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Chelsea v Everton - A tactical analysis

Steve Ferns
15/11/2018

A detailed look back at the Blues' hard-won point at Stamford Bridge last Sunday

Gentleman John

Rob Sawyer
13/11/2018

The infamous circumstances of Johnny Carey's dismissal as Everton manager in 1961 have entered football folklore but there was so much more to this which makes the focus on that taxi ride unjust.

Chelsea point represents another step forward for Everton under Silva

Lyndon Lloyd
11/11/2018

Though things didn’t quite come together in the attacking third as the manager would have hoped or the impressively vocal travelling fans might have dreamed this result and the display that underpinned it are evidence of further progress in the Portuguese’s nascent tenure

Resilient Everton display ends goalless

Michael Kenrick
11/11/2018

Everton endured their toughest test to date this season when they stopped Chelsea scoring at Stamford Bridge, but lacked the guile needed to win the game.

How do Everton take the next step?

Gary McCarty
09/11/2018

As the season has developed the Toffees are starting to thrive under their new manager’s system. The missing ingredient for them to get to the next level could be a top-quality striker

What Everton can learn from Tony Bellew – Chelsea (A) preview

Patrick Gillen
09/11/2018

The Bomber is a man who doesn’t know when he’s beat, and that’s exactly what Marco Silva must instil into this Everton team

Kissing The Badge, Part 1 – The Name Everton

Pete Jones
05/11/2018

One of ToffeeWeb's esteemed Everton historians looks at the origins of the name that our club adopted from the district in 1879 and still proudly bears to this day

Fine brace from Richarlison seals win

Michael Kenrick
03/11/2018

Three excellent goals, two from Richarlison and one from Coleman, sealed the win over a resistant Seagulls side.

Richarlison dazzles again as Everton cruise to victory over Brighton

Lyndon Lloyd
03/11/2018

A handsome win and yet you feel there is still quite a bit of unfulfilled potential in this team which is pretty exciting for the future under Marco Silva

Not your run-of-the-mill Old Trafford defeat

Lyndon Lloyd
28/10/2018

Ultimately, it was another dispiriting loss at Old Trafford but with enough to keep alive the hope and belief that Everton are moving in the right direction under Silva

Blues fail to really punish the lucky Reds

Michael Kenrick
28/10/2018

Everton produce an ultimately disappointing display by failing to beat a very beatable Manchester United side on their turf.

An alternative 'Team of the Century' – Part 2

John McFarlane [Senior]
22/10/2018

To finish off this article, I pay tribute to another three Everton players who formed part of my alternative "Team of the Century": Sam Chedgzoy, Bobby Collins, and Bill Dean.

Silva secures a hat-trick of wins with Pickford save and timely substitutions

Lyndon Lloyd
21/10/2018

With the help of his star goalkeeper, Marco Silva engineered victory when it seemed as though Everton were destined to be shut out by a typically obstinate Crystal Palace

Two late subs, two great goals as Pickford saves Blues

Michael Kenrick
21/10/2018

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun both came on to score late goals as Crystal Palace make it very difficult, Pickford saving a penalty won by Zaha.

Can Everton be André Gomes's new lease on life?

Lyndon Lloyd
21/10/2018

The 25-year-old has come a long way already in his career but has yet to truly find his place.

An alternative 'Team of the Century' — Part 1

John McFarlane [Senior]
16/10/2018

At the turn of the century (1999-2000), Radio Merseyside presenter Alan Jackson invited listeners to his 'Football Football Show' to submit the names of players with Merseyside connections to feature in a Team of the Century. I submitted an eleven who had left their mark on football both on and off the field of play; my Everton nominations were as follows...

Charles Munroe Lindsay, an Everton Goalkeeper

Tony Onslow
08/10/2018

The first of a long line of “first-choice” goalkeepers at the club

Everton win away with two fine goals

Michael Kenrick
06/10/2018

Everton got off to a brilliant start at Leicester with Bernard's trickery setting up a fine finish for Richarlison after just 7 minutes. But the second from Sigurdsson was a worldie.

Silva's stars begin to align as Everton top Leicester

Lyndon Lloyd
06/10/2018

It may have taken a world-class goal from Gylfi Sigurdsson but Everton were full value for their first away win under Marco Silva

Taking the Carabao Cup seriously

Paul O'Neil
05/10/2018

There is a clear disconnection between how the loyal supporters of our club view this competition and how Everton view it. Surely Everton have a duty to take the League Cup / Milk Cup / Carabao Cup seriously? I think there are many ways to let the club know how unhappy their supporters are.

Doomed to Repeat the Errors of the Past

Lyndon Lloyd
03/10/2018

Everton’s infuriating dance of despair with the League Cup continues amid a slew of changes to a winning line-up that doomed the Blues to another exit in the early rounds of the competition

“Nobody Loved Football More Than Tony”

Becky Tallentire
02/10/2018

The next chapter of the 2004 book Real Footballers' Wives, features Marina Kay, wife of 1960s legend, Tony.

