Snapshot: The '77 Cup Runs
We speak to Ronnie Goodlass about a famous Cup final against Aston Villa.
When Liverpool came out of that hat the whole city was talking about it. It was a massive occasion for both clubs and, if you look at some of the reports, we really did play well. Only Ray Clemence kept them in it!
The only person in the whole stadium who didn't think it was a goal was Clive Thomas. He's finally admitted he made a mistake but it's 31 years too late. Have I forgiven him? Let's just say he never gets a Christmas card off me!
We were so unlucky not to get to that final but we did get to the League Cup final, beating Manchester United 3-0 along the way.
You always want to play at Wembley and it was good for the players and the supporters. It was the first time I'd played at Wembley and coming down Wembley Way, it really was blue and white - the Evertonians were everywhere. I always go on now about Everton supporters - I think they're a little bit special.
We ended up playing Villa three times to decide that final and I thought we were unfortunate to lose it in the end. Villa had Andy Gray in the side at the time and they were a good outfit. We went in as underdogs but by the end of it there was very little between the teams. Between success and failure there are very small margins.
Finally, a word on the current team. I think David Moyes has done a great job and there's been a real improvement in the squad. It's obviously difficult to sustain it all the time and maybe at the moment the home form isn't as good as the away form.
Statistically though, there are teams out there - the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur - who have spent far more than us. You can't always moan about it but we should give a huge pat on the back to Moyes and the players. If a billionaire does come in, perhaps we could really kick on.
But for now we're pushing up the table and hopefully we can drive on and secure European qualification again. And a Cup run like ‘77 wouldn't go a miss!"
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