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No room for sentimentality at Barkley's crossroads

Farewell, Arouna — we hardly knew you

From My Seat: Arsenal (A)

Against ten men, Everton simply pathetic

What Everton need to take the next step this summer

An end-of-season jolly

Four players who should leave Everton in the summer

Barkley earns some love with fine finish

From my seat: Chelsea (H)

Return of the Prodigal Son: What Would Wayne Rooney Do for Everton?

No goals... no shots on goal for poor Blues

32 Years, 32 Seconds: My Delirious Goodison Pilgrimage

Everton having a nibble at the top six

Barkley and Everton keep on keeping on

Barkley and Lukaku have the final word

Irrepressible Blues continue to revel in home comforts

From My Seat: Leicester City (H)

One for the hipsters

Blues put Champions to the sword

Everton pegged back at the last gasp in agonising fashion

Undone at the death by moment of panic

From my seat: Liverpool (A)

Missed opportunities cost us

Another big derby let-down

Derby misery continues at Anfield

Everton Left Counting the Cost of Someone Else's Battle

We'll Play With the Smell in the Second Half!

Koeman's Blues in cruise control with another home win

Can we take the opportunity?

From My Seat: Hull City (H)

Hospitality, Heritage and Honours: Gwladys Street's Hall of Fame Returns

One more bargaining tactic or genuinely the end of the road?

Everton comfortable victors in 'best of the rest' clash with West Brom

Solid if uninspiring win sends Baggies packing

Everton still well short of Tottenham benchmark

Bellew spirit sadly lacking at the Lane

"I Felt Like I Belonged There" – Nancy Young

Talking Blue – Alex Young

Lukaku settles low-quality game

Everton's midfield axis shines as Lukaku draws level with Ferguson

From My Seat: Sunderland (H)

Blues do the business against Moyes and the old boys

Sense over sentiment should preclude Rooney return

The Creativity Gap

Drab

From my seat: Middlesbrough (A)

Valdes denies Lukaku and Lookman

Truly remarkable!!!

Four-goal Lukaku steals the show as Everton put six past Bournemouth

From My Seat: Bournemouth (H)

Lukaku imperious in Goodison goalfest

Honours even in ragged contest at Stoke

From My Seat: Stoke City (A)

Winter window represents measured reconstruction

Magic but erratic — Deulofeu's departure invokes mixed emotions

Nice day to forget my shades

Patience, poise and persistence rewarded in huge win for Everton

Coleman seals a fantastic win for Everton

The Stuff of Dreams

From My Seat: Man City (H)

Our best performance since...?

Fantastic young Blues roast City and Stones

Just when things were looking up

From My Seat: Leicester City (FA Cup)

Blues mugged by Foxes after taking the lead

From My Seat: Southampton (H)

Valencia the difference as Everton ring in the New Year with victory

When the Blues cheer you up, they really cheer you up!

Clinical Blues finishing destroys Saints resistance

Everton end 2016 with frustration still in tow

Blues made to work hard for a point

Oh what fun it is to see Everton finally win away again

From My Seat: Leicester City (A)

Smash and grab at the Champions' lair

The Last Reserves of Patience

From My Seat: Liverpool (H)

No Let-Up in Everton's Derby Pain

Yet More Derby Misery

Last ditch disaster for defeated Blues

Arsenal vanquished amid the roar of Fortress Goodison

As Howard once said...

Fine effort to beat Gunners under the lights

Everton in free-fall with fourth consecutive away defeat

Blues fightback fails to beat Hornets

Consistently Inconsistent

From My Seat: Man United (H)

Baines rescues point in bruising encounter

Baines penalty rescues undeserved point

Everton's impotence reaches galling levels in defeat at Southampton

Blues beaten in the first minute

Everton Games Played on 27th November

Koeman may need fresh approach to solve lingering problems

From My Seat: Swansea City (H)

Coleman saves face but more questions than answers remain

Blues leave it late to save a point

Straight Talk and Candour are Part of the Koeman Package

Koeman's Detachment Will Mean Little If He Brings Blues Success

Bolasie is improving at Everton but is it enough?

Moshiri's Music for Evertonian Ears

Fireworks are all Chelsea's as Everton are destroyed at Stamford Bridge

Bonfire Night Roasting at the Bridge

From My Seat: West Ham Utd (H)

Yes, Ross!

Barkley more confident in vital Blues win

Superiority counts for nothing as fortune favours Burnley

From My Seat: Burnley (A)

Late goal defeats a determined a Everton display

Koeman comes close to putting one over old pal Pep

From My Seat: Manchester City (A)

Heroic saves from Stekelenburg deny City

Does Koeman have room yet for Everton's youngbloods?

Everton and KitAid

An Evening in the Bosom of the Everton Family

Stunned momentum leaves taste of frustration for international break

Food for thought for Koeman as Everton have to settle for Palace draw

Book Review: Everton Crazy

Just when we dared to dream a little…

Blues poor in defeat on the south coast.

Everton's reality check will have been instructive for Koeman

The Burden of the Past

From My Seat: Norwich City (H)

The League Cup wait goes on

From My Seat: Middlesbrough (H)

Never go downstairs early

Everton's resolve clearly evident on a day to remember for Barry

Barry leads the charge to consolidate 2nd place

Lukaku catches fire as Everton torch Moyes's Sunderland

The Return of Gwladys Street's Hall of Fame

Impressive youth development another burgeoning facet of Everton’s bright future

No Sense Dwelling on Everton's Window of Missed Opportunity

Everton benefit from questionable new directive

Restored fortitude helps Everton secure a second successive win

From My Seat: Stoke City (H)

New-look Blues hold on for a vital win

Highs, Lows and Bakayokos — Wimbledon 1994

Comfortable if not entirely convincing

Koeman's Change in Tack Reaps Rewards for Everton

From My Seat: West Bromwich Albion (A)

Influential changes from Koeman clinch victory

Superb Everton grab three vital points

Bolasie's high-priced wizardry can bring 'x' factor to Everton

Goodison Park is BACK!

Gueye shines in promising dawn of Koeman era

From My Seat: Tottenham Hotspur (H)

Blues hang on for a point after early Barkley goal

Profit over promise for Everton as Stones gets his move

Kevin Mirallas Must Take Responsibility for his Own Everton Future

Restlessness setting in but Everton's new dawn needs time to break

Everton must keep Lukaku this summer

Better off out of it

Ozan Tufan: A good fit for Ronald Koeman's Everton?

New Day Rising

Now or never for Darron Gibson

Koeman: Is the nomadic Dutchman ready to make his mark?

A Time for Patience

De Boer: The Dutch master to lead Everton's renaissance?

Lukaku's long goodbye lacks class

The Crouching Wizard — Flavour of the month or genuine article?

Hope springs as Everton put miserable season behind them

From My Seat: Norwich (H)

Positive end to season sets up summer of intrigue

Welcome Signs of a Bright Blue Future

The Sword of Damocles

Everton must make a statement with their next managerial appointment

From my seat: Sunderland (A)

Foxes' Ascendency in Stark Contrast to Everton's Collapse

Cannon fodder for the new Champions

The Vanity of Idealism

A frightening insight into life without Lukaku

From My Seat: Bournemouth (H)

Rare Blues win eases pressure on Martinez

Roberto Martinez’s mantras have become muddled and it’s time for a change at Everton

Who could replace Roberto Martinez at Everton?

It's never us

Wembley failure caps Martinez's 'defining week'

Cruel end to a brave comeback

Enough is Enough. Time to Go.

I hoped I'd regret driving

Divisions in the camp?

From My Seat: Southampton (H)

Sleepwalking towards Wembley

Blues extend winless run but eke out positives from 10-man stand

FA Cup success shouldn’t save Roberto Martinez at Everton

Mid-table stalemate at Vicarage Road

Lukaku misses great chance to win it

The False Parallels with 1984

Who could replace Lukaku if he goes?

From my seat: Man Utd (A)

Sin Dirección. Sin ánimo.

Uninspired and sloppy Blues fall to defeat again

Bracing For the Inevitable?

Martinez and Walker: A Match Made in Hell?

It's time for Everton to sensibly reintegrate John Stones back into the starting XI

From My Seat: Arsenal (H)

Abject Everton remain leagues behind Arsenal

Wenger masterclass outfoxes clueless Martinez

Dismal Blues show zero desire and lose at home again

Looking at the positives from Everton's season so far

Our Precious

Lukaku's class caps gritty Everton display and sends Chelsea packing

Brilliant Lukaku brace takes Everton to Wembley

Mo' Money, Mo' Problems?

