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Royle's FA Cup Memories

Joe Royle has provided an insight into his memories of the FA Cup.

Royle's FA Cup Memories

Everton legend Joe Royle has provided an intriguing insight into his memories of the FA Cup ahead of this weekend’s third round.

In an exclusive extended interview with evertonTV, Big Joe offers a detailed review of the 2009/10 campaign so far before turning his attentions to the FA Cup.   

Indeed, in his experiences as both a player and a manager for the Toffees, Royle has particularly fond memories of this weekend’s FA Cup third round opponents…

It’s Carlisle in the third round of the FA Cup, Joe. What are your memories of being in and around the squad in the 1966 Cup-winning season?

I remember cleaning the boots ahead of the third round! About a week after I’d made my debut against Blackpool in the league, the team won in the third round against Sunderland and from there they went on and it all ended in that glorious final against Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley when Derek Temple scored the winner. I sat with Roger Kenyon, Alan Tarbuck, Dave Turner and all the other apprentices and talked about how lucky we were to clean the boots of those players.

The memories of the great comeback that afternoon must be so vivid, even now.

They are. I’ve got a decent memory anyway but that game is so clear and I can remember it like yesterday. I still see Roger and I caught up with Alan, who never made it at Everton but went on to Chester City, recently and it was great. It’s nice to keep in touch with these people and keep the memories going. 

In 1968 we played Carlisle in the fourth round and you scored, having scored in the previous round against Southport too…

I scored in the next round against Tranmere as well! A good little local run that was. I scored at Southport and we won 1-0. They were being managed by Billy Bingham at that time. Then we won 2-0 against Carlisle and I got the second, a left-footed shot into the corner having broken clear from the half way line. I still remember it well.

What do you make of the way things have gone for Everton this season?

It’s been difficult. Difficult to get a run together, difficult to get any continuity and important players have been missing. The team hasn’t been as solid at the back as people may have expected because Phil Jagielka’s not there, the midfield is missing Mikel Arteta, and so on. So, for one reason or another, it hasn’t quite gelled yet. But this team is too strong to be in any trouble, believe me.

You can read the full interview with Joe Royle in this Saturday’s match programme - available for just £3 from around the ground.

Joe’s enthralling two-part interview will also be available on evertonTV from Thursday, December 31.

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