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Season 2009-10 Diary

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Mucha's Goodison switch now official
No word on length of contract
1 Jul - Jan Mucha is officially an Everton player, completing a free transfer from Legia Warsaw today. The Slovakian international's participation at the World Cup Finals in South Africa ended with his country's 2-1 defeat to The Netherlands earlier this week and he will be allowed an extended break before linking up with the Blues' squad later this month. The announcement on the Official Everton Website, however, contains no indication of how long his new contract will run for.

Gueye signing is confirmed
Baines also pens new five-year deal
30 Jun - Everton have announced confirmation of the capture of Strasbourg striker, Magaye Gueye, for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around 900,000. A deal with the French club was agreed earlier this week and the 19-year-old, who is a France U-21 international, put pen to paper on a five-year contract today. Gueye is the third striker signed by David Moyes this summer following the arrivals of Jermaine Beckford and Joao SIlva. Also signing on the dotted line today was Leighton Baines who extended his current contract until 2015.

Everton unveil 2010-11 home strip
Elegant in its simplicity
30 Jun - Everton took the veil off the Club's home strip for the 2010-11 season today, a refreshingly simple contrast to the lurid pink away strip. Free of the usual embellishments that plague most football kits, the new jersey is all blue apart from a contoured seam across the chest in the shape of the dark blue panel that adorns the away shirt. The kit goes on general sale on 15th July but you can pre-order online through

The Dutch march on
Holland 2 - 1 Slovakia
28 Jun - Johnny Heitinga became the last surviving Everton representative in the World Cup after Holland beat Slovakia in Durban. Jan Mucha was beaten in the 23rd minute by a typical Aaren Robben goal that set the tone for this 2nd Round game but he produced a string of good saves including one off his face to keep the Dutch largely at bay. However, he was guilty of advancing too far and failing to deny Kyut who set up Schneider for the winner. Vittek finally scored from the spot with the last kick of the game after missing a couple of good chances for Slovakia.

USA beaten in extra time by Ghana
USA 1 - 2 Ghana AET
26 Jun - Tim Howard's World Cup adventure is over after the USA succumbed to Ghana for the second time in four years. Again the Americans put themselves in a hole by conceding an early goal following an error in midfield from which Kevin Prince Boateng fired in the opener. The US roared back in the second half and Landon Donovan converted a penalty that forced extra time. Unfortunately, Bob Bradley's side were opened up again within three minutes of the restart, Asamoah Gyan smashing home what proved to be the winner as the US struggled to find the energy and penetration to find another way back.

Italy sent packing; NZ leave undefeated
Slovakia 3 - 2 Italy || Paraguay 0 - 0 New Zealand
24 Jun - Another day of drama in South Africa saw a fantastic finish to Group E, where Everton's future 'keeper Jan Mucha was well stretched as Italy scrambled to save themselves after going behind 2-0 and then 3-1 to a determined Slovakia. Twice the Azzuri came back to within a goal in the closing stages, first when Mucha couldn't hold a shot that was put home by Di Nitale and then when Quagliarella scored with an exquisite 92nd-minute chip. But Slovakia hung on and Italy went out, joined by plucky New Zealand who couldn't find the quality to break down Paraguay in the other game. In Group F, John Heitinga's Holland finished top thanks to a 2-1 win over Cameroon and Denmark's ex-Everton contingent of Lars Jacobsen and Per Kroldrup were dumped out by Japan.

Cahill scores but Aussies fall just short
Australia 2 - 1 Serbia || Germany 1 - 0 Ghana
23 Jun - Tim Cahill's World Cup dream is over as Australia fell just short of making a stunning recovery from that heavy defeat to Germany in their first game. With the Germans ending up beating Ghana in the other Group D game, the Socceroos needed to beat Serbia with a hatful and though they roared into a 2-0 second-half lead thanks to a headed goal by Cahill and a 25-yard stunner by Bret Holman, the Serbs pulled one back and with no further goals, the Aussies were eliminated on goal difference.

Injury-time heroics see USA through
USA 1 - 0 Algeria || Slovenia 0 - 1 England
23 Jun - A dramatic injury-time goal by American talisman, Landon Donovan, put the USA on top of Group C on goals scored and into the knockout phase with England who edged Slovenia with a nervy 1-0 win. After Algeria hit the bar early on, Clint Dempsey had the ball in the net for Bob Bradley's side but the "goal" was erroneously chalked off for offside. As chances went begging, the US were facing elimination until a fast break initiated by Tim Howard ended with Donovan ramming home in dramatic fashion after the 'keeper spilled the ball as Dempsey tried to turn Altidore's cross home. The Americans will play Ghana on Saturday.

Miracle eludes S. Africa, Nigeria also out
South Africa 2 - 1 France || Nigeria 2 - 2 South Korea
22 Jun - Everton's African contingent is heading home after South Africa and Nigeria were eliminated from the group stage of the World Cup Finals. Steven Pienaar and Bafana Bafana surged into a 2-0 lead over France and spurned a chance for 3-0 when Mphela rattled the post early in the second half. But though Uruguay did their bit for the tournament hosts by beating Mexico, 10-man France pulled one back and SA were eliminated on goal difference. In Group B, Argentina's win over Greece meant that Nigeria just had to beat South Korea to advance but they surrendered a 1-0 lead to trail 2-1, leveled the game at 2-2 through a Yakubu penalty but couldn't find the winner late on. The Yak had earlier executed the miss of the tournament when he somehow side-footed wide of an empty net from two yards out and Obafemi Martins also clipped a great chance wide.

USA robbed in Johannesburg
Slovenia 2 - 2 USA
18 Jun - Tim Howard and the USA were robbed of a thrilling victory at Ellis Park in Johannesburg by an apparently erroneous call for a foul as defender Maurice Edu buried a late free kick that would have made it 3-2. The States fell behind 2-0 in the first half to goals by Birsa and Ljubijankic but former Everton winger Landon Donovan rammed an absolutely superb goal into the roof of the net from a narrow angle shortly after half-time and Michael Bradley's cool finish leveled matters, setting up what looked to have been the perfect comeback but the referee from Mali chalked off the "goal" for reasons known only to him.

Howard will start against Slovenia
18 Jun - Tim Howard and the USA will play their second game in Group C this afternoon looking to take a giant step towards the second phase with victory over Slovenia. Howard will play despite injuring his ribs in the 1-1 draw with England and there is yet more good press for him with this piece by Jeff Carlisle on the ESPN Soccernet site. Particularly pleasing, given the propensity of the US media to regard Everton as a lower-tier club than the Champions League darlings, is Tim's comment about his immediate future: "I love Everton. I think we're in touching distance [of the CL]... I believe in our team. I think it's disrespectful when players talk about other clubs. It's a disgrace really, people always flogging themselves for another contract."

All goes wrong for Super Eagles
Greece 2 - 1 Nigeria
17 Jun - Nigeria have a very slim chance of making the next phase at the World Cup Finals in South Africa following a second successive defeat in Group B. They got a lucky break to take the lead against Greece, scoring a soft goal from a free kick but a moment of madness by Sami Kiata, reacting stupidly by kicking out after a nothing throw-in incident, saw him get straight red and the game turned. Greece took advantage, running out 2-1 winners, though Yakubu might have scored as Nigeria broke when a horrendous Joseph Yobo error was cleared, but was denied by the 'keeper. Both Everton players could be on their way home next week unless Argentina beat Greece and the Super Eagles secure a big win in their final game against South Korea.

Pienaar's SA struggle in Pretoria
South Africa 0 - 3 Uruguay
16 Jun - Steven Pienaar's South Africa are in grave danger of becoming the first host nation not to advance to the second phase after an emphatic defeat at the hands of Uruguay in the capital, Pretoria. Diego Forlan scored a goal in each half, the second a penalty with 10 minutes to go after goalkeeper Khune was red-carded for his foul on Suarez. Pereira added a third in injury time. Pienaar had been much more involved than was the case against Mexico last Friday before being substituted to make way for the reserve 'keeper after 80 minutes but Bafana Bafana were desperately poor overall.

Red card nightmare for Cahill
Germany 4 - 0 Australia
13 Jun - Tim Cahill's World Cup could be over after he was very harshly sent off after 56 minutes by the tournament's worst official so far for a nothing tackle on Schweinsteiger. Germany already had the Socceroos on the rack by that point having powered into a 2-0 lead in a first half in which Cahill was a virtual spectator. Australia conceded twice more as Joachim Loew's side toyed with them in the second half and, assuming it isn't overturned on appeal, the resulting two-match ban for Cahill will make their chances of progressing from a tough group all the harder.

England 1 - 1 USA
Howard helps USA thwart England
12 Jun - The much anticipated World Cup match-up in Rustenburg ended all square, with the strongest Everton connection making a decisive impact on proceedings. After Steven Gerrard had given England an early lead, Robert Green suffered a momentary lapse of concentration that gifted the USA the equaliser later in the first half. As expected it was a tight affair but Tim Howard proved an indomitable force in the American goal, while Green redeemed himself somewhat by pushing Jozy Altidore's shot onto the post after he'd easily muscled his way past Jamie Carragher.

Pienaar has a quiet opener
South Africa 1 - 1 Mexico
11 Jun - The 2010 World Cup kicked off with Steven Pienaar featuring as very much the star man for the host nation... but playing in the middle, the game mostly passed him by. South Africa, initially abysmal, survived a Mexican onslaught thanks to a rarely seen offside decision that denied them the first goal. That was scored in superb fashion in the second half by Siphiwe Tshabalala, a fantastic finish. Mexico finally got their just desserts, thanks to some terrible South African defending, a little before Pienaar was subbed off for the last 10 mins. Katlego Mphela squandered a gilt-edged chance to win it at the death when he rolled a shot off the post with just the 'keeper to beat.

Everton confirm Silva signing
9 Jun - Everton have finally confirmed the much-mooted acquisition of Portuguese striking prospect, Joao Silva. The 20-year-old joins for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of 500,000, from Desportivo Das Aves where he scored 14 times in 32 appearances last season to finish as second-highest scorer in Portugal's second division. He has penned a three-year deal and will link up with the Blues' squad for the first time for pre-season training at the start of next month as the team prepares for a pre-season tour of Australia.

Loan star Landon set for Big Game
Build-up to Saturday's World Cup clash
9 Jun - Landon Donovan believes his loan spell with Everton last season can help play a part in plotting England's downfall in Saturday's World Cup clash. Donovan spent two-and-a-half months at Goodison Park during the close season of his parent club, Los Angeles Galaxy, and quickly became a favourite with supporters. But he also feels the experience helped him to find out the qualities of some of the England players he will come face to face with in Rustenburg.

Senderos moves on to Fulham
Arsenal defender signs a three-year deal
8 Jun - Philippe Senderos, the Swiss international defender who made just two starts as a stand-in during his loan spell with Everton last season, has been transferred from Arsenal to Fulham on a free transfer. He signs a three-year contract with the defeated Europa League/Cup finalists, after spending much of the previous season on loan to AC Milan.

Tim scores on Tim!
USA 3 - 1 Australia
5 Jun - In one of the final warm-up games before the World Cup starts in earnest next weekend, Tim Cahill squared up for the Socceroos against Tim Howard's USA national team in Roodeport, South Africa. And Tim Cahill connected nicely on the stretch to fire home a corner past the bemused Tim Howard, equalising after Edson Buddle had given the US an early lead. Buddle scored again before half-time, when both Everton players were subbed off. Landon Donovan had a few chances to score but was largely unimpressive in a slow-paced game, until he set up USA's third for Herculez Gomez at the death.

USA v Australia
World Cup Finals warm-up
5 Jun - An interesting taster for next weekend's World Cup launch comes on Saturday in the form of an international pairing that offers more than passing interest for football-starved Evertonians. Tim Howard's USA National team takes on Tim Cahill's Aussie Socceroos, in South Africa. Hopefully it will also be a chance to see ex-Everton players Landon Donovan and Lucas Neill in action too. Kick-Off is 1 pm BST and live TV coverage includes ESPN2 in the USA (5:30 am PDT; 8:30 am EDT).

Shocking pink away shirt
The promised 'Revolution' is pink
3 Jun - After a high profile ad campaign that stealthily sought to hide the impending truth, Everton's marketing "Revolution" was revealed in all its glory on Thursday (after being widely leaked on the internet): a new away shirt in "lightning pink". As with seemingly anything Everton-related, it has split the fanbase down the middle, with polarized opinions bedeviled by gender overtones. A brave move? Or a marketing disaster? You can vote on our poll here on the homepage if you have an opinion either way.

Baines misses England cut
Homesick comments come home to roost
1 Jun - Leighton Baines's dream of making the trip to the World Cup Finals in South Africa have been dashed after it was confirmed that he has not made the cut for Fabio Capello's 23-man squad. Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock got the nod over Baines as the back-up left back to Ashley Cole even though the ex-Liverpool and Blackburn man has only played once for England at senior level.

Italy sent packing; NZ undefeated
Slovakia 3 - 2 Italy || Paraguay 0 - 0 New Zealand
24 Jun - A fantastic finish to Group E, where Everton's new 'keeper Jan Mucha was well stretched at the back as Italy finally woke up after going 2-0 to Slovakia.

Beckford Signs for 4 years
31 May - After being released a little early from his current contract at Leeds United, before it expires next month, striker Jermaine Beckford has signed a four-year contract with Everton. No shirt number has been assigned to him yet, and and Everton fans await to see if this means one of the current strikers will be allowed to leave.

Moyes on Managers
The ruling classes: managers and their teams
30 May - In World Cup build-up mode, David Moyes pens his thoughts on the increasingly important role of the manager in modern football: "Arsne Wenger says the image of the team is in the manager's face. You can tell the manager who's under pressure. Arsne's right. The manager epitomises how the team are feeling. Mourinho, through his own shows of confidence, gives confidence to his teams. Capello, with his stiffness, brings an air of authority and reassurance to the England dressing room." And perhaps most tellingly: "Tactics aren't difficult. They aren't rocket science." Er...

“Fourth is not success” Moyes
Moyes wants to win trophies
29 May - "We've come close [to winning something] a few times and done well in the league, but for me, it's not enough. Tottenham got to the Champions League this season, but there's only been one other team in the last few years to have done that outside the big four. That was us. That's seen as success, but I have a problem with that. It's saying that it's okay to finish fourth... to have that mentality that finishing fourth is success is strange, yet that's the perception. I just don't understand how can you expect to be happy with fourth." — David Moyes, quoted in The Scottish Sun.

Everton season 'a failure'
Pienaar cites Arsenal (h) and no Europe
28 May - More pot stirring, no doubt designed to drive the wedge deeper between Steven Pienaar and Everton, has the media making much of comments made by the South African about the Blues' 2009-10 season: "We didn't start fresh at the beginning of the season due to injury problems and we suffered from that throughout the season. The beginning of the season was the lowest (point), especially when we lost 6-1 against Arsenal. At the end we didn't qualify for Europe and that's why I reckon this year has to be considered as a failure."

Duffy back on his feet
Youngster lost 3.6 litres of blood
27 May - Republic of Ireland defender, Shane Duffy, is back on his feet just days after surviving a life-threatening injury. The 18-year-old Everton player was visited in hospital on Wednesday morning by international boss Giovanni Trapattoni, his assistant Marco Tardelli and skipper Robbie Keane in the wake of the Republic's 2-1 friendly victory over Paraguay. Duffy was able to get out of bed and walk, much to the delight of the trio, and he remains on target to be discharged from Dublin's Mater Hospital at the weekend.

Pienaar's agent ups the pressure
24 May - Steven Pienaar's agent is now urging Everton to resolve the player's contract negotiations before the World Cup, reiterating that his client would like his Goodison future decided before the tournament kicks off next month or he will likely demand a transfer from the club that resurrected his career.

Teenage star put pen to paper today
24 May - Jack Rodwell has committed the next five years of his promising future to Everton by putting pen to paper on a new contract that will keep the 19-year-old sensation at Goodison Park until 2015. That will end, for now, the ceaseless speculation linking Rodwell with a move to Manchester United or Chelsea, confirm word from sources close to him that he always wanted to keep developing his career with the club he loves, and net the teenager an estimated 30,000-a-week contract.

No imminent resolution of Pienaar impasse
23 May - More details are emerging of the impasse between Steven Pienaar and Everton with comments attributed to the midfielder suggesting that the two parties are a fair distance apart on the issue of compensation. The South African had put off any decision on his future until after the World Cup but has now admitted that, after rejecting the Club's latest offer 2 weeks ago, he could either see out his contract at Goodison or be sold this summer if there is no positive resolution of his contract negotiations and the right offer comes up.

Duffy recovering after life-saving surgery
21 May - What seemed like a precautionary trip to hospital ended with life-saving surgery for Shane Duffy following a collision in a practice match yesterday that left the teenager with a lacerated hepatic artery by his liver. The Everton defender was administered oxygen on the pitch after taking a knee to the abdomen while playing for a Republic of Ireland XI against Ireland Juniors but the full extent of his injury wasn't known until he got to Mater Hospital. Duffy remains in the High Dependency ward but is expected to make a full recovery.

Blackpool into the Premier League
Blackpool 3 - 2 Cardiff City
22 May - Blackpool will play Premier League football next season after a ding-dong first half that saw all five goals scored in the searing Wembley heat. Everton's on-loan player, Seamus Coleman, played a competent game at right back, with few of the marauding runs forward that have endeared him to Evertonians, but was there to make a couple of important defensive clearances that helped to keep the second half goalless and allow Blackpool to win the Championship Playoff Final.

Coleman extends his Goodison contract
19 May - Seamus Coleman has joined Tim Cahill in signing on for another four years. The Irish defender, who plays at Wembley this coming weekend for Blackpool where he is on loan as they look to win promotion to the Premier League in the Championship playoffs. David Moyes said of Coleman: "I think he's someone who has caught the imagination of a lot of the supporters. We've brought him in and he's had very little of what I would call senior football. So we had to get him some games. He had a terrible injury in pre-season which kept him out and, if hadn't been for that, he might have had more games and he might have even been further along. But I think these games for Blackpool, at the level they're playing at, will do him no harm at all."

Moyes will fight to keep players
19 May - With the memory of the Lescott Saga all to fresh, David Moyes says of the need to keep his best players: Are we susceptible? Of course we are, because people look at us and think, We can go to Everton and take their best players'. But if they do, they know they are going to have to come with a very big cheque. If they come here, they know it is going to be very expensive and our intention is not to let any of the players go. I expect them to be here next season.

Tiger Tim: 4 more years
Contract extended through 2014
18 May - Tim Cahill has committed his future to Everton after signing a new contract which could keep him at the club for the next four years. The 30-year-old had two years to run on his existing contract but Everton were keen to tie him to the club for an longer term. The Australian midfielder is a key player for Everton and his willingness to sign a new long-term deal is a boost for manager David Moyes's on-going plans.

Gosling starts long recovery
Less damage than originally feared
15 May - Dan Gosling has finally had surgery on the ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his knee that was set to put him out of action for nine months. However, there is some good news in that, when the swelling finally subsided enough for the operation to go ahead, there was less damage than expected. The 20-year-old has been ruled out for the start of the 2010-11 season but the expectation now is that he could require less time than originally anticipated to make a full recovery and be back in action for the Blues.

Radio City interview Robert Elstone
14 May - Everton Chief Executive, Robert Elstone, spoke to Terrace Talk on Radio City and talked candidly and eloquently about a number of issues, including transfers, new contracts for existing players — not least Steven Pienaar — the state of the domestic game and the Blues' quest for a new stadium. Listen online: Part One | Part Two

Pienaar delays contract decision
11 May - Despite the recent insistence by his agent that the situation would be wrapped up before the World Cup Finals kick off next month, Steven Pienaar says that he will delay any decision over his future until after the tournament. Reiterating that, "I've made it clear before that I want to stay at Everton," the 28 year-old seems to suggest that he'll be back at Goodison if he returns from South Africa fit and healthy.

Baines makes provisional England squad
No World Cup for Jagielka, Arteta or Saha
11 May - Leighton Baines is one step closer to the World Cup Finals in South Africa this summer after being named in Fabio Capello's 30-man provisional squad for the tournament next month. There was no place for Phil Jagielka, though, Mikel Arteta's hopes of a surprise Spain call-up were also dashed and Louis Saha was overlooked by France. Elsewhere, Victor Anichebe, Yakubu and Joseph Yobo are in Nigeria's 30, Tim Cahill is named for Australia and Steven Pienaar for the host nation.

New stadium plan unworkable
Side by side in Stanley Park
10 May - The latest solution put forward to solve the problem of new stadiums for Everton and Liverpool is the construction of a unique side-by-side construction in Stanley Park. The Mersey Stadia-Connex group, which is behind the idea, believes the Siamese-style blueprint could save the clubs between 180m and 220m. They argue it would allow both Liverpool and Everton to maintain separate stadiums — and could hugely reduce overall costs — but it has already been rejected out of hand by Everton officials.

Bilyaletdinov belter ends season on a high
Everton 1 - 0 Portsmouth
9 May - Everton's faithful fans might have hoped for a goal glut against a relegated Portsmouth with the FA Cup Final on their minds but the Blues made them wait until second-half injury time before DIniyar Bilyaletdinov scored a sublime winner to end an otherwise disappointing game. The South coasters had chances to ruin the end-of-season party and even had the ball in the net but it was chalked off for offside before Hayden Mullins hacked Louis Saha's header off the line in the closing stages. Tony Hibbert's shot that flashed just over the bar looked to have been the last chance but Bily struck another beauty after coming on as a second-half sub.

Neville undergoes knee surgery
8 May - Phil Neville will miss the season finale against Portsmouth after undergoing orthoscopic surgery on his knee to remove "a slight touch on his cartilage," as David Moyes put it. As well as bringing his Premier League campaign to a premature end, it also means that the 33 year-old won't be eligible for England's World Cup squad. Neville had an outside chance of being selected by Fabio Capello but he will now join Marouane Fellaini and Dan Gosling, who only had surgery on his cruciate knee ligament tear this week as well, in rehabilitation and getting fit for next season.

Davie Weir still going strong
Scotland's Player of the Year at 40
7 May - Ex-Everton captain David Weir raised the bar in football longevity yesterday when he was named Scotland's Player of the Year just four days short of his 40th birthday, yet the Rangers captain is unsure whether his new status will guarantee him any extra time at Ibrox. Weir, whose contract expires in three weeks, admitted yesterday that his future is still uncertain at the debt-stricken Scottish champions and fears he may be left in the dark until late in the summer about whether a new deal will be on the table to allow him to play on.

Looking back on 1985 Title triumph
6 May - The Official Site has gone retro for the day to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Everton's 1985 League Title triumph, a championship that should have ushered in the Club's best opportunity before or since to win the European Cup were it not for the ban on English clubs following the Heysel tragedy. has a report of the 2-0 win over QPR that sealed the Blues' first Championship in 15 years... well worth a read to take you back to those halcyon days.

Positive signs from Pienaar
5 May - If Everton fans fear losing Steven Pienaar this summer, they can take heart from the player's comments after receiving Everton's Player of the Year award yesterday. Nothing has been decided by way of his contract but when asked about the future, he said: "Hopefully we can kick on from here to next season and the coming years. We have got the potential. The people behind the club really want it to happen and so do the players. For sure [I'd want to stay and be part of that], why not?"

Pienaar named Everton Player of the Year
4 May - Steven Pienaar was handed the Everton Player of the Year accolade this evening at the Club's annual awards gala. The South African, in the headlines right now as the Blues continue negotiations over a new contract for him, topped a poll of supporters after an impressive campaign in which he equaled a career best seven league goals. Leighton Baines was voted the players' player of the year for a season in which he has played in all but one League match for the Blues.

Poor end to Euro quest
Stoke City 0 - 0 Everton
1 May - Everton's hopes of taking the race for Europe to the final weekend of the season petered out in frustrating fashion at the Britannia Stadium. In the absence of Steven Pienaar (injured, we hope!) there was little of the silky passing from previous weeks; instead, squandering possession was the order of the day, and perhaps only Victor Anichebe emerged with any real credit with at least five shots on goal. Phil Jagielka did better, powering the ball into the net from an excellent Arteta corner but, ironically, it was Anichebe, blocking the keeper on the line, whom the linesman determined was in an offside position from Jagielka's header. Earlier, Rory Delap had missed the game's best chance and neither side came close to scoring in the last quarter of an hour, leaving the Blues with an unsatisfactory goalless draw that confirms and 8th place finish. Report

Stoke City v Everton
Match Preview
1 May - The penultimate game of the season and Everton finish their travels in the potteries and Peter Reid's tricky side with their rabid crowd of fanatical supporters. Everton continue to be without the injured trio of John Heitinga, Dan Gosling and Marouane Fellaini. Jack Rodwell and Leon Osman could miss out for the second successive week. Rodwell is nursing a hamstring injury while Osman has an unspecified knock. Rumours suggest Pienaar may miss out as well.

Everton confirm Australia tour
Non-World Cup players to play 3 Aussie sides
30 Apr - Everton have confirmed that the club will travel Down Under this summer and tour Australia. The trip will be the Club's first visit to the country since 1987 when the then champions of England participated in a post-season tour, playing two games in Melbourne and Brisbane. The Blues will return to both Australian cities to face Hyundai A-League sides Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Heart and will complete a three-game tour with an exhibition match against Sydney FC.

Moyes snaps up Portuguese prospect
Joao Silva deal wrapped up?
28 Apr - No confirmation from Liverpool L4 yet but Sky Sports and sources in Portugal are reporting that Everton have concluded a 500,000 deal for 19 year-old striker, Joao Silva. The Desportivo Aves marksman, described as the new Pauleta, is set to make the move to Goodison Park at the end of the season after scoring 13 goals in the Portuguese Second Division this term.

Kenwright scoffs at Moyes speculation
Reports linking manager with United 'nonsense'
27 Apr - Bill Kenwright has joined David Moyes in rejecting speculation that the Everton boss is being lined up to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United when he eventually hangs up his stopwatch. "It's absolute nonsense to infer that we would let David depart for Manchester United with our blessing," Kenwright told the Echo. "If a day like that ever did occur, Evertonians know that I would fight tooth and nail to keep our manager where he belongs."

Last-gasp penalty keeps faint hopes alive
Everton 2-1 Fulham
25 Apr - A Mikel Arteta penalty deep into injury time preserved Everton's 100% home record against Fulham in the Premier League as David Moyes's side secured the win that keeps their faint Europa League hopes alive. Despite dominating the play with slick and patient passing, the Blues lacked any real urgency and fell behind when Leighton Baines' suicide backpass was intercepted by Erik Nevland who beat Tim Howard to open the scoring. Everton equalised four minutes after half time, though, when Victor Anichebe's header went in off Chris Smalling and though a penalty claim for handball on Nicky Shorey was denied, referee Lee Mason had no doubts in the third minute of stoppage time when Chris Baird felled Tim Cahill in the box to hand the home side the path to all three points. Two wins for the Blues and two defeats for Liverpool is what is required if Europe is to become a reality.

Everton vs Fulham
Match Preview
24 Apr - Everton play their penultimate home game o the season this weekend as road-weary Fulham come to Merseyside. John Heitinga is ruled out for the rest of the season with a hairline fracture of his ankle but Tim Cahill is in line to make his 200th start for the Blues in all competitions as David Moyes's side hope to get the first of three consecutive wins they need to have any chance of qualifying for the Europa League next season. Kick-off is 3pm.

Moyes confident Pienaar will stay
23 Apr - David Moyes appears relaxed about the speculation surrounding the future of Steven Pienaar whose Everton contract has a year left to run. "[T]alks have been on going for some time," Moyes said in his press conference ahead of this weekend's game against Fulham. " I hope we will [keep him] and I am sure we will. We brought him here on loan when he was a bit down and gave him that platform so I think he's found a good home."

Everton prepare new deal for Rodwell
Times report suggests bumper terms to keep him at Goodison
23 Apr - Everton are ready to offer Jack Rodwell a significant improvement on the contract he signed a little over a year ago in an effort to ward off interest from the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea and now Arsenal according to The Times. It's believed that the Club are ready to at least double his wages and sources close to the 19 year-old starlet suggest that he is committed to staying at Goodison Park rather than follow the path trodden by Wayne Rooney six years ago.

Blues need a minor miracle
21 Apr - Updated Though Portsmouth have now been denied entry to the Europa League next season, the worst case scenario has played out for Everton since Saturday's thrilling win over Blackburn, with Aston Villa and Liverpool getting maximum points from their games in hand and the Blues now trailing the two clubs by 7 and 5 points respectively with just 3 games to go. Though there are conflicting media reports suggesting Everton could qualify from 8th if Liverpool win the Europa League, we're fairly certain that no additional European places will be created by a Reds win in that competition.

3-match tour in Australia
Everton finalizing summer itinerary
21 Apr - An Everton side potentially including Socceroos star Tim Cahill is set to embark on a three-match tour of Australia in July. The Queensland government and the are in the final stages of negotiations and, but barring any late hitches, the Toffees will play the Brisbane Roar in the annual Roar Against Racism charity match. July 10 is the mooted date for the clash, which will open an Everton tour that is also understood to include matches against new A-League club Melbourne Heart and reigning competition champions Sydney FC.

Pienaar set for big new deal...
Or a Lescott-type cash-in sale???
20 Apr - In a scenario that is horribly reminiscent of the Lescott saga, the Daily Mail claims that Steven Pienaar is set to be rewarded with a new lucrative Everton deal which will rank him alongside the club's biggest earners and supposedly end interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City. The 14million-rated South Africa midfielder has been the subject of enquiry from rival bosses, alerted that Pienaar has just one year remaining on his Goodison Park deal.

Scintillating Blues Finally Victorious
Blackburn Rovers 2 - 3 Everton
17 Apr - A penalty won and converted by the returning magician Arteta inside 3 mins should have made this a walk in the sunshine, and some superb football from Everton in the first half should have seen more goals... But they didn't come until the last quarter of the game, which was just amazing. A tremendous equalizer from N'Zonzi after Baines had bent the Blackburn post with an Exocet. The Yak came on for Hibbert and equalized inside 22 seconds with a lovely header on from Anichebe, but minutes later Roberts scored his usual goal against Everton, this one very well taken. Same old story... 2-2? No, the Yak would create an excellent goal on 90 mins for Tim Cahill to finally seal a hugely important win for the Black & Pinks! Full report

Blackburn Rovers vs Everton
Match Preview
17 Apr - Everton head into a local encounter with Blackburn Rovers this afternoon, a must-win game if they are to keep their hopes of European qualification alive. With games running out and their rivals for 6th and 7th spots playing teams in the bottom four this weekend, David Moyes's men can't afford to drop any more points. John Heitinga is a doubt with a foot injury while Mikel Arteta again misses out with a groin strain. KO is 3pm.

Another thriller against Villa ends sour
Aston Villa 2 - 2 Everton
14 Apr - Everton were five injury-time minutes from a potentially huge win over Aston Villa but yet more defensive weakness against the deep cross allowed Martin O'Neill's team a precious equaliser that keeps them four points above the Blues. Tim Cahill had headed Everton into the lead from a Leighton Baines free kick in the first half but Gaby Agbonlahor leveled with a glancing header with 18 minutes to go. Cahill restored the lead almost immediately, again with his head, to put David Moyes's side on course for victory. But despite the presence of three central defenders with the late introduction of Joseph Yobo, Phil Jagielka diverted Ashley Young's cross into his own net, though Tim Howard will feel he should have turned it around the post.

