Liverpool v Everton (20/03/2005) - Double Agents
Friday, 18th March 2005
In advance of this Sunday?s Anfield derby, YNWA looks at the careers of some of those players have represented both red and blue over the years.

Directly across Stanley Park in recent times?
Most recently, Nick Barmby and Abel Xavier have arrived at Anfield direct from Everton, while Gary Ablett and Peter Beardsley are the latest players to move the other way.

Barmby signed for the reds in July 2000 for £6m, and bagged eight goals in 58 games. He had spent nearly four years at Goodison, scoring 24 times in 133 games. Xavier followed in January 2002 in a £800,000 deal. He netted twice in 21 reds games, of which we only lost three, including on his debut in a 6-0 thumping of Ipswich Town at Portman Road. He had played 48 times in seventeen months with the Blues, without hitting the target.

Ablett made 147 reds appearances, scoring just once ? in only his second game. He helped us to two League titles and an FA Cup before being sold to Everton by Graeme Souness for £750,000 in January 1992, with whom he won a second FA Cup. Beardsley was also shipped across the park by Souness, for £1m in August 1991. He had arrived from Newcastle United for £1.9m four years before. In his time at Anfield he had won two League titles and an FA Cup, striking 59 times in 175 matches.

Other direct moves?
Dave Hickson?s move to Anfield in November 1959 sparked unprecedented uproar, as he was the current blue darling. He put almost 15,000 on the gate for the visit of League leaders Aston Villa, with one fan running on to kiss him on the cheek! He scored 38 times in 67 reds games.

Winger Johnny Morrissey played 37 times before joining Everton in September 1962, for whom he played more than 250 League games, helping them to the title in 1970. Tosh Johnson won the League and FA Cup with Everton, but was past his best by the time he arrived at Anfield in March 1934. He played 38 times for us, notching eight times.

Outside-right Jimmy Payne left Anfield in April 1956 after 43 goals in 243 games, but only played six times for the Blues before retiring. Jack Balmer failed to make the grade at Goodison, unlike two of his uncles, but then helped us to claim the title in 1947, and netted 111 times in 312 reds games. Centre-half Jack Heydon played 67 times for the reds after leaving Goodison in December 1948 where he had been an amateur.

Inside-forward Dick Forshaw struck 124 times in 288 reds games, winning two League titles, before surprisingly being sold to Everton in March 1927, with whom he won another championship medal. In February 1912, Bill Lacey left Goodison for Anfield, with Tom Gracie and Harry Uren moving the other way. Lacey won two League titles with the reds, making 259 appearances, while the other two each played less than fifty times for us.

Other title winners?
Steve McMahon started out with Everton, before joining Aston Villa, from where he signed for the reds in September 1985 for £375,000. He struck fifty times in 277 reds games, winning an FA Cup and three League titles. David Johnson netted 78 times in 213 reds games in the 1970?s, winning three League titles and a European Cup, and also had two spells at Goodison.

Right-back Andrew Hannah won the League with Everton in 1891, before helping us to the Second Division title in 1893 and playing 73 reds games, playing for Scottish side Renton in between. England international forward Fred Geary was also a League championship winner with Everton in 1891, striking 86 times in 98 games, before moving to Anfield for just £60 in 1895, becoming the first ever double agent. He bagged fourteen goals in 45 reds games.

Other double agents?
In the 1990?s, David Burrows and Don Hutchinson were team-mates at Anfield, and with West Ham United, as well as both featuring for Everton. Burrows made 193 appearances in five years at Anfield, winning League and FA Cup medals, while Hutchinson played just sixty reds games.

Forward Arthur Berry only played four times in two spells with the reds, and also played for the Blues. His best days came with the British Olympics side, winning gold in both 1908 and 1912. Reds reserves Alan Harper, Mike Newell, Kevin Sheedy and Dave Watson all went on to better things when they moved to Everton during the 1980?s, while reds loanee keeper Alec Chamberlain spent time in the Goodison reserves.

Other players who have lined up on both sides of Stanley Park include 1890?s England international forward Edgar Chadwick and Neil McBain. Chadwick only managed 45 reds games, netting seven times, and later had a successful career as a coach in Germany and the Netherlands. Half-back McBain was only at Anfield for less than a year, playing twelve times in 1928, and later became the oldest player ever to play League football, with New Brighton in 1947.

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