By far the greatest team...

By Les Roberts
Last updated : 31 March 2008
Which sounds even better than watching re-runs of CSI!

Anyway, here's ESPN's official line on the series, and tonight's installment in particular, which sounds like essential viewing:

ESPN Classic is celebrating the history of football with tantalising
never-been-seen studio-based documentaries, and now fans can relive the
great Everton season of 1984-85. This was the 105th season of competitive
football in England and a truly exciting time for Everton Football Club. Now
fans can relive the glory days on ESPN Classic on 31st March at 10.30pm.

In 1984 Everton finished winners of the FA Cup and runners up of the League
Cup and with the disasters that dominated the following season, Everton had
to stay focused to try and improve on this. Under the watchful eye of
Howard Kendall, who returned to the club as player/manager in 1981, they
managed to pull out all the stops and finish 13 points clear of runners-up,
and favourites Liverpool, to end the season top of the League Championship.
Another great achievement of their 1984-85 season saw Everton storm through
the qualifying rounds of the European Cup-Winners' Cup with victories over
TJ International Slovnaft Bratislava, 4-0, Fortuna Sittard, 5-0 and onto an
impressive victory over Bayern Munich, 3-1, in the semi-finals. They then
faced and consequently defeated Austrian side Rapid Vienna to claim the
second of their league titles.

The FA Cup final win would have made it a treble for the Everton side but
after a goal by Manchester United in extra time, they had to settle with the
double. The 1984-85 team, consisting of Kevin Ratcliffe, Peter Reid, Kevin
Sheedy and Neville Southall, to name a few, were recently voted by Everton
fans as players they would include in their greatest ever Everton team.

The Season is presented by Gary Imlach, who said "The culmination of Howard
Kendall''s dramatic journey from the verge of the sack to the brink of an
historic treble. From Neville Southall''s brilliance in goal through Peter
Reid''s control of the midfield to the flying forehead of Andy Gray up
front, this was the season Everton finally re-emerged from the giant shadow
cast by their neighbours across Stanley Park to become the best team in
Liverpool - and the country"

ESPN Classic will be celebrating Everton's epic double winning season on Sky
Channel 442 at 10.30pm on 31st March


Everton Match Reports

Premier League Sat 10th February 15:00

Everton 3 - 1 Crystal Palace

Last game - Match Centre


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