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Preparing the squad for 2017-18

Graham Holliday
23/05/2017

In order to effectively mount a challenge in all competitions next season and achieve the ultimate aims of silverware and Champions League football, we should expect a significant turnover of players this summer

From my seat: Arsenal (A)

Ken Buckley
21/05/2017

A beautiful and sunny day for us to make our way to face the gunners, now that always fills me with dread as we never seem to do any good against them especially away. I could hardly believe the last time we won on their soil was 1996 with Joe in charge at Highbury.

Against ten men, Everton simply pathetic

Michael Kenrick
21/05/2017

Bellerin scored early but Koscielny was dismissed for a ludicrous tackle on Valencia. Undeterred, Alexis made it 2 in bizarre fashion. Lukaku pulled one back from the spot, Ramesy curling in a third near the end.

Which way forward for the team?

Peter Lee
20/05/2017

So, after this season, are we any closer to understanding what Koeman's vision might be? He went public with his displeasure at the lack of fitness of the squad generally. Credit to him for doing this. Post-Christmas we were much improved in this respect. What does he want from a fitter squad though?

Moving On? A Ross Barkley Conundrum

Daniel Mottram
14/05/2017

Koeman is ambivalent to the prospect of Barkley leaving and it could also explain why, during the final home game of the season, the song for Lukaku was far more loudly sung than the song for Barkley, despite the latter scoring the winner. It is clear which one is harder to replace.

An end-of-season jolly

Paul Traill
14/05/2017

Had we capitalised on one of the fairly early chances, we might have had something of a goal fest but it never felt likely. If you're reading this having not seen any of the game, this may seem pretty entertaining but it really wasn't. We departed quickly at full time, leaving before the lap of appreciation and beating the traffic home.

Barkley earns some love with fine finish

Michael Kenrick
12/05/2017

Everton's penultimate game of the 2016-17 season saw a nice Ross Barkley goal defeat Watford at Goodison Park.

From my seat: Chelsea (H)

Ken Buckley
30/04/2017

The manager, having fielded today’s team, is in a very good position to say to the owners and directors of football "We need big investment and some astute buying." I hope he gets it.

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

Gary McCarty
29/04/2017

Sidelined at Manchester United, it’s clear the future for Wayne Rooney is not at Old Trafford. Should his rumoured return to Goodison Park come to fruition, how would his arrival impact the team?

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

Michael Kenrick
22/04/2017

Everton had no answer to a determined Hammers defence that denied them a single shot on target.

32 Years, 32 Seconds: My Delirious Goodison Pilgrimage

Mike Gaynes
18/04/2017

A ToffeeWeb denizen takes advantage of remission from cancer to make good on a longtime personal promise – to finally make the trip across The Pond to Goodison Park

Alex Young: With Us Always

Peter Jones
17/04/2017

They say you should never meet your heroes. I’ve been lucky enough to have met some of mine and I have never found that to be the case. They have been gracious, humble and even a little surprised to find that they are still revered long after they have hung up their boots. To a man they have been approachable and happy to talk about the good old days. There has been one exception: Alex Young.

The Past Is Another Country

Rick Tarleton
16/04/2017

Football, like life, is better in the modern age

Everton having a nibble at the top six

Paul Traill
16/04/2017

We could have added extra gloss to the scoreline though anything more may have been harsh on Burnley who competed well in a feisty game which was played in good spirit. I was certainly entertained.

Barkley and Everton keep on keeping on

Lyndon Lloyd
15/04/2017

A significant day for Everton as they registered an eighth successive home win in the league since 1990 and Romelu Lukaku equalled William Dean’s record of scoring in nine games in a row in all competitions at Goodison Park.

Barkley and Lukaku have the final word

Michael Kenrick
15/04/2017

After a torrid first half, Jagielka forced the ball in from a corner only for Robles to give up a stupid penalty. But Barkley and then Lukaku made their own emphatic statements to seal Everton's record 8th consecutive Premier League home win.

“Even After All These Years” – Pat Labone

Becky Tallentire
13/04/2017

The latest chapter from Real Footballers' Wives serialised here at ToffeeWeb features Pat Labone, wife of Goodison legend Brian

Irrepressible Blues continue to revel in home comforts

Lyndon Lloyd
09/04/2017

Leicester’s irresistible force met the immovable object that is Everton at Goodison Park in 2017.

From My Seat: Leicester City (H)

Ken Buckley
09/04/2017

Ken reports from Goodison where the unbeaten home run since the start of the year continued

One for the hipsters

Paul Traill
09/04/2017

You somehow fancied goals in this one and it turned out to be one for the hipsters... with a goalkeeper captain, a goal within the opening 30 seconds, plenty of young players on show, six goals, little scraps in the game, goals from centre backs, a terrible referee and even an after-the-full-time-whistle chip into the net from Kevin Mirallas...the game had everything!

