Everton’s first Dutchman on lap of honour in his undies
Dutch players haven’t always hit the heights they might have reached with Everton and have so far proven a curious mixed bag in terms of success.
During the Premier League era the Blues have had Andy van der Meyde, Johnny Heitinga, Royston Drenthe, Maarten Stekelenburg and Davy Klaassen – plus former Liverpool man Sander Westerveld on loan during a goalkeeping crisis.
However, before all of them, Ray Atteveld who was at Goodison Park between 1989-92, was a pioneer.
Recalling his time at Everton, he told the club’s website about an end-of-season lap of honour that ended up with him wearing just his underpants.
Amsterdam-born Atteveld, now 53 said:
“Neville Southall did me over.
“He told me he had an offer from Barcelona, they’d given him a blank cheque and it was going to be his last match.
“He said to go with him after the game so we could throw our shirts in the crowd for him to say goodbye.
“I went right up to the fans but Neville threw his from further back, he knew what he was doing.
“The fans grabbed my shorts and shoes. I thought, ‘Okay, take what I can give’.
“But I had to fight to keep on my underpants and that was something I did not expect.
“Neville never did have an offer from Barcelona.”
Although Atteveld fell foul of the practical jokers within the squad, he acknowledges that even though he was one of the club’s first overseas players, Everton looked after him off the pitch.
“It was my first time living alone.
“I mixed my coloured and white washing so ended up with a pink shirt.
“I had food I couldn’t cook.
“But Everton looked after me like I was one of their children.
“They organised my house and got a satellite up for Dutch television.
“I had other things to learn, I was on the phone to my mum asking how to wash and cook and clean the Brussels sprouts.”