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Signs of progress amid the gloom of another Emirates defeat

Lyndon Lloyd

Ultimately, this was a routine result for this particular fixture in scoreline only and 2-0 was harsh on an Everton team that had done more than enough to earn at least a point

Cech repels fine Everton attacks to steal the points

Michael Kenrick

Everton took the game to Arsenal brilliantly in the first half but crucially failed to score, and the inevitable happens in the second half.

Question marks all over the shop

Lyndon Lloyd

This was very much a story of contrasting individual stories and it throws up a slew of talking points about just how strong Marco Silva’s team actually is and whether the system favoured up to this point — not to mention the personnel within it — has any future

Atrocious result as Everton self-destruct

Michael Kenrick

Everton self-destruct with two horrible goals given away in a shockingly awful first-half display against the bottom side.

The “Complexities” of Financing a Stadium Build

Paul The Esk

Just how complex is it, and is it different for Everton than any other club?

That Old Cliché About Rome...

Lyndon Lloyd

Everton have missed a few tricks in the opening weeks of Marco Silva’a first campaign in charge but time is needed for important players to become available and for things to gel as a whole

“Maestro” – The Jack Southworth Story

Rob Sawyer

Evertonians laud the club’s lineage of talismanic goal scorers but some wonderful marksmen are somewhat overlooked. One of them, Jack Southworth, remains the only Everton player to score a double hat-trick in a first team match. Yet there was much more to this polymath who excelled on both musical and sporting stages.

Signs of Spring

Martin O'Connor

It is early days and there is a long way to go, but the start we have made has exceeded what could have been expected. The cold dark winter of Allardyce is well and truly gone. The buds of spring are now starting to sprout under Silva and Brands. There is a long way to go and we will have setbacks along the way, but we can look forward with optimism.

Dismal Everton escape with a draw

Michael Kenrick

Everton went behind all too easily off another corner but responded immediately through Calvert-Lewin, yet they could not break through again in a dreadful second half.

Tactical Analysis – Southampton (H)

Steve Ferns

So many positives to take from the game, but it was far from perfect. We will be better than this. This is all about progression.

Blues squander two-goal lead after ridiculous Richarlison 'head-butt'

Michael Kenrick

A crazy game on the south coast, ended in stalemate with a player from each side sent off and Keane stretchered off.

An opportunity missed but some harsh lessons hopefully learned

Lyndon Lloyd

Rome wasn’t built in a day and Everton won’t be rebuilt over the course of a summer, a couple of transfer windows or even a season but this felt like another big missed opportunity nonetheless

Jack Brearley, a Prisoner at Ruhleben

Tony Onslow

The forward played for Everton in the early years of the 20th Century and was caught up in World War I when he was imprisoned by the Germans while working as a trainer in Europe

Encouraging signs as Everton earn first win under Silva

Lyndon Lloyd

What’s really exciting for Evertonians is that, really like the team’s performance as a whole, you get the sense there is much, much more to come from Richarlison who already has three goals to his name.

Scintillating football returns to Goodison Park

Michael Kenrick

Marco Silva orchestrated a splendid start to his first home Premier League fixture as Everton put two finely worked goals past Southampton.

Brands Power

Adam McCulloch

The work of Marcel Brands over the summer has certainly justified the Blues blazing this trail: he may be one of the most important signings in the club’s history.

So where did all the money come from?

Paul The Esk

A look at how Everton financed the last transfer window's activity, and the consequences going forward

Richarlison thrills as 10-man Blues are denied victory by Wolves

Lyndon Lloyd

It may not have ended up that way in this game but it looks like Everton have a bona fide match-winner in Richarlison. Even better, four of Silva’s signings have yet to make their first appearances. It feels like things are just getting started…

10-man Everton forced to settle for opening-day draw

Michael Kenrick

Everton's 2018-19 Premier League campaign began with a draw in front of the BT cameras in the late-afternoon kick-off at Molineux against newly-promoted Wolves.

A New Hope

Lyndon Lloyd

Having been handed the reins, Marco Silva gets to prove he is worthy of the Everton hierarchy’s faith but the outlook is already considerably brighter after one of the best transfer windows the club has seen

When 'Legends' were thin on the ground — Part 7

John McFarlane [Senior]

To conclude the list of players who represented Everton from the 1946-47 season, when the Football League resumed after World War Two, until the 1950-51 season, when Everton were relegated to Division Two.

Everton have plenty to prove under new boss Marco Silva

Gary McCarty

Marco Silva has been tasked with producing a more pleasing style of football than was the case under his predecessor, Sam Allardyce. Assessing the club’s chances of success under the former Hull City and Watford boss next term.

Let's Make Everton Great Again

Lyndon Lloyd

A chat with Elizabeth France, wife of the good Dr Everton, on renewed hope for the stop-start Farhad Moshiri era, reminiscences of the great Ray Wilson, and what may lie ahead under Marcel Brands and Marco Silva


Mark Cuddy

You’ve got to have heroes, its all part of being a kid growing up, all part of being a human, all part of following a football team. I’m glad I chose Big Bob Latch as mine and I’m glad I supported Everton.

Things You Didn't Know About Marco Silva

Gary McCarty

Stats have shown that foreign managers with different ideas of football have done exceptionally well in the Premier League.

