Everton Album: Unsworth Ushers In Moyes Era
We re-live the moment David Moyes got off to a flyer as Blues boss.
Any Everton versus Fulham fixture will evoke memories of the Londoners' visit to Goodison Park in March 2002 for the first game of David Moyes’ reign.
The new man at the helm obviously wanted a decent start in front of his new fans - but even he didn’t dare dream that the opening goal would come in the first minute!
A throw-in from Alessandro Pistone, a header from Duncan Ferguson and a rocket from David Unsworth prized open the Fulham defence with just 27 seconds on the clock.
evertonfc.com spoke to the goalscorer about his momentous early strike.
Click here to see an enlarged image of Unsworth's strike
How did you feel when that goal against Fulham went in?
It was unbelievable. Everyone in the squad wanted to make a big impression on the new manager and there was a real determination to do well that day, so to score from the edge of the box with my first touch was a nice way to start. Once I saw the ball scream past van der Sar and into the net, I just turned away and started running. I was ecstatic and so were the fans.
It was a great way for the Moyes era to begin...
An incredible way for it to begin. He made a great impression when he arrived at Bellefield on that Thursday and I recall that he spoke really well to all the lads. We knew we were in a bad position in the table but we also knew we could get out of it, because we had good players and good characters. We beat Fulham 2-1 but I really believe we’d have beaten anyone that day. Although Tommy (Gravesen) getting sent off didn’t help us much!
What was the atmosphere like that day?
It was the type of atmosphere that only Goodison can generate. They were right behind us from about two o’clock, never mind from the kick-off. The new manager coming in, scoring in the first minute, having a player sent-off, it was Boy’s Own stuff and I will never forget it.
David Unsworth was speaking to evertonfc.com in October 2008.