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EVERTON FULL SEASON DIARY, 1998-99
This ToffeeWeb page records key events of Everton's
1998-99 season, starting in July 1998.
Items are in reverse chronological order (more recent first).
June 30: Young defender
Adam Farley has agreed to
a paltry one-year contract with Everton. Doesn't say much about their confidence
in him becoming a world-beater! Trabzonspor have called Everton's bluff and
raised the stakes on the Campbell deal to £3.5M. The matter may now
go to Fifa.
June 29: The French Connection at Goodison comes to an end
as Olivier Dacourt seals
his move to Lens for £6.5M. The injury to
Tommy Myhre is predictably
worse than expected, so Steve
Simonsen is likely to start with the tough job of keeping goal against
Manchester United on 8 August.
June 28: Celtic defender Alan Stubbs, continually linked with
Everton, will have exploratory surgery today after the results of a routine
drugs test at the Scottish Cup Final showed abnormalities indicative of
is expected to complete his protracted transfer to Everton today, after
Trabzonspor agreed a £3M deal, with
2/3 on installments .
Jun 27: Perugia have had a "derisory" bid of £2M for their
former player Marco Materazzi
firmly rejected by Everton.
Jun 26: Everton are officially acknowledging that they have
accepted a bid of £6.5M from Lens for
Olivier Dacourt. The transfer
is likely to be completed soon, provided he agrees personal terms. So the
certainty that he was joining Arsenal proves to be so much hot air...
Jun 25: The Turks are due in town to talk turkey (!) about
Kevin Campbell's hopefully imminent transfer to Everton.
Jun 24: The
Fixtures are out, and Everton
play host to all-conquering Manchester United on the opening day, 7 August.
Fiorentina have backed out the pre-season match-up at Goodison Park on 3
August: the visitors will now be PSV Eindhoven.
Jun 23: Investors
in Everton kick off their campaign to raise Everton's profile in the
City with a well-received conference at London's Waldorf Hotel.
Promising young left-back, Adam Eaton, has been allowed to move to
Preston North End for a nominal fee of £5,000 after only being offered
a 1-yr contract extension.
Jun 22: Ibrahima
Bakayoko becomes the first player in Walter Smith's clear-out, going
back to France on a £4M move to Olympique Marseille.
Jun 21: Michael Branch was bound over to keep the peace after
appearing before the beak on a drunk & disorderly charge...
Jun 20: Since Olivier Dacourt hasn't yet gone to Arsenal,
he must be on his way to... er... Liverpool? Not!
Jun 19: Who will be the first in Walter Smith's long-touted
but so far non-existent clear-out? Now that Adrian Heath is at Sheffield
United, he must want, er, Mitch Ward?
Jun 18: A group of professional and influential Everton fans
are pushing forward with their mission to encourage investment in Everton.
Jun 17: The Dacourt deal with Arsenal is apparently done and
dusted, but the Campbell saga looks set to drag on as Kev tries to sort out
some personal issues with the Turks.
Jun 16: Physiotherapist Andy Jones has left after
just two seasons to join Charlton Athletic. Andrew is replaced by Steve Hardwick,
who arrives from Bournemouth.
Jun 15: Former Everton star Adrian Heath has signed a
three-year contract to take over as manager of First Division Sheffield United.
Jun 14: Following a postal fiasco of Buckley Finch
proportions, Everton have extended by two weeks the deadline(s) for discounted
renewal of season tickets at the
Jun 13: Yes its Sunday, and its time for more idle tabloid
transfer twaddle. Can you say Dean Saunders? Why bother...
Jun 12: The Stubbs link just won't die a natural death.
He's nearly as ugly as Una are they perhaps related? Mitch Ward to
Barnsley for £0.5M? Maybe... Maybe not.
Jun 11: Everton have turned down a £5
million offer from Bordeaux for
Jun 10: The Everton Shareholders are getting ansi following
an inconclusive AGM where the club maintained that it could not talk about
the stillborn takeover process: according to Takeover Panel rules, the only
one allowed to speak is Peter Johnson!
Jun 9: Walton MP Kilfoyle has started asking questions
about Peter Johnson's illegal ownership of two senior football clubs.
David Weir played in Scotland's
dramatic 2-3 defeat to the Czech Republic;
Scot Gemmill was on the
Jun 8: Everton have turned down a bid from Burnley of
£300k for Paul Gerrard,
and are sticking out for £500k.
Steve Simonsen put in a
great display for England U-21 to keep a clean sheet in Bulgaria as his team
Jun 7: Promising Youth
Cup / U-19 midfielder Tony Hibbert
has signed a new 3-year contract and teenage defender
Adam Farley has agreed a
1-year deal. Neville Southall
and Mark Hughes will take joint control of the Welsh national team for the
Euro 2000 qualifier against Denmark at Anfield on Wednesday. The pair have
been appointed on a temporary basis following the resignation of Bobby Gould.
Jun 6: Peter Reid has been named as the new part-time
England U-21 coach. Mitch Ward to Barnsley for £0.5M? Maybe... Maybe
Jun 5: It is being widely reported that
Olivier Dacourt's "advisors"
have agreed terms with Arsenal, but that Ollie won't actually sign for another
fortnight. The fee is reported to be £6M. Steve Simonsen was not even
on the bench for England's U-21 3-0 win over Sweden.
is the latest to join the list of "Will they? Won't they?" non-movers. A
host of French clubs are said to be interested in taking him after just 7
months in the Premiership.
Jun 3: Despite the media hype, Everton have received
no offers for Olivier Dacourt
from Spurs, Arsenal, or anyone else. "He remains an Everton player for
the foreseeable future."
has tonsillitis and has pulled out of the England U-21 Squad.
Michael Ball has also withdrawn
with a groin problem. He needs a rest and should never have been picked anyway.
Steve Simonsen is still
Jun 1: Everton have as expected denied any validity
to the links for Ruel Fox of Spurs. Even the idiots at TeamTalk have finally
twigged there ain't any money for transfers, but will that stop them?
May 31st: It's the last day of
Kevin Campbell's loan spell,
and still no meaningful news on the transfer front. Club and agent are no
doubt playing brinkmanship to screw the last dinar out of the deal... or
to screw the deal.
May 30th: Manchester City's long trek on the path of recovery
back to former glories took a vital step today as
Joe Royle's team won a dramatic
2nd Division Wembley playoff final, coming back from 0-2 with a couple of
late goals, and winning on penalties after extra time.
May 28th: Steve Simonsen, Michael Ball and Francis Jeffers
have been selected for the England U-21 squad to play Sweden and Bulgaria
May 27th: The moment we have all been waiting for: Craig
Short finally signs a new 3-yr contract with Everton, having taking months
to wangle an extra year of "security" out of the deal. As
widely expected, Everton announced ticket
price increases of up to 25% for next season.
May 26th: Tommy Myhre sustained a broken bone in his ankle while
training with the Norwegian National side. He will be out of action for 6
May 25th: Today its Graham Stuart in a swap deal for Farrelly
and Grant (What?)... Ken Monkou is coming from Southampton (Why?)... Marco
Materazzi is still off to Perugia (When?)... Caddy to Bradford City (he is
a Yorkie after all)... and Short is still about to sign a new 3-year deal.
Oh, and Ollie to Arsenal for £7M. Just remember the rule: One out of
Ten... 90% of this is garbage.
May 24th: Today's rumours include: Bournemouth's Ian Cox for £1M.
Tommy Myhre to an unidentified Premiership Club... Michael Ball to Liverpool
May 23rd: The season is over, and the transfer rumours start in earnest,
with many Everton players slated to depart in a desperate effort to raise
cash for the club.
May 22th: Mixed feelings for Evertonians as the much-reviled
Gary Speed gets another chance
for Wembley glory in the FA Cup Final, and
Big Dunc makes a surprise
but ineffective sub-appearance: his groin injury may not be as serious as
has been rumoured, but both ex-Evertonians finished on the losing side as
a poor Newcastle fell to Manchester United.
May 21th: Don Hutchison will miss Scotland's vital Euro 2000
double-header next month he has a long-standing date to get married
in the Jamaica. Scot Gemmill and David Weir are bot tin the Scotland squad.
Craig Brown was thinking of picking
John Collins for the
Scotland squad but Everton moved quickly to quash the idea.
May 20th: Craig Short could well be signing a 3-year deal after all.
