What happened when Everton last met Tottenham in their opening Premier League game

General view outside Goodison Park before the match

Wayne Rooney made his Blues debut in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Spurs at Goodison Park.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman

Wednesday morning saw the Premier League officially announce their fixtures for the 2016/17 campaign.

As usual, the opening day was where every fan looked to as they found out whether their side had been handed a good or bad start to the season.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

This time around, Everton fans will not have been happy with what they were given as they face a tough home clash with Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur.

They have not beaten Spurs at Goodison Park since a 2-1 victory back in December 2012, meaning Ronald Koeman faces a tough start to his Blues reign.

But what happened the last time the two sides met on the opening day of the Premier League campaign?

We decided to head back in time to August 17 2002 - the last time the two sides met in their first game of the season - to find out.

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That afternoon saw the two sides play out a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park as Richard Wright endured a Toffees debut to forget.

The Blues had looked on course for victory when Mark Pembridge gave them a deserved first-half lead, courtesy of an assist from debutant and future England captain Wayne Rooney.

However, goals from Matthew Etherington and Les Ferdinand, the latter helped by a mistake from goalkeeper Wright, saw Glenn Hoddle’s men take the lead.

Just as Spurs thought they had won it though, Tomasz Radzinski scored a late equaliser to see the two sides share the points in a 2-2 draw.

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	Tomasz Radzinski - Everton
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