The Merseyside Derby remains as one of the most captivating and historic fixtures on the English football calendar, and while Liverpool are known to have the edge in the fixture the majority of the time, an Everton Derby Day win is truly a spectacle that needs to be seen to believe.
Here’s our ranking of Everton’s greatest ever Premier League Derby Day wins with an honourable mention being their 2-1 victory at Goodison in the inaugural Premier League season and the 2-0 home win in 1994/95 in Everton legend Joe Royal’s first game in charge as manager.
5: Lee Carsley’s brace at the Gwladys Street (Everton 1-0 Liverpool, 11/12/2004):
On a frigid, blistery evening at Goodison Park Everton earned their first win over their rivals for nearly five years after a tightly contested affair was decided when cult hero Lee Carsley nestled the ball into the back of the net in front of a jubliant Gwladys Street.
Everton would survive a late attacking barrage from Liverpool with goalkeeper Nigel Martin putting in a fine display that saw off the visitors and ensure Everton would secure a much-needed Derby Day win.
It was David Moyes’ first win against Liverpool and would help propel Everton to their highest ever league finish as the Toffee’s finished above their rivals for the first time in the Premier League era.
4: The Cadamarteri Derby (Everton 2-0 Liverpool, 18/10/1997):
The 1990s were a sticky time for the Toffee’s and after the disappointing stint of Mike Walker as manager, Everton turned to one of their finest ever players and greatest ever manager, Howard Kendall, to return to the club for a third time as manager.
It never really clicked and after a difficult season, the Toffee’s narrowly stayed up on the final day. Yet despite only winning nine of their 38 Premier League games, there was still a momentous Derby Day win that is still talked about to this day.
An own goal from centre-half Neil Ruddock and a tremendous solo goal brace from Daniel Cadamarteri sent Goodison Park into a frenzy as the Toffee’s saw off their neighbours after a commendable performance.
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3: Super Kevin Campbell wins it at the Kop end (Liverpool 0-1 Everton, 27/09/1999):
For a long while, this was Everton’s last record win at Anfield in all competitions and it typified the true meaning of what it’s like to play in a raucous Merseyside Derby.
Everton’s talisman Kevin Campbell scored the only goal of the game, firing a half-volleyed effort past Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld into the bottom corner in front of a silenced Kop End.
The game brought all the drama that comes with such a historic fixture as Francis Jeffers and Wsterveld were both sent off after a getting into a scuffle that left the referee no choice.
Another youngster by the name of Steven Gerrard was sent of later in the game after clattering Kevin Campbell, that ensured Everton would see off their rivals with a memorable Derby win.
2: 22 years, well worth the wait (Liverpool 0-2 Everton, 20/02/2021):
Since that cold night back in September 1999, Everton went 22 years without a win at their neighbours patch across Stanley Park. It was a dreadful drought that would finally meet it’s end after a historic Derby day display from the Toffee’s
Everton werein front inside three minutes when James Rodriguez played Richarlison in behind Ozan Kabak, which allowed the Brazilian to slot the ball past his international teammate Alisson Becker in the back of the net.
Everton held on throughout the game and were awarded a penalty with around ten minutes of normal time remaining when Dominic Calvert-Lewin went down in the area under contact from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Gylfi Sigurdsson made no mistake from the sport and slotted the ball past Alisson which would’ve most certainly have sent the travelling Everton fans into jubilation if fans were allowed to attend.
When Gylfi sealed it… 🙌
— Everton (@Everton) February 20, 2021
1: Andrew Johnson writes his name into Everton folklore (Everton 3-0 Liverpool, 09/09/2006):
It was an afternoon that Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina would not want to look back on with fondness as Everton put three past Liverpool in one of the club’s most decisive Derby Day wins.
Tim Cahill opened the scoring on 23 minutes before Andrew Johnson followed suit with another brace only a few minutes later. Late in the second half, Reina botched a long effort from Lee Carsley and presented the ball to Johnson who finished it home on the goaline.
It was a huge win that sent Everton to the top of the league table and it was the first time that Everton had put three past Liverpool since their archaic 4-4 AET FA Cup fourth round draw back in 1991.