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McFadden snatches it at the death
Middlesbrough 0 - 1 Everton
29 Apr - Everton's penultimate fixture of the season at The Riverside was billed as the best time to be playing the Uefa Cup finalists, but McLaren cunningly made nine changes, giving his young reserves a chance to show what they could do. And a typical end-of-season canter ensued, with Van der Meyde withdrawn at half-time and few flurries at goal to report.  In the second half, 'Boro's boys finally flagged and Everton took advantage at the end, Jamie McFadden lobbing the 'keeper to secure all three points for the Blues, much to the delight of the travelling faithful.

Tribute to Labby from Dr David France
The Blue Hope
28 Apr - Dr David France, who is not in the best of health himself, has sent us this message as a tribute to Brian Labone, after learning of the untimely passing of a dear friend who had been instrumental in two of Dr France's greatest achievements (outside of his fantastic collection): establishing the Everton Former Players' Foundation (formerly BlueBlood), and setting up the Gwladys Street Hall of Fame.

Latch pays tribute to Mr Everton

27 Apr - The legendary Bob Latchford pays his own personal tribute to the biggest, if not the best, Evertonian ever to don the famous Royal Blue shirt. "He was a man of high integrity and high standards and I am sure will be missed by family, friends and everyone associated with the club. I always say that Everton gets into the blood of everyone who was worn the royal blue jersey. But with Brian, it was there from birth."

Cahill out for six weeks
Injury news
26 Apr - Everton's lingering injury woes, which have played a considerable part in limiting Everton's effectiveness this season, took another turn for the worse today with news that Tim Cahill sustained some significant ligament damage in his knee on Saturday.? He will now definitely miss the last two games of the season, and faces a tough challenge to be fit enough to play for Australia in the World Cup.

Last of the Corinthians passes away
Legend Brian Labone
25 Apr - With deep regret comes the very sad news that Everton legend, the great Brian Labone has sadly passed away overnight. "Labby" died unexpectedly last night outside his home in Liverpool. The last of the Corinthians, a truly great Evertonian who will be sadly sadly missed by all at the Club. Captain of the Championship winning sides of the mid 1980's, Kevin Ratcliffe, perhaps summed up best who Brian Labone was: "Brian was Everton. If you could put together a team of every player that has ever captained Everton, every one of us would turn to Brian to lead us out. He will always be known as the captain of Everton." Wednesday's Independent carries a nice obituary of the man forever known as Mr Everton. Rest in peace.

Dutch Wizard played through the pain
... but he played a good game...
24 Apr - In this wonderfully uplifting story from none other than Dominic King in the Liverpool Echo, Andy van der Meyde reveals that it was yet another injury which kept him from starting the Spurs and Chelsea games, and perhaps explains his less-than impressive perfomance against Birmingham City.? A back injury needed pain-killing injections to allow him to play, but they may have made him dellusional: "I think after a long time out, I played a good game. I needed to show people that I can play football here. I think I did that."

A Tale of Two Evertons
Fans Comment
23 Apr - A fitting commentary of contrasts penned by Patrick Hart in response to the heart-warming history projected by Bob Latchford and his old team-mates gathered to clebrate the publication of 30 last Friday. An on the other hand we have the club of today, striving for mid-table mediocrity as the current custodians hone their art of spin-control.

Couldn't score in a brothel
Everton 0 - 0 Birmingham City
22 Apr - An exciting first half saw Everton thowing everything bar the kitchen sink at Birmingham. Despite the lack of goals, Everton looked very dominant going forward, and were tearing big holes through the Birmingham defence. But as the half wore on, Everton's numerous excellent chances to score came to nought and they went in even at half-time. The second half went a bit flat at times, with Everton totally unable to score for the fourth match in a row, despite an increasingly poor Birmingham showing. Still, a clean sheet and a point earned: no complaints? Match report by Lyndon Lloyd

Big Bob's back in town to launch '30'
Latchford book hits the shelves today!
21 Apr - Bob Latchford returns to Everton today. Sadly, the man who scored 138 goals in 289 appearances for Everton will not be donning the famous Royal Blue Jersey that he wore with such pride and distinction. Bob is back in town to launch the book he co-wrote with the EFPF's Martin O'Boyle, '30' - a pictorial journey detailing each and every goal that the Everton legend scored on the road to a ?10,000 prize from the Daily Express. In advance of the launch, Bob has a personal message, to thank ToffeeWeb readers for their continuing support. The book superbly captures that magical season of 1977/78 and is a 'must have' for all discerning Evertonians! All together now, "Bobby Latchford...walks on water..."

