#FlashbackFriday - Everton v Chelsea: Part Four - 2000 to 2017
By the time Chelsea came to meet Everton in late November 2000 at Goodison Park, Chelsea had sacked Gianluca Vialli after a poor start to 2000/01 and replaced him with his compatriot Claudio Raneri. Everton were thirteenth in the table, one point ahead of Chelsea who were languishing in fourteenth place having won just four of their first fourteen games. Chelsea took the lead ahead of half time with a goal from Sam Della Bona. In the second half however, goals for Danny Cadermarteri and Kevin Campbell furthered Chelsea’s misery to give Everton a 2-1 win.
The next meeting between the two sides came in early May 2001, with just two games left to play in the 2000/01 season. Chelsea were sixth in the Premiership table, while Everton languished in fourteenth place. Kevin Campbell gave Everton the lead after just three minutes. Two goals for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink ahead of half time however meant a 2-1 win for Chelsea. Chelsea ended 2000/01 in sixth, while Everton sunk one place further in sixteenth. In 2001/02, Chelsea visited Stamford Bridge in late November 2001. Chelsea stood in eighth place with just four wins from their first eleven games. Everton in contrast were three points behind in twelfth. The two sides played out a goalless draw.
By the time of the return fixture at Goodison Park in early April 2002, Everton had replaced Walter Smith with David Moyes. With five games to go, Chelsea were chasing a Champions League spot in fifth. Everton meanwhile were in twelfth place. Two goals for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and a last minute strike by Gianfranco Zola gave Chelsea a 3-0 win, however the last qualification spot went to Newcastle with Chelsea finishing sixth. Everton meanwhile sunk to fifteenth by the close of 2001/02.
The first meeting between Chelsea and Everton for the 2002/03 season came in the fourth round of the League Cup at Stamford Bridge in early December. Goals for Emmanuel Petit, Mario Stanic and two for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink gave Chelsea a 4-1 victory over Everton to put them in the Quarter Finals. Chelsea however went on to be eliminated by Man United in the next round.
Three days after meeting in the League Cup, Chelsea came to Goodison Park to meet Everton in the Premiership. Chelsea at the time were third in the table and five points behind Premiership leaders Arsenal. One point behind Chelsea were Everton in fifth, with five wins in their last six games. Goals for Mario Stanic, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Jasper Gronkjaer gave Chelsea a 3-1 win, while Gary Naismith pulled one back for Everton.
The return fixture back at Stamford Bridge came in late April. A heavily indebted Chelsea were desperately hunting Champions League place and stood in fourth place with four games left to go. Everton meanwhile were four points behind in sixth. Goals for Eidur Gudjiohnsen, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Jasper Gronkjaer and Gianfranco Zola gave Chelsea a 4-1 win to take Chelsea’s tally of goals against the Toffees in 2002/03 to ten. On target for Everton meanwhile was Lee Carsley. This would be the last meeting between the two sides before Roman Abramovich took over at Chelsea in the summer of 2003. Chelsea meanwhile finished 2002/03 in fourth place, while Everton came seventh.
The first Post-Abramovich meeting with Everton came at the start of November 2003 at Goodison Park. At the time, Chelsea were second and one point behind Arsenal at the top of the Premiership table. Everton meanwhile were fourteenth. A goal from Adrian Mutu gave Chelsea a 1-0 win. The return fixture at Stamford Bridge came in late April 2004. With five games to go, Chelsea were ten points behind unbeaten Arsenal in second. Everton meanwhile were thirteenth. The two sides played out a 0-0 draw. Chelsea finished the season as runners up, but parted company with Claudio Raneri who was replaced by FC Porto’s European Cup winning boss Jose Mourinho. Everton meanwhile finished 2003/04 just one place above the relegation zone in seventeenth place.
Jose Mourinho’s first meeting with Everton as Chelsea boss came in early November 2004. At the time, second place Chelsea were kept off of the top spot by virtue of the fact that reigning Champions Arsenal had a superior goal difference. Everton meanwhile were three points behind Chelsea in third place. A goal for Arjen Robben eighteen minutes from time gave Chelsea a 1-0 win.
IThe return fixture at Goodison Park took place in February 2005. By this point, Chelsea held a nine point lead over second place Man United at the top of the Premiership. Everton meanwhile held a Champions League spot in fourth place. A goal from Eidur Gudjohnsen twenty one minutes from time gave Chelsea a 1-0 win. The Blues finished the season as Champions for the first time in fifty years. Everton finished fourth, though had to participate in the Qualifying rounds of the Champions League by virtue of the fact that neighbours Liverpool had won the 2004/05 Champions League. Unfortunately for Everton, they failed to reach the group phase of the 2005/06 Champions League.
