Season 2007-08 Diary

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EGM Resolution
Minority shareholders seek answers over Kirkby
29 Jun - A group of Everton Shareholders are seeking to secure an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Everton Football Club Co Ltd to discuss a number of issues relating to "Destination Kirkby". A statement and a highly compelling supporting document [3MB PDF] that contains the petition, and a detailed analysis of the key issues of concern regarding a new stadium for Everton outside the city boundary in the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley are being posted to shareholders and should arrive by Tuesday.

Dennehy goes to Cardiff
Young Irish player out of contract
28 Jun - Another promising youngster from Everton's Youth Academy has been allowed to leave the club. Darren Dennehy, 19, an Irish Under-21 international defender who is 6-ft 3-in and has been with Everton since 2005, but is out of contract this month. Everton offered Dennehy a full professional contract but the young defender, who can also operate in midfield, feels he can make the breakthrough with Cardiff. Dennehy has accepted a three-year contract on better terms than the one-year deal offered by The Toffees.

GONW ask for more time on Kirkby
Prolonged uncertainty over transfers as well?
27 Jun - It appears as though a decision on whether or not the Government Office for the North West (GONW) should recommend that the Destination Kirkby initiative be called in for public inquiry could be delayed until mid-July. Originally expected 3rd July, GONW have apparently asked for more time to scrutinise the proposal due to the project's size. The fresh delay could have knock-on effects for David Moyes's spending plans which are believed to be tied to the outcome.

Moyes: Johnson not for sale
27 Jun - David Moyes has issued a "hands-off" warning to potential suitors for Andy Johnson, insisting the striker is not for sale. Media reports in recent days have suggested that Sunderland and Wigan were preparing firm bids for the player Everton acquired for £8.6m two years ago.

Tesco store INSIDE the stadium?
Accountants can't be wrong...
26 Jun - This article from Accountancy Age last week contains a clear statement regarding Tesco's contribution to Everton's new stadium in Kirkby: "The club successfully gained a £120m contribution to the cost from the supermarket giant in return for allowing Tesco to build a 55,000sq ft in-stadium store." Surely some mistake...

We won't put stadium above players
25 Jun - In a revealing interview with property magazine, Estate Gazette, Head of Communications, Ian Ross, says that looking after the team is the "primary concern" while admitting that the club and Tesco are hoping for help from the Labour Government to avoid the scheme getting called in for a public enquiry. Furthermore, the article also suggests that Knowsley Council are hopeful of attracting commercial investors if the stadium portion falls through and that Everton, in that event, will reconsider redeveloping Goodison Park.

Double squeeze on transfer kitty
Moyes frustrated... or minted?
22 Jun - While the distraction of the 2008 Euros continues to provide a handy excuse for the lack of transfer activity at Everton, Alan Nixon claims in The People that "Moyes thought he was going to have cash to spend this summer, but problems with Everton's ground move and financial issues with backers, means he will not have as much as he wanted." In the NOTW, Chris Bascombe puts it more bluntly: "Everton are awaiting for a decision on their new stadium before letting Moyes spend any cash." Meanwhile, the Sunday Express and The Times suggest he's about to sign a £12m contract and start spending a £25m transfer kitty.

Cavalcade to Protest Destination Kirkby
20 Jun - The 1st4Kirkby group are organising a motor cavalcade through Kirkby tomorrow to protest Destination Kirkby and demonstrate the potential traffic chaos that the mixed retail and stadium development could cause the town centre. It starts at 2pm Saturday at Kirkby Sports Centre; more details in this flyer [PDF].

Uefa Cup means date changes
Two fixtures for starters
17 Jun - Everton's game at Hull City and the home game against Newcastle United are both set to be moved back a day to Sunday (21 September and 5 October, respectively) to accommodate Everton's Uefa Cup First Round matches on the preceding Thursdays.

First Up: Blackburn (H)
2008-09 FIxtures announced
16 Jun - Everton will start the 2008-09 season at Goodison Park against Blackburn Rovers on 16 August. The first three aways are against the promoted trio, then it gets a bit tougher, starting with the Goodison derby on 27 September. Last game of the season is at Craven Cottage on 24 May.

First new signing announced!
15 Jun - Dressed appropriately in the new kit, Everton's first new signing of the summer has finally arrived. Set to bulk up the midfield, can run all day and, passes better than Hibbert. Unfortunately, lacks vision and is over fond of the odd gambol. However, a useful acquisition... it's Super St Domingo , the Blue Lambanana... [Thanks to Ray Robinson]

Slaven is just the bill
Croatia upset the Euro stars
14 Jun - Definitely not one of the most-loved former Everton players, Slaven Bilic is doing something right in his current role as manager of Croatia. Two wins over England in qualifying for Euro 2008 put paid to national hopes of glory in Austria-Switzerland, and wins over co-hosts Austria and now Germany have put the Croatians in pole position in Group B, heading for the quarter-finals.

A big NO to Bellefield development
Planning permission refused
11 Jun - Everton's plan to redevelop Bellefield with the construction of 74 large family homes on their former training ground in West Derby was thrown out by Liverpool councillors yesterday. Concerted opposition from 220 local residents appears to have been successful in persuading the planning committee to finally reject the application. Money from the sale would have gone towards funding Destination Kirkby and Everton claim LCC's actions are politically motivated.

KMBC approve Destination Kirkby
Project's fate in hands of Government
9 Jun - As expected, Knowsley Council have given their backing to the joint Tesco-Everton retail and stadium development proposed for Kirkby and granted planning permission for the project. The proposal now moves to the Government Office North West where a decision will be made whether or not to recommend that Secretary of State for Communities, Hazel Blears, call the project in based on objections from neighbouring councils.

Howard the star
USA 0 - 0 Argentina
8 Jun - Tim Howard put in a great perfomance to keep a clean sheet for the United States of America, who took on the might of Argentina. After the game in front of an incredible 78,682 crowd in Giants Stadium on Sunday, Howard said "Tonight we stood up and made ourselves accountable, we didn't back down. We stuck our heads and our feet in every challenge. That's what we are going to need to go forward for us to be successful."

Redeveloping Goodison
What might have been
7 Jun - This is a bit old and dated (2000) but many people are wondering why Goodison cannot be redeveloped economically and attract "good" commercial partners. As can be seen from the Ward McHugh report, Goodison Park can be developed into a 55,000-seater stadium. The estimated cost back then was around £40 million (more like £80M now) and it could have paid for itself by the time the Kirkby stadium is built. [Jay Harris]

Sharing: Shall we talk or Not?
Bartlett gets it wrong yet again
6 Jun - Blurting out the ridiculous headline in the Daily Post: "Anfield US owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett in shared stadium talks", the paper's Nick Bartlett was made to look even more ridiculous when their sister paper, the Liverpool Echo blazoned a totally contrary story under the banner: "Tom Hicks slams talk of stadium share "... When will this nonsense end?

Monday is D-Day for Kirkby
Recommendation and Conclusions
4 Jun - A major vote on Tesco's and Everton’s plans to redevelop Kirkby town centre and a build a new stadium will be made by Knowsley councillors on Monday 9 June. This link [PDF] is to the 44-page Recommendation and Conclusions section of the council Planning Committee's 412-page report that recommends approval of the controversial £400M stadium and shopping centre. It sounds like it will be a formality, as the planning committee are giving the scheme its full backing but neighbouring councils (LCC, Sefton) are voting today on whether they will lodge offical objections... and the project may still be called in by central government. [Brian Baker, with thanks to John Quinn for providing the link]

Ruleteros Champions of Chile!
Corporación Deportiva Everton 3 - 0 Colo Colo
3 Jun - CD Everton overcame a 2-0 deficit from the first leg of their Apertura Championship play-off final against five-time reigning champions Colo Colo to complete a stunning comeback and secure the title going into the Ruleteros' centenary year. All the goals came after the break in front of 15,000 fans in the Sausalito Stadium, Viña del Mar, giving Everton their first title win in 32 years. Fantastic!

Moyes wins Rooney libel case
Damages go to EFPF
3 Jun - David Moyes accepted "substantial" libel damages at the High Court today over an allegation in Wayne Rooney's autobiography which accused him of a "serious breach of trust towards a young player under his management" by leaking the contents of a private and confidential conversation, during which the star stated his intention to leave Everton, to a local newspaper. In a very noble gesture, Moyes will give the proceeds to the Everton Former Players Foundation.

Yobo leads Eagles to victory
Nigeria 2 - 0 South Africa
1 Jun - Joseph Yobo led Nigeria to a comfortable 2-0 win over South Africa in a World Cup / Afcon qualifier played in Abuja today. The Super Eagles team included Ayegbeni Yakubu, who was substituted in the second half by Victor Anichebe. On the other side, Steven Pienaar was declared fit enough to play for Bafana Bafana but was substituted 10 mins before before the end.

Mr Ossie's Rolled Gold
BBC Radio 7 09:15 Sun 1 Jun
1 Jun - Mr Ossie's Rolled-Gold Fish and Chip Shop: Vincent McInerney's story of a boy desperate to see an Everton game. Can a fish and chip shop owner help? This short story will be broadcast on BBC Radio 7 today (Sunday) at 9:15am, read by Richard Tate, and available online via Listen Again for the next 7 days. [Link supplied by Joe Banerjee]

LCC's critique of Destination Kirkby
Only addresses retail issues
30 May - A Retail Planning Critique of the Planning Application for a proposed Mixed Use Development on Cheeryfield Drive, Kirkby, including relocation of Everton FC and provision of new retail floorspace, has been prepared on behalf of Liverpool City Council by Cushman & Wakefield LLP of London, published yesterday. Here is a link to the Full Report — a 5MB download in portable document format. It's focus is mainly on the retail issues and their controversially large scope and less to say about the new Everton stadium — except to question why the retail development is dependent on the stadium.

Uphill battle for Ruleteros
Colo Colo 2 - 0 CD Everton
28 May - Before a 35,000 crowd in the Monumental Stadium, Santiago, Chile, CD Everton conceded two late goals against Colo Colo in the first leg of the play-offs final. Until the hour mark CD Everton had competed well but a rush of blood saw full back Arias raise his hand to earn a second yellow and an early bath. It was then backs to the wall with the Ruleteros holding out until the 85th and 91st minutes when the home pressure finally paid off. CD Everton have already come back from 0-3 during the play-offs — this latest mountain, however, might prove a little too steep to climb. [John Shearon]

Howard relishes Wembley encounter
England v USA
28 May - With Everton players on both sides, USA goalkeeper Tim Howard has been talking about today's international friendly when the Yanks will line up against England at Wembley. Phil Jagielka has been called up for the home side but is not expected to make his England debut tonight.

Talk of a Takeover bid
Russian oligarch... but which one?
26 May - The Rumour Mill has taken a break (albeit brief!) from the incessant linking of prospective future transfers on David Moyes's top 24 list to highlight a very juicy prospect doing the rounds among the Everton cogniscenti; talk of a takeover deal that has been going on for at least a couple of weeks has now surfaced beyond the level of pub gossip, earning plenty of buzz on message boards and a passing mention on the Daily Post's own rumours page. Would Blue Bill really sell up? What do you think about being taken over by the Russians and was our old friend Chris Samuelson again the grease in the wheels?

Arteta on the mend
Recovering after stomach surgery
25 May - Mikel Arteta had surgery in Barcleona to address the stomach/groin problem that seriously affected his performances for the team since well before Christmas. Playing though the pain (without endangering the player) is part and parcel of professional football, says Mike Rathbone, who is optimistic that the surgery will solve this nggling injury problem.

Everton (Chile) head for the Final
24 May - CD Everton have just qualified for the final, drawing the second leg of the semi 1-1 with Universidad de Chile before 15,000 in the Sausalito (4-2 on aggregate). They play Colo Colo away on Wednesday with the return in Viña del Mar next Saturday, looking to take their first Chilean league title since 1976. [John Shearon]

Vaughan on the path to recovery
Knee needs plenty of rehab
23 May - James Vaughan is hopeful of being fit for the start of the season after suffering cartilage damage during training in March and being operated on later that month by Colorado knee specialist Dr Richard Steadman. Vaughan has stayed behind at Finch Farm to do rehab work on his knee and he is on track to be a part of pre-season training.

Announcement... What Announcement?
Mailbag Opinion
20 May - So what happened to the big announcement? If David Moyes has agreed "in principle" to a 4-year contract, and as such will now embark on spending whatever funds the Everton Board of Directors have provided, why is it that the Club will wait until later in the summer to officially announce it? Maybe there are more details to iron out before he actually signs? David Whitwell wants to know...

Carsley joins Birmingham City
Veteran midfielder departs
19 May - Lee Carsley's long and productive Everton career is over after he elected not to renew his contract at Goodison and signed today for Birmingham City. When the veteran midfielder was signed by Walter Smith, it was seen as something of a retrograde step — the Irishman had been relegated with three prior clubs! — but he flourished under David Moyes, becoming one of the most important players and an unsung hero of recent seasons. The 34 year-old joins the Midlanders' quest for an immediate return to the top flight.

Anichebe bound for Beijing
Striker set to miss start of next season
18 May - Nigeria will incur the further wrath of David Moyes after they confirmed that Victor Anichebe will be included in their squad for the Olympics, thereby ensuring the 20 year-old will miss the start of next season. Joseph Yobo was to be one of the Super Eagles' three over-23 players but the Nigerian FA's secretary forgot to include his name in the squad submitted to the IOC.

Cahill's recovery “On Track”
Should be fit for next season
16 May - Tim Cahiill has told the Everton official website that his recovery is on schedule and going well after he had yet more surgery a few weeks ago in an attempt to finally put an end to the problems he has had with repeated breakages of the metatarsal in his foot. He said he would stay out for a season if that's what was needed to put it right; however, he thinks he only has six years of football left, and as we know, he wants to spend those years playing for Everton!

Surgery for Baines
Time to solve ankle problem
14 May - The season has been one injury horror after another for prized left-back Leighton Baines, who has now had surgery to resolve an ankle problem sustained back in October. Baines also tore his hamstring in the 3-0 win over Fulham, after having arrived as a £6M purchase with a groin injury! His record with Wigan was far better, so let's hope we will see him claim that left-back slot for his own next season.

Surplus to requirements
Nine young players to leave
14 May - Icleandic international Bjarni Thor Vidarsson and defender Patrick Boyle are among nine young Everton players being released. The others are: goalkeeper Jamie Jones; defender Shaun Densmore, midfielders Steven Morrison, James Hall and Ryan Harpur and forwards Aidan Downes and Stephen Connor.

Moyes coy about crunch talks
The likely range needed is £20M to £40M
12 May - Talking with David Prentice in the Liverpool Echo, David Moyes deflected concerns about the level of investment in new players Bill Kenwright will provide to fund the manager's revised 4-year plan, that is thought to require between £20M and £40M: "We'll probably get together some time at the end of next week. No date has been set. It will probably be Thursday or Friday, but I'm totally relaxed about it."

Yakubu delivers the goods
Everton 3 - 1 Newcastle United
11 May - After a poor initial display from the Blues it all changed on the half-hour with a good delivery in from Fernandes that was turned in brilliantly with a great diving header by Yakubu — his 20th goal of the season! But Everton were sleeping after their warm half-time cuppa, Yobo forced to bring N'Zogbia down and Owen converted from the spot. Nervy times with news of Villa winning at West Ham, relieved only when Joleon Lescott stepped up at the far post to shoot home off another great Fernandes free-kick. Then a miracle: Penalty for Everton! Converted superbly by The Yak!!! A great finish for the season.

Everton v Newcastle United
Match Preview & Statistical Record
11 May - One final push for a point could secure 5th place... and even a loss might be just fine for once — as long as Aston Villa don't beat West Ham United. It's the end of the season and all games kick off at the same time, which means limited live TV coverage for the Blues. Commentary is available as always from EvertonTV.com — provided you have paid your subscription!

Last run out for Cars?
No decision until after his hols
10 May - Ian Doyle of the Daily Post talks with Lee Carsely, who may be pulling on the Royal Blue Everton jersey for the last time tomorrow if he decides that he has a better bet playing out his career elsewhere. When Carsley signed seven years ago, he was a bit of a Jonah, having been relegated with his three previous teams! But many times in that period he has proved to be the solid core of Moyes's often limited midfield. Is it time to make way for new blood...???

No progress on Moyes's contract
... or his wish list!
10 May - "My job is here and I am under contract for another year. I will be here next season unless I am told differently but beyond that I don't know. It may seem strange to be preparing for another season with just one year on your contract but maybe that is a question for the chairman. We had some discussions two months ago but there has been nothing since. I haven't actually been offered a new contract and nothing has been mentioned about holding more talks."

Moyes won't accept lock on Sky 4
Moyes confirms 4th was on the cards
9 May - "I can't turn up at the start of next season believing we can't be up there [in the top four]. Even this season, until the beginning of March, we had a realistic chance. And if we could have got there it could have changed Everton for a long, long time. We're probably more ready now than we were three years ago, and if we'd got in I think we could have made the group stages. With the money that's on offer we could have changed things..."

Joleon is the tops
Player of the Season
8 May - Joleon Lescott was voted the Player of the Season by fans and also by his fellow players at Everton's lavish awards dinner in St George's Hall, Liverpool, last night. The 25-year-old has performed superbly in 53 games for Everton this season and notched an impressive nine goals, mostly from his position as makeshift left-back.

Kirkby plans to be resubmitted
Shrinking retail element
7 May - Tesco will resubmit plans for Destination Kirkby that will respond to a number of complaints about the project, including a sizeable cut in the amount of retail space that was needed to "cross-fund" the new stadium for Everton. Lots of positive and negative spin from proponents and opponents as to what this means for the future of the project. Discuss it here in our Mailbag.

Hibbo: Defensive dervish
Moyes on keeping it tight
6 May - David Moyes has been talking up Tony Hibbert after the much-maligned full-back put in a good day's graft at The Emirates against Arsenal, and kept Theo Walcott well bottled up. Interesting that Moyes sees him primariliy as a defender for the bigger games (ie, against the Sky 4) — but chooses to rest him and play Neville at right back when a slightly more expansive gameplan is warranted. Discuss this in our Mailbag

Lack of ambition prolongs uncertainty
Arsenal 1 - 0 Everton
4 May - Everton go into the final game still not sure of 5th place as an under-strength and under-motivated Arsenal grabbed the goal they needed to record yet another win over the Blues. Johnson led the line with Yakubu on the bench but it was Jagielka with the best chance of a pedestrian first half that at least saw Everton playing it on the deck, his header cleared off the line. Arsenal were there for the taking but Moyes seemed content to play out the draw, so Wenger put Traore on and he soon created a simple winning goal for Bendtner. Moyes belatedly responded with Yakubu and Anichebe for the last 10 mins but it was all so disappointingly predictable.

Arsenal vs Everton
Match Preview & Statistical Record
4 May - Everton travel to The Emirates today knowing that one point guarantees Uefa Cup football next season and the unofficial title of "best of the rest" for David Moyes's men. Mikel Arteta is out but Andy Johnson and Steven Pienaar faced late tests before the 1:30pm kick off, and were deemed fit enough to play. Yakubu is dropped to the bench to allow Carsley and Neville to play in midfield, with Hibbert back in the team.

Dixie Dean Radio Feature
Listen again to Radio Five Live
3 May - Eamonn Holmes on Five Live featured an interview this morning with filmmaker, Ian Lysaght, the director of a feature-length docu-drama being made by Tabacula, 80 years on from the hat-trick Dean scored for Everton against Arsenal that sealed his unequalled 60-goal season. Scroll forward in the 2-hour porgramme to the 1:31:00 timepoint to listen again, the highlight being the recollections of Harry McLeish, who was there, age 7, at Goodison Park.

Arteta succumbs to injury
Spaniard ruled out of last two games
2 May - Everton have finally decided that someting different needs to be done about the niggling stomach and groin injury that has plagued Mikel Arteta since last October. But they are still insisting that he does not need surgery to fix the problem — just rest. He will not play against Arsenal or Newcastle as injuries continue to bite into the team's final run-in.

Everton hover outside the Top 20
Club valued at ~£100M
1 May - Forbes magazine has published its annual Rich List of Soccer Club valuations as of May 2007, with Everton hovering just outside the top 20 at a total value of just under £100M ($197M). Debt Value, at 30% of the total valuation(?) would seem to be understated, with current indications that it is closer to 50% of the £100M club valuation.

Sefton Council lodges Kirkby objection
29 Apr - Neighbouring Sefton Council has joined the opposition to the joint Tesco-Everton "Destination Kirkby" initiative on the grounds that the scale of the development is disproportionate to Kirkby's size and role and status in the area. In an official objection, the Council says, "we would be especially concerned about the impacts on Bootle and Southport which are shown to be included in the Kirkby Catchment Area."

Blues surrender precious advantage
Everton 2 - 2 Aston Villa
27 Apr - In what eventually became a pulsating encounter, Everton allowed Villa back in in the last 10 minutes to prolong an increasingly nervy push for 5th place. Ashley Young smashed a direct free kick off the crossbar in a dour first half but, after Stilian Petrov got away with handling Lee Carsley's drive in the box, Phil Neville's deflected shot gave Everton the lead on 55 minutes. Lapse marking allowed Gabriel Agbonlahor to turn in an 80th-minute corner but Joseph Yobo popped up with a striker's finish to sweep home Lee Carsley's sweet cross three minutes later. Everton couldn't close it out, though, allowing Gareth Barry too much time to serve it up for John Carew to head home. Match report by Lyndon Lloyd

Everton vs Aston Villa
Match Preview
26 Apr - It's crunch time for Everton in their penultimate home game of the season as Aston Villa, now their closest rivals for 5th place, come to town with just three points separating the two sides. Mikel Arteta and Leon Osman are expected to return as David Moyes goes in search of only a second win in seven. Victory for the Blues would eliminate Portsmouth from contention after their defeat to Blackburn earlier today. KO is 4pm with live coverage on Sky Sports 1.

Arteta back for Villa showdown?
Star returns from Spanish break
23 Apr - Everton expected Mikel Arteta back from another rehabilitative break in Spain on Friday. Arteta has been struggling with groin and stomach problems. However, the signs are that he may be in contention for a return to the team and he should be fit to start in what could be a make-or-break game for the Blues against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Update: Arteta has asked to spend another day in Spain (with his girlfriend?) for "more treatment". David Moyes is "frustrated".

Steven Pienaar will join Everton
Permanent deal secured
22 Apr - After a rather long and worrying "48 hours" that lasted more like a week, Steven Pienaar has finally been secured on a permament contract with Everton. This completes his loan move from Borussia Dortmund, who accepted an incredible £2.05M for the midget gem. The contract runs through 2011 and sees yet another important piece of team-building for the future under David Moyes who's also reportedly been on a scouting mission to Moscow to watch Arshavin and Dudu in action this week.

The Dixie Dean Story
Watch the play
21 Apr - 5 May 2008 will mark William Ralph Dean's 80th anniversary of scoring 60 league goals for Everton in one season. Arts2u and John Keith have collaborated to stage a tribute production to a man heralded as Merseyside's greatest hero. Venue - Crosby Civic Theatre
Premiere Night 5th May at 7.30pm £10
Afternoon Performance 6th May at 12.30pm £7.50
Evening Performance 6th May at 7.30pm £10

“Another five or six years”
... Moyes says it again!
19 Apr - "It will take us another five or six years to be up there with a chance of breaking into the top four... We have good foundations here, a good structure. The club is on a firm footing with the playing staff we have. We need to build on that the way we have been doing and then the success will come. And if they want me to be here for five or six more years, that will be OK. What I need to see is that they have the same ambitions as me, and that we are going along together to try to get Everton back to the dizzy heights of a few years ago." Nice to see he has moved on from Everton being perennially releagation-threatened to acknowledging that they used to be a top team.

Moyes senses the danger
Villa closing in...
18 Apr - Although he makes the typical excuses for failing to challenge Chelsea yet again, it does sound as if Moyes is aware that the season could now just peter out: “We have to make sure we keep going because we have teams behind us pushing us hard. The target is to qualify for the UEFA Cup. We had European football this year and we enjoyed it and we want to try and make sure we achieve that again.” Let's hope that galvanises his team selection, training, and player motivation for the last three games...

Essien sinks Everton
Everton 0 - 1 Chelsea
17 Apr - Everton tried to play some football on occasions in the first half but the lesson on swift passing came from Chelsea 5 mins before the break when they waltzed through the stalwart Everton defence for Essien to chip the ball calmly over Tim Howard to take the lead. Everton huffed and puffed as required during the second half but never came close to worrying Cech and the game fizzled out to its inevitable conclusion. Match Report: Depressingly inevitable

Everton vs Chelsea
Team News
17 Apr - Everton welcome Chelsea to Goodison Park for the second time this season for an unusual Thursday night kick off. Mikel Arteta and Leon Osman miss out as expected and David Moyes makes just one change from last weekend: Joseph Yobo starts, Joleon Lescott moves to left back and Leighton Baines drops to the bench.

Everton v Chelsea
Match Preview
17 Apr - Everton welcome Chelsea to Goodison Park for the second time this season, and another night match. But a Thursday is unusual, and Sky is getting the blame from disgruntled fans and club officials. Everton are still depleted by injuries, with rumours abounding that David Moyes could drop the out-of-form Yakubu and revert to his tried and trusted 4-5-1 formation.

Big Game Tomorrow?
Not really, says Moyes...
16 Apr - Pre-match perceptions are strange things... with many believing Thursday night is a must-win for both Chelsea and Everton. But David Moyes believes Chelsea's title chances vanished in Monday's draw with Wigan, and he has accepted that Everton cannot now secure 4th: "So in lots of ways the importance of the game has gone really for both clubs." Uh!!! What he didn't say was: "Play it tight, defend deep, hoof the ball forward, and look to snatch one off a set-piece." But I think we know what's coming...

Moyes warned about conduct
15 Apr - Although one of the charges aganst him in relation to the acrimonious Goodison derby game back in October was eventually dropped by the FA, Moyes was censured at a hearing in London yesterday regarding his public comments about referee Mark Clattenburg's bias or incomptence.

Mr Bean hits a brick wall
FA Referees close ranks
13 Apr - Graham Bean of Football Factors, who is working on behalf of Everton boss David Moyes, has been refused permission to see the marks awarded to ref Mark Clattenburg for last October's Everton-Liverpool game that led to Moyes facing a disrepute charge. Bean believes the assessor's marks show Clattenburg's display was sub-standard. But the Professional Game and Match Officials (PGMO) have recently decided not to release any more assessor reports.

Everton have to settle for a point
Birmingham City 1 - 1 Everton
12 Apr - Everton shaded the first half, weathered a brief storm by Birmingham in the second when Tim Howard made a superb double-stop to deny Jaidi and James McFadden and then took the lead with 12 minutes left when Lescott headed home in a penalty-area melee. The lead was short-lived, though; Lee Carsley was adjudged to have handled outside the box and Zerate curled home the free kick to deny the Blues a precious win.

Birmingham City vs Everton
Match Preview
11 Apr - Everton look to consolidate 5th place and put pressure on Liverpool in 4th as they go in search of victory at Birmingham tomorrow. Arteta, Osman, Pienaar and Hibbert are all doubts as Moyes's selection headaches continue. KO is 3pm.

Pienaar signing is a done deal
Moyes confirms Agent is the problem
11 Apr - By way of reassurance to paranoid Evertonians, David Moyes has spoken up regarding his knowledge of a permanent deal having been finalised for Steven Pienaar: "As far as I know Steven Pienaar's contract is agreed, it's all done. I think it's his agent's money that isn't agreed. As far as I know everything has been done for a while, so I think it is to do with money for the agent."... which gives some weight to the rumours flying around and explains why the Good Friday signing did not happen as predicted.

Fresh injury concerns for Arteta
Spaniard a doubt for Saturday
10 Apr - A recurrence of two niggling injuries that have severely disrupted the second half of his season means that Mikel Arteta is rated as a major doubt for Saturday's trip to Birmingham City. The Spaniard hasn't trained all week after his groin and abdominal muscle complaints flared up again. He joins Steven Pienaar (leg) and Tony Hibbert (hip) on the treatment table.

Clock is ticking on Pienaar deal
Not long left to get Peanuts for peanuts
8 Apr - Steven Pienaar says that he is "in the dark" over his Everton future as the expiration nears on the clause in his Borussia Dortmund contract that would allow him to leave for a cut-price £2.2m. Although he is contracted to the Bundesliga side until June, the cap on his transfer fee is only valid until 30th April. He has until then to secure a dream move to the Premier League — be it to Everton, his preferred destination and thus far the only club with an agreement with Dortmund, or other rumoured suitors — before his value jumps to perhaps prohibitive levels.

Manny needs to impress Moyes
A chance to prove his worth
7 Apr - David Moyes has encouraged Manuel Fernandes to prove he’s worth a permanent contract: "He’s not done as much as we’d hoped so far. But he might get his opportunity in the coming weeks to see if he can do that. He has everything in his locker to become a top midfielder. I think he's a talented player and I thought bits of him recently have been very good. He came on in the derby last week and actually passed the ball very well."

Osman fires Everton's only bullet
Everton 1 - 0 Derby County
6 Apr - You know it can't have been pretty when the Daily Post describes it as "Dire"... Johnson, fit, started alongside Yakubu but the team looked dreadful in the first half, Yakubu skying a glorious sitter. The second half did not look much better until a good move down the left saw Fernandes deliver a superb final ball that Leon Osman had no trouble with, drilling the ball home delightfully. Open the floodgates! Yea, right... Everton sat on their lead and almost invited relegated Derby to have a pop before celebrating three points that keeps them clinging to Liverpol's shirt-tails. Match report by Lyndon Lloyd

Everton vs Derby County
Match Preview
5 Apr - No wins, just six goals away from Pride Park all season long and a goal difference of -51 tells its own story — Derby should be cannon-fodder for a team that still harbours aspirations of a top-four finish. But nothing can be taken for granted, even against a team whose relegation is now guaranteed. KO is 3pm tomorrow.

Moyes: “We don't need more players...
... just more players with quality”
4 Apr - "I am happy with the numbers here, just that one or two have not worked or offered enough to the squad, that has affected things. We have always been looking to add to the numbers, but mainly to the quality." David Moyes, elaborating on the current view of his squad, that has been down to its bare bones mainly through injuries these last few games... but not for lack of numbers? So will Moyes ever have a large squad? Go figure...

AJ and Vic to return against Derby?
3 Apr - Andy Johnson will be given every chance to prove his fitness for the visit of newly-relegated Derby County. The striker has been sidelined since limping out of the action at Fulham three games ago and is touch-and-go to be fit in time for this weekend. Victor Anichebe, meanwhile, is on target to be available to play some part after recovering from a stomach bug.

Big Vic recovers from stomach bug
He did not eat for four days
2 Apr - Victor Anichebe was laid low by a stomach virus after appearing for Nigeria U-23s last week. He was hospitalised on a drip overnight, and went without eating for four days, He's now struggling to regain his strength for the weekend, when he might be called upon to bolster the injury-striken Everton attack for the game against Derby County.

Derby fallout continues off-field
Ross asks for fans' rethink
1 Apr - Much of the stuff written about last Sunday's derby in the papers and on the internet wires has focussed on off-field nonsense about mindless chants and stupid attacks by idiot fans... and so it goes on, with Ian Ross now calling for a return to "the friendly derby" of years gone by, while neatly rebuffing Benitez's one-sided assessment of Sunday's more dispicable antics. Roll on the weekend, when we can hopefully get back to the football...

One is enough against blunted Blues
Liverpool 1 - 0 Everton
30 Mar - An early goal by Fernando Torres was enough to hand Liverpool victory in this crucial derby, the Spanish striker capitalising on Yakubu's error to fire home after 6 minutes. Steven Gerrard hit the post as the Reds dominated the first half but Everton controlled the second without ever looking capable of scoring. With Johnson, Anichebe and Vaughan all missing, the Yak cut a frustrated figure as the lone striker until Osman and then Jagielka were pushed up in support but the Blues had just Arteta's first-minute drive and an Osman header to show for their attacking efforts over the 90 minutes. Match report by Lyndon Lloyd

Liverpool vs Everton
Match Preview
29 Mar - This Sunday's clash of Blue and red at Anfield needs no introduction as Everton go in search of the three points that would see them leapfrog neighbours Liverpool back into fourth place. Cahill and Vaughan are ruled out but Pienaar is fit and Johnson and Yobo will undergo late fitness tests. KO is 4pm in front of the eyes of the world. COYB!

Cahill out for the season
His foot is broken again
28 Mar - After almost a week, Everton have finally admitted that Tim Cahill has broken his foot again and will now miss the rest of the season. This must be a huge blow for everyone concerned, confirming fears that he was pushed back into action by the Aussies too soon after the original injury. When it flared up again, special boots with a more supportive sole and shorter studs were meant to provide greater protection. There must be a serious question mark now over what it will take to get Timmy fully fit again.

Dr Everton's magnificent obsession
David France makes the nationals
27 Mar - In The Telegraph, Robert Philip pays a great honour to a great Evertonian, highlighting some of the unique spirit that underlies his fantastic horde of Everton programmes, collected over many years by Dr David France, Ph D. This now forms the heart of The Everton Collection at Liverpool Record Office, its future secured last year with a £54,000 grant from the National Lottery.

Working with what you've got
... and scouting out the lower leagues
26 Mar - In this interview at the League Managers website, David Moyes underlines some of his key philosophies as a manager, including not always looking for money for new players: "If you want to be a manager or a coach then you have got to prove that you can work with what is available to you." The questions also highlight his focus on scouting younger players from the lower leagues, and maintaining a British core to the Everton team.

Cahill's season could be over
More metatarsal problems for Australian?
25 Mar - Update: Everton fear that Tim Cahill's season could be over following a recurrence of the metatarsal problems that started around the same time last year and prematurely ended his 2006/07 campaign. The midfielder has been left out of the Australia squad for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier with China after limping off in the 10th minute of Sunday’s disappointing 1-1 draw with West Ham. The club's medical staff are continuing their tests and have not yet ascertained the full extent of his injuries, but The Guardian report that they're preparing for bad news.

Dixie: The People's Legend
Docu-drama close to fruition
24 Mar - Tabacula, a local production company who have been laying the foundations for a documentary about the life of Everton's legend, William Ralph "Dixie" Dean, hope to embark on a year of work on the film after working hard behind the scenes getting all of the legalities in place. They're hoping to build interest with a trailer currently in production; more importantly, they're looking for willing investors. Download the investors' PDF, visit the website and follow the project's progress at the new Tabacula blog. Also, the great man's legacy will be celebrated at the Everton FC Shareholders Dinner on 5th April, a month before the 80th anniversary of his scoring that 60th goal.

