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[Season Diary]

May 2004

If it happened and it was Everton-related, it's right here in the comprehensive Season Diary.
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 May 2004

News Headlines & Features

Season Comparisons
31 May - We got a request some time ago to take a look at something that used to be a feature in Everton Matchday programmes of the 1960s: a direct comparison between this season and last, based on points earned against each opponent.  Pity we couldn't have chosen a better season to start with: the points accumulation spirals deep into the red, as you'd expect...  We also added in the differences in attendances which highlites an additional 9,000 Blues who went to league games at Goodison this season.

ESA Committee, an inside view
29 May - ESA Executive Committee member and Independent Blue, Ian Macdonald, sets the record straight regarding the difficulties the committee had following the Reform Group's coup last year that wrested control from the Old Guard. Ian makes an empassioned plea for Blues to stop the backbiting and infighting tipified by Michael Durkin's robust outburst that calls for the wholesale resignation of the Executive Committee at next Tuesday's ESA AGM.

Tell us what is going on
28 May - The unannounced and unexplained postponement / cancellation of Thursday's EFC Board Meeting provides a classic example of the lack of communication coming from the Club to the fans, especially after the frustration Bill Kenwright moaned about concerning the Goodison rumour mill.  Evertonians for Change call upon the the Club to communicate with the supporters directly and publicly as an obvious means for neutralizing the rumours.

McFadden on target again
27 May - Jamie McFadden scored the solitary winner for Scotland, jinking and swerving his way through a stubborn defence to beat three players before driving a shot past Estonia keeper Martin Kaalma from the edge of the box, sending yet another message back to David Moyes that his preferred position is as a striker.

Birch appointment is confirmed
26 May - Everton have confirmed what everyone already knew with the announcement that Trevor Birch will be the club's new CEO effective 1st June. Michael Dunford, who was promoted to the position from that of Club Secretary three years ago, steps aside at the end of his contract for a man who has earned a reputation for sorting out clubs with massive financial problems. A former Liverpool player, Birch is an emphatic step towards putting a professional business operation into action at Goodison Park and is seen as a welcome move by most. What do you think?

Boardroom shake-up near
26 May - In the Liverpool Echo, David Prentice suggests that a major shake-up of the Everton Board of Directors is imminent, with Sir Philip Carter finally stepping down after overseeing almost two decades of decline.  With the Everton Rumour Mill in full swing, no-one is admitting to anything but there is a Board meeting on Thursday, when sparks are expected to fly.  The latest indications are that Director Keith Tamlin will also step down, with Bill Kenwright becoming Chairman.

Lies, damned Lies and rumours
25 May - Need help figuring out what's going on at Everton FC?  Confused by all the claims and counter-claims, rumours, and downright lies?  Struggling to tell if Billy K is telling us the truth or spinning us with a bit of theatrical flourish?  Rob Fox has painstakingly pieced it all together in this weighty Fans' Comment article that you need to wade through to put your mind in order...

Don't Fear the Reaper
24 May - With rumours circulating that Everton are to sack Michael Dunford from his post as Everton CEO and bring in Trevor Birch, Paul Holmes provides some timely insight into the nature and means of the man who he expects will have a critical role in securing the club's future.  Although Paul warns that one of his skills is... asset-stripping.

The glass is half full
21 May - Two new Fans Comment articles, both penned before the Bluehouse meeting, Bill Kenwright's responses in the Echo, and the approach to Alan Smith, offer a surprisingly upbeat message for the close season. Emma Caulfeld retains faith in David Moyes, Bill Kenwright and the potential for a 5m transfer kitty; Tom Hadley, meanwhile, feels that August and not now will be the time to panic if no new faces arrive.  Unfortunately, if the fans sit on their hands now, August might be too late!  Perhaps this inspiring analogue from the North American NHL, provided by John Horan should give us the impetus we need to make some changes now.

