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January 2015

Transfer Deadline Day

31 January
Everton have moved to strengthen their squad on the final day of the winter transfer window with the acquisition of Oumar Niasse from Lokomotiv Moscow in a deal worth £13.5m. Aiden McGeady has been loaned out to Sheffield Wednesday.

Blues will be away at Bournemouth in Round 5

31 January
Everton have been handed another away assignment in the FA Cup following this evening's draw for the Fifth Round, with a trip to Bournemouth in the offing.

Everton comfortably through with a clean sheet

31 January
Ross Barkley and Aaron Lennon led the way with the stand-out performances and a goal apiece as the Blues registered an encouragingly routine victory over Carlisle United at Brunton Park after Arouna Kone had given them a second-minute lead.

Pienaar tops 'Premier League's most injured players' list  [MEDIA]

31 January
At last we have won something. Since January 2013 our very own Steven Pienaar has missed more days injured than even Stumbleridge and Sicknote Wilshire.

Check out the top ten which sadly includes Brian Oviedo but his was, of course, exacerbated by his long spell out with a double leg break.

Carlisle United vs Everton

31 January
After Wednesday's disappointment in the League Cup, Everton's road towards Wembley in the FA Cup continues with a trip to Carlisle United in the fourth round in the televised lunchtime kickoff.

Report: Everton to land Niasse

30 January
Senegal striker Oumar Niasse is in England discussing personal terms over a £13.5m move to Everton according to a report.

U18s held by West Brom

30 January
Jack Bainbridge scored for Everton's U18s as they drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion this morning, adding a point in their quest to reclaim the U18s Premier League title.

Reports: McGeady to join Wednesday on loan

31 January
Updated Aiden McGeady's search for regular first-team football between now and the end of the season looks to have lead him to Hillsborough and a temporary switch to Sheffield Wednesday.

EFCSA stonewalled in quest for answers to infamous AGM questions

29 January
The Everton Shareholders Association have expressed their frustration over the Board of Directors' refusal to budge on answering a series of questions related to the club's ownership.

Roberto Martinez talks too much for his own good  [MEDIA]

29 January
Writing in the Irish Independent, John Giles gives his view of how Roberto Martinez's flowery words run contrary to the reality of results and how the situation relates to the likes of Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy.

Blues help Carlisle flood relief effort

29 January
Everton fans are supporting a campaign to help FA Cup opponents Carlisle United to continue their vital community outreach work in the wake of the devastating floods that hit the region last month.

Martinez: Everton are not under-achieving

29 January
The manager has again rejected the notion that his side is falling short of expectations this season and has pleaded for more patience from Everton's fans.

Everton booked for Rooney testimonial

28 January
An Everton side will travel to Old Trafford on 3rd August for Wayne Rooney's testimonial it is being reported.

Jagielka frustrated by Atkinson's 'arrogance'

28 January
The controversy over Manchester City's second goal in last night's League Cup semi-final decider has been further inflamed by accounts of referee Martin Atkinson's handling of the match.

Martinez 'heartbroken' by missed call

28 January
Roberto Martinez put Everton's exit from the League Cup in last night's semi-final firmly at the door of the match officials following Manchester City's controversial second goal.

Ferguson declared bankrupt

28 January
Everton coach and former striker Duncan Ferguson has been declared bankrupt according to newspaper reports.

Everton's Wembley hopes ended by City's second-half surge

27 January
Everton scored a vital away goal and had one foot in the final with a 3-1 aggregate lead but eventually succumbed in dispiritingly predictable fashion after Fernandinho's deflected equaliser and a controversial Kevin de Bruyne goal turned the tide Manchester City's way.

Deulofeu's case for defence

27 January
Gerard Deulofeu says that this Everton team can beat anyone but they need to show more passion and defend better as a team.

Kenny goes out on loan again

27 January
Jonjoe Kenny has joined Oxford United on an initial one-month loan it has been announced.

Manchester City vs Everton

27 January
Everton are back in Eastlands this evening for the second time in the space of a fortnight and the third meeting with Manchester City this month, one that carries the promise of a place at Wembley in next month's Capital One Cup final if they can get the right result.