Sigurdsson and Tosun finally find the net

Michael Kenrick
29/09/2018

Sigurdsson finally delivered after missing a penalty but scoring two fine goals, Cenk Tosun getting his first of the season.

Everton make their quality tell to put paid to Fulham

Lyndon Lloyd
29/09/2018

While far from fully convincing, this was an important result that can provide a catalyst from which to get some forward momentum on the season

Signs of progress amid the gloom of another Emirates defeat

Lyndon Lloyd
24/09/2018

Ultimately, this was a routine result for this particular fixture in scoreline only and 2-0 was harsh on an Everton team that had done more than enough to earn at least a point

Cech repels fine Everton attacks to steal the points

Michael Kenrick
23/09/2018

Everton took the game to Arsenal brilliantly in the first half but crucially failed to score, and the inevitable happens in the second half.

Question marks all over the shop

Lyndon Lloyd
16/09/2018

This was very much a story of contrasting individual stories and it throws up a slew of talking points about just how strong Marco Silva’s team actually is and whether the system favoured up to this point — not to mention the personnel within it — has any future

Atrocious result as Everton self-destruct

Michael Kenrick
16/09/2018

Everton self-destruct with two horrible goals given away in a shockingly awful first-half display against the bottom side.

The “Complexities” of Financing a Stadium Build

Paul The Esk
14/09/2018

Just how complex is it, and is it different for Everton than any other club?

That Old Cliché About Rome...

Lyndon Lloyd
13/09/2018

Everton have missed a few tricks in the opening weeks of Marco Silva’a first campaign in charge but time is needed for important players to become available and for things to gel as a whole

“Maestro” – The Jack Southworth Story

Rob Sawyer
10/09/2018

Evertonians laud the club’s lineage of talismanic goal scorers but some wonderful marksmen are somewhat overlooked. One of them, Jack Southworth, remains the only Everton player to score a double hat-trick in a first team match. Yet there was much more to this polymath who excelled on both musical and sporting stages.

Signs of Spring

Martin O'Connor
09/09/2018

It is early days and there is a long way to go, but the start we have made has exceeded what could have been expected. The cold dark winter of Allardyce is well and truly gone. The buds of spring are now starting to sprout under Silva and Brands. There is a long way to go and we will have setbacks along the way, but we can look forward with optimism.

Dismal Everton escape with a draw

Michael Kenrick
01/09/2018

Everton went behind all too easily off another corner but responded immediately through Calvert-Lewin, yet they could not break through again in a dreadful second half.

Tactical Analysis – Southampton (H)

Steve Ferns
27/08/2018

So many positives to take from the game, but it was far from perfect. We will be better than this. This is all about progression.

Blues squander two-goal lead after ridiculous Richarlison 'head-butt'

Michael Kenrick
25/08/2018

A crazy game on the south coast, ended in stalemate with a player from each side sent off and Keane stretchered off.

An opportunity missed but some harsh lessons hopefully learned

Lyndon Lloyd
25/08/2018

Rome wasn’t built in a day and Everton won’t be rebuilt over the course of a summer, a couple of transfer windows or even a season but this felt like another big missed opportunity nonetheless

Jack Brearley, a Prisoner at Ruhleben

Tony Onslow
20/08/2018

The forward played for Everton in the early years of the 20th Century and was caught up in World War I when he was imprisoned by the Germans while working as a trainer in Europe

Encouraging signs as Everton earn first win under Silva

Lyndon Lloyd
18/08/2018

What’s really exciting for Evertonians is that, really like the team’s performance as a whole, you get the sense there is much, much more to come from Richarlison who already has three goals to his name.

Scintillating football returns to Goodison Park

Michael Kenrick
18/08/2018

Marco Silva orchestrated a splendid start to his first home Premier League fixture as Everton put two finely worked goals past Southampton.

Brands Power

Adam McCulloch
16/08/2018

The work of Marcel Brands over the summer has certainly justified the Blues blazing this trail: he may be one of the most important signings in the club’s history.

So where did all the money come from?

Paul The Esk
13/08/2018

A look at how Everton financed the last transfer window's activity, and the consequences going forward

Richarlison thrills as 10-man Blues are denied victory by Wolves

Lyndon Lloyd
12/08/2018

It may not have ended up that way in this game but it looks like Everton have a bona fide match-winner in Richarlison. Even better, four of Silva’s signings have yet to make their first appearances. It feels like things are just getting started…

10-man Everton forced to settle for opening-day draw

Michael Kenrick
11/08/2018

Everton's 2018-19 Premier League campaign began with a draw in front of the BT cameras in the late-afternoon kick-off at Molineux against newly-promoted Wolves.

