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 December 2005

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Cahill snatches it at the death
31 Dec - Tim Cahill popped up to head home two minutes into injury time and steal all three points for a weakened Everton side at the Stadium of Light. Arteta and Neville were suspended so Osman and McFadden came in, but although the Blues probed during the first 45 minutes, they had nothing to show at half time for their efforts except another injury in the form of McFadden. Martyn had to be at his best shortly after the interval to deny Le Tallec's header in fine style before Laurence surged through and fired just wide and Stead had two shots blocked and another flash just wide as Moyes's side made an atrocious start to the second half. But after Ferguson was introduced, Bent had the Blues' first chance of the half saved with 15 minutes left and, with the game petering out into a dour 0-0 draw, a last-gasp Kilbane corner was turned in by Cahill for his first of the season to end a miserable year on a high.

Variation on a theme...
28 Dec - For a change this game was lost after just 18 mins, when it looked like the 202nd Mersyside derby was destined to become the hammering that the formbook had dictated, with Liverpool striding into a comfortable two-goal lead. Perhaps to spare Blues blushes, they took their foot off the gas at that point, and then panicked as Beattie managed to claw one back, denying the Reds a slew of new Premiership records in the process.  Punishment for such affrontary was duly exacted after the restart, when Cisse was allowed to run happily into an acre of space, dance past Weir and finish easily.  Everton huffed and puffed (make that 14 times this season) and managed to get two key players (Neville and Arteta) dismissed with double yellow cards.  Ah... "passion" at last?  No; just abject frustration. Match report

Moyes struggles to find answers
27 Dec - "I'm not sure what the answers are to our current form.  We just don't seem to know what sort of team is going to turn up.
"Some days we look as if we are really hard to beat and playing well, and it will probably sound a daft thing to say but I feel in the last two games we have played well.  But we have made dire mistakes which have made the results look worse than they are.
"We have missed chances and that makes it even worse.  Not scoring and conceding too many is a recipe for disaster.  I have felt we were the better team in both matches for a long time, but it is goals we can't find.
"People may think 'he's off his head' - but they can think that because that is how I see it."

A Boxing Day Massacre
26 Dec - Mystery man Per Krldrup endured a torrid introduction to life in the Premiership as Everton collapsed to a second-successive 4-0 defeat that portends disaster ahead of Wednesday's Merseyside derby and for the remainder of the season. Mike Riley's erratic blindness gifted Milan Baros the opening goal despite a blatant handball before Mark Delaney ghosted in to guide a 48th-minute corner past Nigel Martyn to make it 2-0. With Everton again impotent in attack despite a couple of good opportunities for James Beattie, it was left for Villa to exploit the huge gaps in the visitors' midfield and defence as Moyes threw on strikers to chase the game and Krldrup betrayed his glaring lack of experience of the English game. Next up, high-flying Liverpool, the very real prospect of a relegation dogfight in the New Year, and the ever-deepening question: do we reach a point where a managerial change becomes unavoidable? Match report

A Quiff Like Elvis
24 Dec - Here's a little Christmas present fom Mike Owen more snippets from his excellent book, Der Ball ist Rund:

"Magnificently researched ... I fully recommend," - Brian Reade, Daily Mirror, 10 Dec 05.
"A cracking new book," - Derek McGovern, Daily Mirror, 17 Dec 05.
"A wonderful travelogue ... an entertaining and illuminating analysis," - Dominic King's Royal Blue page, Liverpool Echo, 17 Dec 05.

I can personally atest that this really is an extremely well-written book and a fantastic historical record, presented in a very easy and approachable style. If you haven't read it yet, you really should...

New Shareholders' Benefits
22 Dec - It's been a long time coming, but the erosion of shareholder benefits at Everton has finally been reversed with the launch of the Gold Card as a special feature under the Evertonia supporters club umbrella.  Shareholders can now look forward to discounts on season-tickets and merchandise, priority for away tickets, free access to Reserves and Ladies games; this represents a important achievement for lobbying by the Shareholders Association.

