The Rise Of Rooney: 20 Years On


It’s just over 20 years since a 16-year-old left school in the summer and entered Premier League folklore in the autumn.

Wayne Rooney was a once-in-a-lifetime talent who came through the Academy ranks at Everton to become England’s top goalscorer.

In this latest official Everton podcast, Darren Griffiths, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland discuss his famous appearance, his contribution over two spells and his legacy.

Contributors include James McFadden, Mark Pembridge, FA Youth Cup teammate Steven Schumacher and former Academy director Ray Hall.

We also talk to Paul Whitfield, the first goalkeeper to score a senior goal against Wayne Rooney! He was between the posts at the Racecourse Ground when the wonderkid scored twice in a League Cup win against Wrexham.

Rooney was one of us. A scouser, a prodigy, a world-class performer who conquered the world. But it still divides opinion among Evertonians.

Listen to this Wayne Rooney podcast in the player below or by by clicking here.


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