Heath and Lineker fire Everton into the 6th Round of the Cup

We continue our build up to this weekends trip to Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup 5th Round, with a look back at some classic 5th Round action.


Today’s video takes us back to 1986 and an Everton side looking to continue their progress towards a 3rd consecutive Cup Final. Everton were drawn against Tottenham Hotspur and travelled down to London for a midweek fixture at White Hart Lane.

Everton went into the game in the midst of a defensive crisis. Gary Stevens and Derek Mountfield were both out through injury and when Kevin Ratcliffe hobbled off inside the opening 10 minutes, the Blues were left without a recognised Centre Back.  Somehow, Everton stood strong as the most dramatic game unfolded in North London.

Adrian Heath and Gary Lineker scored for Everton to put the Blues into a comfortable 2-0 lead, only for Spurs to strike back and set up the most tense of finishes. Everton through a combination of brilliant goalkeeping and last gasp defending kept Spurs at bay, to secure a Quarter Final tie against Luton Town.

The Everton line up was: Southall; Harper, Pointon, Ratcliffe (Heath, 9′), Van Den Hauwe; Reid, Steven, Bracewell, Richardson; Lineker, Sharp.


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