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Everton Under-23s, 2021-22

[History of Everton Reserves]

Everton's Under-23s largely represent the end product of the renowned Everton Academy at Finch Farm which is a Category A Elite Development entity under the current Premier League/FA rules and has produced a number of players now on the threshold of breaking into the Blues' first team. Since 2016, they play in the FA Premier League 2, with the number of teams increasing to 14 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 Papa John's (ne EFL) Trophy against 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 'Pure' Stadium at Haig Avenue in Southport and Goodison Park this season, with some games also being played at Finch Farm. 

Everton's games in the 2021-22 Liverpool Senior Cup  and Lancashire Senior Cup were contested by the Under-18s, together with the FA Youth Cup too.


Under-23 Competitive Games All KOs are UK time
Date Opponent Result Scorers Venue Comp
Mon 16 Aug Blackburn Rovers (A) 2 - 2 Whitaker, Mills Ewood Park PL2: 1
  Mon 23 Aug Liverpool (H)   1 - 3 Garcia Haig Avenue PL2: 2
  Fri 27 Aug Crystal Palace (A)   1 - 3 Whitaker Selhurst Park PL2: 3
  Fri 10 Sep Derby County (H)   1 - 0 Whitaker Haig Avenue PL2: 4
  Tue 14 Sep Morecambe (A)   1 - 0 McAllister Mazuma Stadium PJT:A1
  Fri 17 Sep Sheffield United (H)   1 - 3 Dobbin Haig Avenue PLC:D1
  Mon 20 Sep Leicester City (A)   1 - 3 Hughes LCFC Training Ground PL2: 5
  Fri 24 Sep Manchester United (H)   0 - 1   Haig Avenue PL2: 6
  Tue 28 Sep Carlisle United (A)   0 - 2   Brunton Park PJT:A2
  Sat  2 Oct West Ham United (A)   1 - 3 Mills Rush Green PL2: 7
  Mon 18 Oct Leeds United (H)   19:00   Haig Avenue PL2: 8
  Fri 22 Oct Arsenal (A)   19:00   Meadow Park PL2: 9
  Mon 25 Oct Burnley (H)   19:00   Haig Avenue PLC:D3
  Sat 30 Oct Chelsea (A)   13:00   Cherry Red Stadium PL2:10
  Sun  7 Nov Manchester City (H)   13:00   Haig Avenue PL2:11
  Tue  9 Nov Hartlepool United (A)   19:00   Victoria Park PJT:A3
  Mon 22 Nov Brighton & Hove Albion (H)   19:00   Haig Avenue PL2:12
  Fri 26 Nov Tottenham Hotspur (A)   19:00   Lamex Stadium PL2:13
  Wed  1 Dec Peterborough (H)   19:00   Haig Avenue PLC:D4
  Mon  6 Dec Arsenal (H)   19:00   Haig Avenue PL2:14
  Fri  17 Dec Peterborough (A)   19:00   Zeeco Stadium PLC:D2
Mon 20 Dec Leeds United (A) 19:00 LNER Stadium PL2:15
  Thu  6 Jan Sheffield United (A)   19:00   Technique Stadium PLC:D5
  Mon 10 Jan Crystal Palace (H)   19:00   Haig Avenue PL2:16
  Sun 16 Jan Liverpool (A)   14:00   Liverpool Academy PL2:17
  Mon 24 Jan Tottenham Hotspur (H)   19:00   Haig Avenue PL2:18
  Sun  6 Feb Leicester City (H)   13:00   Haig Avenue PL2:19
  Fri 11 Feb Burnley (A)   19:00   Leyland Ground PLC:D6
  Mon 21 Feb Derby County (A)   19:00   Loughborough Uni PL2:20
  Mon 28 Feb Chelsea (H)   19:00   Haig Avenue PL2:21
  Fri 11 Mar Brighton & Hove Albion (A)   19:00   Amex Centre PL2:22
  Fri 18 Mar Manchester United (A)   19:00   Leigh Sports Village PL2:23
  Mon  4 Apr Blackburn Rovers (H)   19:00   Haig Avenue PL2:24
  Mon 25 Apr West Ham United (H)   19:00   Haig Avenue PL2:25
  Fri 29 Apr Manchester City (A)   19:00   Academy Stadium PL2:26

