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27 Minutes for 27 Years

Paul The Esk
07/12/2021

The start of the #27minutesfor27years campign saw huge media coverage. It's an embryonic campaign. This is why I believe, respectfully, it deserves your support

Goodison taps Everton DNA to drag Blues to stirring win over Arsenal

Lyndon Lloyd
06/12/2021

This was the Grand Old Lady at her most raucous; seething with a sense of injustice, the “bear pit” driving Everton forward and the team battling out a win by sheer force of the collective will of almost everyone in the building

Blues spirit digs out a fabulous win

Michael Kenrick
06/12/2021

After two astounding marginal offside calls that denied Richarlison a brace of excellent finishes, he finally got an equalizer and Gray finished things off with a brilliant strike to win the game in added time.

Full Circle

Lyndon Lloyd
06/12/2021

The departure of Marcel Brands takes Everton away from the Director of Football model and back to the all-encompassing, hands-on manager with oversight of scouting and full control over player recruitment strategy. Given the control Rafael Benitez likes to have in that regard, it's likely to be a permanent reversion for as long as the Spaniard remains in charge.

Shopping in Sainsbury’s not Harrods

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
04/12/2021

If Farhad Moshiri is going to continue to invest, does the purchasing strategy need to change?

Sleepwalking to Disaster, Part II — The Enigma of Brands

Lyndon Lloyd
03/12/2021

Amid calls for sweeping change from the top to the bottom of Everton Football Club, Marcel Brands is as much persona non grata as anyone else among the hierarchy but the exact nature of his brief and the extent of his culpability in bringing about the mess at the club is more than a little opaque.

Our Motto is Our Standard. Everton's Leadership is Falling Well Short

Ell Bretland
02/12/2021

Farhad Moshiri talks of crisis and glory but Evertonians have had to put up with too much of the former without any of the latter. Once, the Champions League was the aim but we are swirling closer to the Championship 6 years into Moshiri’s disastrous reign.

Sleepwalking to Disaster, Part I — The Backfiring Gamble

Lyndon Lloyd
02/12/2021

At a club increasingly bereft of direction, Rafael Benitez is not the biggest problem but he is rapidly becoming the most urgent.

Is it only the players?

Jacques Sandtonian
02/12/2021

Brands discerned that this man wanted him out of the club, justifying his view with an accusatory “Did you recruit them?” Brands’s response was curious: “Is it only the players?”

The Deepening Gloom

Lyndon Lloyd
01/12/2021

This painfully lopsided derby illustrated the extent to which these two clubs exist on different planes now but it also left the owner and the Board under no illusions of the frustration and fear that now exists among the fanbase

Blues' efforts humbled by Reds' quality

Michael Kenrick
01/12/2021

A cold and windy night in Goodison Park but Everton go into the Goodison derby needing to turn up the heat a little on their local rivals... but they failed on the night pretty poorly to match their predatory goalscorers

The Shape We Are In

Martin O'Connor
02/12/2021

"Under Moshiri, if we are not careful, it will be terminal."

Is Everton Football Club up for sale?

MIchael Kenrick
30/11/2021

While the rantings and ravings of Richard Keys are probably best ignored, there is a certain logical pattern that can be perceived to support the claim that Farhad Moshiri and Alisher Usmanov have had enough of their Everton adventure and are seeking, or would agree, to sell the club.

That Sinking Feeling

Lyndon Lloyd
28/11/2021

Depressingly, Brentford really were there for the taking had Everton been able to get their act together in the final third but with Rondon leading the line, Benitez's men were toothless

Blues sink to another simply atrocious defeat

Michael Kenrick
28/11/2021

Everton head to the Capital for a fixture that has assumed enormous importance given the team's poor run of results that extended to no wins in six games with last weekend's defeat at Manchester City.

Everton’s Ownership and Leadership, Part IV: Finance and Funding

Paul The Esk
27/11/2021

How have Everton financed the last 5 years, what Farhad Moshiri’s funding has enabled, and the impact of poor decisions on the club's finances

The Joe Mercer Plaque Ceremony

Rob Sawyer
23/11/2021

Supporters from across the football spectrum, including members of Everton FC Heritage Society, came together in Ellesmere Port last Thursday, 18 November, to celebrate the life of Joe Mercer – one of the town’s greatest sons.

