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 FA Premiership (38); City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester; Saturday 15 May 2004; 3:00pm
  Wanchope (16', 30')
Anelka (41') 
Sibierski (89')
Wright-Phillips (90')
 
Attendance: 47,284
Halftime: 3-0

Stats
Facts
Reports
Campbell (60')




Referee: Steve Dunn
 

Match Summary

Well, here we are.  The final game of the season and it is utterly inconsequential — apart from the small matter of three Premiership places (and, therefore, £1.2M) being at stake. We've harped on about the Premiership award money for weeks but the sobering reality is that, by not finishing in the top half this season, Everton have lost a minimum of £4M in possible revenue.

Just tragic, but if results had gone our way this weekend we could have salvaged some of that money and some pride. Defeat to City leaves the Blues as the lowest team not to get relegated this season — and on a paltry 39 points, the lowest points total for Everton in over 100 years!  Quite a change from the "Magnificent 7th" of last season!

David Unsworth missed what would probably have been his swansong for Everton if the rumoured move to Bolton comes off: he is one of ten injuries David Moyes had to work around amidst rumours that he has "lost" the squad after blowing up at them following the loss to Wolves two weeks ago, canceling a golf social for the players.

Dunne brought down Radzinski on the edge of the area after just four mins but the ref waived the appeals away.  Then, ex-Evertonian Richard Dunne was there to head narrowly wide of the Everton goal.  A lively start to the final game of the season saw a few more incidents at either end in the first 10 to 15 mins. 

Comical defending saw the the ball bouncing around in the Everton box, with Weir committing critical flaws, first allowing Anelka to strike, but it was toe-poked home by Wanchope after that was poorly cleared by Yobo. 

A chance came for McFadden from a quickly awarded free-kick but he fired it high, wide and very unhandsome.  Next to demonstrate their shooting prowess for Everton was Carsley, who got the ball wide open with a golden chance but his half-volley was a disgrace for a supposed Premiership player.

A nice move saw Yobo get the ball in for McFadden to strike but the shot again was poor from what was a good scoring opportunity.  But Manchester City then waltzed into the Everton area on a fast break led by Anelka and Reyna, setting up Wanchope for the second goal of the game.

Tarnat then followed up with a fierce shot from 35 yards that was straight at Martyn, who then saved from Wanchope preventing a third.  It eventually came, however, as Everton failed to close down Anelka, who curled the ball over Martyn and into the Everton net as Blues fell apart, confident of securing that embarrassing 17th slot.

David Moyes put the aging and labouring Kevin Campbell on for McFadden, who had been truly awful down the left, as Moyes steadfastly refuses to play him as a striker.  Campbell was in action quickly, playing in Radzinski whose shot won a corner as Everton started with a bit more life.

Radzinsky and Rooney finally combined to fire in a shot that flew fractionally wide as City continued to dominate.  Everton then pressed, with Rooney putting in a great ball for Campbell to head, James could only fumble and Campbell prodded it over the line.  Very subdued celebrations followed.

Rooney got his 10th booking of the season due to frustration as City started to reassert themselves in the final quarter of the game; Chadwick was brought on to replace Watson.

Rooney appeared to pull up a little with a hamstring strain near the end but it was Radzinski who went off, with Linderoth coming on for no particular reason as the game fizzled — but not without Everton being made to look even more sad and sorry, with half of the Blues fans already having packed up and gone home a lot earlier. 

What they missed was a dire way to finish a dire, dismal, depressing season, with two more goals going in from Sibierski and Shaun Wright-Phillips in the last three minutes.  Absolutely dreadful.

 


David Unsworth: Injuries to Pistone and Naysmith mean this would have been his Everton swansong if had overcome an achilles injury


Man City v Everton:
Prior League Games
 Overall  
 Man City 39
 Everton 14
 Draws 17
 Premiership  
 Man City 4
 Everton 2
 Draws 0
 Last Season:

Man City 5-0 Everton 



Premiership Scores
Saturday 15 May 2004
Arsenal 2-1 Leicester
Aston Villa 0-2 Man United
Blackburn 1-1 Birmingham
Bolton 0-2 Fulham
Charlton 2-1 Southampton
Chelsea 1-0 Leeds
Liverpool 1-1 Newcastle
Man City 5-1 Everton
Portsmouth 5-1 Middlesbro'
Wolves 0-2 Tottenham
 


Finalés:  This dire display became the finalé for a Tomasz Radzinski, Tobias Linderoth, and Wayne Rooney, who strangely seemed to know he would be on his way... the body language as he stood forlornly in the centre circle at the end seemed to say it all...

