Played for both: MM’s Oldham Athletic and Everton all-time XI

By Matthew Lees

Oldham Athletic are looking for their second Merseyside scalp as they face Premier League giants Everton in the FA Cup fifth round, so MM has had a look through the archives to select a team of players who have pulled on the blue for both clubs.

Manager: Joe Royle Everton (player) 1966-82 Oldham 1982-1994 & 2009, Everton 1994-1997

In 1966, Royle became the youngest player to represent Everton at the time and is fifth in their all-time goal-scoring list. In April 1982 he was forced to retire as a player due to a knee injury, but two months later arrived at Boundary Park on the back of a lorry to replace Jimmy Frizzell as manager. In 1990 Oldham reached the FA Cup semi-final and the Littlewoods Cup final but lost to Manchester United and Nottingham Forest, respectively. These achievements got him on the three-man shortlist to replace Sir Bobby Robson as England manager.

The following season he led Latics to the Second Division title, managing to keep Oldham up the following season to make them founder members of the Premier League in the 1992/93 season. Oldham’s three-year stay in the top-flight came to an end in 1994 the same season in which they once against lost to Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final. He returned to Goodison Park to replace Mike Walker and won the FA Cup in his first season in charge. He resigned in 1997 after a disagreement with chairman Peter Johnson over transfers. Royle’s teams, especially at Oldham, became popular for their care-free attacking style.

Goalkeeper: Paul Gerrard Oldham 1987-1996 Everton Jul 1996-2004 Oldham 2010-present

Gerrard came through the youth ranks at Boundary Park to make his debut for the club in 1992, aged 19. He made 118 appearances in his first spell at the club and was selected for England Under-21s in 1993. Gerrard went onto win 18 caps for the Under-21s and made 13 clean sheets. Nearly two years after Royle left for Goodison Park, Gerrard followed him for a reported £1million fee. With injuries plaguing his career, he came back to Oldham in 2010 as the goalkeeping coach. On November 5, 2011 – fifteen years after his last Oldham appearance– he came off the bench and saved a penalty. He made one further appearance as a player but assisted current caretaker boss Tony Philliskirk after Paul Dickov’s resignation.

Full-Back: Earl Barrett Oldham 1987-1992 Everton 1995-98

Known as ‘Earl the Pearl’, he joined from neighbours Manchester City for a fee of £35,000. He was the only player to play in every game of the 1989-90 season and repeated the feat in the following season. He mainly played at right-back but his pace, athleticism and enthusiasm made him a useful utility player. He lifted the Division Two title in 1991. Aston Villa paid £1.7m to secure his services, Oldham’s record transfer receipt. Royle also paid £1.7m to bring the three-time England international to Everton in January 1995. He made 78 appearances for the Merseysiders but struggled with injuries and missed out on a FA Cup winner’s medal as he was cup-tied.

Centre-Back: John Hurst Everton 1962-1976 Oldham 1976-1981

As a 14-year-old schoolboy he signed for Everton. He clocked up 399 appearances for the Toffees where he won nine England Under-23 caps, a FA Youth Cup in 1965 and the league in 1970. Hurst made 209 appearances for Oldham where his finished his career.

Centre-Back: Ian Marshall Everton 1982-1988 Oldham 1988-1993

Began his football career as a junior at Goodison Park but made just 15 appearances. Frustrated at a lack of first team football Marshall signed for Oldham for £100,000. Initially signed as a centre-back he became known for his attacking prowess. He scored in the 3-2 comeback win over Sheffield Wednesday to secure the Second Division title in 1991 and scored Latics first top-flight goal at Boundary Park in 68 years. Topped the goal-scoring charts with 17 goals in the 1990/91 season and scored 40 goals in 204 appearances.

Full-Back: Neil Pointon Everton 1985-1990 Oldham 1992-1995

In his first season at Everton, ‘Dissa’ finished runner-up to Liverpool in both the league and FA Cup. Pointon played enough games to get a league winners medal in 1987, the last time Everton won the title. The left-back moved to Boundary Park in the summer of 1992 and played 108 times. Before Mark Hughes’ last-gasp equaliser, Pointon put Latics ahead during extra time of the 1994 FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against Manchester United.

