Gary Lineker

Gary Lineker
Position:
FW
D.o.B: 30/11/1960
Birthplace: Leicester
Appearances: 57
Goals: 40
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Everton had just won the league in 1984/85 and Howard Kendall allowed the fans’ favourite Andy Gray to move to Aston Villa following the arrival of Gary Linker from Leicester City.

Lineker made his debut in the Charity Shield win and he went on to score 30 league goals, scoring 40 overall in just 57 appearances in what was his only season at the Club. It was the most an Everton player had scored in a league season since Bob Latchford’s 30 in 1977/1978; the 40 goals in all competitions was the most since ‘Dixie’ Dean in the 1930’s.

The striker’s electric pace and goal-poaching instincts shot Everton to within touching distance of a League and FA Cup double. Unfortunately, the Blues were to finish the season empty handed – second in the league and losers in the Cup final. But that wasn’t the case for Lineker. He ended the campaign as the country’s top scorer with 40 goals and scooped both the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards.

Lineker’s outstanding form in front of goal continued during the 1986 World Cup in Mexico where he was the top scorer with six goals. He was a wanted man – with Barcelona tabling a bid of £2.6 million. Howard Kendall chose to accept the offer and Lineker was bound for the Spanish sun.

Career Stats - Gary Lineker (First team)

League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Season App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls. App. Gls.
1985 1986 41 30 6 5 5 3 0 0 57 40
Total 41 30 6 5 5 3 0 0 57 40
Please note, not all competitions are listed on this page. In some cases, this may result in a discrepancy between the displayed totals for appearances and goals.

Club From To App. Gls.
Everton 10/08/1985 10/05/1986 57 40

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