Kings Dock: Plan B?
21 Dec - Keith Wyness reveals to The Echo that Everton have been looking at financing options for a new plan involving a 50,000-seat stadium at an undisclosed location about two miles from Goodison Park. The Echo, to its credit, takes time to point out at the end of this article many of the doubts, uncertainties and questions that still remain concerning Everton's ability to deliver such a project, and the continuing spectre of ground-sharing with Liverpool. A "nothing new " denial from an anonymous "Everton source" suggests this revelation was not authorized by the Club.

Count Van der Meyde out until 2006
20 Dec - David Moyes will have to put Andy van der Meyde to the back of his mind after revealing that the Dutch winger's thigh injury is worse than first feared. Signed for 2m just before the transfer deadline back in August, Van der Meyde has made just a handful of appearances after arriving at Goodison with a groin strain. Now, at a time when the Blues need his creative input more than ever, he could be out for several more weeks.

Christmas presents galore for Big Sam
17 Dec - Once again, a decent display by Everton in the first half, but another soft goal from yet another Weir mistake took the wind out of the Blues' valiant efforts and in the second half it all went to hell in a rather large Christmas handbasket. Kevin Davies was the scorer of that first goal, and by rights he should not have been on the field beyond 10 mins after getting booked in the first minute, and continuing his agrressive and niggly tacking regardless. The second goal was the killer, especially coming as it did after a McFadden equalizer was ruled out for offside. From then it descended once again into pantomine, with Valente dragging Davies down and Speed converting from the spot for the third. Stelios was allowed to waltz in on Wright minutes later.. 0-4. An astounding defeat!!! Reports from Lyndon Lloyd and Paul Traill.

Phil Neville Interview
16 Dec - Brian Viner does a wonderful job as a top-class journalist who is happy to write high-quality articles about his favourite team and their players. His latest article in The Independent takes that to another level, as he gets Phil Neville to talk candidly about joining Everton, about his sporting family, and about his life-long allegiance to Manchester United. An excellent piece which seems to transport the reader close to that place where the player's mind is.

Keystone Cops & Christmas Panto
14 Dec - It may have started out as a football match, but on 19 mins this descended into a farce that Brian Rix would have been proud of and all after such wonderful beginnings, when McFadden fed a superb ball right to Beattie's feet and he finished with aplomb, setting Everton on the right road to fame, glory, and goals galore. The goals came, and the Blues scored... but it was the wrong bloody net as Weir flicked an inocuous cross up and over Wright while McFadden had walked off to get treatment. From there it was downhill all the way as West Ham smelled blood and went for it, Zamora benefiting from a classic Wright parry in the second half to seal the win with plenty of time for Everton to huff and puff. Oh deary me... back to Square One. Belated match report

Christmas in Uruguay
13 Dec - Recent talk of turning points has spurred Mike Owen to submit this fascinating excerpt from his book, Der Ball ist Rund. Mike has chosen parts from the chapter dealing with the home tie against Greek Champions Panathinaikos in the European Cup (a far better name than its successor the Champions League), 1970-71. It should have been the culminating achievement for Harry Catterick, but instead, Mike thinks this the point when we conceeded our European birthright to Liverpool. Mike will be selling copies of his book outside the church before the game on Wednesday night and again on Saturday. Buy it! It's excellent.

Different from any other?
12 Dec - Prompted by a recent letter in our Mailbag from Daniel Parker in New York, Rick Tarleton has taken up the challenge to try and describe what it is about Evertonians that makes them, special... unique... different. We are... aren't we? 

Gritty Everton keep frustrated United at bay
11 Dec - A commited defensive stand by an under-strength Everton earned them a much deserved point at Old Trafford and prolonged Manchester United's miserable week.  Everton started brilliantly and Beattie's goalbound shot was blocked by an outstretched leg to deny an otherwise certain goal.  With 7 minutes gone, though, a surging Kilbane run, a perfect knock through by Osman and McFadden rifled home from the angle.  Had Everton scored too soon?  It appeared so; 7 minutes later, Giggs ran onto a sublime ball over the top by Scholes to flick a first-time shot past Wright.  United dominated proceedings from then on and the visitors rode their luck as Wright did brilliantly to deny Rooney and Giggs.  Conversely, Everton could easily have nicked all three points when McFadden was put clean through but fired too close to Van der Sar. Match report

Instant Karma
9 Dec - The contrasting fortunes of fame and mortality have been brought home to us these last few days through names like George Best and John Lennon... so what's the connection to a young Croxteth lad who now seeks his fame in the red shirt of Manchester United? Nick Armitage believes the latest nightmare to shake the very foundations of the Theatre of Dreams delivers a healthy wedge of Instant Karma to our old protg, Wayne...

