Merseyside Derby – 10 Classic Moments

The Merseyside Derby is one of the staples of English football with this fixture always producing classic games consisting of goals, red cards and a whole heap of memorable moments. With the next encounter on the horizon we have trawled the archives to find 10 classic moments from down the years.

(10) Grobbelaar v Mcmanaman (1993) 

Controversy always followed Bruce Grobbelaar close during his career with this incident demonstrating the Zimbabwean’s fiery temperature to a tee. After a weak clearance from youngster Steve Mcmanaman led to an Everton goal an argument ensued with Grobbelaar grabbing his mop-haired team mate by the throat.

(9) Everton 3 – 0 Liverpool (2006)

This win back in 2006 remains Everton’s biggest ever win over their bitter rivals. A third goal laid on by some ludicrous Pepe Reina goal keeping just about summed up one of Liverpool’s worst days in this fixture.

(8) When 10 played 9 and Steve Staunton ended up in goal (1999)

The passion in this rivalry can never be doubted as shown in this classic derby from 1999. A Kevin Campbell goal settled the contest but the game will be remembered best as a football war that resulted in three players not completing the match. Sander Westerveld and Francis Jeffers were the first to be given their marching orders after trading blows before a terrible challenge from a young Steven Gerrard meant Liverpool finished the game with nine men.

(7) Westerveld’s lucky escape (2000)

Graham Poll was always a referee who didn’t just court the spotlight but bathed in it. In the dying seconds of this rather dour goalless encounter Liverpool keeper Sander Westerveld hammered his clearance into the back of Everton’s Don Hutchison with the ball rebounding into the Liverpool net – however, Poll didn’t seem to notice and ruled the goal out as he had already blown for full time.

(6) Gosling winner missed after ITV blunder (2009)

This FA Cup fourth round replay may not be the most exciting game ever played in this rivalry but it is one that will never be forgotten that’s for sure. With the game edging towards penalties Everton youngster Dan Gosling popped up to score Everton a winner near the end of extra time – however, a large number of unlucky ITV viewers were stuck watching this instead…

(5) The Friendly Final (1989)

This final was a very emotional occasion with these two rivals facing off just five weeks after the Hillsborough disaster. An Ian Rush brace helped the Reds to  a 3-2 extra time win and their fourth FA Cup after this poignant clash. 


(4) Everton 2 – 3 Liverpool (2001)

This game had everything; penalties, goals, plenty of cards and a stoppage time winner. This see-saw match went back and forth before veteran Gary McAllister’s free kick won it for the Red side of Merseyside in the dying seconds.

(3) Robbie Folwer’s unique celebration (1999)

Liverpool’s favourite son didn’t cover himself in much glory in this derby back in 1999. After scoring from the spot he chose to celebrate in front of the Everton fans by snorting the white line to simulate cocaine use. The simulation cost Fowler £60,000 and he was charged by the FA for bringing the game into disrepute.

(2) The end for King Kenny (the first time round, 1991)

These two rivals always seem to manage to be drawn together in the cup and this was the case in the FA Cup fifth round in 1991. Four times Liverpool went ahead in this classic extra-time tie only to be pegged back by Everton equalisers in a game that finished 4-4. A drained Kenny Dalglish resigned from Liverpool soon after with his former side going on to lose the replay.

(1) The first all-Merseyside Cup Final (1986)

This first all-Merseyside final pitted league winners Liverpool, against league runners-up Everton in what promised to be a tight game between two strong teams. Gary Lineker gave the Toffees the lead before an Ian Rush brace and Craig Johnston strike took Liverpool to the League and Cup double.