1984–85 Everton F.C. season

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Everton
1984–85 season
Manager England Howard Kendall
First Division 1st (champions)
FA Cup Runners-up
League Cup Fourth round
FA Charity Shield Winners
Cup Winners' Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League:
Graeme Sharp (21)
All:
Graeme Sharp (27)
Average home league attendance 32,131

During the 1984–85 English football season, Everton F.C. competed in the Football League First Division and finished as champions for the first time in 15 years, also winning the European Cup Winners' Cup.

Season summary[edit]

Everton enjoyed a hugely successful season, winning the First Division with 90 points (13 more than runners-up Liverpool) and the European Cup Winners' Cup with a 3-1 win over Rapid Vienna. In recognition of these achievements, Howard Kendall was voted Manager of the Year, while goalkeeper Neville Southall and midfielder Peter Reid picked up the Footballer of the Year and PFA Players' Player of the Year awards respectively. The only downside to the season was the FA Cup Final defeat to Manchester United, preventing them from completing a domestic double and continental treble.

Kendall kept faith with most of the players that had ended the 1983-84 season by landing the club's first trophy in 14 years, beating Watford 2-0 in the FA Cup Final. The only notable new signings were midfielder Paul Bracewell, a £425,000 buy from Sunderland, and left-back Pat Van Den Hauwe, who arrived from Birmingham for £100,000 a few weeks into the new season. Southall was by now established as first-choice goalkeeper, with the defence augmented by right-back Gary Stevens and the centre-back pairing of Derek Mountfield and skipper Kevin Ratcliffe. In midfield, Reid and Bracewell were flanked by Trevor Steven and Kevin Sheedy, while Graeme Sharp and Andy Gray ended the season as the regular forward line, after a serious knee injury suffered against Sheffield Wednesday ended Adrian Heath's season prematurely.

The season opened with victory over Liverpool in the Charity Shield courtesy of a Bruce Grobbelaar own goal, but the League campaign began disastrously. At home to Tottenham, Heath scored an early penalty, but the visitors fought back to win 4-1, and two days later Everton went down 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion. A Kevin Richardson goal gave them victory at Chelsea on the last day of August, and they went through September unbeaten, notching up further away wins at Newcastle and Watford, although three matches at Goodison Park produced only a narrow win over Coventry and two draws.

October began with defeat at Arsenal, but Everton then found their best form with successive victories over Aston Villa, Liverpool and Manchester United. Sharp's wonder goal clinched their first win at Anfield since the 1969-70 championship season, and they were arguably even more impressive in beating Ron Atkinson's United a week later. Sheedy (twice), Heath, Stevens and Sharp scored in a 5-0 win that in no way flattered Everton. As if to prove a point, they went to Old Trafford three days later and beat United again, this time in the third round of the Milk Cup.

A 3-0 win over Leicester saw Everton go top of the League and further victories over West Ham and Stoke cemented their position. A shock home defeat by Grimsby in the Milk Cup was the catalyst for a minor wobble, and only one of the next five matches was won. Thereafter, Everton were virtually unstoppable. They remained unbeaten in 28 League and Cup matches from Boxing Day 1984 until 11 May 1985, collecting 50 out of a possible 54 League points along the way. Victory at second-placed Tottenham at the start of April opened up a four point lead with games in hand on their closest challengers, and the title was secured by a 2-0 win over QPR in the first week of May.

The European Cup-Winners' Cup campaign began with a surprisingly tight aggregate win over University College Dublin, but Everton breezed past Inter Bratislava and Fortuna Sittard to set up a semi-final against Bayern Munich. After a goalless first leg in West Germany, they fell behind to a Dieter Hoeneß goal at Goodison but roared back to reach the final thanks to goals from Sharp, Gray and Steven. Rapid Vienna were no match in Rotterdam's Feijenoord Stadion and goals from Gray, Steven and Sheedy clinched Everton's first ever European trophy.

In the FA Cup, Everton beat Leeds, Doncaster and non-League Telford without too much difficulty, but needed a late Mountfield equaliser in the quarter-final to take Ipswich to a replay, which they won courtesy of a Sharp penalty. In the semi-final against Luton, they were again trailing with time running out when Sheedy equalised with a free kick, and Mountfield headed the winner near the end of extra time.

Ultimately, the final against Manchester United - played just three days after the Cup Winners' Cup final - proved a match too far, and Everton went down to a single Norman Whiteside goal in extra time. It could not take the shine off what is regarded by many as the greatest season ever in the history of the club.

Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Wales GK Neville Southall
England DF John Bailey
England DF Alan Harper
England DF Derek Mountfield
England DF Ian Atkins
England DF Gary Stevens
England DF Darren Oldroyd
Wales DF Kevin Ratcliffe (captain)
Wales DF Pat Van Den Hauwe
England DF Darren Hughes
England MF Paul Bracewell
England MF Jason Danskin
England MF Adrian Heath
No. Position Player
England MF Derek Walsh
England MF Peter Reid
England MF Neill Rimmer
England MF Terry Curran
England MF Kevin Richardson
England MF John Morrissey
England MF Trevor Steven
Republic of Ireland MF Kevin Sheedy
England FW Paul Wilkinson
England FW Robbie Wakenshaw
Scotland FW Andy Gray
Scotland FW Graeme Sharp

Left club during season[edit]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Results[edit]

