Blues Celebrate FA Cup Anniversary
Club hosts special lunch to remember the 1984 Wembley win.
Members of Everton’s triumphant 1984 FA Cup team celebrated the 30th anniversary of their famous Wembley win with a special lunch at Liverpool's Hilton Hotel on Monday.
The man who guided the Toffees to glory, manager Howard Kendall, joined Kevin Ratcliffe, Graeme Sharp, Peter Reid, Derek Mountfield and John Bailey to dine with over 100 supporters.
Hosted by Radio City’s Alan Irwin, the afternoon saw all the aforementioned Blues reminisce about the 2-0 victory over Graham Taylor's Watford.
Sharp, who scored the first that day under the Twin Towers, told evertontv: “We were here to celebrate 30 years since winning the FA Cup. It was the start of something big for the football club and that group of players.
“Scoring in an FA Cup final was a boyhood dream. Growing up in Glasgow, we always got highlights and it was a fantastic occasion, so to play and score in that 1984 FA Cup final was a dream come true for me and, more importantly, my parents.
“When you look back at FA Cup final history, it will say Everton 2-0 Watford, with the goalscorers Sharp and Gray. It was a very proud moment for me.”
The victory was sealed with a controversial second-half header from Andy Gray, amid claims that the Scotland striker had fouled Watford stopper Steve Sherwood.
But even now teammate Reid has no doubts that allowing the goal to stand was the correct decision.
“Big Andy going up with the keeper and getting the header, I thought it was a good goal,” the former midfielder explained. "But let’s just say it’s less physical nowadays.
“Winning the first trophy was always the big thing and when Kevin Ratcliffe lifted the cup above his head, it doesn’t get any better than that.
“I still remember kissing my medal because, when I was growing up, winning the FA Cup was one of the biggest things in football.”
Captain Ratcliffe was only 23-years-old at that time and he vividly remembers how the Blues recovered from a poor start to the season to finish with that glorious day in the capital.
He added: “The way it all happened so quickly from the start to the end of the season, going from a bottom-six side to a top-six side and playing in two cups finals, it was hard to believe.
“We have had the 20-year anniversary, 25 years and now it is 30 years. We are all getting older, but it’s good to meet up again and see each other.”
To hear more from the two aforementioned Everton Giants, plus the thoughts of legendary boss Kendall, watch the video above. App users will need to navigate to the ‘video' section.
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