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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

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

Kevin Murray
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
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?

Groundhog Day all over again

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

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

Happy Birthday to an Unsung Hero

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

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

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

Another “Lifer” is initiated

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

Are we fighting the right battle?

Barry Metcalfe
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.


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

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

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.

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

Air Blocker Filter Man

Robert Tressell
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
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.

A Blue Is Born

Jamie Sweet
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.

The window: how did we do?

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

A Brief Everton Love Affair

Alan Corbett
"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
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

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

Everton Colours Me a Bright Blue

Nazir Musa
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

Better Days Are Coming

Stephen Dages
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
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

Our Points Deduction

Michael Owen
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.

Grant Ingles - Everton's Invisible Money Man

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

Everton – The Great Reset?

Kevin Murray
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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