A Question of Expectation
Progess under David Moyes
19 Apr - Are Everton making progress under David Moyes?  Everyone has their own opinion on that, be it based on what they see in terms of the football being played on the pitch, or, as Dutch Shaeffer prefers to view it, through a comparison of consecutive finishing places in the Premiership.  Everton's chance of producing a "record" back-to-back Top 10 Premiership finish seems have been frittered away in yet another End-of-Season Whimper under David Moyes (this will be his fifth in succession) but that does not stop Dutch concluding that Everton really are making progress under the Ginger One.  What do you think?  Let us know via the ToffeeWeb Mailbag.

Latchford interview aired tonight
30 minutes in advance of '30'
18 Apr - '30' is the magic number, the total number of goals scored in one season by the legendary Bob Latchford. What would we give for a similar return these days? As Everton struggle to increase a paltry total of 31 league goals thus far this season, Bob was interviewed earlier on tonight by BBC's Mike Hughes, in advance of the release of his book, '30' recalling that glorious season back in 1977-78 when he bagged 30 goals. Bob also reflects on an era when Everton were forever the bridesmaid, a Championship arguably lost by two damaging defeats against Carlisle United, the agony in the cup competitions - Lady Luck never resident at Goodison Park. "We were always competing near the other end (the top!) of the table. We were always competing for cups, in championships, played in Europe. If you gave Evertonians that today they?d probably be very happy with it." Bob's interview is now available online by clicking here. '30' is officially launched on Friday, April 21.

Chelsea 3 - 0 Everton
The dose of capital blues continues
17 Apr - No sign of Ferrari or Van der Meyde in the starting line-up, but Weir returnded in defence, and marshalls them well until it all fell apart rather easily when Drogba robbed Cahill and fed Lampard for an easy strike. Everton worked well to contain the Chelsea attack until half-time, and even had a few sorties on goal, but the second half soon became a joke when Carsely was given a rather excessive straight red for a rather too robust challenge on Drogba. Yellow would have been sufficient. Two more goals and game over. Or was it the other way around? Match report by Lyndon Lloyd

Unable to raise their game
Everton 0 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur
15 Apr - No Hibbert or Arteta, so Davies and Naysmith started in front of an incredible crowd not far shy of 40,000 at Goodison Park. The game took a while to really get going as both teams felt each other out, but the advantage was taken by Spurs when Everton nemesis Robbie Keane converted from the spot after he was fouled by Stubbs.? Spurs where in control from then on, with Robinson untested until the second half, when Everton huffed and puffed to no avail.? Jaded, lacking in desire, nothing to play for? ? Derek Mountfield's comments, not ours.? The End-of-Season Whimper in full flow... Match Report by Lyndon Lloyd

My Brother Gary
Unedited version from Ian Collins
15 Apr - The Hillsbrough disaster is not something we make much of a fuss about. It was all about Liverpool, right? Well, this moving description from Ian Collins of that fateful day, his memories, and how he and his family handled the dreadful loss of his elder brother under those awful, awful circumstances 17 years ago... Note: this is now Ian's original version, not the one ribboned by Kopites.

Hibbert major blow for Moyes!
Hernia cuts short season?
14 Apr - Defender Tony Hibbert has suffered a hernia injury which not only rules him out of the Easter Holiday fixtures against both Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea but crucially casts a doubt over his participation over the closing games this season. With Mikel Arteta also out, manager Moyes is down to bare bones and surely in need of revising his "we only need a few new bodies" logic this summer!

A double bite of Bob!
Good news on Good Friday!
14 Apr - The Everton Former Players Foundation are delighted to announce that Bob Latchford will be conducting two signing sessions for his new book 30 at the Everton Superstore, Ranelagh Street, Liverpool City Centre on Friday 21 April 2006. Bob was originally scheduled to be in the store between 12pm and 2pm, but demand is expected to be so high, a further session from 4.30 pm onwards has been hastily arranged by the club and the Foundation. A further signing session will take place at the programme stall above St. Luke the Evangelist Church on Goodison Road on the afternoon of Sunday 23 April (2.30?4pm) when copies of the book will also be available for purchase.

