On This Day – September 29th 1984
These teams had shared eight goals at Vicarage Road the season before and it wasn’t long before the ball hit the back of the net, Reilly nodding home for the hosts on fifteen minutes. Three goals in twelve minutes just after the half-hour mark then turned the game on its head and Adrian Heath had a hand in all of them.
First he played a nice return ball to Trevor Steven who fired home to level the game up, then he pounced on a mistake by Kenny Jackett to put the visitors ahead and just before the break Graeme Sharp chested the ball down to ‘Inchy’ who smashed it home.
Ten minutes into the second half, prolific goal-scoring centre-half Derek Mountfield was again at the heart of the action – unfortunately on this occasion bulleting a header past Neville Southall from a curling John Barnes free-kick. But it only took him five minutes to make amends, shooting home from close range at the other end to restore the Blues’ two-goal advantage.
Another teasing Barnes cross then set up Nigel Callaghan to make it 3-4 with twenty minutes left but two minutes later Graeme Sharp lobbed Watford keeper Tony Coton – making his debut for Graham Taylor’s side after signing from Birmingham City for £300,000 earlier in the week – then Barnes himself got on the scoresheet three minutes from time to make the final score
4-5! After all that drama, there was still time for Terry Curran to be sent off in the dying seconds for swearing at a linesman.
The win moved Everton into sixth spot in the table with 14 points from 8 games, two points off leaders Tottenham and four points clear of Liverpool who languished in twelfth place. The Reds had lost at home 0-2 to a Sheffield Wednesday side featuring three former Everton players – Martin Hodge, Mike Lyons and Imre Varadi, who scored the opening goal.
As a result, bookmakers Coral pushed the odds on Liverpool retaining their title out to 6-1, with Manchester United the new favourites to be 1984-85 League champions at 13/8. As for Everton, they were still a whopping 20/1 to claim the crown – now, where did I leave that time machine?!!
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