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Remembering ‘Chick’ Meagan

Rob Sawyer
30/11/2022

The death, at 88, of Mick Meagan this week reduces the illustrious cadre of players who contributed to Everton’s first post-war League Championship title to just five. Rob Sawyer and David France pay tribute to 'Chick'

This Week – 24 Years Ago

David Hardman
28/11/2022

While Everton were playing Newcastle on a Monday night, moves were afoot off the pitch that would see Duncan Ferguson sold to the Magpies in controversial fashion by then Blues owner, Peter Johnson

Tom Walker – Nonagenarian Toffee

Rob Sawyer
26/11/2022

In April 2022, Rob Sawyer and Sarah from Mint Collective caught up with venerable Toffee, 93-year-old Tom Walker in a café near his home in Upton.

This Week – 28 Years Ago

David Hardman
22/11/2022

Joe Royle succeeds Mike Walker as Everton manager and, with the help of hero-in-waiting, Duncan Ferguson, marked his first game in charge with a memorable Merseyside derby victory at Goodison Park

Frank Lampard must use the unpopular timing of World Cup to his and Everton’s advantage

Kevin Murray
20/11/2022

Most would agree this Everton squad, although still short of quality, is collectively much stronger than last season’s.  It is therefore the job of the manager and his coaching staff to get the best out of them. 

Has Lampard's Time Run Out?

Steve Stobie
14/11/2022

Can afford to let him have more to turn things around or would retaining him be another instance of Everton hanging on to failing manager for too long?

Knives Out or Dig In? The Case For and Against Frank Lampard

Lyndon Lloyd
15/11/2022

Six months is a very long time in football. Frank Lampard has gone from being the toast of Goodison to a man whose future as Everton manager is in question just 15 games into what is supposed to be his first full season in charge. Not all the problems of his making but he quickly needs to show he has what it takes to mitigate them and keep this club afloat

Groundhog Day all over again

Robert Tressell
13/11/2022

Unless we invest properly in an attack capable of scoring goals, we will be relegated sooner rather than later.

Hello, Darkness, My Old Friend

Lyndon Lloyd
12/11/2022

The buck always ultimately stops with the manager and if, as seems likely, he survives the World Cup break with his job intact, Frank Lampard will be under enormous pressure to use the next six weeks to solve some of the glaring issues within the team he currently has

Another bewildering Bournemouth battering

Michael Kenrick
12/11/2022

Everton returned to the Vitality Stadium to face Bournemouth in the Premier League with an almost completely different team to the one that was beaten there on Tuesday but the result was painfully similar – another shocking three-goal defeat.

Second string hogtied and bullwhipped in Bournemouth bloodbath

Michael Kenrick
08/11/2022

Everton were utterly dreadful at Bournemouth for the Third Round of the Carabao Cup despite a wonderful goal from Gray

This Week – 33 Years Ago

David Hardman
06/11/2022

Looking back to November 1989, a watershed for Everton after which they could no longer be considered a force at the top

Well, that was a bit of a hiding

Paul Traill
06/11/2022

This was a hiding from Leicester City, make no mistake. Criticism is justified and we should be expecting better,

Second-rate Blues no match for slick Leicester

Lyndon Lloyd
05/11/2022

Before tonight, Brendan Rodgers had failed to win on Everton’s home turf but his Leicester side played Everton off the park from start to finish

Foxes run riot in the Goodison chicken coop

Michael Kenrick
05/11/2022

Everton struggled from the very first minute of their final home game before the Premier League goes on hiatus for the 2022 World Cup and it could have been a rout for rampant Leicester City, who ran the entire game.

Everton vs Leicester City. How do Foxes fans view this fixture?

Alasdair Jones
03/11/2022

A flavour of the mood amongst Leicester fans ahead of this weekend's fixture at Goodison Park

Happy Birthday to an Unsung Hero

Trevor Powell
03/11/2022

Today, 3 November, sees the 76th birthday of one of the unsung heroes of the Championship winning team of 1970.

