After hitting his first two Everton goals in a dazzling debut at Wolves on Saturday, Richarlison revealed he will remember the day “for the rest of my life”.
Netting a first goal for the Blues is a special occasion for any player and here at evertonfc.com we have picked out 10 of our favourite maiden Toffees strikes.
From record-breakers to dream debuts, check out the goals in our video below and read why we have picked them. We start with an African legend's strike at Goodison. Watch the video below or on our official YouTube page.
1. Richarlison v Wolverhampton Wanderers
August 11 2018
What a way to announce yourself to Evertonians. The Brazilian had already begun to catch the eye in pre-season but how would he fair once the Premier League kicked off again? Turns out, really quite well! He followed up this tap in with a very slick finish in the second half against newly-promoted Wolves.
2. Romelu Lukaku v West Ham United
September 21 2013
How does the saying go, “there are two certainties in life – death and taxes”? Well you can add ‘Romelu Lukaku scores against West Ham’ to that list. In the 10 occasions he faced them in a royal blue shirt, he scored nine times, beginning with this late winner at Upton Park. Not that he remembers this one – he was knocked unconscious in the process! And yes – this is that game where Leighton Baines scored two sumptuous free-kicks.
3. James Vaughan v Crystal Palace
April 10 2005
A Mikel Arteta strike and Tim Cahill’s brace had an in-form Everton comfortably ahead and the Blues looked set to see out a routine victory at Goodison Park. But when David Moyes introduced 16-year-old James Vaughan late in the second half, late drama was to unfold as his smartly-taken 87th-minute goal earned him the title of youngest scorer in both Premier League and Everton history.
4. Jo v Bolton Wanderers
February 7 2009
A deadline day capture on loan from Manchester City, Brazilian striker Jo hadn’t had the best of times with the Citizens. You wouldn’t have known so after his debut against Bolton – a slick turn and shot from the edge of the box had the Samba star up and running before he added a late penalty for good measure.
5. Ademola Lookman v Manchester City
January 15 2017
What a day at Goodison Park. Imperious Manchester City arrived on Merseyside looking every inch the Premier League champions – only someone failed to tell Everton. Those inside Goodison had already been treated to Tom Davies’ first senior goal before January signing Ademola Lookman stepped off the bench to share the limelight.
6. Brian McBride v Tottenham Hotspur
January 12 2003
A thrilling game at White Hart Lane saw American striker Brian McBride open his account for the Blues, having joined the club on loan from MLS side Columbus Crew. After just 10 minutes, Tomasz Radzinski and Scot Gemmill teamed up to find McBride, who coolly slotted past international teammate Kasey Keller to get himself up and running at his new club.
7. Gerard Deulofeu v Stevenage
August 28 2013
"He's magic, you know..." - that's what Evertonians learned instantly from Deulofeu's maiden outing after he'd joined on loan from Barcelona. And he needed to be - the Blues were trailing when the Spaniard picked up possession, beat two players and passed the ball low into the net.
8. Andy Johnson v Watford
August 19 2006
Ask any striker who moves to a new club and they’ll always tell you that they want to score early, just to introduce themselves. Well for Andy Johnson, signed from for a Club-record fee from Crystal Palace in the summer of 2006, he had to wait just 15 minutes to announce himself to Evertonians, steering a shot past Ben Foster to help the Toffees record a 2-1 opening day win in 2006.
9. Yakubu v Bolton Wanderers
September 1 2007
See Andy Johnson above. A year after the Englishman moved to Goodison Park, the Blues broke their transfer record again to sign Yakubu. And the Nigerian also rose to the occasion on his Everton bow, finishing off a fine counter-attack just 11 minutes into his debut.
10. Samuel Eto’o v Chelsea
August 30 2014
Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o had actually made his Chelsea debut against Everton earlier in his career so when he pulled on the royal blue for the first time, there was a nice symmetry that the Londoners were the visitors to Goodison Park. And the former Inter Milan and Barcelona ace went one better by scoring on his first appearance for the Toffees.