Review of the Year - May 06
With only one game in May, Everton were undoubtedly looking to go end the season on a high.
A win, dependant on results elsewhere, could secure a top ten finish.
Already relegated West Brom were the opponents, but there was much to note even before kick off.
When the team news filtered through at 2pm, manager David Moyes had named Duncan Ferguson as captain, ahead of what turned out to be his last game.
The manager was later to confirm that Ferguson's contract would not be extended.
Before the off there was also a moving tribute to Brian Labone.
The great Everton captain had sadly passed away at the end of April, and some of his former teammates were joined on the pitch by his daughter and widow, who engaged in a unique tribute, along with the players and staff of the two sides.
A period of silence was transformed into rapturous applause from all sides of the ground.
It was a memorable tribute.
Everton's players set about marking the occasion with a win, and made all the running throughout the game, only to fins themselves two down.
The Toffees, lead by Big Dunc, were determined to give the fans something to celebrate, and pulled a goal back with just six minutes remaining.
Eighteen-year-old Victor Anichebe was the scorer after he had entered the fray as a substitute.
But the script was written for Ferguson, who was handed the chance to call time on his career with a penalty.
He duly converted via a rebound and the crowd went mad for their hero.
The entire squad paraded round the pitch after the final whistle, with special recognition aimed at the talismanic Scot who would never grace Goodison again.
The departure of Big Dunc was offset at the end of the month by the £8.6m purchase of Andy Johnson.
The England international was to prove a hit with the fans as he integrated himself into the Goodison regime.