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[Season Diary]

December 2002

If it happened and it was Everton-related, it's right here in the comprehensive Season Diary.
Items are in reverse chronological order (more recent first). 

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 December 2002

News Headlines & Features

The China Connection
30 Dec - The size of the upcoming Premiership clash between Everton and Manchester City takes on entirely unprecedented proportions on the the other side of the globe from, Goodison Park, where the potential presence of two Chinese players on the field will push the TV audience for this game up into the billions. Today's Times has a couple of articles which look at the phenomena surrounding Li Tie and Sun Jihai.  No mention, however, of Li Wei Feng, who is back in China recovering from a nose injury.

Everton still have the Christmas Blues
28 Dec - Everton were held to a third consecutive draw — their second 0-0 draw in three games — by struggling Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park as David Moyes's side continue to struggle for goals. Wayne Rooney partnered Kevin Campbell up front in the first half aand Tomasz Radzinski for molst off the second and, by all accounts, was the best player on the pitch. Campbell had an effort cleared off the line just before half time and Rooney suffered the same ill-fortune in the second period before crashing a shot off the crossbar as Bolton threatened to buckle. But Everton just didn't have the midfield imagination to create further opportunties and the visitors also hit the bar late on before the game petered out to a goalless conclusion.

Rooney red card grabs headlines from drab draw
26 Dec - A tediously uneventful game at St Andrews burst into life just before the interval when Thomas Gravesen sent Tomasz Radzinski away and he broke the deadlock in his customary style.  However, in first half stoppage time, Birmingham broke down the left with Stan Lazaridis and his cross found Kirovski and he buried a free header past Richard Wright to level matters.  Wayne Rooney entered the fray after 65 mins but with 9 minutes to go the youngster was sent off after a strong one-footed challenge with his studs showing for a 50/50 ball against Steve Vickers.  Both teams were left with ten men (Vickers was injured and had to be withdrawn and Steve Bruce had used all his substitutes), but neither side could find a winner.

Window opens early at Everton
24 Dec - Everton have obtained the services of Espen Baardsen as cover in goal for Richard Wright, Simonsen and Gerrard both being injured.

In another BBC story Egyptian superstar Ibrahim Said is reported to have joined Everton — even before the transfer window has officially opened?  The club are now officially denying this as a rumour.

Football doesn't need this
24 Dec - Peter Fearon has some strong words to say about Stephen Gerrard's outrageous assualt on Gary Naysmith in Sunday's Anfield derby.  It remains to be seen whether the FA will do anything about him, but Peter feels that Sven Goran Erikson has the opportunity to send a message, making it clear that players like Gerrard have no place in the England team.

Moyes — ever the realist
23 Dec - David Moyes is smart enough to acknowledge the realities of the task ahead in the second half of the season.  Despite occupying one of the four designated slots, he knows that putting too much emphasis on achieving a Chumpions League place come the end of the season may be premature. "We need to keep ticking over and putting points on the board." — Which is just what his team succeding in doing at Anfield, the first 0-0 draw under his tenure as Everton manager.

Blues retain 4th with moral victory
22 Dec - It was honours even in a typically hotly-contested Merseyside derby but, once again, Everton were left seething at the incompetent Graham Poll for one clear-cut decision he did see and two disgusting assaults by Liverpool players that he and his assistants either didn't see or chose not to. Everton should have had the chance to break the deadlock when Stephan Henchoz clearly handled in an aerial challenge with Tomasz Radzinski, but, inexplicably, Poll awarded a free kick to the home side instead of a penalty.  Then, as the temperature reached boiling point in the final ten minutes, Barros ran his studs down Pembridge's face and Gerrard effected a malicious, pre-empted, two-footed lunge on Naysmith, neither of which incidents were punished.  A game that the Blues never really looked like winning until Wayne Rooney entered the fray in the 54th minute was very nearly won by the wonderboy but his shot from 18 yards was deflected onto the bar and over by Henchoz.
Report by Lyndon Lloyd

Bill and his technicolour dreamcoat
22 Dec - The press coverage of Everton in the build-up to the derby has been even better than that which was spawned by the excellent unbeaten run David Moyes inspired.  No doubt there will be more appearing as day develops, and this interview with Bill Kenwright in The Independent on Sunday contains some gems... like his encounter with a young fan who insisted that Wayne Rooney should at least have been on the bench at the end of last season.

