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Birmingham City 1 - 2 Everton
30 Jul - An uninspiring Everton line-up proved to be very poor in a first-half they were lucky to survive goalless. The game was a nothingness until Baines produced a brilliant free-kick and his sub, Saha made it two with a great strike. Everton finally looked better but Birmingham got back into it with a flick from Adam Rooney and they pressed hard for an equalizer that never came after David Moyes swapped out over half of his starters; the manager would have been much happier at full-time than he was at the break.
Birmingham City v Everton
Pre-Season Friendly KO 3pm BST
30 Jul - David Moyes takes his top squad to St Andrews this afternoon, minus Mike Arteta, with Louis Saha and Marouane Fellaini unlikely to play. Also, where the hell is Tony Hibbert? — He has played no part in any of the pre-season games so far... And it will be interesting to see if youngsters Vellios, Barkley and McAleny are involved — they all played some part in the Reserves defeat at Oxford yesterday. Kick-Off is at 3pm BST with live coverage online via Everton TV.
Reserves stunned by a screamer
Oxford United 1 - 0 Everton Reserves
29 Jul - Not much to report during a stalemate first half at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford, where Alan Stubbs gave a good second-string squad some game-time. McAleny hit the post and Vellios headed just over for the Blues. Silva came on for Vellios at half-time, then Barkley missed a sitter, chipping it just wide. Everton went behind with 14 minutes of the second half played, when Constable fired in an unstoppable shot to put the hosts into the lead. Bidwell then came on for McAleny, then Lundstram came on for Barkely and Hope for Gueye around 70 mins but none of them could rescue the game for Stubbsy.
Oxford United v Everton Res
29 Jul - As the pre-season preparations reach the half-way point, the weekend brings a double header of Everton games, with Alan Stubbs taking a Reserves squad to play Oxford United on Friday... but it does not include Jose Baxter, who is out with a dead leg: Davies, Roberts, Browning, Barkley, Gueye, Forshaw, Orenuga, Duffy, Mustafi, Garbutt, Vellios, Silva, McAleny, Nsiala, Bidwell, Hope, Lundstram, Forrester. It's not clear if this game is to be broadcast live on Everton TV. Kick-off 7:45pm BST.
The Smell of Football
A great book by Mick 'Baz' Rathbone
27 Jul - This is an excellent new book, published next week, from a somewhat unlikely source: the Everton physio who learnt his trade under David Moyes at Preston — after being both a player and then becoming a manager. It's the final part of this really well-written book that will interest Evertonians the most, providing a rare and unique insight on the pampered overpaid players themselves from someone with his head firmly screwed on. It's a great read.
Everton in Crisis?
Well... yes & no. The Mail tries to balance the story
27 Jul - Another media bastion awakens to the populist internet 'Everton in Crisis' theme as Dominic King, a kopite from the Post/Echo stable now writing for the Daily Mail, tries to see it from every side:
To a wider audience, Everton are regarded as one of the best-run clubs in the game but some of the natives tell another story. Pressure is building and an increasing number of supporters are becoming agitated that Everton are being left behind. The critics claim the directors are not dynamic; not ambitious enough to give manager David Moyes and his squad the assistance needed to compete.
Snippets & RumoursMoyes miffed over N'Zogbia
31 Jul - David Moyes has been left frustrated after Wigan agreed to sell Charles N'Zogbia to Aston Villa. The French winger, 25, had become Moyes's top target and Everton were trying to raise the £10million fee Wigan chairman Dave Whelan was demanding. Everton hoped to do that by selling Jack Rodwell to Tottenham for a reduced fee of £15m.
Marine 1 - 1 Everton Academy
31 Jul - A team from Everton Academy drew 1-1 with Marine on Saturday, thanks to a late free-kick well executed by England U-17 star John Lundstram.
Distin calls for new blood
30 Jul - Sylain Distin believes Everton need to strengthen by bringing in some new players before the season kicks off in just two weeks.
Everton U16s win Milk Cup
29 Jul - Everton Under-16s won the Milk Cup for the third time in four years. The goalless final of the Northern Ireland tournament went to penalties where Everton triumphed 5-4 over Cruz Azul from Mexico.
JV: Same old, same old...
29 Jul - Norwich City striker James Vaughan, whose career at Everton was bedevilled with a succession of injuries, will miss the start of their new season back in the Premier League. He is set for a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury picked up during the club's Germany tour.
