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Johnson is unveiled at Goodison
... and he's here to score goals!
31 May - Everton's new record signing, striker Andy Johnson was officially unveiled to the world's press today in a special media event at Goodison Park, following completion of the ?8.6M transfer from Crystal Palace yesterday. "It's a massive club and I haven't come here just to score two or three goals a season, I've come here to be a goalscorer which is what I like to think I am," said Johnson.

England international striker signs
Transfer fee record smashed
30 May - Andy Johnson has completed his transfer from Crystal Palace to Everton. The England striker has put pen to paper on a deal that will see him remain an Everton striker until 2011. In time-honoured footballer speak, the striker will defy mathematical odds by "giving 110 per cent in every game I play in and hopefully I can score goals for Everton.? 100% will suffice, Mr Johnson! Johnson's transfer fee ? ?8.6M ? has smashed Everton's club record.

No Turkish delight for Andy!
Van der Meyde keen to stay
30 May - The Liverpool Echo reports that Dutch winger Andy van der Meyde intends to stay at Everton despite reports linking him to Turkish side Galatasaray. His agent, the wonderfully named Chiel Dekker claims, "we are aware of an interest from Galatasaray but Andy wants to stay at Everton and prove himself. He is looking forward to going back for pre-season training." The article goes on to mention that "the main challenge facing van der Meyde now, though, is convincing Everton boss David Moyes that he can play a part next season after it emerged there were worries about his attitude and fitness." Hmmm...

Magic Johnson aiming high
New signing to make the final England cut?
30 May - England face Hungary this evening at Old Trafford with the World Cup Finals now only ten days away. With England's forward line resembling the walking wounded tonight's fixture may provide Everton's ?8.6M record new signing, Andy Johnson, with a last chance to stake a claim for inclusion in the final squad travelling to Germany. Johnson completed the formalities on a four-year deal at a hotel in Manchester today and will be unveiled officially at Goodison later in the week.

Johnson deal home and dry?
Johnson: ''I want to join the Blues''
29 May - England international Andy Johnson has given the clearest indication yet that he is soon to become an Everton player.  In this exclusive interview with the Official Everton website he outlines his position, "after several days of careful consideration, I have decided that my footballing future lies at Goodison Park with Everton."   He adds, "I find the prospect of playing for one of the biggest names in British football impossible to resist and I am now just hopeful that I can swiftly complete my medical so that I can sign on the dotted line and commit myself to the club."

Another year for young defender
Mark Hughes signs contract extension
28 May - Reserves defender and captain, 19-year-old Mark Hughes, has agreed a one-year extension to his contract that will now run through until June 2007. Hughes thus becomes the only one of seven first-year professionals from last season to be retained.

Everton win the race for Johnson
Moyes blows it all on AJ
27 May - According to Dominic Fifield in today's Guardian, Everton last night won the race to sign Andrew Johnson from Crystal Palace for a club record ?8.5M, with the England striker agreeing to move to Goodison Park in preference to either Wigan Athletic or Bolton Wanderers. Have Everton really succeeded when so many of their fans were convinced this episode would end in abject failure? Perhaps later we will see some confirmation from the club's offical website...

Matching Johnson bid confirmed
Deal could rest on personal terms
26 May - Various media outlets are confirming that Everton have matched Bolton and Wigan's ?8.5M bid for Crystal Palace striker, Andy Johnson. Believing that Merseyside is the player's preferred destination, the club hope that the England international will elect to join to Blues over their northwest rivals. While rumours suggest that Johnson has agreed personal terms at Goodison, however, he is believed to be holding fresh talks with Wigan who could be prepared to improve their financial package. Vote: Is breaking our transfer record for Johnson wise?

Neville clings to World Cup dream
No regrets says Phil!
25 May - Everton's very own Mr. Versatile, Phil Neville, explains his decision to cut short a family holiday, to return to England after being called up by Sven Goran Eriksson into the provisional World Cup squad. "I was thinking about it on the plane back over and I have got nothing to lose. This is an opportunity I thought had passed me by so I just have to give everything and see what happens" he offers, before adding that "I couldn't have turned down this chance because if somebody does get injured and I had stayed in Barbados I would have regretted that decision for the rest of my life."