“Bunny” – The Robert Bell Story

Rob Sawyer

The Wirral has a proud tradition of producing high-calibre footballers and for a period in the 20th century, Tranmere became something of a centre-forward factory, producing the likes of “Dixie” Dean and his eventual team-mate “Bunny” Bell.

Sigurdsson Must Become Everton's Key Midfielder after World Cup Showing

Gary McCarty

Now in his prime at 28 years old, the Icelandic Talisman needs to step up and become the midfield playmaker that he has been at other clubs and for his country.

How Pickford hit another level of performance at the World Cup

Gary McCarty

Although England’s run to the semi-finals of the World Cup this summer produced several outstanding individual performances, Jordan Pickford had a particularly impressive tournament

The case for 60,000

Paul The Esk

Amid suggestions that the club's hierarchy are considering a capacity of between 52,000 and 55,000, the argument and justification for 60,000 at Everton's proposed dockside stadium are worth repeating

Richarlison's massive fee is matched by his potential

Lyndon Lloyd

Whether its £35m or £40m, it’s a jaw-dropping amount of money but it's the price of trying to remain competitive at the top end of the Premier League, and in Richarlison, Everton have invested heavily in some excitingly raw potential.

When 'Legends' were thin on the ground — Part 6

John McFarlane [Senior]

Continuing the theme of listing every player who represented Everton from 1946-47 when League Football resumed after the Second World War, until 1950-51 when Everton were relegated to Division Two.

Squad Size and the Wage Bill

Michael Morgan

I wanted to put a question out about whether other fans on here have discussed or ever had a thought on a way forward with reference to reducing the squad size and wage bill?

Time for Patience – On the Pitch, at Least

Paul The Esk

Brands and Silva have to restructure the footballing side of the organisation. That cannot be done in one window, it might be done in three or four. It will require a huge amount of patience from fans but it also urgently requires an explanation from those in charge

Elie Hurel – The First Jerseyman to Play in the First Division

Rob Sawyer

Elie Hurel was the first man from the Channel Islands dependencies to play in the English top flight. His journey there – from being orphaned as a child to lining up alongside the legendary Bill “Dixie” Dean at Goodison Park – is a remarkable one.

Pickford earns his England stripes and, hopefully, some respect from his doubters

Lyndon Lloyd

The criticism of Jordan Pickford by some pundits, commentators and journalists came quickly at this World Cup but he answered them brilliantly against Colombia

Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing

Paul The Esk

That was the stunningly simple assessment from one of the world’s greatest investors, Warren Buffett, when asked to define risk.

The Lads in the Royal Blue Jersey

Gerard McKean

Is there any more that could be done to re-ignite the pride and passion that has been sorely missing over the last few years?

Plenty of good individual performances

Paul Traill

There was enough quality on the pitch to ensure our place in the third round was sealed, thanks to a Gylfi Sigurdsson tap-in and a brace from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The Hand That You're Dealt?

Andy  McNabb

Is Roberto Martinez a much better manager than he got credit for at Everton?

When 'Legends' were Thin on the Ground – Part 5

John McFarlane [Senior]

Continuing the theme of listing the players who represented Everton from 1946-47, when the Football League resumed following World War Two, until !950-51 when Everton were relegated to the old Second Division.

Draw ugly

Paul Traill

A poor performance, the worst in five games, but we all need to understand that this is going to take a lot of time

550 miles for that!!!

Dave Williams

Back in the house by 11:15 pm – a very long day and the fact that what I talked about when I got in was meeting Tony Bellew says it all about the football.

What if we do not sign anyone?

Steve Ferns

I think we've got our own super coach. And if so, then do we really need to spend a load of money? Let's look at what we have...

Zonal Marking

Steve Ferns

What it is and how Everton are currently executing Marco Silva's favoured defensive system badly

The Writing's on the Wall

Mark Cuddy

At some point or other, most of us have had, or have got our own superstitions or rituals before a game. The truth is, we have no impact on the game whatsoever and yet people believe they do.

11 Days to Fame or Total Misery

Mike Oates

To ensure the season is not an utter disaster waiting to happen, Marco and Marcel have got 11 days to entice another five or six top quality players in.

Money Talks

Adam McCulloch

Let’s give him – and the new management team – a chance. Let’s stay positive, let’s make Goodison a fortress, let’s press, harry, play and produce. Let’s beat the Red Shite. Let’s laugh about the time we were angsty about which defender we bought from Barcelona. Let’s play Angry Birds.

Is Everton Protestant or Catholic?

Bob Waterhouse

Since the split in 1892, there developed a widely-held belief that Everton became the club of the substantial Merseyside Catholic population and Liverpool of the Protestant population. Influential members of the clubs’ respective boards seem to have given substance to this belief.

The New Era

Martin O'Connor

The Silva - Brands era starts at Wolves; what can we expect in the 2018-19 season from our new duo?

Early signs are very positive

Paul Traill

A good and deserved win with good football played at times. With our new players still to be integrated, you have to be excited about what we might be able to do this season.

Wolves (away) - A (long and boring) tactical analysis

Steve Ferns

After the horror shows in pre-season, it was good to see the old guard perform so well with just the addition of Richarlison and this gives so much hope for the future as the big signings break into the first XI, and everyone gets to grips with Silva's tactics, and his coaching continues to improve players.

What’s a good result? Take 2

Mike Allison

Looked at objectively, all we’ve really done so far is met the minimum expectations for games against Wolves and Southampton

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