New paintings from Dr France Everton's Founding Fathers honoured 30 Jun - Dr David France has come up with another marvelous way to celebrate Everton's history, commissioning a series of very impressive oil paintings depicting six of Everton's founding fathers: Ben Swift Chambers, John Houlding, John McKenna, George Mahon, James Baxter and Will Cuff were key figures in the formation of Everton Football Club back in the 19th Century. The paintings will form part of the Everton Collection and it is Dr France's intention that they do the rounds so that as many fans as possible may get to see and admire them.
Jacobsen completes Blackburn move 29 Jun - Lars Jacobsen has completed his anticipated move to Blackburn Rovers. The Dane was reportedly in discussions with Everton regarding a new contract but it appears as though David Moyes's inability to guarantee him first-team football next season has led to him moving across Lancashire to link up with Sam Allardyce's outfit.
West African trip is off Cup Clash rules out Ghana friendly 26 Jun - Everton's ground-breaking pre-season trip to Africa has been scrapped after the Ghanan FA scheduled a domestic cup competition that would prevent Asante Kotoko from playing the fixture at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on 12 July. Alternative opposition will be sought for a game in the UK on or around that date before Everton jet off to North America for two showpiece friendlies, in Edmonton, Alberta, against River Plate on 26 July, and in Salt Lake City, Utah, against the MLS All-Stars on 29 July. For the final pre-season friendly, Everton will host Malaga at Goodison Park on Friday 7 August: KO, 8pm.
Andy King suffers a heart attack 52-year-old awaits angiogram 25 Jun - Andy King, who has a place in so many Everton hearts, fell ill over the weekend and was diagnosed having suffered a heart attack. It was no surprise that many Evertonians have voiced their concerns and are anxious to learn of his plight. The 52-year-old former Everton striker is currently in hospital awaiting to undergo an angiogram that will ascertain the extent of the damage he has suffered. Get well soon, Andy!
Everton to play Coventry Marcus Hall's Testimonial 24 Jun - Everton have added another date to their fixture list of pre-season friendlies, and this one is a little closer to home. The Blues will travel to Coventry City for Marcus Hall's testimonial which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 2 August 2009, kick-off is 12:30pm. Coventry have been out of the Premier League since completing their new stadium, the Rioch Arena, and the match could well feature England Under-21 star Daniel Fox who was released from the Everton Academy in 2005.
Everton One set for Saturday opening
23 Jun - The transformation of the old Everton Megastore will be complete this weekend when the Club re-opens its doors under the name Everton One. The store has undergone a complete facelift under the guidance of Everton's new retail partners, Kitbag Ltd ó among the improvements are a new exterior, high-speed check out system, a new, faster, purpose-built shirt printing facility and a unique click-and-collect service where fans can order merchandise online and collect them in-store the very next day.
Moyes looks to grow Rodwell Development ramping up next season 21 Jun - David Moyes has been talking to the Daily Star about the prospects for his young star defender, midfielder and goalscorer, Jack Rodwell, who recently sealed a new 5-year deal with the Blues. ďHe has only just turned 18 and itís going to take experience and time. But undoubtedly he has a good future ahead of him. You can see he has ability and weíre keen to push him on. Next season, instead of playing five, six or eight games, it might be up to 18 or 20, depending on how his progress is." And right on que, The People claims Man Utd are eyeing him up...
Blues start with Arsenal test
2009-10 fixtures released 17 Jun - Everton will kick off the 2009-10 season with a Sky Four test having been pit against Arsenal at Goodison Park on 15 August. The Blues will finish the campaign at home as well, with Portsmouth the visitors on 9 May. The Merseyside derbies are on November 28 (H) and February 6 (A) respectively, while Boxing Day involves another trip to the northeast, this time against Sunderland. The fixtures are provisional until the TV broadcasters have had their way with them.
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A Cuff Family treat Paul Wharton tracks down Charlie Cuff 14 Jun - Everton Shareholder and budding historian Paul Wharton was very pleased with one aspect of Everton's FA Cup Final appearance: it allowed him to meet Charlie Cuff, the grandson of Everton pioneer and legend, Will Cuff, who played such a vital role in the development of the club during the first half of the 20th Century. Charlie Cuff, his son and daughter flew in from Australia for the Cup Final and on a trip to Merseyside were treated like royalty by the Club and other fans.
Castillo and Valente depart 12 Jun - Everton have announced that Segundo Castillo will return to Red Star Belgrade following the expiry of his season-long loan from the Serbian club. Everton will not be taking up the option to sign the Ecuadorian on a permanent basis. Joining him through the exit door are Nuno Valente, one-time hot prospect John Paul Kissock, striker Scott Spencer and, of course, Andy van der Meyde. Lesser-known Academy members Eunan O'Kane, Cory Sinnott, Thomas McCready, Luke Powell, Michael Jensen and Daniel Redmond have also been released. Nothing has been said of Lars Jacobsen who is thought to be in talks about the possibility of staying at Goodison for another season.
Club confirms River Plate friendly 10 Jun - Everton have confirmed earlier reports in Canada that the Club will play a friendly against world-famous Argentine club, River Plate, at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta on 25th July. The match will kick off at 7:30pm local time, 2:30am BST and will be the Blues' second exhibition match in North America that month — the Blues are also playing a Major League Soccer XI in Salt Lake City.
Cahill and Australia qualify for 2010 Socceroos book their place in South Africa next year 6 Jun - Tim Cahill's Australia have secured their place in the World Cup Finals in South Africa next year thanks to a goalless draw with Qatar today. The Socceroos, who were denied at the last World Cup by controversial refereeing in their second-phase match with Italy, needed a draw against the MIddle Easterners and got it, qualifying for their second successive Finals.
Everton launch 2009-10 home strip Mixed reaction to retro 80s design 4 Jun - Everton officially unveiled next season's home kit today at the new megastore in the Liverpool One shopping center, though the impact of the launch was somewhat lessened by leaked photos of Louis Saha modeling the shirt earlier this week. With it's overly large white "V" on the chest, overdoing rather than evoking the 1984-85 kit, and unfortunately-placed stitching across the breast, reaction to the new design from fans has been mixed at best.
Club confirms new deals for trio Jagielka, Yobo and Howard commit to Blues 3 Jun - Everton have confirmed that the formalities have been completed on contract extensions for Phil Jagielka, Joseph Yobo and Tim Howard and that all three have put pen to paper on their respective deals. Talks are ongoing with Lars Jacobsen regarding the possibility of the Dane staying at Goodison Park for another season at least. The 29 year-old has stated his desire to stay despite rumoured interest from the Bundesliga in his services.
Club to launch 2009/10 kit on Thursday
Official unveiling by Howard Kendall at Everton 2 1 Jun - Everton FC will launch the team's new home kit for the 2009/2010 season this Thursday, 4th June, at midday. Everton legend Howard Kendall will officially unveil the new home kit outside the clubís new Liverpool city centre store, Everton Two @ Liverpool One. Leaked photos of the design suggest it kit, designed by Le Coq Sportif, will be reminiscent of the 1984/85 Hafnia-sponsored shirts with a prominent white "V" neck.
Dream start evaporates in Wembley heat Chelsea 2-1 Everton 30 May - Louis Saha scored the fastest FA Cup Final goal in history, handing Everton a dream start with a brilliant half-volley after just 25 seconds but the Blues' performance tailed off badly after that and there was an air of inevitability when Chelsea turned the Final on its head. Florent Malouda took advantage of acres of space down the left to pick out the unmarked Didier Drogba who powered his header into the net. Then, with David Moyes's side struggling to create anything of note in 100-plus degree heat, Frank Lampard struck the winner, a 20-yard shot that Tim Howard couldn't prevent from finding the corner. Malouda's 30-yarder that cannoned off the underside of the bar and appeared to cross the line should have sealed it but no goal was given and the Blues couldn't muster a final charge. Full report
Chelsea vs Everton FA Cup Final Preview 29 May - It's been 14 years ó too long for a club for which Wembley was like a second home in the 1980s ó but Everton are back in the national stadium to contest the FA Cup Final. The Blues will take on Chelsea tomorrow hoping to lift the famous old trophy for the sixth time. Newly-crowned Manager of the Year David Moyes is expected to make few changes to the side that started at Fulham, but Tim Cahill could start up front supported by Marouane Fellaini. Kick off is 3pm.
Cup win would be the greatest Phil Neville looks to start an era of success 28 May - "If I win a medal on Saturday it will be the best medal I have won. In terms of individual success, for me to lift the FA Cup will be my greatest ever honour, particularly for this club. People talk about me being a good Everton captain but for me to be mentioned among the likes of Kevin Ratcliffe and Brian Labone is an honour. They are players who have not just won the FA Cup, they have won league championships and European honours, so that is what I have got to do to be mentioned in the same breath."
Moyes voted LMA Manager of the Year Third such accolade in seven years 26 May - David Moyes has been named the League Managers Association's Manager of the Year, becoming the first manager to land the accolade for a third time. Moyes beat off competition from the likes of Alex Ferguson, who steered Manchester United to a record-equalling 18th League title, to take the award which is in recognition of a third-successive top-six finish and an FA Cup Final despite crucial injuries and a shoestring budget. LMA chairman, Howard Wilkinson said: "With only modest financial backing he has shown what can be achieved through discipline, dedication and an innate ability to get the best out of every player."
A royal blue wave of emotion Can Everton revive the spirit of '84? 25 May - Adrian Heath recalls the glory days for the Boys in Royal Blue, the 1980s, and considers Everton's prospects for the Cup Final. The Inchy household in Texas, where he coaches the Austin Aztex in the USL, will be up at 7am on Saturday to wallow in the build-up to Everton's FA Cup final against Chelsea, and he is desperate to see David Moyes's side emulate the class of '84.
Ossie Double secures 5th Fulham 0 - 2 Everton 24 May - After a cagey start to the game, things opened up and both sides had a pop at goal, Everton hitting the crossbar early on. Both sides looked dangerous but Everton increasingly got the upper hand and delivered the telling blow right on half-time, Pienaar spying Osman, loitering with intent. He darted in, took the ball around Schwarzer and slotted home with ease. Everton effectively controlled things after the break and Moyes rang a few changes before Leon Osman produced the icing on the cake, a lovely curling strike that secured 5th place once again for Everton ó the Best of the Rest. Full report
Fulham vs Everton Match Preview 24 May - Everton bring the curtain down on their Premier League campaign with a trip to Craven Cottage, where they haven't won since 1966. Victory would assure a second successive fifth place finish but, depending on what happens at Villa Park, a draw may also be enough. David Moyes has no new injury worries but has to weigh up whether or not to risk some of his star players ahead of next Saturday's FA Cup Final against Chelsea. KO for all matches today is 4pm.
Blues lock in Jagielka and Yobo Defensive duo sign new deals 22 May - Everton have announced that both Phil Jagielka and Joseph Yobo have both agreed to sign new contracts at the Club, extending their current deals until 2014. Yobo's existing terms expire next year and he would have been free to leave but he will now commit what is effectively the rest of his career to the Blues. No decision will be made on the futures of Lars Jacobsen or Segundo Castillo until after the FA Cup Final.
Get Smart ToffeeTunes Special songs for the Cup Final 21 May - Alan Smart, the loquacious Everton lyricist and video complier, has been busier than ever making excellent video collages to go with his latest Everton Cup Final songs, created in the depths of deepest Clackmannanshire, Scotland and now available on YouTube for your viewing and listening pleasure. We particularly like the moving rendition of Waltzing Tim Cahill...
ďI wanna be like youĒ Gosling seeks to emulate Tiger Tim 20 May - Dan Gosling is hoping to follow in Tim Cahill's footsteps and become an integral part of the Everton side. "I would like to think that I could become a player like Tim Cahill. I watch him every day in training and try to follow his movement and the positions that he gets himself into in the box. I have just been trying to copy him. I've scored a couple of goals this season and hopefully the one against Liverpool will mean something at the end of the month."
From Right Wing to B-Wing Mark Ward is released from prison 18 May - Mark Ward joined Everton twice, once as a schoolboy, and once as a £1.1M transfer from Manchester City, when he came over with Howard Kendall as the manager's first signing of his second spell with the club. But Ward's life went seriously downhill after he retired from football in 1996 and he ended up taking the hit for a renting out his house out to a drug lord who turned it into a cocaine factory. Released last week after serving half of an 8-year sentence for possession, Mark Ward's autobiography From Right Wing to B-Wing... Premier League to Prison, will be published at the end of this month.
Advantage Everton in race for fifth Everton 3- 1 West Ham United 16 May - Louis Saha scored twice and Joseph Yobo fired home his first of the season as Everton secured a comfortable victory against 10-man West Ham in their final home game of the campaign. The Blues were in complete control in the first half but failed to test Robert Green before Radoslav Kovac despatched a blinder from 35 yards to put the Hammers ahead. The home side leveled, though, when Tim Cahill was tripped on his way through to goal by James Tomkins who, as the last defender, was given his marching orders by Phil Dowd and Saha slotted home the penalty. Yobo put them ahead early in the second half when he found the corner of the net via Matthew Upson's leg and Steven Pienaar's world-class feint to the byline set up a simple tap-in for Saha to wrap up three points. The win means that Everton leapfrog Aston Villa into fifth place with one game to play.
Everton vs West Ham United Match Preview 16 May - Everton take to the field at Goodison Park for the last time this season hoping to recapture some winning form and gain some momentum ahead of the FA Cup Final at the end of the month. Tony Hibbert could be fit again while Lars Jacobsen and Leon Osman apparently are so Phil Neville will likely move back into midfield. KO is 3pm.
Moyes will go for character “You have to do your homework” 13 May - David Moyes has been talking about the character and personality of the players he will be looking to bring in to Goodison this summer: "For me it is important you get the correct characters. It is not always easy to get all the details about the players' personality. You have to do your homework and find out from the people who are close to them ... You have to do a little bit of delving and detective work to try to find out about them."
Howard now fills Big Nev's gloves Search for a worthy successor is over 11 May - In The Independent, Jon Culley claims somewhat melodramatically that Everton's search for a successor to Neville Southall between the sticks is finally over, now that Tim Howard has surpassed the great man's Premier League record for clean sheets. Howard (with not a little help from the Everton defence) secured his 16th clean sheet of the season in the draw against Spurs. But, If you know your history before Sky, he has a lot more to do to beat Neville Southall's real clean-sheet record...
Everton and Spurs cancel each other out Everton 0 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur 9 May - Everton and Spurs played out an open but ultimately frustrating goalless draw at Goodison that saw Tim Howard equal Neville Southall's record of 15 clean sheets in a season. Tottenham had by far the better of the first half and while the Blues responded well in the second they were too often let down by the final ball or over-zealous and inconsistent officiating by referee Lee Mason. Neither 'keeper had a save of note to make all game but Tim Cahill fired superbly an inch wide and Dan Gosling bounced a shot off the post as Everton threatened to nick it.
A neck injury has ruled Tony Hibbert out of Saturday's league game against Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park this weekend. The right-side pairing of Lars Jacobsen and Leon Osman both face late fitness tests as David Moyes looks for his first win over Spurs (at Goodison Park) for five years. With European qualification secured, the Blues have their sights on a fifth-place finish and are two points behind Aston Villa with three games left. Kick off is 3pm.
Everton announce return to city centre New megastore set to open in July 7 May - Everton have confirmed that the Club will re-establish their retail presence in Liverpool's city centre with a brand-new 6,000ft store in the Liverpool One shopping precinct. The interior will be custom-designed and feature video visuals from the Club's past and rotating displays from the Everton Collection. The store is part of Everton's new commercial patnership with Kitbag Limited and will open in July.
Pienaar inspires win over Sunderland Sunderland 0 - 2 Everton 3 May - Everton coasted to their first away win in the League since Boxing Day as second-half goals by the excellent Steven Pienaar and the more mercurial Marouane Fellaini lifted them into fifth place in the table. Sunderland still have relegation worries but they were poor throughout and barely tested Tim Howard. That allowed Pienaar to run them ragged, scoring the first at the end of a lovely move involving JŰ and laying up Fellaini for the second, the Belgian side-footing home with 20 minutes left.
Sunderland vs Everton Match Preview 3 Apr - Everton's quest to overhaul Aston Villa and finish fifth for the second season running continues this weekend with their penultimate away game of the season, a potentially tricky trip to Sunderland. JŰ, Tim Cahill and Joleon Lescott are likely to return to the starting line-up, and with Marouane Fellaini's fitness dictating whether he or Segundo Castillo start in midfield.
Everton land record retail deal Confirmation of return to Le Coq Sportif 1 May - Everton today announced the biggest commercial deal in the Club's history, a 10-year agreement with Kitbag Limited that is expected to generate in excess of £30m over the lifetime of the contract and include a new flagship store in the Liverpool One shopping complex ó rumours suggest it will be called "Everton 2". The new retail arrangement also includes a sports marketing agreement of up to five years with Le Coq Sportif which will generate a further £3 million.
Surgery a success Phil Jagielka to start rehab work 30 Apr - Now the long, long road to recovery begins for Phil Jagielka, whose knee surgery on Wednesday has been declared a success. Head physio Mick Rathbone observed the operation. He said: "It went really, really well. The surgeon is absolutely delighted with it and the player's rehab can start more or less straight away. We never put a timescale on this type of thing but we're looking forward to having him back as soon as possible next season."
Elstone blasts ticket allocation 25,109 inadequate for the FA Cup Final 27 Apr - Everton CEO Robert Elstone has blasted the FA practice of shipping out 40,000 cup final tickets to all and sundry under the guise of the 'FA Football Family' ó many of which as everyone knows will end up in the hands of ticket touts, selling for extortionate prices. But Elstone recognizes it is what it is and there is nothing that can be done ó just another painful example of the FA bringing the game into disrepute.
JAGIELKA TO MISS CUP FINAL Yet another massive injury blow 25 Apr - It will be some days before Everton's worst fears are confirmed with a scan on Phil Jagielka's knee but Everton physio Mick Rathbone has announced the devastating news everyone was fearing, that Phil Jagielka has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and will be out for the rest of the season ó which of course means he will miss the Cup Final on 30 May. The injury comes as another major blow to David Moyes who has already seen key first-choice players like Arteta and Yakubu sidelined for the season, making the achievements his players under such adverse conditions all the more remarkable.
Disaster at Goodison Everton 1 - 2 Manchester City 25 Apr - No JŰ; Cahill and Lescott rested; Saha leading the line... nothing much to expect in the lazy spring sunshine except Robinho hassling Tony Hibbert. Then, the mercurial Brazilian was released by Elano and he scampered past Phil Jagielka, slotting the ball easily beneath Howard. Stephen Ireland doubled the City lead after the break with another sucker-punch and David Moyes responded with a rare triple change. Seconds later, though, Jagielka went down clutching his knee in agony and was stretched off, leaving 10 men to pick up the pieces. Dan Gosling restored a little pride in the 7 mins added time with a superbly-taken goal but it was far too little too late as City exploited big holes in Everton's usually solid defensive wall.
Everton vs Manchester City Match Preview 24 Apr - Louis Saha will be asked to lead the line for Everton this weekend because the terms of JŰ's loan from Manchester City preclude him from playing against his pay-masters. Saha last started for the Blues against his old club in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley last week but was withdrawn after an hour due to lingering effects of a stomach virus. Marouane Fellaini and Lars Jacobsen are also doubts and David Moyes will wait until the last minute to name his squad. Kick off is 3pm this afternoon.
Another Defensive Masterclass Chelsea 0 - 0 Everton 22 Apr - Everton frustrated Chelsea for the second time this season with another terrific rearguard action in a game that either side could have won. As expected, David Moyes made changes to his starting line-up, with Jacobsen, Castillo, Yobo and Jô coming into the team against a strong Chelsea side looking for a win to keep their title hopes alive. Instead, despite ceding most of the possession, it was Everton who carved out the best chances ó at least four gilt-edged ó only to squander them through poor execution, or simply slipping on an over-watered pitch at the crucial moment. JŰ couldn't finish the best of them in the first-half and wasted another chance in the second, while Pienaar should have done better from 18 yards and Cahill rattled one into the side-netting. On chances, Everton should have won but they survived a scare in injury time when Drogba rattled a half-volley off the crossbar.
Chelsea vs Everton Match Preview 22 Apr - Everton take on their opponents in next month's FA Cup Final, Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge this evening looking to balance the hopes of securing the win that would lift them above Aston Villa and the fatigue of the players following their grueling extra-time performance against Manchester United at Wembley. JŰ is eligible again and likely to start and David Moyes may elect to make a couple of other changes to his team. KO is 8pm.
Kenwright delighted Everton truly a top-six club again 21 Apr - Bill Kenwright has plenty of praise for what David Moyes has achieved in taking Everton to their 13th FA Cup Final, expressed in the Chairman's own inimitable style: "I've been in situations when I've thought I can't go on and he's said 'don't leave, the players and I will miss you. Come on, we'll do this together'. "I think he is the greatest manager in the world bar none but he's my best friend in football and I'd do anything for him. When you see him looking up (into a stand) with that clenched fist he's looking at me saying 'look where we've got to'."
Into the Final after shootout triumph! Manchester United 0 - 0 Everton [aet] 2 - 4 on penalties 19 Apr - Everton booked a return trip to Wembley for the FA Cup Final after prevailing over Manchester United in the drama of a penalty shootout. An admittedly poor match fraught with tension between Sir Alex Ferguson's young XI and David Moyes's determined warriors dragged into extra time with precious few chances for either side, though the Blues were the better side in the final half hour. When Tim Cahill skied the Blues' first penalty over the bar, though, it looked like another day of heartbreak was on the cards. But Howard saved the Red Devils' first two spot kicks and Everton were faultless from then on, Phil Jagielka converting the crucial penalty to send Moyes's boys through to a Final date with Chelsea on 30 May and ensure European football at Goodison next season. Full report
Manchester United vs Everton FA Cup Semi Final Preview 18 Apr - It's 14 years since Everton last played at Wembley and triumphed over Manchester United to lift their last major trophy to date. They're back at the newly-redeveloped National stadium this weekend against the same club, hoping to make it to the Final again next month where Chelsea now await. With JŰ cup-tied, hopes up front will rest on Louis Saha who will hopefully have recovered from a stomach virus; failing that, Tim Cahill will be asked to lead the line for the Blues, with James Vaughan another option after completing his long lay-off with a knee injury. Kick off for the sold-out game is 4pm; Latest betting prices.
Tiger Tim with score to settle The Brian Viner Interview 17 Apr - Tiger Tim (middle name: Joel) Cahill provides excellent material for this brilliant Brian Viner interview in The Independent."The basis of our team is character, strength, passion and belief. Everyone knows that. We have talent too ó Phil Jagielka is one of the best players in the Premier League this season ó but when you think about what we're missing, Yakubu, and Mikel the maestro, who makes the team tick, and you think that we're still looking good to finish sixth, or fifth, then what does that tell you about our spirit? I have to believe we're going to beat United. If I don't believe that then my dreams will never come true."
Reserves runout for Vaughan Man Utd Res 2 - 0 Everton Res 16 Apr - James Vaughan continued his quest for match fitness by playing the full 90 minutes of Everton Reserves' loss at Manchester United's second string this evening. He was one of the few recognizable names in an otherwise very young reserves line-up that drew heavily on the Everton Academy, the latest prospect to step up to this level being Jack Bidwell, and the Blues went down to a 2-0 defeat. Vaughan is hoping to convince David Moyes to name him in the squad of 18 who will travel to Wembley for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final.
Virus has Moyes sweating on Saha French striker unable to train 15 Apr - With Yakubu and Victor Anichebe ruled out until the sumer, JŰ cup-tied and James Vaughan still getting back to full fitness, Louis Saha was set to carry Evertonian hopes up front against Manchester United in this Sunday's FA Cup semi-final. But now the Frenchman is a worry himself after contracting a virus which meant he unable to train with the squad yesterday. David Moyes will be hoping he can shake it off in time to prepare for the big date at Wembley.
Honours even in thriller at the Villa Aston Villa 3- 3 Everton 12 Apr - Everton twice surrendered a two-goal advantage and had to share the spoils of a six-goal thriller as Aston Villa's second-half fight-back proved too strong to resist. David Moyes picked a full-strength team and it paid off in spades early on with Marouane Fellaini finishing an excellent move with a close-range finish and Tim Cahill plundering a second as Everton dominated the first half hour with style and panache. But Villa were stung into action and when Howard failed to collect a high ball, John Carew slammed home from eight yards. The fun continued in the second half, when Pienaar scored a beauty that was bettered within 60 seconds by an absolutely top-draw free-kick from James Milner. A Gareth Barry penalty then got Villa level, Lescott paying the price for a high kick to Stilian Petrov's head. And that's the way this pulsating game ended, with a pulsating draw probably a fair result. Full report
Leon Osman ó appreciated or not? Red turned True Blue 11 Apr - This interview in The Independent with Leon Osman, who had perhaps his best game in a very long time last weekend, throws up some interesting tales about the young Kopite who joined Everton as a schoolboy and fell in love with his adopted club. A trip to Wembley with other noteworthy Everton Schoolboys for the FA Cup Final in '95; the knee injury that would hold him back for five years, sustained after he scored the winner in the FA Youth Cup Final, '98; debuting for Carlisle United; his Everton debut as a late addition to the bench in that crazy Spurs game when Richard Wright injured himself in the warm-up, Espen Baardsen made his only Everton appearance, and Osman came on near the end as Everton lost 4-3; crucially missing in a League Cup penalty shot-out against Middlesbrough; another loan spell, this time at Derby County; and finally starting for the Blues at Wolves, and scoring inside 2 mins.
The Jack Rodwell Story 9 Apr - More like the Ray Hall interview... with the Everton Academy director talking about the progressive development and future prospects of young Jack Rodwell. It provides a review of the defensive midfielder's career so far and his growth as an England youngster.
Vaughan starts for the Reserves His knee fully healed, striker plays 68 mins 4 Mar - The good news from Goodison Park is that James Vaughan is finally fit again after another long injury lay-off, this time with torn knee ligaments sustained last November. His surgery was a great success and Vaughan is apparently kicking as strongly and as well as ever. He run out against Sunderland Reserves tonight after being back in full training for the past couple of weeks and played 68 minutes as the Blues' second string held the Black Cats to a 0-0 draw.
JŰ gives back the love! Everton 4 - 0 Wigan Athletic 5 Apr - Everton recorded their biggest win of the season so far, more than atoning for their shocking display in the reverse fixture against Wigan in November, and moved to within a point of Aston Villa in the chase for fifth place. A brace by JŰ either side of Marouane Fellaini's seventh of the campaign put the Blues in command before Leon Osman capped his best display for months with the fourth just past the hour mark. Tim Cahill returned but was obviously shattered and earned a deserved rest for the last 35 minutes while Tony Hibbert showed few effects of his recent injury layoff. An excellent result to set the team up for a massive game at Villa next week! Full report
Everton vs Wigan Athletic Match Preview 4 Apr - Everton return to action after a 15-day break for internationals with a home match against Wigan Athletic, their closest challengers for 6th place. Despite not being able to walk according to Pim Verbeek when he joined up with Australia's squad last week, Tim Cahill is fit according to the Socceroos boss. If so, he could be David Moyes's only change from the team that lost at Portsmouth. KO is 3pm on Sunday to accommodate the Grand National horserace at Aintree.
Aussie jibe over Cahill fitness Verbeek Questions EFC physios 2 Apr - "We bring him back fit, and I think they can be very grateful to our medical staff that they did that job, when he came in, he could not walk. So they will be happy with us this time, normally they are not." ó that was Pim Verbeek's contribution to the long-running tit-for-tat between Everton and the Socceroos regarding Tim Cahill's fitness... or lack thereof.
And don't miss the 'most candid ever' interview with Tim Cahill that appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald ó click the link below....
Tim stays on the bench 1 Apr - It's no April Fool's... the good news from Oz is that Tim Cahill thankfully did not play for the Socceroos in their 2-0 World Cup qualifier win over Uzbekistan. Meanwhile, Phil Jagielka was a late substitute for England, helping the Three Lions hold on for a 2-1 win over Ukraine, Marouane Fellaini played the full 90 minutes as Belgium lost to Bosnia, and Lars Jacobsen featured for Denmark in their 3-0 win over Albania. Steven Pienaar's South Africa went down 2-0 in a friendly with Portugal yesterday.
Everton trio on the bench England 4 - 0 Slovakia 28 Mar - Ah... the glory, the honour... three Everton players playing for England... Or more likely: ó you guessed it, sitting on the bench.
Messers Lescott, Jagielka and Baines are all named as substitutes by Fabio Capello for an England friendly against Slovakia at glorious Wembley Stadium, where the score is 1-0 after an early goal from Emile Heskey, two substitutions already, and three more at half-time... and only six allowed. You do the maths!!! Last Sub: Carrick (after a rather crisp headed goal from a certain Wayne Rooney); no debut for Leighton Baines, one of only three outfield subs not used... all Everton players.
Tim beats the Everton drum “I love playing for Everton ” 23 Mar - This nice article by Oliver Kay in The Times hits on all the salient points that support why Tiny Tim is perhaps Everton's most important player (as evidenced by his absence in the weekend's defeat at Portsmouth) and why we love this Aussie so much. Some great stuff about his charity work, about taking his chances with Milwall, and David Moyes being the one to take a chance on him in the Premier League. Oh, and did we mention, he just loves Everton!
Good run comes to a dismal end Portsmouth 2 - 1 Everton 21 Mar - Peter Crouch's aerial threat proved the difference in a physical contest at Fratton Park as Everton, minus another key player in the form of the injured Tim Cahill, fell to only their second defeat in 19 games. Leighton Baines gave them the perfect start when he scored a cracker from a 4th-minute free-kick and Everton looked in good shape for a while. Pompey wrestled the initiative away from them, though, winning a dubious corner that eventually led to an equaliser from Crouch who powered over Joleon Lescott to head past Tim Howard. Jô wasted a good chance before the break and Everton should have come out and won the game in the second half but that honour went instead to the home team when Crouch was lefty unmarked to score an easy second from a corner. A poor display in the end by the Blues, whose massive injury woes finally came home to roost.
Portsmouth vs Everton Match Preview 21 Mar - Everton's quest for surprise Champions League qualification continues this weekend with a trip to Portsmouth. Joseph Yobo is the latest injury problem after pulling a hamstring in training and that could mean a return to central defence for Phil Jagielka and a debut for Lars Jacobsen. Tim Cahill should start, though, after shaking off a calf strain. Kick off is 12:45pm with live coverage on Sky.
Yobo Out for a Month More injury woes for Moyes 20 Mar - Joseph Yobo will miss the Portsmouth game and could be out for up to a month with a hamstring problem. David Moyes revealed the blow at his press conference ahead of the trip to Fratton Park on Saturday. The Nigerian international now faces a race to be fit for Everton's FA Cup semi-final showdown with Manchester United at Wembley.
