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The 2012–13 season was Everton's 21st season in the Premier League and 59th consecutive season in the top division of English football. It is also Everton's 114th season of league football and 116th season in all competitions. Having finished in seventh position in the domestic league in the previous season, Everton missed out on competing in any European competitions for the third season running.

Everton
2012–13 season
ChairmanBill Kenwright
ManagerDavid Moyes
StadiumGoodison Park (40,157)
Premier League6th
FA CupSixth round
League CupThird round
Top goalscorerLeague:
Marouane Fellaini (11)

All:
Marouane Fellaini (12)
Highest home attendance39,613 v. Liverpool
(28 October 2012, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance24,124 v. Leyton Orient
(29 August 2012, League Cup)
Average home league attendance36,356 (Premier League)

The club entered the League Cup in the second round and were knocked out in the subsequent round following a 2–1 away defeat by Championship side Leeds United. Everton entered the FA Cup in the third round and progressed to the quarter-finals where they suffered a 3–0 loss at home to Premier League relegation candidates Wigan Athletic. Everton had a very consistent league campaign, never dropping below seventh place throughout the whole season. Highlights included a 1–0 win over Manchester United in the first game of the season, scoring two stoppage time goals to defeat Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 and a 2–0 home win over reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.[1] However, too many draws and a lack of goals saw Everton's push for a European place fade and they finished sixth in the league. It did mean that the club finished above rivals Liverpool for the second successive season for the first time since 1937.[2]

On 9 May, manager David Moyes announced he would be ending his 11-year tenure at the club when his contract expired at the end of the season, to become the new manager of Manchester United. Moyes transformed the club from struggling at the lower end of the league to regularly competing for the European places. He took charge of the team for over 500 games, including four European campaigns despite often working with a limited budget.[3] Everton's average league position under his management was eighth and they never finished below this in each of his last seven seasons.[4] However, he also received criticism for never winning a trophy during his time at the club.[4][5]

Contents

Season overviewEdit

JuneEdit

On 1 June 2012, Everton's first pre-season friendly fixtures were announced: an away game against League Two side Morecambe acting as a testimonial to Morecambe's player-manager Jim Bentley, and a second away fixture against Scottish Premier League side Dundee United,[6] and on 7 June 2012 a second match to be played in Scotland was announced, against Motherwell F.C. at their home ground Fir Park Stadium.[7] A further three friendly fixtures were later determined: a home game against AEK Athens as a testimonial match for Everton's long-serving defender Tony Hibbert,[8] and away matches against Blackpool and Spanish side Málaga, the latter serving as the 29th edition of the annual Trofeo Costa del Sol friendly competition.[7][9][10] Everton was also initially scheduled to take part in the inaugural edition of the Java Cup, a four-team competition held in Indonesia, but later withdrew due to scheduling difficulties and security concerns.[11]

JulyEdit

On 4 July, Everton made their first move of the summer transfer window, bringing in former Rangers striker Steven Naismith, who had refused to sign a contract to move him from the old Rangers to the new company following their liquidation.[12]

On 14 July, Everton won their first pre-season match against Morecambe at the Globe Arena on 14 July 2012, with a score of 4–1, with recent recruit Francisco Júnior scoring his first ever goal for the club.[13]

On 26 July, Tim Cahill's eight-year stay at the club came to an end when he signed for the New York Red Bulls in a £1 million deal.[14]

On 31 July, Steven Pienaar, who had made a significant impact during his loan spell at the end of last season, signed permanently for the club for £4.5 million and thus began his third stint at Everton.[15]

AugustEdit

On 6 August, Fenerbahçe completed a £2 million move for Joseph Yobo, who had not played for Everton since May 2010 due to two season-long loans at the Turkish side.[16]

On 8 August, during his testimonial match against AEK Athens, Tony Hibbert (the player with the longest current spell without scoring a goal in English football) broke his goalscoring duck with a 25-yard free-kick, the last of Everton's goals in a 4–1 win. Hibbert is still yet to score a competitive goal in his career.[17]

