Everton Album: Watson Culls Magpies
evertonfc.com speaks exclusively to FA Cup-winning captain Dave Watson.
As the last man to lift silverware in the famous royal blue jersey of Everton, Dave Watson knows just how much a trophy would mean to the Club and its supporters.
Having seen David Moyes' men send high-flying Aston Villa out at the fifth round stage on Sunday, he is quietly confident the Blues finally have what it takes to repeat the famous feat he achieved in 1995 and lift the FA Cup at Wembley.
Fourteen years ago, in a quarter final at Goodison, Watson's goal was enough to see the Blues overcome Sunday's league opponents Newcastle United to book a semi-final with Tottenham Hotspur. A 4-1 rout against Spurs set up a glorious afternoon at Wembley and a Paul Rideout-inspired victory over Manchester United which will never be forgotten.
Ahead of Sunday's game at St James' Park evertonfc.com caught up with the Club's last FA Cup-winning captain to discuss the Blues under David Moyes, his memories of Everton's 1995 Cup run and the comparisons between himself and man of the moment Phil Jagielka.
What do you make of the Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka partnership?
They’re magnificent, absolutely magnificent. Jagielka is unbelievable and Lescott is your Steady Eddy. He got in the England squad, Jagielka, and he derserves it. It shows you do get noticed at clubs like Everton. It was well overdue.
Fans have made comparisons between you and Jags. Is he as good as you were in your pomp?
Nowhere near it! Not as good looking or anything! No, joking apart, you know what you're getting week in, week out, he's steady. There are no thrills about him, he doesn't try and do silly things, he knows what he's good at and he does the simple things right. They're the signs of a good player.
You were at Goodison on Sunday for the game against Aston Villa. Did it remind you of the great Cup results of the past?
Of course. I remember an important stage when we won against Newcastle at home in the quarter finals in 1995. I scored the winner and it gave us the momentum to go on and achieve what we did. But Villa at home, no matter what team they put out, is a difficult game. Everton were absolutely magnificent and got a tremendous result.
It's fair to say a decent Cup run is long overdue...
Yeah, the fans are screaming out for it. I know financially it's not the best competition to bring money in for the football club, but you go and ask the fans where they'd like to go at the end of the season and the answer will be Wembley.
You went onto the pitch with the FA cup at half time against Villa. Did it bring memories of 1995 flooding back?
It was great. There were quite a few players knocking about who played on the day and it was great to get together and talk about it. It's amazing how quick time goes - 14 years. It's flown by.
Can this team repeat what you did in 1995?
I can't see any reason why not. The belief in the team, the quality, the work rate, defensively we've been sound; the only thing that could fault us this year is if we really think we're going to win it. If you become a little bit cocky, there's always someone ready to knock you down.