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In re initiating this series of Pieces online , I wanted to veer away from , The Usual Suspects as it were , yet stay true to the ethos of the series , which was Aces Toffees . Recently , I have been writing – still am , a Book Of Sermons . These naturally contain many high profile Evertonians . However when either reading or speaking directly to those involved the subject of today’s focus name repeatedly arose . He was a Youth Player as good as any in the land and was tipped for many England Caps , in the event , he would be one of Everton F.C’s most unluckiest players ever , despite spending 15 seasons at L4,4EL . He could also Rock A Beard better than anyone I’d seen in Our Shirt until Tim Howard went Ayatollah in 2013 .
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Congregation it is my pleasure to introduce Roger Kenyon .
Roger Kenyon was born in Blackpool on 4 January , 1949 . Young Kenyon was a Prodigy . From his early teens he was approached by Clubs and would represent England Schoolboys and furthermore was lauded as a future long-term England Footballer from that same early age .
“ Everton showed more interest in me than anyone else . And to be honest , they also had a better Set-Up , for Younger Players , than any Club I saw , so I was quite happy to sign for them . I went straight from School to Goodison at 14 years old in 1964 and at first ,I have to admit , I was over-awed by the place . Anyone my age would have been . It was just an awesome Club . Everything about it was huge . I’d been used to being King Of The Hill as a Schoolboy Player . Suddenly I was a nothing , and had to start right at the bottom . “
After some years acclimatization in the School Of Science ‘60’s , Kenyon would finally get his chance as Catterick’s Side’s metamorphosis into the School Of Science #Mk2 and following the Big Name captures of Ball and Kendall now done his recruitment from within policy was in full effect . Following Tommy Wright a couple of years earlier , The Catt’ now Blooded Hurst , Royle , Husband , Whittle and at Arsenal , on Saturday , November 11 , 1968 in a 2-2 draw he brought Roger Kenyon on as a Substitute for Howard Kendall . He would do likewise at The Old Lady a week later in a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United . Roger was then left out of the squad for 6 games as The Catt’ , in fairness , was handling the Boy well .
Roger Kenyon would make his Full Everton Debut at Goodison Park , on Boxing Day 1968 against Burnley .
“ In those days Burnley were a top flight side . They were packed with big names , and having to face up to a centre forward like Andy Lochhead , who was big , strong and very experienced , was very nerve wracking I can tell you . I was almost panicking with a sort of Stage Fright before going out onto the Pitch … It’s a Dream that you desperately do not want to turn into a Nightmare , but Brian Labone , who was of course Captain and my Central Defensive Partner , was brilliant . He calmed me down and told me that if Harry didn’t think I was any good then he wouldn’t have picked me . When someone of Brian’s reputation and stature takes the time and trouble to talk to you like that , it does make a difference .
The first 15 or 20 minutes were nervy for me but once I got in a few tackles and won the ball , it just seemed to flow naturally and I settled into the side . “ We are defeated 2-1 as Jimmy Husband scores our goal . Moreover , Roger was retained for the following fixture , a 3-1 victory at Molyneux . However Catterick wisely removes him from the War-Zone that was Leeds Vs Everton games , particularly at Elland Road during that period as he does make a Substitute appearance as we go down 2-0 . He is then rested for 8 games before injuries to Harvey , Hurst , Bally and even Labby himself see Roger Kenyon get an extended run in the First Team .
The first of these was the F.A. Cup Quarter Final at Filbert Street , Leicester , this time in for The White Pele . We go on to triumph 1-3 with goals from Joe Royle and 2 from Jimmy Husband . He contributes to his first Everton Clean Sheet as we defeat Arsenal at home 2-0 . The home League fixtre with Leicester City is once more a 2-0 win , before both Sheffield Clubs , United at Brammall Lane and Wednesday at Our Place , both by single goals to nil . Colin Harvey returns against Chelsea at The Old Lady , Kenyon is Substitute . He is recalled however as Bally suffers the inevitable and in fairness to my Hero , omnipresent Red Card and 2 game ban . The problem was that , following a defeat to nil at the City Ground , Nottingham , our next fixture is the F.A. Cup Semi Final versus Leeds United . Bally’s absence made them Bookies Favourites . That he was replaced by a Centre Half simply added a couple of points .
In the event , we prevail via , oddly , Johnny Morrisey deputizing for Bally on Penalty duty and beating Sprake for the games only goal . Toffees WENT OFF !!! My Father amongst their number .
