September 9 is the date of Everton’s most-emphatic home triumph over Liverpool for over a century but with the clock now ticking on Goodison Park, beleaguered Blues could be forgiven for wondering whether they’ll ever experience such scenes again in a derby fixture that for them has become disgustingly one-sided in their neighbours’ favour in recent times.
On this day in 2006, Evertonians were in royal blue heaven as the sun shone down on L4 while their side tore the rivals from across Stanley Park apart. Jubilant home fans hardly needed a reminder of the score but in case any of them were still rubbing their eyes in disbelief, goalscorer Andrew Johnson’s hand gestures showed them anyway, it was 3-0 against Liverpool.
This was the Blues’ biggest victory over their neighbours since they’d triumphed 4-0 at Anfield back on September 19, 1964, almost 42 years earlier which made it the most-emphatic Merseyside Derby success for Everton in living memory for many inside Goodison, including home manager David Moyes who was just a one-year-old when goals from Colin Harvey, Johnny Morrissey, Fred Pickering and Derek Temple sealed a pounding for the Reds on their own turf. Throughout the intervening four decades, there had been several more ‘demolition derbies’ in Liverpool’s favour – most infamously the 5-0 success at Goodison on November 6, 1982 when Ian Rush struck four times – but such one-sided matches in this fixture for the Blues had been a long time coming and indeed, the last time Everton had defeated Liverpool by a bigger scoreline at home was 114 years ago on April 9 (Good Friday) 1909.
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