YNWA takes a look back at our previous FA Cup encounters with our neighbours from across the park as we prepare to entertain them in the Fourth Round on Sunday afternoon. So far we have beaten them nine times, drawn five and lost on six occasions in this competition.
We played out a goalless Fifth Round tie at Anfield in February 1991. The replay took place at Goodison Park three days later, which proved to be one of the most amazing games in our history, in what was to be Kenny Dalglish's last match in charge. We led four times, and four times we were pegged back, with the match ending 3-3 after ninety minutes and 4-4 after extra time. Future Blue Peter Beardsley netted a brace, his final reds goals, with Ian Rush and John Barnes also scoring. Meanwhile, Bruce Grobbelaar was making his 107th consecutive reds appearance, but missed our next game, a 3-1 League defeat at Luton Town that took place before the last ever second replay in the FA Cup.
Ronnie Moran was in temporary charge following Kenny's resignation as we lost the third match at Goodison. Ex-red Dave Watson headed the only goal of the game in what was our fifteenth FA Cup meeting with the Blues, more than we have played against any other club.
We secured the second half of the double in the first all-Merseyside FA Cup Final in May 1986. We became the first team to win the FA Cup without an Englishman in the team, with Ian Rush grabbing a brace, to go with Craig Johnston's goal in our 3-1 victory after Gary Lineker had put the Blues in front at the break.
Three years later, we clinched the trophy for the fourth time, five weeks after the Hillsborough disaster that claimed 96 lives. John Aldridge, who was playing his hundredth reds game, opened the scoring in the fourth minute with a strike that was named as the BBC's Goal of the Season, the only time the same player has claimed the award in consecutive seasons. We led until Stuart McCall equalised towards the end of the second half. Ian Rush put us back in front in extra-time before McCall became the first substitute to score twice in an FA Cup Final to level the match again. McCall's achievement was then matched by Rushie who won us the cup with his 23rd FA Cup goal.
Last four joy
We won through to our first Wembley FA Cup Final in March 1950, winning 2-0 at Maine Road thanks to goals from Bob Paisley and Billy Liddell. Unfortunately, Arsenal went on to claim the cup. 21 years later, we were victorious 2-1 at Old Trafford, before losing to the Gunners in the Final for a second time. Alun Evans and Brian Hall were on target this time after Alan Ball had given the Blues the lead, with this being Hall's first reds goal.
In April 1977, we drew 2-2 at Maine Road, with Terry McDermott and Jimmy Case bagging our goals. Terry Mac's goal was later named as the BBC's Goal of the Season, while Evertonians still protest over Clive Thomas disallowing Bryan Hamilton's last-gasp ‘winner'. We won the replay 3-0 at the same venue four days later to keep on course for the treble, although we lost the Final at Wembley to Manchester United. Our goals came from a Phil Neal penalty, Jimmy Case and Ray Kennedy that day., with both sides also having strong penalty claims turned down.
Also heading to Wembley
A Ray Houghton header saw off the Blues at Goodison Park in a live televised Fifth Round meeting in February 1988 as we headed towards Wembley yet again. John Barnes debuted his new shaved head in this game!
We lost 2-0 in March 1906 thanks to second-half goals from Walter Abbott and Harold Hardman, with Everton going on to beat Newcastle United in the Final to lift the trophy for the first time.
Reds on camera
We played in the first FA Cup match to be screened on CCTV in March 1967, as 64,851 attended the Fifth Round derby meeting at Goodison and another 40,149 watched on eight giant TV screens at Anfield. The result went the wrong way, however, with Everton winning 1-0.
Other Cup wins
In January 1955, we thumped the Blues 4-0 at Goodison in the Fourth Round, at a time when we were a division below them having been relegated the previous season. The goals came from Billy Liddell, Alan A'Court and a John Evans brace. Unfortunately, Huddersfield Town knocked us out at Anfield in the following round.
In January 1902, Thomas Robertson netted a penalty and John ‘Sailor' Hunter also scored as we drew 2-2 in a First Round tie at Anfield, our first meeting with the Blues in the competition. We won the Goodison replay 2-0 to progress, with goals from Alex Raisbeck and Hunter again, but went out to Southampton at the next stage. Thirty years later, Gordon's Gunson and Hodgson netted in a 2-1 Third Round victory after we had gone behind through Dixie Dean inside the first minute. However, we went out to Chelsea in the Sixth Round.
We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield in a First Round tie in February 1905 with Jack Parkinson netting, and were then unfortunately knocked out in the replay, losing 2-1 with Arthur Goddard nabbing our consolation. Six years later, we lost 2-1 in the Second Round at Goodison Park, with Parkinson again on target. We lost 2-1 across the park in the Fourth Round in January 1981, with substitute Jimmy Case on the scoresheet.