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Can the concept of fan ownership of football clubs through the vehicle of the âsupporters trustâ take hold in the English Premier League and bring the top-flight game back closer to its roots?
I canât help but think that England missed a fantastic opportunity to beat Italy and go into the second game with one foot in the door for the knock-out stages. That these tactical misjudgements centre largely around Everton players past and present made me want to share my thoughts for the first time on Toffeeweb.
Bobby Brown Shoes has instilled belief in us like no other... and, as long as he is at the realm, then I firmly believe that he can lead us to success â whether that is in Europe or the Premier League, I don't know. But what I do know is that Bobby will lead our mighty Blue Boys to glory.
I believe that the story of Ross Barkley â a local lad, playing for his boyhood team, spearheading our resurgence from obscurity â is going to be a marketing dream. I believe Everton are not only a sleeping giant on the pitch, but off it too, in terms of our "brand" and how we can capture the imagination of a knowledgeable footballing population growing sick of being force-fed the Sky Sports driven agenda which is as appetizing as a McDonald's Happy Meal to a connoisseur.
Looking at the limited options in Everton's forward line
Looking at the options in central and wide midfield areas
Calling out Everton's best or most important players of the mostly dark 1990s
Assessing the back line of the current squad with a view to the challenges posed by next season.
For the last couple of seasons before this one just finished, it was the same old answer whenever anyone asked what was missing from this Everton side: "A 20-goal-a-season striker." This season, we did... so what is the answer to the question now?
In previous times, loans were for the most part emergency cover or blooding youngsters elsewhere... The big difference in 2013-14 is that an astute but level-headed gaffer loaned top-class players from top-class teams to put together a team capable of challenging for a top-4 seat â and he nearly pulled it off, delivering Evertonâs best Premier League season in everything else but final finish with verve in his first season with us.
We are all well and truly bored with the proposed 'sale' of our club by now... but two recent news items have slightly rekindled my interest in our 24/7/365 search for 'investment'.
After nearly 50 years of faithfully following Baseball, American Football, Hockey, Basketball, and seemingly every other sport under the sun, and with never having been a âsoccerâ fan, I decided to jump into following the BPL in order to see for myself just why English Football is widely considered the greatest sport on the planet.
An Evertonian exiled in the south of England finds that there's nothing like being a Blue.
A look at some of the areas that need strengthening this summer as Roberto Martinez looks to round out the squad in preparation for European football next season.
I calculate that Everton will receive (thanks to the information below) around ÂŁ89 million in prize money this season; truly the Premier League is the gift that keeps on giving!
Wanting Everton to lose is unthinkable... except if a defeat has the potential to deny Liverpool the title. That's the dilemma facing Blues on Saturday when we take on Manchester City.
I believe there is a real mental problem imbedded and left over from the Moyes years with the whole "punching above our weight", "plucky little Everton underdog" bollocks that we had to put up with for over a decade. Simply, when the chips are down, we're like rabbits in headlights and weâve seen this time and time again over the last few years.
A traditional pub quiz question was âWhich league football team is located closest to the River Mersey?â The answer, which catches most respondents out, was Stockport County.
Would you swap Roberto Martinez for anyone and if so who and why?
The accepted wisdom in this regard is that you basically need two experienced first-team players for every position, and a few more options besides. When you look at the names in our squad, with a few caveats, we are not very far away from having this.
In his 11 years at Everton, he brought stability to the club, it has to be said. But he never understood the full potential of this way of thinking, nor his own potential, nor the potential of Everton Football Club.
David Moyes was given 11 years and counting at Everton compared to less than 11 months at Old Trafford. I've no doubt that this says something about both clubs but I'm not sure exactly what.
"I have been a massive Everton fan for over 30 years now and Sunday was special for numerous reasons, but bringing my 8 year old son for his the first trip to Goodison (what an introduction to EFC this ended up being) made it very special."
Much of PathĂ© News' archive has been released on their YouTube channel and what a treasure-chest it affords the football fan. Some links of interest to Evertonians.
The immense Everton career of Sandy Brown, remembered in his unique player stats as a very versatile squad player, the original super-sub.
A statistical comparison with title-winning Everton teams of the past, based on points-per-game.
Gerry Quinn can't really remember when he was last at Goodison park but one game from over 40 years ago seems lodged in his memory... and he's paying a very special return visit.
I'd like to regale you with the tale of my first trip to sacred Goodison Park
Do Everton need to take some radical steps in order to become a bigger global brand?
