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Contributions from our editorial team, featured columnists and readers.

Keys and Warmby — The Duo from Derby

Tony Onslow
20/01/2017

The story of Jack Keys and William Warmby who played for Everton during the club's first season in the inaugural Football League

Our 124-Year Love Affair...

Jamie Armstrong
18/01/2017

Next time you are on the way to the match, pause for thought and think about your first journey and game at the Grand Old Lady, it will bring back some great memories. Goodison Park – a bastion of English football, what a place!

Youth system — Nil Satis Nisi Optimum

Joe Duffin
17/01/2017

Joe outlines the factors that have allowed Everton’s academy staff a luxury that many others would not have, the promise of progression and first-team football, which in turn creates a desire and optimism within the youth ranks.

The Stuff of Dreams

Lyndon Lloyd
16/01/2017

On a transcendent afternoon at Goodison Park, Everton served up moment after memorable moment in their humbling of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City

From My Seat: Man City (H)

Ken Buckley
15/01/2017

Final whistle and the rendition of ‘If yer know yer ‘Istory’ was deafening. In that second half the bear pit was back at Goodison

Our best performance since...?

Paul Traill
15/01/2017

We were just awesome. Can anyone tell me when we last played this well?

Fantastic young Blues roast City and Stones

Michael Kenrick
15/01/2017

Everton took the lead through a sweet move started by Davies, Lukaku powering home, Mirallas doubling the lead just after the break, victory assured in superb style by Davies, finished off by debutant Lookman.

The Poisoned Chalice

Rick Tarleton
10/01/2017

Has the Everton manager's job proved to be a bigger job than Ronald Koeman expected and will he ever have a passion for the club? Beyond that, can the Toffees ever become an elite brand to attract the world's best coaches?

The Cost of a Brand

Alasdair Mackay
09/01/2017

The future is bright off the pitch but as yet the team on the field hasn't caught up. Is Ronald Koeman the right man to lead the Blues forward in the new Farhad Moshiri era?

Just when things were looking up

Paul Traill
08/01/2017

We were poor today. We could have done with an easier fixture to kick off our campaign, such as Plymouth Argyle at home let's say, but we got the home draw against a team we're above in the league so it's difficult to whinge too much really.

From My Seat: Leicester City (FA Cup)

Ken Buckley
07/01/2017

A big disappointment to us all and on the way out the talk was of the board getting in our transfer targets quickly.

Blues mugged by Foxes after taking the lead

Michael Kenrick
07/01/2017

Sub Deulofeu set it on a plate for Lukaku but that only inspired a shocking brace from Foxes sub Ahmed Musa, ends Everton's FA Cup campaign before it had started.

Looking for the Man in the Middle

Adam McCulloch
06/01/2017

A look at prospective signing Morgan Schneiderlin who has been hotly tipped to join Everton this month

From My AGM Seat

Ian Smitham
05/01/2017

A first-hand account of the 2016-17 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders that took place in the Philharmonic Hall last night.

State of the Blues 2017

Palmer Marinelli
04/01/2017

In response to the typical New Year coverage and summary, and the upcoming Annual General Meeting of Everton Shareholders, it seems important to write something that summarizes some of the strategic issues the Club is encountering, both on and off the pitch.

From My Seat: Southampton (H)

Ken  Buckley
03/01/2017

Ken's view on the 3-0 win that kicked off 2017 on a positive note.

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

Lyndon Lloyd
02/01/2017

The Ecuadorian's introduction may have been decisive but there were encouraging performances from Ross Barkley and Tom Davies as the Blues equalled their best league win under Ronald Koeman.

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

Paul Traill
02/01/2017

A flattering 3-0 victory finalises a good Christmas period. Though our draw at Hull City was disappointing, the seven points haul out of the available nine is not to be sniffed at.

Clinical Blues finishing destroys Saints resistance

Michael Kenrick
02/01/2017

Ronald Koeman named a youthful line-up but Calvert-Lewin had to go off early and the Blues struggled until Valencia replaced Lennon and scored off a rebound. Followed by a perfect Baines penalty and a classic Lukaku rocket.