Leeds boss pessimistic over Everton's McGeady

26 January
The Yorkshire club's manager, Steve Evans, has confirmed his interest in bringing the Irish winger to Elland Road but admits there is competition from clubs in the Premier League for his signature.

Martinez: Too early to judge Stones

26 January
Roberto Martinez has spoken of the need to be patient with John Stones, pointing to his relatively tender age but massive potential.

Robles back in for semi-final decider

26 January
Roberto Martinez will stick with his policy of deploying Joel Robles as his goalkeeper in the cups this week after confirming that the Spaniard will start at City tomorrow.

There's a time to play and a time to secure the points  [MEDIA]

24 January
Stephen Hunt, a one-time target of David Moyes when he was Everton manager, writes in the Irish Independent about the Blues' need to shirk the pure approach late in games and shut them down.

Martinez denies MLS approach for Howard

25 January
The manager said there was nothing to comment on when asked if Colorado Rapids had made an inquiry about the American international goalkeeper.

Collymore: Martinez is letting down his young stars  [MEDIA]

25 January
The pundit and talkSPORT presenter argues that the Everton boss needs to add pragmatism to his Barca fantasy and address the realities of the Premier League by ironing out the errors and instilling discipline in the likes of Ross Barkley and John Stones.

World's richest man visits Everton's training facility

25 January
Everton hosted Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Chancellor of the Exchequor, George Osbourne, to Finch Farm today to promote Sport Relief.

Barry: We need to play through fans' frustrations

25 January
Gareth Barry admits that Everton aren't capitalising on the power of Goodison Park and that it's up to the players to perform in front of their own fans.

Martinez takes positives from second-half reaction

24 January
The manager lamented bad luck and a failure to make pressure after half-time tell as the reasons for Everton's latest home defeat.

Deulofeu blames poor first half for Swans loss

24 January
Gerard Deulofeu was left to bemoan Everton's slow start to what he called a "horrendous" first half as they were beaten 2-1 by Swansea City at Goodison Park today.

Blues' home struggles continue with another big set-back

24 January
Everton slumped to their fifth home defeat of the season and their first League defeat to Swansea City in history thanks to another penalty calamity, Andre Ayew's deflected winner and two missed chances late on that would have at least saved face.

Injured duo out of cup semi-final at the Etihad

24 January
Muhamed Besic and Kevin Mirallas have both been ruled out of the trip to Manchester City on Wednesday after coming off injured inside the first half of today's defeat to Swansea.

Cult status is only the start for battling Muhamed Besic  [MEDIA]

24 January
Paul Wilson talks to the Bosnian midfielder who is becoming as revered at Goodison Park as he is in his homeland.

Tim Howard Goalkeeper of the Year

23 January
The American has been voted CONCACAF's Goalkeeper of the Year, becoming the first three-time winner of any award by the confederation.

Everton vs Swansea City

23 January
Having enjoyed a rare full week's preparation between fixtures, Everton play the first of five games in the space of just 14 days with the visit of Swansea City to Goodison Park this Sunday.

Naismith hopes to thank Everton fans with debut Norwich goal against Liverpool  [MEDIA]

22 January
The Scot admits that leaving Everton was perhaps the biggest decision of his career but says he needed to play regular football in what is a short a career.

Martinez resolute over his star players

22 January
The media keep asking him but the Everton manager has the same response with regard to the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley.

Coleman could return against Swansea

22 January
Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy have been "progressing well" in the words of Roberto Martinez following their return to full training but the manager said it was too early to tell if either will be considered for Sunday's team.

Arsenal game moved for TV

21 January
Everton's clash with the Gunners, originally a traditional 3pm kick-off, will now take place at 12.45pm on Saturday 19th March.

Steven Naismith: A man of the people at the People's Club  [MEDIA]

21 January
Phil Kirkbride on the departure of a player the Everton fans could relate to, one they saw give nothing less than everything he had, for every single second of every single game. Naismith was the type loved on the terraces, he approached each game how the fans would if given the chance to pull on that royal blue shirt and they adored him for it.

