FA Cup 3rd Round: Everton vs Lincoln City

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The draw for the Third Round of the FA Cup took place tonight. Everton were draw at home to Lincoln City

The Premier League and Championship clubs join 22 teams from the Second Round, with Everton assigned the Number 15 ball. The draw was live at Stamford Bridge and in addition to pairing the Blues with the Imps, currently second in League Two, the following ties were set:

Bolton v Walsall or Sunderland
Millwall vs Hull
Gillingham vs Cardiff City
Brentford vs Oxford United
Sheffield Wednesday vs Luton Town
Manchester United vs Reading
Everton v Lincoln City
Tranmere Rovers or Southport vs Tottenham Hotspur
Preston vs Doncaster
Newcastle vs Blackburn
Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest
Crystal Palace vs Grimsby
Derby vs Southampton
Accrington Stanley vs Ipswich
Bristol City vs Huddersfield
Wrexham/Newport vs Leicester City
Fulham vs Oldham
Shrewsbury vs Stoke City
Solihull Moors or Blackpool vs Arsenal
Manchester City vs Rotherham
Bournemouth vs Brighton
Woking vs Watford
Burnley vs Barnsley
QPR vs Leeds
Sheffield United vs Barnet
Norwich vs Portsmouth
Guisley or Fleetwood vs AFC Wimbledon
West Brom vs Wigan Atheltic
Middlesbrough vs Peterborough or Bradford City
Wolves vs Liverpool
Aston Villa vs Swansea City
West Ham Utd vs Birmingham City

Ties will be played on the weekend of 4th to 7th January.


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Derek Knox
1 Posted 03/12/2018 at 16:55:46
Home tie against Liverpool would do nicely, not that there is revenge in mind, more along the lines of justice being seen to be done.
Jamie Crowley
2 Posted 03/12/2018 at 17:16:43
Beat me to it, DK!!

Draw the Red Shite at home please!

Ste Traverse
3 Posted 03/12/2018 at 17:18:16
How come, whenever there's a draw we are in, there's always at least one beaut wanting us to get Liverpool?

FFS, why???!!

The weakest team possible at home, thank you very much. That said, given the weekend we've had, I expect us to get a real twat of a draw.

Jamie Crowley
4 Posted 03/12/2018 at 17:19:22
Ste of course you're correct. We should want a minnow.

Revenge clouds judgement. Bring on the shite!

Jim Bennings
5 Posted 03/12/2018 at 17:23:02
Why would anyone want to draw Liverpool in the 3rd Round?

Are people mental or just on some kind of all day bender?

3 derby wins in 38 matches yet people want us to draw them in the 3rd Round?

I’ve never understood that mentality nor do I get people who say we “need a Cup run”.

We don’t need a Cup run unless it involves winning the bloody thing.

We had Cup runs under Martinez but does anyone’s remember losing the Semi’s fondly?

Cup runs are only good if you are a lower league club happy to get skullbanged 5-0 in the quarters by a big boy.

What’s the point in us reaching a Semi when we can’t beat a top 6 side home or away?

Andrew Presly
6 Posted 03/12/2018 at 17:24:34
We are a top 6 side now, Jim, so let’s think positive. We’re on the way up again.

Just take this competition seriously, Marco! Still annoyed about yet another farce in the League Cup.

Rob Halligan
7 Posted 03/12/2018 at 17:26:12
I'd willingly take a Merseyside derby in the FA Cup.

The winners of the Southport v Tranmere replay.

Jim Bennings
8 Posted 03/12/2018 at 17:30:13

I understand looking at it positively but Everton Football Club is better than any at turning positivity into a natural disaster.

I can't get excited about the Cups anymore, sadly, and again, as you point out, the way we threw the League Cup in October still rankles but somehow even that exit to a shite Southampton team felt inevitable in Everton fashion.