Paul Gerrard might be off to Charlton Athletic. The Bakayoyo swap deal for
Super Kev may be back on, now that Trabzonspor have given Gordon Milne the
elbow. Thomas Myhre played for Norway as they disposed of Jamaica in a 6-0
May 19th: No sign of much interest in Ollie Dacourt from any
French clubs but Middlesbrough and Aston Villa have reportedly had bids of
between £5.25M and £5.5M rejected by Everton, who say they are
holding out for the full £6M.
May 18th: Richard Gough, sprightly 37-year-old ex-Rangers
defender currently of Nottingham Forest and San Jose Clash(!)
has signed for his old boss, Walter Smith, who has put five of the
Everton Squad on the transfer
list: defender John O'Kane, striker Michael Branch and midfielders Tony Grant,
John Oster and Gareth Farrelly.
May 17th: The season is over, but the soap-opera of Everton's
close season is only just beginning. Let's start with the
Everton Badboys who top(?) the Fair Play League:
108 yellow cards, 7 reds, and an almost certain £50,000 fine, plus more
FA pain and displeasure to come...
May 16th: Everton simply rolled over and died at The Dell as
Davey Jones' relegation-threatened
Southampton strolled to safety with an easy
May 15th: In an
Interview with Craig
Short at PlayerTalk, it appears that the potential Bosmanite is holding
out for a 4- or 5-year contract from Everton, who have only offered the
30-year-old a rather generous 3 years.
May 14th: With Kevin Keegan hunting glory as the new England Manager,
our very own Paul Bracewell
takes over the helm as Manager of newly promoted Fulham.
May 13th: Old Evertonians Dixie
Dean, Tommy Lawton and
Joe Mercer were named in the
Football's Hall of Fame, along with Alex
Young, Alan Ball,
Gary Lineker, and
May 12th: Brian Kidd was an Evertonian for one season, so we mark
the demise of his charges at Blackburn Rovers who are relegated despite
or should that be because of Jack Walker's steel fortune. Meanwhile,
Everton Reserves finish the season in fine
style, beating Leicester City by 4-0.
May 11th: Everton Badboy Don Hutchison,
who picked up his 11th yellow card at Chelsea,
received a severe slap on the wrist, a £1,000 fine, and was warned about
his future conduct at an FA Disciplinary Hearing in Sheffield today.
May 10th: Everton
Reserves beat reigning Pontins League Premier Division Champions Leeds
United by the only goal of the game at Goodison Park, Phil Jevons was the
May 9th: Old
Evertonians Stuart McCall and Peter Beagrie play vital roles as
captain and goalscorer respectively, helping to bring First Division Bradford
City back into the top-flight after 77 years.
May 8th: Everton secure their 97th season in the
top flight in grand style, beating West Ham United
by 6-0, with Kevin Campbell
getting a hat-trick for good measure that makes him the club's
leading goalscorer this season with 9 in just
May 7th: Everton plan to unveil their new kit on 12 May... but its
already all over
the Internet, and will actually be worn by the players vs West Ham United
on Saturday. This is your chance to save the club from financial oblivion:
Get yer orders in now!
May 6th: Olivier
Dacourt seems to have put the final nail in his Everton coffin, as he
expresses his frustration at broken promises and reportedly says he's returning
May 5th: The Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation have issued
a statement ending their business relationship with
Bill Kenwright, and terminating
any backing for his efforts to put together a bid for
Peter Johnson's shares. Kenwright vows
to "fight on" for ultimate control of the club and is already talking to
two other banking groups.
May 4th: Everton's Finances
are in a parlous sate, with reports that the overdraft is now at £20M
and rising suggesting that some higher-paid players may be sold off in the
summer, and ticket prices may also increase significantly.
May 3rd: Everton Reserves failed in
their attempt to overhaul rivals Liverpool in the Pontins League Premier
Division, losing by the only goal of the game.
May 2nd: In the FA Youth Academy Premier League Play-offs, Everton's
Under-19 team came up against their Youth Cup nemesis:
West Ham, and lost 0-1, thus ending their chance for glory in the inaugural
season. However, other sources say it was a 0-0 draw.
May 1st: An utterly pathetic display by Everton at
Chelsea ensured that winning four Premiership
matches on the trot remains beyond them. An excellent solo-goal by Franny
Jeffers in no way compensated for Walter Smith's tactical negativity and
his singular failure to motivate the players for a win. Everton retain a
small mathematical risk of relegation.
Apr 30th: Everton enter tomorrow's match at Chelsea without two key
players Materazzi and Gemmill who are suspended, plus the usual
list of long-term injuries.
Apr 29th: Kevin
Campbell has been voted FA Carling Player of the Month after his
six-shooting escapades that have all but saved Everton from the dreaded drop.
Apr 28th: Everton Reserves get walloped
3-0 at Aston Villa and slip back to sixth place in the Pontins League Premier
Division. David Weir, Don Hutchison and Scott Gemmill all play for Scotland
against Germany in Bremen, where the Hutch stuns the entire world with his
match-winning goal. Michael Ball and Francis Jeffers were on the substitutes
bench for England 1-1 draw in Hungary.
Apr 27th: Everton's Youth Team win the home leg of the FA
Youth Cup semi-final 1-0 against West Ham United
but fail 1-3 on aggregate. Steve Simonsen sat on the bench for the England
U-21 match in Hungary, which finished 2-2. Clifford Finch announces that
he will be resigning from Everton's Board of Directors at the end of the
Apr 26th: Everton Reserves beat Birmingham
City 3-0 at Goodison Park in the Pontins League Premier Division.
Apr 25th: Michael Branch has been arrested for being drunk and
disorderly in Matthew Street, Liverpool.
Apr 24th: Everton finally break free from the relegation mire
by destroying rivals Charlton Athletic 4-1
in a crucial Premiership run-in match-up, and thereby chalking up a second
double for the season. Kevin Campbell got another two goals, bringing his
ration to more than 1 per match. The match also signals the start of Everton's
live audio commentary via the Internet, courtesy of
was basically a disaster for most punters.
Apr 23rd: Joe Parkinson
has been told he can finally start light training after an agonizing two-year
Apr 21st: Wally Smith stands up for Everton
Badboy, Ollie Dacourt before the FA Disciplinary Committee on a good
day, and comes away with only a £2,500 fine and a smack on the wrist,
but NO BAN!!!
Apr 20th: Everton's Youth Team crash 0-3 in the first leg of the
FA Youth Cup semi-final away at West Ham United.
But Everton get some good news in the
Premiership relegation scrap, with
Charlton losing 1-4 to Spurs at home.
Apr 19th: Everton Reserves beat Nottingham
Forest 5-2 at Goodison Park, with Cadamarteri bagging a hat-trick and Michael
Branch straining his hamstring. Richard Dunne and Joe Parkinson are back
in training after long injury layoffs.
Apr 17th: Everton travel to St James Park and return with a priceless
3-1 victory over Newcastle United, thanks to
two goals from Kevin Campbell, a penalty save from Tommy Myhre off Alan Shearer,
and a brilliant first-time volley from Scott Gemmill at the death. That's
the first double of the season!
Apr 14th: Everton Reserves draw 0-0 at
home to Blackburn Rovers. Paul
Gerrard returned from his long loan spell with Oxford United to take
up the Reserves goalie jersey.
Gareth Farrelly also got a
game after a long layoff due to injury.
Apr 13th: Everton want to appeal against Marco Materazzi's red card
v Coventry but in FA parlance it was only a yellow card offence, so no appeal
Apr 12th: Major suspension trouble looms for
Everton Badboys in the relegation run-in,
where both Materazzi and Dacourt will miss the last three matches. Barmby
and Gemmill will also miss a match each. Everton
Reserves lose 2-3 at Stoke City. Everton
Under-17s lose 1-2 to Watford and are knocked out of the FA Youth Academy
Apr 11th: Kevin Campbell's two goals win it for Everton against
Coventry City, despite the best efforts of the
referee Rob Harris to influence proceedings, booking five Everton players
and sending off Marco Materazzi after Darren Huckerby dived. Ibrahima Bakayoko
scored for the Ivory Coast as they beat Congo 2-0 in the African Nations
Apr 10th: The other also-rans down in the
Premiership relegation mire Charlton,
Southampton, Notts Forest all lost today, which is good news
Apr 9th: Following his inappropriate goal celebration in the Anfield
derby last weekend, Liverpool's Robbie "Smackhead" Fowler is awarded a 4-match
ban and large fine.
Apr 8th: Everton's Youth Cup team will meet West Ham who beat Arsenal
4-0 in the replay of their drawn 6th Round tie.
