Magic Numbers: Bolton Wanderers
Everton head to Bolton Wanderers this weekend with a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup at stake.
The Toffees and the Trotters were regular adversaries until the latter’s relegation to the Championship at the end of last season.
Here we preview Saturday’s showdown with the help of stats, facts and numbers…
1Defeats for Everton in their last eight away FA Cup ties, their only reverse coming at Chelsea in 2006. Of those games, the Blues have won four and drawn three, although the latter tally does include an eventual penalty shoot-out win at Stamford Bridge two years ago.
2 Consecutive goalless draws for the Toffees, after only one in their previous 96 matches. Before the recent visit of Swansea City, Everton’s last scoreless stalemate had come at Wolverhampton Wanderers in May last year. Only twice before, in March 1966 and February 1982, have Everton recorded three successive 0-0 draws.
5 Victories for David Moyes at Reebok Stadium during his time as Everton boss, against four defeats. The Scot’s overall record against Wanderers is played 21, won 11, drawn 3, lost 7.
6 Previous occasions the two teams have been drawn together in the FA Cup. Bolton have won four times and the Toffees twice. The last meeting was in 1994, when the Trotters won 3-2 in a replay at Goodison Park. We have just one win at Bolton in the competition – a 3-0 triumph all the way back in February 1907.
13 Prior to this season, the number of successive times Everton have played on Merseyside on FA Cup fourth round weekend. Remarkably, on 12 of those occasions, the Toffees have been drawn at home, with the other tie being the 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield in 2009. The last time we played outside the city on fourth round weekend was in 1995, when we won 1-0 at Bristol City on the way to lifting the trophy that May. A good omen perhaps!
31 Wins at Bolton in all competitions for Everton, against 28 defeats. Our last visit to Reebok Stadium brought us a 2-0 win in November 2011, with the goals coming from Marouane Fellaini and Apostolos Vellios.
49 Starts for Phil Neville in the FA Cup. The Club skipper has played 55 times in all in the competition.
125 This season marks the 125th anniversary of Everton’s first ever game, appropriately in the FA Cup at Bolton Wanderers in October 1887. This weekend’s tie will have to go a long way to match the farcical outcome of that encounter – Bolton won the first game, which was then replayed after they fielded an ineligible player, and, after two draws, we won the fourth meeting, only to be disqualified for the same offence! Read the full story here.
200 Games for Everton in all competitions for Phil Jagielka should the England defender feature on Saturday.
500 Games as Everton boss for David Moyes when he takes charge on Saturday. Only Harry Catterick (594) has taken charge of the Toffees in more matches during one spell at the Club. Howard Kendall took charge of the Toffees in 542 matches over three spells.
All stats courtesy of Gavin Buckland (@GavinBuckland1 on Twitter).