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Graded Games make finer prices
Everton announce new match pricing
30 Jun - Following on from the season ticket price freeze announced for 2011-12 earlier this year, Blues officials have revealed that a new grading system will be introduced for all league games at Goodison Park. There will be five categories of game — grade A-E — with the prices reflecting the scale and the timing of the fixture. The Grade A game will carry the highest price whilst the Club has introduced Grade E games that will be cheaper than the standard 2011-12 prices. Grade D is the standard matchday price for next season and covers 50 per cent of fixtures.

Memorial plaque unveiled
Commemorates players lost in World Wars
29 Jun - A beautiful marble plaque has been unveiled at Goodison Park by Dr David France to commemorate Everton Football Club's fallen war heroes, with an identical one also sent to the Estadio Sausalito in Chile, home of CD Everton. The plaques have been sponsored by the Everton Shareholders Association in association with Dr David France and his wife, Elizabeth, following painstaking work over the past three years by Dr France and Blues historians Dr John Rowlands, both members of The EFC Heritage Society. They identified seven footballers associated with the Everton clubs of England and Chile who lost their lives in two World Wars on foreign soil.

Everton travel to Bremen
Pre-season friendly on 2 August
28 Jun - Everton have finalized their arrangements for pre-season games with a trip on to the European continent for a warm-up against stiffer opposition in Werder Bremen of the Bundesliga. The Blues will travel to the Weserstadion in Germany on Tuesday, 2 August, where the game kicks off at 7:30pm CET (6:30pm BST), and it will be shown live on Everton TV. The trip to Germany comes straight after the Blues' pre-season match at Birmingham City (30 July) and three days before they host Spanish side Villarreal (5 August). All pre-season games will be available live on Everton TV. Full Pre-Season Fixture List

Gueye looking for more action
French player feels he has now settled in
27 Jun - "Next season hopefully I can play more games," Gueye told evertonfc.com. "I think this first year was more about settling in and learning about English football. I think I have already got better in my time here. I have got more used to the style of play as it is different from France where the football is not as physical. That is the biggest difference I have had to get used to."

On the verge of something special
Neville keen to brush aside all the negativity
25 Jun - Phil Neville is keen to put aside all the negatives from last season as the Everton Captain believes his side are "on the verge of something special," following what he perceives to be a strong finish to the season. A slow start that saw Everton rock bottom at the end of September, destroyed any hopes of Europe but, seemingly oblivious of the fine talk of top four which preceded last season, Neville told Everton TV there is a huge amount to build on at Goodison Park ahead of the 2011-12 campaign... all the things that were in place 12 months ago?

Saha is sucking in the oxygen
Sleeping in an oxygen tent
24 Jun - Louis Saha has been sleeping in an oxygen chamber in a bid to come back fit and sharp for Everton pre-season training next month. Everton's influential striker missed the last eight games of last season with an ankle injury — and was also troubled by calf and hamstring problems during the campaign. But two weeks before the Blues report back to Finch Farm, Saha has been preparing for the gruelling pre-season programme at the Camp8 rehab centre near St Raphael in his native France, adopting a treatment made famous by Michael Jackson.

Blues kick off 2011-12 at Spurs
17 Jun - The fixtures for 2011-12 are out and Everton will kick off next season on the road with a trip to White Hart Lane on 13th August. They'll follow that up with a home game against newly-promoted QPR before visiting Blackburn Rovers. Liverpool come to Goodison on 1st October and the Blues will finish at Goodison for the third season running, this time with Newcastle providing the opposition on 13th May.

Contrasting reflections for young duo
Rodwell and Gueye look back on 2010-11
14 Jun - Reflecting on his first season in the Premier League, Magaye Gueye is content with how things went despite struggling at first to settle in his new surroundings. Jack Rodwell, on the other hand, admits to a fair degree of frustration at a campaign that never really got going for him but is optimistic that he can find more consistency next season.

Howard happy to retire at Everton
“My heart is there for the club”
9 Jun - Tim Howard is so happy at Everton that he can see himself seeing out his playing days at Goodison Park. The USA international has made the first-choice goalkeeper's slot his own since joining from Manchester United, so much so that Jan Mucha, an established international and World Cup player himself, couldn't get near the first team last season.

Everton announce Birmingham date
Pre-season friendly set for 30 July
6 Jun - Everton have followed up the announcement of the pre-season date with Villarreal with another friendly, this time with newly-relegated Birmingham City. The fixture will take place at St Andrews on Saturday 30th July with a kick off of 3pm. It's the first friendly scheduled thus far after the team's return from their training tour in the USA.

Villarreal are coming back to Goodison
Top class European pre-season opposition
3 Jun - Everton will host Villarreal in a prestigious pre-season friendly at Goodison Park on August 5. The Friday night fixture will kick-off at 7:45pm and brings the Spanish club back to Goodison for the first time since the qualifying rounds of the Champions League in 2005. The Blues of course have bittersweet memories of that tie with it being their only experience of Europe's elite club competition, but also ending in an agonising defeat over the two legs. However, they represent top European opposition that many crave for as valid pre-season preparation for an often slow-starting Everton.

Moyes talks about players coming in
Don't believe the transfer trash talk!
2 Jun - David Moyes has urged Everton supporters to exercise extreme caution when listening to transfer gossip this summer. The 2010-11 season is barely over and already the rumour mill has gone into overdrive. Newspapers and websites are full of stories predicting all manner of moves and the Blues themselves have been linked with a number of players. But Moyes insists supporters should only believe what they hear directly from him. He said: “What will happen is that the media will speculate which players will be coming in — probably most of them miles off the mark — and what that does to the supporters is sometimes lead them in the wrong direction. I have always said that unless you hear it from me then don't believe it.”

Turner, Akpan & Agard Released
All three are out of contract this month
1 Jun - Everton released unwanted Reserves Iain Turner, Hope Akpan and Kieran Agard. All three players were out of contract after each going out on loan this season. Goalkeeper Turner, 27, finished the campaign on loan at Preston North End having been with Everton for eight years following a move from Stirling Albion in 2003. Akpan, 19, and Agard, 21, both came through the Everton Academy, midfielder Akpan, was on loan at Hull City while Agard was on loan at Kilmarnock.

New deal for James Wallace
Midfielder a sign of more youth coming through?
31 May - Everton Reserves stallwart James Wallace is "buzzing" on Twitter after he welcomed the opportunity to sign a new contract at Everton. The 19-year-old product of Everton Academy has agreed a one-year deal. The 5ft-8in midfielder has one senior Everton appearance to his name, featuring as a sub in the Europa League tie against Sigma Olomouc two seasons ago, and spent the end of last season on loan at Stockport, seeing them finish bottom of League Two which ended their 100+ years in the Football League.

"I am delighted to sign a new deal at the Club," Wallace said. "I am made up it is sorted and I am just looking forward to pre-season."

James Vaughan joins Norwich
Undisclosed Fee (around £2M)
28 May - James Vaughan, a product of the Everton Academy who became the youngest ever goalscorer in the Premier League on his debut against Crystal Palace in 2005, has finally moved on after a season where he was put out on loan for two spells at Palace. After a disappointing Everton career that never really delivered, punctuated by many many injuries, Vaughan only scored nine goals in just 11 starts for Everton in stats that belie an incredible 49 sub appearances. This season, he scored the same number in his 30 games for Palace! In a season when Everton strikers have struggled to find the net, his loans and ultimate departure contrast sharply with Victor Anichebe who was given a new contract and has been played increasingly but has failed to score.

Turkish deal brings little delight
Fenerbahce offer only £2M for Joseph Yobo
27 May - Fenerbahce have offered Everton £2M to sign Joseph Yobo on a permanent basis, despite agreeing to a £6M clause when the defender joined the Turkish side on a season's loan last summer. The Nigeria captain, who has three years left on his Everton contract, scored the goal that clinched the league title for Fenerbahce on Sunday, his header in a 4-3 win over Sivasspor enabling the Istanbul club to pip Trabzonspor to the title on the head-to-head rule after they finished on equal points. Turkey's champions have wasted little time attempting to formalise Yobo's move but their opening offer falls way short of Everton's valuation.

Waiting for the nod
Moyes is looking to freshen up the squad
25 May - “The scouts do a brilliant job at Everton. I work them hard and they have been looking at players up to a value of up to £10-15m but also looking at players for nothing and around say the £60,000 Seamus Coleman amount. The staff have been on the road for months so when we get the nod we're ready to give Everton a fresh look.

“I go to games all the time and that's why I get linked with players. I like to go and watch a lot of games for myself but also to see what's new, which players are out there. But that doesn't mean I'm going to sign them. If someone catches your eye you think you've got to go and have another look." — David Moyes on finding new players.

Everton finish on a high
Everton 1 - 0 Chelsea
22 May - Everton, who were bottom at the end of September, completed a season that had promised so much in the respectable mid-table position of 7th after holding off the 11+ Chelsea Cheats and a card-happy referee in Peter Walton. The Blues had a number of half-chances in a good first half, but looked to be conceding enough ground for a sucker-punch after Coleman was sent off for a second exuberant challenge. But Beckford incredibly ran ¾ of the pitch, bumbling his way through at least five Chelsea defenders to get free and advance in on Cech, who got a hand to his clipped shot, but could not prevent it arching into the far side of the net for a memorable winning goal, and a fine finish to set the tone for the club's Lap of Appreciation.

Everton vs Chelsea
Match Preview
21 May - Everton close out the season with a home fixture against Chelsea that is meaningless apart from the point that the Blues need to secure seventh place. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is suspended after his red card last weekend and Tim Cahill is doubtful but David Moyes's options are otherwise unchanged. Kick-off is 4pm on Sunday.

Moyes has no interest in Villa job
Likes control: he really is going nowhere
21 May - David Moyes has stated he has no interest in becoming Aston Villa manager should Gérard Houllier leave the club this summer and is content with the control he has been given at Everton. The Everton manager has been touted frequently as Villa's desired replacement for Houllier, should the Frenchman decide to retire due to health reasons, but he says he has no wish to leave Goodison Park for the Midlands.

Baxter Brace puts Blues in Final
Liverpool Res 1 - 4 Everton Res
20 May - Everton's Academy and Reserves players have scored another excellent triumph, walloping current holders Liverpool 4-1 in the semi-final of this year's Liverpool Senior Cup at the Liverpool Academy in Kirkby today. Anglo-Portuguese loan player Eric Dier got Everton off to a flyer heading in the first goal. After Liverpool equalized, team captain and Reserves Player of the Season Jose Baxter put the Blues ahead in the second half. Hope Akpan made it 3-1 and Baxter rounded out an excellent afternoon's work with his second and Everton's fourth. They will play Southport in the Final.

Everton: Davies; Browning, Bidwell, Wallace, Dier; Duffy, Forshaw, Akpan; McAleny, Baxter, Garbutt. Subs: Roberts, Kinsella, Hope, Lundstram, Forrester.

Big Night of Glittering Club Awards
Baines named Player of the Season
20 May - Leighton Baines was named double Player of the Season and picked up the Goal of the Season award on a glittering night for Everton stars past, present and future at the BT Convention Centre in Liverpool last night. Evening attire was the order of the night for Everton's 6th Annual Awards celebration, Seamus Coleman picking up the Young Player of the Season award. There were more awards, too many to mention, for Jake Bidwell, Jose Baxter and a host of others, and after five years away, Duncan Ferguson got the biggest cheer of the night, being named an Everton Giant.

Johnny reaffirms his Everton Future
But he does miss those Euro nights
18 May - In an interview yesterday Johnny Heitinga spoke of his connection with Merseyside and how he he was already preparing for the 2011-12 campaign as an Everton player: “I feel good over here, I have another three years on my contract, the fans are good with me, the manager's good with me, the play is good and I'm happy here at Everton. I'm looking forward to next season and hopefully we can get back into Europe. I miss playing in Europe because that's the highest level you can play in as a player but hopefully we can reach that with Everton next season.”

Honesty really is the best Policy
Evertonians seek respect for their joint financial contribution
17 May - Evertonians at KEIOC have provided some follow-up to their block-busting revelations about the real reasons why the Everton Place project has stalled, and are keeping up the pressure on the club to produce the kind of honesty and transparency we thought (wrongly as it turns out) Robert Elstone had shown at last month's Fans Conference. As KEIOC conclude: "Evertonians understand it's difficult running a football club with no money, Evertonians understand that plans don't always run smoothly and, most importantly of all, Evertonians understand how vital it is we secure new income streams as quickly as possible. What the fans don't understand, after all the mistakes made over the Kings Dock and Destination Kirkby, is why are the fans, that contribute so much, treated with so little respect?"

FA deny red card appeal
Bily to miss Chelsea plus two next season
17 May - The FA Disciplinary Committee today rejected the club's appeal of the red card given to Diniyar Bilyaletdinov by rookie Premier League ref Andrew Taylor in his first ever Everton match. Dismissing the protestations of West Brom's James Morrison in defence of Bily, who was adjudged by Taylor to have been so grievously fouled as to warrant a straight red card after less than 5 mins in the game, Everton's enignmatic Russian 'star' will now sit the next three games. So much for the increasingly meaningless "Respect" campaign...

Weak display sums up a lost season
West Bromwhich Albion 1 - 0 Everton
14 May - Everton's players trotted out the usual rhetoric about finishing the season strongly... but the plan was left on the Finch Farm tactics board as the Blues produced two equally poor halves and surrendered the league double to a West Brom side who had only managed one other clean sheet all season. A soft goal gifted to Mulumbu by poor defending after just 10 mins set the course of this match and though Everton saw plenty of the ball, they did precious little meaningful with it, despite the stats showing over 20 shots on goal. Anichebe squandered the best chance when Carson saved in a one-on-one situation but Bilyaletdinov seeing red for a reckless lunge after less than 5 mins on the field as a sub more or less summed up the whole wasted day... and wasted season.

West Bromwich Albion vs Everton
Match Preview
14 May - Everton play their last away game of the season this weekend with a trip to The Hawthorns with a score to settle from the reverse fixture back in November. The Blues can still mathematically claim sixth place but it's memories of a 4-1 drubbing by West Brom at Goodison Park that might be uppermost in their minds. David Moyes has no new injury concerns and therefore has options if wants to change anything from the side that beat Manchester City last weekend. KO is 12:45pm.

Everton Academy claim National Trophy!
Fulham U18s 1 - 2 Everton U18s
13 May - It was never going to be easy for Everton's Academy team... Robbed of home advantage and without two of their top England stars (Hope & Lundstram), plus an injury to key defender (Hammar), Everton held Fulham at bay until the 74th minute when they went behind, but from a free-kick Adam Thomas equalized with less than 10 mins left. Then sub George Waring dramatically grabbed what would be the winner as Everton turned the game on it's head 4 mins later. Everton win the FA Premier Academy League national trophy! A tremendous achievement under the circumstances. Well done, lads!

Everton face Fulham for U18 Title
Fulham U18 v Everton U18, Friday @ 7 pm BST
13 May - On Friday night, 13 May, Everton's promising Youth Academy team travel to Craven Cottage for their last game of the season — the National Playoff Final of the FA Premier Youth League. Everton's future is locked in to what can be produced internally from the academy, or more commonly these days, snapped up as potential future stars stolen away from other clubs. How many of the young guns who will face Fulham tonight for the national title will go on to be regular seniors? Unfortunately three of the most likely will be missing tonight: Hallam Hope & John Lundstram are on their way back from international duty with England U-17s in Serbia, while Swede Johan Hammar hobbled away from the semi-final on crutches. Kick-off is 7 pm.

Jags is the best!
“He’s a great recovery defender”
11 May - David Moyes reckons there is no better defender in the Premier League at present than Phil Jagielka: “What he has about him is as good as anyone in the country, it really is. He's a great recovery defender. There are bits of his game that will improve, but who could you not say that about? He is very valuable to us and that's why we have got him here on a long term contract. I've said many times I see him as a future captain at Everton, and the way he's playing just now he's doing that.”

Everton Plaice? It's all gone very fishy
Something of a freehold embarrassment
10 May - It was going to look wonderful. A £9M development for Everton's Corporate Offices and a host of other splendid features announced to great fanfare... Well, it seems we now must add Everton Place to the list of abject development failures on Bill Kenwright's watch. Apparently, under previous "securitizations", Everton no longer hold the freehold right to development of Goodison Park! And this has scuppered the new project. The Club said it was just a minor glitch but they have also withdrawn plans for the new carpark in Spellow Lane — not needed if Everton Plaice has died the death.

Everton Youth through to the Final
Everton U18s 3 - 2 Aston Villa U18s
9 May - Everton Academy's Under-18 side powered their way through to the National Final of the playoffs for the FA Premier Youth League, beating Aston Villa after going behind to an early goal. But the Blues came back when Tom Donegan equalized, and then went ahead through Gerard Kinsella. Villa weren't done, though, and they got back level before Conor McAleny scored the winning goal with just 5 mins left that sees the young guns meet Fulham or Sunderland to play for the trophy.

Cahill looking for 'massive rest'
Being 80% fit is good enough for impact sub
9 May - Tim Cahill talked to the Liverpool Echo about his role — and the inspiration of Duncan Ferguson — in securing Saturday's win: “I'm happy to be on the bench and coming on because three weeks ago they'd written me off and said my season was over. Yes, I take a massive risk playing but it's worth it on days like Saturday.” Regarding the chronic problem that was made so much worse at the Asian Cup, Cahill added, “I still feel my foot injury. I'm going to have to get a massive rest in the summer but I want to be a part of these good moments and help make a change. Maybe sometimes I don't do myself justice playing because people might feel I'm unfit or not moving well, but the matter of the fact is I'm 80% fit.”

The Wanderings of an Everton Nerd
Matchday Photography in & around Goodison Park
9 May - Jamie Yates has compiled a beautiful book of photographs taken in and around Goodison Park on matchdays during the 2006-07 season. George Orr says: "This glossy little book is delightful, full of match day views and scenes from around the ground. Bullens Road, Gwladys Street, Goodison Road, all get great coverage. Jamie has used his camera to do the talking, there is no text or storyline, just magnificent photographs. It captures the match day atmosphere so well, most of us have a pre match ritual, we walk up the same street, go to the same shop, the same pub and talk to the same people. That is all there to be seen in this book, it shows scenes from around Goodison Park that are not the most beautiful, but the ones we have deep in our heart."

Everton 2 - 1 Manchester City
Brilliant Osman header wins it for Blues
7 May - A game of two halves for what turned out to be a brilliant Everton fightback as they dispensed with high-flying City in great style after a poor first-half showing. Man City threatened to overrun Everton in the first half but crucially missed some guilt-edged chances before they finally went ahead when Distin over-committed, allowing Silva and Toure in behind him. Moyes made a strange switch at half-time: Beckford on for Hibbert, and later, Cahill on for Rodwell, after which Sylvain Distin scored superbly from a Baines free-kick. A great fight-back was on and it was an absolutely tremendous header from little Leon Osman off a Phill Neville cross that won the game for a rampant Everton before a vibrant Goodison Park crowd.

Everton v Manchester City
Match Preview
7 May - Everton have usually (although not always) stepped up this season when facing the big boys, and hold something of a hex over high-flying City. So Saturday's penultimate home game of the season may see a decent effort to take the nouveau riche down a peg or two... although the only beneficiaries might be Liverpool... and that we would not like to see. Cahill and Arteta are presumably fit and will be automatic selections again, raising the concern that their return has disrupted the good form Moyes's threadbare squad had been displaying. Kick-Off: 3pm BST.

Vaughan wants out too
Palace loan ends tomorrow
6 May - James Vaughan admits he is set to leave Everton this summer and will seriously consider any offer that he gets from Crystal Palace. The England U21 international's loan ends on Saturday and the striker expects to hold talks next week to discuss his future. "I want to play first-team football and I'll probably have to leave Everton because I don't seem part of their plans," he told the South London Press. "It's unfortunate because I love the club. I need to sit down with the gaffer at Palace... I've enjoyed every minute here so I would definitely consider staying."

Legends Match: Everton v Liverpool
25 May 2011: Charity Match and Fun Footy Day
5 May - A Charity Football Match in aid of Everton Former Players Foundation & Radio City's Cash for Kids will be the Main Event at the end of what promises to be a great day for football lovers at Goodison Park. In the afternoon, four sponsored local teams will get to play out a mini-tournament on the hallowed Goodison turf. There will be more entertainment and a Radio City v Celebrities game before the main event kicks off at 7:30pm: Everton Legends v Liverpool Legends — 30 mins each way. For more information and tickets visit:
www.radiocity.co.uk/masters
www.evertonfpf.org

Go easy on Lescott plea
Traitor finally returns to Goodison
4 May - Phil Neville has issued a rather laughable plea for Everton fans to go easy on Joleon Lescott when the former Blues defender returns to Goodison Park for the first time since his acrimonious move to Manchester City two seasons ago. Lescott wanted to leave, very much against the wishes of his manager and the fans at the time, who saw his departure as a betrayal of everything an Everton player should stand for. But Lescott was a popular member of the Blues dressing room who is still well-liked by many of the current first team, and Neville hopes the home crowd focus their vocal efforts solely on cheering the Toffees on Saturday.

Yak would love to become a Fox
Striker says he's had enough of Everton
4 May - On-loan Everton striker Yakubu says he would welcome a permanent move to Leicester City. The 28-year-old Nigerian has been with the Foxes since January, scoring 10 goals in 19 games, and insists he is happy at the Championship club. He told BBC Radio Leicester: "I think I've had enough [at Everton] and I have to look for somewhere to go — I would love to stay [at Leicester]. Hopefully I can settle things there and come back. If I could come and play for Leicester that would be great."

Living in the past?
Moyes seeks to recreate 4th place pre-season
3 May - David Moyes remains convinced that pre-season in America is the key prelude to full season success: “I am going to try and follow as close as possible the path we took in pre-season in the year we qualified for the Champions League as far as preparation is concerned. That was our first year in America, we will go there again. That is the one year we got off to a really good start.” Yet his Everton teams have failed to reach the heights of the Champions League places despite returning to America for pre-season preparation in four of the last five years...

Moyes looks up to Smith
... and lusts after just one of his many trophies
2 May - Talking up the man who suggested him for the Everton post nine years ago, David Moyes still looks up to Walter Smith: "Managers have to work with no money sometimes," Moyes said. "To be a great manager doesn't mean to say that it's because you have money and you buy players. You also have to find ways of winning without money and make the best out your team, and I think that's what Walter has done."

A star in the making?
Round talks up Anichebe
2 May - After a marginally better performance by Victor Anichebe in a really poor game, Steve Round insists: “He gave us a bit of presence up front and we knew they would drop off at the back to stop us getting in behind. We need him to hold the ball up, so we could play off him. I thought he did that quite well. He had a good energy about him, he was committed. Victor has been through a bit of a tough time but he is only young and he is trying to establish himself. He is coming through and I thought this performance was better from him. He needs to realise how good he could be and start performing that way. The only way he is going to win the crowd over and establish himself in the Premier League is with his performances on the pitch. Today he has took a step towards that'... The power of positive thinking? Or talking up our lone striker for next season...

Everton make Wigan pay the penalty
Wigan Athletic 1 - 1 Everton
30 Apr - Everton kept Wigan firmly entrenched in the relegation dogfight by grabbing the gift of a second penalty to earn a draw they probably didn't deserve with a sluggish performance at the DW Stadium. The Latics went ahead when they caught the Blues cold and Zogbia swept the ball past Howard from the angle. Everton spurned the chance to level matters, though, when Mikel Arteta's poor penalty was parried by Al Habsi and Howard had to make a number of key saves to keep the score down. With the Spaniard off the pitch in the 77th minute, though, Baines hammered home a second spot kick after Rodellega had handled in the box to claim the point.

Wigan Athletic vs Everton
Match Preview
30 Apr - With four games left and with diminishing hopes of pipping Liverpool to sixth place, Everton travel down the road to the DW Stadium to face relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic. John Heitinga and Tim Cahill are doubts with foot and hamstring injuries but Mikel Arteta could return after resuming training this week. KO is 3pm BST. Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Neville, Rodwell, Arteta, Cahill, Anichebe. Subs: Mucha, Bilyaletdinov, Beckford, Gueye, Coleman, Vellios, Duffy.

Young guns shoot up the Reds
Everton U-18 4 - 0 Liverpool U-18
27 Apr - Everton Under-18s routed their Liverpool counterparts finishing yesterday's derby with a crushing 4-0 win at Finch Farm. They have consolidated their lead in the Barclays Premier Academy League Group C title race with a superb performance which saw them triumph emphatically thanks to goals from Eric Dier, Hallam Hope, John Lundstram and Anton Forrester. Only by finishing first will they get a place in the end-of-season national play-offs.

The chase is still on, says Hibbo
We actually had a game plan to win
25 Apr - "It wasn't that we were going to defend for our lives, we came here to win. It might have looked like we had to have 10 men back, we actually had a game plan to win. As it pans out it looked like we were defending all the time, but we wanted the points. we need to finish the season strongly. We need wins and we need to keep our hopes of Europe alive as well as chasing Liverpool. It would mean a lot to me and the squad to get above them. We're in touching distance, we're over our bad start.” — Tony Hibbert.

Moribund gameplan fails again
Manchester United 1 - 0 Everton
23 Apr - Everton held out until 6 mins from the end with some stalwart defending that was all for nought. Ultimately, Moyes's familiar gameplan of holding out and hoping to perhaps grab something lay in tatters and all that desperate defending counted for nothing. Once again, this was a game and an opportunity, against Ferguson's second string, where a more adventurous approach from the supposed form team of the moment — yes, Everton — might have paid off. But Moyes, despite a surprising half-time double-change, all too predictably came a cropper again to his old Glasgow neighbour.

Manchester United vs Everton
Match Preview
23 Apr - Over the past eight games, Everton have been enjoying Champions League-qualifying form — only Chelsea have a better recent record — but in the Premier League era Old Trafford has been a graveyard of dreams for the Blues. David Moyes will assess the fitness of Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill, and John Heitinga as he tries to become the first manager to win on United's home turf this season, a ground where Everton haven't won since 1992. Kick off is 12:45pm.

Moyes has concerns for Cahill's fitness
Foot injury made worse by Asian Cup efforts
21 Apr - Tim Cahill's chronic foot injury is threatening both his club and international future. Moyes says the problem has been exacerbated by Cahill missing a whole month of football with Blues while he helped Australia to reach the Asian Cup final in January despite being well short of full fitness. “Tim maybe needs to consider if he should miss playing in the majority of the friendlies for his country... Tim is 31 now. When you get to that age, you actually have to train more to keep yourself fitter. But you have to rest and recuperate as much as you can as well. We've given Tim time off and tried to give him a holiday here and there, we've tried to help him recharge his batteries. But the injury is making it difficult for him."

Everton have the right people in charge
New owners are not needed: just new money
19 Apr - Making it clear that he will never turn on Chairman Bill Kenwright, David Moyes insists the Blues have the right people already in place at Goodison and that the club could be very good for not an awful lot of outlay: “New ownership isn't always the solution to everything. What you want is the right people and the right people are already at Everton. We don't need new owners, we need new money. But if you want new money, that tends to come with new owners. We don't need new owners, we need an investment of money."

Good run of form continues
Everton 2 - 0 Blackburn Rovers
16 Apr - Everton resisted the attentions of a physically stronger and bigger Blackburn side to eventually garner the points through playing what little decent football there was on show in a display that at times showed just how poor the Premier League has been this season. But it was Leon Osman again who gets credited with raising the Blues' game when he drove home from a short Gueye corner, thanks to a deflection off Samba. And the points were won when Coleman, on for Gueye, won a penalty that Baines powered home confidently. Job done and the exceptional end-of-season run continues.

Everton vs Blackburn Rovers
Match Preview
16 Apr - Everton hope to extend their recent run of impressive results to five wins in seven with victory over Blackburn Rovers this weekend and keep the pressure on Liverpool in the race for an unlikely place in Europe. But the bench will again be full of untried Academy players as Jack Rodwell and Seamus Coleman will undergo late fitness tests but Mikel Arteta is ruled out until next weekend at the earliest.

Priorities of Club vs Country
Cahill set to skip Socceroos Friendlies
14 Apr - Tim Cahill has revealed he will skip Australia's June friendlies in order to rest ahead of his next Premier League campaign with Everton. Cahill, 31, has been troubled by a chronic foot injury this season and has not played a competitive match since the Toffees' 2-1 win over Fulham a month ago. The ailment also forced him out of Australia's friendly in Germany last month.

A plaque for Everton's War Heroes
Stirling work by Everton Heritage Society
12 Apr - As a diversion from the worries of today, Dr David France has been busy with historian Dr John Rowlands scouring the historical records to come up with a unique memorial for seven fallen Everton players from Britain and Chile who gave their lives for their countries. One marble plaque sponsored by the France family will be given to the Club for display at Goodison Park, and an identical one sponsored by the Shareholders Association will be presented to CD Everton in Viña del Mar, Chile.

Everton's Annual Recovery Route
Neville rues poor start to the season
12 Apr - An Everton squad decimated by injuries, loans and lack of investment is now producing top Premier League form after a painfully disappointing season. A slow start was also followed by Champions League form in 2008-09 and again in 2009-10 and Everton are well on their way to completing an unwanted hat-trick. "That's what Everton do," said Phil Neville, who scored his first goal since April 2008. "Even though we are in this run at the moment, I think there is still an air of disappointment about this season. We expected so much and I think we've still failed to really deliver. The pleasing thing is that we've persevered."

Bily's screamer wraps up Wolves
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 - 3 Everton
9 Apr - Three excellent first-half goals sealed a very good win for Everton, now six games unbeaten and snapping at the heels of Liverpool. Beckford was first on the score sheet with a well-executed near-post glancing header off a perfect Osman cross. Then a free-kick from the left was saved but the ball came to Neville and he fired in an unstoppable shot with the benefit of a slight deflection. But the star turn was to come from Bilyaletdinov, striding forward and lashing a screamer into the top corner before half-time. Beckford got hauled off after falling out with Moyes and Adam Forshaw was given his league debut as a late sub.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Everton
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9 Apr - The season run-in feels more like a run-down as Everton continue to struggle with a horrific injury crisis. A trip to Molineux and a battle against struggling Wolves, who are deeply embroiled in the relegation dogfight that extends half-way up the Premier League table, will be no picnic. Seamus Coleman, Tim Cahill and Jack Rodwell will undergo late fitness tests ahead of the 12:45pm kick off.

Parking the bus has been sussed
Ossie has the answers to negative tactics
8 Apr - Teams that park the bus and force Everton into a draw have been sussed, according to Leon Osman, who is expected to carry the burden of breaking through a Wolves team that has succeeded in holding the Blues for everyone of their last four meetings in the Premier League. It was a familiar outcome last weekend against Aston Villa at Goodison Park, resulting in Everton's 14th draw of the season, despite Osman opening the scoring, but he believes that the lads can find a way through, no matter how they chose to play.

Everton try to re-sign Fellaini
Big Mo has more than two years on his contract
5 Apr - "I think talks have started now, even though I've not spoken to Marouane personally about it," the Everton manager said. "He's really important to us, part of the furniture here now, and of course we want him to stay. We did it with the likes of Jags [Phil Jagielka] and Bainesy [Leighton Baines], who are on long-term contracts. We want to keep building on that and obviously Marouane comes into that category." — David Moyes

End-to-End Romp ends All-Square
Everton 2 - 2 Aston Villa
2 Apr - It was the barebones for team selection as Everton struggled to find 11 semi-fit senior players, but they gave the Villains a good game in the first half, and finally took the lead when Osman finished a nice run with a shot that bobbled over the line. But Everton struggled to get going after the break and were hit with the sucker punch as Bent lashed home the simplest of half-volleys. Then it looked that Beckford had scored from one of those classic shots that come down off the crossbar and just behind the line... or was it? No said the Ref... and, of course, Villa bombed off down the other end to take the lead through Bent. Osman missed not one but three glorious chances to correct the scoreline, and it needed a penalty from Baines (our first of the season!) to save Blues Blushes.

Saha is out for the season
No fooling us any more, Davey
1 Apr - David Moyes has finally admitted that Louis Saha is out for the rest of the season after the injury he sustained to his ankle near the end of the match against Fulham nearly two weeks ago. The club has kept fans in the dark since then but Moyes revealed in his pre-match chat to journalists that it required an operation, which has added the club's leading scorer to the massive injury list that has devastated what remained of the senior squad already short with nine players out on loan, including three strikers.

