On This Day: Neville Joins Everton

Phil Neville swapped Old Trafford for Goodison Park ON THIS DAY in 2005.

Looking to bolster his Champions League squad with some European experience, David Moyes paid £4million for Neville, who brought with him six Premier League title successes, three FA Cups and 59 international caps for England.

The player took to Everton straight away and would prove to be an influential and inspirational figure in the dressing room.

In an eight-year career with the Blues, Neville played 303 games and scored five goals – one of which, against West Brom in the League Cup, was famously the 2010/11 Everton Goal of the Season.

A teammate of his, James Beattie, left Everton ON THIS DAY in 2007.

Recruited towards the end of the 2004/05 campaign, Beattie had played 86 games for the Blues, scoring 15 goals.

Frustrated by a lack of playing time towards the end of his spell at Goodison, the striker, who played five times for England during his Southampton days, moved on to Sheffield United where he teamed up with other former Blues, Gary Speed and Gary Naysmith.

Marco Silva took charge of Everton at Goodison Park for the very first time ON THIS DAY in 2018 for a friendly match against Valencia.

The Spaniards took the lead early on through Rodrigo but Everton levelled on 16 minutes when Cenk Tosun finished smartly after collecting a pass from Theo Walcott. Rodrigo then scored again but a Michael Keane header made it 2-2 after just 29 minutes.

The only goal of the second period came from Carlos Soler to give Valencia a 3-2 victory on a day when Richarlison and Lucas Digne also saw some Goodison action for the first time in a blue jersey.