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[Season Diary]

Full Seasan 2000-01

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

    Jun 30:  Bill Kenwright may have so far scored a big victory with the Liverpool Vision recommendation of Everton's Kings Dock bid, but the overall impression of his progress since taking control last year is a negative one according to ToffeeWeb's June poll.

    Jun 30:  With the other clubs dropping out of the 'race' to sign Tomasz Radzinski, and the player himself making very positive statements about his hopes of playing for Everton in the Premiership, Everton fans are hopeful of a double celebration next week with the expected signings of Stubbs and Radzinski.

    Jun 29:  A war of words is being waged by the tenacious management of FC Anderlecht as they try every trick in the book to resist Tomasz Radzinski's intended move to Everton a team their manager claims is not up to Rad's standard!   The Clubs may have finally agreed a rather large fee of around 6.5M, and Everton will apparently triple the player's current Belgian wages.

    Jun 29 - Everton have turned down a request from FC Copenhagen to extend Tommy Myhre's loan spell.

    Jun 28:  Alan Stubbs has passed a stringent two-part medical and is now all set to sign on a Bosman free transfer next week after his current contract with Celtic expires.  He is believed to have agreed a three-year deal at Everton, with a weekly salary of around 15k reportedly less than Celtic were offering!

    Jun 27 - Everton have named the diminutive figure of 1960's star Alan Ball as their 'Giant' for 2001.  Apparently continuing a trend started by some "hugely successful Millennium initiative", the club intend to name and honour a new 'Giant' every year from now until Doomsday...

    Jun 27 - The Columbus Dispatch reports that zealous prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, have indicted former Everton player Anders Limpar in absentia for the heinous crime of fondling a woman he met at a party last year, when he was playing for Colorado Rapids!

    Jun 27 - Everton's first home game of the new season v Spurs has been rearranged by Sky tv for live broadcast on Monday August 20th at 8pm BST.

    Jun 26:  Boyhood Evertonian Alan Stubbs is expected to become Everton's first signing of the summer early next week.  The player is believed to have turned down Celtic's offer of a three-year extension to his contract, in favour of a "dream move" for the scouser. 

    Jun 26 - An Everton XI (that probably means the Reserves) will travel to Hereford United for a friendly on August 11th.

    Jun 25 - In a possibly fabricated piece from The Sun, Patrick Vieira is reported to be unimpressed with Arsne Wegner's signing of Francis Jeffers "a boy of 20, unproven in the Premiership"!

    Jun 23 - Everton have not given up on securing Thomasz Radzinski from FC Anderlecht, and are reported to be increasing their bid.

    Jun 22:  With season ticket sales apparently hovering around half of what they were this time last year, Everton are extending the deadline for cheap renewals to July 7th in response to the recent postal dispute.

    Jun 21 - Everton have rejected speculation that they are interested in signing Manchester United youngsters Jonathan Greening and Mark Wilson.

    Jun 21 - Tommy Myhre's expected transfer to FC Copenhagen appears to be dead now that manager Roy Hodgson has split the coop to join Udinese!

    Jun 21:  Everton kick off the new 2001-02 season on August 18th with an away fixture at Charlton, followed in midweek by the visit of Spurs.  The first Saturday game at Goodison is v Middlesbrough on August 25th.

    Jun 20:  The world-class Houston Securities bid for development of Kings Dock, which includes a new 55,000-seat stadium for Everton, is being recommended by Liverpool Vision as the preferred bidder for the prime waterfront site!  English Partnerships will hopefully confirm this selection at their meeting next month.  This represents a great step forward for Bill Kenwright's ambitious plan, and signals a tremendous success for the EfKD campaign.

    Jun 20 - Anderlecht appear to have rejected Everton's 3.5M bid for Polish-born Canadian striker Thomasz Radzinski.

    Jun 20 - Joe-Max Moore appeared for just 18 mins in the second half as the USA beat Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 in New York, before he limped off with a bad knock.

    Jun 18:  The good work done by Everton's Youth Academy despite their poor facilities continues to impress with two more call-ups at the England Under-17 level for Wayne Rooney and Sean Doherty.  Both players figured prominently for last season's Everton Under-17s.

    Jun 18:  Lots of the more reputable news-carriers are picking up on the Stubbs story, but there appears to be little of any real substance, unless reports of the Celtic player buying a house in Southport mean something...

    Jun 18 - Following the expiration of his loan spell at FC Copenhagen, Tommy Myhre has been placed on the transfer list.

    Jun 16 - Joe-Max Moore played for the US National team in Jamaica today, but failed to score in a surprisingly open 0-0 draw.

    Jun 15:  Everton don't often name transfer targets, so does their announcement that the Board has discussed signing Canadian striker Thomasz Radzinski mean that an offer is imminent?  If so, the Anderlecht president says Everton will have to double their offer to 7M!

    Jun 15 -  Everton fan Simon Ross is using the Internet to gather signatures on a petition he intends to send to the Club next Friday, expressing concern at the financial crisis that underlies Everton's fall to that of a lowly relegation-threatened feeder club for the new Big Five in the Premier League.

    Jun 14 - Everton have completed the transfer of Francis Jeffers to Arsenal for 8M, rising to 10M on appearances.  One of the finest young prospects to come through the Everton ranks, the main reason for his desire to leave the Club is probably disaffection with manager Walter Smith, who continues to sanction the sale of Everton's best players.

    Jun 14 - Tommy Myhre could soon make his loan deal with FC Copenhagen permanent after winning a Championship medal with them.

    Jun 14 - Goodison misfit and alleged Archie Knox punchbag, Stephen Hughes, will become a free agent when his bizarre 15-month Everton contract expires next month. Another victim of fallout with the charismatic Everton management team?

    Jun 14 - As the impending decision on the preferred bidder for Kings Dock approaches, Everton fan Paul Holmes presents his views on the financing and sounds a warning that these aspects of the bid may not be as impressive as the stunning stadium architecture.  However, another Everton fan Tony Wooly fairly tears this all to shreds in his detailed rebuttal!

    Jun 14:  Michael Ball, who is on holiday this week, will resume contract negotiations with the Club next week, following yesterday's Board Meeting where a decision was made to offer Everton's best player a five-year deal.  

    Jun 13 - Francis Jeffers has snubbed a reported 8M offer from Newcastle, saying he wants to move to a club with a chance of winning something....

    Jun 12:  Everton have announced they are opening talks with David Unsworth on an extension to his contract, which expires in 12 months. 

    Jun  10 - Perugia captain and future Inter player Marco Materazzi broke the record for a defender in Serie A by scoring  his 12th of the season on the final day.

    Jun 10:  Everton fan Dominic Lawson makes a reasoned plea for the Everton Board to develop a share issue for the fans as a way of providing the financial shot in the arm the Club needs to turn things around.

    Jun 9:  Thomas Gravesen praises the psychological therapy he has received under Walter Smith...

    Jun 9:  Watford's Tommy Mooney turned down a fabulous opportunity for fame and fortune in the soar-away Premiership when he turned down a big-money dream move to Everton, choosing instead to remain in the lowly Nationwide with the hapless Blues of Birmingham City.

    Jun 7 - Joe-Max Moore turned out for the US National team against Ecuador.

    Jun 7 - Idan Tal is having surgery to resolve a hernia problem.

    Jun 6 - Gravesen, Tal, Alexandersson and Pembridge were all  in action for their respective countries, with Pembridge and Alexandersson scoring too.  

    Jun 5 - Striker Mike Newell has been released by newly-promoted Blackpool following an injury-hit season, and Terry Phelan has blasted Fulham, also just promoted, for dumping him 48 hours before his wedding.

    Jun 3 - Following Soccernet's claim that he has been drinking heavily again, Everton have confirmed that Paul Gascoigne has gone to a clinic in Arizona to "prepare mentally and physically" for pre-season training next month.

    Jun  2 - Idan Tal's 6th-min goal helped Israel to a 3-0 win over mighty Liechtenstein in the World Cup qualifiers.

    Jun 1 - Everton youngster Ryan Valentine made an impressive debut for Wales at U-21 level against Poland, despite the 0-4 scoreline.

    Jun 1 - Andrew Pettinger, Everton's U-19 goalie, has signed as a professional on a 2-year deal.

 May 2001

    May 31:  With an unnecessary and potentially destructive war of words developing in the media between Walter Smith and Michael Ball's "representatives", ToffeeWeb's Viewpoint warns of the potential explosion of supporter anger should the England defender be driven away from Goodison Park.

    May 31 - In a fit of petulance that underlines his poor handling of younger players, Walter Smith says Michael Ball can leave "if he wants to" an angry response to supposed "leaks" about the player's contract talks.  

    May 31:  BBC journalist Phil McNulty provides a succinct portrayal of the increasingly bad situation facing Everton Football Club this summer, with a war of words now developing over Michael Ball's contract renegotiations. 

    May 30 - An unidentified "spokesman" for Michael Ball (funny how they can't ask these people for a name) tells the Liverpool Echo of Bally's pain if it turns out that the Club have decided to sell him.

