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Season 2005-06

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 January 2006



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Two off as Blues earn draw at JJB
31 Jan - Duncan Ferguson exposed his irresponsible side once again when he picked up another red card for punching an opponent as Wigan salvaged a point at the JJB Stadium.   Leon Osman pressured David Thompson into putting the ball past his own 'keeper as early as the ninth minute and James McFadden was foiled by a point-blank save soon afterwards as Everton started brightly.  The the home side levelled, however, on the stroke of halk time through Paul Scharner. With both sides pushing for a winner, Ferguson was caught punching his marker and was dismissed and Jason Roberts followed him down the tunnel three minutes later for an elbow on David Weir.

Another deadline-day let-down
31 Jan - True to exectation and David Moyes's repeatedly downbeat rhetoric, Everton failed to address their chronic lack of firepower as another transfer window slammed shut. Despite rumours of a deadline-beating bid for Turkish ace, Fatih Tekke, (the Independent reports that he requested a move after having his car shot at but was ordered to stay by Trabsonspor's president after the team's coach threatened to resign if the striker is allowed to leave) and a move to bring Shaun Wright-Phillips in on loan, nothing was announced as concluded, leaving the manager's stated dreams of reaching the FA Cup final or mounting a late charge for Europe sounding very hollow indeed.

Everton Draw Colchester in Fifth Round
30 Jan - Everton have been drawn at home in the next round of the FA Cup in an enticing tie against Colchester United. If Everton can beat Chelsea in the Fourth Round Replay at Stamford Bridge, David Moyes will hope to ease past the League One side into the Quarter Finals. Colchester are currently second in League One, two points behind leaders Southend but have two games in hand. The Fourth Round Replay takes place on February 8th.

Crippled Everton hold out for replay
28 Jan - Already crippled by the loss of Matteo Ferrari, the Blues were dealt a hammer blow before kick off with an injury to James Beattie. Duncan Ferguson started alongside James McFadden but Chelsea took an hour to get going, a fact exploited when an absolute peach of a cross by Nuno Valente was met by McFadden and he headed home Ferguson-style to put Everton into a shock lead on 36 minutes. Chelsea's pressure after the hour mark told, though, when Lampard danced in and fired past Martyn. The visitors had other chances but the Toffees, hampered further by the loss of McFadden to a facial injury, held on to force a replay at Stamford Bridge in 10 days' time. Match report

Wyness cries FOUL!
27 Jan - It's all about balls! So says Everton CEO Keith Wyness who castigates Daily Telegraph journalist Jeff Randall after a recent article questioned the bona fide nature of football as an industry. In this piece penned by our CEO he paints a truly rosy picture of life down Goodison Road. "I can only conclude that those who currently choose to castigate football fall into the trap of believing an urban myth." says Mr. Wyness. Urban myth or head truly buried in the sand?

School of Science...
27 Jan - Our feature of an account of the Everton vs Leeds clash in 1964 has prompted Peter Fearon to reminisce about both that tumultuous game of football which he attended as a boy and how different the beautiful game was back then compared to today's more sanitised and over-officiated version.

Branding
26 Jan - In response to the eye-opening account in the Sunday Times of Millwall fan Rod Liddle's trip to Goodison Park for the FA Cup replay last week, Michael Johnson argues that the club could vastly improve the way it treats home and visiting fans alike. It all comes down to (re)building the brand and offering supporters a lot more respect.

Little & Larger
23 Jan - On Saturday, James Beattie took another massive stride towards redeeming himself of past transgressions and proving to the long-suffering Goodison crowd that he has a bountiful future leading the Everton forward line. Talking of which, Chris Marks provides this analysis of some of the more potent strikeforce partners who have featured for Everton in recent years, and reaches the conclusion that James Beattie needs a nimpy little bloke to be the perfect partner and foil for him. Guess who he comes up with...