A double bite of Bob!
Good news on Good Friday!
14 Apr - The Everton Former Players Foundation are delighted to announce that Bob Latchford will be conducting two signing sessions for his new book 30 at the Everton Superstore, Ranelagh Street, Liverpool City Centre on Friday 21 April 2006. Bob was originally scheduled to be in the store between 12pm and 2pm, but demand is expected to be so high, a further session from 4:30 pm onwards has been hastily arranged by the club and the Foundation. A further signing session will take place at the programme stall above St. Luke the Evangelist Church on Goodison Road on the afternoon of Sunday 23 April (2:30?4pm) when copies of the book will also be available for purchase.

''I was at rock bottom virtually''
Gordon West champions the efforts of the EFPF
13 Apr - Everton legend, Gordon West, tells all about the benefits to former players undertaken by our very own Former Players' Foundation. Founded in 1998, the Everton Former Players' Foundation (EFPF) raises money to help ex-players who have fallen on hard times - paying for everything from operations to home improvements to holidays for wives when their husbands are having surgery. West is emphatic about what they have done for him: "I'd have still been a cripple, I couldn't even walk to the shop."

?1500 Mascot Fee: nonsense
Fans Comment from Steve Guy
12 Apr - One of our Mailbag contributors was in shock after reading in FourFourTwo magazine that Everton charged an average of ?1500 for the privilege of having your kid be the team mascot for the day. Although we have not checked this with EFC, it appears to be unfounded, based on this charming story from Steve Guy of his son's memorable day as mascot for last season's Fulham game.

Latchford Signs!
30 released next week!
12 Apr - The big day nears when Bob Latchford's wonderful pictoral book of memories goes on sale, and Big Bob himself will be signing copies for the fans. A couple of dates for your diary are included in this article, plus a link to Bob's website, where you can place an advance order for your copy of 30, celebrating that seemingly impossible feat of scoring 30 goals for Everton in one season.

The quiet man speaks
David Weir talks to The Independent
11 Apr - Everton captain David Weir is approaching retirement after spending seven years with Everton since Walter Smith bought him from Hearts for ?200k in February 1999. In this interview with The Independent, he talks of the growing pressures on a professional footballer as he matures and nears the end of his footballing carreer at the tender age of 35.

Don't expect big influx this summer
Moyes managing expectations
10 Apr - David Moyes has outlined his plans for squad improvement in the summer... and they don't amount to all that much: "... not expecting to make sweeping changes ... don't think we will have big cash ... there will be a drop off of players going out ... need to bring players in to keep the squad numbers ... want to improve if we can."? Not exactly the kind of advance notice of a grand spending spree many Evertonians were wanting to hear about ? but sensible when it comes to managing those increasingly burdensome expectations.

Having a Ball in Holland
Partick Barclay in the Sunday Telegraph
9 Apr - We take an interest in the fate of most former Blues, but the career of one ex-Everton player in particular has always been a concern.? He is another one who should never have been allowed to leave Goodison Park: Michael Ball, who is on the verge of claiming a Dutch Championship winners medal with PSV Eindhoven, and could force his way into Sven-Goran Eriksson's England World Cup squad.? In this article, Ball talks about his formative years at Everton ? how "the kids got thrown in to save the club and it worked because we had determination but not fear." ? and lots more...

No joy from The Valley
Charlton Athletic 0 - 0 Everton [FT]
8 Apr - With an opportunity to exercise some youthful changes to his side in an effort to add a bit of new life and fresh thinking, David Moyes predictably resorted to his old faithfuls in this massive mid-table end-of-season six-pointer. After a lively start in the spring sunshine, both teams took turns showing early intent but this one faded into a competitive but neutralizing stalemate with few clear chances created. A game that Everton could have won if they had made a better fist of things and shown a bit more quality in the final third... Ah well, never mind; they have nothing to prove, we were told beforehand by the manager, as they cling on tenaciously to a top-ten place. Belated match report by Lyndon Lloyd

Still 12 points down
Season Comparison ? updated
6 Apr - Steve Flanagan has updated his Season Comparison analysis, which shows a bit of a blip after the last two games.? Everton had been making some progress hauling back on the massive 18-point deficit that resulted from losing four games in succession back in November. The recovery in the New Year has seen The Blues regain six points, leaving a 12-point deficit currently that will probably see the club finish on or around 52 points this season.

Fans Comment: Creating a New Model
by Steve Guy
5 Apr - This website is repeatedly castigated in some quarters for its 'negativity' regarding support (or the lack thereof) for all things Everton.? Many fans seem to struggle to achieve a balance between the hopes and dreams of football glory and the reality of the often cruel and ever greedy world of professional football.? Standing back a little from these polarizing forces, Steve Guy has penned this intelligent analysis of those contrasts, how they can colour our views of the goings on, day-to-day and long-term, at Everton Football Club.? And he concludes that the balance is probably more favourable than you might think... Some excellent stuff in this response from Ray Said.

