Jordan Pickford adorns the front cover of May’s edition of the Everton magazine after his hat-trick of awards at The Dixies.
The Blues keeper is the featured interviewee in the issue, charting his rise from a budding young stopper learning his trade within the harsh surrounds of non-league football, to potentially becoming England’s man between the sticks at this summer’s World Cup.
Pickford recollects his journey through a plethora of loan spells while on the books at former club Sunderland and reveals his delight at walking away from the Toffees’ End of Season Awards night with all three major accolades.
Joining the 24-year-old in the issue are fellow youngsters Beni Baningime and Jonjoe Kenny who themselves have enjoyed breakthrough seasons. The pair sat down with Everton magazine to explain just what it means to them to be called first-team players.
Elsewhere, Robert Waryzcha looks back on his ground-breaking move to Goodison Park back in 1991 and why he would do it all over again, and James McCarthy gives his thanks to all those who have helped him along the way in his recovery from a broken leg.
We also have two more Dixies winners in the shape of Morgan Feeney and Angharad James in the issue – the Under-23s’ and Ladies’ Player of the Season respectively – discussing their pride at scooping personal accolades after strong campaigns in royal blue.
Coaches Francis Jeffers, Phil Jevons and Keith Southern all tasted FA Youth Cup success 20 years ago with Everton and the trio – who are all now tasked with bringing through the latest batch of young talent at USM Finch Farm – recall the enjoyment of lifting silverware early in their burgeoning careers.
We pay tribute to former Blues full-back Ray Wilson, while there is plenty of behind-the scenes-content from the recent launch of the Toffees’ new 2018/19 Umbro home strip.
And finally, we meet a trio of up-and-coming young Evertonians looking to reach the heights the world of boxing has to offer, with Jazza Dickens joining Tyrone McKenna and recent Commonwealth Games gold medallist Peter McGrail in talking Toffees, pugilism and why they are proud to call the fighting city of Liverpool ‘home’.
Don’t forget you can purchase individual copies of the Everton magazine and subscriptions inline here. May’s edition is available now from all good retailers, priced at just £3.95.