Today marks the 20th Anniversary of Graeme Sharp's
thunderbolt winner against Liverpool at Anfield.
That goal, in front of 45,545, set the Blues up for their most
successful season to date and has gone down in Goodison folklaw as
one of the best-ever.
But Sharpy, the modest man he is, admits he is surprised that
people are still talking about it two decades later.
"I didn't really think that 20 years after I scored it
people would still be talking about that goal," he told
"I think because it was a spectacular goal and because it
was the only goal of the game that's why it is remembered.
Everybody knows it was the first time we'd won over there for
13-years or so and it was the year when we went on to win the
Championship, so there's a lot of things attached to the goal.
It's great to be remembered for the goal but hopefully I'll
be remembered for a few other things as well."
Sharp remembers the goal like it was yesterday and admits that
Howard Kendall's training regime the week before the match paid
dividends on the day.
"At that time the footballs that we used were Adidas
Tangos," he said. "I remember that Liverpool were one of
the first clubs to use them. At Goodison we didn't use them, I
think we were using Mitre but when we knew we were playing
Liverpool Howard got a sack of Adidas Tango balls so we could train
with them and get used to the ball the week prior to the
"They were a little bit lighter than the Mitre balls and we
always knew that if you hit them well they did move in the air. We
knew if we got shots on target then it would be difficult for the
"It was just a long hopeful ball from Gary Stevens that I
managed to control with my left foot. I was never going to beat
Mark Lawrenson for pace so it was a race between myself and Mark I
managed to get one side of him, control it with my left foot and
the ball just sat up invitingly. It was one of those things when I
thought 'why not?' I knew that if I connected well with the
ball and got it on target it would have a chance. Bruce was off his
line, I managed to connect properly with it and it sailed over his
head and into the corner."
You can download the video screensaver of THAT goal by clicking