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.
As well as the U23s competing in the Premier League Cup and the Premier League International Cup, Everton are also one of the Premier League Development sides that enter U21 teams into the Leasing.com (ne EFL) 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, with some games also being played at Finch Farm.
|Under-23 Competitive Games||All KOs are UK time|
|U23 Pre-Season Friendlies||All KOs are UK time|
F)denotes Friendly fixture
TF denotes Friendly tournament fixture
XI denotes Friendly fixture involving an Everton XI (not necessarily the first team)
PL2 denotes Premier League 2 fixtures
PLC denotes Premier League Cup fixtures
PLIC denotes Premier League International Cup fixtures
LT denotes EFL Trophy fixtures
FA PREMIER LEAGUE 2, Division 1, 2020-21
The section below contains team details, scorers, and brief match reports for Everton Under-23 matches during the 2020-21 Season.
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 formed of 24 Category 1 Development teams from top-tier Premier League and Championship clubs. It 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.
|Division 1||Division 2|
|Derby County||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|Manchester City||Newcastle United|
|Manchester United||Norwich City|
|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.
The Average Age of PL2 squads this season, as listed at Transfermarkt were:
|Brighton & Hove Albion U23|
|Newcastle United U23|
|Leicester City U23|
|Blackburn Rovers U23|
|Derby County U23|
|Stoke City U23|
|Sunderland AFC U23|
|West Ham United U23|
|Southampton FC U23|
|Reading FC U23|
|Swansea City U23|
|Middlesbrough FC U23|
|Manchester United U23|
|Norwich City U23|
|Everton FC U23|
|Fulham FC U23|
|Liverpool FC U23|
|West Bromwich Albion U23|
|Arsenal FC U23|
|Aston Villa U23|
|Manchester City U23|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers U23|
|Tottenham Hotspur U23|
|Chelsea FC U23|
Premier League 2; Game #1
Monday 12 August 2019
Haig Avenue, Southport
2014-15 saw the introduction of The Premier League
International Cup — with invited European sides competing in a
four-group tournament. 2020-21, the 5th season of the Premier League's
continental competition for development teams, Everton entered an U23 side into
the Premier League International Cup, in a tournament that was won last season
The format of the International Cup sees 24 clubs - 12 from England & Wales and the other half from Europe - competing in six groups of four teams with each side playing each other once, either home, away or at a neutral venue, with all games to be staged in England. There are two representatives from Europe and two from England & Wales 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 2020-21 Premier League International Cup group draw in full is as follows:-
The Premier League International Cup permits three over-aged players in addition to an over-aged goalkeeper. All fixtures in the competition will be played in England, with the group games to be completed by Monday 13 January 2020.
Premier League International Cup; Group D, Game #1
Wednesday 30 October 2019
Haig Avenue, Southport
As well as their involvement in the Premier League 2 and the Premier League International Cup, the U23 side are competing in the Premier League Cup which will be changing its format for 2020-21. The competition will be in a ‘Champions League’ style with a full home and away group stage followed by a Round of 16 knockout for the teams that progress through the groups. Everton U23s were drawn against Fulham, Plymouth Argyle and Watford in Group B of the Premier League Cup for 2020-21.
Premier League Cup; Group B, Game #1
Sunday 6 October 2019
Motspur Park, London
Premier League Cup; Group B, Game #2
Sunday 10 November 2019
Haig Avenue, Southport
The Everton U23s played out a 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle in the Premier League Cup at Southport this afternoon.
After 15 mins, Adeniran powered his way to the by-line and cut the ball back to Niasse whose shot landed at the feet of Charsley and he tapped it past the keeper.
But Argyle came back into it with a penalty at half-time after a foul by Foulds.
Everton U23s: Tyrer, Astley, Foulds, Baningime, Feeney (c), Gibson, Adeniran, Onyango (45' Simms), Niasse, Markelo, Charsley (74' John).
Subs not Used: Hansen, Denny, Iversen.
Premier League Cup; Group B, Game #3
Monday 2 December 2019
Haig Avenue, Southport
Antony Evans scored twice in Everton's 3-0 Premier League Cup victory over Watford at Southport on Monday night. Evans found the net in the second half with a fine header and a fantastic free-kick after Matthew Foulds had fired home the opener.Neither side showed sufficient cutting edge in the final third to break through in a scrappy first half. Harry Charsley sent an early header over the bar from an Alex Denny cross and, just before the break, Ellis Simms was teed up nicely by Evans but the striker's angled drive was well saved
Everton U23s: Hansen, Denny, Foulds, Joe Anderson, Astley, Ouzounidis, Iversen (82' Hunt), Evans, Simms, Markelo (65' Mampala), Charsley.
Subs not Used: Tyrer, Onyango.
Premier League Cup; Group B, Game #4
Monday 17 January 2020
Haig Avenue, Southport
Everton Under-23s held off a late challenge from Fulham in a top-of-the-group Premier League Cup clash at Southport to grab a victory that takes them top of Group B.
