“I stayed in the same place at the Albert Dock but just with a different club and I think that showed a lot.
“It was a city in which I could walk through the streets without any problems. Evertonians and Liverpudlians, they were talking to me and it was fine.”
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1 Posted 10/10/2021 at 13:36:46
It's true, the reaction to his defection to the Red side was much less visceral than had greeted Barmby's shocking defection just 15 months earlier. Different times…
2 Posted 10/10/2021 at 19:45:57
3 Posted 10/10/2021 at 19:58:12
4 Posted 10/10/2021 at 19:58:46
Secretly some were even glad to see him go. Played well for Portugal though and looked good with his bleached blonde 'fro.
5 Posted 10/10/2021 at 20:03:14
He wasn't as good as he thought he was.
His Everton career highlight was he played in the 99 Derby win at Anfield
Had a history of falling out with managers, got banned for taking steroids, went bankrupt.
In the Everton Hall of Fame he's below Stracqualursi and marginally ahead of John Spencer.
6 Posted 10/10/2021 at 20:32:37
7 Posted 10/10/2021 at 21:01:45
8 Posted 11/10/2021 at 11:11:23
9 Posted 11/10/2021 at 11:20:57
I had a tenner every game he played for us to score the first goal, never happened.
He signs for Liverpool and on his debut...
10 Posted 11/10/2021 at 12:15:37
I agree Rob, harsh on Valente. I thought he was decent. Not great, but for where we were at the time, decent.
Barmby. My poor son's first heartbreak moment that I had to deal with. We were in Italy at the time and held a Brit community bonfire night, 5th November, year 2000 after the summer transfer. We took responsibility for providing Guy Fawkes and dressed him in my son's Everton Barmby shirt before putting him on his perch on top of the fire, much to the amusement / concern (*delete as appropriate) of the watching crowd.
Childish, but he was only 6. And I was 29. Choose / spot the child!!!
11 Posted 11/10/2021 at 12:41:36
Thought Xavier was pretty garbage tbh.
12 Posted 11/10/2021 at 12:56:36
No-one lost any sleep over selling him (the club had to sell what they could at that time). Last thing I heard about Xavier was that he converted to Islam and changed his name (but I seriously couldn't be assed to Google that).
13 Posted 11/10/2021 at 19:42:49
As someone else said, Barmby was different because he was our record transfer, produced nothing for 3 seasons then had an excellent 99-00 season playing on the right of midfield where he weighed in with 10 goals.
Then demanded a transfer to fucking Liverpool!!!
14 Posted 11/10/2021 at 20:11:50
15 Posted 11/10/2021 at 21:36:19
16 Posted 12/10/2021 at 15:47:16
Like other posters have said: average, this explains the lack of animosity towards his transfer.
It was greeted with bemusement more than anything really. I think his bleach blonde Neptune look was the most memorable thing about him.
As for Nuno Valente, I genuinely can't remember him. I've got a complete blank spot there. I was going to Goodison regularly at the time so this might say more about me than the player?
Any famous highlights from him? That's football – not hairstyle.
17 Posted 12/10/2021 at 16:52:04
18 Posted 12/10/2021 at 17:26:14
Come on blues be generous.
19 Posted 13/10/2021 at 01:20:43
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