    May 30:  Ian MacDonald is one of the fans who Bill Kenwright actually talks to directly.  This candid Season Review contains Ian's analysis of where we are as a club and a squad.  Ian then looks forward and makes a plea for positive change in this open letter to the Vice-Chairman.

    May 30 - The Official Everton site reveals the extent of Everton's 2000/01 injury crisis: 178 separate incidents over the season and 19 players needing treatment on one day!

    May 29:  Everton have finally given up on persuading Francis Jeffers to stay, and put him on the transfer list as of yesterday.  A surprisingly sensible editorial from TeamTalk of all places sums up this lack of ambition and failure of vision for the playing side that now bedevils this once-great Club.

    May 28 - Gareth Farrelly did it again, scoring a 20-yd screamer too set Bolton on their way back into the Premiership after defeating David Moyes' plucky Preston 3-0.

    May 28 - Colm Kavanagh's passion for Everton Football Club gets tweaked to the limit when rumours fester that yet another Player of the Season is about to leave.  The departure of Michael Ball would confirm Everton's newest tradition: selling off their best players.

    May 27 - Ex-Blue Brett Angell remained an unused sub on the bench for Walsall as they beat Reading 3-2 to gain promotion to Division 2.

    May 26 - Ex-Blues John Hills and Jamie Milligan helped Steve McMahon's Blackpool gain promotion to Division 2 by beating Leyton Orient 4-2 in the Third Division playoff final today.

    May 26: The temptation is to reject out of hand speculation that Liverpool could step in and tempt Michael Ball to follow Nick Barmby across the stunted grass of Stanley Park...  But war-weary Evertonians know to their cost that literally anything is possible in football, and that Everton are developing a reputation for selling their best players.  The rumours of Ball's "excessive" 30k-a-week demands have already been floated by the Club.

    May 25 - The season has ended but the injuries go on... Michael Ball missed the U-21 defeat of Mexico with a cyst in his knee.  Danny Cadamarteri played the last 3 minutes, though.

    May 25: Following another season to forget, it's Walter-bashing time.  So, in an effort to maintain journalistic fairness, ToffeeWeb presents the case for Walter's defence and only mentions his tactics void once!

    May 25 - In his Season Review, Julian Cashen pulls no punches in this scathing assessment of Walter Smith's third season at Goodison. Walter Smith apologists should avoid reading this diatribe: it is not pleasant. ToffeeWeb has also produced a statistical review of the season, as well as updated the stats tables.

    May 24 - Player of the Season-elect Michael Ball is in contract talks with Goodison officials, hoping to sign a new 5-year deal worth a reputed £30,00 a week.  No news on Jeffers, though...

    May 24 - 16 year-old goalkeeping prospect Andrew Pettinger, signed for £45,000 from Scunthorpe last summer, has signed a two-year professional contract with Everton after impressing over the past few months.

    May 23 - Bill Kenwright has been talking in glowing terms of how Kings Dock will be the key to turning Everton around.  But the opening date would be 2005, leaving another four years where something else must be done to avoid Everton's current problem: perennial relegation battles.

    May 23 - In the Liverpool Echo, Len Capeling laments at what seems to be the new paradigm for Everton Football Club.

    May 21 - Following Manchester City's relegation from the Premiership, they have sacked Manager Joe Royle.

    May 20 - For the second time this season, Everton face a 50k fine after picking up six yellow cards v Sunderland; previously it was the the Goodison derby.

    May 20:  Alex Nyarko spills the beans in abundance, to Paul Wilson of The Observer about his season of misery at Everton.  [Link to story]

    May 19 - After "intense speculation" that Walter Smith would quit yesterday, the dour Scot has restated his intention of staying for two more years to see out his contract.  God help us.

    May 19 - In a match that Everton really should have won, Unsworth missed a penalty before Phillips grabbed a late equalizer for Sunderland to bring an end to another dismal season at Goodison Park.

    May 19 - Soccernet bid to second-guess Everton, claiming that Gazza is for the chop when his contract will be terminated "soon". [Link to story]

    May 18:  To support the promising investment in the future, Everton Youth Academy now has its own Website.  However, they still lack permanent facilities worthy of the name after work on Nertherton site was halted.  

    May 18 - Mark Pembridge has been called up to the Welsh National squad for World Cup qualifiers against Poland and Ukraine in early June.

    May 17 - The injury list for Saturday includes Abel Xavier, Duncan Ferguson, Paul Gascoigne, and Francis Jeffers, with Gough and Jevons doubtful.

    May 16 - Michael Ball and Danny Cadamarteri, who has been out for three months with an ankle injury, have been called up to the England U-21 squad this summer.

    May 13 - Ibrahima Bakayoko scored both goals for Olympique Marseille in a vital 2-1 win over Bastia that keeps them in the French First Division.

    May 12:  Midas Soccer lead with an unlikely story suggesting that Walter Smith will have talks about his future at Everton after another dreadful season at the helm.  

    May 11 - The Club have granted Alex Nyarko's wish never to play for Everton again, and have placed him on the transfer list.

    May 10:  Everton Reserves have won the FA Premier Reserves League (North) after Leeds United beat Sunderland 2-0 tonight - the Black Cats had to win to snatch the title from the Blues. 

    May 9:  "This season has been miserable.  It has been miserable for every Evertonian.  Absolutely horrible.  I think even more so because we gave Goodison Park a lick of paint, made 10 or 11 signings over the summer and there was a lot of joy and expectancy around the club, but we have all failed to live up to that.  That is the sadness of it.  Everton cannot celebrate avoiding relegation.  However we can be thankful for it and grateful for it." Bill Kenwright... "Never Again"???

    May 9 - Paul Gascoigne had another operation his third this season to clear up some minor problems, and will now miss the season final against Sunderland.

    May 9 - Richard Gough has rubbished stories that he turned down overtures from Rangers to manage their Australian feeder club, Northern Spirit.

    May 8 - Everton Reserves went top of the FA Premier Reserves League (North) by beating Bradford 3-1 with youngster Nick Chadwick getting a hat-trick in their final game of the season. 

    May 6 - The Sunday Mirror is reporting that Everton have given Phil Jevons a two-year contract.  Everton have denied the speculation.

    May 6 - The results of the April 2001 ToffeeWeb Poll are in and the majority say Everton shouldn't break the bank to keep Franny. 

    May 5 - A goal for SuperKev gave Everton the lead at Chelsea after just 71 s, but then Hasselbaink started... nabbing two before half time.  Everton rallied in the second half but failed to alter the scoreline.

    May 4:  The announcement of the preferred bidder for Kings Dock (due today) has been delayed "indefinitely" while due diligence is carried out on the two leading bids. [Goodison Gazette]

    May 4 - Dave Watson, a true living legend and wonderful Everton servant, will be leaving to take up the manager's post at Tranmere. [Page from History]

    May 4:  The funeral for Gordon Watson was held today, shortly after the unveiling of Dixie Dean's new statue.  Fittingly, Gordon Watson was the last surviving Everton teammate of the great man. 

    May 4:  A very special ceremony was held today at Goodison Park to unveil a statue of the greatest Everton player of all time, and scorer of the most League goals in a season: the legendary Bill 'Dixie' Dean.  Our new Player Profile is based on a wonderful article contributed by Ian MacDonald.

    May 4 - Sir Desmond Pitcher, who did so little as an Everton Director, now sticks the boot in to Everton's Kings Dock bid, claiming big transport problems with the riverside site.

    May 3 - The ToffeeWeb Player of the Month for April is...Michael Ball

    May 3 - Duncan Ferguson, Richard Gough, and Paul Gascoigne are all ruled out of the trip to Chelsea.  Pistone and Xavier are suspended.

    May 3:  Richard Gough, who announced that he is retiring at the end of the season, outlines how his first serious injury in football became his last, bringing to an end his glorious playing career.

    May 1 - Everton Reserves beat Manchester City 4-2 to keep within a point of league leaders Sunderland into the final round of matches. 

    May 1 - Midas Soccer claim that Richard Gough has played his last game for Everton, and will now be heading back to the United States to become player-coach of his former club, San Jose Clash.

 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.

 March 2001

    Mar 31:  Once again Everton came through when the chips were down with another brilliant display at West Ham. Niclas Alexandersson sealed the three points following David Unsworth's penalty. Tony Hibbert was handed his debut by Walter Smith.

    Mar 30:  Former Blue Tony Cottee became the first player to play in all four English divisions in the same season when he came on as a sub for Millwall against Wycombe on Tuesday. He started the season with Premiership Leicester before joining First Division Norwich and then becoming player coach of Third Division Barnet.

    Mar 29 - Former Everton star Alex Young will be honoured with testimonial as part of Everton's pre-season programme next season, 30 years after he finished his playing career for the Blues. Half of the proceeds will go to the Everton Blue Blood Foundation.

    Mar 29 - Everton Reserves finally claimed top spot with a tremendous 3-2 victory away to Manchester United, Nick Chadwick scoring the last-minute winner.

    Mar 27 - Everton have taken former non-league Atherstone striker Gareth Seddon on a week's trial even though he is employed by the RAF.

