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Deulofeu's Welcome Return

Lyndon Lloyd
Gerard Deulofeu may have spent a year away from Goodison but he never really left the hearts of many Blues fans who are delighted to see the mercurial winger back in the fold.

Tom McIntosh – Everton's First Full-Time Secretary

Stuart McIntosh and Rob Sawyer
Tom McIntosh is a significant off-pitch figure in Everton’s story, yet he seems to have fallen through the cracks of the club’s historical records and his contribution over 16 years is largely overlooked.

Tough Start Presents Opportunity for Martinez's Everton

Lyndon Lloyd
The newly-announced 2015-16 fixtures have thrown up a daunting first 10 games for Everton but within the challenge lies huge opportunity if Roberto Martinez can get his team primed to hit the ground running.

Conflicted: Thoughts On the Role of the Echo

Lyndon Lloyd
Much ire has been aimed at the Echo in recent weeks, particularly on social media, but the nature of the paper's existential realities and its ownership by Trinity Mirror put it in a Catch-22 situation.

The Class of 65: Evertons First FA Youth Cup Winning Team 50 Years On

Rob Sawyer with David France
The players and the story behind Everton's 1965 Youth Cup-winning side updated with a postscript following their appearance at Goodison during the recent Spurs game.

William H Parry, a former Captain of Everton Football Club

Tony Onslow
The story of the man who captained Everton in the season they would lift their first piece of silverware.

Cliff Britton – A Life in Football

Rob Sawyer (EFC Heritage Society)
Cliff Britton was Everton’s first manager in the modern sense of the word, yet it is for his footballing feats at Goodison Park in the 1930s that he is most celebrated. Part I: The Player.

Goodison Forever

Lyndon Lloyd
In the wake of Robert Elstone's cautionary words over the proposed move to Walton Hall Park, the time has surely come to call off the search for a new home and redevelop the Grand Old Lady.

The Man Who Coached Everton to Their First League Championship

Tony Onslow
The story of David Waugh who went from Everton player to successful club trainer.

The Life of a Former Everton Captain

Tony Onslow
The story of Nick Ross, the Victorian version of the present-day soccer super star who captained both Preston North End and Everton. He was described at the time as "the most brilliant back of his day, if not of all time."

The Slumbering Giant: Part IV Soul Searching

Lyndon Lloyd
Is finding a faceless billionaire the only way to lift Everton back to the top of the English game – and, if so, at what cost to the soul and traditions of the club? The final part of the series.

Was This the Birthplace of Everton Football Club?

Tony Onslow
It was to the Midland Railway Company's goods depot on Liverpool's Victoria Street, that Tom Evans, an instrumental figure in the formation of Everton FC, was transferred from Derbyshire in 1875.

The Slumbering Giant: Part 3 - Treading Water

Lyndon Lloyd
With lagging commercial revenue relative to our peers, a new stadium is cited by the Board as the key to Everton's longer-term success. Is it the best option, how long dare we wait and what of the ownership issue in the interim?

The Slumbering Giant: Part 2 - Twenty-Year Itch

Lyndon Lloyd
As the face of English football is irrevocably changed by capital forces, Everton survives as a club with community ties and a modest long-term business plan. But can we ever compete again on this footing?

The Slumbering Giant: Part I - Another False Dawn

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton's step backwards this season after a decade of incremental progress gives pause and cause for reflection on the future of the club. Part I looks at the playing side as it pertains to the Blues' immediate prospects.

Everton Is Nothing Without Evertonians

Lyndon Lloyd
A chat with the Toffee Lady, Elizabeth France – the better half of Dr. Everton – about Evertonians, the fine biographical efforts of some of the club's most devoted fans, and the current state of the club.

From West Derby to New South Wales: The Footballing Odyssey of Ian Hillsdon

Rob Sawyer
Some rejected teenage footballers quietly slip out of the game, whilst others have a second chance at a lower league club. An intrepid few go further afield to fulfil their footballing dreams. A prime example of the latter category is Ian Hillsdon.

The Intransigent Mr Martinez

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton's miserable fortunes on the domestic front have exhausted the currency Roberto Martinez earned in his first season at Goodson. Can he break the perplexing intransigence that has paralysed his team this season and prove that he is the man to take the club forward over the long term?

Tony Cottee My Everton Years

Rob Sawyer
Rob Sawyer in conversation with Tony Cottee

The Enterprising Mr Sawyer

Rob Sawyer
William James Sawyer was a significant figure on the North West football landscape in the first half of the Twentieth Century.

Memory Lane - Southampton v Everton

Patrick Murphy
The recent history of Saints vs Everton.

Memory Lane - Arsenal (H)

Patrick Murphy
Famous Old Foes and Modern Day Nemesis: Everton v Arsenal

Memory Lane - Everton vs Stoke City

Patrick Murphy
The last in this series looks as Everton's history against the Potters

The Last Act of the Cannonball Kid

James Corbett
An abridged version of James Corbett’s introduction to The Cannonball Kid, his biography of Everton hero Dave Hickson, out now and published by deCoubertin Books.

Tommy Eggleston Remembered

Rob Sawyer
Beside virtually every great manager there is a great right-hand man. In Harry Catterick’s case he enjoyed the vital support of Tom “Tommy” Eggleston.

In Search of the First Everton Stalwart

Tony Onslow
The story of George Dobson who made his Everton debut in 1885 who went on to become Everton's first captain.