Aston Villa vs Everton
Match Preview
14 Apr - Everton and Aston Villa face off in a potentially decisive encounter in the battle for European qualification, the Blues's having fallen four and six points behind Villa and Liverpool respectively with their failure to beat Wolves and West Ham in their last two outings. Mikel Arteta is again ruled out with a groin strain and Victor Anichebe is also unlikely to figure because of a hip injury. Kick off is 7:45pm.

Reserves held by Hull
Everton Res 0 - 0 Hull City Res
12 Apr - An Academy side masquerading under the dubious title of 'Everton Reserves' could do nothing to break the stalemate against Hull on Monday Night. The timing of the match was not good for the fringe senior players, with the first team playing Villa on Wednesday night, but even Carlo Nash is not getting games anymore, now that Iain Turner is fit and back in goal. Last summer's young acquisitions Garbutt, Mustafi and Peterlin also played.

Tim Cahill The Unseen Journey
Aussie Channel 7 TV Biography
10 Apr - No football for Everton this weekend... so what about watching the The Unseen Journey — a 40-minute video of the programme broadcast last week on Australian TV, telling the unheard story of Tim Cahill's life. A rags to riches tale about his family background, his father's determination to make him a footballer, his mother's irrepressible Samoan roots... the challenges to becoming a Socceroo, Milwall, Everton, the first goals for Australia in the 2006 World Cup, and prospect of more for them in South Africa this summer... plus lots lots more.

The link below leads to a Sporttorrent page, where you can download and save the 400MB video file.

Moyes takes managerial plaudits again
Second Barclay's Manager of the Month award this year
9 Apr - David Moyes has been named the Barclays Manager of the Month for the second time in three months after steering Everton to an unbeaten record in the month of March. In accepting the award, the boss praised his players: They are the ones who cross the white line and I must give my staff a lot of credit too. That's two out of three months that we've got this award and we're going to need two more if we are to achieve what we want from this season!

Coleman keen to extend loan
Wants to be in the play-offs
8 Apr - Seamus Coleman — whose loan deal with promotion-chasing Blackpool runs out next Wednesday — says he wants to stay for longer and "help the club win promotion": "We'll see what Everton have to say and whatever both teams want is what matters," said Coleman, 21, who has made a real impression at right back — Blackpool are unbeaten in five games since he joined.

Moyes assures Yak's future
Achilles recovery takes time...
6 Apr - David Moyes has assured Ayegbeni Yakubu he has a long-term future at Everton despite conceding that the Nigeria striker has not fully recovered from an Achilles injury suffered 17 months ago. It has been suggested that Yakubu will be sold this summer to improve Moyes' transfer budget having struggled to reclaim form and a first-team place since rupturing an achilles tendon at Tottenham Hotspur in November 2008. However, the Everton manager believes the recovery period is typical of Achilles injuries and says Yakubu remains part of his plans at Goodison Park.

Limp second-half display costs Everton
Everton 2 - 2 West Ham United
4 Apr - Everton's European hopes took another severe blow with a second successive draw against a team from the lower reaches of the table as complacency and a dismal second half display cost them an eighth home win on the bounce. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's first-half header had put the Blues on their way but the Hammers grew in confidence in the second and leveled when Da Costa bundled home from close range. Yakubu looked to have headed the winner with five minutes left but Ilan powered home an equaliser as an almost immediate reply and an Everton side horribly devoid of imagination couldn't create anything to grab a late goal to get the points they needed to close the gap on Aston Villa and Liverpool.

Everton vs West Ham United
Match Preview
3 Apr - Everton are back at Goodison this weekend looking to record their eighth successive Premier League home win when beleaguered West Ham, the team the Blues love to play, come to town. Dan Gosling joins Marouane Fellaini on the long-term injury list while Mikel Arteta and Joseph Yobo are doubts with minor strains so David Moyes could field an unchanged line-up. Aston Villa's annoying win at Bolton means that victory over the Hammers would pull Everton back to within two points of the Villains ahead of the battle for seventh place at Villa Park in 10 days' time. KO is 4pm.

Coleman dazzles again
Loan player scores after mazy run
3 Apr - Seamus Coleman is continuing to have a dramatic influence on the fortunes of Blackpool FC as they fight for a play-off spot in Championship. The player set up one that was converted as an own goal, then went on his own mazy run through the Scunthorpe defence before firing into the roof of the net from 8 yards to his first goal since going on loan from Everton last month. Scunthorpe 2- 4 Blackpool.

Gosling out for Nine Months
Cruciate curse strikes another Everton player
31 Mar - Dan Gosling has been ruled out for up to nine months after picking up a serious knee injury on Saturday. The midfielder ruptured his cruciate knee ligament after a clash with the the Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann in the closing minutes of the 0-0 draw, just a few minutes after coming on as a substitute. Mikel Arteta and Phil Jagielka suffered the same injury around this time last year and endured months of rehabilitation before making successful comebacks this season.

Jack happy with attacking role
Looking for 4th or 5th spot
30 Mar - Jack Rodwell has been talking to the Daily Post about his switch to more of an attacking role from midfield. It's a contrast from the defensive posture he was asked to provide earlier in the season and has seen him find the net against Manchester United and Hull City, in addition to setting up that killer second goal at Manchester City with some excellent football down the right channel before cutting the ball back superbly for Cahill to dummy and Arteta to fire home.

Whoever cries goes inside
An insight on Tiger Tim Cahill
28 Mar - An impressive video biography of Tiger Tim Cahill. The Everton and Australia talisman talks at length to Aussie cricket legend Steve "Tugger" Waugh about his football, his life, his ethos, and most importantly, his family, on this exceptional vignette from Australia's Channel 7 — a precursor to a much longer documentary on the player which will air in Australia on 3 April.

Chance after chance goes begging
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 - 0 Everton
27 Mar - Everton were left frustrated by Wolves for a second time this season despite dominating for large periods with some scintillating football and glorious interplay that saw chance after chance created. A lack of conviction by Leon Osman saw him squander three chances in the first half, the best of which coming in the fifth minute when he failed to beat Marcus Hahnemann from close range. Louis Saha cracked a shot off the bar and put a free header over, Steven Pienaar's volley deflected agonisingly wide and Tim Cahill couldn't get enough on an injury-time overhead kick to guide it over the line as Wolves somehow held out. It represents a missed opportunity for the Blues to steal a march on their rivals in the chase for Europe, particularly Aston Villa who lost 7-1 at Chelsea. Full report

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Everton
Match Preview
26 Mar - High-spirited Everton play a second successive away game with a visit to Wolves this weekend, looking to take another stride towards European qualification with a fifth away win this season. Tim Howard's thigh injury and a slight hamstring strain for Tim Cahill permitting, David Moyes may look to name an unchanged side hoping that his charges can overcome a Wolves side enjoying a decent run of form of their own. Kick off is 3pm. LIVE FORUM

Superb Everton douse City fire
Manchester City 0 - 2 Everton
24 Mar - Everton snuffed out Roberto Mancini's Champions League-chasing side with an exemplary away performance, grabbing a precious win with a goal in each half to become the first team to win at Eastlands for almost a year. Mikel Arteta laid a short free kick back to Leighton Baines who clipped the ball towards the 6-yard box and Tim Cahill did the rest, heading home after 32 minutes. Then, as City laboured to break down a stubborn black wall and Cahill had chipped agonisingly wide, Jack Rodwell broke down the right, turned his marker and laid the ball back superbly for Arteta to sweep home the game-killing goal with 5 minutes left. That represents the double over City for Everton who truly look the real deal now with the bulk of the team back fit.

Manchester City vs Everton
Match Preview
23 Mar - Everton make a midweek trip along the M62 to Eastlands hoping to become the first team to beat Manchester City on their own turf in the League this season. Louis Saha is fit and may start, while Victor Anichebe is in the squad after a scan revealed no damage to his hip and kidney region following a collision with Bolton's Paul Robinson on Saturday. City will be without ex-Blue Joleon Lescott. Kick off is 7:45pm.

Reserves thumped by Wigan!
Everton Res 1 - 4 Wigan Athletic Res
23 Mar - On Monday night, Everton Reserves crashed to an embarrassing 1-4 defeat at home to Wigan Athletic who extracted some revenge for the 5-2 scoreline the Blues inflicted on them at their gaff back in November. Shane Duffy was the only Blue Youth to get on the scoresheet... and Youth was indeed the key, as Neil Dewsnip continued the Everton policy of fielding Academy players and youngsters, with none of the more senior fringe first-team squad being risked ahead of the huge challenge coming up on Wednesday at Eastlands. Iain Turner continued in goal, however, making up for much time lost through injury earlier in the season.

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda
Moyes laments what might've been
22 Mar - After steering Everton to a club record seventh successive home victory in the Premier League, David Moyes admits he is still tormented by what his improving side could have achieved this season. Moyes said: "What really hankers me is where we should have been and could have been... I think we've got really good potential, we've got a really good group of players here with a chance to kick on again... I think we're beginning to believe we're a good team now. In the past maybe we thought 'we can't quite get there' but wins against the top teams recently have shown that we're closer now than we've ever been."

Arteta's class shows up dogged Trotters
Everton 2 - 0 Bolton Wanderers
20 Mar - Everton battled hard through a long first half that saw the early departure of Anichebe, who should have scored on 5 mins. The determined Trotters refused to yield until Yakubu cleverly drew a last-man foul from Steinsen, and a red card from Wiley. Arteta deftly curled in the sweetest of free-kicks to open the game up with 20 mins left. Osman made the difference after coming on as the second sub and hit the bar before setting up the winner with a textbook pull-back for Pienaar in the last minute of normal time. The goal sealed a patiently worked and thoroughly deserved win against a doggedly determined and defensively solid Bolton side — Everton's seventh successive home league win, a feat not achieved in 20 years of trying, and hopefully a tangible sign of real consistency finally emerging from Moyes's eight-year stutter-step reign. Full report

Everton v Bolton Wanderers
Match Preview
20 Mar - Everton take on Bolton Wanderers in a nice 3pm kick-off at Goodison Park this afternoon. The Blues may have been the form team in the Premier League until they blew that two-goal lead at Birmingham last week but there can be no illusions of how difficult the task of beating Bolton Wanderers could be today. It would, however, extend that current winning home streak to an excellent seven consecutive games.

Coleman goes to Blackpool
19 Mar - Seamus Coleman has been signed on loan by Blackpool. Tthe Seasiders beat yesterday's loan deadline to sign Everton's young up-&-coming right back just as he was rumoured to be on the way to QPR.

While the move obviously increases his chances of getting first-team football, following on closely from the move of James Vaughan to Leicester City, it represents a voluntary depletion of David Moyes's already limited playing staff, with 9 games still left to hopefully fight for qualification to compete in next season's Europa Cup.

Donovan loan spell is over
US Star returns to MLS
14 Mar - Everton have confirmed Landon Donovan's loan spell has officially ended and he is returning to Los Angeles Galaxy. In recognition of a great relationship he developed with Everton's fans, he said, "I'm 28 years old now and I've played over 100 times for my country, I've also played a lot of league games in different parts of the world, but I've never met a fan base like this, either playing for them or as an away player. Forget about football for a moment, this is a experience I'll never forget."

Everton let Birmingham off the hook
Birmingham City 2 - 2 Everton
13 Mar - Tim Cahill returned to the starting line-up for today's game at St Andrews, with Everton once again failing to improve significantly on their away form in the rinal run-in of 10 league games. After a quiet start, Everton felt out their hosts and started to apply some pressure around 20 mins. Arteta played in Anichebe who scored a superb goal, soon followed by a beautiful chipped cross from Pienaar that Yakubu nodded home. 2-0! But Jerome soon pulled one back with a soft finish and then after the break, the Birmingham equalised when Gardner latched into Jersome's flick to fire from 18 yards. And that was pretty much it as Everton, for the most part, sank back into their shell. Donovan appeared for a farewell cameo but it was not enough to win all the points. Full report

Birmingham City vs Everton
Match Preview
13 Mar - 10 games left of the season and Everton turn down the final straight with repeat European qualification in their sights and Birmingham City, their immediate rivals in the chase for what may yet turn out to be three Europa League-qualifying spots, next up. Tim Cahill and Louis Saha may play some part but are unlikely to start, but Leon Osman is ruled out through injury. KO is 3pm.

Kenwright still searching "24/7"
11 Mar - This article in the local press confirms that nothing seems to have changed Bill Kenwright's fruitless multi-year "24/7" search for a billionaire to invest in Everton. The truth is Everton do need a billionaire he says. Of course thats a stock phrase, but we do need major investment. One of the difficulties of being a chairman who has had to use money as wisely as he possibly knows how, is that its hard when you get bombarded, as I have been in the last three AGMs, with questions like Why cant we have what Newcastle have? West Ham? Portsmouth? Solution: No more AGMs!

Battle to Keep Donovan is Over
US Star wants one more month...
9 Mar - Everton faced an uphill battle to persuade the MLS and Los Angeles Galaxy to lengthen Landon Donovan's loan spell, although the player made it clear he wanted to remain on Merseyside for another month. Under the terms of the 10-week agreement signed in January, Donovan is due to report for training in California on Monday 15 March but David Moyes and the player have made clear their desire for the American international to extend his stay to 15 April. However, Bruce Arena has reaffirmed his position and Donovan will leave after the Birmingham game this weekend.

Rampant Blues slaughter Hull
Everton 5 - 1 Hull City
7 Mar - Mikel Arteta really came into his own in this game, with Donovan oddly left on the bench. The Best Little Spaniard opened the scoring in the first half. This should have been added to with a penalty that was dispatched woefully by Yakubu and saved easily by Myhill. After that, of course, Hull equalized before Arteta's lovely second goal as Everton's superior class finally shone through. The third goal came in the second half and it looked like Arteta's hattrick off a tricky lob from the byelinebut it went in off Garcia for an own-goal. Landon Donovan came on for a final 20-minute home cameo and rounded it off in perfect fashion with an excellent finish for the fourth goal a splendid leaving present. With Hull reeling, Donovan set up Jack Rodwell for the coup de grace that made this a real Big Win for the Blues... long, long overdue.

Everton vs Hull City
Match Preview
6 Mar - Everton hope to get their European challenge back on track when Hull City, winless on the road in 12 months, visit Goodison Park tomorrow. Phil Jagielka, Louis Saha, Leon Osman, James Vaughan and Philippe Senderos could all miss out with minor knocks and strains but Tim Cahill may return from a calf injury. KO is 4pm.

Could Donovan yet stay at Goodison?
Moyes keen but LA Galaxy stand firm
5 Mar - Hopes that Landon Donovan could remain an Everton player after the initially agreed loan term expires this month were raised today after David Moyes hinted in his pre-match press conference that he hasn't ruled out keeping the USA international forward: "It looks like all parties are keen. There's no guarantee yet, and I won't know that for a little while longer but there is a chance. But if we can make it happen, we would and if Landon wants to stay, which I think he does, we'd be really keen to keep him." Galaxy coach, Bruce Arena, says, however, "We're not interested. Landon will be back here March 15."

Positive reviews of Baines debut
4 Mar - Leighton Baines passed arguably his biggest test in England colours by garnering good reviews from the infamously merciless domestic press, though he had to shake off an early case of nerves before playing a crucial role in England's second goal. Most of the national dailies were positive regarding the Everton left-back's debut, with The Telegraph saying he "nailed his national audition", The Express saying he didn't look out of place at all, and The Guardian remarking that his was a "neat and efficient" performance.

Michael Foot Dies
Famous 1935 Ode to Everton
3 Mar - One of the 20th century's famous politicians, Michael Foot, ill-fated leader of the Labour party during the Thatcher era died today at the age of 96. A Plymouth Argyle fan he developed a soft spot for Everton after he arrived in Liverpool in 1934, for his first job as a shipping clerk. Impressed with Goodison, and the football that came straight from the School of Science, he wrote a poem on the Blues for the Daily Post in 1935, capturing his disappointment at Everton's defeat to Bolton in the FA Cup that year, and underlining the less impressive footballing fare available across the park...

Stadium talks 'fruitful'...
Cold water poured on Football Quarter idea
2 Mar - At high level talks with Everton CEO Robert Elstone and city council officials at Liverpool University yesterday, the Liverpool CEO made it clear LFC is committed to building a new 400m stadium in Stanley Park, despite its problems raising finance. The football quarter concept, as suggested by Keeping Everton in Our City (Keioc), was dismissed on the grounds that the 700m-plus price tag is unaffordable. But Liverpool Council leader Warren Bradley said the meeting was fruitful in helping draw up plans for a sports strategy for the city.

White Hart Lane hangover
Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 1 Everton
28 Feb - Despite a stirring second-half performance, Everton could not fully recover from a poor first half that looked like a continuation of the defeat in Lisbon. A strange team selection saw Donovan and Bilyaletdinov dropped to the bench, Saha absent (injured), as Heitinga and Distin replaced the poor Yobo and Senderos in the back. But it didn't really work as a sloppy Everton slumped to two goals in the first half when it could easily have been four. Osman was pulled off for the second half, Jagilelka on in central defence, and Heitinga moved to midfield and Everton did get one back when Yakubu stabbed home a Rodwell header from a corner after the break. They should then have gone on to win, with Pienaar producing a poor shot when one-on-one with Gomes, and Donovan missing the open goal of the season. Clearly, it was not to be.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton
Match Preview
27 Feb - Everton travel to Tottenham for a match with significant ramifications for European qualification hoping to extend their Premier League winning sequence at White Hart Lane and atone for both their meek Carling Cup defeat last autumn and their disastrous performance in Lisbon on Thursday. Johnny Heitinga and Sylvain Distin are available again after missing the match against Sporting but Tim Cahill is still sidelined with a calf injury. KO is 1pm. [No full preview this week due to the site issues we're experiencing]

European dreams crushed in Lisbon
Sporting CP 3 - 0 Everton (4 - 2 agg)
25 Feb - Lisbon was once again the scene of misery for Everton as Sporting turned this Round of 32 tie on its head with three second-half goals. Joao Moutinho crashed a fortuitously-won free kick off the crossbar in a first half dominated by the Portuguese side as the Blues struggled to get out of first gear. They escaped again on the hour when Tim Howard blocked Moutinho's volley from point-blank range but after Steven Pienaar curled a shot the wrong side of the post, one of only three genuine attempts at goal all match, Miguel Veloso rammed home from the angle to transform the tie. Pedro Mendes doubled the lead when his deflected shot flew past Howard with 14 minutes left and as David Moyes's side pushed forward trying to fashion a goal that would have forced extra time, substitute Matias Fernandez wrapped it up on the counter-attack in injury time to seal Everton's fate. Report

Sporting CP vs Everton
Match Preview
24 Feb - Everton return to Lisbon on Thursday evening knowing that a clean sheet will see them through to the Round of 16 at the expense of Sporting whom they lead 2-1 from the first leg. Phil Jagielka is included in the squad for the first time since April and Philippe Senderos also travels, with David Moyes hoping the Swiss defender will be fit enough to deputise for the suspended Sylvain Distin so he doesn't have to pitch Jagielka straight into first-team action. Update: Joseph Yobo and Yakubu are expected to have last-minute visa issues resolved in time for the match. KO is 8.05pm with live coverage on FIVE.

Jagielka return foiled by the weather
Defender could be emergency cover in Lisbon
22 Feb - Phil Jagielka was set to end his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury with a return for the Reserves tonight but a frozen pitch at the Halton Stadium means he will have to wait a few days longer for his first competitive match since April last year. David Moyes has hinted, however, that he may be forced to throw Jagielka straight into the team in Lisbon on Thursday with John Heitinga cup-tied, Sylvain Distin suspended and Philippe Senderos struggling to overcome a back injury.

Young Guns embarrass Sir Alex
Everton 3 - 1 Manchester United
20 Feb - An audacious goal from Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, a well-worked second by Dan Gosling, and a wonderful solo effort by sub Jack Rodwell to cap a great team performance at the end sealed a tremendous victory for Everton over the other Champions Elect Manchester United. It looked to be business as usual for Everton against a top 4 side when Dimitar Berbatov put them ahead on 16 mins after a bright start, but Bily's response 3 mins later was a superb game-defining moment as he lashed an unstoppable shot past the static Van der Sar. Everton missed some crucial chances to wrap up the game in the first half but broke the stalemate in the second when Gosling came on and scored from a classic Pienaar cutback to send Goodison delirious. The expected United onslaught failed to materialise and Rodwell's coup de grace at the end provided the perfect finish to a great game and a famous victory.

Everton vs Manchester United
Match Preview
20 Feb - Everton take on Champions Manchester United in the lunchtime kickoff today hoping to claim another scalp after burying their Chelsea hoodoo ten days ago. Tim Cahill joins Marouane Fellaini on the sidelines but John Heitinga is eligible again. KO is 12:45pm.

Cahill to miss crucial games
Damaged calf muscle
19 Feb - Everton could be without Talisman Tim Cahill for the remaining fixtures in February after he damaged his calf muscle in Tuesday's game against Sporting. The Australian is expected to find out the extent of the injury today but is ruled out of tomorrow's game against Manchester United and is expected to be sidelined for the return leg in Lisbon and the visit to Tottenham at the end of the month.

Pienaar: Goodison is my home
I aim to play here for a lot longer
17 Feb - Steven Pienaar has moved to dampen speculation that Everton face a fight to keep the talented South African at Goodison this summer because he has yet to sign an extension to his contract that expires next June. The midfielder says, "I feel this is my home. The supporters have always been good to me and I always give 100%. I definitely aim to play here for a lot longer, why not? Talk of moving is only rumours and I am definitely enjoying my football here."

Distin howler leaves Blues with slender lead
Everton 2 - 1 Sporting CP
16 Feb - Everton were five minutes from completing a job very well done in this Round of 32 first leg when a horrendous error by Sylvain Distin transformed the complexion of the tie. The Blues were ahead through a sublime Steven Pienaar goal in the first half and Distin's own strike off his nether regions three minutes into the second and Sporting were being well contained despite Izmailov crashing a shot off the outside of Tim Howard's post. But when Distin's heavy touch from an equally heavy pass by Jack Rodwell allowed Liedson to rob him and race clear, the defender clumsily brought him down in the box and was shown an inevitable red card. Miguel Veloso sent Howard the wrong way from the spot and scored what might be a crucial away goal in the final reckoning.

Fellaini to miss rest of the season
16 Feb - The BBC confirm specluation earlier from Sky Sports that Marouane Fellaini will miss the rest of the season with the ankle injury he sustained in the Merseyside derby at Anfield 10 days ago. "He has a very serious injury and needs an operation so he will be out for six months," said David Moyes, who compared it to the injury that has ruined Robin van Persie's season at Arsenal. The Blues' loss was compounded later this evening when Tim Cahill limped out of the action against Sporting Lisbon with an apparent calf injury.

Everton vs Sporting Lisbon
Match Preview
16 Feb - Everton face down Lisbon opposition under the Goodison lights this evening for the second time this season with the visit of Sporting with a much stronger Blues side hoping to banish the memory of a 2-0 Group I defeat to Benfica in October. Johnny Heitinga is cup-tied while Marouane Fellaini and Victor Anichebe are injured and there is apparently a doubt over Philippe Senderos but Joseph Yobo is fit again and Steven Pienaar is back from suspension. KO is 5:45pm with live coverage on ESPN.

Fellaini scan delayed again
12 Feb - Further scans to determine the extent of the damage to Marouane Fellaini's ankle have been postponed again because the swelling to the midfielder's ankle remains so severe. The Belgian was due to see a specialist in London earlier this week but the trip was ruled out due to travel problems but today's rescheduled appointment has also been put back. "We have put Fellaini's appointment back until the swelling goes down a bit more," David Moyes said. "We don't want to speculate until then."

A victory a long time in the making
Everton 2 - 1 Chelsea
10 Feb - Bruised from Saturday's derby defeat and without a win over Chelsea in 10 years, Everton looked to have dug their own grave when they allowed the Premier League leaders to capitalise on their early momentum and conceded a soft goal to Florent Malouda after 16 minutes. Instead, the Blues came roaring back and Louis Saha powered in front of John Terry to plant Landon Donovan's corner past Peter Cech with an excellent close-range header. The Frenchman gave the Chelsea captain a torrid time all evening and Saha superbly atoned for a penalty miss in first-half injury time by chesting down Sylvain Distin's long ball and firing the winner past the 'keeper with 15 minutes to go. The inevitable Chelsea onslaught followed and Didier Drogba was allowed to shove Tim Cahill out the way and plant a header onto the crossbar before referee Alan Wiley found five stoppage-time minutes from somewhere to give to the Londoners but Everton hung on for Moyes's first ever win over Chelsea. Full Report

Everton vs Chelsea
Match Preview
9 Feb - Everton take on Premier League leaders, Chelsea, at Goodison Park tomorrow evening looking to bounce back from Saturday's demoralising derby defeat and the loss of dynamic midfield duo, Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar. Mikel Arteta is likely to start his first game this season and David Moyes could deploy Jack Rodwell or Phil Neville in central midfield to add some bite that was missing at Anfield on Saturday. Kick off is 8pm.

No news on Fellaini injury
Further scans were planned
9 Feb - Everton have kept a pretty tight lid on any meaningful news about the condition of Marouane Fellaini, whose ankle was badly injured by the two-footed lunge that got Stirios Kyrigaos of Liverpool dismissed with a straight red card on Saturday. The swelling probably still has to go down and is expected to reveal damage to his ankle ligaments that will keep him out of Everton's next Premier League encounter at Goodison Park tomorrow night.

Everton count the cost of Anfield failure
Liverpool 1 - 0 Everton
6 Feb - Desperate for a first win at Anfield in 10 seasons, Everton lost the first stand in a crucial month in the pitched battle of a Merseyside derby and, perhaps crucially, two of their best players to injury and suspension respectively. A particularly nasty first half yielded precious few chances but a red card for Kyrgiakos and a potentially serious ankle injury for Fellaini, who could easily have seen red too in a studs-up clash that was the nadir of an ugly contest. The second period was calmer but the Blues gifted Kuyt the winner when Howard flapped at a corner and the Dutchman nodded home. Sadly, Moyes's side came up well short in their attempts to break down a depleted Liverpool, their misery compounded when Pienaar was shown a second yellow for barging in late on Gerrard. Full report

Liverpool vs Everton
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6 Feb - Everton begin what has been dubbed the "month of death" this weekend with a Merseyside derby clash with Liverpool at Anfield where and no one needs reminding they haven't win in 10 seasons. Form usually counts for nothing but the Blues will be confident going into David Moyes's 600th league match as a manager that they can deepen the gloom across the Park with a famous win. Kick off is 12:45pm with live coverage on Sky Sports.

Saha pens new Everton deal
It feels like a family and I feel like a part of it
5 Feb - Everton have now confirmed that Louis Saha has ended the uncertainty over his contract situation by penning a new two-year deal with Everton. The Frenchman would have been out of contract this summer and free to sign for another club but he didn't conclude any pre-contract agreement in the January transfer window, hinting that he might be happy to stay with the Blues.

Everton to stay at Goodison?
Redevelopment may be on the cards
4 Feb - Everton are looking again at the possibility of redeveloping Goodison Park but chief executive Robert Elstone remains optimistic over hopes for a new stadium in the city. Since plans for a 400million project, in conjunction with Tesco, at Kirkby were rejected, the club have been assessing their options and have commissioned an architect to have another look at the feasibility of working on the Goodison footprint.

Help collect Everton memories
Everton Collection's Oral History Project
2 Feb - The Everton Collection are launching an ambitious project that needs volunteers to help record and preserve people's Memories of Everton FC. Young, Latchford, Ferguson all Everton heroes from the past. The Everton Collection Project is undertaking an oral history project during 2010 to record the treasured memories of supporters, former players and employees of Everton FC. The recordings will be archived and some will be made available on the Everton Collection website.

Deadline passes without incident
Moyes happy with two in, two out
1 Feb - Arguably the quietest (and demonstrably the cheapest) transfer deadline since the two-window system was put in place, certainly from Everton's perspective, passed at 5pm today without hint of further transfer activity at Goodison Park. Having brought in Landon Donovan and Philippe Senderos and seen J and Lucas Neill leave, it looks as though David Moyes decided not to pursue any more loan targets and will live with what he has now until the summer (though he will lose Donovan in mid-March).

The perfect goal from Tiger Tim
Wigan Athletic 0 - 1 Everton
30 Jan - There are no easy games in the Premier League, and this encounter at the DW Stadium underlined that fact as Wigan nipped at heels, blocked players runs, and did everything they could all afternoon to stop Everton playing football. Everton simply persevered, perhaps knowing that chances would come... indeed after Saha had been denied a clear penalty, Fellaini looked to have scored but the move was deemed offside at some point. No matter; a nice corner from Baines and a brilliant run in from behind everyone by Tim Cahill in the 84th minute, powered home superbly. 1-0. Job done. Full report

Wigan Athletic vs Everton
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29 Jan - Everton make the short trip to the DW Stadium tomorrow hoping to translate their recent good League form into a third away win for the season and set themselves nicely for what promises to be a challenging February programme. A groin strain looks likely to rule Mikel Arteta out of further action following his return from 11 months out so there will be changes on the bench but David Moyes is expected to start with the same XI that beat Sunderland in midweek. Kick off is 3pm.

Jagielka set to start training
Match-fit in another month
29 Jan - David Moyes hopes that Phil Jagielka will return to training next week but it may be another month before he is match-fit. The defender tore cruciate knee ligaments at the end of last season and, in a similar scenario to team-mate Mikel Arteta, has suffered numerous setbacks.Arteta has returned to the fold after making two substitute appearances in recent weeks, however, Jagielka is still at least four weeks away from playing in games.

Donovan strikes as Blues coast to victory
Everton 2 - 0 Sunderland
27 Jan - Everton moved into ninth place thanks to a powerful first half-hour, though they left the home faithful somewhat unfulfilled with an untidy second half that didn't yield the goal glut many were hoping for. After a bitty start, Marouane Fellaini chipped a great ball in that Cahill flicked off his head perfectly inside the far post after just 6 minutes to make it 1-0. In the 19th minute, the Australian nodded down Baines's lofted cross for Landon Donovan to control it well off his chest and stroke it smartly into the net for his first goal in an Everton shirt. He looked set to score his second after the break but it was cleared off the line and Louis Saha was foiled by John Mensah when put clean through in a poor second half were the players seemed happy to sit on their lead and take the points. Match report

Everton vs Sunderland
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27 Jan - Everton face Sunderland at Goodison this evening hoping to erase the bad memory of Saturday's disappointment in the FA Cup by taking another leg up in the ascent towards the upper reaches of the Premier League. David Moyes may ring some changes but Mikel Arteta and Philippe Senderos are likely to start on the bench as both are lacking match fitness. Kick off is 8pm.

