[Season Diary]

March 2002

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 March 2002

News Headlines & Features


Moyes's honeymoon is over
29 Mar - Newcastle gave David Moyes's Everton a lesson in breathtakingly effective attacking football and exposed some worrying defensive frailties as they ran out 6-2 winners at St James' Park. Ferguson put the Blues ahead after 6 minutes but the Magpies scored twice before Alexandersson restored parity before half time. Bobby Robson's Europe-chasing outfit stuck four past Everton in a second half in which Moyes's men were carved open with ease.
Match Report

Unsworth talks to McNulty
28 Mar - David Unsworth is one of the more vocal and demonstrative Everton players these days, and he continues that trend in an interesting interview with Phil McNulty of the BBC.  "David Moyes has made us really go for it as a team..." which tends to confirm a lack of basic organization under Smith.

Koumas loan approach rejected
28 Mar - Everton have had their approach to sign Jason Koumas on loan until the end of the season rejected by neighbours Tranmere Rovers. David Moyes, who had targeted the Welsh midfielder during his time at Preston, wanted to add Koumas to the Everton squad before today's transfer deadline but will now finish the season with the squad he inherited from Walter Smith as the deadline expired at 5pm this afternoon.

Watson back in Reserves win
26 Mar - Steve Watson took an important step on the road to recovery when he turned out for Everton Reserves against Leeds United at Halton Stadium, Widnes, tonight after being out injured for three months.  Watson played for an hour as the Blues' second string overcame a strong Leeds side to win 2-0, thanks to goals by Nick Chadwick and Kevin Southern.

All Change
26 Mar - Our intrepid match previewer, Lee Doyle, returns from a holiday in the sun and looks back on a tumultuous fortnight at Everton while he's been away, reflecting on some of the better aspects of Walter Smith's reign.

Pride of Moyesyside
25 Mar - Colm Kavanagh was one of the first to question and then lambast the mystical halo that wafted around Walter Smith.  His bold and outspoken stance drew much criticsm from those who still believed Walter could do it for us.  It is good to see him writing positively once more about a new manager who's arrival has restored our pride in being Evertonians.

Kenwright's Masterstroke
24 Mar - After he got so much stick from the media and even some of the supporters for the timing of Walter Smith's dismissal, Bill Kenwright can take satisfaction from the impact that David Moyes has had in his first week in charge. It's fair to say that the the 7-goal thriller at Derby wouldn't have happened had the ancien regime still been in place, and the introduction of the new man now means that Everton have safety within their grasp.

Moyes magic makes the difference
23 Mar - What a game!  The David Moyes honeymoon continues in fine, fine style with a priceless win in a nail-biting seven-goal thriller at Pride Park, after Everton were leading 3-0 at one stage.  Goals from Unsworth, Stubbs, Alexandersson and Ferguson finally proved enough despite a very strong and spirited fightback by a bruised Derby side.  Could anyone imagine such a game under Walter Smith?

Something for Nothing?
21 Mar - Given the poor flow of information on the Kings Dock project, many Evertonians believe the club will be getting a new stadium and all the benefits for minimal outlay.  Neil Wolstenholme takes us down the money trail once again and shows us how a 50% share also means 50% of the investment and 50% of the risk.

Ginola still part of the fold
19 Mar - David Ginola will remain on the Everton books until the end of the season after the mercurial Frenchman held clear-the-air talks with David Moyes about his future at Goodison Park. After being omitted from the squad at the weekend, speculation had it that the club were prepared to simply tear up Ginola's contract, but the 35 year-old will stay until May, unless he receives other offers ahead of next week's transfer deadline — in that case he could move on to pastures new.

Great words from Moyes
18 Mar - How refreshing is it to hear the manager of Everton using words like these: "I was once told that winning is important, but wanting to win is more important.  And I want the players to realise that — we need to want to win every game."

"The best team I played for"
16 Mar - Gary Lineker is not everyone's favourite, but it is nice to hear him at last remembering the brief spell he had after joining the best team in the world (according to World Soccer), who were creully denied the Championship and FA Cup double in 1986 by a spawny Liverpool side.  "They were also the only team I played for whose names I can still reel off - Southall, Stevens, van den Hauwe, Ratcliffe, Mountfield, Steven, Bracewell, Reid, Sheedy, Sharp and me."