10 years as a Blue Defender
Hibbert is lone survivor of first Moyes game
31 Mar - He is the Blues' longest-serving player, holds the record for European appearances, is the sole survivor of David Moyes' first game in charge, is an FA Youth Cup winner, an FA Cup finalist, an unsung hero, the most ferocious slide-tackler in the North West, a former youth football goal-machine and, most importantly, an Evertonian. The Official Everton site carries a nice tribute to Tony Hibbert, celebrating ten years since his senior debut.

Mullin pushes Blues sale prosectus
US Sports Executive has been trying to broker a deal
30 Mar - Liverpool-born businessman Bernard Mullin, a life-long Everton fan, has approached a number of high profile individuals around the world to get them interested in buying Everton... but with little success. His search to put together a consortium, based on a brief prospectus that underscores Everton's investment needs, has thus far proved fruitless. A number of rumoured investments, both domestic and international, have failed to materialise.

Moyes confirms he's staying
... unless the fans get fed up with him
30 Mar - Talking to ex-Sky pundits Keys & Gray about the fans and his 10th year as manager of Everton, David Moyes has told TalkSport, “If I got the feeling they were fed up with me then I'd do something about it. But I don't at the moment, I still see it as one of the biggest clubs in England, and I'm really thrilled to be manager of the club.” He admits to being disappointed that talking up the team at the start of the season and raising expectations, based on the excellent run of form last season, fell flat on its face, primarily through his failure to bring in a decent striker.

Second string lose again
Newcastle Utd Res 2 - 1 Everton Res
29 Mar - Everton travelled to the northeast for their sixth game of the month (that's one-third of their entire season!) with an Academy side that included no senior players: Roberts; Browning, Nsiala, Dier, Bidwell; Donovan, Forshaw, Kinsella, Dobie; Vellios, McAleny; Subs: Fitzgibon, Murphy, Barrow, Forrester, Thomas. The Barcodes went into a 2-0 lead inside 15 mins but Conor McAleny pulled a goal back on the half-hour. And that's how the match finished, with Everton firmly bottom of the Northern Group B in the FA Premier Reserve League.

Howard's heroics for the Yanks
USA 1 - 1 Argentina
27 Mar - Tim Howard put in a heroic performance for the USA against Argentina in an international friendly at East Rutherford, New Jersey last night in front of a sell-out 78,936 crowd. A series of crucial saves kept the Yanks in a tremendously entertaining game until just before the break as a scintillating Argentina featuring the dazzling Messi threatened to overrun their more pedestrian hosts. A blocked shot rebounded off Howard to Cambiasso and was unstoppable but the exciting 18-year-old Juan Agudelo on for the second half scored a vital equalizer, and the USA held out for a very creditable draw.

No free lunch at 'Everton Place'
Development delays signal commercial ineptitude
26 Mar - When it was announced last August, with great fanfare, the £9M commercial development behind the Park End, now named 'Everton Place', was to be "cash positive" with deals involving multiple commercial partners making it effectively free... But it turns out the reality is a lot different as delays initially for "minor legal difficulties" turn into question marks over the project's schedule amid rumours that a key construction partner has pulled out. This commentary at Sportingo interprets it as underlining Everton's commercial ineptitude off the field.

Three-year ban and £300 fine
Everton fan guilty of racist abuse
25 Mar - David Sibson, and Everton fan and season ticket holder for 30 years, was handed an astonishing sentence for admitting to calling Louis Saha a "fucking lazy French bastard" during the home game against Stoke last October. The offence was deemed to be racially aggravated threatening behaviour, by its reference to Saha's national origin, resulting in a three-year ban from attending matches, and a £300 fine, after being reported to stewards by other spectators.

Another injury blow for Everton
Rodwell joins the long-term injured
25 Mar - Jack Rodwell is the latest to feature in another growing injury crisis at Goodison Park. Everton fear Jack Rodwell's season is set to end early after it emerged the ankle injury he sustained in Saturday's win over Fulham is more severe than first thought. He faces four to six weeks out after going to see a specialist for scans on his ankle.

Saha on crutches
Still no word from Everton
23 Mar - According to David Moyes, Everton are waiting until Louis Saha sees a specialist tomorrow; but the Telegraph reports a conversation the player had with L'Equipe that would appear to confirm our worst fears. Just after becoming Everton's new leading scorer for the season, he has admitted he may not play again this season after injuring his ankle in last weekend's Premier League victory against Fulham, leaving Everton with just one fit senior forward for the remainder of the campaign.

Vellios scores again for Reserves
But they can't beat Blackburn
22 Mar - Playing their fourth of six matches this month in a bizarre fixture pile-up, Everton Reserves could not overcome their counterparts at Blackburn last night, losing 2-1. Apostolos Vellios scored again, his third goal since arriving at Finch Farm, but Alan Stubbs has been talking down any prospect of him progressing to play for the first team. The only recongizable fringe player involved was Jose Baxter, whose progression from the Academy ranks seems to have stalled after three seasons at this level.

Blues bank three more points off Fulham
Everton 2 - 1 Fulham
19 Mar - Everton hung on to a 2-1 advantage and moved into eighth place on goal difference with their 10th successive Premier League home win over Fulham. A fairly dour first half was lit up after 35 minutes when Osman crossed nicely to the back post and Coleman placed a perfect header back across Schwarzer to give Everton a slender half-time lead. The second half wasn't five minutes old when the Blues doubled their lead, Saha driving home sweetly from 20 yards from a free kick. They sat back, though, in an otherwise dreadful second half from the home perspective, inviting pressure and paying for it when Zamora laid the ball off for Dempsey and he drove a low shot past Howard just past the hour mark. Everton held out, though, despite the loss of Saha with a serious-looking leg injury.

Everton vs Fulham
Match Preview
19 Mar - Last Tuesday marked David Moyes's ninth anniversary in charge at Goodison Park and he begins his 10th year against the same club the Blues played when he started his tenure in March 2002. Fulham come to Merseyside with an impressive defensive record away from home but having only won once on their travels this season. Phil Neville has an outside chance of figuring for the Blues but Mikel Arteta, Marouane Fellaini and Tim Cahill are all ruled out. Kick-Off: 5:30 pm GMT.

Jagielka pens new Everton contract
18 Mar - Everton have secured Phil Jagielka to a new extended contract after the 28-year-old put pen to paper on a four-year deal that would keep him at Goodison until 2015. "I am really pleased," the defender said. "We had talks a while ago and I knew it would only be a case of getting it signed and sealed and you can tell by the smile on my face that I am absolutely delighted to commit my future to Everton."

Moyes slaps down Rodwell rubbish
Wants to keep his best players
18 Mar - "I don't know where all the talk has come from of a deal being done with Manchester United because that is a load of rubbish, a complete untruth," he said. "It is definitely not the case so if anyone wants to come in and disprove me they should do so. Stop telling people the wrong things in the media. The media have a responsibility to tell people the facts. There has been no contact and we want to keep him at the club for a long time and I have no reason to suggest anything else."

Hope Akpan heads off to Hull
Yet another player out on loan
17 Mar - As Everton climb the table into the top half of the Premier League, almost in spite of the worst ravages of injuries this season, the potential list of young players who could come through to help out is reduced yet further. Hope Akpan, who has featured in 10 Reserves matches this season, has become the eighth current player who has been loaned out, ostensibly for experience, to get his salary off the books, to put him in the shop window... or all of the above. The midfielder has gone to Hull City until the end of the season.

Gueye scores late to beat Villa
Secret weapon unleashed for Reserves
14 Mar - The absence of the first team squad on their jollies in New York City with David Moyes meant that there were yet again no first-team players (except Baxter) getting any match practise in the reserves, who traveled to Aston Villa and won only their third game of the season. Moyes's mysterious so-called secret weapon, Magaye Gueye was back in action, setting up new Greek striker Apostolos Vellios for the opening goal and then scoring himself in injury time after Villa had equalised.

Everton announce Fans Conference
19 April; Limited to first 200 season ticket holders
14 Mar - Updated: Everton will be holding an exclusive Fans' Conference next month, for season-ticket holders only. It will take place on Tuesday 19 April in the Alex Young suite at Goodison Park, where attendees will be able to pose questions to CEO Robert Elstone, former player Ronnie Goodlass and a specially selected panel which will be announced shortly. The event will be hosted by Radio City's Alan Irwin and is limited to the first 200 applicants. However, details on how to make your application have not yet been published by the club.

Kenwright aware of Moyes's cachet
Would not stop Moyes going to Man Utd
11 Mar - Bill Kenwright says that if Manchester United or a club of comparable size came calling then David Moyes "would have a decision to make" but the Everton chairman retains faith in his manager's commitment to Everton. While the headline of this Sky Sports report is slightly misleading in that Kenwright does not directly say he wouldn't fight to keep Moyes, the chairman's comments do seem to have shifted somewhat from last year's more aggresssive rhetoric where he indicated he would "fight tooth and nail" to keep our manager where he belongs."

Huff-and-Puff Draw Number 13
Everton 1 - 1 Birmingham City
10 Mar - The odds of producing an almost unprecedented third consecutive league win proved insurmountable for an almost unchanged Everton side at home to lowly opposition from the bottom three, especially when Mikel Arteta foundered after just 6 mins with a busted hamstring, and joined the burgeoning ranks in the Finch Farm treatment room. Birmingham then scored with their first real attack and went back the other end to park the bus and apply the handbrake. But Johnny Heitinga rescued Everton blushes with a sublime finish that unfortunately could not be replicated through an increasingly frustrating second period. The result sees Everton surge a point closer to Premier League safety and one place up the table... but two points further away from a tantalizing European slot.

Everton vs Birmingham City
Match Preview
9 Mar - Everton play their game in hand over the teams around them when Carling Cup winners, Birmingham City, come to Goodison for the match that was rescheduled from Boxing Day. Phil Neville is a major doubt after picking up a strain at Newcastle but his fitness will be assessed before David Moyes selects his team. Kick off is 8pm.

Blues bounce back again with Toon win
Newcastle United 1 - 2 Everton
5 Mar - Once again Everton followed dismal defeat with morale-boosting victory, completing a northeast double in the space of a week with a come-from-behind win at Newcastle. The Blues fell behind midway through the first half when Best stooped to head home unmarked but what looked on paper to be a somewhat limited Everton XI going forward had turned the game on its head within 13 minutes. Osman slotted home after terrific work by Arteta to equalise on the half hour before Jagielka converted a superb Baines free kick to make it 2-1. Despite numerous break-away chances to kill the game in the second half, Everton made their traveling fans sweat through a nervy finale before claiming a priceless victory.

Newcastle United vs Everton
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5 Mar - Everton's latest attempt at redemption will unfold at St James' Park this weekend as they take on Newcastle United, hoping to channel the shame of the cup defeat to Reading into a victory that would keep them away from the drop-zone and in touch with the Europa League qualification places. Fellaini and Cahill are out injured but David Moyes isn't expected to have any further injury concerns. Kick off is 3pm.

Fellaini Sr claims are “nonsense”
Midfielder agrees he was fit to start Sunderland game
4 Mar - Everton are dismissing accusations made by Marouane Fellaini's father that the club went against medical advice by forcing the Belgian international to play in last weekend's match against Sunderland. Abdellatif Fellaini claims his son aggravated an ankle injury he picked up in the FA Cup win at Stamford Bridge after which doctors said he should rest but David Moyes has hit back angrily at the suggestion and the midfielder himself admits he was fit to play.

Shocking Cup Capitulation
Everton 0 - 1 Reading
1 Mar - A horrible example of Everton's shocking impotence in front of goal, compounded by a negative 4-5-1 selection for what would be dismal fayre in a poor first half where Everton initially dominated but could produce only one weak Osman shot on target, while Reading scored from a corner. Moyes changed things at half-time, bringing on two unfit strikers and going 4-3-3 but the pattern of the game hardly changed at all as Reading defended their hard-earned lead to the last man, and dumped Everton out of the cup to lower league opposition, at hone, yet again. Three shots on target from Everton through the entire match.

Everton v Reading
FA Cup 5th Round
1 Mar - After finally securing a dramatic win over Chelsea on penalties in the 4th Round, Everton welcome Reading to Goodison Park tonight for the 5th Round. A determined effort will be required to ensure the right result in this early (7:30pm) kick-off under the Goodison lights, with a visit to Manchester City or Aston Villa as the prospect in the Quarter-Finals. Cahill, Fellaini, Coleman & Beckford are all carrying knocks and listed as doubtful.

Moyes out to change perceptions
Wants the attention to be on Everton's football
28 Feb - "It is about changing the perception of the club from the way it is getting perceived at the moment. Because the club's accounts came out, there was a lot of bad news. I always thought the team could make a difference. If we win games, move up the league, hopefully we can get people talking about the football more than anything else to do with the club. It was always going to be something which if the team does well it can cover a lot of things at the football club. At this present time I don't think the team has done well enough this year." — David Moyes.

Beckford goals reset Blues compass
Everton 2 - 0 Sunderland
26 Feb - Louis Saha was declared fit enough to start up front with Jermaine Beckford in a much-needed 4-4-2 formation at home to Bruce's Black Cats. After the excitement of last week and the previous goalfest at Goodison, this was more subdued and businesslike from the Blues who went ahead with a goal created by Osman that Beckford forced in off a defender. More great work by the improving Arteta set up Beckford for a scuffed second that put them in a comfortable position to take all three points and keep a clean sheet, thanks to a crucial fingertip save by Howard off Sessegnon.

Everton vs Sunderland
Match Preview
25 Feb - After the heroics in the FA Cup last weekend, Everton resume their stuttering Premier League campaign when Sunderland come to Goodison Park hoping to use the penalty win over Chelsea as a springboard to moving clear of the relegation zone. Louis Saha and Tim Cahill are expected to be fit and Jack Rodwell may also figure for the Blues who could move into 10th place, at least for a day, if they win and other results go their way. Kick off is 3pm.

Saha and Cahill may be fit
Duo could return for Sunderland match
23 Feb - Everton are hoping that both Tim Cahill and Louis Saha will have recovered from their recent injuries in time for Saturday's crunch game with Sunderland. David Moyes has been sweating on Cahill's fitness ever since the Australian midfielder was forced out of the game at Stamford Bridge after 70 minutes. Saha, has been absent with a hamstring problem since netting four against Blackpool. However, staff at Finch Farm remain hopeful that both will be available for selection.

Vellios scores for Reserves
But they are thrashed at home 1-5 by Blackburn
22 Feb - Everton new boy Apostolos Vellios scored for Everton Reserves in a rearranged match against Blackburn Rovers Reserves today but it was merely a consolation goal at the end of a 5-1 hammering from their Lancashire rivals, thankfully behind closed doors at Finch Farm. The team included Jan Mucha, Tony Hibbert, Shane Duffy, Luke Garbutt and Jose Baxter but no sign of Moyes's "secret weapon", Magaye Gueye, who has not been on the senior subs bench for the last three weeks.

Penalty joy for dogged Everton
Baines free kick sets up penalty shoot-out: Chelsea 3-4 Everton
19 Feb - It will be Everton who take on Reading in the FA Cup fifth round after pulling off a dramatic, if unlikely, victory on penalties at Stamford Bridge. After 90 minutes of goalless fare, punctuated by two moments of controversy — first when referee Phil Dowd ignored penalty claims against Howard for a foul on Ramires and then when Fellaini's 90th-minute goal was disallowed for offside — the Blues looked buried when Lampard finally gave Chelsea the lead half-way through extra time. But in the dying seconds, Baines stunned the home fans with a wonder strike from a free-kick to take it to penalties. Baines faltered from the spot, though, giving Cech an easy spot-kick to save but Howard came to the rescue again, palming away Anelka's weak effort. Cole blasted the last Chelsea penalty wide and it was a moment of high pleasure for Neville and 6,000 travelling Evertonians when the captain lashed the final spot kick into the roof of the net to win the tie.

Chelsea vs Everton
Match Preview
18 Feb - The strength of Everton's character and the extent of their fragility in the wake of Sunday's awful performance against Bolton Wanderers will come under harsh examination at Stamford Bridge this weekend in the replay of this FA Cup Fourth Round tie. Louis Saha apparently faces an outside chance of being involved but David Moyes is likely to have the same squad from which to choose as last weekend. Kick off is 12.30pm.

Elstone on strategy and investment
CEO insists Everton FC is for sale
18 Feb - In his latest blog post on the Official Site, Chief Executive Robert Elstone describes the Club's strategy vis-a-vis growing revenue and addresses the all-important question surrounding the lack of investment in Everton. Though he uses the terms "investor" and "buyer" interchangeably, the message appears to be that Everton FC is for sale but nothing is imminent on that front.

Dalglish's regret over Heysel
Everton were innocent but still punished
17 Feb - Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has spoken with rare honesty about the tragedy at Heysel, although he carefully avoids placing any blame on Liverpool fans. However, he does at least acknowledge the totally disproportionate affect the resulting ban had on Everton: “It wasn't just Liverpool who suffered, Everton were Champions but didn't play in the Champions League and they were innocent. They weren't even at Heysel, so there's people with a lot greater grievances than us. Heysel was a terrible tragedy, for so many people to lose their lives in a football match was appalling. And it was right that somebody was punished.”

Everton in a relegation dogfight
Captain Neville's honest assessment
15 Feb - Talking about Everton's worst performance under David Moyes, “Nothing went for us,” said the Goodison skipper. “We didn't perform to the level we know we can. We're really disappointed. Rather than looking up we're in a real dogfight and that's me being honest. The incentive before the game was to get the three points and shoot up the league to eighth position. That performance wasn't up to scratch. We still have enough quality to finish the season strongly but we need to play better than we did. Collectively we all take responsibility for that performance, we have let our supporters down." “We need to move on fast because we have Chelsea in the FA Cup next week.”

Bolton brush aside dreadful Everton
Bolton Wanderers 2 - 0 Everton
13 Feb - If Everton ever needed to show they were not going to be sucked into the relegation maelstrom, today was the day but a woeful performance, worryingly bereft of desire, spirit or creativity, condemned them to defeat at the Reebok Stadium. Gary Cahill headed home completely unmarked in the first half and Daniel Sturridge smashed home the killer goal in the second while the Blues were simply horrible, creating just one real chance of note which Tim Cahill steered wide after 16 minutes. A horrible result from a horrible game against a very ordinary team.

Bolton Wanderers vs Everton
Match Preview
13 Feb - Everton hope to build on last weekend's thrilling win over Blackpool with a victory over Bolton that would lift them over Owen Coyle's side and into eighth place in the table. They'll have to do it without the in-form Louis Saha, though, after he pulled a hamstring in training and Jack Rodwell who is out with a groin strain. Tim Cahill and one of Victor Anichebe and Jermaine Beckford will come in to lead the line. Kick off is 4pm with live coverage on Sky.

Now Saha out for at least two weeks
Hamstring injury picked up during training
11 Feb - The Echo are reporting that Louis Saha will be out for a number of weeks with a suspected hamstring strain. The injury was sustained during training. He's having scans today on the extent of the injury. With the loss of Yakubu and Vaughan on loan for the rest of the season, David Moyes will be forced to place more reliance on Jermaine Beckford, who does not appear to be well suited to the lone-striker role.

Everton facing a bleak future
Club must sell players to cover living expenses
10 Feb - In an unusually realistic piece for the local press, Sean McGuire echoes many of the realizations bought home by the release of Everton's Accounts for last season, as expressed in the ToffeeWeb discussions linked below. There is no money to pay for stadium improvements that could increase matchday revenue; selling players and reducing the mammoth wage bill may be the only way to balance the books.

Rodwell out for a month at least
Yet another crucial injury on International duty
9 Feb - Jack Rodwell faces four to six weeks on the sidelines after scans revealed the extent of the groin injury he sustained after just 12 minutes of last night's England U-21 friendly with Italy. The timing is unfortunate for the 19-year-old who was enjoying a new role playing just behind Louis Saha as David Moyes showed his desire to give the coveted midfielder a run of games in the side.

Everton release accounts for last fiscal year
Total liabilities have increased to £95 million
8 Feb - Everton have released the Club's annual accounts which show generated turnover of £79.1m and operating costs of £79.6m resulting in an operating loss before player trading of £0.6m. Though operating costs were up by almost £6m, the results show an improvement on the previous year's overall loss of £6m thanks in part to increased attendances and an 8% rise in season ticket revenue. Net debt increased from £37.9m to £44.9m, but the total liabilities have risen to £95m.

Goals Galore at Goodison
Everton 5 - 3 Blackpool
5 Feb - What a fantastic game of football at Goodison Park. Louis Saha scored FIVE goals, the second one being denied by idiotic refereeing that helped lift Everton to play with determination, spirit, and a final product that has been so sorely lacking for most of this awful season. The football at times was simply scintillating, and good though Saha's goals were, the peach was substitute Beckford's that crucially broke the deadlock at 3-3, an absolutely world-class finish to a brilliant ball in from Baines. Blackpool played with the attacking verve and desire that had won them plaudits earlier in the season, but simply could not hold back the flood in the end.

Everton vs Blackpool
Match Preview
5 Feb - With just one league victory in the last seven outings, Everton have slipped dangerously close to the drop zone, sitting three points above West Ham in 18th place, albeit with a game in hand ahead of the visit of Blackpool. Tim Cahill is a doubt with a thigh injury but Tony Hibbert is over a virus leaving David Moyes with almost fully-fit squad. KO for this must-win game is 3pm.

Moyes Strikes back at Wenger's lies
But says he would not shop Fabregas to the FA
5 Feb - Challenging the stream of lies from Wenger and Arsenal, Moyes has retorted, “Well, his player was the one who broke the unwritten rule because he questioned Everton Football Club... that we may be paying officials. In doing that he also then questioned the officials that they may be, in turn, taking money. Anybody who works in this country will tell you we're really strong on it. We support our referees.” However, he added “There's no way I want Fabregas or Arsenal done by the FA, not at all. In fact if the FA come after him, I'll say I'm not interested.”

FA dismiss Moyes's red card claim
Fabregas accused ref of bribery
2 Feb - Tempers flared in the Emirates tunnel at half-time on Tuesday night, when David Moyes heard Cesc Fabregas call Everton cheats and accuse referee Lee Mason of being bribed after he had correctly allowed Saha's goal to stand. Saha was in an offside position but had been played on by an Arsenal defender. Moyes refused to say what he had heard but called it "disgusting" and said the referee should have issued a red card on the spot. The ref and FA, however, have turned a deaf ear to the controversy, while Wenger, true to form after initially denying anything happened, cited some unwritten rule that what's said in the tunnel stays in the tunnel...

Everton look a gift horse in the mouth
Arsenal 2 - 1 Everton
1 Feb - Everton surrendered another position of strength at the Emirates and allowed Arsenal to come from behind to steal a victory that had looked well beyond them with a quarter of the game remaining. Deservedly leading at half time through a hugely contentious Saha goal, the Blues changed their shape after the interval, withdrawing into a more defensive posture and were undone first by a deft chip over the defence by Fabregas which Arshavin side-footed home off Rodwell's header and then by their own awful marking when Koscielny, nodded home a free header to complete the comeback.

Arsenal vs Everton
Match Preview
1 Feb - Everton make the trip to the Emirates Stadium this evening for a fairly daunting fixture against second-place Arsenal, one the Blues haven't won for 15 years. Tim Cahill's Asia Cup adventure is over but he has been given time to recharge his batteries and Victor Anichebe is doubtful with a groin strain so it's conceivable that David Moyes will name an unchanged line-up. KO is 7:45pm.

Neville bid insulting
Moyes lashes out at disrespectful Spurs
1 Feb - David Moyes has revealed his contempt for Spurs after stating: "We have had an offer from Tottenham of £250,000 which we received on Saturday afternoon. Then it was upped to £500,000 on Monday morning. I think that is insulting. That was £250,000 now and £250,000 paid in a year's time. There is no reaction to that. I think an offer like that for Everton's captain is a disrespectful offer to the club and I think it is a disrespectful offer for a player of Phil's qualities."

Greek incoming, bearing no gifts
Big new signing: Apostolos Vellios
31 Jan - The last day of the transfer window and Everton have finally made a signing — a young Greek striker with a big name: Apostolos Vellios. The hot 18-year-old prospect from Iraklis Thessaloniki arrives after a reported fee of £215,000 changed hands. Greek Under-20 international Vellios has signed a 3½-year deal with Everton and joins a long list of young players scouted by David Moyes as "one for the future". He joins Eric Dier, the 17-year-old Sporting Lisbon loanee, as the only new arrivals in an otherwise depressing transfer window.

Everton reject Spurs bid for Neville
Another barren transfer deadline day
31 Jan - The January transfer window closed without a single senior-level player coming in to make up for the departures of Pienaar and Yakubu earlier in the month as Kieran Agard and Joao Silva were farmed out on loan to Kilmarnock, Scotland, and Uniao Desportiva de Leiria, Portugal, respectively. Everton did confirm the acquisition of Apostolos Vellios, though, and it was revealed that Tottenham made a derisory bid for Phil Neville that was flatly rejected by the Club.

Everton allow Chelsea off the hook
Everton 1 - 1 Chelsea
29 Jan - Everton came so close to exacting revenge for the 2009 FA Cup final defeat but allowed Chelsea to escape with a draw when the home defence was caught cold by a quick counter-attack and Kalou slotted home. The Royal Blues dominated the game from start to finish in terms of possession and spirit and took a deserved second-half lead when Saha powered home a header from a corner. Were it not for two heroic goal-line blocks in either half by Ramires and Essien to deny Saha and Coleman, they might have put a poor Chelsea side to the sword but now they have to do in the lion's den in a replay next month.

Everton vs Chelsea
FA Cup Fourth Round Preview
29 Jan - Against the backdrop of mounting supporter frustration with the team's performances following the disappointing home draw with West Ham last weekend, Everton meet Chelsea in a re-match of the 2009 FA Cup Final, the closest David Moyes has come to winning a trophy in his nine-year tenure at Goodison Park. Victor Anichebe is doubtful with a thigh strain and Tim Cahill is preparing for the Asia Cup Final but Phil Jagielka and Louis Saha are fit enough to battle for starting berths. Kick off is 12:30pm with live coverage on ESPN.

Will Bily now get his chance?
Hurt by being overlooked
27 Jan - Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is at a loss to explain why he has not been given more opportunities this season, but was hopeful that Pienaar's exit would give him the chance to start regularly: "With the exit of Pienaar. I will have more chances and I am going to take a tight grip on them, but at the same time I do not want that my return to the squad is connected only with the other man's exit. What do I feel? I feel hurt a bit. There are weeks when I fly in training, the coach speaks highly of me, but still I am not in the team. At such moments I try to focus on something positive, force myself to work even harder - for the future. The realisation that I am training in great conditions, in a strong team, participating in the strongest European league helps me."

Cahill into the Asia Cup Final
Australia thrash Uzbekistan to line up date with Japan
26 Jan - Not surprisingly, two of Asia's strongest teams will contest the Asia Cup Final after Tim Cahill and Australia booked their place in Saturday's final with a 6-0 hammering of Uzbekistan. Cahill played 71 minutes of the semi final before being rested with the score at 4-0, but not before the Everton midfielder had laid on the second goal for Sasa Ognenovski. Japan beat South Korea on penalties in the other semi after the game had finished 2-2.

Everton crash out of FA Youth Cup
Middlesbrough 1 - 0 Everton
24 Jan - Everton's in-form Youth Academy side did not get very far in this season's FA Youth Cup, crashing out in only the Fourth Round to a powerful header, the only goal of the game at the Riverside on Monday. Despite leading their group in the FA Premier Youth League and being unbeaten in eight games, Playing an unchanged side from the previous round, Everton went behind in the first half. They piled on the pressure in the second period and Hallum Hope had the ball in the Boro net but it was ruled offside.

Draw snatched from the jaws of defeat
Everton 2 - 2 West Ham United
22 Jan - Everton escaped the ignominy of a home defeat to bottom club West Ham but they needed an injury-time equaliser from Marouane Fellaini to spare their blushes. Jonathan Spector had given the Hammers the lead in the first half and it wasn't until 13 minutes from time that sub Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's smart finish got the home fans off the Blues' backs. But when Seamus Coleman somehow missed an open goal and Frederick Piquionne headed the visitors back in front at the other end, it looked curtains for Everton even though the French striker was sent off for his over-elaborate celebration. Fellaini's shot on the turn broke Hammers hearts, though, at the death.

Everton vs West Ham United
Team News
22 Jan - Everton welcome the bottom club West Ham to Goodison this weekend looking to extend their recent unbeaten run to four games (and just one defeat in 10). David Moyes has named an unchanged line-up from the one that started at Anfield last Sunday after Louis Saha failed a late fitness test on a thigh strain. For all his pleas to be given the chance to replace Steven Pienaar, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has to be content with a place on the bench as Leon Osman continues in left midfield.

Everton vs West Ham United
Match Preview
21 Jan - Everton welcome the bottom club West Ham to Goodison this weekend looking to extend their recent unbeaten run to four games (and just one defeat in 10). With Steven Pienaar now gone, David Moyes begins in earnest the process of replacing him, though the smart money would be on Leon Osman, who deputised for the South African at Anfield on Sunday, being handed the responsibility in the short term. Louis Saha, who missed the derby with a thigh strain, will have a late fitness test but Phil Jagielka should be fit. Kick off is 3pm.

Everton snap up Dier on loan
Young English defender joins Academy from Sporting
20 Jan - Everton have drafted hot English-born prospect Eric Dier into the Club's Academy on loan from Sporting for remainder of the season. The 17 year-old has come through the Portuguese side's youth ranks after moving to the Iberian Peninsula seven years ago and he is regarded by some as a potential future England international — though he has yet to represent his country at youth level. The move follows rumours that he would join on a permanent basis in the summer but there are no official suggestions thus far regarding a possible option to make the switch a long-term deal.

Coleman and Anichebe pen new deals
20 Jan - Everton have announced that they have secured Seamus Coleman and Victor Anichebe to new long-term contracts, with both players signing four-year deals that tie them to the Blues until 2015. Anichebe was reported in some quarters to have rejected new terms earlier this month but denied the speculation and has now committed his future to Goodison.

The Cannonball Kid and Dr Everton
The Two Biblical Davids of Everton
19 Jan - We are indeed lucky to have such esteemed gentlemen and unquestionable Blue heroes associated with our great club and, I was delighted to learn that Dave Hickson is to be awarded Liverpool's prestigious civic title — Citizen of Honour.  Perhaps you missed the footnote in the press reports that Liverpool's Freedom of the City Panel also voted unanimously to confer the same award upon David France. Both will receive their awards in special ceremonies to be held today.

Pienaar's Spurs switch a done deal
Everton accept revised bid for midfielder
18 Jan - Steven Pienaar completed his move to Tottenham Hotspur today after announcing on his Twitter page that he had chosen them over Chelsea. Everton accepted bids in the region of £3M from both clubs to take the South African in the January transfer window but Chelsea refused to budge on wages. The 28-year-old's contract at Goodison was due to expire this summer but an improved deal was not enough to persuade him to stay.

Everton have to settle for Anfield draw
Liverpool 2 - 2 Everton
16 Jan - Honours were shared in the Anfield derby as Everton passed up their chance at a league double over Liverpool when a soft free kick conceded on the right led to a penalty when Howard ploughed through Rodriguez and Kuyt scored from the spot. After going behind in the first half to Meireles' hammer strike, the Blues turned the match on its head when Distin headed home a corner immediately after the restart and Beckford had rammed home a potential winner not long afterwards. But despite a big possession advantage, Moyes appeared content with another draw and reverted to 4-5-1 late on, the game ending 2-2.

Liverpool vs Everton
Match Preview
15 Jan - An Everton side buouyed by back-to-back victories and seemingly reborn with the 4-4-2 system travel across Stanley Park looking to win at Anfield — and complete the league double over Liverpool — for the first time under David Moyes's tenure. Phil Jagielka remains sidelined through injury, Tim Cahill is still away, Yakubu has departed for Leicester and it's unclear whether Steven Pienaar will play but the Blues should be confident they have enough to further rattle the Reds and ruin Kenny Dalglish's first home game back in charge. Kick off is 2:05pm GMT on Sunday.

The Yak is off to play with the Foxes
On loan until the end of the season
13 Jan - Leicester City have signed Aiyegbeni Yakubu on loan until the end of the season. The 28-year-old Nigeria international joins the Championship side with a view to a permanent move in the summer, bringing an end to hopes that the most prolific striker seen in Royal Blue for many a long year would eventually recover from the Achilles injury he suffered two years ago and start banging goals in again for Everton, like he did in 2007-08. That season he scored 21 goals, the first to score 20 or more since peter Beardsley in 1991-92.

