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Adios to the Part-Time Magician

Lyndon Lloyd
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
22/09/2021

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

Rob Sawyer
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.
19/09/2021

Demarai Gray Could End Up Being Signing of The Season

Gary McCarty
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
17/09/2021

Keeping it in the Family – The Menhams between the Sticks

Rob Sawyer
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
11/09/2021

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

Lyndon Lloyd
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
10/09/2021

The Hard Work Starts Now

Paul The Esk
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
01/09/2021

The Chickens Come Home to Roost

Lyndon Lloyd
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
01/09/2021

“He Wouldn't Pull His Socks Up”

Becky Tallentire
Another instalment of Real Footballers' Wives by features Brenda Thomas, wife of 1970s Goodison favourite Dave
30/08/2021

Toffee Soccer and Everton’s North American Trips of 1961

Rob Sawyer
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.
12/08/2021

On a Hiding to Nothing? 2021-22 Season Preview

Lyndon Lloyd
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
11/08/2021

The Luxury

Lyndon Lloyd
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.
09/08/2021

The Number One

Lyndon Lloyd
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
03/08/2021

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

Paul The Esk
A look at the financial regulations in the Premier League. Is it possible to forecast whether Everton are compliant and the impact if not?
28/07/2021

From Birkenhead to El Ballet Azul: The Billy Higgins Story

Rob Sawyer
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.
23/07/2021

Everton's Biggest Construction Project?

Paul The Esk
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?
13/07/2021

'The Time Goes By So Fast'

Becky Tallentire
In light of the recent passing of Everton legend Jimmy Gabriel, the latest installment of Real Footballers' Wives by @bluestocking63 features his wife Pat
12/07/2021

Jack Taylor – Everton’s Son of the Rock

Rob Sawyer
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
02/07/2021

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

Ell Bretland
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.
01/07/2021

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