This time 25 years ago, Everton won the FA Cup, but success has evaded the Blues every season since.
Every Toffees fan is more than aware of their ongoing trophy drought, it’s a sore subject surrounding the club, particularly with players who have come close in the past.
Everton’s 1995 FA Cup win was a spectacular one, perhaps not shown in the scoreline, but more so in the collective team performance. The Blue side, dubbed the Dogs of War, snubbed a frighteningly good Manchester United side at Wembley and lifted their fifth FA Cup after suffering eight years without a title.
Will Everton win a trophy under Carlo Ancelotti?
To supporters’ frustration, their time without a trophy stretches on. The closest they came since their last trophy was another FA Cup final against a Premier League heavyweight. Everton locked horns with Chelsea in 2009 and scored the fastest goal ever recorded in the final of the competition. Louis Saha gave the Blues the lead, but they fell 2-1 in the end to a well-oiled London side.
Leon Osman has opened up about the disappointment he felt on that day at Wembley. Speaking to Sky Sports, the Englishman said: “To be an Evertonian and have Liverpool winning trophies is hard to take, knowing I was one of the people who could do something about it and for whatever reason was unable to do so.”
Osman spent his entire career with Everton, embarking on two loan deals but never making a permanent move away from his boyhood club. The 39-year-old made 431 appearances for the Blues, tallying 57 goals and 38 assists (via Transfermarkt).
“You feel the burden,” Osman continued. “You feel the disappointment and I hope as soon as possible this next generation of players can bring a trophy to Goodison Park.”
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