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 July 2005

News Headlines & Features

Turkish wake-up call
30 Jul - Was it "only a friendly" or a "dress rehearsal" for the Champions League? Either way, 5-0 is pretty poor by any standards and, coming on the heels of some unconvincing pre-season displays, this result in Turkey offers little comfort that we are sufficiently equipped for Villarreal. James Beattie led the line in the increasingly unpopular 4-5-1 formation but he barely got a sniff as Everton fell behind when Tuncay scored with a deflected shot from the edge of the box. 9 mins later, Marcio Nobre doubled the lead when he headed home a free kick. It was more of the same in the second half; Mehmet Yozgatli blasted home from 25 yards before Alex curled a brilliant free kick around the wall and past the hapless Wright, and the Turks finished the game when Onder Turaci headed home a fifth.

Euro adventure will start with Villarreal
29 Jul - Everton's hopes of reaching the lucrative group stage of the Uefa Champions League rest on their ability to overcome Villarreal following this morning's eagerly-anticipated Third Qualifying Round draw in Nyon, Switzerland.  The Blues avoided the nightmare of facing local rivals Liverpool (who drew CSKA Sofia or Dinamo Tirana) and have what some regard as the daunting task of hosting the Spaniards in just under a fortnight's time for one of the most important games in the club's recent history. The away leg will take place on 23/24 August.  Qualification for the group stages could be worth millions of pounds to the Everton coffers; defeat would relegate them to the far less lucrative Uefa Cup. Either way, our Euro Tour T-shirts will still be valid order yours today!

Another Year Goes By...
28 Jul - In his self-appointed position as business auditor, Jamie Rowland provides this interesting review of the progress that has taken place at Everton off the field in terms of meeting and beating the various business challenges that confronted the Club last summer. Jamie sees the performance of Keith Wyness in a positive light despite those many fans whose season ticket seats have had to be sacrificed to the god of corporate entertainment.

Where do we go from here?
27 Jul - It's time to circle the wagons, take stock of what we've got, and look forward with anticipation and excitement to the new season.  That's what Dave Timmins thinks after running through the now ritual rationalization over the growing litany of missed players and a squad that is still low on quantity and quality.  But In Moyes We Trust!   And here is more positive thinking from Jim Potter.

Blues lose out on Davids?
26 Jul - Tottenham Hotspur appeared to have added to the world's largest collection of midfielders by beating Everton to the signature of Dutch midfielder, Edgar Davids on a free transfer from Inter Milan. His lawyer, Rob Geerling, however, says that their announcement is premature. In what is perhaps a veiled reference to Everton, he says that his client wants to play at the highest level and that there are pros and cons to all the clubs currently interested in his client's services. Assuming Moyes was interested and the initial report of him joining Spurs is true, the bright lights of London are apparently more enticing than the prospect of Champions League football.

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26 Jul - The draw for the European Champions League Third Round Qualifiers is just three days away and Everton's first foray in Europe's biggest competition begins just two weeks after that. You can join the Euro fever with the special ToffeeWeb European Tour T-Shirts we still have a few of these must-have shirts left in stock in two of the three original designs in either elegant navy blue or traditional royal blue. Numbers are limited, though, so order yours now!

Cahill says 'No' to contract extension
25 Jul - Everton made a nice fanfare about offering a new contract to Tim Cahill as a "reward" for doing so well in his first season as a Blue ... only that gesture fell rather flat today when Cahill announced his disappointment that they could not agree terms and his doubts that he will be able to sign a new contract! This should not mean anything as Cahill remains under contract with Everton for another three years and could be just posturing as part of ongoing negotiations... but this is football, amidst the craziest transfer season for many a long while! Much gnashing of teeth in the Mailbag.

Everton 1 - 1 Manchester City
23 Jul - Everton carried off the Asian Wooden Spoon Trophy in a loser-takes-all challenge for third place to wrap up their tropical trip to Bangkok. After going behind to a goal from Cole, Cahill's equalizer was ruled out before Beattie scored again from the penalty spot.  Another strike (by Weir) was cancelled out by referee Mark Clattenburg before the dreaded penalty shoot-out.  Good job they don't use them to decide key European fixtures... Oh, strike that.