The cup holders leapfrogged the Cottagers in the table thanks to a 4-2 victory secured with the help of two goals from Dennis Adeniran. A Zico Asare own goal had set the Blues on their way when he turned Kyle John's cross past his own goalkeeper but the visitors equalised in short order.
However, Adeniran restored Everton's advantage when he converted Antony Evans's square pass before Evans himself hit the post with a free-kick shortly before half-time. Adeniran made it 3-1 with a fine finish in the second half.
With Lewis Gibson and Anthony Gordon not named in the squad, David Unsworth had new signing Jarrad Branthwaite in defence alongside Morgan Feeney but, despite having a good overall game, it was the former who marred his debut by conceding the penalty from which Fulham pulled one back again through Taylor-Crossdale.
Everton killed the tie late on, however, when Manassé Mampala struck to complete the scoring at 4-2.
Everton U23s: Virginia, John, Foulds, Feeney, Ouzounidis (46' Iversen (62' Denny)), Branthwaite, Adeniran, Baningime, Simms, Markelo [Y] (46' Mampala), Evans.
Subs not Used: Tyrer, Joe Anderson.
Premier League Cup; Group B, Game #5
Monday 10 February 2020
Home Park, Plymouth
Everton spurned an excellent opportunity to take the lead in the 20th minute. A super pass by Beni Baningime released Denis Adeniran on the right and when he pulled the ball back across goal for Simms, the striker was tripped. The referee pointed instantly to the spot but Adeniran’s kick was well saved.
Fortunately, it took Adeniran just three minutes to make amends when he attacked the right-hand side of the Argyle penalty area before drilling a fine finish past the keeper.
The second goal came on 37 minutes. Nathangelo Markelo powered forward from midfield, leaving three Argyle defenders in his wake. When he was finally stopped, the loose ball was squared across the box by Kyle John for Simms to poke into the net.
The third goal came with the very last touch of the first period. Adeniran swung a corner into the Plymouth box and Astley glanced his header into the corner of the net.
Simms scored his second, and Everton’s fourth, in the 63rd minute. Matthew Foulds floated a lovely cross towards the far post and Simms had the simplest of tasks to nod the ball into the net.
John was unfortunate not to be on the scoresheet and Simms was fractions away from netting his third. The striker is on 10 goals for the season and it could have been 11 in the last minute when his effort hit the crossbar.
Everton U23s: Tyrer, Astley, Foulds, Markelo (70' Onyango), Ouzounidis, Branthwaite, John, Baningime (69' Denny), Simms, Iversen, Adeniran (67' Quirk).
Subs not Used: Hansen, Joe Anderson.
Premier League Cup; Group B, Game #6
Friday 21 February 2020
Clarence Park, St Albans
Everton U23s came away from Watford with all the spoils thanks to a last-minute winner from Ellis Simms in their final group game of this season's Premier League Cup.
The Blues were already assured a place in the last-16 of a competition they won last season.
In the dying moments of a close game, Liam Higgins, appearing for the first time at this level, who had replaced Seb Quirk on 72 mins, found Simms with a very smart pass and, as usual, he provided an unerring finish for his 12th goal of the season.
Prior to that moment of quality, the game appeared to be heading for a goalless draw. Tyler Onyango was denied early on – the keeper diving bravely to stop the young midfielder’s effort after an excellent free-kick delivery from Rhys Hughes.
Hughes wasn’t too far away himself on 38 minutes when he created some space on the edge of the box and curled his shot just wide. The same player could have scored a couple of minutes after the break but he didn’t strike his close-range effort cleanly enough and it was comfortably saved.
On 74 minutes, Manasse Mampala skipped past a couple of challenges only to see his final effort smothered by the keeper.
Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Joe Anderson, Onyango, Astley, Ouzounidis, Mampala, Denny, Simms, Quirk [Y:57'] (72' Higgins), Hughes (63' Branthwaite).
Subs: Hansen, Dobbin, Jon Anderson.
Premier League Cup; Round 2
Sunday 8 March 2020
Haig Avenue, Southport
Everton's U23s completed another key step in the defence of their Premier League Cup title, despatching Reading after a 2-1 win in Southport on
Monday evening Sunday afternoon.
Everton were ahead inside 6 minutes, as Ellis Simms stole in to head home a Matty Foulds corner at the near post.
Dennis Adeniran opened up a two-goal margin for Everton with just 11 minutes gone — Einar Iversen scampered down the left and delivered low, and Adeniran looped his effort past the oncoming keeper into the Royals net.
Reading did pull a goal back late-on, but the Blues had done enough to move on to the last 8 of the competition.
Everton U23s: Tyrer, Astley, Foulds, Markelo, Ouzounidis, Branthwaite, John (93' Onyango), Baningime, Simms (51' Mampala), Adeniran, Iversen (64' Dobbin).
Subs not Used: Leban, John Anderson.
Everton U21s were drawn against Crewe Alexandra, Burton Albion and Mansfield Town in Group E of the EFL Trophy for 2020-21.