U23 Pre-Season Friendlies All KOs are UK time
Date Opponent Result Scorers Venue Notes
Tue 13 Jul Warrington Rylands (H) 4 - 2 Dobbin 3, Cannon Finch Farm F1
  Sat 17 Jul Guiseley (A)   4 - 1 Dobbin 3, Cannon Nethermoor Park F2
  Wed 21 Jul Bradford Park Ave (A)   6 - 1 Dobbin, Cannon 2, John, Kristensen, Campbell Horsfall Stadium F3
  Tue 27 Jul Carlisle United (A)   2 - 3 Cannon, Campbell   F4
  Tue  3 Aug Chorley (A)   3 - 1 Dobbin 3 Victory Park F5
  Sat  7 Aug Southport (A)   2 - 1 Whitaker, McAllister The Pure Stadium F6

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
PJT denotes EFL Trophy fixtures


FA PREMIER LEAGUE 2, Division 1, 2021-22

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester City 6 4 2 0 18 9 9 14
2 Brighton & Hove Albion 6 4 1 1 14 7 7 13
3 Arsenal 6 4 1 1 18 13 5 13
4 Leeds United 6 3 2 1 18 13 5 11
5 Tottenham 6 3 2 1 15 11 4 11
6 West Ham 6 3 1 2 14 11 3 10
7 Manchester United 6 2 2 2 9 11 -2 8
8 Crystal Palace 6 2 0 4 14 14 0 6
9 Leicester City 5 1 2 2 8 12 -4 5
10 Liverpool 6 1 2 3 8 12 -4 5
11 Chelsea 6 1 2 3 10 18 -8 5
12 Blackburn Rovers 6 0 4 2 13 18 -5 4
13 Everton 6 1 1 4 6 12 -6 4
14 Derby County 5 1 0 4 6 10 -4 3

Under-23 Match Details, 2021-22

The section below contains team details, scorers, and brief match reports for Everton Under-23 matches during the 2021-22 Season.

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 formed of 24 Category 1 Development teams from top-tier Premier League and Championship clubs. Last season saw PL2 expanded to 26 teams; this season, PL2 has been further expanded to 28 clubs operating in two divisions.

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

2021-22 Format

Division 1 Division 2
Arsenal Aston Villa
Blackburn Rovers Birmingham City
Brighton & Hove Albion Burnley
Chelsea Fulham
Crystal Palace Middlesbrough
Derby County Newcastle United
Everton Norwich City
Leeds United Nottingham Forest
Leicester City Reading
Liverpool Stoke City
Manchester City Southampton
Manchester United Sunderland
Tottenham Hotspur West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United 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.

Blackburn Rovers 2 - 2 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #1
Monday 16 August 2021
Ewood Park, Blackburn

David Unsworth's Under-23 side started the season in earnest with a hard-fought draw at Ewood Park when they took on Blackburn Rovers U23s in their first Premier League 2 game.

Everton battled hard for much of the first half but went behind just before the break when Tyrer parried a shot, the rebound slotted into the net.

The Everton youngsters went further behind in the second half, in similar fashion. But Charlie Whitaker headed home a Hughes corner to half the deficit and then they got another one to equalise when Hughes's free-kick was headed out but Stanley Mills smashed a glorious half-volley into the top corner of the net.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Anderson (62' Garcia [Y:87']), Astley, Welch, Butterfield, Hughes, Whitaker, Dobbin (61' Cannon), Price, McAllister (46' Mills).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Warrington.

Everton 1 - 3 Liverpool

Premier League 2, Game #2
Monday 23 August 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

Everton were under the cosh from their older rivals from the off and did remarkably well to get to 40 minutes before they conceded to the inevitable red onslaught.

Liverpool went further ahead after the break but substitutes Dobbin and Garcia combined as Garcia hit back to get on the scoresheet. But Liverpool went further ahead before another Everton substitute, Liam Higgins, hit the bar and then missed an absolute sitter from 4 yards.

Everton U23s: Leban, John, Anderson (78' Higgins [Y:]), Astley, Welch, Butterfield, Mills [Y:65'], Whitaker [Y:29'], Cannon (58' Garcia), Price [Y:31'], McAllister (58' Dobbin).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Hughes.

Crystal Palace 3 - 1 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #3
Friday 27 August 2021
Selhurst Park, London

Everton's Under-23s suffered a second successive 3-1 defeat, this time at Selhurst Park this evening.

Newcomers to Premier League 2, Crystal Palace took the lead just before the half-hour mark through Rak-Sayki but the Blues had the chance to level things up 5 minutes into the second half when Lewis Dobbin powered past his man but was felled and the referee pointed to the spot.

Unfortunately Rhys Hughes's tame spot-kick was saved and Palace were awarded a penalty of their own just a couple of minutes later, Rob Street made no mistake from 12 yards.

