Saturday 6 October 1969
Derby 1 ( Hector 53)
Everton 4 ( Kendall 12, Ball 33, Royle 64, Morrissey 79)
Finally Everton showed the form that had instilled them as one of the favourites for this season’s title. They visited a very spirited newly promoted Derby and sent them packing to all corners of the Baseball Ground. This was a true test for Everton and they provided the answers to every question Derby asked.
Everton were strong and fluid, creative and intimidating, with their midfield dominating their opponents. McFarland and Mackay couldn’t stop the constant runs that Everton were making. The first hit came after 12 minutes. Mackay hit Ball hard outside the Derby penalty box. Kendall stepped up and whacked it into the net. The visitors doubled their advantage just after the half hour mark when Ball received a long ball and turned towards goal. It seemed like hours before Derby reacted to Ball. By then Ball was in full flight heading towards the Derby goal and easily averted any Derby resistance. Ball duly finished the fine move with a fine finish. 0-2 to Everton at half time and Derby needed a fightback.
it seemed Hector’s goal after 53 minutes might swing the momentum towards the home side. The crowd was behind the Rams as they roared them along. However, Everton slowly won back the ascendancy, scurrying and chasing any potential threat. Goals by Royle and Morrissey ended any hope the Derby fans might have had to at least latch on to a point. It was not to be and Everton fully deserved the win. Will this be the beginning of a good run by the Toffees is anyone’s guess, but they surely enjoyed the win on the weekend.
Derby: Green; Webster, Robson, Durban, McFarland, Mackay, McGovern, Carlin, O’Hare, Hector, Hinton.
Everton: West, Wright, Brown, Kendall, Labone, Harvey, Husband, Ball, Royle, Hurst, Morrissey.