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Everton must keep Lukaku this summer

Gary McCarty
Ronald Koeman’s primary objective this summer should be to keep hold of the forward, and restructure the squad around him.
30/06/2016

The Life of Hunter Hart

Rob Sawyer (EFC Heritage Society)
Hunter Hart served Everton with distinction on the field in the 1920s and behind a desk in the 1930s but, unfortunately, his association with the club he loved was to end prematurely, as was his life.
30/06/2016

Better off out of it

Lyndon Lloyd
While it would have been nice to see either or both of the Blues’ young Englishmen excel on the world stage, they were better off having played no part in Hodgson’s mess.
28/06/2016

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

Gary McCarty
Ozan Tufan isn’t exactly a household name in European football just yet... but he will be. The Turkey international has attracted plenty of attention in the transfer window from a number of Premier League clubs but the Toffees may be about to pip the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur to the Fenerbahce man.
29/06/2016

New Day Rising

Lyndon Lloyd
“Nothing will be the same” is the promise of Everton’s latest marketing slogan. By happy accident rather than clairvoyant design, it has turned out to be remarkably prescient as the promise of the Farhad Moshiri era begins to flower with the arrival of Ronald Koeman.
15/06/2016

Now or never for Darron Gibson

Lyndon Lloyd
Now 28 but with just 38 league starts in four-and-a-half years, Darron Gibson's new two-year deal represents his last chance to make his name at Everton.
09/06/2016

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

Lyndon Lloyd
Despite being tipped as a future Barcelona or Arsenal boss, Ronald Koeman has been described as one of the most underrated managers in Europe. As he stands on the brink of replacing Roberto Martinez at Everton, is he finally ready to fulfil that rich promise at the top level?
04/06/2016

The Invincible Football Team at Goodison

Pete Jones
To coincide with the centenary of the Battle of Jutland of 31 May 1916 and to pay tribute to the few Evertonians who may have been amongst those killed on that day, Pete Jones recounts the sad story of the HMS Invincible.
31/05/2016

A Time for Patience

Lyndon Lloyd
There’s a fair bit of restlessness creeping into the collective Evertonian psyche as June approaches with no hint if a managerial appointment to replace Roberto Martinez but the magnitude and importance of the decision mean that the club is right to take their time.
28/05/2016

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

Lyndon Lloyd
The departing Ajax boss is among the leading candidates to replace Martinez this summer. Four Dutch titles earned him a stellar reputation but has he sullied it over the past two years?
23/05/2016

Lukaku's long goodbye lacks class

Lyndon Lloyd
The Belgian's publicly declaration that he has "made his decision" over his future reek of arrogance and are disrespectful to Everton and the fans.
23/05/2016

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

Lyndon Lloyd
Unai Emery is the latest big name to be linked with the Everton job. He has a history of stabilising and improving struggling teams and has now won the Europa League three times in succession. Would he be a gamble or just the ticket to turn the Blues around?
22/05/2016

Hope springs as Everton put miserable season behind them

Lyndon Lloyd
David Unsworth's team blended of youth and experience and exhibited welcome tempo and tenacity as they ended 2015-16 on a real high with a 3-0 win over Norwich.
16/05/2016

From My Seat: Norwich (H)

Ken Buckley
There was a difference in the mood of fans. It was as though a weight had been lifted and replaced by hope and expectation. The chat was upbeat as we considered when things may start moving. I can only hope our club makes the right moves.
15/05/2016

Positive end to season sets up summer of intrigue

Paul Traill
A positive end to a poor campaign then, but the performance of the younger players certainly offers hope as we head into an intriguing summer with a new manager to arrive and surely several players both coming and going.
15/05/2016

Welcome Signs of a Bright Blue Future

Michael Kenrick
McCarthy opened the scoring for a vibrant and revitalized Everton side, Baines adding a perfectly taken penalty, Mirallas pilfering the third.
15/05/2016

The Sword of Damocles

Lyndon Lloyd
The chop when it finally came was painfully overdue but there can’t be an Evertonian left who didn’t feel that by the end, it was the only merciful thing to do to relieve Roberto Martinez of his managerial duties before the final home game with Norwich City.
14/05/2016

14 May 1966 — Is it really half a century ago?

Ray Roche
A story where one of the most famous games in Everton's history, the FA Cup Final of 1966 when Everton beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-2, was just a part.
14/05/2016

Everton must make a statement with their next managerial appointment

Matt Jones
A conservative approach in finding Roberto Martinez's successor is the wrong one. Everton need someone to motivate the squad and enliven a fanbase that’s been dulled by the multitude of galling moments in recent years.
12/05/2016

From my seat: Sunderland (A)

Ken Buckley
Another embarrassing display where our team folds like a deck of cards after conceeding a goal with comic cuts defending of a free kick with a shambolic wall and a keeper who jumped the wrong way. Had he stood his ground the ball would have hit him. Unbelievable!!
12/05/2016

Car-Shares and Cemeteries: A Tribute to Jeremiah Kelly, EFC 1927-28

Tony I'Anson
An account from the unveiling of a gravestone commissioned by the Everton Heritage society to honour Jeremiah (“Jerry”) Kelly, a member of Everton’s championship winning team of 1927-28.
10/05/2016

Foxes' Ascendency in Stark Contrast to Everton's Collapse

Lyndon Lloyd
For the second away game in succession, Everton were shockingly inept, gutless and directionless. The Blues not only formed the guard of honour for the new Champions, they pretty much lay down and became the blue carpet over which Claudio Ranieri’s men trampled towards lifting the trophy.
07/05/2016

Cannon fodder for the new Champions

Michael Kenrick
The new Premier League Champions in full party mode, with Everton somewhat reluctant guests at the big party, Vardy scoring after 5 mins, King adding another, and a dubious penalty converted by Vardy before he smashed another spot-kick over the bar. Mirallas scored Everton's consolation.
07/05/2016

The Vanity of Idealism

Lyndon Lloyd
Roberto Martinez's utopian vision is wholly at odds with Everton's dystopian present
05/05/2016

