WHEN Wigan first visited Goodison Park, in January 1980, they were an upwardly mobile Fourth Division club – who were followed to Merseyside by an enormous army of travelling fans.
The attendance for the fourth round tie was a staggering 51,863 (the gate for the visit of Aldershot in the previous round was 23,700).
Everywhere you looked around Goodison you could see donkey jackets, flared trousers, three star jumpers and oxblood Airwair – in an age when the home support sophisticates had moved on to Pod shoes, jumbo cords and ski jumpers (not me, obviously. I was still a Sexy Rexy shopper rather than Harold Ian).
Next Saturday Wigan will bring considerably less, more trendily attired fans to Goodison. But the threat the Latics will pose will be considerably more than it was 33 years ago.
The Blues won that fourth round tie comfortably 3-0.
I suspect they’d settle for one off Nikica Jelavic’s backside next weekend.
l KEVIN MIRALLAS celebrated his first goal since September 22 on Tuesday.
Those suggesting Everton’s potency in front of goal has been compromised by his injury may point to his goals record in the matches the Belgian has completed since then.
Mirallas made 15 appearances – 12 of them starts – without a goal after that Swansea strike.
But look at his contributions elsewhere.
The pass to Victor Anichebe against Aston Villa and the corner dropped on Phil Jagielka’s head at Oldham were the seventh and eighth assists of the Belgian forward’s injury-hit-season.
Mirallas has been missed far more than many may think.