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Contributions from our editorial team, featured columnists and readers.

Another Ancelotti away masterclass as he takes Moyes to school

Michael Kenrick
09/05/2021

Calvert-Lewin secured a very well-taken goal for Everton in a good first half at the London Stadium against West Ham.

The Murray Family – Mint Toffees

Rob Sawyer
08/05/2021

Photos from the day the Toffees clinched the 1962-63 League title capture a 10 year-old boy, resplendent in Everton replica kit, sharing the moment with his heroes. The boy was John Murray – mascot to the champions. Rob Sawyer caught up with John and his family to revisit those halcyon days and discuss the family’s gilt-edged Bluenose credentials.

Reform in Football, Part II – Governance

Paul The Esk
08/05/2021

Governance can be improved across the game through independent regulation, strong licensing and governance plus most importantly a proper structure for fan engagement, decision making and control

Reform in Football, Part I

Paul The Esk
04/05/2021

Setting the background for possible responses to the Super League debacle

A Colossal Waste of a Gilt-Edged Opportunity

Lyndon Lloyd
02/05/2021

From the players to the manager

Serial incompetence in front of goal sees another shocking home loss

Michael Kenrick
01/05/2021

Everton were back at Goodison Park this evening, exposing a maddening panoply of incomprehensible inadequacies as they once again failed painfully to press their claims for European qualification.

One rule for some and another for the rest. End the hypocrisy and penalise England’s Shameless Six

Lyndon Lloyd
29/04/2021

Docked points, hefty fines and governance changes should be on the cards at home but Uefa hold the greatest power

Doing nothing is not an option, the response to the Super League

Paul The Esk
29/04/2021

If football sweeps the Super League and its plotters under the carpet, it will weaken and the six and their plans will return. The choice is stark. Doing nothing is not an option.

John Murray – Everton’s First Boy Mascot

Becky Tallentire
28/04/2021

In one of the monochrome mementos that I post to Twitter once in a while, Roy Vernon stands in the tunnel at West Ham alongside a young lad with a beaming smile. Some of these youngsters look overwhelmed and some are painfully shy but this one looked like it was the job he was born to do. This is the story of Everton’s first ‘boy mascot’, John Murray.

Was there football pre-1992 – Part 5

John McFarlane [Senior]
28/04/2021

Continuing with the theme that football was indeed alive and kicking before the TV companies hijacked it, Jon MacFarlane capture some of the highlights since he first visited Goodison Park in 1948 as a 10-year-old schoolboy.

Three more years for Marcel Brands?

Martin O'Connor
25/04/2021

Director of Football Marcel Brands has signed a new 3-year contract with Everton. But was this new contract deserved?

Back to the 1990s

Robert Tressell
24/04/2021

Robert reviews Everton's faltering progress since the day they survived a huge relegation scare in 1994.

Sometimes it Doesn't Matter How You Win

Lyndon Lloyd
23/04/2021

In the Premier League era, this fixture has ranked up there among the most miserable on Everton’s calendar. So forgive Evertonians for revelling in a first win at Arsenal since 1996, one that provides another platform from which to resume the push for Europe

Farcical goal seals undeserved historic win for Carlo Fantastico

Michael Kenrick
23/04/2021

Everton return to action on Friday evening with a brilliant win at Arsenal – their first for 25 years!

Live by the sword, die by the sword but change brings opportunity for a much better future

Paul The Esk
21/04/2021

The collapse of the incredibly ill-conceived Super League will be viewed as a great victory for all stakeholders in football but unless there are significant changes to football in terms of ownership, governance, income distribution and fan engagement/participation the “victory” will be hollow and meaningless

A Battle Was Won but the War Against Greed isn’t Over

Lyndon Lloyd
21/04/2021

On a night of high drama that saw the proposed Super League topple, euphoric victory for supporter power and the pressure of the "left-behinds" was claimed but without a co-ordinated, unflinching and punitive response from the Premier League and Uefa against the rebel clubs and their naked money-grab, it won't count for much

The Tempest ... or Much Ado About Nothing?

Nicholas Ryan
20/04/2021

Things have changed forever this week and will never be the same again. The wolves have thrown off their disguises and are now running amok amongst the poultry!

Pure, selfish greed cannot prevail

Jim Potter
20/04/2021

If these selfish businessmen carry on with trying to destroy the fabric football and join this abomination then I would ban those 6 clubs in perpetuity from all of English football. No chance of ever returning. Bridges burnt.

The Super League and its impact on Everton

Paul The Esk
19/04/2021

For Everton, the timing of The Super League is about as bad as it gets. For football in general, it is a deeply worrying time, but we have to believe that acceptable solutions and/or a complete rethink are the way forward. It’s a watershed moment

Disgusting but inevitable, the Super League money grab shows too much is never enough

Lyndon Lloyd
19/04/2021

Will Fifa, Uefa, the Premier League and governing bodies of the Continent’s other big leagues stand behind their threats? Will they even be able to in the face of legal protections boasted by the Dirty Dozen? Modern football faces its biggest crisis

Everton find their fight but shoot themselves in the foot

Lyndon Lloyd
16/04/2021

It was cruel on the Blues because this was almost everything that many of their recent home displays weren't. They were were energetic, purposeful and stylish at times but crucial errors at the back cost them dear

Everton blow more points with goals gifted to Kane

Michael Kenrick
16/04/2021

Everton are without top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin for a second successive game as they face a crucial Premier League clash with Tottenham on Friday night

Guileless and Goalless

Lyndon Lloyd
12/04/2021

Brighton will feel they should have won based on the pattern of play. For Everton, just desperately disappointing overall and worryingly threadbare in terms of personnel, the European dream is fading

Injury-decimated Blues see out goalless bore-draw

Michael Kenrick
12/04/2021

Everton gave us yet another lack-lustre performance at Brighton, this time with the excuse of many players out injured, but points continue to slip away...

My favourite European away games: #1

Rob Halligan
10/04/2021

Rob reveals the pinnacle of his European sojourns with his favourite #1 continental jaunt while following the Blues in those all-too-rare Uefa Cup moments.

