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Everton Under-19s, 1998-99

A complete record of Everton's U-19 Team in the inaugural season of the FA Premier Youth Academy League


  Link to Everton U-17s Page


Fixtures & Results  Group A Table Match Details  Appearances 


Home games are played at Bellefield, on Saturdays. KO 10:30 am.

Date    Ven Opponents          Result   Pos   Scorers

September 1998

Sat  5  (a) Peterborough United L 1-6   ?th   Dempsey
Sat 12  (h) Middlesbrough       W 3-0   ?th   Jeffers, McLeod, McKay
Sat 19  (h) Tottenham Hotspur   D 1-1   ?th   Milligan
Sat 26  (a) Fulham              W 1-0   ?th   Poppleton


Sat  3  (h) Wimbledon           W 4-2   ?th   Jeffers 2 (1 pen), Poppleton, Howarth
Sat 17  (h) Liverpool           W 1-0   ?th   Jeffers
Sat 24  (a) Manchester United   L 0-1   ?th
Sat 31  (h) Manchester City     W 2-1   ?th   Jeffers, Howarth


Sat  7  (h) Blackburn Rovers    W 2-1   ?th   Jeffers(2)  
Sat 14  (a) Bolton Wanderers    D 2-2   ?th   McLeod, Southern
Sat 21  (a) Crewe Alexandra     L 0-1   ?th   
Sat 28  (a) Aston Villa         L 0-1   ?th   

December 1998

Sat 12  (h) Liverpool           D 2-2   ?th   O'Brien 2 (2 pens)

January 1999

Sat 16  (a) Manchester City     W 7-0   ?th   Osman, McKay, Jeffers, Poppleton, 
                                              Dempsey, Howarth, Logan.
Sat 30  (?) Blackburn Rovers    W 2-0   ?th   Jeffers, ???

February 1999

Sat  6  (a) Manchester United   L 0-1   ?th
Sat 20  (h) Crewe Alexandra     D 1-1   ?th   Dempsey  

March 1999

Sat  6  (a) Bristol City        L 2-3   ?th   McKay, Dempsey
Sat 13  (h) Aston Villa         W 1-0   ?th   ??? 
Fri 19  (h) Crystal Palace      W 5-2   ?th   Dempsey 3, O'Brien, Poppleton
Tue 30  (a) Bolton Wanderers    W 1-0   2nd   Osman

April 1999

Fri  2  (a) Leicester City      W 1-0   1st   Hibbert


Club                  P     W     D     L    GF    GA   Pts
Everton              22    12     4     6    39    25    40 
Manchester United    22    12     4     6    38    25    40 
Crewe Alexandra      22    11     6     5    30    19    39 
Blackburn Rovers     22    11     3     8    46    29    36 
Liverpool            22     9     9     4    33    17    36  
Aston Villa          22     7     4    11    34    44    25 
Manchester City      22     4     3    15    20    50    15 
Bolton Wanderers     22     3     3    16    28    63    12 

Top four teams go forward to National Playoffs:

April 1999

Wed 14  (h) Leicester City      W 7-1   PO1   Milligan 2, Dempsey, McLeod,
                                              Southern, McKay, Logan
Sat 17  (h) Charlton Athletic   W 4-1   PO2   Milligan, Dempsey 2, McLeod
Sat 24  (h) Arsenal             W 2-1   PO3   Dempsey 2

May 1999

Sat  1  (a) West Ham United     L 0-l   PSF 


The section below contains team details, scorers, and brief match reports for Everton's FA Premier Youth Academy U-19 games during the 1998-99 Season.

 Peterborough United 6 - 1 Everton

U-19 Match No 1; Peterborough, Saturday, 5 September 1998

Everton: Delaney, Wright, McAlpine, Knowles, E O'Brien, Hibbert, Logan, Southern, Howarth, Dempsey, McLeod.
Subs not used: Woodcock, Smith. Scorers: Dempsey.

The U-19 team was decimated by a mixture of suspensions, injury and Pontins call ups (there was a Pontins League game on the same day) - Micheal O'Brien and Adam Farley had flu, Leon Osman and Richard Dunne were injured, Francis Jeffers was suspended and finally Adam Eaton, Matt McKay and Jamie Milligan were on Pontins League duty. We duly got stuffed 6-1.

