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Thursday 18 September K.O. 20:05

April - 2005

April - 2005

Everton went in to April aiming to make amends for a disappointing return in March.

The positives were to come, but things got off to an awful start as the Blues lost their third game on the trot.

The most memorable thing about the 1-0 defeat to West Brom was the minute silence in memory of the Pope, as yet more ground was conceded to the chasing pack in search of the coveted fourth spot.

James Vaughan celebrates his debut goal James Vaughan celebrates becoming the youngest goalscorer in Everton history

Happily, though, the Toffees were back on track the following week. The 4-0 win over Crystal Palace was remarkable for more than one reason.

Not only was it the biggest win of the season, but it saw the goalscoring introduction of teenager James Vaughan to the Goodison faithful.

At 16 years and 271 days, Vaughan became the youngest goalscorer in Premiership and Everton history, when he came off the substitutes bench to score the fourth goal.

His record breaking feat was greeted with great media hype, but for the Toffees, the win was all the more important.

Duncan Ferguson heads home Duncan Ferguson heads in the winning goal against Manchester United at Goodison

And ten days later, an equally momentous occasion was to take place at Goodison, with Duncan Ferguson scoring a trademark headed goal in a 1-0 win over Manchester United.

The win went some way to silencing those critics who had suggested the Blues did not merit their lofty league position.

Ferguson was the toast of Everton again just three days later, as he provided the close range finish to ensure that a point was taken from the encounter with Birmingham.

All that remained in April was a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Craven Cottage, where Fulham put a dampener on what had been a memorable month for Blues fans.

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