Wembley dreams shattered on home turf
Everton 1 - 2 Birmingham City
23 Jan - Everton were dumped out of the FA Cup by Birmingham City who won at Goodison for the first time in 53 years thanks to two first-half goals that stunned the home crowd. Compared with their recent form and the last time these two sides met, the Blues were awful in the first half and conceded goals to Benitez and Ferguson before the break. They pressed hard in the second half, though, pulled one back through a lovely strike by Osman, but couldn't find the equaliser despite Saha striking the post, Vaughan firing inches over, Fellaini twice going very close and Arteta almost capping his return as a substitute with a late effort. Full report

Deals agreed for Senderos and Mucha
Slovakia goalkeeper to join in the summer
23 Jan - Everton have confirmed the acquisition of Swiss defender Philippe Senderos on loan for the remainder of the season. The 24-year-old watched the defeat to Birmingham from the stands and formalities are now complete on his temporary switch from Arsenal. He will wear the No 23 jersey vacated by Lucas Neill. Additionally, the club have announced that Jan Mucha will make his reported switch from Legia Warsaw on a free transfer in the summer after personal terms were agreed with the Slovakia international goalkeeper.

Everton vs Birmingham City
FA Cup 4th Round Preview
23 Jan - Everton get another crack at ending Birmingham's impressive unbeaten run now standing at 14 games in all competitions when Alex McLeish brings his side back to Goodison Park just over a month after escaping Merseyside with an almost unfathomable point in the League. Leon Osman is fit but David Moyes might go for an unchanged line-up from the team that bested Manchester City so impressively last weekend. KO is 3pm.

J follows Neill to Galatasaray
Moyes lost patience after Brazilian missed training
21 Jan - Updated: Galatasaray have confirmed reports that they have signed J on loan from Manchester City for the remainder of the season, simultaneously ending prematurely his one-year loan at Everton. The striker fell out of favour with David Moyes and was suspended after flying back to his native Brazil over Christmas without permission and then compounded that misstep by missing training this week. That prompted Moyes to send him back to Manchester City: "When he never came in to work on Monday that was the final straw." J follows Lucas Neill from Goodison to Turkey but his departure leaves another hole to fill in the Everton squad.

Young tykes back in training
Rodwell and Gosling back from injury
21 Jan - Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell will both resume full training today, and could be included in the squad for the FA Cup 4th Round clash with Birmingham City on Saturday. The pair have been suffering with similar hamstring problems, both picked up during Europa League games in December. Gosling said: Its been six and a half weeks now. The estimated time out was a minimum of six so Im on track, while Rodwell's comments included Hopefully if I get a training session under my belt on Thursday with no reaction, and the same on Friday, then well see what the manager and the physio think."

Arteta nearing first-team comeback
Midfielder to resume full training this week
19 Jan - Mikel Arteta starts what he hopes will be the final phase of his long recovery from a ruptured ACL when he resumes full training this week. The Spanish midfielder has been sidelined since February but says, "I have been doing nearly everything in training with the lads over the last week and I am hoping to start doing contact work this coming week." He will no doubt be eased back into action but he's ready to get back playing for the Blues: "Whenever the manager says Mikky you are ready I am there!"

Superb Everton put City in their place
Everton 2 - 0 Manchester City
16 Jan - Everton put the pretenders from Manchester firmly in their place with a powerhouse performance underpinned by a quite majestic display by Marouane Fellaini. City enjoyed the better of the opening quarter of an hour but the Blues then took control, getting their reward when the excellent Steven Pienaar swung a free kick to Shay Given's near post and the 'keeper couldn't keep it out. Then, in first-half injury time, in a pleasing example of the letter of the law finally being applied, Louis Saha won a penalty when Micah Richards tugged him back by the shirt and the Frenchman calmly slotted the spot-kick home. Fellaini and Tim Cahill both hit the woodwork in the second half as David Moyes's side threatened to add more and easily claimed their biggest scalp of the campaign thus far and move back up into the top half of the Premier League table. Full report

Everton v Manchester City
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15 Jan - Tomorrow's game against Manchester City is set to be a massive one as Everton have been building on recent improvements against increasingly renowned opposition, while Roberto Mancini brings his new and highly-priced charges to Goodison Park on the back of four straight wins. Depending, perhaps, on the fitness of Louis Saha, David Moyes could field an unchanged line-up which would mean a home debut for Landon Donovan and Lucas Neill playing his final game for the Blues before he leaves for Turkey. KO is 5:30pm GMT.

Neill leaves Everton for Galatasaray
Defender: Move has come as a surprise to me
13 Jan - Update: Galatasaray have completed the transfer of Lucas Neill from Everton in a deal reported to be 800,000, and there is now confirmation from Everton. He will not be leaving until after the big match against Manchester City, however, and could play his last game for the Blues this weekend. The Australian arrived at Goodison on a free transfer just four months ago but David Moyes has reluctantly agreed to make a profit on the 31-year-old despite his impressive displays in central defence this season. According to, Neill has signed an 18-month deal and links up with his Socceroos teammate, Harry Kewell, who has resurrected his career in Turkey after a failed spell at Liverpool, and ex-Everton midfielder, Tobias Linderoth.

Fellaini finally delivering
Belgian playing where he should
11 Jan - Marouane Fellaini has suffered from being played out of position as part of settling in to life in the Premier League. But now he is thriving in the defensive midfield role which first brought him to the attention of David Moyes. His performance was one highlight for the Blues during the 2-2 draw with Arsenal that they felt they should have won, and he confirmed: Ive said all along that my position is a defensive midfielder." His father, meanwhile, is talking up apparent interest in the Belgian international from Chelsea and admits that he hopes to see Marouane "at a really top club."

So near... yet so far
Arsenal 2 - 2 Everton
9 Jan - Everton started the only 3pm kick-off played in the Premier League superbly, going ahead off an excellent Donovan corner that Osman power-headed home but their vulnerability after an early goal reared its head, though they were unfortunate when Osman deflected a harmless shot from Denilson past Howard for the equaliser. Moyes's side were solid for most of the second half, but seemed to lack the drive needed to really put Arsenal away, until a brilliant breakaway, and pivotal work from Cahill, set Pienaar up to score an exquisite chipped goal to surely give Everton a fully deserved win. Sadly, the Blues would rue their luck and chances not taken, particularly when Vaughan was denied on a breakaway, as another cruelly deflected goal allowed Arsenal to escape with a point when they could really have been well beaten. Report

Arsenal vs Everton
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9 Jan - Everton's daunting visit to the Emirates is still set to go ahead despite the Arctic grip on Britain, though David Moyes might be wishing the game had been called off so he could get a few more injured players back! Louis Saha faces a late fitness test on his hamstring but Landon Donovan will make his debut. Kick off is at 3pm as the Blues look to atone for that shocking 6-1 opening-day defeat at the hands of Arsene Wenger's men. Despite the cold weather and snow, the game is ON and has not been postponed.

Fellaini finally getting praise
Best midfielder in the country?
7 Jan - The bushy hairdo remains as big as ever, but it is Marouane Fellainis talent rather than his eccentric appearance that is finally making an impression at Everton. The moans and groans that bellowed around Goodison Park at the sound of his every touch just a few months ago have been replaced by a growing admiration for the towering midfielders skills. So starts this piece in the Daily Express, inspired by David Moyes proclaiming the big Belgian to be probably the best midfielder in the country at the moment.

Donovan ready to get sharp
US star gets the famous Number 9 Shirt
5 Jan - Everton's latest acquisition, Landon Donovan was at Goodison Park for the FA Cup tie against Carlisle and says in this EvertonTV interview he is looking forward to the faster pace of the Premier League. He has been working out in preparation for the loan deal at Everton but admits he hasn't played for two months, which may be a factor in Moyes's team selection for the big game at the Emirates on Saturday. Everton have finally confirmed he will wear the famous Number 9 shirt.

Blues eventually fight off plucky Carlisle
Everton 3 - 1 Carlisle United
2 Jan - Everton booked their place in the FA Cup Fourth Round but the 3-1 scoreline was cruel on Carlisle who came within a whisker of setting up a historic upset when, with the scores level with 15 minutes left, Tim Howard touched Danny Livesey's shot onto the crossbar. James Vaughan had seemingly put the Blues on their way after 12 minutes when he benefited from a poor backpass and rounded the 'keeper to score. But the League One side equalised when Adam Clayton poked it goalward and the ball deflected in off Hurst six minutes later. Everton laboured to increasing displeasure from the home crowd in the second half but when Seamus Coleman came on with 10 minutes to go and set up Tim Cahill with his first involvement, the Australian fired home his 50th Everton goal at the second attempt. Kieron Agard came on for Vaughan late on and when he raced clear and was hauled down, it gave Leighton Baines the chance to bury an injury-time penalty.

Everton vs Carlisle United
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1 Jan - Everton kick off both 2010 and their FA Cup campaign with a home tie against League One side Carlisle United in the Third Round, but David Moyes begins the new year with something of a headache when it comes to strikers. J is suspended, Yakubu is away, Louis Saha is injured but Tim Cahill is fit and James Vaughan may start. KO is 3pm.

AWOL J suspended by Everton
1 Jan - Everton have suspended J after the striker made an unauthorized trip to his native Brazil over the Christmas period. David Moyes confirmed the disciplinary action at a press conference today, saying: "There has to be discipline at a Football Club. He left during a busy period for us so he is suspended. It might not be indefinite, I need to see how it is but I feel right now I have to take some action. With Yakubu on international duty and Louis Saha ruled out of tomorrow's cup tie with Carlisle, it leaves Moyes with just James Vaughan and perhaps Tim Cahill as striking options.

Persistence wins in the end
Everton 2 - 0 Burnley
28 Dec - Yet another improved performance, this time in front of a packed holiday crowd, looked to be heading the same way as Everton's previous four drawn games in the Premier League, even with the Blues supposedly having a man advantage after Jordan picked up a silly second yellow for shirt-tugging. But it was not until the introduction of James Vaughan with just 8 mins left that he broke the deadlock with is first touch, finishing off a cross that Yakubu missed. And it was Yakubu who fed Pienaar in stoppage time for the South African to finish superbly, sealing the first league win for Everton in three months of trying at Goodison Park... Happy Festive Season! Full report

Everton vs Burnley
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28 Dec - Everton are hoping to close out 2009 on a high by finally getting that elusive first home win since mid-September under their belts against Burnley, a team who have lost all but one of their away matches so far this season. Phil Neville may play some part after watching from the bench at Sunderland but the Blues could well be unchanged for the second match running. KO is 3pm.

Small reward for massive effort
Sunderland 1 - 1 Everton
26 Dec - A fourth successive league draw sees Everton edge fractionally away from the relegation zone but this was a repeat of the last game, the Blues comprehensively outplaying their opponents but struggling to make the final ball in the area a telling one. And giving away a fairly simple goal in the first half did not help. Despite their dominance, it took Everton until the 85th minute to finally score, when Fellaini gratefully accepted a gift half-clearance and lashed into the roof of the net from 8 yards. Vaughan got 4 mins today, while Neville remained on the bench. Report

Sunderland vs Everton
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26 Dec - Everton travel to Wearside this Boxing Day hoping to give their traveling fans a Christmas present of three points after the disappointment of Sunday's home draw with Birmingham City. David Moyes has no new injury worries and will be hoping that his team can put on a similarly dominant but more potent display as they did last weekend. KO is 3pm.

Bily speaks out
Hoofball instead of passing
24 Dec - Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has hit out at Everton's crude playing style and questioned his team-mates' psychological strength amid a run of six Premier League games without a win: Our team are very good at playing passing football but we rarely do this. We create chances mainly by lobbing the ball forward and putting teams under pressure. Regarding Sunday's draw with Birmingham, ...for the umpteenth time we took the lead but could not hold on to it. It seems our problem is psychological.

Rodwell out for a month
Hamstring injury the latest blow
21 Dec - Everton's abysmal injury crisis continues unabated with the news today that Jack Rodwell will be out of action for at least four weeks. A scan has confirmed the hamstring injury he picked up just 8 mins in to the game against BATE Borisov, although, a lapse for the goal aside, Fellaini did okay in the defensive midfield role against Birmingham. It may be a blessing too, as it could be said that Rodwell was perhaps suffering from being overplayed and could do with a break.

Everton 1 - 1 Birmingham City
Bilyaletdinov scores with an early blast
20 Dec - Everton got off to a brilliant start when Bilyaletdinov lashed them into the lead off a throw-in, chested down nicely by Saha, who put Everton two up, only for his superb effort to be wrongly denied by an incorrect offside flag. Everton surged again and again but could not consolidate their lead and Birmingham, on their first venture into the Everton half, tied the game through Larsson. Try as they might, Everton could not get back in the groove... nothing was coming good in the final third and even the return of long-injured James Vaughan in the closing stages could not change the game.

Everton vs Birmingham City
Match Preview
19 Dec - Everton embark on a three-match spell that at the start of the season might have marked a soft part of the fixture schedule but this weekend's visitors, Birmingham City, are on a five-match winning run that has lifted them to seventh in the table and they'll be full of confidence. David Moyes welcomes back Tim Cahill but Jack Rodwell is surely ruled out with a hamstring strain.

Everton seal Donovan loan deal
18 Dec - Everton have confirmed that they have concluded a deal to bring Landon Donovan on loan for three months from Los Angeles Galaxy starting on 2nd January. The final details of the arrangement were ironed out following Wednesday's press conference in LA where it was announced that the US captain had signed a new long-term deal to stay with the MLS franchise until 2013. Under the terms of the deal, Donovan is free to pursue loan arrangements during the MLS close season. David Moyes says he hopes to bring in two more signings next month.

Men against Boys?
Everton 0 - 1 BATE Borisov
17 Dec - It was pretty much as expected, with Everton's young hopefuls defending against increasing pressure from the Belarus Champions who were not really all that good. Kieran Agard had come close with a shot from wide right that wizzed over the bar in the first half, Osman powered one past the post, and Agard really should have scored when he snatched at a great chance but curled his shot just wide. BATE scored late in the second half when a speculative shot was deflected sufficiently past Nash by the otherwise excellent Duffy, who cleared another certain goal off the line.

Everton v BATE Borisov
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17 Dec - The last match in Europa League Group I and a dead rubber with Everton already guaranteed 2nd place. David Moyes has wisely decided to give some promising younger players a chance to impress while he rests most of the injury-riven senior squad at his disposal, in readiness for a major task against a rampant Birmingham side visiting Goodison on Sunday. Debuts are in hand for Carlo Nash (in goal), Shane Duffy (centre-back), Jake Bidwell (left-back), Adam Forshaw (midfield) and Kieran Agard (attack). Tony Hibbert as captain becomes Everton's record Euro-player, this his 20th appearance.

Donovan likely to join Everton
Elstone expects US captain to join 2nd January
16 Dec - UPDATE: Everton have announced that they have agreed a deal in principal to bring Landon Donovan in on loan next month. Earlier, Los Angeles Galaxy revealed that the 27 year-old has signed a new contract with the MLS side that will tie him to the team until 2013. Under the terms, Donovan is permitted to take "any loan opportunities" that may arise and, Head Coach and General Manager, Bruce Arena, said that the US captain would "likely" join Everton until March 2010. Everton CEO, Robert Elstone says, "A finalised deal is not too far away. Positive discussions have been ongoing and we expect to have Landon join the Club when the window opens on January 2."

Moyes names five debutants
Team to start v BATE Borisov
16 Dec - 24 hours ahead of the kick-off, David Moyes has named a team that includes five players making full debuts (Carlo Nash, Shane Duffy, Kieran Agard, Adam Forshaw and Jake Bidwell). The teamsheet includes nine changes from the side that drew 3-3 with Chelsea on Saturday: Nash, Coleman, Duffy, Hibbert (c), Bidwell, Osman, Forshaw, Baxter, Rodwell, Yakubu, Agard.

Lady Luck smiles for once
Chelsea 3 - 3 Everton
12 Dec - For the fourth season in succession, Everton grabbed a very creditable point from Stamford Bridge and while there were elements of fortune in all three goals, they belie the real story of another good performance. The Blues struck early perhaps too early when Saha rose to meet an 11th-minute Baines free kick and the ball came off Terry's arm, struck the post and bounced in off Cech. A typical Chelsea onslaught, though, had reversed the match within 12 minutes through goals by Drogba and Anelka, but Yakubu came on for the injured J and prodded home with his first touch in first-half inury time. The home side pressed in the second half, retaking the lead when Drogba volleyed home. But another good Everton free-kick was headed by Drogba onto Saha's back, from where it careened over Cech into the net. Report

Chelsea vs Everton
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12 Dec - Everton take their patched-up defence into the lion's den this weekend hoping to do something they haven't done so far this century win at Stamford Bridge. Joseph Yobo has been ruled out until after Christmas with a hamstring injury, Sylvain Distin is a major doubt with the same injury, Tim Cahill is suspended, but John Heitinga is back and could play in midfield or defence depending on David Moyes's preference. KO is 3pm.

Everton confirm Donovan talks
Sources claim deal is done
9 Dec - Everton CEO Robert Elstone has confirmed that the Club are in talks with representatives of United States international forward, Landon Donovan, to bring him in on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy. With the MLS season over and the 2010 World Cup Finals on the horizon, the 27 year-old is reportedly set for a three-month spell at Goodison Park, similar to David Beckham's stint with AC Milan. Donovan can play in attacking midfield or up front, has European experience in the Bundesliga and is the USA's all-time leading goalscorer. If the deal is signed and sources in the US say the deal is done — he'll link up with the squad on 2nd January and would be eligible for the Europa League.

Brown to revive Kirkby nightmare?
The DK book not quite closed just yet...
7 Dec - Prime Minister Gordon Brown does not want the book closed on Kirkby. Minister for the Northwest, Woolas said: "This issue is far from over and the needs of Everton Football Club are still real. The government is committed to the regeneration of both Kirkby and Skelmersdale and we will be working behind the scenes with all parties to see if we can take forward a Plan B. We are not going to leave this to the free market. I will be meeting with local civic leaders to use government power to intervene in this."

Brown to revive Kirkby nightmare?
KEOIC say Woolas denies stadium component
7 Dec - Prime Minister Gordon Brown does not want the book closed on Kirkby. Minister for the Northwest, Phil Woolas is reported to have said: "This issue is far from over and the needs of Everton Football Club are still real. The government is committed to the regeneration of both Kirkby and Skelmersdale and we will be working behind the scenes with all parties to see if we can take forward a Plan B." Keep Everton in Our City, report, however, that Kirkby officials met with Mr Woolas and he confirmed that, "The scheme that we are looking at for the town centre does not include a football stadium."

Howard heroics cap high drama
Everton 2 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur
6 Dec - Everton came back from the dead to salvage a precious point and then had Tim Howard to thank for preserving the draw when he saved Jermaine Defoe's penalty five minutes into injury time. Spurs had looked the more threatening in a goalless first half and they exploded at the start of the second when Defoe converted from close range with the home defence asleep. Matthew Dawson out-muscled Lucas Neill to power home the second with a header but two Everton subs combined with 12 minutes left when Louis Saha slide home Seamus Coleman's centre to make it 2-1. Tim Cahill headed home Leighton Baines' cross-cum-shot after 86 minutes to complete the comeback before Tony Hibbert poleaxed Wilson Palacios to set up the late drama but Howard was the hero in his duel with Defoe. Full report

Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur
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6 Dec - Everton face in-form Tottenham today hoping to overcome a selection crisis in central defence and register their first home win since mid-September. Tony Hibbert and Lucas Neill are ready to stand in for hamstring victims, Joseph Yobo and Sylvain Distin and Seamus Coleman is likely to make his Premier League debut at right back. KO is 4pm.

Blues not good enough
Not thinking about a Euro place
4 Dec - David Moyes has been brutally honest about the inadequacies of his side's performances this season: "I'm not happy with our form in the Premier League this season. We know that our performances should have been better. We know it hasn't been good enough," he said. "We are talked about as top six side, but results aren't saying that. To be honest, we're not even thinking about qualifying for Europe next season at the moment. We're not playing well enough for that."

Bily singing in the rain
AEK Athens 0 - 1 Everton
2 Dec - Despite wet conditions and a dreadful pitch that claimed another three bodies for the Finch Farm treatment centre, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov popped up after just 6 mins in the rain at Athens to score a very nicely taken goal for a win that secures Everton's future in the knock-out stage of the Europa League. Both Gosling and Distin came off injured inside the first 15 mins; Baxter and especially Shane Duffy (making his debut at centre-half) did very well to keep a clean sheet despite the best efforts of the Greek side. Report

AEK Athens vs Everton
Match Preview
2 Dec - Everton's threadbare squad can take a big step towards the last 32 of the Europa League this evening if they can pull off a second win over AEK Athens. Joseph Yobo, Lucas Neill and John Heitinga are all ruled out and, if Sylvain Distin fails a fitness test on a hamstring strain, David Moyes will be without a recognised central defender. It could mean a debut for Shane Duffy or Shkodran Mustafi in the Olympic Stadium. Kick off is 6pm GMT with live coverage on ESPN.

Yobo misses Athens trip
Defender has hamstring problem
1 Dec - Joseph Yobo will miss the trip to Athens after going off injured in the derby, where he was involved in both of the fluky goals Liverpool scored. He is suffering a hamstring injury. The addition of Yobo to the packed treatment room at Finch Farm means that Team selection options for Athens on Wednesday are reduced by three, with Heitinga and Neill both still ineligible to play in the Europa Cup because they were purchased too late in the transfer window, although Jack Rodwell looks to have recovered from a groin strain and should be available.

All guts but no glory
Everton 0 - 2 Liverpool
29 Nov - Everton lost the league Goodison derby for the third successive season but they'll wonder how after dominating proceedings and being thwarted by the officials and Lady Luck for the best part of 80 minutes. Liverpool took a 12th-minute lead thanks to a horrible deflection of Mascherano's shot off Yobo but Bilyaletdninov swept wide with the goal at his mercy with the chance to level in the first half. Reina's double-save from Cahill and Fellaini proved to be a pivotal moment in the second half and an error by Yobo that allowed Kuyt to turn in the rebound after Howard had saved from Rieira handed the Reds an underserved second with 10 minutes left. Much, much better from Everton but another defeat keeps their recent run of poor results going.

Everton vs Liverpool
Match Preview
28 Nov - Everton and Liverpool meet in the Goodison derby this Sunday as both sides look to arrest their respective poor run of results. The Blues welcome Marouane Fellaini and Diniyar Bilyaletdnov back after suspension along with John Heitinga, the Russian is in the frame to make his Merseyside derby debut but Louis Saha is again a doubt with a calf injury and Jack Rodwell will have a late fitness test on the groin he strained against Hull City in midweek. Kick off is 1.30pm with live coverage on Sky Sports 1.

Kenwright: Kirkby chapter is closed
Chairman reiterates need for investment at Everton
27 Nov - Bill Kenwright officially took Everton's proposed move to Kirkby off the table today by declaring that, "the chapter is over and the book is closed." The Chairman said the Board will "regroup, reassess and consider all options available to us [at Goodison Park] and possibly elsewhere," while reiterating that "the club doesn't currently have a chairman or a board in a position to... stabilise, improve and expand... the finances of the... club."

Destination Kirkby Rejected
Communities Secretary confirms decision
26 Nov - Communities Secretary John Denham has confirmed reports yesterday that he has rejected Destination Kirkby, the Tesco-led regeneration scheme that includes a proposal for a new stadium for Everton, following a public enquiry. Denham cited concerns over the possible harmful effects on the "vitality and viability" of local communities. "We'll review the decision and the reason for the rejection... with our commercial partners," said Everton CEO Robert Elstone. "Before that we won't know precisely what our next step will be."

Nightmare at the KC
Hull City 3 - 2 Everton
25 Nov - Everton's hopes of starting an important week with a vital win were scuppered by an awful first half hour in which the home side roared into a 3-0 lead on the back of some dreadful defending for at least two of the goals. Stephen Hunt scored the first after being the only one to react to a good parry by Tim Howard. A direct free-kick from Andy Dawson made it 2-0 and that was followed by a deflected drive from Dean Marny. After serious damage to the Tigers' China Teaset at half-time, Everton got back in the game with an own-goal from Kamil Zayette, and a penalty when the same player fouled Saha, who converted with apomb. Everton played better in the second half (could they have played any worse?) but it was not enough and a miserable midweek defeat means goodbye to that precious game in hand... and goodbye to any chance of overtaking Liverpool on Sunday.

Hull City v Everton
Match Preview
24 Nov - Everton play the first of three games in the space of a week that could make or if not break then seriously affect their season, starting with a trip to Hull City tomorrow night. Having being pencilled in yesterday to play some part in Sunday's Merseyside derby, Steven Pienaar is now regarded as having a chance of figuring at the KC Stadium after resuming training this week but Leon Osman remains sidelined and Phil Neville's surgery further delays his comeback. Marouane Fellaini is suspended, as is Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, who serves the third of a three-game ban. Kick off is 7.45pm.

Pienaar could hand Moyes selection boost
Midfielder resumes training this week
24 Nov - Steven Pienaar is nearing the end of a protracted recovery from a knee injury he sustained eight weeks ago at Portsmouth and could even play some part in tomorrow's match with Hull City, though he is more likely to figure in Sunday's Merseyside derby. The South African returns to training this week but David Moyes is cautious about his chances of playing against Liverpool: Steven is the only one who is near coming back. He will hopefully train this week and well take it from there." Phil Neville is definitely out, though, after going under the knife on his knee this week.

No contest at Everton's Theatre of Pain
Manchester United 3 - 0 Everton
21 Nov - Everton have made a decent fist of their attempts to get something at Old Trafford in the last couple of seasons but there was no pretence that they occupy the same echelon of the game as United this time around as they were easily brushed aside. Darren Fletcher's moment of quality gave the Red Devils a 1-0 half-time lead and though the Blues were markedly better after going 4-4-2 after the break, Michael Carrick took advantage of plenty of space to side-foot home a second. Then, Valencia's low drive from the angle deflected off Leighton Baines and over Tim Howard to complete David Moyes's misery. All too predictable, unfortunately... Full report

Manchester United v Everton
Match Preview
21 Nov - Everton must travel to Manchester with a squad still decimated by injuries to key players. Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman and Phil Neville are thought to be close to returning but none are likely to start, while Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is suspended, further complicating the Blues' task of winning at Old Trafford for the first time since 1992. KO is 5.30 with live coverage on ESPN.

Mikey making progress
No set return date
19 Nov - Talking about his injury on EvertonTV, Mikel Arteta says, There have been a few problems, a few setbacks, it has been a hard period for me but sometimes you can avoid problems and sometimes you have to take it the way it comes. There was no explanation for the infection, they have had three cases like that in 35 years and the surgeon does thousands of operations a year." Mikey confirms he is happy at Everton and can see playing out the rest of his career with the Blues.

Kirkby Land Deal Questioned
The mysterious 52M shortfall
17 Nov - Questions are being asked of the European Commission regarding the 'cross-subsidy' of 52M being the valuation and transfer of 48.6 acres of prime development land in Kirkby that are being gifted to Tesco plc for the Destination Kirkby project. Knowsley Liberal Democrats: "[R]equest that the Commission consider if the use of state aid applies in this instance, and whether a public body may be giving a gratuitous advantage of state resources to a private company - Tesco plc - to subsidise the construction of a new football stadium as part of a retail redevelopment."

Stay at home, Jack
Rodwell needs to be playing
16 Nov - The best option for Jack Rodwell right now is to stay at Everton and get priceless first-team game time every week, says Sam Wallace in The Independent. But it seems the main reason for him saying this now is so Jack Rodwell can be an even better, more developed, well rounded player when (not if) he does eventually move on to play for one of the Sky Four or Five...

Feed Bily and he will score
Everton winger's brace gives Russia slender advantage
15 Nov - Diniyar Bilyaletdinov scored both of Russia's goals yesterday evening as they took a 2-1 lead in their two-legged World Cup 2010 qualification play-off match with Slovenia. A late goal by Nejc Pecnik handed Slovenia a lifeline for the second leg after the Everton winger had grabbed a goal in each half. The second leg is on Wednesday in Celje. Yakubu and Joseph Yobo are already in line to appear in South Africa next summer after Nigeria booked their place by coming from behind to beat Kenya in Nairobi.

Dick won't forget Fella foul
13 Nov - Belgium boss Dick Advocaat has not forgotten or forgiven Marouane Fellaini for getting his wisdom teeth extracted: "I still think it was very strange for him to make an appointment like that, and miss a World Cup game, because it was a very important week for Belgium. That is still clear in my mind, and I will remember it. Fellaini did not do a good thing for me. Sometimes, these things can happen in football, but, in my opinion, it was not appropriate conduct for a player with a national team."

Anichebe the latest to suffer
Growth on knee needs surgery
11 Nov - It seems the bad news regarding Everton players recovering from serious knee problems is set continue, with this latest revelation buried in Mick Rathbone's injury update blog not attracting too many headlines: "I am going to London tomorrow with Victor Anichebe to get his knee looked at. Hes had some complications after his injury. The pin was rubbing in his knee so it was removed but now hes got a growth of bone on his knee." While perhaps not a "setback", it must undoubtedly delay his recovery for at least a few more weeks... and therefore is a setback.

Blues bag precious away win
West Ham United 1 - 2 Everton
8 Nov - Everton ended a run of seven games without victory by plundering another three points from Upton Park. Louis Saha, making a very welcome return to the front line, broke the deadlock after 27 mins when he swept home from 20 yards and when Dan Gosling rammed home a second 19 mins into the second half, it looked like job done. But the Hammers hit back within a minute when Tony Hibbert somehow sliced an attempted goal-line clearance into his own net and Zavon Hines twice fired wide when put clean through in the last 20 minutes as the Blues held on in a nervy finale. Report

West Ham United vs Everton
Match Preview
8 Nov - WInless since the start of October, Everton will be hoping to repeat last season's smash-grab raid at Upton Park when they play West Ham this afternoon. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov starts a three-match ban and further diminishes the threat from midfield but top-scorer Louis Saha, who grabbed two goals in this game last season, could return if he passes a late fitness test. KO is 3pm.

Moyes: It's my job
Weve had periods like this before
7 Nov - "It's my job to get us winning, no matter who or what I have got. That's the job." David Moyes now refuses to play the excuses card of injuries, lack of money, fixture congestion, and god knows what else that has been spouted to rationalize away a dreadful spell of results and equally poor performances in all competitions over the last month. "Ultimately the manager takes responsibility. My reputation was probably built on not having players and having to find certain ways of getting teams winning without many players in the team."

Another massive injury setback
Jags out for six more weeks
6 Nov - Just when you hoped we'd hit rock bottom regarding this crazy injury crisis, David Moyes reveals another injury setback today: Phil Jagielka will be missing for up to six more weeks. Jagielka was due to return to the training ground this week for the first time since suffering a cruciate knee injury seven months ago. But the England international underwent surgery on Wednesday after a tear in his cartilage.

Moyes needs to leave?
So says Tony Cascarino...
6 Nov - We've had the players who are too big for Everton... now it's the manager's turn according to this piece by Tony Cascarino: "Everton are a club treading water, but sooner rather than later they're going to start to sink. I don't see any progress, only the probability of decline." Which leads him to conclude that Moyes's reputation will decline if Everton have a mediocre few years and he will lose any opportunity to become the manager of a top four club if he doesn't leave Goodison Park soon.

Simply Outclassed
Everton 0 - 2 Benfica
5 Nov - Everton lost at home in Europe for the first time in four years as Benfica scored their sixth and seventh goals without reply against the Blues, a mark of their clear superiority in the two games between the two sides. Yakubu started up front but was starved of service throughout, his one and only chance coming from his own brilliant turn but, under pressure from Luisao, he fired wide. The visitors looked dangerous most times they came forward and twice profited from poor marking in the second half when Saviola and Cardozo found the net, though the latter was clearly offside. Everton briefly came to life once all was lost and Sylvain Distin was denied superbly by Julio Cesar from close range in the closing stages. Overall, though, it was more of the same depressingly toothless fare and they were no match for the quicker, smarter and simply better Portuguese outfit.