Irvine: More additions needed
22 Jul - Everton Assistant Manager, Alan Irvine, has moved to reassure supporters that the club is committed to strengthening the squad ahead of the close of the transfer window at the end of next month. He acknowledges that the Blues cannot expect to have the same luck with injuries they enjoyed last season, particularly with the extra games from our qualification for Europe.

Great Expectations
21 Jul - Rob Fox takes a slightly different tack on a familiar theme, demonstrating the improvement in quality David Moyes has wrought within the Everton squad, albeit at the expense of quantity. Once again, he argues with conviction that David Moyes is an excellent manager doing an excellent job, which will pay dividends in the future for Everton.

Thailand U-23s 1 - 1 Everton
20 Jul - Everton were unable to overcome their younger and livelier hosts in the opening game of the Premier League Asia trophy, going down to an excellent goal from Pitchitpong inside the first 10 mins. Marcus Bent scored the equalizer just before the break, but Everton could not seal the win, and failed in the penalty shoot-out, Yobo having his shot saved. The Blues will face Manchester City, who also lost on penalties following a 1-1 draw with Bolton, in the third-place playoff on Saturday.

Skelmersdale 0 - 2 Everton Reserves
19 Jul - Apart from Richard Wright in goal, it was a very young Reserves side who ran out at Skelmersdale for their second pre-season kickabout. Victor Anichebe proved to be the star up front drawing the foul that was awarded a penalty which Scott Phelan converted before scoring Everton's second goal for good measure. Good games too from Paul Hopkins and John Paul Kissock names to watch out for this season as they look to progress their Everton careers.

Everton arrive in Bangkok
18 Jul - Everton have arrived in Bangkok, together with the other two Premier League sides, Bolton and Manchester City, who will compete with the Thai national side for the Premier League Asia Trophy.  David Moyes has left Richard Wright behind as he has contracted a virus. His threadbare squad is boosted by some of the lads from the Youth Academy (Christian Seargeant, Stephen Wynne, Mark Hughes) who have just signed on as professionals, but Alan Irvine is concerned about the heat.

Motherwell 0 - 0 Everton; Match Report
16 Jul - Everton visited the old stamping ground of Jamie McFadden for their second pre-season kick-about.  And it was all about Faddy, who was highly regarded at Fir Park and was made Everton Captain fro the day.  Gary Naysmith and Lee Carsley both miss this one through injury James Beattie and Simon Davis were rested with minor strains.  Paul Trail provides this personal travelogue and detailed match report along with his Player Ratings.

Gone... but not forgotten
15 Jul - The departure of Pistone, Watson and Stubbs, compounded by the failure to bring in any new faces, leaves the first-team squad woefully exposed on the left side of defence. David Moyes is putting a brave face on it while the rest of us become increasingly worried about how we will sustain an onslaught on the Champions League and the Premiership with an increasingly threadbare squad. Time to rehabilitate one of our best left-backs in recent years?

Progress on the David France Collection
14 Jul - The Everton Collection Charitable Trust, designed to secure the long-term future of the David France Collection, finally got off the ground with a launch at Goodison Park today. The Fund needs to generate 800k to buy this incomparable collection of Everton memorabilia and artefacts, painstakingly collected over many years, and at substantial cost, by Dr David France, now a retired management consultant. The collection is conservatively valued at 1.2M; the club has chipped in 250k and Lord Grantchester 100k.

Arteta deal finally agreed
13 Jul - The haggling between Everton and Real Sociedad regarding the details of Mikel Arteta's permanent transfer to Everton is finally over, with a transfer fee of around 2.6M being agreed. However , the Daily Mail says it's more like 2.2M, with Arteta reducing his wage demands to 30k/wk. He is reputedly due on Merseyside on Friday to undergo a medical, with formalities to be completed "within 48 hours".