Everton remain in Deloitte Money League top 20

21 January
The club moved up to 18th place on the annual list for 2014-15 thanks to record revenues on the back of the bumper Premier League TV deal.

Amanda Holden signs for Everton in the Community

20 January
TV favourite Amanda Holden has been appointed an honorary patron of her football team’s charity, Everton in the Community.

Late Duffus header sends U21s through to Lancs Senior Cup final

20 January
Everton's Under-21s beat Accrington Stanley in this evening's semi-final thanks to a headed goal by substitute Courtney Duffus.

Blues to face Carlisle in FA Cup 4th Round

19 January
Everton's opponents in the FA Cup Fourth Round will be Carlisle United after they defeated fellow League Two outfit Yeovil Town in a penalty shootout this evening.

Mirallas can earn the right to play

19 January
Roberto Martinez has described the Belgian's performance at Chelsea last Saturday as "outstanding" and he indicates that that kind of form will keep him in the Everton team.

Irish duo back in training

19 January
Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy are both on the comeback trail and could be fit for the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester City next week.

U18s beat Middlesbrough

16 January
Everton's Under-18s returned to winning ways following their defeat to Manchester City by comfortably overcoming Middlesbrough at Finch Farm.

Naismith completes Norwich switch

19 January
Steven Naismith's move to Carrow Road has been confirmed with the Scottish international wrapping up a reported £8.5m move from Everton.

Everton pipped to Byram by West Ham

18 January
Everton look to have been beaten to the signing of Sam Byram from Leeds United by West Ham whose late bid has swayed the 22-year-old to move to Upton Park instead.

Martinez incensed as Everton are denied victory in controversial circumstances

16 January
Everton were denied a thrilling victory at Stamford Bridge in bitterly controversial circumstances as John Terry was allowed to flick home Oscar's knock-on in the eighth minute of stoppage time despite being a yard offside.

Club to reward travelling fans for Manchester debacle

17 January
Everton have offered to reimburse fans who have bought a ticket to the forthcoming Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester and also purchased one for the away game at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League that was affected by unusually chronic traffic problems last Wednesday.

Byram deal in the balance as West Ham move in

18 January
Updated Sam Byram was expected to be unveiled as an Everton player within the next 24 hours but West Ham look to have swayed the 22-year-old with the promise of immediate first-team football.

Oviedo injury not serious

17 January
Roberto Martinez has provided assurances that the Costa Rican defender escaped serious injury in yesterday's draw with Chelsea.

Baines rues not managing Chelsea game better

16 January
Leighton Baines expressed the players' disappointment with today's 3-3 draw at Chelsea saying that Everton only had themselves to blame for not seeing the game out.

Martinez: 'Pure anger' at officiating in Chelsea draw

16 January
Roberto Martinez says the crucial decisions that went against Everton during a controversial climax to today's 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge were "diabolical".

Chelsea vs Everton

15 January
Everton play the second of two tough away games in the space of four days as they travel to improving Chelsea this weekend knowing that they need to start putting wins on the board, especially against so-called "big teams", if they are to begin moving back up the table.

Report: Contract talks planned for Stones

15 January
Everton will sit down with John Stones, Muhamed Besic and Bryan Oviedo once the current transfer window has closed to discuss new terms, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Naismith could leave Everton this month

15 January
Negotiations have progressed with a Premier League club, assumed to be Norwich City, for the sale of Steven Naismith and Roberto Martinez has suggested that the decision ultimately rests with the Scottish forward.

U21s win rollercoaster affair with Newcastle

14 January
Everton's Under-21s came out on the right side of a goal-fest in Southport, beating Newcastle 4-3 just when it looked as though an 89th-minute equaliser had salvaged a draw for the visitors.

Tommy Lawton's heartbreaking letter to Sir Richard Attenborough  [MEDIA]

14 January
The ex-Everton striker, who scored 65 goals in 87 appearances before his career was disrupted by the outbreak of the Second World War, wrote to the late film-maker and Chelsea director asking for a loan in 1970.

