Leighton Baines, the ego-free Evertonian, retires on his own unselfish terms

Tuesday, 28 July, 2020 5comments  |  Jump to last
The left-back played 420 games for his club and 30 for England before he departed in the same understated way he carried himself through 13 seasons at Goodison

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Dennis Stevens
1 Posted 01/08/2020 at 19:25:34
A nice piece, thoroughly deserved.
Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 02/08/2020 at 19:42:56
And yet it is true that Moyes, the man who bought him, thought he had made a mistake, telling people: “I think he's too small.”

Too small? How many times did he go to watch him before he bought him? But that was the case; and it took quite a while before Leighton became a regular.

One of the Liverpool Echo reporters told me that story.

John McFarlane Snr
3 Posted 02/08/2020 at 19:57:54
Hi Dave [2] it was reported that Bolton Wanderers refused to sign Alan Ball because he too was considered to be too small. If stature was the deciding factor, we wouldn't have had the pleasure of watching Bobby Collins.
Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 04/08/2020 at 19:09:51
John (3), true... but Moyes, through Everton, paid ٣M for Leighton after watching him numerous times... and then thought he was too small.
Ian Bennett
5 Posted 04/08/2020 at 19:29:52
He struggled at first when he first signed. Lescott played well at left back, and Baines picked up injuries at first.

It took Moyes an age to play Jagielka and Lescott together in the middle. Yobo made way, and Baines got his chance.

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