With the weekends cup tie against Wigan edging nearer, we continue our look back at previous FA Cup Quarter Finals with a feature on the 1989 6th Round tie against Wimbledon.
Although Everton went into the game as favourites, the tie was far from a foregone conclusion. Indeed Wimbledon were the cup holders and the BBC camera’s were in town to see if they could continue their defence of the trophy on Merseyside. Everton were now managed by Colin Harvey and were beginning to evolve from the team that Howard Kendall had led to 2 league titles during the middle of the decade.
Everton started the game well and were on top when they were awarded an early penalty for a handball just inside the box. Graeme Sharp took responsibility from the spot, but his penalty was far too close to Hans Segers in the Wimbledon goal and the Dutch keeper saved well to keep the score deadlocked at 0-0.
As the game wore on the pressure on the Dons goal increased and Everton’s adventurous play paid off in the 55th minute. With the Wimbledon defence struggling to clear, Everton continued to push for the crucial breakthrough, the ball eventually falling for Stuart McCall on the edge of the six yard box to poke Everton into the lead. The Gwladys terrace, in the pre Taylor report years, went wild. The atmosphere as the ball went into the net was electric, with the Evertonians bouncing for a good 10 minutes after the goal had been scored. Sit back and enjoy the highlights, as Everton continued their run to a 4th final in 6 years.