THERE'S nothing like first day of the season optimism! Relive some of EFC's best opening day wins from years gone by
24 August 1963 - Everton 3 Fulham 0
Harry Catterick's men had clinched the title months earlier with a 4-1 win over Fulham and started the defence of their crown against the Cottagers a week after thrashing Manchester United 4-0 in the Charity Shield at Goodison.
A Bobby Keetch own goal opened the scoring and second half efforts from Alex Scott and Derek Temple (pictured above) secured a comfortable win for the champions.
21 August 1976 - Queens Park Rangers 0 Everton 4
QPR had only missed out on the championship the previous season by a single point to Liverpool and Billy Bingham's side extended the Londoners' hangover by trouncing them on their own ground.
After goalkeeper Phil Parkes had thrown Mick Lyons' header into his own net early on, Bob Latchford poached a second on 21 minutes and Mick Bernard added a third from the penalty spot before half time with Latchford grabbing his second and Everton's fourth eleven minutes from time.
27 August 1988 - Everton 4 Newcastle United 0
Colin Harvey had spent big during the summer to try and wrest the title back across Stanley Park, bringing in Tony Cottee for a British record £2.2m along with Pat Nevin, Stuart McCall and Neil McDonald and 41,560 fans packed into Goodison to see the new boys in action.
They couldn't have got off to a better start with Cottee blasting home the opener from close range after only 34 seconds when Graeme Sharp's effort was saved and the Londoner slid home another on the half hour following a midfield surge from Peter Reid.
The former West Ham striker secured the matchball just after the hour mark by latching onto Nevin's astute pass and rounding Newcastle debutant Dave Beasant before firing home from a tight angle, with strike partner Sharp completing the scoring two minutes from time having being set up by the hat-trick hero.
17 August 1996 - Everton 2 Newcastle United 0
Newcastle's world record £15m transfer of Euro 96 star Alan Shearer had captured much of the summer's headlines but he was left firmly in the shade by Duncan Ferguson at a sun-kissed Goodison as Joe Royle's side looked to build on the previous season's sixth place finish.
The big Scot pressured Steve Watson into giving away a penalty after half an hour which David Unsworth converted and five minutes before the break the Blues number nine nodded Graham Stuart's cross into the path of the boyhood Evertonian Gary Speed who marked his debut in the Royal Blue shirt with a goal in front of the Gwladys Street.
19 August 2006 - Everton 2 Watford 1
Following a prolific spell at Crystal Palace that had seen him win international recognition, Andy Johnson arrived at Goodison eager to build on his goalscoring reputation and justify the reported £8.6m fee Everton had shelled out for him.
He got off to the perfect start after just 15 minutes of his debut when he exchanged passes with James Beattie before controlling on his chest and lofting home the opener.
Mikel Arteta added the second from the penalty spot after the interval while a late Alan Stubbs own goal gave the Hornets a late consolation and Johnson continued his dream start with a goal the following week in a first win at Tottenham in 21 years along with a brace in the 3-0 rout of Liverpool in early September.
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