On This Day: King's Derby Stunner

On this day in 1978, Andy King scored THAT famous volley against Liverpool to continue Everton’s best ever start to a season, stretching the Blues’ unbeaten run from the opening weekend to 17 games in all competitions. 

Everton were chasing Liverpool, who were one place ahead of them in top spot as they made the trip to Goodison Park.

The only goal of the contest came in the 58th minute when Mike Pejic crossed the ball to the edge of the box, where King was waiting. 

He struck a right-footed volley that sailed into the top right corner in front of 53,131 fans that had packed in to watch the 164th Merseyside derby. 

King went on to register 12 goals that season, from 49 appearances.

At the time, Michael Charters of the Liverpool Echo wrote: “Everton turned on their best performance of the season to dominate a game in which they never allowed Liverpool an inch of space to develop the quality football which has been a feature of their play so far.

“Apart from (Phil) Thompson, hardly a Liverpool player reached his normal form and Everton's superiority stemmed from their midfield performance where they outplayed the Liverpool trio."

Hero of the day King joined Everton from Luton Town in 1976 for £35,000, before departing to Queens Park Rangers in 1980.

Having spent two years there, King returned to the blue half of Merseyside, where he stayed until 1984. 

Overall, he made 248 appearances for Everton across his two spells with the Club, scoring 68 goals. 

King passed away in May 2015, aged just 58.

Everton Football Club has released a special commemorative range of clothing to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Goodison Park. To find out more or browse the range, click here.


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