COMMENT By Matt Farr
Everton will test themselves on Boxing Day against a Leicester side that were by far the best side in the Premier League last season, but have since fallen from the limelight.
The Toffees experienced a similar fall from grace over a decade ago, when David Moyes led them to a remarkable fourth-place finish in the Premier League, only for them to drop to 11th the following season.
The Merseyside club won the former First Division nine times, but have yet to win the competition since it was re-established as the Premier League in 1992.
Their fourth place finish in the 2004-05 season remains their highest finish in the Premier League to date.
Football Insider has taken a look at what has happened to the star performers since that remarkable campaign.
Nigel Martyn – First-team duties were shared between Martyn and Richard Wright, but despite being second-choice, Martyn made 33 appearances for Everton that season, compared to Wright’s 12. Martyn finished his professional career at Goodison Park, hanging up his boots in 2006.
Tony Hibbert – Released by the club at the end of last season after 16 seasons with the Toffees. Still without a club, and the only non-retired member of the Everton defence from ’04.
Alan Stubbs – Retired in 2008. Had brief management spells at Hibernian and most recently, Rotherham.
David Weir – Currently assistant manager at Rangers. Made 235 appearances for Everton.
Joseph Yobo – Quit the game in 2014 as Nigeria’s record appearance holder. Was a first-team regular at Goodison Park, before joining Fenerbahce, and subsequently, Norwich.
Mikel Arteta – Left Everton for Arsenal in 2011. Made 149 appearances for the Gunners before joining Manchester City’s coaching team in the summer.
Tim Cahill – Everton’s top goalscorer from the campaign with 12 goals, stayed with the club until 2012. Since had spells in the MLS and Chinese Super League, and is now back in Australia with Melbourne City.
Kevin Kilbane – Left Everton in 2006, and represented five different clubs in the next six years. Now a pundit for several stations, including BBC’s Match of the Day.
James Beattie – Scored just 13 goals in his three-year Everton career, before moving to Sheffield United in 2007. Now first-team coach under Garry Monk at Leeds.
James McFadden – Left the club in 2008, but returned for a second spell in 2011. Now player-assistant manager at Motherwell.
James Vaughan – Only a youngster at the time, 2004 was his first season as a senior player. Made 47 appearances for Everton before quitting the club in 2011. Now leads the line for League One outfit Bury.