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Alex Iwobi - Players' Player of the Season

Sam Hoare
Posted 02/06/2023

Last season it seemed that Alex Iwobi generally won over the Everton fans with his efforts. But this season he has returned to being a more divisive figure and there are many on here, whose views I respect, that seem unable to stand him. Which i f...

Being Barred.

Jerome Shields
Posted 30/05/2023

I never thought that Everton would be relegated , especially when I seem that Dyche was trying to improve on players stats.I even predicted that Everton would survive on the last day, even in second half injury time.   But I d...

Squad ratings for the season

Mark Taylor
Posted 30/05/2023

Here are my squad ratings for the season. I know fro...

“Never again”

Michael Kenrick
Posted 28/05/2023

So… the absolute worst season in Everton’s long long history is finally over and Everton somehow survived. Well, not ‘somehow’ – we all know exactly how the league table wo...

Who Has Been Everton’s Player of the Season?

Gary McCarty
Posted 28/05/2023

With the 2022/23 Premier League season coming to a close, now is a good time to look back at the campaign and determine the players that have shone in an Everton shirt. Here is a look at three players who are in contention to be the Toffees&r...

Nickname 11

James Lauwervine
Posted 25/05/2023

  It’s undoubtedly a stressful week for Evertonians. We’re probably all just thinking pretty much the same thing: “Will I wake up next Monday morning feeling rel...

Napoli: cause for optimism?

Robert  Tressell
Posted 23/05/2023

Obviously the most pressing thing for Everton right now is a home win. It’s hard to look beyond all that but, like a pungent smear of deep heat, here’s a counter-irritant to take your mind (even briefly) off the pain ...

A Rallying Call

Tony Abrahams
Posted 22/05/2023

Who hasn’t left Goodison Park at some stage this season thinking this is going to be the season we go down? Who wouldn’t have taken having to beat Bournemouth on the last game of the season to guarantee survival after Lampard w...

Wherefore Richarlison?

Trevor Powell
Posted 21/05/2023

I noticed the BBC gossip page have reported that Carlo Ancelotti wants to take Richarlison to Real Madrid despite his non-season at Tottenham Hotspur, where he has scored only one Premier League goal. I know some people have issues with so...

What companies would Everton FC benefit the most from as sponsors?

Gary McCarty
Posted 23/05/2023

Everton FC is a storied football club with a rich history and a passionate fan base. Like many football clubs around the world, Everton relies heavily on sponsorship deals to support its operations, player acquisitions, and overall financial stabi...

What benefits can the UK's business sector offer Everton FC?

Gary McCarty
Posted 18/05/2023

In the vibrant realm of UK football, Everton FC stands as a formidable force, boasting a rich history and a passionate fan base. As with any football club, partnerships with businesses play a pivotal role in sustaining and advancing their success....

Disunited in Music

Geoff Harrison
Posted 14/05/2023

"You'll never walk alone" has, obviously, become a partisan song in the city of Liverpool. It is a song that 'divides' and most definitely does not 'unite'. I'm sure this would be agreed upon by many of the people of other cities (eg Manchester an...

In pursuit of happiness

Tony Everan
Posted 06/05/2023

Before the match on Monday against Leicester City, I was thinking that watching our beloved Blues is meant to be enjoyable. A pastime of joy, an antidote to the mundanity and difficulties of every day life. I try to enjoy it… but it just wo...

Dum Spiro, Spero

Peter  Fearon
Posted 29/04/2023

While I breathe, I hope. I still believe that we will not be relegated, although browsing the ToffeeWeb comment theads, there appears to be plenty who are already enduring the unendurable, suffering the insufferable and, of course, playing many Ev...

Call me Mystic Mac

Alan McGuffog
Posted 28/04/2023

Climate change has accelerated over the last few years. It's mid-November 2034 and for a Wednesday evening it's a balmy 19 degrees. Perfect conditions for football in north Liverpool. The expansion of Liverpool Airport has allowed larger a...

