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Rats Reminisces

Rats Reminisces

The most successful skipper in Everton history admits the hairs still stand up on the back of his neck when he visits Bellefield.

Kevin Ratcliffe is one of the longest serving players in the Club's history - and called Bellefield home during the most trophy-laden period in Everton history.

It was to the distinctive training base in West Derby that the players returned following their most glorious successes in league and cup during the mid and late 80s.

Ratcliffe was part of a group of former players invited back to Bellefield to have one last look at the place before Everton's departure to a new state-of-the-art training complex in Finch Farm.

He took time out during his visit to chat to evertonTV - and reflect on the many happy memories he has accumulated at Bellefield.

He told evertonTV: "I spent a lot of years here – it was coming up to my 16th season. It has changed a lot but it still brings back a lot of good memories.

"I was here for 15/16 years and everyday was a joy to come in."

But it wasn't just the bricks and and mortar that gives Bellefield its special character.

He continues: "It is the staff that worked here as well. The dinner ladies upstairs and the chef. Every Friday was beans on toast with an egg on top.

"You go upstairs after training and you all eat together but it was that little bit of banter after training. There were not too many clubs that had their own training grounds in those days and now everybody has got it.

"Unfortunately this place does not have the structure to go state-of-the-art because it is not big enough but you have got to move with the times.

"It will be sad but if you want to progress you have got to move."

 

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