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What's In The Programme?

A look at the contents of tonight's matchday read.

What's In The Programme?
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It feels like forever since we last had to produce a programme for a game at Goodison Park.

Not since Swansea City back on the 12 January have we enjoyed the Blues at home, however, that has given us time to produce an issue packed full of opinion, stats and the latest news on all things Everton.

On the subject of that fixture against the Swans, that Saturday saw Leon Osman celebrate 10 years at the Club. The midfielder is the subject of our feature article and speaks with genuine satisfaction at remaining a Toffee for such a considerable period.

And it all began, as he explains, at White Hart Lane back in January 2003.

“It’s going back a good few years now,” he told the matchday programme.  

“Me and another young lad, Kev McLeod, went down as 17th and 18th men, just in case anyone was to go down injured. We were pretty much the help, carrying the kit, packing the boots and that kind of thing.

“In the warm up, Richard Wright got injured so Espen Baardsen was put in goal and there was a spare place on the bench so the gaffer said for me to go and get changed. 

“I didn't have chance for a warm up or anything like that; I was literally changed and on the bench. It was a cracking match; 4-3 I think we lost, and the next thing I knew, I was on the pitch for the last couple of minutes.”

In tonight’s issue, former Blues Academy graduate Gavin McCann reveals that Everton is still a club close to his heart, while revealing where dreams of a coaching career has taken him.

To help get to know our visitors this evening, we spoke to former Baggies midfielder Richard Sneekes, who was very complimentary about Everton’s style under David Moyes.

The Dutchman says: “Everton are a great club and David Moyes has done an absolutely remarkable job. 

“They are playing some great football. It’s good to see them doing well.”

He also reveals how a little trip to Goodison Park earlier in his career helped him develop a soft spot for the Toffees. “I remember coming to a game at Goodison,” he adds. “I was at Bolton at the time and a friend of mine invited me as a guest.

“There were nearly 30,000 fans in the ground and it was rocking.”

Let’s hope tonight has a similarly jumping atmosphere as the Blues look to avenge the defeat at the Hawthorns earlier this season. And if you are coming to cheer on the boys, don’t forget to pick up your copy of the match day programme, priced just £3.

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