Being Blue
18 Dec - One of the most significant derby games in the last 10 years was at Goodison Park in November 1994.  It was Joe Royle's first game in charge, and Everton were bottom of the Premiership, but Duncan Ferguson scored his first goal for Everton in a great 2-0 win.  For one young Evertonian from Norway, this was a truely formative experience: his first live match.  Lars went on to become a vociferous internet activist on the original ToffeeNet mailing list, and even tried to set up a website in competition with ToffeeWeb.  His lasting legacy for online Evertonians was the BlueView Forum — the original predecessor of The People's Forum.  Here is his brief story of Being Blue. For more on Lars, visit the ToffeeNet nostalgia page and follow the link to Travis Furious.

Hibbert a major doubt
17 Dec - Tony Hibbert has emerged as a major doubt for Everton's critical upcoming derby game at Anfield on Sunday.  The superb young fullback, who has had a tremendous run of form in the Everton first team under David Moyes, suffered a massive gash in the thigh as a result of the incident that saw Blackburn's Lucas Neill sent off after 75 mins in Saturday's ding-dong battle of wills at Goodison.  Pistone and Watson already seem destined to start in place of the supsended Yobo and Unsworth... will this be the chance for Peter Clarke to make a lasting impression on the perfectionist, David Moyes.

Unstoppable Rooney sends Everton fourth
14 Dec - Wayne Rooney rewarded his manager's faith by setting up Everton's first and scoring the decisive second to snap the Blues' three-match losing streak and send them into fourth place in the Premiership — above next week's opponents Liverpool. After a frenetic opening in which Kevin Campbell had been foiled by Brad Friedel and Blackburn had had two efforts cleared off the line, the visitors took a 6th-minute lead through Andy Cole.  However when Rooney, on from the start in place of Tomasz Radzinski, hit the post on 12 minutes, ex-Rover Lee Carsley followed up to level matters.  13 minutes after that, Rooney gave the home side a lead they didn't relinquish, smashing a crisp drive past Friedel having beaten Craig Short for pace.  Both sides had opportunities to score again and the Blues had to survive another late onslaught but they held out to record their second victory over Graeme Souness's men in two months.
Read this Match Report by Steve Bickerton.

Yobo deal - claim and counter claim
12 Dec - Confusing and conflicting reports are coming out regarding the Yobo deal. Everton's Chief Executive Michael Dunford says on the official site that the deal was done back in July when Yobo arrived from Marseille. He says “I have an agreement signed by Joseph that if Everton decided to take up the option which we have duly done, the following terms would apply for a five-year contract". Not so, claims Yobo in an interview with Sky Sports. He says that he is technically still on loan until a deal is agreed between him and the club. It's not looking pretty and with Yobo having changed agents it could get worse before it gets better.

Everton take red card fight to the FA
11 Dec - David Moyes and Everton will take the case for having David Unsworth's red card against Chelsea chalked off to the Football Association after referee Eddie Wolstenholme refused to overturn his decision. The official gave Rhino his marching orders for "striking" Jesper Gronkjaer and, apparently having viewed video evidence, said: "I have seen the video which confirms that there has been violent conduct." Moyes is expected to ask the FA to intervene in the hope that their panel will take into account Gronkjaer's insistence that he wasn't touched, study the video footage and rescind Unsworth's red card.

Rooney scoops prestigious BBC award
9 Dec - Somewhat surprisingly, given his thus far brief exposure on the national stage (but a very proud moment for the teenager nonetheless), Wayne Rooney has been voted the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year. He was accompanied at the televised awards ceremony last night by manager David Moyes. The award is voted on by a panel of journalists and sports stars.

Moyes's Good Ship Confidence taking in water
7 Dec - The game might be remembered for some cruelly unjust refereeing by Eddie Wolstenholme and the late sending off of David Unsworth for his role in a last-minute tussle with Jesper Gronkjaer (who was only booked), but it was Everton's defensive failings in the first half that ultimately lost the three points. Having gone 2-0 behind by the 28th minute to two largely preventable goals by Mario Stanic (5') and Jimmy Floyd Himagain (28'), Everton rallied to get a vital goal before half time through Gary Naysmith. But while it was one-way traffic in the second half, the ball simply wouldn't breach Chelsea's charmed goal. Graeme Le Saux cleared off the line from Kevin Campbell who later headed onto the bar and Lee Carsley also went agonizingly close but couldn't prevent the loss of Everton's unbeaten home record as Gronkjaer scored a breakaway goal with the last kick of the game to rub salt into the wounds.
>> Report from Richard Marland

