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Goodison Park | 1st April 1970 15:00 | Attendance - 58523

Everton 2 - West Brom 0

The School of Science has reached its zenith.

Everton Football Club are champions of England for the seventh time - bringing them level with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Seven was a common link this evening, as it has been that very amount in years since the Blues last lifted the league trophy and the player who scored the opener against West Bromwich Albion wore that number on his back.

1969/70 Champions

Alan Whittle's strike set Harry Catterick's side on their way after 20 minutes.

Intercepting Colin Harvey's drive towards goal adeptly with the outside of his right foot and then after using his awareness and patience, Whittle was able to hit an unstoppable shot past keeper John Osborne – who got a hand to it but couldn't keep it out.

There had been a slight sense of stage-fright before that - perhaps understandable considering only three players in the side were over the age of 25 and it also included three 21-year-olds.

But Whittle's strike saw that they overcame their early jitters and began to play with the distinct vigour and panache that has put them head and shoulders above everyone else this season.

During the goalless opening period though, Osborne was frustrating the Everton attack, saving efforts from Harvey and Tommy Wright. Joe Royle also had the ball taken off his head on numerous occasions as crosses came in from all angles.

Twenty-five minutes from the end, the all-important second goal arrived, as the 'Holy Trinity' of Howard Kendall, Harvey and Alan Ball began to step up the tempo. Indeed, the man who had made his debut in the San Siro chose Goodison to score one of his best ever goals.

Pouncing on a loose ball in midfield, he dragged two Baggies defenders with him as he ran parallel to the goal along the edge of the penalty area, before doubling back and firing a tremendous shot across Osborne and into the roof of the net.

A fitting piece of play to seal any trophy win.

From hereon in, the home faithful of almost 60,000 began to chant, 'Champions, champions' and although no more goals were added to the scoreline, the Blues were never in danger of slipping up.

The trophy was handed over to Alan Ball as he stood in for the injured skipper Brian Labone and the players completed their lap of honour to the unbridled delight of the fans.

1969/70 Champions

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