April 21 doesn’t bring back lots of great memories for Everton - they have only won six of the 21 games they’ve played on this date. But three of them are particularly worth revisiting, all for different reasons. Let’s take a look back:
1906 - Sandy Young seals the Blues’ first FA Cup
FA Cup Final - ON THIS DAY In 1906 : Everton 1 Newcastle United 0 - at Crystal Palace - goal scored by Alex "Sandy" Young. #EFC #Everton pic.twitter.com/j9FGrxIiBV— MerseyGoals (@MerseyGoals) April 21, 2017
Today marks 114 years since Everton got their hands on the FA Cup for the first time, thanks to Alex ‘Sandy’ Young’s late goal against Newcastle at Crystal Palace.
The Toon Army were something of a bogey time for Everton back then, having pipped them to the title the previous year by one point and then beaten the Blues home and away in this campaign, too. They finished fourth this term, Everton 11th. Make no mistake, Everton were the underdogs here.
But with just 13 minutes left, Young, who had earlier had a goal disallowed for offside, found the one and only goal of the game, converting a cross from Jack Sharp to secure the first of five FA Cups won by the Toffees to-date.
1928 - Two more for Dixie as title draws closer
Two of Dixie Dean’s incredible 63 goals in 41 appearances for Everton in 1927-28 arrived on this day 92 years ago, as the Blues moved within touching distance of the First Division title a year after finishing just one place above the drop zone.
Aston Villa were Dean’s victims here, as he netted either side of half-time to back up Tony Weldon’s early opener. If there were any complaints about Everton’s performance here, it was that they opened the back door late on, allowing Villa to get two goals back, but it was not enough to stop the Blues claiming a 3-2 win at Goodison Park.
Just two games remained - away at Burnley and home to Arsenal - for chasing Huddersfield Town to stop the Blues clinching the title.
2019 - Rampant Everton trounce sorry United
And who could forget a year ago today, when Everton recorded their biggest Premier League win over Manchester United by dismantling Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side on a balmy Easter Sunday at Goodison?
In what was probably the most complete performance of Marco Silva’s 18-month reign as manager, the Blues dominated from start to finish, with superb finishes from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurðsson and Lucas Digne, before Theo Walcott rounded it off with a composed one-on-one strike past David de Gea.
Not even Romelu Lukaku, goaded throughout by Evertonians, could inspire United, who mustered only one shot on target which did not arrive until the 86th minute.