Once a Blue... / by Simon Mooney

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Last week's David Moyes to Manchester United story got me trawling our Everton archive. We started working for the club in the summer of 2002 just as Moyes took over as manager. I remember a programme seller at Goodison Park telling me to watch out for a local boy about to break into the first team.

For the 67 games he played for The Blues, before moving to Old Trafford in August 2004, Wayne Rooney was impossible to ignore.

The series starting with him getting ready for training was a Nike job through advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy. He also featured strongly in our England behind the scenes project so we photographed him a lot around this time.

Back then, six of us were shooting football so Julian Hodgson, Keely Edge, Ryan Browne, Ed Sykes, Matt West and Will Wintercross can take credit for many of the following pictures.

They illustrate part of Moyes' and Rooney's first two seasons together - will there be more to come?

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