Geoff Peters, Ronny Goodlass and Paul Allt

Ronny Goodlass on his Everton career

Former Everton winger Ronny Goodlass has told Radio Clatterbridge how he wishes Joe Royle was still part of the club to guide the current owners.

In a return visit to the station, Ronny described the former Blues boss as a great manager.

Royle was in charge at Goodison Park between 1994 and 1997 and is now a consultant at Wigan.

“I was a bit sad that he left Everton. I think we need that type of person to guide Mr Moshiri and others. We’ve got to get players who know how Everton ticks. As a player, manger and supporter, Joe ticks all those boxes certainly.”

Ronny Goodlass with his book Blue Nose
Ronny Goodlass with his book Blue Nose

Goodlass, who also played for Tranmere and Fulham as well as having stints in the Netherlands and Hong Kong, was promoting his new autobiography.

Profits from Blue Nose will go towards the charity he founded to encourage health through sport.

He said the book is about his time on the terraces as a fan, in the dressing room as a player and on the radio as a pundit for BBC Radio Merseyside for 23 years.

Ex-Everton winger Ronny Goodlass in the Radio Clatterbridge studio
Ex-Everton winger Ronny Goodlass in the Radio Clatterbridge studio

Speaking to presenters Paul Allt and Geoff Peters on the Coffee Club programme, Goodlass recalled having to choose between signing for Liverpool and Everton a day after Bill Shankly called at his childhood home with Bob Paisley.

He went on to win the English Schools Trophy before signing professionally for the club, making 51 appearances for the Toffees in the 1970s.

“Signing for the club that you absolutely love and idolise, it doesn’t get much better.”

Ronny also spoke about his idol Alan Ball who he looked up to in his early years at the club.

He narrates the play Ball of Fire which depicts the life and times of the late world cup winner.

“He was immaculate – especially his boots because I cleaned them! Everything about him was a winner and that’s what Everton needs at the moment.”

Ronny Goodlass at the microphone
Ronny Goodlass at the microphone

Goodlass said they were cheated out of the FA Cup in 1977 by arch rivals Liverpool and told listeners about his role in the long League Cup final in the same year.

The former youth team coach spoke enthusiastically about Everton staying in the city and hopes the move to Bramley-Moore Dock will become a reality soon.

“People have got to think about supporters long term. My great grandfather, my grandad, my dad, me, my kids, my grandkids – all Evertonians. The ones with the money have got to think about them as well. We’ve got a fantastic history and heritage and we’ve got to keep it on.”

Ronny Goodlass argues why its important Everton stay in the city
Ronny Goodlass argues why its important Everton stay in the city

Ronny and other former Everton and Tranmere plays will be taking part in the Dixie Dean Golf day and lunch at Bromborough Golf Course on Friday 3rd May 2019. Tickets are £400 per four-player team. Proceeds will go towards Wirral Ark and Health Through Sport.

His charity will also benefit from a three-course dinner celebrating the career of Peter Reid at the Liverpool Hilton on Friday 10th May, 2019. A number of former players will be there. The event will be hosted by comedian Chris Cairns.