A New Hope

Lyndon Lloyd
11/08/2018

Having been handed the reins, Marco Silva gets to prove he is worthy of the Everton hierarchy’s faith but the outlook is already considerably brighter after one of the best transfer windows the club has seen

When 'Legends' were thin on the ground — Part 7

John McFarlane [Senior]
07/08/2018

To conclude the list of players who represented Everton from the 1946-47 season, when the Football League resumed after World War Two, until the 1950-51 season, when Everton were relegated to Division Two.

Everton have plenty to prove under new boss Marco Silva

Gary McCarty
08/08/2018

Marco Silva has been tasked with producing a more pleasing style of football than was the case under his predecessor, Sam Allardyce. Assessing the club’s chances of success under the former Hull City and Watford boss next term.

Let's Make Everton Great Again

Lyndon Lloyd
07/08/2018

A chat with Elizabeth France, wife of the good Dr Everton, on renewed hope for the stop-start Farhad Moshiri era, reminiscences of the great Ray Wilson, and what may lie ahead under Marcel Brands and Marco Silva

Heroes

Mark Cuddy
02/08/2018

You’ve got to have heroes, its all part of being a kid growing up, all part of being a human, all part of following a football team. I’m glad I chose Big Bob Latch as mine and I’m glad I supported Everton.

Things You Didn't Know About Marco Silva

Gary McCarty
02/08/2018

Stats have shown that foreign managers with different ideas of football have done exceptionally well in the Premier League.

“Bunny” – The Robert Bell Story

Rob Sawyer
31/07/2018

The Wirral has a proud tradition of producing high-calibre footballers and for a period in the 20th century, Tranmere became something of a centre-forward factory, producing the likes of “Dixie” Dean and his eventual team-mate “Bunny” Bell.

Sigurdsson Must Become Everton's Key Midfielder after World Cup Showing

Gary McCarty
27/07/2018

Now in his prime at 28 years old, the Icelandic Talisman needs to step up and become the midfield playmaker that he has been at other clubs and for his country.

How Pickford hit another level of performance at the World Cup

Gary McCarty
26/07/2018

Although England’s run to the semi-finals of the World Cup this summer produced several outstanding individual performances, Jordan Pickford had a particularly impressive tournament

The case for 60,000

Paul The Esk
26/07/2018

Amid suggestions that the club's hierarchy are considering a capacity of between 52,000 and 55,000, the argument and justification for 60,000 at Everton's proposed dockside stadium are worth repeating

Richarlison's massive fee is matched by his potential

Lyndon Lloyd
24/07/2018

Whether its £35m or £40m, it’s a jaw-dropping amount of money but it's the price of trying to remain competitive at the top end of the Premier League, and in Richarlison, Everton have invested heavily in some excitingly raw potential.

When 'Legends' were thin on the ground — Part 6

John McFarlane [Senior]
22/07/2018

Continuing the theme of listing every player who represented Everton from 1946-47 when League Football resumed after the Second World War, until 1950-51 when Everton were relegated to Division Two.

Squad Size and the Wage Bill

Michael Morgan
21/07/2018

I wanted to put a question out about whether other fans on here have discussed or ever had a thought on a way forward with reference to reducing the squad size and wage bill?

Time for Patience – On the Pitch, at Least

Paul The Esk
18/07/2018

Brands and Silva have to restructure the footballing side of the organisation. That cannot be done in one window, it might be done in three or four. It will require a huge amount of patience from fans but it also urgently requires an explanation from those in charge

Elie Hurel – The First Jerseyman to Play in the First Division

Rob Sawyer
18/07/2018

Elie Hurel was the first man from the Channel Islands dependencies to play in the English top flight. His journey there – from being orphaned as a child to lining up alongside the legendary Bill “Dixie” Dean at Goodison Park – is a remarkable one.

Pickford earns his England stripes and, hopefully, some respect from his doubters

Lyndon Lloyd
04/07/2018

The criticism of Jordan Pickford by some pundits, commentators and journalists came quickly at this World Cup but he answered them brilliantly against Colombia

Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing

Paul The Esk
01/07/2018

That was the stunningly simple assessment from one of the world’s greatest investors, Warren Buffett, when asked to define risk.

Excellent Everton brighten up the day

Paul Traill
04/11/2018

Everton, especially in the second half, ripped Brighton apart in what was as fine a 45 minutes I’ve seen from the Blues in some time.

The Lads in the Royal Blue Jersey

Gerard McKean
22/08/2018

Is there any more that could be done to re-ignite the pride and passion that has been sorely missing over the last few years?

Plenty of good individual performances

Paul Traill
30/08/2018

There was enough quality on the pitch to ensure our place in the third round was sealed, thanks to a Gylfi Sigurdsson tap-in and a brace from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The Hand That You're Dealt?

