Adrian Heath has become the latest inductee to the Club’s Hall of Fame as he was made an Everton Giant at the Dixies on Tuesday night.
The popular forward – now the manager of Major League Soccer outfit Minnesota United - had his award collected on his behalf by fellow Giants Peter Reid and Mick Lyons at the Blues’ End of Season awards evening at the Philharmonic Hall.
Speaking to the assembled guests via video, Heath said: “I can’t tell you how excited I was when I got the call from Bill Kenwright telling me I was to become an Everton Giant. As you can imagine, I have not won too many awards with the word ‘giant’ in it!
“When I took a look at some of the people who had won this award - Dixie Den, the Boss Howard Kendall, Alan Ball, Sharpy, Reidy - proper Giants of our football club. So to be mentioned alongside them is truly special for me.
“It was truly a pleasure to play for the Club in a period of our history where we were most successful. I consider myself very lucky to have played for Everton as many times as I did.”
Heath was a Club-record signing when he joined Everton from Stoke City in January 1982 for £700,000.
He quickly became a Toffees favourite. In his first full season at Goodison Park he finished as the Club’s top scorer with 18 goals in all competitions and he continued to provide a source of consistency, netting double figures in every campaign up until 1987/88.
Indeed, his form and goals were about to earn him an England call-up when he was badly injured during the 1984/85 campaign, forcing him to miss out on both an international call-up and the Blues lifting both the league and European Cup Winners' Cup.
After returning to fitness, Heath's 11 goals were to prove crucial as Howard Kendall's side secured their second league title success in three seasons in 1986/87.
Known as ‘Inchy’, Heath departed the Toffees for Espanyol in 1988 after accumulating 307 appearances in which he scored 93 goals.
The Everton Giant award was sponsored by JFK.