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Garbutt signs new five-year deal

30 June
Everton have confirmed the news that Luke Garbutt has elected to stay with the club. The 22-year-old has put pen to paper on a new contract that would run until 2020, ending months of speculation over his future.

Everton's Kitbag deal analysed: Good or bad for the Blues?  [MEDIA]

30 June
In the wake of Everton's update on the much-mailgned Kitbag merchandising deal and some no-holds barred criticism of it from a fan site and social media, David Prentice takes an in-depth look at the deal and asks whether it's still a good one for the club.

Kone: Everton fans haven't seen the best of me yet

30 June
Arouna Kone is hoping to return fitter and stronger next season so that he can prove he can cut it at Everton.

StatsBomb: What happened to Everton?  [MEDIA]

30 June
An eclectic analysis of Everton's poor season, told through the all-too accurately named "Stats Bomb" approach of in-depth numerical analysis for team and player performance, told in a bewildering set of arcane abbreviations and acronyms. If you can't get far with this piece, the Stat Definitions page at StatsBomb may help...

CEO feels the heat over Kitbag deal  [MEDIA]

30 June
SOS1878's Joe Jennings has posted a swift and typically withering response to the club's update on the Kitbag retail deal.

Club moves to clarify Kitbag deal

29 June
Everton have responded to mounting scrutiny of the club's 10-year kit retail contract with Kitbag via an update on the official site.

Three more friendlies announced

29 June
Everton’s pre-season schedule has been confirmed following the announcement of three more fixtures to take place during July, including a trip to Scotland.

Report: Everton not interested in selling Coleman

28 June
Everton will rebuff any approaches from Manchester United this summer for Seamus Coleman as speculation builds that Louis van Gaal has identified him as the man to bolster his options at right back.

Kitbag deal continues to sell Everton short  [MEDIA]

28 June
An article over at independent Everton website SOS1878 questions the wisdom of the club's contract with merchandise supplier and distributor, Kitbag.

Ledson's audacious chip in U21 training

28 June
This video clip of the Everton Under-21s in a training session while in Austria shows Ryan Ledson complete an audacious angled chip over the keeper and in under the bar.

Villarreal in for Ferguson testimonial

26 June
Everton have announced they will take on Spanish side Villarreal on Sunday 2 August in what will be a curtain-raiser for the new season and a testimonial for Duncan Ferguson.

Southgate second guesses selection of Barkley

25 June
Facing criticism after another poor showing by an England team at an international tournament, the U21s manager isn't convinced bringing the young Everton star into the fold would necessarily have worked to his advantage.

Deulofeu Returns in €6m Deal!

25 June
Everton have now finalised the acquisition of Gerard Deulofeu on a full-time basis from Barcelona, sealing the return of a player who spent the 2013-14 season on loan with the Blues.

Stones and Garbutt start but England U21s are knocked out

24 June
John Stones returned to the England U21 starting XI this evening for their third and decisive group game but Gareth Southgate's side lost 3-1 to Italy and were eliminated.

John Thompson responds to those Evertonians angry with the Echo  [MEDIA]

24 June
The Liverpool Echo's Executive Editor of Sport, John Thompson, pens a lengthy response to recent accusations by fans on the Internet that that paper's coverage of the city's two clubs is unequal.

Henen poised to make Everton switch permanent

1 July
Updated David Henen has signed on as a fully-fledged Everton player after returning from the Under-21s Austria training camp. An official announcement is expected from Everton later tonight or tomorrow morning.

Sign Up For Everton in the Communitys Annual Golf Day

23 June
The prestigious Formby Hall Golf Resort has been named as the venue for this year’s annual Everton in the Community Golf Day sponsored by Alpha Business Products.

Five friendlies announced for Under-21s

23 June
Five pre-season fixtures for Everton Under-21s have been announced.

Open Letter to John Thompson, Editor of the Liverpool Echo  [MEDIA]

22 June
A number of Everton websites and social media pages are carrying links to an Open Letter prepared by the Blues fans who attended the Everton Symposium set up by the Echo last month.

Distin set to join Atsu at Bournemouth

22 June
Recently-released defender Sylvain Distin has reached an agreement in principle with the Premier League newcomers as he looks to take his next step after leaving Everton.

Pre-season friendly against Leeds United announced

22 June
Everton have confirmed that they will take on Leeds United in a friendly at Elland Road on 1st August with kick-off scheduled for 3pm.

Deulofeu flies in to tie up Everton move

22 June
Gerard Deulofeu is back on Merseyside today having flown in at the end of his holiday to finalise a permanent move from Barcelona. The 21 year-old winger is believed to have undergone a medical and could be unveiled as the Blues' second signing of the summer later this week.

Garbutt to commit his future to Everton

21 June
Everton have been boosted by the news that Luke Garbutt has decided to extend his contract with the club for another five years. The 21-year-old fullback is set to sign a new deal on his return from international duty, with the likelihood of initially going out on loan to another Premier League club.

Garbutt starts in England U21s win

21 June
Luke Garbutt was included in the starting line-up for England U21s must-win game against Sweden, which ended 1-0 to the Three Lions after Jesse Lingard's strike.

Deulofeu needs to impress at Everton

21 June
With sources reporting that Gerard Deulofeu will sign for Everton next week, the Liverpool Echo carries a frank assessment by the BBC's Adam West of a player who was regarded as an emerging star of the new generation of Spanish talent.

Mountfield predicts big things for Stones

21 June
The legend from Everton's 1980s heyday says that he has been impressed with John Stones's rapid development and that he would not be surprised to see the defender named captain of club and country.

Howard looking forward to Singapore trip

20 June
Tim Howard says that the upcoming Asia Trophy in the Far East will be good for Everton's pre-season preparations both in terms of fitness and the opposition they could potentially face.

Green gets a new start with Oldham

19 June
Midfield prospect George Green has signed for Oldham Athletic after being released by Everton this month.

Jagielka adds another year to current deal

19 June
Phil Jagielka has signed a one-year extension to his Everton contract, committing to the club until 2018. The 32-year-old said that he loves it at Goodison so it was an easy choice.

Garbutt plays but England U21s lose

19 June
Luke Garbutt was named in England Under21s' Group B opener against Portugal but he couldn't prevent Gareth Southgate's side from going down 1-0.

Stones out of England U21s' European Championships openers

17 June
Updated John Stones has been forced to sit out England's opening two games of the Under-21 European Championship after suffering a concussion during training this week.

2015-16 fixtures announced

17 June
The Premier League fixtures for season 2015-16 were published at 9am this morning and Everton will kick off the campaign at home against Watford and finish against Norwich.

Echo editor pledges content review following complaints from Everton fans  [MEDIA]

16 June
The Liverpool Echo says it will scrutinise its coverage of both Everton FC and Liverpool FC, after being inundated with criticism by Blues’ fans.

Blues trio watch on as England win in Slovenia

14 June
Phil Jagielka, Ross Barkley and Tom Cleverley were unused substitutes for England as Roy Hodgson's men won 3-2 in Ljubljana.

Everton set to sign Gerard Deulofeu in permanent deal

15 June
Updated Everton are poised to sign Barcelona winger and former loan favourite Gerard Deulofeu on a permanent basis, with a deal for the 21 year-old believed to be close to completion.

Everton trio involved as Ireland and Scotland draw

13 June
James McCarthy, Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith were in their respective nations' starting XIs for this evening's Euro2016 qualifier in Dublin which ended 1-1.

Patient Barkley looking forward for club and country

13 June
Ross Barkley admits that he is aware of his supporting role at international level at the moment but says he is concentrating on improving as a player in order to become a regular starter for England.

Everton In the Community Scoops International Award

13 June
Everton's continuing local charity and community efforts were recognised again this week when Everton in the Community won the Outstanding Achievement Award at TheStadiumBusiness Awards 2015 in Barcelona.

Lukaku can't spark Belgium fightback

12 June
Romelu Lukaku was a second-half substitute as Belgium lost to Wales in their Euro2016 qualifier in Cardiff this evening but Muhamed Besic played the full 90 minutes of Bosnia's win over Israel.

Everton duo in England U21s friendly win

11 June
John Stones made a winning return to his old stomping ground at Barnsley as he and Blues teammate Luke Garbutt helped England Under-21s to a 1-0 win over Belarus.

George Green among players released

10 June
Everton have announced the annual list of retained and released players, with once highly-rated teenager, George Green, among the list of players who will not be offered a new contract.

Saha says Lukaku isn't yet at Champions League level

10 June
Ex-Everton striker Louis Saha believes that the Blues' current Talisman has to prove he can hit the 30-goal mark in a season before he can be compared to Europe's elite goalscorers.

Jake meets his life-saving match and becomes a Blue

10 June
An eight-year-old American boy flew half way around the world to meet Jane, the lady whose bone marrow donation cured his rare blood disorder.

WIN a “Dogs of War” T-Shirt

9 June
We've teamed up with Art of Football to offer one lucky UK-based fan the chance to win a classic shirt recalling Joe Royle's mid-90s midfield.

Martinez has summer targets in mind

8 June
Roberto Martinez has reiterated that he already knows the positions in his squad which need strengthening this summer and the players he ideally wants to fill them.

Everton among world's fastest-growing football brands

8 June
In BrandFinance's latest ranking of football brands, Everton have moved up to 15th and are highlighted by the firm as among the top five fastest-growing in the game.

Lineker sure he would have won silverware had he stayed at Everton

7 June
Gary Lineker feels that he might well have stayed at Everton were it not for the ban on English clubs in Europe following the Heysel tragedy and that he'd have won "lots of trophies" had he done so.

Take Part: Everton In The Community Walking Football Programme

7 June
Everton in the Community have launched a new Walking Football programme, Walk of Life, aimed at recruiting men and women aged 30 – 50 and 50 plus who are wanting to keep fit, have fun, learn skills and socialise at the same time.

Blues quintet involved in snoozer in Dublin

7 June
A record five Everton players took part in an international friendly between England and the Republic of Ireland but they couldn't enliven a dour 0-0 draw.

Howard aiming to return to international scene in September

6 June
Tim Howard says he still intends to return to the USA fold in the autumn to fight for his place in his country's World Cup qualification campaign.

Top 10 potential transfer targets for Everton  [MEDIA]

5 June
ToffeeWeb put on our "Football Manager" hats for OneFootball and came up with a list of realistic transfer targets that would improve the Everton squad for next season.

Audio: The Echo's Everton Symposium podcast

5 June
Part of a discussion between leaders from various Everton fan groups and the Liverpool Echo last month about the current state of Everton FC and the newspaper's coverage of the club has been released in a two-part podcast.

Everton announce record season ticket sales

5 June
Season Ticket sales at Everton have reached the record-breaking highs of last season – with the average price per game for a Toffees Season Ticket holder just £23.86.

Everton confirm Cleverley signing

5 June
Updated Everton will complete the acquisition of Tom Cleverley on a free transfer from Manchester United on 1st July after the 25 year-old opted for Goodison Park over remaining at Aston Villa, where he spent the 2014-15 season on loan.

Tributes paid to Andy King at St Luke's

5 June
The funeral of Andy King took place in the shadow of Goodison Park yesterday, with hundreds of Blues lining the streets to pay their respects. Coverage and images in the Liverpool Echo.

Reports: Cleverley chooses Everton over Villa

3 June
Updated Tom Cleverley will join Everton on a free transfer from Manchester United within the next 10 days according to reports.

Everton finish 8th in the money league

3 June
Everton may have finished in the wrong half of the final 2014-15 Premier League table but, thanks to a healthy number of live matches, they out-performed that position financially.

Martinez aims to hit the ground running in August

3 June
Everton will take a different approach to their pre-season preparations this summer, foregoing their annual training camp in Austria in favour of a structured programme at Finch Farm.

Everton duo confirmed for U21s Euros

2 June
John Stones and Luke Garbutt have both been named in England's final 23-man squad for the Under-21 European Championships.

Ambitious Lukaku says it's time to win trophies

2 June
Updated Romelu Lukaku has restated his desire to "play in the big matches" and win silverware while admitting that he has made no bones about his best position to Roberto Martinez.

Henen happy to sign for Everton

1 June
Everton's acquisition of David Henen on a permanent basis looks close to fruition after the striker informed his agent of this desire to stay with the Blues.

Report: Everton in talks with Cleverley

1 June
Everton have resumed negotiations with Manchester United's soon-to-be free agent Tom Cleverley regarding a switch to Goodison Park, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Andy King a Blue to the end

1 June
The funeral of Goodison hero Andy King will take place next to the ground he graced as a player with a service scheduled at St Luke's Church for 2.30pm on Thursday.

Follow FA Cup Final on Live Forum

30 May
To celebrate the once iconic annual event that was the FA Cup Final, we're opening the Live Forum for any who want to follow along with a little biased Evertonian camaraderie.

Tony McNamara passes aged 85

30 May
Ex-Everton player Tony McNamara, who played for the Blues for four years in the 1950s, has passed away after a long illness.

Henen set to sign permanently this summer

29 May
Everton are likely to exercise the option of signing young Belgian striker David Henen on a permanent basis according to his agent.

Atsu joins Bournemouth on loan  [MEDIA]

29 May
Having bade farwell to Everton this week, Christian Atsu's next season-long loan will take him to the south coast after Bournemouth signed him from Chelsea for 2015-16.

Andy King: Cultured Everton midfielder  [MEDIA]

29 May
The Independent's obituary for the former Blue who passed away aged 58 this week.

A club crying out for leaders with vision  [MEDIA]

29 May
In the wake of the 20-year milestone of Everton's last trophy and Robert Elstone's recent programme notes regarding Walton Hall Park, Joe Jennings makes an impassioned plea for change at the top at Everton.

Vital summer ahead for Everton  [MEDIA]

29 May
Matt Jones argues that the upcoming transfer window could be crucial if the club is to stave off long-term stagnation.

Mirallas talks of broken promises

29 May
Kevin Mirallas has made more revelations to the Belgian press about his Everton future, telling De Standaard that his relationship with Roberto Martinez has become “awkward” over what he feels were broken promises regarding his role in the team.

Martinez thrilled with Besic's debut season

28 May
Roberto Martinez has revealed how impressed he has been with Muhamed Besic in his first season in English football as he begins to fulfill his “incredible potential.”

Lukaku finishes as joint-top scorer in Europa League

27 May
Everton's Belgian striker will share the Europa League golden boot with Red Bull Salzburg's Alan with eight goals each in this season's competition.

Defensive duo set for loan experience next season

27 May
Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway are likely to be handed the chance of more regular first-team action by being farmed out on loan for time by Roberto Martinez.

Atsu signs off as his Goodison loan ends

27 May
Christian Atsu bade Evertonians farewell over Twitter today as he returns to parent club Chelsea, most likely for another loan spell elsewhere after a disappointing season with the Blues.

Derby hero Andy King dies aged 58

27 May
Everton's iconic midfielder, Andy King, who scored a classic winner in the Goodison derby of 1978 has died from a heart attack aged just 58.

Report: Alcaraz to depart this summer

26 May
Antolin Alcaraz will not be offered a new contract by Everton and will leave the club as a free agent next month according to the Liverpool Echo.

Martinez admits pressure comes with the territory

26 May
The Everton manager says that he welcomes the pressure of trying to find a way to make Everton successful without the benefit of a the enormous transfer budgets of the big five clubs.

Poor start scuppered Everton's 2014-15 campaign

26 May
Roberto Martinez is hoping to use a summer free from the distractions and impact of a major international tournament to better prepare his Everton side for next season.

Europa League place goes to West Ham

26 May
Everton have missed out on qualification for Europe via the "back door" of the Fair Play League after West Ham United were awarded the Premier League's place.

Martinez focused on Pienaar's fitness

26 May
Roberto Martinez has provided fitness updates on a number of his "walking wounded" but admitted that getting Steven Pienaar fit over the pre-season is his number one focus.

Garbutt facing big decision over his future

25 May
The ball appears to be very much in Luke Garbutt's court as he decides on whether to extend his current Everton deal or move on to a fresh challenge elsewhere, with Swansea City and Bournemouth reportedly ready to offer him a contract.

Listen: Everton fan sites interview with Roberto Martinez  [MEDIA]

25 May
Representatives of the main Everton independent websites sat down with Roberto Martinez for a 90-minute interview at Finch Farm last Friday.

Kone will get his chance to shine

25 May
Roberto Martinez has reiterated his desire to see Arouna Kone complete a full recovery from his serious knee injury and says that signing another striker is not among his targets this summer.

Distin bids farewell after 6 years

24 May
Goodison Park got the opportunity to acknowledge Sylvain Distin's service to the club since his arrival in 2009 after the defender was given a late cameo in the defeat to Tottenham.

Not good enough, says Roberto

24 May
Roberto Martinez blamed a woeful first half display when Everton were second best in every department for their final day defeat by Spurs.

Everton serve up fitting finale to frustrating season

24 May
Everton ended a dismal season in apt fashion with a 1-0 defeat to a superior Tottenham side that ensures they finish in the bottom half of the table for the first time in a decade.

Elstone cautious over new stadium proposal

22 May
Everton CEO Robert Elstone says that patient progress is being made on a potential new ground but that the club must also ensure a move doesn't jeopardise the Blues' future.

ToffeeWeb Player of the Season

22 May
It was close – very close – but the voting in our Player of the Season poll produced another win for Phil Jagielka.

Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur

22 May
Everton hope to sign off their disappointing 2014-15 season on another upbeat note as Tottenham Hotspur come to town on Sunday.

Why have Everton gone 20 years without a trophy?  [MEDIA]

21 May
David Prentice charts Everton's fall and rise since the club's last piece of major silverware in 1995 and ponders why the club has failed to come anywhere close to winning anything apart from the 2009 Cup final.

Lennon grateful for successful Everton loan

21 May
Aaron Lennon says that he loved every moment at Everton from the time he arrived on loan from Tottenham at the start of February.

Jagielka named Player of the Season

21 May
Phil Jagielka was the big winner at Everton's end of season awards gala last night, taking home three awards including Player of the Season.

Everton officially unveil 2015-16 home kit

21 May
Following yesterday's preview with fourth-month-old Ethan Holman, the club have revealed the full home strip for next season.

Baby blue launches new home kit

20 May
Four-month-old Ethan Holman was selected by Umbro to preview the design for Everton's 2015-16 home strip ahead of the full unveiling tomorrow.

20 years on, whats gone wrong for the Toffees?  [MEDIA]

20 May
Fresh from dealing with the topic on The Blue Room on CityTalk, Matt Jones looks at Everton's current trophy drought on the 20th anniversary of the club's last major piece silverware.

Stones and Garbutt set for U21s call-up

20 May
Everton duo John Stones and Luke Garbutt have been included in the provisional England squad for this summer's Under-21 European Championships.

Mirallas: Blues are designed for Europe

19 May
Kevin Mirallas has his sights set on returning Everton to Europe where he believes the team would apply the lessons learned from this season's balancing act between domestic and Continental competition.

The ineptitude numbers are in  [MEDIA]

19 
The Guardian has compiled a list of indicators reflecting how inept each club has supposedly been this season.

Lennon signs off with a win

19 May
Aaron Lennon tweeted this thanks to Everton's fans for their support during his loan spell from Tottenham which he said he was "gutted" about being over so soon.

U21s finish the season with comfortable win

18 May
Everton Under-21s beat Tottenham 3-1 at at Goodison Park this evening thanks to goals by Long, Byrne and Kenny.

Club tease 2015-16 home kit

18 May
Everton and Umbro have teased the first image of the new home shirt that will be unveiled on Thursday.

Martinez: No connection between Galloway's debut and Garbutt's future

18 May
Roberto Martinez says that his decision to blood Brendan Galloway at Upton Park on Saturday bore no relation to Luke Garbutt's apparent contract impasse.

Galloway revels in 'dream debut'  [MEDIA]

17 May
Brendan Galloway said his first senior appearance for Everton was "what dreams are made of" as he helped the Blues to a 2-1 win at West Ham.

Everton fans implicated in fracas at Kings Cross  [MEDIA]

17 May
Three football fans were arrested in the Kings Cross area of London today in an incident being blamed by some press outlets on Everton fans.

Martinez credits Galloway with impressive debut

16 May
Brendan Galloway took full advantage of his first senior appearance for Everton with an accomplished display in the victory at West Ham that drew praise from manager Roberto Martinez.

Lukaku's grandstand finish caps Everton fightback

16 May
Romelu Lukaku popped up with an injury-time winner as Everton came from behind to secure another dramatic victory at Upton Park.

Is this Everton contract the oldest ever signed?  [MEDIA]

16 May
Lifelong Evertonian Cathy McVey believes she may have unearthed one of football’s oldest existing contracts, signed by Johnny Holt in 1889.

Distin denied send-off as Martinez focuses on the future

16 May
Sylvain Distin will not be offered the chance to bid farewell to Everton's fans from the Goodison Park pitch next weekend as Roberto Martinez rules out playing the Frenchman one last time.

Second title eludes Young Blues

15 May
Everton's U18s fell just short of securing back-to-back Premier League titles when they lost 1-0 at Manchester City.

Long makes final Bees appearance

15 May
Chris Long came on after 70 minutes with Brentford 4-1 down on aggregate in their Championship play-offs second leg against Middlesbrough this evening but he was unable to help the Bees rescue the game.

Martinez expecting to face 'fired-up' Hammers  [MEDIA]

15 May
“It is a direct competition if you want to get into that tenth position. It will be a really tight and really competitive game.”

No interest from Everton in renewing Atsu loan

15 May
Any action that Christian Atsu might see in the last two games of the season would be his last in an Everton jersey according to a report in the Echo.

Kendall: Everton should give Distin a farewell against Spurs  [MEDIA]

15 May
The ex-Blues manager feels that a servant to the club like Sylvain Distin deserves a send-off and that Roberto Martinez should give him at least a place in the bench for the last match of the season.

West Ham United vs Everton

15 May
Everton and West Ham meet at Upton Park in the "battle for 10th" and a game which has the added dimension of possible entry to Europe via Uefa's Fair Play League.

Mirallas still content with life at Goodison

14 May
Kevin Mirallas has spoken again of how settled he feels at Everton as he looks to round off what could be his best season for the club despite more injury problems restricting his playing time.

Martinez not looking for striking reinforcements

14 May
Roberto Martinez has poured cold water on early speculation linking Everton with attacking targets by claiming he doesn't need to sign another striker this summer.

Baines has surgery on problem ankle

14 May
Leighton Baines will miss the last two games of the season after going under the knife to correct a long-standing ankle problem that forced him off during last Saturday's defeat by Sunderland.

Everton duo feature in England U17s win

13 May
Everton Academy players James Yates and Nathan Holland played the full 90 minutes of England U17s' final European Championships group match this evening, a 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland.

Long made available for Brentford's crunch game

13 May
Chris Long will be available for selection by Brentford manager Mark Warburton as they prepare for their crucial Championship play-off second leg match against Middlesbrough.

Besic talks about ''difficult beginning''

13 May
Muhamed Besic admits he found his early months in England a “difficult beginning” after signing for Everton last summer but gradually the Bosnian international has got used to the rigours of a new league and reveals the manager is asking him to play the № 6 role.

Young Blues visit cancer centre to thank nurses

12 May
A quartet of Everton’s Under-21 players took time out of their busy schedule to say a well-deserved thank you to local nurses on Tuesday.

Martinez will focus his search for a № 10 overseas

12 May
Roberto Martinez believes he will only be able to find the particular blend of attributes he is looking for in a new "№ 10" – one of the key areas in which he is looking to strengthen – in a foreign player.

Baines to see specialist over ankle injury

12 May
Leighton Baines is to see a specialist to determine the extent of an ankle injury that is causing pain and has been a problem area for some time.

Everton announce Asia Trophy dates

12 May
Everton's first match in the Asia Trophy, a pre-season tournament to be held in Singapore in mid-July, has been confirmed, with Stoke City their first opponents on Thursday the 16th.

Everton would embrace European qualification via Fair Play League

11 May
Roberto Martinez has said that Everton "would love it" if the club were awarded a place in the Europa League next season by way of Uefa's Fair Play League, even if it means kicking off the campaign at the beginning of July.

Henen expects his future to be resolved by the end of the month

11 May
Negotiations over the proposed acquisition of David Henen from Olympiacos are apparently underway and the striker expects a decision either way by the end of May.

Martinez retains faith in 'brave' Barkley

11 May
Roberto Martinez says he retains his belief that Ross Barkley will fulfil his potential at Everton despite what has been a disappointing season for the 21-year-old.

Beardwood values Everton at 127m

11 May
Everton failed to make the top 20 of Forbes's recently-published list of the world’s most valuable football clubs so the Liverpool Echo discussed the club's valuation with financial expert Joe Beardwood.

Garbutt's future remains unclear

11 May
Luke Garbutt looks likely to play in Everton's final two games of the season but it is still not certain if he will be at Goodison Park beyond this summer when his current contract expires.

Money dictates final league positions

10 May
The Liverpool Echo features quotes from Joe Beardwood underlining the Premier League paradigm that survival and mid-table mediocrity represents success for a moderately funded team like Everton.

Distin's exile a forward-thinking move for Martinez

9 May
Roberto Martinez says that he can understand Sylvain Distin's frustration at being dropped from the Everton team but explains it was a "footballing decision".

Black Cats grab the points off toothless Blues

9 May
Everton lost at home for the first time in 2015 as Sunderland benefited from two fortunate goals and the inability of Roberto Martinez's side to take advantage of their overwhelming domination of the game.

Under-21s secure vital win over West Ham

8 May
Everton U21s completed a successful bid to stave off relegation as David Unsworth's side won 2-1 at Rush Green Sports Ground.

Disgruntled Distin breaks his silence

8 May
Updated Sylvain Distin has stirred further intrigue into his disappearance from the Everton first team with a post on social media today and an interview with L'Equipe in which he says he hasn't spoken with Roberto Martinez since transfer deadline day.

Blues will debut new home kit against Spurs

8 May
Everton will unveil the 2015-16 home strip earlier than in recent seasons, with the players set to wear it for the final home game of the season.

Everton vs Sunderland

8 May
Everton play their penultimate home match of the 2014-15 season this Saturday in the lunchtime kick-off against relegation-threatened Sunderland.

Baines relinquished spot-kick duties to keep Lukaku scoring

7 May
Leighton Baines has revealed that confidence lay behind his decision to give up his role as Everton's penalty taker – not through a lack of it on his part but to boost that of Romelu Lukaku in his role as the Blues' main goalscorer.

Duncan Ferguson: I'm addicted to coaching

7 May
The ex-striker tells The Times of his love for his new role at Everton and his ambition to be remembered more as a coach than as a player.

Martinez takes 'keeper search off the table

7 May
Roberto Martinez says that signing a goalkeeper is no longer a priority, arguing that Everton are "really strong" in that position.

Blues celebrate '85 anniversary

7 May
Howard Kendall and members of his 1984/85 league-winning side will return to Goodison on Saturday to mark the 30th anniversary of their triumphant season.

Great seats released for 2015/16

7 May
On Monday 11 May great seats at Goodison Park for the 2015-16 campaign will be released for new Season Ticket purchasers to buy.

Back door to Europe still ajar for Everton

7 May
Updated Everton may be battling to add some respectability to their Premier League season by finishing in the top half of the table but a clean fight could also see them qualify for Europe via Uefa's Fair Play league.

