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September 2014

Blues new deal with The Protein Works

30 September
Everton have signed a new two-year deal with THE PROTEIN WORKS™, the Club’s official bespoke sports nutrition supplier.

Martinez concerned over Mirallas

30 September
Everton will await further examination of Kevin Mirallas' apparent hamstring injury before providing an estimate for how long he will be sidelined. Manager Roberto Martinez admits that "the signs aren't great" given that the club's medical staff were unable to determine the full extent of the problem with initial scans yesterday.

Pre-derby planning scuppered by Mirallas injury

29 September
Roberto Martinez admits that the loss to injury of Kevin Mirallas, a key component in his attacking strategy for Saturday's Merseyside derby, "killed us" and contributed to a disappointing display by Everton going forward.

Everton ladies relegated from WSL

28 September
Everton Ladies' run in the Women's Super League has ended as their relegation from the top flight was confirmed today.

Boss pleased with right-back duo

28 September
Roberto Martinez was full of praise for the 'terrific job' done by Tony Hibbert and first-team debutant Tyias Browning in yesterday's Anfield derby.

Jagielka's late thunderbolt saves Everton

27 September
A moment of brilliance from captain Phil Jagielka salvaged a point for Everton as his 25-yard shot cancelled out Steven Gerrard's earlier free kick in stoppage time. The Toffees had been chasing the game in vain since the reds' skipper had curled home a free kick in the 64th minute another defeat was looming when Jagielka latched onto Dejan Lovren's headed clearance and smashed a first-time shot into the top corner.

Liverpool vs Everton

27 September
What has become arguably the most dreaded fixture on the calendar swings around again this weekend and falls, by a quirk of fate, exactly 15 years to the day since Everton's last victory at Anfield. Most eyes will be on the fitness of Seamus Coleman who undergoes a check on his recovery from concussion and whose inclusion or absence will have important ramifications for Roberto Martinez's selections in defence and midfield. KO is 12:45pm.

Once More to Mordor  [MEDIA]

26 September
Tomorrow marks 15 years to the day since Everton's last win at Anfield. Issue 1 of 1878 Magazine takes a look at how the Blues are shaping up for this season's first Mersey derby and ponders whether this will be the year.

Anfield record is extra motivation for Martinez

25 September
Roberto Martinez says that the opportunity to change history and end Everton's 15-year wait for a win at Anfield is something to embrace as Everton prepare to face Liverpool in the first Merseyside derby of the season.

Martinez unmoved by Barkley transfer talk

25 September
Roberto Martinez was again forced to publicly pour cold water on speculation linking Ross Barkley with a move away to a higher-placed team following reports that Manchester City are lining up a big-money bid for him next summer. Barkley has resumed light training as he recovers from a knee ligament injury but is still "a few weeks away" according to his manager, who also provided updates on Steven Pienaar and Seamus Coleman.

Martinez: We need to address problems as a team

24 September
Roberto Martinez has acknowledged the growing crisis that is consuming the defensive side of his team but insists that Everton will address them as a team rather than singling out individuals.

Important information for fans attending Merseyside derby

24 September
Liverpool FC, Everton FC, Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Police have announced plans to improve stadium access ahead of Saturday's Merseyside derby.

Much-changed side easily beaten by Swansea

23 September
Everton made their customary meek exit from the League Cup with a comprehensive defeat to Swansea City, their first in history to the Welsh side. Roberto Martinez made seven changes to the team that lost to Crystal Palace but, while his team started fairly brightly, they fell behind to Nathan Dyer's first-half strike. Romelu Lukaku replaced Samuel Eto'o at half-time and fired narrowly over but Swansea doubled their lead midway through the second half when Sigurdsson turned home after Distin had headed off his own crossbar. Marvin Emnes completed the Blues' misery with a late third.

Swansea City vs Everton

23 September
Everton's response to Sunday's disappointing result against Crystal Palace and, indeed, their ability to cope with juggling Premier League commitments with cup campaigns at home and abroad in general will come under serious examination over the next 12 days, starting with a potentially tricky trip to Swansea City this evening in the Capital One League Cup.