Leeds accept Everton offer for Byram

14 January
Everton have had a bid of £3.7m for Leeds United fullback Sam Byram accepted by the Yorkshire club it has been confirmed with formal talks with the player planned for Sunday.

Swansea boss confirms interest in Naismith

14 January
Alan Curtis says that the Scot is on a list of transfer targets for this month as he looks to steer the Swans away from relegation danger.

Martinez pleased with resilient Blues

13 January
The manager has hailed his side's new-found defensive fortitude as they held off Manchester City to earn a 0-0 draw at the Etihad Stadium this evening.

Trip to Carlisle or Yeovil will be televised

13 January
Regardless of which club wins the replay between the Cumbrians and the Glovers, Everton's FA Cup Fourth Round tie will be carried live by BT Sport on 31st January.

Howard and Everton repel City's second-half tide to claim hard-earned draw

13 January
Tim Howard answered his recent critics with a man-of-the-match display to help Everton to a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium that could prove to be a psychological lift ahead of the League Cup second leg there in a fortnight's time.

Martinez talks transfers

12 January
The manager updated the media on a potential loan move for Aiden McGeady this month while also leaving the door open to the possibility of incoming players.

Roberto Martinez's stubborn faith in Tim Howard a major issue for Everton  [MEDIA]

13 January
Luke O'Farrell argues that while the American attracts criticism for his ongoing lack of form, Martinez's failure to act is becoming the bigger problem.

Martinez focused on the present where Howard is concerned

13 January
The manager says it's impossible to say whether his first-choice goalkeeper will be with the club beyond the summer but he continues to stand by the American.

Manchester City vs Everton

12 January
Everton go in search of a first Premier League win since Boxing Day in the unforgiving environs of the Etihad Stadium this week, the first of two important visits to Manchester this month to face the team currently sitting third in the table.

U21s earn slender win at City

11 January
Everton's second string beat Manchester City 1-0 at their Academy stadium thanks to a goal by Kieran Dowell.

Everton get Carlisle or Yeovil in FA Cup fourth round

11 January
The Blues were handed an away tie against League Two opposition in the next round of the FA Cup in this evening's draw.

Lukaku expected to be fit to face City

11 January
Roberto Martinez is confident that the Belgian striker will have recovered from the ankle injury he sustained in the Capital One Cup semi-final against the Citizens in time to face them again in the League on Wednesday.

Holland signs pro forms with the Blues

10 January
Nathan Holland has become the latest Finch Farm Academy player to pen a professional contract with Everton now that he is 17.

Team Noah thanks fans for overwhelming response

10 January
Noah Cunningham and his mum Vicki were ‘overwhelmed’ by the response of Everton and Dagenham & Redbridge fans following an online campaign to send him cards on his 12th birthday.

McGeady the subject of multiple loan enquiries

9 January
Aiden McGeady was left out of today's FA Cup win over Dagenham & Redbridge as Everton weigh up three separate approaches to take the Irishman on loan.

U18s beaten by leaders Man City

9 January
Everton's Under-18s were edged 1-0 by Manchester City as the top two went head-to-head this morning.

Everton do enough to progress past Daggers

9 January
Goals in each half by Arouna Kone and Kevin Mirallas were sufficient for the Blues to book their place in the FA Cup Fourth Round as Roberto Martinez's much-changed team made their dominance tell.

Everton vs Dagenham & Redbridge

8 January
Phil Jagielka will be back in the starting XI for the visit of the League Two side in the FA Cup third round tomorrow while Steven Pienaar is also in line to make his latest comeback.

Martinez aware that only Champions League football can keep stars at Everton

8 January
Roberto Martinez says that winning winning trophies is what Everton as a club is about but he is under no illusions that finishing in the top four and gaining access to European football's top competition is probably the only way to keep the club's best players at Goodison Park.

Besic eyes League victory at the Etihad to revive top-four charge

7 January
Muhamed Besic is already looking ahead to Everton's trip to Manchester City next week where three vital points are on offer as the Blues look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.