Moyes the Galvanizer
12 Jul - In this revealing interview with the Sporting Life, David Moyes talks candidly about how things were at Everton last summer when he began the heroic task of dragging them up from fourth from bottom to finish the season fourth from top and a chance to be Champions' League qualifiers.  "It is my job now to take Everton forward, not just for now but for the future. I want this club back on an even keel, there have been far too many cuts and changes for my liking."

New Book: Champions League...
11 Jul - Stephen O'Neill has been combining two pursuits to provide plenty of meat for a new book that will appeal to diehard Evertonians and benefit the Everton Former Players' Foundation. Champions League We're having a laugh captures the spirit of following Everton from deepest Lincolnshire, and of playing pool with the Royal Joiners in taverns across that county. To order, click here for more details.

FC Gamlitz 0 - 9 Everton
10 Jul - Everton got a nice workout and banged in a good hatful of goals against local side FC Gamlitz on Austria today.  It was their first pre-season game and provided a nice finish to a week of hard training in the Austrian Tyrol.  The goals came from Bent and Beattie (pen) before half-time with a second-half deluge from Wilson, Vaughan (3), Hopkins, Anichebe and Krldrup.  With many subs from the Youth Academy coming on for a strong second-half performance, the only player to play the entire game was Li Tie fully recovered from his horrendous shin fracture ordeal.

Goldfish out of his Puddle
9 Jul - The Everton squad that will face the challenge of next season is looking increasingly fragile as yet another transfer target slips though our hands... and goes to Liverpool of all places!!!  Patience and deliberation are traits that underlie the strong personality of David Moyes as a team coach, but this painful trend is showing up a serious lack of business skill in dealing with the wiley participants and the slippery dynamics of the transfer market.  Alex Jones takes no prisoners in this hard-hitting critique of Moyes's lukewarm performance so far off the field. [Lots of Reader Responses...]

Chile Evening in Liverpool
8 Jul - Friday 8 July will see the Ruleteros Society hosting an evening at Liverpool's only Chilean Restaurant, the Valparaiso, on Hardman Street. Starting at 19h30, they are delighted to welcome Dave Hickson and his wife Pat as guests of honour.  The evening will consist of a Chilean buffet, conversation on all things Everton (UK and Chile,) reminiscences of the recent trip to Chile and any other topics that happen to crop up.  Anybody not already booked is welcome to attend.  The event costs 20 per person, payable on the night. Anybody interested should indicate their attendance by contacting steve.bickerton @ (delete the spaces around the @) so that they can confirm numbers Friday afternoon.

Everton to play Udinese
6 Jul - Everton will play Udinese in a friendly on Wednesday 3 August 2005, kick off at 8pm. There will be a pre-match game: Snodin's Snarlers versus Latchford's Nines, kicking off at 6.30pm. Proceeds will go to the Everton Former Players' Foundation (EFPF). Admission prices for the game will be 10 while hospitality, priced at 30, is available by calling the Testimonial hotline on 0151 520 2362 any day between 9am and 10pm. This entitles the ticket holder to a seat in the exclusive areas, a free match-day programme, plus complimentary tea and coffee before the game and at half-time.

Boyle signs on
5 Jul - Patrick Boyle has signed professional forms with Everton and will boost by one the potential number of players David Moyes will have at his disposal in the first-team squad, even though it may take a while before we see his senior debut. The 18-year-old defender joined Everton two years ago from his native Scotland and last season became a regular with the reserves.

Opener on TV for Saturday Lunch
4 Jul - Everton will kick-off the 2005-06 Premiership campaign at the ungodly hour of 12:45 on Saturday 13 August as their opener with Manchester United will be broadcast live on Sky Premiership Plus.  Everton's other Premiership Plus games are Man City (A) and West Brom (A).  Meanwhile on Sky Sports 1, other Everton dates include Bolton (A), Arsenal (A), and Chelsea (H).