FA Cup semi-final ticket details 17 Mar - Everton have announced that tickets for the FA Cup semi final against Manchester United at Wembley go on sale in phased allocations starting Monday 23rd March at 8am. Priority for the 31,825 tickets allocated to the Blues will go Season Ticket holders and Executive members but the Club expect a small allocation to be available supporters with a purchase history for home games from any of this season's fixtures after 6th April. Tickets are priced at £24.50, £34.30, and £44.00, £53.80, with £10 concessions for supporters under 16 and over 65.
Blues hold off Stoke fight-back Everton 3 -1 Stoke City 14 Mar - Everton withstood a second-half rally by Stoke to eventually kill the game late on with a moment of class by Marouane Fellaini. Goals from JŰ and Lescott had put the Blues in complete control but a headed goal early in the second half by the criminally unmarked Shawcross changed the complexion of the game entirely, leaving the home side struggling to contain Stoke's concerted fight-back. But Fellaini's JŰ-esque goal sealed the points in injury time, the Belgian, thankfully sporting a new hairstyle, deftly bringing the ball down and firing home via a deflection.
Everton vs Stoke City Match Preview 13 Mar - Focus returns to the Premier League this weekend as Everton take on Stoke City who are in the midst of a battle against relegation back to the Championship. Andy van der Meyde is David Moyes's only new injury worry as the Blues aim for a sixth successive home win in all competitions that would keep the pressure on Villa and Arsenal in the chase for fourth place. KO is 3pm tomorrow, the fixture returning to its originally-scheduled date.
Another Moyes masterstroke More plaudits for Davey's Goodison evolution 10 Mar - An illuminating article in the Mail reveals how a six-hour dissection by David Moyes of the abysmal defeat at Wigan in November followed by a low-key night of team bonding at a local casino helped Everton turn their season around and embark on their current run of superb form despite crippling injuries. It echoes similar "group therapy" sessions organised at the manager's behest that have reaped rich dividends in team spirit and results on the pitch in seasons past. Link is now fixed
Blues come from behind to sink Boro Everton 2 - 1 Middlesbrough; Manchester United in the semis 8 Mar - Everton are Wembley-bound for the first time in 14 years where they'll meet Manchester United again after coming back from a goal down to beat Middlesbrough in a windswept encounter at Goodison. Having continued the atrocious football that characterised the goalless draw at Blackburn in the first half and only threatening Boro at set-pieces, the Blues fell behind when David Wheater powered a header that Tim Howard couldn't keep out. Five minutes after the break, though, Tim Cahill swung in a peach of a cross and Marouane Fellaini's looping header floated into the net over 'keeper Brad Jones. Seven minutes later, half-time substitute Louis Saha rose to head home Steven Pienaar's cross to turn the tie on its head. The Blues were better in the second half overall and Leighton Baines rattled the bar with a free kick but one silly foul too many almost let Boro back in when Howard spilled Gary O'Neill's swerving free kick but Joleon Lescott did brilliantly to hack it clear. Match report
Everton vs Middlesbrough FA Cup Quarter Final Preview 7 Mar - Everton face Middlesbrough in the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup almost seven years to the day after they played the same club at the same stage in Walter Smith's last match in charge. David Moyes will be hoping that the latest chapter of the Club's evolution under his tenure will be a place at Wembley in the semi finals he has key injuries for which to compensate as he prepares for this televised clash at Goodison Park. Kick off is 4pm with live televised coverage on Setanta Sports.
Double honours for Everton in February Moyes and Jagielka land monthly awards 6 Mar - David Moyes and Phil Jagielka have been recognised for their sterling efforts last month by being named Barclays Manager and Player of the Month respectively. Moyes oversaw wins over Bolton and West Bromwich Albion and victories over Liverpool and Aston Villa in the FA Cup, while Jagielka continued his virtually flawless form in defence. Moyes has now won the Manager of the Month award five times but this is a first for Jagielka who was also rewarded with an England call-up recently.
Impotent Blues grind out another bore draw Blackburn Rovers 0 - 0 Everton 4 Mar - Everton and Blackburn kicked and rushed their way to a wretched 0-0 draw on a frigid night at Ewood Park, the tedium of hoofed balls forward punctuated only briefly by a JŰ half volley that deflected just wide after only 10 seconds, Steven Pienaar's seemingly goalbound effort that was pushed behind by Jason Brown, and Joleon Lescott's late volley that cleared the bar by an inch. The Blues might have had two penalties, first when Andre Ooier clearly stopped Pienaar's drive with his arm and the same player was upended by Stephen Warnock, while for Blackburn, who looked every inch a relegation-threatened side, Warnock crashed a free kick off the bar and Jason Roberts was denied by Tim Howard when sent clean through. Overall, though, this was a forgetful and frustrating evening for an Everton side desperately short of inspiration in the absence of Mikel Arteta. Two points tossed away in the chase of Aston Villa who lost at Manchester City.
Blackburn Rovers vs Everton Match Preview 3 Mar - The injuries keep piling up but so do the fixtures as the Blues enter the last 10 games of the Premier League season with a potentially tricky midweek trip to Blackburn on Wednesday. Tony Hibbert joins the list of absentees after picking up a thigh strain against West Brom and the same injury will restrict Louis Saha to the role of super-sub, but Leon Osman will probably start, with Phil Neville switching to right back. KO is 8pm.
A star of the future? Everton sign Femi Orenuga, 15 2 Mar - Remember the name...? Kenny Oluwafemi "Femi" Orenuga is Everton's latest acquisition ó a 15-year-old winger of Nigerian descent snapped up from from Southend United for a scholarship with the Everton Academy that will start officially on 1 July, after he completes his GCSEs. Orenuga is Southend's youngest ever player after he came on as a sub in the FA Cup last year. Having knocked back Manchester United, he thinks Everton represent the best opportunity for him to progress: "When I went to Everton I saw how many youth players had gone through into the first team and I think I will have a better chance with them than some of the other sides who were interested."
Quality goals flatter Blues Everton 2 - 0 West Bromwich Albion 28 Feb - Everton kept up their quest for European qualification and pulled within two points of Arsenal with a 2-0 victory that probably flattered them on the day. As expected, they struggled to adjust in their first full game without Mikel Arteta; Joleon Lescott, with 4 yellow cards, sat this one out too and Leon Osman started on the bench. Ultimately, West Brom paid for their profligacy and some poor defending that allowed Tim Cahill to nod home unchallenged a Leighton Baines free kick. Louis Saha sealed the points with 20 minutes left with a beautiful turn and shot that confirmed that Everton should still have enough to beat most teams even without their Spanish magician.
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Team News 28 Feb - Jack Rodwell is the latest headache to plague David Moyes after emerging as a doubt for the visit of West Bromwich Albion this weekend. The teenager hasn't trained all week after taking a heavy knock against Newcastle last Sunday and Louis Saha has a slight thigh strain but could be fit enough to start on the bench. Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar are touch and go after recovering from injuries of their own and both Tim Cahill and Tony Hibbert are eligible having served one-match bans.
Everton cut season ticket prices Reduction throughout the stadium 25 Feb - Everton have announced that reductions to season ticket prices for 2009-10 have been made in all areas of Goodison Park and fans can save even more cash by taking advantage of the clubís Early Bird offer. From March 16 until April 18 supporters can save an additional 10% on the standard price, with a further £10 off for those who buy their season tickets online. The most significant savings are for adults and juniors in the Family Enclosure stand with the club determined to make Premier League football more affordable for families. Prices start from £399 for adults and £149 for juniors.
Arteta's season is over Anichebe to undergo scan on his knee 23 Feb - Everton have confirmed the worst fears over Mikel Arteta with the news that he has been ruled out for six months after rupturing the cruciate ligament in his right knee. The Spaniard went down in a challenge just three minutes into yesterday's goalless draw with Newcastle and seemed to know immediately that he had suffered serious injury. A succession of scans last night revealed the full extent of the problem and he will undergo surgery by Ramon Cugat, the doctor who operated on Cesc Fabregas, in Spain this week. He may miss the start of next season depending on the pace of his recovery. Victor Anichebe, meanwhile, has severe swelling from his knee to his ankle and will undergo a scan to determine if there has been any damage to the knee following Kevin Nolan's studs-up tackle.
Injury-hit Blues can't find knockout blow Newcastle United 0 - 0 Everton 22 Feb - Everton left St James Park with a point but were frustrated by further bad luck on the injury front and their own lack of incisiveness in attack as 10-man Newcastle held out for a goalless draw. The Blues took control of the game from kick off but were severely disrupted just three minutes in when Mikel Arteta was stretchered off with a serious-looking injury. They lost Victor Anichebe too when he hobbled off just before the break after Kevin Nolan was sent off for planting his studs on the Nigerian international's shin. Unfortunately, while Tim Howard didn't have a save to make, the Blues were disappointing at the other end, their two close calls from corners in the first half all they really had to show for their dominance.
Newcastle United vs Everton Match Preview 21 Feb - One defeat in the last 13, progress to the last eight of the FA Cup, and real self-belief seemingly coursing through their veins, Everton enter the last third of the Premier League season hoping to keep alive the outside chance of Champions League quailfication. Their cause would appear to be undermined by the loss Fellaini, Pienaar, Osman, Tim Cahill and Hibbert this weekend, though ó those absentees may open the door for Castillo, Van der Meyde or Lars Jacobsen as Moyes picks from a small complement of senior players ó but Louis Saha should return to the bench. KO is 4pm on Sunday.
Rodwell inks new deal at Goodison Young star signs on until 2014 19 Feb - Rising star Jack Rodwell has committed his future to Everton by signing a new five-year contract with the Blues. The 17-year-old, whose old deal was set to expire this summer, put pen to paper on the new terms today and put paid to any lingering rumours about his desire to stay in the face of interest from three of the so-called Sky Four clubs in his services. Rodwell, who made his debut for the Club as a 16-year-old substitute in the Uefa Cup last season and scored his first senior goal against Aston Villa last Sunday, would be contracted to Everton until 2014 under the new deal.
Time to marvel at Moyes ... and his long journey of discovery 17 Feb - "Not only does the Everton board appear united in its determination to hang on to Moyes with limpet force... its manager has made board members look like absolute paragons of good football sense. They are entitled to at least some of that distinction because not every Moyes season was marked by unbridled progress. On two occasions he was required to fight for his football life, and risk a near full dressing room of unsigned contracts and less than perfectly contented performers, but both his fortitude and his nerve were swiftly recognised." ó Just a snippet from, one of the increasingly frequent media plaudits for Moyes and his achievements as Everton Manager.
Everton 3 - 1 Aston Villa Emphatic win sets up QF date with West Ham or Boro 15 Feb - Everton turned a thirst for revenge into an emphatic display and brushed third-placed Villa aside to book a place in the last eight for the first time under David Moyes. The Blues got off to the perfect start when Stilian Petrov stopped Tim Cahill's goalbound header on the line and Jack Rodwell turned in the rebound to notch his first Everton goal after just three minutes. Villa responded, though, by winning a penalty on their first attack, which James Milner squirmed in under Tim Howard's body. Not to be outdone, though, Everton retook the lead midway through the first half when Victor Anichebe was felled in the box by Steve Sidwell and Mikel Arteta slotted home from the spot. The second half was a little more nervy as the home side sat back and Howard pawed John Carew's flick past the post while Gabriel Agbonlahor missed a sitter. But Cahill wrapped things when he turned Anichebe's clever cross past Friedel to make it 3-1. Full report
Everton vs Aston Villa FA Cup 5th Round Preview [Link fixed] 14 Feb - Everton clash with Premier League opposition for the second successive round as Aston Villa come to town for a mouth-watering FA Cup 5th Round tie. Steven Pienaar is suspended, Marouane Fellaini failed a fitness test on a back injury and JŰ is cup-tied but Louis Saha may be fit enough to take a place on the bench. Up front, Tim Cahill must shake off jetlag from his trip to Japan with Australia to lead the line solo once more. KO is 2:30pm with live coverage on Setanta Sports.
Fellaini out with a back injury Pienaar suspended 12 Feb - Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out of the 5th Round FA Cup tie against Aston Villa on Sunday (not Saturday, as indicated in this report). He has failed to recover from a back injury. And thoughts that Saha could be available seem premature, as he didn't do too well in training and could also miss the game. Definitely out is Steven Pienaar, suspended after picking up five yellow cards.
Jagielka gets England nod
Howard and Cahill also in action 11 Feb - Phil Jagielka got another chance to throttle Fernando Torres' game when Spain and England met this evening but that left David Villa free to do his worst as the home side ran out 2-0 winners over Fabio Capello's men in Seville. Meanwhile, Tim Howard survived a kicking by Mexico's Rafael Marquez in a goalmouth melee that saw him red carded as the USA beat their rivals 2-0 in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. And Tim Cahill played 85 minutes of Australia's 0-0 draw with Japan as the Socceroos earned the point they needed to retain their lead in their qualifying group.
JŰ makes his mark at Goodison Everton 3 - 0 Bolton Wanderers 7 Feb - Fearful of a letdown after the high of Wednesday night, there was nothing of the sort in an excellent display by the Blues who dominated for most of the match, playing some beautiful flowing football. Cahill incredibly missed a golden chance early on but Everton finally got the break when JŰ won a penalty on his debut and Arteta scored. JŰ then did it all himself, chesting down well, turning and stroking the ball past Jaskeleinen. Everton flagged a little understandably, but another penalty in injury time allowed JŰ to make it a memorable debut brace for a very happy Everton team and Goodison crowd. Full match report
Kirkby Inquiry closes 6 Feb - The public inquiry into Destination Kirkby closed today but the proposal, which includes a stadium for Everton, isn't due to go before the Secretary of State until June. The Club's CEO Robert Elstone said, "We are very happy with the way the inquiry went. We have been keen to stress there is an urgent need to move and also a unique opportunity not just for Everton but also for the people of Kirkby." Roger Lancaster, barrister for the combined authorities objecting to the project, however, told the inquiry, ďIt is rare indeed to be confronted by a proposal that fails every test that it should properly be measured against.Ē Stephen Sauvain, QC for Liverpool City Council, added, ďNo convincing reason has been given for why Everton could not wait an extra few years to bring forward a more considered proposal ó other than the fear that Tesco might withdraw and take their ball home.Ē
Everton vs Bolton Wanderers Match Preview 6 Feb - Everton carry the momentum gained from the cup triumph over Liverpool into a Premier League clash with Bolton Wanderers, hoping to make up ground on the top 5. Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar, both of whom came off with injuries on Wednesday, are big doubts but new striker JŰ is expected to make his debut following his arrival on loan from Manchester City. This one is a traditional old 3pm kick off.
Gosling the fairytale hero Everton 1 - 0 Liverpool 4 Feb - Dan Gosling grabbed a place in derby folklore when his curling shot in off the post broke 118 minutes of deadlock and propelled Everton into the last 16. Despite capitalising on Liverpool's loss of their linchpin, Steven Gerrard, to injury after 15 minutes and then the dismissal of Lucas Lieva a quarter an hour from the end of normal time by seizing control of this Fourth Round replay, the closest the Blues came to making the breakthrough was when Leon Osman crashed the best chance of the game off the post. Then, perilously near the end of extra time and with penalties looming, a peach of a cross from Andy van der Meyde was controlled neatly and superbly juggled on the ground by Gosling before he scooped in a lovely shot inside the far post.
Everton vs Liverpool FA Cup 4th Round Replay Preview 4 Feb - Everton go head-to-head with Liverpool for the final time this season in a do-or-die FA Cup replay at Goodison Park. The Blues' new signing, JŰ, must watch from the sidelines because he is cup-tied so David Moyes is expected to name an unchanged line-up with Talisman Tim leading the line. Marouane Fellaini missed the two Anfield derbies through suspension but will play this time around. Victor Anichebe be left out after an apparent bust-up with David Moyes, though The Guardian's sources and the player himself deny it was as severe as made out in a certain gutter rag. Kick off is at 8:10pm with live coverage on ITV1.
Moyes lands out-of-favour JŰ Jutkiewicz loaned to Huddersfield 2 Feb - Everton have finally succeeded in acquiring a loan striker in the form of JŰ from Manchester City until the end of the season. The Brazilian was a hot ticket when he partnered former David Moyes target, Vagner Love, at CSKA Moscow, but struggled to make an impact at Eastlands after a £19m move last summer. There was no confirmation of Seamus Coleman's move from Sligo Rovers after he reportedly passed a medical at Finch Farm yesterday and the mooted late loan moves for Burnley's Chris Eagles and Schalke's Kevin KurŠnyi didn't materialise as the clock ticked past the 5pm deadline. Lukas Jutkiewicz has joined Huddersfield Town on loan for the remainder of the season, however. JŰ will wear the number 11 jersey but is cup-tied for the FA Cup tie against Liverpool this week.
United do enough to end Blues' run Manchester United 1 - 0 Everton 31 Jan - Everton tasted defeat for the first time in nine games as Manchester United did enough to win at Old Trafford by a single goal. Tim Howard had to be at his best to palm Ji-Sung Park's cross-cum-shot away, divert a Carlos Tevez shot over with his leg, push a Cristiano Ronaldo effort over the bar, and then watch while the Portuguese rolled a shot off the post and across the face of goal before Mikel Arteta dangled a leg back as Michael Carrick surged through to concede the decisive penalty two minutes before half time. Ronaldo drove the spot kick down the middle to give United a lead they never looked like losing. The Blues barely tested Edwin van der Sar despite some decent possession, frequently letting themselves down with the final ball, and United's superiority was never in question.
Manchester United vs Everton Match Preview 31 Jan - Everton go into what is, on paper at least, their toughest assignment so far this season, with injury worries over Marouane Fellaini and most-valuable-player Tim Cahill. Both are rated doubtful for the trip to Manchester United this weekend after picking up knocks against Arsenal and David Moyes appears reluctant to risk either player. There are no other problems to report, though, and there is an outside chance that David Moyes could name an unchanged team. KO is 5:30pm with live coverage on Setanta.
Everton pay late price again Everton 1 - 1 Arsenal 28 Jan - Everton were a minute away from a rare and priceless victory over Arsenal but paid the price for not keeping the ball in injury time when Robin van Persie hammered home Arsenal's equaliser. The Blues had gone ahead through one of precious few chances when Tim Cahill headed home his 100th career goal just past the hour mark and they looked to be holding out for three deserved points when yet another long punt forward by the Gunners' defence found Van Persie and he rifled home from a tight angle. Cahill had limped off by that stage, evoking memories and concerns of his metatarsal troubles. The question of what happens if Talisman Tim gets injured and there are no additions this transfer window may now need to be answered...
Everton vs Arsenal Team News 28 Jan - Everton have been boosted by the return of Mikel Arteta for the visit of fellow Champions League-chasers, Arsenal. The Spaniard was rated as 50-50 yesterday but starts in midfield alongside Marouane Fellaini. Segundo Castillo and Victoe Anichebe make way.
Everton vs Arsenal Match Preview 27 Jan - Everton play the middle fixture of five consecutive games against "Sky Four" opposition when Arsenal come to town for a midweek encounter at Goodison Park. Mikel Arteta has a 50% chance of being passed fit enough to play but Marouane Fellaini returns after serving a two-match ban; Louis Saha, the only striker on the books apart from Victor Anichebe near fitness is still two weeks away from resuming full training. Kick off is 8pm.
Mersey rivals get to do it all again Liverpool 1 - 1 Everton 25 Jan - An Arteta-less Everton stymied their bitter rivals for the second time in a week to force a replay at Goodison Park in 10 days' time. The Blues broke Liverpool's initial domination of proceedings after 25 minutes when, incredibly, Tim Cahill was allowed to roam the six-yard box unmarked and his header off Steven Pienaar's corner was helped in by Joleon Lescott. Their attempts to dig in and hold out for a precious win were ruined, though, by a rare clanger by Tim Howard who somehow allowed Steven Gerrard's low drive from the angle to slide clean under his body. The Reds controlled the remainder of the tussle but couldn't break through a resolute Everton defence, their best chance beaten away in a terrific save by Howard. The winners of the replay will face a home tie against Doncaster Rovers or Aston Villa. Full report
Liverpool vs Everton FA Cup 4th Round Preview 24 Jan - Everton return to Anfield for part two of the derby double-header against Liverpool with rumours circulating that David Moyes's hopes of fielding an unchanged line-up from six days ago could be scuppered by a rib injury to Mikel Arteta. Segundo Castillo is the suggested replacement, though there is no confirmation of the story. Joseph Yobo is apparently fit this time but is not expected to break up the Jagielka-Lescott partnership in central defence. KO is 4pm.
Arteta is going nowhere Interest from Arsenal and Man City dismissed 24 Jan - For seemingly the umpteenth time, Mikel Arteta has insisted to journalists that he is staying at Everton: "I have three years of a really good contract left here and I'm really happy with how things are run at the club. The club has shown me lots of faith and I'll be happy to repay them." He affirmed he had no interest whatsoever in rumoured offers from or links to Arsenal or Manchester City.
Elstone confirmed as Everton CEO 23 Jan - Everton have confirmed the appointment of Robert Elstone as Everton's Chief Executive Officer. The 44 year-old, who prior to joining the Club as Keith Wyness' Deputy in 2005, worked for Rugby League, BSkyB and Deloittes. After Wyness suddenly resigned last July, Elstone was named Acting CEO but he is delighted to have earned the role outright: "This is a great honour for me. I enjoy a tremendous working relationship with the chairman and the Board of directors and I thank them for placing their trust in me," he said.
All for just £6m extra a year Inquiry decision will take months 21 Jan - "Everton continue to hitch their future to the Kirkby move which, for £6m a year extra, has substantial hurdles still to overcome. The... Planning Inspector is expected to take around three months to report. Even then, the government... is not duty-bound to follow her recommendations. Everton, with no Sheikh Mansour on the horizon, do in reality have a Plan B, which they may yet need. It is to stay at Goodison Park, and continue to make the best of it." The Guardian's David Conn reports on the inquiry into Destination Kirkby.
Cahill the Hero Once Again Liverpool 1 - 1 Everton 19 Jan - Talisman Tim Cahill once again came to Everton's rescue when he glanced home an 87th-minute equaliser to rob Liverpool of three points and send the Blues home happy from part one of the derby double-header. Having diligently stood their ground and frustrated the Dark Side for 68 minutes, one lapse by Everton allowed Steven Gerrard the space he needed to drill home from 25 yards. But with time ticking down, Mikel Arteta delivered again with a free kick and Cahill expertly evaded any markers before nodding the Spaniard's whipped ball into the net from close range.
Liverpool vs Everton Match Preview 17 Jan - It's almost 10 years since a Kevin Campbell goal secured Everton's last victory at Anfield but they go into a double-header against the Dark Side in terrific form, even if they remain chronically short on strikers. Marouane Fellaini is, of course, banned but Joseph Yobo is available again as David Moyes plots the Reds' downfall. KO is 8pm on Monday evening and Setanta Sports will be screening it live to the nation.
More Public Inquiry nonsense LCC says Kirkby Stadium plan is 'Too Big' 15 Jan - The battle over Destination Kirkby continues to throw up the most bizarre assertions: take this one from Liverpool City Council's development consultant, Mark McVicar, who claimed that Everton did not need to build a new 60,000-capacity stadium ó despite increased capacity being the prime reason cited by the club for the project! "If the stadium was only for 50,000 seats, the scale of the [retail] cross-subsidy would be far smaller." ó which drew the challenge: "Are you telling us that youíre a football stadium expert and you have more expertise on these matters than Robert Elstone (Everton Chief Executive)?Ē. The Inquiry continues...
Fellaini grabs all the headlines Everton 2 - 0 Hull City 10 Jan - Everton consolidated their position in sixth with a comfortable victory over Hull City in an ill-tempered affair at Goodison. David Moyes took the risk of playing Marouane Fellaini, and watched him score on 17 minutes after Baines whipped in an excellent cross that Fellaini, clearly offside, glanced sweetly into the net with his beehive barnet. But after Arteta smashed home another brilliant free-kick just before the break, Moyes eschewed the chance to protect the Belgian by talking him off for the second half... and it only took 90 seconds after the restart for the big Fella to draw that inevitable 10th yellow card that means he will miss both upcoming games against Liverpool.
Everton vs Hull City Match Preview 9 Jan - Everton look to register back-to-back home wins for the first time this season as faltering Hull City, until a month ago riding high in the top six, come to Goodison Park. The Marouane Fellaini dilemma ó the Belgian is one booking away from a two-match suspension which would eliminate him from both derby matches later this month ó is probably David Moyes's only pause for thought as he considers naming the same team that started against Sunderland a fortnight ago. KO is 3pm.
Astounding DK transport threat Kirkby Stadium capacity could be slashed to 40,000 8 Jan - The resumed Public Inquiry into the Kirkby retail and regeneration project that will include a new stadium for Everton FC continues to throw up the most astounding revelations. The latest regards transport objectives that involve cutting car usage by Everton fans from 78% to 45%. ďIf Everton doesnít abide by requirements of its travel plan or get more people to use public transport, the capacity of the stadium will be reduced to 40,000.Ē Astounding, considering the avowed primary purpose of this increasingly unpopular project is supposedly to increase revenue from increased stadium capacity!
Everton Technically Insolvent Equifax gives 18-point credit score 7 Jan - After barely breaking even last season, Everton are listed in among the 50% of Premier League clubs that are "technically insolvent", according to credit rating agency, Equifax. Everton get 18 out of 100 as a credit rating, and come 11th in the this Equifax league table. The determination is based on an assessment of each club's ability to pay off their creditors, in the admittedly unlikely event that they might turn off the tap of debt financing that sustains most clubs, and ask for the debts to be repaid within a short timeframe. [Link fixed]
The luck of the draw! FA Cup 4th Round Anfield derby 4 Jan - Everton have been drawn away to Liverpool, the first two teams out of the hat in the draw for the FA Cup 4th Round. Games will be played less than a week after the Anfield derby in the Premier League, giving David Moyes ample opportunity to figure out how to beat our local rivals on their turf for the first time in his seven-year tenure.
Osman fires Blues onward Macclesfield Town 0 - 1 Everton 3 Jan - Everton are into the Fourth Round for the first time in three seasons after doing just enough to side-step the banana skin posed by League Two Macclesfield Town. The Toffees started brightly enough but were often guilty of trying to walk it into the box and the home side wasted two good, early chances before Leon Osman smashed an excellent half-volley into the top corner just before the break. Everton controlled the second half comfortably despite the expected late rally from the home side, and a final shot on goal from Yeo that Howard pushed away at full stretch just before the whistle blew. Full report
Macclesfield Town v Everton Match Preview 3 Jan - The romance of the FA Cup Third Round and a tie at the tiny League 2 ground of Moss Rose home of Macclesfield Town. It's hard not to think of banana-skins and potential acts of giant-killing but hopefully Everton can show their class and move through this tricky encounter, despite the continuing lack of recognized strikers, who are mostly out injured. Will Jutkiewicz and Gosling start? KO at 3pm; Shown live for shareholders at Goodsion Park and on Setanta in some overseas markets.
Saha out for another five weeks New scan shows more problems 2 Jan - When Louis Saha was named as an Everton player back in September, there was one chorus of concern, and that was his injury record. So it should come as no surprise that the striker who has started less than a third of the games in the first half of the league season and scored 3 goals should be ruled out for a further five weeks with hamstring trouble. But it serves to intensify concerns about the challenge of bringing in any new players when the club seemingly has no money and must either sell or look for loan deals.
Hall of Fame voting closes Dr David France talks about Gwladys Street's Hall of Fame 31 Dec - Dr David France, the world's greatest Evertonian, has been talking to Simon Paul at the NSNO website, where the final vote on the last induction of members for Gwladys Street's Hall of Fame concludes today. Dr France talks of how his lasting tribute to Everton's greatest players and personalties came about, and how important the Hall of Fame is to the future of Everton Football Club.
We must apologise to the good Doctor that technical problems with our ISP, which forced a hosting switch for ToffeeWeb just as the vote was starting, prevented us from carrying the vote and giving this brilliant effort the support it deserved.
Magic from Mikey & Dan Everton 3 - 0 Sunderland 28 Dec - Everton got off to a flying start when Mikel Arteta fired a direct free-kick through the Sunderland wall to take the lead in the final fixture of 2008. After some great football, he doubled Everton's lead, driving home after another free-kick was blocked back to him, his shot taking a deflection on the way. Everton relaxed a little in the second half, with most of the work done, but did enough when Dan Gosling came on for the youngster to score a nice goal to wrap things up.
Everton vs Sunderland Match Preview 28 Dec - Everton close out 2008 against Sunderland, the team against which David Moyes recorded his biggest win as the Blues' manager, the 7-1 thrashing meted out to the Black Cats last year. Leon Osman and Louis Saha remain doubtful but Victor Anichebe is expected to be passed fit ó whether he starts or whether Tim Cahill gets the nod again remains to be seen. KO is 2pm.
Cahill strike makes it a Blue Christmas Middlesbrough 0 - 1 Everton 26 Dec - Everton's incredible away form continues after Tim Cahill's 50th-minute strike gave the Blues all three points at the Riverside in this Boxing Day clash. Leading the line solo once again, the Australian saw his header from a MIkel Arteta corner parried by Ross Turnbull but he slammed home the rebound from six yards out. Everton should have been a goal up at the break but Mike Riley, so often the bane of Evertonian existence, chalked off Steven Pienaar's strike for a foul by Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian hit the bar and Dan Gosling, making an impressive debut, twice went close as David Moyes's side continued to threaten. Boro's chances were few and after substitute Adam Johnson was booked for diving in the box, Afonso Alves should have leveled with two minutes left but he belted the ball over from eight yards out. Everton move up to sixth.
Glorious chance goes begging Everton 0 - 0 Chelsea 22 Dec - Everton's hopes of recording their first win over Chelsea since 2000 were handed a massive boost 10 minutes before half time when John Terry was shown a straight red card for an ugly studs-up lunge at Leon Osman, but while his dismissal wrested control of this game from the Londoners' grasp, the Blues couldn't quite capitalise. Marouane Fellaini sent a powerful header straight at Petr Cech before flicking Leighton Baines' terrific low cross inches wide. But the loudest cheer was when Steven Pienaar had the ball in net in the 84th minute, only to see his joy cut short by the linesman's flag for offside.
Attracting too much attention Fellaini not being booked on merit? 21 Dec - Steve Round says Everton are concerned about the number of bookings (now standing at eight) Marouane Fellaini is picking up in his first season in the Premier League. "I think the officials and referees maybe need to take a look at him and book him on merit, rather than because it's big Fellaini." Really, Steve... nothing perhaps to do with the clumsy approach and poor timing he invariably demonstrates when making contact with other players?
Howard garners US honour Everton 'keeper named Athlete of the Year 19 Dec - Everton's Tim Howard has been named as United States Soccer's Athlete of the Year for 2008. The Blues' no. 1 goalkeeper beat off competition from Landon Donovan and Fulham's Clint Dempsey to land the annual honour thanks largely to his form for the USA national team. He follows in the footsteps of Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller, the latter of whom received the award three times in his career.
