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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 January 2008, 10:02 GMT
Were you there...?

Andy Barlow, Ian Marshall, Neville Southall and Ian Snodin

By Chris Bevan and Jonathan Stevenson

Plastic truly was fantastic for Oldham Athletic when they beat Everton 2-1 in an epic FA Cup tie in 1990.

Enjoying the advantage of their artificial pitch at Boundary Park, the Latics were on the crest of a wave at the turn of the decade. They were chasing glory on three fronts under Joe Royle, who was then one of the highest-rated young managers in the country.

They overcame the Toffees after a second replay in the fifth round and went on to reach the semi-finals, where they lost to Manchester United in a replay after two more memorable matches.

The Latics missed out on promotion to the top flight that season and also suffered Wembley heartache when they lost out to Nigel Jemson's goal for Nottingham Forest in the League Cup final.


However Royle did lead them into the top tier as champions the following year, where they stayed for three seasons, and to another FA Cup semi-final in 1994 - again losing to United in a replay.

Everton fans won't remember this game quite so fondly though. They took the lead through Tony Cottee but Roger Palmer levelled while appearing to foul Neville Southall and Ian Marshall grabbed Oldham's winner from the penalty spot.

It was a frustrating time for the Toffees, who had spent heavily to try to repeat their purple patch of the mid-80s but were seeing their city rivals Liverpool collect most of the silverware.

On Saturday the two teams meet again, with Everton flying high in the Premier League while Oldham are stuck in mid-table in League One after some difficult years.

But what do you remember of the Everton and Oldham teams of 17 years ago? Were you at this tie? And do you have other memories of the players involved?

Here BBC Sport finds out what happened to Rick Holden, Ray Atteveld and the rest...but do you know where Roger Palmer is now?


Joe Royle
Manager - Joe Royle Former Everton striker who left Oldham to return to Goodison Park in 1994 and lifted the Cup as Toffees boss with his 'Dogs of War' in 1995 - the last English manager to do so. Also took Manchester City from League One to the Premier League but, despite being recently linked with jobs at Leicester and Wigan, he has not managed a club since leaving Ipswich in 2006. Royle, who was shortlisted for the England job in 1990, is currently a TV pundit.

Jon Hallworth (left) with Manchester United' Jim Leighton
Jon Hallworth An injury-prone goalkeeper with a reputation as a penalty expert, he spent eight years at Oldham and returned as goalkeeping coach in 2001 after a spell at Cardiff City. He resumed playing for Newport County and Bangor City before quitting football to set up his own recruitment business in Lancashire.

Denis Irwin Credits Royle for kick-starting his career when he signed the full-back following his release by Leeds United in 1986. Irwin joined Manchester United in the summer of 1990 and won every domestic trophy and the Champions League during a glittering 12-year spell at Old Trafford. Ended his career with Wolves in 2004 and is now working for MUTV and coaching young players at Stalybridge Celtic and local colleges.

Andy Barlow
Andy Barlow Stalwart left-back who spent 11 years at Oldham before winding down his career with Blackpool, Rochdale and Ramsbottom United. Now a regional development coach in the East Midlands and Yorkshire with the Professional Footballers' Association.

Earl Barrett
Earl Barrett A versatile defender who won three England caps, Barrett joined Aston Villa for 1.7m in 1992 before linking up again with Royle at Everton in 1995. Also played for both Sheffield clubs before ending his career in 2000. Now works as a development officer in Manchester City's football in the community scheme.

Neil Redfearn Nomadic and combative midfielder, who Royle released when Oldham reached the top-flight in 1991, but went on to prove himself at the highest level with Barnsley and Charlton late in his career. Redfearn was Nicky Henry's assistant at Scarborough, and took charge at the McCain Stadium himself until June 2006. Racked up his 1,000th competitive appearance in 2006 and, although a brief spell as Northwich Victoria boss ended in September 2007, he is still playing, aged 42, for Bridlington Town.

Nicky Henry
Nicky Henry A product of Oldham's youth academy, Henry left for Sheffield United in 1997. Also played for Tranmere before joining Scarborough in 2002. He went on to manage the Seadogs but stepped down in 2005 and is now head chef at the Albert pub in the North Yorkshire town.

Neil Adams Dead-ball specialist who joined Oldham from Everton in 1989, he left for Norwich in 1994 before returning in 1999. Now a coach at the Canaries' academy, he is a co-commentator for BBC Radio Norfolk and has his own column in a local paper in East Anglia as well as working as a motivational speaker.

Mike Milligan
Mike Milligan Powerful midfielder who joined Everton for 1m in the summer of 1990 but just 17 games later he was back at Boundary Park. The Manchester-born Republic of Ireland international also played for Norwich, Blackpool and, briefly, Ridgeons League side Fakenham and now works for corporate events firm Moco Travel.

Rick Holden
Rick Holden Formed a formidable partnership with Barlow down the left and became feared for his crossing ability despite a distinct lack of pace. Holden spoke about going on to play for AC Milan when he joined Manchester City in 1992 but he soon returned to play for the Latics. Now manager of Manx club Peel on the Isle of Man, he worked as physio and coach under fellow Oldham legend Andy Ritchie at Barnsley until November 2006.

Roger Palmer Oldham's all-time leading scorer and hero of the terraces, Palmer's languid style combined to great effect with Ritchie, Marshall and Frankie Bunn. His whereabouts are a mystery despite attempts by the Latics, and by BBC Radio Lancashire, to contact him. If you know where Palmer is and what he is up to, then please get in touch.