Lennon has one more goal before season's end

6 May
Aaron Lennon says he wants to score a goal at Goodison Park before the end of his loan spell with Everton.

Pennington gets Coventry accolade

6 May
Everton defender Matthew Pennington will sign off his season-long loan at Coventry City with the honour of being named the club's Young Player of the Year.

Martinez not prepared to risk Pienaar

5 May
Steven Pienaar will not play a part in any of Everton's remaining games this month if he isn't 100% fit as Roberto Martinez looks ahead to making sure the South African is fully ready for next season.

Brabin leaves Blues to take up Tranmere post

5 May
Gary Brabin has left his role at Everton's Academy to take up the managerial role at Tranmere Rovers, the club have announced.

U21s lose to Sunderland

4 May
Everton's second string lost away at Sunderland this evening with Duncan Watmore scoring the only goal.

Boss cautious over two-striker formation

4 May
Roberto Martinez says that he will use the option of playing another striker alongside Romelu Lukaku judiciously, saying that the formation can leave the Blues exposed against certain opposing teams.

Martinez expresses McGeady hopes

4 May
Roberto Martinez has hinted at possible game time for Aiden McGeady over the last three games of the season now that the Irishman is fully fit.

Martinez and Lukaku call for response against Sunderland

4 May
Roberto Martinez admits that his team can't afford to demonstrate the lack of intensity they showed against Aston Villa on Saturday over the last three games of the season.

Audio: Sir Philip Carter obituary on BBC 'Last Word'  [MEDIA]

4 May
Matthew Bannister spoke to BBC Merseyside reporter Mike Hughes; to former Everton footballer Graeme Sharp and to former Everton manager Howard Kendall about the Blues chairman who passed away last week at the age of 87.

Martinez's fears realised as Blues fall at Villa Park

2 May
Roberto Martinez admits he was worried that his side would struggle to match their performance from last weekend against Aston Villa this afternoon.

Everton wilt in the heat of Villa's desire

2 May
Everton's six-match unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt as a poor overall performance proved no match for Aston Villa's urgency in the face of danger from relegation.

Horne: Big summer ahead for Everton  [MEDIA]

1 May
"A late run is great, but not season defining," the ex-Blues midfielder writes in his latest column. "It is a big summer ahead for all concerned at Everton, the chairman, chief executive and manager."

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1 May
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Aston Villa vs Everton

1 May
Top of the form table for the past six matches, the Blues travel to an Aston Villa side that has been rejuvenated somewhat by new manager Tim Sherwood but still remains in significant relegation danger coming into the weekend.

Martinez looking to build around young core

30 April
Roberto Martinez has restated his intention to bring in "two or three" players to his squad as he looks to continue to construct his team around young stars like Romelu Lukaku, John Stones, Ross Barkley and James McCarthy.

Blues go down in mini-derby at Goodison

30 April
Everton's Under-21s were beaten 3-1 as Liverpool came back from a goal down to win this evening's mini-derby.

Kendall sees similarities between Stones and Beckenbauer

30 April
Writing in his latest column for the Liverpool Echo, Howard Kendall draws parallels between the legendary German international and Everton's exciting young defender.

Fifa head's condolences on the loss of Sir Philip Carter  [MEDIA]

30 April
Sepp Blatter has extended his condolences to the Football Association following the death of Sir Philip at the age of 87 and praised the former Everton chairman's contributions to football.

Everton to subsidise tickets for West Ham game

30 April
Everton supporters travelling to the game against West Ham United 16 May will have the cost of their ticket subsidised by the players and the Club.

Martinez remains unfazed over Garbutt's contract

30 April
Roberto Martinez says that he doesn't see Luke Garbutt's contract situation as a big issue. The 21 year-old's current deal expires this summer and talks over a new deal have been shelved until the end of the season.

Oviedo's injury curse strikes again

30 April
Bryan Oviedo's latest comeback from injury has been aborted after he suffered a foot fracture in training this week that will likely keep him out until late July.

Barry targeting unbeaten run-in

29 April
Gareth Barry says that Everton feel they can extend their current unbeaten run to the end of the season as he prepares to face his old club Aston Villa this weekend.

Howe most looking forward to Goodison trip  [MEDIA]

29 April
Eddie Howe, the manager of Bournemouth who have effectively secured promotion to the Premier League, says that of all the away games in store for the Cherries next season, it's the visit to his boyhood club Everton that excites him the most.

Oviedo set to return in mini-derby

28 April
Everton expect Bryan Oviedo to play a part in the Under-21s' match against Liverpool on Thursday, two months after he suffered a hamstring injury in Bern.

Mirallas drops strong hint over his future

28 April
In comments made to the media after scoring the final goal in Everton's impressive win over Manchester United on Sunday, Kevin Mirallas hinted that he sees himself staying at Goodison Park next season.

Crisis of ambition leaves Merseyside in danger of becoming a trophy-free zone  [MEDIA]

28 April
Tony Barrett blogs on the city of Liverpool's fall from footballing grace and the risks of Merseyside becoming a place that celebrates the success of years gone by because that is all it has to cling to.

McCarthy enjoying new expansive role

27 April
James McCarthy has brushed off media speculation over his Everton future and revealed the training ground work behind his changed role in Roberto Martinez's team.

Martinez: Players deserve credit

27 April
Roberto Martinez has hailed his players for their response over the last five games which has seen Everton win four, draw one and move back into the top half of the table.

Red Devils slayed again in style

26 April
Everton recorded a third successive home win and their biggest margin of victory over Manchester United since 1992 with a thumping 3-0 win in the sunshine at Goodison Park.

Jagielka says Rooney could return one day

25 April
Everton captain Phil Jagielka believes there is a chance Wayne Rooney could play again for Everton one day if the circumstances were right.

Everton vs Manchester United

25 April
With a top-half finish and the possibility of finishing as high as eighth still on, Everton take on Manchester United this Sunday in the early-afternoon kick-off at Goodison Park.

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23 April
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U21s beaten by Chelsea

23 April
Everton's Under-21s were beaten 3-0 by Chelsea in Aldershot this evening.

Tributes from Everton to Sir Philip Carter

23 April
Club officials have paid tribute to Everton's Life President and former Chairman.

Lukaku: I needed winter wake-up call

23 April
Romelu Lukaku admits that being dropped during the worst of Everton's mid-season slump provided the motivation he needed to get back to his best form.

Sir Philip Carter dies at 87

23 April
Everton life president Sir Philip Carter has died at the age of 87, the club have announced. In a statement, Everton said Carter died peacefully at home on Thursday morning after a short illness.

Pienaar considered calling it quits

22 April
Steven Pienaar has admitted that the toll of his succession of injury problems had him considering retirement but credits his team-mates for keeping up his morale through a tough season.

Ex-Ghana skipper dismayed by Atsu's lack of action

21 April
Ex-Ghana and Hearts player Joe Addo has spoken out about Christian Atsu's "regrettable" decision to join Everton on loan this season.

Everton Shareholders Forum

21 April
At the latest Shareholders Forum, Management Consultant Joe Beardwood gave a presentation on Everton's finances and offered his assessment of where the club currently stands in its quest to return to the top of the domestic game.

Under-21s held by Norwich

20 April
Tyias Browning's header 12 minutes from time salvaged a draw for Everton against the Canaries' U21s at Carrow Road this evening.

U21 duo extend their loans

20 April
Chris Long and John Lundstram will stay with Brentford and Scunthorpe United respectively until the end of the season.

Martinez fine with Barkley's penalty miss

20 April
Roberto Martinez claims that in hindsight he is happier Ross Barkley missed than scored his first Premier League penalty for Everton given how the 21-year-old didn't hide after his spot-kick failure in the 1-0 win.

Mirallas very happy at Goodison

18 April
Kevin Mirallas has restated his desire to wait until the summer before deciding his future but he insists he is "confident" and happy playing for Everton.

Mirallas strike enough to see off Burnley

18 April
Everton extended their unbeaten run to five matches and closed the gap between themselves and the top half of the table with a slender 1-0 victory over 10-man Burnley.

Martinez never doubted his ability during their season of underachievement  [MEDIA]

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Roberto Martinez remains true to his principles despite a turbulent second season at Everton.

Martinez keen to keep hold of Mirallas

17 April
Roberto Martinez has moved again to dampen speculation linking Kevin Mirallas with a summer move away from Goodison Park by insisting that Everton can match the Belgian's ambitions.

Everton vs Burnley

17 April
With six games left and 18 points still left to play for, Everton's quest to finish in the top half of the Premier League returns home for back-to-back home games against relegation-threatened Burnley and Champions League-chasing Manchester United.

Guarantee Your Seat deadline is 1 May

16 April
Everton Season Ticket holders are being urged to not run the risk of losing their existing seat for the 2015-16 campaign.

U21s beaten on penalties by Leicester

16 April
Everton Under-21s are out of the Premier League International Cup after they lost 4-3 on penalties in Leicester following a 2-2 draw.

Howard: relegation was never realistic

16 April
Tim Howard says that talk of Everton being in danger of being relegated was "a bunch of garbage" as he targets a top-half finish.

Captains will mark Hillsborough anniversary with 96 balloons

15 April
Phil Jagielka will join his rival captain at Liverpool, Steven Gerrard, in releasing 96 balloons at today's memorial service at Anfield to mark the 26th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Fans Forum process vindicated

15 April
An unsuccessful candidate for the Everton Fans' Forum elected by fans last year was so upset that he formulated an official complaint about the process. Here, the Independent Football Ombundsman rules that the process was not at fault.

Oviedo looking at late-season cameo

14 April
Everton hope to welcome Bryan Oviedo back to the side early next month as the Costa Rican prepares to resume full training following a hamstring injury.

Umbro and Everton announce Tiny Toffee search to help launch new home kit

14 April
Loyal Evertonians can nominate their junior Blue to play a starring role in Everton’s 2015/16 home kit launch.

Martinez to get ample transfer funds

14 April
The Everton manager will be backed with "ample" transfer funds in the forthcoming summer transfer window according to the Liverpool Echo as he seeks to make targeted acquisitions rather than sweeping changes to his squad.

Best of Besic still to come

13 April
Roberto Martinez says that Muhamed Besic is ahead of where he expected him to be in his first Premier League season as he adapts to a new position.

Everton renew partnership with Dafabet

13 April
Everton has renewed its successful partnership with international betting and gaming partner Dafabet for a further three years to the end of the 2017/2018 season.

Lukaku on track for return against Burnley

13 April
Romelu Lukaku says that he is almost ready to return as he posts a video of him back in full training at Finch Farm following a hamstring injury.

Stallone rues not buying Everton when he had the chance  [MEDIA]

13 April
The Hollywood star says that he should have bought the Blues eight years ago when he could have afforded it but admits it would be beyond his resources now.

Baines credits Lennon for inspiring Blues' unbeaten run

13 April
Leighton Baines admits that the hunger and work-rate shown by on-loan winger Aaron Lennon has "embarrassed" the rest of the team into working harder on the field.

U18s held at home by Spurs

11 April
Everton Under-18s twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at Finch Farm on Saturday morning.

U21s lose to Man City

12 April
Everton Under-21s were denied at the death as Manchester City struck late to snatch a 2-1 win at Southport after David Henen had opened the scoring shortly before the break.

Blues let two more points slip with draw at Swansea

11 April
Everton were on course for a fourth consecutive League victory after Aaron Lennon's opener, but Seamus Coleman's handball gifted Jonjoe Shelvey the chance to grab a point for Swansea from the penalty spot.

Blues trio take on darts pros

11 April
Phil Jagielka, Gareth Barry and Steven Naismith will go head-to-head with Premier League darts players at an exclusive darts exhibition.

Martinez plans summer Mirallas and Lennon talks

10 April
The Everton manager says he will address two of his more pressing squad matters when the next seven games are out of the way.

Martinez eyes two or three summer signings

9 April
Roberto Martinez says that he has identified his transfer targets and dismisses suggestions that a lack of European football will hinder his ability to attract the right talent.

Gibson has a future at Everton

9 April
Roberto Martinez has underscored his faith in Darron Gibson with praise for the injured Irish midfielder that indicates he could be offered a new deal this summer.

Swansea City vs Everton

9 April
With relegation fears effectively banished thanks to three Premier League wins in a row, Everton now have a top-ten finish in their sights with seven games of the season remaining.

Martinez pleased with Kone's progress

8 April
Roberto Martinez says that Arouna Kone is benefitting from a run in the Everton team after spending so long on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Jagielka: No guaranteed places next season

8 April
Phil Jagielka says that there is no scope for Everton's players coasting for the rest of the season as he admits that many will be playing for their futures, even if he doesn't foresee a massive squad overhaul in the summer.

Rom leads the world in 2015 goals  [MEDIA]

8 April
A somewhat misleading stat has Romelu Lukaku top goalscorer in 'world' football so far this year.

Lukaku could return against Swansea

7 April
Romelu Lukaku has been given a 50-50 chance of being fit to face Swansea City this coming weekend as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury. Darron Gibson, meanwhile, has learned he will not need surgery on his fractured foot.

Martinez rejects “inflexible” label

6 April
Roberto Martinez has responded to accusations that he is stubborn in his approach and formations by positing his belief that he is one of the most tactically flexible managers working today.

Blues celebrate Junior Fan Day

6 April
Goodison Park was taken over by an excited group of young Evertonians on Saturday as the Blues celebrated Junior Fan Day.

Adams hails Little Magician Green

6 April
Tranmere boss Mickey Adams has spoken in glowing terms of on-loan midfielder George Green who has breathed life into Rovers' battle to beat the drop from League Two.

Gibson out with metatarsal fracture

5 April
Darron Gibson missed Saturday's Southampton game and is unlikely to play for at least the rest of the season after sustaining a small fracture to the fifth metatarsal in his foot during training on Friday.

How do you solve a problem like Roberto?  [MEDIA]


A bit early for a season review... although some think it's all over. Shez Khan writes his assessment of the Everton manager.

Martinez shrugs off Lukaku agent flap

4 April
Roberto Martinez has said that there is no issue with Romelu Lukaku's Everton future following comments by Mino Raiola in the media last week.

Everton dent Saints' top-four hopes with another victory

4 April
Everton registered a third successive Premier League win for the first time this season, edging Champions League-chasing Southampton by Phil Jagielka's first-half goal.

U19s beaten in Dallas Cup semis

4 April
Everton's Under-19s are out of the Dallas Cup after being beaten 1-0 by Coritba yesterday.

Sunderland clash moved for TV

3 April
Everton's home game against Sunderland has been moved forward to 12:45pm on 9th May for live broadcast on BT Sport.

Everton vs Southampton

3 April
Having recorded back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time since September, Everton return to action following the international break looking upward again rather than over their shoulders as Southampton come to town.

20 Long Years And Counting  [MEDIA]

2 April
The impending anniversary marking 20 years since Everton last won a trophy has this Twitter activist baying for action in this piece, echoing the anguished cries of the Blue Union and its failed campaign to get Kenwright out of Everton Football Club.

Pre-match press conference

2 April
Another pre-match press conference with Roberto Martinez heralds the return of regular Premier League games this weekend,

U19s win again in Dallas Cup

1 April
Updated Everton Under-19s beat Ryutsu-Keizai in Dallas today thanks to goals by Henen and Bainbridge and progress to the semi-finals as best runners-up.

April Fool Surprise for Chosen Competition Winner

1 April
Lifelong Evertonian, Helena Vaughan, received an April Fools surprise this morning which ended in her receiving a 2015 / 16 Season Ticket.

Everton Shareholders Forum

1 April
Everton Shareholders Association will host a Shareholders’ Forum where Joe Beardwood will be presenting on the impact that the latest Premier League TV Deal could have on Everton.

Jagielka and Barkley play as England draw in Italy

31 March
Phil Jagielka was in the starting XI for England's friendly against Italy while Ross Barkley came off the bench 10 minutes into the second half of a 1-1 draw in Turin.

Junior Fan Day

31 March
Everton will celebrate their youngest generation of supporters this Saturday with the return of the popular Junior Fan Day

McCarthy unmoved by criticism of his international form

31 March
James McCarthy has shrugged off some sharp criticism from the likes of RTE pundit Eamon Dunphy and ex-Irish international Liam Brady, saying "it's water off a duck's back."

U19s comfortably beat LA Galaxy Academy

30 March
Everton's Under-19s played their second match in the Dallas Cup and beat LA Galaxy Academy 3-0 thanks to goals by Dowell, Ledson and Brewster.

Why has Neville Southall been overlooked for National Hall of Fame ... again?  [MEDIA]

30 March
The Everton Heritage Society have campaigned for the Goodison legend's inclusion but he was overlooked again this year.

Everton duo feature in England U21s win

30 March
John Stones and Luke Garbutt both played the full 90 minutes as England Under-21s beat Germany in an exciting game at the Riverside Stadium.

Barkley: My best position is up front

30 March
Reflecting on what has been a difficult season personally, Ross Barkley says that "everything is a learning curve" and that he feels he can make his biggest impact as a striker.

Duffus out for 6 to 9 months

30 March
Everton U21 star Courtney Duffus will be out of action for between 6 and 9 months as he recovers from knee surgery after blowing out his ACL in training back in February.

U-19s lose Dallas Cup opener

29 March
Everton Under-19s fell to a 3-1 defeat in their opening game of the Dallas Cup on Sunday evening. Tomas Andrade’s effort gave River Plate the lead at the break, before Kieran Dowell levelled with a fantastic 20-yard strike.

Naismith nets in Scotland rout

29 March
Steven Naismith scored the fourth of his country's six goals as they beat Gibraltar 6-1 in Euro 2016 qualifying at Hampden Park but the Republic of Ireland needed a very late equaliser to draw with Poland.

Green marks Tranmere debut with brilliant goal

28 March
George Green scored a spectacular injury-time equaliser on his first appearance for Tranmere Rovers since joining them on loan.

Dallas Cup kicks off vs River Plate

29 March
At the Dallas Cup, an Everton Under-19 squad will take on River Plate at the Cotton Bowl Stadium on the opening day of the long-running US soccer competition, Sunday 29 March, Kick off 6:30 pm CDT (12:30 am Monday BST).

Baines and Barkley figure in England win

27 March
Leighton Baines was the only Everton representative to start for England tonight as he was named in the team to face Lithuania for the senior side's Euro 2016 qualifier. He has since been released back to the Blues and will not be in the squad to face Italy in midweek.

Dynamo face more Uefa censure

27 March
Dynamo Kyiv have been ordered to close a part of the Olympic Stadium again, this time because of racist chants aimed at Everton players during the two team's Europa League Round of 16 second leg last week.

Martinez hopeful on Lukaku's fitness

27 March
Everton haven't ruled out the possibility that Romelu Lukaku will be fit to face Southampton when their Premier League campaign resumes on 4th April.

Pienaar to resume full training

27 March
Steven Pienaar is set to finally return to full training on Monday as he bids to make another comeback in what has been an injury-ravaged season for the 33-year-old midfielder.

The stats that prove Jagielka is England's most valuable defender  [MEDIA]

26 March
Phil Kirkbride argues that Phil Jagielka's Premier League stats should make him a shoo-in to start against Lithuania.

Kone escapes serious injury

26 March
Scans on Arouna Kone's knee have revealed that the Ivorian suffered no serious damage during Sunday's win at QPR.

Green and Junior go out on loan

26 March
Everton academy players, George Green and Francisco Junior have been sent out on loan for the rest of the season. Green joins Tranmere Rovers while Junior will play for Port Vale.

Lennon not yet looking beyond this season

25 March
Aaron Lennon has confirmed that he and his representatives have not held any discussions with Everton regarding making his loan move from Tottenham permanent this summer.

U19 side to play in Dallas tournament

25 March
An Everton Under-19s squad will jet out to the USA on Thursday to take part in the Dallas Cup.

Lukaku links up with new agent

25 March
Romelu Lukaku has joined forces with "super-agent" Mino Raiola, who has the likes of Mario Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his stable.

Gibson out of Ireland qualifier

25 March
Darron Gibson has been forced to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland on Sunday because of a groin problem.

Jones gets Plymouth loan chance

25 March
Everton have sent Under-21 defender Gethin Jones on loan to Plymouth Argyle for the remainder of the season.

Club to Hold Finn McEwen Appeal Event

24 March
Family is seeking blood stem cells donors for 7 year-old Blue

Naismith pragmatic about future despite current Everton role

24 March
Steven Naismith says that he wouldn't rule out an eventual return to Rangers given how things can change in football.

Dowell signs pro contract with Everton

24 March
Academy midfielder Kieran Dowell is the latest Everton youngster to sign professional forms with the club, putting pen to paper on a two-year deal.

FA unveil tougher rules on foreign players

24 March
The Football Association has revealed rules to push English clubs to unearth their own academy stars by making it harder for foreign players to secure work permits.

Barkley needs a summer break

24 March
Roberto Martinez has cast further doubt on Ross Barkley's involvement in the Under-21s European Championships with England by suggesting that the 21 year-old needs "a proper break" this coming close season.

Lukaku joins Mirallas on the sidelines for Belgium

23 March
Updated Romelu Lukaku has pulled out of Belgium's forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Cyprus and Israel because of the hamstring injury he picked up at Loftus Road yesterday.

Strike duo to be assessed at Finch Farm

22 March
Romelu Lukaku and Arouna Kone will both undergo scans on their respective injuries that forced them off in the second half of the 2-1 win at QPR.

Martinez expresses immense satisfaction at Loftus Road win

22 March
Roberto Martinez has described the 2-1 win at Queens Park Rangers as perhaps the “most satisfying" in his time with Everton as Aaron Lennon's 77th-minute winner handed the Blues three vital points.

Lennon strike secures important win at QPR

22 March
Everton took a huge step towards securing their Premier League status with a narrow, hard-fought victory over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

Queens Park Rangers vs Everton

22 March
The post-Europa League portion of Everton's season begins this weekend with the trip to West London where Roberto Martinez will be hoping he can lift his disappointed charges to a much-needed victory that would take them one large step closer to Premier League survival.

Goodison vandalised with anti-Martinez graffiti

22 March
The walls of Goodison Park have been defaced with crudely-sprayed graffiti calling for the dismissal of manager Roberto Martinez.

U18s win at Chelsea

21 March
Everton Under-18s recorded their second win of the end of season mini-league with a 2-0 defeat of Chelsea. James Graham’s first half header and Harry Charsley’s searing strike in the second half won it for the Blues.

Baines is playing in the wrong position  [MEDIA]

20 March
A player of Baines's intelligence and ability is capable of influencing the game in ways that he can't by playing on the left side of defence. To fulfil his personal potential, and that of the team, he needs to be brought into the middle.

Martinez rejects Alcaraz criticism

20 March
Roberto Martinez insists making Antolin Alcaraz a scapegoat for Everton’s Europa League exit is “unfair”, offering a passionate defence of his under-fire centre-half following Thursday night’s 5-2 thrashing at the hands of Dynamo Kiev.

Everton's Euro dream extinguished in Kyiv

19 March
Everton joined the ranks of chastened Premier League sides to fail to reach the quarter finals of European competition as they were thumped 5-2 by Dynamo Kyiv amid a catalogue of defensive errors.

Pat van den Hauwe: Not Happy  [MEDIA]

19 March
A frank interview with one of the heroes of the mid-1980s golden age that includes the tale of how he almost killed a man over £100.

Everton spread community spirit in Kyiv

19 March
Everton's community ethos has provided inspiration to children in Kyiv during the Club’s visit to the Ukrainian capital for tonight’s UEFA Europa League game against Dynamo Kyiv.

Lundstram joins Irons on loan

19 March
John Lundstram's latest loan spell takes him to Glanford Park and an initial month-long stint with Sheffield Scunthorpe United.

Three Blues receive England call-up

19 March
John Stones and Luke Garbutt have been named in the latest England U21 squad while Chris Long has been called up to Engand U20s.

Dynamo Kyiv vs Everton

19 March
Everton hope to be the only British club to make it into the quarter finals of European competition this season as they take on Dynamo Kyiv in the Olympic National Sports Complex with a 2-1 first-leg lead.

Southall talks about Everton's season

18 March
Talking to the Daily Express at Finch Farm, Neville Southall gives his thoughts on Roberto Martinez and the difficult season Everton are having.

U21s lose to Man Utd

16 March
Everton Under-21s missed out on the chance to move within a point of the league leaders as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Manchester United at Southport on Monday evening.

Survey reveals overwhelming support for EFC

18 March
The 2015 Premier League Fan Survey shows Everton fans to be overwhelmingly behind the club in categories all across the board.

Squad flies out to Ukraine

18 March
The Everton squad flew to Ukraine today for the Europa League second leg tie against Dynamo Kyiv today but with without Kevin Mirallas who remains sidelined after picking up an injury in the first leg last week.

Barkley feels goal could mark a turning point

17 March
Ross Barkley has opened up about his disappointing season, one that has mirrored the team's struggles as a whole, but says that he can feel the confidence coming back after the last two results.

EZTrader Signs Partnership Deal with Everton

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Everton have announced EZTrader Inc as the Club’s Official Online Trading Partner after striking a deal until May 2017.

Martinez delighted by win over Newcastle

16 March
Roberto Martinez was effusive with praise of his team as they ended a three-month stretch without a home win in the Premier League.

Blues ease the pressure with handsome win over Newcastle

15 March
Everton won at home in the Premier League for the first time since December as they convincingly beat Newcastle United thanks in part to goals by James McCarthy and Ross Barkley that book-ended another confident penalty from Romelu Lukaku.

Howard not concerned with criticism

14 March
Tim Howard has shrugged off criticism of his performances this season, insisting that he doesn't care what people say about him or the team as a whole.

U18s thrash Middlesbrough

14 March
Everton U18s ran out comfortable 4-0 winners over Boro's youngsters thanks to two goals by Kieran Dowell and one apiece for Harry Charsley and Calum Dyson.

Horne: Everton won't go down but they do remind me of Wigan  [MEDIA]

14 March
Ex-Blue turned expert summariser and Echo columnist, Barry Horne, draws some disconcerting parallels between Everton and Wigan Athletic under Roberto Martinez.

Lukaku wants to carry momentum from Thursday into Toon clash

13 March
Romelu Lukaku has called on his Everton teammates to match the intensity they showed against Dynamo Kyiv when they resume Premier League duties this weekend against Newcastle.

Martinez: Kyiv win can provide a turning point

13 March
Everton's manager believes that last night's win in the Europa League was a microcosm of the team's domestic season and that it provided an "understanding of what has been going wrong in the League."

Everton vs Newcastle United

13 March
Everton expect John Stones to be fit for the visit of Newcastle United on Sunday after the defender missed Thursday's Europa League game with a stomach virus, but Leighton Baines is a doubt with a groin strain.

Martinezs promise of bright tomorrow for Everton in danger  [MEDIA]

13 March
Andy Hunter takes a considered look at Everton's problems on the domestic front this season and touches on all the relevant gripes that many supporters have had with Roberto Martinez's approach.

Martinez proud of Blues' response against Kyiv

13 March
Roberto Martinez has expressed his pride in the manner in which his players shrugged off a slow start to beat Dynamo Kyiv in the Europa League Round of 16 first leg last night.

Lukaku makes it advantage Everton in first leg against Kyiv

12 March
Everton came back from a goal down for the third match running in the Europa League to win the first leg against Dynamo Kyiv at Goodison Park. Steven Naismith cancelled out Oleg Gusev's 14th-minute opener shortly before the break and Romelu Lukaku stroked home the Blues' second from the spot eight minutes from time.

