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On This Day In Everton History: May 2nd

Blues clinch third League title

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A young Dixie Dean fan at an Everton game in 1927
Photo by H F Davis/Getty Images

As we head into May, the matches become much less frequent, but there are still Toffee memories from May 2nd, so let’s take a look at how this date shaped Everton history as we know it!

1928: Everton secure third league title

The 1927-28 season was a magical one in Everton history for so many reasons. Coming off a campaign where the Toffees flirted with relegation, finishing 20th out of 22 teams, morale was surely low for fans of the royal blue shirt. That would quickly change, though. Everton started off the 1927-28 campaign in impressive fashion, going unbeaten in 13 of their first 14 matches. Dixie Dean was off to an impressive start, as well, with 25 goals. And it would only get better from there. There would be a period where the Toffees would falter, but they steadied the ship in time to go on an 8-game unbeaten streak, putting them in prime position to secure another league title. That brings us to May 2nd, 1928.

With the Toffees in sole possession of first place in the league sitting 4 points above Huddersfield Town, they were in a terrific spot to bring home their first piece of silverware in 13 years. On May 2nd, they had an opportunity to lock up that trophy, but there was one problem. They had no control over the outcome that day. That’s right. Huddersfield Town was taking on Aston Villa, needing a result to keep themselves in the title race heading into the final weekend of the season. Aston Villa had been the source of so much of Toffee fans’ pain during that time, but, fortunately, Villa was on Everton’s side this time around. Huddersfield was unable to find the net, while the Birmingham-based side put three past their opponents to earn a 3-0 victory. The loss officially knocked Huddersfield Town out of the title race and handed Everton the league. This was their third title in club history and their first since the 1914-15 season. 2 days later, Dixie Dean would add to the magic of that year as he netted a brace to narrowly break the goal scoring record set the season prior, finishing with a remarkable 60 goals.

And THAT is today in Everton history!