It was 3-0 not long afterwards when Street bundled it over the line from close range after the Blues' defence failed to clear their lines.

A brilliant free-kick from Charlie Whitaker clawed a goal back 12 minutes before the end.

Everton U23s: Leban, John, Welch, Astley, Campbell, Price [Y:62'], Butterfield, Mills, Whitaker, Hughes [Y:16'] (60' Garcia), Dobbin.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Anderson, Higgins, Cannon.

Everton 1 - 0 Derby County

Premier League 2, Game #4
Friday 10 September 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

Everton got off to a brilliant start, going ahead through a fine Charlie Whitaker strike inside the first 5 minutes. Stan Mills played him in but he had a lot of work to do, controlling the ball well then changing direction and firing across goal, inside the far post.

But as the half progressed, they allowed Derby to come back into the game more and more. Yet they still kept crafting fairly decent attacking moves, creating a number of half-chances, none of which was converted.

Everton came under more pressure in the second half especially from a Derby free-kick, when the ball was cleared on the line by a fantastic kick by Eli Campbell off his own crossbar, it was that close!

But Everton defended their lead through 6 minutes of added time to secure their first very hard-fought win of the season.

Everton U23s: Leban, Mills [Y:77'], Campbell, Astley, Welch, Anderson, Butterfield, Warrington (64' Hughes), Dobbin (73' Cannon), Price, Whitaker (82' McAllister [Y:88']).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Hunt.

Leicester City 3 - 1 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #5
Friday 27 August 2021
LCFC Training Ground, Leicester

Everton went behind after 6 minutes and gave up another goal before half-time. The home side scored again on the hour mark but Everton dug in and got a consolation goal back through Rhys Hughes in added time.

Everton U23s: Leban; Mills [Y:48'], Campbell, Astley, Welch (47' Garcia), Anderson; McAllister, Butterfield, Dobbin (64' Cannon), Price (71' Hughes), Whitaker.
Subs not Used: Barrett, Warrington.

Everton 0 - 1 Manchester United

Premier League 2, Game #6
Friday 24 September 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

Jarrad Branthwaite, at 19 one of the older players that Usworth can call upon, was a bit of a surprise in the starting line-up, returning to the U23s after being a part of the senior squad and on the bench for most of the Premier League games so far, without being utilized.

Giving up an early goal has been something of an ongoing theme and this match was no different as the Blues went behind inside just 3 minutes. But they stabilized things and prevented the visitors from going any further ahead before the break.

The display from the Blues was better in the second half, when they defended well and were worth a goal at least but the elusive equalizer was not forthcoming.

There was some fine argie-bargie at the end of normal time, Whitaker reacting to blatant aggression from Elanga, the Man Utd goalscorer. Whitaker, Elanga and another Man Utd player were dismissed by the referee.

The result consolidates Everton's dreadful start to the season, and drops them to 13th in the 14-team Division 1 of PL2, Derby County the team at the foot of the table with two games in hand and only a point behind.

Everton U23s: Barrett, John, Anderson, Astley, Welch, Branthwaite, Mills (46' Garcia), Butterfield, Whitaker [R:90+2'], Price (78' Warrington), Hughes [Y:56'] (58' McAllister).
Subs not Used: Leban, Campbell

West Ham Utd 3 - 1 Everton

Premier League 2; Game #7
Saturday 2 October 2021
Rush Green, London

West Ham scored 2 goals before the half-hour mark but Stan Mills got one back before the break. However, West Ham went further ahead with a goal just after the hour to chalk up another 3-1 loss for the young Blues.

Everton U23s: Barrett, John, Campbell (81' McAllister), Astley, Welch [Y:80'], Butterfield, Mills, Hunt [Y:69'], Kouyate (67' Cannon), Price, Hughes.
Subs: Stewart, Anderson, Warrington

Premier League International Cup, 2021-22

2014-15 saw the introduction of The Premier League International Cup —  with invited European sides competing in a four-group tournament. 2021-22, 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 cancelled last season because of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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 2021-22 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 Cup, 2021-22

The Premier League Under-23 cup draw has been confirmed below, Here is our group and others​ ​ The top two teams from each of the eight groups progress to the knockout stages, with one-off ties from the last 16 through to the final to determine the champions.​   Everton U23s were drawn against Burnley, Peterborough and Sheffield United in Group D of the Premier League Cup for 2021-22.

