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 October 2005

News Headlines & Features

Davies strike earns precious win
29 Oct - Everton secured a crucial away victory at St Andrews thanks to Simon Davies' first-half strike which lifts the Blues off the bottom of the table.  The home side made the more comfortable start but Everton came into it more midway through the half and Maik Taylor had to tip a Cahill header around the post on the half hour before James Beattie headed norrowly over.  Then, Van der Meyde's good run found Davies who unleashed a shot from 30 yards out and an awkward bounce carried it past the 'keeper.  Goal!  Birmingham upped the tempo in the second half and had Everton hearts in their mouths when Kilkenny's free kick cannoned off the inside of the post, bounced across the line and out to safety.  But Beattie, Ferguson and Kilbane all had chances to kill the game while Moyes's side held out at the back to preserve the advantage.  Jonathan Martin provides this excellent match report.

Colin Harvey tells all
27 Oct - Colin Harvey, the Everton supporter, player, coach, manager and youth coach who nurtured Wayne Rooney, has launched his new book, Everton Secrets, in collaboration with writer John Keith at the club shop in Liverpool city centre yesterday. One story he tells is how he was twice offered the job of Everton manager, first when Kendall was bound for Barcelona, and again a year later when Kendall finally went to Athletico Bilbao.

Everton still can't clear first hurdle
26 Oct - Another cup run comes to an end at the first obstacle as Everton were dumped out of the Carling Cup by a solitary Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink goal. The Blues were much improved in terms of chances created but time and again they were frustrated by profligate finishing, the woodwork or Mark Schwarzer in the Boro goal. Man of the match Mikel Arteta had a goal-bound shot blocked in the first half, forced a flying save by the 'keeper in the second and thumped a trademark effort off the crossbar late on. With time running out, James Beattie squandered a gilt-edged chance by heading over the bar and substitute Leon Osman volleyed straight at the 'keeper in stoppage time. One more scoring blank to add to the column and another competition to strike from the calendar. Players Ratings from 'Danny's Dad'.

Battling Blues halt Chelsea's winning run
23 Oct - Everton scored a victory for morale by becoming the first team this season to stop Chelsea from winning with a hard-earned draw at Goodison Park. The Blues scored their first home goal after Tim Cahill went down under Shaun Wright-Phillips' challenge and when referee Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot, James Beattie fired in off the underside of the crossbar. The Blues' attempts to hold onto the advantage were scuppered just five minutes after the interval, though, by a superb 25-yard effort by Frank Lampard. The Londoners brought on the big guns of Gudjohnsen, Crespo and Robben but Everton resiliently held out without really threatening to score again themselves. The result means the Toffees avoid a club-record seventh successive defeat and simultaneously deny Chelsea a record start to a season in the top flight. Reports by Lyndon Lloyd and Paull Traill.

'Everton scare me' Jose
22 Oct - Jose Mourinho, outspoken manager of rampant, rampaging, rambunctious Chelsea, murdering all before them at the top of the soaraway Premiership, is veritably quaking in his boots at the prosect that Everton could come good at any moment: "Their position scares me. One day they will win. One day they will start climbing the league." Just so long as it's not Sunday, eh, Jose? "They have quality players and a quality manager in David Moyes." There we go then! Let's be havin' them, Davie!!!

Beattie to start scoring!
21 Oct - Some fantastic news is coming out of Goodison today: James Beattie is set to start scoring goals for Everton! "I just intend to start scoring and getting us some points," he has told Sky Sports. He also points out how wrong we are to be worrying about relegation so soon into the season. "If we get a couple of wins, there will be no more talk of relegation this season." Tremendous stuff, Jamie... now GO DO IT!

Van der Meyde gets a leg-stretch
19 Oct - Andy van der Meyde stretched his legs down the right wing for Everton Reserves, his first playing appearance in a blue shirt. Per Krldrup, Li Tie and James Beattie were also in the team that eventually managed a 1-1 tie at Durham City, James Harris equalizing an earlier Black Cats goal. But expect Van der Meyde to figure against Chelsea on Sunday: he has played very little top-class football this year...

