1994–95 Everton F.C. season

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Everton
1994–95 season
Chairman Peter Johnson
Manager Mike Walker (until 8 November)
Joe Royle (from 10 November)
Stadium Goodison Park
FA Premier League 15th
FA Cup Winners
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Rideout (14)
All: Rideout (16)
Average home league attendance 31,368

During the 1994–95 English football season, Everton F.C. competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

After the previous season's "houdini" escape act which preserved Everton's top flight status, manager Mike Walker was expected to take the club forward and challenge for honours. But a failure to win any of their first twelve Premier League games saw the board run out of patience with Walker and terminated his contract after less than a year at the helm. Former player Joe Royle was named as Walker's successor, and quickly set about reshaping a squad of broken men.

Royle's impact was instantaneous, taking nine points from his first three games, with the standout result being a 2-0 win over rivals Liverpool in the Merseyside derby in his first match as manager. From Royle's appointment to the close of the season the club were firmly in the top six of the form guide, beating champions Manchester United at home and winning away at Chelsea amongst other highlights, leading to Shoot! magazine to dub the transformation 'The Royle Revolution'. League survival was not guaranteed until May however due to the club's poor start, and was secured following a 1-0 win away at already relegated Ipswich Town in the penultimate game of the season. Royle began a sequence when Everton went four-and-a-half calendar years unbeaten in Merseyside derbies, and masterminded a memorable 4-1 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur in the 1995 FA Cup Semi-Final.

Everton finished 15th, but the biggest news of May was victory in the FA Cup Final. The opposition were Premier League runners-up Manchester United, who were most pundits' favourites to win, despite the fact that Everton had previously beaten United in the league that season. A goal from Everton's Paul Rideout, and a succession of thrilling saves by goalkeeper Neville Southall, gave Everton their first major trophy for eight years and their first European campaign of the post-Heysel era.

Royle's arrival at Everton also saw the permanent signature of powerful Scottish striker Duncan Ferguson, and Earl Barrett soon following. Leaving the club were Brett Angell, Gary Rowett and Ian Snodin.

Everton fans were given more hope of sustained success after the season was over, when it was announced that the club had agreed to sign Russian winger Andrei Kanchelskis from Manchester United for a then-club record fee of £5 million.

Kit[edit]

Everton's kit was manufactured by Umbro and sponsored by NEC.

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Blackburn Rovers (C) 42 27 8 7 80 39 +41 89 1995–96 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Manchester United 42 26 10 6 77 28 +49 88 1995–96 UEFA Cup First round
3 Nottingham Forest 42 22 11 9 72 43 +29 77
4 Liverpool 42 21 11 10 65 37 +28 74
5 Leeds United 42 20 13 9 59 38 +21 73
6 Newcastle United 42 20 12 10 67 47 +20 72
7 Tottenham Hotspur 42 16 14 12 66 58 +8 62
8 Queens Park Rangers 42 17 9 16 61 59 +2 60
9 Wimbledon 42 15 11 16 48 65 −17 56
10 Southampton 42 12 18 12 61 63 −2 54
11 Chelsea 42 13 15 14 50 55 −5 54
12 Arsenal 42 13 12 17 52 49 +3 51
13 Sheffield Wednesday 42 13 12 17 49 57 −8 51
14 West Ham United 42 13 11 18 44 48 −4 50
15 Everton 42 11 17 14 44 51 −7 50 1995–96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round 1
16 Coventry City 42 12 14 16 44 62 −18 50
17 Manchester City 42 12 13 17 53 64 −11 49
18 Aston Villa 42 11 15 16 51 56 −5 48
19 Crystal Palace (R) 42 11 12 19 34 49 −15 45 Relegation to 1995–96 Football League First Division
20 Norwich City (R) 42 10 13 19 37 54 −17 43
21 Leicester City (R) 42 6 11 25 45 80 −35 29
22 Ipswich Town (R) 42 7 6 29 36 93 −57 27

