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April 2002

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 April 2002

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Falkirk 0 - 3 Everton
30 Apr - A weakened Everton squad travelled to Falkirk and put three first-half goals past hosts Falkirk to clebrate their 125th year of existence, and walk away with the Alex Scott Memorial Trophy.  David Moyes rotated his depleted squad to give some of his fringe players and reserves a chance to impress, and brought in a surprise package to keep goal — young Russell Howarth, highly rated of York City. 

Everton 1 - 2 Blackburn Rovers
28 Apr - Everton made a poor start, allowing Jansen to notch an easy header inside 10 mins.  Everton pressed but the first half was pretty poor.  Everton perked up in the second half and an excellent finish by Chadwick off Weir's header from a superb Unsworth corner put the Blues back in it.  But not for long... as Cole nodded in a rebound following a great save by Gerrard.  So, a very flat end to the home campaign as David Moyes suffers his first defeat at Goodison.  Report from Steve Bickerton.

Top-ten still possible?
27 Apr - The results in today's Premiership games helped Everton to maintain their current position and keep half an eye on that elusive top-ten finish, with Charlton and Fulham both drawing, Southampton and Middlesbrough losing — and Liverpool losing at Spurs as a nice bonus!

Davey is a Stayer
24 Apr - Current Everton Captian, David Weir, favourite for Player of the Season, has downplayed talk that Manchester United have him lined up for a big transfer.  If true, this could hopefully end the depressing trend over the last six years that has seen Everton sell off their best player(s) each summer.

InterToto Tussle
23 Apr - Everton's pursuit of a possible place in the InterToto Cup took a slight knock as Fulham won their game in hand (3-0 over Bolton) and edged Everton down one place to 12th on goal difference.  In the other Premiership game today, Newcastle were held 2-2 at Blackburn.

Premiership Safety Assured!
21 Apr - Arsenal's 2-0 defeat of Ipswich Town today finally removes the last vestige of mathematical improbability that Everton would be relegated this season.  The achievement by David Moyes to turn around an utterly dreadful situation left to him by a moribund Walter Smith and his defeatist squad of spiritless players is absolutely fabulous.  Given nine games to patch up a gapping hole in the sinking ship, he did it in seven — probably fewer once the final table is cast in stone — and Everton are now assured a historic 100th season of top-flight football. 
David Moyes: WE SALUTE YOU!

Vital, vital win for the Moyes Boys
20 Apr - Nick Chadwick made his full debut for Everton and very nearly scored before their goalie clattered him on 25 mins and he was carried off on a stretcher!  Radzinski came on but it was Steve Watson who opened the scoring with a lovely finish just before half-time.  A fairly uneventful second half saw a few chances for both sides but Everton held on for a crucial victory that takes them up to 11th and almost certain top-flight football for a historic 100th season. Match Report from Lyndon Lloyd.

Kings Dock Application Delayed
19 Apr - The promoters of the Kings Dock project are looking at delaying their planning application for as much as six months so that it can be more detailed and fully include all the associated developments along with the stadium for Everton FC.  Apparently, English Heritage are also asking for more aesthetic changes to make the project more "interesting".

Double Exposure
16 Apr - The egregious demands of TV coverage may be a pain for the travelling fan, who must suffer the annoyance of 5:15pm kick-offs in far-away Southampton.  But the upside for exiled Blues includes more opportunites to see Everton *Live* (or almost live).  Both of Everton's next two games (at Southampton and at home to Blackburn) are live on Sky TV, and will be carried in overseas markets at various transmission times (check your local listings).

Late goals save Everton's blushes
13 Apr - David Moyes's Everton recovered from a miserable first-half performance and a 0-2 deficit against relegated Leicester City to salvage a draw that elevates the Blues to the magic 40-points mark.  Brian Deane scored twice in the first half-hour to ruin Paul Gerrard's return.  But everything changed after Tomasz Radzinski was withdrawn for Nick Chadwick with 30 mins to go and the 19-year-old scored almost immediately to set up the fightback.  Then, with five minutes on the clock, Duncan Ferguson popped up at the far post to notch his fourth goal under Moyes and earn the draw.  Reports by Steve Bickerton and Rob Burns.