Fans' Meeting at the Bluehouse
20 May - Over 300 Everton fans crowded into the Bluehouse pub near Goodison Park on Wednesday night for a meeting called by Ian Macdonald of the Everton Independent Supporters Association.  They were addressed by Prof Tom Cannon, Joe Beardwood, Frank Hargreaves, Mark Edwards, Carl Roper, and Ian Macdonald.   The group then formulated a series of questions for the Everton Board, the ultimate source of the Club's problems.

Is it really this bad?
19 May - More questions than answers from Everton fan Stephen Burton, who mulls over the difficult issues facing Everton this summer as we struggle to come to terms with what this all means for the future of the Club.  It's so sad that many fans are now talking of selling Rooney as some magic solution to our ills just when the opposite message needs to be sent to the Board.  Thankfully, David Moyes has ruled out this ridiculous notion but as we know only too well, it may not be enough to prevent the Board from doing just that.

Shootout coming soon?
18 May - You might have expected Colm Kavanagh to be the prime ranter when it comes to summing up Everton's dreadful collapse this season, but Colm appears to have an uncanny sense that there are yet more sparks set to fly at Goodison in the close season as the tensions run deep behind the scenes between players, manager, management, CEO, Board, and individual directors...

Nil Satis Nisi Optimum
16 May - No doubt we are going to receive a lot of articles like this one from Declan Burke during the next few days... weeks... months? as we all dwell on the parlous state of Everton Football Club and our decidedly dodgy prospects for the next Premiership season.  A lot has been said already about the problems at Board level, the abject lack of commitment from many of the players, who are simply not good enough.  David Moyes himself is clearly under no illusions anymore.

Utterly, utterly pathetic
15 May - Pride, the fans, 14th place, 2m extra prize money... apparently none of it was sufficiently important for the players to give a toss as they were soundly thrashed by Manchester City, leaving this once-proud club in 17th place in the Premiership. Abysmal defending allowed City to score three times before the break and add two more late on as it became abundantly clear that a lot of these players have little or no desire to play for David Moyes. Kevin Campbell bundled home a consolation for the Blues on the hour mark for his first of the season but it is going to be a long and very painful summer.

Cashing in the Golden Boy
14 May - As the inevitable rumours linking Wayne Rooney with a not-so-big money transfer to Manchester United or Chelsea gather momentum again and seed fear among the hearts of Evertonians everywhere, controversial ToffeeWeb columnist Peter Fearon explains the change of heart that brings him to the conclusion that Everton have to sell Wayne Rooney. Of course, that is to assume many things not least the questionable ability of the club to get the right price and spend the money wisely and under-estimate how much the Golden Boy embodies the Blues' future in the minds of the fans.

City Centre Superstore announced
12 May - Everton will finally open a city-centre superstore that could double the Club's retail revenue.  The Club has secured a site on Ranelagh Street outside Central Station which is set to open on 22 May 2004.  Why, Oh why has it taken this long, Mr Dunford?

Stating the obvious
10 May - Despite the title of this opinion piece, Nick Armitage makes a refreshing diversion from the doom, gloom, and fear-mongering of recent weeks.  He dwells instead on the positives he sees within the current Everton squad and encourages fans to renew their season tickets so that David Moyes can continue the work he started (despite the extended downward blip), rolling over he squad into a younger, better team.
Reader responses

Last home game falls flat
8 May - The fans showed their support with a sell-out for the final home game of the season but two goals from Youri Djorkaeff condemned Everton to a numbing second successive defeat at Goodison.  The Blues started brightly and Duncan Ferguson, a surprise starter, should have scored but slipped at the crucial moment; it was Bolton who broke the deadlock after 12 minutes.  Everton fell flat after the goal and didn't perk up until after the break with an improved display.  Leon Osman set up Ferguson for the equaliser with 22 minutes left and the home side were denied a penalty soon afterwards, the referee awarding a free kick in the area for a backpass which Rooney fired into the wall.  With three minutes left, the ball squirmed through to Djorkaeff and he slipped it past Martyn to hand the visitors the lead once more... yet another late goal conceded by David Moyes's men.  Reports from Simon, Paul and Jonathan.

