riots forcing a postponement of their scheduled starting match at Tottenham Hotspur. Again, they made a slow start but a nine-game unbeaten sequence at the end of the season ensured back-to-back seventh place finishes. Even better for the supporters was the rarity of finishing above Liverpool FC in the final standings, even though the Reds won both Merseyside Derby encounters. The winter arrival of Nikica Jelavic boosted the team and he scored nine times, including twice in a 4-4 draw at Old Trafford in April.

 

2012-2013

2012-2013 was a very consistent season for Everton, who began with a tremendous 1-0 victory over Manchester United with an inspired display from Marouane Fellaini. Two stoppage-time goals defeated Tottenham Hotspur in December and reigning champions Manchester City were beaten 2-0 in March. Everton finished in sixth position and above Liverpool in the table for the second successive season.

However, too many draws and a horrible display in the FA Cup quarter-finals which saw them lose 3-0 to Wigan Athletic saw many supporters disappointed. On 9th May, David Moyes confirmed he would be leaving after 11 years at the helm as manager. He was taking the vacancy being created by Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement at Manchester United.

 

2013-2014

For the first time since 2002, Everton started a Premier League campaign without David Moyes as their manager. Roberto Martinez filled the vacancy and believed Everton could qualify for the UEFA Champions League within three years. They nearly achieved it in his successful first season. Everton finished with their highest points tally (72) and a fifth-place finish.

Martinez inspired Everton to their best sequence of results in their Premier League history with a run of seven successive victories before a 3-2 home loss to Crystal Palace which meant their chances of beating Arsenal to fourth place all but disappeared. There was a joyous league double over Manchester United and a home success over Chelsea too. Romelu Lukaku made an immediate mark in his debut season as an Everton player. On-loan from Chelsea, Lukaku finished with 15 goals and would join permanently in the summer.

 

2014-2015

After all the promise and excitement of Martinez’s debut campaign, Everton showed a huge degree of inconsistency in 2014-2015. By the end of the calendar year, they had the second worst defensive record in the league and had made the most individual errors resulting in goals in Europe’s top five leagues. The Toffees finished in a disappointing 11th place and a massive 25 points off their final 2013-2014 tally.

 

2015-2016

Despite reaching the semi-finals of both domestic cup competitions, league form again failed to sparkle for Everton. There were some better results. Steven Naismith came off the bench to score a hat-trick in an early season 3-1 victory over champions Chelsea and Arouna Kone also recorded a treble in a 6-2 beating of Sunderland in November.

Too many draws and a dreadful home record blighted Everton’s challenge for a top six finish. After the Sunderland victory, just four more home triumphs were recorded and 55 goals were leaked as mistakes from the previous season weren’t learned from.

A Merseyside Derby mauling at Anfield in April really cranked up the pressure on Martinez and after a similar kind of display in a 3-0 loss to Sunderland, Bill Kenwright had little option but to sack him before the final game of the season. For the second successive campaign, Everton finished only 11th.

 

2016-2017

Ronald Koeman was chosen as Martinez’s successor as he left Southampton and Everton made some radical improvements to finish seventh and a whopping 15 points clear of the rest of the pack. Unfortunately, they were eight points shy of sixth-placed Manchester United which meant they were almost in their own division.

Lukaku became the club’s highest all-time Premier League top goalscorer and finished with 25 goals, only denied the Golden Boot by a final week masterclass from Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who scored eight times in his last three matches. In fact, Everton never relinquished seventh place in the table after a Boxing Day victory at outgoing champions Leicester City.

 

2017-2018

Money was thrown at a real push for the top four positions with Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane and Gylfi Sigurdsson among the new arrivals. There was also an emotional return for Wayne Rooney, who returned to the club in a deal which saw Romelu Lukaku depart in the other direction for Manchester United.

Rooney began well with the winner at home to Stoke City on the opening day, followed by his 200th Premier League strike in a draw with Manchester City. Two months later though, Ronald Koeman was out of a job. Everton won just two matches in their first nine games and slipped into the bottom three after a 5-2 humbling by Arsenal at Goodison Park. Kenwright axed Koeman 24 hours later.