I've had enough!
18 Oct - For many fans who still believe in what David Moyes is trying to achieve at Everton, talk of doubt, fear of relegation, criticsm of his failings, is really very hard to take.  In this article, David Flynn addresses the problem that he sees as fickleness which is rife amongst current football fans who do not not have the stomach for the long haul.  It has illicted this persuasive response from Pete Scoffield, which is Letter of the Day in our bulging Mailbag.

The more you know...
17 Oct - We received this contribution from a concerned Evertonian who requested that we withhold his name.  We are publishing it because it helps to provide some understanding for things we see and hear: the lack of senior academy players, with 15-year-olds in the reserves; the circumstances of Liverpool's stadium project.  A lot of fans will not want to read this, so be warned.  Response from Sack the Juggler.

Hard Work in Battle
16 Oct - The main problem now is that we have 'battling' players who don't know what to do when we go 1-0 down. We also have a manager who doesn't appear to know what to do. He can't change tactics, because he only buys players who 'work hard'. We got away with it last year and Moyes deserved all the plaudits he received, but we all knew more was needed in the summer... and it didn't come.

Blue revival nowhere in sight
15 Oct - Everton remain anchored to the bottom of the Premiership following a predictable defeat at White Hart Lane thanks to second-half goals by Mido and Jermaine Jenas. The home side had the better chances in the first half Nigel Martyn made a point-blank save from Michael Dawson and Nuno Valente cleared off the line from the same player, while the Blues managed just James McFadden's saved effort but while the Blues were briefly in the ascendancy at the start of the second, two goals in the first 15 minutes condemned them to a sixth-successive defeat, one short of the club record they will surely set against Chelsea. Just one goal in eight Premiership games... an unfathomably bad statistic and it's hard to see where the next one is coming from let alone the next point.

Ask what you can do...
12 Oct - With Everton approaching a couple of really tough games in their bid to return to winning ways, Kevin Latham reaches back to an icon from a previous era to find inspiration for rallying Blues fans to the challenge ahead. It's a call for unity of purpose in getting behind the players and doing our part to help them climb the league.

When is Enough Enough?
11 Oct - We've tried to take advantage of the international break and give you all a welcome respite from the inevitable contemplations... but, as our Mailbag shows, the thoughts and fears over David Moyes's future are never far from the surface. In this piece, Nick Armitage asks when enough is enough, convinced that Everton simply cannot be allowed to go on losing games for much longer without some drastic action being taken. Response from Peter Whalley.

Cahill gets a bit of a rest
9 Oct - So, after the war of words and associated posturing from David Moyes and Guus Hiddink, it came down to this: Moyes will have been pleased that Tim Cahill was rested for most of the game as Australia galloped to a 4-0 lead over Jamaica in their friendly at Craven Cottage. But Cahill was then thrown on for the last 11 minutes in a clear snub to the Everton manager, exerting himself to play a key role in the Socceroos' fifth goal. How will all this affect the lad's form in his next game for Everton?

Beatty injury scare overblown?
7 Oct - James Beattie limped of the field after just 23 minutes of last night's reserves match in Hyde when he felt his calf tighten after challenging a Man Utd defender, but the word is that it appears to be only a minor calf strain.  "It was more of cautionary measure than anything because I don't want to be out for another three or four weeks with a calf strain."   Worryingly, he continues to feel pain in his toe, which will be sore for a long time; will he be fit enough to face Spurs a week on Saturday?

Moyes staggered by Huddink response
6 Oct - David Moyes has reacted with shock and horror to the suggestion from Aussie coach Guus Hiddink that he held Tim Cahill back from this week's Socceroos training camp in Holland as a direct result of Everton's lowly league position.  However, claims that he has done this to give the player a week off to recharge his batteries are a bit lame after Moyes stated earlier that talk of tiredness only made things worse, and the best therapy for Tiny Tim was to be playing more football... hence Moyes's reluctance to actually rest him from any games.  Confused?

