Everton bounced back from Wembley heartache to win the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park ON THIS DAY in 1985, in a game that was to be Andy Gray’s last for the Club.
The Blues had seen their dream of a unique treble blown away five days earlier in the FA Cup final but they dusted themselves down to defeat Liverpool on 23 May…the only fixture we have ever played on today’s date.
Howard Kendall made five changes to his usual starting XI, bringing in John Bailey, Ian Atkins, Alan Harper, Kevin Richardson and Paul Wilkinson.
Derek Mountfield, Peter Reid, Trevor Steven, Graeme Sharp and Paul Bracewell made way, with Pat van Den Hauwe at centre-half alongside Kevin Ratcliffe.
Somewhat surprisingly, the attendance of 51,045 was Goodison’s largest of that momentous campaign – even beating the Bayern Munich gate.
John Wark missed a penalty for Liverpool early in the second half and the only goal came in the 67th minute when Paul Wilkinson volleyed a flick-on from Gray past Bruce Grobbelaar.
Nobody knew it at the time, but this was to be Gray’s last ever appearance for Everton. He didn’t play in either of the two remaining fixtures and then left in the summer.
The victory put Everton THIRTEEN points clear of second-placed Liverpool at the top of the table, and the Blues still had those two games left to play.
The result also gave Everton a first league ‘double’ over Liverpool since the 1964/65 season.
Everton - Howard's Way tells the full story of Howard Kendall's glorious trophy-winning team in the 1980s and tales from Merseyside during that era.
All proceeds from the documentary will go to fund The People's Place, Everton's purpose-built mental health facility close to Goodison Park.
Click here for details of how to watch Howard's Way.