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Everton Under-23s, 2019-20

Everton's second string defend their second Premier League 2 crown in three seasons

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[History of Everton Reserves]

Everton's Under-23s largely represent the end product of the renowned Everton Academy at Finch Farm which has produced a number of players now on the threshold of breaking into the Blues' first team. As of 2016, they play in the FA Premier League 2 as one of 12 teams in Division 1.

Everton are also one of the Premier League teams that enter U21 teams into the Trophy alongside the senior sides from Football League One and League Two.

· Results & Fixtures A record of Everton's Under-23 matches for the season
· League Table Current standings in Premier League 2
· Match Details Teamsheets and brief reports for each match
· Appearances A table of Under-23 appearances for all senior players
· Friendlies Results from Under-23 friendly matches

Everton Under-23s will split their home matches between the newly renamed 'Pure' Stadium at Haig Avenue in Southport and Goodison Park this season. 

FA Premier League 2, Division 1

Starting in 2017-18, the U21 Premier League (which itself replaced the old Reserves league that stretched back to an age that pre-dated the formation of the Football League in 1888) was renamed Premier League 2 which operates on the same two-division format of 12 teams each but the age limit was raised to 23.

Each team can field a goalkeeper over the age limit and up to three ‘over-age’ outfield players in every match.

2019-20 Format

Division 1 Division 2
Arsenal Aston Villa
Chelsea Blackburn Rovers
Derby County Brighton & Hove Albion
Everton Fulham
Leicester City Middlesbrough
Manchester City Newcastle United
Manchester United Norwich City
Liverpool Swansea City
Reading Stoke City
Sunderland Watford
Southampton West Bromwich Albion
Tottenham Hotspur Wolverhampton Wanderers

Clubs play each other once at home and once away, with the top team in Division 1 named as Champions. The bottom two teams in Division 1 get relegated to Division 2.

In Division 2, the league winners get automatic promotion to Division 1; teams ranked 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th go into a promotion play-off. There is no relegation from Division 2.


Premier League International Cup

2014-15 saw the introduction of The Premier League International Cup —  with invited European sides competing in a four-group tournament.  In 2019-20, Everton will be entering an U23 side into the Premier League International Cup, in a tournament that was won last season by Villarreal, who will be looking to retain their trophy in the forthcoming competition.

The format of the International Cup, which will take place solely in England, will see 24 clubs - 12 from England and the other half from the continent - competing in six groups of four teams with each side playing each other once. There are two representatives from Europe and two from England in every group, with the top club in each plus the two best placed runners-up advancing to the knockout stages of the competition. 

The 2019-20 Premier League International Cup group draw in full is as follows:-

  • Group A – Arsenal, Leicester City, GNK Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) & Villarreal CF (Spain)
  • Group B – Brighton & Hove Albion, West Ham United, Valencia CF (Spain) & VfL Wolfsburg (Germany)
  • Group C – Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United, SL Benfica (Portugal) & Hertha BSC (Germany)
  • Group D – Everton, Swansea City, FC Porto (Portugal) & PSV Eindhoven (Holland)
  • Group E – Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Athletic Club Bilbao (Spain) & Paris Saint-Germain (France)
  • Group F – Derby County, Southampton, AS Monaco (France) & Feyenoord Rotterdam (Holland)

The Premier League International Cup permits three over-aged players in addition to an over-aged goalkeeper and the fixtures will be released at a later date.  All fixtures in the competition will be played in England, with the group games to be completed by Monday January 13th, 2020.

The Premier League Cup

As well as their involvement in the Premier League 2 and the Premier League International Cup in coming season, the U23 side will once again be competing in the Premier League Cup which will be changing its format for 2019-20. 

The competition will be in a ‘Champions League’ style with a group stage followed by a Round of 16 knockout for the teams that progress through the groups.   

The Liverpool Senior Cup

Everton's games in the 2019-20 Liverpool Senior Cup are also expected to be covered here. Some of the Under-23s may play in the FA Youth Cup too.



Under-23 Competitive Games All KOs are UK time
Date Opponent Result Scorers Venue Comp
Mon 12 Aug Leicester City (H) 0 - 0   Haig Avenue PL2:1
  Sun 18 Aug Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)   0 - 0   New Bucks Head PL2:2
  Fri 23 Aug Arsenal (A)   2 - 2 Gordon 2 Emirates Stadium PL2:3
  Tue 27 Aug Mansfield Town (A)   1 - 1 Gordon Field Mill LT:E1
  Fri 30 Aug Southampton (H)   8 - 2 Gordon 2, Foulds, Charsley, Denny, Evans, Feeney, Mampala Haig Avenue PL2:4
  Mon 16 Sep Blackburn Rovers (H)   19:00   Goodison Park PL2:5
  Fri 20 Sep Brighton & Hove Albion (A)   19:00   Amex Stadium PL2:6
  Fri 27 Sep Manchester City (H)   19:00   Haig Avenue PL2:7
  Tue  1 Oct Burton Albion (A)   19:45   Pirelli Stadium LT:E2

