No word on length of contract
1 Jul - Jan Mucha is officially an Everton player, completing a free transfer from Legia Warsaw today. The Slovakian international's participation at the World Cup Finals in South Africa ended with his country's 2-1 defeat to The Netherlands earlier this week and he will be allowed an extended break before linking up with the Blues' squad later this month. The announcement on the Official Everton Website, however, contains no indication of how long his new contract will run for.
Baines also pens new five-year deal
30 Jun - Everton have announced confirmation of the capture of Strasbourg striker, Magaye Gueye, for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around 900,000. A deal with the French club was agreed earlier this week and the 19-year-old, who is a France U-21 international, put pen to paper on a five-year contract today. Gueye is the third striker signed by David Moyes this summer following the arrivals of Jermaine Beckford and Joao SIlva. Also signing on the dotted line today was Leighton Baines who extended his current contract until 2015.
Elegant in its simplicity
30 Jun - Everton took the veil off the Club's home strip for the 2010-11 season today, a refreshingly simple contrast to the lurid pink away strip. Free of the usual embellishments that plague most football kits, the new jersey is all blue apart from a contoured seam across the chest in the shape of the dark blue panel that adorns the away shirt. The kit goes on general sale on 15th July but you can pre-order online through
Holland 2 - 1 Slovakia
28 Jun - Johnny Heitinga became the last surviving Everton representative in the World Cup after Holland beat Slovakia in Durban. Jan Mucha was beaten in the 23rd minute by a typical Aaren Robben goal that set the tone for this 2nd Round game but he produced a string of good saves including one off his face to keep the Dutch largely at bay. However, he was guilty of advancing too far and failing to deny Kyut who set up Schneider for the winner. Vittek finally scored from the spot with the last kick of the game after missing a couple of good chances for Slovakia.
USA 1 - 2 Ghana AET
26 Jun - Tim Howard's World Cup adventure is over after the USA succumbed to Ghana for the second time in four years. Again the Americans put themselves in a hole by conceding an early goal following an error in midfield from which Kevin Prince Boateng fired in the opener. The US roared back in the second half and Landon Donovan converted a penalty that forced extra time. Unfortunately, Bob Bradley's side were opened up again within three minutes of the restart, Asamoah Gyan smashing home what proved to be the winner as the US struggled to find the energy and penetration to find another way back.
Italy sent packing; NZ leave undefeated
Slovakia 3 - 2 Italy || Paraguay 0 - 0 New Zealand
24 Jun - Another day of drama in South Africa saw a fantastic finish to Group E, where Everton's future 'keeper Jan Mucha was well stretched as Italy scrambled to save themselves after going behind 2-0 and then 3-1 to a determined Slovakia. Twice the Azzuri came back to within a goal in the closing stages, first when Mucha couldn't hold a shot that was put home by Di Nitale and then when Quagliarella scored with an exquisite 92nd-minute chip. But Slovakia hung on and Italy went out, joined by plucky New Zealand who couldn't find the quality to break down Paraguay in the other game. In Group F, John Heitinga's Holland finished top thanks to a 2-1 win over Cameroon and Denmark's ex-Everton contingent of Lars Jacobsen and Per Kroldrup were dumped out by Japan.
Australia 2 - 1 Serbia || Germany 1 - 0 Ghana
23 Jun - Tim Cahill's World Cup dream is over as Australia fell just short of making a stunning recovery from that heavy defeat to Germany in their first game. With the Germans ending up beating Ghana in the other Group D game, the Socceroos needed to beat Serbia with a hatful and though they roared into a 2-0 second-half lead thanks to a headed goal by Cahill and a 25-yard stunner by Bret Holman, the Serbs pulled one back and with no further goals, the Aussies were eliminated on goal difference.
Injury-time heroics see USA through
USA 1 - 0 Algeria || Slovenia 0 - 1 England
23 Jun - A dramatic injury-time goal by American talisman, Landon Donovan, put the USA on top of Group C on goals scored and into the knockout phase with England who edged Slovenia with a nervy 1-0 win. After Algeria hit the bar early on, Clint Dempsey had the ball in the net for Bob Bradley's side but the "goal" was erroneously chalked off for offside. As chances went begging, the US were facing elimination until a fast break initiated by Tim Howard ended with Donovan ramming home in dramatic fashion after the 'keeper spilled the ball as Dempsey tried to turn Altidore's cross home. The Americans will play Ghana on Saturday.
South Africa 2 - 1 France || Nigeria 2 - 2 South Korea
22 Jun - Everton's African contingent is heading home after South Africa and Nigeria were eliminated from the group stage of the World Cup Finals. Steven Pienaar and Bafana Bafana surged into a 2-0 lead over France and spurned a chance for 3-0 when Mphela rattled the post early in the second half. But though Uruguay did their bit for the tournament hosts by beating Mexico, 10-man France pulled one back and SA were eliminated on goal difference. In Group B, Argentina's win over Greece meant that Nigeria just had to beat South Korea to advance but they surrendered a 1-0 lead to trail 2-1, leveled the game at 2-2 through a Yakubu penalty but couldn't find the winner late on. The Yak had earlier executed the miss of the tournament when he somehow side-footed wide of an empty net from two yards out and Obafemi Martins also clipped a great chance wide.
Slovenia 2 - 2 USA
18 Jun - Tim Howard and the USA were robbed of a thrilling victory at Ellis Park in Johannesburg by an apparently erroneous call for a foul as defender Maurice Edu buried a late free kick that would have made it 3-2. The States fell behind 2-0 in the first half to goals by Birsa and Ljubijankic but former Everton winger Landon Donovan rammed an absolutely superb goal into the roof of the net from a narrow angle shortly after half-time and Michael Bradley's cool finish leveled matters, setting up what looked to have been the perfect comeback but the referee from Mali chalked off the "goal" for reasons known only to him.
18 Jun - Tim Howard and the USA will play their second game in Group C this afternoon looking to take a giant step towards the second phase with victory over Slovenia. Howard will play despite injuring his ribs in the 1-1 draw with England and there is yet more good press for him with this piece by Jeff Carlisle on the ESPN Soccernet site. Particularly pleasing, given the propensity of the US media to regard Everton as a lower-tier club than the Champions League darlings, is Tim's comment about his immediate future: "I love Everton. I think we're in touching distance [of the CL]... I believe in our team. I think it's disrespectful when players talk about other clubs. It's a disgrace really, people always flogging themselves for another contract."
All goes wrong for Super Eagles
Greece 2 - 1 Nigeria
17 Jun - Nigeria have a very slim chance of making the next phase at the World Cup Finals in South Africa following a second successive defeat in Group B. They got a lucky break to take the lead against Greece, scoring a soft goal from a free kick but a moment of madness by Sami Kiata, reacting stupidly by kicking out after a nothing throw-in incident, saw him get straight red and the game turned. Greece took advantage, running out 2-1 winners, though Yakubu might have scored as Nigeria broke when a horrendous Joseph Yobo error was cleared, but was denied by the 'keeper. Both Everton players could be on their way home next week unless Argentina beat Greece and the Super Eagles secure a big win in their final game against South Korea.
South Africa 0 - 3 Uruguay
16 Jun - Steven Pienaar's South Africa are in grave danger of becoming the first host nation not to advance to the second phase after an emphatic defeat at the hands of Uruguay in the capital, Pretoria. Diego Forlan scored a goal in each half, the second a penalty with 10 minutes to go after goalkeeper Khune was red-carded for his foul on Suarez. Pereira added a third in injury time. Pienaar had been much more involved than was the case against Mexico last Friday before being substituted to make way for the reserve 'keeper after 80 minutes but Bafana Bafana were desperately poor overall.
Germany 4 - 0 Australia
13 Jun - Tim Cahill's World Cup could be over after he was very harshly sent off after 56 minutes by the tournament's worst official so far for a nothing tackle on Schweinsteiger. Germany already had the Socceroos on the rack by that point having powered into a 2-0 lead in a first half in which Cahill was a virtual spectator. Australia conceded twice more as Joachim Loew's side toyed with them in the second half and, assuming it isn't overturned on appeal, the resulting two-match ban for Cahill will make their chances of progressing from a tough group all the harder.