On 12 August, reigning Premier League champions Manchester City signed Jack Rodwell for £12 million, which could rise to £17 million depending on individual and team performances.[18]

On 19 August, Belgium international Kevin Mirallas signed for the club from Greek champions Olympiacos for a £6 million fee.[19]

On 20 August, Everton began their season with a 1–0 win over last year's runners-up Manchester United. Marouane Fellaini was the scorer, with a headed goal in the 57th minute. This was the first time in five years that Everton had won their opening league game.[20]

On 25 August, Everton took their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 11 games following a 3–1 away victory against Aston Villa.[21]

On 29 August, new signing Mirallas scored his first and second goals for the club during an emphatic 5–0 League Cup win over Leyton Orient to help Everton advance to the third round.[22]

On 31 August, the final day of the summer transfer window, Everton signed versatile Costa Rican international Bryan Oviedo from Danish side Copenhagen for an undisclosed fee, believed to be £5 million.[23]

SeptemberEdit

On 1 September, Everton missed the chance to extend their unbeaten run in the league to 12 games when they lost 0–2 to West Bromwich Albion.[24] If they had avoided defeat it would have been their longest spell without a loss since the title winning 1984–85 season.[25]

On 22 September, Everton beat Swansea City 3–0 to move to second place in the league and ensure they have never lost a league encounter against the Welsh side.[26][27]

On 25 September, Everton were knocked out of the League Cup following a 1–2 defeat by Championship side Leeds United in the third round at Elland Road.[28]

On 29 September, Everton recorded their fourth win in the Premier League after they beat Southampton 3–1 at Goodison Park. The win saw them move up to second in the table.[29]

OctoberEdit

On 9 October, David Moyes was named Premier League Manager of the Month for September.[30]

On 19 October, Everton signed free agent Thomas Hitzlsperger until January on a short term contract. The German international has 52 caps and had been without a club since leaving VfL Wolfsburg at the end of last season.[31]

On 21 October, following the club's 1–1 draw with Queens Park Rangers, Everton had scored 15 goals from 8 games, their best ever scoring start to a Premier League season.[32]

On 28 October, Everton faced Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park. The game saw Everton grab a 2–2 draw after being two goals down.[33]

NovemberEdit

On 3 November, the club drew 2–2 with Fulham at Craven Cottage. This meant Everton had drawn a game for the fourth successive time.[34]

On 10 November, Everton ended a run of four successive draws with a 2–1 win over Sunderland to remain fourth in the table. It was the sixth game in a row where Everton had avoided defeat after going a goal down and stretched David Moyes' unbeaten run against Sunderland to 18 matches in his 400th Premier League game.[35]

On 17 November, Everton lost to Reading. This was Everton's first league defeat in nine games.

On 24 November, Everton drew at home with Norwich City. Norwich's 90th-minute goal was the third time this season that Everton had conceded a last minute equaliser.

DecemberEdit

On 1 December, Everton drew 1–1 with title holders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. This result meant that Everton had been unbeaten in six out of the last seven meetings with City. The result also meant that Everton had drawn seven of their last nine games.

On 9 December, the club scored two stoppage time goals to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2–1. The first of these goals, a header from Steven Pienaar, was Everton's 1,000th in the Premier League.[36]

On 11 December, Marouane Fellaini was named Premier League Player of the Month for November after scoring four goals in Everton's five games during the month.[37]

On 15 December, Fellaini again made the headlines for allegedly headbutting Ryan Shawcross in Everton's 1–1 draw at Stoke City. Fellaini subsequently received a three-match ban for his actions. Stoke's goal was the 1,000th that Everton have conceded in the Premier League era.[38]

On 22 December, Everton travelled to West Ham United and won 2–1. This game marked the first time that a Moyes' Everton side had recovered from a goal down at half-time to win away from home.

