Though it was the decade that delivered Everton FC’s last piece of silverware, the 1990s was a mostly traumatic time for the blue faction of Merseyside.
There were far more villains than heroes as the club slogged through seemingly endless relegation battles. Yet, today, two of the finest lieutenants from that era, Duncan Ferguson and David Unsworth currently operate as backroom staff at Goodison Park.
Now, with a move to Bramley-Moore Dock pencilled in for the start of the 2021/22 season, Everton will welcome back another player from the 1990s.
Anders Limpar – he lost his Swede a bit…
A World Cup semi-finalist with Sweden, Anders Limpar was a player that boasted a lot of natural skill. However, he had volatile moments when wearing the royal blue jersey. He was both hero and villain in the first of Everton’s two final day relegation battles in the 1990s, when Everton came back from 2-0 down to beat Wimbledon 3-2 in May 1994.
It was his handball, after just four minutes of play, which enabled Wimbledon to score the opening goal and put the frighteners on the Goodison faithful. Shortly after Wimbledon’s second, Limpar dived in area over Peter Fear’s outstretched boot and won Everton the penalty that precipitated their comeback.
Now, these skills will be used in Everton’s upcoming venture, with Limpar spearheading its development.
Introducing Everton WPFC
It is already common knowledge that Everton’s new dockland stadium might be situated on a floating piece of land.
Its no secret Peel holdings want to fill these historic docks in and sell the land. Bramley Moore is listed – are they floating the stadium?
— wardietony (@wardietony) 22 September 2016
Whether that will be the case is not yet clear. However, the proximity to water already looks as though it will be an asset, not just to Everton, but a niche discipline of Olympic sport. Specifically, Everton will champion the development of talent in the sport of Water Polo, in time for the 2024 Olympics.
Great Britain has not won a gold medal in the event since 1920, but the modifications being mooted at Bramley-Moore could be the solution.
Bramley-Moore represents Olympic salvation
During the close season of 2021/22, a construction firm will install inlet pumps and a water treatment system. With the turf removed, the entire stadium will be flooded and replaced by portable pool tile, leaving just the upper tier untouched for spectators.
And with that, Bramley-Moore stadium will become the home of British Water Polo between June and July every year. But where does Anders Limpar come into all of this?
The answer is simple – he has already agreed a deal to become the head coach of an Everton team that will make its debut in the British Water Polo League in five years’ time.
The Perfect Coach
The appointment of Anders Limpar as the Everton Water Polo FC coach comes as a surprise, given that he has no documented experience in the sport. Yet, to the man that recommended him, he represents an unorthodox but brilliant choice.
The man in question is Indian communications magnate Ayam Chittingyu. At present, he is chief consultant at Turtelle-Roubash, a Brussels-based firm which specialises in sports analysis. Having watched footage of the 1994 Wimbledon game, Chittingyu wasted no time in recommending Limpar for this new role, stating:
When you’re consulting with us in Brussels, inspiration sprouts at any time.
If you look at the penalty Anders Limpar game away in the 1994 game, he out-jumps two of Wimbledon’s biggest goons to handle the ball. It is this ability to reach for a high ball which marks Limpar as, potentially, a great water polo coach.
Then there is his dive for Everton’s penalty and first goal. This also implies that he has strong aquatic abilities.
Can Everton WPFC be a success with Anders Limpar at the helm? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.
Also, don’t forget that today is the first day of April – marking the beginning of the final full calendar month of the 2016/17 season. Time is running out for relegation-threatened teams, but could they go down again if the worst happens?