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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Clarence Berry, the Rugby Playing Goalkeeper of Everton – Tony Onslow

Clarence Berry, the Rugby Playing Goalkeeper of Everton – Tony Onslow

Clarence Herbert Berry,  Reported to be around 6-foot-tall, was the first man to sign for Everton having previously played Rugby League football at senior level. He had been born, 4th of October 1886, and was the 4th child of Frank and Alice who then ran a Grocery Business on Buick Street in Warrington. Berry had begun to serve an apprenticeship as a Pattern Maker when he began his football career, playing under association rules, for a local amateur team with the name of Warrington Albion. He then switched codes and signed for Warrington Rugby League club on their home at Wilderspool. Clarence Berry made his debut on the 25 of February 1905 in a home game against Swinton where his second half penalty kick won the game for his side. He made another 6 appearances but was not selected to face Hull Kingston Rovers in Rugby League Cup final at Leeds. Warrington lifted the trophy, for the first time,...
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