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Sack Marco? Not Now

Paul Traill

>Many want Marco Silva out. That would be a mistake in my opinion and I don’t think that is the solution

There may be trouble ahead

Dave Williams

Sheffield Utd were very well organised, two banks of four and with our ponderous build-up and tendency to play across the pitch and back again we made it easy for them.

Crisis looms for Silva as another season derails

Lyndon Lloyd

Following an utterly dreadful performance against Sheffield United, the Portuguese can be under no illusions about the mess he and his team have made of the new campaign

Blades cut to the heart of Blues' incompetence

Michael Kenrick

Total domination of possession by Everton, and 6 corners in each half, produced nothing, only for Mina to score an own-goal from their first corner.

Home and Away

Dylan Joseph

At home, we are seasoned professionals, knowing our job and more often than not executing it. Since 2004, we are expected to win just 5 times on the road out of 19 opportunities. So what’s the difference?

Away-day blues show no signs of abating

Lyndon Lloyd

This team is as firmly ensconced in the recent Evertonian tradition of serial underachievement away from home as any in recent years. Everton rarely win away matches and with defending like this, these sorts of ugly reverses are going to keep happening.

Blues have no answer for Bournemouth Bogey

Michael Kenrick

Everton went behind in a difficult first-half but Calvert-Lewin grabbed his first goal since March with a fine header to put them back in the game.

My Goodison Park Pilgrimage

Bill Gienapp

My very first trip to Goodison Park from Los Angeles, and thankfully, the gods were kind. Home against Wolves and even better, the match was moved to Sunday, which meant I wouldn’t have to take a train straight from the airport.

Names of the Nineties: Duncan Ferguson

Paul McParlan

Genuine cult heroes are hard to find these days but, needless to say, barring a miracle, we will never see the likes of "Big Dunc" again. He’s the player who made watching Everton in the 90s worthwhile.

Everton – The Baseball Years

Richie Gillham & Rob Sawyer

Baseball may be a minority sport in the UK but 80 years ago Merseyside was a hotbed of this popular American pastime. Had it not been for the outbreak of War in 1939 perhaps it would have gained a proper foothold in our sporting life.

Names of the Nineties: Daniel Amokachi

Paul McParlan

A World Cup star for Nigeria in 1994, Daniel Amokachi was Mike Walker's marquee acquisition that summer. The striker's spell at Goodison Park would outstrip that of the manager who signed him and while his record was fairly unremarkable, he is one of the more noteworthy players of the mid-1990s due to the extraordinary circumstances around his brace in an FA Cup semi-final.

Goodison Park – The New Home of Everton (1892)

Rob Sawyer

127 years ago Everton unveiled its new stadium at Mere Green – it would become known as Goodison Park on account of its proximity to Goodison Road. The first football match would take place on 2 September - a friendly against Bolton Wanderers. Athletic News was on hand to report on developments.

Graham Souness…

Adam McCulloch

Graham Souness must have been conceived, raised and whelped into existence in the most spiteful of circumstances. A series of outrageously outrageous events that etched a litany of grievances onto his forehead, each line another stroke of outrage. Permanently angry at everything the sun touches.

Spellow Lane, Stone Roses and Redemption

Rob Sawyer

Nigel Ipinson-Fleming was born in 1970 and raised on Spellow Lane, just round the corner from Goodison Park. In spite of his proximity to the famous old ground, he would eventually follow the rival team from across Stanley Park – but he is also quick to acknowledge the greatness of the Everton team of his teenage years.

Everton's under-performers rediscover their mojo in exciting win over Wolves

Lyndon Lloyd

Together with a trio of new signings making their full debuts, Richarlison, Sigurdsson and Gomes emerged from their early season funk to drive Everton to what feels like a huge victory

Blues victorious in a tremendous Goodison exhibition

Michael Kenrick

Everton kicked off their second home game on Sunday with the visit of Wolves in whirlwind style, 2-1 after 11 mins, and winning well 3-2 in the end.

Patience is required. We must hold our nerve.

Dylan Joseph

Momentous changes are happening at our club with the stadium, the first team transformation and the evolution of our style and our philosophy. We must support the team and allow Marcel and Marco to create a brighter future.

