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The Birth Of The 'Grand Old Lady'

John McFarlane [Senior]
29/09/2022

With the rapid progress being made on the new Everton Stadium project at Bramley-Moore Dock, I find it an ideal time to reflect on the time spent, and the highs and lows of the current home of Everton FC.

There’s Only Two Tommy Fleetwoods…

Rob Sawyer and Pete Jones
28/09/2022

Celebrity Blue, golfer Tommy Fleetwood, has a namesake who is one of Everton’s greatest unsung heroes

This Week – 23 years ago

David Hardman
26/09/2022

If you’d said to me back in 1999 that this would be Everton’s last win at Anfield for 21 years and their last one in front of a crowd, I’d have said you were crazy.

Everton, Elevate Sports Ventures and Bramley-Moore Dock

Paul The Esk
25/09/2022

A look at Everton's decision to outsource the commercial development of Bramley-Moore & the questions re funding that arise from that

The Transformation

Lyndon Lloyd
21/09/2022

Largely written off at one time by the bulk of the Everton fanbase, Alex Iwobi has undergone a metamorphosis unlike any in living Evertonian memory... and it has come just when the club desperately needed it

Something of a David Moyes throwback

Paul Traill
19/09/2022

The bottom line is, if you make yourself difficult to beat, then you've always got a chance of nicking a win, and by shoring up our defence and improving our midfield options, we have certainly done that. It was a bit like a David Moyes win for Everton back in the day.

Tenacious Everton shake the monkey off their back at West Ham's expense

Lyndon Lloyd
18/09/2022

Realistically, Everton really needed to win today and win they did on the back of Neal Maupay’s first goal for the club. And what a lovely goal it was.

Precious strike by Maupay seals Everton's first win

Michael Kenrick
18/09/2022

Everton secured their first win of the season over relegation strugglers West Ham United thanks to a fine strike by Neal Maupay for his first goal in an otherwise difficult match that was full of errors and could far too easily have gone the other way.

This week – 12 years ago

David Hardman
16/09/2022

An ugly home defeat to Newcastle killed any momentum gained from a hard-won point against Manchester United the week before and marked the first time for this author where it felt like David Moyes had taken Everton as far as he could

Air Blocker Filter Man

Robert Tressell
14/09/2022

According to CIES Football Observator Everton have three of the world’s best U-25 players in their roles

This week – 16 years ago

David Hardman
12/09/2022

David recalls a nice emphatic derby victory from what seems like a very long time ago.

Warney Cresswell – The Prince of Full Backs

Rob Sawyer
07/09/2022

A natural tendency to favour players we have seen with our own eyes and the tactical evolution of football makes ranking players spanning many decades fraught with difficulty. But this cerebral, balding, defender, who played for Everton into his 39th year merits his place in the pantheon of great ‘number threes’

This Week – 34 Years Ago

David Hardman
05/09/2022

Everton travelled to Highfield Road hoping to build on Tony Cottee’s debut hat-trick.

Determined derby display proves results aren’t everything

Matthew Parry
05/09/2022

Mainstream media outlets would have you believe our poor start points towards another grave struggle around the relegation zone and that Lampard’s job is under threat. However, this doesn’t align with the optimism that Evertonians have as Lampard enacts his plan.

A Blue Is Born

Jamie Sweet
05/09/2022

My boy Zac may have been born unto this world on the day of the Jagielka derby. But I’m starting to believe that he was truly born a Blue on this derby day, 3 September 2022.

Getting our Everton back

Paul Traill
03/09/2022

Liverpool piled on the pressure more or less throughout, but our team stood firm and held out for the draw. We applauded the team off before heading back to the car and away.

Rapidly-improving Blues make their point in pulsating derby stalemate

Lyndon Lloyd
03/09/2022

Frank Lampard’s Blues bridged a gap today on an afternoon where both goals seemed to live a charmed life, both goalkeepers had to underline their world-class credentials and the fortitude of the Goodison Park “woodwork” was tested at both ends

Pickford brilliant but Maupay lacks cutting edge

Michael Kenrick
03/09/2022

Everton take on local rivals Liverpool in the first Merseyside derby of the season, and the first game since the closure of this summer's transfer window.

The window: how did we do?

Robert Tressell
02/09/2022

Overall, I give Lampard and Thelwell a 7 out of 10 for their efforts.

A Noticeable Arc of Improvement

Lyndon Lloyd
30/08/2022

There have been clear signs of progress in the last two outings and, more importantly, Everton are picking up points away from home, something they didn't do nearly enough last season

Pinks again surrender the lead for a tense and testy draw

Michael Kenrick
30/08/2022

Everton head to Elland Road for Round 5 of the Premier League, against Leeds United.

A Brief Everton Love Affair

Alan Corbett
29/08/2022

"I could see it in his eyes and in his big smile that Dave was now a fully-fledged Everton fan. I'm just sad that his love affair was too short."

30 years ago this week

David Hardman
28/08/2022

Looking back at an early-season midweek fixture in August 1992 when Aston Villa were the visitors at Goodison Park

Simultaneously a Point Gained and Two Dropped

Lyndon Lloyd
27/08/2022

If 2022-23 is going to be another slog to avoid relegation, anything the team can collect on the road should be gratefully received. It’s hard not to feel despondent, though, at two precious points dropped

Everton squander a winning position for one more point

Michael Kenrick
27/08/2022

Everton dominated possession before taking a brilliant £60M lead through Gordon, who finished in style.

