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Bill, now it really is time to go

Michael Kenrick

There is a litany of calumnies against the Everton Chairman – bad things that he has done over the many years during which he has been the prime custodian of Everton FC, but he still remains in place.

Blues humbled in all-too-familiar fashion on final day

Michael Kenrick

Everton reverted to type in the final match of a mostly tortuous Premier League campaign knowing they were safe from relegation, with a dreadful display that showed little resistance at Arsenal.


Michael Kenrick

Everton came back from a dreadful 2-0 deficit against Crystal Palace to win an incredible second half and secure Premier League survival, with tremendous scenes of celebration all over the field.

Blues hopes mangled in unmitigated red card disaster

Michael Kenrick

Everton went ahead early through a flukey goal claimed by Calvert-Lewin, only to have Branthwaite and then Rindon dismissed as they twice gave up the lead to Eriksen's brilliant orchestration.

A good away point from an absolutely lousy game

Michael Kenrick

Tentative, nervy, pragmatic... or just utterly lacking in the required desire, effort, guile and quality to beat a crap team who were already relegated? A sadly typical very winnable Everton game that only Everton would be incapable of winning.

A tremendous win on the road underlines Everton's improving form

Michael Kenrick

The travelling Blues fans helped Everton to secure only their second win on the road this season as Frank Lampard's gameplans are finally having the desired effect.

Brilliant Pickford saves ensure a mammoth Everton win

Michael Kenrick

With games left getting fewer and the precipitous gap above the Bottom 3 getting wider, Everton produced a massive victory at Goodison Park against Frank Lampard's old club, Chelsea, thanks to some brilliant saves from Jordan Pickford.

Everton fail to take key chances after frustrating Liverpool

Michael Kenrick

Everton took on Liverpool at Anfield looking to repeat the fine victory they secured under Carlo Ancelotti on their last visit, only for the scoreline to be reversed after holding out for more than an hour.

Blues dig out a dramatic point from another dreadful display

Michael Kenrick

Everton are back at Goodison Park under the lights to host Leicester City with the Blues hoping to register successive victories for the first time since August.

Gordon's deflected goal gives Blues a very precious win

Michael Kenrick

It was a massive massive day at Goodison Park and a Gordon's deflected shot was the only goal in Everton's lethargic struggle to stay in the Premier League.

Farcical defending sees Everton self-destruct

Michael Kenrick

Everton travel to Turf Moor for what is being widely billed as yet another "must-win' game, but it's really all about getting a result to turn the soul-destroying tide of successive defeats dragging the Blues down to the edge of the relegation zone.

Crucial mistakes from the usual suspects consign Everton to another away defeat

Michael Kenrick

Crucial mistakes undid what was a far better performance than we have seen of late on the road from Everton, but a soft Holgate free-kick, a dreadful Iwobi giveaway, and a foolish lunge by Keane for a second yellow tell the sorry story of yet another away defeat for Frank Lampard.

Everton capitulate after high-energy start

Michael Kenrick

Everton tore into Crystal Palace with tremendous energy and intent for the first 15 minutes, but crucially failed to score in this FA Cup Quarter-Final before they lost Townsend and gave up 4 far too easy goals.

An indescribable night of utter madness sees Everton finally win

Michael Kenrick

Everton ended a dismal four-match losing streak in dramatic style after they had been reduced to 10 men with Allan harshly dismissed after a protestor had delayed the game for 8 minutes, securing himself to the gaolpost against Newcastle United under the lights at Goodison Park.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained, so much squandered

Michael Kenrick

Everton return to Goodison Park for a must-win game that they lost through abject negativity epitomized by Doucouré's incessant backward play.

Everton collapse in a gut-wrenching catastrophe

Michael Kenrick

Everton travel to face Tottenham Hotspur in the televised Monday night game.

Rondon goals carry Blues past stolid non-leaguers

Michael Kenrick

Two goals from Salomon Rondon saw Everton ultimately get past Boreham Wood into the FA Cup 6th Round at Goodison Park but it was hard work.