Centre half signs new deal
Alan Stubbs gets one-year extension
24 May - Alan Stubbs has put pen to paper on a new deal that now sees him remain at Everton for another season. It's an amazing turnaround in fortunes for Stubbs who was released by Everton last summer. Manager David Moyes said, "we needed to bring in a player who knew the club, someone who could step into the team without too much disruption and someone who was within our price range." Alan Stubbs most definitely falls into that price range...

Held to ransom? We're in the money!
Wyness relishes minimum ?84M windfall
23 May - Any wonder Keith Wyness has a smile on his face?  The recently announced new TV deal, commencing in season 2007-08 will see all Premiership clubs receiving a minimum of ?28M annually over three seasons.  "The deal is a further example of the televisual draw of the Premiership.  It continues to maintain and extend its position as the richest league in the world," says the CEO, in his monthly column on the Official Everton website.  He added, "it attracted a few column inches in the broadsheets and the odd mention in the tabloids, but that was about it."  Hold your horses there, Keith. We've given it a mention! With more to follow...

Everton won't be be held to ransom
Club bid to drive Johnson price down
23 May - In a message to Crystal Palace chairman, Simon Jordan, that they won't be held to ransom over Andy Johnson, Everton are hopeful that rival bidders Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers will match their bid for the striker and allow him to decide where he wants to go. According to the Liverpool Echo, Johnson is almost certain to leave Selhurst Park this summer but Jordan's inflated price tag ? he has already rejected a bid as high as ?8m from Bolton ? is a significant obstacle to any deal being done.

Cahill allays fans' fears
Aussie is positively reassuring!
22 May - Australian midfielder Tim Cahill has moved to reassure Everton fans that he will not jeopardise his long term fitness as he races against the clock in his attempt to be ready for the upcoming World Cup. Australia end a 32 year exile from the Finals when facing Japan in Kaiserslautern on June 12 and Cahill is determined to be there. "I feel really positive about everything. I'm keeping myself fit, running on it every day, but I'm not pushing it too hard."

Ever Decreasing Circles
Colm's Corner
21 May - We've heard a lot this season about the business finances of Everton FC and how increased turnover has propelled the club into the Deloitte & Touche Top Twenty listing for the 'richest' clubs in the world. Sale of branded club merchandise is one on the key ways of increasing that revenue, which is critical at this time of the year in funding player transfers. Colm Kavanagh provides his thoughts about the move to close Everton's retail store in the City Centre, and what that really says about our ambitions...

Everton in chase for Johnson
AJ the man to solve striker woes?
19 May - The BBC are reporting that Everton have stepped up all efforts ('Operation Goodison?') to sign Crystal Palace's England international Andy Johnson. The striker is currently in Portugal, training with the England World Cup squad, waiting on standby should one of the walking wounded not make the plane to Germany. Johnson has also been linked with Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers and the auction currently stands at a reported ?7m figure.

Which doctor to give Tim the go-ahead?
Cahill waits for the all-clear in fitness battle
18 May - Midfielder Tim Cahill is today waiting for doctors to give him the all-clear as he steps up his fitness programme in his battle to be ready for the upcoming World Cup. The Australian international has been out injured since late April with partially torn posterior ligaments. Cahill said: "The injury is looking good. I have another scan and we will see how I get on, but I am optimistic and am giving myself every chance of going." He added, "I am doing three sessions a day, with one at Bellefield in the morning, another in the afternoon and a third in the evening with my Australian physio. The relationship is going really well between the Australian guys and Baz (Everton physio Mick Rathbone) at the club. Things are looking good."

Moyes unconcerned by stalled contract deals
Manager in no hurry with Yobo and McFadden
17 May - David Moyes says he's not overly concerned that both Joseph Yobo and James McFadden have yet to commit themselves to the club, with contract extension talks between the parties not yet resolved. "Faddy has got a year to go on his contract, so we are not in a desperate rush to get things done. Joseph has been offered a contract as well and I'm sure we'll get some word on that shortly as well," said Moyes. Both players could become free agents at the end of next season.

Mr. Versatile earns a break
Neville to recharge the battery!
16 May - "England's loss is our gain," says David Moyes, after Sven Goran Eriksson opted to overlook the merits of including Phil Neville in his World Cup squad. "I thought Phil deserved to be in the squad", says Moyes, "but he'll now get a good break and he'll be ready for us when he comes back in pre-season. From a selfish point of view, if he doesn't go to the World Cup he will be kept fresh." Almost like having a new signing...