    Mar 27 - May 4th is the date when Everton will unveil the long-awaited statue of the club's record goalscorer, William Ralph "Dixie" Dean, in front of the Park End Stand at Goodison Park.

    Mar 26 - Everton's relegation crunch game with Manchester City will be televised live on Pay-Per-View in the US but won't be on Sky Sports in the British Isles.

    Mar 25:  Paul Gascoigne may not be in much of a position to help the situation because of his endless succession of injuries but he tells the Official Everton site that Everton are too good to get relegated this season.

    Mar 24 - Abel Xavier and Mark Pembridge are fresh doubts for next weekend. Xavier pulled out of Portugal's squad yesterday with - guess what? - a knee injury, while Pembridge only managed 45 minutes for Wales.

    Mar 24 - Everton's U-19s march on with a 5-0 win over Wrexham as they look to secure a semi-final playoff place along with winners of the other three regional groups in the FA Youth Academy U-19 League.

    Mar 23 - Shock injury news? Yeah, right..... More like the next installment in a long and boring serial: Gazza has more knee problems, needing fluid to be drained from the joint. Will he play v West Ham? Or be out for the season???
    Mar 22:  The home derby vs Liverpool has been moved back to 6pm on Easter Monday, and will now be shown *live* on Sky Sports.  No details about overseas coverage available yet; check your usual Live tv sources for local coverage.

    Mar 22 - Anders Limpar, the enigmatic Swede who played a key role in Everton's 1995 FA Cup win, has finally retired at the age of 35. And Tony Cottee has joined Milwall.

    Mar 22 - Another product of Everton's Youth Academy shunned by Walter Smith is allowed to walk away as Jamie Milligan accepts a free transfer to Blackpool.

    Mar 21: Walter Smith has rejected speculation that he will be making a deadline-beating bid for promising Manchester United forward Jonathan Greening. In fact, he doesn't expect anything to happen before tomorrow's 5pm cut-off for domestic transfers, despite the injury situation at Goodison.  

    Mar 21: ToffeeWeb takes a look at the never-ending injury crisis at Goodison and how it has affected Walter Smith's frustrating season. We even give a sneak preview of Everton's new training kit.

    Mar 21 -  Consecutive wins in three days over bottom club Sheffield Wednesday, this time by 3-0, put Everton Reserves top of the FA Reserves/U21 League (Northern Section). [No report yet...]

    Mar 20 - Michael Ball has pulled out of the England U-21 squad with a knee injury sustained in training!  Also, Paul Gascoigne picked up a knock in training, and will miss tonight's reserves match at Sheffield Wednesday.

    Mar 19 - Everton reserves continued their push for the top with a late win over Sheffield Wednesday.  Steve Milne reports on two trialists and a slew of first-teamers in the line-up. 

    Mar 19 -  Portuguese midfielder Bruno Caires arrives from Sporting Lisbon, to train with the first team squad members who are not away on international duty.  

    Mar 17 - The Under-19s beat Liverpool 2-1 to go six points clear in the Northwest group table of the FA Youth Academy U-19s League.

    Mar 17 -  Glaring tactical ineptitude by Walter Smith appeared to cost Everton a perfectly winnable match at The Dell as a disorganised Everton team could give no reply to a goal by Tessem for Southampton.

    Mar 16 - Michael Ball has been demoted from the full England squad, and joins Franny Jeffers in the U-21s to play Finland next Friday.

    Mar 16 - Tony Cottee has left Third Division Barnet, where he was player-coach, by mutual consent.

    Mar 15 - Scott Gemmill has been recalled to the Scotland Squad, joining David Weir for World Cup Qualifiers v Belgium and San Marino.

    Mar 15 - Danish international  midfielder Brian Steen Nielsen has rejected terms for a 3-month loan deal, and will now be staying with AB Copenhagen.

    Mar 14 - A strong Reserves side beat Aston Villa tonight, with a goal from David Eaton. Full report and teamsheet from Steve Milne.

    Mar 13 -  Kevin Campbell has agreed to a surprisingly lucrative and surprisingly long 4-year contract extension he has been offered by Everton.  

    Mar 12 - Thomas Myhre has joined FC Copenhagen on loan until the end of the Danish season in order to get some regular first-team football.

    Mar 10 - Everton's FA Youth Academy Under-19 team continued their excellent form with a 2-1 win away to Stoke City.  Report from Steve Milne

    Mar 9 - According to media sources, Viking Stavanger are getting a bit upset about Everton's failure to pay a further 230k for Thomas Myhre now that he has played more than 75 games for the Blues.

    Mar 8 - Barry Horne, player-coach of Kidderminster, has been mysteriously relieved of his duties.

    Mar 7 -  Tabloid speculation over the future of Francis Jeffers and Michael Ball keeps step with Everton's growing overdraft...  Is it only a matter of time before these players leave the sinking ship?

    Mar 6 - Francis Jeffers, apparently angry that details of his contract negotiations have been leaked to the press, publicly responds via his agent and says "wait until the summer"

    Mar 6 - Stephen Hughes' move to West Ham is off so says our old friend 'Arry... Yeah, right!

    Mar 6 - As a softener for the almost inevitable sell-off of Everton's most prized youngster Francis Jeffers news of his failure to agree to a hugely lucrative new contract worth 8M has been leaked to the press.

    Mar 5 - According to media sources, Stephen Hughes was in London talking to the 'Ammers' 'Appy 'Arry but Everton say that West Ham have made no enquiries about the availability of former Arsenal midfielder, who appeared for the reserves in Newcastle. 

    Mar 5 - Gary Naysmith will be out of action for 3 weeks with the injury sustained against Newcastle at the weekend. 

    Mar 5 - The Reserves went down 1-0 at Newcastle tonight, with Stephen Hughes going off after sustaining a gash to his calf!.  Allessandro Pistone also played after a long injury lay-off.  Also, Kevin McLeod has been given a 2-year contract extension. 

    Mar 3 - David Unsworth was villain then hero at Goodison Park, scoring a late equalising penalty to atone for an earlier own goal as Everton rescued a vital point against out-of-form Newcastle United

    Mar 2 -  The media say he is off to West Ham next week on a free transfer but rumours on Merseyside say Stephen Hughes is happy at Goodison and has been told nothing by Everton officials of any impending return the London.

 February 2001

    Feb 28 - A leaked report by Liverpool Vision - the regeneration company in charge of selling the site - could spell bad news for Everton, if only because it reveals sinister opposition to the club's plans. 

    Feb 28 - After entering a not-guilty plea in court today, Danny Cadamarteri will stand trial at Liverpool Crown Court on September 3 charged with assault on Joeline Joel; the case is expected to last five days. 

    Feb 28 - Michael Ball came on as a second-half substitute in England's 3-0 win over Spain at Villa Park, making his first appearance for the full England team. He has been an U-21 regular in recent seasons.

    Feb 27 - Everton Reserves continued their great form in the FA Reserves League, beating Leeds United 1-0 with a penalty from Phil Jevons taking them back up to 3rd place with a number of games in hand. 

    Feb 26:  Francis Jeffers has aggravated the old ankle injury that kept him out for so long this season, and has been withdrawn from the England U-21 squad for Tuesday's match against Spain

    Feb 24:  Everton held out well at Ipswich until Alex Nyarko got an unjust second yellow from guess who? Graham Poll.  In the last 10 mins, the 10 men capitulated, with two quick goals ending what had been a very promising display until then.

    Feb 23:  Michael Ball has ominously been called up for the rather large England squad (that also includes Gavin McCann!) to play Spain.

    Feb 22:  Abel Xavier's recall to the Portugal squad to play Andorra signals the end of his grossly unfair 9-month international ban.

    Feb 21:  An Everton side drawn from the reserves and youth ranks ran out winners in this Canal Street benefit match against Runcorn when 17-year-old Dave Carney scored the winner 13 minutes from time.

    Feb 21:  Everton's trial of young Danish defender Martin Albrechtsen from AB Copenhagen has been interrupted by his international call-up.

    Feb 20:  Duncan Ferguson's latest injury has confounded medical science a previously unheard-of hairline fracture of the shoulder blade???  

    Feb 20:  Despite the optimistic hype of last week, Everton are still mired in an injury crisis, made worse by three suspensions and the call-up of Joe-Max Moore.  Including Big Dunc's latest reverse, no less than TWELVE of the Everton Squad are likely to be unavailable against Ipswich.

    Feb 19:  Joe-Max Moore, who has been less than effective for Everton so far this season, has been called up for Team USA in their vital World Cup qualifier with Mexico on 28 February, and will miss the Ipswich game.

    Feb 18:  The Sunday People claims Gazza has lost another two stone in his bid to hone his match fitness for Everton.  

    Feb 17:  Everton Under-19s beat Bolton 3-0, but our reporter was watching the Under-17s draw 1-1 with Liverpool read Steve Milne's report.

    Feb 16:  Ex-Evertonian John Spencer is signing up for Major League Soccer in the USA.

    Feb 15:  Idan Tal played the second half of Israel's 1-0 home win over Moldova last night.

