Signed from West Ham for a British record fee of Â£2.2m, Cottee made an immediate impact by netting within the very first minute of his Goodison derby and continued to score with some frequency. Sadly, he experienced more than his fair share of disappointments, Cottee finished empty handed in the finals of the FA Cup, the Simod Cup, and the Zenith Data Systems Cup.
Born : London, 1965
Previous Club : West Ham United
Everton career : 1988-89 to 94/95
League : 161 (23) appearances, 72 goals
Total : 195 (33) appearances, 87 goals
British record buy
At the final whistle of the opening fixture of the 1988/89 season, Evertonians stood with smiles spread across their faces. Great things had been expected of Cottee but few fans could have predicted such a magnificent debut. He finished that game with a hat-trick and the season as the club’s top scorer with 18 goals. Even though Cottee lacked consistency, he remains in eighth position on Everton’s list of all-time marksmen.