Everton in the Community

Kieran Kinsella
Posted 28/04/2023

Everton in the Community is a force for good. It has benefited many people in various ways. I applaud it but I have an issue with those running it. The Everton website boasts EitC has benefited the community with an average of over £...

Blame it on the Boogie!

Derek Thomas
Posted 26/04/2023

Newcastle Utd on Thursday, followed by Leicester City on Monday — some might say it is 5 days that will define (for good or ill) our fate. If the footballing gods are kind to us... and the next time they are will probably be – ...

Everton could replicate the digital-based commercial success of other clubs

Gary McCarty
Posted 24/04/2023

Everton Football Club have not experienced the greatest period in their history over the last few seasons. The club are currently involved in a relegation battle for the second successive season. The Toffees maintain a strong core of fans based in...

In Praise of James Rodriguez

Steve  Mink
Posted 14/04/2023

Apologies for the clickbait title but... Due to the lockdown and a range of other factors, I only saw James Rodriguez playing live "in real life" for Everton once.  Sad to hear he has fallen off his perch again at Olympiakos. ...

This Week: 39 Years Ago

David Hardman
Posted 13/04/2023

The shortest lookback I've written. Only 3 words needed.   "....and it's Heath."...

When every point counts

David Cooper
Posted 05/04/2023

With 9 teams in the heat of the battle to avoid the drop playing each other almost every round of matches, their positions in the  Premier League Table are changing regularly. So I thought I would make a points table based on the last 5 match...

Is Europe a Realistic Dream for Everton?

Gary McCarty
Posted 31/03/2023

Not too long ago, Everton’s ambition every season before a ball was kicked was securing a UEFA Champions League place. Of course, that is not the case right now, as the Toffees seek Premier League survival once again. However, can Sean Dyche...

Too Close for Comfort?

Trevor Powell
Posted 28/03/2023

I have just seen this new article on the BBC Football Webpage, "Malaga: From Champions League to inescapable nightmare in 10 years". There seems to be something eerily similar to ...

Pickford Can Boost England Claims By Saving Everton

Gary McCarty
Posted 13/03/2023

There’s little doubt keeper Jordan Pickford is going to play a big role if Everton is to start climbing the Premier League table and away from the dreaded relegation zone. Pickford has been England’s first-choice goalkeeper for...

End-of-Season Recipe

David Bromwell
Posted 06/03/2023

Yesterday's game clearly ended with the loss of two potential additional points and, although performances have improved following the appointment of Sean Dyche, we are still in a desperate situation, so I would like to put forward my solution....

Cause for hope or dread?

David Cooper
Posted 05/03/2023

Like many of us, I am sure we have been looking at the games to come and how many points we need to escape relegation. I started doing this as early as 1 January this season. Each week, the amount of information I add to the table either gives me ...

Neal Maupay isn’t Sean Dyche’s cup of tea but it’s all hands to the pump for Everton

Gary McCarty
Posted 01/03/2023

Irrespective of what league the Toffees find themselves in next season, it looks increasingly likely that Neal Maupay won’t be included in Sean Dyche’s plans going forward. Everton fans only need to look back on the substitutions made ...

Nil Satis Nisi Optimum

Paul Burns
Posted 03/03/2023

Nil Satis Nisi Optimum — Nothing but the best is good enough. It's the motto of Everton Football Club. I have it tattooed on my arm. It's the mantra and business ethic given to the club by its creators and the method...

Calvert-Lewin and the case of Martin Branthwaite

Fran Mitchell
Posted 02/03/2023

Whilst chatting about yet another abject defeat in which our clear and desperate need for a striker once again dominated the discussion, I remembered the Barcelona purchase of Martin Branthwaite in February 2020. The Transfer window had al...

Michael Keane's role in the team

Trevor Powell
Posted 21/02/2023

It is looking likely that Michael Keane may well leave the club with several Premier League suitors expressing an interest. He has fallen down the pecking order and, with Branthwaite impressing in the Dutch League, seems to be on his way out. ...

