[Season Diary]

October 2002

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 October 2002

Due to an unfortunate but catastrophic database error, the news data for October was lost. We will be working to restore most of the stories over the coming weeks. Thanks for you patience.

News Headlines & Features

Rooney wonder strike ends Arsenal run
19 Oct - Teenage star Wayne Rooney scored a spectacular 90th minute winner to bring Arsenal's 30-match unbeaten run to a screeching halt at Goodison Park. The 16 year-old, who had came on as a second-half substitute in the 80th minute, plucked a high ball from Thomas Gravesen out of the air, turned and then despatched a curling shot past David Seaman in off the bar to score his first league goal, become the youngest Everton player to score in the league and the youngest to score in the Premiership. Earlier, Freddie Ljungberg had accepted a gift from the Blues defence to make it 1-0 after 7 minutes but his effort was cancelled out by Thomas Radzinski's 22nd-minute equaliser.

Dunc needs another Op
10 Oct - Everton have confirmed rumours that Duncan Ferguson will be taking time off during the break in the Premiership programme to have an operation on his sciatic nerve, as this is now believed to be the cause of the back problem which has kept him out of action at the start of the season. He is expected to be out of action for a further 6 weeks, a risk the club's medical staff are prepared to take if it means it will clear up his back complaint.

Same old, same old at Old Trafford
7 Oct - Everton battled through 85 minutes with a superb rear-guard action before succumbing to the all-too familiar flood of Manchester United goals in the final five minutes. Paul Scholes broke the deadlock when he fired home from six yards before David Weir's stark lack of pace was again exposed and he was adjudged to have pulled down Solskjaer. Weir was red-carded, Van Nistelrooy drove home the spot kick and Scholes rocketed home the third in stoppage time to complete the scoring. Everton, undone by poor distribution and lack of edge in the final third had held their own up until then, substitute Wayne Rooney coming closest with a wonderful run and shot that was saved by Barthez.
Belated report by Lyndon Lloyd

Moyes working a mini revolution
6 Oct - Nice to read some positive press about Everton emanating from the ESPN/Soccernet site and their usually troublesome Daily Mail hacks.  This one provides another encouraging synopsis of the new mood at Goodison since the arrival of David Moyes, qualified coach and dedicated manager of Everton Football Club.

4 Oct - Since the Premier League came into being 10 years ago, Everton's worst record has been against Manchester United, a team we haven't beaten since that euphoric day in May 1995.  We take a look at our miserable record against United and suggest that, with the positivity and tenacity instilled in the team by David Moyes, now more than at any time since the Cup Final triumph, Everton may be equipped to give the Red Devils a game for once. 

Renaissance Man
3 Oct - Seemingly just a washed-up financial millstone around the club's neck a few months ago, Kevin Campbell is undergoing something of a rebirth at Everton with 6 goals in 9 games so far this season. Finally exhibiting something resembling full fitness, the man dubbed "Super Kev" is once again leading both the Everton line and the team's scoring chart.

Two-goal Rooney grabs the headlines
1 Oct - Duncan Ferguson played his first football of the season after coming on as a second-half sub, but it was Wayne Rooney who stole the limelight with his first senior goals for Everton as David Moyes's men eased into the 3rd Round of the Worthington Cup.  Kevin Campbell (who else?) opened the scoring after 25 minutes but Lee Trundle rattled the bar with a 20-yd effort after half time as Wrexham threatened.  But, with 8 mins to go, Rooney (who had come on for Radzinski) pounced, and he scored again in the last minute after a brief interruption by a pitch invasion to seal Everton's passage to the next round.



Snippets & Rumours

Rooney dazzles for England U-19s
10 Oct - Wayne Rooney played the first half for England Under-19s against Yugoslavia at Kidderminster, in a 2-2 draw.  Some of his touches and exhibited skills were sublime.

Match dates fixed
9 Oct - Dates for the upcoming games against Leeds (3 Nov), Newcastle (6 Nov), and Blackburn (17 Nov) have now been confirmed by the club.

