Hailed as the most promising player to emerge from Eredivisie side, Haarlam, since the great Ruud Gullit, Ray Atteveld was part of the first batch of Everton’s foreign signings.
Signed by Colin Harvey in the summer of 1989 – shortly after Stefan Rehn arrived at Goodison – Atteveld was a right back cum right midfielder. His belated debut in December 1989 came after Rehn’s last action for the club and his attributes made him better suited for First Division football than the Swede. And yet, while clearly a competent squad member, there was nothing that particularly distinguished Atteveld’s play. Rather than for his football, at Goodison he is best remembered for stripping down to his underpants on the last day of the 1989/90 season and throwing his entire kit into the crowd.
Although he played in the famous 4-4 draw with Liverpool in February 1991, Howard Kendall’s return three months before that game marked the beginning of the end of his Goodison career. There followed a brief loan spell at West Ham before a £250,000 move to Bristol City. Within a year he had returned to the Netherlands, where he would play out a journeyman’s career.
At Goodison he is best remembered for stripping down to his underpants and throwing his entire kit into the crowd