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The A to Z of Everton

Alun Jones
Posted 31/07/2020

Whilst contemplating the close season and tired already of the speculation about who is going where I idled away some time picking Everton teams using only one surname letter. I thought it might amuse some of you to try over the break and see which ...

Prospects in this Transfer Window

Bill Gall
Posted 23/07/2020

With the news that Højbjerg prefers Tottenham over Everton, I wonder what supporters feel about Everton's prospects in the transfer window? Of the 10 teams above us, 8 have owners who are richer than Farhad Moshiri, 4 have new grounds (Man Cit...

Our Spongers XI

Don Alexander
Posted 22/07/2020

I've watched us this season, as ever, with increasing disappointment. We are rarely lifted out of our seat by creativity because more often it's anger/frustration that causes such a reaction. And then, as fans down the years have done, comes the ...

We the 'fans' are killing this club

Ricky Oak 
Posted 18/07/2020

We create our own reality. Okay, it is true that we are not a 'fashionable' club, and for some reason most commentators, pundits and referees dislike us; however, we as 'fans' seem to eat whatever 'they' say or even help 'them' when we also turn on o...

Mason Holgate, Everton Captain

Tony Everan
Posted 14/07/2020

'Where is the captain who sees it going wrong on the pitch and tells the players to change or help?' — A recent question in a post by Christine got me thinking… How about a change of captain? Seamus Coleman is a fantastic servant of the c...

Last Chance for Marcel Brands

Mike Oates
Posted 13/07/2020

Wolves 3 Everton 0... that’s right: Wolves 3 Everton 0 – could have been 8-0 and it would have been deserved. Two teams a year ago hoping to get onto Europe; Wolves did, we didn’t. Two teams this season hoping to break into the top 4, Wolves ne...

In Praise of Richarlison!

David Cooper
Posted 09/07/2020

I am most likely very biased but is there a better attacking player anywhere in the Premier League than Richarlison? I would not swap him for Salah, Jesus (comes very close), Auybamiyang, Jimenez or Vardi and Harry Kane. The goal he scored toda...

Do or die

Tony  Everan
Posted 07/07/2020

Senior midfield problems that won’t go away:Sigurdsson – Not a midfielderIwobi – Not a midfielderBernard – Not influentialGomes – Slow, no forward drive or dynamismWalcott – Peripheral All thes...

Sliding Doors

Fran Mitchell
Posted 07/07/2020

I've just seen that Ralf Rangnick has been appointed as AC Milan's new manager, and it made me remember when he was interviewed for the Everton job in 2013, but how we elected for Roberto Martinez.At that time, he was an experienced coach f...

Post-Liverpool thoughts

David Cooper
Posted 23/06/2020

During our enforced break from real football over the past 3 months, I took to scouring Netflix, Prime Video and YouTube to find any football-related programmes. From Sunderland Till I Die to the one about Leeds United, I watched whatever I could fin...

The Italian Job

Dave McDowell
Posted 20/06/2020

Man for man, none of our team would replace his equivalent in Liverpool’s team. I would expect that contention is passed with full agreement. Faced with such a challenge… what to do? In the last derby, Klopp frustratingly outwitted ...

Taking the Mrs to the Match

Trevor Powell
Posted 18/06/2020

My first game as a young boy, taken by my Dad, was to see Everton beat Ipswich Town at Goodison Park early in the season of 1961-62. Ipswich had just reached the First Division for the first time and my Mum was an Ipswich lass now living in Huyton. E...

My Everton Poem

Wayne Dinkelman
Posted 18/06/2020

My father once told me about a special day,The day I was born when the skies were grey,How mother and he both wept with joy,To hold for the first time their new baby boy. How I cried and cried and wouldn't stop,Till an old lady ...

Spot the Player!

David Cooper
Posted 14/06/2020

With no live Everton games to watch for 3 months, the 5-minute highlights of our inter-squad game at Goodison Park on Saturday was gold dust! Having watched it 18 times now, trying to get back into the swing of watching a full game, I started ...

John Giles selects his all-time Everton XI

Brian Hennessy
Posted 12/06/2020

Former Leeds and Republic of Ireland midfielder, John Giles, has been selecting all-time XIs for several clubs and international sides during the recent break, for Irish radio station Newstalk's Off The Ball show....

Everton v Rangers 1963

Stephen Docherty
Posted 16/05/2020

Wondering why the British Championship home match against Glasgow Rangers was on 3 December when the match programme says 2 December 1963?...

The greatest day in the history of Everton Football Club

Ian Smitham
Posted 14/05/2020

I am just wondering, where were you 35 years ago right now? To start the ball rolling, I was in Dover harbour trying to get on a ferry. Just to add to it, so we’re a lot of other Blues....

Goals for and against

Robert  Tressell
Posted 08/05/2020

With a very limited idea of how this summer transfer window will play out, I thought it would be interesting to think about how far we are in goals for and against from realising our ambitions. Firstly, our realistic immediate ambitions are bec...

Unsworth and Ablett

Terence Leong
Posted 01/05/2020

I thought to ask fellow Blues this question about these two former players: I have always wondered if we played Unsworth and Ablett in their best positions? I could be wrong, but I recall that Unsworth broke into the team as a centre-back...

Grumpy Old Men

Brian Wilkinson
Posted 29/04/2020

As the years have passed, I have noticed more and more little things niggle away at me; I feel I am turning into my parents.Back in my youth, I would get, "waste of money, football is not like it was in my day, they would put in a shift, th...

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