Blues put Champions to the sword

Michael Kenrick
09/04/2017

Davies scored inside 30 seconds, but Slimani levelled and a soft free-kick was converted by Albrighton inside 10 mins. But Lukaku and then Jagielka put Everton back in front before the break.

Everton pegged back at the last gasp in agonising fashion

Lyndon Lloyd
05/04/2017

Having clung to a 1-0 lead handed to them by Phil Jagielka’s first goal since May 2015, Everton were within touching distance of a second win at Old Trafford in a little over three years.

Undone at the death by moment of panic

Paul Traill
05/04/2017

What a gutting way to have a win snatched away from you. I really thought we had done it but it wasn't to be.

From my seat: Liverpool (A)

Ken Buckley
02/04/2017

I must admit, the final whistle was music to my ears. I heard it said many times that we can learn from this and I am sure we can but hell there is not much time till Tuesday and the small matter of an away trip to Old Trafford plus hot on the heels of that a home game against the reigning Premier League Champions.

Missed opportunities cost us

Paul Traill
02/04/2017

Over the years there's just been too many times that I've dared to dream going to Anfield only to leave dissappointed, that now I go with no real expectation at all.

Another big derby let-down

Lyndon Lloyd
01/04/2017

A defeat underpinned by poor tactics and collective underperformance that in many pundits eyes cements Everton as a top-seven side at best this season

Derby misery continues at Anfield

Michael Kenrick
01/04/2017

Decimated by injuries, Everton fell behind early but Pennington equalized from a corner only to give up another soft goal, with Origi adding a third.

Neville Southall – The Winding Road from Winsford to Goodison

Rob Sawyer
30/03/2017

How a former Everton player, George Rooney, played a small but significant part in the career of, arguably, the club’s greatest-ever goalkeeper.

Alex Lochhead, the Everton Wing Half from Neilston

Tony Onslow
29/03/2017

Many Everton players over the years have been asked to make their debut in some tough “must win” situations but the first of these must surely be a young Scotsman who arrived in Liverpool during the November of 1891 at a time when his new club were challenging to take the football league championship away from Preston North End

Everton Left Counting the Cost of Someone Else's Battle

Lyndon Lloyd
25/03/2017

As if you didn't need another reason to hate international breaks...

Joseph Davies, the Welsh International from Shropshire

 
21/03/2017

Joseph Davies played for Everton during the season that they became founder members of the Football League.

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

Lyndon Lloyd
21/03/2017

Lyndon had the privilege to chat with Dr David France's wife, Elizabeth, again and solicit an independent insight into the goings on at Toffeeopolis.

Koeman's Blues in cruise control with another home win

Lyndon Lloyd
20/03/2017

It’s fair to say that Ronald Koeman has his feet very much under the table at Everton who have now put themselves in a position to disrupt the top six if any of the four or five teams above them stumble following a sixth straight home win.

Why the BBC makes us Bitter Blues

Paul McParlan
20/03/2017

Everton fans like myself have always suspected that the media have always been stringently anti-Everton.

Can we take the opportunity?

Paul Traill
19/03/2017

There's something special about an English game of football in cold, wet and windy conditions, and walking on to Goodison Park from the pub, you really felt that buzz amongst the pre-game bustle

From My Seat: Hull City (H)

Ken Buckley
18/03/2017

A 4-0 win that looks on paper a bit of a tanning but it was anything but. Hull gave a good account of themselves for a good 70 minutes but a sending off and a late, late goal-fest did for them

Selling and Replacing Lukaku isn’t so Simple

Palmer Marinelli
15/03/2017

Without agreeing a new contract with a set release clause, Everton have the ability to only accept an offer suitable for the club.

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

Lyndon Lloyd
15/03/2017

ToffeeWeb was among the honourees as one of Dr David France's many initiatives returned after an eight-year hiatus

Enough to Bring a Tear to a Glass Eye

Peter Jones
15/03/2017

All of the stories of the Everton players who were killed in WWI are tragic, but the story of Donald Sloan is the most tragic of all.

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

Lyndon Lloyd
14/03/2017

So, Romelu Lukaku won’t in fact be signing any new contract at Everton… not yet, at least.

The Solid Three-Nil Win

Jack Williamson
14/03/2017

It's every football fan's dream. The ‘Solid Three-Nil Win’. No tension, no worry, just simply watching the team you love knock the ball round with ease and going to sleep at night comfortable in the knowledge that, man for man, you were the better side.

