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Exclusive Interview With Everton Legend Bob Latchford
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Blue Echo Interviews Bob Latchford

This interview was done at short notice and was done without any preparation but I could not dismiss this wonderful opportunity to share some great Everton memories. I am hoping to meet him in November as he will be attending the Merseyside Derby and hopefully I can make this article more interesting.

Q1/ "BOBBY LATCHFORD WALKS ON WATER OR ONE GOAL AT A TIME"?

A1/ (Chuckling) they were both equally good, I don't know which one was easier scoring one goal at a time or walking on water. I wished I could walk on water, I could have made a bit of money if I'd tried.

Q2/ WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE GROUND?

A2/ Apart from Goodison? (Thinking).  2 spring to mind. Loftus Road and Old Trafford actually.

Q3/ WHO WAS THE BEST PLAYER THAT YOU PLAYED WITH?

A3/ I played with a lot of good players but I would have to go with Dave Thomas. He was probably the best winger I ever played with and I have played with some great wingers over the years.

Q4/ WHO WAS YOUR TOUGHEST OPPONENT?

A4/ (Laughing) The taxman. Again there was a number of very tough opponents. Dave Watson (Sunderland), Roy McFarland (Derby), Terry Butcher and Kevin Beattie (Ipswich Town).

I hated playing against Colin Todd, you just couldn't get enough near to Colin to know where he was. He wouldn't allow you to back into him and he was very clever too.

I hate to say it but the one that eclipses all of them is Alan Hansen. He just had everything, a bit like Bobby More who could read the game, intercepted things who had a bit more pace than Bobby.

I played against Bobby once at the end of his career and I was just in awe of the man. Alan Hansen was very much in that mould.

Q5/ WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST REGRET IN FOOTBALL?

 A5/ If I have one regret in football that's got to be not winning anything with Everton. We came close on a number of occasions but always came up short. We had a good team in the 70's with good players but always came up short.

 Q6/ WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE CAREER GAME IN YOR CAREER ?

A6/ Again it's a tough one to pick out. Your first game is always memorable although it wasn't particularly a great game. The League Cup Final from 1977 and the FA Cup semi Finals were memorable but that game against Chelsea on the last day of the season when I reached the 30 goals toppled everything.

 Q7/ WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE GOAL?

 A8/ Again, there's a number of goals that are memorable. My first goal for Everton against Leicester City. The goal I scored at Burnden Park against Bolton in the League Cup semi final that got us to Wembley.

 The goal against West Ham at Leeds in the FA Cup semi final, the ball came over from Billy Wright with so much pace, all I had to do was direct it and get the technique right. It just flew in, absolutely flew in.

 Q8/ IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE GAME AGAIN, WHICH ONE WOULD IT BE?

A8/ Just one game? Then it would have to be one of the Cup games then. The League Cup game, we would turn it around instead of losing it, the one at Old Trafford.

 Q9 ANY REASONS AS TO WHY YOU NEVBER SCORED IN A MERSEYSIDE DERBY ALONG WITH KEVIN KEEGAN?

 A9/ That's the only thing that I can come back with the fact that KK never scored against Everton.

I never had a problem scoring with other clubs against Liverpool. I can honestly say, those games were different.

My first Merseyside Derby, I couldn't believe it. I never touched the ball  for about 10-15 minutes.

There were tackles flying in all over the place and I thought this is crazy. But that's how games were total ferocity 100 mph, get the ball, tackle, get the ball tackle with not much football played.

Q10/ THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR CAREER?

A10/ Freddie Goodwin at Birmingham City. Freddie made me into the player I was partly because he didn't have any money to go out and buy another player so he had to work on me and to be fair to him he did.

We used to have one on one sessions in the afternoon and he turned me into a centre forward, a proper centre forward.

Q11/ WHO IS THE BIGGEST JOKER YOU HAVE EVER HAD IN ANY SQUAD YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH?

A11/ (Very loud laughter) Probably Kingy.

Q12/ WHAT WAS YOUR FUNNIEST FOOTBALL MEMORY?

A12/ Nothing really sticks out as you had your every day banter what went on. Just the usual day to day stuff the usual run of the mill banter.

Q13/ WHAT DO YOU MISS ABOUT THE GAME?

A13/ You miss playing, the camaraderie. Being in a group with players that you have been with for x amount of years, the spirit and team thing.

Q14/ WHO IS THE BEST MANAGER YOU HAVE EVER PLAYED UNDER?

A14/ Freddie Goodwin is there or there about. I played under Alf Ramsey, Alf was super, a super, super man. I might have to go with Alf actually.

Q15/ TELL ME ABOUT YOUR LAST ENGLAND INTENATIONAL?

A15/ It was against Austria in Vienna. We lost 4-3 and I had a chance to make it 4-4. A Trevor Brooking free kick and I headed it across the goal but should have scored.

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Comments about Exclusive Interview With Everton Legend Bob Latchford
 
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I went to luton and QPR and saw big Bob score 4 in each game, I was at the chelsea game too his pen almost broke the roof of the net. My 1st Everton hero.
Robin white, Northwich, 8:17 PM 19/09/2013
 
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There's no doubt Bob should have had a medal of some sorts. So underated outside Merseyside and Birmingham. Probably left us too soon as he still had a couple more good years left in him. He was better than Biley at least. Great to hear from him again. Try and get hold off Colin Todd. Another one who left too soon.
Mike B, Surrey, 8:39 PM 17/09/2013
 
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It Was because Of Bob Latchford i become an Everton fan. The year was 1974 and i was 8 years old. I wil never forget the game against Coventry that was match of the day on Norwegian television. The Latch destroyed them.
Gustav, Norway, 4:44 AM 17/09/2013
 
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A great centre forward. Great header of a ball. Always looked dangerous.
Pat waine, Dublin, 10:56 PM 16/09/2013
 
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The Latch could knock them in with any part of his anotomy. The complete old style centre forward ( with respect Bob )
LES, PHUKET, 3:11 PM 16/09/2013
 
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Had the pleasure of meeting God a few months ago at the Rocket pub on a number Nine night he was everything I thought he would be an absolute gentlemen.
Ezza, Derby, 12:36 PM 16/09/2013
 
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"....I'd love to go to Wanderers to see Neal Whatmore cry.... to see our Bobby score a goal and this what we cry... Wembley Wembley. Can anyone remember that one?
mark, north wales, 10:47 PM 15/09/2013
 
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Was on the Gwladys Street with my older brother for the Chelsea game and the crowd noise that day was only bettered by the Bayern Munich night and the Gosling goal derby. And Super Latch did walk on water :-)
Andy, Accra, Ghana, 9:41 PM 15/09/2013
 
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I was there at the Chelsea game, in the paddock. I don't think it was a pen. I think the ref gave it cos we were 5-0 up and Latch had already got 2. I never actually saw the pen go in as I turned my back for "good luck"! Waiting for the roar. The ground just erupted when it went in. Happy days.
Steve, Anfield, 7:17 PM 15/09/2013
 
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Big Bob a true Blue great. Thanks for some great memories.
Woody, Old Swan, 3:51 PM 15/09/2013
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