Blues' Promising FA Cup Record At Anfield

FA Cup ties do not come any bigger than the Merseyside derby.

And given the Blues’ record at the third round stage of the competition, as well as ties played at Anfield, Evertonians have reason to be confident when they head across Stanley Park on Friday evening for the 7.55pm kick-off.

Out of Everton’s past 22 matches away from home at this stage of the FA Cup, including replays, they won 12, drawn nine and only lost once.

On top of that, the past four FA Cup matches at Anfield between the two sides have all finished in draws, with the Toffees progressing in three of those after replays.

You have to go back as far as 1892 for the last time Everton lost an FA Cup tie at Anfield, a 3-1 defeat to Burnley at a time when the Blues called the stadium home.

As ever, the derby presents an opportunity for someone to write their name into Everton folklore with a winning goal but that rings particularly true this time around.

That is because nobody has ever scored a winning goal in a derby FA Cup tie at Anfield, a staggering record that stretches back almost 116 years to when the two sides first met in the competition in January 1902.

To whet the appetite ahead of Friday’s game, we’ve searched through the archives for some memorable FA Cup moments against the neighbours.

Gosling’s Last-Gasp Winner

On 25 January 2009, six days after Tim Cahill’s late header earned Everton a 1-1 draw against title-chasing Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League, the local rivals once again squared off at the same venue in the FA Cup.

David Moyes’ side took the lead through in-form Joleon Lescott, who steered home a header in front of the Kop, but a goal from Steven Gerrard earned Liverpool a replay.

Back at Goodison, in another typically feisty encounter that saw Reds midfielder Lucas Leiva sent off in the second half, the game went to extra-time after a goalless 90 minutes.


Then came Dan Gosling’s moment.

Andy van der Meyde swung in a deep cross from the right flank, before Gosling turned past his marker before curling a shot home via a slight deflection.

Waggy Settles Dramatic Three-Game Encounter

Everton’s trip to Anfield in the FA Cup fifth round on 17 February 1991 was broadcast live on BBC, just as this coming Friday’s clash will be.

The encounter ended goalless, but it was an entertaining and, of course, hotly-contested affair.

The replay at Goodison came just three days later and it was a classic with Graeme Sharp and Tony Cottee netting a brace apiece as the two sides shared eight goals in a 120-minute, all-out battle.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish resigned the day after that game, meaning Liverpool had caretaker manager Ronnie Moran in charge when the third instalment - again at Goodison - took place a week later.

Dave Watson prodded home from close-range in a congested penalty area in the 12th minute - and that proved enough to seal the tie and secure Everton’s progression to the next round.


Watson, of course, went on to lift the FA Cup as Club captain in 1995 [pictured above].

Hardman The Hero

Look back further into the record books, to February 1905 - a time when all teams would enter the FA Cup at the first round stage - and you will find another memorable clash between the Blues and the Reds.

Jack Parkinson put the hosts ahead but Harry Makepeace ensured a replay with a rare penalty late on.

Back to Goodison the two teams went and this time it was Will Cuff’s Toffees who took the lead through Thomas McDermott’s fifth-minute effort.


Arthur Goddard levelled for Liverpool just after the half-time interval but Harold Hardman would ensure Everton would finish triumphant with a dramatic late strike in front of 40,000 spectators. 

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