Everton being held back by Martinez's rigid ethos

Roberto Martinez's prolonged hard-luck story doing Everton no favours

Everton lose in the most 'Everton' way possible

From My Seat: West Ham (H)

An Unforgivable Collapse

Ignominious defeat from the Jaws of Victory

A sorry end to an era at Villa Park

Everton hammer another nail into Villa's coffin

Kenwright ushers in the winds of change

Romelu Lukaku must be held to high standards

From My Seat: Bournemouth (5th Rnd)

Mission Accomplished at Dean Court

Professional Blues see off the Cherries

The Appeal to Coincidence

This pulsating Premier League season shows how far Everton still have to go

Roberto and his subs

From my seat: West Bromwich Albion (H)

Blues stumped by resolute Baggies

Atonement and another step on the road to redemption

Roberto Martinez must preserve Everton's new-found pragmatic blueprint

From My Seat: Stoke City (A)

Three splendid goals from the Blues

A big three points

From My Seat: Carlisle (A)

I'm sorry, Roberto, but this team IS under-achieving... massively

Yet another bitter pill to swallow

The End of the Road, in More Ways than One

Two steps forward, three steps back

Roberto Martinez and his team must give the Everton crowd something worth shouting about

Knives are sharpening for Roberto

From My Seat: Swansea (H)

Another shocking home result

Evertons perennial lapses in focus threaten to undermine steady recent progress

From My Seat: Chelsea (A)

Fury, injustice and deja-vu as another win goes begging

Last-minute travesty denies Everton win

The times they are a-changing

Impregnable Everton earn morale victory at City

Everything that could have gone wrong...

Martinez says no to defensive signings – is this a mistake?

From My Seat: Dagenham & Redbridge (H)

Comfortable Everton into the Fourth Round

Everton rise to the occasion under Goodison's lights

Brilliant Everton edge closer to silverware

Ross Barkleys steady maturation shouldnt be a concern for Evertonians

Martinez still seeking the right balance after lively Spurs draw

From My Seat: Tottenham (H)

More frustration at Goodison Park

Lennon screamer against his old club!

Roberto Martinezs flaws are too longstanding and too costly to ignore for much longer

Hughes punishes Martinez's naïvety as Stoke win wild Goodison contest

From My Seat: Stoke (H)

Yet more exasperation at Goodison Park

Cleverley late show staves off another draw

Everton must rediscover their nasty streak at Goodison Park

Lukaku scores again but Leicester's double-act comes out on top

From My Seat: Leicester (H)

Charitable Everton provide unwanted festive deja vu

Tricky Foxes bamboozle dominant Blues

Roberto Martinez Must Act to Address Fundamental Flaws if Everton are to Progress

Everton's search for the winning formula goes on

From My Seat: Norwich (A)

Another draw as chances squandered

Everton are bringing some overdue enjoyment back to Goodison Park

Stubborn Palace Snatch Away Point

Everton find no substitute for Lady Luck

From My Seat: Crystal Palace (H)

Any chance of a sub, Roberto?

Palace frustrate Blues yet again

Bournemouth Surrender Exposes Evertons Lack of Leadership

From My Seat: Bournemouth (A)

Blues blow it at the death

Aston Villa Win a Stylish Step in the Right Direction for Everton

Martinez's alchemy produces another golden display

From My Seat: Aston Villa (H)

Excellent Everton destroy pitiful Villa

Four more nice goals from open play

A Letter from Tony Kay of Sheffield Wednesday, Everton and England

From My Seat: West Ham (A)

Everton settle for a point at Upton Park

Kone bags a treble as Everton's attack catches fire

From My Seat: Sunderland (H)

One for the boss upstairs

Kone comes up with a great hattrick

Blues progress by the skin of their teeth

From My Seat: Norwich (League Cup)

From My Seat: Arsenal (A)

Arsenal exploit Everton's biggest weakness

Howard beaten by simple headers

Howard Kendall - 'Talking Blue'

Ghosting Howard

Howard Kendall

United expose gulf in quality and resources

From My Seat: Man Utd (H)

Deflated Blues cannot raise their game

Everton share the spoils but rue the chance to put the Reds to the sword

From My Seat: Liverpool (H)

So much for my wedding gift

Blues unable to break down the Reds

From My Seat: West Brom (A)

Lukaku Delivers as Everton Complete Thrilling Comeback

Big Bob - A Proper Hero

Barkley Sparkles But Lukaku's Killer Instinct Deserts Him

From My Seat: Swansea City (A)

Total domination, but a red card instead of goals

Mourinho Punished at the School of Science

From My Seat: Chelsea (H)

It's all about the Nais!

Brilliant hat-trick from Sub Naismith destroys Chelsea

Three Everton Players In Need of a Loan Move

Fortune and Frustration in Equal Measure

Martinez Acts Decisively to Turn the Tables on Barnsley

Everton Lack Extra Dimension Against Pellegrini's Machine

From My Seat: Man City (H)

A Return to Fear and Trepidation

Evertons Stones stance makes a refreshing change

Everton Out-Gun Shellshocked Saints

From my seat: Southampton (A)

Holgate to Bolster Back Line for Toffees

We've Learnt Nothing!

Familiarity Breeding Discontent at Goodison

From My Seat: Watford (H)

Watford stun Blues with pilfered goals

Everton On the Opening Day

Tough test for the kids

Big Dunc fanfare masks deep team concerns

Is Liam Walsh the "special talent"?

Everton Must Stand Firm Over Precious Stones

Aisa Trophy workout won on penalties

Deulofeu's Welcome Return

Tough Start Presents Opportunity for Martinez's Everton

Conflicted: Thoughts On the Role of the Echo

Frustrating Season Ends on a Sour Note

Poor End to a Poor Season

The 2014-15 season from Roberto's viewpoint

From My Seat: Tottenham (H)

Poor half by Blues sees Kane win it

Goodison Forever

Mercurial Blues Produce Explosive Finale

From My Seat – West Ham (A)

Lukaku grabs last-gasp winner

Familiar Failings Expose Blues' Deficiencies

From My Seat: Sunderland (H)

I Thought It Was My Lucky Day

Blues give up two horrible goals

The Slumbering Giant: Part IV Soul Searching

Villa's Intensity Overwhelms Dismal Everton

From My Seat: Aston Villa (A)

Scoreline flatters very poor Everton display

The Slumbering Giant: Part 3 - Treading Water

Martinez Rediscovers His Mojo

From My Seat: Man Utd (H)

Corner turned with fine Everton performance

The Slumbering Giant: Part 2 - Twenty-Year Itch

Difficult to be inspired

Mini-Revival Continues With Unspectacular Win Over Burnley

From My Seat: Burnley (H)

40+ points despite Barkley's penalty miss

The Slumbering Giant: Part I - Another False Dawn

Everton Pass Up Fourth Straight Win

From My Seat: Swansea City (A)

Silly penalty squanders a fourth win

From My Seat Southampton (H)

Everton plunder a win

Early Jags goal defended to the end

Everton Is Nothing Without Evertonians

Everton Mask Euro Hurt with Vital Victory

From My Seat: QPR (A)

How to play on the back foot and win!

Defensive nightmare ends Martinez dream

From My Seat: Newcastle (H)

Barkley Seals Vital Win in Style

From My Seat: Dynamo Kyiv (H)

Lukaku Stands Tall As Everton Turn Tables On Dynamo Kyiv

Finally a Bit of Fight

Blues come back after early shock

The Intransigent Mr Martinez

Everton Sleepwalk to Another Away Defeat

From My Seat: Stoke (A)

From My Seat: Arsenal (A)

Normal Service Resumed At The Emirates

Blues domination but no penetration

Can We Play You Every Week?

The Most Fun This Season Yet

Late Equaliser Rescues Bungling Howard

From My Seat: Leicester (H)

Change the Keeper. Simple!

Blunders abound as Lukaku misses a hat-trick

Everton Soar On Belgian Rom's Hat-Trick

Loose Belgian Lips Expose Everton's Harsh Reality

Another Cruel, Late Twist At The Bridge

Resolute defence beaten at the death

Yet another derby draw

Caution Prevails in Lifeless Mersey Derby

From My Seat: Liverpool (H)

Blues lack decisive drive upfront

Disciplined Everton grab the points

From My Seat: Crystal Palace (A)

Defensive Strength Underpins First Win of the Year

Blues hold on for precious win

In the Grip of Fear

When Will This Nightmare End?

Dismal Everton as Mirallas squanders spot-kick

Roller-Coaster Replay Ends In Penalty Agony

Drama to the end of the shoot-out

Blues Rediscover Their Fight

From My Seat: Man City (H)

Did the Players Have a Word?

Naismith header rescues a point

From My Seat: West Ham (FA Cup)

Lukaku's Rescue Act Provides Potential Pivot for Everton

At Least We Stopped the Rot

New Year, Same Problems

From My Seat: Hull City (A)

Sorry Everton beaten far too easily

From My Seat: Newcastle (A)

Blues In the Grip of a Crisis of Confidence

Brilliant start by Kone horribly squandered

At what point do you say ''Enough is enough''?

