[Season Diary]

September 2002

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 September 2002

News Headlines & Features

Waiting for Yobo
30 Sep - Following his excellent debut at the weekend, this article from The Telegraph provides a potted history of Joseph Yobo since his exploits in the World Cup and how David Moyes snapped up the young Nigerian from under the noses of some of Europe's biggest clubs.  The article includes some excellent highlights from his performance against Fulham, where his influence on the leaky Everton defence helped secure only their second clean sheet of the season.

Blues Get Back on Track
28 Sep - After 44 minutes of turgid football, Everton exploded into life on the stroke of half time when Mark Pembridge's inch-perfect cross was met with the head of Kevin Campbell who flicked his 5th goal of the season past Edwin van der Saar to break the deadlock.  Less than a minute later, Thomas Gravesen took aim from 25 yards and belted home the second to make it 2-0 at the interval.  In the second half, Radzinski hit the post twice in as many minutes as the Blues threatened to extend their advantage.   Joseph Yobo made his long-awaited debut and did well by all accounts.

Everton announce new Academy plans
26 Sep - After a long time in the planning stages, Everton today announced plans to finally build a state-of-the-art Youth Academy and training facility that will also serve the first team.  It will be located in Halewood, and carries a price tag of around 9M.

Yobo figures in key Reserves win
24 Sep - Joseph Yobo featured alongside some other key members of Everton's Premiership squad (but not Duncan Ferguson!) in a Resevers match at Halton Stadium tonight that had a rip-roaring second half, with Leon Osman finally scoring in the 89th minute after the City goalie had been sent off!

23 Sep - Colm Kavanagh reacts to the weekend's events at Villa Park with a sense of frustration at the evidence that we are to suffer yet again another difficult season as David Moyes struggles to make something worthwhile out of the rabble of players Walter Smith bequeathed to him.

Villa jinx persists unabated
22 Sep - Despite a valiant second-half rally, in which Radzinski and Campbell scored excellent goals, Everton failed to deliver the coup de grace at Villa Park and paid the ultimate price when sub Dion Dublin scrambled home a poor winner after well-struck (if avoidable) goals by Lee Hendrie early in each half had given Villa a commanding lead following a first half during which Everton's ability to play the most abysmal football was painfully exemplified.  Report by Julian Cashen.

Long haul back for Ferguson
19 Sep - Although Duncan Ferguson played a full 90 minutes for the Reserves at Birmingham, David Moyes has warned that the big man is still not physically fit and has a long way to go before he can be considered ready to face the rigours of a Premiership match.

David Moyes: six months on...
17 Sep - David Moyes was able to celebrate six months at Everton with a vital win against the odds at the weekend, earned with a good slice of luck bolstering his Scottish canniness along the way.  Colm Kavanagh takes a good look at what has happened to Everton over that spell, and to some other clubs that would until recently have been considered our peers...

Best laid plans...
16 Sep - The unlikely win over Middlesbrough at the weekend has restored some of the Blues' pre-season optimism and will, hopefully, put Everton's season back on track. Lyndon Lloyd takes a brief look at the team's progress after the opening 6 games and suggests that with better finishing and some pace at the back, David Moyes presides over a highly capable team that has the opportunity to shine with some testing games around the corner.

Campbell double earns priceless win
14 Sep - Everton came from behind at Goodison Park to give their season a much-needed shot in the arm with a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough.  Kevin Campbell, whom many felt had lost his scoring touch, scored a goal in each half as David Moyes's side picked themselves up after two dismal away defeats.  After 10 minutes, however, a third loss looked on the cards when Nemeth fired home for 'Boro but Campbell followed up when Tomasz Radzinski hit the post to equalise and it was his glancing header off a Thomas Gravesen corner 13 mins from time that sealed the points.  Reports from Steve Bickerton and Richard Marland.

Where is it going wrong?
12 Sep - A second defeat has brought the clouds rolling in on the new dawn that Everton were meant to be experiencing this season, and put egg on the faces of all the fans who looked at the early fixtures arrogantly assuming that these games would be points in the bag.  Steve Hili has some more detailed concerns, and believes David Moyes is not without blame for what is turning rapidly into a very poor start to our 100th season in the top flight.

