If we are being completely honest, are there many Welsh footballers who could categorically considered the best in their position in the world at some point?
I’m talking indisputably the best. Not in the mix. The best. Ryan Giggs? Yeah, maybe. John Charles? I’d listen to that argument. Gareth Bale? You clearly don’t mean the current version.
But Neville Southall in that brief 1980s period? Tell me someone better. You can’t. No, you can’t.
Southall took the long road to Goodison Park, playing Welsh league, English non-League and then as a pro at Bury before Howard Kendall took him to Everton.
And what a signing it was - Southall was more-than-key to the most recent golden spell that those in Gwladys Street Stand can remember.
Get on YourTube, see some of his saves. Jordan Pickford doesn’t do that, let’s just say that.
Southall won the prestigious FWA Footballer of the Year Award in 1985 when many thought he was at the peak of his powers - interestingly, in his autobiography, Big Dev suggested his best form came later in his career.92 caps for Wales, two First Division titles, two FA Cups and a European Cup Winners’ Cup says a lot. So does Everton’s trophy haul since he left.