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A Foot In Both Camps

Former Blue and Red Peter Beardsley recalls his derby winner.

A Foot In Both Camps

Former Everton and Liverpool striker Peter Beardsley remains one of only three players to score for both sides in the Merseyside derby – memories that he says are still very much with him.

Having shone at Liverpool, only to be ousted by the likes of Dean Saunders, Beardsley made a £1million switch to Goodison Park in 1991, and he still reflects fondly upon his time on the Blue half of Merseyside.

Speaking ahead of the derby, he said: “I came across the park and had an unbelievable two years. It was as good a two years as you could ever have and I thought Howard [Kendall] was as good as you’ll see – he was a different class.

“Even now when I look at Fergie just retiring and I look at Arsene Wenger, Howard should still be in the game. I genuinely believe that.

“When I was at Everton with him, he was sensational. Every game he made you feel relaxed and never worried about the opposition – that’s where Howard was clever. He never feared the opposition and never thought we were going to get beat.”

That certainly proved the case when Beardley scored one of the goals to help Everton beat their city rivals 2-1 in the 1992/3 campaign.

A move across Stanley Park could have been met by hostility from both sets of supporters, but Beardsley insists that wasn’t the case when he was signed by the Blues in the summer of 1991.

“The Evertonians treated me brilliantly when I came over,” he explained. “Scoring in Everton’s first Premier League win against Liverpool is something I hold dear to me.

“Obviously, to score any goal at any time it’s memorable, but to score for both clubs in the derby will live with me forever.

“Merseyside will always be a special place for me. My son was born a Red when I was at Liverpool, and my daughter born a Blue while I was at Everton.”

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