Stars new and old point the way forward as Everton deal with Lincoln

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton discovered their shooting boots and quadrupled their scoring tally for the season as they progressed to the third round of the Carabao Cup at Sincil Bank this evening

Clarence Berry, the rugby-playing goalkeeper of Everton

Tony Onslow

Clarence Herbert Berry, who joined in 1908 and played for the club until 1912, was the first Rugby League player to switch codes and sign for Everton

The Scripts Write Themselves

Lyndon Lloyd

A result and the performance that under-pinned it for the most part, were unsurprising — it was all just depressingly familiar; another potentially strong start to a season undermined by a display that served to highlight rather than mask the deficiencies that still exist in this Everton team

Blues go to sleep for 2 seconds...

Michael Kenrick

A very conservative Everton side played well enough until Aston Villa caught them sleeping on a quick free-kick, for Wesley to score with ease.

Horses for Courses – and a defence of Calvert-Lewin

Kevin Prytherch

What is our best team at the moment? Or rather, based on the back end of last season, what would be our first-choice starting XI at the moment?

The Nursery

Pete Jones

In a region of France known as the Forgotten Front lies an area dubbed “the Nursery Sector”, where new formations arriving on the Western front in WWI were often given their first front line experience. One was the 2/10th (Scottish) Battalion of the King’s Liverpool which included Corporal Wilfred Toman, formerly of Everton FC who was killed there on 2nd May 1917

Thoughts on Bramley-Moore Dock and the current financial conditions at Everton

Paul The Esk

A look at Everton's finances, some projections, the club's business plan and funding options as the consultation for Bramley-Moore Dock draws to a close

Tough encounter in tough conditions negotiated

Paul Traill

Though Everton lacked in quality for most of the game, they didn’t lack in heart and spirit and did have a steely determination to see the job through on a blustery, but warm, afternoon at Goodison Park.

Not pretty but the points were paramount

Lyndon Lloyd 

This could easily have ended in an irritating draw but this Everton team has now kept 10 sheets in its last 13 and with none of the summer acquisitions yet fully bedded in the team, it's been a pretty good start to the season.

Everton grind out a vital win

Michael Kenrick

Everton got off to a fine start with an early goal from Bernard against Watford at Goodison Park

'Money Can’t Buy Us Love: Everton in the 1960s' – By Gavin Buckland

Rob Sawyer

Two strong-willed, complicated, men form the axis of a new book by Gavin Buckland which explores, in greater detail than ever before, Everton during the trophy-laden 1960s

Our Proposed New Home

Lyndon Lloyd

Like the overwhelming majority of Evertonians it seems, judging by the voting on our current poll, I was pretty pleased with what I saw when the first visuals of Bramley-Moore Dock were revealed. I'd love to see a couple of unique touches added to the inside, though.

Season Aims

Martin O'Connor

As we embark on a new season what should blues expect from the 2019-20 campaign. With the positivity around the designs for Bramley-Moore Dock, will the season on the pitch match this positivity?

Greatest Everton squad of the Premier League era

Elliott Bretland

Boyhood Blues, FA Cup winners, Premier League record-breakers and five Scousers. This is the ultimate Everton squad of the Premier League era.


Lyndon Lloyd

A chat with Elizabeth France, wife of the good Dr Everton, on renewed hope for the new season – possibly the make or break season under Mr Moshiri’s ownership

The Case for More Firepower

Paul Derby

The signing of Moise Kean is a step in the right direction as Everton seek more potency up front, but Marcel Brands must redouble his efforts to recruit goalscoring talent if Everton are to challenge the Top 6 long term

What Should We Expect?

Sam Hoare

Do high expectations drive you to be your very best? Or do they just grind you into the ground when you continually fail to achieve them?

Worst Everton squad of the Premier League era

Elliott Bretland

I took to social media to ask thousands of Blues to pick the players who have stunk the place out at Goodison Park since 1992, the names who just never cut it and the footballers who simply failed to live up to their potential or price tag.

Familiar story for rusty Everton against stubborn Palace

Lyndon Lloyd

Plus ça change…”, "deja vu”… pick your French cliché. Everton began a new season with yet another draw — their seventh in the last eight seasons — in a game that was eerily similar to the one between these two teams in late April.

Two points dropped after Schneiderlin walks

Michael Kenrick

Everton’s 2019-20 Premier League campaign kicks off at Selhurst Park this weekend against Crystal Palace

Marks on a Window...

Martin O'Connor

How do we assess the Blues' business in the transfer market? Below is an assessment of how the Toffees' fared. All marks are out of 10.