Much changed Blues scrape through on Gray's goal

Michael Kenrick
23/08/2022

Everton battled to their first win of the season in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening when Gray got the only goal of the game to defeat Fleetwood.

A day trip on the 77-seat Taunton Express

Dave Williams
21/08/2022

A point was very welcome as was a goal scored by our player and I really enjoyed the game. Frank has quickened up our passing and this will improve again once we get a striker and a midfielder.

A draw was a fair result

Paul Traill
21/08/2022

On balance, I’d say a draw was fair as Nottingham Forest contributed a lot to the game. And to be fair I was quite grateful for the draw at the end as it could have been a lot worse.

Pressure Builds on Toothless Blues Ahead of the Deadline

Lyndon Lloyd
20/08/2022

It’s still early days, the window is still open, but it’s hard not to feel uneasy even at this stage about Everton’s prospects for the season

Blues steal first point from jaws of defeat

Michael Kenrick
20/08/2022

Everton hosted Nottingham Forest for the first time in 23 years and battled to a late goal that secured their first point of a massively underwhelming season so far.

The Opening-Day Curse?

David Hardman
19/08/2022

Looking back at the win over Manchester United in 2012 that sparked an 11-year run of opening-day fixtures without defeat for Everton

The Avatar

Lyndon Lloyd
15/08/2022

For most of last season, Anthony Gordon channeled the passion, desperation and energy of a fearful fanbase on the pitch. 2022-23 was supposed to be a season of further development for him at Goodison but a big-money offer from Chelsea has thrown up a hard choice for the club.

Familiar Away-Day Blues for Blunt Everton

Lyndon Lloyd
13/08/2022

Frank Lampard might rue waiting as long as he did to make changes to a line-up that wasn't working but Amadou Onana showed the way forward with a mixed but hugely promising late cameo

Tom Griffiths: The Player with More than one String to his Bow

Rob Sawyer
12/08/2022

T.P. Griffiths may have understandably been overshadowed at Everton by his countryman and fellow centre-half T.G. Jones but he enjoyed a distinguished career with some of the greatest clubs in the land

Everton leave big chances too late

Michael Kenrick
13/08/2022

The first away game of the new season at Aston Villa ended in defeat as Everton lacked the confidence and desire to play forward for large periods.

Everton 0-1 Chelsea – Short tactical review

Graham Holliday
12/08/2022

An early assessment of how Everton are shaping up under Frank Lampard this season

This week – 5 years ago

David Hardman
12/08/2022

Ronald Koeman is in charge, Wayne Rooney has returned and Everton are in Europa League action either side of a season-opener against Stoke City

Everton Colours Me a Bright Blue

Nazir Musa
13/08/2022

A Blackburn Rovers fan attends a Premier League game in the city of Liverpool for the first time and is bowled over by the atmosphere at Goodison Park and the welcome he received by Evertonians

An Encouraging Defeat... Somewhat

Paul Traill
08/08/2022

It's apparent to all what is required. Let's make sure we get that striker in because, as far as I can tell, especially with the other incoming additions, the rest of the squad will more than do.

Luck still in short supply at Goodison

Lyndon Lloyd
06/08/2022

Ye footballing gods, this succession of serious injuries isn’t funny. But despite the frustration of an opening-day defeat by the fine margins of a penalty decision, there were elements of this Everton performance that were genuine cause for optimism

Better Days Are Coming

Stephen Dages
07/08/2022

This one's from the heart as it's about my father-in-law's battle with stage IV cancer. Everton have given us hope during tough times and with the new campaign kicking off, we know that better days are coming!

On this week... 25 years ago

David Hardman
06/08/2022

Looking back at similarly unsettling times as today as Joe Royle struggled to reproduce the promise of his first few months in charge at Goodison Park

A rubbish game of stop-start and self-destruction

Michael Kenrick
06/08/2022

Depleted Everton kicked off the 2022-23 season with a ridiculous game that saw Godfrey seriously injure his leg through his own stupidity.... and it just went downhill with a plethora of game-destroying stoppages.

New signings provide a breath of fresh air

Michael Kenrick
29/07/2022

In their final pre-season friendly, Everton's new signings showed they may bring enough freshness to inspire improvement in the strictly limited group of players that remain the core of Lampard's poor retinue.

Our Points Deduction

Michael Owen
25/07/2022

It looks as though we could be starting the season with hardly any new players, and with just four pre-season games under our belt. That represents a self-imposed points deduction.

Inertia

Lyndon Lloyd
16/07/2022

Farhad Moshiri has restated his commitment to Everton but, without any tangible change in how the club is run from the top, there is little hope it can make any meaningful strides towards realising the owner's stated ambitions from six years ago.

Grant Ingles - Everton's Invisible Money Man

Stephen Vincent
16/07/2022

Grant Ingles. How has he escaped our wrath so far? Like our owner, he is a Chartered Accountant. In common with the rest of our Board, he has no commercial experience in the real world.

One month to go: what's left?

Robert Tressell
14/07/2022

Whom could Everton still target as attractive options are being snapped up by rival clubs?

From ‘New Moston Beckenbauer’ to Potential Everton Skipper — Robbie Simpson on James Tarkowski

Ell Bretland
03/07/2022

Speaking exclusively to ToffeeWeb, "Tarky's" former Oldham Athletic team-mate describes what the new signing can bring to Everton and it's a lot more than your typical no-nonsense centre-back

Everton – The Great Reset?

Kevin Murray
02/07/2022

The strategic review has lead to a new Director of Football at the club and a new manager, along with several new coaches. This does feel like a genuine possibility to get things right at Everton.




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