On This Day: 14/11
Everton beat Chelsea 7-2 ON THIS DAY in 1931.
A crowd of 32,758 saw the Blues find their scoring boots again after a 0-0 draw in their previous game against Huddersfield Town.
Dixie Dean scored five with the other two goals coming from Tommy Johnson and Jimmy Stein.
The Toffees had a fine season finishing as First Division Champions.
Tony Grant was born in Liverpool ON THIS DAY in 1974.
Scouser Grant graduated through the Everton ranks and became a professional in 1993.
The midfielder was a member of the Blues side that won the Charity Shield in 1995.
He was sold to Manchester City in 1998 and since then has played for West Bromwich Albion before moving to Burnley for £250,000 in October 2001.
The Toffees were the reigning League Champions when West Ham United visited Goodison Park on 14 November 1987, but an indifferent start to the campaign, Colin Harvey’s first as manager, saw Everton in seventh place when the Hammers came to town.
John Lyall’s team was packed with exciting young talent - Paul Ince, Tony Cottee, Mark Ward and Stewart Robson included - alongside the more experienced Alvin Martin and Liam Brady, but they were sixth from bottom before the match.
The fixture went true to form with Everton winning 3-1, thanks to first-half goals from Dave Watson, Peter Reid and Graeme Sharp.
FACT: West Ham signed Paul Hilton from Bury after he had impressed John Lyall at centre half in a League Cup tie that the Hammers won 10-0!
14 November 1959 was the finest afternoon in the largely unheralded Everton career of Alan Shackleton.
The striker had joined the Blues from Leeds United during the previous summer as a replacement for Dave Hickson and he was in sparkling form when Birmingham City came to Goodison Park.
He plundered a hat-trick with goals in the fifth, 10th and 70th minutes as the Toffees ran out 4-0 winners – Jimmy Harris scoring the other goal.
FACT: Shackleton played 26 times for Everton and scored 10 goals before leaving to join non-league Nelson in 1960.
The goalscoring exploits of William Ralph Dean are legendary throughout the game - but even he surpassed himself on 14 November 1931 when Everton welcomed Chelsea to Goodison Park.
Dean scored FIVE goals inside the opening 32 minutes! Amazingly, he then ‘declared’ and didn’t add to his tally. Tommy Johnson and Jimmy Stein also found the net that day though, as League leaders Everton thrashed the Londoners 7-2.
FACT: Dean’s five goals that day took his tally to 15 in just six games… and he scored four against Leicester City two weeks later as well!
Everton and Stoke City were both mid-table when the two sides met at Victoria Park on 14 November 1970 - but both sides were packed with terrific footballers.
Gordon Banks, Dennis Smith, Jimmy Greenhoff and George Eastham were on parade for Tony Waddington’s Potters, while Harry Catterick was able to call upon legends such as Kendall, Labone, Ball and Royle.
The match ended all square with John Ritchie on the mark for Stoke and John Hurst scoring for Everton in a 1-1 draw.
FACT: Future Everton full backs Mike Bernard and Mike Pejic were both in the Stoke City team that day.