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2017-18 Fan Articles »

The Cull

Martin O'Connor : 24/06/2018

In my opinion, more than 12 players need to go and the sooner this process begins, the better.

Living with the Enemy

Mark Cuddy : 15/06/2018

"When I think back to growing up, and my life living with the enemy, I smile. It was great living with them, I wouldn’t have changed it for all the world."

Signings must be starters

Gareth Clark : 05/06/2018

If we are going to sign someone, they should be better than what we have – which hasn’t always been the case. So there possess the question: Where can we improve? We desperately need a left-back, a centre-back, a dominating, mobile box-to-box midfielder & last in-line, a winger that would make the starting line up.

Marco Silva – A Potted Tactical History in 7 Matches

Steve Ferns : 05/06/2018

Silva is a pragmatist and he's not scared to experiment tactically. But he's not predictable.

Reinflate the ball sack, rookie

John Daley : 23/05/2018

"This is just meant as a one off as I've spent the day utterly bored got a bee in my bonnet about something Everton related. Who else am I going to bang on about it to?"

A Case for the Defence – Looking Back to Move Forward

Mark Wild : 21/05/2018

"I believe in Evertonians. The passion and commitment is undoubtable and there is no shortage of opinion; but can we turn that enthusiasm and desire into something that will help us move the club forward?"

Transfer Targets

Sam Hoare : 21/05/2018

"Time for my annual transfer piece. Look away now all those who roll their eyes at such speculative ‘football manager’ nonsense. Those who devour every piece of tabloid garbage, then look up the player and their stats and their videos; come on in."

The Glorious Revolution

Adam McCulloch : 17/05/2018

As the second attempt at a Dutch revolution at Everton, Marcel Brands promises to bring a slicker Continental approach to a Director of Football role that failed to function as billed under his predecessor.

The Key Steps

Mike Oates : 14/05/2018

With Sam Allardyce leaving, it's for Farhad Moshiri to put the necessary pieces in place from the top down to deliver success to Everton

When “Legends” Were Thin on the Ground – Part 1

John McFarlane [Senior] : 14/05/2018

A brief introduction to the 48 players who represented Everton between the resumption of the Football League in 1946 and the Toffees' relegation in 1951, starting with the first six in alphabetical order.

We've never had it so... bad?

David Booth : 12/05/2018

Apart from a freak 4-0 win against Manchester City last season and November's 4-0 victory against West Ham, can any of you truthfully remember any other notable game in the whole of the last two seasons?

Scapegoat Sam and Santa Moshiri

Mike Owen : 03/05/2018

"Sam Allardyce is not the People’s Choice. He is the Accountants’ Choice. That's the state we are in." Arguing that Everton's major shareholder and de facto owner may hedge this summer with the longer-term goal of the stadium in mind.

To the end & beyond...

Gareth Clark : 28/04/2018

Between now and the end of the season, there is little to play for so, the likes of Klaassen, Vlasic, Funes Mori and Niasse should be given a chance. Beyond the end of the season, it is difficult to know what we need in terms of transfers in and out for next season.

Favourites aren't always the best – Part 12

John McFarlane [Senior] : 26/04/2018

The 1960-61 season saw Everton finishing in 5th position, and playing the best football that we of that generation had witnessed. Johnny Carey had lain the foundations of a highly attractive and effective team and Harry Catterick, with a couple of adjustments, led them to the League title in 1962-63.

Everton: Rebooting the Project with a new manager

Steve Ferns : 25/04/2018

Assuming I’m the new manager, I have convinced Moshiri to give me the job, and in doing so I promised I did not need more than £50m transfer kitty.

Favourites aren't always the best part 11

John McFarlane [Senior] : 20/04/2018

Time to return to the present, and to continue the theme of my favourite players. My choice for the outside left position is Tommy Eglington.

Please just go now, Sam Allardyce

Michael Denson : 20/04/2018

Congrats, Sam — you have killed our enjoyment of Football. You have killed our hope, our ambition, our pride. The restoration of these cannot begin until you have gone.

The Geriatric Ward

Kevin Crean : 18/04/2018

A few weeks ago my Dad, a true Blue of '95, was recovering from illness in the geriatric ward at one of our hospitals...

Grand Old Team to Support?