Buck Mick Buckley Remembered

Rob Sawyer
On the one-year anniversary of his passing, Rob Sawyer of the Heritage Society looks back at the life and career of Mick Buckley who played for the Blues 135 times in the 1970s.

The 2014-15 season from Roberto's viewpoint

Paul Traill
Paul Traill was among a group of independent Everton website reps invited to Finch Farm for a retrospective with manager Roberto Martinez on the ups and downs of season 2014-15. » Audio

Memory Lane - Everton v West Ham

Patrick Murphy
Lots of history in this fixture for students of Everton past and present.

Memory Lane - Chelsea (H)

Patrick Murphy
Two Glamour Clubs and their Fluctuating Fortunes: Everton v Chelsea

Jack Earp The Gentleman Amateur

Rob Sawyer
The story of Jack Earp who played for the Blues between 1891 and 1892 before winning the FA Cup with Sheffield Wednesday in 1896.

A Tribute to Matt Woods

Rob Sawyer
Remembering Matt Woods, a centre-half who was on the Blues' books in the 1950s, who recently passed away aged 82.

Is the End Nigh for a Patient Courtship?

Lyndon Lloyd
Are the various noises coming out of Goodison Park from manager, players and recruitment staff alike a signal that the chase for Lukaku is approaching a successful conclusion?

Well Qualified to Keep Goal for Everton

Tony Onslow
The story of Bob Smalley, the man between the posts when Everton kicked off the inaugural Football League season in 1888-89.

Memory Lane Aston Villa at Goodison Park

Patrick Murphy
Villains – Oldest Rivals, Oldest Friends! Everton v Aston Villa

Memory Lane Spurs v Everton

Patrick Murphy
Cup Specialists unable to Match Everton’s League record – Tottenham Hotspur versus Everton, a historical review of this fixture.

Memory Lane - Everton v Hull City

Patrick Murphy
Hull City have made more visits to Goodison Park for FA Cup ties and Second Division games than they have made for top-flight matches and today’s fixture will be only the fourth occasion that they have visited the stadium for a top-flight encounter, all of which have come in the Premier League era.

I Have Been a Wild Rover (And an Everton Blue)

Tony Onslow
John Henry Kirwen, born appropriately in 1878, is possibly the first Irishman to play for Everton.

Memory Lane Burnley

Patrick Murphy
The Clarets – Vintage Opponents: Burnley v Everton

Memory Lane Man City v Everton

Patrick Murphy
From Hyde Road to the Etihad Stadium: Manchester City versus Everton

Charlie Gee: Stockport, Everton and England

Rob Sawyer
The story of Charlie Gee, whom Everton signed from Stockport in 1930 and who played a key role in the Everton career of one Harry Catterick.

The Costley Brothers Was It Jim Or Was It Tom?

Tony Onslow
Profiling Tommy Costley who joined the club in 1886 and was a member of the Everton side that became founder members of the Football League in 1888

Loose Belgian Lips Expose Everton's Harsh Reality

Lyndon Lloyd
Beyond the semantics of quotes attributed to Romelu Lukaku this week lies a more sobering reality. In order to keep our best players, Everton need to become a "top club" once more.

Memory Lane - Swansea at Goodison

Patrick Murphy
The Swans rare opponents in the top-flight

Well-Tailored to Keep Goal for Everton

Tony Onslow
A signing from local rivals Bootle, David Jardine was in goal for Everton's first match at Goodison Park.

In Search of George Brewster

Tony Onslow
The story of George "Dod" Brewster, an Everton captain who played for the club between for 18 months between 1921 and 1922.

The Blacksmith of Crossmyloof

Tony Onslow
The story of John Weir, a Scottish defender who played 19 league games for Everton in 1889-90.

Memory Lane - Everton v QPR

Patrick Murphy
A potted history of tonight's Everton v Queens Park Rangers fixture.

2014-15 Season Preview

Lyndon Lloyd
The curtain will soon be raised on Roberto Martinez's second season in charge at Goodison Park, the latest page in a new chapter of the club's history waiting to be written.

Diamonds Are For Everton - The Story of Umbro and Everton

Rob  Sawyer
Charting the history of Everton's association with kit manufacturer, Umbro, the past half-century

The Story of Jacob Lewin: Everton's First Foreign Player?

Rob Sawyer
EFC Heritage society attempt to pick up the trail of Swede, Jacob Lewin, whose appearances for Everton's A team just before WWI perhaps make him the club's first Jewish and foreign player.

The Tale of a Former Everton Full Back

Tony Onslow
Profiling George Molyneux who played for Everton over two spells at the end of the 19th century.

Snods and a Little Bit of Big Dunc!

Paul Traill
Paul Traill was ToffeeWeb's press representative covering the club's surprise tour for 10 lucky season ticket holders.

Memory Lane - Sunderland vs Everton

Patrick Murphy
Everton visit Sunderland for the 80th time in the top flight this weekend. Patrick looks at recent history of the fixture

Rob Howarth a Former Everton Captain

Tony Onslow
Everton's first captain at Goodison Park, Howarth took over as skipper from Jonny Holt after the move from Anfield

Memory Lane - Leicester City (A)

Patrick Murphy
Details of the matches that Everton have been involved in with Leicester City on their patch 10, 20 and 30 years ago.

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