Faltering Blues Drop Two More Points
Everton 1 - 1 West Ham United
22 Mar - Everton escaped with a point from another must-win encounter as injury concerns and the pressure of the season run-in appear to be taking their toll. Yakubu got them off to a brilliant start on 8 mins with a thumping finish but after a perfectly good goal by the Nigerian was erroneously disallowed, the Blues' performance fell away and they resorted to poor passing and endless hoofball. No real surprise then when Tim Howard could only palm Dean Ashton's header in off the post and a couple of defensive howlers almost let in Freddie Spears for the winner, the young striker forcing two saves from Howard before rolling the ball off the post at the death. Match report

Everton vs West Ham United
Match Preview
22 Mar - While Liverpool must travel to Old Trafford, Everton entertain West Ham, the team they've already beaten twice this season and who've lost their last two away games 4-0. Victor Anichebe should be fit but Andy Johnson, a bigger doubt, will undergo a late test on his groin. This one is the late afternoon televised game so kick off is 5:15pm.

Respect is a two-way street
Moyes speaks out...
21 Mar - As the need for players to respect referees hits the headlines, David Moyes addresses a clear double-standard: "Clubs have made decisions (to appeal red cards] and been confronted with being told they are frivolous. Almost being told, 'sorry, we do not respect you so don't bother coming to us and asking'. There are many times we have asked for decisions, and me personally, for the referee to maybe turn around and say he has got something wrong and made a mistake. But they won't do that."

Reserves draw at Sunderland
Sunderland Res 0 - 0 Everton Res
20 Mar - With a line-up in which only defender Jack Rodwell had even had a sniff of Premier League football, Everton Reserves earned a hard-earned point in a goalless draw at Sunderland last night, despite having defender Darren Dennehy sent off with 10 minutes left. Striker Kieran Agard played the full game, but young protege Jose Baxter was on duty for England U-16s for whom he scored in a 3-1 win over Japan.

Wyness slams Bafana madness
Two-years with no club football!?!
19 Mar - The South African Sports Minister, Makhenkesi Stofile, believes South Africa's top 50 players should be contracted to the government for two years before the 2010 World Cup, so they can prepare fully for the tournament. "We have to prevent them from embarrassing us."... Keith Wyness has reacted strongly to the ridiculous idea that Everton would lose the services of Steven Pienaar for two years: "It is entirely unworkable and shows a complete lack of understanding for how the football world works,"

Pienaar deal expected by Friday
Permanent contract a must for midfielder
18 Mar - Everton are confident that a deal to make Steven Pienaar’s stay on Merseyside permanent will be completed by the end of the week. Goodison Park officials are at an advanced stage of negotiations with Pienaar’s advisors. A fee has already been agreed with Borussia Dortmund and Pienaar has let it be known that he is settled on Merseyside, while David Moyes does not want to allow the gem he has unearthed slip away.

Injury pile-up threatens Blues' charge
Johnson to undergo scan
17 Mar - Andy Johnson will undergo a scan early this week to determine the severity of the groin strain that forced him off after just 15 minutes of yesterday's defeat at Fulham. With Victor Anichebe joining Tim Cahill, Manuel Fernandes, Andy van der Meyde and James Vaughan on the treatment table before the game, David Moyes had no choice but to push Joleon Lescott up front to chase the game against the Cottagers.

Hungover Everton floored by Fulham
Fulham 1 - 0 Everton
16 Mar - From one of the season highs in terms of performance to a dreadful low as Everton suffered from a European hangover at Craven Cottage. The Blues edged a competitive but excitement-free first half but lacked ideas or purpose in the final third against a Fulham side there for the taking. The game was up when Brian McBride headed home their first effort on target and Moyes's side limply chased the game with Lescott up front with Yakubu following Johnson's early knock. A hoodoo's not a hoodoo if you don't help yourself...
Match report by Lyndon Lloyd

Fulham vs Everton
Match Preview & Statistical Record
16 Mar - Everton haven't won at Fulham since the days Alan Ball was blazing down the wing in the Royal Blue jersey but there will be few better opportunities for an in-form Everton to consigned that abysmal run to history. Few changes are expected from the Fiorentina heartbreaker with Tim Cahill still out injured. KO is 1:30pm with live coverage on Sky.

Building a young vibrant squad
But it could take 5 more years...
15 Mar - "The first six years have gone quite well but it might be another five years before we can actually draw level with the teams at the top. I have had to come through a couple of rocky periods but this is the best I have felt about the team and the club. There is definite progress and I can bring people here and show them we are trying to build a young squad. I want us to be young and vibrant, not a home for old players at the end of their careers." — David Moyes, six years at Everton.

Walton Hall Park plan snubbed
Blocked by Exclusivity Deal
13 Mar - The Keep Everton in Our City campaign have unearthed news of another prospective inner-city stadium site that was blocked by the Exclusivity Agreement between Tesco and Everton. Plans for a stadium at Walton Hall Park, backed by Sainsbury's, were presented to LCC last August, at the time of the stadium vote. LCC forced the proposal to remain confidential, and Bill Kenwright blocked further discussion with proponent John Seddon in the interests of the Tesco deal.

Spot kick agony for Everton
Everton 2 - 0p Fiorentina aet
12 Mar - A heroic fight-back by Everton ended in heartbreak from the spot as they were eliminated from the Uefa Cup following a penalty shoot-out. David Moyes sent his charges out to attack with a 4-4-2 formation and was rewarded when Andy Johnson got the early goal the Blues were looking for. Mikel Arteta drilled home to level the tie on aggregate midway through the second half but Fiorentina escaped into extra time thanks largely to their goalkeeper and some narrow misses but there were no further goals. Dreaded penalties ensued where misses by Yakubu and Jagielka sent La Viola through but the Blues can hold their heads high after a valiant effort.

Everton vs Fiorentina
Match Preview
12 Mar - Everton gear up for Mission: Possible on Wednesday evening as Fiorentina come to Goodison with a commanding 2-0 lead from the first leg in theis Round of 16 Uefa Cup tie. Injuries to Fernandes, Osman, Valente and Vaughan mean that Moyes's team will probably pick itself, meaning an attack-minded 4-4-2. KO is 7:45pm with live TV coverage on ITV4 and select global stations.
Update: Steve Flanagan's stats

Lescott agrees new deal
Four-year contract extension
11 Mar - Everton have secured the future of one of their most important assets with the news that Joleon Lescott has put pen to paper on a new deal that extends his Everton contract until 2012. The former Wolves man has already won England honours in his time with the Blues and is an indispensable member of David Moyes's high-flying team.

Another runout for Gardner
Everton Res 1 - 2 Wigan Athletic
10 Mar - Anthony Gardner got another runout for Everton Reserves who lost after going ahead against Wigan despite a stunning goal from Kieran Agard. Unfortunately goalkeeper Iain Turner was forced to withdraw after 35 minutes when he appeared to injure his leg.

AJ makes a back for the Blues
Sunderland 0 - 1 Everton
9 Mar - In a poor if hard-fought game at a rather intimidating Stadium of Light, Everton weathered the storm of revenge whipped up by Roy Keane's charges and stole a cheeky goal off Andy Johnson's back, shoulder or arm to claim all the points and stay on course in the battle for fourth place. It was not inspiring stuff, but the result was everything with one eye on the second leg against Fiorentina coming up in just three days...
Match report by Lyndon Lloyd

Sunderland vs Everton
Match Preview & Statistical Record
9 Mar - Everton look to pick themselves up and continue their excellent league form with a trip to Sunderland which will be trickier than it looks if their home form is anything to go by. Mikel Arteta is expected to play but Leon Osman (groin) is a doubt, Lee Carsley is suspended and there are question marks over Manuel Fernandes. KO is 3pm.

Vaughan done for the season
Knee operation required
8 Mar - James Vaughan has fallen victim to yet another massive injury problem, his knee locking up in training ahead of the trip to Fiorentina. Vaughan has gone to knee specialist Dr Richard Steadman for an operation to fix the problem and is unlikely to play any further part in this current season.

Moyes named Manager of the Month
7 Mar - David Moyes has been named Barclays Manager of the Month for February thanks to the Blues' excellent unbeaten record in the Premier League last month. It's the first time Moyes has received the accolade in two years.

La Viola too strong for Everton
Fiorentina 2 - 0 Everton
6 Mar - Everton came up against genuine quality for the first time in this Uefa Cup campaign and have a mountain to climb in the second leg after conceding twice in the final 20 minutes. Tim Howard looked to have set up a goalless draw with three saves from Christian Vieri but Kuzmanovic fired home from the edge of the box on 70 minutes before the Blues were undone by a moment of class, Montolivo volleying past Howard to double the lead. Sub Santana also passed up a gift for a third while David Moyes's side were let down by some poor distribution and couldn't find the telling final ball.

Fiorentina vs Everton
Match Preview & Statistical Record
5 Mar - Everton's Uefa Cup bandwagon rolls into the picturesque environs of Florence tomorrow evening for what is, on paper, the Blues' sternest European test since meeting Villarreal 2½ years ago. Whether David Moyes names an unchanged line-up from the Portsmouth win may rest on the fitness of Mikel Arteta who is doubtful. James Vaughan injured a knee in training and is ruled out. KO is 7:45pm; live coverage is on ITV4 and a handful of other international channels.
Forum discussion

Uefa to discuss disciplinary action
Possible consequences for Everton and Brann
4 Mar - At a meeting on 20th March, officials from Uefa will discuss possible disciplinary action for the pitch invasion by some Everton fans at the end of last month's match in Bergen and missiles thrown from the home sections, including the pool ball aimed at Tim Howard (incidentally, Norwegian press report that the culprit has been identified). If you're going to Florence on Thursday, have fun and fly the flag for the Blues but, above all, please behave.

Yak at the double as Blues power on
Everton 3 - 1 Portsmouth
2 Mar - Everton reclaimed fourth spot again with another huge victory over fellow European hopefuls. The Blues were in the groove from kick off, Yakubu burying a header past James with just a minute gone. Totally against the run of play, though, Defoe brushed Glenn Johnson's angled ball past Howard and it wasn't until Andy Johnson came on with 20 minutes left that the home side's spark was reignited. Tim Cahill headed home Pienaar's pinpoint cross and Yakubu wrapped it up in the 81st minute when he powered home superbly from the angle.
Match report by Lyndon Lloyd

Everton vs Portsmouth
Match Preview & Statistical Record
2 Mar - With confidence soaring after their impressive win at City on Monday, Everton's quest for 4th place continues this weekend with the visit of Portsmouth. Mikel Arteta could figure despite his continuing groin/stomach complaint and David Moyes is hopeful that a couple of other players who have fallen victim to a bug spreading around the squad will recover in time. KO is 4pm on Sunday for live coverage on Sky Sports 1.

Talks imminent for Lescott
Left-back or Centre-back?
1 Mar - David Moyes has talked about his future plans for Joleon Lescott and the need for Everton to open contract negotiations with the star goal-scoring defender "soon". Lescott remains first-choice at left-back even though his prefered position is centre-back, with Moyes unable to rotate out either Yobo or Jagielka, who have been playing suberbly in the centre.

Arteta battling the pain
Stomach and groin niggles
28 Feb - Mikel Arteta has revealled how he has been playing games with a painful stomach and groin problem that has affected both his enjoyment and his form since October. Extensive rest may be the only cure, as David Moyes rules out surgery to fix the problem. But at least it does explain why Everton's most creative force has been struggling recently. Get well soon, Mikky!

“The Enemy is at the Shankly Gates”
Praise for Moyes's Everton in The Telegraph
27 Feb - Tim Rich in The Telegraph lends weight to the belief that Everton are "the real deal" as rivals to Liverpool for 4th place and acknowledges David Moyes's growth at the Goodison helm, citing his excellent recent transfer record and unwavering work ethic. "Nothing quite illustrates Everton's commitment better than a second half that saw City pour forward in a series of incoherent charges. Every attack was closed down, virtually every shot was blocked"

Superb Everton's statement of intent
Manchester City 0 - 2 Everton
25 Feb - Everton rose to the challenge of a seemingly daunting trip to Manchester City and turned in an immense display to handsomely win 2-0. After a clear penalty was turned down for handball and Steven Pienaar had been denied by the bar, Yakubu side-footed home after brilliant work by Tim Cahill. 8 minutes later, Joleon Lescott looped a header over the stranded Joe Hart and into the far corner to double Everton's lead setting up a defiant defensive stand in the second half. City were frustrated no end, as evidenced by Martin Petrov's late red card for kicking out at Leon Osman, while the Blues reclaimed 4th place from neighbours Liverpool.
Match reports by Lyndon Lloyd and Paul Traill

Manchester City vs Everton
Match Preview & Statistical Record
24 Feb - Everton return to Premier League action on Monday evening following back-to-back wins over SK Brann looking to score a massive victory over Manchester City at Eastlands. With no fresh injury worries, Moyes has plenty of options. KO is 8pm with live coverage on Setanta Sports 1.

Permanent Deal for Pienaar
Fee agreed for midfield dynamo
23 Feb - Superb contributions from Steven Pienaar — not least being the credit for setting up all four goals in the second-half slaughter of SK Brann — have persuaded David Moyes to act well before the end of the season and make sure the services of this excellent player are retained. He confirmed that the loan agreement with Borrusia Dortmund includes an agreed fee (belived to be £2.5M) but there is a massive imperative to lock up this deal as soon as possible.

Everton's emphatic march into last 16
Everton 6 - 1 SK Brann
21 Feb - Everton helped themselves to six goals and rounded off an emphatic 8-1 aggregate win over the Norwegian Champions, SK Brann, to secure a date with Fiorentina in the last 16. Superb interchange passing and an exquisite finish from Yakubu opened the floodgates before Andy Johnson's excellent cross-shot made it 2-0. Yakubu's terrific cut-back and shot made it three but Tim Howard blotted his and Everton's copybook when he missed a daisy-cutter free kick on the hour. Undeterred, Arteta benefited from a deflection to score the fourth, Yakubu sealed his hat-trick from close range and Johnson rounded it off in injury time with a fantastic 25-yard strike.
Match report

Everton vs SK Brann
Uefa Cup Preview & Statistical Record
21 Feb - David Moyes has a virtually fully-fit squad from which to choose for the second leg against SK Brann as the Blues look to build on a superb result in the first game and book passage to the last 16. KO is 8pm with live coverage on Five in the UK and online on evertonTV.

Everton: almost fully fit
Only injury is Gardner
20 Feb - For only the second time this season, David Moyes has a full complement of players to chose from before the second leg agasint SK Brann kicks off tomorrow. The only lingering injury problem is Anthony Gardner, who is still suffering from the muscle problem that was affecting him when he joined Everton on loan from Spurs just as the transfer window closed.

The People's Club
New Everton Book
19 Feb - David Moyes provides some context for the indelible phrase he coined in his first press-conference as Everton manager nearly six years ago. That phrase may seem hackneyed at times but it has received a fresh boost as the title of a new Everton Book. David Moyes has appropriately written the foreword. The book costs £20 plus P&P and is available here.

4th best record in Europe
Uefa Coefficients Table
18 Feb - On his superb European football website, Bert Kassies lists Everton in fourth place, behind only Man United, Seville and Barcelona in terms of their European record this season. (Shouldn't we be sixth as we have played one more game than Arsenal and Chelsea?). Such things are imortant in determining Everton's place within the complex draw for each stage of next season's European Competition... be it the Uefa Cup or Champions League.

Bill promises more magic for Moyes
... if Everton qualify for Champions League
17 Feb - Chairman Bill Kenwright has promised to facilitate more rabbit tricks to support David Moyes in the transfer market if he guides Everton to qualification for the Champions League this season: "If David gets us to the Champions League, I will be crying tears of joy. And at the back of my head I'll be thinking money, money - millions. Why? To give it to David to spend... What we've always done... is try to give him what he wants each close season — by pulling at least one rabbit out of the hat."

Everton's revival permanent?
Tim Wigmore thinks so...
16 Feb - Football writer Tim Wigmore has been watching Everton's progression this season and his considered opinion is that Everton's revival has a quality of permanence due in no small part to the excellent management of David Moyes, who has developed a squad with the depth, quality and resilience to last a campaign, and whose methods have been emphatically vindicated.

This squad is good enough...
... to win Uefa Cup and finish 4th
15 Feb - David Moyes has stated his confidence in the ability of the players he now has to bring home the bacon in terms of winning the Uefa Cup and qualifyting for Champions League football next season. "I do not see it as a choice, nobody can pick the one they want. But our squad is good enough. We have coped recently with a lot of players missing and we are still in fourth spot in the league.”

Howard avoids pool-ball mishap
Brann fans culpable...
14 Feb - A pool-ball was thrown at Tim Howard by a Brann fan during Wednesday's Uefa Cup game. A "scandal", as branded by a Norwegian paper, was avoided and Everton's astonished captain, Phil Neville, handed the ball to the match referee, Anton Genov, who is certain to mention the incident in his official report. Some kind of disciplinary action and Uefa officials may also look at the fact that a handful of Everton fans were allowed to invade the pitch at the final whistle.

Blues take command of Brann tie
SK Brann 0 - 2 Everton
13 Feb - Everton have one foot in the last 16 of the Uefa Cup thanks to an emphatic 2-0 victory over SK Brann in Bergen. The Blues largely controlled the first hour and Leon Osman's first-time rocket was their reward after 58 minutes. Brann, who rightly had a "goal" chalked off for a foul on Tim Howard, came to life a bit in the closing stages but substitute Victor Anichebe was on target yet again with an accomplished finish late on to preserve Everton's 100% record away from home in this competition so far this season. Match Report

SK Brann vs Everton
Uefa Cup Preview
13 Feb - Everton's Uefa Cup adventure resumes this evening in Bergen with the Round of 32 first leg against SK Brann. Mikel Arteta and Steven Pienaar are ruled out but Yakubu and Victor Anichebe return to the squad. KO is 7pm with live coverage on Five.

No Arteta in Norway
No Pienaar either
12 Feb - The Everton squad traveling to Norway for Wednesday's Uefa Cup game with SK Brann does not include either of our creative midfield players, with Mikel Arteta (groin) and Steven Pienaar (ankle) both out injured. Youngsters Jack Rodwell and Dan Gosling make up the numbers: Howard, Wessels, Hibbert, Neville, Lescott, Yobo, Jagielka, Baines, Valente, Carsley, Osman, Van der Meyde, Cahill, Fernandes, Yakubu, Vaughan, Johnson, Anichebe, Rodwell, Gosling

Yak should be back for Brann
Not forgiven; not forgotten...
11 Feb - The Daily Mail claims that Ayegbeni Yakubu will be selected to play against SK Brann in Everton's Uefa Cup match-up on Wednesday, after Moyes had demanded Yakubu's word he would return from international duty promptly. Yakubu has apologised to his team-mates for going Awol, although Moyes will not easily forgive the striker for breaking his word.

Everton sleepwalk to narrow victory
Jagielka header just enough
9 Feb - A second-half header by Phil Jagielka was enough to propel Everton past struggling Reading and condemn the Royals to a seventh-successive defeat. The introduction of James Vaughan at half time immediately aided in forgetting a mostly awful first half and Jagielka's looping header aside, the youngster's stunning overhead free kick and Andy Johnson's bad miss late on were the only highlights in a dysmal encounter. Match Report

Yak excluded from tomorrow's squad
8 Feb - David Moyes has confirmed that Ayegbeni Yakubu will not be in the team to face Reading after he returned late from the Africa Cup of Nations. The player is said to be "full of remorse" but his manager declined further comment, saying that the matter is being dealt with internally. There are rumours he has been fined the maximium amount — £80,000.

Everton vs Reading
Match Preview
8 Feb - Everton hope to get back on the goal trail this weekend with the visit of Reading who are on a run of six straight Premier League defeats and who sit one place above the drop zone. Whether or not Yakubu will be back to resume his place in the Blues' attack remains to be seen, neither is it clear whether Tim Cahill will still be too jet-lagged to play any part. KO is 3pm. Overseas TV

Season Comparison
5 points up on last season
7 Feb - With a third of the season left Steve Flanagan has put together another installment of the Season Comparison that looks at results against our Premier League opponents this season versus last. The good news is that Everton are 5 points up, recovering from being 4 points in the hole after the Clattenburg derby.

“It's Offside this Onside Rule”
20-20 Vision Through Non-Blue Eyes
6 Feb - Iain MacIntosh is a Southend fan writing for a Singapore paper but he encapsulates the Evertonian agony succinctly: "Everton have regular attendances of 40,000,... millions of fans across the world,... a trophy cabinet filled with silverware and one of the brightest managers in the game. Will anything [about the broken offside rule] happen? Of course it won't. It's Everton. It is so... frustrating to know that, at some point in the near future, Liverpool or Manchester United are going to be eliminated from the Champions League through one of these decisions and the whole world is going to rise up as one and demand a change to this ludicrous rule."

Moyes still fuming
Offside Law is an Ass!
4 Feb - David Moyes is still fuming about the disallowed goal that cost Everton two vital points in the chase for a Champions League spot this season. He is convinced it was simply a wrong decision by the linesman, although the discussion gets sidetracked with concerns about the confusion underlying current interpretations of what is and isn't offside.

Pienaar out for three weeks
3 Feb - So the latest news on Steven Pienaar is that he will be out for three more weeks with an ankle injury — an injury picked up where? Playing for South Africa in the African Federation Cup of Nations. As a result, he will now miss key Everton games against Reading and SK Brann. The Cup that just keeps on giving...

Johnson robbed of late winner
Blackburn Rovers 0 - 0 Everton
2 Feb - A fantastic game full of drama and incident, ended goalless despite numerous Everton chances and left them feeling a frustrating sense of deja-vu. Fernandes hit the post with an excellent free-kick, Jagielka had a header cleared off the line, and Johnson had a decent shout for a penalty waved away before controversy struck four minutes from time. After Vaughan had won the ball superbly off Freidel, well outside his area, and crossed to AJ while flat on his back, the striker's goal was cruelly — and incorrectly — ruled out for offside.

Blackburn Rovers vs Everton
Match Preview & Statistical Record
1 Feb - Everton take their patched-up squad along the road to Ewood Park for a tricky match-up with Blackburn Rovers this weekend. Steven Pienaar is back from Ghana but ruled out with an ankle injury while Tim Cahill and Leon Osman are also doubts with hamstring and calf/groin complaints respectively. David Moyes may name an unchanged line-up from the midweek draw with Spurs; new boy Anthony Gardner will warm the bench in place of the departed Alan Stubbs. KO is 3pm.

Stubbs, Anderson out; Gardner in
31 Jan - It was an unexpectedly busy day at Goodison, starting with the surprise departure of Alan Stubbs to Derby County. Stubbs joined the Rams on a free transfer, agreeing deal that carries the option of 18 months and will see the veteran defender plunged into Paul Jewell's battle to avoid relegation. Then, just past 10pm rumours that Anthony Gardner had joined the Blues on loan from Tottenham until the end of the season were confirmed when the 6' 5" defender put pen to paper. Finally, Anderson Silva de France was allowed to join Barnsley on a permanent basis, ending a fruitless spell at Goodison for the Brazlian midfielder.
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An evening of frustration for Everton
Everton 0-0 Tottenham
30 Jan - David Moyes claims he is disappointed but relatively happy with a point but he must surely be ruing his side's failure to press home their dominance against surprisingly lacklustre Spurs and take advantage of Liverpool's defeat at West Ham. Andy Johnson had the best of the Blues' chances and was denied with the pick of them by a terrific stop by Radek Cerny. The striker also had a genuine penalty claim turned down when Tom Huddlestone clipped his heels in the box in the 33rd minute but overall Everton just lacked the killer instinct and had to settle for a frustrating goalless draw.
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Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur
Match Preview
29 Jan - Updated: Everton turn their minds back to an impressive Premier League campaign this week as they bid to put their Carling Cup defeat behind them with the visit of improving Spurs. Tim Cahill and Tony Hibbert are suspended while the Africa Cup of Nations absentees mean that the likes of Leon Osman (calf, groin) and Leighton Baines (ankle) could be asked to play through injections and the pain barrier due to the precious few options in terms of squad selection open to David Moyes. KO is 8pm
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David Moyes Interview
TheGame Podcast
28 Jan - In this 35MB podcast from The Times website, Guillem Balague and Gabriele Marcotti talk to David Moyes about the FA Cup, midfield stoppers, mellower man-management, backing Rafa, instant success, The Midget Gems, losing to the Big 4 and doing it without (or with) the big money. For the impatient ones, it starts at the 10:45 mark...

Moyes reaffirms his mission
As long as it takes
25 Jan - David Moyes has reaffirmed his commitment to the mission of taking Everton up to the next level, no matter how long it takes. “We are working really hard to get a level here. We are not going to stop, we’ll keep going. And if we have to do the same thing again for the next six years to get there, then we’ll do it."

No way through for Everton
Everton 0 - 1 Chelsea (Agg: 1-3)
23 Jan - Everton went looking for a first date at Wembley for 13 years but hit a yellow brick wall and a stark reality check to their aspirations of cracking the dominance of the big three. It was heart-breaking in the end; outclassed by a superb defensive perfomance, Everton could simply find no way of opening up Chelsea on the night, despite forcing a couple of last-ditch saves on his line from Peter Cech. Killing off any lingering hope, they succumbed to another Chelsea wonder-goal at the Park End with 21 minutes to go, Joe Cole controlling and then hammering home a long ball in a manner to which the Blues can currently only aspire.
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Everton vs Chelsea
Semi Final, 2nd Leg Preview
23 Jan - A date at Wembley for the first time in 13 years against Tottenham Hotspur is just one terrific performance away as Everton look to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg against Chelsea in the Carling Cup semi-final this evening. Both teams are depleted by their Africa Cup of Nations absentees, but Everton will be confident that the 12th man of Goodison Park under the floodlights can spur them to victory. KO is 8pm, with live coverage on Sky Sports, late night highlights on ITV. Discuss it in the Forum

Dixie Dean: born 101 years ago
Celebrate our Greatest Ever Goalscorer
22 Jan - On 22 January 1907, one William Ralph Dean was born. Today is the 101st anniversary of his birth, and a fitting time to remember the tremendous exploits of the great man, Everton's most prolific goalscorer and the man who produced an amazing total of 60 league goals in one season back in 1927-28. A timely inspiration for tomorrow's massive game at Goodison Park.

Duo sign new deals
New contracts run through 2012
21 Jan - Tony Hibbert and Leon Osman have put pen to paper signing new contracts that potentially extemd their employment at Evertonfor teh next four years. The two came through the ranks together and were both members of the successful 1998 FA Youth Cup side and, strange as it may be to some, both now aged 26 are the two longest-serving members of David Moyes's squad. A delighted Tony Hibbert said, "I’m made up that I’m here for another five years and I’m very happy to be here and carry on playing my football here." Now, give us a goal on Wednesday, Tony!

Wigan Athletic 1 - 2 Everton
AJ and Lescott on target
20 Jan - The Everton machine rolled on through the heavy JJB Stadium pitch and moved into 4th place thanks to two first-half goals and a second-half display that did enough to keep Wigan at bay. A howler by Titus Bramble left Andy Johnson in the clear to slot coolly through Chris Kirkland's legs before Joleon Lescott poked home a corner just before the break. The Latics made a fist of it when Tim Howard failed to claim Jason Koumas's free kick and the ball bounced in off Phil Jagielka but Everton won comfortably in the end. Match report

Wigan Athletic vs Everton
Match Preview
19 Jan - Everton make the short hop to the JJB Stadium to take on improving Wigan this Sunday spurred on by the incentive of taking sole possession of 4th place, for a day at least, and boosting morale ahead of the cup semi on Wednesday. Andy Johnson should be fit for selection and Manuel Fernandes could also make his second debut for the Blues. KO is 1:30pm.
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McFadden moves on
Birmingham seal the deal
18 Jan - Birmingham City have completed the signing of James McFadden in a deal believed to be worth £5.75M. Birmingham are thought to have agreed to make a down-payment of £4.75M with a further £1M based on appearances. The Scotland international's move to St Andrews appeared to be in doubt late yesterday when reports on Sky Sports suggested that a rival bid had come from another club, but he agreed personal terms and passed a medical with the Midlands club as planned.

Second club comes in for McFadden?
Rival bid for Scotland forward reported
17 Jan - James McFadden's move to Birmingham City is in doubt following reports on Sky Sports that suggested that the Scotland international left St Andrews this afternoon without agreeing personal terms after being informed of a rival bid from another club. The identity of the new bidder hasn't yet been disclosed — the obvious speculation surrounds the Old Firm clubs — but some of tomorrow's national papers, specifically The Guardian believe that the 24 year-old will complete the switch to Birmingham tomorrow as planned.

McFadden on verge of Goodison exit
Scotland star set for Birmingham
16 Jan - James McFadden looks to be on the verge of leaving Goodison for Birmingham City after Everton accepted a £5.5m offer according to Sky Sports. The Scottish star has 18 months left of his current contract to run and while the Blues have not been looking to sell the 24 year-old, the offer from Alex McLeish and the Midlands club was too good to turn down from the perspective of both player and club alike — McFadden's first-team opportunities have been limited this season.

No Assistant Manager for now
Moyes happy with status quo
16 Jan - David Moyes has told the Everton Official Website he is happy with his backroom coaching team of and sees no need to change things at this point. He says it is extremely unlikely he will appoint a new Assistant Manager before the end of the season.

Everton finally sign Gosling
Young star “one for the future”
15 Jan - After waiting for Board-level approval, Everton have completed the signing of Plymouth starlet Dan Gosling in a £1M deal potentially rising to £2M. The 17-year-old midfielder has made just 24 senior appearances for Plymouth but has done enough to convince David Moyes he is ready to make the step up to the Premier League. He will wear Number 32

Manny cleared for Uefa Cup
Confusion over his eligibility resolved
14 Jan - With Manuel Fernandes causing confusion by stating in this interview that he would not be eligible to play in the Uefa Cup, the Rulebook has been broken out and the complex clause 17.18 has been studied. Fernandes can be added to Everton's roster as an 'exceptional player' because he has not competed in the same competition for Valencia this season and the Spanish side is not involved in the Uefa Cup at the last 32 stage after being knocked out of the Champions League.

Duo return to training this week
Moyes needs Johnson & Osman fit
13 Jan - Andrew Johnson and Leon Osman are expected to return to training this week, boss David Moyes has revealed. Osman broke his toe before Christmas while Johnson failed a fitness test before the Manchester City game after getting a knock in training on Friday. With Manual Fernendes also available, Everton could be missing only the players who are away at the African Cup of Nations.

Lescott goal just enough
Everton 1 - 0 Manchester City
12 Jan - Joleon Lescott scored the only goal of a tightly-contested contest, converting the returning Mikel Arteta's superb cross from close range as Everton secured a vital win over their nearest rivals in the Premier League. The Blues dominated the early stages and made the crucial breakthrough before being pinned back for long periods. But the introduction by David Moyes of James Vaughan after an hour helped turn the tide back in his side's favour and they jumped over City into 5th place on the back of a fine victory. Match report by Lyndon Lloyd

Fernandes completes Everton return
Portuguese back for second loan spell
12 Jan - Just months after he stunned the club with an eleventh-hour volte face and joined Valencia, Manuel Fernandes is an Everton player once more. The Portuguese midfielder completed a medical and signed on the dotted line yesterday to confirm his second spell at Goodison Park but did not receive international clearance in time to figure in the home victory over Manchester City this afternoon.

Everton vs Manchester City
Match Preview
11 Jan - 13 unbeaten has turned into four defeats in the last six games but Everton have the chance to score a morale-boosting victory and send a signal of intent this weekend when Manchester City make the short trip down the M62. Will Manuel Fernandes sign in time to be eligible — and would he be fit enough to start? — and go some way towards making up for the loss of Yakubu, Yobo and Pienaar to the African Nations Cup? KO is 3pm.

Moyes to Newcastle: No truth to rumour
Respective chairmen dismiss speculation
10 Jan - The chairmen of Everton and Newcastle have scotched rumours that David Moyes has been lined up as the next man through the revolving managerial door at St James Park. Bill Kenwright said, "There is no truth in it whatsoever," and cited the fact that Mike Ashley had phoned him to say, "Even if David was the greatest manager in the world — and I know you think he is — there's no way on God's Earth we would ever, ever do that kind of thing to Everton."

Fernandes set for Goodison return
Midfielder set for medical, talks tomorrow
9 Jan - After Valencia's official website announced that Manuel Fernandes' return to Goodison on loan has been completed, Everton have confirmed that the player will fly in to finalise the move and undergo a medical tomorrow. The deal struck with Valencia, who are committed to selling the Portuguese midfielder after a failed move to Mestalla last August, includes an option to buy the player for an undisclosed amount at the end of the season.

Late goal makes it advantage Chelsea
Chelsea 2-1 Everton
8 Jan - An injury time own goal by Joleon Lescott handed Chelsea a crucial one-goal lead going into the second leg, robbing Everton of the draw they looked to have secured thanks to Yakubu's 64th minute strike. David Moyes named a strong team and looked to contain Chelsea but the Blues fell behind to Shaun Wright-Phillips's superb goal. In the second half, the game turned when John Obi Mikel was dismissed for a studs-up lunge on Neville, and Yakubu got the Blues back on track with a brilliant stike off a McFadden free-kick. But Everton, so solid in defence for most of the game, surrendered parity when hesitation between Tim Howard and Lescott ended with Wright-Phillips' challenge prompting the defender to nod into his own net from a couple of yards out. Match report

Chelsea vs Everton
League Cup Semi Final Preview
8 Jan - Everton look to make immediate amends for Saturday's FA Cup disaster by earning enough at Stamford Bridge against a weakened Chelsea to bring back to Goodison in order to win the semi-final tie on home turf in a fortnight's time. David Moyes's midfield inspiration in the form of Pienaar, Osman and Arteta will be missing but Cahill returns in what will probably be a five-man midfield geared towards containment. KO is 7:45pm.

Everton lose Pienaar battle
Blues misinterpret 14-day rule
7 Jan - Everton officials were hopping mad after Fifa stepped in to end the club v country row over their interpretation of the 14-day rule. It means that Steven Pienaar will not face Chelsea in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, as he flies out to join the South African squad in Durban. The rule relates to the start of the tournament in Ghana, on the 20th, not South Africa's first game, which is on the 23rd.

Everton dumped out by Oldham
Everton 0 - 1 Oldham Athletic
5 Jan - Everton were out of Get Out of Jail Free cards today as they crashed out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle at the hands of League One Oldham at Goodison Park. In a delayed kick-off due to a fire in Goodison Road, David Moyes took the opportunity to rest a few key first-team players against opposition from the lower leagues. The disruption didn't help at all, though; the Blues were off-key throughout and conceded on the stroke of half time when Gary McDonald's terrific strike beat Wessels. Moyes threw on Yakubu and Anichebe in the second half but Mark Crossley wasn't really troubled until Yakubu fired off the woodwork in the last seconds. There was to be no last-minute escape this time, though, and Everton joined the list of the day's 3rd Round Cup shocks.

