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29/06/2015  Comments (26)  jump
Everton to play seven pre-season games

Everton's pre-season schedule has been confirmed following the announcement of three more fixtures to take place during July.

The Blues will face League One side Swindon Town at the County Ground on Saturday 11 July (3pm kick-off) before departing for the Barclays Asia Trophy.

After returning from Singapore, Everton will then play two matches in Scotland against Hearts and Dundee.

The Toffees will head to Tynecastle on Saturday 25 July (3pm kick-off) to take on Hearts, who were promoted back to the Scottish Premiership at the end of the 2014-15 season. They will then travel to Dens Park, Dundee, on Tuesday 28 July (7:30pm kick-off).

Altogether, Everton will play a total of seven first team pre-season matches ahead of the Barclays Premier League opener against Watford on Saturday 8 August.

Live coverage of every game will be available on via evertonfc.com — look out for more information soon. The full list of pre-season fixtures is below. Please note kick-offs are listed as UK time.

Swindon Town v Everton — Saturday 11 July, 3pm
Everton v Stoke City — Wednesday 15 July, 11am
Everton v Arsenal or Singapore Select XI — Saturday 18 July, TBC
Hearts v Everton — Saturday 25 July, 3pm
Dundee v Everton — Tuesday 28 July 7:30pm
Leeds United v Everton — Saturday 1 August, 3pm
Everton v Villarreal — Sunday 2 August, 3pm

Quotes sourced from Everton FC.com


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Ralph Basnett
2 Posted 29/06/2015 at 16:27:05
Only one game at home?
Philip Bunting
3 Posted 29/06/2015 at 16:39:09
I heard (via a council meeting) they are also playing Glenavon of the Irish League on 18th July. This being part of the deal involving a youth prospect Shane Lavery I think. Obviously a reserve 11 made up of Under-21s.
Tony J Williams
4 Posted 29/06/2015 at 17:24:29
God, they have started to get my pulse racing......
Chris James
5 Posted 29/06/2015 at 18:01:29
Seems like a pretty good preseason to me.
Decent opposition in Stoke, Arsenal and Villareal (also Leeds although that looks like second team/youth considering proximity) plus some hopefully easier (but physically challenging) match-ups versus Swindon and Scots.

All we need know is to see a little more transfer business concluded in next 2 weeks (centre back and creative mid would be good) ahead of these games.

Ross Edwards
6 Posted 29/06/2015 at 18:24:34
Other than the Asia tour, that pre-season isnÂ’t much to write home about. Villarreal is a non-game as itÂ’s a testimonial, two average Scottish sides, a League One side, and a mid table Championship team.

And if we lose to Stoke in this trophy thing, we wonÂ’t play Arsenal anyway, itÂ’ll be some non-event against some Singapore National XI.

Dick Brady
7 Posted 29/06/2015 at 18:54:21
At least they have arranged some games this summer. The pre-season organisation this time last year was a joke and it resulted in the season going down the shitter right from the start.
Phil Walling
8 Posted 29/06/2015 at 19:07:41
Well, at least the manager is applying himself to the Everton job this year. NOTHING is more important !
Paul Hewitt
9 Posted 29/06/2015 at 19:15:23
Not a bad pre-season, that. Apart from the Asia tour, not much traveling. We should be fully fit by the big kick-off.
Dave Pritchard
10 Posted 29/06/2015 at 19:17:06
Cheer up, Ross.
Ross Edwards
12 Posted 29/06/2015 at 19:19:37
Nothing wrong with me Dave. It's just that this pre-season isn't much of a test. We should be able to beat Leeds, Swindon and the two Scottish teams easily, so that won't provide much or any indication of where we're at.

Villarreal is a testimonial, so in terms of preparation it's pretty much a non-game. The only fixture that provides any test is Stoke. And if we lose that, we won't play Arsenal.