Pointless and Costly

Lyndon Lloyd
21/11/2021

An utter formality of a match that ended up being little more than a training session for Guardiola’s attackers

Abysmal display totally lacking in Rafa's 'intensity'

Michael Kenrick
21/11/2021

Everton traveled to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City without Yerry Mina, André Gomes, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies and Abdoulaye Doucouré, the 2-0 loss being something of a foregone conclusion given their passive style of play.

Everton’s Ownership and Leadership, Part III: The Director of Football

Paul The Esk
20/11/2021

What should this role entail and how should we use it?

Everton’s Ownership and Leadership, Part II: The Cost of Poor Recruitment

Paul The Esk
14/11/2021

In this the second part, a focus on the club's finances from a different perspective – why have Everton not developed to the extent the investment made in us might warrant?

How can our academy improve?

Robert Tressell
13/11/2021

There have been a few good articles and debates recently about the state of our academy. I thought it would be interesting to compare it to (a) other Premier League academies for output, and (b) other celebrated academies in Europe

Former player Ashley Williams attempts to Hammer Everton

Kevin Murray
13/11/2021

Time is perhaps the most precious of commodities in the career of any Premier League manager in the modern era

Everton’s Ownership and Leadership, Part I: The Importance of Good Governance

Paul The Esk
09/11/2021

There is an absolute and clear relationship between governance and corporate performance and in recent months there have been growing questions as to the performance of Everton Football Club on and off the pitch

Par for the course out in the middle

Martin O'Connor
09/11/2021

Everton Football Club has no proper vision or strategy, and until the Board and leadership at the club is changed (and the majority shareholder as well), we will be forever at best “Out here in the Middle” of the Premier League. On that note, Benitez is, so far this season, on course to deliver the usual mid-table mediocrity.

John Bramley-Moore – Lord Mayor of Liverpool and Slave Trader

Stephen Ashton
01/11/2021

The city of Liverpool's entanglement with the slave trade is well documented. Less well known, however, is the role played by former Lord Mayor, John Bramley-Moore after whom the site of Everton's new stadium is known.

The effort was there

Paul Traill
07/11/2021

Despite the feeling that we should have won, we can’t ignore that we could have lost. Mason Holgate, who had a dreadful 10 minutes, ceded possession which eventually resulted in Giovani Lo Celso curling at goal.

Spicy ending sees Everton hold on for a point

Michael Kenrick
07/11/2021

Everton host Tottenham this weekend with the pressure mounting on Rafael Benitez and a team struggling to cope with injuries in key areas of the team

Everton's soft centre exploited again

Lyndon Lloyd
01/11/2021

Evertonians will have taken a measure of encouragement from their team's second-half display at Molineux when the fight returned along with a good deal more cohesiveness and purpose but the first period won’t be forgotten in a hurry

Blues almost come back from a dreadful first half

Michael Kenrick
01/11/2021

Everton gave up another set-piece goal and a dreadful back-pass gift before they started playing properly and came very close to equalizing. But it is another loss that the Everton faithful will find hard to take.

Crisis, what Crisis?

Stephen Vincent
27/10/2021

The hysteria since Saturday’s defeat, whilst predictable, has been way out of proportion to the actual event. Yes, we lost to a team that, on paper, we should comfortably defeat at home and which in 15 previous visits had never ever won at Goodison Park. But we are not the worst team in the Premier League and we are not going to get relegated, nor are we a laughing stock.

Benitez is right in calling for improvement across the board

Paul The Esk
25/10/2021

Last Saturday's humiliation at the hands of Watford has brought into sharper focus comments made in the press by Rafael Benitez and his call for improvement 'in every department' at Everton. The Esk takes a look at where Farhad Moshiri might target those efforts

Just Embarrassing

Lyndon Lloyd
23/10/2021

Perhaps with a point to prove, Josh King ran riot for Watford, scoring on his return to Goodison Park to level things up in the first half and then completing his hat-trick as Everton utterly fell apart in the final quarter of an hour

A Sorry Tale of Two Substitutes?