Long brace sees U21s past Southampton

23 September
Two goals from Chris Long sealed a handsome away win for Everton's U21 side over Southampton last evening.

Distin: Don't panic

22 September
Sylvain Distin says it is important that Everton remain level-headed and not panic about the team's recent defensive problems that have seen the Blues concede a worrying number of goals already this season.

Oviedo and Kone to make long-awaited returns

22 September
Bryan Oviedo and Arouna Kone's long roads back from injury look set to end this week after Roberto Martinez indicated that the pair will be included in the squad to face Swansea City in the League Cup tomorrow evening. Oviedo broke his leg in the FA Cup tie at Stevenage in January but is now back to full fitness while Kone has been out for a year following knee surgery.

Everton beaten by another Palace smash-and-grab raid

21 September
Everton went from elation to despondency in the space of four days as they followed their handsome win over Wolfsburg with a dismal, error-strewn home defeat to Crystal Palace. Romelu Lukaku's goal looked to have set them on their way to an important victory but Palace turned the match on its head with an equaliser from the spot after half an hour and then goals by Frazier Campbell and Yannick Bolasie that made it 3-1. Leighton Baines pulled a goal back with a penalty with seven minutes left but the Blues couldn't salvage a point.

Everton vs Crystal Palace

21 September
Everton hope to make it three wins on the bounce as Crystal Palace come to Goodison Park. Having named an unchanged line-up for the excellent win over Wolfsburg on Thursday, Roberto Martinez could start to rotate in some of his players champing at the bit for their first starts, like Samuel Eto'o, Christian Atsu and Muhamed Besic. Seamus Coleman, meanwhile, is expected to be fit despite suffering a blow to the head at the end of Thursday's game. KO is 4pm.

U18s thrash Blackburn

20 September
Everton Under-18s thrashed Blackburn Rovers 4-0 away on Saturday. Everton were three goals up at half-time through Connolly, Walsh and Charsley, who bagged another in the second half.

Architects concept for city centre joint stadium

19 September
A firm of architects has drawn up far-fetched plans for a shared stadium for Liverpool and Everton – created by flattening St Johns Shopping Centre.

Everton mark Euro return with blitz of Wolfsburg

18 September
Everton are off to a flying start in the Europa League thanks to a 4-1 win over Wolfsburg at Goodison Park. Steven Naismith forced home the opening goal when the ball rebounded in off Ricardo Rodriguez before Seamus Coleman stooped to head home Leighton Baines' cross to make it 2-0 at half time. A Baines penalty after Aiden McGeady was tripped made it 3-0 just after the interval and Kevin Mirallas raced away to slot home a fourth. A stoppage-time free-kick from Rodriguez spoiled the clean sheet but the Blues bagged the points.

Third kit goes on sale today

18 September
Evertonians can get their hands on Everton’s third kit today, Thursday, 18 September, now that the striking strip is hitting the shelves.

Everton vs VfL Wolfsburg

18 September
Everton kick off a busy schedule that will see them play four times in 10 days as the first real test of the depth of Roberto Martinez's squad begins in earnest. Samuel Eto'o, Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar are fit but Sylvain Distin is ruled out again with a dead leg as the Blues look to get their European campaign off to a flyer against arguably their toughest opponents in Group H. Live coverage is on ITV4.

Back Where We Belong  [MEDIA]

17 September
Luke O'Farrell says that a club with our illustrious history should be playing on the European stage. Thanks to the success of Roberto Martinez's first season in charge, Everton are back there and have the chance to show they belong there on a regular basis.

A Long-Awaited Return to Europe  [MEDIA]

17 September
In the maiden issue of 1878 Magazine, Joe Strange welcomes European football back to Goodison Park following a four-and-a-half year absence.

