[Season Diary]

June 2002

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 June 2002

News Headlines & Features

Putting Everton on the map
30 Jun - We've had quite a few e-mails asking about those top Evertonian lads who have been putting the club's name in front of billions of TV viewers with giant flags at the World Cup, not only at England matches but countless others.  The now-famous "Everton FC Huyton" banner is the work of Ritchie Harrison, while "Cush" (aka Paul) from the USA is the proud bearer of the flag of St George with "Everton FC" in enormous black letters that was so prominent in the England-Brazil game.  Well in, lads!

Nyarko has finally flipped
28 Jun - More incredible garbage from the mouth of Alex Nyarko, who now says Everton fans didn't like him because he was married to a white woman!  Hands up, all you fans who had the faintest idea he was married to a white woman?  And hands up all those who would even care???  Unbelievable!

Moyes confirms Breen link
27 Jun - David Moyes has confirmed approaches to Gary Breen and Mart Poom, among a list of more than 10 players (unidentified) whom Everton have enquired about.  The 28-year-old Irish International would be on a free, but high transfer fees seem to be the problem with a lot of the other deals as Moyes refuses to pay over the odds for what are � let's be honest � essentially journeymen.

Which goalie will it be?
26 Jun - As the World Cup nears its climax, the Silly Season swings into full gear at home, with various sources touting the foundering deal for Mart Poom, while less reputable sites (e.g, Planet Football) quote Czech sources as gospel, claiming that Everton are about to sign young goalie Petr Cech.

Moore part-ex for McBride?
25 Jun - Since David Moyes has previously taken the USA's Brian McBride on loan while he was at Preston, perhaps it is not a huge leap to consider that he may once again be interested in the 30-year-old striker after his impressive form in the World Cup.  Rumours suggest he may offer Joe-Max Moore back to the MLS in part-exchange.

Stepping up the pace
24 Jun - Pre-season training for most of the Everton squad is just a week away, but David Moyes has already set the bar high in terms of effort and fitness levels he wants to see achieved.  Players are being requested to report for special training assessments in Lyon, France, ahead of the main effort that will begin in earnest next week at Bellefield and later at the training camp in Austria.

A Buyers' Market?
19 Jun - Everton's desire to off-load Alex Nyarko as finally forged a deal with Paris St Germain, where the God-fearing Ghanaian will initially go on loan for a meagre �300k fee upfront.  Another another �2.7M is due in January, when the French transfer window opens and his registration will finally be removed from Everton's books.

100 and counting �
18 Jun - Criticism of the Everton club management has been muted since the appointment of David Moyes but Everton fan Tony Wooly feels compelled to enumerate his strongly felt concerns about missed marketing opportunities in this hard-hitting piece about the apparent failings surrounding what should be a joyous celebration of achieving 100 seasons in the top eschelon of English football.

Window Shopping
16 Jun - David Moyes may only have a paltry £5M to spend this summer but, as his flying visit to the Far East a couple of weeks would suggest, that probably won't stop him running the rule over some of the talent currently on parade in Korea and Japan.  It also doesn't stop Lyndon Lloyd from casting his own eye on the players on offer and picking out some potentially affordable stars from the 2002 World Cup Finals.

Dropping like flies
16 Jun - Joe-Max Moore is the sole remaining Everton representative in the World Cup Finals after Sweden and Ireland became victims of agonizing defeats in the 2nd Round.  Niclas Alexandersson suffered a gash to the head and was later substituted as he and fellow Blue Tobias Linderoth crashed out to Senegal's extra-time "golden goal".  And Lee Carsley's Ireland went out in the worst way possible — losing a penalty shoot-out to Spain after the excellent Robbie Keane had forced the game into extra time with a 90th-minute equaliser from the spot.

