Blues to face Carlisle in FA Cup 4th Round

by | 19/01/2016  40 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton's opponents in the FA Cup Fourth Round will be Carlisle United after they defeated fellow League Two outfit Yeovil Town in a penalty shootout this evening.

Yeovil had a gilt-edged chance to secure a matchup with the Blues at the death in normal time but missed a penalty and that prompted an extra 30 minutes of play at Huish Park.

Things went from bad to worse for the Glovers when they were reduced to 10 men in extra time but even though the numbers were later evened up, the deadlock couldnt be broken.

The teams were neck and neck in the shootout as well until Dolan's kick was tipped onto the post handing the visitors the chance to go through.

Carlisle have been playing their home fixtures in Blackpool following the recent floods that caused severe damage to their Brunton Park home but, with the pitch currently being relaid, they are hoping to host the Blues on their own ground in front of the BT Sport cameras on 31st January.  

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David Hamilton
2 Posted 19/01/2016 at 23:34:08
This really feels like a banana skin but it's only because I witnessed the ignominious defeat at Goodison before Christmas in 1974. Two goals up, with a brace from Latchford, only to let in three soft goals. And then, just to prove it wasn't a fluke, we lost 0-3 in the return match, just prior to Carlisle's relegation, and duly threw away the Championship.

These sorts of disappointments have been going on for a long time!!

That Carlisle team included Chris Balderstone, who played cricket for Yorkshire and Leicestershire, and actually played two tests for England in 1976.

Alan Humphreys
4 Posted 19/01/2016 at 23:43:39
We'll hopefully get to see one Hallam Hope in action too, see how he has progressed.

Agree it could be tricky, but we're banging goals in for fun.

As are the opposition though...

Colin Hughes
5 Posted 19/01/2016 at 23:46:42
Let's not forget they took the RedShite to penalties earlier this season at Anfield in the League Cup. Interesting to see what their pitch is like if it's held at Brunton Park though; if my memory serves me right, it's a dump of a ground with terraces at one end at least.
Jack Cross
6 Posted 20/01/2016 at 01:10:03
David Hamilton (#1),

Yes, sort of had the same feeling when hearing we were playing Carlisle.

I remember the 74 season very well, when we lost those 2 league matches to Carlisle. I use to go home and away in those days.

I think that they were promoted with Luton. Only to go down as soon as they came up. But not before putting 6 past us.

I think we could struggle against these. Redshite, didn't find them a push over as Collin, said.

one thing we know about the blues, we do everything the hard way.

David Hamilton
7 Posted 20/01/2016 at 02:42:58
Jack Cross (#4),

You will remember the 3rd round draw at home with Altrincham, and the 4th round home defeat to Fulham, then!

But then the superb 2-0 win at Highbury.

I still don't know what to make of that team...

Peter Bell
8 Posted 20/01/2016 at 03:01:35
David, I was at all those games, Viv Busby scored both goals for Fulham and I never forgive Kendall bringing him back to Goodison as his assistant in 1997.

Davies, Bernard, Lyons, Kenyon, Sergeant, Jones, Clements, Dobson, Latchford, Connolly...

I am missing one; who played up front with big Bob?

Peter Bell
9 Posted 20/01/2016 at 03:10:16
Come to think of it, didn't Connolly break his leg against Altrincham and miss the second half of the season?
Peter Bell
10 Posted 20/01/2016 at 03:16:11
We started that season with Harvey in midfield, who moved on to Sheff Wed when Dobson arrived. Joe Royle started the season up front with Latchford, but Bingham sold Royle to Man City as he didn't fancy two big men up front, but cannot for the life of me remember who he replaced him with?

I am sure Harold, Colin or another ToffeeWebber will come up with the answer.

Peter McHugh
11 Posted 20/01/2016 at 03:25:15
David – thanks for the trip down memory lane. I only started watching the Blues properly in 1990s. Shipping 3 goals when 2 up away from home.. that would never happen now!

The thing that has always struck me with us is that we always let a goal in against a player who never scores or is on a barren run, particularly a striker who has just signed for his new club and hasn't scored yet. I wonder if we've always done this?

Peter Bell
12 Posted 20/01/2016 at 03:34:52
Peter, that Carlisle game when we let a 2 goal led slip and lost 3-2 was at Goodison. As Dave says, it was the Saturday before Christmas when we were top of the league.
On your other point about players breaking their duck, I remember Earl Barrett scoring his one and only league goal for Villa against Everton.
Peter McHugh
13 Posted 20/01/2016 at 03:44:40
Ahh, thanks for putting me right, Peter – even worse!

Funny about Earl Barrett. Let me guess, a header from a corner?

I do remember Royle playing him over Matt Jackson who I always liked. Barrett seemed to be one of Royle's favourites despite Jackson being a better footballer. I think Jackson scored in the last minute against Bristol City in the cup away on a crap pitch (although my memory may fail me) and also against Spurs in semi which is the best I've ever seen us play. He also contributed massively to the goal in the final.