Fans Comment Special
6 May - With the end of the season drawing near, the frustration levels are rising among the supporters, as evidenced by the tide of feedback and articles we have been receiving at ToffeeWeb Towers. Here are four more of your submissions:
Give him a new contract? You've got to be joking
Speculate to accumulate
Get rid of the Gravedigger?
Power to the people

6 May - Peter Fearon's stinging criticism of David Moyes has prompted a mixed response. However, in a measured article, Ted Neeson ponders just how much the manager is able to motivate the players and how much that responsibility they must bear themselves. He also takes a look at what motivates different players; whatever it is that drives Moyes's charges, it has clearly been missing this season.

Get Carter
4 May - Comments and opinions are flowing thick and fast as we enter the final stretch of this dismal season, with few more loquacious than Colm Kavanagh (his last Corner excepted!).  This time he focusses a little more on the failures at Board level that have seen Everton continue to struggle on and off the pitch.

True Love not enough
3 May - Despite having put in what he would want us to believe have been his best efforts over the past five years, it is clear to many that the leadership of Bill Kenwright is leading Everton nowhere.  Steve Thompson believes it is now time for him to surrender control to someone who has the necessary resources to turn us around... before it is too late.

This glass is not even half-empty
2 May - Of course, since yesterday's installment in the continuing debacle that is Everton this season, we have received many positive messages, optimistically forecasting how great we will be next season... but amongst this onslaught, these two submissions stood out for their honesty and candor in telling it like it really is.

Another pathetic capitulation
1 May - Leon Osman showed the way on his first senior start giving Everton the perfect start with a goal after two minutes but the team's inability to play for more than 45 minutes hit home once again.  Osman repaid the fans' faith in his abilities by latching onto a James McFadden cross and heading in the opening goal, before Wayne Rooney chipped narrowly wide and McFadden forced a good save from Paul Jones.  Just before half time, Rooney missed with just the 'keeper to beat.  The second half was all Wolves and Henri Camara unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner to level the game on the hour mark leaving Carl Cort to claim a late winner when, unchallenged, he headed Kennedy's free kick past Martyn.



Snippets & Rumours

More responses to MBE
31 May - Mike Owen and Anne Asquith, both members of the Everton Shareholders Executive Committee, have responded to the accusations made against them by Michael Durkin (aka Mickey Blue Eyes) on the Bluekipper website (see below).

McFadden sets up a nice one
30 May - Scotland cruised to a 4-1 win over Trinidad & Tobago at Easter Road, with Jamie McFadden laying on the first goal after 6 mins with a clever back-heel.  Meanwhile, Tomasz Radzinski could do little to prevent his Canadian side falling 1-0 to Wales in Wrexham; BBC Report

Palace return to the Bigtime
29 May - Everton will be playing Crystal Palace in next season's Premiership after they beat fellow Londoners West Ham United 1-0 to win the Divison One Playoff Final, joining Norwich and West Brom as the promoted clubs.

Radz eyes World Cup Finals
29 May - Tomasz Radzinski plays for his adopted Canadia against The Royal Duchy of Wales in Wrexham on Sunday with half an eye on qualifying for the 2006 World Cup from the Concacaf region, some 20 games hence.

Colm's Open Letter to MBE
29 May - Colm Kavangh responds directly to Michael "Mickey Blue Eyes" Durkin over his paranoid call (see below) for the ESA Executive Committee to be sent packing at next Tuesday's AGM.

More Long Knives at the ESA AGM?
28 May - Long-time critic of pretty much everyone and everything Evertonian, Mickey Blue Eyes wades in against the current power base within Everton Shareholders Association ahead of next Tuesday's AGM claiming the Executive Committee should all be ousted for their stance on some ridiculous conflict of interest issue that has neutrailzed their effectiveness as a voice for the small EFC shareholders.