Who do you support?

Michael Kenrick
02/11/2022

In a recent post, Christine Foster drew an interesting line delineating the parts of the club she supported and the parts she didn't.

Everton stifle Silva's Fulham but find cutting edge elusive

Lyndon Lloyd
29/10/2022

While this clash with a fairly porous but free-scoring Fulham promised goals, it didn’t end up producing any even if this was anything but a bore draw

Precious point as Everton hold Fulham at bay

Michael Kenrick
29/10/2022

Everton fashioned some pretty decent chances in a very lively first half, and should have been ahead, only to shrink back into what had to be a very effective defensive shell as Fulham threw everything bar the kitchen sink at them after the break to try and get the win.

This Week – 38 Years Ago

David Hardman
28/10/2022

A double-header against Manchester United in 1984-85 gave Everton the perfect opportunity to build on their win at Anfield and really make a statement

The Iwobi Thing

Peter Carpenter
23/10/2022

Performing live and unscripted in front of 40,000 people willing to judge you on every single move you make, is a pretty specialised art. Those doing it are not all the same, all have different needs to be able to do their best work. Alex Iwobi is a great example of that.

From Barry to the Blues – The Keith Webber Story

Rob Sawyer
24/10/2022

The Welshman's time at Everton got off to a dream start but he would later admit to ruing the decision to leave Goodison Park in search of first-team football in 1963

Another “Lifer” is initiated

Joseph Walsh
23/10/2022

It was the first time I was taking my boy to Goodison Park for his first-ever game.

The Human View Obstruction

Paul Traill
23/10/2022

3-0, and what an excellent performance capped off with a couple of great team goals

Everton find their attacking groove to comfortably see off Palace

Lyndon Lloyd
22/10/2022

The Blues doubled their home goals tally for the season in some style today with a dominant victory over Palace, the least team they put three past back in May

Battling Blues Batter Vieira’s Bullies

Michael Kenrick
22/10/2022

Everton secured a fine victory over a fractious and overly aggressive Crystal Palace at Goodison Park.

Lampard's challenge laid bare by blunt Blues

Lyndon Lloyd
20/10/2022

If you don’t shoot, you can’t score. And if you don’t score, you can’t win matches. It really is that blindingly obvious and simple.

Another loss for the team that just cannot score

Michael Kenrick
19/10/2022

Everton travel to the North East to take on Newcastle United with Anthony Gordon and Dominic Calvert-Lewin returning to the starting line-up.

Another ridiculous defeat for Everton

Michael Kenrick
15/10/2022

Two glorious chances squandered, then the softest of penalties for Kane not even reviewed by the VAR before Tarkowski treats Højbjerg for cramp and he goes on to score the killer goal for Spurs.

Are we fighting the right battle?

Barry Metcalfe
12/10/2022

I can’t realistically see a path for clubs outside the current cartel of the Sky 6 seriously competing given the Profit and Sustainability regulations.

Setback against United hands Everton a swift reality check

Lyndon Lloyd
09/10/2022

If there appeared to be an air of complacency after Alex Iwobi had swept Everton into an early lead, it was cleared rapidly by mistakes, defensive porousness and ruthless finishing from Erik ten Hag's side

Early promise turns to a dismal farce

Michael Kenrick
09/10/2022

Everton are at home to Manchester United looking for a third win in succession that would take them into the top half of the Premier League table

Partnerships

Robert Tressell
09/10/2022

One of the notable things about our more successful sides over the past 20 years is the presence of partnerships all across the pitch. Baines and Pienaar on the left flank; Lescott or Distin and Jagielka in defence; Arteta and Cahill in midfield, etc.

She's a Grand Old Lady

Danny ONeill
07/10/2022

As the move to Bramley-Moore Dock gets closer, it's starting to get emotional

This week – 28 years ago

David Hardman
07/10/2022

Slim pickings this week as it’s usually International Break. In fact, the last time there wasn’t a break in early October was back in 1994, so let’s go there.