Dennis Stevens
9 Posted 03/12/2018 at 17:30:30
The FA Cup is the only chance to avoid setting a new record for the number of years between winning silverware, so I hope it's taken seriously, not disrespected like the League Cup.
Brian Hennessy
10 Posted 03/12/2018 at 17:30:54
Silva has done a fantastic job so far but he better not mess about with his team selection in the FA Cup the same way he did in the League Cup.

We have a team capable of getting to the final but he needs to play his strongest team in every round no matter who we are playing.

If rotation in needed to rest players then do it in the league, not the cup. I want us to win a trophy. A 6th, 7th or 8th place finish in the league will soon be forgotten about.

Jim Bennings
11 Posted 03/12/2018 at 17:39:01
In all likelihood we will beat the Dog and Duck in the third round and then some other non entity in the fourth like Stevenage or Leyton Orient before our usual capitulation at the Emirates.

It's sadly predictable now, the FA Cup.

Brent Stephens
12 Posted 03/12/2018 at 17:58:15
Jim, oh, Jim #11. Why always the same balls-aching negativity. Negativity after a negative event is one thing. But before an event?! Why?

Each to his own, I suppose. But the constant putting-in of the boot against EFC makes me wonder.

Grant Rorrison
16 Posted 03/12/2018 at 19:38:44
Liverpool home or away 3rd round, thanks.


Pat Kelly
17 Posted 03/12/2018 at 19:57:01
We've got a chance. If we can get in someone who can score.
Michael Kenrick
18 Posted 03/12/2018 at 19:57:11
At home to Lincoln City... we've played them before, haven't we?
Rob Halligan
19 Posted 03/12/2018 at 19:58:45
League cup many years ago, Michael. I remember going to Sincil bank and winning 4-3.
Joe McMahon
21 Posted 03/12/2018 at 20:00:52
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, this is your moment!
Andy Meighan
22 Posted 03/12/2018 at 20:01:27
Posts #1, #2 and #16 — Why would you want them at home? Oh yes... must be our fabulous record against them. They'd be rubbing their hands, absolutely delighted at getting us.
Brian Wilkinson
23 Posted 03/12/2018 at 20:06:11
Good draw that, gives us time to land a striker in the window and bed in nicely. Why anyone would want one of the big six is baffling, give me lower-league clubs all the way to the semis anytime.
Colin Glassar
25 Posted 03/12/2018 at 20:12:10
Not popular I know but I'm all for giving the fringe players a chance in these types of ties. The likes of Holgate, Kenny, Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman etc... should all be let loose. After all, they are U20 World Cup winners!
Paul Gallagher
26 Posted 03/12/2018 at 20:12:30
I can understand some of the negativity on here, our record has been very poor in the FA Cup since 1995. The mighty Port Vale, Tranmere, Shrewsbury, Bradford, Oldham have knocked us out since 1995. We have suffered 3-0 defeats to Middlesbrough and Wigan as well.

I would echo the sentiment of some on here, I hope Silva treats this trophy with the respect it deserves, as compared to how the League Cup was treated. We could win it if we get the rub of the green with the draws.

Most of all the big boys will be in Round 4 in all likelihood. Time to the end our trophy barren spell.

Ed Fitzgerald
27 Posted 03/12/2018 at 20:20:38
Michael, we have played them in the league cup before, not sure about the FA Cup.

Sadly (and I mean I'm sad that I know this) Lincoln City actually finished above us by one place way back in 1952-53. That season saw us beaten by them 3-0 at Goodison Park.

We didn't lose to them the following season as we won at home and drew away in our promotion year.

Rob Halligan
28 Posted 03/12/2018 at 20:22:43
Colin #23, our U23s played Lincoln City in the Checkatrade Trophy last season, narrowly losing 2-1. So you maybe right, a lot of the first team fringe players should be able to overcome Lincoln at home in the FA Cup.
Neil Copeland
29 Posted 03/12/2018 at 20:24:44
Brian #23, why stop at the semis? Lower league there and the final as well, please.
Paul Birmingham
31 Posted 03/12/2018 at 20:30:16
No easy games against the so-called football minnows, but I'd expect us to beat Lincoln City at home.