Arsenal no match for Everton's game
21 Jan - Everton faced the stern test of keeping at bay a free-scoring Arsenal without the help of Joseph Yobo (or Per Krldrup for that matter) and with just one recognised striker on the field.   But Beattie did everything right on 13 mins to give Everton the lead, a lead they held onto deservedly as Arsenal struggled to mount any kind of effective response to the in-your-face approach that a newly confident Everton team put together.  Alan Stubbs came on early for his Goodison return as Ferrari damaged some ligaments, and played his part in a solid defensive perfomance that produced Everton's fourth consecutive league win.  David Moyes got this one dead right. Match report

Krldrup departs, Stubbs returns
19 Jan - Per Krldrup, who finally made an appearance in a senior game at Goodison Park last night after months of incomprehensible bench-warming has reportedly been sold to Fiorentina, paving the way for Alan Stubbs to return to Goodison for the final months of the current season. This brings to an end one of the most dismal Everton careers one could ever imagine for an experienced and highly-rated international defender who supposedly cost 5M but played just 147 minutes for the Blues. Everton have yet to confirm the transfer but Krldrup flew to Italy today to undergo a medical and sort out personal terms.

Cahill sinks his old club
18 Jan - A single Tim Cahill goal was enough for Everton to edge their way past Millwall just when it looked as though their dominance in this third round replay was going to be undermined by an all-too-familiar lack of bite up front. On the back of impressive displays by the likes of Leon Osman and Mikel Arteta, the Blues were clearly on top throughout the 90 minutes, but should have had a hatful after half time when Kevin Kilbane missed an absolute sitter and hit the post, Phil Neville also bounced a header off the woodwork and Per Krldrup, on since the 33rd minute for the injured David Weir, headed a corner just over. It was Cahill, though, who stuck out a leg to meet James Beattie's cut-back to break the deadlock with 20 minutes left and set up a fourth round tie against Chelsea at Goodison a week on Saturday.  Beleated match thoughts from Richard Williams.

Gotta pick a pocket or two
17 Jan - Ever since Wayne Rooney's Paul Stretford-engineered transfer to Manchester United two years ago, ToffeeWeb columnist, Colm Kavanagh, has been seething at the malignant influence wielded over domestic football and the Premiership in particular by unscrupulous agents and the clubs that accommodate them. In the wake of Mike Newell's laudible comments abount bungs and dodgy dealings in the modern game, Colm takes the top echelon of English football to task and suggests that this would be a fine opportunity for the so-called "People's Club" to lead the way in addressing what is a serious problem.

Moyes cashes in on Bent
16 Jan - After a report indicating as such was accidentally posted to the Official site, Everton have confirmed that a fee thought to be 2M, rising to 2.5M depending on appearances has been agreed with Charlton Athletic for the services of Marcus Bent. The striker has been given permission to travel to London to discuss personal terms with a view to completing the transfer this week. It brings to an end the brief and very mixed career of yet another Everton striker and a nice 2M profit for David Moyes. 

Osman gives Everton the edge
14 Jan - A solitary Leon Osman goal by way of a defender's leg after half an hour gave Everton a crucial victory over free-spending Portsmouth, their third successive win at Fratton Park. Not surprisingly, this first run-out for the home side's four new signings was a disjointed affair where they were concerned and the Blues could, with better finishing, have had more despite a pretty poor display themselves. Osman header over when unmarked at the far post inside 30 seconds and Tim Cahill steered a couple of headers the wrong side of the post and saw another turned over by Jamie Ashdown when he should have done much better. Pompey threw on strikers in a desperate effort to salvage a point but Everton held firm.

A striker, please
12 Jan - "We all know that good strikers dont grow on trees but in a world full of footballers, dont tell me that there arent one or two who could be signed and then hit the onion bag more often than Marcus Bent and James McFadden." Nick Armitage hits the nail squarely on the head as he tries to decipher expectation management from outright spin-doctoring in the rhetoric emanating from Goodison Park in regard to the current transfer window, the one we all so fervently hoped would resolve our goalscoring crisis.

Whatever happened to the Likely Lads?
11 Jan - The first team is struggling to get it together this season, new signings failing to even appear, never mind perform, but there is precious little sign of any new young players coming through from the ranks. With the exception of Wayne Rooney, Leon Osman and Nick Chadwick are the only youth players to make their full debuts since David Moyes took over in March 2002, and the Youth team recently crashed out of the FA Youth Cup at the first hurdle. Chris Marks asks some pertinent questions about what is happening at the Everton Youth Academy.

Bubbles and Slides
10 Jan - Not much gets past our columnist Colm Kavanagh, who is as amazed as the next fan that David Moyes could blythly dismiss the prospect of transfer window incoming. How much of this is spin and corporate-speak? Or Bubbles and slides, in reference to the succession of PowerPoint presentations that filled the last AGM to convince the gathered throng of Everton's new-found place among the 20 richest elite. So lack of money can't be the reason... can it?