First Division[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
25 August 1984 Tottenham Hotspur H 1 – 4 Heath (pen) 35,630
27 August 1984 West Bromwich Albion A 1 – 2 Heath (pen) 13,464
31 August 1984 Chelsea A 1 – 0 Richardson 17,734
4 September 1984 Ipswich Town H 1 – 1 Heath 22,314
8 September 1984 Coventry City H 2 – 1 Steven, Sharp 20,013
15 September 1984 Newcastle United A 3 – 2 Sheedy, Steven, Gray 26,944
22 September 1984 Southampton H 2 – 2 Mountfield, Sharp 22,354
29 September 1984 Watford A 5 – 4 Steven, Heath 2, Mountfield, Sharp 18,335
6 October 1984 Arsenal A 0 – 1 37,049
13 October 1984 Aston Villa H 2 – 1 Sharp, Heath 25,089
20 October 1984 Liverpool A 1 – 0 Sharp 45,545
27 October 1984 Manchester United H 5 – 0 Sheedy 2, Heath, Stevens, Sharp 40,742
3 November 1984 Leicester City H 3 – 0 Steven, Sheedy, Heath 27,784
10 November 1984 West Ham United A 1 – 0 Heath 24,089
17 November 1984 Stoke City H 4 – 0 Heath 2, Reid, Steven 26,705
24 November 1984 Norwich City A 2 – 4 Sharp, Sheedy 16,925
1 December 1984 Sheffield Wednesday H 1 – 1 Sharp (pen) 35,440
8 December 1984 Queens Park Rangers A 0 – 0 14,338
15 December 1984 Nottingham Forest H 5 – 0 Sharp 2, Sheedy, Steven, Reid 22,487
22 December 1984 Chelsea H 3 – 4 Sharp 2 (1 pen), Bracewell 29,887
26 December 1984 Sunderland A 2 – 1 Mountfield 2 19,714
29 December 1984 Ipswich Town A 2 – 0 Sharp 2 16,045
1 January 1985 Luton Town H 2 – 1 Steven 2 31,682
12 January 1985 Newcastle United H 4 – 0 Sharp, Mountfield, Sheedy 2 32,156
2 February 1985 Watford H 4 – 0 Stevens 2, Sheedy, Steven 34,026
23 February 1985 Leicester City A 2 – 1 Gray 2 17,345
2 March 1985 Manchester United A 1 – 1 Mountfield 51,150
16 March 1985 Aston Villa A 1 – 1 Richardson 22,625
23 March 1985 Arsenal H 2 – 0 Gray, Sharp 36,387
30 March 1985 Southampton A 2 – 1 Richardson 2 18,754
3 April 1985 Tottenham Hotspur A 2 – 1 Gray, Steven 48,108
6 April 1985 Sunderland H 4 – 1 Gray 2, Steven, Sharp 35,978
16 April 1985 West Bromwich Albion H 4 – 1 Atkins, Sharp 2 (1 pen), Sheedy 29,750
20 April 1985 Stoke City A 2 – 0 Sharp, Sheedy 18,258
27 April 1985 Norwich City H 3 – 0 Mountfield, Steven, Bracewell 32,085
4 May 1985 Sheffield Wednesday A 1 – 0 Gray 37,381
6 May 1985 Queens Park Rangers H 2 – 0 Mountfield, Sharp 50,514
8 May 1985 West Ham United H 3 – 0 Gray, Mountfield 2 32,657
11 May 1985 Nottingham Forest A 0 – 1 18,784
23 May 1985 Liverpool H 1 – 0 Wilkinson 51,045
26 May 1985 Coventry City A 1 – 4 Wilkinson 21,224
28 May 1985 Luton Town A 0 – 2 11,509
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Everton 42 28 6 8 88 43 +45 90
2 Liverpool 42 22 11 9 68 35 +33 77
3 Tottenham Hotspur 42 23 8 11 78 51 +27 77

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
4 January 1985 Round 3 Leeds United A 2 – 0 Sharp (pen), Sheedy 21,211
26 January 1985 Round 4 Doncaster Rovers H 2 – 0 Steven, Stevens 37,537
16 February 1985 Round 5 Telford United H 3 – 0 Reid, Sheedy (pen), Steven 47,402
9 March 1985 Round 6 Ipswich Town H 2 – 2 Sheedy, Mountfield 36,468
13 March 1985 Round 6
Replay
Ipswich Town A 1 – 0 Sharp (pen) 27,737
13 April 1985 Semi-final Luton Town N 2 – 1 Sheedy, Mountfield 45,289
18 May 1985 Final Manchester United N 0 – 1 100,000

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
26 September 1984 Round 2
First leg
Sheffield United A 2 – 2 Sharp, Mountfield 28,383
10 October 1984 Round 2
Second leg
Sheffield United H 4 – 0 Mountfield, Bracewell, Sharp, Heath 18,740
30 October 1984 Round 3 Manchester United A 2 – 1 Sharp (pen), Gidman (og) 50,918
20 November 1984 Round 4 Grimsby Town H 0 – 1 26,298

European Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
19 September 1984 Round 1
First leg
University College Dublin A 0 – 0 9750
3 October 1984 Round 1
Second leg
University College Dublin H 1 – 0 Sharp 16,277
24 October 1984 Round 2
First leg
Inter Bratislava A 1 – 0 Bracewell 15,000
7 November 1984 Round 2
Second leg
Inter Bratislava H 3 – 0 Sharp, Sheedy, Heath 25,007
6 March 1985 Quarter-final
First leg
Fortuna Sittard H 3 – 0 Gray 3 25,782
20 March 1985 Quarter-final
Second leg
Fortuna Sittard A 2 – 0 Sharp, Reid 16,425
10 April 1985 Semi-final
First leg
Bayern Munich A 0 – 0 67,000
24 April 1985 Semi-final
Second leg
Bayern Munich H 3 – 1 Sharp, Gray, Steven 49,476
18 May 1985 Final Rapid Vienna N 3 – 1 Gray, Steven, Sheedy 40,000

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