Club announces record turnover Revenue increase offsets player costs 17 Dec - Everton have announced a club record £75.7m turnover for the last fiscal year ending May 2008, a 47% leap in revenues from 2006-07 that helped offset player registrations and allowed for a marginal profit. The large increase in revenue is due in most part to increased television rights money but the Uefa Cup and League Cup campaigns were also contributing factors. The addition of player amortisation and interest payments on the securatised Bear Sterns loan led to an overall pre-tax profit of £0.03m compared to a £10.9m loss the year before.
Injury-time joy for Everton Manchester City 0 - 1 Everton 13 Dec - With Victor Anichebe becoming the fourth Everton striker to succumb to injury, Tim Cahill played as a makeshift lone striker and didn't disappoint, popping up in stoppage time to head home Leon Osman's corner and cap another terrific performance on the road. After Mikel Arteta had driven a first-half free-kick off the underside of the woodwork, Marouane Fellaini had looped the rebound off the top of the bar and both players had been denied by excellent stops by Joe Hart, it was nothing less than the Blues deserved. City had their moments and Tim Howard twice had to palm wide from Shaun Wright-Phillips and Stephen Ireland while the former also skimmed the bar but David Moyes's side were the better throughout and did more than enough to claim the spoils. Full report
£52M Miracle of Modern Economics Kirkby Inquiry Ė Day 14 10 Dec - At the Public Inquiry into Destination Kirkby, Mr Sauvain (LCC barrister) repeatedly attempted to tie down the link between the profits from the proposed sale of the land in Kirkby and the £52M extra Everton needs to build a new stadium, in addition to its own contribution of £78M. "Tesco's expert doesn't think the money is coming from Tesco and Ms Ramsey doesn't think it's coming from Knowsley, so it's a miracle of modern economics because nobody is prepared to tell you what the situation really is."
Vaughan in limbo Everton await surgeon's own prognosis 9 Dec - Everton are waiting to find out the severity of world-leading knee specialist, Dr Richard Steadman's shoulder injury before deciding what to do about James Vaughan's pending cartilage surgery. The 20-year-old striker returned from Colorado without having had the operation after the surgeon injured himself in a skiing accident. Vaughan wants Steadman to perform his surgery but the Club are mindful of the delay in getting him fit again if they have to wait much longer.
Blues serve up early Christmas for Villa Everton 2 - 3 Aston Villa 7 Dec - In the face of adversity in the form of an injury crisis up front, Everton needed composure in defence but, having twice fought back determinedly and seemingly secured a point when Joleon Lescott acrobatically smashed home his second goal of the game almost three minutes into stoppage time, they let Ashley Young race clear for a second time to plant the winner past Tim Howard with the last kick of the game. Lescott's first, a close-range touch past Brad Friedel off Mikel Arteta's free kick cancelled out Steve Sidwell's first-minute opener and the Blues were going for victory when Phil Jagielka gift-wrapped an early Christmas present for Young with a blind backpass and he made it 2-1. A late assault reaped the second Lescott equaliser but the Blues gave it up in midfield again one last time and the Villans capitalised to deliver the final blow. Full report
Everton vs Aston Villa Match Preview 6 Dec - Injury-hit Everton face the stern challenge posed by fellow top-four hopefuls, Aston Villa in front of the Sky cameras this Sunday and it'll be a big occasion for Victor Anichebe. The young striker will be asked to lead the line in the absence of injury absentees Yakubu and Louis Saha as the Blues look to a repeat of last weekend's impressive display against Spurs. KO is 4pm.
Anichebe to lead the line Moyes sees it as an opportunity 6 Dec - Without putting too much pressure on Victor Anichebe, David Moyes sees his daunting striker injury crisis as a golden opportunity for the lad to stand up and really make a name for himself, leading the line front and centre in Everton's 4-5-1 formation against Aston Villa on Sunday. "You have to be ready and able. What is it they say? 'When you go on stage you have to have an act' and I think he has to go out there and show them what he can do." Moyes also said, "If you don't feel 10 feet tall leading the line and playing centre-forward for Everton then I don't know if you are ever going to feel 10 feet tall."
Kirkby Inquiry ó Day 11 Alternatives are dismissed as unviable 4 Dec - The alternatives to Everton's controversial Kirkby stadium proposal were ruled out in "dramatic fashion" — to use the Official Site's somewhat excited description — today on the 11th day of the public inquiry into Destination Kirkby. Redevelopment of Goodison Park and the Loop site option, both raised by KEIOC as alternatives to Kirkby, were dismissed by KSS' Chris Potts under cross-examination by stadium design expert, Trevor Skempton.
Blues relieved by Saha prognosis Striker's injury ďnot too seriousĒ 1 Dec - Everton have been boosted by the initial prognosis on Louis Saha's hamstring injury after scans showed no serious damage. The Frenchman pulled up after playing an hour of yesterday's win at Spurs with what is believed to have been a muscle spasm in his thigh. The Club's medical staff will monitor his progress throughout the week but don't predict a long lay-off for the 30-year-old. Yakubu is not so fortunate, however, and Everton have confirmed that he will undergo surgery tomorrow on a ruptured achilles and miss the rest of the campaign.
Hard-fought win is bittersweet for Blues Tottenham Hotspur 0 - 1 Everton 30 Nov - The spirited Everton that has characterised the Moyes era made a welcome return this afternoon in a battling display that secured a third-successive victory for the Blues at White Hart Lane. The joy was soured, however, by the news that Yakubu, who hobbled off just seven minutes in, is out of the rest of the season with a ruptured achilles tendon. His replacement, Louis Saha, was later stretchered off with a torn hamstring and could be out until January but by that stage Steven Pienaar's deflected shot off a clever quick free kick had handed Moyes's side the lead. Spurs were energized in the late stages but were thwarted by a brilliant rearguard action, not least when Tim Howard and Phil Jagielka intervened to deny chances for Roman Pavlyuchenko and Fraizer Campbell at close range. Full report
Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton Team News 30 Nov - A few weeks ago Evertonians were just thankful they weren't Spurs fans; now, with the Lilywhites resurgent under Harry Redknapp, and the Blues' form in the doldrums, the trip to North London this afternoon looks more than a little daunting. With James Vaughan out and both Victor Anichebe and Louis Saha doubtful, Yakubu is likely to be David Moyes's only fit striker which will at least give him the excuse he needs to revert to 4-5-1. Kick off is 3pm.
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Move complete; some errors remain 28 Nov - Regular visitors to these pages will have noticed some... ahem... availability problems over the past 10 days. Suffice to say that our previous web hosts' balls-up of migrating us to their new hosting platform was the straw that broke the camel's back so we made the decision to switch to a new company. Moving a site of this size is no picnic and a few issues remain, particularly where our season and player stats are concerned so you may still encounter errors on a number of pages. We're working to address those as soon as possible but our news and opinion pages are open again. Thanks again for your patience.
Dire Everton slump to defeat at JJB Wigan Athletic 1 - 0 Everton 24 Nov - Everton once again lacked the guile, spirit and quality required to see off inferior opposition and were condemned to defeat at Wigan when victory, seemingly on the cards after a decent start by the Blues, would have moved them into the top six. As it is, David Moyes's dreadfully uninspired and, frankly, uninspiring outfit appear destined for a season of mediocrity as Steve Bruce's side seized the initiative and would have led at half time were it not for a miracle save by Tim Howard. But the Latics grabbed all three points when Joleon Lescott was again caught well out of position and Henri Camara slid home from close range. Louis Saha was foiled by Chris Kirkland, Yakubu blazed over and Tim Cahill missed the last chance of the game, scooping a gilt-edged chance over the bar. Full report
Wigan Athletic vs Everton Match Preview 24 Nov - Everton make the shortest trip in the Premier League, 20 miles down the road to Wigan, for their first Monday night date of the season. Steven Pienaar (knee injury) and Marouane Fellaini (groin strain) are doubts which will likely mean a recall for Jack Rodwell as the Blues look to keep tabs on the leading pack. KO is 8pm.
Moyes still expecting more 22 Nov - "I can see the players doing much better and that gives me encouragement for the upcoming games." Moyes also outlined that he is refusing to rest on last season's finishing position, outlining it means very little now and that Everton cannot afford to relax if they want to be referred to as a consistent threat at the top of the table. "Finishing fifth for Everton was a part success, I wouldn't say it was great but we have to want more of it and I want the players to recognise that they want to be back up there again this season."
Cahill 's injury concern 20 Nov - Tim Cahill played most of the match for Australia against Bahrain in Manama last night, which the Socceroos won 1-0. Cahill was substituted 3 mins before the end of the game and the condition of his niggling heel bruise will be closely assessed by Everton's medical staff when he arrives back, in preparation for the trip to Wigan on Monday.
Destination Kirkby Public Inquiry starts today 18 Nov - The public inquiry into the ¬£400M development known as Destination Kirkby that includes Tesco's retail outlets and a new stadium for Everton starts today, with the club's sale to a new 'investor' likely to depend on the outcome. The club have launched a propaganda offensive to reinforce their total commitment to the plan, with no consideration of alternatives because there simply are none.
Blues held by 'Boro Everton 1 - 1 Middlesbrough 16 Nov - Yakubu got back on the scoresheet, helping a Mikel Arteta free kick into the net by way of his shoulder to score the equaliser, but Everton toiled to find a winner and were ultimately frustrated by their own final ball and some resolute 'Boro defending. David Moyes's side fell behind to an early goal by Gary O'Neil when he finished a swift counter-attack by placing his shot in off the post. But the Blues responded well with a number of good attacks. Joleon Lescott's cross bounced off the post, Joseph Yobo, Tim Cahill and Louis Saha all missed with headers before the Yak struck to level the game. It was the visitors who came closer to winning it, though, when Tim Howard pushed Digard's shot onto the post.
Everton vs Middlesbrough Match Preview 15 Nov - Everton have their eyes on fifth sixth place and a fourth successive Premier League win as Middlesbrough come to town for a Sunday lunchtime kick-off. Joseph Yobo is out with a calf strain but Marouane Fellaini, Steven Pienaar and Aiyegbeni Yakubu are all back in contention. KO is 1:30pm
Groundsharing the Logical Choice Harris dredges up share option 14 Nov - Keith Harris, the man tasked by Bill Kenwright to hawk Everton around to international money-men but who seems to be talking his product down lately rather than up, believes that there would be a number of mutual benefits to the Blues sharing a new stadium with Liverpool. The idea of sharing a stadium is anathema to fans of both persuasions but the recent cataclysmic changes in the financial world have possibly created a new environment for the "economically sensible" solution to both clubs' stadium problems. "Why not?" asks Harris. "Technology today can turn a stadium from blue to red in the flick of a switch."
Takeover unlikely No progress at all on finding a buyer 11 Nov - Keith Harris, charged with the task of finding a buyer for Bill Kenwright's shares in Everton Football Club, says,"It has never been more difficult to find buyers. There has been no progress at all (with finding a buyer for Everton). It's no longer a question of price negotiation, it's should we? People are wondering if now is the time to spend. The demographics of Liverpool as an area are not hugely compelling." Update: Harris back-tracked somewhat this morning saying that there is cause for optimism where the purchase of Everton is concerned.
Agent: Fee agreed for Meteb Egyptian striker in the frame again 10 Nov - Mohamed Hamid, the agent of Egypt striker Emad Meteb, is claiming that a deal worth ¬£2m has been struck to bring his client to Everton from Al Ahly in January: "I travelled to England a week ago to agree on the final details of the contract with Everton. We agreed on everything. Emad was informed about the course of negotiations, and he is glad about it." Meteb is currently on loan at Ittihad in Saudi Arabia after a summer move to Bristol City collapsed. Update: His club have denied it via the agent they have put in charge of any transaction involving the 25 year-old and a bemused David Moyes says the player's name means nothing to him.
Daylight robbery at Upton Park West Ham United 1 - 3 Everton 8 Nov - Everton produced another stunning late show, mugging West Ham of three points thanks to an incredible five-minute spell that yielded three goals, two for Louis Saha. For 82 minutes, the Blues had been indescribably dreadful and were justifiably heading for defeat when Collison drove home Scott Parker's clever back-heel just past the hour mark. With time running out, though, Everton woke up. Lescott powered Saha's cross home to level the scores with eight minutes left and three minutes after that it was, incredibly, 2-1. Anichebe crossed, Saha swung at it from 16 yards and with the help of a deflection found the net off the far post. The Frenchman did it again, two minutes later, sweeping a 25-yard effort around Green to wrap up three points from a performance that didn't deserve one. But we'll take them! Full report
West Ham United vs Everton Match Preview 7 Nov - Everton go in search of a third successive win when they travel to off-form West Ham this weekend. Segundo Castillo could get a starting role in place of the suspended Marouane Fellaini after the Ecuadorian international recovered from a groin strain and came through a Reserve game in midweek. Yakubu and Steven Pienaar will have fitness tests on ankle and knee complaints respectively. Kick off is 3pm.
No financial details... Hiding behind 'commercial sensitivity' 6 Nov - Everton and Tesco will refuse to reveal the financial details of their ¬£400m bid to build a superstore and stadium at the forthcoming public inquiry into Destination Kirkby. Everton FC and Tesco‚Äôs lawyer Patrick Clarkson told planning inspector Wendy Burden that the financial rationale behind the move was a matter of ‚Äėcommercial sensitivity‚Äô and therefore would not be released. Yet the club requires full business plans for any alternatives suggested to Destination Kirkby...
Last-gasp Louis the hero Everton 1 - 0 Fulham 1 Nov - Everton ground out another slender victory and twice had the woodwork to thank for another clean sheet as Louis Saha, on for recent goal machine Marouane Fellaini in an unwelcome substitution, powered home his first goal for the club off a beautiful Leon Osman cross three minutes from time. The Blues, to be fair, had for the most part, tried to play football rather than hoofball but once again promising moves fell apart with poor passing around the opposition area. Fellaini had rolled a shot off the post in a first half dominated by Everton but Fulham had the better chances in the second before Saha won it. Full report
Everton vs Fulham Match Preview 1 Nov - Given Everton's record against Fulham at Goodison Park since the Cottagers returned to the top flight seven years ago, David Moyes couldn't ask for better opposition against whom to claim his side's first home win of the season. Leon Osman and Tim Cahill are doubts for the televised lunchtime kickoff as the Blues go for an eighth-successive home win over the West London club.
A goal, a win... three points!!! Bolton Wanderers 0 - 1 Everton 29 Oct - It was not pretty and it was really not all that effective for long periods of what looked depressingly like becoming a stale goalless draw... That was until the 90th minute when a certain ¬£15M 'flop' by the name of Marouane Fellaini got on the end of another cross, this time from Steven Pienaar and his header sneaked in off the inside of the post to given Everton an absolutely vital win ‚ÄĒ only their third, in the third month of a campaign where they have rarely looked in the game, never mind at the races. But a win is a win is a win... and in this case, a clean sheet too! Full report
Bolton Wanderers v Everton Match Preview 29 Oct - After playing the best 45 minutes in a long, long time against Manchester United, Everton travel to the Reebok tonight and take on Bolton, who are three places but just one point behind the Blues in the Premier League. So... a massive 'six-pointer' for contention of the relegation spots? Another impressive performance (for 90 mins?) and a decent result are obviously required ‚ÄĒ this game marks the ¬ľ-point of the season and it is not where we want Everton to be spending the rest of it!
Jimmy the Masseur Half-time inspiration 27 Oct - Phil Neville says it was some comments from the Everton masseur Jimmy Corner that helped spur the half-time turnaround at Goodison: ‚ÄúThe masseur, who is a massive Blue, said to us this was not like a normal Everton-Man United game. He said the crowd were quiet, the players were quiet, and in the second half we needed to lift it and show more energy."
Finally some spirit shown Everton 1 - 1 Manchester United 25 Oct - David Moyes named an attacking 4-4-2 line-up and the boys looked up for it in opening exchanges. But United's clear superiority saw them inevitably take control and on 20 mins, Fletcher was able to stroll through and score with ease. Everton laboured to make much impression before the half but came out with far more intent and were eventually rewarded, Fellaini nodding home a good Neville cross to really shake up the Red Devils. Everton continued to press and with more self-belief, or perhaps a little luck, should have won the game, Yakubu's shot bouncing off the post. A far, far better second-half display. Match report
Everton vs Manchester United Match Preview 24 Oct - Morale is low and the Blues' prospects against a frighteningly in-form Manchester United appear to be even lower but the 90 minutes are there to be played so possibilities still abound. 4-4-2 will surely be the order of the day (though Dominic King in the Echo says it'll be 4-5-1 with Yakubu getting the chop), giving Louis Saha the chance to show his old club what they're missing but will Mikel Arteta keep the captain's armband now that Phil Neville is fit and a potential starter in midfield? KO is a police-mandated 12pm.
Tim a talisman for Aussies too 21 Oct - Australian coaching great Rale Rasic deems Tim Cahill "far and away" the greatest footballer the country has produced after his impressive return to the international stage against Qatar last week. Rasic made no apologies after admitting he sat "with eyes wide open" watching Cahill's display in the 4-0 win against Qatar in an Asian World Cup qualifier in Brisbane on Wednesday night. The midfielder serves the final game of a three-match ban from the Premier League this weekend when the Blues take on Manchester United at Goodison Park.
Osman's early strike to no avail Arsenal 3 - 1 Everton 18 Oct - Everton surprised the Gunners with an early goal when Leon Osman played a nice one-two with Pienaar and lunged to poke the return ball inside the post to put the Blues ahead in the ninth minute. A very good save by Howard prevented an early equalizer. But after a poor first half from Arsenal , Walcott came on and they were level inside 2 mins. Everton were pinned back and Van Persie eventually put them in the lead as the Blues tired, Moyes as usual making his changes after the fact. Walcott got his reward at the end to underline the horrendous gulf in class and management abilities between the two sides. Report
Arsenal v Everton Match Preview 17 Oct - Another annoying International break is out of the way and it's back to the business of the Premier League. David Moyes will no doubt now be held to a higher standard that befits his massive new salary more than the dismal start his team has made to the season as they take on a faltering Arsenal, whose injuries and recent form could make them unusually vulnerable. Will Moyes have the courage to do anything other than he usually does against the Sky 4 ‚ÄĒ play it tight and try to nick one ‚ÄĒ or will he take a leaf out of Hull City's book? Kick-off is 3pm; live in most overseas TV markets.
Cahill inspires the aussies Australia 4 - 0 Qatar 15 Oct - Despite currently serving a three-match suspension from the Premier League for his red card in the Goodison derby, Tim Cahill played an inspirational role for Australia in their Asia zone World Cup Qualifier. Scoring the first goal and then winning a penalty, he was the spirit behind a driving force that swept away the Gulf side 4-0 to but the Socceroos on top of their group.
Moyes finally signs New Deal Dithering is over 14 Oct - David Moyes has finally signed a bumper new contract that gives him anywhere from ¬£3M to ¬£3¬ĹM per year. Explaining the protracted dithering that has delayed this moment and even (some say) affected the commitment and enterprise of his players so far this season, he said, "There have been many different things for different reasons but we are here now and the big thing for me is that I am at Everton, as far as I am concerned, for another five years and the job is to make us better than we have been."
Harris hopes to find buyer But they must be right for Kenwright 14 Oct - Keith Harris, chairman of investment bank Seymour Pierce, is hopeful of finding a buyer for Everton. Harris said he is "quietly confident" over Newcastle's proposed sale and told BBC Radio 5 Live that he was similarly optimistic about Everton. Confirming Bill Kenwright's reverse vetting policy, Harris said: "It is not going to be hot money or people who want to do all sorts of strange things with [the club]. It is somebody who is going to carry on the tradition."
Club on the verge of ¬£180m sale? No, say EFC... again! 10 Oct - Mihir Bose, the BBC's supposed football man-in-the-know, blogs today about Everton's imminent sale to a thus-far faceless overseas buyer. Bill Kenwright is apparently jetting out to further negotiations, already at "an advanced stage" and perhaps conclude a sale that would value the Club at ¬£180m. The buyer, who is neither believed to be Anil Ambani nor the pair of African consortia currently vying for Newcastle United, apparently wants assurances that the proposed Kirkby Stadium remains viable. Everton's ritual denial from Ian Ross swiftly followed.
More debt added to the bottom line Everton secure another ¬£30M in credit 10 Oct - In the depths of an unprecedented global financial crisis and "credit crunch", Robert Elstone labels debt as a necessary evil in the running of a football club, while news is now emerging that Everton last month secured an additional ¬£30M credit line in favour of Barclay's Bank. It is unclear exactly what the additional money is for; it could be in part to pay for record signing Marouane Fellaini, but is likely needed just to bolster the day-to-day running of the club as it struggles to finance operations through limited commercial and gate income, and takes the overall club debt to around ¬£90M.
Two goal bonus given up again Everton 2 - 2 Newcastle United 5 Oct - Everton got off to a bright start and their lively positive play was rewarded with a penalty after 15 mins that was firmly despatched by Mikel Arteta, captain for the day! After a tough 15 mins, Everton went further ahead with a great goal from ¬£15M man Marouane Fellaini and it seemed the Blues were on the verge of a fantastic victory. But the Toon pulled one back just before the break, and stole another just after the break to get right back into the game, courtesy of the two-goal bonus Everton seem determined to gift anyone they play this season. The second half was simply horrible, with Everton not in it until the last 15 minutes, when they huffed and puffed... to zero effect. We can't keep a clean sheet... we can't even beat Newcastle!
Everton v Newcastle United Match Preview 5 Oct - There's always someone worse off than you. To prove the old adage, today's visitors from the foot of the Premier League are Newcastle United, who's off-the-field chaos makes anything at Everton seem almost idyllic in comparison. But it's a must-win situation for Everton, who have lost all three league games so far at "Fortress Goodison" this season, and have no more excuses for failing to perform with Steven Pienaar now fit to play (well ‚ÄĒ there is the suspension of Tim Cahill, which starts with today's game). KO 16:00 BST.
Two bids brokered for EFC Far East or Middle East: Take your pick 4 Oct - According to the Daily Mail, Keith Harris is brokering a ¬£200 million deal for the sale of Everton to a Far or Middle Eastern group (possibly a 'sovereign wealth fund', similar to the Abu Dhabi entity that bought out Man City). Apparently both are interested in a buy-out deal but it will takes weeks before real deals are actually put on the table and nothing is likely to be completed before the January transfer window [Why does it take Everton 3 months when other clubs change hands inside two weeks?]
Failure to deliver sends Blues crashing out Standard Liege 2 - 1 Everton 2 Oct - The trip to Liege proved a step too far for the the fractious and inconsistent players under David Moyes, who was yet again unable to motivate them sufficiently to keep a clean sheet that could at least have given them a sliver of a chance against the Belgian Champions. An easy tap-in given up in the first half meant that it was always going to be an uphill battle, but a scrambled goal from Jagielka gave the Blues faint hope... only for Leighton Baines to foul Jankovic for a penalty that the Croatian duly converted to send Everton crashing out of the Uefa Cup at the first hurdle. Report
Standard Liege vs Everton Uefa Cup Preview & Statistical Record 2 Oct - There's little doubt from their comments in the press this week that David Moyes and his players realise what is at stake this evening when they take on Standard Liege looking to recover from an away goals disadvantage from the first leg. Can they deliver their best performance of the campaign so far against the Belgian champions, advance to the group stages... and effectively rescue their season? Kick off is 6:40pm BST with live coverage on Five in the UK.
No Billionaire buyout on the cards yet Club deny that Anil Ambani is in talks 30 Sep - Anil Ambani, the sixth-richest man in the world with an estimated ¬£20billion fortune, was reported by the Mirror to be having talks about a takeover at Goodison Park. After looking closely at Newcastle and Liverpool, Ambani is believed to be seriously considering a deal for Everton in the belief that Kenwright wants to step aside. One of the problems this story doesn't mention is the wholesale clearout that would be required at the top, with no "Lifetime Luvvie' position for Blue Bill. The story is being denied by the club, according to The Telegraph.
Moyes admits to misconduct charge Club to appeal Cahill red card 29 Sep - David Moyes has admitted to the charge of misconduct leveled at him by the FA for comments made to referee Alan Wiley at Stoke two weeks ago and is awaiting a response to his request for a hearing. Everton are also to formally appeal Tim Cahill's straight red card against Liverpool which they view as worthy of a yellow at best. Their case will be bolstered by the fact that it has emerged that Mike Riley was going to book Cahill but petulantly red-carded him when he didn't immediately turn around when summoned by the referee's whistle.
Dismal Everton hand Liverpool derby spoils Everton 0 - 2 Liverpool 27 Sep - Ineffective up front but holding their own at the back for an hour, Everton then lapsed into now-familiar defensive disarray, allowing the hitherto contained Fernando Torres to score twice in three minutes to settle the 208th Mersey derby. Yakubu was denied a fourth-minute penalty by the predictably awful Mike Riley and later squandered a good chance by choosing to dive for a penalty instead of shooting but the Blues were, on the whole, uninspired and toothless ‚ÄĒ except in the tackle where Tim Cahill lunged in for one over-zealous tackle too many and was, harshly it should be said, shown a straight red card with 10 minutes left. Three consecutive league defeats at home and a season fast unravelling...
Everton vs Liverpool Match Preview 26 Sep - Everton and Liverpool go head to head in the 208th Merseyside derby this weekend with the Blues hoping to finally get their season off the ground with a morale-boosting victory ahead of Thursday's do-or-die Uefa Cup first round second leg game against Standard Liege. As injured players return, David Moyes has options for this most unpredictable of fixtures but Mikel Arteta is expected to return and there could well be a Goodison debut for Louis Saha. Kick off is 12:45pm with live coverage on Sky Sports 1.
Uninspiring Blues make early Cup exit Blackburn Rovers 1 - 0 Everton 24 Sep - Everton were dumped out of the Carling Cup at the first hurdle on the back of an uninspiring performance against Blackburn. Louis Saha made his first start in the Royal Blue jersey but the Blues were short of inspiration in midfield and he, James Vaughan and then Yakubu in the second half were starved of service. In the end, David Moyes's side were undone by yet another defensive error when Phil Jagielka let Martin Olsson in after just 10 minutes and he gave Rovers the lead by beating Tim Howard at the near post.
Blackburn Rovers vs Everton Carling Cup Preview 23 Sep - Everton kick off their Carling League Cup campaign against Premier League opposition tomorrow evening with a tricky tie at Blackburn Rovers, their conquerors at Goodison on the opening day. With a small squad, Hibbert, Pienaar, Nash and Van der Meyde all unavailable and Arteta a doubt through illness, there won't be many options for squad rotation open to David Moyes. KO is 8pm.
Spirited Blues claw back a point Hull City 2 - 2 Everton 21 Sep - Everton salvaged a point from a game that was heading towards ignominious defeat thanks to a gutsy final 20 minutes that wiped out Hull's 2-0 lead and atoned for more horror at the back. The game was 17 minutes old when Marouane Fellaini was out-jumped at the back post and Turner headed home. Then, four minutes after the break, three Everton players went for a corner from the left and Neville ended up heading into his own net. The Blues didn't get going until the final quarter of the game when Tim Cahill blasted off the bar and just over the line before Leon Osman finished a beautifully constructed move to level the game. The excellent Louis Saha almost turned in a winner and there were a couple of penalty claims denied but David Moyes's side had to be content with a point.
Hull City vs Everton Match Preview & Statistical Record 20 Sep - Everton face their third trip to the newly-promoted sides this weekend having picked up maximum points from West Brom. and Stoke. Victor Anichebe is a doubt with the shin injury that forced him off against Standard Liege, Tim Howard has a virus but is expected to play, while Marouane Fellaini returns after being cup-tied against his old club.
Standard targeted Lescott 'weakness' Moyes recognizes loss of form 20 Sep - The uncharacteristic problems in Everton's defensive line-up were brought into stark visibility with the claim from Steven Defour that Standard Liege targeted Joleon Lescott as a weak spot because he was being played out of position:‚ÄúWe targeted that flank, that was our idea after watching Lescott a few times. He‚Äôs a better centre-back than left-back and we thought we could get at him." Unfazed, David Moyes insists that Lescott‚Äôs form is not suffering because of a desire to play in his preferred position of centre-back.
Blues battle back but can't find a winner Everton 2 - 2 Standard Liege 18 Sep - Everton twice fought back from a goal down in a frenetic first half that yielded four goals but couldn't break down their stubborn opponents as Standard Liege held on to take their away goals advantage into the second leg in a fortnight's time. Mbokani fired home after just eight minutes but Yakubu leveled 15 minutes later, finishing a well-worked move. Disaster struck, though, when Yobo stabbed the ball into his own net, but home debutant Castillo thundered home a stunning equaliser to set up a deadlocked second half that might have yielded an injury-time penalty for the Belgians when Lescott tripped Dalmat but the referee waved play on.
Everton vs Standard Liege Match Preview & Statistical Record 16 Sep - With Marouane Fellaini unable to play in either of the Uefa Cup games against Standard Liege, Everton are hoping that Leon Osman can be declared fit to boost the options in midfield, but he is currently suffering a knee problem. Tony Hibbert, Steven Pienaar, and Andy van der Meyde are all doing well in their recoveries, and are nearing a return to full-time training but neither will be fit for Thursday's game. KO is 8:05pm with live coverage on Five. Tickets for the game are still available ‚ÄĒ your team needs your support!
Bruising Britannia Battle Won! Stoke City 2 - 3 Everton 14 Sep - Everton started with both new signings Fellaini and Castillo, and Talisman Tim Cahill back from injury but understandably struggled for cohesion in the first half until a moment of class a few minutes before the break broke the deadlock and Yakubu side-footed home. The second half started brightly with Anichebe glancing in a nice Arteta free-kick after 5 mins but Everton allowed Stoke back in it when a botched clearance was hammered home by Olofinjana. Stoke then equalized when another one of those Delap throw-ins flicked off Jagielka and over Howard. Everton were bizarrely denied an obvious penalty but it only inspired brilliance from Cahill who headed home an excellent Arteta corner with 12 mins to go. The Blues resisted a tremendous onslaught in the final minutes to hold on and leap into the top 10.
Stoke City vs Everton Match Preview & Statistical Record 13 Sep - The international break was supposed to allow Everton to regroup ahead of back-to-back away games against newly-promoted teams; instead, Lars Jacobsen dislocated a shoulder, Jack Rodwell took a knock and Segundo Castillo missed his flight back from Uruguay leaving David Moyes with yet more selection headaches ahead of this weekend's trip to Stoke. On the plus side, new-boy Marouane Fellaini should make his much-anticipated debut. KO is 1:30pm with live coverage on Sky Sports.
Jacobsen facing four-month layoff Worst possible news for Dane and Everton 12 Sep - Lars Jacobsen is expected to be out of action for four months after dislocating his shoulder on international duty in midweek. The Danish fullback was due to make his Everton debut this weekend but scans undertaken at Finch Finch yesterday reveal the full extent of the injury that means he will need an operation and there will be no quick return to action for one of David Moyes's late summer signings.
Unearthed: Only known St Domingo report ToffeeWeb Exclusive 12 Sep - Steve Flanagan, independent Everton historian and ToffeeWeb's resident statistician, has found the only known match report for St Domingo, the church team that changed its name to Everton FC in 1879 and gave rise to the club we know and love today. Steve discovered the 33-word summary while researching the Club's early beginnings in local newspapers from the time.