Anichebe stakes his claim
Two goals for young Everton Reserve
4 Apr - 17-year-old Victor Anichebe sealed another win for Everton Reserves with a goal in each half — that's four goals in his last three reserves matches! — as a fairly young academy team ran out winners over Blackburn Rovers at Haig Avenue this evening. Lee Carsley was the only senior squad player as he struggles to find his way back into the first-choice midfield line-up.

Bye bye Joey?

3 Apr - "Fresh fears as Yobo deal talks stall" says Ian Doyle, as Everton's offer of a new improved contract remains unsigned by the Nigerian defender who made only his fourth start this calendar year in Saturday's unimpressive 2-2 draw with Sunderland. "We offered Joseph a contract a year ago. It's been on the table for him for a year, so it's not us that has been slow in dealing with it, it's Joseph and his advisors." says David Moyes. A familiar tune to all by now... while Moyes remains unconcerned.

Blues held by doomed Sunderland
Everton 2 - 2 Sunderland
1 Apr - In the context of the home wins against Fulham and Villa, this should have been a formality but nothing is guaranteed and the Blues dropped two points when Rory Delap headed home Dean Whitehead's cross with 10 minutes to go. Leon Osman had opened the scoring in the fifth minute and they seemed to be on their way but John Stead equalised ten minutes later before James McFadden restored the lead 11 minutes after that. The Blues were spared complete humiliation in the final minute, though, when Delap's thundering 30-yard drive cannoned off the post. Match Report by Paul Traill.


Snippets & Rumours

Dickie doubtful
30 Apr - Richard Wright sustained a severe gash to his leg just below the knee in a clash with Boro's Malcolm Christie and may not be able to play in the season final? against West Brom, who were relegated yesterday along with Birmingham City. Poll result: Fans wanted Turner anyway.

Second half win on merit
29 Apr - Alan Irvine praised Everton's second-half recovery after a poor first-half showing at the Riverside, and said it was worthy of all three points from McFadden's deft finish.

Pip on the derby debacle...
28 Apr - Phil Neville talks at length about the impact of the derby defeat, his own-goal, and losing earlier in the season at West Brom: "After that game, it was probably the first time I had looked at the table following my move and everyone realised that we were in a pretty dire situation. It was the time when the manager and all the players knew we had to pull our fingers out." !!!

Iberian duo boost Blues hopes
28 Apr - Both Mikel Arteta and Nuno Valente have been back in training this week after recovering from injuries that threatened to end their seasons early. But no guarantees they will start at the Riverside tomorrow... and no mention of Matteo Ferrari...

The Choice
28 Apr - John Kitching has some thoughts about the stadium issue discussed in recent Fans Comment articles by Steve Owen and Steve Guy.

Fatal Attraction
28 Apr - Ever wondered just why Everton seem to have so much trouble signing any decent players? Sunil Mudgil makes it hard to deny the obvious...

Hibbo has hernia op
27 Apr - After having missed the last three games, Tony Hibbert is having a hernia operation today and hopes to be fully recovered in time for next season.

Labby's Funeral next week
27 Apr - Brian Labone's funeral will be held at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral next Thursday, with fans invited to attend.

Moyes homing in on Howard
27 Apr - David Moyes is close to sealing a loan deal for Tim Howard from Manchester United for next season, to counter uncertainty over Nigel Martyn's future as Eveton's first-choice keeper.

Never forget...
27 Apr - Less of a match report, more of a drinking record, as Paul Traill and his mates visit Dublin on the trail of the Bohemians.

A Story of the Blues
26 Apr - Steve Owen has a different take on appreciating what we have.

Route Planner
26 Apr - Steve Guy takes a looks at where things are going regarding a new stadium for Everton.

Academy draw with Bohs
25 Apr - In a friendly overshadowed by the sad passing of Briane Labone, Everton's Academy team drew 0-0 with Bohemians in Dublin on Tuesday night.

Spencer Update
25 Apr - Oldham prodigy Scott Spencer is continuing talks with Everton after attending the Birmingham game (hope that didn't put him off!) at the weekend. No transfer will be confirmed as official until the transfer window opens on 8 May.

Poignant tribute to Labby
25 Apr - Martin O'Boyle, from the Everton Former Players' Foundation and co-writer of '30', the story of Bob Latchford's amazing season back in 1977-78 has penned his thoughts on the much loved "Skip", as we all come to terms with the sudden untimely passing of the man known by many as simply, Mr Everton.

