Everton look to step up their pre-season preparations with a trip to Scotland for two games against Scottish Premier League opposition. First up is Heart of Midlothian, who are back in the top flight after a year in the Scottish Championship.
Roberto Martinez is without Gerard Deulofeu, who injured his hamstring in the Asia Cup defeat to Arsenal, but is boosted by the return of Leighton Baines and Bryan Oviedo. With the season just 2 weeks away, the Everton manager is expected to name a strong line-up, especially with just 3 further games after this one to fine tune his plans for the new campaign.
Did you know Everton and Hearts once met in the 1973-74 Texaco Cup (Anglo-Scottish Cup) with the Scottish side coming out on top in a two-legged tie. The ‘Jambos or Jam Tarts’ won 1-0 at Goodison in front of just 12,536 fans, which was enough to give the Scots an overall aggregate win by the same score.
The most famous name to have represented both sides is the irrepressible and brilliant Alex Young. The Golden vision began his career at Tynecastle, winning the league title twice before transferring to Goodison Park and becoming one of the greatest players to pull on the blue shirt of Everton. The video clip below (did this DVD ever get released) shows the high esteem in which Young was held by a generation of Evertonians.
Tickets for the game are still available from the box office or online, however Everton are keen to stress that tickets will not be available from Tynecastle on the day of the game. If you are not able to travel, the match is available on Everton TV, either for a one off price of £3.99 or as part of the pre-season bundle for those who purchased this earlier in the summer.