Jacobsen sidelined again Dane has dislocated shoulder 11 Sep - Everton have confirmed that new signing Lars Jacobsen, who had a torrid time with injuries at Nuremberg last season, has dislocated his shoulder and will be sidelined for an undetermined period. The club should have a better idea just how bad it is by tomorrow after scans reveal the nature and severity of the injury. With Saha also unfit and Nash on the bench, at most only two of Everton's five last-minute signings are likely to play a part in improving the team's faltering start to the season.
Rule change on calling EGMs Everton act to stifle concerned shareholders 10 Sep - After the embarrassment of suffering a minor revolt against Destination Kirkby at last week's EGM, Everton have acted to change the rules for shareholders wishing to call such General Meetings. Instead of 20% of individual shareholders, (ie, ~250 people holding any number of shares) the Articles of Association now require 10% of the shareholding (ie, any number holding 3,500 shares) to support such a request. This will make it effectively impossible for the small shareholders, who own up to a handful of shares each, to call such EGMs in the future without the support of a larger shareholder. So much of "The People's Club"!
Cahill close to return Back in full training 9 Sep - Tim Cahill is now back in full training with the Everton squad, after a sixth-month layoff that should have given his vulnerable metatarsal time to heal fully. "He looks really sharp and fit and he's obviously looked after himself during the time he was out. I don't know when he'll be available again but he's coming along nicely just now. The one thing we won't do, though, is take any risks with him." ‚ÄĒ David Moyes.
Green quashes bid rumours ‚ÄúI have never been to Goodison Park‚ÄĚ 6 Sep - Billionaire businessman Sir Philip Green has played down speculation he is readying a bid for Everton. Green says he has no financial ties to the club apart from friendships with Bill Kenwright and Robert Earl. ‚ÄĚI don‚Äôt need Everton to help me make money. I have never been to Goodison Park.‚ÄĚ Meanwhile, murmurings continue outside GP regarding the possible interests of certain Indian billionaires...
‚ÄúNo pay 'til I play ‚ÄĚ Louis Saha's desperate deal 4 Sep - Louis Saha is so desperate to prove his fitness that he offered for Everton not to pay him until he returns to action. After four injury-ravaged years at Manchester United, Saha remains at least three weeks away from any chance of playing football for his new team due to a cartilage problem that has sidelined him all summer. However, the unusual terms were not codified into the deal that could eventually see Everton fork out up to ¬£2M in appearances-related payments for the striker.
Board remain committed to Kirkby Proposal remains 'very affordable... necessary... and deliverable' 3 Sep - Speaking to the Club's minority shareholders at tonight's Extraordinary General Meeting, Everton's Board of Directors reiterated their commitment to the proposed stadium in Kirkby and outlined the comically named Goodison obstacle course that preclude redevelopment on the existing footprint. Acting Chief Executive Robert Elstone picked up where Keith Wyness left off by insisting that Destination Kirkby remains the only deliverable option on the table and that if the project fails at the Government's public inquiry then the Club will return to the drawing board with "in all likelihood" a revised budget and revised expectations.
Focus back on Kirkby EGM Tonight 3 Sep - After the massive transfer window roller coaster finally slithers on out of town, the focus swings back onto Destination Kirkby tonight at the Extraordinary General Meeting of Everton Football Club Co Ltd and its shareholders, instigated by Mark Grayson and Tony Bennett. They hope to get some answers from the Club hierarchy on many issues of concern relating to the plans for the new stadium.
Moyes delighted with Fellaini capture Boss flew to Belgium to personally seal the deal 2 Sep - David Moyes has expressed his satisfaction at having landed Marouane Fellaini, a player whom he has been tracking for a couple of years and who became Everton's record signing yesterday in a deadline-beating deal worth a potential ¬£16m to Standard Liege. The Blues boss is confident that the 20 year-old midfielder will prove full value for that hefty price tag after making the trip to Belgium himself to secure the deal just minutes before the transfer deadline.
FELLAINI IS THE BIG ONE! 2 Sep - Everton ended a miserable summer of inactivity in the transfer market with a dramatic swoop for Belgian Marouane Fellaini of Standard Liege ‚ÄĒ Everton's opponents in the Uefa Cup later this month! Rumours suggested the club had been locked in negotiations all day, and a club record deal worth an initial ¬£15m was secured for the 20-year-old defensive midfielder (aka Carsley replacement) at the eleventh hour and eventually confirmed by both clubs' official websites. Under the terms of the deal, which could rise over the lifetime of his contract depending on appearances, Fellaini will not play against his old club in the 1st Round Uefa Cup tie.
Saha and Nash in but no Obinna Late bid for Hunt is rejected 1 Sep - Louis Saha is now a confirmed signing after he came through a medical but Everton have failed in their appeals to the FA for a work permit for Victor Obinna, arguably the most promising of the four incoming players so far. Journeyman 'keeper Carlo Nash has been signed on a free transfer but a late ¬£3.5m offer for Stephen Hunt was rejected by Reading.
Shareholders petition for second EGM Clarification sought on finances, investment and Moyes 1 Sep - In the wake of Keith Wyness' sudden and unexplained resignation, reports in the national press suggesting growing behind-the-scenes influence of Sir Phillip Green, a summer transfer window with no significant money spent and David Moyes's contract still unsigned, minority shareholders in Everton Football Club are petitioning for a second Extraordinary General Meeting to get clarification on these important issues. View the Petition requisition form [50KB PDF]
Dispirited Blues crumble at Goodison Everton 0 - 3 Portsmouth 30 Aug - The battered state of morale at Everton was laid bare at Goodison today as the Blues fell apart after conceding two first-half goals and then seeing Yakubu throw away their ticket back into the game at the start of the second. Jermaine Defoe sneaked a shot past Howard before Glenn Johnson was allowed to glide in and slot home a second. When David James pushed away Yakubu's penalty after the Nigerian again tried to be too clever from the spot, Defoe chipped the third in off the bar, prompting the team to more or less give up and the stadium slowly empty in disgust.
Saha set to sign for Blues Undisclosed fee; subject to medical 29 Aug - French international Louis Saha is set to become another former Red Devil opting to change to the Royal Blue shirt of Everton. Subject to a medical, which given the Frenchman's injury-plagued time at Old Trafford is no formality, Saha will put pen to paper on a two year deal with an option for a third season. The United frontman moves to Everton in an appearances-related deal, believed to be around ¬£1.5m, that won't cost the Blues any money until he starts playing. Meanwhile, Victor Obinna will fly in this weekend to undergo a medical of his own and complete a loan move from Internazionale once he has visa and work permit authorisation.
Everton vs Portsmouth Match Preview 29 Aug - The scramble to bring bodies into the Blues' small squad continues but there's the small matter of a Premier League fixture to contend with tomorrow as Portsmouth, pointless and goalless from games against Chelsea and Manchester United, come to Goodison Park. Segundo Castillo is hoping for international clearance so that he can join Lars Jacobsen in the squad for the first time and Victor Anichebe is available once again following his silver medal-winning adventures in Beijing with Nigeria. There are still tickets available from the usual sources: online at evertonfc.com, phone 0870 442 1878 or visit the Park End Box Office.
Castillo becomes second summer capture Ecuador international will wear no. 8 jersey 28 Aug - Everton have completed the signing of Segundo Castillo on a season-long loan from Red Star Belgrade. The Ecuadorian midfielder came through a medical at Finch Farm today and has received a work permit from the Home Office. The Club are hoping to receive international clearance for the 26-year-old in time for him to be named in the squad to face Portsmouth on Saturday.
Everton set to sign Castillo Ecuadorian to undergo medical, Obinna to follow on loan? 27 Aug - Everton have announced that they hope to sign Ecuadorian midfielder Segundo Castillo after an apparent loan deal was agreed with Red Star Belgrade. A work permit application has been filed with the Home Office for the 26 year-old who is a regular international for the South Americans and he is set to arrive at Finch Farm for a medical in the next 24 hours. Castillo operates mainly as a defensive midfielder but has scored 18 times for Red Star in 72 appearances since arriving from El Nacional in 2006.
Gravesen architect of own demise MadDog retires with handsome payoff 27 Aug - For students of our past players, this scathing analysis in The Herald attempts to describe "Celtic's disastrous association with Thomas Gravesen, a traumatic two-year relationship that ended yesterday with [Celtic CEO] Peter Lawwell signing a cheque for ¬£1.2m to rid the club of the unfathomable Dane." Rumours in Denmark suggest that he will now retire from the game owing to a persistent knee injury and, more curiously, a long-suspected ‚ÄĒ but foggily diagnosed ‚ÄĒ psychological issue...
Lars Jacobsen arrives on a free One down, six to go! 25 Aug - Everton have confirmed that Lars Jacobsen has agreed to sign for Everton after reports broke on Onside.dk around 3pm today. The Danish right back flew to Merseyside for talks today and has signed a one-year contract subject to a medical tomorrow morning. His agent claims that David Moyes has been following his client for over a year and his arrival will add competition to the right back slot at Goodison.
Blues Secure Morale-Boosting Win West Bromwich Albion 1 - 2 Everton 23 Aug - Crisis may have been the watchword before this potentially tricky encounter but Everton's makeshift XI, with Jose Baxter making history as the youngest player to start a league game for the Club, punished newly-promoted Albion for failing to press home their dominance. Jack Rodwell had a goal harshly disallowed before Leon Osman slotted home superbly and with 14 minutes left, Yakubu's opportunism made it two. A late penalty for handball by Phil Neville took a little shine off a great result but it's three points that, despite a poor display overall, should lessen the feeling of impending doom.
West Bromwich Albion vs Everton History for Baxter 22 Aug - Everton's paper-thin squad travels to The Hawthorns this weekend where Jose Baxter will become the youngest player ever to start a game for the Blues. The 16 year-old is included in the starting XI at the expense of Nuno Valente and not Phil Neville who overcame an ankle injury and starts. KO is 3pm
Walk for Rhys this Sunday Commemoration of young Blue's untimely death 22 Aug - Today marks the first anniversary of the death of Everton fan Rhys Jones who died aged just 11 after being shot while riding home after a kick-about in Liverpool. The Walk For Rhys to commemorate his untimely passing takes place at 12:00pm on Sunday 24th August from St. George's plateau in Liverpool city centre to Goodison Park. Fans wanting to attend are asked to sign up at freewebs.com/walkforrhys and to arrive at the starting point between 11:00 - 11:30am.
Nigeria into Olympic Final Anichebe sets up second goal 19 Aug - Nigeria powered their way past Belgium in the semi-final of the Olympic football in Beijing, beating them 4-1, with Victor Anichebe setting up the second for Obasi before the Everton player missed a glorious chance to wrap up the game. They now will play Argentina on Saturday.
Date set for Destination Kirkby 18 November 2008 18 Aug - So... more mis-information: the call-in that was set to delay the DK project by at least a couple of years will go to public hearing in just three months time! KMBC: "The council has formally accepted the date and we‚Äôre pleased the inquiry will be heard so swiftly. The people of Kirkby deserve a final decision on the regeneration of their town and holding the inquiry before the end of the year will bring clarity on the future of this development." No indication, though on how long it is expected to take...
Moyes still stalling on contract 17 Aug - David Moyes seems to have become expert in saying a lot but actually telling us nothing, as evidenced by this bizarre speech on the Official Website, which concludes with: "Nothing has changed with the contract situation. I'm a little bit closer than I was at the end of last season, I'm just waiting to see how things go. We have one or two things to sort out, then I'll have a look at it. I wouldn't say my contract hinges on new players coming in. Obviously I want to see what happens in the next few weeks, but I wouldn't go as black and white as that."
Everton 2 - 3 Blackburn Rovers Two great goals not enough 16 Aug - Everton looked pretty dreadful for large periods of the first half, when Blackburn threatened repeatedly and scored off a searing Dunn shot after 22 mins. But the magical Mikel Arteta turned the inevitable half-time boos into ecstatic cheers with a fantastic strike from a very narrow angle. In a sweeping move, Yakubu headed home Arteta's brilliant cross but seconds later Lescott was caught sleeping and Santa Cruz fired home easily. Jose Baxter came on for another record-book debut (youngest ever) and almost scored the winner but that honour went to Blackburn's Ooijer in the very last minute with a tap- in after Nelson's header hit the post. Disastrous for Everton, but not wholly undeserved. Match report by Lyndon Lloyd
Everton vs Blackburn Rovers Match Preview 15 Aug - The start of a new season is supposed to be a time of optimism but it's a severely depleted Everton coming off a miserable summer who'll take the field against Blackburn this weekend needing huge support from it's youngest players and the home crowd. James Vaughan's fitness may dictate the formation and we understand Leon Osman will undergo a late fitness test but Jack Rodwell is almost certain of his first senior start as David Moyes hopes to lift his troops past a side who are in a fair amount of turmoil themselves.
Vaughan in the frame? No suspension for Red Card 14 Aug - According to the increasingly unreliable local papers, James Vaughan will not be suspended because the FA did not receive any report form the US Soccer Ferderation regarding his sending off at Chicago Fire. That means he should be free to play against Blackburn in the season opener on Saturday... except for yet another injury that he picked up in training!!!
Pienaar out for up to six weeks Could it get any worse? 11 Aug - As if David Moyes didn't have a big enough selection problem in midfield already, it now appears as though Steven Pienaar could miss the first six weeks of the new season with a foot injury. It is believed that the South African international, before this week one of just three fit senior midfielders, sustained a metatarsal fracture broken toe in the friendly against PSV, the like of which has kept Tim Cahill on the sidelines since March.
Is it safe to speak up now? New-found scepticism of Kirkby in the local press 11 Aug - With Destination Kirkby under threat, the volume of Kirkby scepticism has increased in the local press in the past week and the Daily Post's Chris Beesley — one of the few local journalists to offer support for KEIOC's efforts in promoting a Plan B last year — touches on many of the "No" voters' concerns about leaving the City. "What would happen to Everton ... in another 20 or 50 years if they were out of sight and out of mind from the football-mad youngsters living in the city?," he asks. It's a shame the local papers weren't more apt to challenge Keith Wyness' line around the time of the vote.
Everton 1 - 1 PSV Eindhoven Late Blues penalty ties the game 9 Aug - The threadbare Everton squad, further depleted by last week's transfer of Andy Johnson to Fulham, ended their travels back home at Goodison Park for the final friendly before they kick the season off in earnest next weekend. For the sparse home crowd who had braved the summer rain, it was a chance to savour the skills of Dan Gosling, making his first home appearance after 8 months at the club. Amarant shocked the Blues on the half-hour with a very well-taken goal to put the visitors ahead. After lots of second-half subs that included Jutkiewicz, Baxter and the virtually unknown midfielder James Wallace, Everton had Yobo to thank near the end for winning a penalty that Mikel Arteta put away in style. Roll on the New Season!
Kenwright's White Flag Slap in the face for loyal Bues 9 Aug - Unfettered by the pathetic obsequiousness of many local journalists from the Post and Echo who never seem to get their stories straight, Brian Reade in The Mirror today lays into the small-time thinking and acceptance of "also-ran status" that has been a hallmark of Bill Kenwright's nine-year rule at Goodison Park. At times it reads like a digest of the frustrations that have increasingly concerned Evertonians writing in to this website about exactly where the white-haired impresario has been directing us to... Destination Kirkby, where "any dream will do".
Bradley and Kenwright to meet Keep Everton In Our City? 8 Aug - Councillor Warren Bradley will meet with Bill Kenwright next week (a tacit indication that the "Exclusivity Agreement" with Tesco no longer applies) for a hard-nosed discussion about alternative sites within the Liverpool city boundaries that could be promoted ‚ÄĒ with help from LCC ‚ÄĒ for a new Everton stadium. This is likely one option the club should be considering, while they decide whether to continue pursuit of Destination Krikby...
Johnson finally seals Fulham move Restructured deal ends transfer saga 7 Aug - Andy Johnson's drawn-out move to Fulham is finally over after the Cottagers announced the conclusion of a restructured deal to bring the 27 year-old striker back to London. Reports yesterday suggested that Everton will receive ¬£9m up front with a further ¬£4m due in appearance-related fees and the hope is that David Moyes can finally name some incoming transfers of his own. The new season is just 9 days away...
Destination Kirkby called in Public inquiry ordered for Tesco-led scheme 6 Aug - Everton have confirmed via the Official Site breaking news on Granada TV that the Destination Kirkby scheme for a Tesco-led ¬£400m retail development and stadium for Everton FC has been called in by the Government for further scrutiny. Public inquiries of this nature usually take between 12 to 18 months which the club fear could kill their participation in the proposal due to rising costs. A Pyrrhic victory for opponents of the scheme if it does indeed spell the end of Kirkby stadium, it raises a number of questions regarding investment by the current Board at a very uncertain time for the club.
Kenwright: 'Watch this space' 5 Aug - In an interview with Sky Sports News, Bill Kenwright confirms that Joao Moutinho remains one of David Moyes's major transfer priorities and tells viewers to "watch this space" as further targets are pursued. The Blues supremo assured fans by way of a statement on the Official Site last Friday that signings would be made before the 16th August kickoff but nothing has been concluded yet. Kenwright reiterated that he expects the Andy Johnson saga to be concluded within the next 24 hours.
Everton deny Kirkby-Investor link Classic Ross Doublespeak 4 Aug - ‚ÄúLogic dictates that any club that can boast a stadium which is modern and capable of expansion will represent a more attractive proposition to investors. However, to suggest that there is some sort of link between confirmation of a move to Kirkby and the prospect of serious negotiation with would-be suitors is totally wrong.‚ÄĚ If you can get your head around that uniquely Rossian thread of logic and retain your sanity, you are a better man than me, Gungadin!
Everton for sale? Kenwright feeling the pressure with EGM looming 4 Aug - Chairman Bill Kenwright is ready to sell the club to the right bidder and is seeking a multi-million pound injection that will help the club crack the top four according to today's Liverpool Echo. Weekend claims of foreign interest are backed up with the Echo claiming Kenwright has been in talks for years with Russian, American and Dutch investors who registered an interest in the club.
Colorado Rapids 1 - 2 Everton Mikel Arteta opens the scoring 3 Aug - Dick's Sporting Goods Park... in Commerce City, Colorado!!! Welcome to the new age of football, sorry... "soccer", US Commercial style. Yes, the final game of Everton's 2008 USA tour looks to be a humdinger in the heady heat of the mile-high city, with Moyesie's threadbare squad hopefully bonding more tightly than ever, as we can't afford to lose any more of them! Mikel Arteta set Everton on their way with a great solo goal after just 6 mins. The Rapids surged back into the game with a goal from Casey after the break but Baxter and Osman combined brilliantly for the winner 3 mins from time. Discuss the game here
Moyes: I'm not going anywhere Boss responds to quit rumours 2 Aug - David Moyes has responded to the fevered speculation yesterday that he was on the verge of quitting Everton by insisting that he is, "here to see the job through." Reiterating that he wants bring in "three or four players on big money" before sorting out his contract within the next couple of weeks he said, "We have great expectations and I hope that I am able to fulfil them."
Kenwright pleads for patience Signings will come before season starts 1 Aug - In the vacuum of official word on the subject, speculation and anguish regarding the lack of player acquisitions this summer has been rampant over the past few days. Chairman Bill Kenwright has moved to placate supporters' fears with a brief statement on the Official Site, saying that a budget for players that has been in place since the end of last season remains both unaffected by Destination Kirkby and independent of outgoing sales. The club remains silent, however, on the reasons and the circumstances behind Keith Wyness' shock departure earlier this week.
Moyes livid over red card tackle Vaughan's red mist descends 31 Jul - David Moyes is justifiably livid with young James Vaughan, who just seems to be unable to control his rampant exuberance whenever he gets on the field, much to his own detriment. A shocking tackle at the end of the "friendly" against Chicago Fire saw the player given a straight red card and Moyes was far from happy with the young striker, who is now in danger of being suspended for Everton's first three matches of the league campaign.
Chicago Fire 2 - 0 Everton Baxter starts; Vaughan sent off 31 Jul - Back to the football and Everton kicked off their Yankee Tour 2008 in Toyota Park, near Chicago at 7:30 pm CDT on Wednesday night (that's 1:30 am BST!). David Moyes named just 15 players with Jose Baxter, Dan Gosling, and Jack Rodwell among the starters... and James Vaughan on the bench. Yakubu was denied an obvious penalty seconds before Chris Rolfe put the Fire ahead just before half-time. After a good spell for Everton it was Frankowski who scored in the second half. Vaughan came on and tore into the locals... a little too enthusiastically as it turned out: straight red at the death! On now to Denver...
Wyness resigns CEO departs with no explanation 29 Jul - A terse statement on the Official Everton Website notifies Everton fans this evening that Keith Wyness, CEO, has resigned from the club. No reason was given for his sudden departure leaving rumour that he has taken a similar position in Spain to gain momentum. The subject of increasing vilification from the fans over his dubious role in promoting Destination Kirkby, and his controversial double role as a Club Director and private entrepreneur in stadium development, his departure is being interpreted as a strong indicator that the controversial project will indeed be "called in" for a public inquiry.
Johnson on the verge of Fulham move 'Eight figure' fee would represent good business 28 Jul - Andrew Johnson is expected to complete his transfer to Fulham within the next 24 hours after Everton finally acknowledged they had accepted a bid for the player who was not long ago "not for sale". AJ is at Craven Cottage this afternoon discussing terms and undergoing a medical ahead of what some media sources are reporting is a ¬£12m transfer, although according to Sky Sports it's ¬£8m plus add-ons based on appearances and Fulham's success. Johnson does not want to leave Goodison, apparently, but, depending on the final fee, this represents a good business decision that may now hasten some incoming signings!
Sporting want more for Moutinho ¬£11.8M Everton bid rejected 27 Jul - In the wake of Joao Moutinho's public expression of his desire to leave Sporting Lisbon for Everton, the Portuguese club have confirmed that a bid for the highly rated young player was received but rejected. In a statement on their website, the Blues have been told they will have to up their offer from their recent ‚ā¨15M (¬£11.8M) bid in order to land player Sporting value closer to ¬£18M.
Baxter belter for the Blues Nottingham Forest 1 - 1 Everton 26 Jul - The youngsters once again saved Everton's pre-season blushes against a feisty Forest side on Friday evening when a good crowd witnessed a great goal from 16-year-old Jose Baxter to level the scores after Nuno Valente had put the ball into his own net. One more step on the road to match fitness for most... except Shandy Andy, whose wild strike early on pulled his hamstring.
Neville extends Goodison deal Four more years! 25 Jul - Everton have announced that club captain Phil Neville, who had two years left on his existing deal and was already believed to be one of the club's top earners, has signed a new contract that could keep him at Goodison Park until 2012... when he'll be 35. Neville was signed from Manchester United three years ago and although he was billed as a utility man and David Moyes has deployed him in central midfield, it has become clear that his best (only?) position is at right back.
Preston NE 0 - 1 Everton Baxter very impressive 22 Jul - Everton were victorious in their third pre-season friendly, beating the Deepdale side with an early goal that Phil Jagielka powered into the net off a superb Jose Baxter corner, soon after the youngster had rattled the Preston crossbar from a free-kick. Van der Meyde played again but not Andy Johnson ‚ÄĒ creating no end of speculation that he is indeed on his way...
Squad Numbers Announced Arteta now Number 10 21 Jul - Everton have annouced new squad numbers for the team, with a number of "vacancies" held open for the 5 or 6 new players David Moyes says he's hoping to sign before Deadline Day. Phil Jagielka moves to No 6 while Jack Rodwell takes Lee Carsley's old No 26 jersey.
Good workout for the Reserves! Cambridge Utd 4 - 2 Everton 19 Jul - Andy Johnson started the friendly at Cambridge United today, with John Ruddy in goal. Mikel Arteta came off the bench, with the same long list of senior squad absentees meaning that the youngsters got another chance to impress manager and onlookers alike... but they started poorly, allowing Cambridge to score from the kick-off. A brace by Lukas Jutkiewicz, however, put the Blues ahead going into the interval, but Cambridge came back well with three goals in the second half as Moyes rang the changes. Discuss in our mailbag.
EGM Petition Delivered 18 Jul - The Everton shareholders campaigning for an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Club have now got well over the 20% level of shareholder support required to call an EGM. They submitted the petition to the club this morning and the club now have 21 days to confirm the date of the EGM, which should be within a further 28 days of that notice. The EGM should therefore take place in no later than 49 days from today... which means a decision on Destination Kirkby will already have been made.
Yobo's brother released Back with the family 17 Jul - Relief for Everton's defender Joseph Yobo and his family in Nigeria as kidnappers have released his brother Norum after almost two weeks in captivity. Norum was snatched at gunpoint with three other men on July 5 as they made their way home from a nightclub in Port Harcourt in Rivers State, Nigeria.
Sir Terry Leahy “The Robert Mugabe of Retail” 15 Jul - Perhaps currently the Everton fan with the highest profile amongst fellow Blues, Sir Terry Leahy gets called lots of things. This profile in the Independent last weekend has little to do with football but provides an interesting insight into a variety of contemporay issues the man has to deal with...
Moyes: Contract talks underway Boss hopes to wrap deal up quickly 14 Jul - The Daily Post reports that David Moyes has confirmed that contract talks with Bill Kenwright are now underway. The Everton boss flew back from the pre-season training camp in Switzerland to hold talks with Bill Kenwright and said, "we‚Äôre hoping things will be wrapped up quickly.‚ÄĚ The same report claims that Moyes has confirmed his interest in Stephane Lichsteiner, the 24 year-old Swiss right back who plays for Lille and would cost around ¬£300,000.
More promises from Van der Meyde ‚ÄúI need to stay as fit as I can‚ÄĚ 14 Jul - After his first 90 minutes for Everton in a public match since he joined the club three years ago, Andy van der Meyde seems to be a tad more realistic about the promises for the task ahead: "I want to do my best. It‚Äôs difficult but I hope I can still be important for Everton. I don‚Äôt want to get too carried away. I‚Äôve been thinking about pre-season all summer and now I just want to get myself right.‚ÄĚ
Pre-season friendly FC Sion 1 - 0 Everton 12 Jul - The pre-season jollies kicked off in Switzerland with a casual affair against FC Sion that ended 1-0 to the home side. Everton were a but rusty. Full report from Andrew Humphrey.
Club adds to existing debt to compete Two new mortgages 10 Jul - The Guardian report on two additional mortgages — one last October, the other last month (bringing the total number of loans currently being serviced to 12) — that the Everton Board have taken out against future Sky TV revenue. The same report suggests that the club's hierarchy are not worried about the prospect of an EGM being forced over Destination Kirkby, insisting that sceptics of the scheme won't be able to collect the required number of petitions. Sounds like a challenge...
Cahill still working on recovery No fixed return date 8 Jul - Tim Cahill, who stayed behind in Finch Farm this week as he continues to work on his recovery from repeated metatarsal breaks, admits he has no idea when he will be fully fit and has yet to resume running. Clearly he will not play a full part in pre-season training and there is some concern that he will not be fit for the start of the season.
Playing through the pain Arteta hopes to come back fit 7 Jul - Mikel Arteta talks about the niggling groin injury that just became worse and worse over the course of last season: ‚ÄúIt does affect you because you are out of the game. You lose that sharpness and that confidence, and every time you want to kick the ball and do something special you are very limited. And it‚Äôs not an excuse. I am the just the first one to criticise myself." He is recovering from surgery to fix the problem and hopes to be fit for the start of the season.
Kenwright wants to sell EFC... But there are TWO clubs in Liverpool! 5 Jul - Among the almost classic Kenwrightisms shared with an ESCLA audience the other evening, this one has caused something of a stir... Q: "Bill, are you looking to sell?" A: "Yes, I want to sell. This week I have had calls from Rome, Norway, Dubai and America, but no-one wants to buy Everton because of Liverpool in the same city." ... so, logically, if you move the Club out of the City, that would make it easier to sell? Discuss.
Double-header ditched Bury v Everton postponed 4 Jul - The strain of having a pathetically small squad has apparently scuppered part of Everton's plans for the pre-season jollies. The Bury half of the double-header set for 12 July, when Everton also play Sion in Switzerland, has been postponed (sic ‚ÄĒ cancelled surely?). With four Africans and an American still on holiday, another four players recovering from operations ‚Äď and replacements still being sought for Lee Carsley, Thomas Gravesen, Steffan Wessels and maybe Manuel Fernandes, the Blues can‚Äôt field two teams on the same day.
Welcome Back, David!
Moyes is back in the saddle 2 Jul - With six weeks of nothing but scurrilous rumour and non-stories from the official website now hopefully behind us, we want to take this opportunity to welcome back David Moyes from his summer hols. We trust you are refreshed and ready to lead the team into the new season with purpose and resolve. Good luck and all the best for the new campaign, David!
Club denies financial constraints Kirkby and Transfers are separate issues 1 Jul - As the transfer window opens (according to some it opened a month ago), Ian Ross has finally come out and denied stories that were leaked to the local papers about the availability of money for transfers being infuenced by any decision to call in Destination Kirkby. ‚ÄúThe Government‚Äôs decision (on the Kirkby project) won‚Äôt have any impact on the manager‚Äôs transfer budget.‚ÄĚ However, he didn't go as far as to say that the money for the new Kirkby Stadium was "ring-fenced"...
Snippets & Rumours
No Final glory for Rodwell and England 29 Jun - Jack Rodwell came on as a second-half substitute as Stuart Pearce tried in vain to turn the tide of the U21 European Championship Final in Malmo but within a minute of the Everton youngster's arrival, Germany had extended their lead to 3-0, before adding a fourth without reply.
Howard and the USA edged by Brazil 29 Jun - The USA had one hand on the Confederations Cup thanks to a stellar first half by Tim Howard and a 2-0 lead but Brazil turned the game on its head in the second half to win the Final 3-2. Steven Pienaar and hosts South Africa finished fourth when they lost the third place playoff to Spain, also by a 3-2 scoreline.
Cahill slams player/agent's lies 28 Jun - Tim Cahill has reacted to the bad blood that has marred Australia's qualification for the World Cup finals next year by slamming the machinations of an unnamed player/agent on the Socceroos team.
CD Everton fall to Universidad
28 Jun - CD Everton fell to 3-1 defeat at Universidad de Chile in Santiago, losing 3-2 on aggregate in semi-final playoffs for the Chilean league title. Not their year, sadly but Centenary celebrations continue...
Tiger Tim set to play 60 games 25 Jun - Tim Cahill is set to play as many as 60 games next season for both Everton and Australia (provided he stays fit) as he looks forward to challenging for the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup for Everton, and of course the 2010 World Cup for Australia. "Four (or) five more years of this and then I can hang my boots up and I can chill," says Tiger Tim.
Come trot the globe with us! 25 Jun - Tim Howard ó fresh from his mammoth exploits in the US goal, manfully holding back the Spanish onslaught in a fantastic semi-final win over the cocky Iberians that puts the Americans into the final of the Confederations Cup ó has been bizarrely pre-selected to audition as a new member of none other than the Harlem Globetrotters!!! Transfer fee currently undisclosed...
