By Paddy Boyland
Everton will mark the 125th anniversary of their move to Goodison Park by taking to the field in a special commemorative kit against Sevilla.
Available to the supporters on pre-order, the retro shirt will be worn against the La Liga side this weekend and features a polo collar together with a ‘Goodison Park 125 years’ motif on the back.
A series of events have been planned to celebrate the birthday of the iconic stadium, with a new range of clothing also due to be released as part of the festivities. Alongside the retro kit, the clothing range includes a variety of t-shirts, polo shirts, hoodies and zip-up sweatshirt jackets.
Speaking at the launch of the commemorative range, former Blue Kevin Campbell expressed his delight at seeing a kit that he feels reflects the club’s storied history.
He told The Blue Room: “It’s fitting that Everton play a game in the commemorative kit. The history of this club deserves that. Hopefully the team get a win in it and the history of the club is reflected in the performance.”
Campbell, who made his Arsenal debut at Goodison Park back in 1988, also spoke about the intimidating atmosphere served up by Everton supporters at the ‘Grand Old Lady’.
“A lot of people probably don’t know that I made my debut here in 1988 with Southall in goal,” he said. “I had a lot of that team in my sticker book so to play against them was pretty special.
“From an opposition point of view you know that this is a massive club. The proximity of the fans so close to the pitch, it’s got that special feel and you really can cut the atmosphere here with a knife.
“On the flip side, playing for this club and being privileged enough to captain this club, the fans really are the 12th man. When the crowd are with the team it’s a really daunting place to come.”
Asked about his most memorable moment at Goodison, the 47-year-old highlighted the 6-0 win over West Ham towards the end of the 1999/2000 season as being particularly special as it resulted in the Blues preserving their Premier League status.
He added: “I’ve got quite a few favourite memories of Goodison Park but the one that really stands out to me was the penultimate game of my loan against West Ham. We had to win that day to survive and ended up winning 6-0.
“I’ll never forget the atmosphere that day. It was a special time for me. People talk about history- this is one of the big clubs, the Grand Old Team. Goodison being 125 years old is a fantastic achievement for the football club.”
Kevin Campbell was speaking about the 125th anniversary of Goodison Park and was the first to take a look at the special commemorative range of clothing that has been released to mark the occasion. The full range is available to pre-order online at evertondirect.com now.
You can listen to the full interview with Kevin Campbell below, where he also discusses Wayne Rooney’s return and Ronald Koeman’s search for a new striker