In the second half of the Colin Harvey story we take a look at
the period between 1976 and 1985, some of the most pleasing years
for Colin at Everton....
Colin Harvey's time at Hillsborough was short - shorter than
he would have liked.
After being transferred to Sheffield Wednesday in October 1974,
the talented midfielder was forced to retire from the game due to a
hip injury in November 1975.
Several months later, Harvey was back at his spiritual home as a
youth team coach and reserve boss under Billy Bingham and Gordon
"I finished playing and didn't really know what to
do," he recalled.
"Billy Bingham asked me to go back as youth team coach in
1976. You feel honoured to be invited back. He sold me as a player
and I understood the reasons. I held no grudges.
"There were players like Kevin Ratcliffe, Graeme Sharp, who
was bought but was only young when he arrived, and Neville was
playing for the reserves when I was in charge. Stevie McMahon came
through around that time and Paul Lodge - there were quite a few
that went on and played in the first team. And also Brian Borrows,
who went on to Coventry and played in a Cup final.
"I always enjoyed seeing that, not just for any self
satisfaction, but those who had gone on and done things like that
had worked really hard to get it. It wasn't given to them on a
plate. It was their just rewards to get in the first team and
become good Everton players."
Five years went by until he was reunited with Howard Kendall,
who was appointed to the Goodison hotseat in May 1981.
Kendall's reign was initially troubled, but perhaps
unsurprisingly, the transformation began when he appointed his
former team-mate as assistant manager.
Within months the Kendall-Harvey team were at Wembley twice in
the Milk and FA Cup Final's of the 1983-84 season.
Everton's displays in those games announced that they were
back in the big time and Harvey believes that those high-profile
clashes gave the players the confidence they needed.
"Getting to the '84 Milk Cup Final was the start
really," he said.
"It gave them the belief. They got there on merit and got
beat by a very, very good Liverpool side, and possibly we deserved
to win it.
"So once you do it you think, 'well, there is not much
difference here'. And they realised that and off they went.
"It is great to win the Cup. But at the start of the
championship year, in '84, we lost the first two games, but
played really well in both of them. And you are thinking,
'We've got to win the championship over 40 games.' But
we knew we could do it and did it in style - winning it quite
easily in the end."
Harvey has few regrets about his time at Everton, but is
understandably irritated that the side he helped to shape was never
given the chance to shine in the European Cup.
"They never got the opportunity and it would have been very
interesting because they beat a very good Bayern Munich side,"
"We weren't over confident going into the final after
that, but we had watched Vienna.
The final was Bayern Munich really. The atmosphere at Goodison was
unbelievable and it stepped the game right up. It was an amazing
"It would have been very interesting to see how we would
have got on in the European Cup, but three or four players moved on
because of the Europe thing - as did Howard."