This week – 15 years ago

David Hardman
04/10/2022

Back to nice round numbers this week in 2007 as Everton made the long trip to Kharkiv hoping to finally make progress in Europe

Onward and upward for Everton after laudable win at Southampton

Lyndon Lloyd
01/10/2022

It wasn’t always pretty, by the end it was a little ragged, but this was a markedly better display than the one they put on in this fixture back in February and it helped extend the team’s unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions

Blues hold on for a very important road win

Michael Kenrick
01/10/2022

Premier League action returns this weekend with Everton travelling to the South coast to take on Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium

Moshiri’s £830 million commitment to Everton

Paul The Esk
30/09/2022

A look at the extent of Moshiri's financial commitment to Everton and the future financing options open to him

The Birth Of The 'Grand Old Lady'

John McFarlane [Senior]
29/09/2022

With the rapid progress being made on the new Everton Stadium project at Bramley-Moore Dock, I find it an ideal time to reflect on the time spent, and the highs and lows of the current home of Everton FC.

There’s Only Two Tommy Fleetwoods…

Rob Sawyer and Pete Jones
28/09/2022

Celebrity Blue, golfer Tommy Fleetwood, has a namesake who is one of Everton’s greatest unsung heroes

This Week – 23 years ago

David Hardman
26/09/2022

If you’d said to me back in 1999 that this would be Everton’s last win at Anfield for 21 years and their last one in front of a crowd, I’d have said you were crazy.

Everton, Elevate Sports Ventures and Bramley-Moore Dock

Paul The Esk
25/09/2022

A look at Everton's decision to outsource the commercial development of Bramley-Moore & the questions re funding that arise from that

The Transformation

Lyndon Lloyd
21/09/2022

Largely written off at one time by the bulk of the Everton fanbase, Alex Iwobi has undergone a metamorphosis unlike any in living Evertonian memory... and it has come just when the club desperately needed it

Something of a David Moyes throwback

Paul Traill
19/09/2022

The bottom line is, if you make yourself difficult to beat, then you've always got a chance of nicking a win, and by shoring up our defence and improving our midfield options, we have certainly done that. It was a bit like a David Moyes win for Everton back in the day.

Tenacious Everton shake the monkey off their back at West Ham's expense

Lyndon Lloyd
18/09/2022

Realistically, Everton really needed to win today and win they did on the back of Neal Maupay’s first goal for the club. And what a lovely goal it was.

Precious strike by Maupay seals Everton's first win

Michael Kenrick
18/09/2022

Everton secured their first win of the season over relegation strugglers West Ham United thanks to a fine strike by Neal Maupay for his first goal in an otherwise difficult match that was full of errors and could far too easily have gone the other way.

This week – 12 years ago

David Hardman
16/09/2022

An ugly home defeat to Newcastle killed any momentum gained from a hard-won point against Manchester United the week before and marked the first time for this author where it felt like David Moyes had taken Everton as far as he could

Air Blocker Filter Man

Robert Tressell
14/09/2022

According to CIES Football Observator Everton have three of the world’s best U-25 players in their roles

This week – 16 years ago

David Hardman
12/09/2022

David recalls a nice emphatic derby victory from what seems like a very long time ago.

Warney Cresswell – The Prince of Full Backs

Rob Sawyer
07/09/2022

A natural tendency to favour players we have seen with our own eyes and the tactical evolution of football makes ranking players spanning many decades fraught with difficulty. But this cerebral, balding, defender, who played for Everton into his 39th year merits his place in the pantheon of great ‘number threes’

This Week – 34 Years Ago

David Hardman
05/09/2022

Everton travelled to Highfield Road hoping to build on Tony Cottee’s debut hat-trick.

Determined derby display proves results aren’t everything

Matthew Parry
05/09/2022

Mainstream media outlets would have you believe our poor start points towards another grave struggle around the relegation zone and that Lampard’s job is under threat. However, this doesn’t align with the optimism that Evertonians have as Lampard enacts his plan.

