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Red and blue, Everton and Liverpool players in both camps

DATE: 12.07.2016 - SOCCERVOICE - NEWS - SEASON 2016-17

Some say that in Liverpool you are either red or blue, but for a number of players it all became a different life and experience
 

They are all good friends and between neighbours or in a neighbourhood, one could be blue and one could be red, but you seldom see a family were you are devided between the clubs. You have over the years seen marriegies merging red and blue, but few or no one switch colour.

But among players it can be different, and before we start listing former blue and red players, the father and son talk must come to the surface. First of all regarding Michael Owen and his father Terry, the son playing in red and the father in blue.

Michael played 216 league games for Liverpool between 1996 and 2004. He scored 118 league goals in total. His father Terry was a fringe player at Everton, a defender, who played only two league games. Terry Owen spent most of his career with Chester.
 

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Michael Owen, supported Everton as a kid. Other former Liverpool greats, such as Ian Rush, Jamie Carragher, Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler are also known as fans for blue, before becoming legends and icons in red.

None of these former Liverpool greats played for Everton, but a number of others did. David Johnson, who we all remember from the 70's and 80's, playing first for Everton, then moving to Ipswich Town and to Liverpool, and again making another and second move to Everton.

Johnson was at Goodison Park when they won the league in 1970, but had to wait until 1971 to play for the first team. He joined Liverpool in 1976 and was part of a team and era at Anfield that few will believe could happen again, winning the league and European Cup in that period.

He moved back to Everton in 1982, played 40 games, before he left and played for a few years more, with Man City, Preston, Tulsa and Barnsley. Johnson is a bit special since he is one of a kind, playing two periods for Everton.
 

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Gary Ablett, who sadly passed away in 2012, had a career in both camps. He is one of two to have played more than 100 league games for both clubs, the other one is Steve McMahon. Ablett spent seven years at Liverpool and four years at Everton before moving to Birmingham.

Jimmy Morrissey, a legend at Everton, started his career with Liverpool. He left Anfield after just 36 games and moved to Everton, were he spent the best years of his career, coming in 1962 and leaving 10 years later in 1972. He had a short spell with Oldham, and retired in 1973.

Abel Xavier is another former Everton and Liverpool player and one of two in "modern" time, to have made the switch from Everton to Liverpool. The rest of the lot moved the opposite way.

Nick Barmby also left Everton for Liverpool, back in 2000. The fee paid was 6 million, and to date the highest transfer fee paid between the two clubs. Barmby was also the first player to have moved from Everton to Liverpool since 1959, when Dave Hickson travelled the same route.

Hickson had two spells with Everton, before joining Liverpool for a fee of 12 000.

Peter Beardsley joined Everton from Liverpool for a fee of 1 million back in 1991. After a great and fantastic time at Anfield he never managed to relive this in blue and moved up north and back to Newcastle two years later and became a key player again for The Toon's.

The only goalkeeper in this period to have appeared for both clubs is Sander Westerveld.

Below you can find a list of players who have been both red and blue

 
 

PLAYERS, RED AND BLUE

FROM

TO

PREDICTION

 

PLAYER

POSITION

LIVERPOOL

EVERTON

PERIOD

 

Dave Hickson

Forward

60 / 37

225 / 91

E: (48-55)(57-59) L: (59-61)

 

Jimmy Morrissey

Forward

36 / 6

259 / 43

E: (62-72) L: (57-62)

 

David Johnson

Forward

148 / 55

89 / 15

E: (69-72)(82-84) L: (76-82)

 

John Gidman

Defender

0 / 0

64 / 2

E: (79-81) L: (70-71)

 

Steve McMahon

Midfield

204 / 29

100 / 11

E: (79-83) L: (85-91)

 

Kevin Sheedy

Midfield

3 / 0

274 / 67

E: (82-92) L: (78-82)

 

Alan Harper

Midfield

0 / 0

103 / 4

E: (83-88) L: (78-83)

 

Dave Watson

Defender

0 / 0

419 / 23

E: (86-01) L: (78-80)

 

Peter Beardsley

Forward

131 / 46

81 / 25

E: (91-93) L: (86-91)

 

Gary Ablett

Defender

109 / 1

128 / 8

E: (92-96) L: (85-92)

 

Don Hutchison

Midfield

45 / 7

75 / 10

E: (90-94) L: (98-00)

 

Nick Barmby

Midfield

116 / 18

32 / 2

E: (96-00) L: (00-02)

 

Abel Xavier

Defender

14 / 1

43 / 0

E: (99-02) L: (02-03)

 

Sander Westerveld

Goalkeeper

75 / 0

2 / 0

E: (06) L: (99-01)

 

Darren Potter

Midfield

2 / 0

0 / 0

E: (98-99) L: (03-07)


Among the group of red and blue, David Johnson, Peter Beardsley, Dave Watson, Nick Barmby and Steve McMahon all played at full international level for England either as an Everton or Liverpool player. Beardsley and Barmby played for England representing both clubs.

Xavier, Sheedy, Westerveld, Hutchison others that played at full international level, but for other nations. John Gidman also played for England but representing another club at the time playing (Aston Villa).

Dave Watson is the one player with most appearances for both clubs in total, but all of them played for Everton. While at Liverpool he never experienced the thrill of playing in the first team, but as a Liverpool reserve team player being sold to Norwich for a fee of 50 000.

Gary Ablett won major trophies in both camps, and to date the only player to have won the FA Cup with both clubs. Dave Watson, Alan Harper, Kevin Sheedy and Jimmy Morrissey are players who experienced to win the League with Everton. McMahon, Beardsley, Johnson and Ablett experienced the thrill while at Anfield.

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