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A New Everton

Paul The Esk
We have perhaps one last chance to deliver. New investors, new board members, new executives, existing players and coaches, the responsibility to change is yours. Remove the systems of failure, reinvigorate this global bastion of club football and build a New Everton.

Football and How to Survive It

Rob Sawyer
This is the title of the second instalment of Pat Nevin’s memoirs, picking up with the author enjoying the happiest times of his playing career

Summary of Everton’s current position: Not out of the woods

Paul The Esk
Funding for the stadium and Board changes with MSP Sports Capital's involvement won't provide funding for players or address the deficiencies of the squad but the latter will provide evidence of change

The Life of Barrie Rees

Rob Sawyer
Turning pro in 1961, the versatile Rhyl-born player made his senior bow for the reigning Champion Toffees during the 1963-64 season before leaving for Brighton and tragically losing his life not long afterwards

Russian Roulette

Lyndon Lloyd
Farhad Moshiri has spun the chamber, pulled the trigger and been fortunate that the barrel has been empty both times over the last two seasons. Everton urgently need a change of leadership because the owner - and, by extension, the club - likely won't be so lucky next time.

Make Everton Great Again (MEGA)

James Corbett
A 10-point manifesto to revitalise our great club

Relief and Indignation Should Replace Jubilation if Everton Stay Up

Lyndon Lloyd
As 1998 went after 1994, so should 2023 go after 2022 if Everton manage to secure their Premier League status next weekend.

Before the Big Bang, Everton’s 1905 Tour

Jimmy Milner
Not much was known about our very first overseas tour back in May 1905, which saw us head to Austria-Hungary for the first of seven friendly matches on the Continent.

The sale of Moshiri’s stake in Everton looks increasingly inevitable

Paul The Esk
As new owners rather than new investment appear more likely, a look at how we got to this position

Time to Stand Up and Fight, Everton

Lyndon Lloyd
Regardless of who plays, the 11 that take the field need to stand tall, be brave, and fight for the shirt from the first minute to the last at Leicester on Monday evening.

The “R” Word and its Financial Consequences

Paul The Esk
A detailed but stark examination of the financial implications for Everton should the worst happen this month

None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See

Lyndon Lloyd
In poking a section of the fanbase with his mis-guided and divisive open letter, "Chairman Bill" betrayed a galling lack of self-awareness and humility at a critical time for the club while also proving the protesters' point: the time for him to step down has long since passed

One of Our Aircraft is Missing

Pete Jones
80 years ago a promising young outside left was lost over the Mediterranean at the height of WW2. Pete Jones tells his story through the letters his family have preserved and sets his loss against the pivotal period of the war

Everton 2021-22 Accounts: Analysis, Part III

Paul The Esk
Farhad Moshiri's investment, how we are financed, the stadium options, the 'going concern' issue, and what Moshiri needs to do

The Importance of Communication and Engagement in Our Current Plight

Paul The Esk
At a time when Everton's future will be driven by events in the next few weeks, communication is key. As Aristotle said "Communication must lead to change"

This Week: 28 Years Ago

David Hardman
Looking back at that wonderful FA Cup semi-final at Elland Road

Everton 2021-22 Accounts: Analysis, Part II

Paul The Esk
Farhad Moshiri's investment, how we are financed, the stadium options, the going concern issue and what Moshiri needs to do

Everton 2021-22 Accounts: Analysis, Part I

Paul The Esk
The great Moshiri experiment has reached the stage where the risk profile of the business has reached untenable levels.

Goodison Avenue – Everton’s Celebrity Street

Rob Sawyer
Between the 1930s and 1950s, on this modest terraced cul-de-sac backing onto Goodison Park, you could have chanced upon Everton stars of their day going about their daily business

A Night of Acclaim for Everton’s Pioneering Women

Everton Heritage Society
Shortly before kick-off of the women's Merseyside derby on 24 March, a fitting tribute was paid to the achievement of the Everton women's team of 1997-98 in winning the national league title for the only time, so far, in the club’s history

Referral by the Premier League, P&S explained, and the potential consequences

Paul The Esk
The implications of the Premier League's referral of Everton to an independent commission are huge for the club. Without hyperbole, this is the existential threat Moshiri spoke of

A call to arms for the fans at Goodison Park

Zack Threlfall
We may be going through a tough time as a club, but we cannot afford to let that affect us. We must unite as fans and give our all for every game left this season. Our players and management team need unwavering support in pursuing each priceless 3 points.