To add insult to injury, Dean Delaney was red-carded in the final minutes for carrying the ball out of the area. (What kind of referee can send off an 18 year old kid, who has just conceded six goals, for a purely technical offence in the dying minutes of the game? Unbelievable). Our goal came through Dempsey.

 Everton 0 - 0 Middlesbrough

U-19 Match No 2; Bellefield, Saturday, 12 September 1998

Everton:Delaney, Regan, McDermott, Knowles, Eaton, Hibbert, Poppleton, McKay (Southern), Dempsey (McCleod), Jeffers (Howarth), Milligan.
Subs not used: N/A. Scorers: Jeffers, McCleod, McKay

The under-19's had a big improvement on their 6-1 drubbing the previous week by winning 3-0. With no Pontins game this was a much stronger team and they came away with a comfortable victory. The Blues were comfortably in command in the first half but had to wait till the second half to score. Francis Jeffers opened the scoring, with Kevin McCleod adding the second after coming off the bench. Matt McKay completed the scoring.

 Everton 1 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur

U-19 Match No. 3; Bellefield, Saturday, 19 September 1998

Everton: Kennedy, Regan, McDermott, Farley, Eaton, Hibbert, Poppleton, McKay (Southern), Howarth (Dempsey), Milligan, McLeod.
Subs not used: N/A. Scorers: Milligan.

Jamie Milligan scored after controlling the keeper's mis-kick and driving it back 30 yards to score. Their goal had a whiff of controversy about it, David Poppleton's mis-kick was picked up by our keeper who was penalised for picking up a back pass. Whilst we were arguing Spurs took a quick free kick and scored from the resulting cross. Colin Harvey was pleased with the general performance, if not the loss of concentration.

 Fulham 0 - 1 Everton

U-19 Match No. 4; Fulham, Saturday, 26 September 1998

Everton: Delaney, Farley (Wright 45), McDermott, Knowles, Eaton, Hibbert, Logan, Poppleton, Dempsey, Southern, McLeod
Subs not used: Price, E. O'Brien Scorers: Poppleton.

We had to wait till the last minute to clinch a 1-0 victory. David Poppleton scored with a right footed finish. Colin Harvey said we had plenty of possession without creating clear cut chances and deserved the victory.

 Everton 4 - 2 Wimbledon

U-19 Match No. 5; Bellefield, Saturday, 3 October 1998

Everton: Clifton, Regan, McDermott, Knowles, Eaton, Hibbert, Southern, Poppleton, Howarth, Jeffers, McLeod.
Subs not used: N/A. Scorers: Jeffers 2 (1 pen), Poppleton, Howarth

Franny Jeffers opened the scoring from the penalty spot before the Dons equalised and then took the lead. In the second half David Poppleton equalised, Jeffers restored the lead with his second, and Carl Howarth completed the scoring.

 Everton 1 - 0 Liverpool

U-19 Match No. 6; Bellefield, Saturday, 17 October 1998

Everton: Delaney, Regan, Eaton, Knowles, Farley, Hibbert, Southern, O'Brien (McKay 75), Jeffers, Poppleton, McLeod (McDermott 75).
Subs not used: N/A. Scorer: Jeffers

With the Under-17's getting beaten it was up to the Under-19's to preserve Merseyside pride as they emerged victorious by a single goal. Franny Jeffers got the goal inside the first few minutes. Dean Delaney's long clearance deceived the Liverpool defence and Jeffers was able to advance on goal before finishing well. Liverpool were left appealing for off-side. Harvey said "Liverpool had a lot of possession after that but we defended well and limited them to a few half chances".

Michael O'Brien made his comeback after being sidelined with a debilitating virus. The only downside was the dismissal of Matt McKay, who replaced the tiring O'Brien in the second half and was sent off for two bookable offences.

