Everton is a club that has had plenty of victories in the FA Cup. It has won five FA Cups, and reached a further eight finals. Its teams have played out some epic games in the cup. These are a few of the great Everton games in the cup.
Everton v Man Utd final
When Everton played Man U in the ’95 cup Utd were the clear favorites. This was a very average Everton team that had finished some way down the league table, and flirted with relegation. They came up against a Man Utd team that had plenty of stars in their lineup.
Yet Everton went ahead in this game around the half hour mark. Then an Everton shot at goal rebounded off the crossbar for Rideout to head the ball into the back of the net. Having gone a goal up they remained in front by halftime.
After the interval the game was largely dominated by Utd. However, Everton held firm as the goalkeeper made a number of saves to deny Utd an equalizer. The final score ended Everton 1 – Utd 0. Whilst the final was not a classic, Everton’s win as FA Cup underdogs was a great victory.
When Everton took on Watford in this FA Cup final, they were the favorites to win. Up to 100,000 packed into Wembley for the game. It was not a classic finale, but for Everton the result was one to celebrate.
Watford almost went in front during the first few minutes when Barnes miscued a shot. However, the score remained 0 – 0 until shortly before halftime when Everton opened the scoring.
After the interval Everton further extended their lead with a dubious goal. Grey headed the ball from the Watford keeper’s hands to put them two up. As the goal was given it all but ensured Everton’s 2 – 0 cup final win, and further silverware for the club’s trophy cabinet.
A derby fixture always adds a little extra spice to an FA Cup game. When they took on Liverpool in the fifth round of the ’91 FA Cup Everton were the underdogs. Whilst the first game ended as an inconspicuous 0 – 0 draw, the replay at Goodison Park was a classic FA Cup clash.
During the game, Liverpool went in front on the half hour mark. The Reds scored a further two goals during the 90 minutes, but Everton also equalized three times. That left the score at 3 – 3, and the game went to extra-time.
In the extra-time period, Barnes scored a fantastic solo goal which seemingly clinched victory. However, Everton struck back once more with a fourth equalizer. The eighth goal of the game ensured that it finished as a 4 – 4 draw. Another, albeit somewhat less exciting, FA Cup replay game followed in which Everton beat Liverpool 1 – 0 to clinch a place in the next round.
Everton celebrated three great victories after these FA Cup games. They were three unforgettable FA Cup cup fixtures for Everton. Check out the article’s video links for further match footage of the games.