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Deulofeu's Welcome Return

Lyndon Lloyd
Gerard Deulofeu may have spent a year away from Goodison but he never really left the hearts of many Blues fans who are delighted to see the mercurial winger back in the fold.
25/06/2015

Tom McIntosh – Everton's First Full-Time Secretary

Stuart McIntosh and Rob Sawyer
Tom McIntosh is a significant off-pitch figure in Everton’s story, yet he seems to have fallen through the cracks of the club’s historical records and his contribution over 16 years is largely overlooked.
19/06/2015

Tough Start Presents Opportunity for Martinez's Everton

Lyndon Lloyd
The newly-announced 2015-16 fixtures have thrown up a daunting first 10 games for Everton but within the challenge lies huge opportunity if Roberto Martinez can get his team primed to hit the ground running.
17/06/2015

Conflicted: Thoughts On the Role of the Echo

Lyndon Lloyd
Much ire has been aimed at the Echo in recent weeks, particularly on social media, but the nature of the paper's existential realities and its ownership by Trinity Mirror put it in a Catch-22 situation.
14/06/2015

Some Corner of a Foreign Field: Fred Collinson and Alfred Corlett at Gallipoli

Peter Jones (EFC Heritage Society)
Two men with connections to Everton fall victim to fighting on the First World War's eastern front at Gallipoli. [Missing content added to this article]
01/06/2015

William H Parry, a former Captain of Everton Football Club

Tony Onslow
The story of the man who captained Everton in the season they would lift their first piece of silverware.
30/05/2015

Frustrating Season Ends on a Sour Note

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton lost to a Spurs side that was quicker, slicker and hungrier for three points that ensured it was they who finish in the fifth position occupied by the Blues this time last year.
24/05/2015

Cliff Britton A Life in Football

Rob Sawyer (EFC Heritage Society)
Cliff Britton was Everton’s first manager in the modern sense of the word, yet it is for his footballing feats at Goodison Park in the 1930s that he is most celebrated. Part I: The Player.
26/05/2015

Poor End to a Poor Season

Paul Traill
A flat end to a flat season. For the first time in as long as I can remember, we didn’t stay around for the lap of honour. We just felt a bit flat after the game...
25/05/2015

The 2014-15 season from Roberto's viewpoint

Paul Traill
Paul Traill was among a group of independent Everton website reps invited to Finch Farm for a retrospective with manager Roberto Martinez on the ups and downs of season 2014-15. » Audio
25/05/2015

From My Seat: Tottenham (H)

Ken Buckley
Our 15th home defeat this season and, looking at the players we have got, you have to wonder why. Today Spurs made us look ordinary.
24/05/2015

Poor half by Blues sees Kane win it

Michael Kenrick
A game that fizzled out with Everton being denied that top-halfnish, Crystal Palace edging them out; a dismal end to a very disappointing season.
24/05/2015

Goodison Forever

Lyndon Lloyd
In the wake of Robert Elstone's cautionary words over the proposed move to Walton Hall Park, the time has surely come to call off the search for a new home and redevelop the Grand Old Lady.
23/05/2015

Mercurial Blues Produce Explosive Finale

Lyndon Lloyd
Romelu Lukaku's 20th goal of the season earned a dramatic late win for the second season running at Upton Park.
17/05/2015

From My Seat – West Ham (A)

Ken Buckley
Overall a game that took a half and half of a half to ignite but when it did it got entertaining.
16/05/2015

Lukaku grabs last-gasp winner

Michael Kenrick
After an open game in which Everton had the better of the play, Downing found the net for the home side. Everton were soon level with a very well-taken goal from Osman. In a dramatic finish, Lukaku grabbed a late win with a great close-range header.
16/05/2015

Life During Wartime Evertons 1914-15 Championship

Peter Jones
The story of Everton's second League title which they won against the backdrop of the escalating First World War.
15/05/2015

The Man Who Coached Everton to Their First League Championship

Tony Onslow
The story of David Waugh who went from Everton player to successful club trainer.
12/05/2015

Familiar Failings Expose Blues' Deficiencies

Lyndon Lloyd
This defeat to Sunderland may have owed as much to luck as the Blues' own inability to get their act together in the box long enough to win it, but there was an annoying air of inevitability about it.
10/05/2015

From My Seat: Sunderland (H)

Ken Buckley
Overall I thought the better side lost but if you don’t score you can’t win and one or two mistakes at the back and the lesser side has won.
09/05/2015

I Thought It Was My Lucky Day

Paul Traill
It was far from Everton's worst performance of the season but it was hardly convincing either.
09/05/2015

Blues give up two horrible goals

Michael Kenrick
Sunderland came to defend but they plundered two goals after plenty of spirited Everton attacking with McCarthy hitting the post. A shocking result.
09/05/2015

The Life of a Former Everton Captain

Tony Onslow
The story of Nick Ross, the Victorian version of the present-day soccer super star who captained both Preston North End and Everton. He was described at the time as "the most brilliant back of his day, if not of all time."
05/05/2015

Was This the Birthplace of Everton Football Club?