Peter Bell
14 Posted 20/01/2016 at 03:50:51
Peter, Joe Royle as a manager gets lots of plaudits on this website, but not for me. We may have won the FA Cup, but anyone who thinks Paul Gerrard is a better keeper than Big Nev (even when he was getting on) leaves a lot of questions to be asked.
He also signed Marc Hottiger rather than play Matt Jackson.
Peter McHugh
15 Posted 20/01/2016 at 03:51:22
That semi-final shows how good you can be with a proper team. With exception of Southall and perhaps Limpar (I appreciate loads of blues didn't rate him), we had pretty average players in my opinion. But what a team I loved watching and was proud of. How we could do with Watson and Parkinson now, two limited footballers but people I would pick in my team every week.
Peter McHugh
16 Posted 20/01/2016 at 03:54:51
No complaints from me regarding goalkeeper as Big Nev is by a mile my all time favourite player. Never seen anything like him.

Royle was stubborn. I wasn't a massive fan but he did keep us up and win a cup and I can't imagine any other manager being able to do that for us in 95.

Peter Bell
17 Posted 20/01/2016 at 03:56:56
Peter, not sure about Dave Watson being limited, would have loved to see him marking Diego Costa, he wouldn't put up with any of the antics that joker gets away with against the modern-day centre-halves.
Peter McHugh
18 Posted 20/01/2016 at 04:03:03
I didn't mean to disrespect him. As I say I would play him talk about somebody who loved Everton and would run through brick walls. Hard as nails too. I just meant he wasn't a skilful footballer like Stones etc.

Out of interest, what do you make of our team as manager? Personally I think we're not far off. Besic to me is a great find I didn't realise how good he was and hope he keeps it up. I think the keeper situation is the biggest drawback and a massive challenge for Martinez to solve. I don't see Robles as answer although would be made up to be proved wrong.

Peter McHugh
19 Posted 20/01/2016 at 04:07:19
Going back to Watson, I was gutted on the way to the semi-final I think it was... as the talk was he was out and I thought we'd have no chance. Thankfully he wasn't.

I despised Sheringham for cheating to get the penalty. However, my own opinion was that Big Nev was Man of Match in final as opposed to Watson despite the award going to him. I am hugely biased however!

Peter Bell
20 Posted 20/01/2016 at 04:15:00
Peter, Roberto Martinez is in a very similar situation that Howard Kendall found himself in January 84. Two-and-a-half years into his reign, the semi-final of Capital One Cup and still in the FA Cup, but league performances are very inconsistent.

Very talented young players coming through (in 1984, it was Steven, Stevens, Heath, Sharpe, Sheedy, Ratcliffe) but failing to find any consistency. I would love history to repeat itself, but I'm not sure RM has the same drive as Howard Kendall.

Peter McHugh
21 Posted 20/01/2016 at 04:19:57
He also doesn't have Big Nev.
Doug Harris
22 Posted 20/01/2016 at 08:14:56
Peter (#6)... Jim Pearson wore the Number 11 that day.
Mark Tanton
23 Posted 20/01/2016 at 08:40:38
It would be a nice touch if Everton helped Carlisle get a new pitch. We're relatively swimming in money.
Terence Tyler
25 Posted 20/01/2016 at 09:01:07
Jim Pearson became part of that 1974 team.
Ian Jones
26 Posted 20/01/2016 at 09:05:49
Hi Mark. It would be a lovely touch but let's beat them first. Then be nice... :)
Tony Abrahams
28 Posted 20/01/2016 at 09:25:14
I always look for clean sheets (what are they) when it comes to The FA Cup. The last two times we have won the cup, we have only conceded one goal in both campaigns.

I'm sure it was the same in 1966 when I think the only goals, Everton conceded were in the final. I might be wrong about that because I wasn't born, but I'm sure it's a story I've heard more than once. Where's Mystic Meg?

Doug Harris
29 Posted 20/01/2016 at 10:27:00
Yes: 1966

3-0 3-0 3-0 3rd 4th 5th rounds.
0-0 0-0 2-0 6th round including 2 replays.
1-0 semi final.

Tony Ateman
30 Posted 20/01/2016 at 10:31:53
They already have a sparkling new pitch. Hopefully that's good for us!

Andy Meighan
31 Posted 20/01/2016 at 10:51:32
As long as Laidlaw, Bonnyman and Tait aren't playing for Carlisle, we should be alright.
Dean Peamum
32 Posted 20/01/2016 at 11:13:27
Tony #24

You're right about 1966. Also in 1968 we only conceded 1 goal at Leicester on the way to the final and then Jeff Astle's winner.

A good omen maybe was that we beat Carlisle away 2-0 in the 4th round in 1968.

Derek Thomas
33 Posted 20/01/2016 at 11:24:23
according to Wiki, in 1966 we were the first team since Bury in 1903 to get to Wembley without conceding a goal
Tony Abrahams
34 Posted 20/01/2016 at 11:36:00
I would take that again, Dean, as long as we can beat Liverpool in the other cup final!

Derek, has any team ever won the cup without conceding a goal? That was never a pen at Elland Rd, in 1995; so, if Martinez would have been in charge, it would have been us!!!

