Match Of The Past: Everton
Everton Football Club is one of English footballs great institutions. Founder members of the Football League in 1888, they are second only to Arsenal in terms of their unbroken record in the top flight – they will celebrate their sixtieth consecutive season next year – and have won a clutch of trophies along the way as well. For a look back into their archive, we’re going to take in one defeat but three wins and one of the greatest matches in the entire history of the FA Cup. First up is a match from September 1969 against newly-promoted Derby County. Derby went on to win this match, but Everton ended the 1969/70 season as the champions of England.
We’re then fast-forwarding to arguably the clubs greatest ever season. In 1984, the club had won the FA Cup and this qualified them for the following years European Cup Winners Cup. In the semi-finals they were drawn against Bayern Munich and, after drawing 0-0 in the first leg in the Olympic Stadium, returned to Goodison Park to play out one of the greatest nights in the entire history of the club in the second leg. Meanwhile in the league, they had become serious championship challengers, and one performance on Match Of The Day against Sunderland definitively marked out their credentials.
For our final two Everton matches, we’re skipping forward to the 1990s and two matches which encapsulate the differing fortunes that the club had during the decade. The team struggled throughout the 1993/94 season and went into their final match of the season against Wimbledon needing a win to stay in the Premier League. What followed would go on to be one of the most dramatic afternoons in the two decades of the competition. For our final match, we skip forward a year to the FA Cup semi-finals, and their match against Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road.
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