My favourite European away games: #2

Rob Halligan
06/04/2021

Rob continues the countdown of his favourite away-day memories of continental jaunts following Everton in the Europa League: #2, BSC Young Boys in Bern, Switzerland.

Everton squander more points in the agonizing slog for European football

Michael Kenrick
05/04/2021

After an utterly dreadful first half of incredible missed chances, Rodriguez gave Everton the win they needed... until Palace sub Batshuayi equalized.

Succession Planning

Robert Tressell
02/04/2021

The upcoming close season transfer window looks likely to be another hugely important time for Everton but it remains to be seen whether or not it makes us really genuinely competitive beyond next season

Tom Fern – Everton’s Evergreen Goalkeeper

Rob Sawyer
01/04/2021

The least celebrated of the nine Football League titles won by Everton was that in 1914/15 which was a disservice to the likes of Tom Fern who amassed over 200 outings for the Toffees despite the five-year interruption caused by the war

My favourite European away games, #3

Rob Halligan
31/03/2021

After much consideration, I've decided to go ahead and give a detailed description of my favourite European away games

My Top Three Favourite European Away Games

Rob Halligan
29/03/2021

I've decided to list, and give feedback on my favourite top three away games in Europe.

Memories of the Old Lady

Alasdair Jones
26/03/2021

Alasdair Jones provides a unique personal perspective on his impressions and memories of Goodison Park.

Magic

Tony McDonald
25/03/2021

There have been many heroes in Royal Blue and it doesn’t need me to give a list as we all have our favourites. For me, it will always be Duncan McKenzie.

Everton have improved under Ancelotti but there's still a long way to go

Gary McCarty
22/03/2021

Is major success finally on the horizon for the club?

How Will Brexit Impact the Transfer Market Moving Forward?

Darryl Rigby
22/03/2021

The pandemic has a significant effect on the transfer market and where English clubs are concerned, Brexit threatens to have its own impact on clubs dealings

How Everton can upset Man City in FA Cup

Gary McCarty
18/03/2021

Everton have the unenvious task of facing Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend but here are a few things that may work in our favour this time

Question Time

Martin O'Connor
15/03/2021

As we move into the final quarter of the season, Carlo Ancelotti has been in charge for 14½ months. So where are we under the leadership of Carlo “Magnifico”?

Sloppy moments cost Everton dearly as they lose at home yet again

Michael Kenrick
13/03/2021

Everton lost to Burnley at Goodison Park in another one of these games against lower opposition that should have been a home banker. But there are no such games in this crazy Covid season – at least not for Everton

Singleton & Paterson – The Everton Mariners

Tony Onslow
10/03/2021

Two Scots who had brief a association with Everton in 1901-02 before moving on to Grimsby Town

A Tough Ask and an Unsurprising Outcome

Lyndon Lloyd
08/03/2021

This was always going to be a tall order and, ultimately, it felt like a stretch too far for the players. In that context, the result wasn’t the end of the world; it’s the run of four games coming up that will be more important

Everton can't lay a glove on a Chelsea side in full control

Michael Kenrick
08/03/2021

Without James Rodriguez out for a third successive game with a calf injury, and Doucouré rumoured to be out for the season, Everton had nothing meaningful to offer against a dominant Chelsea side.

Alex Birnie – The Scotsman from East London

Tony Onslow
05/03/2021

Signed as an amateur playing for Sittingbourne, Birnie would make three Football League appearances for Everton in 1905 before returning to the southeast and then finishing his career with Bury

Razor-Thin Margins But Ancelotti's Men Forge On

Lyndon Lloyd
04/03/2021

In terms of statistics, almost nothing separated these two sides at opposite ends of the table but once again Everton ground out a win with maximum efficiency thanks to a Richarlison winner and a key Jordan Pickford save

Blues grind out another low-key away win

Michael Kenrick
04/03/2021

Everton ground out another low-key away win at West Brom thanks to a great header by Richarlison for his 4th goal in 4 games after Sigurdsson came on.

Not that pretty but ultimately effective

Lyndon Lloyd
01/03/2021

From an entertainment perspective, this game won’t live long in the memory at all but if the result does indeed end up being the catalyst that turns around the Blues’ home form and helps propel them into Europe, Evertonians may look back on it as a vital game in the season.

Five Years of Farhad

Paul The Esk
26/02/2021

As Everton have found out under Farhad Moshiri, just being better resourced financially does not necessarily lead to better outcomes. Are fans right to be frustrated that we’ve not made the progress we ought to have after five years under his stewardship?

Blues finally win at home thanks to Richarlison

Michael Kenrick
01/03/2021

Everton return to Premier League action tonight when they take on Southampton at Goodison Park, with Calvert-Lewin back in the starting line-up.

Ted Surely Was Good for Everton

Tony  Onslow
27/02/2021

Ted Shaw had a successful amateur career with Great Marlow in Buckinghamshire but he turned out for Everton as a guest player in a couple of pre-season matches in 1891 and might have been good enough to join them full-time that year

Things Are Happening. Enjoy This Storied Everton Era

Ell Bretland
23/02/2021

The Toffees are on a good track. This could just be the start and you’ll have a story to tell

Mentality Shift: Derby Milestone Can Define Everton's Season in the Right Way

Lyndon Lloyd
23/02/2021

As momentous as it was, the triumph over Liverpool can't be the be-all and end-all of the Blues' season. Rather it should be used as the catalyst for a decisive change in the players’ belief against lesser sides, particularly at home

What Might Still Happen Going Forward...

Alasdair Jones
23/02/2021

A look at the hurdles still facing Everton's plans for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock

Resurgence of Richarlison and Rodriguez Gives Everton Hope of Stellar End to the Season

Matt Jones
22/02/2021

Providing attacking variety, steel and silk to the team, the South American pair helped put an end to one of the most painful chapters of results in Everton’s history on Saturday. And they look ready to go and make a few more vivid memories.

It's Finally Over!

