Everton legend Tim Cahill has been speaking about his career again recently and obviously his time at Goodison Park gives the former Australian international plenty to reflect upon given his fond memories from his successful spell.
Having joined back in 2004 after seriously impressing during his spell at Millwall, the now 39-year-old simply went from strength to strength and he quickly became loved by the fanbase given his efforts in our shirt, and his goalscoring record.
Speaking to the Official Site recently, amongst many of his favourite memories, he did have one big regret and it goes back to his first season with us.
He does, however, hold the joint record with Dixie Dean for international goals scored during time at Everton – 18 – and that sparked the interesting reveal on his regret.
“I’m nowhere near the same level as Dixie Dean! That guy is a king! It means a lot to have records at Everton, it means a lot as an Australian that followed his dreams as a 16-year-old to travel to England and make it. It was my dream to be a pro, playing for Millwall was a dream, kicking on to Everton was a dream, playing in World Cups. I never look back, I always wanted to improve and get better. Having records with Dixie Dean and understanding who he was is massive, but I was always looking to break records. I wish I could play more games against Liverpool, for one more goal. I still think about the header at home that I glanced from a Benty [Marcus Bent] cross in a derby [December 2004], I still think about it to this day. I look back at the same goal and I think, ‘How the hell did I miss that?'”
I’m not sure my memory stretches that far back, but if it’s the one I think he means, I think every fan was thinking similar.