The problem is (as we all know)...
5 Oct - ... James Beattie.  And his lack of goals. The Fink Tank at The Times has conducted an in-depth enquiry into Everton's horrendous start to the season, dispelling claims that the team's form has been dire since Tommy Gravesen left.  They cite horrendous shot completion stats to show that Everton's attack has simply failed to turn up this season... Well, duh!  He's had a bad toe.  Give him a break, will ya!

Krldrup getting closer
4 Oct - It seemed odd that Per Krldrup sat on the substitutes bench at Eastlands on Sunday morning... but then it should be no surprise now that David Moyes names as subs players he has no intention of using.   So it's good news that Krldrup is getting closer to the action, with a reserve game against Man Utd schedued for Thursday.  But Moyes states ominously: "I would like to give him a few more weeks training before a first-team match."  How about a week and a half?

Everton stay rooted to the bottom
2 Oct - Five consecutive defeats and still only one goal scored; if the danger of relegation this season wasn't real enough before the Blues' trip to Eastlands, it should be now as another wretched performance albeit one matched by City until the last 20 minutes condemned Everton to their eighth league defeat in the last nine games. Two shots by Tim Cahill (one another disallowed goal) and two more in the second half by Weir and Yobo were Moyes's side's only efforts on goal while Danny Mills' 25-yarder broke the deadlock with 19 minutes on the clock and Darius Vassell wrapped up the points for Stuart Pearce's side with a late second. The crisis deepens...

Give Tim a Break!
1 Oct - After admitting weeks ago the Tim Cahill was tired and jaded by playing too much football, David Moyes nevertheless continued to play Cahill, who finally got off the mark for Everton on Thursday. But now, David Moyes is calling on Australia to rest him from their next friendly game, which is due to be played against Jamaica in London on 9 October. Moyes believes he can stop Cahill from attending the Socceroos' 10-day training camp, and give him a complete break for two weeks, even though the Aussies are likely to insist that Cahill plays for them.


Snippets & Rumours

The fine dividing line
31 Oct - More thoughts from David Moyes on the things that make a difference, however small, between winning and losing at football.

They gave the shirts off their backs
31 Oct - Simon Davies talks more about the team selection, his goal, and the now famous shirt-throwing gesture...

Neville says meeting was key
30 Oct - Phil Neville talks about a bare-all meeting between David Moyes and his players after the dreadful Manchester City defeat marks the real beginning of a turnaround in Everton's fortunes this season.

Davies praises attacking formation
30 Oct - Simon Davies reveals how the attacking 4-4-2 formation announced by David Moyes gave the players some inspiration for what was needed, in addition to the prodigious effort they had to put in, to secure the win.

Cahill committed to Aussies
29 Oct - Tim Cahill reasserted his commitment to the Socceroos, pledging his availability for Australia's international matches especially the two crucial World Cup Qualifier playoff games coming up against Uruguay in November.

'I'd never walk out on Everton'
29 Oct - David Moyes reasserted his committment to the long haul at Everton, even before today's precious road win at St Andrews.

Jose rejects Jamie's claim
29 Oct - Jose Mourinho has ridiculed James Beattie's suggestion that Chelsea are not equipped for a physical battle.

Ferrari now out of it
28 Oct - Matteo Ferrari joins Everton's injury list with an ankle problem sustained on Wednesday: he will not play at Birmingham.

Long recovery ahead for Nayce
28 Oct - Gary Naysmith has talks about the injury nightmare he has been through that at one point threatened to end his career.

You are ruining Cahill's career
28 Oct - In a revelation guaranteed to heat up the already tense situation between Everton and the Scocceroos, assistant coach Graham Arnold has said that Moyes told him, during a recent telephone conversation, Cahill's international commitments were ruining his career.