Fans pay tribute
25 Apr - On this sad day, many of our readers are paying great tributes to Brian Labone in their messages to our mailbag.

Renewal? Not this time
25 Apr - Steve Callaghan shares with us his letter to Keith Wyness, declining the opportunity to renew his season ticket.

Cahill may miss final two games
25 Apr - Tim Cahill may be ruled out of Everton's final two games of the season after damaging his knee against Birmingham City.

What future do you want?
25 Apr - It was too good to be true; Marshall Tivnan's follow-up is too soon and too bland to be worthy of anything but a passing mention...

Academy jaunt to Dublin
24 Apr - Despite rumours that Everton would send their first-team squad to play a friendly against Bohemians in Dublin tomorrow night, the players are all from the reserves/academy.

I want a divorce
24 Apr - We've had the whacky and the really angry... now time for the sappy and sad from Kevin Sparke, with painfully appropriate lyrics courtesy of Hank Williams.

To Invest or Not to Invest?
24 Apr - And at the other end of the spectrum from the wacky world of Marshall Tivnan, Steve Sweeny has also reached the end of his tether, but for entirely different reasons.

In a word ? Drab
23 Apr - Match report from Paul Traill.

No news on Cahill's injury
23 Apr - Tim Cahill could miss the final two games of the season after jarring his knee and coming off against Birmingham.

Eat your ham and shut up!
23 Apr - The stress and strain of this season has been hard to bear for some Evertonians... none more so than Marshall Tivnan, who appears to have some additional personal problems that go well beyond the range of normality...

Lack of goals ''more than a worry''
23 Apr - David Moyes has finally expressed some concern about his team's remarkable inability to score goals, declaring that, "The goals tally is more than a worry, we have not scored in the last four games."

Blues top profit table
22 Apr - Everton made the highest profit of any club in England last year... but it was almost all down to the sale of Wayne Rooney.

Goal dearth doesn't worry Moyes
21 Apr - David Moyes has declared himslelf to be unconcerned by the prospect of Everton earning yet another unwanted record in the "lowest ever" category: goals scored.

Bob's heading for number one!
21 Apr - Not only can he walk on water but earlier today Bob Latchford turned grey skies back to blue - Royal Blue - as his visit back to the Club coincided with the hottest day of the year to date. Bob was back in Liverpool for the launch of '30', the book he co-wrote with the Former Players' Foundation's Martin O'Boyle.

Who the hell are we? ? Rob Fox
21 Apr - Struggling to come to terms with the wealth of opinions voiced about his beloved Everton, Rob Fox redefines the identity, status and current position of the club in another attempt to manage our expectations.

Safe hands for one more year?
21 Apr - Everton are preparing to offer goalkeeper Nigel Martyn a new one-year contract if he proves his fitness after having a plaster removed from his ankle. Martyn, who has been outstanding since coming to the club in 2003, has been out injured since early March and our goalkeeping woes since his absence have already been well documented!

Davies expresses his frustration
21 Apr - Welsh international Simon Davies has spoken of his frustration this season in not cementing a place in the starting eleven. "The hardest part was getting injured at Christmas. I turned my ankle against Liverpool and did it against Sunderland in the next game. That set me back and the lads went on an unbelievable run." Obviously, with a swollen ankle, Mr. Davies was therefore unable to join his team-mates on a run! Coat!

New low within reach
21 Apr - Is David Moyes about to add another record? Everton's lowest ever goal-scoring tally in a season???

Carsley ruled out till next season!
20 Apr - Recently returned from a year-long injury, Lee Carsley was hoping to regain the form and fitness which so endeared him to the Goodison faithful last season. Unfortunately, the FA have disciplined Carsley, rejecting his appeal against Monday's red card at Chelsea and now the ex-Irish international must serve a three match ban with immediate effect. How many games have we left?!

70's hero Latch looking for flair!
20 Apr - With a return of 31 goals from 35 League games this season, Everton are in danger of creating an unwanted record for the lowest total goals scored in one season.  However, Bob Latchford, returned to Merseyside to promote the launch of his book 30 on Friday has exonerated the goal-shy Blues strikeforce, claiming that "there is only so much you can do yourself.  Arteta has been a huge loss in recent weeks, as he is one of the few players able to create something."

Arteta wants an end to mediocrity
20 Apr - Mikel Arteta has allayed fears that he'll be a summer exit by confirming his desire to remain at Goodison. "I am really happy here and I have a lot of care for this club and the people here." Suggesting a desire for quality additions to the squad he offered, "we need to improve the squad and be right in the decisions we make and then hopefully we will have the chance to be up near the top again." If only it was that easy...