Talent Spotter: Luke Garbutt - Everton and England's successor to Leighton Baines  [MEDIA]

12 March
A profile of the soon-to-be-out-of-contract left back who has shown plenty of evidence thus far that he is the natural successor to Leighton Baines at club and international level.

Blues add Glenavon teen to the Academy

12 March
Everton have signed Northern Irish teen prospect Shane Lavery on a two-year scholarship contract after he impressed on two recent trials.

A Season of Struggle And How Roberto Martínez Is Both Problem and Solution  [MEDIA]

12 
Daniel Butler provides an astute analysis of Everton's tactical Issues this season at the Just Football website.

Martinez: League situation is 'unacceptable'

12 March
Roberto Martinez says he is not shying away from Everton's dire Premier League situation but while he says they'll be ready for Sunday's clash with Newcastle, the focus is on tonight's clash with Dynamo Kyiv.

Everton vs Dynamo Kyiv

12 March
Everton step into the Round of 16 of the Europa League this evening to take on Dynamo Kyiv under the lights at Goodison Park where they have been impressive in this competition thus far.

Everton announce summer Singapore tour

11 March
Everton have revealed the full extent of their trip to the Far East this summer with the announcement that they will take part in the Asia Trophy in Singapore along with Arsenal, Stoke City and a select Singapore XI.

Mirallas lauds Everton's 12th man

10 March
Kevin Mirallas has called on the Everton faithful to provide the support that will help push the Blues through to the next round of the Europa League.

Ukraine leg holds no fear for Jagielka

10 March
Phil Jagielka has dismissed suggestions that Everton need to win Thursday's home leg against Dynamo Kyiv if they are to progress to the quarter finals of the Europa League, saying that the players fancy their chances away from home.

#DancingMan is an Evertonian  [MEDIA]

10 March
It turns out that the subject of a recent social media sensation is from Merseyside and supports Everton.

California-based writer Cassandra Fairbanks started a Twitter campaign to find “dancing man” Sean O'Brien after a cruel Instagram posting mocking his weight "went viral".

Goodison gets Uefa makeover

10 March
Talking with Everton’s long-serving stadium manager, Alan Bowen, David Prentice provides a behind-the-scenes insight into the increasingly demanding changes to Goodison Park that are mandated by Uefa as the club progress further at each successive stage of the Europa League.

Under-21s beaten at the death in mini-derby

9 March
Everton's second string went down 2-1 to Liverpool in Chester this evening thanks to a goal in injury time.

Ebbrell joins Everton coaching staff

9 March
John Ebbrell has returned to Everton as an Academy coach, joining the collection of former players now on the staff at Finch Farm charged with bringing through the club's future talent.

Kanchelksis: Kyiv will be a very difficult game for Everton

9 March
Former Everton star, Andrei Kanchelskis, is predicting a couple of tough games for the Blues when they meet another of his old clubs, Dynamo Kyiv, in the Europa League's Round of 16.

Martinez focused on the long term

7 March
In a lengthy interview with The Telegraph's Henry Winter, Roberto Martinez expresses his continued belief that a commitment to creativity and passing football are the keys to success over time.

Exclusive: Tony Cottee My Everton Years

6 March
ToffeeWeb contributor Rob Sawyer talks with former Everton striker, Tony Cottee, about what was then a record-breaking move to Goodison and his time with the Blues between 1988 and 1994.

Inconsistent Everton crave domestic pick-me-up  [MEDIA]

6 March
"It says everything about Everton FC's Jekyll-and-Hyde season that they have managed more victories in the UEFA Europa League in 2015 – two out of two – than in 11 domestic fixtures, of which they have won only one," writes Simon Hart.

U21s progress in International Cup

5 March
Everton Under-21s are through to the quarter finals of the Premier League International Cup thanks to a 1-0 win over Sunderland.

Dynamo Kyiv away notice

5 March
Tickets for the Europa League Round of 16 fixture away to Dynamo Kyiv will go on sale from 8am on Friday, March 6.

Jagielka: Players share the blame for poor run

5 March
Everton captain, Phil Jagielka, says that the players need to start performing to take the pressure off their beleaguered manager following another defeat at Stoke last night.

Martinez attributes latest defeat to tired legs

4 March
Roberto Martinez put this evening's 2-0 defeat at Stoke down to Everton's hectic schedule, citing a fifth match in the space of two weeks for another lethargic display.

Blues extend sorry run with defeat at Stoke

4 March
Everton’s horrible run of Premier League form continued at the Britannia Stadium with an eighth defeat in nine away games thanks to a goal in each half for Stoke, scored by Victor Moses and Mame Biram Diouf.

Uefa orders 'partial' closure of Kyiv stadium

4 March
Everton's Europa League Round of 16 away leg against Dynamo Kyiv will go ahead as planned at the Olympic Stadium following a decision by Uefa's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body.

Dynamo Kyiv tickets on general sale tomorrow

4 March
Tickets for Everton's Europa League Round of 16 first leg tie against Dynamo Kyiv will go on general sale from 2pm tomorrow (Thursday 5th March 2015).

Stoke City vs Everton

4 March
Everton are on the road again this evening as they travel to Stoke with the pressure on Roberto Martinez's shoulders growing as the Blues' poor Premier League form continues.

Long helps keep Bees into playoff contention

3 March
Chris Long scored twice on his first start for Brentford this evening as the Bees beat Huddersfield Town 4-1 to stay in the Championship playoff picture.

Garbutt backs Blues to pull away from danger zone

2 March
Luke Garbutt says that there is belief in the Everton squad that the team can lift themselves away from any scrap at the bottom of the Premier League to avoid relegation, starting with a result at Stoke on Wednesday evening.

Arsenal vs Everton: Tactical Analysis  [MEDIA]

2 March
A neutral's perspective on the Blues' 2-0 defeat at the Emirates which, sadly, encapsulates the team's pedestrian approach to games these days.

Walsh signs pro forms with Everton

2 March
Everton Academy prospect Liam Walsh has put pen to paper on his first professional contract, signing on with Everton until 2017.

Everton hit with fine for Chelsea flare-up

2 March
Both Everton and Chelsea have been fined £30,000 by the Football Association for "failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion" in the incident that took place late in the game at Stamford Bridge last month.

Everton fail to capitalise on Arsenal's Euro woe

1 March
Everton struggled to turn their dominance in possession into meaningful chances and eventually succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium thanks to Olivier Giroud's first-half strike and a deflected late effort from Tomas Rosicky.

Baines an early doubt for Stoke

1 March
Leighton Baines will likely miss the trip to the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday after sustaining a quad muscle injury in training on Friday.

Arsenal vs Everton

28 February
Everton make the trip to North London this Sunday for a second meeting with Arsenal that has assumed greater significance following recent results in both the European and domestic arenas.

Under-18s beaten at Stoke

28 February
The Young Blues followed up last week's 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool with a disappointing 3-1 defeat.

Martinez sees Garbutt staying long term

27 February
Roberto Martinez says that he is confident that highly promising left back Luke Garbutt will commit his future to Everton and welcomes the competition for places that exists in that area of the team.

Uefa to look into Kyiv violence

27 February
European football's governing body will open an investigation into the crowd disturbances at the match between Everton next's Europa League opponents, Dynamo Kyiv, and Guingamp last night.

March fixtures moved

27 February
Everton's games against Newcastle and QPR have both been moved to 4pm Sunday kick-offs following today's Europa League draw.

Blues handed Kyiv test

27 February
Everton will face Dynamo Kyiv in the round of 16 following today's draw, with the home leg first on 12th March and away the leg the 19th.

Everton Europa League Round of 16 information

26 February
The Europa League Round of 16 draw will take place at midday GMT tomorrow (Friday, February 27) at UEFA’s headquarters in Switzerland.

Everton coast into the last 16

26 February
Everton are into the last 16 of the Europa League as the last British representatives after easing past Young Boys thanks to two goals by Romelu Lukaku and one from Kevin Mirallas in response to an early strike by Sekou Sanogo.

Everton vs BSC Young Boys

26 February
Having done the hard part in some style last week in Switzerland, Everton return to Goodison Park for what should be the formality of a second leg against Young Boys.

Martinez backs Howard  [MEDIA]

25 February
Roberto Martinez refuses to blame Tim Howard for Leicester's goals at Goodison Park on Sunday, insisting that he sees them as team errors that need to be addressed

Martinez: I'll never be afraid of making the right decision

25 February
Roberto Martinez says that he isn't fazed by crowd reactions to his substitutions, insisting that he has to make decisions that help the team, and not just to keep people happy.

Martinez comes to the defence of his young guns

25 February
Roberto Martinez has revealed some frustration at what he termed "cheap talk" about the likes of Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku in recent days.

Barry: We can go all the way

25 February
Gareth Barry says that he thinks Everton have shown they are capable of winning the Europa League this season as the team prepares for tomorrow's second leg against Young Boys.

Howard: Tourette's makes me a better goalkeeper  [MEDIA]

25 February
Tim Howard talks with CNN about family, retirement, that beard and how his medical condition makes him "hyperfocus".

Pain-free Gibson hoping to resurrect Everton career

25 February
Darron Gibson says he is feeling the best he has felt since he first injured his knee in October 2013 as he focuses on winning back a place in the Everton team.

Late Equaliser Rescues Bungling Howard

24 February
Match Report: Everton continue to falter where a season that many fans now just want to see the back of lurches from one frustration to the next.

Frustrated players admit: It's not good enough”

23 February
Leighton Baines, Steven Naismith and James McCarthy are three of Everton's players who have spoken to the media in the wake of the team's latest failure to earn three points on home soil.

Snodin: Players know this is not good enough  [MEDIA]

23 February
Writing in the Echo, Ian Snodin dismisses suggestions that Saturday's 2-2 draw was the result of a European hangover and asserts that the players will be desperate to put it right.

Long loan extended by another month

23 February
Chris Long will spend at least another month on loan at Brentford after Everton agreed to extend his current spell.

Martinez is setting a dangerous precedent by persisting with Howard  [MEDIA]

23 February
Matt Jones argues that far from being a critical figure, the American 'keeper has become a hindrance.

Howard gets no blame from Martinez

22 February
Roberto Martinez refused to blame Tim Howard for Everton’s frustrating 2-2 draw with Leicester City despite the goalkeeper’s glaring errors at Goodison Park.

Everton claw back a point to deny last-placed Foxes

22 February
Two errors by Tim Howard and a trio of missed chances by Romelu Lukaku looked to have gifted Leicester victory at a disgruntled Goodison Park but a late own goal by Matthew Upson saved the Blues from dismal defeat.

Young Blues run riot in mini-derby

21 February
Everton won the mini-Merseyside derby in convincing fashion, hammering Liverpool 5-0 at Finch Farm today.

Everton vs Leicester City

21 February
Buoyed by their handsome win in Switzerland, Everton return to the business of the Premier League hoping to carry their impressive European form to the domestic front when they face Leicester City on Sunday.

Blues prepare for Blue Nose Day

20 February
Everton’s home game against Leicester City on Sunday 22 February has been designated as the official birthday fixture of Everton in the Community.

Season tickets on sale Monday

20 February
Everton’s 2015/16 Season Tickets are on sale from 8am on Monday, February 23.

Red card will benefit Stones

20 February
Roberto Martinez sees John Stones's dismissal against Young Boys as a positive for the young defender.

Martinez impressed by three-goal Lukaku

20 February
Roberto Martinez has spoken in glowing terms about the performance of Romelu Lukaku whose hat-trick capped a hugely impressive Everton win against Young Boys last night.

Lundstram returns from latest loan spell

20 February
John Lundstram is back at Finch Farm after his latest short-term loan spell with Leyton Orient came to an end.

Two games in April now live on Sky

20 February
Everton's games against Swansea City (A) and Manchester United (H) in April have been rescheduled for live TV coverage on Sky Sports.

Lukaku what were you doing at 21?  [MEDIA]

20 February
Romelu Lukaku has been subject to recent criticism from those who feel he isn't producing his best for Everton. Daniel Storey asks for patience with young players...

Everton in control after thumping Young Boys in Bern

19 February
Everton recovered from conceding an early goal to demolish Young Boys and take a commanding lead back to Goodison Park for the second leg. Romelu Lukaku scored a superb hat-trick, Seamus Coleman converted what proved to be the winner and although John Stones was shown a straight red card for fouling Guillaume Hoarau, the French striker fired the resulting penalty over the bar.

Howard is happy where he is

19 February
Tim Howard has dismissed the recent speculation linking him with a return to America to play in the MLS.

Fit again McCarthy raring to go

18 February
James McCarthy is taking things day by day as he rebuilds his strength and fitness but he says he can't wait for tomorrow's clash with Young Boys.

BSC Young Boys vs Everton

18 February
Everton step back onto the road to Warsaw this Thursday as their Europa League campaign resumes after a two-and-a-half-month hiatus with a trip to Switzerland to face Young Boys of Bern.

That Way Redemption Lies  [MEDIA]

18 February
2014-15 has largely been a season of frustration but Everton's form in the Europa League has shone like a beacon in the gloom. Can their return to Continental competition reignite a fire that could power them all the way to Warsaw?

Pienaar joins Osman for U21s runout

17 February
Steven Pienaar and Leon Osman managed 70 minutes and Arouna Kone played 81 for David Unsworth's Under-21s side this evening as they drew 0-0 at Manchester United.

Hackett can't believe Ivanovic escaped punishment for choke on McCarthy  [MEDIA]

16 February
Keith Hackett, the former head of the PGMO says the Football Association's decision not to sanction Branislav Ivanovic for his clear choke on James McCarthy sends entirely the wrong message. , “I find it almost impossible to understand how that player has got away with that incident. You might be right in asking if that panel has been influenced by comments made by the Chelsea manager.

“What they’re saying is that it’s perfectly okay for a player to grab an opponent and almost throttle him because the Chelsea player got away with it. They’re sending the wrong signals out.

Osman on the comeback trail

16 February
Leon Osman hopes to return to competitive action tomorrow evening when Everton Under-21s take on Manchester United. He has been back in training for the past week having recovered from a split tendon in his foot.

Now I'm gonna have to turn my back on you...  [MEDIA]

15 February
Is the product that is the Premier League, with its ever-growing vast riches, increasing detachment from its working-class roots and deference to the dominant personalities at the leading clubs killing the game? This Everton fan thinks so and wants out...

10-man U18s suffer late defeat at Man Utd

14 February
Everton U18s blew a two-goal lead and went down to 10 men under ridiculous circumstances, giving up a late goal that allowed Man Utd U18s to secure a late 3-2 win in the FA Premier U18 League on Saturday.

Lukaku says he'll be worth more than 28m

14 February
Romelu Lukaku says that if he continues to develop as a player the way he believes he can he will more than justify the record transfer fee Everton paid for him last summer.

Martinez hails gem Stones

14 February
Roberto Martinez believes that John Stones is up there with the best "ball-playing centre-halves" in Europe now that he has established himself as a first-choice defender at Everton.

Lukaku ambitious to get back to the 'top'

13 February
Romelu Lukaku has revealed his ambitions of playing for 'top club again' one day in comments he made to Belgian media. The striker says he got a good reception from his former club, Chelsea, and signalled his desire to get back to that level.

Did Gareth Barry play a two-card trick at Chelsea?  [MEDIA]

13 February
David Prentice ponders whether Gareth Barry's late yellow card was cunningly planned to avoid a two-match ban.

Stonebridge Cross put forward as alternative to Walton Hall Park

12 February
Citing concerns over the proposed development of Walton Hall Park, Liverpool Green Party have suggested the vacant land at Stonebridge Cross as a potential alternative site for Everton's new stadium.

FA charge Everton and Chelsea but Ivanovic gets off scot-free

12 February
The Football Association have announced that both Everton and Chelsea have been charged with failing to control their players in last night's match.

Martinez disappointed by Chelsea's conduct

11 February
Roberto Martinez has criticised Chelsea's players for aggressively trying to influence the referee during Everton's narrow 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge this evening.

Barry only facing one-match ban

11 February
Gareth Barry will now miss just one match, the upcoming home game against Leicester City, after he was sent off against Chelsea this evening.

Déjà vu for unlucky Everton

11 February
Everton were beaten at Stamford Bridge by a very late goal for the second season running as Willian's deflected low drive crept inside Tim Howard's post. Earlier, Peter Cech had somehow kept out Romelu Lukaku's close-range shot to keep it goalless but the Blues' resolute defensive stand buckled just two minutes from the end.

Galloway approaching first team readiness

11 February
Brendan Galloway feels that he is getting close to following in John Stones's footsteps and making the breakthrough into Everton's senior side as a teenager.

U21s beaten by Villarreal

11 February
While the senior side played Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Everton Under-21s faced Villarreal in their second Premier League International Cup match at Goodison Park but went down 2-1.

Lennon: I'm buzzing to be at Everton

11 February
Despite the photographs of his arrival at Finch Farm that went viral last week, Aaron Lennon says he is he happy to be getting a chance of first-team football with Everton.

Chelsea vs Everton

11 February
It's 21 years since an Everton team won at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League and with Chelsea in full flow having opened up a lead at the top of the table and Everton struggling for goals, there's little to suggest that long-standing hoodoo will fall this evening. Where there is opportunity, however, there is hope.

Everton table new contract offer for Garbutt

10 February
Everton have reportedly offered Luke Garbutt fresh terms in a bid to keep the fullback at Goodison Park. The 21-year-old can leave the Blues for free as a free agent in the summer if the two parties don't come to an agreement over a new contract.

Martinez defends caution over Barkley

10 February
Roberto Martinez has explained his decision to start Ross Barkley on the bench in the Merseyside derby.

Domestic TV rights deal is another cash bonanza for Premier League clubs

10 February
The details of the latest domestic broadcast deal have been revealed, with Sky Sports and BT paying a combined £5.13bn for the rights to screen English Premier League matches between 2016-2019.

Season ticket prices frozen for 2015-16

10 February
Everton have announced a freeze on the price of season tickets for next season which go on sale on Monday 23rd February at 8am.

McAleny could emerge as key to Cardiff revival  [MEDIA]

9 February
Conor McAleny impressed in his first appearance for Cardiff against Sheffield Wednesday and has South Wales media anticipating the impact he could make to the Bluebirds this season.

U21s record convincing win over Southampton

9 February
Everton Under-21s beat Southampton 3-1 in Southport thanks to a strong first half hour where they stormed into a 3-0 lead thanks to goals by David Henen, Jonjoe Kenny and Brendan Galloway.

Pennington loan extended until May

9 February
Matthew Pennington will stay on loan at Coventry City until the end of the season after his initial month-long term was extended.

Howard remains '№ 1' despite Robles's recent form

9 February
Roberto Martinez has reiterated that Tim Howard is Everton's first-choice goalkeeper, suggesting that he will reclaim his starting berth from Joel Robles once he returns to full fitness.

Martinez has no issue with Mirallas

9 February
Roberto Martinez insists that there is no problem with Kevin Mirallas following the forward's pre-derby interview with Belgian media last week in which he spelled out his desire for Champions League football.

Atsu suffers penalty agony in AFCoN final

8 February
Christian Atsu was named player of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations but it was scant consolation as Ghana lost the final 9-8 on penalties to Ivory Coast.

Martinez: Derby was an 'interesting' game

7 February
Roberto Martinez was pleased by his charges' strong finish to today's derby, a match he described as interesting despite its goalless conclusion.

Goodison derby peters out to goalless conclusion

7 February
The 224th Merseyside derby ended all square with precious little to excite a packed Goodison Park. Jordan Ibe smacked a shot off the post in the first half while Simon Mignolet made a late save to deny Seamus Coleman in a drab encounter.

Everton unveil Hillsborough plaque at Goodison Park

7 February
Bill Kenwright was joined by Margaret Aspinall as the club officially revealed the permanent tribute to the 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster.

Unflappable Stones feels Blues have turned the corner

7 February
Back in the side and part once more of an improving back line, John Stones believes that if Everton defend the way did against Crystal Palace last weekend, they can stop Liverpool's resurgent attack in today's Merseyside derby.

'Soft touch' Martinez oversees drop in morale  [MEDIA]

6 February
Citing sources on the playing staff and other "qualified observers", Matt Lawton at MailOnline suggests Everton's alarming slump this season can be traced back to Roberto Martinez's methods.

Jones: Mersey derby is the biggest game of all

6 February
Everton Assistant Manager Graeme Jones says that not even the FA Cup Final can compare to the emotional intensity of the Merseyside derby.

Lennon relishing link-up with Lukaku

6 February
Aaron Lennon says that having an "unbelievable" striker like Romelu Lukaku as a target is going to be a big help as he bids to grasp the opportunity of a fresh start at Everton.

Hillsborough plaque to be unveiled at Goodison

6 February
The 96 who died at Hillsborough are to have a plaque unveiled in their memory at Goodison Park ahead of Saturday’s 224th Merseyside derby game between Everton and Liverpool.

Everton vs Liverpool

6 February
Everton come into the 224th Merseyside derby with a spring in their step thanks to last weekend's win at Crystal Palace and the possible return to action of James McCarthy after five weeks out with hamstring problems.

View from the Gwladys Street  [MEDIA]

6 February
TW's chief writer chats with the Echo's Chris Beesley ahead of the Merseyside derby.

Martinez looking for derby springboard

5 February
Roberto Martinez is hoping to oversee a victory in the Merseyside derby that can help revitalise his team's season.

Ghana through to AFCoN final

5 February
Christian Atsu and Ghana will contest the Africa Cup of Nations final against Ivory Coast after they beat hosts Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in a match marred by disturbances in the stands.

Mirallas wants Champions League football next season

5 February
Kevin Mirallas says that he dreams of playing in the Champions League next season and while he acknowledges that Everton still have a route to Europe's elite tournament via the Europa League, he also admits he feels ready for a new challenge.

Everton in the Community Birthday Fixture

5 February
The Blues' upcoming fixture against Leicester City on Sunday 22 February will see Everton in the Community celebrate its 27th birthday. A donation from ticket sales will be going direct to the Club’s official charity.

McCarthy is fit for the derby

4 February
UPDATED Roberto Martinez has denied reports that James McCarthy's hopes of making his first-team comeback in Saturday's Merseyside derby had been dashed based on false reports that he had suffered a setback in his recovery from a persistent hamstring problem.

Reports: Late West Ham move for Distin fell through

4 February
Sylvain Distin was the subject of late interest from West Ham, who would have signed the 37 year-old had the two parties been able to agree on the duration of the contract.

Selling Mirallas never an option

4 February
Roberto Martinez says that letting Kevin Mirallas go to Tottenham as part of the efforts to bring Aaron Lennon to Goodison Park during the January transfer window was not under consideration.

Martinez content with more 'balanced' squad

4 February
Roberto Martinez believes his Everton squad has better balance following the deadline-day acquisition of Aaron Lennon from Tottenham.

Blues form partnership with A-League Mariners

3 February
Everton and Central Coast Mariners of Australia's Hyandai A-League have entered into an official partnership which will have "player development at the forefront."

Lennon 'delighted' with Goodison switch

3 February
Aaron Lennon says there was only one choice for him once he found out that Everton were interested in signing him on loan for the rest of the season from Tottenham. "Everything about Everton excited me," said the deadline arrival who will wear the no.25 shirt.

Cahill parts ways with New York Red Bulls  [MEDIA]

2 February
Tim Cahill has ended his contract with MLS club New York Red Bulls by mutual consent and could be set to make a lucrative move to China.

Police drop challenge to late derby kick-off

3 February
UPDATED Merseyside Police have now dropped their late legal challenge after Everton agreed to provide more segregation inside Goodison Park.

Eto'o refuses extra training  [MEDIA]

2 February
It’s being reported that Sampdoria striker Samuel Eto’o has refused to take part in a double training session this morning.

Everton sign Lennon on loan

2 February
Everton have confirmed the acquisition of Tottenham's Aaron Lennon on loan for the remainder of the season. Matthew Kennedy, meanwhile, has joined Cardiff City in a permanent deal, Conor McAleny signs for the Bluebirds on loan and Conor Grant has been loaned to Motherwell, both until the end of the season.

Atsu brace helps Ghana into AFCoN semis

1 February
Christian Atsu scored twice, including a stunning strike from wide on the right, as Ghana beat Guinea 3-0.

Boss takes great satisfaction from win at Palace

31 January
Roberto Martinez expressed his pleasure with Everton's first win in seven Premier League games as they beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Resolute Everton find winning formula

30 January
Everton won for the first time since mid-December, rallying behind Romelu Lukaku's early goal and earning a rare clean sheet as they kept Palace at bay. The Belgian scored the only goal in the second minute, a strike that lifts some of the pressure on Roberto Martinez and his side after a poor run of recent form.

Martinez sets sights on 40-point goal

30 January
Roberto Martinez says that he and his players are treating every League game as a cup final as they attempt to reverse their poor form and reach the traditional safety mark 40 of points.

Norwegian 'wonderkid' trains with Blues

30 January
14 year-old Edvard Sandvik Tagseth has spent time on trial at Finch Farm. The Norwegian 'starlet', who plays for Neset FK Youth, is scheduled to return to Everton's Academy for a second spell soon will also have a spell with Manchester United in the coming weeks.

Crystal Palace vs Everton

30 January
With the benefit of a week's worth of warm-weather training, Everton return to action this weekend with a trip to Selhurst Park and a match that has assumed uncomfortable significance for the Blues' season.

Slim creative pickings, claims Martinez

29 January
Roberto Martinez appeared to effectively close the door on any late action in the transfer market by claiming that there are no available options to replace injured duo Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar.

Police investigate incident that left Academy 'keeper in hospital  [MEDIA]

29 January
Merseyside Police are investigating an alleged fight at Finch Farm that put U18s goalkeeper Ciaran O’Loughlin in hospital with a neck injury.

Boss remaining positive in the face of poor results

28 January
Roberto Martinez says he is optimistic that Everton have come through the worst part of the season and that a new-found "stubborn mentality" will see his team get the results that he feels recent performances have deserved.

The curious case of when Everton almost signed James Rodriguez  [MEDIA]

28 January
The headline is a little misleading because Everton dismissed any hope of signing the Colombian because they would never have got a work permit for him, but this is an interesting insight into how the club scouted foreign talent under David Moyes.

Martinez remains cautious over transfer activity

28 January
Roberto Martinez remains insistent that the key to turning around Everton's faltering season lies within the existing squad and not in trying to work what he feels is an unfavourable January transfer market.

Ghana come back from the brink to advance

27 January
Goals by John Boye and Andre Ayew turned Ghana's final AFCoN group game against South Africa on its head and sent Christian Atsu and the Black Stars through to the quarter finals.

Tim Cahill, Oz's greatest ever footballer in any code  [MEDIA]

27 January
Evertonians might be interested in this little piece of hyperbole: Tim Cahill is the greatest contributor to any Australian football code, Robbie Slater says.

U21s stage comeback to draw a thriller against Fulham

26 January
Everton came back from 2-0 down and again when trailing 3-2 to grab a point against Fulham in a gripping game at Southport this evening.

Coleman lauds Baines as country's best left back  [MEDIA]

26 January
Seamus Coleman says there is no one better in the Premier League in Leighton Baines's position and he has tipped his team-mate to set an assists record for a defender that will be tough to beat.