"There's no club like it"
16 Mar - Evertonfc.tv commentator Darren Griffiths summed it up as David Moyes's heroic new charges withstood a second half barrage to hold on desperately to a 2-1 lead after Thomas Gravesen was stupidly sent off after half an hour.  Having taken the lead after just 27 seconds through David Unsworth, Everton were coasting on 12 minutes when Duncan Ferguson picked up a scuffed van der Saar clerarance to make it 2-0.  But Gravesen's dismissal for two bookable offences put the home side on the back foot and within 7 mins of the restart Fulham had scored through Malbranque.  The Blues had to throw everything into defence of their advantage, and Fulham hit the bar with 5 mins to go, but Everton's 10 men held out for a precious win.
Read this superb match report from Steve Bickerton

Gascoigne seals Burnley move
16 Mar - Paul Gascoigne is no longer an Everton player after leaving Goodison with barely a whisper to join Nationwide League Burnley who have picked up his contract until the end of the season.  After telling new boss David Moyes that he felt his future lay elsewhere during discussions on Friday morning, Gascoigne put pen to paper at Turf Moor after nearly two largely unproductive years with Everton.  He was signed by Walter Smith on a free transfer from Middlesbrough in the summer of 2000 and his loyalties obviously lay with his old boss as he didn't waste any time exiting the Goodison stage.

Moyes takes Goodison hotseat
14 Mar - Everton unveiled David Moyes as their new manager at a 7:15pm press conference after they came to an agreement with Preston over compensation for the 38 year-old Scot. Moyes agreed personal terms following negotiations yesterday evening and becomes Everton's fifth manager in 10 years.  Moyes takes full charge of team affairs immediately ahead of Saturday's crucial game with Fulham after Archie Knox cleared his Bellefield desk this morning.  Everton are rumoured to have agreed to pay £1M compensation to Preston for their new boss, slightly more if he secures the club's Premiership status this season.

The Blame Game
14 Mar - The media may be reacting with disbelief at the sacking of Walter Smith and accusing the Board and the fans of being unfairly hasty, but for those who have watched Everton's rapid descent into relegation danger with the realisation that the "canny Scot" had seemingly run out of ideas to get back to winning ways, the decision was a simple one.  It may yet prove to be a gamble but the reality is that even when he had things better, Smith never looked like restoring the club to its former glory.

Everton call time on Smith
13 Mar - Walter Smith's reign as Everton boss is officially over after the club confirmed his dismissal with a statement at a press conference this morning.  The 54 year-old Scot's contract has been "terminated" after 3 years and 8 months in the job following a miserable run of results and performances that left Bill Kenwright no option but seek a change in the Goodison hotseat.  The club did not name a successor but Preston North End have confirmed that Everton have made an official approach for David Moyes but denied he has a clause in his contract giving him permission to discuss offers to manage in the Premiership.  In the meantime, Archie Knox is in charge of team affairs ahead of Saturday's match-up with Fulham.

Young Guns through to Youth Cup semis
12 Mar - Everton's youngsters overcame a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1 against Nottingham Forest tonight in the 6th Round of the FA Youth Cup.  Having survived an onslaught of Forest pressure during which Andy Pettinger made some crucial saves before an goal gave the visitors the lead, the Blues hit back with young goalhound Wayne Rooney (who scored twice for England's U-17s at the weekend) scoring the first and setting up the winner for David Carney.  Everton last won this competition in 1998.

Refinancing package confirmed
12 Mar - Everton's refinancing package is described as selling bonds leveraged on future income from season-ticket sales.  The deal is touted to bring in £30M of much-needed cash, but Bill Kenwright will be able to pull this trick only the once, and it puts the club in hock for 25 years...