Match Facts
 Manchester City  (4-4-2)
 Sky blue shirts, white shorts, white socks
Everton   (4-4-2)
 Amber shirts, blue shorts, amber socks
  James
Distin
Reyna (83' Jordan)
Wanchope (80' Macken)
Jihai Sun
Tarnat
Dunne
Barton (87' Sibierski)
Bosvelt
Wright-Phillips
Anelka

Subs not used: Arason
Fowler

Yellow Cards: Barton (19')

Red Cards: —
Martyn
Yobo
Stubbs
Weir
Hibbert
Watson (72' Chadwick)
Osman
Carsley
McFadden (46' Campbell)
Rooney
Radzinski (88' Linderoth)

Subs not used:
Wright
Clarke

Yellow Cards: Rooney (68')

Red Cards: —


Unavailable:

(Injured:) Ferguson, Gravesen, Gemmill, Jeffers, Kilbane, Li Tie, Naysmith, Nyarko, Pistone, Unsworth
(On Loan:) P Gerrard, Symes
 
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Pos Team Pts
1 Arsenal 90
2 Chelsea 79
3 Man Utd 75
4 Liverpool 60
5 Newcastle 56
6 Aston Villa 56
7 Charlton 53
8 Bolton 53
9 Fulham 52
10 Birmingham 50
11 Middlesbrough 48
12 Southampton 47
13 Portsmouth 45
14 Tottenham 45
15 Blackburn 44
16 Man City 41
17 Everton 39
18 Leicester 33
19 Leeds 33
20 Wolves 33
After 15 May 2004


Match Preview

If recent performances are anything to go by, Everton have been dead set on finishing 17th — in other words the lowest Premiership club not to get relegated.  And they can achieve that ignominious conclusion to the season with defeat at the City of Manchester Stadium this weekend because Manchester City will leapfrog them into 16th should they win.

Not since 1998, when they escaped the drop on goal difference, have the Blues finished as low as 17th.  When you look at some of the talent that exists in the squad and the calibre of our manager, it is utterly baffling why Everton go into the last game of the campaign knowing that defeat will leave them one place above the drop zone, and their lowest effective points total since the beginning of Division One football in 1892-3.

Had they made any real attempt to finish 10th — a realistic target until two or three games ago — the club would be looking at an extra £4M in award money.  Read that again and weep.  If only for a little more commitment, consistency and better finishing...

Still, as painful as that statistic is, there is no use in dwelling on it because, if results go their way, 14th place and one last chance to give the endlessly loyal fans something to cheer are in the offing on Saturday.  If Everton win, Tottenham lose at Wolves and Portsmouth lose to Middlesbrough, then the Blues can add another £1.2M to the coffers from the Premier League.

Thomas Gravesen, Kevin Kilbane, Gary Naysmith, Li Tie, Alessandro Pistone and Alan Stubbs are all sidelined by injury and it's hard to see David Moyes shuffling his pack much from the line-up that started against Bolton.

That means starting roles for Leon Osman and James McFadden — both of whom, as prospects for the future, need as much first team experience as possible — and probably Duncan Ferguson starting up front with Wayne Rooney.

If he gets over an achilles injury in time, David Unsworth could make his final appearance in an Everton jersey at left back for lack of anyone else capable of playing that position and Tony Hibbert will likely line up again at right back alongside Joseph Yobo and David Weir. Steve Watson, despite a poor showing against Bolton, could start on the right if only because Lee Carsley has been even more woeful as a substitute in recent games.

It's hard to get excited about this one because the players have let us down so badly recently and, ultimately, most of us just want this miserable season to end, even though we know that the close season could be just as painful watching Liverpool court multi-million pound investors and the rest of the Premiership add to their squads.

It's merely a case of seeing what, if any, response the players will have to three successive defeats and whether the potential humiliation of finishing 17th is enough to make them want to claim three points, or at least stave off a City victory.

Lyndon Lloyd

Matchday Stats

This will be the 154th meeting between Everton and Manchester City in all competitions, and the 75th away to City.  This match will be the 14th meeting in the Premier League, and will also see Everton's first match at the new City of Manchester Stadium (or Eastlands, if you prefer).

Everton's full record against Manchester City is:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Premier League

13

5

3

5

18

22

Division One

128

44

35

49

178

181

FA Cup

10

4

3

3

12

8

League Cup

2

1

0

1

2

2

TOTALS:

153

54

41

58

210

213

Our record away to the blue half of Manchester is:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Premier League

6

2

0

4

8

15

Division One

64

12

17

35

60

110

FA Cup

3

0

1

2

2

5

League Cup

1

0

0

1

0

2

TOTALS:

74

14

18

42

70

132

The last match between the two sides was earlier this season on 7 December when the teams shared a point in a fairly dull 0-0 draw at Goodison Park.  The last match away to City was also our last match at Maine Road on 31 August 2002, when Everton suffered yet another defeat in Manchester, this time 3-1, when David Unsworth scored Everton's only goal.

Everton's biggest victory away to Manchester City was 5-2 on 8 May 1993, which was the last day of the inaugural Premier League season, 1992-93.  This match saw the last appearance by Peter Beardsley for Everton and also saw, for the only time in top flight history, that all four goalkeepers were used, with Andy Dibble coming on at half-time for City, before Jason Kearton replaced Neville Southall after an hour, due to a back strain.  The biggest defeat away to City was also in the Premiership when Walter Smith's side lost 5-0 at Maine Road on 9 December 2000.

