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The Toffees' Progress

Martin O'Connor
Posted 26/02/2021

“The King then demanded to open the gate that the righteous nation, said he, which keepeth the truth, may enter in”
(The Pilgrim's Progress – John Bunyan)

In the classic novel The Pilgrim's Progress by John Buny...
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Tom Davies – The missing piece of the top 4 jigsaw

Kevin Prytherch
Posted 21/02/2021

Championship player at best, can’t pass, can’t tackle, gives the ball away too much, not big enough, too slow etc. Tom Davies has had a lot of criticism levelled at him in the last few years. Could he now be the missing piece we have been searchi...
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Will The Real Everton Please Stand Up?

Steve Hogan
Posted 05/02/2021

Even renowned world-class football managers can sometimes get it wrong. That's how I felt after watching the dismal Everton performance against 'one win in 11 games' Newcastle Utd.

The players were rightly condemned, but I felt the manager's f...
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Who had a nice weekend?

Andy Crooks
Posted 31/01/2021

I suppose I should make it clear that, in these tough times, football is not that important, but... the games go on and someone thinks it is.

So, how important is it? To me, very. Which brings me to our team and their performance yesterday. The...
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No after you, no after you...

Dave McDowell
Posted 31/01/2021

Firstly let me establish my good fortune of having witnessed two great successful Everton teams full of leaders: Labone, Ball, Harvey & Kendall; then Reid, Gray, Southall & Ratcliffe.

All of the above hated losing, I mean these guys took it pe...
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Forget about Carlo...

Kieran Kinsella
Posted 30/01/2021

Let's forget Carlo Ancelotti, the latest fall guy being blamed for the failings of the club, and instead let's focus on two others: David Unsworth and Marcel Brands.

David Unsworth took over the Under-23s in June 2014. Six years on, we haven'...
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Ted Sagar

Frank Byrne
Posted 25/01/2021

I was interested in the appearance record for this late great goalkeeper and recall seeing him in his final days at Wolves. My father took me to Wolves to see my first ever game, and I’m pretty sure that it was a reserve team, Central League game a...
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Two games in hand or the points in the bag?

Bobby Mallon
Posted 21/01/2021

After last night’s round of games, we sit 6th with two games in hand over Man Utd and Leicester City and a game in hand over Man City and Liverpool. Is having two games in hand a good thing or would we have been better off with the points?

I w...
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A suitable role for ex-players

Robert Williams
Posted 17/01/2021

I have just read that Marcel Brands is suggesting that the club should start recruiting more ex-players into coaching positions. Various names have been mentioned including Neville Southall, Paul Gasgoine, Phil Jagielka and others.

Not long ag...
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Grey Day for Dancing with Wolves

George  McKane
Posted 10/01/2021

It's a grey Sunday morning here in New Brighton... there is a magpie on the roof opposite, just sitting and looking out towards The City and The River, all grey, no lights but a pale blue on the side of one of the larger building near the waterfront...
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Are we nearly there yet?

Andy Crooks
Posted 02/01/2021

I enjoy and admire the articles posted by Paul "the Esk"... but I find them a bit scary; we rely on Mr Moshiri and he needs Champions League football. Can Carlo deliver it? Perhaps, with a huge amount of luck. Luck beyond anything we have ever ha...
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The Curious Case of Gylfi Sigurdsson

Kevin Prytherch
Posted 01/01/2021

Gylfi Sigurdsson is undoubtedly a player who can drive opinions. He can be the catalyst for excellent team performances, then he can completely anonymous the next game. A deserved captain one game, a perennial finger pointer the next. Just what is it...
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PGMOL's merit table is another factor behind the PL's uneven playing field

Lyndon Lloyd
Posted 28/12/2020

As if they needed it, there is extra incentive for Everton to maintain their push to join the Premier League’s elite: to get more of their matches officiated by the top flight’s best referees and assistants.

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All I want for Christmas...

Peter Rogers
Posted 27/12/2020

So, 15 games in, not quite the half-way point, and we sit 2nd in the Premier League, 2 points behind Liverpool. We have a lengthy injury list and some players are also starting to look tired... so, as a belated Christmas present, what or who should b...
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Happy Christmas

Andy Crooks
Posted 25/12/2020

Just thought as it is Christmas Day – time to be reflective. Thanks to Michael and Lyndon for providing a forum that has for more than 20 years been a positive part of my life.

I have met and become friends with wonderful people who have made m...
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Victorian Society on Bramley-Moore Dock

Michael Coffey
Posted 24/12/2020

The latest edition of the Victorian Society’s magazine sets out this influential organisation’s position on Everton's Bramley-Moore Dock proposals. Their conclusions hint that the heritage and conservation community’s view on the plans are l...
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52 Weeks Later

Kieran Kinsella
Posted 18/12/2020

Almost a year to the day since our last home match versus the Arsenal, we find ourselves on the same trajectory. That game on 21 December 2019 saw new managers for both teams sitting in the stands watching interim coaches go head-to-head.

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Back in the old routine...

Martin O'Connor
Posted 13/12/2020

“Welcome back to the place
That you were never far away from”
Mike Ireland and Holler

I had just finished watching Stuttgart take apart Borussia Dortmund. I went to make a cup of coffee and then realised that, for the first time since...
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Basic Fundamentals

Tony  Everan
Posted 12/12/2020

We talk about fitness, energy, desire, motivation and commitment week after week on ToffeeWeb. Strip out talent altogether and just think about these basic fundamentals of being a successful football player. Also, what every successful club bar none ...
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The booing of the knee

John Burns
Posted 06/12/2020

When the Premier League restarted, and the players continued to take the knee I thought it might be a bad idea. I was right for once when I told the wife once fans returned, the booing will start.

Not all fans, of course, but from Millwall suppo...
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