Everton end 2016 with frustration still in tow

Lyndon Lloyd
30/12/2016

It’s somewhat fitting that a year characterised by frustration should end with another infuriating Everton performance and two more dropped points against one of the poorest sides in the Premier League.

Blues made to work hard for a point

Michael Kenrick
30/12/2016

The Blues had to come back twice with Barkley grabbing tieing the game to gain a point against a lowly Hull City at the KCOM stadium tonight

Gareth Barry and the Importance of Context

Chris Marks
29/12/2016

With Old Father Time increasingly against the veteran midfielder, does Barry need to be used more sparingly or in a slightly different role?

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

Lyndon Lloyd
26/12/2016

As victories go, this one was sorely needed. It wasn’t pretty, especially in a dour first half, and neither was it completely convincing but Ronald Koeman’s side rediscovered some important aspects of their makeup and their play on their travels that could once again form the foundations of a charge for the European places.

From My Seat: Leicester City (A)

Ken Buckley
26/12/2016

Not the best game you will ever see I didn’t meet a fan who doesn’t take a win first and if the icing can be added then fine but, for a fans' peace of mind i'ts always the win. I always want to win with silky joined up stuff but if I had to choose between the two... well?

Smash and grab at the Champions' lair

Michael Kenrick
26/12/2016

Everton took the lead after the break, a punt from Robles converted by Mirallas, and Lukaku finished it off brilliantly in stoppage time.

Everton’s Pressing Concerns

Chris Marks
23/12/2016

With Ronald Koeman now six months into his Everton tenure and having had enough time to fully assess his squad, things should start taking shape in terms of his vision for the team and the players he wants to fulfil it

The Last Reserves of Patience

Lyndon Lloyd
20/12/2016

Evertonians are rightly growing restless at the slow pace of change under Ronald Koeman and the absence of genuine football being played under his stewardship but there is little option for fans but to draw on their dwindling reserves of patience and hope things come good in 2017.

From My Seat: Liverpool (H)

Ken Buckley
20/12/2016

"How could we play like that second half?" was going around my head. But, as a long standing attendee of Goodison derbies, it certainly isn’t my first. These are games like no other but I just wish we could have a few where we are the ones scraping the win, regardless of how the teams play.

Derby Day Christmas Blues

Graeme Beresford
20/12/2016

There is plenty wrong at Everton at the moment but can Ronald Koeman fix it?

No Let-Up in Everton's Derby Pain

Lyndon Lloyd
19/12/2016

The fight was there but the quality was desperately lacking as Liverpool plundered a stoppage-time goal at Goodison Park

Yet More Derby Misery

Paul Traill
19/12/2016

I wish we could just abandon this fixture such is our pitiful record. I expect defeat every time now and just can't wait for that patronising head nod "unlucky mate" wince from my Liverpool FC supporting colleagues tomorrow. Happy bloody Christmas.

Last ditch disaster for defeated Blues

Michael Kenrick
19/12/2016

Ronald Koeman makes one changes to the side that started against Arsenal, bringing Ramiro Funes Mori in to replace the suspended Phil Jagielka.

Arsenal vanquished amid the roar of Fortress Goodison

Lyndon Lloyd
14/12/2016

Everton finally came up with a response to weeks of under-performance with a spirited performance under the lights to hand Arsene Wenger his first Premier League defeat for four months.

Goodison Park Redevelopment: Ideas

Tom Hughes
14/12/2016

Tom Hughes, a long-time advocate of redeveloping Goodison Park since the collapse of the Kings Dock proposal, presents what he feels remains a compelling case for rebuilding on the current site in Walton, particularly as a preferable option to Stonebridge Cross.

As Howard once said...

Paul Traill
14/12/2016

What a game and what a night. Now that's the rot stopped. Let's do it again next Monday and turn this season around.

On Tour in London with Everton

Tony Onslow
13/12/2016

As reigning champions of the Football League, Everton travelled to London and played their first match against Arsenal in 1891.

Fine effort to beat Gunners under the lights

Michael Kenrick
13/12/2016

A very nervy start, a silly free-kick given away, and Everton were punished by Sanchez. Coleman equalized off a Baines cross before half-time. The a late header from Williams off a Barkley corner sealed a fine win.

