March 17, 1970
Living in a dream world. That’s 21-years – old former Bootle schoolboy Roy Evans this week. The week started as normal with him reporting to Anfield for training yesterday morning. But it was not normal for very long.
For there was a big shock in store for Roy when he arrived – e found he was playing in the Liverpool first team against Sheffield Wednesday, after a six year wait, first as an apprentice and then a full time professional. And after his debut last night, Roy faces the prospect of playing his second game against the “old enemy,” Everton in the derby at Anfield on Saturday.
“It was a big shock. The first thing I knew of it was when I read the team sheet for the match and saw my name on it,” said Roy after last night’s game.
“Even when I was a kid I was a Liverpudlian. When I used to watch matches on Saturday afternoons from the terracing, I always dreamed of playing, particularly in a derby.
“Now it’s like a dream come true and I only hope I’m picked for the derby.”
Whether Roy will get his chance against Everton will probably depend on how regular full back Geoff Strong’s injured knee responds to treatment. He hurt it at Southampton last week and missed both last night’s match and the game at Arsenal on Saturday.
“I enjoyed the game but I found it a lot faster than the Central League,” said Roy. “I’ve been at Anfield since I was 15 and although I’ve got a bit sick at times not getting a chance in the first team, I’m made up now my chance has come.
“When I told her, my mum was so surprised she couldn’t eat her tea. And if everyone had told me at the week-end that I might be playing in the derby, I’d have called him a liar.”
But that’s where Roy Evans stands now. With Sheffield Wednesday forced very much on the defensive last night, Roy had little opportunity to show his ability and was given a quiet game for his debut.
Now he waits and hopes that Saturday will be the big day he has always dreamed of – when he lines up against Everton in a Merseyside derby.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: March 17, 1970)