Everton 1 - 3 Sheffield United

Premier League Cup; Group D, Game #1
Friday 17 September 2021
Haig Avenue, Southport

David Unsworth's side started well and scored in the 9th minute when Rhys Hughes delivered a corner from the right and Lewis Dobbin reacted quickly to flick the ball into the net at the near post for his first competitive goal for the Under-23s.

But this enlivened the visitors who would go on to score two goals in the first half and add a third right after the break.

Everton U23s: Leban, Mallon, Hunt [Y:78'], Astley, Welch, Anderson, Hughes, Warrington, Dobbin, McAllister, Cannon.
Subs: Barrett, Butterfield, Price, Whitaker, Campbell.

Peterborough _ - _ Everton

Premier League Cup; Group D, Game #2
Friday 1 October 2021


EFL Papa John's Trophy, 2021-22

Everton U21s were drawn against Carlisle United, Hartlepool United, and Morecambe in North Group A of the EFL Trophy for 2021-22.

Morecambe 0 - 1 Everton U21s

EFL Trophy; Group A, Game #1
Tuesday 14 September 2021
Mazuma Stadium, Morecambe

In a difficult game against their elders and presumed betters, Everton youngsters battled to impose an impressive degree of control on the game without scoring.

But that would change after Sean McAllister came on as a substitute for Lewis Dobbin just before the hour mark. And 7 minutes later, McAllister picked up a pass from Eli Campbell, made space, turned smartly and fired in off the post with the keeper rooted, to put Everton ahead.

That set up increasingly frantic later stages to the game as the home side tried everything in their playbook to get through the Everton defence... but failed.

Everton U21s: Leban, Mills, Astley, Campbell, Welch [Y:30'], Anderson, Whitaker, Price, Butterfield, Cannon (82' Warrington), Dobbin (57' McAllister).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Hunt, Kristiensen, Hughes, Hagan.

Carlisle United 2 - 0 Everton U21s

EFL Trophy; Group A, Game #2
Tuesday 28 September 2021
Brunton Stadium, Carlisle

In a difficult game against their elders and presumed betters, Everton youngsters battled to impose an impressive degree of control on the game without scoring.

Under-23 Appearances, 2021-22

Player League Apps (Sub) League
Cup Apps
 Ryan Astley 7 (0)  0 3 (0) 0
 Issac Price 7 (0)  0 2 (0) 0
 Reece Welch 7 (0)  0 3 (0) 0
 Luke Butterfield 7 (0)  0 1 (1) 0
 Stan Mills 6 (1)  2 1 (0) 0
 Charlie Whitaker 6 (0)  3 2 (0) 0
 Kyle John 5 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Joe Anderson 5 (0)  0 3 (0) 0
 Rhys Hughes 4 (2)  1 1 (0) 0
 Lewis Dobbin 4 (1)  0 3 (0) 1
 Zan-Luk Leban 4 (0)  0 2 (0) 0
 Eli Campbell 4 (0)  0 2 (0) 0
 Sean McAllister 3 (3)  0 2 (1) 1
 Jack Barrett 2 (0)  0 1 (0) 0
 Tom Cannon 1 (4)  0 2 (0) 0
 Lewis Warrington 1 (1)  0 1 (2) 0
 Jarrad Branthwaite 1 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Harry Tyrer 1 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Joao Virginia 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Einar Iversen 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Sebastian Quirk 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Ellis Simms 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Tyler Onyango 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Harry Hagan  0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Jak Stewart 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Sebastian Kristensen 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0
 Imam Jagne 0 (0)  0 0 (0) 0

2021-22 Friendlies

Everton 4 - 2 Warrington Rylands

Pre-season friendly; Game #1
Tuesday 13 July 2021
Finch Farm

Everton U23s began their pre-season friendlies with a win over Warrington Rylands at Finch Farm this evening, and a hat-trick from Lewis Dobbin.

After having a spell of training in Rafael Benitez's first-team squad last week - including an outing at the weekend in a 3-0 practice match win against Accrington Stanley - Dobbin was the star of this first pre-season friendly with a first-half hat-trick.

Dobbin scored the opening goal on 13 minutes when he intercepted a poor back pass and slotted a neat finish past the keeper. The second goal came on 20 minutes when Tom Cannon - who was on target in Everton's win against Accrington - headed home from close range after an effort from Stanley Mills had been saved.

Just after the half-hour, Dobbin ran on to a superb through pass from Luke Butterfield before rounding the keeper. And then, on 36 minutes, he dribbled his way through the Rylands defence before placing a shot past the keeper.