The state of Birmingham CIty
29 Jul - The Echo holds up the fiscal and business condition of tomorrow's friendly rivals Birmingham City as an example to Everton fans supporting that old adage — be careful what you wish for...
Turner signs for Preston
29 Jul - Preston North End have completed the signing of former Everton goalkeeper Iain Turner on a permanent deal ahead of the new season. The 27-year-old, who this summer turned down the chance to remain at Goodison Park, impressed making 17 appearances for North End while on loan from the Toffees last season.
Arteta set to miss out
27 Jul - Mikel Arteta could miss the start of the Premier League season because of severe bone bruising suffered during their United States tour. The Spaniard endured the injury during the 1-0 defeat against Philadelphia Union. He has been ruled out of the friendly against Birmingham on Saturday and the trip to Werder Bremen next Tuesday.
Get your name down
27 Jul - The People's Group are getting a local artist, Helen Davies to create a special logo that will be made in the form of a massive banner incorporating the names of all those Evertonians who support the group.
Big Vic on playing wide
27 Jul - “I've taken playing wide in my stride, I had some good games there last year so I can't really argue. Playing up front is good but the main thing is helping out the team, I haven't got a preference, playing wide is a lot harder than up front but I don't mind." — Victor Anichebe.
We're alright, says Tim
27 Jul - Tim Cahill is the latest player to be wheeled out for the now standard club mantra: we're not worried about players coming or going, or any of the transfer speculation, and Moyes has some good youngsters coming through.
On the Milk run again
26 Jul - Everton's really young Academy players (15-year-olds) are into the semi-final of the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland, looking for their third trophy in four years.
Preston 'keeper goes to Leeds
26 Jul - Everton's financial problems in the transfer market have been exposed again as they reportedly failed to match Leeds United's offer of just £150k for Preston goalkeeper Andy Lonergan. According to the Mirror, Everton boss David Moyes wanted to sign the player as back up for number one keeper Tim Howard and Lonergan was even training with the Toffees for "a number of months." However, Leeds managed to sign the keeper for the undisclosed fee, believed to be £150k because, the paper claims, "Moyes was unable to put in a counter-offer."
14-year-old star set to emerge?
26 Jul - With no new players coming to Everton via the transfer market, attention is turning to the potential that lies within the much-vaunted Everton Academy. This brief piece from the Echo profiles the lively looking young Under-18s forward, Conor McAleny, who played in both of Everton's pre-season US games... and would appear to confirm that the lad really is only 14 years old!!!
Anichebe has the potential to become a Moyes favourite
25 Jul - David Moyes reckons Victor Anichebe can help him become a driving force in Everton's season. “Victor has got great potential,” said Moyes. “A lot of people in the USA seeing him for the first time will have said ‘wow, what a player'..."
Sweet Revenge for JP Kissock
23 Jul - Everton Reserves were stunned by two early goals at Southport as John Paul Kissock drove his side to victory in the Liverpool Senior Cup Final at Haig Avenue this afternoon. Kissock completed the scoring early on with an excellent free-kick that beat Mateusz Taudul in the Everton goal, after Karl Ledsham had given them the early lead.
Liverpool Senior Cup Final in Southport
22 Jul - Everton Reserves complete last season's fixture list against Southport on Saturday afternoon with the delayed final of the Liverpool Senior Cup. Jose Baxter, a surprising absentee from the US pre-season tour, will lead a young team out at Haig Avenue for the kick-off at 3pm.
Rats surprised at Moyes
22 Jul - Kevin Ratcliffe exposed a failure to understand David Moyes when he confessed on TalkSport: “I'm a little bit surprised that David Moyes is still there [as manager at Everton]. I thought he might have wanted another job in the Premier League, especially the Aston Villa job. I thought he was a prime candidate."
New heights in Journalism
22 Jul - David Prentice raises the bar to a new height with his latest piece of investigative journalism that reveals how adverts for the News of the World were canned at Goodison... back in 1960.. thanks to entries in the Everton Collection minute books.... Oh, and with help from Greg Murphy.
Everton reject Arsenal Bid
21 Jul - Everton today confirmed they have rejected a bid of around £10M from Arsenal for England defender Phil Jagielka — that's less than the £12M they bid last summer! David Moyes is determined not to sell one of his best players, however, and will strongly resist any sale.