''No new arrivals expected''
9 Jan - "I don't think there'll be any movement at all. The people I would prefer to bring in are not available. I don't think there'll be anyone coming in." with these words, David Moyes destroyed any last remaning hope that Everton's continuing woes in front of goal would somehow be averted in the second half of the season by the purchase of a half-decent striker who could pop a few in the net.

Relief for Everton as Osman makes the breakthrough
7 Jan - Leon Osman scored the all-important equaliser to force a replay at Goodison in 10 days' time as Everton's second-half dominance finally paid off. David Moyes made a slew of changes but the Blues had the better chances in the first half Bent, McFadden and Cahill all going close until Marvin Williams beat the offside trap and slotted past Richard Wright to make it 1-0 at the break.  Everton had a hatful of chances in the last quarter of the game after Osman had been introduced and headed home to level the scores. Duncan Ferguson was denied three times, Cahill headed over, and Kevin Kilbane should have won it in injury time but blazed over from seven yards.

What's wrong with Blue Bill?
5 Jan - After venting their spleens at the manager's incompetence in times of distress, long suffering Evertonians tend to then focus on the Board of Directors and especially the Chairman as a target of their deeply felt frustrations.  Bill Kenwright was definitely getting a virtual battering in our mailbag before the last two games, when Tiny Tim suddenly came good.  It gives us a chance to address this question submitted by a reader who really wonders why certain sections of the Everton fanbase seem to have it in for Bill Kenwright.

We got it going on!
4 Jan - Jumping the gun in developing this analysis of the Everton squad before  all the newcomers sign on in January (and some perhaps leave!), Dutch Schaeffer provides a generally positive and uncritical assessment of the tools at Moyes's disposal for the rest of the season.

Hang on... this can't be right: just a week ago, we were being regaled with the fan-based wisdom that had many of these players as the dogs of the Prem!!?!

Blues off to a flier in 2006
2 Jan - Tim Cahill powered two more headed goals and might have had a hat-trick but referee Uriah Rennie ruled one "goal" out and he hit the post in injury time with a wonderful volley as Everton secured a comfortable victory at Goodison against stumbling Charlton. James Beattie slotted home his own rebound after Thomas Myhre had saved his 8th-minute spot kick, Matt Holland leveled 9 minutes later, but the Blues went in ahead at the break when Mikel Arteta found Cahill with a free kick and the Australian headed in off the bar. The same combination worked to perfection just before the hour to make it 3-1 and while the visitors probed and hit the woodwork themselves, it was the Blues who finished with a flourish and almost notched four. Match report by Jonathan Martin

 

Snippets & Rumours

Wilson out on loan
31 Jan - Reserves regular Laurence Wilson has been dispatched to Mansfield Town on a one-month loan.

Moyes still cautious on transfers
30 Jan - The likelihood that Everton will make any more signings before tomorrow's transfer deadline remains slim after David Moyes admitted that 'we'll continue trying right up until Tuesday, but I won't be spending money on someone I am not happy with.'

AvdM targets February return
29 Jan - Andy van der Meyde, sidelined since the beginning of December with a thigh injury, is hoping to be fully fit again within 10 days.

Customer service award?
28 Jan - As someone who has experienced (been the victim of?) Everton's customer service first-hand, John Bracken is astounded by Keith Wyness' bold claims in the Telegraph business section earlier this week.

Beattie injury cripples Blues
28 Jan - Everton fans' worst fears are realised with an inury to James Beattie ahead of today's cup tie and James McFadden was battered out of the game with a torrentially bleeding nose. Will that give Kenwright, Wyness and Moyes the kick up the arse they need this transfer window?

Yobo skippers Nigeria to second win
27 Jan - Joseph Yobo lead Nigeria to a second successive African Nations Cup victory, 2-0 over Zimbabwe. The result all but books the Super Eagles' place in the next phase of the competition; great for Joey, bad for Everton.

Defence
27 Jan - It's obviously too late to do anything about it ahead of tomorrow's cup tie with Chelsea, but Nick Armitage fears the severe lack of cover in defence could become a pattern for the rest of the season and beyond.

Prisoners of Millwall
27 Jan - Rod Liddle's lament in The Times at the Millwall fans' Goodison experience 10 days ago is met in kind by Evertonian Stephen McBride's account of his afternoon at The New Den in the previous match. Sadly, he won't get the exposure of national newspaper...

