The Welsh international defender started his professional career at Everton and made his debut away to Manchester United at Old Trafford in 1977. The commanding central defender cemented his first team place in 1982 and just a year later was made club captain at just 23 years of age. Whilst captain, Ratcliffe won the FA Cup Final in 1984 and then followed that up with two league titles in 1984–85 and 1986–87. He also enjoyed European success when he led the Toffees to Cup Winners’ Cup success in 1984–85. Rats also led Everton to three other FA Cup finals in 1985, 1986 and 1989 plus a League Cup final appearance in 1984.
In total, Kevin made 461 appearances for Everton and scored two goals including a 30-yard grass cutter at Anfield (look away Brucie). After leaving Everton in 1991, he had short spells at Dundee, Cardiff City, Nottingham Forest, Derby County and Chester City.
90 seconds, 11 Q&A with Kevin Ratcliffe:-
1) Childhood team growing up? The Mighty Blues, Everton.
2) First pair of football boots owned? Adidas.
3) Did you have a nickname in the dressing room and how did you get it? Rats for obvious reasons.
4) Favourite teammate? Has to be Kevin ‘Sheeds’ Sheedy, an absolute wand of a left foot.
5) Toughest opponent? My Wales room mate, Liverpool’s Ian Rush. What a striker.
6) Which player do you wish you’d had the chance to play with? That would have to be Wayne Rooney.
7) Favourite football shirt you’ve played in? Anything in Everton blue.
8) Best stadium for atmosphere? The atmosphere at Goodison Park is simply unique. Although Wembley is pretty special on Cup Final day.
9) Biggest influence on your career? My father and Colin Harvey, former Everton manager.
10) Most prized possessions from your playing days? All of my medals are special to me.
11) What keeps you busy these days? I enjoyed writing a couple of books on my time at Goodison and now the radio punditry keeps me busy.