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Everton have announced three pre-season friendlies for Sean Dyche's team as part of their preparation for the 2024-25 Premier League season.

Saturday 27 July – Salford City, Peninsula Stadium (3 pm BST)

Tuesday 30 July – Coventry City, Coventry Building Society Arena (7:45 pm BST)

Saturday 3 August – Preston North End, Deepdale (3 pm BST)

Ticket details and information about all of Everton’s pre-season fixtures will be announced in due course, along with more pre-season friendlies.


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Paul Hewitt
1 Posted 06/06/2024 at 10:41:37
We must really be skint.
Paul Hewitt
2 Posted 06/06/2024 at 10:46:10
I'd like to see us get a top European team for our last ever preseason home fixture at Goodison. Wonder if Carlo would bring his European champions over?
Andy Crooks
3 Posted 06/06/2024 at 10:54:34
Brilliant idea, Paul.
Steve Brown
4 Posted 06/06/2024 at 11:06:32
Look at these fixtures.

Brexit means Brexit.

Eddie Dunn
5 Posted 06/06/2024 at 11:27:46
The penny has surely dropped.
John Hall
6 Posted 06/06/2024 at 11:31:50
Jet lag will be horrendous after such long trips.

Squad will be knackered before the season starts.

Joe McMahon
7 Posted 06/06/2024 at 12:13:15
John @6, exactly.

Who needs to play Real Madrid in pre-season friendlies when you have these fixtures?

I'm a bit disappointed though there isn't a match v Altrincham, AFC Bury. Halifax Town or Stalybridge Celtic.

Kevin Molloy
8 Posted 06/06/2024 at 12:17:05
You know preseason friendlies should be easy money. An opportunity to rake in a million or two.

We are just piss-poor at every aspect of professional sports.

John Pickles
9 Posted 06/06/2024 at 12:23:57
It'll be a good chance for the players in on loan who replace Branthwaite, Pickford and Onana to get up to speed.
Jack Convery
10 Posted 06/06/2024 at 12:43:28
We could at least get Wrexham away. Our day out in the Principality and Hollywood owners who really know what they are doing !

Tranmere will be next, with a 2nd XI at Southport - Billy Crellin and 10 trialists.

I see Stuart Armstrong has been released by Southampton. Always a tidy, neat player with an eye for a goal and an assist. Plymouth it is then.

Mike Hayes
11 Posted 06/06/2024 at 12:56:23
Supposed to play Marine but didn't want to get hammered!
Jack Convery
12 Posted 06/06/2024 at 12:59:27
Just had a great thought. Monaco away and we can all get round to Moshiri's, for some after-match words, which are long overdue.

We may even find some roubles under the beds and US dollars down the settees, which we could give to Thelwell.

Then down to the port and sail back on Usmanov's impounded Yacht. Any sailors out there?

Tony Abrahams
13 Posted 06/06/2024 at 14:14:43
I went to Coventry a few months ago and it is a lot different than Highfield Rd, a ground I used to enjoy going many years ago.

They even have a casino, at the Rioch Arena, and you can park your car, on sight just as long as you have a bank card!

I hate Pre-Season friendly’s, but I suppose I’ll go to the opening game at Bramley Moore, if Real Madrid, come to town!

Dennis Stevens
14 Posted 06/06/2024 at 15:36:16
Sensible to keep travel costs down – no need to even stop locally overnight!
Phillip Warrington
15 Posted 07/06/2024 at 03:43:52
Sounds good to me nice easy games to start new season, when people and rightly so complaining of too many games.

Yet teams fly all over the world to cram as many pre-season games as they can, when surely the fresher players are at the start of the season, the better.

Paul Kernot
16 Posted 07/06/2024 at 06:28:55
Maybe Thelwell knows how many of our current squad we need to see and we're therefore getting ready for the teams we'll be playing a couple of seasons from now!
Danny O’Neill
17 Posted 07/06/2024 at 07:06:20
There is the possibility there will a late announcement.

A European team would be good.

If Real, then it would probably be best to play their B Team, Real Madrid Castilla. Although I don't pay too much attention to the outcome of pre-season results, I think playing the Spanish champions might be a bit of a reach. But I like the idea.

Incidentally, they play their league matches in a 6000-seater stadium built on Real's training complex. I think City did similar?

I keep saying we should have considered building a smaller stadium on Goodison Park for the U23s and U18s. Nothing spectacular, but it would have been a good legacy in my opinion and could have been wrapped up in the Everton Stadium project. I had a look at the Goodison Legacy plans:

Goodison Legacy Project is a new mixed-use regeneration scheme consisting of ten new development blocks on the land currently occupied by the existing Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool. The scheme includes affordable and social housing, a community health and medical centre, residential care, an enterprise building, a new education centre, offices, community-focused retail, three residential towers and a park.

Another shout might be to give Brands a ring to play PSV?

Colin Glassar
18 Posted 07/06/2024 at 07:39:37
Does the club need a whip around to pay for the bus fare to these exotic venues?
Danny O’Neill
19 Posted 07/06/2024 at 07:47:57
Colin, set up one of those Just Giving fund raising sites on Facebook!

James, similar for me and a lot of my friends and family.

I remember in the 1994 World Cup, when I was home, there were more rooting for Ireland than England.

I don't dislike England apart from when I have to sit watching them surrounded by cockney supporters where I now live singing their RAF Bomber songs, not taking any notice of the match.

For years, and probably due to my roots, I would rather we had a GB team, just like we do in Athletics and for the Davis Cup in Tennis.

But I am a British mongrel.

Peter Mills
20 Posted 07/06/2024 at 09:47:23
I’m always ready for a pre-season away trip by late July/early August so will look forward to heading to
Preston, maybe to Salford.
Si Cooper
21 Posted 08/06/2024 at 01:06:32
Phillip (15), but there has to be a happy medium and being really undercooked once the season actually starts is not what you want either.

I imagine some of the foreign trips are a welcome change of scenery annd exposure to new ideas.

People do understand that, at the sort of fitness levels required, you will lose it at an alarming rate in the off-season and then restore it much more slowly once pre-season starts?

Or do some think it's actually like themselves having a couple of months break from huffing and puffing at the weekly 5-a-side with the lads?

Phillip Warrington
22 Posted 10/06/2024 at 02:34:37
Si Cooper (21),

I get what you say, Si, but when you've got a thin squad, concentrating on the players' fitness and technique adjustments, chucked in with some local games, could be just as good as jetting around.

Let's face it, every year a lot of the comments are how slow we play, and they can't pass a ball to a teammate when not under pressure.

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