In Search of John Houlding

Tomy Onslow
An article not intended to either praise or condemn John Houlding for the role he played in the decision made by Everton Football Club to move away from Anfield but an effort to try and throw some light on this “larger than life character” who played a big part in the establishing the game of Association Football in his home town of Liverpool.
04/05/2016

A frightening insight into life without Lukaku

Paul Traill
Despite a few uncomfortable moments from Bournemouth, we got over the line with three points. We've survived!
01/05/2016

From My Seat: Bournemouth (H)

Ken Buckley
An end-of-season affair where neither team was much to write home about but Everton ended a run of seven Premier League games without a win.
30/04/2016

Rare Blues win eases pressure on Martinez

Michael Kenrick
Everton scored early through Cleverley but almost immediately surrendered the lead in a fashion that was typical of the season; Baines eventually restoring the lead.
30/04/2016

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

Matt Jones
The Catalan breezed into Everton on a wave of positivity and with an identifiable plan to take the club back to the top. Three years on, he has sadly lost his way and much of the belief in this vision from the players and fans is long gone.
27/04/2016

Who could replace Roberto Martinez at Everton?

Lyndon Lloyd
With a second successive season of failure about to be consigned to the history books, Roberto Martinez’s future at Everton is squarely under the microscope. A look at some potential candidates whom the club could look at if he is dismissed in the coming weeks.
25/04/2016

It's never us

Paul Traill
It was truly gutting and the team didn't deserve that. Everton out. "It's never us" said Ste at full time. I couldn't put it better. We never fluke these things. We never fluke anything.
24/04/2016

Wembley failure caps Martinez's 'defining week'

Lyndon Lloyd
By his own admission, football is a results-based business. The Catalan's horribilis sabbati should be his final curtain call.
23/04/2016

Cruel end to a brave comeback

Michael Kenrick
Fellaini scored, De Gea saved Lukaku's penalty before Deulofeu forced a Smalling own goal. Everton fought well but couldn't stop Martial scoring in added time.
23/04/2016

Amo on THAT Spurs game

Jens Björknäs
The strange story of how Daniel Amokachi decided to come on as sub for Paul Rideout in the 1995 FA Cup Semi-Final, where he went on to score two fantastic break-away goals that secured Everton's place in the Final, and went on to beat Manchester United.
21/04/2016

Enough is Enough. Time to Go.

Lyndon Lloyd
Roberto Martinez promised to make Evertonians proud before the Merseyside derby. Instead, Blues fans were served up utter humilation in the worst arena possible, his Everton side disgraced at the home of rivals Liverpool.
21/04/2016

I hoped I'd regret driving

Paul Traill
It says something when you get home and you're actually relieved you didn't lose by more than four. I genuinely expected to find we'd lost by five or six.
20/04/2016

Divisions in the camp?

Paul Traill
It was quite a turgid encounter from the start really. I guess you can accept a little rustiness when that many changes are made to the team but we really struggled to put anything meaningful together throughout, whilst Southampton passed up a plethora of chances.
17/04/2016

From My Seat: Southampton (H)

Ken Buckley
Overall it was a day out and the chance to see fringe players and academy hopefuls. The disconnect between manager and many fans is growing but there was no organised protest today.
16/04/2016

Sleepwalking towards Wembley

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton’s aimless drift towards Roberto Martinez’s latest date with destiny continues after much of his second string served up 90 abject minutes of directionless football that was somehow enough to earn a point.
16/04/2016

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

Lyndon Lloyd
A decent enough point in the context of Everton's poor run of form but the search for pre-Wembley momentum goes on.
14/04/2016

FA Cup success shouldn’t save Roberto Martinez at Everton

Matt Jones
The ingredients for success in cup football are a few shades removed from what’s required to thrive in the domestic, week-to-week grind of the Premier League and it's on the latter score that the manager has struggled for two seasons.
12/04/2016

Mid-table stalemate at Vicarage Road

Lyndon Lloyd
Hardly an inspiring warm-up for a possible reunion in the FA Cup Final. For long periods, it was an untidy and uninspiring tussle between two teams drifting in mid-table.
10/04/2016

Lukaku misses great chance to win it

Michael Kenrick
McCarthy pilfered a goal but a needless corner was turned in by Watford, and Lukaku fluffed a chance to win it at the end.
09/04/2016

The False Parallels with 1984

Lyndon Lloyd
Why romantic comparisons between the present and Howard Kendall's transformative third full season in charge are misleading and an FA Cup triumph shouldn't buy Roberto Martinez more time unless it's accompanied by huge improvement over the last eight League games.
07/04/2016

Who could replace Lukaku if he goes?

Gary McCarty
Do Everton have to now become accustomed to the fact that they will probably have to say goodbye to the their stand-out star of the current season and, if so, whom should the club target as his replacement?
04/04/2016

From my seat: Man Utd (A)

Ken Buckley
Overall it was an unspectacular game that I am sure I was not alone in thinking that with a bit more of a joined up team effort we could have got the points with a bit to spare. We have the players to do it as we have witnessed it on a few occasions but never with a consistency that should get the rewards. Game after game we wonder which Everton will turn up. Game after game we seem semi prepared for a loss. And we all end up where we started Game after game we ask what the manager is doing about it.
03/04/2016

Sin Dirección. Sin ánimo.

Lyndon Lloyd
On the evidence of this third straight League defeat, Roberto Martinez's Everton are a shadow of the side that ended a 21-year winless run at Old Trafford in December 2013.
03/04/2016

Uninspired and sloppy Blues fall to defeat again

Michael Kenrick
A unconvincing Everton display ended in a barely warranted win for the home side, with Jagielka denied by the crossbar and De Gea.
03/04/2016

1966 and All That – The Story of Everton's Cup Glory

Rob Sawyer with Derek Temple
In May 50 years ago Everton celebrated one of the greatest days in the club's history with a thrilling win at Wembley in the 1966 FA Cup Final.
30/03/2016

Bracing For the Inevitable?