Tottenham reach Pienaar agreement
11 Jan - Tottenham Hotspur have reached "an agreement in principle" with Steven Pienaar on a contract reportedly worth £70,000 a week over four years, considerably less than the figure the South African was reputed to be after at Everton. It's not clear whether Pienaar will play out the remainder of the season at Goodison or whether Spurs will try to push a deal through for around £2m this month. Either way, Everton will be losing one of their most influential players.

Moyes says Phil is going nowhere
Spurs enquiry was given short shrift
11 Jan - David Moyes has spoken to cut short any further speculation about Phill Neville's position at Everton: “I spoke with Harry Redknapp briefly before the transfer window opened. Daniel Levy and Bill had an even briefer conversation at our recent game against Spurs and mutually agreed that this would go no further. At no time was any offer made — nor would one have been welcomed. Phil Neville is our captain and is an important part of the Everton set-up."

Scunthorpe United 1 - 5 Everton
FA Cup Third Round
8 Jan - Everton started this game as they did the last, Saha driving in a low shot soon after the start. But they laboured through a hatfull of missed chances until Beckford finally glanced in a nice header for the second before the break. But 16 seconds past half-time and Sunthorpe finally responded with a well-executed Route One goal from Collins, and for 10 mins it actually looked like a traditional 3rd Round cup-tie. But goals from Coleman, Fellaini and and a superb finish by Baines finally wrapped this one up, giving David Moyes only his fifth big win in nine seasons as manager.

Azerbaijani Araz Abdullayev incoming
But not just yet...
7 Jan - Young Azerbaijani midfielder Araz Abdullayev has been transferred from Neftchi to join Everton. Neftchi and Everton officials confirmed the move at a news conference in Baku today but did not disclose the full terms of the deal or length of the contract, saying only that it was a long-term deal. Abdullayev is not to leave for Merseyside straightaway. He will remain on loan to Neftchi until late February and possibly for the rest of the season.

Gung-ho Everton bring Spurs back to earth
Everton 2 - 1 Tottenham
5 Jan - Everton started a fixture with two strikers up front for the first time this season and looked a team transformed as they deservedly ended Tottenham's purple patch with a win under the Goodison lights. A rip-roaring start yielded a first goal for Louis Saha in 11 months when his a sweet right-footer from 20 yards found the bottom corner after just two minutes. Spurs were level all too easily within seven minutes, though, when Van der Vaart headed past Howard. But a quick break-away saw Beckford help the ball on to Saha, who'd earlier seen a thundering volley deflected inches wide, and after Gomes parried the Frenchman's powerful shot, Coleman nodded home a second-half winner. No less than the performance and the new-found positive approach deserved.

Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur
Match Preview
5 Jan - Confidence-sapped Everton meet high-flying Tottenham at Goodison Park this evening with David Moyes hoping to score one big for morale with victory over a team that's unbeaten in 11 games and on a three-match winning streak. Tim Cahill is away, Phil Jagielka is ruled out through injury, and both John Heitinga and Seamus Coleman face fitness tests. But the real question will be how Moyes deals with Cahill's absence and whether he adopts a new formation. KO is 7.45pm.

Moyes asks fans to keep the faith
Manager insists he won't be quitting
5 Jan - As disgruntlement with the team's current performances clearly percolates through to the manager, David Moyes has issued a plea to supporters to remain patient as he tries to arrest Everton's bad run of form. "Nobody knows how bad I feel that the team is not in the position that I think it should be. Nobody is hurting more than me and putting in more hours than me just now. All I can do is keep putting all my energies into getting us away from the position we are in. We have not won enough games and we need to move forward."

Moyes now downbeat on loan options
List of loan players available won't be very long
4 Jan - It's four days into the transfer window, but no sign of any loan deals being struck at Goodison Park, and the manager's words now sound at best defeatist: "If you're trying to get a list of loan players then it won't be very long, not in January anyway. ... I've said many times; how many managers in the country have that to deal with? 90 per cent of managers in the country don't have a great deal of cash to work with, especially in the period we're in just now so that's part of the job. The job is to work with the players, you've got and try and get the best out of them, and I think over the years we've tended to do that."

Moyes defends playing injured Jags
Praise for defender “playing through the pain”
3 Jan - David Moyes has defended his decision to recall Phil Jagielka to the centre of defence for the game at Stoke, despite the fact that he was still injured, and ultimately gave away an own-goal to seal the defeat. Moyes praised Jags for "playing through the pain" because he wanted height in the back line, where he also played full-back Tony Hibbert (not renowned for his heading ability) out if position. No mention of why he did not play young Shane Duffy, a tall and very promising central defender from Everton's Academy, who was fit enough to sit on the bench but played no part in the match.

New Year, same old problems
Stoke City 2 - 0 Everton
1 Jan - Everton began 2011 by relinquishing their 8-match unbeaten run away from home, somehow losing a game they mostly dominated but in which their hosts created the decisive chances, scoring a goal in each half through Jones and an unfortunate Jagielka own goal. Cahill spurned what would prove to be the Blues' best chance when he steered his header across goal and Pienaar's shot deflected off a defender before looping agonisingly onto the top of Begovic's net. But despite finishing the game with three strikers on the pitch, Moyes's side failed to force a single save of note from Begovic all game.

Stoke City vs Everton
Match Preview
1 Jan - Everton kick off the New Year with a third successive away game hoping to stretch their unbeaten run on the road to nine matches with victory over Stoke City. Central defence remains the main concern with John Heitinga and Phil Jagielka still rated doubtful, while in attack Tim Cahill plays his last game before jetting off the MIddle East for the Asia Cup. Kick off is 3pm.

Busy transfer window not expected
Finances are tight at the present time
31 Dec - David Moyes reiterated his now customary down-playing of any rising expectations for Everton to be making significant new signings when the transfer window opens tomorrow: “We will look and see if we can do something — we would definitely like to add [to our squad] if we can. I don't expect to be too busy. I would like to add [new players] if we can, but we are like a lot of clubs and finances are tight at this present time.”

Moyes plays it too safe in Hammers draw
West Ham United 1 - 1 Everton
28 Dec - 2010 ended on a limp note as Everton ground out a sloppy draw at West Ham that was notable for a surprisingly "bottom-half" approach from their manager. Though they rallied back after Hibbert's outstretched leg had diverted Kovac's effort past Howard for the first goal with some nice football and a superb Coleman finish at the far post, the Blues over-complicated attack after attack and were left toothless with Cahill as the lone forward while three natural strikers watched from the bench. Moyes didn't dare test a poor Hammers side with another attacker until after an hour played when Yakubu was finally introduced, but it was Fellaini who was denied by Green late on and Cahill also had a chance in the closing stages saved by the 'keeper.

West Ham United vs Everton
Match Preview
27 Dec - Everton travel to London for their last game of 2010, a trip to Upton Park where they've won their last four in all competitions. Mikel Arteta returns from suspension and Steven Pienaar should be fit again but both Phil Jagielka and John Heitinga are doubts, meaning Tony Hibbert is on standby for central defensive cover. KO is 5:30pm GMT.

We don't have any cash
Moyes sees only loans coming in January
27 Dec - "We don't have the cash to lay down plans." says David Moyes, regarding the ridiculous media speculation about Everton tracking big-money players. "I'd like to bring in players on loan, I'd like a centre forward if possible. But anybody who sees any speculation linking me with anybody who is going to cost money might as well throw that aside. It can't be true, we don't have any cash. We are out there trying to bring in some loans if we possibly can and that is the situation."

Everton v Birmingham City
Postponed due to frozen water pipes
26 Dec - A bumper Boxing Day crowd was expected at Goodison Park but the bone-chilling cold has put paid to that, the match being called off earlier today. In the stadium, there are several miles of frozen pipes, many of which burst during the course of Christmas Day night. The stadium and safety teams worked ‘round the clock but due to the rapidly deteriorating conditions — and in the interests of safety and hygiene — Everton have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the game.

Moyes cagey on Jag's injury
23 Dec - Despite earlier news suggesting Phil Jagielka could be out for some time with a torn thigh muscle, David Moyes appears optimistic about choosing him or Johnny Heitinga to play in back four against Birmingham on Boxing Day. Heitinga has been absent for the last two games with a knee injury.

Donovan turns down loan return offer
21 Dec - Landon Donovan has dashed Everton's hopes that he'd return to Goodison Park for another loan spell by electing to use the MLS winter break to rest after a busy year that included two months in the Premier League and a trip to the World Cup Finals in South Africa. "I feel it is important to continue to rest and recover this off-season as opposed to going on loan," he said.

City frozen out by indefatigable Everton
Manchester City 1 - 2 Everton
20 Dec - Everton won on the road for only the second time this season with a fourth successive victory on City's turf despite playing the last half hour with 10 men. With the City defence like Bambi on the frozen Eastlands pitch, the Blues raced into an early 2-0 lead, Cahill nodding home Coleman's cross and Baines slotting a beauty past Hart with his right foot. But Everton had to withstand a nail-biter when Anichebe was sent off for two bookable offences and Jagielka diverted Yaya Toure's low shot into his own net. Throwing themselves in front of everything in a heroic rearguard effort, Moyes's side repelled the home side's onslaught and held on for a precious win.

Manchester City vs Everton
Match Preview
19 Dec - Everton's trip to Eastlands is still set to go ahead despite two thirds of the weekend programme having been wiped out so far by the weather. With Mikel Arteta suspended and Steven Pienaar a major doubt with a groin a groin injury, David Moyes will be forced into making a change in midfield while wrestling with his strikers' goal drought. Kick off is 8pm on Monday evening.

Moyes scouring loan market
Donovan, Bendtner, Adebayor, Santa Cruz...
18 Dec - David Moyes says he has his eye on two or three potential loan acquisitions during the January transfer window, including Landon Donovan from whom he is awaiting a decision on another spell at Goodison Park. The American is on holiday assessing his options after the end of the MLS season in the States. He also admits that James Vaughan could be allowed to leave permanently if the right offer came along.

Big Vic is for staying
No light shed on the contract wrangle
15 Dec - "Obviously, of course I want to stay at Everton. I have been here since I was a boy and I have grown up at the club. The whole situation over the weekend about my contract was a bit crazy to be honest. I don't know where it leaked from that I supposedly turned down an offer of £30,000 a week. That is not the case at all. I have not been offered anything like the figures that have been bandied about in the press... I want the fans to know I would never disrespect the club in any way or disrespect the fans... I understand that some of them will believe what they read in the papers, but I want to reassure them I would never disrespect the club or them in any way... I just want to leave all the negotiations with my advisers who deal with that side of things." — Victor Anichebe.

Vaughan returns from Crystal Palace
Having James back will be like a New Signing
14 Dec - James Vaughan has returned to Everton after a three-month loan spell in the Championship with Crystal Palace, where he scored five goals, including a hat-trick in 14 appearances. Vaughan limped out of his last game and his spell at Selhurst Park also included a red card, but the overall impression he made was positive: manager George Burley said, "James Vaughan is going to be badly missed. We were trying to bring in a striker before the deadline last month but we weren't able to do that."

Why Moyes keeps picking Saha
It's all about hard work; he needs a goal
13 Dec - “I think Louis is working hard to try and get back to the level he was at. I see him every day and he is working hard. Maybe people will wonder why [I pick him], but I get to see him working and have a little bit of an idea that he can offer other things to the team. He had a really good chance just before we took him off. I thought ‘here's an opportunity for you to get your goal' but it never went in. Everyone knows he needs a goal.” — David Moyes.

Same old script yields nothing new
Everton 0 - 0 Wigan Athletic
11 Dec - On the back of a stirring second half performance at Chelsea, with the players brimming with confidence, a home banker against lowly Wigan was on the cards, surely? A more adventurous team selection would surely yield the deserved result, whereas sticking with the same side that played so poorly in the first half last week, with Saha up front, would achieve what? — Nothing. And that was the story of this painfully predictable game. Yes, Everton huffed and puffed, Cahill hit the post, Moyes bought on Beckford for 30 fruitless minutes, he was caught offside repeatedly... do you really need to know any more?

Everton vs Wigan Athletic
Match Preview
11 Dec - Without a win in six games, the acid test for the resolve that Everton showed in the second half at Stamford Bridge last Saturday comes with a home fixture against Wigan Athletic this weekend. Mikel Arteta is suspended while Steven Pienaar and Louis Saha are doubts with injuries sustained last weekend so David Moyes will probably be forced to make changes. Kick off is 3pm.

Ross Barkley signs 2½-year contract
Youngster recovering from a double leg-break
8 Dec - Everton Academy/Reserves defender Ross Barkley turned 17 last week and has signed a 2½-year professional contract with Everton, the maximum allowed for a lad of his age. Barkley has been at the club since the age of 11 and has figured on the substitutes bench three times for the first-team this season. Unfortunately, he is currently on the long path to recovery from double leg-break sustained while playing for the England Under-19s two months ago.

Pienaar's agent blasts stories
Steven is committed and dedicated to the Everton cause
7 Dec - Getting a little irritated with the lies being written about Steven Pienaar moving to Tottenham in the Daily Mail, his agent, Ivan Modia has reacted strongly: "The player just wants to concentrate on his football. I want to make it clear that nothing has been decided, and Steven is committed and dedicated to the Everton cause, and I think that is evident with some the fantastic performances he has been producing. This is the last time I will be commenting on such speculation, when the time is appropriate we will make an announcement."

Everton fight back to foil Chelsea
Chelsea 1 - 1 Everton
4 Dec - Jermaine Beckford put last week's disappointments behind him with a late equaliser but Everton had the Champions on the ropes in the closing stages and couldn't find the knockout blow that a stirring second-half fightback deserved. A shocking Phil Neville backpass had gifted Chelsea the lead when Nicolas Anelka barreled into Tim Howard drawing a harsh penalty late in the first half. But the Blues made attack the best form of defence after half time, Jack Rodwell seeing a header come back off the post before Tim Cahill headed Leighton Baines's cross back across goal and Beckford nodded home.

Chelsea vs Everton
Match Preview
4 Dec - Winless now in five games, Everton travel to Stamford Bridge to face a Chelsea side also trying to discover their best form, and it's clear that David Moyes feels the team's current failings are down to his players. Mikel Arteta begins a three-match ban but Marouane Fellaini returns from suspension and Phil Neville could also return after missing last weeks humbling by WBA with a knee injury. Kick off is 3pm.

Moyes knows he needs a trophy
... or he won't be remembered for anything!
2 Dec - "I don't think I could be remembered for anything at the moment, because I haven't won anything. I don't have a cup in front of me. I see Howard Kendall and Joe Royle around the place and both were great managers who brought trophies to Everton. What I want more than anything is to lift one of those silver things.” — David Moyes

The full interview with David Moyes features on the Everton Collection Charitable Trust's ‘If you want to know your history' DVD available to pre-order at The Everton Collection Website from Monday, December 6.

Donovan wants to come back
1 Dec - Landon Donovan says that he wants to return to Everton on loan this season after falling in love with the club in his two-month spell last season but admits that it's 50-50 whether he feels he'll be physically up to it after his busiest ever year. "I want to go back — how could I not after last time?" he says, "but I have to be responsible to my body. It is 50-50 at the moment."

Malaise worsens with thrashing by WBA
Everton 1 - 4 West Bromwich Albion
27 Nov - Mikel Arteta was sent off for an apparent stamp on Gonzalo Jara as Everton went down to a heavy 4-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion to stay two points above the drop zone. WBA scored with their first two efforts on target, Phil Scharner powering home a corner and Chris Brunt crashing a stunning free kick into the top corner inside the first half hour. Tim Cahill got one back before the break with another imperious header but nothing went right for Everton in the second half, Arteta dismissed for retaliating after two bad fouls by Jara, Scott Carson confounding them with some superb saves, Jermaine Beckford passing up a handful of chances and Somen Tchoyi tormenting Tony Hibbert to score a terrific third before making the fourth for Youssef Mulumbu late on.

Moyes makes Beckham overture
27 Nov - Already hoping to bring Landon Donovan back to Goodison Park on loan this winter, David Moyes is offering a route back to the Premier League for his LA Galaxy teammate, David Beckham. Both players are weighing up their options now that the MLS season is over while Moyes is eyeing experienced additions to his team without breaking the bank and both carry considerable commercial weight.

Everton vs West Bromwich Albion
Match Preview
27 Nov - Stuttering Everton are on home turf again this weekend for the visit of West Bromwich Albion, with the two sides level on points hovering near the drop zone despite their wildly differing prospects before the season started. Marouane Fellaini serves the final game of this three-match suspension but Victor Anichebe could make the bench for the first time this season after recovering from injury. Kick off is 3pm.

Tim Cahill — Goalscoring Midfielder
Says he's not an out-and-out striker
26 Nov - With a timely reflection of current discussions on ToffeeWeb, Tim Cahill insists he does not feel like an out-and-out striker; his role as a link-up man between midfield and attack is about far more than just scoring crucial goals. “I don't feel like an out and out striker because I've never played as one really for Everton. Against Sunderland was the first time I've ever had the licence to go up and stay up, but it's in me to come back and defend. I'm back defending corners and free kicks. It's a bit of a mixed role I suppose.”

Everton unveil record sponsorship deal
Chang deal set for three-year, £12M extension
25 Nov - Everton have announced they will confirm a three-year extension to the current shirt sponsorship deal with Chang today. At £12M, the new agreement, signed in Thailand at 8am UK time, represents the biggest such deal in the Club's history, and extends Chang's sponsorship toward 10 years — the longest in the Premier League. Marouane Fellaini has flown out with Club officials to Bangkok to mark the occasion and meet with Thai Everton supporters.

Arteta grabs a point to deny Sunderland
Sunderland 2 - 2 Everton
22 Nov - A deflected Arteta goal with seven minutes to go salvaged a point for Everton but Beckford could have won it with the last kick of the game when he fired over with just Gordon to beat. Cahill had the Blues in the lead after just six minutes with a classic header from Baines's cross, but they sat back and paid the price on 23 minutes when Zenden spun away from Pienaar, evaded Baines and crossed for a clean finish from Welbeck. Catermole and Turner both cleared off the line to deny Cahill as the Blues regained the initiative early in the second half, but a Welbeck headed home from the clearly offside Richardson's cross with 20 minutes left turned the match on its head. Arteta fired off Bardsley though to level things up before Beckford squandered his chance for more glory.

Sunderland v Everton
Match Preview
22 Nov - Everton travel to the Stadium of Light for the televised Monday night game, knowing that a win would take them back up into the top half of the table. But they face a Sunderland side that could be quite buoyant after they stole a rather impressive 3-0 win off the Champions at Stamford Bridge last weekend by daring to play attacking football with more than one striker up-front. Fellaini is still suspended and Osman is still injured. Kick-Off: 8pm GMT.

Yakubu says he's fit to score
Striker optimistic he can score 'no matter what'
18 Nov - Yakubu believes he can recapture the form which saw him become an Everton record breaker. The Nigerian international has found the back of the net just once this season, but is confident his return to peak form is not far off... “I always believe I can score and I believe I can score goals like I did here before,” said Yakubu. “Even when I don't score I feel I am not under pressure because I honestly believe I will score no matter what. As a striker you need goals, they give you that confidence. When you start scoring you start to look fresher in games. For me to score means a lot and I think there is more to come."

Rodwell's injury was 'worst ever'
England U-21 praises Everton physios
16 Nov - Everton and England star Jack Rodwell has spoken of his ordeal in recovering from the ankle ligament tear which he said was his worst injury ever. The 19-year-old made his return to first-team football after being sidelined with the knock for two months. Now looking to continue his recovery by appearing for England U-21's against Germany, Rodwell paid tribute to Everton's medical staff who helped him through the painful lay-off.

New Admin Building approved
Step forward for Goodison Redevelopment
16 Nov - The approval of Everton's plans for a new mult-purpose administration building to be built behind the Park End stand is being heralded as a step toward the redevelopment of Goodison Park. The four-storey building due for completion in Autumn 2011 will provide a new frontage onto Walton Lane in the form of a purpose-built Club shop more than twice the size of Everton One, and will include a museum for the Everton Collection, cafe, a fan-focused hospitality lounge and office space for all the Club's administrative functions, freeing up space for other improvements in the Main Stand.

Limp fightback not good enough
Everton 1 - 2 Arsenal
14 Nov - Everton's seven-match unbeaten run petered out with a lacklustre display against a composed and effective Arsenal, their rally in the closing stages proving too little far too late to reverse a 2-0 deficit. Sagna leathered home the opener from the a tight angle in the first half and Cesc Fabregas finished a slick move that carved open the home defence by slamming the ball past Tim Howard shortly after half-time. Moyes eventually went 4-3-3 but there was little change to the pattern until the Blues rallied in the last five minutes, Tim Cahill smashing home Saha's knockdown from close range. They couldn't find the equaliser, though, as the Gunners held firm.

Everton vs Arsenal
Match Preview
13 Nov - Everton face third-place Arsenal at Goodison Park this weekend for the first time since the Gunners hammered them 6-1 on the opening day of last season. David Moyes will no doubt steer his players' minds instead to the impressive 2-2 draw at The Emirates in January as he seeks answers to a worrying lack of edge up front. Marouane Fellaini is suspended so John Heitinga may return, as could Seamus Coleman and Yakubu. Kick off is 2pm on Sunday.

Everton — The New Complete Record
Completely re-written and updated
11 Nov - The contemporary statistical bible for many Evertonians — Everton, A Complete Record — is getting just a little dog-eared after 17 years... so this beautiful new tome from deCoubertin Books is a timely addition to the Everton Library. Lovingly compiled by Steve Johnson, who set up the Everton Results website a few years ago, this captures every game, line-up, goalscorer, attendance and result in more than 130 years of Everton Football Club's history, published this week with a foreword by Mikel Arteta. Indispensible!

Beckford stunner rescues Everton
Everton 1 - 1 Bolton Wanderers
10 Nov - A sublime injury-time finish by Jermaine Beckford salvaged a point for Everton just when it looked as though their lack of cutting edge in front of goal had cost them dear again. A match they dominated slipped out of their grasp 12 minutes from time when Ivan Klasnic tucked home a Matthew Taylor cross to hand Bolton the lead, a situation made worse a little later by Marouane Fellaini's straight red for kicking out at his opponent. With so much decent approach work having been undone by a poor final ball or a last-ditch deflection, it took a moment of quality from Beckford to unlock the Bolton defence as he whipped a beautiful shot into the top corner at the death.

David Moyes: Manager of the Month
Off the bottom and unbeaten in October!
9 Nov - David Moyes has been honoured for guiding Everton away from the foot of the Premier League by picking up yet another Manager of the Month award. Moyes was presented with the gong for the third time this calendar year after his team remained unbeaten in the Premier League throughout October. It is the eighth time the Scot has been named Barclays Manager of the Month since taking over at Goodison in March 2002, with only Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger having won more.

Mustafi opener not enough
Arsenal Reserves 4 - 1 Everton Reserves
8 Nov - Shkodran Mustafi scored after just 5 mins with a nice header off a Jose Baxter free-kick, but after that it was pretty much one-way traffic for the home side, who went on to win this FA Reserves Premier League fixture rather too easily following Everton's 5-0 route of Blackpool Reserves last week. No regular senior players were involved for Everton, with two big home games in the Premier League this week, although David Moyes's "secret weapon", Magaye Gueye, continues his aclimatization to the English game within the safe confines of the Reserves.

Fellaini could be back soon
Two weeks earlier than expected
6 Nov - Marouane Fellaini could return from injury two weeks earlier than expected after he was ruled out for six weeks, suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty last month. His recovery is ahead of schedule: "He's training well and will have an outside chance of being fit for next Sunday."Moyes said. Moyes has praised Fellaini for doing everything possible to limit his time on the sidelines, saying: "The lad is probably the hardest working player when he's injured, and probably the most dedicated to getting back. The medical staff will say he's a pleasure to work with, he wants to put his time in and get back quickly. He was in Belgium doing a solid week's work and he really puts himself out."

Blues have to settle for point at Blackpool
Blackpool 2 - 2 Everton
6 Nov - Everton extended their unbeaten run to six games but squandered the chance to go fifth in the Premier League in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Blackpool. Twice the Seasiders lead but were quickly pegged back by the Blues. First, Tim Howard allowed too much space for Eardley to drive a 9th-minute free kick around the wall and past him, but Tim Cahill superbly headed home Yakubu's cross four minutes later. Then, after David Vaughan had rammed home at the second attempt just after half-time, Seamus Coleman surged into the box and fired in off the goalkeeper to level inside two minutes. As the skies opened, the game turned into an end-to-end battle and after Louis Saha somehow dragged wide with just Gilkes to beat, Marlon Harewood looked to have won it but Andre Marriner called it back for the slightest of nudges on Jagielka.

Blackpool vs Everton
Match Preview
6 Nov - Everton take their five-match unbeaten run to Bloomfield Road to face Blackpool in the league for the first time since 1971, with the top six beckoning if David Moyes's side can notch their second away win of the season and results elsewhere go their way. Jack Rodwell and Victor Anichebe came through a Reserves encounter in midweek but neither are likely to start as the manager is expected to name an unchanged side from the one that beat Stoke last weekend. Kick off is 3pm.

Anichebe joins Rodwell for Reserves
Everton Res 5 - 0 Blackpool Res
3 Nov - Victor Anichebe and Jack Rodwell both returned from injury to play in the Reserves' 5-0 victory over Blackpool. Rodwell played 54 minutes before being substituted. Anichebe, replaced goalscorer Jermaine Beckford for the last 20 minutes and set up the second of Jose Baxter's two goals. Baxter initially opened the scoring, with Magaye Gueye and Beckford making it 3-0. Baxter's second was followed by a late strike by substitute Hope Akpan.

Nothing confirmed regarding Abdullayev
2 Nov - Azerbaijan hotshot Araz Abdullayev has spoken of his pride at joining Everton and a spokesman for his current club says that, "officials from the English club will visit Baku soon and the contract will be signed here in our capital.” An Everton spokesman says, however, that, while the Blues have first option on the 18-year-old, they have yet to take up that option. Abdullayev would require a work permit if he is to join in January, a hurdle that has, of course, been problematic for the Blues in the past.

Yakubu rescues poor display
The Yak is back with a superb strike
30 Oct - A fantastic goal from the misfiring Nigerian rescued what had become a turgid affair after a particularly insipid first half. Despite the return of Mikel Arteta, Everton seemed to have no idea how to penetrate an obdurate Stoke side who had well and truly parked the bus. But a good run by Pienaar, from which Yakubu set up Cahill to hit the post, then allowed the big striker to show a moment of rare skill and power as he turned inside off the rebound and lifted a great shot past Begovic into the roof of the net — the only memorable moment from a distinctly unimpressive performance that could have ended very differently if Stoke had not had a bundled goal ruled out just before the Blues scored.

Everton vs Stoke City
Match Preview
30 Oct - Unbeaten in four now after last weekend's point at White Hart Lane, Everton are back at Goodison this weekend for the visit of Stoke City. Beyond those already ruled out, like Fellaini, Rodwell, Osman and Anichebe, Mikel Arteta will have a late fitness on the hamstring injury that kept him out at Spurs last weekend. Those who appeared to hobble out if the action at White Hart Lane like Yakubu are apparently fit, though the Nigerian faces competition now from the fit-again Louis Saha. Kick off is 3pm.

Credit where credit's due
Phil Neville interview in The Guardian
29 Oct - "I was cringing with the coverage on Sunday," Neville says. "I was totally embarrassed by it. Sometimes you have to take the plaudits, they don't come around that often, but I found it embarrassing on Sunday, so I stopped reading the papers and turned the television off. I found it disrespectful to Seamus Coleman, Johnny Heitinga and the other players who stopped Bale from getting the ball, or who helped me out when he did. I came out with a few plaudits and I don't really enjoy that because I am a team player. I don't shout about myself and I've always been team orientated, so maybe that is why I have always slipped under the radar throughout my career."

“There is only one club I want to be at”
Leon Osman's pledge of allegiance
28 Oct - “I am delighted to have agreed to stay on, there was never any doubt on my part and I was just eager to put pen to paper — I want to stay here as long as I can,” says Leon Osman. "I am really happy to be at a club of this stature and it is obviously a club I have strong feelings for. It is great they still want me here. I have said before I would love to finish my career here but I cannot predict what is going to happen down the line. As far as I am concerned there is only one club I want to be at.”

Beckford was pitched in too soon
Moyes wanted months of slow introduction
27 Oct - David Moyes has urged Everton's fans to have patience with misfiring striker Jermaine Beckford, and accepts part of the blame for his failure to make an impact at Goodison Park. Moyes says he is responsible for pitching the player into first-team action too early because of the persistent fitness problems surrounding Louis Saha and Yakubu, and has called on fans to give Beckford time. He said: ‘What I wanted to happen was him coming off the bench for 20 minutes or so, but I ended up starting with him in the early season and I don't think that helped. Meanwhile, Tim Cahill says he needs consistent game time...

Moyes questioned his methods
Poor start had the manager puzzled
25 Oct - David Moyes, talking candidly about the dreadful start to the season, cannot fathom why his squad started the campaign sluggishly despite a deliberate effort to avoid the pattern repeating itself. "I thought at the start of the season that we would be up there pushing for Europe and I still do... I really thought this would be a year to enjoy. A year to have a go and challenge but the start was really disappointing. I could not put my finger on why — except to say that we couldn't score."

Howard shocker squanders points
Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1 Everton
23 Oct - Everton took a brilliant lead when Leighton Baines curled in a superb free-kick after 17 mins, with Gomez transfixed, and the Blues were set on their way to a great victory... only for a horrible flap from Howard allowing a slow and tired Spurs side to get on the scoresheet. With their decimated midfield, Everton struggled to create anything for the Yak, or Saha who replaced him. And Beckford's 10-min cameo was just appalling. Many will crow that this was a great result but Everton failed once again to really push their hosts and take the points in a poor second half.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton
Match Preview
23 Oct - Everton have gone from rock bottom of the Premier League to three points off sixth place in the space of three games but now face a tricky trip to White Hart Lane hoping to exploit Tottenham's road-weariness and emotional fatigue after their midweek thriller in Milan. Leon Osman joins Marouane Fellaini and Jack Rodwell on the sidelines while Steven Pienaar and Louis Saha remain doubts with muscle strains. Kick off is 12:45pm.

Osman and Hibbert sign extensions
22 Oct - Everton's homegrown pair have put pen to paper on two-year extensions to their existing deals, meaning both will be contracted to Everton until 2014. Osman, 29, has previously stated his desire to finish his career at Everton, while his teammate Hibbert, also 29, is the Blues' longest serving player. Between them they have made over 500 appearances for Everton. The pair are both products of Everton's prolific academy system and were part of the 1998 FA Youth Cup winning squad.

Everton 2 - 0 Liverpool
Coleman & Cahill Combine Crucially!
17 Oct - Everton resisted the hoopla that continued to surround Liverpool's ownership saga, but new owners NESV appearing in the Directors Box could only grimace as Liverpool were given a footballing lesson by the lively Blues. Three golden chances were not taken before a brilliant Coleman run to the byeline was clipped back to Tim Cahill off Skrtel and the Aussie smashed a great first-time volley past Reina into the roof of the Gwladys Street net! After half-time, Arteta made it two with a fabulous strike into the top corner of the Park End net off a poorly cleared Baines corner. Everton backed off after that; Liverpool huffed and puffed but were comprehensively beaten in the end, and quite rightly so!

Everton vs Liverpool
Match Preview
16 Oct - The first derby of the season arrives with both clubs somehow finding themselves in the bottom four, though Everton are a place higher than the Dark Side on goal difference. Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jagielka, and Steven Pienaar are all out, meaning some forced changes for David Moyes as he looks for a first home win of the campaign and a first derby triumph in the League in four years. Kick off is 1:30pm.

Fellaini joins a growing injury crisis
Jagielka, Pienaar and now Fellaini all miss the derby
15 Oct - Yet another massive injury blow smacked Evertonians in the face today, just amidst the build-up to a much-hyped derby game on Sunday in which Everton are meant to be a lot stronger than Liverpool for once. But Moyes has finally admitted what had been whispering around Walton for hours — that the Big Fella, Marouane Fellaini, will not only miss the derby but he will be out action for at least four to six weeks with a hamstring injury! How did he get injured? Yes, on International duty... for Belgium.