After David Unsworth filled the position for a month in an interim spell and a prolonged chase for Marco Silva failed, the Toffees abandoned their ambitious approach and went back to basics. Sam Allardyce arrived at the helm and guided Everton away from any relegation danger. With four games left, they sit ninth in the table but a string of turgid displays away from Merseyside has left supporters unhappy. It remains unclear if Allardyce will start next season as the club’s manager.

Premier League Rewind: 7th-8th May 1993

Results: Arsenal 3-0 Crystal Palace, Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday, Coventry City 3-3 Leeds United, Ipswich Town 2-1 Nottingham Forest, Liverpool FC 6-2 Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City 2-5 Everton, Middlesbrough 3-3 Norwich City, Oldham Athletic 4-3 Southampton, Sheffield United 4-2 Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Aston Villa, Wimbledon 1-2 Manchester United

The final weekend of the very first FA Premier League season would be a record-breaking one with the highest total of goals scored ever during a top-flight weekend since the formation of the division. Incredibly, 53 goals found the back of the net in the 11 matches that took place. It was clear that some defences were already on holiday on this evidence!

With Manchester United already crowned as the maiden Premier League champions, the main attention was focused on the bottom of the table. Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough were already relegated, so just one spot was up for grabs and it was a straight shootout between Crystal Palace and Oldham Athletic.

The odds were in Palace’s favour. They only needed a point from their final match at Highbury against an Arsenal side who might have had one eye on an FA Cup final appearance in a week’s time. However, it all went wrong for Steve Coppell’s side. Ian Wright opened the scoring against his former employers after just nine minutes. Further late strikes from Paul Dickov and Kevin Campbell consigned Palace to a 3-0 defeat. They now required help from Southampton.

The Saints were at Boundary Park to play Oldham. Oldham had looked dead and buried a week earlier but shock wins over Aston Villa and Liverpool FC had given them genuine hope of beating the drop. Another win here and they would be playing Premier League football in 1993-1994. It looked very good after 64 minutes. Goals from Neil Pointon, Ian Olney, Andy Ritchie and Gunnar Halle had Oldham 4-1 ahead. Matt Le Tissier was not going to make it easy though. He almost single-handily dragged Southampton back into the match with a hat-trick. Oldham manager Joe Royle was racing upstairs and downstairs every couple of minutes as the tension increased during the afternoon.

Oldham held on though for a priceless three points which ensured they stayed up on goal difference. Crystal Palace were relegated and Coppell resigned soon afterwards.

Another manager under pressure was Liverpool FC’s Graeme Souness. He was a mysterious absentee from the club’s final home match of an underwhelming season against Tottenham Hotspur. The official reason given by the club was he was on a ‘scouting mission.’ Ronnie Moran took control on the day and the players responded well, thumping Tottenham 6-2. There were two goals apiece for John Barnes and Ian Rush. Teddy Sheringham’s consolation meant he would win the Golden Boot in the first Premier League season. Tottenham would change managers in the close season, with playing legend Ossie Ardiles appointed that summer, whilst Liverpool did stick with Souness until January 1994.

Manchester United closed their season out 24 hours after the majority of the other teams had played. They beat Wimbledon 2-1 at Selhurst Park, with skipper Bryan Robson scoring their final goal of the league season. They would finish 10 points clear of Aston Villa, who lost 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers to ensure they lost their final three games of the season. That win for QPR ensured they would finish in fifth spot and were London’s top club. This was a marvellous achievement for Gerry Francis.

One manager bowing out completely was Brian Clough. His final game in management was at Portman Road and he exited with a defeat. Despite a penalty from his son, Nigel Clough, Nottingham Forest lost 2-1 to Ipswich Town to ensure they finished bottom of the table. Elsewhere, Peter Beagrie scored twice as Everton finished a lacklustre season on a real high, winning 5-2 away at Manchester City and Tim Sherwood’s header beat Sheffield Wednesday at Ewood Park. Blackburn Rovers finished fourth in their first season after promotion from the Second Division.

What else happened in May 1993?

