Sigurdsson Front And Centre Of Value Palace Programme

Gylfi Sigurdsson on how his upbringing in Iceland formed the single-minded personality which brought him to England alone aged 15.

Mason Holgate recalling his formative years at Barnsley and overnight transition from ball boy to first-team mainstay.

Dave Jones discussing the “blue blood running through my veins” nearly 40 years after leaving Goodison Park – and the unstinting support provided by Chairman Bill Kenwright throughout one of his toughest periods.

And Marco Silva on the standard Everton set at Leicester with their “attitude, ambition and resilience”, qualities the manager wants to instil as hallmarks of his team.

Silva's characteristically insightful notes and three power-packed interviews lead the way in the latest edition of Everton’s revamped matchday programme for Sunday’s visit of Crystal Palace.

Creative star Sigurdsson is pictured on the front cover replicating a photograph from 17 years ago, when the then aspiring young footballer stood for a souvenir snap next to the iconic statue of Everton great Dixie Dean.

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Inside, Sigurdsson talks in detail about the lengths his father and brother went to in order to ensure the youngest of three children fulfilled his natural talent.

The erudite Holgate outlines how he compensated for his physical deficit when he was thrust into Barnsley’s team as a raw and "skinny" 18-year-old and his ongoing commitment to honing his game.

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Jones dreamed of playing for Everton and “had no decision to make” when Liverpool stepped in with a competing offer for the defender. He recounts a fascinating career and admits his competitive spirit still burns bright.

Silva discusses the test Everton will encounter against Crystal Palace and calls for his players to summon those attributes which served them so well against Leicester a fortnight ago – and which will “strengthen the connection we want between the team and our fans”.

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Midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is the subject of our popular Dream Weekend feature. 

Under-23 insight comes from assistant boss John Ebbrell, who details how the Young Blues have successfully plotted their way through a jam-packed early-season schedule.

We have news from a buoyant Under-18 camp, with Paul Tait’s side able to reflect on an unbeaten start to the campaign.

There is all the latest from Everton Ladies, too, with the Blue Girls preparing for their next WSL 1 game against West Ham United following last week’s topsy-turvy 3-3 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.

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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