Win the New Strip!
1 Jul - Everton have unveiled the new home strip for the 2005-06 season, our first in the Uefa Champions League, and you can order yours as of today to ensure you receive it on the launch date of 8 August.  Or, you can win the full strip in our latest competition.  Not only that, the lucky winner's prize will be signed by the Everton player of their choice.  Click here for full details on the new kit and to enter to win one for free.


Snippets & Rumours

Concern for Carsley
31 Jul - Very little Turkish Delight for Lee Carsley who finds himself once more a doubt as we look forward to the new season. David Moyes said, he has had a problem with his knee all summer and we wanted to try and get him right for the game tonight but he jarred it again." Carsley now looks set to miss the beginning of the season which has triggered one or two media reports indicating an Everton interest in Newcastle's Nicky Butt.

In Moyes we no longer trust?
31 Jul - Plenty of frustration in our Mailbag following the "Fenerdebahle", with more and more fans questioning the manager's transfer dealings at the top end of the market. It's the end of the world as we know it...!

Away day in Spain
29 Jul - Here's a site to bookmark when planning your trip to see the Blues take on Villarreal in next month's CL3QR away leg: check out the CFW - Tailor Made Travel website.

Walking wounded already!
29 Jul - Bent misses the Turkeyfest with tendonitis; McFadden and Li Tie are doubtful; Naysmith is still off... Let's hope this lengthening litany of injury dropouts is not an indication for the new season!

Villarreal are quaking too
29 Jul - The Villarreal Club President manages to be both fearful, confident and confused in this piece from Marca, translated by Peter Fearon.

New 'away' kit unveiled
29 Jul - Coming in complimentary shades of silver and black, adorned with a green elephant motif, this is the new second strip that Everton will wear against Fernerbahe on Saturday.

Sharpy talks up Blues' prowess
28 Jul - Goodison legend Graeme Sharp believes that of all the unseeded clubs in tomorrow's draw, Everton is the one the big boys will want to avoid.

Club initiates IT overhaul
28 Jul - As part of wide-scale improvements being carried out at the club, Everton are overhauling their IT infrastructure to better serve corporate clients and meet the growing merchandising demand following the recent tour in the Far East and the Blues' qualification for Europe.

Moyes concerned about ECL draw
28 Jul - David Moyes is one Evertonian who has no wish to be pitted against Liverpool in the Champions League Third Qualifying Round draw that takes place tomorrow. For conspiracy theorists, the only reason Uefa have made such an issue of withdrawing Liverpool's "country protection" is to facilitate a Merseyside playoff that will ensure no more than four English teams make it to the group stages.

A Lack of Leadership?
27 Jul - Lifelong Everton fan Kevin Gillen is clearly on the "glass half empty" side of the table with this Fans Comment piece in which he has the temerity to question the leadership of the club!!!

Weir named as Captain
27 Jul - David Weir will be the new club captain in place of Alan Stubbs. Congratulations Davey... now you need to take command of the players during the game, alright?

Cahill does not want to leave
27 Jul - Tim Cahill has confirmed with David Moyes his desire to stay and play for Everton, with his advisers telling him to reject the 23k/wk offer (up from 15k in his contract). They want to see him get 30k/wk, according to The Guardian.

Carsley to miss opening games
26 Jul - Reading between the lines in this bizarre "Faddy Boost" article, it appears that we should not expect Lee Carsley to be fully fit to play his crucial mid-field role in Everton's key opening games next month.

Football's Fooked!
26 Jul - Colm Kavanagh has been ruminating over the summer, pondering the state of the game we love and where it is heading. And Colm has concluded that the game is changing beyond all recognition as the role of money in the game assumes prime importance and the glory of the underdog winning against all odds becomes increasingly less likely.

Wyness lays out Chinese strategy
25 Jul - Everton, along with Bolton Wanderers and Hull City, will use Lynx Group International to implement a long-term strategy for increasing the club's visibility in China.

Hibbert inks contract extension
25 Jul - Home-grown full-back, Tony Hibbert, has given Everton a piece of long overdue good news by signing a new four-year contract that will keep him at Goodison until 2009.

