We profile a select few who’ve played for both clubs.
Louis Saha (EFC 2008-12, SAFC 2012- )
Saha joined Everton in 2008 after an injury-hit but relatively successful spell at Manchester United. During his time at Goodison Park, Saha scored the fastest goal in FA Cup Final history, netting after just 25 seconds in the 2009 final. However, Chelsea came from behind to win 2-1. In January 2011, he scored four times in one match against Blackpool, his first hat-trick in English football. He left the Toffees in January 2012, signing a 6-month contract with Tottenham Hotspur.
After his release from White Hart Lane, Saha signed for the Black Cats on a free transfer in the summer.
Peter Reid (EFC [as player] 1982-89, SAFC [as manager] 1995-2002)
Reid enjoyed an incredibly successful spell at Everton in the 1980s after joining from his first club, Bolton Wanderers. In his time at Goodison he won the FA Cup, two First Division titles and the European Cup Winners’ Cup. He was voted the PFA Players’ Player of the Year for the 1984-85 season. After seven successful campaigns for the Toffees he left for QPR in 1988.
After a spell as player-manager at Manchester City, Reid arrived at Roker Park in March 1995. He kept the club up and led the team to the First Division title the following season, meaning the side played their last campaign at the old ground in the Premier League.
The club were relegated but bounced back to the top flight after winning the First Division in 1998-99. Aided by the prolific form of Kevin Phillips, Sunderland finished seventh in the Premier League for two seasons running. Reid was let go in October 2002 after the club finished in 17th place in the 2001-02 season.
James McFadden (EFC 2003-08 & 2011-12, SAFC 2012- )
The Scottish international moved to Everton from boyhood club Motherwell in 2003, and quickly found his feet in England. In all, McFadden played over 100 league games for Everton and also enjoyed a fruitful international career while at Goodison Park. He scored 14 of his 15 international goals while at Everton, including a wonder-strike against France in Paris in 2007. McFadden left Everton for Birmingham in 2008.
After a successful trial in September 2012, McFadden signed a short term contract with Sunderland the following month.
Don Hutchison (EFC 1998-2000, SAFC 2000-01)
Having spent four years at city rivals Liverpool in the early 1990s, Hutchison signed for Everton in 1998 from Sheffield United. The tall attacking midfielder spent two years at Goodison Park, scoring 10 league goals in his time there.
Gateshead-born Hutchison made the move to Sunderland in July 2000. In his one season at the club, he formed a solid partnership with another ex-Toffee Gavin McCann in the centre of the park, helping the Black Cats finish seventh in the top flight. He scored his final international goal for Scotland (against San Marino) while at the Stadium of Light. Hutchison departed for West Ham United in the summer of 2001.
Kevin Kilbane (SAFC 1999-2003, EFC 2003-2006)
Kilbane was signed by Peter Reid in December 1999, and made an immediate impact on his debut against Southampton – coming off the bench to cross for Kevin Phillips to score the winner. The winger played over 100 games for Sunderland, grabbing eight league goals in the process.
The Irish international made the move to Everton in 2003, reuniting with David Moyes after their time together at Preston in the mid-1990s. Kilbane gained a reputation as a versatile player during his time on Merseyside, playing across the midfield, at left back and even as a support striker. He signed for Wigan in August 2006.