On This Day: 18/01

Bob Latchford was born in Birmingham ON THIS DAY in 1951.

He began his career with Birmingham City making over 150 League appearances before a £350,000 move to Everton in 1974.

Top goalscorer in each of his first four full seasons at Goodison, Latchford became the first player in six years to reach 30 League goals in a season in 1978.

In 1981 he went to Swansea before playing in Holland. He returned home and signed for Coventry, finishing his League career with Lincoln City.

During his Everton career he made 289 appearances and scored 138 goals.


Everton drew 1-1 with Oxford United ON THIS DAY in 1984.

The Blues were 1-0 down in the Milk Cup Fifth Round before Adrian Heath latched on to a poor Kevin Brock back-pass to earn Howard Kendall's side a replay.

Many Evertonians see that game as the turning point for the club's fortunes in the mid-80s as the Toffees went on to enjoy domestic and European success over the next two and a half years.

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