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Fraser Hornby 45

Unlike many of the Everton academy products who came to prominence in the Under-23s side around 2017 and 2018, Fraser Hornby was brought in from outside the club when he signed for the Blues as a 15-year-old in September 2014 from Northampton Town. He entered Everton Academy at U-14 level, initially as a midfielder, but he developed into a powerful and prolific striker. 

As part of the Elite Player Performance Plan, Everton paid an initial fee of £65,500 but the deal could ultimately be worth £1.3m to the Cobblers. Everton are obligated to pay £150,000 per every 10 Premier League appearances Hornby makes, up to 60 matches.

Of Scottish ancestry, Hornby was born in Northampton but elected to play for Scotland's U17 and U19 teams.

He made his surprise first-team debut for the Toffees in the final Europa League group game of the 2017-18 season, after having just graduated to the Under-23s with only three substitute appearances under his belt,  and acquitted himself well in a 3-0 victory over Apollon Limassol in Nicosia.

He would then become a regular starter for David Unsworth's side for the rest of the season, scoring three goals, although they struggled a little and failed to retain their Premier League 2 crown.

But it was enough for the club to recognize his progression and potential with a 3-year professional contract for the 18-year-old that is set to run through June 2021.

“Every young lad's dream is to become a professional footballer and it's my first professional deal so I'm just delighted and I can't wait to get started now,” Hornby told evertontv.

“It's been a memorable 12 months, considering at the start of last season I was coming back from a long-term injury.

“My main focus was just getting back playing again, scoring goals, and I had a few chances with the Under-23s. It was crazy season but full of memories and hopefully this year will bring a few more.

“Making my first-team debut was just an amazing experience. The whole occasion, travelling with the team, it being an away game, seeing all the fans - hopefully I can get more experiences like that in the future.”  

Hornby did a little better in the next Under-23 season, scoring 6 goals in a all competitions but not really impressing as he had in that magical season for the Under-18s. It remains to be seen if he can really make the grade at the next level.


Squad numbers 67, 45
Position Striker
Nationality Scottish
Born Northampton
Date of birth 13 September 1999
Height 6'-3"
Joined September 2014
Joined from Northampton Town
Signed under Roberto Martinez
Transfer fee £65,500 (^£1.3m)
Contract duration 2 + 3 years
Contract expires June 2021
Full debut v Apollon Limassol (A)
7 December 2017
Previous Clubs Northampton Town
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2017-18 67 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 1 (0) 0
2018-19 45 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2019-20 45 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
  Totals 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 1 (0) 0

Academy U23s Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2017-18 Under-23s  9 (4) 6 (1) 3 0
2018-19 Under-23s 13 (3) 6 (2) 5 1

Academy U18s Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2015-16 Under-18s 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 0
2016-17 Under-18s 14 (3) 2 (0) 12 1
2017-18 Under-18s 2 (1) 0 (1) 2 2

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