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Wednesday 21 August 2013

On this day in 1998: Unsworth returns to Everton

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall an Evertonian returning to his hometown club

  • David Unsworth returned to his hometown club after a very brief stay at Aston Villa

  • The defender scored 23 Barclays Premier League goals in his second spell at Everton

  • The left-back also contributed from set-pieces for Everton

  • 'Rhino' spent a total of 12 years at the club he supported as a boy rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 21 August 1998 - Unsworth returns to Everton

David Unsworth re-joined his hometown club Everton after less than two months at Aston Villa.

Despite having only joined John Gregory's side from West Ham United that summer the lure of Goodison Park proved too strong for the defender, who had joined the Blues as a schoolboy and spent six years on Merseyside.

A key member of Everton's 1995 FA Cup-winning side, Unsworth spent another six seasons with the Toffees in his second spell. Playing primarily at left-back, he made 188 Barclays Premier League appearances and scored 23 goals. During his first stint for the Blues from 1991-1997, Unsworth scored 11 goals in 116 appearances and received his only full England cap.

Unsworth, a high-scoring defender who earned the terrace nickname "Rhino" for his combative style, scored on David Moyes's managerial debut at Everton on 16 March 2002 in a home match against Fulham, firing in the first goal from 20 yards.

During his Barclays Premier League career, he also played for West Ham, Portsmouth and Wigan Athletic. Unsworth scored a penalty for the Latics on the final day of the 2006/7 Barclays Premier League season which preserved the Latics' top-flight status.

Unsworth moved into coaching upon his retirement in 2009, joining Preston North End as a development coach, and he took the role of caretaker manager at that club twice, once during the 2010/11 season and then again during the 2011/12 campaign.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when David Unsworth returned to Goodison Park