AMOKACHI: The best substitute that was never made
Amokachi:On This Day In 1995, 22-year-old Everton striker Daniel Owefin Amokachi broke football rules and also angered manager Joe Royle when he famously brought himself on as a second-half substitute for Paul Rideout in an FA Cup semi-final tie against Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road. Rideout was receiving treatment in the Toffees’ dugout after he was taken off on a stretcher. Royle had only instructed Amokachi to warm up in preparation for possibly coming on, but the Nigerian disobeyed his instructions. Against all odds,”The Bull”(Amokachi’s nickname) went on to score twice as the Toffees won 4-1 to progress to the final of the competition where they edged Manchester United 1-0(Paul Rideout was the goalscorer) to win their first major trophy since 1987, condemning the Red Devils to their first trophyless season since 1989. Pior to the game against Spurs, Amokachi had only scored once(on his home debut in September 1994) in 12 Premier League games.