Lawrence Green : 14/04/2018

As this horrible season comes to a close and with Everton set to play it's 1000th Premier League game at West Ham in May, it is as good a time as any to assess where we are as a football club and what direction we may take in the coming years.

To manage, or not to manage, that is the question.

Don Alexander : 11/03/2018

The club since Mr Moshiri effectively took over has been an object lesson in the mis-management of people.

Everton's lost identity

Paul Derby : 05/03/2018

What happens on the pitch matters most of all so there is an important question the club needs to address before making its next managerial appointment – what is our identity? In other words, how do we want to play? What should an Everton team be all about?

Confessions of an Evertonian

Dave  Wraggs : 04/03/2018

It’s time to hold my hands up. I unashamedly supported the appointment of Sam Allardyce as our Manager. I was even prepared to see how this season went with a view to retaining him.

Not Good Enough!

Mike Fisher : 25/02/2018

Staying up is not good enough if the heartbeat of your club gives you no reason to think that it will get better next season without a radical rethink and restructure throughout the club.

A 17 hour day – but worth it!

Dave Williams : 11/02/2018

Making the trip from Devon, an account of Everton 3 - 1 Palace

Favourites aren't always the best, Part 10

John McFarlane : 08/02/2018

Continuing the theme of my favourite players, my selection for inside left is Roy Vernon.

West Country Blues

Dave Williams : 07/02/2018

What can make a 550-mile round trip to Goodison worthwhile for a long-time Blue? Some simple entertainment, some goals and an Everton win, of course!

Recruitment Blues

Sam Hoare : 06/02/2018

A closer look at the players we have bought in over the last couple of years, especially the ones we have paid decent money for, and maybe even consider one or two alternatives that we might have opted for.

An Open Letter to Mr Kenwright

Ian Burns : 04/02/2018

I am writing this post on a Sunday morning after the 5-1 defeat at Arsenal and I am sitting here with a cup of tea wondering how many weekends have been ruined since your Chairmanship started at Everton.

Favourites aren't always the best, Part 9

John  McFarlane : 01/02/2018

Continuing the theme of my favourite players, my selection for the centre forward position is Alex Young.

Financing Everton's New Stadium

Richard Knights : 30/01/2018

Liverpool City Council is proposing to loan Everton Football Club £280 million towards the £500 million it will cost to build a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.

From threatening Europe to Big Sam’s desperate rehabilitation: what went wrong?

Mike Kehoe : 28/01/2018

I am genuinely confused about how we have transformed from a successful powerful club on the verge of challenging the European elites into a shambolic enterprise that turns to Sam Allardyce for salvation.

Dyceball

Andre James : 25/01/2018

Always an avid fan of all sports, I got on the train at Euston to head North last Saturday ready to watch my first match of Dyceball.

Favourites aren't always the best, Part 8

John  McFarlane : 22/01/2018

Continuing the theme of my favourite players, my selection for the inside right position is Bobby Collins.

Well, this all feels very Everton doesn’t it?

Tom Daly : 22/01/2018

We have an unbalanced squad with a risk averse manager and a hierarchy that haven’t covered themselves in glory over the past couple of years. At the moment, there aren’t a huge number of reasons to be positive. This coming summer will be no more important than any other in terms of the development of the club.

Allardyce – Not Mentally Up To It

Ian Burns : 21/01/2018

The point of this article is in response to the two threads this weekend. One with regards to Allardyce blaming the players' mentality for yet another miserable performance on Saturday against west Brom.

Giving Up On the Premier League

Simon Kenneally : 20/01/2018

The Premier League title is ultimately decided these days by how the top 6 teams perform against each other. And that position will continue to be entrenched. So, what is the future for Everton? I'm genuinely interested in what it is the best Evertonians really hope for any more.

Too Nice to Be Winners

Rodger Armstrong : 17/01/2018

Taken from

Favourites aren't always the best, Part 7

John McFarlane Snr : 16/01/2018

Continuing the theme of my favourite players, my selection for the outside right position is Alex Scott.

The Missing Left

Mark Dunford : 15/01/2018

There is a missing left side to the squad and the worry is that the erratic Moshiri may be unwilling to rebuild this.

Karma Never Comes

Jay Wood : 06/01/2018

Everton last beat Liverpool at Anfield back in 1999. In fact, with the FA Cup 3rd Round loss at Anfield, the dismal record is 16 games without a single win against them.