Tony Onslow
It was to the Midland Railway Company's goods depot on Liverpool's Victoria Street, that Tom Evans, an instrumental figure in the formation of Everton FC, was transferred from Derbyshire in 1875.
04/05/2015

The Slumbering Giant: Part IV Soul Searching

Lyndon Lloyd
Is finding a faceless billionaire the only way to lift Everton back to the top of the English game – and, if so, at what cost to the soul and traditions of the club? The final part of the series.
04/05/2015

Villa's Intensity Overwhelms Dismal Everton

Lyndon Lloyd
Aston Villa ended a flat and uninspired Everton's six-match unbeaten run with a 3-2 win at Villa Park.
03/05/2015

From My Seat: Aston Villa (A)

Ken Buckley
Overall a disappointing day out – not because we lost but the manner in which we lost. It was as though the mental state of the players was that they knew there was nothing to play for, they were safe and could not challenge for anything and put in a display that professional players should be ashamed of.
02/05/2015

Scoreline flatters very poor Everton display

Michael Kenrick
Goals by Christian Benteke and Tom Cleverley end Everton's fine run of form on the back of a Blues performance that will only reignite the questions hanging over Roberto Martinez as Everton manager.
02/05/2015

The Slumbering Giant: Part 3 - Treading Water

Lyndon Lloyd
With lagging commercial revenue relative to our peers, a new stadium is cited by the Board as the key to Everton's longer-term success. Is it the best option, how long dare we wait and what of the ownership issue in the interim?
28/04/2015

Martinez Rediscovers His Mojo

Lyndon Lloyd
The Catalan played Louis van Gaal and his charges like a fiddle in the Merseyside sunshine today as Everton ran out 3-0 winners.
27/04/2015

From My Seat: Man Utd (H)

Ken Buckley
A good day out in good weather, good company and a good display from the team.
26/04/2015

Corner turned with fine Everton performance

Michael Kenrick
A truly tremendous display of determination and conviction as the team continues to recover from an absolutely dreadful spell of form mid-season.
26/04/2015

The Slumbering Giant: Part 2 - Twenty-Year Itch

Lyndon Lloyd
As the face of English football is irrevocably changed by capital forces, Everton survives as a club with community ties and a modest long-term business plan. But can we ever compete again on this footing?
23/04/2015

Difficult to be inspired

Paul Traill
Disappointingly, Everton produced an uninspiring second half against a poor 10 man Burnley. We should have put these to the sword but just didn’t do enough and left the game pretty disappointed really, despite the result. We did create a few chances, and some of the link up play around their penalty area wasn’t too shabby, but our failure to put the ball in the net a few more times was particularly discouraging. I think pretty much every team above us in the league, and maybe even one or two below us, would have won this game by more goals from here.
19/04/2015

Mini-Revival Continues With Unspectacular Win Over Burnley

Lyndon Lloyd
In hindsight, a routine win that brings the Blues' points haul from the last 15 available to 13 and pulls them to within a couple of points of the top half of the table.
18/04/2015

From My Seat: Burnley (H)

Ken Buckley
All-in-all, a nice day out, three points but in truth there was more entertainment in the fan zone than on the pitch.
18/04/2015

40+ points despite Barkley's penalty miss

Michael Kenrick
Mirallas's goal earned a win that finally takes Everton above the 40-point mark in a season that continues to frustrate long-suffering Blues.
18/04/2015

The Slumbering Giant: Part I - Another False Dawn

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton's step backwards this season after a decade of incremental progress gives pause and cause for reflection on the future of the club. Part I looks at the playing side as it pertains to the Blues' immediate prospects.
18/04/2015

Confessions of an Amateur Historian

Peter Jones
Revisiting the question of which Everton player was the first to fall fighting for the country in the First World War.
13/04/2015

Everton Pass Up Fourth Straight Win

Lyndon Lloyd
A fourth match unbeaten keeps the belated recovery alive and keeps Everton's hopes of a top-half finish alive but it was a largely uninspiring performance.
12/04/2015

From My Seat: Swansea City (A)

Ken Buckley
A report from the Liberty Stadium where Everton dropped two more points as Jonoe Shelvey cancelled out Aaron Lennon's opener.
11/04/2015

Silly penalty squanders a fourth win

Michael Kenrick
An unchanged Everton side saw Osman replaced inside half an hour but failed to secure full points after leading at the break and dominating the game. A good move down the left, involving sub Pienaar, saw McCarthy getting to the byeline and cutting the ball back really well to Lennon who steadied himself and picked out the bottom corner to finish very nicely. 1-0 to Everton. But a ridiculous penalty put Swansea back in it after the Blues switched off.
11/04/2015

From My Seat Southampton (H)

Ken Buckley
Overall I enjoyed the day out and I was enthralled how our style of play has evolved from early season Tikka—Takka and messing about at the back thus giving goals away to today where you could say we won ugly and won with a clean sheet.
04/04/2015

Everton plunder a win

Paul Traill
So on we trundle and we now somehow sit in 11th position which is quite remarkable given how poorly we have performed this season.
04/04/2015

Early Jags goal defended to the end

Michael Kenrick
Without Romelu Lukaku, and after Howard had made a remarkable save, Everton scored from a corner on 15 mins, Baines putting a good ball in that Barry clipped nicely back into the mixer and there was Phil Jagielka with the deftest of flicks to turn the angled ball across the line in a packed Southampton area, much to the delight of the assembled Blue masses. Everton held out in a somewhat scrappy second period.
04/04/2015

Everton Is Nothing Without Evertonians

Lyndon Lloyd
A chat with the Toffee Lady, Elizabeth France – the better half of Dr. Everton – about Evertonians, the fine biographical efforts of some of the club's most devoted fans, and the current state of the club.
26/03/2015

The Class of 65: Evertons First FA Youth Cup Winning Team 50 Years On

Rob Sawyer with David France
The players and the story behind Everton's 1965 Youth Cup-winning side updated with a postscript following their appearance at Goodison during the recent Spurs game.
25/03/2015

Everton Mask Euro Hurt with Vital Victory

Lyndon Lloyd
A win that puts nine points worth of daylight between Everton and the bottom three and, with eight games still to play, which should be enough to banish fears of the relegation.
22/03/2015

From My Seat: QPR (A)

Ken Buckley
Overall not the most entertaining of games yet a thrilling day out but only after the final whistle went confirming we had taken all the points.
22/03/2015

How to play on the back foot and win!

