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A Foot In Both Camps

We talk to one of only two men to score a derby goal for both sides.

A Foot In Both Camps

David Johnson remains one of only two men to score Merseyside derby goals for both Everton and Liverpool.

Here, the former striker tells his story.

The Interview - David Johnson

"Being one of only two people to score for both teams in the derby, it's not one of those things you plan - it just happens.

"I started my career at Everton at 15, worked my way through the ranks and very early on found myself in the first team and my first derby game.

"It was massive, massive pressure, as only people born and bred on Merseyside can appreciate what it means to the supporters. To be thrust into that, in front of 60,000 people, was a bit daunting.

"Fortunately enough I got on the end of one and stuck it in at the Gladys Street End - and that makes you an instant hero with the Blue half of Merseyside!

"I only had two seasons at Everton though, before moving on to Ipswich. But coming back to the city to play for Liverpool in 1976 was special. And to go back to Goodison to play my first derby game for Liverpool and score - again at the Gwladys Street End - was obviously memorable.

"I remember my goal for Everton came from the right wing. It was a cross from Gary Jones, who was also making his first appearance in a derby.

"He crossed the ball and I headed it, but Ray Clemence got his left hand to it and tipped it onto the post. It came back to me and I just hammered it into the roof of the net.

"The goal for Liverpool was just a flash shot from outside the box which beat George Wood to his right. Obviously both goals mean a lot to me, particularly as they were both winners.

"And the derby still means a lot to the supporters too. I'm proud of playing for both clubs and I'm proud of coming from Merseyside.

"I travel all over the country and one of the major things I'm proud of is that we have the friendly derby. You've got your banter - yes, you want your team to win - but there's always been the humour about it as well. That's what makes our derby the best."

David Johnson was talking to evertonfc.com in September 2008.

Who is the other player to score for both sides in a derby? Peter Beardsley.

 

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