Ahead of Everton’s Premier League encounter with Newcastle United on Monday, we have joined forces with Newcastle United blogger Ciaran Donaghy to look back at some of the great players to have played for both Everton and Newcastle. From Bracewell and Sheedy to Beardsley and Ferguson, a number of players have represented both clubs with great distinction, with others such at Paul Gascoigne failing to hit the heights they managed elsewhere. Please let us know your views and opinions on this list of ex Toffees and Magpies.
St Domingo’s – Paul Bracewell was part of the greatest Everton team of all time, taking his place in midfield alongside the brilliant Peter Reid. Unfortunately for Bracewell he suffered three horrendous years of injury which prevented him from becoming one of the best midfield players ever to where the Blue shirt of Everton. Tremendously gifted with fantastic vision and a tireless engine, Bracewell collected a European Cup Winners Cup and League winner’s medal in 1985, but missed out on FA Cup glory, playing in three losing finals at Everton and one later in his career at Sunderland.
NUFC Daily – Admittedly, Pail Bracewell is a little bit before my time, and while he enjoyed more success in his time at Everton than he did at Newcastle he was still a solid player. He’s not one that lives long in the memory of Newcastle United supporters but there is a lot to be said for a player who comes in and does his job and does it well. As a relatively young Newcastle United supporter I did not see him play much in his career. The fact that he had a long career for Sunderland wouldn’t exactly endear to Newcastle United fans though!
St Domingo’s – The term legend is often over used in football, but it is a tag truly fitting of Kevin Sheedy. Another to have worn the red of Liverpool early in his career, it was at Goodison Park where Sheedy established himself as one of the best players of the 1980s. A left foot unmatched in World football, Sheedy could strike a dead ball better than most. His corner kicks and free kicks remain the talk of the Gwladys Street. With over 350 appearances, 97 goals and an endless list of honours Kevin Sheedy is one of Goodison’s finest.
NUFC Daily – Sheedy is an Everton legend, through and through Blue. However, on top of that, he was part of the team that saw Newcastle United promoted to the Premier League and will always be fondly remembered for his contributions to the side in that season. As an Irishman, I also have a soft spot for Sheedy given how he scored against England in our famous victory in the 1990 World Cup. He was a fantastic player, no doubt about it and one that football fans in this country, and hopefully the wider football community remember fondly for years to come.
St Domingo’s – Beardsley arrived at Everton with a point or two to prove. A player of the highest quality, he had found himself deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield and was looking to rebuild his career on the Blue side of Stanley Park. Any doubts amongst Evertonians over adopting a Red were quickly extinguished as Beardsley produced a series of fantastic displays, finishing top scorer in his first season at Goodison Park with 20 goals in all competitions. Unbelievably, with Beardsley still a top player, he was allowed to re-join Newcastle after just two seasons at Everton, for a bargain £1.5 million. He will probably be best remembered for scoring a late winning goal against Liverpool in 1992-93, to make him only the second player to score for both sides in Merseyside derby games.
NUFC Daily – What can I say about Peter Beardsley? The guy is a living legend, truly one of the greatest players to ever play the game in my opinion. Obviously my memories of Beardsley are of his second stint with Newcastle United as part of Kevin Keegan’s Entertainers that lit up the Premier League in the early to mid-90s. Beardsley was easily one of the best, if not the best, in that team. His close control, dribbling ability and knowledge of the game made him a potent creator of chances. as well as a goal getter. I would liken his ability to that of Juan Mata or Oscar in today’s game. He was really that good. It is safe to say that Beardsley is a fond fan favourite for Newcastle United fans, and has been a part of the club’s coaching/ambassadorial set-up for the past number of years. Newcastle fans the world over are proud that we had a player of Beardsley’s quality playing for us, and I am sure every other club he played for feel the same.
St Domingo’s – Gary Speed is one of football’s saddest stories. As a player Speed was a committed pro, a boyhood Evertonian who relished playing for the team he had supported growing up. Gary Speed arrived with Everton on the up, Joe Royle was rebuilding the club after a difficult decade, but unfortunately for Speed, Royle’s tenure had peaked and the Blues were about to enter one of the most difficult periods in the clubs history. Howard Kendall replaced Royle at Everton and a difference of opinion with Speed resulted in the Welshman transferring to Newcastle where in went on to enjoy a fabulous career.
NUFC Daily – Gary Speed is one of my all-time favourite Newcastle United players. He epitomised everything a central midfielder needed; Work rate, tenacity, and an uncanny ability to know when to get into the box. He led by example, and was a key part of Sir Bobby Robson’s side who done so well in getting Newcastle United into Europe. He was a strong player who never shied away from looking a pass, or getting into a tackle. I was devastated when I heard the news of his passing because not only was he a great servant to all the clubs he played for, but he was an absolute gentleman off the field. You will not find a fan of any club he played for, or any club for that matter, say a bad word about Gary Speed, such was his impact on the game. He is, and always will be, sorely missed.
St Domingo’s – It is probably fair to say that neither club saw Gazza at his best. When Paul Gascoigne joined Everton at the end of his career he only offered glimpses of the brilliant player he had been for over 15 years. Unfortunately for Everton and Gascoigne, both parties were struggling when he joined, Gazza with his addictions and Everton financially, with the Blues struggling at the wrong end of the table and the club in long-term decline.
NUFC Daily – Gazza is a player whom Newcastle United fans feel that they didn’t see the best from while he was at the club. A talented player who was handled in the wrong way by a lot of managers, but he himself was a tricky character to handle. As a Geordie boy, he will always be held with some form of affection by the Newcastle United faithful. He was a strong runner with the ball, had terrific feet and vision, and as he went on to show in his career both at other clubs and internationally, he was a class act who could have been one of the best in the world. Gazza is one of world football’s enigmas and it is a shame that he did not fulfil his undoubted potential.
St Domingo’s – It is impossible to sum up what Duncan Ferguson means to Evertonians in one paragraph. Ferguson arrived at Everton with the club at its lowest ebb and offered Blues a reason to be proud of their football club again. When he retired he had played an influential role in leading the club back to regular European football. If injury hadn’t struck with such frequency he would probably be spoken about as one of the clubs finest number nines.
NUFC Daily – Another player who could have had an illustrious career had it not been for injuries as well as off-field problems. Obviously, more renowned for his time at Everton than for Newcastle, but any player who scores 2 goals on his debut for Newcastle United is going to be remembered. It is a shame he didn’t keep free from injuries, because Ferguson and Shearer could have been a dynamic partnership. He was a big hard centre forward with an eye for goal and I for one think of what could have been when I think of Duncan Ferguson. With the amount of ability he had he could have been one of the League’s top scorers, but injury ravaged what was a promising career. I have nothing bad to say about Duncan Ferguson, he was a goal getter and Newcastle United fans appreciate a goal getter.