McCarthy on course for return against Palace

26 January
James McCarthy has resumed full training and been declared "fully fit" by Roberto Martinez, putting him in line for a return to action against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Watson: I wish I hadn't left Everton  [MEDIA]

24 January
Former Everton utility man, Steve Watson, tells the Echo that he regrets his decision to leave the Blues after only being offered a one-year deal by then boss David Moyes.

Ghana beat Algeria with late goal

23 January
Christian Atsu was in Africa Cup of Nations action today as Ghana edged Algeria 1-0 thanks to Asamoah Gyan's late winner.

Eto'o completes Sampdoria move

27 January
Updated Samuel Eto'o's switch to Sampdoria is finally official now that his registration has been transferred after the veteran striker completed a medical over the weekend. The Cameroonian leaves Everton just six months into an anticipated two-year contract having made 12 starts and scored four times.

Blues appoint ex-Southport boss to Academy

22 January
Everton have announced the appointment of Gary Brabin to the club’s Academy coaching staff following his departure from the Conference side.

Club officials snubbed by Lille authorities

22 January
Everton report that they have had no response from the Prefecture of Lille to a letter penned back in November that highlighted the club's concerns over crowd security.

Everton back among top 20 richest clubs

22 January
Everton have been named among the world's 20 richest clubs thanks to the big increase in revenue from the television rights deals.

Mirallas-gate: Everton stars take two spots in the top five  [MEDIA]

21 January
Following 'Mirallas-gate' on Monday, www.oulala.com have taken a closer look to who the five best ever Premier League penalty takers are and two Everton players make the cut.

Italians remain hopeful over Eto'o

21 January
Sampdoria are still optimistic of securing Samuel Eto'o's transfer this week as they wait for Everton to release the 33 year-old from his contract.

Blues not thinking about relegation

21 January
John Stones insists that Everton are not yet looking nervously over their shoulders at the proximity of the bottom three, saying that their focus is squarely on the next game.

Under-18s out on penalties at Goodison Park

21 January
Everton's U18s are out of the FA Youth Cup at the Fourth Round stage after losing on penalties at Goodison Park. The Young Blues were goalless at half time having hit the woodwork just before the break but they fell behind to Kyle Clinton's goal early in the second half. Michael Donohue fired home a late equaliser that took the tie to extra time and then a shootout.

Toxic Toffees sleepwalking to relegation fight  [MEDIA]

20 January
Matt Jones on the frustration and anxiety that pervades Everton's home games these days as the team struggles on the pitch

Baines: Qatar trip is a chance to reset

20 January
Leighton Baines hopes that Everton's players can use the team's forthcoming warm-weather training camp in Qatar as an opportunity to "take a step back" and look at where things have gone so wrong this season.

Boss not expecting significant deals before the deadline

20 January
Roberto Martinez says that he would be "very surprised" if there were any major changes to the Everton squad between now and the transfer deadline at the end of month. The manager retains his faith in the players at his disposal and he hints that the possible departure of Samuel Eto'o would the only significant move in or out of the club.

Everton insist nothing imminent regarding Eto'o

20 January
Samuel Eto'o's move to Sampdoria remains in the balance after Roberto Martinez reiterated that Everton will likely take until the end of the transfer window to decide the player's future.

Long joins Brentford on one-month loan

20 January
Everton have agreed to send Academy striker Chris Long to Brentford on an initial one-month loan deal.

Martinez moves to defuse Mirallas penalty row

20 January
The Everton boss insisted after last evening's draw with West Brom that the only issue he had with Kevin Mirallas taking the first-half penalty was the fact that he missed it.

Struggling Everton draw another blank

19 January
Everton's dismal record since mid-December extended to just one win in 13 as they failed to find their way through an entrenched West Brom defence. Kevin Mirallas' missed penalty shortly before half time was as close as they came to scoring on a frustrating night at Goodison Park.

Ghana beaten in AFCoN opener

19 January
Christian Atsu's Ghana surrendered a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 to Senegal in their first game of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Hollywood comes to Goodison

19 January
Evertonians will have the chance to play their part in a Hollywood film this Monday evening, January 19, simply by staying in their seats at half-time!

Martinez lodges complaints about match officials

18 January
Roberto Martinez has contacted Mike Riley, head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, to make an official complaint regarding "six or seven" decisions which he believes have negatively affected Everton's season.

Martinez on mistakes by young players

18 January
Roberto Martinez says that he will continue to allow the younger members of his team to make mistakes as they develop into fully-rounded players.

FA Youth Cup v Southampton on Wednesday

18 January
Everton's Under-18s take on Southampton in the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup at Goodison Park on Wednesday night and young goalkeeper Mateusz Hewelt is looking forward to the clash.

Everton vs West Bromwich Albion

18 January
With the brief FA Cup adventure over, Everton's focus returns to the Premier League and a fixture that has assumed huge importance for team morale and the Blues' season as a whole. Aiden McGeady's suspension forces at least one change to the team that started at West Ham on Tuesday while Tony Hibbert is likely to come off the injured list.

David Ginola Fifa President?  [MEDIA]

16 January
David Ginola, formerly of this parish, has said his bid for the Fifa Presidency is no joke. However, he is being paid a 'salary' of £250,000 by a bookmaker to run the campaign in an attempt to deny Sepp Blatter an astounding 5th term in world football's highest position.

Martinez coy as reports hint at imminent Eto'o departure

16 January
Despite claims by Roberto Martinez today that he will take a couple of weeks to think about Samuel Eto'o's position with Everton, reports in Italy suggest that the Cameroonian could be out the door by Monday. The veteran striker appears to have agreed terms on a return to Serie A with Sampdoria.

England U21s would be backward step for Barkley

16 January
Roberto Martinez isn't keen on the prospect of Ross Barkley playing for England in this summer's U21s European Championships, suggesting that it would be a retrograde step for the midfielder.

Questions over Roberto Martinez's tactics as Everton struggle for balance in his second season  [MEDIA]

16 January
At Sky.com, Adam Bate looks at the numbers behind Everton's stuttering form under Roberto Martinez.

U21s register comfortable win over West Ham

15 January
Goals by Conor McAleny and Callum Connolly helped Everton to a 2-0 win over the Hammers in Southport this evening.

Ferguson involved in early-morning crash  [MEDIA]

15 January
There were no injuries after an Audi A3 ran up the back of Duncan Ferguson's BMW 1 on the M57 this morning. "There was considerable damage" to the Audi, proving once again that people usually come off second best when they hit Big Dunc!

Henen happy to continue developing at Everton

15 January
David Henen says that he is enjoying his time with Everton and is open-minded about where he plays for the remainder of the season.

Everton subsidise Chelsea tickets

14 January
Everton supporters travelling to Chelsea to cheer on the Blues next month will benefit from reduced-price tickets.

Mirallas will decide his future in the summer

14 January
Kevin Mirallas says that he is comfortable with his current contract situation at Everton and will mull his future over at the end of the season. The 27 year-old, who hopes his ankle injury will clear up in the next couple of weeks, has 18 months left to run on his current deal.

Report: No Everton move for Lukic

15 January
Updated Everton's reported deal to sign Partizan Belgrade teenager Stefan Lukic has been played down by the Liverpool Echo who claim that the midfielder is not on Roberto Martinez's shopping list this month.

Evertonians mourn 'super supporter' Tony Heslop  [MEDIA]

14 January
David Prentice on the reaction from local supporters groups who mark the untimely passing of one of the club's most active fans who was heavily involved with the Everton Shareholders Association, the Heritage Society, the Everton Collection and the Ruleteros Society.

West Brom tickets still available

14 January
Tickets are still available at the Box Office for Monday night’s clash with West Bromwich Albion.

Martinez “could not be prouder”

14 January
The Everton boss expressed his pride at the way his depleted team took West Ham to the wire in the cup replay at Upton Park and almost prevailed before suffering heart-breaking defeat on penalties.

Penalty heartbreak for 10-man Blues

13 January
A gutsy display by 10-man Everton on a remarkable night of drama at Upton Park was almost enough to carry them through to the fourth round. Joel Robles, having kept his team in the tie with a series of terrific saves, smashed a sudden-death penalty off the crossbar and his opposite number Adrian scored the decisive spot kick to break Blues hearts.

Martinez confirms interest in Eto'o

13 January
Roberto Martinez has admitted that Samuel Eto'o was left out of the team for tonight's cup replay because of interest in the striker from two clubs.

Everton Champions 1986-87  [MEDIA]

13 January
This fine review of Everton's 1986-87 season, when they were last crowned Champions, was submitted by Brian Hill. The programme hosted by Rob Palmer is lengthy — almost 2 hours — but includes some fine footage and interviews... a special treat for newer fans who may have missed it back in the day!

West Ham United vs Everton

13 January
Having rescued this FA Cup Third Round tie at the death a week ago, Everton get the chance to complete the job and, potentially, turn their season around in the replay in East London. With no new injury concerns, Roberto Martinez will choose from the same squad as the one that faced Manchester City, with Kevin Mirallas again a doubt.

Tesco pull the plug on Kirkby superstore

12 January
BBC Look NorthWest featured a story tonight that, after years of planning, Tesco have now pulled the plug on the construction of a new superstore in the middle of Kirkby.

U21s beaten by late goal at Leicester

12 January
A Chris Wood goal three minutes from time condemned Everton U21s to defeat after Matt Kennedy had hit the bar with a free kick.

Martinez quashes Eto'o speculation

12 January
Roberto Martinez has moved to dampen rumours of Samuel Eto'o's potential return to Italy this month, telling reporters today that Everton have not had any conversations with potential buyers regarding the Cameroonian. He also dismissed talk linking Seamus Coleman with a move away from Goodison.

Derby goes ahead at 5:30pm kick-off

12 January
The Premier League has confirmed the kick-off time for next month’s derby game at Goodison Park will remain at 5:30pm despite police concerns over the evening kick-off.

Mirallas still not over ankle injury

12 January
Kevin Mirallas admits that he is still feeling pain in the ankle that was initially damaged at the end of last month's win over Queens Park Rangers.

Martinez pleased with Blues' character

11 January
Roberto Martinez expressed his satisfaction with his side's performance against Manchester City yesterday as they came back from a goal down to take a well-deserved point.

Lukaku mourns death of friend Malanda  [MEDIA]

11 January
Romelu Lukaku took to Twitter yesterday to express his sadness at the untimely death of his compatriot, friend and rising Wolfsburg star, Junior Malanda, who was killed in a car crash. Malanda, who played against the Blues in the Europa League last year, was just 20.

Everton are 'a shining beacon for football'

11 January
The Telegraph's Henry Winter lauds Everton for the success of their community outreach and support through the award-winning Everton In The Community.

Naismith earns battling Blues a point

10 January
A Steven Naismith header salvaged a point for Everton just four minutes after Fernandinho's goal looked to have put title-chasing City on their way to victory. The Scot rose to head home Leighton Baines's free kick with 12 minutes left to ensure that the Blues' losing run in the Premier League deservedly ended against the Champions.

Robert Earl talks Everton on NBC  [MEDIA]

10 January
Everton's little-seen director briefly waxes lyrical about his "ownership" of the Blues with NBC late night host Seth Meyers whom he invited to the 2009 FA Cup Final.

Jagielka: Not 'make or break' yet

10 January
Everton's captain says that "it's not panic stations" at Goodison after four successive Premier League defeats but he admits that recent defeats, particularly the dismal reverses at Southampton and Hull, have brought home how easily the Blues could get sucked into a scrap to survive the drop this season.

U18s beat Sunderland

9 January
Kevin Sheedy's young Blues earned a 1-0 away win against their Black Cats peers.

Lundstram heading back to Orient

9 January
John Lundstram is returning to Leyton Orient for another loan spell, this time for six weeks.

Martinez concerned by spate of hamstring injuries

9 January
The worrying spike in soft tissue injuries that has befallen Everton this season has manager Roberto Martinez vowing to investigate the cause.

Everton vs Manchester City

8 January
Four days after Romelu Lukaku's last-ditch equaliser kept the Wembley dream alive, the Blues are back in League action at Goodison Park for the visit of the reigning Champions. Sylvain Distin joins James McCarthy, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, Tony Hibbert, Darron Gibson and Tim Howard in the treatment room but Antolin Alcaraz and Leighton Baines are back in the squad.

Martinez confident McCarthy is on the mend

8 January
Roberto Martinez believes that the club's medical staff have "got to the bottom" of James McCarthy's hamstring problems and he predicts that when the Irish international returns to the side it will be for good. McCarthy's recovery continues but he is ruled out of Saturday's match with Manchester City.

Hackett: Referees are the worst we have seen  [MEDIA]

7 January
The former head of Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the body that oversees the Premier League's referees, has delivered a scathing verdict on the current crop of officials and called for the current chief, Mike Riley, to stand down.

Lukaku: I knew it was time to react

7 January
Romelu Lukaku says that two games on the substitutes' bench provided him with the motivation he needed to put on the gutsy display he showed against West Ham last night. The 21 year-old's dramatic stoppage-time equaliser capped a fine personal display, one he says was aided by a more direct approach that was requested of Roberto Martinez by the players.

Others must follow Lukaku's lead  [MEDIA]

7 January
Luke O'Farrell argues that Lukaku's late leveller against West Ham papered over some significant cracks that will require other players and their manager raising their game in order to fill.

Martinez's praise for goal hero Lukaku

7 January
Roberto Martinez was singing the praises of his record signing after his injury-time goal in last night's draw with West Ham, a moment the manager feels could be a turning point.

Atsu on target in Ghana friendly

7 January
Christian Atsu was on target for his country in their AFCoN warm-up match against Portuguese club side SC Olhanense which they won 3-0

U21s fullback loaned to Telford

7 January
Everton have farmed right back Ben McLaughlin out to Telford United on a one-month loan.

So, uh, what the hell happened to Tim Howard?  [MEDIA]

7 January
This interesting piece by Mike Goodman of ESPN off-shoot, Grantland, takes a statistical look at the reasons why Tim Howard's shots-to-save ratio is so abysmal this season, widening the scope to focus on a less effective defensive midfield in the absence of James McCarthy and in the face of Gareth Barry's poor form.

Everton Ladies goalkeeper retires

6 January
Everton Ladies goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis has announced her retirement from football.

Lukaku saves Everton with last-gasp equaliser

6 January
An injury-time equaliser from Romelu Lukaku took this FA Cup Third Round tie to a replay, rescuing Everton from a fifth successive defeat and an early exit. More poor defending had allowed James Collins to power home a header 10 minutes into the second half but the Blues' late pressure told when Lukaku rammed home from close range.

Trip to Doncaster or Bristol City awaits...

5 January
In the draw for the Fourth Round of the FA Cup held this evening, the winners of tomorrow night's Third Round tie between Everton and West Ham will play Doncaster Rovers or Bristol City away.

Everton vs West Ham United

5 January
Everton could welcome John Stones back to the starting XI after another two-game absence and Kevin Mirallas is fit but James McCarthy is unlikely to make tomorrow evening's tie against West Ham and Antolin Alcaraz is suspended. For the winners awaits a tie against either Doncaster Rovers or Bristol City in the Fourth Round.

Carsley: time to stand up and be counted  [MEDIA]

4 January
Everton's no-nonsense former midfielder says that it's premature to talk of ripping up Roberto Martinez's plan A but the players need to dig in and start out-working opposition teams again

Jagielka: Up to us to turn the corner

4 January
Phil Jagielka says the squad is determined to turn their form around, starting with the third round FA Cup clash against West Ham United.

Boss may make changes for Cup tie

4 January
Roberto Martinez has hinted that he will make further changes to his team when West Ham visit Goodison Park in the FA Cup Third Round on Tuesday. The manager, whose Everton side are in poor form of late, suggests that he will use the break from the pressures of the Premier League to “open competition” for the players.

Gareth Barry's struggles echoing Everton decline  [MEDIA]

3 January
Suggesting that Barry should be dropped would have provoked searing outrage last season but now it is something that will no doubt find support from the stands, writes Phil Kirkbride.

Everton and the four letter word: Work!  [MEDIA]

2 January
David Prentice harks back to the 1995-96 season when the wheels came off Joe Royle's tenure and the parallels with this season

Atsu fit again but heading to AFCoN

2 January
Christian Atsu marked his recovery from a hamstring injury by being named on the substitute's bench for the match at Hull yesterday and should be fit for Ghana this month.

Pennington off on loan to Coventry

28 November
Everton academy defender Matthew Pennington is to spend December with Coventry City on loan, set to end on 4 January 2015.

Jagielka: Players must share the blame for poor results

1 January
Phil Jagielka has moved to take some of the pressure of his beleaguered manager by insisting that it's up to the Everton players to sort out their current run of dreadful form.

Hope makes Bury move permanent

1 January
Hallam Hope will officially join Bury for an undisclosed fee, Everton have announced, while Matty Kennedy's loan spell at Hibernian will end this coming weekend.

Everton kick off 2015 in defeat

1 January
Another dismal performance by Martinez and his demoralized charges saw them surrender at the KC Stadium to two soft first-half goals. Everton had chances to test McGregor but it was Hull who were denied an early penalty before Ahmed Elmohamdy headed home far too easily to put Hull ahead. It got far worse when Nikica Jelavic lobbed Joel Robles to make it 2-0 for the home side. Despite changes at the break, the Blues showed precious little in the second half as Antolin Alcaraz picked up a very harsh second yellow before the end.

5 things Martinez must do to turn it around  [MEDIA]

1 January
Everton's season continues to go from bad to worse with tough games to come in the coming weeks. Joe Strange has some urgent suggestions for what Roberto Martinez can do to arrest the slide and stave off a relegation battle that was unthinkable just a month ago.

There's no panic but we're not happy

1 January
Roberto Martinez admits that confidence is low at Everton and that the team needs to work within itself to get back to winning ways after four consecutive defeats.

And the Wheels Came Off – Part 1  [MEDIA]

1 January
Having struggled to really get going in 2014-15, Everton's season is threatening to derail completely after a return of just four points from the last seven Premier League games. It's too early to panic but there is plenty of room for concern.

And the Wheels Came Off Part 2  [MEDIA]

1 January
How do you restore waning confidence to a team that thrives on it to succeed? Return to the fundamentals by establishing a settled line-up and formation and try to get some points on the board. Easier said than done but that should be Roberto Martinez's immediate task as 2015 dawns.

Martinez rejects accusations that Everton have gone 'soft'

1 January
Roberto Martinez says that his team's preference for a "technical approach" to the game does not mean that Everton are a "soft" team.

Hull City vs Everton

1 January
Everton begin 2015 with a second successive away fixture as they look to end their longest losing sequence thus far under Roberto Martinez's management. Steven Naismith is eligible following suspension while John Stones, Phil Jagielka and James McCarthy will undergo fitness tests. Tim Howard, Leon Osman, Tony Hibbert, Darron Gibson and Steven Pienaar are all ruled out.

Lundstram recalled from latest loan

31 December
John Lundstram's season-long loan at Blackpool has been curtailed at the halfway stage by Everton who will recall him on 3rd January.

Everton Blue Sky Mining  [MEDIA]

31 December
The annual analysis of Everton's financial performance from this excellent blog looks at 2013-14

Testing times  [MEDIA]

31 December
Lost in the dramatic unravelling of Everton's season has been the positive adventure that characterised Roberto Martinez's first season in charge. Luke O'Farrell ponders whether, in the face of current adversity, he can bring it back.

Everton need to show they are no pushovers  [MEDIA]

31 December
Luke O'Farrell argues, with statistics to support his view, that the Blues are just too nice and need to show some steel.

Martinez resolute over playing style

31 December
Roberto Martinez insists that he will not deviate from his footballing philosophy in the face of Everton's poor run of recent form, arguing that to change the team's style of play would be counter-productive. The Blues are on a three-match losing streak and face what the manager describes as a "huge" game at Hull on New Year's Day.

Coventry extend Pennington loan

30 December
Matthew Pennington has had his loan spell at Coventry City extended until 7th February after impressing the League One club's manager, Steven Pressley.

Martinez may open search for a goalkeeper

30 December
Roberto Martinez provided an update on the condition of a number of his players today and says that he will assess the need to draft in another goalkeeping option to cover Tim Howard's layoff when the transfer window opens.

Everton lose head of medicinal services

29 December
Everton's Head of Medicinal Services, Danny Donachie, parted ways with the club last week, it has been revealed.

Baines looks for improvement against Hull

29 December
Leighton Baines has admitted that Everton have to improve after a run of three consecutive defeats that has ratcheted up the pressure on Roberto Martinez's faltering side.

Report: Howard out until February

29 December
Sources in the US are claiming that Tim Howard is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks after tearing a calf muscle on Boxing Day. Joel Robles has been deputising for the 35-year-old since replacing him at half-time of the defeat to Stoke and then playing in the disappointing loss to Newcastle yesterday.

Everton's downfall: A mass effect  [MEDIA]

29 December
Ped McPartland provides his analysis of where things have gone wrong this season and they can be traced back to poor pre-season preparation.

Everton FC: Everything isn't awesome  [MEDIA]

29 December
Ed Bottomley retains his faith in Roberto Martinez and suggests sacking him now would be an "amnesiac decision" based on what he achieved last season.

Everton failing the character test  [MEDIA]

29 December
Phil McBride asks, Where are Everton’s leaders? Where are the characters and big game personalities?

McCarthy's hamstring remains a concern

29 December
James McCarthy is once again doubtful for Everton's next fixture after being withdrawn at half-time as a precaution against Newcastle yesterday.

Cisse handed three-match ban for violent conduct

29 December
It's of no use to Everton but Papiss Cisse has been suspended retroactively after television cameras showed him elbowing Seamus Coleman in the face during the first half of yesterday's match at St James' Park.

Garbutt keeping the faith

29 December
Defender Luke Garbutt says that Everton need to stick together and battle their way through the poor run of form that has derailed their push for the top four this season.

Shambolic Everton end 2014 with third straight defeat

28 December
Everton threw away a precious advantage gained through Arouna Kone's first goal in a Blue jersey with calamitous defending that condemned them to a third successive defeat. Papisse Cisse escaped censure for an elbow on Seamus Coleman and then half-volleyed home the equaliser before Emmanuel Rivière capitalised on Aiden McGeady's giveaway to make it 2-1. Ross Barkley's poor touch gifted a third for Jack Colback and though Kevin Mirallas came off the bench to give the Blues a chance with a fine strike, they could not engineer an equaliser in the closing stages.

Martinez's Everton facing 'challenge of the season'

28 December
Roberto Martinez has acknowledged that his Everton side are at a pivotal moment of their season as they look to arrest a worrying run of form.

Newcastle United vs Everton

28 December
With their form testing the bounds of crisis and the brief respite from injuries over, Everton play the first of two consecutive away matches that will put Roberto Martinez and his players to a severe test as they struggle to salvage their Premier League campaign. Tim Howard, Phil Jagielka, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas will have injuries assessed but Steven Naismith serves a one-match ban.

No Christmas cheer as Blues are beaten again

26 December
Everton crashed to a second successive defeat, their third in four Premier League matches, as Stoke successfully defended Bojan's first-half penalty and intensified the pressure on Roberto Martinez's team. The Blues played with high intensity in an injury-ravaged first half but squandered a couple of good chances either side of going behind. The second period was plagued by increasing uncertainty, though, and only a trio of low shots from distance by Romelu Lukaku and Leighton Baines troubled Asmir Begovic.

Everton vs Stoke City

26 December
Everton face one of the more important matches of Roberto Martinez's reign as they face Stoke City needing to produce a performance and a result that would re-establish their dminishing top-four credentials Kevin Mirallas, James McCarthy and John Stones could all return, though, giving the manager his strongest team selection options so far this season.

Happy Christmas from ToffeeWeb

24 December
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Players acknowledge need to improve

23 December
Everton captain Phil Jagielka and forward Steven Naismith have come out in recent days to echo the importance of putting a run of good results together following the season's nadir at Southampton on Saturday.

Local authorities push for earlier derby kick-off

23 December
Merseyside Police and Liverpool City Council have informed the Premier League of their objections to the scheduling of the Goodison derby for an evening kick-off.

Martinez admits concerns over results but not performances

23 December
Roberto Martinez says that he is concerned about Everton's inconsistent results in recent weeks which have seen the club fall into the bottom half of the table heading into the Festive period. He refuses to rule out a top-four finish, however, citing the unpredictable and wide open Premier League this season.

Junior gets Celtic trial opportunity

20 December
Francisco Junior has the prospect of getting his career back on track with the chance to impress Celtic on trial this month.

Southampton 3 - 0 Everton

20 December
Gareth Barry and Samuel Eto'o are in the starting line-up for Everton's match at Southampton. McCarthy, Hibbert, Osman, Gibson, Atsu and Mirallas are all out injured. Lukaku inadvertently gave Southampton the lead before Pelle scored a soft second goal and it was game over when Yoshida powered in a third goal against a dismal Everton side.

February games moved for live coverage

19 December
Three of Everton’s February fixtures have been rescheduled for live television broadcast, while the game at Arsenal has been moved to 1st March, also for live coverage.

Southampton vs Everton

18 December
Having chalked up their fifth win of the League season and stepped back into the top half of the table, Everton head south to Southampton looking to build some momentum heading into the Festive programme. Kevin Mirallas and Leon Osman are ruled out with injury but Gareth Barry is in contention again following suspension, James McCarthy has a 50% chance of being passed fit and John Stones is a possible starter after two and a half months out.

Blues on tour hits Southampton

18 December
Everton’s next Blues On Tour event will see 200 fans get free coach travel to this weekend’s Premier League clash with Southampton.

Third goal against QPR was an own goal

18 December
As expected, the Premier League's Dubious Goals Panel has elected to credit Everton's third goal against QPR last Monday as an own goal by Nedum Onuoha.

Martinez upbeat on Mirallas and Osman's fitness

18 December
Kevin Mirallas has not sustained any significant damage to his ankle and should be fit for the Festive programme while Leon Osman won't need surgery on a foot injury, the manager has revealed.

Naismith signs new Everton deal

17 December
Steven Naismith has put pen to paper on a three-year extension to his Everton contract that ties him to the club until 2019. The new deal is recognition of his impressive form under Roberto Martinez where he has flourished in a central attacking role behind Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku stuns inspirational Evertonian Hannah

17 December
An inspirational teenager whose passion for Everton drove her to make a difference in the Walton community was given a festive surprise by Romelu Lukaku when she was named Everton's latest Blue Hero.

Naismith calls for patience over Barkley

17 December
Steven Naismith says that Ross Barkley should be given the time and room to develop without the burden of expectation that usually gets put on the nation's young stars. The 21 year-old made the headlines again with his impressive goal and all-round display against QPR on Monday night but his Scottish teammate warns that it may be a few years before Barkley achieves consistency in his performances.

Report: Everton concerned Osman may need surgery

17 December
Leon Osman may require an operation to correct an unspecified foot injury according to a report by MailOnline.

Everton unveil new Fans' Forum members

16 December
Everton have announced the six new members of the club's Fans' Forum following a recent vote by supporters.

Besic enjoying the big stage

16 December
Muhamed Besic has spoken of how much he enjoyed his first win as a starting Everton player and his desire to improve and become the "perfect player".