Lyndon Lloyd
20/02/2021

This time it was different. It’s finally bloody over. 21 years and five months since Everton last won at Anfield, the most depressing sequence of results in the club’s 143-year history was shattered as Carlo Ancelotti’s team beat Liverpool 2-0

Everton finally beat Liverpool at Anfield

Michael Kenrick
20/02/2021

After years of unmitigated disappointment and depression in derby games, Everton finally win one, at Anfield, against the fading Champions, much to the credit and delight of manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Gylfi - Icelandic Genius

Robert  Tressell
19/02/2021

Gylfi Sigurdsson is a genius. Okay, not quite... but if he is to leave Everton in the next 18 months, what do the club go for in terms of a replacement?

''Unique And Special'': Kevin Campbell On Netting Everton's Last Winner At Liverpool

Ell Bretland
19/02/2021

Kevin Campbell scored the only goal in September 1999 and Everton haven't won at Anfield since. In an article originally published by The Sportsman, the prolific striker describes what has become a famous goal on Merseyside and how eager he is to hand off the record of being the last Everton player to score the winner across Stanley Park.

How Can Everton win the derby?

Matthew Parry
18/02/2021

I’m slightly more optimistic about this clash than I have been in recent years as this season has been so unorthodox, but I still expect it’ll take a mighty performance to take three points here.

A Depressing Gulf in Class

Lyndon Lloyd
17/02/2021

Guardiola’s side are pretty irresistible when they’re at their best but even in second or third gear they were too much for the Toffees who have a long way to go in terms of quality and sheer footballing ability before they can even hope to match them.

City's unrelenting quality and workrate win out

Michael Kenrick
17/02/2021

Everton started without Allan and Dominic Calvert-Lewin and played reasonably well but were no match for the quality and workrate of the Champions elect

Everton's Double Dichotomy

Jay Wood
16/02/2021

Jay Wood analyses the seeming contradictions of Everton's record against the Sky 6 and the rest of the Premier League, and their perplexing home form contrasted with their impressive results away from home in this topsy turvy season.

Just Dire

Lyndon Lloyd
14/02/2021

The sense after the cup win over Tottenham was that, perhaps, Carlo Ancelotti’s gradual shift in the mentality of this squad had finally reached a tipping point where the psychological block of “Everton, that” might finally be consigned to history. But, no — collectively, this group of players remains prone to shooting itself in the foot. Champions League? For now, you’re definitely having a laugh.

Lifeless Everton seemed totally uninterested

Michael Kenrick
14/02/2021

A dreadful performance by Everton completely lacking in desire or intensity saw them lose a league game at home to Fulham for the first time ever

John Dewar

Tony  Onslow
13/02/2021

The Scot played briefly for Everton in 1892 just as Goodison Park was being opened.

Everton v Spurs – A Passing of the Baton?

Thomas Cairns
11/02/2021

The 5-4 win over Tottenham was the latest in a series of games in which Everton sides of the past might well have capitulated at the first sign of adversity. Was this victory a milestone signifying that we can now emulate Spurs and mount our own Top 4 challenge?

Everton dig deep to vanquish Spurs in nine-goal Goodison thriller

Lyndon Lloyd
10/02/2021

A sumptuous goal by Bernard settled this sprawling odyssey of a cup tie in extra-time with Everton triumphing over Tottenham by a score of 5-4

Everton finally prevail in classic FA Cup ding-dong goalfest

Michael Kenrick
10/02/2021

Everton and Tottenham went head-to-head in a real ding-dong FA Cup tie at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening in the FA Cup Fifth Round, 4-4 going into Extra Time.

Ancelotti Teaching Everton a New Language

Dave Downie
09/02/2021

Everton's comeback at Old Trafford was illustrative of a change in mindset that is underway under Carlo Ancelotti

Tom Davies: Our Serviceable Number Six

Gabriel Ricci
08/02/2021

Tom Davies, an honest look at our serviceable 22-year-old Premier League player as he is performing today... along with a quick glimpse into what might hopefully be his Everton future.

'Music Was My Heartbeat'

Becky Tallentire
08/02/2021

The latest installment of Real Footballers' Wives features Ann West, wife of one of Everton's most popular ever players, goalkeeping star Gordon West.

When a Draw Feels Like a Win

Lyndon Lloyd
06/02/2021

Sometimes, it’s all about taking your chances. It's also about tempo, belief and courage, qualities that are going to be vital if Carlo Ancelotti’s team is to achieve its European dream this season

A Momentous Few Weeks (On and Off the Pitch)

Paul The Esk
07/02/2021

The short, medium and long term future of Everton Football Club will be much clearer on and off the pitch in the coming weeks.

Blues steal a dramatic draw with the last kick

Michael Kenrick
06/02/2021

Everton take their excellent record away from home to Old Trafford where they have only won twice in the Premier League era when they face title-chasing Manchester United.

Life on the road continues to suit erratic Everton

Lyndon Lloyd
03/02/2021

Everton held on through the second half to ensure they beat Leeds at Elland Road for only the second time in 40 years as goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were enough to earn the points

Everton hold on for a great win at Elland Road

Michael Kenrick
03/02/2021

Everton held on through a second-half onslaught from Leeds after going into what should have been a commanding 2-goal lead in the first half.

January Days

Martin O'Connor
02/02/2021

With thoughts already firmly looking forward to the Summer transfer window, what is to be made of the January Days just past and the Blues’ transfer business?

Telling you what we all know after going through the last 7 days

Phil Roberts
02/02/2021

"I would contend that our optimism this season was not founded on solid ground."

Evolution of a Top-4 Side

Robert Tressell
02/02/2021

A good manager can give you a big club feel. That’s one for Ancelotti. But, you have to back that up with the style of your recruitment and the way you play the game.

Insipid Blues never really got going against belligerent Barcodes

Michael Kenrick
30/01/2021

Everton are back at Goodison Park to face Newcastle United in today's lunchtime game as they look to get back to winning ways by atoning for what was one of the season’s most disappointing results in the reverse fixture in early November.