    Feb 14:  Alex Nyarko scored the second goal for Everton Reserves in their excellent 3-1 win at Middlesbrough tonight.  And Simonsen saved a penalty!

    Feb 13:  Leon Osman has been added to the Premiership Squad and will wear Shirt Number 34.

    Feb 13:  That cheeky Peter Taylor reportedly made an offer of 3M for Michael Ball and was sent packing with a flea in his ear.  Let's hope all such overtures continue to be summarily rebuffed!

    Feb 12:  Francis Jeffers and Kevin Campbell are the Premiership's most prolific strikeforce.  In the 29 games which the pair have started for Everton, they have scored 28 goals.

    Feb 11:  Richard Gough strained a "little muscle in his groin," according to Walter Smith who believes hell be okay for the Ipswich match."

    Feb 10:  Everton scored a much-needed win over Leicester City, with Jeffers and Campbell vying for position of season's top goal scorer, before the inevitable collapse almost gave it all away.

    Feb 9: Pablo Paz has turned down the opportunity of a trial at Everton, insisting that he is good enough for at least a loan deal.

    Feb 8:  Some players get red cards for elbowing... others get away with a smug apology.  

    Feb 7:  Duncan Ferguson scored as Everton drew with Leeds United at Goodison.  Kevin Campbell also scored for the blues, as Ian Harte and former blue Olivier Dacourt scored for the away side.

    Feb 6:  Tenerife's controversial Argentine defender Pablo Paz has been given the opportunity to train with the blues.

    Feb 5:  Everton are to appoint journalist Ian Ross as Head of Corporate Affairs and Public Relations;  Everton Reserves' match at Sheffield Wednesday was postponed due to bad weather.

    Feb 4:  Tommy Myhre reportedly asked Walter Smith for a transfer after he was dropped from the squad against Manchester United.  Sure... if only someone wanted you, Tommy!

    Feb 3:  Andy Cole scored with a lucky deflection completely against the run of play, as Manchester United beat Everton 1-0 at Old Trafford.  Everton created the majority of the chances, and deserved at least a point after Tommy Myhre was dropped in favour of the recovered Paul Gerrard. 

 January 2001

    Jan 31:  Just a point earned from a vital 'six-pointer' against fellow strugglers Middlesbrough who are on a good run.  Goals from Naysmith and Tal allowed Everton to steal a draw from the jaws of defeat after twice going behind. 

    Jan 30:  In this Daily Mail piece at SoccerNet, Kevin Campbell is the latest player to vent to the press about the seriousness of Everton's current plight.

    Jan 29:  Torino centre back Djibrial Diawara has arrived at Bellefield for a three day trial with Everton.

    Jan 28:  Mark Pembridge will miss the home match with Leicester after picking up his 5th yellow card yesterday.

    Jan 27:  Everton started brightly in this rare FA Cup 4th Round derby but buckled as soon as Tranmere scored, eventually giving up three goals their second worst home FA Cup defeat to lower league opposition ever.

    Jan 26:  Ian Ross moonlighting from his new job as Everton Communications Manager provides a comprehensive preview of the Tranmere game in The Guardian.

    Jan 25:  Manchester City manager Joe Royle has swooped to sign veteran ex-Everton and Rangers winger Andrei Kanchelskis on loan!

    Jan 24:  Walter Smith took very little time to decide that Argentinean defender Julian Maidana didn't cut the mustard; the trialist has been sent packing after just 2 days at Bellefield. 

    Jan 23:  Tonight's reserve game against Blackburn Rovers at Widnes has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

    Jan 22:  Not fazed by the culture shock of life in Liverpool, the little Yank has plenty of good things to say about his Everton experience in this Soccer America interview.

    Jan 22:  More unbelievable injury news hits Everton as it was determined that Paul Gascoigne will need another operation to sort out a bizarre repeat of the same thigh/groin injury!

    Jan 21:  The joy of Coventry is tempered by more bad news of injuries for Alexandersson and Cleland who may both be out for "a few weeks".

    Jan 20:  For once, a bright start by Everton results in three goals after just half an hour at Coventry.  Solid resistance kept Coventry at bay in the second half until they got a late penalty.

    Jan 19:  Everton will also give a trial to Canadian international Kevin McKenna next week.

    Jan 18:  Everton are to take Argentine defender and Man City/Blackburn reject Julian Maidana on trial for a week from Monday.

    Jan 17:  Peter Clarke, the highly rated young defender who has so far been overlooked through the injury crisis, has agreed a new 3-yr contract with Everton. 

    Jan 17:  Today marks the deadline for detailed submissions (and models) from parties with proposed schemes for developing the Kings Dock site.  Schemes will be on display in the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, from next Monday.

    Jan 17:  Niclas Alexandersson is now a major doubt for the Coventry game, where new records are expected to be set for Everton Squad players missing due to injury, illness and suspension.

    Jan 17:  Liverpool Magistrates Court has committed Danny Cadamarteri to trial in the Crown Court on a charge of assault.

    Jan 16:  After coming to Goodison to talk to Walter Smith, Blackburn's Christian Dailly has signed for West Ham.

    Jan 14:  Despite all the pre-trial hype, Dundee's Lee Wilkie has apparently rejected a one-month loan spell at Everton.

    Jan 13:  David Weir is the latest addition to Everton's unrelenting injury crisis; he could be out for up to six weeks with a calf injury...

    Jan 13:  David Weir was an early casualty against Spurs, going off injured after just 7 mins, as Everton made an encouraging start.  A number of good chances to score were thwarted, with Everton making lots of pressure in the second half, and Campbell hitting the post, but no goals.

    Jan 12:  Gary Naysmith is the latest injury-list addition: a hamstring problem rules him out of the Spurs game.

    Jan 11:  Big Dunc apparently broke a bone in his hand repelling invaders... although the Official Website says he has a hamstring injury... Ho hum. 

    Jan 11:  Steve Lomas has thankfully decided to stay with the Hammers after it turns out that all he wanted was a boost in his contract.

    Jan 10:  Steve Lomas is deciding his future after talks with West Ham, Everton and Manchester City as 'Arry the Spiv looks to make another killing...

    Jan 9:  Everton Reserves crashed out of the Liverpool Senior Cup, losing 2-3 to Marine.

    Jan 9:  Gazza, Gough and Xavier have all recovered from their injuries and may be available for Saturday's Spurs match. 

    Jan 8:  Referee Rob Styles royal flush of yellow cards handed Everton a suspension whammy at Watford: Moore, Hughes and Gravesen will all be suspended for the match at Coventry.

    Jan 8:  A burglar is in hospital after getting into a scuffle with Duncan Ferguson when two men broke into the Everton player's Rufford home in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    Jan 7:  This Sunday's News of the Screws anti-Everton diatribe has all the hallmarks of a scare-story manufactured from diverse snippets and inferences that are months if not years out of date.

    Jan 6:  In the FA Cup 3rd Round, some bad defending allowed Watford to score after just 20 mins.... Hughes finally scored a screamer from a free kick after Page was red-carded.  Then, at the death, Steve Watson grabbed a rare, vital victory with his first goal for Everton a glancing header off an Alexandersson cross!

    Jan 6:  SoccerNet are reporting that Bill Kenwright will finance the Lomas deal out of his own pocket after Everton's bankers declined to extend the 20M overdraft to cover this transfer. 

    Jan 5:  Everton have made a bid to West Ham United for the services of Steve Lomas, who is now expected to choose between the Toffees and Manchester City.

    Jan 4:  Everton's postponed match against Leeds United has been rearranged for Wednesday 7 February, Kick-off: 8 pm.

    Jan 4:  Danny Cadamarteri's assault case was adjourned and he will now face a committal hearing on Jan 17. 

    Jan 3:  Good news on the injury front as Campbell and Gascoigne return to full training this week.

    Jan 1:  Everton started well against Derby County, but fell behind to a Gravesen error.  Despite lots of Everton pressure, Poom was impassable in the Derby goal and The Blues dropped to 16th in the Premiership.

 December 2000

    Dec 31:   Bill Kenwright has been named in the New Year's Honours List to receive the CBE for services to the entertainment industry.

    Dec 30:  Today's Premiership match against Leeds United was postponed, mainly over safety concerns about snow and ice on approach roads and pavements.

    Dec 29:   Everton FC held their AGM for shareholders at Goodison Park.  This report is from Phil Pellow

    Dec 28:  Lee Wilkie, the tall Scottish U-21 defender who has fallen out with coach Ivano Bonetti at Dundee, will be coming to Everton next week for a three-week trial. 

    Dec 27:  The stupidity of an imbecilic Everton fan could cost the club dear after yesterday's fiasco.

    Dec 26:  Duncan Ferguson was on from the start and Everton began well, but failed to score from a number of good chances. Coventry came back into it, finally running out 2-1 winners and confirming Everton's new position as relegation contenders.

    Dec 25:  It is not certain that Campbell and Pembridge will really be fit for the Boxing Day scrap with Coventry. 