  • Kenneth Clarke is appointed as the new Chancellor of the Exchequer after Norman Lamont’s sacking following Black Wednesday.
  • Ireland wins the Eurovision Song Contest with “In Your Eyes,” performed by Niamh Kavanagh.
  • Eritrea gains independence from Ethiopia and becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • Inflation in the UK reaches a 29-year low of 1.3%.
  • After 10 years, ITV drops the popular teatime gameshow ‘Blockbusters.’ It will be revived on four separate occasions by Sky One, BBC Two and Challenge before disappearing for good in 2012.
  • Matthew Kelly becomes the new host of the ITV programme, ‘Stars in Their Eyes.’ He will continue to front the show for the next 10 years.

The Clubs: Oldham Athletic

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
84 22 23 39 105 142 -37 89 2

 

Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
Mike Milligan 81
Richard Jobson 77
Paul Bernard 65
Gunnar Halle 64
Steve Redmond 64
Craig Fleming 61
Neil Pointon 58
Graeme Sharp 55
Nick Henry 54
Neil Adams 45

 

Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Graeme Sharp 16
Ian Olney 13
Paul Bernard 9
Neil Adams 9
Darren Beckford 9
Richard Jobson 7
Gunnar Halle 6
Nick Henry 6
Rick Holden 6
Andy Ritchie 4

 

Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Oldham Athletic 6-2 Wimbledon 3rd April 1993 1992-1993
Oldham Athletic 4-1 Middlesbrough 28th November 1992 1992-1993
Oldham Athletic 4-1 Queens Park Rangers 2nd April 1994 1993-1994
Oldham Athletic 5-3 Nottingham Forest 22nd August 1992 1992-1993
Oldham Athletic 4-2 Ipswich Town 19th September 1992 1992-1993
Oldham Athletic 3-1 Chelsea 6th February 1993 1992-1993
Southampton 1-3 Oldham Athletic 30th March 1994 1993-1994
Oldham Athletic 4-3 Southampton 8th May 1993 1992-1993
Middlesbrough 2-3 Oldham Athletic 22nd March 1993 1992-1993
Oldham Athletic 3-2 Liverpool FC 5th May 1993 1992-1993

 

Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Oldham Athletic 18th September 1993 1993-1994
Wimbledon 5-2 Oldham Athletic 12th December 1992 1992-1993
Oldham Athletic 2-5 Manchester United 29th December 1993 1993-1994
Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Oldham Athletic 17th April 1993 1992-1993
Manchester United 3-0 Oldham Athletic 21st November 1992 1992-1993
Coventry City 3-0 Oldham Athletic 23rd January 1993 1992-1993
Oldham Athletic 0-3 Ipswich Town 14th August 1993 1993-1994
Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Oldham Athletic 24th November 1993 1993-1994
Oldham Athletic 0-3 Liverpool FC 15th January 1994 1993-1994
Wimbledon 3-0 Oldham Athletic 26th April 1994 1993-1994

 

Managers

Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
Joe Royle 2 10th November 1994

 

Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Oldham Athletic 1-0 Manchester United 9th March 1993 17,106 1992-1993
Oldham Athletic 2-5 Manchester United 29th December 1993 16,708 1993-1994
Oldham Athletic 0-0 Manchester City 26th March 1994 16,464 1993-1994
Oldham Athletic 3-2 Liverpool FC 5th May 1993 15,381 1992-1993
Oldham Athletic 0-1 Manchester City 26th January 1993 14,903 1992-1993
Oldham Athletic 1-1 Sheffield United 13th April 1993 14,795 1992-1993
Oldham Athletic 1-1 Sheffield United 3rd May 1994 14,779 1993-1994
Oldham Athletic 4-3 Southampton 8th May 1993 14,597 1992-1993
Oldham Athletic 0-3 Liverpool FC 15th January 1994 14,573 1993-1994
Oldham Athletic 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur 5th May 1994 14,283 1993-1994

 

Intro

Oldham Athletic were one of the smaller clubs in the first two seasons of the Premier League. The Latics did have the advantage of an intimidating atmosphere at Boundary Park and a pitch that often caught out the best players. Joe Royle spent 12 years at the helm, guiding them to the FA Cup semi-finals in 1990 and 1994 and ensuring a final day survival in the Premier League in dramatic circumstances in 1993.

