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February 2015

Arsenal vs Everton

28 February
Everton make the trip to North London this Sunday for a second meeting with Arsenal that has assumed greater significance following recent results in both the European and domestic arenas.

Under-18s beaten at Stoke

28 February
The Young Blues followed up last week's 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool with a disappointing 3-1 defeat.

Martinez sees Garbutt staying long term

27 February
Roberto Martinez says that he is confident that highly promising left back Luke Garbutt will commit his future to Everton and welcomes the competition for places that exists in that area of the team.

Uefa to look into Kyiv violence

27 February
European football's governing body will open an investigation into the crowd disturbances at the match between Everton next's Europa League opponents, Dynamo Kyiv, and Guingamp last night.

March fixtures moved

27 February
Everton's games against Newcastle and QPR have both been moved to 4pm Sunday kick-offs following today's Europa League draw.

Blues handed Kyiv test

27 February
Everton will face Dynamo Kyiv in the round of 16 following today's draw, with the home leg first on 12th March and away the leg the 19th.

Everton Europa League Round of 16 information

26 February
The Europa League Round of 16 draw will take place at midday GMT tomorrow (Friday, February 27) at UEFA’s headquarters in Switzerland.

Everton coast into the last 16

26 February
Everton are into the last 16 of the Europa League as the last British representatives after easing past Young Boys thanks to two goals by Romelu Lukaku and one from Kevin Mirallas in response to an early strike by Sekou Sanogo.

Everton vs BSC Young Boys

26 February
Having done the hard part in some style last week in Switzerland, Everton return to Goodison Park for what should be the formality of a second leg against Young Boys.

Martinez backs Howard [MEDIA]

25 February
Roberto Martinez refuses to blame Tim Howard for Leicester's goals at Goodison Park on Sunday, insisting that he sees them as team errors that need to be addressed

Martinez: I'll never be afraid of making the right decision

25 February
Roberto Martinez says that he isn't fazed by crowd reactions to his substitutions, insisting that he has to make decisions that help the team, and not just to keep people happy.

Martinez comes to the defence of his young guns

25 February
Roberto Martinez has revealed some frustration at what he termed "cheap talk" about the likes of Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku in recent days.

Barry: We can go all the way

25 February
Gareth Barry says that he thinks Everton have shown they are capable of winning the Europa League this season as the team prepares for tomorrow's second leg against Young Boys.

Howard: Tourette's makes me a better goalkeeper [MEDIA]

25 February
Tim Howard talks with CNN about family, retirement, that beard and how his medical condition makes him "hyperfocus".

Pain-free Gibson hoping to resurrect Everton career

25 February
Darron Gibson says he is feeling the best he has felt since he first injured his knee in October 2013 as he focuses on winning back a place in the Everton team.

Late Equaliser Rescues Bungling Howard

24 February
Match Report: Everton continue to falter where a season that many fans now just want to see the back of lurches from one frustration to the next.

Frustrated players admit: It's not good enough”

23 February
Leighton Baines, Steven Naismith and James McCarthy are three of Everton's players who have spoken to the media in the wake of the team's latest failure to earn three points on home soil.

Snodin: Players know this is not good enough [MEDIA]

23 February
Writing in the Echo, Ian Snodin dismisses suggestions that Saturday's 2-2 draw was the result of a European hangover and asserts that the players will be desperate to put it right.

Long loan extended by another month

23 February
Chris Long will spend at least another month on loan at Brentford after Everton agreed to extend his current spell.

Martinez is setting a dangerous precedent by persisting with Howard [MEDIA]

23 February
Matt Jones argues that far from being a critical figure, the American 'keeper has become a hindrance.

Howard gets no blame from Martinez

22 February
Roberto Martinez refused to blame Tim Howard for Everton’s frustrating 2-2 draw with Leicester City despite the goalkeeper’s glaring errors at Goodison Park.

Everton claw back a point to deny last-placed Foxes

22 February
Two errors by Tim Howard and a trio of missed chances by Romelu Lukaku looked to have gifted Leicester victory at a disgruntled Goodison Park but a late own goal by Matthew Upson saved the Blues from dismal defeat.

Young Blues run riot in mini-derby

21 February
Everton won the mini-Merseyside derby in convincing fashion, hammering Liverpool 5-0 at Finch Farm today.

Everton vs Leicester City

21 February
Buoyed by their handsome win in Switzerland, Everton return to the business of the Premier League hoping to carry their impressive European form to the domestic front when they face Leicester City on Sunday.

Blues prepare for Blue Nose Day

20 February
Everton’s home game against Leicester City on Sunday 22 February has been designated as the official birthday fixture of Everton in the Community.