Double leg break for Barkley
Yet another devastating injury on international duty
13 Oct - Ross Barkley, the promising England under-19 midfielder, suffered a double leg break. The Everton teenager — who is considered among the best prospects in the country — suffered the shattering injury on duty for England Under-19s in Belgium. Seems it was a result of an accidental clash with his own player, Andre Wisdom, just after half-time, when Belgium took the lead. The frequency with which Everton players are injured while playing for their national sides is becoming ridiculous.

Baines to fire the crosses in
Vital opportunities for Cahill to score
13 Oct - Leigthon Baines is eager to keep providing the ammunition for Tim Cahill as he prepares for Everton's biggest game of the season: “Tim is one of those players who, if you put it in the right sort of area, he can make something happen, whether that is score a goal with his head or tee someone up. I am definitely conscious of trying to find him in good areas and if you do that, more often than not, he will make something of it. He has that natural instinct and is a tough customer for most of the centre-halves because he is very elusive in the box.”

Gueye: Moyes's secret weapon
Young French striker still to make League debut
12 Oct - “The coach was following me for six months. He wants me to succeed to play like Steven Pienaar. He even said I am his secret weapon. I am always in the group, the coach will feel the right moment to play me. I am someone very ambitious, I have always dreamt to play in a great league, it has always been in my mind. I know it will be difficult at Everton, I will have to work hard to get a position in the team, but it is the very best for me.” — Magaye Gueye, who has yet to make his Premier League debut.

Jagielka injured in England training
Defender could now miss derby clash
8 Oct - Phil Jagielka has been ruled out of Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro after suffering a hamstring injury in training with the England Squad. The Everton star missed a training game at Arsenal's London Colney complex after experiencing tightness in his hamstring during the previous session. A scan confirmed Jagielka would not be fit to face Montenegro, and is now considered doubtful for Everton's upcoming clash with Liverpool a week on Sunday

Still no investment for Everton
Need is less urgent, says Keith Harris
7 Oct - “There is nothing currently in the pipeline for Everton. They remain a great football club with great support and they are not over-geared. But in the last two years there has not really been an ordinary football club takeover done. West Ham was a bail-out and Manchester City's situation was very different. We are involved in a lot of deals, which I think are going to happen. You do your best to check them out and make sure they have bona fides, and then when you ask politely to see some of the money and they disappear. It's strange.” — Keith Harris, who has been helping Bill Kenwright look for new investors since 2008.

The Derby really got to Olie
Dacourt recalls his biggest moment
7 Oct - "Many times I have been asked what was the biggest moment in my career and I always say Everton against Liverpool when I scored. For me, it was unbelievable. It was the 10-year anniversary of Hillsborough so it was something special. I remember there was a minute's silence and then the whole stadium stood up and began to applaud. The noise and the emotion were unbelievable — the atmosphere that day was the best I ever experienced. Then one minute into the game I scored, which was fantastic." — Olivier Dacourt.

Baxter strike not enough
Everton Res 1 - 2 West Brom Res
6 Oct - Everton Reserves slipped to a third consecutive defeat as a goal 12 minutes from time gave West Brom reserves a 2-1 victory at the Stobart Stadium. After the visitors took the lead early in the second half, Jose Baxter equalised. Many of the reserves regulars were unavailable for the Blues with the likes of Shane Duffy, Magaye Gueye and Ross Barkley on international duty. 16-year-old full-back Tyias Browning was given his debut at this level. The most experienced name in the hosts' side was Baxter, captain for the night, who went close with Everton's first two opportunities as they made a promising start.

Cahill seals vital Everton win
Birmingham City 0 - 2 Everton
2 Oct - Everton wrecked Birmingham's much-vaunted unbeaten home record with a priceless first win of the season and hauled themselves off the foot of the Premier League table. In the absence of the injured Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman was the surprising star performer as the Blues dominated the first hour, and it was his cross that Roger Johnson toed into his own net early in the second half. Birmingham pressed but never looked like equalising, and when a piece of magic by Leighton Baines ended with a low cross from the left, Tim Cahill stooped to head home from close range. Just the win Evertonians have been waiting for to kick-start the season.

Birmingham City vs Everton
Match Preview
1 Oct - Everton are the only club in the four English league divisions not to have registered a win so far this season and their quest to put that to rights meets a Birmingham City side who have equaled a club record 18 home games without defeat. Leon Osman is a doubt with bruised ribs but Tim Cahill appears to be fit, giving David Moyes the opportunity to name an unchanged side from the one that drew 0-0 at Fulham last weekend. Kick off is 3pm.

Everton lead increased crowd trend
Premier League attendances up so far
1 Oct - Everton lead a trend that must be making football administrators perk up with expectation: they head the table for increased home crowds in the Premier League so far this season, with the average attendance at Goodison Park up from 36,659 to 37,447 for the August and September period, when compared with the same two months of last season. That's an increase of 2.1%, with the average across the leagues 5.66% being driven by the return of the Newcastle United to the top flight. Interestingly their average of 45,019 is still well down on the capacity of St James' Park: 52,387.

Gueye praised in Reserves loss
Bolton Wanderers Res 2 - 1 Everton Res
28 Sep - Everton Reserves travelled to the City Ground and a Northern Group B Match in the FA Premier Reserves League against Bolton Wanderers without many of the first team fringe players or substitutes. Only Magaye Gueye, who has yet to make his Premier League debut, featured but he impressed manager Alan Stubbs, laying on the opening goal for Jose Baxter. However, the home side scored two for a lead at half time that proved unassailable.

Three parties looking to buy Everton
But is Kenwright asking too much?
27 Sep - Bill Kenwright says he is in talks with three potential buyers for Everton, who are bottom of the Premier League and in desperate need of a striker. Kenwright, who has been looking for investment in the club "24/7" for some time, said: "I have to give David Moyes money. There are three sets of people I am talking to at the moment but how many times have we spoken over the years? If I gave you the list of people who have been in to see me...last year there were two guys who I promise you was convinced, the lawyers were convinced, Keith Harris was convinced. We thought we had them and they were terrific but at the end of the day when it comes to the money nobody turns up - after months of legals and due diligence."

Yak spurns golden late chance
Fulham 0 - 0 Everton
25 Sep - This will probably be hailed as a great result but in reality it was merely a continuation of the puzzling inability of Everton's strikers to score — something they haven't managed in the League since April! At least Yakubu was finally handed some chances in front of goal but after firing a first-time effort a foot wide and later seeing Mark Schwarzer beat away his powerful drive, the Nigerian passed up a gilt-edged chanced to win it at the death with a powder-puff shot that the 'keeper saved. Seamus Coleman did really well playing right midfield but the lack of striking power remains the problem. No silly goals conceded, though, so Moyes will no doubt see the positives there... despite Everton now occupying bottom place in the Premier League. Full report

Fulham 0 - 0 Everton [KO]
Coleman starts
25 Sep - David Moyes faces yet another test of his managerial acumen as he charts Everton's path out of a self-inflicted mire, starting with a trip to Fulham where, of course, the Blues have won just once in 50-odd years. Tim Cahill is fit to start but Leon Osman is relegated to the bench, possibly allowing Seamus Coleman to play on the right of midfield, with Heitinga also dropped to the bench. Kick off is 3pm.

Anichebe out for six more weeks
Saha on French leave for treatment
24 Sep - Everton's goalscoring problems just took another hit with Victor Anichebe ruled out for at least six weeks after a knee operation, and Louis Saha, has not played since Aston Villa Last month, recuperating at a French retreat: "He goes to a facility in France to get treatment and looked after and I think it will be two to three weeks before he is available," said Moyes. The absence of the strike duo will further frustrate the Scot following Everton's poor start to the season.

“I've been worried for a long time”
Hardly a speech to inspire confidence.
23 Sep - David Moyes: "We've had a few games in the Premier League where we've not scored enough goals and Tuesday was the same. Our performances have not been too bad but we just can't score. In the first 20 minutes at Brentford we probably should have been two or three up. We had so many opportunities but didn't take them and that gave them encouragement. You are always worried when you are not getting results and I've been worried for a long time."

Captain's talk gets a little more heated
Neville says players need a 'kick up the backside'
22 Sep - We were informed yesterday by the assistant manager that what was missing from Everton this season was Captain Marvel in the shape of Phil Neville: out injured. So he makes his comeback yesterday, with no discernible change in Everton's miserable fortunes... which has led to something approaching an outburst from the Everton captain: "There's no point blowing smoke up each other's bums. We're just not producing." Yet he still hasn't figured out that he needs to shut up blathering to the press and instead produce the goods on the field.

Toothless Humiliating Cup Exit
Brentford 1 - 1 Everton (aet: 4-3 on Penalties)
21 Sep - After all the anticipation... No Beckford, and 4-5-1, with Yakubu leading the line. At least Coleman & Gueye get to start along with Neville and Bily... and, of course, Osman. Coleman scored the first goal after just six minutes to set the Blues on their way... except that it was Brentford who equalized before half-time, and then missed a penalty on the hour when Mucha saved brilliantly. That kept Everton in the game... but they could not get the goal needed to win it, even through extra time. And tyhe penalty shoot-out went the sway of so many others, Beckford and Jagielka both failing to score theirs. And so, yet another miserable early cup exit to add to the Moyes resume.

Brentford v Everton
Carling League Cup 3rd Round
21 Sep - A beleaguered Everton travel to Brentford for a Third Round encounter in the Carling League Cup that needs to produce a much-needed morale-boosting, confidence-inspiring win tonight. The return of Captain Marvel, Phil Neville to the side after recovering from injury may indeed be the fillip required to get some better performances from many of the players, with all eyes on what other changes David Moyes may make to freshen up the teamsheet. Kick-Off: 7:45pm BST.

Beckford's chance to shine?
20 Sep - The start of Jermaine Beckford's Everton career sadly mirrors that of Everton's season so far: Lots of promise and potential for scoring some great goals... but it is just not happening for the lad from Leeds. An opportunity surely beckons for him at Brentford tomorrow night when Everton travel south for their Third Round encounter in the League Cup. It's a chance for him (if selected) to get a few goals from open play against lower-league opposition — just the sort of tonic he needs to kick-start his Everton career!

Utterly abysmal fare from the Blues
Everton 0 - 1 Newcastle United
18 Sep - A must-win game, so we were told... but Everton managed to contrive their worst most toothless performance so far in what has become a dreadful season that promised so much. 10 mins of probing was followed by 35 of increasingly desperate stuff before Heitinga was sidestepped by Ben Arfa for a searing shot past Howard from 20 yards. Moyes was stung to make changes at half-time, but the instructions to Coleman had totally changed his game, with no exciting runs to the byeline or into the area — why play so many early balls and weak crosses? Osman had plenty of chances but his weakness just made him look pathetic. Yakubu hit the post trying to pass the ball into the net at the death. Fellaini had the best chance clipped off his toes and deflected wide as Everton tried and failed to repeat last week's added-time drama... and that was it. Loud boos all round for an utterly abysmal performance, ending a 14-game unbeaten home run.

Everton vs Newcastle United
Match Preview
18 Sep - Everton's quest for an elusive first win of the new season continues at Goodison with a home clash against Newcastle United. Tim Cahill faces a late fitness test on a knee injury and Phil Neville is fit again as David Moyes mulls over what worked and what didn't against United last weekend in the 3-3 draw. KO for this one is 3pm.

Third kit is plain vanilla
With hooped socks
17 Sep - Everton have revealed their third kit for the 2010-11 season. Taking inspiration from iconic strips worn throughout the club's illustrious history, the new kit incorporates collars and hooped socks, echoing the style that was proudly worn during the era of Everton legends Dixie Dean, TG Jones and Ted Sagar. The kit, which features vanilla shirts and hooped navy and vanilla shorts, will be available to pre-order online at www.evertondirect.com from today, ahead of its launch in Everton One, Everton Two and online on September 30.

Pienaar fit and ready
His World Cup was marred by fatigue
16 Sep - Steven Pienaar now feels that he is back to full fitness and is ready to pull Everton up the Premier League table. The South African had been struggling with fatigue, having featured for his country as they hosted this summer's World Cup. But Pienaar thinks he is back to his best and he is focused on earning Everton a first league win of the season against Newcastle on Saturday.

Strong reserves lose to Hammers
Everton Res 0 - 1 West Ham Utd Res
14 Sep - Alan Stubbs named a strong Everton side featuring a number of the Premier League squad to face West Ham at Finch Farm today but they were undone by some lively play from the Londoners, Iain Turner (back from his emergency loan spell) dropping the ball when he ran into one of his defenders, allowing Stanislas to score the only goal of the game. Everton: Turner; Nsiala, Bidwell, Duffy, Mustafi (75' Silva); Coleman, Neville, Barkley; Gueye, Beckford (75' Wallace), Yakubu. Subs: Davis, Akpan

Moyes and Round charged by FA
Improper conduct for calling ref on timekeeping error
14 Sep - David Moyes and his assistant manager, Steve Round, have been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after confronting referee Martin Atkinson after Saturday's thrilling 3-3 draw with Manchester United. A furious Moyes raced on to the Goodison turf after Atkinson blew the final whistle when Everton were pressing forward in search of a dramatic winner. The Blues manager was incensed the official hadn't added on more time following the Blues' two late strikes and remonstrated with him.

Don't go home just yet...
Everton 3 - 3 Manchester United
11 Sep - Everton came oh so close to winning this game after it looked a lost cause at 1-3 in added time. But goals from Cahill and Arteta led to an incredible final moment, Everton sweeping down the field looking very much like scoring the winner, when Martin Atkinson blew his final whistle. David Moyes went berserk, running on the field and screaming at him for not allowing the attack to run its course. So it was a cruel end to a game that Everton had played well in, taking the lead before the break through Pienaar, only to give up not just one but three soft goals to allow United to claim all three points — but for that stirring revival in added time!

Everton v Manchester United
Match Preview
11 Sep - A lunchtime kick-off for the big game, with Everton still looking for their first league win, while the dreaded spectre of seemingly inevitable injures bites ever deeper into Moyes's shrinking Premier League squad — small to start with, now shorn of three loan players as well. The record shows that David Moyes does better with a smaller squad and a backs-to-the-wall mentality... today is a perfect day to make that start happening against a United team that it itself starting to click. Kick-off — 12:45 BST.

Rodwell out for three months
Young star sidelined with ankle ligament damage
9 Sep - The Everton camp have been ominously silent about the condition of Jack Rodwell since he hobbled off in the defeat at Aston Villa 10 days ago. The £25million-rated teenager injured his ankle in a bad challenge by Stephen Warnock as Everton lost 1-0 at Aston Villa a week last Sunday, but the club could not get a definitive prognosis until yesterday due to swelling of the joint. The local press is now confirming the Mail's "exclusive" story that he faces three months out with damaged ankle ligaments, as Everton's all-too-familiar injury jinx returns with a vengeance.

Moyes to go for Tiny and Big?
Saha receiving intensive treatment
8 Sep - Despite having five strikers... okay, now only four as Vaughan has been gifted to Palace(!), and with Louis Saha back at Finch Farm having intensive treatment after limping off just 10 minutes into his international comeback for France against Belarus in Paris last Friday night, David Moyes may apparently resort to pairing Marouane Fellaini and Tim Cahill upfront in a cunning attacking formation against Manchester United on Sautrday that has worked effectively on previous occasions — at least that is what James Pearce claims in the Liverpool Echo.

High praise for Jagielka
Partnership with Lescott rekindled
7 Sep - The Telegraph: Phil Jagielka is beginning to look like a real asset for his country. Just call him Two Jags. Because, after only two competitive games for England, Jagielka is starting to resemble the high performance sort capable of settling down very well in this environment. In Tuesday night's extremely accomplished team display, he didn't just do his bit, Jagielka took another step towards staking a strong claim for a regular slot next to John Terry.

Competition to get In the Hole
Rodwell pushing for Cahill's place
7 Sep - In the local press, David Prentice is stirring the pot somewhat, making the most of a comment from David Moyes that he sees Jack Rodwell as pushing Tim Cahill for a place in the starting line-up. However, Tiger Tim seems unconcerned: “I have been with the manager a long time,” he said. “Whether it is tongue in cheek or whether it is true, I am not bothered because I am a professional and I have been around the block a few times. It is just something that comes with the territory.”

Carragher Testimonial
Liverpool XI 4 - 1 Everton XI
4 Sep - This afternoon, a crowd of over 35,000 attended at Anfield where an Everton XI managed by David Moyes, including Lee Carsley and Francis Jeffers, were the sacrificial lambs for boyhood Evertonian and now much hated Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher, in this testimonial celebrating 14 years with that lot across the Park. Everton: Turner, Hibbert, Nsiala, Duffy, Garbutt, Baxter, Osman, Carsley, Gueye, Yakubu, Jeffers. Subs: Baines, Wallace, Akpan, Arteta, Craig, A Davies, Vaughan, Beckford, Thompson, Barkley.

Everton: Value for Money
Top of the Financial Fair Play League
3 Sep - Everton's prowess under David Moyes has been uniquely recognized in terms of the exceptional value delivered from relatively modest investment in the players he has brought to the club. That's the conclusion of a study by Dr Sue Bridgewater from the University of Warwick that assesses league performance against expenditure on wages and transfer fees. In the FInancial Fair Play League for 2009-10 season, Everton came top while Man CIty were bottom.

Everton squad confirmed
21 players over 21, includes 8 Homegrown
1 Sep - As expected, Everton are in pretty good shape regarding the new rules limiting squad size in the Premier League. The Club have submitted their named squad of players for the next portion of the new season, with 21 players over the age of 21 on 1 January 2010, of whom nine qualify as Homegrown. They also list seven "eligible" players under 21, including Rodwell, Silva and Gueye, although any of the Academy players under 21 can be added to the squad.

Yobo's loan move confirmed
1 Sep - Joseph Yobo has completed his move to Turkish side Fenerbahce on a season-long loan. The deal, which includes the option to make the transfer permanent next summer, went through ahead of the closure of the Turkish transfer window after the 29-year-old Nigerian captain agreed terms and passed a medical. Yobo, who joined Everton from Marseille in 2002, has not played for the first team this season.

Yobo exit the only deadline-day move
Nigerian joins Fenerbahce on loan
31 Aug - The transfer window closed at 6pm this evening with the usual flurry of rumours but no apparent action at Goodison Park apart from the departure of David Moyes's first signing as Everton boss, Joseph Yobo. The Nigerian is set to join Fenerbahçe on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent transfer but it looks as though Steven Pienaar will see out his contract after rumoured late offers by Tottenham involving various combinations of Robbie Keane and David Bentley for the South African and Louis Saha came to nothing. Meanwhile, a late swoop for Grafite of Wolfsburg was mooted, but unconfirmed reports suggest the loan move collapsed over personal terms.

Something ventured; Nothing gained
Aston Villa 1 - 0 Everton
29 Aug - Everton started brightly, with Rodwell and Beckford, but a silly moment from Fellaini allowed Ashley Young to slide in Luke Young for a flattering curved shot that sailed past Howard. Everton were stunned, and regrouped slowly, improving progressively as the game developed, but, despite an unbelievable second half onslaught on the Villa goal, inspired in large part by the spirit and verve of sub Seamus Coleman, with Saha leading the charge, Everton just could not buy a goal. Not for want of trying, however.

Aston Villa vs Everton
Match Preview
28 Aug - Everton hope that third time is a charm as they look for their first League win of the season when they travel to Birmingham this weekend, looking to compound Aston Villa's misery with success at Villa Park, a ground where they've won just once in the last 22 games. Neville, Yakubu, Yobo and Anichebe are likely to miss out as David Moyes ponders his line-up in light of Wednesday's hammering of Huddersfield by some of his younger guns in the Carling Cup. Kick off is 4pm.

Need to get back to defending
Moyes reaffirms his cautious approach
28 Aug - "Defending is an art we are getting away from a bit. It is something we need to get back to because you build yourselves on teams who don't concede goals. I would prefer a 1-0, as a coach that's what you do. But I think football in Britain is changing as a whole. There is a different style, a more European style to the games being played. There is not as much crash, bang, wallop because I think with the European players and coaches coming into the teams, there is a change."

Kenwright's Investment Frustrations
Potential buyers are just time-wasters
26 Aug - Bill Kenwright has revealed his search for new investment is being hampered by time-wasters. The Everton chairman says he has come close to doing a deal four times over the past year, only to find potential buyers don't have the cash to back up their bullish promises. “There are many people out there who purport to have millions, even billions, who are ready to sign the cheque,” he said. “But the minute you say ‘show us the funds' they go missing and you don't hear from them again."

Everton 5 - 1 Huddersfield
Nothing like some Fresh blood!!!
25 Aug - David Moyes felt the fearsome fire of many an Evertonian and thankfully produced a much more adventurous line-up, which paid off inside 7 mins when Magaye Gueye delivered a fantastic cross that Fellaini planted in the net. Not long later and Rodwell powered in a superb goal from 25 yards. But the Blues relaxed somewhat and gave away a silly own-goal just before the break, the ball going in off the bar and Johnny Heitinga's head. In the second half, Rodwell won a penalty that Jermaine Beckford hammered home to restore the two-goal lead. Coleman, who had been causing mayhem down the right side, won a second penalty but Heitinga stole the ball off Beckford and then promptly had his kick saved. Saha came on for Pienaar and scored with his first touch. Then Coleman set up Captain Leon Osman for a nice header to make it FIVE, and thus an all too rare Big Score entry.

Everton v Huddersfield Town
Match Preview
25 Aug - Everton take on Huddersfield Town in a very kind draw for Round 2 of the Carling League Cup (thanks to the seeding system!). Will it be an opportunity to change things around in an effort to find the elusive winning formula this season? Oe will Moyes play safety-first once again, selecting his favoured and trusted regulars who have so far rather disappointingly failed to deliver the goods? Neville is a doubt and Yakubu has banged his shin. Kick-off 8:00 pm BST.

Barkley opens up Reserves season
Chelsea Res 1 - 1 Everton Res
23 Aug - Everton's youngsters where overrun in the first half of the season opener for the Reserves in a cavernous and echoy Stamford Bridge, but Jan Mucha was superb in goal, beaten only once by the excellent Chelsea centre-forward Fabio Berrini. After a half-time roasting from Alan Stubbs, Everton came out strongly in the second half, Ross Barkley planting a nice looping header in the net off a fine Baxter free-kick to equalize. Chelsea came back strongly but could only produce more top-class saves from Jan Mucha. A very creditable draw.

Cahill lead too easily squandered
Everton 1 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
21 Aug - Everton huffed and puffed to a depressingly familiar draw against thoroughly inferior competition at Goodison Park. A good set of team changes represented something akin to Squad Rotation for David Moyes and indeed it looked at times during the first half that it would pay off. But the first goal was a long time coming... and came in somewhat odd circumstances from Cahill just before the break. Everton utterly failed to progress after the break, a silly mistake from Saha and Heitinga allowing Wolves to break and equalize as Moyes reverted to almost his Blackburn starting line-up. Not a good start to the home campaign...

Everton vs Wolves
Match Preview
20 Aug - Everton will be in the familiar surroundings of Goodison Park as they look to kickstart their season and put the disappointment of last weekend's defeat at Blackburn to bed at the earliest opportunity. Victor Anichebe is still out injured and Phil Neville will undergo a late fitness test on a foot injury, but John Heitinga is likely to be in contention for a place in the starting XI having got another week's training under his belt following his post-World Cup break. Kick off is 3pm.

Pienaar happy to sign...
but he only wants “what's right”
19 Aug - Pienaar has spoken about his contract impasse saying that he's happy to sign on the right terms: "There's been a lot of speculation about a transfer but I've never once said that I want to leave Everton. I love playing for Everton. It's a great club with real tradition and history. We have a good team and the manager is a superb influence. I'll be honest. I have a year left on my contract. I'm happy to sign a new one, but at my age it has to be right and fair. The only difference I've had with the club has been over what's right."

Howard howler condemns Blues to defeat
Blackburn Rovers 1 - 0 Everton
14 Aug - It's a brand new season but, the lurid pink shirts aside, this Everton was all too familiar as they failed in every measurable way to recover from a horrendous Tim Howard error after a quarter of an hour that gifted what proved to be the winner to Nikola Kalinic. Steven Pienaar and Phil Jagielka forced Paul Robinson into the only two meaningful saves he had to make in either half as the Blues huffed and puffed with none of the guile, artistry and penetration that was a hallmark of so much of their play earlier this year. Full report

Blackburn Rovers vs Everton
Match Preview
13 Aug - The new Premier League season kicks off this weekend with Everton going into the campaign with their best squad under David Moyes's tenure and a genuine shot at breaking into the top four, particularly if they replicate the form they showed in the second half of last season. The Blues have practically a fully-fit squad from which to choose — Victor Anichebe is out through injury, Tim Cahill is a slight doubt with a minor knee niggle but is expected to play and there are question marks over the match fitness of Marouane Fellaini and John Heitinga. Kick off is 3pm. Chat live

Arteta on why he stayed at Everton
Respect
13 Aug - Today, Mikel Arteta signs a new five-year contract that will make him the highest-paid Everton player ever. This is what he has said about it: "This is the moment we have been waiting for in the last four or five years. This club has the ability to make you really feel at home... You don't want to move away and that is how I felt about Everton. I want to win things. I want to play in the Champions League and I want to make sure that when I leave this club, they are in the top four at least.”

Duffy looking forward not backward
Determined to play for Everton and Ireland
12 Aug - Shane Duffy is on the verge of returning to full training with Everton after making a remarkable recovery from the horror of a practice match accident that so nearly killed him. But he's well past that now and looking forward: "My dream is to play in the Premier League for Everton and play for the Republic's senior team some day."

Rodwell stars for England U-21s
England U21s 2 - 0 Uzbekistan U21s
11 Aug - Jack Rodwell produced a man-of-the-match performance to show Fabio Capello he has more than one teenage star waiting in the England wings. Everton boss David Moyes is said to be miffed that his precocious 19-year-old midfielder did not get on Capello' s 30-man list while Arsenal's Jack Wilshere was called into the full squad as the face of the future. But Rodwell, captain of Stuart Pearce's Under-21 stars, did his talking on the pitch as Capello took the chance to watch the youngsters. Rodwell was a constant threat, twice denied by keeper Sanjar Kuvvatov after making surging runs and setting up Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge with a superb pass. And when he was subbed after an hour to keep him fresh for Everton's game at Blackburn on Saturday, he got a standing ovation at Ashton Gate.

Duffy returns but Reserves lose
Sligo Rovers 2 - 0 Everton Reserves
8 Aug - Shane Duffy made a welcome return to the field after his horrific close call with death when his liver was ruptured in a training incident with the Irish squad. He was part of a young Reserves team captained somewhat briefly by ex-Sligo player, Seamus Coleman, that were comfortably outclassed by the Irish League side, Duffy managing to get his name taken by the referee. Turner in goal could do little to stop goals from Evertonian John Dillon and the impressive Romauld Boco. The match report was submitted to ToffeeNet by Seán Corr.

Arteta commits his future to Everton
Best Little Spaniard inks new five-year deal
7 Aug - Mikel Arteta has given Evertonians their best news of the summer so far by putting pen to paper on a new five-year deal that puts to bed the speculation linking him with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Barcelona. The 28-year-old told evertontv, "What this summer has made me realise is how important I am to the Club and how important the Club is to me. I believe in this squad. Something is happening here and I want to be a part of it." Could Steven Pienaar now follow suit?

Blues beaten comfortably by Wolfsburg
Vfl Wolfsburg 2 - 0 Everton
7 Aug - Everton's 100% pre-season record came to an end in Wolfsburg this afternoon with a 2-0 defeat and a decent run-out against the strongest side they've faced thus far. Mario Mandzukic scored a fairly soft goal early on before Tim Howard saved a penalty from Edin Dzeko as Steve McClaren's side began impressively. A fortuitous second from Karim Ziani that sailed over Tim Howard from 40 yards doubled their advantage and though the Blues were better in a second half disrupted by constant substutions, not much worked and they failed to make a breakthrough, barely registering a shot on target.

Kenwright not ruling out further transfers
5 Aug - Bill Kenwright has left the door ajar for the possibility of "one or two more" player acquisitions this month before the transfer deadline on 1st September. Speaking to evertontv after last night's win against CD Everton, the Chairman said that he's glad the transfer window is still open because he hopes "there might be an addition or two [and] a bit more wheeler-dealing to be done".

Everton win the Brotherhood Cup
Everton 2 - 0 Corporaçion Deportiva Everton
4 Aug - The original Everton won the historic first meeting with their Chilean namesakes to lift the inaugural Copa Hermanadad at Goodison Park. After a goalless first half, Magaye Gueye's peach of a cross was headed into the top corner by Jermaine Beckford to hand Everton of Merseyside the lead. And not long past the hour mark, Marouane Fellaini nodded down for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and he rapped a low left-footed volley home to make it 2-0. The Blues looked sharp and confident and dominated proceedings to keep their 100% record in senior pre-season friendlies going.

Surprise plans for retail development
Hints that club could expand Goodison Park itself?
4 Aug - Everton have unveiled plans for a self-funded, £9m "state-of-the-art retail and administrative development" behind the Park End stand designed to house a "retail store, museum, cafe, corporate hospitality lounge and office space." According to the Official Site, it would increase the capacity for corporate hospitality inside Goodison Park so that "the stadium itself can be expanded," though that could mean internal layout changes rather than expansion or redevelopment of the existing structure.

Everton vs Everton 101 Years On
3 Aug - The two Evertons from Merseyside and Viña del Mar meet for the first time tomorrow since the inception of Corporaçion Deportiva Everton in 1909. A nice write-up by Mark Tallentire in The Guardian which tells some of the history behind Joh Shearon's successful odyssey in bringing the two clubs together gets the ball rolling for the build-up before what will be the Blues' only home friendly before the season kicks off in 11 days' time. The Chileans have brought 80 fans with them from South America as the teams challenge for the inaugural Brotherhood Cup.

Moyes pours cold water on Donovan talk
Manager continues “we're skint” refrain
1 Aug - David Moyes says that Everton will probably end up spending the least among Premier League clubs this summer as he dampened hopes of the Blues signing Landon Donovan. "Don't you think I've asked my chairman to make it happen?" he says. "We'd love to have Landon but he looks too expensive for us and we just don't have it. We don't have the finances. The price the MLS want for him is very big and it's an additional problem because of his age."

Cahill treble keeps Blues in the groove
Norwich City 2 - 4 Everton
31 Jul - Tim Cahill helped himself to a hat-trick as Everton retained their 100% record in pre-season with victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road. Tim Howard and Steven Pienaar got their first run-outs since returning from their post-World Cup break but it was Cahill who took control, firing in two goals before Crofts and Surman leveled matters for the hosts. But Diniyar Bilyaletdinov pulled another stunner out of his box of tricks to restore Everton's two-goal lead a minute later and Cahill completed his treble with 19 minutes to go with a sublimely cool finish.

Kenwright's love for Liverpool
... the City! — And Everton of course
30 Jul - A long discourse from Everton Chairman and luvvi Bill Kenwright, including this gem: "My love for Everton came after about a year of going to watch both clubs. Seven or eight times a year, I will get a delegation which will be interested in investing in Everton. Inevitably, they will say, 'Was it your dream to be chairman?' And I tell them, 'No, my only ambition was not to have holes in my shoes. I always seemed to have holes in my shoes as a child. I used to stand close to the pitch — this was when the toilet facilities were not great and all the guys standing at the back would wee and it would flow down . . . and I'd be thinking, Why have I got holes in my shoes again?' "

Landon: I would love to go back to Everton
Donovan's “come and get me” plea to Moyes?
30 Jul - Landon Donovan has reiterated his love for Everton and the club's fans by revealing his desire to return to Goodison Park in a permanent move. He also cautiously restated his ties to America and the MLS, however, but his latest comments have added fuel to the speculation linking him with a move to Europe as he admits that he and his representatives have received transfer offers since the World Cup. "I would love to go back to Everton," the USA forward says." I love the people there, I love the fans there, but that said I love being in America too, so we're going to take everything into account and see where it ends up."

Everton respond to Gosling allegations
27 Jul - Provoked by suggestions made in the Sunday press by his agent this past weekend, Everton have broken their prolonged silence over the Dan Gosling controversy to refute allegations that the Club didn't want to keep the 20-year-old and stalled on a formal written offer for him because of the knee injury he sustained towards the end of last season. A statement released today, that carries quotes from each of Chairman Bill Kenwright, CEO Robert Elstone and Manager David Moyes, asserts: "[The] claims are ludicrous, totally without substance and grossly misleading."