Updated to games played on 21 September 2012.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Everton qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as FA Cup winners.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Everton's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
20 August 1994 Aston Villa H 2-2 35,544 Stuart, Rideout
24 August 1994 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-2 24,553 Rideout
27 August 1994 Manchester City A 0-4 19,867
30 August 1994 Nottingham Forest H 1-2 26,689 Rideout
10 September 1994 Blackburn Rovers A 0-3 26,538
17 September 1994 Queens Park Rangers H 2-2 27,285 Amokachi, Rideout
24 September 1994 Leicester City H 1-1 28,003 Ablett
1 October 1994 Manchester United A 0-2 43,803
8 October 1994 Southampton A 0-2 15,163
15 October 1994 Coventry City H 0-2 28,233
22 October 1994 Crystal Palace A 0-1 14,505
29 October 1994 Arsenal H 1-1 32,003 Unsworth
1 November 1994 West Ham United H 1-0 28,338 Ablett
5 November 1994 Norwich City A 0-0 18,377
21 November 1994 Liverpool H 2-0 39,866 Ferguson, Rideout
26 November 1994 Chelsea A 1-0 28,115 Rideout
5 December 1994 Leeds United H 3-0 25,897 Rideout, Ferguson, Unsworth (pen)
10 December 1994 Aston Villa A 0-0 29,678
17 December 1994 Tottenham Hotspur H 0-0 32,809
26 December 1994 Sheffield Wednesday H 1-4 37,089 Ferguson
31 December 1994 Ipswich Town H 4-1 25,659 Ferguson, Rideout (2), Watson
2 January 1995 Wimbledon A 1-2 9,506 Rideout
14 January 1995 Arsenal A 1-1 34,743 Watson
21 January 1995 Crystal Palace H 3-1 23,733 Ferguson (2), Rideout
24 January 1995 Liverpool A 0-0 39,505
1 February 1995 Newcastle United A 0-2 34,465
4 February 1995 Norwich City H 2-1 23,293 Stuart, Rideout
13 February 1995 West Ham United A 2-2 21,081 Rideout, Limpar
22 February 1995 Leeds United A 0-1 30,793
25 February 1995 Manchester United H 1-0 40,011 Ferguson
4 March 1995 Leicester City A 2-2 20,447 Limpar, Samways
8 March 1995 Nottingham Forest A 1-2 24,526 Barlow
15 March 1995 Manchester City H 1-1 28,485 Unsworth (pen)
18 March 1995 Queens Park Rangers A 3-2 14,488 Barlow, McDonald (own goal), Hinchcliffe
1 April 1995 Blackburn Rovers H 1-2 37,905 Stuart
14 April 1995 Newcastle United H 2-0 34,811 Amokachi (2)
17 April 1995 Sheffield Wednesday A 0-0 27,880
29 April 1995 Wimbledon H 0-0 33,063
3 May 1995 Chelsea H 3-3 33,180 Hinchcliffe, Ablett, Amokachi
6 May 1995 Southampton H 0-0 36,840
9 May 1995 Ipswich Town A 1-0 14,951 Rideout
14 May 1995 Coventry City A 0-0 21,814

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1994-95 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 7 January 1995 Derby County H 1-0 29,406 Hinchcliffe
R4 29 January 1995 Bristol City A 1-0 19,816 Jackson
R5 18 February 1995 Norwich City H 5-0 31,616 Limpar, Parkinson, Rideout, Ferguson, Stuart
QF 12 March 1995 Newcastle United H 1-0 35,203 Watson
SF 9 April 1995 Tottenham Hotspur N 4-1 38,226 Jackson, Stuart, Amokachi (2)
F 20 May 1995 Manchester United N 1-0 79,592 Rideout

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 20 September 1994 Portsmouth H 2-3 14,043 Samways, Stuart (pen)
R2 Second Leg 5 October 1994 Portsmouth A 1-1 (lost 3-4 on agg) 13,605 Watson

Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Wales GK Neville Southall
2 England DF Matt Jackson
3 England DF Andy Hinchcliffe
4 England DF Earl Barrett
5 England DF Dave Watson (captain)
6 England DF Gary Ablett
7 England MF Vinny Samways
8 England MF Graham Stuart
9 Scotland FW Duncan Ferguson
10 Wales MF Barry Horne
11 Nigeria FW Daniel Amokachi
12 England DF Paul Holmes
13 Australia GK Jason Kearton
14 England MF John Ebbrell
15 England FW Paul Rideout
No. Position Player
17 Sweden MF Anders Limpar
18 England MF Joe Parkinson
19 England FW Stuart Barlow
20 Scotland MF Ian Durrant (on loan from Rangers)
21 England DF Gary Rowett
23 England DF Alex Smith
25 England DF Neil Moore
26 England DF David Unsworth
27 England DF Mark Grugel
28 England MF Chris Price
29 England MF Tony Grant
30 England FW Dan Leeming
31 England GK Steve Reeves
33 England GK James Speare

Left club during season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
4 England MF Ian Snodin (to Oldham Athletic)
9 England FW Tony Cottee (to West Ham United)
16 England DF David Burrows (to Coventry City)
No. Position Player
22 England FW Brett Angell (to Sunderland)
23 England MF John Doolan (to Mansfield Town)
24 England MF Chris Priest (to Chester City)

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