Martinez excited for first European night at Goodison

17 September
Roberto Martinez says that he and his players are looking forward to realising their reward for last season's impressive fifth-place finish when they take on Wolfsburg in the Europa League tomorrow night.

Everton announce new stadium plans

16 September
Everton FC and Liverpool City Council have announced their intention to investigate a regeneration initiative for North Liverpool focused around a new stadium for the club at Walton Hall Park. Chairman Bill Kenwright said that the location, which would allow the club to stay within Liverpool while also "supporting, transforming and sustaining" the local community "ticks all the boxes" for Everton.

Eto'o and Distin back for Thursday

15 September
Everton will have Samuel Eto'o and Sylvain Distin back in contention for places for the Europa League opener against Wolfsburg after both recovered from minor injuries that kept them out of the win over West Bromwich Albion.

Kone and Oviedo feature in U21s defeat

14 September
Everton's Under-21s lost 2-0 at home to Chelsea this afternoon but there was good news for Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo who played 80 and 90 minutes respectively.

Under-18s suffer big home loss

13 September
Everton Under-18s were made to pay for missed opportunities as Derby County condemned the young Blues to a 5-1 home defeat.

Belgian brace seals first win of the season

13 September
Romelu Lukaku scored his first goal as a full-time Everton player with a delicious early strike and Kevin Mirallas sealed the points in the second half as the Blues rediscovered some of their form from last season. Both goals owed much to the opposition but Ben Foster had to pull off two excellent saves to keep the score down as Roberto Martinez's men picked up their first win of the new campaign.

Martinez mitigated Henen risk with deadline-day deal

13 September
The full details of the curious deadline-day arrangement that saw David Henen transferred from Anderlecht to Olympiakos only to end up staying at Everton on loan have emerged.

Captain Jagielka not guaranteed a starting place

13 September
Roberto Martinez admits that Phil Jagielka is still finding his way back to form after disappointment at the World Cup with England and cautions that his status as club captain does not mean he has an automatic place in the side.

Martinez hints at Manchester United's reluctance to loan Cleverley to rival club

12 September
Roberto Martinez has made his first public comments regarding his attempt to draft Tom Cleverley in on the final day of the transfer window where he indicates that Everton were told the midfielder was not available on loan.

West Bromwich Albion vs Everton

12 September
With the transfer window closed and the first international break out the way, there is a feeling that Everton's season starts now with a trip to the Hawthorns where the first three points of the season are on offer. Romelu Lukaku is expected to be fit and Steven Pienaar is back in full training but Samuel Eto'o and Leon Osman will undergo late fitness tests before Roberto Martinez finalises his squad.

Lukaku expected to be fit for WBA

11 September
Roberto Martinez says that Romelu Lukaku will be in the squad for the trip to the Hawthorns this weekend when Everton take on West Bromwich Albion, with his toe injury now less of a concern. Samuel Eto'o and Leon Osman are slight doubts, however, after picking up minor complaints, but there was good news in that all of the international players returned from duty unscathed.

Atsu grabs the winner for Ghana

10 September
Christian Atsu popped up with a late winner to give Ghana a 3-2 win over Togo in Lome to preserve the Black Stars' unbeaten start to Group E of Africa Cup of Nations qualifying. Emmanuel Adebayor looked to have grabbed a point for the home nation but Atsu raced clear to score the decider with four minutes left on the clock.

Where are they now? Simon Davies  [MEDIA]

10 September
Without a club since being released by Fulham, the 34 year-old former Everton midfielder has gone back to his roots and joined Solva FC, a village team in his native Wales.

The story of Everton's Bryan Oviedo  [MEDIA]

10 September
Tom Clarke on the rise of a Goodison cult hero.

Besic's Bosnia lose to Cyprus

9 September
Muhamed Besic played the full match and hit the woodwork late on but couldn't prevent Bosnia-Herzegovina from going down 2-1 to Cyprus in their Euro2016 qualifier this evening.