Howard helps USA thwart England
12 Jun - The much anticipated World Cup match-up in Rustenburg ended all square, with the strongest Everton connection making a decisive impact on proceedings. After Steven Gerrard had given England an early lead, Robert Green suffered a momentary lapse of concentration that gifted the USA the equaliser later in the first half. As expected it was a tight affair but Tim Howard proved an indomitable force in the American goal, while Green redeemed himself somewhat by pushing Jozy Altidore's shot onto the post after he'd easily muscled his way past Jamie Carragher.
South Africa 1 - 1 Mexico
11 Jun - The 2010 World Cup kicked off with Steven Pienaar featuring as very much the star man for the host nation... but playing in the middle, the game mostly passed him by. South Africa, initially abysmal, survived a Mexican onslaught thanks to a rarely seen offside decision that denied them the first goal. That was scored in superb fashion in the second half by Siphiwe Tshabalala, a fantastic finish. Mexico finally got their just desserts, thanks to some terrible South African defending, a little before Pienaar was subbed off for the last 10 mins. Katlego Mphela squandered a gilt-edged chance to win it at the death when he rolled a shot off the post with just the 'keeper to beat.
9 Jun - Everton have finally confirmed the much-mooted acquisition of Portuguese striking prospect, Joao Silva. The 20-year-old joins for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of 500,000, from Desportivo Das Aves where he scored 14 times in 32 appearances last season to finish as second-highest scorer in Portugal's second division. He has penned a three-year deal and will link up with the Blues' squad for the first time for pre-season training at the start of next month as the team prepares for a pre-season tour of Australia.
Build-up to Saturday's World Cup clash
9 Jun - Landon Donovan believes his loan spell with Everton last season can help play a part in plotting England's downfall in Saturday's World Cup clash. Donovan spent two-and-a-half months at Goodison Park during the close season of his parent club, Los Angeles Galaxy, and quickly became a favourite with supporters. But he also feels the experience helped him to find out the qualities of some of the England players he will come face to face with in Rustenburg.
Arsenal defender signs a three-year deal
8 Jun - Philippe Senderos, the Swiss international defender who made just two starts as a stand-in during his loan spell with Everton last season, has been transferred from Arsenal to Fulham on a free transfer. He signs a three-year contract with the defeated Europa League/Cup finalists, after spending much of the previous season on loan to AC Milan.
USA 3 - 1 Australia
5 Jun - In one of the final warm-up games before the World Cup starts in earnest next weekend, Tim Cahill squared up for the Socceroos against Tim Howard's USA national team in Roodeport, South Africa. And Tim Cahill connected nicely on the stretch to fire home a corner past the bemused Tim Howard, equalising after Edson Buddle had given the US an early lead. Buddle scored again before half-time, when both Everton players were subbed off. Landon Donovan had a few chances to score but was largely unimpressive in a slow-paced game, until he set up USA's third for Herculez Gomez at the death.
World Cup Finals warm-up
5 Jun - An interesting taster for next weekend's World Cup launch comes on Saturday in the form of an international pairing that offers more than passing interest for football-starved Evertonians. Tim Howard's USA National team takes on Tim Cahill's Aussie Socceroos, in South Africa. Hopefully it will also be a chance to see ex-Everton players Landon Donovan and Lucas Neill in action too. Kick-Off is 1 pm BST and live TV coverage includes ESPN2 in the USA (5:30 am PDT; 8:30 am EDT).
The promised 'Revolution' is pink
3 Jun - After a high profile ad campaign that stealthily sought to hide the impending truth, Everton's marketing "Revolution" was revealed in all its glory on Thursday (after being widely leaked on the internet): a new away shirt in "lightning pink". As with seemingly anything Everton-related, it has split the fanbase down the middle, with polarized opinions bedeviled by gender overtones. A brave move? Or a marketing disaster? You can vote on our poll here on the homepage if you have an opinion either way.
Homesick comments come home to roost
1 Jun - Leighton Baines's dream of making the trip to the World Cup Finals in South Africa have been dashed after it was confirmed that he has not made the cut for Fabio Capello's 23-man squad. Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock got the nod over Baines as the back-up left back to Ashley Cole even though the ex-Liverpool and Blackburn man has only played once for England at senior level.
Slovakia 3 - 2 Italy || Paraguay 0 - 0 New Zealand
24 Jun - A fantastic finish to Group E, where Everton's new 'keeper Jan Mucha was well stretched at the back as Italy finally woke up after going 2-0 to Slovakia.
31 May - After being released a little early from his current contract at Leeds United, before it expires next month, striker Jermaine Beckford has signed a four-year contract with Everton. No shirt number has been assigned to him yet, and and Everton fans await to see if this means one of the current strikers will be allowed to leave.
The ruling classes: managers and their teams
30 May - In World Cup build-up mode, David Moyes pens his thoughts on the increasingly important role of the manager in modern football: "Arsne Wenger says the image of the team is in the manager's face. You can tell the manager who's under pressure. Arsne's right. The manager epitomises how the team are feeling. Mourinho, through his own shows of confidence, gives confidence to his teams. Capello, with his stiffness, brings an air of authority and reassurance to the England dressing room." And perhaps most tellingly: "Tactics aren't difficult. They aren't rocket science." Er...
Moyes wants to win trophies
29 May - "We've come close [to winning something] a few times and done well in the league, but for me, it's not enough. Tottenham got to the Champions League this season, but there's only been one other team in the last few years to have done that outside the big four. That was us. That's seen as success, but I have a problem with that. It's saying that it's okay to finish fourth... to have that mentality that finishing fourth is success is strange, yet that's the perception. I just don't understand how can you expect to be happy with fourth." — David Moyes, quoted in The Scottish Sun.
Pienaar cites Arsenal (h) and no Europe
28 May - More pot stirring, no doubt designed to drive the wedge deeper between Steven Pienaar and Everton, has the media making much of comments made by the South African about the Blues' 2009-10 season: "We didn't start fresh at the beginning of the season due to injury problems and we suffered from that throughout the season. The beginning of the season was the lowest (point), especially when we lost 6-1 against Arsenal. At the end we didn't qualify for Europe and that's why I reckon this year has to be considered as a failure."
Youngster lost 3.6 litres of blood
27 May - Republic of Ireland defender, Shane Duffy, is back on his feet just days after surviving a life-threatening injury. The 18-year-old Everton player was visited in hospital on Wednesday morning by international boss Giovanni Trapattoni, his assistant Marco Tardelli and skipper Robbie Keane in the wake of the Republic's 2-1 friendly victory over Paraguay. Duffy was able to get out of bed and walk, much to the delight of the trio, and he remains on target to be discharged from Dublin's Mater Hospital at the weekend.
24 May - Steven Pienaar's agent is now urging Everton to resolve the player's contract negotiations before the World Cup, reiterating that his client would like his Goodison future decided before the tournament kicks off next month or he will likely demand a transfer from the club that resurrected his career.
Teenage star put pen to paper today
24 May - Jack Rodwell has committed the next five years of his promising future to Everton by putting pen to paper on a new contract that will keep the 19-year-old sensation at Goodison Park until 2015. That will end, for now, the ceaseless speculation linking Rodwell with a move to Manchester United or Chelsea, confirm word from sources close to him that he always wanted to keep developing his career with the club he loves, and net the teenager an estimated 30,000-a-week contract.
23 May - More details are emerging of the impasse between Steven Pienaar and Everton with comments attributed to the midfielder suggesting that the two parties are a fair distance apart on the issue of compensation. The South African had put off any decision on his future until after the World Cup but has now admitted that, after rejecting the Club's latest offer 2 weeks ago, he could either see out his contract at Goodison or be sold this summer if there is no positive resolution of his contract negotiations and the right offer comes up.
21 May - What seemed like a precautionary trip to hospital ended with life-saving surgery for Shane Duffy following a collision in a practice match yesterday that left the teenager with a lacerated hepatic artery by his liver. The Everton defender was administered oxygen on the pitch after taking a knee to the abdomen while playing for a Republic of Ireland XI against Ireland Juniors but the full extent of his injury wasn't known until he got to Mater Hospital. Duffy remains in the High Dependency ward but is expected to make a full recovery.