    Dec 23:  Tommy Myhre back in goal, watches a Charlton corner flash past him as Svensson heads the Addicks into the lead after just 7 minutes.  Duncan Ferguson livened things up in the second half, but failed to score... 

    Dec 22:  Joe-Max Moore has come third in the US Footballer of the Year stakes.

    Dec 21:  Everton face the dreadful prospect of losing both Kevin Campbell and Mark Pembridge to the ravages of a viral infection in the build-up to their match at Charlton.

    Dec 20:  Duncan Ferguson is expected to return to the subs bench at Charlton on Saturday as he fights to regain match fitness.

    Dec 19:  The Everton website is trumpeting the start of new contract negotiations with Kevin Campbell. 

    Dec 19:   The FA have granted Everton permission to cut short Tommy Myhre's loan spell at Tranmere.

    Dec 18:   After the injury to Paul Gerrard, Everton have issued a plea to the FA for Tommy Myhre to return early from his loan spell at Tranmere.

    Dec 18:  John Suenson-Taylor, aka Lord Grantchester John Moores' grandson is to step down as a director of Everton FC.

    Dec 17:  Paul Gerrard could be out for two weeks after twisting his knee near the end of the West Ham match.

    Dec 17:  Everton have appointed a new Commercial Manager, Andy Oldknow, 30, previously with Octagon and IMG. 

    Dec 17:  Everton are keeping tight-lipped about Paul Gerrard's injury a twisted, damaged or dislocated knee that might force the return of Tommy Myhre???

    Dec 16:  A very even match against West Ham United ended 1-1 due to two key interventions by full back Steve Watson.  One a headed goal, deflected on the line by Cadamarteri; then a ridiculous penalty-area dribble that went wrong; Kanout pounced.

    Dec 15:  Everton's young bucks put up a tough fight at the City Ground but a critical last-minute goal gave the tie to Nottingham Forest by a score of 3-2 in the FA Youth Cup 3rd Round replay.

    Dec 13:  Everton have postponed their reserves match against Man Utd on Thursday to ensure a strong line-up for the FA Youth Cup replay at Notts Forest on Friday.  This weekend's youth league games have also been postponed.

    Dec 12:  Richard Gough is visiting the knee doctor today hopefully for some good news on his protracted injury woes...

    Dec 11:  Everton players were forced to relive their abysmal performance v City on video after today's training session. 

    Dec 10:  An unhappy Walter Smith cancelled Everton's Christmas fancy-dress party and instead called the players in for extra training on Sunday, after the Man City dbcle.

    Dec 10:   Everton have been drawn away to Watford in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup.

    Dec 9:  A fifth yellow card for badboy Alex Nyarko means an automatic suspension for the Charlton (a) match. 

    Dec 9:  With more players (including Big Dunc!!!) back from injury, Walter Smith had the freedom once again to mess with the team selection... to utterly dire effect.  Everton crashed 5-0 at Manchester City.

    Dec 8:  Everton FC Co Ltd announced losses of over 11M last financial year, with player-contract payoffs (Bilic and Williamson) accounting for 5M of that!

    Dec 7:  Everton, in dire need of some good news, are projecting the return of Duncan Ferguson to competitive football... by the end of the year.

    Dec 6:  Forgotten Dane Peter Degn has returned from a two-month loan spell with Aarhus.

    Dec 6:  Another blow to Gazza's renaissance with Everton: he needs a hernia operation and will be sidelined for at least another month. 

    Dec 6:  A Daily Mail hack has picked up on the recent Daily Post story and found his own unnamed sources to slam Everton's bid for Kings Dock as a "non-starter."

    Dec 5:  Sunderland hold the jinx over a weakened Everton reserves side, running out 1-0 winners.

    Dec 5:  Francis Jeffers had an operation to remove the bone fragment that has been troubling him; he will miss at least another six weeks of the season.

    Dec 5:   Everton have finally set a date for the Annual General Meeting of shareholders on Friday 29 December 2000.  Click here for more stuff from the Fans Focus meeting with Dunford et al.

    Dec 5:  Former Everton player Dave Jones has been cleared and declared innocent of all charges after the protracted child-abuse case against him collapsed. 

    Dec 4:  Everton failed to make it four in a row after creating then squandering numerous chances before Sunderland recovered to take the game 2-0 with plenty to spare.

    Dec 3:  Walter Smith's selection conundrum was eased tonight when Niclas Alexandersson was withdrawn with the flu.

    Dec 2:  The U-19s beat Bolton 3-0, but our intrepid reporter watched the U-17s lose a close match with the Trotters, 2-3. 

    Dec 1:  Walter Smith has received a massive setback in his hopes to once again see a full squad available for selection, with Jeffers in pain when he kicks the ball.

    Dec 1:  Tony Grant is being sent out on loan from Manchester City to West Brom, apparently confirming his failure to make the grade at Main Road.

 November 2000

    Nov 30:  Everton have come out with a strong rebuttal of the latest rumour-mongering about the future of Franny Jeffers. 

    Nov 28:   Stan Collymore, now with Leicester, has been banned for three matches after the video panel found him guilty of stamping on Paul Gascoigne during the recent Bradford City match

    Nov 28:  Tommy Myhre has gone on loan to Tranmere, and played in their League Cup loss to Crystal Palace on penalties. 

    Nov 28:  Everton's Youth team were held 1-1 by Nottingham Forest in the 3rd Round of the FA Youth Cup.  Report

    Nov 27:  Everton fans voted heavily in favour of pursuing the Kings Dock proposals for a new stadium: 86.5% voted Yes.

    Nov 27:  The BBC have selected Kevin Campbell's cheeky juggling trick as their Goal of the Week. 

    Nov 25:  A third win in a row for Walter Smith's less-favoured players, who beat Chelsea 2-1 with goals again from Cadamarteri and Campbell; Hasselbaink was sent off for elbowing Michael Ball.

    Nov  24:  Today is the last day that Everton will accept ballot forms on the ground move vote, which includes a committment to pursue the Kings Dock site.  

    We have added a photomontage to Ian MacDonald's article,  showing how a stadium the size of Old Trafford would fit on the Kings Dock site.

    Nov 23:  .. and four steps back when it comes to Everton's massive injury crisis:  Watson, and Unsworth are expected to be fit for selection on Saturday, whilst Cleland (hamstring) and Moore (flu) are now doubtful.  Gascoigne and Nyarko will not be fit, despite earlier promises...

    Nov 22:  Tommy Myhre was overlooked for the last reserves match, rekindling rumours that he may once again be looking for a loan move.

    Nov 21:  Jeffers and Ferguson are unlikely to be match-fit before Christmas.  Gascoigne, Nyarko, Watson, and Unsworth are hopeful for the Chelsea match. 

    Nov 21:  A weakened Everton reserves side travelled to Bradford as leaders of the FA Premier Reserves League, and stole a 1-0 win to extend the the gap at the top. 

    Nov 20:  Dennis Roach, Duncan Ferguson's shifty-looking agent, is to be charged with serious breaches of Fifa regulations in connection with recent transfers, including the return of Big Dunc to Goodison. 

    Nov 18:  Everton U-17s lost 2-1 at home to Crewe

    Nov 18:  An Everton side decimated by injuries produced a stirring display to beat Arsenal 2-0 with goals from Danny Cadamarteri and Kevin Campbell.

    Nov  17:  A host of select soundbytes from luvvie Bill Kenwright in support of pursuing a move to Kings Dock: 

    "Now we are one of the Magnificent Seven, but we must make sure we are Yul Brynner riding off into the sunset in the end and not Charles Bronson or Steve McQueen left by the wayside." 

    Err... Okay, Bill!

    Nov 17:  Everton's first-team squad is decimated for the clash with Arsenal.  TEN players will be unavailable through injury or suspension.

    Nov 16:  Abel Xavier's ban unjustified 9-month Uefa ban was finally reduced to an equally ridiculous 6 months on appeal.

    Nov  14:  The weekend's vote includes the Kings Dock option, and two modes of redevelopment for Goodison Park.  Long-time move campaigner John Burns provides his own analysis on why Everton must move.

    In a separate article, Dave Shepherd voices his frustrations with the ground-move vote.

    Nov 13:  As the key ground move vote approaches this weekend, Neil Wolstenholme has marshalled his thoughts in support of making a vote for Kings Dock, registering Everton's ambition to move into the future.

    Nov 12:  In preparation for Saturday's ground move vote, Goodison For Ever-ton present their case for voting down any move to Kings Dock.

    Nov 12:  Everton have been forced to issue a strong if unconvincing denial of speculation in The Sunday People that Walter Smith will leave when he is forced to sell key players to pay off the bank...  Who do you believe?

    Nov 11:  Following on closely from word about the collapsed NTL deal, Everton's overdraft is again spiralling above 20M and there are strong indications that players such as Nyarko, Ball and even Jeffers may be sold to help balance the books.  Time to ask Graeme Sharp to do some meaningful fan liaison?

    Nov 11:  A goal against Bradford City in the last 3 minutes, scored by Gary Naysmith after a Joe-Max Moore shot rebounded off the 'keeper, gave Everton a vital late win in a dull, dull match.  