U21 Pre-Season Friendlies All KOs are UK time
Date Opponent Result Scorers Venue Notes
Thu11 Jul Swindon Town (N) 0 - 1   La Manga, Spain F
  Sat 20 Jul Morcambe (H)   1 - 3 Mampala Finch Farm F
  Tue 23 Jul Chorley (A)   2 - 0 Anson (og), Mampala   F
  Sat 27 Jul Rhyl (A)   15:00   Belle Vue Stadium F
  Wed 31 Jul Bamber Bridge (A)   C - C Cancelled   F
  Sat 3 Aug Wigan Athletic U23 (A)   3 - 1 Evans, Long (og), Hornby Christopher Park F

(F) denotes Friendly fixture
(TF) denotes Friendly tournament fixture
(XI) denotes Friendly fixture involving an Everton XI (not necessarily the first team)
SCNI denotes SuperCupNI (formerly, the Milk Cup)
LSC denotes a tie in the Liverpool Senior Cup
LaSC denotes a tie in the Lancashire Senior Cup


FA PREMIER LEAGUE 2, Division 1, 2019-20

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Blackburn Res 19 7 5 7 39 38 1 26
2 Sunderland Res 19 6 6 7 29 27 2 24
3 Liverpool Res 18 5 7 6 23 24 -1 22
4 Everton Res 19 4 3 12 23 34 -11 15
5 Blackpool Res 19 4 2 13 23 49 -26 14

Under-23 Match Details, 2019-20

The section below contains team details, scorers, and brief match reports for Everton Under-23 matches during the 2019-20 Season.

Everton 0 - 0 Leicester City

Premier League 2; Game #1
Monday 12 August 2019
Haig Avenue, Southport

Everton Under-23s opened their defence of the Premier League 2 title with a drawn game against Leicester City in Southport tonight.

With a number of players going out on loan, and a few stepping up from the Under-18s, plus some frankly unwanted 'deadwood' unable to secure loan deals yet, it may be quite a mixed bag for David Unsworth to corral into a potent force again.

Ellis Simms and Fraser Hornby appear to be the main men up front, although Simms is not in the squad tonight, with Manasse Mampala perhaps taking up the slack after Bassala Sambou declined a new contract.

No goals in the first half, and a red card on 55 mins for the Leicester centre-half after pulling back Fraser Hornby in the centre-circle but heading off for goal.

Lots of chances to score in the second half but the Blues could not convert and it remained 0-0.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, Connolly (37' Astley), Foulds, Baningime, Feeney (c), Gibson, Adineran, Markelo (67' John), Evans, Hornby, Gordon.
Subs: Barrett, Denny, Mampala.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 - 0 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #2
Sunday 18 August 2019
New Bucks Head, Wolverhampton

Everton U23s failed to score for their second PL2 fixture as Nico Hansen kept Wolves at bay.

Cuco Martina, Beni Baningime, and Callum Connolly featured but their senior experience could not turn the game for the Blues.

Everton U23s: Hansen, Martina, Foulds, Baningime, Feeney (c), Connolly, Evans, Denny (85' Philips), Hornby, Adeniran, Charsley (68' Markelo).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Mampala.

Arsenal 2 - 2 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #3
Friday 23 August 2019
The Emirates Stadium, London

Anthony Gordon scored late on to rescue a point for Everton at the Emirates. An excellent long ball from Matty Foulds was misjudged by the Arsenal backline — Gordon latched onto it, side-stepped past the Arsenal keeper and slotted into the empty net with just 5 minutes left.

That levelled the game after it had got off to a frenetic start, with each team on target within the opening seven minutes. The home side drew first blood. A lofted effort looped over Toffees keeper Nico Hansen's head and into the back of the net.

Everton's response was immediate. Evans slipped a pinpoint pass through to Gordon, whose ice-cool finish levelled the scores.

It was Arsenal who were to strike next. After winning the ball in the middle of the park, the Gunners broke at speed and worked the ball to midfielder Robbie Burton, who curled a pinpoint shot into the top corner on 22 minutes.

Arsenal thought they had a third when Holding's header looked destined for the back of the net, but Foulds was on the line to clear.

Everton started the second half encouragingly, with Gordon forcing an excellent save with a swerving effort from 20 yards. Gordon was to have the last word, though, showing a predator's instinct to get on the end of Foulds' marvellous pass and secure a hard-earned point for his team.