Season tickets on sale Monday

20 February
Everton’s 2015/16 Season Tickets are on sale from 8am on Monday, February 23.

Red card will benefit Stones

20 February
Roberto Martinez sees John Stones's dismissal against Young Boys as a positive for the young defender.

Martinez impressed by three-goal Lukaku

20 February
Roberto Martinez has spoken in glowing terms about the performance of Romelu Lukaku whose hat-trick capped a hugely impressive Everton win against Young Boys last night.

Lundstram returns from latest loan spell

20 February
John Lundstram is back at Finch Farm after his latest short-term loan spell with Leyton Orient came to an end.

Two games in April now live on Sky

20 February
Everton's games against Swansea City (A) and Manchester United (H) in April have been rescheduled for live TV coverage on Sky Sports.

Lukaku what were you doing at 21? [MEDIA]

20 February
Romelu Lukaku has been subject to recent criticism from those who feel he isn't producing his best for Everton. Daniel Storey asks for patience with young players...

Everton in control after thumping Young Boys in Bern

19 February
Everton recovered from conceding an early goal to demolish Young Boys and take a commanding lead back to Goodison Park for the second leg. Romelu Lukaku scored a superb hat-trick, Seamus Coleman converted what proved to be the winner and although John Stones was shown a straight red card for fouling Guillaume Hoarau, the French striker fired the resulting penalty over the bar.

Howard is happy where he is

19 February
Tim Howard has dismissed the recent speculation linking him with a return to America to play in the MLS.

Fit again McCarthy raring to go

18 February
James McCarthy is taking things day by day as he rebuilds his strength and fitness but he says he can't wait for tomorrow's clash with Young Boys.

BSC Young Boys vs Everton

18 February
Everton step back onto the road to Warsaw this Thursday as their Europa League campaign resumes after a two-and-a-half-month hiatus with a trip to Switzerland to face Young Boys of Bern.

That Way Redemption Lies [MEDIA]

18 February
2014-15 has largely been a season of frustration but Everton's form in the Europa League has shone like a beacon in the gloom. Can their return to Continental competition reignite a fire that could power them all the way to Warsaw?

Pienaar joins Osman for U21s runout

17 February
Steven Pienaar and Leon Osman managed 70 minutes and Arouna Kone played 81 for David Unsworth's Under-21s side this evening as they drew 0-0 at Manchester United.

Hackett can't believe Ivanovic escaped punishment for choke on McCarthy [MEDIA]

16 February
Keith Hackett, the former head of the PGMO says the Football Association's decision not to sanction Branislav Ivanovic for his clear choke on James McCarthy sends entirely the wrong message. , “I find it almost impossible to understand how that player has got away with that incident. You might be right in asking if that panel has been influenced by comments made by the Chelsea manager.

“What they’re saying is that it’s perfectly okay for a player to grab an opponent and almost throttle him because the Chelsea player got away with it. They’re sending the wrong signals out.

Osman on the comeback trail

16 February
Leon Osman hopes to return to competitive action tomorrow evening when Everton Under-21s take on Manchester United. He has been back in training for the past week having recovered from a split tendon in his foot.

Now I'm gonna have to turn my back on you... [MEDIA]

15 February
Is the product that is the Premier League, with its ever-growing vast riches, increasing detachment from its working-class roots and deference to the dominant personalities at the leading clubs killing the game? This Everton fan thinks so and wants out...

10-man U18s suffer late defeat at Man Utd

14 February
Everton U18s blew a two-goal lead and went down to 10 men under ridiculous circumstances, giving up a late goal that allowed Man Utd U18s to secure a late 3-2 win in the FA Premier U18 League on Saturday.

Lukaku says he'll be worth more than 28m

14 February
Romelu Lukaku says that if he continues to develop as a player the way he believes he can he will more than justify the record transfer fee Everton paid for him last summer.

Martinez hails gem Stones

14 February
Roberto Martinez believes that John Stones is up there with the best "ball-playing centre-halves" in Europe now that he has established himself as a first-choice defender at Everton.

Lukaku ambitious to get back to the 'top'

13 February
Romelu Lukaku has revealed his ambitions of playing for 'top club again' one day in comments he made to Belgian media. The striker says he got a good reception from his former club, Chelsea, and signalled his desire to get back to that level.

Did Gareth Barry play a two-card trick at Chelsea? [MEDIA]

13 February
David Prentice ponders whether Gareth Barry's late yellow card was cunningly planned to avoid a two-match ban.