Besic's close circle  [MEDIA]

9 September
Everton's enigmatic new signing was interviewed by the Bosnian press recently and he reveals his dislike for drinking, smoking and clubbing, how much defeats affect him and how he prefers the insular surroundings of his family and girlfriend.

Blues fans react angrily to suggestions of lack of interest in Krasnodar trip  [MEDIA]

9 September
The Echo take The Mirror to task on the supporters' behalf in the wake of an infuriating article in the latter newspaper suggesting that Evertonians were apathetic about travelling to watch the team in Russia because the club's official trip had to be cancelled due to low numbers.

Blues pick up teen prospect from Northampton

9 September
Everton have signed Fraser Hornby, a 15-year-old midfielder from Northampton Town's Academy, under the terms of the Elite Player Performance Plan.

Blues reward fans on the road

8 September
Evertonians will be given a helping hand from the Club as they travel to support Roberto Martinez’s men throughout the 2014/15 season.

Everton trio help England get off to winning start

8 September
John Stones was selected for his second start in and England shirt as Roy Hodgson's men picked up a morale-boosting 2-0 win in Switzerland to open their Euro216 qualifying campaign. Leighton Baines was also named in the starting XI while Phil Jagielka played the last quarter of an hour in place of the injured Phil Jones.

Naismith growing in confidence

8 September
The 2014-15 season is only three games old but while Everton have made a disappointing start overall, one player has stood out from his teammates with a goal in each match so far. The Scot's confidence is visibly growing after initially feeling inferior at Goodison, a turnaround that he attributes to Roberto Martinez who has allowed him to express himself in his preferred central role.

McGeady brace gets Ireland off to a flyer

7 September
Aiden McGeady fired a late goal for the Republic of Ireland that gave Martin O'Neill's side a winning start to their Euro2016 qualifying in Tbilisi. Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy also started and it was the latter who provided the assist for McGeady to give the Irish the lead in the first half. Georgia quickly levelled through Okriashvili to make it 1-1 at half time but McGeady won it with an even better striker in the second half.

Jagielka is struggling at the moment but don't drop him  [MEDIA]

7 September
In his latest column for the a Echo, former Everton midfielder Lee Carsley insists that the Phil Jagielka-Sylvain Distin partnership is the best at the club and that he expects the England defender's season to turn around once he is physically up to speed again.

Everton beat Stoke 4-0 in private friendly

5 September
Everton beat Stoke 4-0 in a friendly played behind closed doors at Finch Farm on Friday. Both Arouna Koné and Bryan Oviedo played with Koné getting in the scoresheet, along with Conor Grant (2) and Tyias Browning.

Lukaku's toe injury problem

6 September
Romelu Lukaku may not be fit enough to play for Everton against West Brom next weekend due to a continuing toe injury. The striker flew home last week to receive treatment in Brussels but didn't play in Belgium’s 2-0 friendly victory over Australia on Wednesday and Roberto Martinez fears he could be without his record signing for next Saturday’s trip to the Hawthorns.

Young Blues in international action

5 September
Callum Connolly scored twice for England U18s against the Netherlands this evening in a 3-1 win in which fellow Evertonians Jonjoe Kenny and Ryan Ledson also featured.

McCarthy frustrated by 'quiet' tag  [MEDIA]

5 September
James McCarthy has responded to suggestions this week by ex-Republic of Ireland manager John Giles that he needs to be more authoritative on the pitch.

“I don’t think I’m shy to be honest. There’s a lot of people have said that in the past about being shy and quiet. Once you get labelled with something it’s with you for a bit. I don’t know when it’s going to go away."

U18s pipped by Real Madrid

5 September
Everton Under-18s were desperately unfortunate to lose their opening Champions Cup encounter with Real Madrid 1-0 at the Tottenham Training Centre this morning, after using all of the small 13-man squad available, and it showed in the second 60-min game this afternoon, a 5-1 defeat to hosts Spurs.

