The Everton Ladies have had one epic year. There were many great moments for the Blues in 2017, but we were able to cut it down to a list of ten:
10. Gabrielle George’s senior England Call up
The defender received her first senior national call up for two England World Cup qualifiers. She has been with Everton since 2014 and has started every game this season so far. George continuously impresses with her defensive tackling and her physical style of play.
9. Starting out the WSL 1 season with a Merseyside derby that was televised
While the Blues didn’t win, they showed a lot of grit and it was a good preview for the potential of the young squad in a high pressure game.
8. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk was named WSL Player of the Month for November
Read her interview with Royal Blue Mersey for her reaction to the award.
| Congratulations to striker @_CSK9, who was named @FAWSL Player of the Month.— Everton Ladies (@EvertonLadies) December 18, 2017
"The last three or four games she has picked up some really good form. She is bouncing in training, scoring goals for fun and that’s what you want from your centre-forward." - @AndySpenceEFC pic.twitter.com/XOhkFSVYZY
7. Dan Turner’s Wonder Goal
Was it a cross or a shot? The captain fooled all of you! It was a shot all along!
6. Being the only WSL 1 game to be played on a snowy day while Manchester City and Chelsea received a lie-in
5. Chloe Kelly’s hat trick against Oxford United
4. Signing Courtney Sweetman-Kirk at the last minute on deadline day
Everton got their star striker alright! They snagged the WSL 2’s top goal scorer and signed her to a two year deal.
3. Winning the WSL 2 Spring Series
Back in March, Everton became the WSL 2 Spring Series champions with a 4-0 win over the London Bees.
2. Being brought up into the Top Flight of Women’s Football
After a few years of being in the second tier of the WSL, Everton found their way back into the top flight.
The Ladies have been already guaranteed a spot in the WSL 1 next season after their application was given the stamp of approval by the FA Women’s Football Board. Everton has committed to maintaining the full-time model for their players, which will include at least 16 hours of training and preparation a week.
1. Going Professional
Everton showed their commitment to ensuring that the women’s team stays in the top flight of women’s football by financially supporting their players to go full time.
Their investment has already paid off now that the Ladies made it to the quarterfinals in the Continental Cup and currently sit in sixth place in the WSL 1.