A Bridge too far
4 Dec - Everton's Worthington Cup dreams are over following a comprehensive 4-1 hammering at the hands of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Emmanuel Petit, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (2) and Mario Stanic scored the goals, as David Moyes's team fell at the third hurdle. No one picked up Hasselbaink as he chased Zola's well-weighted through-ball and slotted home and the defence was caught napping again just before the break when Petit volleyed home Gianfranco Zola's chip. In the second half, Stanic headed in from a corner to make it 3-0 and Hasselbaink crashed the fourth past Richard Wright a couple of minutes later. Wayne Rooney missed a poorly-struck penalty with 11 minutes to go but Gary Naysmith scored from the resulting corner to provide the travelling Toffees with a consolation goal. The magnitude of the scoreline will no doubt add fuel to the Premiership matchup between these two sides at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Match report from Jonathan Martin

Official Site gears up for Christmas
4 Dec - In an effort to cope with the expected rise in demand for Everton merchandise ahead of Christmas, the club have put the first part of their new E-Commerce strategy into place a little ahead of schedule. The club's new Head of Marketing, Andy Hosie, has contacted ToffeeWeb to announce today's roll-out of a new online store at the Official Site. He explains that while an overhaul of evertonfc.com and the implementation of a new warehouse and call centre is in the works for the New Year, the club felt the need to launch a more robust and extensible online shopping platform early so that they would be better equipped to deal with increased demand. He stresses that the temporary interface is "by no means the finished article," and that the real power of the new system is behind the scenes (e.g. payment processing, data handling and storage, etc).


Snippets & Rumours

Kings Dock status expires
31 Dec - As expected, Liverpool Vision have declined to extend the hard-won preferred bidder status granted to Everton and the Huston Securities for the new Kings Dock project.  More "due diligence" is now in order as Everton continue to work on a deal for the £30M needed to keep the project alive.

January Sales start tomorrow
31 Dec - Evertonians are keenly awaiting the opening of the new transfer window and the expectation that Everton will be signing the likes of Ibrahim Said, Colin Healy, and possibly Brian McBride.

Blue Blood, a historical fanzine
31 Dec - George Orr has been producing this fanzine since before the beginning of last season.  It is an excellent read for those who have an interest in Everton past and present.  Buy the latest issue from George outside the Winslow before home games.

Gay Journo freaks over our Wayne
30 Dec - There can be no other explanation for this most bizarre and disgustingly shallow-minded of articles to date that Rooneymania has spawned.  Then again... it is from The Guardian.

Moyes has striker crisis
30 Dec - An injury to Kevin Campbell means he is doubtful for the visit of Manchester City on New Year's Day, leaving Radzinski and Rooney as the only fit strikers in Moyes's first-team squad.

Linderoth's pain continues
29 Dec - Planet Football are quoting Tobias Linderoth about his latest tale of woe regarding injuries, with his hamstring now giving him problems — and likely delaying any imminent return to first-team action.

Another suspension for Weir
29 Dec - A fifth yellow card for David Weir yesterday means that he will also miss the televised match at Spurs on 12 January with an automatic one-match ban.

Moyes: Persecution complex
26 Dec - David Moyes is becoming concerned about the wrong sort of attention his players are receiving at the hands of referees, and the kinds of decisions that are not being given against opposing teams. At this rate, David's straight-talking style is going to get him into trouble with the FA...

Rooney falls foul of ref's uncertainty
26 Dec - Wayne Rooney's determined attempt to win a 50/50 ball in hard challenge on Vickers was made all the worse by Savage's protestations, and will now cost him and Everton a three-match suspension, starting with the televised game at Spurs (which Gravesen also misses) on 12 January 2003. That's five red cards so far this season!

Problem with old match reports
26 Dec - A problem that was preventing the retreival of a number of last season's match reports has now been fixed and they should all be accessible again.  If you ever find that a page at ToffeeWeb does not load properly, please report it to us on our feedback page.

FA panel request Gerrard video
24 Dec - An FA panel will study video footage of Steven Gerrard's two-footed lunge on Gary Naysmith after match referee Graham Poll unsurpisingly missed the incident. If he is found guilty, he could face a fine or a ban — a spell in Barlinnie wouldn't be unfair treatment.

