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March 31, 2012, 04:33:49 PM
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'77
I can actually hear Hughes laughing...

http://backpagefootball.com/featured/everton-seeking-cup-revenge-after-%E2%80%9877-controversy/

After defeating Sunderland in the FA Cup quarter-final replay, Everton can look forward to a semi-final derby clash against Liverpool, the first in 35 years. You have to go back 106 years for Everton’s last victory in this type of game, triumphing 2-0 at Villa Park. Since then, the rare occasions that the two have met at this stage, Liverpool have progressed to the final.

In 1950, Liverpool beat Everton 2-0 at Maine Road and repeated the feat, this time Everton getting one back, 21 years later on the other side of Manchester at Old Trafford. Everton, though, were most hurt by the match that occurred on the 23rd April, 1977, again at Maine Road.

An attendance of 56,637 saw Terry McDermott give Liverpool the lead with a well-judged chip over the helpless ‘keeper, David Lawson. Everton equalised through a scrappy effort in the penalty area by Duncan McKenzie, after Emlyn Hughes was robbed of the ball on the left touchline.

The second half was just as frenetic. A poor punch by Lawson fell to Jimmy Case who headed over the stranded goalkeeper and agonisingly past the defender on the line. Everton were not deterred, however, as Bruce Rioch equalised for the Toffees, tapping-in comfortably from a drilled McKenzie effort.

The real controversy occurred at the death of the game. Winger Ronny Goodlass rushed down the byeline and crossed into McKenzie, whose flicked header was deflected into the net by Bryan Hamilton. Both sets of players reacted as if it were a legitimate goal but the only man who counted, referee Clive Thomas, disagreed. The official reason that Hamilton was offside, or the alternative theory that it was given for handball, both looked incorrect.

Incredibly, this was not the first time Hamilton had been denied unfairly by Thomas, who’d seemingly taken a dislike to the player capped fifty times by Northern Ireland. Two years earlier, the Welsh ref had disallowed a Hamilton goal by giving offside despite the linesman not flagging. Just to continue the coincidence, this happened again in an FA cup semi but this time Hamilton’s Ipswich Town were the aggrieved club, at the profit of West Ham United who would progress to the final to meet Fulham.

In the BBC documentary Match of the Seventies, goalkeeper Ray Clemence and the late Hughes giggled when approached about the
goal. Hughes recalled speaking to Thomas about the incident whilst on holiday; confessing that the referee did admit that he made a mistake. Hughes himself agreed that Everton were unfairly punished and conceded that they deserved to win. He concluded by arguing that once the semi ended at 2-2, “they [Everton players] knew they couldn’t beat us in the replay.’

Four days later, this statement was proven by a comfortable 3-0 victory for Liverpool, with Phil Neal, Case and Ray Kennedy all on the scoresheet. Liverpool would be denied a treble that year, losing the final 2-1 to Manchester United in a crazy passage of play where Stuart Pearson would score for United and Case would equalise, only for Jimmy Greenhoff to net the winner all in the space of five minutes.

For Everton, this would offer little consolation. Maybe a defeat of their neighbours in 2012 at Wembley would help to banish the disappointment of 1977.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them

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March 31, 2012, 07:21:37 PM
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That article should be one to look forward to.........you would wonder though if there's some sort of a curse on us when we play them because we always seem to be at the at the wrong end of refereeing fuck-ups against them!!  shakeyheadman

March 31, 2012, 07:42:19 PM
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They beat half our first team 3-0. They have lost the other 5 of the last 6 they have played. We have just produced arguably our best two performances of the season Barring injuries and bans, we should do these no problem. Yes we do have the rough side of decisions, But it can't last forever? Or can it? Come on lads lighten up. Looking forward to big Bobs article.
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March 31, 2012, 07:59:33 PM
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Oh believe me i'm convinced we'll do them good and proper this time.....just be nice to get one or two of these decisions for a change! They're so full of shit it's unreal,in the days coming up to the League Cup Final a few weeks ago a shite fan who does a weekly column for one of the local newspapers here was writing his usual crap and decided to end the article by telling everyone how he was looking forward to his team heading back to Wembley which he referred to as "Anfield South"....roll on two weeks time!!

April 01, 2012, 01:38:18 AM
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that big nosed tosser rush on city today said it would be the first time at the new wembley for everton fans  lolol ffs we were there before the rs what a moron  :thumbsup:

April 01, 2012, 03:41:02 AM
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They beat half our first team 3-0. They have lost the other 5 of the last 6 they have played. We have just produced arguably our best two performances of the season Barring injuries and bans, we should do these no problem. Yes we do have the rough side of decisions, But it can't last forever? Or can it? Come on lads lighten up. Looking forward to big Bobs article.

They beat Stoke in the FA Cup as well but after tomorrow it should be 6 defeats in the last 8 games. I dont see any reason we shouldnt beat them apart from our luck.


April 01, 2012, 07:57:25 AM
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They beat Stoke in the FA Cup as well but after tomorrow it should be 6 defeats in the last 8 games. I dont see any reason we shouldnt beat them apart from our luck.


no such thing as luck in football, we have gotten beat because of our own failings
Everton forever