Duncan Ferguson Testimonial
Coming nine years after he hung up his boots, this is a belated chance for Evertonians to pay tribute to a Talismanic figure from a difficult period in the club's history and benefit the big man's chosen local charities.
Ferguson will don the famous No.9 jersey one more time for a few minutes of the match, perhaps alongside the forward he briefly shared a team with more than a decade ago in the form of Wayne Rooney.
The ex-Blue turned Manchester United vanguard and skipper will also pull on a Blue jersey again to play as an guest of Ferguson's against the Spanish side.
Roberto Martinez will give playing time to those players who did not feature in yesterday's 2-0 defeat at Leeds United but Romelu Lukaku is unlikely to be risked with the Premier League opener against Watford just six days away.
Kick off is 3pm.
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1 Posted 02/08/2015 at 09:20:25
2 Posted 02/08/2015 at 09:57:30
We have to remember it's Dunc's testimonial and he invited Rooney himself.
Out of all the pre-season matches today will be the most carnival unrealistic one, naturally because we know Rooney or Ferguson won't be a part of our plans again this season so it's just all about enjoying the day.
Then, from tomorrow, our damn board and manager need to start getting a grip on things and take a long hard look at our appalling outlay this summer and take a long hard look at where they really want to take Everton Football Club over the next few months.
3 Posted 02/08/2015 at 10:08:53
4 Posted 02/08/2015 at 10:12:31
90 mins for Rooney and Duncan? Possibly the best strike force we will see all season.
I hope he tries Mirallas as a striker though then I don't know who plays on the wings.
Maybe today will be:
Coleman Jagielka Stones Baines
Mirallas Cleverley Osman
6 Posted 02/08/2015 at 11:00:26
Hopefully Barkley won't play again as he played yesterday so nothing will spoil the day.
8 Posted 02/08/2015 at 11:18:30
We must bolster our defence before the end of the transfer window, as it would be unfair to expect our mostly untried youngsters to carry too much responsibility without being given a gradual introduction into the first team, or is Martinez just going to throw them in, in a sink-or-swim gamble? If so, the man is more deluded than I thought and must be got rid of before he wrecks yet another season for us.
I wish the team well today, but after yesterday just can't get enthusiastic. Same old tactics, no penetration and few creative ideas from manager or players.
9 Posted 02/08/2015 at 11:24:13
10 Posted 02/08/2015 at 11:25:29
I was so gutted when he left us and never really forgave him until recently.
The reality to me was - we sold him - and that he didn't initiate jumping ship.
He had a money grabbing agent - and was wanted by the most successful club in the land. He was young and did what he was told. This probably included - "This money will save Everton".
I believe he still loves the club.
I think he's brave coming back to do this for his mate. We should be decent to the guy.
I still believe he might come back one day - and even if he was 34 - I'd love to sing 'Rooney'! once again.
He may be a black sheep - but to me - he's 'family'.
12 Posted 02/08/2015 at 11:37:05
Ruddy in goal, Garbutt, Duffy, Distin, Lescott, Arteta, Fellaini, Rodwell, Anichebe, Rooney, Long. Subs: Hibbert, Atsu, Alcaraz, Baxter, Green... with Mr Moyes on the sideline with his assistant Phil Neville.
Then, on Monday afternoon, let the combined Likely Lads and Youth team's best chase our opening EPL game's team around the ground at Finch Farm then they would all get 90 minutes.
If we are to invite overseas teams to Goodison for friendlies, then I hope we at least pay them the respect of playing Everton's best.
13 Posted 02/08/2015 at 11:58:23
14 Posted 02/08/2015 at 12:38:32
17 Posted 02/08/2015 at 12:51:06
18 Posted 02/08/2015 at 13:05:27
Fantasy football time!
Let's hope the big man scores.
But doesn't everyone score on their testimonial?
19 Posted 02/08/2015 at 13:12:52
He has given his best years at another club which has already unloaded enough of their rejects on us.
Let's grow another young "Rooney" and encourage them to stay.
20 Posted 02/08/2015 at 13:23:00
21 Posted 02/08/2015 at 13:49:10
22 Posted 02/08/2015 at 13:49:50
23 Posted 02/08/2015 at 14:22:04
24 Posted 02/08/2015 at 14:55:56
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