On This Day – January 28th 1950
There were no less than six FA Cup ties taking place in London on this bitterly cold afternoon and a healthy number of Everton fans had made their way to Upton Park to watch the Blues take on West Ham. It was to be a successful trip for the Goodison faithful, thanks to a couple of goals from a future club legend.
Harry Catterick had been a doubt for the match due to a pulled muscle but had responded well to treatment, allowing the visitors to name an unchanged team for the fourth successive match. But it was the home team who struck first, Joe Devlin’s cross being despatched on the volley by Danny McGowan.
After a period of intense Hammers pressure, the Blues struck back as Eddie Wainwright received a ball from Ted Buckle and passed it into the path of Catterick to smash home. Just a few minutes later and Catterick was on target again, pouncing on to a nod down from Tommy Eglington to make it 2-1.
Everton came under strong pressure in the second half but hung on to make it into the fifth round draw where they were paired at home with another London club, Tottenham. A 1-0 win in that game earned a quarter-final trip to Derby where goals from Wainwright and Buckle produced a semi-final clash with Liverpool. Sadly, it was the Reds who came out on top in that match, thanks to goals from Bob Paisley and Billy Liddell.