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'The Things We Do For Love' – Janet Royle

Becky Tallentire
A re-post for Christmas of the chapter from the 2004 book Real Footballers' Wives, featuring Janet Royle, wife of Everton playing legend and former manager Joe.

Initials T.G. – Researching Tommy Jones, The Prince of Centre-Halves

Rob Sawyer
William Ralph “Dixie” Dean sits unchallenged as the king of Goodison Park. Joining him in the Royal Blue dynasty is the Prince of Centre Halves: Thomas George Jones. Tommy, as his friends knew him, was so famous in his pomp for Everton and Wales that he was known merely by his initials - T.G.

Strictly business? Goals not love will be lost if Lukaku leaves

Lyndon Lloyd
There has been adulation for Lukaku’s feats in an Everton jersey but not as much genuine love and affection and the feeling appears to have been mutual from a player who is all business.

No room for sentimentality at Barkley's crossroads

Lyndon Lloyd
At one stage an Academy starlet destined to emulate Wayne Rooney's success but for Everton instead, Ross Barkley finds himself in an awkward situation this summer.

Farewell, Arouna — we hardly knew you

Lyndon Lloyd
As arguably the most uncomfortable legacy of Roberto Martinez’s tenure returns to the club following his loan spell with Hull City, another of the Spaniard’s less successful acquisitions prepares to leave Everton after four unproductive years.

Harry Williams – Death of a Mascot

Rob Sawyer
Aside from the iconic Toffee Lady, Everton supporters in the 1930s also possessed two unofficial mascots. Harry Williams of Westminster Road, Kirkdale, was one.

What Everton need to take the next step this summer

Gary McCarty
With a strong squad that’s been bolstered by enigmatic youngsters over the season, Everton look primed to take that next step and challenge for higher standing, but what do they need to do in the summer to achieve this?

Four players who should leave Everton in the summer

Gary McCarty
Evertonians will be hoping that the club are planning some major signings, which means that some of the current squad players will have to leave.

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

Gary McCarty
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?

32 Years, 32 Seconds: My Delirious Goodison Pilgrimage

Mike Gaynes
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

“Even After All These Years” – Pat Labone

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

Neville Southall – The Winding Road from Winsford to Goodison

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

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

Lyndon Lloyd
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.

Joseph Davies, the Welsh International from Shropshire

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rob Sawyer
[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.

Talking Blue – Alex Young

Becky Tallentire
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.

"I Felt Like I Belonged There" – Nancy Young

Becky Tallentire
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.

Charlie Leyfield – Everton, Wales and England

Rob Sawyer
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
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
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
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.

Winter window represents measured reconstruction

Lyndon Lloyd
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
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
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.

Time to celebrate something

Mark Cuddy
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.

Keys and Warmby — The Duo from Derby

Tony Onslow
The story of Jack Keys and William Warmby who played for Everton during the club's first season in the inaugural Football League

The Last Reserves of Patience

Lyndon Lloyd
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.

Consistently Inconsistent

Lyndon Lloyd
Yannick Bolasie's ACL hammer blow has sharpened focus on the three remaining wingers whom Koeman has been rotating for weeks searching for reliability

Koeman may need fresh approach to solve lingering problems

Lyndon Lloyd
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.

Jack Cock – Scorer, Singer, Soldier, Superstar

Rob Sawyer
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.

Straight Talk and Candour are Part of the Koeman Package

Alan Myers
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.

James Gourley of Everton and Morton

Tony Onslow
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
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
Can Ronald Koeman get the most out of his mercurial £30m buy?

Moshiri's Music for Evertonian Ears

Lyndon Lloyd
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
Following the first international fixture to be played on Merseyside at Liverpool Cricket Club, Aigburth, Everton FC hosted the second at Anfield in 1889.

The Good Doctor of Everton, Part II

Tony Onslow
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.

Does Koeman have room yet for Everton's youngbloods?

Lyndon Lloyd
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
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
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

Book Review: Everton Crazy

Lyndon Lloyd
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.

Everton's reality check will have been instructive for Koeman

Lyndon Lloyd
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
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?

If You Know Your History… Matchdays with EFC Heritage Society

Rob  Sawyer
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
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.

No Sense Dwelling on Everton's Window of Missed Opportunity

Lyndon Lloyd
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

Impressive youth development another burgeoning facet of Everton’s bright future

Matt Jones
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.

Nat, King of Goals...and Bowls

Rob Sawyer (EFC Heritage Society)
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.

Highs, Lows and Bakayokos — Wimbledon 1994

Jim Keoghan
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.

Bolasie's high-priced wizardry can bring 'x' factor to Everton

Lyndon Lloyd
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.

Profit over promise for Everton as Stones gets his move

Lyndon Lloyd
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.

Kevin Mirallas Must Take Responsibility for his Own Everton Future

Matt Jones
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)
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
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.

On Tour in London with Everton

Tony Onslow
As reigning champions of the Football League, Everton travelled to London and played their first match against Arsenal in 1891.

With Everton at Great Lever

Tony Onslow
The short and somewhat acrimonious history of Everton's match-ups with one of their early opponents in Lancashire

Everton Games Played on 27th November

Patrick Murphy
A look back at games played on this date in years gone by

Koeman to mastermind Toffees victory against former club Southampton

Gary McCarty
Given time, Koeman could get Everton back to their best – and that means competing for European football. For now the Toffees need to take it one game at a time in order to rebuild.

The Oxford Blues of Everton Football Club

Tony Onslow
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

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