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Monday, 28 October, 2002, 13:45 GMT
The Royle files
Joe Royle wants to point Ipswich Town forward
Joe Royle wants to point Ipswich Town forward

Joe Royle was Everton's youngest ever player when he made his debut as a 16-year-old on 20 January 1966.

He recently lost his record as their youngest goalscorer to English football's new wonder boy Wayne Rooney.

Royle went on to make 232 appearances for Everton, scoring 102 goals and winning a title medal in 1970 and playing in the FA Cup Final defeat against West Bromwich Albion in 1968.

He won six England caps, leaving Everton to join Manchester City in December 1974 for 200,000.

Royle picked a League Cup winner's medal with City in 1976, and won the last of his England caps the folllowing year against Luxembourg.

He went on to play for Bristol City and Norwich City before a knee injury forced him to retire.

Royle took over as Oldham Athletic boss in July 1982, losing in the Littlewoods Cup Final to Nottingham Forest in 1990- before guiding them into the top flight in 1991.

Oldham also reached two FA Cup semi-finals under Royle's guidance, losing to Manchester United on both occasions.

He achieved his lifelong dream when he was appointed Everton manager in 1994, succeeding the sacked Mike Walker.

Royle won the FA Cup against Manchester United in 1995, but left Everton by mutual consent in March 1997.

He was back in management at Manchester City in February the following year, eventually taking them back into the Premiership from Division Two.

But life at Maine Road turned sour and Royle was sacked in May 2001 after they were relegated.

He has worked as a summariser and media analyst before his return as manager of Ipswich Town.


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