WHAT Have Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel and Jack Rodwell got in common?
They were both taught by Everton academy maestro Ray Hall in their formative years.
Former Bill star and Goodison season-ticket holder Lancel enjoys a special link to youth boss Hall, who is in his 20th year with the Blues.
“Ray was my PE teacher at school,” explained the actor. “I'm really proud of him, it's an incredible achievement what he has done. He once taught me how to play football and here he is now. I think if you added up what the academy sales are, I reckon it'll be about 60 million. He has done tremendously.”
Lancel has been a regular at the Old Lady since idolising Bob Latchford in the Seventies.
Match days were a family affair.
“The four of us would go,” he added. “My dad, and my three brothers. It toughens you up watching Everton. I'm 40 and I started going when I was six. It was when we had the glory of Latchford and all those amazing players of that time.
“Bob was an absolute god to me, my hero. My fantasy football team is still called ‘Latchford United’. Him, Dave Thomas, Duncan McKenzie – they were my lions. I remember waiting outside the players’ entrance to see them, getting their autographs.”