Terry: “Get At Them And Unsettle Them”
At 21 years of age, Steve Terry was the eldest of a nervous young back four when Graham Taylor’s Hornets and Everton met at the end of the 1983/84 campaign under Wembley’s twin towers to contest the FA Cup final.
Flanked by two 20-year-old full-backs, Steve had to look after fellow youthful centre-back Lee Sinnott – aged just 18 – alongside him.
Yet the big former defender believes Javi Gracia’s current squad will suffer no such doubts when they line up against Manchester City at Wembley this weekend.
“We were in great spirits beforehand,” recalled Terry.
“We’d beaten Arsenal at home – as usual – for the last league game. We thought we could beat them, don’t get me wrong. We had a side to beat anyone and we showed that during the league season with some of our results.
“But we were missing big characters at the back on the day – the likes of Pat [Rice] and Wilf [Rostron] – and some of our more prolific players just didn’t play well on the day; probably Everton snuffed them out well more than anything.”
Relaxed during the build-up was Terry’s description, what with Saint & Greavsie doing some training and Michael Barrymore reporting live from the team HQ on matchday itself.
“A lot of our players hadn’t been in that big situation before,” Terry conceded. “Our lads now have already played at Wembley twice just this season, what with Spurs and the semi-final, so they’ve got to play their own game and do their own thing. The Champions League games last week showed that.
“Liverpool did it from the start and Spurs got the hang of it at half-time. The better teams want you to let them get into a rhythm and you don’t want to sit back. Get at them and unsettle them, I’d be saying, but I’m sure Javi’s got it covered.”