A Blue Is Born

Jamie Sweet
05/09/2022

My boy Zac may have been born unto this world on the day of the Jagielka derby. But I’m starting to believe that he was truly born a Blue on this derby day, 3 September 2022.

Getting our Everton back

Paul Traill
03/09/2022

Liverpool piled on the pressure more or less throughout, but our team stood firm and held out for the draw. We applauded the team off before heading back to the car and away.

Rapidly-improving Blues make their point in pulsating derby stalemate

Lyndon Lloyd
03/09/2022

Frank Lampard’s Blues bridged a gap today on an afternoon where both goals seemed to live a charmed life, both goalkeepers had to underline their world-class credentials and the fortitude of the Goodison Park “woodwork” was tested at both ends

Pickford brilliant but Maupay lacks cutting edge

Michael Kenrick
03/09/2022

Everton take on local rivals Liverpool in the first Merseyside derby of the season, and the first game since the closure of this summer's transfer window.

The window: how did we do?

Robert Tressell
02/09/2022

Overall, I give Lampard and Thelwell a 7 out of 10 for their efforts.

A Noticeable Arc of Improvement

Lyndon Lloyd
30/08/2022

There have been clear signs of progress in the last two outings and, more importantly, Everton are picking up points away from home, something they didn't do nearly enough last season

Pinks again surrender the lead for a tense and testy draw

Michael Kenrick
30/08/2022

Everton head to Elland Road for Round 5 of the Premier League, against Leeds United.

A Brief Everton Love Affair

Alan Corbett
29/08/2022

"I could see it in his eyes and in his big smile that Dave was now a fully-fledged Everton fan. I'm just sad that his love affair was too short."

This Week – 30 years ago

David Hardman
28/08/2022

Looking back at an early-season midweek fixture in August 1992 when Aston Villa were the visitors at Goodison Park

Simultaneously a Point Gained and Two Dropped

Lyndon Lloyd
27/08/2022

If 2022-23 is going to be another slog to avoid relegation, anything the team can collect on the road should be gratefully received. It’s hard not to feel despondent, though, at two precious points dropped

Everton squander a winning position for one more point

Michael Kenrick
27/08/2022

Everton dominated possession before taking a brilliant £60M lead through Gordon, who finished in style.

Much changed Blues scrape through on Gray's goal

Michael Kenrick
23/08/2022

Everton battled to their first win of the season in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening when Gray got the only goal of the game to defeat Fleetwood.

A day trip on the 77-seat Taunton Express

Dave Williams
21/08/2022

A point was very welcome as was a goal scored by our player and I really enjoyed the game. Frank has quickened up our passing and this will improve again once we get a striker and a midfielder.

A draw was a fair result

Paul Traill
21/08/2022

On balance, I’d say a draw was fair as Nottingham Forest contributed a lot to the game. And to be fair I was quite grateful for the draw at the end as it could have been a lot worse.

Pressure Builds on Toothless Blues Ahead of the Deadline

Lyndon Lloyd
20/08/2022

It’s still early days, the window is still open, but it’s hard not to feel uneasy even at this stage about Everton’s prospects for the season

Blues steal first point from jaws of defeat

Michael Kenrick
20/08/2022

Everton hosted Nottingham Forest for the first time in 23 years and battled to a late goal that secured their first point of a massively underwhelming season so far.

The Opening-Day Curse?

David Hardman
19/08/2022

Looking back at the win over Manchester United in 2012 that sparked an 11-year run of opening-day fixtures without defeat for Everton

The Avatar

Lyndon Lloyd
15/08/2022

For most of last season, Anthony Gordon channeled the passion, desperation and energy of a fearful fanbase on the pitch. 2022-23 was supposed to be a season of further development for him at Goodison but a big-money offer from Chelsea has thrown up a hard choice for the club.