 Manchester United 1 - 0 Everton

U-19 Match No. 7; Manchester, Saturday, 24 October 1998

Everton: Delaney, Farley, McDermott, Knowles, Dunne, McKay, Regan (Howarth 45), Poppleton, O'Brien (Southern 75), Jeffers, McLeod.
Subs not used: N/A. Scorer:

The under-19's lost a tight game by the only goal, an own goal. The ball going in off David Knowles. Harvey said - "The ball went in off David and it was going to take either a goal like that or something spectacular to separate the sides. There was a lot of neat and tidy football in midfield, but not much goalmouth action. A draw might have been a fairer result, but we did well enough in difficult conditions".

Brighter news concerned the return to action of Richard Dunne. It was his first game since June and according to Colin Harvey he did very well.

 Everton 2 - 1 Manchester City

U-19 Match No. 8; Bellefield, Saturday, 31 October 1998

Everton: Delaney, Regan, Eaton, Knowles, Farley, Hibbert, Southern, O'Brien, Howarth, Jeffers, McLeod.
Subs not used: N/A. Scorers: Jeffers Howarth

The under-19's came out on top again, this time with a bit of a scare at Bellefield. Franny Jeffers converted a penalty given for handball on the stroke of half time. It looked like enough for victory but they switched off with three minutes to go and allowed City to snatch an equalizer. However two minutes later they regained the lead after Carl Howarth netted a Franny Jeffers pull back. Colin Harvey said "We deserved the win but we had a lot of possession without really creating anything during the game".

 Everton 2 - 1 Blackburn Rovers

U-19 Match No. 9; Bellefield, Saturday, 7 November 1998

Everton: Delaney, Regan, Eaton, Knowles, Farley, Hibbert (Southern 65), Poppleton, O'Brien, Howarth (Dempsey 45), Jeffers, McLeod.
Subs not used: N/A.  Scorers: Jeffers(2)

This was a repeat of last season's FA Youth Cup final and once again we came out on top with Franny Jeffers continuing his good form. Jeffers scored twice - once with either foot. "They were two very well taken goals" said Colin Harvey, "We started well, scored after a couple of minutes and were well on top. We missed another two or three chances but just before half time made it 2-0. Blackburn pulled one back just after the break but we were never really under any significant pressure".

 Everton 2 - 2 Bolton Wanderers

U-19 Match No. 10; Bellefield, Saturday, 14 November 1998

Everton: Delaney, Regan, Eaton, Knowles, Farley, McKay, Southern, O'Brien, Howarth, Poppleton (Osman 50), McLeod.
Subs not used: N/A.  Scorers: McLeod, Southern

Franny Jeffers was missing as he was held back for the reserves. In his absence we missed some good openings and had to settle for a draw. Keith Southern and Kevin McLeod both netted well taken goals, Southern with a header from McLeod's cross, and then McLeod with a shot. However Bolton hit back to equalise each time.

The game marked Leon Osman's return to competitive action. He last appeared in the first leg of last season's FA Youth Cup final where he scored one of the goals. He then underwent surgery on his knee and has had a six month lay-off.

 Crewe Alexandra 1 - 0 Everton

U-19 Match No. 11; Crewe, Saturday, 21 November 1998

Everton: Delaney, Regan, Knowles, Farley, Eaton, McKay, Southern, O'Brien, Howarth, Osman, McLeod.
Subs not used: n\a. Scorers:

Little constructive football was played between two clubs with a supposed reputation for bright, passing football. "The conditions were poor" admitted Colin Harvey, "The pitches were bumpy and none of the players were really able to express themselves. Having said that, our under-19's performance was the worst of the season. The very least we deserved was a 1-0 defeat. We defended badly and the only bright spot was the performance of Leon Osman. In the circumstances Leon did very well but there wasn't much else to admire"

  Aston Villa 1 - 0 Everton

U-19 Match No. 12; Aston Villa, Saturday, 28 November 1998

Everton: Delaney, Wright, McDermott, Clarke, Farley, McKay, Hibbert, O'Brien, Dempsey (Howarth), Poppleton, Osman (Regan).
Subs not used: n\a. Scorers: -

Back to back defeats for the under-19's, but at least this time there was the comfort of a reasonable performance. Everton dominated and created 4 or 5 good openings, however, none were taken and Villa took the points with a very late goal. "I can't complain about the quality of football we played," said Colin Harvey "the only disappointment was that we didn't take any of the chances we created."