I recall the Lincoln City away game... must be '93. An early dart from work and a mid-week drive. Jason Kearton playing in goal, and another one of those nights and we were quite lucky. Rideout was then doing the business for us up front.

Hopefully this will be our year and we win it.

Dave Abrahams
32 Posted 03/12/2018 at 20:32:24
Ed (27), yes, I saw both them games in our promotion year. The second one away was on Easter Monday, winning 1-0 with six minutes to go when Lincoln equalised – they've always had the habit of letting you down! Still, that draw never stopped us winning promotion.
Danny Baily
33 Posted 03/12/2018 at 20:33:15
My second team after moving to Lincoln the best part of a decade ago.

Great club with an excellent manager and a dedicated away following (the '617 squadron').

Full strength side for this one, they've got giant-killing form.

Billy Roberts
34 Posted 03/12/2018 at 20:37:47
Jim Bennings, I realise your still pissed off at the derby, but you wouldn't want a cup run? Have you been to a semi-final or final live? Your idea of following Everton is definitely different than mine.
Steve Barr
35 Posted 03/12/2018 at 20:56:27
Danny @#33. Scunthorpe United are my second team as we moved there for 10 years in the 1960s & 1970s and I recall a number of great derbies!

Probably well before your time but Scunny had a "top" striker back then called Rod Fletcher, whom we bought from Lincoln City. He went on to play for all the other Lincolnshire greats, ie, Grimsby Town, Immingham Town and Louth United!!

Apologies for the diversion, but still too upset to focus on Everton after the derby!

Tony Abrahams
36 Posted 03/12/2018 at 21:05:13
Just like the team that's gonna win the FA Cup, we shall not be moved!
Billy Roberts
37 Posted 03/12/2018 at 22:05:10
Tell me ma, me ma,
I don't want no tea no tea,
We're going to Wem-Ber-Lee!!
Tell me ma, me ma.

By the way, for our posh or foreign Evertonians – that's your dinner!

John Raftery
38 Posted 03/12/2018 at 22:24:15
In some ways, the FA Cup can represent a better opportunity than the League Cup, depending on the luck of the draw of course.

For one thing, there is no two-legged semi-final, usually against the likes of Man City or Chelsea.

For another by the time the later rounds come along the top clubs may be tempted to prioritise the Premier League and/or the Champions League.

Finally the ties are played at the weekend allowing the teams with no other priorities more or less a full week for preparation and recovery.

We will do well not to underestimate Lincoln. They are second in their league and much stronger than the likes of Dagenham and Redbridge and Yeovil, teams from the lower reaches of League Two we have easily beaten in recent years.

I have attended a couple of matches in League Two and one in League One during this season's international breaks. Teams near the top of League Two are not mugs. Usually they are well organised and have one or two players with the potential to play at a higher level. As always, a couple of early goals will snuff out their hopes.

Neil Copeland
39 Posted 03/12/2018 at 22:35:54
Tony #36, no other stadium in the country bellows that out like Goodison Park - probably my favourite chant when belted out at full volume.

I first heard it properly in the 1972 when my dad took me to my first FA Cup game (against Millwall or Spurs I think) and was mesmerised by the fans in the stands stamping their feet in unison on the wooden boards. Absolutely fucking fantastic! I have loved it ever since.

Ron Sear
40 Posted 03/12/2018 at 22:41:45
Tranmere managed to beat them with only ten men; why do I get the sinking feeling that it will be harder than it should be?
Neil Copeland
41 Posted 03/12/2018 at 22:45:49
Rob #40, Oh well... there is always next year.
Brian Wilkinson
42 Posted 03/12/2018 at 22:48:16
It will only be hard, Ron, if we make wholesale changes.

I do not care if it is Lincoln, I want Pickford in goal and our strongest 10 in front of him.

Lenny Kingman
43 Posted 03/12/2018 at 22:50:59
Lincoln's biggest ever ever assignment.

Come on the Wolves.