Andy  McNabb
10/07/2018

Is Roberto Martinez a much better manager than he got credit for at Everton?

When 'Legends' were Thin on the Ground – Part 5

John McFarlane [Senior]
12/07/2018

Continuing the theme of listing the players who represented Everton from 1946-47, when the Football League resumed following World War Two, until !950-51 when Everton were relegated to the old Second Division.

Draw ugly

Paul Traill
02/09/2018

A poor performance, the worst in five games, but we all need to understand that this is going to take a lot of time

550 miles for that!!!

Dave Williams
02/09/2018

Back in the house by 11:15 pm – a very long day and the fact that what I talked about when I got in was meeting Tony Bellew says it all about the football.

What if we do not sign anyone?

Steve Ferns
14/07/2018

I think we've got our own super coach. And if so, then do we really need to spend a load of money? Let's look at what we have...

Zonal Marking

Steve Ferns
05/09/2018

What it is and how Everton are currently executing Marco Silva's favoured defensive system badly

The Writing's on the Wall

Mark Cuddy
17/07/2018

At some point or other, most of us have had, or have got our own superstitions or rituals before a game. The truth is, we have no impact on the game whatsoever and yet people believe they do.

11 Days to Fame or Total Misery

Mike Oates
28/07/2018

To ensure the season is not an utter disaster waiting to happen, Marco and Marcel have got 11 days to entice another five or six top quality players in.

Money Talks

Adam McCulloch
30/07/2018

Let’s give him – and the new management team – a chance. Let’s stay positive, let’s make Goodison a fortress, let’s press, harry, play and produce. Let’s beat the Red Shite. Let’s laugh about the time we were angsty about which defender we bought from Barcelona. Let’s play Angry Birds.

One great half...

Paul Traill
30/09/2018

Overall, a nice win and an important one. As we have in our last two games, Fulham will rue them missed chances in the first half. The Premier League is unforgiving and if you miss your chances you are usually punished. Let’s hope this win can be a catalyst for us to be more clinical with our opportunities moving forward.

Why so many changes… EVERY YEAR?

Paul Traill
02/10/2018

There was a sad inevitability about Theo’s spot kick being saved, and it wasn’t a great effort. The keeper guessed right and stopped it. As Cedric walked up to take the final penalty I noticed several people already leaving in the Park End. Truth be told, had my seat been nearer the aisle than it is I’d perhaps have done the same. Cedric scoring was as inevitable as Silva making so many changes to the team.

More Than The Sum of Its Parts

Paul Tran
03/10/2018

Almost four years since my last trip to Goodison Park, I woke up at daft o’clock yesterday with that Christmas morning feeling. Yesterday, Everton made me feel special, re-united me with my Dad, re-affirmed my love for This Great Club of Ours, which acted like a great club off the pitch.

Making sense of statistics?

David Cooper
08/10/2018

What can the wealth of team and individual stats tell us about the performances we watch?

Is Everton Protestant or Catholic?

Bob Waterhouse
09/08/2018

Since the split in 1892, there developed a widely-held belief that Everton became the club of the substantial Merseyside Catholic population and Liverpool of the Protestant population. Influential members of the clubs’ respective boards seem to have given substance to this belief.

The New Era

Martin O'Connor
10/08/2018

The Silva - Brands era starts at Wolves; what can we expect in the 2018-19 season from our new duo?

Good Signs in the Undergrowth

Martin O'Connor
18/10/2018

There are signs that there is a promising batch of young players in the Under-23 squad who may have a chance at the Club. In the Under-18s as well, the Everton Academy system is still in good health.

Eruption of joy at Goodison Park

Paul Traill
21/10/2018

With time receding and Everton on the front foot, Lookman picked up the ball at the edge of the penalty area and crossed, Calvert-Lewin, despite Wayne Hennessey getting a hand to it, heading the ball into the net and triggering jubilant scenes in the stands.

Andre Gomes can be missing midfield link

Luke O'Farrell
22/10/2018

If the first half against Palace was a player working his way up to speed, then the second saw the summer signing click through the gears and start to dictate proceedings from his midfield base.

Gomes – The Number 6 We Have Been Waiting For?

Stephen Ferns
24/10/2018

Some musings on why this role is so important to the side

Early signs are very positive

Paul Traill
19/08/2018

A good and deserved win with good football played at times. With our new players still to be integrated, you have to be excited about what we might be able to do this season.

Wolves (away) - A (long and boring) tactical analysis

Steve Ferns
20/08/2018

After the horror shows in pre-season, it was good to see the old guard perform so well with just the addition of Richarlison and this gives so much hope for the future as the big signings break into the first XI, and everyone gets to grips with Silva's tactics, and his coaching continues to improve players.

What’s a good result? Take 2

Mike Allison
21/08/2018

Looked at objectively, all we’ve really done so far is met the minimum expectations for games against Wolves and Southampton

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