On the final matchday of the 2017/18 season, Everton and just five other clubs played their 1,000th Premier League game, being the only ever-presents since its inception in 1992. Over the summer, evertonfc.com will be looking back at some classic Toffees clashes from the past 26 years. Today, we reflect on a thumping victory over Southampton in November 1996...
Everton 7-1 Southampton
Saturday, November 16 1996
Everton produced of their most ruthless attacking performances of the Premier League era as Southampton were hammered 7-1 on a remarkable afternoon at Goodison Park.
Joe Royle’s men came into the match in fine form – having won three of their previous four matches – and continued their impressive run of results in spectacular style.
Gary Speed scored a hat-trick, Andrei Kanchelskis hit a double, while Graham Stuart and Nick Barmby also chipped in with goals as the Blues ran riot.
It was Stuart who opened the scoring for Everton, his close-range finish on 13 minutes after good work from Barmby and Kanchelskis giving the Toffees a deserved lead.
On 22 minutes, Kanchelskis made it 2-0. This time Stuart was the provider, threading the ball through to the Russian who cut inside before rifling the ball past Southampton goalkeeper Chris Woods.
Speed got his first of the day on the half-hour mark – driving at the Saints defence before hammering the ball into the top corner.
The goal would spark a remarkable five-minute period where the Blues would net two more goals.
The Welshman got his second almost instantly, his diving header putting the Toffees four goals to the good. And Everton soon netted a fifth, Kanchelskis heading past Woods from Andy Hinchcliffe’s cross.
Southampton had time for a consolation before half-time - Egil Ostenstad getting on the scoresheet – making it 5-1 at the break.
Normal service was resumed in the second half, though, as Barmby hit Everton’s sixth on 57 minutes – Kanchelskis’s low, driven delivery leaving him with a tap-in.
And on 72 minutes, the Blues had their seventh. A pinpoint corner delivery from Hinchcliffe was met by a trademark thumping header from Speed who completed his hat-trick – and the scoring – on an unforgettable day at the Grand Old Lady.
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