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A look at the opposition: Everton

30 August 2023

Club News

A look at the opposition: Everton

30 August 2023

Everton arrive at the Eco-Power Stadium looking to put their Premier League worries behind them for the evening after a difficult start to the season.

The Toffees have yet to score so far this term and are without points at the bottom of the table.

A pair of 1-0 home defeats to Fulham and Wolves sandwiched a heavy 4-0 loss at Aston Villa, as Everton have failed to show they have shaken off the struggles of last season. They survived last term with a final day win over Bournemouth and will be determined to avoid a repeat, with so much of the season left to play.


Everton 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

Premier League, Saturday, August 26, 2023

Pickford, Patterson, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Young, Gueye (Keane 90+1), Garner, Onana, Docoure, Dobbin (Ramalho Chermiti 66), Danjuma (Cannon 90+1).


Boss Sean Dyche has been in charge since January, following the departure of Frank Lampard. His managerial career began at Watford but soared at Burnley. In a decade at Turf Moor, he guided Burnley to the top flight in his first full season in charge and successfully returned them to the Premier League following relegation – as well as taking them into European competition for the first time in 51 years.

A 17-year playing career as a no-nonsense centre back took in several clubs – most memorably Chesterfield for whom he came up against Rovers on numerous occasions.


The keeper: Jordan Pickford

England’s number one, Pickford has won 54 caps for his country. Emerging through the Sunderland Academy, Pickford made his debut for the Black Cats in the Premier League in 2016. He was snapped up by Everton for an initial £25m in 2017 and has been a mainstay ever since – just as he has for the national team since 2018.

Defender: Michael Keane

Another England international, the defender won his last cap in 2020. The 30-year-old began his career at Manchester United before joining Burnley to play under his current boss Sean Dyche. Now in his eighth season at Everton, Keane will be looking for regular starts under Dyche following a knee injury which cost him three months of last term.

In midfield: Amadou Onana

Onana joined Everton from Lille last season for a reported £33m plus add-ons and played in 33 games in the EPL last season. The 22-year-old is another Toffee with international pedigree, having appeared six times for Belgium. Standing at 6ft4 the defensive midfielder has settled well into English football and can be a real handful.

Up top: Neal Maupay

Still looking to ignite at Goodison Park following his move to the club at the start of last season, the French striker has shown in the past he can do it in the English game. He arrived on these shores in 2017 with Brentford, notching 37 goals in 85 games across two seasons. A £20m move to Brighton followed, where he spent three years before his move to Merseyside.


Differing fortunes have largely seen Rovers and Everton kept apart over the years, with only eight meetings in total between the clubs. 

The first came in January 1939 with top flight Everton triumphing 8-0 over Division Three North Rovers at Goodison Park as famous England international Tommy Lawton netted four. Everton won the Football League championship that season, but found themselves in Division Two alongside Rovers in the 1951/52 season. 

Goals from Bert Tindill, Peter Doherty and Ray Harrison saw Rovers to a 3-1 win over the Toffees at Belle Vue on Christmas Day 1951 in front of 23,526. The following day, Tommy Martin scored to secure a 1-1 draw for Rovers at Goodison, in front of 47,234, in a game in which two players were sent off. 

The most recent meeting came in January 1985 in the FA Cup fourth round, with Everton triumphing 2-0 courtesy of goals from Trevor Steven and Gary Stevens as around 8,000 Rovers fans made the trip across. Everton went on to win the league and European Cup Winners’ Cup that season. 

Rovers’ star performer in that 1985 game was Ian Snodin, who emerged from the youth set up to captain the club before a stellar career that ultimately took him to Everton, via Leeds United. 

Contributors: John Coyle, Gavin Hepworth

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