Denmark 0-3 England
15 Jun - Three first-half goals — each coming with its own slice of fortune — propelled an impressive-looking England into the Quarter Finals at the expense of a less-than-solid Denmark despite another impressive performance by Everton's Thomas Gravesen.  Branded an 'enforcer', Gravesen was impressive going forward and enjoyed more space than he is used to in the Premiership, spraying passes around with surprising accuracy. England, however, proved too strong on the day and they await the wiinner of Brazil's matchup with Belgium on Monday.

As bemused as the rest of us
14 Jun - In a light-hearted article in today's Telegraph, Clive Tyldesley empathises with the head scratching that Everton fans have been doing as they watch all five of their World Cup stars advance to the second round while some of the Premiership's elite — Veron, Henry, Wiltord, Petit, Forlan, to name a few — have made embarrassing exits from the competition with their respective countries. The question is, will David Moyes be able to do what Walter Smith couldn't — get this world-beating form out of the likes of Alexandersson, Linderoth and Gravesen next season!

Yanks through on a knife-edge�
14 Jun - Joe-Max Moore made his 100th international appearance for the USA, coming on as a second-half sub to help the Yanks recover after falling behind to a devastating two-goal blast from Poland in the first 5 mins of their final Group D match.  The US needed to at least draw, or have Portugal � who dropped down to 9 men with two sent off � lose the other game.  The Poles grabbed a third goal just as Korea finally made their numerical advantage tell with a goal that would put the US through to a 2nd Round tie against CONCACAF rivals Mexico.  Portugal hit the post in the last minute, but could not tie the game and they now go home.  What a World Cup!

Blues kick off Season 100 at Goodison
13 Jun - Everton's historic 100th Season in the Top Flight will begin at Goodison Park against Tottenham Hotspur on 17th August and end, again at home, against Manchester United.  Chief Executive Michael Dunford had requested that Aston Villa be our first opponents but it seems as though the FA have ignored him.  The Anfield Derby is on December 12 with the return fixture on April 19th, while October looks daunting, as does the post-Easter run-in.  We apologise, but we have chosen not to endorse the Football Association's controversial and gratuitous copyright on the Premiership and Football League fixtures by paying for the privilege of displaying the Blues' full fixture list for the coming season.  You can view them at the Offiicial Site instead.

Sweden Top Group F
12 Jun - Everton's Swedish Blues Niclas Alexandersson and Tobias Linderoth are through to the second phase of the World Cup Finals as winners of the so-called "group of death" after holding Argentina to a 1-1 draw. Knowing that a draw would be enough to advance at Argentina's expense, the Swedes took the lead through a Svensson free kick but succumbed to a late penalty that ensured a nervy last few minutes as England perplexingly ground out a bore draw with Nigeria. Although they sure must have known that anything short of a win would pit them against high-flying Denmark in Round 2, Sven Goran Eriksson's side strolled to a 0-0 draw. Sweden will take on Senegal in the next round.

Gravedigger helps bury France
11 Jun - Thomas Gravesen helped Denmark to win Group A with a convincing 2-0 victory that dumped a humiliated France out of the 2002 World Cup thanks to goals by speedy winger Dennis Rommadahl and sharp-shooter Jon Dahl Tomasson.  Needing to win by two goals to advance to the next phase, Zinedine Zidane and his teammates ended up being eliminated without scoring a single goal in the tournament — the first ever defending champions to record such a feat.  Senegal join the Danes in Round 2 and await the results from England and Sweden's group to see who they will play.  In Group E, Robbie Keane scored again as the Irish beat Saudia Arabia 3-0 while playing abysmally.  Lee Carsely got his first 5 minutes on the field, subbing for Kinsella near the end.

Q & A with David Moyes
11 Jun - The official Everton Website features the results of an absorbing question and answer session based on queries submitted by fans with the man who can't seem to say the wrong thing when it comes to Everton � manager David Moyes.