McMahon chasing Clarke and Southern
9 Oct - Blackpool manager Steve McMahon has expressed a keen desire to make the loan moves of Peter Clarke and Keith Southern permanent.  Can Everton really afford to pass up these young talents?

Smith on the lookout!
9 Oct - Football clubs throughout Britain and Europe have been alerted to the fact that Walter Smith is now ready to return to football management...

Everton to Appeal Weir's Red Card
8 Oct - Although David Moyes does not sound too hopeful, Everton are reportedly planning to appeal David Weir's red card that will probably see him miss the game at West Ham on 27 October.

Sunderland sacrifice Peter Reid
7 Oct - Hardly much of a surprise on top of Sunderland's poor form recently, Peter Reid was finally sacked from the manager's hotseat at the Sadium of Light.

Victor Meldrew reports...
7 Oct - In his relentless pursuit of The Truth about Kings Dock, Mikey Blue Eyes provides a painfully circuitous and obfuscatory report on the Bluekipper website of his recent interview with Liverpool Council leader, Mike Storey, and his sidekick, Charlie Parker.  There will be a test afterwards...

Dreaming in Blue
7 Oct - Brian Viner writes a good line or two on behalf of many Evertonians in today's Independent; it's all part of the build-up to tonight's big game!

Hibbert and Clarke in England U-21s
6 Oct - Tony Hibbert gets his first call-up to David Platt's England Under-21 squad, where he will team up with Peter Clarke, who is still on loan with Blackpool.

Harvey's boys win again
5 Oct - Another winning performance saw Colin Harvey's Under-19s make further consolidation after their poor start to the season, with a 1-0 win over Wolves.  Steve Milne was there.

Branch on the move again
5 Oct - After failing to make the grade at Wolves, Michael Branch is being farmed out on loan to Third Division Hull City, with Wolves unable to shift the 23-year-old ex-Everton starlet off their transfer list.

Tough Worthington Cup Draw
5 Oct - Everton will play Newcastle United at St James Park in the 3rd Round of the Worthington League Cup.  Ties (one leg, sudden death; extra-time and penalties as necessary) will be played on 5 or 6 November.

Rodrigo eyes return in...
4 Oct - ... February!  Today's non-news includes an anticipated return for the Brazilian that is at least four months away... although Steve Watson's return is apparently somewhat closer.  And other dubious news sources predict Lee Wilkie joining Everton in three months' time... Ho hum.

Leon Osman goes on loan
3 Oct - David Moyes has sanctioned the departure of another young Everton Reserve player on loan, with Leon Osman joining Third Division Carlise for one month.  Is he merely gaining valuable competitive experience? Or do the words attributed to Moyes that there are no more promising youngsters coming through have some bearing on this???

Xavier's viral woes continue
3 Oct - Often laid low by mysterious ailments of a viral nature during his mixed sojourn at Goodison, Abel Xavier has now succumbed to another mystery virus at Anfield!

A spot of fan trouble
2 Oct - Seven Everton fans may be in trouble after their pitch-long run for safety on Tuesday night when scuffles erupted among Wrexham fans following Wayne Rooney's first goal for Everton.

Rooney fever gets a boost
2 Oct - It was to be expected that Rooney's historic record-breaking first goals for Everton would trigger adulation, speculation and anticipation concerning Rocket Rooney and his Everton future, as in this piece from Reuters.

Auf Weir dersehen, Berti!
1 Oct - After being blamed by Berti Vogts for Scotland's embarrassing draw in the Faroes, David Weir has informed the Scottish FA that he has no desire to play for the foreseeable future -- i.e. not while Vogts is in charge.

2001/02 Geek Title Winners
1 Oct - According to Keynote Systems' survey of the Premiership clubs' official websites, on average Everton's loaded the fastest of all last season. Who knew? So far this season, evertonfc.tv is third, with West Ham leading the way.

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