Fans' views needed for documentary
25 Jan - A TV production house in London is working on a documentary about football hooliganism and is looking for input from fans who have witnessed hooliganism first-hand, can talk about their most memorable experiences from the 1970s to today, hold opinions on how hooligans behave and their sub-culture, or any innocent by-standers who have sustained injuries from opposition fans or hooliganism. If you're interested, contact us through the feedback page with "Hooliganism Documentary" as the title of your message.

Grooming Anichebe
24 Jan - Victor Anichebe scored both goals for the Reserves in their 2-2 draw with Newcastle United last night. With money tight at Goodison and the rumour mill linking Everton with strikers worryingly quiet, the 17 year-old could be fast-tracked to the first team before the season is out.

Another injury for Li
24 Jan - Forgetten man, Li Tie, is back on the treatment table with an ankle injury sustained in a Reserves outing against Newcastle United.

Blues sweating on Ferrari
24 Jan - Update: Matteo Ferrari underwent a scan on the injury he sustained against Arsenal and while there is no hamstring damage, the club's medical staff are unsure of the exact nature of the complaint. He is rated doubtful for Saturday's clash with Chelsea which could leave the Blues with only David Weir as a recognised centre back.

Season comparison looks healthier
24 Jan - Resident TW statistician, Steve Flanagan, has updated his season comparison table which looks a lot better on the back of four straight wins. While we're four wins off the pace of last season, we're also way ahead of the appalling 2003/04 campaign. [link fixed]

You'd have loved the 60s, Arsene
24 Jan - TW reader Richard McGowan has forwarded us this link to an account from the MightyLeeds.co.uk site of a genuine blood and thunder clash between Everton and Leeds United at Goodison Park in 1964. It's an eye-opening illustration of what the game used to be like and Everton's supposed bully tactics against Arsenal on Saturday pale in comparison! Grab a cuppa and enjoy...

Yobo leads Super Eagles to victory
23 Jan - Joseph Yobo captained Nigeria in their African Nations Cup opener which the Super Eagles won by a single goal over World Cup qualifiers, Ghana.

Xavier's Boro contract ends
23 Jan - Abel Xavier, once of this parish, has had his contract at Middlesbrough terminated as he battles against an 18-month ban, having tested positive for an anabolic steroid.

Moyes reveals Beattie's rocket
23 Jan - David Moyes has revealed the secret in James Beattie's improved form. It involves hard work on the training ground and, yes, a 'rocket'.

Enough is Enough...
23 Jan - Unfortuantely we didn't get to this rabid Rage against the Machine that is EFC, courtesy of an extremely upset Neil Vaughan, before Saturday's game. You have to wonder how Neil feels today after watching the product of the empire he so despises execute a great gameplan to frustrate one of the best teams in the country with Stubbs looking imperious alongside Weir in the impenetrable Everton defence. Neil, to his credit, has responded well, and sounds a lot more composed today...

Club confirms Cahill ban
22 Jan - Everton have confirmed that Tim Cahill will miss Saturday's FA Cup tie with Chelsea after he picked up a booking at the end of yesterday's triumph over Arsenal.

HK: Go for Larsson
20 Jan - Is the experienced Swede one of the players to which Moyes refers when he says that he's enquired about most of the strikers you could care to mention? Or would his rumoured red leanings be a stumbling block?

'Like two new signings'
20 Jan - Yes, except Gary Naysmith and Lee Carsley are not two new signings and even if they were, I doubt too many fans would be too excited about it. It seems as though many fans are tired of the spin; see this open letter to the club from Chuffed to be Blue.

Moyes rules out Viduka...
20 Jan - ... and spins the same old tired line about "the players we really want" not being available. The manager has 11 days before the closure of the transfer window in which to plug the gaping holes in attack.

Ferrari wants to prove himself
20 Jan - Matteo Ferrari has moved to distance himself from comments attributed to him by what he says was someone masquerading as his agent. The Italian says that he is happy at Everton at the moment and would like his current loan spell to be made permanent in the summer.

Stubs returns.... with an apology
20 Jan - Alan Stubbs is an Everton player again as David Moyes scrambles to reinofrce the squad after deciding to bail on Per Krldrup.

Strikers
20 Jan - John Audsley goes down memory lane, analyzing what our strikers have brought us over the last 15 years.

A Striker Now, Please!!
20 Jan - Peter Rea thinks we need a striker... now there's an idea!