Poll poleaxes Italy
8 Jun - Referee Graham Poll attained his dream of worldwide infamy as he disallowed two perfectly good Italian goals (admittedly on the basis of dubious decisions by the linesman) � including a bizarre one from ex-Everton player, Marco Materazzi, scored from inside the Italian half in added time at the end of a fascinating game in Group G of the World Cup.  Materazzi was somewhat embarrassed during the play that led to both of Croatia's comeback goals as they recovered from 1-0 down to win 2-1, although credit should really go to the scorers in each case � especially the superb volleyed lob from Rapaic for the stunning winner.

International Blues remain unbeaten
7 Jun - Everton's World Cup stars remain unbeaten in the tournament so far following the latest round of results. Niclas Alexandersson and Tobias Linderoth helped Sweden to the top of Group F — a spot they now share with England following their win over Argentina — with a 2-1 win over Nigeria (Henrik Larsson, widely thought to be a Blue, scored both goals), Thomas Gravesen played an hour of Denmark's hot and heated 1-1 draw with Senegal, while Ireland snatched a dramatic point from Germany — although Lee Carsley was again overlooked.

Alexandersson strike denies England
2 Jun - Niclas Alexandersson's sweetly-struck left-foot shot earned a draw for Sweden against England and denied Sven-Goran Eriksson a win in Saitama, Japan. Sol Campbell's emphatic first-half header had sent England on their way but the Swedes were a different side after the break and Alexandersson capitalised on a defensive error by Danny Mills to steal a point. Tobias Linderoth, although quiet for the most part, belted what might have been the winner over the bar from 20 yards out.

Gravesen shines for Denmark
1 Jun - Thomas Gravesen was fully involved in Denmark's spirited 2-1 win over Uruguay in the second Group A game at the World Cup.  Playing a broader, more attacking role stretching from deep midfield to advanced positions on the left, he seemed a much better player than his less-effective fist-waving Everton persona.  Earlier, Lee Carsley played no part in Ireland's creditable 1-1 draw with Cameroon.


Snippets & Rumours

Your World Cup picks
30 Jun - Your top choices as potential Everton players from the array of talent on show in Korea Japan 2002 are now up here.

Ebbrell scouts no more
28 Jun - John Ebbrell has moved on from his post as Everton's Chief Scout, a position he held for two years after having to give up playing the game due to persistent injury.

Ball and his crocked knee
27 Jun - It is now a year since he reluctantly left Everton for Rangers, and Michael Ball's struggle to regain full fitness continues as he suffers more pain in his knee, despite getting a clear scan.

Two-game Scots package deal
26 Jun - Catch Everton's pre-season games at Dunfermline and Hibs with this excellent long-weekend coach package from Liverpool next month.  Call Peter Hart to reserve your place on the bus!

Unsworth's Testimonial Hosts
25 Jun - BlueBlood, the Everton Former Players Foundation, will be helping to organize David Unsworth's testimonial events.  Unsie has agreed to do an off-line question-and-answer session for ToffeeWeb, so send in your questions and we'll do our best to get them answered.

Big Sky Fixtures
24 Jun - To accommodate live broadcast on Sky TV, three Everton matches have been given new dates: Manchester Utd (a) on Monday 7 October at 8pm; West Ham Utd (a) on Sunday 27 October at 4pm; and Liverpool (a) on Sunday 22 December.

More pre-season dates
21 Jun - The two additional games that will form pat of Everton's pre-season training in Austria are:

  • 12 July: Bruck/Mur v Everton (Bruck is 10km from Kapfenberg)
  • 16 July: Weiz v Everton (Weiz is 40km from Graz in the east)

No more World Cup for Joe-Max?
18 Jun - Everton's Joe-Max Moore reckons that a knee injury has put paid to any more participation for him in the USA's stirring World Cup campaign.  Meanwhile, in the last games of the 2nd Round, co-hosts Japan fizzled out in the rain against Turkey, while South Korea stunned Italy with a Golden Goal win 2-1 after trailing for most of the match following an agonizing early penalty miss � another gratifying indictment of Italy's ultimately bankrupt defensive philosophy???