Recruits need to dig deep
28 Oct - A timely assessment of our plight from Tim Rich in The Telegraph.

Formation damnation
28 Oct - David Moyes talks with David Prentice about playing formations, and comments that perhaps too much is being made of the differences.

Changes, by Rob Fox
28 Oct - Although Rob Fox asks a lot of questions in this thoughtful piece, the objective is to make the readers from the polarized Moyes camps think hard about their positions, rather than go straight to the answers. It's not really that clear-cut...

Same old, same old
27 Oct - Dutch Schaeffer provides his own personal recap of how we got to where we are today... Reginald Perrin, where are you now?

Great White Hope
27 Oct - Andy van der Meyde was somewhat taken aback by the rousing reception given to him by the Goodison crowd on the occasion of his senior debut last night.

No way ahead for Young Keeper
27 Oct - Sean Lake, young goalkeeper for the Everton Youth Academy Under-18 side, has left Everton after the realization that his progress will be blocked by John Ruddy and Iain Turner.

Moyes: Post-match analysis
27 Oct - "If you don't get a good tempo you don't get the opportunities." David Moyes talks about last night's Carling Cup defeat.

Moyes targets Cup run
26 Oct - David Moyes is looking to the Carling League Cup to rebuild his flagging reputation as a bright young football manager.

Biggest Blue in the World
25 Oct - Lifelong Evertonian Rick Tarleton is sufficiently moved by the stirring words of Chairman Bill to examine the historical legacy and awsome responsibility of the post he holds at Everton Football Club.

Moyes hampered by more injuries
25 Oct - Nuno Valente will be sidelined by a hamstring strain for two weeks while Cahill (badly bruised shin) and Ferguson (back/hip complaint) won't figure against Middlesbrough tomorrow either  . Krldrup and Van der Meyde should feature for the first time, though.

They don't like it up 'em
25 Oct - "You have to tear at them from the start," said James Beattie of Everton's direct, energetic and aggressive approach, that unnerved Chelsea on Sunday.

Supporter backing for Moyes
25 Oct - A record number of readers responded to our poll on whether or not the club should send for a taxi for David Moyes and the result was a pretty strong endorsement of the manager's position.

Ruddy returns from loan
24 Oct - Reserve goalkeeper John Ruddy, who is 19 today, returns from his one-month loan to Walsall.

Two more injury concerns
24 Oct - Nuno Valente pulled a hamstring and Tim Cahill damaged his shin colliding with Tony Hibbert.  Will either be fit for Wednesday's cup game?

They didn't like it!
24 Oct - James Beattie talks about playing alongside his new "Bruise Brother"(!) Big Dunc and bashing home that penalty.

Gushing Bill overflows
24 Oct - Reclusive Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright spilled his heart out to Sky Sports News in support of David Moyes, asserting that "it's been a great week" for "one of the great, great managers in football."  Little over the top there, Billy?

The road to reconciliation
24 Oct - Alan Smith offers this interesting assessment of James Beattie's perfomance on Sunday in The Telegraph.

'We scored two goals: we won!'
23 Oct - Jose Mourinho always game for a laff insisted that Chelsea had won the game, scoring two perfectly valid goals! (A little bit of fun, there, Jose, in response to Everton's penalty claims?) But he gave tremendous credit to Everton, the players and especially the fans, for a fantastic fighting perfomance.

'I regret nothing'
23 Oct - Phil Neville reiterates his confidence in the move from Old Trafford to Goodison Park.

Moyes doesn't fear the axe
23 Oct - David Moyes has no fears of being sacked from his post as Everton manager after Chairman Bill Kenwright has reiterated his full support following the club's dreadful start to the season.

'We have to be brave and bold'
22 Oct - Lots of determined and inspiring stuff from David Moyes in this extended version of his pre-match rallying cry.

Beattie is the solution
22 Oct - David Moyes believes the solution to Everton's lack of goals will be having James Beattie get a good run of games in the side. Will he start tomorrow?