From My Seat: Stoke City (H)

Miserable Boxing Day fare for the Blues

From My Seat: Southampton (A)

Alius Falsus Matutinus

Everton's Mojo Still Missing Despite Vital Win

From My Seat: QPR (H)

QPR Blown Away

Plenty to Learn From Europa Experiment

From my seat: Man City (A)

Soft penalty but Everton were second best

From My Seat: Hull City (H)

Everton Struggle With the Burden of Expectation

'This Is Pathetic, This'

Dismal performance angers Goodison faithful

Woe in the Capital for Ponderous Everton

Massive disappointment after brilliant Mirallas strike

Lukaku Shines As Blues Tame Die Wölfe

Brilliant tactics yield the perfect result

I Haven't Celebrated a Goal Like That For a While

From My Seat: West Ham Utd (H)

Osman Delivers the Knockout Blow In Goodison Scrap

Blues win a rip-roaring encounter

Memory Lane - Everton v West Ham

From My Seat: Sunderland (A)

Why Can We Never Capitalise?

Attacking prowess endlessly frustrated

Memory Lane - Sunderland vs Everton

Lukaku: A Corner Turned?

Stylish Blues Dismantle Lille

Blues Draw a Frustrating Blank

A draw was on the cards...

From My Seat: Swansea City (H)

No way past 10-man Swansea

Memory Lane - Swansea at Goodison

Eto'o Turns On the Style In Important Blues Win

From My Seat: Burnley (A)

We'll take the train next time...

An Unspectacular Job Done

Solid Blues defence; impotent attack

Professional job by the Blue boys

Much More Like It

From My Seat: Aston Villa (H)

Barkley returns and Blues shine

Faltering Blues Still Searching For Their Lost Mojo

From My Seat: Man Utd (A)

Di Maria and Falcao do the damage

A Point Plundered Keeps Blues on Course

Eto'o levels after sloppy goal given up

Bolt From the Blue Masks Flat Derby Display

From My Seat: Liverpool (A)

Jagielka stunner rescues a point

Everton, That...

Nobody Blows It Quite Like Everton

From My Seat: Crystal Palace (H)

Errors by Howard gift key goals to Palace

Clinical Blues Tame the German Wolves

We Have Lift Off!

(Almost) Solid Blues defence wins out

Well-Tailored to Keep Goal for Everton

Positive Signs As Everton Pick Up First Win

Where's The Pub?

From My Seat: WBA (A)

Blues win with two fortuitous goals

Charlie Gee: Stockport, Everton and England

I Fell In Love

Defensive Frailties Leave Martinez Searching for Answers

From My Seat: Chelsea (H)

Dreadful start sees fightback become a whitewash

Memory Lane - Chelsea (H)

The Ghost of David Moyes

Another Draw Snatched From the Jaws of Victory

From My Seat: Arsenal (H)

Two more points thrown away

The Last Act of the Cannonball Kid

Memory Lane - Arsenal (H)

Memory Lane - Leicester City (A)

Will Everton Ever Change Their Season Habits?

Blues Still Searching For That Vital Killer Instinct

From My Seat: Leicester City (A)

Blues squander a fine lead at the death

Diamonds Are For Everton - The Story of Umbro and Everton

2014-15 Season Preview

I Have Been a Wild Rover (And an Everton Blue)

Is the End Nigh for a Patient Courtship?

Snods and a Little Bit of Big Dunc!

The Tale of a Former Everton Full Back

The Mystery of Jacob Lewin: Evertons First Foreign and Jewish Player

World Cup Winners? Certainly Possible

Paul takes in the Belgians and their final match in the Group stage against South Korea.
by Paul Traill : 28/06/2014

Jimmy Harris – The Man From Across the Mersey

Rob Sawyer of the EFC Heritage Society in conversation with Jimmy Harris, a ray of sunshine in a gloomy 1950s era for Everton
by Rob Sawyer : 27/06/2014

Can't Say I'm Too Disappointed

Paul Trail takes in England's final game of World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
by Paul Traill : 25/06/2014

Home Win For Chile

Regular ToffeeWeb match reporter Paul took in Chile's win over Spain in the world-famous Maracanã and provides an account of the experience
by Paul Traill : 19/06/2014

Dixie’s Sunset, Bally’s Sunrise

Rob Sawyer on behalf of the EFC Heritage Society on Dixie’s Sunset, Bally’s Sunrise – Ashton’s Everton Connection
by Rob Sawyer : 03/06/2014

Everton's Shropshire Lad - The Cyril Lello Story

The story of Cyril Lello, Everton’s Shropshire Lad, the first Everton player to make 150 consecutive league and cup appearances, from a total of 254 through the 1950s.
by Rob Sawyer : 23/05/2014

The School of Science Is On the Way Back

Looking back on 2013-14, the season that ushered in a new era under Roberto Martinez's positive management
by Lyndon Lloyd : 23/05/2014

Memory Lane — FA Cup Finals

16 years after their previous appearance in the FA Cup Final at Wembley, Evertonians woke up on Saturday 19 May 1984, switched on their TV sets. The last time an Everton Captain had lifted the FA Cup was in 1966 and it was only the second time that an Everton Captain had done so at Wembley.
by Patrick Murphy : 13/05/2014

From My Seat: Hull City (A)

A last game of the season in Hull in weather that was best described as changeable may not be your first choice of venues but I tell you what, for terrace parties it was great.
by Ken Buckley : 11/05/2014

Record points haul sealed in style

Everton dominated possession from the start and James McCarthy gave Everton an early lead inside 10 mins. Lukaku struck just after the break to make it 2-0 in a very comfortable victory that underlined the tremendous changes wrought this season, Roberto Martinez leading his new club into Europe on the back of a Premier League record 72-point haul.
by Michael Kenrick : 11/05/2014

Roberto Martinez: Re-introducing the School of Science

Everton fans from various websites get to meet and interview Roberto Martinez at Finch Farm.
by Paul Traill : 10/05/2014

Memory Lane – Final Fixtures

Pat Murphy summarizes the final classic battles that bring to an end four seasons separated by the last four decades of top-flight football for Everton.
by Patrick Murphy : 07/05/2014

Crucial Win For The (Sky) Blues

I was certainly in the bizarre situation of wanting Everton to lose the match. Tottenham losing their match and Manchester United’s also losing meant that 5th position was now a certainty and, as we headed on to the match, we were unanimous in our desire for Everton to lose the match. “Why put up with all that agony for the next 30 years just for the sake of one game which doesn’t mean anything?”
by Paul Traill : 04/05/2014

Que sera, sera

Everton contributed mightily to an entertaining contest but were undone by charitable defending against a team that exhibited all the purpose and drive their own supporters would have wanted to see given what was at stake for them.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 04/05/2014

From My Seat: Man City (H)

3 May 2014 was a strange day in the history of Everton Football Club. With a Champions League place to play for and only two games to go, about a quarter of the fanbase wanted us to lose all because, if Manchester City won, Liverpool may not win the title.
by Ken Buckley : 04/05/2014

Brilliant Barkley strike counts for nought

A moment of magic from Ross Barkley fired Everton into a wonderful early lead, as he clipped a beautiful first-time shot way beyond Hart and into the top corner of the net from a difficult angle, a brilliant goal off Naismith's cross ball. Aguero then equalized with ease on Howard's near post. Dzeko then easily nodded in to put the visitors ahead and then made it 3-1 for City after Naismith had been denied. Everton looked out of ideas but a great Baines cross was powered in off the post by Lukaku to set up a high-tempo finish.
by Michael Kenrick : 03/05/2014

Memory Lane – Match 37

Matches against Newcastle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers
by Patrick Murphy : 01/05/2014

The Not-So-Beautiful Letdown

Two own goals and a lifeless response see the light all but go out on Everton's Champions League hopes
by Lyndon Lloyd : 27/04/2014

Blues self-destruct with two own-goals

Antolin Alcaraz gave Southampton a shocking early lead when he headed a cross from Lambert past Howard to put a massive dent in Everton's fading Champions League hopes. The Blues huffed and puffed for half-an-hour before Coleman decided he could do it too, stooping to head a cross past Howard for the second unbelievable own-goal! Game over, apart from a few denied penalty calls and a wrong offside decision on a day nothing went Everton's way.
by Michael Kenrick : 26/04/2014

Memory Lane – Match 36

Games against Manchester City, Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves
by Patrick Murphy : 26/04/2014

Our Easiest Win Versus Manchester United

Everton were fantastic, Manchester United were anything but.
by Paul Traill : 21/04/2014

From My Seat: Man Utd (H)

"A pretty straight-forward victory that in some ways reminded me of the Ali rope-a-dope fights. We sucked them in, saw them off and hit them hard."
by Ken Buckley : 20/04/2014

Martinez Keeps Moyes Under His Thumb

Moyes, like Wenger before him, was played like a fiddle by Martinez, the Scot given the illusion that his team were in control of this contest before two rapier jabs dealt the fatal blows that had the visitors on their knees by half time.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 20/04/2014

Revenge is So, So Sweet!

