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Heath's Title Tonic

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Title glory in 1987 was the perfect tonic for Adrian Heath, who had missed a large chunk of the 1985 championship-winning campaign with a serious cruciate injury.

Having feared he may never pull on a football shirt again, it's little wonder the 51-year-old says lifting the trophy two years later took on an added signficance.

“When you got a cruciate injury in those days, you wondered if you’d ever play again,” said Heath. “It’s not like today when you have surgery, you get a brace on and you’re soon walking around.

“I had six weeks in hospital in plaster which shows you the difference between then and now. You always worry whether you’d play again and if you did whether you’d be the same player. Not only did I play again, I managed to help us to win the title.

“It was a great feeling because I’d been playing well in the 1984/85 season before I got injured. Then Links [Gary Lineker] came in and you think ‘well that’s my spot gone’.”

Heath scored 11 times as Everton marched towards a second title in three years, but is always credited with bringing more to the team than just goals.

“I scored some important goals but you take it for granted at the time,” stated Heath. “It’s only when you look back you realise you were involved with a special group of players and a special group of people. We’re still all really close and I’m very proud to call them my friends.

“When you look at the amount of players that played it was an unbelievable achievement to do what we did. But regardless of what team we had out there we always thought we had more than enough to win the game.

“We had a great spirit amongst our group. It was a special time in my career and a great time for the city.”

To read the full interview with Heath, grab a copy of the new 1986/87 souvenir magazine, which is on sale now.

Written by the Club, the 84-page special looks back on the glorious campaign with key performers from a brilliant production.

The publication comes with the official DVD of the 1986/87 season and is priced £6.99. It is available to buy from Everton One, Everton Two and all good retail outlets as well as online from

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