On Trevor Steven’s 60th birthday, Evertonian Ste Kelly nailed it on Twitter when he proclaimed: “Of all the 7s around this club, Tricky was, is and always will be the most important in the Blues’ history.”
The passing of time is such that Steven, who first arrived at Goodison Park as a teenager in a £300,000 deal from Burnley in 1983 is now three score years. The man from Berwick-upon-Tweed played a decisive role in some of the most-glorious occasions in Everton’s story, netting 60 times in 299 games.
Not only did score the third goal against Bayern Munich to cap the Blues’ victory on what is widely-regarded as being Goodison Park’s greatest-ever night – the 3-1 comeback in the European Cup-Winners’ Cup semi-final second leg in 1985 – he then went on to register the second goal in the 3-1 win over Rapid Vienna in the final in Rotterdam as Howard Kendall’s side collected the club’s only trophy in continental competition to date.
The Bayern game has of course taken on almost mythical status with Blues fans and Kendall’s half-time rallying cry to his players when they trailed 1-0 that the Gwladys Street would suck the ball into German side’s net and the complaints over Everton’s physical approach from visiting boss Udo Lattek of: “Mr Kendall, this is not football!” – met with an X-rated response from the home dugout – have become engrained in the fabric of the club’s heritage.
READ NEXT: Sean Dyche shares thoughts on pairing Beto up front for Everton with Dominic Calvert-Lewin
READ NEXT: Sean Dyche lifts the lid on 'honest' face-to-face Everton talks with 777 Partners
But the beauty of that Blues team was the way they outthought as well as outfought opponents with talents like Steven and the move for the decisive thirdRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk