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On This Day – December 5th 1981

Everton were looking for midfield re-inforcements heading into this clash with new player-manager Howard Kendall jetting off to Holland on the Sunday to watch AZ Alkmaar’s Jan Peters and Johnny Metgod. The Blues also made an offer for Manchester City’s Nicky Reid but the bid of £300,000 fell short of the Maine Road side’s £800,000 valuation.

Kendall was forced to play himself for the game against Swansea City, the first time since February 1974 that he had turned out for the Everton first team, having been transferred to Birmingham as part of the deal which took Bob Latchford to Everton.

On this day, Blues’ legend Latchford was back at Goodison together with two other former players, Dai Davies and Garry Stanley. Perhaps not surprisngly given manager John Toshack’s association with Merseyside, there were also two ex-Liverpool men in the Swansea team, skipper Colin Irwin and Max Thompson.

Graeme Sharp put the home side in front just after half-time, heading in a Trevor Ross cross, before Eamon O’Keefe scored twice in six minutes to make the game safe, though Latchford did mark his return to the ground where he was idolised with a late consolation.

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