 

1992-1993

Oldham Athletic were starting their second successive season in the top-flight and made a solid start, sitting in mid-table after 11 games. Always looking suspect at the back, they provided plenty of goals going forwards – testified by a 5-3 victory in August over Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest.

A narrow 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday started a worrying run of six defeats in eight matches as Joe Royle’s men started to plummet down the table. Despite a 1-0 win against Manchester United in early March, Oldham were bottom of the table with just 10 games left to play.

Back-to-back victories over Middlesbrough and Wimbledon did briefly rekindle hope but with three games left, Oldham were in the drop zone and looking very unlikely to avoid relegation. To stay up, they had to win their final three matches. First up was a trip to title-chasing Aston Villa, who needed the win themselves. Nick Henry scored the only goal to stun Villa Park and ensure a first league title in 27 years for Oldham’s local rivals, Manchester United.

Three days later, Liverpool FC were beaten 3-2 at Boundary Park but going into the final day, another win was required at home to Southampton, whilst hoping Crystal Palace were beaten at Highbury by Arsenal. Oldham led 4-1 midway through the second half and despite Matt Le Tissier chalking up a hat-trick, they held on for a 4-3 victory which was enough to keep them up on goal difference. Palace lost 3-0 to Arsenal, finishing with a -13 goal difference compared to Oldham’s -11.

Although they had the second leakiest defence in the division, Oldham’s tally of 63 goals scored in the season was only bettered by Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers.

 

1993-1994

The 1993-1994 season began with the sudden departure of fans’ favourite Ian Marshall to Ipswich Town. Typically, Marshall came back to Boundary Park on the opening day and scored as Ipswich won 3-0. Oldham won 1–0 at newly-promoted Swindon Town in their next match, but a 10-match winless run which included five draws followed including their heaviest Premier League loss – 5-0 to Tottenham Hotspur in September.

It was clear it was going to be another tight squeeze against relegation. Wins over Chelsea and high-flying Norwich City kept the Latics in touch with the pack going into 1994 and there were some decent results at the turn of the year too. League doubles against Southampton and Chelsea were achieved and Queens Park Rangers were then beaten 4-1 on 2nd April.

Amidst the survival fight, they reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup and almost derailed Manchester United’s dream of a league and cup double until Mark Hughes’ late equaliser in extra-time at Wembley which forced a replay. United won the rerun 4-1 and that Hughes goal seemed to take the life out of Oldham’s legs. They failed to win any of their last eight matches and relegation was officially confirmed on the final day after drawing with Norwich.

The Managers: Joe Royle

Premier League Clubs Managed: Oldham Athletic (1992-1994), Everton (1994-1997), Manchester City (2000-2001)

He achieved great success on limited resources at Oldham Athletic and got Manchester City back into the top-flight in 2000. However, Joe Royle’s name will forever be linked with Everton. As a player, he was one the club’s greatest goalscorers. As a manager, his ‘Dogs of War’ approach got some great results out of the players, achieving a top-six finish in 1996. Royle is currently the last Everton manager to win silverware too when he side defeated Manchester United 1-0 in 1995 to lift the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium.

Making his mark as a Toffee player

Manchester United were actually interested in signing Royle before he made his Everton bow in 1966. At the tender age of 16, he made his debut for the Toffees against Blackpool. It was a proud record he would hold for almost 40 years until James Vaughan surpassed it when he featured for the first-team in April 2005.

He scored 102 goals for Everton across eight seasons, finishing as the club’s top marksman in five successive seasons. He won the league championship with the Merseysiders in 1970, scoring 23 goals along the way, only narrowly missing out on the Golden Boot to West Bromwich Albion great Jeff Astle.

In 1974, he left Goodison Park behind to join Manchester City and added the League Cup to his list of playing honours in 1976. Further spells followed at Bristol City and Norwich City before retirement in 1982, aged 33 due to a knee injury. Royle won six England caps between 1971 and 1977, scoring twice. However, he never played at a major tournament as the 1970s was a period where England lost their way in the international spectrum.