James Morgan
35 Posted 20/01/2016 at 12:28:09
On a side note, when is this fake takeover happening?
Fran Mitchell
36 Posted 20/01/2016 at 13:31:18
James Morgan: It is in a process of due dillegence. Meaning there is nothing to report, in February we will know more.

For something to be real, it doesn't need to have 24 hour sky news upadates, in fact, the contrary is more true.

But rather than try and divert a football conversation into another boring and pointless discussion based on nothing but 'in my opinion'..., why not discuss actual football.

In terms of the Cup, Considering our League form is totally inconsistent, this could actually be a great year for silverware. 4th is gone, as is 6th most probably. Hopefully next season we'll see the Cup as an unwanted distraction from our title challenge and use to only blood youngsters and train up squad players.

This season, however, we have a team that can beat anyone on its day. We can also lose to anyone, but hey. We can score goals, and entering with the correct mentaility can win this cup. Spurs, Arsenal, Utd and Leicester will be focussed on top-4 and the title, a well as CL for Arsenal. Chelsea are crap, and will focus mainly on the CL.

We could well have 2 merseyside finals this season, which would make things rather exciting in such a frustrating season.

2 Cup wins wouldn't half perk us up, and could be enough to keep the wunderkids. (2 Cup wins would do a hell of a lot more to convince them to stay than a 5th place finish, for example)

Come On. 2016 is the year we find thekey to the silver cabinet.

Dave Abrahams
37 Posted 20/01/2016 at 14:07:52
Peter (8) was the man who replaced Joe Royle, Jim Pearson who came down from Scotland?

Regarding Viv Busby who joined Howard Kendall's coaching staff alongside Adrian Heath, a fellow Evertonian said to me "Howard, Adrian and Vivian, they sound like three shirt-lifters mates"!!!!

Peter Bell
39 Posted 20/01/2016 at 14:38:42
Dave @34,

You are spot on with Jim Pearson. I dug out some old programmes from 1974, he came from St Johnstone.

Karl Parsons
40 Posted 20/01/2016 at 17:42:23
David Hamilton #1

Yep, I was at the home game too. I remember Billy Butler's words over the tannoy at full time like it was yesterday, "Well there's my Christmas ruined!"

I've been waiting patiently for our time to put those flukey results to bed. Trust me we will waltz through.


Doug Harris
41 Posted 20/01/2016 at 18:54:12
Yes, Jim Pearson wore Number 11 that day.
Ian Pilkington
42 Posted 20/01/2016 at 20:06:44
I remember watching both league defeats against Carlisle during the Cumbrians' only season in the top flight, particularly the 3-0 drubbing at Brunton Park on a very cold Easter Saturday 1975. However, with another 6 games to play that season, further defeats by Luton away and Sheffield United at home cost us the title, so I don't hold any grudges towards them.

I've much fonder memories of our 2-0 Fourth Round win there in February 1968, Jimmy Husband and Joe Royle scoring in each half. I travelled with some friends on a football special from the old Liverpool Exchange Station. On the journey back from Carlisle the diesel locomotive broke down on the climb over Shap, and we arrived at Preston over 2 hours late, with no chance of getting back to Liverpool in time for our last train home.

We were stopped on a through road (no platform) and I shouted over to a Railway Policeman standing on the station that we were stranded and needed to get off to get a train to Wigan. Amazingly, he allowed us to open the door, climb down from the carriage, cross the tracks and clamber onto the platform. Imagine doing that today!

A repeat result on the 31st will do nicely, this time I'll be watching on TV.

Brian Denton
43 Posted 20/01/2016 at 22:42:01
Yes, that 74-75 season (Bingham's near miss) is still clear in my mind. Remember the disbelief at the home defeat by Carlisle, and the cows in the field visible from the ground in Carlisle.

Don't know if my memory is playing tricks, but I have it in my head that, in both the 3-2 defeats at home v Carlisle and Sheff Utd, we were leading 2-0. Is that right?

David Hamilton
44 Posted 20/01/2016 at 23:26:20
Peter Bell (#7),

Yes, Connolly broke his leg against Altrincham, or had it broken for him. More or less on the half way line in front of the Bullens Terrace. I was standing a few feet away. He basically got kicked on the lower leg. Sat there abusing the ref for not giving a free kick! The other bad thing about that game was that we fell behind to non-leaguers and only managed a draw thanks to a Dave Clements's penalty.

Peter McHugh (#9),

You wonder whether we are vulnerable when a club has a new striker who hasn't scored for them. Try this for size. Journeyman striker Jim Melrose scored 3 against us on debut for Coventry in 1982. But wait, there's more. He scored another 3 against us playing for Charlton in 1986. Not sure whether this made Jim famous, but he certainly wasn't famous for anything else.

Karl Parson (#36). I really like your optimism!!

Rob Halligan
45 Posted 21/01/2016 at 17:42:48
Short memory, Karl, #35. We beat Carlisle in the FA Cup third round, 2 January 2010, 3-1 at Goodison.

That's the first flukey result put to bed. The second comes on 31 January 2016.

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