"The answer is yes – we absolutely have. "
Have we progressed this season? I really donât know if we have, but it feels slightly more positive. Or am I just falling succumbing to Martinezâs "glass half-full" philosophy?
For me, one of the most crucial elements in the all the setbacks this season was the injury to Brian Oviedo, coming especially at the time in which it occurred. It is a long time since an injury to a player genuinely upset me.
Evertonâs first manager who created the club crest in 1938 who had tremendous influenceÂ over a 21 period at Goodison Park
Examining the impact of the players brought in so far by Roberto Martinez
A passionate advocacy of Andy Gray as the next Everton Giant.
A questionin about the persona presented by top managers when they are no longer in front of the television cameras...
One of the last living people to witness Dixie Deanâs 60th goal of the 1927-28 league season was buried today. Dick White was a great friend of mine and all my family.
Arguing that it's time Martinez lived up to the hype.
I, like thousands of other Evertonians, constantly dream that shortly we will enter the Kingdom of God â or its other name is the Champions League. Roberto has virtually promised it to us didnât he?
Everton Shareholders have received the report and accounts for 2013.
An analysis of Everton's horror show at Anfield
Arguing for a Plan B against those teams that sit back and don't allow Everton the space to play through them
We won't get momentum back by not getting beat, we need to win games with cutting edge... now.
Football is, therefore, absolutely essential to the healthy functioning of civilized humanity, a fact that must have been known, intuitively or intellectually, to the Methodists of St Domingo's when they established our wonderful club back in 1878
A great day out for Sean McGeever at Stevenage that he will never forget, thanks to Chairman Bill Kenwright.
A proposal for requesting public funding to solve Everton's perennial stadium problem.
Our ambition every year looking forward should be Champions League qualification. You can say that we have been competing for the European spots regularly in recent years... what is so different this year?
Everton are playing fantastic football, but not delivering enough goals.
Luke Garbutt making more impressive progress on loan with Colchester United
Reminiscing about seeing the Portuguese legend at Goodison Park in the 1966 World Cup.
Last Saturday's FA Cup performance suggested to me that Mr Martinez has plugged yet another typical Everton trait that has frustrated Blues for years. Namely the FA Cup Banana Skin exit!
Even with four Everton players named in the back 5 Premier League Team of the Year for 2013 , we all know â as we were told at the start of the season â Roberto Martinez's teams can't defend...
"Roberto Martinez is winning a cult following amongst Evertonians on Merseyside..." â BBC Sport
If you've been as surprised as me at the goals flowing from the best ever ÂŁ60,000 ever spent during the Premier League era, you'd have wondered where these goals had been during the previous regime.
Classic Third Round ties in the FA Cup against Norwich City (H), Bolton Wanderers (A & H), Stoke City (A) and Blackburn Rovers (H) from 10, 20, 30 and 40 years ago are remembered with the help of matchday programmes from Patrick's collection.
Is Goodison Park our Concrete Boots? Weighing us down?? Holding us back???
A goal for Garbutt, and a Man-of-the-Match award for Garbutt against Crewe
Colchester Utd vs Stevenage
I was happy with the appointment of Roberto Martinez as the new Everton manager, but I wasn't expecting this.
Another Evertonian admits he got it completely wrong about Martinez
The transfer window approaches and a chance to freshen things up for the second half of the season.
A look at how increasing exposure for Everton FC can help spread the brand to the global audience.
Signs that Roberto Martinez may be starting something big at Everton.
Flights of fancy and an alternative Everton history...
Who was your best Everton player ever? Alex Young had just edged it for me but, after watching this latest DVD, Alan Ball Remembered, I really can't separate them.
Dick attended a floodlight fixture against MK Dons with Luke Garbutt starting at left back for Colchester United.
A lost American soul find his central focus again
Local derbies including Blackburn, Burnley, Liverpool and Manchester United.
Rob Sawyer in Conversation with Martin Dobson
Why Toby is happy to have Roberto Martinez as Everton manager.
A Sports Book Festival: Alan Stubbs, Kevin Kilbane and ghost writer James Corbett chat all things Everton for over an hour under the hosting of Dave Prentice, Deputy Head of Sport at the Liverpool Echo.
It was the 1961-62 season and I was working in London at the time. I had been a long-standing supporter of Burnley, who at that time were riding high and were due to play Everton twice in as many days over the Christmas period.
A great report on Everton loanee Luke Garbutt's progress at League One Colchester United â this week playing in Round One of the FA Cup.
