OCT
08
2013
Exclusive Interview With Everton Legend Trevor Ross
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Blue Echo Interviews Trevor Ross

I met Trevor in a hotel in his area to discuss Trevor's association with the Blues after joining from Arsenal. Trevor was always a tough tackling midfielder who always gave 100%.
Trevor looks as young as he did all them years ago and thoroughly enjoying his life. I hope you readers enjoy the article as much as I had the pleasure of chatting over his career. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Trevor Ross. COYB!!
 
Q1/  YOU STARTED YOUR CAREER AT ARSENAL. HOW DID YOU JOIN THEM?
 
A1/ I joined them at the age of 12 and was picked up by a guy called Harry Woodhouse. I was invited down there and loved every minute of it. I went there every school holiday and it was amazing.
I signed schoolboy forms when I was 13 years of age and when I got to 15 that's the time when you become an apprentice. That was the time then when other clubs started to come in for me. Manchester United,  Manchester City, Rangers, Celtic, Liverpool and Everton.
They were always there and they had to speak to my dad. My dad was not the decision maker but a person that guided me and he did right through my career.
My did and my sister Jacqueline used to come to all of my games from the age of 8. Manchester United came in for me through John Aston and took my dad to the local pub in Audenshaw. John Aston had a brown suitcase but my dad said "It's got nothing to do with me"  as far as he (dad) was concerned I wanted to go to Arsenal and that was that so I signed.
 
Q2/ YOU MADE YOUR DEBUT FOR THE GUNNERS ON THE 1ST FEBRUARY 1975 AGAINST LIVERPOOL. WHAT IS YOUR MEMORY OF THAT?
 
A2/  (Laughing) I remember Tommy Smith. I did a 50-50 tackle with Tommy Smith and never pulled out of it and went straight through. As I was running back a few of the lads went whoah, do you know who you have just tackled. I said "No" as I was only a youngster but I remember walking in the tunnel and this hand came on my shoulder and he said " Son, tackle me like that again and I will break your leg"
Then he said "fair play to you, not many people tackle me so well done" So I do remember that.
Another thing I remember because I came on as sub, I went down the by line beat a couple of players and went to cross it, kicked it with my wrong foot and fell on my arse! They are the 2 things I remember about my debut.
 
Q3/ WHAT WAS IT LIKE PLAYING WITH ALAN BALL AND WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM HIM?
 
A3/ I wished I had a pound for the times that people ask me this question. Alan Ball was the best person I played with on a level of attitude, commitment and willingness. He had everything. In my opinion he was the best England captain that has ever been.
When I played alongside Alan, he would always guide you, tell you what to do and put you in the right direction.  He would talk to you through the game, talk to you at half time and as you know then I was a young lad and Alan Ball was the best.
 
Q4/  AFTER 67 GAMES AND 9 GOALS FOR ARSENAL YOU JOIN EVERTON. WHEN WERE YOU FIRST AWARE OF EVERTON'S INTEREST?
 
A4/ I got a phone call from the Gordon Lee of Everton and he was a fantastic guy who knew how to get the best out of players.
Anyway, Gordon asked me did I fancy a move and I was ready as I didn't get on too well with Terry Neill the Arsenal manager.
Terry Neill knew about the move and told me not to say anything as the move would take a couple of weeks. The next game for Arsenal I was dropped and for whatever reason put me in the reserves.
I played for Arsenal reserves one Wednesday afternoon and I was absolutely running the game. At half time as we came off the reserve manager a guy called Ian Crawford said "Keep this up"
Next thing, Terry Neill walks in and says "You, Off. You don't want to play for this club so get off" So me being me and the attitude I had took off my shirt and threw it in his face.  
I went into training on the Thursday and Friday and trained as I was in the 14-15 man squad for the first team. I thought to myself, what am I doing here?
On the Friday evening Steve Burtenshaw (Everton) called me and said "Are you still interested in joining Everton?"
I said "Yes, I want away, I need to get back up North"
He said "Right, we are putting a bid in for you tomorrow"
I played the next day for Arsenal against Coventry City we won 1-0
I had -played well that day and after the game Terry Neill's praising everybody then the chairman walks in and pulls Terry.
I said to Frank Stapleton who was sat next to me and my best buddy. "Did you see that then Frank?"
He said "See what?"
I  said "That's about me, I'm going to Everton"
On the Monday morning I went in for training then later I was told to report to the manager's office so I said to Frank" That's me, I'm gone. I'm joining Everton for £175,000"
I went to the manager's office was asked to sit down but told him that I would rather stand.
He told me that they had received a bid from Everton and what did I think?
I said "What time do I have to be at Goodison?" He said " 1 o'clock" to which I replied "See you" and off I went walking straight out of his office.
 
Q5/  WAS IT AN EASY CHOICE TO SIGN FOR EVERTON AND WHAT CONVINCED YOU?
 