Everton Expects, by Rob Fox
20 Apr - With the hounds baying for Moyes's blood, and the TW Editor charged with breaking all sorts of hunting laws (and schiziod impersonations!), the Fox has finally been roused from his lair... but what is he really telling us???

A Day in the Life...
20 Apr - ... of an Everton Supporter. Peter Laing gives his slightly quirky musically inspired response to the Expectations debate.

Stalemate for reserves at Leeds
19 Apr - Andy Holden's youthful Everton reserve side have completed their last away fixture of the season, at Elland Road, holding the home side to a 0-0 scoreline. Leeds controlled most of the play during the latter stages but Everton went close with chances from both Kissock and Anichebe.

19 Apr - David Moyes has backed his side to return to winning ways in advance of the visit from struggling Birmingham City. He says, "anybody who saw us against Chelsea will know we gave it everything. I couldn't ask for any more from them. I couldn't fault them. The lads have given me a positive response all season when I have asked for it." We must have been watching a different game, Davey!

Spencer the 'wonderkid' set to sign
19 Apr - Everton are hoping to sign Oldham Athletic youngster Scott Spencer before the end of the week. The 17 year old has been banging in goals for fun this season with Oldham's reserves. David Moyes has tracked Spencer - who is not under contract at Boundary Park - for some time and remains hopeful. Oldham chief executive Alan Hardy said: "A deal has been agreed in principle with Everton. It's now down to a medical and whether the boy wants to move."

Player of the Month
18 Apr - Voting is still open for March. If you haven't voted, there's still time.

Scott Phelan scores for England
18 Apr - Scott Phelan, who captains Everton's Under-18 Academy side, came on as a sub for England U18s against Slovenia last night and scored in the 2-1 win.

Carsley red card appeal
18 Apr - Everton have lodged an appeal with the FA, in the vain hope that Lee Carsley's red card will be reduced to a yellow. "David felt the decision to send off Lee Carsley was unjustified and we fully support those sentiments," said Chief Executive Keith Wyness.

Ferrari would like to stay
18 Apr - ... but nothing has been decided yet, so he must wait until the end of the season before knowing if his future is with Everton or back with Roma.

Moyes has some complaints
17 Apr - I guess there were some complaints today... directed at ref Styles for red-carding a "robust" challenge from Carsley, and allowing Robben to eneter the play late without getting the ref's permission. But his players were great and deserve a pat on the back for losing 3-0.

Welsh Chip Shops
17 Apr - Andy McNabb provides a rather long and circuitous premable to the point at the end of this Fans Comment piece, which is something we've all heard plenty of times before...

Season still alive?
16 Apr - David Moyes continues to keep a brave face on things, insisting there is still a chance of a top-ten finish, which "would be the first time in Everton?s history that we have finished back-to-back seasons in the top ten."... Tell me he didn't really say that...

Blues lacking guile and top-10 class
16 Apr - In the absence of Mikel Arteta and a goal down to a first-half penalty, David Moyes' side resorted to an aerial bombardment that had the predictable result. No goals and another three points went begging...

Stubbs is out of the Chelsea match
16 Apr - After over-stretching in a desparate effort to stop one of them speedy Spurs youngsters, Alan Stubbs is almost cetain to be ruled out of Monday's massive game at Chelsea.

Some Days Just Aren't Meant to Be
16 Apr - Match Report on yesterday's game against Spurs, from Paul Trail

''No complaints" again...
15 Apr - Ya know, I really wish Moyes would stop saying this line after we lose. I find it sickening. Any self-respecting Evertonian would have plenty of complaints seeing we can't seemingly hold a candle to bloody Spurs. It is definitely NOT GOOD ENOUGH!

Arteta Goes to Old Trafford!
15 Apr - ... but the real question is why? Supposedly injured midfielder, Mikel Arteta, was spotted entering the back door at Old Trafford yesterday to watch Manchester United's draw 0-0 with Sunderland. One player has already been reported as suffering from a mysterious injury this season and was subsequently shipped out. Read reaction in the forum.

What if...
14 Apr - Alun Willis thinks we can still get into Europe ? with Arteta and now Hibbo sidelined, and our regular end-of season whimper already in full swing... Of course, the opportunity is there, but is the spirit , the motivation, the drive, and the ability? Watch this space!