Twenty one years ago today...
European glory for Kendall's heroes!
15 May - Hard to believe but it's the twenty first anniversary today of our finest ever triumph on European soil. On May 15, 1985 Everton lifted the European Cup Winners Cup - the first European trophy won by the Club. The Championship had been secured nine days previous when Derek Mountfield and Graeme Sharp both netted to secure a 2-0 over QPR at Goodison Park. The European glory was the second part of a hopeful treble, the third leg coming just 72 hours after the Rotterdam success, when facing Manchester United at Wembley in the FA Cup Final. However, on a glorious night in Rotterdam, a dominant Everton romped home with goals from Andy Gray, Trevor Steven and the mercurial left foot of Kevin Sheedy. Oh happy days...

The greatest ever FA Cup comeback?
Forty years ago today...
14 May - It was on this day, forty years ago, that Everton Football Club, wrote yet another chapter in a glorious history, when becoming the first side in the history of the FA Cup to come back from a two goal defecit, against Sheffield Wednesday, to lift the famous trophy. When David Ford put the Yorkshire side 2-0 ahead with little more than 30 minutes remaining, few gave Everton any chance of lifting the Cup. What happened next goes down in FA Cup folklore as Everton clawed their way back into the game, with a goal from Mike Trebilcock, the player dramatically chosen ahead of the prolific Fred Pickering. Trebilcock scored again shortly afterwards to level the Final, 2-2, and with a quarter of an hour remaining it was Derek Temple who secured the most famous of FA Cup Final victories. For Everton Football Club. Without question, one of the most dramatic FA Cup Finals of all-time.

Back in the USA!
Everton return Stateside for two games
12 May - Everton have announced part of their pre-season itinerary, confirming dates in both Britain and the USA. David Moyes' side will provide the opposition at Deepdale when facing Preston North End on July 19 in a testimonial match for Paul McKenna. The Toffees will then head north of the border to face Glasgow Celtic at Parkhead on July 23. They then head west to face Columbus Crew in Columbus, Ohio on July 26 and finally face Mexican side Club Am?rica, in Dallas on July 30. That fixture affords Moyes a chance for revenge as the Mexicans defeated us 3-1 in the Copa de Tejas tournament back in 2004, in Houston. A fixture with Aberdeen in Pittodrie on August 8 has also been confirmed.

Scott Spencer signs for Everton
Oldham youth ''one for the future''
12 May - Everton have completed the signing of 17-year-old Scott Spencer from Oldham Athletic for an "undisclosed fee" believed to be initially around ?250k, but with plenty of conditional payments rising to unknown heights if the lad should turn out to be any good. He's a 6-ft tall stiker who has been banging goals in at youth level and is expected to start life at Everton in the Academy.

Van the Man to get the Can!
Dutch wizard determined to prove himself
11 May - After an abortive season punctuated with long periods of injury, plus a silly suspension, Andy van der Meyde's future at Everton is likely to be short-lived as the club have apparently decided that he is surplus to requirements and they are looking to sell him for around ?1M.? The player was seen by Evertonians hungry for more flair players as someone who could help to fill the creative void but he managed just seven starts and three 'assists'. Van der Meyde for his part has vowed to fight for his place and prove his worth. ToffeeWebLog: Yet more evidence that Moyes can't handle flair?

Home form let us down
Final Season Comparisons
10 May - Those Evertonians who attended regularly at Goodison Park this season won't need reminding that it was our home form which let us down. The effect is clear when you take the time and trouble (as our statistician Steve Flanagan did) to compare game-for-game against each opponent with the corresponding results from last season. One surprise was that attendances were up a total of 151 for an average of 36,827 over the season, with some of the biggest crowds coming against relegated sides as the season drew to a close.

McFadden's contract talks stalled
Striker is holding out for more money
9 May - Everton have refused to improve their contract offer to James McFadden ? a deal which is already believed to almost double his wages.  His current contract has just a year to run, but it is believed talks have apparently broken down and McFadden is now on his way to Japan for a two-match tour with the Scotland team.  Everton have officially said that "the situation will be discussed in the summer" but privately they are refusing to budge on the offer, which would have taken McFadden's wages close to ?20k a week.