Fellaini back in training
And he might be fit for Blackburn
26 Jul - Everton expect midfielder Marouane Fellaini back in training early next week following a lengthy spell on the sidelines. The Belgium international has been sidelined for most of the year after sustaining an ankle injury against Liverpool in February. Fellaini required ankle surgery after a challenge with Liverpool's Sotirios Kyrgiakos during the Merseyside derby at Anfield. His initial prognosis was a six-month absence, although David Moyes has now indicated the influential midfielder could be back for the season-opener at Blackburn.

Beckford out to score big
Preston NE 0 - 3 Everton
24 Jul - Everton took a while to really get going after playing some nice passing football in the first half, Gueye, Rodwell and of course Arteta catching the eye. But no goals until Jermaine Beckford came on for the second half and scored the first with confident ease off a long header forward from Jagielka. Saha finished strongly off a stunning ball from Neville to make it two, and then the irrepressible Seamus Coleman set up Beckford for the third. A good outing all-round... except for Bilyaletdinov who again struggled, with nothing coming off for him, as if his thinking and pace are simply too slow for the game. Very odd.

Depleted Squad for Deepdale
Preston NE v Everton: 3pm Saturday
23 Jul - It will again be a heavily depleted squad that David Moyes takes back to Preston for Saturday's friendly — the fourth senior outing of this year's pre-season jollies. None of the club's World Cup stars will participate, even though some have returned — together with newly wed, Mikel Arteta. Victor Anichebe and Leon Osman are out of it as well, both having picked up knocks in training. The game is to be broadcast live on Everton TV and we hope to have our Live Forum up and running as well...

Newcastle complete Gosling signing
Everton maintain tight-lipped silence
22 Jul - Newcastle United have completed their controversial signing of England Under-21 midfielder Dan Gosling from Everton. Gosling agreed a four-year deal with the newly-promoted Premier League club after he exploited a loophole in the his contract at Goodison Park to land a free transfer. The 20-year-old rejected Everton's offer of an improved two-year deal when his current contract expired last season and that meant he was able to join the club of his choice because the Toffees' did not put the new offer in writing. Everton have finally removed his squad profile from their website but remain tight-lipped about the hugely embarrassing loss of the injured player.

Shane Duffy back in light training
Irish youngster returns after near-death experience
21 Jul - Just weeks after he almost lost his life in a freak training ground incident with the Republic of Ireland senior team, Shane Duffy says he's delighted to be back in training with Everton and looking forward to the start of the new season. Teenager Duffy made headlines in May when he suffered a laceration to his liver during a training match with the Irish senior team, and FAI medical staff admitted that the Derry native almost died because of the serious nature of the injury.

Vaughan on target for Young Blues
Clyde 2 - 2 Everton
20 Jul - A young Everton side featuring a couple of trialists, Bob Schepers and late sub Stefan Andjelko Savic, held their Scottish hosts to a 2-2 draw in this Reserves/Under-18 friendly match. Clyde took the lead inside two minutes through McCusker firing a diagonal drive low into the far corner with Everton Keeper Adam Davies rooted to the spot. Everton should have been level within a minute when James Vaughan blasted tamely wide. Everton equalized when João Silva's shot was parried only for Ross Barkley to sidefoot home. The home side hit back when Dingwall scored from eight yards but Vaughan equalised off a pass from Hope Akpan on 64 minutes. After 13 second half subs Nathan Craig came closest to a winner for Everton with a cheeky lobbed effort from 30 yards.

Roaring finish to Oz Tour
Brisbane Roar 1 - 2 Everton
17 Jul - Everton celebrated the end of a very successful tour of Australia by picking up the 'Queensland Roars Against Racism' trophy after running out 2-1 winners against Brisbane Roar in front of nearly 20,000 fans. The first goal was a beauty from Jack Rodwell, a perfect chip over the keeper and into the top corner of the net from the edge of the area. Brisbane equalised to spoil Iain Turner's clean sheet record, when he was slow to come out and block the angles, allowing the ball to go in off the post. But Magaye Gueye got the winner after some good build-up play, getting on the ned of a low deep cross from Lukas Jutkiewicz (or was it Jose Baxter?) to slot home under pressure at the far post.

The Day Dixie Got Sixty
Dean went off early to avoid a mobbing
16 Jul - Here's one we missed, from back in March, spotted by our old friend Joe Banerjee, who famously secured his own interviews with Joe Royle for us back in the day... Anyway, this four-part series is transcribed from old tapes of a conversation that author and journalist John Roberts had with the great Everton goalscorer back in the late 1970s, a couple of years before Dean died while watching Everton at Goodison Park. It focusses, of course, on the last game of the 1927-28 season, when Dean consummated his outstanding achievement with a hat-trick against Arsenal.

MLS can't do without Donovan
No chance of a transfer...
15 Jul - MLS commissioner Don Garber has given the strongest indication so far that the league has no intention of accepting transfer offers for the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder, Landon Donovan: "He's become a real soccer hero. MLS needs soccer heroes, and we have a great American soccer hero playing for us in LA, holding the torch for the sport in our country, and that's very important. I don't believe that it's something we can do without." However, perhaps he'd still be open for another loan deal?

Moyes quells hopes for “marquee signing”
Summer spending is done already
15 Jul - David Moyes says that his transfer window spending is more than likely done as the club have no more cash available for the one "marquee signing" that fans who still feel the squad lacks a pacey winger have been pinning their hopes on. "There's no cash to sign any more players for the club for the time being so it's unlikely we will be bringing in any more new faces before the new season starts in August." All predicated, of course, on Steven Pienaar and Mikel Arteta still being at Goodison on 1st September...

Jack and Louis on target
Melbourne Heart 0 - 2 Everton
14 Jul - Everton's second game of their 2010 Pre-Season Tour Down Under was against Melbourne Heart in the massive Etihad Stadium, with the roof closed. Again, in respect of a reasonably good crowd, David Moyes selected a fairly strong side from the players available but Saha missed a penalty after just 2 mins. Seamus Coleman, who had won the penalty, crossed superbly for Jack Rodwell to open the scoring. Lots of mostly young subs in the second half, include Jermaine Beckford, who nearly scored with his first shot, but it was Saha who turned nicely and curled a lovely shot past the keeper to make it 2-0. Turner, in goal, handled well everything that came his way.

Rodwell never in any doubt
He never considered leaving Goodison Park
13 Jul - Jack Rodwell says he never thought twice about signing his new five-year Everton deal — as he warned Premier League rivals he is ready to take his game to a new level. Rodwell committed his future to the Toffees in May, dashing the hopes of reported suitors Manchester United and Chelsea, and he says he never considered leaving Goodison Park. “When these questions were getting asked (about my future) I always knew I was going to sign a new contract. I didn't have a doubt in my mind. It's good to get it out of the way so I can focus on the new season, but it was never an issue."

Heitinga the anti-hero
...in the anti-football World Cup Final
11 Jul - Johnny Heitinga's quest for World Cup glory came to an ignominious end when he became only the fifth player to be sent off in a World Cup Final after picking up a second yellow card 10 minutes from the end of extra time. Referee Howard Webb had to start flashing yellow cards, many of them deserved, early in a mostly dreadful World Cup Final and it was sadly predictable that someone would walk before the end which Heitinga did, somewhat harshly, for leaning on Andres Iniesta after an otherwise excellent performance at the back for the Dutch. A number of golden chances went begging for both sides until Iniesta finally broke the stalemate in Spain's favour with four minutes left. The card count: Holland 9 - 5 Spain.

Big Vic on target down under
Sydney FC 0 - 1 Everton FC
10 Jul - In front of an impressive crowd of 40,000 fans, Everton started their pre-season match preparation with a win against Sydney FC, thanks to a goal from Victor Anichebe. The goal was scored just after half time, when Tim Cahill (replacing James Vaughan) was introduced for a tremendous reception from his countrymen. David Moyes played most of his available stars and they ran out comfortable winners in their fluorescent pink shirts.

Sydney FC v Everton FC
Pre-season swings into gear
10 Jul - Less than two months since the season ended, and with the World Cup still to be decided, a big part of the Everton squad has been back in training and, for the last week or so, down under in Australia on their first tour there since playing Australia in the Nissan Challenge Cup in Melbourne, 3 June 1987. They take on Sydney FC at the ANZ Stadium, with all the World Cup participants absent but for Tim Cahill. New signing Jermaine Beckford will likely not feature due to a strain. The game is due to be carried live on EvertonTV.

Johnny Heitinga, Proud Evertonian
Dutch Defender in the World Cup Final
8 Jul - Johnny Heitinga has been talking about how being with Everton has helped him get to the biggest game of them all: "It is a great club and I am playing in a World Cup Final as an Evertonian. The fans were very good to me last season. We struck up a good relationship. I have signed a five-year contract and I am proud to play for Everton. The Premier League has made me a much better player. Coming from Spain to England has helped me so much and Everton have assisted with that."

Everton lose Gosling for nothing
7 Jul - Everton have lost Dan Gosling for nothing after the midfielder's representatives reportedly exploited a legal loophole enabling him to walk away from Goodison Park as a free agent. Gosling, now 20, was initially signed on a three-year contract, the maximum permitted for a 17 year-old, with a verbal agreement to extend it by two years on improved terms this summer but, in a well-publicised clerical oversight the Club failed to table an official contract package in writing by the May deadline. The Blues will now forego up to £4m they can ill-afford to lose from a tribunal for the player, though they can still appeal the Premier League's decision, which was confirmed in this official announcement.

John Ruddy Leaves Everton
Signed a 3-year deal with Norwich City
5 Jul - Reserve 'keeper John Ruddy has signed a three-year deal with Norwich City after the clubs agreed an undisclosed transfer fee. The 23-year-old started his career at Cambridge United, playing 41 times, before joining the Toffees for £250k in 2005. Despite just one substitute appearance at Everton, Ruddy has featured on loan at eight different clubs, spending the whole of last season at Motherwell. His only Premier League appearance came during Everton's dramatic 1-0 win over Blackburn with 10 men in February 2006, replacing Iain Turner who was sent off in the ninth minute.

Holland see off Brazil to reach the semis
Netherlands 2 - 1 Brazil
2 Jul - Johnny Heitinga, Everton's sole remaining representative in South Africa, is in line for a World Cup semi-final appearance after Holland turned today's quarter-final on its head and eliminated the tournament favourites, Brazil. The South Americans looked on course early on when Robinho swept home after capitalising on poor positional play by Heitinga. But when Felipe Melo glanced Wesley Sneijder's cross into his own net and Sneijder himself then nodded home to put the Dutch ahead, Brazil self-destructed and Melo was sent off for stamping on serial faker, Arjen Robben. An impressive display by the Oranje.

 

Snippets & Rumours


Eric Dier on loan again
30 Jun - Eric Dier has apparently been loaned to Everton again, for the up-coming season. The 17-year-old Sporting Lisbon player was on loan from January last season, playing for the Under-18s. Dier will turn 18 in January 2012 and will be hoping to get some first team action with Everton as he develops as a player.

France and Hickson Honoured
30 Jun - Dr David France and former player Dave Hickson were given their Citizen of Honour awards in a ceremony at Liverpool Town Hall last night.

Yobo deal imminent
28 Jun - Everton chairman, Bill Kenwright, expects Joseph Yobo's permanent switch to Fenerbahce to be concluded "in a few days", and proudly announcing "I have had no other bids"!

Philly double-header
28 Jun - On 20 July, Philadelphia Union youth academy will square off against the U-18 team from Everton before the regular team kicks off against Everton at PPL Park in Philadelphia, PA. It is slated to begin at 4 pm EST. That means fans arriving early will get to see two pre-season games for the price of one.

Seamus in Big Car deal!
27 Jun - McGinley Motors is delighted to announce that Seamus Coleman, Everton & Ireland International soccer star, will open its new premises on Tuesday the 28 June 2011. This new premises is located at the Quay, Donegal Town (across from Supervalu).

Hope helps young Lions progress
26 Jun - Everton Academy prospect Hallam Hope set up the second goal for England U17s as they moved into the last 16 of the World Cup in Mexico with victory over Uruguay. The Three Lions face Argentina in the next round.

Howard livid after US Gold Cup defeat
26 Jun - Despite an excellent goal from Landon Donovan, the USA blew a 2-0 lead over Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final and eventually lost 4-2 yesterday but it wasn't the defeat or the manner of it that got Tim Howard all hot and bothered after the final whistle.

Olympic Glory playing for GB?
24 Jun - The rumpus about Great Britain looking to field a GB football squad in the 2012 Olympics rumbles on... Rodwell is for it; Southall is against it.

Cahill Helps Out In Defence
23 Jun - Tim Cahill was named honourary patron of Australian Defence Force football when he was back in Oz earlier this month. Col Tony Anetts arranged for the honour to be bestowed on the Everton and Aussie star.

Agard ties up Yeovil move
22 Jun - Kieran Agard, the ex-Everton striker released by the Blues last month, has a secured a move to Yeovil Town on a one-year deal. The switch follows a couple of loan spells last season with Peterborough and Kilmarnock.

England U21s crash out
21 Jun - Jack Rodwell was forced to watch from the substitute's bench as England U21s were eliminated from the European Championships without registering a win in the group stages.

Yobo hopeful over permanent move
20 Jun - Joseph Yobo says that his "future is with Fenerbahce" as negotiations continue between Everton and the Turkish club over the fee that would enable the 30 year-old Nigerian to make his loan move there permament. The Blues want £6m, double what the Turks are willing to pay.

Felli wants Champions League football
19 Jun - Marouane Fellaini has hinted that his future lies elsewhere if Everton can't qualify for the Champions League. The Belgian made no bones of the fact that Everton are currently "sub-top", in his words, but that doesn't mean he's looking for the exit door straight away.

Foreshaw pens new Everton deal
14 Jun - Academy graduate Adam Foreshaw has signed a new one-year contract with Everton and hopes to build on his Premier League debut which he made at Molineux against Wolves last season.

Akpan joins Crawley Town
14 Jun - At one point a highly promising name for the future, Hope Akpan was released by Everton this summer and has now joined Crawley Town.

Ferguson takes first coaching step
13 Jun - Duncan Ferguson has taken the first step towards earning his coaching credentials by starting a B Licence coaching course, simultaneously ending his long-running feud with the SFA dating back to his harsh suspension for a head-butting incident involving Jock McStay in 1993.

Rodwell plays role in U-21s draw
13 Jun - Jack Rodwell came on as a late substitute as England U-21s rescued a point against Spain in their European Championship opener.

Agents coining it in the Premier League
11 Jun - According to talkSPORT, Everton paid a little over £3.5m to players' agents last season, more than their total transfer outlay but almost two thirds less than both Liverpool and Chelsea whose totals each topped £9m.

Heitinga keen to fight for his place?
9 Jun - There are conflicting reports regarding John Heitinga's future with comments regarding his frustration with missing out on European football, originally made in March but seemingly regurgitated by the press this week, at odds with assertions from Ajax that the Dutch international is happy at Everton.

Baxter happy to get loan experience
9 Jun - Jose Baxter says that he would be willing to go out on loan next season in order to garner more senior playing experience. The 19 year-old has become central to Everton's reserves and was named their player of the season for 2010/11 but has found first-team opportunities limited so far.

Coleman helps Ireland conquer Italy
8 Jun - Seamus Coleman played the full 90 minutes as the Republic of Ireland notched an impressive 2-0 friendly win over Italy last night.

Weir could return in coaching role
7 Jun - Everton have reportedly approached ex-Goodison defender, David Weir, in regard to a potential return to the Club in a coaching capacity. The 41 year-old is out of contract at Rangers and is looking for his next opporutnity.

Beckford happy with maiden season
6 Jun - Jermaine Beckford is looking back on his first season in the Premier League with satisfaction after reaching double figures for the campaign.

Fulham sign up Everton Academy star
3 Jun - Fulham have signed up Everton Under-18 midfielder Tom Donegan, one of the regulars who also played a key part in the playoff victory over Fulham that secured the National Academy League title for the young Blues. It is assumed he was released by the Everton Academy.

Second New Signing!
2 Jun - It's more encouraging news from the Everton Academy as another of their young and promising future prospects, John Lundstram, signs a 2-year deal with Everton as a professional. Lundstram, a central midfielder, was a mainstay in the Everton Under-18 side that won the National League title, and has been playing for England in the Under-17 European Championships.

First New Signing!
1 Jun - Everton have tied exciting prospect Tyias Browning down to a 2-year contract as a professional at the club. The right-back turned 17 on Monday and was swiftly offered the contract after breaking into Alan Stubbs's reserve team last summer as a 16-year-old. The teenager joined the club as a 10-year-old and has risen through the ranks of the Everton Academy.

Baines: “One of the Good Guys”
31 May - Over at Surreal Football, Andi Thomas offers an irreverent salute to Leighton Baines, Everton's understated Player of the Season for 2010-11 and potential successor to Ashley Cole in the England setup.

New deal for Aristote Nsiala
31 May - A second Reserves player, Aristote Nsiala, has also signed a new one-year contract at Everton. The 19-year-old product of Everton Academy, a tall and fast defender, has been on the senior subs bench a few times but has yet to make his Everton debut. He spent three months of last season on loan at Mascclesfield Town, with 13 appearances and one goal.

Once a Blue...
31 May - Wayne Rooney has told Keys and Gray at TalkSport that Everton will always be in his heart. Rooney stated that he's still hugely fond of Everton, saying “It was a difficult decision to make, leaving Everton. I think Man United were the only team I would have left Everton for."

Yakubu wants too much money
31 May - Yakubu's wage demand of £35,000 a week is threatening his chances of joining Leicester on a permanent basis. The striker spent the final five months of the season on loan at the Walkers Stadium, scoring 11 goals.

New deal for Aristote Nsiala
31 May - A second Reserves player, Aristote Nsiala, has also signed a new one-year contract at Everton. The 19-year-old product of Everton Academy a tall and fast defender has been on the senior subs bench a few times but has yet to make his Everton debut. He spent three months of last season on loan at Mascclesfield Town, with 13 appearances and one goal.

Fee agreed for James Vaughan
27 May - Norwich City have agreed a £2.5M fee with Everton for striker James Vaughan. The Canaries will now discuss personal terms with the 22-year-old, who looks set to leave Everton after coming through the ranks at Goodison Park.

Charity game a huge success
26 May - Stuart Barlow returned to Goodison and scored the only goal of a game watched by around 3,000 fans to win a charity match for Everton 'Legends' against their Liverpool counterparts.

Bury friendly in July
24 May - Everton will face Bury in a pre-season friendly on 15 July. It will take place at Gigg Lane, with kick-off at 7:45pm. Everton academy product Steven Schumacher is the club captain at Bury.

Cahill to get some rest
24 May - Australia coach Holger Osieck has decided to rest Tim Cahill for two friendlies next month to give the attacking midfielder a chance to recover fully from a niggling foot injury in time for the World Cup qualifiers.

Baines in Team of the Season
23 May - Leighton Baines has made it to Garth Crooks's Team of the Season on the BBC website: "What a season for the Evertonian. It has been years since I have seen a player with such a sweet left foot. He has been inspirational for the Toffees and his goals have often been game changing."

Moyes loved Beckford's goal
22 May - Moyes said: “Roy of the Rovers lives on! It is the sort of thing you would read in one of the magazines — get it in your own box, pass three players, get up there. Okay you get a wee bit of a ricochet and it bounces for you and the keeper just gets his hand on it but it spins inside the post. It really epitomised the whole performance."

Moyes on Transfer TrashTalk
21 May - "The media will speculate about players, most of them probably miles off the mark. What that does to the supporters is lead them in a wrong direction. I have always said, unless you hear it from me, don't believe it. My job is always to give supporters the best team I possibly can. I will try to do that with what we have available. I will try to make sure I get them the best team we can. But let's not be kidded. Next season is going to be incredibly difficult with what is going on." — David Moyes [emphasis added]

The Football Quarter — A Report
21 May - Dr Alan Southern from The University of Liverpool has produced a report that attempts to identify the impact the Proposed Football Quarter for North Liverpool could provide for the area centered on Stanley Park. The report gives examples at Leyton Orient, Juventus and Shimizu S-Pulse showing how a Football Club can aid regeneration and community involvement on a variety of levels and scales. The report can be viewed at Scribd.

A strange season, says Mikey
20 May - Mikel Arteta spoke about Everton's season: "We have been very inconsistent, having really bad results and then doing really well against the big teams. It's been a strange season." Asked if a seventh-placed finish was a sign of progress, Arteta added: "For me, it's not. I think everybody was expecting a much better performance this year from the whole team, and we haven't reached it. Even if we finish seventh, I don't think we should be happy with it."

Nathan Craig released
19 May - Everton Reserve midfielder Nathan Craig has been released after spending the last nine years working his way up through the levels of the Everton Academy. Craig made one appearance for the senior side, as a late sub in the home defeat to BATE Borrisov, but never even made the subs bench after becoming a regular in the Reserves for the last two seasons.

Distin looking to end on a high
19 May - “If you believe that the manager will let us relax this last week and that we will play our second team against Chelsea then you are dreaming,” said defender Sylvain Distin this week.“If you saw the way we just trained today then you would have seen just how intense it was and how seriously we are taking this game.

Everton charity scores Lottery grant
19 May -

Everton in the Community, the Club's official charity, has been granted nearly £1 million to fund an innovative new social inclusion programme targeting young offenders.

Rodwell admits to disappointment
18 May - Jack Rodwell has admitted his disappointment at his failure to become an Everton first-team regular this season. Despite signing a new long-term contract last summer, the England Under 21 international has started only 13 league games under David Moyes in what has been an injury-hit 2010-11.

A Corner as good as a Penalty
17 May - Neil Turton has penned this excellent article on the sublime skills of one Andy Hinchcliffe, whose special knack was pitching in the perfect corner with his left foot. The memory forever engrained in Evertonians' minds and hearts was when Matt Jackson powered in a brilliant header at the near post from such a delivery to open the scoring for Everton v Spurs in that highly memorable FA Cup Semi-Final at Eland Road, April 1995. Neil also gives a noteworthy salute to the musical works of Finish composer, Osmo Tapia Raihala.

Academy reject heads to Boro
17 May - Middlesbrough have confirmed the signing of Luke Dobie who was released from the Everton Academy last month. Dobie was offered the chance to train with Boro after impressing against them during a youth game. The 18-year-old midfielder has now agreed a one-year deal. He made 20 appearances (7 as a sub) for the Under-18s, scoring 1 goal, and just one appearance for the Reserves.

Joao Silva among the goals
15 May - With Everton's strikers not scoring, there is some irony in Joao Pedro Pereira Silva's exploits for Uniao de Leiria, the Portuguese team where the 1.89 m target man is currently on loan from Everton. He came on as a sub and scored two goals in the dramatic 3-3 draw with runners-up Benfica Lisbon. The 20-year-old netted on the brink of both halves; his first goal leveled the match just before the half-time whistle, before he later ensured Uniao came away with a point. Everton signed Silva for a fee in the region of £500k last year but David Moyes has yet to play him, while he has grabbed four goals in 12 showings for Uniao since arriving on loan.

Moyes is miffed
15 May - David Moyes had the hump on and refused to talk to the media, no doubt fearful that he would get himself in hot water by daring to question the decision of The Hawthorns referee Andrew Taylor to dismiss Diniyar Bilyaletdinov for a rash tackle after he had been on the field less than 5 minutes.

7th is like Champions League
13 May - "In November or December I would have looked at getting seventh place like winning the Champions League. We have kicked on. We should never have found ourselves in the situation we were in but we did. It was difficult early on but the players have rallied round, showed their true value and how they can play. If we finish in seventh that would be great but we don't want to get caught by the teams behind us. I never doubted our character and spirit. I didn't think that was the reason we weren't winning games. It was because of quality that was why we didn't win." — David Moyes

Painful lessons learned for Vic
13 May - Victor Anichebe has been talking to Gregg O'Keefe in the Liverpool Echo about his injury frustrations, the crowd getting on his back for something he didn't even do regarding his contract, and the applause he was given in recognition of putting in some good hard graft against Man City.

Everton U18s to play Fulham
10 May - In a real ding-dong U18s play-off semi-final that was even closer than that played out between Everton and Aston Villa yesterday, Fulham finally prevailed 4-1 over Sunderland on penalties. The game finished 2-2 at full time, 3-3 after extra time. Everton will play Fulham in the Playoff Final at Craven Cottage (NOT the Reebok Stadium) on Friday, kick-off: 7pm... so a great chance for all the ESCLA fans to go support our lads!!!

Everton U18s v Aston Villa U18s
9 May - Everton's Youth Academy side, as Group C winners, take on AstonVilla, winners of Group B, in the first of the FA Premier Youth League national playoff semi-finals. The game is at Finch Farm and kicks off at 12 noon.

Handbags after the whistle
7 May - A bit of afters followed the final whistle at Goodison Park after Kolarov set upon Coleman, accusing him of using his elbow. Neville, Mancini, Cahill, Kidd and Platt all got involved in the swearing and finger-pointing, underlining some of the passion and determination required from Everton to win this game.

Big Dunc back at Goodison
7 May - On a rare return to Goodison Park from his home in Mallorca, Duncan Ferguson was given a rapturous reception by the crowd ahead of the Man City game. There is, however, no confirmation that the half-time turnaround resulted from an inspirational tongue-lashing he gave the team during the break.

Everton Academy are Group C Winners!
6 May - Everton Under-18s won Group C of the FA Academy League when rivals Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw by Wolves in their final game today. As group winners, Everton will now play off in a national semi-final against Aston Villa at Finch Farm on Monday, 9 May, for the right to face either Sunderland or Fulham in the final that will decide the League winners.

New Away kit now available
5 May - The new amber and black away strip is now available and will be worn by the first team when they visit West Brom a week on Saturday.

New away strip unveiled on Thursday
4 May - Everton's away strip for the 2011-12 season will be unveiled at the Everton One store, Goodison Park, this Thursday, 5th May, and will debut in the final away game at West Bromwich Albion on the 14th.

Anichebe to spearhead big finish
4 May - That's the latest statement of intent from the man himself, courtesy of the Liverpool Daily Post: "The last three games are really important, it is important to finish the season on a high. The fans pay a lot of money to watch us play and we will be giving 100% until the end of the season.” Walk the walk... or talk the talk?

Sven unsure about Yak's future
4 May - Leicester City manager Sven Goran Eriksson is unsure what he will do next season regarding on-loan striker Ayiegbeni Yakubu as his club have failed to make the playoffs. The Yak has enjoyed a fairly successful loan spell with the Foxes, scoring 10 goals since his arrival from Goodison Park in January, but he may not want another season in the Championship.

Rodwell & Vaughan picked
3 May - Jack Rodwell and James Vaughan have been named among 40 English Under-21 players selected as candidates for Stuart Pearce's Uefa Championship squad in Denmark next month. Let's start praying they don't go or they don't get injured...

Hope on target for England
3 May - Everton Academy striker Hallam Hope was on target for England as they drew 2-2 with France in their Under-17 European Championships opener in Serbia. Hope scored after eight minutes to give his side an early lead. Hope's Everton teammate John Lundstram also played the full 80 minutes.

Hanging in the Balance
1 May - Everton Under-18s lost their final game of the campaign on Saturday, 1-0 away to Leeds United. They still lead FA Academy Youth League Group C by five points but the loss could turn out to be very costly with possibility of handing the title to Liverpool, who still have two games in hand, both against Wolves...

Kieran's Killie Killer
30 Apr - Kieran Agard's first senior goal earned Kilmarnock a 2-2 draw against Hearts. The on-loan Everton striker volleyed home in the 86th minute as Kilmarnock capitalised on some sustained pressure.

Moyes denies Baines move
30 Apr - David Moyes has brushed off the prospect of Leighton Baines joining Liverpool this summer: “I can't see it... and I think Liverpool know that as well. Nobody will leave the club unless I give it the go-ahead and that won't change. We have signed Leighton on a five-year deal. I don't want to sell him and Everton don't sell cheap. The chairman looks after the players and gives them what he can. So Leighton's not for sale — and they know that as well.”

Barkley starts light training
28 Apr - Highly rated Everton Academy defender Ross Barkley has resumed light running at Finch Farm in recent weeks and Everton are hopeful that the teenager will be doing ball work before the end of the season. David Moyes thinks the lad would have broken through into the first team last season, but for the horrendous triple leg-break he sustained while on International duty back in October 2010.

Second US pre-season game set
27 Apr - Everton FC will play MLS side Philadelphia Union in the second pre-season friendly on their summer tour of the United States. The game takes place on Wednesday, 20 July — three days before they go up against DC United in Washington, as announced last month.

The Glaswegian School
27 Apr - On BBC Radio 5Live Thursday night, from 20:00 to 22:00 BST, David Moyes will feature in a special on Glaswegians in Football Management. Of the 20 managers plying their trade in the Premier League, no less than SIX hail from Glasgow.

Sven drops Yak then gets response
25 Apr - Sven-Goran Eriksson said he got exactly the response he was looking for after dropping star striker Yakubu when Leicester played Watford on Monday. The Leicester City manager admitted he had been unhappy with the Nigerian's recent performances and left the on-loan Everton player on the bench. But Yakubu went on as a substitute and scored twice in the 4-2 victory over the Hornets at the Walkers Stadium.

Kids show 'em how it's done
24 Apr - The kids from Everton's Youth Academy gave their Manchester United counterparts a lesson in in football on Saturday morning, running out 2-1 winners with goals from Hallam Hope and Anton Forrester.

Media mendacity annoys Moyes
22 Apr - At the end of this interview, a clearly irritated David Moyes blames the media for the ridiculous level of speculation surrounding Jack Rodwell's imminent move to Old Trafford: "A great club like Manchester United wouldn't do it, and certainly a club like Everton wouldn't do it, So it has to be people in the middle who are doing it, not the two clubs."

David Moyes in the Dugout
22 Apr - David Moyes talks about his loyal players who have been at Everton a while, giving lads from the Academy a chance, and the Man that is Phil Neville. For Evertonians outside of the UK & Eire, here is a transcript of the David Moyes Interview.

Victor scores in Seaside win
20 Apr - Everton reserves ended their season with a 2-1 win at Blackpool. Victor Anichebe put them in the lead after 28 minutes and from the kick-off an Everton counter saw them double their lead as Adam Forshaw fired home to double the lead, and lift the Blues second string off the bottom of their Northern Group C.

Loan player back after just one game
20 Apr - Shane Duffy has returned to Everton at the end of his month-long loan at Burnley, having played in just one game for the Clarets and Blues. Manager Eddie Howe said, "Part of the reason was to look long term with Shane. We will wait and see how pre-season goes for him and what his options are and how Everton feel."

Bily in speed shocker
17 Apr - One of those stupid game stats things from EA Sports — the Official Technology Partner of the Premier League — rather bizarrely claims that the fastest player on the Everton team in a recent game (unspecified) was none other than... Diniyar Bilyaletdinov! The slowest was Johnny Heitinga.

Moyes Pushing Beckford to Perform
16 Apr - David Moyes on the gamble Everton took this season with Jermaine Beckford: "He knows he has gone to Leeds and scored, he's gone to Scunthorpe and scored. But when you step up to one of the top clubs in the country and are playing against international defenders, although you might score you need to keep stepping up and stepping up. You have to do it for the team. You can't just score the goal and think ‘that's me, I'm done'. At Everton we require more than that."

Still short on numbers
15 Apr - Everton are still short on numbers as they prepare for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash against Blackburn at Goodison Park. Seamus Coleman, Jack Rodwell (both ankle) and Tim Cahill (foot) are getting closer to fitness but again but are all rated doubtful. Mikel Arteta (hamstring) remains on the sidelines despite making good progress but Louis Saha and Marouane Fellaini are long-term absentees.

Not many shots on goal...
14 Apr - An Everton Academy side made up entirely of teenagers masquerading as Everton Reserves, (Adam Forshaw the only one having appeared for the senior side) went down 2-0 to a somewhat stronger and more experienced Manchester United side in the penultimate game of their league "campaign" on Wednesday night.

Hope Springs Eternal
14 Apr - Will the next England striker and big-ticket transfer asset to come off the Everton Academy production line be Hallum Hope? He's been having a good season for Everton's Under-18s, scoring 9 goals to date, and has played in handful of Reserves games too this season.

Arteta's hamstring needs another week
13 Apr - Mikel Arteta was hoping to return to training this week but the latest scan on his hamstring last Thursday showed the tear he suffered 10 minutes into the game against Birmingham City last month has not yet fully healed, and this has pushed back his recovery by a week. He now hopes to be fit for the game against Manchester United.