On 26 December, Everton defeated Wigan Athletic at Goodison Park 2–1. This result meant that Everton stretched their unbeaten run to seven league games. Wigan's consolation goal also meant that Everton had failed to keep a clean sheet in any of the previous 14 games they had played.

On 30 December, Everton lost to Chelsea at home, ending an unbeaten run at Goodison Park that stretched back to March.

JanuaryEdit

On 2 January, Everton won 2–1 at Newcastle United, marking the first time in 21 months that they had won successive away games. The club scored and conceded for the 16th consecutive game which is a Premier League record.[39]

On 7 January, Everton progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 5–1 away win at League Two side Cheltenham Town.[40]

On 12 January, Everton drew 0–0 at home to Swansea, keeping their first clean sheet in 19 league and cup games, while they failed to score for the first time in the last 21 league and cup games.

On 28 January, the club won through to the fifth round of the FA Cup following a 2–1 away defeat of Championship side Bolton Wanderers.[41]

On 30 January Everton defeated West Brom 2–1 at Goodison Park.

On 31 January, Everton made their only signing of the January transfer window, acquiring 18-year-old John Stones from Barnsley for a fee reported to be in the region of £3 million.

FebruaryEdit

On 2 February, Everton rallied from a two-goal deficit to draw at home with relegation strugglers Aston Villa.

On 16 February, Everton conceded an injury time equaliser to Oldham Athletic in the fifth round of the FA Cup, forcing a replay at Goodison Park at the end of the month.

On 23 February, Everton conceded an injury time winner to Norwich to lose 2–1 at Carrow Road. The defeat meant that Everton lost for the second time in a row.[42]

On 26 February, the club advanced to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup following a 3–1 victory over Oldham in the replay.[43]

MarchEdit

On 12 March, Everton begin the month with a 3–1 win over Reading.[44]

On 9 March, Everton crashed out of the FA Cup with a 0–3 home defeat by Premier League relegation candidates Wigan, with all three goals coming in less than four first-half minutes.[45]

On 16 March, Everton bounced back in the league to beat reigning champions Manchester City 2–0 at Goodison Park, despite playing with ten men from the 60th minute with the score at 1–0, when Steven Pienaar was dismissed.[46] The win came on the day of Moyes' 11th anniversary with the club.[47]

On 30 March, Everton defeated Stoke 1–0. It was Everton's third league win in a row.

AprilEdit

On 5 April, Moyes was named Premier League Manager of the Month for March, the second time he has won the award this season and the tenth in total.[48]

On 7 April, Everton drew 2–2 at Tottenham, ending a three-game winning streak.

On 13 April, Everton defeated relegation struggles Queens Park Rangers 2–0 at Goodison Park. The victory saw the Toffees unbeaten in the last five games.[49]

On 16 April, Everton drew 0–0 at Arsenal, only the second time the club had avoided defeat at Arsenal in the last 16 years.

On 20 April, Everton suffered a 1–0 defeat at Sunderland, hampering their bid for European qualification.

On 27 April, Everton beat Fulham at home 1–0 in the league, meaning they have won all 20 league encounters at home against Fulham.

MayEdit

On 5 May, Everton drew 0–0 away at Liverpool.

On 9 May, the club confirmed that Moyes would be leaving Everton at the end of the season to join Manchester United as manager.

On 12 May, Everton won their final home game of the season against West Ham, 2–0, ensuring a second consecutive season of finishing above rivals Liverpool.