This Week: 7 Years Ago

David Hardman
Back when we could actually beat Aston Villa

Leadership required urgently from Moshiri

Paul The Esk
The empty seats in the Goodison Park Directors Box are a visual representation of the board through a lack of its own leadership. We cannot wait another day longer for him to make the personnel changes necessary.

Moshiri’s financial commitment, stadium financing & minority investors

Paul The Esk
A detailed look at Farhad Moshiri's spending on Everton so far and how the stadium financing can be achieved

Sam Chedgzoy – A Star on Both Sides of The Atlantic

Rob Sawyer
The Ellesmere Port-born player spent 16 seasons with Everton, forced a change in the rules of the game with his famous corner in 1924 and went on to have a 13-year career in North America

Will Jarrad Branthwaite be the next great player Everton sell on?

Michael Kenrick
Watching Jarrad Branthwaite play football brings back memories of first seeing John Stones strut his stuff in front of the Everton faithful, and draw their ire, only for him to go on and become an excellent centre-half for Manchester City.

The Custodian

Adam McCulloch
"If you’d have told me that one day Everton would be in a mess and we needed someone to get us out of it, I know which man I’d pick"

The Accelerating Decline of an English Giant

Lyndon Lloyd
The debacle of this transfer window and the failures of the last one are an indictment of the inadequacy of Everton’s leadership and the mismanagement of the time available to them which has put the club's Premier League status in genuine jeopardy

Everton's Doomsday Clock

EFC Shareholders Association
Relegation in itself would not spell immediate annihilation for the Blues, but it could certainly place the continued existence of the club in jeopardy. The Everton Shareholders Association calls on all supporters to sign the petition registering a Vote of No Confidence in the club's Board of Directors

This week:10 Years Ago

David Hardman
Everton travelled to Bolton in the FA Cup 4th round

What’s our name? Everton’s and the British influence on early South American football

Jimmy Milner
After Southampton travelled to take on Everton last weekend, it's not just the mighty Blues who can claim to have their fingerprints on the early days of South American football. 

Who’s Responsible for Everton’s Toxic Culture?

Colin Ellis
Now that the club have dispensed with the services of another manager, I’ll try and break it down to make it easier to understand and offer some ideas about why we are where we are and how it can be fixed moving forward.

Survival Strategy

Paul The Esk
How do we get through the next four months? What happens then? Doing nothing is no longer an option. That’s the challenge facing Farhad Moshiri, the very survival of Everton Football Club.

This week... 1 year ago

David Hardman
David Hardman recalls the tumultuous recent history of January 2022

Divided We Fall

Lyndon Lloyd
Things do seem to be irreparably broken at Everton, at least in the short term. There are moves the hierarchy can make, either through decisive action by the owner, or humility and acceptance from others around him, but in the meantime, the fans have to stick both together and with whatever players are in that squad come 1 February

All Together Now

Ell Bretland
There have been no good times under this Chairman, Board and Owner. Only near misses and falling short time and again. Faint hope extinguished annually. Now, Evertonians are mobilising and will use their voice to ensure change happens at the top because they have all had enough.

Johnny Holt – Everton’s Little Devil 

Rob Sawyer
T.G. Jones is widely cited as the club’s finest centre-half, with the next generation of fans also holding Brian Labone in the highest of esteem. But let us not overlook Johnny Holt, the Little Devil

This Week: 35 Years Ago

David Hardman
“This month” would be a more accurate description, as it took four matches throughout January 1988 to separate Sheffield Wednesday and Everton in the FA Cup.

A Final Farewell to Neil Robinson

Rob Sawyer and Mike Royden
Last Monday, people came from far and wide to pay their final respects to former Toffee, Neil Robinson who passed away suddenly on 24 November, at just sixty-five years of age. 

Remembering 'Chick' Meagan

Rob Sawyer
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
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
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
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

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

Lyndon Lloyd
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

This Week – 33 Years Ago

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

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

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

Who do you support?

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

This Week – 38 Years Ago

David Hardman
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
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
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

This week – 28 years ago

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

Moshiri’s £830 million commitment to Everton

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

This Week – 23 years ago

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

This week – 12 years ago

David Hardman
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

This week – 16 years ago

David Hardman
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
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
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
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.

This Week – 30 years ago

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

The Opening-Day Curse?

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

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

Rob Sawyer
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 0-1 Chelsea – Short tactical review

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

This week – 5 years ago

David Hardman
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

On this week... 25 years ago

David Hardman
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


Lyndon Lloyd
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.

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

Ell Bretland
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

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