Peter Clarke got a call up from the under-17 team for the game, whilst Franny Jeffers was on senior duty.

 Liverpool 2 - 2 Everton

U-19 Match No. 13; Liverpool, Saturday, 12 December 1998

Subs not used: n\a. Scorers: O'Brien (2 pens)

We stopped the rot of two straight defeats with a deserved draw at Liverpool. It wasn't without it's traumas as we came back from 2 goals down. Liverpool capitalised on two defensive errors during a scrappy first half to lead 2-0 at the break. This has been against the run of play and we started to put things right after 51 minutes when Carl Howarth was brought down in the box and Michael O'Brien, who was outstanding in midfield, fired the penalty into the top corner.

Liverpool had chances to go further ahead before Everton got a deserved equaliser after O'Brien scored his second penalty into the bottom corner after a Liverpool hand-ball. The reds coach admitted that Everton were probably the better side on the day and he was happy with a point. [Good grief a gracious Red!!!].

 Manchester City 0 - 7 Everton

U-19 Match No. 14; Bellefield, Saturday, 16 January 1999

Everton: Delaney, Wright, Eaton, Farley, Clarke, Osman (Southern), McKay, Poppleton (Logan), Howarth, Jeffers, Dempsey.
Subs not used: n\a. Scorers: Osman, McKay, Jeffers, Poppleton, Dempsey, Howarth, Logan.

The under-19's followed up their FA Youth Cup demolition of Man Utd with an even more emphatic drubbing of their Manchester neighbours, finding the net through 7 different scorers. Colin Harvey - "We went about the job properly. We made an awful lot of chances and with more ruthless finishing might have made double figures. The boys played very well indeed".

Leon Osman started things, tapping in after a shot had hit the bar. Jeffers grabbed his 11th of the season and then McKay scored his 2nd. Poppleton scored the goal of the game with Gary Dempsey, Carl Howarth and Damien Logan completing the rout.

 Blackburn  Rovers 0 - 2 Everton

U-19 Match No. 15; ??????????, Saturday, 30 January 1999

Subs not used: n\a. Scorers:


 Manchester United 1 - 0 Everton

U-19 Match No. 16; Man Utd, Saturday, 6 February 1999

Everton:Delaney, Wright, McDermott, Clarke, Eaton, Hibbert, Dempsey, Southern, Howarth, Poppleton (O'Brien), McLeod (Logan)
Subs not used: n\a. Scorers:

Man Utd gained some semblance of revenge for their FA Youth cup defeat with a 1-0 victory over the under-19's. The Blues, however, were unfortunate to lose. Colin Harvey said "They scored after 15 or 16 minutes from a penalty. At the time we didn't think it was a foul, and after watching the incident again on video tape not only were we convinced our first impressions were correct, but the alleged offence wasn't even inside the penalty area. The very least we deserved was a draw. They edged the first half but we came back strongly and were the better side in the second. Unfortunately most of our chances were only half chances and we couldn't snatch a goal." With Franny Jeffers now promoted to the first team Carl Howarth played up front with David Poppleton just behind.

 Everton 1 - 1 Crewe Alexandra

U-19 Match No. 17; Bellefield, Saturday, 20 February 1999

Everton:Delaney, Regan, McDermott, O'Brien E (Southern), Farley, Hibbert, Poppleton, O'Brien M (McKay), Dempsey (McLeod)
Subs not used: n\a. Scorer: Dempsey

We missed the chance to leap-frog Crewe into second place in the North West section of the FA Premier Youth League. Everton took the lead through Irish international Gary Dempsey, but Crewe hit back to level. The Blues then piled on the pressure but were denied in the last minute [the Echo then describes a move involving Jamie Milligan and Phil Jevons, neither of whom appear on the team sheet and in any case Phil Jevons is now ineligible, so I don't know what game they thought they were watching].

"We might have shaded it.", said Colin Harvey. "They were a very big side physically and were strong at corners and set pieces, but we played some reasonable football and created some opportunities."

Last season's FA Youth Cup winning captain Michael O'Brien made his comeback following a three month injury lay off.

