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This week:10 Years Ago

David Hardman
Everton travelled to Bolton in the FA Cup 4th round
28/01/2023

What’s our name? Everton’s and the British influence on early South American football

Jimmy Milner
After Southampton travelled to take on Everton last weekend, it's not just the mighty Blues who can claim to have their fingerprints on the early days of South American football. 
24/01/2023

Who’s Responsible for Everton’s Toxic Culture?

Colin Ellis
Now that the club have dispensed with the services of another manager, I’ll try and break it down to make it easier to understand and offer some ideas about why we are where we are and how it can be fixed moving forward.
24/01/2023

Survival Strategy

Paul The Esk
How do we get through the next four months? What happens then? Doing nothing is no longer an option. That’s the challenge facing Farhad Moshiri, the very survival of Everton Football Club.
22/01/2023

This week... 1 year ago

David Hardman
David Hardman recalls the tumultuous recent history of January 2022
21/01/2023

Divided We Fall

Lyndon Lloyd
Things do seem to be irreparably broken at Everton, at least in the short term. There are moves the hierarchy can make, either through decisive action by the owner, or humility and acceptance from others around him, but in the meantime, the fans have to stick both together and with whatever players are in that squad come 1 February
19/01/2023

All Together Now

Ell Bretland
There have been no good times under this Chairman, Board and Owner. Only near misses and falling short time and again. Faint hope extinguished annually. Now, Evertonians are mobilising and will use their voice to ensure change happens at the top because they have all had enough.
09/01/2023

Johnny Holt – Everton’s Little Devil 

Rob Sawyer
T.G. Jones is widely cited as the club’s finest centre-half, with the next generation of fans also holding Brian Labone in the highest of esteem. But let us not overlook Johnny Holt, the Little Devil
07/01/2023

This Week: 35 Years Ago

David Hardman
“This month” would be a more accurate description, as it took four matches throughout January 1988 to separate Sheffield Wednesday and Everton in the FA Cup.
07/01/2023

A Final Farewell to Neil Robinson

Rob Sawyer and Mike Royden
Last Monday, people came from far and wide to pay their final respects to former Toffee, Neil Robinson who passed away suddenly on 24 November, at just sixty-five years of age. 
17/12/2022

Remembering 'Chick' Meagan

Rob Sawyer
The death, at 88, of Mick Meagan this week reduces the illustrious cadre of players who contributed to Everton’s first post-war League Championship title to just five. Rob Sawyer and David France pay tribute to 'Chick'
30/11/2022

This Week – 24 Years Ago

David Hardman
While Everton were playing Newcastle on a Monday night, moves were afoot off the pitch that would see Duncan Ferguson sold to the Magpies in controversial fashion by then Blues owner, Peter Johnson
28/11/2022

Tom Walker – Nonagenarian Toffee

Rob Sawyer
In April 2022, Rob Sawyer and Sarah from Mint Collective caught up with venerable Toffee, 93-year-old Tom Walker in a café near his home in Upton.
26/11/2022

This Week – 28 Years Ago

David Hardman
Joe Royle succeeds Mike Walker as Everton manager and, with the help of hero-in-waiting, Duncan Ferguson, marked his first game in charge with a memorable Merseyside derby victory at Goodison Park
22/11/2022

Knives Out or Dig In? The Case For and Against Frank Lampard

Lyndon Lloyd
Six months is a very long time in football. Frank Lampard has gone from being the toast of Goodison to a man whose future as Everton manager is in question just 15 games into what is supposed to be his first full season in charge. Not all the problems of his making but he quickly needs to show he has what it takes to mitigate them and keep this club afloat
15/11/2022

This Week – 33 Years Ago

David Hardman
Looking back to November 1989, a watershed for Everton after which they could no longer be considered a force at the top
06/11/2022

Everton vs Leicester City. How do Foxes fans view this fixture?

Alasdair Jones
A flavour of the mood amongst Leicester fans ahead of this weekend's fixture at Goodison Park
03/11/2022

Who do you support?

Michael Kenrick
In a recent post, Christine Foster drew an interesting line delineating the parts of the club she supported and the parts she didn't.
02/11/2022

This Week – 38 Years Ago

David Hardman
A double-header against Manchester United in 1984-85 gave Everton the perfect opportunity to build on their win at Anfield and really make a statement
28/10/2022

The Iwobi Thing

Peter Carpenter
Performing live and unscripted in front of 40,000 people willing to judge you on every single move you make, is a pretty specialised art. Those doing it are not all the same, all have different needs to be able to do their best work. Alex Iwobi is a great example of that.
23/10/2022

From Barry to the Blues – The Keith Webber Story

Rob Sawyer
The Welshman's time at Everton got off to a dream start but he would later admit to ruing the decision to leave Goodison Park in search of first-team football in 1963
24/10/2022

This week – 28 years ago

David Hardman
Slim pickings this week as it’s usually International Break. In fact, the last time there wasn’t a break in early October was back in 1994, so let’s go there.
07/10/2022

This week – 15 years ago

David Hardman
Back to nice round numbers this week in 2007 as Everton made the long trip to Kharkiv hoping to finally make progress in Europe
04/10/2022

Moshiri’s £830 million commitment to Everton

Paul The Esk
A look at the extent of Moshiri's financial commitment to Everton and the future financing options open to him
30/09/2022

The Birth Of The 'Grand Old Lady'

John McFarlane [Senior]
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.
29/09/2022

There’s Only Two Tommy Fleetwoods…

Rob Sawyer and Pete Jones
Celebrity Blue, golfer Tommy Fleetwood, has a namesake who is one of Everton’s greatest unsung heroes
28/09/2022

This Week – 23 years ago

David Hardman
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.
26/09/2022

Everton, Elevate Sports Ventures and Bramley-Moore Dock

Paul The Esk
A look at Everton's decision to outsource the commercial development of Bramley-Moore & the questions re funding that arise from that
25/09/2022

This week – 12 years ago

David Hardman
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
16/09/2022

This week – 16 years ago

David Hardman
David recalls a nice emphatic derby victory from what seems like a very long time ago.
12/09/2022

Warney Cresswell – The Prince of Full Backs

Rob Sawyer
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’
07/09/2022

This Week – 34 Years Ago

David Hardman
Everton travelled to Highfield Road hoping to build on Tony Cottee’s debut hat-trick.
05/09/2022

Determined derby display proves results aren’t everything

Matthew Parry
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.
05/09/2022

This Week – 30 years ago

David Hardman
Looking back at an early-season midweek fixture in August 1992 when Aston Villa were the visitors at Goodison Park
28/08/2022

The Opening-Day Curse?

David Hardman
Looking back at the win over Manchester United in 2012 that sparked an 11-year run of opening-day fixtures without defeat for Everton
19/08/2022

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

Rob Sawyer
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
12/08/2022

Everton 0-1 Chelsea – Short tactical review

Graham Holliday
An early assessment of how Everton are shaping up under Frank Lampard this season
12/08/2022

This week – 5 years ago

David Hardman
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
12/08/2022

On this week... 25 years ago

David Hardman
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
06/08/2022

Inertia

Lyndon Lloyd
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.
16/07/2022

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

Ell Bretland
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
03/07/2022

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