Lars Jacobsen on overcoming injury heartbreak to play in the 2009 FA Cup final, working with Moyes and playing with Arteta, Cahill and Baines, and his special year at Everton


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For Evertoninans, Saturday's FA Cup final between Manchester City and Watford may well refresh the memory of the last time their side reached a Wembley showpiece. That came in 2009 when, despite Louis Saha scoring the fastest goal in FA Cup final history, the Blues were eventually beaten 2-1 by a Chelsea team in their pomp. An unlikely substitute for David Moyes that boiling hot day was Lars Jacobsen, who came on for Tony Hibbert at half-time in what would prove to be his last appearance for the club. And nearly 10 years on, our Everton FC reporter Adam Jones caught up with the former Denmark international for a special Royal Blue podcast. In it, Jacobsen explains how he eventually became a Blue, with a little help from Tommy Gravesen, what it was like playing alongside the likes of Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill and Leighton Baines, and what is was like playing for Moyes, who got his man at the second time of asking. Life at Goodison could not have got off to a worse start for Jacobsen but he did fight his way back to fitness to battle Hibbert for the right-back spot, which culminated in that afternoon at Wembley. The 39-year-old recalls what was going through his mind when Moyes told him he would be coming on in the second half, and why he made a decision to leave after the game. The decision to join up with Sam Allardyce at Blackburn Rovers was one he still regrets seeing as he proudly calls Everton the biggest and best club he played for in his career. And before this must-listen podcast ends, Jacobsen gives his opinion on the current Blues crop, who he watches regularly as a pundit back home in Denmark. Enjoy.

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