Everton vs Oldham Athletic
FA Cup 3rd Round Preview
5 Jan - Already going great guns in the Premier League, through to the last 32 of the UEFA Cup and preparing for a Carling Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea on Tuesday, Everton open battle on a fourth front this weekend as Oldham Athletic come to town in the FA Cup Third Round. KO is 3pm.

Moyes unaware of Fernandes interest
Boss denies the rumours
4 Jan - It's par for the course of every transfer window, and this one is no different. Excitable journalists just love to make stuff up and Alan Nixon in The Mirror seems to be a prime exponent of the art. David Moyes has expressed bemused surprise that he has any interest at all in signing Manuel Fernandes, as claimed. Strangely, the player's agent says the loan deal is complete, and only needs ratifying by Valencia! Someone is telling porkies...

Everton to announce Gosling arrival
Young Plymouth midfielder snapped up
3 Jan - Everton hope to announce the signing of Dan Gosling, the 17 year-old protege from Plymouth Argyle, before the weekend. The fee will reportedly be an initial £1m, rising to £3m based on appearances, for a player who had a trial spell at Chelsea last March and has scored two goals in eight starts in the Pilgrims' push for promotion to the Premiership. While he played primarily in midfield for the Pilgrims, David Moyes believes his best position is right back. Lukas Jutkiewicz's loan move to Home Park may well have laid the foundations for the Blues' first acquisition of the month. More at the Daily Post.

Planning Application Submitted
Full steam ahead to Destination Kirkby
2 Jan - The next step in relocating the home of Everton Football Club outside the City of Liverpool to the suburb of Kirkby was taken today as Everton and Tesco submitted their planning application for approval by Knowsley Municpal Borough Council. The scheme includes a new 50,000-seater stadium and shopping development valued at £400M.

Johnson delivers the goods
Middlesbrough 0 - 2 Everton
1 Jan - A seriously depleted (and, one might have thought, demoralised) Everton squad travelled north and came back with a tremendous result in very difficult circumstances against a dogged and resilient Boro side. The first half was tight but Pienaar finally released Johnson in the second and he converted superbly. Five minutes later, and a quick one-two with Johnson let McFadden score an equally well executed goal and earn The Blues all three points. Happy New Year!
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Middlesbrough vs Everton
Match Preview
1 Jan - Everton kick off the New Year in the northeast with a trip to erratic Middlesbrough as they look to bounce back from the home defeat at the hands of Arsenal that brought 2007 to a cruel end. Mikel Arteta is suspended and both Leon Osman and Thomas Gravesen are out injured so David Moyes will have some decisions over formation and personnel to make. KO is 3pm; limited TV coverage
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David France Collection
The final transfer
31 Dec - [Link Fixed]We have received notification that the David France Collection was officially transferred to the Everton Collection Charitable Trust earlier today. This is the right and fitting culmination to a saga of uncertainty and lack of interest from the Club that has finally been resolved through the dedicated determination of a few resolute Evertonians.

Second-half collapse scuppers Everton
Everton 1 - 4 Arsenal
29 Dec - Everton tasted bitter defeat against the top four once more — and potentially lost their midfield inspiration for three matches — after collapsing in the second half. The Blues dominated the first half and deservedly led through Cahill's 19th-minute opener off Arteta's corner. But as injury and fatigue chips away at Everton's season, the lack of depth in quality in Moyes's squad was exposed as Eduardo nipped in past Jagielka to score twice, the second after controlling the ball with his hand, in the first 15 minutes after the restart to turn the game on its head. After Bendtner was sent off, the momentum should have been with Everton but another defensive howler allowed Adebyaor to steal a third for Arsenal. Then, weak referee Atkinson felt like evening up the sides and sent off Arteta after his elbow caught Fabregas and late sub Rosicky had all the space he needed to fire home a fourth at the end. Match reports from Lyndon Lloyd and Paul Traill

Everton vs Arsenal
Match Preview
28 Dec - Everton's final fixture of 2007 is a home clash with Arsenal who lost the top spot in the Premier League on Boxing Day when they were held to a goalless draw by Portsmouth. The Blues will be hoping to make it three straight home wins over the Gunners and David Moyes could name an unchanged line-up if Thomas Gravesen is fit. KO is 5:15pm with live coverage on Setanta Sports in the UK.
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Normal service resumed
Everton 2 - 0 Bolton Wanderers
26 Dec - Everton put Sunday's disappointment at Old Trafford and a poor first half here today behind them to roar into a 2-0 lead in the second period at Goodison Park and secure a sixth successive home win in all competitions. Mikel Arteta returned, Thomas Gravesen started in midfield, and Phil Neville moved back to his best position at right back, and it was the latter who broke through Bolton's thick white line. Jussi Jaaskeleinen, under the attentions of Tim Cahill, missed Neville's clipped ball over the top and it sailed into the net. Then, a well-worked move ended with referee Stiles playing the advantage to allow Joleon Lescott to set up Cahill from the byline and the Australian's first-time finish was executed to perfection to seal a hard-earned victory. Match report

Everton vs Bolton Wanderers
Team News
25 Dec - Tim Cahill is the latest doubt to add to a growing injury list and he could miss the Bolton match on Boxing Day with a back strain picked up against Manchester United. Mikel Arteta missed the defeat at Old Trafford through illness but could be fit to face Gary Megson's improved outfit.

Celtic move for Faddy rebuffed
Loan a non-starter, says Wyness
24 Dec - Another move for James McFadden, this time in the form of a loan request from Celtic, has been rejected by Everton, who will need the cover Faddy provides during the upcoming African Nations Cup.

Manchester United 2 - 1 Everton
Cahill equaliser not enough
23 Dec - With no Mikel Arteta, Everton would always look to be under pressure, and went behind to a deflected Ronaldo goal in the first half. But Everton, resilient as ever, soon equalized through Tim Cahill. The second half was very tight, Everton holding the Reds and waiting patiently for their chance to strike. But a foolish Pienaar challenge gave away a penalty in the last three minutes and Ronaldo made no mistake, ending a great run for the Blues. Match report by Lyndon Lloyd

Manchester United vs Everton
Match Preview
22 Dec - Everton face their sternest test of the season so far when they take their 13-match unbeaten sequence to Old Trafford to take on the Champions Manchester United. The Blues will be without inured trio Leon Osman, Leighton Baines and Alan Stubbs but Yakubu, Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill, Joseph Yobo and Tim Howard are all expected to return after being rested in midweek. KO is noon on Sunday to allow for live TV coverage on Setanta Sports in the UK and practically everywhere else.
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Uefa Cup Draw
Everton v SK Brann
21 Dec - Everton will play Brann Bergen of Norway in the final 32 of the Uefa Cup. The first leg will taka place in Bergen on February the 13th or 14th with the home leg to be played at Goodison Park on the 21st. Brann are Norwegian Champions this year and unbeaten at home. They finished thrid in Group D. If Everton progress to the last 16, they will meet Rosenborg or Fiorentina.

100% Blues make history in Alkmaar
AZ Alkmaar 2 - 3 Everton
20 Dec - Prior to this evening, AZ Alkmaar possessed the longest-standing unbeaten home record in European competition and had never failed to reach the last 32 of the Uefa Cup. But under-strength Everton had scant regard for such pedigree as they marched to their fourth-successive victory in Group A — they and Bordeaux being the only two sides to take maximum points from the group stage. Andy Johnson gave them the perfect start, driving home after only a minute but AZ, who needed to win to progress themselves, drew level 15 minutes later through Pelle. With half time looming, though, Phil Jagielka headed home from close range to restore Everton's lead. As expected, Alkmaar, pressed in the second half and equalised with 25 minutes left through Jaliens. Everton, though, weren't finished, and Victor Anichebe fed James Vaughan with a lovely ball allowing the substitute to score the winner with 10 minutes to go.
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AZ Alkmaar vs Everton
Match Preview
20 Dec - Everton's final match in Group A is a "dead rubber" as far as they are concerned seeing as they have already won the group, but AZ Alkmaar, their opponents this evening, know that victory for them would see them progress to the next phase as well. David Moyes, meanwhile, will be keen to preserve his side's 100% record in the group stage and extend their unbeaten run to 13 games despite leaving some big names back on Merseyside. KO is 7:45pm with TV coverage on channel Five.

Faddy going nowhere
Wyness reaffirms EFC position
19 Dec - Everton CEO Keith Wyness has reiterated Everton's position regarding the player once dubbed by David Moyes as "Scottish Rooney" as interest from Celtic is rumoured ahead of next month's transfer window. "James McFadden is under contract to Everton and we have made it clear we don't want to sell him. He is a major player in our squad and will continue to play a vital role for the team. If any club made an approach in January they would be wasting their time."

Osman out for Six Weeks
Broken toe for midfielder
18 Dec - Everton have been stunned by the news that Leon Osman, who has been in excellent form during the last two months, broke his toe during the first five minutes of the West Ham cup game last week. The x-ray shows a big crack that will keep him sidelined for four to six weeks during a crucial period when Everton lose players to the AFCON.

Resolute and Tireless
Double Hammer blow a big test
17 Dec - David Moyes sees the one-two double strike over the Hammers achieved by his players as something of a test they passed with flying colours: “What we had to do was get the players believing that they could win and, after we won on Wednesday night, we gained confidence from it and were determined to try and win this one as well. I knew it would be difficult and that’s what it proved.”

Irrepressible Blues in Hammers double
West Ham United 0 - 2 Everton
15 Dec - The Everton bandwagon rolled on to a 12th game without defeat as they tasted sweet victory at Upton Park for the second time in four days. After a tight first half in which both sides exhibited some beautiful football it was Yakubu who broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time, ending another fine move by heading home Tim Cahill's headed pass. After a solid second half in which Leon Osman wasted a gilt-edged chance to seal it and the Hammers increased the pressure, a brilliant finish on the breakaway by Andy Johnson sealed the second installment of Everton's East End smash-and-grab story. Superbly disciplined and professional stuff from the Blues who have now won an incredible 10 in 12 in all competitions!

West Ham United vs Everton
Match Preview
14 Dec - Part two at Upton Park this weekend and a chance for Everton to complete a quick Cup and League double over injury-hit West Ham. Will David Moyes be tempted to field the same side that completed the 90 midweek or will he feel compelled to change a winning line-up in the middle of a four-game run away from home? KO is 3pm.
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“If Arsenal had played like us”
David Moyes all smiles
13 Dec - "If Arsenal had played the way we played in the first half people would all be talking about it. We were very good," said David Moyes after Everton's excellent smash-and-grab League Cup victory over the Hammers. "This was a good result for us, to come to Upton Park in a cup tie is a hard thing to do, and this was our third draw away from home. But the league is our priority and I'm looking forward to coming back on Saturday. Hopefully we'll do the same again."

Yakubu sends Everton into the semis
West Ham United 1 - 2 Everton
12 Dec - Yet another devastating late show secured Everton's passage to their first cup semi-final appearance in 12 years as Yakubu scored with just 90 seconds left of regulation time to seal a superb comeback at Upton Park. After an even start, West Ham took the lead when Carlton Cole beat the offside trap and slid the ball under Tim Howard to make it 1-0. But the Blues rallied after the half-hour mark and were rewarded when Leon Osman side-footed beautifully past Robert Green to level the tie. Everton were better overall in the second half but extra time was beckoning ominously when Yakubu capitalised on a mix-up between Danny Gabbidon and 'keeper Robert Green to prod home and win the tie at the death. Unbeaten now in 11, Everton's wonderful run of form rolls on!

West Ham United vs Everton
Carling Cup QF Preview
12 Dec - Everton go in search of their first appearance in a major cup semi-final in 12½ years as they take on West Ham United, the first part in a Cup & League double-header that will see the Blues back at Upton Park again on Saturday. Leighton Baines and Alan Stubbs are ruled out but Nuno Valente and Tony Hibbert return, providing David Moyes with enough options to cover at the back. Kick off is 7:45pm.
Limited TV coverage
Clip: David Moyes's pre-match thoughts

Blues suffer Youth Cup defeat
2007-08 FA Youth Cup
11 Dec - Everton's high-flying academy side took on Bristol City tonight in the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup at Goodison Park but fell to a 2-0 defeat. An own goal by James McCarten and a last-minute strike from Marlon Jackson put the southwesterners through to the next round.

AGM Report
10 Dec - Colm Kavanagh provides his account of the 128th Annual General Meeting of Everton Football Club, providing further context to last week's press reports of a meeting that was dominated by the emotive stadium issue. Similarly, the unofficial minutes have been compiled and made available to us.

Yakubu hat-trick seals excellent win
Everton 3 - 0 Fulham
8 Dec - Aiyegbeni Yakubu scored all three goals as Everton rolled to another emphatic home victory and extended their unbeaten run to an impressive ten games. The Nigerian reacted instinctively to Antti Niemi's block of Tim Cahill's superb volley to prod home five minutes into the second half, and was then perfectly placed to head home Phil Jagielka's flick-on from Mikel Arteta's corner to double the advantage on the hour. With confidence brimming, the Blues put the icing on the cake when Yakubu profited from sterling work by Steven Pienaar and completed his hat-trick with fine striker's goal with 11 minutes to go. Match report | Discuss it in the Forum

Everton vs Fulham
Match Preview
7 Dec - Mission accomplished in Europe, the focus returns to the quest to qualify for the Uefa Cup again via the league as Fulham visit Goodison Park tomorrow. With both Valente and Hibbert injured, options at the back are limited but David Moyes is likely to ring a few changes again for this one as the Blues look to stretch their impressive unbeaten run to 10 games. Kick off is 3pm.

Patience Pays Off As Blues Go Through
Everton 1 - 0 Zenit St Petersburg
5 Dec - A Tim Cahill strike six minutes from time broke the stubborn resistance of Zenit St Petersburg and confirmed Everton's passage to the knockout phase as the winners of Group A. After a bright start and some nice football, the Blues looked to have been handed the three points when Nicolas Lombaerts was wrongly adjudged to have handled Cahill's goalbound shot and was sent off on the half hour. But Arteta blasted the penalty over the bar and it took a further 55 minutes of pressure — and a couple of real scares by the impressive Russian Champions — before Cahill struck home the loose ball almost on the goalline after Malafeev had blocked Joleon Lescott's shot. Match report by Lyndon Lloyd
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Everton vs Zenit St Petersburg
Team News
5 Dec - Everton look to continue their 100% record in the group stages of the Uefa Cup as the newly-crowned Russian Champions from the historic city of St Petersburg come to Goodison Park this evening. Phil Jagielka deputises for Joseph Yobo (ankle) but Tim Howard plays, while Nuno Valente and Leon Osman make way for Leighton Baines and James McFadden. Andy Johnson starts up front in place of Yakubu. The Blues need a draw to guarantee a spot in the next round but will be aiming for victory in their quest to finish top of Group A. Kick off is 7:45pm.

Kirkby dominates AGM headlines
Kenwright grilled over move proposal
4 Dec - Bill Kenwright admitted to Shareholders this evening that if the Kirkby Project falls through then re-developing Goodison Park would be "Plan B" and the LCC-backed proposal for Scotland Road "Plan C" — the club have reiterated tonight that that site won't work even though Kenwright admitted they don't know how much it would actually cost. The Chairman faced criticism and passion from some Shareholders for the planned move out of Liverpool. In other business, Robert Earl was confirmed as a Director — a year after Kenwright insisted the entertainment mogul had no intention of joining the Board — and an operating loss of £500,000 for the past fiscal year was confirmed.

KEIOC highlight major issues in newsletter
Food for thought with AGM looming
3 Dec - KEIOC have contacted all Everton shareholders with their first newsletter which highlights the need for the Board to investigate all other options in relation to the proposed ground move, exposes Keith Wyness' three year plan and presents a series of searching questions, the answers to which will be most interesting to all Evertonians!
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Goalless stalemate on the South Coast
Portsmouth 0 - 0 Everton
1 Dec - The forecast was for goals as two of the Premier League's highest-scoring teams met at Fratton Park but in a tightly-contested affair neither Portsmouth nor Everton could find their shooting boots. The two sides seemed to spend the first half sizing each other up and their five-man midfields cancelled each other out but the Blues looked better in the second period once Andy Johnson had been introduced and David Moyes switched to 4-4-2. Pompey probably shaded it in terms of chances created but this was a valuable point earned against a form team and rival for European qualification. Match report by Lyndon Lloyd

Portsmouth v Everton
Match Preview & Statistics
30 Nov - Everton travel to Portsmouth with the south-coast club still reeling over the arrest of manager 'Appy 'Arry Redknapp. But tomorrow the focus will be on football with the feeling that Everton will be doing very well to continue their unbeaten run and bring home a result from Fratton Park, as free-scoring Pompey are still three points and two places above us in the Premier League.

Too young for the Scotland Job
Moyes feels he's just at the beginning
30 Nov - Plenty of interesting comments from David Moyes in this Sporting Life interview covering a number of current issues: his opinions about the Scotland job; about the FA charges and freedom of speech; and about Yakubu needing to adapt when he came to Goodison.

Reserves goalfest
Wigan Athletic Res 1 - 5 Everton Res
29 Nov - Everton Reserves did their best to emulate the senior team's recent goal exploits, bashing five past a hapless Wigan team at Robin Park. James Vaughan opened the scoring in typical style and helped Andy van der Meyde get on the scoresheet before the Latics got one back. But three more goals from Vidarsson, Jutekiewicz and Rodwell sealed a great road win for the Blues.

Moyes ahead on points
Highest win percentage
28 Nov - David Moyes has finally edged ahead of Everton's most successful Premiership manager — the legendary Joe Royle — in one key Opta statistic: percentage of wins after overseeing twice as many games. A trophy is all that Moyes now needs to claim the crown outright. Will this be the season?

Moyes charged over Clattenburg
FA finally act against Everton manager
27 Nov - It was more than a month ago now but the sharp blokes at the FA have finally got wind of comments made by David Moyes after the atrocious refereeing exhibition by Mark Clattenburg in last month's derby that "call into question Mr Clattenburg's integrity and/or imply that Mr Clattenburg was motivated by bias." At least they got that bit right!

Black Cats ripped to shreds at Goodison
Everton 7 - 1 Sunderland
24 Nov - Everton unloaded on hapless Sunderland and recorded their biggest victory under David Moyes so far with a master display of attacking football. Yakubu and Tim Cahill grabbed a brace each and there were goals for Leon Osman, Andy Johnson and Steven Pienaar as the Blues exhibited some wonderful football while also taking the direct route for three of their seven goals. There was even room for some defensive disarray that gifted Sunderland a consolation goal through Dwight Yorke late in the first half but this was a day not to be ruined by Roy Keane's beleaguered side. Match reports by Lyndon Lloyd and Paul Traill

Scope for expansion to 75,000
Wyness ups long-term capacity goal
22 Nov - Everton CEO Keith Wyness says he is hopeful that the new Kirkby stadium can be developed to hold as many as 75,000 — if success on the field warrants such expansion. While some welcome the apparent ambition, many fans believe that, because we can't fill Goodison Park, that represents an unrealistic target and Bestway's Head of Property, Malcolm Carter, says it represents a moving of the goalposts from earlier plans while also hinting that he is losing patience with Everton over their refusal to discuss the "loop" site on Scotland Road. What do you think? Comment here

NWDA to study Financial Benefit
Calculating the cost of losing EFC
21 Nov - The Northwest Development Agency are to conduct a study into the benefits of keeping Everton FC within the city boundary of Liverpool. This may be a precursor to some more definitive action from the LCC in terms of coming up with a realistic alternative to Kirkby that is "deliverable".

Irvine confirmed as Preston boss
20 Nov - Alan Irvine says that the Preston North End manager's job was too good an opportunity to turn down as he was confirmed as Paul Simpson's successor at Deepdale. Irvine ends a five-year stint at Everton as Assistant Manager to David Moyes to take up the reins at the club where Moyes himself cut his managerial teeth.

Stars absent for up to six weeks
Two-week ANC training camp
19 Nov - Nigerian coach Berti Vogts has confirmed that he will be calling in his players for a two-week training camp startting on 4 January, ahead of the African Nations Cup. “That is the way that things have to be and there will be no exceptions.” Yakubu, Yobo and Anichebe are likely to be named, while Pienaar will also be called up by South Africa.

The Dixie Dean Story
Coming in May 2008
14 Nov - The Dixie Dean Story will have a three-performance run at Liverpool Olympia Theatre in May 2008. Produced by Aintree-based theatre company Arts2u Limited, under the direction of Gillian Beattie, the show will feature digital technology and music with a script written by author and broadcaster John Keith, who wrote Dixie’s biography. Sponsorship packages for the show can now be booked...

Side by side in Kirkby Town Centre
New artists impressions
14 Nov - The latest daylight pictorial mock-ups of future developments in Kirkby Town Centre (aka “Destination Kirkby”) are designed to give Kirkby residents and other interested parties the look and feel of what it will be like to have a brand new Tesco Store and a brand new Everton Stadium side by side. The three-day exhibition is being held at Kirkby leisure centre, next to the development site. There is also a short promotional video that starts by focusing on the magic of Goodison and ends with the notion of "New Everton".

Seasonal Comparisons
Quite the mixed bag!
13 Nov - The seasonal comparison Steve Flanagan revived for us some seasons ago continues to provide a solid grounding for assessing current progress in the Premier League, by comparing coresponding results this season against last. It confirms that, after a good start, we slipped into the deficit zone... and we're still there, two points off the pace, despite the up-kick of recent cup games. Those two points would put us in 7th or 6th, depending on where they came from.

King James of Scotland
McFadden the enigma
12 Nov - Written before Sunday's game at Chelsea, and the crucial shot-cum-delivery that Tim Cahill converted so brilliantly, it would be remiss of us not to highlight this fascinating in-depth analysis of James McFadden that appeared in the Sunday Times, prepared with an eye to next weekend's international distractions. And there's another article examining The McFadden Conundrum in Scotland on Sunday by Nick West

Moment of Cahill Magic Stuns Chelsea
Chelsea 1 - 1 Everton
11 Nov - A fantastic overhead volley by Tim Cahill stunned Chelsea and rescued a point for Everton at the death of an absorbing contest at Stamford Bridge. Avram Grant's side hadn't conceded a goal in nine hours of Premier League football and thought they had outclassed plucky Everton when Didier Drogba capitalised on lax defending and headed home from a corner with 19 minutes to go. Cahill had other ideas, though, and after James McFadden's shot fell short, the Australian rocketed the loose ball past Carlo Cudicini in dramatic fashion and preserved Everton's six-game unbeaten run. Match report by Lyndon Lloyd

Chelsea vs Everton
Match Preview & Statistical Record
10 Nov - The irresistable force of Everton's recent form meets the immovable object of Chelsea's home league record at Stamford Bridge this Sunday. David Moyes's side will be hoping to be the first team to beat Chelsea on their turf in 3½ years and record their seventh win in all competitions in the process. Doubts over Mikel Arteta (groin), however, cast a shadow over the manager's preparations. KO is 2pm GMT.
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Victor the Star in Win over Nürnberg
1. FC Nürnberg 0 - 2 Everton
8 Nov - Victor Anichebe came off the bench to make all the difference again for Everton as they recorded a handsome fifth straight win. The Blues burst out the gates and could have been a goal up inside 30 seconds but Blazek turned Cahill's sliding effort onto the post. Cahill again went close before Kluge and Reinhardt caused a scare with shots from the angle and Saenko was foiled one-on-one by Howard. Late in the second half, though, at a time when the home side were upping the pressure, Anichebe was pulled down by Glauber and Arteta made no mistake from the spot. Then, Arteta sent the young striker away and he brilliantly held off Manari before slotting cooly through the 'keeper's legs. The Super Blues remain top of Group A with maximum points. Match reports by Lyndon Lloyd and Paul Traill

1. FC Nürnberg vs Everton
Uefa Cup Preview & Statistical Record
7 Nov - It's a European tie on German soil against Nürnberg from the Bundesliga this Thursday with almost certain qualification for the last 32 within Everton's grasp. Alan Stubbs (hamstring), Andy Johnson (ankle) and James Vaughan (thigh) are ruled out but Leighton Baines traveled with the squad and will have a late fitness test as David Moyes his options and looks for a fifth straight victory in all competitions. Kick off is 8:05pm UK time. [TV]
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AJ signs contract extension
Commits to five more years
6 Nov - Andrew Johnson has signed a new long-term deal to keep him at Everton. The 26-year-old, who has repeatedly been linked with moves to Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham, Spurs, etc has agreed a five-year deal that extends his contract through 2013, hopefully ending the ridiculous press speculation that he is "unsettled on Merseyside".

Nürnberg tickets canceled
Match against Everton deemed “high risk”
5 Nov - It's now official that Evertonians who booked match tickets direct through Nürnberg's own web site or phone service using credit cards with English addresses have had their tickets canceled following a decision by Uefa, Nuremberg council and the German club to classify Thursday's match as "high risk". This after it emerged that English-based fans have been sourcing their tickets direct from FC Nürnberg, who were quite happy to sell them to Blues fans and even had the intelligence to place them next to the official away block in their ground, to put all the Blues fans together. To listen to the recorded message, ring +49 180 5050326 or check your order status on the website through which you bought your tickets. Nürnberg have stated that a full refund will be given to the unlucky Blues fans who booked their tickets this way.

Blues at the double in thrilling finale
Everton 3 - 1 Birmingham City
3 Nov - Two goals in injury time rescued all three points for Everton after Olivier Kapo's 79th-minute equaliser looked to have punished them for not pressing home their superiority earlier. The Blues dominated the early going, Yakubu going close before finishing smartly off Pienaar's pass following great work by Arteta to make it 1-0 after 9 minutes. The Nigerian could have added to his tally and Lee Carsley also went close but the longer it went on without a crucial second goal the greater the danger of being pegged back. With the game heading to a disappointing conclusion in injury time, though, the Blues broke Birmingham hearts with two goals in a minute. First Carsley smashed home and then substitute James Vaughan wrapped it up with the third. Match reports from Paul Traill and Kevin Gillen

Everton vs Birmingham City
Match Preview
2 Nov - Everton look to extend their three-match winning streak this weekend when Birmingham City come to town. David Moyes is likely to ring more changes with on-song stars like Yakubu, Cahill, Gravesen, Yobo, Howard and Arteta itching to get back into the starting lineup. It's a rare 3pm (GMT) Saturday kick-off this weekend. Note for US readers: that's 11am EDT/8am PDT, [Limited TV]


Super-sub Cahill puts Everton through
Luton Town 0 - 1 Everton (aet)
31 Oct - Everton are into the quarter finals of a cup competition for the first time under David Moyes but they made heavy work of squeezing past Luton Town of League One at Kenilworth Road. Tim Cahill came off the bench to turn fellow sub Thomas Gravesen's corner into the goal 11 minutes into extra time before Joleon Lescott cleared off his own line in the closing stages to keep the Hatters at bay. After a lethargic first half, Moyes's side, which featured five personnel changes, stepped it up in the second and went close through Leon Osman, Victor Anichebe and substitute James Vaughan but were forced to play an extra half hour by a plucky Luton who just didn't have the quality to make their own breakthrough against the Blues' superior defence.

Luton Town vs Everton
Match Preview & Statistical Record
29 Oct - The next stage in Everton's quest to finally win the League Cup takes them to Kenilworth Road on Wednesday where middling League One outfit Luton Town will provide the opposition. The Blues will be hoping to repeat their performance in the reverse of this tie last season when they hammered the Hatters 4-0 at Goodison in Round 3. Kick off is 7:45pm.

Everton make simple work of Derby
Derby County 0 - 2 Everton
28 Oct - Everton secured a fairly comfortable victory, their first post-Europe win of the campaign albeit one marred by injury to Leighton Baines, thanks to a goal in each half at Pride Park. Mikel Arteta finished off Phil Jagielka's run and Yakubu's dummy with a low shot to make it 1-0 after 24 minutes. With chances at a premium, Steven Pienaar put Yakubu in one-on-one with Steven Bywater in the Derby goal and he made no mistake to double the Blues' advantage with 28 minutes to go.

Moyes taking more care of Cahill
Asian Cup may have been avoided
27 Oct - David Moyes talks about the huge boost of having Tim Cahill fit again, but questions the effort put in to get him fit for the Asian Cup in the Summer. Cahill played only a bit-part but it may have been enough to weaken the healing of his metatarsal, whcih cracked again v Werder Bremen. Improved boots are now meant to help solve the problem.

Derby County vs Everton
Match Preview & Statistical Record
26 Oct - Everton hope to translate success into Europe into three Premier League points when they visit struggling Derby County this weekend. The Blues lost both times following the fixtures against Metalist Kharkiv but will be looking for more goals after finding their scoring boots against Larissa on Thursday. Tim Cahill could start a second successive game after returning from injury but Phil Neville and Tony Hibbert are suspended. KO is 2pm GMT.

Blues set the pace in Group A
Everton 3-1 AE Larissa
25 Oct - Everton revealed some little seen magic at Goodison Park scoring three excellent goals and taking pole position in Uefa Cup Group with what was eventually a comfortable win over Larissa. Tim Cahill returned to action and took just 14 minutes to find the net, heading home Leon Osman's cross from close range. Osman himself then capped a breathtaking move with an equally stunning shot to make it 2-0 just after the break. The Greeks pulled one back following Joleon Lescott's uncharacteristic howler but Victor Anichebe banished some late nerves with a solo third.

Everton vs AE Larissa
Match Preview & Statistical Record
24 Oct - Everton get the chance to put their derby misery behind them tomorrow evening when they entertain Greek side Larissa — Ibrahima Back-o'-the-Echo and all — in the opening game of Uefa Cup Group A at Goodison Park. James Vaughan, Tim Cahill and Thomas Gravesen all apparently have a chance of playing some part as David Moyes casts his eye over arguably his longest list of available players so far this season.

Vaughan fit and ready?
Could be back for Larissa
24 Oct - Everton are ready for a massive boost with the hopeful return of James Vaughan to the firing line (or should that be mis-firing line!). The lively young striker who is highly rated by pretty much everyone has missed the last two months of football after dislocating his shoulder back in August, but looks set to be part of the squad named to play Larissa tomorrow night.

Moyes accuses ref of bias
22 Oct - David Moyes has questioned whether Mark Clattenburg is fit to referee and accused the official of showing favouritism towards Liverpool's players after he made a string of contentious decisions that insensed Evertonians at Goodison Park on Saturday. There is talk of Clattenburg being disciplined after the FA review the match, but let's be honest: a fine for Moyes is the most likely outcome. [See also: David Prentice in the Echo

Everton beaten in cruel fashion
Everton 1-2 Liverpool
20 Oct - Everton's control of the 206th Merseyside derby and their hopes of recording a second successive home win over the Dark Side were ripped away from them in cruel and controversial fashion eight minutes into the second half. Leading by Hyppia's first-half own goal, the result of increasing pressure by the home side, the Blues were made to pay when Hibbert felled Gerrard and was harshly sent off as the last man by referee Clattenburg who changed his mind from yellow to red following a passing comment by the Liverpool midfielder. Kuyt scored from the spot but David Moyes's men looked to have heroically earned a point until Neville saved Lukas' goal-bound shot on the line and he too was sent off for handball. Kuyt scored his second spot kick of the game in stoppage time while two clear penalties for identical, blatant holding infringements on Lescott went unpunished. Match report by Paul Traill

Everton vs Liverpool
Match Preview & Statistical Record
19 Oct - Updated: The first derby of the season arrives tomorrow under the full glare of the Sky cameras as Everton go in search of what would be only their second win in the last five league matches. Victory, however, would pull them level on points with the Dark Side and mark the first time the Blues have won consecutive home derbies for 12 years. Tim Cahill, Thomas Gravesen and James Vaughan are all back in training and are in the frame to varying degrees — the Australian being the most likely to figure — but may have to settle for a place on the bench. Let battle commence...
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Tim may be fit for the Derby
18 Oct - Tim Cahill has been training since Monday and is raring to get back on the field for David Moyes, with the derby looming on Saturday. But don't be too surprised if we hear that old cliché — that this game came "too soon" for the enigmatic Ozzie midfield goal-ace.

Ticket problems loom again
17 Oct - Everton remain "hopeful" that the ongoing wildcat postal strike in Liverpool will not disrupt ticket distribution for the derby, when all indicators suggest clearly that it already has. Liverpool FC, on the other hand, have taken action and are requiring that all the kopites collect their tickets in person ahead of the game. Update: the strike ended on Wednesday but EFC are urging fans who have not received their tickets should pick them up from Goodison on Thursday or Friday.

City Council to fight for Everton
Meeting tomorrow at 5pm
16 Oct - Liverpool City Council will meet tomorrow evening (17th Oct) at 5pm and one topic for discussion is the future of Everton Football Club and the need to secure the future of Everton FC within the City boundary. The Council will be seeking answers to a number of questions and the KEIOC group will be making a short presentation at the meeting to detail the benefits of keeping the Club within the city boundary. The meeting takes place at the Town Hall at 5pm and support for the motion is welcome.

Another great day for Scotland
McFadden seals win again!
13 Oct - James McFadden was the hero again for Scotland, providing assists for the first two goals and then sealing a handsome 3-1 win over Ukraine by scoring the third at a critical point in the game (after Schevchenko had pegged the score back to 2-1) to send Hampden Park wild with jubilation and further improve Scotland's chances of reaching the finals of Euro 2008. Elsewhere, Joleon Lescott made his full England debut and Phil Neville also played a part, both as subs, in England's 3-0 win over Estonia.

Kenwright dismisses takeover talk
“Search for investment continues”
12 Oct - Bill Kenwright has moved to dismiss media speculation suggesting that he and the Board of Directors are in talks with an un-named South African businessman regarding a potential takeover of the club. "I have said for years that I am constantly on the lookout for investment for Everton and that is the case. But I know absolutely nothing of this latest speculation,” he said in a statement on evertonfc.com.

McFadden honoured by the Jocks
Life-size museum photo of Paris goal
10 Oct - James McFadden's heroic exploits for Scotland in Paris last month have been permanently pictorialized in a life-size picture placed in the entry-way of the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park, Glasgow. “Scotland went to Paris to play against the world champions having not won there in 57 years, and this touch of genius decided a game in which we were the underdogs,” — James McBrearty, curator.

