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In 1966, Everton played Fulham in the last game of the season, before going on to play the FA Cup Final against Sheffield Wednesday.

In 1966, Everton had to beat Fulham at Craven Cottege on the last game of the season, which they did, and thus finished the season on 52 points, 2 points ahead of the 6th placed team, that year was Arsenal, (this was also when games counted 2 points for a win).

Then on to the FA Cup final where we won 3-2, a famous cup final, one that most Evertonians will hold dear in there hearts.

Then we had the World Cup and England went on to win that, I wouldn't be suprised to see England win the World Cup next year...

Now I know you could probably blow great big holes in this, one example is the World Cup isn't till next year, but......

Getting a result at Fulham on Sunday, meaning we clinch 5th place would kinda get me thinking that maybe it really is our year.

Might even be worth a punt.

My tickets came on Tuesday as well...!!
Mark Hill, Bradford     Posted 20/05/2009 at 05:23:45

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Michael Kenrick
Nice one, Mark... but I'm sure we finished 11th in 1966. And my trusty Complete Record shows that we played Leicester City in he final league game.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it was 1968 that we beat Fulham 5-1 in the last league match of the season. We then went on to Wembley... but could not beat West Brom. Not the kind of portent I'd be looking for... we might fare better with some chicken entrails.

Alan McGuffog
1   Posted 20/05/2009 at 14:47:59

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Did we not play Fulham after the Cup Final that season, probably due to fixture pile up?
Michael Kenrick
2   Posted 20/05/2009 at 14:51:07

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You are spot on, Alan.
Guy Hastings
3   Posted 20/05/2009 at 14:57:43

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Am I wrong in thinking we were also fined £2000 by the FA for fielding a reserve side the week before the final, too? Of course, with 508-man squads that?s unlikely to ever happen again.
Will Leaf
4   Posted 20/05/2009 at 15:23:31

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Ha ha, Guy... the article on the 1906 Cup Final also has us and Newcastle being fined for fielding weakened teams for a league match the week prior. I hope the fine wasn?t £2000 quid back then!

As for finishing 11th in 1966... we also finished 11th for the 1906 and 1933 Cup victories! We did not, however, finish 11th in 1984... Watford did. It all goes awry for 1995... although it was Chelsea that year...

I?ll get my anorak...
James Bowman
5   Posted 20/05/2009 at 15:51:44

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I think I read a post on here before that said everytime we have won the FA Cup, the West Indies have been over here playing us at cricket. So you never know!! Might be something in all this....

COYB!!!!
Peter Howard
6   Posted 20/05/2009 at 16:05:51

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Michael
I checked some chicken entrails and a Gosling fell out which is a biological miracle. What can it mean?
Michael Kenrick
7   Posted 20/05/2009 at 16:10:21

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Did he look like Jesus?
Peter Howard
8   Posted 20/05/2009 at 16:11:58

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Michael
Now that you mention it, he did.It’s all making sense-the cup is nailed.
Julian Wait
9   Posted 20/05/2009 at 16:40:25

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I got married in 1995.
I just got married again.
Good omen?

In 1995 the wedding day was celebrated by the best man celebrating Barry Horne and Duncan Ferguson all the way down Richmond High Street. Which was pretty funny as he’s a 6’2 monster ... Richmond still hasn’t recovered ...


;-)
Tony Kelly
10   Posted 20/05/2009 at 18:08:56

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A great friend of mine passed away in January 1984, we then went on to win the cup. His widow passed away in January this year. So come on Terry and Hannah shout us home.
Alan Rolfe
11   Posted 20/05/2009 at 19:03:34

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I was recently advised that each time Everton won the FA Cup was a year when the West Indies toured England.

Guess who England’s cricketers beat last week ??

Keep the tales of lucky omens coming in!!
Phil Bellis
12   Posted 20/05/2009 at 19:14:06

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Julian
That was big of you...
or was it bigamy?
Ray Robinson
13   Posted 20/05/2009 at 19:15:35

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I re-found my 1966 Texaco FA Cup winners medal before the start of our FA Cup run this season. It’s going with me to Wembley.
Tom Brown
14   Posted 20/05/2009 at 19:27:26

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I went to school with a boy who was struck by lightning twice. A bit off-point, but true... He suffered no permanent damage either time. Haven't seen him in 15 years so I don't know if he has been hit again yet...
Gaz Edwards
15   Posted 20/05/2009 at 19:52:03

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Never mind that - in ’85, ’86 and ’89 the last home game was West Ham. And we scored 3 in all of them.....
Stephen Jones
16   Posted 20/05/2009 at 21:01:19

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Gaz Edwards,

Last home game in 1985 was the re-arranged derby versus the shite. We won 1-0, (Paul Wilkinson). In 1989 the last home game was versus Derby County, we won 1-0 again, (Ian Wilson). You’re right about 86 though.
Steve Jones
17   Posted 20/05/2009 at 23:01:20

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1984 FA Cup win ? First trophy for 14 years (since the League title in 1970).

2009 FA Cup win ? First trophy for 14 years (since the FA Cup win 1995)?

Bottom line is how we play on the day, keep it tight but not sit back & give them too much respect.
Sam Higgins
18   Posted 21/05/2009 at 01:12:52

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This is ridiculous. It's like saying I had a wank before the Cup Final in ?95, and I'll be having one before kick off next Saturday!!!!
Ant Welsh
19   Posted 21/05/2009 at 01:24:10

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The last 4 years, the team that beat Boro went on to lose the cup so stick that in your pipe, Mark Hill, and smoke it... and while you?re at it, get your facts right next time and don?t waste our time.
Julian Wait
20   Posted 21/05/2009 at 05:42:41

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@ Phil Bellis: One at a time is enough for me mate. Phew. Perish the thought... I need a pint just thinking about it ...
Tom Edwards
21   Posted 21/05/2009 at 08:41:21

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One fact that cannot be disputed is that in all the FA Cup finals we have won, we were the team that scored the most goals. If we score the most goals on 30 May (including penalty shootout, if necessary), we will win the cup!
Phil Bellis
22   Posted 21/05/2009 at 10:49:07

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Julian...best wishes to both of you
Most of my mates are in the ’once bitten’ brigade!

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