Everton rather struggled for possession but a Lukaku shot drew handball and a penalty, nicely converted by Baines. More Man Utd pressure, but a deceptively simple move saw Coleman play in Mirallas for a superb finish from a very narrow angle to end a very pleasing half were Everton had not played well but done more than enough. Everton grew in confidence during a solid second half and gave Moyes the bloody nose he fully deserved.
by Michael Kenrick : 20/04/2014

It's the Hope that Kills You

With four games left and just one point in it, the chase for a place in the top four is far from over but this defeat to Palace was a body blow to Everton's chances.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 17/04/2014

From My Seat: Crystal Palace (H)

Hopefully that’s not season end and the manager can rouse the players to give us a record points total and see where that leaves us table wise. To fold now would be a disaster after such displays to this point.
by Ken Buckley : 17/04/2014

We Are Everton. We Lose Big Games. That's What We Do.

"When all is said and done Crystal Palace deserved their win and Everton deserved to lose."
by Paul Traill : 17/04/2014

Memory Lane – Match 35

Games against Tottenham, Southampton and Blackburn from the past four decades
by Patrick Murphy : 16/04/2014

Punchy Palace stun over-confident Blues

Crystal Palace went into a shock lead on 22 mins after holding off some spirited Everton attacks. Puncheon slotting home after Howard was forced to parry a wicked Bolaise cross to Chamahk. After the break, Naismith on but Palace poured forward and Scott Dann scored a second goal from a corner. It was scrappy when it finally came, but a decent cross to the far post by Mirallas stood up nicely for Baines to head back in and there was Naismith to bundle it across the line. Fighting for the equalizer, Everton were stunned when Jerome scored to put the game out of reach despite a clever goal from Mirallas.
by Michael Kenrick : 16/04/2014

Memory Lane – Match 34

Matches against Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea
by Patrick Murphy : 14/04/2014

Fortune Favours the Persistent

Not an impressive display from Everton by any means but getting the three points was absolutely paramount.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 13/04/2014

From my seat: Sunderland (A)

A visit to the home of the Mackems is never the best of away trips but, in our present league position, one that engendered both excitement and dread. Could we make it seven wins on the bounce? Could we go 4th? Could Barry survive a 10th yellow card? Well... 'Yes' was the ultimate answer — but not without a rollercoaster of emotions.
by Ken Buckley : 12/04/2014

Deulofeu magic brings seventh win

Still no Phil Jagielka for Everton but Gerard Deulofeu gets a starting place, with McGeady, Mirallas and Barkley starting the game against Sunderland on the bench. Naismith blasted over a super chance in the first half, which ended goalless. Naismith missed a gift through poor execution. With the game heading for a draw, Deulofeu's magic earned a rather lucky own-goal off Wes Brown.
by Michael Kenrick : 12/04/2014

Memory Lane — Match 33

Games against Leeds United, Norwich City, Luton Town and Burnley recalled from 10, 20, 30 and 40 years ago, respectively.
by Patrick Murphy : 10/04/2014

From The Dixie Dean Suite...

on to the Dixie Dean Suite and what a fantastic day we had. The match itself obviously made it all the more sweeter but it was a privilege to be treated to the rather stellar service of the Everton staff. Immediately upon entrance into Goodison Park, we were met by the ever-friendly Graeme Sharpe.
by Paul Traill : 07/04/2014

Wenger's Guns Silenced By Martinez's Masterplan

Cometh the hour, cometh the men. All of them, including Roberto Martinez
by Lyndon Lloyd : 07/04/2014

From My Seat: Arsenal (H)

We drank, laughed and hoped that we could take the Arsenal scalp which would be no mean feat considering the history of this game over the years. My take was that, if we could do it at Fulham against the history, well then... why not today?
by Ken Buckley : 06/04/2014

Rampant Blues destroy Arteta's Arsenal

A tremendous domineering performance by the Blues that totally destroyed Arsenal, their biggest win over the Gunners in 25 years, and fine revenge for that galling FA Cup Quarterfinal defeat.
by Michael Kenrick : 06/04/2014

Memory Lane – Match 32

Games against Birmingham, Southampton, Liverpool and Tottenham
by Patrick Murphy : 04/04/2014

Naismith's Spark Fires Blues to Fifth Straight Victory

Five straight Premier League wins, two away from home in potentially tricky fixtures at St James' Park and Craven Cottage, and Everton genuinely have the look of a team that can sneak into the Champions League qualification places this season
by Lyndon Lloyd : 31/03/2014

From My Seat: Fulham (A)

While the performance first half was poor the fighting spirit was not in question so getting the three points satisfied most.
by Ken Buckley : 30/03/2014

Super-sub Naismith raises Everton tempo

Roberto Martinez selected the same starting line-up for today's early kick-off at Craven Cottage. But Everton struggled against a spirited Fulham side who spurned a lot of well-created chances in a difficult first half. Naismith came on for Barkley and scored within 5 mins, although it will be given as an own-goal by Stockdale. Fulham equalized with a tremendous shot from Dejagah but Naismith inspired Everton, then McGeady came on and played in Mirallas for a fine finish. Then Naismith scored himself before hitting the post to seal a very important win for Everton.
by Michael Kenrick : 30/03/2014

Memory Lane – Match 31

Games against Leicester City, Oldham and Newcastle
by Patrick Murphy : 28/03/2014

Resurrecting the Straw Man

The ludicrous furore over the “unfairness” of Everton’s loan players has returned now that the Blues have started winning again.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 28/03/2014

From My Seat: Newcastle (A)

"If you could bottle that performance and bring it out each game, who knows what could be achieved."
by Ken Buckley : 26/03/2014

Everton Turn on the Style to Dismantle Newcastle

Pace. Goals. Killer instinct. Tonight, Everton exhibited all three in spades to notch a fourth-successive League win and reclaim 5th place.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 26/03/2014

Memory Lane — Match 30

Games against Middlesbrough, Arsenal, Ipswich Town, and Coventry City remembered from 10, 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
by Patrick Murphy : 23/03/2014

Less Than Emphatic But Victorious Nonetheless

Everton's Champions League flame is still flickering after their eighth home win on the bounce in all competitions but at a time of the campaign when they need to be kicking into high gear, this was arguably a case of winning despite not performing at your best.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 22/03/2014

From My Seat: Swansea City (H)

"It was a game I expected to see as both teams have big bucks to play for and I expect many a game to season end will be just as fraught."
by Ken Buckley : 22/03/2014

Goalkeepers As Captains?

Everton had enough to get over the line for another welcome three points – our third league win in a row and our eighth consecutive home win (including the FA Cup win over QPR).
by Paul Traill : 22/03/2014

Blues struggle to a narrow win

The start to the game was poor and it looked like a stalemate could ensue until Barkley was tripped by Chico and Baines scored from the spot. But a simple move saw Bony equalize just after the half-hour and Swansea dominated the rest of the half. Everton were still poor after the break until Lukaku finally powered home a good low cross from Mirallas. Then Barkley nodded a corner in from close range to finally give Everton a decent margin until Williams powered in a header off the bar in added time.
by Michael Kenrick : 22/03/2014

Memory Lane – Match 29

Games against West Ham, Nottingham Forest, Ipswich and Leicester, the last of which saw devoted Blue Bernard Murphy tragically killed outside the Walkers Stadium.
by Patrick Murphy : 20/03/2014

We Can't Keep Sneaking These Wins

" If we are to qualify for European football next season however we’ll need to start doing a lot more than sneaking these home wins."
by Paul Traill : 16/03/2014

From My Seat: Cardiff City (H)

As always a good day out and whatever is made of the performance a good three points gained. After our game v WHU I said then I thought we would have games very tight until season end and I still stand by that and the fact being the team to get the points no matter the performance will determine the final table.
by Ken Buckley : 15/03/2014

Coleman Late Show Keeps European Push On Track

Everton furthered their European ambitions with an important win over Cardiff City but it took a stoppage-time strike from Seamus Coleman to claim the points
by Lyndon Lloyd : 15/03/2014

Memory Lane — Match 28

League games against Portsmouth (H), Chelsea (H), Liverpool (H), and Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) lovingly recalled from 10, 20, 30 and 40 years ago, with the help of Patrick's extensive collection of matchday programmes.
by Patrick Murphy : 13/03/2014

''That Arteta Is a Bit of a…''

I somehow expected more from Mikel Arteta than badge-kissing when celebrating his goal, pretending to be injured because his boot fell off and stopping our attack in doing so, and then moaning to try and get our players booked.
by Paul Traill : 09/03/2014

Another Bite from Reality As Everton Crash Out

The Wembley dream is dead for another year and Everton's painful stretch without a major trophy extends to 20 years thanks to a heavy, if somewhat harsh, 4-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 08/03/2014

From My Seat: Arsenal (FA Cup)

It would be an understatement to say the performance left us less than pleased.
by Ken Buckley : 08/03/2014