Lyndon Lloyd
Another international break, another problematic media interview involving one of Everton’s Belgian contingent. Are the paving stones being laid for Romelu Lukaku's painful exit from Goodison Park or can the striker be persuaded to stay?
30/03/2016

Martinez and Walker: A Match Made in Hell?

Jim Keoghan
The current Everton manager's record may not be anywhere near as bad as his predecessor but there are some disappointing similarities between the two men.
24/03/2016

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

Matt Jones
If the 21-year-old can recapture the form that made him the most sought-after young defender in the country, he could improve Martinez's struggling team.
22/03/2016

From My Seat: Arsenal (H)

Ken Buckley
Something is wrong. Will the new owner notice we are going backwards with such talent and perhaps determine to find out why?
19/03/2016

Abject Everton remain leagues behind Arsenal

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton hit a new low in a season littered with painful home defeats with a comprehensive 2-0 reverse at the hands of Arsenal.
19/02/2016

Wenger masterclass outfoxes clueless Martinez

Paul Traill
Goodison Park has been a fortress time and again over the years and to win only four at Goodison Park this season, with an abysmal EIGHT defeats is just woeful, especially with the players we have.
19/03/2016

Dismal Blues show zero desire and lose at home again

Michael Kenrick
A bright Everton start is snuffed out by an early Arsenal goal from Welbeck.
19/03/2016

Looking at the positives from Everton's season so far

Gary McCarty
Two cup semi-finals and the chance of finishing in the top eight with a strong end to the Premier League season suggests that Everton's 2015-16 season might not end up being so bad.
18/03/2016

Our Precious

Lyndon Lloyd
The covetous eyes of the biggest clubs from the Premier League and Europe will be on Romelu Lukaku this summer but if Everton have no imperative to sell, perhaps only the whims of the Belgian himself could see him leave Goodison Park.
15/03/2016

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

Lyndon Lloyd
The Belgian produced a moment of brilliance and followed it up with a second well-taken goal fire the Blues to a semi-final date at Wembley.
12/03/2016

Brilliant Lukaku brace takes Everton to Wembley

Michael Kenrick
Two tremendous goals from Romelu Lukaku preceded a well earned red card for Diego Costa as Chelsea finally imploded.
12/03/2016

Chelsea Hit for Six: Fifty-Six Years Ago

Rob Sawyer
Fifty-six years to the day before our 12 March 2016 FA Cup tie with Chelsea, Everton took on the Londoners at Goodison Park in the First Division and thumped them for six.
09/03/2016

Mo' Money, Mo' Problems?

Jim Keoghan
The Peter Johnson episode in Everton's history offers a cautionary tale. Everything Farhad Moshiri represents, Johnson once did too. In relative terms, he was every bit as ‘messiah-like’. Is cautious optimism the best the club can expect from supporters as inured to hope as we can be?
09/03/2016

Everton being held back by Martinez's rigid ethos

Lyndon Lloyd
Discussing the post-mortem of sorts that has followed the 3-2 defeat to West Ham on Saturday.
08/03/2016

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

Matt Jones
Roberto Martinez needs to look closer to home to amend some clear systemic problems that are producing games like Saturday's defeat.
07/03/2016

Everton lose in the most 'Everton' way possible

Paul Traill
This nonsense is happening far too regularly now and has to be stopped one way or the other.
06/03/2016

From My Seat: West Ham (H)

Ken Buckley
Goodison was not a happy place at the end with voices of anger raised. Out of the ground and down Spellow lane the anger and animosity toward our present manager reached levels I have not heard before and it seemed unanimous. This is not a good situation with the FA Cup game at home looming. The faithful are turning.
06/03/2016

An Unforgivable Collapse

Lyndon Lloyd
It was Groundhog Day at Goodison Park – again – as Everton threw away another two-goal advantage and lost 3-2 to West Ham.
05/03/2016

Ignominious defeat from the Jaws of Victory

Michael Kenrick
Lukaku opened the scoring but Mirallas saw red, yet Lennon got a second but Lukaku missed a penalty and the Hammers scored three to win it.
05/03/2016

A sorry end to an era at Villa Park

Paul Traill
Hardly a vintage Everton performance, though I'm pretty sure we took our foot off the gas at 2-0.
02/03/2016

Everton hammer another nail into Villa's coffin

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton never really got going but still beat the struggling Midlanders convincingly behind goals by Funes Mori, Lennon and Lukaku
02/03/2016

Kenwright ushers in the winds of change

Lyndon Lloyd
As with any new chapter in the club’s history, Farhad Moshiri's investment in Everton is a step into the unknown that requires faith and patience but it could mark a turning point at the club in all the right ways.
28/02/2016

Our Tam McInnes, an Everton First

Tony Onslow
The story behind the very first Merseyside derby that took place in 1894, two years after the schism that saw Everton leave Anfield for Goodison Park, and Tam McInnes who scored the first goal between the two clubs.
23/02/2016

Romelu Lukaku must be held to high standards

Matt Jones
The Belgian is a special talent and while he’s already one of the finest goalscorers in the English game, the potential is there for him to become so much more.
22/02/2016

From My Seat: Bournemouth (5th Rnd)

Ken Buckley
Overall, we did what we had to do and I thought we had some decent performances on show. Barkley seems to be growing game by game, if he could get a bit more confident in himself and have that edge that says ‘I am the go to man’ then what a player we will have.
21/02/2016

Mission Accomplished at Dean Court

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton redeemed themselves to a large degree for November's capitulation on Bournemouth's turf in the Premier League with a 2-0 win and passage to the FA Cup Quarter Finals.
20/02/2016

Professional Blues see off the Cherries

Michael Kenrick
Robles saves a first-half penalty. After the break, Barkley scored a deflected goal, then Lukaku sealed a 6th Round berth from a corner.
20/02/2016

The Appeal to Coincidence

Lyndon Lloyd
Roberto Martinez has been relying increasingly on bad luck as the explanation for a season of stark under-achievement build but there is only so far that that crutch will take him as the inquests into his team's failings build.
18/02/2016