Rooney steps up a notch
9 Apr - Everton Reserves beat their Sunderland counterparts 2-0 at the Halton Stadium in Widnes with goals coming from Joe-Max Moore (penalty) and Mark Pembridge (a screamer!).  An interesting sub on the hour mark was Wayne Rooney, making his first appearance for the reserves.  Report from Steve Milne.

We need a goalscorer
8 Apr - Colm Kavanagh makes a somewhat controversial observation that Tomasz Radzinski is unlikely to really deliver for us, and that we should be thinking about bringing in a decent striker in the summer — someone who can do the job and put those bums on the seats...

No Moyes miracle at Stamford Bridge
6 Apr - European hopefuls Chelsea comfortably overcame David Moyes's Everton thanks to two goals by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who had effectively sealed the game by half time.  An uneventful second half was very nearly brightened by a late push by the Blues but Tomasz Radzinski fired wide from a very narrow angle with four minutes to go before Duncan Ferguson cracked a shot off the crossbar in a clear signal that it wasn't to be Everton's day.  Gianfranco Zola scored the home side's third at the death.  Match Report from Alex Bell.

Young Blues book place in Final
3 Apr - Everton are in the Youth Cup Final again following a 2-1 win in the semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur.  Leading Spurs by the same scoreline from the first leg, the young Blues roared into a 2-0 half-time lead thanks to a double strike by wonderkid, Wayne Rooney.  Although the Londoners pulled a goal back in the second half, Everton held out to win 4-2 on aggregate and set up a date in the final with Aston Villa.  Read this great Match Report from Tony Wooly.

Unnecessary Comparisons
3 Apr - Nothing quite like setting the bar as high as you can…  Over on the Soccernet website, Bill Kenwright is tempted into making some very silly comparisons for David Moyes to live up to after just four games in charge at Goodison.  David Moyes clearly has more than enough of what it takes to set his own targets and be his own man without this kind of nonsense being spouted.

Everton win battle of 10 men
1 Apr - Allessandro Pistone and Nick Chadwick scored their first Everton goals as the Blues got the better of Bolton in this pulsating relegation six-pointer.  Both sides were down to 10 men within the first half hour; first Duncan Ferguson was sent off punching Fredi Bobic in an off-the-ball incident, then Kostas Konstantinidis chopped down Radzinski and was awarded his second yellow card.  Pistone fired home 5 minutes before half-time and Tomasz Radzinski missed two sitters before finally finding the net to make it 2-0 on 57 mins.  With 15 mins to go, Bruno N'Gotty set up another frantic finale when he headed home from close range but Radz teed up substitute Chadwick to slot home and seal the points with four minutes left on the clock.  We know have Four Match Report for your enjoyment.

Weir's agent confirms United interest
1 Apr - Following mounting speculation, David Weir's agent has confirmed that Manchester United are interested in signing the Scottish international defender in the summer. Naturally, Weir is perhaps the leading contender for player of the season which, given the evidence of the past few years, means he is surely on his way in the close season!

 

Snippets & Rumours


Let the culling begin
30 Apr - Just when you think there is no longer anything left for him to talk about, Colm Kavanagh catches the moment with a probing and candid analysis of the players that David Moyes must make some hard decisions about if the standard of Everton's football is to show any meaningful improvement.

Silly season gets into full swing
30 Apr - We've had Hedman and Manninger… now it's that pillock Robbie Savage for £5M.  And you wonder why we hate transfer speculation here at ToffeeWeb?

Unsworth on the new boss
29 Apr - David Unsworth gives David Moyes high praise and believes he has what it takes to keep Everton making steady progress under his guidance; Blackburn was just a blip.

Rooney relishes international stage
29 Apr - Wayne Rooney scored a superb individual goal and made a second for England 2-0 victory over Holland in the European U-17's Championships in Denmark.

The size of the challenge
29 Apr - David Moyes knew the size of the task when he took on the mangership of Everton last month.  He says the evidence from yesterday's game shows the immensity of that challenge is still there.  Let's hope he retains the spirit and enthusiasm needed to raise the standard, desires and fitness levels of the players he has inherited...

