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Snods Backs Blues' Flair

Former Goodison favourite expects an Everton win on Saturday.

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Ian Snodin is confident that Everton’s skill and quality will be enough to win the battle of his two former clubs on Saturday evening.

The Toffees visit Boundary Park - a ground that Snodin also called home for two years during the 1990s – looking to progress to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the second season in succession.

And the 49-year-old believes that if Everton can successfully navigate their way past the managerless Oldham, this could prove the year when the Blues end their 18-year wait for silverware.

“It was a shock that they [Oldham] beat our famous rivals in the previous round, but when the draw came out I was made up,” Snodin told evertontv.

“They proved that they have got the capabilities because they played ever so well against Liverpool, but I feel that we have got a strong enough team, enough individual flair and enough strength in depth to go to Oldham and get a good result to move into the quarter-finals.

“I know that we have had a couple of journeys down to Wembley recently and it’s great for the supporters, players and everyone concerned with Everton, even the ex-players.

“Our fans definitely want that again and would love to win a trophy. I’m sure the gaffer, after 500 games and over 10 years here, would love to win a trophy for the supporters. Hopefully this can be our year.”

Saturday’s meeting between brings the memories flooding back for Snodin, who casts his mind back 23 years.

The defender was part of an epic FA Cup tussle with the Latics, in the days before contests in the competition were decided by penalty shoot-outs.

During the 1989/90 season, the clubs were pitted against each other at the same fifth-round stage – and it took three closely-fought games to decide who progressed to the last eight.

Following a 2-2 draw at Boundary Park and a 1-1 stalemate on Merseyside, a second replay was needed back at Oldham to determine the winners.

It seemed that a fourth meeting was on the cards, up until Ian Marshall - who had departed Goodison Park two years earlier – struck in extra time to secure a 2-1 win for the Latics.

Snodin is keen that Everton, with whom his allegiances firmly lie, get the job done at the first time of asking this weekend.

“When I played for Everton we had many cup battles with Oldham but it was on the plastic pitch,” he added

“They were a good side who were used to that surface at Boundary Park and we got beat a couple of times.

Ian SnodinSnodin during his days with Oldham between 1995 and 1997.

“Now the club is not in the best of states, the crowds are dwindling and they are under pressure financially, like a lot of clubs are at that level.

“There was a packed house against Liverpool and there will be a packed house against Everton. I just hope they don’t repeat what they did to Liverpool when we go there.”

Despite wanting an Everton victory, Snodin still has a soft spot for Oldham.

During the twilight of his career, the Yorkshireman played two seasons with the Latics after being prised from Goodison by a close friend and former teammate.

Signed by Graeme Sharp, who had filled the managerial vacancy left by Joe Royle, Snodin clocked up 59 appearances in his short stay at Boundary Park.

“No disrespect to Oldham, but when you leave Everton things do tend to go downhill from there. I was getting on a bit and I just thought it was a great opportunity to go to a good club,” he recalled.

“They had just come out of the Premier League and were trying to get back there, but it didn’t just quite happen for us. Unfortunately Graeme got the sack and I only stayed there for two seasons before I moved on.

“They are a great little club with good supporters, but there is only one team that I want to win and that is obviously Everton.”


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