Waiting for the puff of white smoke
11 Mar - The pressure is mounting on Bill Kenwright and the Everton Board of Directors to take decisive action that will bring Walter Smith's blighted tenure as Manager of Everton to an end.  The Club and the media have been bombarded with demands that he should go: his four-year record of failure demands as much.  But, with the transfer deadline fast approaching, the Board of Directors are reported to be split over this critical issue...

The time for change, Bill, is now
10 Mar - Changing managers at this stage of the season might ordinarily be suicide but, with Everton's collapse gathering momentum, it might be the only thing that can save the club from the disaster of relegation.  With the team in utter disarray, surely it is the end of the road for Smith and Knox?  With 11 days left until the transfer deadline, a temporary manager and a new striker could provide the catalyst to propelling our once-great club to Premiership safety.  Lyndon Lloyd implores Bill Kenwright to have the courage to take the leap of faith.

So much for that talk of Europe…
10 Mar - Everton started well, even threatening the Boro goal, but a long ball ffrom Ince was header over Simonsen by Pistone and Whelan tapped in a simple opener.   Just 2 mins later, Boksic hits the bar, Nemeth follows up to head in off the post, followed 5 mins later by a third goal — another comedy of errors where Ince scored off Simonsen.  Everton put up a fair effort in the scond half, with Chadwick making a difference, but this surely must be the final nail in Walter Smith's guilded coffin.

Ginola jumps ship?
9 Mar - David Ginola has apparently walked out on Everton just 36 hours ahead of Sunday's FA Cup Quarter Final at Middlesbrough.  The 35 year-old winger is said to be furious that he will not be partnering Tomasz Radzinski at The Riverside in Kevin Campbell's absence.  The story is featured in today's edition of The Sun and, while Everton are expected to announce that he has a hamstring injury, reliable sources on Merseyside have informed us that the rumours he has walked are true.

Mickey meets Joe Dwyer
8 Mar - Staunch Kings Dock proponent, Mickey Blue Eyes, has been talking to Sir Joe Dwyer, head of Liverpool Vision, about the current status of the project.  In his own inimitable style, he debunks many of the scurilous rumours floating around, but cannot resist his ritual digs at an unidentified nemesis: the Melledrew Tendency....???

Survival in our own hands
7 Mar - Everton's destiny is in their own hands as the 2001/02 season enters the final straight. With win-at-all-costs games against fellow relegation candidates Bolton, Derby, Leicester and Blackburn between now and the terrifying finale at Highbury, Walter Smith's side will have no one to blame but themselves if 48 consecutive years of top-flight football come to a tragic end.

Relegation threat fails to spur insipid Everton
6 Mar - Walter Smith's Everton remain a point off the relegation zone after meekly allowing West Ham revenge for their 5-0 drubbing at Goodison in September.  Having shaded a first half in which the visitors at least created some chances, the Hammers pressed home their attacking superiority with the only goal when Joe Cole's shot deflected off Trevor Sinclair and past Steve Simonsen.  Smith's three substitutions after Kevin Campbell limped off failed to ignite any spark up front and there was barely a shot on goal for the Blues all second half.  We have a couple of really depressing fans' reports for you to read...

Smith gets one thing right
6 Mar - "I sense huge disappointment in the supporters, the directors, everybody."  Walter Smith tells Brian Viner of The Independent in yet another favourable media spin on his life at Goodison Park in this lengthy interview with the bealeagured Everton manager.

Walter Smith: The Reasons
5 Mar - The only person to leap to the defence of Walter Smth is Gary Tan from Singapore.  As ToffeeWeb Editor, I found it hard to refrain from comment, but I will just highlight one phrase: "We have been mismanaged for years and Walter Smith and Bill Kenwright cannot be blamed for that."
Er... Run that by me again...

Walter Smith: The Excuses
5 Mar - The litany of excuses that are usually meted out in defence of Walter Smith are analyzed and systematically debunked by long-time Everton fan Geoff Atherton in this unsolicited Fans Comment article.  As the squad returns to full fitness but the quality of football continues to be dire, is there anyone who has a good word to say about the defensive dross our manager calls football?

