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On this day in association with Football Index - Storey-Moore hits hat-trick as Toffees come unstuck

8 April 2020

In association with Football Index, we take a look back on this day in 1967 as arguably the greatest ever match was played out at The City Ground, with Nottingham Forest defeating Everton in the FA Cup quarter-final...

Nottingham Forest 3-2 Everton

Storey-Moore (3); Husband (2)

Forest: Grummitt, Hindley, Winfield, Hennessey, McKinlay, Newton, Lyons, Barnwell, Baker (Hinton), Wignall, Storey-Moore

Everton: Rankin, Labone, Wilson, Wright, Hurst, Brown, Ball, Harvey, Morrissey, Husband, Young

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Ian Storey-Moore was the hat-trick hero as an enthralling FA Cup quarter-final saw Nottingham Forest come out on top at The City Ground on 8th April 1967.

Forest, in the hunt for a league and cup double, went behind on 36 minutes as Jimmy Husband prodded past Peter Grummitt to give Everton the lead.

It was almost two for the visitors just after half-time but Grummitt showed his quality with a fine point-blank save to deny Husband his, and Everton’s, second.

That save proved crucial as 11 minutes into the second half, Forest were level as Frank Wignall’s shot was parried straight onto the boot of Storey-Moore who tapped into an unguarded net.

The turnaround was complete when Storey-Moore rifled an effort into the top corner of the net, sending a packed City Ground into raptures, but with 10 minutes remaining Husband added his second with a neat finish to level the contest once more.

Chances came and went for both teams to win it in an end-to-end contest, with Bobby McKinlay seeing a header cleared off the line and Grummitt tipping a rasping shot from John Morrissey over the bar.

But as the game looked like it was heading for a replay, up stepped Storey-Moore to seal his hat-trick. His first shot was blocked inside the area, then Everton keeper Andy Rankin produced a fine stop to deny the follow-up. Storey-Moore then headed the loose ball against the crossbar before being on hand at the fourth time of asking to head into the net and ensure The Reds were on the right side of a terrific game of football.

Forest went on to face Tottenham in the semi-final, losing 2-1 at Hillsborough, and finished runners-up in the league behind Manchester United.

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Other quarter-finals

Chelsea 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Leeds 1-0 Manchester City
Birmingham 0-0 Tottenham (Replay - Tottenham 6-0 Birmingham)

Top of the Pops

The Walker Brothers were at the top of the UK music charts in April 1967 with their single The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore, a position they held for four weeks.

At the cinema

The Sand Pebbles, a film directed by Robert Wise, had just been released at the cinema in the UK. Starring Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough, it tells the story of an independent, rebellious US Navy machinist's mate, first class aboard the fictional river gunboat USS San Pablo, on Yangtze Patrol in 1920s China.

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