Blues crumble at The Emirates

The game got off to a strange start for Everton playing well until Arsenal worked their way forward, McCarthy slipped, Carzola played in Ozil, and the first goal was scored. Far, far too easily. Everton struggled to get back into it until a good long run from Barkley ended with an excellent ball to Mirallas at the far post but it hit his heel and spun nicely for Lukaku to tap in from close range and put Everton on the scoreboard. In the second half, a penalty called against Barry put Arsenal ahead again. Everton struggled to reassert themselves but ended up conceding two more and the dream was well and truly over.
by Michael Kenrick : 08/03/2014

Memory Lane — FA Cup Round 6

A crucial quarter-final against Notts County, remembered from thirty years ago.
by Patrick Murphy : 06/03/2014

Lukaku Provides the Edge to Sink the Hammers Again

Everton notched their first Premier League win in a month and their first clean sheet since 11th January thanks to Romelu Lukaku's 10th goal of the season
by Lyndon Lloyd : 02/03/2014

From My Seat: West Ham Utd (H)

Overall, a good day out. Not a lot to write home about. We were grateful for the points and hope that this can be the start of points gathering for us...
by Ken Buckley : 01/03/2014

On We March

Everton 1-0 West Ham United: Premier League wins have been difficult to come by of late but it’s been some time since we won a game comfortably. Regardless, I came expecting a draw and was relieved to leave with a win against a rugged West Ham side boasting four clean sheets in a row.
by Paul Traill : 01/03/2014

Lukaku returns with a striker's goal

Another huge uphill struggle for the Blues to penetrate a resolute West Ham defence seemed headed for a 0-0 draw but the simplest of moves, the easiest of plays, a low cross in from Baines, a perfect supply ball for substitute striker Everton have missed so badly, and Wham Bam! Thank you, West Ham!! A very well taken goal by Romelu Lukaku, finally breaking the interminable deadlock with less than 10 mins left.
by Michael Kenrick : 01/03/2014

Memory Lane — Match 27

Games against Aston Villa (H), Manchester United (A), Watford (A), and Sheffield Utd (A) recalled from 10, 20 30 and 40 years ago, respectively, thanks to the the collection of matchday programmes lovingly reviewed by Patrick Murphy
by Patrick Murphy : 27/02/2014

Roberto – Swansong Or the Start of a Beautiful Relationship?

Some of the natives are getting restless about the direction of Roberto's Revolution.
by Patrick Murphy : 24/02/2014

Punchless Everton Are Punished Again

Everton fell to their third consecutive away defeat to a rival for the Champions League qualification slots and slipped out of the top six for the first time since November.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 22/02/2014

From my seat: Chelsea (A)

It should be remembered that playing Chelsea away is no easy task and to play them as we did deserves high praise: at times we looked like the home side. I think today we will feel frustration and hurt not because we lost but for being the better side for a long period and then to get done right on the death just because we just can’t seem to score in these sorts of games.
by Ken Buckley : 22/02/2014

Late Terry lunge defeats toothless Everton

A hamstring problem forced Lacina Traore to be withdrawn from the starting line-up selected by Roberto Martinez after he announced a side that featured one change, with Leon Osman in for Ross Barkley. Everton played very well in the first half but could not create a goal for all their efforts. The game carried on with Everton edging possession buyt ended in added time when Terry lunged in on Howard, forcing a stupid error as good free kick flew in to the Everton net off his foot.


by Michael Kenrick : 22/02/2014

Bryan Oviedo — What A Gent!

On behalf of ToffeeWeb, Paul Traill takes up a very special invitation from David Sawyer to attend Sponsors Day at Finch Farm as a guest of Byran Oviedo's Sponsors — Bircherley Ltd.
by Paul Traill : 20/02/2014

Memory Lane - League Cup Final

A look back at the ill-fated Milk Cup Final of 1984
by Patrick Murphy : 20/02/2014

Super-Sub Naismith Provides Catalyst for Everton

The scoreline may have been slightly flattering but Everton advanced to the FA Cup Sixth Round with a 3-1 victory over Swansea City.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 16/02/2014

From My Seat: Swansea City (Cup)

Although today’s game was less than enthralling — in fact, we were downright poor in long stretches — I read nothing into it as, after years of Blue cup ties, none of them seem to go to form or plan. The important thing is get a win and in the hat.
by Ken Buckley : 16/02/2014

Blues stumble into Sixth Round

Everton had stumbled through somewhat unconvincingly to the last eight of the venerable old competition
by Michael Kenrick : 16/02/2014

Memory Lane — FA Cup Round 5

Just one game from 30 years ago as Blues looked to reach Wembley in the FA Cup and League Cup, but this spawns memories of other cup games against Shrewsbury Town... and Southampton.
by Patrick Murphy : 14/02/2014

From My Seat: Crystal Palace (H)

Ken made it to Goodison, only for the match to be called off
by Ken Buckley : 12/02/2014

Memory Lane – Match 26

Matches against Leeds, West Brom, Swindon and Southampton
by Patrick Murphy : 10/02/2014

Blues Floored by Second-Half Sucker Punch

Goals win points and strikers score goals. Sometimes it's that simple.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 09/02/2014

From My Seat: Spurs (A)

Anyone fancy a guess at why, when we desperately need an out-and-out striker, we have none on the pitch but one on the bench — and don’t use him? The manager will probably have a simple answer for that but chances are he ain’t going to tell us...
by Ken Buckley : 09/02/2014

He who hesitates is lost

After four chances for Osman in the first 7 mins, the game turned in the second half on a crucial free-kick taken quickly by Spurs as Everton slept, Adebyaor smashing the ball past Howard. Martinez tried to rescue the game but his substitutions were way too late and if anything disrupted any rhythm Everton had. A miserable defeat that surely ends Everton's challenge.
by Michael Kenrick : 09/02/2014

Memory Lane — Match 25

Matches against Birmingham City (A), Chelsea (A), Notts County (H), and QPR (A) recalled from 10, 20, 30 and 40 years ago, thanks to Patrick's immense collection of matchday programmes
by Patrick Murphy : 07/02/2014

From My Seat: Aston Villa (H)

We are back in it. It will be great to see how we go about staying in it.
by Ken Buckley : 01/02/2014

Momentum Shift Pushes Blues On to Another Vital Win

Kevin Mirallas served up another slice of precision artistry to turn on its head a contest that, for long stretches, had looked as though it was going to end in utter frustration.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 01/02/2014

Brilliant comeback led by Naismith

Everton dominated play but Villa scored on the break after dispossessing Barkley, Bacuna driving the ball through Howard's legs. It had been one-way traffic and that continued until the disciplined Villa defence was finally punctured by Naismith on as a sub with a fine finish to level the game. Kevin Mirallas then pulled something out of the textbook with an absolutely superb free-kick executed to perfection from a very long way out to give the Blues a massive one-goal victory.
by Michael Kenrick : 01/02/2014

Memory Lane — Match 24

Games against Ipswich, Tottenham, West Ham and Manchester United
by Patrick Murphy : 30/01/2014

From Gallipoli to Goodison Glory

From Gallipoli to Goodison Glory — The Remarkable Story of Harry Cook, Everton's 'Blind Masseur'
by Rob Sawyer : 30/01/2014

The Life and Times of Frank Brettell

Everton forward and goalkeeper turned club secretary
by Tony Onslow : 30/01/2014

From My Seat: Liverpool (A)

Overall one to forget but you just don’t, do you?
by Ken Buckley : 29/01/2014

Our Anfield Agony Goes On

A sickener for the Blues that starkly illustrated the gulf in resources between these two old foes
by Lyndon Lloyd : 28/01/2014

Sin Meido? Sin defensivo.

Everton did their best to match an impressively urgent Liverpool start that eventually saw them take the lead off a quality Suarez corner powered in at the near post by Gerrard. Sturridge made it two with frightening ease, then minutes later scooped a clever lob over Howard to make it three as Everton looked lost at sea in the pouring rain. Osman replaced Pienaar and almost scored just before Jagielka gifted the ball to Suarez and the fourth goal was inevitable. Sturridge missed his hat-trick, firing a penalty over the bar, and Liverpool relaxed a little leaving Everton to play out the half, pride heavily bruised.
by Michael Kenrick : 28/01/2014

Memory Lane — Match 23

Games against Liverpool (A), Blackburn Rovers (A), Stoke City (A), and Derby County (H) form 10, 20, 30 & 40 years ago, remembered via Patrick's immense collection of Matchday Programmes
by Patrick Murphy : 26/01/2014

Everton Remain Unruffled to Power Through

A 4-0 victory earned on a heavy pitch saw Everton into the FA Cup Fifth Round but Martinez will go into Tuesday's Merseyside derby counting fit bodies and ruing more bad luck in the form of another long-term injury.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 25/01/2014

Confident display despite Oviedo blow

Everton suffered an early fright when Robles dropped the ball but the Blues went up the other end and scored through Naismith in their first attack. But Oviedo in a heavy clash with Heslop appeared to break his ankle! Osman on in his place, set up Naismith for the second goal off a nice through-ball. Heitinga, on as sub for Jagielka, scored the third. Gueye came on and scored the fourth after Naismith was denied his hat-trick by the officials.
by Michael Kenrick : 25/01/2014

