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It nonetheless surprises me now that Evertonians bear in mind me so fondly.
We’re almost 30 years later, but after I come to Liverpool, persons are nonetheless coming as much as me and asking, “Hey, Andrei, how are you?”
It means a lot provided that loads of time has handed since I performed for the Membership.
I don’t know why I’m nonetheless held in such excessive regard. However I at all times tried to present 100 per cent in each sport, I feel the Everton followers admire that. I performed with all my coronary heart.
I’ve such nice recollections of my time with the Membership. Within the first season, I scored loads of targets, particularly in direction of the top of the marketing campaign.
The Sheffield Wednesday hat-trick actually stands out. As does the targets towards Liverpool – in fact. Everton followers love that.
It’s humorous, I knew the Merseyside derby was an enormous sport. For positive, it’s the derby! However I didn’t realise simply how a lot the targets would imply in any case these years. It makes me smile.
That evening at Anfield, they had been my first two targets for Everton. To get them in that sport, it was wonderful.
And, hey, mamma mia, one was a header! Fairly unbelievable and uncommon for me.
I additionally scored at Goodison Park towards Liverpool that season which individuals overlook in a 1-1 draw. I acquired three targets towards them in a single season… not dangerous.
The targets towards Liverpool had been at all times particular. I scored towards them for Manchester United as effectively. Whereas it’s not classed as a derby, that was an enormous sport for United.
I take satisfaction in realizing how a lot these moments imply for Evertonians, as a result of they had been at all times so good to me.
It’s no secret that I maybe maintain loads of affection for Manchester United given it was my first membership in England and we loved nice success. However the followers at Everton are particular.
I value some huge cash when Everton signed me, greater than £5million. Then I acquired a foul damage after simply two video games. However I felt no strain from the workers or followers to be rushed again. I needed to be again, in fact. Nevertheless it was a foul damage.
I anticipated to get some grief from followers for being out for thus lengthy, however it was the other. Each time I noticed Everton followers at the moment, it might be like, “How are you? Get again quickly”.
This reveals how loyal Everton followers could be. I’d come from Manchester United, it felt totally different there and nonetheless is now. When issues are good, the followers are nice. However after they aren’t it will probably change rapidly. I feel Everton followers present extra loyalty, win or lose they preserve supporting you.
There should not many golf equipment like that. For me, the closest to Everton had been possibly Glasgow Rangers. They’re passionate, however the help from Everton followers is the perfect.
I’m residing in Kostanay now, it’s a small metropolis in Kazakhstan. The battle on this space means Premier League matches are not being proven on TV. It’s made it more durable for me to regulate Everton’s outcomes, one thing I attempt to do each week.
Fortunately my son, Andrei, is an enormous Everton fan. He’s at all times chatting with me about Everton. He even has an Everton tattoo.
He lives in London, is aware of every little thing that is occurring across the Membership and is at all times telling me concerning the good, or the dangerous.
For the final sport, towards Bournemouth, I used to be having to ring Andrei and ask, ‘”Andrei, what was the rating? Did they win? Are Everton staying up?”
Fortunately it was excellent news.
I hope there are fewer days like these forward and as a substitute, Everton can get again to being a facet that fights within the prime half of the desk. I will likely be supporting them both means.
As soon as once more, thanks Everton followers. Your love means rather a lot. I plan to move to the UK later this 12 months to see Andrei and his daughter – my stunning granddaughter.
Throughout that point, I hope I can get to Goodison Park and see you all as soon as once more.
By Andrei Kanchelskis, 60 appearances + 20 targets for Everton (1995-1997)
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