Once more unto the breach
8 Dec - The daunting prospect of our upcoming seasonal visit to the so-called theatre of dreams sets the mind a-racing. Colm makes an interesting if somewhat tenuous link between our fellow Champions League failures and the money mill that drives the game a money mill that makes us into United supporters for the sake of a few more sheckles... and the thought of earning more money brings Colm to the interesting but neglected subject of extra-curricula activites permitted for our 'club servant' and CEO, Mr Keith Wyness.

30 is the magic number
7 Dec - With goals being something of a premium this season thus far, we offer a reminder of a time when we possessed a striker not only capable of making double figures but also reaching the magical total of THIRTY. It was our very own Bob Latchford who smashed through the then landmark 30-goal barrier back in the 1977-78 season. A new book, with all proceeds going to the Former Players Foundation, is due to be published in the new year and the Foundation is offering supporters the chance to become part of the 30-goal legend by having your name in the hardback edition, which will be personally signed by Latchford. 30 will be released in April 2006.

Partners in Crime
5 Dec - Somewhat belatedly due to inexplicable technical delays, we can now present the latest article from Rob Fox, which provides his perspective on the Annual General Meeting that was held at Goodison Park 10 days ago. As ever, Rob takes a sensible and balanced view that accepts the realities of our situation, and focuses on the united front presented by the current custodians in Boardroom and Management.

Rejuvenated Everton two much for Blackburn
3 Dec - Everton scored two goals in the same game for the first time this season and earned a comfortable victory at Ewood Park against 10-man Blackburn.  The home side totally dominated the opening third of the game, tearing Everton apart, but everything changed when David Moyes responded by switching to 4-5-1. Ironically, it was James McFadden who headed a great goal to put the Blues in front after 27 minutes.  Moments later an Andy Todd handball was deemed deliberate and, as the last man, and he was off! Then, moments before half time, Mikel Arteta's sumptuous side-footer curled beyond Brad Friedel and Everton were two goals up for the first time this season.  A more pedestrian second half followed, with a disjointed Blackburn relying on Bellamy's pace to force a breakthrough and Everton content to ride out their superiority, hitting their hostsm occasionally on the break.   Match Report from Paul Traill

Keane to Sign on Monday?
2 Dec - David Moyes has confirmed that he has spoken to former Manchester United captain, Roy Keane, about a possible move to Everton. The Irish international will now meet with his advisors to discuss the move and make his decision known on Monday. It is believed that Keane is also talking to Celtic, Real Madrid and West Brom, however Everton are firm favourites with bookmakers; some having suspended betting already.

The Numbers Game
1 Dec - This excellent article from Chris Marks provides some intelligent analysis of the 4-5-1 formation much beloved of David Moyes, showing there's quite a bit more to the numbers game than you might have realized. Chris provides detailed examples with reference to key exponents of the subtle variations that go under the broad label of 4-5-1 from among the biggest clubs across Europe.


Snippets & Rumours

We're cursed I tell you...
31 Dec - Writing from the land of superstition and feng shui prior to today's fortuitous win, Alan Noon, confirms with plenty of detail the fact that We're Cursed!!!

Home form is killing us
31 Dec - As if we needed it to be rubbed in, Steve Flanagan's half-season comparison shows that our home form is killing us when compared to last season.  And the latest horror show of four defeats all games that we won last season.

Change Required
30 Dec - Another dissertation on why major changes are required within the hierarchy at Goodison Park.

An Influence for Change?
30 Dec - Amidst the anguished cries in our Mailbag for change at Everton that could herald lasting improvements on the field, one reader has challenged us at ToffeeWeb to see if our influence can be used in this way.  The Editor responds...