Ian Marshall
Ian Marshall An apprentice at Everton, he joined Oldham in 1989 and made his name as a free-scoring striker and an effective centre-back. After spells with Leicester, Bolton and Blackpool, Marshall ended his playing days in 2002 and moved to Newfoundland, Canada where he owns a restaurant and runs soccer camps. He is currently trying to raise funds for a 5m indoor academy in Pasadena.

Paul Warhurst Replaced Neil Adams on 90 minutes
Was a centre-back when he left Oldham for Sheffield Wednesday in 1991 but was called into the England squad a few months later as a striker after filling in for the Owls in that position. Played for 12 other clubs in a variety of positions before linking up with Redfearn at Northwich in the summer at the age of 38 but left the club after a brief spell as caretaker manager.

Scott McGarvey Not used
Former Manchester United trainee who had a nomadic career including stints playing in Ireland then Japan. McGarvey worked as a football agent and he last linked up with Oldham when he recommended they sign Moussa Dabo, brother of Manchester City midfielder Ousamane, in 2006. He was not a success and left a few months later.


Manager - Colin Harvey Nicknamed the 'white Pele' as a player by Toffees fans, Harvey managed the club from 1987-1990 and stayed on as assistant until 1993. Became youth coach in 1997 until he retired in 2003 on medical grounds.

Neville Southall
Neville Southall An Everton great, he holds the club appearance record after 751 games and was capped 92 times by Wales. Southall's career ended in nomadic fashion and a spell in management with Hastings lasted less than a year. Recently took his daughter to court to get back his trophies, leaving student Samantha, 19, with 6,000 to pay in costs.

Ian Snodin
Ian Snodin Called into the England squad in 1989, Snodin had to withdraw due to injury and chronic hamstring problems ravaged his career, including a spell at Oldham. Managed Doncaster from 1998-2000, now a radio pundit and also works in commercial sales for rugby league side Doncaster.

Neil McDonald The right-back-cum-midfielder left Everton in 1991 to join Oldham and ended his career at Preston before moving into coaching at Deepdale. He became Carlisle boss in 2006 and led them to 8th in League One - before amazingly being sacked on 13 August 2007. He kept Swedish side Ostersunds up in a short spell and is now Lincoln City's assistant boss.

Kevin Ratcliffe
Kevin Ratcliffe Another true Toffee legend, this complete defender was the club's most successful captain by the age of 24 and went on to make 461 appearances. Had spells as a manager with Chester and Shrewsbury - guiding them to FA Cup victory over Everton in 2003 - and is now a pundit for BBC Wales.

Martin Keown The uncompromising centre-back rejoined Arsenal in 1993 and represented the Gunners for 11 years, winning three league titles, three FA Cups and 43 England caps in the process. Finished with spells at Leicester and Reading and now works as a pundit for BBC Sport.

John Ebbrell
John Ebbrell The midfielder with bags of potential never lived up to his promise during his time at Goodison Park. Joined Sheffield United for 1m in 1997 but injuries brought a premature end to his career at just 29 in 1999 after just one start for the Blades. Now works for X8 Sports Management Company.

Ray Atteveld A midfielder or full-back, the Dutchman spent three years at Everton in and out of the side before an unsuccessful spell at Bristol City persuaded him to go to Belgium and eventually back to Holland. The current coach of Dutch side Roda JC, who he has led to sixth in the Eredivisie.

Stuart McCall Left Everton in 1991 after three years and had a fine seven-year spell at Rangers, winning six Scottish titles. Four topsy-turvy years at Bradford followed, including promotion to the Premier League, survival and then relegation. Retired after two years at Sheffield United, staying on as Neil Warnock's assistant. Named Bradford boss in June 2007.

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Kevin Sheedy The man with a wand for his left foot scored 97 goals for the club after joining from Liverpool for 100,000 in 1982. Capped 45 times by the Republic of Ireland, he was their first ever scorer in a World Cup finals (1990). Had spells with Newcastle and Blackpool, was assistant at Tranmere and Hartlepool, and is now on the Everton academy staff.

Graeme Sharp
Graeme Sharp The Scottish hitman plundered 159 goals in 12 years at Everton - only Dixie Dean has ever scored more. Moved to Oldham in 1991 and became player-manager when Royle left in 1994, resigning three years later. After a spell as Bangor boss, media-friendly Sharp now works as fans' liaison officer at Goodison.

Tony Cottee
Tony Cottee The pint-sized striker was Britain's first 2m-man when he joined from West Ham in 1988. He bagged a hat-trick on his Everton debut and scored 72 goals in six seasons but was often made the scapegoat for poor results. Moved back to Upton Park in 1994 and won the League Cup at Leicester in 1997. In the 2000-01 season, he played in all four English divisions. Now a TV pundit.

Peter Beagrie
Peter Beagrie Replaced Neil McDonald on 100 minutes
Crowd-pleasing left-winger who loved to take on defenders and possessed an acrobatic goal celebration routine too. Beagrie played until he was 40 with Scunthorpe and Grimsby until retiring in October 2006. Now working as a TV pundit.

Mike Newell
Mike Newell Replaced Ray Atteveld on 70 minutes
Much-travelled Liverpool-born striker whose best spell as a player came when he helped Blackburn win the Premiership in 1995. Moved into management with Hartlepool and Luton and led both sides to promotion but made more headlines with his revelations about bung-taking in football. Sacked by Luton in March 2007.

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