Contract talks could start soon
13 Apr - Marouane Fellaini is ready to start contract negotiations with Everton, and complete his recovery from ankle surgery before the season is over.

Ace reveals scoring secret
13 Apr - Diniyar Bilyaletdinov talks about his excellent screamer at Wolves: “The most important thing for me when I shoot is to hit the target. If you focus on shooting for the target every time then it increases your chance of scoring.” And his missed sitter: “No chance is easy as you have to be in the right position and focus on shooting correctly, but I know I should have scored.”

Keeper's loan spell extended
11 Apr - Preston have extended the loan spell of Everton goalkeeper Iain Turner until the end of the season. Turner, 27, joined North End in February and has so far made 11 appearances, keeping one clean sheet for the struggling Championship outfit.

Cramp denies Sylvain landmark
7 Apr - Sylvain Distain was on course to play every minute of every Everton League game this season. He said: “I was disappointed to come off of course. It wouldn't have been the first time I've played every minute of every game all season in the Premier League though, but I was really hoping to do it with Everton. But against Villa I felt the cramp and I didn't want to risk the team being caught out by a long ball because I couldn't run properly.”

Harris trots out Groundshare line
7 Apr - Keith Harris, the chairman of the investment bank Seymour Pierce, has advised Liverpool and Everton to groundshare. Harris, speaking at the SportAccord conference in London, says that he believes two clubs will groundshare "at some stage" and that the development would be a "change for good." He added: "It has worked well in Milan and Munich, so why not, it makes common sense".

Goalkeeper is a stayer
6 Apr - At 32, and apparently in the prime of his career, Tim Howard has pledged the rest of his career to staying with Everton: "I would like to finish my career here," said Howard. "Unfortunately there is always a business side to football -— everyone understands that — but as far as I am concerned, if Everton will have me, I am staying put."

Reserves can't hold Wigan
5 Apr - Everton Reserves were defeated at home by Wigan Athletic on Tuesday, the score 2-1... Conor McAleny the scorer. Magaye Gueye did not play, while Apostolos Vellios was subbed before the hour mark.

Academy player released
5 Apr - It appears that Everton Academy player Luke Dobie has been released and is being given a trial at Middlesbrough. At Everton since he was 9 years old, Dobie played a part in most Under-18 games this season, and just made his debut for the Reserves last week at Newcastle.

Magaye Gueye to get more chances
5 Apr - David Moyes says he is going to give Magaye Gueye further chances to demonstrate his potential before the end of the season. The 20-year-old Frenchman's development has been hampered by injuries, but he has still done well at reserve level and made his Premier League debut in Saturday's draw with Aston Villa.

Yakubu hat-trick
2 Apr - Yakubu, out on loan from Everton, put three past his former club, Middlesbrough in an acrimonious game at the Riverside. Meanwhile, James, Vaughan, on loan with Crystal Palace, also scored for his loan club.

Grav was better than Rooney
1 Apr - In what must be another April Fools story, The Express has Tony Hibbert claiming that Tommy Gravesen was a better footballer than Wayne Rooney... Hmmmm.

Rooney plays the Blues card
31 Mar - Wayne Rooney believes Everton fans are desperate for him to lead Manchester United to the Premier League title this season so they pass Liverpool's record of 18 championship wins: "I grew up an Everton fan so to be part of the team to overtake Liverpool's record would be brilliant. It is something I have been thinking about a lot. I know all the Everton fans want us to do it and hopefully we can." Err...

Beppo comes to Bromborough
31 Mar - Everton Director and major shareholder, Robert Earl, is opening one of his Buca de Beppo Italian "family-style" restaurants in the Village Hotel, Bromborough. The chain is famous in the US for its monster-size portions.

Johnny's jibes manipulated
29 Mar - Johnny Heitinga has explained how the Daily Mirror took translated quotes from an interview the player gave to a Dutch newspaper and put them alongside questions in English he wasn't asked, to make him appear frustrated: he says he's happy at Everton.

Three lions & a Blue Pair
29 Mar - Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines both played the full game at Wembley last night as England could only draw with Ghana, 1-1.

Heitinga's frustrations evident
27 Mar - Johnny Heitinga has been talking to the press again... this time to the Sunday Mirror, and presumably in English, and there is no disguising his frustrations at not being a first choice selection on Moyes's teamsheet.

Cahill is also injured
27 Mar - Tim Cahill has been ruled out of Australia's friendly against Germany in Monchengladbach next week with a foot injury. Cahill has had fitness problems since aggravating the injury while spending six weeks of the Premier League season at January's Asian Cup and has been a passenger at Everton for the last two months.

Yobo is happy in Turkey
26 Mar - Joseph Yobo is happy with life at Fenerbahçe in Turkey, where he is on a season-long loan and has made 16 appearances. Fenerbahçe have the option to make his loan switch permanent at the end of the season and the 30-year-old is open to such a deal.

Voices From A Childhood
26 Mar - Edward Cullen has written a book which is published online and is the story of a Merseyside childhood in the 1950s and 60s. It includes recollections about Everton from that era and reminiscences of Dixie Dean, both as a player, and icon, and in later life.

Minor role for Jagielka
26 Mar - Phil Jagielka may have got a recall to the England squad, but he spent almost all of today's game in Cardiff sitting on the plush Millennial bench-seats, coming on for only the last 5 mins as England strolled to an easy victory against a sadly pathetic Welsh side under new manger Gary Speed.

Yet more injury woes for Blues
25 Mar - Jose Baxter became the latest of what is left of David Moyes's playing squad to succumb to injury, when he suffered a straight-forward hamstring injury while playing for Everton Reserves against Liverpool last night. He's likely to be missing for some weeks.

Vellios lays on Blues goals
24 Mar - Apostolos Vellios was in good form for Everton Reserves again, laying on first half goals for Adam Forshaw and Conor McAleny as they took the lead at neighbours Liverpool. But they surrendered their grip on the game in the second half, allowing the Reds to draw level.

Gueye scores for French U-21s
24 Mar - Magaye Gueye may not be good enough for Everton's first team, but he did play for France's Under-21s in a friendly and scored the third goal in a 3-2 defeat of Spain.

Duffy joins Burnley on loan
24 Mar - Shane Duffy has joined the long list of Everton players playing their football on loan this season after joining Burnley for an initial 28-day spell.

Coleman pulls out of Ireland squad
24 Mar - Seamus Coleman is the latest injury concern after the 22 year-old withdrew from the Republic of Ireland squad because of an ankle injury sustained against Fulham last weekend.

US Tour starts at DC United
24 Mar - Everton have confirmed they will play a pre-season friendly against DC United in the US Capital on July 23.

No recall for Yakubu
23 Mar - There has been speculation that Aiyegbeni Yakubu could be ordered back to Goodison Park from his loan spell at Leicester City for the remainder of the campaign in the wake of Louis Saha's latest injury. But David Moyes has no immediate plans to request the 28-year-old's return and will wait until the summer before making an overall decision on the forward.

Park End development delayed
23 Mar - Everton's plans to build a £9M hospitality and retail development behind the Park End stand have been delayed and the project will now not open until the summer of 2012, due to "logistical reasons".

Rodwell withdrawn from U21s
22 Mar - Jack Rodwell has pulled out of the England U21 squad after picking up a knock against Fulham in Saturday's 2-1 win at Goodison Park. He joins Louis Saha as a major doubt for the visit of Aston Villa.

Jagielka selected for England
21 Mar - Phil Jagielka has been called up again to play in the England squad who take on Wales in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Saturday. David Moyes, meanwhile, believes that his centre half has the potential to succeed John Terry as England captain.

Top of the Form
20 Mar - Four wins in the last six league games puts Everton at the top of the Premier League Form Guide, underlining another Spring renaissance for David Moyes's side as they surge up the Premier League table toward a spot in Europe.

Wallace extends Stockport loan
18 Mar - James Wallace's loan spell at Stockport County has been extended until the end of the season.

Neville may be fit to play
17 Mar - Phil Neville is expected to be fit enough to return to the Everton squad for this weekend's home clash with Fulham. He suffered a hamstring problem in the 2-1 win at Newcastle earlier this month but has made a quick recovery and will return to the squad for the visit of the Cottagers.

Customer Charter now in place
16 Mar - Everton have acted quickly to rectify the absence of a customer care charter, as highlighted by the FSF survey published yesterday. The new Customer Charter for 2010-11 is available to download as a pdf document from a link at the the club's Official Website.

Everton score Zero in care survey
15 Mar - An FSF survey of football clubs' customer care charters rates Everton dead last in customer care with a zero rating out of 35. Each club's charter was given a 0-5 rating in seven categories: accessibility, timeliness, quality, clarity of complaints procedure, appeals process and contact details.

Mailbag: EFC Customer Care Factor? Zero!

Nine Years and counting
15 Mar - Monday marked the ninth anniversary of David Moyes being appointed as Everton manager... and remarkably few seem to have noticed. But we did find this piece in the Daily Express, where he admits: “I have been embarrassed at times that my team haven't done as well as they should. I take the responsibility for that,” said Moyes. “At times, I thought, ‘Surely we can't play as badly as that'.” Some very introspective comments in this story...

Defiant, hopeful, realistic and regretful
13 Mar - "People say I should've stayed [at Everton] but would my career have been different? I'd just had an ankle operation so I didn't play too many games in my first year with Arsenal. I struggled to get my head round playing in Carling Cup ties and making the odd appearance from the bench. It was difficult to take when you're young and want to impress." — Francis Jeffers at 30, on his football career that promised so much...

Big Apple trip for the Blues
12 Mar - David Moyes has taken his threadbare Everton squad to New York City for one of his team-bonding and morale-building sessions while there is a break in Premier League fixtures this weekend, presumably due to the FA Cup 5th Round.

Turner's Preston loan extended
11 Mar - Iain Turner's loan spell at Preston has been extended for another month. The Everton Reserves goalkeeper, who has been at Goodison for over 8 years but not played a senior game in the the last four seasons, joined the Championship side on an initial one-month deal in February. He will now remain at Deepdale until mid-April.

Arteta suffers hamstring tear
10 Mar - As expected, after the Spaniard pulled up sharply sprinting for the ball in last night's 1-1 draw with Birmingham, Mikel Arteta will be sidelined for "a few weeks" after suffering a "grade two" hamstring tear.

A 10-Year Anniversary
10 Mar - It was 10 years ago this month (3rd March to be precise) that the two biggest independent EFC websites, ToffeeWeb.org and Evertonia, decided to join forces to form ToffeeWeb.com.

Reserves lose to City
9 Mar - Everton Reserves lost 3-1 to Manchester City on Tuesday night. The Toffees took the lead in the first minute through Conor McAleny but, despite dominating for most of the game, goals from Andrea Mancini, Donal McDermott and Omar Eladellaoui gave City the points.

The Lion will roar in June
8 Mar - A youth team from Everton's Academy will be among the select few to contest the Lion City Cup in Singapore this June. The competition will be against some heady opposition in form of youth teams from Juventus (Italy), Benfica (Portugal) and Flamengo (Brazil).

Everton plan summer Distin talks
8 Mar - Everton will offer Sylvain Distin a 12-month extension to his contract this summer as reward for an impressive, ever-present season in the heart of defence. Though the Frenchman will turn 34 at the end of the year, he has lost little of pace and is among the leading candidates for Player of the Season.

Neville likely out of Brum game
7 Mar - Phil Neville was forced off after 52 minutes at St James' Park on Saturday afternoon with a hamstring strain. The extent of Neville's injury is not yet known but the former England international underwent assessment at Everton's Finch Farm training ground yesterday. Neville is likely to miss Wednesday night's match at home to Birmingham City given the nature of his injury, adding to a growing list of players on the treatment table.

Language, Mr Sibson!
7 Mar - An Everton fan is to appear in court after making a xenophobic comment towards the club's French striker Louis Saha. David Sibson, 57, was thrown out of Goodison Park for shouting that Saha was "a useless French lazy bastard". He was reported by a fan sitting nearby. Mr Sibson had his season ticket taken away by the club. Police investigated and he now faces a public order charge before Justices of the Peace.

Why the roof might be falling in
5 Mar - From this opinion/blog it looks like avowed kopite Brian Reade may have been been swayed away from the normal media praise for the Everton hierarchy through reading the opinions of fans expressed on certain websites regarding the true state of Everton FC and the Kenwright/Moyes axis.

Mailbag Item: Brian Reade today

Anichebe settles out of court
4 Mar - Victor Anichebe has reportedly settled the lawsuit he brought against Kevin Nolan for the horror tackle two years ago. Nolan was red-carded for the assault but Anichebe suffered serious ligament damage and was sidelined for 11 months.

Deja vu for Fellaini
2 Mar - Marouane Fellaini — praised just days ago by Moyes for "playing through the pain" — is out for the season after undergoing surgery to correct an ankle problem. It's a frustrating repeat of a year ago when the Belgian missed the last third of the campaign through injury. Tim Cahill will also be out of action for three weeks with a foot problem, compounding David Moyes's selection problem.

New-tritional Blues Sponsorship
1 Mar - Everton have secured a new sponsorship deal with Maximuscle, the sports nutrition brand, who have become the club's official sports nutrition partner for the next three years.

Moyes won't sell Osman or Hibbert
1 Mar - “As long as I'm here Ossie will be here — and Tony Hibbert — as long as they want to be here. They know what the club's about. They know what's required and they know what I'm about and from that point of view I think they're really important."

Arteta is finding his lost form
28 Feb - "When you have expectations on you, it's hard," Mikel Arteta told BBC Radio Merseyside. "But I've kept working and now I'm finding my form and I'm feeling confident now. I think for creative players it's even harder. I was trying hard but some things don't go the way you want them to."

Saha prangs his Ferrari
28 Feb - Everton striker Louis Saha crashed into a fence while driving his Ferrari on a country road in Cheshire. The 32-year-old was driving in Wilmslow at 20:54 GMT on Sunday evening when he lost control of the vehicle, Cheshire Police confirmed. The Frenchman, who was alone, did not need hospital treatment.

Arteta pulled from set-piece duty
26 Feb - Acknowledging the Spaniard's struggles from dead-ball situations this season, David Moyes is consciously limiting Mikel Arteta's involvements at set-pieces so he can concentrate on other areas of his game.

Moyes happier now with Jags' fitness
25 Feb - David Moyes admits that Phil Jagielka's fitness has been a concern recently, thanks mostly to a thigh strain that didn't quite heal properly and prevented him from making a full return to the side until last weekend's FA Cup replay at Chelsea.

Van der Meyde: 'I quit'
25 Feb - The one-time Dutch International, Andy van der Meyde, who spent four useless years on Everton's books, making just 24 league and cup appearances has announced his retirement from football in the most fitting way: "I quit," he said. "I do not need to give an interview."

Two away games moved for TV
25 Feb - Everton's games at Wolves on April 9 and Manchester United on April 23 have been brought forward to 12:45pm for live televised coverage by Sky Sports.

Everton complete Hammar signing
24 Feb - Swedish central defensive prospect Johann Hammar has signed with Everton after turning 17 and becoming eligible for a professional contract. The 17-year-old moved to England last year with a view to completing the deal.

Vellios ready to step up?
23 Feb - A goal for the reserves and now Apostolos Vellios is proclaimed by The Echo as "Everton's new striking starlet" — such are the times we live in. But on past form from the manager, David Moyes is highly unlikely to even let the new boy near the bench on Saturday... yet wouldn't it be nice to perhaps have some fresh ideas up front?

Rodwell could make early return
23 Feb - Jack Rodwell is in line for a surprise return against Sunderland this weekend after making swift progress on a groin injury under the care of Everton's medical staff.

Cahill 's ankle causing concern
22 Feb - The ankle injury Tim Cahill bought back from the Asian Cup in Qatar looks like it may keep him out of Everton's game against Sunderland on Saturday.

Everton announce season ticket freeze
22 Feb - Everton announced today that they will leave season ticket prices unchanged for the 2011/12 season and not raise the costs in line with the recent 2.5% increase in VAT. Supporters who purchase before the April 16 ‘Early Bird' deadline will save 20%.

It could be City or Villa away
20 Feb - The winner of the 5th Round tie in the FA Cup between Everton and Reading, set to be played under the Goodison floodlights a week on Tuesday, will face an away clash against either Manchester City or Aston Villa in the 6th Round on the weekend of 12 March 2011. City and Villa play their 5th Round tie a week on Wednesday.

Heitinga's shootout gamesmanship
20 Feb - "From the centre line you walk straight to the penalty spot, and you're completely focused on your penalty... I tried to ruin [Ashley Cole's] concentration by colliding with him [as he made his way to the penalty spot]. The harassment was intentional." — Johnny Heitinga.

Wallace goes out on loan
18 Feb - James Wallace has gone out on loan again, this time to Stockport County in League 2. He was at Bury for a month before Christmas but only got to play one game (in the FA Cup against Peterborough). Hopefully he won't be needed in our run to Wembly, which continues on Saturday...

Flirting with disaster
18 Feb - For the American ESPN website, Evertonian Roger Bennett provides a comprehensive summary of the enigma that is Everton this season, ahead of the weekend's crucial FA Cup 4th Round Replay against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

EFC Business Model is unsustainable
17 Feb - The Echo is featuring Colin Fitzpatrick's assessment of Everton's parlous financial situation. He said: “Their business plan, based on asset utilisation, is not sustainable. I feared 18 months ago the club's various loans would overwhelm its ability to provide the manager with funds. Now this scenario has happened and it is going to get worse in the 2011 accounts."

For the background behind Colin's Echo piece, read his latest ToffeeWeb contribution, Breaking down the barriers

ESA calls for return of AGMs
17 Feb - Anne Asquith, chair of the Everton Shareholders Association, has reiterated their desire to see Everton reinstate Annual General Meetings for the shareholders: "Getting the AGMs back is a perennial request, and lots of shareholders have felt disenfranchised since they were stopped. But you can almost understand why they stopped them. Proxy representatives were attending the AGMs and there was some behaviour which some of us felt was not appropriate."

Take a bow, traveling Blues
16 Feb - Unlike their opposition fans in the original fourth round fixture, Everton fans have bought the Club's full 6,000 allocation of seats for this weekend's FA Cup replay and the away section is now sold out.

Everton sign promising young keeper
14 Feb - Everton have signed Shrewsbury's highly rated 16-year-old youth-team goalkeeper Mason Springthorpe for £125,000. Springthorpe, who is already 6ft 2ins, started playing initially as a striker but was persuaded to become a goalkeeper by his father, Ian.

Moyes's worst game in charge
13 Feb - After the utterly dismal performance by his players in the pouring rain at Bolton, Moyes said: "Today's performance was as bad as I can remember since I have been in charge. The toughness we have had I didn't think was there and it was required. We have been built on that quality."

Arnoux joins Real Salt Lake
12 Feb - Cody Arnoux, one of two unknown American prospects who spent last season with Everton before failing to make the grade, has now joined Real Salt Lake, Utah. He had been with the Vancouver Whitecaps since August 2010 but was out injured since November and was released last week after rejecting a new contract with the Canadian club.

Moyes confident of fans' faith
12 Feb - David Moyes has expressed his confidence in 'real' supporters who he thinks will tolerate the ignominies of administration and relegation: “If you really support a football club, your patience never runs out,” he says. “You stick with it. Some clubs go into administration, others have to go down to come back up. You don't turn your back on them.”

Everton: under financial pressure
10 Feb - Perhaps the final word on the accounts, we could not pass up reference to this independent analysis provided by Andy Green in his blog on the mysteries of debt and football finance; this is probably the clearest and most succinct presentation of Everton's financial predicament you will find.

Everton slip to 27th by revenue
10 Feb - Everton have slipped further down Deloitte's Money League, which ranks the biggest football clubs in the world based on reported revenues last season. They slipped out of the top 20 a few years ago and are now at 27th. Among English clubs they sit 8th, behind Aston Villa but ahead of Fulham and West Ham.

Goodison return unlikely for Yobo
9 Feb - Joseph Yobo doesn't foresee returning to Everton when his current loan at Fenerbahce ends this summer. "I am contracted to Everton but I don't really think I'll be going back there," he says, "[b]ecause...if I go back there, and I am not happy, that won't be good."

Preston to take Turner on loan
9 Feb - Iain Turner will reportedly join Preston North End on emergency 93-day loan as the Deepdale club seek cover for Andy Lonergan. Under the arrangement, Lonergan will occasionally train with Everton "to give him some freshness", though it is being reported that the 27 year-old will sign for the Blues in the summer for £750,000.

Rodwell injured on U-21 duty
9 Feb - Jack Rodwell had to be substituted just 12 minutes into the England U-21 side's 1-0 defeat to Italy with an apparent groin strain. The 19 year-old, who had just got a run of games together in the Everton first team, will be assessed by the Club's medical staff on his return to Finch Farm.

Coleman gets first Ireland start
7 Feb - Seamus Coleman is set for his first international start for the Republic Ireland after being named in the XI to take on Wales in their Carling Nations cup opener tomorrow evening.

Everton sign Japanese mobile deal
7 Feb - With a presence already established in Thailand and China, Everton have signed a deal with CWS Brains to deliver digital content — Everton news, ringtones, wallpapers, screensavers and videos, etc — straight to the mobile devices of the Blues' growing fanbase in Japan.

Restless Mucha seeks Moyes talks
7 Feb - Somewhat predictably given Tim Howard's stature at Everton, Jan Mucha is growing impatient with the lack of first-team opportunities at Goodison and is hoping to sit down with David Moyes to discuss his future. "If Tim extends his contract and I will continue to be regularly on the bench, I will start to look for a new club," the Slovakian is quoted as saying.

David Conn on the sale of Everton FC
6 Feb - The Guardian's David Conn talked to Radio Merseyside on Friday night, commenting on the realities of selling Everton FC, the type of people who are buying football clubs, and the constraint represented by the stadium. He says the club should make the best of its main tangible asset: Goodison Park. [To listen again in the BBC iPlayer, fast-forward to the 1:01:00 mark.]

Lavish praise for “unstoppable” Saha
5 Feb - David Moyes hailed Louis Saha's "top, top performance" against Blackpool that helped Everton triumph on a roller-coaster match at Goodison Park. "On his day he is unstoppable and he was on his day today," beamed the Blues boss, "that's for sure."

Cahill returns with thigh injury
4 Feb - Tim Cahill returns to Everton after the irritating distraction of the Asian Cup, that should not be played during the normal season, with a thigh injury and seemingly plenty of distraction over the impact of flooding and cyclones in Australia. Let's hope he gets his mind back where it belongs — on scoring much needed goals for Everton.

Moyes warns Everton must retain stars
3 Feb - In the absence of investment forthcoming for new players or even half-decent loans, David Moyes is focussing on player retention and making opportunities for youth to progress, according to Andy Hunter in his Guardian blog

What next for Moyes & Everton?
2 Feb - Phil NcNulty, the Merseyside journalist who now works for the BBC, highlights most, if not all, of the concerns fans have expressed on ToffeeWeb over the last few months about where Everton are currently headed.

Discussion: Phil McNulty's perspective

Two more out on loan
31 Jan - The Official Everton website has confirmed that two more potential squad players have been sent out on loan for the rest of the season: Kieran Agard has joined Kilmarnock, while Joao Silva returns to Portugal with Uniao Desportiva de Leiria.

Reading await 4th Round winners
30 Jan - Everton will get another home tie in the 5th Round of the FA Cup if they can beat Chelsea in the 4th Round replay. The two clubs were drawn against Reading in today's draw. However, the 4th Round replay at Stamford Bridge is scheduled for Saturday 19 February — the day set aside for playing 5th Round ties, so this tie would need to be moved.

Australia beaten in Asia Cup Final
29 Jan - Tim Cahill's hopes of winning the Asia Cup were dashed in the final against Japan, the Socceroos losing 1-0 in extra time. Cahill couldn't finish the game because of an apparent knee injury and was substituted after the winning goal was scored.

Offer for Greek teen accepted
28 Jan - Everton have had an offer of €250,000 for Greece Under 20 international striker, Apostolos Vellios, accepted according to the teenager's current club, Iraklis Thessaloniki.

Time for a Supporters Trust?
28 Jan - Two concerned shareholders, Tony I'Anson and Mike Owen, raise the prospect of creating an Everton Supporters Trust and are looking to gauge reaction to the idea from the main unofficial Everton websites.

Rodwell thinks Everton can cope
28 Jan - We've got good players like Bilyaletdinov who can step in and play really well. We've got a great squad generally as it is. The morale in the team is actually really good. There is competition for places and there are good players on the bench alongside me. So whatever happens in the transfer market is a bonus really. It's not the end of the world if nobody comes.” — Jack Rodwell.

Anichebe out with thigh strain
28 Jan - Victor Anichebe, who's services have been retained while other possibly more accomplished strikers have been allowed to leave on loan, is now rated as doubtful for the big FA Cup clash with Chelsea due to a thigh strain.

Vaughan back with Palace
26 Jan - After Everton's plans to loan James Vaughan to Celtic fell foul of Fifa rules regarding the maximum number of clubs one could play for in a season, the unwanted striker has been sent back on loan to Crystal Palace until May, with the possibility of the move becoming permanent.

Sell the core of the team?
26 Jan - Rather late in the transfer window, Rory Smith at the Telegraph blogs that David Moyes should consider selling the core of his laboriously constructed squad — Rodwell, Arteta, Jagielka... Cahill — and use the £50M to bring about a new revolution at Goodiosn Park.

Andy Gray sacked by Sky TV
25 Jan - TV pundit and one-time Everton Legend as a player in the 1980s, Andy Gray has been sacked by Sky TV for “unacceptable and offensive” behaviour in relation to his opinion expressed on the abilities of female linesman Sian Massey before last Saturday's match between Liverpool and Wolves. Another sexist incident from December has been cited as compounding the reason for dismissing the long-time pundit who once briefly thought he could become Everton manager.

We'll stand still without spending
22 Jan - David Moyes has again expressed his concern about the lack of investment at Everton and admits that he has not enjoyed "the last four or five transfer windows... because they have been really difficult for us," but he is "positive" he'll be able to bring in at least one loan signing this month.

Vaughan staying put for now
21 Jan - Everton's plans to loan James Vaughan out for the remainder of the season are off the table because of FIFA regulations that prohibit a player from representing more than two clubs in the same season.

ESPN pick up Chelsea Cup clash
20 Jan - Everton's FA Cup Fourth Round clash with Chelsea at Goodison Park on 29th January will be screened live by ESPN at 12.30pm.

Cahill expected to play in Iraq clash
20 Jan - Tim Cahill was forced to skip Australia's latest training session with the bruised thigh he sustained against Bahrain on Tuesday but the Socceroos expect him to be fit to play in the Asia Cup Quarter Final against Iraq on Saturday.

Celtic in talks over Vaughan loan
19 Jan - Reports suggesting that Celtic have made an approach for James Vaughan are lent credence by the BBC who claim that the Scottish giants are in talks with Everton over taking the striker on loan for the remainder of the season.

The Moyes - Kenwright miracle
19 Jan - As yet another transfer window sees more players leave Everton's threadbare squad and few if any arrive, David Maddock in yesterday's Mirror talks up the miracle wrought at Goodison by the double team and explains to the doubters "Why Everton's achievements under Moyes and Kenwright are far more impressive than anything Man City have done."

Bily is keen to fill the void
19 Jan - Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is keen to help fill the void created by Steven Pienaar's £3M move to Tottenham. The Russian has been on the fringes of David Moyes's squad so far this season and hasn't started a Premier League game since November. However, with Pienaar completing his switch to North London yesterday, he's hoping the coming months will bring more opportunities for him to stake a claim for a regular spot.

Socceroos progress but not unscathed
19 Jan - Australia moved through to the Asia Cup quarter finals in Qatar as the winners of Group C but not without Tim Cahill coming off as a casualty of the Socceroos' 1-0 win over Bahrain. The midfielder picked up a thigh strain and is a doubt for the next match.

Yak scores on Leicester debut
16 Jan - On-loan Everton striker Yakubu opened the scoring on his début for Championship Leicester as they drew 1-1 with Preston North End. "When you score goals, it gives you more confidence. I'm not setting any targets as I just want to do well and keep working hard to push on the team. The ambition is clear that the team wants to be in the Premier League."

Drawing at Anfield is “incredible”
15 Jan - In response to the observation that David Moyes had never won an Anfield derby, the manager had this to say: "It's not as if we have been to Anfield and done badly. We would like to win more but you can't talk about that without talking about the whole situation. There is more in it. Maybe you should be turning around and saying the draws Everton got at Anfield were unbelievable, rather than we haven't won there. To have drawn so many games at Anfield over that period is incredible when you look at the difference in spending."

Blues fans lauded by Scunny publican
15 Jan - The manager of the Blue Bell Inn Wetherspoons in Scunthorpe has paid tribute to Everton's traveling supporters, proclaiming them to be "the best bunch of travelling fans that I have experienced in five years as a pub manager."

Agard loan deal off
14 Jan - Kieran Agard's loan spell at Peterborough came to an abrupt end before it even got started when the club switched managers erlier this week, with new manager Darren Ferguson nixing the arrangement as one of his first actions on replacing Gary Johnson.

Everton advance in Youth Cup
13 Jan - Everton moved on to the 4th Round of the FA Cup, defeating Wolves 2-1 at the Stobart Stadium last night, thanks to a goal from Hallum Hope and an own-goal scored by Michael Ihiekwe. The young Blues will now travel to Middlesbrough in their quest to lift the trophy.

Yakubu set for Leicester loan
12 Jan - With both the Daily Mail and The Independent now carrying the story, it looks as though Everton have agreed to loan Yakubu to Leicester City for the remainder of the season, with a view to making the move permanent in the summer.

FA Youth Cup 3rd Round
12 Jan - Everton's Academy Under-18s take on Wolves tonight in a rearranged tie at teh Stobart Stadium, Widnes, that sees them embark on the path toward a trophy they last won in 1998, when the team included: Tony Hibbert, Leon Osman and Richard Dunne. Kick-off: 7pm.

Two dates for Birmingham game
11 Jan - The Boxing Day game against Birmingham City, postponed due to frozen pipes at Goodison, has been rescheduled for Wednesday 23 February... unless Birmingham beat West Ham and get to the Carling Cup final, in which case, it will be played on Wednesday 9 March.

Zac Thompson joins Leeds
10 Jan - It appears that 18-year-old Zac Thompson, a little-known Everton Academy player, was probably released some months ago and has now been given a six-month contract by Leeds United after being on an extended trial with the Yorkshire club.

Cahill on target for Aussies
11 Jan - Tim Cahill scored twice as Australia opened their Asian Cup campaign with a convincing 4-0 win over India in their Group C match in Doha Monday. Cahill opened the scoring in the 11th minute as he netted at the near post after a fine cross from Brett Emerton. India battled hard to limit their losses, but Cahill added the fourth after the break as he rose well to head home his second from a pinpoint cross by Luke Wilkshire.

4th Round Draw: Chelsea (H)
9 Jan - In the draw for the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, Everton have been drawn at home against Chelsea, and an opportunity for David Moyes to exact revenge for the Wembley loss in 2009. Ties are due to be played the weekend of 29/30 January 2010.

Agard on loan to Peterborough
7 Jan - Peterborough United have taken Everton Reserves striker Kieran Agard on-loan for the remainder of the season. Agard, 21, returned from serious knee problems earlier this season. He has made his way through the Everton ranks having arrived from Arsenal as a 16-year-old.

Where are they now?
Andy Pettinger

7 Jan - Or... in this case, "Where where they then? as the Scunnies recall the strange and sad footballing career of one-time rising star, goalkeeper Andrew Pettinger, who Everton snapped up as a youngster for £45k in 2000...

It's a No on Dmitry Verkhovtsov
7 Jan - Belarusian defender Dmitry Verkhovtsov was sent back to Belarus last month after failing to impress David Moyes sufficiently to earn a permanent deal at the club. Centre-back Verkhovtsov, 24, returned to Naftan Novopolotsk without a contract.

Coleman happy with his goal
6 Jan - “I had a very memorable game against Spurs last year — a 2-2 draw — and I was delighted to get the goal and the victory this time. Of the two this year was better, getting on the scoresheet is always great and obviously the win is so important. I saw Louis shooting and I thought if I followed up I might get something and it is just the best feeling ever scoring at Goodison. The miss played on my mind a little bit - I should have scored or at least set up Steven Pienaar but I got the goal and that made up for things.” — Seamus Coleman.