Lev Vellene
44 Posted 03/12/2018 at 23:02:41
13 changes, since we can win this as if as a walk-over! As usual! Every year!

If Silva rests his main team to give 'the rest' their chance to shine, though...

Lev Vellene
45 Posted 03/12/2018 at 23:22:52
Okay, so I expect the worst! But tell Marco that the FA Cup is NOT to be taken lightly, this year least of all!
Harry Hockley
46 Posted 03/12/2018 at 23:29:12
We should take this seriously, not to be taken lightly, there's a trophy at the end of it, Everton – go for it!

By January, if we're still in it (sighs) we might have a striker to take us all the way.

David Ellis
47 Posted 04/12/2018 at 01:52:37
Jim Bennings... I think you're still suffering a derby hangover. I can't think why you bother at all with the way you are talking.

What's the point of an FA Cup run? It's fun. It's interesting. We may win (the '95 team must have been one of the poorest top-flight teams to have won that trophy – but they were magnificent in the semis and the final).
Living whilst being afraid of disappointment is not living at all.

ps: The Reds I've spoken to would definitely not fancy Everton away in the FA Cup. They realise we are a different beast this season. Me, I'm happy with Lincoln. Come on Wolves.

Alan J Thompson
48 Posted 04/12/2018 at 04:03:39
Not fussed if we get lower league clubs or any of the "Top 6" but I do have a strong preference for Wolves in the Final.
Amit Vithlani
49 Posted 04/12/2018 at 05:18:44
A few think I am a nutter, but I pray we serenely sail past Lincoln and get the RS at Anfield in R4.

On our way to Wembley. End the Anfield misery and trophy drought in one season would do very nicely, thank you!

Gerard Carey
50 Posted 04/12/2018 at 08:21:15
Why would Marco play a weakened team? We are not in Europe. We bombed out of league cup early doors.

If and when we get past Lincoln, with our best team, keep putting our best eleven out. It's still our best chance of silverware. And as the rounds progress, the Sky darlings will probably be playing twice a week with Champions and Europa League to deal with.

Go for it and, come May, we might all be celebrating.

Richard Brejsa
51 Posted 04/12/2018 at 08:31:57
Amit: I really like your thinking – RS at Anfield as a revenge. That shows the confident atmosphere built by Silva and Brands. Something we missed for many years.
Jim Bennings
52 Posted 04/12/2018 at 09:00:12
Billy Roberts and David Ellis.

I have been and witnessed semi-finals, yes, in both domestic Cup competitions, and the hurt of losing them to our closest bitter rivals is one I don't look back on fondly that we “had a Cup run”.

Does anyone feel content looking back on the 2012 run to the semis that we lost to Liverpool?

Does anyone remember Martinez's last season as anything other than an absolute nightmare which ended in his eventual sacking despite reaching the semis of both League and FA Cup?

For me, I'd rather be eliminated in the 4th round unless I finally see this team with the cajones to not do something ridiculous in a huge game (Pickford on Sunday, Distin in 2012 with that back pass).

Sam Hoare
53 Posted 04/12/2018 at 09:51:27
Jim, get out of that dark cloud!

I think you'd be in the minority of fans if you say you'd rather get knocked out early than get to a final or even a semi. I want Everton to win as many games as possible, to play as much as possible so that I can watch or follow on text because I get a buzz before each and every game.

I went to the FA Cup semi-final against Man Utd a few years back and loved the day out even though I left defeated.

If anything, Pickford's cajones were too big on Sunday, he thought he could catch it whereas he should have tipped it out.

We're not lacking in confidence anymore and nor should you be. Get over it and try to start enjoying supporting again because this is the best we've been in a good few years.

Jim Bennings
54 Posted 04/12/2018 at 10:31:50

Isn't that where our mentality is small time though?

How can any Everton fan confess to loving every minute of a Wembley Semi-Final last-minute loss to Manchester United? Can you imagine a diehard Kopite saying that?

Okay, I'm going to put this one out there.... What would most fans prefer?

