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On This Day – December 7th 1992

Two ex-Liverpool players played a big part in this the 147th Merseyside derby to give Everton an unexpected victory against their neighbours from across Stanley Park. Mark Wright had given the Reds the lead with a thumping header but just a minute later Mo Johnston equalised. Then, with six minutes left, Blues’ defender Gary Ablett threaded a through ball to former Kop favourite Peter Beardsley who hammered home to get Goodison rocking.

After the match, defender Ablett revealed it was Howard Kendall’s half-time team talk which changed the game. He said “The boss told us we were making them look like the home team and that we had to go out there and compete. We outbattled them in midfield in the end.”

Kendall himself was full of praise for young Billy Kenny, who won a bottle of champagne for his man of the match performance and had signed a new contract just hours before the kick-off. “The victory was cause for celebration in itself, but the best news for me was before the game when Billy signed that contract. He had earned it and looks a top class prospect,” the manager said,

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