 Bristol City 3 - 2 Everton

U-19 Match No. 18; Bellefield, Saturday, 20 February 1999

Everton: Clifton, Wright, McDermott, Knowles, Eaton, McKay (Southern), Logan, O'Brien M (Dempsey), Howarth, Osman, McLeod.
Subs not used: n\a. Scorer: McKay, Dempsey

The Blues had the boost of an early goal when Matt McKay struck, but City hit back to equalise and then take a 2-1 lead. Everton galvanised their efforts and were rewarded when Irish striker Gary Dempsey equalised, but City finished the stronger side and pinched a 3-2 victory.  

"We produced a poor performance," explained Colin Harvey "but in spite of that we still created four or five good chances. We should have won, but after scoring early on we went into cruise mode and allowed Bristol back into it."

 Everton 1 - 0 Aston Villa

U-19 Match No. 19: Bellefield, Saturday, 13 March 1999

Subs not used: n\a. Scorer:


 Everton 5 - 2 Crystal Palace

U-19 Match No. 20: Bellefield, Friday, 19 March 1999

Everton:Delaney, Regan, Farley (Southern), A Eaton, Clarke (Knowles), McKay, Poppleton (Logan), O'Brien, Dempsey, Milligan, McLeod.
Subs not used: n\a. Scorer: Dempsey.


 Bolton Wanderers 0 - 1 Everton

U-19 Match No. 21; Bolton, Tuesday, 30 March 1999

Everton: Hill, Wright, Pilkington, Knowles, O'Brien, Hibbert, McKay (Osman), Southern (Logan), Howarth, Dempsey, McLeod.
Subs not used: n\a. Scorer: Osman.

 Leicester City 0 - 1 Everton

U-19 Match No. 22; Leicester, Friday 2 April 1999

Everton: Hill, Wright, Pilkington, Knowles, Clarke, Hibbert, Southern (Logan), Osman, Howarth (McKay), Dempsey ( ??? ), McLeod.
Subs not used: McAlpine, D Eaton. Scorer: Hibbert.

 Everton 7 - 1 Leicester City

U-19 National Playoff, Round 1: Bellefield, Friday 2 April 1999

Everton: Hill, Wright, Pilkington, Knowles, O'Hanlon, Hibbert, Southern, Osman (McKay), Dempsey (Howarth), Milligan (Logan), McLeod.
Subs not used: ???. Scorers: Milligan 2, Dempsey, McLeod, Southern, McKay, Logan

 Everton 4 - 1 Charlton Athletic

U-19 National Playoff, Round 2: Bellefield, Friday 2 April 1999

Everton: Mohan, Wright, Pilkington, Knowles, O'Hanlon, Hibbert (McKay), Southern, Osman, Howarth (Dempsey), Milligan (Logan), McLeod.
Subs not used: ??? Scorers: Milligan , Dempsey 2, McLeod.

 Everton 2 - 1 Arsenal

U-19 National Playoff, Round 3: Bellefield, Saturday 24 April 1999

Everton: Delaney, Wright, O'Hanlon, Dunne, Eaton, McKay, Southern, Osman, McLeod, Milligan, Dempsey (Howarth).
Subs not used: ??? Scorers: Dempsey 2.

 West Ham United 1 - 0 Everton

U-19 National Playoff, Semi-Final: London, Saturday 1 May 1999

Everton: ???.
Subs not used: ???. Scorers: None

 Everton U-19s Appearances and Goals, 1998-99

(SNU = Sub Not Used. Figures don't include the Liverpool or Blackburn games)
               Apps  Subs   SNU  Goals   Comments                        
Delaney        12                        Keeper
Kennedy         1                        Keeper
Clifton         1                        Keeper
Wright          3      1
McAlpine        1
Knowles        10
O'Brien E       2      1     1
Hibbert        11
Logan           2      1
Southern        8      4           1
Howarth         8      2           2
Dempsey         6      2           1
McLeod         11      2           2
Woodcock                     1
Smith                        1
Regan          10      1
McDermott       8      1
Eaton          10
Poppleton      11                  2
McKay           6      2           1
Jeffers         6                  7    Striker
Milligan        2                  1    Left-sided midfield
Farley         10
Price                        1
O'Brien M       8
Dunne           1
Osman           2      1
Clarke          2


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