The Stanley Park Three

Tony Onslow
29/01/2021

Thomas Marriott, Richard Morris and John Pickering played together at Everton in the 1880s

James strikes a beauty but Everton otherwise disappoint

Lyndon Lloyd
27/01/2021

This was a potentially massive game for Everton, one in which a win would have been another “statement” result but the Blues often lacked fluidity and cohesion going forward

Defensive gameplan surrenders two vital points

Michael  Kenrick
27/01/2021

A game plan that required Everton to hold onto an early lead from the brilliant Rodriguez was destined never to work against a strong Leicester side.

A Grand Day Out - 25th January 1975

Stephen Ashton
26/01/2021

"For me, Plymouth away was definitely the highlight of an ultimately disappointing season."

James the Maestro Sets the Tone for Handsome Everton Win

Lyndon Lloyd
24/01/2021

The Colombian looked right at home on a frigid Merseyside night against lower-division opposition, putting in an excellent display as the Toffees beat Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup Fourth Round

James Rodriguez inspires a fine Everton win

Michael Kenrick
24/01/2021

Dominic Calvert-Lewin opened the scoriing with a fine goal against Sheffield Wednesday, two excellent corners from James Rodriguez making the winning goals.

Thoughts on the 2021 Annual General Meeting

Paul The Esk
15/01/2021

Paul argues that last night’s AGM wasn't an objective analysis of how the club is performing and the presentations didn't offer much in terms of future strategy

Harold Hardman – An Everton and Manchester United Hero

Rob Sawyer
14/01/2021

An enterprising winger in the early years of the 20th Century and a key part of Everton's first FA Cup-winning team, Harold Hardman helped steer Man Utd to greatness nearly 50 years later

Wind of Change

Santosh Benjamin
13/01/2021

As I think of the song by The Scorpions, I cannot help but feel a real sense of joy from deep within that comes from knowing that we are headed in the right direction

Ancelotti employs a very different attacking masterplan

Lyndon Lloyd
13/01/2021

Shorn of Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison from the starting XI and with Ancelotti opting to leave Tosun on the bench, this called for a more fluid and considered type of performance and the Blues came through with an unexpected victory

Staying the Course: Three Signings Everton Should Make

Gary McCarty
13/01/2021

Things are still looking good at Goodison Park but, fighting for a Champions League spot, everyone at Everton is surely aware of the opportunity that faces them.

Have Faith Like Carlo Fantastico

Gabriel Ricci
13/01/2021

Carlo Ancelotti is a man of faith and Everton were once again able to snag three surprising away points against Nuno Santo’s technically gifted Wolverhampton side, through belief and team-spirit.

Strikerless masterclass as The Don schools Nuno Espirito Santo

Michael Kenrick
12/01/2021

Everton returned to Premier League action this evening with a very important win for a weakened team at Molineux over one of their rivals for European qualification in the form of Wolves.

The significance of Everton's Annual General Meeting and why it can’t be an opportunity lost….

Paul The Esk
11/01/2021

The significance of Everton's Annual General Meeting and why it can’t be an opportunity lost.

Quality rescues Everton from complacency

Lyndon Lloyd
09/01/2021

The 70 minutes that preceded extra-time in this tie were pretty grim but James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucouré combined to send the Blues through against Rotherham

Everton scrape through in extra time

Michael Kenrick
09/01/2021

Everton’s FA Cup campaign begin in laboured fashion this weekend with a home tie against Championship side Rotherham United at Goodison Park which dragged on into extra time before the Blues finally won it.

Brands’s value to date and the scale of the challenges facing him

Paul The Esk
05/01/2021

A look at the challenge Marcel Brands faced when he arrived at Everton, what he's done to resolve it and the big issues ahead in the summer

Edward Turner – The Carpenter from Lancaster

Tony Onslow
05/01/2021

Discovered in Kendal, Turner made two Football League appearances for Everton at the end of the 19th Century before joining Portsmouth

Another New Year’s Day Hangover

Lyndon Lloyd
01/01/2021

Having won four straight and with the chance to pull within one point of the top of the table, Everton go and lose at home to a David Moyes team for the first time. It’s absolutely maddening and it also didn’t help that it was New Year’s Day — the Blues have now lost their last five matches played on the first of the year

Call a Doctor; Surgery is Required!

Dylan Joseph
02/01/2021

Surgery can be painful and it can be intrusive but very often it is essential. I believe that, for Everton to get to the top, it is more imperative than ever.

It's Time to Talk about Marcel Brands

Martin O'Connor
02/01/2021

As the Winter transfer window opens, one thing which now has become very urgent, and which Everton need to sort out very quickly, is the position of Director of Football, Marcel Brands, who is in the last 6 months of his contract.

Moyes wins battle of the master defenders

Michael Kenrick
01/01/2021

With both sides set on defending to the end, it took something of a freak goal for David Moyes to sneak his first win as a visiting manager.

January Reinforcements

Sam Hoare
31/12/2020

Sam Hoare provides musings on his chosen Mastermind subject: “Unsubstantiated Transfer Speculation”.

Cash flow, Moshiri’s capital injections & the potential placement of new shares

Paul The Esk
28/12/2020

What factors influence cash flow, how do clubs deal with negative cash flow and what is the situation at Everton under Farhad Moshiri, particularly in view of the mooted issue of new shares?

George Sharples Remembered

Rob Sawyer
28/12/2020

George Sharples, who passed away on 14 December 2020, aged 77, had been one of nine surviving players to have played a part in Everton’s title-winning season of 1962-63

Depleted but not to be denied

Lyndon Lloyd
26/12/2020

There were plenty of “Everton, that” omens about this game just waiting to trip to the Toffees up but they negotiated them all and won their fourth successive League game

Blues do enough to secure the win

Michael Kenrick
26/12/2020

Everton look to recover from the disappointment of Wednesday's cup defeat to Manchester United by advancing their claims for European qualification with victory at Sheffield United.

Cup dreams crash headlong into brutal reality

Lyndon Lloyd
25/12/2020

While the result was depressing, it wasn't entirely unexpected and merely underscored the work that is still required to get this squad strong enough to compete for honours.