Everton Worldwide: Using Tech to Find a Global Audience

Gary McCarty
Posted 20/02/2023

As of the middle of January 2023, the south stand of the stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock was completed — in a fashion.  The site is still comprised almost entirely of a concrete, brick, and steel skeleton but the addition of the f...

History repeating itself at Goodison Park?

David Peate
Posted 19/02/2023

This item was found on the Internet.  It is headed as being a report from the Liverpool Echo on 1 May 1920.  Although Everton finished the 1919-20 season in 16th place, this was a mere 2 points abo...

Trying to be an Optimist

Richard Tarleton
Posted 16/02/2023

I've tried not to react instinctively to the defeat at Anfield; let's be fair, we didn't actually deserve to win. However, this weekend my son and grandson are making the epic journey from darkest Rutland to see the Leeds game and, for the first t...

One Swallow…

Frank Wolfe
Posted 06/02/2023

One swallow does not a summer make... Firstly, this is not meant to be a negative article or put a dampener on celebrations. I was really impressed with the performance on Saturday. The tactics were good, the effort was there and the crowd...

First on Match of the Day!

David Cooper
Posted 04/02/2023

I can’t remember when we were first on Match of the Day for beating the Premier League leaders! Answers on a postcard to ToffeeWeb! It will be very interesting to hear what the experts say as I can’t see anything negative they ...

Sean Dyche — Much More Than A Survival Manager

Gary McCarty
Posted 02/02/2023

Sean Dyche has made a reputation for being a manager who is more than capable of getting his sides out of trouble at the bottom end of the Premier League table. However, the new Everton boss has shown in the past he can do much more than t...

Everton February Fixtures Preview

Gary McCarty
Posted 30/01/2023

Everton have been in a poor run of form in the Premier League over the past few months and they are currently second bottom in the table, two points adrift of safety. As a resu...

What Are the Chances of Everton Avoiding Relegation this Season?

Gary McCarty
Posted 23/01/2023

The 2022-3 EPL season has been incredibly difficult for Everton, and they’ve started 2023 in the bottom group of clubs facing a serious relegation threat. How have they ended up in this situation and what are the team’s chances of esca...

Don’t Panic! There is still a path to safety

Tony Everan
Posted 22/01/2023

The message on the front cover of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is good professional advice.  Cool heads are needed in times of dire adversity.  Pragmatic solutions are still available with 9 days left to go of this...

Merseyside Derby – Predictions & Betting Tips

Gary McCarty
Posted 21/01/2023

The 62nd Premier League edition of the famous Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton falls on February 13. Jordan Pickford's heroic performance helped the Toffees hold their cross-town rivals to a drab 0-0 draw in the reverse fixtu...

Why can’t Frank and Co see what we see?

David Cooper
Posted 15/01/2023

For most of this season, many posters on ToffeeWeb have been asking ourselves what the hell Frank Lampard has been doing! Either in his formation, team selection, tactics or substitutions to name a few.  We all watch the game from ins...

It Ain’t Over

Kieran Kinsella
Posted 15/01/2023

This has been my worst week after 40 years of supporting Everton and I’ve heard my seniors say similar. Another defeat against a bottom side, an out of touch letter from the owner, fans forums cancelled due to threats from fellow fans, alleg...

FAB Zoom call Recap

Kieran Kinsella
Posted 12/01/2023

The Zoom meeting began with 10 minutes of introductions from the people running the call. This included members of various groups: Disabled Supporters Association, Fans' Forum, Heritage Society, Norwegian fans group (seriously) on behalf of the in...

Everton vs Southampton: Prediction, how to watch & potential line-ups

Gary McCarty
Posted 12/01/2023

Everton will be in Premier League action this Saturday when they host Southampton at Goodison Park. If you are betting on football this weekend then you can use this Spreadex welcome off...