Michael Kenrick
A game of very very close margins that will perhaps relieve the pressure a little on the loquacious Everton manager.
22/03/2015

Defensive nightmare ends Martinez dream

Michael Kenrick
Everton hoped to be the only British club to make it into the quarterfinals of European competition this season as they took on Dynamo Kyiv but it all went horribly wrong.
19/03/2015

From My Seat: Newcastle (H)

Ken Buckley
"Job done. Now for the little matter of progression in Kiev and three more points at QPR. If we show the better bits of today I am hopeful."
15/03/2015

Barkley Seals Vital Win in Style

Michael Kenrick
A win was vital in this 'must-win' game to give Everton added breathing space, and that was delivered, with much more positive intent than seen in far too many recent games
15/03/2015

From West Derby to New South Wales: The Footballing Odyssey of Ian Hillsdon

Rob Sawyer
Some rejected teenage footballers quietly slip out of the game, whilst others have a second chance at a lower league club. An intrepid few go further afield to fulfil their footballing dreams. A prime example of the latter category is Ian Hillsdon.
13/03/2015

From My Seat: Dynamo Kyiv (H)

Ken Buckley
Overall after the first thirty odd minutes of dross a good game ensued thanks to the forceful demands of the faithful and the players for taking advice from the song and did it ‘My Way’.
13/03/2015

Lukaku Stands Tall As Everton Turn Tables On Dynamo Kyiv

Lyndon Lloyd
The Europa League decor went up at Goodison Park and Everton re-emerged from the hole they've been digging for themselves in the Premier League to win in Europe again.
13/03/2015

Finally a Bit of Fight

Paul Traill
It was a fantastic effort from Everton in the second half and resulted in a thoroughly deserved win.
13/03/2015

Blues come back after early shock

Michael Kenrick
Dynamo Kyiv scored easily from their first corner that stunned the Blues but only after the crowd rebelled against crablike pace and passing, a determined Lukaku forced the ball through to Naismith who slid the ball home perfectly, and Lukaku converted a second-half penalty to give Everton a vital lead as they came back from that early goal.
12/03/2015

The Intransigent Mr Martinez

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton's miserable fortunes on the domestic front have exhausted the currency Roberto Martinez earned in his first season at Goodson. Can he break the perplexing intransigence that has paralysed his team this season and prove that he is the man to take the club forward over the long term?
10/03/2015

Tony Cottee My Everton Years

Rob Sawyer
Rob Sawyer in conversation with Tony Cottee
06/03/2015

Everton Sleepwalk to Another Away Defeat

Lyndon Lloyd
A second 2-0 defeat in the space of four days, another blank on Everton's side of the scoresheet in the points column, and one more frustratingly inept performance has deepened the gloom among supporters trying to fathom how the magic of last season has turned so black.
04/03/2015

From My Seat: Stoke (A)

Ken Buckley
Overall a frustrating game that did provide a more intense display but without ever looking as though we had the opponents on the rack or create any real goal bound efforts.
05/03/2015

From My Seat: Arsenal (A)

Ken Buckley
Arsenal is never an easy game but neither is any other game in the EPL and we are just not doing well enough against anyone at the moment to rule out a relegation fight
01/03/2015

Normal Service Resumed At The Emirates

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton seemed resigned to their fate in a match that they controlled for long periods but again failed to do enough to win.
01/03/2015

Blues domination but no penetration

Michael Kenrick
Everton totally dominated the home side in the first half-hour, but with no shot on goal, and it was all-too predictable when Giroud scored easily from a corner. No real attempts on goal to speak of and after the break was left for sub Rosicky to sow up the points with a shot deflected off Jagielka.
01/03/2015

Can We Play You Every Week?

Lyndon Lloyd
Some early unsteadiness aside, a professional and reasonably entertaining performance from Everton that ensures they breeze into the next round.
27/02/2015

The Most Fun This Season Yet

Paul Traill
Into the last 16 we head and who knows how far we can go, especially with the golden ticket of the Champions League at the end of the rainbow.
27/02/2015

The Enterprising Mr Sawyer

Rob Sawyer
William James Sawyer was a significant figure on the North West football landscape in the first half of the Twentieth Century.
24/02/2015

Late Equaliser Rescues Bungling Howard

Lyndon Lloyd
The struggle goes on... 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.
23/02/2015

From My Seat: Leicester (H)

Ken Buckley
Overall a disappointing day out as the game reflected the weather –not the best.
22/02/2015

Change the Keeper. Simple!

Paul Traill
Fine margins define games however and had Lukaku put at least one of his great chances away we may have won
22/02/2015

Blunders abound as Lukaku misses a hat-trick

Michael Kenrick
A game that was different task from Europe, with exception of the number of chances set up for Lukaku and Howard's blunders.
22/02/2015

Everton Soar On Belgian Rom's Hat-Trick

Lyndon Lloyd
The Blues planted one foot in the round of 16 with an excellent display in Bern despite playing the last half hour with 10 men following John Stones's red card.
20/02/2015

Loose Belgian Lips Expose Everton's Harsh Reality

Lyndon Lloyd
Beyond the semantics of quotes attributed to Romelu Lukaku this week lies a more sobering reality. In order to keep our best players, Everton need to become a "top club" once more.
13/02/2015

Another Cruel, Late Twist At The Bridge

Lyndon Lloyd
Just two minutes, plus stoppage time, were all that lay between Everton and a hugely creditable point at Stamford Bridge.
12/02/2015

Resolute defence beaten at the death

Michael Kenrick
Barry walked near the end for a silly second yellow and, in the very next attack, on 10 man Everton, Howard punched out to Willian whose shot gets two deflections before beating Howard at the near post in the 90th minute.
11/02/2015

Yet another derby draw

Paul Traill
All square at the end then and a draw definitely the right result. Neither team did enough to win it and it was one of the poorest, if not the poorest, Merseyside derby I can remember. Nobody should be surprised by the result either. That's the fifth draw in the last six Merseyside derbies!
08/02/2015

