The Full Members Cup was a much maligned competition that looked to fill the gap during the European ban in the mid to late 1980s. Everton enjoyed mixed success in the competition, reaching the final on two occasions, but losing on both trips to Wembley. The supporters failed to fall in love with the tournament, with Goodison and other grounds around the country more than half empty.
But the Full Members Cup did serve up some brilliant football, with sides relishing the freedom and low pressure encounters. One such game arrived in the 1986-87 version of the competition, with Everton thumping Newcastle United 5-2 in a seven goal thriller.
In front of just 7,500 supporters, Howard Kendall sent out a strong Everton side against a Newcastle team featuring future Toffee’s, Peter Beardsley and Paul Gascoigne. Everton got off to a flying start and were two goals up inside the opening six minutes, with first Kevin Sheedy and then Graeme Sharp scoring for the Blues. By half time Everton were out of sight, four goals to the good, with Sharp adding his second and third to score a first half hat-trick. After the break a goal from Thomas threatened a comeback, but minutes later Adrian Heath added Everton’s fifth and although Thomas grabbed his and Newcastle’s second, Everton saw out the final few minutes to progress to the quarter-final and eventual defeat to Charlton Athletic on penalties.
Enjoy the goals from the game on the YouTube video below and let us know your memories of the game and the Full Members Cup.