1) A 6th place finish, a position in the much-derided Europa League (which fans hate being in) and a run to the FA Cup Semi-Final with a likely loss to a top 6 team with more disappointment?

2) A 7th place finish and a win in the Merseyside derby in March, finally ending that disgraceful record against Liverpool, but at the expense of an early round FA Cup exit?

Charlie Dixon
55 Posted 04/12/2018 at 10:39:39
The first option, Jim, as it will mean we've beaten more teams in more matches.

I don't think I'm as obsessed with the Red Shite as you.

Jim Bennings
56 Posted 04/12/2018 at 10:53:02

Nah, it's just called being a staunch Evertonian.

We have been 6th under Moyes and 5th under Bobby — where did it get us?

No sooner than we get in the Europa League, the vast majority of fans want us out of it and start making excuses for poor form.

I'd rather finish 7th and win a derby.

Matthew Williams
57 Posted 04/12/2018 at 10:53:28
The perfect draw... now just play your best team, Marco, get the game won... and repeat every round.

Our trophy drought has to end at some point... why not in 2019?

Lawrence Green
58 Posted 04/12/2018 at 10:55:13
What would Kopites do in this circumstance or that circumstance? I don't care a jot! Liverpool FC are a completely seperate entity to Everton FC and what they or their fans do doesn't matter to me apart from on derby day.

This obsession with our neighbours is beginning to get out of hand – and I know it is a two-way street as their fans have an ever increasing presence on Everton-related twitter feeds and message boards.

I predict heavy weather for February 19th and 23rd and a lost cat will be found on the 1st March only to be runover by a red van on the 2nd. Predictions are for fools; enjoy each day as it arrives and count your blessings for what you have and not be overly concerned by what you have lost – and certainly don't worry about what you might lose, but try and envisage what you might gain.

As somebody famous once said 'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.'

Jay Wood

59 Posted 04/12/2018 at 11:18:09
Jim Bennings, you're losing the plot.

All last week, you went on (and on... and on...) about going to Anfield and playing with no fear to put an end to, and start turning around, our truly dreadful derby record.

Yesterday, you declared you would be happy for us to not win another game this side of Christmas, if the pay-off was Napoli eliminated Liverpool from the Champions League.

Now, a sequence of posts hoping for an early elimination from the FA Cup to avoid the inevitable heartbreak you envisage in the later rounds.

The most sensible four words you've posted (possibly ever...) followed your declaration about 'them', Napoli and us not winning again this side of Christmas: 'That may sound stupid'.

It was, it is, and a whole sequence of posts you penned in the last 24 hours have been equally stupid. Either you are on a serious wind-up, or you dwell in a very dark place as far as Everton is concerned.

You've made some ridiculous statements in the past 24 hours. Your follow-up posts to justify them are proving equally embarrassing and absurd.

Charlie Dixon
60 Posted 04/12/2018 at 11:22:52
"We have been 6th under Moyes and 5th under Bobby — where did it get us?"

Nuremberg, Kharkiv, Lille to name a few places. I assume you haven't been traveling away in Europe with our excellent supporters. If so, you'd be happy to get back out on the road again.

In addition, our squad is stronger in quality and depth than back in the Martinez and Moyes eras.

Brent Stephens
61 Posted 04/12/2018 at 11:28:56
Jim #56, "Nah, it's just called being a staunch Evertonian".

A so-called staunch Evertonian who said he'd be happy for us to lose all our games before Xmas.

Yeh, staunch Evertonian. Will you boo when we next score at Goodison Park?

John Raftery
62 Posted 04/12/2018 at 12:08:06
If a place in the Europa League is the only positive outcome from our season, I will be very happy and looking forward to a few more great European trips. It will have exceeded my expectations after our poor pre-season played largely with last season's players.

A long run in the FA Cup will test the mettle of our new players and enable us to assess just how good they are. A win against the RS would obviously make the season memorable but it will mean little if it is not part of a strong second half of the season with the team showing ongoing improvement.

