On This Day: 24/04
Everton beat Bayern Munich 3-1 ON THIS DAY in 1985.
The European Cup Winners' Cup semi-final second leg was the game that announced to the world that Everton had once again become a force to be reckoned with.
Bayern came to Goodison Park knowing that a score draw would be enough to take them through to the final, having held the Blues to a 0-0 draw at home in Munich and the Toffees got off to the worst possible start.
Dieter Hoeness silenced the Goodison crowd in the 37th minute putting the West German League leaders ahead and that was the way it stayed until the break.
Graeme Sharp and Andy Gray gave the Germans a pounding in the second half, each claiming well-deserved goals which silenced Bayern.
Sharp prodded in the crucial equaliser halfway through the second period and then Gray pounced for the second, having received Sharp's knock on from a Gary Stevens throw.
With only 15 minutes left the Germans never looked like getting back into it. When the third went in four minutes from time they knew that it was all over. Trevor Steven brought the house down with an unstoppable shot, which flew past Belgian keeper, Pfaff.
Everton had reached their first-ever European final and established themselves as one of the most respected teams in Europe in the process.
Gordon West was born in Barnsley ON THIS DAY in 1943.
After making his name with Blackpool he moved to Goodison, in March 1962, for Â£27,000 â€“ a then record fee for a goalkeeper.
The first signing made by new manager Harry Catterick, West was a technically brilliant last line of defence.
He immediately took over from Albert Dunlop and in just over a year won a Championship medal.
West staggered the football world when he refused to join Sir Alf Ramsey's England party before the 1970 World Cup Finals in Mexico. Instead he chose to spend the time at home with his family.
During his Everton career he made 399 appearances for the Blues.