Jags out with thigh strain
4 Jan - After playing through the pain, the price is paid in the form of two more games missed for Phil Jagielka: “Jagielka will miss this game and the cup game at the weekend as well. He has a thigh strain. I have also got a doubt over Seamus Coleman. He was coughing up blood and we thought he had cracked a rib. Thankfully it is not as bad as we thought but we will need to see how he is." — David Moyes.

Nsiala returns from Macclesfield loan
4 Jan - Everton's teenage defender Aristote "Toto" Nsiala is back at Finch Farm after a successful loan spell with Macclesfield Town. Nsiala made 13 appearances for the League Two club, scoring one goal.

Landon an Evertonian for life
2 Jan - An extensive and in-depth interview with Landon Donavon forms the big feature of this Followtonians fans podcast, a collaborative transatlantic act featuring a Brit and a Yank. Podcast #27 is at the top of the list on this iTunes page. [Click on the Number 1 to start the podcast in preview mode, which should run the full podcast via your browser.]

Burley says Vaughan price too high
31 Dec - George Burley (who has since been sacked) admits Crystal Palace have been priced out of a bid for James Vaughan, who completed a three-month loan at Selhurst Park 3 weeks ago. "I spoke to David Moyes and we couldn't afford the price mentioned for James," Burley told the South London Press. "The figure quoted was very high, but maybe Cardiff can afford him. But if not then we'll still keep an eye on things."

Everton deny Vaughan bid
30 Dec - Everton last night denied reports that striker James Vaughan was on the brink of joining Cardiff City, who are managed by former Everton defender Dave Jones. The Welsh were reported to have agreed a £1M deal for Vaughan's signature last night (see our Rumour Mill). But the Blues say they have had no contact from the Championship club.

It all makes sense to the Moyesiah
29 Dec - David Moyes explained his bizarre strikerless lineup selected to outscore lowly relegation fodder, West Ham, by claiming that he had to chose his best players, and could not drop one of Arteta, Pienaar or Rodwell in order to play any one of his three misfiring strikers, whom he stuck on the bench.

Defenders set to travel with squad
27 Dec - “We have an almost full squad to pick from with one or two now a bit closer to fitness,” says David Moyes, hinting that Phil Jagielka and John Heitinga will travel with the squad to West Ham United. Mikel Arteta returns after suspension and Steven Pienaar could be involved after struggling with a groin problem. Victor Anichebe will serve his one-match ban after being dismissed against Manchester City.

Kissock to restart career at Southport
24 Dec - Much hyped Everton Academy flop John Paul Kissock, who was released in 2009 and failed to make the grade with doomed Gretna in Scotland, has slipped well down the ladder into local non-league football on Merseyside, but is now looking to re-establish his career in football at Southport, while lamenting that his progress with Everton was blocked by David Moyes wanting him to play him out of position, and selecting better players (eg, Pienaar) instead of him!

Baines shrugs off Bayern rumours
23 Dec - Leighton Baines says he has no intention of going anywhere, restating his commitment to Everton in the wake of speculation linking him with a £9M-£12M move to Bayern Munich.

Birmingham match set to go ahead
22 Dec - Everton remain confident that the Boxing Day clash with Birmingham City will go ahead as planned despite the weather. Ground staff have been working to clear snow from the pitch and Goodison Park's undersoil heating will ensure that the surface is playable.

Jagielka may have torn thigh muscle
21 Dec - Phil Jagielka underwent a scan on the thigh injury that forced him off in the 80th minute of the 2-1 win at Man City. Jagielka found it impossible to continue due to the pain. That has raised concerns of a possible tear to the thigh muscle and Moyes, who has been without Johnny Heitinga in recent weeks due to a knee injury, could be left with just Sylvain Distin as his only experienced centre-half for a sequence of four matches in 10 days.

The Harry Catterick Story — Part 1
21 Dec - Harry Catterick is arguably the greatest Everton manager for the length of his reign, the unmatched number of Everton games he's overseen — not to mention the real definition of success — trophies: the two league titles, one FA Cup and six top four finishes in eight seasons. It is 25 years since Catterick passed away — appropriately watching his beloved Blues at Goodison Park — and this week the Liverpool Echo pays tribute to his legacy.

No clues for Pienaar's future
20 Dec - Steven Pienaar says nothing in this interview about his current contract impasse at Everton, but does seem to recognize he is at a high point in his career, saying he's not enjoyed his football more than this before. But no indication as to what God might be telling him to do: stay or go...

Not bad luck... bad finishing
19 Dec - David Moyes is not hiding behind the 'bad luck' excuse for his misfiring strikers: "Louis Saha was through against Blackpool, [Jermaine Beckford] was through in one of the other games — that isn't luck, that is bad finishing," said Moyes. "That is more to do with the way the results have been going rather than luck."

Moyes confirms contract wrangle
18 Dec - David Moyes has confirmed that Victor Anichebe (or his "advisers") turned down the new contract offered to him by Everton: "I had a chat with him earlier in the week," said Moyes. "I spoke with him and said the figures which were quoted were wrong, but the fact is he's been offered a contract and said no to it. The booing is part of it. You've just got to get on with it, and play and show what you can do."

If You Want to Know Your History
17 Dec - A new DVD released today by the Everton Collection features interviews with Everton legends. The DVD, 'If You Want to Know Your History', features the late Alan Ball MBE, Howard Kendall, Mick Lyons, Dave Hickson and David Moyes all discussing their Everton careers and thoughts on The Everton Collection. It's available on pre-order for £12.99.

Pienaar likely to miss City clash
16 Dec - Steven Pienaar is a major doubt for Monday's trip to Eastlands after aggravating a groin injury against Wigan last Saturday. The South African mentioned on his Twitter stream that he will need about a week to recover from the injury.

Verkhovtsov trial ends tomorrow
16 Dec - The Daily Mail reports that Dzmitry Verkhovtsov, a 6ft-3in centre half from Belarus, valued at less than £500k, completes a week-long trial at Everton on Friday. He trained under David Moyes's supervision and is due to return to his club Nafthan Novopolotsk after playing 90 minutes of a reserves match... but the Official Everton Website makes no mention — did the Reserves play at Blackpool on Sunday? (Surely the weather would have prevented this...)

Speed is new Wales manager
15 Dec - Evertonian Gary Speed has been appointed as the new manager of the Wales national team on a 3½-year contract.

Moyes's hands tied regarding Cahill
15 Dec - David Moyes admits there's nothing he can do about losing top scorer Tim Cahill in January when he plays in the Asia Cup for Australia in Qatar.

No ground share without the fans
14 Dec - Liverpool's owner, John Henry appears to have moved away from ground-sharing with Everton, saying : "If the fans don't want it, it's difficult for the club to do anything about it. Obviously it's the fans who come, so it might make the most sense, if you're building a new stadium, but if the fans don't want it it's a non-starter." Have we finally heard the last word on ground-sharing?

Anichebe: Take it or leave it
13 Dec - Victor Anichebe has been warned to take or leave his lucrative new contract offer from Everton. The 22-year-old has stunned Goodison officials by rejecting a deal worth £20,000 a week, which could rise to £30,000 based on appearances. Now his agent has been informed that Everton are not prepared to haggle, and he will be allowed to leave the club in the summer if he is not prepared to sign.

400 more for Moyes
11 Dec - David Moyes is ready to manage Everton for another 400 games. "Moyes was in charge of the Blues for the 400th time against Chelsea last time out and told evertontv: "If life is good to me and Everton is good to me and I feel I am still up for it and the supporters want me then I'll be happy to do 400 more."

Rodwell shines alongside Fellaini
10 Dec - “Felli's a great player to play alongside. He actually helps my game because he does a lot of the defensive duties. That gives me a bit more licence to go forward. I think we work well together and there's a good balance in the midfield. The squad is a great squad. We're underachieving at the moment but I think we'll get higher up the table. There is a lot in midfield and you've got to fight for your place. You have to be at your best every day in training just to get in the team.” — Jack Rodwell.

Pienaar deflects the transfer gossip
9 Dec - "I am still focused on staying at Everton. The season is not over yet, so anything can happen. I can't comment on that [Tottenham transfer speculation], I don't know what is going on. The media in England is big and they say a lot — I am just happy at Everton and focusing on them." — Steven Pienaar.

Vaughan's last game for Palace
8 Dec - James Vaughan says he will leave Crystal Palace with a host of fond memories but admits he is unlikely to be back at Selhurst Park any time in the near future. Vaughan's loan spell from Everton ends after Saturday's clash with Hull, with the deal unable to be extended until the opening of the transfer window.

Psycho Pat Interview
7 Dec - BBC Radio Merseyside are broadcasting an interview with the legend that is "Psycho Pat". The half hour interview will be brioadcast in two parts on the TOTAL FOOTBALL show on BBC Radio Merseyside on Tuesday and Wednesday night this week. BBC Radio Merseyside 95.8 FM. 1485 MW. DAB and online @ bbc.co.uk/liverpool and click on listen live.

Loan extended for Nsiala
7 Dec - Reserves defender Aristote Nsiala has extended his stay at Macclesfield Town for a third month. The 18-year-old has played in 11 games, scoring once - in the FA Cup replay against Southend. Manager Gary Simpson says: "It's also a big vote of confidence for the football club given Everton are happy for him to stay. I believe he's growing stronger with each game and I'm confident there is more to come as he's still a young lad and learning all the time."

Neville says Everton should have won
6 Dec - Phil Neville held his hands up for his disastrous back pass on Saturday but underlined that Everton should have won the game against Chelsea. Noting in this BBC interview with Radio Merseyside that you only get a point for a draw, he observed that "... draws are no good, we need to start winning games".

CD Everton relegated
5 Dec - Just 2½ years after winning the Apetura title in Chile, CD Everton were automatically relegated when they lost the final match of the season. The game at table-topping Universidad Catolica turned into a 5-0 romp that made the home side Champions.

Mailbag: Down in Chile

Fellaini says lesson learnt
2 Dec - "I have had a frustrating time. I was injured then I got back training again, the manager gave me confidence, I played again and then was sent off. It is positive in a way because I have thought a lot about it and I know it is my mistake, my error and I will not do it again. I have trained hard while I have been suspended and am ready to play. The manager will decide whether I play or not but I am ready." — Marouane Fellaini

Youth Cup tie rearranged
2 Dec - Everton's FA Youth Cup tie against Wolves has been rearranged for Tuesday 7 December (Kick-off: 7pm). The Blues had been due to play the game this week but the pitch at the Halton Stadium, Widnes, was frozen. [Why isn't this being played at Goodison Park? That used to be a rule...]

Everton too close to home for Beckham
30 Nov - David Beckham has ruled out a loan move to Everton saying that, as a Manchester United fan, Everton is "too close to home". The 35-year-old is considering his winter options but a switch to Goodison never really looked likely.

See no evil, take no action
30 Nov - The FA will do nothing about the elbowing incident by West Brom's Gonzalo Jara that trigged a series of retaliatory challenges in Saturday's game ending in Mikel Arteta stamping on the Chilean's leg and getting sent off. They will take no action because referee Lee Mason saw it, but took no action.

Moyes unhappy with Beckford misses
29 Nov - "Let's be fair to him, we weren't getting any chances before he came on, and after he did, we had lots," said Moyes, "but he needs to convert them, and as a team we can't keep missing them, because we are in a bit of trouble now. We've said the last few weeks that we have been punished for our poor finishing, and nowhere was that more apparent than here."

Road to Wembley starts in Scunthorpe
28 Nov - Everton have been handed an away tie at Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup Third Round, avoiding a "tie of the round" against Manchester United or Liverpool whose balls were next out the bag and were paired together instead in today's draw.

Club trademarks shield and motto
28 Nov - Everton have moved to protect the Club's iconic shield and its cherished Nil Satis Nisi Optimum motto by registering them as European trademarks.

Knee problem kept Neville out
28 Nov - Fluid on the knee was the reason behind Phil Neville's omission from the starting line-up for yesterday's defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

Vaughan open to Palace return
28 Nov - James Vaughan says he would be happy to return to Crystal Palace, on loan in January if he is not playing regularly at Everton. The 22 year-old has two matches to go of his current loan spell at Selhurst Park, a move that has yielded five goals in 12 games so far.

Duffly loan move collapses
26 Nov - Shane Duffy's loan move to Barnsley failed to go through before yesterday's deadline after the Barnsley owner reportedly had concerns about Everton's terms for the deal.

Psycho Pat's Dangerous Dalliances
26 Nov - Pat van den Hauwe describes, with just a little too much information, how his nights in the company of certain ladies got him laid up in quite the wrong way and out of action for three months back in 1988.

Destination Kirkby: One year later
26 Nov - Keep Everton In Our City (KEIOC) note the one-year anniversary today of the previous Labour government's devastating decision that denied permission for Destination Kirkby to proceed, observing that the new admin block to be built on Walton Lane finally appears to signal the end to the club's futile search for retail-led new site developments. Does this open up the way for staged redevelopment of Goodison Park in the future?

Wallace goes out on loan
25 Nov - Everton midfielder James Wallace has gone on loan for a month to League Two side Bury. The 18-year-old goes straight into the Shakers' squad for Saturday's FA Cup second round tie with Peterborough. The England Under-19 international joined the academy at Goodison Park at the age of 13 and was made a full-time scholar in 2008. He missed the majority of last season after undergoing surgery on a double hernia problem but has ben involved in all the Reserves games so far this season.

Big Vic is fighting fit
24 Nov - Victor Anichebe is ready to compete for first-team football again after recovering from another injury: “I would say the injury is behind me. I feel it sometimes and it's been a long time but it was good psychologically to come through it and hopefully all my injuries are behind me as it has been a tough last 18 months with being injured, coming back and then getting injured again. I am taking slow steps and I can't just think I am going to play but hopefully I will be around the first team again soon.”

Big Vic scores in mini-derby
23 Nov - Victor Anichebe impressed during a 90 minute run-out for Everton Reserves against Liverpool. The Nigerian frontman was the Toffees' first-half goalscorer and an all-round nuisance as he stepped up his return from a knee injury. Anichebe prodded home a 24th minute leveller after Liverpool had gone ahead at the Stobart Stadium. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Moyes frustrated with Beckford miss
23 Nov - “It was a great chance in the last seconds, through on goal, and he normally finishes them. It could have been three points. We had the ball a lot in and around the edge of the box, we got into good positions, but didn't make them pay. It was disappointing we couldn't finish off our good play. We are pleased. It's a hard place to come, especially after the result last week for Sunderland [3-0 at Chelsea].”

Zakuani to train with the Blues
22 Nov - Seattle Sounders forward Steve Zakuani is set to train with Everton, as the MLS enters its off-season. The Congolese international grew up in London but got dumped by the Arsenal academy at age 14 when he became too cocky and brash, then seriously injuring his knee when he slammed a stolen moped into a parked car in 2003. He will join the Everton squad at their at Finch Farm training ground while visiting friends and family in the UK.

Saha must work for his luck to change
21 Nov - "He had one or two shots but never got the goal, but I thought he did okay. I think you make your own luck. They say the harder you work, the luckier you get, and I think there is part of that here. I also think you could do with the ball now and again dropping to you in the right place. But if you are in the right place often enough the ball does drop. The key is both things — work for your luck but if you get it, take it." — David Moyes

Will Johnny leave in January?
20 Nov - "I don't know. We have had no offers, but you hear bits of rumours like everyone else. There has been no official contact from anybody regarding Johnny Heitinga. I think his character and type is one who will battle for his place, and I have no reason to think anything other than it (the interest from other clubs) is just speculation." — David Moyes

Donavan takes time to chill
18 Nov - Will Landon Donovan return to the Premier League? "Give me a few weeks and I will have an answer for you," Donovan told Sky Sports News. "Right now I'm four days into my vacation and I'm going to enjoy it. I'm going to chill and then in a few weeks I will make a decision. Both personally and professionally I would have to say it's been the best year of my life," said the 28-year-old. "This time of year, I guess, is the time to reflect on it and realise how special this was."

Coleman decision makes no sense
18 Nov - Poor Seamus Coleman. Giovanni Trapattoni kept Ireland's most exciting prospect under lock and key on the Aviva bench against Norway last night, and it is very difficult to understand why. Worse than that, Trapattoni threw away a chance to blood one of Ireland's few Premier League regulars to protect a 1-1 draw in a friendly international — and then lost the game anyway.

Moyes aiming for Europe
17 Nov - David Moyes is in typical pragmatic mode with his publicly-stated goals for the season after another poor start, stating that "our targets have to be attainable and I strongly believe finishing in a European place is attainable for Everton."

Rodwell features in U-21s loss
17 Nov - Jack Rodwell made his expected return to international action with England U-21s this week, playing over an hour for Stuart Pearce's team in a 2-0 defeat to Germany.

Coleman anticipating first cap
16 Nov - Séamus Coleman is hoping to make his debut for the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday against Norway at the Aviva Stadium. Coleman said: “A lot of people are saying it and I hope to win my first cap Wednesday night. That would be great for me. I think I read somewhere the manager, Mr Trapattoni, saying he sees me as a defender. I'll see what happens."

Moyes deflated after Arsenal defeat
15 Nov - David Moyes conceded his side were not good enough against Arsenal and gave away cheap goals as they slipped to 13th in the table.

“I can't really say we deserved an awful lot,” said Moyes. “I didn't think we played that well. But I did not think there was very much in the game until the first goal. I thought whoever got the first goal was going to go on and win. I didn't think Arsenal were great on the day but then I didn't think we were."

Managing Everton will always be a battle
13 Nov - The quotation provided below from David Moyes was part of a longer discussion about being a manager in the Premier League, and now ranking third behind Ferguson and Wenger in terms of both longevity and Manager of the Month awards (although sadly not trophies won). The Guardian provides a more fulsome rendition of what Moyes said on the subject.

Moyes, the Calvinist Caballero
13 Nov - "I'm always having to be up on the bridle, out of the saddle, with my whip ready to go all the time. I don't think there's a canter for us at any time," Moyes said. "I don't take it for granted because at a club like Everton it can quite easily turn and we don't have big resources. You're still trying to survive and I don't think you ever think your feet are under the table when you're a football manager. Every day you come into work and your job is never secure in football management. I'd feel if I didn't work hard every week, then I could be jeopardising myself so I come in to work hard on the training pitch and do my work here."

Moyes resigned to losing Pienaar
13 Nov - David Moyes has again admitted that he is resigned to the fact that Steven Pienaar will leave Everton next summer when his current contract expires. Improved terms are on the table for the South African but he has not yet signed a new deal with the Blues and his manager is not confident he will.

Steve Watson moves into coaching
13 Nov - Ex-Blues defender (and occasional centre-forward!) Steve Watson, 36, has taken up a coaching position with Huddersfield Town after injuries ended his playing career last year.

Everton Academy to play Wolves
12 Nov - Everton's Academy players will confront their counterparts from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Third Round of this season's FA Youth Cup. The tie will be staged at Goodison Park in the next four weeks.

Three-match ban for Fellaini
11 Nov - David Moyes was not very happy with Fellaini's reaction when he kicked out stupidly after tangling with Paul Robinson last night, and earned himself a three-match ban for violent conduct.

Blues get Bellefield green light
11 Nov - Everton's two-year battle with Liverpool City Council appears to be over after the Club were given planning permission for the construction of 74 luxury homes on their old training ground complex at Bellefield.

Howard jaded by too much football
10 Nov - Has tiredness jaded goalkeeper Tim Howard into making uncharacteristic mistakes that have cost Everton points this season? David Moyes fears Tim Howard has become jaded by more than two years of non-stop football — but the Blues boss will resist resting the keeper after giving him his full backing.

Yakubu is Cahill's spark?
10 Nov - This Fantasy Football articles examines the interaction between Yakubu and Cahill when they share the field for Everton, with the stats showing that Cahill makes more shots and Everton secure more points so far this season when the two play together.

Moyes wants strikers to score
9 Nov - David Moyes has warned his misfiring forwards that they must starting scoring goals soon: "My patience will start to evaporate if I do not start to see some results because in the end it affects everyone,” said Moyes. "All the players need to play their part, not just the forwards. It is about time someone got on the end of a corner kick.”

Bellefield plan finally approved
9 Nov - Everton have been given the go ahead to build 74 luxury homes at their old Bellefield training ground after a two-year battle with Liverpool council. The city's planning committee today agreed the proposal for the homes, which will range in price from between £350,000 and £500,000.

Bolton tickets still available
7 Nov - There are still tickets available for Wednesday's home game with Bolton and you can buy online at evertonfc.com/eticketing, by calling 0871 663 1878, pressing option 1 or in person at the box office at Goodison Park.

Moyes hopes Capello won't call on Jack
6 Nov - David Moyes says that while he believes Jack Rodwell is ready for full international honours with England in terms of ability, he would advise Fabio Capello against selecting him for the forthcoming friendly with France because of his lack of fitness.

Osman facing extended layoff
5 Nov - Leon Osman will be sidelined for an estimated six further weeks with the injury that has kept him out of the Blues' last three games. The midfielder had a piece of "floating bone" removed from his ankle this week and is expected to return in December.

Coleman succeeding in forward role
5 Nov - Speaking of the progress made by Seamus Coleman since he returned from a loan spell at Blackpool, where Everton travel to next in the Premier League, David Moyes says that there are similarities between the Irishman and Gareth Bale as both are excelling in midfield roles as opposed to their more natural full-back position.

Total Football Show Gem
5 Nov - For the old farts and them young uns who want to know their history, here is a great show. Log on to BBC Radio Merseyside and go to Listen Again, Alex Young was on, on Wednesday 3 November on Total Football Show at 7pm until 8pm with David France, George Orr and Dave Hickson.

Henry may push for Groundshare
3 Nov - Liverpool FC's new owner, John Henry, is a 'pragmatist' and may push for a groundshare with Everton as a way to improve Liverpool's finances.

Pienaar agent dismisses Inter talk
2 Nov - Steven Pienaar's agent has rejected speculation linking the midfielder with a move to Serie A champions, Inter Milan. The South African's new Goodison contract remains unsigned and he can sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January.

Half-Season Tickets now on sale
2 Nov - Everton have announced the availability of Half-Season Tickets which gains entrance to the Blues' last 10 Premier League games of the current campaign as well as a host of other benefits. Visit evertonfc.com/halfseasontickets for details.

Heitinga wants regular starts
2 Nov - With his post-World Cup rustiness and some niggly injuries behind him, John Heitinga says he is ready to fight for a starting place in the Everton team.

Forgotten Man dropped for Red Hair
1 Nov - Aging defender Ibrahim Saeed joined Everton from Cairo giants Ahly on loan in 2003, but his Premier League tenure lasted only a few weeks. He returned home without playing a single competitive game with the side." I was only 20 years old at that time, I was a bit naïve," the controversial defender said, "I was supposed to play (in the Merseyside derby) against Liverpool after Swedish full-back (Niclas) Alexandersson picked up an injury. But people were surprised to see my red hair. I did not know that it would cause problems because Liverpool wear a red shirt. [David] Moyes eventually did not play me for that reason,"

Pienaar: Blues fans are the Best
29 Oct - Steven Pienaar believes, “Everton have the best away support in the Premier League. When I first arrived I was amazed at how many fans we would take to the away games and that gives you confidence even before the game starts. I've played for the club all over Europe and the following we have had has been unbelievable. At Goodison as well, when the fans are right behind us and the stadium is bouncing, it really can help players raise their game.”

Jeffers signs for Newcastle Jets
29 Oct - Francis Jeffers, who left Everton nearly 10 years ago, has signed up with Australian League side Newcastle Jets for a 10-week stint.

Earl Barrett Leading the Game
28 Oct - Ex-Everton defender Earl Barrett is urging aspiring coaches, managers and admin staff to join him at a free event at Liverpool Lighthouse next Tuesday (2 November) at 6pm which will look at pathways into working in the football industry. The event is part of Kick It Out's ‘Leading the Game' series which explores ways into the game for under represented groups.

Everton size up Welsh keeper
27 Oct - Wrexham goalkeeper Chris Maxwell spent a couple of days at Finch Farm, training with Everton earlier this week.

Timmy reveals heading secret
26 Oct - Tim Cahill has revealed the secrets behind the heading ability which has made him Everton's lethal weapon: Plyometrics: “Ever since a young age, I've done a lot of plyometrics, jumping and working on things that actually work for me. To make sure I can direct the ball to go in the goal when I'm up in the air is something that I make sure I train a lot for to make it work."

Jagielka on Squad Rotation
25 Oct - Phil Jagielka contrasts squad rotation at Spurs to Everton's injury woes: “It's not as bleak as it has been. Sometimes it helps when the gaffer has not got a lot to choose from. It allows for a bit of continuity. We're a good bunch of lads, and we'll dig in when the going gets tough and continue on four good results.”

If Pienaar does not sign...
24 Oct - David Moyes has reiterated that he is prepared to let Steven Pienaar run down the remaining months of his contract: "If it came to that, then I said I would be happy for it to run down if he didn't want to sign," he said in the Daily Star. For what we paid it was definitely worth it. I'm hoping he would choose to stay. If he doesn't, then that happens."

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Heitinga needs to regain focus
23 Oct - Before today's game, David Moyes spoke about Johnny Hietinga's verbalised interest in Bayern Munich: "Maybe his comments came from a bit of disappointment at not starting in the team," the Everton manager said. "But, for me, he hadn't been starting because I didn't think he had regained his focus from the World Cup. You could argue there are a few players that have come back from the World Cup and not got back to form."

Bily struggling to fulfil potential
23 Oct - Moyes admits Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is still struggling to fulfil his potential, and continues to find the pace of the English game problematic. He hoped Bily would use his goal-scoring exploits from Everton's successful run-in towards the end of their last campaign, and a promising pre-season, to establish himself this time around. Instead, the £9M capture from Lokomotiv Moscow, has found first team starts difficult to come by so far, and had much to prove at White Hart Lane.

Yak wants to score for the faithful
23 Oct - Yakubu's bustling display against Liverpool on Sunday may have been his best in a Blue jersey for many months but he still hasn't scored this season and he's itching to rectify that situation against Stoke next weekend.

Osman out for six weeks
22 Oct - Leon Osman has been ruled out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury. Osman suffered the problem in Sunday's 2-0 victory over Liverpool at Goodison Park and is not expected back before early December. "Leon Osman has a bad ankle injury which will keep him out for four to six weeks which is a real blow," Moyes told Everton's website.

Rooney signs new United contract
22 Oct - Wayne Rooney has apparently done a U-turn and agreed a new 5-year contract at Manchester United, bringing to an end the saga off speculation regarding his future... or is it a ploy to ensure United get the most money possible when they do sell him?



What goes around...
20 Oct - The murky story of Paul Stretford's role and very dubious history as Rooney's agent is retold by David Conn, with the obvious parallels between Man Utd's situation now and that of Everton in 2004, when Stretford shepherded Rooney away from Goodison Park.

Reserves fail to win again
19 Oct - Everton Reserves, featuring a few of the unused subs from the weekend, crashed to their 4th successive defeat, this time against Sunderland at home. Magaye Gueye and Jose Baxter could not break open the visitors' defence and went down to an early headed first-half goal.

Rooney wants out of Man Utd
19 Oct - Wayne Rooney wants to leave Manchester United, Old Trafford boss Alex Ferguson has admitted. Recent media speculation has been rife that there had been a breakdown in relations between the Croxteth-born striker and the United manager over whether or not the 24-year-old was suffering from an ankle injury in the aftermath of revelations concerning the player's private life. Ferguson admitted today ahead of United's Champions League clash with Bursaspor, "The player is adamant — he says he wants to leave."

Donovan uncertain on loan move
19 Oct - Landon Donovan says he is still keen to play for Everton again but is unsure if he will return on loan in January. The 28-year-old said it would be tough to turn down an offer. He told BBC Radio Merseyside: "It would be hard to say no. I really hope that, if it's not this year, I get to go back there and play again. But if you asked me now I would lean towards a little more uncertainty."

Moyes's Boys deserve media attention
18 Oct - “I think the media attention has been all directed towards Liverpool and maybe today the attention was on Everton. I think we deserved it after the performance and the attitude,” Moyes commented in a conversation with BBC Sport. “I've not beaten Liverpool enough in my time here. I think there were one or two circumstances other than just the game. After the stuff that's been going on this week we concentrated on ourselves and I think it paid off,” he added.

Arteta delighted with his lethal strike
18 Oct - Mikel Arteta admits he fulfilled a long-standing ambition by netting in a derby victory for Everton. His stinging strike from the edge of the box early in the second half wrapped up the points for Everton, as they claimed a 2-0 win, and Arteta admits the emotions which greeted his goal were even better than he had imagined. "I was desperate to score a derby goal and find out how it would feel," he said in the Liverpool Echo.

No FA action against Brentford
15 Oct - Brentford have escaped FA punishment following the scenes which marred their Carling Cup penalty shoot-out win over Everton, when David Moyes claimed he saw a Bees fan throw a bottle into the away end as supporters spilled onto the Griffin Park pitch after the final whistle.

Everton are following the right path?
14 Oct - Somewhat predictably, it takes an upcoming derby for a busy national journalist to write about Everton... but will someone please tell John Dutton we dropped the lame "People's Club" moniker over a year ago... after a fan beat the club to Trademark the phrase.

Johnny H mouthing off yet again
13 Oct - Johnny Heitinga has once again been talking up supposed interest in him from other 'big' clubs — this time it's Bayern Munich: "It's hard for me to say how serious the reported interest is at the moment. I know that Bayern haven't approached Everton yet and they haven't contacted me either," Heitinga said to Voetbal International.

Goodison derby is a sell-out
13 Oct - Everton's first clash with Liverpool this season which kicks off at 1.30pm on Sunday is now officially sold out.

Blues pick up local awards
13 Oct - Everton took home three top prizes at the prestigious North West Football Awards in Manchester on Monday. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov picked up the Goal of the Year award for his strike against Manchester United last season, while Everton's community department took Community Project of the Year. The Blues also received the award for Best Marketing Campaign.

Cahill returns unscathed
11 Oct - Time Cahill has come through the International friendly with Paraguay unscathed. He was considered a major doubt for Saturday's game in Sydney due to a knee injury but passed a fitness test and played 76 minutes in the Socceroos' impressive 1-0 win over World Cup quarter-finalists Paraguay.

Nisala goes out on loan
9 Oct - Macclesfield have signed Everton defender Aristote Nsiala on a month-long loan. The 18-year-old centre-back, who was born in the Congo but moved to Liverpool eight years ago, has been playing for Everton Reserves but is yet to make his senior debut. He was an unused substitute in last season's Europa League.

Derby tickets still available
7 Oct - A limited number of tickets for the Goodison derby next weekend are still available. Fans who have attended six or more home games in 2009/10 and 2010/11 able are to buy from this Friday.

Duffy to debut for Irish Under-19s
7 Oct - Shane Duffy is set to make his debut for the Irish U19s against Luxembourg in Bulgaria later today. For Duffy, who suffered that horrific injury while training with the Irish senior squad in May, this will be his first international since switching his allegiance from Northern Ireland.

Agard's long fight back to fitness
7 Oct - Reserves striker Kieran Agard has had a long and "terrible" fightback from reconstructive knee surgery 10 months ago to getting on as a substitute for the Reserves on Tuesday. The worst part was not being able to kick a ball for six to eight months.

Whoa! Put 'em back on, Tim lad!
7 Oct - Tim Howard is one of a number of American athletes posing nude in the next ESPN Magazine, the 2010 Body Issue. Who knew he had more ink than Tim Cahill? Here's the video:

December games Live on Sky
6 Oct - Everton's match at Manchester City is switching from Saturday, 18 December to Monday, 20 December with an 8pm kick-off, to be shown live on Sky Sports. Also, Everton's visit to West Ham United with the game on Tuesday, 28 December 28 has been put back slightly, now kicking off at 5:30pm due to Sky Sports coverage.

Vertonghen turned down Everton chance
5 Oct - Ajax manager Martin Jol has revealed that defender Jan Vertonghen could have made a switch to Everton last summer. "Everton (were interested) but Jan knows he is better with us," Jol told NuSport. "We have over 4.5 million fans. Jan is clever and would only leave the club if he is completely ready for a top European team."

Coleman earns senior Irish call-up
3 Oct - Former Sligo Rovers defender Seamus Coleman has been named in Giovanni Trapattoni's squad for Ireland's upcoming October international matches. The Everton full back is the only uncapped played in the squad that will meet on Monday for the two games against Russia and Slovakia.