“ That ( The Semi Final Win ) is such a great memory . We were definitely underdogs that day , and to beat The Mighty Leeds – what a moment to savour .. “
For a tad perspective , this Great Club had been to Wembley but once in 33 years . Now we would visit the Royal Twin Towers twice in 24 months . Bally returns for the visit to Maine Road , Manchester as Kenyon now deputizes for John Hurst as we are defeated 2-0 . He again stands in for Hurst as Stoke City are mashed 3-0 at Goodison . A 1’s each at West Ham as he this time stands in for Labone precedes the F.A. Cup Final of 1968 .
Harry Catterick springs a surprise – especially to The Golden Vision and Sandy Brown whom were both told they were Substitute at Wembley , as Roger Kenyon is actually names Twelfth Man as the Captain is restored to the ranks .
Against a side in West Bromwich Albion whom that season we had beaten 8-3 over both games we were favourites . However , on the day , despite Bally driving us on , Los Tres Amigos just could not get going . The match saw few chances . Our best ironically at the death as Jimmy Husband heads over a relatively simple chance with only seconds of normal time left . He says it was because Bally put him off shouting for it . Extra Time . Toffee Hearts would be broken as Jeff Astle swings his Swinger in the Tunnel End goal and the ball flies into the top corner giving Westy no chance . That would be that unfortunately .
“ We were hot favourites to win the Cup . We’d beaten Albion in both League Games that Season and certainly should have buried them in the Final . We had the chances but just couldn’t score and were made to suffer in extra time when Jeff Astle scored what proved to be the winner . In Footballing Terms it was the saddest day of my life . WE sloped off the pitch at the end with our heads down and our loser’s medals . In the dressing room afterwards there were lads actually crying – Bally was one btw . We were desperately upset at having let ourselves and our Fans down … “
Just like modern day E.P.L. , there was still a fixture to be fulfilled , in this instance a home game with Fulham . Labby is again rested as Roger Kenyon returns in a 5-1 trouncing . John Hurst scores twice . We finish in a creditable 5th position especially when viewed alongside both the Cup Final and the mid-season addition of Howard Kendall thereby completing The Holy Trinity . Roger Kenyon made 18 appearances in total in his Debut season at Goodison Park .
The previous Summer has gone down in the annals of Western Culture as The Summer Of Love . Well , at Goodison this was The Summer Of Hope . Despite the Wembley loss Evertonians weren’t fools . They could see the evolution to a younger , more mechanized School Of Science , and for the most part were good with it . Even albeit inevitably when Alex Young , The Golden Vision departed L4, 4EL for Glentoran in Northern Ireland . A true Legend and Goodison Hero and a sizeable hole to fill in Supporters affections . Typically cantankerous Catterick makes precisely zero signings . Moreover having used 28 First Team Players in last season’s , Stage 1 Re-development Programme , this campaign would be much more streamlined and Roger Kenyon’s opportunities would suffer as result .
The opening game , away at Old Trafford saw a 2-1 defeat . Bally scored for us . Indeed he scores in 3 of the first four games – a loss and two wins complete the sequence . Two Nil’s each’s – one the Goodison Derby preclude a victory over Nottingham Forest at Ours and a 4-0 pasting of Tranmere in the League Cup , 4-0 . Two draws and a win see us face Luton Town in the League Cup 3rd Round , once more at Goodison . Roger Kenyon is named Substitute and comes on in place of Howard Kendall . It is a manifestation of the Holy Trinity Side as we brush the Hatters aside 5-1 . The following week – with Kenyon once more returned to the Central League , we batter West Bromwich Albion 4-0 at home . Bally gets a hat-trick for the 2nd time in 3 games against them . Alas , the one he never was the F.A. Cup Final . The victory in no way makes up for that loss but does serve as a marker Re; Application . We also reverse the defeat at Maine Road in the return match , by the same 2-0 scoreline . We then go to Grey Skull and with Bally’s only Deep End Goal secure a 1-1 . Both Derbies done by October 8th
We go to the Dell , Southampton and again manifest that this side is not only now firing on all cylinders , but that it is beautiful as we mullah the Saints 2-5 . A blip in the League Cup as we are knocked out of the League Cup by Derby County after a Replay . Roger Kenyon makes a Substitute appearance in the drawn first Tie .Two wins and a draw before another manifestation of Greatness , a 4-0 over Wolves at home . Evertonians were now becoming genuinely excited . We lose at Leeds United by the odd goal in 3 , then another barnstormer as Leicester City are coated at The Old Lady , 7-1 . Me Da said the Toffee Lady had one disallowed . Three wins a loss and a draw in our next five games . Roger Kenyon deputizes for Bally in the 1-0 home win over Southampton . The trip to Sunderland and the 1-3 victory sees us go on a run of 6 victories in 7 games . Joe Royle scores in all but one of them . A stalemate at Old Trafford precedes the F.A. Cup Semi Final against Manchester City at Villa Park . City grab a late winner via a Tommy Booth header and once more , Success was tantalisingly just outside our grasp . We are again defeated , this time at home by Chelsea 1-2 the following Saturday but thereafter lose just once in our final 10 games . Roger Kenyon makes just 2 Substitute appearances on the run-in as we finish in a more than respectable 3rd place . Indeed we had been fancied to be Champions in March , but naivety and a smidgen of the Cup run perhaps dulled our performance on certain days . In the main however this side in the absence of a Trophy were making the Toffees happy . Roger Kenyon makes an intermittent 10 appearances in the campaign .
