Sunday 26 January 2014


1980s was a glorious period in the history of Everton Football Club. The team, managed by Howard Kendall, beat all before them, twice winning the First Division title, beating Bayern Munich and Rapid Vienna on the way to lifting the European Cup Winners Cup and defeating Watford as they lifted the FA Cup at Wembley. Surprisingly for such a successful period in the clubs history, there are very few books that cover this period in any detail. One person who has looked to change all that is Paul Gladwell, who recently published his first book, The Scrapbook Years - A Teenage Evertonian in the ‘80's.

At first glance the book provides a quite brilliant pictorial look back at this glorious time, with the odd reference to the history of the club and more recent Toffee adventures under David Moyes. It immediately brought back some fabulous memories and any Evertonian who was fortunate to visit Goodison Park during this time will feel nostalgic as they flick through the pages. From Panini stickers, ticket stubs, through to programme covers and newspaper cuttings, this is everything you would expect from a Scarpbook. There are also some quite brilliant photos, my particular favourite shows desperate fans risking their lives as they try to scale the Wembley walls to watch the all Merseyside cup final in 1986. JM