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60 Greatest Everton Players: #48. Andy King
by Ed Bottomley

(1976-80, 1982-84) 247 appearances, 68 goals

An effervescent and skillful attacking force, Andy King first came to Goodison in 1976 as a £35,000 signing from Luton Town. None of his 68 net-bulgers were more memorable than his volleyed goal against the old enemy in October 1978, which has gone down in Goodison lore.

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.

King had exquisite technique and a huge heart, and the only regret from Evertonians is that he didn’t truly fulfill his massive potential.

 

Written by Ed Bottomley

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

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