    Nov 10:  Despite positive spin from Goodison Park, the belief is growing that Everton have goofed up the 20M media deal with NTL which represented a degree of financial salvation for the immediate future.

    Nov 9:  The fresh young faces of the new England era will include Michael Ball who receives his call-up from Peter Taylor for the friendly against Italy next week.

    Nov 9:  On the anniversary of his departure as Everton manager 6 long years ago, Mike Walker is expected to take the manager's role at Apoel Nicosia, Cyprus.

    Nov 8:  One-time Everton striker Warren Aspinall has retired injured at the age of 33.

    Nov 7:  Stuart McCall has taken over the management of Bradford City just in time for the visit of former club Everton, and former manager at Rangers, Walter Smith. 

    Nov 6:  There is less concern over Gazza's thigh injury, which is now thought not to be a muscle tear.  But he, Unsworth and Watson are all early doubts for the Bradford game.

    Nov 5:  Gazza slipped over taking a free kick and pulled a thigh muscle.  He may be out for up to a month as the injury crisis deepens...  

    Nov 5:   A heart-breaking end to a dire match saw Aston Villa snatch victory with their only shot on goal a speculative long-range punt by Merson in the 90th minute.

    Nov 4:  No revenge at Youth level for last week's derby defeat as the Under-19's go down 1-2 (report by Steve Milne) and the U-17s by 0-2. 

    Nov 3:  The way the Echo fawningly talks up one of Everton's star players only serves to make one increasingly nervous about his future with the club.

    Nov 2:  Everton have announced details of the fan vote being planned to support their attempt to build a new stadium at the Kings Dock.
    The Reserves match at Hillsborough, scheduled for tonight, has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions.

    Nov 1:  Danny Cadamarteri has been up before The Beak, denying an assault charge and asking for a Crown Court trial, sometime in the New Year.

 October 2000

    Oct 31:   Tony Cottee has been released from 1st Division Norwich and may now become player-manager at Barnet

    Oct 31:  Howard Kendall has been invited to take up another managerial post, this time with Omonia Nicosia, but he has now decided to turn it down. 

    Oct 30:  Michael Ball took a kick in the thigh during the derby and required a number of stitches in the wound; he may be doubtful for Sunday's game v Aston Villa.

    Oct 30:  Thomas Gravesen will receive a two-match ban after getting sent off in the Anfield derby.  

    Oct 29:  If you had to write the script for the match against Liverpool, Barmby would score after 11 mins but Campbell would equalise after 17 mins as Everton made the better start... Everton battled well but a brilliant long-range shot by Heskey put them back into the lead. And the game was lost when Gravesen was forced to drag down Smicer in the area, giving away a penalty as he was sent off; Berger converted it to seal the game.

    Oct 28:  Becky Tallentire's brother Mark has a nice piece in The Guardian on Everton legend Dave Hickson. Before Barmby, Hickson was the last Everton player to 'cross the Park'... 41 years ago!.

    Oct 27:  The new Everton fan site, Blue Kipper, has secured an exclusive interview with the injured Everton skipper Richard Gough.

    Oct 26:  Everton Chairman Sir Philip Carter will be inducted into the Gwladys Street Hall of Fame next March.  Tickets for the Gala Dinner are still available from Steve Milne

    Oct 25:   Everton Reserves surrendered their 100% home record with a defeat to Leeds United 0-2 at the AutoQuest Stadium.  Daily Post Report

    Oct 24:  The sight of Mark Hughes as a Premiership player is finally no more and not before time as Sparky moves to Blackburn Rovers on a free. 

    Oct 23:  Worrying news that Everton could be playing Kevin Campbell into the ground and destroying any hope of a full and complete recovery for his knee which was damaged and then infected.

    Oct 22:  Gazza is having a tremendous renaissance at Everton.  

    Oct 21:  A much better performance by Everton away from the Goodison Park boo-boys sees Gazza engineer a momentous victory over Newcastle United with new-boy Gary Naysmith completing the move for Kevin Campbell to score the vital winning goal.

    Oct 20:  Everton have revealed details of their ambitious bid for a new stadium complex at the Kings Dock site.

    Oct 18:  All the hype for three solid months has been about an imminent 23M injection of cash in the form of a huge media deal with NTL.  And suddenly, in true Everton fashion, the dream lies shattered and bleeding as NTL pull back from their PPV commitments to the Premier League.

    Oct 18:  Abel Xavier may be fit for Saturday's game at Newcastle, but Jeffers and Ferguson will both be out for another month.

    Oct 18:   Richard Dunne completed his transfer to Manchester City for 3.5M.

    Oct 17:  Everton Reserves are striking out at the top of the FA Reserve League, beating Newcastle 3-1 in their latest match.

    Oct 17:  After kicking out one 21-year-old, Walter Smith moves to strengthen his severely depleted squad by completing the signing of promising youngsters Gary Naysmith from Hearts and Idan Tal from Maccabi Petah Tikva. 

    Oct 16:  Everton's weakest position at the moment is arguably centre-half... so Walter Smith has agreed to sell promising youngster and Ireland star Richard Dunne to Joe Royle's Manchester City for 3.5M.  Travesty?  No,  Walter knows best...

    Oct 16:  Mo Johnston has thankfully decided to retire at the age of 37 without letting Walter Smith tempt him to participate in Everton's precipitous decline...

    Oct 16:  Everton legend Graeme Sharp has been appointed to the position of Fans Liaison Officer in succession to Joe Parkinson.  This is expected to be a popular choice that will receive the full support of the fans.

    Oct 15:  Joe Royle seems to have lost patience with one-time Everton prospect, Tony Grant, who is up for sale after just 10 months at Manchester City.  So Walter Smith was right about him and all the others...

    Oct 14:  Everton are rapidly approaching another major crisis, with Walter Smith continuing to baffle players and fans alike with his bizarre tactics and team selections.

    Oct 14:  Manchester City manager Joe Royle has made an inquiry about Everton's Richard Dunne, who could still play in today's game v Southampton.

    Oct 13:  Everton have gained quick approval of Idan Tal's work permit after resubmittal.  His transfer should now be completed for a fee of around 700k.

    Oct 13:  Everton legend Graeme Sharp will accept the position of Fans Liaison Officer in succession to Joe Parkinson.  

    Oct 12:  After stating that any new faces would just end up in the Main Stand, Walter Smith is finally making a move to strengthen his severely depleted squad by completing the signing of Gary Naysmith from Hearts.  This must surely spell the end for Michael Ball 

    Oct 12:  ESPN are reporting that Greg Berhalter has signed a one-month loan deal with Everton.

    Oct 11:  Idan Tal played the full 90 mins in Israel's 3-1 win over Bosnia, and should now qualify for a work permit under the 75% rule.  Everton are now  reapplying for his permit.

    Oct 11:  Richard Dunne capped another good performance at centre-back for Ireland by scoring the second goal in their 2-0 win over Estonia.

    Oct 11:  The Daily Post is reporting that Everton have failed in a bid to sign Cameroon international Lucien Mettomo on loan.

    Oct 10:  Ex-Everton youngster Carl Regan, who left to join Barnsley, has received his call-up at the England U-21 level.

    Oct 9:  The resignation of Joe Parkinson (for personal reasons) was confirmed by Everton FC.  Another candidate must now be found for the "important" position of Fans Liaison Officer.

    Oct 8:  Idan Tal played the full 90 mins for Israel in their 2-0 defeat to Spain, and moves closer to the 75% requirement for his work permit.  Thomas Gravesen played for Denmark against Northern Ireland.

    Oct 8:  Everton Ladies beat their Liverpool counterparts 2-1 to keep them bottom of the FA Women's Premier Division. 

    Oct 7:  Niclas Alexandersson picked up an injury in Sweden's 1-1 draw with Turkey, and is a doubt for Sweden's next game on Wednesday.

    Oct 7:  Everton Under-19s were held by Derby County to a 1-1 draw.  Read Steve Milne's Match Report.  The Under-17s also drew 3-3 with Nottingham Forest No report yet.

    Oct 6:  Everton have made a bid to build a new 55,000-seater stadium with a retractable roof at the Kings Dock site, but promise that the fans will have the final say.

    Oct 6:  Danny Cadamarteri is facing assault charges after allegedly striking a woman in the face in a clubland fracas late on Sunday night.

    Oct 4:  Everton Reserves performed impressively to beat out an Aston Villa side at Villa Park on Wednesday night.  The line-up included first-teamers Ball, S Hughes and Gemmill.

    Oct 4:  Spurned by his club manager, Richard Dunne gets another chance to perform in his best position at the highest level, playing centre-back for Ireland v Portugal in the World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

    Oct 3:  Peter Degn, the young and abrasive midfielder who's Everton career went nowhere, is finally returning to AGF Aarhus in Denmark, initially on loan until the end of their season. 

    Oct 3:  Stan the Man is to be charged over the atrocious stamping incident at the end of the Leicester game, where he tried in vain to incite the calm and placid figure of Paul Gascoigne.