In 2005/06, Chelsea visited Goodison Park in late October. Chelsea held an eight point lead at the top of the table after winning all of their first nine games of the season. Everton meanwhile were anchored to the foot of the table after winning just one of their first eight games. Everton to a first half lead with a penalty from James Beattie. Frank Lampard equalised five minutes into the second half, however lost their 100% record as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Chelsea returned to Goodison Park in late January to face Everton in the fourth round of the FA Cup. James McFadden gave Everton a first half lead, however a Frank Lampard equaliser seventeen minutes from time meant the tie ended in a 1-1 draw. The replay took place ten days later at Stamford Bridge. Goals for Arjen Robben, a Frank Lampard penalty, Hernan Crespo and John Terry gave Chelsea a 4-1 victory over Everton, with Mikael Arteta on target for the Toffees from the penalty spot. Chelsea reached as far as the Semi Final stage before losing to the eventual winners Liverpool at Old Trafford.
In the league the return fixture at Stamford Bridge came in mid-April, by which point Chelsea held a nine point lead over second place Man United with four games left to play. Everton meanwhile were eleventh. Goals for Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Michael Essien meant a 3-0 win for Chelsea. In their next fixture twelve days later, Chelsea sewed up back to back titles with a 3-0 home win over Man United. Everton meanwhile finished the season in mid-table.
In 2006/07, Chelsea’s visit to Goodison Park came eight days before Christmas. Chelsea were in second place, five points behind Premiership leaders Man United. Everton meanwhile were tenth. The Toffees went in at half time a goal up courtesy of a Mikel Arteta penalty. Four minutes into the second half, Michael Ballack equalised for Chelsea. Joseph Yobo restored Everton’s lead just past the hour mark. In the last ten minutes however, goals for Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba meant a 3-2 victory for Chelsea.
Everton came to Stamford Bridge on the final day of the 2006/07 season. The title had already been conceded to Man United a week earlier after being held to a 1-1 draw away to Arsenal. With a fifteen point margin over third place Liverpool, the Blues’ runners up spot was assured. Fifth place Everton meanwhile couldn’t catch Arsenal for a Champions League spot in fourth, though were vying for a three way battle for the UEFA Cup spot with Spurs and Bolton in sixth and seventh respectively. James Vaughan put Everton ahead five minutes into the second half, before a Didier Drogba equaliser seven minutes later. With no further scoring the game ended in a 1-1 draw. As Spurs beat Man City 2-1 at home, Everton had to make do with a sixth place finish.
Six months later, Everton returned to Stamford Bridge. By this point, Jose Mourinho had parted company with Chelsea and was replaced by Avram Grant as boss. After twelve games, Chelsea were fifth and three points behind early leaders Arsenal at the top of the Premiership. With twenty minutes to go, Didier Drogba put Chelsea ahead, however a superb last minute overhead equaliser from Australian Tim Cahill meant honours even with a 1-1 draw.
In early January 2008, the two sides faced each other in the League Cup Semi Finals. The first leg took place at Stamford Bridge. Shaun Wright-Phillips gave Chelsea the lead midway through the first half. On sixty four minutes, Ayegbeni Yakubu equalised for Everton. The Blues however ensured that they would take a 2-1 lead to the second leg at Goodison Park, with an own goal from Joleon Lescott. The second leg occurred at Goodison Park two weeks later. A goal from Joe Cole with twenty one minutes to go gave Everton a 1-0 victory, which with a 3-1 aggregate win secured their passage to the final, which would be the first League Cup final played at the new Wembley Stadium. Chelsea however lost the final to Spurs.
Chelsea returned to Goodison Park in Mid-April 2008. Chelsea stood five points behind Premiership leaders Man United with four games left to play. Everton meanwhile stood in fifth place and five points off of a Champions league spot, behind their neighbours Liverpool. A first half goal from Michael Essien gave Chelsea a 1-0 victory. Chelsea finished the season as runners up, while Everton finished fifth. Over the summer, Chelsea axed Avram Grant for Brazilian World Cup winning boss Felipe Scolari.
Chelsea returned to Goodison Park three days before Christmas 2008. The Blues were two points behind Premiership leaders Liverpool with a game in hand, while Everton were twelve months behind Chelsea in seventh. The Blues missed their chances to go top with a goalless draw. The return fixture came exactly four months on, by which point Scolari had been axed and replaced by Guus Hiddink until the end of the season.
