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[Season Diary]

April 2001

If it happened and it was Everton-related, it's right here in the comprehensive Season Diary.
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 April 2001

    Apr 30:  Sporting Life writer Chris Hutcheon considers the Mersey Blues: why Everton consistently under-perform.  Nothing new, but it represents a balanced summary of the many factors behind Everton's continuing low prospects in the Premiership. 

    Apr 29:  The passing of a true Everton Servant Gordon Watson is marked today by Steve Milne, who remembers one of the Club's unsung heroes.  

    Apr 28:  Safe!  In a nailbiting rollercoaster against Bradford City, Niclas Alexandersson scored the crucial winner midway through the 2nd half after Duncan Ferguson had equalised Andy Myers' 3rd minute opener.  However, hero of the hour was Paul Gerrard who saved Robbie Blake's penalty and did enough to force Benito Carbone to blast a second spot kick over the bar!  Bradford are now relegated.

    Apr 28 - Everton U-17s were unable to progress to the next stage of the playoffs despite beating Sheff Wed 4-0; Newcastle head the mini-group. The U-19s finished their league program as Group Leaders with a weak 0-0 draw against Man Utd.

    Apr 27: Everton are wisely maintaining Season Ticket Prices season-ticket prices at their current levels next season, and introducing better deals for kids and OAPs.  However, the insulting "Premium Pricing" remains  albeit reduced from six games to two.

    Apr 26:  Everton have confirmed that Walter Smith has had talks with Ghanaian midfielder Alex Nyarko for the first time since the events of the Arsenal game last weekend.  Nyarko disappeared for 5 days but now has permission to spend some time to ponder his future, which will likely involve football, just not at Everton.

    Apr 26 - Everton fan Stephen Price has been banned from attending matches for three years, and fined 170 plus costs by a North London magistrate for invading the sanctity of the Highbury playing area and confronting Alex Nyarko.

    Apr 25 - Abel Xavier has been taken straight to hospital after suffering from a bad ankle injury in the Portugal v France International Friendly.

    Apr 24 - After announcing that he is quitting football, Alex Nyarko has disappeared, missing training for the third time. Everton are trying to track him down.

    Apr 23 - Having been criticised by the Blue two-thirds of Merseyside for appearing to be working against the Kings Dock bid, the Liverpool Echo has now come out in public support of the club's efforts, urging the people of Liverpool to forget footballing loyalties.

    Apr 23 - Viewpoint: To Condone or Condemn? Everton are back in the headlines for negative reasons after a frustrated supporter jumped the barrier and confronted Alex Nyarko, offering to swap shirts during the 4-1 defeat at Arsenal

    Apr 23 - Paul Gascoigne had to be removed from the action after 24 minutes of his comeback game in Everton Reserves' 1-1 draw with title rivals Sunderland when he felt a twinge in his thigh.

    Apr 23 - After announcing that he is quitting football, Alex Nyarko has disappeared, missing training twice. Everton are trying to track him down.

    Apr 22 -  Colm Kavanagh can't wait for the season to end.  Uncertainty remains as Walter Smith's incredibly negative tactics see Everton trounced yet again, setting things up for a dreaded "must-win" fixture against Bradford City.  

    Apr 21 - Ljungberg gave Arsenal the lead but within 2 mins Everton were level thanks to Kevin Campbell's equaliser.  However, a second-half collapse with goals by Grimandi, Wiltord, and Henry not to mention Xavier's sending off left the Blues with nothing, except the numbing fear of relegation... And a bizarre incident with fan Stephen Price during the Arsenal game has led Alex Nyarko to say he is quitting football!  Listen to Nyarko's final words...

    Apr 21 - Everton U-19s sealed first place in the FA Youth Academy Group, winning 1-0 at Newcastle. No report yet.  The U-17s also won at Aston Villa in their second playoff match.

    Apr 20 - The enterprising young drunkards who had an enforced encounter with Duncan Ferguson as they pillaged his house have each received 15 months from the Old Bill.

    Apr 19 - Everton Reserves lost badly to Manchester United at the AutoQuest Stadium, going down by a score of 3-0, with Peter Degn sent off after just 36 mins!  Steve Milne was not impressed...

    Apr 19 - Viewpoint: Pride & Prejudice ToffeeWeb salutes Everton's two favourite sons, David Unsworth and Michael Ball, both of whom have overcome personal criticism and doubts about their credentials to shine in Everton's battle at the wrong end of the Premiership.