Board meeting postponed
28 May - Yesterday's planned meeting of the Everton Board of Directors has been postponed, putting the Goodison Rumour Mill in high gear, with conspiracy theories centering on a tussle between Bill Kenwright and Paul Gregg over who replaces Sir Philip Carter as Chairman.

We should have gone down!
27 May - That's what ZOO Magazine thinks, the cheeky bastards.  Claiming we benefited from a handball decision against Leicester, the Foxes also suffered in their game against Arsenal.  But hey, the Table never lies!

Moyes rejects Radzinski rumours
27 May - Everton have flatly denied reports that Fulham have made a 1.5m offer for Tomasz Radzinski who is the subject of on-going speculation regarding his future as he stalls on a new contract.

Goodbye, Mr Dunford
27 May - Michael Dunford's nine-year tenure in the Everton corporate hierarchy first as Club Secretary and then CEO will end when Trevor Birch takes up the post of CEO next Tuesday.  If only it were true that Everton was run as well as Arsenal...

Rathbone still busy
27 May - Everton Physio Mike Rathbone still has plenty of work to do repairing the injuries Everton players picked up in the last few games... almost as if they collectively gave up on Moyes's objective of winning every game?

Smith to join United
26 May - 55% of you thought he would be a good signing (even at 7m) but, as expected, Alan Smith will today join Manchester United.

Moyes talking with Paul Dickov
26 May - As promised, David Moyes has told Everton fans that he is talking to 31-year-old Paul Dickov, the Leicester striker who could be available for a "nominal" transfer fee of around 100k.

Szetala deal close
25 May - Teenage American midfield prospect Danny Szetala is expected to join Everton's Youth Academy on his imminent return from Argentina where he is on duty with the US U-18s.

Thais talking to Everton
24 May - The Thais who wanted to invest heavily in Liverpool are talking to three other clubs, including Everton, in case their deal with Liverpool falls through.

EfC want open public debate
24 May - Everton for Change (EfC) do not think that Bill Kenwright went into enough detail when answering the 10 questions put to him in a leaflet from the fans last week, and are asking for something like a radio phone-in that would allow fans to get to the heart of the issues.

Everton laugh off latest Roomours
23 May - Everton laughed off the latest rumours in the Sunday People endeavouring to convince its gullible readers that a massive deal for Everton's young starlet has been completed.

Bernie Mullin, President & CEO
22 May - Here's a topical story about a smart Evertonian who has taken self-improvement to heart... and made himself the President & CEO of a massive sports entity in the USA...

Taking the piss!
21 May - David Prentice, who is more likely to be closer to the truth than most, makes a stinging attack on the players who gave up working for David Moyes and played their woeful part in Everton's lowest points total since 1889. Superb!

Blues in sponsor negotiations
21 May - Everton announce on the official site that they are close to unveiling their new shirt sponsor, probably within the next couple of weeks. With an increase in televised games overseas next season, it's come down to two bidders a Far Eastern firm and a multi-national and will "eclipse" the Kejian deal.

Bill provides more responses
21 May - Bill Kenwright tackles some of the hardest questions about his tenure at Goodison Park, and responds with his usual passion, making it really sound like he is doing everything possible, despite the continually grinding rumour mill... so who are we to believe?

ToffeeWeb Player of the Season
21 May - Only 2% voted him as the best of the 4 signings Moyes made last September in our quick poll, but there was little doubt who would be voted your ToffeeWeb Player of the Season. With almost 2/3s of the votes, take a bow, Nigel Martyn.

Everton bid 7M for Alan Smith
20 May - ... or not!  Leeds Director Peter Lorimer seems a bit confused on the matter, claiming that a bid is imminent as has now been confirmed on the Official Everton Website.  But Alan Smith apparently wants to go to Man Utd... It all raises many questions.

