Adam Farley seemingly had the world at his feet as a youngster at Everton. He came through in the same youth-team that sprouted Michael Ball, Danny Cadamarteri, Francis Jeffers and current Blues star Leon Osman and was a member of the club’s FA Youth Cup winning team in 1997-98.
Nick Barmby had even compared him to Alan Hansen and a first-team debut came against Derby County the following season, as did a place on Walter Smith’s substitute’s bench for Premier League clashes with West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur.
But injury struck and in the form of broken cheekbone & jaw and despite recovering he struggled to regain a place in the club’s first-team squad and was released one year later.
Drifting into non-league, Farley now works in maintenance for the Salvation Army and recently completed a OLCI course in plumbing that was organised by The Professional Footballers’ Association.
Here he tells LFETV how he’s constructed a new career for himself since leaving Goodison Park,