Below par, says Moyes
21 Jul - "We didn't play well, but there were may be mitigating circumstances," said Moyes after the 1-0 defeat to Philadelphia Union. "We did okay for 20 minutes but in the last 20 minutes we didn't have enough people to change and we ran out of energy.
Barkley unlikely to play
20 Jul - David Moyes has finally confirmed that Ross Barkley rolled his ankle while training in Austria last week and is unlikely to be risked in the upcoming US games this week, although he is recovering with the squad in Philadelphia.
Cahill eying a good season
19 Jul - Tim Cahill tells BBC Radio Merseyside he feels fit ahead of the new campaign, after suffering from a foot problem last season. He's not concerned about bringing new players in but keeping the great team of players at Everton, and he's optimistic for a good season.
Everton: the Potless Wonders
18 Jul - Everton got some uncharacteristic in-depth attention on Radio 5Live's Monday Night Football Club this evening, but with Dave Prentice chiming in on the phone, it was mostly a rehash of the now perennial 'Potless Wonders' theme of chronic overachievement on no money. There was nothing about Kenwright's failings and fuck-ups.
Youngsters defeat New York Red Bulls
17 Jul - Everton's Academy players started the USA tour off with a 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls this evening with goals from Chris Long, Eric Dier and Jasper Johns.
Dynamo Moscow 2 - 0 Everton Res
16 Jul - Everton's Under-21 side finished third in the Lev Yashin Cup, beating their hosts Dynamo Moscow with two good goals from Conor McAleny after Aristote Nsiala had been harshly dismissed for two silly yellow cards.
Ian Doyle on the money problem
16 Jul - The Echo's Ian Doyle calls TalkSport about the source current fan frustration stemming from the lack of money, no transfers, no new investment... no progress. Income from shirt sales & TV goes on wages and stadium income is limited. But under new Uefa rules, investment may need to be in something other than directly on players in order to qualify...
“Why Kenwright has got it so wrong”
16 Jul - The Mirror's Brian Reade takes the escalating frustration with the Bill Kenwright board national with a piece that hits on almost all the points currently being used by some fans to pillory the Chairman over his record over the past 11 years.
Freiburg 1 - 0 Everton Res
15 Jul - No joy for the Everton Under-21 team in the Lev Yashin Cup, who were stunned by a goal out of nothing and will now play hosts Dynamo Moscow in the third-place play-off tomorrow.
Elstone comes out fighting
15 Jul - Everton CEO Robert Elstone has responded strongly with a barrage of positive achievements and continuing endeavours in response to claims from the "few" Everton fans daring to question the Everton hierarchy. But he rejects most key questions fans want answering, with the investment in the playing side once again getting central billing.
Prentice gets the message
15 Jul - In a rambling column piece David Prentice admits he has now got the message that some Evertonians want better answers than he can provide. But judging by some excellent replies that follow his piece, he still has a long way to go...
Neville talks up youth
15 Jul - Everton skipper Phil Neville has been promoting Everton's youth setup to the Liverpool Echo ahead of tonight's friendly with Bury at Gigg Lane. An Everton youth policy... or an admission of another barren summer?
Squad for Moscow includes Taudul
14 Jul - The Everton Under-21 squad heading out to Moscow to play in the VTB Lev Yashin Cup this weekend includes Polish-born goalkeeper Mateusz Taudul who signed on the dotted line for Everton aged 16, making the move from Polish goalkeeping academy MSP Szamotuly. Everton will play Freiburg on Friday, the winners facing OFK (Serbia) or hosts Dynamo Moscow in the final on Saturday.
What is Abdullaev's status?
14 Jul - Back in January 2011, the "signing" of Azerbijan wonder-kid Araz Abdullaev was trumpeted in the local press, with the transfer deal being subject to him getting a work permit. In the meantime, he has remained with his club Neftchi Baku, and there has been no further news of him. Is the 19-year-old midfielder coming or not?
Academy lads kick off with win
14 Jul - A very young Everton Academy side took on Exeter City in a friendly at Finch Farm yesterday afternoon, and ran out 3-2 winners thanks to a goal from substitute Gethin Jones, playing his first game at Under-18 level.
It all goes on the playing side
13 Jul - Ian Ross came on TalkSport this morning to correct the web warriors and spout the party line on the Money question, claiming firstly that "every penny that we earn is reinvested on the playing side", which he then changed to "85 pence out out of every pound we earn goes to the playing side."