Favourites aren't always the best, Part 6

John  McFarlane Sr. : 03/01/2018

Continuing the theme of my favourite players, my selection for the left-half position is Brian Harris

Old Memories

Eric Owen : 02/01/2018

A fan comes across a note he wrote himself when his dad passed away

The Honeymoon Is Over – But No Need to Panic

Steve Ferns : 02/01/2018

Allardyce is what he is. A discussion of where Everton are under the new manager.

New Year's Eve musings

Dave Williams : 31/12/2017

I was pleased with Sam's appointment, us being in the bottom three, whilst having reservations as to whether he could produce the type of football we want and I am guessing that the board had similar reservations with the short contract they gave him.

The 3 ‘D’s - Deluded – Dinosaur – Destructive

James Hourigan : 31/12/2017

A depressingly desperate decomposition of our current managerial situation under Sam Allardyce.

Something had better change

Darren Hind : 28/12/2017

We are not facing a relegation fight; we will not qualify for Champions League football, and we will not win the FA Cup playing like this, so why on earth do we play the way we do?

Favourites aren't always the best, Part 5

John  McFarlane Snr : 24/12/2017

In his fifth installment, John McFarlane Sr names Brian Labone as the centre-half in his team of all-time favourites

Favourites aren't always the best, Part 4

John  McFarlane Snr : 16/12/2017

My selection for the right-half position in my "Favourite Team" is Peter Farrell. I have no standout memory of Peter other than that momentous night in Oldham, when Everton won promotion in 1954. What I can remember is, an inspirational captain who always gave 100% for the cause.

Favourites aren't always the best, Part 3

John McFarlane, Sr : 11/12/2017

Third in the series of the favourite Everton players he has seen, John McFarlane Snr describes left back, Jock Lindsay

Trip to Cyprus

Rob Halligan : 09/12/2017

I've read Paul Traill's excellent report on his trip to Cyprus, but I thought I would give a report on my own experiences.

Favourites aren't always the best, Part 2

John McFarlane, Sr : 03/12/2017

Next in the series of the best Everton players he has seen, John McFarlane Snr describes right back, Alex Parker

Time for a big reality check

Laurie Hartley : 27/11/2017

The case for appointing Sam Allardyce, a manager who has seen it all and done a lot of it in the Premier League for many years

Favourites aren't always the best, Part 1

John McFarlane, Sr : 25/11/2017

Remembering Gordon West, Everton's larger-than-life goalkeeping legend of the 1960s and early 1970s

Koeman's Legacy Will Damage Us For a Long Time

Steve Hogan : 24/11/2017

History will show that Ronald Koeman was an absolute disaster for Everton, and that, conservatively, he's probably put the club back at least two years

The Bard and the Blues

Kevin Crean : 22/11/2017

Unsworth deserves his chance. Will he be the one to deliver us, in keeping with heroes in the great bard’s rousingly penned victories? Will he make sure, eventually, that all’s well that ends well?

The day Wally signed for me

John McFarlane [Senior] : 20/11/2017

A fan reminisces his childhood devotion to Wally Fielding who represented Everton for over a decade between 1946 and 1958

Everton 2018-19

Alasdair Mackay : 15/11/2017

It might all seem like we are in the midst of a stark winter, but one or two rose-buds are already showing, and spring is around the corner

The Everton Manager's Job Description

David Johson : 10/11/2017

Although we can never really know what is discussed behind closed doors, it seems to me that the last three managerial appointments have all been a good fit for the job description as it stood at that moment in time.

The Madness must End!

Jim Wilson : 09/11/2017

Since Bill Kenwright took over, we have had nothing but at best a frustrating time. Every managerial appointment has been sub-standard and possibly worse each time. And I haven't forgotten our two or three skirmishes with relegation under Moyes and all the depressing Anfield defeats, other hammerings and abysmal cup exits.

Trip to Lyon

Rob Halligan : 03/11/2017

So the trip to the third largest city in France panned out pretty much as we all expected it to.

Can you remember who scored goals before Lukaku?

David Cooper : 01/11/2017

I know my memory is fading fast, but I had to look up the results and stats of seasons before Lukaku started his journey to becoming a goal scoring power house.

Mission Creep – From Top Six to Forty Points

Dave Wraggs : 31/10/2017

It is often said that our off-field leadership leaves a lot to be desired, but now, more than ever, that leadership needs to show a level of decisiveness that has previously been conspicuous in its absence. This one’s yours, Farhad. Our future depends on it.