Michael Kenrick
23/10/2021

Or a tale of rank incompetence all over the field? Everton gifting Josh King (of all people) a ridiculous hat-trick that materialized immediately after Rafa Benitez had the barefaced audacity to bring on the utterly useless Iwobi, with Everton winning 2-1. You just could not make it up!

Could bargain approach work for Everton in 2021-22 season?

Gary McCarty
19/10/2021

If the club's recent frugality results in success either in ending their trophy drought or a Top 6 finish, a lesson will be laid down to the rest of the Premier League about efficiency in the transfer market

Handicapped by Iwobi and Rondon, Everton surrender their home record

Michael Kenrick
17/10/2021

Everton welcome back David Moyes and his well-performing West Ham United team to Goodison Park for this afternoon's televised Premier League clash.

Compare and Contrast

Martin O'Connor
06/10/2021

With nine games played, two being Carabao Cup games, it is possible, even at this early stage of his tenure, to compare and contrast the work Rafa Benitez has done vis-à-vis the so-called Magnifico, Carlo Ancelotti.

Benitez Effect Growing as Everton Claim Valuable Point

Lyndon Lloyd
02/10/2021

Everton more than matched their much-fancied hosts and claimed a valuable draw at Old Trafford, a result that might have seemed beyond them on paper but which underlines the impressive work done by Benitez so far

Everton accept a draw in a game they should have won

Michael Kenrick
02/10/2021

Everton travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United with three key players still sidelined.

“Boys from the Blue Stuff: Everton's Rise to 1980s Glory” by Gavin Buckland

Rob Sawyer
28/09/2021

Gavin Buckland's new book picks up where Money Can't Buy Us Love left off, delivering again in spades. Despite the academic levels of research behind it, this is easy to read and reflects on the club under three managers, culminating in those heady days in the mid-80s

Second Gear Enough to Move Everton Past Struggling Canaries

Lyndon Lloyd
25/09/2021

Everton did enough to get the job done in professional fashion without needing to move out of second gear to keep themselves up among the leaders

Blues not too troubled in poor game solidly won

Michael Kenrick
25/09/2021

Everton's developing injury crisis at least had some good news ahead of today's Premier League game, with Lucas Digne back in training along with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Adios to the Part-Time Magician

Lyndon Lloyd
22/09/2021

Detached and intangible, James Rodriguez was a fleeting part of Everton history and, perhaps, the last spasm of excess from a regime that seems to have put itself on a more pragmatic footing

They'll Cancel it Before We Ever Win it

Lyndon Lloyd
21/09/2021

An Evertonian of any pedigree knows there was nothing shocking about this result which sees the club out of the League Cup before autumn has really even begun.

Everton out of the EFL Cup on Penalties

Michael Kenrick
21/09/2021

Everton twice came from behind against Queens Park Rangers in the 3rd Round of the Carabao Cup only to lose after an epic penalty shoot-out

“The Forgotten Champions – 1986-87: Everton's Last Title” by Paul McParlan

Rob Sawyer
19/09/2021

Everton, Howards Way, the wonderfully-executed and evocative documentary film about the Toffees’ mid-1980s resurgence, is far from unique in paying less attention to the Blues’ most recent League win. Paul McParlan seeks to redress the balance by documenting, analysing and celebrating the 1986-87 campaign.

James left at home as Bailey slaughters Everton

Michael Kenrick
18/09/2021

Everton take their unbeaten start under Rafael Benitez to Villa Park for the late Saturday afternoon kick-off with a side that is devastated by further unexpected injuries but still with no James Rodriguez.

Key absentees highlight difficulties for Benitez's shallow squad

Lyndon Lloyd
17/09/2028

The seeds of this defeat were sown in a summer transfer window that left key positions in the squad short on depth. Nevertheless, the margins in this match were a lot finer than the final score suggests

Demarai Gray Could End Up Being Signing of The Season

Gary McCarty
17/09/2021

With the former Leicester man in such great form, Everton have made one of their best starts to a Premier League campaign in recent years and an England call-up might not be too far away

Everton keep the ghosts of Ancelotti's tenure at bay with another impressive comeback

Lyndon Lloyd
13/09/2021

Credit Benitez, his players or the supporters — all three, probably — but there is a fire and a resilience about this version of Everton that has emerged in the face of adversity.