Caution Prevails in Lifeless Mersey Derby

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton spared their fans the agony of a Liverpool win in Steven Gerrard's last all-Merseyside clash but that was ultimately all they gave them in a torpid encounter at Goodison Park.
08/02/2015

From My Seat: Liverpool (H)

Ken Buckley
Overall a bit of a damp squib of a derby that for me lacked that local bragging rights intensity and never really produced a tackle that could be put down as a cruncher or game changer. We did have a few handbags near the end when Besic didn’t take too kindly to a tackle and retaliated which prompted a pushing and shoving session and yellow cards for Besic and Naismith along with Henderson. This insured we won the card count 4-1.
07/02/2015

Blues lack decisive drive upfront

Michael Kenrick
Ibe smacked the post for the visitors while Everton inexplicably reverted to their worst tendencies after the break and it ended goalless after a spirited if ultimately ineffective performance.
07/02/2015

Disciplined Everton grab the points

Paul Traill
It wasn't pretty, but it was darned effective. I like them sort of away wins myself. Grab an early goal, stay disciplined, don't give much away and put the work in. A great three points for Everton and who knows, maybe this can be a catalyst to push on with some difficult games on the horizon.
01/02/2015

From My Seat: Crystal Palace (A)

Ken  Buckley
Not the best of games yet in many ways a thriller and to take the three points was priceless. Although we did revert to the agricultural at times some decent stuff was also played and I thought we looked better for it. The burning question now is can we kick on and what will the managers preferred style of play be. I just hope he gets it right.
01/02/2015

Defensive Strength Underpins First Win of the Year

Lyndon Lloyd
Sometimes you just need to grind out a win and Everton successfully did that on a notoriously difficult ground. Full report on the win over Palace.
01/02/2015

Blues hold on for precious win

Michael Kenrick
Despite not really playing well, Everton incredibly held out to not only win, but to win with a clean sheet, and hopefully reverse a dreadful run of form that had many fans fearing relegation.
31/01/2015

In the Grip of Fear

Lyndon Lloyd
If the alarm bells weren't ringing before, they certainly are now.
20/01/2015

When Will This Nightmare End?

Paul Traill
Tough times and choppy waters ahead. Who would you want to steer this ship?
20/01/2015

Dismal Everton as Mirallas squanders spot-kick

Michael Kenrick
Roberto Martinez named his strongest available team with Kevin Mirallas coming in for the suspended Aiden McGeady. In a dreadful first half, Everton created little until Lescott gave away a soft penalty... that Mirallas missed hopelessly, and he failed to reappear after the break for an almost equally abysmal second half that ended goalless.
19/01/2015

Roller-Coaster Replay Ends In Penalty Agony

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton played with 10 men for over an hour as this FA Cu0 replay went to extra time only for their spirited display to end in the agony of defeat in a penalty shootout
14/01/2015

Drama to the end of the shoot-out

Michael Kenrick
A crazy penalty shoot-out that finished 9-8, Naismith and Robles both missing to give West Ham the tie.
13/01/2015

Blues Rediscover Their Fight

Lyndon Lloyd
The Blues displayed defensive resilience and revived impetus to earn a deserved draw with City
11/01/2015

From My Seat: Man City (H)

Ken Buckley
I thought that today we showed we can mix it up and play some joined up stuff as well as having no nonsense clearances when under pressure in the box. First half today we did have a bit of ‘tippy- Tappy’ in the box and got into trouble whilst second half we cut that out and looked that bit more confident and solid.
10/01/2015

Did the Players Have a Word?

Paul Traill
Our team was getting stuck into Manchester City. Our team was mixing it about and going direct at times. It was great to see: "Quite an old fashioned game with a lot of character and grit", as Roberto Martinez put it.
10/01/2015

Naismith header rescues a point

Michael Kenrick
City somehow scored from very little, but Everton replied quickly, Naismith glancing in an excellent Baines delivery from a set-piece. Neither side could score the winner while Everton ended their poor losing streak.
10/01/2015

From My Seat: West Ham (FA Cup)

Ken Buckley
Overall a frustrating night out with the last 8 minutes being the highlight.
07/01/2015

Lukaku's Rescue Act Provides Potential Pivot for Everton

Lyndon Lloyd
Romelu Lukaku's injury-time strike kept Everton alive in the FA Cup and came as a massive relief to a beleagured Roberto Martinez.
07/01/2015

At Least We Stopped the Rot

Paul Traill
We're still in the cup. Let's hope that's still the case this time next week.
07/01/2015

New Year, Same Problems

Lyndon Lloyd
A 2-0 defeat at Hull City, a team struggling for confidence themselves who hadn't won at home since October, made it four defeats on the spin and five straight losses away from Goodison Park in the League.
02/01/2015

From My Seat: Hull City (A)

Ken Buckley
Ken's report from another miserable away day
01/01/2015

Sorry Everton beaten far too easily

Michael Kenrick
A 'pivotal' game that sadly changed nothing for Roberto Martinez and his abysmally poor charges
01/01/2015

Jack Earp The Gentleman Amateur

Rob Sawyer
The story of Jack Earp who played for the Blues between 1891 and 1892 before winning the FA Cup with Sheffield Wednesday in 1896.
30/12/2014

From My Seat: Newcastle (A)

Ken Buckley
Ken made the cold trip to the northeast to witness a debacle unfold at St James' Park
29/12/2014

Blues In the Grip of a Crisis of Confidence

Lyndon Lloyd
Roberto Martinez's positive tenure is unravelling as Everton's slide continues.
29/12/2014

