With all the newspaper talk surrounding the ins and outs at Everton, we decided to reflect on the past glories (and the odd mishap) experienced by the blue side of Liverpool.

While Romelu Lukaku’s departure will hit the Toffees hard, the return of a favourite son in Wayne Rooney harks back to an optimistic time where the club was regularly pushing for the top four.

But today’s segment will go back even further to a time where Everton swept all before them, clinching two league titles, an FA Cup and a European trophy.

The year is 1984 and Everton are sitting uneasily in the bottom half of the table. Managed by former player Howard Kendall, the Toffees would go on to eventually finish seventh but the real highlight of the season came in their two cup final appearances. A devastating loss to none other than Liverpool in their League Cup final replay had put moods in a damper but redemption was just around the corner. A 2-0 win over Watford delivered the club its first FA Cup since 1966 and renewed optimism ahead of its 1984-85 campaign.

To cut a long story short, Everton dominated the league winning the title with four games to spare. Their first since 1969-70 it was an achievement that was in danger of being overshadowed by another cup run, not that Everton fans would be complaining. This time the stage was Europe and the prize on offer the European Cup Winners’ Cup. Now part of the Europa League, the tournament was a straight knockout and featured, you guessed it, the cup winners from all around the continent. Everton swept past UCD, Inter Bratislava, Fortuna Sittard, (please bear with us), Bayern Munich before beating Rapid Wien in the final 3-1. The following season saw all English clubs banned from European competition following the Heysel Stadium Disaster so for Toffees everywhere this would be a short but sweet foray into the realms of continental glory.

Having added Leicester start Gary Lineker to their ranks, the 1985-86 season saw Everton locked in a title race with their red-clad neighbours. Despite sitting on top heading into the final stretch losses to Nottingham Forrest and Oxford United saw the Reds swoop in and clinch the title. Then, as if to rub salt into their wounds, their third successive FA Cup final appearance, (they had lost to Manchester United the previous year) saw them face off against, yep that’s right, Liverpool. A 3-1 triumph for the Anfield mob saw them do the double and left Everton empty handed.

The following season restored Everton’s superiority as they maintained their gusto until the end winning the title by a comfortable nine points. Since then the Blues have failed to hit the same heights. Apart from an F.A. Cup win in 1995, the coming of the Premier League and the money that came with it well and truly exposed the gap between the have and have-nots. Still, with Wayne coming home, the arrival of talented young keeper Jordan Pickford and the second year under Ronald Koeman, who’s to say the Toffees can’t dream once more?

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