This is the end
Duncan's days officially numbered
8 May - David Moyes has finally put to bed any lingering possibility of Duncan Ferguson remaining an Everton player by declining to offer the big fella a new deal for next season. It is believed that Ferguson wanted a one year deal but Moyes obviously believes it's time to call it a day. Matteo Ferrari has also been let go, the verdict being that Everton have "declined to take up the option". Forgotten Chinese midfielder Li Tie is another casualty but on the positive side we hear that David Weir, Alan Stubbs and Nigel Martyn (combined age 111) are all to be offered extensions!

Late flurry spares Everton's blushes
Everton 2 - 2 West Bromwich Albion
7 May - Wigan obliged with defeat at Highbury but there will be no top-half finish for Everton despite a late flourish that saw Victor Anichebe grab his first goal and Duncan Ferguson avoid the unwanted distinction of becoming the first Everton No 9 not to score in an entire season.? 2-0 down after 46 minutes to goals by Zoltan Gera and Williams Martinez, Everton rallied but a combination of poor refereeing by Alan Wiley (disallowed goal, a series of penalty appeals denied) and superb goalkeeping by Tomasz Kuszczak kept them at bay.? But Anichebe pulled one back with 5 mins left and when Wiley finally pointed to the spot in the last minute when Arteta was fouled, Ferguson slammed home his own rebound to level the score.

The Last of the Corinthians
Report on Brian Labone's Funeral
5 May - The Daily Post carries a moving and lengthy report on the final journey of Mr Everton ? Brian Labone. Over 2000 people packed into the Anglican Cathedral on Thursday to pay their respects, applaud in appreciation, and shed plenty of tears for a man who was so widely loved and respected within the extended Everton family. As Bill Kenwright said: "We've lost our man."

Everton are top of the League!
Wyness sweet talking Blues profitability
4 May - Keith Wyness was in Dublin last week, delivering a presentation, "Professional Sport ? A Still Undervalued Business Project", before the Royal Dublin Society. He gives an interview to the Irish Examiner's Liam Mackey, whereby he outlines, amongst other things, the club's recent prosperity, the necessity to sell Wayne Rooney, ground redevelopment or possible sharing with our neighbours. He offers, ?the present ownership (at Anfield) are dead against it. We?re not falling over ourselves to share a stadium but we are prepared to look at it.? He outlines his belief that looking east is the future. With recent speculation about potential Irish investment incoming at a number of Premiership clubs, it's interesting to see Mr. Wyness using Dublin as a venue, and the Irish press, to paint such a healthy financial image of Everton Football Club - a club steeped with strong links to the Irish domestic game over the years. Is Mr. Wyness keen to lure the green Euro and tap into some 'celtic tiger' prosperity? Everton FC for sale?

Farewell, Labby; RIP
Funeral at the Anglican Cathedral, 1:50pm
4 May - Today will be an emotional day for many Evertonians who will be in Liverpool to attend the funeral of Brian Labone, and shed a tear for the Last of the Corinthians. So much has been said about him already, there's really very little we can add. But we shall not forget him and what he did to make Everton great, inspiring in the process so many Evertonians with the very essence of the club motto and what it means. Farewell, Labby; Rest in Peace.

Everton Awards, Season 2005-06
Arteta claims a double!
3 May - Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta is celebrating on the double after being feted by both fans and teammates alike — voted Player of the Year for season 2005-06.  He explained, "it has been a good season for me.  I had experience of playing in Scotland so it made things easier for me.  But I really need to say thank you to everyone for giving me the opportunity to come here.  I feel really comfortable in the city."  Let's hope his comfort remains on this side of Stanley Park!

Cui Bono
Fans Comment
3 May - It's clear from our mailbag that latent feelings about Rooney's departure cover a wide spectrum. By stepping back and asking perhaps the most meaningful question in this context, Cui Bono ? Who gains ? perhaps more than a few elements of Kevin Sparke's analysis actually come close enough to the truth... But is it enough to change those entrenched views that see only Judas Rooney as the one who shafted us.

