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Derby Heroes: Andy King

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Our derby heroes series continues as we travel back to the 1970s to revisit a goal fit for a king.
Andy King was the man who notched in October 1978 to deliver Everton's first derby win since David Johnson's winner in November 1971.

Derby appearances: 12
Goals: 3
Most memorable moment:  Putting an end to Everton's seven-year run without a victory in the Merseyside derby, Everton's number seven scored a stunning goal from the edge of the area to secure a 1-0 win at Goodison Park in October 1978.


King spent two spells at Everton, initially arriving 1976 from Luton Town as a 19-year-old.
He immediately became a first team regular but Everton were distinctly a mid-table side until the 1977/78 campaign when he scored his most famous Blues goal.
King was a forward thinking midfielder not short on flair and captured the imagination of the Everton fans after bagging a brace on only his second appearance for the club.
He left Everton for QPR in 1980 only to return two years later for a less successful before heading to Holland in 1984.
He would me play for a number of clubs before retiring from playing in 1990 and turning to coaching.  He managed in Ireland and twice at Swindon and is currently assistant boss at Northampton Town.

Andy King
King's goal on 28 October 1978 was, at the time, a rare Everton winning goal. It ended almost a decade of hurt and arrived in spectacular fashion as he fired in a technically superb volley from the edge of the box.
Almost as memorable as the goal itself was the pitch side post match interview which
was almost immediately halted by an irate police officer
"It is still clear in my mind," King told last year. "What is also clear is that it meant so much to people. For me at the time, it was just beating Liverpool. As the years have gone by I have realised that it was so important to people that they can remember where they were at the time. It had been so long since we had beaten Liverpool; seven years, 15 games and so many other things with it.
"Nowadays, it doesn't happen. Everton or Liverpool don't go 15 games without a win against each other. Unfortunately for me at my time at Everton, Liverpool were in a period of being the best team in Europe."
King's recollections of that famous strike quickly lead him towards the tremendous camaraderie which has remained an Everton trait throughout the Club's history.
"When I came to the club there were 23 Evertonians here who had grown up with it," he recalled. "Terry Darracott, Mike Lyons, George Telfer, Westy (Gordon West), I could go on and on. They were Scousers, some may have been raised as Liverpool fans but switched to being Blues because all they have ever known is Everton and Liverpool.
"When I scored my goal, I ran straight to Lyonsy (Mike Lyons) not Gordon Lee as Mike had never been on the winning side against Liverpool. He was my best mate, best man at my wedding and it meant more to him as he was the boy that grew up and had never played on the winning side against Liverpool."

14/08/2012: Former Everton hero Andy King is 66 today
Despite hailing from Luton, King developed and maintained an unrivalled passion for the Blues.
Returns to Goodison always strike a chord with the 57-year-old.
"It is fantastic to be back," King beamed on a visit in 2007.  "Even though some people say I have changed, it is lovely because it is always nice to feel welcome and feel that you left something behind you.
"Everton will always be my club, my old man died an Evertonian and I have still got friends in Liverpool.
"It's a city I love. I love the people, I love the club and I love the area - there is football everywhere."

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