Stonebridge Cross put forward as alternative to Walton Hall Park

12 February
Citing concerns over the proposed development of Walton Hall Park, Liverpool Green Party have suggested the vacant land at Stonebridge Cross as a potential alternative site for Everton's new stadium.

FA charge Everton and Chelsea but Ivanovic gets off scot-free

12 February
The Football Association have announced that both Everton and Chelsea have been charged with failing to control their players in last night's match.

Martinez disappointed by Chelsea's conduct

11 February
Roberto Martinez has criticised Chelsea's players for aggressively trying to influence the referee during Everton's narrow 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge this evening.

Barry only facing one-match ban

11 February
Gareth Barry will now miss just one match, the upcoming home game against Leicester City, after he was sent off against Chelsea this evening.

Déjà vu for unlucky Everton

11 February
Everton were beaten at Stamford Bridge by a very late goal for the second season running as Willian's deflected low drive crept inside Tim Howard's post. Earlier, Peter Cech had somehow kept out Romelu Lukaku's close-range shot to keep it goalless but the Blues' resolute defensive stand buckled just two minutes from the end.

Galloway approaching first team readiness

11 February
Brendan Galloway feels that he is getting close to following in John Stones's footsteps and making the breakthrough into Everton's senior side as a teenager.

U21s beaten by Villarreal

11 February
While the senior side played Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Everton Under-21s faced Villarreal in their second Premier League International Cup match at Goodison Park but went down 2-1.

Lennon: I'm buzzing to be at Everton

11 February
Despite the photographs of his arrival at Finch Farm that went viral last week, Aaron Lennon says he is he happy to be getting a chance of first-team football with Everton.

Chelsea vs Everton

11 February
It's 21 years since an Everton team won at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League and with Chelsea in full flow having opened up a lead at the top of the table and Everton struggling for goals, there's little to suggest that long-standing hoodoo will fall this evening. Where there is opportunity, however, there is hope.

Everton table new contract offer for Garbutt

10 February
Everton have reportedly offered Luke Garbutt fresh terms in a bid to keep the fullback at Goodison Park. The 21-year-old can leave the Blues for free as a free agent in the summer if the two parties don't come to an agreement over a new contract.

Martinez defends caution over Barkley

10 February
Roberto Martinez has explained his decision to start Ross Barkley on the bench in the Merseyside derby.

Domestic TV rights deal is another cash bonanza for Premier League clubs

10 February
The details of the latest domestic broadcast deal have been revealed, with Sky Sports and BT paying a combined £5.13bn for the rights to screen English Premier League matches between 2016-2019.

Season ticket prices frozen for 2015-16

10 February
Everton have announced a freeze on the price of season tickets for next season which go on sale on Monday 23rd February at 8am.

McAleny could emerge as key to Cardiff revival [MEDIA]

9 February
Conor McAleny impressed in his first appearance for Cardiff against Sheffield Wednesday and has South Wales media anticipating the impact he could make to the Bluebirds this season.

U21s record convincing win over Southampton

9 February
Everton Under-21s beat Southampton 3-1 in Southport thanks to a strong first half hour where they stormed into a 3-0 lead thanks to goals by David Henen, Jonjoe Kenny and Brendan Galloway.

Pennington loan extended until May

9 February
Matthew Pennington will stay on loan at Coventry City until the end of the season after his initial month-long term was extended.

Howard remains '№ 1' despite Robles's recent form

9 February
Roberto Martinez has reiterated that Tim Howard is Everton's first-choice goalkeeper, suggesting that he will reclaim his starting berth from Joel Robles once he returns to full fitness.

Martinez has no issue with Mirallas

9 February
Roberto Martinez insists that there is no problem with Kevin Mirallas following the forward's pre-derby interview with Belgian media last week in which he spelled out his desire for Champions League football.

Atsu suffers penalty agony in AFCoN final

8 February
Christian Atsu was named player of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations but it was scant consolation as Ghana lost the final 9-8 on penalties to Ivory Coast.

Martinez: Derby was an 'interesting' game

7 February
Roberto Martinez was pleased by his charges' strong finish to today's derby, a match he described as interesting despite its goalless conclusion.

Goodison derby peters out to goalless conclusion

7 February
The 224th Merseyside derby ended all square with precious little to excite a packed Goodison Park. Jordan Ibe smacked a shot off the post in the first half while Simon Mignolet made a late save to deny Seamus Coleman in a drab encounter.

Everton unveil Hillsborough plaque at Goodison Park

7 February
Bill Kenwright was joined by Margaret Aspinall as the club officially revealed the permanent tribute to the 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster.