An Evertonian's lot
22 Oct - In today's Independent, Brian Viner confirms that Moyes is, unequivocally, the man to get Everton out of the current mess, although he claims not to know any Evertonians who have resigned themselves to "the unthinkable".

Farewell my love
22 Oct - Here's another submission from a life-long blue that needs to carry a health warning for Evertonians with a sensitive disposition. Fan Jim Wilcox has made a momentous decison...

Can Moyes shake off the Blues?
21 Oct - Phil McNulty, perviously a local journalist, provides this in-depth analysis of Everton's predicament.

Arteta ponders how to beat Chelsea
21 Oct - Arteta should be back to face Chelsea: "We need to really think and have belief that we can take something from the game and get the fans right behind us."

Moyes expects to win
21 Oct - No special treatment for the rampaging Champions that's the defiant message from David Moyes as he psyches up the Everton players for Sunday's big challenge.

Toffees in the Lakes
21 Oct - The Westmorland Gazette carries this in-depth reportage on the Everton lads doing the bonding thing in the Lake District this week.

Van der Meyde misses out
21 Oct - Andy van der Meyde is not expected to play or appear in the bench on Sunday.

Another sicknote for Beattie?
20 Oct - This time it's a dead leg sustained in the first half of last night's reserves match at Sunderland. What rotten luck!

Claudio: 'Gizza job!'
20 Oct - Experienced Premiership Manager, currently on sabatical in Rome, seeks exciting new opportunity in the big league???

Getting stuck at the bottom
20 Oct - This stats piece from Sky Sports shows that five times in the previous 10 years, the team at the bottom after 8 games went down.  More worryingly, most out of those had more points then we have now! And we have the worst goal-scoring record of any of them.  But don't panic: It's not a crisis yet!

Big Name: Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson
20 Oct - Everton are monitoring Swedish club Halmstads' Icelandic striker who has scored 16 goals in 16 games.

Things will change
19 Oct - Paul Traill, who writes some great match reports for us, believes most of the current travails are down to bad luck and injuries.

The Fear of Relegation
19 Oct - It is horrifying to be talking of relegation after only 8 games but for some Evertonians, that fear has become very real. Alan Bennett justifies his very real fears over where Everton are now headed.

A crystal decanter for Moysie
19 Oct - David Moyes has received a nice crystal decanter from the North West Sports Writers' Association in recognition of his success leading Everton into the Champions League last season.

Check the Bill
19 Oct - By way of a change, Colin Dempsey ponders the situation at Everton behind Davis Moyes, looking more at the role of Chairman Bill Kenwright in getting us where we are today.

A big night for the Reserves
19 Oct - With a mountain of Everton hope now built on the prospect of Dutchman Andy van der Meyde returning to full fitness and becoming the catalyst who will turn around this dreadful season, Everton's Reserves match with Sunderland tonight assumes massive proportions. 

Outward Bound
18 Oct - David Moyes has taken the players on a bonding session this week to an Outward Bound centre in the Lake District.

Tuesday: Kilbane's turn
18 Oct - It's Kevin Kilbane's turn in the barrel today, as he too acknowledges that there might just be a bit of a hole developing that might just be a bit tough for the team to dig it's way out of. But is it a crisis yet?

Xavier banned
18 Oct - Abel Xavier, once of this parish but now of Middlesbrough after a rather poor spell at Liverpool, has been banned from all football after failing a random drugs test.

Neville warns of relegation risk
18 Oct - Phil Neville appears to have broken ranks with the positive vibes being generated from the Goodison propaganda machine, admitting that the danger of a relegation struggle is real if things don't change soon for Everton.

Grant cannot sign for Crewe
17 Oct - Tony Grant has been prevented from signing for Crewe until January because he is technically not a free agent.

This week we'll do something different
17 Oct - David Moyes rejects comparisons with Ipswich's 2001-02 season when they were relegated after finishing 5th the previous season.

We've got to wake up now!
17 Oct - Phill Nevellie talks about the Tottenham game.