Top-6 tilt could be touch-and-go as summer business falls just short

Lyndon Lloyd

The failure to replace Kurt Zouma was frustrating because the recruitment this summer has, otherwise, been hugely encouraging, leaving Marco Silva with a more dangerous outfit going forward but thin at the back. Everton will rely on Keane and Mina forging a meaningful partnership, some luck with injuries and some help from the some of the so-called "big six" this season.

The making of Marco Silva and Luis Boa Morte the managers - a journey through Portugal

Elliott Bretland

The coaching duo will join forces at Goodison Park after Boa Morte’s arrival as assistant this summer – and Elliott Bretland finds a lot of love back home

The trip to Bremen that never was

Rob Halligan

So here I am writing a story about my trip to Bremen, sitting in my lounge at home, having done a 12-hour excursion to Amsterdam airport and back.

Should Everton Build Around Calvert-Lewin or Buy a New Striker?

Gary McCarty

Should the Blues build around the England U21 man and hope that he scores more goals, or should they sign another striker to challenge and maybe replace him?

Fan event at Finch Farm

Rob Halligan

A fan event was held at Finch Farm today for all those fans who attended every game, home and away, last season.

Paying For Past Mistakes

Adam McCulloch

In total, we are paying out around £700k a week on players that are mostly nowhere near the matchday squad. Marcel Brands has an almighty job on his hands. He may have to take a similar strategy to last year.

How are Everton Looking for the First Match of the 2019/20 Premier League?

Gary McCarty

A top-half-of-the-table finish is always good, but Everton will always fight hard to go a place or better than the previous season.

Update on the Kickstarter Project for Blue Dragon - The Biography of Roy Vernon

Rob Sawyer

With twelve days to run, we are just over half-way to the £5000 target. David and I would greatly appreciate the support of ToffeeWeb readers to get this over the line so that the biography can be published in the autumn.

Touchside at Bramley-Moore Dock

Mike Owen

Since it emerged that we were looking at building a stadium there, I have generally taken a wait-and-see approach, even been a bit of a sceptic. Having been on a site visit on Wednesday, I have warmed to the idea

Farewell Old Friend

Jamie Yates

Here we were to bid a fond goodbye to our friend, the Reverend Harry Ross.

The Big Interview: Gordon Lee

Brian Wilkinson

In the definitive history of Everton Football Club, 'The School of Science', Gordon Lee is fondly remembered at Goodison Park.

The more things change, the more they stay the same…

Paul The Esk

Profit & Loss account situation, it is unlikely in the extreme that we will see significant inward transfer activity involving highly valued players this summer

The Most Improved

Lyndon Lloyd

It's not hyperbole to suggest that at one stage Michael Keane was close to being written off in some quarters as another expensive but ultimately inadequate signing from the Steve Walsh era. He's come a long way since in the space of Marco Silva's first season in charge.

Blue Dragon – The Biography of Roy Vernon

Rob Sawyer and David France

David France and I have teamed up to bring Roy’s colourful story to a wider audience and give him the credit he so richly merits. With deCoubertin Books, we have recently launched a Kickstarter initiative in anticipation of publication this autumn.

Here We Go Again

Mike Oates

Just when we seem to be close to that elusive Top 6 place, along comes the transfer window. Whilst we buy some quality, we inevitably seem to lose our key players and we just have to start all over again, rather than building on. It’s been like this for years.

From My Spec - in the distant past

Paul  Tran

I miss Ken Buckley’s ‘From My Seat’ reports. As a rare matchgoer these days, I can only do these retrospective reports. I have plenty more and I hope others chip in, too.

Watford Win – What Does It Mean?

Matthew Parry

Everton have a very solid base very early in the season which we’ve not had for years, some of our summer recruits appear to be the real deal and this season could be one to remember. But we must take each game step by step and not get carried away

VAR Did It All Go Wrong?

Jay Wood

There is a growing tide of discontent with the implementation of VAR amongst them and just how intrusive it is to the natural flow of the game. Let's consider its evolution thus far

Everton edge thriller

Paul Traill

She’s Electric by Oasis boomed out over the tannoy as Everton were applauded off the field following a job well done against a good team. A great game. A “thriller” you could say, and certainly a great advert for the Premier League.

Where do we go from here?

Darren Hind

With the exception of Howard Kendall, and possibly big Joe Royle, we have brought in a steady stream of duds. But boy — have we rewarded them! Walker, Smith, Moyes, Martinez, Koeman and Allardyce.

The Young Ones

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts

Do we remember the days of Walter Smith and Gascoigne, Ginola, Blomqvist? How times have changed!

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