Muhamed Besic: the cultured scrapper who could turn out to be an Everton gem  [MEDIA]

7 January
Jonathan Wilson laps up the Bosnian's excellent display against Manchester City in the League Cup semi final first leg, an all-round performance of grit, intelligence, aggression and mobility.

Everton seal signing of young Swiss forward

7 January
Everton have wrapped up the acquisition of Shani Tarashaj and have loaned him back to Grasshopper Zurich for the remainder of the season.

First-leg win marred by injuries

6 January
Everton have concerns for this weekend's FA Cup tie against Dagenham & Redbridge and the League game at Manchester City beyond after three players limped off in this evening's game.

Martinez thrilled with players' response in Blues' win

6 January
Roberto Martinez hailed his team's character and the Goodison Park crowd as Everton won the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final against Manchester City this evening.

Impressive Blues draw first blood in Capital One Cup semi

6 January
Everton will take a 2-1 lead into second leg at the Eithad Stadium later this month as Romelu Lukaku's 78th-minute header restored the Blues' one-goal advantage after Sergio Aguero had cancelled out Ramiro Funes Mori's first-half opener.

Walsh goes out on loan

6 January
Everton U21 midfielder Liam Walsh has joined Yeovil Town on a temporary basis.

Blues' leaders summon Goodison's 12th man

6 January
Roberto Martinez, Phil Jagielka and Gareth Barry have all called upon Evertonians to revive the bear-pit atmosphere at Goodison Park for this evening's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Manchester City.

Report: Everton set to sign Tarashaj

6 January
Updated Everton hope to wrap up the acquisition of Swiss talent Shani Tarashaj on Thursday and then loan him back to Grasshopper Zurich for the remainder of the season.

Cards for Noah

5 January
Noah Cunningham is set for a birthday to remember when Everton take on Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Cup 3rd Round at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Martinez hints at January exits

5 January
While he was naming no names, the Everton manager has suggested that, with Euro2016 on the horizon, one or two players could leave the club this month to pare down what he describes as "a really large" squad.

Everton vs Manchester City

5 January
Everton begin their two-legged League Cup semi-final tomorrow against Manchester City at Goodison Park, hoping to build the platform from which they can progress to the club's first Wembley final in seven years.

Jagielka pencilled in for Dagenham tie

4 January
Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Phil Jagielka won't start against Manchester City but he could be involved in the FA Cup at the weekend.

Martinez hails defensive improvement

4 January
The Catalan says that yesterday's performance in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham showed that his Everton side are rectifying their problems at the back and are "ready to be stronger" defensively going forward.

Everton's late surge not enough to overcome resilient Spurs

3 January
Everton had to be content with a point from a game that featured two first-half goals but which saved most of its excitement for the closing stages. The Blues led completely against the run of play through Aaron Lennon's superb half-volleyed goal but switched off in stoppage time at the end of the first period to allow Dele Alli to equalise.

Henen to stay with Fleetwood until May

3 January
David Henen is the latest U21 player to have his loan spell extended with the news that he will stay with League One Fleetwood Town for the remainder of the season.

U21s duo extend loan spells

2 January
Everton U21 midfielders Ryan Ledson and Conor Grant have had their loan spells with Cambridge United and Doncaster Rovers respectively extended by another month.

Everton are at a crossroads – and in danger of being left behind  [MEDIA]

2 January
One of English football's traditional superpowers still have much to commend them under Bill Kenwright but desperately need fresh investment.

Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur

2 January
Everton complete what has been a mixed festive programme hoping to negotiate a tricky-looking home game against high-flying Tottenham Hotspur and get 2016 off to a winning start following the disappointment against Stoke.

Martinez says rectifying defensive woes is a team responsibility

2 January
The manager has refused to single out individuals like under-fire goalkeeper Tim Howard for criticism for his team's problems at the back and insists that Everton need to defend better as a group.

Blues complete Foulds signing

2 January
With the transfer window now open, Everton have officially finalised the acquisition of Matty Foulds from Bury.

Wages would prevent McGeady rejoining Celtic

1 January
The Hoops boss, Ronny Deila, admits that his club struggles to sign players like the out-of-favour Irish winger because they can't match their Premier League salaries.


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