David Unsworth

by Matthew Gamble

Everton Under-23s boss David Unsworth had two spells with the Blues as a player before returning for a third time in a coaching capacity in September 2013.

The Goodison favourite took up a position within the Club’s Under-21s setup alongside his former teammate Alan Stubbs, before full-time taking control of the team at the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

During Unsworth’s time as head coach of the Under-21s - which has now evolved into the Under-23s following a shake-up of the English youth league system - a number young players progressed to make their first-team debuts for Everton.

These players have included the likes of Kieran Dowell, Matthew Pennington, Callum Connolly, Tom Davies, Jonjoe Kenny and Beni Baningime.

Following the establishment of the Under-23s side, Unsworth led his side the the inaugural Premier League 2 title in 2016/17.

Unsworth started his career with the Blues and made his way through the youth system before making his debut away at Tottenham in April 1992.

Unsworth found first team chances hard to come by and it wasn't until Joe Royle's appointment as manager that he cemented a place in the starting XI. He was part of the 1995 FA Cup Final winning team against Manchester United but he later departed for West Ham in a swap deal for Danny Williamson at the start of the 1997/98 season.

Unsworth's time in the capital would be brief and he returned north after only one season, signing for Aston Villa for £3m. His time at Villa Park would be even shorter though, and he returned to Goodison Park without ever making an appearance for the Villans.

He remained at Goodison Park for a further six seasons playing regularly under both Walter Smith and then David Moyes. 

At the start of the 2002 season Unsworth was granted a testimonial against Athletic Bilbao to mark his long service before he departed for Portsmouth in 2004.

He went on to have a spell on loan at Ipswich before moving to Sheffield United, where he helped the Blades secure promotion to the Premier League.

He left Bramall Lane for Wigan Athletic and in a cruel twist of fate he scored the penalty that kept the Latics in the top flight - condemning the Blades to the Championship in the process.

After spells with Burnley and Huddersfield he hung up his boots in 2009. He enjoyed coaching roles at Preston North End and Sheffield United, before returning home to Everton in 2013.