Once more , despite no new signings this was a contented summer for Azulians . The English First Division was compressed due to the impending World Cup in Mexico . As a result the League crams as many games as possible into the first 6 weeks to utilise the climate . We would play 7 fixtures from August 9-31st . We win our first 4 games conceding only one goal . Roger Kenyon comes on for Howard Kendall in the opening day 1-0 at Arsenal but then has to wait his chance . We suffer our first reverse at Derby County on September 3rd but then go the rest of the month – a further 4 matches unbeaten . On Wednesday 17th September we overcome Newcastle United 2-1 at home via a Jimmy Husband brace against his Boyhood Club and go top of Division 1 .
We defeat Arsenal in the League Cup 3rd round at home via a Howard Kendall strike , then we secure a 2-3 win at Molyneux and enjoy 3 more victories in October . A 1-0 over Nottingham Forest as Tommy Wright bags a rare winner . We lose at West Bromwich before a draw and a victory precede the season’s inaugural Merseyside Derby . Unfortunately , Shankly’s side come to Goodison and turn it on – Lucifer Stylee , granted , but still . They are victorious 0-3 and take us apart . It is a shock . Devastating to many . No matter . We remain atop the English Top Flight in the Papers the next day . Three 1-0 wins follow . Then two , 1-2 reverses on the last game of the 1960’s and the first of the 1970’s . The latter eliminating us from the F.A. Cup at the first hurdle at Sheffield United .
A 3-0 over Ipswich Town is followed by a loss at Southampton by the odd goal in 3 when sees us knocked off top place in Division 1 and a stalemate at home to Newcastle United . Our next 5 games see 2 victories but 3 draws as we remain in second position until the latter of those victories a 1-2 over Burnley at Turf Moor sees us ascend once more to the League Apex . The following game sees Brian Labone succumb to injury as Roger Kenyon is drafted in in his stead . We would play Spurs twice in for days – winning both encounters . He retains his place for the Anfield Derby . Despite our apprehension at the previous meeting , these sides are well matched . One can beat the other one and this is precisely what happened as in a consummate performance we win 0-2 with goals from Joe Royle and Alan Whittle . Roger Kenyon helped keep his first Grey Skull Clean Sheet . Our last 5 games bring four victories , including a magnificent 5-2 over Chelsea at The Old Lady . Alan Whittle scores in the first 3 of these games . We conclude the campaign with a stalemate at Roker Park .
In the event , we lift the Title by 9 points from Leeds United with many consider the finest side hat this fine Institution has ever possessed . Certainly has a claim to be the best . Irrespective , Bally lifts the Trophy as Roger Kenyon continues in Labby’s place . He would go on to make 10 appearances in total but his performances on the run-in would convince the Club of his long term worth .
The Mexico World Cup was a debacle for England – despite taking four Toffees though neither Harvey nor Kendall , but it would become a Millstone for Everton Football Club for a decade or more . Once more Harry Catterick fails to add to the group in the summer months .
We begin the Season with a Charity Shield Victory 1-2 , however once the Curtain rose for real , as it were , we seemed to be still , In The Wings as our first 5 games as Champions see us suffer 2 defeats an three draws . Roger Kenyon is brought in for Brian Labone still struggling with last year’s injury in the fifth League Game Away at Chelsea . We go to Old Trafford and lose again , 2-0 . We now stand , as Champions in a Relegation place in Division 1 and Blues are asking , What’s going on ???
