THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

15 March ~ Neither Everton or Newcastle head into their Premier League fixture today in particularly good form, but back in 1984 both sides were competing at the top of the table in this early-season Division One fixture. The 1984-85 season will be forever remembered by Evertonians as one of the greatest in their history, as they won the League and Cup-Winners Cup double with a team including Neville Southall, Kevin Sheedy and Graeme Sharp.

Newcastle weren’t without talent of their own in Peter Beardsley and Chris Waddle and it was they who opened the scoring when Kevin Ratcliffe brought down Waddle in the box, which left Beardsley to slot home the resulting penalty. It didn’t take too long for Everton to level when a good cross was cleared as far as the edge of the box and Sheedy hammered home on the half-volley.

After half time a defensive mix-up by Everton allowed Kenny Wharton to pounce for Newcastle and slide the ball past an oncoming Southall after just 15 seconds. Trevor Steven levelled up the scores midway through the half when he drilled past Kevin Carr and it was left to Andy Gray to complete the scoring a few minutes from time when his point-blank header from Sheedy’s corner meant that Everton took home the three points and moved up to fifth.

Newcastle started to fall away after this match and eventually finished in 14th while Everton finished as champions, 13 points ahead of Liverpool. Josh Stephenson

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