Everton vs Benfica
Europe League Group I Preview
5 Nov - Everton are hoping to serve up a cold dish of revenge and reclaim the top spot in Group I as Portuguese giants Benfica come to Goodison Park this evening. Still no sign of Steven Pienaar as David Moyes has to reshuffle due to the ineligibility of John Heitinga and Lucas Neill and the potential for Louis Saha to be restricted to the bench again because of a niggling calf complaint. Kick off is 8.05pm with live coverage on Five.

Fresh setback for Arteta
Complication described as minor
4 Nov - Mikel Arteta has suffered another setback in his bid to recover from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury earlier this year after contracting an infection of the surgery site. The midfielder apparently had to have a "wash out" of his knee and David Moyes described it as, "a setback for him," and admitted that, "we can't say how long it has put him back." He was hopeful of returning to action next month.

Bily can do it
Guus Hiddink says I told you so!
4 Nov - Guus Hiddink has come out strongly backing his own assessment of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, against the critics who questioned his ability to play in the daunting Premier League. The Russian coach claims, ''To all his critics, he has proved that he can not only make it in a familiar environment, but also in the most competitive conditions. All those who considered him a little slow and weak have had their reply. Diniyar is regularly scoring and making goals in the most uncompromisingly tough championship there is."

Stalemated potboiler
Everton 1 - 1 Aston Villa
31 Oct - On a day that saw the resurrection the 3pm Saturday game at Goodison Park, it was something of a classic English league ding-dong that ensued in the gathering Goodison twilight. Everton were strengthened by three returnees from injury but a goal either side of half-time, both at the Park End and eerily similar in execution, from Bilyaletdinov and Carew, ultimately settled the match, which threatened to boil over at times in the second half after a fairly tight first. Bily was sent off 2 mins before the end for a rather poor studs-up ankle-breaker on Petrov; Cuellar joined him minutes later for a deserved second yellow, as Everton dropped another two points, but at least stopped the losing streak.

Everton vs Aston Villa
Match Preview
31 Oct - On a frightening run of five games without a win and still without their star performers in midfield, Everton have a Halloween date with Aston Villa at Goodison Park this weekend. Louis Saha, Steven Pienaar, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Joseph Yobo will undergo late fitness tests but Leighton Baines should be back after missing the last three matches with a calf injury. KO is 3pm.

A thesis by David Kennedy, Ph D
The Division of EFC into Hostile Factions...
29 Oct - For true students of the origins and early history of Everton FC, what could be better than a really in-depth original treatise on the subject? That should be Thesis... as in Ph D Thesis. David Kennedy gained his doctorate at Leeds University's School of History back in 2003... the topic: The Division of Everton Football Club into Hostile Factions. No, it's not a study of this website, but a detailed historical analysis of the great split of 1892 and historical development of both clubs as organized professional football developed on Merseyside up through 1914 and the start of the First World War. Thanks to the British Library, anyone can download this 40MB behemoth [pdf] free of charge (in exchange for some registration details after you login). Perfect reading for those long winter nights...

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Tottenham too strong for patched-up Blues
Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 0 Everton
27 Oct - In a game that had a distinctly predictable air about it, an Everton side again stretched thin by injury was dumped out of the Carling Cup by Tottenham. An even and otherwise uneventful opening gave way to a spell of Tottenham pressure after half an hour, though and after Robbie Keane had poked a shot off the post, Tom Huddlestone rammed home a left-footer after 33 minutes to give Spurs the lead. Everton rallied in the second half as best they could but when Sylvain Distin was adjudged to have brought down Robbie Keane 10 minutes after the break, a penalty was awarded. Tim Howard saved the Irishman's kick but, after a goalmouth mele, Keane prodded home a second.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton
Carling Cup Preview
27 Oct - A gruelling spell of four games in 10 days continues with a trip to White Hart Lane just two-and-a-half days after the bruising defeat to Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday afternoon. David Moyes could again be without an entire team's worth of injuries but may opt for a few young faces even if some or all of Baines, Yakubu, Bilyaletdinov and Heitinga recover from injury in time.

Blues fightback killed off late by Klasnic
Bolton Wanderers 3 - 2 Everton
25 Oct - Everton came back from two goals down to level a bruising encounter at the Reebok Stadium but a patched-up defence that lost John Heitinga to injury with 10 minutes left couldn't prevent Ivan Klasnic from ramming home an 85th-minute winner for Bolton. Two more soft goals had gifted the Trotters a 2-0 lead but glorious strikes by Louis Saha and Marouane Fellaini changed the game. And when Dan Gosling raced clear in a three-on-one counter-attack but failed agonisingly to slide it square to either of two open Blues shirts, a gilt-edged chance went begging. A cruel loss for a team stretched to the limit by injury and fatigue.

Bolton Wanderers vs Everton
Match Preview
24 Oct - One of the last places you want to go when you're battered and bruised is the Reebok Stadium to face a physical Bolton but that's the test ahead of injury-ravaged Everton this weekend. Pienaar is still ruled out; Baines, Bilyaletdinov, Yobo and Osman are doubts; but Johnny Heitinga and Lucas Neill are back in contention to provide options in defence. KO is 1:30pm

Stadium of Darkness
Benfica 5 - 0 Everton
22 Oct - An Everton team decimated by injuries was put to the sword in devastating fashion by Benfica who had their beleaguered guests playing for pride by the time the eighth minute of the second half had elapsed. Javier Saviola scored the only goal of a fairly even first half but a second-half blitz just after the break saw three quick and sickeningly simple goals from Cardozo (2) and Luisao transform the game. Missing 12 first-team players, David Moyes's side were, a Saha shot off the post aside, utterly impotent at the other end and Saviola wrapped it up seven minutes from time with the fifth. BATE's win over AEK Athens in the other Group I game means the Blues are second in the group on six points. Full report

Benfica vs Everton
Europa League Group I Preview
22 Oct - David Moyes has yet more selection headaches for what is, on paper, his biggest test in Europe since the defeat to Fiorentina two seasons ago as the Blues take on Portuguese giants, Benfica in the Estadio da Luz this evening. Joseph Yobo, Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar are ruled out through injury, while John Heitinga and Lucas Neill are ineligible, leaving the manager with just 12 senior players from which to draw. Kick off is 6pm BST with live coverage on ESPN.

Moyes sees red over fixture list
Forced to play a weakened team
20 Oct - David Moyes is throwing a hissy fit over having to play "three games in 72 hours"... [shurly shome mishtake?], all because of the Arsenal-Liverpool Carling Cup tie being televised next Wednesday, forcing him to play a weakened side, thus devaluing the competition and short-changing its sponsors... who twice refused to allow Everton's Tuesday tie against Spurs to be rearranged. Heaven knows how he's going to cope when Everton qualify for the Champions League!

Improvement will be slow
Moyes cautious in predicting recovery
19 Oct - Moyes is worried that his side's stuttering form could continue for some time. With long-term casualties Phil Jagielka, Mikel Arteta and Phil Neville not expected to return until next month at the earliest, and Johnny Heitinga and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov still finding their feet, Moyes has reason to be concerned. "I think the recovery might be longer this season because of the late recruitment and the players who were out all summer. Yakubu is just beginning to get back. As a team we're not performing to where we should be." David Moyes.

Bily to the rescue
Everton 1 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
17 Oct - After a dismal first half from his favoured 4-5-1 formation without Pienaar's flair, David Moyes acted early to rectify his mistake bringing off Hibbert for Yakubu at half-time and switching to a more attacking 4-4-2. But the Blues still laboured and it was a soft goal from Wolves 12 mins before time that livened up the stupor. Good work by Jo set up Bilyaletdinov to salvage a point but there is no excuse for squandering the other two, at home, against mediocre opposition, for the second match in succession.

Everton v Wolves
Match Preview
17 Oct - With the pause in the season provided by the international break comes another conjested part of the calendar as the Blues gear up for the first of four matches in 10 days. Newly-promoted Wolves provide the opposition this weekend but while Joseph Yobo is back after recovering from a thigh strain, Steven Pienaar remains doubtful with his bruised knee. KO is 3pm.

Fellaini cleared to play Wolves
No case to answer
15 Oct - The Belgian FA did lodge a request with Fifa, asking them to implement the so-called five-day rule against Everton regarding Marouane Fellaini's failure to appear "for whatever reason" in Wednesday's game against Estonia. However, Fifa have denied the request and confirmed to Everton that there is no case to answer and Fellaini will not be prevented from playing against Wolves on Saturday (wisdom teeth notwithstanding).

Jagielka starts ball work
Match-fit by mid-November
14 Oct - Phil Jagielka has been cleared to resume training after six months on the sidelines with a cruciate knee injury. The 27-year-old required surgery after rupturing his left knee against Manchester City in April. He is expected to come into first-team contention by mid-November. "The surgeon will not let a player go into any type of contact work for at least six months then you have to add on time to build up fitness and play in a few reserve games. So you are looking at over seven months for a quick comeback," says physio Mick Rathbone.

No wisdom for Big Fella's teeth
Belgian FA invokes 5-day rule
12 Oct - Another one of those ridiculous club-v-country flare-ups appears set to deny Everton the services of Marouane Fellaini in the next Premier League game against Wolves at the weekend. It all revolves around the Belgian's wisdom teeth, missed dental appointments, agreements with the manager who then changed his mind and denials by the club... apparently. Just another reason to despise international football...

King Louis near-genius
Free from injury and scoring goals
12 Oct - David Moyes has been eulogising over the silky skills of and injury-free Louis Saha: There are times Louis does things with the ball that are near-genius. He can do incredible things and when he does you realise how difficult it was for him when he was injured so often. He has proved that we were right to take a chance on him." Although we can count only seven goals so far this season... not eight.

Arteta back on track
Six more weeks
9 Oct - Mike Arteta's long recovery from a serious knee injury seven months ago is now back on track after the 'blip' that saw some stitches in torn cartilage come lose, which required some minor surgery last month to fix. He has been doing a lot of rehab work in Spain and Mick Rathbone feels confident that he is looking good for a return to full training in around six weeks (end of November, not the end of October, as is implied in this Daily Post story).

Coleman back from the brink
Blister turned very nasty
7 Oct - Seamus Coleman appeared for the Reserves again after being laid low for three months while he recovered from a blister that became infected (with MRSA?) and left him with a gaping hole in his foot. He had the blister when he was part of the senior squad flying out to Seattle for Everton's mid-summer jaunt in the USA. Strong antibiotics were followed by surgery as the infection threatened his career, but he now appears to be fully recovered.

Bily needs time to adapt
Six months or even next season
6 Oct - David Moyes has warned it may take Diniyar Bilyaletdinov some time six months to a year until he produces his best football in the Premier League. That's despite him having already played a major part in creating six goals for his new teammates in just six appearances. His delivery is good, hes a nice passer and he has a nice feel in tight areas. Its just getting him used to the intensity of the Premier League, says Moyes.

Not enough in the tank
Everton 1 - 1 Stoke City
4 Oct - After a grueling trip to eastern Europe, maintaining winning form in the Premier League proved a step too far for Everton as Stoke effectively stonewalled them, even taking the lead just after half time. A point was rescued by a super goal from Leon Osman minutes later, but Everton were unable to finish a number of promising chances they had to gain the upper hand and breakdown the stubborn giants from the Potteries, despite switching to 4-3-3 for the last 15 mins, with Saha, Jô and Yakubu on the pitch. Full report

Everton vs Stoke City
Match Preview
3 Oct - Joseph Yobo and Steven Pienaar are the big doubts for David Moyes as he prepares for the visit of Stoke City. Yobo is awaiting the results of a scan on the thigh he injured in training on Wednesday while Pienaar is still recovering from a severely bruised knee sustained at Fratton Park last weekend. Louis Saha, Lucas Neill, Johnny Heitinga and Jack Rodwell are available once more, though. Kick off is 3pm on Sunday.

Beleaguered Blues turn tables on BATE
BATE Borisov 1- 2 Everton
1 Oct - Tony Hibbert was forced to make a star turn as a makeshift centre-half and J had to battle through the second half despite leaving the field on a stretcher at half time as Everton pulled off an unlikely but no less precious win in Minsk. A thigh injury to Joseph Yobo meant that David Moyes could just about cobble together a senior starting XI but after Diniyar Bilyaletdinov had been denied by the post, Likhtarovich thundered an unstoppable shot from 25 yards past Tim Howard to give BATE the lead. The Blues seemed to be drfiting to defeat in the second half when, suddenly, Marouane Fellaini found himself unmarked to head home the equaliser from Leighton Baines' free kick. Then, Bilyaletdinov set up a chance for Tim Cahill and he slid in the pouring rain to loop in what would prove to be the winner after the Blues withstood a late surge by the Belorussians to hold out for victory. The result means that Everton have won five on the bounce and retain their 100% record in the group while Benfica went down 1-0 in Athens.

BATE Borisov vs Everton
Europe League Group I Preview
1 Oct - Everton are in the previously unfamiliar surroundings of Minsk for their second Europa League Group I fixture against BATE Borisov of Belarus this evening. David Moyes is shorn of two more of his best players in the form of Steven Pienaar (bruised knee) and Jack Rodwell (flu) and will have few options when naming a starting XI of first-team regulars. Kick off is 6pm BST with live coverage on ESPN in the UK.

Arteta getting closer
Weeks, not months
30 Sep - The prognosis for Mikel Arteta has improved after the minor surgery to remove stitches and fix a bit of the meniscus that had come free. Baz Rathbone says, He is only seven-and-a-bit months post-op so you've got to be careful because these injuries take a long time to come back from. We are talking about a return to action for him in weeks not months."

Master strike from King Louis
Portsmouth 0 - 1 Everton
26 Sep - Everton travelled to Fratton Park, where they got roasted last season. But things were different this time around, with Pompey facing their 7th successive defeat after Louis Saha scored a superbly executed strike just before half-time after keeping the feisty home side in check. The second half was an intriguing battle, with Pompey doing everything they possibly could to break down a resolute Everton defence that needed a little bit of luck to survive... but came close themselves to scoring a couple more. Full report

Portsmouth vs Everton
Match Preview
25 Sep - Everton travel to the south coast this Saturday for a televised lunchtime kick-off against Portsmouth, hoping to extend the goalscoring form, that has seen them rack up 11 goals in the last three games, and hopefully earn their first Premier League away win of the campaign. Yakubu will face late fitness test which may help David Moyes decide upon Louis Saha to lead the line, and there are concerns over Steven Pienaar (foot) and Joseph Yobo (hamstring), while Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is in line to make his first league start. Kick off is 12:45pm with live coverage on Sky.

The Everton Collection
Exhibition and Website NOW OPEN!
24 Sep - The culmination of a lifelong dream for David France was to see the incredible collection of Everton memorabilia he had brought together over many years finally put before the fans, in combination with material from the Club's archives. That day has come with the opening of the Everton Collection, a free exhibition of which is open now at Liverpool Central Library. And for the hundreds of thousands of Evertonians around the world who can't make it to Liverpool, there is a fabulous new website for them to explore.

Everton through after mowing down Hull
Hull City 0 - 4 Everton
23 Sep - David Moyes made five changes to the side that beat Blackburn on Sunday but it didn't slow Everton's momentum one bit as they blitzed Hull with four goals, their 11th without reply in the last three games. Yakubu and J led the line and both strikers found the net inside 20 minutes from Diniyar Bilyaletdinov assists to put Everton in command of this 3rd Round tie. Yakubu then released Dan Gosling into acres of space and he lashed it home after 24 minutes, effectively putting the game out of reach well before half time. The second half wasn't 10 minutes old before Osman added a fourth after a free kick had ricocheted off the wall and though Hull hit the post later on, Tim Howard kept another clean sheet as the Blues powered through to Saturday's Fourth Round draw.

Hull City v Everton
Match Preview to follow shortly...
23 Sep - Everton travel down the M62 to Hull for a Third Round clash that will determine if the search for silverware include the League Cup this season or not. David Moyes now has the ability to indulge in squad rotation for some key positions, if he wishes, but the pressure to win may overrule the opportunity to be too risky with his selections. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is fit to start after coming back from a groin strain, and Aiyegbeni Yakubu could start for the first time since his return to the squad. Kick-off: 7:45pm BST.

Pienaar to step up a gear
Moyes looks to use players better
22 Sep - I think Steven is ready to go up another gear, said Moyes. He could go on and stamp his authority on games by making goals, scoring them and making more final, telling passes. Thats what Im looking for him to do now. When you see him play for South Africa, he takes a lot of responsibility for his team. He has got a lot of their hopes as a nation on his shoulders. Its like Joseph Yobo he has got a lot of that in Nigeria and Tim Cahill has the same with Australia."

Stylish Everton brush off Rovers
Everton 3 - 0 Blackburn Rovers
20 Sep - Everton carried the rich form they established against AEK Athens into the Premier League and swept aside a physical Blackburn side with their best performance of the season thus far. Louis Saha grabbed a brace, firing the Blues ahead with a smart volley off Leighton Baines' free kick before planting a majestic header past Paul Robinson from Maourane Fellaini's delicious cross to put David Moyes's side firmly in control in the second half. Inspired by a five-star display by the irresistible Steven Pienaar, Everton completed what became a comfortable afternoon when Saha flicked a corner in for Joseph Yobo to bang home his second in four days from close range. A complete transformation from the debacle at Fulham and a pleasure to watch.

Everton vs Blackburn Rovers
Match Preview
19 Sep - Everton take on Blackburn at Goodison Park this weekend, hoping to record their first home win over Rovers in three seasons and propel themselves out of the bottom three. Hopes that David Moyes could field the same midfield that performed so well against AEK Athens could be scuppered by a groin strain to Diniyar Bilyaletdinov but Johnny Heitinga and Tony Hibbert are eligible again. Kick off is 3pm on Sunday with TV coverage in select overseas markets.

Everton make flying start in Group I
Everton 4 - 0 AEK Athens
17 Sep - Everton kicked off their Europa League group phase with an impressive 4-0 win over AEK Athens. Joseph Yobo was named as captain, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov made his full debut and the two combined after 10 minutes, the Russian swinging a corner to the back post where the Nigerian rose to head home. Seven minutes later, another corner from Bilyaletdinov and Sylvain Distin prodded in at the back post and the Blues were flying, playing some lovely passing football. Pienaar, lively as ever but in a more right-central role, made it three with a spectacular strike from 25 yards 8 minutes before half time and after Araujo flicked his boot into Distin's crotch and was shown a straight red card, J wrapped it up with a turn and finish after good work by Yakubu. The only blemish on a great night for Moyes's boys was a dismissal for Louis Saha after Juanfran suckered the ref into red-carding him with pathetic play-acting when the Frenchman raised his arm to his face. Full report

Everton sign free agent Neill
Australian international adds defensive options
17 Sep - Everton have provided Lucas Neill with a route back into Premier League football by snapping him up from the free agent market. The Australian agreed personal terms and completed a medical today and arrives on a one-year contract after rejecting an extended deal at West Ham back in May.

Everton v AEK Athens
Match Preview
16 Sep - Everton embark on their Europa League Group I campaign with a home clash with AEK Athens where they'll be looking to shrug off their Premier League woes and rediscover the form that lit up their European adventures two seasons ago. With Phil Neville injured, Johnny Heitinga ineligible and Tony HIbbert suspended, David Moyes looks likely to call on Dan Gosling to play at right back, while Diniyar Bilyaletdinov will make his highly anticipated debut in midfield. Kick off is 8:05pm BST.

Vaughan can go on loan
Middlesbrough showing interest
15 Sep - David Moyes will allow James Vaughan to go out on loan at Championship side Middlesbrough. He accepts that the player is some why down in the pecking order behind fellow strikers Jo, Saha, Yakubu... and even non-strikers Cahill and Fellaini. Getting some first-team games under his belt should be good for 21-year-old, who remains Everton's youngest ever goalscorer... early promise that has been ravaged by numerous injuries.

Neville could face lengthy layoff
Scans reveal ligament damage to captain's knee
14 Sep - Everton have revealed that Phil Neville could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after initial scans revealed damage to the ligaments on the back of the midfielder's knee in addition to a nasty gash suffered in a collision with Dickson Etuhu yesterday. Club physio Mick Rathbone says his staff will allow the swelling to go down over the next couple of days before allowing Neville to see a specialist to determine the real extent of the damage. With MIkel Arteta's return potentially as far away as Christmas, David Moyes's small squad will again be stretched to the limit, particularly on Thursday against AEK Athens because Tony Hibbert is suspended and Johnny Heitinga is ineligible.

Blues revert to type at Craven Cottage
Fulham 2 - 1 Everton
13 Sep - Everton surrendered a precious first-half advantage at Craven Cottage and, in a pattern eerily reminiscent of previous form on this ground, fell to a third defeat in four Premier League games as Damien Duff's 79th-minute strike completed Fulham's fightback. The Blues, with 15m of new talent sitting on the bench, controlled the first half but without much incisiveness until Tim Cahill rose to head home a Leighton Baines free kick after 32 minutes. When Phil Neville's ill-advised barge on John Pantsil set up a free kick opportunity for Danny Murphy and he fired into the wall, Paul Konchesky rammed the rebound home via a wicked deflection off Sylvain Distin eleven minutes after the break. Neville was stretchered off shortly afterwards with a bad-looking knee injury and the afternoon got worse when Duff was allowed to cut inside and hammer home the winner from 20 yards. A late push almost brought an equaliser but Joseph Yobo's shot was hacked off the line and David Moyes's side remain in the bottom three for now.

Fulham v Everton
Match Preview
12 Sep - Everton return to action after the international break and David Moyes has options for the visit to Craven Cottage with new signings Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Johnny Heitinga available to make their full debuts against Fulham. Yakubu is fit and in the squad but striking duties will likely go to Louis Saha or J. Kick off is 4:15pm.

Arteta suffers recovery setback
11 Sep - Mikel Arteta's hopes of returning to first-team action next month have taken a blow after he suffered a setback in his recovery from a ruptured cruciate knee ligament sustained in February. The Official site confirms rumours that surfaced yesterday that the Spaniard's rehabilitation hit complications, with physio Mick Rathbone explaining that a tear in some of the stitching in his knee means he faces another few weeks on the sidelines. Additional rumours suggest Arteta underwent further surgery to repair the problem last week.
Update: David Moyes confirmed the additional surgery and refuses to downplay the seriousness of this latest "blip", calling it a "real blow for him and us" that will keep Everton's mercurial midfielder sidelined for "at least another six weeks" which as we know usually turns into two months before he's back in full action. Very sad...

Yakubu eager to play
11 Sep - Aiyegbeni Yakubu has spoken about the frustrations of being sidelined for nine months after his Achilles injury. "I just want to play and entertain again and with a few more games Im sure I will be fine." Although he has seen action for the Reserves and a brief outing against Sigma Olomouc in the Europa League qualifier, clearly David Moyes is going to bring him back to full match fitness slowly and carefully. But he may be in the squad that travels to Craven Cottage for Sunday's televised game.

We have spent all the Lescott Money
Elstone claim hard to judge
8 Sep - Everton CEO Robert Elstone makes the interesting claim that Everton have spent all the Lescott money and then some. A rather difficult claim to defend or decry as most of the transfer fees involved were "undisclosed", many deals may have been on the drip, with add-on clauses and is Mr Elstone including the costs of salaries over the duration of those contracts?

Half-a-million if you please!
Tribunal fixes Garbutt fee
7 Sep - Ken Bates was no doubt grinning from ear to ear after playing his part in stiffing Everton for a cool 600k fee as compensation for "stealing" young star of the future, 16-year-old Luke Garbutt from Leeds United. And that's only the half of it: Everton may yet pay upwards of a 1.5M for the youngster, after future add-ons to cover appearances, international caps and overall achievements in the coming years. And there is a 20% sell-on bonus for Leeds from any future transfer fee.

No news is bad news?
Club silent on Vaughan injury
6 Sep - There are fresh concerns that James Vaughan has suffered yet another knee injury... but Everton are saying nothing which is usually a sign that things are bad. Vaughan was withdrawn from the England Under-21 squad over a week ago and failed to appear on the subs' bench in the last three senior games. Also, it was reported that the injury was behind a possible transfer to Newcastle breaking down prior to Deadline Day.

Arteta aiming for October return
Spanish midfielder could resume training in a fortnight
3 Sep - Everton hope to have Mikel Arteta back in first-team action next month as the Spaniard's recovery from a ruptured anterior cruciate knee ligament nears its end. The midfielder could resume normal training in a couple of weeks' time and he can then work on match fitness ahead of a projected return to Premier League action in October. Fellow long-term casualty Yakubu, meanwhile, is being eased back after feeling tightness in his hip and back playing for the Reserves a fortnight ago.

Heitinga completes Everton move
6m deal beats the deadline; Banega no-go
1 Sep - Everton have wrapped up the signing of Johnny Heitinga from Atletico Madrid after a compromise was reached on personal terms, though the fee for the defender is being reported as 6.1m and not the 5.7m agreed earlier. The two clubs agreed a fee on Friday but the transfer was in doubt until this afternoon as the Dutch international considered his options. He flew to Merseyside for further talks ahead of today's 5pm transfer deadline and eventually signed on the dotted line. He will wear Joleon Lescott's old no. 5 jersey. And Chairman Bill Kenwright tells Sky Sports that the Blues are not done yet. [Watch this space!] ver Banega is unlikely to be leaving Valencia for Goodison, though, unless the Blues cough up 15m for the Argentine midfielder the Spaniards aren't willing to loan him out at this stage. And late rumours suggesting that another last-gasp raid at Standard Liege was on the cards, with Steven Defour the target, appear to have been wide of the mark.

Last-minute penalty joy
Everton 2 - 1 Wigan
30 Aug - It looked for long periods of this game like Everton would never score, despite strong pressure against a monstrous and viscous Wigan defence, and when Scharner stole around the Everton defence, featuring new boy Sylvain Distin, in the second half, the writing seemed to be on the wall. But Everton finally conjured something meaningful from a plethora of free-kicks and corners, Saha heading in brilliantly from amongst a crowd of players. It was tense right through to the end, in torrential rain, as Wigan picked up six yellows and finally committed the most meaningful foul inside the area. Up stepped Leighton Baines to blast the spot-kick home in the fourth minute of added time... Relief all round!

Everton vs Wigan Athletic
Match Preview
29 Aug - Qualification for the Europa League and the acquisition of two new players during the past week will hopefully have lifted spirits in the Everton camp as they prepare for tomorrow's home game against Wigan Athletic. Sylvain Distin and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov are both in line to make their debuts after the Russian received his visa in time to be included in the squad.

5.7m deal for Heitinga agreed?
29 Aug - Everton have agreed a 5.7m deal with Atletico Madrid to bring Dutch international Johnny Heitinga to the Premier League, according to The Guardian and most of the other national dailies. The former Ajax man, who can operate at right back, central defence or defensive midfield and thereby give David Moyes the versatility he needs in a small squad, was reportedly discussing personal terms last night, though his 2.5m-a-year net wages in Spain could be a stumbling block and could be announced as the Blues' latest capture this weekend.

Blues wrap up Distin signing
Defender completes move; Moyes close to another
28 Aug - Everton have confirmed the signing of Sylvain Distin from Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee. The French defender agreed terms on the deal on Wednesday and passed a medical at Finch Farm yesterday evening, paving the way for a return to the northwest; Distin had a spell with Manchester City before joining Pompey two years ago. The 31-year-old will wear the No. 15 jersey and goes straight into the squad to face Wigan on Sunday. And David Moyes says that he is close to completing a second defensive signing to provide further cover at centre back.

Blues survive early scare to progress
Sigma Olomouc 1 - 1 Everton
27 Aug - What should have been a formality started off with a scare after 4 mins when Tony Hibbert was rightly dismissed for denying a goal-scoring opportunity and Everton were down to 10 men. Sigma crashed the ensuing free-kick off the crossbar as Everton reeled in disarray. But as the half progressed, the Black & Pinks (!) settled and finally scored an excellent goal when Osman did really well to pick out Pienaar with a super cross that the South African controlled smartly and then buried. Everton gave away a poor late goal to draw the game but win the tie comfortably 5-1 on aggregate. From my seat.

Everton agree fee for Distin
Deal done subject to a medical
27 Aug - Everton are on the verge of completing their second signing of the week with confirmation from the Club that they have agreed a fee, believed to be 5m, with Portsmouth for Sylvain Distin. The defender handed in a transfer request at Fratton Park earlier this week and though Aston Villa reportedly pushed the Blues hard in competition for him, the 31 year-old will sign for Everton if he passes a medical at Finch Farm today.

Sigma Olomouc vs Everton
Match Preview
27 Aug - Everton take a healthy 4-0 play-off first-leg lead over Sigma Olomouc to the Czech Republic this evening hoping to book passage to the Group Stage of the Europa League with the minimum of fuss and effect on the team. Few changes are expected to David Moyes's small squad, though he may rotate some younger players in and give the Yak a run-out if things are going well in the second half. Kick-off is 5pm BST with live coverage on Five starting at 4:55pm.

10m capture represents first summer purchase
25 Aug - David Moyes has completed his first purchase of the summer after Diniyar Bilyaletdinov came through a medical and agreed personal terms with Everton representatives in Hamburg yesterday. The undisclosed fee, believed to be around 10m, was also agreed with Lokomotiv Moscow officials and the 24-year-old Russian international was confirmed as an Everton player this morning pending a visa application for entry to the UK to play in the Premier League. That is expected to be a formality, but it's unlikely he'll join up with the squad until early September in time for the Blues' league clash with Fulham. Everton are believed to have already been granted a work permit for the player.

Everton agree to Lescott sale
22m deal agreed; Player passes his medical
23 Aug - Joleon Lescott's move to Manchester City is all but complete after Everton agreed to sell the defender for an officially undisclosed sum believed to be between 22m and 24m and the player passed a medical. Assuming the 27 year-old agrees personal terms not likely to be a problem with wages of 94,000 a week reportedly on the table it will bring to conclusion the summer's longest transfer saga, one that has massively disrupted Everton's start to the season..

Blues left clutching defeat again
Burnley 1 - 0 Everton
23 Aug - Everton and David Moyes will have known the dangers going in, with the ex-Championship upstarts already having upset Man Utd at Turf Moor last week... yet it was almost like lambs to the slaughter as that gameplan repeated itself, Burnley grabbing the goal and Everton missing an undeserved penalty when Saha screwed the kick inches wide. It's the first time in nearly 20 years that Everton have lost both opening games.

Burnley vs Everton
Match Preview
23 Aug - Everton look to get their first Premier League points of the season on the board when they travel to Turf Moor in the League for the first time in 33 years. David Moyes's small squad could be cut to the bare bones, though, if Jack Rodwell (knee) and Steven Pienaar (foot) fail late fitness tests on the injuries they picked up in the win over Sigma Olomouc on Thursday. Kick off is 3pm.

Banega Work Permit granted
...but will Valencia let him go?
22 Aug - Everton have managed to secure a work permit for Argentina midfielder ver Banega following a hearing at the Home Office yesterday. The 21-year-old, nicknamed Ch on the Iberian peninsula, is expected to arrive on Merseyside shortly to complete a season-long loan deal from Valencia. All of which is apparently news to the Spanish club who reportedly maintain their player is going nowhere. Though he spent last season out on loan at Atletico Madrid, Valencia played Banega in their Europa League play-off match in midweek.

