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Remembering the last time Everton finished above Liverpool in the Premier League

Come mid-May of 2004/05, Everton fans had secured the bragging rights of Merseyside for the first time since they edged out Liverpool for the title in 1987.

Cast your minds back to 2004/05, Everton fans.

Remember when you secured the bragging rights of Merseyside for the first time since the Toffees edged out Liverpool for the title in 1987?

David Moyes’ men finished three points ahead of their local rivals in 04/05 and it was one hell of a journey…


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Goodbye, Wayne

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Goodbye, Wayne

Expectation was at an all-time low

Everton had finished 17th the previous season with a measly 39 points.

And in the summer transfer window they sold top scorer and Euro 2004 breakout star Wayne Rooney to Man United for £27million.

Some of the more pessimistic fans thought relegation was on the cards.

How wrong they were.

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Expect the unexpected

The Toffees stormed out of the blocks with 11 wins and only three losses before Christmas.

They sent Liverpool a message of things to come with a 1-0 win in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park thanks to a winner from the ever-reliable Lee Carsley.

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“1-0 to the Everton…”

Incredibly, half of their 18 wins that season came in the form of a 1-0 win.

Not exactly box office entertainment but fans weren’t complaining with Champions League football on the horizon.

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They really didn’t score that many goals

Everton scored 45 goals all season, the same amount as Southampton who finished bottom of the league.

But they didn’t need to score many because they knew how defend a slender lead.

Although they did actually finish with a negative goal difference.

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Who were the boys at the back?

Get this for a back four: Tony Hibbert, David Weir, Alan Stubbs, Alessandro Pistone.

Each one played out of their skin as part of a well-organised, disciplined unit.

And with the eternally underrated Nigel Martyn between the sticks the Toffees were able to repel plenty of decent attacking sides throughout the campaign.

Who needs a striker when Cahill is as good as?

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Who needs a striker when Cahill is as good as?

 

Who scored the goals?

New signing Tim Cahill top scored with 11 league goals in 33 games.

The Australian proved to be a worthy recruit playing ahead of Carsley and Thomas Gravesen in a hard-working, competitive midfield.

Speaking of Gravesen…

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The bald-headed Dane was bought by Real Madrid in January in what remains one of the most remarkable transfers in recent history.

Results slipped after Gravesen’s departure with Everton winning just two games between early January and mid-April.

Any notable wins?

The 1-0 win (that scoreline again) at Goodison over Man United stands out.

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Big Duncan Ferguson scored the winner before Gary Neville and Paul Scholes were sent off, much to the amusement of several thousands scousers.

Ferguson was Moyes’ go-to man, coming off the bench 29 times throughout the season.

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They could have bottled it, you know…

Three losses in the last four games, including a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Arsenal, made for a nervy finish.

However, Liverpool failed to capitalise and the rest is history.

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Any final shoutouts?

Plenty; Kevin Kilbane, Leon Osman, Marcus Bent, Joseph Yobo, James McFadden and the on-loan Mikel Arteta all played their parts perfectly.

Rooney who, eh?

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