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Kevin Ratcliffe



Kevin Ratcliffe is the most successful captain in Everton's history, having skippered the team to
two League championship wins, one runners-up finish, an FA Cup Final win and three defeats,
a League Cup runners-up medal, three Charity Shield wins (plus one draw) and a European
Cup Winners' Cup Final victory.

He came through the apprentice ranks at Everton, signing professional forms in November 1978
and making his debut in March 1980.

A centre-half, he initially featured in the first team as a fairly ordinary left-back and, unhappy
about being played out of position he asked for a transfer. Luckily for Everton he took over
from Billy Wright at centre-half in December 1982 and never looked back.

Ratcliffe wasn't the most powerfully built centre half but he was good in the air, exceptionally
quick on the floor and cool under pressure.

He formed fabulous partnerships at the back first with Mark Higgins and then with Derek
Mountfield and Dave Watson as Everton swept their way to the top in the 1980's.

In all, he made 493 appearances for the club - only Southall, Labone, Watson and Sagar have
made more - and he left Goodison for Cardiff in January 1993 after fourteen years esteemed service.

The stats:

  
 League
FA Cup
Lge Cup
Europe
Other
Total
  
Starts
Subs
Gls
Starts
Subs
Gls
Starts
Subs
Gls
Starts
Subs
Gls
Starts
Subs
Gls
Starts
Subs
Gls
1979-80
2
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
1980-81
20
1
0
5
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
27
1
0
1981-82
25
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
27
0
0
1982-83
29
0
1
5
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
37
0
1
1983-84
38
0
0
8
0
0
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
57
0
0
1984-85
40
0
0
7
0
0
4
0
0
9
0
0
1
0
0
61
0
0
1985-86
39
0
1
5
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
54
0
1
1986-87
42
0
0
3
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
54
0
0
1987-88
24
0
0
1
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
31
0
0
1988-89
30
0
0
8
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
46
0
0
1989-90
24
0
0
7
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
33
0
0
1990-91
35
1
0
6
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
5
1
0
49
2
0
1991-92
8
1
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
1
0
 Total
356
3
2
57
0
0
46
0
0
9
0
0
21
1
0
489
4
2