Blackpool 3 - 2 Cardiff City
22 May - Blackpool will play Premier League football next season after a ding-dong first half that saw all five goals scored in the searing Wembley heat. Everton's on-loan player, Seamus Coleman, played a competent game at right back, with few of the marauding runs forward that have endeared him to Evertonians, but was there to make a couple of important defensive clearances that helped to keep the second half goalless and allow Blackpool to win the Championship Playoff Final.
19 May - Seamus Coleman has joined Tim Cahill in signing on for another four years. The Irish defender, who plays at Wembley this coming weekend for Blackpool where he is on loan as they look to win promotion to the Premier League in the Championship playoffs. David Moyes said of Coleman: "I think he's someone who has caught the imagination of a lot of the supporters. We've brought him in and he's had very little of what I would call senior football. So we had to get him some games. He had a terrible injury in pre-season which kept him out and, if hadn't been for that, he might have had more games and he might have even been further along. But I think these games for Blackpool, at the level they're playing at, will do him no harm at all."
19 May - With the memory of the Lescott Saga all to fresh, David Moyes says of the need to keep his best players: Are we susceptible? Of course we are, because people look at us and think, We can go to Everton and take their best players'. But if they do, they know they are going to have to come with a very big cheque. If they come here, they know it is going to be very expensive and our intention is not to let any of the players go. I expect them to be here next season.
Contract extended through 2014
18 May - Tim Cahill has committed his future to Everton after signing a new contract which could keep him at the club for the next four years. The 30-year-old had two years to run on his existing contract but Everton were keen to tie him to the club for an longer term. The Australian midfielder is a key player for Everton and his willingness to sign a new long-term deal is a boost for manager David Moyes's on-going plans.
Less damage than originally feared
15 May - Dan Gosling has finally had surgery on the ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his knee that was set to put him out of action for nine months. However, there is some good news in that, when the swelling finally subsided enough for the operation to go ahead, there was less damage than expected. The 20-year-old has been ruled out for the start of the 2010-11 season but the expectation now is that he could require less time than originally anticipated to make a full recovery and be back in action for the Blues.
14 May - Everton Chief Executive, Robert Elstone, spoke to Terrace Talk on Radio City and talked candidly and eloquently about a number of issues, including transfers, new contracts for existing players — not least Steven Pienaar — the state of the domestic game and the Blues' quest for a new stadium. Listen online: Part One | Part Two
11 May - Despite the recent insistence by his agent that the situation would be wrapped up before the World Cup Finals kick off next month, Steven Pienaar says that he will delay any decision over his future until after the tournament. Reiterating that, "I've made it clear before that I want to stay at Everton," the 28 year-old seems to suggest that he'll be back at Goodison if he returns from South Africa fit and healthy.
No World Cup for Jagielka, Arteta or Saha
11 May - Leighton Baines is one step closer to the World Cup Finals in South Africa this summer after being named in Fabio Capello's 30-man provisional squad for the tournament next month. There was no place for Phil Jagielka, though, Mikel Arteta's hopes of a surprise Spain call-up were also dashed and Louis Saha was overlooked by France. Elsewhere, Victor Anichebe, Yakubu and Joseph Yobo are in Nigeria's 30, Tim Cahill is named for Australia and Steven Pienaar for the host nation.
Side by side in Stanley Park
10 May - The latest solution put forward to solve the problem of new stadiums for Everton and Liverpool is the construction of a unique side-by-side construction in Stanley Park. The Mersey Stadia-Connex group, which is behind the idea, believes the Siamese-style blueprint could save the clubs between 180m and 220m. They argue it would allow both Liverpool and Everton to maintain separate stadiums — and could hugely reduce overall costs — but it has already been rejected out of hand by Everton officials.
Everton 1 - 0 Portsmouth
9 May - Everton's faithful fans might have hoped for a goal glut against a relegated Portsmouth with the FA Cup Final on their minds but the Blues made them wait until second-half injury time before DIniyar Bilyaletdinov scored a sublime winner to end an otherwise disappointing game. The South coasters had chances to ruin the end-of-season party and even had the ball in the net but it was chalked off for offside before Hayden Mullins hacked Louis Saha's header off the line in the closing stages. Tony Hibbert's shot that flashed just over the bar looked to have been the last chance but Bily struck another beauty after coming on as a second-half sub.
8 May - Phil Neville will miss the season finale against Portsmouth after undergoing orthoscopic surgery on his knee to remove "a slight touch on his cartilage," as David Moyes put it. As well as bringing his Premier League campaign to a premature end, it also means that the 33 year-old won't be eligible for England's World Cup squad. Neville had an outside chance of being selected by Fabio Capello but he will now join Marouane Fellaini and Dan Gosling, who only had surgery on his cruciate knee ligament tear this week as well, in rehabilitation and getting fit for next season.
Scotland's Player of the Year at 40
7 May - Ex-Everton captain David Weir raised the bar in football longevity yesterday when he was named Scotland's Player of the Year just four days short of his 40th birthday, yet the Rangers captain is unsure whether his new status will guarantee him any extra time at Ibrox. Weir, whose contract expires in three weeks, admitted yesterday that his future is still uncertain at the debt-stricken Scottish champions and fears he may be left in the dark until late in the summer about whether a new deal will be on the table to allow him to play on.
6 May - The Official Site has gone retro for the day to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Everton's 1985 League Title triumph, a championship that should have ushered in the Club's best opportunity before or since to win the European Cup were it not for the ban on English clubs following the Heysel tragedy. Evertonfc.com has a report of the 2-0 win over QPR that sealed the Blues' first Championship in 15 years... well worth a read to take you back to those halcyon days.
5 May - If Everton fans fear losing Steven Pienaar this summer, they can take heart from the player's comments after receiving Everton's Player of the Year award yesterday. Nothing has been decided by way of his contract but when asked about the future, he said: "Hopefully we can kick on from here to next season and the coming years. We have got the potential. The people behind the club really want it to happen and so do the players. For sure [I'd want to stay and be part of that], why not?"
4 May - Steven Pienaar was handed the Everton Player of the Year accolade this evening at the Club's annual awards gala. The South African, in the headlines right now as the Blues continue negotiations over a new contract for him, topped a poll of supporters after an impressive campaign in which he equaled a career best seven league goals. Leighton Baines was voted the players' player of the year for a season in which he has played in all but one League match for the Blues.
Stoke City 0 - 0 Everton
1 May - Everton's hopes of taking the race for Europe to the final weekend of the season petered out in frustrating fashion at the Britannia Stadium. In the absence of Steven Pienaar (injured, we hope!) there was little of the silky passing from previous weeks; instead, squandering possession was the order of the day, and perhaps only Victor Anichebe emerged with any real credit with at least five shots on goal. Phil Jagielka did better, powering the ball into the net from an excellent Arteta corner but, ironically, it was Anichebe, blocking the keeper on the line, whom the linesman determined was in an offside position from Jagielka's header. Earlier, Rory Delap had missed the game's best chance and neither side came close to scoring in the last quarter of an hour, leaving the Blues with an unsatisfactory goalless draw that confirms and 8th place finish. Report
1 May - The penultimate game of the season and Everton finish their travels in the potteries and Peter Reid's tricky side with their rabid crowd of fanatical supporters. Everton continue to be without the injured trio of John Heitinga, Dan Gosling and Marouane Fellaini. Jack Rodwell and Leon Osman could miss out for the second successive week. Rodwell is nursing a hamstring injury while Osman has an unspecified knock. Rumours suggest Pienaar may miss out as well.
Non-World Cup players to play 3 Aussie sides
30 Apr - Everton have confirmed that the club will travel Down Under this summer and tour Australia. The trip will be the Club's first visit to the country since 1987 when the then champions of England participated in a post-season tour, playing two games in Melbourne and Brisbane. The Blues will return to both Australian cities to face Hyundai A-League sides Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Heart and will complete a three-game tour with an exhibition match against Sydney FC.
Joao Silva deal wrapped up?
28 Apr - No confirmation from Liverpool L4 yet but Sky Sports and sources in Portugal are reporting that Everton have concluded a 500,000 deal for 19 year-old striker, Joao Silva. The Desportivo Aves marksman, described as the new Pauleta, is set to make the move to Goodison Park at the end of the season after scoring 13 goals in the Portuguese Second Division this term.
