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June 2015

Garbutt signs new five-year deal

30 June
Everton have confirmed the news that Luke Garbutt has elected to stay with the club. The 22-year-old has put pen to paper on a new contract that would run until 2020, ending months of speculation over his future.

Everton's Kitbag deal analysed: Good or bad for the Blues?  [MEDIA]

30 June
In the wake of Everton's update on the much-mailgned Kitbag merchandising deal and some no-holds barred criticism of it from a fan site and social media, David Prentice takes an in-depth look at the deal and asks whether it's still a good one for the club.

Kone: Everton fans haven't seen the best of me yet

30 June
Arouna Kone is hoping to return fitter and stronger next season so that he can prove he can cut it at Everton.

StatsBomb: What happened to Everton?  [MEDIA]

30 June
An eclectic analysis of Everton's poor season, told through the all-too accurately named "Stats Bomb" approach of in-depth numerical analysis for team and player performance, told in a bewildering set of arcane abbreviations and acronyms. If you can't get far with this piece, the Stat Definitions page at StatsBomb may help...

CEO feels the heat over Kitbag deal  [MEDIA]

30 June
SOS1878's Joe Jennings has posted a swift and typically withering response to the club's update on the Kitbag retail deal.

Club moves to clarify Kitbag deal

29 June
Everton have responded to mounting scrutiny of the club's 10-year kit retail contract with Kitbag via an update on the official site.

Three more friendlies announced

29 June
Everton’s pre-season schedule has been confirmed following the announcement of three more fixtures to take place during July, including a trip to Scotland.

Report: Everton not interested in selling Coleman

28 June
Everton will rebuff any approaches from Manchester United this summer for Seamus Coleman as speculation builds that Louis van Gaal has identified him as the man to bolster his options at right back.

Kitbag deal continues to sell Everton short  [MEDIA]

28 June
An article over at independent Everton website SOS1878 questions the wisdom of the club's contract with merchandise supplier and distributor, Kitbag.

Ledson's audacious chip in U21 training

28 June
This video clip of the Everton Under-21s in a training session while in Austria shows Ryan Ledson complete an audacious angled chip over the keeper and in under the bar.

Villarreal in for Ferguson testimonial

26 June
Everton have announced they will take on Spanish side Villarreal on Sunday 2 August in what will be a curtain-raiser for the new season and a testimonial for Duncan Ferguson.

Southgate second guesses selection of Barkley

25 June
Facing criticism after another poor showing by an England team at an international tournament, the U21s manager isn't convinced bringing the young Everton star into the fold would necessarily have worked to his advantage.

Deulofeu Returns in €6m Deal!

25 June
Everton have now finalised the acquisition of Gerard Deulofeu on a full-time basis from Barcelona, sealing the return of a player who spent the 2013-14 season on loan with the Blues.

Stones and Garbutt start but England U21s are knocked out

24 June
John Stones returned to the England U21 starting XI this evening for their third and decisive group game but Gareth Southgate's side lost 3-1 to Italy and were eliminated.

John Thompson responds to those Evertonians angry with the Echo  [MEDIA]

24 June
The Liverpool Echo's Executive Editor of Sport, John Thompson, pens a lengthy response to recent accusations by fans on the Internet that that paper's coverage of the city's two clubs is unequal.

Sign Up For Everton in the Communitys Annual Golf Day

23 June
The prestigious Formby Hall Golf Resort has been named as the venue for this year’s annual Everton in the Community Golf Day sponsored by Alpha Business Products.

Five friendlies announced for Under-21s

23 June
Five pre-season fixtures for Everton Under-21s have been announced.

Open Letter to John Thompson, Editor of the Liverpool Echo  [MEDIA]

22 June
A number of Everton websites and social media pages are carrying links to an Open Letter prepared by the Blues fans who attended the Everton Symposium set up by the Echo last month.

Distin set to join Atsu at Bournemouth

22 June
Recently-released defender Sylvain Distin has reached an agreement in principle with the Premier League newcomers as he looks to take his next step after leaving Everton.

Pre-season friendly against Leeds United announced

22 June
Everton have confirmed that they will take on Leeds United in a friendly at Elland Road on 1st August with kick-off scheduled for 3pm.

