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EVERTON SEASON DIARY
28th: Returning ex-captain and lifelong Evertonian, Gary Speed
may have got a roasting from the doubting Everton fans but it did nothing
to warm up a dreadful 0-0 draw against Newcastle
United played in the blustery cold.
27th The transfer of Don
Hutchison from Sheffield United is finally completed. Everton paid
£750,000 plus Jon O'Connor
for the services of the ex-Red bad boy. Full-back Terry
Phelan suffered a reaction to a calf injury while playing for the reserves
against Tranmere on Wednesday and is unlikely to be available for Everton's
home game against Newcastle tomorrow.
Southall has gone on a month's loan to Stoke City.
25th: Everton reserves beat Tranmere
Rovers reserves 3-1. Alan Mahon's goal was cancelled by goals from Richard
Dunne, Tony Thomas and John Oster. Everton defender
Graham Allen is holding talks
with Wigan Athletic about a £250,000 move to Springfield Park.
Southall returns from his loan at Southend United with an unenviable
record: not a single win.
Cadamarteri picked up a leg injury, leaving very few strikers available.
23rd: Its still Roy Evans CBE as Liverpool simply can't
beat Everton. The Anfield derby ended 1-1 as Everton
and Liverpool both could have grabbed the points
in a pulsating match full of missed chances.
Gareth Farrelly picks up his
5th yellow card and will miss one match.
Earl Barrett finally moves
to Sheffield Wednesday, not United to replace the injured Ian
22nd: Gary Speed reveals in a Sunday Times Interview that he
is bound by a confidentiality agreement which prevents him telling his side
of the acrimonious end to his Everton career.
21st: An excellent interview with Howard Kendall is featured
in The Times (see What the Papers Say).
17th: Everton are planning to sign
Don Hutchinson from Sheffield
United next week, after he has finished serving a two-match suspension.
Jon O'Connor may move the other
way, along with £750,000, putting their respective valuations at around
£1.1M and £350,000... A critical review of
Finances has been published on the Web by Tony Lloyd... Joe Royle
gets back into management almost a year after leaving Everton: he takes over
struggling Manchester City.
16th: Everton are accused of poaching young Wolf cubs!
Everton's midland scout, who as since left the club, is charged with
(unsuccessfully) enticing 4 Wolves trainees to leave Molineux, in breach
of FA regulations.
15th: Tony Grant
will be out for at least 6 weeks with yet another injury. Madar is
in better shape, but Barmby is listed as doubtful for the Anfield derby...
14th: "It never rains but it pours..." Madar gets whacked,
Dunc gets held, Grant gets crocked, but its all in vain as Everton crash
and burn losing 2-1 at home to Derby County. Captain
Duncan Ferguson's annoyance
at Wanchope's illegal impedance took just 16 mins to reach boiling point.
He was shown the red card for elbowing and will now miss 3 matches from Feb
12th: Into the last eight of The Times FA
Youth Cup, Everton have a home tie with Hull or
10th: Another player leaves Everton:
John Hills returns to Blackpool,
for £60,000... so much for Joe Royle's £90,000 investment in the
Jeffers must rest after a virus infection: he will be out for about 6
weeks! Everton Reserves struggle to a 1-0
home victory over Derby County in the Pontins Central League, Premier Division.
7th: Everton scrape a 2-2 draw at basement-team
Barnsley with goals from new team captain Ferguson,
and from Tony Grant.
6th: Gary Speed
finally completes his long-touted move to Newcastle United, for a few of
around £6M. Jon
O'Connor is off to Sheffield United on loan, with a view to a permanent
5th: Everton play safe for the future by locking in 17-yr-old
YTS trainee Francis Jeffers
to a 5-yr contract. The stadium
debate is set to resurface with strong rumours that the club are pushing
for the sale and demolition of Goodison Park so that the site may be used
for new shopping facilities...
4th: Howard Kendall wins the Carling Manager of the Month trophy
(his 15th!) for January after pulling Everton out of the relegation zone
on a shoestring budget...
Francis Jeffers missed last
nights match with a virus infection.
3rd: Everton's Youth team moved on into the 5th Round of The
Times FA Youth Cup when they came from behind
at Watford to win 3-2 with the goals coming in an 8-min blitz. Goodison
Park come 70th in a Coleman's Football Food Guide survey of the 93 senior
grounds (including Wembley): "sub-standard, poor food"... On a much
more serious note, the club finally admits that
Joe Parkinson is badly crocked:
he needs another(!) cartiledge-replacement operation on his knee and is due
to fly out to see a Fifa specialist in Sweden; he may be out for another
2nd: Nick Barmby
is selected for the England B squad to play Chile B at The Hawthorns on 10
February... Gary Speed
hints at a deep and unspecified reason for him wanting to leave Everton,
but he is telling nothing more...
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Last Update: 28 Feb 1998.