Moyes is a Good Manager
14 Apr - Stephen Ferns provides his assessment of David Moyes, without lurching too much to one side or the other of The Moyes Debate.

Arteta's season over?
14 Apr - The PFA official website is intimating that midfielder Mikel Arteta has kicked his last ball of the season. The Spanish midfielder who jarred a nerve in his back in the latter stages of the home victory over Aston Villa is a definite absentee over the Easter weekend fixtures. If the speculation is true then Arteta may have to concede defeat in his attempt to secure inclusion in the Spanish squad for the forthcoming World Cup.

Vaughan diagnosis promising
14 Apr - James Vaughan has had some keyhole surgery on his troublesome knee at Dr Steadman's clinic in Colorado, and may be fit for pre-season football.

Nuno making progress
13 Apr - David Moyes is pleased with the progress of Portuguese star Nuno Valente and feels he could play again this season.

Easter Bunnie sidelined
13 Apr - Everton's mercurial midfielder, Mikel Arteta, will play no part in the two Easter weekend fixtures after injuring an ankle in training.

Carsley regrets deferred op
13 Apr - Lee Carsley has revealed that a decision not to have surgery last summer is the main reason why he has missed most of the current campaign.

Ice cool Bjarni seals away win
12 Apr - A very young Everton reserve side containing a number of Academy players made the short journey to Wigan Athletic earlier this evening and secured an impressive 2-1 victory, goals scored by Lee Molyneux and Icelandic youngster Bjarni Vidarsson. Meanwhile, Everton have released Paul Hopkins, Christian Seargeant, Mark Hughes and Stephen Wynne from the Academy.

Can Eveton be a Big Club again?
12 Apr - With references to the Club Motto and the bumpy history of the last 20 years, Ger McNally hinges his analysis on the usual litany of mitigating factors that have got us to where we are to day.

New Website: Everton Results
12 Apr - Talking of statisticians, Steve Johnson has laboured long and hard over this amazing collection of Everton stats, facts and figures going right back to the earliest attempts to play in the FA Cup.

Who'd be a statistician?
12 Apr - David Moyes is insisting that Leon Osman's goals will stand as far as the club records are concerned. "The way we've been treated by the FA already this season I'm not surprised by the decision," said Moyes.  Funny thing is, Davey, the Official Everton Programme has been listing the Wigan goal as an own-goal for quite a few weeks already...

Transfer Triumphs, Trials...
12 Apr - Published on the Real Life News blog, this is Part 1 of somebody's assessment of the signings made by David Moyes in his time at Everton

The Great Moyes Debate
12 Apr - Steve Hogan reflects on the changed demeanour of Everton Manager, David Moyes, and wonders what this might mean for the future of his tenure in the Goodison hotseat.

Blues lack cutting edge at The Valley
12 Apr - An away draw in the Capital on a ground which is rarely good to us should be viewed as a decent result, says Lyndon Lloyd in his belated Match Report

Ferrari set to stay
11 Apr - David Moyes is confident that Matteo Ferrari will make his loan move from Roma into a permanent transfer at the end of the season.

Martyn aims to play on
11 Apr - Nigel Martyn has hopes to play on beyond the end of the current campaign, and believes his efforts for Everton merit a contract extension when his broken ankle heals.

Wholesale changes needed?
11 Apr - Dutch Schaeffer dons his Moyes persona and deduces from his analysis of the team that perhaps just three or four new players is all that is needed in the summer.

Another push for Pip
11 Apr - David Moyes is behind another attempt to get Sven-Goran Eriksson to choose Philip Neville as a member of his England squad for the World Cup in Germany.

Vaughan goes to see Dr Steadman
10 Apr - James Vaughan has flown out to the Colorado clinic of Dr Richard Steadman in an effort to sort out just what is wrong with his knee.

Fans 100% behind Dickie Wright
10 Apr - It says so in the Daily Post... so it must be true!

Boro game now on Sunday
10 Apr - As expected, Everton will play Middlesbrough on Sunday 28 April, KO 3pm, following the Tees-siders success in reaching the Uefa Cup Semi-Finals.

Still a chance of Europe?
10 Apr - Everton's name is still in the hat for that tantalising InterToto spot, which will be against Lillestrom, IBK Keflavik or a side from Northern Ireland.

The end-of-season Whimper
10 Apr - So, with five matches left of this roller-coaster season, what can we expect from Everton? Well, if the last four seasons under David Moyes offer any kind of a guide, five points could be more than they will manage.