Reports linking manager with United 'nonsense'
27 Apr - Bill Kenwright has joined David Moyes in rejecting speculation that the Everton boss is being lined up to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United when he eventually hangs up his stopwatch. "It's absolute nonsense to infer that we would let David depart for Manchester United with our blessing," Kenwright told the Echo. "If a day like that ever did occur, Evertonians know that I would fight tooth and nail to keep our manager where he belongs."
Everton 2-1 Fulham
25 Apr - A Mikel Arteta penalty deep into injury time preserved Everton's 100% home record against Fulham in the Premier League as David Moyes's side secured the win that keeps their faint Europa League hopes alive. Despite dominating the play with slick and patient passing, the Blues lacked any real urgency and fell behind when Leighton Baines' suicide backpass was intercepted by Erik Nevland who beat Tim Howard to open the scoring. Everton equalised four minutes after half time, though, when Victor Anichebe's header went in off Chris Smalling and though a penalty claim for handball on Nicky Shorey was denied, referee Lee Mason had no doubts in the third minute of stoppage time when Chris Baird felled Tim Cahill in the box to hand the home side the path to all three points. Two wins for the Blues and two defeats for Liverpool is what is required if Europe is to become a reality.
24 Apr - Everton play their penultimate home game o the season this weekend as road-weary Fulham come to Merseyside. John Heitinga is ruled out for the rest of the season with a hairline fracture of his ankle but Tim Cahill is in line to make his 200th start for the Blues in all competitions as David Moyes's side hope to get the first of three consecutive wins they need to have any chance of qualifying for the Europa League next season. Kick-off is 3pm.
23 Apr - David Moyes appears relaxed about the speculation surrounding the future of Steven Pienaar whose Everton contract has a year left to run. "[T]alks have been on going for some time," Moyes said in his press conference ahead of this weekend's game against Fulham. " I hope we will [keep him] and I am sure we will. We brought him here on loan when he was a bit down and gave him that platform so I think he's found a good home."
Times report suggests bumper terms to keep him at Goodison
23 Apr - Everton are ready to offer Jack Rodwell a significant improvement on the contract he signed a little over a year ago in an effort to ward off interest from the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea and now Arsenal according to The Times. It's believed that the Club are ready to at least double his wages and sources close to the 19 year-old starlet suggest that he is committed to staying at Goodison Park rather than follow the path trodden by Wayne Rooney six years ago.
Blues need a minor miracle
21 Apr - Updated Though Portsmouth have now been denied entry to the Europa League next season, the worst case scenario has played out for Everton since Saturday's thrilling win over Blackburn, with Aston Villa and Liverpool getting maximum points from their games in hand and the Blues now trailing the two clubs by 7 and 5 points respectively with just 3 games to go. Though there are conflicting media reports suggesting Everton could qualify from 8th if Liverpool win the Europa League, we're fairly certain that
no additional European places will be created by a Reds win in that competition.
Everton finalizing summer itinerary
21 Apr - An Everton side potentially including Socceroos star Tim Cahill is set to embark on a three-match tour of Australia in July. The Queensland government and the are in the final stages of negotiations and, but barring any late hitches, the Toffees will play the Brisbane Roar in the annual Roar Against Racism charity match. July 10 is the mooted date for the clash, which will open an Everton tour that is also understood to include matches against new A-League club Melbourne Heart and reigning competition champions Sydney FC.
Or a Lescott-type cash-in sale???
20 Apr - In a scenario that is horribly reminiscent of the Lescott saga, the Daily Mail claims that Steven Pienaar is set to be rewarded with a new lucrative Everton deal which will rank him alongside the club's biggest earners and supposedly end interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City. The 14million-rated South Africa midfielder has been the subject of enquiry from rival bosses, alerted that Pienaar has just one year remaining on his Goodison Park deal.
Blackburn Rovers 2 - 3 Everton
17 Apr - A penalty won and converted by the returning magician Arteta inside 3 mins should have made this a walk in the sunshine, and some superb football from Everton in the first half should have seen more goals... But they didn't come until the last quarter of the game, which was just amazing. A tremendous equalizer from N'Zonzi after Baines had bent the Blackburn post with an Exocet. The Yak came on for Hibbert and equalized inside 22 seconds with a lovely header on from Anichebe, but minutes later Roberts scored his usual goal against Everton, this one very well taken. Same old story... 2-2? No, the Yak would create an excellent goal on 90 mins for Tim Cahill to finally seal a hugely important win for the Black & Pinks! Full report
17 Apr - Everton head into a local encounter with Blackburn Rovers this afternoon, a must-win game if they are to keep their hopes of European qualification alive. With games running out and their rivals for 6th and 7th spots playing teams in the bottom four this weekend, David Moyes's men can't afford to drop any more points. John Heitinga is a doubt with a foot injury while Mikel Arteta again misses out with a groin strain. KO is 3pm.
Aston Villa 2 - 2 Everton
14 Apr - Everton were five injury-time minutes from a potentially huge win over Aston Villa but yet more defensive weakness against the deep cross allowed Martin O'Neill's team a precious equaliser that keeps them four points above the Blues. Tim Cahill had headed Everton into the lead from a Leighton Baines free kick in the first half but Gaby Agbonlahor leveled with a glancing header with 18 minutes to go. Cahill restored the lead almost immediately, again with his head, to put David Moyes's side on course for victory. But despite the presence of three central defenders with the late introduction of Joseph Yobo, Phil Jagielka diverted Ashley Young's cross into his own net, though Tim Howard will feel he should have turned it around the post.
14 Apr - Everton and Aston Villa face off in a potentially decisive encounter in the battle for European qualification, the Blues's having fallen four and six points behind Villa and Liverpool respectively with their failure to beat Wolves and West Ham in their last two outings. Mikel Arteta is again ruled out with a groin strain and Victor Anichebe is also unlikely to figure because of a hip injury. Kick off is 7:45pm.
Everton Res 0 - 0 Hull City Res
12 Apr - An Academy side masquerading under the dubious title of 'Everton Reserves' could do nothing to break the stalemate against Hull on Monday Night. The timing of the match was not good for the fringe senior players, with the first team playing Villa on Wednesday night, but even Carlo Nash is not getting games anymore, now that Iain Turner is fit and back in goal. Last summer's young acquisitions Garbutt, Mustafi and Peterlin also played.
Aussie Channel 7 TV Biography
10 Apr - No football for Everton this weekend... so what about watching the The Unseen Journey — a 40-minute video of the programme broadcast last week on Australian TV, telling the unheard story of Tim Cahill's life. A rags to riches tale about his family background, his father's determination to make him a footballer, his mother's irrepressible Samoan roots... the challenges to becoming a Socceroo, Milwall, Everton, the first goals for Australia in the 2006 World Cup, and prospect of more for them in South Africa this summer... plus lots lots more.
The link below leads to a Sporttorrent page, where you can download and save the 400MB video file.
Second Barclay's Manager of the Month award this year
9 Apr - David Moyes has been named the Barclays Manager of the Month for the second time in three months after steering Everton to an unbeaten record in the month of March. In accepting the award, the boss praised his players: They are the ones who cross the white line and I must give my staff a lot of credit too. That's two out of three months that we've got this award and we're going to need two more if we are to achieve what we want from this season!
Wants to be in the play-offs
8 Apr - Seamus Coleman — whose loan deal with promotion-chasing Blackpool runs out next Wednesday — says he wants to stay for longer and "help the club win promotion": "We'll see what Everton have to say and whatever both teams want is what matters," said Coleman, 21, who has made a real impression at right back — Blackpool are unbeaten in five games since he joined.
Achilles recovery takes time...
6 Apr - David Moyes has assured Ayegbeni Yakubu he has a long-term future at Everton despite conceding that the Nigeria striker has not fully recovered from an Achilles injury suffered 17 months ago. It has been suggested that Yakubu will be sold this summer to improve Moyes' transfer budget having struggled to reclaim form and a first-team place since rupturing an achilles tendon at Tottenham Hotspur in November 2008. However, the Everton manager believes the recovery period is typical of Achilles injuries and says Yakubu remains part of his plans at Goodison Park.
