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Classic Openers: 1996/97

We look back at a 2-0 win over Newcastle in 1996.

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With the 2014/15 Premier League fixtures freshly announced, evertonfc.com looks back at some memorable opening day matches..

We start with a fine 2-0 home win over Newcastle United in August 1996.

The Toon Army had narrowly lost out in the championship race to Manchester United the previous May and had bolstered their squad with the world-record transfer of Alan Shearer for £15million ready for another challenge.

In the end it was Everton striker Duncan Ferguson who had the final say, creating both goals as the Blues started the season in top form.

The Scot was fouled by Steve Watson in the area with David Unsworth stepping up to score the opening goal from the penalty spot. Gary Speed then marked his debut with a goal as he got on the end of Ferguson’s flick to seal the points.

Re-live this win from 18 years ago by watching the video above now.

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