Brilliant start by Kone horribly squandered

Michael Kenrick
Everton started brilliantly, McGeady feeding a superb pass out to Coleman who crossed perfectly for Kone to slam the ball home inside 5 mins. But they tried to sit on the lead and paid the price, Cissé finally converting. Barkley came on at the break but it was McGeady who gifted the ball away for Newcastle to score again far too easily. Some absolutely dreadful defending at the back saw Barkley cushion the ball perfectly for Colback to benefit, closing in behind him to beat the yellow lummox in the Everton goal with consummate ease. Game Over... despite Mirallas scoring off a brilliant Baines through-ball.
28/12/2014

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

Paul Traill
Boos greeted the full-time whistle and rightly so. Whether you were booing our team, Roberto Martinez, Stoke City or Lee Mason or all of the above. That was woeful in every conceivable way. Over to Roberto, then. Less talk and more action required as whatever it is he does evidently isn't working... At what point do you say "Enough is enough"?
26/12/2014

From My Seat: Stoke City (H)

Ken Buckley
Boxing Day... a home game and we turn up full of expectation after that debacle at Southampton; on receiving the team lineup, most were optimistic with the only debate being who would get the winger's job as we only had Mirallas as a recognised wide man... So who? Naismith or Barkley? By the end of the game, I don’t think we got the answer as players were popping up anywhere and everywhere yet without quite knowing why... or so it seemed from the stand.
26/12/2014

Miserable Boxing Day fare for the Blues

Michael Kenrick
The first half was marred by a succession of injuries all requiring treatment that broke up the play. There were plenty of shenanigans from Stoke and Walters as the last man should have been dismissed but wasn't, then Stoke scored on a very dubious penalty. TEN added minutes at half-time... and Howard hobbled off, having pulled something. Howard and Jagielka replaced by Robles and Alcaraz but Everton could not find a path to goal, resorting to less elegant football at times in desperation to get something out of the game.
26/12/2014

Memory Lane - Everton vs Stoke City

Patrick Murphy
The last in this series looks as Everton's history against the Potters
23/12/2014

From My Seat: Southampton (A)

Ken Buckley
Ken reports on the debacle at the St Mary's
21/12/2014

Alius Falsus Matutinus

Lyndon Lloyd
The Martinez regime may yet prove to be the one that leads us back to the promised land but in the aftermath of another wretched defeat, it just feels like another false dawn.
21/12/2014

Memory Lane - Southampton v Everton

Patrick Murphy
The recent history of Saints vs Everton.
19/12/2014

Rob Howarth a Former Everton Captain

Tony Onslow
Everton's first captain at Goodison Park, Howarth took over as skipper from Jonny Holt after the move from Anfield
17/12/2014

Everton's Mojo Still Missing Despite Vital Win

Lyndon Lloyd
Though far from their best, Everton won when they were expected to, seeing off QPR 3-1.
16/12/2014

From My Seat: QPR (H)

Ken Buckley
Not the best of displays to watch and I heard many a comment about how our style of play is boring and that is after a 3-1 win.
16/12/2014

QPR Blown Away

Paul Traill
Unlike our last home game versus Hull City, Everton were cheered off the pitch. Lets try and kick on now at Southampton...
16/12/2014

Memory Lane - Everton v QPR

Patrick Murphy
A potted history of tonight's Everton v Queens Park Rangers fixture.
14/12/2014

Plenty to Learn From Europa Experiment

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton narrowly lost the game that ended the Blues' unbeaten run in the competition but the boss will hopefully have gleaned plenty from what he saw.
12/12/2014

In Search of George Brewster

Tony Onslow
The story of George "Dod" Brewster, an Everton captain who played for the club between for 18 months between 1921 and 1922.
11/12/2014

From my seat: Man City (A)

Ken Buckley
Overall, a better effort than against Hull but McCarthy and Naismith are big misses for us at the moment. The likes of Baines, Coleman, Distin, Barry and Jags plus Mirallas are just coming back from injury, not yet at their peak, and unable to help those who have to come in to cover for the injured first teamers as much as they would like.
06/12/2014

Soft penalty but Everton were second best

Michael Kenrick
For Sky's televised evening match at the Etihad, Ross Barkley was dropped to the bench. A soft penalty for Jagielka's mistimed challenge on Milner and Everton were behind after 23 mins to Toure's spot-kick. Barkley came on in place of Besic after 56 mins and he tried hard from his preferred central position but it was not to be, despite one fabulous strike by Lukaku that Hart saved miraculously.

06/12/2014

Memory Lane Man City v Everton

Patrick Murphy
From Hyde Road to the Etihad Stadium: Manchester City versus Everton
05/12/2014

From My Seat: Hull City (H)

Ken Buckley
Overall, I was disappointed with the fare on view but I will not get carried away as there is still a long way to go and some good players to get back fit.
04/12/2014

Everton Struggle With the Burden of Expectation

Lyndon Lloyd
Echoing the draw against Swansea and some of the similar games from last season, this was an encapsulation of Martinez's lingering challenge at Everton – how to break down entrenched, well-drilled opposition
03/12/2014

'This Is Pathetic, This'

Paul Traill
"If those around where I sit are anything to go by, I'm not the only one who is pretty fed up of our style."
04/12/2014

Dismal performance angers Goodison faithful

Michael Kenrick
It was sluggish stuff for the most part and boos rang round Goodison at the end of a dreadful second half.
03/12/2014

Memory Lane - Everton v Hull City

Patrick Murphy
Hull City have made more visits to Goodison Park for FA Cup ties and Second Division games than they have made for top-flight matches and today’s fixture will be only the fourth occasion that they have visited the stadium for a top-flight encounter, all of which have come in the Premier League era.
02/12/2014

Woe in the Capital for Ponderous Everton

Lyndon Lloyd
A sluggish Everton are undone by individual errors and a general lack of tempo against a below-par Spurs side
30/11/2014