A5/ One, coming back up North. We (Arsenal) only played  Everton a couple of weeks before, I had a really good game and I think that's what convinced Gordon Lee to come in for me.
When I came up I spoke to the club secretary Jim Greenwood who was absolutely superb, so nice. He made me welcome right away, all the staff, the girls downstairs were great then I met Gordon Lee who was a fantastic guy.
We sorted things out and signed the contract and trained at Bellefield the next day.
I knew Kingy (Andy) because of the U21's and I met all the players who made me so welcome it was untrue. It was like going from home to home.
Everything at Bellefield was the same as London Colney, the training facilities were the same as we had the indoor pitches. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Goodison.
 
Q6/  YOU MADE YOUR DEBUT FOR THE BLUES AT DERBY COUNTY ON NOVEMBER 5TH. WHAT DO YOU RECALL FROM THAT?
 
A6/ I remember crossing from a free kick and Mick Lyons scoring. I also remember coming on as a sub against Manchester United when they beat us 6-2 at Goodison  Gordon Lee told me that I had to bide my time because he wanted me to replace Mick Buckley so each week I was sub as they were not going to change a winning side as Everton from what I remember were third in the league at that time.
I was a Manchester United fan as a boy and that when they beat us 6-2 I scored an own goal from a Lou Macari cross so just imagine how I felt?
 
Q7/ YOU MADE 1 APPEARANCE FOR SCOTLAND U21'S  WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER?
 
A7/ I remember that my performance wasn't up to the standard I had but wasn't bad enough for me not to get picked again.
It was a shame because I could have played for Ireland as my mum was Irish and could have got more caps for Ireland.
 
Q8 / MERSEYSIDE OR LONDON DERBIES?
 
A8/ MERSEYSIDE
 
Q9/ HOW DID YOU BECOME EVERTON'S PENALTY TAKER?
 
A9/  I think Kingy had missed a couple. I then volunteered, I don't know if it was a good thing or a bad thing because I remember I came off the penalties when Howard Kendall came.
I remember playing West Ham away in the FA Cup  we lost 2-1. I wasn't the penalty taker. Nobody wanted the responsibility so I stepped up to take it and the keeper (Phil Parkes ) saved it. I was absolutely distraught, gutted.
We were on the coach going back and I was sat next to Mick Lyons. I told him that I had lost the game for Everton to which he replied "Nobody else would take it"
We were playing away at Manchester United the following Wednesday and I told Mick Lyons that Howard would drop me for the game.
Mick said " He won't drop you for jut missing a penalty"
We trained on the Monday and Tuesday . On the Wednesday we met up in a hotel near the airport. there was a squad of 14/15 players and I wasn't even in the 12!
I asked Howard for his reason to drop me to be told that I wasn't in the right frame of mind because I missed the penalty. I said "Bollocks" and walked away.
 
Q10/ WERE YOU HAPPY WITH THE CONTRIBUTION THAT YOU GAVE TO THE TEAM IN YOUR 6 YEAR STAY AT EVERTON?
 
A10/ More than happy (repeating it again), I always gave 100% each time I played and I just loved training. I love Everton and still love Everton and even today I still go down and hope that I get invited down.
 
Q11/ WERE THERE ANY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN ARSENAL AND EVERTON?
 
A11/ Absolutely spot on. There were a lot of things identical. I would say that the Everton staff were more approachable.
 
Q12/ AFTER A MOVE TO SHEFFIELD UNITED AND AEK ATHENS YOU MADE 98 APPEARANCES FOR BURY. DID YOU ENJOY IT AT GIGG LANE?
 
A12/ Howard Kendall sent me on loan to Sheffield United and they wanted to sign me but Howard wouldn't let me go. As soon as I got back off loan I was back in the Everton side .Then my contract was running out so it was time for me to go.
There were a few interested clubs with Sheffield United wanting to sign me,  but I don't know what it was with everything in place for me to sign,  then I got a phone call from Dennis Roache the agent who was also Liam Brady's agent who asked if I had signed for anybody,  and pleaded with me not to sign for anybody.
He told me that AEK Athens wanted me and would I meet him the next day as he had booked me and my wife a flight to go over.
We flew over, I met Dennis over there and that day AEK were playing in a final. We went to the game and the standard was very similar to the style of the old first division.
We went back to the hotel for some food and some drinks but I stayed on Coca Cola as I needed for my head to be straight with what was going on.
The chairman of AEK (Tsompanidis) was there who used to own Budget airways who wanted to sign me  but I told him that I needed to speak to my wife in private but he wanted a decision that night.
I was told I could have this and that so I had to phone home to make sure someone would look after my  house and dogs.
I signed and only stayed 6 months and had to get out. One was because I got a really bad injury and had to get it sorted which I had to pay for myself.
When I came home I was getting so much stick saying that I didn't want to play for AEK Athens anymore and all that rubbish.
I went back and told them I had to get away with Sheffield United still wanting to sign me so I left and joined the Blades.
I went to Bury and had an amazing time there.
 
Q13/ BEST STADIUM PLAYED IN?
 
A13/ Old Trafford
 
Q14/ YOUR TOUGHEST OPPONENT?
 
Q14/ Graeme Souness
 
Q15/  BEST PLAYER PLAYED WITH?
 
A15/ Alan Ball
 
Q16/ YOUR FUNNIEST FOOTBALL MEMORY?
 
A16/ I can recall a lot of funny moments but not fit to print!
 