By the way, the last time we won the second league derby of the season was in March 1988 when Wayne Clarke scored the only goal.

Tony Abrahams
63 Posted 04/12/2018 at 12:20:08
Serious, John — 30 years ago?
Pete Edwards
65 Posted 04/12/2018 at 12:27:50
Jim, you might not like the Europa League but tell that to the thousands and thousands of fans who travel to the aways in Europe with Everton! I'd love us to be back in it and look at winning it!
Rob Halligan
66 Posted 04/12/2018 at 12:57:42
A 6th place finish, a position in the much-derided Europa League (which fans hate being in) and a run to the FA Cup Semi Final with a likely loss to a top 6 team with more disappointment.

Jim, have you thought that we might, just might beat one of these so called top six teams in the FA Cup semi-final?

And I hope we do finish 6th (or maybe 7th will qualify for Europe as it seems to most seasons), and get into the Europa League.

Me and me mates have had a great time travelling all over Europe; we have been to countries you would never dream of going too normally. Blimey, sometimes we even let John Raftery tag along with us!! Only joking, John!

Jamie Crowley
67 Posted 04/12/2018 at 13:08:22
Honest, albeit naive, question:

If Everton and Tranmere don't play on the same day, would you go watch the Tranmere - Spurs game in the hopes of seeing a giant-killing?

If I lived there, I think I might.

Mark Taylor
68 Posted 04/12/2018 at 13:14:50
Jim 54,

Personally, I would choose 1 every time. It will mean we have performed better than 2 and will get us into a competition which might be our most realistic route into the Champions League in the short term, an outcome that would transform the club in a fundamental way.

Beating Liverpool will not do that.

Or, to express it another way, I'd very happily trade a defeat to Liverpool for following up with 5 wins on the bounce. In fact, I'd want to play and lose to them six times in a season, if that were possible, because we'd then be in the Champions League.

Sam Hoare
69 Posted 04/12/2018 at 13:20:18
Jim @54,

“How can any Everton fan confess to loving every minute of a Wembley Semi-Final last-minute loss to Manchester United?”

I didn't say that, though, did I? I said I enjoyed the day out. I enjoyed going to Wembley, wearing my Everton shirt and supporting the team I love in a big match.

You'd rather we get knocked out early in case we lose later on? You'd rather RS lose than we win. Now THAT is small time thinking!!

Step out of the shadows, Jim, come back to us.

Brian Murray
70 Posted 04/12/2018 at 13:21:43
I want it to be natural for Jim to add Number 3 to his list:

3) Seriously challenge for the title and sweep them no-marks aside in both derbies.

That's what our 3Ms in charge are aiming for. Just a matter of when — not if.

Jamie Crowley
71 Posted 04/12/2018 at 13:51:12

What do ya know! Option-3 on the Mac keyboard.

Learn something new every day.

Dennis Stevens
72 Posted 04/12/2018 at 14:25:54
Here's an option 3 for you, Jim:-

Everton win at least one piece of silverware every season (Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and/or European trophy), but the price is that those luvable reds do the double over us in the League. What, as a staunch Evertonian, would you choose?
Paul Tran
73 Posted 04/12/2018 at 14:33:16
I'd take the trophy every season, Dennis!
David Pearl
74 Posted 04/12/2018 at 17:33:35
I'd take being competitive in every game, knowing that we can be a match for anyone. After that the rewards will hopefully come. We were not prepared squad wise for our last European experience. Our defence for a start has improved immeasurably from last season.

For now we can play a full strength team in the FA Cup or make a few changes especially against inferior opposition. It doesn't weaken the team when you have a Baines, lookman or zouma coming on. When you have a Martina coming on youd worry.

I doubt it will happen but they are saying Man City could face a European ban and 5th place would get the extra champions league place. We've got to get another goalscorer in the team and finish the season to maximise this potential. Remember when we played Villireal and we bought in Pip... hardly enough to carry us to glory. So fingers crossed for a long cup run and some kind ties. Though we should fear nothing

Lenny Kingman
75 Posted 04/12/2018 at 17:36:10
Speaking to a Wolfman bus driver this afternoon and he regarded their draw against the hated reds as a draw against a small club!