Blues fans want Tommy back
30 Dec - At least that's that what our latest poll would suggest. 84% of respondents say that, despite his age and chequered Goodison career, they'd welcome Thomas Gravesen back at Everton this January.

Gives Moyes a Chance
30 Dec - Jez Clein provides an unwelcome and rather uncomfortable comparison with the fortunes of Liverpool under Rafa Benitez since we trumped them for fourth place.

Where will the points come from?
30 Dec - Steve Gerrard cannot see where the points we need are going to come from; can you?

Championship Here We Come
30 Dec - Lee Marman thinks the next three games are critical...

No Answer
30 Dec - David Flynn likes David Moyes, but can offer no anwers to the current dire sequence of results.

Optimism? Big Picture?
30 Dec - Paul Cook is another fan who believes everyone is being a bit too hard on poor David Moyes...

Moyes is Everton's biggest asset
30 Dec - This review article in The Herald generally states the obvious and concludes that the battle to keep Everton in the Premiership could be Moyes's biggest test as a manager.

Yobo puts club before country
29 Dec - The thought of losing Joseph Yobo for a month is terrifying but the Nigerian says that he will delay his departure for the African Nations Cup as long as possible in order to help the Blues pick up vital league points.

Agent Johnson Mission Accomplished?
29 Dec - "I don't care whether you are a Red or a Blue," gushed the Everton chairman. "When that song comes on, you aren't human if you don't have a lump in your throat." Which Everton chairman expresses an undying love for the song that is "You'll Never Walk Alone"? Why, it's dear old Bill...

Moyes unhappy with red cards
29 Dec - David Moyes rues the two red cards picked up by his 'stupid boys', who were only showiing that they care, and yet another disallowed goal based on an incorrect decision.

29 Dec - A depressing analysis from Ian Bonnar that sees the club locked in to a culture of mediocrity.

Get A Grip!
28 Dec - Finally, one brave fan has stuck his head above the parapet to defend David Moyes against the onslaught. Step forward, Patrick Marks.

Desperate Everton falling apart at the seams
28 Dec - The word "desperate" just about sums Everton up at the moment.

Hit me Davey one more time
28 Dec - After Rick Tarleton took pains to explain it's the midfield where Everton's problems lie, Duncan Lennard redresses the balance with this entertaining plea for a decent strike-force.

Those Anonymous Men!
28 Dec - Thinke we need a new striker? Or better defenders? Think again, says Rick Tarleton.

Moyes looks for Big Performance
28 Dec - David Moyes is looking for a big performance from his players in tonight's derby game at Goodison Park.

Central Docks option for Everton?
28 Dec - Everton could qualify for millions of pounds of EU money if they opted for a brownfield site like the Central Docks for the 125m, 50,000 all-seater stadium that recently came to light as a possibility.

Ruddy stays for another week
27 Dec - John Ruddy's emergency loan spell with Chester City has been extended by seven more days.

Time for a P45
27 Dec - Our columnist Nick Armitage also thinks it's time for David Moyes to go.

History Repeating A Preston Perspective
27 Dec - Today, remarkably, we received these two contributions from a couple of Preston North End fans who could not help but draw some startling parallels regarding David Moyes.

In whom can we trust?
27 Dec - As confidence in his management reaches a new low, David Moyes's future as Everton manager is being questioned by many, including Steve G from Harrogate.

Sleepless in Seaton Sluice
27 Dec - We don't need to tell you that our Mailbag is bulging once again, and there's not much support for a beleaguered David Moyes, with Bill Kenwright also coming in for some flak. This contribution by Kevin Sparke examines the difficult decision Blue Bill has to make... or not make... in shaping the future direction of his train-set.

Yobo & Krldrup doubtful
27 Dec - Both Joseph Yobo (shoulder) and Per Krldrup (ankle) are injury doubts for tomorrow's derby game at Goodison Park.

What the next year will bring
26 Dec - Want some idea of what's in store next year? Mystic Jez gazes longingly into crystal ball...