No loan move for Nyarko
17 Jun - Everton have flatly rejected a ploy by Paris St Germain to secure the services of Alex Nyarko on another protratced loan deal.

Howarth says he's good enough
17 Jun - York City's young and little-used goalie, Russell Howarth, says that his trial at Everton last season was great, and he thinks he is good enough to play for the Toffees.  But what does David Moyes think???

Yanks on a roll
17 Jun - The United States advanced to the Quarter Finals with a mature and confident 2-0 win over their long-time 'local' rivals, Mexico.  Joe-Max Moore did not get to play in this one. And in the other game, Brazil rode their luck once again to defeat Belgium after the Europeans had a perfectly good goal disallowed, and kept the Samba boys at bay until late in the second half.

New goalkeeper link
14 Jun - The Ananova website contains a fairly strong link to Czech player Petr Cech, a young but highly rated goalkeeper at Sparta Prague.

Fixture Muddle Explained
14 Jun - The FA have written to Michael Dunford, explaining some of the reasons why Everton's request to play Aston Villa on the opening day of the new season could not be granted.  Perhaps the furore would not be so great if the false anticipation had not been fueled by misinformation diseminated ahead of the publication of fixtures, claiming "exclusively" that we would be playing Aston Villa...

No Nyarko/Mendey swap deal
13 Jun - Despite the incessant grinding of the Rumour Mill, suggesting that Everton will swap Alex Nyarko for PSG's Brian Mendey, the Club insists that nothing could be further from the truth.  Alex Nyarko remains an Everton player, and is scheduled to start pre-season training with the Everton squad on July 1.

Progress towards the Kings Dock
11 Jun - Positive steps towards the fruition of the Kings Waterfront Project were reported to the Everton Shareholders Association last night by Everton director Paul Gregg and project coordinator Steve Lavelle.  The planning application is now due to be submitted in October 2002.

No Moore time for USA
10 Jun - The USA battled manfully against 60,025 Koreans to survive a daunting encounter with the co-hosts unbeaten after an excellent early strike by Clint Mathis had given them the lead.  Joe-Max Moore was not selected off the subs bench as Bruce Arena watched his improving side brush off all but one of the numerous South Korean sorties on goal, leaving both teams with 4 pts each at the top of Group D.

Ipswich not playing ball
8 Jun - Everton have again been frustrated by Ipswich in their attempts to sign one of their players, this time £5m-rated Ireland international, Matt Holland.  The relegated Tractor Boys won't consider cash-plus-player deals which is, unfortunately, all David Moyes can afford.

Moyes returns from the Far East
5 Jun - Amid rumours that Ipswich Town have rejected a part-exchange bid by Everton for 30 year-old striker Marcus Stewart, David Moyes returns from his brief visit to the World Cup Finals where he took in China's game against Costa Rica.

Bit part for Joe-Max
5 Jun - Joe-Max Moore played the last quarter of the USA's historic 3-2 win over Group D favourites Portugal in the Suwon Stadium.  Pegged back from a shock 3-0 lead, Bruce Arena's side managed to hold on to record only their third win in the Finals.

Italian interest in Nyarko
4 Jun - The Official Site reported that Italian club Torino fancy taking Alex Nyarko off their hands but the club have since denied any approach for the Ghanaian midfielder.  Nyarko's move to cash-strapped Monaco fell through last month.

The Rumour Mill
3 Jun - While sensible Everton fans are watching the World Cup, others can wonder endlessly about the relentless grinding of the Rumour Mill, which attempts to second-guess every possible contemplation by David Moyes and his scouting team.  For them, we keep faithful track of all the tabloid twaddle � however tenuous and unlikely it may appear to be...

To the Big Stadium in the Sky
1 Jun - Former Blue, Stanley Bentham, has passed away at the age of 87 following a battle with Alzheimer's disease.  A team-mate of Goodison legend Dixie Dean, Stan helped the Blues to the league title in 1939 and served Everton for 28 years in all.

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