Finally , a break in the gloom , our first victory of 1970/71 comes on 5 September against West Ham United at the Bolelyn Ground . Ipswich Town are negotiated 2-0 the following Saturday . Alan Ball gets a hat-trick as we trounce Keflavik in Iceland 2-6 in the European Cup 1st Round , First Leg . Two more victories follow . Away at Blackpool and at home to Crystal Palace . We then negotiate the return leg of the European Cup , 3-0 at Our Place . Alas a draw and two defeats ensue . The latter of these is a 4-0 battering at Highbury .
We are drawn against German Champions Borussia Monchoengladbach in the European Cup Second Round and gain a creditable 1’s each in Germany via an Howard Kendall goal . Newcastle United are vanquished at home . A 0-3 reverse at The Hawthornes , West Bromwich follows . Monchoengladbach arrive for the return . A 1-1 stalemate is finally settled late into the night by Penalties . Thankfully we prevail 4-3 . It would be Roger Kenyon’s last game filling in for Labby . For now . Our next 5 fixtures see 1 victory , three draws and a defeat . Unfortunately , that defeat came at Grey Skull in a Derby where we took a 0-2 half time lead but they came back to triumph 3-2 . In retrospect it was a shifting of the Power on Merseyside – as regards domestic contests between the pair for almost 2 decades . Evertonia was justifiably devastated .
Southampton are beaten 4-1 at Goodison – Roger Kenyon plays the second of 2 consecutive games as Labby’s stand in , before Leeds United come and leave with both points . Another loss this time at Wolverhampton Wanderers . Blackburn are beaten at Goodison in the 3rd Round of the F.A. Cup . A draw precedes two 3-0 victories , Chelsea domestically and Middlesborough in the 4th Round . Our next fixture , a 2-1 loss at White Hart Lane sees Roger Kenyon replace an injured Labone . 2 wins , both at home . Huddersfield Town in the League and Derby County in the F.A. Cup 5th Round . Our next four games comprise 3 more draws – one a stalemate of a Goodison Derby , and a home victory over Manchester United as Tommy Wright gets his one winner for the season .
Colchester arrive and are despatched with a 5-0 hiding in the 6th Round of the Cup . We are drawn against Greek Champions Panathaniakos with the First Leg at The Old Lady . They escape with a 1-1 draw . The away goal will ultimately prove crucial . A win and 2 losses follow as we set off for Athens . The game is a typical European Tie with Spitting , Diving , Gouging and a 0-0 draw a decent result . nevertheless eliminates us on Away Goals and leaves a collective sour taste . 3 days later we are to face Liverpool in the F.A. Cup Semi Final at Old Trafford , Manchester .
These 4 days would again like England’s Mexico World Cup disaster live with Everton Football Club for many years . We take the lead as Bally rifles one into the top corner of the Stretford End net from 5 yards . The better side we lose Labone to injury . It is the catalyst for Shankly’s side replete with 2 players no-one ever heard of , Alun Evans and Brian Hall – Later of LFC Plc , score the goals that both knock us out the Cup and condemn us to nearly 15 years of The Wilderness . Our next 4 games bequeath 1 draw and three defeats as we stagger Punch Drunk towards the Season’s end . Our final 5 games recoup just one victory a draw and a further 3 losses .
This had been a Annus Horribilis to rank with any aside from the Relegation years in 90 odd years of St. Dom’s F.C. We were shaken . As a Club . Moreover Catterick’s health was now becoming a concern . We finish in 14th place and dreams of back-to-back Titles having evaporated before Autumn even closed the door on the way in . It was with the personnel assembled lamentable . Roger Kenyon , while similarly devastated , made improvement as a Player , one of very few this term . He would make 34 appearances in total .
The summer of 1971 in L44EL was not a contented one . Catterick and the side had lost their edge . Even the Trinity couldn’t save us . The Catt’ chose again to avoid the Market as he again promoted from within , Terry Darracott , Mick Lyons , Peter Scott and the success , David Johnson from within the Club’s ranks . We begin the campaign with 2 Away games . Roger Kenyon begins the season as a Substitute for Tommy Wright as Brian Labone would play the first 4 matches . A stalemate at Portman Road , Ipswich and a 2-0 defeat at The Hawthornes . Our first home game is also a loss by the odd goal to Sheffield United . A Colin Harvey Double gets us our first win over Chelsea at The Old Lady . An only goal defeat at West Ham precedes a 1-0 over Manchester United at home . Roger Kenyon now – to all intents and purposes is Centre Half in Labby’s stead .
Our next 5 games harvest a solitary victory – over Arsenal at ours , a draw and 3 more losses . Catterick acts and signs Henry Newton and weeks later John McLaughlin from Falkirk . It – they were never going to be enough . Our next 5 games see 4 losses – albeit the latter an unlucky 3-2 at Elland Road and a single point in a home draw with Ipswich Town . Bally rifles one from miles away into the Bullens Road side top corner of the St. End net to vanquish Newcastle United in his new White Boots before another hiding this time at White Hart Lane 3-0 .