Rodwell shines as Blues take command
Everton 4 - 0 Sigma Olomouc
20 Aug - Everton shrugged off some early jitters and an opening assault by Sigma Olomouc to take a commanding lead in this Europa League quaifying tie. After Tim Howard escaped a clear penalty when he clattered Petr in the 6th minute, Marouane Fellaini crossed low to the near post where Louis Saha turned the ball past Drobisz to make it 1-0. Four minutes later, Jack Rodwell returned a rebound off the wall with interest, hammering a sublime left-foot shot past the deceived 'keeper to double the Blues' lead, and then eclipsed that effort with a wonder strike from 25 yards early in the second half. Fellaini felled Hubnik in the area and, again, the Blues got away with what looked like a nailed on penalty, but Saha wrapped up the scoring with a fine individual goal with 15 minutes left. Full report

Everton vs Sigma Olomouc
Match Preview
20 Aug - Preview: Everton's quest for glory in the inaugural Uefa Europa League begins tonight at the 4th and final Qualifying Round stage with the visit of Sigma Olomouc from the Czech Republic in the first leg. Kick off is 8pm and you can see it live on EvertonTV. David Moyes will have his work cut out to focus the team away from the Joleon Lescott saga and the weekend spanking by Arsenal lest the Blues suffer the same fate as last season when they fell at the first hurdle against Standard Liege.

Isolated Lescott's days look numbered
19 Aug - Joleon Lescott is reportedly training away from the first-team squad this week and has now been dropped from the squad to face Sigma Olomouc tomorrow evening, seemingly in anticipation of him being allowed to join Manchester City before the transfer window closes. David Moyes says that's not the case, though he hinted that the defender could be allowed to leave for the right price.

Loan deal agreed for ver Banega
Work permit hearing set for Friday
19 Aug - Everton have agreed a deal to bring Argentina midfielder ver Banega on a season-long loan from Valencia according to The Guardian. The 21 year-old is highly regarded and the Spanish club paid 15m for him 18 months ago but, after being farmed out on loan last season, appears to be surplus to requirements at the Mestalla. It would be something of a coup for the Blues ...IF their application for a work permit is successful. A hearing with the FA is scheduled for this Friday.

Anichebe: progress is slow
But No Major Setback
18 Aug - Everton have had to quash rumours that Victor Anichebe has had a major setback in his long recovery from torn knee ligaments that resulted from a horror tackle by Kevin Nolan against Newcastle last February. Mick Rathbone admits, however, that Anichebe's recovery has been slower than expected but he still holds out hope that the player will recovery fully, given time...

Shameful Everton in dismal disarray
Everton 1 - 6 Arsenal
15 Aug - Everton's 2009-10 campaign started in horrific fashion as Arsenal accepted the Blues' invitation to put six goals past their shambolic defence. Things looked okay until the field opened up for a superb Denilson strike after 27 mins and it all went downhill from there. Set-piece goals that will give Moyes nightmares were to follow from Vermaelen and Gallas as Everton visibly slumped, the defence presumably badly affected by the Lescott saga. It predictably got worse and worse, Fabregas smashing in two more simple goals and Eduardo tucking in a sixth before Saha slid home a consolation to send Everton to the bottom of the league on the first day of the season.

Everton v Arsenal
Match Preview
15 Aug - It only feels like yesterday that Moyes's boys were trouping dejectedly out of the Wembley cauldron but a new season is upon us once again after another depressing summer. No signings to speak of, the infuriating Lescott saga casting a shadow over the preparations for the new campaign, and an unchanged Everton team faces up against Sky Four opposition once more. Steven Pienaar will undergo a late fitness test but J should be fit after picking up an ankle knock in the friendly against Malaga. The first live game to be broadcast live by ESPN in the UK will kick off at 5:30pm.

What part of NOT FOR SALE...
Moyes stamps his authority
14 Aug - Ahead of tomorrow's season kick-off against Arsenal, with fears that the Lescott saga would become a major unwanted detraction, David Moyes has spoken with clarity and authority regarding who calls the shots on player transfers at Everton, and what Joleon Lescott should be doing about his career at this time: "Lescott has had his head twisted in all of this," Moyes said. "I hear that City think they are talking to people who make the decisions here, well that's me. I make the decisions, they have not talked to me and the player has been consistently told he is not for sale. He should get his head around that and get on with his career."

Transfer Request Rejected
Lescott told to stay
11 Aug - The determination of Manchester City to get their man was boosted after target Joleon Lescott finally submitted a written transfer request. But this has been rejected by Everton, as have two earlier bids of 15M and 18M. Fans had hoped the nonsense was over after Lescott played in Everton's final friendly and was warmly supported, but his head appears to have been turned by the massive wages on offer from Eastlands. So... what happens next? A fresh 22m bid from City?

Moyes sees Saha as key
Determined to shake 'injury-prone' tag
9 Aug - Rejecting a bid for 8M, David Moyes believes that Louis Saha will be a key player for Everton this season. We knew we were taking a gamble with Louis in terms of his injuries. The thing was, we knew he was a top player, although I think it is also fair to say that he wasnt just injured physically but emotionally too because of all the problems he had. There are some players who can find it much harder to deal with their injuries they worry about it more than others and I think even Louis saw himself in that category. But I see a new determination in him now. I see a new Louis Saha. I think he is out to prove to many people that he is not injury-prone. He is showing a determination to try to shake off that tag.

Antipodeans hacked off with Everton
Haka a big booboo?
8 Aug - The last thing Everton needed right now was a stupid fuss over an even more stupid marketing gimmick that some claim has seriously backfired in the land of its origin New Zealand. Currently, the most-read page at nz is about the use of the sacred Maori haka to "celebrate" the release of the poorly received second kit at Goodison Park last week on the dubious basis that it was "all-black" (with pink bits...). Apparently the protectors of the haka are not best pleased. (Although strange the cited article has zero comments posted!?!)

Everton 2 - 1 Malaga
Nice lively game
7 Aug - A much improved performance from Everton was driven by the inspired play of Steven Pienaar, with Fellaini being plenty of a nuisance in the Malaga penalty area. Nice goals from Saha and Osman provided the perfect outcome for the first half, with Lescott performing well in defence. The second saw Luque despatch a superb stunning free-kick past Howard and in off the upright to give the Spaniards (and plenty of appreciative Evertonians) something to cheer but the rest of the game was broken up with substitutions (4 for Everton; 10 for Malaga). Bring on The Arsenal!

Everton v Malaga
Final pre-season friendly
7 Aug - The final pre-season game is upon us and Everton return form their travels to Goodison, where this evening's opposition is Malaga, who finished 4th(?) in La Liga last season. With J's continuing loan the only positive "change" of note to the squad since May, it would be nice to concentrate on the football and Everton's final chance to get physically and mentally prepared for the challenging season ahead, but this game is set to be overshadowed by the continuing uncertainty over the future of Joleon Lescott, whom Everton insist, is staying... and is playing tonight. Kick-off is 8pm with coverage on EvertonTV.

Concerned about attitude
“We didn't play well”
6 Aug - David Moyes has been remarkably candid in expressing his concern about the poor performance his players delivered in their penultimate pre-season game against Blackpool on Tuesday. "We didnt look as if we were prepared. I dont think it was down to fitness. It was down to attitude. I thought it was poor. We didnt reach the standards we have set ourselves in recent years. But pre-season games can sometimes do that to you. Maybe when it does happen, it straightens you out."

J fears allayed after friendly defeat
Blackpool 2 - 1 Everton
4 Aug - Everton lost their penultimate pre-season game to Championship side Blackpool and a squad that has seen no new first-team level players arrive thus far this summer was potentially depleted further when J hobbled off at Bloomfield Road with an ankle injury. The good news, however, is that he should be fit for the big kick-off against Arsenal. The Brazilian had had a decent game prior to hobbling off, though, equalising for the Blues after David Vaughan had been allowed to maraud through and open the scoring for the home side. Jason Euell scored what would be the winner later in the half following another lapse in the Everton defence.

Fellaini hit with virus
Concerns over fitness
3 Aug - Marouane Fellaini is struggling to be fully fit for the start of the new campaign after being laid low by a virus for much of the summer that caused him to suffer significant weight loss. David Moyes is concerned at the time the player is taking time to recover from the virus and regain his full strength. He has not been right all through pre-season and he is still not right. When you are the shape and build he is, when you lose weight its not all that easy to put it back on."

Coventry City 2 - 2 Everton
Cahill and Baxter on target
2 Aug - Everton were held to a 2-2 draw by Coventry in the Ricoh Areana this afternoon in the latest stage of their pre-season preparations. Conspicuous by his absence was Joleon Lescott who apparently missed out with a hip injury while rumours in the Sunday papers suggest that he will ask for a transfer this week so that he can join the nouveaux riches at Middle Eastlands. Tim Cahill and Jose Baxter scored the Blues's goals, while Jack Rodwell deputised at centre back.

The People's Club no more?
Trademark battle with fan
31 Jul - That wonderful soundbyte that David Moyes coined has become a second motto for Everton FC as fewer of today's youngsters have even the faintest knowledge of what the Latin one means... But it has been revealed that the Blues do not own the trademark to the phrase after a supporter successfully proved that he was the first to be granted permission to use "The People's Club" on hats and scarves he sold on his market stall. Brian Gould insists he does not want to prevent the club from using the slogan; meanwhile Ian Ross maintains the Club's decision to stop using it "has nothing to do with Mr Gould at all". Hmmm....

Everton make MLS All-Star Game history
MLS All-Stars 3 - 4 Everton (Penalties)
29 Jul - David Moyes has finally won a trophy with his battling Blues boys and it just happens to be the biggest trophy in world Soccer, the massive MLS All-Stars trophy! becoming the first foreign team to beat the MLS All-Star team in this annual fixture. Fittingly, the guy who won it for Everton was US Number One and previous MLS All-Stars himself, keeper Tim Howard. At least three excellent saves in the game saved Everton from certain and fully deserved defeat after Saha scored from a gift back-pass. After Donovan had equalised off a defensive lapse from Lescott et al, Howard went on to save three penalties in the full-time shoot-out that Vaughan started poorly with a horrible effort. But it ended well when Howard saved off Freddie Ljungberg to win it for Everton, and justifiably take the MVP award to boot!

Second City bid for Lescott rejected
29 Jul - Manchester City stepped up the pressure on Everton with a new 18m bid for Joleon Lescott today which the Club have rejected outright according to a statement on the Official Site. With Chelsea's John Terry having committed his future to Stamford Bridge, Mark Hughes is zeroing in on the Blues' central defensive ace but has now seen a 15m offer and now this latest bid turned down flat.

MLS All-Stars v Everton
Match Preview
29 Jul - The BIG game... in a small stadium... in a soccer backwater that is Sandy, Utah (near Salt Lake City), United States of America. That's the venue for this season's MLS All-Stars game against Everton, the prestigious match that will finally answer the question on the lips of all US soccer fans: "Who is Everton?" The game is on live, ESPN2 (in HD!) in the USA, and on EvertonTV in the UK. Kick off 7:30pm MDT (2:30am on Thursday for viewers in the UK).

Yakubu back in full training
Plays in practice match
28 Jul - Everton have been given a major boost as they approach the new season with striker Yakubu at last back in action and kicking a ball around in earnest. The Nigerian has been with the squad on their North American tour primarily to maintain his fitness work and rehabilitation, having not played since November following an Achilles injury. But Yakubu was involved in a practice match ahead of this week's game against a Major League Soccer All-Stars side in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Everton 0 - 1 River Plate
The Edmonton Cup
25 Jul - Everton and River Plate (Argentina) battled it out for the Edmonton Cup in a friendly pre-season fixture set in the Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Alberta. Ariel Ortega chipped Carlo Nash to score the only goal superbly. The Blues head back to the US tomorrow to prepare for the match-up with MLS All-Stars.

Moyes looks for defender
injuries causing problems
24 Jul - David Moyes has confirmed he is scouring the transfer market for defensive cover. Moyes is in Seattle with his squad preparing for Sundays prestige friendly against Argentinian giants River Plate which will be played in Edmonton, Canada. But the lack of numbers in his squad is clearly worrying Moyes, who has major injury problems still to be resolved over Mikel Arteta, Ayegbeni Yakubu, Phil Jagielka and Victor Anichebe, none of whom will be fit to start the season.

Sweltering in Seattle
Picture Gallery at Official Website
22 Jul - The Everton squad had their first day of training at the Starfire Sports complex, in the town of Tukwila, south of Seattle, in the state Washington, USA. EvertonTV features pictures and interviews. The weather forecast for the Seattle area is increasing temperatures that could reach 100F by the end of the week, when the squad heads across the border into Canada to contest the Edmonton Cup against River Plate. The match will be shown live on EvertonTV.

Everton squad flies out to Seattle
Yakubu included in 20-man group
20 Jul - The Everton squad left for Seattle this afternoon where they will train before making the hop to Edmonton, Canada for the first of two friendlies they'll play in North America this month. The Blues face River Plate of Argentina on Saturday (early hours of Sunday morning UK time) before going up against MLS All-Stars next Wednesday (early Thursday morning in the UK). As expected, Yakubu makes the trip and he is joined by Joseph Yobo and Steven Pienaar. Dan Gosling is on England U-19 duty.

Rochdale 1 - 4 Everton
Lescott, Fellaini and Neville start
18 Jul - Hibbert, Baines, Lescott, Fellaini, Neville, Cahill, Saha and Jo featured in the team playing at Rochdale today, with only four players listed on the bench, probably because the Reserves were playing Airbus whom they beat 3-2. A brace of goals from Jo, an own-goal and a goal from Shane Duffy made up Everton's tally, with Rochdale converting a penalty kick for their goal.

Everton reject 15m Lescott bid
17 Jul - Everton have confirmed they have rejected a formal offer from Manchester City for Joleon Lescott, reported to be 15m. CEO Robert Elstone reiterated the Club's stance with regard to existing players on the Official Site, saying: "As a club, we have publicly stated as recently as Wednesday night that we do not intend selling any players." Meanwhile, there appears to be confirmation of newspaper reports that the Blues have lost out on Kyle Naughton to Spurs.

Report: City lodge official bid for Lescott
Moyes loses Naughton and Walker to Spurs
17 Jul - Manchester City stepped up their attempts to sign Joleon Lescott yesterday afternoon with an official bid of 15m, The Guardian reports, while Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker look set to join Tottenham. The offer for Lescott comes a day after David Moyes restated his insistence that none of his first-team players would be sold this summer. Meanwhile, he will be seething at the Naughton situation, having seen his first purchase of the summer slip through his fingers despite having agreed a deal with Sheffield United a week ago.

Everton announce record turnover
15 Jul - Everton CEO Robert Elstone announced a record turnover of almost 80m last season at tonight's Shareholders Forum. The increase from 75.7m last year is due largely to live TV revenue, the Chang sponsorship deal, and last season's run to the FA Cup final. David Moyes also spoke and despite the Club's improved finances, he was typically low-key in regard to transfer activity this summer, suggesting that he would mostly be adding Bosman-style players to pad out the squad. He reiterated, however, that he would not sanction the departure of any of his first-team players.

Everton in ongoing Naughton talks
Club hopeful of landing Blades defender
15 Jul - Reports out of Sheffield yesterday suggesting that Everton were set to resume talks with Kyle Naughton appear to have been correct, with Everton announcing that they are hopeful of making the 20 year-old their latest signing. Bill Kenwright reiterated that a deal has been in place with Sheffield United since Thursday but said, "Things are ongoing, he hasn't had his medical and he's not an Everton player yet." That might suggest that the Blues have declined to match Tottenham's bid for the youngster and his teenage teammate Kyle Walker who may yet end up at White Hart Lane if Naughton signs on at Goodison.

Everton won't be held to ransom
Moyes furious as Naughton likely to end up at Spurs
14 Jul - Everton will not be drawn into a bidding war with Tottenham over fullback Kyle Naughton and, unless the player himself insists on a move to Goodison, it looks as though David Moyes will miss out on his first purchase of the summer. The Club are said to be angry at Sheffield United's apparent abandonment of the deal agreed on Friday in favour of a combined sale of Naughton and Kyle Walker to Spurs for 8m which would see the latter return to Bramall Lane on loan next season. Update: The Sheffield Star reports that fresh negotiations with the player's representatives were scheduled for this afternoon, while Sky Sports claim the Blues have matched Tottenham's bid for the two Kyles.

Everton face competition for Naughton
Have Tottenham gazumped Moyes for defender?
13 Jul - Everton's hopes of landing Kyle Naughton may rest on the player himself or, if reports in the Echo are correct, success in a bidding war with Tottenham Hotspur. The Blues agreed a fee with Sheffield United on Friday but Spurs have come in with a late bid, though the player himself, who was due on Merseyside today to discuss personal terms, is believed to favour a switch to Goodison. The Echo, however, claim that Spurs' offer is higher and the Blades are refusing to discuss the matter any further with Everton or allow Naughton to undergo a planned medical as a result. Aston Villa, who seem to be ever-present in the Blues' transfer links this summer, are also thought to be interested.

Everton have Naughton bid accepted
J loan deal also confirmed
10 Jul - Everton have had a bid for highly-rated fullback Kyle Naughton accepted by Sheffield United. David Moyes was rebuffed earlier this summer with a bid believed to entail 3.5m up front but now the Blades' international chairman, Terry Robinson, confirms: "We have accepted a bid for Kyle...but nothing has been agreed with the player. We won't be revealing the amount until any deal is done." The fee is believed to be 6m, most likely comprising an up-front fee and the rest dependent on appearances. The Blues have also announced that the loan capture of J has been completed, the Brazilian returning for another year.

Opening game on ESPN
9 Jul - Everton's opening game of the new season, at home to Arsenal, has been moved to 5:15pm on Saturday 15 August and will be the first game to be delivered domestically by the American and worldwide sportscasting giant, ESPN. Everton are not scheduled for ESPN again until their Old Trafford date in November but they are listed for three live appearances on Sky Sports, at Fulham and Portsmouth in September, and for the Goodison derby in November.

J loan return on hold?
Confirmation of Brazilian's return withdrawn
7 Jul - Everton appeared to have completed negotiations for the return of striker J on a season-long loan after Manchester City confirmed the deal on their official website this afternoon. The story was subsequently withdrawn, however, replaced by one merely confirming rumours yesterday that the Brazilian joined the Blues' squad on their four-day training camp in Scotland this week.

J set for Everton return
Club confirms talks with Manchester City
7 Jul - Everton have confirmed that negotiations are underway for the return of striker J on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move next year. As rumoured yesterday, the Brazilian joined the Blues' squad on their four-day training camp in Scotland. "We have had a conversation with Manchester City over the options available to us and discussions are set to continue," said Everton CEO, Robert Elstone.

Yakubu confident of making big kick-off
Nigerian's recovery going well
4 Jul - Speaking at the opening of Everton Two in Liverpool One yesterday, Yakubu described his frustration at not being able to kick a ball for seven months but expressed his confidence at being fit for the new season. "I am just so pleased to be back, to start training again and kicking a ball again," he said. "The training has been good, there has been no reaction or pain. Hopefully I will be back to join the team in pre-season."

Everton Two Grand Opening
Moyes cuts the ribbon on new store
2 Jul - The brand new Everton Two store at Liverpool One had its official opening ceremony today with manager David Moyes as the very special guest who cut the ribbon to mark the event. Created with retail partner Kitbag Ltd and fitted out by The Maxim Group, the new store boasts a massive product range, completely bespoke fittings, stunning visuals, unique memorabilia displays and top level staff, managed by Everton fan Simon Gibson.

Shareholders Forum set for 15 July
1 Jul - Everton have arranged a Shareholders Forum in The Marquee at Goodison Park on Wednesday 15 July 2009, commencing at 7.00pm. The Club have conveniently seized upon the terms of the Companies Act 2006, which stipulate that it is no longer a requirement for a private limited company to hold an Annual General Meeting, to avoid the kind of contentious votes and supporter-driven motions from some shareholders over the controversial Destination Kirkby project that have dominated recent meetings. Nevertheless, the Board of Directors are still keen to "consider and understand the views of its Shareholders," and invite Shareholders to confirm their attendance by 10th July. No proxies will be permitted.


Snippets & Rumours

Baines signs new five-year deal
30 Jun - Leighton Baines became the latest player to commit his future to Everton today, extending his contract to 2015 with a new five-year contract.

Nigeria withdraw from world scene
30 Jun - Nigeria's president has mandated that the country withdraw from international competition for two years following the Super Eagles' poor performances in the World Cup Finals this summer.

Gueye claims Everton agreement
29 Jun - French U-21 striker, Magaye Gueye, says that he is delighted that Everton and Strasbourg have agreed a fee for his services — believed to be around 1M — and that he is "looking forward to developing in the best league in the world."

Past and present to launch new strip
28 Jun - Everton will unveil the new home strip outside Goodison Park on Wednesday at 6pm, with the Dixie Dean statue and Jack Rodwell set to be decked out in the new jersey.

Talks held with Mikel Arteta
28 Jun - David Prentice reports in the Echo that Bill Kenwright and David Moyes have had talks with Mikel Arteta to persuade him his future lies with Everton. But the Everton Chairman stated that the health of Arteta's one-year-old son Gabriel has never been mentioned in these discussions.

Another bid for Bellefield Homes
28 Jun - Everton are to make a second bid to secure additional income by building luxury homes on their former Bellefield training ground. A previous permit application was denied by Liverpool City Council at the height of the Destination Kirkby manoeuvring.

Yakubu looks to the future
25 Jun - Yakubu has asked the Nigerian people to forgive him for the glaring miss that some are citing as the reason for the Super Eagles' failure to qualify for the knockout phase of the World Cup. He is also quoted as saying he intends to stay at Everton and honour the remaining two years of his contract.

New home strip to be unveiled 30/6
24 Jun - Everton will unveil the Club's new home kit for the 2010/11 season under the banner of "Evolution Continues" on 30th June, with the shirt going on sale on 15th July. Pre-ordering is available online at from today.

Donovan transformed by Everton spell
24 Jun - LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena believes that Landon Donovan came back from his two-month loan spell with Everton "a different player," and that has been demonstrated by the USA forward's displays in South Africa so far.

Everton announce Wolfsburg friendly
23 Jun - Everton's final pre-season friendly will be away from Goodison Park this summer after the Club announced a date with German Bundesliga club, Wolfsburg, who are now managed by ex-England manager, Steve McClaren, on Saturday 7 August.

Pienaar's agent rejects offer claims
21 Jun - Steven Pienaar's agent, Ivan Modia, has dismissed claims made in the Sunday Mirror that Everton have offered to make the midfielder their highest-paid player with a 55,000-a-week salary: "No, quite frankly nothing came out of our last meeting. The last time I sat with [Everton] is early June."

Jan Mucha can't save Slovakia
19 Jun - Slovakia proved unable to change their game against Paraguay, and Jan Mucha saw two goals fly in to put them bottom of World Cup Group F, needing a win in a tough final match in prospect against Italy next week as their last remaining hope for staying in the competition.

Dutch win again
19 Jun - Solid if unimpressive, Holland ground out another World Cup victory (over Japan, 1-0) with Johnny Heitinga solid if unimpressive in central defence. Later, Australia (without Tiger Tim) went ahead against Ghana but suffered another somewhat harsh red card when Harry Kewell handballed a fierce shot on the line and Asamoah Gyan converted the penalty to tie up the game at 1-1.

Moyes unlikely to buy Cup stars
18 Jun - David Moyes says he is unlikely to do any business based on how players perform at the World Cup, citing inflated prices and a patchy track record of how those who have starred for their countries on the world stage have fared in the Premier League.

Blues start 2010-11 on the road
17 Jun - Everton will kick off the new season in the pink against Blackburn at Ewood Park, with the first home game coming a week later against Wolves. The Goodison derby is on 16 October and the season ends with a potentially crucial home game with current Champions, Chelsea.

Cahill ban limited to one match
17 Jun - Tim Cahill will at least get to play one more game for the dreadful Socceroos after his red card ban was limited to just one match. Cahill will miss the must-win match against Ghana in Rustenburg on Saturday, but will be available for the final group match against Serbia in Nelspruit next Wednesday. There was never any possibility the Fifa Disciplinary Committee would do the right thing in this instance and downgrade it to a yellow card.

Cahill awaits FIFA ban decision
16 Jun - Tim Cahill will find out tomorrow whether an appeal by Australia will result in a one- or two-match ban following his sending off against Germany on Sunday.

Baines misquoted over homesick claim
15 Jun - Leighton Baines says comments about missing his family made after the friendly with Mexico were taken out of context by a reporter, leading to suggestions that he thought he would struggle with homesickness if he were selected for the World Cup Finals in South Africa.

Chile John BBC Sport audio clip
15 Jun - John Shearon of the Ruleteros Society describes to BBC Sport the background to CD Everton, the links between the fans of the two Evertons and the historic friendly between the clubs this August.

Denmark 0 - 2 Holland
14 Jun - Holland did enough to get past Denmark in Group E at the World Cup, Johnny Heitinga putting in a fairly solid display at the back.

Gazza hospitalised following crash
14 Jun - Ex-Everton midfielder, Paul Gascoigne is in "serious but not life-threatening" condition in Newcastle General Hospital after a car crash on Sunday night.

Howard expected to face Slovenia
13 Jun - Tim Howard needed a cortizone injection to get him through the second half of yesterday's match between the USA and England after taking Emile Heskey's studs in the ribs but is expected to play against Slovenia on Friday.

Nigeria struggle
12 Jun - Both Yakubu and of course national captain Joseph Yobo started for Nigeria but did little to stop Heinze heading an early goal for Argentina, unmarked from a corner. La Albiceleste dominated but squandered their chances while silly mistakes continued to bedevil the Super Eagles, who improved and had opportunities to tie the game... but couldn't. Argentina 1 - 0 Nigeria.

1966 World Cup stories
11 Jun - With the World Cup kicking off in South Africa, the Everton Collection is featuring another interview in their Oral History series, lifelong Evertonian Brian Burrows recalling memorable things about the games played at Goodison Park in the 1966 World Cup.

Everton a new lease on life for Tim
11 Jun - Tim Howard credits his move to Everton for kickstarting his flagging career after losing his first-team place at Old Trafford. "Going to Everton... was my new lease on life. My... belief in what I was doing became a lot stronger."

Tiger Tim ready to face Germany
10 Jun - It looks as though Tim Cahill will be fit and raring to go for Sunday's matchup between Australia and Germany in Durban on Sunday. The midfielder was a doubt earlier this week after sustaining a neck injury in a pre-tournament friendly but says he has recovered.

Pienaar's World Cup dream
10 Jun - Steven Pienaar will step out onto the pitch in the World Cup curtain raiser tomorrow hoping to fulfill a dream by becoming the first South African to score in football's biggest tournament.

Cahill in fitness battle for opener
8 Jun - Tim Cahill sat out of a training session for Australia today after sustaining a neck injury in the friendly with the USA a few days ago. The midfielder told reporters that he is "fine" but is surely a doubt at this stage for the Socceroos' World Cup Finals opener against Germany in 5 days' time.

Interview with Dixie's grandson
6 Jun - Download the mp3 file from this new project of Oral Histories at the Everton Collection, and listen to an interesting interview with Matthew Dean, grandson of William Ralph Dean, who has returned from Australia with a mission to make a film about his famous ancestor.

TE Jones dies
5 Jun - Former Everton defender and captain, Tommy 'TE' Jones has died at the age of 80 after a long battle with illness. He enjoyed an 11-year career at Goodison Park in the 1950s and early 1960s. Originally employed as a left back, but then moving to the centre of defence, he made a total of 411 appearances for the Toffees. Tommy was a member of the side that were relegated in 1951, but came up again three years later. A shattered kneecap forced him to retire from football in 1961, at the age of 31.

Howard concerned by World Cup ball
4 Jun - It seems FIFA can't resist arseing around with the official World Cup ball every four years and Tim Howard echoes the concerns voiced over this year's choice, particularly how it it behaves at altitude.

Pienaar expresses admiration for Moyes
4 Jun - While not quite a hint to where his future might lie, it was nonetheless encouraging to hear Steven Pienaar speak glowingly of David Moyes and his unfailing work ethic in a pre-World Cup press conference in Johannesburg this week.

Howard gives USA an edge
4 Jun - Looking ahead to the big match-up next week between the USA and England, USA Today highlights the one area of the pitch where the Yanks have a definitive edge over the "Three Lions" — in goal, with Everton's Tim Howard.

Heitinga... Lost in Translation?
3 Jun - Johnny Heitinga has spoken of his ambitions to play at a higher level than the Toffees are currently at. At the end of a lengthy interview (in Dutch), he tells that he would leave Everton on a bicycle with a large flag if Barcelona came in for him. "I have no next employer in my head, but I would still like to reach the top."

Everton XI date with Forfar Athletic
2 Jun - An Everton XI will play a pre-season friendly with Forfar Athletic on Friday 23 July at 7:30pm as part of the Loons' 125th Anniversary celebrations.

Anichebe misses WC through injury
1 Jun - The Nigerian Football Federation have revealed that striker Victor Anichebe was left out of the 23-man World Cup squad because of injury — a fractured chin — a claim that Everton are questioning.

Big Vic won't be going to SA
31 May - Victor Anichebe has missed the cut for Nigeria's final squad for the World Cup Finals, one of seven players from the Super Eagles' provisional party not selected by manager Lars Lagerback. As expected, Yakubu and Joseph Yobo were chosen.

Barkley & Garbutt help England win
30 May - England lifted the Under-17 European Championship, beating Spain 2-1 in the final. Everton's Ross Barkley who deflected a free-kick onto the England post just before Spain scored the opening goal, while his Everton teammate, left-back Luke Garbutt was victorious after a torrid battle with Spain's Gerard.

Heitinga goes to WC; Baines not sure...
29 May - Johnny Heitinga is included in the Dutch squad of 23 players named to travel to South Africa fro the World Cup. However, a worrying time for Leighton Baines as he is left out of the England squad to face Japan tomorrow, ahead of the final cut that Fabio Capello will make known on Tuesday...

Leeds cancel Beckford's contract
28 May - Leeds United have canceled the contract of striker Jermaine Beckford, paving the way for him to fulfil his dream of playing in the Premier League. Reports a few months ago suggested the 26-year-old had signed a pre-contract agreement with Everton and the indications are that the player will shortly complete his move to Goodison.

Everton gear up for away kit launch
28 May - Everton's new away kit will be unveiled next Thursday at the Everton One and Everton Two megastores, with the launch centred around the theme of "Revolution", on account of the "technically advanced" nature of the shirt. The pink branding is still a cause for concern for many, particularly in light of an image, purported to be the new change strip, that surfaced earlier this week of a lurid salmon pink number.

Pienaar demands pose sticking point
27 May - Everton insist they won't be held to ransom by representatives of Steven Pienaar and are prepared to lose him for nothing next summer rather than sell him to a rival Premier League club, according to the Echo.

The Everton Experience
27 May - Click the link to pull up an excellent video depicting Landon Donovan's Everton Experience (Part 1)...

