Ian Snodin, an Everton favourite and title-winner with the club, knows all about massive games in the famous blue shirt. A mainstay of the side for the best part of seven years, Snodin took in some great occasions as an Everton player. Here, speaking exclusively to SportPesa, Snodin picks out his three favourite matches for the Toffees.
Everton v Sheffield Wednesday, January 1987
“This was my Everton debut and I was actually on the substitutes’ bench. I’d had the chance to sign for Liverpool before joining Everton, but Howard Kendall did a brilliant job of persuading me where my future was and once I signed I couldn’t wait to get started. Although it was my debut, the main reason I chose the game is the fact that I was coming up against my brother Glynn who was playing for Sheffield Wednesday.
It was quite emotional playing against him because we’d pretty much come up together all our lives and he was someone who was always there for me so to be against him on the pitch playing in my first game for a massive club like Everton made it extra special. I can’t remember who I came on for, but we won 2-0, so the result just made it the most perfect day all-round. Signing for Everton was a massive thing for me and walking onto the Goodison Park Pitch for the first time showed me how far I’d come.”
Everton v Wimbledon, May 1994
“Although I’ve won the league with Everton and been a part of so many games that brought this club success and great moments, the relief at winning against Wimbledon, to keep us in the Premier League, was a feeling I’ve never experienced before. I’ve been in an Everton side that was probably the best team in Europe but playing in this game and winning 3-2 to keep us up was one of the most important games of my life. I dread to think what might’ve happened if Everton would’ve gone down that season, but we showed some amazing spirit and just kept going.
At 2-0 down you start to think the worst and although you always keep going in a football match, two goals down in the early stages of a game is hard to come back from. Graham Stuart did well to get us back in it from the penalty spot and then Barry Horne hit the best strike of his career to get it back to 2-2. It was still out of our hands because of other teams above us, but we knew we had do our job and win. If we didn’t do that then we had no chance. Graham was on hand again to get us the lead and it was the win that kept us in the Premier League. Honestly, I’ve won a league title and I’ve stayed up on the last day and it’s the latter that felt the best because I was so worried about what might happen to the club.”
Norwich City v Everton, May 1987
“What a game this was for Everton supporters. I can’t remember the whole allocation we had at Carrow Road, but we basically had the bulk of their stadium and about another 15,000 supporters just dotted around the city as well. There must’ve been at least 40,000 Everton fans in Norwich that day as we went for the league title because everywhere you looked you’d just see blue and white for miles.
We travelled to Norwich after another long, hard season battling Liverpool for the title. It was like that most seasons in the 1980s, but the whole club was desperate for the championship after missing out on the double the season before. It was a game we won 1-0 but we were in control for the entire match and we should’ve won by a few more. The main thing was it proved enough for us to be crowned league champions. I’d been at Everton only a few months but already I had won a league title and that day at Norwich is one of the best ever.”