Friendly at Blackpool 24 Jun - An Everton side will also travel to Blackpool for a pre-season fixture on Tuesday 4 August 2009; kick-off 7:30pm.
ESPN step into Setanta void in UK 23 Jun - The spectacular collapse of Setanta has given ESPN the opportunity to step in and buy up the rights to broadcast both Saturday evening and Monday night Premier League games for the next four years. In the UK, they will use Sky but there will be no change in the USA and Canada as Setanta's international operations are entirely separate from those in the UK.
Jacobsen's future still not certain 23 Jun - While the Liverpool Echo suggest that Lars Jacobsen could indeed be bound for newly-promoted Burnley, the Dane's agent claims that Everton are keen to renew is his contract and that talks will resume early next month.
Remember the name... 22 Jun - Harry Simmons. Better than Rooney at the same age. Trouble is, that age is all of 7 years old! Well, we missed this story last weekend when it featured in The Guardian... now I'm kinda wishing I'd never read it. Too many horrible reminders...
Rodwell equaliser earns first for U21s 22 Jun - Everton's Jack Rodwell scored on his first start for England U21s, notching the equaliser as Stuart Pearce's side finished top of their group in the European Championships.
South Africa advance to final four 21 Jun - Steven Pienaar and host-nation South Africa advanced to the semi-finals of the Confederation Cup last night despite losing 2-0 to Spain. Bafana Bafana progressed to the final four along with Spain after New Zealand and Iraq played out a goaless draw in the other Group A match.
Cahill's image tarnished down under 21 Jun - Tim Cahill has only ever come off as a model pro who goes out of his way to promote the game, especially among kids, but an e.mail sent to Australia's Daily Telegraph from a senior player in the Socceroos squad rips into the Everton midfielder by inference over his recent off-field conduct, specifically the incident where was turfed out of a Sydney nightclub last week. But were those allegations fabricated?
Jagielka targets November return 17 Jun - Phil Jagielka has his sights set on a return to action in November to coincide with back-to-back games against Manchester United and Liverpool that month. The defender is recovering from surgery to mend a ruptured cruciate ligament in his knee.
Pienaar stars in South Africa win 17 Jun - Steven Pienaar played the full 90 minutes for South Africa as they took a big step towards the Confederations Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win over New Zealand today.
Two-goal Tim secures top spot 17 Jun - A brace from Everton's Tim Cahill lifted Australia to a 2-1 win over Japan and ensured that the Socceroos finish top of their World Cup qualifying group.
Blades: No Naughton contact 16 Jun - After Sheffield United were reported to have rejected a bid ó in actual fact they intially refused to comment ó manager Kevin Blackwell has denied that the club has received any contact from Everton regarding their highly-rated right back, Kyle Naughton. A bid of £3.5m rising to £5m based on appearances was said to have been made.
Secrets of the Fixture Computer 16 Jun - The fixtures for the 2009-10 season are released tomorrow and BBC Sport blogger Paul Fletcher goes behind the scenes to find out the many variables and planning intricacies that go into compiling the schedules for England's Premier League, Football League and Conference clubs.
Saha looking to prove his worth 15 Jun - Louis Saha, a rumoured target of Besiktas, is hoping to earn the chance to play for Everton beyond the end of his current two-year contract with a successful campaign next season. "I'll have to move on from [the second-half miss in the Cup Final] and hope I can prove I'm worth a long stay with Everton."
Rodwell plays late part in U21 win 15 Jun - Jack Rodwell came on with six minutes left of England U21's European Championship opener to help maintain a 2-1 lead against Finland. Micah Richards scored the winner for 10-man England.
No Europa League bye for Everton 12 Jun - Everton's hopes of being vaulted straight into the group phase of the new Europa League have been dashed by Uefa's decision not to give current holders and 2009-10 Champion League qualifiers Shaktar Donetsk's place to the highest-place team from the country with the highest co-efficient ranking. The Blues will play in the play-off round and will enter the league phase if they win.
Lescott plays in England romp 10 Jun - Joleon Lescott played the full 90 minutes and had a relatively easy time of it as England thumped Andorra 6-0 at Wembley this evening. Meanwhile, in Quito, Segundo Castillo helped Ecuador spring a surprise 2-0 defeat on Argentina.
Pienaar's long-term future unclear 10 Jun - Reports suggesting that Everton have secured Stephen Pienaar on an extended contract that will keep the South African at Goodison until 2013 may have been premature. His representative is quoted as saying that there is "nothing to report" as no discussions have yet taken place.
Rodwell on target for England U21s 9 Jun - Jack Rodwell scored his first England U21s goal as they hammered Azerbaijan 7-0 in a European Championship warm-up match yesterday. The Everton midfielder came on in the second half and saw his deflected 25 yarder- find the net in the last minute of the game.
Pienaar dismisses Atletico reports 8 Jun - Stephen Pienaar has dismissed paper talk that he is set for a move to Atletico Madrid because Everton haven't thus moved to offer him a new contract. His current deal has two years to run and the South African, who is also being linked with Spurs, insists he is "proud Everton player at present."
Moyes insists stars aren't for sale 7 Jun - David Moyes has responded to Sunday newspaper speculation about Manchester City's interest in Joleon Lescott to reiterate that he is not interested in selling his best players, even if it means a larger transfer kitty. "There's no way we'll be letting any of our players leave," he tells the BBC.
Bradley beating shared stadium drum 7 Jun - In the wake of the revelation of Liverpool FC's latest financial woes, Liverpool City Council leader Warren Bradley has taken the opportunity to once again argue for a shared stadium, drawing the usual no-holds-barred response from Ian Ross, the Head of Communications at Goodison.
A great season 5 Jun - Ed Bottomley, an occasional contributor here, gives his take on the season and the Cup Final in this Times Fanzone blog.
Everton plan exhibition game in Canada 4 Jun - It looks as though that in addition to the friendly against MLS All Stars in Utah, Everton will play a pre-season exhibition match at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Canada, on 25 July, possibly against River Plate from Argentina. Nothing has been confirmed yet.
True-Blue Vinny keeps the faith 3 Jun - ďIt cost me Ä1,000 for the day-trip but it was worth every penny. I was so proud of them.Ē A fictional account of one man's trip to Wembley from Ireland last Saturday that will take right back to the stands at the FA Cup Final.
2008/09 revenue almost tops £50m 2 Jun - According to figures reported by The Daily Star, Everton earned £49.5m in television rights revenue this past season, about £24m less than Arsenal who finished a place higher in the Premier League but racked up the cash in the Champions League.
Blues line up pre-season trip to Ghana 1 Jun - An Everton XI will become the first team from the Club to travel to Africa when they play a pre-season match in Ghana this summer. The opposition for a team that will likely be without most of the Blues' international players, will be decided by vote but will either be Ashanti Kotoko or Hearts of Oak. The game is scheduled for the evening of July 12.
Breaking the glass ceiling 1 Jun - More sympathetic coverage of Everton's plight as they come so close, but not close enough to breaking the iron grip the Sky4 sides hold on domestic silverware.
Moyes: Celtic job did not interest me 31 May - David Moyes's ambitions remain firmly at Goodison Park as he looks to continue building ahead of next season. "[The Celtic job] did not interest me," he says. "I'm Everton manager and I'm very loyal... I sense Everton can match my ambitions [and] no one can argue about Everton's standing in the game. I'm at a great football club."
Everton dared to dream 31 May - "Let's not forget it was Everton and their fans who made this day. Chelsea won the match, but the extremes of joy and sadness, hope and despair, were all wearing an Everton shirt ó losers yet unvanquishable." Mark Reason in The Telegraph nails it with his post-Final sentiments.
Van der Meyde's lack of class 30 May - Andy van der Meyde chose Everton's biggest day for 14 years to come out in the press with a bitter attack on David Moyes, branding him "a worthless man" who tried to destroy him by not him giving the opportunity to prove his worth to the Club. The Dutchman will be released this summer after four years at Goodison Park.
1966 ranked in Indie's top 10 29 May - Unlike the Daily Mail's list (which is strictly a rundown of Wembley finals and not just FA Cup games), The Independent's top 10 FA Cup Finals includes Everton's thrilling 3-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in 1966.
Cahill's sink or swim ethos 29 May - Tim Cahill has already been the underdog in an FA Cup Final (with Millwall in 2004), but "with Everton, with the collective group we've got, we do have a realistic chance of winning. The biggest factor for us is ≠believing it. We're proud of being the fifth-best team in the Premier League and it'll be hard to take if we lose to Chelsea because this is a big chance to give something back to ourselves and to the gaffer."
Mo the 'fro 29 May - Mixed with the predictable stuff about hair and yellow cards is some different perspective about the young Marouane, his development in Belgium, and his first remarkable season with Everton in the Premier League.
Seven Legends on Setanta 28 May - Setanta Sports will be providing unparalleled coverage of the FA Cup, including a feature with 7 'legends' from the 1995 FA Cup winning team. The piece will go out across their shows in the build-up to the Cup Final, including 'The Friday Football Show' on the 29 May and on the morning of the Cup Final between 11-1pm. It's something that all Evertonians would appreciate. Note: Setanta will be broadcasting the FA Cup FREE TO AIR and unencrypted from 9 am to 7 pm for those in the UK with cable or satellite boxes.
Shkodran Mustafi on his way 27 May - Everton have confirmed that a pre-contract agreement has been made to sign the young for German defender Shkodran Mustafi, who will officially join the club on 1 July from FC Hamburg. The Toffees will pay no transfer fee for the Germany Under-17 international, but Fifa training compensation will apply.
Gosling next to commit to Everton 27 May - Dan Gosling is poised to extend his Everton contract for another two years by signing a new deal with the Blues. The 19 year old says, "there's no other club where I'd rather be," as he prepares to commit his future to Goodison Park until at least 2012.
The Everton Way Down Under 26 May - A youth development academy linked to Everton FC is set to open early next year in Christchurch, New Zealand. At least three players will be offered free scholarships for the country's first comprehensive player development programme with a direct pathway to the Everton Academy at Finch Farm.
Feed the Yak 26 May - Today's song from Alan Smart tells how much we miss Yakubu:
Joe Parkinson's best and worst 26 May - Joe Parkinson remembers his Wembley triumph with the Blues in 1995 as the best moment of his career in The Times' "Best and Worst" column. The former midfielder is taking his coaching badges ad hopes to eventually become a coach in the Everton Academy.
Tim Howard: Achieving his goal 25 May - If you can get past the advert, and the references to "soccer", this ESPN video gives a touching American treatment of Everton's "goaltender", Tim Howard, his rise to prominence, and his love of the Everton fans.
The Ballad of Phil Neville 25 May - All week, we are highlighting Alan Smart's special contributions to the build-up for the FA Cup Final: Today's ToffeeTune is...
The Ballad of Phil Neville.
Hamstring worries for Pip and Peanut 24 May - Both Philip Neville and Steven Pienaar were swapped out before the end of today's win at Fulham as precautionary measures to protect injured hamstrings ahead of next Saturday's FA Cup Final, though David Moyes has played down the severity of both players' complaints.
Fewer cards... but the hair stays! 23 May - Marouane Fellaini has been talking (through an interpreter) about his hair and more importantly his vastly improved disciplinary record ó he has only got one yellow card in the last 10 games.
JŰ heading back to Eastlands 23 May - Brazilian striker JŰ will return to Manchester City when his loan expires after the Premier League finale this weekend with David Moyes admitting that he doesn't see "where [Everton] could even come close to getting the money [City] spent on him." Another loan spell next season has not been discussed but is probably an option Moyes would explore if offered.
Dream Wembley Assignment 22 May - Nathan Tootle, 7, rabid young Evertonian from West Derby, is the winner of an online competition to escort the FA Cup into Wembley Stadium next weekend, and his dad, Paul Tootle is over the moon!
Personal touch impresses Mustafi 22 May - New Everton acquisition, Shkodan Mustafi says that he turned down Manchester City and Newcastle to join the Blues. "Evertonís coaches made a great effort with me. They came to Germany and viewed games of me. That was important to me." The 17 year-old is one of Germany's most promising talents and will officially sign on 1st July.
Yobo set to sign new deal 21 May - Despite rumours suggesting Joe Yobo wants to leave Everton before his current contract expires in the next year because he is no longer guaranteed a first-team place, his agent claims a new 5-year contract has been agreed in principle and will be signed before the end of the month.
Everton Two, Liverpool One 21 May - The Club has confirmed that the new merchandise store in the city centre opening in July will be officially named Everton Two, the perfect compliment to its location in the Liverpool One retail development. The original Megastore near Goodison Park will of course be renamed Everton One, and will reopen June 27 after refurbishment by Kitbag.
Singing the Blues 21 May - The 1984 Cup Final marked the beginning of a fabulous odyssey for Everton under Howard Kendall, this first trophy being stolen out of the hands of Watford Chairman Elton John, who was left singing the Blues after Everton's 2-0 Wembley victory.
66 and all that much more 20 May - Chris Beesley continues his series celebrating Everton's historic Cup Final victories with this episode about the incomparable 1966 Cup FInal win over Sheffield Wednesday.
Moyes going nowhere 19 May - In an interview now available at EvertonTV, Chairmen Bill Kenwright restates that David Moyes is the Everton Manager and he is going nowhere. Also, that the club is still looking "daily" (no longer "24/7"!?!) for investment to shore up Moyes's team in the summer, but with no sign of success in these hard times.
1933 and all that 19 May - Chris Beesley relives Everton's second winning FA Cup Final, the first at Wembley, a 3-0 win over Manchester City, and the Final one graced by the imperious presence of one William Ralph Dean.
Moyes on Inside Sport 19 May - Gabby Logan talks at length with David Moyes for the BBC's Inside Sport about his background, career and hopes for the future at Everton. It's an illuminating discussion with a manager who still feels he has a lot more to do at Everton and in football in general.
Chris Evans nearly bought EFC 18 May - Chris Evans has revealed that the Ginger Media Group he was running in the late 1990s considered buying Everton Football Club for around £13.5M.
Relive first FA Cup win 18 May - Chris Beesley ghost-writes a report on Everton's first success in the FA Cup, when they defeated Newcastle United at Crystal Palace in 1906 to lift the hallowed trophy for the first time, Alex 'Sandy' Young scoring the winner 13 mins from time.
Cup Final will inspire us 17 May - David Moyes refuses to be concerned about a lack of striking power from his forwards in recent games: "You could say the last couple of games it has been harder to score. We are not worried about the FA Cup Final, it is a one-off game that will inspire us no matter what struggles we have had in front of goal."
The Final Push 14 May - Steven Pienaar has revealed how David Moyes is pushing his players to regain their winning form in the league as he strives to maintain momentum for the big day Wembley on 30 May.
Pienaar's house burgled 11 May - Steven Pienaar has become the latest victim of cunning burglars who strike the houses of Premier League players while the are off at the game.
Everton Ladies lose title decider 10 May - Everton Ladies lost their title decider with Arsenal Ladies this afternoon at Widnes's Halton Stadium, 0 - 1. Everton needed to win or draw to win the league for the first time in 11 years; they didn't, Arsenal took the silverware for the sixth successive season on goal difference.
Yakubu targets June return for Nigeria 9 May - Yakubu says that he hopes to return to action for the first since late November when Nigeria's World Cup qualification campaign resumes next month. The striker ruptured an Achilles tendon at Tottenham last year but is expected to start light training later this month.
Steve Bickerton, RIP
8 May - Steve Bickerton, at one time a frequent match reporter for ToffeeWeb and prominent member of the Ruleteros Society before he fell ill, passed away last night at the Royal Hospital in Liverpool. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends and our posthumous thanks for his contributions to our site and Everton's online community in general.
Eres un puerco! 7 May - Hector Reynoso of the Mexican club Chivas has been suspended from the Copa Libertadores for pretending to cough and spit in the face of a CD Everton player, gestures interpreted as threatening to spread swine flu. The Mexican coughed several times in the face of Sebastian Penco ó an Argentine playing for Everton of Chile ó in a Copa match last week which ended 1-1. He later apologized, but said he expected to be punished for his behavior. You swine!
Club hopeful of earlier Kirkby decision 7 May - Everton and Tesco are hoping that the Government's decision on the Destination Kirkby proposal will be announced well before the 27 November deadline, though officials aren't able to give them any guarantees. The delay in the public inquiry's findings has already pushed the projected open date for the stadium to 2012.
Reserves draw at Celtic 4 May - Everton Reserves travelled to Glasgow for a friendly match with their Celtic counterparts to round out the season. A side including Lukas Jutkiewicz, Scott Spencer, and John-Paul Kissock was held 1-1 after J-P equalized for the Blues. Full Season Details here.
Moyes maintains momentum 4 May - David Moyes wants a strong finish to the League campaign, and yesterday's win at Sunderland was just the ticket: "We have had a few really good draws away from home, but we have not won away from home since January or so, so it was important to do that."
Club reports strong season ticket sales 3 May - Everton have announced that season ticket sales for 2009-10 have already exceeded 20,000 despite the down economy, reflecting optimism ahead of another campaign in Europe.
Moyes to add young German 2 May - Reports in Germany suggest that 17 year-old defender Shkodran Mustafi, dubbed SV Hamburg's most promising talent, has agreed to sign for Everton on 1st July.
Academy end with a loss 2 May - Everton Academy's season in the FA Premier Youth Academy League†(Northwest Section) ended with a defeat by Sheffield Wednesday at Finch Farm, on Saturday. The linked file contains all match results, Everton teamsheets, and appearance records for the youngsters, who look like finishing 4th in Group C.
Goals on Sunday 2 May - We've heard that one of the guests lined up for Sky TV's Goals on Sunday this week is none other than Everton's greatest manager, Howard Kendall.
Moyes mulls offers for duo 30 Apr - David Moyes says he is considering extending an offer to Lars Jacobsen to put pen to paper on a new deal at Goodison and making enquiries with Red Star Belgrade about signing Segundo Castillo on a permanent basis. Meanwhile, confirmation is expected on reports that American midfielder Anton Peterlin impressed Moyes sufficiently on a recent trial to become the Blues' first signing of the summer on 1st July.
Everton set to offload Van der Meyde 30 Apr - Andy van der Meyde is almost certain to leave Everton this summer after four frustrating years with the Club. The Blues have not offered him a new contract and the Dutchman's agent says his client is fit and ready for a new challenge. He's made just 14 starts since arriving in August 2005.
Blues heading back to Utah 29 Apr - Everton will play in the Major League Soccer All Star game in Utah on 29th July according to MLS commissioner, Don Garber in the Salt Lake Tribune. That would suggest that the Blues will head back to the States this summer and would call into question a proposed tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Jagielka surgery set for Wednesday 27 Apr - Phil Jagielka will have surgery by a top knee specialist in London this Wednesday and then begin the road to recovery. Mick Rathbone explains how upset both the player and his teammates were after the game on Saturday, more testimony to the team spirit that exists at Goodison.
Jagielka to undergo knee scan 25 Apr - Phil Jagielka will undergo a scan of his injured knee this evening to assess the full extent of the damage that saw him stretchered off an hour into the defeat to Manchester City. The defender collapsed after stretching for the ball and David Moyes is not expecting good news.
Moyes won't sell to buy 25 Apr - David Moyes believes that the Blues' presence in a showpiece cup final next month will not only help him keep his squad together but success at home and in Europe help attract new players and investment to Everton as well. He reiterates in The Guardian that he has absolutely no interest in selling any of his first-team players, either for cash or as make-weights in other deals.
Wembley pitch to be replaced 24 Apr - The FA have confirmed that the Wembley Stadium pitch, much maligned by the managers of the FA Cup semi-final protagonists, is to be dug up and replaced. The new surface will be place in time for the FA Trophy Final on 9th May and will be tested by the Football League playoffs later in the month before the Blues return on the 30th.
Club angered by ticket allocation 24 Apr - Everton CEO Robert Elstone has expressed his disappointment at the fact that Everton and Chelsea have been allocated just 25,000 seats each for next month's FA Cup Final, the remainding 40,000 reserved for the so-called "football family" ó in other words, most likely non-supporters of the two participating clubs.
New Le Coq Sportif Kit 23 Apr - Pictures of the new Everton shirt for next season, from Le Coq Sportif, have been leaked on the internet... look quick before the club asks us to remove the link!
Everton win right to wear blue 23 Apr - Everton will wear their traditional blue jerseys against Chelsea at Wembley in next month's FA Cup Final after winning a coin toss to decide which side would have to change colours. No word yet on whether the Blues will wear the new Le Coq Sportif strip which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Club's 1984-85 League Championship and European Cup Winners' Cup triumphs.
EFPF Dinner Update 23 Apr - The Everton Former Players Foundation Kevin Ratcliffe Dinner that was due to be held at Goodison this evening was been canceled.
Warning for Hiddink 23 Apr - In Paul Hayward's SportBlog, he describes how Moyes's men showed last night that the FA Cup final will not be a Hiddink victory lap.
The million-pound shootout 21 Apr - Everton's victory in the penalty shoot-out against United on Sunday means that their appearance in the Final will earn the Club an extra £1m from a cup run that has garnered them in the region of £3.5m so far in prize and TV revenue. Victory at Wembley on 30th May would take the Blues' haul to £4.5m.
Webb gets Final assignment 21 Apr - Not surprisingly, the FA's current refereeing golden boy, Howard Webb, has been handed responsibility for next month's FA Cup Final between Everton and Chelsea. The 37 year-old police sergeant says he is "thrilled to bits" at what he describes as the pinnacle of his ambitions.
Sharing the love! 21 Apr - After this weekend's Wembley heroics BBC 5live have done a fabulous 2-minute montage of the love that David Moyes & Blue Bill share.... [Forward to just past the 2hr 58min mark]
Fergie blames Riley ďnonsenseĒ 20 Apr - It seems the master of the mind games doesn't like it when the shoe is on the other foot. "Somebody filled David Moyesís head full of nonsense about it and it was used in the press conference," whinged Sir Alex Ferguson after yesterday's semi-final. "It can play on a refereeís mind."
An Important Moment 19 Apr - David Moyes praised the players and the fans after Everton reached the FA Cup Final for the first time since 1995."The fans made that a special semi-final. I thought Everton's supporters were raucous and gave this stadium deserved support. This was probably the biggest game I've been involved in, partly because it was a semi-final and partly because of Manchester United."
Preparation pays off for Blues 19 Apr - David Moyes says that his players practiced taking penalties in training this week in anticipation of a shoot-out in this afternoon's semi-final... although he admits that there weren't many takers when it came to the crunch after extra time. And Tim Howard's preparation paid off in spades ó he spent two days studying United's potential kick-takers' penalty technique.
Time to change the Record? 19 Apr - 'My name is David Moyes, I've been here seven years and I have a terrible record in the cup'. And Everton''s record against Man Utd since the 1995 cup win is not too great either... one win in 29 attempts. But that win came under David Moyes in 2005, and he's looking to do it again today, this time at Wembley in what Moyes has called the biggest match of his career so far.
Upcoming EFPF fundraising events 19 Apr - The Everton Former Players Foundation Kevin Ratcliffe Dinner will be held in the Alex Young Suite at Goodison Park on Thursday 23rd April, followed by the EFPF Annual Dinner in the Marquee at Goodison on Friday 15th May. The Annual EFPF Golf Day takes place at Heswall Golf Club, Wirral, on 20th May.
Moyes: “I'd like to create a legacy” 19 Apr - Another in a string of articles based on David Moyes's remarks leading up to today's semi-final that make nice reading for Evertonians. In The Scotsman, the Blues manager talks of his hopes of being at Goodison for another seven or eight years and to be able to look on back on a "golden period" for the Club.
Not the Leaving of Goodison 18 Apr - A fun video collage and a novel reworking of the Leaving of Goodison lyrics (if you can get past the distinctly Scottish tones of Alan Smart!) make this a nice celebration for the weekend...
Determination Personified 18 Apr - Ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup Semi-Final, The Times have provided an interesting biographical insight into the one we call the Moyesiah.ďEverton and David Moyes will win trophies because perseverance and persistence will get us through,Ē he says, those bright eyes blazing. ďI hope itís going to be this time, but, if not, it will be soon.Ē
Rooney relishes the bile 17 Apr - ďThereís always banter between me and the Everton fans but it doesnít run too deep,Ē said Wayne Rooney, ahead of Sunday's massive Wembley clash. ďItís just a bit of banter. All the stick I get makes me want to do better, it tends to drive me on, but it doesnít bother me that much now because I expect it now whenever I play against Everton. Itís nothing now really.Ē
Sunderland on Sunday 16 Apr - Everton will now play Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday 2 May, KO 4pm.
Rideout: Wembley decision ďa disgraceĒ 16 Apr - Paul Rideout, the FA Cup hero the last time the Blues were at Wembley in 1995, says, "The fact [Everton and Manchester United] are playing at Wembley on a Sunday is a disgrace, making all the fans travel down there." The 44-year-old won't be able to make it back for this weekend's game due to his youth coaching commitments with Major League Soccer club Kansas City Wizards.
Goodison makes Mail's top 50 16 Apr - The Daily Mail's latest top 50 list is a rundown of what they deem to be the world's best sporting venues. Goodison Park comes in at no. 41, above the new Wembley, Cardiff Arms Park and two of baseball's own old ladies, Wrigley Field and Fenway Park.
Question of Riley allegiance up to FA 15 Apr - David Moyes has hinted via the media that the FA should look into the issue of referee Mike Riley's apparent allegiance to Manchester United The controversial official replaces Steve Bennett as the ref for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final and Moyes said, "If you, ...the press, are saying that [he] is a Man United supporter, you would hope the FA would look at that."
Ruleteros' hopes rest on final game 15 Apr - CD Everton must win their final group match against Chivas of Mexico if they are to progress to the next phase of the Copa Libertadores after losing 1-0 to Caracas who secured their own progression with that victory.
Everton Dream Team 15 Apr - This feature in The Independent is by Matthew Fearon, who used to pen Match Reports for us some years ago.
Moyes's Hillsborough tribute 15 Apr - David Moyes has offered his support for the families of those fans who died at Hillsborough 20 years ago today: "It could have been any football club, it just turned out to be Liverpool. [F]or all the rivalry we have got between each other, blue and red in this city, it is only a game we play..." Many Evertonians are expected to attend the memorial service at Anfield today, while the City will come to a standstill for a minute's silence at 3:06pm, the time at which the Liverpool-Nottingham Forest semi-final was finally stopped as the full extent of the tragedy dawned.
Moyes bans BBC in protest at MotD 15 Apr - A report by The Daily Mail lends weight to rumours that David Moyes ordered that BBC cameras be banned from yesterday's media day at Finch Farm after the "hatchet job" on Marouane Fellaini by Match of the Day on Sunday.
Brian Callaghan benefit night 14 Apr - A benefit night for Brian 'Cally' Callaghan, who died of a heart-attack in Liege just before the Blues' Uefa Cup match with Standard last October, is being held in The Silvestrian Club, Silvester Street, on Sat 25th April from 7.30 after the Manchester City home game.
Riley selected as semi-final ref 13 Apr - As if the task facing Everton next Sunday wasn't hard enough, the Football Association have selected Mike Riley, whom many fans feel is one of ó if not the ó worst referees on the roster, to officiate the FA Cup semi final between the Blues and Manchester United. Steve Bennett was the original choice but he has been struck down with a virus.
Turner breaks toe 13 Apr - Reserves 'keeper Iain Turner has broken his toe and is expected to return from Nottingham Forest, where he has been on loan since March.
Moyes unhappy with penalty award 12 Apr - Despite his obvious pleasure at the way Everton had played at Villa Park, David Moyes was annoyed by referee Howard Webb's decision that unfairly penalized Joleon Lescott for dangerous play.
Vaughan needs more work 11 Apr - David Moyes says of James Vaughan, "It looks like he is a bit off it yet, so I donít want people to think there is an imminent return. Iím hoping to involve him in the last few games of the season, but heís a bit of work to do. Heís mad keen to be involved, and mad keen to be around it. Maybe if I give him another reserve game next week, and it pleases me, he might then be involved."
JŰ would cost too much 11 Apr - Asked if Everton were going to sign JŰ permanently at the end of his loan deal, David Moyes is reported to have said, "Itís not worth discussing as he cost a lot of money, and we donít have that sort of money, thatís for sure,Ē
Everton slip to 24th Richest 9 Apr - In the annual Forbes valuation of top soccer clubs, Everton have slipped to 24th, with Man City and Aston Villa leaping above them. Everton have a nominal asset value (ignoring debts) of $207M (£149M), with a debt-to-value ratio of 49%, that implies the level of debt is £73M. Editor's Viewpoint
Sunderland Game time switch 9 Apr - Everton's game at Sunderland next month will be broadcast live on Sky, meaning a lunchtime kick-off... unless ó well, see if you can figure it out!
Howard thinks he'll be OK 8 Apr - Tim Howard has been talking about the injury that he picked up while playing for the USA. He admits the problem is still a little sore, but is confident of shrugging off the complaint in time for Sundayís showdown against Villa.
Does Moyes deserve more credit? 8 Apr - So asks Jonny Abrams in a highly prescient article reflecting many a point raised and debated in our Mailbag over the recent weeks and months.
Manny breaks leg... plays on! 6 Apr - In an unlikely Hickson-esque scenario, Manuel Fernandes fractured the fibula in his left leg in the 15th minute of Valencia's 4-1 win over Getafe on Sunday without realising it! Fernandes stayed on to play the full 90 minutes and only discovered the break after medical scans were done on Monday when the player complained of some discomfort.
Osman for England! 5 Apr - Leon Osman for England!?! ... Leon Osman as the successor to David Beckham!!! Rory Smith seems to be just a little star-struck at The Telegraph, where this report is all about the Everton midfielder's involvement in all four goals against Wigan.
JŰ feels the love at Goodison 4 Apr - Interview with Daniel Taylor: "The people here have given me so much more support," says JŰ. "I felt it from the first moment I came to the club and every footballer needs that kind of care. Phil Neville is never too far away, always asking if I am OK, if I need anything. But it's all of the players, not just Phil. They have all looked out for me. It feels like Everton is my home now."
"It's been like a new start, I can see that people believe in me here and, because of that, I have started to believe in myself again. You could see all the frustration released when I scored my first goal."
Rhino hangs up his boots 3 Apr - Former Everton defender David Unsworth, who played 350 times for the Blues and scored 40 goals, including the first of David Moyes's Everton tenure in 2002, has retired from the game aged 35.
Wigan tickets still available 2 Apr - Tickets for this weekend's game at Goodison are still available at the usual places: The Park End box office is open daily from 8am-6pm Monday-Friday and Saturday 10am-4pm. The box office will reopen on matchday from 9am until kick off for any remaining unsold tickets (subject to availability). Visit or call 0871 663 1878. or visit evertonfc.com
Deflection? Or own-goal?! 2 Apr - The latter, say the FA Dubious Goals panel, at least in regard to Mikel Arteta's second goal against Sunderland at Goodison in December. Mikey's volley followed his free-kick that was blocked off the Sunderland wall, and took a big deflection on it's way past Fulop into the Sunderland net. It is now credited as an own-goal by Danny Collins.