Bill's empassioned responses
20 May - In tonight's Liverpool Echo, Bill Kenwright has provided answers to the ten questions put to him in the leaflet circulated at Eastlands last Saturday.  The official website also carries his responses.  So everybody should be happy now, right?

City Centre Superstore opens
20 May - Everton finally opened a store in Liverpool city centre today, with Sir Philip Carter doing the honours.  Fans report that the store is a good size and well stocked, although new Umbro kits will not go on sale for some months yet...

Shareholders Assoc. Statement
20 May - The Shareholders Association have issued a statement following last night's meeting of fans at the Blue House endorsing efforts by all Evertonians fans, shareholders and club officials alike to seek a solution the club's current crisis. The Shareholders AGM on June 1st is expected to support the motion for an EGM of the club as soon as possible.

Youngsters sign on
19 May - 16-year-old Icelandic youngster Bjarni Thor Vidarsson has joined the Everton Youth Acaademy on a three-year deal.  Everton also announced professional contracts for just two of their senior Academy players: Anthony Gerrard and Daniel Fox.

Come to the Bluehouse tonight
19 May - Ian Macdonald believes the fans need to come together to discuss what options we have to save Everton.  True Evertonians are invited to meet at the Bluehouse (the Stanley Park pub next to the Megastore) at 8pm tonight, Wednesday 19 May, where they will work to find an answer to the Club's woes.

Pistone and Irvine come to blows?
19 May - According to The Mirror, Alessandro Pistone and assistant manager Alan Irvine went mano y mano in a training-ground brawl recently.  If rumours of dissent in the squad weren't so rife you could shrug this off because of the source's reputation but, reading between the lines, it seems to have occurred between the Wolves and Bolton debacles.

Moyes answers the fans
19 May - David Moyes answered calls from Everton fans on an exclusive web chat today.  The Official Everton website is carrying this transcript.

Youngsters moving on
19 May - Everton Under-19 player Joey Jones has joined Maccelsfield Town; Robert Booth and Gavin Lynch have secured extended trials at Blackpool and Bournemouth respectively after being released by the club.

Echo: Moyes gets a paltry 1.5M
18 May - According to the Echo, that's the budget David Moyes is limited to in terms of improvements to the squad, unless he sells to buy...  Since this sum includes new players' wages (perhaps all it represents is the average wage of the 12 players released yesterday ~2,500 a week!), there won't even be any small transfer fees involved.

New Academy gets the nod
18 May - No less a figure than Sir Philip Carter has announced that Everton's proposed new training academy at Halewood has finally received planning permission.  That's were the good news ends, however, as the club must now secure planning permission for development at Bellefield and then sell the old training ground before they will have the money to actually start building the new facility.

Fulham to up bid for Radzinski
18 May - Will 1.5M be enough to prize Radzinski away from Everton?  Or is David Moyes trying to get Sean Davis thrown in as well?

Gravesen stalls on new deal
17 May - Thomas Gravesen has told Everton that they will have to bring in new players before he will consider signing a new contract. 'Thomas has had four fantastic years at this club, and he wants to stay, but that demands changes in the squad, and we have clearly told this to Moyes,' his agent, John Sivebaek, told a Danish newspaper.

Moyes won't take up Jeffers option
17 May - As expected, David Moyes has turned down the opportunity to turn Francis Jeffers' season loan into a permanent contract. The striker returns to an uncertain future at Arsenal.

Rooney named in Euro 2004 squad
17 May - Unsurpisingly, Wayne Rooney was named as one of four strikers in England's squad for Euro 2004 this summer. Richard Wright is on standby while Nigel Martyn held true to his word and declined an invitation to be included.

Clarke offered a one-year deal
17 May - As David Moyes realizes he could be desperately short of players next season, he has offered defender Peter Clarke the opportunity to extend his expiring contract for a further 12 months.

