Friday, 15 May 2009

Guest blog - Everton go back for the future

It became one of Everton football club’s most iconic kits thanks to the fantastic achievements of the players who wore it. Now for Everton’s new strip for the 2009/10 season the club has decided to re-create their famous shirt from 1983-5 to mark the 25th anniversary of their most successful season.

The kit will be again made by Le Coq Sportif and just like the 1983-85 shirt will feature a distinctive white V-neck. The main difference in the shirt will be the modern badge, which was last updated in 2000 with the introduction of the year 1878 – the year the club was founded – either side of the crest. It will also feature the name of current club sponsor Chang Beer.

In those incredibly successful seasons for Everton the club won the FA Cup in 1983-84 beating Watford 2-0 in the Wembley final. The following season they won the English First Division title and beat Rapid Vienna to lift the European Cup Winners Cup trophy. The Toffees also reached the FA Cup final that year but their treble hopes were dashed thanks to an extra time strike by Norman Whiteside of Manchester United.

Notable players who wore the shirt included England stars Peter Reid and Trevor Steven. While the Scottish double act of Graeme Sharp and Andy Gray formed a formidable partnership upfront. Other players included captain Kevin Ratcliffe, Gary Stevens Pat Van Den Hauwe and Adrian Heath.

For Everton fans the most famous game in which the players wore the shirt was the Cup Winners Cup semi-final against Bayern Munich in April 1985. After a 0-0 draw in Germany Bayern took a first half lead in the return game at Goodison Park. But Howard Kendall’s side stormed back in the second half with goals from Gray Sharp and Steven sealing the victory and a place in the final.

Toffee fans will hope the new kit can inspire the modern day side to the heights achieved in the mid-eighties. The club has made a steady improvement under boss David Moyes and are set for a.....

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