Post-match comments from Moyes
16 Oct - This Sporting Life post-match report highlights the faith being placed in James Beattie and Andy van der Meyde to turn Everton's season around.

A case of the Blue Flu?
16 Oct - After telling us yesterday that thoughts dwelling on the poor start to the season would be banished in an effort to look only forward, David Moyes now admits a lack of confidence among the players can be traced to Everton being dumped out of Europe in double time.

Played well enough
15 Oct - Despite equaling Everton's worst-ever sequence of scoreless losses, David Moyes believes Everton played well enough for most of the game... which only means more of the same as he continues to do the things that took the side to fourth place last season.

Nugent: Entomologically challenged?
15 Oct - Concerns are surfacing that Everton target David Nugent could provide a new twist to the saga of injury-prone transfers.  The young Preston striker has spent two weeks in hospital after an insect bite, and may be sold to Portsmouth in January.

Moyes tries new psychology
15 Oct - David Moyes is trying to get his players to forget about what's now done and gone this season, and to concentrate only on what is to come.

Davies has no regrets
15 Oct - Simon Davies talks to The Guardianabout leaving Spurs and playing for Everton on the auspicious occasion of his return with the Blues to White Hart Lane.

Missed opportunity?
14 Oct - This one from Ged Dwyer is definitely in the Moyes Out category and carries the required health warning for Evertonians of a sensitive disposition who don't like to hear such negative talk...

Half-Empty or Half-Full
14 Oct - The debate on Everton's current plight continues with Richard Parker providing more positive counterpoints to the doom and gloom weighing down our mailbag from Peter Fearon.

Grant joins Crewe
14 Oct - Crewe have offered former Everton midfielder Tony Grant a contract until the end of the season, following a successful trial spell with the club. The 30-year-old has been training with the Alex after failing to agree terms on a new deal with Burnley at the end of last season.

Li Tie ready for comeback?
13 Oct - A full game at the highest level of International football, for China against Germany this week, may have given back to Li Tie the confidence he needs to make the massive step back into Premiership football after 20 months out with a fractured shin.

Arteta will miss Spurs game
13 Oct - There's no way to put a positive spin on this one: the doctors say Mikel Arteta should not be involved in this weekend's game, having (presumably) not fully recovered from that horrendous challenge over two weeks ago. Weir may also miss the game with an ankle injury.

Still no crisis, says Moyes
13 Oct - David Moyes is refusing to get too concerned about Everton's plight at the bottom of the Premiership.

McFadden on target
12 Oct - Jamie McFadden scored a nice goal for Scotland in their Woirld Cup group after a rousing 3-0 win in Slovenia.

Royle, by 'mutual consent'
12 Oct - David Prentice gets Joe Royle to talk about the lowest day in his career when (as Everton manager) he met with Chairman Peter Johnson to be confronted by the stunning suggestion that he had come to offer his resignation.

More desire: nothing to prove
12 Oct - David Moyes is looking for more desire from the team as the weekend trip to White Hart Lane approaches, but he insists Everton do not have any point to prove.

AvdM's route to the first team
12 Oct - Andy van der Meyde has a route to a first-team debut mapped out, with a reserve fixture against Sunderland next week earmarked as his first run-out in a Blue jersey. David Moyes hopes to field him in one more game for the second string before contemplating a senior start.

A dissenting voice
12 Oct - John Prior was upset that we posted Nick Armitage's article the other day. He explains why, and the Editor responds.

The damning indictment
12 Oct - Peter Fearon lists the many issues where David Moyes comes up short... but still believes it is too early to call time on Britain's most promising young manager.

Reserves beaten by Brum
11 Oct - A reserves side that only included one senior player in the shape of Richard Wright could not contain Birmingham City, who ran out 2-0 winners at Haig Avenue this evening, but 15-year-old John Paul Kissock got his first full game at this level.

