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Last Updated: Friday, 31 December, 2004, 14:07 GMT
Everton's cult heroes

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Neville Southall has been voted Everton's all-time cult hero by Football Focus viewers.

Southall won with 74% of the vote, ahead of fellow Everton favourites Alan Ball and Duncan McKenzie.


Big Nev did reach the level for being the world's number one for a time. I recall taking a friend to Goodison and sitting high in the stand when he asked who was shouting the abuse at Everton's full back. 'Oh that's Nev' I said matter of factly - it didn't matter that we were winning the match! I was also lucky enough to be in line at Hillsborough when a flicked shot (or header?) was going nowhere except inside the far post when Nev got down, round and across, flicked the ball round for a corner and simply got up and organised the defence for the corner. That moment and save was World Class but for Nev, it was just a case of doing his job.
John Hancox

His exceptional ability between the sticks was only surpassed by his exceptional inability to smile. Upon winning an unlikely second FA Cup with Everton in 1995, Big Nev ensured the party got off with a bang by promptly going home before it even started. A night in with the missus beckoned in deepest North Wales. There's true love!
Andrew Prescott

Because he was the best around. Consistently excellent throughout his career.
Neil Bancroft

What a keeper and what a tash! Big Nev, possibly one of the most underrated keepers of the last 20yrs (probably because he's Welsh). A true cult hero!
Ian Turgoose

Best goalkeeper in the world, won the league, the Cup, the Cup Winners' Cup - was he ever happy? Not on your life! Win the Cup and have a celebratory party? No, scowl, and drive yourself back to your missus in north Wales to have a night in watching the box. What a legend.
Ian O


Ran the best midfield three never to play for England together (Harvey, Kendall and Ball). We Blues saw him at his post World Cup '66 best, passion, power, skill, could pass long and short all over the pitch. Put it over on Liverpool more than once and would take a quick throw-in to ask the crowd if his bet won the 3.30! He was so good I even forgive him his white boots!
John Hancox

Not only was he top class, but he wore white boots. All the kids tried to copy his pre-match tricks, balancing the ball on the back of his neck then trapping the ball with his bottom.
Tom Coogan

For playing every game for Everton (and anyone else he played for) with his heart firmly on his sleeve.
Steven May

Not exactly regarded as the greatest manager of all time, Alan is still fondly regarded by all Everton fans for his magnificent performances in the late sixties and was of course one of the magnificent trio of Harvey, Kendall and Ball that won us the League Championship in 1970.
Terry Westhead


For his electrifying skills (I remember, against Sheffield United I think, him running across the pitch beating everyone on the way, standing on the ball and then repeating the feat in front of the main stand, where he back-heeled the ball to Mick Lyons and waved to the crowd - brilliant!).
Mark Bailie

The 1970s were grim for Everton, with the neighbours winning everything in sight, but Duncan brought a ray of sunshine to Goodison amid Gordon Lee's regime of hard work and organised defending. The sheer cheek of his play delighted the crowd, even though it rarely resulted in a goal.
Graham Kelly

Had that single minded belief that he could take on all comers and beat them. Frustrating for his team-mates, the fans and the opposition.
Bob Memery

McKenzie was a sheer entertainer with some magical ball tricks and the fans loved him at a time when Everton did not have a very good team. He could beat opposition players for fun and he was simply a class player.
Iain Mackie

True entertainer, took the mickey out of opposing defences and for some reason his arse always stuck out.
Dave Cooney

I am not quite old enough to have seen this great player live but I am well aware of the high esteem he his held in by Evertonians. McKenzie was a 'flare' player who scored spectacular goals and played the game with a smile on his face. The only shame was his EFC career being cut short by Gordon Lee's boring management style, which went against the way McKenzie played. I remember seeing a video of him dribbling the ball from one side of the field to the other being chased by a defender and doing about 5 step overs before being kicked up in the air. The cheers from the Gladwys Street were huge as McKenzie got up with a beaming grin!
Brian Cullen

He may not have been the best player we ever had, but he certainly had that X factor and introducing himself by jumping over a Mini sure made an impression!
Steve Fearn

Brilliant, but unfortunately a misfit in organized footy.
John F Kelly

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