The China Syndrome
4 Mar - Following a strange report in the Daily Post that Everton were setting up a Youth Academy in China (don't laugh!), The Echo buries this denial by Ian Ross in another story: "Ted Sutton has accepted an invitation by the Chinese authorities to see how things operate over there.  They will exchange views and ideas.  That is the sole purpose of his visit." Can you say "Bernie Ecclestone"?

Everton miss gilt-edged opportunity
3 Mar - Everton's attacking short-comings were laid bare again as they failed to grab three crucial points from Leeds United who played 51 minutes with 10 men after Dominic Matteo was sent off for a second bookable offence. Referee Andy D'Urso had a characteristically appalling game, denying Tomasz Radzinski two clear penalties and failing to give Alan Smith his marching orders for three dreadful challenges. Tobias Linderoth missed perhaps the best chance when clear on goal and substitute David Ginola flashed an injury-time effort inches wide.

Goodison on the Grounds Tour
1 Mar - As part of his tour of English football grounds, Preston fan Steve Johnson visited Goodison Park recently and suffered the bore-draw with Crewe.  Aside from his unbelievably negative comments about Everton's scintillating football, his write-up provides an excellent independent fan's view of the Old Lady that is Goodison Park.

 

Snippets & Rumours


Ginola, injured, thinks ahead
31 Mar - David Ginola, who says a calf strain has kept him out of contention for any of David Moyes's games in charge so far, talks of how much the game has changed and how he should consider a different role, such as coaching.

Results are favourable
30 Mar - Everton slip just a place to 14th (below Fulham on goal difference) after a relatively favourable sequence of results in the Premiership today.

Naysmith & Hibbert out for the season!
30 Mar - Davis Moyes's options for building on youth in the critical season run-in were dealt a cruel blow as both Gary Naysmith and Tony Hibbert were ruled out for the duration — both requiring ankle surgery.

Celtic are after Ginola
30 Mar - The process of shipping out the old and the lame from Goodison Park could take another step if Celtic follow through on a declared interest in taking David Ginola north of the border.

Wilson's medal goes for £80k
28 Mar - Ray Wilson's 1966 World Cup-winning medal went for a hefty £80,750 at auction as the old Everton fullback mades a tough decision to sacrifice nostalgia in order to provide for his family's future.

Nyarko shows his face
28 Mar - Alex Nyarko made a surprise visit to Merseyside for the express purpose of introducing himself to his new manager, David Moyes!  Everton still hold the player's registration… will the Moyes magic wand be turned on him next???

Sky is really the limit!
28 Mar - Everton fan Tom O'Brien has a good rant about Sky TV's decision to rearrange Everton's televised game at Southampton next month with a stupid kick-off time: 5-15pm on a Saturday evening.

Internationals
27 Mar - In a busy night of Internationals, Moore, Weir, Gemmill, Blomqvist, Linderoth and Alexandersson were all in action for their respective countries.

Youths earn 1st leg advantage
27 Mar - Everton's youth team will take a one goal advantage to London for the second leg of the Youth Cup after winning 2-1 tonight thanks to goals by Carney and Symes -- both goals were, of course, created by Rooney.  Report by On telly again!
27 Mar - Following the addition of Southampton (A) to the PPV schedule, Everton's last home game of the season with Backburn the following weekend has been moved to Sunday April 28th at 4pm, live on Sky Sprorts 1.  That makes it
Andy Hinchcliffe retires
27 Mar - A key member of Joe Royle's FA Cup winning top-six side of the mid-1990s, Andy Hinchcliffe has been forced to retire following knee surgery.  How we need someone who could swing in corners like he used to

Moyes unlikey to be tempted
26 Mar - Deadline Day beckons… but David Moyes will hopefully resist any temptation to spend the limited transfer funds he has on any panic buys and instead concentrate on continuing to motivate the players he inherited — many of whom are internationals involved

Southampton kick-off put back
25 Mar - In a move guaranteed to alienate many travelling fans, Everton's game at Southampton on April 20 has been put back to a 5:15pm kick-off to accommodate the dictates of Pay-per-View tv.  The upside for exiles means (hopefully) yet another Everton tv da

Ginola bid from the Unibond League
25 Mar - Accrington Stanley have made an audacious bid to capture the silky skills and flowing locks of David Ginola.  "We are not amused" intoned an unidentified Goodison doorman.

