Simone is sitting in the centre of the photo on blue chairs at Everton’s stadium, Goodison Park
Simone at Goodison Park © Tony McArdle, Everton FC

Everton striker and Edge Hill University PhD student Simone Magill was hoping to bring home a win ahead of the women’s derby being postponed at the weekend. 

When a new date is fixed, it will be the first time Goodison Park has played host to the women’s Merseyside derby, but will be the second time the reds and blues have clashed in a matter of months – where the game is expecting to bring in crowds of more than 20,000. 

Hoping to bring home another win, Simone, said:

“I’m getting very excited now; we’ve been training a lot for this moment, having beat them on their own turf last time. It’d be an even greater feeling to bring home a win at Goodison Park.”

The 25-year-old first put on a pair of football boots aged just four, following in the footsteps of her brother Kris, who had played in their hometown of Magherafield in Northern Ireland. 

Looking back over her career, Simone recalled playing for the boy’s team in primary school to joining the girl’s team in the summer months before moving on to Mid-Ulster ladies’ team and eventually making the move to Everton in 2013, aged 18.

“I went to trials while I was at high school and then ended up flying to England every weekend, which was only a half-an-hour flight, but it was great to finally make the move to the city of Liverpool,” Simone said.

Having completed an undergraduate and Masters degree in sports coaching, where she was able to coach Edge Hill’s women’s first team, Simone is now working towards her PhD also in sports coaching.

Simone with her right leg raised in the air to kick the ball with thousands of fans in the stands behind her
Simone racked up 50 caps while in Northern Ireland © Emma Simpson, Everton FC

A new date for the women’s Super League fixture is yet to be announced.

To find out more about the sports coaching courses available at Edge Hill, visit edgehill.ac.uk/sport/courses