For every Graeme Sharp or Bob Latchford, there’s a Lacina Traore or Mark Hughes. Everton’s history is littered with those who scored bucket loads of goals…and those who didn’t.
But this week, we are celebrating those ‘one-hit wonders’ who may not take long when they recount the stories of every Everton goal they scored, but can still claim they have felt the elation of netting in a royal blue shirt. Watch the video below to find out who made the cut.
10. John Stones v Manchester United, April 26 2015
A case of quality over quantity when it comes to Everton goals for former defender John Stones. His excellent header from Leighton Baines’ corner helped the Blues record a 3-0 success over their north west rivals – their biggest win over United in 23 years.
9. Paul Gascoigne v Bolton Wanderers, November 3 2001
He has a history of scoring fine goals – and Gazza’s solitary strike was no different. The one-time England talisman was in the perfect place to fire Gary Naysmith’s pass first time past Kevin Poole from the edge of the box.
8. Jesper Blomqvist v Sunderland, January 12 2002
Signed on a short-term contract by Walter Smith, ex-Manchester United winger Blomqvist scored his only goal in a much-needed win at Goodison. After five straight defeats, the Swedish winger’s header gave Smith’s side a welcome three-point haul.
7. Lacina Traore v Swansea City, February 16 2014
Remember the Ivory Coast’s answer to Peter Crouch? Everton signed towering striker Traore – all six foot eight of him – in January 2014 on loan from Monaco. He debuted against the Swans in the FA Cup, scoring with back heel but an injury in the warm-up against Chelsea the following month ruled him out for the majority of the season.
6. Mark Hughes v Watford, April 1 2000
Given his goalscoring past, it’s hard to fathom why Hughes only registered the one strike during his stay at Everton. But on April Fool’s Day in 2000, he made a mockery of the Watford defence to plant a bullet header past Alec Chamberlain.
5. Alessandro Pistone v Bolton, April 1 2002
If at first you don’t succeed, try try again. After getting it all wrong with his favoured left foot, the Italian more than made up for it with a venomous shot with his right. Mamma mia!
4. Aiden McGeady v Leicester City, August 16 2014
Postage stamp accuracy from the Ireland winger. Three Foxes players were on the goal-line and probably felt that was plenty to stop Everton’s attack – wrong. A bending, dipping shot straight into the top corner later and the Toffees were in front at the King Power Stadium.
3. Segundo Castillo v Standard Liege, September 2008
A European night now and another cracker. This time it’s Ecuadorian midfielder Segundo Castillo who, judging by his limited celebration, doesn’t score much whichever club he’s played at…
2. Tim Howard v Bolton, January 4 2012
Poor Bolton – they must dread whenever they face an Everton player yet to get off the mark. They probably thought they were safe when this back pass from Sylvain Distin reached the American in his own penalty area. Cue a booming kick up field that kept going and going – until it bounced over Adam Bogdan’s head. No celebration from Howard, out of respect to his fellow glovesman.
1. Tony Hibbert v AEK Athens, August 8 2012
Had to be top of this list. In this real ‘I was there’ moment, Tony Hibbert incited a 'riot' when he drilled home a pinpoint free-kick in his testimonial match prior to the 2012-13 season. Limbs!