Everton defence finally crumbles in abysmal cup exit

Michael Kenrick
23/12/2020

It's a big night at Goodison Park as Everton take on Manchester United in the last quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.

Efficiency and Resilience

Lyndon Lloyd
19/12/2020

The performance may have betrayed some fatigue and a lack of depth of quality in midfield but Carlo Ancelotti will be toasting a third victory on the spin as his defence dug in to shut Arsenal out in the second half

Everton scrape a narrow win over tricky Arsenal

Michael Kenrick
19/12/2020

Everton were back at Goodison Park to complete a narrow win over struggling Arsenal, taking them back up to 2nd in the Premier League table.

Another tactical success has Everton looking up once again

Lyndon Lloyd
16/12/2020

Two games against teams sitting in the top four with aspirations of moving back to the top of the table, two wins, and six valuable points – the complexion of Everton’s season has changed again

Tremendous solidity underlies fine Everton win

Michael Kenrick
16/12/2020

Everton took the lead against Leicester thanks to an excellent opportunist strike from Richarlison.

“Nothing Really Daunted Us”

Becky Tallentire
15/12/2020

This chapter from Becky Tallentire's 2004 book featuring the stories of the women behind some of Everton's greatest ever players features Carole Dobson, wife of 1970s favourite Martin

Fans inspire solid Blues defence of Sigurdsson's penalty

Michael Kenrick
12/12/2020

Carlo Ancelotti faces his old team as manager of the Blues at Goodison Park with 2,000 fans allowed to attend for the first time since the start of the coronavirus lockdown in March

Blues gut it out to claim important Chelsea scalp

Lyndon Lloyd
12/12/2020

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Ben Godfrey shone in an all-round impressive team performance that saw Chelsea's much-vaunted attack shut down at Goodison Park

Money? No Issue

Dylan Joseph
11/12/2020

With the news that Mr Moshiri is due to increase his investment to circa £400m, can we say that financial wealth is no longer a problem at Everton?

Goodison Park, a Greyhound Stadium and Walton Hall Park

Rob Sawyer
11/12/2020

This December marks a centenary of one of the most significant football matches played at Goodison Park – but it did not involve Everton FC.

Allan Could Prove to Be A Player Ancelotti Builds His Team Around

Gary McCarty
11/12/2020

A lot of plaudits so far this season have gone to James Rodriguez and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. but arguably Everton's most important player has been Allan

Passion Play – Can Carlo Provide the Spark to Ignite Languid Blues?

Lyndon Lloyd
09/12/2020

Coming close to a year to day since Chelsea's last visit to Goodison Park, this weekend's clash with Frank Lampard's team offers an interesting contrast between the personalities in charge of Everton and, perhaps, the performance from the team

A Fair Assessment of Marcel Brands

Dylan Joseph
09/12/2020

A look at the performance and role of Everton's Director of Football as he enters the last 6 months of his 3-year contract

Nil Satis Nisi Optimum, the governance and cultural changes required for it to become a reality at Everton

Paul The Esk
08/12/2020

"Corporate culture eats strategy for breakfast". A look at the governance and cultural changes required at Everton for NSNO to ever become a reality once more:

David Henry Williams – A Lad From Shropshire

Tony Onslow
08/12/2020

He was to play a major role in the development of Everton Football Club before they established a permanent home at Anfield.

The Three Best Results of 2020

Gary McCarty
07/12/2020

Here is a look back at what have been Everton’s best three results over the last 12 months.

Round pegs, square holes and a general lack of desire

Lyndon Lloyd
05/12/2020

Carlo Ancelotti's selection decisions continue to mystify but are his players also taking too much of a cue from the manager's laid-back air?

Boring Winter Snoozefest as Blues spurn important win

Michael Kenrick
05/12/2020

Everton travel up the road to Burnley this lunchtime looking to rebound from the defeat to Leeds last time out and keep pace with the pack of clubs above them in the Premier League table.

How to go from nowhere to Champions League in no time at all

Robert  Tressell
04/12/2020

Does the RB Leipzig model provide the template for Everton to finally break into the top four and regularly secure qualification for Europe's elite competition?

Can My 9-Month Old American Daughter Love Everton?

Brian Gabriel Canever
03/12/2020

An American Toffee since 2009, Brian's love for Everton has only intensified since the birth of his daughter, Alba, earlier this year. Already saving for his first trip over with her to see both the men's and women's teams, he dreams that one day she could wear the club's colours in a professional capacity

How will Everton fare in December?

Gary McCarty
01/12/2020

Everton are aiming to finish in the top four of the Premier League table this season, and the fixtures in December are going to be key.

Muddled and Unconvincing

Lyndon Lloyd
30/11/2020

Individually, Leeds aren't any great shakes but they're superbly coached. Everton are a team of individuals with questionable fitness, playing on this occasion in a dubious lineup who lacked conviction and that clinical edge

The improved Everton star who is ready to perform at the highest level

Gary McCarty
23/11/2020

There is always a player that surprises fans and pundits in the Premier League as the season progresses. In this campaign, it’s been Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Everton hang on as they almost let Fulham back in

Michael Kenrick
22/11/2020

Everton stormed into an early lead to get their Premier League campaign back on the rails following three straight defeats that wrecked their 100% start to the season.

James Morris – A Shropshire Lad

Tony Onslow
18/11/2020

The Trefonen-born player represented Everton during the inaugural Football League season in 1888

‘Tosh’ – The Tommy Johnson Story

Rob Sawyer
16/11/2020

Tommy Johnson's most memorable goalscoring feat may have come as a Manchester City player at Goodison Park but he would go on to help Everton back into the top flight in 1931 and lift both the title and FA Cup in successive years

William Wilson – The Last of the Originals

Tony Onslow
14/11/2020

At the time of his death, Billy Wilson was the last surviving member of the Everton team that had taken part in the first season of the Football League

Richarlison: Growing into One of the League’s Best Wingers

Gary McCarty
04/11/2020

Few can argue that Richarlison doesn’t have the right environment around him to become world class. Throughout his managerial career, Ancelotti has coached and developed some of football's biggest stars, and there’s no reason that he can’t do the same with the Brazilian

Beneath the Blue Veneer

Martin O'Connor
10/11/2020

Beneath the blue veneer of the first eleven, nothing much exists, as with Ancelotti: once you strip away the veneer of his past successes, nothing much exists anymore.

