We take a look at some of the best central defenders Everton Football Club has ever seen. Here’s my proposed top three;
Labone joined Everton at 17 in July 1957 and quickly became regarded as one of the best central defenders of his era, known for his strong tackling, speed, and ability in the air.
The Welsh international was made Everton captain by Howard Kendall in 1983 at the tender age of 23. Whilst captain, Ratcliffe led Everton to one of their most successful spells in the club’s history, winning the 1984 FA Cup Final, the League Championship in 1984–85 and1986–87 and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup 1984–85
Blistering pace and a remarkable reading of the game enabled Kevin Ratcliffe to become one of the best central defenders in the country. With strength and skills of leadership and a ferocious tackling ability to these attributes and you’ve got the complete defender
Watson’s proudest moment as team captain must be without doubt the lifting of the FA Cup in 1995. This victory was above all a tremendous defensive achievement, for which Watson takes a lot of credit. He was the inspirational leader of the complete underdogs – the so-called Dogs of War – and to come out victorious over the imperious Manchester United was a sweet pleasure. Watson was said to be grinning like a Cheshire cat and kept that precious Cup in his grasp all the way back to Merseyside.
Watson had a knack of scoring some significant goals along the way – with a quarter-final match-winner against Newcastle United. He also hammered the winning Goodison goal against Liverpool in 1991, in the fifth round of the same competition,
A few who witnessed it will orget a 25- yard exocet past the England goalkeeper David Seaman at Highbury in 1995 – with his left foot!
Of course, there has been plenty more. However, if you could choose just ONE to return and drag us out of the slump we’re in, who would it be and WHY?
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