MARTIN MURRAY “THE NEW GEORGE BEST” – Interview by Steve Zocek November 2018

Martin Murray was signed by Everton from Irish club Home Farm in December of 1975 at the age of 16. Billy Bingham the manager who signed him, labelled him as the new George Best. Unfortunately, Martin was unlucky with injuries and failed to make the first team. I have been fascinated with trying to find Martin for a few years, but with much homework, I managed to locate him out in Denmark. We spent time chatting about the days he spent at Goodison, which has left a lasting impression on him, as he is now an Evertonian. Martin continues to tell his story. What happened was I was playing my football in Ireland, and broke into the senior team of Home Farm at the age of 16 and a ½. It seemed to take off from there. The newspapers went ballistic as they had dubbed me the new George Best. It’s hard to imagine for the people nowadays with social media...
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BLUE ECHO INTERVIEWS STEVE MELLEDEW – Steve Zocek

DATE; AUGUST 2018     Steve Melledew appears on many Everton team photographs with the league championship trophy in 1970. Unfortunately, Steve never made a first team appearance, but never regretted the opportunity of a dream move to Everton from fourth division Rochdale. I caught up with Steve to talk of his move, and what it was like sharing the company of so many household names.   When I was at Rochdale (Pictured Below 2nd row first on left) , we were on a roll, which eventually lead to promotion. In the early stages of the season we were struggling. In fact, we were fourth from bottom at Christmas! However, after the Christmas period, we put it all together and started to show signs of progress and climb the table. Our last game of the campaign was away at Stockport County on the Friday night and a game we had to win and we did indeed win by three goals to one. Everton manager Harry Catterick...
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FA Cup Games at Goodison park ( without the Blues)- Steve Zocek

  The victorious Notts County team pose with the FA Cup. Photo: PA FA Cup Finals On 31st March 1894 Two years after construction, Goodison Park was chosen by the Football Association to host to hold an FA Cup Final, Notts County beat Bolton Wanderers, watched by crowd of 37,000. County running out 4 goals to 1 winner The Magpies were a Second Division club at this point, but Logan did not let this deter him, scoring 21 goals in 21 games and guiding the club to their first FA Cup Final. To get there, Notts eliminated three clubs from the First Division, including Nottingham Forest, who they beat 4-1 in a replay, and so they lined up to face Bolton at Goodison Park. In front of 37,000 people, Notts were done and dusted by the 70th minute as Arthur Watson opened the scoring in the 18th minute before Logan struck in the 29th, 67th and 70th minutes of the match - a feat managed by...
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EVERTON IN THE LEAGUE CUP AT GOODISON PARK – STEVE ZOCEK

The League Cup was introduced to the top four divisions in the 1960/61 season. For the first seven years the final was played over two legs (home and away), before being moved to Wembley in 1967. The competition has had many sponsors starting in the 1981/82 season when it was known as the Milk Cup until 1985/86. It then had a change of sponsorship as Littlewoods took over, then Rumbelows and many more. Everton’s first involvement saw them play their first and only game in the first round, drawn at home to Accrington Stanley. Evertonians didn’t appear to take the competition seriously as only 18,246 attended the game played on Wednesday 12th October 1960. A brace from Frank Wignall, and one from Jimmy Harris gave the home side a comfortable passage into the next round. Everton were fortunately drawn at home for the next two rounds defeating Walsall and Bury. A victory at Tranmere was followed by defeat at Shrewsbury Town in...
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