Benitez masterminds another stunning come-back win

Michael Kenrick
13/09/2021

Everton’s 2021-22 season resumed under the lights at Goodison Park tonight with Rafa Benitez engineering a wonderful win after going behind to a difficult and belligerent Burnley side.

Keeping it in the Family – The Menhams between the Sticks

Rob Sawyer
11/09/2021

Family links between players at Everton are not unheard of. Less known than the likes of the Rankins and the Whittle-Davies connection, perhaps, is that three decades apart, two Everton goalkeepers were from the same stock

James: He's Here. He's Ours. Let's Make it Work

Lyndon Lloyd
10/09/2021

Circumstances have contrived to keep Everton and James Rodriguez together for another few months at least. Amid reports and rumour of non-plussed manager and disengaged star, all parties need to come together to ensure that this most gifted of players has a role in the team this season

Only a Small Club – ToffeeWeb Golf Day 2021

Jon Harding
02/09/2021

A sunny Friday in August proved an excellent date for a motley bunch of Evertonians to gather at Aldersley Green Golf Club in rural Cheshire for the 2021 ToffeeWeb Golf Day

The Hard Work Starts Now

Paul The Esk
01/09/2021

A look at the factors behind this transfer window and the preceding 5 years. A clear call for what must come next to resolve the position we are in

The Chickens Come Home to Roost

Lyndon Lloyd
01/09/2021

The profligacy of the Moshiri years has slammed into the harsh realities of an imposed financial straitjacket from the outside and the need to fund a new stadium, resulting in a summer of unusually strict austerity

Poundland Special

Martin O'Connor
01/09/2021

As the summer transfer window closes, what do we make of the Toffees’ business?

Is it Really That Bad?

Richard Parker
01/09/2021

We needed a reset and a summer of taking a step back actually might not be the worst thing to happen to our club. We have to take the hit, plot the course for solving our current problems and move forwards.

“He Wouldn't Pull His Socks Up”

Becky Tallentire
30/08/2021

Another instalment of Real Footballers' Wives by features Brenda Thomas, wife of 1970s Goodison favourite Dave

Consummate predation steals the Seagulls' chips

Michael Kenrick
28/08/2021

Everton pulled off a very fine win on the south coast to end Brighton & Hove Albion's tremendous start to the season.

Green shoots of optimism as Benitez's Blues comfortably see off Brighton

Lyndon Lloyd
28/08/2021

This was as professional and comfortable an away performance as you could hope for and it extended Rafael Benitez's unbeaten start as the Blues’ boss to four matches

Back In Town

Paul Traill
25/08/2021

Credit to Rafa Benitez who substituted pro-actively and carved out the opportunity which put us into the hat for Round 3

Gray Day

Paul Traill
22/08/2021

Everton surrender a winning lead twice at Elland Road

Michael Kenrick
21/08/2021

Everton played a difficult game very well to get ahead twice only to end up drawing at Elland Road.

Everton so close to passing first true away test in 18 months

Lyndon Lloyd
21/08/2021

After 18 long months of almost exclusively empty stadia, away days are back, with all the challenges and that intimidation that come with it. Everton came close to passing the test at Leeds but will rue some slack defending and missed chances.

A Feeling You Just Can’t Buy

Paul Traill
15/08/2021

And just like that, we’re back, almost as if we’ve never been away.

Richarlison's gold-plated heroics rescue a dreadful start

Michael Kenrick
14/08/2021

Everton’s 2021-22 Premier League campaign kicked off with the visit of Southampton as Rafael Benitez took charge of his first competitive match at Goodison Park in front of a full house and produced a magnificent comeback win.

Toffee Soccer and Everton’s North American Trips of 1961

Rob Sawyer
12/08/2021

As well as containing extensive player and coach profiles, the book Toffee Soccer documents the 10 previous occasions on which the club has ventured to the USA and Canada. 1961 was one of them.

On a Hiding to Nothing? 2021-22 Season Preview

Lyndon Lloyd
11/08/2021

In many ways, a merely competent first season could be enough for Rafael Benitez to match Carlo Ancelotti's 10th-place finish; a better-than-hoped performance from the Spaniard would yield improvement. But with none of the much-needed quality additions materialising this summer, it's hard to see Everton troubling the top six places in 2021-22

The Luxury

Lyndon Lloyd
09/08/2021

James Rodriguez is one of the best players of his generation; a Rolls Royce of a player at a club blighted by so much mediocrity in the modern era. Sadly, he looks to be a luxury Everton can no longer afford.