Everton get Alkmaar & Nurnberg
Draw for the Group Stages
9 Oct - In the Uefa Cup draw for the group stages, Everton have been drawn to play in Group A against teams from Greece, Germany, Russia, and Holland. The format includes two home games and two away games:
  • 25 Oct: Larissa (H)
  • 8 Nov: Nurnberg (A)
  • 5 Dec: Zenit St Petersburg (H)
  • 20 Dec: AZ Alkmaar (A)
[Dates subject to change]

Quality edges it for Newcastle
Newcastle United 3 - 2 Everton
7 Oct - Everton were edged out in an absorbing contest at St James' Park that was transformed by second-half substitutions. Although the Blues were much improved on recent displays in midfield, the Barcodes had the extra touch of class in the first half as evidenced by curling shot into the top corner by Nicky Butt that put the home side ahead at the break. Andy Johnson came on at half time and he had equalised within 8 minutes, a goal which shifted the balance of power in Everton's favour until Emre and Owen came on for Newcastle with 15 minutes left. The Turkish midfielder crashed home a 25 yarder in the 86th minute and picked out Owen amid slack marking with a free kick three mins after that. Arteta forced Given into palming into his own net in injury time but it was too late after a somewhat cruel twist to the tale. Match reports by Lyndon Lloyd and Paul Traill

Newcastle United vs Everton
Match Preview & Statistical Record
6 Oct - There's no let-up on the fixture calendar as Everton prepare for their fourth game in 11 days, and it's a tricky one at St James' Park where they haven't won for 7 years. Andy Johnson should be fit, adding to the options open to David Moyes as he seeks a fourth successive win in all competitions. Forum discussion | TV | Statistical Record

Tension then jubilation in Kharkov
FC Metalist Kharkiv 2 - 3 Everton (agg: 3-4)
4 Oct - Everton are through to the group phase of the Uefa Cup after breaking the tension of a do-or-die second leg in Kharkov by twice coming from behind to draw level and then winning the tie outright. Edmar broke clean through after 15 mins to make it 1-0 on the night but the Blues atoned for a shocking first half almost immediately after the restart when Lescott grabbed his 5th of the season. A few minutes later, though, Kharkiv reclaimed the lead when Mahdoufi slotted home before McFadden made it 3-3 on aggregate when he equalised again with a fabulous strike. The traveling fans were able to breathe a big sigh of relief three minutes from time, though, when sub Anichebe made sure of Everton's passage to the next stage. Player Ratings by Dutch Schaffaer

FC Metalist Kharkiv vs Everton
Uefa Cup Preview & European Statistics
3 Oct - Updated: David Moyes meets another stern European challenge head-on on Thursday night when he takes his team to the little-known environs of Kharkov in Ukraine for a do-or-die second leg with Metalist Kharkiv. Andy Johnson and Leon Osman travel with the squad and will undergo late fitness tests on groin complaints as the manager considers his options. KO is 9:45pm local time (7:45pm BST), five in the UK have live TV coverage but it doesn't look as though it'll be streamed by EvertonTV.
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Trains, Planes and Automobiles
1,500 expected in Kharkiv
2 Oct - As many as 1,500 intrepid Evertonians are expected to make the long and arduous trip to the City of Kharkov in the heart of the Ukraine for Everton's massive Uefa Cup 2nd-leg must-win game this week. Just getting there (and back!) is an expensive challenge for fans who will be mostly flying to various central European cities before travelling the rest of the way for many hours overland. Best of luck, lads!

Moyes pleased with clean sheet
Thoughts now turn to Europe
1 Oct - David Moyes expressed his pleasure at seeing Everton finally achieve a clean sheet in their first home win since the start of the season agianst Middlesbrough, ahead of a big week with the return leg against Metalist Kharkiv in Ukraine on Thursday. "We need to try and kick on and hopefully go into that game with a little bit of confidence." Johnson and Osman remain doubtful with groin strains.

Improved Blues back to winning ways
Everton 2 - 0 Middlesbrough
30 Sep - Everton secured their first victory in four games and their first clean sheet of the season thanks to a goal in each half and much-improved attacking play overall. Mikel Arteta and Tim Howard returned and the Blues went into an early lead when Joleon Lescott was able to pick his spot with a header following a 6th-minute corner. They had poor finishing by 'Boro to thank for their half-time lead — Boateng, O'Neill and Dang Cook in particular should have done better — but wrapped up the points with a nicely-worked goal that Steven Pienaar finished off by sliding the ball past Schwarzer after 59 minutes. Match report by Lyndon Lloyd

Everton v Middlesbrough
Match Preview
29 Sep - Everton go into the Sunday 4pm Sky showpiece game riding high on the back of a great 3-0 win midweek at Sheffield Wednesday that has done wonders to rebuild confidence and get the boys back to winning ways. The visitors to Goodison Park are Middlesborough, and let's hope the Yak thinks he really has a point to prove... Howard and Arteta to start!!!Discuss it in the Forum

Everton Treasures Secured
Funding for France Collection
28 Sep - The long-term future of the David France collection has finally been assured after the charitable trust set up to preserve it as a heritage for all Evertonians received the news that it had successfully obtained Heritage Lottery Funding.

Van der Meyde's real problems
Month-long suspension over
28 Sep - Andy van der Meyde talks about his young daughter's serious health problems and what he and his partner have to cope with after six months of daily hospital visits. Van der Meyde confirms that he was suspeneded for a month after missing training in August but is now back with the first team squad, and looking for a chance to play again.

McFadden brace sends Blues through
Sheffield Wednesday 0 - 3 Everton
26 Sep - James McFadden scored twice and Yakubu rounded things off as Everton eased into the Fourth Round with a 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. After a poor first half in which Stefan Wessels suffered a head wound in a collision with Francis Jeffers, the Blues stepped things up after the interval and McFadden put them ahead just before the hour mark. Two goals in the last 6 minutes sealed the deal, with Yakubu involved in the build-up for McFadden's second before scoring an 85th-minute third.

Johnson Homesick?
Spurs and Hammers sniffing around
24 Sep - This must be the lazy jurno story that never dies. Andrew Johnson is still having trouble settling on Merseyside, supposedly, and never likes to be too far from his roots, reportedly. So Spurs and West Ham would be interested in 'taking him home", allegedly...

Same inadequacies all too evident
Aston Villa 2 - 0 Everton
23 Sep - David Moyes rang the changes: Carsley, Yakubu and McFadden were benched; Pienaar, Jagielka and Anichebe in for a bright start from the Blues but they went behind at Villa Park when a poor defensive header set Carew up for the opener. Everton struggled for the rest of the first half, giving away possession cheaply and defending deep, and then gave Aston Villa a second killer goal after missing some good chances. Uefa Cup hangover? You bet. Match Musings from Andy Morden

Aston Villa v Everton
Guest Match Preview by Steve Sweeney
23 Sep - The dust of Thursday's Menatalist debacle has settled and it's back to the comparative normality of the Premier League with a trip to Villa Park for a 2pm kick-off this afternoon. With choices to make in team selection despite a long injury list, can anyone second-guess David Moyes an how he will tackle this game? Discuss it in this Forum thread

Blues held on night of high drama
Everton 1 - 1 FC Metalist Kharkiv
20 Sep - Metalist Kharkhiv finished with 9 men, Andy Johnson took three penalties but scored with the only one that he was forced to retake, and Everton were left ruing their own lack of quality and the inconsistencies of European refereeing. It was all looking good enough with 21 minutes to go as the Blues led through Joleon Lescott's 23rd-minute header and they were awarded a penalty for which Gancarczyk was sent off. But AJ saw his second kick saved and then, after sub Edmar had capitalised on space in the area to equalise and Anichebe was finally awarded another spot kick at the third attempt, with Badych also receiving a red card, Everton's no. 8 skied over with a minute to go. Moyes's men threw everything down the center hoping to force a winner on the night but couldn't make the breakthrough.

Everton vs Metalist Kharkiv
Match Preview
19 Sep - Everton's much-anticipated return to the European stage becomes a reality this Thursday evening with the visit to Goodison of Metalist Kharkiv of the Ukraine. Update: Thomas Gravesen, Mikel Arteta and Steven Pienaar will undergo late fitness tests, as will Andy Johnson — although The Sun claims that AJ is fighting fit and miffed at being axed (more mischief-making by the Red Tops?). The game is being televised on Channel 5 in the UK and online at EvertonTV. Discuss it in the Forum

Watch Everton Live in the Uefa Cup
First Leg v Metalist on Everton TV
18 Sep - Everton have announced that the home leg of their Uefa Cup First Round clash with Metalist Kharkiv will be broadcast LIVE over the Internet on Everton TV. Kick-off is at 8pm BST on Thursday. International fans and those who cannot make it to Goodison Park, can't receive Channel 5 and who are not regular subscribers can sign up for £4.99/month or £40/year.

There for the taking?
Everton 0 - 1 Manchester United
15 Sep - According to the pundits it was just the right time to play United who were without an away win but Everton failed to up their game and were beaten by a late headed goal by Vidic from a routine corner. It could and should have been different but the Blues never really got going after promising starts to both halves and just two efforts on target in the 90 minutes told its own story. Reports by Lyndon Lloyd and Paul Traill.

Everton vs Manchester United
Match Preview & Statistical Record
14 Sep - The first interruption to the season in the form of an international break out the way, Everton return to the business of the Premier League with what is a significant test of their strengths this term. Thomas Gravesen and Tim Howard are injury doubts for the Blues ahead of this noon kick off. [Updated TV] [Discuss it in the Forum]

Revisiting the TW Forum
13 Sep - After the previous incarnation of the ToffeeWeb Forum abruptly disappeared, we've accepted an offer by Danny and Dylan over at GrandOldTeam.com to make their message board the official ToffeeWeb Forum.

McFadden earns Scotland glory
France 0 - 1 Scotland
12 Sep - Another fantastic opportunist goal from James McFadden has done the job for Scotland agian, this time his stunning long-range effort being the match-winning goal for the Scots at the Parc des Prince.

Gravesen out with knee injury
12 Sep - Just when we thought things were looking up, Everton have been hit with the news that Thomas Gravesen will be out for at least two weeks following a knee injury, sustained in training. The blow means the Mad Dog will miss the next three vital games against Man Utd, Aston Villa and Metalist Kharkiv.

Neville deserves cheers not jeers
Henry Winter's tribute to Evertin captain
11 Sep - Much maligned in certain quarters — not least among England's Neanderthals — Phill Neville gets a rousing vote of appreciation from Henry Winter in the Telegraph. "Neville has played a considerable part in Everton's resurgence, partly because of his absolute commitment, an example to all."

Tim Howard dislocates finger
10 Sep - Tim Howard was desperate to keep the score down as USA took on Brazil, and he did well, only letting in four goals and making plenty of saves. On one, he crashed a hand into the crossbar, dislocating a finger, but soldiered on with it bandaged up. Let's hope he's fit to play against Man Utd on Saturday (assuming he is allowed to... gentlemen's agreements nothwithstading!!)

Kharkiv game on Channel Five
9 Sep - Channel Five have confirmed that they will be showing Everton's Uefa Cup 1st Round 1st leg match against Metalist Kharkiv on Thursday 20th September at Goodison Park. Kickoff for the match is at 20:00 and coverage begins at 19:30. Unfortunately, the Radio Times website have listed both Colin "Liverpool" Murray and John Barnes as part of the presenting team. [Thanks to Stuart Mitchell]

McFadden rounds off Scots' win
Stunning strike raises more questions
8 Sep - Everton's James McFadden rocketed home Scotland's third goal in a 3-1 win over Lithuania with a 25-yard screamer that puts them top of Euro 2008 qualifying Group B for the time being. This presents David Moyes with something of a poser regarding how best to utilize the enigmatic "Scottish Rooney" , given his erratic ability to turn on the style as exemplified by another excellent goal. What do you think?

The Blue Correspondence
A unique new Everton book
7 Sep - Publisher Neil Smith and author Billy Smith (The Smiths!?!) have joined forces to produce a brilliant concept in historic Everton books. This one traces that very first of Football League seasons — 1888-89 — through actual unedited newspaper articles from the Victorian era. If ya know yer history...

Cahill questioned by police
...then released
6 Sep - The Mirror is reporting that Tim Cahill ("a 27-year-old man") was arrested by police on a "serious sexual assault charge", but was later released when his accuser withdrew her complaint. No other information is available apart from the fact that the father of three is believed to have "heavily protested his innocence over the matter". Everton FC have refused to be drawn on the matter.

Lescott gets England call up
Recognition for Blues defender
3 Sep - Everton defender Joleon Lescott will now join up with club colleagues Phil Neville and Andrew Johnson after being drafted into the full England squad for the forthcoming Euro 2008 qualifying matches against both Israel and Russia. Injury to Portsmouth's Sol Campbell paved the way for the versatile Lescott, who has scored twice already this season, to finally receive international recognition for his consistency over the past year in the blue shirt of Everton.

Lescott header seals strong finish
Bolton Wanderers 1 - 2 Everton
1 Sep - A Joleon Lescott header a minute from time secured all three points for Everton after profligacy in front of goal looked to have condemned the Blues to a second consecutive 1-1 draw. Yakubu made his debut and it didn't take long for the Nigerian to make the ultimate impact, rounding off a fantastic break to put Everton ahead after just 10 mins. Bolton assumed the ascendency and, after Alonso rattled the bar, were level 10 mins into the second half thanks to Anelka's brilliant strike. But some key substitutions and sustained pressure in the closing 20 minutes reaped rich rewards when, after some agonising misses and a nailed on penalty not given to AJ, Lescott powered home a Gravesen corner to send the traveling Blues wild.

Deadline comes and goes...
No Riquelme, Appiah or Mordic(!).....
1 Sep - Don't ya just love Transfer Deadline Day? All the rumours and false hot stories flying around... hours of useless energy spent hunting down possible breaking news on t'internet. Well, it's gone midnight in the UK and no announcements from Everton despite the encampment of Sky journos in Goodison Road... NO MORE SIGNINGS! Five ain't bad for Moyesy... but there's still some softness in midfield!

Bolton Wanderers vs Everton
Match Preview
31 Aug - Everton emerge from the rigours of the final week of the transfer window with a trip to the Reebok Stadium to face Sammy Lee's unpredictable Bolton. While the dangerous Nicolas Anelka has committed his future to Wanderers, Yakubu and Andy Johnson start a new partnership up front for the Blues. Who apart from Arteta will be supplying the ammo — Mad Dog Gravesen? — remains to be seen. [TV] [Betting]

Everton face Ukrainian challenge
Blues face Metalist Kharkiv
31 Aug - Everton have been given a Ukrainian test in the First Round of this season's UEFA Cup. Drawn against Metalist Kharkiv, the first tie will be played at Goodison Park on September 20 with the return leg a fortnight later on October 4. Keith Wyness, in Monaco, said "There is no such thing as an easy draw in Europe. Ukraine is a well-known footballing nation but Everton are very focused on taking the club further in Europe this year. We hope to be in Europe more consistently."

Another Transfer Deadline Approaches
Climax to the silly season
31 Aug - Will the surprise loan acquisition of the fist-waving loon be the sum total of Everton's response to losing out on Manuel Fernandes? Not according to media speculation or this little teaser by David Moyes on the official site. Ghana's Stephen Appiah has emerged as the most widely-linked of David Moyes' rumoured targets but the Mail's suggestion of Juan Roman Riquelme on loan tops them all on the "far-fetched" scale. Another rollercoaster in store or just another lead balloon?

Gravesen back at Goodison
All other avenues exhausted?
30 Aug - Thomas Gravesen is an Everton player again, re-joining the Blues on a year-long loan from Celtic. The mercurial Dane left Goodison for the lofty heights of Real Madrid two years ago before moving on to Glasgow following a disappointing spell with the Galacticos. He is likely to wear the no. 10 jersey vacated by Simon Davies in January. Following Manuel Fernandes' volte-face on Sunday, David Moyes appears to be out of big-name alternatives but fans will be clinging to the hope that the real deal will arrive before midnight tomorrow...

Yakubu Signs — It's Official!
Work Permit appeal successful
29 Aug - Aiyegbeni Yakubu finally became an Everton player today after another long drawn-out transfer saga that was held up initially because his work permit was turned down. But today it was granted at appeal and The Yak now becomes Everton's new record signing at £11¼M.

Fernandes signs for Valencia
Portuguese star slips through the net
27 Aug - Manuel Fernandes is a Valencia player. Sky Sports News are showing pictures of him at the Mestalla with his new Valencia shirt, while the sound of stunned silence was all we heard from official channels at Everton after the bold promise that "Fernandes will sign within 24 hours". And their mouthpiece, the Liverpool Echo remained equally bemused... That was until a statement and attempted explanation which was posted on the club's official site this evening.

Everton stunned by Fernandes
Midfielder set to join Valencia
26 Aug - Everton, club and fans, have been stunned to the core by the defection of Manuel Fernandes to Valencia at the last minute. At Goodison for the Blackburn game yesterday, he flew off to Spain and agreed terms with the the Pimera Liga club for £10M (Everton had agreed to pay £6M). "Fernandes will sign within 24 hours" was the word last weekend but the move got held up as the Premier League threatened to clamp down on the third-party ownership malarky...

Everton 1 - 1 Blackburn Rovers
Disastrous start from the Blues
25 Aug - After a mixed start, Everton went behind to a soft goal from Santa Cruz after McCarthy hit the bar. Baines (on his full debut) then had to clear from right off the line as the Blues rocked shockingly. Moyes made some very early (for him!) changes to regain the initiative and Everton improved in the second half with McFadden finally scoring an excellent equaliser. Not enough to win it in the end, but a good recovery all the same. Match report by Lyndon Lloyd

Club secures “Yes” vote
Ballot results officially announced
24 Aug - A day after the outcome was leaked to Sky Sports News, Everton FC have officially announced the result of the ballot on the Kirkby Project. In the end 59.27% voted in favour of the proposed relocation to neighbouring Knowsley, with 40.73% voting "No". The limited margin of the result will no doubt spark debate over whether the Board has a sufficiently strong mandate to press ahead with plans to leave Goodison Park for a 50,000-seat stadium in Kirkby.

Everton vs Blackburn Rovers
Match Preview
24 Aug - Everton are back at Goodison this weekend for the tea-time Setanta game against Blackburn Rovers and they could have three new signings making debuts if everything comes together as expected tomorrow. Leighton Baines is expected to be fit and both Manuel Fernandes and Aiyegbeni Yakubu could complete transfers before the registration deadline.

Yakubu's on his way
Record fee seals the deal
22 Aug - Nigerian striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni is set to sign a deal bringing him to Everton. With Middlesbrough and Everton agreeing the deal, Yakubu will become Everton's record signing and should be available to make his Toffees debut against Blackburn on Saturday. No exact details on the fee at this time but it's believed he will arrive at Goodison Park for a fee in the region of £11m.

New Signing: Stefan Wessels
Must have at least four goalies!
21 Aug - The pressing need for goalkeeper cover (!) sees David Moyes sign 28-year-old Stefan Wessels from FC Cologne where he has been for the last four years. At least it gets the compliment of first-team goalies back up to four as Wessels joins the Iain Turner and John Ruddy in the queue behind by Tim Howard.

Yakubu deal still alive?
Everton remain 'confident'
21 Aug - The Yakubu deal is apparently not dead, as some sources claimed yesterday. But it does appear to have hit a bit of a snag. Did Everton really have an £11M bid accpeted, as was reported earlier? Did Boro raise the price to £12.5M? There's plenty of misinformation surrounding this deal. And then there is the question of what happened to Fernandes? When is his signing going to be confirmed by the Club?

Joint report supports “loop” option
55,000 stadium possible at Scotland Rd
20 Aug - Bestway have revealed that a joint HOK Sport architectural and WSP engineering report states that it would be possible to build a 55,000-seat stadium at the Wallasey tunnel loop site. Head of Property, Malcolm Carter, said, “I am delighted with the findings of the report [which establishes] that a large stadium could be made to work at this location." LCC leader Warren Bradley called on Everton to end the exclusivity agreement with Knowsley and Tesco in order to discuss the proposal.

Loop: 50,000-seat stadium will work
HOK and WSP reports refute analyst's claims
20 Aug - Updated: Bestway have revealed that joint HOK Sport architectural and WSP engineering report states that it would be possible to build a 55,000-seat stadium at the Loop site. Head of Property, Malcolm Carter, said, “I am delighted with the findings of the report [which establishes] that a large stadium could be made to work at this location,has challenged the Steer Davies Gleave assessment published on evertonfc.com by insisting that a 50,000-seat stadium will work at the tunnel loop site. By restricting its analysis to the current loop dimensions, the assertion by Transport and Planning consultant Tim Spencer that discounted the "loop" site as a non-starter because it couldn't hold a stadium bigger than 35,000 clearly ignored the initial aerial Skempton renderings which propose an expanded footprint. Carter says that his company now has the HOK Sport architectural and WSP engineering reports to prove a stadium of the size required by Everton will work at the loop which they will look to release soon as part of their on-going feasibility study.

Blues limitations exposed
Reading 1 - 0 Everton
18 Aug - Riding high at the top of the league, Everton made one enforced change, with Joeseph Yobo injured and Nuno Valente stepping in. Reading played Everton at their own pressing game and duly got the reward just before half-time with Stephen Hunt, their best player, scoring well — a real wake-up call for the Blues. Everton improved greatly in the second half but could not penetrate a superbly disciplined and resolute Reading team, except for Johnson missing two sitters, and meekly sacrificed that all-too-brief reign at the top of the table.

£11m agreed for Yakubu
Striker to talk terms this weekend?
17 Aug - Nothing has been confirmed yet by Everton — and there's still some conflicting information doing the rounds — but press reports suggest that a record-breaking fee of £11m has been agreed with Middlesbrough for striker Yakubu Ayegbeni. The same report in the Telegraph suggests that the Nigerian is expected to discuss personal terms this weekend.

Reading vs Everton
Match Preview
17 Aug - Everton travel to Reading this weekend, the scene of one of their more comprehensive away wins last season, hoping to extend their 100% start to the new campaign. Joseph Yobo is perhaps the only doubt after Tuesday as Moyes no doubt hopes to name an unchanged team from that which mauled Tottenham in midweek. [TV]

Bestway forward revealed
Initial renderings now on view
16 Aug - The KEIOC group have released initial images of the Bestway / LCC proposal for a new relocated stadium at the Loop, off Scotland Road, in the Everton district of Liverpool. Architects have drawn up their initial rendering images with Bestway's Head of Property, Malcolm Carter saying, "We hope that fans can see that there is a reason for voting to keep Everton in Everton." The drawings include a tower that would help lend the site a landmark status and increase its visibility. The tower element will also provide a hotel, leisure facilities and other associated commercial uses.

Fernandes inches closer to Goodison return
Fee agreed with Benfica
16 Aug - Everton have agreed a £6M fee with Benfica for their stake in Manuel Fernandes, the Portuguese midfielder who became an instant Goodison favourite during his loan spell with the Blues earlier in the year. Fernandes is in England Tuesday to negotiate personal terms and have a medical. David Prentice also suggests that Everton have agreed terms with Global Sports Investment about the other 50% of the player's ownership and that the deal will be finalized by the end of the week.

Fantastic Blues Top of the League
Spurs 1 - 3 Everton
14 Aug - A fantastic first-half performance that just blew money-bags Spurs and their fancy squad away set the stage for a brilliant win as the Blues beautifully emulated last season's smash-and-grab performance at White Hart Lane, this time with Lescott, Osman and Stubbs grabbing the goals. [Match report] Following Wednesday's results, Everton stay top of the pile until the third round of matches this weekend.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton
Match Preview
14 Aug - Everton make a midweek trip to London this evening to take on Tottenham Hotspur hoping to repeat last season's superb 2-0 victory and compound Spurs' losing start to the new season. With Leighton Baines still out through injury, an unchanged line-up could be on the cards for the Blues. [TV]

Fortune Favours The Brave
Financial Analysis by Colin Fitz
13 Aug - Colin Fitz has put together an incredibly detailed financial analysis that blows a big hole in the Deal of the Century that underpins the Kirkby Project. This is not a brief analysis, so set aside some time to follow through as Colin develops his theme, and ultimately presents the numbers that underline that question we have all been wondering about: Is the Kirkby Project simply too good to be true.

Lively Everton off to a great start
Everton 2 - 1 Wigan Athletic
11 Aug - Everton started the season in the same vein as the last with a 2-1 home win. Even the personnel were familiar, with David Moyes deciding not to risk any of his new signings from the start. The Blues started confidently with Mikel Arteta in scintillating form but it was Leon Osman whose quick reactions broke the deadlock with a looping header. The second half was more pedestrian until Steven Pienaar came on and immediately fed Johnson whose great ball to Victor Anichebe was easily converted to double the advantage. Everton closed the game out, however, in a slightly uncomfortable finale after Wigan had carved out an easy goal for Antoine Sibierski with 11 minutes left. Match report

Open Letter from Sir Terry Leahy
Tesco Supremo explains the Kirkby Project
11 Aug - Tesco supremo Sir Terry Leahy has finally put a little meat on the bare bones of the Kirkby project, belatedly providing more meaningful numbers on the all-important financial side of the proposals in this Open Letter at the Official Everton website. We won't know if Sir Terry's clearer explanation of why Evertonians should support the project will sway many minds at this late stage, raising the question why something this authoritative was not published weeks ago.

Everton vs Wigan Athletic
Match Preview
10 Aug - The new season kicks off this weekend with Wigan Athletic the visitors to Goodison offering an opportunity to forget about the stadium debate for 90 minutes... but not, perhaps, the slender nature of the Blues' squad. David Moyes will have fewer options than he would like, particularly up front where he has just three strikers from which to choose. KO is 3pm. [TV]

Everton for Everton
Local Trust throw support behind “Loop” bid
9 Aug - Everton Development Trust (EDT) have thrown their public support behind proposals to bring Everton FC back to Everton ward, one of the most deprived areas of the UK. Citing Kingsway Park, the area inside the Tunnel Loop, as "an ideal new home for Liverpool’s oldest football club," the Trust believe a stadium for Everton in conjunction with regeneration and commercial development on adjoining land by Bestway would provide "a huge boost to the skills base and employment prospects of the local community."

The Big Vote is under way
Some get two ballot papers
8 Aug - Ballot papers for the Big Vote on relocating to Everton's stadium to Kirkby have been mailed out by the Electoral Reform Society to Everton season-ticket and shareholders. Some, including Dave Kelly, head of the KEIOC campaign, have received two ballot papers because he qualifies twice. "We are aware of the problem," says Ian Ross.

Baines signs on the dotted line
Defender finally secured in five-year deal
6 Aug - Everton have secured the signature of Leighton Baines when a protracted chase for the Merseyside-born defender finally ended with him agreeing personal terms and passed a medical. The deal that brings him from Wigan Athletic to Goodison is reported to be "in the region of £6m" and, as such, represents the third-highest fee the Blues have paid for a player in their history. Baines, who reputedly turned down big money at Newcastle in favour of Everton will wear the number 3 shirt.

£4m Beattie joins Blades
Striker ends frustrating spell with Everton
4 Aug - James Beattie has concluded his £4m move to Sheffield United after Bryan Robson persuaded the striker to join the Blades' bid to bounce straight back into the top flight. The 29 year-old was Everton's record signing when he joined in January 2005 for £6m from Southampton but endured a frustrating two and a half years at Goodison Park which were beset by injury and poor form.

Cahill fears not yet confirmed
Further scans to reveal true extent of injury
2 Aug - Everton have labeled reports that Tim Cahill will miss the first three months as "premature". It appeared to be confirmed that the Australian had fractured the same bone in his foot that he broke against Sheffield United last season, but Blues physio, Mick Rathbone, said: "He has suffered damage to the same area of the foot but it is miniscule in comparison to the previous injury. He is having further x-rays and scans over the weekend."

ToffeeWeb Stadium Survey Results
Your thoughts on the move debate
2 Aug - With ballot papers due to arrive on the doorsteps of those Evertonians eligible to vote on the club's future starting next week, ToffeeWeb can reveal the results of perhaps the most detailed canvass of supporter opinion on the move issue thus far. The results, which are based on a healthy 2,680+ responses — 1,170+ of whom said they were eligible voters — will give heart to both sides of what is an emotional and, at times, bitter debate.

Everton braced for Cahill news
Star to see specialist
1 Aug - Tim Cahill has been referred to a specialist to assess the condition of his foot amid fears he suffered a recurrence of the metatarsal fracture that sidelined him for the last third of last season. The Australian was withdrawn after an hour of last night's friendly with Werder Bremen after feeling pain in his foot following an awkward fall and had precautionary x-rays this morning.

Everton 2 - 2 Werder Bremen
31 Jul - Everton upped the ante a little bit with some classy European opposition for their only home game in the pre-season fixture list. Word is they played well, but were unable to beat the "Sahne der Rhine", who finished a creditable 3rd in last season's Bundesliga. Goals from McFadden and Amderson (in the last minute) saved Everton's blushes. Andy "high hopes" van der Meyde didn't make the best account of himself by all... erm... accounts.

KEIOC reveal plans
Presentation at St. George's Hall
31 Jul - The Keep Everton In Our City group (KEIOC) have announced details of their forthcoming presentation, this Friday August 3rd. The presentation will be held at St. George's Hall, in the heart of the city, and all are welcome to attend between 10.00am and 5.00pm. Representatives of both Bestway and LCC will attend alongside the KEIOC committee, and both Trevor Skempton and Tom Hughes who will present their alternate stadium plans for all to see. Meanwhile, Everton have released a PDF of the brochure that will accompany the voting ballots.

“The Loop” — It Can Be Done
How to Keep Everton in the City
30 Jul - It's been derided as a red herring and a desperate, last-ditch bid by LCC leader, Warren Bradley, to save face but as fans prepare to make arguably the most important decision of their Everton-supporting lives, the "Tunnel Loop" off Scotland Road deserves to be explored as the potentially viable alternative to Kirkby so glaringly lacking on the upcoming ballot of fans.

£4M Bid accepted for Beattie
But he still may wait for Rovers
28 Jul - Everton last night accepted a £4M bid from Sheffield United for James Beattie. But the striker will wait to see if Blackburn Rovers can match that offer before deciding on a drop down to the Championship. Blades manager Bryan Robson wants the former Southampton man to spearhead his team’s attempts to gain promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Kirkby residents react to stadium proposal
27 Jul - More than half (51%) of Kirkby residents support Everton's planned new stadium as part of a large-scale regeneration of the town center, that's according to an independent poll of 500 residents. In contrast, however, a similar number of people packed into a Kirkby church last night to express their opposition to Everton’s proposed relocation. The public meeting was organised by the Rev Tim Stratford, the rector of Kirkby, after a poll of residents leaving Knowsley council’s recent consultations into the scheme revealed that many were dissatisfied with the public consultation and that 75% opposed the new stadium.

The All-Important Question
Fans to vote on the Kirkby Project
26 Jul - Everton have released the exact text of the question that will be put to an estimated 38,000 supporters when voting begins early next month. Ballot papers will be sent out within the next week and they confirm that a "no" decision will be binding. The results of the vote are expected to be made known by the end of August. [Have you taken part in the stadium survey?]

Ventura County 0 - 4 Everton
Beattie Scored!!!
25 Jul - Everton played a friendly "schooling" match with lowly Ventura County Fusion at the Home Depot Center in LA yesterday afteroon, and beat their hosts 4-0. Beattie even scored! Other scorers included Victor Anichebe, Leon Osman, and newboy Steven Pienaar. About 100 people, including some intrepid Evertonians, managed to get a view of the game.

Too Late to Cry
EXCLUSIVE: How Everton missed the "Stanley Park" boat
24 Jul - Ever wondered about the full story behind Peter Johnson's ill-fated plans to relocate Everton to Kirkby Golf Course or beyond, about the true nature of EFC's enquiry into the possibility of building on Stanley Park and why Liverpool eventually got their way to do just that? Greg Murphy, once of Goodison For Ever-ton, provides a fascinating full account of the whole history of the Blues' stadium issue and outlines the sequence of events that led us to where we stand today.

“Loop” site key to Blues remaining in Liverpool?
UK retailer ready to offer Kirkby alternative
23 Jul - UK retailer Bestway believes that their site in Everton close to the city centre at the "Loop" junction off Scotland Road leading to the Wallasey Tunnel could hold the key to Everton remaining in Liverpool. Malcolm Carter, Head of Property for Bestway (Holdings Ltd) says that his firm has a design team in place and are in discussion with a stadium contractor about working up proposals, but stresses that a swift groundswell of local support will be crucial if this proposal is to be viable given the pending Kirkby Project ballot.

The Stadium Survey
Take part in the most in-depth ground-move poll so far
22 Jul - The ballot of the fans on the "Kirkby Project" is looming, Warren Bradley of LCC is making his play and the debate on Everton's future rages on. We've put together a survey in the hope of getting as many responses from online Blues as possible and establishing a better picture of where people stand on all aspects of the ground-move issue. It will take a just a few minutes of your time and could end being a useful gauge of opinion.

Real Salt Lake 2 - 0 Everton
First friendly defeat of the summer
21 Jul - Everton surrendered their unbeaten pre-season record during their run-out at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, where their hosts, Real Salt Lake, won 2-0. James Beattie, Lee Carsley, Leon Osman and new-boy Phil Jagielka all made their first starts of the summer in this morning's game. David Moyes saw the result as a wake-up call. Read our special Match Report from James Rogers.

“Everton will regret Kirkby move”
Warren Bradley steps up rhetoric
21 Jul - LCC Leader Warren Bradley stepped up his campaign to keep Everton in Liverpool by suggesting that the club "will regret the day they sign up for the Kirkby deal." He is pushing the viability of sites in the city: one on the main council housing depot in Long Lane, Aintree; one at the new car holding compound next to the New Mersey Retail Park at Speke; redeveloping Goodison Park itself; and, his favourite, a site off Scotland Road in cooperation with Bestway Holdings.

Everton secure Pienaar loan
...pending a work permit application
20 Jul - Everton have completed the acquisition of South African midfielder Steven Pienaar. The 25-year-old made his name at Ajax Amsterdam but a high-profile move to Borussia Dortmund — where he had the unenviable task of replacing Tomas Rosicsky — didn't work out as planned. Assuming he successfully completes the formality of a work permit application, he will bring his talent to the Premier League where the Blues have an option to sign him permanently next year. Pienaar on YouTube

Stadium images released
Board ups the ante in Kirkby debate
20 Jul - Everton have today released the first impressions of "The Kirkby Project", as they have titled it. Featuring a number of exterior shots of a distinctly Everton-branded stadium, the renderings were unveiled on the club's official site this morning. Apart from one aerial view, there were no images depicting in detail what the inside of the ground might look. The Board are hoping that these impressions will be enough to sway a large majority of fans to vote for a move out of Liverpool to Knowsley.

Vogel deal hits complications
Real Betis cutting up rough?
19 Jul - Updated: Everton were expected to unveil Johann Vogel as their second significant acquisition of the summer today but the contract status of the Swiss midfielder is more complicated than first thought. His current club Real Betis have not yet released the player and are now reportedly either holding out for a fee for the 30 year-old or balking at money owed to the player himself. Vogel had already agreed in principal to a two-year deal prior to flying in to undergo a medical. Meanwhile, Everton have yet to confirm the link to Steven Pienaar but press speculation suggests a nominal loan fee with an option to make the transfer permanent for £2m.

