Stories of the Era
Walter Smith's contract was terminated in March 2002 and David Moyes was brought in from Preston North End.
Moyes immediately endeared himself to the Evertonians by declaring: "I am from a city (Glasgow) that is not unlike Liverpool. I am joining the people's football club. The majority of people you meet on the street are Everton fans.
"It is a fantastic opportunity, something you dream about. I said 'yes' right away as it is such a big club."
The People's Club tag would stick, and there was even better to come.
The first goal under the new manager came within 30 seconds of his first game and the Blues climbed away from the relegation zone at the end of the 2001/02 season.
In his first full campaign at the helm he guided the Toffees to a seventh place finish, although that was regarded as a disappointment for the club having occupied a place in the top six for much of the campaign.
The 2002/03 was also memorable for the emergence of a young striker by the name of Wayne Rooney, who opened his Premiership account at the age of 16 and made his England debut at 17.
He was a genuine Everton legend in the making but he ultimately decided to pursue his ambitions elsewhere and left for Manchester United in the summer of 2004.
Rooney's move came after a season that did not go well for the club, ending with a points total of just 39 and in 17th spot in the table.