25th anniversary special - Everton FC's Top 10 goals of 1984/85 (VIDEO)

By David Prentice on May 19, 10 10:04 AM in Journalists

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IT rained Everton goals in 1984/85 - 125 of them - including the BBC's Goal of the Season. But how to narrow that classic collection down to a top 10?

It's a tough job, but someone had to do it - and David Prentice took the task on board.

Here's his seelction as we continue our celebration of the 25th anniversary of Everton's most successful season.

10 Andy Gray v Sunderland.

IT was only the third best goal scored in that match.

It wasn't even Andy Gray's best goal of that game, but his flying header against Sunderland in April encapsulated so many qualities that made Everton's original Tartan Talisman such a hero - recklessness, audacity, bravado - and a gleefully, joyous celebration that underlined how much he enjoyed scoring goals.

The provider was Trevor Steven, with a typically inviting cross - this time from the left - and Gray launched himself like an Exocet to get ahead of his marker and flash an unlikely header into the roof of the net.

9 Graeme Sharp v Ipswich

UNFAIRLY overlooked in the pantheon of stunning strikes from 1984/85 - but perhaps understandable given the quality of the competition Sharpy faced, especially from himself.

Sharp had his back to goal when he took possession, but he flicked the ball over his own head, over his marker, and wheeled to volley the falling ball into the corner of the Ipswich net - and on a frost covered Portman Road surface to boot.

8 Kevin Sheedy v Rapid Vienna

THERE were numerous examples of Kevin Sheedy's laser guided left boot at work throughout 1984/85.

Innumerable assists - and 17 goals - including this classy reply to The Blues conceding only their second goal of the European Cup Winners Cup campaign, to Rapid Vienna.

Sheedy simply strolled up the other end and glided a precise finish into the Austrians' net.

Game over. Trophy won.

7 Graeme Sharp at Fortuna Sittard

THE quarter-final tie was long since won when Sharp made it 5-0 on aggregate in Holland, but the strike underlined the versatility and variety of a centre-forward who had just about everything.

Sharp ran with the ball from near the halfway line, turned a defender inside out, then curled a shot around the goalkeeper and inside the post - with his left foot.

6 Trevor Steven v Bayern Munich

IT was the final flourish to a night many Evertonians claim to be the greatest Goodison has ever witnessed.

Kevin Sheedy's refusal to give up possession until he could spot an opening was key, so too was the timing of Andy Gray's pass - but Steven's finish was ice cool and sugar sweet, sparking the most riotous celebrations seen in L4 for almost 15 years.

5 Trevor Steven at Tottenham

BILLED at the time as a title decider, the match was effectively decided by Steven's terrier like persistence in dispossessing Mark Bowen - and his supreme skill and balletic balance in gliding effortlessly around Ray Clemence to put the Blues 2-0 ahead.

That was the moment Evertonians really started to believe that the title could be Goodison-bound.

4 Andy Gray v Sunderland

WHILE Andy Gray's bullet diving header was typical, the provider was less so.

Trevor Steven and Kevin Sheedy had been lancing in crosses all season, but this time it was pugnacious midfield ball-winner Peter Reid who showed he could dribble, run and cross as well.

The build-up was memorable, the finish even more so as Goodison rocked.

3 Kevin Sheedy v Ipswich

"SHEEDY!" echoed around Goodison every time Everton won a free-kick within striking distance of goal throughout the 1980s - and this underlined exactly why.

Just five minutes had elapsed of an FA Cup quarter-final when Sheedy curled an exquisite free-kick around Ipswich's defensive wall and into the top left hand corner of Paul Cooper's goal.

The referee cut short the celebrations by ordering a retake.

Such was his unbreakable confidence Sheedy didn't complain.

He simply stepped up a second time and clipped the ball into the opposite corner.

Goodison Park sat back spellbound.

2 Trevor Steven v Sunderland

IT might have been the astonishing pass, it might have been the explosive finish - but put together it added up to one of the goals of the season.

Paul Bracewell hooked a volleyed pass over his shoulder from the edge of the Bullens Road touchline all the way across to the Goodison Road flank, where Trevor Steven burst onto the ball.

The elegant wingman muscled past one defender, sprinted effortlessly into the Park End penalty area and then crashed a fierce finish into the roof of the Sunderland net.

1 Graeme Sharp v Liverpool

"I haven't seen a goal quite like that in a Merseyside derby for years!" cried John Motson after Sharp's Anfield howitzer.

It was the winning goal against Liverpool - and Evertonians knew it was an exceptional season when they could say "Which one?"

There were three in total.

But while the first was a scrappy Bruce Grobbelaar own goal in a Wembley curtain raiser, and the third was a close range Paul Wilkinson strike in the Goodison curtain call - the one in between was a classic.

Sharp got between Hansen and Lawrenson - world class defenders in their own right - and fired a memorable, dipping volley over Bruce Grobbelaar, a world class goalkeeper.

The BBC voted it their Goal of the Season.

For Evertonians it was one of their favourite goals of all-time.

Disagree? Of course you do! So why not get in touch and let us know. E-mail to sport@liverpool.com, or if you prefer the 1985 manner of correspondence write us a letter to Everton Memories, Sportsdesk, Liverpool Echo, Old Hall Street, Liverpool L69 3EB.

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