Apr 7th: Everton Reserves lose badly 2-5 to Sunderland. Nick Barmby's
booking v Liverpool was apparently his fifth of the season, although no-one,
including our Everton Badboys page, lists more
than four yellow cards... If correct, Barmby will miss the trip to Newcastle
United on April 17.
Apr 6th: Everton's Under-17 team finished
4th in Group A of the FA Youth Academy Premier League, and qualify for the
Apr 5th: Just what is Walter Smith playing at? He drops Michael Ball
and plays Tony Grant! Everton unsurprisingly crash 1-2 at Goodison Park to
Sheffield Wednesday after Franny Jeffers scored
another excellent goal. But stupid backpassess by Unsworth and Materazzi
gift a precious win to The Wednesday. And a solitary goal from
Graham Stuart for Charlton away
at West Ham lifts the Addicks above Everton, who slide ominously into 18th
Apr 4th: Both Everton badboys Ollie Dacourt
and Nick Barmby are walking the disciplinary tightrope tomorrow: Barmby has
4 yellows, Dacourt has 13.
Apr 3rd: Everton's 5-yr spell over neighbours
Liverpool finally ends in predictable fashion
with another bizarre team selection which included the useless Michael Branch,
and way-too-late substitution by Walter Smith in the160th derby match.
Final score: 2-3 with goals from Dacourt and Jeffers. Debuts for
Campbell, bringing the
total numbers of players used this season to 35 an all-time club record.
Apr 2nd: Everton go into tomorrow's derby missing 11 first-team
players: Hutchison (suspended); Bakayoko, Bilic, Collins, Cleland,
Dunne, Farrelly, Williamson, Phelan, Parkinson (injured); Gerrard
(on loan). Everton Under-19s win the inaugural
FA Youth Academy Regional Title, heading Group A by one goal from Manchester
Apr 1st: Ibrahima Bakayoko is injured and Don Hutchison suspended
for the Anfield derby.
March 31st: David Weir plays in Scotland's 1-2 home defeat by the
Czech Republic. Don Hutchison gets his first senior national run out as a
63rd-min substitute for Gary McAllister.
29th: Representatives of HSBC's investment banking arm have
been visiting Goodison and Bellefield, as a precursor to the next stage of
Bill Kenwright's takeover bid.
28th: The Everton U-14's are playing in the
Dallas Cup in, er, Dallas,
TX. Everton Ladies fail in the League Cup Final
against Arsenal at Prenton Park, losing 1-3.
27th: Don Hutchison is called up to join David Weir in Craig Brown's
Scotland squad but their match against Bosnia is called off.
Everton Reserves lose 0-3 at Manchester United,
where Mitch Ward makes a comeback from injury.
March 26th: Everton called off their friendly trip to the Gulf
for a match against a Dubai Select XI.
Michael Ball plays a vital
part in the England U-21 5-0 demolition of Poland at The Dell, but
Steve Simonsen is not even
on the bench! Peter Degn played
for Denmark U-21 in their 1-2 defeat by
Italy. Don Hutchison's
red card appeal has been predictably denied: lack of video evidence.
25th: Transfer Deadline Day its not Celtic's Morten Weighorst,
who is injured, or ex-Blue Tony Cottee, who's Leicester boss told Walter
where to put his £500,000 offer... The new face is
Scott Gemmill of Nottingham
Forest, joining Everton for a "nominal fee" of around £200,000.
Peter Degn is being lined up
to play for Everton in the Liverpool Senior Cup Second Round tie with Tranmere
24th: The arrival of
Kevin Campbell on loan
from Turkish club Trabzonspor is confirmed. Another non-achiever, ex-Red
Michael Thomas, will thankfully not be joining Everton from Benfica, where
he is still owed money. Meanwhile, ex-Evertonian
Graham Stuart has stepped back
into the Premiership with Charlton Athletic, leaving cash-strapped Sheffield
United for £1.1M.
23rd: The FA Youth Cup campaign forges
ahead with a 1-0 home win over Aston Villa in the 6th Round, thanks to an
early goal from recalled first-teamer,
22nd: Olivier Dacourt's
13th yellow card yesterday, just three weeks after his FA Disciplinary dressing
down, puts him perilously close to incurring the full wrath of the FA.
March 21st: The realists expected nothing else at
Manchester United: losing Bakayoko after 5 mins,
and losing the match 1-3 in a 13-min second-half blitz that swamped a very
poor Everton team forced by Walter Smith to defend the one point they arrived
with. Peter Degn got his debut
as a sub.
20th: Howard Kendall was fired by Greek club Ethnikos after less than
4 months in charge. Ethnikos are in last place in the Greek first division
and 8 points adrift.
19th: Cold water has been poured on Bill Kenwright's Everton takeover
bid by the spectre of relegation, and the fear that nothing will be sorted
until the status of the club for next season has been established.
18th: The Nigerian Nonsense takes a new twist as Everton back down,
and push the go/no-go decision onto their youth players due to represent
England and Eire in the World U-20 Championships next month
17th: Everton legend
Peter Farrell died
yesterday. He played right half and led the Everton team that won promotion
March 16th: Everton Reserves again
fail to get a game as Liverpool postpone the match at St Helens. Richard
Dunne will miss the Manchester United match on the 21st following
a recurrent hamstring injury.
15th: The investment banking arm of one of the biggest banks in the
world, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
(HSBC), is understood to have assembled
a consortium of financial backers prepared to underwrite Bill Kenwright's
bid to take over control of Everton FC Co Ltd from estranged and discredited
majority shareholder, Peter Johnson.
14th: Don Hutchison will miss three vital relegation clashes, starting
with the Anfield derby, after he became the latest
Everton Badboy to suffer from incompetent refereeing.
He may appeal, but we know that does a fat lot of good.
13th: A real battle lost by Everton against Champions,
Arsenal, who run out 2-0 winners after and getting
Hutchison sent off and conning Uriah Rennie into a bizarrely inconsistent
display of refereeing.
March 11th: Fifa may threaten Everton, Leeds United, and
Benfica with suspension if they do not release youth players for the
World Under-20 Championships in Nigeria next month.
10th: Everton battle back from an early goal down to score a vital
win 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers with a brace from
Jamie Milligan bags two
penalties for England's U-18 team as they beat Andorra 8-0 in Spain.
9th: Everton have ended their bizarre and somewhat pointless sponsorship
of Dublin club Home Farm Everton, who may now drop the name and revert to
being just Home Farm.
8th: Jamie Milligan plays for the England U-18 squad in Spain,
playing preliminary group qualifying matches against Spain today, Andorra
(on the 10th), and Israel (12th) for the European Championship.
7th: In the FA Cup 6th Round, Everton travel to
Newcastle United without three suspended players:
Dacourt, Dunne, and Ball, and end up losing 4-1 after showing the Toonies
how to play football for over an hour.
March 6th: Fellow strugglers in the mire of the
Premiership Table do Everton few favours as
they slip to 16th place just 2 pts ahead of Southampton.
3rd: Everton are reportedly withdrawing their young bucks
Dunne, Regan, Milligan, Delaney from the Eire and England U-18 World
Championship teams that are supposed to play in Nigeria next month.
Paul Gerrard's loan to Oxford
United has been extended to a third month.
2nd: At Olivier
Dacourt's FA Disciplinary Hearing for his is 11th yellow card, he is
given a two-match ban and fined £1,000 for his trouble. The
Reserves match against Blackburn Rovers in Widnes
has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch. And Everton FC have won the
right to redevelop Goodison Park as a shopping outlet, should they chose
to move grounds in the future...
March 1st: The FA Youth Cup campaign
continues at Goodison Park, with a brilliant 3-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday
in a 5th Round replay.
28th: Incredibly, Everton received no yellow cards at all yesterday
their first card-free match in the entire season!
27th: Everton struggle to a 1-1 draw with
Wimbledon at Goodison Park after a great headed
goal from Franny Jeffers. Everton were without Don Hutchison, who is
suspended, and Ibrahima Bakayoko, who has been called up by Ivory Coast in
the African Nations Cup, plus 10 injured first-team players. Newboy
Peter Degn caught the flu and
missed the match.
February 26th: Tony Grant joins Everton's ridiculous injury list,
pulling his hamstring in training today.
24th: Everton will be heading to Newcastle United in the FA
Cup Quarter-finals on 7th March after the Toon beat Blackburn
Rovers 1-0 at Ewood Park. Meanwhile, Jamie Milligan captained the England
U-18s v Germany at Stoke's Britannia Ground. Francis Jeffers came of for
the last 15 mins.
