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Magic Numbers: Cheltenham

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

Everton begin their FA Cup campaign with a third round tie away to Cheltenham Town of League Two.

Here we preview the trip to Whaddon Road with the aid of stats, facts and numbers…

1 Defeat for Everton in 20 away games in the FA Cup third round in the past 30 years, since losing 2-1 at West Ham in 1982 – the only loss in question was at Shrewsbury in 2003.

3 Successive seasons in which Leighton Baines has scored for Everton in the third round, matching the feat of Dave Hickson between 1953-1955. Should the full-back score on Monday, he will become the first Toffees player to do so at this stage over four consecutive campaigns.

Leighton Baines scores from the spot against Tamworth in January 2011.

4 Successive victories for Everton at the FA Cup third round stage without the need for a replay in any. If the Toffees are victorious on Monday then we will match the club record set between 1953-1957 of five successive wins at this stage.

15 Previous FA Cup matches played by Everton on 7 January, the date of the Cheltenham match – more than any other date in the calendar. It has proved lucky as well – in our last two FA Cup-winning campaigns of 1984 and 1995 we also played on this day, as well as reaching the final in 1989. The Toffees have not lost any of their six away ties on this date.

17 Successive Everton matches in which both teams have scored, after the Newcastle game, a new club record passing the previous best of 16 set in 1958. The last game where one side kept a clean sheet was the Toffees' 3-0 win at Swansea in September.

22 Years since the teams met in a testimonial game at Cheltenham, in April 1990. The hosts won 1-0 with Neville Southall a surprise guest in the opposition goal.

Graeme Sharp

25 Years since an Everton player last scored an away hat-trick in the FA Cup, Graeme Sharp netted a treble 5-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday in January 1988 and the Scot remains our only player to do so in the competition in the post-War era.

32 FA Cup matches played by Everton under the management of David Moyes, with just 10 played on opposition territory. The playing record under the Scot is P32 W14 D8 L10.

34 Years since Everton last played their opening match of the FA Cup campaign on a weekday – in January 1979 the away game at Sunderland was postponed on the Saturday and played four days later, with the Blues losing 2-1.

54 Career games played by Phil Neville in the FA Cup, more than any other current Everton player. The Club skipper has three winners’ medals from the finals of 1996, 1999 and 2004.

All stats courtesy of Gavin Buckland (@GavinBuckland1 on Twitter).

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