Steve Brown
13 Posted 29/06/2015 at 19:28:23
Ross, it wont be "some Singapore National Eleven, it will be THE Singapore National side.
Steve Brown
14 Posted 29/06/2015 at 19:29:35
And weÂ’d better not lose to Stoke as IÂ’m going to the game!
Clarence Yurcan
15 Posted 29/06/2015 at 19:33:44
Hearts are a major club.
Ross Edwards
16 Posted 29/06/2015 at 19:45:09
The Singapore national team is probably equivalent to a Conference team Steve. And Clarence, Hearts may be a major club in Scotland but if you put them in English football theyÂ’d probably be a mid-table League One club.
Ben Jones
17 Posted 29/06/2015 at 19:57:10
I quite like that pre season.

Probably lesser sides quality-wise compared to last year, but British-based this time. It's good, it should be faster and more committed, meaning better fitness wise.

Villarreal was an interesting choice for DuncÂ’s testimonial after Collina-gate!

Colin Glassar
18 Posted 29/06/2015 at 20:07:57
Hardly mouthwatering games are they? But I suppose itÂ’s all about fitness and sharpness. IÂ’m quite interested in seeing this Sam Byram lad (Leeds) whoÂ’s being muted as a possible replacement for Seamus if the worst happens.
Jim Bennings
19 Posted 29/06/2015 at 21:04:03
Why do we so rarely arrange to play a friendly at Celtic??

Given we seem to visit Scotland annually, IÂ’m just a tad curious as Celtic Park? It's a huge stadium and good trip for the fans.

Colin Glassar
20 Posted 29/06/2015 at 21:26:07
Celtic would be good, Jim. It could even see McGeady making his debut for the Hoops against his old team.
Ian Hams
21 Posted 29/06/2015 at 21:51:13
Great news as I live bang in-between these two clubs, I'm delighted.

And don’t kid yourselves — the Scottish up here always give everything when playing an English team and it will be two hard matches. Hearts in particular had a storming season last year being top of the form league in Europe for nearly all of it.

I canÂ’t wait see you there.

Jamie Barlow
22 Posted 29/06/2015 at 21:46:28
Ross, what difference does our game being a testimonial make? It wonÂ’t be some piss take game where all the oldies come out, will it?

They all seem like pretty decent teams to me. ItÂ’s all about fitness anyway, not so much who we play.

Rob Halligan
23 Posted 29/06/2015 at 21:57:26
Ross, #6. They are all "non-games", as you put it. Even the trip to Singapore are only friendly games, albeit with a trophy at the end of it. ThatÂ’s what pre season games are, Friendlies!!
Mark Andersson
24 Posted 30/06/2015 at 01:33:42
As they always say you canÂ’t judge a team in pre season, but we all do.

Last season every one was concerned and it proved right. So letÂ’s see what this pre -season brings to ToffeeWebers.

Kirindeep Singh
25 Posted 30/06/2015 at 02:57:44
Ross, with respect, Singapore are not that bad mate and just drew 0-0 with mighty Japan (they are Asian giants at least) in a World Cup qualifier away in Japan.

Steve, I will be at the Stoke game too and yes they better win!

Fraser Auld
26 Posted 30/06/2015 at 13:27:12
Fantasy football stuff for me, being both a Hearts and an Everton fan! Excellent work.
Charlie Burnett
28 Posted 30/06/2015 at 18:29:31
That list has no effort at all; that is accepting teams asking us – not us asking teams...

Swindon Town v Everton — no effort at all; what's the point?
Everton v Stoke City — Premier League team; we know the tatics before we play them.
Everton v Arsenal or Singapore Select XI — could be a good run out for senior players.
Hearts v Everton — what's the point?
Dundee v Everton — whats the point?
Leeds United v Everton — going to be reserves...
Everton v Villarreal — first team get a run out for Big Dunc.

Moyes left Everton with pre-season already planed when Roberto arrived; we played Real Madrid and Juventus – big name clubs that our players pushed themselves against to prove a point that we are Everton and we are not a walkover.

Playing Hearts & Dundee — what's the point? It's just for the Scottish fans too lazy to get the train down to Goodison on match day

Colin Gee
29 Posted 30/06/2015 at 21:18:56
Hearts? Be like Braveheart up there....

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