Cahill faces fitness test 31 Mar - Tim Cahill is in Australia and has been training with the Socceroos but coach Pim Verbeek is uncertain about his fitness level and won't say how much (if any) of Wednesday's game against Uzbekistan our Tiny Tim will be asked to play in Sydney.
Yak to see French specialist 31 Mar - Yakubu is expected to visit a top specialist in France as he nears the end of his rehabilitation after he ruptured his Achilles tendon earlier this season.
Tranmere Rovers 0 - 3 Everton XI 30 Mar - An Everton side made up mostly of reserves Academy youngsters, plus Carlo Nash, took on Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park for Dutch goalkeeper John Achterberg's testimonial match. Kieran Agard was on target with two goals and youngster Shane Duffy added a third.
Call for Stadium Debate 27 Mar - KEIOC are doing their best to keep the Kirkby argument alive through the many long months Everton must wait for a decision from the Public Inquiry. The opposition group are calling for a Question Time-style debate to provide answers on issues of concern raised at the Inquiry.
The 80s midfield 26 Mar - Here's a great article about Everton's fantastic midfield of the 1980s.
Everton Res 2 - 0 Wigan Res 24 Mar - Everton Reservesí nine-game run without a win in the FA Premier Reserve League Northern Section ended as they beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 at the Halton Stadium with goals from Kieran Agard and Karl Sheppard ó in his first game at this level.
Moyes on Money, 4th & Boys... 22 Mar - David Moyes was a guest on Sky TV's Goals on Sunday where he talked about money and how it does/doesn't make a difference... the chase for 4th... and too many foreign imports preventing English boys from getting a chance.
Aussies confident on Tim 22 Mar - The Socceroos seem very confident that Tim Cahill's calf strain, which kept him out of yesterday's defeat at Portsmouth, will not prevent him from flying half-way round the world... and playing in their World Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan a week on Wednesday.
Baines on standby for England 21 Mar - Leighton Baines' recent form has been recognised by Fabio Capello who has named the left back in a provisional 30-man squad for the upcoming internationals against Ukraine and Slovakia along with Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott. Jack Rodwell, meanwhile, has been called up to the U-21 squad.
Goals on Sunday
20 Mar - We understand that David Moyes could be appearing on Sky TV's Goals on Sunday this weekend... let's hope he has plenty of Everton goals to talk about!
Turner to Forest on loan 19 Mar - Iain Turner has gone on loan to Nottingham Forest for the rest of the season. Third in line after Carlo Nash, he has been splitting duty in the Reserves goal and is likely in need of a bit of decent competitive football.
Hughes has hopes for Jô at City 18 Mar - Mark Hughes expects Jô to return to Eastlands a better player once his loan spell at Everton finishes in May. "What the lad needs is Premier League football," the Manchester City boss said as he dampened speculation that the Brazilian may join the Blues permanently in the summer.
Ruleteros go joint top in Group 6 17 Mar - CD Everton went joint top of Group 6 with Chivas of Mexico in the Copa Libertadores thanks to an injury-time goal by Jose Munoz that helped the Ruleteros to a 2-1 win over Lanus of Argentina. Next up is a trip to Caracas in Venezuela next month.
Jags to join high earners 17 Mar - Phil Jagielka is to be rewarded for his stirling efforts this season with an improved contract according to reports. The defender's current term still has three years to run but The Mirror reports that he could be offered a bumper pay rise of £15,000 above his current £25,000 salary.
Politicians call for Wembley re-think 17 Mar - Sir Richard Leese, the leader of Manchester City Council and Joe Anderson, the Labour Party leader on Liverpool City Council, have written to FA Chairman Lord David Triesman in an effort to effect a change of venue for next month's FA Cup semi-final between Everton and Manchester United. Both sets of fans will be asked to travel down to Wembley on a Sunday and the councillors question why a neutral ground in the northwest couldn't be used.
Vaughan nears end of recovery 17 Mar - James Vaughan could return to training at the end of this month after recovering from surgery on a knee injury that has wrecked his season thus far. David Moyes is typically cautious, saying that if all goes well, he may be able to call on the 20 year-old striker for a few games before the end of the season in May.
Cahill substituted as a precaution 16 Mar - David Moyes has confirmed that Tim Cahill was withdrawn at half-time against Stoke as a precaution after the Australian suffered a slight calf strain in the first half.
Further delay in Kirkby decision 16 Mar - Initially set for June, the Secretary of State's decision on the Destination Kirkby scheme is now not expected until 27th November, ending Everton FC's hopes of starting the 2011/12 season in the proposed new stadium.
Blue sites flying the flag 16 Mar - ToffeeWeb and BlueKipper have been shortlisted with eight other sites for the Best Online Fanzine in the second annual Football Fanzine Awards, Everton being the only club to boast more than one finalist in the category. Columnist Joe Jennings is up for Best Writer.
Zidane could grace Goodison 16 Mar - Zinedine Zidane is one of a host of top players and celebrities who it is hoped will grace Goodison in the first game of a three-match event labelled CAUSE ó Children's Aid Using Soccer Events ó on 23rd May.
Gary Dunne's funeral arrangements 15 Mar - Three years after he was brutally murdered on the Costa del Sol, Evertonian and father Gary Dunne will finally be laid to rest this month. Fans are welcome to join the funeral party on March 20th starting at 12pm as it travels from West Derby to Goodison Park and on to Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
Motty's impressed 14 Mar - If he's anything like most old codgers, John Motson, BBC's Voice of Football is not easily impressed... so a brief compliment to Everton this season, buried in this University of York Student Website article, is something of a gem.
Moyes still “motivated to succeed” 13 Mar - A nice piece over at the BBC marking David Moyes's seven years in charge at Goodison and how he remains determined to push on after stabilizing Everton as a top-six club.
Police extend apology to Anichebe 12 Mar - Cheshire police have apologised to Victor Anichebe after he and a friend were challenged by officers for looking in a jeweller's shop window, an incident that the 20-year-old described as "totally humiliating." Police said they were "acting after a spate of robberies" in the Knutsford area but admitted that their reaction, which included trying to grab the injured striker's crutches to prevent him "escaping", was "less than proportionate."
CD Everton 1 - 1 Lanus 11 Mar - CD Everton of Chile and Lanus of Argentina finished 1-1 in Group 6 of the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday. Lanus took the lead with a goal from Diego Gonzalez in the dying seconds of the first half, but Everton replied with a penalty by Argentine striker Ezequiel Miralles eight minutes after the restart.
Sunday at Wembley
11 Mar - The official website has confirmed that Everton will play Man Utd at Wembley on Sunday 19 April with a 4pm kick-off and the game will be shown live on ITV in the UK.
Welsh wonders lead Margate 10 Mar - Watch this BBC video of Neville Southall and Terry Yorath providing their unique style of football coaching to Margate in the Ryman League.
Wembley only for the FInal 9 Mar - David Moyes has spoken out over the use of Wembley as host stadium for the FA Cup semi-finals. "It's great to be in the semis but I'd prefer the match was away from Wembley. I don't think anyone likes it. Wembley should only be used for the final."
Players needed half-time roasting 8 Mar - David Moyes has talked of how Steve Round beat him into the dressing room at half-time against Boro to give the players a right royal dressing down after their dreadful first-half performance in the FA Cup quarter-final.
Anichebe out until next season 5 Mar - Victor Anichebe has become the latest player to be ruled out for the remainder of the campaign, joining Yakubu and Mikel Arteta on the long-term injury list. The Nigerian international will undergo surgery on knee ligament damage that was a direct result of the horror lunge perpetrated by Keith Nolan last weekend at Newcastle.
Baxter signs professional contract 4 Mar - Hot Academy prospect Jose Baxter, who has already made four appearances at first-team level, has signed a 2Ĺ-year professional contract with Everton, tying him to Goodison Park until June 2011.
A bit rich from Big Sam 4 Mar - Sam Allardyce made his name at Bolton for his team's uncompromisingly physical style but he isn't letting that reputation stop him from inviting the match referee to keep a close eye on Tim Cahill "playing the man before the ball" when Everton meet Blackburn at Ewood Park this evening.
Arteta operation a success 3 Mar - Mikel Arteta underwent surgery in Spain today to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and Matt Connery, one of the Club physios, reports back that the surgeon feels the operation "couldnít have gone any better." The player himself is in "very good spirits" and preliminary estimates suggest a recovery period of around six months.
JP Kissock returns 3 Mar - John Paul Kissock has returned from a month-long loan spell with Accrington Stanley, where he played five games in League 2.
Across the Park 3 Mar - A new book Across the Park, by Peter Lupson, head of English at Kingsmead School in Hoylake, charts the historic links between Everton and Liverpool, starting from Everton's origins in St Domingo Chapel.
Golden Vision on SportBlog 2 Mar - The Golden Vision, Ken Loach's BBC Play for Today film from 1968 about Alex Young and his adoring Everton fans, is lovingly reviewed by Martin Kelner in his SportBreak blog at The Guardian.
Jacobsen eager for playing time 2 Mar - Now that he has recovered from a dislocated shoulder, Lars Jacobsen is hoping to get some first-team playing time but he has been an unused substitute in recent matches and still awaits his debut. Injury to Tony Hibbert may usher in the chance for the Dane before the end of the season; if not, he says he will be forced to look elsewhere for regular action.
Wellington discussing Everton friendly 2 Mar - The Wellington Phoenix have emerged as potential opposition for Everton on their proposed tour of Australasia this summer, but whether the friendly will come to fruition will come down the financial viability of the game for the New Zealand club. Clubs in Sydney and Melbourne in Australia are also interested after Everton agreed to play Perth Glory if they could secure at least one more match Down Under to justify the long haul.
Hibbert now injured 2 Mar - Tony Hibbert is the latest injury worry after coming off in the first half against WBA with an injury "out of the blue" ó he has a thigh strain and may miss the next couple of matches.
Anichebe out for at least 3-4 weeks 1 Mar - Victor Anichebe faces at least three to four weeks out with lateral knee ligament damage thanks to Kevin Nolan's ugly tackle in the goalless draw at Newcastle the weekend before last. The swelling in his leg is still preventing a full diagnosis of the extent of the injury and he could yet be ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.
Shareholders Association Annual Dinner 26 Feb - The EFCSA's annual dinner takes place on 14th March in the Alex Young Suite, with guests that include Ray Wilson, David Moyes, Bill Kenwright, Dave Hickson and Derek Mountfield. Tickets are £35 and proceeds benefit the Everton Former Players' Foundation and a special needs school in Vina del Mar, Chile, home of CD Everton.
Ruleteros suffer Chivas drubbing 26 Feb - CD Everton suffered a 6-2 defeat to Mexican side Chivas in Group 6 of the Copa Copa Libertadores after conceding four goals in the first half. The Ruleteros, currently joint second in the group, play Lanus of Argentina, the bottom club, on 11th March.
Blues will face 'Boro in Cup quarters
25 Feb - Middlesbrough beat West Ham United 2-0 in their FA Cup fifth-round replay this evening, setting up a quarter final date with Everton on 8th March. Boro were the Blues' opponents the last time they reached the last eight, infamously losing 3-0 at The Riverside in Walter Smith's last match in charge.
Arteta Op next week 25 Feb - Mikel Arteta will have an operation on his knee in Barcelona next Tuesday, and is expected to be out of action for six months while he recovers.
Concern over Anichebe injury 24 Feb - Everton will wait and see before making a full assessment on the extent of Victor Anichebe's injuries after initial scans revealed that he strained ligaments in his knee in addition to suffering severe bruising on his shin and ankle on Sunday. Club physio, Mick Rathbone, says that only once the swelling has gone down will he know how long the striker may have to sit out.
Stoke game switched back 24 Feb - Everton's home game against Stoke City, switched to Sunday 25th March a couple of weeks ago to accommodate a British National Party rally, has been moved back to the originally scheduled date on the 24th after the political party canceled their planned event. The Club have graciously offered to reimburse fans who will lose money from rearranged travel and accommodation.
Moyes ďfearing the worstĒ over Arteta 22 Feb - David Moyes admits that Everton are fearing the worst over Mikel Arteta after he was stretchered off just four minutes into the goalless draw at Newcastle with his knee heavily strapped. The Spaniard undergoes a scan this evening to determine the extent of the injury.
Moyes will protect Rodwell and Gosling 19 Feb - David Moyes is determined to ensure that both young stars Jack Rodwell and Dan Gosling develop gradually... which means they will be used sparingly. Let's just hope they don't get frustrated!
Cup quarter final date set 19 Feb - Everton's FA Cup quarter final clash with Middlesbrough or West Ham will kick off at 4pm on Sunday 8th March with live television coverage by Setanta Sports. The Blues will find out which team they'll face after their 5th Round reply on 25th February.
Blues planning Australia dates 18 Feb - Australian A League club Perth Glory have announced that they'll play a pre-season friendly with Everton if the Blues can arrange a second practice match in one of the country's eastern cities, possibly Melbourne or Sydney, to make the trip Down Under financially viable.
Mini-derby ends all square 17 Feb - Updated: An inexperienced Everton Reserves side were held to a 1-1 draw by Liverpool this evening in a game which featured a "what happened next?" moment and an own goal. Scott Spencer had set the Blues on their way when his courtesy pass somehow went through reds' 'keeper Martin Hansen's legs [Video] but Hope Akpan headed into his own net at the other end to hand the visitors a share of the spoils.
Rodwell agrees new contract 16 Feb - Everton's Jack Rodwell has agreed to the terms of a new five-year contract and is expected to put pen to paper on the new deal by the weekend according to the Official Site. The 17-year-old's current terms expire in the summer and the Club are keen to get their newest star-in-the-making locked into a new contract to ward off interest from the likes of Chelsea.
And the nominees are... 16 Feb - The "longlist" of nominees in the New Football Pools Football Fanzine Awards for 2009 has been compiled and you can now vote for ToffeeWeb in a number of ways across three categories: Best Online Fanzine; Best Editor; and a slew of our columnists and contributors are up for Best Writer. Vote away here by clicking on the category and then the "Vote Now" link at the top of the subsequent page.
People's Clubs in progression 15 Feb - This Guardian story may gets some backs up for daring to suggest that Lerner and O'Neill at Villa have stolen a march on Kenwright and Moyes at Everton. But it's results that count: this was penned before the depleted People's Club sent the yankee billionaire's charges packing out of the FA Cup in fine style...
Moyes wants revenge 14 Feb - "We were all disappointed with the way we lost to them here, when we felt we had done enough to get a draw. But they showed that they don't give in, when we equalised it didn't get to them. But we have learned from that too, we have been in a good run and tidied ourselves up from that point. That result could have sent us under, it was such a disappointment and we could have found it difficult to pick ourselves up. But it has been the exact opposite. We have picked ourselves up and got on with things. We have gone from strength to strength. We recovered from that because of the character we have amongst the players at Everton."
Cahill and Australia honour fire victims 11 Feb - Tim Cahill and the rest of the Socceroos will be wearing black armbands when they take the field against Japan today as a mark of respect and mourning for the victims of the worst bushfires in the nation's history this past week. Evertonians can donate to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal by clicking here.
Reserves beaten at the death by Boro 10 Feb - New signing Seamus Coleman played the full 90 minutes and Victor Anichebe an hour as the Reserves went down 1-0 to a last-minute goal against Middlesbrough.
EFPF Fundraising Evening 10 Feb - The Everton Former Players' Foundation's latest fund-raising evening will take place at The Marquee at Goodison Park on Friday 27 February, starting at 7.30pm. Guests include Pat Nevin, Matt Jackson and Jim Pearson and tickets, priced at just £35, include all your entertainment and a three-course dinnerÖwith all proceeds going towards the Foundation.
Cup tickets on general sale 10 Feb - Tickets for Sunday's FA Cup clash with Aston Villa are now on general sale — Adults from £29, Juniors from £14, OAP £20 — and can be purchased online at the this link.
Stoke City game moved back 24 hours 10 Feb - The home fixture against Stoke City, originally scheduled for Saturday 15th March, will now take place 24 hours later at 3pm on Sunday the 16th for "Merseyside police operational reasons".
Anichebe: No problem with Moyes 10 Feb - Victor Anichebe says that the matter of his reported falling out with David Moyes over his refusal to sanction a loan move to Hull City was blown out of all proportion by the media and that he has no problem with his manager or staying with Everton.
Pienaar facing two-week lay-off 10 Feb - Steven Pienaar is expected to be sidelined for two weeks because of the hamstring injury he suffered against Liverpool last week. Meanwhile, the Club, hope that Louis Saha will resume full training this week after missing the two months or so with a hamstring tear of his own.
Jagielka rewarded with England call-up 8 Feb - Phil Jagielka has been rewarded for his stunning recent form with a call-up to the England squad for the forthcoming friendly with Spain. Unfortunately, there was no place for his fellow defensive rock, Joleon Lescott and Mikel Arteta was once again overlooked by Spain.
Moyes nixed Kapo deal 8 Feb - Sky Sports are reporting that Everton withdrew from a potential loan deal for French midfielder Olivier Kapo of Wigan Athletic, amid concerns about the player's social habits.
Police to investigate coin incident 6 Feb - While the Liverpool fans' sock-tossing stunt has been laughed off as Scouse banter by the media, Merseyside police are investigating an incident during Wednesday's FA Cup replay which left a Goodison Park steward bleeding from the forehead after being struck by a coin thrown from the stands.
Should ITV be Barred? 6 Feb - The Guardian sports poll today follows ITV's latest football debacle: 'Should ITV be barred from bidding for the Cup?' If you were being treated to an advert for Tic Tacs instead of watching this key moment in Everton's recent history, you can vote in this Guardian Poll.
Nev makes top 10 of 'keeper's list 6 Feb - Most Blues would put him higher on this list but Neville Southall comes in at No 5 in the Mail's selection of the top 50 goalkeepers. Nigel Martyn (13) and Gordon West (29) also made the list, as did the Blues' current goalkeeping coach, Chris Woods (49).
Penalty agony for Young Blues 5 Feb - Everton's youngsters couldn't emulate the success of the senior team's exploits by staving off penalties this evening in the FA Youth Cup and were beaten in a shoot-out by Norwich City after the tie ended 1-1 after extra time.
Rodwell comes of age 5 Feb - Dan Gosling was the goalscoring hero but Henry Winter in The Telegraph doesn't overlook the contribution of Jack Rodwell who looked mature beyond his tender 17 years as Everton put Liverpool to the sword at Goodison in extra time last night.
ITV issue statement over ad glitch 5 Feb - ITV have issued a statement of apology for the "programming error" that ruined the climax of last night's FA Cup replay for millions of television viewers. The broadcaster's coverage cut away to advertisements just before Dan Gosling scored his thrilling winner, the feed returning for many to scenes of jubilation by Everton's players.
Pienaar misses Villa tie 5 Feb - Steven Pienaar will miss the FA Cup 5th Round tie with Aston Villa on 15th February after picking up his fifth booking of the season against Liverpool last night.
Still time to nominate TW 4 Feb - If you haven't done so already, there's still time to nominate ToffeeWeb in the second annual Football Fanzine awards in the categories of Best Online Fanzine, Best Writer and Best Editor.
CD Everton delegation to visit Goodison 4 Feb - A delegation from the Everton in Chile is on its way to Liverpool to visit Goodison Park for a historic meeting facilitated by the Ruleteros Society.
Goodison redevelopment presentation 4 Jan - A presentation regarding the possibiity of redeveloping Goodison Park, developed by KEIOC especially for use in the public inquiry into the proposed relocation of the Everton football stadium to Kirkby, is now available for public view.
Coleman signed after all 4 Feb - It's finally been admitted by David Moyes that Everton did indeed sign Seamus Coleman from Sligo Rovers during the transfer window. The 21-year-old Irish defender apparently cost a nominal fee of £150k or £250k and will become part of Andy Holden's reserves squad.
Mo-Fro getting back his mojo 4 Feb - Ahead of this evening's FA Cup replay against the Dark Side where the big-haired Belgian gets a chance to make amends for missing the two Anfield derbies through suspension, Marouane Fellaini talks to The Guardian about settling in at Everton and his challenges adapting to the pace and intensity of the Premier League.
Moyes calls for derby fairness 4 Feb - In comments reported by todays' Times, David Moyes tackles the issue of perceived bias or imbalance by officials towards Liverpool in recent seasons head-on. Citing the Pienaar penalty incident and Mascherano's attempts to get Cahill sent off at Anfield, as well as the Clattenburg derby of two seasons ago, the Everton boss says, "a bit of fairness [is] required.Ē
Aubrey Powell passes away
1 Feb - The death was announced of Aubrey Powell and accompanied by a full page article in the Yorkshire Evening Post on Friday 30 January. Powell, a Welsh international was signed by Everton for a near record £11,000 in 1948 from Leeds Utd. His funeral takes place this Wednesday, 4 February, in Leeds
The Last Domingan 30 Jan - The Everton FC Shareholders Association will be holding a forum to honour the life of Will Cuff, who was the last link between St Domingo and Everton, on 6th February 2009 in the People's Lounge at Goodison Park, with doors opening at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The forum is free to enter but you must be on the guest list beforehand. Click for details
Cahill and Fellaini major doubts 30 Jan - David Moyes says he will take no chances with Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini for this weekend's trip to Old Trafford after both picked up knocks in the midweek draw with Arsenal. Cahill hobbled off with severe bruising to his foot and Fellaini suffered a shin injury and both are rated as doubtful.
Just a kick on the foot 29 Jan - Tim Cahill will thankfully be fit to face Man Utd at Old Trafford on Saturday. That is the feeling after taking a closer look at the damage that caused him to limp off before the end of last night's dramatic Arsenal game at Goodison Park.
Clattenburg Sacked 29 Jan - Mark Clattenburg has at long last been sacked as a Premier League referee. Not for his seemingly blatant pro-Liverpool bias and apparent cheating in a Merseyside derby, but for financial irregularities from his previous employment.
Moyes concedes defeat in loan quest 28 Jan - David Moyes says he is prepared to finish the season with his current threadbare squad after the door closed on the two loan prospects he has been chasing recently. "Neither of them are going to come off," the manager says, though it's not clear if a long-term injury to Tim Cahill, described by Moyes as "not too bad" after he hobbled off against Arsenal, would prompt a re-think.
Pompey (A) moved for Sky coverage
27 Jan - Everton's away match at Portsmouth on 21st March has been moved forward to 12:45pm to accommodate live screening by Sky Sports. The trip to Blackburn will also be shown live at the originally scheduled time of 8pm on 4th March.
Mad Dog hangs up his leash 27 Jan - Thomas Gravesen, the eccentric Danish midfielder who became something of a cult hero at Everton before leaving for Real Madrid four years ago, has retired from football at the age of 32. He was signed by Walter Smith in 2000 but returned to Goodison Park for an ill-advised and predictably injury-ravaged loan spell from Celtic last season.
Screech or Borat? 27 Jan - Marouane Fellaini is the subject matter in the Guardian's Photoshop Gallery, with some inventive spoof material courtesy of the original Screech and Borat.
Moyes masters defensive art 26 Jan - The BBC's chief football writer, Phil McNulty, offers David Moyes the plaudits he and his team deserve for the way in which they approached Sunday's FA Cup derby and earned a replay at Goodison next week.
United clash moved to Saturday 26 Jan - Everton's FA Cup 4th Round replay with Liverpool next week has forced the Blues' clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford to be brought forward to Saturday. Kick off will be 5:30pm and the game will be televised live on Setanta Sports. For £7.50, though, you could always watch a live screening of the game in the Alex Young Suite at Goodison Park.
Phil Jagielka interview 24 Jan - If you an get past the usual Sky 4 bull at the beginning of this BBC interview, enjoy Jag's embryonic mohawk hairstyle along with his feelings about how Everton are playing now after that horrible early-season form.
Football Fanzine Awards 2009 23 Jan - The Football Fans Census, powered by The New Football Pools, are taking nominations for the second annual Football Fanzine Awards. You can put ToffeeWeb's name forward in the Best Premier League (Online), Best Editor and Best Writer categories before the February 6th deadline.
Wembley... 23 years ago 23 Jan - This BBC feature may sicken some who won't wish to recall how Everton let the chance of double glory slip to rivals Liverpool in the 1986 FA Cup Final. This Then & Now feature updates the status of the players from both teams that day.
Progress despite adversity 23 Jan - Over at ESPN Soccernet, Norman Hubbard pens a nice piece about David Moyes: "Clubs in the Champions League... often only hire managers with a pedigree in Europe. Which leaves the league's third-longest serving manager at Goodison Park, quietly providing an example to the whingers and whiners of his profession with no strikers and no excuses."
Destination Kirkby's impact on Skem 22 Jan - Michelle Taylor, regional director for St Modwen, the developers behind the proposed Skelmersdale Vision regeneration programme, has said that given the massive scale of Destination Kirkby, a green light for that project would force her to "terminate" her firm's own plans in Skelmersdale.
Bellefield plan rejected 21 Jan - Everton stand to lose £10m in potential income from the sale of their old Bellefield training ground after a government inspector rejected a residential plan for 74 homes on the site. Robert Elstone has attacked LCC over the decision.
Baines draws plaudits for terrific display 20 Jan - David Prentice in the Echo is effusive in his praise for Leighton Baines after his superb display at Anfield last night, one perhaps matched only by the equally impressive Phil Jagielka.
Cahill dedicates derby goal to the fans 20 Jan - Tim Cahill has dedicated his late equalising goal in last night's derby against Liverpool to Everton's passionate and long-suffering fans, 3,000 of whom made the short journey across the Park for the first of two games in six days against the Dark Side.
Jacobsen finally gets Reserve run-out 20 Jan - Lars Jacobsen played 77 minutes for Everton Reserves, his first meaningful action for the club since joining on a free transfer from Nuremberg, as they lost 1-0 at home to Hull City. The Dane dislocated his shoulder just days after signing for the Blues and had to wait to get some match practice under his belt after the previous Reserves fixture was postponed because of frost.
Spencer to undergo Scunthorpe trial 20 Jan - Everton have agreed to allow Reserves striker Scott Spencer to go on trial at Scunthorpe United. The 21 year-old was signed from Oldham with a fair amount of fanfare four years ago but he has yet to get near the first team at Goodison Park.
The poisoning of the “friendly derby” 19 Jan - Oliver Kay in The Times laments the souring of the atmosphere at the Merseyside derby in recent seasons but sees it as a "microcosm of what's going on elsewhere."
Enjoying life at Goodison 19 Jan - Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta engage in a bit of banter in this transcript of a chat with The Times where they speak glowingly of David Moyes's evolution as a manager, the team spirit at the club and their own passion for the game.
Moyes criticises clubs' spending habits 18 Jan - David Moyes has cited the boom-and-bust wage policies of Portsmouth and West Ham in particular for driving up salaries in the Premier League market and making it harder for Everton to attract players in recent seasons.
Similarities to 18 years ago 18 Jan - Things might be somewhat tumultuous over the Park at the moment with Rafael Benitez's ongoing wrangle with the Anfield board but it probably doesn't compare with the chaos that surrounded the Dark Side the last time Everton and Liverpool met in the FA Cup 18 years ago. This article in The Scotsman is heavily weighted to the Red perspective of that 4-4 game that led to Kenny Dalglish's resignation but it's an interesting retrospective nonetheless.
Lescott ready for Anfield test 18 Jan - Joleon Lescott gets a nice write-up in the Sunday Times today as he prepares for tomorrow's derby showdown at Anfield. The former Wolves man extolls the virtues of the team's strong spirit in an article that charts his path to Everton where he has become the Premier League's top-scoring centre half.
Arteta takes centre stage 18 Jan - "Few clubs cherish illustrious names from their past as much as Everton," begins Paul Wilson in The Observer today as he acknowledges Mikel Arteta's recent renaissance in central midfield for the Blues in the build-up to tomorrow's Premier League derby.
Moyes: Nothing to fear 17 Jan - David Moyes is in relaxed mood ahead of the first of two derbies against local rivals, Liverpool, saying that he sees, "how well the players are doing, how well they are performing. If they can go and show their potential, they have certainly nothing to fear."
Police warn over “criminal chants” 15 Jan - Merseyside Police have issued a warning that they will attempt to crack down on chants that are deemed offensive at the two forthcoming derby matches.
Rising Blue stars in Times list 13 Jan - [Link amended] Dan Gosling (No 33) and Jose Baxter (No 31) make The Times' list of the world's top 50 rising football stars. Jack Rodwell, who was named ahead of Baxter in the same paper's Top 50 British Footballers list last month did not make the cut this time around. Meanwhile, in the Mail's "greatest hard men" list, 1980s stalwart Pat van den Hauwe clocks in at No 21. and Duncan Ferguson is only ranked at No. 14.
Slow but steady progress for Yakubu 13 Jan - David Moyes has provided an update on Yakubu's progress as the striker recovers from surgery on a ruptured Achilles. The Nigerian won't be able to start rehabilitation work for a while yet as his leg is still in plaster and needing to be kept elevated while the wound heals. As such, the initial nine-month target for recovery remains the expected timeframe for his return.
Howard Webb gets first derby
12 Jan - Howard Webb, who seems to be the FA's go-to guy for the big games now that everyone seems to believe that Mike Riley is utterly incompetent and inconsistent, has been handed the responsibility of refereeing Monday's Premier League Merseyside derby.
Arteta tired of transfer talk 12 Jan - In-form Mikel Arteta says he is weary of the rumours that crop up every transfer window linking him with a move away from Everton, saying he is "very proud to represent this club and am happy here." He also says that while he could be eligible to play for England in a year or two, his heart is set on representing Spain.
Fellaini misses both derbies 10 Jan - Fellaini will miss both forthcoming derby games against Liverpool after drawing his 10th yellow card in the 2-0 win over Hull City. "We thought about taking him off at half-time because of the possible problem of him being suspended. I made the decision, and if we could have got through 15 minutes or so we would have taken him off," said Moyes. Mailbag Discussion
Fellaini misses both derbies 10 Jan - Fellaini will miss both forthcoming derby games against Liverpool after drawing his 10th yellow card in the 2-0 win over Hull City. "We thought about taking him off at half-time because of the possible problem of him being suspended. I made the decision, and if we could have got through 15 minutes or so we would have taken him off," said Moyes. Mailbag Discussion
Carsley: Leaving was tough 8 Jan - Lee Carsley has been talking about how tough it was to leave Everton at the end of last season, but that the decision was the right one.
Hull City tickets 5 Jan - The two tickets to this weekend's clash with Hull City were won by David Thompson who was randomly selected as the winner. Tickets for the game are still available. Log onto www.evertonfc.com/eticketing or telephone 0871 663 1878 or simply visit the Goodison Park Box Office.
Newcastle game switched for TV 7 Jan - Everton's trip to St James Park, originally scheduled for 21st February, has been moved back a day to a 4pm kick off on Sunday the 22nd to accommodate live television coverage on Sky Sports.
Yobo back before month's end 7 Jan - David Moyes expects Joseph Yobo to be back in action around the end of the month after missing the last couple of weeks with a hamstring strain. He also hopes to be able to call on James Vaughan, who is recovering from his latest knee surgery, before the end of the season.
