Two of Everton’s great number nines lined up on opposing sides at Goodison Park, 30 years ago this week.
And it was Graeme Sharp, who was carving out a reputation as a suitable successor to Bob Latchford, who had the final say as the Blues defeated Latchford’s Coventry City 2-1.
Latchford’s strike partner Terry Gibson put the Sky Blues ahead, only for Trevor Steven to equalise 18 minutes from time. The stage was then set for Sharp to fire the game’s decisive strike with nine minutes to go, giving the Blues their first home win of the Division One campaign.
Howard Kendall then took his players to Switzerland to play a midweek friendly against FC Zion, who were beaten 3-2.
But Peter Reid, nursing an ankle knock from the Coventry game, was allowed to stay on Merseyside to collect his Player of the Year trophy at the Everton shareholders’ celebration evening.
First-team coach Colin Harvey picked up the prestigious Dixie Dean Memorial Award on the same night.
The Blues’ build-up to their weekend match at Newcastle United was dominated by Terry Curran’s transfer request. The controversial midfielder was unhappy at his failure to break into the first team, telling the ECHO: “I think it is for the best if he (Kendall) puts me on the list and lets me go.”
Curran was omitted from the squad to face Newcastle, with Kendall explaining: “It’s a fact of life that 12 into 16 won’t go.”
The ECHO’s match report from Everton’s 2-1 win over Coventry City
*Each week we will delve into the ECHO archives to trace the story of a Everton’s remarkable double-winning campaign of 1984-85.