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EVERTON SEASON DIARY
31st: Everton are to pursue the transfer of
Tony Thomas, valued by Tranmere
at around £500,000.
30th: Current injuries are:
Joe Parkinson knee
Andy Hinchcliffe thigh strain
Tony Grant ankle
29th: Everton cruise to a 6-0 win in a pre-season friendly on
Guernsey; Tony Thomas plays the first half.
28th: Everton are to give a trial to Tony Thomas, right back
at Tranmere. Les Ferdinand finally signs for Spurs, "the only club
he considered joining." 300 golfers and locals opposed to Everton's
proposed new stadium site on Kirkby Municipal Golf Course formed a human
blockade to successfully block a pre-publicised site visit by football chiefs,
councillors and local government officials.
27th: Everton lose the Umbro Cup Final to
Chelsea after a very impressive performance by
a young team. The 3-1 scoreline unfairly flatters Chelsea . Ajax beat
Newcastle 3-0 as Shearer badly injured his ankle in the 3rd Place playoff.
26th: Everton make a great start in the 1997 Umbro Cup at Goodison
Park, beating a very driven Ajax side by a single
well-taken goal from Gary Speed. Also, Chelsea beat Newcastle United
on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
July 25th: Sheffield United agree
to accept £250,000 compensation, dropping legal action
against Everton and Howard Kendall in exchange for a friendly at Bramall
Lane on 19 August.
24th: Richard Dunne captains Ireland in a 2-3 defeat by France,
in the U-18 Championship in Iceland.
23rd: A tribunal decides that Everton should pay an initial
fee of £700,000 to Aston Villa for Gareth Farrelly. Pay-as you-Play
could take the final sum toward £1 million. See the
Gareth Farrelly FactFile for
22nd: Everton beat Stoke City 2-0 in a
testimonial for Ian Cranson at the Victoria Ground.
21st: Ciriaco Sforza decides to join the Bundesliga outfit FC
Kaiserslautern (Sforza's old team), despite Everton's higher offer.
21st: Everton lose interest in Hungarian goalkeeper, Szab Safar, although
he was not to blame for the three goals conceded during his trial match at
July 20th: AC Milan have accepted a bid
of £2.75M from Everton for midfielder and Swiss captain, Ciriaco Sforza.
19th: Everton lost 0-3 in the second pre-season friendly at
Tranmere Rovers. The match started badly
with Speed's own goal, followed by a great solo effort from John Aldridge.
18th: Howard Kendall decides not to pursue the signing of Danish defender,
Thomas Rytter, after he fails to impress in Dave Watson's Testimonial. The
much-touted transfer of Ravanelli ends in acrimony when the club refuses
to contemplate the White Feather's outrageous wage demands. Everton
Reserves defeat Burscough 6-0 in a friendly
at Victoria Park.
17th: Everton unveil their new home strip in a controversial shade
of metallic "light Royal Blue", together with new shirt sponsor, One 2 One,
but announce that replica kits will not be available until the end of August.
Hungarian goalkeeper, Szab Safar from Vasas Budapest, will play in
goal against Tranmere, as part of a trial.
16th: Everton beat Glasgow Rangers 3-2
with Danish trialist, Thomas Rytter, playing in Dave Watson's
Testimonial. Ravanelli visits Bellefield and discusses personal terms
for a possible transfer to Everton.
July 15th: The Israeli FA deny
permission for Tal Bannin to play on trial in tomorrow's testimonial, thus
effectively ending Everton's interest in the Israeli captain.
14th: Kendall swoops to sign Grimsby Town's promising young
winger, John Oster, for £1M,
plus appearance incentives. Thomas Rytter arrives at Bellefield on
trial from Sevilla. The FA decide to simplify the
disciplinary system, with suspensions after 5,
8, and 11 yellow cards and institute a credit by wiping off a caution
for each of 5 complete successive games played without a card.
11th: Sheffield United issue writs against Howard
Kendall for breach of contract, and against Everton for failure to provide
adequate compensation for Kendall's release from his managerial contract
with the Blades.
July 10th: Everton are planning
to give a trial to Tal Bannin, Israeli captain and midfielder. A bid of
£7.5M has been accepted by Middlesbrough for disaffected striker, Fabrizio
9th: Everton arrange a trial for Thomas Rytter, the Denmark
right back valued at £1.5M by the relegated Spanish club, Sevilla.
8th: After rebuffing Kendall's bid of £5M, Newcastle have
priced Les Ferdinand at £6M.
7th: Inter Milan accept Everton's £5M bid for Paul Ince,
but the ex-Man Utd midfielder declines talks with Peter Johnson, preferring
to join Liverpool on a more complex cash & friendly gate-money / TV rights
July 5th: Commercial Director Cliff
Finch addresses the AGM of ESCLA (Everton Supporters Club London Area).
Finch expresses concern over Parkinson's long-term injury situation.
4th: Two Italian teenagers, Mauro Espostio (18) of Pescara and
Luigi Riccio (19) of Perugia, join Everton on trial for two months.
3rd: Players return to Bellefield for pre-season training.
2nd: Andy Holden (ex-Oldham player) is taken on as youth team coach,
under Colin Harvey.
July 1st: Howard Kendall's first
signing is Gareth Farrelly
from Aston Villa. Joe Parkinson
undergoes a minor operation on his knee to clear up some debris left behind
by the more serious knee operation he underwent last December.
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Last Update: 23 Nov 1997.