The Number One

Lyndon Lloyd
03/08/2021

Jordan Pickford has come in for criticism at Everton for his past mistakes and apparent lack of focus and it wasn't that long ago that many were doubting his role as first-choice keeper. Fast forward past the hysterical media reaction to his part in the Van Dijk incident to today and you have a player who appears to have matured tremendously in the harshest of spotlights

Premier League Profitability & Sustainability Rules: What They Mean to Everton

Paul The Esk
28/07/2021

A look at the financial regulations in the Premier League. Is it possible to forecast whether Everton are compliant and the impact if not?

The Young Ones – Part 1

Phill Thompson
26/07/2021

At this time of the year, the new First Year Scholars are at Finch Farm and some are starting to appear in games. Their names are available, but we’re still waiting for the Club’s official “Meet the Scholars” video…

From Birkenhead to El Ballet Azul: The Billy Higgins Story

Rob Sawyer
23/07/2021

Everton's meeting with Millonarios in the Florida Cup this coming week offers an intriguing link to the past and the storm over footballers being lured from British clubs to a so-called ‘renegade league’ in South America in 1950 which involved one Billy Higgins.

Assessing Toffee Transfer Targets Benítez is Already Eyeing

Gary McCarty
20/07/2021

Here we take a look at some of the players that Everton have already been linked with this summer and run the rule over which ones would be the best additions to an already tasty squad.

Financial Warning Shot

Martin O'Connor
17/07/2021

The warning shot about our financial position was given by Benitez himself at his press conference: players leaving will fund incoming transfers, probably for a number of seasons to come. It is then imperative that they take a good look at the Academy and try and get it fit for purpose. But more power has been given to one of the main impediments to a functioning academy in David Unsworth, instead of removing him and the good Old Blue Boy network beneath him.

Everton's Biggest Construction Project?

Paul The Esk
13/07/2021

What needs to change at Everton moving forward? What does Farhad Moshiri, his board and executives have to do differently... not on Bramley-Moore Dock but on the more immediate issues concerning matters on the field?

'The Time Goes By So Fast'

Becky Tallentire
12/07/2021

In light of the recent passing of Everton legend Jimmy Gabriel, the latest installment of Real Footballers' Wives by @bluestocking63 features his wife Pat

Three Bedsheets Outside Everton, Moshiri

John Daley
06/07/2021

“This didn't put an end to shit, you fucking retard; this is just the fucking start. Why don't you put that on your Good Morning Missouri fucking wake-up broadcast, bitch?”

Time To Move On

James Lauwervine
06/07/2021

I’ve come to realise over a period of time that I just don’t enjoy it anymore. I don’t feel that pride or affinity I once had; I just feel increasing alienation, disappointment and disillusionment. When the news was released that Benitez was to be our next manager, it hit me that I simply didn’t want to be part of this anymore.

Conservatism, Conspiracies and Counter-intuition

Paul Tran
04/07/2021

I wouldn't put a penny on it, but it will be interesting to watch things unfold, probably more interesting than the football on offer. Talking of the football, it can't be worse than under the previous few mangers, can it? No, I wouldn't put a penny on that, either.

Jack Taylor – Everton’s Son of the Rock

Rob Sawyer
02/07/2021

One of the true greats of Everton’s early decades, this moustachioed ‘Jack of all trades’ won silverware with the club in 1906 and remains Everton’s seventh highest appearance maker in all competitions

'There He is Behind Me. Ah, No... Shit!'

Ell Bretland
01/07/2021

From headlocks from Big Dunc, to being booted by Tommy Gravesen and lapping Alex Nyarko, Alan Moogan enjoyed a proper Everton education in the early 2000s. An interview with the former Academy player.

Agent Rafa?

Mike Cheshire
01/07/2021

I can’t help thinking that he believes he can be the ruthless bastard required to sweep away the structures and inertia that have crippled our beloved club and become the ultimate rarity – a manager beloved of our entire city.

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