Another season, another Monday night September trip to Goodison Park to face Everton, around about this time last year we faced the Toffees in a helter skelter 2-2 draw which either side could have won and in which either side had refereeing decisions go against them, Demba Ba bagging two including a last minute equaliser from a clever Shola Ameobi flick.
Our first visit to Goodison was again in September in 1898, however we were well beaten 3-0 that day.
Our Premier League history down at Everton is fairly mixed, but there have been some good victories along the way, the last one being a 1-0 victory in our first season back in the top division.
In the 02/03 season Goodison Park was the scene where any title hopes we may have had were dashed. A 17 year old Wayne Rooney and the referee Neale Barry who failed to act upon a quite horrible tackle by Thomas Gravesen on Olivier Bernard, waving play on and then awarding Everton a penalty in the same move conspiring against us that day.
Perhaps our most memorable visit to Goodison in the Premier League era was a televised Super Sunday game in the 95/96 season, in a period when Newcastle were playing perhaps their best football in living memory, the Evertonians were comfortably beaten 3-1 in a match best remembered for Les Ferdinand committing the Everton back-line and belting one past Neville Southall.
Only a few years previous to that in 1993, we’d managed our first win at Everton in over 30 years when Andy Cole and Peter Beardsley scored against the club he’d left only 6 months before.
Our visits to Goodison in the 1980s proved to be miserable occasions for the Geordie faithful as we came up against some formidable Everton sides during our period in the First Division, this included an opening day 4 goal reversal in 1988 on a day most fans were optimistic about seeing a host of new signings for the Magpies, instead Tony Cottee grabbed the headlines with a hat trick on what proved to be a dreadful season. Newcastle were on the receiving end of the same score line in 1985 when future player Kevin Sheedy scored twice in an Everton side which included the likes of Peter Reid, Andy Gray and Paul Bracewell.
As alluded to previously our wretched run at Goodison ran through the 1970s too including one match in 1975 when a Newcastle line up missing Supermac went down 3-0 with Bob Latchford getting one of Everton’s goals.
Our last victory at Goodison Park before that day in 1993 was a First Division game in 1960, Len White and Ivor Allchurch getting the goals in a 2-1 win.