Pienaar out for up to a month
2 Oct - Steven Pienaar has informed the world via his Twitter feed that he is unfit to play for Everton today, or South Africa next weekend, and could miss the derby as well. Pienaar said: “It looks like in the end I'll be out injured for about 2-4 weeks with a groin injury." David Moyes confirmed: "He hurt his groin on Wednesday in training and it looks as if he might be out for two to four weeks... Two weeks would be good, four would not be."

Defector Salgado on 2-week trial
30 Sep - American prodigy Omar Salgado is being given a two-week trial by David Moyes. He caused a stir in Mexico when he opted to leaving Chivas to play for USA's youth side. Chivas' youth policy means all their players must be eligible to play for Mexico - but Salgado opted for USA, meaning he left the club.

Coleman focused on here and now
29 Sep - Not quite "dismissing Europe" as Sky Sports are spinning it, Seamus Coleman says that he'd "like to forget about what's going to happen at the end of the season and just start winning," which is all you can do when you're rock bottom of the Premier League.

Reserves travel to Bolton
28 Sep - Ross Barkley is back in the reserves squad to play Bolton Wanderers this evening. Barkley has been on the bench as a substitute during the first team games against Newcastle United, Brentford and Fulham but was not given a chance to make his senior debut. Gueye, Silva, and Baxter are also named in the squad.

Cahill flying south again
28 Sep - Tim Cahill has been picked for the Australian squad to play a friendly against Paraguay in Sydney on 9 October, a week before the Derby clash at Goodison on the 17th.

Kenwright hails travelling fans
28 Sep - As David Moyes walked around the pitch at Craven Cottage to get back to the dugout after halftime, "when he got to the goal in front of the Everton fans it was wonderful because 2,000 Evertonians, to a man, chanted his name. I know this man probably better than his family and I saw his whole body lift and when he clenched his fist to those supporters I know he was saying thank you to them for being there." — Bill Kenwright.

Liverpool may have to look at sharing
27 Sep - A sign of the times, as Liverpool FC change their tune a little on the question of a shared stadium, with Kenny Dalgish admitting that it's a less-than-ideal option they may have to consider... for example, if some third party would build it for both clubs to rent. Bill Kenwright thinks it is something the two clubs would at least sit down and discuss — something they have not done to date.

It's going to take a while...
26 Sep - David Moyes believes it will take time to lift Everton out of the relegation zone after their dismal start to the season sees them sitting uncomfortably at the bottom of the Premier League: "We're in this position and I don't think we're going to get out of it quickly but I've no doubt we will get out of it. Someone has to be bottom and it's us and we're there and we have to do something about it so we'll start trying to move up."

Seamus to play right-mid?
25 Sep - It's a thought that seems natural, and has been discussed a lot in our mailbag: why not play Seamus Coleman in a more advanced role on the right side of midfield? It appears David Moyes may be finally considering just this — but it will probably depend on the fitness of Leon Osman, who, Moyes admits, is not suited to the position.

Ruleteros on Cafe Calcio, Friday
23 Sep - Cafe Calcio is a Radio Show which covers the culture surrounding football rather than reviewing / previewing matches or dwelling on current rumour / talking points. They are doing a Latin American special this Friday from 9-10pm which will feature a Ruleteros interview along with a piece on London's Latin American League, the bloke who introduced football to Brazil, and interviews with Latin American football writers. Show is repeated, oddly, at 3:30pm on Saturday; podcast usually up by Sunday.

Moyes sees Brentford bottle-thrower
21 Sep - David Moyes saw a Brentford fan of throwing a bottle into Everton supporters after their Carling Cup Third-Round loss at Brentford. Moyes said: "I thought it was terrible. I saw a fan throw a bottle into our fans. I said to him 'I saw your face. I saw who you were'. He got a bottle and went right up and threw it right into the middle of our group of supporters."

Everton have missed Captain Marvel
21 Sep - Steve Round says the Blues have badly missed the leadership of Phil Neville, who has been missing for almost a month with a foot injury. Round says Neville's leadership has been a big loss during that time, and hinted that the 33-year-old is likely to feature against League One side Brentford tonight...

Round dismisses Fellaini jibes
20 Sep - Marouane Fellaini showed something of a reversion to his early Everton form with some clumsy tackles on Saturday but the hubbub about him using his elbow on that persistent fouler Williamson (for which he was booked) is a bit much, as reflected in these comments from Steve Round.

We've been too uptight says Jags
17 Sep - “We definitely need to relax, we are a bit uptight at the moment. If we are not 1-0 up or 2-0 up after half an hour the fans might start to get a bit edgy, and we start to get a bit edgy. We need to adapt to that new pressure now. Where there was a time that 0-0 and 1-0 was acceptable; they are probably not anymore." — Phil Jagielka.

Moyes and Round fined
17 Sep - David Moyes and his assistant Steve Round have admitted to improper conduct charges for their behaviour towards referee Martin Atkinson at the full-time whistle in the Toffees' thrilling 3-3 draw with Manchester United on Saturday. Moyes had indicated that he would plead guilty to the charge and he has received an £8,000 fine over the incident. Round has submitted a plea in mitigation against the fine, which will be heard by a Regulatory Commission hearing on Monday.

Vaughan would extend Palace stay
16 Sep - James Vaughan admits he would already consider an extension of his loan spell at Crystal Palace from Everton. “I was pushing to come out and play some games,” said Vaughan. “At the moment it's paying off and I want to push on and get some more games. If Palace want to keep me and Everton want to let me stay, it's out of my hands so I'm going to see where it takes me and keep enjoying my football."

Yak has a goal in him
15 Sep - Yakubu is still not fit to play 90 minutes for Everton — but will deliver goals this season, says David Moyes: “The Yak is fit but he certainly couldn't complete a game at this moment. He is in need of more training and more game practice. But what Yak has is a goal in him... It's up to him to try and get himself to the best condition he thinks he can be in and get back to the goal scoring which in the main he has done in the Premier League.”

Hat-trick for Vaughan at Palace
14 Sep - James Vaughan scored the first hat-trick of his career as he marked his Crystal Palace home debut in style. Vaughan, on loan from Everton after a string of injuries, scored a 20-yard goal on 14 minutes before adding two more in the second half.

Iain Turner returns
14 Sep - Third 'keeper Iain Turner has returned to Everton after completing a one-month emergency loan spell at Coventry City. He played just 18 mins at Watford before coming off injured. He played one other full game, at Millwall, that Coventry lost 1-3.

Moyes livid over timekeeping decision
12 Sep - After David Moyes's very angry on-field confrontation with Man Utd referee Martin Atkinson, he told the BBC: "The two goals were scored after 90 minutes [and should have seen 1 more minute added]; they'd put up three minutes of extra time and he played 3 minutes 30 seconds... That was a terrible decision in my book." — Another FA fine no doubt awaits...

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Rooney protected from Goodison 'abuse'
11 Sep - Sir Alex Ferguson defended his astounding decision not to play Wayne Rooney at Goodison Park today: "We've made that decision because he gets terrible abuse here and we don't want to subject him to that." — Absolutely hilarious mistake (or deliberate lie?) by the red-faced one!

Moyes believes there's more to it

Big Game anticipation from Moyes
10 Sep - In his pre-match interview, David Moyes confirms Louis Saha is out for about three weeks, expresses regret about Rodwell's injury and bemoans Everton's "frustrating" start to the season. "All we can do is keep doing what we've been doing..." — which hardly sounds inspiring, but at least he batted away one idiotic journalist's "gossip" question about Rooney in perfect style.

Yobo thankful it's over!?!
9 Sep - Some veiled comments from Joseph Yobo talking about his life at Everton... suggesting a rumoured falling out with David Moyes was over some serious episodes in the seemingly perennial "club v country" battle.

Vaughan starts Palace loan spell
8 Sep - Crystal Palace have secured the services of James Vaughan on a three-month loan deal. The 22-year-old striker — one of five in the current squad — has been unable to displace Louis Saha and Jermaine Beckford in the Toffee's first team, despite neither of them producing the goods in front of goal. Vaughan became the Premier League's youngest goal scorer when he scored against Palace in 2005 but he has suffered numerous injuries and spent spells on loan at Derby and Leicester last season.

Neville looks for encore against United
8 Sep - Phil Neville is leading the verbal charge in the run up to the weekend's clash with Manchester United: “I am confident a big win is just around the corner and they don't come much bigger than Manchester United. For us to beat them like we did last year we have to go out and show no fear.” Tickets are still available at 0871 663 1878, evertonfc.com/eticketing or the box office.

Capello plays on Everton link
7 Sep - “I was really happy with the two centre-backs, Lescott and Jagielka,” Capello said. “They had played together for several years [at Everton] and I spoke with them before the game, and the confidence and understanding between then was really high.”

Pienaar stars in easy SA win
4 Sep - Steven Pienaar seems to have recovered his form for South Africa, being named Man of the Match as they defeated Niger 2-0 in Nelspruit to open their 2012 Afcon qualifying campaign.

Saha injury curse strikes again
3 Sep - Louis Saha came on as substitute with 20 minutes left of France's shock 1-0 defeat to Belarus this evening, only to be withdrawn 10 minutes later with a knee injury. Elsewhere in the Euro 2012 qualifiers, Phil Jagielka played in England's 4-0 romp over Bulgaria.

Yobo's fate was inevitable
3 Sep - David Prentice provides some noteworthy insight into what he call's Joeseph Yobo's "fall from grace" after he cried off a tough game at Benfica with a very minor head injury, only to play for Nigeria a few days later. David Moyes used him only sparingly after that Hell hath no fury like a Scottish manager scorned.

Saha's knee treatment secret
2 Sep - “You're never going to believe how I treated my swollen knees,” Saha said.“I went to visit my grandparents, who live in Guadeloupe, and I put leeches on my knees. Since then I have had a knee that is not normal, but given what happened before to my ligaments I have to accept it. It swells up less and I feel fine now.” — Louis Saha.

FIFA dash England's Arteta hopes
2 Sep - The possibility of Mikel Arteta being eligible to play for England appears to be nil due to a little-known clause in FIFA's rules that stipulates that a player appearing for a country at junior level must have held dual citizenship for the country they later wish to represent in order to qualify for that second nation.

Saha raring to go for France
1 Sep - Louis Saha says he has the "legs and hunger of a 20 year-old" after using blood-sucking leeches to reduce the swelling that plagues his knee and has contributed to his barren international career over the past four years.

Pienaar now focused on Everton
31 Aug - Steven Pienaar has seemingly welcomed the closure of the transfer window and the end to speculation linking him with Tottenham by tweeting that "...its (sic) nice to be able to be focused on continuing at Everton."

Moyes is not going to Villa
31 Aug - Reassuring words for the Moyes faithful from Greg O'Keefe in the Echo, after a ridiculous bookie-inspired frenzy of speculation that the Everton manager would relocate to Aston Villa. Moyes has insisted he has unfinished business at Everton and will continue trying to make this season a success.

Advocaat's Bilyaletdinov concern
30 Aug - Russia coach, Dick Advocaat, says Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's lack of regular match practice at Everton is "very harmful to [him] and for success in national team [he] need[s] to play more."

Arteta call-up would breach rules
30 Aug - Scotland manager, Craig Levein, says that any move by England to draft in Mikel Arteta would contravene an agreement signed by the Home Nations that stipulates that only players who have a family bloodline or who have completed five years' education in one country before the age of 18 can represent that nation at international level.

Aston Villa 1 - 0 Everton
30 Aug - Everton came to Villa Park hoping to compound the misery of Aston Villa and their ex-Liverpool manager, Kevin McDonald, by coming away with their first win on this ground since 2005. Instead, they made the return journey up the M6 having failed to register their first victory of the season against a team hammered 6-0 last week and dumped out of Europe on Thursday and were forced to reflect on just one point gained in nine, not to mention a place in the bottom three of the Premier League table. Full report...

England pair injured
30 Aug - Both Phil Jagielka and Jack Rodwell suffered ankle injuries in Sunday's game at Aston VIlla, putting in doubt their participation in upcoming international matches at full and Under-21 levels respectively.

Arteta reiterates England situation
30 Aug - “The situation is the same as it has always been,” he said. “No-one has contacted me about it and I said really clearly last week my thoughts about it. I said ... if that opportunity comes, I will consider it very seriously. But that's all I can say. I don't think it's me that has to make the decision. They [the FA] have to ... propose something, they have to talk to me, and then we can talk about it.” — Mikel Arteta.

Jags not fazed by Arsenal interest
29 Aug - Some interesting comments in this Sunday Times interview with Phil Jagielka, as reported by Sporting Life: "I love playing football and I love being at Everton, and I'm not going to try to bully my way into getting a transfer. I've always felt loyalty. I found it really hard to leave Sheff."

Capello not drawn on Arteta talk
29 Aug - Fabio Capello has attempted to calm the crazy Arteta questions because he couldn't select the Spaniard even if he wanted to, and the FA has been typically obtuse in their non-comments: "We have not been in a position where the manager wants to select a 'dual passport player'." Meanwhile, David Moyes muddied the waters by claiming, "He could only apply for a passport if the FA said they would like him to play for England."

Blues face Brentford trip
28 Aug - Everton have been drawn away at Brentford in the Carling Cup third round, with the tie scheduled to be played the week of 20th September.

Capello talked to Arteta
27 Aug - It has been revealed that England manager Fabio Capello has talked with Mikel Arteta, presumably about him possibly playing for England one day. The discussion occurred last weekend, after the Wolves game, and nothing more definitive was revealed, other than that, if Arteta was interested, the process could take 6 to 9 months, effectively ruling it out for the current season.

Postscript:This story was found to be a complete lie, Arteta himself denying such contact with Capello.

Injury list lengthens
27 Aug - Four players are now set to miss the clash with Aston Villa on Sunday: Phil Neville continues his battle to overcome a foot problem; Yobo has sustained a thigh strain in training; Yakubu had a knock but also had a stomach upset in midweek; and Victor Anichebe, who has been missing since the start of the season with an "unknown" injury, has now had it localized as a knee problem.

Man Utd fixture switch
27 Aug - Everton's home clash with Manchester United has been switched. The game will take place on Saturday, 11 September at 12:45pm. It had previously been scheduled for Sunday, 12 September but it has been moved because of United's Champions League commitments.

Rhetoric suggests quiet deadline day
26 Aug - Bill Kenwright says that there funds are available for David Moyes if he found a player he desperately needed or "wanted to do some wheeler-dealing" but the overall rhetoric from the Chairman is that his manager is pleased with what he has, despite supporter concerns over the absence of a reliable striker.

Saha gets France recall
26 Aug - Louis Saha has been called back to the French international setup for the first Euro 2012 qualifiers by the new manager of Les Bleus, Laurent Blanc.

Round insists Pienaar's not leaving
24 Aug - Everton's Assistant Manager, Steve Round, has rejected the latest transfer speculation linking Steven Pienaar with a move to Tottenham and Peter Crouch and his WAG-fueled tabloid nonsense coming to Goodison in a swap deal: "There is no truth in the speculation. Steven has been a terrific player for us and is a terrific asset."

Timmy the Tackler
23 Aug - It has been suggested that Tim Cahill's only real quality is his goalscoring ability and, for a midfielder, he does little else if not finding the target. He proved his doubters wrong on Saturday, creating five chances from open play, the most of any player in the Premier League this weekend. He showed his combative nature by winning nine of the 11 challenges his contested in the game against Wolves, including four in the opposition penalty area. One of these, in the 43rd minute, saw him nick the ball away from a defender after a Mikel Arteta free-kick, before turning and firing into the top of the net to give Everton the lead.

Everton take out £14M loan
21 Aug - Everton have taken out a £14million loan - but David Moyes will not be making a big splash in what is left of the transfer window. The club have borrowed the money from leading bank Investec against some of the media rights cash that they are due to receive this season. But £9m of the loan will go to repay a similar mortgage taken out last year. The rest has been used to sign Magaye Gueye and to fund new deals for Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill, Jack Rodwell, Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman.

Moyes bemoans 'bad half'
21 Aug - Everton manager David Moyes was unhappy with his side's second-half display against Wolves: "First half we were very good, second half not so good. Wolves put us under a lot of pressure in the second half, but I think we had a lot more opportunities to score in the second half. In the first half they responded and they worked hard enough. But in the second half we gave the ball away too much and we suffered for it."

Everton could not afford Bellamy
21 Aug - David Moyes has confirmed Everton wanted to sign Craig Bellamy on loan. "If we had big, big money we would have tried to buy a top-class forward, but we've had to go down other routes," said Moyes. "How close did we come [to signing Bellamy]? We had a genuine interest. We just couldn't afford the whole thing."

Moyes rejects Yobo loan talk
20 Aug - David Moyes says that he has received no contact from Celtic regarding a possible season-long loan move for Joseph Yobo. The Nigerian has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison and rumours suggest that Everton could be open to selling him this month if the right offer comes in.

Arnoux signs for Whitecaps
19 Aug - Cody Arnoux, the American striker who spurned the MLS to join Everton last summer but spent his season at Finch Farm in the Reserves, has signed on with the Vancouver Whitecaps in British Columbia, Canada.

Bellamy turns down Everton
17 Aug - Craig Bellamy has apparently turned down the chance to play for Everton as he is expected to sign for Cardiff City today.

Jags praises Everton meds
15 Aug - Phil Jagielka, referring to his recovery from knee ligament damage, says: “Everton helped me through the dark days and I am desperate to do well for them. I thank the physios and medical department for treating me and keeping me sane at the same time."

New Stadium needs rail access
15 Aug - Rail access to any new Everton stadium is considered a priority; Everton need to setup a new stadium on the rapid-transit Merseyrail metro line to ensure success and eliminate a Tesco as the business partner. This website gives as an example the case of Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

Turner joins Coventry on loan
14 Aug - With first-team chances again slim for him, Iain Turner has joined Coventry City on loan.

Arteta for England?
13 Aug - Mikel Arteta signing up with Everton for another five years has got the talking heads in a dither about the possibility (surely remote for a proud Basque?!) that the Best Little Spaniard we Know could relinquish his ancient heritage and natural birthright for a mess of pottage that is the England team. Even Stevie G is getting excited at the prospect... Discuss in our mailbag...

Arteta officially inks new deal
13 Aug - Mikel Arteta officially put pen to paper on what is reported to be a massive £75k-a-week, five-year contract at Finch Farm today.

Latest Injury News
13 Aug - Tim Cahill is expected to be fit to face Blackburn at Ewood Park after sitting out Australia's defeat by Slovenia in midweek because of a slight knee problem. But Victor Anichebe is ruled out through injury.

Burnham's £10k donation from Jamie
12 Aug - The latest disclosed donations made to the contenders in the Labour Party leadership battle include the sum of £10,000 to Everton fan Andy Burnham's campaign... from the much reviled (by Evertonians!) Liverpool player, Jamie Carragher!

Jagielka happy with England return
12 Aug - Phil Jagielka talks to Fifa.com after playing 90 minutes for England and earning his fourth cap. He has also dismissed speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal, saying that David Moyes told him he was going nowhere this summer.

Sullivan's Yak valuation derisory
12 Aug - David Moyes has confirmed that Everton have put a far higher value on Yakubu (£8M) than the derisory sum West Ham director David Sullivan now believes he is worth (£1-2M) after having a second bid for the Everton striker flatly rejected.

Jagielka plays in England win
12 Aug - Recalled by Fabio Capello after missing out on the World Cup, Phil Jagielka made a winning return to the England team as they came from behind to beat Hungary 2-1, although the Everton defender was credited with an own goal that replays showed didn't actually cross the line after it deflected off him.

Everton paired with Huddersfield
11 Aug - Everton were drawn at home against Huddersfield Town in the Carling Cup Second Round in this evening's draw. The tie will take place the week beginning 23rd August and it could mark a return to Goodison for Terriers defender, Gary Naysmith.

Moyes quashes Villa talk
11 Aug - David Moyes has moved quickly to rubbish speculation that he could take the vacant managerial position at Villa Park after Martin O'Neill resigned as Aston Villa manager on the eve of the new season.

Cahill spared International Duty
10 Aug - Tim Cahill has been spared the trip to Slovenia for international duty with Australia this week because of injury, Football Federation Australia (FFA) said on Tuesday. Cahill will not be in the squad for Wednesday's friendly in Ljubljana, but no word on the nature of any injury.

Coleman recognised by FAI
8 Aug - Seamus Coleman has been awarded the FAI Under-21s International Player of the Year award in recognition of his outstanding performances for Ireland at U-21 and U-23 levels during the 2009-10 season.

Chang may need to dig deeper
8 Aug - An interesting article at SportsPro suggests that in light of Everton's League placing in recent seasons and Spurs and Aston Villa both landing £20m shirt sponsorship deals, Chang should need to come up with a package a lot more lucrative than £8m over three years if they are to remain the Club's official sponsor after next year.

Jagielka back in the England fold
7 Aug - After missing the cut for Fabio Capello's England squad for the World Cup Finals, Phil Jagielka has been recalled for the upcoming friendly with Hungary on Wednesday as the Italian seeks alternatives to the players who performed so badly in South Africa.

Moyes urges club to pay stars more
6 Aug - David Moyes has warned the Everton hierarchy that the Club will have to break its rigid pay structure if it hopes to keep its biggest stars.

Beckford drinks in home atmosphere
5 Aug - Jermaine Beckford described his first appearance at Goodison Park as "spine-tingling" as the Blues' new free transfer acquisition from Leeds United marked his home friendly debut with the first goal against CD Everton last night.

Moyes keeps Donovan option open
5 Aug - David Moyes told the Shareholders Forum this week that another loan move for Landon Donovan isn't out of the question once the MLS season is over but he isn't sure Everton will still need him "in two or three months time."

Kenwright hopeful over key duo
4 Aug - Bill Kenwright says he is "more than hopeful" that the Blues will start the new season with the same players who ended the 2009/10 campaign, specifically Steven Pienaar and Mikel Arteta, although it's the all-important date of 1st September when the transfer window closes that worried fans have their eye on.

Jagielka op rumours quashed
3 Aug - According to the Official Site, Phil Jagielka returned to training this week, putting the kibosh on rumours that the defender suffered a recurrence of his knee injury and had to undergo minor corrective surgery last week.

Ablett diagnosed with cancer
2 Aug - The Daily Mail report that former Everton defender, Gary Ablett, has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The 44 year-old, an FA Cup winner with both Liverpool clubs in his career, is undergoing treatment for the blood cancer.

Chang look to extend sponsorship
30 Jul - Chang Beer were sufficiently satisfied with Everton's top-10 finish last season that they are looking to open talks about extending their sponsorship of the club. The current contract, worth £8m, expires at the end of the coming 2010/11 season.

Coleman picked for Irish Under-21s
30 Jul - Seamus Coleman has been selected for the Republic of Ireland's Under-21s squad to face Estonia on Tuesday, 10 August. The Everton right-back is in in the 18-man squad named for their European Championship qualifier at the Tallaght Stadium in Dublin.

Watch the Norwich friendly live
30 Jul - Live video of Everton's friendly at Norwich City tomorrow will be available on evertontv tomorrow, kick off at 3pm, featuring. expert commentary from Blues legend Graeme Sharp. You can subscribe now for £3.99 per month or £30 per year in time to also catch the games against Everton Chile and Wolfsburg. Visit www.evertonfc.com/evertontv

Reserves League Revamp
29 Jul - Everton Reserves will face new competition in the Barclays Premier Reserve league this season after a revamped format was introduced. The fixtures for the 2010-11 season have recently been revealed and under a new structure, with the league being sub-divided into three divisions based on geographical locations. The Blues will play in Northern Group B, alongside Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Liverpool and Sunderland.

Everton pass on trialist Schepers
28 Jul - Everton have passed up their first option on Dutch teenager, Bob Schepers, after finding FC Cambuur's valuation of the player too high. Schepers, who had what was described by sources as a "good trial" with the Blues last week, has now joined FC Groningen's reserve setup.

25-man squad rule
27 Jul - Everton have provided their own analysis of the Homegrown status of players to be listed in their 25-man Premier League squad, similar to the list ToffeeWeb provided last week on our Squad page. Nine Homegrown players are confirmed, along with plenty of players under 21, meaning that Everton should not have any trouble conforming with this new rule.

Your special Everton Memorabilia
27 Jul - What's the most important piece of Everton memorabilia you own? It could be a signed shirt, FA Cup Final programme or even an old football. The Everton Collection The Everton Collection Roadshow will be at a number of venues across Liverpool next week and would like to hear more Everton fans talking about their favourite Everton memorabilia.

Jutkiewicz joins Coventry City
26 Jul - Lukas Jutkiewicz has joined Coventry City after the Midland club made a cash offer of an undisclosed sum. The big striker was on loan with Motherwell last season and finished with a superb goal to tie the epic 6-6 game with Hibernian. He has been on Everton's books for the past three seasons but made just one sub appearance.

City looking to dump Lescott!
25 Jul - The Daily Mail claims that Joleon Lescott, who City paid Everton £24M for less than a year ago, is one of three England Internationals that Roberto Mancini wants to cut from the massive Man City squad of 39 players! Mailbag Comment

Beckford knock not too bad
24 Jul - Goalhound Jermaine Beckford hobbled off the field at Deepdale after getting a kick on the top of his foot when he went to strike the ball. David Moyes doesn't think it is too bad, but said he will have to assess it, and it may keep the lad out of training for a day or too...

Donovan talks up Jack Rodwell
24 Jul - "I think, along with Wayne Rooney, Jack Rodwell really is the future of England. Following England's World Cup campaign, I know the coach is being urged to bring through young blood. I really believe Jack could rejuvenate this England team. I don't give out false praise but this young guy really is a future world-beater. I am sure he can make the same impact for club and —country that Wayne and David Beckham have — that's really how good he is. I have obviously trained and played with him at Everton and he is just a natural football player. Like Wayne, it's effortless to him." — Landon Donovan.

Forfar Athletic 2 - 3 Everton Reserves
23 Jul - Everton Reserves continued their tour of Scotland with a trip to Station Park where they ultimately beat Forfar Athletic 3-2 with goals from Hope Akpan, James Vaughan and Jose Baxter. Trialists Bob Schepers and Andelkjo Savic both played again, but still no mention of their existence or involvement on the Official Everton Website.

Carsley returns to Coventry
23 Jul - Coventry City have completed the signing of Lee Carsley on a one-year deal. The 36-year-old returns to the Sky Blues eight years after leaving them to join Everton, later completing a switch to hometown club Birmingham City in 2008. He was released by Alex McLeish at the end of last season.

Comments facility now open again
21 Jul - We had a technical problem in our mailbag and on articles that accept comments but it has now been resolved. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Schepers begins Everton trial
20 Jul - Teenage Dutch prospect Bob Schepers began his trial with Everton this week and featured for the Blues' second string in their pre-season friendly draw with Clyde.

No vuvuzelas at Goodison
20 Jul - Everton are among seven Premier League clubs to put a ban on the controversial horns that droned endlessly throughout this summer's World Cup in South Africa.

Everton XI on the Clyde
20 Jul - Alan Stubbs is taking a group of Everton Reserves and Academy players north of the border for an encounter with Clyde this evening. The line-up includes James Vaughan and young Dutch trialist Bob Schepers.

Garbutt signs pro forms
19 Jul - Luke Garbutt, the player whose move from Leeds United as a 16-year-old caused such bitterness towards Everton from Ken Bates, has made the step up from the Academy and signed a thee-year professional contract with the Blues.

Arnoux and Peterlin were released
18 Jul - Belated confirmation that the two Americans bought in last summer, Cody Arnoux and Anton Peterlin, failed to make the grade and were released by Everton when their contracts ended last month (even though they are still both listed as Everton Reserves). Both were reported to be getting trials with Peter Reid at Plymouth Argyle.

Airbus UK 1 - 1 Everton Reserves
17 Jul - Everton Reserves were held to a 1-1 draw against Airbus on Saturday Goalless at the end of the first period, the hosts took the lead with a lovely strike into the top left hand corner early in the second half. First year scholar Ross Barkley then headed home from a free-kick to draw the Blues level.

What Moyes can teach Labour
16 Jul - Labour leadership contender (and ardent Everton fan) Andy Burnham has some thoughts on what Everton's manager David Moyes could teach him about leadership...

What next for 4-4-2?
14 Jul - In the wake of the World Cup, The Guardian's Jonathan Wilson mulls the current state of what has historically been the default formation in England but which has given way to the implementation of various combinations of the five-man midfield by many Premier League managers, including, of course, David Moyes at Everton.

Amenabar pays Ruleteros Society tribute
14 Jul - Matias Amenabar, the commercial director of CD Everton, expresses to the BBC how much his club is looking forward to playing its namesake next month and also how important was the role played by the Ruleteros Society, and John Shearon in particular, in making the friendly between the two Evertons possible. Audio link.

Pienaar is not for sale
13 Jul - Everton boss David Moyes has ruled out selling South African winger Steven Pienaar, insisting the player is not for sale: “We are not listening to offers for him, and he is not going to be sold, because we don't want to sell him. Steven plays for Everton, and that's it really, and I don't know any more than that.”

Sligo friendly lined up
13 Jul - An Everton XI will play Sligo Rovers, the team from which Seamus Coleman was signed last year, on 8th August. The kick off time has yet to be decided.

Report: Nash joins Stoke City
13 Jul - The Daily Mail are reporting that Carlo Nash has agreed to join Stoke City after his contract at Everton came to an end this summer. The 36 year-old has joined the Potteries' pre-season training camp with a view to signing up.

Time to win a trophy
13 Jul - David Moyes accepts that it's time he won a trophy at Everton — perhaps while Tim Cahill is still a force to be reckoned with: "We have been a decent team in the Premier League for quite a few years now... Everton have won championships and European competitions. The one thing me and Tim haven't done is win anything yet. I think for us to get that name we are going to have to do something about it."

No Gosling move before appeal
12 Jul - The Guardian notes that runaway Dan Gosling has had 'productive' talks with Newcastle and wants to join them, but concludes that no signing will be completed until after the Premier League hears Everton's appeal of last month's tribunal decision on the club's administrative cock-up over the injured player's abortive contract renewal.

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New Squad Numbers announced
12 Jul - Squad Numbers for Everton's new signings are: 1 Jan Mucha; 16 Jermaine Beckford; 19 Magaye Gueye; 29 João Silva. Seamus Coleman switches to 23. Giving Gosling's old number to Gueye seems tacit admission by the Club that they have finally lost him... although his squad profile still lists him as 19.

Bangor City 2 - 2 Everton Reserves
10 Jul - Everton Reserves were held to a 2-2 drew in their first pre-season outing of 2010 at Bangor City. The Blues' second string came back from a two-goal deficit at half-time to end the game all square, thanks to goals from new Academy scholars Hallam Hope and Anton Forrester.

Plans to screen Sydney friendly shelved
8 Jul - The Echo report that ESPN will not be screening any of Everton's pre-season games in Australia after problems arose with the host broadcaster in Sydney.

Academy Class of 2010
8 Jul - A dozen young graduates of Everton Academy have been elevated to the status of full-time players who will likely figure in next season's Under-18 FA Premier Academy League campaign: Adam Thomas (forward), Johan Hammar (defender), Ben Heneghan (defender), Ross Barkley (midfielder), James Fitzgibbon (goalkeeper), Tyias Browning (defender), Matthew Harris (midfielder), Hallam Hope (forward), John Lundstram (midfielder), Ryan Higgins (midfielder), Jordan Barrow (defender), and Anton Forrester (forward).

Schumacher joins Bury
8 Jul - Bury have signed former Everton, Bradford City and Crewe Alexandra midfielder Steven Schumacher on a two-year deal. Schumacher was a once highly rated member of Everton's Academy but was released in 2004.

Baines urges Pienaar to stay put
7 Jul - Leighton Baines has joined the clamour urging Steven Pienaar to stay at Everton as the situation surrounding the South African's unsigned contract remains unresolved.

John hits the Heits with Holland
8 Jul - Everton will have a representative in the World Cup Final for the first time in 44 years after Holland beat Uruguay and Spain edged past Germany to set up a World Cup Final date in Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium on Sunday.

Villa game selected for TV
6 Jul - Everton's third game of the new season against Aston Villa has been put back to Sunday 29th August for live broadcast on Sky Sports at 4pm. The Blues' matches against Man United (h), Liverpool (h), Spurs (a), Arsenal (h), and Sunderland (a) have also been selected by Sky but none will be shown by ESPN before Christmas.

Abdullayev set for the future
3 Jul - Everton have negotiated a deal with Azerbaijan club Neftchi Baku that provides the first option to sign 18-year-old whizz kid Araz Abdullayev. Presumably he will continue to develop within his native football environment until ripe for the picking.


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