Everton in free-fall with fourth consecutive away defeat

Lyndon Lloyd
10/12/2016

A mess from back to front, Everton extended their miserable run to 10 games with a solitary win and continue their slide towards the bottom half of the table

Blues fightback fails to beat Hornets

Michael Kenrick
10/12/2016

Lukaku puts Everton ahead with a neat opening goal but a brilliant Okaka finish beats Stekelenburg, followed by two quick goals off set pieces.

Reflections on an unforgettable Goodison journey

Patrick Finegan
09/12/2016

A fan savours his first trip across The Pond from the United States to watch Everton at Goodison Park for the first time.

Consistently Inconsistent

Lyndon Lloyd
08/12/2016

Yannick Bolasie's ACL hammer blow has sharpened focus on the three remaining wingers whom Koeman has been rotating for weeks searching for reliability

From My Seat: Man United (H)

Ken Buckley
05/12/2016

an get the ground looking great but yet can’t fix the escalators on the top balcony. Most people seemed happy enough with the result but a few moans about the style of play. I reckon we can play any style the manager wants so long as we show improvement and gain the confidence to play with a fluidity that will not only be better on the eye but more importantly bring more wins. In football confidence is a very big thing.

Baines rescues point in bruising encounter

Paul Traill
04/12/2016

t full-time we had to be pleased with a point given it looked so bleak earlier in the game. Hopefully that is the spark we need to re-ignite our faltering campaign.

Baines penalty rescues undeserved point

Michael Kenrick
04/12/2016

Reckless Stekelenburg abandoned his goalline allowing Ibrahimovic to lob in a bizarre opening goal. Baines Equalized from the spot in the final minute.

Everton's impotence reaches galling levels in defeat at Southampton

Lyndon Lloyd
28/11/2016

Koeman has big problems on his hands. His team lacks any fluidity, cutting edge or genuine battling spirit and he has a striker whom he proclaims to be among the best in Europe toiling away with barely any support in a role to which he just isn’t accustomed.

A Change Has Gotta Come

Mike Green
28/11/2016

They have proven over the last three years if nothing else they simply don’t have the mental strength or team spirit to step up and put in performances that we can be proud of.

Blues beaten in the first minute

Michael Kenrick
27/11/2016

Everton were blown away from the kick-off with Southampton swarming at them, stealing the ball twice and scoring inside the first minute.

The Oxford Blues of Everton Football Club

Tony Onslow
26/11/2016

Many of the early adherents to association football in the south of England played the game for love and not money and some of them ended up playing for Everton via Oxford University

Everton Games Played on 27th November

Patrick Murphy
25/11/2016

A look back at games played on this date in years gone by

Koeman may need fresh approach to solve lingering problems

Lyndon Lloyd
24/11/2016

The upcoming transfer windows may provide opportunity to resolve some deep-seated issues but in the meanwhile it's incumbent upon the manager to try something different.

With Everton at Great Lever

Tony Onslow
22/11/2016

The short and somewhat acrimonious history of Everton's match-ups with one of their early opponents in Lancashire

From My Seat: Swansea City (H)

Ken Buckley
20/11/2016

It’s strange watching Everton at the moment and I think it stems from a change of manager and a few decent results early doors giving fans a hope that may just not be there at the moment.

Coleman saves face but more questions than answers remain

Lyndon Lloyd
20/11/2016

Koeman's Everton remain unconvincing going forward as the Dutchman's struggles to find a reliable combination continue

Blues leave it late to save a point

Michael Kenrick
19/11/2016

Jagielka gives away yet another penalty and this time Stekelenburg cannot save him. Coleman equalizes very late on.

Straight Talk and Candour are Part of the Koeman Package

Alan Myers
18/11/2016

Freelance broadcaster and former Director of Communications at Everton, Alan Myers, says that Ronald Koeman has used is recent proclamations to send a message, in my opinion, to his players, the fans and probably more importantly to Farhad Moshiri that he is serious about being successful.