Memory Lane — FA Cup Round 4

Games from the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, against Fulham, Gillingham and West Brom from 10, 30 and 40 years ago, remembered from Patrick's programme collection.
by Patrick Murphy : 23/01/2014

From My Seat: WBA (A)

Let’s hope it was a one off. We are still right in the mix for fourth spot but any higher might be a tall order after so many draws.
by Ken Buckley : 21/01/2014

Everton Lack Spark As They're Held to Another Draw

A ninth draw for the season and the kind of display for which only a derby win at Anfield can atone.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 20/01/2014

Two points dropped as Blues lose focus

Everton struggled to really impose their superiority on a determined if limited WBA side in the first half, until some direct football from Distin up to Lukaku played in Mirallas who fired home well to give Everton a very welcome half-time lead. West Brom responded after the break, Anichebe coming on, and Everton failing completely to press any advantage, with Martinez guilty of not making changes until far too late, after the home side got the equalizer their determined play had long threatened. Two more points lost.
by Michael Kenrick : 20/01/2014

Memory Lane — Match 22

Round 22 top-flight matches against Charlton Athletic (H), Birmingham City (A), Sheffield Wednesday (H), and Manchester City (H) from 10, 20, 30 and 40 years ago, recalled with the help of Patrick's matchday programme collection
by Patrick Murphy : 17/01/2014

Dewch Laen Everton! / Auf gehts Everton!

Everton 2 - 0 Norwich City
by Paul Traill : 12/01/2014

From My Seat: Norwich (H)

The football played did l at times resembled the flow of the ‘Royal Blue Mersey’ However, with that free flowing dominance, it must concern the manager that we don’t score more goals from such joined-up play.
by Ken Buckley : 11/01/2014

Impressive Everton Power Past Norwich

Two sublime strikes lifted Everton over Norwich on the back of another dominant performance.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 11/01/2014

Quality goals seal superb Blues win

Roberto Martinez was forced to make changes as injuries cut deep into the squad of players he had available for this fixture . Barkley and Alcaraz were out but Jagielka returned as Aiden McGeady made a surprise introduction to the crowd. Everton totally dominated and went ahead on 23 mins off an excellent strike form Gareth Barry. Mirallas scored the second in fine style with an excellent free-kick won by Baines; the football at times was just scintillating.
by Michael Kenrick : 11/01/2014

Memory Lane – Match 21

Matches against Arsenal, Coventry, Newcastle and Fulham.
by Patrick Murphy : 09/01/2014

The Men Who Bankrolled Everton

James Clement Baxter wasn't the only man who financed Everton FC's move away from Anfield in 1892.
by Tony Onslow : 08/01/2014

A Tale of Two Harrys - Everton FC and its Debt to the Cooke Family

Has any family has given more dedicated or lengthy service to Everton Football Club than the Cookes?
by Rob Sawyer : 08/01/2014

Memory Lane - League Cup Semi-Final

Looking back at semi-finals against Aston Vllla from 1977 and 1984
by Patrick Murphy : 06/01/2014

QPR Effortlessly Brushed Aside

Everton quite effortlessly into the hat for the 4th Round and Oldham at home would do nicely.
by Paul Traill : 04/01/2014

From My Seat: QPR (H)

"Many were wrestling with the notion of ‘Are we that good’ or is the second team in the championship ‘That bad’?"
by Ken Buckley : 04/01/2014

From My Seat: Stoke City (A)

It may be the case that we dropped two points but, at that moment Baines's penalty kick hit the net, one felt great and from the celebrations you thought it could have been the winner.
by Ken Buckley : 01/01/2014

Osman's drive rescues a point

A lively first-half saw Mirallas smack fearsome shots into both the crossbar and the post as Stoke held out until the break. Stoke took the lead when Assaidi beat Howard with a crisp shot that meant Everton would need to be even more creative in attack. but they were blocked away countless times as they chased the game until sub Osman won a penalty in added time that Baines smacked home to rescue a point from a very difficult game that would see the Blues slip back into 5th place.
by Michael Kenrick : 01/01/2014

A Tale of Two Secretaries

A trip to Turton for the second round of the 1882-83 Lancashire FA knockout.
by Tony Onslow : 31/12/2013

Memory Lane — Match 20

Round 20 top flight matches against Arsenal (H), Sheffield United (A), Wolverhampton Wanderers (A), and Sheffield United (H) from 10, 20, 30 and 40 years ago, recalled with the help of Patrick's matchday programme collection
by Patrick Murphy : 30/12/2013

2014 in 4th Position – Who'd Have Thought It?

Paul's final report of 2013 from the 2-1 win over Southampton
by Paul Traill : 30/12/2013

From My Seat: Southampton (H)

A good day out and a game that was played in good spirit in the main between two footballing teams
by Ken Buckley : 29/12/2013

Lukaku Ensures Blues Finish 2013 On a High

Romelu Lukaku ended a run of five games with the winner against Southampton as the Blues end the year in fourth.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 29/12/2013

Blues secure vital hard-fought win

A great individual goal from Coleman after just 9 mins set the Blues off nicely but they could not find a path through a solid Saints defence before the break. The visitors made it tough in the second half and equalized through a long-distance strike by Ramirez that fooled Robles. But Lukaku restored the lead after great work from Pienaar and McCarthy to secure a very important 3 points that put Everton into the top 4.
by Michael Kenrick : 29/12/2013

The Ghost of Everton Past

Martinez was undone by a familiar Goodison script as a seemingly hopeless task for Sunderland turned into their first away win of the season.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 26/12/2013

Memory Lane — Match 19

Games against Birmingham City (H), Manchester City (A), Sunderland (H) and Liverpool (H) are recalled with the help of old matchday programmes from 10, 20, 30 and 40 years ago...
by Patrick Murphy : 27/12/2013

Sometimes Your Luck Is Just Out

Everton 0 - 1 Southampton
by Paul Traill : 27/12/2013

From My Seat: Sunderland (H)

We assembled in our Room of Nonsense and the pre-match chat centred on many things — none of which anticipated a loss.
by Ken Buckley : 26/12/2013

Osman and Howard press 'Self-Destruct'

A massive and unbelievable cock-up by Osman and a red card for Howard. Everton down to 10 men. Penalty for Sunderland. Everton battled away against the odds, and came very close but for the defiance of Mannone in the Sunderland goal.
by Michael Kenrick : 26/12/2013

Memory Lane – Match 18

Games against Southampton (A), QPR (A), and one of those Premier League defeats at Old Trafford
by Patrick Murphy : 24/12/2013

The First Everton Scot

Profiling Jack McGill, the first Scottish player to represent Everton
by Tony Onslow : 23/12/2013

From My Seat: Swansea City (A)

A road trip for the faithful eyewitness who calls it like it was...
by Ken Buckley : 23/12/2013

Sublime Strikes Earn Everton Victory Over Swansea

Everton extend their unbeaten run to 10 games thanks to two stunning goals by Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley
by Lyndon Lloyd : 22/12/2013

Absolutely Brilliant From Everton!

The second half saw sumptuous football from Everton that finally delivered with a pile-driver from Coleman but Tiendalli somehow powered home a deflected goal off Oviedo as the rain poured down. It came down to Barkley and an absolutely brilliant free-kick curled over and around the wall, in off the bar.
by Michael Kenrick : 22/12/2013

Memory Lane — Match 17

Round 17 Matches against Leicester City (H), Wimbledon (A), Aston Villa (H), and Newcastle United (A) and are recalled from match programmes dating back 10, 20, 30 and 40 years.
by Patrick Murphy : 20/12/2013

Memory Lane – League Cup Round 5

Patrick Murphy remembers a League Cup tie from 1984 and a certain backpass that was destined top become a turning point for an all too brief period of Everton dominance, starting 30 years ago this winter...
by Patrick Murphy : 17/12/2013

We Can Do It When We Have To

It wasn’t pretty for most of that second half and you have to accept we can’t play brilliant every match, but what was pleasing was how we came back into the game and forced the victory when we had to.
by Paul Traill : 15/12/2013

Everton Regroup to Kill Off Fulham

Everton eventually rammed home their superiority over Fulham after Berbatov's penalty threatened to raise the spectre of more dropped points
by Lyndon Lloyd : 14/12/2013

From My Seat: Fulham (H)

Ken was in the stand to see it all unfold at Goodison Park.
by Ken Buckley : 14/12/2013

Blues recover well after second-half slump

Roberto Martinez made some interesting choices, starting both young stars Barkley and Deulofeu for the first time, while resting Mirallas, with McCarthy forced to sit this one out on his 5th yellow card of the season. Leon Osman made his 300th senior start for Everton, and scored the first goal inside 20 mins with an elegant curler after neat footwork. Everton were shockingly poor after the break and Fulham equalized off a strange penalty, but Coleman thankfully smashed home after great work by Lukaku and Pienaar. Then Barry nodded one in from close range, followed by an excellent low strike from Mirallas and suddenly it was an excellent result.
by Michael Kenrick : 14/12/2013