We've passed the quarter point of the season and just dodged being 2nd, or even higher in the Premier League... so, the time has come to make an initial assessment of just how well Roberto Martinez is doing as the new manager of Everton.
A look at the young Irishman who is now firmly ensconced as Evertonâs best right back since the late '80s.
A sensitive Norwegian Blue tells of how he feel in love with Everton, despite resistance from all his red pals at school
Beyond the Everton first XI, there are another 17 squad players at different stages of their careers, and each has different prospects at the club.
A report on the Everton player's fifth game for Colchester United on loan, and something of a milestone...
Not everyone is enamoured with Roberto Martinez's methods since taking over as Everton manager.
A look at the emerging qualities of midfielder James McCarthy
A first visit to Goodison Park for a lifelong fan from Dublin.
Not quite what you might expect...
A rallying call against the evils of Red Bull in football.
A good day for Luke Garbutt on loan at League One Colchester United.
Was Wrexham-born Job Wilding one of the first three players to be employed as professional footballers by Everton FC?
Dick Brady upgrades us on the progress of Luke Garbutt, out on loan at Colchester United in League One.
Has the academy structure, with stars such as Ross Barkley coming through, not to forget a certain Wayne Rooney been the underlying foundation that has ensured Everton's continuity in the top half of the Premier League?
From armchair supporter to Goodison Park (Part one)
Paul takes his son Gavin Everton Kelly to his first Everton game, the cracking 3-2 win at West Ham
Just a bit of fun for the TW guys and girls so that we can chill out before the match... can you name your Ninja?
Born A Blue,
Live A Blue,
Die A Blue
A new-found Blue from Texas describes his rapid assimilation into the life of an Evertonian
Impressions of the Everton loanee's performance for Colchester in League One today
Ian Burns explains his personal reluctance to call Liverpool FC and their supporters 'Red Shite'.
Profiling fullback Alex 'Sandy' Dick, a colourful character from Everton's first season in the Football League and who was handed one of English football's first suspensions after the Toffees' first game against Aston Villa in September 1888.
Baseball and Highbury Old Grounds for pessimism and Goodison proves the point.
A newcomer to the beautiful game from Texas explains how he was chosen.
Why do we have such a dismal record in the League Cup which, for around 40 seasons, has offered a glory day at Wembley and a place in Europe?
January 2013 â A Defining Moment in Time
Patrick Murphy's new feature, looking in retro at Everton's next game by going back through his collection of matchday programmes to see who we played in the corresponding fixture 10, 20, 30 & 40 years ago.
It's all happening too slowly!
"I think we may struggle to be top 6 or 7 this season and I expect a true season of transition. I would predict a mid-table finish."
"Itâs so sad when a marriage ends. What was once love, admiration, respect and a desire to continue into old age quickly becomes hatred and a need to dissociate oneself from him."
A spirited call for more dedicated Everton songs
An exiled California Blue gives his assessment of the new Martinez style for Everton to play up to in the coming weeks...
BOTH Evertons are playing on the Pacific coast against big-name opposition this week. You may know all about our game against Real Madrid. The other Everton were in Santiago playing Chile's top club, Colo Colo.
A detailed look at current resources that suddenley seem to be twice what they were last season, whEn fringe players could not be trusted.
A first-time match-experience for an American Blue on a great night for Everton in San Francisco.
Eyewitness report from San Francisco on the preparation for tomorrow's game in the International Champions Cup.
Another cogitation along the money trail and why buying Everton may not appeal to many Billionaires...
Sam Hoare steps up as virtual Team Manager with his selections for the anticipated formation and line-up.
Although Jim Potter's ruminations over what the coming season my bring seem to have little to do with statistics...
A plea to a boyhood Blue to return to Goodison Park after 9 years at Manchester United.
Papiss Cisseâs stance on refusing to wear the Newcastle shirt with their new payday loan sponsors is an interesting example of principles in an industry that seems devoid of them. What would Everton fans think if one of our players took a similar stance?
An antidote to the unfair advantage gained by clubs from the capital.
The post match scene in and around teh Generalia Stadion.
Match Report and Observations on Everton's first public game under Roberto Martinez
A fantastic primer for anyone following the Blues on their great European summer adventure in one of the continent's most beautiful and historic coities
A perspective on the season gone, and the season to come.
Could promoting players from within the squad rather than selling the family silver be the way forward for Everton, even if means dropping league places in the coming season?
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