Walter, thank you
25 Mar - Everton fan Phil Roberts outlines more of Walter Smith's failings at the Goodison helm but offers heartfelt thanks for his greatest achievement — forcing out Agent Johnson.

Vote for Duncan
24 Mar - Everton Newsgroup fans are pushing Duncan Ferguson for the PFA Fans Player of the Month award.  Click the link to put in your vote for the Big Yin.

Carsley withdrawn from Irish squad
24 Mar - Lee Carsley has been withdrawn from the Ireland squad after suffering knee-ligament damage that caused his early substitution at Derby.  Carsley is now likely to be missing for 3 or 4 weeks.

Post-match comments
23 Mar - David Moyes is happy for his players that they can celebrate a win in the league for the second Saturday in succession — something they have not been able to do all season long!

Modest Moyesy
23 Mar - "Don't expect miracles," David Moyes tells the fans before Saturday's thrilling game…  Well, it's a bit late now, David!  "We're going to try and implement one or two things which hopefully will be noticeable…"  Oh, we noticed alright! 

Why the 50-50 split?
22 Mar - The reason for the small but significant change in ownership and investment split for the Kings Dock is finally revealed in the latter part of this Daily Post Business News article on Kings Dock housing partners.

Finance Package confirmed
22 Mar - Everton have confirmed the completion of the £30M financing package that is leveraged against the future sales of season tickets.  David Moyes has less than a weak to pursue some good player investments with at least part of the loot.

Gazza's paranoia
22 Mar - Ian Ross expresses his puzzlement at Gazza's parting shot, wherein he talked of an unidentified backstabber who did for him at Everton.

Hall of Fame
22 Mar - The 4th Annual Gwladys Street Hall of Fame dinner took place at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool on Thursday night.  An absolutely top night was had by the 500 for so dedicated Everton fans and Blueblood supporters lucky enough

It's "The People's Club"!
21 Mar - The editor of The Echo does his best to downplay and defuse the inflamatory repercussions developing in response to the words uttered by David Moyes to describe Everton's standing in the City of Liverpool.

The new Manager and the old Captain
21 Mar - Ian Mills finds time among his A-Levels to tell us about Captain Duncan and a nice gesture from Bill Kenwright on the night he appointed David Moyes as the new Everton manager.

West Brom fail with Ginola bid
21 Mar - West Brom's attempt to pick up David Ginola from Everton has apparently come to nought.

Blomqvist selected for Sweden
20 Mar - Jesper Blomqvist passed another milepost in his recovery from long-term injury when he was selected for the Sweden squad along with his fellow Everton midfielders, Linderoth and Alexandersson.

Young reserve moves on
20 Mar - Everton Reserves midfielder Tom Kearney has joined Bradford City on a free transfer until the end of the season.  Kearney made six appearances for the reserves this season.

Saturday's game is on telly
19 Mar - Evertonians exiled in Europe and overseas should take note that Everton's next game — away at Derby County on Saturday — will be one of the two live / tape-delayed Premiership matches broadcast on tv throughout the world.

FA Youth Cup Dates
19 Mar - The home leg of the FA Youth Cup semi-final against Spurs will be played at Goodison Park on Wednesday 27 March at 7pm.  The return leg is at White Hart Lane, the following Wednesday 3 April, also at 7pm.

Boa Morte conned Ref!
19 Mar - Well, it doesn't actually say that Thomas Gravesen was the unwitting victim of a cunning plan to get him sent off.  He may have made no contact, but that doesn't matter as the ref is assessing the intent of the challenge.  Is he ever going to l

Hallelujah!
18 Mar - "A manager who has been at a club for almost four seasons ought to bear some responsibility for a fundamental inability to score goals." Take a bow, Paul Wilson of The Observer, the first journo to grasp the Evertonian lament of Smith's regime.

Howie knows youth is the future
18 Mar - We missed this one on Friday, but Howard Kendall makes a lot of sense when he talks of the way Walter Smith sold off the youth of the club, much to its detriment.