Everton U23s: Hansen, John (46' Denny), Foulds, Astley (67' Simms), Fenney (c), Joe Anderson, Markelo, Connolly (46' Mampala), Gordon, Charsley, Evans.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Iversen

Everton 8 - 2 Southampton

Premier League 2; Game #4
Friday 30 August 2019
Haig Avenue, Southport

Everton Under-23s produced a devastating exhibition of attacking football to beat Southampton 8-2 in a remarkable Premier League 2 clash on Friday night.

The Toffees fell two goals behind in Southport but went on to overwhelm the Saints with a performance rich in verve, invention and ruthlessness. Southampton had taken the lead midway through the first half, from a corner. The away side doubled their advantage after Harry Tyrer had made a fine stop.

With the Premier League 2 Champions in a spot of bother after Saints established a two-goal lead on 33 minutes, in-form forward Gordon stepped up to the mantle.

His first goal – which came almost instantaneously after Southampton's second – was a peach. The England Under-18 international showcased his quick feet to work some space 20 yards out, before expertly curling a precision finish into the bottom corner.

With his already sky-high confidence given another boost, Gordon set off on an explosive dart at the Saints backline just three minutes later. The Southampton defenders had no answer, and he was bundled over in the box for a clear penalty. Gordon took the kick himself, sending the keeper the wrong way to level the scores.

Gordon's brace was followed by a sustained spell of pressure. The young forward had the chance to complete his hat-trick early in the second half but saw a penalty cannon off the post. Gordon had won the spot-kick himself after being scythed down.

Everton did not have to wait long to hit the front, Foulds heading in from Evans's devilish corner delivery.

And Charsley made it 4-2 after capitalising on some hesitation in the Southampton defence to steal possession and slot home. Evans's corners were causing havoc and Denny bundled home from another inviting centre to make it 5-2.

Everton were relentless at this point and Evans got on the scoresheet himself when he raced clear before lashing inside the post, and Morgan Feeney's first-time finish made it 7-2.

Substitute Mampala rounded off the scoring, guiding the ball home after another splendid crossfield pass from Evans.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, Charsley (76' Mampala), Baningime, Feeney (c), Foulds, Evans, Gordon, Denny, Markelo, John, Adeniran (80' Iversen).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Astley, Simms.



EFL Trophy, 2019-20

Everton U21s were drawn against Crewe Alexandra, Burton Albion and Mansfield Town in Group E of the EFL Trophy for 2019-20.

Mansfield Town 1 - 1 Everton U21s

EFL Trophy; Group E, Game #1
Tuesday 27 August 2019
Mill Field, Mansfield

An Everton U21 side opened their EFL Trophy campaign on Tuesday night with a bonus point against Mansfield Town after winning 4-1 on penalties. The match finished 1-1 at end of normal time after Anthony Gordon's wonder goal had given the Blues the lead at Mill Field.

Everton gave a very good account of themselves in the first half. The young Blues were confident in possession, and brought the ball out well from the back. There were chances for Charsley, Adeniran and Gordon before the latter netted a stunning solo effort just before the half-hour mark. Gordon jinked past three defenders, before curling a beauty into the far corner past Stone in goal.

Baningime was shown a second yellow card on 70 minutes for a late challenge on Sterling-James and Everton battled on with 10 men. Tyrer made several smart stops, reacting well to keep out a Sterling-James flick and getting down low at full stretch to keep out Smith after the break. But he could not keep out a smartly taken Sterling-James goal on 87 minutes.

Mansfield then piled on the pressure into seven minutes of injury time, but the game went to penalties. Both sides took a point from the normal time draw, with an extra point awarded to the shootout winners. And the Blues did it in style, taking it 4-1 with successful penalties from Evans, Foulds, Charsley and Markelo. Tyrer saved from Khan's spot-kick and Sterling-James blazed his effort over the bar, with Markelo sealing the shootout victory.

Everton U21s: Tyrer, Charsley, Baningime [Y:48'; YR:64'], Feeney (c), Foulds, Evans, Gordon, Denny (86' Astley), Markelo, John, Adeniran (68' Simms (88' Mampala)).
Subs not Used: McIntyre, Anderson, Iversen, Carroll

Liverpool Senior Cup, 2019-20

TBC - Everton U23


Under-23 Appearances, 2019-20

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2019-20 Friendlies

Everton U23 0 - 1 Swindon Town

Pre-season friendly; Game #1
Thursday 11 July 2019
Venue: La Manga

Morgan Feeney and Nathangelo Markelo both played as the Under-23s lost 1-0 to Swindon by a late goal scored 2 mins from the end of a competitive hard-fought game.  

Everton U23s: Hansen, John, Foulds, Denny, Feeney, Anderson, Hunt (46' Ouzounidis), Markelo, Simms (71' Phillips), Gordon (70' Mampala), Evans.

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Everton U23 1 - 3 Morecambe

Pre-season friendly; Game #2
Saturday 20 July 2019
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