McCarthy needs to rule the roost  [MEDIA]

4 September
Former Republic of Ireland manager John Giles is full of praise for James McCarthy's ability but wonders whether Everton's midfield linchpin has the mentality to grow into a leader on the field:

"“He has the ability which is one thing,” he said. “The mind is a different thing altogether. He has to impose himself more I think. But all lads are different and he might have a mentality where he thinks ‘I don’t want to do that’."

Besic and Mirallas feature in friendly wins

4 September
Muhamed Besic played over two thirds of his country's 3-0 win over Lichtenstein and Kevin Mirallas completed an hour for Belgium as they beat Tim Cahill's Australia 2-0.

The Official Everton Show, #2

4 September
The Official Everton Show enjoyed its second week on the air on Wednesday – live on City Talk 105.9.

Under-18s take on Real Madrid in London

4 September
Everton's U18s will get to put themselves against their peers from the Spanish club this Friday as one of six teams participating in the Under-18s Champions Cup in London.

Everton Squad lists submitted

4 September
Everton have confirmed a list of 23 players (including nine homegrown players) in their senior 25-man squad and name a total of 45 Under-21 players (including Barkley, Stones and Lukaku) eligible for selection under current Premier League rules.

Everton honour 1906 cup hero Sandy Young

3 September
Everton FC and Everton Heritage Society unveiled a new headstone in Edinburgh's Seafield cemetery today to mark the grave of Alex 'Sandy' Young, one of the club's first legends and scorer of the winning goal in the 1906 FA Cup Final win over Newcastle United.

Blues in international action

3 September
Darron Gibson played 70 minutes for the Republic of Ireland in their friendly with Oman this evening, his first competitive action for 11 months. Aiden McGeady, meanwhile, came on as a second-half substitute in the 2-0 win. Elsewhere, John Stones made his first start for England and played 80 minutes alongside Leighton Baines against Norway at Wembley where Roy Hodgson's side eked out a 1-0 win.

Everton team up with LJMU School of Law

3 September
Everton’s Head of Legal Services will give a budding generation of law students an insight into the fascinating world of football as he takes up a post as guest lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University.

Stones starts for England

2 September
John Stones has been named alongside Leighton Baines in Roy Hodgson's starting XI for the friendly against Norway at Wembley tomorrow evening.

For Everton, frustration mounts in watching foes spend big  [MEDIA]

2 September
Andy Glockner highlights the Blues' perennial dilemma posed by the monied elite's ability to continually out-spend them in the chase for fourth place.

Howard: USA Secretary of Defence is just Everton's overrated keeper  [MEDIA]

2 September
Blogger Tim Hill offers a fairly withering critique of Everton's No.1 in a piece on The Guardian website.

"Tim Howard is a good guy, and a good goalkeeper. But he’s perhaps not a great goalkeeper. As the Chelsea game showed, the beatification of St Timothy, post-Belgium, came too soon. He has too many flaws to be great..."

Gibson set for Ireland start

2 September
Darron Gibson is line to play his first competitive football in almost a year after being selected by Martin O'Neill for the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Oman tomorrow evening. The midfielder ruptured a cruciate knee ligament on international duty for his country last October and is only now back to full fitness.

Everton loan Henen back from Olympiakos

1 September
David Henen did not sign for Everton before the transfer deadline after all – at least not on a permanent basis – but joined Olympiakos instead. He will remain with the Blues, though, after they signed him on a season-long loan from the Greek club.

Swansea cup clash set for 23 September

1 September
Everton's Capital One Cup third round tie at the Liberty Stadium against the Swans has been scheduled for 7:45pm on 23rd September.

Impasse with United foils late Cleverley bid

1 September
Everton's attempts to draft Tom Cleverley into the squad today were scuppered by Manchester United's refusal to lower their price for the midfielder, according to reports. It been suggested throughout the day that the Blues had tried to sign Cleverley on loan but this does not appear to have been the case. Though there was early speculation suggesting Roberto Martinez might try and sign central defensive cover in the wake of Shane Duffy's transfer to Blackburn, nothing came of the rumours and the club have told reporters that they are done for transfer deadline day.
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