Sep 292014

Phil Jagielka’s derby wonder strike will go down as one of the all-time great goals scored by an Everton player at the Kop end.

Not only did it salvage a point for the Blues, it was also a timely personal boost for the skipper.

Jagielka had come under fire following Everton’s difficult start to the season, but Saturday’s screamer could well turn out to be a galvanising moment for the captain and his team.

It also meant Jags joined a select band of Blues who have netted memorable goals at Anfield’s Kop end.

Here are five others.

Dixie Dean; Liverpool 3 Everton 3; February 25, 1928

It was the game which gave birth to a famous quote.

Dixie netted all three Everton goals in the first derby of 1928 and, years later, would recall how he celebrated.

“I used to stick the ball in the net and bow three times to the Kop,” recalled the talismanic centre-forward. “They never liked me doing that.”

You can bet they didn’t.

It was a fitting way for Dean to mark his 100th appearance for Everton, though some of the gloss was taken off when Liverpool fought from 3-1 down to secure a draw.

Dixe would go on to bag 60 goals that season as Everton won the title, finishing a distant 24 points clear of their Mersey neighbours in 16th.

Kevin Ratcliffe; Liverpool 0 Everton 2; February 22, 1986

Jagielka isn’t the only Everton skipper and centre-back to have netted from long range at the Kop end.

But the similarities between Jags’ laser-guided strike and Ratcliffe’s bobbling daisy cutter end there.

Bruce Grobbelaar went into this 1986 clash carrying an injury, which may go some way to explaining how he failed to stop Ratcliffe’s speculative 73rd-minute strike, which somehow squirmed under his body.

Gary Lineker doubled the Blues’ lead to give them a 2-0 victory… but it would be Liverpool who would win the title by two points from their Mersey rivals.

Kevin Sheedy; Liverpool 3 Everton 1; April 25, 1987

OK, so the goal ended up counting for little as two late Ian Rush strikes gave Liverpool the win. But Sheedy’s free kick stunner has gone down in Blues folklore, mainly down to the two-fingered gesture the midfielder made to the Kop as he celebrated equalising Steve McMahon’s opener.

“It was just a spur of the moment reaction and I wasn’t being disrespectful. To this day, I still don’t know what made me do it,” recalled Sheedy.

Everton had been hoping to effectively wrap up the Division One title with a win on Anfield turf. Rush denied them on the day, but Howard Kendall’s men would go on to finish nine points clear of Liverpool.

Andrei Kanchelskis; Liverpool 1 Everton 2; November 18, 1995

The flying winger netted both goals for Joe Royle’s Blues, his first a well-placed header from Paul Rideout’s right-wing cross in the 53rd minute. The ball seemed to be curving wide of David James’ goal before swinging inside the post.

Kanchelskis stunned the Kop with his second of the night 15 minutes later, smashing a low shot past James following some nimble play by Anders Limpar in the build-up.

Robbie Fowler halved the deficit late on but Kanchelskis’ Kop end double was enough for the Blues.

Kevin Campbell; Liverpool 0 Everton 1; September 27, 1999

Campbell is the last Blues player to score a winning goal at Anfield.

You have to rewind 15 years to an era when Walter Smith and Gerard Houllier were in the rival dugouts.

Campbell pounced early, taking advantage of some neat build-up play to smuggle a first-time shot past Sander Westerveld from 10 yards. The Reds keeper was later sent off for a flare-up with Franny Jeffers, who also saw red. A certain Steven Gerrard was sent off too.

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