The Bitter End

Pete Jones
18/11/2016

Everton Heritage Society's Pete Jones marks the 100th anniversary of the end of five months of carnage at the Somme with his fourth and final account for ToffeeWeb of the links between Everton and the First World War's most infamous battle.

Jack Cock – Scorer, Singer, Soldier, Superstar

Rob Sawyer
18/11/2016

Relatively few Cornishmen have represented Everton but several have left their mark on Merseyside. However, the most remarkable life story is that of Jack Cock: international footballer, team manager, war hero and star of stage and screen.

James Gourley of Everton and Morton

Tony Onslow
14/11/2016

The Scot played 54 times for Everton after joining the club in 1909 before going to to forge an impressive career back north of the border with Morton

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

Lyndon Lloyd
10/11/2016

The manager's "cold fish" demeanour may be something Evertonians will have to accept as a necessary part of the club's attempts to take the next big step forward.

Bolasie is improving at Everton but is it enough?

Gary McCarty
10/11/2016

Can Ronald Koeman get the most out of his mercurial £30m buy?

The Honeymoon Close to Divorce

Andrew David James
09/11/2016

Recent results and the manager's latest comments regarding Romelu Lukaku have damaged Ronald Koeman's standing with many Evertonians just a few months into his tenure.

Moshiri's Music for Evertonian Ears

Lyndon Lloyd
07/11/2016

Farhad speaks! The conduit may have again been Jim White but the 13-minute chat was candid, revealing and should be hugely encouraging for Everton supporters.

International Football arrives on Merseyside

Tony Onslow
06/11/2016

Following the first international fixture to be played on Merseyside at Liverpool Cricket Club, Aigburth, Everton FC hosted the second at Anfield in 1889.

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

Lyndon Lloyd
06/11/2016

In a painful illustration of the Blues' short-comings, Ronald Koeman's side were dismantled by an irresistible Chelsea side.

Bonfire Night Roasting at the Bridge

Michael Kenrick
05/11/2016

Ronald Koeman's side were left badly burnt as Chelsea lit up Stamford Bridge like a bonfire with a scalding display of consummate football.

From My Seat: West Ham Utd (H)

Ken Buckley
30/10/2016

A good day out and I was delighted to see Barkley at last start to look like the player many forecast he would become and I can but hope he comes good for the rest of the season. Coming off the ground it was Lukaku and Barkley who were on most people’s lips. I must give a mention for Oviedo as he seems to be improving with the game time he is getting. I hope Ron sticks with him awhile; he can get better still, I reckon.

Yes, Ross!

Paul Traill
30/10/2016

Though nervy at times we were resolute in the second half and did well to stand firm from a series of corners. We were however dangerous on the counter attack and this is how we sealed the game when two of our most impressive performers on the day combined to hammer the death nail for West Ham United.

Barkley more confident in vital Blues win

Michael Kenrick
30/10/2016

Excellent work by Bolasie gave Lukaku his usual goal against the Hammers. Barkley made it two off Lukaku's pinpoint cross.

Superiority counts for nothing as fortune favours Burnley

Lyndon Lloyd
23/10/2016

Despite dominating their hosts, Everton suffered a bitter defeat at Burnley and another check to the early-season optimism under Ronald Koeman.

From My Seat: Burnley (A)

Ken Buckley
22/10/2016

A game that will take some forgetting but all we can do is hope that Big Ron and his staff can work wonders with what we have now and try to strengthen window by window. On today’s showing we are a few players short even for the short term.

Late goal defeats a determined a Everton display

Michael Kenrick
22/10/2016

Burnley went ahead off a soft goal after it looked like Everton were taking control of the game. Bolasie stole the ball off Lukaku to equalize with a great shot but the visitors could not get the second, yet Burnley did in the final minute.

The Good Doctor of Everton, Part II

Tony Onslow
17/10/2016

After many years of searching, I finally managed to find a newspaper report confirming the last resting place of the Everton benefactor Dr James Clement Baxter.