Deulofeu flies in to tie up Everton move

22 June
Gerard Deulofeu is back on Merseyside today having flown in at the end of his holiday to finalise a permanent move from Barcelona. The 21 year-old winger is believed to have undergone a medical and could be unveiled as the Blues' second signing of the summer later this week.

Garbutt to commit his future to Everton

21 June
Everton have been boosted by the news that Luke Garbutt has decided to extend his contract with the club for another five years. The 21-year-old fullback is set to sign a new deal on his return from international duty, with the likelihood of initially going out on loan to another Premier League club.

Garbutt starts in England U21s win

21 June
Luke Garbutt was included in the starting line-up for England U21s must-win game against Sweden, which ended 1-0 to the Three Lions after Jesse Lingard's strike.

Deulofeu needs to impress at Everton

21 June
With sources reporting that Gerard Deulofeu will sign for Everton next week, the Liverpool Echo carries a frank assessment by the BBC's Adam West of a player who was regarded as an emerging star of the new generation of Spanish talent.

Mountfield predicts big things for Stones

21 June
The legend from Everton's 1980s heyday says that he has been impressed with John Stones's rapid development and that he would not be surprised to see the defender named captain of club and country.

Howard looking forward to Singapore trip

20 June
Tim Howard says that the upcoming Asia Trophy in the Far East will be good for Everton's pre-season preparations both in terms of fitness and the opposition they could potentially face.

Green gets a new start with Oldham

19 June
Midfield prospect George Green has signed for Oldham Athletic after being released by Everton this month.

Jagielka adds another year to current deal

19 June
Phil Jagielka has signed a one-year extension to his Everton contract, committing to the club until 2018. The 32-year-old said that he loves it at Goodison so it was an easy choice.

Garbutt plays but England U21s lose

19 June
Luke Garbutt was named in England Under21s' Group B opener against Portugal but he couldn't prevent Gareth Southgate's side from going down 1-0.

Stones out of England U21s' European Championships openers

17 June
Updated John Stones has been forced to sit out England's opening two games of the Under-21 European Championship after suffering a concussion during training this week.

2015-16 fixtures announced

17 June
The Premier League fixtures for season 2015-16 were published at 9am this morning and Everton will kick off the campaign at home against Watford and finish against Norwich.

Echo editor pledges content review following complaints from Everton fans  [MEDIA]

16 June
The Liverpool Echo says it will scrutinise its coverage of both Everton FC and Liverpool FC, after being inundated with criticism by Blues’ fans.

Blues trio watch on as England win in Slovenia

14 June
Phil Jagielka, Ross Barkley and Tom Cleverley were unused substitutes for England as Roy Hodgson's men won 3-2 in Ljubljana.

Everton set to sign Gerard Deulofeu in permanent deal

15 June
Updated Everton are poised to sign Barcelona winger and former loan favourite Gerard Deulofeu on a permanent basis, with a deal for the 21 year-old believed to be close to completion.

Everton trio involved as Ireland and Scotland draw

13 June
James McCarthy, Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith were in their respective nations' starting XIs for this evening's Euro2016 qualifier in Dublin which ended 1-1.

Patient Barkley looking forward for club and country

13 June
Ross Barkley admits that he is aware of his supporting role at international level at the moment but says he is concentrating on improving as a player in order to become a regular starter for England.

Everton In the Community Scoops International Award

13 June
Everton's continuing local charity and community efforts were recognised again this week when Everton in the Community won the Outstanding Achievement Award at TheStadiumBusiness Awards 2015 in Barcelona.

Lukaku can't spark Belgium fightback

12 June
Romelu Lukaku was a second-half substitute as Belgium lost to Wales in their Euro2016 qualifier in Cardiff this evening but Muhamed Besic played the full 90 minutes of Bosnia's win over Israel.

Everton duo in England U21s friendly win

11 June
John Stones made a winning return to his old stomping ground at Barnsley as he and Blues teammate Luke Garbutt helped England Under-21s to a 1-0 win over Belarus.

George Green among players released

10 June
Everton have announced the annual list of retained and released players, with once highly-rated teenager, George Green, among the list of players who will not be offered a new contract.

Saha says Lukaku isn't yet at Champions League level

10 June
Ex-Everton striker Louis Saha believes that the Blues' current Talisman has to prove he can hit the 30-goal mark in a season before he can be compared to Europe's elite goalscorers.