Preston NE 1 - 1 Everton
Vaughan suffers long-term injury
18 Jul - A strong Everton line-up took the field at Deepdale for the third pre-season friendly this evening but went 1-0 down to a soft goal from Whaley. Then, even worse, James Vaughan was stretchered off with a dislocated shoulder and is now expected to be sidelined for at least two months. Beattie came on (for another 'Big Chance'?) but Everton struggled through to half-time. A couple of changes in the second half and finally, near the end, Victor Anichebe made the breakthrough with a very nicely executed goal to level the score.

Everton will “Own” new stadium
199-year lease
18 Jul - Everton will "own" the proposed new stadium under consideration within the municipal borough of Knowsley. Keith Wyness has announced it will be "owned" leasehold on a 199-year lease... which should be long enough for future custodians to come up with another replacement? Is that Plan B or all part of Plan A? But see this Mailbag Item for a more knowledgeable explanation...

Deal of the century?
Wyness looking out towards Kirkby
17 Jul - Everton CEO Keith Wyness, interviewed in the Daily Post states that Everton must move out to Kirkby in what he somehow claims to be "the deal of the century" (with 93 years left this current century). A lot of if's, but's and maybe's in the interview, with Nostradamus Wyness apparently in the know, boldly claiming that attendances will go down if we stay at Goodison Park. "If the move does not go ahead, there is no Plan B and there are fears Goodison Park will not be fit for purpose in 10 years." It's the end of the world! We're all doomed, Captain! [Some excellent comments from Phil McNulty on the BBC website.]

Everton announce the Big Vote
33,000 ballot papers to go out
16 Jul - Keith Wyness has described the outline for the promised ballot of current season-ticket and shareholders on the issue of moving to Kirkby — although he has not divulged what the question(s) will be. But at least he has listened to the complaints and enfranchised memebers of Evertonia, as well as season-ticket holders for any of the past three seasons, giving the 33,000 estimate. The ballot will be by mail in August. [Have you voted in our poll?]

N Ireland XI 0 - 2 Everton
Everton get massive boost
14 Jul - Despite the predictions of doom and gloom, Everton made it two in one day with a masssive victory over the cream of Ulster... Okay, well that's a bit of an overstatement, but goals in the each half, one from James Vaughan and other from Reserves ex-Arsenal hot-shot Kieran Agard saw Everton though in a rather damp Coleraine test.
Update: Match and trip report by Paul Traill

Bury 0 - 1 Everton
Jutkiewicz on target
14 Jul - Everton kicked off the pre-season displays with a second XI turning up at Gigg Lane, the only regulars being Hibbert, Stubbs and Anichebe. The game lacked any real excitement and even the goal from new boy Lukas Jutkiewicz was hardly momentous, his weak header looping past defenders and lamely beating the goalie. Still... a win is a WIN!

Moyes blast at "irresponsible spending"
Frustration for manager
13 Jul - Manager David Moyes has labelled the current spree of spending amongst other Premiership rivals as "irresponsible spending". Some might argue that that's life and has always been the way of the world in the dog eat dog world of football. Where have our Merseyside Millionaires gone, and is the transfer kitty pretty much empty? We'll know the answer to that by August 31. Meanwhile, it looks as though Manchester United's Kieran Richardson, rumoured to be Everton-bound will instead be heading for Sunderland.

Tiny Tim to the rescue!
Last-minute goal saves blushes
8 Jul - It looked very much like the rampant Socceroos would be seriously embarrassed by diminutive Oman in their opening Asian Cup game in Bangkok, after going behind in the 32nd minute. But Tim Cahill popped up in the last minute to blast the ball into the net, save many an Aussie blush, and do even more for his established hero status on the Big Island.

Jagielka finally signs for Everton!
First signing of the new season!
4 Jul - The long-running Phil Jagielka transfer saga finally ended this afternoon when the Sheffield United player completed personal terms and signed on the dotted line in a £4M deal that will bring him back to Everton, where he started his football as a youngster. He left when cuts were made at the Under-15 level 10 years ago, and has developed over time into a versatile defender who can play in a number of positions. Phil cited being in Europe, and playing under Moyes were big factors in his decision.

Moyes ready for action?
Transfer speculation building
3 Jul - The manager is back from holiday and the protracted deliberations by the FA on Sheffield United's future have now been concluded with confirmation of the Blades' relegation so expectation is building that Everton's first foray into the transfer market will be made with the £4m acquisition of Phil Jagielka this week. And reports in a variety of newspapers and Web outlets linking the Blues with Alan Smith, Kieran Richardson, and Jason Koumas are growing in number.

AJ fit and ready
Set to start pre-season training
1 Jul - The good news regading Andrew Johnson is that he is fully fit and ready for pre-season training to start on Monday — six weeks after having surgery to correct a bone problem in his ankle. Johnson played through much of the season with the problem, and it must have affected his playing ability. Everton will need him back to his best form as the new season starts!

 

Snippets & Rumours


Jones joins Leyton Orient
30 Jun - 19 year-old goalkeeper Jamie Jones, released by Everton in May after failing to make the grade at Goodison, has signed for Leyton Orient.

Toon dig their heels in over Round
30 Jun - Steve Round's move from St James Park to Goodison Park appears to have stalled because Newcastle United are demanding compensation for their current first-team coach... even though his contract expires tomorrow and they haven't offered him a new deal.

Yobo's ankle injury needs rest
29 Jun - Joseph Yobo's decision to play all four of Nigeria's recent World Cup qualifiers with an ankle injury will likely not go down too well with David Moyes when he returns to pre-season training still suffering from the effects.

Macca: It's Everton... just!
29 Jun - In an Observer interview, Sir Paul McCartney just about leaves the fence where matters Blue and red are concerned: "I support them both... [but] if it comes down to a derby match or a crunch or an FA Cup final between the two, I would have to support Everton."

Ruleteros on City Talk tonight
28 Jun - John Keith will spend one hour this evening, between 6 and 7pm, on City Talk, talking to The Ruleteros Society, celebrating our Chilean counterparts' recent dramatic Championship title success. Will the two Everton sides ever come together on the pitch? Tune in!

When the Cheering Stops
27 Jun - James Corbett, author of on Everton: The School of Science — one of the best books written about Everton — is looking for interviewees for his new book, When the Cheering Stops.

Round given permission to speak to Everton
27 Jun - Newcastle United have given Everton permission to speak to their first team coach, Steve Round, about the vacant Assistant Manager's position at Goodison Park. Chelsea are also said to be interested as is Steve McLaren under whom Round worked in the England set-up.

Wyness calls for fairer revenue split
26 Jun - Keith Wyness has called on Uefa to address the huge disparity between prize-money allocation in the Champions League and Uefa Cup competitions. Uefa's Director of Communications, William Gaillard, however, revealed that the power lies with the old G14 clubs when he said they will "try to convince them" that more even distribution of money is in their best interests.

Hibbert keen to avoid surgery
26 Jun - Tony Hibbert is crossing his fingers that he won't have to undergo surgery on his knee after rupturing medial ligaments in the joint at Arsenal in May. He is doing light training right now until he can get the opinion of a specialist.

Uefa Cup run netted just £400k
23 Jun - As if the disparity between the Champions League and Uefa's other club competition wasn't apparent enough, figures from European football's governing body show that Everton's 10-match run to the last 16 of the Uefa Cup garnered the club a mere £400k... £32.5M less than Manchester United earned for winning the CL.

Bid on a Signed Arteta Photo
23 Jun - The newly revamped Grand Old Team forum, ToffeeWeb's official forum partner, are auctioning off a signed picture of Mikel Arteta with proceeds benefiting Cancer Research UK.

Bent move ruled out
23 Jun - Everton have quashed media speculation that they have lodged a bid to sign Tottenham misfit, Darren Bent.

Wessels heading back to Germany
21 Jun - Stefan Wessels is set to join German second division side Osnabruck after being released by Everton at the end this past season.

Henry works for Everton...
21 Jun - No, not that one... Tony Henry, ex-Man City player. According to Matin Tyler's blog, he performs the "Frank Arnesen roll" for Everton (Uh?) and is Moyes's man at he Euros. [From Andy Lea]

Nigerian Experience
19 Jun - Victor Anichebe talks about playing for Nigeria in the curent World Cup Qualifying series of international matches under way in Africa.

Talking up the Blues
17 Jun - Aston Villa's Nigel Reo-Coker has some nice things to say about Everton's progress under David Moyes, and the challenge of breaking into the Sky 4.

Yobo the goal machine
15 Jun - Joseph Yobo was on target again as Nigeria preserved their 100% start to their World Cup qualifying campaign. Joey's strike was enough to beat Equatorial Guinea in the Group 4 game.

Blues plan Swiss training camp
13 Jun - Everton will spend the early part of pre-season at a training camp in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland and could play a friendly against FC Sion at the Stade de L’Espérance while they're out there, although this is yet to be confirmed.

Petition calls for Kirkby examination
11 Jun - A petition calling on the Government to "call in" the Destination Kirkby project for examination has drawn 1,500 signatories thus far. If you feel strongly about the joint Tesco-Everton proposal, you can add your name by clicking here.

Ramsey chooses Arsenal
10 Jun - It seems Aaron Ramsey will choose Arsenal over European Champions Manchester United and "Premier League giants" Everton. His decision was, according to sources, not an easy one and Goodison was, apparently, his second choice destination ahead of Old Trafford.

Blues line up PSV friendly
9 Jun - Everton say that they are looking to arrange a friendly with Dutch giants, PSV Eindhoven, at Goodison Park on 9th August. The Blues have made home friendlies against top-class European opposition a regular curtain-raiser for the new season in recent years.

South Africa win
7 Jun - Steven Pienaar played a significant role in South Africa's 4-1 defeat of Equatorial Guinea before coming off after 83 mins.

Yobo squeezes in the winner
7 Jun - Joseph Yobo scrambled in a last-minute goal to hand Nigeria a second successive World Cup qualifying win as they beat Sierra Leone 1-0 away in Freetown on Saturday.

Ruleteros keen on all-Everton friendly
5 Jun - Newly-crowned Champions of Chile, CD Everton, want to arrange a friendly with the club from which they took their grand old name some time at the end of the year. The Ruleteros are hoping to succeed where fans have failed in igniting sufficient interest from the powers-that-be at Goodison in time for CD Everton's centenary year celebrations.

Fifa cap madness
5 Jun - Phil Jagielka's first cap was in doubt but now it has been confirmed after England used too many subs!!!

Ratcliffe: Everton best for Ramsey
5 Jun - Former Everton and Wales captain, Kevin Ratcliffe, believes that the greater opportunity for first-team football that the Blues can offer makes Goodison Park the best option for Cardiff prodigy Aaron Ramsey. The 17 year-old must choose between the three clubs from whom bids have been accepted by the Bluebirds: Everton, Manchester United and Arsenal. Mailbag Discussion.

Sefton object as well
5 Jun - Sefton Council also voted to lodge a formal objection to the retail development proposed in the Destination Kirkby project. More on this in the Daily Post

LLC to lodge objection
4 Jun - After proclaiming the opposite just two days ago, David Bartlett reports in the Daily Post that Liverpool City Council’s planning committee have voted unanimously to object to the £400m retail and stadium scheme known as Destination Kirkby. More details in this Echo story.

No Chang branding on junior kits
4 Jun - On the recommendation of the Portman Group and in accordance with their initiative to reduce underage drinking, Everton have announced that the Change name and logo will not feature on future junior kits.

LCC unlikely to lodge objection
2 Jun - Based on the 30% reduction in retail space at Destination Kirky, the Daily Post report that Liverpool City Council is no longer likely to formally object to the Tesco's regeneration scheme.

Jagielka debuts in England win
1 Jun - Phil Jagielka made his England debut this evening, coming on as a half-time substitute as England beat Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 in Port of Spain.

Sharing: not an option
31 May - In the Liverpool Echo, Tony Barrett takes Cllr Warren Bradley to task about his 'dream' of a shared stadium: "Everton want their own stadium and Liverpool want theirs and the vast majority of both sets of fans support continued separatism, so sharing simply isn't an option."

Pienaar injured in friendly
30 May - Steven Pienaar limped off injured from South Africa's 1-0 win over Swaziland in a Johnesburg friendly on Thursday.

Pre-season '08: Back to the USA
30 May - Everton will stage part of their pre-season preparations in Chicago, Illinois this summer with two friendly dates against Major League Soccer clubs: Chicago Fire on 30th July and Colorado Rapids on 3rd August. Friendlies against Preston, Nottingham Forest and Cambridge United have also been announced.

Club to launch new kit on 5 June
30 May - Everton will unveil the 2008/09 home kit on the Official website on Thursday 5th June.

CD Everton game postponed
30 May - CD Everton’s second-leg final match with Colo Colo, scheduled for this Saturday, has been postponed until Monday or Tuesday of next week as Chile enters 3 days of national mourning due to the death of its national police chief, General Bernales, in a helicopter accident in Panama. [John Shearon]

Deloitte Report on 2006-07
29 May - The state of English football finances has been under the scrutiny of Deloitte again, this time with an analysis of club accounts showing Everton 9th in the wages league based on the season before last, so it's a little out-dated.

Decision expected shortly
28 May - Keith Wyness has spoken of the planning process that must run its course, and the risk that it could potentially derail Destination Kirkby, if the project gets called in by the government.

Bradley restates his claims
27 May - Liverpool City Council leader, Warren Bradley claims he would work with Everton on redeveloping Goodison Park... if EFC made "a commitment". He has also talked to a couple of people about a shared stadium in the city.

Inspired by a love of the Blues
26 May - A TW reader stumbled across the website of the Cleveland Cobras soccer club and noticed something vaguely familiar about their crest. Turns out, the founder of said team is an ex-pat Blue who modelled the crest after that of his beloved Everton.

Howard joins calls for big spend
26 May - Tim Howard has added his voice to those at Everton calling on the Board to provide serious financial backing for David Moyes's squad-building plans this summer.

Harvey's biggest regret
24 May - Colin Harvey's biggest regret was not winning a trophy as Everton manager, despite picking up where Howard Kendall left off after his brief spell of greatest Everton success in the 1980s.

No imminent transfer business!!!
23 May - Buried in this glowing piece about Joleon Lescott is a worrying statement from Ian Doyle: "Though Everton continue to be linked with myriad transfer targets - the latest is Galatasary’s Arda Turan - the club are not expecting to do any imminent business." What do you think?

More money from Rooney deal
22 May - With Manchester United completing the Premier and Champions League double, Everton will get a further £1.5M from the Rooney transfer deal, bringing the total to £27¼M.

Downes joins Yeovil
21 May - Aidan Downes, one of the the Everton Academy youngsters released last week, will join Yeovil Town in July.

Robbed, I tell you!
21 May - Many TW contributors have been tracking the Right Result table which has shown for a while that bad decisions don't always even out over a season, and now ex-referee Jeff Winter's "League of Injustice" adds fuel to the belief that Everton were pretty hard done by this past season. Both tables have the Blues finishing comfortably fourth. [Thanks to Tom Corcoran]

Fined for more fan trouble
20 May - Everton have suffered a second fine — this time 10,000 Swiss Francs, imposed by Uefa for trouble caused by fans without tickets ahead of the 1st leg match against Fiorentina.

Illegal Interference claim
19 May - The First4Kirkby party, who failed to win a seat in Knowsley Borough Council elections, have passed a dossier to police claiming that Tesco and Everton deliberately intervened in the political debate by circulating a DVD and a glossy leaflet promoting 'Destination Kirkby' in an attempt to subvert the democratic process.

Reality TV winner to join Academy
16 May - 19 year-old hopeful, Jin Hui, will join Everton's Academy after being chosen from thousands of youngsters at trails for a Soccer Prince, a reality TV programme in China last year.

More Kirkby consultations
16 May - Revised plans for Destination Kirkby, showing reduced retail space, are out for consultations with local authorities and others until 5 June.

English coaches too insular
16 May - Joe Royle, the last English manager to lift the FA Cup, in 1995, shares his thoughts on home-grown managers ahead of Saturday's FA Cup Final that sees Everton old boy Davie Jones up against 'Appy 'Arry Redknapp.

Gardner joins Goodison exodus
15 May - Anthony Gardner, signed on loan in January as cover following the departure of Alan Stubbs to Derby, will return to Tottenham this month after David Moyes elected not to make his move permanent. The defender leaves without having made a first-team appearance for the Blues.

Zenit lift Uefa Cup
14 May - Zenit St Petersburg, who Everton beat in the group stages, lifted the Uefa Cup in Manchester after some gloriously positive attacking football finally defeated Walter Smith's classically dour Scottish negativity.

Another year for Nuno
14 May - Everton have extendedd Nuno Valente's contract for another year to provide cover for the left-back position.

Lescott best shot converter
14 May - Those pesky Opta stats show that the star Premier League player in converting shots to goals was not a striker but our own Joleon Lescott,, followed by our own ace, The Yak!

Uefa Cup earnings
13 May - Estimates of Everton's income from their Uefa Cup campaign this season range for £500k to £3M.

Moyes mulling over Fernandes
12 May - "Fernandes has been much improved, he passed the ball well at Arsenal and did the same again today (against Newcastle)," said the Everton manager. "Like last year, he's got better as time has gone on. We're going to assess his situation in the next week or so. I have got a few ideas which I'm thinking about."

Gravesen & Wessels depart
11 May - David Moyes confirmed today that Tommy Gravesen will leave Everton and return to Celtic after being on loan for most of the season. Another player leaving is back-up goalie Stefan Wessels.

Kenwright "seething"
11 May - Bill Kenwright was said to be “seething” over stories that there is uncertainty over Moyes’ future and will seek urgent talks with David Moyes today over claims that the club are dragging their heels over the manager’s new contract.

Problems for Hibbert & Lescott
10 May - Joleon Lescott needs injections (steroids? HGH?) to "strengthen" the knee that lost him an entire season with Wolves in 2003-04, while Tony Hibbert could be out for three months with his bad knee after playing on with medial ligament damage in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal last week.

10 years ago today
10 May - As Everton gear up for a last-day date with destiny of a different kind, it's a decade to the day since Gareth Farrelly's unexpected wonder-goal kept Everton in the top flight for the second time in four years. Gareth's in intensive care following illness at the moment — get well soon!

Damn that internet!
9 May - It helps if you are threatening legal action that you get the right target. Everton's recent letter threatening legal action against vociferous opponents of Destination Kirkby, KEIOC, cited keioc.com — turns out to be the website of a Japanese orthodontist — and not keioc.net, their intended target... Ooops!

Wyness: Moyes talks going well
8 May - Everton CEO, Keith Wyness, insists that talks with David Moyes regarding an extension to his current contract are going well and that, "there is absolutely no problem there at all."

Finally, Arteta has surgery
7 May - After being told for months that Mikel Arteta did not need surgery to fix the problem that has dogged him since October, and reduced his performances to a pale shadow of what we know he can do... Guess What?! He's finally had surgery to fix his niggling stomach/groin muscle problem and will hopefully be fit for pre-season training in July

Valente staying for another year
6 May - Nuno Valente, 33, is set to sign a new contract at Everton and will commit himself for a further year at the club.

The pressure is off!
3 May - After Saturday's games, Everton need just a point from their last two matches — perhaps not even that — to secure 5th place in the Premier League and qualification for the Uefa Cup next season. Aston Villa, the biggest threat in the chasing pack, crashed 2-0 in a must-win game at home to Wigan. Portsmouth also lost 2-0 at Boro.

Goodison lights up for Madeleine
3 May - Goodison Park will be floodlit for half an hour after 9:30pm this evening to mark the first anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the four year-old Blue of whom there is still no trace after she was apparently snatched from her bed in the Portuguese Algarve.

Moyes settles Rooney libel case
2 May - David Moyes has apparently settled his libel action against Wayne Rooney and Harper Collins, the publisher of his autobiography which contained allegations that the Everton manager felt, "injured his professional and personal reputation and caused serious embarrassment and distress".

Tickets: Wanted and For Sale
2 May - For those interested, there's been a flurry of requests for tickets to the Arsenal, Newcastle and Uefa Cup Final games on our Bulletin Board.

AJ: Be a pest in the Box!
2 May - David Moyes is looking for Andy Johnson to ditch the "nice guy" routine and revert to being much more of a pest in the penalty box. What better place to do it than at Arsenal — since Wenger's diving jibe, AJ has resigned himself to being a corner-ball chaser and has not been awarded a single penalty.

The Croke Park Parallel
30 Apr - KEIOC recently interviewed Peter McKenna, Stadium Director for Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, about the decision to redevelop the stadium in a "landlocked", residential locale rather than a greenfield site as Everton plan to do in Kirkby. His answers return regularly to the benefits of staying in a thriving city and staying true to tradition and history.

Downes to stay with Yeovil?
29 Apr - Everton Youth Academy striker, Aidan Downes, 19, is out of contract in the summer, and seems likely to convert his current loan spell at Yeovil into a permanent move.

Carsley expected to stay
28 Apr - Lee Carsely is apparently keen to sign on for another year at Goodison Park after his current contract expires this summer.

Blues fail to press home advantage
27 Apr - A draw against a resurgent Villa, who were coming off a run of results that had brought them to within touching distance of an Everton side for whom fifth place or better seemed a mere formality a couple of weeks ago, is a decent result, particularly when you factor in just how poor the Blues have been in recent weeks.

It shouldn't disguise, however, a highly disappointing first-half display or the fact that, having led twice, Moyes's boys should have closed the game out and virtually assured Uefa Cup football for next season.

Match report by Lyndon Lloyd...

Johnson rejects paper “rubbish”
27 Apr - Andy Johnson says he is angered by fresh newspaper reports suggesting that he is set to leave Goodison this summer after "falling down the pecking order" at Everton.

KEIOC hold ground-move survey
25 Apr - As details of the Destination Kirkby project stray further from the proposal described at the time of the August ballot, Keep Everton in Our City have launched an online survey to gauge how fans are currently feeling about the issue.

Who's the greatest of them all?
25 Apr - Today marks the first anniversary of the untimely death of an Everton legend, Little Curly Alan Ball. Rumours that he and Dixie have been linking up in unbeatable fashion for Everton Angels in the Firmament Premier League remain unconfirmed...

MP retracts call-in threat
24 Apr - Citing numerous improvements in plans for Tesco's Kirkby town centre regeneration project that includes Everton's new stadium, George Howarth, MP for Knowsley North, has retracted his threats to have the scheme called in and now put his weight behind the project, saying he would oppose a public enquiry because of the damage and cost it will cause.

Foot surgery for Cahill
23 Apr - Tim Cahill has returned to Australia for surgery to fix his problematic metatarsal that keeps breaking. He will recuperate for 12 weeks and may be ready to play for Everton again at the beginning of next season.

Kirkby facing government scrutiny
22 Apr - A senior government source has suggested that the Tesco/Everton retail and stadium project is likely to be “called in” by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which could delay the scheme or even kill it altogether. Tesco, meanwhile, have bought out Development Securities' interests in Kirkby's existing town centre for £65m, thereby eliminating a rival proposal for its redevelopment.

Not so sweet for bottom 16
20 Apr - Paul Wilson of The Observer isn't the first to pen a prescient view of the distinctly un-level playing field of the current Premier League but the disparities between the "big four" and the rest bear repeat highlighting.

Gosling injury held him back
19 Apr - Dan Gosling would have been part of Everton's first team squad by now but for a cartilage tear that needed a month's rest.

One in the eye for City kids
19 Apr - Man City's Youth team have just won the FA Youth Cup and secured top slot in the NW secton of the FA Premier Youth League. But that did not stop the Everton Academy youngsters sticking it to them with an excellent 1-0 win on their turf, thanks to an early Luis Codling goal, to end the season in fine style.

Running out of steam
19 Apr - It may be obvious to everyone and his mother that Everton do not have an once of steam left in the boiler as they struggle to recover from their Uefa Cup exit a month ago. Nevertheless, Phil Jagielka thinks they have not run out of steam. Well, Phil, quit blabbing about it and instead prove it on the field.

Brian Harris Obituary
17 Apr - James Corbett has drawn our attention to his wonderful memorial for an Everton great who passed away two months ago. This was published in The Guardian somewhat belatedly last week...

Ressies end with a loss
15 Apr - Everton's Youth Academy players, masquerading as "The Reserves" slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Blackburn in the 18th and final game of the season.

Grass greener in London for Phillip?
15 Apr - According to the Evening Standard, word is that Philip Green, long-time friend of Bill Kenwright and broker of Robert Earl's investment in EFC, could be looking to shift his financial interest from Everton to Tottenham Hotspur.

Codling hat-trick for Academy
15 Apr - Lewis Codling fired an impressive hat-trick as Everton's Under -18 Academy team beat Barnsley 6-1 at Finch Farm on Saturday.

Arteta happy to stay
15 Apr - “I am not thinking of returning to Spain. I am very happy here and want to stay for more seasons." He also cited the relative calm in dealing with the press here vs in Spain...

Pienaar: 48 hrs to deal
14 Apr - Everton will complete the signing of Steven Pienaar on a permanent deal "within 48 hours".

Hard pitches causing injuries
13 Apr - David Moyes wonders if some of the injuries his players have suffered are due to hard training pitches...

Gran fights back
12 Apr - A grandmother from Kirkby whose house will be demolished to make way the Everton's new stadium and a Tesco megastore has applied for planning permission to demolish Sir Terry Leahy's 1930s mansion in Cuffley, Hertfordshire, and replace it with a community garden!

Yobo on standby for Olympics
10 Apr - After losing him for a month in January, Everton may have to start the 2008-09 season without Joseph Yobo if the defender is called upon by Nigeria to join their Olympic squad in Beijing as one of three permitted "over-age" (i.e. over 23) players.

Arsenal clash moved for Sky
10 Apr - Everton's game against Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium, originally scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, 3rd May, has now been moved to 1:30pm on Sunday the 4th for live screening by Sky Sports.

Beattie not treated well
10 Apr - Presumably emboldened by the fact that he's scored a hatful of goals in the Championship, James Beattie says in a radio interview that "I wasn't being treated very well," in reference to his time at Everton. Moyes responds.

Ruddy wins PotM award
8 Apr - John Ruddy, Everton's reserve-team goalkeeper who is currently on loan at promotion-chasing Stockport County, has been named as League Two Player of the Month following a string of impressive performances that includes five clean sheets in six games.

Everton lose Youth Leader
8 Apr - Derby County have persuaded Everton's head of youth recruitment Phill Cannon to become their new Academy manager.

Spencer returns from loan
7 Apr - Scott Spencer has returned to Everton after what sounds like a somewhat unimpressive loan spell at Macclesfield Town, where he made just three sub appearances.

Job done... but only just
6 Mar - Everton won in the Premier League for the first time in a month and closed the gap between themselves and Liverpool to three points but there was very little to inspire confidence as David Moyes's charges did just enough to overcome relegated Derby County at Goodison Park. Match report by Lyndon Lloyd.

Young Blues secure second
5 Apr - With two more games left to play. Everton's Under-18 Academy side have secured second place in the FA Premier Youth Academy (Northwest Section) League table thanks to a 2-0 away win over Middlesbrough.

Election ructions in Kirkby
5 Apr - The row over Everton's new stadium proposals as part of Kirkby town centre regeneration is expected to trigger big local election turnout with new party 1st4Kirby providing a choice in many previously uncontested wards.

Arteta reassures Everton
5 Apr - Mikel Arteta has apologised to David Moyes for his agent’s comments which caused fears about his long term future with Everton this week. He has reassured the club he has no intention of leaving.

Watch the 'People's Legend' trailer
4 Apr - The first trailer for "Dixie: The People's Legend" has been cut and is available for view on the Tabacula blog. A second trailer for the documentary about England's greatest goalscorer is in production.

Derby tickets still available
4 Mar - Tickets are still available for Sunday's increasingly important match-up with Derby County. Buy online at evertonfc.com, call 0870 442 1878 (press option 3 then 3 again), or visit the Park End Box Office.

Tough time in the housing market
3 Apr - It boasts a Grade II listing and has been done out with all the style and panache one would expect of a modern-day Premier League footballer. And yet, for some inexplicable reason, Phil Neville's luxurious mansion home is still available three months after he and his wife, Julie, put it on the market for a mere £4M.

Bestway were 'stonewalled' by EFC
1 Apr - Malcolm Carter, head of Property at Bestway, has spoken of his frustration at the way his proposal for the Scotland Road "loop" site was treated by Everton FC: "I was... stone-walled... by Everton['s] Directors and to make things worse most all that was said publicly regarding the Bestway site by Everton... or it's representatives was so inaccurate that so often it genuinely beggared belief and surprised me.”

Police to investigate derby incidents
1 Apr - Dave Lewis, Merseyside police's football liaison officer, will lead talks concerning incidents that took place during Sunday's derby at Anfield, specifically chants directed at Steven Gerrard and home fans spitting at and allegedly punching Phil Neville.

KEIOC open letter to Wyness
1 Apr - The Keep Everton In Our City group have responded to Everton CEO Keith Wyness' threat of legal action against them by inviting him and his team to debate the proposed relocation of the Club out to Kirkby. An Open Letter to Keith Wyness can be found here.

Pienaar to undergo scan
31 Mar - Yet more injury worries for David Moyes. Steven Pienaar limped away from Anfield on crutches yesterday after taking a blow to the leg that may require an x-ray to see if there has been any damage beyond bruising.

Arteta's agent mouths off
31 Mar - Mikel Arteta's agent has stated that his player would be a regular for Spain if he played for a top four English or Spanish club rather than for Everton. This is after he recently agreed a new four-year contract for his player...

“I've got an idea...”
31 Mar - ... why not share a new stadium?? Alan Nixon of The Mirror attends a derby match and has a brainwave!

Oooh, those nasty Everton fans
31 Mar - The Telegraph lead with it in the title, The Sun react with typical biased and laughable indignation to taunts by Everton's fans aimed at Steven Gerrard's family life. No mention of the Liverpool fans spitting at Phil Neville or Stevie G's own blatant stamp on Lee Carsley's knee. Media-driven, "Sky Four" bias? You betcha...

Liverpool 1 - 0 Everton
30 Mar - Match report by Lyndon Lloyd

Everton must put hoodoo to bed
29 Mar - Brian Viner: "[T]here comes a point at which Evertonians no longer want to be regarded as plucky over-achievers, standing on tiptoes to knock at the door of the so-called "Big Four". It is time to reclaim the club's birthright as one of English football's powerhouses..." Also: the disparity of resources between Blue and red illustrated.

The original and best derby
28 Mar - David Prentice: "TV sets will be turned on all over the country at four o’clock on Sunday, to see tension, passion, a confetti of yellow cards, possibly one or two red — and hopefully several goals to savour."

Internet Blues fly the flag
28 Mar - Of the 15 Premier League fanzines shortlisted for the Football Fanzine Awards, three (ToffeeWeb, Bluekipper and WSAG) are devoted to Everton, more than any other club. Three of 10 nominees for Best Writer are also Blues.

Everton, Chelsea united in anger
28 Mar - Everton and Chelsea have reacted in dismay at the Premier League's decision to move their game at Goodison Park back to Thursday 17th April to accommodate Sky TV's broadcast schedule. Both clubs see it as handing an advantage to their rivals and an ominous precedent. Football, football, watch the football on Sky!

The best is still to come
28 Mar - "The best moments are still to come; that is how I always look at it. I really hope that is true at Everton. I'm looking, I suppose, for perfection. I am always told that I am very intense,.... Intensity comes with the job because I am determined to succeed. I work hard and I am very determined." – David Moyes

Cahill out for the season?
27 Mar - The deafening silence from EFC regarding the condition of Tim Cahill is being widely interpreted as confirmation that he will miss the rest of the season through a recurrence of the metatarsal injury/break he sustained last March. He is expected to be out for as long as 12 weeks.

Downes gets Yeovil trial
27 Mar - Promising Everton Academy youngster from Ireland, Aiden Downes, 19, has been snapped up by Yeovil Town on loan until the end of the season.

Anichebe scores on his debut
26 Mar - Victor Anichebe came off the bench to score on his debut for Nigeria as the so-called "Dream Team" secured the final African slot for the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer with a 3-0 win over South Africa.

Slowly slowly with Vaughany
25 Mar - David Moyes has no intention of rushing James Vaughan back into the team after what was a minor knee operation to solve a small cartilige problem. It seems he is unlikely to play again this season..

Rodwell on target in U-17s draw
25 Mar - Everton's Jack Rodwell scored the only goal for England U-17s as they were held to a 1-1 draw by France in their first game of the Elite Round Tournament in Tel Aviv.

Reserves edged out by Bolton
25 Mar - A late goal consigned Everton Reserves to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Bolton Wanderers at the Halton Stadium after Steven Morrisson had brought them back from 2-0 down. Nuno Valente and Anthony Gardner were the only senior players on duty.

Season ticket renewal period opens
25 Mar - The club have announced "early bird" discounts of 10% on next season's prices for season ticket renewals before 19th April, with an extra £10 off if you purchase online.

Nigerian debut for Big Vic
25 Mar - Victor Anichebe is expected to make his debut for Nigeria when he plays in their Under-23 Olympic qualifier against South Africa on Wednesday.

No Peanuts for Paraguay
23 Mar - Steven Pienaar has withdrawn from South Africa's squad for Wednesday's friendly against Paraguay because of a bout of 'flu that caused him to miss the West Ham game.

Moyes: I have no plans to leave
23 Mar - David Moyes says, "There shouldn’t be any fear among supporters that I’ll be leaving. It is not... anything I have ever considered,” though he was cautious to point out that much depends on the Board's fiscal plans come the summer.

Score one for Moyes
23 Mar - David Moyes has won his libel case against Wayne Rooney and his ghost writer, Hunter Davies, in a writ that could cost the publisher, Harper Collins, in excess of £500k, of which Moyes could personally receive as much as £150k. Rooney accused his former manager of leaking personal information to the press and forcing him out of Everton.

Buckley ... so close
21 Mar - Another Dortmund player, Delron Buckley, who is now captaining his team into the German Cup Final, almost signed for Everton in August 2006 after a two week trial: “I wanted to sign and Everton wanted me, but they had spent their transfer budget.”

Everton won't be keeping Gravesen
20 Mar - Not surprisingly given his fleeting appearances in a Blue jersey this season, Everton will not be taking Thomas Gravesen off Celtic's hands on a permanent basis at the end of the season.

Everton fined for pitch invasion
20 Mar - Uefa have fined Everton £2,500 for the role of the club and their fans in the pitch invasion after the SK Brann group game in Bergen, Norway.

Boyle's loan extended
20 Mar - Defender Patrick Boyle will stay on loan at Crewe Alexandra for a third month.

One for the future?
19 Mar - Everton have snapped up ace young keeper Harry Yates of Didsbury Road Primary and The Vipers... that's SEVEN years young!!! His parents have snubbed Liverpool and Man U in favour of Everton's Academy.