Koeman comes close to putting one over old pal Pep

Lyndon Lloyd
16/10/2016

For a few tantalising minutes of this game, a stunning victory beckoned Everton following Romelu Lukaku’s excellent break-away goal. Unfortunately, Ronald Koeman’s side hadn’t caught City on an off day they were punished for one of the rare occasions where they afforded David Silva too much room and left substitute Nolito unmarked to plunder the equaliser.

From My Seat: Manchester City (A)

Ken Buckley
15/10/2016

All told, a great day out. Coming off the ground, I somehow felt we are turning a corner and from conversations held, so are some others.

Heroic saves from Stekelenburg deny City

Michael Kenrick
15/10/2016

Honours even after immense City pressure, Everton took the lead despite two penalties, brilliantly saved by Stekelenburg, but Nolito stole a point for the home side.

Does Koeman have room yet for Everton's youngbloods?

Lyndon Lloyd
13/10/2016

Is too much being made of Ronald Koeman's apparent aversion to using young players so far or is he merely focusing on beefing up in the short term what was a struggling, unfit squad with robust, experienced players?

Everton and KitAid

Rob Sawyer for EFC Heritage Society
11/10/2016

Thanks to an act of generosity in a time of adversity, a corner of Malawi, 5,000 miles from Goodison Park, will be forever Everton.

An Evening in the Bosom of the Everton Family

Lyndon Lloyd
04/10/2016

There can be few venues as majestic and grandiose for a gathering of Evertonians than Liverpool Cathedral, the splendid setting for a very special dinner hosted by Dr David France and his lovely wife Elizabeth to mark the launch of his new book, Everton Crazy

Stunned momentum leaves taste of frustration for international break

Paul Traill
01/10/2016

Before kick-off, I was lucky enough to be asked along to Carling In Off The Bar – a show which aired on YouTube by Sky Sports presented by Adam Smith and Laura Woods. The show airs every Friday night game and is set in a pub in the city of the home team, this being MacKenzie's Whisky Bar on Rodney Street in Liverpool. I brought Ste along for the entertainment and free Carling.

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

Lyndon Lloyd
01/10/2016

The ingredients for a stirring return to winning ways against Palace were certainly there — a packed house under the lights at Goodison Park – but a lack of guile and a shortage of quick, incisive passing moves left the Blues looking a little one-dimensional

A special evening at Liverpool Cathedral

Paul Traill
29/09/2016

An unforgettable dinner in the splendor of the Anglican Cathedral to celebrate Everton and Dr David France's book, Everton Crazy.

Perspective

Mark Finnegan
27/09/2016

Taking stock of the Blues' start and their promising future with the foundations in place under the new manager.

Book Review: Everton Crazy

Lyndon Lloyd
27/09/2016

Interspersed with some wonderful comic gags, Everton Crazy charts the twists and turns of Dr David France’s life, with the ups and downs of the club he fell in love with serving as an ever-present anchor, focus and obsession.

Just when we dared to dream a little…

Lyndon Lloyd
23/09/2016

A shocking performance at Bournemouth caps a chastening week where supporter expectations will have been realigned and sights will have been lowered.

Blues poor in defeat on the south coast.

Michael Kenrick
24/09/2016

Barkley starts but Everton were too relaxed at the back and allowed Stanislas to fire in what would be the winning goal.

Ross Barkley – Have we really got a diamond?

John Daly
22/09/2016

As the moments that lit up his early appearances in Royal Blue become increasingly rare, is the Everton prodigy struggling under the weight of expectation or can he fulfill that rich promise?

Everton's reality check will have been instructive for Koeman

Lyndon Lloyd
21/09/2016

Everton's early exit from the League Cup was as familiar as it was frustrating but the manager will hopefully have learned a lot about his squad as he continues to settle into the Goodison hot-seat.

The Burden of the Past

Jim Keoghan
21/09/2016

The struggles under Roberto Martinez last season brought back painful memories of the 1990s and the very early 2000s. With a new manager in Ronald Koeman, a new de facto owner in Farhad Moshiri, and talk of a new stadium, can Evertonians now look ahead to a new chapter and think again about what the Toffees can become?

