It is the most iconic shirt number in Everton’s history, pulled on by the likes of Dixie Dean, Dave Hickson, Joe Royle, Bob Latchford and Graeme Sharp.
Some of the finest players in Goodison history have worn it, and it has become synonymous with goals, goals and more goals down the years.
The number nine shirt is still treasured by Blues fans – and it has retained its allure, even in the era of the Premier League where squad numbers are the norm and strikers could be wearing 37 on their back.
Now research by Trinity Mirror’s data unit has confirmed the number nine shirt is the most prolific in Everton’s Premier League history.
The data unit took the number of Premier League goals scored by each shirt number for the Toffees since they were permanently assigned to players at the start of the 1993/94 season.
The number nine shirt has produced 109 Premier League goals. Kevin Campbell leads the way, scoring 45 times in the shirt, and is followed by Ferguson (38) and Tony Cottee (16).
The joint second most prolific shirt is the number 17 with 103 goals. It was famously worn by the likes of Tim Cahill (56 goals) and Andrei Kanchelskis (20).
Players wearing the number eight shirt also scored 103 goals with the likes of Tomasz Radzinski (25 goals), Louis Saha (21), and Andy Johnson (17) adding to the total.
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