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A ToffeeWeb denizen takes advantage of remission from cancer to make good on a longtime personal promise – to finally make the trip across The Pond to Goodison Park
They say you should never meet your heroes. I’ve been lucky enough to have met some of mine and I have never found that to be the case. They have been gracious, humble and even a little surprised to find that they are still revered long after they have hung up their boots. To a man they have been approachable and happy to talk about the good old days. There has been one exception: Alex Young.
The latest chapter from Real Footballers' Wives serialised here at ToffeeWeb features Pat Labone, wife of Goodison legend Brian
How a former Everton player, George Rooney, played a small but significant part in the career of, arguably, the club’s greatest-ever goalkeeper.
Many Everton players over the years have been asked to make their debut in some tough “must win” situations but the first of these must surely be a young Scotsman who arrived in Liverpool during the November of 1891 at a time when his new club were challenging to take the football league championship away from Preston North End
As if you didn't need another reason to hate international breaks...
Joseph Davies played for Everton during the season that they became founder members of the Football League.
Lyndon had the privilege to chat with Dr David France's wife, Elizabeth, again and solicit an independent insight into the goings on at Toffeeopolis.
ToffeeWeb was among the honourees as one of Dr David France's many initiatives returned after an eight-year hiatus
All of the stories of the Everton players who were killed in WWI are tragic, but the story of Donald Sloan is the most tragic of all.
So, Romelu Lukaku won’t in fact be signing any new contract at Everton… not yet, at least.
[Images fixed] Friday, 10 March, 2017 sees the staging of a Gwladys Street’s Hall of Fame event after an eight year hiatus. At The Hilton Hotel John Bailey, Pat Van Den Hauwe, Nigel Martyn, Ian Snodin and Kevin Campbell will join the 120-plus previous inductees in the pantheon of Blues greats.
Taken from ‘Real Footballers’ Wives – the First Ladies of Everton’
by Becky Tallentire in 2004, Nancy Young, the wife of Everton legend Alex, recounts her story.
Talk to anybody ‘of a certain age’ and their eyes will mist over as they recount how he enchanted them. They’ll remind you that he was our Golden Vision. Fellow Bluenoses, I bring you Alex Young.
Charlie Leyfield had a long association with Everton as a player and trainer. He also can claim the unique distinction of being trainer to both the England and Wales national teams.
The Prodigal Son's return seems almost pre-ordained to some Evertonians but the club should resolutely look forward as it seeks to realise Farhad Moshiri's vision
The story of another Scottish import, Hope Robertson, who played for Everton between 1890 and 1892, leaving the club shortly after the move to Goodison Park.
Everton are much improved in recent weeks but away from home, some of the hesitancy and one-dimensional tactics that dogged them earlier in the season persist.
Everton's January may have been quieter than hoped on the transfer front but it sets the stage for a summer of significant additions.
Drawn to the northwest of England from Scotland in the mid-1880s, Andrew Gibson eventually signed for Everton but never made a Football League appearance for the club.
Gerard Deulofeu became fan favourite at Everton but he couldn't produce his magic consistently enough. He is getting a new lease on life at Milan and leaves a vacancy at Everton that Blues fans hope will be filled.
January 22nd is a special day in the history of Everton Football Club and every year Evertonians all over the world should raise a glass to celebrate the date the greatest Evertonian there has ever been was born.
The story of Jack Keys and William Warmby who played for Everton during the club's first season in the inaugural Football League
Evertonians are rightly growing restless at the slow pace of change under Ronald Koeman and the absence of genuine football being played under his stewardship but there is little option for fans but to draw on their dwindling reserves of patience and hope things come good in 2017.
As reigning champions of the Football League, Everton travelled to London and played their first match against Arsenal in 1891.
Yannick Bolasie's ACL hammer blow has sharpened focus on the three remaining wingers whom Koeman has been rotating for weeks searching for reliability
Many of the early adherents to association football in the south of England played the game for love and not money and some of them ended up playing for Everton via Oxford University
Given time, Koeman could get Everton back to their best – and that means competing for European football. For now the Toffees need to take it one game at a time in order to rebuild.
A look back at games played on this date in years gone by
The upcoming transfer windows may provide opportunity to resolve some deep-seated issues but in the meanwhile it's incumbent upon the manager to try something different.
The short and somewhat acrimonious history of Everton's match-ups with one of their early opponents in Lancashire
Freelance broadcaster and former Director of Communications at Everton, Alan Myers, says that Ronald Koeman has used is recent proclamations to send a message, in my opinion, to his players, the fans and probably more importantly to Farhad Moshiri that he is serious about being successful.
Everton Heritage Society's Pete Jones marks the 100th anniversary of the end of five months of carnage at the Somme with his fourth and final account for ToffeeWeb of the links between Everton and the First World War's most infamous battle.
Relatively few Cornishmen have represented Everton but several have left their mark on Merseyside. However, the most remarkable life story is that of Jack Cock: international footballer, team manager, war hero and star of stage and screen.
