Everton’s first Dutchman on the lap of honor in his underwear
The Dutch players haven’t always reached the heights they could have reached with Everton and have so far shown a curious mix in terms of success.
During the Premier League era, the Blues loaned Andy van der Meyde, Johnny Heitinga, Royston Drenthe, Maarten Stekelenburg and Davy Klaassen – as well as ex-Liverpool man Sander Westerveld in a goalkeeper crisis.
However, before them all, Ray Atteveld who was at Goodison Park between 1989 and 1992 was a pioneer.
Recalling his time at Everton, he told the club’s website about an end-of-season lap of honor that ended up wearing only his underpants.
Amsterdam-born Atteveld, 53, said:
“Neville Southall made me forget.
“He told me he had an offer from Barcelona, that they gave him a blank check and that it would be his last game.
“He said to come with him after the game so we could throw our shirts into the crowd to say goodbye to him.”
“I went straight to the fans but Neville threw his away, he knew what he was doing.
“The fans grabbed my shorts and my shoes. I thought, “Okay, take what I can give.”
“But I had to fight to keep my underwear on and it was something I never expected.
“Neville never had an offer from Barcelona.”
Although Atteveld fell prey to practical wild cards within the squad, he acknowledges that although he was one of the club’s first foreign players, Everton looked after him off the pitch.
“It was the first time that I lived alone.
“I mixed my colored and white laundry, so I ended up with a pink shirt.
“I had food that I couldn’t cook.
“But Everton took care of me like I was one of their children.
“They organized my house and installed a satellite for Dutch TV.
“I had something else to learn, I was on the phone with my mother asking her how to wash, cook and clean Brussels sprouts.