Unflappable Stones feels Blues have turned the corner

7 February
Back in the side and part once more of an improving back line, John Stones believes that if Everton defend the way did against Crystal Palace last weekend, they can stop Liverpool's resurgent attack in today's Merseyside derby.

'Soft touch' Martinez oversees drop in morale [MEDIA]

6 February
Citing sources on the playing staff and other "qualified observers", Matt Lawton at MailOnline suggests Everton's alarming slump this season can be traced back to Roberto Martinez's methods.

Jones: Mersey derby is the biggest game of all

6 February
Everton Assistant Manager Graeme Jones says that not even the FA Cup Final can compare to the emotional intensity of the Merseyside derby.

Lennon relishing link-up with Lukaku

6 February
Aaron Lennon says that having an "unbelievable" striker like Romelu Lukaku as a target is going to be a big help as he bids to grasp the opportunity of a fresh start at Everton.

Hillsborough plaque to be unveiled at Goodison

6 February
The 96 who died at Hillsborough are to have a plaque unveiled in their memory at Goodison Park ahead of Saturday’s 224th Merseyside derby game between Everton and Liverpool.

Everton vs Liverpool

6 February
Everton come into the 224th Merseyside derby with a spring in their step thanks to last weekend's win at Crystal Palace and the possible return to action of James McCarthy after five weeks out with hamstring problems.

View from the Gwladys Street [MEDIA]

6 February
TW's chief writer chats with the Echo's Chris Beesley ahead of the Merseyside derby.

Martinez looking for derby springboard

5 February
Roberto Martinez is hoping to oversee a victory in the Merseyside derby that can help revitalise his team's season.

Ghana through to AFCoN final

5 February
Christian Atsu and Ghana will contest the Africa Cup of Nations final against Ivory Coast after they beat hosts Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in a match marred by disturbances in the stands.

Mirallas wants Champions League football next season

5 February
Kevin Mirallas says that he dreams of playing in the Champions League next season and while he acknowledges that Everton still have a route to Europe's elite tournament via the Europa League, he also admits he feels ready for a new challenge.

Everton in the Community Birthday Fixture

5 February
The Blues' upcoming fixture against Leicester City on Sunday 22 February will see Everton in the Community celebrate its 27th birthday. A donation from ticket sales will be going direct to the Club’s official charity.

McCarthy is fit for the derby

4 February
UPDATED Roberto Martinez has denied reports that James McCarthy's hopes of making his first-team comeback in Saturday's Merseyside derby had been dashed based on false reports that he had suffered a setback in his recovery from a persistent hamstring problem.

Reports: Late West Ham move for Distin fell through

4 February
Sylvain Distin was the subject of late interest from West Ham, who would have signed the 37 year-old had the two parties been able to agree on the duration of the contract.

Selling Mirallas never an option

4 February
Roberto Martinez says that letting Kevin Mirallas go to Tottenham as part of the efforts to bring Aaron Lennon to Goodison Park during the January transfer window was not under consideration.

Martinez content with more 'balanced' squad

4 February
Roberto Martinez believes his Everton squad has better balance following the deadline-day acquisition of Aaron Lennon from Tottenham.

Blues form partnership with A-League Mariners

3 February
Everton and Central Coast Mariners of Australia's Hyandai A-League have entered into an official partnership which will have "player development at the forefront."

Lennon 'delighted' with Goodison switch

3 February
Aaron Lennon says there was only one choice for him once he found out that Everton were interested in signing him on loan for the rest of the season from Tottenham. "Everything about Everton excited me," said the deadline arrival who will wear the no.25 shirt.

Cahill parts ways with New York Red Bulls [MEDIA]

2 February
Tim Cahill has ended his contract with MLS club New York Red Bulls by mutual consent and could be set to make a lucrative move to China.

Police drop challenge to late derby kick-off

3 February
UPDATED Merseyside Police have now dropped their late legal challenge after Everton agreed to provide more segregation inside Goodison Park.

Eto'o refuses extra training [MEDIA]

2 February
It’s being reported that Sampdoria striker Samuel Eto’o has refused to take part in a double training session this morning.

Everton sign Lennon on loan

2 February
Everton have confirmed the acquisition of Tottenham's Aaron Lennon on loan for the remainder of the season. Matthew Kennedy, meanwhile, has joined Cardiff City in a permanent deal, Conor McAleny signs for the Bluebirds on loan and Conor Grant has been loaned to Motherwell, both until the end of the season.

Atsu brace helps Ghana into AFCoN semis

1 February
Christian Atsu scored twice, including a stunning strike from wide on the right, as Ghana beat Guinea 3-0.
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