The Scot played 54 times for Everton after joining the club in 1909 before going to to forge an impressive career back north of the border with Morton
The manager's "cold fish" demeanour may be something Evertonians will have to accept as a necessary part of the club's attempts to take the next big step forward.
Can Ronald Koeman get the most out of his mercurial £30m buy?
Farhad speaks! The conduit may have again been Jim White but the 13-minute chat was candid, revealing and should be hugely encouraging for Everton supporters.
Following the first international fixture to be played on Merseyside at Liverpool Cricket Club, Aigburth, Everton FC hosted the second at Anfield in 1889.
After many years of searching, I finally managed to find a newspaper report confirming the last resting place of the Everton benefactor Dr James Clement Baxter.
Is too much being made of Ronald Koeman's apparent aversion to using young players so far or is he merely focusing on beefing up in the short term what was a struggling, unfit squad with robust, experienced players?
Thanks to an act of generosity in a time of adversity, a corner of Malawi, 5,000 miles from Goodison Park, will be forever Everton.
There can be few venues as majestic and grandiose for a gathering of Evertonians than Liverpool Cathedral, the splendid setting for a very special dinner hosted by Dr David France and his lovely wife Elizabeth to mark the launch of his new book, Everton Crazy
Interspersed with some wonderful comic gags, Everton Crazy charts the twists and turns of Dr David France’s life, with the ups and downs of the club he fell in love with serving as an ever-present anchor, focus and obsession.
Everton's early exit from the League Cup was as familiar as it was frustrating but the manager will hopefully have learned a lot about his squad as he continues to settle into the Goodison hot-seat.
The struggles under Roberto Martinez last season brought back painful memories of the 1990s and the very early 2000s. With a new manager in Ronald Koeman, a new de facto owner in Farhad Moshiri, and talk of a new stadium, can Evertonians now look ahead to a new chapter and think again about what the Toffees can become?
The Church of St Luke The Evangelist – better known as St Luke’s – is where the EFC Heritage Society (EFCHS), founded in 2008, has been welcoming home and away supporters for the past two seasons.
David France's celebration of the men who have made significant contributions to the development, welfare and success of Everton Football Club and returns with four new inductees who will be selected by you, the fans, and then officially added to the pantheon of Blues greats at the next Hall of Fame Dinner in March 2017.
The story of a battalion of friends from the same office who fought shoulder to shoulder for the honour of Britain and the credit of Liverpool during World War I and their connection to Everton.
Everton now reportedly possess the capital that can help them recruit a high calibre of player but, for a club still striving to bridge the gap to the genuine juggernauts of the of the English game, it’s imperative the path from the Academy to the first-team is clear.
By leaving so much important business so late, yesterday's deadline was, in the context of high expectations, hugely disappointing for many Evertonians but there is still enough talent in Koeman's squad to propel the Blues to the next transfer window
The life of Jimmy “Nat” Cunliffe whose achievements, like those of many players at Goodison in the 1930s, were overshadowed by the Everton giant that is W.R. Dean. Yet his life in sport was a remarkable one.
Football is a game that is defined by moments; key points where a match, a career or a season can take a different turn due to a piece of luck, a dodgy refereeing decision or an instance of individual brilliance. For Everton, two moments that would greatly impact upon the club’s future fortunes occurred in the space of mere minutes in that almost fateful game against Wimbledon in May 1994.
As explosive and dazzling as he can be enigmatic and defeasible, Yannick Bolasie will be nothing if not unpredictable. His price tag may have been high but by taking the step up to Everton, the French-born winger has the ideal stage on which to shine.
Fewer Evertonians will shed a tear as John Stones leaves for the “greener pastures” of the Eithad Stadium than would have a year ago. It will still gnaw at the gut, however, that fans won’t get to see if Stones could blossom into the Everton defensive legend many believe he could have become.
A lot of people who visit the First World War battlefields talk about curious, even strange experiences. However, one coincidence makes one wonder sometimes. It is a story about two sportsmen and two letters with the backdrop of the terrible events of July 1916. It even has a link to a famous hostelry on Goodison Road. The coincidence is remarkable and can perhaps be interpreted as more than mere chance.
Ronald Koeman has shown a precedent for assisting players of Mirallas’s ilk and can add the functional base to the winger’s skill set that was lacking under his predecessor. But, for a player who has so many natural gifts, the time has come for him to seize control of his own destiny at Goodison Park.
It is at Goodison Park where the work of Glasgow-born architect Archibald Leitch's industrial-style design is best preserved.
The new Premier League season still feels a long way off but in others it’s alarmingly close given how little transfer action there has been at Finch Farm. It's hard not to get impatient but the sea changes occurring at Everton at the moment need time to play out.
A story about distances and journeys: a football tour, a new team, and a story that ends with journeys that took three men across the fields of northern France and the bloodiest day in Britain’s military history.
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