'Naturally fit lad'
11 Oct - James Beattie a naturally fit lad, according to David Moyes will not be risked in tonight's reserves match against Birmingham City. Neither will Per Krldrup, who is out sick.

Dead leg for Kilbane
10 Oct - Kevin Kilbane has sustained a dead leg and is doubtful for Ireland's game against Switzerland on Wednesday.

Van der Meyde still weeks away
10 Oct - At the end of this Simon Davies feature, The Echo reports that Dutch international Andy van der Meyde rejoined training today for the first time following his groin injury - although it will be some weeks before he can be considered for senior duty.

Davies scores for Wales
8 Oct - Simon Davies fired home the opening goal in their 3-2 win over Northern Ireland.

Scotland fail to qualify
8 Oct - Scotland, guided by Walter Smith and captained by David Weir, failed crucially against Belarus and waved goodbye to Germany 2006. Weir vows to battle on for his country.

International Duty
8 Oct - Everton have Phil Neville, Joseph Yobo, Nuno Valente, James McFadden, David Weir, Kevin Kilbane, Li Tie, Tim Cahill and Simon Davies away on International duty, with the majority not due back until Thursday afternoon.

Making up the numbers
7 Oct - It's been a tough week and we are all pretty frazzled, so time for a bit of a diversion. Matt Willey as developed the antidote to all that ails Everton, the Premiership, and other depressing subjects... just make sure you've had a sip or two before tackilng this one!

Reserves: Good news, bad news
6 Oct - First the Good News: Beattie Scores! After just 3 mins!!!  Then the bad: Man Utd equalize after 16 mins; Beattie goes off injured after 23 mins; Per Kroldrup gives away a penalty after 23 mins.  Final Score: Manchester Utd Res 3-1 Everton Res.

Whose club is it anyway?
5 Oct - When the going gets tough... some people lash out at the Club.  A mailbag item from Lee Gray prompts these thoughts from the ToffeeWeb Editor.

Wyness on Villarreal ticket fiasco
5 Oct - Keith Wyness has given an explanation of the Villarreal ticket fiasco to Everton fans on the club's official ToffeeTalk chat room.

Crisis talks with the players
5 Oct - David Moyes called the Everton players into Bellefield for crisis talks to figure out what is going wrong this season.

Aussies annoyed over Cahill catch
4 Oct - The Aussie assistant coach is a bit miffed that Everton have reacted to their poor league start by holding back Tim Cahill from a Socceroos training camp in Holland this week. But Everton cannot stop Cahill joining the team 48 hours before their friendly with Jamaica on Sunday.

Ward gets eight years
4 Oct - Ex-Everton player Mark Ward was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

Better with the Scots
4 Oct - David Weir used to dread playing for Scotland but now he says it's a relief to get away from Goodison, implying low morale and possibly other issues in a changing room that must be sullen under Moysie's icy stare.

No platitudes from Ratters
3 Oct - Kevin Ratcliffe tells it straight as he chronicles the current level of pressure David Moyes is under. But even won't call it a crisis yet!

Player of the Month: September
3 Oct - Voting is now open for the best player of a most miserable month.

Carsley out for six more weeks
3 Oct - Good news gets more and more sparse at Goodison, with word that a second operation on Lee Carsley's knee found part of a ligament was not healing properly, so that's six more weeks of recovery needed.

Moyes ponders...
3 Oct - ... wondering out loud which of his tired and jaded players, all seemingly lacking in confidence, is up for the long fight ahead.

When your luck is down
3 Oct - It's a dreadful run of bad luck that has created Everton's awful form, and its effect on the players has made it much worse, claims Paul Coleman. And he doesn't even mention the injury crisis!

Rousing words from Cahill
2 Oct - Tim Cahill won't let his head drop after the disappointment of falling out of Europe, as he looks ahead to today's game without Mikel Arteta: "When it comes to effort, we have to keep giving everything. We have to play every game like it's our last. That's how much it means to us and to the fans." Moyesie will be right proud!

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