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Saturday 23 August K.O. 17:30

December 2003

December 2003
December 2003
F A
C Cup Wed 3 20:00 A Middlesbrough 0 0 Everton v Middlesbrough Match Report
FA Prem Sun 7 14:00 H Man City 0 0 Everton v Man City Match Report
FA Prem Sat 13 15:00 A Portsmouth 2 1 Everton v Portsmouth Match Report
FA Prem Sat 20 15:00 H Leicester 3 2 Everton v Leicester Match Report
FA Prem Fri 26 15:00 A Man Utd 2 3 Everton v Man Utd Match Report
FA Prem Sun 28 15:00 H Birmingham 1 0 Everton v Birmingham Match Report


Everton's unhappy history in the League Cup continues as they exit the competition in the third round at Middlesbrough, losing 5-4 on penalties after a goalless draw.

Another stalemate follows at home to Manchester City but, with performances improving, the Blues maintain hopes of an upturn as they come from behind to record their first away success of the season, 2-1 at a rain-swept Portsmouth.

Lee Carsley equalises before Rooney scores the winner with his first league goal since August.

Lee Carsley celebrates his goal with Thomas Gravesen

It is a similar story the following week at home to Leicester as Rooney comes off the bench, scores, and the Blues fight back to win 3-2, Radzinski volleying the winner.

Boxing Day brings no festive cheer as Everton lose 3-2 at Manchester United - Ferguson's late headed goal his first since his return to the squad - and Everton announce a freeze on all contract talks until the summer.

But they at least end the year with something to celebrate as Rooney nets the only goal at home to Birmingham in the Blues' final outing of 2003.

STAT ATTACK - DECEMBER

  • It's a well-documented fact that the only away win of the season came at Portsmouth, but in that game Wayne Rooney became only the second Everton player to score a first-half goal after coming on as a substitute.
  • In the game against Leicester we celebrated our 125th anniversary...but Les Ferdinand managed to net his 16th Premiership goal against the Blues.
  • The 100th goal by an Everton substitute was scored by Wayne Rooney in the 1-0 win over Birmingham.
  • December was our best month of the season, with three wins, one draw and only one defeat.
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