Everton's best effort of the second half came right at the end when Cannon forced a save after being teed up by Mills.

Guiseley 1 - 4 Everton

Pre-season friendly; Game #2
Saturday 17 July 2021
Nethermoor Park, Guiseley

Everton U23s saw another hat-trick from Lewis Dobbin secure a win in their second pre-season friendly, this one against Guiseley at Nethermoor Park on Saturday afternoon.

Everton were 4-1 winners, with all the goals being scored in the first half, Tom Cannon also getting on the scoresheet.

Guiseley got a goal back in the first half from a set-piece, but Unsworth's side saw the game out with no further scoring in the second half.

In the second half, Elijah Campbell and Isaac Price made way for Isaac Heath and the Number 17 [Who does not seem to have a name on the team sheet].

Everton U23s: Barrett, McAllister, Campbell (Heath), Astley, Welch, Butterfield, Mills, Dobbin, Cannon, Price (#17?), Hughes.
Subs not Used: Leban, Kristensen, Hagan, Higgins.

Bradford Park Avenue 1 - 6 Everton

Pre-season friendly; Game #3
Wednesday 21 July 2021
Horsfall Stadium, Bradford

David Unsworth's U23s traveled to Bradford on Wednesday evening and secured a strong 6-1 win in their third pre-season friendly.

Everton went behind early on but then recovered to end the first half 3-1 up with goals from Lewis Dobbin, Tom Cannon and Kyle John.

Cannon got another after the break, with goals from Kristensn and Campbell rounding out Everton's impressive performance.

Everton U23s: Barrett, Baningame, Campbell, Lawrence, Hagan, Heath, Price, Metcalfe, John, Dobbin, Higgins.
Subs: Leban, Butterfield, Sherif, Welch, Hughes, Astley, McAllister, Kristensen, Cannon.

Carlisle United 3 - 2 Everton

Pre-season friendly; Game #4
Tuesday 27 July 2021
Horsfall Stadium, Bradford

Everton U23s travelled to Carlisle Utd for a training game this afternoon. The game was played behind closed doors with the home side edging it 3-2, with ex-Everton Academy player Manasse Mampala hitting the winner.

Everton went in front on 7 minutes through Tom Cannon and retook the lead when 16-year-old Eli Campbell struck on 66 minutes after a first-half equaliser from the home side.

Carlisle's second equaliser arrived on 83 minutes and, 60 seconds later, former Everton Academy player Manasse Mampala bent in a terrific finish for the winner.

Everton U23s: Leban, Campbell, John, Astley, Hughes, Iversen, Cannon, Dobbin, Butterfield, Price, Welch.
Subs: McAllister, Baningime, Mallon

Chorley 1 - 3 Everton

Pre-season friendly; Game #5
Tuesday 3 August 2021
Victory Park, Chorely

Lewis Dobbin scored his third pre-season hat-trick for the Under-23s as they beat Chorley this evening.

The young striker had already bagged hat-tricks against both Warrington Rylands and Guiseley earlier in pre-season, after playing for the first team in their practice match against Accrington Stanley at Finch Farm.

The 18-year-old took less than 10 minutes to find the net after a great forward pass from Tom Cannon.

Chorley equalised before the break, but Dobbin restored the lead with a right-footed shot under the keeper from a Stanley Mills cross.

A few minutes before full time, Dobbin completed his hat-trick with another lovely finish which found the back of the net off the far post.

Everton U23s: Tyrer, Quirk (70' Hunt), Anderson, Astley, Welch, Butterfield (65' Warrington), Mills, Dobbin, Cannon (60' McAllister), Price, Whitaker.

Southport 1 - 2 Everton

Pre-season friendly; Game #6
Tuesday 3 August 2021
The Pure Stadium, Southport

Everton U23s came back from giving up a first-half goal to win their final pre-season friendly game 2-1 at their adopted home ground against hosts Southport.

A couple of very well-taken goals from Charlie Whitaker and Sean McAllister completed the turnaround after the interval. Whitaker weaved his way forward but unleashed an unstoppable shot that flew into the top corner from outside the area. McAllister, on as a substitute, dribbled down the left-wing before shooting into the bottom corner of the Southport goal from outside the box.

Everton goalkeeper Zan-Luk Leban saved a late penalty to ensure another impressive win for David Unsworth's side, who take a 100% pre-season record into the start of the Premier League 2 season next Monday when they travel to Blackburn Rovers.

Everton U23s (incomplete): Leban, Branthwaite, Quirk, Whitaker, (McAllister) Cannon.


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