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

Lyndon Lloyd
12/03/2017

If there's a measure of the progress made under Ronald Koeman in just a few short months, it's that a 3-0 win over the only team likely to challenge Everton for seventh place could feel so routine.

Seventh Heaven!

David Cooper
12/03/2017

The Sky 4 have monopolized the FA Cup semis so 7th place will gets us into the qualifying rounds of the Europa Poisoned Chalice Cup.

From My Seat: WBA (H)

Ken  Buckley
12/03/2017

All told a good day out where we saw our 5th home win on the bounce. Rom got his 20th goal to join Kane on top of the pile.

Solid if uninspiring win sends Baggies packing

Michael Kenrick
11/03/2017

Everton finally took the lead through Mirallas after two chances missed by Lukaku, Schneiderlin scoring just 6 minutes later. Lukaku scored his 19th goal in the last 10 mins.

Alex Young - A Personal Reflection

Tommy Bowman
09/03/2017

Alex Young – a personal reflection on the ‘Golden Vision’

Everton’s 'Hall of Fame' Events through the Decades

Rob Sawyer
06/03/2017

[Images fixed] Friday, 10 March, 2017 sees the staging of a Gwladys Street’s Hall of Fame event after an eight year hiatus. At The Hilton Hotel John Bailey, Pat Van Den Hauwe, Nigel Martyn, Ian Snodin and Kevin Campbell will join the 120-plus previous inductees in the pantheon of Blues greats.

The Case for Rooney

Teddy  Bertin
06/03/2017

Wayne Rooney would improve any squad in in the English Premier League and his return would provide a massive boost to the fans and players.

Battered, Bullied and Blue

David Cooper
06/03/2017

Were Everton mis-matched physically with Tottenham during the clash at White Hart Lane?

Everton still well short of Tottenham benchmark

Lyndon Lloyd
06/03/2017

High hopes were dashed at White Hart Lane in what was a sobering reality check really for Everton and the notion that they could yet sneak into the top four.

The Patience of Saints

Julian Exshaw
05/03/2017

I don't want to think of the future anymore. I am tired of false dawns

Bellew spirit sadly lacking at the Lane

Michael Kenrick
05/03/2017

Everton went behind to a well-struck long-range shot from Kane that Robles seemed to have covered. Kane was gifted his second after the break.

"I Felt Like I Belonged There" – Nancy Young

Becky Tallentire
27/02/2017

Taken from ‘Real Footballers’ Wives – the First Ladies of Everton’ 
by Becky Tallentire in 2004, Nancy Young, the wife of Everton legend Alex, recounts her story.

Talking Blue – Alex Young

Becky Tallentire
27/02/2017

Talk to anybody ‘of a certain age’ and their eyes will mist over as they recount how he enchanted them. They’ll remind you that he was our Golden Vision. Fellow Bluenoses, I bring you Alex Young.

The Day I've Been Dreading

Stewart Oakes
27/02/2017

Memories of the first time seeing Alex Young

Lukaku settles low-quality game

Paul Traill
26/02/2017

The team remained unchanged from the bore draw at Middlesbrough prior to the enforced break. The fun quiz in the pub prior to the game was to guess how many ex-Everton players would feature in the Sunderland line-up, the answer of which turned out to be the two most recently departed – Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo. Joleon Lescott suffered the boos from the substitutes bench for probably one last time.

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

Lyndon Lloyd
25/02/2017

Another home game, another victory. Goodison Park is becoming a fortress again after last season’s miserable record on home turf.

From My Seat: Sunderland (H)

Ken Buckley
25/02/2017

Overall a workman like regulation game that we did what we had to to take the points.

Here Comes The Sun

Jack Williamson
25/02/2017

An occasionally witty and moderately well-written assessment of Everton FC

Blues do the business against Moyes and the old boys

Michael Kenrick
25/02/2017

It took a while for Everton dominance to yield a brilliant sweeping goal from Idrissa Gana Gueye, followed up by Lukaku's 17th league goal in the second half.

Charlie Leyfield – Everton, Wales and England

Rob Sawyer
24/02/2017

Charlie Leyfield had a long association with Everton as a player and trainer. He also can claim the unique distinction of being trainer to both the England and Wales national teams.

Sense over sentiment should preclude Rooney return

Lyndon Lloyd
22/02/2017

The Prodigal Son's return seems almost pre-ordained to some Evertonians but the club should resolutely look forward as it seeks to realise Farhad Moshiri's vision

The Hope of Everton

Tony Onslow
22/02/2017

The story of another Scottish import, Hope Robertson, who played for Everton between 1890 and 1892, leaving the club shortly after the move to Goodison Park.

The Creativity Gap

Lyndon Lloyd
17/02/2017

Everton are much improved in recent weeks but away from home, some of the hesitancy and one-dimensional tactics that dogged them earlier in the season persist.