Results and fixturesEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Premier LeagueEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
4 Arsenal 38 21 10 7 72 37 +35 73 Qualification for the Champions League play-off round
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 21 9 8 66 46 +20 72 Qualification for the Europa League play-off round
6 Everton 38 16 15 7 55 40 +15 63
7 Liverpool 38 16 13 9 71 43 +28 61
8 West Bromwich Albion 38 14 7 17 53 57 −4 49
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champion, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions).[50]

Results summaryEdit

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 16 15 7 55 40  +15 63 12 6 1 33 17  +16 4 9 6 22 23  −1

Last updated: 19 May.
Source: Everton Matches

Results by roundEdit

Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundHAAHAHAAHAHAHHAHAAHHAHAHHAAHHHAHAAHAHA
ResultWWLDWWDDDDWLDDDWDWWLWDDWDLLWWWDWDLWDWL
Position73672234544556644446555556765666666666
Updated to match(es) played on 19 May. Source: Everton Matches
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

MatchesEdit

League CupEdit

FA CupEdit

PlayersEdit

First team squadEdit

As of 2 February 2013.[51]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Ján Mucha
2   DF Tony Hibbert
3   DF Leighton Baines
4   MF Darron Gibson
5   DF John Heitinga
6   DF Phil Jagielka (vice-captain)
7   FW Nikica Jelavić
8   MF Bryan Oviedo
11   FW Kevin Mirallas
14   FW Steven Naismith
15   DF Sylvain Distin
16   MF Thomas Hitzlsperger
18   DF Phil Neville (captain)
20   MF Ross Barkley
No. Position Player
21   MF Leon Osman
22   MF Steven Pienaar
23   DF Séamus Coleman
24   GK Tim Howard
25   MF Marouane Fellaini
26   DF John Stones
27   FW Apostolos Vellios
28   FW Victor Anichebe
30   MF Francisco Júnior
31   FW Matthew Kennedy
34   DF Shane Duffy
42   DF Luke Garbutt
43   FW Conor McAleny

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
19   MF Magaye Gueye (at Brest)
 

Reserve squadEdit

As of 10 May 2013.[52]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
20   MF Ross Barkley
30   MF Francisco Júnior
31   FW Matthew Kennedy
34   DF Shane Duffy
40   DF Tyias Browning
42   DF Luke Garbutt
43   FW Conor McAleny
46   GK Mason Springthorpe
  MF George Green
No. Position Player
  DF Johan Hammar
  FW Hallam Hope
  MF Gethin Jones
  MF Sam Kelly
  FW Chris Long
  MF John Lundstram
  DF Ben McLaughlin
  GK Mateusz Taudul

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
41   DF Jake Bidwell (at Brentford)
 

Player awardsEdit

[53]

StatisticsEdit

AppearancesEdit

As of match played 19 May 2013
No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK   Ján Mucha 5 0 2 0 1 0 2 0
2 DF   Tony Hibbert 6 0 4+2 0 0 0 0 0
3 DF   Leighton Baines 44 7 38 5 5 2 1 0
4 MF   Darron Gibson 26 1 22+1 1 2+1 0 0 0
5 DF   John Heitinga 30 1 17+9 0 1+1 1 2 0
6 DF   Phil Jagielka 41 3 36 2 4 1 1 0
7 FW   Nikica Jelavić 43 8 26+11 7 5 1 0+1 0
8 MF   Bryan Oviedo 18 0 1+14 0 1+1 0 1 0
11 FW   Kevin Mirallas 33 9 23+4 6 3+1 1 2 2
14 FW   Steven Naismith 35 4 13+18 4 0+2 0 2 0
15 DF   Sylvain Distin 40 1 31+3 0 5 0 1 1
16 MF   Thomas Hitzlsperger 9 0 4+3 0 0+2 0 0 0
18 DF   Phil Neville 25 0 18 0 5 0 1+1 0
19 FW   Magaye Gueye 6 1 0+2 0 0+2 0 2 1
20 MF   Ross Barkley 9 0 2+5 0 0+1 0 0+1 0
21 MF   Leon Osman 42 8 36 5 5 2 1 1
22 MF   Steven Pienaar 40 7 35 6 4 1 0+1 0
23 DF   Séamus Coleman 31 1 24+2 0 3 1 2 0
24 GK   Tim Howard 40 0 36 0 4 0 0 0
25 MF   Marouane Fellaini 36 12 31 11 4 1 1 0
26 DF   John Stones 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 FW   Apostolos Vellios 6 0 0+6 0 0 0 0 0
28 FW   Victor Anichebe 32 8 19+7 6 3+1 1 2 1
30 MF   Francisco Júnior 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
31 FW   Matthew Kennedy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 DF   Shane Duffy 3 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 0+1 0
42 DF   Luke Garbutt 1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
43 FW   Conor McAleny 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

