This was Everton’s third appearance in an FA Cup Final and proved to be lucky as the Blues from Liverpool defeated strong favorites Black & White Newcastle United at Crystal Palace.
For the Magpies it was a double blow as they had been denied Cup glory just 12 months previous against Aston Villa (2-0) and was expected to make amends for their failure against Everton.
Despite being considered underdogs they seemed quietly confident of success in London, they would have been happy being named as outsiders, which would have taken off a bit of pressure.
It was a bright and breezy afternoon in April where almost 75,000 sneaked into the Palace, many of which had made the long journey from Newcastle and Liverpool. The teams themselves were both up for it, and it showed as only the previous week both teams were fined for fielding under-strengthened sides.
The first forty-five minutes was a dull affair with both sides failing to convert chances that were put in front of them as it looked as though, despite much expectations that they were indeed suffering from a bout of stage fright.
Just days before the game Newcastle’s strong half-back line promised to make ‘mincemeat’ out of the Everton forwards and bring the Cup back home, but whilst clear-cut chances were missed the Everton faithful knew that with Sandy Young and Jimmy Settle in their side they stood a good chance.
After 15 minutes of the game it was Settle who saw a powerful header saved by Magpies keeper Lawrence, but generally the penetration, which had been a key feature along their way to the final, was lacking substance.
Eight minutes into the second half, in which the Merseyside team were in full command appeared to have broken the deadlock. Sharp whipped in a cross, which dazzled keeper Lawrence, and as he failed to hold, Young received Settle’s pass to slot the ball home – only to be ruled offside.
United then started to throw their weight around in the fear that, yet again another defeat would come their way and the referee was forced to stop the game in order to issue Newcastle with a warning over there less gentlemanly conduct.
Everton again where on top and they didn’t have to wait long until the moment they had been waiting for arrived.
With thirteen minutes were left on the clock, Jack Taylor found Sharp wanting. Sharp skipped past two lunging united players before firing in a low centre to Sandy Young, this time there was no offside flag as he slashed beyond Lawrence to take the FA Cup to Merseyside for the every first time in Everton’s history.
Toffees: Scott, W Balmer. Crelley. Makepeace. Taylor. Abbott. Sharp. Bolton. Young (1). Settle. Hardman.
Magpies: Lawrence. McCombie. Carr. Gardner. Aitken. McWilliam. Rutherford. Howie. Veitch. Orr. Gosnell.
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