Everton 2 - 2 West Ham United
4 Apr - Everton's European hopes took another severe blow with a second successive draw against a team from the lower reaches of the table as complacency and a dismal second half display cost them an eighth home win on the bounce. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's first-half header had put the Blues on their way but the Hammers grew in confidence in the second and leveled when Da Costa bundled home from close range. Yakubu looked to have headed the winner with five minutes left but Ilan powered home an equaliser as an almost immediate reply and an Everton side horribly devoid of imagination couldn't create anything to grab a late goal to get the points they needed to close the gap on Aston Villa and Liverpool.
3 Apr - Everton are back at Goodison this weekend looking to record their eighth successive Premier League home win when beleaguered West Ham, the team the Blues love to play, come to town. Dan Gosling joins Marouane Fellaini on the long-term injury list while Mikel Arteta and Joseph Yobo are doubts with minor strains so David Moyes could field an unchanged line-up. Aston Villa's annoying win at Bolton means that victory over the Hammers would pull Everton back to within two points of the Villains ahead of the battle for seventh place at Villa Park in 10 days' time. KO is 4pm.
Loan player scores after mazy run
3 Apr - Seamus Coleman is continuing to have a dramatic influence on the fortunes of Blackpool FC as they fight for a play-off spot in Championship. The player set up one that was converted as an own goal, then went on his own mazy run through the Scunthorpe defence before firing into the roof of the net from 8 yards to his first goal since going on loan from Everton last month. Scunthorpe 2- 4 Blackpool.
Cruciate curse strikes another Everton player
31 Mar - Dan Gosling has been ruled out for up to nine months after picking up a serious knee injury on Saturday. The midfielder ruptured his cruciate knee ligament after a clash with the the Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann in the closing minutes of the 0-0 draw, just a few minutes after coming on as a substitute. Mikel Arteta and Phil Jagielka suffered the same injury around this time last year and endured months of rehabilitation before making successful comebacks this season.
Looking for 4th or 5th spot
30 Mar - Jack Rodwell has been talking to the Daily Post about his switch to more of an attacking role from midfield. It's a contrast from the defensive posture he was asked to provide earlier in the season and has seen him find the net against Manchester United and Hull City, in addition to setting up that killer second goal at Manchester City with some excellent football down the right channel before cutting the ball back superbly for Cahill to dummy and Arteta to fire home.
An insight on Tiger Tim Cahill
28 Mar - An impressive video biography of Tiger Tim Cahill. The Everton and Australia talisman talks at length to Aussie cricket legend Steve "Tugger" Waugh about his football, his life, his ethos, and most importantly, his family, on this exceptional vignette from Australia's Channel 7 — a precursor to a much longer documentary on the player which will air in Australia on 3 April.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 - 0 Everton
27 Mar - Everton were left frustrated by Wolves for a second time this season despite dominating for large periods with some scintillating football and glorious interplay that saw chance after chance created. A lack of conviction by Leon Osman saw him squander three chances in the first half, the best of which coming in the fifth minute when he failed to beat Marcus Hahnemann from close range. Louis Saha cracked a shot off the bar and put a free header over, Steven Pienaar's volley deflected agonisingly wide and Tim Cahill couldn't get enough on an injury-time overhead kick to guide it over the line as Wolves somehow held out. It represents a missed opportunity for the Blues to steal a march on their rivals in the chase for Europe, particularly Aston Villa who lost 7-1 at Chelsea. Full report
26 Mar - High-spirited Everton play a second successive away game with a visit to Wolves this weekend, looking to take another stride towards European qualification with a fifth away win this season. Tim Howard's thigh injury and a slight hamstring strain for Tim Cahill permitting, David Moyes may look to name an unchanged side hoping that his charges can overcome a Wolves side enjoying a decent run of form of their own. Kick off is 3pm.
Manchester City 0 - 2 Everton
24 Mar - Everton snuffed out Roberto Mancini's Champions League-chasing side with an exemplary away performance, grabbing a precious win with a goal in each half to become the first team to win at Eastlands for almost a year. Mikel Arteta laid a short free kick back to Leighton Baines who clipped the ball towards the 6-yard box and Tim Cahill did the rest, heading home after 32 minutes. Then, as City laboured to break down a stubborn black wall and Cahill had chipped agonisingly wide, Jack Rodwell broke down the right, turned his marker and laid the ball back superbly for Arteta to sweep home the game-killing goal with 5 minutes left. That represents the double over City for Everton who truly look the real deal now with the bulk of the team back fit.
23 Mar - Everton make a midweek trip along the M62 to Eastlands hoping to become the first team to beat Manchester City on their own turf in the League this season. Louis Saha is fit and may start, while Victor Anichebe is in the squad after a scan revealed no damage to his hip and kidney region following a collision with Bolton's Paul Robinson on Saturday. City will be without ex-Blue Joleon Lescott. Kick off is 7:45pm.
Everton Res 1 - 4 Wigan Athletic Res
23 Mar - On Monday night, Everton Reserves crashed to an embarrassing 1-4 defeat at home to Wigan Athletic who extracted some revenge for the 5-2 scoreline the Blues inflicted on them at their gaff back in November. Shane Duffy was the only Blue Youth to get on the scoresheet... and Youth was indeed the key, as Neil Dewsnip continued the Everton policy of fielding Academy players and youngsters, with none of the more senior fringe first-team squad being risked ahead of the huge challenge coming up on Wednesday at Eastlands. Iain Turner continued in goal, however, making up for much time lost through injury earlier in the season.
Moyes laments what might've been
22 Mar - After steering Everton to a club record seventh successive home victory in the Premier League, David Moyes admits he is still tormented by what his improving side could have achieved this season. Moyes said: "What really hankers me is where we should have been and could have been... I think we've got really good potential, we've got a really good group of players here with a chance to kick on again... I think we're beginning to believe we're a good team now. In the past maybe we thought 'we can't quite get there' but wins against the top teams recently have shown that we're closer now than we've ever been."
Everton 2 - 0 Bolton Wanderers
20 Mar - Everton battled hard through a long first half that saw the early departure of Anichebe, who should have scored on 5 mins. The determined Trotters refused to yield until Yakubu cleverly drew a last-man foul from Steinsen, and a red card from Wiley. Arteta deftly curled in the sweetest of free-kicks to open the game up with 20 mins left. Osman made the difference after coming on as the second sub and hit the bar before setting up the winner with a textbook pull-back for Pienaar in the last minute of normal time. The goal sealed a patiently worked and thoroughly deserved win against a doggedly determined and defensively solid Bolton side — Everton's seventh successive home league win, a feat not achieved in 20 years of trying, and hopefully a tangible sign of real consistency finally emerging from Moyes's eight-year stutter-step reign. Full report
20 Mar - Everton take on Bolton Wanderers in a nice 3pm kick-off at Goodison Park this afternoon. The Blues may have been the form team in the Premier League until they blew that two-goal lead at Birmingham last week but there can be no illusions of how difficult the task of beating Bolton Wanderers could be today. It would, however, extend that current winning home streak to an excellent seven consecutive games.
19 Mar - Seamus Coleman has been signed on loan by Blackpool. Tthe Seasiders beat yesterday's loan deadline to sign Everton's young up-&-coming right back just as he was rumoured to be on the way to QPR.
While the move obviously increases his chances of getting first-team football, following on closely from the move of James Vaughan to Leicester City, it represents a voluntary depletion of David Moyes's already limited playing staff, with 9 games still left to hopefully fight for qualification to compete in next season's Europa Cup.
US Star returns to MLS
14 Mar - Everton have confirmed Landon Donovan's loan spell has officially ended and he is returning to Los Angeles Galaxy. In recognition of a great relationship he developed with Everton's fans, he said, "I'm 28 years old now and I've played over 100 times for my country, I've also played a lot of league games in different parts of the world, but I've never met a fan base like this, either playing for them or as an away player. Forget about football for a moment, this is a experience I'll never forget."
