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On This Day – September 24th 1996

We all know how poor Everton’s record is in the League Cup, never having won the competition in its sixty years of existence and with only two appearances in the Final – against Aston Villa in 1977 and Liverpool in 1984. Along the way, there have been numerous exits to teams from lower divisions, as was the case on this day in 1996.

In the first leg of the tie the week before, in front of just 11,527 spectatators at Goodison Park, York City from the third tier of English football had taken the lead through Neil Tolson, only for Andrei Kanchelskis to level up the scores ahead of the second leg.

Paul Rideout had put the Blues ahead mid-way through the first-half, but before the interval the minnows were level, with the scorer from the first-leg Tolson on target again. Gary Bull tapped in the second for York on 57 minutes and Graeme Murty made it 3-1 five minutes from time, with Gary Speed’s goal in injury time not even adding a veneer of respectability to the scoreline.

The Liverpool Echo reporter David Prentice was scathing in his assessment of the performance: “The Shambles is a quaint cobbled street at the heart of York city centre. But try telling that to 2,000 angry, bemused and perplexed Everton supporters who had their own interpretation after last night’s shame. They travelled to the historic city and were left chanting “What the hell is going on?” after the most appalling Everton capitulation in living memory.”

Afterwards, manager Joe Royle urged fans not to panic, saying: “The players are very low, they are frustrated and know they are letting themselves and the supporters down at the moment. But I’m confident in the players that we have here and that things will come round. We have had two seasons of immense progress and that does not suddenly turn into a situation of panic. Having said that, with eight internationals in the side we still should have beaten York.”

Unfortunately, the Blues also suffered FA Cup humiliation later in the season, losing in the 4th round 3-2 at Goodison to a Bradford City side managed by Chris Kamara, and before the end of the campaign, boss Royle had resigned after a dispute with chairman Peter Johnson over the proposed signing of Norwegian striker Tore-Andre Flo.

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