Everton not after Phad Thai
17 May - Everton have denied stories suggesting that they are one of the other Premiership clubs courting the Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra for his (ill-gotten?) mega-millions, should Liverpool reject his bid.

Contract Status
16 May - As we enter what promises to be a period of turmoil and change for the Everton Squad, this new ToffeeWeb page tracks the contract status of all our senior squad players, and highlights the deadwood expected to leave during the summer.

We need to buck our ideas up
16 May - So says Kevin Campbell about the Everton players on the Official Site, which would be great if it weren't too late!  This kind of rally cry should have come three months ago!

Moyes promises changes
15 May - Following another shameful away performance that caps an equally miserable season, David Moyes says big changes will be made and seeks to assure fans that he won't sell Wayne Rooney to fund his squad building. 

Moyes talks tough
15 May - David Moyes, in this piece from The Mirror (published before today's culminating catastrophe) talks about massive changes coming in the summer, perhaps confirming rumours sent to us that he "lost" the squad in a major row after the Wolves fiasco two weeks ago. 

Reds topple Blues on penalties
14 May - Liverpool won the Liverpool Senior Cup Final tonight 9-8 on penalties after the teams had battled to a 1-1 draw during normal time.

Fulham offer for Radz rejected
14 May - According to The Echo, David Moyes has turned down flat a miserly 900,000 bid for Tomasz Radzinski who has still to give the Blues an answer regarding their recent contract offer.

Evertonians for Change - Website
14 May - Evertonians for Change has announced the launch of its website; click on the link above.   They have also announced the date of their first Public Platform Meeting; this will take place on Tuesday 1 June 2004 at the The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool.  All concerned Blues are welcome.  More details on the website.

Not all doom and gloom
13 May - Rob Fox provides insightful analysis into the current situation on and off the field at Goodison Park and concludes that there is hope for the future.
Reader responses

Player of the Month: April
13 May - There were only two players in it for the month of April and together they picked up 85% of the votes but Joseph Yobo was the clear winner this month. It's also time to vote for your Player of the Season.

What is to be done
13 May - Two more Fans Comment articles: "Mad Dog" laments our current mediocrity while Chris Arellano hopes that David Moyes will get the backing he requires.

Everton ball charity auction
13 May - Over on, Weston Spirit are auctioning off for charity an Everton football signed by the current team.  Weston Spirit is a national youth charity tackling issues of social exclusion in young people through Personal Development programmes and projects.

Youngsters' task too much
12 May - Everton's Under-17 Youth Academy side couldn't make a dent in Aston Villa's 4-goal lead from the first leg of the national FA Youth Academy League final, drawing 1-1 at Goodison Park tonight in front of 1,300-odd fans.

Nyarko may face a deal breaker!
12 May - When Alex Nyarko joined Everton in July 2000, the maximum time granted on a work permit was four years, but Nyarko signed a five-year deal with Everton (go figure!).  If the Department of Employment refuses to grant the player an extra 12 months this summer, Everton will have to pay up the remainder of his contract and allow Nyarko to leave for nothing!  Oh dear, Mr Dunford!

12 May - In an article submitted to ToffeeWeb, John Hughes takes a Championship Manager-esque look at David Moyes's options, both in terms of existing and potential personnel.

Keep your nerve
11 May - As we continue in our lengthy series of Fans Comment articles, Mike Iddon believes that David Moyes remains the key to Everton's future.

Vote for Nigel Martyn
11 May - BBC Radio 5 Live is having a vote for the best over-35 player of the season and Nigel Martyn is one of the 8 candidates but he's wallowing in third place and he needs your vote.

Evertonians for Change!
10 May - Time for a change?  Want your opinion on the current state of affairs to be heard at Everton FC?  Then lend your support to this new fans group by sending an e.mail to Carl Roper, who is spearheading EfC Evertonians for Change.

Bet on the drop next season?
10 May - The fears of many Evertonians are reflected in this analytical assessment from the Square Football betting website of Everton's prospects in next season's Premiership campaign... although it is a bit of a contrast from this earlier piece!