Pat Nevin and the Mel Harvey Mixtape

Rob Sawyer with Pat Nevin and Mel Harvey
15/02/2017

In, perhaps, the only documented case of a football club wooing a potential signing via the medium of music, Pat Nevin has referenced an "indie" music cassette being played to him in Colin Harvey's car. Now, at long last, the full story of this fabled car stereo C60 compilation cassette can be told.

Drab

Paul Traill
12/02/2017

Overall, a terrible game but not the worst result. It's a shame to lose ground on the top six, but the reality is seventh is the best we can achieve this term in my opinion.

From my seat: Middlesbrough (A)

Ken Buckley
12/02/2017

A trip to Boro is never the most salubrious but when you get the complete English winter in one day it is even less appealing. Rain, sleet, snow, strong wind and freezing cold makes you wonder if the trip up was the best decision.

Valdes denies Lukaku and Lookman

MIchael Kenrick
11/02/2017

Everton had some guilt-edged chances to bring back all three points from the Riverside, with Valdes denying both Lukaku and Lookman to leave them scoreless.

A Place to Call Home

Lyndon Lloyd
07/02/2017

Everton could be closer than ever to leaving Goodison for a new stadium. It's a massive undertaking fraught with risk but at the right location and with the right design, it could be the awakening of English football's sleeping giant.

Truly remarkable!!!

Paul Traill
05/02/2017

An extraordinary afternoon at Goodison Park. Though Romelu Lukaku rightly gets all the plaudits for his exceptional efforts in front of goal, it was nice to see Ross Barkley have the final say on the game. Ross had an excellent game, this characterising his form since the turn of the year and you have to expect that an England recall must be on the cards if he can keep up this form.

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

Lyndon Lloyd
05/02/2017

Everton slapped down Bournemouth's fightback with some scintillating attacking football to eventually run out 6-3 winners at Goodison Park.

From My Seat: Bournemouth (H)

Ken Buckley
04/02/2017

Most conversations were of disbelief at what had transpired at the ‘Old Lady’ -- we scored 6 and that was great. Let 3 in not so great. Lukaku has moved to top of the scoring charts and I would not mind betting a record or two may have been broken or added after that.

Lukaku imperious in Goodison goalfest

Michael Kenrick
04/02/2017

Everton got off to the best possible start with a superb strike from Romelu Lukaku in the first minute; he made the second for McCarthy, then scored the third off a gift. But the Cherries came back with two from King before Lukaku scored two more.

Honours even in ragged contest at Stoke

Lyndon Lloyd
01/02/2017

Everton battled Stoke, the conditions and themselves at times and had to be content with a point after falling behind to another dreadful early goal

From My Seat: Stoke City (A)

Ken Buckley
02/02/2017

A good trip out and I got what I expected to get, a hard fought match where for long spells football took a back seat. It always seems to be that way against Stoke.

Winter window represents measured reconstruction

Lyndon Lloyd
01/02/2017

Everton's January may have been quieter than hoped on the transfer front but it sets the stage for a summer of significant additions.

Andrew Gibson, the Blue from Dalmellington

Tony Onslow
31/01/2017

Drawn to the northwest of England from Scotland in the mid-1880s, Andrew Gibson eventually signed for Everton but never made a Football League appearance for the club.

Magic but erratic — Deulofeu's departure invokes mixed emotions

Lyndon Lloyd
23/01/2017

Gerard Deulofeu became fan favourite at Everton but he couldn't produce his magic consistently enough. He is getting a new lease on life at Milan and leaves a vacancy at Everton that Blues fans hope will be filled.

Nice day to forget my shades

Paul Traill
22/01/2017

So three wins on the bounce in the Premier League and with the gap between us and Manchester United now down to just five points we find ourselves very much looking up rather than down. Things feel really positive. Let's just keep it going.

Time to celebrate something

Mark Cuddy
22/01/2017

January 22nd is a special day in the history of Everton Football Club and every year Evertonians all over the world should raise a glass to celebrate the date the greatest Evertonian there has ever been was born.

Patience, poise and persistence rewarded in huge win for Everton

Lyndon Lloyd
21/01/2017

It's hard not to feel optimistic again as a clear path to progress has emerged following a victory at Selhurst Park that showed the continued emergence of a different Everton. An Everton that can marry the silkier, more possession-based approach aspired

Coleman seals a fantastic win for Everton

Michael Kenrick
21/01/2017

Brilliant late goal from Coleman off a superb ball from Davies gives Everton a very important late victory.

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.

Do You Remember December 4th?

Patrick Murphy
01/12/2016

How the Blues have fared on this date in recent years

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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