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EVERTON SEASON DIARY
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.
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Last Update: 10 December 1998.