Howard backs down in Friedel flap  [MEDIA]

16 December
Tim Howard says that he has instructed his publisher to amend future editions of his autobiography to remove accusations that his compatriot Brad Friedel put obstacles in the way of him obtaining a work permit when he first signed for Manchester United.

"I have decided to take Brad at his word," Howard says in a statement.

Under-21s bow out of Premier League Cup

16 December
Two second-half goals by Huddersfield Town U21s at the John Smith's Stadium ended Everton U21s' interest in the competition.

Mirallas undergoes ankle scan

16 December
Updated Kevin Mirallas will have to wait another couple of days to find out the full extent of his ankle injury, although there are indications that he hasn't suffered serious damage.

Mirallas stretchered off in patchy victory

15 December
Everton returned to winning ways in the Premier League but the scoreline masked what was, at times, another tentative performance from Roberto Martinez's team. A Ross Barkley rocket opened the scoring after 33 minutes and Kevin Mirallas doubled the lead with a deflected free kick shortly before half time. Rob Green turned Steven Naismith’s header onto Onuoha and into the net early in the second half to make it 3-0 but Bobby Zamora tapped in to set up an unnecessarily nervy finish that saw Mirallas stretchered off with an ankle injury at the end.

Everton handed Young Boys test in Europa League draw

15 December
Everton will face Young Boys of Switzerland in the Europa League Round of 32 after being paired with them in today's draw in Nyon.

Blue Crimbo hits Goodison Park

15 December
Evertonians can meet Blue Santa and his reindeer on Monday when Goodison Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the Club's dedicated Blue Crimbo fixture.

Everton vs Queens Park Rangers

15 December
With 10 days' rest and no Europa League hangover to disrupt preparations, Everton have another chance to restart their sputtering Premier League campaign with a fixture against QPR in the Monday night game at Goodison Park. John Stones is unlikely to feature but Steven Naismith, James McCarthy and Darron Gibson will have their fitness assessed for possible selection.

Stones set for early return

12 December
John Stones could make his highly anticipated return from ankle surgery as soon as the match against Queens Park Rangers on Monday after Roberto Martinez revealed that the 20 year-old is already back in training. Stones has been sidelined since early October after damaging ligaments in the game at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

Boss pleased with useful exercise

11 December
Roberto Martinez says that he learned a lot from his young players in the narrow 1-0 defeat to Krasnodar this evening.

Krasnodar rain on young Blues' parade

10 December
Everton handed a full senior debut to Ryan Ledson and blooded Kieran Dowell, Chris Long and Gethin Jones off the substitutes' bench but Roberto Martinez's experimental side was edged by Ricardo Laborde's first-half goal. The Colombian caught the home defence cold and beat the wandering Robles from the angle while Sinitsyn in the Russians' goal denied Arouna Kone from the Blues' best chance in the second period.

Two days left to vote for Everton Fans' Forum

11 December
Time is running out for supporters to have their say on who should become the next six members of the Everton Fans' Forum.

Blues urged to arrive early for Krasnodar

10 December
Everton officials are advising supporters to arrive as early as possible for Thursday's game against FC Krasnodar (kick off 8.05pm).

Everton vs FK Krasnodar

10 December
Everton sign off from their Group H commitments on Thursday evening with the dead rubber against Krasnodar where Roberto Martinez will use the occasion to play some of his promising young players and a couple of long-term absentees. Arouna Kone, Bryan Oviedo, Steven Pienaar, Luke Garbutt and Tyias Browning are all likely to start while the likes of Ryan Ledson could also figure.

GolTV acquire rights to Everton matches

10 December
US sport television channel GolTV has announced that they have acquired the rights to broadcast Everton's matches with pre- and post-game coverage from evertontv.

Barkley rejects 'diver' label

9 December
Ross Barkley says that he fears being unfairly labelled as a "diver" following the incident involving Kevin Nolan in the win over West Ham and his subsequent yellow card against Manchester City.

Donovan retires a champion  [MEDIA]

9 December
Ex-Everton forward, Landon Donovan, went out in the best way possible, winning his final game before retirement and lifting the MLS Cup.

Atsu hoping for a chance to impress

9 December
Christian Atsu is looking to Thursday's match against Krasnodar as an opportunity to stake a claim for greater involvement in Everton's first team if he is selected to start by Roberto Martinez. The Ghanaian has made only fleeting appearances for the Blues so far this season but is hoping he will get some playing time in the Europa League "dead rubber" against the Russian side.

Everton strengthen US connection

9 December
Everton Football Club has formed an exciting partnership with Global Football America to give Stateside fans greater access to all things royal Blue.

Everton beat Stevenage in FA Youth Cup

9 December
Everton Under-18s travelled to Stevenage for the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup this evening and progressed after scoring twice in extra time.

Soldier Ryan is latest Blue Hero

8 December
A Liverpool-born soldier who will spend Christmas away from home as he serves his country has become the latest Evertonian to be named a Blue Hero.

Everton draw West Ham at Goodison

8 December
updated Everton have another home draw for the Third Round of FA Cup after being paired with West Ham United, who they will play on Tuesday 6 January 2015, Kick-off at 7:45 pm.

The Scottish Connection?  [MEDIA]

8 December
Roberto Martinez talks to The Hearld in Scotland, about Celtic, Naismith and other stuff in this two-part interview.

Mirallas has eyes on the Champions League

7 December
Kevin Mirallas has indicated that his desire to play Champions League football will be a key factor in whether or not he decides to extend his current contract with Everton.

FA Cup Third Round Draw

8 December
The draw for the Third Round of FA Cup will be made before the televised game tonight, Live on BBC Two from 7pm. Everton are number 16. Ties are to be played the weekend of 3rd and 4th January 2015.

First-half penalty decides tight encounter

6 December
Everton fell to their second defeat in a week as Yaya Toure's spot kick and a superb late stop by Joe Hart proved enough for the Champions. The soft penalty award against Phil Jagielka was one of a number of inconsistent decisions by referee Andre Marriner but chances for the Blues were limited until Manchester City keeper Joe Hart turned Romelu Lukaku's volley past the post with a fingertip save.

Martinez not interested in the blame game

6 December
Roberto Martinez says that he sees nothing to gain from venting and criticising his players following a poor result, insisting instead that, for him, managing based on "aspiration" rather than condemnation yields better results.

Besic: Martinez was a big reason why I chose Everton

6 December
Muhamed Besic has revealed that he knew he wanted to sign for Everton instead of taking up other offers he received following the World Cup after speaking with Roberto Martinez.

'Blue Crimbo' hits Goodison

5 December
Evertonians can meet Blue Santa and his reindeer later this month as Goodison Park is transformed into a winter wonderland for the Club's dedicated Blue Crimbo fixture.

John Stones surprises young Blue Hero

5 December
England International John Stones has been back to school to surprise a very special young Evertonian who’s been chosen as Everton FC's next Blue Hero.

Kone set to start against Krasnodar

5 December
Arouna Kone will get the opportunity to complete his year-long rehabilitation from a serious knee injury when he starts in Thursday's Europa League match against Krasnodar.

Manchester City vs Everton

5 December
Everton get an opportunity to re-establish their top-four credentials when they make the short trip to Manchester this weekend hoping to atone for two poor results over the past week. Antolin Alcaraz is fit again and could come in to avoid Sylvain Distin playing a fourth match in nine days but James McCarthy, Darron Gibson and Steven Naismith are all unlikely to figure.

Everton buoyed by Alcaraz's early return

5 December
Antolin Alcaraz will be available for selection this weekend after making a rapid recovery from a shoulder dislocation.

Martinez cites lack of energy for disappointing draw

3 December
Roberto Martinez said that his team "lacked energy" in the 1-1 draw with Hull City, a consequence, he feels, of Everton's busy schedule that has seen them play three times in a week.

Howard claims Friedel blocked work permit  [MEDIA]

4 December
In his new autobiography, The Keeper, Tim Howard claims fellow US goalkeeper Brad Friedel “actively tried to block” his move from the New York MetroStars to Manchester United in 2003, an accusation Friedel denies.

Hull confound Everton to earn a point at Goodison

3 December
Everton's hopes of qualifying for Europe via the league took another significant hit at Goodison Park as Hull City shut down Roberto Martinez's much-vaunted passing game and battled out a 1-1 draw. Sone Aluko sauntered past Sylvain Distin in the 59th minute to cancel out Romelu Lukaku's first-half opener and Everton could find no other way through a determined Tigers rearguard, to the mounting frustration of the home crowd.

Everton Fans Forum vote opens

3 December
Voting to select new members to the Everton Fans' Forum is underway.

Blues urged to arrive early

3 December
Everton officials are advising supporters to arrive as early as possible for tonight's game against Hull City.

Martinez pleased with Mirallas's return

3 December
Roberto Martinez has praised Kevin Mirallas's return to form after being out of the side for almost two months with a severe muscle injury.

Everton vs Hull City

2 December
With two contrasting away fixtures behind them, Everton return to Goodison Park for their third game in six days with the visit of Hull City. Darron Gibson is ruled out and will almost certainly be joined on the sidelines by James McCarthy, but Steven Naismith will be given until the last moment to prove he is over his own hamstring problem before Roberto Martinez names his team.

McAleny, Kone and Oviedo score in U21s showpiece

1 December
Conor McAleny scored a late goal to seal a dramatic 3-2 win for Everton U21s against Sunderland U21s under the floodlights at Goodison Park this evening. The game looked to be heading for a draw after the visitors had twice come back to cancel out goals by Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo but McAleny fired home with two minutes to go to give David Unsworth's side the points.

Everton spurn chance to extend their unbeaten run

30 November
Everton's eight-match unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt at White Hart Lane as they allowed Tottenham to wipe out Kevin Mirallas's stunning opener and run out 2-1 winners. Goals from Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado capitalised on individual errors to turn the game on its head by half time and the Blues were unable to find a way back into the contest in a disappointing second half.

Harry Catterick is the forgotten great of British managers  [MEDIA]

29 November
Daniel Taylor in The Guardian makes the case for the man who accrued more top-division points during the 1960s than Revie, Busby, Nicholson, Shankly and Mercer and who won two league titles and an FA Cup for Everton.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton

29 November
Fresh from another excellent outing in the Europa League, Everton are on the road again on the domestic front this weekend with a trip to Tottenham Hotspur. Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo are ruled out but there will be late fitness tests for Leighton Baines, Steven Naismith, Gareth Barry, Steven Pienaar and James McCarthy, although the Irish international is a big doubt after limping off against Wolfsburg with a hamstring problem.

U21s skipper looking forward to playing at Goodison

28 November
Everton Under-21s captain Jonjoe Kenny says Monday's free-entry game at Goodison will be a showcase – not only for the fans, but for Roberto Martinez as well.

Blues Half Season Ticket giveaway

28 November
Fans buying tickets for upcoming Everton games could receive a free Half Season Ticket in a new competition.

Martinez concerned by McCarthy injury

28 November
Roberto Martinez says that James McCarthy will be assessed again within 24 hours after he was forced off during tonight's win in Wolfsburg with a recurrence of his hamstring problem.

Everton top Group H with superb win in Wolfsburg

27 November
Everton booked their place in next phase of the Europa League with an almost perfectly-executed away performance on the Continent. Romelu Lukaku played a pivotal role in the Blues' 2-0 win, rampaging through to break the deadlock shortly before half time and then sending his Belgian international teammate, Kevin Mirallas, away for the killer second goal in the second half to cap an excellent night's work in Germany.

Martinez defends Barkley over 'diving' incident

26 November
Roberto Martinez has come to the defence of Ross Barkley in the wake of accusations that he attempted to "buy" a decision from referee Mark Clattenburg by diving in last Saturday's match against West Ham.

Free entry to U21s' clash with Sunderland

26 November
Blue Crimbo is nearly upon us - and Everton Football Club is kicking off the season of goodwill by opening up the gates of Goodison Park and offering free match tickets for the Under-21s’ clash with Sunderland on Monday 1 December.

Everton and West Ham charged over 'melee'

26 November
Everton and West Ham have been notified by the Football Assocation that both clubs are to be charged for failing to control their players during a flare-up in the first half of Saturday's game.

Naismith an early doubt for Sunday

26 November
Roberto Martinez says that Steven Naismith has a 50-50 chance of being fit for Sunday's trip to Tottenham after being left out of the squad for Wolfsburg because of a hamstring injury.

VfL Wolfsburg vs Everton

26 November
updated Everton are back in Europa League action this week as they travel to Wolfsburg for what is, on paper, their most difficult assignment yet in this season's competition. Roberto Martinez takes a 20-man party to Germany that includes Arouna Kone but Steven Naismith, Gareth Barry, Leighton Baines, Darron Gibson and Steven Pienaar all stay on Merseyside.

The incomparable Dixie Dean  [MEDIA]

26 November
From The Guardian archives, an interview with the one and only Bill Dean from 1977 who, "who even at the age of 70 [could] spin a tale or two."

U21s held in International Cup opener

25 November
Everton's Academy began their participation in the new U21s Premier League International Cup tournament with a 1-1 draw with Celtic this evening thanks to Courtney Duffus's late equaliser.

Lukaku can become the best striker in the world  [MEDIA]

24 November
That is the somewhat outlandish claim by his manager, Roberto Martinez, who continues to display the utmost faith in the future brilliance of his £28m capture from Chelsea.

Martinez will opt for youth over spending

24 November
Roberto Martinez says he will not turn to the January transfer market to bring in central-defensive reinforcements, suggesting instead that he will promote some of his up-and-coming youth players like Tyias Browning or veteran defender Tony Hibbert to fill in if need be while Antolin Alcaraz and John Stones are out injured until the New Year.

Blues recall Duffus from Bury

24 November
Everton have ended early Courtney Duffus's loan spell with Bury and the 19 year-old will be available for the U21s' Premier League International Cup group game against Celtic tomorrow evening.

Coleman hails Hibbert hails Osman

24 November
Much admiration is being directed at two of Everton's veteran players after their efforts in more unfamiliar roles helped the Blues to a 2-1 win over West Ham on Saturday.

Everton appoint Doogan as new media chief

22 November
Everton will name Aston Villa's chief of media as the club's new Head of Media and Communications.

Naismith injury doesn't look serious

22 November
Roberto Martinez says that Steven Naismith will miss the trip to Wolfsburg at least while the club's medical staff assess the hamstring injury he sustained in the closing stages of today's win over West Ham.

Osman joins '400 club' in style

22 November
Leon Osman marked his 400th Everton appearance with the knockout blow in a testy encounter at Goodison Park as the Blues extended their unbeaten run to seven matches. Romelu Lukaku had rammed in the opener with 25 minutes gone after Ross Barkley's shot was blocked but substitute Mauro Zarate equalised via a heavy deflection 10 minutes after half time. A fractious affair could have gone either way until Samuel Eto'o finished a quick counter with a perfect centre that Osman slid home.

Barkley needs lots more games

22 November
Ross Barkley needs to make substantial progress through many more games before he can begin to be thought of as a midfield general, says Roberto Martinez.

Everton vs West Ham United

21 November
With the last international break of the year out of the way, Everton return to Premier League action once more this weekend as West Ham, one of the surprise packages of the first quarter of the season, come to Goodison Park. Baines, Pienaar, Mirallas, McCarthy, Barry, Gibson and Coleman are all being assessed for fitness but Oviedo and Kone are ruled out.

The most level-headed fans...

21 November
This article at the FourFourTwo website asserts that the most level-headed followers in Premier League football can be found at Goodison Park.

Howard wins US soccer award

21 November
Tim Howard was the runaway winner of the 2014 US Soccer Male Athlete of the Year award thanks to his headline-grabbing exploits at the World Cup in Brazil.

Stones trying to stay patient

20 November
John Stones says that the recovery of his injured ankle is progressing well but admits that he is "gutted" at missing the recent European games.

Special Edition 'The Cannonball Kid' book signing at St Luke's

20 November
The EFPA and deCoubertin Books host a signing of The Cannonball Kid at St Lukes Church on Saturday.

Seven players under assessment for Hammers clash

20 November
Everton's medical staff will assess the fitness of seven of Roberto Martinez's squad ahead of Saturday's home fixture against West Ham United as a series of knocks and soft-tissue injuries threaten to deprive the manager of a number of first-team players. Gareth Bareth is rated as highly doubtful while Leighton Baines and James McCarthy will undergo late tests on minor hamstring strains.

Martinez replies to Keane's nonsense

20 November
Roberto Martinez has dismissed as "nonsense" Roy Keane's suggestion the club over-state players' injuries before they report for international duty.

Young Blues beaten in Senior Cup

19 November
Everton U18s played AFC Liverpool for a place in the semi-finals of the Liverpool Senior Cup this evening but twice surrendered a two-goal advantage and finished the match with nine men as the Reds ran out 4-3 winners.

Dean would be the first 100m player  [MEDIA]

19 November
That's the findings of the Liverpool Echo who believe the greatest English striker that ever lived would easily eclipse the fee paid for Gareth Bale.

Elstone provides update on stadium progress

19 November
Everton CEO Robert Elstone has provided an update on the club's plans to construct a new stadium on Walton Hall Park.

Sunderland prise away Head of Recruitment

19 November
The Sunderland Echo is claiming that Danny Philpott, Everton's head of national and international recruitment, is poised to join Sunderland as assistant academy manager.

Special discounted shopping for Season Ticket holders

18 November
To thank Everton Season Ticket holders for their continued support, the club have announced a special discounted shopping event will take place on Thursday 20 November.

McCarthy remains doubtful for West Ham clash

18 November
Roberto Martinez has provided an update on an injury list that has lengthened again over the international break, with Leighton Baines and Darron Gibson joining Gareth Barry and James McCarthy in the treatment room. The manager indicated that McCarthy still hasn't trained after straining his hamstring against Sunderland nine days ago.

Ledson scores a stunner in England U18s rout in Poland

17 November
Everton's Ryan Ledson scored the pick of England U18s' four goals as they beat Poland in Gdansk this afternoon.

Snodin and Stuart become official club ambassadors

17 November
Bill Kenwright has announced that Ian Snodin and Graham Stuart will join Graeme Sharp as official Everton FC ambassadors

Keane ignites the 'Club v Country' debate

17 November
Roy Keane has made some astounding claims that Everton are putting ‘pressure' on their Republic of Ireland contingent to put club before country when it comes to their availability. "There is a guarantee that when the player turns up (for internationals) they are getting phone calls left, right and centre from their 15 physios at the club," the Irish No 2 complains in the Daily Mail.

Lukaku left on the bench as Belgium are held by Wales

16 November
Wales secured an impressive point in Brussels with Romelu Lukaku watching on from the bench as an unused substitute in the 0-0 draw.

Martinez's big prediction on Barkley

16 November
Roberto Martinez firmly believes that Ross Barkley is destined to go down as England's best-ever player and insists that Everton are in a strong enough financial position that they will be able to resist any big-money offer for the 20 year-old midfielder. His comments come in the wake of fresh speculation over Barkley's future and assertions in the local Manchester press that Manchester City could land the young star for £60m in the next transfer window.

Jagielka starts again for England

15 November
Phil Jagielka played the majority of England's 3-1 win over Slovenia at Wembley this afternoon, while club-mate Ross Barkley was an unused substitute.

Gibson won't face USA on Tuesday

15 November
The Republic of Ireland have released Darron Gibson back to Everton after the midfielder picked up a minor knock in the Euro2016 qualifier against Scotland last evening.

Martinez: Lukaku will catch fire in the New Year

15 November
Roberto Martinez is confident that Romelu Lukaku will hit his best levels in January, after seeing his early season performances hampered by injury and poor form. The Belgian striker has four goals in 10 starts so far this season but his manager believes the fans will see him back to his best in the coming months.

Everton U18s 2-0 Man Utd U18s

15 November
Everton Under-18s beat Manchester United 2-0 on Saturday morning to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches. Goals from Kieran Dowell and James Yates secured an impressive victory for the young Blues at Finch Farm.

Baines could be in contention for Hammers clash

15 November
Everton could have Leighton Baines back in time for the visit of West Ham next weekend after a scan at Finch Farm only revealed what the club describe as a "grade one" hamstring injury.

Scotland edge Celtic clash

14 November
Darron Gibson, Seamus Coleman and Aiden McGeady faced off against Goodison teammate Steven Naismith in Glasgow this evening as Scotland beat the Republic of Ireland 1-0 in Euro2016 qualifying.

Injured Baines returning to Everton

14 November
Roberto Martinez's injury woes increased today with the news that Leighton Baines has been withdrawn from the England squad to face Slovenia and Scotland after suffering an injury, believed to be to his hamstring, in training. The 29 year-old will return to Finch Farm for treatment, joining James McCarthy who is out of Ireland's Euro2016 qualifier with a similar problem.

Stones lauded for charity work

14 November
Everton players, and John Stones in particular, have been singled out for praise for their charity and community work in a new report from the PFA.

Mirallas returns to full training

13 November
Kevin Mirallas' recovery from a torn hamstring has progressed to the point where he has rejoined first-team training.

McCarthy withdrawn from Scotland clash

13 November
James McCarthy will not feature for the Republic of Ireland in their highly-anticipated Euro2016 qualifier against Scotland tomorrow after undergoing further scans on his injured hamstring. The midfielder is returning to Finch Farm for treatment that will hopefully enable him to return to action in Everton's home game against West Ham United in 10 days' time.

Real Sociedad hope Moyes can repeat his success at Everton  [MEDIA]

12 November
Xabi Prieto, the captain of David Moyes's new club Real Sociedad, says that he is looking forward to having the Scot on board the struggling Basque club.

"He has a very big reputation in the game and all the players want him to do the same for us here as he did with Everton," he said.

Lukaku scores for Belgium

12 November
Romelu Lukaku was named among the substitutes for Belgium's friendly with Iceland this evening but came off the bench to score the third goal in a 3-1 win.

Everton confirm Devine as Academy director

12 November
Everton have announced the permanent appointment of Tim Devine as Academy Director at Finch Farm.

McCarthy to undergo hamstring scan

12 November
James McCarthy will have his injured hamstring scanned by the Republic of Ireland's medical team as they assess his chances of playing in the Euro2016 qualifier against Scotland on Friday.

West Ham match is sold out

12 November
Tickets for Everton's upcoming home game against West Ham have now sold out.

Barry facing 'weeks' on the sidelines

11 November
Everton have confirmed that Gareth Barry suffered damage to his ankle ligaments when he was fouled by Sunderland's Jordi Gomez on Sunday. Swelling around the injury is preventing an accurate prognosis but the club are hopeful that it is a question of weeks and not months before the 33 year-old is able to return to action.

Barkley and Lukaku support Children In Need

11 November
Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley met an extra special guest when they welcomed Pudsey Bear to Everton Football Club’s training ground.

Everton U18s to meet AFC Liverpool

11 November
An Everton youth side will play AFC Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the Liverpool Senior Cup at the Arriva Stadium, Crosby later this month.

Hope back at Gigg Lane

11 November
Everton U21 striker Hallam Hope has returned to Bury for an initial two-month loan spell.

Flap over McCarthy's and McGeady's allegiances rumbles on  [MEDIA]

10 November
Sky Sports pundit Gordon McQueen has waded into the debate over the decision by James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady to choose to represent Ireland rather than Scotland, a media-driven flap that shows no signs of abating as the two nations prepare to meet in Euro2016 qualifying on Friday.

McCarthy may have hamstring injury

10 November
The Republic of Ireland's medical staff will assess the condition of James McCarthy's hamstring before deciding whether or not to include him in the upcoming internationals against Scotland and the USA.

Blues are held again as Baines earns a point from the spot

9 November
Everton came from behind to record a second successive Premier League draw thanks to Leighton Baines's penalty with a quarter of an hour to go. The fullback buried a spot-kick after Seamus Coleman had been felled by Conor Whickham, cancelling out Sebastian Larsson's goal from a direct free kick 10 minutes earlier. Romelu Lukaku passed up a great chance early in the second half when he failed to round Pantilimon when clean through and the 'keeper tipped a shot by the Belgian onto the post shortly afterwards.

Barry sustains ankle damage but no break

9 November
Roberto Martinez has revealed that Gareth Barry did not suffer a fracture to his ankle in today's draw at the Stadium of Light but will need to have the injury assessed.

Eto'o magic rubbing off on Lukaku

8 November
Steven Naismith says that his strike partner Romelu Lukaku's game is already showing evidence of the influence of playing and training alongside Samuel Eto'o.

Sunderland vs Everton

8 November
Everton return to Premier League action trying once more to establish some momentum on the domestic front following last weekend's disappointing draw with Swansea. Seamus Coleman and Gareth Barry face late fitness tests on foot injuries but changes to the team that started against Lille are expected given the squad-rotation policy that Roberto Martinez has employed thus far.

Video: Lille boss admits Blues were superior  [MEDIA]

7 November
Girard says that Everton were faster, stronger and played a better style of football than his Lille side after the Blues' 3-0 win at Goodison Park

Everton continue to impress in Europe  [MEDIA]

7 November
Matt Jones looks back at the win over Lille and singles out Romelu Lukaku for particular praise

Elstone addresses merchandise supply issues

7 November
Everton CEO Roberto Elstone has used his latest blog post on evertonfc.com to shed some light on the kit-supply problems that have left the club unable to meet demand for this season's home jersey.

Doubts over Barry and Coleman for Sunderland trip

7 November
Seamus Coleman and Gareth Barry will both have foot injuries assessed before the Sunderland match on Sunday before Roberto Martinez finalises his team. Coleman was omitted from the team that beat Lille with a cut to the area around his Achilles while Barry sustained a gash and bruising to his ankle last night. The club have also opted not to operate on Antolin Alcaraz's injured shoulder, with Martinez predicting he could be back within five weeks.

Martinez happy with display against Lille

6 November
Roberto Martinez expressed how pleased he was with Everton's comprehensive win over Lille at Goodison Park this evening which kept his side on course for the next stage of the Europa League.

Everton roll on with comfortable win over Lille

6 November
Everton have one foot in the next phase of the Europa League thanks to another impressive home win, this time over Lille. The Blues started brightly and Victor Enyeama saved brilliantly to deny Romelu Lukaku before Leon Osman smashed home the opening goal with 26 minutes gone. Enyeama was there again to deny Naismith but Jagielka lost his marker at the resulting corner and planted a free header past the keeper to make it 2-0 shortly before the interval. Steven Naismith made it 3-0 with a brilliant goal on the hour mark.

Evertonians urged to secure their seat

6 November
Evertonians can pick up the perfect Christmas gift from Friday when 2014-15 Half Season Tickets go on sale tomorrow – the only way to guarantee watching all of the Blues’ Premier League action at Goodison Park.

New deal for Osman

6 November
Leon Osman has agreed a one-year extension to his Everton contract that ties him to the club until the summer of 2016.

Everton vs LOSC Lille

5 November
Everton can virtually assure their passage to the next phase of the Europa League with victory when Lille become the first French club to play the Blues at Goodison Park in a competitive fixture. Antolin Alcaraz joins John Stones and Kevin Mirallas on the injured list so Sylvain Distin is in line for another recall, while Darron Gibson and Romelu Lukaku are also fully fit again.

Unsworth looking forward to new U21 tournament

5 November
David Unsworth has been looking ahead to Everton U21s' involvement in the Premier League International Cup when they play their first Group D match against Celtic on 25 November.