Back-stabbed Gazza wanted out
17 Mar - It sounds a bit paranoid, but Gazza claims that he was stabbed in the back by someone at Everton regarding his renewed relationship with ex-wife Sheryl, and this is why he wanted to leave Everton — before Smith was sacked.

Ferguson caps unlikely
17 Mar - It appears that Bertie Voights will not be successful in persuading Duncan Ferguson to reverse his long-standing decision about NOT playing for the Scottish FA.  Good on ya, Duncan!

Gravesen misses Bolton
17 Mar - Thomas Gravesen's red card against Fulham will cost Everton his services for the home game against Bolton Wanderers on Easter Monday (April 1st).

Campbell may be next
16 Mar - The rumour from a number of sources is that Kevin Campbell could also be close to leaving Everton, with a move to either Charlton or Villa on the cards...

Moyes's passion already evident
16 Mar - As his newly-acquired players left the pitch following today's epic 2-1 victory over Fulham, David Moyes made sure that captain Ferguson and his players acknowledged the supporters who raised the Goodison roof.  Don't you just love this guy already?!

O'Hanlon stays behind
16 Mar - It would appear that Kelham O'Hanlon, assistant manager at Preston, has decided not to join David Moyes in his new role at Everton — the People's Club!

Viewpoint: Winds of change
16 Mar - With the bright Blue future of the Kings Waterfront project offering hope for a new dawn, Lyndon Lloyd argues that the Moyes appointment promises to lay the foundations for a revolutionised and modern Everton.

The Rumour Mill
15 Mar - Walter Smith could join Manchester United as Sir Alex's right-hand man in the summer and strong rumours suggest that David Moyes's first signing has been sealed: Jason Koumas from Tranmere for £2.7m

Transfer deadline day
15 Mar - It seems as though we were mis-informed of the date of the deadline for incoming transfers.  The English transfer deadline is 5pm on 28th March and not the 21st as we were first led to believe.

Reserves beat Bradford
14 Mar - Andy Holden took his reserves side over to Bradford City and came away with a great 2-1 win despite few first-team players (Tal, Cleland) being involved.  Southern got both goals.

Survival of the fittest
14 Mar - A sympathetic Stephen Bierley looks at the dismal state of the School of Science in this piece from The Guardian.

Ashley Ward!
14 Mar - The thought that Walter Smith was actively engaged in trying to bring Bradford City's star striker Ashley Ward to Goodison Park provides an approriate epitaph marking the end of his era.  Ward has been relegated with Norwich, Barnsley, Blackburn and

£1.2m for Moyes?
14 Mar - Soccernet /The Daily Mail suggest that Preston will be seeking over a million pounds in compensation for the loss of David Moyes. They expect Moyes's personal terms to be agreed, but plenty of wrangling at boardroom level as well.

Big Nev binned
13 Mar - While he was busy mouthing off at the Goodison board for dismissing Walter and arguing that relegation would be good for Everton, Nationwide Conference club Dover Athletic have sacked Neville Southall as their manager.

Meanwhile, the dogfight continues
13 Mar - While Everton sort through their managerial crisis, Blackburn Rovers and Ipswich Town went head to head tonight in a relegation showdown that saw Sour-ness' men come out on top 2-1.

Monaco hope to sign Nyarko permanently
13 Mar - French League side Monaco have announced that they would like to make Ghanaian midfielder Alex Nyarko's loan from Everton a permanent move. Rumours suggest Everton have rejected an initial bid of around £2m; the club are hoping for at least £3

Journos still defending Smith
12 Mar - Although the mood of the fans is finally being recognized by the media, journos are still happy to ignore Smith's flaws and trot out the usual litany of excuses.

In the next 48 hours…
12 Mar - With Bill Kenwright in London, and not due back on Merseyside until later in the week, no snap decision on Walter Smith's future is expected, despite rampant anticipation among Evertonians.

Boro Match Report
12 Mar - For those with the inner strength to analyse Sunday's dismal defeat, Richard Marland has sent in his usually perceptive match report.

