Everton v City: Connections part I
- 13 March 2013 10:21
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
We take a look at five links between the two clubs ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash at Goodison Park.
Sandwiched between two stints as Everton manager, Howard Kendall found time for a ten month stretch as City boss in 1990, during which he signed Niall Quinn.
Everton was always his first love, with whom he won two league championships and an FA Cup in his first managerial spell in the mid-1980s.
The association began in his playing days - he was a vital part of the Everton side who won the First Division title in 1970.
Having turned down an interview for the England job just months earlier, Kendall left Maine Road to take up the reins once more at Goodison, where the Toffees were struggling against relegation.
After beginning his professional career with City, Tommy Johnson went on to represent the Blues for over a decade, notching up 354 appearances and 166 goals between 1919 and 1930.
The Lancastrian still holds the club record for the most goals scored in a season, netting 38 times in 1928-29.
During his time with the Blues he won the Second Division title and was part of the side that lost to Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup final at Wembley in 1926.
But most of his career silverware was won at Everton, where he won the Second Division title, First Division title and FA Cup in four seasons at Goodison.
As City manager, Joe Mercer collected four major trophies in just three years, as part of his legendary partnership with Malcolm Allison.
The First Division title, FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup all arrived at Maine Road under Mercer’s tenure.
But in the years before World War II, he picked up silverware in a successful playing career with the Toffees as a left-half.
After winning the FA Cup in 1932, Mercer also claimed the First Division title in the 1938-39 season.
Andy Hinchcliffe started his career with the Blues in 1986 and established himself as first choice left back.
He made over 100 appearances for the club, and grabbed a goal in the famous 5-1 victory over Manchester United in 1989.
But it was his eight years with Everton that yielded his only trophy – the 1995 FA Cup, as well as a degree of national recognition. He was capped seven times by England during his eight year career with the Toffees.
Released by Everton at the age of 18, Mark Ward fought his way back to a career in the top flight via Oldham.
Howard Kendall brought him to Maine Road in December 1989 and the winger helped City beat relegation, including scoring his first three goals in consecutive April fixtures.
He missed just two games in an impressive 1990-91 season, where he helped City attain their best finish since 1978 – finishing fifth in the First Division.
Kendall signed him again as Everton boss in August 1991, where he made 83 appearances in a three year spell.