Double nomination for evertonfc.com

5 November
Everton's new website has received a double nomination at the Sitecore Experience Awards, which recognise the best Sitecore solutions from the last year.

Alcaraz may need surgery

5 November
Everton will make a decision in the next few days over whether or not Antolin Alcaraz will need an operation to mend his dislocated shoulder.

Lukaku under Ferguson's tutelage

4 November
In addition to learning from the experience and advice of veteran star, Samuel Eto'o, Romelu Lukaku is also benefitting from one-on-one coaching with Duncan Ferguson. The Belgian international reveals that he has extra sessions with the Goodison favourite at least three times a week as he seeks to become a better all-round striker.

Liverpool U18s 1 - 1 Everton U18s

4 November
On Saturday, Everton's youngsters, on a five-game winning streak, were held to a draw by their local rivals after gifting them the lead. A great header by George Newell restored parity but Everton should have won it when a penalty from Joe Williams was saved.

Martinez disappointed by Swansea approach

4 November
For once, Roberto Martinez didn't mince words in his description of how Swansea played on Saturday, and expressed his frustration that his old club, now managed by Gary Monk, had not given Everton a more open game.

Alcaraz set for another long layoff

2 November
Everton will be without the services of Antolin Alcaraz for what Roberto Martinez predicts will be "a long time" after the defender damaged a joint in his shoulder in yesterday's draw with Swansea.

Everton held by 10-man Swans

1 November
Everton were held goalless for the first time this season as Swansea gutted out a draw at Goodison despite playing the final 20 minutes with 10 men following Jonjo Shelvey's second yellow card. The Blues were dominant in the first half but created few clear-cut chances and struggled to find any rhythm in the second period. Samuel Eto'o shot tamely at the 'keeper early on, Aiden McGeady went close, and a Phil Jagielka header bounced over while Wilfried Bony and Shelvey wasted the visitors' best chances at the other end.

Kone not expected back until January

1 November
Arouna Kone's slow recovery from a serious knee injury has suffered a fresh setback and Roberto Martinez doesn't expect the Ivorian to be match fit until the New Year.

Oviedo gets U21s run-out

31 October
Bryan Oviedo got another chance to build his fitness this evening when he played an hour of Everton's U21s' 3-1 defeat at Manchester City.

Everton vs Swansea City

31 October
Everton look to continue their improving form this weekend and take another step back towards re-joining the chase for a place in the top four as Swansea City come to Goodison Park. Romelu Lukaku suffered a recurrence of his toe problem in the win over Burnley but is expected to play and, with no new injury concerns, Roberto Martinez will have the same squad available for selection as last weekend.

Record Profit for Everton in 2013-14

31 October
Everton have announced record profits of over £28m and reduced the club's debt by more than £17m according to the club’s annual report for 2013-14. Turnover increased by 39%, thanks largely to the new TV rights deals to £120.5m while operating profit before player trading increased from £0.7m to £23m.

Martinez hails the divine gift of Eto'o

30 October
Roberto Martinez has described Samuel Eto'o's presence at Everton as "a gift from the footballing gods" and "the perfect ingredient" for the club's young players.

Martinez happy with defensive depth

30 October
Roberto Martinez says that he is not planning to dip into the January transfer market to sign central defensive cover for John Stones, insisting that he has sufficient depth in that position. Stones is expected to return from an ankle injury in the New Year regardless but centre half is not an area in which the Blues' manager expects to supplement when the window opens.

Everton handed 3,000 tickets for Wolfsburg

29 October
Everton's allocation for the trip to Wolfsburg on 27 November is slightly under 3,000. Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday.

Hope recalled from Owls loan

29 October
Everton have recalled Under-21 striker Hallam Hope, cutting short his half-season loan with Sheffield Wednesday after just two-months.

Osman memoir causes a stir

29 October
The first serialisation of Leon Osman's new memoir is being published in the Liverpool Echo, with the veteran midfielder offering up plenty of the usual stories of behind-the-scenes pranks by the likes of Paul Gascoigne and Duncan Ferguson, while also covering juicier topics like David Moyes, Per Krøldrup's curious inability to head the ball and Tim Cahill's presence on the field during his former manager's send-off at Goodison in May last year.

Oviedo and Kone set for more eleven-a-side workouts

28 October
Everton are lining up two more behind-closed-doors friendlies to allow Bryan Oviedo and Arouna Kone to work on sharpening up their fitness.

Everton seeking answers from French authorities

28 October
Everton have confirmed that that the club remains committed to seeking answers from the French authorities on a number of issues faced by supporters who travelled to Lille last week.

Stones nominated for Golden Boy award

28 October
Everton's John Stones has been nominated for the 2014 European Golden Boy award. The 20 year-old is joined by nine other candidates from the Premier League and 30 other young stars from the Continent, including former Blues Eric Dier and Gerard Deulofeu, for the title which is decided by football journalists.

Roberto Martínez interview in El País

28 
An interview by Jordi Quixano with the Everton manager published in El País yesterday has been translated here from Spanish by Greg Hunt.

Eto'o offers up masterclass at Burnley  [MEDIA]

27 October
Luke O'Farrell adds to the glowing reports on Samuel Eto'o's display at Burnley.

Under-21s beat Norwich handily

27 October
Everton's U21s recorded a handsome 3-0 win over Norwich City U21s at Southport this evening, with loanee David Henen among the goals.

Martinez praise for strike duo

27 October
Roberto Martinez was justifiably proud of his goalscorers at Turf Moor yesterday as Samuel Eto'o and Romelu Lukaku helped the Blues to a 3-1 win.

Eto'o brace eases Blues past Burnley

25 October
Everton won at Turf Moor for the first time in 44 years as Samuel Eto'o scored two terrific goals and Romelu Lukaku atoned for an awful error that gifted Burnley an equaliser by scoring to make it 2-1 at half-time. Eto'o's insurance goal, a beauty from 25 yards, killed off a spirited effort by the home side five minutes from time. And the Cameroonian almost grabbed a hat-trick but, having rounded the 'keeper, he rolled a late shot off the post from a tight angle.

Under-21s visit Zoe's Place

25 October
Everton's Under-21s players have clubbed together to make a £1,000 donation to local children’s hospice Zoë's Place.

Burnley vs Everton

25 October
Everton complete a testing sequence of six away games in seven this weekend as they make the mercifully short trip to Burnley in the Premier League. Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo are ruled out but Romelu Lukaku, Steven Naismith, James McCarthy, Seamus Coleman and Antolin Alcaraz are in line for potential recalls after sitting out part or all of the draw in Lille on Thursday.

Mirallas could be back in training in a month

24 October
Everton could welcome injured star Kevin Mirallas back to full training next month as his recovery from a torn hamstring continues according to plan.

Everton fans rise above trouble in Lille  [MEDIA]

24 October
Ashley Clements writes about the 10,000-strong Blue army that descended on Lille to back Everton during their first competitive match against French opposition despite two incidents that marred the trip for some supporters.

Courtney Duffus goes out on loan

24 October
Everton Under-21 striker Courtney Duffus has joined Bury on a three-month loan.

Everton seek information from fans involved in Lille incidents

24 October
Everton have released a statement regarding the "isolated but serious incidents" that marred the club's visit to the northern French city for last night's Europa League game and are requesting information from fans who were present via an online feedback form.

Club honours Wilf Toman

23 October
A delegation from Everton FC and the Everton Heritage Society laid tributes at the grave of former player Wilf Toman who was killed in action near Lille during the First World War.

Blues stifle Lille to remain unbeaten in Europe

23 October
Everton maintained their unbeaten record in the Europa League with a second successive away draw, this time grinding out a goalless encounter with Lille at Stade Pierre-Mauroy. An impressive defensive stand kept the French side quiet while Aiden McGeady was foiled by Victor Enyeama and Samuel Eto'o went very close late on as the Blues tried to pinch the points in the second half.

Lille trip marred by unprovoked attack and heavy-handed policing

23 October
Everton's first visit to France for a competitive match has been soured by an attack on a group of supporters in Lille last night and what observers describe as heavy-handed and indiscriminate police action in the town centre this afternoon.

LOSC Lille vs Everton

22 October
Everton's Europa League campaign moves to Lille with a second-successive away fixture in the competition following the draw at Krasnodar earlier in the month. Top scorer Steven Naismith and midfielder Leon Osman are rested while Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo have not been deemed fit enough to be included but Sylvain Distin is among the 21-man squad making the trip to Northern France.

Podcast Special: The Cannonball Kid  [MEDIA]

21 October
To commemorate the launch of Dave Hickson’s autobiography The Cannonball Kid by deCoubertin Books, Followtonians spoke to the people behind the book, people who knew him best and the man himself in a never heard before interview given just months before his death in 2013.

Trust Everton announce next meeting date

21 October
Trust Everton will hold a meeting on Saturday 15th November at the Casa on Hope Street as a follow-up to the forum about Supporters’ Trusts held at Goodison Park by the Everton Shareholders Association in August.

Distin needs to fight for his place

21 October
Roberto Martinez says that Sylvain Distin is an important player in the Everton setup but he needs to fight for his place in the first team. The Frenchman hasn't played since the disappointing League Cup defeat at Swansea last month and Antolin Alcaraz was preferred as John Stones' replacement for Saturday's win over Aston Villa.

U21 keeper on 1-month loan to Chesterfield

20 October
Everton Under-21s goalkeeper Connor Hunt has joined Chesterfield on a one-month loan. Hunt moved to the Toffees from Blackpool in the summer, and was named on the bench for the Spireites home match against Oldham Athletic.

Barkley trained his way into starting XI

19 October
Roberto Martinez admits that Ross Barkley was an unlikely starter for yesterday's win over Aston Villa a week ago but that the 20 year-old showed him he was ready with the way he trained over the last few days.

Everton back on track with handsome win over Villa

18 October
Everton won at Goodison Park for the first time in the Premier League this season as they convincingly put Aston Villa to the sword. The match was notable for the welcome return of Ross Barkley, who laid on the second goal for Romelu Lukaku, while Seamus Coleman marked his own return from injury with the Blues' third. Earlier, Phil Jagielka had headed home the opening goal from Leighton Baines's cross, his third goal in four games for club and country.

Everton vs Aston Villa

17 October
Aston Villa roll into town this weekend for what will be Everton's first home fixture in almost a month. Roberto Martinez will be forced into at least one change following John Stones's injury and subsequent surgery but Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Steven Pienaar could all be available if they pass late fitness tests. Ross Barkley might also be involved in some form after he returned to full training.

'Greed and Avarice' Can Overseas Games Be Stopped?  [MEDIA]

17 October
The prospect of playing Premier League fixtures beyond British shores, with particular focus on the fertile ground of the United States, is seen as an inevitability. How much is too much for the overlords of the domestic game and can supporter power rise up and stop it?

Everton celebrate with Retro Day

17 October
Everton will once again celebrate the Club’s history with a Retro Day planned for this weekend’s clash against Aston Villa.

Nevin: Why corners have got worse  [MEDIA]

16 October
Unfortunately not a critique of the decline in potency of Everton's corners specifically but ex-Blues winger Pat Nevin has a theory as to why corners in general have got worse.

Madar: I'd have come to blows with Zlatan  [MEDIA]

16 October
Mickael Madar is clearly no fan of the cult of Zlatan, saying that if he were on the same PSG team as Ibrahimovic, the pair would likely have ended up fighting:

“If I was a PSG striker today, I would hit someone, for sure,” he told the French radio station RMC. If you do not give [Ibrahimovich] the ball, you’ll be out of the team in the next game. With a guy like that, we certainly would come to blows.”

Barkley 'really close' to return

16 October
Roberto Martinez says that Ross Barkley is reacting well to his return to training and is "really close" to seeing his first action of 2014-15. The 20-year-old tore a medial ligament in his knee on the eve of the season and has not featured at all during the first three months of the campaign.

Elstone takes umbrage at BBC Sport study into prices

16 October
Everton Chief Executive, Robert Elstone, took to his blog on the official site yesterday to counter claims made in BBC Sport's Price of Football study into the rising costs of watching the game.

Lukaku not 100% admits Martinez

15 October
Roberto Martinez has admitted that Romelu Lukaku has experienced a less-than-ideal start to life as a full-time Everton player as he battles to regain full fitness following the World Cup and a niggly toe injury. He is impressed by the Belgian's selfless attitude, though, and is confident he will regain the form he showed as a loanee at Goodison Park last season.

Naismith, McGeady and Gibson in Euro2016 action

14 October
Steven Naismith, Aiden McGeady and Darron Gibson helped their respective countries to impressive draws in Euro2016 qualifying, with the Scot scoring his first away international goal.

Garbutt on the bench for England U21s

14 October
Luke Garbutt was an unused substitute for England Under-21s' European Championships qualifying play-off against Croatia this evening.

Naismith unconcerned by injuries

14 October
Steven Naismith says that Everton's squad has the depth to deal with the current glut of injuries to key players and he is backing the Blues to come through a testing period in the season.

Martinez: Atsu will need time

14 October
Roberto Martinez says that Christian Atsu is going to need time to adjust to the Premier League and that Evertonians will see the best of him in the second half of the season. The Ghanaian has made four appearances as he has been eased in following his summer move from Vitesse Arnhem where he spent last season on loan from his parent club Chelsea.

Lukaku and Besic go head-to-head

13 October
Two of Everton's summer signings faced off against each other this evening in Zenica as Bosnia-Herzegovina met Belgium in Euro2016 qualifying. Both Muhamed Besic and Romelu Lukaku were in the starting line-ups, winning their 16th and 34th caps respectively, although the former only lasted 56 minutes before being withdrawn. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw.

Deulofeu faces tough climb at Barça

13 October
Things these days aren’t quite going to plan for Gerard Deulofeu, who was recently sent on a surprise second loan spell, this time with Sevilla, after failing to impress Luis Enrique in pre-season following what appeared to have been a successful season on loan at Everton.

Baines and Jagielka help England to victory

12 October
Leighton Baines returned to England's first XI alongside his Everton team-mate, Phil Jagielka, as the Three Lions beat Estonia 1-0 in Tallinn.

Lukaku: Everton is a good fit for me

12 October
Romelu Lukaku says that he feels at home at Everton and still believes that his transfer from Chelsea to Goodison Park over the summer was the best move he could have made at this stage of his development. He remains ambitious on both a personal level and for the Blues with whom he is chasing the Champions League they so nearly claimed last season.

O'Neill: Aiden McGeady drives me mad!  [MEDIA]

11 October
The Republic of Ireland's manager Martin O'Neill says that Aiden McGeady has the "X" factor but often lets himself down by over-elaborating.

Naismith, McGeady and Gibson in Euro2016 qualifying action

11 October
Aiden McGeady and Darron Gibson are both in the Republic of Ireland team to face Gibraltar today as they look to build on their victory over Georgia last month. Steven Naismith, meanwhile, is in the Scotland side whose turn it is to face the Georgians.

Besic starts for Bosnia against Wales

10 October
Muhamed Besic played the full 90 minutes this evening for Bosnia-Herzegovina as they played out a 0-0 draw with Wales in Euro2016 qualifying at Cardiff City Stadium. Romelu Lukaku, meanwhile, started on the bench for Belgium as they face minnows Andorra in Brussels and played the last half an hour in a 6-0 win.

Jagielka nets against San Marino

9 October
With Ross Barkley and John Stones out injured and Leighton Baines on the bench, Phil Jagielka was the sole starter from Everton in Roy Hodgson's team to face San Marino at Wembley this evening and he scored the opening goal.

Dr Denise Barrett-Baxendale receives her MBE at Buckingham Palace

9 October
Everton in the Community Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chief Executive of Everton Football Club, Dr Denise Barrett-Baxendale has been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen for “services to the Merseyside community”.

Alcaraz confident his injury problems are behind him

9 October
Antolin Alcaraz says he is really happy with his fitness and that he is ready to step into the breach created by John Stones's ankle injury, if called upon.

Martinez on injuries ahead of Villa match

9 October
In addition to confirming the prognosis of John Stones' ankle injury, the manager has provided updates on the condition of a number of his players, including Ross Barkley's anticipated return to training next week.

Stones likely out until Christmas

9 October
Everton have been hit by more bad news on the injury front with the disclosure that John Stones has to undergo surgery on the ankle he injured at Old Trafford last Sunday. The defender faces an estimated 10 to 14 weeks out as he recovers which could deprive Roberto Martinez of his services until the Festive period or beyond.

Blues search for new Fans Forum

9 October
Supporters now have less than a week to apply to join the Everton Fans’ Forum for 2014-15.

Everton duo unlikely to face Germany

8 October
Martin O'Neill has admitted that there is very little chance of either James McCarthy or Seamus Coleman being fit enough to make the Republic of Ireland's Euro2016 qualifier against Germany next week. Both players are nursing soft tissue injuries and were already ruled out of their country's match against Gibraltar.

Kone desperate to make his comeback

7 October
Arouna Kone says that he can't wait to get back into first-team action after spending a year out injured but the Ivorian is having to be patient in slowly building up his fitness as his recovery is still not 100% complete.

Pienaar hoping to stay fit

7 October
Steven Pienaar is hoping he can get a run of matches under his belt after recovering from a thigh injury and making an unexpected start at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Everton wait on Mirallas and Stones injuries

7 October
John Stones will have this injured ankle assessed by a specialist this week as Everton wait to find out how long the England international will be sidelined. The club are also waiting for a definitive verdict on Kevin Mirallas after the Belgian pulled up with a torn hamstring in the Merseyside derby last month.

Oviedo to have screw removed

7 October
Bryan Oviedo has been withdrawn from the Costa Rica squad for routine surgery to remove a small screw from his leg, part of the reconstruction required after the horrific double-break he sustained last January.

Cottee: Lukaku needs to be more selfish

7 October
Everton's former record signing believes that the current bearer of that title should be playing where he belongs foe the Blues – down the centre.

Three December fixtures rescheduled

6 October
Everton's games against Manchester City (A), QPR (H) and Newcastle (A) have all been moved for broadcast on Sky Sports.

Irish duo withdraw from Gibraltar match

6 October
Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy have been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday and are doubts for the following match against Germany on 14 October.

Romelu Lukaku spending too much time on the fringes  [MEDIA]

6 October
Neil Jones in the Echo suggests Evertonians are entitled to expect a little more from Lukaku than they are getting right now.

De Gea denies another late push as Everton fall at Old Trafford

5 October
Everton fell to an improving Manchester United and Radamel Falcao's somewhat fortunate first goal at Old Trafford, extending the Blues' winless run to five matches in all competitions. Angel di Maria put United ahead in the first half and though Leighton Baines saw his penalty saved, Steven Naismith powered home a header 10 minutes after the break. Falcao then turned home Di Maria's mishit shot to restore the home team's lead and David de Gea kept Everton out with two brilliant late saves.

Everton's injury curse continues

5 October
Everton's debilitating run of key injuries continues with the news that John Stones is likely to miss what Roberto Martinez predicted as "a few weeks" after falling badly on his ankle in the closing stages of today's defeat at Manchester United.

U18s beat Bolton

4 October
Everton's Under-18s won for the third match running, recording a 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers earlier today.

Manchester United vs Everton

3 October
Everton complete a quartet of tough away fixtures this weekend when they make the short trip along the East Lancs Road to face Manchester United. Steven Pienaar could return after missing the last seven games through injury while Seamus Coleman (hamstring) and James McCarthy (thigh) will undergo late fitness tests.

Travelling fans rewarded with tickets to Lille

3 October
Everton are offering free tickets to the team's next Europa League match in Lille to the fans who made the long trip to Krasnodar this week.

Stones lauds Blues' character

3 October
John Stones admits that Everton took time to get to grips of the pace of last evening's match in Krasnodar but that the players showed great character to earn what he describes as "a very good point."

Barkley to return to full training

3 October
Ross Barkley is set to return to full training with the first team next Wednesday as he continues his recovery from the medial knee ligament injury he suffered on the eve of the season. The 20 year-old will use the international break to build up his fitness and could be ready to experience his first action when the Blues visit Burnley at the end of the month.

Police issue advice to Blues ahead of Old Trafford visit

2 October
Everton Football Club are working with Greater Manchester Police to issue key safety and security advice to travelling Blues ahead of this weekend’s fixture at Old Trafford.

Vital point earned as Eto'o poaches late equaliser

2 October
Everton secured a precious away point from a difficult Group H match in Russia against an enterprising Krasnodar team thanks to Samuel Eto'o's 83rd-minute equaliser. The Blues had ridden their luck in the early going but then fell behind shortly before half time when Ari capitalised on poor defending to lash the ball past Tim Howard. Everton pressed more as the match wore on, though, and were rewarded when Eto'o ghosted onto Leighton Baines's cross to steer the ball home from close range.

Blues called up by England

2 October
Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and John Stones have been named in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the forthcoming Euro16 qualifiers, while Chris Long and Luke Garbutt have been called up by the U20s and U21s respectively.

FK Krasnodar vs Everton

2 October
In the thick of the first congested part of the fixture list, Everton have made the long trip to southern Russia to face a tricky Europa League match against FK Krasnodar looking for a result that would enhance their standing in Group H. Coleman, Distin, Pienaar and McCarthy stayed behind to deal with their respective injuries while Mirallas is, obviously, also ruled out but Ledson, Browning and Garbutt made the trip. Kick-Off: 5pm BST

Why Everton should be wary of FK Krasnodar  [MEDIA]

1 October
The Russian side's rise to that country's top flight has been rapid since their formation in 2008 but they have a big budget, a number of Brazilian players and scored eight goals without reply in their home fixtures during the Europa League qualifying rounds.

McCarthy misses Krasnodar trip

1 October
James McCarthy won't be making the long trip to Krasnodar today and has remained behind on Merseyside along with Seamus Coleman, Sylvain Distin and Steven Pienaar. The Irish international reported a tight quad muscle after Saturday's Anfield derby and is being rested. Young Ryan Ledson was on the plane for Russia, though, alongside Luke Garbutt and Tyias Browning.

Martinez pleased with Besic's progress

1 October
Roberto Martinez was pleased with Muhamed Besic's response to being handed his Premier League debut in the cauldron of a Merseyside derby as the Bosnia international put in a controlled display in the 1-1 draw.

Blues new deal with The Protein Works

30 September
Everton have signed a new two-year deal with THE PROTEIN WORKS™, the Club’s official bespoke sports nutrition supplier.

Martinez concerned over Mirallas

30 September
Everton will await further examination of Kevin Mirallas' apparent hamstring injury before providing an estimate for how long he will be sidelined. Manager Roberto Martinez admits that "the signs aren't great" given that the club's medical staff were unable to determine the full extent of the problem with initial scans yesterday.

Pre-derby planning scuppered by Mirallas injury

29 September
Roberto Martinez admits that the loss to injury of Kevin Mirallas, a key component in his attacking strategy for Saturday's Merseyside derby, "killed us" and contributed to a disappointing display by Everton going forward.

Everton ladies relegated from WSL

28 September
Everton Ladies' run in the Women's Super League has ended as their relegation from the top flight was confirmed today.

Boss pleased with right-back duo

28 September
Roberto Martinez was full of praise for the 'terrific job' done by Tony Hibbert and first-team debutant Tyias Browning in yesterday's Anfield derby.

Jagielka's late thunderbolt saves Everton

27 September
A moment of brilliance from captain Phil Jagielka salvaged a point for Everton as his 25-yard shot cancelled out Steven Gerrard's earlier free kick in stoppage time. The Toffees had been chasing the game in vain since the reds' skipper had curled home a free kick in the 64th minute another defeat was looming when Jagielka latched onto Dejan Lovren's headed clearance and smashed a first-time shot into the top corner.

Liverpool vs Everton

27 September
What has become arguably the most dreaded fixture on the calendar swings around again this weekend and falls, by a quirk of fate, exactly 15 years to the day since Everton's last victory at Anfield. Most eyes will be on the fitness of Seamus Coleman who undergoes a check on his recovery from concussion and whose inclusion or absence will have important ramifications for Roberto Martinez's selections in defence and midfield. KO is 12:45pm.

Once More to Mordor  [MEDIA]

26 September
Tomorrow marks 15 years to the day since Everton's last win at Anfield. Issue 1 of 1878 Magazine takes a look at how the Blues are shaping up for this season's first Mersey derby and ponders whether this will be the year.

Anfield record is extra motivation for Martinez

25 September
Roberto Martinez says that the opportunity to change history and end Everton's 15-year wait for a win at Anfield is something to embrace as Everton prepare to face Liverpool in the first Merseyside derby of the season.

Martinez unmoved by Barkley transfer talk

25 September
Roberto Martinez was again forced to publicly pour cold water on speculation linking Ross Barkley with a move away to a higher-placed team following reports that Manchester City are lining up a big-money bid for him next summer. Barkley has resumed light training as he recovers from a knee ligament injury but is still "a few weeks away" according to his manager, who also provided updates on Steven Pienaar and Seamus Coleman.

Martinez: We need to address problems as a team

24 September
Roberto Martinez has acknowledged the growing crisis that is consuming the defensive side of his team but insists that Everton will address them as a team rather than singling out individuals.

Important information for fans attending Merseyside derby

24 September
Liverpool FC, Everton FC, Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Police have announced plans to improve stadium access ahead of Saturday's Merseyside derby.

Much-changed side easily beaten by Swansea

23 September
Everton made their customary meek exit from the League Cup with a comprehensive defeat to Swansea City, their first in history to the Welsh side. Roberto Martinez made seven changes to the team that lost to Crystal Palace but, while his team started fairly brightly, they fell behind to Nathan Dyer's first-half strike. Romelu Lukaku replaced Samuel Eto'o at half-time and fired narrowly over but Swansea doubled their lead midway through the second half when Sigurdsson turned home after Distin had headed off his own crossbar. Marvin Emnes completed the Blues' misery with a late third.

Swansea City vs Everton

23 September
Everton's response to Sunday's disappointing result against Crystal Palace and, indeed, their ability to cope with juggling Premier League commitments with cup campaigns at home and abroad in general will come under serious examination over the next 12 days, starting with a potentially tricky trip to Swansea City this evening in the Capital One League Cup.

Long brace sees U21s past Southampton

23 September
Two goals from Chris Long sealed a handsome away win for Everton's U21 side over Southampton last evening.

Distin: Don't panic

22 September
Sylvain Distin says it is important that Everton remain level-headed and not panic about the team's recent defensive problems that have seen the Blues concede a worrying number of goals already this season.

Oviedo and Kone to make long-awaited returns

22 September
Bryan Oviedo and Arouna Kone's long roads back from injury look set to end this week after Roberto Martinez indicated that the pair will be included in the squad to face Swansea City in the League Cup tomorrow evening. Oviedo broke his leg in the FA Cup tie at Stevenage in January but is now back to full fitness while Kone has been out for a year following knee surgery.

Everton beaten by another Palace smash-and-grab raid

21 September
Everton went from elation to despondency in the space of four days as they followed their handsome win over Wolfsburg with a dismal, error-strewn home defeat to Crystal Palace. Romelu Lukaku's goal looked to have set them on their way to an important victory but Palace turned the match on its head with an equaliser from the spot after half an hour and then goals by Frazier Campbell and Yannick Bolasie that made it 3-1. Leighton Baines pulled a goal back with a penalty with seven minutes left but the Blues couldn't salvage a point.

