Blues Sign Cahill: On This Day

David Moyes raided the second tier of English football ON THIS DAY in 2004 and came back with a gem!

The Everton manager signed Tim Cahill from Millwall, and it turned out to be one of the most astute pieces of business the Club has done in the Premier League era.

Cahill had played more than 200 games for Millwall, the last of which was the FA Cup final against Manchester United, and he cost the Blues a bargain £1.5m.

The Australian had shown with the Lions that he was a player for the big occasion, scoring their winning goal in the FA Cup semi-final, and he would prove to be just the same at Everton.

Cahill played 278 games for the Club, scoring 68 goals, and he is third behind Romelu Lukaku and Duncan Ferguson on our all-time Premier League goalscorers list.


Goodison Park was the venue ON THIS DAY in 1966 for a World Cup match that is still rated as one of the competition's finest.

Unfancied North Korea had surprised everyone by emerging from the group stage to face the mighty Portugal in the quarter-final.

But if that achievement had shocked the football-watching public, the opening 25 minutes at Goodison left everyone flabbergasted.

Incredibly, the Koreans raced into a 3-0 lead and they were on the cusp of one of the greatest football shocks of all time. The Portuguese kept their composure, though, and played their way back into the match.

It was 3-2 at half-time and Portugal scored three more after the break to win 5-3 – the great Eusebio scoring four of them.

Everton lost against Manchester City ON THIS DAY in 2005 in the third/fourth-place play-off of the Premier League Asia Trophy in Thailand.

Andy Cole gave City a first-half lead, but James Beattie levelled from the penalty spot early in the second half.

There were no further goals so the contest, in front of 8,000 fans inside the national stadium, went to a penalty shootout. (There were 49,000 supporters an hour or so later for the Bolton Wanderers v Thailand Under-23 final in the same stadium!)

Duncan Ferguson and Kevin Kilbane scored for the Blues, but David Weir and Marcus Bent missed, enabling City to win 4-2.