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Missed Penalties

Peter Fisher
Posted 05/03/2019

The recent post about Alan Balls missed penalty against Ipswich back in 1969 shows how trophy success can hang on the thread. Those fortunate to have been in Goodison Park during the 1968-69 season witnessed the finest football side since the war in ...
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Our responsibility

Peter Rogers
Posted 04/03/2019

After the derby, it seems a good time to mention the responsibility we as fans have.
The impact that the amazing atmosphere had on Sunday can’t be taken lightly. From before a ball was kicked, we were up for it and the team responded by giving u...
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More questions than answers

Jim Bailey
Posted 25/02/2019

So many questions, no definitive answers; only second-guessing and supposition, probably alternatively known as 'opinions'.

Question 1: Why is Bill Kenwright seemingly still pulling strings?

Question 2: Why do so many fans still labour...
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Memorable Penalties

David Peate
Posted 25/02/2019

Dixie Dean

In 1927, he scored a penalty, his second goal versus Arsenal, to equal George Camsell’s record of 59 goals (for Middlesbrough) from the previous season. The roar from the crowd was heard for miles. My dad was working a coupl...
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Here because we’re here?

Michael Cartwright
Posted 21/02/2019

If patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, then statistics are the last refuge of the mediocre.

For some time now, the TV screens have been informing us of how many top-flight games Everton have played. The game against Wolves appare...
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The Sigurdsson Conundrum

Martin O'Connor
Posted 20/02/2019

In the crazy summer of 2017, when we burnt money like there was no tomorrow, and continued that in the following January with the signings of Walcott and Tosun, one of the signings which only now seems to be splitting Evertonians opinion is Gylfi ...
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What I Wore: Gary Lineker

Dave McDowell
Posted 17/02/2019

It was my privilege to be witness to what I believe was the best Everton team ever in the mid-80s.

Howard Kendall had built a team with the perfect blend. The sublime skills of Kevin Sheedy and Trevor Steven, the bite of Peter Reid, the guile...
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Why do remain a Blue?

Andrew Nekson
Posted 17/02/2019

My good friend in LA has asked why, despite people like us being long-suffering, we remain loyal to our football team?

He feels that if Everton (well Sunderland in fact) were a USA team their attendance would have dwindled to the absolu...
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Should you Ever Hope your Team Loses?

Gary McCarty
Posted 12/02/2019

The fixture against Manchester City at Goodison Park tossed up an interesting dilemma for Everton fans, with supporters of the club unsure as to whether they wanted the Toffees to win. Quite a few Evertonians who were making their way around the c...
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The Goose With the Golden Egg

Jerome Shields
Posted 13/02/2019

For the past 20 years, we were sold the sop of "The People's Club". We were told we had no money, though the Premier League money was rolling in. It financed a comfortable status quo of a manager who had a glass ceiling on his achievement, over-pa...
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Confidence

Chris Brennan
Posted 11/02/2019

Of all the articles, posts, letters, rants and moans about the current crisis (and it is a crisis) engulfing our great club at the moment, there is feeling that a big problem with the players is confidence. This is very obvious by the lack of asserti...
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Stick or Twist? Over to you, Denise

Steve Hogan
Posted 09/02/2019

First of all, can I say, I have no axe personally to grind with Denise Barrett-Baxendale. But once again, Blue Bill in all of his West End pomp, quickly labelled her 'litle Miss Dynamite' at a recent Philharmonic Hall production, due to be released o...
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Everton's Identity

Winston Williamson
Posted 08/02/2019

Ever have that feeling of not being sure of yourself? Not sure what you’re aiming for or how you’re supposed to get to where you are going? Listlessness sets in. Complacency. No sense of purpose. Lost. No identity. That is how I feel about Eve...
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We Need to Talk About Marco

Steve Hogan
Posted 03/02/2019

After the latest debacle yesterday, the general consensus amongst fans is should the club 'stick or twist'.

Realistically, does the manager have it within him come next August, to have a realistic push for top four/six? I'm not sure he does. H...
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Time for change

Andy Bacon
Posted 01/02/2019

Just thinking outside the box here, which is where most of our shots come from!

Anyway what I think the main issue with our team is we are so frightened to try anything new, there has been nothing to excite us fans, there was a little bit o...
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Sensible management and settled team is everything

Jim Wilson
Posted 29/01/2019

It's absolutely unbelievable what goes on at Everton, on and off the pitch.

All the talk of getting the structure of the club right, all the talk of buying the right players, getting team tactics right, having a cull, the ground move etc. <...
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Let's put the players under the microscope for once

Daniel Johnson
Posted 28/01/2019

There are lots of discussions about Marco Silva and his relatively poor performances at Hull and Watford and how that is being transferred to Everton FC. But, if you look closer the majority of this Squad has now been managed by Koeman, Unsworth, All...
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Why I believe that Silva is no longer fit to mange our club

Andy Crooks
Posted 27/01/2019

It is with a heavy heart I write this. The worst performance I have ever witnessedas an Evertonian was the 3-0 loss at Southhampton when it was clear to me that Martinez was unfit to manage our club.

We are here again. Yesterday was as bad a...
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Not Again — What next?

Mike Fisher
Posted 27/01/2019

It seems like every year of late we reach a point or two when we hit the same old problems. We seemingly implode and start a losing run which leads to the departure of the manager.

From the years under Moyes, when I personally felt we moved forw...
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Marco Silva: Whose fault is it anyway?

Jerome Shields
Posted 26/01/2019

I have not been impressed with the appointment of Marco Silva as Everton Manager, compounded by his ability to identify team weaknesses, his coaching development of players, and his tactical awareness.

But Silva didn’t ask for the job; he was a...
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