23rd: Young prospect
Francis Jeffers is
featured in an ITV documentary about Lilleshall: The World at Their
22nd: Peter Degn
has actually been signed on by Everton and transferred for a nominal fee
of £200,000. Also, the Everton Supporters Alliance has gathered over
10,000 signatures to a petition demanding that
Peter Johnson ends his disastrous
involvement with Everton Football Club.
21st: More suspension horror for the FA Cup Quarter-finals as
Richard Dunne joins the list of Badboys after getting
his 5th yellow card of the season yesterday.
February 20th: Everton have lots of chances but cannot repeat
the form of last Wednesday, and eventually fall to a one-goal defeat at
Leeds United. That makes it just 47½ years
since we last won a league match there.
19th: Everton withdraw their appeal over Ollie Dacourt's 11th
booking: the video of the incident shows Dacourt making the fractional initial
contact with Boro's Paul Gascoigne.
18th: The downside to last night's great victory is suspension
for Everton Badboys, Ollie Dacourt (11 Yellows)
and Michael Ball (8 yellows). Both will miss the FA Cup 6th Round tie,
although Everton are appealing Ollie's on the grounds that the culprit was
really Tony Grant. Everton have signed a pre-contract agreement with Danish
midfielder, Peter Degn, who
will join the club in July, on a Bosmanite free transfer from Åarhus.
17th: The rearranged home match against
Middlesbrough provides a fantastic filip to
Evertonians as The Toffees run up a tremendous FIVE-goal victory!
David Weir makes his debut
as a sub.
16th: Everton's FA Youth Cup campaign
totters a little with a desperate late equalizer at Sheffield Wednesday in
the FA Youth Cup 5th Round. Meanwhile, Walter Smith has reverted to type,
signing yet another central defender,
David Weir, from Hearts for
February 15th: Reports suggest that
Bill Kenwright is getting
closer to finalizing the financial package for Peter Johnson's consideration.
14th: In the FA Cup 6th Round, Everton are drawn away to either
Blackburn Rovers or Newcastle United, who slugged out a 0-0 draw today and
now replay on the 24th. Don
Hutchison misses the Wimbledon (h) match after picking up his 8th
yellow card of the season yesterday.
13th: Everton produce a much improved performance in the FA
Cup 5th Round against Coventry City, running
out 2-1 winners with well-taken goals from
Franny Jeffers and
12th: Word is that Bakayoko will be dropped to the bench, and
Jeffers will retain his place for tomorrow's Cup-tie. Marco Materazzi is
still suspended and 10 (yes, TEN!) players in the Everton
Squad are out injured.
11th: Anders Limpar
(is he still playing?) has joined MLS team Colorado Rapids in the USA.
Gareth Farrelly (remember
him?) underwent exploratory surgery on his knee yesterday in an effort to
find out what's wrong with it.
February 10th: Tommy
Myhre has an excellent game in goal for Norway as they stifle Italy in
a 0-0 stalemate.
9th: The rearranged Reserves match
at Aston Villa has been postponed due to a frozen pitch. Gareth Farrelly
has now been withdrawn from the Ireland B side but John Oster is expected
to play for the Welsh B team. Francis Jeffers, Jamie Milligan and Carl
Regan are in the England U-18 squad to play France; Steve Simonsen plays
in goal for the England U-21 squad but Michael Ball is rested; Danny
Cadamarteri is ill and was withdrawn.
8th: The Echo / Daily Post is claiming that Richard Dunne has accrued
5 yellow cards and will miss the Wimbledon match. The
ToffeeWeb Badboy Statistician is not so sure...
he thinks its only 4.
Jeffers makes his full debut for Everton in front of the Sky TV cameras
at Derby County, and sets up a nice goal for Nick
Barmby, but Walter Smith's negativity dominates as Everton fail to sit
successfully on that meagre one-goal lead, eventually going down 1-2 to a
brace from Deon Burton.
6th: Ten first-team players are ruled out of tomorrow's match:
Cadamarteri & Materazzi (suspended); Cleland (suspended &
injured); Bilic, Branch, Short, Ward, Phelan, Williamson, Parkinson
February 5th: Everton shareholders have asked the Premier League
to investigate Peter Johnson's takeover of the club in 1994, citing a conflict
of interest over his simultaneous holding in Tranmere Rovers.
3rd: The depleted Everton Squad suffers
another blow as Michael Branch
goes down with a recurrence of his hamstring injury.
2nd: A big day for the young guns as Everton smash Swindon
Town 5-1 in the FA Youth Cup 4th Round Replay
and Francis Jeffers bagged a hat-trick. Meanwhile, Everton Shareholders
Association are proposing a share split in the form of a rights issue at
February 1st: Peter Johnson
has friends in high places... The deadline for him to resolve his dual ownership
of Everton and Tranmere Rovers has been extended for a second
time. Meanwhile, Everton Reserves catch the
goal-famine, falling 0-1 at Leeds United.
31st: Just one card from yesterday's embarrassment, so the
Badboys situation is, er, "stable", with three
suspended for our next match, at Derby, in front of Sky TV... Arrrrgh!!!
January 30th: A critical relegation dogfight goes against Everton
as basement club Nottingham Forest win their
first game in 5 months. The score: 0-1 at Goodison Park. The goal: Pierre
van Hooijdonk, in from the cold.
29th: Walter Smith should have Richard Dunne, Dave Watson, Olivier
Dacourt, and Ibrahima Bakayoko available again, but rumours say he will play
only one of these stars from the start.
28th: By some miracle, the Spenno deal is suddenly back on and
completed, with John Spencer
joining Motherwell for an "undisclosed fee", later acknowledged to be
£500k. That means someone backed down; the question is: Who?
27th: The match at Aston Villa for Everton
Reserves is postponed to 7 February.
26th: Motherwell can't close the deal
on want-away striker John Spencer
when Everton refuse to budge from their knock-down price after his 3-month
loan spell ends. Meanwhile, Everton Youth
end up with a tough 1-1 draw against Swindon Town in the 4th Round of the
FA Youth Cup.
January 25th: In a moment of madness,
Danny Cadamarteri blurts
out on the radio that Everton's indiscipline is by order of the tenacious
Walter Smith! Meanwhile, the injury crisis deepens as
Slaven Bilic's team of doctors
decide to operate on his hip; he could now miss the rest of the season.
24th: Three Everton Badboys will now
be suspended for the next Sky TV embarrassment, away to Derby County:
Cadamarteri, Cleland, and Materazzi whose second red card means he
also misses the FA Cup 5th Round tie, at home to Coventry City. Meanwhile,
Everton Ladies stride forward to the Women's League
Cup Final, beating Tranmere 2-1 in the semi-final. And
Ibrahima Bakayoko helps Ivory
Coast to a 3-0 win over Namibia in the African Nations Cup.
23rd: In the 4th Round home tie of the FA Cup, Barmby slotted
the ball home after 38 mins to give Everton a deserved 1-0 victory over a
dirty bunch of cheats from Ipswich Town. Their
cynical tactics got Materazzi sent off after 46 mins, and
Alex Cleland got his calf
muscle torn he'll be out for at least 6 weeks!
22nd: Everton go into their FA Cup 4th Round tie
against Ipswich Town without star non-striker
Ibrahima Bakayoko, who is off with the Ivory Coast team playing in the African
Nations Cup, and without Olivier Dacourt, who is suspended. Meanwhile, the
quacks are lining up to probe the nether regions of
Slaven Bilic in an effort
to identify his mystery injury that hops from groin to hip and back again.
21st: Southampton Manager and ex-Everton player, Dave Jones,
has revealed that Peter Johnson offered him the Poisoned Chalice which sits
atop the manager's desk at Goodison Park. But Jones turned it down
saying he still had work to do down at The Dell.
January 20th: Questionable media reports claim that Everton
have slapped a £1M price-tag on wayward striker John Spencer.
Alex Cleland's stupid
double-yellow card means he will miss Everton's next Sky Special away at
Derby County. Everton's Reserve match against Nottingham Forest was postponed
due to a water-logged pitch.
18th: Everton just can't win. Cleland is dismissed after just
10 mins against Aston Villa. The team defend
doggedly but end up losing 3-0 to a very poor opposition side. It just ain't
17th: Unsworth is suspended and Bilic, Collins, & Short
are out injured for the trip to Aston Villa tomorrow. Materazzi is back,
but three others Hutchison, Cadamarteri & Ball are perched
precariously on seven yellow cards.
16th: While Liverpool score 7 and Man Utd 6, Everton are considering
pushing Don Hutchison
forward in an effort to hoodwink those Villa boys... Welcome to the Twilight
January 15th: Joe
Parkinson has reportedly been told that the cartilage inserted into his
knee has taken and is now filling the injured joint. If all goes well, he
could resume full training by August.