Top 20 Rich List 7 Jan - Everton have some representatives in Football's Rich List Top 20, as compiled by FourFourTwo magazine, Lord Grantchester and the Moores Family coming in at 8th equal with £1.2 billion. Strange listing, as the Moores family sold their interest in Everton to Peter Johnson back in 1992, and Grantchester resigned from the Board of Directors in 2004, although he does still have perhaps 3,000 shares in EFC.
Jacobsen return delayed by frost 6 Jan - Everton Reserves game against Manchester City was called off this evening due to frost on Hyde United's Ewen Fields pitch. Lars Jacobsen was scheduled for his first run-out since dislocating his shoulder playing for Denmark in September but will now have to wait for an opportunity to build some match fitness.
Cup derby to be screened live 6 Jan - Everton's FA Cup Fourth Round tie with Liverpool at Anfield has been set for 4pm on Sunday, 25th January and will be screened live by Setanta Sports. The League derby is also being carried by Setanta six days earlier on the 19th.
FA Youth Cup Tie moved 5 Jan - The FA Youth Cup 4th Round tie against Burnley will take place at Accrington's Fraser Eagle Stadium on Wednesday, January 14, at 7pm. Burnley's FA Cup third-round replay at home to QPR on January 13 meant that Turf Moor is unavailable to host the Youth Cup tie.
Jovanovic snubs Blues move 4 Jan - Standard Liege striker Milan Jovanovic claims he has rejected a January transfer move to Everton. The Serbian international was not interested in a move to Goodison Park, claiming Everton are not a 'big club'.
Pienaar bid rejected 2 Jan - Everton have supposedly rejected a £4.5M offer from Russia's Rubin Kazan for midfielder Stephen Pienaar. Sources in Russia say the bid was turned down by Everton chairman Bill Kenwright.
Moyes talks down expectations 2 Jan - In this video interview, David Moyes is realistic about his poor record in the FA Cup ahead of Saturday's game at Macclesfield, and he flatly denies that Everton will be buying any new players in the transfer window ó but maybe a loan or two.
Molyneux makes St Mary's switch 1 Jan - Everton Academy graduate Lee Molyneux has sealed a New Year's Day switch to Southampton. Although he didn't make his senior bow at Goodison, the defender has represented England at U-16 and U-18 level.
So far, so good for Cup tie 31 Dec - Thanks to the efforts of volunteers who helped cover the pitch with tarpaulins, the chances are good that the Macclesfield Town vs Everton FA Cup tie will go ahead this Saturday despite a forecast of more freezing temperatures. The League Two side will employ more help to set up large heaters to keep the frost at bay.
Pienaar strike chalked off 31 Dec - Steven Pienaar has had his winning strike against Tottenham last month chalked off. The midfielder found the back of the net when his shot cannoned in off Vedran Corluka in the only goal of the game at White Hart Lane on November 30. Instead, Corluka has now been credited with an own goal, according to the the Premier League's dubious goals panel.
Ray Deakin, dead at 49 30 Dec - Former player, Ray Deakin (Everton Reserve team pro 1977-81), died of cancer, aged 49, on Christmas Eve. He was Youth team captain (under Colin Harvey) and a regular name and face in the matchday programme in the late 70s. He went on to play at a pretty decent level at Port Vale, Burnley and Bolton.
Stretford's punishment upheld 29 Dec - Paul Stretford, the man behind Wayne Rooney's controversial transfer from Everton to Manchester United four years ago, has had an FA-imposed £300k fine and nine-month suspension for improper conduct relating to his representation of Rooney upheld by an independent regulatory commission.
Everton lodge loan bid for Nigerian 27 Dec - According to his advisor, Everton have approached Nigerian international forward, Peter Odemwingie, regarding a loan move to Goodison when the transfer window opens next week. Update: His club, Lokomotiv Moscow, however, have rejected the speculation, saying they have had no formal approach for the 27 year old.
Moyes pleased with the lads 26 Dec - "The players have done a great job today, they deserved their victory and played very well today, I just wondered when the goal was going to come as there was a few close calls," Moyes told Sky Sports.
Osman in frame for Boro clash 24 Dec - Leon Osman could be fit enough to play at Middlesbrough on Boxing Day after escaping serious injury from John Terry's full-blooded ó and ultimately costly ó tackle on Monday. The midfielder suffered only bruising and could recover in time to face Boro.
No action against Alex 24 Dec - Match official Phil Dowd has confirmed that he is recommending no action be taken against Chelsea defender Alex for an alleged stamp on Tim Cahill during Monday's goalless draw at Goodison. The referee reviewed video footage and was satisfied that he would not have red-carded the Brazilian had he seen the incident at the time.
Castillo wants permanent deal 24 Dec - Despite limited playing opportunities so far and unfounded rumours of a dressing-room bust-up with David Moyes, Segundo Castillo is keen to earn a permanent contract with Everton when his loan spell expires in May.
Free screening of Macclesfield tie 23 Dec - Evertonís FA Cup 3rd Round tie at Macclesfield Town on January 3 is to be beamed back to Goodison Park for Season Ticket holders only and admission is free. Visit the Park End Box Office or call 0871 663 1878 with your customer number for details.
Cahill talks the big talk 21 Dec - Claiming that the Everton players are up for the challenge of playing Chelsea, who have won all their away games, "We are not scared..." says Tim Cahill, who thinks a draw would be a massive result.
Keeping it frugal 19 Dec - Assistant manager Steve Round does his part to keep expectation levels in check as the January transfer window approaches. The credit crunch is given as the reason why Everton won't be buying very many — if any — of the hundreds of names they will be linked with.
Vaughan goes under the knife 19 Dec - A month after first injuring his knee in training, James Vaughan finally underwent surgery to repair the damaged cartilege. The striker had the operation in England after first-choice surgeon, Michael Steadman injured his shoulder in a skiing fall in Colorado.
Everton Res 1 - 1 Man Utd Res 18 Dec - Senior academy players, with the help of Rodwell, Gosling and Baxter, were held by their Man Utd counterparts after going ahead with a goal from Kieran Agard after just 3 mins.
Top 50 British Footballers 17 Dec - The Times celebrate... well, not quite who you might expect: Leon Osman (#46), Jose Baxter (#44), and Jack Rodwell (#43).
Gray: 5th would be “unbelievable” 17 Dec - In an interview with the Official Site, Andy Gray comments on Everton's progress so far this season and opines that in light of their poor home form, the triple loss of Yakubu, Saha and Vaughan, and the strength of Aston Villa, it would be an "unbelievable achievement" for the Blues to finish fifth again this season.
Minister caught scarf stamping 16 Dec - Christmas drinks at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport... and the Minister, Evertonian Andy Burnham is caught stamping on a Liverpool scarf, donned somewhat unwisely by Sky News reporter Paul Brennan... [Thanks to Alan Chadwick]
Everton move on in Youth Cup 15 Dec - Everton have progressed through to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup after defeating Nantwich Town 2-0 at Goodison Park. It was a hard fought contest, but in the end, goals from Lewis Codling and Jake Bidwell proved too much for the Cheshire side.
Cahill a happy camper 14 Dec - "It is all about playing for the team and playing for each other. Wherever you are asked to play, you do it because it is an honour to play for this club." ó Tim Cahill.
Hibbert set for return 11 Dec - Tony Hibbert is set to be included in the line-up at Manchester City on Saturday after coming through a full training session this week. He had been struggling with a thigh injury and has only made four appearances this season.
Everton Res 0 - 0 Sunderland Res 10 Dec - Everton Reserves failed to score against Sunderland last night in a goalless draw at the Stobart Stadium. Hibbert, in training again with a weekend match upcoming, did not play.
Kirkby Inquiry ó Day 12 8 Dec - Day 12 of the inquiry heard testimony from Mike Hollis, a town planner with Roger Tym and Partners and an expert on public sector property developments.
Moyes takes the High Road 6 Dec - In this interview with The Times journalist Jonathan Northcroft, David Moyes underlines his credentials as a coach who grow up revering Sir Alex and other Scottish icons... "At Celtic I was brought up with a winning mentality, the idea that losing wasn't accepted."
Vaughan surgery delayed 5 Dec - Everton's striking woes have been exacerbated by the news that James Vaughan's planned knee cartilage surgery has been delayed after Dr Michael Steadman, the world-renowned Colorado knee specialist, broke his arm in a skiing accident. There is no word how long Steadman will take to recover.
Moyes interested in “everybody” 5 Dec - Without a recognised striker who could say he's fully fit — Victor Anichebe will play this Sunday despite a back injury — David Moyes tells the media, "I would never name players at other clubs... but you can link me and I will say íyesí to [every player] because we are interested in everybody."
Kilfoyle: EFC inhibits regeneration 4 Dec - Walton MP, Peter Kilfoyle, who seemingly can't get Everton out of his constituency fast enough, has derided claims that the Club provides a financial boon to its surrounding area as "comic-book economics."
Saha in line for return against City 4 Dec - Louis Saha could return to action in 10 days time in Everton's clash with mercurial Manchester City if his hamstring responds well to treatment. The Frenchman's match against Spurs was ended prematurely by a muscle spasm and was replaced by Victor Anichebe who is currently the Blues' only fit striker.
Hibbert on the recovery path 4 Dec - Tony Hibbert has missed a few games recently after he suffered a groin injury in training but his rehabilitation programme has gone to plan and he may be involved when Aston Villa visit Goodison Park on Sunday.
Vaughan has knee surgery 4 Dec - James Vaughan will be out of action for the foreseeable future after he underwent surgery in Colorado yesterday to repair the damaged cartilage in his right knee.
Kirkby Inquiry ó Day 10 3 Dec - Everton CEO Robert Elstone spent a second day on the witness stand being grilled about Everton's stadium development plans.
Moyes: Arteta suited to middle role 3 Dec - David Moyes is confident that Mikel Arteta can regain his consistency but this time in the central midfield playmaker role in which he first came to prominence. The Spaniard's flair has been valuable in wide areas in recent seasons but he turned in a star performance in the centre against Spurs on Sunday.
Kirkby Inquiry ó Day 9 2 Dec - Everton CEO Robert Elstone was called to the witness stand to be grilled about Everton's stadium development plans.
WIN tickets to Aston Villa (H) 2 Dec - After the fine win at Tottenham at the weekend, Everton have their sights on the top fine once more and can go level on points with the current occupants of fifth place, Aston Villa, with victory over Martin O'Neill's men on Saturday. We have a pair of Main Stand tickets to give away but if you don't win, remember that you can purchase tickets online at evertonfc.com/eticketing
Burscough v Everton 2 Dec - An Everton Academy side play Burscough tonight in the Liverpool Senior Cup, kick-off: 7:45pm
YAK OUT FOR THE SEASON 30 Nov - Everton's striking crisis deepened today with the news that Yakubu is out for the rest of the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon during Sunday's 1-0 win over Tottenham. The Nigerian went off early on after falling awkwardly and David Moyes confirmed that, "He's done his Achilles and that's him out for the season. Louis Saha did his hamstring as well so, with James Vaughan facing a knee operation, we are really short up front. It's a massive shame for us."
Macclesfield Town in the Cup 30 Nov - Everton will travel to Macclesfield for the 3rd Round of the FA Cup, to be played on the first weekend of the New Year.
Kirkby Inquiry ó Day 8 28 Nov - The eighth day of the Kirkby inquiry saw Tesco and Evertonís fourth witness, Graeme Tulley, a regeneration expert, continuing to be cross examined.
Moyes on the topic of Money 28 Nov - "In this job you have to show you can work without [ money]. I am happy to continue doing that and hope to push Everton up into the top half. We must continue to build and continue to make progress. Unless something changes and we have a sugar daddy who is going to come in and throw money at it, which I cannot see happening, we just have to continue the way we are." — David Moyes
Kirkby Inquiry ó Day 7 27 Nov - Day seven of the inquiry began with Patrick Clarkson, for Tesco, introducing Graham Tulley, a town planner. He presented his report on the regeneration effects of the Kirkby proposals, revealing Knowsley was the eighth most deprived borough in England and the fourth most deprived outside of London.
Kirkby Inquiry ó Day 6 26 Nov - The sixth day of the Kirkby public inquiry saw Tesco and Everton's third witness, Melvin Davis, remaining on the stand for the duration. An expert on master-planning and design issues, he was cross-examined on his report on the design of the scheme.
Kirkby Inquiry ó Day 5 25 Nov - The second week of the Destination Kirkby Inquiry began with the continuation of Jeremy Williams's cross examination. Mr Williams is the retail planning expert called as a witness by the Applicants for the development to answer questions relating to his report into why the plans for Kirkby should be approved.
No money in January 22 Nov - "We're one of the clubs that hasn't got money to spend in January. I don't see us having anything. I'll hopefully be able to improve the team and the squad. But my early thoughts are we won't have money available to spend." — David Moyes.
Pienaar misses out 22 Nov - Steven Pienaar will miss Everton's trip to Wigan on Monday after failing to recover from a knee injury that kept him out of the midweek international for South Africa against Cameroon.
Lars is back! 22 Nov - Lars Jacobsen, who was Everton's first signing of the summer, has been given the all-clear to resume full-time fitness work after dislocating his shoulder while playing for Denmark four months ago.
Kirkby Inquiry ó Day 4 21 Nov - Jeremy Williams, a retail planning expert, was the second witness called to provide details relating to his report in favour of the proposed Kirkby development.
Destination Kirkby — Day 3 20 Nov - The government's inspector, Wendy Burden, was unable to attend the third day of the Public Inquiry due to illness. In her absence the assistant inspectors listened to proceedings, continuing with John Francis, the planning expert, being cross examined.
Destination Kirkby — Day 2 19 Nov - Questioning of experts continued, with John Francis being grilled about the details of the project, and making an odd statement about synergy with the planned stadium: "...its not the case that the two are inter-related but together can deliver the maximum range of benefits...". Also, Part 2.
Destination Kirkby ‚ÄĒ Day 1 18 Nov - This report from the Official Everton Website summarizes the opening statements from the various stakeholders.
Everton Res 1 - 0 Newcastle Res 19 Nov - Everton Reserves beat Newcastle 1-0 at the Stobart Stadium last night. Lukas Jutkiewicz scored the winning goal but Andy Holden‚Äôs side had two goals disallowed in the first half. Hibbert, Baines and Anichebe all played.
Pienaar withdrawn 18 Nov - David Moyes says there was no choice involved in his decision to withdraw Steven Pienaar from the South Africa squad for their game against Cameroon. The Bafana Bafana boys sound a bit miffed about the claimed injury, and will not be happy if Pienaar appears against Wigan!
Moyes fined 18 Nov - David Moyes has been fined ¬£5,000 by the FA and warned as to his future conduct following comments made on the touchline during Everton's match against Stoke City on 14 September. Such is the punishment for some managers who dare to question a referee's decision.
Kinsella is latest Academy graduate 17 Nov - Gerrard Kinsella is the latest in a line of youngsters to sign professional forms with Everton as he eyes a place in the Reserves this season.
Cahill facing foot surgery 17 Nov - David Moyes fears that rest may not be enough for a heel injury that his plaguing Tim Cahill and that the he will have to undergo surgery. The Australian played against Middlesbrough with the help of painkilling injections but was limping before being substituted late in the second half.
Vaughan for England U-21s 17 Nov - James Vaughan has been called into the England Under-21 squad to face the Czech Republic on Tuesday after Blackburn's Matt Derbyshire pulled out with a groin injury.
Another youngster signs 17 Nov - Gerrard Kinsella has become the latest Everton youngster to sign a professional contract with teh club. The locally born, central midfielder penned his deal at Goodison Park before the clash with Middlesbrough on Sunday.
Lescott makes England squad 15 Nov - Joleon Lescott will be Everton's sole representative when England take on Germany next week but Phil Jagielka was overlooked by Fabio Capello.
A Big NO to eBay! 15 Nov - Ian Ross, 'Head of Communications' at Everton has launched a withering broadside at fans selling limited edition pink shirts on eBay, branding them "greedy, self-serving and callous individuals who will be rightly condemned by every decent, right-thinking supporter of Everton Football Club." Mailbag Thread
Moyes has utmost faith in the Yak 15 Nov - David Moyes has warned Tottenham off any approach for Yakubu in January saying that he is committed to making the Nigerian one of the most feared strikers in the Premier League. "I am not aware of interest from another club" he says, " and I'm not worried about it, either. I have no intention of letting him go,"
FM does the scouting 14 Nov - Everton have signed a ground-breaking deal to use the huge player database of Football Manager to scout for new players. The game's creators, brothers Paul and Oliver Collyer, are avid Evertonians.
Hope in Everton's future 13 Nov - Hope Akpan has become the fourth Academy graduate to sign on with Everton in the past month. The 17-year-old, who recently made the step up from the U-18s to the Reserves, joins James McCarten, Nathan Craig and Lewis Codling in signing professional terms as the Blues secure what some say is a potentially impressive crop of youngsters.
Howard hopeful over USA honour 13 Nov - Tim Howard is in with a good shout of being named US Player of the Year for the first time this year. He has been shortlisted for the honour after keeping five clean sheets in his last eight international games.
Yobo pulls out of Nigeria squad 12 Nov - Joseph Yobo has pulled out of Nigeria's squad to face Columbia in Cali next week with the full blessing of coach Shuaibu Amodu because of a calf injury. Yakubu intends to travel to South America, however, if he recovers from a bruised heel.
Yak 50-50 for Sunday 11 Nov - Everton physio Mick Rathbone says that Yakubu has a 50% chance of playing against Middlesbrough on Sunday. The Nigerian has been hampered by a "badly bruised heel" in recent weeks and has needed time to rest it.
Blues prepare new deal for Rodwell 11 Nov - Everton are preparing a new contract offer for 17 year-old prospect Jack Rodwell. The midfielder's current deal expires at the end of next season but covetous glances have been cast his way from the likes of Chelsea and David Moyes is keen to keep hold of his rising star.
Moyes lyrical about Louis 10 Nov - ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs early days but he has got great ability and hopefully those goals will give him real confidence. It was his cross for the first goal, the second one he got on the end of a pull-back and then he rifled one in from 20 or 25 yards.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ David Moyes.
End-of-year takeover 9 Nov - According to this newspaper story, Everton top a list of five Premier League clubs prime for a takeover by Arab money, marshalled by Amanda Staveley's PCP Capital Partners.
Not every match? 5 Nov - ‚ÄúNot every match is going to be about nice passing and easy on the eye football. There are going to be games that we will need to grind results out from and work hard." ‚ÄĒ Hopefully just not all the games, Ossie!
Arteta can play better 4 Nov - ‚ÄúWe know that Mikel can play much better,‚ÄĚ said Moyes. ‚ÄúHe is aware of that as well and we have no doubt he can respond. It‚Äôs just a dip by his high standards.‚ÄĚ
Reserves beaten by Blackburn 3 Nov - An Everton Reserves side featuring the likes of Rodwell, Castillo, Anichebe and Vaughan, who scored with a second-half header, went down to a late goal at Blackburn Rovers that condemned them a 2-1 defeat.
Derby date switched for TV 3 Nov - The Anfield derby has been switched to Monday 19 January 2009 for live broadcast on Setanta (8:00pm)... unless Liverpool reach the Carling Cup semi-finals, when it will revert to the previous Saturday.
Saha “really enjoying‚ÄĚ life at Everton 2 Nov - Louis Saha says that while it took him longer than he had hoped to settle into life at Goodison Park he has no doubt that he "picked the right club to come to... and everything is starting to go well again."
Cahill Interview 2 Nov - Tim Cahill talks to the BBC after last week's Bolton game, discussing his off-field work encouraging children to read, his football academies in Australia and Dubai, Milwall, Fellaini, Mum, handcuffs, Scotland(!), shirt-collecting(!!) Stevie G (!!!) and plenty of other aspects of his personal philosophy as a footballer.
AJ won't be badge-kissing 31 Oct - Some sensible words from Roy Hodgson on the ridiculous issue of "badge-kissing". Has anyone noticed how much AJ looks like Joe the Plumber?
Fellaini misses Hammers game
30 Oct - Marouane Fellaini will miss the visit to West Ham next weekend as he has rapidly accrued five yellow cards, most of them unjustly, during his short stint in the English Premier League.
Carsley showing his value 30 Oct - In his BBC blog, Paul Fletcher opines that Lee Carsley may be the Championship's "most effective player" in the holding role he made his own at Everton. The 34 year-old left Goodison in May to join Birmingham City, his hometown club.
WIN tickets to Fulham (H) 29 Oct - Once again we have a pair of Main Stand tickets up for grabs, this time for the visit of Fulham this weekend. Deadline for entry is midnight tomorrow. Meanwhile, tickets for the game are on sale and can be ordered at evertonfc.com/eticketing
Another takeover broker? 27 Oct - According to The Sun, football dealmaker Chris Nathaniel held talks with chairman Bill Kenwright on Saturday about a takeover of Everton.
Neville's tackle: Hard but legit 27 Oct - A rare, relatively unbiased report on the weekend's big game in the so-called quality press, this from James Ducker in The Times.
Second best is too good 26 Oct - This article by David Walsh reflects some of the concerns voiced increasingly in our mailbag regarding the dominance of the Sky4 and its effect on the Premier League.
Battling Blues rediscover their heart 25 Oct - It may have come almost an hour late but Everton finally did shrug off that all-too-familiar inferiority complex to deliver a stirring fightback that might have earned them more than the point they deservedly claimed were it not for a crucial intervention by Ewin van der Sar and the woodwork that denied Yakubu what might well have been the winner. Match report by Lyndon Lloyd
Second Pre-Inquiry Meeting 25 Oct - As the date of the full inquiry itself approaches next month, the inspector will hold a second preparatory meeting on 5 November to finalise the administrative arrangements for the public inquiry into Tesco's Destination Kirkby project, that includes a planned new stadium for Everton FC.
Dubai group dismisses Everton link 23 Oct - Dubai-based Zabeel investment group, mooted as the latest investors eyeing Everton, insist that they have no intention of opening takeover talks with any English club after dropping their interest in a ¬£20m bid for Charlton Athletic.
Ladies hammer Liverpool 22 Oct - Well, at least one Blue team can beat Liverpool. Everton Ladies thrashed their local rivals 5-0 to go second in the table with a game in hand. The win preserves their 100% start to the season.
Trio could return for United clash 22 Oct - Joseph Yobo, Victor Anichebe and Segundo Castillo could provide three extra options for David Moyes on Saturday. Yobo has recovered from a virus and should be fit but Anichebe and Castillo, who both suffered slight hamstring strains last week, will undergo late fitness tests.
Jacobsen targeting December return 22 Oct - His arm now out of its sling, Lars Jacobsen has started some light cardio work in the gym as he rehabilitates from a nasty shoulder dislocation suffered playing for Denmark before he could even kick a ball for Everton. He has his sights set on a December return to action.
WIN tickets to Man United (H) 22 Oct - We have a pair of Main Stand tickets for Saturday's high-noon clash with Manchester United to give away. Deadline for entry is midnight tomorrow (Thursday). Alternatively, tickets are still on sale for the game at evertonfc.com/eticketing.
Moyes's Moaning Money Mantra 19 Oct - David Moyes claims he's doing all he can to get Everton to perform but "At this time, we don't have the resources to compete." So how did we finish 5th last season?!?!
Moyes elaborates on delay 18 Oct - The delay in reaching agreement with Bill Kenwright on his new contract was in part down to concerns David Moyes had about guaranteeing his autonomy as Everton manger in the event of a takeover. No Directors of Football or Heads of Recruitment for DM!!!
Arteta: no interest in England 18 Oct - Mikel Arteta has confirmed he has no interest in playing for England, reiterating that his real desire is to play for Spain, and that he was (for the umpteenth time) happy to be playing in the Premier League.
Moyes threatens team rebuild 17 Oct - Unhappy with the form of his players thus far this season, David Moyes has apparently said, "If we do not get things back to what they were last season we will have to start working on re-assembling another team for years to come." ... so setting us back 6¬Ĺ years!?!
No loans for Vaughan 16 Oct - Despite enquiries (apparently), Everton will not consider making James Vaughan available on loan.
Reserves comeback stuns Liverpool 14 Oct - Liverpool Reserves cruised into a comfortable second half lead against Everton only to be pegged back level with two goals in three minutes, before James Vaughan's second won the honours for the Blues.
Pienaar looking to score goals 14 Oct - Steven Pienaar is keen to get back among the goalscoring stats. Having regained fitness after breaking a toe, Pienaar is looking to score five goals this term after only finding the back of the net on two occasions since moving to Goodison Park from Borussia Dortmund in July 2007.
Marou Run Run! 11 Oct - David Moyes wants Marouane Fellaini to do more fast running in matches: "I run a lot, but I do it at my own pace," said the Belgian. (Through an interpreter?)
Davey in for the long haul 11 Oct - Back in July, David Moyes found himself wondering if 6¬Ĺ years at one club was too long... but inspirational words from Bobby Robson made him think the opposite, that it was not long enough.
Moyes does a job on Yobo 10 Oct - Speaking of dropped defender Joseph Yobo, ‚ÄúHe will be back in the team, I am sure about that,‚ÄĚ said Moyes. ‚ÄúHe is disappointed because he wants to play. I expect that and understand that. But he‚Äôs had a difficult start to the season. We gave him, extra time off in the summer because of his international commitments, then he had an injury niggle and that‚Äôs all contributed to him not being able to reach the fitness level he wants. With fitness comes concentration and he has missed that. He‚Äôs not really got back to the level we would have liked.‚ÄĚ
Fellaini the unfair scapegoat 9 Oct - In The Times, James Ducker thinks Marouane Fellaini has been unfairly scapegoated by Everton fans for the lack of balance and confidence that seems to plague Everton currently. Fellaini, who has apparently grown an inch while he has been at the Blues, had "a shaky start to his Everton career" but Evertonians won't see the best of him until he is paired with the Carsley replacement who continues to be conspicuous by his continuing absence from every line-up David Moyes names.
Contract will be signed “soon” 9 Oct - Everton's acting CEO, Robert Elstone is confident David Moyes will sign his new bumper contract "soon". The less-than convincing reason given for the inordinate delay: "... because neither side saw any issues." Uh!
Reserves play the same game 7 Oct - Emulating the uncanny ability of their senior colleagues to give up a handsome two-goal lead against northeast opponents, the Reserves did the same against Middlesbrough at the Stobart Stadium, yielding their 100% league record in the process.
Club hope rest is key for Osman 7 Oct - Everton have further delayed surgery on Leon Osman's troublesome knee in the hope that rest over the international break will be either resolve the problem or ease it sufficiently to allow him to keep playing this season.
Balague: Arteta needs more football 7 Oct - Commenting on rumours of fresh interest from Spain in Mikel Arteta, finger-on-the-pulse football pundit Guillem Balague says that Everton seem to have forgotten why they bought the midfielder and need to start playing the game the way Moyes says he wants to — on the deck — if they're to keep him.
Takeover or no Takeover? 6 Oct - This reiteration of the rumbling takeover story in today's Times does not mention the club's denial of such things; they appeared later via the Daily Post.
Knee surgery for Osman? 6 Oct - Leon Osman meet with Everton‚Äôs medical staff to determine whether he needs to go under the knife during the international break. Osman has been troubled by the knee since the start of the season, training sporadically during the past month, and it could be that surgery is the only remedy.
Crisis? What Crisis? 4 Oct - In denying that Everton are in crisis after being dumped out of two cups in just over a week, David Moyes has pointed out that, if his sides beats Newcastle on Sunday, they will have the same Premier League record as at this stage last season, which was proclaimed a success when they finished fifth.
The Art of Moyes 3 Oct - It's not only the readers of ToffeeWeb who are perplexed by the current sate of affairs... read Robbo Robson's blog at the BBC SPort website. [Thanks for the link, Anthony Jaras]
Moyes says he will sign... 3 Oct - David Moyes has stated yet again that he is close to signing the bumper contract that will assure him of a substantial financial reward over the next five years. But no guarantees: "Who says when you come into football management that every year you're going to have a good year?"
Cahill called up by Australia 1 Oct - Tim Cahill has been called up for Australia's World Cup qualifier against Qatar in Brisbane later this month. He is suspended for three games in the Premier League so, injury concerns aside, it's a rare opportunity for the midfielder to travel down under without his manager chewing over the effects of jetlag on his form.
Crisis talks for Moyes & Players 1 Oct - This Mail story describes crisis talks between Moyes and his players that sounded like a post mortem into the Liverpool defeat, punctuated with questions over Moyes's future. But all's well as it ends with yet another one of Capn Pip's famous rallying calls...
Bradley pitches ‚ÄúWembley of the North‚ÄĚ 30 Sep - Liverpool City Council Leader, Warren Bradley, may have dreams of a Wembley of the North shared by Everton and Liverpool but the reds' CEO Rick Parry remains adamant ‚ÄĒ and Bill Kenwright is believed to share that view ‚ÄĒ that while supporters aren't in favour of groundsharing the argument remains moot.
Pienaar in the clear 30 Sep - Merseyside Police have announced that no charges will be brought against Steven Pienaar after the South African midfielder was arrested on suspicion of assault after voluntarily handing himself over to authorities on Sunday morning.
Cahill loses red card appeal 30 Sep - Tim Cahill has lost his appeal for wrongful dismissal during Saturday's match against Liverpool and will immediately begin a three-match ban... Did we really expect any other outcome?
Pienaar arrested on suspicion of assault 29 Sep - Everton's Steven Pienaar was arrested yesterday on suspicion of assaulting a woman at his Sefton Park apartment. The midfielder, who is on the verge of returning to first-team action after breaking his toe, was released "pending further enquiries" but will be summoned again at a later date.
Moyes to query red card 28 Sep - David Moyes will "ask the referee" about the award of a straight red card to Tim Cahill for his somewhat reckless foul on Alonso. But a formal appeal to have the card rescinded seems unlikely.
Moyes bemoans ¬£100M difference 28 Sep - It's a lame excuse for the failure of his players to perform, but Moyes seems to think it has a lot to do with the comparative spending on the Liverpool team, rather then any fault on his part.
Time to Deliver 27 Sep - In his BBC blog, Phil McNulty recaps the background leading to all the familiar aspects of Everton's current predicament as they host the hated foe from across the park.
Billionaires needed 27 Sep - There's an article about Everton in the national press... It features stand-in CEO Robert Elstone ruminating about investments and finance, and all the other fancy talk. But still nothing of any import happens on the selling front, and this piece suggests that, in clarification of Kenwright's claim at the EGM that the club is up for sale, he is content to wait for the billionaire buyers (if there are any!) to come to him.
Arteta back in the frame 26 Sep - Mikel Arteta has recovered from the virus that laid him low during the week and has trained for the last two days; he should be fit for selection to play against Liverpool in the derby but Victor Anichebe will miss the game with a leg injury.
Mailbag Problems 25 Sep - Update: The issues affecting submissions to our Mailbag, Fan Articles and Bulletin Board sections have now been resolved. If you sent in a submission earlier today, rest assured it has been received and will be published shortly ‚ÄĒ no need to resubmit. Comment submission is also fixed, although some may not appear in chronological order on the most recent articles.