Spirit Crushed

Lyndon Lloyd
08/11/2020

Everton go into the latest international break without a win in four games and having to pick the pieces up following three straight defeats, with very little to draw from any of them by way of optimism

Has anyone else seen enough?

Paul Traill
08/11/2020

The level of play-acting involved in today’s game has been building for many a year. I think I’ve about had it with watching these con artists run around in soulless empty stadiums, while the powers-that-be don’t seem remotely interested in curbing this behaviour

A spineless surrender to Ole's under-fire Reds

Michael Kenrick
07/11/2020

Everton were back at Goodison Park after successive fixtures on the road to host Manchester United and their under-fire manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the early Saturday kick-off. But, despite leading through a nice Bernard goal, the absence of Richarlison was a crucial factor in the end.

It's Jam Today, Not Tomorrow

Dylan Joseph
07/11/2020

If you wish to be successful, you need to be the sort of club where, when a top player becomes available, you are the club he wants to join.

Walter Brown, the Kirkcudbrightshire Blue

Tony Onslow
03/11/2020

Another of the Scots who played for Everton in the inaugural 1888-98 season, although he is believed to arrived on Merseyside with no knowledge whatsoever of the association game

Dire Blues can't escape the ghosts of Everton past

Lyndon Lloyd
01/11/2020

This was Marco Silva’s Everton and the worst of “Project Restart” reborn… from the team that began this round of matches sitting on top of the table.

Tricky Dick Forshaw: From Goal King to Outlaw

Jamie Yates
30/10/2020

The only player thus far to win the League title with both Everton and Liverpool, the inside forward scored a hatful of goals before making a surprise move across Stanley Park. Quite the character, he fell into a life of crime after his career ended.

Lewis the Fire Bobby

Tony Onslow
29/10/2020

Bangor-born and a regular Wales international, Billy Lewis joined Everton for their inaugural Football League season in 1888 but his time with the club was short-lived

Review: A Grand Old Team To Report

Lyndon Lloyd
29/10/2020

As a slice of Everton history, David Prentice's new book is a fascinating and frequently humourous skip down memory lane; an insider’s insight into the way football used to be recounted with the enthusiasm and love of a devoted Blue.

A simple but fair redistribution of football revenues

Paul The Esk
29/10/2020

A look at a possible solution to the massive imbalances that exist in the professional football game in England and a simple solution

Saints defeat and selection problems throw up early-season issues for Ancelotti

Lyndon Lloyd
27/10/2020

Injuries, suspensions and, perhaps, an emerging dilemma over how best to accommodate James Rodriguez are some of the things that will be on the manager's mind as he prepares for Newcastle

Everton given bracing reality check as Saints burst early-season bubble

Lyndon Lloyd
25/10/2020

Richarlison’s unnecessary sending off against Liverpool last week felt like it was going to be costly and, in combination with the loss to injury of Seamus Coleman and fitness concerns over James Rodriguez, that proved to be the case as the Toffees put in their worst performance since the final day of last season

Ponderous green-shirted dross of old too easily defeated

Michael Kenrick
25/10/2020

An Everton side well below par, wearing a hideous green and grey kit, rocked up at Saint Mary's seemingly determined to surrender all the good work so far this season

Can Dominic Calvert-Lewin Become Everton’s Harry Kane?

Gary McCarty
23/10/2020

The striker is fortunate to be working with both Ancelotti and Ferguson who, between them, will positively refine elements of his game. Should the 23-year-old surpass the 20-goal mark this season, then he’ll have undoubtedly put himself in the frame for a Euro 2020 call-up, as well as being in with a shout of winning the sought-after Golden Boot.

Red Myopia and An Embarrassing National Outcry

Lyndon Lloyd
21/10/2020

The levels of pearl-clutching and near hysteria that has dominated the aftermath of Saturday’s controversial Merseyside derby really have been something to behold

Keane’s Emergence from his Comfort Zone One of Ancelotti’s Early Everton Triumphs

Matt Jones
21/10/2020

It didn't always look as though Michael Keane would become one of the first names on the Everton team sheet but the England international is emerging as a consistent and dependable presence in Carlo Ancelotti's defence.

The Development of Ellis Simms

Phill Thompson
21/10/2020

Everybody has heard of Ellis Simms... not everybody has seen him but everybody will have an opinion; he’s potentially next in line to become an Everton Academy graduate playing in the Premier League. So I thought I’d look back at his development. As ever, most of the facts are accurate, but opinions of course are just my opinions.

The Loosening of the Devil's Red Pact

Lyndon Lloyd
17/10/2020

Despite being well below the best of what they’ve shown this season and never seeming to get out of second gear, Everton managed to grab a draw against what Klopp described as his side’s best away performance of his tenure, even it needed an intervention from VAR in the final reckoning.

VAR saves off-colour Blues after Richarlison madness

Michael Kenrick
17/10/2020

Exactly 10 years to the day since their last Merseyside derby victory, Premier League leaders Everton face local rivals Liverpool at Goodison Park with a full-strength side looking to extend their 100% start to the season.

Big Picture proposals put the emphasis on Everton’s international development

Paul The Esk
15/10/2020

Despite the initiative being rightly canned, the issue of international broadcast rights will be back. It is almost certain that the largest clubs will want to see an element of selling exclusive rights off their own platforms in this next round and those with the greatest numbers of overseas supporters are going to be the initial winners.

Short-sighted and hubristic, the Cabal's grand plan would kill the goose that lays the golden egg

Lyndon Lloyd
13/10/2020

The "Project Big Picture" proposals cooked up by two of the big six and their Trojan Horse in the EFL, Rick Parry, would slowly and ironically erode what has made the Premier League the exciting competition it so often is today

The Battle of Edgware Road

Stephen Vincent
13/10/2020

Recounting the events of 12 October 1985, which were no minor skirmish!