Birmingham City 2 - 2 Everton
13 Mar - Tim Cahill returned to the starting line-up for today's game at St Andrews, with Everton once again failing to improve significantly on their away form in the rinal run-in of 10 league games. After a quiet start, Everton felt out their hosts and started to apply some pressure around 20 mins. Arteta played in Anichebe who scored a superb goal, soon followed by a beautiful chipped cross from Pienaar that Yakubu nodded home. 2-0! But Jerome soon pulled one back with a soft finish and then after the break, the Birmingham equalised when Gardner latched into Jersome's flick to fire from 18 yards. And that was pretty much it as Everton, for the most part, sank back into their shell. Donovan appeared for a farewell cameo but it was not enough to win all the points. Full report
13 Mar - 10 games left of the season and Everton turn down the final straight with repeat European qualification in their sights and Birmingham City, their immediate rivals in the chase for what may yet turn out to be three Europa League-qualifying spots, next up. Tim Cahill and Louis Saha may play some part but are unlikely to start, but Leon Osman is ruled out through injury. KO is 3pm.
11 Mar - This article in the local press confirms that nothing seems to have changed Bill Kenwright's fruitless multi-year "24/7" search for a billionaire to invest in Everton. The truth is Everton do need a billionaire he says. Of course thats a stock phrase, but we do need major investment. One of the difficulties of being a chairman who has had to use money as wisely as he possibly knows how, is that its hard when you get bombarded, as I have been in the last three AGMs, with questions like Why cant we have what Newcastle have? West Ham? Portsmouth? Solution: No more AGMs!
US Star wants one more month...
9 Mar - Everton faced an uphill battle to persuade the MLS and Los Angeles Galaxy to lengthen Landon Donovan's loan spell, although the player made it clear he wanted to remain on Merseyside for another month. Under the terms of the 10-week agreement signed in January, Donovan is due to report for training in California on Monday 15 March but David Moyes and the player have made clear their desire for the American international to extend his stay to 15 April. However, Bruce Arena has reaffirmed his position and Donovan will leave after the Birmingham game this weekend.
Everton 5 - 1 Hull City
7 Mar - Mikel Arteta really came into his own in this game, with Donovan oddly left on the bench. The Best Little Spaniard opened the scoring in the first half. This should have been added to with a penalty that was dispatched woefully by Yakubu and saved easily by Myhill. After that, of course, Hull equalized before Arteta's lovely second goal as Everton's superior class finally shone through. The third goal came in the second half and it looked like Arteta's hattrick off a tricky lob from the byelinebut it went in off Garcia for an own-goal. Landon Donovan came on for a final 20-minute home cameo and rounded it off in perfect fashion with an excellent finish for the fourth goal a splendid leaving present. With Hull reeling, Donovan set up Jack Rodwell for the coup de grace that made this a real Big Win for the Blues... long, long overdue.
6 Mar - Everton hope to get their European challenge back on track when Hull City, winless on the road in 12 months, visit Goodison Park tomorrow. Phil Jagielka, Louis Saha, Leon Osman, James Vaughan and Philippe Senderos could all miss out with minor knocks and strains but Tim Cahill may return from a calf injury. KO is 4pm.
Moyes keen but LA Galaxy stand firm
5 Mar - Hopes that Landon Donovan could remain an Everton player after the initially agreed loan term expires this month were raised today after David Moyes hinted in his pre-match press conference that he hasn't ruled out keeping the USA international forward: "It looks like all parties are keen. There's no guarantee yet, and I won't know that for a little while longer but there is a chance. But if we can make it happen, we would and if Landon wants to stay, which I think he does, we'd be really keen to keep him." Galaxy coach, Bruce Arena, says, however, "We're not interested. Landon will be back here March 15."
4 Mar - Leighton Baines passed arguably his biggest test in England colours by garnering good reviews from the infamously merciless domestic press, though he had to shake off an early case of nerves before playing a crucial role in England's second goal. Most of the national dailies were positive regarding the Everton left-back's debut, with The Telegraph saying he "nailed his national audition", The Express saying he didn't look out of place at all, and The Guardian remarking that his was a "neat and efficient" performance.
Famous 1935 Ode to Everton
3 Mar - One of the 20th century's famous politicians, Michael Foot, ill-fated leader of the Labour party during the Thatcher era died today at the age of 96. A Plymouth Argyle fan he developed a soft spot for Everton after he arrived in Liverpool in 1934, for his first job as a shipping clerk. Impressed with Goodison, and the football that came straight from the School of Science, he wrote a poem on the Blues for the Daily Post in 1935, capturing his disappointment at Everton's defeat to Bolton in the FA Cup that year, and underlining the less impressive footballing fare available across the park...
Cold water poured on Football Quarter idea
2 Mar - At high level talks with Everton CEO Robert Elstone and city council officials at Liverpool University yesterday, the Liverpool CEO made it clear LFC is committed to building a new 400m stadium in Stanley Park, despite its problems raising finance. The football quarter concept, as suggested by Keeping Everton in Our City (Keioc), was dismissed on the grounds that the 700m-plus price tag is unaffordable. But Liverpool Council leader Warren Bradley said the meeting was fruitful in helping draw up plans for a sports strategy for the city.
Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 1 Everton
28 Feb - Despite a stirring second-half performance, Everton could not fully recover from a poor first half that looked like a continuation of the defeat in Lisbon. A strange team selection saw Donovan and Bilyaletdinov dropped to the bench, Saha absent (injured), as Heitinga and Distin replaced the poor Yobo and Senderos in the back. But it didn't really work as a sloppy Everton slumped to two goals in the first half when it could easily have been four. Osman was pulled off for the second half, Jagilelka on in central defence, and Heitinga moved to midfield and Everton did get one back when Yakubu stabbed home a Rodwell header from a corner after the break. They should then have gone on to win, with Pienaar producing a poor shot when one-on-one with Gomes, and Donovan missing the open goal of the season. Clearly, it was not to be.
27 Feb - Everton travel to Tottenham for a match with significant ramifications for European qualification hoping to extend their Premier League winning sequence at White Hart Lane and atone for both their meek Carling Cup defeat last autumn and their disastrous performance in Lisbon on Thursday. Johnny Heitinga and Sylvain Distin are available again after missing the match against Sporting but Tim Cahill is still sidelined with a calf injury. KO is 1pm. [No full preview this week due to the site issues we're experiencing]
Sporting CP 3 - 0 Everton (4 - 2 agg)
25 Feb - Lisbon was once again the scene of misery for Everton as Sporting turned this Round of 32 tie on its head with three second-half goals. Joao Moutinho crashed a fortuitously-won free kick off the crossbar in a first half dominated by the Portuguese side as the Blues struggled to get out of first gear. They escaped again on the hour when Tim Howard blocked Moutinho's volley from point-blank range but after Steven Pienaar curled a shot the wrong side of the post, one of only three genuine attempts at goal all match, Miguel Veloso rammed home from the angle to transform the tie. Pedro Mendes doubled the lead when his deflected shot flew past Howard with 14 minutes left and as David Moyes's side pushed forward trying to fashion a goal that would have forced extra time, substitute Matias Fernandez wrapped it up on the counter-attack in injury time to seal Everton's fate. Report
24 Feb - Everton return to Lisbon on Thursday evening knowing that a clean sheet will see them through to the Round of 16 at the expense of Sporting whom they lead 2-1 from the first leg. Phil Jagielka is included in the squad for the first time since April and Philippe Senderos also travels, with David Moyes hoping the Swiss defender will be fit enough to deputise for the suspended Sylvain Distin so he doesn't have to pitch Jagielka straight into first-team action. Update: Joseph Yobo and Yakubu are expected to have last-minute visa issues resolved in time for the match. KO is 8.05pm with live coverage on FIVE.
Defender could be emergency cover in Lisbon
22 Feb - Phil Jagielka was set to end his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury with a return for the Reserves tonight but a frozen pitch at the Halton Stadium means he will have to wait a few days longer for his first competitive match since April last year. David Moyes has hinted, however, that he may be forced to throw Jagielka straight into the team in Lisbon on Thursday with John Heitinga cup-tied, Sylvain Distin suspended and Philippe Senderos struggling to overcome a back injury.
Everton 3 - 1 Manchester United
20 Feb - An audacious goal from Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, a well-worked second by Dan Gosling, and a wonderful solo effort by sub Jack Rodwell to cap a great team performance at the end sealed a tremendous victory for Everton over the other Champions Elect Manchester United. It looked to be business as usual for Everton against a top 4 side when Dimitar Berbatov put them ahead on 16 mins after a bright start, but Bily's response 3 mins later was a superb game-defining moment as he lashed an unstoppable shot past the static Van der Sar. Everton missed some crucial chances to wrap up the game in the first half but broke the stalemate in the second when Gosling came on and scored from a classic Pienaar cutback to send Goodison delirious. The expected United onslaught failed to materialise and Rodwell's coup de grace at the end provided the perfect finish to a great game and a famous victory.
