Match Of The Past: Everton

2 By Ian  |   The Ball  |   May 27, 2012  |     29

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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Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

  • May 28, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Mark Baker

    Great memories – and nice to be reminded of just how good a player Paul Bracewell was. The one thing that these clips don’t show (of course) was just how good Everton in the 80s were at soaking up pressure. Now, how about AFC Bournemouth for the next in the series?

  • June 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Colin Riley Jnr

    What a special feeling to experience beatin man utd at wembley in semi final and stayin up on the last day of the season in drama never seen at goodison and wouldn’t with to happen again .supporting everton should come with a health warning.maybe a free pacemaker when you reach your thirtys… only fourty and the toffees have given me the best memories I’ve ever had…..Andy grays second header against Sunderland unbelievable. That cross field pass by bracewll to seven for the third wads pure class I love d him I did and wanted to play like him.the best.and finally shreedy,s shuffle past three Germans .ball to gray to Steven goal.rotterdam here we come…..all of it brilliant whoever put these out too man .cant find no footage of semi against Sheffield wed at villa park when bracewll chiped over to sharp to side foot volley top corner at the holt end

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