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1981 - 2002

1981 - 2002
Stories of the Era

Little did anybody know it, but the May 1981 appointment of Kendall was to ignite the most fantastic turnaround in the Club's fortunes.

However, the success that the Club's wonderful supporters so desperately craved didn't come instantly.

Howard Kendall sits in the Everton dugoutHoward Kendall sits in the Everton dugout

Everton struggled through the opening months of the 1983-84 season and just 13,659 fans watched a December 0-0 draw with Coventry City at Goodison - and the majority of them booed the team off the pitch at the end of it.

What followed will long be remembered by every Evertonian privileged enough to follow the Club at that time.

The team rallied and, from the depths of despair, rose to heights they had never even dared to dream about.

The Chairman, Sir Philip Carter, famously stood by his manager and Everton lost just three of their last 21 League games to finish seventh in the table, and they reached both the League Cup and FA Cup finals.

Kendall teams 84Kendall leads out his side ahead of the 1984 FA Cup final

The League Cup final was a truly memorable affair - the first ever Merseyside derby in a major final - even though the actual match itself was no classic and ended in a 0-0 draw. Liverpool won the replay at Maine Road, but Everton had arrived as a force to be reckoned with once again.

That was substantiated in May when the FA Cup was lifted for a fourth time.

Graeme Sharp and Andy Gray, two of the most pivotal figures in Everton's revival, scored the goals that saw off Watford at Wembley.

The team, so bereft of confidence at the turn of the year, had blossomed into one of genuine class, and more was to come...

Rats Cup Final Kevin Ratcliffe prepares for the 1984 Cup Final

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