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Games That Shook Goodison: The Andy King Derby
by Ed Bottomley

Q:”Do you know where King’s Drive is?” A: “In the back of Clemence’s net.”

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Everton 1-0 Liverpool. 28th October 1978.

Afterwards, this game was to be known simply as “the Andy King Derby”. For Everton, it was a cathartic end to a terrible run of results against their local rivals…

Liverpool strutted into this match on top of the league and unbeaten in the derby since November 1971. Andy King changed all this; brilliantly ending the red dominance and seven years of hurt with a scorching 20-yard volley beyond a helpless Ray Clemence.

The 1-0 victory and King’s fantastic goal were greeted with wild celebrations, with an officious policeman bundling our hero away before he could talk to an eager reporter. Sadly, instead of sparking a challenge for the title, Everton hovered in second place before dropping to fourth in the league.

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Written by Ed Bottomley

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

3 Comments

Thats me second from the left in the 70s Everton shirt,so sad to hear the news Andy has passed away,one of my heroes and a true blue legend. RIP.

by Ray Burns on May 27, 2015 at 2:23 pm


I played football at school with him at marinate school. What a player! I remember walking up to him as he was sitting out a break time match ( unheard of!) and he looked unusually glum and he was always bubbly. I asked what was the matter ? The other kids had banned him as whichever side had him ALWAYS won the game ! Class apart.

by Tim Page on Sep 16, 2016 at 10:23 am


I played in the same Spurs youth team with Andy in 1970. He was a real cheeky chappy, bags of enthusiasm, loads of talent and a really great bloke. I wish I could have kept up with him.Andy went to Luton and I went to Brentford. I was terribly shocked, hurt and sorry to hear of his heart situation and his demise particularly as I suffered a HA earlier this year. My very best wishes to his family.
Cliff Green Northampton 10.12.17

by Cliff Green on Dec 10, 2017 at 4:49 pm


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