And if you know yer history then it makes sense. History is important.

As for Lincoln. The Imps will come with all guns blazing. On and off the pitch.

But I would expect a victory to project us to the next round. And on and on and on.

Tom Bowers
76 Posted 04/12/2018 at 17:41:14
Will have to bring out the big guns for this one, Niasse, Tosun and Schneiderlin maybe even recall Leon Osman.
Steve Ferns
77 Posted 04/12/2018 at 17:51:01
Said this a few times but I'll repeat it again. The League Cup is not as easy to win as some on here will have you believe. With the final out of the way before spring, the big clubs look to win it, if their B sides make it through the early rounds. History tells you that one of the big six always sleepwalks into the semis.

Now, the FA Cup has all the serious rounds at a time when the big clubs have other priorities. They often play Champions League games, serious Champions League playoff games, days after the later rounds. Therefore, we have a better chance of progressing in this tournament that they take their eye off.

The problem is usually that Arsenal have exited Europe early and survived in the FA Cup and the league is all but cemented and they concentrate on the FA Cup to “save their season”.

The top four I all expect to progress in Europe. Spurs will not turn their nose up at the Europa League. And Arsenal (and Chelsea of course) will go far in the Europa League.

Which means we will be the best side who are giving this competition our full attention.

So lads, cheer on all the English sides into the later rounds, hope they take their eye off this competition, and with a bit of luck, Seamus will be hoisting it aloft in May.

Neil Copeland
78 Posted 04/12/2018 at 17:55:01
One of the most memorable derbies I can remember is the 3-1 defeat at Mordor in 1987. Whilst I hated losing it was far outweighed by the fact that we had already won the league. I was one of 4-5000 Evertonians standing in the middle of the Kop singing “Bring on the champions”, “We are the champions” and “You are not champions anymore”. We even mockingly cheered their 3rd goal and just sang even louder.

There must have been in the region of 15,000 blues in the ground and the atmosphere was unbelievable. Would the reds have swapped places with us? Too right — they hated it. Would I have exchanged the league title for a derby win? Not a chance in hell despite the fact English teams were banned from Europe then so we didn't get a crack at the European Cup.

Jim, I think you are losing it, I am afraid. No way on this earth would I swap winning the derby for a trophy.

Harry Hockley
79 Posted 04/12/2018 at 18:07:00
Jim Bennings, can't help but sense a degree of bitterness and negativity and general shit talk towards Everton for days now.

Not nice to read everyday; sounds like you're stuck in the past.

John Raftery
80 Posted 04/12/2018 at 18:41:05
Tony (63), Yes, it's true but all sequences must end some time. Let's hope it happens in March 2019. Our only derby wins after December in the past 30 years were both in the FA Cup in 1991 and 2009.

Rob (66), Only when you are in business class, pal! What a great journey home that was from Split! I fully agree though. Life as an Evertonian is hard work. Without the European trips, life in the past 15 years would have been much poorer.

Dave Abrahams
81 Posted 04/12/2018 at 18:59:26
John (80), so Liverpool got to March without losing a league game. I think they had equalled the record Leeds held from the start of a season going unbeaten. How many games, John? around 30-31?
Rob Halligan
82 Posted 04/12/2018 at 19:36:33
Dave, John, I clearly remember that game at Goodison when we ended their unbeaten run.

It was a Sunday afternoon, and in the morning my Sunday league team played a Liverpool county FA cup semi-final second replay. We lost 4-3 in extra time. From there a few of us, blues and reds, went to Goodison. It may have been the first time I've never really celebrated a derby winner as was absolutely gutted from our game in the morning. So God only knows how the RS from our team felt that afternoon?