Let's end corrupt transfer system
20 Jan - Picking up on Colm's concerns, Peter Fearon provides a blueprint for a cleaner, less corrupt transfer system.

Davies doubtful for Arsenal
18 Jan - He's only just returned from a previous ankle injury but Simon Davies is rated as doubtful for the visit of Arsenal this weekend after turning his ankle in the pre-match warm-up before tonight's cup replay with Millwall. David Weir required stitches to a bad facial injury but will be fit.

Vaughan out for 2 more months
18 Jan - James Vaughan is facing another two months on the sidelines after undergoing a second operation on his injured knee. The 17-year-old striker sustained the injury during a training session with England's Under-19s in September. He underwent surgery and was expected to return to fitness by early December.

Cahill called to the fore
18 Jan - Tim Cahill will be expected to provide the goals in partnership with James Beattie tonight is it really true that Moyesie has required him to play a more defensive role for most of this season, which could explain our horrific lack of goals?

The 1878 Club
18 Jan - Formed in 2001 and run by Fred Highcock and Andy Horricks, out of Crofts on City Road, they organize tickets and travel for EVERY Everton game. 63 members and growing. Evertonians are welcome to call in to Crofts for a chat; they also entertain away fans on matchdays.

What a difference 11 years make
17 Jan - We are still in the FA Cup and Mark Langley makes some interesting comparisons with 11 years ago.

Bent completes move to Charlton
17 Jan - Marcus Bent has completed his move to Charlton for an astounding 2M, rising potentially to 2.5M, after a strange 18-month career at Everton.

Ferguson: I don't want to leave
16 Jan - Duncan Ferguson has confirmed that he is aware of Portsmouth's interest but has reiterated his desire to see out his career with Everton.

Pompey in Fergie furore
16 Jan - Portsmouth apparently upset Everton by talking to Duncan Ferguson about a possible move to the South Coast and an improved 18-month contract before the game on Saturday, with the Big Yin then withdrawing "due to illness"...

The Rise and Fall of Richard Wright
15 Jan - "In the summer of 2001, it seemed as if the young Richard Wright had a bright future ahead of him."

All lost in the supermarket
15 Jan - Kevin Sparke devises two categories of player to explain the vagaries of the transfer market.

''When I get older, losing my hair..."
14 Jan - 'When I'm 94 I'll take over Everton and sort them out' Ken Bates

Bradley curious of stadium plans
13 Jan - Newly elected Liverpool City Council leader Warren Bradley, a Goodison season-ticket holder, wants to meet Everton club officials to find out more about their new stadium plans.

Jan not good month for signings
13 Jan - The latest series of lame excuses from David Moyes for a total lack of activity in the transfer window have a distinctly hollow sound: "January ... is not a particularly good month for signings to be made." Tell that to 'Appy 'Arry on Satdee.

The media mess we're in
13 Jan - Dominc Buckley follows up with further concerned feedback over the issues raised by Steve Guy's article on Everton's media image. Steve McBride confirms here that it's our failures on the pitch which are the primary reason for a low media profile.

Alan Green is our friend
12 Jan - Don't be put off by the title. Steve Guy has written an excellent article dealing with the galling subject of Everton's low profile in the media something that is not new, but is also not getting any better. And a lot of what Steve says was confirmed in an illuminating response from someone in the media who calling himself Howard Kendall's Love Child but the club have rejected his claims outright and requested that we remove his comments.

Cambridge youths in for training
11 Jan - David Moyes has invited Cambridge United youngsters Michael Morrison and Adam Davies to train with the club.

Better than last year
11 Jan - Daniel Mckeown, in his second article for us, sees some signs of progress in the squad now vying for first-team places.

Millwall replay is all-ticket
11 Jan - Everton's FA Cup Third Round replay against Millwall next Wednesday is all-ticket. No tickets will be available after 6pm on the night of the game.  Season-ticket holders get priority and can even claim thier current seats by phone!

Naysmith's scoring return
10 Jan - Gary Naysmith and Lee Carsley whose rehabilitation is apparently David Moyes's "top priority" at the moment both played the full 90 minutes in the Reserves 1-1 draw with Bolton, with the Scot heading home the Blues' goal.

Practice what you preach, Everton
10 Jan - We know something that desperately needs some bloody "va va voom."