Glimmers fade on Everton's new dawn
11 Sep - Everton's positive start to the season is going the same as a year ago as David Moyes's injury-ravaged side succumbed to their second successive defeat.  David Weir's apparent 73rd-minute foul on Marian Pahars prompted a dubious penalty to the home side and the Latvian forward picked himself up to put the spot kick away past Paul Gerrard who was deputising for injured pair Richard Wright and Steve Simonsen.  Up front, the Blues were again profligate in front of goal, finding themselves frustrated by Paul Jones in the Saints goal. Report from Jonathan Martin

Weir made the scapegoat
9 Sep - Davey Weir has come in for quite a bit of flak over the rather, er, disappointing performance by Scotland in their 2-2 draw with the Faroes.  But over at the Everton website, Graeme Sharp reckons it is a bit unfair to single out the Everton captain, although to argue based on his past record and Everton form seems somewhat spurious.  Perhaps he just had a bad game?

Naysmith sounds like an Evertonian
8 Sep - Some fine words from another Scotsman, Gary Naysmith, in the most appropriate organ for encouraging talk about Everton and David Moyes The Scotsman on Sunday.  Injuries may have played havoc with Naysmith's determined efforts to progress at Everton and with Scotland but he seems to know which side his bread is buttered... although its not entirely clear what exactly that final sentence means?

Yobo will be introduced slowly
7 Sep - David Moyes has been talking about how he plans to introduce Joseph Yobo into the Premiership cauldron.  The 21-year-old Nigerian World Cup defender is finally fit after getting badly injured in his first game for Everton a pre-season friendly.  He played the full 90 minutes for the Reserves against Manachester United during the week, and is expected to be named among the subs at Southampton on Wednesday.

100 seasons in the top flight
6 Sep - The ToffeeWeb Editor offers up an explanation of why we should be celebrating 100 seasons of Everton playing top-flight football, and not the incorrect 100 years the club erroneously chose to vaunt.  Everton have actually been in the top flight for 111 years and, due to a strange double quirk of fate, have been Champions for 20 of those years.

The man with the quals
4 Sep - David Moyes is the only British manager of a Premiership club who has the Uefa Professional Licence, football's leading qualification for coaches.  The other four Premiership managers with Pro licences are foriegn.  As of next season, all Premiership mangers will need to have a Pro Licence, or the FA Coaching Diploma, which is awarded by dint of experience.

The Three Disgraces?
2 Sep - In this hard-hitting article, Tony Wooly uses the latest uncertainties at the highest levels in Everton FC to present some scathing criticisms of the club's directors and senior management.  Poor corporate organization and an inadequate full-time team for day-to-day management are pinpointed as factors continuing to hold Everton back from becoming a great club again, and could threaten the holy grail that is the Kings Waterfront Project.

4-3-3 or 4-4-2?
1 Sep - Chris Kirwan's latest piece on his Dixie's Sixty column questions David Moyes's tinkering with the Everton team formation.  While he may be correct that a fixed 4-4-2 formation could lead to greater stability, he is wrong about our abundance of strikers: most of them are injured.  Also, is it really wise to point up Alexandersson's performance on Championship Manager???  Is Chris having trouble distinguishing fiction from reality?



Snippets & Rumours

Pembridge doubtful
30 Sep - The Official Everton website reports that Mark Pembridge could miss the Worthington Cup clash at Wrexham with an eye problem.

Young Scottish keeper in for training
29 Sep - Scott Shearer is the young 'keeper for Scottish Third Division outfit Albion Rovers and he will be at Bellefield this week, training under Chris Woods....

Lincoln link-up come unlinked?
29 Sep - Remember the hoopla that Everton and Third-Division Lincoln City were forming some sort of undefined link-up?  Lincoln City chairman Rob Bradley provides this explanation of the partnership's rocky history in the Linconshire Echo.

"Booted Out!" moans Blomqvist
27 Sep - Jesper Blomqvist has been blabbing to the Daily Express about how awful it was for Everton to give him the boot (actually, not renewing his contract) at the end of last season.  Since joining Charlton, Jesper has made one sub appearance in a 3-0 defeat against Arsenal...

Yobo eyes Fulham debut
27 Sep - Joseph Yobo believes he is ready to face the rigours of Premiership football by making his long-awaited debut against Fulham after three successful outings in the reserves.  That'll be him warming the bench then...

