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Everton Album: Best Of Freunds?

First in a new feature focusing on memorable photos from Everton's past.

Everton Album: Best Of Freunds?

Welcome to the Everton Album, the feature which takes a famous photograph from Everton's past and brings it back to life.

We may have started the feature with a Cup win or a title presentation, a trip to Europe or a Dixie Dean thunderbolt.

Instead we elected to open with one of the Club's more alarming moments.

On Saturday 20 March 2004 Everton travelled to relegation battlers Leicester City. It became a day neither Duncan Ferguson nor Steffen Freund are likely to forget.

Four minutes before half time Ferguson, already on a yellow card, received his marching orders following a tangle with the German (Click here to read the match report).

His response to the dismissal? To grab a horrified Freund by the neck.

Everton went on to draw 1-1, conceding a late Marcus Bent equaliser. The repercussion for Big Dunc was a four-game ban which ruled him out of the season's run-in.

Duncan Ferguson gets his hands on Steffen FreundDuncan Ferguson introduces himself to Steffen Freund

"It was a massive game for both clubs," Freund told evertonfc.com. "Leicester City were in the relegation zone, it was one of the last home games of the season and Everton were involved down there too.

"Of course I remember the incident with Duncan. I was shocked in that moment.  I'm sure he knows as a player that if you do something like that you will get sent off [Ferguson had already been dismissed]. That's why I couldn't believe it.

"I was close to him and in came a long ball. He was between our defender and me and I tried to win the header. [He saw red and] then he reacted. It wasn't provoked or a bad challenge from my side but what happened, happened. It's forgotten now though.

"You can see in the picture my eyes and how I was feeling. I couldn't believe he was so agressive in that moment.

"He was a great player and he was always dangerous. I can remember I lost 6-1 with Spurs at Newcastle, he scored and he was always dangerous. He had so much quality and scored so many special goals. I have good memories of him as a player."

Gwern WilliamsDuncan Ferguson one of the best of the best! COYB!

Saturday 4th December 14:01 Report Comment

Stephen ClarkeDuncan Ferguson has to be up there, with the best. True Legend

Thursday 21st October 10:43 Report Comment

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Saturday 28th August 11:19 Report Comment

jim morrisonwhat a legend would luv 2 have him a fight!

Wednesday 22nd July 14:57 Report Comment

Jan Keepingsimply a legend dunc a true blue x

Tuesday 14th April 19:39 Report Comment

david jackBIG DUNC LIVES ON IN Marouane Fellaini COME ON BG FELLA

Thursday 15th January 17:47 Report Comment

scott newmansuper dunc wish you were still leading the line. true legend...

Tuesday 9th December 20:00 Report Comment

Matthew ScottBIG BAD DUNC,, WILL BE BIG AND BADLY MIISSED

Friday 7th November 12:43 Report Comment

carl singletondunc wot a legend u wil never be forgotten

Sunday 12th October 08:52 Report Comment

graham griffithscant we re-sign the big fella he could prob still do a good job. he does like to introduce himself remember paul sharner

Monday 8th September 08:53 Report Comment

Dave RichardsonA sad day for Everton FC and all evertonians the day Fergie hung up his boots. Big man you are a legend and my hero - Linda Rugby Warks

Saturday 6th September 20:33 Report Comment

John HamerBig Dunk. LEGEND!!!

Saturday 6th September 09:29 Report Comment

steve mcdermottwhat spirit he big man had shame he never took up coaching or management would you fancy heading for the dressing room at half time two or three nil down and not havig given 110 percent mmmmmm we here of another fergie in the dressing room becks cut eye for example imagine how u would look after dunc finished with you ! shame come on big man get a licence an come home we would love to come back!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday 6th September 04:41 Report Comment

mark hudsonshouldnt have let go

Friday 5th September 22:06 Report Comment

Paul Ellami reckon we could do with big dunc doing that to mr.moyes until he signs his contract! come on dave, get on board. and dunc, he will go down as 1 of my fave players of all time - i was choked when he scored in his last game for us, it was just the perfect way to go. what a guy!

Friday 5th September 20:44 Report Comment

Faye WilsonHAHAHAHA!!!! A LEDGEND PIC!!! I have it on my phone :P

Friday 5th September 20:24 Report Comment

mark hudsonshouldnt have let go

Friday 5th September 19:50 Report Comment

Dean DraperDUNCAN DUNCAN FERGUSON what a legend LOL JOHN!!

Friday 5th September 17:07 Report Comment

Gary ClarkIf he was a freund I would of hated to be the big mans enemy. Wish you were still with us Big Fella what a legend truly missed.

Friday 5th September 16:51 Report Comment

Cameron MellingGood old dunc. Legend

Friday 5th September 16:22 Report Comment

gavin brooksfreund was right, he was a dangerman in more ways than one, what a legend!

Friday 5th September 15:46 Report Comment

Jez MillsClassic picture! Like has been said a true legend that will not be forgotten!

Friday 5th September 13:59 Report Comment

John ByrnePersonally I think Freund made a meal of it ;)

Friday 5th September 13:03 Report Comment

Tim Heronalways brings a smile to my face this image..Gone but not forgotten Big Man..

Friday 5th September 11:46 Report Comment

Maria ClarkeLove ya Dunc! :o)

Friday 5th September 10:54 Report Comment
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