Chelsea stood third and were four points behind leaders Liverpool. Everton meanwhile were sixth. The two sides played out a 0-0 draw. Chelsea finished third, while Everton finished fifth. The two sides however went on to face each other in the 2009 FA Cup Final. Louis Saha gave Everton the lead in the first minute, however goals for Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory to secure their fourth FA Cup. Over the summer of 2009, Chelsea appointed Carlo Ancelotti to replace Hiddink.
The final game between the two sides during the noughties came thirteen days before Christmas 2009 at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea topped the table with a two point margin over Man United, though lost 1-2 to Man City the previous week after five straight wins. Everton meanwhile were twelfth. A Petr Cech own goal after twelve minutes put Everton ahead. Six minutes later however saw a Didier Drogba equaliser. Midway through the first half, Nicolas Anelka put Chelsea ahead. On the stroke of half time however Ayegbeni Yakubu pulled it back to two each. Just ahead of the hour mark, Didier Drogba grabbed his second to put Chelsea 3-2 up. Four minutes later though, Louis Saha levelled the scores. With no further scoring for the rest of the game, the two sides shared the points with a 3-3 draw.
The return fixture came the following February at Goodison Park. Chelsea still topped the table with a two point lead over Man United. Everton meanwhile languished in tenth place. Flourent Malouda gave Chelsea the lead on seventeen minutes. Two goals however for Louis Saha meant a 2-1 win for Everton. The defeat saw Man United edge a point closer to Chelsea with a 1-1 draw away to Aston Villa. Chelsea however took the 2009/10 title on the last day of the season with an 8-0 hammering of Wigan Athletic to finish one point ahead of Man United. Everton meanwhile finished eighth in the Premiership.
In 2010/11, Everton came to Stamford Bridge in early December. After fifteen games Chelsea stood second, two points behind Premiership leaders Man United. Everton meanwhile stood in sixteenth place, with just three wins all season and two points above the relegation zone. Eight weeks on, the two sides met again in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Goodison Park. Louis Saha gave Everton the lead just past the hour, though Salomon Kalou equalised with fifteen minutes left on the clock, with the tie ending in a 1-1 draw.
The replay took place three weeks later at Stamford Bridge. The match ended goalless after ninety minutes, before Frank Lampard broke the deadlock just before the end of the first period of extra time. In the last minute of extra time however, Leighton Baines equalised to take the tie to a penalty shootout. Penalty misses for Nicolas Anelka and Ashley Cole meant a 4-3 victory for Everton on penalties. After winning back to back FA Cups in 2009 and 2010, Chelsea would not be able to add a third in 2011. Everton progressed to the fifth round, though were eliminated by Reading.
Chelsea came to Goodison Park for the return fixture on the final day of the season. The Blues had already lost the title to Man United and were virtually assured of their runners up spot. Everton meanwhile were seventh. A goal for Jermaine Beckford sixteen minutes from time gave Everton a 1-0 win. The match would turn out to be Carlo Ancellotti’s final game in charge at Chelsea as the Italian was allegedly sacked by Roman Abramovich in a corridor at Goodison Park. Over the summer he was replaced by Andre Villas Boas.
AVB’s first meeting with Everton came at Stamford Bridge in Mid-October 2011. Chelsea stood third and three points behind leaders Man United. Everton meanwhile stood in thirteenth place. Goals for Daniel Sturridge, John Terry and Ramires gave Chelsea a 3-1 win, while Apostolos Vellios was on target for Everton.
Eleven days later, Chelsea came to Goodison Park in the fourth round of the League Cup. Salomon Kalou put Chelsea ahead seven minutes before half time. Louis Saha however bagged an equaliser seven minutes from time to take the tie into extra time. With four minutes to go in extra time, Daniel Sturridge was on target for Chelsea for a 2-1 victory which put Chelsea into the Quarter Final. The Blues however would be eliminated in the next round by Everton’s rivals, Liverpool.
Chelsea’s league visit to Goodison Park that season came in early February 2012. Chelsea had sunk to fourth in the table with both Newcastle and Arsenal within three points of them in the table. Everton meanwhile were eleventh. Goals for Steven Pienaar and Denis Stracqualursi gave Everton a 2-0 victory. AVB would be sacked the following month and replaced with Roberto Di Matteo as boss. Chelsea finished 2011/12 sixth in the League table, though won the FA Cup and European Champions League. Everton finished one place beneath them in seventh.
