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EVERTON SEASON DIARY
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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...
1st: The FA Youth Cup campaign continues
at Goodison Park, with a brilliant 3-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday in a
5th Round replay.
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Last Update: 31 April 1999.