Osman to return in January
24 Dec - Leon Osman will return to Everton on 4 January after completing a very successful 3-month loan with Carlisle.  The promising young midfielder was voted Carlisle player of the month for October; will David Moyes give him a chance to be the creative midfielder we are crying out for?

Hibbert and Chadwick need ops
24 Dec - David Moyes has revealed that two of his young players need hernia operations to eradicate groin problems.  Both Tony Hibbert and reserve striker Nick Chadwick are expected to go under the surgeon's knife early in the New Year.

More Blueblood auction items
23 Dec - The Everton Former Players Foundation has commissioned a photo of inside Goodison Park, signed by Graeme Sharp, for auction on eBay.  Get your bids in for this and other autographed items and support the work of Blueblood.

Fifth yellow for Gravesen
23 Dec - A one-match ban is now looming for Tommy Gravesen after he picked up his 5th booking of the season, thanks to Mr Graham Poll.  Mad Dog will miss the televised game at Spurs on 12 January.

Pettinger joins Grimsby
23 Dec - Released by Everton in September, young goalie Andrew Pettinger has now joined Grimsby Town on an 18-month contract after being on trial for a number of weeks.

Dixie Dean statue vandalised
22 Dec - The club is refraining from blaming Liverpool supporters for the pathetic act of vandalism which saw the Dixie Dean statue at Goodison Park daubed in red paint. The statue has since been cleaned up but left Everton's Head of Corporate Affairs seething with anger, saying “This is a disgusting and disrespectful act".

The boy from Brazil
22 Dec - A lot of the tricks Wayne Rooney uses on the pitch were learned playing Futebol de Salao. Or so says Simon Clifford who introduced the same techniques to Michael Owen. There's derby talk in there as well.

Stubbs on Rooney's dress sense
21 Dec - OK, so it isn't all about Rooney's penchant for long coats, but a lengthy article in the Times takes you into the changing rooms and out, while keeping tomorrow's game firmly in focus. The derby is being hyped-up in Asia as well!

Those comparisons again
21 Dec - It seems the journos (even respectable ones like David Lacey in the Guardian) just can't resist making comparisons. So how many times have you heard that David Moyes reminds people of another Scottish manager of a different hue? A junior hack does it much better here.

Caged tiger likely to start on bench
21 Dec - Reading between the lines suggests David Moyes is going to keep Rooney on the bench for the derby. Another article in the Telegraph suggests much the same.

Kings Dock gets closer
20 Dec - The latest noise emerging from the club is that the deal could even be clinched today. Don't bet the mortgage on it, but Everton could be about to bet all their properties on it! Read more in the linked Daily Post article.

Rooney vs. Owen - more derby hype
20 Dec - In this BBC article, Graeme Sharp says Rooney has some way to go before he matches Michael Owen's feats to date. This Reuters article doesn't throw any new light on the subject but makes similar comparisons. Another BBC article turns the focus on David Moyes and this one on the two boys.

Kenwright: we're both on a mission
20 Dec - Bill Kenwright says he is not surprised at the success David Moyes has brought to the club. "I feel I am on my own mission at this club and I believe he is doing the same."

Old boys focus on derby
20 Dec - Football Focus hosted an early Christmas lunch at which three players from either side of the divide reminisced about their derby memories. See what they had to say on BBC1 Saturday 21 December 1210-1300 GMT.

Pires: Everton have a real chance
19 Dec - The Arsenal maestro and Football Writers' Player of the Year says Everton are one of three teams that could stop them winning the championship this year. The other two? Man United and Chelsea!

Off again, On again
19 Dec - At the risk of putting our readers to sleep, the BBC says the Kings Dock project looks like a goer!

Win tickets to the Man City game
19 Dec - icNorthwest is giving away two tickets to the match against Manchester City on New Year's Day. Answer a simple question before noon (GMT) 23 December and the tickets could be yours.

POTM - December
18 Dec - We asked you to pick one hero from a whole squad full for the month of November and the results are in. Click here to find out which player has won his second POTM award of the season.

Said talks, Pape returns to France
18 Dec - Ibrahim Said could be the next new face at Goodison when the transfer window opens. David Moyes has been talking to the Egyptian player's agent. Meanwhile, the Official Site reports that Senegalese midfielder Pape Sarr has returned to Lens following his 2-day trial.