The most common victory for Everton at Manchester City is 3-1 which has happened five times in Everton's paltry 14 victories.  Manchester City's most common victory at home to Everton is 1-0 which has happened 12 times in City's 42 home victories.  The most common draw between the sides is 1-1 which has happened nine times in 18 draws.

Everton's record for 15 May is:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Division One

2

2

0

0

3

1

European CWC

1

1

0

0

3

1

TOTALS:

3

3

0

0

6

2

Unsurprisingly, due to the fact that Everton have only played three matches, this will be the first meeting between the sides on this date.  In 1982, Everton travelled to Aston Villa and came away with the points following a 2-1 victory, with a 1-0 victory at home to Derby County on this day in 1989.

Sandwiched in between, in 1985, was one of Everton's biggest victories when the all-conquering 1984-85 side beat Rapid Vienna 3-1 in Rotterdam to claim our only European trophy to date, the European Cup Winners' Cup.  Unfortunately, two weeks later, that side was denied the chance to compete with the very best in Europe when all English clubs were banned from playing abroad due to the Heysel tragedy.

On this day in 1882, Jimmy 'Paddy' Sheridan was born.  Paddy first played for the club in the 1902-03 season when he made 17 league appearances and scored two goals.  The following season saw Paddy make just 3 league appearances and, yet again, score two league goals before he was sold to Stoke City.  Also, on this day in 1882, Walter 'Wattie' White was born.  Wattie first appeared for the club in the 1908-09 season when he scored 3 goals in 18 league appearances, as well as getting an FA Cup goal in his two appearances in that competition.  The following season, Wattie made 23 appearances whilst scoring 6 goals, as well as getting 2 goals in 7 appearances in that season's FA Cup.  His final season for the club, 1910-11, saw Wattie make just 2 appearances, but he still managed to score a goal, before being sold to Fulham in October 1910.

This day in 1949 saw T G Jones turn out for Wales in their 3-2 friendly defeat against Portugal.

On this day in 1971, Alan Ball appeared for England in their 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland, in the Home International Championship.  This was Ball's 50th cap for his country.

Three years later, Dave Clements appeared for Northern Ireland against England in the same competition, with exactly the same result as England yet again won 1-0.

This day in 2002, saw Tomasz Radzinski score 2 goals in Canada's 3-1 victory in a friendly international against Switzerland.

Milestone's that can be reached in this game:

  • If Steve Watson starts the match, it will be his 100th start for Everton in all competitions.
  • If Duncan Ferguson starts the match it will be his 150th start for Everton in the league.
  • If Wayne Rooney scores a hat-trick, he will be beat William Dean's record of the youngest ever Everton player to score three goals in a match.  This is the last chance that Rooney has to claim the record.

Steve Flanagan



Report

Embarrassing? Shameful? Disgraceful?

Well pick any or all three or more.  It doesn't really matter.  I'm just back from witnessing a day where most of our players behaved like a dis-organised, dis-spirited rabble.  Where the Manager behaved like he had not got a clue how to get his side to play for him let alone the fans.  Where the manager picked an out and out right back.... at left back..... and ignored the stupefying obvious impact this had on the defence as a whole, forcing Yobo to right back — where he has already proved to be less effective and leaving two incredibly slow and aging defenders in the centre.  Yep we had lots of left-sided players out injured but why not play a three-man back line with Watson on the left and Hibbert the right ?

Moyes was in no way solely to blame for this disgrace but he didn't help himself and frankly seemed lost at times, retreating to the bench, shocked at the way "his" team folded.

Bill Kenwright was seen arguing with fellow board members and fans at half-time, then returned alone to his front row seat, head in his hands, for a time just another gutted supporter amazed at how low we have sunk.

And Moyes afterwards?  Honest, genuine, ashamed and in the most telling moment discussing what he needs to do next year "if I am still here...."

Well, Davey, it doesn't matter whether you or Rooney are here next year because, unless certain despicable Board members find one last forgotten shred of decency, it will count for nothing... unless we find new money and — more importantly — new spirit and desire in the Boardroom and elsewhere, we are lost.

Rusty Man

At the City match, the following leaflet was circulated:

OPEN LETTER TO EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB
QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED BY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  1. Where are the funds for David Moyes?
  2. How much will be available?
  3. What role does Paul Gregg play at EFC?
  4. Was Paul Gregg brought in by Bill Kenwright solely to acquire the King's Dock?
  5. Has the Board ever discussed the sale of Wayne Rooney, and if so, why?
  6. Is there any real ambition or possibility of investment by this Board of Directors?
  7. What has happened to the youth Academy? It has been talked about for four years.
  8. Wasn't the money from the sale of Ball, Jeffers and Dunne used to pay off the debt?
  9. The debt when the Kenwright consortium bought the club was listed at £20 million, it is now £38 million, why?
  10. Would the Board be willing to meet a delegation of Everton fans to discuss these matters? If not, then we urge all EFC fans not to renew their season tickets until all these questions are answered.

These are all legitimate questions from Everton fans, all we want is what is best for our beloved club.  Do the Board of Directors?

ps: Has anyone seen Paul Gregg aka Lord Lucan?



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