Support for Baines from Lawrenson
26 May - BBC and local Liverpool media pundit, Mark Lawrenson, offers some welcome support for Leighton Baines in the wake of the criticism the Everton defender has garnered from the national press for his performance against Mexico.

Baines plays full 90 for England
24 May - Leighton Baines played the full 90 minutes as England beat Mexico 3-1 in a pre-World Cup Finals friendly at Wembley this evening.

Baines starts England friendly
24 May - Leighton Baines will get a second chance to stake his claim for a place in Fabio Capello's England squad for the World Cup Finals with a starting place in the friendly against Mexico on Wembley's controversial turf.

Blue Remembered Thrills
21 May - One of the greatest seasons ever in Everton's rich and illustrious past is being celebrated in a special BBC Radio Merseyside documentary on Tuesday 25 May at 8 pm. "If You Know Your History — Everton 85", remembers that incredible season, when Everton stormed the footballing barricades at home and abroad.

ToffeeWeb Player of the Season
21 May - ToffeeWeb's poll of readers for their player of 2009-10 matched Everton FC's own Player of the Season award with Steven Pienaar finishing with the highest number of votes on the back of a sterling campaign for the Blues. John Heitinga was a very close second.

Arteta's agent insists he's staying
19 May - Mikel Arteta's agent has moved to quell speculation linking the Spaniard with a move away from Everton by insisting that his client is happy at Goodison Park. Rumours suggest that the 28-year-old is close to agreeing new terms to extend his current deal.

Tornado Tim's ready for SA
19 May - As possibly Australia's key player for their World Cup campaign in South Africa, Tim Cahill is a driving force who talks the talk to The Sydney Morning Herald in this article and video interview.

Fellaini well on the mend
18 May - Marouane Fellaini's recovery from ankle surgery is ahead of schedule and the midfielder could feature in the club's pre-season campaign. The Belgium midfielder had an operation after injuring ligaments in the Merseyside derby in February and was expected to be out until September.

Everton announce Rathbone departure
17 May - Everton's Head of Sports Medicine, Mick "Baz" Rathbone has left the club after 8 years, the Club has announced. No reason was given for the departure of the Blues' physio.

Everton determined to keep Jagielka
17 May - Everton have insisted that they have no interest in selling Phil Jagielka after weekend press speculation linked the England international with potential bids from Arsenal and Manchester United.

Mucha looking forward to Goodison
24 May - Incoming goalkeeper Jan Mucha has been talking on EvertonTV about the prospect of playing for Everton next season, after he joins the club officially next month. He then flies off to South Africa to play his part in Slovakia's World Cup campaign.

Everton Reserves, 2009-10
17 May - It's been especially difficult this season to keep track of the Reserves, but finally the full record of their games has been complied, with line-ups, stats, and brief reports. Links also to some excellent match reports provided by Tom Owen.

Coleman Impresses Moyes
14 May - David Moyes says he's enjoying watching the progression of Seamus Coleman. The young Everton defender, currently on-loan at Blackpool, is heading for Wembley after the Seasiders beat Nottingham Forest in their Championship play-off semi-final.

Baines next up for a new contract
13 May - David Moyes has moved to tie Leighton Baines to an extended contract at Everton and ward off the "England effect" (of Blues players getting "tapped up" by other clubs) should he make Fabio Capello's squad for the World Cup Finals this summer

Coleman set for Wembley date
12 May - On-loan Seamus Coleman will get the chance to help Blackpool into the Premier League in the Championship playoff final after the Tangerines beat Nottingham Forest in a thriller at the City Ground this evening.

Everton FC v CD Everton
11 May - Everton have now confirmed that the long-awaited historic meeting with Chilean counterparts CD Everton will take place at Goodison Park as one of the pre-season friendlies on Wednesday 4 August.

Cahill set to sign 4-year deal
10 May - Chief Executive Robert Elstone said: "We are at an advanced stage of negotiation with Tim and his representatives. We would be hopeful of concluding an extension to Tim's current deal and to put pen to paper on a new four-year contract before he departs for the World Cup."

Moyes's familiar refrain
8 May - David Moyes has set low expectations of getting some early transfer dealings done this summer, suggesting that he may have to wait until closer to the new season again because of a severely limited budget.

Everton confirm Norwich friendly
6 May - Everton will play a friendly at Norwich City on 31st July as part of the Club's pre-season preparations.

Charity testimonial for Carragher
6 May - Everton have agreed to field a team to play Liverpool at Anfield in a charity match early next season that will be a testimonial for Jamie Carragher. The game will be played on 4 September (an international break) and may feature many old players from both sides of Stanley Park.

Jutkiewicz strike caps 12-goal thriller
5 May - On-loan Everton striker Lucas Jutkiewicz scored a dramatic injury-time equaliser that completed an incredible comeback for Motherwell as they erased a 6-2 deficite to draw 6-6 with Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League this evening.

Fellaini on track for summer return
5 May - Marouaner Fellaini has resumed light training following surgery on his ankle in February and says he expects to be fit and ready for the new Premier League season in August.

Everton Ladies in FA Cup triumph
3 May - Everton beat the ever-dominant force of the Ladies' game, Arsenal, 3-2 in an extra-time thriller to lift the FA Cup for the second time and deny the Londoners the chance to lift the trophy for a fifth successive time.

Pienaar injury update
3 May - Steven Pienaar turned an ankle in training and that is being given as the reason he missed out on the trip to Stoke. David Moyes is hoping he'll be fit for the last game of the season against Portsmouth on Sunday before he heads off to South Africa, where he will hope to be a star player for the World Cup hosts this summer.

When is offside not offside?
2 May - When it's a goal for Everton? Steve Round: "We thought it was a perfectly good goal. We cannot quite understand why it was disallowed. The officials made the decision and we have to respect that. He (Anichebe) is in an offside position but is he interfering, I don't know. We have taken a corner and it has been headed straight in the net." Standing in front of the 'keeper, Anichebe was clearly interfering with play.

Tiger Tim in-store DVD signing
28 Apr - Tim Cahill will be appearing at Everton Two, Liverpool One tomorrow (Thursday) at 5pm to sign copies of Tim Cahill: The Unseen Journey. The DVD is also available now from official Everton stores and

Arteta looking for top-four challenge
27 Apr - Though he's not yet given up hope of getting a World Cup call-up for Spain, Mikel Arteta is already looking forward to next season and believes that, as their form over the last 20 games has shown, this Everton side is good enough to qualify for the Champions League.

THAT semi-final 25 years on
24 Apr - 25 years ago today Everton beat Bayern Munich under the Goodison lights to book a place in the European Cup Winners' Cup Final which they would go on to win the following month. Trevor Steven recounts his memories of the occasion to the Official Site.

Heitinga's season likely over
23 Apr - Johnny Heitinga has probably kicked his last ball in anger for Everton this season and now has his sights on getting fit for Holland's World Cup Finals campaign.

Moyes joins BBC World Cup team
22 Apr - David Moyes has been chosen to join the BBC's team of experts for the World Cup in South Africa this summer where as many as seven of his current players could be on show.

Moyes dismisses United links
22 Apr - David Moyes has rejected the speculation suggesting that Sir Alex Ferguson has highlighted him as his successor at Old Trafford as "nonsense".

Fellaini quizzed over nightclub incident
21 Apr - Marouane Fellaini is being questioned by police investigating claims he assaulted a 20 year-old woman outside a nightclub in London's West End.

Senderos hoping to stay at Goodison
21 Apr - Philippe Senderos says that he hopes he has shown enough in his limited first-team opportunities and Reserve team outings to have earned the chance to stay at Everton beyond the term of his current loan spell.

Pienaar resolution before World Cup
21 Apr - Steven Pienaar's agent says that the South African international is looking to have his contract impasse resolved one way or the other with Everton before the World Cup kicks off in June.

Liverpool Res 0 - 1 Everton Res
21 Apr - Joe Baxter scored an injury-time winner for Everton Reserves with a crisp volley that went in off teh crossbar to beat local rivals Liverpool in the FA Premier Reserves League (North) last night at Prenton Park. Philippe Senderos and Victor Anichebe were part of the team.

Arteta explains Pedersen poke
19 Apr - I probably shouldn't have reacted like I did but there have been a few times — not just this time — when he has made bad tackles. I don't mind it when they're fair or tough, I accept it with no problem. But with him it's different and he knows that. I told him."

Hillsborough 21 years on
15 Apr - Today marks the 21st anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy when 96 Liverpool fans died on the terraces of Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane stand. A new panel to investigate the most contentious areas of the disaster and its aftermath will be chaired by the Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, who has pledged to the families of the victims to "ensure the fullest story is told" of what happened that fateful day.

Suspended Fine for Mancini
15 Apr - Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been given a suspended 20,000 fine and warned about his future conduct following his petulant spat with Everton boss David Moyes, after Mancini had been unhappy with Moyes holding on to the ball during the Eastlands game last month.

Why has nobody bought Everton?
15 Apr - That's the question posed by Swiss Rambler in a well-researched piece for American sport site, Bleacher Report, as he analyses the flawed nature of Everton's current operating model, the club's debts and its path to the future given the lack of progress in finding the club a big-money buyer.

Youngsters may go to Watford
15 Apr - Watford are still weighing up whether to add Everton Academy youngsters Moses Barnett and John Nolan to their books this summer. Both are expected to be released by the club at the end of the season and have been on trial at Vicarage Road, playing in Watford's reserves on Monday night.

Moyes still hoping for Europe
15 Apr - David Moyes insists the fight for Europa League football next season is still on, despite the frustrating 2-2 draw at Aston Villa Park that leaves the Blues still four points behind Villa, who occupy seventh place but have a game in hand.

Site activation issues
14 Apr - If you have attempted to sign up as a ToffeeWeb member in recent weeks but received a blank activation confirmation email (a bug in the system we're working on resolving), please contact the Webmaster so we can manually activate your account.

Coleman's Blackpool loan extended
14 Apr - Seamus Coleman will stay at promotion-chasing Blackpool for the remainder of the season after having his loan spell with the Seasiders extended.

Arteta still out for Villa game
13 Apr - David Moyes does not think Mikel Arteta will be fit for tomorrow's game at Villa Park, with the Spaniard suffering still from a groin strain, Victor Anichebe will also miss the game with a hip problem.

Heitinga feeling more comfortable
13 Apr - Talking to the Liverpool Echo, Johnny Heitinga has confirmed how long it his taken him to become comfortable with the speed of the Premier League.

Blues wait on Europa League decision
12 Apr - Everton are waiting on the results of an appeal to Uefa by Portsmouth to find out whether a seventh-place finish in the Premier League will mean qualification to next season's Europa League.

Sheedy: Coleman has a big future
11 Apr - In this feature by the News of the World, Kevin Sheedy predicts big things for compatriot, Seamus Coleman: "Already, Seamus has won the fans over which is very important at Goodison. They love his attitude - his desire and will to win. They see him as one of their own."

Im probably best in the middle Ossie
9 Apr - Leon Osman talks to the Echo about his desire to win a trophy (duh!) and his pleasure at being played out of position, before describing how he handles criticism from the fans.

Everton don't need to sign anyone
7 Apr - "Somebody asked me the other day, 'Who would you like to sign in the summer?' I told them that I'm not bothered bringing people in — I don't think we need to sign anyone."

"The reality is that we can beat any team in this league with this set of players," Neville told the club's website.

The curious case of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
6 Apr - This feature on Bily assesses all the issues regarding the enigmatic Russian's first season in English Football, and covers most of the points that have been discussed in our Mailbag and Fans Comment articles.

Coleman has another good game
6 Apr - Seamus Coleman played a key part in securing another win for his loan team, Blackpool, 2-0 over Doncaster Rovers last night. Being watched by his manager David Moyes, he continues to impress at right-back with two key defensive interceptions and came close to scoring his second goal for the Tangerines following a mazy run on the hour.

Moyes questions refereeing standards
5 Apr - Everton boss David Moyes has criticised referee Howard Webb and the standard of officiating in general after his side's 2-2 home draw with West Ham on Sunday.

Poorer for it if you leave
4 Apr - That's the message David Moyes is hoping to get through to Steven Pienaar and Jack Rodwell, who are both in talks to extend their current Everton contracts while the vultures scouting for other clubs look to tempt them away from Goodison Park.

Cahill 's support for Arteta call-up
2 Apr - Tim Cahill believes his friend and teammate, Mikel Arteta, deserves a call-up to the Spanish international team on his own merits but perhaps even more so now that Cesc Fabregas' leg break has cast doubt on the Arsenal midfielder's participation in this summer's World Cup.

Reserves can't beat City
30 Mar - A young Everton Reserves side featuring mostly Academy players was unable to produce enough to beat Manchester City at the Halton Stadium on Tuesday night. But read our exclusive report from Tom Owen for all the scoop on these youngsters.

Vaughan still having issues
30 Mar - James Vaughan is still not getting much football, despite going on loan with Leicester City for that express purpose. The on loan Everton striker has played just 30 minutes of his loan spell at the Foxes since joining three weeks ago.

Arteta out with groin strain
29 Mar - Mikel Arteta was omitted from the squad for the trip to Wolves as a precautionary measure because of a niggling groin problem. Moyes said, "He's been carrying a bit of a groin strain for the last few weeks now and we felt we couldn't play him today."

Blues ready if rivals stumble
27 Mar - While observing that despite their poor start his side are just three points shy of where they were at this stage last season, David Moyes says that Everton could "come up on the blind side," down the final straight in the race for Europe, "but we need teams above us to falter, to really come apart."

Agency blacklists 70% of PL clubs
27 Mar - Everton and 13 other Premier League clubs have had their credit rating "suspended" by Riskdisk, a credit checking agency, according to a report in The Times.

Everton continue digital expansion
26 Mar - Everton's head of media and communications, Mark Rowan, talks to The Drum about the newly redesigned Official Site and the club's impressive expansion of their digital offerings to mobile applications for the Android and iPhone/iPod Touch handheld devices.

Stop Smoking matchday event
26 Mar - As part of the Goodison Park Premier League Health programme, there will be a stop smoking matchday event for the home game with West Ham on 4th April.

Mancini charged for touchline fracas
26 Mar - David Moyes has escaped censure for the touchline incident at Eastlands on Wednesday but Roberto Mancini has been charged with improper conduct for racing out of his technical area and barging into the Everton boss to get the ball off him.

Football Quarter Presentation
26 Mar - Following KEIOC's recent Goodison site visit with architects WCEC, Robert Elstone invited KEIOC into Goodison to deliver their Past, Present and Future presentation to the stadium team; also present were Labour Group leader Joe Anderson and Spirit of Shankly vice chair, Paul Rice. The two hour meeting was an opportunity for both sides to listen to one another and understand each other's position regarding the stadium. KEIOC have launched an online petition in support of the concept that can be found here.

The quest for fourth place
26 Mar - Everton have belatedly joined the battle to finish fourth and although they trail Liverpool, Aston Villa, City and Tottenham Hotspur, their form and remaining fixtures are such that they should not be ruled out. Only four months have passed since November, but Everton are a different proposition now the gloom that was threatening to sink their season has lifted.

More handbags in City Director's Box
25 Mar - Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook has been asked by Robert Elsone to explain a heated altercation with multi-millionaire Everton supporter George Downing that saw the simmering tensions between the clubs explode in a confrontation in the directors' box.

Joleon Lescott Blues
25 Mar - Trevor Powell has penned this little ditty in celebration of last night's consummate embarrassment inflicted by the excellent Boys in Black & Pink...

FA await report on managers' tiff
25 Mar - The Football Association is to open an investigation into last night's touchline fight between Roberto Mancini and David Moyes, the managers of Manchester City and Everton, which resulted in both men being sent to the stands.

Motherwell trial for Americans
24 Mar - Midfielder Anton Peterlin and striker Cody Arnoux are on trial at Motherwell, with the prospect of becoming possible signings next season. The American pair, who have played in a few Everton Reserve games, turned out for Motherwell on Tuesday in a bounce game against Celtic, while Manager Craig Brown believes current loanee Lukas Jutkiewicz will return to Everton in the summer.

Coleman plays in Blackpool romp
23 Mar - Seamus Coleman helped Blackpool keep their Championship playoff hopes alive with a 5-1 demolition of 5th-placed Swansea at Bloomfield Road.

News feeds back online
23 Mar - If you're a subscriber to our RSS or Twitter feeds they're back up and running again. Please be sure to check, though, that your RSS reader is pointing at the correct URLs as both the News and Comment feeds have changed since our server move. You may need to delete and re-add both feeds. Twitter remains unchanged.

Neville harbours World Cup dream
23 Mar - Phil Neville still hasn't given up on the outside chance that he could be selected for England's World Cup squad this summer.

West Ham tickets on sale
23 Mar - Tickets for the home game against West Ham on Sunday 4 April at 4pm are on sale at the Park End Box Office, by calling 0871 663 1878 or logging onto Just £29 for adults, from £20 for OAP's and from £14 for Under-16s. Plus 10 loyalty points will be added to your customer number for attending this fixture.

Big Vic back in training
23 Mar - Victor Anichebe is still a bit sore from getting a knee in his side off a Bolton defender, but has been back in training and hopes to be in contention for a place against Manchester City in tomorrow night's big game.

No Lescott on Wednesday
22 Mar - Joleon Lescott is set to miss Manchester City's game against Everton on Wednesday after suffering a hamstring injury. Lescott — who was also injured for City's 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park in January — picked up the problem during the warm-up of the 2-1 Premier League win at Fulham.

Anichebe hospitalized
21 Mar - Victor Anichebe was taken to hospital for tests after falling awkwardly and ultimately being carried off the Goodison pitch early in the Bolton game yesterday. Moyes says it appears as if he got a knee in the kidneys.

MLS deal ends Donovan hopes
21 Mar - As expected, when the chips were down, Major League Soccer reached an agreement with the MLS players union yesterday, ending the prospect of a strike delaying the start of the US' domestic season — and, of course, Everton's hopes of bringing Landon Donovan back for an extension of his loan spell at Goodison.

ToffeeWeb Hosting Switch
20 Mar - We've just completed the migration of the site to new web hosts. Hopefully the only difference you will notice is improved performance and perhaps some broken images and pages on some of the less-trafficked areas of the site.

Villa (A) moved to 14 April
18 Mar - Everton's clash with Euro-qualification rivals, Aston Villa, has been moved back from the 10th the 14th of April because of the Midlanders' involvement in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Donovan touched by Everton
18 Mar - Landon Donovan became so enamored with Everton during his 10-week loan spell that he says that were he to come back to the Premier League — which could yet happen this season — he'd only return to Goodison Park.

Yakubu - Everton getting better
16 Mar - Yakubu believes the Toffees are getting better and better with every season that passes. David Moyes's side have been unlucky with injuries this term but are now almost at full strength once more as they try and finish the Premier League season strongly.

Vaughan joins Leicester on loan
11 Mar - Everton have confirmed that James Vaughan has joined Leicester City on loan, initially for one month. With David Moyes apparently favouring Yakubu, Saha and Anichebe, the 21 year-old should have a better chance of some good first-team football with the promotion-chasing Championship side.

Ruddy delighted with his stats
11 Mar - John Ruddy is enjoying a stellar season on loan at Motherwell and wasnt slow to point out that his clean sheet against 
St Mirren on Tuesday was his 15th of the season. I do like to keep track of my clean sheets... Ratio-wise, I think I had a better spell at Stockport when it was eight in 13 games. But this is up there and it also means more to me because its over a longer period.

Pienaar dismisses move talk
10 Mar - Steven Pienaar has dismissed reports that he could leave Everton this summer: I cant say anything because I wasnt approached, said Pienaar, who has just over a year remaining on his current deal. From my point of view, Im an Everton player and I dont want stuff like that to distract me from what Im doing. It is speculation. When you play well, there will always be talk of interest from clubs. Im happy at Everton.

Ruddy admits future lies elsewhere
9 Mar - John Ruddy has admitted that the pending arrival of Jan Mucha this summer is a clear sign that his footballing future lies away from Goodison Park if he is to keep playing at first-team level.

All Together Now...
9 Mar - Despite getting the cold shoulder from Liverpool FC, Everton and Liverpool fan groups will meet at The Sandon on 12 March to further promote the idea of a Football Quarter in Liverpool.

Pienaar gets 12-month driving ban
9 Mar - Steven Pienaar has been banned from driving for 12 months after pleading guilty to drink-driving. He was also fined 1,000 for the offence and ordered to pay a further 100 fine for failing to comply with a traffic signal.

Arteta happy with return to form
8 Mar - Mikel Arteta says he was delighted see the Toffees return to form following their 5-1 win over Hull City on Sunday. "We played some terrific football today," Arteta told BBC Radio Merseyside after securing the Blues' sixth successive league win at home. "We wanted to get back from both defeats last week and we have. We scored a few goals and I'm delighted. I've been out for a long time and I was expected to score a few goals."

Donovan: “There's a chance of staying”
7 Mar - Landon Donovan admitted in his post-match interview with Sky that there's a chance his loan spell at Everton could be extended. "We'll know more this week," the American said after scoring in the 5-1 rout of Hull City.

Champions League play-offs on hold
4 Mar - The proposal to add a play-off system to decide the winners of the fourth Champions League qualifying spot is on hold after the chairmen of the Premier League's 20 clubs decided not pursue the idea at this time.

Victory on Baines' first England appearance
3 Mar - Leighton Baines won his first England cap this evening and celebrated as his country ran out 3-1 winners in a friendly against Egypt.

Van der Meyde signs for PSV
3 Mar - Andy van der Meyde, arguably the biggest waste of space (and money!) on Everton's books this Century, has been snapped up by PSV Eindhoven, leaders of the Dutch League, on a two-year contract.

Donovan cannot understand how he missed
2 Mar - "It's hard to understand what went wrong. I felt like everything was right but then I looked up to see the ball had hit the side-netting. It's so frustrating because if we had scored then it's possible we might have gone on to win the game."

Young Blues KO'd in extra time
1 Mar - Everton's U-18s made the short trip to Blackburn this evening for the Quarter Finals of the FA Youth Cup and looked set to progress thanks to Shane Duffy's first-half header. An 80th-minute equaliser forced extra time, though, and Osayamen Osawe won it for Rovers in extra time.

William Dean remembered
1 Mar - Thirty years ago today, the legendary William Ralph "Dixie" Dean, passed away at — where else? — Goodison Park. Pause for thought to remember Everton's greatest ever goalscorer, easily one of the best England has ever seen.

Saha forced to pull out of friendly
1 Mar - Louis Saha has been forced to pull out of the French squad for this week's friendly with Spain due to the thigh strain he picked up in training last week.

Clubs set for stadium summit
1 Mar - Representatives of Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs will sit down with City Council leaders today to discuss various options for their respective stadium issues, including groundsharing options and KEIOC's "football quarter" idea.

Baines looking to seize England chance
1 Mar - Leighton Baines is hoping he'll get the chance to press his claims for a place in England's World Cup squad by making his first senior appearance for England this week.

Moyes dejected following Euro exit
25 Feb - David Moyes admitted that his side didn't deserve to progress to the next round of the Europa League and credited Sporting for being the better side throughout the Blues' agonising 3-0 defeat in Lisbon this evening.

Saha rewarded with French call-up
25 Feb - Louis Saha's recent goalscoring form has earned him a return to the French international fold. The striker has been included Raymond Domenech's 24-man squad to face Spain next week.

Everton finalise move for Swedish teen
25 Feb - Everton appear to have finalised this week the arrangements to bring 16 year-old Swedish prospect Johan Hammar to the Club in the summer after a fee was agreed with Malmo, at least according to Sky Sports.

Moyes: We're here to win it
24 Feb - David Moyes says that Everton are in Lisbon to win the second leg rather than rest on the laurels of a first-leg lead.

Donovan: Fans have been fantastic
24 Feb - Landon Donovan, who suggested yesterday that he expects to return to Everton at some point in the future after his current loan spell ends, says that he is been overwhelmed by the support shown for him by Blues fans since his arrival in January, which has peaked with an online campaign to keep him at Everton beyond next month.

Pienaar charged with drink-driving
23 Feb - Steven Pienaar has been accused of drinking and driving after being stopped in Liverpool city centre. The 27-year-old was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning and was also charged with failure to comply with a traffic sign. He will be up before the beak on March 9.

Rodwell and Gosling get U-21 call
22 Feb - Jack Rodwell and Dan Gosling have both been called up by Stuart Pearce to the England U-21 to face Greece in next month's European Championship qualifier.

West Ham clash moved for TV
22 Feb - Everton's home game with West Ham United has been put back 24 hours to 4th April for live TV broadcast.

Duffy switches allegiences
22 Feb - Everton central defensive prospect Shane Duffy has surprised Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington by informing him that he would prefer to play his international football for the Republic of Ireland.

Upcoming EFPF nights
21 Feb - Have a great night and help our former players who deserve a helping hand now with two special evenings next month, first on 6th March 6th in the Alex Young Suite and then on 19th March at the Crosby Comrades Club.

Moyes: We're ready for Jack Rodwell
21 Feb - David Moyes is confident that Everton are good enough now to hold on to their brightest stars like Jack Rodwell in the face of increasingly covetous attention from the Premier League's biggest clubs.

Moyes's homegrown produce
21 Feb - Paul Hayward has written this nice piece in praise of David Moyes and his homegrown young players who dealt the crucial blows in yesterday's systematic demolition of Champions Manchester United at Goodison Park.

Saha feels he's back to his best
21 Feb - Louis Saha says that he feels his injury problems are behind him and he can now concentrate on Everton's push for European qualification.

Rodwell embarrassed by MotM award
21 Feb - Jack Rodwell admitted that he was embarrassed at receiving the man-of-the-match champagne after only playing the last few minutes of yesterday's barnstorming win over Manchester United. The 18-year-old scored a superb third to wrap up the points in the 90th minute.

Donovan still set for MLS return
21 Feb - David Moyes reiterated yesterday the likelihood that Landon Donovan will return to the MLS next month rather than extend his loan spell with Everton: "I think Landon would like to stay but at the moment it probably looks as if not."

David Moyes on Goals on Sunday
21 Feb - Update: David Moyes was to have been the guest of honour on Goals on Sunday, for the first hour of the show. However, we understand his plane was delayed and he did not make it.

Fan backs reclaiming the Liver Bird
18 Feb - "The Bird is Blue" is an expression you hear more and more among some Everton fans and Keith Wilson is one such supporter who believes that the famous Liver Bird emblem represents the whole of the City of Liverpool and should be included on both clubs' kits.

Howard thriving at Everton
18 Feb - With his American heritage and time at Old Trafford, Tim Howard is the focus of ESPN USA's preview of Manchester United's visit to Goodison Park this weekend (the match will be carried live in HD to American audiences on ESPN2 early on Saturday morning) and he credits his experience with both clubs for the goalkeeper he is today.

KEIOC call for historic football quarter
17 Feb - Now renamed Keeping Everton In Our City, the campaign group who led supporter opposition to the proposed move to Kirkby have unveiled their vision for the future of Stanley Park: a history football quarter that would celebrate the history of England's most successful football city.

Cahill an early doubt for Saturday
16 Feb - Tim Cahill is a doubt for the visit of Manchester United on Saturday after hobbling off an hour into the win over Sporting Lisbon with a calf problem.

Youth Cup date at Ewood Park
13 Feb - Everton's Youth team will travel to Ewood Park on Monday 1 March for a quarter-final clash with Blackburn Rovers in the last eight of the FA Youth Cup. Kick-off: 7pm.

Site registration problems
11 Feb - We have located and resolved a problem with our membership sign-up form that was causing the page to simply refresh for some users without capturing any of the submitted details. If you experienced this issue recently, we invite you to try signing up again here.

Chelsea win: Landon's best memory
11 Feb - Ive always enjoyed playing at night under the lights and this will be one of the best memories in my career, Donovan said in a statement posted to his public Facebook account. Goodison was electric and we were fantastic. The loss to Liverpool is long past us now and I cant wait for Tuesday night against Sporting Lisbon. Thanks to all the Blues supporters for another incredible atmosphere tonight. Sleep well; I know I will.

Everton lose Womens League Cup Final
11 Feb - Everton Ladies unfortunately lost the Final of The FA Tesco Womens Premier League Cup to Leeds Carnegie at Spotland this evening by a score of 3-1.

Moyes not confident of Donovan stay
11 Feb - David Moyes hailed Landon Donovan's performance against Chelsea as the American's best since arriving at Goodison on loan but played down speculation that the player could stay beyond the original term of his loan deal from MLS side, LA Galaxy.

Bootle 2 - 4 Everton Reserves
8 Feb - Everton Reserves beat Bootle 4-2 in the Liverpool Senior Cup tonight, with goals from Karl Sheppard, James McCarten, Luke Dobie, and Lewis Codling taking them through to the semi-finals of the competition.

Moyes named Manager of the Month
5 Feb - David Moyes has been named the Barclays Manager of the Month for January after steering his side to an unbeaten record in the Premier League last month.

Everton squad top four quality
5 Feb - "We have got a really good group of players," said Moyes, ahead of this weekend's bif derby game. "We have a squad I think could have competed for a place in the top four but obviously we have been working with half a squad for most of the year. We will just have to see what we can do in the second half of the season after a disappointing first half."

Young Blues march on
4 Feb - Everton's youngsters booked their place in the last eight of the FA Youth Cup this evening with a convincing 3-0 win at Preston North End who had beaten Manchester City and Sunderland in prior rounds.

Preston v Everton in Youth Cup
4 Feb - Preston North End tonight to book a place in the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup. The U-18s face David Moyes's former club in the 5th Round of the competition at Deepdale on the back of an unbeaten run which started in October. Kick-off is at 7pm.

Donovan, Yanks spice up old rivalry
4 Feb - An American perspective that obviously focuses on the US dynamic to this weekend's derby, but it's highly prescient of Everton's current situation as it seeks to introduce the all-Mersey clash to any new Stateside observers who have come on board since Landon Donovan arrived at Goodison.

Fellaini happy at Everton
3 Feb - "I'm really happy at Everton. I have three years left on my contract and everything is going really well," says the 22-year-old Belgian. "I'm just focused on doing my best for the club. Doing my job here and doing what I'm being paid to do."

Hull match on Sky
31 Jan - The return league match against Hull City will now kick-off on Sunday, 7 March 2010 at 4pm to accommodate the live (3D?) cameras and incisive punditry of Sky TV.

Moyes: We need to be in Europe
30 Jan - David Moyes says that he and his players have to believe they can make it back into Europe next season because of the benefit to the club, his development and that of his players and, not least, the ability to attract the right calibre of players.

Norwegian fullback returns to Molde
29 Jan - Knut Olav Rindaroy left Finch Farm and returned to Molde in Norway this week without signing for Everton because, he claims, they couldn't afford to buy him in the current transfer window.

Moyes dampens deadline day fever
29 Jan - David Moyes says that he doesn't expect to be busy between now and the transfer deadline but left the door ajar for some activity by saying, "I have one or two loans signings that I could bring in if I want to."

Nigeria denied final berth by Ghana
28 Jan - Yakubu came on as a second-half substitute for Nigeria but he couldn't save the Super Eagles as they were beaten 1-0 by Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola this evening.

Donovan feels at home
28 Jan - Landon Donovan says he feels at home with the Blues after scoring his first goal in the 2-0 victory over Sunderland "You kind of get a sense of family and community here that I haven't felt at other European clubs. I think that wears off on you and when you feel comfortable and you feel at home you're going to play better."