Moyes not happy
28 Apr - David Moyes expressed his frustration with the players who failed to perform against Blackburn.

Radzinski targets top 10
28 Apr - Another piece on the aspirations of our Polish Canadian striker, this one from the Sunday Times.

Radzinski has a point to prove
27 Apr - Tomasz Radzinski's interview with the Canadian Globe & Mail gets a further recycling at the Sporting Life website.

Carsley slays relegation jinx
27 Apr - Lee Carsley has suffered relegation with his last two Premiership teams… so he is especially relieved not to be involved in the dogfight at the bottom in the last weeks of this season.

Chadwick could be fit
26 Apr - Nick Chadwick is reported to be close to match fitness after getting flatened by Southampton goalie Paul Jones last week.

Oster, sharp-shooter
25 Apr - It's no laughing matter for Mark Maley, teammate of John Oster at Sunderland, who ended up getting shot in the face by the air-gun weilding ex-Everton winger.

Reserves overcome 'Boro
25 Apr - Everton Reserves beat Middlesbrough 1-0 at the Halton Stadium in Widnes — their second game this week.  Tal, Pembridge and Moore were expected to play a part, but didn't and must now be in the squad for Everton's final home game of the season on Sunday against Blackburn.

Irvine returns to Goodison
24 Apr - Everton have confirmed that former Blues winger, Alan Irvine, will join Everton's backroom staff at the end of the season.  He turns down a coaching role with the FA to become Moyes's No 2.

Nyarko price-tag too high
24 Apr - Alex Nyarko is proving difficult to sell as Monaco are baulking at the asking price required to make his season-long loan move permanent.  Will he now get the chance of a fresh start at Everton under David Moyes?

Radzinski talks about Canada
24 Apr - Tomasz Radzinski talks to the Canadian press about playing for Everton and his International career with the national side in his adopted country.  (To read the story, type "Radzinski" in the seacrh box and follow the links.)

Naysmith Injury Blow
23 Apr - Gary Naysmith's recovery from ankle ligament damage is not going well as he still feels discomfort after an operation that was meant to fix the problem.  Everton are now saying the young Scot will be out for at least another four months!

Rooney & Brown for England
23 Apr - Everton youngsters Wayne Rooney and Scot Brown have joined up with the England squad for the UEFA Uuder-17s Championship in Denmark, which starts this Saturday.  Rooney may not return until as late as May 10th, and will not be available for Sunday's televised first-team game against Blackburn.

Good enough for the World Cup…
23 Apr - …but not good enough for Everton?  Joe-Max Moore is named among the US Squad that will travel to Japan and South Korea this summer despite failing to impress, with just half a game under David Moyes.

Decision soon on Training Complex
22 Apr - The Echo suspects that Lee Manor Comprehensive in Childwall could become the site of Everton's long-promised training complex and youth academy to replace Bellefield.

Moyes eyes better days
21 Apr - David Moyes knows that Everton fans expect improvements over the dreadful litany of recent seasons but he remains realistic about his objectives and what he can achieve given the limited finances he knows he must operate under.

Still not completely safe…
20 Apr - Before today's game, Everton slipped to 14th as Fulham and Blackburn won; Derby are relegated and Sunderland now hover above the drop zone threatened only by Ipswich, who have two games in hand on the rest but must play at Highbury tomorrow.

Rooney and Pettinger in squad
19 Apr - Wayne Rooney and Andrew Pettinger have both travelled down to Southampton with the Everton first team.  Pettinger is more likely to play a part as sub goalie on the bench as Simonsen is injured; Rooney is going along "for the experience".

Injury Update
18 Apr - Carsley and Campbell may be in contention for places in the Everton Squad that faces Southampton, with Tobias Linderoth making a separate claim for attention after an impressive performance against Norway.  Ginola and Tal remain doubtful.