Once a Blue. Now a Red. In our hearts....
Fans Comment
2 May - Rooney's injury doesn't have much to do with Everton anymore... but it has brought forth a number of strongly held views in our Mailbag, ranging from the circumstances of his transfer to Man Utd, the debatable qualities he possesses as a person, the nature of council-house scallies from Croxteth, the World Cup, In-gur-land and their lovely stereotypical supporters, football as invented by Sky, and many other side issues. This is Peter Fearon's take on the subject, closely followed by the more directed thoughts of another one of our regular contributors, Kevin Sparke.

It was Twenty Years ago today...
Replay of the 1986 Cup Final
1 May - Twenty years ago, Everton were the best team in the country. Champions in 1985, and European Cup-Winners Cup holders, they looked to consolidate their position at the head of English football and lead the 1986 league until getting pipped at the post by Liverpool. In the Cup Final they faced Liverpool, who won 3-1, giving the Reds the double. So why are we remembering this? Well, it's for Charidee... 32,947 turned out to see Liverpool Legends beat Everton Legends, 1-0 in a replay of the 1986 Cup Final.

 

Snippets & Rumours

Sweet Dreams
31 May - Dave McDowell has trouble getting to sleep. Read about his special cure for insomnia... and how it may be threatened by recent developments.

Big Dunc: Part 2
31 May - David Prentice continues his five-part potted history documenting the saga of Duncan Ferguson.

Stadium: Three Kirkby sites on offer
31 May - Knowsley Council have apparently offered Everton three different potential sites in Kirkby for a new stadium development as they try and tempt the club beyond the boundaries of the City of Liverpool.

Chairman says a defender is next
31 May - Bill Kenwright has emerged from the set of his movie in Arizona to promise that a new defender will complete 'the triangle' of additions to Moyes's squad following the acquisitions of Howard and Johnson. The manager, meanwhile, hinted that the new man could be signed within a few days' time.

Big Dunc: Part 1
30 May - David Prentice begins a five-part series in the Liverpool Echo, retelling the saga of the talismanic icon/hooligan, Duncan Ferguson.

Lescott deal now in doubt?
30 May - Some sources are reporting that Everton are baulking at the price tag Wolves have placed on Joleon Lescott, but there is no confirmation that Everton are bidding for the defender.

Andy Johnson
29 May - Nick Armitage is moved to applaud the expected signing of Andy Johnson, a Moyes-type player we have been crying out for.

AJ unveiling on Wednesday
29 May - Andy Johnson will complete his ?8.5M switch from Crystal Palace to Everton on Wednesday, following completion of a medical today. His salary is rumoured to be around ?40k/wk. Is Robert Huth to follow?

I'm so excited!
29 May - Can we start celebrating yet? The ToffeeWeb Editior sees the imminent arrival of Andy Johnson as the most exciting prospect since Andre Kanchelskis gave us his best season in English football over 10 years ago.

Club reject Yobo speculation
28 May - Update: Everton are denying reports that David Moyes has recommended to the Board that Joseph Yobo sell for ?8m. Quotes attributed to the manager regarding the player's value appear to have been fabricated.

Clean sheet for Howard
27 May - Tim Howard played in goal for USA and kept a clean sheet as they beat Venezuala 2-0.

Everton's FA Cup 100
27 May - Sorry we missed this last month, but a new book is out featuring "a Century of Glory and Drama" to celebrate the 100 years since Everton secured their first FA Cup.

Cahill will be fit for Germany
27 May - The Australians believe that Tim Cahill will be fully fit for their ausault on the World Cup in Germany next month, and he should even figure in their final warm-up game against Holland on 4 June.

Dithering... Yes, No, Maybe...
26 May - Ian Hollingworth tries to get his arms around the uncertainties that confound us as fans looking in on the increasingly fraught happenings at Goodison Park.

Are Everton still interested?
26 May - Andy Johnson will apparently have talks with Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic today or tomorrow over a possible ?8.5M move from Palace, but the 25-year-old is still waiting to see whether Everton are still in contention for his signature.

Moyes in need of finance
24 May - After a season of sycophantic blather from many of the journalists at the Liverpool Echo, old Uncle Len finally writes something worth reading about the problems Moyes faces.