Massive disappointment after brilliant Mirallas strike

Michael Kenrick
From a clever free kick he won, Mirallas jinked to make space before firing in a brilliant top-class strike way beyond Lloris to put the Blues ahead. But Spurs got right back in it after Eriksen finished off a parried Kane shot. Everton allowed Spurs to run at them before the break, Soldado scoring his first Premier League goal in nine months. Everton did not really even threaten to score in a second half that saw any great attacking prowess totally neutralized.
30/11/2014

Memory Lane Spurs v Everton

Patrick Murphy
Cup Specialists unable to Match Everton’s League record – Tottenham Hotspur versus Everton, a historical review of this fixture.
29/11/2014

Lukaku Shines As Blues Tame Die Wölfe

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton prove that they were the team to beat in a strong Group H by completing a deserved double over Wolfsburg.
27/11/2014

Brilliant tactics yield the perfect result

Michael Kenrick
Everton won their Europa League group after a brilliant victory in what was, on paper, their most difficult assignment yet against Wolfsburg.
27/11/2014

Well Qualified to Keep Goal for Everton

Tony Onslow
The story of Bob Smalley, the man between the posts when Everton kicked off the inaugural Football League season in 1888-89.
26/11/2014

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

Paul Traill
Whichever way we got the win, it was an important win. We now sit just two points off fourth. Defeat or even a draw would have left us feeling a long way away. That's seven games unbeaten in all competitions (five in the league) so we are starting to see some progress.
23/11/2014

From My Seat: West Ham Utd (H)

Ken Buckley
Overall a win with a depleted team and some good performances and a couple not so good, some good joined up moves and some not so good.
23/11/2014

Osman Delivers the Knockout Blow In Goodison Scrap

Lyndon Lloyd
The Blues came through a physical test despite two key absentees, found a way to retake the lead and then withstand a late Allardyce bombardment
22/11/2014

Blues win a rip-roaring encounter

Michael Kenrick
After a difficult 25 mins against a resolute Hammers blockade, Lukaku was on hand to lash the ball home for Everton's first goal. McCarthy caught Amalfitano's foot to set off an unseemly reaction from the Hammers before the break. West Ham were no pushovers, and got back in it with a deflected goal for sub Zarate. Osman got on the end of a brilliant ball from Eto'o to put the Blues back in the lead on his 400th appearance to win what was at times a rare old tussle.
22/11/2014

Memory Lane - Everton v West Ham

Patrick Murphy
Lots of history in this fixture for students of Everton past and present.
21/11/2014

In Search of the First Everton Stalwart

Tony Onslow
The story of George Dobson who made his Everton debut in 1885 who went on to become Everton's first captain.
17/11/2014

Tommy Eggleston Remembered

Rob Sawyer
Beside virtually every great manager there is a great right-hand man. In Harry Catterick’s case he enjoyed the vital support of Tom “Tommy” Eggleston.
17/11/2014

From My Seat: Sunderland (A)

Ken Buckley
Ken reports from the Stadium of Light, another draw and more injuries
09/11/2014

Why Can We Never Capitalise?

Paul Traill
Other teams are all stuttering...somehow it always seems to be the Everton way that we don't capitalise on our rivals failures.
09/11/2014

Attacking prowess endlessly frustrated

Michael Kenrick
A game of tremendous attacking potential for Everton was in the end another story of frustration with no goals from open play.
09/11/2014

Memory Lane - Sunderland vs Everton

Patrick Murphy
Everton visit Sunderland for the 80th time in the top flight this weekend. Patrick looks at recent history of the fixture
08/11/2014

Lukaku: A Corner Turned?

Paul Traill
I won't count my chickens just yet, but I really hope this is where Lukaku can turn the corner. Play like that every game and I'll be very happy indeed.
07/11/2014

Stylish Blues Dismantle Lille

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton retained their position on top of Group H and now need just a point to guarantee their passage to the next phase
06/11/2014

The Blacksmith of Crossmyloof

Tony Onslow
The story of John Weir, a Scottish defender who played 19 league games for Everton in 1889-90.
04/11/2014

Blues Draw a Frustrating Blank

Lyndon Lloyd
A chance to make strides towards the top four goes begging as Everton struggle to break down Swansea who finished with 10 men
03/11/2014

A draw was on the cards...

Paul Traill
Everton 0 - 0 Swansea City

A draw was on the cards from the outset as, almost every time Katja (my better half) decides to attend the game, she leaves having witnessed a draw... often a goalless one.

02/11/2014

From My Seat: Swansea City (H)

Ken Buckley
Overall, a frustrating afternoon. Not a lot wrong with the build-up play but, oh, the lack of pace in that last third. It was our manager’s 200th Premier League game and it left him with little to cheer about. Today’s display was fine up to a point, that point being the final third and that I am afraid is a trait that may well leave us short come May. Today was the first game this season we have failed to score and add the fact we kept a clean sheet then there is still room for optimism
01/11/2014

No way past 10-man Swansea

Michael Kenrick
Everton started with Samuel Eto'o leading the attack with Aiden McGeady supporting Barkley and Naismith. They had been very dominant in the first half, playing possibly their best joined-up football so far this season, with much more zest and forward possession (71%) but nothing to show for it at the break. Swansea threatened in the second half until Shelvey got a second yellow but the Blues failed to lay siege and Swansea stuck it out for a point.
01/11/2014

Memory Lane - Swansea at Goodison

Patrick Murphy
The Swans rare opponents in the top-flight
31/10/2014

The Costley Brothers Was It Jim Or Was It Tom?

Tony Onslow
Profiling Tommy Costley who joined the club in 1886 and was a member of the Everton side that became founder members of the Football League in 1888
27/10/2014

Eto'o Turns On the Style In Important Blues Win

Lyndon Lloyd
A victory under-pinned by solid defensive work and secured by superior quality in the final third.
26/10/2014

From My Seat: Burnley (A)

Ken Buckley
Overall a good day out and the team got the job done.
26/10/2014

We'll take the train next time...