Getting the maximum out at Oldham

Royle went straight into management once his playing days ended, taking the reins at Oldham Athletic. He spent a phenomenal 12 years at Boundary Park, making them a cup specialist side and also guiding them into the First Division in 1991 and therefore, a place in the newly-formed Premier League a year later.

Oldham reached Wembley Stadium in 1990 as a Second Division side but lost the League Cup final to Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest. Later that year, the Latics made the semi-finals of the FA Cup and drew 3-3 in the first tie at Maine Road with Manchester United. The Red Devils would win the replay. Four years later, the sequel took place at Wembley and Royle’s side were within moments of beating the dominant team in the country until a dramatic extra-time equaliser by Mark Hughes took this game to a semi-final replay too. Again, Alex Ferguson’s side were simply too powerful in the return, winning 4-1 and they would play Chelsea in the final.

Oldham were a favourite with many supporters outside of their own fans. Their cavalier style made them a very entertaining watch and their pitch was always a real challenge to play on. Joe’s exploits at Oldham even had him on a three-man shortlist for the England national job when Bobby Robson announced he was quitting after Italia 90. Royle would ultimately miss out on the position to the Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor. Considering what happened to Taylor, maybe it was a blessing in disguise.

Among the players who worked under Royle were Graeme Sharp who had been part of the Everton team that enjoyed success in the late 1980s, left-back Denis Irwin and right-back Earl Barrett. Both Barrett and Irwin were sold in the early 1990s for far bigger sums of money than they arrived for. Oldham were often seen as a selling club but often made decent profits for their transactions.

After a 17th place finish in the last season of the First Division before the formation of the Premier League, Oldham survived on the final day of the first Premier League campaign courtesy of goal difference. A 4-3 win over Southampton was enough to keep them in the division at the expense of Crystal Palace. Survival was always the priority for Oldham but they lost the battle in 1993-1994. They went down on the final day at Norwich, failing to win any of their last eight matches that season.

In November 1994, a new challenge awaited Joe. He took charge of 608 games in the manager’s post at Oldham, achieving an impressive win ratio of 37%.

Lifting the Goodison gloom

When he arrived back at Everton as the boss, the club were in dire straits. They were bottom of the FA Carling Premiership and had endured their worst start in their history. Everton had achieved only one league victory all term and Mike Walker had been sacked after a hideous 10 months in-charge.

Royle’s first match was a Merseyside Derby against a revitalised Liverpool FC side and there was an immediate bounce. Second half goals from Duncan Ferguson and Paul Rideout steered Everton to a 2-0 victory and lifted them off the bottom of the table. In fact, he would remain unbeaten in five Merseyside Derbies as Toffees manager.

Another win followed days later at Chelsea and Everton didn’t concede a goal in his first five matches in the job. With four clubs going down in 1994-1995, Everton remained in the drop zone until February when a trademark Ferguson header beat Manchester United at Goodison Park. Royle spearheaded the club towards safety, losing just one of their last 11 matches in the process. There would be a real silver lining to the season too.

Everton had reached the latter stages of the FA Cup, having scrapped their way to the semi-finals. Dave Watson’s header had put Newcastle United out in the quarter-finals but many expected a Tottenham Hotspur side with the likes of Jurgen Klinsmann, Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton in their ranks to brush the Merseysiders aside at Elland Road. Arguably, this was Everton’s best performance in the Royle managerial era. They dispatched Tottenham 4-1 to reach the final, where they’d play Manchester United in a repeat of the 1985 final.

In the final, a counter-attacking goal settled the match in Everton’s favour. Graham Stuart’s shot hit the crossbar and fell kindly for Rideout to nod home the only goal of the game. The 1995 FA Cup remains Everton’s last piece of silverware.

League progress followed in 1995-1996, despite Ferguson being jailed for a month for an offence he committed whilst playing in Scottish football with Rangers. Everton finished sixth in the table and only missed out on a second successive term playing European football courtesy of a late Dennis Bergkamp goal that ensured Arsenal beat Bolton Wanderers to take the UEFA Cup spot for fifth place.