Jake meets his life-saving match and becomes a Blue

10 June
An eight-year-old American boy flew half way around the world to meet Jane, the lady whose bone marrow donation cured his rare blood disorder.

WIN a “Dogs of War” T-Shirt

9 June
We've teamed up with Art of Football to offer one lucky UK-based fan the chance to win a classic shirt recalling Joe Royle's mid-90s midfield.

Martinez has summer targets in mind

8 June
Roberto Martinez has reiterated that he already knows the positions in his squad which need strengthening this summer and the players he ideally wants to fill them.

Everton among world's fastest-growing football brands

8 June
In BrandFinance's latest ranking of football brands, Everton have moved up to 15th and are highlighted by the firm as among the top five fastest-growing in the game.

Lineker sure he would have won silverware had he stayed at Everton

7 June
Gary Lineker feels that he might well have stayed at Everton were it not for the ban on English clubs in Europe following the Heysel tragedy and that he'd have won "lots of trophies" had he done so.

Take Part: Everton In The Community Walking Football Programme

7 June
Everton in the Community have launched a new Walking Football programme, Walk of Life, aimed at recruiting men and women aged 30 – 50 and 50 plus who are wanting to keep fit, have fun, learn skills and socialise at the same time.

Blues quintet involved in snoozer in Dublin

7 June
A record five Everton players took part in an international friendly between England and the Republic of Ireland but they couldn't enliven a dour 0-0 draw.

Howard aiming to return to international scene in September

6 June
Tim Howard says he still intends to return to the USA fold in the autumn to fight for his place in his country's World Cup qualification campaign.

Top 10 potential transfer targets for Everton  [MEDIA]

5 June
ToffeeWeb put on our "Football Manager" hats for OneFootball and came up with a list of realistic transfer targets that would improve the Everton squad for next season.

Audio: The Echo's Everton Symposium podcast

5 June
Part of a discussion between leaders from various Everton fan groups and the Liverpool Echo last month about the current state of Everton FC and the newspaper's coverage of the club has been released in a two-part podcast.

Everton announce record season ticket sales

5 June
Season Ticket sales at Everton have reached the record-breaking highs of last season – with the average price per game for a Toffees Season Ticket holder just £23.86.

Everton confirm Cleverley signing

5 June
Updated Everton will complete the acquisition of Tom Cleverley on a free transfer from Manchester United on 1st July after the 25 year-old opted for Goodison Park over remaining at Aston Villa, where he spent the 2014-15 season on loan.

Tributes paid to Andy King at St Luke's

5 June
The funeral of Andy King took place in the shadow of Goodison Park yesterday, with hundreds of Blues lining the streets to pay their respects. Coverage and images in the Liverpool Echo.

Reports: Cleverley chooses Everton over Villa

3 June
Updated Tom Cleverley will join Everton on a free transfer from Manchester United within the next 10 days according to reports.

Everton finish 8th in the money league

3 June
Everton may have finished in the wrong half of the final 2014-15 Premier League table but, thanks to a healthy number of live matches, they out-performed that position financially.

Martinez aims to hit the ground running in August

3 June
Everton will take a different approach to their pre-season preparations this summer, foregoing their annual training camp in Austria in favour of a structured programme at Finch Farm.

Everton duo confirmed for U21s Euros

2 June
John Stones and Luke Garbutt have both been named in England's final 23-man squad for the Under-21 European Championships.

Ambitious Lukaku says it's time to win trophies

2 June
Updated Romelu Lukaku has restated his desire to "play in the big matches" and win silverware while admitting that he has made no bones about his best position to Roberto Martinez.

Henen happy to sign for Everton

1 June
Everton's acquisition of David Henen on a permanent basis looks close to fruition after the striker informed his agent of this desire to stay with the Blues.

Report: Everton in talks with Cleverley

1 June
Everton have resumed negotiations with Manchester United's soon-to-be free agent Tom Cleverley regarding a switch to Goodison Park, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Andy King a Blue to the end

1 June
The funeral of Goodison hero Andy King will take place next to the ground he graced as a player with a service scheduled at St Luke's Church for 2.30pm on Thursday.
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