20 Feb - Everton take on Champions Manchester United in the lunchtime kickoff today hoping to claim another scalp after burying their Chelsea hoodoo ten days ago. Tim Cahill joins Marouane Fellaini on the sidelines but John Heitinga is eligible again. KO is 12:45pm.
Damaged calf muscle
19 Feb - Everton could be without Talisman Tim Cahill for the remaining fixtures in February after he damaged his calf muscle in Tuesday's game against Sporting. The Australian is expected to find out the extent of the injury today but is ruled out of tomorrow's game against Manchester United and is expected to be sidelined for the return leg in Lisbon and the visit to Tottenham at the end of the month.
I aim to play here for a lot longer
17 Feb - Steven Pienaar has moved to dampen speculation that Everton face a fight to keep the talented South African at Goodison this summer because he has yet to sign an extension to his contract that expires next June. The midfielder says, "I feel this is my home. The supporters have always been good to me and I always give 100%. I definitely aim to play here for a lot longer, why not? Talk of moving is only rumours and I am definitely enjoying my football here."
Everton 2 - 1 Sporting CP
16 Feb - Everton were five minutes from completing a job very well done in this Round of 32 first leg when a horrendous error by Sylvain Distin transformed the complexion of the tie. The Blues were ahead through a sublime Steven Pienaar goal in the first half and Distin's own strike off his nether regions three minutes into the second and Sporting were being well contained despite Izmailov crashing a shot off the outside of Tim Howard's post. But when Distin's heavy touch from an equally heavy pass by Jack Rodwell allowed Liedson to rob him and race clear, the defender clumsily brought him down in the box and was shown an inevitable red card. Miguel Veloso sent Howard the wrong way from the spot and scored what might be a crucial away goal in the final reckoning.
16 Feb - The BBC confirm specluation earlier from Sky Sports that Marouane Fellaini will miss the rest of the season with the ankle injury he sustained in the Merseyside derby at Anfield 10 days ago. "He has a very serious injury and needs an operation so he will be out for six months," said David Moyes, who compared it to the injury that has ruined Robin van Persie's season at Arsenal. The Blues' loss was compounded later this evening when Tim Cahill limped out of the action against Sporting Lisbon with an apparent calf injury.
16 Feb - Everton face down Lisbon opposition under the Goodison lights this evening for the second time this season with the visit of Sporting with a much stronger Blues side hoping to banish the memory of a 2-0 Group I defeat to Benfica in October. Johnny Heitinga is cup-tied while Marouane Fellaini and Victor Anichebe are injured and there is apparently a doubt over Philippe Senderos but Joseph Yobo is fit again and Steven Pienaar is back from suspension. KO is 5:45pm with live coverage on ESPN.
12 Feb - Further scans to determine the extent of the damage to Marouane Fellaini's ankle have been postponed again because the swelling to the midfielder's ankle remains so severe. The Belgian was due to see a specialist in London earlier this week but the trip was ruled out due to travel problems but today's rescheduled appointment has also been put back. "We have put Fellaini's appointment back until the swelling goes down a bit more," David Moyes said. "We don't want to speculate until then."
Everton 2 - 1 Chelsea
10 Feb - Bruised from Saturday's derby defeat and without a win over Chelsea in 10 years, Everton looked to have dug their own grave when they allowed the Premier League leaders to capitalise on their early momentum and conceded a soft goal to Florent Malouda after 16 minutes. Instead, the Blues came roaring back and Louis Saha powered in front of John Terry to plant Landon Donovan's corner past Peter Cech with an excellent close-range header. The Frenchman gave the Chelsea captain a torrid time all evening and Saha superbly atoned for a penalty miss in first-half injury time by chesting down Sylvain Distin's long ball and firing the winner past the 'keeper with 15 minutes to go. The inevitable Chelsea onslaught followed and Didier Drogba was allowed to shove Tim Cahill out the way and plant a header onto the crossbar before referee Alan Wiley found five stoppage-time minutes from somewhere to give to the Londoners but Everton hung on for Moyes's first ever win over Chelsea. Full Report
9 Feb - Everton take on Premier League leaders, Chelsea, at Goodison Park tomorrow evening looking to bounce back from Saturday's demoralising derby defeat and the loss of dynamic midfield duo, Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar. Mikel Arteta is likely to start his first game this season and David Moyes could deploy Jack Rodwell or Phil Neville in central midfield to add some bite that was missing at Anfield on Saturday. Kick off is 8pm.
Further scans were planned
9 Feb - Everton have kept a pretty tight lid on any meaningful news about the condition of Marouane Fellaini, whose ankle was badly injured by the two-footed lunge that got Stirios Kyrigaos of Liverpool dismissed with a straight red card on Saturday. The swelling probably still has to go down and is expected to reveal damage to his ankle ligaments that will keep him out of Everton's next Premier League encounter at Goodison Park tomorrow night.
Liverpool 1 - 0 Everton
6 Feb - Desperate for a first win at Anfield in 10 seasons, Everton lost the first stand in a crucial month in the pitched battle of a Merseyside derby and, perhaps crucially, two of their best players to injury and suspension respectively. A particularly nasty first half yielded precious few chances but a red card for Kyrgiakos and a potentially serious ankle injury for Fellaini, who could easily have seen red too in a studs-up clash that was the nadir of an ugly contest. The second period was calmer but the Blues gifted Kuyt the winner when Howard flapped at a corner and the Dutchman nodded home. Sadly, Moyes's side came up well short in their attempts to break down a depleted Liverpool, their misery compounded when Pienaar was shown a second yellow for barging in late on Gerrard. Full report
6 Feb - Everton begin what has been dubbed the "month of death" this weekend with a Merseyside derby clash with Liverpool at Anfield where and no one needs reminding they haven't win in 10 seasons. Form usually counts for nothing but the Blues will be confident going into David Moyes's 600th league match as a manager that they can deepen the gloom across the Park with a famous win. Kick off is 12:45pm with live coverage on Sky Sports.
It feels like a family and I feel like a part of it
5 Feb - Everton have now confirmed that Louis Saha has ended the uncertainty over his contract situation by penning a new two-year deal with Everton. The Frenchman would have been out of contract this summer and free to sign for another club but he didn't conclude any pre-contract agreement in the January transfer window, hinting that he might be happy to stay with the Blues.
Redevelopment may be on the cards
4 Feb - Everton are looking again at the possibility of redeveloping Goodison Park but chief executive Robert Elstone remains optimistic over hopes for a new stadium in the city. Since plans for a 400million project, in conjunction with Tesco, at Kirkby were rejected, the club have been assessing their options and have commissioned an architect to have another look at the feasibility of working on the Goodison footprint.
Help collect Everton memories
Everton Collection's Oral History Project
2 Feb - The Everton Collection are launching an ambitious project that needs volunteers to help record and preserve people's Memories of Everton FC. Young, Latchford, Ferguson all Everton heroes from the past. The Everton Collection Project is undertaking an oral history project during 2010 to record the treasured memories of supporters, former players and employees of Everton FC. The recordings will be archived and some will be made available on the Everton Collection website.
Deadline passes without incident
Moyes happy with two in, two out
1 Feb - Arguably the quietest (and demonstrably the cheapest) transfer deadline since the two-window system was put in place, certainly from Everton's perspective, passed at 5pm today without hint of further transfer activity at Goodison Park. Having brought in Landon Donovan and Philippe Senderos and seen J and Lucas Neill leave, it looks as though David Moyes decided not to pursue any more loan targets and will live with what he has now until the summer (though he will lose Donovan in mid-March).
Wigan Athletic 0 - 1 Everton
30 Jan - There are no easy games in the Premier League, and this encounter at the DW Stadium underlined that fact as Wigan nipped at heels, blocked players runs, and did everything they could all afternoon to stop Everton playing football. Everton simply persevered, perhaps knowing that chances would come... indeed after Saha had been denied a clear penalty, Fellaini looked to have scored but the move was deemed offside at some point. No matter; a nice corner from Baines and a brilliant run in from behind everyone by Tim Cahill in the 84th minute, powered home superbly. 1-0. Job done. Full report
29 Jan - Everton make the short trip to the DW Stadium tomorrow hoping to translate their recent good League form into a third away win for the season and set themselves nicely for what promises to be a challenging February programme. A groin strain looks likely to rule Mikel Arteta out of further action following his return from 11 months out so there will be changes on the bench but David Moyes is expected to start with the same XI that beat Sunderland in midweek. Kick off is 3pm.