14th: Peter Johnson apparently thinks the furore over his handing
of the Duncan Ferguson debacle has now died down, and he is even thinking
about attending matches again!
Slaven Bilic will have exploratory
surgery in a bid to find out whether his current groin strain is linked to
the pelvic injury he sustained in the World Cup and which forced him to miss
the first four months of the season.
13th: Walter Smith has approached Steve Bruce at Sheffield
United with a view to bringing back striker
Graham Stuart, probably in a
player exchange. Billy Kenwright has reportedly offered Smith a cool £5M
for him to buy a new striker.
12th: Tommy Myhre
is the Premiership's leading clean-sheet keeper, with 11 so far this season.
John Ebbrell, now with Sheffield
United, has been forced to retire from the game due to a chronic ankle injury.
11th: Joe Parkinson
is in Sweden for yet another verdict on his dodgy knee... let's face
it: he's crocked.
January 10th: Just one yellow card yesterday, but it was
Badboy Ollie's 8th. He misses the FA Cup tie with
Ipswich Town. Everton, along with Blackburn, Derby and Chelsea but
not media-darling glamour Champions Arsenal have reportedly been sent
letters by the FA, warning them about their poor disciplinary records.
9th: Everton, without
Marco Materazzi, who is suspended
(and still injured), drift to yet another 0-0 draw (the 7th at home out of
11 matches!) against Leicester City in the
increasingly poor FA Carling Premiership. Meanwhile,
Mikael Madar thumbed his Gallic
nose at Walter Smith by scoring on his debut for Paris St Germain...Quelle
8th: Everton trumpet the demoralizing news that there will be no expensive
new transfers in to Goodison Park before the end of the season... Money
is as tight as ever, and we are amazingly being told the
Everton Squad is "too big" 35 players is NOT
7th: Walter Smith has brought young Italian Giuseppe Fratelli
over from Serie B side Torino for a week's trial.
6th: At Goodison Park, Everton's Youth destroy Manchester United
4-0 in the FA Youth Cup 2nd Round replay.
January 5th: Everton reserves enjoy
a good journey to Preston North End, winning 2-0 with goals from Branch and
4th: In the draw for the 4th Round of the FA Cup, Everton are
the penultimate ball out of the bag and they will face Ipswich Town at
3rd: Badboy David Unsworth's yellow
card yesterday was his eighth of the season. He will miss the match
at Aston Villa on the 18th.
2nd: Everton's 1999 FA Cup campaign kicks off with a nervy 3rd
Round tie at Bristol City which is not settled
until the last 5 mins, when Bakayoko comes up with a brace, including a 25-yd
screamer from a free-kick.
January 1st: Not such a Happy New Year, with the news that
Marco Materazzi is definitely
out of tomorrow's vital FA Cup tie. He is suffering with an injured shoulder.
Craig Short is also out, and
Ibrahima Bakayoko is rated
as "doubtful", but Dave Watson
should be back, and John
Collins may play his last match before surgery.
31st: Peter Johnson has been given some extra time by the league
authorities to sort out his club ownership position. A sale of his interest
in Tranmere Rovers is though to be imminent.
John Collins has been
suffering with a tiny broken bone in his foot for the last six months. Collins
may be sidelined for up to two months to gain a full recovery.
29th: Evertonians bid farewell to
Mickael Madar. The enigmatic
Frenchman joins Paris St Germain on a free transfer. John O'Kane should be
back from Burnley after completing his two-month loan spell. Craig Short
will be out for 3 or 4 weeks with a recurrence of a calf injury early in
28th: Utter disaster as Everton fail to take advantage of their dominance,
then crash and burn 1-4 to Tottenham Hotspur
as defensive incompetence gifted Chris Armstrong with an undeserved
Materazzi's eighth Yellow Card yesterday means an automatic one-match
suspension. He will miss the vital New Year clash with Leicester City.
December 26th: Half-way through the
season and a dismal Boxing Day match against a poor Derby
County sees Everton unable to score at home yet again the 6th
0-0 homer of the season. Yellow cards for Materazzi, Unsworth and Myhre.
24th: Conflicting rumours suggest that Bill Kenwright is close to
making a substantial bid for a major chunk of Peter Johnson's shares in Everton.
Williamson is back in training after a long battle with injuries.
22nd: Peter Johnson is believed to be close to a deal on selling
his interest in Tranmere Rovers. This must be completed by the end of December
to avoid problems from the Leagues' governing bodies.
21st: Elton John has the audacity to use
Nick Barmby as an example
of the the inflated transfer fees impacting the modern game.
John Collins was
suffering from after-effects of the flu when he missed most of yesterday's
match, and now has a pending foot operation on hold over the Christmas period.
19th: Everton lose 1-2 away at West
Ham United, without suspended players Ball and Dunne. Meanwhile, Everton's
Youth Team current holders of the FA Youth
Cup started their defence of the trophy by gaining a creditable
2-2 draw away to Manchester United in the 2nd Round.
18th: Flu and injuries mean Everton are without Bakayoko, Watson,
Short, and others for the West Ham match.
Paul Gerrard has gone on
a month's loan to Oxford United, with a 24-hr recall option.
17th: Tony Thomas
is confirmed as a Motherwell player, Everton having agreed to release him
for a transfer fee of just £125,000. In a parting jester, Thomas
reportedly takes a mean-spirited swipe at the club he followed as a lad.
16th: The Reserves extend their unbeaten
run to 8 games with a 3-0 win at Derby County, and move above Sunderland
to take 2nd place in the Pontins Premier League, behind a rampant Manchester
United. However, youth star Michael O'Brien injured his knee ligaments and
will be out for up to 3 months.
December 15th: Lots of talk about
the South African connection, with Evertonian Ian Kilbride interested in
investing his Spirit/Appleton money in Peter Johnson's shares. Fears also
that he could just be a Johnson muppet.
14th: The latest casualty of Everton's financial mis-management is
the Youth Academy at Netherton, where signing of the main construction contract
is being put on hold.
Materazzi was missing from yesterday's line-up as a disciplinary move
following a training ground incident on Friday. It seems that Marco
Materazzi was feeling tense as he worried about his unhappy wife, and came
in a bit heavy on a few of the youngsters in training. Smith punished him
after he would not back down.
12th: Everton beat bottom club,
Southampton, 1-0 with a great goal from Bakayoko,
after he missed a number of chances. Bilic, Madar, Unsworth and Dacourt
all get to play but Materazzi is surprisingly absent.
December 11th: Neville Southall has
moved form his job as Huddersfield Town's goalkeeping coach to join Torquay
United as their stand-in keeper.
8th: More pointless action for Bilic, Madar, Barmby, Farrelly, and
the rest of the Everton Reserves all-stars as
Aston Villa get a 0-0 draw at the AutoQuest Stadium in Widnes.
7th: The ridiculous speculation that Everton would sign anyone, let
alone Dean Saunders, has abated now that the Sheffield United player has
gone to join Benfica for £500k.
6th: Cards for badboys Ball and Dunne yesterday
mean they will both be suspended when Everton visit West Ham on 19 December.
In the draw for the FA Cup 3rd Round, Everton travel to Bristol City early
in the New Year...
December 5th: Everton dominate
Chelsea at Goodison Park, creating many chances,
but it ends up 0-0. Unsworth is suspended for this one, but Bilic still
does not play. Ball picks up a 5th yellow band Richard Dunne gets sent off
with a double yellow. Wise was sent off for Chelsea earlier in the first
4th: Tony Thomas turns down a move to Motherwell after failing to
agree personal terms.
3rd: Everton have agreed a fee of £150,000 with Motherwell in
exchange for Tony Thomas, who
has had just one sub appearance this season.
2nd: Everton reserves have
beaten Birmingham City 2-1. Appearances by Slaven Bilic and Nicky Barmby,
returning from injury, as well as Mickey Madar, helped Phil Jevons to grab
December 1st: It will likely take
some time for Peter Johnson to divest his massive 68% shareholding in Everton,
but rumours abound of new consortia or other financial backing for life-long
Evertonian Bill Kenwright to take full control of the club in the near future.
November 30th: A tumultuous day in
Everton's recent chequered history starts with a long-awaited statement from
the Board of Directors, acknowledging that the panic sale of Duncan Ferguson
last week had been completed behind the back of Manager Walter Smith. Then
the news that so many Evertonians had been desperate to hear:
Peter Johnson finally steps down as
Chairman, but he remains on the Board as non-executive director. Sir Philip
Carter becomes Chairman, with Bill Kenwright appointed as Vice-Chairman.
