ROTTERDAM 1985-MICHAEL KONSEL (RAPID VIENNA)  – Steve Zocek

ROTTERDAM 1985-MICHAEL KONSEL (RAPID VIENNA) – Steve Zocek

Everton’s only success in Europe came on 15th May 1985 at the De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam. Everton’s passage to the final could have faltered at the first hurdle with a two-legged affair with the Irish part-timers University College Dublin providing the opposition. Graeme Sharp, Everton’s saviour that night with the winning goal, once said that it was the trickiest tie of all the rounds to the final, stating that Everton could so easily have been knocked out, with the woodwork saving Everton. Had the ball gone in UCD would have had a priceless away goal. With Inter Bratislava, Fortuna Sittard, and the giants Bayern Munich failing to stop Everton in their tracks to Rotterdam from September to May. I have always been fascinated about what the opposition from the Austrian capital Vienna and their green and white army Rapid thought of Everton, and that final in May. Having made several attempts to speak with the stars from Rapid...
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DAVIE WILSON THE FIRST £100,000 EVERTON PLAYER – ALMOST – Steve Zocek

Davie Wilson played for Glasgow Rangers from 1956 until 1967. During that time, he made 373 appearances for the Ibrox club. Davie was an outside left who could play anywhere and he wasn’t shy in front of goal either, finding the net 157 times. This included six goals in one game against Falkirk in 1962 which is still a post-war record. Unbeknown to me previously, he caught the eye of Everton when in 1962 he was approached by the Merseyside outfit. Jimmy Greaves at the time was the British record transfer with a fee of £99,999 from AC Milan to Tottenham Hotspurs. Tottenham manager Bill Nicholson didn’t want Jimmy to be the first £100,000 player as he thought the fee might put pressure on him. I caught up with this sprightly 80-year-old to find out about the interest from Everton, and why the move didn’t happen. ‘I was attending to my pigeons in the pigeon loft next...
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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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