Ruddy and Jutkiewicz stay at Well
27 Jan - As expected, Everton reserve duo, John Ruddy and Lukas Jutkiewicz, have successfully extended their loan spells at Motherwell until the end of the season.

Milan insist Huntelaar's staying put
27 Jan - AC Milan have poured cold water on Klass-Jan Huntelaar's chances of a loan move to the Premier League or Bundesliga by insisting that the Dutch striker stay to fight for his place at the San Siro.

Moyes expects lull in transfer frenzy
27 Jan - David Moyes says that the credit crunch afflicting many clubs these days could have the effect of bringing down transfer fees and significantly reducing the number of big-money moves. The Everton manager has had to bring in loan signings this month and is eyeing two more before the window closes.

Site Update
27 Jan - In addition to a bit of a facelift, ToffeeWeb has undergone some changes "under the bonnet", as it were, particularly with regard to the Membership centre and our interactive sections (MailBag, articles, etc). If you experience any problems, please contact the Webmaster.

Nigeria through after penalty drama
25 Jan - Yakubu captained Nigeria before being substituted in the second half as the Super Eagles and Zambia played out 120 minutes of goalless football. That set up a penalty shootout during which Zambia's Thomas Nyirenda was the only player to miss, sending Nigeria through to an AFCON semi-final date with Ghana.

Arteta glad to be back
25 Jan - "I've been away for a long time and I've been training hard to get back. It's been difficult and I have learned a lot. I've had three surgeries for three different reasons. But it's a part of football and sometimes when you're out you can see things differently. But I'm glad to be back and I couldn't wait." Mikel Arteta.

Moyes expresses Huntelaar interest
25 Jan - It wasn't a confirmation of anything pending (though he always maintains, "I don't talk about players at other clubs") but David Moyes has admitted that if Klaas-Jan Huntelaar were available, the Dutchman is a player he would be interested in signing.

Mucha pens pre-contract agreement with Everton
23 Jan - Everton have announced that Slovakia international goalkeeper Jan Mucha has signed a pre-contract agreement with Everton ahead of a free transfer to Goodison in the summer under the Bosman Ruling.

Arteta makes the bench!
23 Jan - After being lost to Everton for almost a full year since rupturing his cruciate knee ligament against Newcastle United last February, Mikel Arteta finally returns today with a place on the Everton substitutes' bench for the FA Cup 4th Round tie with Birmingham City.

Dewsnip looks ahead to Preston
22 Jan - Under-18s head coach, Neil Dewsnip, acknowledges that his team's FA Youth Cup Fifth Round tie against Preston will be tough but is backing his charges after they saw off Brighton & Hove Albion in the last round thanks to late goals by Shane Duffy and Adam Forshaw.

Mucha talks underway
22 Jan - David Moyes says that reports suggesting Everton have agreed to sign Slovakia international goalkeeper Jan Mucha this summer are premature but confirmed that talks with the 27 year-old Legia Warsaw stopper are ongoing.

Injury rules Yobo out of AFCON
20 Jan - A recurrence of the hamstring tear that kept him out of action for Everton for a month has now ruled Joseph Yobo out of further action for Nigeria in Angola. A scan on the injury has determined that he faces another two weeks on the sidelines but he will remain with the Super Eagles squad as long as they are in the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

Everton vs Chelsea Mascot Raffle
20 Jan - The Everton Foundation is offering young fans the chance to be a mascot at the Chelsea game at Goodison Park next month. To be in with a chance of winning, enter a special prize draw by donating a minimum of 10 to the Toffees' top charity, The Everton Foundation, at

Vaughan staying at Everton
20 Jan - Derby County's hopes of taking James Vaughan on loan again have been quashed as David Moyes has decided to hold onto the player for the remainder of the season. The striker's first spell at Pride Park was cut short by injury but now that he's fit again, Everton need him to bolster their attack for the season run-in.

More positive fitness news
20 Jan - Hamstring injury victims Jack Rodwell and Dan Gosling could add to David Moyes's selection pool this weekend with the news that both will return to full training this week. Joseph Yobo, however, is awaiting news on a scan to determine the extent of his own fresh hamstring strain sustained playing for Nigeria this month.

Yakubu skippers Nigeria through
20 Jan - Despite or perhaps in response to biting criticism from some quarters for his performance against Egypt, Yakubu was handed the captaincy for Nigeria today and steered the Super Eagles through to the next round of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 3-0 win over Mozambique.

Donovan may consider staying
18 Jan - Landon Donovan is very happy with the way he has been welcomed into the Everton family and is already talking about the possibility of extending his stay beyond March, when pre-season is due to start for the MLS.

Osman out with hamstring injury
16 Jan - David Moyes has confirmed that a surprise hamstring injury to Leon Osman denied his selection for today's 2-0 thumping of Man City. "Tony Hibbert has had an operation today and Leon Osman missed out with a hamstring injury. That came as a blow to me because Ossie has been great in the last two or three games. It seems every time we get one player back we lose another but Billy came in and did very well," said Moyes.

Yakubu gives Nigeria crucial win
16 Jan - Yakubu scored a first-half penalty for Nigeria against Benin and that was enough to earn the Super Eagles their first win in this year's Africa Cup of Nations in Angola. Unfortunately, though, Joseph Yobo suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury and had to be removed from the game with seven minutes left.

Lescott saga not forgotten
216 Jan - In his programme notes for today's game, David Moyes recalls with annoyance how a classless Man City "broke the rules" (presumably a clear case of tapping up a player under contract) when angling to persuade Joleon Lescott to leave Everton last summer.

Hibbert joins the wounded list
15 Jan - Tony Hibbert has been ruled out for a month with a hernia problem that will require surgery this weekend. The defender's absence, combined with Lucas Neill's pending move to Galatasaray, will put further pressure on the back line but David Moyes is expressing his usual pessimism about the "difficult" January market and his ability to bring in cover.

Distin resumes full training
14 Jan - David Moyes has been boosted by the return to training of Sylvain Distin who has been sidelined since the beginning of last month with a hamstring injury. The French defender will be easing back in and declined to set a target fixture for his return to first-team action.

Birmingham get Goodison date
12 Jan - Everton will play Birmingham City in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup after Alex McLeish's men edged past Nottingham Forest 1-0 in tonight's replay at St Andrews. Liverpool's Third Round defeat to Reading means that the tie will now take place on Saturday 23rd January at 3pm.

Nigeria open with defeat
12 Jan - Everton duo Yakubu and Joseph Yobo both played the full 90 minutes as Nigeria kicked off their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a 3-1 defeat to holders Egypt.

Club and LCC plan further talks
11 Jan - In a one-paragraph statement on the Club's official website, Everton reveal that a meeting today between Board representatives and Liverpool City Council to discuss stadium options was "positive" and that further talks are planned.

Neville: most under-rated
10 Jan - This article claims that Phil Neville proved once again he is probably the most under-rated player in the Premier League, single-handedly clearing half of Arsenals attacks and following the ball in his area like a bloodhound protecting his kennel. Mailbag Discussion>.

Landon did “Okay”
10 Jan - Landon Donovan reflects on his performance in Everton's 2-2 draw against Arsenal on Saturday, where he got an assist for Osman's great goal by delivering the perfect corner.

Light at the end of the tunnel
9 Jan - David Moyes could face an embarrassment of riches when it comes to team selection in the next few weeks with the news that Mikel Arteta and Victor Anichebe are back in training, Phil Jagielka has resumed running, and Jack Rodwell, Dan Gosling and Sylvain Distin in particular are close to returning from hamstring injuries.

Saha negotiations continue
8 Jan - Louis Saha's future remains unsettled as negotiations continue between Everton and the player's representatives, with the Mail reporting that the Frenchman is after 60k a week and The Mirror putting their own slant on things. That would be a hefty outlay for the Blues on a player with a history of injury problems, albeit one who is a gifted goalscorer when he plays.

Jo to return on Monday
8 Jan - J, who missed games for Everton while he was suspended, for missing games while going walkabout over Christmas, will no doubt now miss more games because he has not been training for the last two weeks, and is no longer match fit. However, he returns to training on Monday after being heavily fined.

Liverpool dictate Cup date
6 Jan - Everton will play Notts Forest or Birmingham City in the 4th Round of the FA Cup on Saturday 23 January unless Liverpool beat Reading in their 3rd Round replay next week. In that case, because Liverpool have a date to play Wolves the following Tuesday, they will play their 4th Round tie at home to Burnley on the Saturday, and Everton's tie will be bumped to Sunday 24 January at 3pm. Mailbag discussion.

Home comforts strain ties with clubs
5 Jan - Tim Vickery's Blog at the BBC address the question of the motivations and temptations for South American players in the Premier League, and hangs the discussion perhaps erroneously around J's inferred desire for a bit of mid-winter sunshine. No mention that he apparently returned for family reasons.

Moyes hoping for New Years revolution
4 Jan - In this piece by Andrew Tuft, he sets the performance against Carlisle United in context for the season and thinks that injuries are only partly responsible for Everton's lacklustre performances.

Goal hero Cahill played through injury
4 Jan - David Moyes admitted that Tim Cahill found Saturday's cup win over Carlisle "hard going" as he was playing with an ankle injury sustained against Burnley last Monday. The manager also remarked that an apology from Jô would not be sufficient to make up for his unscheduled trip home, suggesting he may have played his last game in a Blue jersey.

Forest or Birmingham in Round 4
3 Jan - Everton have been handed another home tie in the FA Cup Fourth Round following this evening's draw, this time against the winner of the Birmingham City-Nottingham Forest replay.

Donovan checks in
2 Jan - Landon Donovan made his first off-the-field appearance at Goodison today after flying in from California to start his loan spell with Everton. The USA international forward will get his first opportunity to play in the Premier League when the Blues visit Arsenal next weekend.

Hibbert withdrawn with groin strain
2 Jan - David Moyes has confirmed that Tony Hibbert was substituted late in the FA Cup tie against Carlisle because of a groin strain, though the extent of the injury to one of the few players who can deputise in central defence isn't known at this stage.

Loans extended at Motherwell
2 Jan - John Ruddy and Lukas Jutkiewicz have extended their loan deals at Motherwell for another month. The Scottish club are looking to sign both players despite sacking the manager who brought them in.

Blue Game Brothers Honoured
1 Jan - Evertonians Oliver and Paul Collyer, the brothers behind the iconic Football Manager and Championship Manager computer game series, have been given MBEs in the New Year's Honours List. The pair, who founded Sports Interactive in 1992, were honoured in recognition for their services to the UK's computer games industry.

Blues to trial Bolivian youngster
1 Jan - The Echo reports that Everton are set to take 17 year-old Bolivian prospect Samuel Galindo on trial for seven days. The midfielder will arrive at Finch Farm next week.

No loan move for Vaughan
1 Jan - David Moyes has confirmed that he wants James Vaughan to stick around, rather than going back on loan to Derby County or elsewhere, citing a lack of players, with injuries still biting and two now off to the Afcon for a month.

Yakubu departs for AfCoN
30 Dec - Yakubu, the only fit member of a largely unfit Everton forward line, has departed to join up with Nigeria's squad for the African Cup of Nations in Angola later this month. If the Super Eagles make it all the way, he won't return until the beginning of February. Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo is also named in the squad despite his current injury problems.

Stadium talks planned
30 Dec - Everton FC and Liverpool CC officials are to meet in the New Year to discuss options for getting a new stadium project moving forward somewhere, presumably within the City boundary.

Arteta hoping to be back in February
29 Dec - Mikel Arteta has spoken to Marca (Google translation) of the hell he has endured recuperating from a ruptured ACL but hopes to be back playing within two months. The Basque midfielder has suffered two setbacks in his rehabilitation but is back in training doing some running and if he does return in February it would mark a full year out of the game.

Cahill doubtful for Cup game
29 Dec - TIm Cahill, whose form this season has been poor, looks likely to miss the FA Cup tie against Carlisle with an ankle injury.

Blue Bill: 10 years in charge
26 Dec - This piece in the Daily Express sums up in a positive light the achievements of Bill Kenwright over his 10-year reign as Everton Chairman, consolidating the club's position in the Premier League while ELEVEN of those from 1999 are no longer members.

Moyes looks for further improvement
25 Dec - In his pre-match press conference, David Moyes talks about the game up at Sunderland, looks back at the Birmingham game, and admits Everton are near the bottom because they have not been playing well enough.

Van der Meyde back to Holland?
24 Dec - Still without a cliub after finally being ditched by Everton at the end of his contract last season, Andy van der Meyde has turned down a chance to play of Hull City, citing his desire to return to Holland so that he can get regular games, albeit for less money.

Howard Top 5 'keeper
22 Dec - This blog sings the praises of Tim Howard, and names him the Most Important American Soccer Player of the Decade Howard is the United States' only true world-class player, and concludes Howard is the United States' only true world-class player. Discuss.

Donovan: Athlete of the Year
22 Dec - Landon Donovan has been named winner of the US Soccer Federation's male Athlete of the Year award. Donovan, named Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player as well, scored three goals and made key set-up passes to assist on nine others as the US squad advanced to the World Cup for the sixth time in a row.

Couldn't find 700k for Hart
20 Dec - David Moyes has told the News of the World how Everton missed out on Joe Hart as a young 17-year-old prospect 3 years ago when they could not find the 700k fee to bring him to Goodison.

Sparky sent flying
19 Dec - One-time Everton player Mark Hughes has been sacked as Manchester City manager, paying the price for a run of two wins in 11 games... one being Saturday's 4-3 win over Sunderland. Wednesday's three-goal hammering at Tottenham convinced owner Sheikh Mansour and chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak that Hughes could not steer City into the top four.

Donovan not pursued in 2002
18 Dec - Everton legend Jimmy Gabriel gave his old team a "heads up" regarding Landon Donovan way back in 2002 when the US star was just coming good. But circumstances conspired against a move, with David Moyes unimpressed after watching Donovan come on as a second-half sub in a dreadful Dublin mudbath.

Blues handed another Lisbon test
18 Dec - Everton will play Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League Round of 32. Kick-off time for the home leg will be a ridiculous 5:45pm on Tuesday 16 February 2010 that Everton did their best to fight but Liverpool get the traditional 8pm Thursday slot by virtue of finishing higher in the league last season! The Blues will play Atletico Madrid or Galatasaray if they progress to the last 16.

Rodwell joins band of walking wounded
18 Dec - Jack Rodwell became the latest Everton player to fall victim to a hamstring strain when he limped out of last night's Europa League defeat to BATE Borisov. The midfielder will undergo a scan today to determine the extent of the injury.

Blues trial Danish 'keeper
17 Dec - Everton have taken 19 year-old Danish goalkeeping prospect Nicolai Larsen on trial with a view to potentially offering him a permanent deal should he impress.

An Afternoon with Graeme Sharp
16 Dec - Graeme Sharp will be at Central Library on Tuesday 22 December at 2pm to answer questions and re-live his Everton days. The event is FREE and coincides with The Everton Collection exhibition, currently on at Liverpool Central Library. To find out more please visit:

Elstone aggrieved at 2018 bid decision
16 Dec - Robert Elstone has expressed his bitter disappointment at Everton's omission from England's final 2018 World Cup bid despite the Club's plans to have a standards-compliant facility built by the time of the event. The City of Liverpool will be granted host status if the bid is successful but the chosen stadium will be Anfield or Liverpool FC's proposed new ground on Stanley Park.

Osman on the mend
16 Dec - Leon Osman, who has been out for two months with a broken foot, returned to training this week but is taking things carefully.

Galaxy to make major announcement
16 Dec - Los Angeles Galaxy will make a "major player announcement" at a 12pm Pacific Time (4pm 8pm GMT) press conference today "which will be attended by... Head Coach and [GM] Bruce Arena and ... captain Landon Donovan." Sources suggest this will confirm the 27-year-old's loan move to Everton.

Baines sees signs of improvement
14 Dec - If this game had come four games earlier, we would possibly not have got the point. Four games ago we were not as strong as we are now. Something has happened, maybe a couple of performances and results have given us a lift and maybe we are getting back to where we were." Leighton Baines

Saha on a Bosman?
11 Dec - Do Everton know that Louis Saha is out of contract in the summer and thus will be free to sign for a foreign club come 1 January unless a new contract is signed? This sudden revelation has been picked up by the Echo.

Yobo is hamstrung
10 Dec - The folly of putting half-fit players out on the pitch has come home to roost: Joseph Yobo is now ruled out for the rest of December with a hamstring injury.

Everton Youth beat out Boro
8 Dec - Middlesbrough 0 - 1 Everton AET

Everton's youth side were made to work hard as they overcame a resilient Middlesbrough side 1-0 at the Billingham Stadium. After 90 minutes of stalemate, the game went into extra-time when a Conor McAleny header in the 103rd minute was enough to break the deadlock and seal a Fourth Round place for the Blues.

Moyes is for sharing
8 Dec - David Moyes thinks that a shared stadium might be the solution to new ground problems for both Liverpool and Everton.

Woods tip-off gave Howard the edge?
7 Dec - A message relayed by Louis Saha to Tim Howard from Everton's goalkeeping coach, Chris Woods, suggesting that Jermaine Defoe likes to drive penalties down the middle of the goal may have helped the American 'keeper become the Blues' hero at Goodison Park yesterday.

Kissock released by Hamilton
4 Dec - John-Paul Kissock, one-time hot prospect of the Everton Academy, has been released by Hamilton Academical after barely 3 months, and playing in just the first three games before the manager decided he wasn't good enough for the Scottish Premier League.

Ulster celebrates Duffy debut
3 Dec - The Belfast Telegraph makes a big deal out of Shane Duffy's Everton debut in the Europa League game against AEK Athens last night. The young lad, who is only 17 but 6 ft 4 ins in height, handled himself well and earned some great reviews from the TV pundits.

WIN tickets to Everton vs Spurs
2 Dec - We teamed up with Everton to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets for this weekends game against Tottenham at Goodison Park. The winner was Mike Beresford and the correct answer was Vedran Coluka.

2M in agents' fees
2 Dec - Under new rules for increased transparency in football financing, Everton have revealed that they paid around 2M ($3.4M) in agents' fees last season.

Distin doubtful for Athens
2 Dec - Everton's injury problems show no sign of easing after David Moyes revealed that Sylvain Distin was struggling with a hamstring strain and may not make the team to play in Athens tonight.

Pienaar playing through pain
2 Dec - Steven Pienaar has still not fully recovered from when his South African team captain head-butted his knee in a rugby tackle. "I still feel a bit of pain, but I've got to get used to it, because it's going to be there for a while I just have to keep on playing because it's important if I want to stay fit."

Mixed financial results
1 Dec - Everton have published their financial accounts for last season, showing wages up to 62% of turnover and a profit of 6.3M becoming a loss of 6.7M after amortisation of players' registrations.

Talk of reviving Kirkby plans
1 Dec - The Daily Post claims that Lord Mandleson is keen to resurrect Destination Kirkby "with or without a new stadium for Everton" to provide much-needed jobs in a seriously depressed area.

In trouble... but we're too good!
30 Nov - Captain Tim Cahill admits that Everton are in a lot of trouble at the edge of the relegation zone in the Premier League, but believes Everton are too good to be in this position.

Home comforts in FA Cup 3rd round
29 Nov - Everton got all they could hope for in the draw for the Third Round of the FA Cup with a home tie against lower-division Carlisle United.

We lack confidence
28 Nov - Perhaps not the best pre-derby prep talk: "You can encourage your players, praise them and make them feel better about themselves but ultimately that comes from inside the player" Moyes clutching at explanations for a paltry one win in eleven games. Indeed, the manager's comments on the eve of the derby are verging on despair.

Searching for Plan B
27 Nov - After the failure of what he terms as a "marriage of convenience" between Everton and Kirkby, Paddy Shennan in the Liverpool Echo says now is the time for all parties to leave the recriminations behind and to talk with "everything on the table". Tony Barrett, meanwhile, argues on The Times blog that Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs deserve stadia of their own.

Moyes: Club needed stadium decision
27 Nov - David Moyes says that even though the decision over Kirkby wasn't the one the hierarchy were hoping for, the ruling may bring potential buyers to the table. "If there are any buyers out there — and Bill Kenwright has said if there is anyone he would be willing to speak to them and do business — this may well force them out of the woodwork." He also expressed his fondness for the Blues' current home: "I love Goodison and if I thought it could be fixed and put in the condition we want that would give me the biggest thrill. But maybe in the world just now the viable cost of it cant happen."

Bily named player of the month
26 Nov - Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has been named Everton's player of the month for November October [note: The Official Site initially posted the month for which the award was given as November].

Elstone open to groundshare option
26 Nov - In the wake of the rejection of the Kirkby stadium proposal, Everton CEO Robert Elstone says he is keen to put the divisions over Kirkby to one side and that all options regarding the club's stadium dilemma will now be considered, including the feasibility of sharing a ground with Liverpool FC.

Moyes only partially blaming injuries
26 Nov - In his post-match comments last night, David Moyes refused to blame his side's 3-2 defeat to Hull on injuries alone, suggesting that it wasn't the players who weren't playing that was the problem. "A team should fight from the first minute, not the 45th," he said.

Your chance to meet Everton legends
24 Nov - Derek Temple will be at the Central Library this Thursday, 25th November, from 2pm to talk about his Goodison days, while Duncan McKenzie will be selling and signing copies of his new book on Saturday 5th December from 10am to 4pm. Both events are FREE and coincide with The Everton Collection exhibition.

Yet another surgery setback
24 Nov - Phil Neville is the latest Everton player to have their recovery from a knee injury delayed by the need to go under the knife. The midfielder was hoping to be back in action by Sunday's derby match but has now been forced to have surgery on the cartilage tear he suffered against Fulham and is not expected to be back for another three weeks.

Kudos for Everton's youth development
24 Nov - The Mail have concluded their latest debatable Top 50 list, this time running down their picks for the best teenage sensations of the Premier League era. Eight of the 50 were the product of Everton's youth system, including, of course, the player who came in at No. 1, Wayne Rooney.

Reserves draw with Sunderland
23 Nov - Jose Baxter missed a penalty but Everton Reserves salvaged a point in a 1-1 draw against Sunderland's second string at the Stobart Stadium thanks to Cody Arnoux's second-half equaliser.

Lukas on target
23 Nov - On loan at Motherwell, Lukas Jutkiewicz has found form of late, scoring five goals in his last seven outings, coinciding with a six-match unbeaten run. But he is uncertain what the future holds when his loan deal ends in January.

Moyes: “It's a hard one... ”
22 Nov - David Moyes had plenty to say... but really said nothing by way of meaningful post-match comment after he and his under-performing players meekly accepted defeat at Old Trafford yesterday.

Moyes denies any Rodwell contact
21 Nov - Not exactly reassuring... but Moyes insists there have been no offers from any club looking to sign Jack Rodwell: We have had nothing. It is hard for me to turn round and say he will not be leaving, because I said I would not sell [Joleon] Lescott, but have we had any contact with a club, or are we sitting on an offer? No.

No relief on injury front
20 Nov - The expected return to fitness of Pienaar, Neville and Osman appears to have been overstated, and now Cahill has been added to the list after returning from Oman with a groin strain. Howard and Rodwell should be fit, however.

Pip doesn't like Man City!
20 Nov - Phll Neville's seeming bizarre outburst about never managing Man City (where even the tomato ketchup is blue!) came in response to a question during a BBC Radio Manchester interview, "Is it true you nearly joined City, by the way?" Answer: "No! Never!" ... Click the link on this page to hear Phil Neville's interview.

Pienaar voted the best
20 Nov - Steven Pienaar was voted Player of the Year at last night's Safa Awards after a fantastic season for both club and country. He has been the standout player for Bafana Bafana in a horror year, and has also established himself as a key player for Everton.

Preki is new Toronto coach
19 Nov - Predrag (Preki) Radosavlijevic has signed a three-year deal to become coach at Toronto FC, where fellow ex-Blue Mo Johnston is the Director of Soccer.

No World Cup Finals trip for Bily
18 Nov - Diniyar Bilyaletdinov will not be joining any of his Everton team-mates fortunate enough to be representing their countries at next summer's World Cup Finals in South Africa. Russia were eliminated in the second leg of their play-off with Slovenia on the away goals rule this evening.

David France interview
18 Nov - David France is interviewed and appears on the EPL Talk Podcast today which is available via iTunes and the EPL Talk website at

We need our players back
16 Nov - Tim Cahill is looking forward to getting some of his injured Everton teammates back of the Finch Farm treatment table to help share the workload: "We have lost our way a bit in the last few weeks, but now it's all about getting our heads down and just working. I think the hunger's there. We definitely are good enough it's whether or not we can make it happen.'

Fellaini redeems himself
15 Nov - Hopefully, scoring on of the 3 goals in Belgium's win over Humgary at the weekend will have put Marouane Fellaini back in Dick Advocaat's good books

One more yella, Fella...
13 Nov - The Daily Post has figured out that Marouane Fellaini is currently on four yellow cards... which means his next yellow card will result in an automatic one-match ban for the following game.

Clough still wants Vaughan
13 Nov - James Vaughan is recovering from a knee injury that cut short his loan deal at Derby County last month, and is now approaching a return to full fitness. Derby boss Nigel Clough expects Vaughan will return to the Rams on loan in January.

Howard and Rodwell withdrawn
11 Nov - The USA national side has agreed to let Tim Howard sit out two friendlies scheduled for the current international break due to a foot injury. Jack Rodwell has also been withdrawn from the England U-21 squad because of a slight injury.

October PotM poll
11 Nov - If you voted in our latest poll, you may have noticed the results returned were from September's vote. The issue has been corrected but you'll need to re-submit your vote for October.

The Tony Kay Scandal
11 Nov - For those who may have missed it, this fascinating BBC docu-drama includes interview material featuring Tony Kay talking about the moment of foolishness that destroyed his football career when he agreed to bet on a game he was playing in for Sheffield Wednesday, two years before he joined Everton. It's available on iPlayer until Friday.

Gosling gets U-21 call
10 Nov - Dan Gosling has received his first England under-21 call-up to play Portugal at Wembley this weekend.

Five-Goal Reserves
10 Nov - Everton Reserves trounced their Wigan counterparts by an impressive 5 - 2 scoreline. Read this great report on the match prepared for us by Tom Owen.

Nine goals... only half fit
10 Nov - Sylvain Distin has revealed that Louis Saha, goal ace, is playing whilst nursing a calf strain. Can't be his left leg... Meanwhile, the French defender says that the team just has to battle on without their missing stars. "We can complain, but it does not get us more points or get us anywhere," Distin says.

We needed that one
8 Nov - Dan Gosling reckons Sunday's win at West Ham was ..."... a massive confidence booster. We've struggled in recent games and we need to get back up the table. Hopefully, we'll just carry on now and get a few more wins under our belt."

Moyes blames Europa games
7 Nov - "The more and more games you play in it, the more and more times you realise that some other managers have talked a lot of sense about the number of games in the Europa League. With the squads we have got, us particularly, it is very difficult to win Premier League games when you have got so many midweek games... we could look back and say that Europe has been a hindrance to us. I don't like talking that way. I have always wanted to talk positively about playing in Europe, we always want to qualify. But undoubtedly it could be having some effect on the domestic results we are getting now."

Moyes not blaming bad luck
7 Nov - Looking ahead to West Ham on Sunday, Moyes says: "We have had bad luck, but not all the time. We have to decide when it's luck and not just bad play. But we know we need to do better, and not rely on such things as luck. It can be about confidence, but that can change very quickly. A few of the lads are doing okay, but we need to play better as a team.''

Pip doing all he can
7 Nov - "It's hard to put into adequate words how good Phil Neville has been during the time he has been out injured. He's at the away games, on the touchline with them all, he's in the dressing room before and after and at half-time motivating and giving them advice. He is showing exactly what we know about him, he's a right good character and is in it for the team and not just for himself." David Moyes

Royle: Johnson and I misread each other
4 Nov - Joe Royle describes to the BBC how his sudden departure from the Everton hotset in March 1997 was in all likelihood down to a misunderstanding between himself and Peter Johnson. The Goodison Great describes his 2 years in charge of the Blues, in which he saved the club from relegation and won the FA Cup, as the prime of his managerial career.

Humiliation hurts Moyes
4 Nov - David Moyes is determined that his side will restore their battered reputation when Benfica arrive at Goodison Park tomorrow after they thrashed 5-0 in Lisbon last week. Moyes said: "We do not use the word revenge but pride is at stake. We are hurting from the Benfica game and the result... We have to play much better than we did in Lisbon."

Bily out for three games
1 Nov - Diniyar Bilyaletdinov will miss the next three Premier League games West Ham, Man Utd and Hull City after getting a straight red card for a poor tackle on Villa's Petrov.

Moyes explains silence
30 Oct - David Moyes has revealed he chose not to address the media following Everton's Carling Cup loss against Tottenham on Tuesday in protest over about his side's fixture congestion. Playing three away games in six days is unreasonable; and Spurs had an extra day of recovery, which was unfair.

Saha the latest worry
29 Oct - In this rare injury update, it seems Louis Saha may have a calf injury that could keep him out of the Villa game while Yobo, Pienaar, Baines and Bilyaletdinov are all in with a chance of being declared fit for this massive game.

Moyes in silent protest
29 Oct - David Moyes refused to speak to the press after Everton's Carling Cup defeat at Tottenham in protest at his team's busy schedule. The Carling Cup tie was their third away game, and third loss, in six days after Thursday's Europa League match in Benfica and Sunday's game at Bolton.

Not just Everton's form that's scary
28 Oct - In preparation for Michael Jackson "Thriller Night" at Goodison Park (30th October, 20 a ticket)), the Grand Old Team Forum has served up a special look for Halloween, complete with some Ghosts of Everton Past. If you don't want to be reminded of the Mike Walker era, stay away!

iPhone App a big hit
26 Oct - Everton have launched an iPhone application that claims to provide lots of online services on the hugely popular Apple cellphone. You can download it for 59p/$0.99 from the Appstore... but the catch is that it needs another hefty subscription for full functionality what about your EvertonTV sub, you may well ask...

Donzo hoping to realise his dream
23 Oct - Abraham Donzo, the 16-year-old Liberian transplant who won a trial with Everton on the Canadian TV show, Soccer Dreams, returns to Merseyside for a fourth and likely final spell to see if he has shown enough to earn a place in the Blues' Youth Academy.

Bilyaletdinov adds to injury woes
23 Oct - Diniyar Bilyaletdinov was withdrawn after an hour of the 5-0 drubbing by Benfica because of a thigh problem. "We will need to assess him when we get back as well," said David Moyes, who was without a full team's worth of senior players for the Europa League match. "I am not sure either yet who might be fit for the weekend."

The Birth of EFC
23 Oct - David Starsky was at the second talk by Peter Lupson, celebrating the opening of the Everton Collection, and has filed this report on the men behind the creation of Everton FC.

We did our best
23 Oct - David Moyes would not criticise his palyers after the disaster in Lisbon: "They did the best they could and as good as they could. I have only praise for them. Obviously tonights defeat was not what we wanted but I would like to play Benfica with my best side. It shows them (the youngsters) the level they have to play at to get to the top."

Amo twins in Academy trial
19 Oct - The twin sons of Everton 's FA Cup-winning hero Daniel Amokachi, Nazim and Khaled, have been undergoing trials Finch Farm, where they have been trying out with the Everton Under-13s for the past five weeks.

