s far as 1966 is concerned, English football will probably be best remembered as the year that England won the World Cup, but this year was also the scene for one of the greatest FA (Football Association) Cup finals. The FA Cup final was between Everton and Sheffield Wednesday and was played at Wembley Stadium on 14th May 1966.
Everton had finished 11th in the First Division that season while Sheffield Wednesday had finished in 17th place. In the league fixtures between the teams Sheffield had secured a 3-1 victory in their home game and Everton secured a 5-1 victory in their home fixture. In theory each team had an decent chance of winning the trophy and based on that seasons league fixtures, goals were inevitable.
It wasn’t long before the goals came, in fact after four minutes, by which timeufabetสมัคร Everton had a goal disallowed off-side and a penalty appeal turned down, Sheffield Wednesday were a goal in front, when a Jim McCalliog shot took a huge deflection off an Everton defender into the goal.
Sheffield were the better team for most of the first half with the Everton’s’ chances few and far between. The first half ended 1-0 with Wednesday looking very comfortable, and could even have been 2-0 in the lead, as Everton failed to make any real impression.
Everton started the second half more positively but it was Sheffield Wednesday doubled their advantage after 57 minutes when David Ford scored a simple goal after an initial save from the Blues goalkeeper.
Everton now faced an uphill battle and it was a player by the name of Mike Trebilcock who proved to be an unlikely hero for the Blues. Having made only seven league appearances and one appearance in the FA Cup Trebilcock was surprisingly selected to start the game ahead of crowd favourite Fred Pickering.
Two minutes after looking down and out, Everton struck back after Trebilcock scored from a partially saved shot to make the score 2-1. Five minutes later Everton had levelled the scores, from a free kick into the Sheffield penalty area, which was not properly cleared Trebilcock scored a great goal from the edge of the penalty area.
Now it was Sheffield Wednesday who found themselves under pressure, and after 74 minutes Everton’s Derek Temple charged forward to score the winning goal. Mike Trebilcock nearly completed a hat-trick but was denied by a great save.
Although Sheffield Wednesday did have a great chance to equalise in the 89th minute, Everton held on to win the Cup for the first time since 1933 and complete one of the greatest FA Cup comebacks of all time.