Everton 0-0 Inter Milan. 18th September 1963.
“As a player, it was terrific for me. There was a wonderful atmosphere in the game we had at Goodison. I think there were over 60,000 at the game and the memory of that night will stay with me for the rest of my life.” – Alex Young
In a draw which was strangely similar to David Moyes’ first foray into the Champions League, the Everton of 1963 were unlucky enough to face vastly experienced and wily European Cup opponents: Inter Milan. Managed by the legendary Helenio Herrera, a master of footballing feng shui described by writer Simon Kuper as “the man who taught the world how to play defensive football”, they were formidable and experienced. The Italians were accomplished defenders, taking Alex Young and Roy Vernon hostage – and doing it so well that the Everton strike force played like they were in the throes of Stockholm syndrome.
Everton managed to secure a 0-0 draw at Goodison, and even put the ball in the back of the net through a disallowed Vernon goal. It wasn’t enough. Herrera promised a thrashing in the return leg. A week later, Everton fought well but lost 1-0 at the San Siro in a game that featured the surprise inclusion of 18yr old Colin Harvey – who came close to scoring on his debut. Inter went on to win the European Cup, and in the coming years, Harvey’s skills would more than amend for this defeat.