March 14, 2002, it was a watershed moment for both Everton Football Club and David Moyes.
Although major silverware would ultimately evade the Glaswegian over what proved to be his long Goodison Park reign, his place in Blues history cannot be questioned.
Moyes managed Everton for more seasons than their most successful boss Howard Kendall – over his three stints in total – and he transformed what had been an ailing team with a single top half finish in the first decade of the Premier League to one that would achieve the feat nine times under his stewardship.
But even before he did all that, the then 38-year-old secured his place in Blues folklore with the words he uttered at his very first press conference since joining the club from Preston North End when he dubbed them: “The People’s Club.”
The phrase stuck and was adopted by Evertonians themselves, the club in what would even become an official capacity and the football world at large outside the confines of Anfield where it continues to stick in the craw.
Moyes had secured his first victory before a ball had even been kicked.
Here’s a look back at the highlights of what he actually said that day after replacing fellow Scot Walter Smith.
On football supporters in Liverpool…
“I noticed it as soon as I walked into the building and met the people. I am from a city not unlike Liverpool.
“I was brought up amidst Glasgow Celtic and Glasgow Rangers and now I am in a city where football means as much as it does up there.
“This is the people’s club in Liverpool. The people on the street support Everton and I hope to give them something they can be proud of over the next few years.”
On the task he faced…
“I would be lying if I said it would be easy but you don’t get these jobs when they are easy.
“I am under no illusions about what a difficult task it will be but I am very positive and have great belief in what can be achieved here. I would rather have the pressure at the top end of the table and hopefully before long that’s where we will be.
“It is a fantastic opportunity, something you dream about. I said ‘yes’ right away as it is such a big club and such a great opportunity.
“I have been linked and spoken with other clubs in the past but I was working with good people at Preston who let me get on with the job and I always said it would take a good offer and a big club for me to leave.
“When I heard Everton were interested I knew I was privileged to get the opportunity to manage a team that gets 40,000 people supporting it. There aren’t many of those.
“The main thing for me now is to ensure we stay a Premiership side. I need to have a quick look around before I make some decisions and bring in my own coaching staff.”
On what he would bring to the job…
“I am young and relatively inexperienced. But unlike many new managers now I feel I have served my apprenticeship with four wonderful years at Preston.
“My apprenticeship started at Celtic and I have worked my way from there. A lot of people must wonder who is David Moyes?
“I can guarantee I’ll be a manager who will do everything he can to turn things around. I want the players to know what it is like to win again and we will try and play a brand of football people will enjoy.
“But what Everton need more than most is stability and continuity. I think there has been a period where Everton have chopped and changed quite a bit.
“First and foremost we have to make sure we stay in the Premiership, then build on that.
“It won’t happen overnight but Everton have given me the best opportunity I have had and I am going to try and grab it with both hands.”
On preparing for his first game at home to Fulham and reshaping the team…
“I don’t know how much can be done on a Friday before the game to influence the players but it is important they know a manager is in charge before the game.
“I will speak to them and tell them what I want. On paper the squad is as good as any in the division except the top few. It should work and we need to get things back on track.
“It has been a difficult period for the club but as soon as I get a few wins I’m sure everyone will feel better.
“My first aim is to ensure, come Saturday, that when the players run out in front of a big home crowd they make sure their public know last Sunday was not the Everton the people want.
“I had four great seasons at Preston where every year was connected with winning. I’ve come to Everton to continue that record.
“The directors have told me what money is available and I will have to spend it wisely.
“Football isn’t awash with money and it is my job to improve the players and get a side that people can be proud of.
“The first target is to win on Saturday. It would be wrong of me to look beyond the next nine games but if I can get a few wins under my belt quickly then we can look to the future.”