In 2013/14, Chelsea came to Goodison Park in mid-September four games in. The Blues had reappointed Jose Mourinho as boss over the summer, while Everton appointed Roberto Martinez to take over from David Moyes. Chelsea’s three games to date had been two wins and a draw, while Everton’s first three games under Roberto Martinez would be three draws. Martinez would secure his first victory as Everton boss, as a goal for Steven Naismith ahead of half time would give the Toffees a 1-0 win.
Everton’s visit to Stamford Bridge in the return fixture came in late February 2014. The Blues were one point ahead of second place Arsenal at the top of the table. Everton meanwhile were sixth. A last minute goal for Frank Lampard gave Chelsea a 1-0 victory. The Blues finished the season in third place, four points off of League champions Man City. Everton meanwhile finished fifth.
Chelsea’s visit to Goodison Park came three games into the 2014/15 season at the end of August. Chelsea had won their first two games of the season, while Everton to date had picked up two draws. For the game, both sets of players wore black armbands in memory of the late Chelsea life president, Lord Richard Attenborough who died six days prior. In the first minute, Diego Costa gave Chelsea the lead.
Branislav Ivanović doubled Chelsea’s lead two minutes later. Ahead of half time, Kevin Mirallas pulled one back for Everton, before a Seamus Coleman goal put Chelsea 3-1 up midway through the second half. Two minutes later, Steven Naismith pulled one back for Everton. Nemanja Matić made it 4-2 to Chelsea sixteen minutes from time, before Samuel Eto’o scored against his old club. A minute later Ramires restored Chelsea’s two goal advantage. Chelsea then added a sixth in the last minute with Diego Costa adding his second of the game. The West London side running out 6-3 winners.
By the time of the return fixture at Stamford Bridge in early February 2015, Chelsea topped the table by a seven point margin over second place Man City. Everton meanwhile languished in twelfth place. A last minute goal for Willian kept Chelsea on course for the title with a 1-0 victory. By May, the Blues took the title back to Stamford Bridge for the fifth time in their history with a twelve point margin over runners up Man City. Everton meanwhile finished eleventh.
Chelsea however made a poor defence of the title in 2015/16. Chelsea came to Goodison Park in early September having won just one of their first four games. Everton too had managed just one victory thus far. A Steven Naismith hat-trick gave Everton a 3-1 victory, with Nemanja Matić on target for Chelsea.
Everton’s visit to Stamford Bridge came in mid-January 2016. A month earlier, the Blues had sacked Jose Mourinho for a poor start of the season. Guus Hiddink had been in charge until the end of the season. The West London side languished in fourteenth place, while Everton stood in eleventh place. By ten minutes into the second half, Chelsea found themselves two goals down, after a John Terry own goal and Kevin Mirallas on target for Everton. Cesc Fabregas pulled Chelsea level on sixty six minutes. In the final few minutes of the game, goals for John Terry for Chelsea and Ramiro Funes Mori for Everton meant the game ended in a 3-3 draw.
The two sides would meet again at Goodison Park by the season’s close in the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup in early March. Two second half goals for former Chelsea player Romelu Lukaku meant a 2-0 victory for Everton. The Blues progressed to the Semi Finals, where they would ultimately lose to eventual Cup winners Man United. Everton ended the season eleventh, while Chelsea would be just three points above them in tenth.
Over the summer of 2016, Chelsea appointed Antonio Conte as boss. Everton meanwhile sacked Roberto Martinez and replaced him with Dutchman Ronald Koeman who had been in charge at Southampton. His first meeting with Everton came on Guy Fawkes Night 2016. Chelsea stood fourth, one point behind Premiership leaders Man City after four straight wins on the back of a defeat to Arsenal at the end of September. Everton were sixth, but had won only two off their last six games. Goals for Marcos Alonso, Diego Costa, Pedro and two for Eden Hazard meant a 5-0 win for Chelsea.
The return fixture came at Goodison Park in late April. Chelsea topped the league table with a four point margin over second place Spurs. With six games left to play Chelsea were homing in on the title. Everton meanwhile were sixth, but six points off of a coveted Champions League spot having played two games more. A crowd of 39,595 saw second half goals for Pedro, Gary Cahill and Willian as Chelsea ran out 3-0 winners. Chelsea secured the 2016/17 title, while Everton ended the season in seventh place.
And so on to Sunday. After a poor start to the season, Chelsea kick started their defence with a 2-1 victory over Spurs at Wembley last week. Everton however got off to an earlier start to the season and have yet to lose a game this season. The Toffees pulled off a draw away at Maine Road last week. Everton therefore may facing their chances of pulling off a victory this weekend, should Chelsea fail to get their act together at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
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*Published 25th August 2017