Evertonian Simon Hart interviews some of the Blues’ best-loved players from that era – along with the most controversial and the unsung heroes too – to provide a vivid, colourful portrait of a period when a group of unheralded young footballers came together to achieve something special with a rare, intoxicating mix of raw talent and team spirit.
The players featured include Kevin Ratcliffe, Adrian Heath, Gary Lineker, Pat van den Hauwe, Mark Higgins, Kevin Richardson, Paul Power and Pat Nevin, along with Colin Harvey, Kendall’s number two during the glory days and subsequently manager himself by the decade’s end.
Thirty years on from Everton’s last championship-winning campaign of 1986/87, they remember the Wembley highs and heartbreaks, and the epic derby duels in an age when Merseyside, for all its troubles, stood at the very forefront of English football. They also recall the boozy nights, the bold pranks and the bad haircuts, and their recollections capture just what it meant to be a footballer in a dramatic decade for the English game.
Together they explain not only the Blues’ rise to greatness but the decline that gradually set in after their European exile; they also offer a nostalgia-laden celebration of the teambuilding skills of the man who made it possible: the late, great Howard Kendall.
Here We Go will be launched at a special public event at New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion. Broadcaster John Keith will be joined by Graeme Sharp, Peter Reid and Colin Harvey to discuss Everton’s most successful era in an event entitled ‘Kendall’s Kings.’ Tickets are available here
Fans can also claim a free exclusive set of 12 commemorative postcards when they order Here We Go: Everton in the 1980s – The Players’ Stories direct from the publisher.
The postcards feature original artwork from the book depicting icons of the era, including Neville Southall, Kevin Ratcliffe and Gary Lineker, and include factfiles and quotes from the book.
This offer is limited to the first 200 orders of this brilliant new book, which will be launched on 4 August.