Moyes's Report
10 Apr - Asian cultures make a point of deferential respect for the wisdom and knowledge of the aged...  So, without further ado, here is Rick Tarleton with Moyes's Report.

Not there yet, Phil!
9 Apr - Just as we suffer yet more inane blather from the players about achieving two back-to-back top-ten finishes in the Premiership (a Premiership record!!!), Everton slip into 11th place on goal difference, thanks to Newcastle's win at Middlesbrough.

Osman's goal taken away
8 Apr - The FA's Dubious Goals Panel has decided that Leon Osman's winning goal against Portsmouth back in January should be awarded to Andy O'Brien as an own-goal. We'll give Ossie credit for the 'assist'.

Poor game, says Moyes
8 Apr - David Moyes admitted it was a poor game at The Valley, with both sides determined not to concede a goal and neither side possessing the creativity needed to break the deadlock.

Nothing to Prove
8 Apr - Incredibly, David Moyes said on Sky Sports this morning that his Everton players "have nothing to prove" in the remaining games of the season. And so begins the usual end-of-season whimper...

Must go for Uefa Cup Spot
8 Apr - David Moyes: "There always seems to be a club prepared to offer more for the players we have identified. That is why it is so important to finish the season strongly and try to aim for that Uefa Cup place, which will make us more attractive to players we might want to sign."   Err... bit late, init, Davie?

Yobo: nothing definite
7 Apr - This "exclusive" interview with Joseph Yobo does little to change the uncertainty surrounding Yobo's future with Everton, as he seems to suggest it is down to what his advisors want for him.

Gemmill goes to the Antipiodes
7 Apr - Former Everton midfielder, Scot Gemmill, has joined Hyundai A-League side, New Zealand Knights, as he bids to extend his playing days.

7 Apr - More like a session with Championship Manager, Stefan Tosev's imagination has run wild and he provides us with his very own version of fantasy football...

A more appropriate model
7 Apr - [Link Fixed] In response to Steve Guy's earlier piece, some excellent stuff from Ray Said, MBA, in this response more befitting of true Everton ideals for "the model" we should adhere to...

Intertoto an unlikely path
7 Apr - Everton's hopes of qualifying for Europe have taken a big knock thanks to poor results from their last two games, and there is a very little chance that they will get their via the Intertoto Cup.

Bent a Blues fan
6 Apr - Marcus Bent has revealed his time at Everton has made him into a supporter of the Blues.

Arteta back on song
6 Apr - David Moyes expects Mikel Arteta to be back on song for the Blues this weekend when they visit Charlton. The team's central figure, midfield dynamo, and source of creativity has been back in training all week after a fortnight's absence.

Solving the Book Problem
6 Apr - Michael Owen has been browsing the local bookstores and has some good news for Evertonians.

Ferrari back in full training
5 Apr - Matteo Ferrari seems to be over his recent injury problems, and has resumed full training, possibly increasing the chances that ToffeeWeb readers will get to see their favoured pairing in central defence some time soon...

Yobo "just wants to play football"
5 Apr - If this response from Joseph Yobo is intended to difuse the growing concern over his Everton future, it doesn't really succeed.  He just wants to play football and will see how things are at the end of the season... Read into that what you will!

Supporting Everton
5 Apr - After 17 years of providing distant support to the Toffees, Brendan Fitzgerald is having trouble coming to terms with the stark realities of what it means to support Everton.

Carsley in for the Reserves
4 Apr - Lee Carsley is getting plenty of match-practice in for the Reserves... but can't seem to get a look-in when it comes to the senior side. No sign of Matteo Ferrari despite reports that he was back in training...

Nigerian merry-go-round?
3 Apr - It's increasingly likely that we'll lose Nigerian international Joseph Yobo in the summertime but as one door closes another one opens - youngster Victor Anichebe (born in Lagos) has agreed his first professional contract with the club, keeping him at Goodison for the next two seasons.

Moyes explains Arteta role
3 Apr - David Moyes explains that Mikel Arteta was not fully fit, which is why he was only on the bench on Saturday, as he has hardly trained at all in the last 15 days, with problems in his back and hamstring.

James McFadden!
2 Apr - 'The Scottish Rooney' is finally scoring goals for Everton, and no-one is more pleased than Dutch Schaeffer.

Gas Panic! ? Match Report by Paul Traill
2 Apr - Match Report by Paul Traill

''Not looking to lose better players''
1 Apr - Moyes seeks to dampen speculation that Yobo could be on his way in the summer: "We are looking to add to this squad, not lose our better players, Joseph is undoubtedly one of our better players, no question."


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