Kevin Campbell keen to finally see Everton’s Anfield hoodoo and 22-year wait end

It may be closing in on 22 years – but Kevin Campbell will never forget the image.

“I remember seeing the Blues in the Kop end celebrating the goal,” said the former Everton striker. “I will take that memory to my grave.”

Campbell scored a fourth-minute winner against Liverpool at Anfield in September 1999.

Remarkably he remains the last man in a Toffees shirt to seal a victory across Stanley Park in the Merseyside Derby.

“That is the thing about the city, you have families split down the middle,” said Campbell.

“Sometimes mum is a Blue and dad is a Red. So they go to the match together and enjoy the game as a family.

“I thought it was brilliant to see Blues fans celebrating in the Kop.”

Campbell had joined Walter Smith's Everton the previous March at 29 and suffered defeat in his first taste of the Merseyside derby but this time it would be different.

“I remember the build-up being very intense because for the first time in a long time Everton had a side with the experience and ability to compete with Liverpool,” he said.

“We set about them early on and scoring so early can either work for you or against you because sometimes you wake them up even more so but getting our noses in front was really important on the day.”

Everton were happy to sit on their lead before tempers boiled over in the Monday night clash under the lights.

Kop keeper Sander Westerveld and Francis Jeffers saw red after exchanging blows which left Steve Staunton needing to go in goal for the Reds as they had used all their subs.

One of those was a 19-year-old Steven Gerrard but he also got his marching orders late on for a horror lunge on Campbell.

“It happens,” said former Arsenal striker Campbell, who spent six years at Goodison scoring 51 goals and became the club's first-ever black captain.

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  • “It was a typical opportunity for a midfielder to do you, to get stuck in.

    “I saw it coming so I could ride it a little bit.”

    It led to a hilarious tale told by Gerrard back in 2014 of how the very same night in 1999 he was in a bar on the city's Albert Dock and bumped into Campbell in the toilets.

    Kop legend Gerrard said the 6ft Campbell dropped his trousers to show him the stud marks he left on his leg during their impromptu bathroom meeting.

    “What happened was we went out after as a team to celebrate,” said Campbell. “I went to the toilet, opened the door and there was Steven Gerrard.

    “There was nobody else there, nobody else in the toilet – just him at the urinals.

    “I could have gone either side but I remember I thought, 'I'll go up beside him'.

    “He did a double-take and he probably thought I was going to go for him.

    “I wished him well, I was just happy we got the win and you leave those things on the pitch.”

    The stud marks have long gone but what hasn't is Campbell's record of being the last man in an Everton shirt to score a winner at Anfield.

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    Campbell and his team-mates enjoyed a good night out but little did they know they would be the last ones to celebrate a victory there for almost 21-and-a-half years.

    Carlo Ancelotti's current side will hope to finally end that Anfield hoodoo on Saturday against a Reds side who haven't won at home yet this year.

    “I didn't expect to have this record for such a long time,” added Campbell.

    “For probably 20 years I've said I don't want this record, so maybe now if I go the other way and say I want to keep it then finally someone will take that bit of history off me.”

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