Magic Numbers: Easter Special
A look ahead to the Stoke game with the aid of stats and facts.
Everton return to Premier League action this Saturday, playing host to Stoke City in the televised evening kick-off.
To help preview the visit of the Potters, we asked our numbers man Gavin Buckland to dig out some stats and facts relating to previous Easter weekend clashes...
1 Hat-trick for Everton at Easter in the post-War era. This was netted by Wayne Clarke in the 3-0 win over Newcastle at Goodison in 1987 as the Toffees headed towards title glory.
2 Everton players who have scored more than once for the Toffees in a Premier League game over the Easter period. Nikica Jelavic notched two at Norwich last season on the Saturday and in 1995 Daniel Amokachi did the same in a Good Friday clash against Newcastle.
3 Wins recorded by Everton over four days in Easter 1978. This sequence included away victories at Newcastle (Good Friday) and Manchester United (Easter Monday) with a home victory over Leeds on the Saturday.
4 Previous meetings against Stoke at this time of year, the two most recent being on Easter Monday - a 3-1 victory at Goodison in 1983 and a 1-0 away win in 1970. The Potters have won both Easter Saturday encounters at Goodison, in 1898 and then 50 years later.
5 Times Everton faced Birmingham City in eight Easter fixtures from 1961-63 inclusive. The Blues won three and drew two.
6 Record number of goals scored by Everton in an Easter fixture, most recently in a 6-2 win over Sunderland in 1939.
14 Seconds it took from the start of the game for Howard Kendall to find the net in the 5-2 victory over Chelsea at Goodison Park on Easter Saturday 1970. This is the fastest goal by an Everton player on the ground.
15 Years since our last win on Easter Saturday, which was against Leeds United in 1998. The Toffees have drawn two and lost five of the seven games on this day since.
16 Times Everton have faced Derby County over Easter – the Blues’ most common opponents at this time of year. Curiously, there has only been one Everton win in the post-War era which was a 2-1 win on Easter Monday in 1990.
121 Years of league football before the Toffees played their first ever match on Easter Sunday – a 3-3 draw at Aston Villa four years ago. Goodison staged its first game on that day 12 months later, which was another stalemate, this time 2-2 with West Ham.
71,088 Spectators saw Everton beat Blackpool 3-0 on Good Friday 1949 at Goodison Park. It remains the Club’s biggest home attendance over Easter.
All stats courtesy of Gavin Buckland (@GavinBuckland1 on Twitter).