Paul Traill
Overall, a decent point away from home though the result makes the reverse fixture a huge game for both sides.
25/10/2014

Memory Lane Burnley

Patrick Murphy
The Clarets – Vintage Opponents: Burnley v Everton
25/10/2014

An Unspectacular Job Done

Lyndon Lloyd
An instantly forgettable affair but one which leaves Roberto Martinez's side unbeaten and top of Group H
23/10/2014

Solid Blues defence; impotent attack

Michael Kenrick
Everton not could break down the stubborn home side while they did very well to prevent any goals against to retain their place at the top of Group H.
23/10/2014

Professional job by the Blue boys

Paul Traill
A 3-0 win against Aston Villa when I was seriously expecting a frustrating draw or worse. What a satisfactory afternoon, especially with the return of some of our key players and at last an excellent performance from our record buy Romelu Lukaku.
19/10/2014

Much More Like It

Lyndon Lloyd
This was much more akin to what we became accustomed to last season – calm and unflappable in possession, potent from the fullbacks and with Lukaku feeding off Barkley up front.
18/10/2014

From My Seat: Aston Villa (H)

Ken Buckley
The win was everything and from a display that just maybe suggest better things are ahead of us with a bit of better luck on the injury front.
18/10/2014

Barkley returns and Blues shine

Michael Kenrick
Ross Barkley was a surprise starter alongside Coleman and McCarthy. Jagielka opened the scoring after 18 mins, heading home a great Baines cross. Everton went further ahead soon after the break, as McCarthy got Barkley moving and Lukaku dug out a firm shot that squirmed past Guzan. From a quick free-kick from Osman and Baines crossed smartly for Coleman to turn in the third to put Everton back on track.
18/10/2014

Memory Lane Aston Villa at Goodison Park

Patrick Murphy
Villains – Oldest Rivals, Oldest Friends! Everton v Aston Villa
17/10/2014

A Tribute to Matt Woods

Rob Sawyer
Remembering Matt Woods, a centre-half who was on the Blues' books in the 1950s, who recently passed away aged 82.
14/10/2014

Buck Mick Buckley Remembered

Rob Sawyer
On the one-year anniversary of his passing, Rob Sawyer of the Heritage Society looks back at the life and career of Mick Buckley who played for the Blues 135 times in the 1970s.
07/10/2014

Faltering Blues Still Searching For Their Lost Mojo

Lyndon Lloyd
A four-game road trip ends disappointingly with two draws and two defeats and a real flat feeling heading into the international break.
05/10/2014

From My Seat: Man Utd (A)

Ken Buckley
But for three super saves and two crucial blocks we could have won. Such are the fine margins of football, purely unpredictable.
05/10/2014

Everton and Lille

Pete Jones
In view of our first competitive match against French opposition this month, the Everton Heritage Society explore the links between Everton and Lille.
05/10/2014

Di Maria and Falcao do the damage

Michael Kenrick
Hibbert, Besic, Pienaar, McGeady and Naismith started for Everton who fell behind when Falcao played back Jagielka's blind clearance from Blind's good cross into Di Maria's stride and he made no mistake through a packed area. Hibbert won a penalty before the break but Baines could not beat De Gea. Baines swung in a superb second ball off Barry's return pass that Naismith headed in brilliantly to put Everton somewhat undeservedly back in the game until Falcao converted a Di Maria miskick.
05/10/2014

A Point Plundered Keeps Blues on Course

Lyndon Lloyd
Samuel Eto'o's late goal salvaged a point that was more important than the iffy performance it was built on
02/10/2014

Eto'o levels after sloppy goal given up

Michael Kenrick
Everton defended well in the first half but Ari broke through on a lose ball over the top with poor tracking from Jagielka and smacked it easily past Howard to give the home side the lead just before half-time. Everton brought on Lukaku but struggled to create anything of note until the final 10 mins, when Eto'o cleverly turned in an excellent Baines cross.

02/10/2014

Bolt From the Blue Masks Flat Derby Display

Lyndon Lloyd
Phil Jagielka's stunning equaliser lit up an otherwise wretched attacking performance but avoiding defeat is the real win.
27/09/2014

From My Seat: Liverpool (A)

Ken Buckley
It seemed all over when the board went up with just 3 minutes shown but our captain and centre-back hit what can only be described as a ‘Screamer’. It hit the top corner with keeper helpless.
27/09/2014

Jagielka stunner rescues a point

MIchael Kenrick
The game seemed lost until Jagielka rescued a point in added time with an absolutely brilliant strike.
27/09/2014

Everton, That...

Lyndon Lloyd
Having won so handsomely on Thursday in Europe and then seen Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea all drop points, you just knew we were going to lose today.
21/09/2014

Nobody Blows It Quite Like Everton

Paul Traill
Individual errors will happen and obviously played a huge factor.
21/09/2014

From My Seat: Crystal Palace (H)

Ken Buckley
3-2. Miracle is on! Didn’t happen.
21/09/2014

Errors by Howard gift key goals to Palace

Michael Kenrick
Roberto Martinez rotated some of his squad but it ended in another shocking home defeat.
21/09/2014

Clinical Blues Tame the German Wolves

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton marked their return to European football with a superb result against Bundesliga side Wolfsburg
19/09/2014

We Have Lift Off!

Paul Traill
It's great to return to Europe and fantastic to get off to a flyer
19/09/2014

(Almost) Solid Blues defence wins out

Michael Kenrick
Everton withstood a barrage of shots to win a very entertaining Europa League opener.
18/09/2014

Well-Tailored to Keep Goal for Everton

Tony Onslow
A signing from local rivals Bootle, David Jardine was in goal for Everton's first match at Goodison Park.
16/09/2014

Positive Signs As Everton Pick Up First Win

Lyndon Lloyd
A clean sheet, a first goal for Romelu Lukaku and a return to better form of the McCarthy-Barry axis in this 2-0 win at the Hawthorns augurs well for the immediate future.
13/09/2014

Where's The Pub?