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

Matt Jones
Having fine young players isn’t inextricably linked to success at this level; footballers need to be guided, organised, nurtured and motivated. While Tottenham and Leicester are showing the way, that process doesn’t seem to be in motion at Everton.
16/02/2016

Roberto and his subs

Paul Traill
Playing against a West Brom team performing poorly at home, what could go wrong? "This is Everton" I said... "We always mess things up just when things are looking rosy". And so it proved.
14/02/2016

From my seat: West Bromwich Albion (H)

Ken Buckley
Although it is not nice to hear boos at your home ground you have to concede that match-going fans paying out for season tickets and others matchday tickets but only seeing draws and losses after being told by many that this is our best squad since we last won the league can be forgiven for showing their discontent.
13/02/2016

Blues stumped by resolute Baggies

Michael Kenrick
West Brom go ahead off a corner looping in at the far post, Blues unable to penetrate in 80 minutes of resolute defending
13/02/2016

Fond Memories of Shirley

David France
Ahead a tribute evening dedicated to Derek Temple, Dr Everton recounts his most vivid recollections of Everton's hero of the 1966 FA Cup Final and vital part of the Toffees' 1960s side in general.
08/02/2016

Atonement and another step on the road to redemption

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton atoned for the two prior meetings with Stoke and took another step back towards the right area of the Premier League table.
07/02/2016

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

Matt Jones
If Roberto Martinez continues to set Everton up in the style which worked so effectively against Stoke City, then the the swell of angst against him in recent weeks will quickly dissipate.
06/02/2016

From My Seat: Stoke City (A)

Ken Buckley
Overall a decent day out with a result that ensures both fans and players have a spring in their step for the WBA game. From the last three games we have scored nine goals, none against, without Howard or Stones. Can anything be read into that?
06/02/2016

Three splendid goals from the Blues

Michael Kenrick
A quick break created by a brilliant Barkley back heel set Cleverley off and he won a soft penalty off Butland, Lukaku converting from the spot. This was fooled by a superb header from Coleman off a great Cleverley corner before the half-hour. Lennon the scoreda superb solo goal to put the Blues 3 up at the break.
06/02/2016

A big three points

Paul Traill
What a great way to finish a game and the players should be buzzing as we head to the Britannia on Saturday. A win there and who knows, maybe we could salvage something from the league this season yet.
04/02/2016

From My Seat: Carlisle (A)

Ken Buckley
The gulf between the sides was evident and our players were playing with an intensity that suggested someone is at last starting to take notice that fans only grumble and groan when the fare on show is both tepid and weak. Today was up and at ‘em, with the travelling faithful responding in kind.
31/01/2016

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

Lyndon Lloyd
It's galling to hear Martinez flatly deny that Everton are under-achieving this season and to insist that it's impossible to expect them to achieve at all given how "new" the team is. Because, by almost all measurement, they are under-achieving and have been for the last 18 months.
31/01/2016

Yet another bitter pill to swallow

Paul Traill
The better team won, no doubt about that, but we'll never know what would have happened, but it's Martin Atkinson and we shouldn't be at all surprised.
28/01/2016

The End of the Road, in More Ways than One

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton's hopes of ending a 21-year trophy drought were extinguished by Manchester City in controversial and yet predictable fashion at the Etihad Stadium leaving Roberto Martinez's hopes for redemption resting on the FA Cup.
28/01/2016

Two steps forward, three steps back

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton have slipped into reverse under Roberto Martinez who must surely be on borrowed time where it comes to convincing the fanbase that he is capable of evolving away from the approach that scuttled Wigan.
25/01/2016

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

Matt Jones
Ultimately, the type of football on show will be mirrored in the fanbase and at the moment the fans have a right to be unhappy as the Toffees are languishing in 12th position in the Premier League.
25/01/2016

Knives are sharpening for Roberto

Paul Traill
Three home wins all season and only six overall wins tells it's own story. Time and time again we shoot ourselves in the foot. Time and time again we let ourselves down.
24/01/2016

From My Seat: Swansea (H)

Ken Buckley
So many good players under-performing and, worse still, showing little fight or intensity. Let’s hope they get it together for Wednesday. Today they were all expensive Fur Coat but no knickers!
24/01/2016

Another shocking home result

Michael Kenrick
Besic hit the post then went off with a hamstring injury. A horrible back-pass from Stones led to Howard conceding a ridiculous penalty, converted by Sigurdsson. But smart work by Barry off a corner gave Everton a somewhat undeserved equalizer. But Ayew fired Swansea ahead with a deflected shot off Stones. Everton were better in the second half but could not finish.
24/01/2016

Evertons perennial lapses in focus threaten to undermine steady recent progress

Matt Jones
As long as mental frailties continue to blemish performances, Everton will continue to falter. Given the shelf life of this side, potentially very short if European juggernauts come calling in the the summer, it’s imperative a consistent defensive focus is discovered.
18/01/2016

From My Seat: Chelsea (A)

Ken Buckley
We are playing some of the best joined-up footy I have seen for many a year and have some of the most coveted young players in the league, which is a complement to our present manager. But on the flip side we are unable to handle high pressure moments to see games out.
17/01/2016

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

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton came within seconds of a season-igniting victory at Stamford Bridge but were denied by horrendous officiating that will ensure that what was already an extraordinary game of football will live long in the memory.
16/01/2016

Last-minute travesty denies Everton win

Michael Kenrick
After an even first half, two goals came thanks to brilliant crosses from Leighton Baines, the first converted inadvertently by Terry, the second a superb volley on the turn from Mirallas. But a dreadful mix-up between Howard and Jagielka let Chelsea back in, and they were soon level off a deflection. After resisting further onslaught, Funes Mori put Everton back into the lead in the 91st minute, only for Terry to steal a draw in the 8th minute of added time.
16/01/2016

The times they are a-changing

Lyndon Lloyd
In conversation with Dr Everton's better half, Elizabeth France, about Bill Kenwright, his legacy and the future of the club.
15/01/2016

Impregnable Everton earn morale victory at City

Lyndon Lloyd
A result that will probably prove more useful in terms of psychology for the second leg of the Capital One Cup than Everton's derailed charge for the top four but a hugely creditable draw nonetheless.
14/01/2016

Everything that could have gone wrong...