Jevons joins Bristol City
23 May - Phil Jevons, an Academy trainee whom Everton sold to Grimsby back in 2001, is moving on to Bristol City after firing in the goals for Yeovil Town.

Pip on Standby!
22 May - Just when we thought all the hype about Phil Neville deserving a place for England at the World Cup in Germany (or did Moyes say it was a good thing he was getting a rest?) was for nought, Pip has been named on England's stand-by list as a replacement for Nigel Reo-Cocker (injured).

Palace reject Bolton's ?8M AJ bid
22 May - The bidding war for Andy Johnson has entered new territory as Bolton up the ante to ?8M, only to be rejected by Palace Chairman, Simon Jordan. We understand Bill Kenwright has said he will match any offer for the England striker...

Davies impresses for Wales
21 May - Simon Davies payed his part for Wales in their victory over a Basque XI in Bilbao at the weekend.

Everton set to nab Johnson?
20 May - Both The Guardian (above link) and The Times carry stories suggesting that Everton could be in pole position to nab Andy Johnson from Crystal Palace ? despite the whopping ?7M price-tag that would be a new club record.

No game for Mikey
20 May - There was no place in this Basque XI playing Wales today for Mikel Arteta (despite his name ending in ETA!) .

The good, the bad and the ugly
19 May - The BBC's Nicky Campbell, writing in The Guardian, summarises the career of Everton iconic figure Duncan Ferguson.  He writes, "Icon, hooligan, man of principle, shameless mercenary, tender bird lover, vicious thug, generous team-mate, waste of space ? take your pick."

A conversation with Tim Howard
19 May - The website, ussoccerplayers.com carries this pre-World Cup interview with US goalie and up-coming Everton loanee, Tim Howard.

Spencer is a 'gem'
18 May - Oldham Athletic manager Ronnie Moore reckons Everton have snapped up a striking gem, in youngster Scott Spencer. He said, "if he keeps progressing the way he has been, Everton will have a real player" before adding that "we were very sorry to lose him, but it's a decent deal for a football club of our size."

Talent-spotting from a portakabin
18 May - Bright thoughts of young talent ? the likes of Scott Spencer bolstering our Youth Academy, and a nice group coming through ? are dampened somewhat by this scathing analysis from Peter Laing.

City Centre Megastore to Close
17 May - The Everton megastores in Liverpool city centre and Chester are to close their doors for the last time this coming Saturday, May 20. JJB will take over the running of Everton's 'retail operation', under the terms of the arrangement with Everton. The megastore by Goodison Park will retain the club's name over the door despite it now operating under JJB management.

Benni: "I will play Premier League"
17 May - As the auction for Crystal Palace's Andy Johnson continues, thoughts turn to Porto's South African striker, Benni McCarthy, who may finally make his move to the Premiership this summer. In the past Everton have come close to securing his services, only for last minute 'problems' scuppering any proposed deal. McCarthy, likely to cost in the region of ?4m, predicts, "everyone knows that I have wanted to play in England. I know that one day I will play in the Premier League. I am certain of that."

Full Term Report
16 May - Dutch Shaeffer tries to convince us he does have some standards after all by grading most of the Everton players ? and even the manager! ? with Cs and Ds!

Amo still calling the shots
16 May - Fans who fondly remember Daniel Amokachi will enjoy this interview with the Nigerian on the Fifa website; he obviously enjoyed his time at Everton.

''Havin' a Macedonia''
16 May - With the season finally over, Colm Kavanagh gathers his diverse thoughts and tries to see a forward path amongst the gathering gloom...

Hand in glove!
15 May - Nigel Martyn could soon be offered a month-to-month contract. The offer is subject to Martyn successfully undergoing a scan next month, to determine whether he will be forced to retire due to a hairline fracture that has sidelined him since January. If Martyn receives the all-clear his time at Goodison will be extended ? leaving further question-marks over Richard Wright's Everton future.

No more defeatism, please!
14 May - Shaun Sparke (ably assisted by numerous literary luminaries) writes from Prescot with this plea for realism and an ascent from the acceptance of mediocrity that is dragging down.

The Crying Game
14 May - In this article in the Sunday Herald journalist Natasha Wood thinks Duncan Ferguson has cost too much money for too few goals and too many red cards.

