Classic Derbies: Kan Stuns Kop
Winger makes himself an Everton hero in November 1995.
Inspiring victory at the home of your fiercest rivals is the stuff cult heroes are made of – step forward Andrei Kanchelskis.
The winger’s fearless style was always going to make him a favourite at Goodison Park, so a brace – his first ever goals for the club in his first ever derby – made him a terrace icon very early in his Everton career.
Having started the 1994/95 season slowly, the Blues went into the fixture off the back of a much-needed 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers, in which the performances of wingers Kanchelskis and Anders Limpar hinted at better times ahead.
And so it proved as the Russian maestro hit a second half brace to render the Kop mute and hand the Blues a first derby win away from Goodison since October 1987.
His first goal was a powerful header while his second – a fierce drive at the end of a jinking run – was vintage Kanchelskis.
Robbie Fowler grabbed a late consolation but Joe Royle’s excellent record against the Reds was underway.
In his two and a half years as Everton manager, Royle’s sides were never beaten in a derby. The Toffees went on to finish sixth.