Reserves win at Bolton
19 Oct - With no senior players involved, reserve striker Kieran Agard grabbed the games only goal on 71 minutes but it was keeper Adam Davies who deserved the plaudits after pulling off a host of top-class saves to thwart Bolton Wanderers' second string.

Lescott spills the beans
17 Oct - In this this predictably one-sided account, Joleon Lescott himself expounds on some (but crucially not all) of the goings on between him and Moyes as the saga of his protracted transfer to Manchester City played out to its inevitable conclusion. Editorial Comment.

Everton Collection on TV
16 Oct - On Monday evening, the BBC One regional programme Inside Out North West will feature the Everton Collection. Jacey Normand has been talking to the project manager, Max Dunbar. The broadcast time is 19:30.

No Cahill... no chance
16 Oct - If Tim Cahill didn't exist, Australia would have to invent him. Rarely has a player become such a key component of a team. When the Socceroos need someone to drag them out of a difficult spot, up pops the Everton man to do what he does with unerring regularity for club and country hit the back of the net, as he did on Wednesday night with the only goal in the 1-0 triumph over Oman.

Rhys Jones shirt a big hit
15 Oct - A special Everton kit launched to raise money for a charity in response to the murder of schoolboy Rhys Jones is the club's fastest selling pre-ordered shirt. Due to be unveiled on 29 October, the shirt will be available the next day. Each shirt will be individually boxed, numbered and presented with a certificate of authenticity and can be pre-ordered from the Everton website for delivery on 30 October. Pre-orders of the new shirt are currently three times more popular than the first-team shirt.

Cahill saves Socceroos' bacon
14 Oct - Tim Cahill has once again proved to be Australia's hero, scoring the winner against Oman to put the Socceroos on top of their Asian Cup qualifying group. "That's what I'm there for, to put them in the back of the net," Cahill said.

Two months out for Vaughan
13 Oct - Confirmation that it will take James Vaughan at least another two months on the sidelines to recover from the latest injury to befall his blighted career.

The Immediate Future
12 Oct - With the Decision about Destination Kirkby about to be released, this article on KEIOC assesses the consequences of a positive outcome, Bill Kenwright's position as Chairman and further questions the role of Sir Philip Green. Mailbag Discussion.

Moses Barnett goes on loan
10 Oct - Everton Reserves player Moses Barnett has gone out on loan at Darlington for a month. The centre-/left-back has been with Everton since leaving Arsenal in 2007 but has not been involved yet with the senior squad.

Leitch honoured in ONB
8 Oct - Archibald Leitch, who designed the Gwladys Street and Bullens Road stands at Goodison Park (in addition to the original Main Stand, subsequently replaced), has been honoured with a mention in the 2009 edition of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Premier League paupers
7 Oct - Confirmation that Everton are owned by some of the 'poorest' rich people involved with Premier League football. This Daily Mail pictorial shows Bill Kenwright's wealth at 2-3M, and Jon Woods's at 5M as rather strapped compared with all their illustrious peers.

BATE Champions
7 Oct - BATE Borisov secured their sixth league championship trophy in Belarus (fourth in a row) with five games still to go following a 4-0 mauling of Naftan Novopolotsk on Monday.

Knee operation for Vaughan
7 Oct - This report claims that James Vaughan required an operation on his knee to repair a tear in the cartilage and now faces yet another spell on the sidelines. It is doubtful if he will be fit enough to resume his loan spell at Derby County, which ends in January.

Yobo and Pienaar on the mend
7 Oct - The Physio, Mick Rathbone reports that both Joseph Yobo and Steven Pienaar are on track to be fit for the Wolves game, and Phil Neville is improving with the news that he should not need an operation to fix his injured knee.

Baxter in drug arrest
6 Oct - Jose Baxter has been arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis with intent to supply and having counterfeit money. The 17-year-old has been released on police bail after being arrested on Monday in the Kirkby area of Liverpool along with two men aged 29 and 34.

Moyes salutes "brickwork"
5 Oct - David Moyes paid tribute to two of his favourite players, stand-in captain Leon Osman, who blazed in the equalizer against Stoke, and Tony Hibbert who has been increasingly solid in defence this season a nd who took over the armband when Osman was substituted on Sunday.

Fellaini struggling
3 Oct - David Moyes has revealed that Marouane Fellaini has been suffering from an infection for the past three weeks and has been on antibiotics. He's also been having trouble with his teeth and will be getting two wisdom teeth extracted next week.

Vaughan back with knee injury
3 Oct - A knee injury that won't settle is the reason why James Vaughan has returned to Everton early from his loan spell at Derby 'for consultations'... after playing in just one game for the Rams.

Cahill looks to set up tsunami appeal
2 Oct - Tim Cahill says that he is working on initiating some sort of appeal for aid for the victims of the tsunami that hit the island nations of Samoa and Tonga. "I am working on something now," he is quoted in the Guardian, "which might take a bit of time, to try to help."

Benfica ticket news
2 Oct - Everton have announced that the club has been allocated 3,250 tickets for the Europa League match against Benfica later this month, priced at 19. To apply for a ticket you must be a member of the official European Travel Club and have accrued the required number of points which, tentatively set at 2 points.

Cahill celebration for Somoa victims
1 Oct - Tim Cahill has explained that his celebration for the winning goal against BATE Borisov was a tribute to the victims of the tsunami that devastated Somoa earlier this week. The Australian midfielder is half-Samoan and has family and friends on the Pacific islands.

Life and Crimes of Big Dunc
1 Oct - Today (or is it tomorrow?) sees the publication of In Search of Duncan Ferguson, a biography of the man/monster who rampaged around Goodison Park through the mostly painful 1990s. This work by author Alan Pattullo is a aptly subtitled, "The Life and Crimes of a Footballing Enigma". Mailbag Thread

Spurs set Cup date
30 Sep - Everton's Carling Cup fourth round clash with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane has been scheduled for Tuesday 27 October, kick-off 8pm.

Ten missing from BATE trip
30 Sep - A bout of the flu for Jack Rodwell means David Moyes must choose from a squad stripped of 9 first-team players through illness, injury and ineligibility, plus Vaughan out on loan makes it 10 missing for the trip to Belarus.

Pienaar's knee not serious
30 Sep - Despite walking around on crutches due to heavy swelling and bruising, the doctors don't think the damage inflicted on Steven Pienaar's knee is too serious.

The Birth of Everton FC
30 Sep - The second in a series of historical talks on the origins and early history of Everton, to celebrate the opening of the Everton Collection, will feature Peter Lupson talking about St Domingos and the Birth of Everton FC, at the Picton Library in Liverpool, starting at 2pm on Wednesday 30 September. All Evertonians are welcome to attend.

Neill is latest burglary victim
28 Sep - Lucas Neill has become the latest northwest-based footballer to have his house broken into in a spate of burglaries targeting the homes of wealthy Premier League stars. Phil Jagielka was confronted by knife-wielding thugs only last week.

Pienaar's knee still being assessed
28 Sep - Updated: Everton physio Mick Rathbone is hopeful that Steven Pienaar won't need surgery on his knee but the severity of the bruising and swelling is making an accurate diagnosis difficult. The midfielder is on crutches following that bad tackle by Portsmouth's Aaron Mokoena and it's highly unlikely that he will travel to Belarus for Thursday's Europa League match-up with BATE Borisov.

Players need more protection
27 Sep - After Steven Pienaar became the latest injury victim following a bizarre rugby tackle/head-butt from his South African team captain Aaron Mokoena in yesterday's game, David Moyes complains that referees need to be providing more protection for his players who keep picking up knee injuries from late challenges that are not being picked up.

Spurs (A) in Carling Cup
26 Sep - Everton have been handed a challenging draw in the 4th Round of the Carling Cup: a trip to White Hart Lane in a few weeks' time.

Six more months for Yak
26 Sep - David Moyes has admitted that Yakubu may need up to six more months before he fully regains his match fitness after suffering such a serious injury as a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Saha to miss Belarus trip
25 Sep - Louis Saha will serve a one-match suspension in the Europa League as a result of the late red card he received after reacting to a kick from AEK Athens defender Juanfran last week at Goodison.

Jagielka robbed at knife-point
24 Sep - Phil Jagielka was held up by knife-wielding burglars at in his Cheshire home on Wednesday night as he was watching his teammates take on Hull in the Carling Cup. Neither he nor his family were harmed in the incident.

Everton demand Diouf apology
22 Sep - Ian Ross has called for El Hadji Diouf to retract his allegations of racial abuse, levelled at Everton fans when he claimed bananas were thrown at him, after he was accused of racial abusing a ballboy.

Going Bananas
23 Sep - The Sun says Everton are furious after Blackburn's El Hadji Diouf, in an interview on Senegalese radio, claimed their fans hurled bananas at him on Sunday. Police are investigating the striker for alleged racial abuse of a ball-boy in Rovers' 3-0 defeat.
Diouf Mailbag Thread

Reserves lose friendly
22 Sep - Everton Reserves crashed to a 5-1 hammering by Stockport County Reserves in a friendly payed at Finch Farm today. No details of the Everton team or scorer are available.

Rams debut for Vaughan
21 Sep - James Vaughan played the full 90 minutes in his first game on loan at Derby County, but his new side lost narrowly 1-0 to Crystal Palace.

Team have found their rhythm
21 Sep - In his post-match interview, David Moyes sees more cohesion and rhythm coming back to the team, with much praise for King Louis and Joe Yobo, goalscoring captain and centre-back.

Collection Talks by Peter Lupson
20 Sep - The exhibition of the renowned Everton Collection is to be launched at the Picton Library on Thursday 24 September 2009 and Peter Lupson has been invited by the organisers to deliver a series of seven talks based on chapters from his book Across the Park because they neatly dovetail with some of the key themes in the exhibition. The first talk is on Monday 28 September.

ESCNA racenight
18 Sep - ESCNA are holiding a racenight at the Frog & Fiddler, Kingsthorpe, Northampton at 7pm Saturday 10th October followed by Q&A with Derek Mountfield, Joe Parkinson and Stuart Barlow. Tickets are 10 including a buffet and can be purchased by calling Pukka 07775747122, Becky 07738916552, or Squirrel 07887887530.

Vaughan signs for Derby
17 Sep - James Vaughan has chosen to sign on loan for Derby County in preference to Middlesbrough. he is expected to spend three months at Derby and hopefully get plenty of much-needed injury-free first-team football under his belt.

Kudos for Everton Two PR campaign
17 Sep - PR Week offer a highly favourable assessment of Mere PR's campaign to promote Everton's new flagship store in Liverpool One which helped the club exceed early sales goals. The focus on the store's address at Everton Two, Liverpool One is rightly described in the article as "inspired".

Uefa pilot goal-line officials plan
16 Sep - Everton's game against AEK Athens, as well as all the other Europa League group phase matches, will for the first time feature two extra officials stationed on the goal-line as part of a new Uefa experiment. David Moyes is skeptical of the plan to add these extra pair of eyes, particularly as he says clubs were given very little in the way of advance details.

Bilyaletdinov set for first start
16 Sep - In early team news for tomorrow's Europa League clash with AEK Athens, Everton have announced that new signing Diniyar Bilyaletdinov will be handed his first start. The Russian has played just a few minutes as a substitute since his 10m move from Lokomotiv Moscow.

FA introduce new squad rules
14 Sep - New rules implemented by the Football Association will come into effect next season that will establish a limit of 25 players for Premier League squads of which at least eight must be home grown. "The definition of home grown is [a player] trained for three years under the age of 21 [irrespective of nationality] by somebody in the English and Welsh professional system," said Richard Scudamore.

EFC Shareholders Forum
13 Sep - The Shareholders Association is holding a Forum on Mon 21st September in the People's Lounge at Goodison Park at 7:30pm to pay tribute to one of Everton's great servants, Dr Clement Baxter. Guest speakers will be acclaimed authors Peter Lupson and Spencer Vigne. Shareholders and guests are welcome; please forward your names to be placed on the guest list to

Moyes upset with Walton
13 Sep - David Moyes thinks referee Peter Walton should have done more to punish Dickson Etuhu after his trailing leg caught Phil Neville and gashed his leg badly. Trouble is, it was one of those stupid 50-50 balls both players went for with their studs up, and there was always a chance one player would get injured.

Moyes calls for transfer reform
12 Sep - David Moyes has spoken of the problem created by different rules for the transfer of players under 18, that vary by country. He thinks small clubs need to be protected more from big club predators like Everton.

Moyes says spending was 19M
11 Sep - In a rather baffling postscript to this week's comments by Everton CEO that the club had spent 30M on transfers during the summer, this is what David Moyes had to say on the subject: You can work it out yourself: Bilyaletdinov, Heitinga and Distin came to roughly 19m give or take a bit, and money we got back for Lescott after we paid Wolves is about 19M. Weve only spent what we have brought in, we havent spent any other cash on top of that. Thats what it looks like to me." !!!

Anichebe back in training
11 Sep - Victor Anichebe returned to full training this week, nine months after the disgusting tackle by Kevin Nolan that badly damaged his knee ligaments. It will probably take a while for him to regain match fitness.

Cahill Rested and Ready
11 Sep - Tim Cahill says he's rested and ready for Fulham after having a rare international break off-duty. He was not called up for the Aussie friendly in South Korea and says he and the team are on a bit of a high for Sunday's difficult game at Fulham.

Everton asked after Moses
6 Sep - Everton were apparently interested in Signing Victor Moses from Crystal Palace for 3M before the transfer deadline. So that makes it 173 players linked over the summer... and just four signed.

Nigeria can only draw
6 Sep - Joseph Yobo's Nigeria side could only draw 2-2 with Tunisia after twice taking the lead, in a game that threatens to derail their South African World Cup bid.

Bates has the hump over Garbutt
5 Sep - Leeds chairman, Ken Bates, says that FIFA should now clamp down on clubs "like Manchester City and Everton" for "poaching" players from their youth academy. An FA tribunal meets on Monday to discuss how much the Blues should pay the Yorkshire club in compensation for teenage fullback, Luke Garbutt.

Academy side stops the slump
5 Sep - Everton Under-18s emulated their senior counterparts by winning their third game of the new FA Premier Youth Academy League season after losing the first two games. Jose Baxter and James Wallace returned to strengthen the side and get on the score sheet along with Lewis Codling (2) and Nathan Craig in an impressive 5-2 win at Finch Farm today.

Fixture Changes
4 Sep - Everton have announced a number of fixture changes as a result of their qualification for the Europa League group stages: Blackburn Rovers (H) has been switched to Sunday 20 September; Stoke (H) moves to Sunday 4 October (3pm); Bolton (A) Sunday 25 October (1:30pm); West Ham (A) Sunday 8 November (3pm); Hull (A) on December 15 is now postponed because of the visit of Bate Borisov 48 hours later, and the home game with Birmingham originally earmarked for the Saturday before Christmas has now put back to Sunday 20 December 20.

Bily a wing and a prayer
4 Sep - Diniyar Bilyaletdinovs preferred position is on the left wing, but the Russian believes he can be an effective threat on either side of midfield. My position is left-sided but not as a winger, I come inside then go outside, said Bilyaletdinov. Last year I played on the right I prefer the left but its not a problem, from the right I can cut in and shoot more than from the left." .. and unknowingly he triggers off another TW winger/wideman controversy...

Heitinga proud to join Everton
4 Sep - Johnny Heitinga makes all the right noises about his difficult decision to give up football in sunny Spain, and the Champions League, to join Everton. But that's where he's taking us!

Krancjar interest denied
3 Sep - More lies confirmed in this summer's mad transfer window as David Moyes utterly refutes claims made in the media that Everton had been chasing Portsmouth's Niko Krancjar: "Not at any point did anyone from the club contact Portsmouth to express an interest in Niko Kranjcar," Moyes told the Everton website.

Banega: I wanted to stay
3 Sep - ver Banega explains that the decision not to move to Everton was all his: "It was me who didn't want to leave, I wanted to continue because I think in having a place in the team and I want to continue in that way."

Vaughan injured again
2 Sep - It seems James Vaughan is out injured again, having been withdrawn from the England Under-21 side. It seems concern over a knee problem also forced Newcastle to drop their interest in signing the player, for whom Everton were reportedly asking just 3M.

Blues handed Hull test in the cup
29 Aug - Everton have a tricky first hurdle to clear in the Carling Cup 3rd Round after being drawn away to Hull City. The tie will take place the week of 21st September.

Europa League Group I
28 Aug - Everton have been drawn together with Benfica (Portugal), AEK Athens (Greece) and BATE Borisov (Belarus) in Group I of the inaugural Europa League. Games will be played home and away; top two go through.

Jutkiewicz joins Motherwell on loan
26 Aug - Everton Reserve striker Lukas Jutikiewicz has joined Motherwell on loan until January. The former Swindon forward had a spell at Huddersfield last season after his first-team prospects at Everton seemed to dwindle.

Moyes hopeful of further additions
26 Aug - David Moyes says that he and the Club are making progress as they seek to bolster the squad before the transfer window closes next Tuesday. "I would be disappointed if we didn't get at least four, maybe more," he said, though it's not clear if yesterday's acquisition, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, is included in that number.

Lescott move finally made official
25 Aug - Manchester City have announced that Joleon Lescott's move from Everton, which most reputable news sources now peg at 22m, was rubber-stamped tonight after an apparent hiccough over personal terms was finally resolved.

Yak back on the goal trail
25 Aug - Yakubu made his return to competitive action in the Reserves' attack tonight and it took him all of 31 seconds to hit the back of the net! Dan Gosling added a second six minutes later and new American addition, Cody Arnoux, wrapped up a 3-0 win over Burnley with a late third.

Yakubu set for Reserves comeback
24 Aug - Yakubu is nearing the end of his road to recovery from a ruptured Achilles and will play his first competitive game when he lines up for the Reserves against Burnley tomorrow.

Valencia and Banega reject Everton talk
24 Aug - Valencia have denied that they have agreed to loan ver Bangea to Everton, this despite the Blues receiving a work permit for the Argentine. And the player has added to the confusion by also rejecting reports that he is set to make the switch to Goodison... though he did say he is leaving the Mestalla.

24M fee agreed for Lescott
23 Aug - Sky Sports News have confirmed that Everton have agreed a fee of around 24M with Manchester City for the transfer of Joleon Lescott, with a switch expected to be completed on Monday, bringing to an end the painful saga that has massively disrupted Everton's start to the season.

Lescott case furthers Platini's cause
22 Aug - Plenty of sympathy from James Lawton in The Independent for David Moyes and the proponents like Uefa head honcho Michel Platini of some kind of salary cap for professional football.

City still in for Lescott
21 Aug - Manchester City have not called off their attempts to sign Joleon Lescott despite quotes attributed to manager Mark Hughes this morning. In the past when we feel... a deal is not going to happen for us as a club then we walk away. I dont think we are quite at that point but only time will tell, he says.

Rodwell and Pienaar doubts for Burnley
20 Aug - Jack Rodwell (twisted knee) and Steven Pienaar (foot) are early doubts for Sunday's Premier League trip to Burnley after picking up knocks against Sigma Olomouc this evening.

Moyes: We need four players
20 Aug - Mindful of the added pressure on resources that qualifying for the Europa League would bring, David Moyes has targeted signing four players before the transfer window closes. "There are 11 days to go and I feel we need to add four players to the squad in that time," he said after tonight's win over Sigma Olomouc.

Fellaini: We're begging for forgiveness
20 Aug - Everton's enigmatic, afro-topped Belgian says that he is still shocked by Saturday's capitulation to Arsenal and acknowledges that the players have to put it right after letting the fans down so badly.

Everton set for Banega hearing
20 Aug - Everton have confirmed that a work permit application has been filed for Éver Banega and that Club officials will attend a hearing tomorrow to state their case for bringing the talented 21 year-old Argentina international to the Premier League.

Austrian teenager returns home
19 Aug - Everton have released Academy midfielder George Krenn to return to his native Austria. The 18-year-old joined the Blues from Admira Wacker two years ago but his time with the Club was disrupted by injury and he has now signed for KSV Superfund.

Watch Everton vs Sigma Live!
19 Aug - EvertonTV is the only place you can see Everton vs Sigma Olomouc tomorrow evening and the Official Site will be carrying the game live to subscribers. Sign up for 4.99 a month or 40 a year for this and of the service's other regular video content and match coverage.

Overdraft secured against TV money
17 Aug - Everton have reportedly secured their overdraft with Barclays against the television revenue for this season. Assuming it was done recently, the arrival of the latest tranche of TV money could explain David Moyes's confidence that new faces will arrive this week — he might finally have some cash to spend.

Hughes arrogant over Lescott bid
16 Aug - Mark Hughes has dug the hole of arrogance and disrespect even deeper with his latest jibe about Man City being a "big club" and audaciously claiming Everton went public with the Lescott saga... Comment here.

Knowing which battle to fight
16 Aug - Paul Wilson provides commentary on the Lescott saga (with strangely no reference to yesterday's mauling) and concludes that Moyes is probably fighting a losing battle, with 20M an excellent price for the want-away defender.

Spencer joins Rochdale
14 Aug - Rochdale have signed Scott Spencer, the once promising youngster signed to great fanfare by David Moyes for the reported sum of M from Oldham in 2006. Spencer never made the grade at Everton, failing to even get close to the first-team squad.

Cahill scores for Oz
12 Aug - Tim Cahill was on target twice for the Socceroos as they beat Ireland 3-0 in Limerick.

Moyes feeling 'demented'!?!
10 Aug - David Moyes says he feels 'demented' by his failure to significantly add to his Everton squad ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

8M bid for Saha rejected
9 Aug - Turkish club Beshiktas have had an 8M bid for Louis Saha turned down by both the player and his manager David Moyes confirmation of his determination to keep the squad intact.

Cody Arnoux, Demon Deacon
8 Aug - More about Wake Forest's star striker, who is in the process of securing a one-year contract with Everton.

Sigma Olomouc (Czech)
7 Aug - Everton will play SK Sigma Olomouc from the Czech Republic in their Europa League play-off qualifier. The home leg is on Thursday, August 20, with the return leg in Olomouc seven days later. Sigma qualified for the pay-off by beating Aberdeen 8-1 on aggregate.

Season Preview
7 Aug - Andy Hunter previews Everton's prospects for the upcoming season, hitting on all of our favourite topics...

Mark Hughes responds
7 Aug - Mark Hughes has responded to the claim by David Moyes that there has been a lack of respect during the protracted Lescott transfer saga. "I could have lifted the phone and asked David if he would sell his centre-half and he would have said no. So where do you go from that point?"

Lescott is going nowhere
6 Aug - So... Lescott didn't sign for Man City today... and the Daily Mail claims that Everton are adamant he won't be leaving anytime soon...

Senderos talks confirmed
4 Aug - Everton have confirmed they are in talks with Arsenal over the signing of Swiss defender Philippe Senderos. "Nothing has been concluded yet but talks are ongoing," says Bill Kenwright. But he's not coming in to replace Lescott.

What's that Haka-ing sound?
3 Aug - Everton will officially launch the new away strip, complete with highly questionable hot pink stripes and crest, this Thursday with a troupe of Maori dancers doing the Haka to "If You Know Your History" in Everton Two, Liverpool One, at 1pm. And you thought the summer couldn't get any worse...

Everton to try out Stojanovic
3 Aug - Slovenian Peter Stojanovic, a 19-year-old midfielder, will arrive at Goodison Park this week in a bid to impress manager David Moyes and earn a transfer to Everton. Stojanovic is currently with Celje in Slovenia and last season made seven first-team appearances.

Lescott out with hip injury
2 Aug - David Moyes insists that Joloen Lescott missed the friendly at Coventry because he is out with a hip injury and not because the Everton and England defender is any closer to joining Manchester City.

England lose to Ukraine U-19s
2 Aug - Dan Gosling played his part for England in the final of the European Under-19 Championship but the three lion cubs fell to their hosts Ukraine 2-0 on Sunday.

City showing no respect
2 Aug - David Moyes believes City have become big-money bullies in their bid to sign centre-back Joleon Lescott. Moyes fumed: "It is about showing respect - and we are not being shown that." He believes the way that City manager Mark Hughes, chief executive Garry Cook and their Abu Dhabi employers are trying to sign England star Lescott is all wrong.

Everton win Milk Cup again
31 Jul - Hallam Hope scored two and Chris Long and Anton Forrester one each as Everton beat Watford 4-1 in the Junior Section of Northern Ireland's Milk Cup youth tournament. Hope opened the scoring after four minutes and Long and Hope added further goals to make it 3-0 at half-time. Forrester then got on the scoresheet and Oliver Sprague pulled one back for Watford.

Saha opts for preferred No 8 jersey
30 Jul - The departure of Segundo Castillo has opened up Louis Saha's preferred No 8 jersey and the Frenchman, who has a special affinity with that number, not least because his birthday is 8th August, has chosen to switch from the famous Everton No 9 to No 8 for next season. Dan Gosling takes No 19 and Seamus Coleman No 31.

Neville slams persitent City
30 Jul - Phil Neville thinks Manchester City should get the message and back off from their quest to usettle and sign up Joleon Lescott.

Pienaar contract talks proceed
28 Jul - Steven Pienaar has spoken to diffuse the impression that he has somehow "snubbed" Everton, insisting that he (more likely his agent) is still in talks on a new contract, and is hopeful of a positive outcome. "It is seldom that both parties come to an agreement at the first attempt," he said.

MLS All-Stars game on ESPN2
27 Jul - Everton's second and final game on their 2009 North American tour is on Wednesday evening against the MLS All-Stars in Sandy, Utah. The game will be broadcast live in the USA on ESPN2 in HD; coverage starts at 6:30pm PDT/9:30pm EDT. In the UK, that translates to 2:30am on Thursday morning, when it should be viewable on EvertonTV.

Tim loves being a Blue
27 Jul - Tim Howard reinstates how much he loves playing for Everton and how he has come to realise how rich our history is.

Dan Gosling scores for England
26 Jul - Dan Gosling got amongst the goals in England's 2-2 draw qith the Ukraine, in th sEuropean Under-19 Championships.

Ruddy joins Motherwell on loan
24 Jul - Everton Reserve goalkeeper, John Ruddy, has gone out on loan to Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League until January 2010.

Reserves off to Austria
24 Jul - Everton Reserves are heading to Obertraun, Austria for a five-day training camp and a friendly against German side 1860 Munich on Thursday.

Cody Arnoux joins Everton
24 Jul - Another very promising American college player, Cody Arnoux, has joined Everton. He has forgone his final year in college after scoring lots of goals for Wake Forest and Carolina Dynamo.

Fox signs for Celtic
24 Jul - Danny Fox, previously of the Everton Youth Academy, has signed a four-year contract with Celtic after impressing with Coventry City since he joined them in January 2008 from Walsall.

Lawrie on trial
24 Jul - Everton have invited 18-year-old James Lawrie, a Northern Ireland International currently with Port Vale, to train with the club for a week.

Kyles sign for Spurs
23 Jul - Sheffield United's website now confirms that Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker have both signed for Spurs, bringing to an end the first transfer saga of the summer silly season. Comments are still open on Simon Bodian's ToffeeWeb article.

Doom and Gloom from Big Nev
22 Jul - Neville Southall warns that Everton will slip down the Premier League table under pressure from their big-spending rivals unless they get the investment that Bill Kenwright has been searching for ("24/7"?)...

Baines pleased by Lescott reaction
19 Jul - Leighton Baines says that he is pleased that Everton have rejected Manchester City's approach for Joleon Lescott and lauds his fellow defender for apparently being unfazed by the overtures from Eastlands.

Bored Bill bites back
18 Jul - A rather more illuminating account of last week's Shareholder's Forum appears on the KEIOC website, and includes Bill Kenwright getting rather bored with a shareholder's question.

A slap in the face for CD Everton
15 Jul - Speaking at this evening's Shareholders Forum, Robert Elstone remarked that while Everton Chile, reigning Champions of their league, were considered as pre-season opponents to commemorate their centenary year, the decision ultimately came down to "quality of the opposition". The Blues' curtain-raiser at Goodison next month is against those giants of Spanish football, Malaga...

Shareholders Forum
15 Jul - Everton are holding a Shareholders Forum tonight in lieu of a proper AGM. Since there is no business being transacted, there is no need for those pesky proxies, who have been suspected of asking too many pointed questions in previous general meetings of the club. It starts at 7pm in the Marquee and the Official Site are running live text updates of the discussions.

Odds are stacked against Everton
15 Jul - No foreign side has managed to beat the MLS All-Stars in the United States' annual All-Star game and looking at the home team's 2009 line-up (which includes the likes of Freddie Ljungberg and Landon Donovan), The Bleacher Report don't think Everton have much hope of making history this year either. Sounds like a challenge...

Yak and Arteta ease back into training
14 Jul - Recovering Everton duo, Mikel Arteta and Yakubu, have been engaging in some light training at Finch Farm this past week as they prepare to resume full training in the coming weeks. Neither are expected to make the season opener against Arsenal but the Yak could play some part in the Blues' trip to North America this month.

Watch the Rochdale friendly live
13 Jul - Everton have announced that subscribers of EvertonTV can watch the Blues' friendly at Rochdale live on the Internet this Saturday. If you're not already signed up, you can subscribe here.

McCready signs for Hibs
12 Jul - Hibs have picked up Tom McCready, who was one of the young players released last month after coming up through the Everton Academy. McCready made only one sub appearance for Everton Reserves last season.

Bury 2 - 1 Everton
10 Jul - A mostly junior line-up of Reserves and Academy players appeared at Gigg Lane for the first of this summer's pre-season jaunts this evening. Two goals in the second half were more than the Everton second string could handle after more than half the team were swapped out at half-time, Louis Saha having given the Blues a first-half lead. New signings Shokdran Mustafi and Anton Peterlin played in the second half, along with J, his one-year loan confirmed.

Bates demands compensation for Garbutt
10 Jul - Leeds United chairman, Ken Bates, is demanding action from the Premier League and Football League as he believes that Everton "poached" teenage prospect Luke Garbutt from his club. "We are determined to be adequately compensated for the work we are doing in our academy," the outspoken Elland Road supremo says.

Mustafi officially comes on board
7 Jul - The acquisition of defender Shkodran Mustafi is officially a done deal after Everton announced that formalities were complete on the 17-year-old's move from SV Hamburg.

Agard pens contract extension
6 Jul - Everton Academy striker Keiran Agard has signed a two-year extension to his current contract as he looks to make the breakthrough in the first-team. The 19-year-old was the Reserves' player of the season last term.

Garbutt joins Academy Graduates
3 Jul - The latest batch of Everton Academy graduates to secure full-time professional contracts with the club have been announced: Adam Cummins, Jake Bidwell, Connor Roberts, Luke Dobie, Tom Donegan, Zac Thompson, Ryan Watson, Femi Orenugu, and Daniel Murphy, along with Luke Garbutt, who joined the club from Leeds United.

Pre-season to kick off at Bury
1 Jul - Everton have announced a pre-season friendly against Bury on 10th July that will mark the beginning of the Shakers' 125th Anniversary celebrations. Kick off is scheduled for 7:45pm.

Rodwell sings Moyes's praises
1 Jul - In what hopefully signals the youngster's intentions to shrug off reported interest from Manchester United, Jack Rodwell describes his manager, David Moyes as "amazing" and "a great gaffer to have. He puts his trust and faith into the youngsters."


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