Alan Stubbs on Bill Kenwright via BBC Radio 5 Live

Ste Traverse
Posted 04/01/2023

During an interview with Alan Stubbs on BBC Radio 5 Live today, the former Everton player and lifelong Evertonian revealed that he's been banned from receiving match tickets by Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright himself – for public criticisms ...

The Weight of Expectation

Frank Wolfe
Posted 29/12/2022

Grim times for Everton who sit 1 point above the relegation zone after losing (at home) to the bottom-placed team. Fans are calling for heads to roll - players, the manager, chairman, CEO, owner, board, tea lady.  Problem is that we'v...

Start in the Boardroom and oust every one of them

Allan Board
Posted 26/12/2022

Doesn't matter how you wrap it up – losing at home to the bottom of the league is, and always has been unacceptable.Forget all the systems, formations, players etc. This club has, with incredulous contempt for its true custodians &nd...

A Team of Former Blues

Peter Fearon
Posted 26/12/2022

Looking at a posse of former Everton players performing at the World Cup – from guys like Davy Klaassen, who never made an impact, to Richarlison who very obviously did – got me thinking. How would a team composed of former players sti...

Improving Advantage and the VAR

Don Alexander
Posted 19/12/2022

  Just about every sentient being has wanted the VAR decisions to be better than dodgy decisions by the referee....

Nothing wrong with a deep defence

Robert  Tressell
Posted 02/12/2022

In the past couple of days, I have very much enjoyed watching Japan and Cameroon play a deep defensive game against the apparent might of Spain and Brazil respectively at the World Cup in Qatar.  In the first half of each ga...

Warrington assist for winning goal in the FA Cup

Michael Kenrick
Posted 27/11/2022

Away from the World Cup, it's the 2nd Round of the FA Cup, with Fleetwood away at Ebbsfleet. Everton's on-loan youngster, Lewis Warrington was part of Fleetwood's 4-man midfield and did a brilliant job to force a turnover on the halfway li...

Ronaldo – Yay or Nay?

Kevin Prytherch
Posted 22/11/2022

Quite simply - now that he’s left Manchester United, would you take him on a free for the remainder of the season... assuming he’d be interested?...

Dele Alli was only here on loan???

Michael Kenrick
Posted 20/11/2022

Did anyone notice that story in the Daily Mirror today and the way they talked about Dele Alli? Kieran Trippier provides theory on what c...

How Everton's players will fare at the 2022 World Cup

Gary McCarty
Posted 17/11/2022

The World Cup break has come to Everton's rescue, allowing under-pressure manager Frank Lampard six weeks to figure out how to drive his side out of trouble.  Everton squandered the last opportunity to enter the winter with optimism a...

Work To Be Done Amid World Cup Distraction

Gary McCarty
Posted 23/11/2022

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar might well have come at a good time for Everton as boss Frank Lampard looks to turn the Toffees’ fortunes around. Three games without a win saw Everton drop to 17th place in the table but the month-long br...

The real problem is at the top

Michael Kenrick
Posted 13/11/2022

This is a collection of posts that have appeared since the dismal double defeat to Bournemouth last week, espousing the theory that the real problem is at the very top of Everton Football Club – admittedly a perennially recurrent theme, alth...

What’s going on at Everton? Does anybody know? Or care?

Jonathan Tasker
Posted 15/11/2022

Frank Lampard has now been in charge of Everton for 33 league matches. He has won just 9, which is 27%. He has lost over half. When he came in, Everton were 15th in the Premier League. The club is now in 17th place. He’s even worse than the ...

Blue till we die

David Vaughan
Posted 13/11/2022

Two quotes from Frank Lampard this week have raised little reaction (to my admittedly imperfect knowledge). Both illustrate exactly where this once great football club now lingers: "Our aim is to stay in the Premier League" (Source: post-m...

