Tag: Everton

The Premier League in Review: Liverpool get the Leicester Blues

Whenever things aren’t going so well at Anfield, there’s a statistic that is rather instructive to refer back to. Liverpool have not finished below eighth place in the table in whichever division they’ve been playing in at the time since the end of the 1954/55 season. Unlike any other football club in England, there is no-one below a pensionable age supporting or otherwise involved with this particular club who can even remember what it’s like to finish below this position in an end of season league table. At the time of writing, Liverpool are in eighth place in the...

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Video of the Day: Everton vs Liverpool, January 1981

There’s nothing quite like a local derby, and there’s especially nothing quite like a local derby when one is pulled from the velvet bags in the FA Cup. Unlike the league, this is sudden death, where one of the two teams concerned will end its involvement either that day or after a replay. There are no opportunities to avenge a cup defeat for that particular season, at least. And where the balance of power between two local rivals isn’t quite even, that can be particularly useful for the underdogs in that particular equation. Everton had started the 1970s in...

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Video of the Day: Southampton vs Everton, March 1985

This morning’s Video of the Day deposits us at the end of March 1985. Things are wide open at the top of the First Division of the Football League. Everton and Tottenham Hotspur are tied on points at the top of the table, though Everton, who are fighting on three fronts – the FA Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup are also at this point still very much in their sights – have a game in hand on the team from North London. On the last Saturday of the month, however, Spurs are surprisingly beaten at home by...

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Sunday Night At The Football Palladium 4: West Ham United vs Everton, October 1975

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. It’s time to empty our collective heads for an hour, sit back, and enjoy some Sunday night football from a bygone era. As most – if not all – of you will be plenty aware by now, West Ham United will be leaving the Boleyn Ground at the end of this season for the Olympic Stadium, so tonight we’re going back a full four decades to October 1975, to a time when the club was the holder of the FA Cup. This is an episode of London Weekend Television’s The Big Match, so it...

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Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Sixteen – A Merseyside Cup Derby

As mentioned nearer the start of this series, at the start of the 1970s it felt as though, if there was one Merseyside club that might go on to dominate the decade, it may be Everton rather than Liverpool. Everton ended the 1969/70 season as the champions of England, but by the end of the 1970s it felt quite firmly as if they were in the shadow of their neighbours. Perhaps, though, the 1980s would be different. After all, Liverpool had only won the 1979/80 Football League Championship by the skin of their teeth and, as of the 24th January 1981, they were struggling to hold onto the title in the face of prolonged challenges from both Aston Villa and Ipswich Town. The two Merseyside giants were drawn to play each other in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup. For Liverpool, this was perhaps one of the less important legs of the club’s challenges on four different counts – the league title, the European Cup, the FA Cup and the League Cup were all still up for grabs – whilst for Everton this was a golden opportunity to eclipse their local rivals and take a step closer to a first major trophy since that league title eleven years earlier. We have three other matches from this round, as well. The new Manchester City manger John Bond took on...

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