The 1996-1997 season was less convincing. Star player Andrei Kanchelskis was sold and Royle was not permitted to sign Norwegian players Tore Andre Flo and Claus Eftevaag by Chairman Peter Johnson. Royle resigned in March 1997 and would be succeeded for the rest of the season by club captain Watson on a caretaker basis.

Reviving Manchester City

After nearly a year away from the game, Joe accepted the challenge to revive the fortunes of Manchester City who were in desperate trouble and staring a second relegation in the face in just three seasons. He couldn’t save them from the drop to Division Two but won them promotion back to Division One at the first attempt in 1999 after an extraordinary play-off final victory over Tony Pulis’ Gillingham.

He guided them to back-to-back promotions and therefore, back to the promise land of the Premier League in 2000. However, the return to the Premier League was disappointing. Manchester City conceded too many goals and were relegated on 7th May 2001 after a 2-1 loss at Portman Road to high-flying Ipswich Town. Royle was told after the relegation his job was safe but two weeks later, the City board changed their mind and decided for a fresh approach.

He was sacked and ultimately replaced by Kevin Keegan for his first job since the end of his England reign. Joe’s final serious stint in management came at Ipswich Town where he guided them to successive play-off campaigns in the First Division between 2002 and 2006. However, they were beaten on both occasions in the semi-final stage by West Ham United and with many of Ipswich’s assets being sold to Premier League clubs, he stepped down after a disappointing 15th place finish in 2005-2006.

Since then, Royle has done some co-commentary work for BBC and Channel Five and had a brief stint as a football consultant at Norwich City. He returned to his club, Everton, in July 2014, working alongside former player David Unsworth as they oversaw the youth development at the club. He even returned to the dugout on the final day of the 2015-2016 Premier League season, assisting Unsworth to a victory over Norwich following the dismissal of Roberto Martinez. He stepped down from his role with the club in December 2017.

Joe Royle was a strong performer as a player and revived Everton’s flagging fortunes in the mid-1990s. He enjoyed his time as a manager too and succeeded in winning silverware at Goodison Park whereas the likes of Moyes, Martinez and Koeman did not.

Premier League Files: Richard Dunne

Premier League Career: Everton (1997-2000), Manchester City (2000-2001, 2002-2009), Aston Villa (2009-2013), Queens Park Rangers (2014-2015)

Richard Dunne is a Premier League veteran, having featured in the top-flight 431 times for the likes of Everton, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers. His most successful time was in the colours of Manchester City, featuring nearly 300 times for the club, departing just before the club’s rich success under the Abu Dhabi United Group.

Dunne began his Premier League journey at Everton, signing schoolboy forms in 1995 and been given his debut at this level by Joe Royle at the age of just 17. Being a youngster meant mischief was bound to follow and he was disciplined by the club for two separate off-field incidents during Walter Smith’s reign. In 1999, it looked like he was going to join Wimbledon but the move fell through at the last minute and the man from Dublin stuck it out at Goodison Park into the millennium.

After 60 appearances for the Merseysiders, a move for Richard was probably best for all parties. Back in the top-flight after back-to-back promotions, Manchester City was the perfect destination where the man who had given him his Premier League debut, Joe Royle, was now in the dugout at Maine Road. £3.5 million was paid to Everton and he would start a nine-year stint at Eastlands.

Relegation was a setback in 2001 but the Irish international stuck with the club under Kevin Keegan’s tenure and helped the club back into the Premier League at the first attempt. Like at Everton, some indiscretions off-the-field led to trouble and in 2003, he was even suspended by the club for these incidents. It was at this stage that saw Dunne turnaround his career which was in danger of completely petering out. He went on a serious fitness regime programme, won back his place in both his club and country set-ups and started to set an example for the youngsters in the side. He learned from his bad experiences and therefore, that made him a decent person for the youth stars at City to listen to.