Len Capeling pulls no punches
10 May - In the Daily Post, Uncle Len sums up the dire straits in which Everton find themselves as this dreadful season draws to an end.

Tangled webs we weave
10 May - The normally sober Sporting Life has taken David Moyes's heartfelt post-match comments, added the leaked news of a new four-year deal for the manager, and deduced that Bill Kenwright is now the target of fan frustrations.

The Holy Trinity
9 May - For the first time since they played so effectively as a fabulous midfield trio, Ball, Kendall and Harvey were back together at Goodison last weekend for a fabulous night of nostalgia laid on by Bluenose Promotions.  Ian Macdonald was there to record their reminiscences for posterity.

Something has to change
8 May - There is some meagre reassurance that David Moyes refuses to hide, and he reacts as we do to the sorry displays put forward by his charges, whom he can no longer inspire.  He needs money... but will he get any?

Moyes to be offered new deal
7 May - Everton will move to secure the services of David Moyes for four more seasons by offering him an extension to his current contract which expires in two years' time.

Moyes: I'm embarrassed
6 May - David Moyes says that he greeted the effective confirmation of Everton's safety from relegation not with joy but embarrassment. He aims to win both remaining games, something Everton haven't done since 1996.

New home strip unveiled
6 May - Everton's new home strip, the third in as many seasons, has been unveiled on the official site. The biggest change is not the shirts which, because we Blues are a traditional bunch, change so little but the socks which return to traditional white. Overall, not bad at all.

Player of the Month: April
5 May - The final PotM vote before we open the voting for Player of the Season in mid-May. Vote for your man for April now.

Kilbane may need surgery
5 May - Kevin Kilbane may need surgery to remove small pieces of bone from his ankle that cause a problem when he stikes the ball.  It's been a problem for some years, but apparently not a big enough one to have prevented him from passing a transfer medical...

Moyes confident of support
5 May - Sounding more like a palliative to the disillusioned fanbase, David Moyes believes that Bill Kenwright will make funds available for him this summer, and that they have learnt from last season's frustrating episode with Sean Davis.  Well, that's good news then, isn't it?

New strip unveiled Thursday
4 May - The new home strip will be unveiled on Thursday and the players will wear it during the final home game of the season on Saturday. It will be available to buy in July.

Young guns shot down by Villa
4 May - Everton's Under-17 Youth Academy side are all but beaten in the Playoff Final for the national title after going down 5-1 tonight at Villa Park.  The return leg is at Goodison Park next Wednesday; admission is FREE.

Same old, same old
4 May - David Unsworth and Tomasz Radzinski have both been offered contract extensions of two years something of a volte face in Unsworth's case, and questionable in the case of Radzinski, whose miss-rate in front of goal is becoming an embarrassment. Meanwhile, the Daily Post claims both players will hold out for three-year deals!!!

False Messiah
4 May - David Moyes has escaped much of the flak that has been levelled at Everton for the dismal state of the Club as we limp wearily to season's end.  But Peter Fearon grabs the nettle and identifies the self-imposed limitations that have made things even worse for Moyes... our False Messiah?
Reader responses

Naysmith having surgery now
3 May - Given a new ankle injury that puts Gary Naysmith out for what is left of the season, Everton have decided to operate on his hernia problem.

Bolton game televised overseas?
3 May - The Blues' final home game of the season has been pencilled in for televised coverage in the US (on 2-hour tape delay) and, live probably, other overseas markets.

Safe at last
2 May - Everton's Premiership future was secured for another season thanks only to the continuing demise of Leeds United, who cannot now catch Everton and are effectively relegated due to a huge negative goal difference.  The task now, should our players accept the challenge, is to avoid finishing 17th.

Colm has seen the Masterplan
1 May - Colm Kavanagh has discovered the Everton Board's Masterplan that will underpin an audacious effort to bring life back into our beleaguered football club...


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