Tim Cahill, everyone’s favourite flag beating Aussie, is a strong candidate for cult hero status at Goodison Park.
The former Millwall made his switch from the capital to Merseyside in 2004 for reportedly £2million (as per The Guardian), a nominal fee given the priceless memories he gave over the years.
The Australian international arrived a time of unrest, when a boardroom battle from waging between chairman Bill Kenwright and director Paul Gregg, and David Moyes was desperate to give the fans something, anything to make them happy.
Cahill wasn’t just one of those plucky little finds Moyes had a habit of making. The bargain buys that weren’t necessarily the greatest players individually, but when added in the larger machinery of Everton became unbreakable. Oh no, he was so much more than that in so many ways. He was by all the accounts the messiah of Merseyside. The man brought in to steady the ship one flying header at a time.
The forward leapt and punched his way through eight years at the club between 2004 and 2012, and it’s easy to see why Cahill accumulated such a following – not like any other mortal, but a genuine model icon. He embodied what it is to be a Blue: that level of unbridled commitment and unwavering passion shown towards the team that earns the love and respect of so many.
However, it wasn’t just Cahill’s commitment that has earnt him a place in the hearts of fans, that would be oversimplifying his immense contributions. No; he was so much more than that.
During his breakthrough season at Goodison Park the Australian netted 12 goals helping the Toffees to a fourth-place finish and a shot at the Champions League, and he continued that form throughout his career leaving the club’s second most prolific Premier League scorer, and their most effective big game player with only Dixie Dean scoring more goals at Anfield (according to club’s official website).
New York Red Bulls and the MLS was next for Cahill, where he joined in 2012 and made 72 appearances and scored 16 goals before moving onto a procession of different clubs. Presumably squeezing out the final days of his professional career, he played in China for Shanghai Shenhua and Zhejiang Greentown before temporarily moving back to Australia to turn out for Melbourne City.
He did manage one last stint in English football player for former side Millwall during the 2017/18 campaign, but with just ten appearances, 61 minutes of football and four yellow cards to his name, it was hardly the most illustrious comeback.
Aged 39 and fresh from a stint in India, Cahill finally announced his retirement as ‘an old man in football years’ to pursue other avenues in football (as per the Daily Mail).
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