His best spell at the club came before the huge money came into the place. Richard won the Manchester City Player of the Year award for four successive seasons; becoming the first player in the club’s history to achieve this. With Sylvain Distin on the verge of leaving for Portsmouth in 2006, Stuart Pearce handed Dunne the captain’s armband. It was a huge honour that he would hold for three seasons. In January 2007, his teammate Micah Richards gave him high praise, saying: “Ever since I’ve come to this club Richard has just been quality. I play with him week in, week out and I think he’s one of the best players I’ve played with. I’ve played with John Terry and Rio Ferdinand in the England squad but Richard is right up there with them.”

He did set some unwanted history in January 2009. A red card against Wigan Athletic was his eighth Premier League dismissal, equalling a record jointly-held by Duncan Ferguson and Patrick Vieira. When Kolo Toure and Joleon Lescott arrived at the Etihad Stadium in the summer of 2009, he knew his time was coming to an end at the club. Aston Villa snapped him up in the closing days of that summer window for a fee of £5 million.

In October 2009, Villa played City at Villa Park and the teams shared the points in a 1-1 draw. Dunne scored the opening goal that night and was applauded by his former supporters for not celebrating the goal; a trait that has become fairly common in recent times across the game. He had a great first season in the Midlands. Dunne scored one of the goals in a victory over eventual champions Chelsea and was voted into the PFA Team of the Year.

That would be the peak of his career. Injuries and a loss of form followed and he was released by Villa in 2013. After one more Premier League campaign which ended with relegation in 2015 at Queens Park Rangers, Richard hung up his boots and he now does some occasional punditry work for BT Sport whilst spending his time living in the streets of Monte Carlo with his wife and two children.

Richard Dunne was a committed, fierce and combative defender who was unlucky to be playing for Manchester City in a period when they were still widely considered as the sleeping giants of English football.

Shock Results: Aston Villa 0-1 Oldham Athletic (May 1993)

Goalscorers: Nick Henry 29

Teams:

Aston Villa: Mark Bosnich, Paul McGrath, Steve Staunton, Shaun Teale, Earl Barrett, Kevin Richardson, Garry Parker (Tony Daley 61), Ray Houghton, Dwight Yorke, Dalian Atkinson, Dean Saunders

Oldham Athletic: Paul Gerrard, Steve Redmond, Craig Fleming, Richard Jobson, Gunnar Halle, Neil Pointon, Mike Milligan, Paul Bernard, Nick Henry, Ian Olney, Darren Beckford

Referee: David Allison, Attendance: 37,247

Aston Villa went into their penultimate match of the 1992-1993 season still harbouring hopes of winning the inaugural Premier League title. However, they had to beat struggling Oldham Athletic to stand any hope of catching Manchester United. Any other result and the championship would return to Old Trafford after a 26-year absence.

They were facing an Oldham side that looked dead and buried in the battle to survive. They required three wins from their last three matches to even have a hope of catching Crystal Palace or Sheffield United. The mathematics looked against Joe Royle’s side. However, no game of football has ever been written on just a piece of paper.

It was a sunny but gusty afternoon in the Midlands and it was the visitors’ who made the brighter start. Young goalkeeper Mark Bosnich, preferred to the veteran Nigel Spink was forced to make a great save after 14 minutes when facing Oldham’s Ian Olney in a one-on-one situation. The chance came from his scuffed goal-kick but he did well to make amends. Royle’s side were showing no fear despite their precarious situation in the table and deservedly took the lead in the 29th minute.

A long-ball was played up the park. Full-back Gunnar Halle had pushed forward and managed to beat Steve Staunton in the air. As Villa’s centre-backs went AWOL, Darren Beckford raced onto the knockdown. His control wasn’t great but fortunately for him and Latics’ supporters, Nick Henry had tracked the ball and scored across Bosnich’s bows to stun Villa Park.

It woke Villa up from their slumbers. Dean Saunders was desperately unlucky with a free-kick three minutes later that smashed the crossbar with Oldham goalie Paul Gerrard completely stranded. Seconds later, the former Liverpool FC forward had a volley cleared off-the-line from a corner.