Community liaison moves forward
19 Mar - The first public community liaison meeting for Destination Kirkby took place at a Kirkby Secondary School last night, with representatives of Everton and Tesco meeting various community groups to share views about the proposed new stadium development.

Johnson has a groin strain
18 Mar - "AJ had a scan on Monday and it revealed what we thought it would. The player has a groin strain and we'll do everything we can to get him fit before the weekend."

Rodwell signs for 2 years
17 Mar - Teenager defender Jack Rodwell has signed a two-year professional deal with Everton after he turned 17 last week.

Moyes disappointed with performance
16 Mar - "We are just going to try and win as many as we can and keep going. We've been on a great run but today was not one of our better performances. The players have been terrific but today we dropped below the high standards we have set. I am disappointed with today's game."

Vaughan's operation a success
15 Mar - The operation in Colorado USA, to correct a problem in James Vaughan’s left knee was a success and he will be returning to training sooner rather than later...

Cahill has a hip problem
14 Mar - Tim Cahill was missing from action against fiorentina on Wednesday with a hip problem that will preclude him from the squad for Sunday's game at Fulham.

Abel Xavier... filmstar?
14 Mar - Xavier will star as a hitman in the forthcoming (straight-to-DVD) release Without Fear. His character is a vicious killer, turned evil by a childhood experience involving his mother and a rogue gang of goat herders... Can't wait!

Everton the brave
13 Mar - A nice write-up in The Times about last night's oh-so-near Uefa Cup heroics. The Daily Mail's headline, meanwhile, is deceptively snide as there's plenty of praise from them too.

Injuries are hurting Blues
10 Mar - David Moyes bemoaned the number of players out injured (Ferandes, Osman, Valente, Vaughan) and those playing with injuries, bizarrely stating that "maybe our squad isn't as big as we thought it was."

Arteta looking to bounce back
8 Mar - After playing most of the second half against Fiorentina, Mikel Arteta says that he didn't feel any reaction from the groin and stomach injury that has hampered him in recent weeks. He hopes to now get back to full fitness.

Moyes dismayed by sub-par display
7 Mar - David Moyes admits that his side simply weren't good enough on the night against Fiorentina and says that they'll have to play infinitely better in the second leg on Wednesday.

Spencer joins Macclesfield on loan
7 Mar - Scott Spencer has been loaned out for a second spell this season. The striker has joined Macclesfield Town for a month after completing a similar loan at Yeovil Town.

Krøldrup could not cope
6 Mar - Per Krøldrup, now with Fiorentina, has told the Echo of his difficulties fitting in to the Everton team when a hernia problem meant he could not play. And when he eventually did, English football was too fast and physical for him.

Jags puts self-doubt behind him
5 Mar - Phil Jagielka speaks in the Echo about how he was wracked by self-doubt in the early part of the season, fears he surmounted with reassurance from his manager and some top-class displays at centre back.

Apology from Cahill
4 Mar - Tim Cahill has publicly apologised for any offence he may have caused by his goal celebration on Sunday. "[It] was only intended to signify to my brother that I was thinking of him and missing him."

Fiorentina TV details
4 Mar - The extent of the televised coverage of the first leg against Fiorentina as we know it — ITV4 will be screening it in the UK — is listed on our Everton on TV page.

Everton deflect Cahill criticism
3 Mar - Everton say that how Tim Cahill celebrates his goals is up to him, as long as it doesn't result in disciplinary action from the referee. There has been much hand-wringing over his controversial "handcuffs" celebration against Portsmouth, a message of support for his brother who is serving 6 years in a London prison for assault.

Gardner features in Reserves loss
3 Mar - Anthony Gardner made his first appearance in Everton blue and Iain Turner played for the first time since recovering from a prolonged back injury but the Reserves conceded some late goals and went down 3-0 to Newcastle this evening.

Bill dismisses Moyes speculation
3 Mar - Bill Kenwright has dismissed mischief-making in the press and insists that he will sit down to discuss terms on a new contract for David Moyes when time allows.

The Ghosts of Heysel
2 Mar - In The Telegraph Patrick Barclay takes a somewhat different tack regarding Everton's return to being a top team under the guidance provided by David Moyes, 20+ years after the injustice of the Heysel ban.

Moyes adds flair to industry
2 Mar - Another highly complimentary article on Everton's continuing improvement under David Moyes, this one from The Scotsman, noting that the team is unbeaten in 2008 (well... apart that is from a slightly embarrassing home defeat to Oldham Athletic!)

Opportunity knocks...
1 Mar - Everton have another great chance to cement 4th place in the Premier League table and stay in touch with Chelsea (who battered West Ham 4-0) after Villa and City could only manage draws today. Blackburn are back in the fray after a hilarious last-minute win at Newcastle but Everton control 4th place with all to play for...

The “seeds” of success
1 Mar - Everton's excellent Uefa Cup run so far has pushed their team co-efficient past the 40-point mark and added an extra incentive to claim 4th place in the Premier League — based on last season's Champions League qualifying rounds, a co-efficient circa 40 would see the Blues seeded in the 3rd qualifying round.

Everton gaining recognition
29 Feb - Old Echo correspondent Phil McNulty writes on the BBC 606 website about Everton gaining overdue recognition.

It's Ladies' Night
28 Feb - Everton Ladies ended Arsenal's 57-match unbeaten run to win the Women's Premier League Cup this evening.

Gretna win at last
27 Feb - Gretna have won their first game since John-Paul Kissock arrived last month, with the young Everton loanee setting up one of their four goals against Kilmarnock from a corner.

Gardner in training
27 Feb - Anthony Gardner has finally started training, a month after joining Everton on loan from Spurs. He has been recovering from an operation on his ankle back in January.

Everton apply for Intertoto
27 Feb - Everton have safeguarded their chances for European football next season by adding their name to the list of clubs willing to play in the Intertoto Cup.

Last chance to vote TW
27 Feb - Voting in the Football Fanzine Awards, in which ToffeeWeb has been nominated in four categories, closes today.

Man City Res 4 - 2 Everton
26 Feb - Everton Reserves struggled against their Man City rivals, going down 3-0 inside the first 20 mins. Everton ralllied after the break with a goal from James Vaughan. Steve Morrison scored from spot in the last minute.

Arteta expected to play on Sunday
26 Feb - David Moyes says he expects Mikel Arteta to be fit for the visit of Portsmouth on Sunday after the Spaniard had further treatment on a troublesome stomach muscle injury for the second time this month.

More database malarkey
26 Feb - Due to server problems, the database that controls the Mailbag, articles, Bulletin Board, etc is currently inaccessible. We appreciate your patience as we try to work with our beloved hosts to resolve this issue.

Moyes relishes selection challenge
25 Feb - David Moyes is pleased to have most of his first-choice players fit for tonght's massive game at Manchester City, and talks a little about the need for squad rotation. He confirms also that Leighton Baines will be his long-term pick as Everton left-back.

Moyes slams “racist” slurs
24 Feb - David Moyes has rightly slammed the idiots who called his tongue-in-check jibe about Yakubu's age "racist". It is widely known that difficulties over registration of births in Nigeria mean many people's ages are in doubt. This is a national administrative problem — NOT a racism issue.

Sense of humour by-pass in Abuja
23 Feb - The Nigerian FA have written a "strongly-worded complaint" to Lancaster Gate to protest David Moyes's tongue-in-cheek reference to Yakubu's age after Thursday's goal-fest at Goodison. Failing to see the funny side, they want Moyes scanctioned for his comments.

McFadden wanted to play
22 Feb - James McFadden has explained why he turned down more money at Everton "for doing basically nothing" and chose instead to get into the team at Birmingham City. The Scot scored both goals in his new club's 2-2 draw with Arsenal today.

Ruddy out on loan again
22 Feb - Reserves keeper John Ruddy has gone out on loan again for the sixth time in his Everton career, and his second spell with Stockport County.

Brian Harris Obituary
21 Feb - A superb tribute to Brian Harris in The Independent from Everton writer Ivan Ponting.

Sensible words from Moyes
21 Feb - “I can’t answer if we are the real deal yet. We’ll know at the end of the season. We’re pleased with the progress, but I can’t get carried away ... The most important quarter of the season is to come. I’ve always said that a manager’s job is to raise expectations at a football club. I still want to keep a lid on it though, and make sure we have something to talk about at the end of the season rather than now."

Bellefield money restriction
20 Feb - In conditionally approving a housing development on Bellefield, Everton's old training ground, Liverpool CIty Council planners are requiring that the Club puts all the proceeds towards the cost of a new stadium.

Carsley to get new contract
20 Feb - Lee Carsley, 34, is set to be offered a new contract well before the end of the season, despite his advancing age.

McCartney is a Blue
21 Feb - Sir Paul McCartney has confirmed he has been an Everton supporter since he was a boy.

Brian Harris, RIP
17 Feb - Brian Harris, a member of the famous 1966 FA Cup winning team, has passed away peacefully in his Chepstow home. He was 72, was regarded as one of the game's gentlemen and will be greatly missed.

Anthony Gardner: injury-prone
16 Feb - Brought in on loan while still suffering from the after-effects of a broken ankle, Anthony Gardner has not even trained with his new team-mates yet. But that is all set to change in 10 days' time...

Davey looking for help from Davie
16 Feb - Barnsley manager Simon Davey has been quizzing his friend David Moyes for clues on how to beat Liverpool in today's FA Cup 5th Round clash at Anfield, with Everton also providing training facilities for the Tykes at Finch Farm.

Vote ToffeeWeb!
15 Feb - You've nominated us, now is your chance to vote for ToffeeWeb in the 2007/08 Football Fanzine Awards in the categories of Best Premier League Fanzine, Best Editor, Best Blog, and Best Writer, the latter category featuring a number of our regular contributors.

Yak says Moyes was very angry
14 Feb - Yakubu has described David Moyes as being very angry about his absence without leave which he explains was for "personal reasons". The player says he has apologised to his teammates and promises the fans it'll never happen again.

Little love for Everton from da meejah
14 Feb - The Telegraph at least acknowledges the tremendous strides taken by the Blues in the Uefa Cup this season, The Times gets it about right but Nick Harris in The Independent is downright churlish in his assessment of last night's game. Andy Hunter in The Guardian was also unimpressed.

Boyle extends loan at Crewe
13 Feb - Everton have agreed to extend Patrick Boyle's loan at Crewe Alexandra for another month.

Blues in high places
11 Feb - The Official Site spoke to new Culture Secretary Andy Burnham, a lifelong Blue, about his desire to see both Liverpool clubs feted equally in this year's Capital of Culture celebrations. No mention of his opposition to the Kirkby stadium, though...

Gosling in for Reserves
11 Feb - With the Reserves weakened by five loan deals, Dan Gosling is on the teamsheet for the home game against Middlesbrough tonight.

Kissock debuts for Gretna
10 Feb - John Paul Kissock kicked off his loan spell at SPL side Gretna with 90 mins in a debut that turned into a 0-2 loss at Hearts.

“Critical phase” for Destination Kirkby
9 Feb - As the Tesco/Everton Destination Kirkby proposal enters a critical phase before the planning application goes before committee on 18th April, Keith Wyness has written to Kirkby-based Evertonians to voice their support for the project while the Liberal Democrats plan to object to what they see as a proposal "hopelessly skewed" towards EFC's stadium.

Arteta's priorities still lie with Everton
9 Feb - "Everyone tells me [getting international recognition] would be easier for me if I played in Spain. But it's too much to lose. I'm settled here, I'm happy, I love this club and I wouldn't leave just for that." Amen, padre.

Moyes not comfortable with “39th game” idea
8 Feb - David Moyes says that the idea of playing an additional Premier League game each season on foreign soil needs more thought as he is "not comfortable with the format" as currently proposed. The Football Supporters Federation, meanwhile, are leading the grassroots opposition to the plan with their NO TO GAM£ 39 campaign and David Conn in The Guardian makes some valid points about the prime motivation: money.

Subs allowance upped for 2008/09
8 Feb - Premier League teams will be allowed to name seven substitutes for matches starting next season after the majority of member clubs approved the proposal.

Last chance to nominate TW
8 Jan - The deadline for nominations for the Football Fanzine Awards is today so if you think ToffeeWeb deserves some recognition, you can let the folks at Football Fans Census know.

Is the Yak now officially AWOL?
7 Feb - The Daily Mail, The Independent and The Times report that Yakubu faces an £80,000 fine and the wrath of David Moyes after failing to report for training yesterday. Joseph Yobo flew back from Ghana straight away but Yakubu and a few other Nigeria players planned on taking a couple of days with family in Lagos before heading back to their clubs.

Wyness interested in overseas idea
7 Jan - CEO Keith Wyness says of the proposal to add a 39th Premier League game staged overseas: "Its imperative we always consider new options and this is certainly a new and interesting option." Many UK fans aren't convinced and the Daily Mail's Matt Lawton is appalled.

Everton out of Liverpool Senior Cup
7 Feb - Everton Reserves lost 1-0 to Liverpool Reserves in the quarter finals of the Liverpool Senior Cup, a game in which Dan Gosling donned a Blue jersey for the first time.

Lescott stays out of harm's way
6 Feb - Joleon Lescott was an un-used substitute in England's 2-1 win over Switzerland which marked Fabio Capello's first game in charge. Tim Howard played for the US as they were twice pegged back by Mexico in a 2-2 draw in Houston, TX.

Cahill scores in Socceroos win
6 Feb - Tim Cahill scored once and had a very good game overall by all accounts as Australia beat Qatar 3-0 in their opening World Cup quailfier in Melbourne.

Les Incompetents benched by FA?
6 Feb - Referee Alan Wiley and linesman Glenn Turner will not be officiating this weekend, apparently in response to their horrendous gaffes in Everton's game at Blackburn on Saturday.

GrandOldTeam celebrates one year
5 Feb - GrandOldTeam.com, ToffeeWeb's official Forum partner, is a year old today.

Pienaar rubbishes feigned injury talk
3 Feb - Steven Pienaar has branded as "nonsense" suggestions that he feigned injury in training in order to miss South Africa's final AFCoN group game and be fit to return to immediate action for Everton.

Yobo and Yak out of AFCoN
3 Feb - As expected Nigeria succumbed to the Africa Cup of Nations hosts, Ghana, losing 2-1 in this evening's Quarter Final. It means that Joseph Yobo and Yakubu, who scored the Super Eagles' penalty, will be returning to Merseyside to prepare for next weekend's home game with Reading.

“It was onside”
2 Feb - "It was onside", said David Moyes of the incredible decision produced by an errant linesman who had already riled Arteta and been overruled by the referee. The bizarre decision to rule out what looked like a perfectly good goal that was all down to Vaughan's brilliant tenacity and it left Everton rueing two more lost points.

Moyes — charges dropped by FA!
2 Feb - Something very fishy about the FA's decision to drop all charges against David Moyes after his post-derby comments aimed most firmly at the inept performance of referee Mark Clattenburg. "The game was not decided by the players but by the referee", offered Moyes, adding, "Didn't Clattenburg go to Hong Kong with Liverpool for the Asia Cup this summer? Maybe he wants to be their friend." Perhaps the FA would prefer not to open this particular can of worms?

Moyes ambition returning to the fore
2 Jan - Despite receiving the next tranche of Sky millions last month, it was a frugal January for Everton but David Moyes says that this summer and how much cash is made available to him for more signings of Yakubu's quality will provide a clear indication of the Board's ambition. Speaking of the club's momentum towards regularly challenging the top four, the manager says, "It would be unforgivable if it fell apart now." Much more like it...

Liverpool still on for 4th
1 Feb - Not the kind of fighting talk you really want to be hearing from the Everton manager as we we move toward the final third of the season, but Moyes, as ever, seems to either be paying too much respect to our arch rivals or not wanting to put too much pressure on his players.

It's up to Cahill — or his hamstring
31 Jan - David Moyes says that while he would prefer that Tim Cahill didn't travel for Australia's World Cup qualifier against Qatar in Melbourne next week, the decision is ultimately down to the player himself. He would miss the Blackburn and Reading games if he does go but that might depend on the hamstring injury he's currently nursing.

Lescott called up for England again
31 Jan - Joleon Lescott has been called up to the England national squad by new manager Fabio Capello. James Vaughan is included in the U-21s squad.

Anderson secures Barnsley switch
31 Jan - Anderson Silva de Franca is officially a Barnsley player after securing a deadline-day move from Everton. The Brazilian impressed the Tykes in three separate loan spells before Christmas but, having "max-ed" out his loan quota, the only way he could return to Oakwell was in a permanent transfer.

Anderson barely figured for Everton despite a protracted move and was an un-used substitute in last night's 0-0 draw with Tottenham.

Pienaar heading home... injured
31 Jan - Steven Pienaar's involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations is over after South Africa, needing a miracle to progress, were eliminated at the group stage following a 1-1 draw with Senegal. Pienaar did not play a part in Bafana Bafana's final game after taking a knock to his ankle in training yesterday.

Pienaar suffers ankle injury
31 Jan - Steven Pienaar hobbled away from South Africa's training session yesterday with his ankle heavily strapped following a collision with Sibusiso Zuma. Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira doesn't believe it was serious, however, and hasn't ruled him out of this evening's AFCoN game against Senegal.

Moyes suggests AFCON break
30 Jan - Albeit a little late, David Moyes suggests that the Premier League should take a break during the African Federation Cup of Nations.

No activity expected at Goodison
29 Jan - Buried in a couple of Echo and Daily Post articles on the build-up to tomorrow's important clash with Tottenham is apparent confirmation from David Moyes that he doesn't expect any transfer activity at Goodison between now and the closure of the transfer window on Thursday night.

Vidarsson secures Twente loan
29 Jan - Bjarni Vidarsson has secured a 6-month loan with FC Twente after completing a successful loan spell with the Dutch side. The Icelandic midfielder had grown frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities at Everton and has the option to make the move permanent in the summer.

Yak on target as Nigeria progress
29 Jan - Yakubu scored Nigeria's second goal in a 2-0 win over Benin that takes the Super Eagles into the Quarter Finals and a date with hosts Ghana. Good news for the Yak and Joe Yobo but not so much for Everton's selection problems.

A pain in the ankle
29 Jan - Leighton Baines has been troubled for the last three months(!) by a nagging pain in the back of his ankle that only comes when he kicks a ball hard. Mick Rathbone is trying to avoid the surgeon's knife...

Waggy: “X” Factor is Money
28 Jan - It's been a matter of much debate on these pages since Wednesday but Goodison legend Dave Watson beileves it's going to take money for Everton to make the next step. “David Moyes has done everything possible so far when it comes to improving his squad," he says. "But when it comes to taking things on to the next level you need finance."

Bafana Bafana hanging by a thread
27 Jan - Steven Pienaar is set for an early return from the Africa Cup of Nations after South Africa suffered a 3-1 reverse to Tunisia in their second group game. It leaves Bafana Bafana with one point and needing to win their last game against Senegal while also hoping that the winner of the Tunisia-Angola game triumphs by a sufficiently high margin to send South Africa through to the next phase on goal difference.

Everton stay 4th
26 Jan - Everton remain in fourth position, with Liverpool slipping to 6th after Aston Villa could only draw at home with Blackburn Rovers.

Nigeria's fate out of their hands
25 Jan - Nigeria are in danger of an early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations after only managing a draw against Mali in Sekondi this evening. After losing their opener, they must win their final match against Benin and hope that Mali lose to Ivory Coast in their third match in Group B in order to progress.

JP Kissock off to Gretna
25 Jan - Reserves player John-Paul Kissock has gone off on loan to Gretna for the rest of the season.

A work in progress
24 Jan - On the newly-redesigned Independent website, Jon Culley touches all the salient points about Everton's rich history and the respect it should command but doesn't, Goodison's capacity for atmosphere, and the need for investment in the team to push the club closer to England's cash-drunk elite three.

Blog by Stuart James
24 Jan - If you want more post-match analysis and comment than our bulging mailbag contains, try this blog in The Guardian.

Pound-for-pound value
23 Jan - An excellent article in The Times from Martin Samuel, extolling Everton's virtues: "Is there a better run, better managed, better value-for-money team in the Premier League? Is there a group of players giving more bang per buck, a team who could correlate their financial outlay and status with recent success and claim to be offering a superior return?"

Praise for Yobo despite defeat
22 Jan - The Guardian's Brian Oliver singles out Joseph Yobo for special praise for his "near perfect" performance at the heart of Nigeria's defence in yesterday's narrow defeat to the Ivory Coast.

Four face fitness tests
22 Jan - Andrew Johnson, Leon Osman, Tony Hibbert and Manuel Fernandes will all undergo fitness tests tomorrow to determine whether they will be available to feature in the massive Carling Cup semi-final, second leg against Chelsea on Wednesday..

Baines could be out for 8 weeks!
22 Jan - An ankle problem that has dogged Leighton Baines since October could require surgery that would keep him sidelined for six to eight weeks.

Not so super start for Eagles
21 Jan - Joseph Yobo and Yakubu both played as Nigeria stuttered in their opening game in the Africa Cup of Nations, losing 1-0 to the Ivory Coast. Chelsea's Salomon Kalou scored the only goal of the game in the 66th minute.

Boyle out on loan
21 Jan - Patrick Boyle, the Everton reserve defender who seemed so close to a first-team debut but never quite made it, has gone out on loan to Crewe Alexandra for one month.

Football Fanzine Awards
0 Jan - Think ToffeeWeb is deserving of Best Football Fanzine? Then nominate the site at the Football Fanzine Awards site... all in the name of recognition for EFC, of course!

Carsley is far from done
20 Jan - Less than a year after nearly joining today's victims Wigan, Lee Carsley says that like former teammate David Weir he feels he can keep playing at the top level for a few more seasons yet.

Everton roll on
20 Jan - The top four beckoned and Everton answered by grinding out another important victory on a heavy pitch to take sole possession of the fourth Champions League slot.

Noisy old grounds
20 Jan - Paul Wilson in The Observer makes a point about noise and atmosphere in the older Premier League grounds, like Goodison Park in an article featuring plenty of pauses for thought over plans to leave the Old Lady.

Brann visitors' guide
20 Jan - If you're traveling to Brann for the Blues's Round of 32 away leg next month, you could do worse than check out the Football Supporters' Federation's free visitor guide for that fixture.

Wally Fielding RIP
19 Jan - Wally Fielding, the oldest surviving former Everton player has passed away peacefully at a residence in Cornwall, aged 88. Wally, who donned the Royal Blue shirt no less than 410 times, scoring 54 goals, was often to be seen in latter years at Former Players Foundation events when possible. May he rest in peace.

Tesco/Everton project too big for Kirkby?
19 Jan - In their continued campaign in opposition to the proposed relocation to Kirkby, Keep Everton In Our City cite opposition by neighbouring authorities in Sefton and West Lancashire and suggestions that the proposed retail/stadium development may be too big for a town of that size among the reasons why the scheme may struggle to get government approval.

Moyes's personal evolution
18 Jan - This revealing article in the Daily Mail offers an insight into how David Moyes himself feels he has grown and matured as a manager nearly six years into his tenure at Goodison Park.

£8M Chang deal
17 Jan - Everton have announced an extension of the current shirt sponsorship by Chang beer in the form of a new three-year deal worth a cool £8M.

Ossie to resume training
16 Jan - Leon Osman is set to resume full training this week a month after breaking his big toe in the Carling Cup victory at West Ham. He is likely to be ready to play some part in the second leg of the semi-final against Chelsea next Wednesday.

Cahill will play Qatar
16 Jan - Tim Cahill says he will make himself available for the Socceroos qualifier with Qatar on Feb 6, while still playing for Everton on the 2nd and the 9th.

Goodison noisier than Anfield
15 Jan - Arsene Wenger has warmed many an Everton heart by rating the atmosphere created at Goodison ahead of the kopites at Anfield.

Vidarsson out on loan
14 Jan - Bjarni Vidarsson is having a trial at Dutch Eredivisie side FC Twente, where his older brother Arnar is under contract (through a loan from De Graafschap in Holland).

Blues to tie up Gosling signing
11 Jan - The Everton Board — principally chief purse-string holder Robert Earl according to the Plymouth Herald — have given the green light to the £1m (rising to £2m) acquisition of Dan Gosling.

Stubborn Everton Edge It Over City
12 Jan - Everton 1-0 Manchester City. Match report.

Fernandes deal done pending medical
11 Jan - Everton are waiting on the results of Manuel Fernandes' medical examination before they find out if they can register him in time to be eligible to play some part in tomorrow's clash with Manchester City. All other details of his move from Valencia, temporary with a view being made permanent in May, appear to have been tied up.

Everton look to expand Asia presence
10 Jan - Everton have concluded in principle a three-year deal with the Indian Football Association to start a grassroots football programme in the state of Bengal. Similar schemes are already up and running Southeast Asia and North America.

McLeish confirms McFadden interest
10 Jan - Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish has confirmed that he has had a £2.5m bid for James McFadden rejected by Everton. He said he would give some thought to an increased bid, with rumours suggesting he is looking for approval from the St Andrews board to double the offer for the Scottish international.

As if we needed more incentives...
9 Jan - [Link Updated] It's amazing that an opinion piece that ridicules so openly another Premier League side is allowed to be published on Chelsea's official website but it will surely add fuel to the fire at Goodison in two weeks' time. David Prentice takes the Times "journalist" to task...

Boyle out on trial
8 Jan - Everton Academy defender Paddy Boyle is out on trial with Plymouth Argyle, playing for their reserves at Swindon tonight, possibly with a view to a transfer.

Trouble brewing for Pienaar?
7 Jan - According to this report from South African newpaper, Business Day, the South African Football Association (SAFA) have asked FIFA to impose sanctions on Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar and Israel-based Tsepho Masilela after the two failed to join the national soccer team’s African Nations Cup training camp yesterday. The two were expected to hook up with the squad but neither arrived leading the manager Sipho Nkumane to say, "“We have not heard anything from either of them and the matter is now with Fifa."

Pienaar stays to face Chelsea?
7 Jan - Manager David Moyes fully expects Steven Pienaar to be eligible for selection tomorrow night as Everton travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi final.

Moyes defends squad rotation
5 Jan - David Moyes says that he felt the team he fielded at Goodison today was strong enough to beat Oldham but that his side "never got to grips" with their League One opponents.

Pienaar will miss Chelsea tie
5 Jan - Steven Pienaar has been told to fly out to join the South Africa squad tomorrow, ending his hopes of playing against Chelsea in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday. His departure could leave the Blues worryingly short in midfield, particularly if Tim Cahill isn't available.

Proposed Stadium for EFC
4 Jan - After all the talk, Everton FC have finally released a comprehensive document that presents the case for moving from Goodison Park to a new stadium in Kirkby. Click the link to the EFC final statement, a 220kb Portable Document Format file. The other documents include supporting appendices.

Night on the tiles for Manny
4 Jan - Manual Fernandes was arrested and forced to spend a night in the cells after a fracas at a nightclub in Valencia. Will Moyesy take him back?

Plans available online
4 Jan - Plans submitted by Tesco and EFC describing Destination Kikby are available in Portable Document File (pdf) format for download at this website.

FA Cup the preserve of the top clubs?
4 Jan - The Times catches up with Joe Royle, the last English manager to win the FA Cup, ahead of Saturday's Third Round tie between two of his former clubs as he laments the monopoly that the big-money clubs appear to have on football's oldest knockout competition.

Yobo and Yak clear to face Chelsea
3 Jan - Nigerian players from both Everton and Chelsea have been given special dispensation from Berti Vogts to play in the Carling Cup semi-final next week before flying out to join their country's preparations for the African Cup of Nations. That means that Joseph Yobo (if passed fit) and Yakubu are clear to play in the first leg on Tuesday evening. The Blues await clarification of Steven Pienaar's situation with South Africa.

Gravesen's Cup boost
3 Jan - Thomas Gravesen is back from a knee injury picked up against Bolton and should be fit for contention for the starting line-up against Oldham on Saturday. Tim Cahill (knee) and Joseph Yobo (foot) remain doubtful, however.

What's all that about, “A”?
3 Jan - It's been one of football's strangest secrets and has had fans wondering for weeks why players from Andy Johnson and James Vaughan to Marcus Bent and Titus Bramble have been celebrating goals by forming the letter "A" with their fingers. As promised before Christmas, all can be finally revealed... and you can stop asking us about it!

Were you there...?
2 Jan - A memory blast from the past: Everton's fifth round FA Cup tie with Oldham, 1990.

McFadden's contract dilemma
1 Jan - Everton have backed up CEO Keith Wyness' insistence that they're not looking to sell James McFadden this month by apparently offering the Scotland favourite an improved contract to stay at Goodison Park. The player, though, is hesitant to sign a new deal while he's not regularly playing in the first team.

Transfer window opens
1 Jan - The January 2008 transfer window opened at midnight and despite mixed signals from David Moyes in December over his transfer plans, injuries, suspensions and the African Nations Cup mean he will likely be doing some business before the 31st.

Moyes hoping for leeway from Vogts
31 Dec - David Moyes is hoping that Berti Vogts will give Joseph Yobo and Ayegbeni Yakubu some leeway in when he expects them to join up with his Nigeria squad ahead of the African Nations Cup which kicks off in Ghana on 20th January.

Lutkiewicz joins Plymouth on loan
31 Dec - Everton have agreed to let Lukas Jutkiewicz go out on loan to Plymouth Argyle for the remainder of the season. It is hoped that being part of the Pilgrims' promotion push to the Premier League will help the 18 year-old's development.

No appeal of red card
31 Dec - David Moyes confirmed that Everton will make no attempt to have Mikel Arteta's red card rescinded. He will miss three games, starting with Middlesbrough on New Year's Day.

Duo back in training
30 Dec - Leighton Baines and Alan Stubbs have recovered from hamstring and calf strains respectively and are back in full training ahead of the New Years Day trip to Middlesbrough.

Moyes calls out faker Fabregas
30 Dec - Commenting on how Nicklas Bendtner only saw a second yellow for raking his studs down AJ's shin when Mikel Arteta received a staight red, David Moyes said: "See if that’s worse than [unrepentant] Cesc Fabregas’ broken jaw — at least I assume he's broken his jaw because he rolled about so much. If you’re telling me [Bendtner's] tackle is less than the red against Arteta... well it's not for me."

EFC: Most clinical team so far
30 Dec - Everton have the best shots-to-goals ratio in the Premier League and, in a turnaround from the set-piece reliant team of past seasons, have also scored more goals from open play than anyone so far.

Moyes: Kharkiv win was pivotal
29 Dec - David Moyes says that he'd have feared for his managerial future at Everton if the Blues had been knocked out of the Uefa Cup at the first hurdle by Metalist Kharkiv.

Chances slim for Pienaar request
29 Dec - The South African FA say that they haven't yet received a letter from Steven Pienaar requesting permission to arrive late at SA's African Nations training camp and that it's unlikely the request would be granted anyway. Pienaar had hoped to join up with the Bafana Bafana squad late so he could maximise his playing time for Everton.

Keown: Best Everton side in 21 years
28 Dec - Ex-Everton and Arsenal defender Martin Keown says that the side that David Moyes has built has "more quality than any Everton team have seen since they were the champions way back when."

Moyes calls for offside rule change
28 Dec - David Moyes has added his voice to the calls for further reform of the offside rule. While he acknowledges that the old rule wasn't perfect Moyes says that the new regulations are causing so much confusion that they're damaging the game.

Cahill remains grounded
27 Dec - Tim Cahill says that while the players are excited by their form and buzzing with anticipation of causing an upset in Saturday's match-up with Arsenal they're taking things one step at a time and not letting their "heads get in the clouds".

Vogel now a free agent
27 Dec - Johann Vogel has finally been able to sever ties with Real Betis and leave the club by mutual consent after enduring a torrid time with the Spanish club. The Swiss international midfielder seemed set to join Everton on a free transfer in the summer but Betis blocked the move saying he was still under contract. David Moyes may move for the 30 year-old again given that he is now available.

“Everton are exceptional”
27 Dec - Gary Megson's analysis of the Bolton game highlights key decisions that perhaps went against the Trotters but admits his lot were beaten by an exceptional team.

Phil scores while on the sick
26 Dec - David Moyes praised Phil Neville as the club captain shrugged off a bout of sickness to score his first goal of the season.

Spurs agree Gunter deal
26 Dec - Chris Gunter, a target of David Moyes and the subject of an unsuccessful £1m bid from Everton over the summer, will join Tottenham for £3m when the transfer window opens on Tuesday.

Mid-season awards
25 Dec - Former England international Paul Parker hands out his Christmas awards as the season reaches the halfway point, and names Everton as Team of the Season.

McFadden may consider move
23 Dec - James McFadden would like to get into Everton's first team but if he can't, he may look to a return north of the Border rather than extending his contract with the Blues.

More kudos from the “meeja”
23 Dec - A Sunday kick off and a date with the Champions have given the Blues a piece of the limelight and this article in The Guardian highlights the improvement in the team's style of play and the more youthful backbone.

Reid praise for Moyes's boys
23 Dec - 1908s Goodison legend, Peter Reid, cites the backbone of the current Everton side as its great strength.

Mikel: Respect not fear of United
23 Dec - The Times chats with Mikel Arteta ahead of today's juicy clash at Old Trafford and discovers a remarkably down-to-earth and content player... for someone playing in the highest-profile League in the world and dating the former Miss Spain-turned Hollywood actress!

Fink Tank ranks Blues 12th
22 Dec - The Times Fink Tank ranks teams across Europe's leagues with emphasis on recent results and Everton currently lie 12th thanks to their impressive form of late.

Pienaar hoping to join SA late
22 Dec - Steven Pienaar will ask South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira if he can join up with their African Nations Cup squad late so that he can maximise his playing time for Everton. Meanwhile, he tells the Telegraph of his happiness at Goodison compared to his struggles at Borussia Dortmund.

Moyes slams “transfer rubbish”
21 Dec - David Moyes has told lazy football jounalists what he thinks of the rubbish they make up concerning impending transfers, calling on editors to hold them more responsible for what they publish.

Blues await Uefa Cup draw
21 Dec - Along with Anderlecht and Galatasaray, Aberdeen are one of six clubs that Everton could face in the Round of 32 when the draw is made in Nyon at noon today.

Blues draw Chelsea in Cup semis
19 Dec - Everton have been paired with Liverpool's conquerers, Chelsea, in the semi-finals of the Carling League Cup. The Blues will play the first leg away at Stamford Bridge on 8th January at 7:45pm, returning to Goodison on 23rd January for an 8pm kick off in the second. Arsenal and Tottenham will contest the other semi-final.

Some stay behind
19 Dec - Howard, Yobo, Arteta, Cahill and Yakubu have not travelled to Holland, along with the injured Stubbs, Baines, Osman, and Van der Meyde — who needed 13 stiches in a leg gash from playing in the Reserves!