    Apr 19 - A great FREE deal for Everton fans: a pair of car blinds bearing last season's Everton club crest.  480 of these are available for 2.95 to cover postage and packing.  Click here to order while supplies last. (Many thanks to Tom Lightfoot of TSL Products)

    Apr 18 - The Liverpool Echo the paper that promised us Bernie Ecclestone and the Sultan of Brunei now claims that Everton will be awarded the Kings Dock project.  A tad premature, say EFC...

    Apr 17 - With SIX ridiculous yellow cards from Jeff "Goebbels" Winter in yesterday's derby, Everton now face a mind-numbing 25,000 fine from the FA disciplinarians...

    Apr 16 - An incredible, unbelievable derby full of incident and dominated by an over-zealous referee ended in the only way it could to break Everton hearts a last-minute winner for Liverpool from a McAllister free-kick. 

    Apr 16 - A special football match between players from the ToffeeWeb Forum and Red All Over The Land (a Liverpool FC Website) was played this morning on the day after the 12th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.  The ToffeeWeb team lost 2-1 after leading for most of the match, missing a penalty, and having a clear goal disallowed in a goalmouth scramble.  Match Report at icLiverpool

    Apr 15 - The ToffeeWeb Player of the Month for March is... David Unsworth

    Apr 14: Everton went down 2-1 to the customary defeat at Aston Villa when Ian Taylor headed the winner 9 minutes from time after a David Unsworth wonder goal had earlier cancelled out Dion Dublin's opener after 25 seconds.  The Blues go into Monday's derby still not clear of relegation danger.

    Apr 13 - Daniel Amokachi has finally found a club to support him as he bids to come back after a long injury hiatus.

    Apr 12 - Into the playoffs despite finishing sixth in their group, Everton's U-17s lost badly 4-1 at Newcastle. .

    Apr 12   Download the Official ToffeeWeb Wallpaper and freshen up your desktop with the sight of Goodison Park as well as some of the stars of the club.  It comes in two sizes depending on your own desktop.  The sizes are 640 x 480 and 800 x 600 pixels.  

    Apr 12 - Everton defender Michael Ball has lifted some of the gloom over Goodison by committing his future to the club, and requesting a long term contract.

    Apr 11 - Brian Viner, a BlueBelly writing for The Independent, meets Richard Gough, the 39 year-old veteran who may or may not be leaving Goodison in the summer.  Worse, it looks doubtful that he will be donning the armour for Monday's derby showdown.

    Apr 11 - Everton's U-19 team went down 1-0 to Manchester City at Platt Lane as a penalty brought the light blues a consolation win after Sunday. 

    Apr 10 - Frances Jeffers will know later today if he needs an operation to repair damaged ligaments in his shoulder!

    Apr 9 - The Reserves failed to beat a plucky Blackburn Rovers side in a dull 0-0 draw were Simonsen made some key saves.  Read Steve Milne's report

    Apr 8 - Franny Jeffers' hopes of playing in the Merseyside derby seemed to have been dashed as he dislocated his shoulder against Man City.

    Apr 8 - Everton beat fellow relegation rivals Manchester City at Goodison somewhat fortunately after City took the lead, but Everton fought-back to take all three points.  Alessandro Pistone will be suspended for three games as he was sent off after an altercation with City's Paul Dickov, who also walked.

    Apr 7 - The sixth successive win for Everton's superb U-19 Youth Academy team saw them further consolidate their position as Group leaders, with Chadwick again amongst the goals. Read Steve Milne's Report.

    Apr 7 - Rumours suggesting the imminent return of defensive leader Richard Gough prove to be highly exaggerated as he is sidelined yet again....

    Apr 5 - The Official Everton website claims that Kevin Campbell's new contract will keep him at the Club until 2005...  Place your bets now!

    Apr 5:  ToffeeWeb responds to Professor Alan Harding's measured suggestion that Everton and Liverpool share a new stadium, and offers the Merseyside perspective from which pour myriad reasons why it couldn't, wouldn't, shouldn't ever happen!

    Apr 2: A typically spawny Liverpool side ran out jammy 1-0 winners in a Mini-derby that was totally dominated by Everton Reserves, who remain top of the FA Reserves League (North section) despite this minor setback.  

    Apr 2 - The Sunday sports writers who are writing off Paul Gascoigne after his latest injury setbacks are a little premature, says Walter Smith.


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