BARRY HORNE: Current Everton side have got the same spirit as back in 1995

By Barry Horne on Mar 27, 10 08:10 AM in Columnists

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I WAS fortunate enough to be at the Adelphi Hotel on Thursday night as part of the 1995 FA Cup winners reunion dinner.

It was a tribute to that great Evertonian Joe Royle.

David Moyes was kind enough to attend along with current stars Jack Rodwell and Leighton Baines who picked up the young player and player of the year awards.


It was a fantastic evening and it was great to see the likes of Joe Parkinson, Dave Watson, Graham Stuart, Matt Jackson, Neville Southall and, after travelling all the way from Sweden, a very fit looking Anders Limpar.

It was a good turnout and the fact that people made so much effort was a sign of the respect and affection that everyone has for the manager and each other.

I know David Moyes commented to Joe Royle about how close we all appeared and Joe spoke about "the team" - from physio Les Helm and legendary kitman Jimmy Martin right the way through to the manager himself. We were very much a unit.

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There was no room for slackers or fancy dans. Everyone's strengths was appreciated and their weaknesses tolerated as long as everyone contributed something to the team effort.

All successful teams have this quality and Moyes' current Everton squad look like they have it in abundance.

That was evident with the way they stuck together during a very difficult few months earlier in the season. That can only be achieved if there's "togetherness" and an "all for one" mentality.

Moyes has assembled a hugely talented squad and now he's able to call on more and more of them on a weekly basis.

That team ethic combined with a fully fit squad should make us a force to be reckoned with from here on in.

While Europe remains a tall order, I'm confident we'll give Liverpool, Man City and Villa a real run for their money.


FA must find a strong replacement for Ian Watmore

THE FA have had another bad week with Alex Ferguson's criticism about their disciplinary process followed by the shock resignation of chief executive Ian Watmore.

The fact that most people in football didn't even know the name of the person in such a high profile position says a lot about the FA's problems.

Watmore left under mysterious circumstances with reports about his departure littered with phrases like "hidden agendas", "personality clashes" and "trying to change things too quickly".

I find it extraordinary that someone with a background in politics apparently misread the politics of football so disastrously.

The FA is the governing body of football in this country, but it's authority has been eaten away since the formation of the Premier League, who have found it far too easy to run roughshod over the FA.

* WOLVES are on a fantastic run with seven points out of the last nine pulling them away from the drop zone. Kevin Doyle is having a splendid season up front and I like the pace and energy of Matt Jarvis, while David Jones is starting to fulfil the potential he showed as a trainee at Man United.

It won't be easy today but with our pace and quality I'm confident we'll have too much for Wolves.

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