Everton Class of ’86 Durnin by late Liverpool strike!

Sorry about the tabloid headline! I was among over 30,000 Everton and Liverpool fans to enjoy a sunny afternoon of masters football at Anfield at the Replay 86 Charity game. It was a great family day out at only £5 a ticket for children, so I took the opportunity to take along both my father and my eldest daughters. It was my four-year old's first visit and she really enjoyed it, even down to the Cup a Soup, while I fended off questions like: "Why are all the people inside and the football is outside?". It was great to see old favourites like Jan Molby, a true colossus in midfield, Ian Rush, Bruce Grobbelaar and Dalglish pitting themselves again against Graeme Sharp, Peter Reid and co. The pick of the players on the day were Dalglish, still showing he has that little bit of magic left, McMahon and Rush, while Everton's Paul Bracewell was impressive, as was 'keeper Bobby Mimms and Reid still contributed. McMahon and Reid had a good old-fashioned ding-dong in midfield but when players did get clattered or ended up on the turf, you could almost feel the collision in the stands and it did look a bit painful for some. The winner was from John Durnin, who only played a couple of times for the Liverpool first team but plays regularly for Liverpool Masters, from a very neat one-touch passing move involving Alan Kennedy, Ray Houghton and Dalglish. The full game is available to e-season ticket holders on www.liverpoolfc.tv. Read Ray Houghton's reflections about the match here.


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