28th: Everton prove there is life after Duncan Ferguson, with Danny
Cadamarteri scoring both goals in an excellent 2-1 win away to
Charlton Athletic. Meanwhile, Duncan does the
business for Newcastle United, scoring two goals on his debut at St James
27th: Walter Smith has clarified that
John Collins will be the
team vice-captain, and will wear the armband in Waggy's absence. Howard Kendall's
move to take over as coach of Spanish Division 2B side, Jerez, has been put
on hold because foreign coaches are not allowed in that division.
26th: Gavin McCann's
long-touted move to Sunderland is completed for a paltry £500k, adding
to the fears that Peter Johnson is stripping Everton of its assets. Walter
Smith explains how Peter Johnson
kept him in the dark about Ferguson's transfer, and announces that veteran
club servant, Dave Watson,
will wear the captain's armband from now on. Duncan Ferguson gives the fans
a lasting memory of his love for them and the club in a
rare interview with the
Daily Post. Meanwhile, John
O'Kane has returned to Burnley for a second month on loan.
Michael Branch, on loan
with 2nd Division Manchester City, plays for a Nationwide U-21 Select team
in Italy, and in true Everton style he misses the best chance of the match
in a 1-1 draw.
24th: Goodison's own Braveheart the team captain, talismanic
iconic and belligerent striker,
Duncan Ferguson is
no longer an Everton player. After passing a medical at Newcastle United
this afternoon, Ferguson is to be paraded as Ruud Gullit's first acquisition
(for £8M) to play along side Alan Shearer and in front of Everton's
previous captain, Gary Speed. Walter Smith was blind-sided by the move which
Peter Johnson orchestrated behind the manager's back, leaving the vast majority
of Everton fans seething with anger and frustration.
23rd: Michael Ball's
fiercely-struck penalty proved to be the only difference between two Premiership
strugglers. Everton, without Duncan Ferguson and Marco Materazzi (both
suspended), held off a fierce second-half barrage
from Newcastle United to finally secure
victory in a home league match this season. It was a fifth yellow card for
Danny Cadamarteri and
he now misses the home match v Southampton.
Goodison Park is listed as one of 16 Category
'A' football grounds in England (capacity over 40,000) that meets the criteria
for potential use as a World Cup venue.
22nd: The squad for tomorrow's match is: Myhre, Short, Ball,
Watson, Unsworth, Bilic, Cleland, Dunne, Dacourt, Collins, Hutchison, Oster,
Cadamarteri, Bakayoko, Grant, Simonsen, Milligan.
November 20th: Francis Jeffers
and Jamie Milligan are in the England U-18 squad to play Israel. There has
apparently been some interest in Everton's large squad from other clubs,
but Walter Smith has not received any reasonable offers, and will not be
providing any cut-price deals.
Ball has signed a "lucrative" 5-yr contract with Everton.
18th: Francis Jeffers and Jamie Milligan are in the England
U-18 squad to play Andorra in Israel. John Oster is in the Wales U-21 squad
traveling to Portugal, and Richard Dunne plays for the Ireland U-21 team
17th: Everton Reserves can only draw
1-1 at home to bottom club Stoke City, in the Autoquest Stadium, Widnes.
Meanwhile, Steve Simonsen and Michael Ball started for England's U-21 squad
that lost 0-1 to Czech Republic at Ipswich. Danny Cadamarteri came on as
a sub. And the Stadium Debate
takes a new turn with news that Peter Johnson may be prepared to hold a second
vote on Everton's stalled ground-move proposals.
16th: Francis Jeffers and Jamie Milligan are in the England
U-18 squad to play Spain in Israel.
David Unsworth's 5th Yellow
card yesterday means he will miss the match v Chelsea.
November 15th: Everton travel
to Coventry City and present a humiliating display
to a worldwide television audience, losing 0-3 while hardly putting together
a single decent piece of football.
14th: Everton go into tomorrow's match with another four
badboys on the edge of earning suspensions. Ball,
Cadamarteri, Unsworth and Collins are on 4 yellow cards.
Gerrard, Everton's second reserve keeper, has turned down a loan deal
with Celtic. Tony Thomas has
also rejected a loan spell at Port Vale.
11th: Everton start poorly against First Division leaders
Sunderland, giving up a first-half goal in
the 4th Round of the Worthington League Cup, but they pull level with a great
free kick from John Collins. After extra time, its the
dreaded penalties where Everton finally lose out, 4-5 in Sunderland's
favour, with Oster and Bakayoko missing theirs.
November 10th: Walter Smith,
reputedly short on cash, has turned down Joe Royle's £750k bid to make
Michael Branch a permanent fixture
at Manchester City. Craig
Short has turned down a move to Nottingham Forest after Everton accepted
their £2M bid.
9th: Out of five yellow cards against Arsenal yesterday, the
5th of the season for badboys Ferguson and Materazzi
mean they will miss the match against Newcastle in a fortnight. Peter Johnson
may be in more trouble with the authorities as the Charities Commission
investigates some potentially dubious property deals.
8th: Everton make virtually no impact on
Arsenal, who saunter back from Champions League
defeat in Kiev to a typical 1-0 victory after the benefit of their extra
rest day. Jamie Milligan
gets his debut as sub, and Simonsen is on the bench for the first time.
6th: Four Everton Badboys Ferguson,
Unsworth, Materazzi, and Ball are on the brink of suspensions if they
pick up a fifth yellow card in Sunday's match.
5th: The transfer speculation continues even though Everton
apparently have no money available. Celtic's Simon Donnelly is the latest
player who will most likely not be coming to Goodison Park.
4th: Mickael Madar attracts interest from French sides, Bastia
2nd: Everton Reserves keep up their
good form with a 2-0 win at Leicester City. Mickael Madar has turned
down the chance of a loan at Wolves, and Walter Smith has rejected a bid
for Gavin McCann from Port Vale.
November 1st: There are fears
that disgruntled fans throwing empty plastic pop bottles onto the Goodison
pitch, in protest of blatantly biased refereeing by Peter Jones, will be
labeled by the FA as malicious and heinous criminals.
31st: Everton's best attacking football of the season is neutralized
by a rampant Manchester United who hit hard
on the break to take a flattering 4-1 victory home from Goodison Park. Duncan
Ferguson scored Everton's first league goal of the season at home.
Mitch Ward picked up
an injury against Middlesbrough, and is out for two weeks. Bakayoko
has a sore ankle but is expected to play tomorrow.
29th: Joe Royle has persuaded Everton to let
Michael Branch go on a month's
loan to Manchester City. Meanwhile, supposed Everton target, Port Vale's
Gareth Ainsworth, has gone to Wimbledon for £2M.
28th: Everton dominate in the 3rd Round tie at
Middlesbrough, with goals (yes!) Ferguson, Bakayoko,
and Hutchison taking them through 3-2 in extra time. In the 4th Round,
Everton are drawn at home to Sunderland.
27th: John Spencer
has gone on a month's loan with Motherwell, with a view to making his a permanent
26th: Peter Johnson has
issued a detailed statement in response to the scurrilous and irresponsible
press reports that his financial involvement with Tranmere Rovers breaches
FA Rules. In short: it does not.
October 25th: Press reports
are claiming that Peter Johnson is in serious trouble with the football
authorities because he has substantial financial interests in more than one
club: Everton and Tranmere Rovers.
Dacourt and Marco Materazzi
are back in the side, but both get booked as Everton extend their unbeaten
run to 9 matches at Sheffield Wednesday, with
yet another 0-0 draw.
22nd: John O'Kane,
unable to make any impression on Walter Smith, has gone on loan at Burnley.
21st: Everton reserves win their
last match at Goodison Park 2-1, before switching to the AutoQuest Stadium
in Widnes. Visitors Preston North End hardly tested new goalie Steve Simonsen,
as Michael Branch made an impressive comeback from long-term injury by scoring
Gavin McCann is rumoured
to be among the players who may leave soon to help provide funds for Walter
19th: The lack of width on Everton's right side was bemoaned
by Walter Smith as he revealed
that the club's spending spree is now over.
18th: Dave Watson,
derby Man of the Match at nearly 37 years old, reckons that Premiership
defendants like him have the measure of young Michael Owen, and simply defend
17th: Liverpool visited Goodison
Park for a dire and dull 0-0 draw in the home derby match, with Ibrahima
Bakayoko making his debut; Tony Grant and Mitch Ward making comebacks from
16th: Steve Watson is NOT joining Everton, because he has joined
Aston Villa for $4.25M. Walter Smith's attentions are reportedly switching
to Steve Stone of Nottingham Forest.
