On this day 1970: Everton win first-ever European Cup penalty shoot-out

Matthew Chivers November 4, 2020
On this day 1970: Everton win first-ever European Cup penalty shoot-out
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In 1970, Everton won their seventh First Division title and qualified for the European Cup the following season.

On 4 November that year, the Toffees’ second-round tie against Borussia Monchengladbach would create history – it was the first European Cup tie to go to a penalty shoot-out.

In fact it was the first shoot-out in European club cup football after Uefa introduced the rule at the start of the 1970-71 season.

Joe Royle took the historic first penalty – and it was saved! However, Everton beat their German opponents 4-3 in the shoot-out at Goodison Park.

Campaign to remember

Prior to their tie with Monchengladbach, Everton faced Icelandic side Keflavik in the first round and beat them 9-2 over two legs.

On 21 October, Everton travelled to West Germany for the first leg with Monchengladbach, which finished in a 1-1 draw.

They then drew the second leg 1-1 at Goodison Park, with Johnny Morrissey notching Everton’s goal, leading to the historic shoot-out.

Although Royle missed Everton’s first penalty, Alan Ball, Johnny Morrissey, Howard Kendall and Sandy Brown all scored to put the Toffees through.

Unfortunately, Everton were eliminated in the third round by Greek side Panathinaikos on away goals.

Everton’s success in Europe

Everton’s most memorable achievement in Europe came in 1984-85, when they won the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

That team, managed by one of the other penalty-takers in 1970, Howard Kendall, included some of Everton’s most iconic players such as Graeme Sharp and Neville Southall.

If we consider what Everton look to achieve in the present day, it seems Dominic Calvert-Lewin holds the best chance to replicate the club’s strikers of yesteryear such as Sharp and Royle. Although surely no-one will come close to matching the legendary Dixie Dean?

Calvert-Lewin has scored eight Premier League goals this season and has shown he can lead the line as Everton greats have before.

In 2018, Joe Royle spoke to the Liverpool Echo about the young striker.

He said: “Calvert-Lewin has got great attributes. He’s got to develop a goal hunger.

“I think he’s learning that. He’s in a position that’s hard to play for a young man, but he’s learning his trade.”

After exiting Everton in March 1997, Royle went on to manage Manchester City, Ipswich Town and a second spell at Oldham Athletic before returning to the Goodison hot seat as joint caretaker for one game in May 2016.

Kendall oversaw Everton’s most successful spell in modern-day football. As well as the European Cup Winners’ Cup, under his tutelage the Toffees won two First Division titles, one FA Cup and three Charity Shields (one shared).

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Graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2019, and has since become a qualified NCTJ journalist, studying at News Associates in Manchester.