You don't have to be a great player to be a great manager of Everton - but it helps

Paul Newton
21/09/2016

Nobody would argue that great players necessarily make great managers – the list of managerial casualties who used to be great players is too long for that. But at Everton…

From My Seat: Norwich City (H)

Ken Buckley
21/09/2016

On 74 mins, we all realised our goose was well and truly cooked when Josh Murphy cut inside unchallenged and from some distance fired a beaut into the top corner of the Park End net. This was the cue for a mass exodus as great numbers of the faithful had well and truly had enough. We were brought back down to earth after Big Ron’s first defeat.

The League Cup wait goes on

Paul Traill
20/09/2016

The defeat would feel much worse had we not have started the season so brightly. Let's be a little pragmatic also – on another day, it could have been different.

From My Seat: Middlesbrough (H)

Ken Buckley
18/09/2016

Overall a good day out and we've now made the best start we have had in the Premier League years. I hope all this means something and we win something.

Never go downstairs early

Paul Traill
18/09/2016

"With half time beckoning I felt that I could join a few of the fellas for a half time drink and went down just after Coleman scored. I wasn't expecting to miss another goal of course and though delighted Everton have scored, you find yourself a bit cheesed off to have missed the goal."

A new era, media portrayal and owning our identity

Gareth Cooper
18/09/2016

Five weeks in to the Moshiri/Koeman era and there seem to be very few blues who aren't happy with the start we have made. Even the more cynical fan has been impressed.

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

Lyndon Lloyd
18/09/2016

Everton brushed off an awful decision by Lee Mason to allow Middlesbrough to take the lead after 20 minutes, turned the match on its head and and had it effectively won by half-time.

Barry leads the charge to consolidate 2nd place

Michael Kenrick
17/09/2016

A controversial goal for Negredo, heading the ball out of Stekelenburg's hands, but Gareth Barry equalizes!!! More goals from Coleman & Lukaku before the break.

Shutter Island 2?

Simon Davis
16/09/2016

A few weeks ago I was on the iPad, working my way through various topics on ToffeeWeb, my wife meanwhile was watching one of her favourite films on the box, namely Shutter Island.

Lukaku catches fire as Everton torch Moyes's Sunderland

Lyndon Lloyd
13/09/2016

What a difference four months make when it comes to analysing the contrast between the Everton that trooped off the field at the Stadium of Light just six Premier League games ago having been soundly beaten and the one that romped in the second half this evening to a handsome 3-0 victory.

If You Know Your History… Matchdays with EFC Heritage Society

Rob  Sawyer
11/09/2016

The Church of St Luke The Evangelist – better known as St Luke’s – is where the EFC Heritage Society (EFCHS), founded in 2008, has been welcoming home and away supporters for the past two seasons.

The Return of Gwladys Street's Hall of Fame

Lyndon Lloyd
09/09/2016

David France's celebration of the men who have made significant contributions to the development, welfare and success of Everton Football Club and returns with four new inductees who will be selected by you, the fans, and then officially added to the pantheon of Blues greats at the next Hall of Fame Dinner in March 2017.

Brave new world – or false dawn?

David Booth
05/09/2016

The transfer window has certainly focused attention on our current status and divided opinion as to whether we are generating sufficient head of steam to begin to pose a threat to the Sky-favoured elite, or just blowing hot air.

Pals

Pete Jones
04/09/2016

The story of a battalion of friends from the same office who fought shoulder to shoulder for the honour of Britain and the credit of Liverpool during World War I and their connection to Everton.

So, Are Things Good or Bad?!

Stephen Parris
03/09/2016

The goings-on on transfer deadline day have dampened a lot of the rampant optimism surrounding Farhad Moshiri. In search of some reassurance that everything is going to be alright.

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

Matt Jones
01/09/2016

Everton now reportedly possess the capital that can help them recruit a high calibre of player but, for a club still striving to bridge the gap to the genuine juggernauts of the of the English game, it’s imperative the path from the Academy to the first-team is clear.