'Project Big Picture' exposing the self serving interests of MUFC and Liverpool

Paul The Esk
12/10/2020

The proposals have exposed the these two clubs' seek to secure their current economic advantage and protect their future revenues.

Richard Williams – An Everton Goalkeeper

Tony Onslow
12/10/2020

The Bromborough Pool-born player played over 70 times for Everton after joining them when they were reigning Football League Champions in 1881

The Finnis Family – An Enduring Everton Love Affair

Rob Sawyer
09/10/2020

Harold Finnis is one of 90 players, to date, to make a solitary first team appearance for the Blues in peacetime football.

Window Dressing

Martin O'Connor
09/10/2020

As the long Covid-impacted transfer window has closed (with a few days of the domestic EFL window still open), how have the Blues performed?

Everton’s Midfield Revamp: What Counts as Success for the Toffees?

Gary McCarty
09/10/2020

The recent additions of Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan, and James Rodriguez have sparked something of a competitive revival at Goodison Park.

Shrewd moves and decisive action: Everton can view summer window as a big success

Lyndon Lloyd
08/10/2020

Everton have emerged from the close season with an impressively upgraded squad and go into the international break sitting on top of the pile having far exceeded expectations and infused long-suffering Toffees with overdue optimism

‘Football Is Simple’: Ancelotti Can Be Everton’s Anchor to Calm in a Chaotic Premier League

Matt Jones
07/10/2020

Although the circumstances are undesirable, Carlo Ancelotti feels like a man who will come into his own in them and Everton’s high-class performances indicate he’s doing just that.

The 2020 Summer transfer window from a financial perspective

Paul The Esk
07/10/2020

Analysing the business done across the Premier League and a nod to the turn-around in the overall levels of the squad at EFC with such relatively small increase in costs

Lean, Mean and Young

Jay Wood
07/10/2020

With the transfer window now officially closed (other than signings of free agents or players from the Football League), let's take a look at the first-team squad...

Everton press on with another goal glut

Lyndon Lloyd
03/10/2020

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James will have grabbed the headlines but this was another game that featured strong performances in almost every part of the team

Brilliant James is the star of Everton's 4th win

Michael Kenrick
03/10/2020

Everton took on a very lively Brighton side at Goodison Park but Calvert-Lewin set them on their way with a fine far-post header for his 9th goal

Opposition View: We Are Brighton

We Are Brighton
02/10/2020

Speaking with Scott from We Are Brighton to see get their fans' take on their start to the season and this weekend's clash at Goodison.

A second Calvert-Lewin hat-trick seals Blues win

Michael  Kenrick
30/09/2020

Everton’s Carabao Cup journey continued with their most difficult assignment in the competition thus far in 2020-21 as West Ham United come to Goodison Park.

The James Rodriguez Effect

Matthew Parry
29/09/2020

The Colombian superstar is already proving skeptical pundits wrong by settling straight into the Premier League and, in concert with Carlo Ancelotti and Everton's other new signings, transforming the club's prospects this season

Jordan Pickford: The Diamond Getting Rougher

Matthew Parry
28/09/2020

As each game passes, it seems the debate over whether Jordan Pickford is good enough to play between the sticks for Everton only gathers momentum. Since Pickford’s arrival from Sunderland in 2017, he has not been able to offer that consistently. What, then, has gone wrong for what was once an exciting young prospect?

Eddie Wainwright – A Bright Light in Dark Days

Rob Sawyer
28/09/2020

The immediate post-war era for Everton was one of austerity which made it hard for local youngsters to through the ranks to develop to near their full potential. Eddie Wainwright was, perhaps the sole exception.

Everton Show Grit to Maintain Winning Start to 2020-21

Lyndon Lloyd
26/09/2020

The decision for the penalty that ultimately proved to be the difference in terms of the scoreline has dominated the post-match discussion among pundits but there is no question that the better team won on the day

Football Shorts – Part V: The Reality of Reducing Income and Fixed Costs

Paul The Esk
23/09/2020

A look at the impact of virtually no crowds in the Premier League this season, the impact Covid-19 is having on broadcasting revenues and the volume of transfer business

Dazzling Richarlison sets the required tone

Michael Kenrick
23/09/2020

Everton saw another slew of goals in their latest Carabao Cup venture to Fleetwood Town on a wet Wednesday evening, two brilliant ones from Richarlison in a scintillating first half.

Graft to Goals: Calvert-Lewin’s Changing Tastes Offer Everton a Fresh Edge

Matt Jones
21/09/2020

Saturday against West Brom it felt like another significant step forward for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who fired in his first hat-trick for the club which felt like a rubber stamp on this section of his development at Everton.

Photographing a Rhino

Martin O'Connor
21/09/2020

Are the recent changes at Everton's Academy involving David Unsworth and Leighton Baines the right ones to foster a more productive farm system for the Blues' first-team?

A Knight of the Round Table at Inside-Left?

Jamie Yates
21/09/2020

Did you know that Everton once employed a player with the Christian name of a mythical legend?

Calvert-Lewin treble ensures Everton pass Baggies test

Lyndon Lloyd
19/09/2020

Dominic Calvert-Lewin may have flown under the radar a bit despite scoring the winning goal against Tottenham but he grabbed the lion’s share of the limelight with his first hat-trick to bury a spirited West Brom

Calvert-Lewin hat-trick beats a brace of red cards!

Michael Kenrick
19/09/2020

Everton eventually built on their impressive start to the new season when newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion were well beaten at Goodison Park in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off.

Don't Be Fooled... This Season Could Be Very Tough

Matthew Parry
17/09/2020

The win at Tottenham was one very small step on a deceptively lengthy road and the high-calibre signings only tape over the cracks until they prove they can improve our dynamic on a weekly basis

Second string see off Salford City

Michael Kenrick
16/09/2020

Everton continue their busy start to the new season with the first step of what they hope will be a long journey in the Carabao Cup as they host Salford City

Toffee Soccer – Everton and North America

Lyndon Lloyd
14/09/2020

Lyndon Lloyd chats with David France ahead of the release of his new book

Transformed Everton Deliver a Statement of Intent

Lyndon Lloyd
14/09/2020

A trio of unwanted statistics tumbled in North London with a victory founded on a completely revamped midfield and an eye-opening team performance.

