The afternoon of April 1, 2000 saw two men named Hughes net what would prove their only league goals for Everton as the Blues edged a dramatic encounter with Graham Taylor’s Watford.
Messrs Hughes and Hughes were Mark and Stephen respectively, the former heading in the opener and the latter sealing victory late on, either side of a brace from USA international Joe-Max Moore.
Mark Hughes was making just his fourth appearance following a switch from Southampton the previous month and rose to meet a cross from countryman Mark Pembridge and head past former Toffees stopper Alec Chamberlain on 18 minutes.
Moore then turned in from Nick Barmby’s centre to double Everton’s lead on the half-hour mark, only for Allan Smart to immediately cut the arrears.
A frenetic first 45 minutes was to take another twist though as, from the restart, Mark Hughes turned provider to allow Moore to slide in his second.
Micah Hyde gave the visitors hope with a long-range effort on 80 minutes but Stephen Hughes, who would leave Everton for Watford the following year, capitalised on a defensive mix up to finally make the points safe with four minutes remaining.
The win lifted Everton a place to ninth but did little for relegation-bound Watford, who remained rooted to the foot of the Premier League table.
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