When Dunc joined us in 1994 he had the prospect of a prison sentence hanging over him.
He had already been charged with assault on three occasions before he head butted John McStay during a match between Rangers and Raith Rovers. Although McStay did not press charges, the local plod decided to and so it came to pass that the big fella became the first player to be sent to prison for an incident that occurred on the field of play!
He was sentenced to three months in
But it was a different story at Everton. In the short time he had been there he had already become something of a cult figure, sort of like Andy van der Meyde has, to a lesser degree, this season, and everyone involved with the club backed him.
He received countless letters of support from Evertonians, Joe Royle visited him in prison and the club successfully argued that the ban imposed by the Scottish FA was not enforceable in
When he was released from Barlinnie he was given a heroes welcome from Evertonians everywhere. 10,000 fans even turned up at Goodison to watch his first match after his release. It was a midweek reserve match! All of this feting of
Funnily enough, a hack at the Daily Mail recently said that football will miss
But we didn't care what anyone else thought, he was a hero to us when we never really had much to shout about. His attitude towards everyone outside of the club very much reflected our own ‘we don't care what the red sh*te say' philosophy and he was a focus for all of us.
His time in prison is nothing to be proud of and I am in no way glorifying it, but it all went to make the man an Everton legend!