Brazilian Blues The Cover Stars Of New-Look Programme

The private motivation that fuels new Everton signing Richarlison in an exclusive, intimate interview.

The player who would emerge triumphant from an Everton Royal Rumble.

Former player Paul Rideout’s meeting with the Mafia.

Manager Marco Silva’s first programme notes of the new era at Goodison in which he says he “will stand with pride as Everton manager with you, the fans, providing the special support that you do to our players [and] we will strive to inspire one another, together always”.

All of this and more will feature in the new, revamped Everton matchday programme for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Southampton at Goodison.

Brazilian Richarlison’s revealing interview contains the poignant episode in his young life which continues to drive him today. The attacker, who launched his Everton career in glorious fashion at Wolverhampton Wanderers last week, also details the setbacks and challenging circumstances he overcame to reach the Premier League.

“I think I gained most strength from when this guy humiliated my father in front of me,” the 21-year-old asserts and describes the incident in detail.

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Richarlison has been getting to know his new home city, too. And when he visited the Club’s iconic new Royal Liver Building offices in Liverpool with compatriot and fellow new signing Bernard this week, an evocative picture was captured which adorns the front cover of Saturday’s programme in a stunning break from the traditional cover format.

Along with manager Marco Silva, Director of Football Marcel Brands and captain Phil Jagielka have also penned exclusive articles, must-reads for Evertonians.

Silva, preparing for his official Goodison bow as Everton boss, looks forward to a “special” day and explains why the Blues will be their own “harshest critics” as they strive to “improve and grow stronger” this season.

Director of Football Brands describes his “close relationship” with Silva and outlines the scope of his job as he bids to help Everton “achieve success and make the fans happy”.

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Seamus Coleman talks candidly at the outset of his 10th full campaign with the Blues, Everton’s veteran right-back confessing he is “hungrier than ever” to deliver silverware for everybody who cares about the Club.

As well as delivering a string of insightful and forthright answers in our Q&A section, Coleman is the first subject ofDream Weekend, a new programme feature in which the Irishman reveals where he would go, who with and what he’d eat on his perfect couple of days away.

Theo Walcott is the subject of The Big Question, the attacker offering up which of his teammates would emerge triumphant from an Everton Royal Rumble and the Toffees’ icon whose goal celebration ranks among his favourites.


Everton’s 1995 FA Cup final matchwinner Paul Rideout is a US citizen these days. He spoke from baking Arizona and the result is a fascinating insight into his long and colourful career – brushes with the Italian Mob and all.

All the latest news from the Toffees’ Under-23 and Under-18 camps are inside after both teams started their campaigns on a positive note.

Danny Higginbotham, the former Southampton defender and now Sky Sports pundit, tells how his old club are shaping up under manager Mark Hughes.

The Everton matchday programme, priced at £3.50, will be on sale around Goodison Park and at various city centre outlets. It will also be available from Everton One and Everton Two megastores from 1pm on Friday. Click here to order online.

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