Moyes' Blues Go Top On Jags' Debut: On This Day

Everton went top of the Premier League ON THIS DAY in 2007.

The Blues defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at White Hart Lane to make it two wins from two, which was enough to briefly put them top of the pile. 

Joleon Lescott gave David Moyes’ men the perfect start with the opening goal after just two minutes. But midway through the first half future Everton loanee Anthony Gardner levelled for Spurs.

Further goals from Leon Osman and Alan Stubbs put Everton firmly in the driving seat before half-time, though, and it was a lead they protected relatively comfortably until the end of the game. 

With 10 minutes to go, Moyes withdrew Victor Anichebe and sent on new signing Phil Jagielka for his Blues debut 

At the final whistle, Everton were top of the table, having beaten Wigan Athletic at Goodison three days earlier, while Spurs were rock bottom with two defeats. 

Sadly, Walter Smith didn’t enjoy his visit to White Hart Lane anywhere near as much ON THIS DAY in 1999. 

Everton took the lead against Spurs in the 24th minute when David Unsworth successfully converted a penalty, but 10 minutes later, Tim Sherwood scored the equaliser. 

Smith’s men kept at it, though, and Unsworth scored again in the 77th minute to restore the advantage. 

It was still 2-1 with eight minutes to go before Oyvind Leonhardsen levelled and then, with 86 minutes on the clock, Stefan Iversen netted a late winner. 

The 1993/94 season almost ended in relegation for Everton, but they did win their opening game ON THIS DAY. 

Howard Kendall was the manager at the start of the campaign and two first-half goals from Peter Beagrie and John Ebbrell put the Blues firmly in the driving seat against Southampton at The Dell. 

With new defender Paul Holmes, signed from Birmingham City during the summer, making his debut, there were no further goals and Everton travelled north with three points. 

Amazingly, given how the season would go right to the wire against Wimbledon, Everton won each of their opening three games to sit top of the Premier League table!