Stories of the Era
The 2008/09 season saw further progress as Moyes' talented young squad added a splendid FA Cup run to their continued Premier League solidarity.
After a slow start, the Blues went on an excellent run that would eventually see them again secure fifth place in the league.
They also reached the FA Cup final in dramatic circumstances. Having despatched Macclesfield in round three, an away tie at Anfield was their reward.
The plucky Toffees drew 1-1 before Dan Gosling made himself a hero in extra time in the replay. Subsequent wins against Aston Villa and Middlesbrough booked a Wembley semi-final against Manchester United and triumphed after a penalty shootout.
It was back to the capital for the final but despite a record breaking goal after 25 seconds from Louis Saha, Chelsea won 2-1.
After the acrimonious departure of Joleon Lescott to newly-rich Manchester City, there was another slow start to the 2009/10 season.
Further bad news came when plans for the Club to relocate to a new stadium in Kirkby were rejected by the Government but as Christmas approached, fortunes on the field began to pick up.
Everton maintained their position as a top Premier League outfit, securing eighth then seventh placed finishes up to the end of 2010/11.