Brian Murray
83 Posted 04/12/2018 at 19:45:16
Neil Copeland. Yes, I totally get your lack of hurt that day. I was on the kop (and ale) when Sheeds lashed one in to equalize. Still a great day and Walton Road still bouncing on the way to being crowned Champions.
John McFarlane Snr
84 Posted 04/12/2018 at 20:04:06
Hi Rab [82],

My young lady, Laura and I were married on 16 March 1963, and celebrated our silver wedding anniversary on Saturday 19 March 1988, in the executive suite at Goodison Park.

A workmate had contacted Everton (without my knowledge), who arranged for Wayne Clarke to present Laura with a bouquet of flowers. Unfortunately, because it was derby day the following day, Colin Harvey had decided to take the team to a retreat., Laura received the flowers and a card signed by all the players, but my present arrived via Wayne Clarke's goal at the Park End.

Kristian Boyce
85 Posted 04/12/2018 at 20:17:03
During the Moyes era, and even in the past couple of years, games like this against lower league opponents would leave me with a sense of dread. How many times have we had nightmares against League One & Two teams?

I think a lot of this comes from the perceived lack of importance cup competitions have had for the club for the last 15 years. Other than maybe one or two seasons of Moyes's reign and Martinez's tenure, a cup was a side attraction.

I would love a cup and, as our delightful neighbours reminded us on Sunday, it's 23 years since any silverware has been seen being lifted aloft by our captain.

Will Mabon
86 Posted 04/12/2018 at 20:46:21
Kristian, I know what you mean but that sense of dread is common for most, I think! The particular FA Cup uncertainty is what makes the cup what it is. It's great watching upsets, at least when they happen to a team other than your own...
Will Mabon
87 Posted 04/12/2018 at 20:58:02
John @ 84 - that's a great story. I was at that match, season ticket in Upper Bullens back then, where we had a very similar view to that seen from the TV cameras. Good times.

I just re-watched the goal on YouTube. The notes say we ended Liverpool's chance of setting a record 30-match unbeaten run that day – a fact of which I have no memory at all; must be getting old.

Neil Copeland
88 Posted 04/12/2018 at 21:41:06
Does anyone remember the 2-1 FA Cup win in 1981 when Imre Varadi scored both goals? The reds I was working with gave us no chance and had been taking the piss out of Varadi all week in the build up to the game. I never said a word on the Monday just grinned from ear to ear all day / a great feeling.
Brian Murray
89 Posted 04/12/2018 at 21:48:14
Yes, Varadi and Cokes ordered all round County Road. Great day, albeit Eastoe got the first, although I think Avi Cohen may have been credited with an own goal.

I thought that was our year until Paul Power equalized for Man City in the quarters. Sickener. We went out in the replay. Hope to god they are not about to throw it away at Watford as we speak. Please lord no.

Simon Smith
90 Posted 04/12/2018 at 22:30:48
Ellis Simms on the bench as a reward for his unreal goalscoring record at U18s level maybe?
John Raftery
91 Posted 04/12/2018 at 22:33:02
Dave (81),

Yes, as Will says the RS had been unbeaten for 29 matches equalling the record set by Leeds. Our win and the goal by Wayne Clarke prevented them breaking the record. It was well celebrated by his brother Allan who was a member of that Leeds team.

Neil Copeland
92 Posted 04/12/2018 at 22:33:30
Brian #89, thanks for the correction... and yes, I remember now. I think Varadi came close to getting another?

I also felt sick after the Man City game and, like you, I was convinced we were going all the way. I think we beat Wigan 3-0 and Wrexham 5-2 in the earlier rounds.

David Ellis
94 Posted 05/12/2018 at 09:55:13
I went to the 2008 (or 9) FA Cup Semi-Final (flew to UK for the weekend) against Man Utd. A top 1-2 side (forget top 6). And we beat them on penalties. Yes a great weekend.

Was I sad we lost the final to Chelsea? Yes I was. But I'm glad I got to see that semi-final so glad we went to the wire despite the final heartbreak.

In those days, 3 of the 4 FA Cup semi-finalists were all in the semis of the Champions League if I re-call. (Chelsea and Arsenal were the other semi.)

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