Victor gets Olympic invite
18 Dec - Via the dubious medium of Kick-Off magazine, Victor Anichebe has been invited to join the Nigerian Under-23s and their quest for glory at this summer's Beijing Olympics.

Witnesses request for 12 December
17 Dec - The unofficial West Ham site, Knees Up Mother Brown, are asking for witnesses to an accident on Barking Rd prior to the Cup Quarter Final last week in which an 84 year-old man was knocked into the path of an oncoming bus, apparently after a fight broke out on the pavement. If you think you could help the police inquest into what happened, click here.

Residents oppose stadium
17 Dec - The Kirkby Residents Action Group (KRAG) have gatherered 1,400 signatures for a petition objecting to Everton FC’s planned move to Kirkby Town Centre.

Residents oppose stadium
17 Dec - The Kirkby Residents Action Group (KRAG) have gatherered 1,400 signatures for a petition objecting to Everton FC’s planned move to Kirkby Town Centre.

Moyes targets top four
16 Dec - David Moyes responds to the challenge of breaking in to the top four again this season as "fighting talk" — he's up for it!

Jimmy O'Neill passes away
15 Dec - Former Everton goalkeeper, Jimmy O'Neill, died peacefully this morning after a period of ill-health. He was 76.

Moyes plays down January speculation
14 Dec - After initially hinting that he would be looking to spend decisively in the January transfer window to firm up the Blues' challenge on four fronts, David Moyes's recent rhetoric surrounding potential spending next month has been ratcheted down with just one signing, probably on loan, now the stated goal.

Curbs whining is sour grapes
14 Dec - Alan Curbishley slyly blames Everton's "physical style" for their "undeserved" victory at Upton Park on Wednesday night, and is looking for his players to respond in kind on Saturday...

Yobo wants semi-final game
14 Dec - Joseph Yobo is hoping that he and the Yak can get permission off Berti Vogts and the Nigerian FA to play in Everton's League Cup semi-final first leg in early January.

Uefa Cup picture a little clearer
11 Dec - Update: The eight teams eliminated in third place in their respective Champions League groups and thereby getting a second chance by dropping into the Uefa Cup Round of 32 are now confirmed following the midweek results. They include the likes of Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, Marseilles and Rangers, though Everton will avoid them all in the draw in Nyon on 21st December by virtue of finishing top of their group.

Parallels with Coventry City?
12 Dec - An Evertonian asks Coventry City fans on the BBC forum about their experiences at the Ricoh Stadium, a joint project with Tesco that is very similar to what Everton FC are proposing for Kirkby, and whether their recent financial woes are any way linked to the decision to leave Highfield Road for an out-of-town retail park.

Moyes hopeful of retaining ANC duo
12 Dec - David Moyes is hoping that Nigeria will allow both Joseph Yobo and Yakubu to carry out domestic club duty right up to the start of the African Nations Cup on 20th January.

Victor gets no Vogts!
11 Dec - Striker Victor Anichebe has not been selected by manager Berti Vogts, in the Nigerian squad for the upcoming African Nations Cup. Defender Joseph Yobo and striker Aiyegbeni Yakubu have been selected with the best players set for a training camp in Spain commencing January 4.

Baines out for two SIX weeks!
10 Dec - Leighton Baines will now be sidelined or "four to six weeks" because of a hamstring injury suffered in the 3-0 victory against Fulham on Saturday when he pulled up in the first half.

Pienaar anxious for deal
10 Dec - Steven Pienaar is hoping to clinch a permanent move to Everton at the end of the season. "The supporters are unbelievable, they are always behind the team." His manager, however, is, at least publicly, insistent on the "wait and see" approach.

Best of the rest
9 Dec - When it comes to the best manager outside of the top four in the Premier League, Everton boss David Moyes cannot be beaten., says Lawro in the Mirror

Lawrie's having a laugh
8 Dec - In his post-match interview, Lawrie Sanchez tried to lay the blame for Fulham's defeat on an offside decision not given against Tim Cahill before Yakubu's first goal. Had his team won an away game at any point in the last year, were they not playing one of the form teams in England, and had they not lost by three goals he might have had a point...!

Baines to undergo scan
8 Dec - Leighton Baines will undergo a scan on his hamstring tomorrow after pulling up with a suspected muscle tear in the first half against Fulham today. Initial prognosis from Mick Rathbone is that it doesn't look too bad but the scan will provide more information.

All our yesterdays
8 Dec - A bit of a treat for our older fans: Programme notes from Everton v Fulham, December 1966.

Kirkby is the only option
7 Dec - Robert Earl says Kirkby is the only option, sweetend by Everton getting a non-reimbusable check for £55M from Tesco. Earl admits that the fans have not been provided with adequate information on the deal and is not surprised at the reactions.

ASDA pitch a Kirkby curve-ball
6 Dec - The battle to regenerate Kirkby town centre took another twist with Asda unveiling their rival plans for a supermarket centrepiece that does not include a new football stadium.

Moyes denies FA charge
6 Dec - David Moyes has denied the FA charge of bringing the game into disrepute and requested a personal hearing over his post-derby-match comments about Mark Clattenburg.

Kenwright hits back at fans
5 Dec - Bill Kenwright did not like the way he was treated at the AGM, and hits back at the skeptics and doubters who question the club's plans for Kirkby.

Zenit on TV
5 Dec - Everton's Uefa Cup match against Zenit tonight will be shown live on ITV4 (in the UK), on EvertonTV (accessible worldwide?), and in select global TV markets including the USA, Israel, Russia, the Middle East, Poland and Romania. Coverage mostly starts at 7:30pm GMT for a 7:45pm kick-off.

Advocaat jibe ahead of Uefa clash
5 Dec - Zenit St Petersburg boss Dick Advocaat has belittled Everton's style as "based on... the long ball" and "fighting for possession in the final third", an accusation that might have held some validity earlier in Moyes's reign, but if the Blues can put in the type of performance that has already blown away Spurs and Sunderland already this season this evening, he'll be eating his words.

Vaughan injured in mini-derby defeat
4 Dec - James Vaughan picked up another injury as Everton Reserves lost 3-0 to Liverpool this evening. The extent of his injury is not clear at this point but his involvement in the mini-derby means he wasn't being considered for tomorrow's Uefa Cup match with Zenit St Petersburg in any case.

Everton Supporters Club Australia
4 Dec - ESCA have just unveiled their new website, and an impressively designed site it is too. So, if you're a Blue based Down Under, head on over to evertonfc.com.au and check it out.

EFC AGM tonight
4 Dec - The 128th Annual General Meeting for the Shareholders of Everton Football Club Co Ltd will take place at Goodison Park tonight.

Southall sues daughter
3 Dec - Neville Southall has been successful in his quest to recover 55,000 items of football memorabilia that he gave to his estranged daughter Samantha when she was 10 years old, leaving the hard-up student with nothing but £6k in legal fees.

Victor to go, Yak to stay behind
3 Dec - This brief report on the Daily Mail site suggests that Victor Anichebe will reaffirm his commitment to Nigeria by accepting the call-up for the African Cup of Nations. Yakubu, however, is expected to say no to Berti Vogts' call; there is a detente between the two right now that is unlikely to be resolved in time for the tournament next month.

Oldham (h) in the FA Cup
2 Dec - The draw has been made and Everton will host Oldham Athletic in the Third Round of the FA Cup, with the tie to be played in early January.

Stubbs tipped for assistant
2 Dec - The Daily Star Sunday claims that Alan Stubbs is the prime candidate to become the next Assistant Manager for David Moyes, presumably because he took charge of the reserves last week.

Uefa match-fixing suspicions
1 Dec - It seems to be too much to expect that this Uefa investigation will include such obvious candidates as Villarreal and a certain Pierluigi Collina...???

Everton top Fairplay table
1 Dec - Everton are currently leading the Fairplay table despite two more cards at Portsmouth today. Since the Merseyside derby fiasco the Blues had only received two yellows in their previous four Premier League matches.

Moyes hails Pienaar's brilliance
30 Nov - Plenty of good comments about Steven Pienaar from David Moyes, who has picked him to start every Everton game these past six weeks.

Victory Shield honour for Baxter
29 Nov - Academy prospect Jose Baxter became the second successive Evertonian to captain England U-16s to triumph over Scotland and lift the Victory Shield. Jack Rodwell had the same honour last season. Baxter set up one of the goals in a 2-1 win.

Blues hit by Stubbs injury blow
29 Nov - Alan Stubbs could be out of action for as long as a month after injuring a calf in training this week. The news of the 36 year-old's injury comes at a time when David Moyes is preparing for a run of nine fixtures in all competitions between now and the end of December.

Spencer takes Yeovil trial
29 Nov - Scott Spencer, signed from Oldham as a hot 17 year-old striking prospect in May last year, is to have a week-long trial at Yeovil Town of League One.

Zenit draw means Blues are still top
29 Nov - Everton remain in pole position in Group A after Zenit St Petersburg were held to a 2-2 draw by 1. FC Nürnberg leaving the Russian Champions on five points. In the other game, AZ Alkmaar edged AE Larissa thanks to a late goal by Dembele. If you were concerned the Blues could still be eliminated, it looks as though a draw with Zenit next Wednesday will ensure our progress to the next round.

Faddy Scot of the Year? Vote Now!
29 Nov - James McFadden is on the shortlist at the Scotsman website in the poll for Scot of the Year so if you think he deserves the accolade, get your vote in now!

Perception problem for the FA
29 Nov - In one of our most lopsided polls ever, 93% of respondents to our question regarding perceived refereeing inequality said that they thought there was clear bias shown towards the so-called "big four" clubs in the Premier League.

Tozer trial interrupted
28 Nov - Swindon defender Ben Tozer started a four-day trial with Everton on Monday but was recalled by the Wiltshire club on Wednesday due to a suspension for Jerel Ifil.

AJ's antidote to hoofball
27 Nov - “Phil Neville said that he put me clear with a great assist but I’ve told him he just hoofed it forward to clear it and I’ve ended up making his ball look good!"

Arteta enjoying the midfield
27 Nov - Mikel Arteta is enjoying himself at the moment, with Steven Pienaar and Leon Osman providing the best technical midfield he has played alongside at Everton.

Anderson back at Oakwell
26 Nov - Anderson de Silva is back at Barnsley for a third loan spell, rejoining the Championship side last Thursday for another month.

Legend Hickson rushed to hospital
24 Nov - Everton Great, Dave Hickson, was rushed to hospital on Saturday afternoon after collapsing at Goodison Park prior to the game against Sunderland. The 78 year-old is said to be in a specialist care unit at Broad Green Hospital but alert and was over the moon at hearing the result. Get well soon, Davey.

Moyes basks in Seven Heaven
24 Nov - David Moyes is justifiably proud of his players and especially Mikel Arteta. "Some of our play was fantastic — I've been wanting to get Everton to play that way more often," he enthused.

Black Cats ripped to shreds at Goodison
24 Nov - It's been eight years since an Everton team put five or more goals past Premier League opposition but they went two better than the 5-0 hammering of Sunderland on Boxing Day in 1999 by putting seven past the same club at a bouncing Goodison Park this afternoon. Match report by Lyndon Lloyd...

Blues record more losses
23 Nov - This Blue Blog item puts one side of spin on the recently published EFC Co Ltd accounts for 2006-07. Or you can have the whitewashed version straight from the horses mouth, courtesy of the ever trusting Dominic King here in the Liverpool Echo.

Moyes in no hurry for No 2
23 Nov - David Moyes has confounded the pundits by saying he will take his time before appointing a replacement for Alan Irvine. "The process will not be as quick as everyone seems to think, I will have a good look around and take my time. I do have people here who can cope, but I will bring people in, maybe two. Some times you do need changes to freshen things up a little, and that is what I will do."

Kirkby Competition for Tesco
22 Nov - Tesco has a rival in the race to develop the heart of Kirkby Town Centre. Development Securities are crying foul and threatening to call in the Competition Commission because Tesco purchased a property that already has planning permission for a smaller supermarket.

The Finch Farm effect
22 Nov - Promising 12 year-old Ryan Read from Congleton, who recently signed up with Everton up to his 16th birthday, cites the new facilities at Finch Farm as the reason why he spurned the approaches of the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City in favour of a chance with the Blues.

1,200 tickets for AZ Alkmaar
21 Nov - Everton have recieved just 1.200 tickets for away fans at the Uefa Cup Group A game in their 17,000 capacity stadium in The Netherlands next month.

More Thai connections for Everton
21 Nov - Everton-sponsored football clinics run by City of Bangkok, one of Thailand's oldest political parties and rivals to ex-Thai Prime Minister and new Manchester City owner, Thaksin Sinawatra, are set to open in that country by next spring.

Kidding A-Round?
20 Nov - The Daily Post speculates that Brian Kidd (currently at Sheffield Utd) and Steve Round (currently at Newcastle Utd) head the list of candidates set to replace Alan Irvine as Assistant Manager at Everton

Victor's hand was the problem
19 Nov - Victor Anichebe has confirmed that he pulled out of Nigeria's international against Australia so he could rest his broken hand and give it time to heal.

Irvine set for Preston
19 Nov - It looks very much as though Alan Irvine will leave the Everton Assistant Manager's position after five years to take up the vacant managerial role at Preston North End.

U-18s overcome United
17 Nov - Goals by McCarten and Agard helped Everton U-18s to a 2-0 triumph over Manchester United.

Agony for Scots and Faddy
17 Nov - Scotland's heroic Euro 2008 qualifying campaign ended in heartbreak at Hampden Park with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Italy that confirms the World Champions' progress and that of France to the Finals.

Irvine a candidate for PNE job
17 Nov - Everton Assistant Manager, Alan Irvine, has emerged as a possible candidate for the vacant manager's position at Preston North End, the club where David Moyes began his managerial career. Preston recently sacked Paul Simpson and could approach Irvine, although Paul Jewell is believed to be their first choice.

Anichebe and Cahill pull out
16 Nov - Victor Anichebe and Tim Cahill have withdrawn from the Nigeria and Australia squads respectively ahead of the friendly between the two countries at Fulham's Craven Cottage. Cahill came off the Chelsea game with a couple of knocks while Anichebe wants to allow his injured hand to heal, but by not yet having played for Nigeria's senior side, it leaves the door open for him to represent England.

EFC launch statistics site
16 Nov - Everton have become the first Premier League club to boast its own official comprehensive online stats database with the launch of Everton Stats.

AGM set for 4th December
16 Nov - The Annual General Meeting of The Everton Football Club Company Ltd will take place at Goodison Park at 7pm on Tuesday, 4th December 4 in the Alex Young Suite.

Show me the money
15 Nov - David Coakley tackles three highly pertinent issues regarding Kirkby in a well-penned and balanced piece at WSAG.

No plans to sell Faddy
15 Nov - In response to press speculation, Andy Irvine has confirmed that Everton are in the process of squad-building and have no intention of selling James McFadden to Celtic or anyone else come January. They may even be set to offer him a new deal.

2007 EFC Accounts
15 Nov - Everton's accounts for 2007 are summarized by Joe Beardwood. Net losses are down slightly from £10.8M to £9.4M; turnover was down again (due to outsourcing), and the debt burden rose to £66M while Wyness continues to rake it in... watch out for the spin!

Bestway still ready with Plan B
14 Nov - Bestway still believe a 55,000-seater stadium can be built on their Loop site if "Destination Kirkby" fails... and they have a report from architects HOK to prove it.

Anichebe: Old News
13 Nov - It seems the England outfit have finally got the message: Victor Anichebe won't be denying his birthright and is included in the Nigeria squad to play Australia at Craven Cottage this weekend.

CL just got a step further away
12 Nov - A proposal by Uefa head Michel Platini to allow domestic cup winners to play off for a chance to qualify for the Champions League has been rejected. Instead, starting in 2009 more places will be open to champions of lower-ranked leagues, the team finishing third in the Premier League will automatically qualify for the group stages but the fourth-placed club in England will now have to play two qualifying rounds.

Zenit are Russian Champions
12 Nov - Zenit St Petersburg, who are Everton's next opponents in the Uefa Cup, were crowned as Champions of the Russian league after beating Saturn Ramenskoye at the weekend.

Moyes praises defence
11 Nov - David Moyes singled out Lescott Yobo and Howard for praise in an almost solid rearguard display: "There was a bit of a misunderstanding with the corner they scored from, but I thought we did very well."

Moyes due for contract talks
11 Nov - David Moyes hopes to sit down with Chairman Bill Kenwright soon to discuss a new five-year contract. His current deal expires in 2009.

YouTube Classics: Nuremberg
11 Nov - One-time ToffeeWeb match reporter Guy McEvoy's short video montage of the Nuremberg trip is well worth a goosebumps-inducing watch. There's another YouTube clip of the pandemonium following Arteta's penalty.

Kenwright would sell...
10 Nov - ... if the right person sits in front of him and wants to take Everton forward. Bill told the Daily Expresss he has met people about investing in Everton but it hasn't gone anywhere.

Academy boys come good
10 Nov - In The Guardian, Andy Hunter can't help but make comparisons between young stars Vaughan and Anichebe, and a certain other porduct of the Everton Academy.

You did us proud
9 Nov - "Our fans were a big inspiration to us and a real credit to the club as well," says David Moyes. To everyone who traveled to Nuremberg and defied the media hysteria over "illicit tickets" and the threat of "hooliganism" from "thousands of ticketless fans", good on you. You did us all proud.

Vic's broken hand was a concern
8 Nov - David Moyes is overjoyed his gamble of playing Big Vic for the last 15 minutes in Nürnburg paid off so handsomely: "I was worried about putting him on, because he has a broken hand — but what do I know?"

United reject Xmas Eve switch
8 Nov - Manchester United have apparently rejected a suggestion by Setanta Sports to move the game against Everton at Old Trafford to Christmas Eve for live TV coverage on the grounds that it would be a "logistical nightmare".

Toffees' new Knowsley home
8 Nov - Not a new staduim, but the finally completed Finch Farm training complex that replaces Bellefield and Netherton and is in in the Halewood area of... Liverpool? or Knowsley?

Vaughan misses Nuremberg trip
7 Nov - James Vaughan will not be risked in Germany tomorrow evening after aggravating a thigh strain in training earlier this week. Leighton Baines has traveled with the squad, however, and will undergo a late fitness test.

Uefa offer their own clarification
7 Nov - Uefa have posted a statement of clarification on their website confirming that Everton received an allocation of 2,800 tickets from Nürnberg, that both clubs are happy with that arrangement and that the tickets cancelled were allocated to the home supporters' area. They also say that while more fans are expected to travel than have tickets, the German club are prepared for that eventuality (presumably in terms of police presence).

Fans should get compensation
7 Nov - Bill Kenwright thinks the thousands of Everton fans who have suffered from Uefa's intervention in Nuremberg's ticket sales should get compensation.

Reserves salvage a draw
6 Nov - A goal in stoppage time by Lukas Jutkiewicz rescued a point for the Reserves after Shola Ameobi's strike looked to have won the game for Newcastle at the Halton Stadium.

Fringe players in reserve action
6 Nov - Anderson de Silva and Andy van der Meyde will turn out for the Reserves against Newcastle this evening. It will be the Brazilian's first game in an Everton jersey since returning from a loan spell at Barnsley.

Canceled tickets number 1,500
6 Nov - It's being widely reported that the number of tickets for the Nürnberg game sold to English-based fans that are now being canceled is around 1,500, more than half of Everton's official allocation of almost 2,800 seats.

New Signing: George Krenn
6 Nov - George Krenn, 17-year-old Academy midfielder, has signed a professional contract with Everton that runs through June 2010. Krenn joined the Acadmey from Austrian side Admirawacker earlier this summer and has featured regularly for the Under-18s this season.

Tim Cahill: Childhood Hero
6 Nov - Tim Cahill is to be brought to life as a 'Childhood Hero' in a ground-breaking new personalised children’s book.

A 16 year-old record?
5 Nov - David Moyes is shocked that it's been 16 years since Everton last won four on the bounce but, as Greg Murphy asks, didn't we win seven straight in 2002? Or does winning on penalties in the League Cup not constitute a "win"?

Hammers cup date confirmed
5 Nov - Everton's Carling Cup quarter final tie against West Ham will take place on 12th December at 7:45pm, three days before the teams meet again in the League, also at Upton Park.

MP may force Kirkby review
5 Nov - George Howarth, MP for Knowsley North, may push for a public inquiry that wouuld delay Everton's new stadium scheme in Kirkby.

Stubbs likely to miss Nürnberg
4 Nov - Alan Stubbs is a major doubt for Thursday's Uefa Cup tie against Nürnberg after leaving the action against Birmingham yesterday with a hamstring injury.

Moyes happy with deserved win
3 Nov - David Moyes felt his boys rallied well to score two goals in injury time, after the manager had been looking to play the game out to a 1-0 win... until Brum equalized. Advice to Lee Carsley that he should refrain from shooting was thankfully not provided!

West Ham Away
3 Nov - Everton have been drawn to play West Ham United at Upton Park in the Quarter-Finals of the Carling League Cup. The game will be played during the second week in December.

Howard content with life at Everton
2 Nov - Sports Illustrated caught up with Tim Howard at his Manchester home and found a very content Premier League footballer. "If I could finish my career with Everton," he says, "I'd be a lucky man."

Moyes has an eye on January
2 Nov - David Moyes has cautiously hinted that he could be looking to strengthen his team in January. While he admits that more loan deals could be possible, he also suggests that, thus far at least, he hasn't been told there won't be any money available.

Megson brings Harvey to The Reebok
2 Nov - Colin Harvey, Everton legend and long-time servant of the club, has been appointed Chief Scout by Bolton Wanderers' new manager, Gary Megson.

Fans anger at another ticket fiasco
2 Nov - Scores of fans who believed they were guaranteed travel and tickets to Nuremberg next week by booking Everton's official travel package have been told they're out of luck after Everton Travel received around 200 fewer tickets than expected from the club. EFC claim that applicants only went onto a waiting list and were not guaranteed spots on the tour.

AJ itching to get back into action
2 Nov - Andy Johnson talks of his impatience to get back on the field following a second ankle operation in six months and rediscover the form with which he started life at Goodison. He is expected to resume full training next week.

Pistone remains in limbo
1 Nov - Alessandro Pistone remains without gainful footballing employment after being released by Everton. The Italian's agent turned down an approach by Leeds United — "League One is unthinkable," he says — and the player had an unsuccessful trial with Middlesbrough earlier this season.

Yakubu omitted from Nigeria squad
31 Oct - Aiyegbeni Yakubu has been left out of Nigeria's squad for the forthcoming friendly with Australia at Fulham's Craven Cottage ground prompting more speculation about his relationship with Super Eagles' manager, Bertie Vogts.

MP could call in Kirkby scheme
31 Oct - George Howarth, MP for Kirkby, has said that he could ask that the regeneration scheme proposed for the town's center which includes a Tesco superstore and stadium for Everton be "called in" by the government if certain issues "have not been properly addressed by the time Knowsley Council receives planning application".

Wigan (A) scheduling change
31 Oct - Everton's trip to the JJB Stadium, originally a 3pm kickoff on Saturday 19th January, will now be played at 1:30pm on the 20th and will be screened live on Sky Sports.

Tommy could play tonight
31 Oct - Thomas Gravesen may be in line to start for Everton in the League Cup tie at Luton Town tonight.

Rodwell scores for England
30 Oct - Birkdale-born Jack Rodwell was a second-half substitute as England U17s drew 0-0 with Portugal last week. Rodwell had scored in England’s 6-0 win against Estonia in Tallinn earlier in the week, and coupled with another a similar 6-0 over Malta, coach John Peacock’s side topped their group to go through to the Elite Round in the Uefa Under-17s championships qualifiers.

Where are they now?
30 Oct - In the case of Martin Dobson who made his footballing name at Burnley and Everton in the 1970s, scouting, researching for the Office of National Statistics and writing a novel about the lives of two footballers who take different routes to success.

Fresh AJ rumours dismissed
30 Oct - Everton have again scotched rumours that Andy Johnson will be the subject of a £9m move to West Ham in January. Alan Irvine said selling AJ "is not something we would consider" and suggested that the striker could resume training next week following surgery on his ankle.

Baines misses Luton game
30 Oct - Leighton Baines will miss tomorrow night's Carling Cup tie at Luton. He is suffering with the ankle injury he sustained when Darren Moore's foul forced him off at Derby. Update: He is hoping that the minor ligament damage will have healed in time to face Nürnburg in 8 days' time.

We're ba-aaack!
28 Oct - After more than three days out of service, the site is finally back. We apologise for the unexpected downtime which was almost entirely beyond our control. In order to get back up and running, we've had to disable the Comments count indicator on the MailBag page but will be working on bringing that feature back soon.

Cahill a happy camper
28 Oct - Tim Cahill is glad to be back on the field, in among the goals, and in front of the fans he likes — and who like him. He's here for the long haul...

Stadia as listed buildings
27 Oct - Alex Wolstenholme states the case at SquareFootball for Goodison Park to be retained as a national icon rather then merely bulldozed like all the other old stadia that have given way to concrete replacements in recent years. If only Everton didn't need the money from it's land value...

Osman looking to shoot down Rams
27 Oct - Leon Osman credits his loan spell at Pride Park, where he became a crowd favourite, as having revived his career and enabled him to make the grade at Everton. But while he hopes the Rams pick up enough points to stay up this season, he's aiming for all three for Everton tomorrow.

Anderson wants to fight for his place
25 Oct - Anderson de Silva, Everton's Brazilian midfielder who has yet to start a game for the Blues since eventually signing earlier in the year, has apparently rejected the chance to spend one more month on loan at Barnsley because he wants to fight for a place at Goodison Park.

Moyes won't let it lie
25 Oct - David Moyes quite rightly remains incensed about the injustice his side suffered on Saturday and he used the Blues' press conference ahead of the Larissa game to restate his views on the matter of Mark Clattenburg while also hinting that the official admitted some culpability after the game.

Nurnberg tickets sold out
24 Oct - Everton have announced on the official site that the club's allocation for the Uefa Cup Group A fixture against Nurnberg next month has sold out.

Limp-wristed response by the FA
22 Oct - Referee Mark Clattenburg's display of incompetence in the Mersey derby has earned him a day off. The FA have announced that he will not be officiating any games this weekend but refused to say whether it was a suspension related to his performance on Saturday. Or was it because he was ineligible anyway?!

Awestruck officials ruining games
22 Oct - Phil Neville has used some carefully chosen words to express his distaste for Mark Clattenburg's biased refereeing on Saturday.

Moyes fury at 'clear-cut' injustice
22 Oct - It's not often that the mainstream media acknowledges the injustices we Evertonians must suffer, so this report on the game by Tim Rich in The Telegraph makes welcome reading.

The McFadden enigma
20 Oct - Andy Hunter in The Guardian grapples with the paradox of James McFadden's scintillating form for Scotland and his stop-start career at Everton and senses that it'll be Goodison Glory or a big money move to the Old Firm within a year for the darling of the Tartan Army.

Moyes evolves Everton's derby style
19 Oct - David Moyes suggests Everton's approach to derby games under his tutelage has changed over the years: "Maybe we have changed the way we play in derbies since I have been here. Maybe at times we were too aggressive, we have tried to learn a bit over the years."

Birch ruffles more feathers
19 Oct - Trevor Birch, who made his name as a financial troubleshooter at Chelsea and Leeds before famously leaving the Everton CEO position after just 6 weeks, has parted ways with Derby County less than four months into his job as Chief Exective at Pride Park.

Cahill chomping at the bit
19 Oct - Australian midfielder Tim Cahill plucks all the right strings when saying “I know the history of this game and I know exactly what it means to everyone here." He adds, “I know a lot of people who feel every single kick. You can’t play for this club unless it is in the blood. You hear so many stories of what it means to be an Evertonian and I can tell you every player relishes this game and is honoured to play for this football club.”

Danny's Derby Day
18 Oct - It was 10 years ago to the day that Danny Cadamarteri became a derby day hero, dodging past Neil Ruddock to score an unexpected winner at Goodison. David Prentice catches up with the wayward Yorkshireman.

Euro Blues
17 Oct - A tough day for Blues in the national sides, Phil Neville and Joleon Lescott on the losing side with England in Russia, while McFadden faired no better with Scotland losing in Georgia.

Lescott makes England start
17 Oct - Joleon Lescott is due to make his first start for England in Moscow tonight after coming on for his debut as a half-time sub in Saturday's win over Estonia.

No Real contact regarding Arteta
16 Oct - Mikel Arteta's agent, Inaki Ibanez, has dismissed speculation linking his client with a move to Real Madrid saying that no one from the Spanish giants has contacted him about the player.

Old Trafford date moved
15 Oct - Everton's away fixture at Manchester United has been moved from 22nd December to Sunday 23rd December 23rd at 12pm and will be screened live on Setanta Sports.

Sharpy sings McFadden's praises
15 Oct - Goodison legend and former Scottish international, Graeme Sharp, enthuses over James McFadden's world-beating form for the Tartan Army and addresses the paradox of his form for club versus country.

England debut for Lescott
13 Oct - Updated: Joleon Lescott made his debut for England in their 3-0 win over Estonia this evening, replacing Rio Ferdinand at half-time. Phil Neville also came on as a second-half sub. Lescott's international bow apparently triggers a £250,000 payment to Wolves as part of his £5m move the summer before last.

Under-18s bang in the goals
13 Oct - The Everton Academy Under-18 side hammered Crew 5-0 with goals from Rodwell, Agard (2), Codling and Molyneux.

Away fixture changes
13 Oct - Everton's trips to Derby and Chelsea have been moved to Sundays due to the Blues' Uefa Cup commitments. The game at Pride Park will take place at 2pm on 28th December; the trip to Chelsea at 2pm on 11th November.

Barnsley can't get enough Silva
13 Oct - Championship side Barnsley are hoping to extended Everton midfielder Anderson da Silva's loan by one more month — to the maximum allowed under Football League regulations — and then sign him on a permanent basis in January.

End of the Bellefield era
12 Oct - Bellefield, Everton's historic training ground, hosted its last senior-squad training session on Tuesday. After 60 years in West Derby, the club have moved their training facility and Academy to a new state-of-the-art complex in Halewood.

Pienaar wants permanent move
10 Oct - As he settles into life in the Premiership, Steven Pienaar has spoken of his determination to earn a permanent move to Everton next year.

Cahill set for full training?
10 Oct - Tim Cahill will have a scan of his foot this week that should see him given the go-ahead to resume full training with the Everton first-team squad. Gravesen and Vaughan are also ready to start training again.

Reserves beat City 2-0
9 Oct - Goals by Kieran Agard and Aidan Downes lifted Everton's second string to a handsome home win over Manchester City.

Royle appointed Collection Patron
9 Oct - Joe Royle has been appointed as the new Patron of the Everton Collection Charitable Trust. The Goodison great succeeds the late Alan Ball who sadly died before seeing the Collection receive Heritage Lottery funding.

SA visit to Finch Farm
7 Oct - Members of the Shareholders' Association were given a preview of Everton's new training complex and Academy in Halewood in August. Their impressions and some photos are available on the EFCSA website.

Kirkby planning application by year's end
8 Oct - Keith Wyness answered further questions from the Shareholders' Association on September 24th. Among the many points covered was the progress of the Kirkby Project and Wyness said that while no deals have been signed and talks have been held with LCC, the plan is still to have contracts signed planning applications submitted for a stadium in Kirkby by the end of the year.

Newcastle 3 - 2 Everton: Match Report
7 Oct - Everton fell to their first defeat in four games as key substitutions by Sam Allardayce paid rich dividends for Newcastle at St James' Park.

Johnson out for a month
7 Oct - The Good News: Andy Johnson scored his first goal of the season.

The Bad News: Johnson goes in for an ankle op tomorrow... oh, and he has a groin strain... and he picked up a knock: he'll be out for three or four weeks.

Victor comes of age
6 Oct - Victor Anichebe's match-winning exploits in Kharkov could earn him a starting place at St James' Park tomorrow. "This gives me so much belief," he admitted to The Guardian's Louise Taylor who was at John Lennon Airport when the fans and team arrived back from the Ukraine.

Donovan beats Howard to US award
5 Oct - Tim Howard was a distant second behind Landon Donovan in the vote for USA player of the year.

Luton tie set for 31st October
5 Oct - With Everton's involvement in the next phase of the Uefa Cup secured, their Carling Cup Fourth Round tie at Luton has been scheduled for 31st October.

Uefa Cup Draw on Tuesday
5 Oct - The draw for the group stage of the Uefa Cup takes place at noon CET on Tuesday, 9th October. Everton will be in pot 3 and could be grouped with the likes of Villarreal, Bayern Munich, Anderlecht or Panathinaikos but not any of the remaining Premiership clubs in the competition.

Yakubu in confident mood
30 Oct - While being wary of the danger of conceding more goals, Yakubu is confident that the Blues have the squad to overcome Kharkiv tomorrow evening and progress to the next stage of the Uefa Cup. Joleon Lescott, meanwhile, says that we didn't pay Metalist enough respect in the first leg.

Some site-related notes
30 Sep - Updates regarding the comments-closure issue and a nice addition to the Mobile Edition.

Baxter on target again
1 Oct - Young Everton starlet Jose Baxter notched up his fifth goal of the season for the Academy Under-18s as they maintained their unbeaten record with a win at Wolves.

Sinnott signed up
1 Oct - Cory Sinnott, 17, is the latest Academy product ot sign upas an Everton professional, sealing a two-year deal.

Keeping tabs on the refs
1 Oct - The Right Result is a bit of fun that features a version of the Premiership based on how results might have turned out if the major decisions had been correct. Currently, Everton should be above Liverpool in 4th.

Everton 2-0 Middlesbrough
30 Sep - Match report of the Boro win by Lyndon Lloyd

Seven goals in seven games
29 Sep - James Beattie talks to Henry Winter about what it's like to play with two wingers...

Hatters challenge for Blues
29 Sep - Luton Town stand between Everton and a place in the last eight of this season's Carling Cup after today's draw paired the two sides together. The game will take place in the week commencing October 29 and it affords veteran Don Hutchison an opportunity to face his old club.

Everton a challenge for Baines
29 Sep - Leighton Baines tells The Guardian of the daunting challenge to his self-confidence the move to Everton represented, after he had turned down Sunderland. But he has been made very welcome.

Yakubu rejects Gibson jibe
29 Sep - Aiyegbeni Yakubu has reacted stroingly to claims by 'Boro Chairman Steve Gibson that the striker "switched off" in his final months with Everton's Sunday opponents. "Grow up" was The Yak's advice!

Kharkiv ticket update
27 Sep - Details of the delivery of tickets for the second leg against Metalist Kharkiv have been posted on the official site.

Neville praised in fantastic win
27 Sep - David Moyes has heaped praise on Phil Neville for turning the game at Hillsborough in a fantastic second half performance where he was involved in all three goals.