Moyes points to the 'soft centre'
26 Dec - Called upon for the third time in seven games to explain a 4-goal hammering, David Moyes cited the 'soft centre' that is causing his team to give away too many goals.

Reality Checks of The Year
25 Dec - Is everyone having a miserable Christmas? Seems like it, thanks to yet another depressive contribution; this one's from Ged Dwyer. Ho hum... maybe we'll win tomorra?

Big Dunc doing better
25 Dec - Duncan Ferguson "has had a better week's training this week and he might feel a little bit better," says David Moyes, reassuring the ageing striker that he is still needed as part of the team.

Cutting the cord
24 Dec - The ToffeeWeb Editor responds to a challenge from David C in our Mailbag, asking just how bad things need to get with Everton before we would pack it all in.

''Not good enough'' admits Moyes
24 Dec - "I am not happy with my own performances, I am not getting the team to win games, and I expect the players not to be happy with the way they have been performing.  It is not good enough, I expect better.  My aim is to make that better and I will do." David Moyes

Moyes won't bend on Bent
24 Dec - "With the numbers we have in our squad I won't be doing business on Marcus, and certainly not at that price." Thus spake David Moyes.

Four doubtful for Monday
23 Dec - The injury crisis that has dogged Everton team selections all season long could get even worse for Monday's visit to Villa Park.

Trundle would relish Everton move
23 Dec - Swansea City striker Lee Trundle makes no secret of his allegiance to Everton and would snap up a move... if offered.

Once in Royal David's City
23 Dec - A seasonal parable from Kevin Sparke... with apologies to JC and the God Squad.

Francis Jeffers; once of this parish
23 Dec - The Telegraph turns the spotlight on one Francis Jeffers, 25, who is currently wiling away his time at Glasgow Rangers.

Man of Mystery speaks!
22 Dec - ... but Per Krldrup gives away no clues as to why he continues to go for the Everton record of most consecutive games sat warming the bench.

Mental Health Therapy
22 Dec - Paul Houghton presents his personal struggle of trying to understand the circumstances in which we find ourselves.

These boots are made for walking
22 Dec - Fed up with the fare on view at Goodison Park? Steve [No last name] thinks the early departure of many fans last Saturday shows the way to make your feelings known to the management.

Introducing... Daniel Mckeown
22 Dec - In his first article for us, our new columnist Daniel Mckeown introduces himself and sets out his store to represent a more youthful perspective of all things Everton.   Welcome, Daniel.

Fabulous Festive Fun
22 Dec - Yes, it's the First Annual Toffee and Tayto Festive Fab 50 Quiz. Pit your wits against the mind of of one of Arklow's most celebrated Evertonians... Colm Kavanagh!

Vaughan still having problems
21 Dec - Worrying news about James Vaughan indicates that he is still having trouble with his knee a long time after his surgery at the beginning of the season.

Reserves crash at Wolves
20 Dec - Despite an opening goal from Aidan Downes, Everton Reserves could not contend with Wolves' Leon Clarke, who scored a hat-trick.

Speed would have relished return
20 Dec - Gary Speed reveals how he would have felt about returning to Everton but David Moyes's interest came too late.

Doomed... we're all Doomed
19 Dec - Plenty of predictabale angst from fans like Shaun Sparke and Nick Armitage, as well as a massive mailbag full of diverse and contradictory opinions and solutions regarding the latest lamentable Everton collapse.

Arteta acknowledges mistakes
19 Dec - Mikel Arteta gives a reasonably honest assessment of what went wrong on Saturday. Meanwhile, Tim Cahill admits that the players are embarrassing themselves with their recent form.

7 of 10 Blues wanted Keane
18 Dec - That's what our most recent poll suggests, with 70% of our respondents saying they would have welcomed Roy Keane as an Everton player despite his age and flawed temperament.

Ruddy rushed off to Chester
17 Dec - Chester City have secured John Ruddy on a week's loan and his first opponents: Rushden & Diamonds, his last loan club!

Big Dunc nearing the end
17 Dec - Duncan Ferguson is struggling to maintain his limited effectiveness in the Premiership and has told David Moyes he is thinking about retiring in January.

