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Graeme Sharp says he still believes there is nothing quite like watching Everton on a Saturday afternoon at Goodison Park.

The Toffees’ last two home Premier League matches against Chelsea and Newcastle United were moved to accommodate live television coverage.

But Roberto Martinez’s men face Hull City after the international break at the traditional 3pm kick-off time - much to the delight of Blues favourite Sharp.

He told evertontv: “You ask any football fan when would they want to watch their team and they will say three o’clock on a Saturday afternoon. It’s a fantastic time for the players too because it’s something they train all week for.

“We talk about Goodison being great at night games but a lot of football fans, me included, prefer the traditional time.

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“You work all week and it’s what you look forward to; going out on a Saturday afternoon and meeting up with your mates.”

For the visit of Steve Bruce’s side, the Club will be celebrating all things nostalgic with the matchday adopting a ‘retro’ theme.

Fans will be encouraged to attend the game wearing an Everton shirt from yesteryear, while a raft of pre-match activities are also planned – all with an old-fashioned twist.

Evertonians will be hoping to be in fine spirits after the final whistle too, although Sharp believes Hull won’t be brushed aside easily.

The Tigers arrive at Goodison unbeaten in four matches after making a sturdy start to life back in the Premier League.

And Sharp added: “People will look at Hull City at home and see it as a game we should win - but we have got to take it seriously.  

“Steve Bruce is an experienced campaigner and I saw him at our last home game against Newcastle in the directors’ box.

“They came up this year and were everybody’s favourites to go back down. But they have had a couple of good results recently and Steve will make sure his players are positive.

“They play football the right way and are not a long ball team. But if we are at full strength and we have the backing of a big crowd, Goodison will hopefully see us get another three points.”

Tickets for the game against Hull are now on sale. To buy click here or call 0871 663 1878.

Alternatively, visit the Park End box office at Goodison Park, Everton Two in Liverpool One or TicketQuarter in Queen Square.

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