Paul Traill
Paul reports from what he saw of the match at the Etihad after getting caught in the traffic jams on the M62.
14/01/2016

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

 
Everton have been playing some exciting football all season, but the team aren’t getting the results needed as consistently as they should. Poor defending is letting the team down but Roberto Martinez has said he will not dip into the transfer market this winter, but is this a big mistake?
11/01/2016

From My Seat: Dagenham & Redbridge (H)

Ken Buckley
Playing against a team as limited as Dagenham, who came only to frustrate, it would be hard to find much we learned football-wise except Kone is off the boil in the conversion stakes.
10/01/2016

Comfortable Everton into the Fourth Round

Paul Traill
I'm glad Roberto Martinez did the fans justice by resting the correct players, whilst still giving much-needed game time to some of the fringe players, and also accommodating a couple of younger players. The perfect balance found from Roberto.
10/01/2016

Everton rise to the occasion under Goodison's lights

Lyndon Lloyd
Thanks to an impressive performance that blended patience, tenacity, skill, organisation and a heavy dose of character the Blues will take a slender but precious lead to the Etihad in three weeks' time.
06/01/2016

Brilliant Everton edge closer to silverware

Paul Traill
We head to the Etihad knowing what we have to do, and what a chance to get to Wembley. What a chance to win a trophy. Bring it home Everton. It's been far too long.
07/01/2016

Ross Barkleys steady maturation shouldnt be a concern for Evertonians

Matt Jones
Ross Barkley's Everton career is back on track after a difficult second season in 2014-15 but he continues to attract criticism from some supporters who are frustrated with the Blues' lack of progress overall.
05/01/2016

George Fleming: The Goalscoring Bank Clerk from Arbroath

Tony Onslow
The story of the man who scored the first goals for Everton in the Football League.
04/01/2016

Martinez still seeking the right balance after lively Spurs draw

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton stopped the rot after successive home defeats to Leicester and Stoke but they still couldn't hold onto a winning position.
02/01/2016

From My Seat: Tottenham (H)

Ken Buckley
All in all a rocky journey but most I spoke to were happy with a point after that first half. A quirk of football is shown when you consider we have played Spurs twice and all square in both games yet they are 4th and we are 11th and they have drawn as many as us, maybe the word consistency covers it.
03/01/2016

More frustration at Goodison Park

Paul Traill
Another frustrating draw in this maddeningly frustrating season, though performances similar to that of the second half against Manchester City will more than give us a chance of progressing to the Capital One cup final.
03/01/2016

Lennon screamer against his old club!

Michael Kenrick
Everton were totally outplayed in the first half but somehow scored a fantastic opening goal with their first real attack, Lennon firing in a superb half-volley past Lloris. After hitting the woodwork twice, Route One finally paid off for Spurs, Dele Alli smashing in a fantastic long ball from Alderweireld before the break. Incredibly, no more goals despite a fantastic second half.
03/01/2016

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

Matt Jones
There’s a sense that support for Martinez’s utopian vision has seeped away lately and unless some uncharacteristically decisive action is taken in the weeks to come, the swell against the manager will only gather more momentum.
29/12/2015

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

Lyndon Lloyd
The manager's suspect game-management and the continuing softness of his back line contributed to another three points being swept away in a torrent of goals.
28/12/2015

From My Seat: Stoke (H)

Ken Buckley
Overall quite a disappointing afternoon and made worse when you look back on other losses and remember our present manager telling us they must learn game management, correct defensive positions and not to be bullied after each one. If his milkman is reading this, give him a knock will you and ask him how he thinks it is going because we fans are just not seeing it.
28/12/2015

Yet more exasperation at Goodison Park

Paul Traill
Poor defending cost us yet again and this will go down as yet another game we should have got more from this season and let slip away.
28/12/2015

Cleverley late show staves off another draw

Lyndon Lloyd
If the Bournemouth draw bore the hallmarks of the kind of result that Martinez might have referred back to at the end of the season as a psychological blow from which his players never recovered, the manner in which his charges won this game will hopefully feel like redemption and a new lease on life in terms of morale.
28/12/2015

A Christmas Tale from Liverpool

Tony Onslow
The story of Jack Angus and the events of Christmas 1888 when the then20-year-old Scot made his debut for Everton.
23/12/2015

Everton must rediscover their nasty streak at Goodison Park

Matt Jones
Everton are far too nice at this juncture and if this team is to progress as we all hope it does, Martinez and his players must show some backbone.
22/12/2015

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

Lyndon Lloyd
It was billed as a battle between two of the Premier League’s most dangerous attacking partnerships but the Jamie Vardy-Riyah Mahrez double-act came out on top, as did Leicester who deepened the demoralisation in the blue half of Merseyside by plundering all three points.
19/12/2015

From My Seat: Leicester (H)

Ken Buckley
Not the best way to start the festivities and made worse by the fact that we managed to gift the opposition their win with sheer sloppiness. I know Christmas is the time for giving gifts but not like that
19/12/2015

Charitable Everton provide unwanted festive deja vu

Paul Traill
It's Roberto's inability to learn and stubbornness with team selections which kills me the most. We've one heck of a squad there and it's not being utilised, instead the same players are being selected week in-week out.
19/12/2015

Tricky Foxes bamboozle dominant Blues

Michael Kenrick
The Blues dominated play but Funes Mori got caught out and Mahrez converted from the spot. Everton replied with a fine goal for Lukaku after Barkley's shot was cleared off the line. But another penalty came for the Foxes in the second half, despite Everton dominance, and a third goal by Okasaki sealed it, despite Mirallas's late consolation.
19/12/2015

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

Matt Jones
Recent results where Everton have thrown away vital points have shown that changes in approach are needed lest a chance to capitalise in a wide open Premier League passes the Blues by.
15/12/2015