Sunday dinner with the 'Devil'
16 Dec - Catching up from last weekend it's been a busy week this shameful account of a poor Blues fan spending last Sunday in Manchester came to us anonymously... which is understandable in the circumstances.  And from Paul Trail, a more conventional Match Report.

Perspective, please
16 Dec - Paul; Tran invites us to apply some perspective to the current mixed proceedings...

I don't understand music...
16 Dec - Kevin Sparke provides a personal comment on love and hate in football...

Cahill back, rested and refreshed
15 Dec - We heard the excuses for months; now, finally, Tiny Tim has had his enforced R&R and is back in contention to start against Bolton on Saturday... time to deliver?

No complaints!? %$#@$!!!
15 Dec - David Moyes may have "no complaints" as he sets aside this result, like that against West Brom. But the fact that Everton were outplayed by West Ham at home, after putting in such a good performance at Old Trafford, makes this latest setback all the more unbearable for long-sufferieng Evertonians.

Youth Team humbled by Reading
14 Dec - As if the West Ham result wasn't bad enough, Everton's Academy team crashed out of the FA Youth Cup tonight to a dubious extra-time penalty at Reading.

Harry Catterick: The Forgotten Man
14 Dec - We should really be giving top billing to this excellent article from Rick Tarleton, who draws much-needed attention to one of Everton's greatest managers: Harry Catterick.

13 Dec - Allan Price writes in with this nice story of his experiences prompted by Rick Tarleton's piece on what it means to be an Evertonian.

Beattie targets England dream
13 Dec - James Beattie is looking to score more goals that could propel him into Sven's sights for the England World Cup squad.

Points = Prizes
13 Dec - It's funny what you can come up with while waiting for a plane... Jonathan Martin shows how Everton lead his Efficiency Table with a big margin. Perhaps David Moyes had this sussed all along?

Player of the Month: November
12 Dec - Mikel Arteta's three-month streak as ToffeeWeb Player of the Month is over. Find out which other consistent performer assumes the mantle for November.

Chelsea was the turning point
12 Dec - Phil Neville looks back to the draw with Chelsea as the start of the turnaround that has seen Everton riding high among the top clubs on the basis of their vastly improved form over the last seven games.

Home Sweet Home
12 Dec - David Moyes hopes that home advantage will see Everton moving further up the League. Two consecutive home victories against West Ham and Bolton would see Everton edge nearer to those in contention for European jollies next season.

We coulda won it!
11 Dec - David Moyes says: "with a wee bit more quality in the final third we might have got that second goal."

No more gifts from Yobo
11 Dec - Joseph Yobo looks forward to playing against his mate Wayne Rooney as well as Ruud van Nistelroy, who is actually suspended and misses today's big game.

McFadden wants striking role
10 Dec - On the back of a rare goal for Everton, Jamie McFadden believes he has now earned the right to lead the line for the Blues.

Capn Pip
10 Dec - The Mirror reckons Phil Neville will walk out as captain of Everton for the day tomorrow alongside his brother Gary, who will be leading out Manchester United.

Ruddy returns too
10 Dec - John Ruddy has also been recalled early from his month-long loan at Rushden and Diamonds, to give Moyes plenty of options in covering for Nigel Martyn's injury absence.

Van der Meyde injury blow
9 Dec - Everton's prospects for continued recovery took a massive blow today when it was revealed that Andy van der Meyde will be out for at least a month with a thigh injury.

Where to on Sunday, Phil?
9 Dec - Phill Neville's return to Old Trafford is the subject of Dominic King's latest glow-job in the Echo... only Phil doesn't even mention Sunday's game.

Moyes looking to consolidate
9 Dec - David Moyes is looking at the next five games as a test of his team's new-found form and where better to start than Old Trafford on Sunday?

Valente fit for Old Trafford?
7 Dec - Nuno Valente might be fit enough to feature in the Everton line-up once again after coming through over an hour of reserves football against Wigan last night. There is also a chance that Nigel Martyn will be passed fit.

