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Desert Island Kicks: Tony Evans
by Ed Bottomley

“Desert Island Kicks” is a pale imitation of the legendary “Desert Island Discs” format. I’m looking to nab answers from footie fans from all corners of the globe and all walks of life.

You’re stranded on a desert island, what footballing memories would you take with you? I want you to pick a game, shirt, goal, player and piece of turf from a stadium to take with you to a desert island, oh and you’re allowed one luxury too.

Tony Evans’ Twitter profile describes him thus: “Football Editor of The Times. Author of Far Foreign Land: Pride and passion the Liverpool way. Neutral in the paper, passionate on here. Football should be fun.” We’re chuffed to have him on Desert Island Kicks.

GAME:

I’d like to be inventive and pick a match no one’s seen, but I’d have to go for Istanbul in 2005. What’s great about it is that no matter how many times I watch it, I can’t see Liverpool winning. I always have a heart attack when Dudek gets in the way of Shevchenko’s effort. And I always forget that the penalty was saved and shriek before Alonso puts it in. And best part? I can listen to Andy Gray saying “That’s it, game over” again and again.

SHIRT:

Liverpool 70s round necked white away kit with yellow Liver Bird. It’s perfection.

GOAL:

Dalglish twisting through the United defence in 1979 to score in the FA Cup semi-final Maine Road. It reflected the time. We’re stylishly dressed in all yellow, very understated, while they’re wearing the woolliest shirt in their history. We had Dalglish, they had Greenhoff. How the hell did they beat us in the replay?

PLAYER:

Franz Carr. He could catch pigeons. So never go hungry. Or would I take a women player for an Oliver Reed style ‘Castaway’ experience? Mmmm…

PIECE OF TURF:

 Have to be the Kop goalmouth. Where Shankly walked and Dalglish flourished. So much pleasure from there

LUXURY:

A year’s worth of Jan Molby’s beer supply. I could see out the end of my days pleasantly sloshed

Written by Ed Bottomley

Everton fan exiled in Michigan. Duncan Ferguson obsessive, history buff, optimist. Follow me on Twitter @Dixies60

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