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[Season Diary]

September 2000

If it happened and it was Everton-related, it's right here in the comprehensive Season Diary.
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 September 2000

    Sept 30:  At least they didn't lose, home or away.  The Under-19s beat Huddersfield 1-0 away, and the Under-17s drew 2-2 at home to Blackburn Rovers.  Sorry, no reports.

    Sept 30: With most of the attack injured, most of the defence incompetent, most of the midfield invisible, and the goalkeeper indecisive... a resounding home defeat to surprise package Ipswich Town was perhaps an inevitable result! 

    Sept 29:  The Daily Post's cunning plan to cheer us all up is to recycle the now boring story that Everton are just "48 hours" away from a "massive media deal" with NTL...  yawn!

    Sept 28:  Francis Jeffers has torn ligaments in his ankle and faces six to eight weeks on the sidelines.... ho hum...  and people say we are doing Okay in the circumstances???

    Sept 27:  Everton's customary early exit from the Worthington League Cup to lower-league opposition dragged into extra time and the inevitable penalty shoot-out failure at Bristol Rovers

    Sept 27:  Injury woes are clouding today's trip to the West Country with David Weir and Francis Jeffers rated doubtful, Duncan Ferguson now contracting an infection in his injured calf, and Alessandro Pistone requiring knee surgery!

    Sept 27:  Everton are giving a trial to US defender Greg Berhalter.

    Sept 26:  Stan Collymore may have got himself into hot water with the video review board after beating up on poor Paul Gascoigne late in the Leicester match. 

    Sept 26:  Everton were reporting that the transfer of Richard Dunne to Wimbledon was back on again, despite Everton's continuing injury woes...  but it subsequently collapsed again.

    Sept 25:  The government have denied the appeal of Idan Tal's work permit decision, but Everton are clutching at the straw that Tal will play in the next two Israel internationals, putting him over the 75% mark... 

    Sept 24:  Everton earned a creditable draw at Filbert Street to stop Leicester City going top of the table, with the unlikely sight of David Unsworth scoring the first goal of the season against the Foxes from open play.  A good result, but Everton should have actually won after dominating the second half. 

    Sept 24:  The message that Thomas Gravesen could become Everton's most influential player this season has been quickly picked up by the media.  This link leads to a good story from The Independent.

    Sept 23:  Kevin Campbell may make his first Premiership start in over six months when Everton visit Leicester City tomorrow.

    Sept 22:  Everton have been waiting all week for a decision on their appeal over the declined work permit for Israeli midfielder Idan Tal...

    Sept 21:  In a fabulous exclusive star-studded media extravaganza at Goodison Park, Becky Tallentire's new masterpiece, Talking Blue, was launched to a fanfare of rave reviews and immediate nominations for the Booker, Pulitzer and a few other really important prizes.  Get your copy today!

    Sept 21:  Everton's injury problems continue with Pistone, Stephen Hughes, and Alexandersson suffering knocks.

    Sept 20:  The cut price tickets proved a big success with over 25,000 turning up for tonight's League Cup clash with Second Division Bristol Rovers.  Walter Smith promised a strong team but Thomas Gravesen was not be risked in and all they could manage a 1-1 draw as Everton were denied by some good goalkeeping.

    Sept 19:  Midfield no-hoper Jamie Milligan has gone to train with Bolton Wanderers for a few days, as a possible precursor to a loan/move.

    Sept 18:  An Everton Reserves team featuring the much-maligned Richard Dunne defeated Middlesbrough 2-0 at the AutoQuest Stadium in Widnes. 

    Sept 17:  At least five Everton badboys were booked yesterday, some as a direct result of David Beckham's disgusting antics.  Some sources are reporting that Kevin Campbell was also booked which would make it SIX yellow cards (if true), triggering automatic sanctions from the FA!!!

    Sept 16:  Dismally predictable, tactically nave, or excessively deferential?  Opinions vary but all three factors contributed to Everton's first-half capitulation against Manchester United that left no way back, despite an excellent Gravesen strike after the break.

    Sept 15:  Past Everton hero Daniel Amokachi is back training at Bellefield as he faces an uncertain future in football due to troublesome injuries.

