The former England international joined the Blues in the summer of 1985 from the Boyhood Club Leicester City for a fee of 800,000 pounds.
Gary Lineker lifted the lid on his move to Everton and remembered how he spent the night of his contract signing after a tribunal, drinking champagne with Howard Kendall.
The former England international joined the blues from the Boyhood Club Leicester City in the summer of 1985 for a fee of 800,000 pounds.
The presenter of Match of the Day magazine recalled that at first he feared the worst to join the club when he sat in the tribunal when the Blues and Leicester tried to agree on a fee for him.
Lineker scored 40 goals in 57 appearances during the lonely season he played for the club, including goals in all three Merseyside derby matches he played.
“So I went down there with Howard Kendall as Everton’s manager, and the chairman was there, and we were in that tribunal, and it felt like a trial. It was really strange.
“I remember signing for Everton, and I had left Leicester, my home club, and it was the end of the contract,” he said to Eddie Hearn: No Passion, No Point Podcast.
“So that’s how it happened at the time when you weren’t a free agent, the clubs had to try to agree on a fee, and if they couldn’t agree on a fee, which is probably the way it is in your world, then they couldn’t agree on a fee that used to come before a tribunal at Lancaster Gate.
“And then Howard Kendall stands up and says, ‘Look, we’re messing with this kid a little bit. He’s very raw, he’s very green.
“Gordon Milne, the manager of Leicester, stands up and says, ‘We’ve got a great player here, we’re losing a great player who will play for England for years. Everton doesn’t know what they’re going to get. He’s worth about £1.8 million,” or something like that.
“So in the end I’m standing there thinking, ‘What have I done here? I’m signing and I’m not going to get a game.
“I didn’t just think that they had a player that they weren’t that keen on, I thought that they had to pay over the odds.
“So they go to the Tribunal and they come back and they come out with a £800,000 fee, which was £300,000 more than Everton wanted to pay.
“So we go out of the Tribunal, we go through the front door, we walk down the street, and Howard Kendall puts his arm around me and he says, ‘Don’t believe any of that,’ he says, ‘Don’t believe any of that, you’re going to be my husband, you’re going to be on the team,’ he says. I just had to do that to lower the price a little bit.
“He went to Sainsbury’s, got about four bottles of champagne and put them in his pocket. We got on a train back to Merseyside, arrived and then went to Southport.
“So yes, times have changed a bit.”
“We went to his favorite Chinese restaurant and I left it absolutely legless around 2am with my manager of my new soccer club.