Moyes generally pleased
25 Jul - David Moyes was generally pleased with the Thai tour and the way his team played against Manchester City, although he admitted they didn't score enough goals.

Drinking with the devil
24 Jul - Evertonians who have worked hard over the years to develop a pathologic hatred of Carlsberg lager may be rather disturbed by this analysis, provided for us by Stuart Mackay.

Blood everywhere
23 Jul - A reporter from The Times witnessed the unholy fracas that erupted in the bar of the Radisson Hotel, Bangkok, when City's Joey Barton and an unnamed Everton fan got into a fight that Richard Dunne tried to stop when it all went mental.

The heat gets to Joey Barton
22 Jul - Manchester City player Joey Barton (who reputedly supports Everton) has been sent home following a confrontation with a 15-year-old Everton fan at a hotel in Bangkok.  City captain and ex-Everton player Richard Dunne stepped in as Barton set on the big fella. Everton and City are due to play each other tomorrow for Third Place in the Premier League Asia Trophy.

Stubbs trains alone
22 Jul - At 34, Everton would have a tough time giving Alan Stubbs the kind of deal that brought Sandro Pistone back, so he continues to train alone, waiting for someone to give him a few more years at the top of his game.

Everton re-sign Pistone
21 Jul - Given the plight at left-back, Everton have relented and agreed to give Alessandro Pistone a two-year contract to stay at Goodison Park (after his move to Lecce allegedly fell through). Fans: left-back was an area for concern.

Moyes not too impressed
20 Jul - David Moyes did not sound too pleased with the performance of his team after they were humbled by the Thai Under-23 side that included Chang wantaway trainee, Teeratep Winothai, who claims he learnt nothing during his abbreviated stint at Everton's Youth Academy last season!

Moyes consults with Taggart
19 Jul - David Moyes has been chatting with Sir Alex Ferguson about how to approach the upcoming Champions League qualifiers and will seek further advice once he learns of the Blues' first opponents. High on his list of suggestions might be to make sure you have enough players...

Moyes cautiously optimistic
19 Jul - David Moyes, ever the realist, tries to steer a middle path between raising expectations and realising limitations for success in Everton's campaigns as they gear up for the new season.

West Ham game in December
19 Jul - Correction: Everton will play West Ham at home on 14 December, kick-off 8pm, after the fixture computer failed to anticipate a clash with Champions League qualifiers on or around August 24.

Appiah going to Fenerbahe
19 Jul - Yet another gets away... Stephen Appiah leaves Juve for 5.6M probably well over our valuation.

18 Jul - Martin Wallace unzips and takes aim at the bonfire of negative publicity that surrounds Everton's transfer dealings this summer.

Forget about it
18 Jul - Paul Traill calls for continued trust in David Moyes's transfer policy by passing on some thoughts on the abilities of Simon Davies from fans of his two previous clubs.

Youth Academy Fixtures
18 Jul - Pre-season friendlies start today with the visit of FASE to Netherton, and continue each weekend until the first game of the new season, at home to Reading on 20 August.

Calls again for a shared stadium
18 Jul - With costs spiralling and public agencies vowing not to fund Liverpool's commercial ventures in Stanley Park, the prospect of a shared stadium for Everton and Liverpool is creeping back onto the radar screen...

Oh, that's alright then
18 Jul - Nigel Martyn says David Moyes will sign some new additions and improve the squad soon.

Squad Numbers for Thailand
17 Jul - Some new squad numbers have been announced for the Premier League Asia Trophy in Thailand, with Duncan getting back his Number 9 shirt.  Per Krldrup gets 2 and Simon Davies is 10.

Tiny Tim's massive contribution
16 Jul - Over at Footballing World, Chris Cooper looks back at Tim Cahill's role in Everton's fantastic 2004/5 season as part of their "Five Footballers of the Year" series.

Support for tsunami victims
15 Jul - David Moyes and Nigel Martyn have been pencilled in as Everton's representatives on a visit to Phuket to stage a football clinic for survivors of last December's devastating tsunami. Man City and Bolton will be sending their respective players and manager as well. This Bangkok Post link also contains details of how to obtain tickets for the Asia Trophy games.

