Everton in the 80s – Can 6th placed Everton ignite title bid

Our Everton in the 80s feature continues to look back on the 1985-86 season. After getting the final World Cup qualifier out-of-the-way, Bobby Robson’s squad, which had featured four Evertonians, returned to their clubs ahead of the weekend’s action.

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Everton were looking to continue the defence of their title with a trip to Suffolk to take on the struggling Tractor Boys, but with Howard Kendall’s in sixth place after a disappointing start to the season Everton knew that anything less that victory at Portman Road could spell the end of their Championship defence.

League Table as at 14th November 1985

Table 14 Nov 85

14 Nov 85: England defender Terry Butcher who has had 2 cartilage operations this season is in line for only a 2nd appearance of the season on Saturday. Ipswich have only 2 wins from their 16 league games this season but Everton will be wary of a side that nearly knocked them out of last season’s FA Cup Quarter Final’s. In last season’s (1984-85) corresponding fixture Everton were 2-0 victors at Portman Rd.

Other Football News

14 Nov 85: After the crowd trouble at their game with Leeds on Saturday, Millwall have been told that all of their home games must be all-ticket with no away fans.

14 Nov 85: Leeds already have these same sanctions imposed by the Football Association.

Daniel Wood, author of the @Footballint80s Twitter account, will be posting regular updates from this day in the 1985-86 season. This retro look at Everton and 80s football in general is sure to bring back some fantastic memories.

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