No Sense Dwelling on Everton's Window of Missed Opportunity

Lyndon Lloyd
01/09/2016

By leaving so much important business so late, yesterday's deadline was, in the context of high expectations, hugely disappointing for many Evertonians but there is still enough talent in Koeman's squad to propel the Blues to the next transfer window

Yellow Tie Blues

Adam McCulloch
01/09/2016

(Mobile link fixed) The best business of this transfer window, whether done by ourselves or others, was all completed early on. Let’s stay unbeaten and stick with what we’ve got.

Same Old Bill's Everton

Jose Walsh
01/09/2016

This Transfer Deadline Day has left me feeling utterly deflated. More so than usual years because we were promised so much. New owners. New DoF. Alleged new wealth. New ways of working. Yet nothing has changed!

Nat, King of Goals...and Bowls

Rob Sawyer (EFC Heritage Society)
29/08/2016

The life of Jimmy “Nat” Cunliffe whose achievements, like those of many players at Goodison in the 1930s, were overshadowed by the Everton giant that is W.R. Dean. Yet his life in sport was a remarkable one.

Everton benefit from questionable new directive

Paul Traill
28/08/2016

On opportunities alone you would say we deserved the win though it did come with quite a slice of luck.

Restored fortitude helps Everton secure a second successive win

Lyndon Lloyd
28/08/2016

Everton could, and probably should, have won by a wider margin than 1-0 but it was their more formidable rearguard that helped them secure three valuable points in a match that might easily have got away from them under the previous regime.

From My Seat: Stoke City (H)

Ken Buckley
27/08/2016

I was satisfied with the collective as there is no doubt we are heading the right way but patience will be needed by all whilst the manager and his staff work through the assembly of a team capable of being in the mix season upon season.

New-look Blues hold on for a vital win

Michael Kenrick
27/08/2016

After a fine first half ended goalless, Everton went ahead off a fortuitous penalty that was converted via the post and Given's head.

Remembering Harold Matthews

Keith Harrison
26/08/2016

The Odyssey of Harolds’ Wreath – The Toffeeweb (Offside Forum) tribute to Harold Matthews

Highs, Lows and Bakayokos — Wimbledon 1994

Jim Keoghan
24/08/2016

Football is a game that is defined by moments; key points where a match, a career or a season can take a different turn due to a piece of luck, a dodgy refereeing decision or an instance of individual brilliance. For Everton, two moments that would greatly impact upon the club’s future fortunes occurred in the space of mere minutes in that almost fateful game against Wimbledon in May 1994.

Comfortable if not entirely convincing

Paul Traill
24/08/2016

The 4-0 scoreline certainly put some gloss on the scoresheet, and though we have to be satisfied with a comfortable victory and safe passage into the Third Round, we can certainly make more of our opportunities in and around the penalty area.

Koeman's Change in Tack Reaps Rewards for Everton

Lyndon Lloyd
21/08/2016

How refreshing to see an Everton manager not only have options on the bench but to also have the courage to use them regardless of the stage of the match.

From My Seat: West Bromwich Albion (A)

Ken Buckley
20/08/2016

Four points from two games and just a glimpse of how we might evolve under this management. I liked the way the game was approached in that you can have possession football but not exclusively, it can be wrapped in direct no-nonsense stuff depending upon circumstance, a win being the ultimate goal.

Influential changes from Koeman clinch victory

Paul Traill
20/08/2016

A great result and it's great to have that positive feeling back. Actually, when did we last have it? So what have we learnt so far about Ronald Koeman? Well I like that he isn't one to wait. Koeman's willingness to change what he doesn't like and react to situations is very refreshing, and without his bullishness, we would not have won this game.

Superb Everton grab three vital points

Michael Kenrick
20/08/2016

Everton were stunned by an early goal for West Brom off a corner, but came back superbly to win a very tough battle with goals from Mirallas and Barry.

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

Lyndon Lloyd
16/08/2016

As explosive and dazzling as he can be enigmatic and defeasible, Yannick Bolasie will be nothing if not unpredictable. His price tag may have been high but by taking the step up to Everton, the French-born winger has the ideal stage on which to shine.

Goodison Park is BACK!

Paul Traill
14/08/2016

Whilst the game was a real challenge and the result was one we would have taken prior to kick off, the mood was very positive after the game as we sunk a few beers in the city centre. We have to accept that the season is going to be a learning curve as we adapt from one style to the next and get the players fitness up to scratch.