Paul Traill
A good day all round, an important win and clean sheet with several big games coming up over the next three weeks.
13/09/2014

From My Seat: WBA (A)

Ken Buckley
Ken reports on a ‘boss’ day in the West Midlands
13/09/2014

Blues win with two fortuitous goals

Michael Kenrick
A great away win for Everton, two goals from their strikers, three points, a clean sheet, no embarrassing defensive lapses punished... but a poor performance overall.
13/09/2014

Charlie Gee: Stockport, Everton and England

Rob Sawyer
The story of Charlie Gee, whom Everton signed from Stockport in 1930 and who played a key role in the Everton career of one Harry Catterick.
09/09/2014

I Fell In Love

Paul Traill
Many will have expected a Chelsea win – though not in a nine-goal thriller. Scoring three at home and losing is rather criminal and, with 10 goals conceded already this season, it's certainly a real problem for Roberto Martinez. How he handles that with three competitions to play in and some big, big fixtures to come in September will be fascinating.
31/08/2014

Defensive Frailties Leave Martinez Searching for Answers

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton's defensive frailties were ruthlessly exposed in a mesmerising game of football at Goodison Park that yielded nine goals.
30/08/2014

From My Seat: Chelsea (H)

Ken Buckley
An unexpected experience that saw us shipping two goals in the first three minutes and then witnessing a humdinger of a game that thrills neutrals and fans of the winners yet, at the same time, leaving the losers to still have some optimism after a thrashing to the tune of ‘ship 6 – score 3’.
30/08/2014

Dreadful start sees fightback become a whitewash

MIchael Kenrick
Astounding stuff at GoodisonPark as Chelsea inflict Everton's first defeat of the new season.
30/08/2014

Memory Lane - Chelsea (H)

Patrick Murphy
Two Glamour Clubs and their Fluctuating Fortunes: Everton v Chelsea
28/08/2014

The Ghost of David Moyes

Paul Traill
A performance that was again much more David Moyes-like than Roberto-Martinez-esque sees the Blues throw away a 2-0 lead against Arsenal.
24/08/2014

Another Draw Snatched From the Jaws of Victory

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton let a priceless two-goal advantage slip as Arsenal equalise at the death.
24/08/2014

From My Seat: Arsenal (H)

Ken Buckley
We all saw it coming but what a downer as a draw felt like a loss. Final whistle and no ‘Grand Old Team’ as the fans filed silently out of the ground.
24/08/2014

Two more points thrown away

Michael Kenrick
Everton once again allowed their opponents too much time and space in the second half, and paid the price again, for the second week running, gifting Arsenal two late goals in place of a solid thumping.
23/08/2014

The Last Act of the Cannonball Kid

James Corbett
An abridged version of James Corbett’s introduction to The Cannonball Kid, his biography of Everton hero Dave Hickson, out now and published by deCoubertin Books.
23/08/2014

Memory Lane - Arsenal (H)

Patrick Murphy
Famous Old Foes and Modern Day Nemesis: Everton v Arsenal
21/08/2014

Memory Lane - Leicester City (A)

Patrick Murphy
Details of the matches that Everton have been involved in with Leicester City on their patch 10, 20 and 30 years ago.
18/08/2014

Will Everton Ever Change Their Season Habits?

Paul Traill
Old habits die hard for Everton and it seems like it's only Everton capable of defending so loosely in the opening day of the season. We seem to do the hard work with scoring good goals and then slack off at the back by gifting soft ones.
17/08/2014

Blues Still Searching For That Vital Killer Instinct

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton, as clearly the superior team should have won this match comfortably but eased off too quickly and for too long, paying the price by conceding a late equaliser.
16/08/2014

From My Seat: Leicester City (A)

Ken Buckley
Overall, a good day out but you wonder how we could perform so differently first half to second...
16/08/2014

Blues squander a fine lead at the death

Michael Kenrick
McGeady scored an excellent opening goal on 20 mins, but Leicester came right back with a soft goal off a corner. A nice build-up before the break saw Naismith sweep home a lovely shot to give Everton the lead. But Everton struggled more and more in the second half and gave up a soft equalizer. But Everton tired visibly in a poor second half and allowed the home side back in near the end, squandering two vital points,
16/08/2014

Diamonds Are For Everton - The Story of Umbro and Everton

Rob  Sawyer
Charting the history of Everton's association with kit manufacturer, Umbro, the past half-century
13/08/2014

2014-15 Season Preview

Lyndon Lloyd
The curtain will soon be raised on Roberto Martinez's second season in charge at Goodison Park, the latest page in a new chapter of the club's history waiting to be written.
12/08/2014

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

Tony Onslow
John Henry Kirwen, born appropriately in 1878, is possibly the first Irishman to play for Everton.
02/08/2014

Is the End Nigh for a Patient Courtship?

Lyndon Lloyd
Are the various noises coming out of Goodison Park from manager, players and recruitment staff alike a signal that the chase for Lukaku is approaching a successful conclusion?
26/07/2014

Snods and a Little Bit of Big Dunc!

Paul Traill
Paul Traill was ToffeeWeb's press representative covering the club's surprise tour for 10 lucky season ticket holders.
10/07/2014

The Tale of a Former Everton Full Back

Tony Onslow
Profiling George Molyneux who played for Everton over two spells at the end of the 19th century.
10/07/2014

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

Rob Sawyer
EFC Heritage society attempt to pick up the trail of Swede, Jacob Lewin, whose appearances for Everton's A team just before WWI perhaps make him the club's first Jewish and foreign player.
09/07/2014

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