When you're down at the bottom, you just don't get the breaks

Michael Kenrick

Frank Lampard's inconsistent side take on Premier League leaders Manchester City in the evening televised game at Goodison Park.

Shocking lack of quality painfully exposed by Saints

Michael Kenrick

Everton started well against Southampton but the lack of quality from both sides in a poor first half was rectified by the home side while the visitors went from bad to worse, giving up two soft goals in a very painful defeat.

A sea of change follows an extra week from Lampard's team

Michael Kenrick

Everton returned to Goodison Park to secure an excellent win over Leeds United demonstrating the effect of Frank Lampard’s strong management to quickly atone for Tuesday’s disappointing performance against Newcastle.

Everton cannot cope with aggressive Newcastle pressing game

Michael Kenrick

Everton took the lead at Newcastle United but the home side were back in it immediately and denied Everton any time and space on the ball, destroying any lingering confidence from the weekend win over Brentford.

Goals galore to open the Lampard Epoch

Michael Kenrick

Frank Lampard took charge of his first match as Everton manager, and oversaw a solid win against Brentford to put his new charges into the FA Cup 5th Round draw.

No bounce for Ferguson as Everton are outplayed

Michael Kenrick

Duncan Ferguson's return to the dugout as caretaker manager got Everton playing a bit better but they were ultimately outplayed by a more tenacious Aston Villa at Goodison Park.

Canaries Catastrophe the ultimate Benitez Humiliation

Michael Kenrick

A dreadful first half for Everton at Carrow Road made the second-half challenge ultimately impossible despite a brilliant Richarlison strike against the Premier League’s bottom club Norwich City.

Blues make very hard work of the FA Cup 3rd Round

Michael Kenrick

It's the 3rd Round of the FA Cup and Everton are on the other side of the Pennines, up against Hull City at the MKM Stadium. 02/01/2022

Everton gave up another priceless 3 points when finally back in action again after an enforced break for the last 2½ weeks and three matches postponed as they lost to Brighton & Hove Albion at Goodison Park this afternoon.

Everton youngsters hang tight for an excellent point at The Bridge

Michael Kenrick

Tonight Everton take on a title-chasing but Covid impacted Chelsea side while yet more injury problems could spell another difficult night for Rafael Benitez.

A shocking defeat after it took Everton an hour to start playing

Michael Kenrick

Horrible tactics from Benitez saw Everton trying to defend from the off against a lively Palace side, conceding before halftime, and only playing forward after making subs on the hour mark; but they ended up gifting goals and throwing the game away.

Blues spirit digs out a fabulous win

Michael Kenrick

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.

Blues' efforts humbled by Reds' quality

Michael Kenrick

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

Is Everton Football Club up for sale?

MIchael Kenrick

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.

Blues sink to another simply atrocious defeat

Michael Kenrick

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.

Abysmal display totally lacking in Rafa's 'intensity'

Michael Kenrick

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.

Spicy ending sees Everton hold on for a point

Michael Kenrick

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

Blues almost come back from a dreadful first half

Michael Kenrick

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.

A Sorry Tale of Two Substitutes?

Michael Kenrick

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 Rafael Benitez had the barefaced audacity to bring on the utterly useless Iwobi, with Everton winning 2-1. You just could not make it up!

Handicapped by Iwobi and Rondon, Everton surrender their home record

Michael Kenrick

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

Everton accept a draw in a game they should have won

Michael Kenrick

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

Blues not too troubled in poor game solidly won

Michael Kenrick

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.

Everton out of the EFL Cup on Penalties

Michael Kenrick

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

James left at home as Bailey slaughters Everton

Michael Kenrick

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.

Benitez masterminds another stunning come-back win

Michael Kenrick

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

Consummate predation steals the Seagulls' chips

Michael Kenrick

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

Everton surrender a winning lead twice at Elland Road

Michael Kenrick

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

Richarlison's gold-plated heroics rescue a dreadful start

Michael Kenrick

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.

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