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EVERTON SEASON DIARY
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.
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Last Update: 26 December 1998.