Everton's search for the winning formula goes on

Lyndon Lloyd
The Blues' window of opportunity in an unpredictable Premier League season narrowed further with two more points frittered away from a winning position.
13/12/2015

From My Seat: Norwich (A)

Ken Buckley
From a first half of dominance, coming off I felt as though we were lucky to get a point. It was a crazy game but one the manager and players need to work on and eliminate the crazy.
12/12/2015

Another draw as chances squandered

Michael Kenrick
Everton made only one change, with Leighton Baines returning at the expense of Brendan Galloway. A brilliant cross from Deulofeu saw Lukaku head in superbly at the far post on 15 mins but there should have been at least five more before the break, and Norwich predictably drew level immediately after the break, denying The Blues another two points.
12/12/2015

Everton are bringing some overdue enjoyment back to Goodison Park

Matt Jones
Everton’s style has gone from bereft of impetus to breathless. It’s not perfect, as was evident against Palace; there’s clear progress to be made which makes it a little easier to look beyond frustrating results and at the bigger picture.
09/12/2015

Stubborn Palace Snatch Away Point

Patrick Gillen
A feeling of frustration and two dropped points but credit to Palace who look set up to do very well this season and they probably deserved a point for how well they defended
08/12/2015

Everton find no substitute for Lady Luck

Lyndon Lloyd
Sixth place and a berth just two points behind the top five beckoned if the Blues could fashion a win. Instead, frowned upon by Lady Luck up front, they found themselves forced to chase a game again after falling behind.
08/12/2015

From My Seat: Crystal Palace (H)

Ken Buckley
All in all a cracking night out, a thrilling game and some good performances from our lads.
08/12/2015

Any chance of a sub, Roberto?

Paul Traill
Our corners are so bad it's almost laughable. What isn't almost laughable is Roberto Martinez' continued insistence on not making substitutes when it's clear they are needed.
07/12/2015

Palace frustrate Blues yet again

Michael Kenrick
A tight and highly competitive game, tremendous attacking from Everton throughout, hitting the woodwork three times, but vulnerability on corners saw Dann power home a header to give Palace the lead. Everton replied minutes later when Lukaku finally converted one of many Deulofeu crosses.
07/12/2015

Ladies From Hell: Evertons Scottish Soldiers in 1915

Pete Jones
“Ladies from hell” is often said to be the nickname the Germans used to describe the kilted Highland troops in WW1. No German source has so far been found, but Pete Jones of EFC Heritage Society uses it as an entree to the subject of Everton's Scottish contingent remembered from the Great War.
04/12/2015

Bournemouth Surrender Exposes Evertons Lack of Leadership

Matt Jones
Everton's young attacking side had been thrilling supporters in recent weeks but a lack of leadership and communication was exposed at Bournemouth in the 3-3 draw.
29/11/2015

From My Seat: Bournemouth (A)

Ken Buckley
A big disappointment today for me as it wasn’t so much the score as the lack of nous from players and manager for being unable to respond to the game plan of the home team in the second half. This also suggests we are not yet ready for Champions League
29/11/2015

Blues blow it at the death

Michael Kenrick
After a difficult start Everton scored their first goal from a set-piece, an excellent header from Ramiro Funes Mori. Then, a brilliant strike from Lukaku off a great ball from Deulofeu. Bournemouth pulled one back and then equalized in a poor second half for Everton. Barkley got what looked to be the winner in stoppage time, but Stanislas powered in another equaliser in the 98th minute.
28/11/2015

The 'Lost Home' of Everton Football Club

Tony Onslow
Tracing the location where Everton FC briefly played their football off Priory Road in Anfield between 1883 and 1884.
25/11/2015

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

Matt Jones
A result that represents another surefire sign that this is a young team and a young manager who have recognised their errors and are slowly starting to set them right.
23/11/2015

Martinez's alchemy produces another golden display

Lyndon Lloyd
The Goodison faithful were left toasting another sumptuous exhibition of attacking football and three important points to kick off what the manager has identified as a dozen crucial games in Everton's season.
22/11/2015

From My Seat: Aston Villa (H)

Ken Buckley
Overall a strange game to watch as it was so one-sided, however the standard of football from Everton was a joy to watch and there now seems to be partnerships forming throughout the team which is always a good sign.
21/11/2015

Excellent Everton destroy pitiful Villa

Paul Traill
A great win which puts us into seventh place as we march on to Bournemouth.
21/11/2015

Four more nice goals from open play

Michael Kenrick
On 16 mins, a very fluid move from deep saw a shot from Deulofeu, parried by Guzan and tapped in at the far post by Barkley for a very nice opening goal. Lukaku casually nodded home Coleman's perfect pulled-back cross to make it 2-0 before the half-hour, and Barkley snapped up his second before the break. The best goal came on the hour mark, Lukaku finishing a superb passing move.
21/11/2015

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

Tony Kay
Tony Kay, a member of Everton's glorious 1962-63 Championship-winning side, responds to a recent article in the Liverpool Echo in which allegations made by Albert Dunlop about substance abuse in that team were republished.
18/11/2015

Get behind them?

Patrick Murphy
Fans barracking players who are not performing well is nothing new, as this piece unearthed by Patrick Murphy shows from early in Everton's 1956-57 season.
15/11/2015

From My Seat: West Ham (A)

Ken Buckley
Considering both teams' displays and a goal for each side that was worthy of winning a match, then I suppose you can say a draw was a fair result.
08/11/2015

Everton settle for a point at Upton Park

Lyndon Lloyd
The Blues struggled to find at extra gear to lift themselves above West Ham once the Hammers had lost their chief inspiration in Dimitri Payet,
07/11/2015

Kone bags a treble as Everton's attack catches fire

Lyndon Lloyd
Orchestrated magnificently in midfield by Gareth Barry – on any other day he would have been a shoo-in for player of the match – aided by the greater license to get afforded to McCarthy and then executed by a forward line of Deulofeu, Kone and Lukaku that was simply irresistable at times, it was an attacking exhibition to savour.
01/11/2015

