Kevin Sheedy missed out on the opportunity to become only the second Everton player to ever appear in a World Cup semi-final ON THIS DAY in 1990.
The Republic of Ireland enjoyed a memorable tournament in Italy, but they lost 1-0 to the host nation in the Olympic Stadium in Rome on 30 June.
The Irish had reached the quarter-final scoring just two goals and not winning a game in regulation time (they beat Romania on penalties) but they came so close to progressing through to the penultimate stage.
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The only goal of the game came towards the end of the first half from Toto Schillaci, who would end Italia 90 as the tournament’s top scorer.
Sheedy’s despair was Carlo Ancelotti’s joy, though. The current Everton manager came off the bench in the second period to help the Italians protect their slender advantage.
The only man to ever win a League Championship medal and get relegated in the same season left Everton ON THIS DAY in 1987.
Kevin Langley was signed by Howard Kendall from Wigan Athletic twelve months earlier as ‘one for the future’ but a catalogue of injuries propelled the youngster into immediate first-team action.
He made his debut at Wembley against Liverpool in the Charity Shield and made a fine start to his Everton career, playing regularly and scoring three goals by mid-September.
However, and not unexpectedly, his form dipped and he was eventually loaned out to Manchester City, who would be relegated at the end of the season.
It was a bit of history for Langley, but he certainly merited his Championship medal and he returned to Wigan Athletic later in his career to create another record – over his two spells with the Latics he is their leading Football League appearance-maker!
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