    Sept 15:  Abel Xavier is still receiving treatment for the effects a dreadful foul by Noel Whelan in last week's Middlesbrough match.

    Sept 14:  Eric DeCroix, a centre-back with Montpellier, is on trial with Everton this week, and got to play in the private match v Qatar. But a permanent move appears unlikely.

    Sept 14:  Alessandro Pistone's hamstring injury has not responded to treatment and he is ruled out of the Man Utd clash, but David Unsworth is expected to be declared fit.

    Sept 13:  Campbell, Moore, Dunne and Ball all got good match practice in a private training game against the Qatar National side, in which Everton Reserves cruised to a 5-1 victory.

    Sept 13:  David Unsworth resumes training as most of the walking wounded are slated to be ready for selection against Manchester United on Saturday.  The match will be televised live worldwide.

    Sept 12:  Everton supporters will be charged just 10 a seat in all areas of the ground to watch next week's Worthington League Cup tie with Bristol Rovers.  The concessionary price for juveniles and OAPs is just 2.

    Sept 11:  Now that he has acquired the blubber of a walrus, Everton legend Neville Southall is looking northwards to  Iceland for his next job opportunity...

    Sept 11:  The application for a work permit for Idan Tal has been rejected because he has played in less than 75% of Israel's international matches over the last two years.  Everton are appealing.

    Sept 10:  Abel Xavier, who made a surprise return to the field for Everton after much speculation about his future, suffered a heavy blow to his knee when badly fouled by Noel Whelan 

    Sept 9:  Everton reversed the recent comeback turned buy having Steve Watson put them behind at Middlesbrough with a brilliant own-goal after just 7 mins, but an excellent performance by Franny Jeffers brought two great goals and the first away win of the season. 

    Sept 8:  David Unsworth has been ruled out of the squad traveling to Middlesbrough on Saturday after he sustained an Achilles injury at Spurs.

    Sept 8:  Bill Kenwright was the guest of Brian Moore on TalkSport's In the Boardroom series.  Listen to it here.

    Sept 7:  Good news for the Blues as Kevin Campbell finally returns to first-team training, but his return to match fitness has been delayed by the postponement of next Tuesday's Reserves game at Leeds.

    Sept 7:  Neville Southall has been transferred on a free to York City.  Terry Phelan has gone on strike at Fulham after being dropped.

    Sept 6:  Abel Xavier's limbo-like status at Everton seems to parallel that of Slaven Bilic as he suggests that he may return to Portugal.

    Sept 6:  Everton will play Bristol Rovers home on the 20th; away on the 27th of September in the 2nd Round of the Worthington League Cup.

    Sept 6:  Duncan Ferguson required an operation on his calf, and will now be out for four weeks!  Ho hum...

    Sept 5:  Everton build a great 2-nil lead yet again, only to squander it with pathetic complacency in defence at Tottenham Hotspur.

    Sept 4:  David Weir is very doubtful for Tuesday's game at Spurs after suffering a bad gash to his Achilles.

    Sept 3:  Joe-Max Moore ran the front line for a poor USA team in a difficult World Cup Qualifier with Guatemala, which the US finally won 1-0.

    Sept 3:  David Weir failed to appear for Scotland in the second half of their World Cup Qualifier in Latvia.  Craig Brown says he had a cut on his Achilles tendon "4 or 5 inches long"!!!

    Sept 2:  Andrew Pettinger, the new young keeper from Scunthorpe, keeps a clean sheet as the Everton Under-19s beat Charlton Athletic 2-0.    Everton Under-17s also beat Charlton 1-0. 

    Sept 2:  Today's International action included: 

    • David Weir picking up an ankle knock and coming off at half-time in Scotland's 1-0 win in Latvia

    • Richard Dunne playing very well in Ireland's great 2-2 draw in Holland

    • Thomas Gravesen playing in a 2-1 win over Iceland

    • Niclas Alexandersson in Sweden's 1-0 win  in Azerbaijan.

    Sept 1:  David Weir, Thomas Gravesen, Niclas Alexandersson, Alex Nyarko, Richard Dunne, and Joe-Max Moore are all in their respective national squads for the weekend matches.

    Sept 1:  Sunderland have appointed former Everton star Kevin Richardson to run their U-17 outfit as assistant director of the club's Youth Academy.


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