Through The Archives: Norwich
Ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash with Norwich City, evertonfc.com starts a new historical feature which looks back through the programme archives here at Goodison Park.
In the lead-up to each match, we will dig out issues of the matchday magazine from past Everton games against the forthcoming opponents and recall the headlines and topics of discussion from that time.
We begin this week by revisiting past programme interviews with three ex-Evertonians who are unlikely ever to be mentioned in the same sentence again - Alessandro Pistone, Stuart Barlow and Wayne Rooney!
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2004/05 – Everton 1-0 Norwich
Alessandro Pistone was the cover star for that issue of the matchday programme, with the Italian defender speaking at length about his journey into English football with Everton in the ‘This Is Your Life Feature’.
In the interview, the Italian revealed that he grew up an AC Milan supporter, he was a ball boy at the San Siro Stadium as a youngster and the best players he ever faced were legendary strikers Gabriel Batistuta and George Weah.
The former Juventus man also described Lee Carsley as a ‘top talent scout’ for nice restaurants in the Liverpool area and confessed he often asked his teammate for recommendations of where to eat in the city centre!
1993/94 – Everton 1-5 Norwich City
The publication was littered with imagery of the Blues’ 2-1 derby victory over Liverpool a week earlier - a result which manager Howard Kendall said all Evertonians would ‘savour to the full’ in his programme notes.
The manager also gave a glowing reference of Barry Horne, who he believed had his best game for the Toffees against our Stanley Park neighbours.
The news desk pages in the programme report on Brett Angell’s arrival on loan from Southend United and that Australian frontman Carl Veart had been invited to Bellefield for a trial.
Perhaps the most interesting – and unusual – article in the programme was with Stuart Barlow who wanted it to be known that he had signed a new deal at Everton. “I accepted the offer on the day Graham Stuart joined the club,” he said. “Because of the publicity surrounding his transfer, my business seemed to get overlooked.”
2003/04 – Everton 3-2 Norwich City
Wayne Rooney was a Goodison fledgling at the time and in that edition of the programme, the then teenager answered questions from supporters about the upcoming European Championships.
Rooney said he hoped to win the tournament with the Three Lions and that Sven Goran Eriksson’s side would be able to cope with the loss of Rio Ferdinand, who was due to miss Euro 2004 through suspension after failing to attend a drugs test.
The striker went on to net four goals in four games in Portugal but England, of course, did not succeed after typically exiting the competition on penalties to the host nation.
Also in the interview, Rooney explained that he modelled his game on former Goodison goalscorer Gary Lineker because he liked ‘getting the ball and running at defenders’.
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