Memory Lane – Match 16

Unbeaten games against Norwich, Man Utd, Leeds Utd and Portsmouth
by Patrick Murphy : 12/12/2013

The Life and Times of Thomas Evans

A look at the life of Tom Evans who is linked with the formation of Everton FC out of its Church football team roots
by Tony Onslow : 10/12/2013

Ted Critchley – My Dad

Rob talks to Doris Holmes, daughter of Ted Critchley, the Trevor Steven, Dave Thomas or Alex Scott of his day
by Rob Sawyer : 10/12/2013

Howard Kendall Interview

ToffeeWeb's Paul Traill was lucky enough to interview Everton's legendary player and manager, Howard Kendall
by Paul Traill : 10/12/2013

Irrepressible Everton Come Back to Earn a Deserved Draw

A performance that firmly establishes the Blues as contenders for the top four earns a well-deserved draw at Arsenal
by Lyndon Lloyd : 08/12/2013

Brilliant Delboy goal secures a draw

The next big test for Roberto Martinez, after the fantastic performance and result at Old Trafford, was at leaders Arsenal. With Leighton Baines still out, the manager has made no changes to the side that started against Man Utd. Everton put in a superb display for the first 40 mins, but lacked the killer final touch. Martinez dallied with his second-half subs while Wenger made three and eventually went ahead through Ozil. But Deulofeu finally figured out how to score one-on-on, scooping a brilliant strike over Szczesny.
by Michael Kenrick : 08/12/2013

Memory Lane — Match 15

Round 15 Matches against Manchester City (H), Queens Park Rangers (H), Norwich City (H) and Chelsea (A) are recalled from match programmes dating back 10, 20, 30 and 40 years.
by Patrick Murphy : 07/12/2013

This Time It Was Different

21 years of pain and frustration was swept away in a glorious instant when Bryan Oviedo, who was only two years old the last time Everton beat United on their own turf, slotted past David de Gea with four minutes left on the clock.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 04/12/2013

From The Prawn Sandwich Section

Oviedo: I remember him playing Stevenage earlier this season and he was awful, but credit to him, he’s waited for his chance for over a season now and has performed brilliantly. Two goals in two games and two clean sheets. He did very well against Januzaj and was solid defensively. A very impressive performance which makes you think we may just be able to cope without Baines after all. My Man of the Match. 9
by Paul Traill : 05/12/2013

From My Seat: Man Utd (A)

There was singing on trains, coaches and cars as we descended on Sky’s darlings with loaded Kalashnikovs ready for a proper gunfight. As it turned-out, the homeward journey would be twice as nice and twice as loud.
by Ken Buckley : 05/12/2013

Oviedo seals a fantastic victory for Bobby's Blues

With no fresh injury concerns, Roberto Martinez named an attacking midfield with Ross Barkley restored to the side, but electing to bench weekend stars Leon Osman and Gerard Deulofeu. Everton faded after a really bright start, ceding possession too easily and not making the most of some excellent counter-attacking moves. If ever a game was crying out for the magic of Gerard Deulofeu... but it was Bryan Oviedo who finally hammered the ball home past De Gea with just 5 mins left to produce a fantastic and eagerly anticipated victory for Blues fans everywhere.
by Michael Kenrick : 04/12/2013

Memory Lane — Match 14

Round 14 Matches against Bolton (A), Arsenal (A), Coventry (A) and Spurs (H) are recalled from match programmes dating back 10, 20, 30 and 40 years.
by Patrick Murphy : 03/12/2013

Martinez's Everton Flex Their Attacking Muscles

A handsome 4-0 hammering of Stoke City was a fine way to relieve some of the pent-up energy and frustration from three consecutive draws.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 30/11/2013

From My Seat: Stoke City (H)

A 4-0 win that saw a goal apiece by loan players and a goal apiece by our full backs, nothing like variety eh.
by Ken Buckley : 30/11/2013

Anyone Else Won Over?

Paul reports from the 4-0 hammering of Stoke City at Goodison
by Paul Traill : 30/11/2013

Sumptuous Stuff Sinks Stoke

With Barkley and Mirallas on the bench, Deulofeu, Osman and Oviedo started in a surprising squad rotation by Roberto Martinez. Everton dominated play but it required some sheer magic from Deulofeu dancing through the Stoke City defence, lovely exchanges with Pienaar and Barry, to finish brilliantly into the roof of the net. Fantastic skill. Coleman made it two after a great throw-out to Deulofeu, chipping Begovic. Oviedo then skipped beyond his marker and lashed a fantastic daisy-cutter in off the foot of Begovic's post. Another beautiful move initiated by a superb ball from Osman once more set Oviedo on his way down the left, he did brilliantly to check, turn and lay on an easy tap-in for Lukaku.
by Michael Kenrick : 30/11/2013

Memory Lane — Match 13

Round 13 Matches against Wolves (H), Ipswich Town (A), Nottm Forest (H), Birmingham (A) and are recalled from match programmes dating back 10, 20, 30 and 40 years
by Patrick Murphy : 28/11/2013

The FA Cup Scandal

The scheduling of the 1901 FA Cup Final replay causes uproar in Liverpool.
by Tony Onslow : 27/11/2013

Football Won

Everton 3 - 3 Liverpool
by Paul Traill : 24/11/2013

From my seat: Liverpool (H)

Eye-witness report from the man who was there...
by Ken Buckley : 23/11/2013

Everton forced to share the spoils of derby thriller

An admittedly cracking game of football, albeit one whose thrills are dulled to a large degree by Evertonian frustration that we couldn't hold on at the end.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 23/11/2013

Everton victory squandered at the death

Ross Barkley started the first Merseyside derby of the Roberto Martinez era, with Deulofeu and Osman on the bench. The first corner for Liverpool was easily converted by Coutinho all alone at the far post to give Liverpool a shocking early lead. But Mirallas equalized very strongly inside 3 minutes, powering in at the far post. Then a foul by Distin on Suarez set up a free-kick that the Uruguayan curled brilliantly around the Everon wall and beyond Howard, just inside the post. After relentless Everton pressure in the second half, Lukaku, who had been poor, finally drove the ball past Mignolet. And 10 mins later, off a brilliant corner, Lukaku powered home an excellent Duncanesque header. It looked like this was the winner but Sturridge came on and glanced home another silly free-kick given away by Distin to level the scores in a tremendous game that Everton should have won.
by Michael Kenrick : 23/11/2013

Frustration

Frustrating. There are other words for it, but frustrating is the one that keeps coming back to mind in the post mortem of Everton's second successive goalless draw.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 10/11/2013

It Could Be Worse...

"I suppose things could be a lot, lot worse. We sit 6th just three points of 2nd position and have kept three clean sheets in a row."
by Paul Traill : 10/11/2013

Toothless Blues stymied again

A really disappointing game that belied Everton's dominance in terms of possession coupled with a maddening inability to carve out a single worthwhile goalscoring chance.
by Michael Kenrick : 09/11/2013

Memory Lane – Match 11

A nostalgic review of programmes for the corresponding Everton games that took place at this stage of the season 10, 20, 30 & 40 years ago.
by Patrick Murphy : 07/11/2013

The Good Doctor of Everton

A biopic of James Baxter, the local doctor who was elected to the Board of Directors in 1895 and later became Everton Chairman.
by Tony Onslow : 05/11/2013

From my seat: Spurs (H)

Eyewitness report from Goodison Park.
by Ken Buckley : 03/11/2013

Memory Lane – Match 10

Games against Coventry, Watford, Aston Villa and this weekend's opponents, Tottenham
by Patrick Murphy : 01/11/2013

Memory Lane — League Cup Round 4

Everton are no longer involved this season, but that doesn't thwart the memories of Patrck Murphy and his collection of matchday programmes that provide the source material for these topical retrospectives.
by Patrick Murphy : 29/10/2013

The Life and Times of an Everton Goalkeeper

Although he will never be an Everton legend, the life story of Archibald Pinnell is as rich and as varied as any other player who has represented this extraordinary football team .
by Tony Onslow : 28/10/2013

Mick Meagan — The Man Who Spanned the Eras

Rob Sawyer provides another of his unique up-close and personal profiles of an Everton player from a previous era.
by Rob Sawyer : 28/10/2013

Another Martinez Masterstroke Lifts Everton Over Villa

On a day littered with international dimensions, the inspiration for Everton's win was all English.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 26/10/2013

From My seat: Aston Villa (A)

The man on the spot relays a great day out for the travelling Blues
by Ken Buckley : 26/10/2013

Howard saves early penalty but Osman the hero

Match summary from Everton's handsome win at Villa Park
by Michael Kenrick : 26/10/2013

Memory Lane - Match 9

Games against Arsenal, Luton, Southampton and that Efan Ekoku-inspired nightmare against Norwich 20 years ago.
by Patrick Murphy : 24/10/2013