Bill Kenwright – Everton Legend

Kevin Prytherch
11/09/2020

Since 1999, Bill Kenwright has overseen the second most consistent period in Everton's history. The record of consecutive 8th-place finishes or better between 2006 and 2014 has only ever been bettered once.

Vastly improved Blues hold on for great opening-day win

Michael Kenrick
13/09/2020

Everton open the season at Tottenham where three new players make their debuts after signing last week.

The Man Who Created Merseyside Football

David Kennedy
10/09/2020

In his new book, David Kennedy recounts the sporting legacy of John Houlding, the former Lord Mayor of Liverpool who was responsible for the rise of two of English football’s biggest and most successful football clubs — Everton and Liverpool.

Summer 'Evolution' Primes Everton for Better Things

Lyndon Lloyd
10/09/2020

After last season, Evertonians have been understandably cautious in their optimism and outlook for the new campaign but with a significantly strengthened midfield and Ancelotti at the helm, there is hope that 2020-21 will be a season of marked progress

Will James Rodriguez & Co Be Successes At Everton?

Richard Coleman
09/09/2020

Could this be the dawn of an era of genuine quality recruitment under Ancelotti or simply a continuation of the trend of expensive acquisitions who fail to gel and live up to expectations?

Opposition View: Spurs For Life

Ryan Curtis
09/09/2020

Everton kick off the new season at Tottenham, another club managed by a high-profile boss looking for a much better campaign than the one that just ended. We got the thoughts of Spurs For Life on Sunday and the season as a whole

Ancelotti Sprinkles Some Colombian Stardust with a Point to Prove

Lyndon Lloyd
07/09/2020

As signings go, James Rodriguez is arguably the most high-profile and glamorous acquisition Everton have ever made. He arrives on the back of a frustrating season at Real Madrid looking to revitalise his career under the man who has now managed him at three different clubs

Brazilian dynamo Allan promises to be Ancelotti's midfield linchpin

Lyndon Lloyd
05/09/2020

Allan Marques was unveiled as part of an anticipated £70m worth of incoming midfield talent today, with James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucouré expected to follow shortly — a trio of moves that promises to radically overhaul the Blues’ massively under-performing mid-section

Who Is Steering the Ship?

Martin O'Connor
04/09/2020

Have Everton scrapped Marcel Brands's plan to rebuild the squad with younger players in favour of a return to Steve Walsh's modus operandi, with Carlo Ancelotti and Farhad Moshiri having taken the helm?

You Can’t Always Get What You Want…

Dylan Joseph
31/08/2020

You don’t need the billions, you just need a good culture amongst the club and the players and standards that are adhered to. We can get what we need, we just need to reset our club ethos and standards and don’t allow anyone who doesn’t meet them to wear the Royal Blue

How do we fund squad improvements this summer?

Paul The Esk
30/08/2020

An over-sized, over-priced, mostly under-achieving squad, financial constraints, and the impact of the Covid-19 crisis pose significant challenges to Everton this summer. Where is the money coming from for new signings?

The Short Life of an Everton Blue

Tony Onslow
29/08/2020

Isaac Roberts would play just once for Everton in February 1889

Brands's Challenges Make for Slow-Motion Summer

Lyndon Lloyd
26/08/2020

Where recruitment is concerned, the buck stops with Marcel Brands but, ultimately, his efforts will continue to be hindered by a number of factors, some of them beyond his control

Rebranding?

Paul The Esk
19/08/2020

What should Everton’s brand and brand values be?

Marcel Brands and the Missing Transfer Doctrine

Jacques Sandtonian
14/08/2020

Marcel Brands has just learned the first rule of Everton transfer business: We are the scouting arm of Tottenham Hotspur.

Can Richarlison and DCL Get the Goals That Fire Everton Into the Top Six Conversation?

Gary McCarty
14/08/2020

If Everton are to achieve any hopes of a top ten….eight….six finish, clearly there is a need to bring in a more prolific goal-grabber.

“Van Den Hauwe – One Last Throw Of The Dice…”

Pete Jones
13/08/2020

Without the benefit of the visual image, the unique medium of radio means that live football commentary comes to life in an entirely different way than television. Pete Jones recalls some of his most memorable moments experienced that way

The First Six Months: Unacceptable

Darren Hind
12/08/2020

Everton's midfield was an obvious cause for concern last season, particularly down the home stretch but was the main problem the players or a failure of management on the part of Carlo Ancelotti?

Another Season Wasted Amid Continuing Instability at Goodison

Lyndon Lloyd
08/08/2020

Marco Silva became the latest casualty of Everton's managerial merry-go-round, Carlo Ancelotti arrived before historic disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic ensured that fans just wanted 2019-20 to be over as quickly as possible

The Financing and Accounting of Transfers and How We Operate in this Window

Paul The Esk
04/08/2020

A detailed look at the financial implications behind the transfer options open to us, how it's financed and what it means for Everton

Our Future Is Alternative

Robert Bresnan
18/08/2020

We're all expecting 2020-21 to be full of crippling mediocrity and the obligatory bad defeat to the gobshites but what about a different future in which things are rather rosy by the end of next season?

Away Day Blues: Tottenham Hotspur

Patrick McFarlane
07/09/2020

Since Everton gained promotion to the top flight, way back in 1954, Everton’s visits - to the original White Hart Lane, Wembley or the newly lavishly upgraded White Hart Lane - haven’t produced many victories for the Toffees.

The Project – Next Chapter

Paul  Tran
08/09/2020

With Farhad Moshiri backing his new manager with an overhaul of Everton's midfield, The Project is back on the rails and there are fewer excuses to stop it hurtling forwards. It’s time for manager and players to deliver; time for us to be less cautiously optimistic!

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