Running on empty
11 Mar - Colm Kavanagh turns his focus on the Everton Board, who must bear the brunt of responsibility for the dire straits Everton now find themselves in.

He's got values, so that's OK
11 Mar - James Lawton of The Independent is the latest in a long line of journalists refusing to lay any blame for Everton's malaise at the feet of Walter Smith. Sadly Smith's "values" aren't producing attacking football at Goodison at the moment.

Club in Cream talks
11 Mar - Everton have confirmed that they are in talks with Liverpool nightclub Cream about a possible sponsorship deal when the contract with One2One expires at the end of this season. Cream owner James Barton is an Everton fan.

And so the rumours begin
11 Mar - Walter and Archie to be turfed out of Goodison over the next couple of days?  So says a message board source.  And according to TEAMTalk, Joe Royle will take temporary charge.

ToffeeWeb Poll
10 Mar - With Everton without a league win since mid-January and the spectre of relegation looming, the club is at a cross-roads with 9 games left.  Would changing managers be suicidal or is it our only hope?  You decide: v

Falling Giants
10 Mar - With Walter Smith shrugging off yet another humiliating disaster for Everton as a bit "disappointing" but nothing to fall on his sword over, the stronger reaction of long-suffering fans is beginning to flow…  The latest are from Phil O'Shea at the Ev

One last hurrah?
9 Mar - As the end of Paul Gascoigne's turbulent career draws ever nearer, Kevin McCarra in The Times hopes that the ageing star can produce perhaps one more imperious exhibition of his skill and creativity before the fans, if he plays a surprise starting

More feedback from the fans
8 Mar - More Everton fans are sending in their views on the current increasingly dire situation at Everton.

Boro Meet in Chicago
7 Mar - For Stateside Blues in the Windy City, the newly formed Everton US Supporters Club — Chicago branch will be meeting bright and early on Sunday at 7am CST in Gingers Ale House to watch the Boro match *Live*.

Open letter to Ken Rogers
7 Mar - Neil Wolstenholme has been driven to express his frustrations to Ken Rogers at The Echo.

Campbell set to miss Riverside tie
7 Mar - Kevin Campbell has to be rated a major doubt for Sunday's FA Cup Quarter Final clash at Middlesbrough after limping off against West Ham with suspected knee ligament damage. He must wait 24 hours for conf

The Media Love Affair
6 Mar - Brian Viner's lengthy interview with Walter Smith fits in well with what Everton fan Peter Fearon describes in detail as a baffling media love affair with the dour Scot.  Why?

Naysmith may play
6 Mar - Gary Naysmith appears to have recovered from ankle ligament damage and is inculded in the squad for tonight's game at West Ham.

The gap gets ever narrower
5 Mar - Defeats for Derby at Arsenal and Bolton at Sunderland will gladden Everton hearts but Blackburn's victory over Aston Villa brings Souness' men to within a point.

Everton fined £25k
5 Mar - Everton were found guilty of failing to control their players in the fracas at Fulham, but were only fined a tenth of the maximum £250k penalty allowed under the FA's new rule.

Burnley bid for Gazza
5 Mar - Burnley have made enquiries about the availability of Paul Gascoigne, who has been dropped from the Everton first-team squad for the last three games.  But Walter Smith says he is going nowhere.

Nick Chadwick: Goalscorer
4 Mar - Whisper is quietly, but there is this kid who plays for the reserves… and he scores goals for fun.  Everton drew 1 - 1 with Sheffield Wednesday at the Halton Stadium in Widnes this evening.

Blame the Ref
4 Mar - The appalling Andy D'Urso gets the full blame for Everton's inability to defeat the 10 men of dirty Leeds.

Radzinski only needs to score…
3 Mar - "All I know is that, if I score goals, we have a chance of surviving in the League and progressing in the FA Cup.  Let's face it, it's high time the strikers started striking."

More blandishments form Smith
2 Mar - "As the last few games have shown, we are a much better team when we can play two genuine strikers together." — but we still can't beat 10-man Leeds!

Ginola needs more time
1 Mar - David Ginola asks Everton fans for patience as he needs time to regain sufficient match fitness that will bring more magic from his boots. 

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