Krldrup back in training
10 Jan - Per Krldrup is expected to return to full training this week after spraining his ankle at Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

Yobo & Martyn fit for Pompey
10 Jan - Both Joeseph Yobo and Nigel Martyn are expected to return to the Everton line-up at Portsmouth, but Yobo will then leave for Egypt and the African Cup of Nations after that game.

Van der Meyde: one more month
10 Jan - Andy van der Meyde is still some way off in his recovery from a bad thigh strain, and it will be at least another month before we see him, says Mick "Basil" Rathbone, the Everton Physio.

Once more unto the breach
10 Jan - Nick Armitage pays tribute to the ultimate battler himself, Duncan Ferguson.

Player of the Month: December
10 Jan - A new face tops of the Potm poll for December after finally putting together a run of form worthy of the accolade.

Bring on the Pensioners!
9 Jan - Should we overcome Millwall in our FA Cup 3rd Round replay we'll then host Jose Mourinho's millionaire's club in a 4th Round clash, at Goodison Park. Date to be announced...

''We were really in the mire''
9 Jan - Phil Neville, a seasoned exponent in stating the obvious with immeasurable blandness, reckons we can now finish in the top ten. "Everybody was down but with two massive wins under our belt in the league we now look at the table and start thinking about climbing and putting a run together." Which is nice...

Moyes defends resting players
8 Jan - David Moyes defended his decision to rest key players for the FA Cup tie at Millwall, despite evidence that the team he put out simply wasn't up to the job of defending Everton's great tradition in this competition. "I wasn't taking Millwall lightly, all the players in our squad are good enough to play."

Final call for December PotM
7 Jan - If you haven't yet voted for your Player of the Month for December, the poll will be open for another day or so. Click here to vote.

Hopkins in loan move
6 Jan - Reserve striker, Paul Hopkins, has joined Darlington on a month's loan. The 19-year-old signed professional papers at Goodison last year and is now looking for league experience.

Davies may be sidelined again
6 Jan - Simon Davies looks set to miss the Millwall encounter. He injured his ankle against Liverpool but played against Sunderland because Neville and Arteta were suspended and, you guessed it, aggravated his injury further, missing the Charlton game.

Yobo flies out on Monday
5 Jan - On the insistence of the Nigerian FA, Joseph Yobo is expected to fly out to Egypt on Monday to join the Nigeria squad for the African Cup of Nations. The final is on 10 February but he might be back before that if Nigeria get knocked out.

Sutton goes to Birmingham
5 Jan - Birmingham City have signed Everton target Chris Sutton from Celtic on an incredible 38k/wk contract until the end of the season.

Carsley back in training
4 Jan - Lee Carsley resumes full training this week but it will be a month or so before he is fit enough for the Premiership.

Beattie wants Dunc to stay
4 Jan - James Beattie has some positive words about Duncan Ferguson, who he hopes will stay for the rest of the season.

Crisis Management
4 Jan - This article by Norman Hubbard at soccernet.com provides a reasonably balanced assessment of the Moyes Management conundrum.

Vote for your player of the month
4 Jan - Pick the player you thought was a cut above the rest during a busy December.

Big Dunc not done yet
3 Jan - David Moyes wants to keep Duncan Ferguson as an intrinisic part of his squad, even if it means choosing which games he plays and how he is used.

Cahill hat-trick denied
3 Jan - Referee Uriah Rennie denied Tim Cahill a hat-trick because he penalized Duncan Ferguson for pushing a dubious decision, says Tiny Tim.

Why get rid of Moyes?
2 Jan - It's relatively safe once again for the supporters of David Moyes to stick their heads up above the parapet...

More frustration for Krldrup
2 Jan - The Dane will have an X-ray on his injured ankle to determine the severity of the knock he picked up at Villa and that is keeping him on the sidelines once more.

The Missing Money
2 Jan - Jez Clein believes that the lack of money for David Moyes in this transfer window does not jive with 10M or 12M bids supposedly made for Kuyt and Owen last August.  The ToffeeWeb Editor disagrees...

Blues err on side of continuity
1 Jan - Whether it's because their faith in Moyes remains unshaken or they are fearful that the pattern of managerial changes of the past decade has been counter-productive, the majority of those who voted in our most recent poll say that the boss should not be sacked before next season, even if we finish as low as 17th.

Law of Moving Averages
1 Jan - This analysis of Everton's all-time league record, presented graphically as moving averages shows the full rollercoaster in all its glory.

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