As the game progressed though, Oldham started to look more comfortable. Heroic displays from the likes of Richard Jobson and Craig Fleming helped them towards a rare clean sheet. Villa’s usual creative spark was evidently missing. Ron Atkinson admitted afterwards that he had toyed with the idea of throwing some of the youngsters into the spotlight before electing to stick with the trusted combination that had got them so close, yet so far.

On the final whistle, it was Manchester United fans celebrating. Their Greater Manchester rivals had just ended their title drought and the party could begin at Old Trafford. For the record, Oldham won their final two matches and survived on the final day at the expense of Crystal Palace.

Premier League Files: Neville Southall

Premier League Career: Everton (1992-1998), Bradford City (2000)

Neville Southall had a proud and distinguished career in football and whilst he achieved his main honours before the Premier League began in 1992, that doesn’t take away the impact he had guarding the posts at Everton for the best part of 17 seasons.

He was voted as Everton’s all-time cult hero in December 2004, was selected as the goalkeeper choice for four years in a row in the PFA Team of the Year during the 1980s, won two championships and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1985. His performances during Everton’s trophy-laden 1984-1985 season saw Neville crowned as Player of the Season by the Football Writers’.

He was renowned for his ability in coming off the goal-line and smothering the space for attackers. His agility couldn’t be questioned and even in his later years, could still produce remarkable saves that others could only dream of.

By the time the Premier League was formed in 1992, Neville had already been an Everton stalwart for 11 years and the club in general had seen far better and healthier days. He was part of the squad that only just about survived relegation in the 1993-1994 season. In the final match of the campaign against Wimbledon, Southall showed his leadership qualities by taking the ball and hinting that he would face up to the pressure and take the spot-kick that would get the Toffees back into the game. Eventually, Graham Stuart plucked up the courage to take the responsibility and fortunately, he scored.

Southall’s performances were still consistent, even if they weren’t quite at the level he was displaying a decade earlier but even he suffered a decline in his form in the early weeks of the 1994-1995 campaign. Everton went 12 games without a win at the start of the season and Southall later admitted that after a confrontation from a fan after a home defeat, he was subject to death threats. Things improved when Mike Walker was sacked in November and by the end of the season, Everton had survived relegation under the guidance of Joe Royle and won the FA Cup. The season also saw Southall take a record of appearing in the Merseyside Derby more times than any other player. Everton’s 2-0 victory over their neighbours in November 1994 was his 35th appearance in the fixture.

He remained an ever-present during the next campaign which Everton finished sixth. However, Royle saw the goalkeeper spot as an area where the team could improve and Neville would have slipped down the pecking order if a deal to sign Nigel Martyn from Crystal Palace could go through. The move collapsed and Southall remained Everton’s no.1 goalie but Royle was desperate to strengthen in this position.

In 1996-1997, he was dropped after a run of six successive defeats from the Christmas programme onwards. Despite his uncomfortable relationship with the manager, Southall continued to support Joe Royle in the media but when Royle resigned in March 1997, he received the support of caretaker boss and fellow long stalwart Dave Watson. He was put back in the team to steer the Toffees’ to another uncomfortable survival.

His final appearance for Everton came in November 1997 during a 2-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. Howard Kendall offered him a coaching role in the aftermath of the game but Southall rejected the offer, insisting he still could offer something to a club looking for a goalkeeper to play professional matches.

He made 53 appearances for Torquay United between 1998 and 2000 but had one final Premier League fling for Bradford City. When all three of Bradford’s senior goalkeepers sustained injuries at the same time, Southall played for the Bantams in a Yorkshire derby against Leeds United in March 2000. He became the fourth oldest player in Premier League history, at the age of 41 years and 178 days.

After retiring from the game in 2002, Neville worked as a coach and occasional manager in the non-league. His last role was eight years ago, as a caretaker manager for Margate. In 2012, he released his autobiography, “The Binman Chronicles” which was the sixth bestselling football book of the year.

Neville Southall saw it all and achieved many great things during a wonderful playing career. He gave so much service to Everton, achieving league titles and seeing the darker period at the start of the 1990s. He certainly made his mark between the goalposts on Merseyside.