Strange connections?
14 May - In The Guardian, David Lacey remembers the 1966 FA Cup Final ? though in this context, as a precussor to a great England performance!

Extra games confirmed
13 May - David Moyes has confirmed that he will bring an Everton XI to Gigg Lane on Saturday, July 15, to face League Two side, Bury. Bizarrely, Moyes will also send another Everton XI to face Port Vale on the same day with both games kicking off at 3pm.

Davie lifts the Kirin Cup
13 May - David Weir lifted the Kirin Cup for Scotland after a 0-0 draw with Japan in front of 60,000 locals. The Scotland team included McFadden and Naysmith.

Phelan named top Academy player
12 May - At a presentation held in the Philharmonic Hall last night, Scott Phelan was announced as the Academy Player of the Year.

Joleon! Joleon!
12 May - David Moyes is to seriously reduce the average age of his central defence with the signing of Wolves defender, Joleon Lescott, according to the BBC. "I've got other alternatives at the moment, that's why I decided not to pursue it with Ferrari. There might be a new one coming in."

McFadden
12 May - Nick Armitage provides a cruelly accurate analysis...

McFadden on target in Scots' rout
11 May - James McFadden scored the third of Scotland's five goals as they thrashed Bulgaria 5-1 in the Kirin Cup.

Wilson joins Chester
11 May - Full-back Laurence Wilson, released this month by Everton, has joined Chester City.

Attacking the real Problem
11 May - Chris Williams provides plenty by way of explanation to back up his decision not to renew his season ticket after 54 years at Goodison.

Royle leaves Ipswich
11 May - Former playing great and Blues manager, Joe Royle, has parted ways with Ipswich Town after three seasons in the Portman Road hotseat. Royle managed Everton for 2½ years between 1994 and 1997 and remains the last man to lead the Blues to a major trophy.

Weir's future 'unresolved'
11 May - David Weir has been offered a one-year extension, but it sounds like he is still looking at it... and may want to negotiate something extra, perhaps???

Prize money / TV revenue
11 May - Everton earned ?22.4M in prize money and television revenue this past season, putting the club 12th among Premiership teams.  It's well under half of what top earners Arsenal will rake in.

Everton Charity Fundraiser
10 May - Glyn Davies, an Everton fan from Runcorn, is hoping to raise ?2,500 for the Everton in the Community scheme which hopes to 'educate, motivate and inspire' those in poorer communities. Glyn will by running in the New York Marathon in November and would appreciate your financial support.

Cahill named in Roos squad
10 May - Tim Cahill has been named by Guus Hiddink as a member of the Aussie squad for the World Cup, despite concerns voiced by David Moyes over his fitness.

Get down to Goodison Park...
10 May - ... for a special Shareholders Forum, looking at the season just gone, with guests Robert Elstone (Chief Operating Officer) and Mike Cheston (EFC Head of Finance and Administration). 8:00 pm on Thursday night in the People's Club lounge ? just tell them on the door you are with Ian Macdonald and that should get you in...

Tepid response to price freeze?
9 May - Our quick poll asking season-ticket holders whether they would renew before the price freeze expired on 7th May reveals that fewer than 6 out of 10 would be renewing. A wait-and-see attitude from the rest...?

Howard returns to Goodison...
9 May - No, not drastic action resulting in Howard Kendall accepting the managerial position for a fourth time!? Manchester United keeper Tim Howard is to join Everton on a one year loan deal, beginning in July ? a move which places Richard Wright's Everton future under further doubt.? It is believed that Mr Wright has been requested not to fall from attics this summer.

No call-up for Neville or Beattie
8 May - Despite all the blather, there was no place in Sven-Goran Eriksson's England World Cup squad for Phil Neville, James Beattie, or even Richard Wright.

Youngsters Released
8 May - As a footnote tp Duncan's departure, David Moyes also announced that several of Everton's young academy players have been released without ever getting near the first team: Sean Wright, Stephen Wynne, Laurence Wilson, James Harris, Christian Seargeant and Paul Hopkins.

Arteta was set to take that pen
8 May - Mikel Arteta has revealed how he was setting up to take the last-minute penalty against West Brom until Jamie McFadden told him it was Big Dunc's last game... and the rest, as they say, is history!

