Our look back at the 1985-86 season continues with Everton’s late November trip to the South Coast to take on Chris Nicholl’s Southampton.
Everton continued their pursuit of Manchester United and Liverpool at the top of the Division One table thanks to a dramatic three-two win over Southampton.
Everton picked up a much need win at The Dell, defeating Southampton 3-2 with goals from birthday boy Gary Lineker, Adrian Heath and Trevor Steven. It was Everton’s second successive away win and have given them a much needed boost in the title race with both Manchester United and Liverpool only managing 1-1 draws at home to Watford and Chelsea respectively. Everton now look forward to a a trip to the bottom club, West Brom, who have only won one game all season.
Everton again had to do it the hard way, as they have for much of the season. The Blues fell behind in the first minute to a goal from Saints midfield man Glenn Cockerill, only for Gary Lineker to level the scores on the half hour. With Everton dominating play, there appeared to be only one winner, but unbelievably it was Southampton who retook the lead, Steve Moran scoring with only twenty minutes of the match remaining. With the Toffees staring at another defeat, which would have surely ended any hopes of defending the First Division title they had won the previous May, the Blues responded in a way only Champions can.
With the minutes ticking away, Adrian Heath popped up to level the game at 2-2 and then much to the disbelief of the home fans, Trevor Steven won it for Everton with a late goal that sent the travelling Evertonians wild with delight.
Everton: Southall; Harper, Van den Hauwe, Ratcliffe, Stevens; Heath, Steven, Bracewell, Sheedy; Lineker, Wilkinson.
Other Football News:
30 Nov 85: It’s now 4 games without a win for Man Utd after they were held 1-1 at Old Trafford today by Watford in the 1st Division. After a goalless 1st half United sprang into life in the 2nd half & Alan Brazil’s 3rd of the season looked to have sealed the win. But it wasn’t to be as Colin West grabbed a last-minute equaliser for The Hornets who themselves haven’t won in 7 games.
30 Nov 85: At Anfield Liverpool missed the chance to cut the gap on Man Utd after drawing 1-1 at home to Chelsea despite taking the lead. A Jan Molby penalty had set Liverpool on the way to 3 points before Pat Nevin scored a well-deserved equaliser in injury time.
30 Nov 85: West Ham have stretched their unbeaten league run to 15 matches today even without 1st Division top scorer Frank McAvennie. McAvennie on international duty with Scotland was hardly missed as The Hammers smashed West Brom 4-0 at Upton Park. Today’s West Ham goals came from Cottee, Parris, Devonshire and Orr. The Hammers are now 3rd in Div 1 after winning 7 in a row.
Thanks to @FootballInT80s for the other Football news from the 1985-86 season.