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28th: Slaven Bilic may have played in the Croatia vs Slovenia.
Goalkeeping coach, Mervyn Day, has accepted a post as Assistant Manger to
Alan Curbishley at newly promoted Charlton Athletic, following the resignation
of Les Reed.
Myhre is in the Norway squad to play Saudi Arabia. Everton have
agreed a fee of £40,000 for Stenhousemuir's Scotland Under-21 goalkeeper,
25th: A campaign is gathering momentum amongst Everton fans
to send a provocative fax to the club. Each fax asks the same simple question:
"WHAT IS THE CLUB DOING TODAY?"
Farrelly plays for Ireland who are held 0-0 by Mexico.
22nd: It appears that Howard Kendall may have put in a firm
bid for Derby County's tough midfielder, Lee Carsley.
Oster has been de-selected for the Wales matches against Malta and
Tunisa next month as punishment for his rash behaviour in Modena, when he
was sent off in an Under-21 friendly for swearing at the ref.
20th: Thomas Myhre was in the Norway squad that beat Mexico
4-1, but he did not get to play.
Cleland was signed by Everton on a free transfer under the
Bosman ruling. The Rangers full-back will join Everton when his contract
expires on 30 June.
18th: Richard Dunne and Gareth Farrelly played for a Republic
of Ireland team at Paul McGrath's testimonial, with Carl Tiler playing the
2nd half for the 'National Lottery International XI', who won 3-2 despite
another 20-yd Farrelly screamer.
17th: Dave Watson
is being considered for the manager's position at Norwich City, following
Mike Walker's sacking.
15th: The "pitch invasion" that followed Everton's miraculous
escape from relegation last Saturday is to be investigated by the FA.
13th: Speculation and rumour over Howard Kendall's future reach
silly levels but there are no real signs that he will be going anywhere.
12th: Two reserve players,
John O'Toole and
Chris Lane, have been released
by the club. Junior player Padraig Drew has also been released, and
Peter Beagrie has returned
to Bradford City after his rather ineffective loan spell.
11th: After yesterday's traumatic escape from the jaws of
Premiership death, Everton Chairman Peter Johnson issued a statement reaffirming
his committment to "the club he loves", despite the "divisive" opposition
of so many fans. Rumours appear that Lord Grantchester of the Moores family
has offered Johnson £50M for his 68% stake in the club. At a secret
board meeting, Kendall was either (a) asked to present his plan for future
success, (b) threatened with the sack, or (c) both.
10th: Everton miraculously survive the last day of the season,
finally scraping a 1-1 draw at home to Coventry
City while Bolton lose at Chelsea. An early 30-yd stunner from
Gareth Farrelly set them
on their way, but it couldn't be that simple: With 5 mins to go,
Nick Barmby has a penalty
saved. Then Dion Dublin (Yes, him!) equalizes for Coventry and Everton
are one goal away from relegation... But Chelsea seal Bolton's fate with
a last-minute goal at Stamford Bridge and Everton are safe! Safety that is
worth far more than Carling's £650,000 in prize money... At half-time
Neville Southall is given a long standing ovation as he says goodbye to Goodison
Park with a lap of honour.
9th: Two famous First Division clubs with Everton connections
are relegated. Joe Royle's Manchester City beat Neville Southall's
Stoke City 5-2 at The Britannia Stadium, but both clubs slide ignominiously
into the Second Division.
7th: Everton's Youth Team defend their 3-1 lead over
Blackburn Rovers in the second leg of
The Times FA Youth Cup Final, with Francis Jeffers scoring
in the first minute. The 2-2 scoreline means Everton's gallant lads win 5-3
on aggregate, and lift the Youth Cup for the 3rd
time in the club's history. A great victory,
5th: The last game of the season for
Everton Reserves ends in defeat by a single goal
at Leeds United. The FA may charge Don Hutchison over his despicable two-footed
tackle on Emmanuel Petit at Arsenal.
3rd: Everton make absolutely no impression at Highbury, as
Arsenal win 4-0 and go on to hoist the Premiership
trophy, leaving the Blues one point behind Bolton and staring relegation
in the face...
2nd: Almost all the Premiership
results go against Everton, with massive wins for Spurs, Newcastle, and
Bolton pushing Everton down to 18th place in the FA
Carling Premiership prior to tomorrow's huge game at Highbury.
1st: Phil Jevons opened the scoring for Everton's Youth team
at Ewood Park as they strode to an impressive 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers
in the first leg of The Times FA Youth
Cup Final. The transfer of John
Spencer from QPR to Everton has finally been confirmed for £1.5M.
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