He didn’t start that well either. He came in to replace Andy Gray who was hugely popular and he wasn’t scoring straight away. I remember a few fans getting on his back, but once he started he couldn’t be stopped.
He only played one season for Everton and there was a period when he seemed to score two goals a game. Then in early '86, I think it was against Man City, he was absolutely lethal. He finished with 40 goals in all competitions.
I played football to quite a high standard and I always made sure I was wearing number eight, which is what Lineker wore at Everton, and not 10, his England number. But then he left for Barcelona after the World Cup.
We may have won a bit more had he stayed at Everton, but we did win the league the year after he left. A lot of things conspired against - the European ban, Howard Kendall leaving and the board didn’t take advantage of the successes we had.
I've met a few footballers over the years, but I've never met him. They say you should never meet your heroes, but I imagine his onscreen persona is quite similar to how he is off of it.
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