Moyes offers support for McFadden
15 Jul - David Moyes has issued his annual backing of James McFadden who is once again being linked with a move to one of the Old Firm in Scotland.

Youngsters sign as professionals
15 Jul - Four more Youth Academy players have signed professional contracts with Everton: Stephen Wynne, James Harris, Christian Seargeant, and Scott Phelan.

Arteta finally signs 5-year deal
15 Jul - Mikel Arteta is finally a fully-fledged Everton player after committing to a 5-year deal at somewhere approaching 30k/wk.

New deals in the works
15 Jul - New deals are being negotiated with Tim Cahill, Lee Carsley and Tony Hibbert.

'We go by our valuation'
14 Jul - CEO Keith Wyness justifies Everton's transfer policy that may have been responsible in part for the relatively poor return in terms of new faces.

Mystery Men beat Connah's Quay
14 Jul - Everton Reserves played a pre-season friendly against Connor's (sp?) Quay Nomads at Netherton tonight, and the team bizarrely included the Trialist (sp?) triplets one of whom (Johnny?) scored the first goal after just 2 mins. Willie Trialist and Dickie Trialist did their utmost to get on the scoresheet but that honour went in the end to the more mundane names of Vidarsson and Hughes.

Kilbane to fill in at left-back
13 Jul - David Moyes is talking about using Kevin Kilbane in the left-back role after the deal with Valencia for Emiliano Moretti broke down .  Another possibility is blooding youngster Laurence Wilson at right-back, with Hibbo on the+ left...

Pre-Season in Fiji, 2006?!
13 Jul - This article in the Fiji Times has representatives of that nation's football association playing down speculation that Everton will help them establish a football academy there. A similar arrangement with Samoa was mooted a couple of years ago.

Watson sorry to leave
12 Jul - Steve Watson says he regrets having to leave Everton after David Moyes declined to offer him more than a one-year contract.

Sissoko loves Rafa
12 Jul - Sissoko was apparently tilted by the presence of Rafael Benitez at Liverpool, and was unimpressed with Everton's offer.  Cue a right roasting for him at Goodison on 28 December!

Sponsored Route 66 Bike Ride
12 Jul - A group calling themselves the Barmy Farmers Army, half of which are Evertonians, will ride the length of America's famed Route 66 this month in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief and Ashley School, Widnes. They're looking for sponsors to reach their goal of raising 25,000.

Paging Smith, Gorman, McCready
12 Jul - Would Andrew Smith (linuxmail e-mail address), Daniel Gorman and Robert McCready who recently ordered from our European Tour T-Shirt collection please contact the Webmaster via the feedback form? Thanks.

Yobo returns, fit and excited
12 Jul - Joseph Yobo has returned after his summer break and is looking forward to Everton's European challenge.

Thai trio selected for Academy
11 Jul - The Bangkok Post reveals Sakkarin Chanyotha, Naruepol Arromsawad and Ronnachai Rangsiyo as the three 17 year-old Thai hopefuls who have been selected to train at Everton's Youth Academy for a year under the Chang Beer sponsorship agreement.

Bent says be prepared to work
11 Jul - Marcus Bent has never had to work so hard in his footballing career as he has at Goodison Park. And that's what awaits new players who do commit to Everton...

Transfer Market, You're havin' a laff
11 Jul - Maintaining your sanity amid the onslaught of transfer sagas is getting to be just too much of a strain. Gary Willock believes the problem is that EFC doesn't really have any money...

Wait a minute, Mr Postman
10 Jul - Lots of mail today, partly in response to Alex Jones's provocative views [more here], with opinions ranging right across the spectrum from happy to sad with Everton's faltering progress in the transfer market.  But the responses are starting to repeat the same things... so, if you want to get published, make sure you have something original to say!

Moyes talks to The People
10 Jul - Cut through the unnecessary Stevie-G tag lines to read the rest of this wide-ranging interview David Moyes gave Steve Bates of the Sunday People.