Watson still suffering
26 Sep - Steve Watson suffered a groin strain just 10 minutes into Tuesday's reserves game against Manchester City and will now be sidelined a little longer while he misses more first-team action.

Moyes may dump Ferguson
26 Sep - There are still over three months of football before the transfer window opens but that doesn't seem to be enough to stop some crazy transfer speculation, and from people at The Independent, who ought to know better.

Ominous signs that Clarke will leave
25 Sep - Amid whispered rumurs that David Moyes does not rate his highly regarded young England youth defender Peter Clarke (despite preventing him from becoming cup-tied at loan club Blackpool), it appears from this piece that Clarke is laying the groundwork for a permanent move to the Seasiders.

ITV's coverage a disgrace
24 Sep - Many people have commented that ITV's coverage of the Premiership also-rans on their Match of the Day replacement is abysmal.  Fan Jamie McDine had this to say.

Yobo to make Reserves run-out?
24 Sep - There is strong expectation that Joseph Yobo will make an appearance with Everton Reserves against Manchester City tonight, potentially giving David Moyes some more options for patching up his leaky Premiership defence.  But </>Big Dunc misses out.

Campbell among the top scorers
23 Sep - With four goals so far, Kevin Campbell has worked his way up to 5th position in the list of top goalscorers in the Premiership so far this season.

The Great Call of China
22 Sep - This article in The Independent perpetuates the new sports quiz answer that Everton are the most popular team in the world thanks to massive exposure in China after the signing of Li Ti and Li Weifeng on loan.

The Good, the Bad..
21 Sep - In the Nationwide League today, Peter Clarke scored for his loan club, Blackpool, while Danny Cadamarteri was sent off for Bradford against Burnley with a straight red card for violent conduct.

Wright or Not?
20 Sep - David Moyes is being typically cagey about whether or not Richard Wright will return as first-choice goalkeeper aginst Villa, with Gerrard probably having done enough in recent games to retain his place.

Reserves edged out by Brum
18 Sep - Nick Chadwick scored twice and Steve Watson grabbed a third as Everton's Reserves led three times at Birmingham City, only for the home side to win 4-3 with four second-half goals.  Messers Wright and Ferguson both played the full 90 mins.  Report from Steve Milne

Dunne gets a reprieve
18 Sep - Man City have backed off from terminating Richard Dunne's contract, fining him two weeks' salary instead and putting him on a special training program.

Schumacher in England U19 squad
17 Sep - Everton youngster Stephen Schumacher has been included in theEngland U-19 squad to play Hungary next week, but Wayne Rooney is rested considering he is now playing regular Premiership football.

Rodrigo crocked
17 Sep - The news about Juliano Rodrigo is as bad as it gets: a ruptured cruciate knee ligament, ending feint hopes that he could add some Brazilian flair to Everton's attack.  He will no doubt be out of action for a number of months.

Duo back in training
16 Sep - Duncan Ferguson and Joe-Max Moore are back in training as each tries to recover their match fitness after long lay-offs for both strikers; they may play for the Reserves in midweek at Birmingham City.

Gordon Lee remembers
16 Sep - A short piece in the Telegraph on the current whereabouts of Gordon Lee, and his most abiding memory of a life in football.

Man City suspend Richard Dunne
15 Sep - Former Everton defender Richard Dunne, who had a few run-ins with Walter Smith before being sold to Man City two years ago, has got himself into more trouble with a serious breach of club discipline.

Back to the Racecourse
14 Sep - Everton have been handed a trip to Wrexham in the Worthington League Cup Second Round, a repeat of the pre-season friendly back in August.  The tie will take place on Tuesday 1 October Kick-off: 7:45pm.

Friday the 13th???
13 Sep - Everton's remarkably bad luck with injuries continued today with the news that Juliano Rodrigo may have sustained knee-ligament damage when he fell awkwardly during training at Bellefield today.

Ferguson's back problem terminal?
11 Sep - After Duncan Ferguson preferred not to have a second injection to help him overcome a chronic problem with his back, fears are rife that this could signal the impending end of his injury-ravaged career.

Yobo not expected to play
10 Sep - The reality of a new injury crisis at Everton is beginning to sink in after Joseph Yobo has sustained a 'freak' training ground injury.  How in earth is the ball hitting your ankle considered a freak event in training?  (No answers required...)