From My Seat: Sunderland (H)

Ken Buckley
After Tuesday this was a much better performance and although there were some excellent bits other bits need working on especially in the back four.
01/11/2015

One for the boss upstairs

Paul Traill
Despite a dreadful opening 20 minutes or so the match really entertained and we were treated to some excellent goals.
01/11/2015

Kone comes up with a great hattrick

Michael Kenrick
Deulofeu was the first to strike after being released by a great ball from Kone, who then finished with an excellent strike after a nice one-two with Lukaku. Defoe pulled one back on the stroke of half-time. Sunderland got level off a crossed header that Howard failed to move for, but Deulofeu forced an own-goal to restore the Everton lead, soon followed by Lukaku then two more from Kone to complete his hat-trick.
01/11/2015

Blues progress by the skin of their teeth

Lyndon Lloyd
As with any cup game, the important thing is to get through, sometimes by whatever means are necessary. On this occasion, that meant relying on a goalkeeper seizing his chance to shine and finding enough impetus from the substitutes to find a route back into the match.
28/10/2015

From My Seat: Norwich (League Cup)

Ken Buckley
A frustrating night out watching a poor Blues display but in the cup a win is a win and passage to the next round.
28/10/2015

From My Seat: Arsenal (A)

Ken Buckley
We had a grandstand finish but a goal would not come for either side so once again we leave Arsenal without a win yet again.
25/10/2015

Arsenal exploit Everton's biggest weakness

Lyndon Lloyd
A result that carried a depressing air of inevitability about it as Everton were punished for slack defending, indecisive goalkeeping and a continuing inability to put together two halves of decent football in the same game.
24/10/2015

Howard beaten by simple headers

Michael Kenrick
Everton were better than last week but they still had Howard in goal and two unclaimed crosses meant two goals in two minutes before the break. A deflected goal off a determined strike from Barkley kept the Blues in with a chance but they couldn't do it despite a somewhat better second-half display.
24/10/2015

Howard Kendall - 'Talking Blue'

Becky Tallentire
An extract from Talking Blue, the 2000 book that answers all those nagging questions that have bothered Evertonians for years in the most candid and forthright collection of interviews ever given by the royal blue heroes of past and present, like Howard Kendall.
22/10/2015

Lunch with Latchford

Rob Sawyer
Rob Sawyer in conversation with the Goodison folk hero who etched his name into Everton's history books with 138 goals in a seven-year spell, 30 of them in one memorable 1977-78 season.
22/10/2015

Ghosting Howard

James Corbett
A eulogy to mark the passing of a true Goodison great from a man who got to know the real Howard Kendall as they worked on his 2013 autobiography.
19/10/2015

Howard Kendall

David France
Dr Everton in tribute to a legendary Everton player and the club's most successful manager, Howard Kendall.
18/10/2015

United expose gulf in quality and resources

Lyndon Lloyd
Evertonian eyes will naturally focus on what this result means in terms of a reality check on the Blues' resurgence but the level of performance put in by Louis Van Gaal's men went a long way to influencing Everton's own dismal showing.
17/10/2015

From My Seat: Man Utd (H)

Ken Buckley
A lousy day all round with the news of Howard then that display that makes me think that after such performances fans should have the ticket price repaid!
17/10/2015

Deflated Blues cannot raise their game

Michael Kenrick
Everton were boosted by the return from injury of Seamus Coleman and John Stones but gave up the first goal all too easily off a poorly defended corner inside 20 minutes. It got a lot worse 4 mins later, Herrera heading easily past Howard. Everton responded well after the break until a Jags gift was pounced on and Rooney fired in United's third.
17/10/2015

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

Lyndon Lloyd
Another derby, another draw; honours even and bragging rights postponed for another day.
04/10/2015

From My Seat: Liverpool (H)

Ken Buckley
Well that’s this seasons home Derby out of the way with bragging rights shared from a game that was frustrating and lacking in craft and guile.
04/10/2015

So much for my wedding gift

Paul Traill
Match Report: Everton 1 - 1 Liverpool
04/10/2015

Blues unable to break down the Reds

Michael Kenrick
Everton 1 - 1 Liverpool: Naismith and McCarthy were denied by great saves from Mignolet. Ings scored easily from a corner but Lukaku lashed home a loose ball before the break. The second half was a damp squib.
04/10/2015

From My Seat: West Brom (A)

Ken Buckley
Ken reports from a rousing night in the Midlands as the Blues overturn West Brom's 2-0 lead to win 3-2.
29/09/2015

Lukaku Delivers as Everton Complete Thrilling Comeback

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton complete a memorable recovery at The Hawthorns, fighting back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 and move up to fifth in the table after seven games.
28/09/2015

The Untold Story of Ian Buchan

Rob Sawyer (EFC Heritage Society)
22 September 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Ian Buchan who, oversaw Everton's first team for a shade over two seasons. Often overlooked, his posthumous pen portraits have been cursory. So who was Ian Buchan?
22/09/2015

Big Bob - A Proper Hero

Elizabeth France
To coincide with the release of Bob Latchford's autobiography, the incomparable Mrs France offers some memories of the legendary striker who lit up a decade that was "an incredible adventure of disappointment and elation."
21/09/2015

Barkley Sparkles But Lukaku's Killer Instinct Deserts Him

Lyndon Lloyd
An almost perfect away performance by the Blues was let down by Romelu Lukaku's lack of conviction in front of goal
20/09/2015

From My Seat: Swansea City (A)

Ken Buckley
I think many who thought a point would be a result would have changed their minds after watching the game as we truly did create many, many chances and we could have expected at least one to be snapped up. It is no wonder that strikers who can consistently take one out of three chances go for the money they do.
19/09/2015

Total domination, but a red card instead of goals

Michael Kenrick
Steven Naismith could not reproduce his Chelsea form despite getting a rare start, and Lukaku had a poor display as the main striker. Total Everton dominance was rewarded only with a rather silly red card for late sub Kevin Mirallas.
19/09/2015

Mourinho Punished at the School of Science

Lyndon Lloyd
Steven Naismith's hat-trick capped an excellent home performance against the reigning Premier League Champions
12/09/2015

From My Seat: Chelsea (H)

Ken Buckley
All told, a good day out. It was as good a display as I have witnessed for some time.
12/09/2015

It's all about the Nais!