The Goodison Merseyside Derby finally rolls around with Toffees in honesty fearing decapitation . In the event we achieve the only Derby victory of Roger Kenyon’s Everton Career . It would be fleeting glimpse of what should have been . Things would get a lot worse before they would get better .
The following week Southampton are utterly mashed at The Old Lady . It’s the Scoreboard game . Alan Ball scores his final Goodison goal . Our next four games are 2 stalemates and two defeats . The last one at Derby County will be Alan Ball’s final Everton appearance . Prior to Christmas Everton F.C. stun the Domestic Football World by announcing the British Record Transfer of Alan Ball to Arsenal for £220,000 . It would literally change the fortunes of our Club . Roger Kenyon …
“ Harry sold off Alan Ball to Arsenal in 1971 because he believed he’d got the best years out of him and it was time to offload Ball . What a mistake that was !!! Alan enjoyed several more years at the top and he could have been a crucial part of the Everton set up for years . The Transfer was the catalyst for everything that happened . It was a huge mistake to sell him … “ A 2-2 with Huddersfield Town brings to a close our second consecutive Annus Horibilis as 1971 would not be lamented at L4 4EL . 1972 dawns with another draw , 1’s each at Highbury and Bally . We win 3 of our next four and progress through the 3rd Round of the Cup .
Roger Kenyon scores his Debut Everton goal in a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace in the F.A. Cup 3rd Round . We go to Stamford Bridge and get pasted 4-0 . Our next 5 games are a victory over Walsall in the Cup , 3 draws and a defeat . Roger Kenyon is dropped for the first three of these games but returns and retains his place until the campaign’s conclusion . The following Saturday we attend Chez Grey Skull for the Anfield Derby . This would be a dark day . We are defeated 4-0 and the gulf in class in now wide in so short a time . It would become a chasm . People were in shock . This Club was in shock . We go our final 11 games without so much as a victory . We stagger over the line in 15th and in honesty out on our feet condition .
Harry Catterick would now be in his final year as Everton Manager . He response to the let’s not mince words here , anger of Evertonians at Bally’s sale was to inject Mick Bernard and John Connolly . We also wear a Badge on Everton Shirt for the first time since before the War as a Cyrillic EFC was woven into the Players attire . They are also to contain a white V-Neck and Collar . Brian Labone announces his retirement due to injury . Catterick calls him , “ The Last Of The Corinthians .. “ Roger Kenyon is now Everton’s First Choice Centre Half .
We draw at Carrow Road , Norwich in our opening game . We defeat both Manchester Clubs in 4 days , City away and United 2-0 at home . John Connelly scores in both games . Joe Royle gets the other . We have 2 draws two wins . Joe Royle scores in each game . We are defeated by Bally’s Arsenal at Highbury by the only goal in the League Cup 3rd Round . Our next 5 games amount to two wins – John Connelly scores in both , Joe Royle in one . The latter beating is a 1-0 at Anfield . It would become Our Graveyard , and in honesty , 3 Everton sides aside , remains so to this day . Our next 5 , a win , a draw and three losses .
Catterick makes his final moves in the Transfer Market . Firstly , allowing Alan Whittle to depart for Malcom Allison’s Crystal Palace , and David Johnson to Ipswich , replacing them with Rod Belfitt and Bernie Wright . Belfitt , Catterick was aware of at Leeds United prior to his joining Ipswich and as for Bernie The Bolt , well … We had beaten Walsall earlier in this campaign and Bernie must have made an impression . Howard Kendall tells of how Bernie turned up for Training clutching a bottle of wine and saying , If Bernie’s Drinkin’ , then Everybody’s Drinkin’ … They lashed him and his wine on to a Furniture Wagon , bladdered and that was basically that for Bernard at Bellefield .
Once more Bally’s Arsenal defeat us at Highbury this campaign by the only goal . We lose 3 on the bounce then defeat Tottenham 3-1 at home . Joe Harper becomes Harry Catterick’s final Everton purchase when he joins from Hibernian . He scores on his Debut in a 1’s each at Stamford Bridge and also on his Goodison Debut in another 1-1 with Birmingham City . We overcome Stoke City 2-0 and then Aston Villa 3-2 in the F.A. Cup 3rd Round , both at home . Joe Harper scores the winner against Vanilla .