    Oct 3:  Halifax Town have appointed ex-Everton player Paul Bracewell as their new boss on a two-year deal, to replace the recently sacked Mark Lillis.

    Oct 3:  More bad news: Duncan Ferguson will not play for at least another seven weeks, and Alessandro Pistone is out for the rest of the season!

    Oct 3:  And we understand that Joe Parkinson's brief tenure as the first Fans' Liaison Officer is about to end... 

    Oct 2:  Yank trialist Greg Berhalter has been sent packing with a flea in his ear after asking 5,000 per match for playing in the reserves!!!

    Oct 1:  Richard Dunne does himself few favours by telling the papers he'd like to play for Celtic! 

    Oct 1:  A disturbing story in The Sunday People claims that Dunne and Ball were dropped from yesterday's disaster match for the heinous crime of laughing with each other over something on the team bus returning from Wednesday's loss to Bristol Rovers. 

 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.

 August 2000


    Aug 31:  Francis Jeffers hopefully avoided injury while playing for England U-21s and scoring in the 6-1 win over Georgia.

    Aug 31:  Richard Gough will be out for the next two months with his injured knee.  And Duncan Ferguson will already miss the trip to White Hart Lane next week with his calf injury.

    Aug 30:  Richard Gough is still waiting to see just how bad his knee injury really is, as he undergoes more tests at a London clinic...

    Aug 29:  Everton Reserves went down 3-1 at Blackburn - the Everton goal coming from Keith Southern. 

    Aug 29:  The proposed transfer of defender Richard Dunne to First Division Wimbledon has fallen through after the parties involved failed to agree personal terms.

    Aug 29:  The deepening injury crisis at Everton is looking grim:

    • Gough out for 6 weeks (knee)

    • Pistone out for 4 weeks (hamstring)

    • Xavier out for 4 weeks (knee)

    • Ferguson (calf)

    But Alex Cleland should be back for the reserves at Blackburn tonight.

    Aug 28:  Everton have narrowed the Goodison pitch yet again, making it one of the tightest at just 70 yds wide.

    Aug 27:  Everton Ladies lost 2-1 to a strong Arsenal team in their home match at Marine FC.

    Aug 26:  Walter Smith fears the worst as Richard Gough limped off with suspected knee ligament damage v Derby!!!

    Aug 26:  After a slow start against Derby County, Everton finally began to tick just before half-time with goals from Jeffers and Gravesen. But Everton lost it in the second half, as Derby came right back with two goals.

    Aug 25:  The CAS don't give any support for lifting Abel Xavier's ban, which does not contravene Uefa rules.

    Aug 25:  Unsung defensive lynchpin David Weir is being offered a new 4-year contract with Everton, signaling Walter Smith's faith in his man.

    Aug 24:  Francis Jeffers has been called up for the England U-21 match next Wednesday.

    Aug 23:  A nervous start for what was supposed to be a solid home bet... and so it turned out after Carl Tiler was dismissed for Charlton Athletic , and the goals finally came from Jeffers, and a brace from returning hero, Duncan Ferguson.

    Aug 23:  Although Walter Smith says he needs all his players, the departure of Richard Dunne to Wimbledon is expected to be completed soon after the Charlton match with the big Irish defender still suspended for the next three matches.

    Aug 22:  The return of Kevin Campbell is being hyped up at least a month too early as he obviously still has some way to go before he will figure in Walter Smith's squad rotation scheme.

    Aug 21:  The injury list lengthens with Michael Ball and Stephen Hughes picking up knocks at Elland Road.

    Aug 21:  A relatively weak Everton reserves side beat Manchester City with a solitary Chadwick penalty at Widnes.

    Aug 20:  The transfer of Idan Tal from Maccabi Tikva  Petah is all but complete, and now hangs only on securing a work permit, which Everton have applied for.

    Aug 19:  Duncan Ferguson and Paul Gascoigne came off the bench to great receptions from 4,000 Evertonians, but the damage had already been inflicted by Leeds United and Alan Smith, cruelly exposing defensive weaknesses that continue at the back for Everton

    Aug 18:  After reporting this deal was done (blame Sky!), Everton are finally saying that terms have been agreed with Idan Tal and his Israeli masters.

    Aug 17:  Abel Xavier is to fight his unfair Uefa ban through the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    Aug 17:  At a 3:30pm press conference, Everton revealed the resigning of Duncan Ferguson after a 21-month sojourn with Newcastle United.  The fee is 3.75M, representing an excellent deal compared to the 8M Newcastle paid Everton.

    Aug 17:  Just when you thought we were safe to plan for Saturday... the deal that won't go away has been resurrected, presumably after Duncan and his "parasite" blinked first....

    Aug 16:  Joe-Max Moore scored two goals and set up another, as the  the United States scored a 7-0 victory over Barbados in World Cup qualifying.

    Aug 17:  According to Duncan Ferguson's agent, Newcastle United and their arrogant Board of Directors are to blame for the collapse of his Everton transfer.  But Robbo says Dennis Roach is a parasite!!!

    Aug 16:  Everton finally admit there is a problem with the Duncan Ferguson transfer, and now say the deal is definitely off.

    Aug 16:  The ankle injury Niclas Alexandersson picked up v Man City has ruled him out of tonight's Swedish friendly, and he is a doubt for Saturday's opener at Leeds.

    Aug 15:  Duncan Ferguson failed to turn up for the first part of his medical today (Tuesday), and his agent is insisting the deal is dead. 

    Aug 15: Richard Dunne has traveled down to London for talks with Wimbledon after Everton received a 2.5M bid for the young Irish International.

    Aug 15:  Reliable sources on the ToffeeWeb Forum say that Duncan Ferguson completed his medical today (Tuesday), and is expected to be unveiled tomorrow. 

    Aug 15:  Everton announced the signing of Idan Tal, Israeli International midfielder from Maccabi Petah Tikva for around 1M.

    Aug 14:  The return of the Big Yin has stalled on the 1M loyalty payoff Duncan believes he is due from the Toonies.

    Aug 13:  Tommy Myhre's woes continue as he managed to injure himself in training (again!) and will now require an operation that will keep him sidelined for at least 6 weeks.

    Aug 12:  Among many ex-Blues in action on Saturday, Barry Horne took the plaudits with a rasping volley to secure the winner for Kidderminster over Torquay in their first match in the Football League

    Aug 12:  The return of Duncan Ferguson now appears to hang on an "intensive" medical, scheduled for Monday... assuming he can resolve his sign-on / loyalty bonus row with the Toonies.

    Aug 12:  Alexandersson (2) and Nyarko scored the goals in Joe Parkinson's testimonial against Manchester City in front of over 21,000 at Goodison Park.

    Aug 11: Everton have agreed a fee of 3.75M with Newcastle United for Duncan Ferguson, rising to 5M based on appearances.  So... will the Big Yin now return?

    Aug 10:  Reliable sources on the ToffeeWeb Forum say that Everton have been negotiating with Duncan Ferguson all day, he has apparently accepted a pay-cut in order to return to his *beloved* Blues, but he wants a 1M loyalty payoff from the Toonies... 

    Aug 10:  Everton claim they are still confident of signing Idan Tal, despite the deal reaching a stalemate - presumably over money.

    Aug 9:  Cameroonian Samuel Ipoua arrives on trial and scores against Yeovil as part of a second-string line-up as senior players are rested. 

    Aug 9:   Mad Dog Thomas Gravesen has had red card downgraded to a second yellow, and his 3-match ban reduced to just one - Leeds United on the opening day.

    Aug 8:  The perils of pre-season came home to roost as Thomas Gravesen picked up a back injury which could keep him out for the start of the season!

    Aug 7:  Everton took a commanding first half lead in the friendly at Home Park, and popped in a couple more for good measure before the end.

    Aug 6:  Idan Tal is expected to sign for Everton this week; however, he will need a work permit.

    Aug 5:  Alexandersson and Nyarko (2) scored the first-half goals at Exeter City as the new midfield ran the game; Jeffers added a fourth in the second half.

    Aug 4: Uefa rejected Abel Xavier's appeal against his 9-month Uefa ban, but reduced the bans on the other two players!

    Aug 4:  Smith on Transfer Turmoil Read Walter Smith's views on the transfer merry-go-round, at the Sporting Life website.

    Aug 4:  An 18-man Everton squad head south for their min-tour of the West Country, which starts at Exeter on Saturday. KO: 3pm.

    Aug 4:   Ex-Everton striker Ibrahima Bakayoko has moved on from Marseille to Turkish club Trabzonspor.

    Aug 3:  Joe-Max Moore has been called up to the US team for their World Cup Qualifier against Barbados on 16 August, and could therefore miss the season opener at Leeds.

    Aug 2:  Everton go before Uefa today to appeal Abel Xavier's excessive 9-month ban from European games, as a result of the Euro2000 semi-final "brawl". 

    Aug 2:  A weakened Everton XI lost out 2-0 to Tranmere Rovers in a hard-fought local rivalry.

    Aug 1:  The FA have stated that the small on-field altercation at Blackburn, aka a "brawl", will not lead to any punitive sanctions.  The appeal of Thomas Gravesen's red card is still awaited...

