Rivals: Classic Merseyside Derby Games
Merseyside derby matches are the ones most keenly awaited when the fixture lists are published each July. Such is the intense rivalry between the two clubs, the pre-match build up is a mixture of trepidation and anticipation in perhaps equal measures depending on which team currently has the most success on the field. The deep-seated intensity between the two clubs dates back to 1892 when a dispute in the ranks at Everton led to them moving the short distance across Stanley Park to set up home at Goodison Park and the formation of Liverpool FC. Everton had been founder members of the Football League in 1888 while Liverpool turned professional in the year of their formation. Both Liverpool and Everton have enjoyed sustained periods of success during their existence with managers such as Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Harry Catterick and Howard Kendall leading the charge to fill the trophy cabinet. On the field, legends such as Dixie Dean, Neville Southall, Kevin Ratcliffe, Ray Clemence, Ian Rush and Kevin Keegan have thrilled fans with their dedication and skill but Gary Ablett has the distinction of being the only player to win the FA Cup with both clubs. This book tells the fascinating tale of the Merseyside derby with full statistics that will end any arguments opposing fans might have.