A shift of power?
18 Dec - In this article about derby games, Richard Williams in the Guardian asks (if Everton win) "would we be justified in talking about a shift of power, or even a regime change?"

Derby inducements
18 Dec - Richard Wright wanted to be absolutely sure he would play in the derby on Sunday. He didn't want the small matter of his wife giving birth to their second child getting in the way, so the couple had the baby induced early!

Reserves frozen out by 'Boro
17 Dec - 585 hardy souls braved freezing temperatures as Everton's second string went down 2-0 to Middlesbrough at the Halton Stadium. Report from Steve Milne.

Unsworth loses appeal
17 Dec - Some things don't change...  The FA video review panel voted 2-1 against rescinding David Unsworth's red card against Chelsea.  He will now miss the next four games.

Chinese Philosophy
17 Dec - Recognition from Reuters of what Li Tie and Li Wei Feng have achieved so far at Everton, and more positive press about the manager David Moyes.

Train of thought
17 Dec - The juicy prospect of this weekend's derby is rightfully occupying our frontal lobes, but how about this for a Chrimbo prezzie that's a little bit different: a fine print of the famous Everton steam loco — or better yet, a working model from Hornby!

The countdown begins
17 Dec - Henry Winter begins the countdown to the match of the season so far with a good (if a little red-centric) article in the Telegraph. He says, "Even Sky couldn't over-hype this one".

Window approaches and rumours fly
17 Dec - We don't usually highlight transfer rumours, not least because David Moyes has said there is no money in the coffers. However, the Guardian seems pretty certain Colin Healy is coming our way from Celtic in a cut-price deal when the transfer window opens in January.

BBC Goal of the Week
16 Dec - He's done it again. The BBC website picks Rooney's goal against Blackburn as its Goal of the Week.

The hype starts afresh
16 Dec - While David Moyes is trying to keep a lid on things (see this article from the BBC), the press starts the hype all over again. In addition to the Telegraph story linked above, here's a Rooney article masquerading as a match report in the Independent.

Sitting Pretty
15 Dec - Everton stay in fourth place, one above Liverpool, going into next Sunday's derby, thanks to an opening goal from Sunderland's Gavin McCann, who later squandered a penalty.  But a late goal from Proctor condemned the horrible reds to a welcome 2-1 defeat.

Ouch! Gerrard returns crocked
14 Dec - Paul Gerrard has had his loan to Ipswich terminated early due to a freak injury during training. Joe Royle gave the painful details, "It was literally in the closing moments of the training session. Paul turned awkwardly and the kneecap just popped out". Ouch indeed!

In defence of Rooney
14 Dec - In this article in the Telegraph, Paul Hayward calls time on the pathetic and overblown criticism Wayne Rooney has been attracting since his appearance on TV last Sunday.

Old boy Stephen Hughes goes nowhere
14 Dec - He came from Arsenal with plenty of promise but left for Watford on a free transfer. Stephen Hughes's injury-blighted career at Watford has come to an end after his contract was terminated through mutual agreement.

Rodrigo pencils in return date
13 Dec - Juliano Rodrigo, currently undergoing rehabilitation in Brazil, has been told by his doctors that they expect him to be back in action by the end of January.

No Moore Joe-Max
12 Dec - Joe-Max Moore will wave goodbye to Merseyside tomorrow when he returns to the United States after three years at Goodison Park. Everton decided not to extend his contract and the 31 year-old goes home as a free agent, although he has had reported interest from the English First Division and the MLS.

Irvine is loving every minute
12 Dec - More than anything Alan Irvine wanted David Moyes's assurance that should he come to Everton, they would be working on the players' strengths and weaknesses on the training ground. He says that's exactly how it has turned out and he's enjoying every minute.

Wei Feng flies home
12 Dec - Li Wei Feng has flown home to China to recover from a "troublesome" nose injury sustained in the reserves match at Aston Villa.

Rooney contract talks imminent
11 Dec - As of midnight on Thursday, Wayne Rooney's contract with his current agent expires and he will sign on with Paul Stretford's Proactive agency. Talks with Everton over his professional contract are expected to begin before Christmas.

Linderoth resumes training
11 Dec - David Moyes has been boosted by the return to training of Tobias Linderoth this week. Although there is no projected return to action for the Swede, the fact that he is near recovery will be good news for the depleted midfield.