Craig Short is doubtful for
Saturday's derby match; he has a viral infection and has missed training
Milligan scored 2 goals in the England U-18's 4-2 drubbing of Italy in
Rome. At the FA's insistence, Everton's Premiership clash with Arsenal is
moved back 24 hours to Sunday 8 November, ostensibly to help Arsenal's European
campaign, but much to Walter Smith's annoyance.
13th: Michael Ball
gets his third cap in England's U-21 win 5-0 in Luxemburg.
12th: Everton unveil Walter Smith's fifth major signing: 21-year-old
Ivory Coast striker Ibrahima
Bakayoko, transferred from Montpellier Hérault for a fee of
11th: Today's Sunday Speculation links Jason Koumas, 19-year-old
Tranmere midfielder, with a move to Everton... at some unspecified time in
Everton Reserves beat Liverpool 2-0 in the mini-derby,
with goals from Phil Jevons
and Mickael Madar. Tony Grant
and Mitch Ward are both in action after their long-term injuries.
9th: Michael Ball
gets his second cap in the England U-21's 1-0 win over Bulgaria; Simonsen
was on the bench.
8th: Richard Dunne
has signed a new 4-yr contract with Everton, and hopes to be back in the
First Team by Christmas.
Parkinson's chronic injury woes took another dive with the news that
he is now suffering hernia problems.
6th: The transfer of
Ibrahima Bakayoko to Everton
is all but final following Michael Dunford's trip to France. Yoko is due
to be formally unveiled at Goodison Park next week.
Slaven Bilic reports back
to Bellefield after taking a six-week rest-cure in Croatia to help his
hip/groin injury recover.
Everton Reserves drew 1-1 at Blackburn Rovers,
with Tony Grant getting a run
out... John Collins has
been forced to pull out of the Scotland squad due to a recurring problem
with a chipped toe.
4th: Walter Smith has called off his quest to sign Steve Watson
from Newcastle United.
3rd: Olivier Dacourt
is back in side to seal a great 2-1 win at
Wimbledon, with excellent goals by Cadamarteri
and Ferguson, but Ollie was gutted when he drew the dreaded Yellow Card in
the last minute, as he will now miss the derby.
2nd: Everton have been granted a work permit for Ivory Coast
striker Ibrahima Bakayoko
hopefully the final step in bringing the exciting goalscorer from
the French league to Goodison Park.
October 1st: The manager of
Everton's highly successful Ladies Team has called it a day after 15
years. Billy Jackson has ended on a high after leading his lasses to
their FA Premier League Championship last season. Assistant manager,
Keith Marley takes over.
30th: Everton's loos (!) get ranked a dubious 51st after a survey
of all the 92 League clubs by the Football Fans' Guide to establish the,
er, "Bog Standard"
29th: Carl Tiler became
the first of Howard Kendall's bargain buys to find a new home, transferring
to Premiership new-boys Charlton Athletic for £700,000. Long-term Everton
director Sir Desmond Pitcher has resigned from the board.
Nick Barmby has suffered
a problem from his summer hernia op, and may be out for a the next month.
28th: FA Youth Cup stars Jamie Milligan and Francis Jeffers
have been included in the latest England under-18 squad.
27th: Its Sunday, which means transfer twaddle: Expect the imminent
arrival of Vicenza's Pasquale Luiso, Steve Watson from Newcastle, and Gio
Kinkladze from Ajax. Oh, and Michael Ball is off to Arsenal for a paltry
£4M. Yea, right!
26th: Everton are drawn away to Middlesbrough in the Worthington
League Cup 3rd Round to be played in the week of 26 October.
Olivier Dacourt is sorely missed
(suspended) for the visit of Blackburn Rovers
who drudge out a dire 0-0 draw at Goodison, with Martin Dahlin getting an
early bath for spitting at and/or elbowing Man of the Match,
Carl Tiler will miss tomorrow's
match with a calf strain, but Craig
Short could be back in contention. Ex-chairman Sir Philip Carter has
been appointed Deputy Chairman under Peter Johnson.
Materazzi's red card last night means he will miss the match with Liverpool
on 17 October.
23rd: Everton come back from an early goal in the return leg of their
2nd Round Worthington League Cup tie with
Huddersfield Town, winning 2-1with goals
from Olivier Dacourt and
Marco Materazzi, who was
later sent off. Everton completed the long-touted signing of 19-year-old
goalkeeping sensation, Steve
Simonsen from Tranmere Rovers for around £3.3M.
Graham Allen was part of the
deal, going the other way for an estimated value of £500k.
22nd: Youth Cup stars Phil Jevons, Jamie Milligan, and Carl Regan
have all been offered full professional contracts at Everton. Bilic is resting
his mystery injury for another week... It has now moved from his groin to
21st: Everton Reserves crash 0-3 at Sunderland. No other details
September 20th: George Pilkington and Peter
Clarke, two of the 16 young players graduating today from the FA's National
School at Lilleshall, will be joining Everton. Montpellier indicate that
Bakayoko could soon be an Everton player.
19th: Everton travel to Middlesbrough,
and rescue a point with a stunning comeback after half-time when Ball converts
a penalty won by substitute Cadamarteri, and Collins chalks up his first
goal for Everton in a 2-2 draw.
18th: The arrival of Steve Simonsen at Everton is expected next week,
now that Tranmere Rovers have signed Dutch keeper John Achteberg on a free
transfer from FC Utrecht.
17th: The Protti deal is off after family matters intervene
to keep the Italian star home with his new-born baby.
16th: The rash comments of Peter Johnson are reported to have
triggered consternation amongst the players, with
John Spencer taking umbrage
at the suggestion that he was a poor-quality transfer.
September 15th: Everton struggle to
impose their superiority over a feisty
Huddersfield Town team, drawing 1-1 with
a flicked header by Watson in the 2nd Rnd (1st Leg) of the Worthington League
14th: Peter Johnson is flustered into admitting that he did
indeed withhold funds from Howard Kendall, citing the transfers of Farrelly
and Spencer to prove the poor quality of Kendall's buys.
13th: Rumours surface of Granada's potential interest in an
Everton buy-out, to the tune of £100M.
12th: Despite a stirring performance, Everton fail to break
down the resolute Leeds United defence, and Dacourt
ends up going off with 2 yellow cards in the 0-0 draw. He will now miss the
match against Blackburn Rovers.
11th: Bilic and Short are still out injured for tomorrow's match,
but Spencer and Tiler have recovered from the 'flu.
September 10th: Everton are reportedly
applying for a work permit for Ivory Coast international, Ibrahim Bakayoko,
after agreeing a fee of £4.5M with his club Montpellier.
9th: Walter Smith insists he wants to add to his attacking options,
not deplete them, rubishing reports of Dunc's imminent departure to
8th: Perhaps Duncan Ferguson had a point to prove after
3 goal-less matches so far. He did it by hammering in two excellent goals
to bring Everton's first win of the season, away at
7th: Confusion surrounds the possible arrival of Igor Protti
on a 1-year loan deal from Lazio.
6th: Everton are strongly rumoured to be in pole position to
sign star 19-year-old Tranmere Rovers goalkeeper, Steve Simonsen, for a record
fee in the range of £3.5M
September 5th: John Collins gets injured
playing his 53rd match for Scotland as they draw their Euro 2000 qualifier
0-0 in Lithuania. Thomas Myhre is on the subs bench for Norway as they beat
Latvia 3-1. Everton Reserves crash 0-2 at home
to Manchester United.
4th: John Oster
sees red again when he is dismissed for pushing an Italian player as Wales
lose their U-21 match 1-2. Michael
Ball makes his U-21 debut for England in a 2-0 win over Sweden.
2nd: Francis Jeffers
and Jamie Milligan both
score goals past fellow Everton Youth player, Dean Delaney in goal
for the Republic of Ireland as England U-18s chalk up a 5-0 win.
September 1st: Everton are once again
bottom of the Fair Play table, having picked up 11 yellow cards in the first
29th: A very disappointing performance by Everton at home to
Tottenham Hotspur, when Les Ferdinand (yet again!)
exploits the poor Everton defence to secure a 1-0 win.
28th: Graham Allen
has joined Tranmere Rovers on a month's loan.
27th: Everton are drawn away to Huddersfield Town in the 2nd
Round (1st Leg) of the Worthington Cup.
26th: Joe Parkinson's return is still a long way off: he has
more surgery set for December, and hopes to start light training next March.
