Temple's Derby View
Club legend previews clash and shares his own experiences.
Everton Giant Derek Temple believes the winner of the 221st Merseyside derby could be determined by the team that makes the least mistakes on the day.
The former Blues forward starred in nine games against Liverpool, scored in two and has watched dozens more since retiring in the early seventies.
Still a regular on home matchdays, Temple will again be at Goodison cheering on his beloved Blues this weekend.
And from his own experiences of the fixture, Temple is confident Everton can prevail – if they handle the occasion better than their Stanley Park rivals.
“Derbies were never the greatest games to play in and I still don’t think they are now because there is so much resting on it,” he explained.
“There is a lot of pressure on the players and the game subsequently suffers – everything seems to be rushed.
“Everybody’s keyed up, there’s tackles flying in and the ball is ‘hot’ with people trying to get rid of it.
“I can remember a lot of players who played in derby games who didn’t really enjoy them because you want to be playing your football, and it didn’t lend itself well to that.”
Temple was on the scoresheet in the famous 4-0 win at Anfield in 1964 – one of five derby victories he enjoyed during his decade as a player with Everton.
Even now, nearly half a century later, it is a day he recalls fondly – particularly the way Liverpool’s players were reprimanded by manager Bill Shankly after such a comprehensive thrashing.
The 74-year-old said: “I remember it vividly - Shankly locked all their lads in the changing room for an hour after the game.
“I scored the first goal early on. It was a corner that got cleared and came out to me and I hit it first time on the edge of the box and it just flew in.
“When you’re away from home, that’s what you want – a good start like that, and we went on from there.
“Andy Rankin was in goal for us and he wasn’t the regular goalkeeper, but he had a blinder that day.
"Roger Hunt [of Liverpool], who was a great player, had about half a dozen great efforts saved by Andy that normally would have gone in. So, it could have been 6-4!
“4-0 looks as though it was all one-way traffic, but it certainly wasn’t – we could have lost the game if it wasn’t for our goalkeeper who was tremendous."
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