As he had done two years before, Peter Reid played a significant part in Everton's title triumph of 1986/87.
Yet, he had to bide his time.
The midfielder just couldn't shake off a nagging problem with his shin, meaning he had to settle for the role of frustrated spectator right up until the turn of the year.
“I had a problem with a trapped nerve that they couldn’t diagnose,” Reid explained. “I’d suffered it away to Nottingham Forest the previous season.
“I kept battling away and everything would seem to be fine, but someone would just give me tap on the shin in a game and I’d go down like I’d been shot.”
It wasn’t the first injury Reid had suffered in his career.
Indeed, when he returned to his native Merseyside from Bolton Wanderers for £60,000 in December 1982, the deal was regarded as something of a gamble due to the time he had already spent in the treatment room with the Trotters.
“I’d had plenty of injuries but this was one I couldn’t fathom out and it was driving me crackers, mentally and physiologically more than anything,” stated Reid.
Despite the problem, Reid was selected in the England squad for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, but on his return was forced to go under the knife.
“I went away to Mexico with it and it got gradually worse,” said Reid. “I still didn’t know what it was, but I saw a specialist and he said the trapped nerve was raw, so every time I got a kick, it would cause me pain.
“A Doctor Williams operated on it and luckily I got it sorted out in the end.”
Reid was therefore forced to watch on as Everton got the 1986/87 campaign under way, leaving the Blues without the services of the 1985 PFA Footballer of the Year.
The fierce-tackling Reid wasn’t the only player to spend an extended spell on the sidelines that season however. A crippling injury crisis forced Howard Kendall to dip into the transfer market in a bid to fill gaps in a small squad which would otherwise have found it tough to cope.
Reid said: “All credit to the lads who came in, people like Kevin Langley, Paul Wilkinson and other players who Howard brought into the team. Paul Power was a big influence too, he did a great job for the Club.”
To read the full interview with Reid, 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 www.merseyshop.com.