Everton hero Dacourt: Derby memories always with me

Former Everton star Ollie Dacourt says his derby memories against Liverpool are always with him.

Former Everton star Ollie Dacourt says his derby memories against Liverpool are always with him.

He scored just twice in 30 games - one in an emphatic win over Middlesbrough - and the other in the derby as he opened the scoring at Anfield on April 3, 1999.

Dacourt puts that moment right at the top of his achievements - quite a claim considering he went on to play regular Champions League football at Leeds, Roma and Inter Milan.

"I could not play in the first derby when we played at Goodison, I was suspended and I was really sad about that," Dacourt, now 36 and retired, told evertontv.

"Many times I have been asked what was the biggest moment in my career and I always say Everton against Liverpool when I scored. For me, it was unbelievable.

"It was the 10-year anniversary of Hillsborough so it was something special. I remember there was a minute's silence and then the whole stadium stood up and began to applaud.

"The noise and the emotion were unbelievable - the atmosphere that day was the best I ever experienced. Then one minute into the game I scored, which was fantastic."

 
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