January - 2005
The New Year did not get off to the finest of starts for the Blues.
A New Year's Day trip to White Hart Lane ended in a 5-2 defeat. The game marked Richard Wright's first Premiership start of the season following a shoulder injury sustained by Nigel Martyn in the previous match away to Charlton Athletic.
But the keeper's fortunes improved just three days later when he helped David Moyes' men to a crucial 2-1 victory over Portsmouth at Goodison.
At that stage of the campaign Everton's credentials as genuine contenders for a Champions League berth were being questioned following the side's first back-to-back defeats of the league season.
They responded in emphatic fashion, battling back into the game against Portsmouth and eventually sealing victory with a late strike from Leon Osman.
That form continued into the following weekend and a tricky FA Cup third round trip to Plymouth Argyle. The match was selected for prime-time on a Saturday night by the BBC.
But if they had been hoping for an upset, they were sorely mistaken. The Blues cruised to a 3-1 victory, with Nick Chadwick coming off the bench to net the third of Everton's goals.
He clearly made a lasting impression on the Argyle coaching staff as just a month later he was transferred to the south coast club for £250,000.
January proved a hectic month, with six fixtures played. A draw at Middlesbrough, another defeat to Charlton, this time at home, and a Cup success against Sunderland inspired by goals from Tim Cahill, James McFadden and James Beattie rounded off the month.
That FA Cup goal for Beattie was his first in a blue shirt following his club record-breaking £6m move from Southampton at the start of the month.