This weekend brings the commencement of the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round, with Millwall drawn to host Marco Silva’s Everton side at The Den on Saturday evening (kick-off 5.30pm). As The Toffees prepare to make the journey to SE16, we take a look at the club’s record in the world’s oldest cup competition.
Everton boast a decorated history in the FA Cup, having lifted the trophy on five occasions. The Toffees’ first triumph in the competition came in the 1905/06 season – claiming a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United through Sandy Young’s late winner, after eliminating Merseyside rivals Liverpool in the Semi-Finals.
In 1933, Everton won their second Cup title, following a convincing Wembley Final victory over Manchester City – club legends Jimmy Stein, Dixie Dean and James Dunn scoring in a 3-0 win. The Toffees fired 20 goals in six matches en route to their success.
A third FA Cup arrived at Goodison Park in 1966, in a successful year for club and country. In an entertaining spectacle in front of 100,000 at Wembley, Everton recovered from a two-goal deficit against Sheffield Wednesday to claim a 3-2 win, with a Mike Trebilcock double and Derek Temple’s winner securing silverware. The Merseyside club were famous during this Cup run for reaching the Final without conceding a goal, the first side to do so since Bury in 1903.
In a season in which they also lifted the League Cup, 1983/84 brought Everton’s fourth success in the competition after dispatching Watford 2-0 at Wembley. Scottish front pairing Graeme Sharp and Andy Gray were on target in the Final either side of half-time, in what would be the first of eight honours in the next four years at Goodison.
Everton’s current wait for FA Cup joy has now run for 24 years and counting, with their fifth and final Cup to date arriving in 1995. Paul Rideout headed home the winner for Joe Royle’s side against Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United, in the same year Millwall had knocked out Arsenal and Chelsea to reach the last 16.
The closest The Toffees have come to breaking their duck has been in 2009, when they were narrowly beaten by Chelsea despite taking the lead, with Louis Saha scoring the fastest-ever FA Cup Final goal in 25 seconds. Everton had overcome the obstacles of Manchester United and Liverpool en route to Wembley, and the result meant the club had been runners-up on a record eight occasions.
Alongside 2009, Everton’s further unsuccessful FA Cup Final appearances have come in 1893, 1897, 1907, 1968, 1985, 1986 and 1989. The club have also reached 13 Semi-Finals, the most recent of which came in 2012 and 2016.
Millwall and Everton have met on four occasions in this competition, albeit via a replay during the clubs’ last contest in 2006. The original Third Round tie at The Den brought a 1-1 draw, with Leon Osman cancelling out Marvin Williams’ opener for The Lions. Icon of both clubs, Tim Cahill, netted the solitary goal for The Toffees at Goodison Park 11 days later to advance into Round Four.