From there on however we go our next 6 games losing 4 and drawing two . Without scoring a goal . Within this sequence is a particularly horrendous 0-2 elimination from the Cup at home to Millwall and a 0-2 Derby loss which sees Emlyn “ The Piece Of Work “ Hughes run around Goodison with that nasty celebration twice in the last 5 minutes . This was bad . Even the next game we score in we lose , 2-1 at Elland Road , Mick Lyons registers for us . Our next 5 games see a defeat , a draw and 3 victories , however Harry Catterick’s health is now beyond a concern . The Club decide to act and the fixture with Norwich City a 2-2 , would be his last as Manager of The Toffees . His Assistant , Tommy Eggleston takes the reins until to conclusion of the campaign . The only things of note were 2 consecutive Away batterings – conceding four goals both times , in 3 days to teams whose names began with W . West Brom’ , and Wolves . #Peace .
We end in a lamentable 17th place in Division 1 . When one considers where this Club stood 3 short years ago , yet where it stood on 28 April , 1972 , it is – was , a travesty . Change was required . Roger Kenyon was now Everton’s recognised Centre Half and made 43 appearances in total .
Everton F.C. announce old boy and Northern Irishman Billy Bingham as our new Manager . The mood was cautiously optimistic . Bingham added no new signings at first preferring to see what he had first .
We begin 1973-74 at Elland Road , Leeds . Roger Kenyon is Centre Half . We lose by 3 goals to 1 as Joe Harper scores for us . Our next 5 games see 3 draws an loss and a win . It will be Evolution not Revolution . We beat Q.P.R. at Goodison by a Mike Lyons goal to nil . Hearts then come and defeat us in the Anglo-Scots thingy , The Texaco Cup . It should have been called The Tax-aco Cup for all we ever got out of the experience , and gain a 0-1 First Leg advantage . Bingham ventures into the Transfer Market for the first time as Dave Clements arrives and goes straight into our Midfield . Results improve . Indeed , a 0-0 , 2nd Leg Away goals exit for Taxaco aside , we win 4 of our next 5 domestic fixtures . The following 5 bring two victories and 3 defeats . We beat Norwich City at Carrow Road 1-3 to go fourth in Division 1 . It is Saturday , 17 November 1973 .
A home draw with Newcastle United is a forerunner for a run of results which reads as follows , 12 games , 3 wins , 3 draws and 6 defeats . Contained within those losses were a Goodison Derby beating by a goal from someone even Kopites don’t remember , Alan Waddle , and after the inaugural F.A. Cup Tie to be staged on a Sunday , West Bromwich Albion eliminate us from the 3rd Round after a replay . A 1’s each at Brammall Lane . Bingham surprises everyone by breaking the British Transfer Record in swooping for Bob Latchford from Birmingham City for £375,000 . Howard Kendall and Archie Styles would be makeweights in the affair and head to St. Andrews’ . Finally Everton make a signing that makes a statement . Many believed 7 years too late but still . Latchford would become the Totem around which this Club would rally throughout the remainder of the 1970’s . We beat Wolves at our place 2-1 . We are unlucky to come out on the wrong end of a cracker 4-3 at The Bolelyn as Big Bob makes his Bow , then vanquish Coventry City at home by the only goal as February turns to March .
Bobby Latch’ scores his first Everton Goal at Leicester City in a 2-1 reverse . He then bags two at The Old Lady as we smash His old Club , His Brother and our 2 Ex-Players , 4-1 . Our next 5 games see only 1 victory with two draws and 2 losses . The final highlight being a 4-1 trouncing of Norwich City at Goodison 4-1 as Latchford scores his 7th and final goal for Everton in the 1973-74 season . We finish in a reasonable 7th place in what was admittedly a transition campaign as Roger Kenyon , now an Everton Stalwart makes 41 appearances in total scoring 2 goals .
The campaign 1974-75 begins in fact as its predecessor ended as Bingham signs Jim Pearson from St. Johnstone in May of this year . He would add Martin Dobson from Burnley in another statement buy as we break the British Transfer Record for a Midfielder at £300,000 . Roger Kenyon is now Everton’s permanent Captain .
We begin with a stalemate at home to Derby County but then three wins from our next four . Joe Royle gets both goals to defeat Stoke City at home and both he and Bobby score in a 2-3 win at West Ham . Latchford scores in the return game draw with Stoke and both goals to defeat Arsenal at Goodison . Our next four games bring no victories but defeat at Portman Road , Ipswich and a League Cup draw at Aston Villa , another stalemate at home to Wolves . Vanilla then come to Goodison and deposit us out of the Competition with a convincing 0-3 win . Four draws in our next 5 games – the odd one being many people’s Non-Derby Favourite Game of the 1970’s as we beat Leeds United 3-2 with a diving header from Lyons and a rocket from Steve Seargeant . A further 3 draws follow . We remain however in fifth place in Division 1 .