August 25th: Everton announce an operating
profit of just under £1M, turning around a loss of £2.89M from
the previous season. The Reserves mark up
a 2-0 win away at Nottingham Forest, with Phil Jevons scoring both goals.
23rd: Richard Dunne is on crutches with a foot injury,
and Danny Williamson faces an extended period of recuperation after an operation
on his injured foot.
22nd: Early-season promise evaporates in the heat of Filbert
St, as Everton are shredded by a stunning 1st-half surge from
Leicester City, with Tony Cottee opening the
scoring in an easy 2-0 win.
21st: Walter Smith's much publicized campaign to sign Mario Stanic
falls through when Parma refuse to release him, despite a £4.5M bid.
Former Everton championship winner Alan Harper has returned to Goodison
and will help Colin Harvey coach the club's youngsters.
August 20th: The saga of prodigal
son, David Unsworth, finally
ends as Peter Johnson finds some extra fat in the farcically protracted
wranglings with Aston Villa.
Slaven Bilic is out
for a few weeks with his troublesome thigh strain.
19th: Young goalkeeper,
John O'Toole, has gone on loan
to non-league Barrow-in-Furness.
18th: Mickael Madar
gets a 3-match suspension for his red-card indiscretion at the pre-season
"friendly" against Fortuna Sittard. The
Reserves are in action at home to Derby County,
the match ending in a 1-1 draw with a goal from
17th: Unsworth makes a reluctant debut for Aston Villa reserves
as his move to Everton is still in limbo... Neville Southall moves on to
16th: Chris Woods,
the goalkeeping coach, is registered as a player to provide cover for Thomas
Myhre and Paul Gerrard.
August 15th: The new season kicks
off at Goodison Park with a disappointing 0-0 draw against
Aston Villa the new star John Collins missing
a penalty after just 8 mins. David Unsworth is ironically suspended for this
match, along with Francis Jeffers.
14th: Both Slaven Bilic (groin strain) and Tony Grant (minor
knee op) are likely to miss tomorrow's season opener.
13th: Slaven Bilic revealed that he turned down lucrative offers
from Real Madrid, Inter Milan, and Juventus, to stay at Everton, where he
is impressed with the influx of new blood.
12th: There is heavy speculation that Mario Stanic will join his Croatian
teammate at Everton.
August 11th: The Unsworth saga takes
another twist as he returns to train with Aston Villa.
8th: In their last pre-season "friendly", Everton suffer an acrimonious
0-2 defeat at Fortuna Sittard, with Mickael
Madar being sent off!
7th: Everton are slapped with a fine of £50,000 (suspended for
one season), for last season's bad-boys'
indiscretions which led to the Premiership's highest number of yellow and
red cards, breaching FA rules!
6th: The fiasco of David Unsworth's transfer back to Goodison has
become stalled, perhaps by Peter Johnson's reluctance to match Aston
Villa's pass-on deal
August 5th: Everton played out a 0-0
draw against Belgian 1st Division side, St
Triuden. Many papers are running with a story that Everton have
agreed a fee of £3.5M for Steve Simonsen, the 19-year-old goalkeeping
sensation at Prenton Park.
4th: Michael Ball
has been included in the England U-21 squad which assembles for a 3-day
get-together later this month.
2nd: Everton win the first 45-min game 2-0 against
Español in a mini-Tournament to celebrate
the centenary of Standard Liège. They then draw 0-0 with hosts,
Standard Liège, and lose the penalty
shoot-out. However, they win the
Tournoi de Gala trophy on goal difference!
August 1st: Everton crash 1-3 to
AZ Alkmaar in the first match of their
Holland-Belgium pre-season tour.
31st: The return of Everton's prodigal son seems certain as
David Unsworth agrees to
re-signs for £3M, plus "expenses", after just 6 days at Villa Park
much to the displeasure of snubbed Villa manager, John Gregory. A reshuffle
of Squad Numbers is announced, just a few days after
the Premiership squad list was published.
July 30th: A 22-man Everton squad leave
for their pre-season tour of Holland and Belgium, with strong reports that
David Unsworth will move back to Goodison Park after spending just a week
with the Villains!
29th: Finally, after what seems like weeks of anticipation,
Scotland's midfield ace, John
Collins, signs for Everton in a £2.5M transfer deal from Monaco.
Chris Woods joins Everton
as goalkeeping coach, and may still be registered as a player.
28th: Everton's second
pre-season friendly at
Port Vale is anything but friendly, with the
Blues losing by a goal and new boys,
Alex Cleland and
both blotting their copy-books.
27th: The much-touted signing of young French midfield prospect,
Olivier Dacourt from Strasburg,
was completed today for a fee of £3.8M.
26th: The Republic of Ireland, with Everton stars
Richard Dunne and Dean Delaney,
are Uefa U-18 Champions after defeating Germany on penalties following a
1-1 draw in the final.
July 25th: Everton draw 1-1 in their
first pre-season friendly against
Kevin Ratcliffe's Chester City, with Spencer
23rd: David Unsworth moves from West Ham to Aston Villa for
the astounding sum of £3.5M.
22nd: Ian Snodin has been appointed as manager of Doncaster
Williamson is struggling to restart fitness training after a mystery
injury to his leg ligaments.
July 19th: Everton defender
Richard Dunne plays for the
Republic of Ireland Youth squad in their 5-2 win over Croatia to open the
European Championship; Dean Delaney is sub-goalie.
Michael Ball and
Danny Cadamarteri play
in England's opening 2-1 win over the hosts, Cyprus, with Bally setting up
the first goal via one of his long throws.
18th: The Goodison-for-Ever-ton movement held a 2-hr meeting
yesterday with Peter Johnson, discussing the latest ground-move options.
Both the Club's banker's and the GFE's architects have finalised their
respective feasibility studies but neither have yet been made public.
17th: Neville Southall joins the coaching staff at Tranmere
Rovers. Meanwhile, the return of David Unsworth from West Ham is being strongly
16th: John Collins, long-time Everton target, decides to stay
at Monaco for another year and see out his contract.
July 15th: Walter Smith makes his
first signing: Marco Materazzi,
a tall centre-back from Perugia in Serie A, for around £2.8M. Andrei
Kanchelskis moves from Fiorentina to Rangers for £5.5M.
14th: World Cup hero Slaven Bilic earns himself a two-week respite
from pre-season training.
13th: Everton's new
strip is paraded: white with dark blue trimmings, and a One 2 One
logo without the red bit!
12th: Despite the absence of Laurent Blanc, who hit Slaven Bilic
in the face during the semi-final, France thrash Brazil to lift the World
11th: Slaven Bilic
shrugs off the incessant booing of the idiotic French, and helps Croatia
beat the Dutch 2-1 to win 3rd Place in the 1998 World Cup.
July 10th: The latest crop of players
"linked" with Everton includes David Hopkin, Wim Jonk, Dario Simic, and our
old friend, Andrei
9th: Croatia's stunning run in the World Cup ended last
night in the semi-final as they fell 1-2 to hosts, France.
Slaven Bilic got involved
in an incident with Laurent Blanc which ended in Red Card tears for the
Frenchman. Meanwhile, Everton are trying to diffuse shareholders' unrest
by combining the EGM with the AGM, brought forward to September.
8th: Most of the Everton players return to Bellefield for the
start of pre-season training, and to meet their new management team.
Dave Watson has been
promoted to player coach, displacing Viv Busby who now leaves the club.
Bellefield is to undergo a £25,000 face-lift to brighten the place
up a bit.
July 6th: The flagging interest
in Everton season tickets has apparently been rekindled by the news of Walter
Smith's appointment. Sales have now jumped to 15,000.
4th: The Croatians storm ahead in the World Cup by beating the
Germans 3-0 in an impressive quarterfinal performance, with
Slaven Bilic playing an excellent
role anchoring their back line.
3rd: Although new manager, Walter Smith, denies that he will be
strengthening the squad immediately, the usual merry-go-round of transfer
speculation continues: Lee Carsley, Alan Stubbs, Colin Hendry, Paul McGregor,
Mario Stanic, Davor Suker, Luigi Appoloni, Allesandro Costacurta, Mark
Draper, John Collins, and Lee Sharpe have all been "linked" with Everton.
July 1st: In a startling swoop, Everton
have snatched Rangers manager Walter Smith from under the noses of Sheffield
Wednesday, appointing Smith and his assistant Archie Knox as the new Everton
management team. As a result, caretaker-manager Adrian Heath has left the
club, but Viv Busby remains on the coaching staff.
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