    Aug 1:  Everton Reserves (U-19s?) came unstuck in their annual fixture at Burscough.

 July 2000

    July 31:  Everton's preparations for the new season suddenly improved with a thumping 5-0 win over Preston North End at Deepdale.

    July 30:  The unseemly brawl precipitated by Gravesen's aggressive tackling at Blackburn came just days after the FA announced tough new sanctions designed to severely punish such stupidity.  His red card is surely unlikely to be revoked.

    July 30:  Walter Smith wants more time to assess Idan Tal before committing to a move, but the Israeli midfielder is not allowed to play or train in England without a work permit. 

    July 29:  Everton Reserves were also in action on Saturday, defeating Rhyl by 2-0.
    Full Report

    July 29:   Thomas Gravesen lived up to his reputation, getting his marching orders at Ewood Park after Everton went two behind to Blackburn Rovers.  Danny Cadamarteri pulled a goal back for a 1-2 final score.

    July 28:  Everton have opened discussions with Liverpool City Council about building a new combined training facility and youth academy.

    July 27:  Young defender Adam Farley, who was released by Everton in May after playing just one senior match, has been rejected by Port Vale after a trial.

    July 26:  Tommy Myhre is convinced he has to leave Everton, but Abel Xavier says he wants to stay.

    July 25:  Everton's preparations for the new season got off to a mixed start as Walter Smith gave a run out to 17 players in a testimonial for Maurice Malpas at Dundee United.

    July 24:  The transfer of Danish midfield hardcase Thomas Gravesen from SV Hamburg to Everton was completed today for 2.5M.

    July 23:  Walter Smith returns to wrestle with a difficult decision born of Bill Kenwright's rampant theatrical movement: Blue Romanticism.  Should he or shouldn't he welcome back Duncan Ferguson to the Everton fold?

    July 22:  Walter Smith's latest acquisition, Danish midfield hardcase, Thomas Gravesen, has jetted in for a medical and is expected to complete his transfer on Monday.  

    July 21:  The new squad numbers have been announced, and the changes to all but four of the players reflect Walter Smith's rebuilding over the close season.

    July 20:  After weeks of informed speculation, Bill Kenwright has confirmed that redevelopment of Goodison Park faces insurmountable obstacles.  There is only one real option: move to a new location.

    July 20:  Alex Nyarko has been granted a work permit in record time by the Department of Employment of Education.

    July 20:  Everton 6-a-side stars from yesteryear could only beat Man City, losing to Man Utd and Liverpool, the eventual winners in Manchester last night.

    July 19:  Israeli international Idan Tal has been brought in to Everton's Italian training camp on trial from Spanish 2nd Division side Merida. 
    19-year-old French Algerian Malek Cherrard is also on trial from Nice.

    July 18:  Niclas Alexandersson has completed his 2.5M transfer from Sheffield Wednesday.  He should provide added width to Everton's transformed midfield.

    July 18:  Under the cover of rampant Gazza-fever, Liverpool have completed the signing of one-time badge-kissing Everton favourite, Nick Barmby, for 6M.

    July 18:  Niclas Alexandersson is expected to complete his 2.5M transfer from Sheffield Wednesday either today or tomorrow.

    July 17:  Michael Ball managed to strain his hamstring in training, and misses out on the Italian training camp... or stays behind to negotiate his move to Man Utd, if you believe the scuttlebutt!

    July 17:  Walter Smith has signed his troubled friend and ex-Rangers star pupil Paul Gascoigne!  There was no transfer fee for Middlesbrough and Gazza has reportedly taken a massive pay cut, down from 28k a week to 12k for a 2-yr deal.

    July 16:  Yes, its Sunday again, and the names in the hat this week are: Noberto Solano(!); Paul Gascoigne(!!); Duncan Ferguson(!!!)!

    July 15:  The Everton squad travelling to Il Ciocco in Tuscany for a pre-season training camp does not include Thomas Myhre, Abel Xavier, Peter Clarke, or Jamie Milligan...  

    July 14:  Everton and Liverpool have finally agreed a transfer package of up to 6M for the despised figure of Nick Barmby, who is expected to complete his traitorous defection to Anfield on Monday.

    July 14:  Alex Nyarko completed his 4.5M transfer to Everton after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms today.  Everton will now apply for his work permit...

    July 14:  Don Hutchison is expected to complete his high profile dream move to Inter... er, Sunderland.  The fee? 2.5M.  Bye bye, Don!

    July 13:  Alex Nyarko arrived at Goodison Park today to begin contract negotiations with Everton, and a possible 4.5M transfer.

    July 13:  Everton and Fulham finally agreed on an "undisclosed" fee for John Collins which means Everton  accepted somewhat less than 3M.  His move will be completed tomorrow following a medical. 

    July 12:  Mitch Ward has apparently agreed terms with Barnsley and will join the Yorkshire club for the princely sum of 200k.

    July 12:  Paul Rideout, scorer of Everton's winning goal in the 1995 FA Cup Final, is reportedly returning from the USA (or China!?) to join Tranmere Rovers.

    July 12:  Another name to add to the list of prospective new Everton employees is Thomas Gravesen, Danish defender 2.5M from Hamburg.  

    July 11:  England U-16 captain, Everton's Steve Schumacher scored the third goal from the spot in a 3-0 victory over Thailand - the opening match of a three-cornered tournament with Brazil.

    July 11:  Everton are holding talks this week with Ghanaian defensive midfielder, Alex Nyarko, about a possible 4.5M transfer.

    July 11:  Walter Smith is reportedly close to securing the signature of Sheffield Wednesday's Niclas Alexandersson for 2.5M.

    Meanwhile a second offer from Fulham of just under 2M for John Collins has been rebuffed.

    July 10:  The transfer merry-go-round enters fever pitch this week; the only firm news so far is that a bid of 2.5M from Charlton has been accepted for Don Hutchison.  Coventry City have matched this amount, so Don has some deciding to do.

    July 9:  An article in French magazine L'Equipe apparently states Everton will sign the FC Lens defensive midfielder Alex Nyarko for 4.5M.  Looks more like a struggle with Man City, West Ham and Fulham...

    July 8:  Still no sign of Niclas Alexandersson, while Everton are now being linked with Celtic's Swedish International Striker  Henrick Larsson (10M) and Leicester's Neil Lennon (4M plus The Don!!!)

    July 7:  One of Everton's favourite ex-players, Daniel Amokachi, is being considered by Joe Royle at Man City; he is available on a Bosman from Turkish club Beshiktas.

    July 7:  The Daily Post are reporting that Everton's ambitious plans to revamp Goodison Park will not be granted planning permission by Liverpool City Council.

    July 7:  Don Hutchison could well end up staying at Goodison. So far he has been linked with: Coventry, Middlesbrough, Celtic Newcastle, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Charlton, Sunderland, and now Barnsley.  But he is likely to have talks with Walter Smith next week.

    July 7:  Walter Smith has reportedly fought off competition from Aston Villa, Derby and Coventry to secure the signature of Sheffield Wednesday's Niclas Alexandersson for 2.5M.

    July 6:  Everton have decided to appeal against Abel Xavier's incredible nine-month ban from all UEFA competitions.  The club is worried that this will impact his value on the transfer market!

    July 6:  David Hopkin of Leeds is thankfully going to Bradford in a 2.5M move.  The sight of this man in the royal blue shirt would have been painful indeed...

    July 6:  Everton have rejected Fulham's derisory 1M offer for the services of John Collins, telling Mohammed Al-Fayed the price is 3M.

    July 6:  Tranmere have secured the services of Stuart Barlow from Wigan. The 32-year-old former Everton scored 53 goals in 93 appearances, and helped the Lancashire side to the Wembley play-offs last May before crashing to Gillingham.

    July 6:  Richard Gough has been appointed Everton Team Captain for next season, with Dave Watson retaining the title of Club Captain.

    July 5:  Kevin Campbell is reportedly recovering well from his knee surgery and could be back playing again in mid-September.

    July 5:  Walter Smith's friend at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson has stirred the Barmby pot, raising the possibility of an exchange for Nicky Butt.

    July 4:  Everton duly completed the signing of Steve Watson from under the noses of Middlesbrough and their rather over-rated manager Bryan Robson.  The 2.5M deal brings the Villa defender to Goodison on a 5-year contract and he's already talking of an England recall!  NO!!!

    July 2:  Abel Xavier has been handed an incredible nine-month ban from all UEFA competitions for his part in the fracas at the end of last week's 2-1 defeat in semi-finals of Euro 2000.  The Everton defender was adjudged to have handled Sylvain Wiltord's shot four minutes before the end of the match against France in Brussels - a decision which sparked furious scenes among the Portuguese camp. 

    In the above Sky story, Xavier states how this will make any move to a top European club impossible!!!  Another wantaway?

    July 1:  Everton officially launch their new Puma playing strip, which goes on sale today in the newly revamped Everton Megastore.  Old shirts bearing "No 8: Barmby" may be available for ceremonial burning...


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