Familiar Away-Day Blues for Blunt Everton

Lyndon Lloyd
13/08/2022

Frank Lampard might rue waiting as long as he did to make changes to a line-up that wasn't working but Amadou Onana showed the way forward with a mixed but hugely promising late cameo

Tom Griffiths: The Player with More than one String to his Bow

Rob Sawyer
12/08/2022

T.P. Griffiths may have understandably been overshadowed at Everton by his countryman and fellow centre-half T.G. Jones but he enjoyed a distinguished career with some of the greatest clubs in the land

Everton leave big chances too late

Michael Kenrick
13/08/2022

The first away game of the new season at Aston Villa ended in defeat as Everton lacked the confidence and desire to play forward for large periods.

Everton 0-1 Chelsea – Short tactical review

Graham Holliday
12/08/2022

An early assessment of how Everton are shaping up under Frank Lampard this season

This week – 5 years ago

David Hardman
12/08/2022

Ronald Koeman is in charge, Wayne Rooney has returned and Everton are in Europa League action either side of a season-opener against Stoke City

Everton Colours Me a Bright Blue

Nazir Musa
13/08/2022

A Blackburn Rovers fan attends a Premier League game in the city of Liverpool for the first time and is bowled over by the atmosphere at Goodison Park and the welcome he received by Evertonians

An Encouraging Defeat... Somewhat

Paul Traill
08/08/2022

It's apparent to all what is required. Let's make sure we get that striker in because, as far as I can tell, especially with the other incoming additions, the rest of the squad will more than do.

Luck still in short supply at Goodison

Lyndon Lloyd
06/08/2022

Ye footballing gods, this succession of serious injuries isn’t funny. But despite the frustration of an opening-day defeat by the fine margins of a penalty decision, there were elements of this Everton performance that were genuine cause for optimism

Better Days Are Coming

Stephen Dages
07/08/2022

This one's from the heart as it's about my father-in-law's battle with stage IV cancer. Everton have given us hope during tough times and with the new campaign kicking off, we know that better days are coming!

On this week... 25 years ago

David Hardman
06/08/2022

Looking back at similarly unsettling times as today as Joe Royle struggled to reproduce the promise of his first few months in charge at Goodison Park

A rubbish game of stop-start and self-destruction

Michael Kenrick
06/08/2022

Depleted Everton kicked off the 2022-23 season with a ridiculous game that saw Godfrey seriously injure his leg through his own stupidity.... and it just went downhill with a plethora of game-destroying stoppages.

New signings provide a breath of fresh air

Michael Kenrick
29/07/2022

In their final pre-season friendly, Everton's new signings showed they may bring enough freshness to inspire improvement in the strictly limited group of players that remain the core of Lampard's poor retinue.

Our Points Deduction

Michael Owen
25/07/2022

It looks as though we could be starting the season with hardly any new players, and with just four pre-season games under our belt. That represents a self-imposed points deduction.

Inertia

Lyndon Lloyd
16/07/2022

Farhad Moshiri has restated his commitment to Everton but, without any tangible change in how the club is run from the top, there is little hope it can make any meaningful strides towards realising the owner's stated ambitions from six years ago.

Grant Ingles - Everton's Invisible Money Man

Stephen Vincent
16/07/2022

Grant Ingles. How has he escaped our wrath so far? Like our owner, he is a Chartered Accountant. In common with the rest of our Board, he has no commercial experience in the real world.

One month to go: what's left?

Robert Tressell
14/07/2022

Whom could Everton still target as attractive options are being snapped up by rival clubs?

From ‘New Moston Beckenbauer’ to Potential Everton Skipper — Robbie Simpson on James Tarkowski

Ell Bretland
03/07/2022

Speaking exclusively to ToffeeWeb, "Tarky's" former Oldham Athletic team-mate describes what the new signing can bring to Everton and it's a lot more than your typical no-nonsense centre-back

Everton – The Great Reset?

Kevin Murray
02/07/2022

The strategic review has lead to a new Director of Football at the club and a new manager, along with several new coaches. This does feel like a genuine possibility to get things right at Everton.




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