The Forgotten Blue of Ruhleben Prison Camp

The tale of Walter "Wattie" Campbell, a former Everton player who was taken captive by the Germans when war broke out 1914.
by Tony Onslow : 22/10/2013

Slick Finish Heralds Pienaar's Return

Questions will continue to be raised about the uncertainty at the back and the continuing inability to really kill opponents off but the three points are all that matter.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 21/10/2013

Things Could Be A Lot, Lot Worse

Match Report: Everton 2 - 1 Hull City
by Paul Traill : 20/10/2013

From my seat: Hull City (H)

A man amongst the many, Ken Buckley provides his unique eye-witness assessment of Everton's performance.
by Ken Buckley : 19/10/2013

Tigers make it hard work for Blues

Match summary from Everton's 2-1 home win over Hull City.
by Michael Kenrick : 19/10/2013

Memory Lane — Match 8

Patrick adds some extra spice to his four-decade review of previous previous fixtures, with a couple of famous line-ups from derby games back in the 1960s.
by Patrick Murphy : 17/10/2013

In My Blue Life 2

More chance acquaintances for a lanky lad from Knotty Ash.
by Fran Kearney : 15/10/2013

Cliff Marshall - Goodison Pioneer

Another brilliant interview by Rob Sawyer, with Cliff Marshall, a local lad from Toxteth who became Everton's first black player back in the 1970s.
by Rob Sawyer : 14/10/2013

Memory Lane – Premier League, Europe and TV

For the International break, Pattrick highlights a couple of articles that appeared in the Everton Matchday programme back in 1993, relating to these perennial topics.
by Patrick Murphy : 12/10/2013

Mick Buckley – A Tribute

"It is with great sadness that I find myself trying to do justice to a footballer who many fans of my age looked up to and admired as he played for the club we loved and clearly he loved playing for the club."
by Patrick Murphy : 08/10/2013

City Underscore a Gulf In Resources and Class

Everton's unbeaten run comes to an end as City's class tells, albeit aided by highly charitable refereeing
by Lyndon Lloyd : 06/10/2013

From my seat: Man City (A)

Eye-witness report from the Etihad: "I don't like to criticise referees, but..."
by Ken Buckley : 05/10/2013

Ref helps City end Blues' unbeaten run

Match summary of Everton's 3-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
by Michael Kenrick : 05/10/2013

Memory Lane — Match 7

QPR, Birmingham, Oldham and Leeds, including a rare hat-trick for utility man Steve Watson
by Patrick Murphy : 03/10/2013

Impressive Everton Do Enough to Preserve Victory

Everton almost allowed complacency to wreck the work accomplished in a dream first half but held on to move into fourth in the table.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 30/09/2013

Do We Ever Do It the Easy Way?

"Not bad Roberto. Not bad at all."
by Paul Traill : 01/10/2013

From My Seat: Newcastle (H)

Impressions from a game that was a good deal closer at the end than a dominant first-half display suggested it would be
by Ken Buckley : 01/10/2013

The Ultimate Game of Two Halves

Match Summary of the 3-2 win over Newcastle
by Michael Kenrick : 30/09/2013

Memory Lane — Match 6

Patrick recalls games against Stoke City (H), Tottenham Hotspur (A), Aston Villa (H) and Middlesbrough (A) with the help of his programme collection.
by Patrick Murphy : 27/09/2013

Two Steps Back, One Step Forward

The three crest options presented by the club following extensive consultation are underwhelming but are at least an improvement on the mis-step of the existing badge
by Lyndon Lloyd : 24/09/2013

From My Seat: West Ham Utd (A)

Ken Buckley's eyewitness match report from Upton Park: "I thought we played those 7 minutes of added time better than I have seen us do in many a year..."
by Ken Buckley : 22/09/2013

Memory Lane — League Cup Round 3

Highs and lows of Cup Football.
by Patrick Murphy : 22/09/2013

You've Got Me Singing the Blues

Everton twice come from behind to beat West Ham on the back of two stunning free kicks by Leighton Baines and Romelu Lukaku's first goal for the club
by Lyndon Lloyd : 21/09/2013

Consultation and Trepidation: Awaiting the New Crest Options

The consultation period over, the club's appointed stewards of the new crest design, Kenyon Fraser, are now crafting options for the fans to vote on.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 17/09/2013

Cause For Optimism?

Match Report: Everton 1 - 0 Chelsea
by Paul Traill : 15/09/2013

Fortitude, Fortune and Finesse Lift Martinez to First Everton Win

Everton belatedly banked their first three points of the 2013-14 season with a hard-fought victory over highly-fancied Chelsea thanks to a goal in first-half injury time.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 14/09/2013

From My Seat: Chelsea (H)

"A very enjoyable game that has gone a long way to settling down both players and fans."
by Ken Buckley : 14/09/2013

Memory Lane — Game 4

Patrick recaps games against Ipswich, Newcastle, Cardiff and Liverpool.
by Patrick Murphy : 12/09/2013

Belgian Rotation Caps Astute Business by Martinez

Musings on the loss of Marouane Fellaini and Everton's immediate prospects following Roberto Martinez's transfer window business, particularly the addition of Romelu Lukaku
by Lyndon Lloyd : 06/09/2013

Martinez's Everton Searching for Attacking Answers

Roberto Martinez's wait for his first Premier League victory as Everton manager goes on following a second-successive goalless draw.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 01/09/2013

From My Seat: Cardiff City (A)

Ken reports on the goalless draw at Cardiff City Stadium as Everton continue to frustrate
by Ken Buckley : 31/08/2013

Fellaini Comes Off the Bench to Push Everton Through

Everton's increasingly worrying lack of cutting edge threatened to expose them to the lottery of penalty kicks as battling Stevenage almost took them to the wire before Marouane Fellaini came off the bench to edge the Blues through to the third round.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 28/08/2013

Frustrating Stall Through the Gears

I breathed a sigh of relief after all that frustration
by Paul Traill : 29/08/2013

ToffeeWeb Chat – Former PL Referee, Ray Bigger

Ray Bigger, a referee in the inaugural season of the Premier League (1992-93) very kindly agreed to answer questions from ToffeeWeb contributors about what it's like to be a top-flight official and his take on some of the various rules.
by Matt Traynor : 28/08/2013

Memory Lane — League Cup, Round 2

Patrick Murphy's new feature looking in retro at Everton's next game by going back through hos collection of matchday programmes to see who we played in the corresponding fixture 10, 20, 30 & 40 years ago.
by Patrick Murphy : 26/08/2013

Not Very Convincing

Everton 0 - 0 West Bromwich Albion
by Paul Traill : 25/08/2013

From My Seat: WBA (H)

"I do believe the shenanigans with Man United played a part in today’s showing as no matter how anyone may care to spin it was in truth a dismal spectacle."
by Ken Buckley : 24/08/2013

Blues Lack Drive in Stalemate With West Brom

Marouane Fellaini and Seamus Coleman both hit the woodwork late on but it was too little, too late for an Everton side long on possession but short on urgency in Roberto Martinez's first home game in charge.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 24/08/2013

From 'Moyessiah' to Pariah?

Has David Moyes's conduct and rhetoric over Manchester United's attempts to lure away Baines and Fellaini forever damaged his legacy at Everton?
by Lyndon Lloyd : 24/08/2013

Memory Lane - Match 2

The Foxes, Hammers, Citizens and Cottagers feature in Patrick's look at Everton's second games of the season over the decades
by Patrick Murphy : 21/08/2013

From My Seat: Norwich City (A)

Ken reports from the Blues' first game of the season, one that saw the Blues come back from a goal down to lead, only to be pegged back again by the Canaries
by Ken Buckley : 18/08/2013

Martinez Clean Sheet Evaded... Just

Paul Traill reports on the Betis friendly from the Media Lounge at Goodison Park
by Paul Traill : 11/08/2013

From my seat: Real Betis (H)

Match Report from the final pre-season friendly which the Blues won despite a below-par showing
by Ken Buckley : 11/08/2013

Memory Lane – Match 1

If you like nostalgia then this new feature might trigger some good and bad memories and hopefully be of interest to all Blues. Patrick will attempt to publish a potted history from the last 40 years, using his collection of Everton Matchday Programmes as a reference point. His intention, ahead of each game this season, is to look at corresponding fixtures from 10, 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
by Patrick Murphy : 13/08/2013

Power and The Glory

Paul Power, an unsung hero of the Blues' last League Title in 1987, in conversation with Rob Sawyer reflecting on his 40-year career in football
by Rob Sawyer : 03/08/2013

The Jelavic Conundrum

Hamburg SV's interest in Nikica Jelavic provides an interesting dilemma for Everton this summer as the club transitions to the Roberto Martinez era.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 22/07/2013

Love Affairs & Marriage

ToffeeWeb reporter Paul Traill was invited to the laiunch of deCoubertin's newest autobiographical release from by Howard Kendall, Love Affairs & Marriage: My Life In Football.
by Paul Traill : 03/07/2013

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