Everton 2 v 2 The World Champions
It was 27 October 1894 when Sunderland AFC travelled to Goodison Park on Merseyside to play an Everton team that they would pip to the title. The Sunderland Echo summed the match up thus: “The uncertainty of football was never better shown than in this game at Goodison Park where with 4 minutes to go it looked odds on a 2-0 Sunderland win. However in these last 4 minutes Everton managed to draw level to the great disappointment of the travelling supporters who had been delighted with the splendid display of football given by their team. Many hundreds of Everton supporters had already left the ground so news of the draw was as surprising as it was pleasing”.
Here we see Ned Doig valiantly trying to keep Everton at bay whilst the expectation of the crowd behind the goal is palpable. Everton may well have pulled two goals back but in the wider scheme of things it wouldnt matter. For not only would Sunderland AFC become league champions that season they would also become World Champions following our defeat of Heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle, Edinburgh in April 1895.
Sunderland AFC, World Champions. It has a nice ring to it and this quite amazing image shows some of SAFC's world champions in action. Colourised from the original woodcut illustration.