Five Great Wins Against Watford

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Everton welcome Watford to Goodison Park on Friday evening, looking to sign off the final home fixture of 2016/17 season with a victory.
Ahead of the 24th meeting between the two sides, we have looked back through the archives to pick out some memorable victories over the Hornets…

Everton 2-0 Watford - 19 May 1984


Everton won the FA Cup for the fourth time in the Club’s history with a 2-0 win over Watford in front of 100,000 fans at the ‘Old’ Wembley.

The Hornets came close to going ahead in the opening stages, with John Barnes and Les Taylor spurning chances, while Mo Johnston went close for the Blues with a header at the other end.

The deadlock was broken seven minutes before the half-time interval when Gary Stevens’ miscued shot found its way to Graeme Sharp, who took a touch before firing home off the inside of the post.

The trophy was then secured six minutes into the second period as Andy Gray headed in Trevor Steven’s cross from the right flank.

The triumph ended Everton's 14-year wait for a major trophy and was the first of eight trophies they would win in a highly successful spell over the next four seasons.

Watford 4-5 Everton - 29 September 1984


Everton edged a nine-goal thriller at Vicarage Road at the beginning of a memorable season that would culminate in a First Division and European Cup Winners’ Cup double.

After going behind early, Howard Kendall’s side responded with two goals in as many minutes with strikes from Trevor Steven and Adrian Heath.

Heath then netted his second of the game to earn the Blues a 3-1 lead at half-time.

Derek Mountfield then diverted into his own net to give the Hornets hope, before redeeming himself at the other end six minutes later to secure Everton’s two-goal advantage.

Watford would not lie down, though, and scored again with 20 minutes remaining.

Graeme Sharp responded with a chipped finish after being released on the counter-attack by goalkeeper Neville Southall, meaning John Barnes’ goal with three minutes later was little more than a consolation.

Terry Curran was sent off in second-half added time for the Toffees.

Everton 4-2 Watford - 1 April 2000


Everton's two Hughes - Mark and Stephen - netted their first goals for the Club, sandwiching Joe-Max Moore's double.

Allan Smart and Micah Hyde scored to give the Hornets hope of a point, but the Blues held on to take all three points.

Veteran Mark Hughes scored the opener, a first goal since his move from Southampton.

Moore added the second after half an hour before two goals in two minutes before half-time.

Smart pulled it back to 2-1 before American striker Moore restored Everton’s advantage.

Hyde again gave Watford late hope until Stephen Hughes struck four minutes from time to make sure of the result.

Everton 2-1 Watford - 19 August 2006


Andy Johnson scored on his Everton debut as the Blues defeated newly-promoted Watford in somewhat controversial circumstances on the opening day of the 2006/07 season.

Johnson, signed for a then Club-record fee of £8.6million from Crystal Palace that summer, took just 15 minutes to open his account for the Toffees.

After resistance from the visitors, Mikel Arteta then doubled the advantage from the penalty spot with eight minutes remaining when Chris Powell was adjuged to have handled Tim Cahill’s cross, despite replays showing it actually struck the veteran defender on the head.

Damien Francis eventually pulled a goal back for the Hornets in second half added time, but his deflected effort was not enough to deny David Moyes’ side victory. 

Watford 0-3 Everton - 24 February 2007


Everton cruised to victory to keep their push for European football on course and compound Watford’s relegation worries.

Manuel Fernandes, on loan from Benfica, stabbed home his first goal for the Blues after 23 minutes when Watford keeper Richard Lee fumbled Tim Cahill's shot into his path.

Andy Johnson doubled the lead two minutes later from penalty spot after he was fouled by Jay DeMerit and Adrian Mariappa.

Substitute Leon Osman then added a spectacular third in second half added time in front of a jubilant and packed-out away end.

It was Everton’s ninth consecutive win over Watford in all competitions.

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