Ray of hope for Van der Meyde
26 Sep - Andy van der Meyde has been included in the Everton squad for the trip to Wednesday tonight, offering him some hope that he'll get another chance to resurrect his career after a series of mis-steps with the manager and off-the-field challenges.

Irvine plays down Yak rift
26 Sep - Alan Irvine has made the case that friction among the ranks is part of having a good team spirit, with Baines telling Yakubu off for his lack of effort on Sunday.

Everton trial for Brezovan
25 Sep - Swindon Town have allowed Peter Brezovan to have a two-day trial with Everton. The Slovakian 'keeper has just returned from a lengthy spell out with a shoulder injury.

Anderson extends Barnsley loan
24 Sep - Anderson da Silva's return to Goodison Park was a brief one. Barnsley have been granted permission by Everton to extend the Brazlian midfielder's loan by another month.

Moyes not happy with play
24 Sep - David Moyes had what for him amounted to harsh words for his players after a poor result from Villa Park.

Injury worries persist
22 Sep - Everton may yet be without Mikel Arteta and Tim Howard for the game against Aston Villa on Sunday, with no further news on Steven Pienaar or Thomas Gravesen, who both missed the Metalist game with injuries.

AJ Apologises
21 Sep - "Footballers go through things like this but I would like to apologise for the fans because I am better than that and they know I am better than that." Andy Johnson says sorry for his penalty woes against Kharkiv.

Ticket fiasco: Lost in the post
21 Sep - 5,000 fans for the failed to receive their tickets via Royal Mail in time for the Uefa Cup game. The official explanation from Everton FC is the tickets left Goodison Park on Monday... and disappeared. Result: ticket chaos and a delayed kick-off.

Cahill still a month out
19 Sep - Tim Cahill faces at least another month of recovery time before he can be considered fit enough for match action after re-injuring a bone in his foot. He has taken the wise step of changing his boots, though.

Reserves beat Blackburn
18 Sep - Everton Reserves chalked up their first win of the season, beating Blackburn Rovers with a goal from Kieran Agard and two from Steven Morrison (including a penalty). Iain Turner was back in goal after a two-month groin injury layoff. No game for Andy van der Meyde, who seems to have disappeared...

Howard out for two weeks?
18 Sep - Some sites are reporting that Tim Howard could be sidelined for two weeks (that's five games!) after dislocating a finger while playing for USA.

IYKYH Competition Winners
17 Sep - Congratulations to our three winners of signed EFC merchandise in the ifyouknowyourhistory competition, Darren Raine (please contact us, Darren), Christian Lucas and Tom Davies.

Blues linked with Barca star
17 Sep - Everton are being linked with a move for Mexican 'wonderkid', 19 year old Efrain Juarez Valdez, who is reportedly unhappy with life at Barcelona. Because of a contractual technicality Valdez is allowed to go for nothing and Everton are reported to have stepped in first.

McFadden magic to earn Euro millions?
16 Sep - McFadden the key top Everton's brilliant European future??? Well, no, not quite... this article is about Scotland and their chance of competing in Euro 2008.

“We threw it away”
15 Sep - In The Mirror, Mikel Arteta recalls last season's heart-wrenching capitulation against United and vows that, as a team on the up, it can't happen again.

Cahill adjusts his priorities
14 Sep - Acknowledging that his international commitments frustrate his manager, whom he regards as a "mentor, on and off the pitch," Tim Cahill says that Everton are now his top priority.

KEIOC want peaceful protest
14 Sep - The "Keep Everton In Our City" campaign are calling for supporters to protest the move to Kirkby in a rally to be held after the Man Utd game tomorrow.

Injury Uncertainties
13 Sep - Timmy may or may not be able to play: his finger is still swolen and cannot be diagnosed. Tommy's knee got a knock but reports that he would miss the next three games may be premature.

12:00 Kick-Off on Police orders
13 Sep - The Everton v Man Utd match has been moved to 12 noon on police orders, with memories of post-match brawling two years ago, after an FA Cup Tie that had Wayne Rooney returning for the first time, and a 5:30pm kick-off.

Happy New Year?
12 Sep - More good news... Everton will now lose four African players: Yobo, Yakubu, Anichebe, and Pienaar for up top six games in January when the ANC kicks off.

Cahill can start running again
12 Sep - Tim Cahill's latest X-ray shows good progress with the reovery of the injured bone in his foot, and he can now start running again.

Kiwi kids coming on trial
12 Sep - Jacob Gleeson (goalkeeper) and Chris Woods (striker) from New Zealand will have trials with Everton and Manchester United at the end of next month after impressing at last month's Under-17 World Cup in South Korea.

Howard should be Okay for big game
11 Sep - Nigel Martyn reckons that his goalkeeping successor in the Everton jersey, Tim Howard, should be fit to play against Man Utd on Saturday.

Kirkby residents on the march
10 Sep - About 300 people marched though Kirkby to the proposed site of Everton's new Tesco-sponsored stadium on Saturday.

Vic & Yak miss Eagles game
8 Sep - Victor Anichebe and Aiyegbeni Yakubu were carrying knocks and had to sit out Saturday's Nigeria game against Lesotho in Warri, Nigeria.

Everton subs for England
8 Sep - With England cruising to a 3-0 win over Israel, Phil Neville and Andy Johnson were introduced in the second half.

Southgate explains Yakubu move
7 Sep - Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate has explained why Nigeria striker Yakubu was sold to Everton for £11.25M.

November return for Vaughan
7 Sep - James Vaughan has been given the green light to start running again after recovering from shoulder surgery, and is looking forward to being fully fit again by November.

Rhys laid to rest in moving service
6 Sep - The funeral of young Evertonian Rhys Jones was held at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral today and was attended by members of the Everton squad and a congregation where Blues and Reds sat side by side in solidarity. The 11 year-old was laid to rest in a royal blue casket adorned with the club crest.

KEIOC public meeting on Saturday
6 Sep - Keep Everton In Our City will be holding an open public meeting in the Function Room at The Casa on Hope St at 12:30pm on Saturday. KEIOC, guest speakers from the local council, and representatives from Bestway will give fans a progress report and provide information about the ongoing situation.

More Ukraine travel options
6 Sep - CFW Tailor Made Travel have flights are available from Manchester to Kiev, flying out Weds a.m. and back on Fri p.m. at £ 399 return including airport tax. Call 0161 345 7026 or visit evertonineurope.co.uk.

Howard shortlisted for Honda Award
5 Sep - Tim Howard is one of three players shortlisted for the Honda US Player of the Year award which will be announced on 5th October. Landon Donovaon of LA Galaxy and Carlos Bocanegra of Fulham are the other two.

Rhys tragedy close to home for McFadden
4 Aug - A nice piece in the Scottish Herald in which James McFadden, as the father of his own young son, expresses his shock at the senseless death of Rhys Jones, and also discusses his international prospects with Scotland.

Lukas scores but Reserves lose
4 Sep - Lukas Jutkiewicz scored the opening goal for the Reserves' this evening but Sunderland ran out 2-1 winners. Andy van der Meyde and Stefan Wessels also featured in the Blues' line-up.

Charter to Kharkov
4 Sep - TMG Sport have contacted us to let Evertonians know that they have chartered a UK-based aircraft to fly from Liverpool into Kharkov for a day stop, leaving early am on 4th October and returning after the final whistle. Details at tmgsport.com

Anichebe chooses Nigeria
3 Sep - Victor Anichebe has chosen to play international football for Nigeria after rejecting a chance of an England U-21 cap. He is likely to debut against Lesotho at the weekend.

Yak: We can be the best!
3 Sep - New signing Ayegbeni Yakubu believes his partnership up front with Andrew Johnson can become the best in the League. He says (of his partner), "he always works really hard, he may not always score himself, but the running and pace he has is very dangerous for defenders. All I have to do is to get on the end of his hard work in the box, which is how it was at Bolton."

Z-Cars and Kirkby
2 Sep - In his Observer piece, Paul Wilson uses the analysis of football music and the Everton theme tune to take a pop at Bill Kenwright and the Kirkby Ballot.

Moyes: Rotation, No; Changes... Yes
2 Sep - “I've said to the players that, despite a bigger squad, I won't rotate. I will make changes at the right time. I've James Vaughan, Victor Anichebe and James McFadden waiting in the wings, and I'm more than comfortable using any of them.”

Strength in Depth
1 Sep - David Moyes says that, for the first time in his reign at Everton, he has players on the bench who can come on and change the game.

Hillsborough trip for Blues
1 Sep - Everton will travel to Hillsborough to face Sheffield Wednesday after the draw for the Third Round of the Carling Cup pitted the two famous cup adversaries together. With former players like Steve Watson and Francis Jeffers in the Owls line up, the tie is to be played week commencing September 24.

Lacking in guile and creativity
30 Sep - In today's Telegraph Stewart Robson presents an unerringly accurate analysis of Everton's current limitations if they are to realise their potential.

Moyes: “Maybe one more”
31 Aug - The normally conservative Mr Moyes raises Evertonian hopes by suggesting that one more piece of business is possible before the midnight deadline, but Mr King in the Echo tempers the fervour by suggesting that it's increasingly unlikely any further signings will be made.

Yakubu chooses 22
30 Aug - Yakubu will wear the Number 22 shirt since his first choice Number 20 is already taken. Seems he wasn't interested in the famous Number 9 shirt...

An Open Letter To Terry Leahy
30 Aug - Nick Klaassen constructed a well-penned open letter to Sir Terry Leahy that he sent to the Tesco supremo on 23rd August.

KEIOC: Consider local sites
29 Aug - Keep Everton In Our City have expressed their disappointment at the result of the Kirkby ballot but express "hope that the result of the ballot does not preclude the club from considering other sites which lie much closer to our spiritual home."

Blues among Uefa Cup seeds
29 Aug - Results in tonight's qualifiers confirm that Everton will be among the seeded teams for Friday's Uefa Cup First Round draw.

Yakubu work permit appeal
28 Aug - Aiyegbeni Yakubu was denied a work permit last Friday having failed to appear in over 75% of Nigeria's international fixtures over the past two years following a dispute with the management team. His appeal on Wednesday, however, is expected to succeed on the basis that the striker, who played for Portsmouth before moving to Middlesbrough, has enjoyed a successful career in English football for the past five years.

Z-Cars and YNWA
28 Aug - Prior to their Champions League quaifier agianst Toulouse tonight, the Everton theme tune Z-Cars will ring around Anfield as well as Liverpool's own anthem You'll Never Walk Alone, in a unique and moving tribute and a gesture of solidarity with the family of young Evertonian Rhys Jones, who was cruelly shot and killed in Croxteth last week.

Baxter goal beats Spurs U-18s
28 Aug - In all the excitement over the weekend, we missed the fact that young Jose Baxter popped up with a winning goal for the Under-18s at Spurs.

Everton forced to pay out!
27 Aug - Everton have been forced to pay €340,000 in training compensation payments to four Irish clubs for three players now at Everton. Irish u21 international Darren Dennehy and Aidan Downes cost Everton €260,000 with the remaining monies going to the former club of recent Academy recruit Karl Shephard.

Moyes defends “bridging the gap”
25 Aug - David Moyes has reiterated the message to Arsene Wenger that the Premier League also-rans are not simply going to stand back in amazement as the big teams run rings around them on the field.

Work permit delays The Yak
24 Aug - Everton's acquistion of Yakubu has been further delayed by the need to lodge an application for a work permit. Thus he won't play against Blackburn.

Cahill shock at young fan's murder
23 Aug - Tim Cahill has spoken of his shock at the death of devoted Everton fan Rhys Jones, 11, who was shot by a hooded youth in Croxteth yesterday evening. ToffeeWeb joins Tim by sending our deepest condolences to his family.

Ballot result due tomorrow
23 Aug - Although preliminary reports on Sky Sports News say that it's a "yes", Everton won't be announcing the official result of the vote on the Kirkby Project until tomorrow morning. Neither Everton FC nor KEIOC representatives will be present at the final count.

Anderson joins Barnsley on loan
23 Aug - Anderson da Silva has joined Barnsley on a month-long loan with the option to extend. The Brazilian impressed during pre-season but has not yet figured in the first team squad this season.

Johnson withdrawn from England squad
21 Aug - Andy Johnson has been ruled out of England's friendly with Germany tomorrow due to fluid on his knee. He will return to Bellefield to undergo treatment ahead of Saturday's home game with Blackburn.

Third-party presence at vote barred?
20 Aug - Keep Everton In Our City say that whereas they were told two of their members could be present at the Electoral Reform Society to verify the vote count, no third-party will now be allowed to attend to confirm the integrity of the result.

Bellefield proposal submitted
20 Aug - Everton have submitted plans to construct more than 70 detached houses at Bellefield, in West Derby. The plan proposes the building of an estate of 74 detached homes - all with four, five or six bedrooms, including a new access road laid off Sandforth Road.

Open Letter from Prof Cannon
19 Aug - Self-proclaimed football finance guru Prof Tom Cannon has written an open letter to Bill Kenwright regarding the Kirkby project proposal.

Big Vic should be Okay
19 Aug - Victor Anichebe landed awkwardly and jarred his ankle but is classed as only being a "minor problem", thank goodness!

Six more weeks for Cahill
19 Aug - Everton physio Mick Rathbone has been describing the status of Tim Cahill's re-injured foot, and hopes to have him back by the end of September.

Shandy Andy suspended and fined
17 Aug - Andy van der Meyde has got into David Moyes's badbooks once again, missing training last Sunday. He has been fined the maximum amount and suspended for a week... more time off — just what he wanted!

Fernandes won't be eligible for Reading
17 Aug - Everton hope to wrap up the permanent acquisition of Manuel Fernandes today following a medical scheduled for this morning. Terms have been agreed with the player, Benfica and GSI but he won't be registered in time to play against Reading.

“Analyst” trashes the Loop
17 Aug - "The loop site is a complete non-starter for Everton FC unless they were seeking a site to accommodate 35,000 fans and no more." — Tim Spencer, Director at Steer Davies Gleave, Transport and Planning consultants for the Kirkby Project.

Mikel the Magnificent
16 Aug - "Everton fans — enjoy your star." A Spurs fan highlights that what's missing at White Hart Lane is someone with the mesmerising talents of the Spanish jewel in the Blues' crown.

Vogel's battle with Betis continues
16 Aug - Johann Vogel is apparently accusing Real Betis of breach of the contentious contract that prevented him from joining Everton on a free transfer last month after the club excluded him from training last week.

KEIOC to reveal the Bestway forward
15 Aug - The Keep Everton In Our City group (KEIOC) will exclusively reveal images of the Bestway proposal, "The Heart of Everton" Stadium, later today at 10:30am, on the KEIOC website. The proposed stadium is rumoured to be similar in design to Arsenal's Emirates Stadium at Ashburton Grove and the development proposal also contains provision for hotel / apartments and commercial developments on adjacent land.

MotD: Why we are on last
15 Aug - An explanation from one of the BBC editors, Paul Armstrong, in this blog. So that explains Saturday... but what about all the other times? [Submitted by Oliver Ferns]

Henry Winter waxes lyrical about Blues
15 Aug - Check out one of the best reports of an Everton performance from the National Press for a long time. Particularly liked the bit about Osman's goal. Is Henry Winter a closet Blue? Seems like he was so enthusiatic about us, he was too knackered to bother with a review of the second half. [Submitted by Dennis Thornton]

Torn between home and great Blue yonder
14 Aug - The great stadium debate has not received much attention in the maintream media but this blog by David Conn of The Guardian sums things up pretty well.

Beattie: Last year was a nightmare
13 Aug - James Beattie has told how last season was "a bit of a nightmare" after he was "frozen out" at Goodison when his form dipped following a big-money move from Southampton. He is now enjoying a new lease of life at Sheffield United.

Fernandes set to decide on Blues
13 Aug - Everton are on the verge of securing the services of Manuel Fernandes on a permanent basis. Head of Communications, Ian Ross, says: "I think that everything will be decided in next the 24 hours. We have everything worked out with Benfica and now the decision is in the hands of the player." The financial details, complicated by Fernandes' third-party ownership, are not yet known.

Rhino signs on at Turf Moor
13 Aug - Former Everton defender, David Unsworth, has signed a one-year deal with Burnley after being released by Wigan Athletic this summer.

Beattie scores for Blades
11 Aug - James Beattie scored from open play in the presumably less difficult atmosphere of the Championship.

Benfica refute Fernandes reports
11 Aug - Benfica have insisted that they have not received a formal bid from Everton for Manuel Fernandes and that the Portuguese international isn't for sale even if they had.

Blues granted license to launch TV station
11 Aug - Story withdrawn on request of EFC

Big Dunc Casts His Vote
11 Aug - Duncan Ferguson has re-stated his belief that Everton should stay within the city of Liverpool and revealed that he has voted "No" in the ballot on the Kirkby Project. The Goodison idol originally came out in support of the Keep Everton In Our City (KEIOC) campaign shortly after its inception in April and remains convinced that relocating to neighbouring Knowsley is not the right move for the club.

Architects knock KEIOC plan for five
10 Aug - On the Official Everton website, Architects KSS list five main reasons why the plan put forward by KEIOC for redeveloping Goodison Park will not work.

And the... ahem... “hard sell” continues...
10 Aug - Tim Cahill is next up pushing the Kirkby Project on the official website, re-stating that the prospect of a new stadium was one of the reasons why he recently signed a new contract with the club.

EFCSA report on KEIOC/Bestway meeting
9 Aug - The Shareholders Association met with representatives of Bestway and KEIOC last week where the proposals for the "Loop" site were discussed. Among the details was further confirmation that the "enabling development" envisioned for adjoining land would not primarily be retail.

Alan Ball Tribute Evening
9 Aug - Jimmy Ball (Alan Ball's son) is behind raising funds for Alex Connerty and has arranged an Alan Ball Tribute Evening on Thurs. 16th August. Howard Kendall, Ronnie Goodlass and John Bailey are confirmed for what promises to be a fantastic night.

Bid or No Bid?!?
9 Aug - After denying that Everton had made a bid for Yakubu, Boro now say Everton have made a bid for the player, who may or may not want to leave... depending on who you believe! This has to be the maddest summer of madness in a long, long time!

Wyness dismisses tunnel loop alternative
9 Aug - Keith Wyness has moved to counter a Council-backed alternative to the Kirkby Project at the "loop" site with comments published in today's Echo and an open letter on the club's official website. To the latter, Greg Murphy offers this open response.

“Go Global”!!!
9 Aug - The increasingly unbelievable madness of this close-season was compounded today by this remarkable story in The Mirror , claiming Everton are now awash with money!!!

Yakubu rejects transfer request reports
9 Aug - The Daily Mail reported that Yakubu slapped in a transfer request after Middlesbrough this week but the player's representatives have rejected the suggestion saying the Nigerian is happy to see out his contract at The Riverside.

First look at Plan C
9 Aug - The first details of Bestway's proposals for an alternative to the Kirkby Project at the Tunnel Loop site off Scotland Road are expected to be unveiled today.

Club issues ballot reassurances
8 Aug - Everton have moved to quell concerns surrounding the Kirkby ballot after some fans reported receiving multiple copies of the voting papers. The Electoral Reform Society insist that it will not affect the accuracy of the vote.

'Boro say Yakubu's not for sale
8 Aug - Middlesbrough have told Everton not to bother lodging a formal bid for striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni, insisting that the Nigerian is not for sale.

No definite timeline for Cahill
8 Aug - At the end of this Socceroos article, Tim Cahill comments about his latest injury: "There's definitely some damage to the foot, but it's not clarified yet and I think it's hasty to say. I think a CT scan this week will give us more information."

Don't fall for the propaganda
7 Aug - "When the right deal comes along we won't need a vote because we will know it will be right. This Kirkby one, deep down, we all know isn't right." So says Roy Warne in a persuasive piece on the WSAG website.
Art Greeth reponds

“Loop” discussions continue
7 Aug - The Echo report that the first phase of talks between Liverpool City Council and Bestway regarding a stadium for Everton at the "Tunnel Loop" site will be complete within a month, although the first details of the plans could be made available as early as Thursday this week.

Connor makes a good first impression
7 Aug - Stephen Connor, on loan from Everton, played just 15 minutes on his debut for Partick Thistle against Stirling Albion but he got a good write-up in The Herald.

Stadium issue debate on radio
6 Aug - BBC Radio Merseyside will this evening host a debate on the stadium issue curently the focus of attention with all Evertonians. All viewpoints to be heard, including that of the CEO Mr. Wyness. Incidentally, ballot papers are now in the process of being sent out to those eligible for a vote in the upcoming ballot on the proposed Kirkby Project. Roger Phillips hosts tonight's debate on radio between 6pm and 7pm.

KEIOC Statement
6 Aug - The Keep Everton In Our City group have released a statement calling on the Everton Board to consider all options with regard to the stadium issue.

Vaughan sidelined until November
5 Aug - James Vaughan won't be ready for selection until November. That's the prognosis from the club as the young striker recovers from surgery to correct and repair his dislocated shoulder.

Palace friendly ends goalless
4 Aug - Everton were held to a 0-0 draw by Crystal Palace in the final pre-season friendly of the summer before the 2007-08 campaign kicks off next weekend.

Alternatives on show at St George's Hall
4 Aug - The KEIOC group oversaw a well-attended presentation of alternative plans to the Kirkby Project at St George's Hall yesterday. More in the Daily Post.

Connor joins Partick on loan
4 Aug - Everton Academy striker, Stephen Connor, has joined Partick Thistle on a six-month loan.

KEIOC reveal Goodison refit
2 Aug - Update: The KEIOC campaign have revealed full details of Tom Hughes' design concept for the redevelopment of Goodison Park into a new 57,000-seater stadium in 29-page PDF. The only thing missing is the time, money and will to make it happen.

Wyness answers EFCSA questions
2 Aug - The Everton Shareholders Association submitted a list of members' questions to Keith Wyness and his responses have been published on their website. Much is clarification of points already raised but a categorical denial that Goodison will be sold to Liverpool FC — for parking or anything else — was a welcome nugget.

“There is no way back”
1 Aug - "There is no way back after you have signed away your birthright, and to do so to become subordinate to the Tesco shareholders and all for an extra £10m... each year... is as ridiculous as it gets." The arresting words of a red no less, albeit in the context of an empassioned piece expressing fears for Walton ward if the Blues leave, something that may be inevitable even if it isn't for Kirkby.

Club dampens Cahill scare
31 Jul - Tim Cahill was withdrawn from tonight's friendly with Werder Bremen as a precaution after "feeling his foot". Alan Irvine said that he felt better after the game but the club will examine the site of his metatarsal fracture tomorrow.

The Future for Everton
31 Jul - This link will bring up a portable document format (pdf) file of the Brochure Everton have prepared to help fans reach their decision on moving to Kirkby.

£4m Baines bid turned down
30 Jul - Wigan boss, Chris Hutchings, has confirmed that his club has turned down a £4m bid from Everton for left-back, Leighton Baines. Sunderland had a £6m bid accepted but the player opted not to move to the Stadium of Light, reportedly preferring a move to Goodison.

Kendal Town 2 - 3 Everton Res
28 Jul - Everton Reserves have beaten Kendal Town 3-2, with two goals from Bjarni Vidarsson and a one from Ryan Harpur. Andy van der Meyde stayed on the field for the full 90 once again.

Submission Problems Fixed
28 Jul - The problem with submissions to the Mailbag and of fan articles has now been fixed.

Club confirms Earl as director
27 Jul - Everton have confirmed reports that Robert Earl, the entertainment entrepreneur who bought out Paul Gregg's stake in the club last year, has been appointed to the Board of Directors. The decision was taken during an 18th June board meeting.

Kirkby welcomes Everton
27 Jul - "Everton’s proposed stadium relocation to Kirkby has been welcomed by residents of the town" — according to the Official Everton Website. Meanwhile, 500 protesters packed a local church last night indicating that there is vehement opposition to the Blues' proposed new stadium from some residents.

Reserves draw with Stirling Abion
26 Jul - An Reserves XI drew 1-1 at Stirling Albion this evening as Andy van der Meyde completed the full 90 minutes for the third time this summer. Kieran Agard scored at the death to equalise Chris Aitken's first-half free kick.

Vogel still hopeful of Goodison switch
26 Jul - Johann Vogel is hopeful that matters can be sorted out with Real Betis so that he can complete his transfer to Everton. Speculation suggests that the Spanish side are asking for £1m for the Swiss midfielder.

Club rejects “No U-18s” rumour
26 Jul - Everton's Head of Communications, Ian Ross, has rejected suggestions that season ticket holders under the age of 18 will be excluded from the vote on the Kirkby Project. Ballot papers to some 38,000 fans are expected to go out in the next week.

Turner and Ruddy trade places
25 Jul - Iain Turner has flown home from Los Angeles for treatment after sustaining a thigh strain. John Ruddy flew out to replace him and retain the full compliment of 'keepers on the US tour.

AJ reiterates commitment to Blues
25 Jul - Speaking for the first time of the speculation linking him with West Ham earlier this summer, Andy Johnson has restated — for the record; few doubted his desire to stay — his commitment to Everton.

Phelan signs for Bradford
25 Jul - Scott Phelan, who was released by Everton are failing to make the grade at Goodison, has been signed for Bradford City after impressing on a recent trial.

Great debate or grand illusion?
24 Jul - Everton-related sites are bursting with comment about the stadium debate but few articles are as succinct and persuasive as this blog post by Sack the Juggler.

Pienaar transfer complete
24 Jul - Everton's loan acquisition of Steven Pienaar is official after the 25-year-old South African was granted a work permit. The Blues reportedly have an option to make the deal permanent for £2.5M next summer.

Keith talks to 'Kipper
23 Jul - Mickey Blue Eyes, once of this Parish, got to bend the ear of Big Keith Wyness on Friday and the transcript of their chat, which focuses mainly on the Kirkby Project without really pressing any of the salient issues too far, is up on the Blue Kipper website.

Cahill spared US trip
23 Jul - Tim Cahill will not be asked to jump on another plane and join the core of the first team squad in Los Angelese this week. The Australian, just back from the Asian Cup, will train with the Reserves at Bellefield instead.

No second US game
23 Jul - Everton have confirmed that there will be no second game on their current US trip. Local side Ventura County Fusion will merely be participating in a training session with the Blues and there will be no supporter access.

Kirkby poll results
22 Jul - 3,600+ of you voted in our latest Kirkby poll, with the final results being a bit closer than expected after a late spike in the pro-move vote following the release of the artist's impressions of the Kirkby Project stadium. Now take part in the Stadium Survey

Second US run-out unconfirmed
22 Jul - Update: Ventura County Fusion of the USL Premier Development League reported that they would be playing Everton at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on July 24th, 2007 at 3:00pm local time but evertonfc.com makes two expicit references to the Blues' "only game of the US tour" in their report of the Real Salt Lake friendly. We're awaiting confirmation from the club.

Wyness makes signings pledge
21 Jul - "We will have the bodies and the faces in before the start of the season." That's the assertion made by CEO Keith Wyness as the 11th August kick off date approaches.

More stadium images released
21 Jul - Everton are displaying more images of the stadium interior on the club's official site, giving fans a more complete picture of what the ground could look like. No "day shot" images have been forthcoming so far...

Socceroos beaten by Japan
21 Jul - Tim Cahill will be heading home from the Asian Cup earlier than he would have hoped after Australia lost to Japan in the quarter finals. With the scores level at 1-1 after extra time, Cahill was one of only three Aussies to convert their spot kick and Japan won 4-3 on penalties.

“Devastated” Vaughan set for surgery
20 Jul - Everton physio Mick Rathbone has confirmed that James Vaughan will undergo surgery on the shoulder he dislocated in midweek and that he is expected to be sidelined for four months. Rathbone said that the player was "probably the most upset psychologically I have seen a player in 30 years."

Bradley: “The will is there”
20 Jul - Warren Bradley and Keith Wyness were both interviewed on Radio Merseyside this afternoon. The Councillor claimed the will among LCC and interested commercial partners to keep Everton in the City is there, while Wyness repeated his assertion that the Kirkby Project is attractive because it is deliverable.

Labour leader criticises LCC
20 Jul - Liverpool's Labour Leader, Joe Anderson, says that the City Council should be ashamed of itself for "sitting on their hands" for the past four years while Everton FC have been laying bricks on their road to Kirkby.

The “all or nothing” approach
20 Jul - [Link Fixed] “By agreeing to a vote for something that they believe is an utter no-brainer, the club have put themselves in a position where they need to now go on a major publicity offensive to ensure that they get the mandate they desire.” Wise words and a nice Simpson's tie-in from Mark O'Brien in yesterday's Daily Post

Salt Lake friendly on US TV
20 Jul - If you're US-based but can't make Saturday's friendly with Real Salt Lake, the game is being screened by GolTV on Sunday at 8:30pm EDT.

Stadium preview tomorrow
19 Jul - Everton will unveil the first artist's impressions of what the stadium in Kirkby may look like on the club's official website at 10am. Cologne's square RheinEnergieStadion with its exterior maze of "scaffold-looking" construction is said to be the inspiration for the design.

RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne
19 Jul - Here is a glimpse of what Everton's new stadium in Kirkby is apparently based on, the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, Germany.

No Van der Meyde on US tour
19 Jul - Andy van der Meyde was a notable absentee from the squad that flew out the US this morning. The Dutchman is admittedly not keen on flying and may have elected to remain on Merseyside to train at Bellefield. James Vaughan also misses the trip and may have surgery on his injured shoulder as early as today; if so, his absence is likely to be between 3 and 6 months.

Cahill not ready for Asian Cup start
19 Jul - Tim Cahill might want to start against Japan in the Asian Cup quarter-finals on Saturday but Australia's physio says that he's still one more sub's appearance away from being ready for a full 90 minutes. Pleasing news for Davey Moyes, no doubt.

Vaughan out for “months”
18 Jul - James Vaughan is expected to be sidelined for at least two months after dislocating his shoulder in tonight's friendly at Preston. The news comes as a heavy blow given the Blues' small squad and limited transfer budget.

Yobo keen to help homeland
18 Jul - Joseph Yobo is putting the wealth he earns as a Premier League footballer to good use in his native Nigeria where he is determined to help the people of the Khana region where he was raised.

Jutkiewicz at the double for Reserves
18 Jul - Lukas Jutkiewicz scored twice and Bjarni Vidarsson once as the Reserves beat Munich 1860 U-23s 3-1 in a friendly in Austria.

Preston and RSL on evertonTV
18 Jul - The upcoming friendies against Preston and Real Salt Lake will be streamed live on evertonTV. Sign up to evertonTV for £4.99 a month or £40 per year to take advantage of this and other exclusive video coverage.

Vogel jetting in for talks
17 Jul - Swiss international midfielder, Johann Vogel, is due to arrive at Goodison Park to discuss terms with a view to signing on a free transfer. The 30 year-old has had spells Grasshoppers Zurich, PSV Eindhoven, AC Milan and latterly Real Betis.

Legends: Bangor City vs Everton
17 Jul - Bangor City FC will entertain the Everton Former Players Foundation at Farrar Road stadium on Sunday 26 August at 2:30pm. Both would appreciate your support.

Socceroos advance
16 Jul - Tim Cahill will be away a bit longer as the Socceroos advance to the Asian Cup Quaterfinals to face Japan. With Australia clinging on desparately to a 1-0 lead, Cahill came on after 73 mins and helped set up all 3 final goals. It ended up 4-0 and goal difference was a factor.

Dominic talks rubbish
15 Jul - We've reflected more than once on the fact that Dominic King talks rubbish and today he excelled himself. "Beattie handed chance to re-launch Everton career"... er... don't think so, Dom: he's being sold!

Mighty Socceroos humbled
14 Jul - ... by Iraq! 3-2!! In only their second Asian Cup game!!! And it was partly Timmy's fault!!!! Yes, Tiny Tim is big enough to admit they didn't perform against mighty Iraq and deserved everything they got. Must do better... against Thailand tomorrow.

Service mostly resumed
13 Jul - The latest chapter in our server/hosting woes is almost over — though we don't rule out further outages as we have not taken the unwanted step of migrating to new hosts. A number of articles and mailbag posts from the past few months are still inaccessible but we're working to restore those. Update: Mailbag submission form fixed.

Nugent seals Portsmouth move
11 Jul - Desparate to join Everton but severely over-priced by his club, David Nugent has joined Portsmouth for a fee of £6M.

Koumas goes to Wigan
10 Jul - Everton outbid by Wigan? Not exactly... David Moyes was interested in Jason Koumas, appparently, but at £5.3M? No way!

Fixture changes announced
9 Jul - Nine (or is it 10?) of Everton's fixtures for next season have been changed for a variety of reasons, not least television coverage on Sky Sports and Setanta Sports' new PPV service.

Haven't we heard all this before?
7 Jul - "It's all my own fault but I'm going to make a fresh start" — so says Andy van der Meyde... again. Just stop blabbing, Andy, and prove it — by doing it this tine. That's all we ask.

Nugent move still in the balance?
7 Jul - The BBC is suggesting that David Nugent's £6M move to Sunderland has fallen through, and the interest from Portsmouth is limited, so the Preston player is expected to report back to Deepdale on Monday for pre-season training...

Naysmith completes Blades switch
5 Jul - Gary Naysmith has completed a £1M move to Sheffield United according to the BBC. The Scottish international had a year left on his contract but had lost his first-team place at Goodison with the arrivals of Nuno Valente and Joleon Lescott.

EDSA's Mark Wilson recognised
5 Jul - Mark Wilson, co-founder of the Everton Disabled Supporters Association and long-time member of the ToffeeNet mailing list, has been awarded an OBE.

Wright joins West Ham
4 Jul - Richard Wright has joined West Ham United on a free transfer after being released by Everton. Initially linked with Ipswich Town, the former Arsenal 'keeper will be staying in the Premier League with the Hammers.

Naysmith to trade places with Jagielka?
4 Jul - Phil Jagielka's move to Everton could include Gary Naysmith going the other way. The Scottish international has been given permission to speak with the Blades about a possible move.

Youngster signs on as Pro
4 Jul - Young midfielder James Hall, who fought his way back from a long knee injury to appear as a sub in half-a-dozen Under-18 games in the Spring, has signed a one-year professional deal.

Anderson signs contract extension
3 Jul - Brazilian midfielder, Anderson de Silva, has penned a 12-month extension to his current Everton deal.

Club issues Riquelme clarification
2 Jul - Everton have had to issue a statement denying that they had signed Argentine midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme after a test story to that effect erroneously appeared on the official site this morning. Erm... greeking, anyone?

Decision time for Nugent
1 Jul - Stay at Deepdale? Have your pick of these low-life clubs (Sunderland, Birmingham, Derby, Blackburn...) or insist on a £4M move to Everton. Sounds like David Nugent may have to make his choice this week!

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