🎙ToffeeWeb Podcast: “Your Everton 101”

06/10/2022 8comments  |  Jump to last

Ell and Adam return to join Lyndon and Andy to discuss the Blues' win at Southampton before looking ahead to the visit of Manchester United and back at some of their favourite games against the Red Devils


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Ben King
1 Posted 06/10/2022 at 20:53:31
Great pod as usual. Thanks chaps.

Great to reminisce about some good results versus United. Be so nice to get a result over them this weekend.

The win over them last season at home was so vital: after the
Burnley loss I thought it was all over: we were staring at relegation. And somehow, SOMEHOW, we beat them AND kept a clean sheet. Brilliant!

John Raftery
2 Posted 07/10/2022 at 14:17:58
We have indeed had some great games against United. The most complete performance I have seen from an Everton team in any league game was on 27th October 1984 when we won 5-0. Following the previous Saturday’s win at Anfield this was the day the team announced itself as genuine title contenders.
Dave Abrahams
3 Posted 07/10/2022 at 14:34:03
John (2), yes John that was a brilliant sunny day with a brilliant performance from the Blues to match it, with the goals flowing from full back, midfield and forwards, as you say John, a team that didn’t give us just hope but a strong faith and belief that we were gelling into an outstanding team. They didn’t let us down either with four great seasons until Heysel put the blocks on it!!

4 Posted 07/10/2022 at 14:37:59
Nearly 38 years ago John, over in the blink of an eye. I'm sure Danny will be on talking about Sheedy's performance that day, but you're right, it was a performance of absolute perfection, and anyone inside Goodison Pk that day, was very, very privileged.

I'm certain there was also a few hundred Celtic fans at that game, and they must have left Goodison in awe, of a wonderful, wonderful team, that had just started moving into top gear🙏

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
5 Posted 07/10/2022 at 14:56:06
Still have those goals on a VCR tape.

The postscript is two fold.
My dad was working for McAlpines in Manchester on the Manchester Conference Centre. They also were overseeing some work at Old Trafford which was not big enough for a separate site office.

On the Monday, there was a request for some urgent work as Everton were visiting for a League Cup Tie on the Wednesday. It was at that point the Macs nearly lost the contract. First comment was "what do you want doing - nailing a load of planks across Gary Bailey's goal? Haha Funny. No we some holes to be filled in (pointing to the state of the car park) which was met with "sorry we don't do centre halfs".

And League Cup result - 2-1 to Everton with the winner from John Gidman. But he had already left and was wearing a red shirt that day.

John Raftery
6 Posted 07/10/2022 at 15:07:40
I was at the league cup tie as well, standing behind the Scoreboard End goal into which Gidman scored his own goal in the dying minutes. As I recall he was under severe pressure from Trevor Steven who would have scored but for Gidman's intervention.

Going back to the 5-0 game, United were tipped by many to win the title that season. Although they had Bryan Robson at his peak plus Gordon Strachan and Mark Hughes they could not live with us that day. As Dave mentions the goals came from all parts of the team. They included an unlikely header from Kevin Sheedy. I don't recall him scoring another header in his career.

Brian Murray
7 Posted 07/10/2022 at 15:25:10
John post 101. Sheeds a brave header at that. He had to come off for treatment I think before coming back on for a great second. Unstoppable team until off pitch disgraces
Danny O’Neill
8 Posted 09/10/2022 at 12:34:34
You threw the bait @post 4, knowing I wouldn't resist!!!

Me and my best mate used to argue about Sheedy's commitment all the time. He was convinced he wouldn't head a ball as it might mess his hair up! He didn't need to head a ball that often, but that day I think he nearly lost an eye to score that goal.

But yes, what a performance from a complete team that no-one could compete with.

I don't think I've ever seen such a complete performance by an Everton team in my life. And against a United side, who were not at their best, but were still up there and a threat. Open to discussion and generational opinion obviously.

I'll pluck a random other performance that I always remember. We travelled to Newcastle over the Christmas period in the 1986-87 season and won 4-0. Trevor Steven stood out that day, but another fantastic team performance. I'm no prophet, but that's when I had the confidence to know we were going to win the league that season.

Again. And we did.

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