Calling Thailand-bound Blues
10 Jul - Are you heading to Thailand later this month, either with the tour group organised by Everton or under your own steam, and fancy getting in touch with other Blues traveling to the Asia Trophy in Bangkok to swap notes over planning or just to hook up when you get there? If so, contact the Webmaster via the feedback page and we'll make it happen.

Bellamy: Lack of Ambition
9 Jul - Fulham Fan Matthew Day is not too impressed with Craig Bellamy's choice of club, in this well-written article at the Footballing World website.

Slow recovery for Naysmith
9 Jul - Earlier predictions that Gary Naysmith would be fit by the end of July following his ankle surgery are proving too optimistic, with the Daily Reocrd he will miss the start of the season.

Liverpool steal Sissoko
8 Jul - It looks very much as though Liverpool have stepped in and stolen Mohamed Sissoko from under Everton's noses, despite his agent's protestations yesterday that there was no interest from Rafael Beneathus. And they wonder why we're bitter. David Moyes's search goes on...

Understanding Moyes's Patience
8 Jul - In the Liverpool Echo, David Prentice takes pains to inject a little reality into the sea of angst and trepidation gripping many Evertonians who are struggling with the latest slew of "failed" transfer sagas.

Everton to play Fenerbahe
8 Jul - Everton have added a major European test to their pre-season schedule with a game in Istanbul against Champions League regulars Fenerbahe at the end of the month.

Everton face Thais in opener
7 Jul - Everton have been drawn to play the Thai national side in their first match of the Asia Trophy in Bangkok later this month. The winner of that fixture will play the winner of the Bolton-Man City game in the final.

Bosnar leaves for Croatia
6 Jul - Australian international Eddy Bosnar has left Everton without having made a first-team appearance. The defender joins Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia after his one-year contract at Goodison Park came to an end.

Ruddy relishing the opportunity
6 Jul - John Ruddy is very excited about the prospect of competing with Ian Turner to put pressure on Nigel Martyn for the Everton goalkeeper shirt.

Watson signs for WBA
5 Jul - Steve Watson has secured a three-year deal with West Brom after turning down the chance of another year at Goodison.

Moyes interest not tempting duo?
4 Jul - David Moyes has confirmed his interest in Mali international midfielder Mohammed Sissoko and Italian left-back Emiliano Moretti combined fee of 5m but both players have since registered their desire to stay at Valencia.

Barlow moves to Bury
4 Jul - One-time product of the Everton Youth Academy, Stuart Barlow has joined Bury at the ripe old age of 36.

Pictures in the Park
4 Jul - Danny Relph snapped these candid shots of a rusty-looking Everton squad out training in a local park on Saturday morning.

Li Tie declared healed
4 Jul - Everton midfielder Li Tie has been given the go-ahead to resume full training after being told that the shin he broke nearly 18 months ago has fully healed.

Blues to play friendly in Austria
3 Jul - Everton fly out to Austria on Tuesday for five days in pre-season training camp and have a friendly arranged with local side FC Gamlitz for next Sunday.

Bent in "Big Squad" stunner
2 Jul - Marcus Bent managed to at once confuse and placate a significant number of readers when he stated confidently: ''We know there is going to be competition for places and we know we are going to have a big squad.''  That's good to know, Marcus...  but where are they?

Grand gesture for Kendall
1 Jul - Everton will set up a testimonial for Howard Kendall (date and opposition TBD) in recognition of his past services to the club as player and manager.

They must have gone now
1 Jul - David Moyes acknowledged the contribution of three players who failed to agree new contracts and who did not turn up for pre-season training today .  Alan Stubbs, Alessandro Pistone and Steve Watson are Everton players no longer.

Best laid plans...
1 Jul - Our Champions League bow is just 6 weeks away but the glut of star players we anticipated coming through the gates of Goodison has failed to materalise. The club's refusal to mortgage its future on the likes of Parker and Emre is laudable, but we need to get Arteta signed and draft in a number of other new faces before we're properly equipped for the new season.


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