Everton vs Crystal Palace

21 September
Everton hope to make it three wins on the bounce as Crystal Palace come to Goodison Park. Having named an unchanged line-up for the excellent win over Wolfsburg on Thursday, Roberto Martinez could start to rotate in some of his players champing at the bit for their first starts, like Samuel Eto'o, Christian Atsu and Muhamed Besic. Seamus Coleman, meanwhile, is expected to be fit despite suffering a blow to the head at the end of Thursday's game. KO is 4pm.

U18s thrash Blackburn

20 September
Everton Under-18s thrashed Blackburn Rovers 4-0 away on Saturday. Everton were three goals up at half-time through Connolly, Walsh and Charsley, who bagged another in the second half.

Architects concept for city centre joint stadium

19 September
A firm of architects has drawn up far-fetched plans for a shared stadium for Liverpool and Everton – created by flattening St Johns Shopping Centre.

Everton mark Euro return with blitz of Wolfsburg

18 September
Everton are off to a flying start in the Europa League thanks to a 4-1 win over Wolfsburg at Goodison Park. Steven Naismith forced home the opening goal when the ball rebounded in off Ricardo Rodriguez before Seamus Coleman stooped to head home Leighton Baines' cross to make it 2-0 at half time. A Baines penalty after Aiden McGeady was tripped made it 3-0 just after the interval and Kevin Mirallas raced away to slot home a fourth. A stoppage-time free-kick from Rodriguez spoiled the clean sheet but the Blues bagged the points.

Third kit goes on sale today

18 September
Evertonians can get their hands on Everton’s third kit today, Thursday, 18 September, now that the striking strip is hitting the shelves.

Everton vs VfL Wolfsburg

18 September
Everton kick off a busy schedule that will see them play four times in 10 days as the first real test of the depth of Roberto Martinez's squad begins in earnest. Samuel Eto'o, Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar are fit but Sylvain Distin is ruled out again with a dead leg as the Blues look to get their European campaign off to a flyer against arguably their toughest opponents in Group H. Live coverage is on ITV4.

Back Where We Belong  [MEDIA]

17 September
Luke O'Farrell says that a club with our illustrious history should be playing on the European stage. Thanks to the success of Roberto Martinez's first season in charge, Everton are back there and have the chance to show they belong there on a regular basis.

A Long-Awaited Return to Europe  [MEDIA]

17 September
In the maiden issue of 1878 Magazine, Joe Strange welcomes European football back to Goodison Park following a four-and-a-half year absence.

Martinez excited for first European night at Goodison

17 September
Roberto Martinez says that he and his players are looking forward to realising their reward for last season's impressive fifth-place finish when they take on Wolfsburg in the Europa League tomorrow night.

Everton announce new stadium plans

16 September
Everton FC and Liverpool City Council have announced their intention to investigate a regeneration initiative for North Liverpool focused around a new stadium for the club at Walton Hall Park. Chairman Bill Kenwright said that the location, which would allow the club to stay within Liverpool while also "supporting, transforming and sustaining" the local community "ticks all the boxes" for Everton.

Eto'o and Distin back for Thursday

15 September
Everton will have Samuel Eto'o and Sylvain Distin back in contention for places for the Europa League opener against Wolfsburg after both recovered from minor injuries that kept them out of the win over West Bromwich Albion.

Kone and Oviedo feature in U21s defeat

14 September
Everton's Under-21s lost 2-0 at home to Chelsea this afternoon but there was good news for Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo who played 80 and 90 minutes respectively.

Under-18s suffer big home loss

13 September
Everton Under-18s were made to pay for missed opportunities as Derby County condemned the young Blues to a 5-1 home defeat.

Belgian brace seals first win of the season

13 September
Romelu Lukaku scored his first goal as a full-time Everton player with a delicious early strike and Kevin Mirallas sealed the points in the second half as the Blues rediscovered some of their form from last season. Both goals owed much to the opposition but Ben Foster had to pull off two excellent saves to keep the score down as Roberto Martinez's men picked up their first win of the new campaign.

Martinez mitigated Henen risk with deadline-day deal

13 September
The full details of the curious deadline-day arrangement that saw David Henen transferred from Anderlecht to Olympiakos only to end up staying at Everton on loan have emerged.

Captain Jagielka not guaranteed a starting place

13 September
Roberto Martinez admits that Phil Jagielka is still finding his way back to form after disappointment at the World Cup with England and cautions that his status as club captain does not mean he has an automatic place in the side.

Martinez hints at Manchester United's reluctance to loan Cleverley to rival club

12 September
Roberto Martinez has made his first public comments regarding his attempt to draft Tom Cleverley in on the final day of the transfer window where he indicates that Everton were told the midfielder was not available on loan.

West Bromwich Albion vs Everton

12 September
With the transfer window closed and the first international break out the way, there is a feeling that Everton's season starts now with a trip to the Hawthorns where the first three points of the season are on offer. Romelu Lukaku is expected to be fit and Steven Pienaar is back in full training but Samuel Eto'o and Leon Osman will undergo late fitness tests before Roberto Martinez finalises his squad.

Lukaku expected to be fit for WBA

11 September
Roberto Martinez says that Romelu Lukaku will be in the squad for the trip to the Hawthorns this weekend when Everton take on West Bromwich Albion, with his toe injury now less of a concern. Samuel Eto'o and Leon Osman are slight doubts, however, after picking up minor complaints, but there was good news in that all of the international players returned from duty unscathed.

Atsu grabs the winner for Ghana

10 September
Christian Atsu popped up with a late winner to give Ghana a 3-2 win over Togo in Lome to preserve the Black Stars' unbeaten start to Group E of Africa Cup of Nations qualifying. Emmanuel Adebayor looked to have grabbed a point for the home nation but Atsu raced clear to score the decider with four minutes left on the clock.

Where are they now? Simon Davies  [MEDIA]

10 September
Without a club since being released by Fulham, the 34 year-old former Everton midfielder has gone back to his roots and joined Solva FC, a village team in his native Wales.

The story of Everton's Bryan Oviedo  [MEDIA]

10 September
Tom Clarke on the rise of a Goodison cult hero.

Besic's Bosnia lose to Cyprus

9 September
Muhamed Besic played the full match and hit the woodwork late on but couldn't prevent Bosnia-Herzegovina from going down 2-1 to Cyprus in their Euro2016 qualifier this evening.

Besic's close circle  [MEDIA]

9 September
Everton's enigmatic new signing was interviewed by the Bosnian press recently and he reveals his dislike for drinking, smoking and clubbing, how much defeats affect him and how he prefers the insular surroundings of his family and girlfriend.

Blues fans react angrily to suggestions of lack of interest in Krasnodar trip  [MEDIA]

9 September
The Echo take The Mirror to task on the supporters' behalf in the wake of an infuriating article in the latter newspaper suggesting that Evertonians were apathetic about travelling to watch the team in Russia because the club's official trip had to be cancelled due to low numbers.

Blues pick up teen prospect from Northampton

9 September
Everton have signed Fraser Hornby, a 15-year-old midfielder from Northampton Town's Academy, under the terms of the Elite Player Performance Plan.

Blues reward fans on the road

8 September
Evertonians will be given a helping hand from the Club as they travel to support Roberto Martinez’s men throughout the 2014/15 season.

Everton trio help England get off to winning start

8 September
John Stones was selected for his second start in and England shirt as Roy Hodgson's men picked up a morale-boosting 2-0 win in Switzerland to open their Euro216 qualifying campaign. Leighton Baines was also named in the starting XI while Phil Jagielka played the last quarter of an hour in place of the injured Phil Jones.

Naismith growing in confidence

8 September
The 2014-15 season is only three games old but while Everton have made a disappointing start overall, one player has stood out from his teammates with a goal in each match so far. The Scot's confidence is visibly growing after initially feeling inferior at Goodison, a turnaround that he attributes to Roberto Martinez who has allowed him to express himself in his preferred central role.

McGeady brace gets Ireland off to a flyer

7 September
Aiden McGeady fired a late goal for the Republic of Ireland that gave Martin O'Neill's side a winning start to their Euro2016 qualifying in Tbilisi. Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy also started and it was the latter who provided the assist for McGeady to give the Irish the lead in the first half. Georgia quickly levelled through Okriashvili to make it 1-1 at half time but McGeady won it with an even better striker in the second half.

Jagielka is struggling at the moment but don't drop him  [MEDIA]

7 September
In his latest column for the a Echo, former Everton midfielder Lee Carsley insists that the Phil Jagielka-Sylvain Distin partnership is the best at the club and that he expects the England defender's season to turn around once he is physically up to speed again.

Everton beat Stoke 4-0 in private friendly

5 September
Everton beat Stoke 4-0 in a friendly played behind closed doors at Finch Farm on Friday. Both Arouna Koné and Bryan Oviedo played with Koné getting in the scoresheet, along with Conor Grant (2) and Tyias Browning.

Lukaku's toe injury problem

6 September
Romelu Lukaku may not be fit enough to play for Everton against West Brom next weekend due to a continuing toe injury. The striker flew home last week to receive treatment in Brussels but didn't play in Belgium’s 2-0 friendly victory over Australia on Wednesday and Roberto Martinez fears he could be without his record signing for next Saturday’s trip to the Hawthorns.

Young Blues in international action

5 September
Callum Connolly scored twice for England U18s against the Netherlands this evening in a 3-1 win in which fellow Evertonians Jonjoe Kenny and Ryan Ledson also featured.

McCarthy frustrated by 'quiet' tag  [MEDIA]

5 September
James McCarthy has responded to suggestions this week by ex-Republic of Ireland manager John Giles that he needs to be more authoritative on the pitch.

“I don’t think I’m shy to be honest. There’s a lot of people have said that in the past about being shy and quiet. Once you get labelled with something it’s with you for a bit. I don’t know when it’s going to go away."

U18s pipped by Real Madrid

5 September
Everton Under-18s were desperately unfortunate to lose their opening Champions Cup encounter with Real Madrid 1-0 at the Tottenham Training Centre this morning, after using all of the small 13-man squad available, and it showed in the second 60-min game this afternoon, a 5-1 defeat to hosts Spurs.

McCarthy needs to rule the roost  [MEDIA]

4 September
Former Republic of Ireland manager John Giles is full of praise for James McCarthy's ability but wonders whether Everton's midfield linchpin has the mentality to grow into a leader on the field:

"“He has the ability which is one thing,” he said. “The mind is a different thing altogether. He has to impose himself more I think. But all lads are different and he might have a mentality where he thinks ‘I don’t want to do that’."

Besic and Mirallas feature in friendly wins

4 September
Muhamed Besic played over two thirds of his country's 3-0 win over Lichtenstein and Kevin Mirallas completed an hour for Belgium as they beat Tim Cahill's Australia 2-0.

The Official Everton Show, #2

4 September
The Official Everton Show enjoyed its second week on the air on Wednesday – live on City Talk 105.9.

Under-18s take on Real Madrid in London

4 September
Everton's U18s will get to put themselves against their peers from the Spanish club this Friday as one of six teams participating in the Under-18s Champions Cup in London.

Everton Squad lists submitted

4 September
Everton have confirmed a list of 23 players (including nine homegrown players) in their senior 25-man squad and name a total of 45 Under-21 players (including Barkley, Stones and Lukaku) eligible for selection under current Premier League rules.

Everton honour 1906 cup hero Sandy Young

3 September
Everton FC and Everton Heritage Society unveiled a new headstone in Edinburgh's Seafield cemetery today to mark the grave of Alex 'Sandy' Young, one of the club's first legends and scorer of the winning goal in the 1906 FA Cup Final win over Newcastle United.

Blues in international action

3 September
Darron Gibson played 70 minutes for the Republic of Ireland in their friendly with Oman this evening, his first competitive action for 11 months. Aiden McGeady, meanwhile, came on as a second-half substitute in the 2-0 win. Elsewhere, John Stones made his first start for England and played 80 minutes alongside Leighton Baines against Norway at Wembley where Roy Hodgson's side eked out a 1-0 win.

Everton team up with LJMU School of Law

3 September
Everton’s Head of Legal Services will give a budding generation of law students an insight into the fascinating world of football as he takes up a post as guest lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University.

Stones starts for England

2 September
John Stones has been named alongside Leighton Baines in Roy Hodgson's starting XI for the friendly against Norway at Wembley tomorrow evening.

For Everton, frustration mounts in watching foes spend big  [MEDIA]

2 September
Andy Glockner highlights the Blues' perennial dilemma posed by the monied elite's ability to continually out-spend them in the chase for fourth place.

Howard: USA Secretary of Defence is just Everton's overrated keeper  [MEDIA]

2 September
Blogger Tim Hill offers a fairly withering critique of Everton's No.1 in a piece on The Guardian website.

"Tim Howard is a good guy, and a good goalkeeper. But he’s perhaps not a great goalkeeper. As the Chelsea game showed, the beatification of St Timothy, post-Belgium, came too soon. He has too many flaws to be great..."

Gibson set for Ireland start

2 September
Darron Gibson is line to play his first competitive football in almost a year after being selected by Martin O'Neill for the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Oman tomorrow evening. The midfielder ruptured a cruciate knee ligament on international duty for his country last October and is only now back to full fitness.

Everton loan Henen back from Olympiakos

1 September
David Henen did not sign for Everton before the transfer deadline after all – at least not on a permanent basis – but joined Olympiakos instead. He will remain with the Blues, though, after they signed him on a season-long loan from the Greek club.

Swansea cup clash set for 23 September

1 September
Everton's Capital One Cup third round tie at the Liberty Stadium against the Swans has been scheduled for 7:45pm on 23rd September.

Impasse with United foils late Cleverley bid

1 September
Everton's attempts to draft Tom Cleverley into the squad today were scuppered by Manchester United's refusal to lower their price for the midfielder, according to reports. It been suggested throughout the day that the Blues had tried to sign Cleverley on loan but this does not appear to have been the case. Though there was early speculation suggesting Roberto Martinez might try and sign central defensive cover in the wake of Shane Duffy's transfer to Blackburn, nothing came of the rumours and the club have told reporters that they are done for transfer deadline day.

Martinez admits defence needs to get back to basics

30 August
Everton's manager was left to dwell on a surprisingly poor defensive performance as the Blues were beaten 6-3 by Chelsea at Goodison Park this afternoon.

Blues' defence collapses in Goodison goalfest

30 August
Everton crashed to their first defeat of the season amid a deluge of goals at Goodison Park. 2-0 down after less than three minutes to strikes by Costa and Ivanovic, the Blues rallied and scored on the stroke of half time but fell 3-1 behind when Coleman unwittingly put past his own goalkeeper with 23 minutes to go. Goals from Naismith, Matic, Eto'o and Ramires in a hectic eight-minute spell then left the score at 5-3 to the visitors before Besic ruined his debut by sending Costa away to score an undeserved sixth.

U18s defeated at Man City

30 August
Everton U18s were beaten by Manchester City U18s today as goals by Manuel Garcia Alonso and Tosin Adarabioyo inflicted the young Blues' first defeat of the season.

Martinez pleased with home advantage

30 August
Despite being drawn in what some observers have likened to a Champions League group, Roberto Martinez was satisfied with yesterday's Europa League draw which scheduled Everton to play at Goodison Park in their first and last group fixtures.

Fenerbahce part ways with Yobo  [MEDIA]

29 August
After spending time on loan at Norwich last season, the ex-Everton defender is released by the Turkish club due to restrictions over the number of foreign players they are allowed on their books at any one time.

Duffy joins Blackburn Rovers

29 August
Everton have sold Irish international defender Shane Duffy to Blackburn Rovers in a deal reportedly worth £1.5m.

Hope joins Wednesday on loan

29 August
Everton Under-21s striker Hallam Hope will spend the next six months at Sheffield Wednesday after the Blues agreed to loan the player to the Championship club. The club have also announced the signing of young free agent goalkeeper Conor Hunt.

Everton to face Lille, Wolfsburg and Krasnodar

29 August
Everton have been drawn into a fairly tough Group H of the Europa League where they are joined by Lille, Wolfsburg and FC Krasnodar, kicking off against the German side at Goodison on 18 September.

Everton vs Chelsea

29 August
As they did a year ago, Everton take on Chelsea at Goodison Park looking for their first victory of the season. There is added intrigue this time, however, with the possibility of both Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto'o facing their old team for the first time if the Belgian overcomes a toe injury and Roberto Martinez feels the Cameroon star is sufficiently match sharp to play a part off the bench. Steven Pienaar is ruled out, though, along with Ross Barkley, Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo.

2008 interview with Samuel Eto'o  [MEDIA]

28 
A Q&A with new Everton striker Samuel Eto'o from 2008 that, while old now, provides some insight into the player's philosophy.

Everton assigned pot 3 for Europa League draw

28 August
Everton will be in the third tier of seeded teams for tomorrow's Uefa Europa League group stage draw. The draw will take place in Monaco at 12pm UK time.

Stones joins Baines and Jagielka in England squad

28 August
John Stones, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines have all been named by Roy Hodgson in the England squad for the upcoming friendly against Norway and the subsequent Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland in Basel on 8th September. There have also been call-ups this week for nine Blues from the youth ranks for England's U17 through U21 levels.

Eto'o can give Everton fear factor  [MEDIA]

28 August
Samuel Eto'o will give Everton an unpredictable "fear factor" according to Roberto Martinez.

Eto'o announces international retirement

27 August
Samuel Eto'o has called time on his Cameroon international career for the second time.

Everton draw Swansea in League Cup 3rd round

27 August
Everton will play Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in the third round of the Capital One Cup following tonight's draw.

Blues secure Browning on three-year deal

27 August
Promising Academy graduate Tyias Browning is the latest young player to sign on to new terms at Everton with the defender inking a three-year contract today.

Eto'o itching to get started

27 August
Roberto Martinez says that while he would ideally like to give new signing Samuel Eto'o more time to get back to match fitness before handing him his debut, the striker himself is keen to be involved straight away.

Chelsea tickets still available

27 August
Limited tickets remain for the 5.30pm kick-off against Chelsea on Saturday, with a capacity crowd expected at Goodison Park for the second time in as many weeks.

Everton sign Eto'o in two-year deal

26 August
Everton have completed the signing of striker Samuel Eto'o on a free transfer, with the 33 year-old agreeing a two-year contract. Eto'o, who was released by Chelsea in May after continuing his phenomenal scoring record by notching nine goals in 21 appearances at Stamford Bridge, will wear the No.5 jersey and provide additional striking options to Roberto Martinez's side.

Pienaar will miss the Chelsea game

26 August
Steven Pienaar is out of Saturday's clash with Chelsea but Roberto Martinez is more optimistic about Romelu Lukaku's chances of recovering sufficiently from a toe injury to face his old club for the first time.

U21s beaten by Fulham

25 August
New Under-21s acquisition Brendan Galloway scored his first goal in Everton colours but it ended up being mere consolation as David Unsworth's side lost 2-1 at Fulham.

Everton close in on Eto'o

25 August
Everton appear to be close to signing veteran striker Samuel Eto'o on a free transfer, with the BBC adding weight to earlier reports from Sky Sports Italia journalists that the 33 year-old has agreed a two-year contract. Eto'o, who was released by Chelsea in May after notching nine goals in 21 appearances, would provide additional striking options to Roberto Martinez's side and bring considerable European experience.

Martinez keeping his options open

25 August
Roberto Martinez admits that he is "looking at all options" when it comes to the strength of his squad as the summer transfer window enters its final week. While his latest comments indicate that the fitness of Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo will play a big part in any decision to make further signings, another striker is believed to be high on his agenda before the 1st September deadline.

Martinez rues weak second half against Arsenal

24 August
Roberto Martinez says that he and his Everton side were frustrated by their inability to hold on to a precious 2-0 lead at Goodison yesterday due to a "drop in energy levels" that meant they lost control of a contest in which they had looked comfortable for the first 75 minutes.

Another late slump gifts the Gunners a point

23 August
Everton let another two points slip as they allowed Arsenal to grab a draw that had looked well beyond them at the halfway stage of this, the first home game of the new season at Goodison Park. Goals by Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith had the Blues flying at the break but they eased off in the second half and were punished by late strikes by Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.

Under-18s with second win at Wolves

23 August
Everton U18s maintained their 100% record with a fine 1-0 away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

Tim Howard has his future all planned out  [MEDIA]

22 August
Andy Hunter talks to the Everton goalkeeper about his post-World Cup fame, his international hiatus and plans thereafter, Romelu Lukaku and how much he is looking forward to returning "home" to Goodison Park for the first home game of the season against Arsenal.

Everton vs Arsenal

22 August
Everton meet Arsenal in the first match of a Goodison Park double-header that sees the Blues host two of last season's top-four finishers in the space of seven days. Seamus Coleman and Kevin Mirallas could both start after making substitute appearances last weekend, while Darron Gibson has been passed fit for this 5.30pm kick-off in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Howard and Donovan comparisons only go so far  [MEDIA]

21 August
Why Tim Howard's announcement of a year-long break from international football is unlikely to mirror Landon Donovan's experience with easing off from the US Men's National Team.

Martinez tells of Barkley's lucky escape

21 August
Roberto Martinez believes that Ross Barkley could have been more seriously injured had his training-ground accident with Gareth Barry happened earlier in pre-season.

Howard announces year-long international hiatus

21 August
Tim Howard has announced that he will be taking a break from the United States national team for a year in order to spend more time with his family. The 35-year-old has had a marquee year in American colours, culminating in his headline-grabbing exploits at the 2014 World Cup, but his footballing focus will be on Everton for the next 12 months.

Atsu happy to be on board

21 August
Christian Atsu appears to be very content with his season-long loan move, expressing that he has been made to feel very welcome by the players and fans alike during his first week with the club. The 22-year-old winger also reveals that his decision was aided by his team-mates at his parent club Chelsea who told him that Everton was a great club.

Henen still under consideration

21 August
Roberto Martinez says that David Henen remains an option for Everton's Under-21 setup but says that a deal for the 18-year-old Anderlecht striker has not yet been finalised.

Still too soon to predict Barkley return

21 August
Roberto Martinez says that the swelling on Ross Barkley's knee has still not sufficiently abated for club medical staff to fully assess the extent of his injury which makes putting an exact date on his recovery difficult.

Becoming part of the Everton family  [MEDIA]

20 August
An American fan describes their adoption into the Everton family start with week one: Getting acquainted.

Martinez unlikely to sign cover for Barkley

19 August
Roberto Martinez has dampened expectations that he will be dipping into the transfer market again before the transfer window closes, suggesting that he is happy with the quality at his disposal, that he doesn't have plans to bring in cover for Ross Barkley and that his focus now is on the players already at the club.

Everton hand Ryan Ledson professional deal

19 August
Everton and England youth prospect Ryan Ledson has celebrated his 17th birthday by signing a professional contract with the club.

Arsenal game is a sell-out

19 August
Everton’s first home game of the season against Arsenal has now sold out.

Martinez provides injury updates

19 August
Roberto Martinez has offered a more optimistic prognosis on Ross Barkley's injury than was reported over the weekend but stressed that it is still too soon to put an accurate timeframe on his return from a medial knee ligament injury. The manager has also provided updates on Darron Gibson, Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo, while confirming that Seamus Coleman is fully recovered from his minor hamstring problem.

Roberto Martinez on his love for his Belgians  [MEDIA]

19 August
Kristof Terreur of Het Laatste Nieuws speaks with Roberto Martinez specifically about his two Belgian stars, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas. Given Lukaku's recent record-shattering move, much of the conversation centres around the striker and, in particular, his relationship with his manager, Everton's and the club.

U21s hold on to beat Leicester

18 August
Everton's Under-21s were in action against Leicester City this evening in Southport and held out to win 3-2 going thanks to goals by Chris Long, Hallam Hope and Tyias Browning.

Naismith: We have cover for Barkley

18 August
Steven Naismith says that Everton can cope without Ross Barkley while the young England international is out injured with the knee injury he sustained on Friday.

Barkley could be out for months

16 August
Initial scans on Ross Barkley's knee injury are difficult to read because of the swelling but Roberto Martinez fears Everton could be without their young star for months rather than weeks.

Late lapse costs Everton opening-day win

16 August
Everton were on course for a precious opening-day victory at King Power Stadium but were denied three points by Chris Wood's late strike. Aiden McGeady's sumptuous strike had given the Blues the lead after 20 minutes, only for Leonardo Ulloa to equalise almost immediately from a corner. Steven Naismith restored the advantage for Roberto Martinez's team but they lacked the drive after half time to kill the game and paid the price when the Foxes grabbed a point four minutes from time.

Barkley ruled out with knee injury

15 August
Ross Barkley faces between six to eight weeks on the sidelines after suffering medial knee ligament damage in training on the eve of the new season.

Fans warned over pyrotechnics

15 August
Ahead of the 2014-15 season, Everton are reiterating that the club is vehemently and absolutely against the use of pyrotechnics inside or outside of any football stadium.

Leicester City vs Everton

15 August
Everton kick off Roberto Martinez's much-anticipated second season in charge with a trip to Leicester on Saturday with a few question marks over the likely starting XI. Injury to Ross Barkley, concerns over Seamus Coleman's hamstring and uncertainty over the readiness of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas following their belated return to training after the World Cup will keep supporters and opposition manager, Nigel Pearson, guessing until an hour before the 3pm kick-off.

Goodison's summer upgrade

14 August
Goodison Park has undergone a summer makeover with Evertonians set to notice a host of improvements when they return for the Blues’ first home game next week.

Martinez: No decision over trio for Saturday

14 August
Roberto Martinez says that it is too soon to say whether Seamus Coleman, Romelu Lukaku or Kevin Mirallas will feature against Leicester when the new season kicks off this weekend.

Everton confirm Atsu loan signing

13 August
Christian Atsu is officially an Everton player for the season after the club confirmed his arrival on loan from Chelsea. The 22-year-old completed a medical at Finch Farm today after sorting out his work permit and has been handed the No 19 shirt.

Why Everton should be America's team  [MEDIA]

13 August
Making the case for Everton being America's de facto team, and it's not all to do with Tim Howard!

Martinez predicts end of Kone's injury nightmare

11 August
Roberto Martinez says that Arouna Kone can play a big part in Everton's season, particularly in Europe where his Continental experience could be a big advantage. The striker has been sidelined since last October with a knee injury that required surgery and months of patient rehabilitation but the manager says Kone is "right where he should be" now that he has resumed training.

EvertonUSA declare Tim Howard Appreciation Day

11 August
Evertonians in the United States will celebrate America's World Cup hero Tim Howard when the new season kicks off this Saturday to raise money for Everton in the Community.

Bumper ticket sales pack Goodison

11 August
More than three out of every four seats at Goodison Park have been filled before the first ball of the 2014/15 season has been kicked as Everton today reveal bumper Season Ticket sales.

Belgians feature in behind-closed-doors exercise

11 August
Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas played 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly against a Sheffield Wednesday XI today as they regain their sharpness ahead of the new season.

Atsu could sign by Wednesday

10 August
Everton's move to take Christian Atsu on a season-long loan from Chelsea could be completed by midweek if the formality of a work permit is secured by then.

Everton's model is the best for progress  [MEDIA]

10 August
Lee Carsley applauds the Everton's ability to keep hold of his its best players as a means to moving the club forward.

"We have a model for other teams to follow and that’s been down to a steady progress, not just something that has happened in the last year."

Long thrilled with his goal

10 August
Chris Long says that he is "made up" with having scored Everton's goal in the pre-season friendly against SC Paderborn yesterday, the culmination of his work with the first team over the last two months.