Tie awarded the wrong type of goal
11 Dec - Li Tie has been accredited with his first goal in English football, but at the wrong end. The FA have decided that Newcastle's last-minute winner at St James' Park was not Craig Bellamy's but an own goal by Li.

Unsworth appeal begins
10 Dec - Everton have launched their appeal against David Unsworth's red card in the Chelsea game. With Chelsea winger Jesper Gronkjaer saying he will support any appeal Unsworth could get lucky, though David Moyes's strong words about the referee can hardly have helped matters.

Blues to trial young Scot
10 Dec - Stirling Albion's highly-regarded goalkeeper, Iain Turner, will a week-long trial Bellefield next week as David Moyes assesses his suitability. Manchester United have run a keen eye over the 18 year-old in recent months.

Player of the Month
9 Dec - The results for October are in and we have a deserving POTM winner — and, no, you didn't take the obvious choice! It's time also to take the impossible challenge of picking the man of November from a team of heroes that won every game that month. Click here to vote.

Shrews contemplate venue switch
9 Dec - Shrewsbury Town are apparently pondering whether to play next month's FA Cup tie at Goodison Park in order to boost gate revenue. Manager Kevin Ratcliffe, however, is against the idea, believing that his side have what it takes to cause an upset at Gay Meadow, which holds 8,000.

Moyes to report referee
9 Dec - In this article in the The Telegraph David Moyes is quoted as saying he is going to report Eddie Wolstenhome for his performance at Goodison Park on Saturday. It'll be interesting to see how the FA reacts to it.

Everton to take on Rats' Shrewsbury
8 Dec - David Moyes will take Everton to Gay Meadow — where he played early in his playing career — to take on ex-Blue Kevin Ratcliffe's Shrewsbury Town in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup. Ties are to be played over the weekend of January 4th.

Rhino red card for 'violent conduct'
7 Dec - Citing the use of David Unsworth's knee in the infamous touchline tussle with Jesper Gronkjaer, referee Wolstenholme explains his reasons for treating the two protagonists differently. He also said he'd review the decision if needed. Mr Moyes thinks it is.

The fat lady still ain't singing
5 Dec - Everton have been given an extension -- the BBC says 4 weeks, The Echo says 3 -- to the deadline (was there ever one?) to prove they have the finances for their part in the Kings Dock project. Bill Kenwright is reportedly preparing a new £35m package that would avoid the need for Paul Gregg's "reverse mortgage" proposal.

Moyes is the pick of the bunch
5 Dec - It has now been officially announced that David Moyes has been named Manager of the Month for November, but that award's jinx has already struck as the defeats at Newcastle and at Chelsea prove.

Player of the Month
4 Dec - We have a winner for September — and a welcome return to the fans hearts it is too for an idol on whom we had almost given up — and we're also taking votes for October.

You ain't seen nothing yet!
4 Dec - Joseph Yobo insists that he has a lot more to offer and we are yet to see him at his best. He is certainly part of a defence that Bobby Robson thinks could win him the league if they played for Newcastle.

Moore in limbo
3 Dec - He still has a contract that runs until the end of the season, but no work permit. Joe-Max Moore says that Everton were trying to help him by not applying for a renewal of his permit!

Yobo agrees deal and wins award
3 Dec - Joseph Yobo has agreed personal terms with Everton and his transfer from Olympique Marseille will be ratified when the transfer window opens in January. He has also picked up the PFA Fans' Player-of-the-Month Award for November.

Did Yobo have to be sent off?
3 Dec - OK, so elsewhere on this site we say Yobo had to go because he was the last man, but in this article in The Guardian David Lacey makes some good points about a similar incident involving Sol Campbell. David Moyes would agree with the sentiments.

EFC: Kings Dock not dead yet
2 Dec - Everton Football Club insist that the Kings Dock project is not dead in the Mersey. The Liverpool Echo says the deadline to raise the 35m pounds needed is this Friday.

'Come on feel the Moyes'
2 Dec - Another feel-good article to wipe away the gloom of yesterday's Toon loss.  The only surprise in this article is how long it has taken for someone to come up with that headline!

Songs of Praise on a Sunday Morning
1 Dec - There are a plethora of articles in the papers about Everton just now. In the Independent article linked above, David Moyes compares the current situation at Everton with Valencia a few years back. The Telegraph also sings the praises, as does The Observer.

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