We beat Manchester City at home , then draw away at Spurs . Liverpool come and at least don’t defeat us in the Derby before Birmingham City are put to the Goodison Sword for the second consecutive season , 4-1 . Two wins a draw and two defeats see out 1974 . We are in 4th place .
We draw Non-League Altrincham in the F.A. Cup 3rd Round at home . A 1’s each ensues and we trek to Old Trafford and win 0-2 at the replay . Three domestic wins on the bounce then two losses , allied to overcoming Plymouth Argyle away in the 4th Round . Jim Pearson scores the only goal of the game to beat Tottenham Hotspur at home as Bingham’s side go top of the First Division . Two losses and a draw – goalless at Anfield sees us fall to third . Three victories a draw and a defeat still leaves us well placed . We draw at home to Ipswich then lose amazingly to Carlisle United for the second time this campaign . Those points alone would be crucial . We beat Coventry City to take back top spot . It is Easter Monday , March 31st 1975 . We draw with a draw at home to Burnley in the first Friday game at Goodison Park lose at Luton Town and win at Newcastle United with a Martin Dobbo goal . Sheffield United then come to our place and turn up and defeat us 2-3 that would be the end of the Title , as we draw at Chelsea in our final fixture .
Nevertheless , Bingham’s side with Roger Kenyon leading it came as close as any Everton team in the modern day to winning the First Division . It was more than a start but alas would be the high-water mark of the Irishman’s tenure . Despite being his Captain , Kenyon spoke of Bingham thus ,
“ Harry certainly believed in fitness but Bingham was far worse . He carried it to extremes . It was ridiculous . Every Monday morning – Monday was the easy day in Training , we were expected to run 3,000 metres in 12 minutes . He got us totally knackered and then put us up against the Reserves in a match . It was just crazy . I know people have this view of Bingham as a happy-go-lucky Irishman who loved attractive Football , but it really wasn’t the case at all . “
Everton finished the campaign in 4th place , three points behind Brian Clough’s Derby County . Roger Kenyon made 44 appearances in total and scored 1 goal .
So , contentment in L4 4EL for summer 1975 . We had been very close . The Manager decides to go with what he has got . We begin against Coventry City at home . Alas , things do not go to plan as we are tonked 1-4 . Roger Kenyon scores our goal . However , we then win 3 of our next four games. A.C. Milan arrive at Goodison Park for the first and only time to date as we are drawn against them in the UEFA Cup First Round , First Leg . The tie ends 0-0 . We then overcome Arsenal in the League Cup after a replay and the Goodison Merseyside Derby is a stalemate . We then travel to Mila and are unlucky as we lose by the only goal of the game and are thus eliminated . We bat West Ham and then take revenge over Carslisle in the League Cup 4th Round , 2-0 at home . Q.P.R, them mash us 0-5 at Loftus Road . We defeat both Wolves and Aston Villa by 2-1 . The latter of these occurs on October 25th . From then until Birmingham City on 13 December we play 11 fixtures without a single victory .
Even from there our next 5 bring a solitary victory with 2 draws and two losses , the latter being a 5-0 coating at St. James’ Park . Our next four fixtures , two losses , 2 draws . We beat Spus at home by the only goal then Wolves 3-0 but then suffer 5 consecutive defeats , the latter of which is to a late David Fairclough goal in the Anfield Merseyside Derby . We beat Stoke City , play a home stalemate with Arsenal and are beaten by Manchester United at Old Trafford 1-2 and as Andy King is signed from Luton Town , go on to win our final 3 fixtures .
We finish in 11th place as Roger Kenyon makes 35 appearances in total , scoring twice .
The dip in performance from the previous season saw Bingham make some alterations to 1976-77 Toffees . Primarily , Roger Kenyon was replaced as captain by Mick Lyons . No slant on the previous incumbent simply Mike Lyons was always going to Captain Everton . Moreover , the emergence of Ken McNaught would restrict the older Man’s chances .
