SOUTHPORT FC’s newly-named Merseyrail Community Stadium will be the stage for Everton Under-21s Group One Development League fixtures for the next two-and-a-half years.
Alan Stubbs’ young Blues have agreed a deal to play the remainder of this season’s fixtures at the former Haig Avenue – and then the subsequent two seasons as well.
Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Fulham, Middlesbrough and Sunderland are all still to visit the Blues this season.
Southport’s commercial director, Haydn Preece, said: “We are very excited to have Everton returning to the Merseyrail Community Stadium. It raises the club’s overall profile on Merseyside and we are looking to encourage Everton supporters to come down to the Stadium for our Blue Square Bet Premier fixtures when Everton are away or not playing on a Saturday.
“We are also looking to be a partner with our community projects and commercial activities.
“Liam Watson knows David Moyes from their time together at Preston so we have a number of areas where the link up can be very positive for Southport Football Club.
“We are looking forward to working closely with David Harrison Head of Football Operations/Club Secretary, Rachael Sutton and the Everton backroom team who will work with us to put these prestigious fixtures on.”
Everton and Southport Season Ticket Holders and Foreverton members are able to gain free admission with members of the public being able to gain access by payment at the turnstiles (adults £5, concessions £3).