The Scrimschank Redemption
8 May - Matt Traynor shares a few parting thoughts about Big Dunc, who may have played his last game for Everton.

End-of-season Report Card
8 May - Gavin Ramejkis gives marks out of ten and prospects for next term for the Class of 2006.

Player of the Month: April
7 May - We're running the April poll this week before opening up polling for Player of the Season. Vote for the player you thought was top in April.

Football is a business
7 May - Andrew Bromley has moved to Winnipeg... and it seems to have addled his brain. He thinks Wyness is bang on track, and he waffles on about this miracle new stadium that will solve all our problems... through a (reverse) mortgage, no less! Sounds familiar? Yes, we've been there... only we turned it down!

Old Guard must wait 'til Monday
6 May - Ferguson, Weir, Stubbs and Martyn must wait for David Moyes to inform them of their futures: "I have known in my mind for a while what I am going to do with the players who are out of contract but I am only going to speak to them once the season is over. I will tell the players from Monday."

YANHS (Yet another new home strip)
5 May - Everton have today unveiled the 2006/07 home strip ? presumably the new-kit-every-other-season rule is out the window now that merchandise revenue is king? ? and you'll all be delighted to hear that this kit, which has "taken months" to create (reference to Asian sweatshops?) makes its 'long awaited' debut this Sunday when we face West Brom. The spin continues - the club has "attempted to stay loyal to the Royal Blue Shirt". Attempted???

Radio tribute to Labone
4 May - On the night of Brian Labone's untimely passing, Radio Merseyside paid tribute to the great man with a special programme recalling the life and times of Everton's captain of captains. Memories of Labone from colleagues and fans alike. The programme lasts almost three hours and you can hear it again by clicking here.

No miracle cure for Tiny Tim
4 May - David Moyes is pouring cold water on silly stories from Australia claiming that Tim Cahill has made some sort of miraculous recovery from knee ligament damage sustained against Birmingham City.

League Managers' Manager
4 May - David Moyes has been talking to his colleagues about next season: "Any success we do have I?m sure will have to come through shrewd management and trying to really prepare the players as well as we did do a year ago.? Oh shit!

Beattie beats the World Cup drum
4 May - James Beattie talks to Sky Sports about the possibility that he could still get that call-up for the England World Cup squad.

Labone's final journey
3 May - The route of the funeral procession for Brian Labone has been decided. The procession will travel down Goodison Road and around all sides of the stadium before finally heading off via Everton Valley and due for arrival at the Anglican Cathedral at 1:50pm.

VP's Lounge to be renamed
3 May - To honour the memory of the great Brian Labone, the Club have acted swiftly by revealing that from next season the Vice President's Lounge will become known as the Brian Labone Lounge. Mr. Labone's funeral will be held at 2.00pm tomorrow at the city's Anglican Cathedral when all those wishing to pay their respects are welcome.

Bob's 29 nicely rounded up?
3 May - Bob Latchford has admitted that his 30 goal haul back in 1977/78 may include one goal he believes he claimed but never scored! "The record books show me scoring 30 league goals in that season, but my third against QPR was scored by Dave Needham - and Mickey Droy's challenge on Mike Lyons (against Chelsea) was never a penalty!" Bob's book, '30', commemorating that feat is available in all good book shops for ?20 or available online at boblatchford.com, or by calling 0151 5202362. All proceeds from the book will go to help the Former Players' Foundation.

Back in for Benni
3 May - Everton have renewed their two-year-old quest to sign South African Benni McCarthy from Porto.

Yobo committed to Blues?
3 May - "I have a responsibility to go on and push myself to help the team to achieve something." ? does that mean Joey is staying? Or is he merely stating what he feels he should be doing if he stays?

What's Next?
2 May - After accepting the reality of "high goal efficiency" football under David Moyes, Paul Tran asks some key questions about what's next for Everton.

Help The Aged
2 May - In a somewhat surprising move, the most profitable club in English football and a recent addition to the D&T Rich List paves the way for the re-signing of the Old Guard at Goodison: meaning money's tight. Contract extensions for the old boys? Someone's 'avin' a laugh...

All Nigel can do is wait
1 May - With his ankle still in a cast due to a a hairline fracture, Nigel Martyn's future hangs in the balance ? he's out of contract with Everton at the end of the season.

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