Reserves lose to Man Utd
18 Apr - Everton Reserves lost to Manchester United, going down 2-1 at Old Trafford, with Wayne Rooney making his first start at this level.  Lee Carsley played his part and Mark Pembridge scored the Everton goal but there was concern when Steve Simonsen limped off after 70 mins with a sore hip after Everton had used all three subs allowed.  Report by Steve Milne.

International Action
17 Apr - Weir, Gemmill and Moore were involved for their contries with both Scotland and the USA on the wrong end of 2-1 scorelines.  Whilst most Premiership players appeared for only 45 mins, Davie Weir again played a full 90 mins for Scotland.

Ian Ross Interview — Part 2
17 Apr - The second part of Mark O'Brien's fascinating interview with Ian Ross is now available on the WSAG website.  Ian talks about David Moyes, the People's Club, being a journalist, life at the Club and the Kings Dock project, Bill Kenwright, and lots of other very pertinent issues.

Southport 1 - 3 Everton
16 Apr - An Everton 'Reserves' XI have beaten Southport 3-1 in the semi-final of the Liverpool Senior Cup, the goals coming from a blend of youth (Rooney & Symes) and experience, with Kevin Campbell opening the scoring.  Match details from Steve Milne

Ian Ross Interview
16 Apr - In an excellent interview published on the WSAG website, Ian Ross expresses his frustration that replies he has given in confidence to certain fans have been posted on ToffeeWeb to ridicule him.  He of course means The People's Forum (not this Website!) where posting is now limited to registered users and abusive messages are removed at the discretion of the Forum Administrators. 

The dangers of complacency
15 Apr - Some key quotes from David Moyes signal his intent for improvements at Everton as they slip a place after the Chelsea defeat: “We started very poorly and showed Chelsea too much respect…  We made it harder than we should have done…  I’m not inte

Journo Stirrer
15 Apr - Why does John Edwards always seem to be stirring it?  His latest trick is to make out that Chadwick (and not Radzinski?) is guilty of missing glorious chances.  The kid is just 19 with two goals in his last two sub appeareances… what more can you want?

After-Match Comments from Moyes
13 Apr - He tells it like it is: “We were very poor in the first half… We should have been more goals down, but we got away with it… The goals we lost were criminal… ...all credit to the lads.  They’ve come back when I thought they were dead and buried.”

The Rooney & Symes Show
13 Apr - Wayne Rooney and Michael Symes kept their eye in for the FA Youth Cup Final by bagging a goal each in the Under-19s 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.  Brief report from Steve Milne.

Where has Idan Tal been?
12 Apr - In the treatment room, of course!  Nice of somebody to finally explain the absence of the Israeli international from both the senior squad and the reserves since David Moyes arrived…  He's been out with a troublesome knee injury.

Save Lincoln City
12 Apr - No one is really sure what Everton's new affiliation with Lincoln City entails, but it will mean nothing if the Nationwide League club goes under at the end of this season. Fans of Lincoln will be collecting outside Goodison tomorrow trying to reach the £75,000 needed to save the Imps.

Injury Update
12 Apr - Ginola, Blomqvist, Alexandersson, Campbell, Unsworth, and Pembridge all appear to be on the fringe of the squad that David Moyes will select from for the Leicester game, based on their personal fitness. 

New Satis? Website
12 Apr - The editor of the Everton fanzine SATIS?, Phil Pellow, has set up an excellent new website with match reports, lots of articles from the fanzine, and plenty of downloads.

Moyes talks up the Barcodes
11 Apr - David Moyes would like to emulate the forward strides made by Newcastle, who were in the Premiership depths just two seasons ago: "… a team that is full of young, enthusiastic talent and can improve over the years."

InterToto Oracle
11 Apr - Everton just need to finish above Fulham (and Derby County) in the Premiership for them to gain entry to the 2nd Round of the InterToto Cup on 6 July 2002.  That's the conclusion from an analysis appearing in The Echo and other sources…

International Duty
10 Apr - A number of Everton players have been selected by their respective countries to play in upcoming friendlies, including Weir & Gemmill (Scotland), Alexandersson & Linderoth (Sweden), Gravesen (Denmark), and Moore (USA).