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, Joe Anderson, Iversen, Carroll
EFL Trophy; Group E, Game #2
Tuesday 1 October 2019
Pirelli Stadium, Burton
Everton U21s: Tyrer, Astley, Gibson, Feeney, Foulds, Adeniran, Charsley, Markelo, Evans (75' Denny), Gordon (87' Mampala), Simms (83' Dobbin).
Subs not Used: Hansen, Joe Anderson, Iversen, Phillips.
EFL Trophy; Group E, Game #3
Tuesday 5 November 2019
Alexandra Stadium, Crewe
Oumar Niasse struck twice, putting the Blues ahead on two occasions but it was a controversial equaliser that was originally flagged for offside but then given by the referee that ensured the tie finished all square.
Crewe won the ensuing penalty shootout 5-4, earning them the bonus point. For Everton, their overall record allowed them to scrape through to the next round among the best of the group runners-up.
Everton U21s: Tyrer, Astley, Feeney, Gibson, Foulds, Charsley (69' Simms), Markelo, Baningime [Y], Onyango (76' Joe Anderson), John (46' Denny [Y]), Niasse.
Subs not Used: Hansen, Dobbin, Iversen, Mampala.
EFL Trophy; Round 2
Tuesday 26 November 2019
Goodison Park, Merseyside
Everton Under-21s were beaten heavily by Fleetwood Town in the last 32 of the Leasing.com Trophy at Goodison Park tonight.
It was not by any means a good start for Unsworth's side. Danny Andrew put Fleetwood in front inside 2 mins with a superb volley from the edge of the area from a well-worked corner by the away side, with a lofted cross finding Andrew lurking with intent 18 yards out.
The full-back got over his volley and slammed it into the bottom corner - no chance for Harry Tyrer in the Everton goal.
Everton's evening got worse later in the first half when Beni Baningime received one kick too many and was forced off with an injury, to be replaced by Tyler Onyango.
Fleetwood went into the break a goal up and they doubled their lead with a quarter of an hour to go when Paul Coutts fired home from 20 yards and Paddy Madden made it 3-0 shortly afterwards.
Wes Burns heaped further misery on Unsworth's side with a fourth in the 87th minute, slotting home Lewie Coyle's pass.
Everton U21s: Tyrer, Astley, Gibson, Ouzounidis, Foulds, Adeniran, Baningime [Y:27'] (44' Onyango [Y:54'] (71' Charsley)), Markelo, Evans, Gordon (76' Simms), Niasse.
Subs not Used: Hansen, Denny, Mampala, Joe Anderson.
|Player||League Apps (Sub)||League
|Matty Foulds||18 (0)||1||12 (0)||1|
|Nathangelo Markelo||16 (1)||0||12 (0)||0|
|Dennis Adeniran||14 (0)||2||8 (0)||3|
|Beni Baningime||13 (0)||0||9 (0)||0|
|Morgan Feeney||12 (0)||2||8 (0)||0|
|Antony Evans||12 (0)||4||6 (0)||4|
|Ellis Simms||11 (4)||8||9 (4)||3|
|Ryan Astley||11 (2)||0||10 (1)||1|
|Kyle John||11 (1)||0||7 (3)||1|
|Harry Tyrer||11 (0)||0||8 (0)||0|
|Anthony Gordon||9 (0)||6||5 (0)||1|
|Harry Charsley||8 (2)||1||7 (1)||1|
|Con Ouzounidis||7 (1)||0||6 (1)||0|
|Lewis Gibson||7 (0)||2||6 (0)||0|
|Alex Denny||5 (6)||1||3 (7)||0|
|Einar Iversen||5 (2)||0||3 (1)||0|
|Joe Anderson||5 (0)||0||2 (1)||0|
|Nicolas Hansen||4 (0)||0||3 (0)||0|
|Manassé Mampala||3 (9)||2||2 (6)||1|
|Tyler Onyango||3 (4)||0||4 (3)||0|
|Joao Virginia||3 (0)||0||2 (0)||0|
|Callum Connolly||3 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Seb Quirk||2 (2)||1||2 (1)||0|
|Jarrad Branthwaite||2 (0)||1||3 (1)||0|
|Fraser Hornby||2 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Cuco Martina||1 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Mackenzie Hunt||0 (2)||0||1 (1)||0|
|Lewis Dobbin||0 (1)||0||1 (2)||0|
|Kieran Phillips||0 (1)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Oumar Niasse||0 (0)||0||3 (0)||0|
|Rhys Hughes||0 (0)||0||1 (1)||0|
|Zan-Luk Luban||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Bobby Carroll||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Jack McIntyre||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Liam Higgins||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Jack Barrett||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Jon Anderson||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Michael Collins||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Jonjoe Kenny||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Kieran Dowell||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Korede Adedoyin||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Luke Garbutt||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Sandro Ramirez||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Nathan Broadhead||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Luke Garbutt||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
Pre-season friendly; Game #1
Thursday 11 July 2019
Venue: La Manga
Everton U23s: Hansen, John, Foulds, Denny, Feeney, Anderson, Hunt (46' Ouzounidis), Markelo, Simms (71' Phillips), Gordon (70' Mampala), Evans.
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