Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has admitted that he is an Evertonian and that Neville Southall was his hero growing up.
He’s kept it quiet, but we can finally add the Welsh international to our list of celebrity Evertonians, which already includes some pretty big names in showbiz and sport.
The 31 year old Welsh international lines up against The Blues at Goodison Park this afternoon and will be hoping to emulate his hero between the sticks by keeping a clean sheet, something Southall managed over 60 times in the Premier League era.
Hennessey is 12 caps behind Southall – Wales’ most capped keeper – and kept a clean sheet on international duty last week, leading to a hopeful return to club football,
Hennessey, speaking to a News International publication, said that when you grow up in North Wales then you either support Liverpool or Everton.
He said, “I was an Everton fan because of Nev. He was my ultimate hero, especially being a Welshman.
“I was the Everton side and adored Nev. So going to Everton is always fantastic for me.
“It’s always a special place to go to, it’s an old traditional ground and every player wants to play there.”
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