Winger: Neil Adams Everton 1986-1989 Oldham 1989-1994 & 1999-2001

The one-time England under-21 international won a league winners medal in his first season at Goodison Park. Despite only making 20 appearances for Everton he won two Charity Shields and played in both the Screen Sport Super Cup Final and the Football League Centenary matches at Wembley. After joining Oldham on loan, he signed permanently in August 1989 for £100,000. The winger scored the only goal of the game as Latics famously defeated eventual league champions Manchester United in March 1993. After 138 appearances he moved to Norwich for £250,000. Adams returned to Boundary Park in 1999, making 54 further appearances.

Centre Midfield: Neil McDonald Everton 1988-1991 Oldham Oct 1991-1994

McDonald appeared in the all-Merseyside FA Cup final of 1989. During his time at Goodison Park he made 114 appearances and won the club player of the year in 1990-91. He became the fifth former Toffee at Boundary Park signed by Royle, for £500,000. The five-time England under-21 international made just 29 appearances for Latics and moved to Bolton Wanderers after being transfer-listed in July 1993. He is currently the assistant manager of West Ham.

Centre Midfield: Mike Milligan Oldham 1984-1990 & 1991-1994 Everton 1990-1991

Milligan’s spell at Everton was sandwiched between two at Boundary Park. The one-cap Republic of Ireland international came through Oldham’s ranks and made 194 appearances during his first spell. This included being Player of the Year in 1990 and captaining Latics at Wembley in the 1990 Littlewoods Cup final. He left to join Everton becoming the first ‘tic to be involved in a £1m transfer, making 19 appearances. Royle paid a club record £600,000 to bring him back to Boundary Park. Fondly called a ‘Yard Dog’ for his resolute and dogged performances in midfield he played 138 times in his second spell. He spent eight seasons in total at Oldham.

Winger: Ian Snodin Everton 1987-1995 Oldham 1995-1997

Capped four times by England at Under-21 level, ‘Snods’ was midfielder who could also play full back. Joining Everton in January 1987, he helped them secure the league title. His form as an emergency right-back in February 1989 led to a call-up for England’s friendly against Greece. After 200 Everton appearances Snodin, the brother of Glynn, was Graeme Sharp’s first signing as Oldham manager. He played 59 times for Oldham and left after relegation to the Second Division (League One) in 1997. He is currently an after-dinner speaker.

Forward: Jose Baxter Everton 2008-2012 Oldham 2012-present

Baxter broke Patrick Kluivert’s international youth scoring record and the records of Ian Rush, Michael Owen and Rooney. He was labelled as better than Wayne Rooney at 16. He has also played at England under-16 and under-17 levels where he won the Victory Shield in 2006 and 2007 plus the Tournoi de Montaigu a year later. Baxter made his professional debut for Everton in the 2008–09 season coming on as a substitute against Blackburn, becoming the Toffees youngest ever senior player in the process, aged 16 years and 191 days.

A week later he became the youngest Everton player to start a match, when he played against West Brom. After just 15 games for Everton he moved to Latics after rejecting a new two-year deal with the Blues. He has already scored 11 goals for Athletic making him a fans’ favourite, with a chant of ‘Jose Baxter baby’ to the tune of Human League’s ‘Don’t You Want Me?’

Forward: Graeme Sharp Everton 1980-1991 Oldham 1991-1997 as player, player-manager and manager

The 12-time Scotland international achieved a post-war goal-scoring record for Everton with 159 goals in 426 appearances, during an 11-year spell. He stands second in the all-time list behind Dixie Dean and was top goal-scorer in four different seasons. Sharp was selected in the club’s all-time best XI as part of the club’s 125-year anniversary celebrations in 2007. He won four charity shields, two league titles, one FA Cup, one European Cup Winners’ Cup and 1984-85 goal of the season while at Goodison Park.

The Everton legend moved to Oldham for £500,000 and is the club’s top Premier League goal-scorer. He scored 36 goals for Oldham in 135 appearances, which included an unbroken run of 74 games. The Scot became player-manager when Royle went to Everton but resigned in February 1997 with Athletic facing relegation to the Second Division.

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