Willie Kirk manager of Everton Ladies Everton Ladies v Reading Women WSL football match, Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport, UK - 28 Apr 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Everton hoping to crown homecoming with Merseyside derby

Everton’s first fixture at their new Walton Hall Park home could be a Merseyside derby against city rivals Liverpool.

After several delays, The Blue Girls are now expecting to move to their new home back in the city in February 2020.

The club have been playing their home fixtures in the both FA Women’s Super League and the domestic cups at The Pure Stadium, home of Southport FC but the club announced plans to relocate to Liverpool County FA’s base at Walton Hall Park earlier this year.

Willie Kirk’s side were initially hoping to move in back in October but delays in redevelopment saw the club initially extend their stay in Southport until this month. Everton revealed earlier this week that January’s home clash with Reading would also be at The Pure Stadium but it is now hoped that their first fixture at Walton Hall Park could be against city rivals Liverpool on 9 February.

An Everton v Liverpool fixture back in the city could attract a large crowd and with Walton Hall Park expected to only be part-redeveloped by February, question marks may be raised as to whether the ground will be ready to host a bumper crowd for a passionate derby match.

Everton last met Liverpool on November’s Women’s Football Weekend. The pair went head-to-head in-front of 23,500 fans at Anfield with The Blue Girls winning the match 1-0 following an error from home keeper Anke Preuss.

Kirk’s side are currently set to host five FA Women’s Super League fixtures at Walton Hall Park before the end of the season.

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