The day Merseyside football did what no other city did when Everton faced Liverpool


Everton vs Liverpool still matter and always will be. Merseyside rivals have met 237 times so far, more than any other derby match in the country, and whether it is in the League or the Cup that the Reds and Blues have fought against is always a special occasion and important.

But few have made more sense of ceremony than the derby which took place on August 13, 1966, just two weeks after England won the World Cup for the first – and only – time.

It was the day when Merseyside was truly the epicenter of the football world as the Charity Shield between FA Cup holders Everton and league champions Liverpool took place at Goodison Park.

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With both clubs having each had a player in the side of Alf Ramsey, who had been West Germany 4-2 after extra time at Wembley a fortnight earlier, the Jules Rimet Trophy was carried to Merseyside.

All three trophies were casually placed on a table on the pitch ahead of the proceedings, and before kick-off, Ray Wilson of Everton and Roger Hunt of Liverpool toured the pitch with to show it to the 63,329 fans crammed in at Goodison.

Roger Hunt and Ray Wilson parading the World Cup World Cup around Goodison Park before the 1966 Charity Shield

Has a city ever been able to boast of such a display of football grandeur?

Roger Hunt opened the scoring for visiting Bill Shankly with a long shot after just nine minutes and it turned out to be the only goal of the game.

Everton would take their revenge with a 3-1 league win at Goodison weeks later, helped by two goals from new signing World Cup hero Alan Ball, but the opportunity itself will forever remain in the pantheon of Merseyside football memorabilia, such as newspaper reports from the Reflected Time.

“What else can we offer the football fans in this city of Liverpool? “Wrote the Liverpool Daily Post.

“Apart from a conquest in Europe and an FA Cup final at Wembley between our two clubs, I can’t think of anything else.

“They saw the spell pretty well and each of Goodison Park’s 63,000 spectators on Saturday walked off the ground with the inner glow of satisfaction they can boast of having seen history be made.

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“It can hardly be reproduced in this country that on a ground two teams of the same city make a lap of honor with the captain of one wearing the FA Cup, the other of the League Championship Cup and in front of them a player from each carrying the most popular national trophy in the world, the Jules Rimet Cup.

“I’m saying it can hardly happen again, but after some thought, I’m going to say it can never happen again.

“We could have the FA Cup and the League Championship won by the same team from one city or two teams from the city, but the odds against the World Cup of being there at the same time are so astronomical they hardly deserve to be considered.

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“So whatever season ahead brings joy or disappointment to Everton and Liverpool fans, they will have something to talk about for the rest of their lives and I congratulate those who made it possible. ”

54 years later, no other city has come close or probably ever will.


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