The season’s curtain raiser is at Loftus Road amidst wondrous scenes as a new Kit , this version Yellow with Blue Diamonds down the Sleeves and Copperplate E.F.C. on the breast is unveiled . We win the game 0-4 in the summer sun . A draw and a loss . We defeat Cambridge United in the League Cup 3rd Round and draw with Leicester City . We then win 4 of our next five matches . We go to Grey Skull and are beaten – again , 3-1 but this time Martin Dobson puts a rifle bullet into Clemence’s Top Corner at The Deep End . It is merely a moment , but a moment it is .
Three victories in 5 games , then a defeat , 4-1 at Newcastle United and another 3-0 at The Hawthornes . We go to Manchester United in the League Cup 5th Round . Amazingly , we win 0-3 and folks are Partyin’ on the Scoreboard Bars . It is a surprise . The following day Billy Bingham makes a double Transfer swoop , capturing both Bruce Rioch from Derby County and Duncan McKenzie from Anderlecht . They are both in the side as we go to Highfield Road , Coventry and lose 4-2 . Roger Kenyon scores our first goal . No matter . A 2’s each with Birmingham City at home before Manchester United take their revenge at the same venue and we are coated 4-0 . Our next 5 games bring but a single win , the latter of those games is the League Cup Semi Final First Leg at Goodison against Bolton Wanderers which finishes 1-1 . The win in that sequence was a 2-0 F.A. Cup 3rd Round victory over Stoke City , however the next day Billy Bingham was sacked as Everton Manager and would be temporarily replaced by his Assistant Steve Birkenshaw . He will soon be replaced by Newcastle United’s Gordon Lee .
We lose at home to Q.P.R. then are fortunate to overcome Swindon Town in a Goodison replayed F.A. Cup tie as David Jones becomes the Hero . Two domestic losses precede a marvellous night at Burnden Park as despite McKenzie missing a Penalty , Big Bobby Latchford rises like a Salmon and sends us to Wembley for the first ever time in the Competition . Three League victories and elimination of Cardiff City in the F.A. Cup 5th Round follow . There is momentum .
We face Aston Villa in the League Cup Final at Wembley . In a dour game the only thing of note was the Bandsman losing a Stirrup at half time and all 22 Players plus Officials plus Sundries combing Wembley Turf for it . In the Replay at Hillsborough 4 days later , Roger Kenyon replaces the injured Martin Dobson and unluckily scores the opening goal . In his own net . It would be his final game that season . Fortunately Latchford grabs a last minute equaliser and we’re all off to Old Traffford to try again in a fortnight . We play 6 games in the interim , beating Derby County 2-0 at home to secure a Semi Final berth in the other Cup Competition , this time to face Liverpool , we then draw against Liverpool 0-0 in the home Derby . We batter Spurs 4-0 in the lead up to Manchester .
The game will finish in heartbreak as despite coming from behind twice , we are beaten when , with respect , a monumental cock-up between Lawson and Darracott allows Brian Little to win the Cup with only seconds left . It could not have been much harder to take . Still , two wins and its back to the other Ground in Manchester for the F.A. Cup Semi Final . In what was our finest non-victorious performance against them in the 1970’s we are robbed as without Latchford or King we are magnificent . Twice going behind and with McKenzie and Ronny Goodlass on fire we twice equalize and in the dying stages score a winner off Substitute Brian Hamilton’s thigh . Amidst no complaints from any Liverpool Player and amidst #Scenes of Toffee Players , Referee Clive Thomas sees fit to disallow the goal . Pandemonium ensues and the final few minutes are played out . Thomas later gives 3 contradicting accounts of his reasoning . Liverpool go on to trounce us 3-0 in the replay of course and lift the European Cup and the League Title . We , on the other hand embody bad luck . It was beyond cruel . The remainder of the campaign is played out amidst a Funerial atmosphere . We may as well have worn Black Strips .
We end up in 9th place as Roger Kenyon plays his last fully involved season at EvertonF.C. He does stay for a further 2 years but plays less than 10 games in all in that time . He eventually departs for Vancouver Whitecaps for the first of 2 spells in 1979 .
A Schoolboy Star , Roger Kenyon can legitimately claim to be one of the unluckiest long-serving Toffees of all time . He came from School , Captained the Club , was on the bench in a losing F.A. Cup Fi nal , scored in a League Cup Final , albeit against his side , and actually played on the Title run in in 1969-70 but didn’t receive a medal as he hadn’t played sufficient games .
Now that , is unlucky . He played 305 games over 15 years and scored 9 Everton goals .
This Domingo , thank the Almighty in his provision of Roger Kenyon . Caramelo . Of this Parish .
The Catholic Reverand LCAB
Look after Your Peoples .
Peace Out .
“ .. I know My Peoples hearin Me . Holler if Y’all need Me …
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