The Gump Brothers

Kieran Kinsella
Posted 08/11/2022

In the movie Forrest Gump, the titular character somehow pops up at every major event in the '60s and '70s. At Everton, after a miserable failure and fans calling attention to the failings of yet another manager, I have to ask, why are ou...

ToffeeWeb LoanWatch – Matchweek 13

Michael Kenrick
Posted 27/10/2022

This intermittent thread tracks recent and current activity for some of our loan players: ● Jarrad Branthwaites at PSV Eindhoven ● Ellis Simms at Sunderland  ...

Is our club top-heavy?

Peter  Brewin
Posted 20/10/2022

I was taken by one of my new Scouse workmates to see my very first professional football match at Goodison Park with 44,000 people there... that was in 1971 – just after Everton had won the Football League First Division Trophy. I was mes...

a general view

michael allanson
Posted 17/10/2022

i went to spurs on saturday in a hopeful frame of mind and left in the same way as i had done against chelsea and utd. Picking positives from defeat but far from despondent.  Last season we were a shambles, utterly bereft of shape or ...

Spurs: A general view

Michael Allanson
Posted 17/10/2022

I went to the Spurs game on Saturday in a hopeful frame of mind, and left in the same way, as I had done against Chelsea and Man Utd: picking positives from defeat but far from despondent. Last season, we were a shambles, utterly beref...

Premier League – Week 9

Michael Kenrick
Posted 08/10/2022

Coverage of the Premier League on TV in the UK this weekend is a little different, with no early game on Saturday, and three games on Sunday, including a big one on Sunday evening.BT Sport’s chosen match this weekend was Everton vs Manche...

Which Everton players could star at the World Cup?

Gary McCarty
Posted 03/10/2022

The Qatar World Cup takes place in November of this year and is the first edition of the tournament to take place in the Middle East. The Toffees have Internationally capped players from England, Brazil and Senegal amongst others and are lik...

Toffees Eager to Build on First Win Against Southampton

Gary McCarty
Posted 30/09/2022

After a difficult start to the season, Everton are back to winning ways with a victory over West Ham last weekend. Now, the focus switches to Southampton, who are comi...

England U21s 3 - 1 Germany U21s

Michael Kenrick
Posted 27/09/2022

Anthony Gordon and James Garner are both playing for England in this U21 game at Bramhall Lane, Sheffield.The score was 1-1 at the break but England U21s (managed by Lee Carsley) came out in aggressive mood, Gordon benefitting from a...

To Boo or Not to Boo, That Was the Question.

David Kennedy
Posted 21/09/2022

It’s fair to say the recent minute's silence at football grounds around the country had the football authorities in jumpy mood and the Tory press salivating in anticipation of football fans damaging the nation’s reputation, not to mention the ...

Booing the minute's silence yesterday

Michael Allanson
Posted 19/09/2022

I have to comment on the appalling booing at Goodison yesterday during the silence in honour of the Queen. It’s symptomatic of our ‘me, me, me’ culture today that in order to stand out from the crowd some idiot has to make a show of themselv...

Time is still on Calvert-Lewin’s side

Gary McCarty
Posted 07/09/2022

It goes without saying that Dominic Calvert-Lewin would rather not still be waiting on his first minutes of the 2022-23 campaign. The Everton frontman has, not for the first time, been cutting a frustrated figure during the opening weeks of a new ...

Do Everton have enough goals to beat Premier League drop?

Gary McCarty
Posted 12/09/2022

Although the Premier League season is very much in its infancy, it is clear that goals will be an issue for Everton in the campaign. After six matches, the Toffees netted only four times, even if Frank Lampard’s men saw one chalked off for ...

Scoring from outside the box

Don Alexander
Posted 04/09/2022

I've long wondered whether I'm the only Toffee who's been mystified, for decades, on account of how we score so few goals from outside the opponent's area?I mean other teams in the Premier League, mostly better, but even some of the wor...

