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None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See

Lyndon Lloyd
The incomplete summer recruitment made for less than ideal circumstances this season but none of Everton's personnel issues, even in aggregate, really account for how poor the team has been. That is clearly down to other factors that ultimately rest at the feet of the manager.
08/10/2019

14 days in the bottom 3…

David  Cooper
I posted on another thread about the basic statistics of our current situation. But now I am going to update it and it makes even worse reading.
06/10/2019

Architect of His Own Success: Samuel Bolton Ashworth

Jamie Yates
The story of a man who made 11 league appearances for Everton during the 1904-05 season.
03/10/2019

Analysis: Dominic Calvert-Lewin and xG

Steve Ferns
His stats are not showing a wasteful striker, but simply one not getting enough chances. His xG is about level with the goals he scores.
24/09/2019

KitAid and the Everton family

Richie Gillham and Rob Sawyer
KitAid, founded in 1998, donates used and new (surplus) shirts to teams in various parts of the world
25/09/2019

The Everton Hamster Wheel

Rodger Armstrong
Here we are again. Just 6 games into a manager’s second season, and the pressure is well and truly on for a squad of mercenaries and "stepping-stoners" lacking unity of purpose and shared ambition.
23/09/2019

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.
13/09/2019

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.
12/09/2019

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.
10/09/2019

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.
09/09/2019

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.
05/09/2019

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
26/08/2019

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
21/08/2019

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
21/08/2019

'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
16/08/2019

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.
16/08/2019

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.
15/08/2019

H8 LFC

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
13/08/2019

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.
09/08/2019

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?
01/08/2019

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.
22/07/2019

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.
19/07/2019

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
09/07/2019

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.
03/07/2019

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.
01/07/2019

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