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The Greatest Season

The Greatest Season

After winning the FA Cup in 1984, confidence was high at Goodison Park as the new campaign kicked-off.

A moral-boosting win at Wembley against Liverpool in the Charity Shield curtain-raiser did nothing to dampen the expectations among the fans.

What did though was two shock league defeats for the Blues in their opening two games of the campaign.

Everton and Liverpool walk out at Wembley ahead of the 1984/85 Charity Shield.Everton and Liverpool walk out at Wembley ahead of the 1984/85 Charity Shield.

Tottenham Hotspur spoiled the opening-day party with a thumping 4-1 win and then West Bromwich Albion inflicted a 2-1 loss at the Hawthorns 48 hours later.

Thankfully, that was as bad as it got that season, and a Friday night win at Chelsea was the start of a run of results that brought just one defeat in the next 20 matches.

Along the way, Everton recorded some famous victories and established themselves as the brightest team in the First Division.

Liverpool were beaten 1-0 at Anfield, Manchester United were thrashed 5-0 and progress was made in the FA Cup, League Cup and, perhaps most significantly, the European Cup Winners' Cup.

Adrian HeathAdrian Heath, who saw his campaign ended in December by a serious knee injury.

Adrian Heath was the embodiment of all that was good about Everton and a return of 13 goals by mid-November was plenty sufficient to attract the attention of England manager, Bobby Robson.

Sadly, a devastating knee injury against Sheffield Wednesday at the beginning of December brought his season to a painful and abrupt end.

Without him, Everton still kept churning out good results and consecutive winning runs of 10, nine and seven kept an amazing trophy treble well within the team's grasp.

Andy Gray nets in the 3-1 win over Bayern Munich at Goodison Park.Andy Gray nets in the 3-1 win over Bayern Munich at Goodison Park.

An unlikely home loss to Grimsby Town in the League Cup was viewed as the merest of blips on a very exciting radar as Everton stormed to the title with five league games to spare - a 2-0 win on Bank Holiday Monday against Queens Park Rangers sealing the Club's first crown since 1970.

Goodison's greatest night - a 3-1 win over Bayern Munich in the Cup Winners' Cup semi-final - set up a first ever European final and a dramatic extra-time semi-final win over Luton Town sent the team back to Wembley for second consecutive FA Cup final.

The league title celebrations begin.The title celebrations begin.

Rapid Vienna were brushed aside 3-1 in Rotterdam to clinch Everton's first ever piece of European silverware but the FA Cup final proved one game too many.

Manchester United won 1-0 to cost Howard Kendall's men their historic treble - but nobody could deny it had been Everton's season.

Incredibly, after both cup finals there were still three league fixtures to fulfill, one of which saw Paul Wilkinson net the only goal in a 1-0 home win over neighbours Liverpool.

In all competitions during the 1984/85 campaign, Everton played 63 matches. They won 43, drew 10 and lost 10 - three of those defeats coming after the Club's eighth English title had long been secured.

Captain Kevin Ratcliffe and midfielder Paul Bracewell show off the European Cup Winners' Cup in Rotterdam.Captain Kevin Ratcliffe and midfielder Paul Bracewell show off the European Cup Winners' Cup in Rotterdam.


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