GoalscorersEdit

As of match played 19 May 2013
R. Name Premier
League
FA Cup League
Cup
Total
1   Marouane Fellaini 11 1 0 12
2   Kevin Mirallas 6 1 2 9
3   Victor Anichebe 6 1 1 8
  Nikica Jelavić 7 1 0 8
  Leon Osman 5 2 1 8
6   Leighton Baines 5 2 0 7
  Steven Pienaar 6 1 0 7
8   Steven Naismith 4 0 0 4
9   Phil Jagielka 2 1 0 3
10   Séamus Coleman 0 1 0 1
  Sylvain Distin 0 0 1 1
  Darron Gibson 1 0 0 1
  Magaye Gueye 0 0 1 1
  John Heitinga 0 1 0 1
Own goals 2 0 0 2
Total 55 12 6 73

Source: Match reports in Results

Disciplinary recordEdit

R. Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total
                               
1   Marouane Fellaini 9 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 12 0 0
2   Steven Pienaar 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 0
3   Leon Osman 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0
4   John Heitinga 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 0
  Phil Neville 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0
6   Darron Gibson[a] 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0
7   Leighton Baines 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
  Séamus Coleman 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
  Nikica Jelavić 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
10   Kevin Mirallas 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
11   Victor Anichebe 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
  Ross Barkley 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
  Sylvain Distin 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
  Bryan Oviedo 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
15   Tony Hibbert 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
  Phil Jagielka 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Total 50 2 0 6 0 0 3 0 0 59 2 0

Last updated: match played 19 May 2013
Source: Match reports in Results

  1. ^ Gibson received a red card in a Premier League match against West Ham United, however the card was later rescinded and Gibson did not serve any suspension.

Home attendancesEdit

Correct as of match played 12 May 2013
  Win   Draw   Loss

Comp Date Score Opponent Attendance
Premier League 20 August 2012 1–0 Manchester United 38,415
League Cup 29 August 2012 5–0 Leyton Orient 24,124
Premier League 17 September 2012 2–2 Newcastle United 32,510
Premier League 29 September 2012 3–1 Southampton 37,922
Premier League 28 October 2012 2–2 Liverpool 39,613
Premier League 10 November 2012 2–1 Sunderland 35,999
Premier League 24 November 2012 1–1 Norwich City 34,502
Premier League 28 November 2012 1–1 Arsenal 37,141
Premier League 9 December 2012 2–1 Tottenham Hotspur 36,494
Premier League 26 December 2012 2–1 Wigan Athletic 38,749
Premier League 30 December 2012 1–2 Chelsea 39,485
Premier League 12 January 2013 0–0 Swansea City 35,782
Premier League 30 January 2013 2–1 West Bromwich Albion 31,376
Premier League 2 February 2013 3–3 Aston Villa 38,121
FA Cup 26 February 2013 3–1 Oldham Athletic 32,688
Premier League 1 March 2013 3–1 Reading 35,244
FA Cup 9 March 2013 0–3 Wigan Athletic 35,068
Premier League 16 March 2013 2–0 Manchester City 36,519
Premier League 30 March 2013 1–0 Stoke City 33,977
Premier League 13 April 2013 2–0 Queens Park Rangers 34,876
Premier League 27 April 2013 1–0 Fulham 34,563
Premier League 12 May 2013 2–0 West Ham United 39,475
Total attendance 782,643
Total league attendance 690,763
Average attendance 35,575
Average league attendance 36,356

Source: Match reports in Results

TransfersEdit

AwardsEdit

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