It is more than 20 years since Everton last won a trophy and Roberto Martinez says more silverware is long overdue as his side prepare for Wednesday’s League Cup semifinal first leg against Manchester City.
The FA Cup in 1995 was the last addition to the trophy cabinet at Goodison Park, which during the 1980s had also been home to two league titles and a further FA Cup success in 1984.
That was also the year Everton lost in the final of the League Cup, going down 1-0 to Liverpool in a replay.
Only once before, seven years previously, had Everton reached the final of the League Cup, but now they are just two legs of a semifinal against City away from going back to Wembley to face either Liverpool or Stoke City.
Martinez’s side have reached the last four of the competition for the first time since 2008 and the Everton manager is determined to end the trophy drought.
“I think we are on the right track in having a team that excites us,” Martinez said.
“I truly believe we are not far away from bringing glory into our football club.
“That’s something we want more than anything, to be able to give our fans a taste of becoming a winning team once again.”
Everton are currently 11th in the Premier League after drawing 1-1 at home to Tottenham on Sunday.
That position does not perhaps reflect the talent Martinez has in his squad in the shape of England defenders John Stones and Leighton Baines, Ross Barkley in midfield and 18-goal top scorer Romelu Lukaku in attack.