Blues say farewell to Stan
6 Dec - The Echo's Fan of the Year, Stan Tyrell, was laid to rest in Bootle today after losing his brave battle against cancer. David Moyes, Duncan Ferguson and Graeme Sharp were in attendance as the founder of the Walnut Blues supporters club was given a fitting send-off.

Reserves beat Wigan
6 Dec - Tonight's reserves game against Wigan featured Per Krldrup, Li Tie, and Nuno Valente for three-quarters of the match, which Everton won 2-0 with goals from Paul Hopkins and Victor Anichebe.

Martyn has a minor groin strain
6 Dec - A routine scan has revealed that Nigel Martyn has only a minor groin strain and not a tear to his groin muscles.  But he may take a couple of weeks to recover fully.

Turner recalled
5 Dec - With Nigel Martyn doubtful due to a groin injury, Everton's young Scottish keeper Iain Turner has been recalled early from his spell on loan at League Two leaders Wycombe Wanderers

Caught in Time: 1985 & all that
5 Dec - This article appeared in the latest issue of the Sunday Times; 20 years (and some months) on, it celebrates the team that could have conquered Europe.

Arteta misses United match
5 Dec - The yellow card Mikel Arteta picked up on Saturday was his fifth of the season, so he will join Tim Cahill on the sidelines for next weekend's game at Old Trafford. And Nigel Martyn is doubtful due to a groin strain and this story says Arteta also has a knee injury.

Calling Blues in Asia
5 Dec - It's your lucky chance, fellas: Melissa wants you. For a an ESPN Quiz. Go for it!

Blues face trip to New Den
4 Dec - Everton have been served up a potential banana skin in the form of an away date at Championship basement-boys Millwall in the FA Cup 3rd Round.

Analysis can wait
4 Dec - Some interesting post-match comments from David Moyes: "Now is not a time for us to look back and decide why we didn't start [the season] particularly well, although I will look at it. I just want to make sure we are away from the bottom half of the table before I analyse what went wrong." Whatever it was, let's hope it's not the key to climbing the table...

Martyn keeping England option open
4 Dec - Nigel Martyn says that he would come out of retirement to make himself available for England at the World Cup next summer, but not if it's just to keep the bench warm.

Moyes livid with Cahill's FA ban
3 Dec - An extremely irate David Moyes spent time giving journalists a video demonstration proving referee Howard Webb must have seen the incident between Cahill and Babayaro that ended up with the FA banning both players for 3 games.

Keane to decide next week
3 Dec - Roy Keane will announce his chosen club next week according to his lawyer. Speculation has been rife that the fiery Irishman will join Everton and David Moyes has confirmed that talks were held but Real Madrid and Celtic are equally likely destinations for the 34 year-old.

Player of the Month: November
2 Dec - It's PotM time again. Take your pick from an improved pool of players and cast your vote.

Cahill banned for three matches
1 Dec - Tim Cahill has paid a heavy price for his spat with Newcastle United's Celestine Babayaro, on Sunday. The FA have found Cahill guilty of violent conduct and suspended him for three matches, with immediate effect. Cahill now misses the trips to Blackburn and Manchester United as well as missing the visit of West Ham to Goodison Park.

Cars picks up an extension
1 Dec - Midfielder Lee Carsley's outstanding form last season has been rewarded with the news that he has signed an extension on his contract which now sees him remaining at Goodison until the summer of 2007. Who knows - he may yet fulfil his dream of playing in the Champions League! Oi, no laughing down the back...

Big Nev moves on again
1 Dec - Former Everton goalkeeping legend Neville Southall has left his job as manager of Rymans League side Hastings Town. "There have recently been an increasing number of issues on which Neville and I have disagreed," said Hastings chairman Dave Walters.

Trundle ''can do a job for Everton''...
1 Dec - Groundsman? Pie-seller? Goalscorer extraordinaire? Who knows? Kenny Jacket does! "Lee's said he's an Everton supporter and if the opportunity comes to play in the Premiership I can understand that." Mr Jacket is currently manager of Swansea City. The bills must have all arrived on the same day...

The Elbow Vanishes
1 Dec - In The Guardian, Marina Hyde provides pointed commentary on some Hollywood film about a missing sprog and the case of Alan Shearer's missing elbow...


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