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ROY EVANS FUNDRAISING DINNER

By Dave McMillan

Marine to host event in partnership with Sefton Veterans FC...

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Marine is delighted to announce that former Liverpool manager Roy Evans will be the main guest at a fundraising dinner to be held at the Marine Travel Arena on Friday 22nd March 2019.

The event is to be hosted by Marine in partnership for the first time with Sefton Veterans FC and all proceeds from the event will be shared between the two football clubs. Information about Sefton Veterans FC can be found on www.seftonveteransfc.co.uk.

Roy Evans was appointed manager of Liverpool in January 1994 following the resignation of Graeme Souness and took the team from a mediocre mid-table position to finish 8th by the end of the season.

For the 1994–95 season Evans strengthened his side with a number of signings and gave first-team opportunities to youngsters Steve McManaman, Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Fowler and with established players John Barnes, Mark Wright and Ian Rush Liverpool finished fourth in the league and won the Football League Cup, beating Bolton Wanderers 2–1 with two McManaman goals.

Over the summer of 1995 Evans made the headlines by paying a British record fee for Nottingham Forest striker Stan Collymore. In the 1995-96 season Liverpool went one better in the league finishing in 3rd place and another cup final was reached playing Manchester United in the FA Cup qualifying for the 1996-97 European Cup Winners' Cup as United had won the double.

In the summer of 1996 Evans signed Patrik Berger but the 1996–97 season was all about a promising young 17 year old striker Michael Owen and reaching the semi-final of the European Cup Winners' Cup when they lost to Paris St Germain. Although Liverpool at times topped the league they finished in 4th place after so much expectation.

Following the signing by Evans of legendary German striker Karlheinz Riedle and midfielder Paul Ince Liverpool appeared ready to mount a strong title challenge in the 1997–98 season, however, an injury to Fowler prevented the team from making the most of its potential but Owen burst onto the scene with 18 goals in 36 Premier League games and Liverpool finished in third place.

In November 1998 Evans resigned leaving co-manager Gerard Houllier in sole charge.

Marine Chairman Paul Leary said:

"We are really pleased that Roy has accepted an invitation to be our main guest at this important fundraising event at Marine. His attendance will certainly create a lot of interest locally and I look forward to meeting him and sharing with him his experiences as Liverpool manager in the nineties.

We are delighted to host an event for the first time Sefton Veterans FC. Dave and Richie Scanlan, both members of the club, are sons of the late George Scanlan, Marine manager in the early seventies so it is really nice their football club has entered into a partnership with us.

This is another example of how sporting clubs can get together to help each other and I am sure the new relationship will be good for both parties.”

Paul Leary added:

“In addition to having Roy Evans as our main guest Liverpool comedian Gary Skyner has agreed to entertain us for the evening. We welcome Gary, Roy and Sefton Veterans FC to Marine Football Club and I am sure a great night will be had by all.”

Tickets are priced at £30, including hot food. Enquiries for tickets should be made by phoning John Barry or Sandra Bibby at the clubrooms on 0151-924-1743 or by emailing Paul Leary at learymarine@aol.com

Updated 21:42 - 24 Mar 2019 by Dave McMillan

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