On This Day – September 26th 1964
A tremendous away victory at St Andrews in an eight-goal thriller but, having swept into a 0-4 lead just after half-time, the Blues were ultimately made to fight all the way for the points by Birmingham City.
Everton opened the scoring on 26 minutes and though Fred Pickering was the last player to touch the ball, the goal was awarded to Alex Scott as it appeared to have already crossed the line. It wasn’t long though before the big Blues’ centre-forward was officially on the scoresheet and he had notched a double before the interval.
The game looked dead and buried when Johnny Morrissey made it four two minutes into the second period, but Leek pulled one back for Birmingham almost immediately and though Scott scored his second and Everton’s fifth, that just spurred the home side on. Goals from Hellawell and Hennessey made it 3-5 and such was the pressure applied on the Everton defence more could have followed, but they held out.
Following on from a 4-0 win at Anfield the previous Saturday, this win saw the Blues move into third spot in the 1964-65 table. Ultimately, though, it was Manchester United who won the League title on goal difference from Leeds United, with Harry Catterick’s side back in fourth position, twelve points afrift of the top.
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