Saha on the Ewood Surrender 25 Sep - After his full debut for Everton, Louis Saha is looking for a reaction against Liverpool: "It was a very disappointing night. We know we did not play well against Blackburn, we should have done much better. We thought this was a good opportunity to win a trophy, so it is all the more disappointing to have gone out so soon."
Moyes: fans' reaction justified 24 Sep - David Moyes said that his players deserved the reaction from the hordes of traveling Blues after his Everton side were booed off at the end of this evening's disappointing Carling Cup defeat to Blackburn.
Everton put off surgery for Osman 24 Sep - Everton will assess Leon Osman's knee after the upcoming international break before deciding whether or not the midfielder should undergo surgery. He suffered the latest injury against Portsmouth but came through 90 minutes against Hull City despite also dislocating a finger during that match.
Everton Collection Questionnaire
22 Sep - Re-opened: The Everton Collection Project is asking for your opinions and thoughts on how David France's heritage collection can best be displayed. Fill and return this Web Questionnaire, the email address for which should now be working.
Baines set for Carling Cup start 24 Sep - Never one to let the facts get in the way of a good story, the Mail reports that Leighton Baines will get to atone for a "calamitous first start of the season" (oh, boy — we suspect John Edwards didn't watch the game) with a place in the starting line-up at Blackburn this evening.
Arteta & Osman battled on 24 Sep - Steve Round has revealed that Mikel Arteta was battleing a virus in order to play at the KC Stadium last Sunday, and that Ossie dislocated his thumb.'"The heart and courage he showed and determination epitomised what Everton is about for me and at the end of the game I was proud to be associated with them."
Derby assumes added unpredictability 23 Sep - As if Merseyside derbies weren't nerve-wracking and unpredictable enough, referee Mike Riley, widely regarded among supporters as one of the worst — not to mention Sky 4 inclined — referees in the Premier League, has been handed the responsibility of refereeing this weekend's game between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park.
Stubbs joins coaching staff 23 Sep - Alan Stubbs is back at Everton, this time on the coaching staff. The defender left Goodison as a player to join Derby County in January but was forced to retire with a knee injury this summer.
Valente draws a line 21 Sep - Nuno Valente has drawn a line under his international career with Portugal, citing a desire to do what he can for his club.
“We don't ever play long balls” 20 Sep - This lengthy interview with Andy Johnson in today's Guardian pulls no punches about what went wrong with his Everton career: hoofball and being played out of position.
DK: Pre-Inquiry Meeting Notes 20 Sep - For those interested in the Public Inquiry into Destination Kirkby, the linked PDF [112kB download] contains notes of the Pre-Inquiry Meeting held last week, at which the parameters, procedures and protocols were set. It now looks like the Public Inquiry itself, set to start 18 November, will be adjourned over Christmas and continue into the New Year...
Moyes agrees bumper new contract 18 Sep - David Moyes has apparently agreed a new five-year contract worth ¬£3.5m a year. The BBC report that the 45-year-old Scot will put pen to paper on what are record terms for an Everton manager before the Goodison derby in nine days' time.
Moyes hit with FA charge 17 Sep - David Moyes has been charged with improper conduct after making his feelings known in no uncertain terms to referee Alan Wiley and his assistant Glenn Turner when they failed to award Everton a clear penalty at Stoke on Sunday. The same bungling duo denied the Blues a perfectly good goal ‚ÄĒ and three points ‚ÄĒ at Blackburn last season but Moyes, who is undecided whether or not to appeal by 2nd October, says that Wiley earned his respect by calling him after Sunday's game to discuss the decision.
The Dixie Dean Story 17 Sep - Here's another chance to see this great docu-drama performed live in the CIty of Liverpool. Celebrate the life of Everton's (and the English game's) greatest ever goalscorer. There will be two performances, Matinee and Evening, on Friday 19 September at Mountford Hall, Mount Pleasant.
Everton Res 1 - 0 Man City Res 16 Sep - A Lukas Jutkiewicz goal was enough to maintain a winning record for Everton's young reserves side as they beat Manchester City.
Inquiry format to be decided 16 Sep - A meeting today will determine the format and timing of sessions for the public inquiry into Tesco's retail plan for Kirkby that is intended to "cross-fund" a new stadium for Everton. The inquiry is expected to last 4 or 5 weeks.
Win tickets to Standard Liege (H) 15 Sep - The Standard Liege competition with a pair of tickets to this week's home leg up for grabs closes tomorrow at midnight so get your entry in by then if you want a chance if winning. If you're not the lucky winner, you can purchase tickets online through the Club.
Tim Cahill ‚ÄĒ like a new signing 15 Sep - Tim Cahill said he felt like one of the new lads Everton have signed, as he had not played for such a long time before becoming a surprise starter against Stoke City.
Moyes expects Ref's apology 15 Sep - David Moyes expects an apology from Ref Alan Wiley for being sent into the stands after a blatant penalty was awarded and then changed into a free-kick for the Blues outside the Stoke area after a discussion with the linesman.
Fellaini, Castillo... and CAHILL! 14 Sep - A fantastic boost for Everton, along with starts for both the non-English speaking new sigings, Fellaini and Castillo, is the brilliant news of a return to action for Tim Cahill!
Billionaire looks at Everton? 13 Sep - The sixth richest man in the world at around ¬£25 bn, Anil Ambani, is rumoured to be interested in Everton after pulling out of talks with Newcastle.
Fellaini set for Stoke debut 13 Sep - Hopefully the anticipation doesn't jinx him as well, but Marouane Fellaini is set to be the only one of five new signings to get his debut at Stoke on Sunday.
Pienaar making good progress 11 Sep - Steven Pienaar is making good progress in his recovery from the broken toe he sustained in the final pre-season friendly of the summer against PSV and has been given the go-ahead to start some light rehab work at Finch Farm. The Blues hope to have him back in action some time next month.
Everton expand Bellefield proposal 11 Sep - Everton have added 34 homes to the housing development proposed for Bellefield, the club's former training ground in West Derby. After Liverpool City Council refused planning permission for the proposal, a decision on whether it can proceed is expected in December. The Club are relying on the proceeds of the sale of the development to part-fund the planned stadium in Kirkby.
Standard Liege tickets on general sale 11 Sep - The Club have announced that tickets for the Uefa Cup first leg against Standard Liege are now on general sale through the usual channels, ¬£25 for adults, ¬£12 concessions.
Chadwick joins Hereford 11 Sep - Remember Nick Chadwick? Although good enough to climb through the ranks of the Academy and play in 21 games for Everton... he was never a serious contender. Released after 3¬Ĺ years and 83 games at Plymouth Argyle, where he scored just 10 goals, he has now joined Hereford United.
Jacobsen injured in Denmark win 10 Sep - David Moyes was considering giving new signing Lars Jacobsen his Premier League debut for Everton on Sunday at Stoke but that was before he apparently dislocated a shoulder playing for Denmark this evening and was taken to a Lisbon hospital. The Danes shocked Portugal in the World Cup qualifier with a last-minute goal to win 3-2.
Vote: Player of the Month 9 Sep - The ToffeeWeb Player of the Month returns after a season's hiatus so get your votes in for August.
EGM Transcript 8 Sep - Still puzzled over what really happened last Wednesday evening in the Alex Young Suite at Goodison Park? Get yourself a cup of coffee and pull up this 24-page verbatim transcript of the Question & Answer session that followed the canned presentations.
Club for Country
7 Sep - In World Cup Qualifiers this weekend, Everton's new signings saw plenty of action: Marouane Fellaini played for Belgium, who beat Estonia 3-2; Segundo Castillo played for Ecuador who beat Bolivia 3-1; and Lars Jacobsen played for Denmark who drew 0-0 in Hungary. Also, Joleon Lescott played for England who beat Andorra 2-0.
Lescott starts for England 6 Sep - Joleon Lescott has named in Fabio Capello's starting line-up for the World Cup qualifier against Andorra this evening as England ran out 2-0 winners thanks to second-half goals by Chelsea's Joe Cole.
Yak leads Super Eagles 6 Sep - Ayegbeni Yakubu was is very happy to be named captain of Nigeria in place of injured teammate Joseph Yobio, who has withdrawn from the game against South Africa on Saturday.
Turner wants out on loan 5 Sep - Substitute goalie Iain Turner is now third in line at Everton, behind veteran Carlo Nash, and is asking Moyes to let him go out on extended loan.
‚ÄúClear mandate‚ÄĚ slapdown 4 Sep - Everton have been quick to make full mileage from the vote held at last night's EGM that guaranteed defeat for those voicing concerns about the failed promises of the new stadium ‚ÄĒ the votes against the motion totaled a 97.7% shareholding. Claiming a "clear mandate" on full positive spin, acting CEO Robert Elstone neatly avoids any of the real issues and confirms the expected club stance that it is full steam ahead to Destination Kirkby.
EGM Resolution defeated 4 Sep - After refusing a vote on the night by a show of hands from the shareholders and proxies present, the Everton heirarchy insisted on a poll vote based on shareholding that took over two hours to count. At the end, share ownership by the Board ensured that the small shareholders were smothered in a landslide, 26,553 shares voted against 622 in support of the resolution to end the exclusivity agreement with Tesco.
Kenwright: “We need a new owner” 3 Sep - Bill Kenwright insisted this evening that his search for a new owner of Everton continues, admitting that, "it is impossible to continue in the financial way we are at the moment," after what he described as the worst transfer window he has endured since taking control of the Club eight years ago.
Felliaini happy to be a Blue 3 Sep - "I am very happy to be signing for Everton," said Marouane Fellaini, who is set to feature for Belgium over the coming week in their World Cup qualifiers against Estonia and Turkey. "When I spoke with David Moyes he said he was looking to bring in quality players to improve the side as well as young players, and he said I fit that description."
Cahill returns to full training 2 Sep - Everton physio Mick Rathbone has confirmed that Tim Cahill has resumed full training after a six-month absence with a recurrent metatarsal fracture. The Australian is expected to be available for first-team action next month after undergoing "advanced" surgery to correct the problem.
Yobo pulls out of Nigeria squad 2 Sep - A long-running ankle problem has forced Joseph Yobo to pull out of Nigeria's squad to face South Africa on Saturday and means he is doubtful for the trip to Stoke City in 12 days' time. "It hurts me to even train with it," he says. "I have been taking pain-killers and it's not great for the body."
Honest Yak takes the blame 2 Sep - Yakubu has held up his hand and accepted the responsibility for Everton's loss to Portsmouth: ‚Äė‚ÄôI should have scored in the game but I lost chances, these things happen in football but it was a very bad afternoon for us. I wish it did not happen,‚Äô‚Äô
Lescott gets England nod 1 Sep - Joleon Lescott has been called up by Fabio Capello for England's two forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Croatia.
Tiago's Tantrums 31 Aug - Just when you thought the Silly Season couldn't get any sillier, it hits a new peak (or should that be 'nadir'?) with this tale of everyday life in Italian football. ‚ÄúThe story of me being locked in the toilet by Tiago is true,‚ÄĚ confessed Juventus President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli live on Sky Italia television. Apparently he was a bit miffed at Juventus pushing him to sign for Everton or Monaco...
Shareholders want vote at EGM 31 Aug - Everton shareholders have pledged to call for a repeat EGM if the Board blocks their demands this Wednesday for a show-of-hands vote on ending the exclusivity agreement with Tesco and Knowsley in order to examine alternative sites for a new stadium in Liverpool. View the letter to shareholders on this issue [1MB PDF]
Not playing badly... not playing well 30 Aug - After claiming that "we didn't play that badly", David Moyes lets it slip towards the end of this post-match interview that he thinks his team have not played well in any of their games so far this season, and were very fortunate to beat West Brom last week.
It's a trip to Belgium 29 Aug - In the First Round of the Uefa Cup, Everton have been drawn to play against Standard Liege, who gave Liverpool such a hard time before they exited the Champions League.
KEIOC Race night 28 Aug - Keep Everton In Our City are hosting a fund raising Race Night at the Pig and Whistle pub tomorrow evening after the Portsmouth game. First race is at 7.30pm and all proceeds on the night will go towards the ongoing campaign to oppose the proposed relocation of Everton Football Club away from its traditional city location that is befitting of a top-flight club.
Obinna deal hinges on work permit 28 Aug - "Widespread" reports in Italy confirm that Inter Milan have agreed a loan deal with Everton for Nigerian international striker Victor Obinna Nsofor but the Blues may require a special hearing with the Home Office because the 21 year-old does not meet DoE work permit requirements. Some media sources claim he already has an Italian passport, however.
Transfer activity heats up at Goodison 27 Aug - Following weeks of tortuous inactivity, Everton are in the throes of a frenetic week of transfer negotiations as the summer transfer deadline looms four days ahead.
Jacobsen becomes first signing 26 Aug - Everton have confirmed the signing of 28-year-old defender, Lars Jacobsen, on a free transfer just 5 days before the end of the transfer window. The Danish international has been cleared to be included in this weekend's squad for the visit of Portsmouth.
“I want to sign six or seven players” 24 Aug - ‚ÄúI‚Äôve never had a more frustrating summer. We came fifth last season and a lot of clubs look at Everton as the right way to do things. We‚Äôve not spent massively to finish fifth. We have progressed every year. This is the first summer where I feel I have not made any progression. ... I need top players. Why is there a problem getting people in? It is a bit of everything. We‚Äôve got all these injuries and I want to sign six or seven players before next week.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ Moyes in the NotW
Yakubu vows to keep scoring 24 Aug - Yakubu says that he wants to keep on scoring the goals to power Everton to another finish in the European places after reaching the personal milestone of 100 goals in English football with the winner at West Brom yesterday.
It's silver for Anichebe
23 Aug - A goal down to Argentina after an hour of the Olympic final, Nigeria turned to Everton's Victor Anichebe to rescue gold for the Super Eagles... and he ever so nearly did with a couple of near misses but they had to settle for silver in the final reckoning.
Moyes fearing the worst 22 Aug - In a clear attempt to realign expectations after a disastrous summer, David Moyes fears that his side won't make it to January if he isn't able to get any players in before the transfer window closes, but warns that it is possible there won't be any new faces by 1st September. He acknowledges that his side is an injury or two away from crisis but seems to be increasingly pessimistic about his side's prospects after 6 years of patient rebuilding.
Mr Collyer will take your questions 22 Aug - Paul Collyer, one half of the duo who created the Football Manager series, has agreed to answer questions posed by the GrandOldTeam.com forum. Got a burning question about the game or how it came about? Then send your questions in.
Big moment for Anichebe 22 Aug - In this Mirror feature, Victor Anichebe looks forward to tonight's battle for the Gold Medal in Olympic Football as Nigeria take on Argentina.
Stubbs forced to retire 20 Aug - Alan Stubbs has been forced to end his playing career at the age of 36, barely eight months after leaving Everton in January for a brief run with Derby County, due to a knee injury.
Cahill looking at mid-September 20 Aug - Tim Cahill is targeting a mid-September return as he nears the end of another long recovery from a broken metatarsal sustained back in March. "I'm taking it steady and leaving nothing to chance," he says.
Carter back on EFC Board 19 Aug - Life President Sir Philip Carter has returned to the Everton Board of Directors, although there is confusion as to when this happened. "August 2008" says the club website; "five months ago" says a club spokesman...
The Golden Vision 18 Aug - The docu-drama from 40 years ago, celebrating local Evertonians who idolised Alex Young, is to be re-aried on BBC4 tonight at 8:50 pm as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations.
Moyes coy on why no signings 15 Aug - David Moyes expresses his disappointment for the players that he has been unable ‚ÄĒ for what ever reasons ‚ÄĒ to strengthen the side, "but not for want of trying." He refused to be drawn on those reasons, insisting some must remain private but hinted in this Guardian piece at a lack of funds earlier in the summer.
EvertonBluetooth® at Goodison
15 Aug - The club have announced that EvertonBluetooth¬ģ is now available at Goodison Park, making it the largest Bluetooth¬ģ concentration in the world! Get EFC news for free when you turn your phone's Bluetooth¬ģ functionality on inside the ground.
A Letter to Bill Kenwright 14 Aug - The resident Evertonian blogger over at The Times, Ed Bottomley, bemoans a miserable summer in an open letter to the Blues' Chairman.
When will Moyes walk away? 13 Aug - Echoing many of the issues and concerns covered ad nauseam in our Mailbag, this article from The Sun pretty much sums up a lot of the uncertainty surrounding Everton as we approach the first game of the season and the long awaited return of real football.
No early plane home for Anichebe 13 Aug - Victor Anichebe came on for the last 20 minutes of Nigeria's 2-1 win over the United States that sends them through to the second round at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and ends any plans Everton had to fly him home in time to make the bench against Blackburn this weekend.
Liverpool Times 11 Aug - Ian Macdonald has drawn our attention to this latest commentary on the Liverpool Times website regarding the 'call-in' of Destination Kirkby for a public inquiry.
Fernandes likely to stay in Spain 11 Aug - Manuel Fernandes has impressed sufficiently in pre-season for Valencia that it looks as though he will be staying to prove himself at La Mestalla. Everton have not thus far approached the Spanish club to sign him permanently following two loan spells at Goodison.
Anichebe scores winner 10 Aug - Victor Anichebe came on as a substitute against Japan in the Beijing Olympics and smashed the ball ferociously into the roof of the net from a narrow angle after what seemed to be a rather clumsy first touch to score what proved to be the winner in Nigeria's 2-1 win.
More fear-mongering from Cannon 9 Aug - After his apparent finger-pointing at KEIOC on local radio this past week, Prof. Tom Cannon continues his volley of dubious claims in the press, saying that Everton stand to lose ¬£15M a year and perhaps their manager if Kirkby doesn't go ahead.
Arteta reveals pain of last season 9 Aug - Mikel Arteta goes a long way to explaining his below-par form of last season with his description of the pain caused him by the troublesome double muscle complaint that blighted him for long periods. "It felt like someone was sticking a knife in me," he says. "It was agony every time I wanted to kick the ball."
Wyness to hold his silence 9 Aug - Keith Wyness has decided not to make any further statements on his resignation from his post as Everton CEO saying, "there'll be nothing further from me." Meanwhile, the same Daily Post report says that EFC and LCC will not be holding talks over the stadium issue in the foreseeable future.
M'Bia keen on Everton move 8 Aug - 48 hours ago it was reported that he was committing his future to Rennes, now Stephane Mb'Bia says that he is "annoyed" by the Ligue 1 club's claim that he will sign a new contract and hopes that they will accommodate his desire to leave for Everton for an ‚ā¨8m fee and a contract worth €1.5m a year. The Cameroon midfielder says that he has spoken with David Moyes but has not been able to take up his offer of coming to England for talks ‚ÄĒ he is currently on Olympic duty in China.
Disadvantaged by being the Blues? 8 Aug - Psychology researchers suggest that wearing red may offer a competitive advantage in the world of sport and point to the historic success of Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool, but not everyone is convinced.
Permission to panic, sir? 8 Aug - David Prentice breaks ranks from the usual Echo tendency to toe the club's party line by sharing his concerns for the start of the new season as Evertonians still wait for the first new signing of the summer.
Board awaits lawyers review 8 Aug - Everton are scrambling to figure out the way forward after Destination Kirkby was "called in" for a public enquiry. Continuance with the project will likely depend on the view of their lawyers regarding the likelihood of ultimate success and will be discussed at an emergency Board meeting next week.
Vic plays in Nigeria draw 8 Aug - Victor Anichebe came off the bench for the final 11 minutes of Nigeria's opening game of the Beijing Olympics but couldn't make the breakthrough as the game with The Netherlands ended goalless.
EGM set for next month 7 Aug - The Extraordinary General Meeting for Shareholders of Everton Football Club Co Ltd to consider the matters raised in the Requisition of Members dated 18 July 2008 has been set for Wednesday 3 September at 7:30 pm in the Alex Young Suite at Goodison Park.
Clattenburg Suspended 7 Aug - Mark Clattenburg has "alleged" financial woes and has subsequently been removed from officiating the Communtiy Shield match. Discuss here
Reserves topple Accrington 6 Aug - Everton Reserves beat Accrington Stanley 3-0 this evening thanks to goals by Scott Spencer, James Wallance and Kieran Agard.
Rapids Highlights 6 Aug - Video highlights of Sunday's game at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park (I don't know why that always brings a smile to my face!) are finally available.
Elstone appointed Acting CEO 5 Aug - As expected, Keith Wyness' Deputy CEO, Robert Elstone, will assume Chief Executive duties at Everton while the club looks for a permanent successor.
Wyness gone, what now? 3 Aug - Interested in the reaction of Everton fans to this past week's shock departure, the Liverpool Daily Post are running a survey to gauge opinion. You can fill it out here.
Hodgson expects to secure Johnson 2 Aug - Roy Hodgson says he has no reason to believe that the deal to bring Andy Johnson to Fulham won't go ahead, but he doesn't sound very sure about it. "I think the situation is still ongoing. The transfer negotiations are still going on as far as I know," Hodgson told Sky Sports, saying that the Cottagers' CEO was handling the negotiations.
Poll: Mounting scepticism of Kirkby 1 Aug - The results of ToffeeWeb's recent poll on the proposed Kirkby stadium suggests that the tide of opinion is turning against the scheme based on large discrepancies between what was originally promised and what is currently on the table.
Blues win Junior Final at Milk Cup 1 Aug - Everton's youngsters have won the Junior Final at the Milk Cup in Coleraine thanks to a stunning comeback and a hat-trick by Hallam Hope that earned the Blues a 3-2 win over Wolves.
Arteta restates his desire to stay 31 Jul - A bit of good news that got swamped in the shenanigans and doom-laden speculation of the past couple of days is Mikel Arteta's reaffirmation of his desire to stay at Everton.
Moyes reveals his frustrations 31 Jul - In an interview on evertonTV after the defeat in Chicago, David Moyes reiterated the need for five or six new players before the deadline but said that no incoming transfers were imminent. Although news reports appear to have taken other comments he made out of context, privately he is believed to be angry at the lack of available funds.
Wyness not taking Mallorca role 31 Jul - The Echo report that Keith Wyness, who is expected to make a more detailed statement this week, is to take legal counsel over his departure from Everton FC. Paul Davidson, the man behind the recent takeover at Real Mallorca, meanwhile, has denied that Wyness is to join him at the La Liga side.
Wyness: Clearer picture emerging 30 Jul - With the Echo's Dominic KIng opining that Keith Wyness had been almost solely focused on the controversial Kirkby stadium for the past 18 months and the BBC's Mihir Bose's belief that Sir Philip Green has been pulling the main strings (lending credence to what many have known for a while), it would appear that a move to sunny Spain had become highly attractive for the former Everton CEO.
MP Kilfoyle taken to task 30 Jul - A very interesting and informative article over on the KEIOC website detailing Mr. Kilfoyle's 'floating view of Everton Football Club‚Äôs worth to the community.' Included are Kilfoyle's personal notes from LCC meetings back in 2006 which leave more questions than answers.
Moyes: Contract is ‚Äúvery close‚ÄĚ 30 Jul - In the wake of the Wyness bombshell, the Official Site is in "good news" mode with David Moyes reassuring fans that he is very close to getting his new contract tied down. He's keen, however, that new signings take priority and he insists the money will be there following the sale of Andy Johnson.
Kilfoyle's Kirkby neutrality questioned 30 Jul - Keep Everton In Our City make some illuminating revelations about the apparent role in Destination Kirkby played by Walton MP Peter Kilfoyle that bring into sharper focus his recent letter to Baroness Andrews.
Joey Yobo there too! 28 Jul - Joeseph Yobo has returned from extended leave granted in relation to the kidnapping of his brother in Nigeria, and has joined the small squad in Chicago.
Cahill is getting close 28 Jul - Tim Cahill is getting close to full recovery and has started training with the lads in America this week. Fingers corssed... he might just be fit for the start of the season!
Arteta prognosis is good 27 Jul - Everton physio Mick Rathbone has provided an update on Mikel Arteta and Andy van der Meyde confirming that the former's injury was just a knock whereas the latter's was a torn hamstring.
Small squad flies to USA 26 Jul - A rather small Everton squad departed for games in Chicago and Denver over the next 10 days: Turner, Howard, Valente, Neville, Lescott, Jagielka, Baines, Arteta, Osman, Pienaar, Gosling, Rodwell, Baxter, Vaughan, Jutkiewicz, Yakubu.
Van der Meyde injured at Forest
25 Jul - Andy van der Meyde and Mikel Arteta were both forced off early on in the friendly at Nottingham Forest and while the Spaniard's diagnosis is just a kick to the shin, the Dutchman pulled a hamstring and faces yet more time on the treatment table.
Forest friendly live on evertonTV 24 Jul - Everton's next pre-season friendly is against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground and it will be streamed live on evertonTV.
Anichebe makes the cut for Nigeria 23 Jul - Victor Anichebe has been confirmed for Nigeria's 22-man squad for the Olympic Games in Beijing next month. The 19 year-old will miss the start of the Premier League season after making the cut from the 26 players who took part in a pre-Games training camp in South Korea.
Wyness: Nothing agreed for Johnson 23 Jul - Everton CEO, Keith Wyness, has moved to counter reports in both the national and local press that a ¬£10.5m bid for Andy Johnson has been accepted from Fulham. AJ was expected to play in the friendly with Preston last evening but left Deepdale before the game.
Everton kit problems 22 Jul - The delay in the release of Everton's now kit to the fans was caused by quality control problems at Umbro, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Interest in Stojkovic dropped 22 Jul - Everton will not be pursuing their interest in goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic after the Serb walked out just an hour into what was supposed to be a week-long trial at Finch Farm.
Accrington here we come! 21 Jul - Accrington Stanley have announced that their final Pre-Season warm-up game will be against an Everton Select XI. The game will take place on Wednesday 6 August with a kick off time of 7pm.
Bradley responds 19 Jul - In the typically unseemly name-calling that passes for intelligent discourse between politicians, Warren Bradley has responded to falsehoods and ignorance from MP Peter Kilfoyle regarding Destination Kirkby.
Fitness Update 17 Jul - The only good news is that Arteta is back in training. Vaughan is making slow progress; Baines and Hibbert are still recovering from their operations... and the kicker? Tim Cahill will miss the start of the season.
Vlad on trial 16 Jul - Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Vladimir Stojković is set to start a three-day trial at Finch Farm today with the hope of winning himself a place in Everton's squad for next season.
Big Vic heading east 15 Jul - Victor Anichebe has been named in Nigeria's provisional 26-man squad for next month's Olympic Games in Beijing and hopes to be in the final 22 for their Olympic campaign which starts against The Netherlands on 7th August.
Gosling features in U19s defeat 14 Jul - Dan Gosling played 78 minutes in midfield for England U19s as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat to hosts the Czech Republic, who finished the game with nine men, in their opening game of the Uefa U19 European Championship.
Telly Time 11 Jul - Changes in kick-off times and dates for Everton league games scheduled for live TV coverage (and other causes) are listed on the Official Website.
Only red tape holding up Stojković 11 Jul - Serbian 'keeper Vladimir Stojković is awaiting visa clearance to travel before starting a trial with Everton. According to the 22 year-old's agent, Zoran Stojadinovic, if he impresses, ‚Äúthe offer is a season-long loan, with an option to purchase the player [from Sporting Lisbon] for between ‚ā¨2.5m and ‚ā¨3m."
Even Prentice sounds concerned 11 Jul - In this Echo column, David Prentice reflects many of the concerns voiced recently in our Mailbag, homing in on the continuing puzzle: Why hasn't David Moyes signed his new contract?
Fernandes loan confirmed 10 Jul - From a source no less than the Premier League website, "the club have ... confirmed the extended loan of Manuel Fernandes for next season." Of course it comes in yet another piece of drivel from Capatin Marvel about Everton not needing any new faces(!!!) a piece that concludes with the tiumeless classic: that players returning from injury "are going to be like new players for us next season." ....... Arrrgh!
Fernandes loan confirmed? 10 Jul - From a source no less than the Premier League website comes the claim, "the club have ... confirmed the extended loan of Manuel Fernandes for next season.," which doesn't square with Valencia's desire to cash in on him this summer. Of course it comes in yet another piece of drivel from Capatin Marvel about Everton not needing any new faces(!!!) a piece that concludes with the timeless classic: that players returning from injury "are going to be like new players for us next season." ....... Arrrgh!
Stretford finally sanctioned 9 Jul - Agent Paul Stretford has finally been hit with an 18-month ban and a ¬£300,000 fine for breaches of FIFA players' agent regulations and improper conduct. More than anyone, Stretford is believed to have been responsible for engineering and manipulating Wayne Rooney's transfer from Everton to Manchester United four years ago.
Ball in Johnson's court 8 Jul - The Daily Post report from their sources at Everton that the club would consider cashing in on Andy Johnson but only if the player asks to leave and then only for ¬£10m or more. Rumours posted on ToffeeWeb yesterday had Wigan leading the chase with an offer of ¬£9.5m.
Hibbert undergoes knee surgery 7 Jul - Tony Hibbert could miss the start of the new season after going under the knife to sort out the ligament damage he did to his knee in the away game at Arsenal in May.
Blues look to Kamp Kanu 7 Jul - Everton (along with Man Utd) have agreed to give trials to prospective Nigerian stars of the future coming out of Kamp Kanu.
Yobo's brother kidnapped 5 Jul - Joseph Yobo's elder brother, Norum, has been kidnapped in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt. The oil-rich Niger delta area of Nigeria is a hotbed for ransom-related abductions but there has been no contact from the kidnappers thus far. Everton have given Joe extended leave for the foreseeable future.
Everton tie up Round deal 4 Jul - Everton have announced the appointment of Steve Round as David Moyes's assistant after concluding negotiations with Newcastle United over compensation for the 37-year-old. Round succeeds Alan Irvine who took up the reins at Preston last season.
LCC to request Kirkby 4 Jul - Liverpool Council are planning a cross-party call to formally request that Hazel Blears call in the Destination Kirkby proposal on the basis that it "rides roughshod" over strict local planning policy. The fresh initiative will include a request to Everton to hold fresh discussions about a ‚Äúplan B‚ÄĚ to stay in north Liverpool.
Shaping Up 4 Jul - Plenty of conventional wisdom and no surprises of note in this Sky Sports assessment of how Everton are shaping up to the challenge of the new season.
Gosling named in U-19 squad 3 Jul - Dan Gosling, signed from Plymouth in January and expected to play a part in the first team this coming season, has been called up to England's squad for the UEFA European U19 Championships in the Czech Republic later this month.
Round deal close 3 Jul - Steve Round's agent is confident that Everton will land their top target for Assistant Manager and the 37 year-old is expected to be announced as Moyes's new no. 2 today after a compensation deal was apparently thrashed out with Newcastle United.
Ruleteros Society's quest for friendly 3 Jul - The Ruleteros Society's hopes to bring about a friendly between Everton FC and CD Everton in Chile gets some national exposure at the BBC website.
Jesus wants you for a Bluenose 2 Jul - Tangential mention of Everton (If ya knew yer 'istory!) in this social comment from the BBC on the role of Sunday Schools(!) in shaping British society and culture...