Everton's Rapid fire victory

1984-85 European Cup-Winners' Cup campaign

Howard Kendall had already led his reborn Blues to the First Division championship. Now, could Peter Reid, Andy Gray and the rest claim the club's first European prize against Rapid Vienna in Rotterdam?

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Everton Team Group Johann Krankl of Rapid Vienna and Kevin Ratcliffe of Everton Andy Gray celebrates with Graeme Sharp, Peter Reid and Paul Bracewell Andy Gray of Everton and Reinhard Kienast of Rapid Vienna Gary Stevens of Everton and Rudolf Weinhofer of Rarid Vienna Krankl of Rapid Vienna and Kevin Ratcliffe of Everton Andy Gray & Pater Hrstic Trevor Steven of Everton Trevor Steven & Brauneder Andy Gray of Everton Andy Gray of Everton Trevor Steven of Everton Kevin Sheedy of Everton Kevin Ratcliffe of Everton Andy Gray of Everton Andy Gray and Neville Southall of Everton Peter Reid of Everton Kevin Ratcliffe of Everton Everton Trophy 1985 Trevor Steven & Brauneder The Everton team pose for a photograph
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Round Opponent Score
First Round University College Dublin 0-0, 1-0
Second Round Inter Bratislava 1-0, 3-0
Quarter-final Fortuna Sittard 3-0, 2-0
Semi-final Bayern Munich 0-0, 3-1
Final Rapid Vienna 3-1

Key Games

Everton 1-0 University College Dublin (1st round 2nd leg, October 3, 1984)

The students from Dublin had pulled off a minor shock in the first leg, holding Everton to a goalless draw in front of 9,000 fans at Tolka Park. They made it difficult for Everton in the return at Goodison Park, and the English side only progressed thanks to a solitary goal from Graeme Sharp. Joe Hanrahan skimmed the crossbar for the students late on. Had he scored, UCD would have progressed on away goals.

Everton 3-1 Bayern Munich (semi-final 2nd leg, April 24, 1985)

The first leg of the semi-final at the Olympic Stadium had ended in a 0-0 draw, so the stage was set for a thrilling return on Merseyside. Dieter Hoeness silenced the vociferous home crowd in the 37th minute when he gave the visitors the lead, but Howard Kendall delivered an inspired half-time team talk. Sharp equalised just three minutes after the restart and Andy Gray fired Everton ahead on 72 minutes. The place erupted, and from that moment there was only ever going to be one outcome. Everton poured forward and Trevor Steven wrapped up victory with a clinical finish four minutes from time.

Everton 3-1 Rapid Vienna (Final, May 15, 1985)

Having just clinched their first League championship for 15 years, Everton now had to face the tough-tackling Austrians in the final in Rotterdam. The Blues were all over Rapid in the first half and Andy Gray had a perfectly good goal disallowed in the 39th minute for offside. It wasn't until the 57th minute that Everton broke the deadlock. Gray smashed home a volley after Sharp pounced on a poor backpass from a defender. The Merseyside club sealed victory in the 72nd minute when Steven found himself on the end of a Kevin Sheedy corner to tap home. Rapid clawed one back before Sheedy hammered home a 25-yarder to make it 3-1.

Key Off-field Moments

Real target Howard Kendall

Howard Kendall was repeatedly linked with the manager's job at Real Madrid throughout the season. The Spanish giants regarded Kendall as the man to match the achievements of Terry Venables, who led their arch-rivals Barcelona to the title in his first season in charge.

Blue Van man drives into Goodison

In September 1984, Howard Kendall reinforced the Everton rearguard when he signed left-back Pat Van Den Hauwe from Birmingham. The Belgian-born 'bad boy' became a reliable fixture in the Everton number 3 shirt during the club's Cup-Winners' Cup run.

Reid and Southall take the honours

Everton's dominance of the 1984/85 campaign was reflected in the end-of-season individual awards. Neville Southall won the Football Writers' Footballer of the Year prize, while Peter Reid was voted man of the year by his fellow members of the PFA.

Key Figures

Peter Reid

Reid was widely regarded as a significant gamble when Kendall signed him in 1982 for £60,000 on account of his injury record during his time at Bolton. But he soon proved his worth as a tough-tackling midfielder and rejuvenated Everton's engine room. Reid was selected for his England debut at the end of that season, underlining his vital role during Everton's greatest ever campaign.

Andy Gray

Gray had joined Everton in 1983 for the bargain price of £250,000. The Scot was a striker with incredible courage and ability in the air, and formed a lethal partnership with Graeme Sharp. His goals in the Cup-Winners' Cup were vital to Everton's success, none more so than the opener in the final against Rapid Vienna.

Gary Stevens

A product of the club's youth system, the full-back was crucial to Everton's success in the 1980s. A favourite among the fans, Stevens has since been voted into the greatest Everton XI. He made over 300 appearances for the club and represented England 26 times. Stevens epitomised the modern full-back - a superb athlete equipped with blazing pace and a crisp tackle.

What Happened Next

Four days later, Everton failed to add the FA Cup to the Cup-Winners' Cup and First Division title, losing to an extra-time winner from Manchester United's Norman Whiteside in the final at Wembley. During the summer, Kendall strengthened his attack, signing Gary Lineker for £800,000. The England striker went on to score 36 goals for Everton in the 1985/86, but the club finished runners-up to Liverpool in both the League and FA Cup.

Meanwhile, the European ban on English clubs following the Heysel disaster denied them the opportunity to defend the Cup-Winners' Cup.

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From the back pages

Everton 1-0 UCD Published: October 3, 1984

Cup-Winners' Cup 1st round 2nd leg match report

Everton 3-1 Bayern Munich Published: April 25, 1985

Cup-Winners' Cup semi-final 2nd leg back page

Everton 3-1 Bayern Munich Published: April 25, 1985

Cup-Winners' Cup semi-final 2nd leg match report

Everton 3-1 Rapid Vienna Published: May 16, 1985

Cup-Winners' Cup final back page

Clear Out Published: September 25, 1984

Pat Van Den Hauwe news story

Kendall is Real target Published: May 8, 1985

Daily Mirror back page

Footballer of the Year Published: May 17, 1985

Neville Southall news story

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