Why the Europa League is a good thing for Everton  [MEDIA]

10 August
The facts and fantasies behind Europa League participation are in turn presented and debunked as the effect of Everton's return to the competition continues to be debated.

Henen growing impatient over stalled Everton move

9 August
David Henen, the young Belgian striker whose proposed move from Anderlecht to Everton has dragged on for a month without resolution, is growing restless with the apparent deadlock between the two clubs according to a Belgian media source.

Blues complete final pre-season warm-up

9 August
Everton's pre-season preparations came to a close this afternoon with their third defeat of the summer, this time against Bundesliga newcomers SC Paderborn. Chris Long scored a wonderful goal to put Everton ahead in the first half but Tim Howard conceded a penalty to hand the Germans an equaliser through Moritz Stoppelkamp. Marvin Duksch and Daniel Bruckner added two more in the second half for the hosts who looked sharper and better organised overall.

Baines: It's all moving in the right direction

8 August
Leighton Baines says that the retention by Everton of its best players this summer is as big a statement as the record-shattering purchase of Romelu Lukaku and reveals that it was Roberto Martinez's ambition that persuaded him to extend his own contract last season.

Belgian duo will sit out Paderborn friendly

8 August
Roberto Martinez says that Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas will sharpen up their fitness levels in training over the coming week rather than be risked in tomorrow's friendly against SC Paderborn but neither are guaranteed to face Leicester.

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8 August
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Reports: Atsu deal agreed

8 August
Everton's move to acquire winger Christian Atsu on a season-long loan appears to have been successful with the impasse with Chelsea apparently broken today.

Kennedy joins Hibernian on loan

8 August
Alan Stubbs has moved to bring in one of his former charges in Everton's Under-21 side by drafting Matthew Kennedy in loan at Hibs.

Martinez looks inward amid impasse over loans

8 August
With no further movement on two of his proposed loan acquisitions, Roberto Martinez appears to be shifting his focus inwardly as he prepares for the start of the new season in just eight days' time. The Everton manager had stated his intention last week to bring in at least one new face before the beginning of the Premier League campaign but with no movement on plans to bring in Christian Atsu and Lacina Traore, his rhetoric is increasingly pointing towards the Blues kicking off at Leicester with the squad as it currently stands.

Everton unveil 2014-15 third kit

7 August
Everton have unveiled the team's third kit for the new season, a white, blackberry and yellow number that will make its debut in the friendly against SC Paderborn this coming weekend.

New five-year deal for Stones

7 August
Everton have announced that another of the club's best young players has committed his future to the club, with John Stones putting pen to paper on a contract extension that keeps him at the club for another five years. The England international defender follows Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman and manager Roberto Martinez in agreeing to a new long-term deal on improved terms this summer.

Blues beaten handily by Celta Vigo

6 August
Everton were back at Prenton Park for the senior squad's fourth pre-season friendly of the summer where another important fitness run-out left a few question marks with the new Premier League season looming just 10 days away. The Blues scored early through Aiden McGeady but struggled again in the final third and were eventually beaten by a first-half hat-trick from Agudo “Nolito” Duran.

McCarthy looking ahead to new season

6 August
James McCarthy says he feels "part of the family" at Everton and is unfazed by speculation linking him with a move away before the transfer window closes after just one season with the Blues. The Irishman is looking forward to re-establishing his partnership with Gareth Barry and battling for places in midfield with new signing Muhamed Besic and the recovered Darron Gibson this coming season.

Lundstram joins Blackpool on loan

6 August
John Lundstram will spend next season on loan in the Championship with Blackpool. it has now been confirmed.

U18s finish off with a draw

5 August
Everton Under-18s ended their participation in the Durban U19 Tournament with a 1-1 draw with South Africa Under-19s thanks to a second-half equaliser from George Newell.

Coleman's preparations disrupted by hamstring injury

5 August
Seamus Coleman is an early doubt for the season opener against Leicester City in 11 days' time after Roberto Martinez revealed that he will play no part in either of the team's two remaining pre-season fixtures. Neither he nor Luke Garbutt will be risked further before the campaign kicks off as they recover from respective hamstring and groin injuries.

Naismith's latest gesture is just the ticket

4 August
Steven Naismith has bought tickets for Everton home matches to donate to unemployed supporters, a gift he hopes will "bring joy to many people".

Osman: Besic can become a crowd favourite

4 August
Leon Osman says that new signing Muhamed Besic has the potential to become another Goodison Park hero based on first impressions since he arrived from Ferencvaros.

Everton U18s 1 - 2 Feyenoord U19s

3 August
Everton Under-18s ensured they could not progress in the Durban Under-19 International Tournament after their second defeat in group play, this time at the hands of Feyenoord.

Martinez looking for a wide player

3 August
Roberto Martinez has revealed that he hopes to sign a wide player before the start of the season. Speaking after the 1-1 draw with FC Porto, Martinez said: “Hopefully we will have another new player coming in."

Osman Testimonial ends all-square

3 August
Everton honoured more than a decade of service to the club from Leon Osman with a testimonial match for the midfielder against Portuguese giants, Porto at Goodison Park today. A rather quiet first half was dominated mostly by the visitors until a dreadful mistake by their keeper allowed McGeady to set up Naismith for an excellent finish. Changes at half-time did not improve Everton who finally conceded on the hour to Jackson, with Osman missing a trademark header before he got a standing ovation after 86 mins.

Leon Osman: Its about time we turned quality into a trophy  [MEDIA]

2 August
Speaking to The Guardian during his recent visit to Claire House, Leon Osman describes his path to becoming a regular first-team player at Everton despite a serious knee injury and a shortage of demand at the time for players of his ilk who were blessed with technical ability over size and strength.

He also believes that is time for Everton to translate the increasing quality in the club's squad into silverware, a target that has always been at the top of his list of career goals.

Everton vs FC Porto

2 August
Everton honour more than a decade of service to the club from Leon Osman with a testimonial match for the midfielder against Portuguese giants, Porto, on Sunday. The 32 year-old has made well over 300 appearances for the Blues since making his full debut 10 years ago and it is hoped that supporters will turn out in numbers to recognise the contribution of a player who has spent his entire career at Goodison Park.

Leeds U21s 1 - 1 Everton U21s

2 August
Everton U21s played out a 1-1 draw against Leeds United U21s in their latest warm-up friendly, new acquisition Sam Byrne firing home in the first half before the Yorkshire side equalized after the break.

U18s lose to Santos U19s in Durban

1 August
Everton U18s were beaten 2-0 by Santos at the Durban U19 Tournament in South Africa, the Brazilian side scoring a goal in each half of the Blues' opening game.

Blues snap up Brendan Galloway

2 August
Everton have confirmed the signing of 18 year-old England youth international Brendan Galloway from MK Dons for an undisclosed fee.

Reports: Atsu on the verge of Everton loan

1 August
Everton are closing in on the acquisition on loan of Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu from Chelsea according to reports.

The view from Everton: Martinez has us dreaming of the top four  [MEDIA]

1 August
TW's Lyndon Lloyd pens the Everton perspective for the MailOnline in the wake of the capture of Romelu Lukaku and the additions of Gareth Barry and Muhamed Besic.

Besic spurred on by World Cup experience

31 July
Muhamed Besic says that his well-reviewed performances for Bosnia-Herzegovina in the World Cup this summer gave him the confidence to make the leap from the Hungarian league to the Premier League with Everton.

WIN tickets to Everton vs FC Porto

30 July
We have a pair of tickets to give away for Leon Osman's celebratory game against Portuguese giants Porto on Sunday. Enter now.

Ossie visits Claire House

30 July
Everton stalwart Leon Osman visited Claire House Children’s Hospice on Tuesday, ahead of his celebratory testimonial game.

Lukaku completes record 28m move

30 July
Everton have smashed their transfer record with the long-awaited acquisition of Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea in a £28m deal. The striker, who spent last season loan at Goodison Park and scored 16 goals in all competitions, put pen to paper on a five-year contract at Finch Farm this evening before being unveiled to the media at a press conference.

EFCSA forum to focus on supporters trusts

30 July
A forum held by the Everton Shareholders’ Association on Monday, 4th August will explore how the club might benefit from a supporter’s trust.

'Muhamed Besic is the best defender Ive seen in Hungary'  [MEDIA]

30 July
That's the opinion of Tom Mortimer, creator of HungarianFootball.com and "general Hungarian football expert", who analysed the 21 year-old when he was playing as centre half for Ferencvaros last season and said:
"He’s been great. Very combative, good positionally, good at bringing the ball out of defense. All round top defender. Can be a bit ill-disciplined at times, but very infrequent. Best defender I’ve possibly ever seen in Hungary, and I still can’t quite believe he’s here.”

Premier League ticket prices defy the very culture that built the game  [MEDIA]

30 July
David Conn illustrates how the costs of watching top-flight football in England continue to rise despite record television revenues for Premier League clubs.

McCarthy: I'm loving it at Everton

29 July
James McCarthy says he is looking forward to what he describes as "a big season ahead" at Everton on the back of a dream start to life at Goodison Park following his move from Wigan Athletic last summer.

Howard agrees multi-year deal with NBC Sports

29 July
NBC Sports have moved to capitalise on Tim Howard's World Cup fame by signing the Everton goalkeeper up to continue his role on the US network's on-air team covering the English Premier League.

Everton announce new Barkley contract

29 July
Everton have secured their England international midfielder Ross Barkley to a new long-term contract after he put pen to paper on a four-year extension to his existing terms. The 20 year-old's new deal, which commits his future to the Blues until 2018 was announced at a live press conference at Finch Farm this afternoon.

Everton set seal on Besic move

28 July
Everton have confirmed the acquisition of Muhamed Besic for an undisclosed fee from Ferencvaros, with the Bosnia-Herzegovina international signing a five-year contract with the club.

Martinez: We need a number nine

28 July
Roberto Martinez has identified a need for two more signings, in addition to the imminent arrival of Muhamed Besic, before the new season starts and insists that one of them must be a striker, even if it isn't the name at the top of his wish list, Romelu Lukaku. The manager brushed off suggestions based on a YouTube clip from Thailand that gained national exposure that he was confident of landing the Belgian international this summer.

Foxes edge Bangkok friendly

27 July
Everton's pre-season continued on Sunday in Thailand with a friendly against Leicester City which the newly-promoted side won by a single goal. Gary Taylor-Fletcher scored the winner in the second half after Kasper Schmeichel had kept out efforts by Luke Garbutt and Aiden McGeady in the first half.

Rhyl 0 - 1 Everton U21s

26 July
An Everton XI plus subs drawn mostly from the ranks of the Under-21s who did not travel to Thailand with the first-team squad narrowly beat Rhyl in their fourth pre-season friendly, on a goal from Kieran Dowell.

Besic, McCarthy and the endearing vanity of Martinezs central midfield fixation  [MEDIA]

26 July
Chris Smith takes a look at Roberto Martinez's new-look central midfield with the addition to McCarthy, Barry and Gibson of Muhamed Besic

Get into the full swing and support Everton In The Community

26 July
Everton in the Community is looking for 20 teams to join a group of first team players and Everton Legends including Graeme Sharp and Ian Snodin.

Osman optimistic on new signings

25 July
With Muhamed Besic set to be confirmed as Roberto Martinez's second signing of the summer, Leon Osman is hoping that Everton will be able to field some more new faces for his testimonial against FC Porto a week on Sunday.

Tim Howard: I bleed Blue

25 July
Tim Howard has restated his commitment to finishing his career with Everton, saying that he doesn't see himself playing in the MLS back in the United States before be retires.

Millwall sign free agent Gueye  [MEDIA]

25 July
Magaye Gueye has signed for Championship Millwall after being released from his contract a year early by Everton this summer. The French winger has been on trial with the London club this month and did enough to earn a deal at the New Den.

Everton unveil black away kit

25 July
Everton have revealed their away strip for the 2014-15 season, unveiling an all-black kit with white logos and a striking purple goalkeeper's jersey. The players will wear the new change colours for the first time on Sunday in the friendly against Leicester City in Bangkok.

Besic deal all but done

24 July
Roberto Martinez has announced that Muhamed Besic will travel with the squad for the friendly in Bangkok this weekend before being presented as an Everton player next week. A deal with Hungarian side Ferencvárosi TC is virtually over the line but the Bosnia-Herzegovina international won't feature in the friendly with Leicester.

U18s draw with Leeds United

24 July
Everton Under-18s completed 2-2 draw in a pre-season match at Leeds United on Thursday afternoon. Goals from Calum Dyson and Nathan Holland tied the game for Everton after the Blues fell behind twice.

Martinez expects 'three or four' new signings in the coming days

24 July
Roberto Martinez is confident of strengthening his squad in the next few days with "three or four" new signings as his pre-season preparations get into full swing. The manager has used the last couple of weeks to assess the younger players at Everton and is now in position to bring in acquisitions to "finalise the squad" ahead of what promises to be a demanding season.

Besic flies in as transfer saga nears conclusion

23 July
Hopes that Muhamed Besic may finally be confirmed as an Everton player this week were given a lift by the news that the Bosnia-Herzegovina international is on Merseyside to finalise his move.

U21s beat Wrexham in friendly

23 July
Everton's U21s were in action this evening, running out 4-1 winners thanks to goals a first-half equaliser by Duffus and further goals by Dowell, Dyson and Pennington in the second period.

Coleman won't be risked in Thailand

23 July
Seamus Coleman won't make the trip to Bangkok for Sunday's friendly against Leicester City, with Roberto Martinez preferring to keep the Irishman back to further assess his fitness.

Away kit to be revealed on Friday

23 July
Everton will unveil the 2014-15 away kit this Friday after revealing a teaser graphic featuring black fabric.

Ledson among Mail's 20 Academy stars set for a breakthrough season  [MEDIA]

23 July
Everton's Ryan Ledson makes the list of young players who Daily Mail writer Sam Cunningham feels are on the verge of breaking through in the Premier League.

Tranmere friendly ends all square

22 July
Everton's first pre-season run-out of the summer ended in a 2-2 draw at Prenton Park as Roberto Martinez handed playing time to all of the players named in the squad. Steven Naismith and Leon Osman scored as the Blues twice took the lead but were pegged back by goals from Cole Stockton and James Rowe. There was a slight injury concern for Seamus Coleman, however, who was withdrawn as a precaution after feeling his hamstring.

Blues set to land young Belgian striker

22 July
Update Everton are set to sign David Henen, an 18-year-old striker from Anderlecht, with Roberto Martinez confirming that a deal, thought to be around £1.5m, is close to completion.

Gibson set for long-awaited return

21 July
Darron Gibson is expected to mark his return to full fitness from a long lay-off with a knee injury when Everton take on Tranmere Rovers in a friendly tomorrow evening. The Irishman has been sidelined since last October after rupturing a cruciate knee ligament while on international duty and then undergoing surgery to correct the problem.

Complications hold up Besic deal

19 July
Everton are having to be patient in their quest to finalise the signing of Muhamed Basic with the deal apparently complicated by work permit issues and a sell-on fee due to the midfielder's first club, Tennis Berlin.

Everton U18s 1 - 1 Crewe U18s

19 July
Everton Under-18s continued their unbeaten pre-season campaign with a 1-1 draw in a close affair against Crewe Alexandra.

Southport 2 - 1 Everton XI

19 July
An Everton XI made up of players from the Under-21 squad, plus a raft of subs played Southport today, but lost the game 2-1 after Courtney Duffus equalized in the second half.

Preston NE U18s 3 - 6 Everton U18s

17 July
Everton Under-18s maintained their high pre-seson goalscoring rate by beating Preston North End U-18s 6-3 on Thursday afternoon, two days after defeating Bury 6-1.

Under-18s knock Bury for Six!

15 July
Everton Under-18s began their pre-season schedule in fine style at Finch Farm, with a thumping 6-1 defeat of Bury U-18s. Goals from Calum Dyson (pen), Nathan Holland, Charley Edge, George Newell, and Delial Brewster (2).

Martinez targeting four more players

18 July
Roberto Martinez says that he is looking to bring in three attacking players and one midfielder before the transfer window closes as he and his staff work on transfer targets defined since January. The Catalan restated his intention to use the loan market again while also pointing out the potential strength in depth from young players at the club who may be ready to step up to the first team.

Everton to play Celta Vigo at Prenton Park

18 July
Everton have added another game to their pre-season schedule: they will face Celta Vigo of La Liga at Prenton Park on 6 August (Kick-off: 7:45pm). Along with the friendlies against Tranmere, Leicester City and SC Paderborn, the match will be streamed live on evertontv.

Seven young players sign pro contracts

18 July
Seven members of Everton's Academy Under-18 League-winning side of last season have signed their first professional contracts with the club.

Young Irish striker joins Everton U21s

18 July
Everton have picked up 18 year-old Irish striker Sam Byrne on a free transfer after he was released by Manchester United this summer.

Agent: Ba had agreed terms with Everton

17 July
Football agent, Ahmet Bulut, has claimed that Demba Ba came very close to signing for Everton this week but was persuaded to join Besiktas in Turkey where he is expected to pen to paper on an £8m deal this Friday.

Tim Cahill voted best player in MLS  [MEDIA]

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When he left Everton, I think many of us thought that Tim was being "put out to pasture" to retire quietly in the MLS. His performances over the last year for NY Red Bulls and Socceroos have clearly shown that he is still a great player with a fantastic attitude.

To cap it off he has won MLS Player of the Year.

First two home games get high-profile TV slot in US

17 July
Everton's first two home games of the new season against Arsenal and Chelsea will both be screened live on NBC's main channel in the United States, giving American audiences the chance to see World Cup hero Tim Howard in action in the Premier League.

Everton line up friendly against Bundesliga newcomers

17 July
Everton will travel to Germany on 9th August for a pre-season friendly against SC Paderborn who have just been promoted to the Bundesliga.

WIN the new home jersey

17 July
Everton’s new home kit is now on sale, available to buy at Everton One, Everton Two and online at evertondirect.com and we have one 2014-15 home shirt to give away to the winner of our latest competition. Enter here

Vellios links up with Radzinski in Belgium  [MEDIA]

17 July
Apostolos Vellios, the Greek striker released by Everton at the end of last season, has signed for Belgian second-tier side Lierse where another ex-Blue, Tomasz Radzinski is technical director.

Junior loan extended another month

15 July
Francisco Junior's loan with Norwegian side Stromsgodet has been extended until mid-August.

Long hoping to catch Martinez's eye

15 July
Academy striker Chris Long is one of the players who has joined the first-team at Everton's pre-season training camp in Austria and he is hopeful of breaking into the senior squad and landing a long-term deal.

Everton legends in store

15 July
Evertonians will be able to meet a trio of legends at Everton One on Thursday (17 July) to celebrate the launch of the 2014/15 home kit.

Young Blues can have their say

15 July
Young Evertonians can apply to join the Junior Fans’ Forum from today.

Fan sites set to do battle for charity

15 July
NSNO.co.uk has arranged the first Independent Everton Website five-a-side tournament in support of Everton In The Community.

Ex-Blue Jutkiewicz returns to the Premier League  [MEDIA]

15 July
Former Everton second-string striker Lukas Jutkiewicz has sealed a return to the top flight after signing for newly-promoted Burnley from Middlesbrough.

The Southampton-born player made one senior appearance under David Moyes before being farmed out on loan to Plymouth Argyle, Middlesbrough and Motherwell and then released.

He then played two seasons with Coventry City, scoring 18 times in 67 appearances before moving on to Boro where made made another 64 appearances with 11 goals. His time in the northeast also included a loan spell at Bolton last season.

World Cup Winner talks about Everton

15 July
Shkodran Mustafi has become a World Cup winner just two years after he asked David Moyes for a free transfer out of Goodison Park because of a lack of first-team opportunities.

Royle back at Everton

14 July
Everton have announced that Joe Royle has returned to the club in a developmental role just weeks after accepting a football consulting position at Norwich City. The Goodison legend and former manager held talks with Everton at the end last season about joining Roberto Martinez's backroom staff but elected to link up with Neil Adams at Carrow Road instead. Now, however, the 65-year-old is back with the Blues.

2014-15 fixture changes announced

14 July
A number of Everton's matches between August and December have been rescheduled for live television broadcast or the club's involvement in the Europa League this coming season.

George Green may need loan spell

14 July
George Green says that going out on loan is an option for him as he continues his development towards breaking into the Everton first team.

Martinez earns plaudits for work on ESPN  [MEDIA]

14 July
Christopher Harris at WorldSoccerTalk.com has highlighted Roberto Martinez as one of the "highs" of ESPN's coverage in the United States of the 2014 World Cup:
The fact that ESPN continues to be able to secure the talent of Roberto Martinez with each major tournament is a huge coup for the American broadcaster.

Martinez is a perfectionist in everything he does. He’s an excellent communicator. He almost always adds observations and pieces of wisdom that are enlightening. And his calmness and effervescent personality in front of the TV camera is a joy to watch.

Young players set to step up

12 July
Roberto Martinez says a new raft of young players will get their chance at Everton this season. Martinez says there's more to come off the Goodison Park production line, with pre-season likely to offer up plenty of opportunities to impress.

Audio: Osman discusses his Blues career and testimonial

11 July
Representatives from the Everton fan sites got the opportunity to interview Leon Osman about his career with the Blues and his upcoming testimonial against FC Porto.

Elche chief denies Sanchez deal

11 July
The president of Elche CF, José Sepulcre Coves, has quashed reports in the Spanish press that a deal has been agreed with Everton for Colombian international, Carlos Sanchez.

Osman testimonial tickets on sale Monday

11 July
Tickets for Everton's friendly with FC Porto next month that will mark Leon Osman's testimonial go on general sale on Monday, the club have announced.

Oviedo targets September return

11 July
Roberto Martinez says that Everton expect Bryan Oviedo to be fit enough to return to first-team action in late September as he continues his recovery from a double leg fracture sustained in January.

Talks on-going over Traore

11 July
Roberto Martinez has re-stated his desire to bring striker Lacina Traore back on loan this coming season after his first spell was wrecked by injury but says that no deal is yet in place with Monaco. The manager also spoke about the Romelu Lukaku situation, suggesting that while there is no news regarding the Belgian international, he expects that resolution of his future "won't be too long" in coming.

Reports: Blues close in on Besic

10 July
Updated Everton are close to signing Bosnia-Herzegovina international Muhamed Bešić according to the latest reports.

New safety recommendations for derby matches

10 July
New safety procedures for crowd control at Merseyside derby matches are being proposed following complaints by Everton fans of a crush outside Anfield last January.

Blues fans get the Fabric first

9 July
A group of loyal Evertonians became the first people to own the 2014-15 home shirt on Thursday when they were taken on a Finch Farm tour by two Blues legends.

Everton clinch Gareth Barry on permanent deal

8 July
Everton have announced that Gareth Barry has signed for the club on a permanent basis. The 33 year-old put pen to paper on a three-year contract which apparently triggers a £1m payment to Manchester City under the terms of the loan deal that originally brought him to Goodison Park last September.

Charity independent website five-a-side tournament

8 July
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, members of Everton fan site NSNO are organising the first Independent Everton Website five-a-side tournament in aid of EitC. We at ToffeeWeb are hoping to field a team so if you're interested in playing, let us know.

EFCSA forum to include Trust Everton and Andy Burnham MP

8 July
Everton Shareholders Association have announced details of the latest in a series of forums they are hosting which will take place on August 4th and will feature MP Andy Burnham, Trust Everton's Tony I'Anson and Kevin Rye of Supporters Direct as speakers.

Bryan Oviedo posts Instagram update

8 July
Bryan Oviedo has posted a photograph on Instagram that should reassure Everton supporters he is nearing a return to first-team training.

Martinez: World Cups set the trend  [MEDIA]

7 July
Roberto Martinez sat down with Evertonian Martin O'Boyle in Rio de Janeiro to discuss the World Cup in Brazil which the Blues boss feels has been the best in his lifetime.

Lukaku to consider his options

7 July
Romelu Lukaku says that he will use the time off he has planned with his family to decide on his future following Belgium's exit from the World Cup. The 21 year-old says that although he hasn't had any discussions with Chelsea, his decision will depend on what is the best him. It is generally believed, though, that his future lies away from Stamford Bridge following the arrival there of marquee signing, Diego Costa.

Martinez heading back this week

6 July
Roberto Martinez is keen to get back to work with Everton youngsters Ross Barkley and John Stones after their experiences with England this summer.

Mirallas can't do it for Belgium

5 July
Kevin Mirallas was chosen by Marc Wilmots to start Belgium's crucial quarterfinal game against Argentina in Estadio Nacional, Brasilia but the Everton man was unable to inspire the Red Devils to a goal that would have cancelled out Higuain's early strike. Romelu Lukaku came off the bench again as a frustrated Mirallas was withdrawn on the hour but the South Americans held out to set up a semi-final date with the Netherlands.

New club crest makes its debut

4 July
Everton have begun using their new crest, which was voted for by supporters from a selection of three 'finalists' after a huge backlash over the new badge the club used last season.

Leon Osman back in early for training

4 July
Leon Osman knows a gruelling pre-season programme is essential if he is to play a major role for Everton FC this term. The 33-year-old midfielder featured in all 38 Premier League games for the Blues in the last campaign and has kick-started his fitness regime early.

Tim Cahill enters realm of legend  [MEDIA]

2 July
Michael Lynch of the Melbourne Age in Australia lauds the singular talents of Socceroos and ex-Everton Talisman, Tim Cahill.

World Cup record is scant consolation for heartbroken Howard

2 July
Tim Howard may have become an overnight hero in the United States, earning the nickname The Human Wall and spawning a Twitter meme under the hashtag #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave, after his heroic effort between the posts last night but Everton's number 1 described the plaudits as "bittersweet" following the Americans' exit from the World Cup at the hands of Belgium.

New two-year deal for Hibbert

1 July
Tony Hibbert is the latest player to extend his stay at Everton with the veteran full-back putting pen to paper on a two-year contract.

Howard heroic in US defeat

1 July
Tim Howard came up with a superhuman goalkeeping performance for the USA, making the most saves in recorded World Cup history, but he couldn't prevent his team-mate from last season, Romelu Lukaku, from sending Belgium through in a dramatic match in Salvador. Howard made crucial saves to send a goalless match into extra time but he was powerless when Kevin de Bruyne slotted home to make it 1-0 and substitute Lukaku lashed home a second. Julian Green gave the Americans hope in the 107th minute when he volleyed home but Belgium held out.

McAleny signs new three-year contract

1 July
Striking prospect Conor McAleny has committed to Everton until 2017 by signing a new deal with the club. The 21-year-old's existing deal was up this summer and he was reportedly being eyed by Brentford and Wigan Athletic.

World Cup 2014

8 July
Our general forum, The Game, continues with threads devoted to the final stages of a riveting World Cup in Brazil.

Sunderland charged for penalty melee

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Sunderland will be censured by the FA for failure to control their players in relation to an incident following the penalty incident that led to Everton's equaliser in the 1-1 draw.

Everton duo benched for Scotland friendly

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Three of Everton's representatives were in action to varying degrees this evening as England beat Scotland 3-1 at Celtic Park thanks to a brace by Wayne Rooney.

Knackered Physios' warnings going unheeded?


An interesting blog article links the departure of three key medical staff at Everton to the mounting problems of injuries and lack of fitness that have blighted the current season.

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