I know we’re not facing the ‘real Everton before anyone starts. The Checkatrade Trophy might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it does bring an illustrious name at least, as long as you ignore the ‘U21’ bit afterwards.
For those of you old enough to remember we have faced Everton in cup competition before, way back in 1993. Keith Alexander was in his first spell as City manager, playing a brand of football very different to the strong, direct tactics that took us the play-off finals time and time again.
Here, courtesy of my favourite YouTube channel, are the brief highlights of the last time the Goodison Park side graced our hallowed turf.