Eaton signs for Macclesfield
10 Sep - David Eaton, another Everton youngster who worked his way through the Academy to play in the Reserves but failed to make the grade, has now signed for Macclesfield after being released by the club during the summer.

Newcastle game on telly
10 Sep - Everton's game at Newcastle has been switched to Sunday 1 December and will be televised on Premiership Plus, live at 2pm.  Full List of televised Everton games.

Joe-Max Moore's injury problems
9 Sep - Joe-Max Moore has been out of action since sustaining a knee injury during last summer's World Cup campaign, and he looks set to stay on the sidelines for some time yet.

Seamus O'Rooney?
8 Sep - If you thought that the Silly Season was over, thanks to the new transfer window, think again.  TribalFootball (and the Sunday People) seem to have come up with a classic in thinking that Rooney could choose to become an Irish International...

Internationals in action
7 Sep - Everton players featured in a number of today's internationals: Gravesen laid on the first goal for Denmark against Norway; Pembridge was booked for Wales against Finland; Carsley was on the subs bench for Ireland in Moscow; Weir played for Scotalnd in their 2-2 draw with the Faroes...

Pettinger leaves Everton
6 Sep - A brief sentence buried in this article states that Andrew Pettinger once a highly rated young goalkeeper who briefy wore the Number 25 shirt at Everton, but never actually played at senior level has left the club "by mutual consent."  Surely not another Chris Woods casualty???

Clarke kept out of cup tie
5 Sep - In an encourgaing move for Everton's future, the Club have refused Blackpool permission for Peter Clarke (who is on loan from Everton) to play for them in the Worthington Cup.  However, the ban does not apply to fellow loan player, Keith Southern.

Tal transfer goes through
5 Sep - Idan Tal's transfer to Rayo Vallecano has been completed after Fifa intervened and ensured that the FA gave international clearance for the deal to be completed.

Naysmith out of Scotland squad
5 Sep - An ankle injury will keep Gary Naysmith out of the Scotland squad for this weekend's Euro 2004 Qualifier in the Faroes.  Scot Gemmill has also been told he will not be needed.

Wright's wrist is alright
4 Sep - So says the new phyiso, Mick Rathbone, after ordering a second scan on Richard Wright's sore hand and arm, as a result of Gavin McCann's clumsy clash some weeks ago...

Reserves beat Man Utd
4 Sep - Everton's strong reserve team finally prevailed against Mancester United tonight, beating them 1-0 with a late goal from Leon Osman as a number of key first-team players worked their way back to or tried to maintain match fitness.  Report from Steve Milne

New ToffeeWeb Forum
3 Sep - There are some, er, 'technical' problems with the People's Forum, so we have set up a new webboard at boardhost.com, if you are interested.

Tal off to sunny Spain... or not?
2 Sep - Idan Tal was on the point of being offloaded to La Liga outfit Rayo Vallecano as their transfer deadline was extended through Monday.  However, it seems the transfer failed to get internatonal clearance from the FA, so he may still be ours!  Everton are awaiting a ruling from Fifa...

Pembridge in Welsh Squad
2 Sep - Despite suffering a bad bout of stomach flu that saw hi lose 7 lbs, Mark Pembridge has joined the Welsh Squad in preparation for next Saturday's European Championship qualifier in Finland.

Wright-Phillips escapes ban
2 Sep - As widely expected, Shaun Wright-Phillips of Man City has had his red card rescinded to a caution after the referee came perilously close to admitting he actually made a mistake, saying in his match report that it was not a sending-off offence.  Go figure...

New Physio from Preston
2 Sep - David Moyes has persuaded another of his backroom boys from Preston to make the switch to Everton.  Physiotherapist Mike Rathbone joins Everton after the clubs agreed a compensation package.

Clarke in England U-21 Squad
2 Sep - Peter Clarke, who is playing well for Blackpool in his extended loan spell, has been picked by David Platt to be part of the England Under-21 squad for their game against Yugoslavia at Bolton on Friday.

Gemmill needs match practise
1 Sep - David Moyes has asked the Scotland manager Berti Vogts to allow Scot Gemmill to play for Everton Reserves against Man Utd on Wednesday, in his bid to regain match fitness.

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