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EVERTON SEASON DIARY
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.
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Last Update: 3 June 1999.