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EVERTON SEASON DIARY
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.
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 Strasbourg,
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.
25th: Everton draw 1-1 in their first
pre-season friendly against Kevin
Ratcliffe's Chester City, with Spencer scoring.
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.
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.
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.
10th: The latest crop of players "linked" with Everton includes
David Hopkin, Wim Jonk, Dario Simic, and our old friend,
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.
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.
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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Last Update: 1 November 1998.