ToffeeWeb LoanWatch

Michael Kenrick
Posted 31/08/2022

Everton head into the transfer window deadline day with 13 players out on loan, and the bloated senior squad already exceeds the Premier League's 25-man limit. suggesting that more will secure loan deals away from Everon before Thursday night...

Everton Need Gueye – So Sign Him

Jim Wilson
Posted 29/08/2022

I can only assume that Everton do not recognise the importance of signing Gueye otherwise it would have been done by now. This signing is vital. Gueye will help protect the defence better than most, he will keep the midfield ticking over...

Apologist rhetoric

Gavin Ramejkis
Posted 28/08/2022

Not posted on here for years. Some of the old lags still exist, just elsewhere these days.  Posted elsewhere but asked to share by an old friend on one of my old stomping grounds.I've held my tongue on this question for quite a while now a...


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Kieran Kinsella
Posted 21/08/2022

There is a lot of focus on incomings but, in order to balance the books, we still need to clear more deadwood – despite some major clearances in the summer.By my reckoning, some of our deadwood has now fossilized, meaning there’s no lin...

5 Most Expensive Everton Signings

Gary McCarty
Posted 11/08/2022

Premier League clubs have become known for splashing out insane figures to recruit the best players in the market, and Everton are no exception. Over the years, the likes of Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez spent massively to aid the ...

Where is Idrissa Gueye?

Trevor Powell
Posted 10/08/2022

Is Idrissa Gueye actually coming back to Goodison? I can not find any reference to how supposed negotiations are proceeding. Is this a red herring or what?...

Jarrad Branthwaite kicks off his loan spell in the Champions League

Francis  van Lierop
Posted 10/08/2022

Here's an update on one of the eight Everton loanees with other clubs this season: Jarrad Branthwaite.For someone who was presented as the second Virgil van Dijk, Jarrad wasn't getting much playing time.In the Dutch version of th...

Should Everton Fans be Worried About Frank Lampard’s First Preseason at the Club?

Gary McCarty
Posted 02/08/2022

Everton’s pre-season performances have failed to relieve the anxiety of fans from the back end of last season. The Toffees were in a relegation scrap until the bitter end, and early signs suggest they could be heading the same way in the 2022-23...

Premier League clubs will vote to voluntarily ban gambling sponsorship

Barry Hesketh 
Posted 18/07/2022

This might be a bit awkward for Everton, given they've only recently signed a deal with a betting partner? The Premier League clubs are ready to agree to a voluntary ban on shirt sponsorship by betting companies but subject to certain conditio...

Quiet protest

Don Alexander
Posted 12/07/2022

It seems to me that orderly quiet protest is being proposed in early August in a bid to start a campaign to point out to the world, beyond Gwladys Street, the total ineptitude of the current owner and the provenly hapless chairman he gave 95% control...

Enough is Enough

Brian Wilkinson
Posted 11/07/2022

Just to give everyone an update on action to protest against the Everton Board of Directors, the question has been asked, why do we not do anything about it? Well, now I can assure everyone that action is being taken.We do not have a grievance aga...

Two Toffees stars that could have a big 22/23 campaign if they stay injury-free

Gary McCarty
Posted 11/07/2022

It has been a tumultuous last few months for Everton supporters. Staring the real threat of relegation to the Championship in their collective faces, there has been a genuine sense of relief following the Toffees’ narrow escape from the drop. No...

What could possibly go right?

Andy Crooks
Posted 09/07/2022

After feeling pretty despondent about Everton for the last few months, it's amazing how a short break re-kindles the optimism and anticipation for the new season. As a pretty "glass half-empty" sort of bloke, I am resigned to disappointment in the tr...

Richarlison’s Best Moments in an Everton Shirt

Gary McCarty
Posted 07/07/2022

Everton reached a deal with Tottenham to sell Richarlison during the summer transfer window and it brings an end to a very successful spell at Goodison Park for the Brazilian.During his time on Merseyside, he scored 53 goals for the Toffees...

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