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Neville Southall's sit-down incident, Judas jibes and how he worked his way back into Everton folklore

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In the concluding instalment of a two-part special, Chris Beesley looks back on Everton legend Neville Southall's turbulent summer of 1990 when the Wales international staged his infamous sit-down incident against a Goodison Park goal-post amid transfer speculation linking the want-away goalkeeper with a big-money move to Manchester United.

Some 11 days after Everton had been rocked by Southall and Kevin Sheedy's double transfer request, they kicked off the 1990/91 Division One season at home to Division Two champions Leeds United, back in the top flight after an eight-year absence.



She blasted: “You big Jessie Southall!



The midfielder – who went on to sign for his beloved Blues six years later under Joe Royle – said: “I was a fanatical Everton supporter as a kid.

“My mates were Everton fans too and I've always rated Neville Southall the best 'keeper in the land.” By the end of the afternoon, Big Nev found praise in short supply though.

On the eve of the fixture, Harvey called for a show of solidarity both on and off the pitch, declaring: “We need to pull together to ensure that we make a good start.” Meanwhile, there was a big interview in the ECHO with Leeds' young star Gary Speed and his Evertonian roots – which were inspired by fellow North Walian Southall.

In the midst of it all there was Southall's now-infamous half-time sit-down in which he re-emerged early from the home dressing room before the second period to sit against a goal-post.
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