Q17/ YOUR BIGGEST REGRET?
 
A17/ I wished I played more games for Scotland..
 
Q18/ JAMIE CARRAGHER RECENTLY STATED THAT HE BELIEVED CLUBS SHOULD STOP RECRUITING FOREIGN YOUNGSTERS. DO YOU BELIEVE THIS WOULD BE A STEP THAT WOULD HELP OUR YOUNGSTERS?
 
A18/ I think that there are too many people that come from abroad and play our game. I know that they have mentioned categorically having too many foreign players in the side.
I think there are a lot of good English youngsters coming through and there are a lot of foreign youngsters 15 and 16 years of age which the clubs seems to concentrate on more as they see a brighter future for them.
I think in a squad there should only be so many.
 
Q19/ IF YOU COULD PLAY ONE MATCH AGAIN WHICH ONE WOULD IT BE?
 
A19/  The semi Final at Villa Park against West Ham United. I got knocked out before Kiddo got sent off. We then had a replay at Elland Road and we got beat.
For me personally I got man of the match in both games.
 
Q20/ TREVOR ROSS 2013 WHAT YOU UP TO?
 
A20/ I'm going to be a grandad through my daughter. I'm 56 years old, I have a good job which I enjoy. I do a lot of football coaching for kids. I run a Saturday league team who my son plays for.
I've also been involved with another set of lads aged16-19 who are a good set of lads who are a decent set of players but would be better if they stayed off the ale but that's the way it is.
 
 
Q21/ YOU ARE COACHING YOUNGSTERS TWICE A WEEK. HOW DID YOU GET INTO THAT?
 
It was about 23 years ago and my son Daniel used to go to a coaching session on a Thursday which was run by a former Manchester United apprentice. He then found something else leaving the position vacant then Daniel asked me to take it over which I was unsure about.
Anyway I thought I'd give it a go to see if I would like it  which I did. I got my coaching badge and have done it for the last 23 years.

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Comments about Exclusive Interview With Everton Legend Trevor Ross
 
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I collect autographs could you help me locate trevor Ross thanks for you're time peter naylor
Peter Naylor, Portland Dorset, 9:52 PM 25/04/2014
 
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I have arranged to met John next Friday all being well. There is a great batch of interviews already been done and will go on the site on a weekly basis. I have Tony Kay, Joe Royle, Graham Stuart, Wayne Clarke, George Wood, Colin Harvey and Tiger McLaughlin with many more to follow. Too many to mention. Something I hope you will look forward to
The Blue Echo, North West, 1:55 PM 9/10/2013
 
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John Barton has he been interviewed yet? That would be great
The Blue Monkey, Family Enclosure, 12:03 PM 9/10/2013
 
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Great effort anorak. The missing player is John Barton.
Blue Kipper, Everton, 9:47 PM 8/10/2013
 
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Ok Blue Kipper you did ask! Back Row: Andy King, Garry Stanley, Jim McDonough, George Wood, Martin Hodge, Mark Higgins, Billy Wright Middle Row: Eric Harrison, 'The Latch', ????, John Gidman, Mick Lyons, Peter Eastoe, Gary Megson, Jim McGregor, Geoff Nulty Front Row: John Bailey, Joe McBride, Gordon Lee, Asa Hartford, Trevor Ross So only one missing I think. This was the 1979/80 team photo: season was memorable for an FA Cup run when the trophy meant something. We lost in a semi final replay to West Ham at Elland Road. The Latch scored a great equaliser only for Frank Lampard senior to break our hearts. I remember the fifth round game v Wrexham in particular: we won 5-2; 'Max' Darracott was playing for Wrexham and got a great reception, so was Joey Jones who didn't!
Blue Anorak, Knotty Ash, 9:23 PM 8/10/2013
 
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Long shirt, short shorts and a great attitude is what I remember of Trevor Ross. Played in some average Everton sides but also on some good ones, and was always one of the best on the park
Peter, Salford, 2:48 PM 8/10/2013
 
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My first game at Goodison, I saw him miss a penalty against Coventry I think it was, 1-1 final score, about 1976
Dave Dexter, Aintree, 1:48 PM 8/10/2013
 
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Sounds like there's a very entertaining book here Trevor honest and interesting !
ian clarke, prescot, 1:20 PM 8/10/2013
 
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I remember Trevor well a great player. A gang of us went from the Farnworth Arms in Kensington to Derby on his debut day and I remember the free kick for our goal as though it was yesterday. So many Blues supporters at the game that day it felt like we were the home team great memories from a wonderful player
Dave, Runcorn, 12:46 PM 8/10/2013
 
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Another great read BK. These older guys should be part of the game in a big way,as some form of counter to the bling culture. So sorry to hear of Mick Buckley passing too.
Win, Stafford, 12:19 PM 8/10/2013
 
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Always found Trevor to give nothing less than 100%. He wasn't the most cultured midfielder but could certainly put his foot in. It is quite ironic that during the interview he mentions that he was being primed to replace Mick Buckley just as i had read the sad news of Micks passing away. RIP Mick.
Vic, Exiled Blue, Carshalton, 12:10 PM 8/10/2013
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