Paul Traill
An amazing performance from Everton and a richly deserved win. This was surely Roberto Martinez’ finest hour as Everton manager.
12/09/2015

Brilliant hat-trick from Sub Naismith destroys Chelsea

Michael Kenrick
Besic was forced off after a tough challenge at the start, Naismith replacing him. And almost his first involvement was to score a brilliant header after playing the ball out to Galloway for a top class cross. He then made it 2-0 with an excellent low shot from distance. Matic got one back when given too much space. Chelsea fought to get back into the game but it was sewn up with a tremendous hat-trick goal from Naismith.
12/09/2015

Three Everton Players In Need of a Loan Move

 
The loan window for Football League clubs is now open and it could be the ideal time for some of Everton’s youngsters to head out for first-team experience.
12/09/2015

Fortune and Frustration in Equal Measure

Lyndon Lloyd
With a bit more adventure, more cohesion in the final third and that elusive play-maker already embedded in the side, Everton might be sitting in a more favourable position heading into the first international break of the 2015-16 season.
30/08/2015

Martinez Acts Decisively to Turn the Tables on Barnsley

Lyndon Lloyd
Decisive half-time changes eventually turned this Capital One Cup second round tie in Everton's favour as Gerard Deulofeu and Ross Barkley provided the catalyst.
27/08/2015

Everton Lack Extra Dimension Against Pellegrini's Machine

Lyndon Lloyd
City were superior but also fortunate and the margins on the day in front of of the respective goals were slim. Sometimes fortune favours the brave but Martinez played it frustratingly safe.
24/08/2015

From My Seat: Man City (H)

Ken Buckley
Many of us were disappointed but, in the cold light of day, the better team had won but only with two goalkeeping errors.
23/08/2015

A Return to Fear and Trepidation

Michael Kenrick
An unchanged Everton line-up were overawed by a confident Manchester City, Lukaku scoring a good goal that was given marginally (wrongly?) offside. He also clipped the bar with a late free-kick. Kolarov finally beat Howard at the near post, with Nasri chipping Howard easily to secure the points.
23/08/2015

Evertons Stones stance makes a refreshing change

 
Accepting a ten-fold profit on a player snapped up for £3million may make sense to some, but Everton are still able to hold their own among the elite and are focused on the present but building for the future.
18/08/2015

Everton Out-Gun Shellshocked Saints

Lyndon Lloyd
What a difference a week makes. Few Evertonians would have expected what unfolded on the south coast today but the travelling Blues were treated to an excellent display a handsome 3-0 win over highly-fancied Southampton.
15/08/2015

From my seat: Southampton (A)

Ken Buckley
Four points from two games; so we are two better off than this stage last season. It was heartening the way we played today but of course to get where we would like to be we will need today’s attitude and level on a consistent basis. If we do get the two players and of the class that the manager is talking about, then our outlook for the season will surely seem brighter.
15/08/2015

Holgate to Bolster Back Line for Toffees

 
Looking ahead to Southampton following the acquisition this week of Mason Holgate from Barnsley
15/08/2015

Cliff Britton A Life in Football

Rob Sawyer (EFC Heritage Society)
Part II of an in-depth look into the life of a man who was Everton's first manager in the modern sense of the word.
16/08/2015

We've Learnt Nothing!

Paul Traill
We desperately need to embrace other styles of play. We are far too easy to play against and, given the fixtures ahead, we could be in for some bumpy ride.
09/08/2015

Familiarity Breeding Discontent at Goodison

Lyndon Lloyd
One game doesn't make a season but this one certainly perpetuated a trend firmly established last season, one which clearly illustrated the priorities for the summer. Fail to find those missing pieces and, on the evidence of today, you feel that Everton are doomed to another season of mediocrity.
08/08/2015

From My Seat: Watford (H)

Ken Buckley
It was like we had learned very little from the last campaign as, whilst watching, it was easy to think we were still in last season.
08/08/2015

Watford stun Blues with pilfered goals

Michael Kenrick
After the early exchanges, it was Watford who took the lead when a cross set up nicely off Jagielka for Layun to fire in. Barkley lashed home a fantastic equalizer after sustained second-half pressure. But Watford snatched a second in a rare foray, Kone replying straight away with a great finish to snatch a point.
08/08/2015

Everton On the Opening Day

Patrick Murphy
The vagaries of the opening day; very often the performance or even the result doesn’t necessarily herald the dawn of a glorious new era or end the hopes of an entire season.
03/08/2015

Tough test for the kids

Paul Traill
Paul was at Elland Road to see a young side beaten 2-0 by Leeds.
01/08/2015

Big Dunc fanfare masks deep team concerns

Paul Traill
It’s apparent that not a lot seems to have been learnt from last season. We’re still over-passing the ball. We’re not shooting on opportunity. Though perhaps most worrying of all was the alarming regularity that Villarreal were able to cut through us and create opportunities.
02/08/2015

Everton Must Stand Firm Over Precious Stones

Lyndon Lloyd
Chelsea have played their first card in what will probably a summer-long game over John Stones but if Everton harbour any ambitions of challenging for the top four again, then the club simply has to hold onto him unless Roman Abramovich offers silly money.
17/07/2015

Aisa Trophy workout won on penalties

Michael Kenrick
Everton kicked off the Barclays Asia Trophy against Stoke City with a goalless draw but won the exhibition game with a perfect record from the spot in the shootout. Phil Jagielka hammered home the winning kick after Tim Howard had saved from Marco van Ginkel.
15/07/2015

Parallel Lives

Peter Jones (EFC Heritage Society)
The story of Thomas Norse, selected for three Everton reserve games in the spring of 1903 and another candidate for the roll of honour of the Everton players who died in the two World Wars.
10/07/2015

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