Daniel Amokachi’s Comical heroics in FA Cup Semi Final vs Spurs

Daniel Amokachi’s Comical heroics in FA Cup Semi Final vs Spurs

Daniel Amokachi scored a brace for Everton in the 1994-95 FA Cup final against Tottenham, but he was not was not even in the Coach’s plan to come off the bench.

Amokachi started a sub and scored in the 82nd and 90th minutes to complete a 4-1 bashing of Spurs at Elland Road, but Manager Joe Royle revealed the player misread a hand signal and subbed himself on for an injured player.

The Ex Nigeria International joined the Toffees in 1994 after the World Cup and inspire Royle’s men to a Cup win and relegation survival in the same season.


Describing the scenario, the former Everton Boss said his team was in control of the game and had no need for a sub to come on, despite having a player injured on the turf.

Royle said, ‘at the time we used hand signs and not these communication gadgets. So I guess as I waved to the medical team, the enthusiastic Danny (Daniel Amokachi) thought it was him I called.

‘The Academy team Coach handed him the player registration card and next thing I know he had crossed the line on to the pitch as the injured player received treatment on the sidelines.

‘He scored two goals that afternoon. He was the subsitution I never made.’

Everton will go on to defeat Manchester United in the final of the FA Cup, with Amokachi coming off the bench in the 69th minute.

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