Another EfKD Press Release.
9 Apr - The exchange of views on the funding of Kings Dock with European Objective 1 money continues between EfKD and Walton MP Peter Kilfoyle…  And the Everton FC Website finally publishes a timeline for the project.

Villa in Youth Cup Final
9 Apr - Everton'a opponents in the FA Youth Cup Final will be Aston Villa who beat Barnsley, 3-1 in the second leg of their semi-final at Barnsley.  Provisional dates are Tuesday May 14th at Goodison Park, and Saturday May 18th at Villa Park.

Swedish injury troubles
9 Apr - Jesper Blomqvist may have trouble with his Achillies tendon, and Niclas Alexandersson has "sore glands" as David Moyes prepares his team to secure Premieship status against Leicester on Saturday.

Pistone warms to Moyes
8 Apr - In his comments on the defeat at Chelsea, Alessandro Pistone believes David Moyes's attacking instincts will pay rich dividends for Everton next season.

EfKD recognition
8 Apr - Excellent coverage at The BBC for the efforts of the Everton for Kings Dock campaign to expose the misinformation being propogated about European Objective One funding by local MPs in their Early Day Motion No 923.

Best form of defence
7 Apr - Not much in the news today, but this piece from The Star includes extended coverage of David Moyse's comments after the Chelsea game, and more on what he wants to see from Everton.

Rooney on target again
6 Apr - Wayne Rooney helped the Under-19s to another good victory, scoring two goals in the 4-0 victory at Huddersfield Town as Colin Harvey's charges make a push to improve their final position in the Group Table with just two more games to go.

Moyes pulls no punches
6 Apr - Some key quotes from David Moyes signal his intent for improvements at Everton as they slip a place after the Chelsea defeat: “We started very poorly and showed Chelsea too much respect…  We made it harder than we should have done…  I’m not interested in other results, I’m just concerned about Everton winning football matches."

People's Club T-Shirts
6 Apr - Speke form the Harbour the Everton fanzine, has commissioned a rather excellent T-Shirt memorializing a certain quotation ascribed to one David Moyes on the occasion of is appointment as Everton Manager.

Moyes stays upbeat
5 Apr - David Moyes remains upbeat as he leads Everton off to visit Chelsea on the back of three wins from four, and 11 goals scored; 11 goals conceded.  "We need to tighten up a little at the back but at the moment, in our case, the best form of defence certainly seems to be attack."

Full of Remorse
4 Apr - Duncan Ferguson has publicly apologised for his petulance against Bolton that led to an automatic red card that could have cost Everton the game. And over on his official website, Jesper Blomqvist admits his temper tantrum was out of line too.

EfKD Press Release
4 Apr - Phil Pellow and Michael "Blue Eyes" Durkin of the Everton for Kings Dock campaign have their say on the mis-information about European Objective 1 monies spouted in the House of Commons Early Day Motion No 923.

Vogts failed to take Weir off
4 Apr - TibalFootball.com carries this story that Berti Vogts was supposed to give Davey Weir only 45 minutes playing time for Scotland last week, less than 48 hours before the masacre of St James Park.

Reserves downed by Bolton
3 Apr - Mark Pembridge made his return from injury by playing an hour alongside Tobias Linderoth for the reserves at Bolton this evening but couldn't prevent the Blues from going down 2-1 with David Moyes in attendance.

Dunc will stay Captain
3 Apr - Duncan Ferguson will still captain the Everton team despite being fined one or two weeks' pay for his moment of madness against Bolton.

Most embarrassing
2 Apr - Tomasz Radzinski talks of this most embarrassing moment in front of goal as he failed to score from all of two yards out on Monday, but it all came good in the end.

Daft Duncan
1 Apr - In The Echo, Duncan Ferguson talks proudly of his leadership role as Everton captain… before he got sent off after just 20 mins for punching Fredi Bobic.  Our fearless leader will now be suspended for the last three games of the season.

Everton up to 12th!
1 Apr - Other results today:
Derby 0 - 1 Middlesbrough
Sunderland 2 - 1 Leicester
Ipswich 0 - 0 Chelsea
Fulham 0 - 1 West Ham
Blackburn 2-0 Southampton

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