Stick or Twist

Mike Fisher : 20/10/2017

Is it really that simple to put this down to stick with Koeman or twist and find someone new? Interesting to read forums and see the mixed opinions of those who feel Koeman's time is done and those prepared to stick a little longer.

4-3-2-1? Just Say No!

David Hallwood : 08/10/2017

Koeman comes across as a stubborn man, but surely he’s not stupid; he must change. It must change or the club will change him.

A Love Affair

David Brown : 08/10/2017

In recent years we have been stuck; our ‘love’ puts on some new makeup and we all shout with joy thinking that the glory years are just around the corner... only the corner never comes

Koeman or Walsh, the confusion over who signs whom

Clive Rogers : 08/10/2017

Does the director-of-football model cause more problems than it solves?

Disjointed Blues like a flashback to the Smith era

Jon Sellick : 06/10/2017

Add everything up and, under Koeman, it seems to total something nearing what my Grandad, who rarely wasted words, used to say during matches in the Smith era: a “load of shite”.

Poor Business = Poor Football

Mike Fisher : 03/10/2017

Business is about confidence and we have none that I can see. To all concerned: please start living up to the high expectations of your loyal fans and stop the nonsense before it is too late.

The Case for Koeman, M'Lord

David Cooper : 30/09/2017

I think Koeman is the "fall guy" for those who are pulling the strings – mostly Bill Kenwright but Farhad Moshiri cannot be exempt from blame.

The Clock is Ticking

Dave Wraggs : 17/09/2017

Much of the criticism aimed at Ronald Koeman over the past few weeks has centred on his perceived negativity and intransigence in terms of sticking with the same slow possession-based football that fails to yield any real attacking threat and is a throwback to the Martinezesque style of a few seasons ago, but without the odd gung-ho attacking foray.

Time for Koeman to follow De Boer out of the door?

David Booth : 17/09/2017

This is no Kendall-esque evolution and it cannot be allowed to continue. Time for Ronald to shape up, or be shipped out.

Assessing the squad and our options

Steve Ferns : 06/09/2017

Now the transfer window has shut and the dust has settled, somewhat, it is time to focus on things as they are and look at the season ahead.

What does Walsh do?

Paul Ferry : 28/08/2017

What does Steve Walsh do, what has he done this window, what is he doing today, what was the Italian jaunt for?

In Defence of Koeman

Dave Cooney : 28/08/2017

Koeman seems to be implementing a plan – focus on getting the defence sorted out first and then improve the attacking side of our game – but it takes time

Trip to Croatia

Rob Halligan : 25/08/2017

One fan's account of the visit to Split where Everton beat Hajduk in thew Europa League and the travelling fans largely avoided the trouble that was feared from local ultras

Everton: Still a sell-to-buy club?

David Booth : 02/08/2017

Despite the fact that we got a lot of our transfer business done amazingly early, any optimism that was generated is now dissipating and it looks as though we are in danger of leaving things too late... yet again.

Cambridge University Nil Satis Federation

Dave Rusk : 29/07/2017

The organization was formed on a train journey from Birmingham to Cambridge – after a football tournament. The name NSF was agreed – slight reference to NLF – National Liberation Front – from the Vietnam War. I don’t recall that we ever added the CU in our day. Meetings were then held in Trinity College bar and were surprisingly formal – minutes from the previous meeting, motions passed etc.

A gleaming, newly-decorated Everton squad – How will it all work?

James Lawson : 26/07/2017

Everton are looking pretty strong

The Second Year of the Project

Steve Ferns : 25/07/2017

Koeman’s project is not clearly defined. We assume it’s about winning something, but really it is just another way of saying we will pay him a lot of money to achieve a goal, and that goal appears to be Champions League football.

Squad Analysis: Are we ready?

Fran Mitchell : 10/07/2017

Often we talk about what we need and first IXs, but football is a squad game nowadays, and hopefully this season will see us challenge for the top-4, while also making serious tilts to the 3 cup competitions. How is our squad prepared for this challenge?

My disdain for Wayne on the wane

David Booth : 07/07/2017

It is looking increasingly like a done deal, but I really do not want him back. Here are not one but 15 reasons why we should not even be considering his return.

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