Irvine returns to head Academy
13 Jul - Former Everton assistant manager Alan Irvine has returned for a third spell with the club as head of the academy. He left Goodison Park in 2007 to take over as manager of Preston and then moved on to Sheffield Wednesday before his sacking in February. Irvine, 53, a winger with Everton in the 1980s, succeeds Ray Hall, who has retired from the position but will continue to work for the club as an international ambassador.
Three live games on Sky
11 Jul - Sky have selected three of Everton's Saturday games for live coverage, with kick-offs switched to 12:45pm:
24 Sep: Man City v Everton
1 Oct: Everton v Liverpool
5 Nov: Newcastle v Everton
Kai Rooney in his Blue Kit
10 Jul - Wayne Rooney has put out a nice picture of his son Kai on his Twitter feed, dressed in a fine blue Everton kit; that should please the Old Trafford faithful...
Echo prints Prentice feedback
9 Jul - At least the Red Echo has seen fit to publish a number of highly caustic comments received on David Prentice's controversial contributions from Friday. The comments (four web pages) are overwhelmingly critical of the position Prentice has been spouting in defence of the moribund Everton hierarchy.
Everton fans losing their patience
8 Jul - It seems that agitation by Everton fans on the internet over the club's chronically parlous financial condition has finally caught the attention of one journalist, Chris Bascombe, who has posted this blog at the soon-to-be defunct News of the World.
“A camouflage-style monster”
8 Jul - Tim Howard has been saddled with what will surely be the most bizarre goalkeeper's jersey in the Premier League next season with a military-style design.
Mobile articles issue resolved
7 Jul - In the process of switching the site to the 2011-12 season, the articles and mailbag pages on our Mobile version broke. This issue has now been resolved and we apologise for the inconvenience.
Saha's fitness improving
7 Jul - Still recovering from damaging his ankle against Fulham in March, Louis Saha is walking and riding a bike in Austria. “I am not doing the full training with the boys just yet but I think I should be able to in about 10 days. That will be really good as my injury was quite a serious one — I am just really enjoying being back involved."
It's not gonna kill you
7 Jul - Phil Neville writes in the Daily Mail about the rigours of pre-season training, and says in the Sporting Life: "My aim this season is to get Everton back into Europe."
Distin: Club over Country
6 Jul - Sylvain Distin says he was approached by representatives from the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe — his father's birthplace — asking him to play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States. But he rejected the chance to launch his international career this summer at the age of 33 in order to prolong his time at Goodison.
England out of U-17 World Cup
5 Jul - England U-17s , including Everton youngsters Hallam Hope and John Lundstram, are out of the U-17 World Cup after losing 3-2 to Germany in Mexico.
New Dier loan confirmed
4 Jul - As we mentioned last week, Eric Dier is returning to Everton on a full season loan. We note in his ToffeeWeb player profile that Dier (who is not 18 until January) was not eligible to play for the Everton first team, and that he may have issues of third-party ownership, which could limit his progress at Everton.
Moyes set for honorary fellowship
3 Jul - David Moyes is to be awarded an honorary fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University for his "outstanding contribution to football and sportsmanship."
Everton in Lev Yashin Cup
2 Jul - Everton's youngsters, on whom the future of the club seems increasingly destined to lie, will take part in the VTB Lev Yashin Cup later this month in Moscow. The cup celebrates the great Russian goalkeeper and Everton Under-21s will fight it out with sides from hosts Dynamo Moscow, SC Freiburg of Germany, and Serbian side OFK Beograd.
Nine new signings!
1 Jul - Making the transition from schoolkids to full-time Everton Academy players are: Mason Springthorpe, Jasper Johns, Tom Molyneux, Mateusz Taudul, Ibou Touray, George Waring, Chris Long, Matthew Pennington and Connor Grant.
Joining the FB crowd
1 Jul - It's taken a while for us to get around to it but ToffeeWeb is finally on Facebook with an official page. We're still working on integrating the news feed via RSS but you can Like us in the interim
Contract extension imminent
1 Jul - Phil Neville is close to signing a one-year extension to his current Everton contract that should keep him at the club through June 2013.
U-17s progress to last eight
1 Jul - Hallam Hope and John Lundstram have progressed through to the last 8 of the U-17s World Cup in Mexico, defeating Argentina 4-2 on penalties. They will play Germany on Monday.