Gueye shines in promising dawn of Koeman era

Lyndon Lloyd
14/08/2016

While important, the enormous psychological boost of avoiding defeat could prove to be more important in the long run — an injury-hide side shorn of their top goalscorer and running at 70% capacity managed to hold off one of the teams likely to be challenging in the top four this season through a combination of discipline, tenacity and sheer hard work, a far cry from a few months ago when Goodison was enveloped in despair.

From My Seat: Tottenham Hotspur (H)

Ken Buckley
13/08/2016

A good day out and a game that left this fan quite optimistic that an upturn in fortunes is a possibility with this new manager. The walk back to our watering hole was pleasant today as most seemed happy and thought we could progress. I sincerely hope so.

Blues hang on for a point after early Barkley goal

Michael Kenrick
13/08/2016

Barkley ggot Everton off to a great start with a goal in the first 5 minutes but Spurs came back strongly as the Blues tired.

Begin Again

Lyndon Lloyd
12/08/2016

2016-17 marks the beginning of the Ronald Koeman era, one that is off to a slow start but which hints at having plenty in store as the Dutchman beds in alongside new Director of Football, Steve Walsh.

'Here We Go'

Simon Hart
10/08/2016

Here We Go: Everton in the 80s: The Players’ Stories’, a book comprising interviews with a dozen players from the era, who together recall not just Everton’s silver-streak years, but the full span of the decade – from Mike Lyons at the start through the likes of Kevin Ratcliffe and Derek Mountfield to Pat Nevin at the finish.

Profit over promise for Everton as Stones gets his move

Lyndon Lloyd
09/08/2016

Fewer Evertonians will shed a tear as John Stones leaves for the “greener pastures” of the Eithad Stadium than would have a year ago. It will still gnaw at the gut, however, that fans won’t get to see if Stones could blossom into the Everton defensive legend many believe he could have become.

We're a Hopeful Bunch, We Evertonians

David  Randles
04/08/2016

We need numbers and we need quality and we need them soon. We just never do things the easy way, but maybe there will be some Everton rabbits pulled from hats before too long. I hope so, because we're a hopeful bunch, us Evertonians.

My First Match

Kieron Sloan
03/08/2016

Everton 1 - 1 Manchester City

4 November 1967

A Bit of a Coincidence

Pete Jones
01/08/2016

A lot of people who visit the First World War battlefields talk about curious, even strange experiences. However, one coincidence makes one wonder sometimes. It is a story about two sportsmen and two letters with the backdrop of the terrible events of July 1916. It even has a link to a famous hostelry on Goodison Road. The coincidence is remarkable and can perhaps be interpreted as more than mere chance.

Kevin Mirallas Must Take Responsibility for his Own Everton Future

Matt Jones
26/07/2016

Ronald Koeman has shown a precedent for assisting players of Mirallas’s ilk and can add the functional base to the winger’s skill set that was lacking under his predecessor. But, for a player who has so many natural gifts, the time has come for him to seize control of his own destiny at Goodison Park.

Archibald Leitch – The Man Who Shaped Goodison Park

Rob Sawyer (EFC Heritage Society)
18/07/2016

It is at Goodison Park where the work of Glasgow-born architect Archibald Leitch's industrial-style design is best preserved.

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

Lyndon Lloyd
15/07/2016

The new Premier League season still feels a long way off but in others it’s alarmingly close given how little transfer action there has been at Finch Farm. It's hard not to get impatient but the sea changes occurring at Everton at the moment need time to play out.

Identity Crisis

Adam McCulloch
10/07/2016

There is confusion about what we want Everton to be. We had wanted to return to the days where we would dominate teams, playing them off the park. And yet we seemed to lack the bite, the intensity, the pride of pulling on the Royal Blue jersey.

Journey’s End: A Summer Saturday on the Somme

Pete Jones
01/07/2016

A story about distances and journeys: a football tour, a new team, and a story that ends with journeys that took three men across the fields of northern France and the bloodiest day in Britain’s military history.

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