Match-fit in another month
29 Jan - David Moyes hopes that Phil Jagielka will return to training next week but it may be another month before he is match-fit. The defender tore cruciate knee ligaments at the end of last season and, in a similar scenario to team-mate Mikel Arteta, has suffered numerous setbacks.Arteta has returned to the fold after making two substitute appearances in recent weeks, however, Jagielka is still at least four weeks away from playing in games.
Everton 2 - 0 Sunderland
27 Jan - Everton moved into ninth place thanks to a powerful first half-hour, though they left the home faithful somewhat unfulfilled with an untidy second half that didn't yield the goal glut many were hoping for. After a bitty start, Marouane Fellaini chipped a great ball in that Cahill flicked off his head perfectly inside the far post after just 6 minutes to make it 1-0. In the 19th minute, the Australian nodded down Baines's lofted cross for Landon Donovan to control it well off his chest and stroke it smartly into the net for his first goal in an Everton shirt. He looked set to score his second after the break but it was cleared off the line and Louis Saha was foiled by John Mensah when put clean through in a poor second half were the players seemed happy to sit on their lead and take the points. Match report
27 Jan - Everton face Sunderland at Goodison this evening hoping to erase the bad memory of Saturday's disappointment in the FA Cup by taking another leg up in the ascent towards the upper reaches of the Premier League. David Moyes may ring some changes but Mikel Arteta and Philippe Senderos are likely to start on the bench as both are lacking match fitness. Kick off is 8pm.
Everton 1 - 2 Birmingham City
23 Jan - Everton were dumped out of the FA Cup by Birmingham City who won at Goodison for the first time in 53 years thanks to two first-half goals that stunned the home crowd. Compared with their recent form and the last time these two sides met, the Blues were awful in the first half and conceded goals to Benitez and Ferguson before the break. They pressed hard in the second half, though, pulled one back through a lovely strike by Osman, but couldn't find the equaliser despite Saha striking the post, Vaughan firing inches over, Fellaini twice going very close and Arteta almost capping his return as a substitute with a late effort. Full report
Slovakia goalkeeper to join in the summer
23 Jan - Everton have confirmed the acquisition of Swiss defender Philippe Senderos on loan for the remainder of the season. The 24-year-old watched the defeat to Birmingham from the stands and formalities are now complete on his temporary switch from Arsenal. He will wear the No 23 jersey vacated by Lucas Neill. Additionally, the club have announced that Jan Mucha will make his reported switch from Legia Warsaw on a free transfer in the summer after personal terms were agreed with the Slovakia international goalkeeper.
FA Cup 4th Round Preview
23 Jan - Everton get another crack at ending Birmingham's impressive unbeaten run now standing at 14 games in all competitions when Alex McLeish brings his side back to Goodison Park just over a month after escaping Merseyside with an almost unfathomable point in the League. Leon Osman is fit but David Moyes might go for an unchanged line-up from the team that bested Manchester City so impressively last weekend. KO is 3pm.
Moyes lost patience after Brazilian missed training
21 Jan - Updated: Galatasaray have confirmed reports that they have signed J on loan from Manchester City for the remainder of the season, simultaneously ending prematurely his one-year loan at Everton. The striker fell out of favour with David Moyes and was suspended after flying back to his native Brazil over Christmas without permission and then compounded that misstep by missing training this week. That prompted Moyes to send him back to Manchester City: "When he never came in to work on Monday that was the final straw." J follows Lucas Neill from Goodison to Turkey but his departure leaves another hole to fill in the Everton squad.
Rodwell and Gosling back from injury
21 Jan - Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell will both resume full training today, and could be included in the squad for the FA Cup 4th Round clash with Birmingham City on Saturday. The pair have been suffering with similar hamstring problems, both picked up during Europa League games in December. Gosling said: Its been six and a half weeks now. The estimated time out was a minimum of six so Im on track, while Rodwell's comments included Hopefully if I get a training session under my belt on Thursday with no reaction, and the same on Friday, then well see what the manager and the physio think."
Midfielder to resume full training this week
19 Jan - Mikel Arteta starts what he hopes will be the final phase of his long recovery from a ruptured ACL when he resumes full training this week. The Spanish midfielder has been sidelined since February but says, "I have been doing nearly everything in training with the lads over the last week and I am hoping to start doing contact work this coming week." He will no doubt be eased back into action but he's ready to get back playing for the Blues: "Whenever the manager says Mikky you are ready I am there!"
Everton 2 - 0 Manchester City
16 Jan - Everton put the pretenders from Manchester firmly in their place with a powerhouse performance underpinned by a quite majestic display by Marouane Fellaini. City enjoyed the better of the opening quarter of an hour but the Blues then took control, getting their reward when the excellent Steven Pienaar swung a free kick to Shay Given's near post and the 'keeper couldn't keep it out. Then, in first-half injury time, in a pleasing example of the letter of the law finally being applied, Louis Saha won a penalty when Micah Richards tugged him back by the shirt and the Frenchman calmly slotted the spot-kick home. Fellaini and Tim Cahill both hit the woodwork in the second half as David Moyes's side threatened to add more and easily claimed their biggest scalp of the campaign thus far and move back up into the top half of the Premier League table. Full report
15 Jan - Tomorrow's game against Manchester City is set to be a massive one as Everton have been building on recent improvements against increasingly renowned opposition, while Roberto Mancini brings his new and highly-priced charges to Goodison Park on the back of four straight wins. Depending, perhaps, on the fitness of Louis Saha, David Moyes could field an unchanged line-up which would mean a home debut for Landon Donovan and Lucas Neill playing his final game for the Blues before he leaves for Turkey. KO is 5:30pm GMT.
Defender: Move has come as a surprise to me
13 Jan - Update: Galatasaray have completed the transfer of Lucas Neill from Everton in a deal reported to be 800,000, and there is now confirmation from Everton. He will not be leaving until after the big match against Manchester City, however, and could play his last game for the Blues this weekend. The Australian arrived at Goodison on a free transfer just four months ago but David Moyes has reluctantly agreed to make a profit on the 31-year-old despite his impressive displays in central defence this season. According to Goal.com, Neill has signed an 18-month deal and links up with his Socceroos teammate, Harry Kewell, who has resurrected his career in Turkey after a failed spell at Liverpool, and ex-Everton midfielder, Tobias Linderoth.
Belgian playing where he should
11 Jan - Marouane Fellaini has suffered from being played out of position as part of settling in to life in the Premier League. But now he is thriving in the defensive midfield role which first brought him to the attention of David Moyes. His performance was one highlight for the Blues during the 2-2 draw with Arsenal that they felt they should have won, and he confirmed: Ive said all along that my position is a defensive midfielder." His father, meanwhile, is talking up apparent interest in the Belgian international from Chelsea and admits that he hopes to see Marouane "at a really top club."
Arsenal 2 - 2 Everton
9 Jan - Everton started the only 3pm kick-off played in the Premier League superbly, going ahead off an excellent Donovan corner that Osman power-headed home but their vulnerability after an early goal reared its head, though they were unfortunate when Osman deflected a harmless shot from Denilson past Howard for the equaliser. Moyes's side were solid for most of the second half, but seemed to lack the drive needed to really put Arsenal away, until a brilliant breakaway, and pivotal work from Cahill, set Pienaar up to score an exquisite chipped goal to surely give Everton a fully deserved win. Sadly, the Blues would rue their luck and chances not taken, particularly when Vaughan was denied on a breakaway, as another cruelly deflected goal allowed Arsenal to escape with a point when they could really have been well beaten. Report
9 Jan - Everton's daunting visit to the Emirates is still set to go ahead despite the Arctic grip on Britain, though David Moyes might be wishing the game had been called off so he could get a few more injured players back! Louis Saha faces a late fitness test on his hamstring but Landon Donovan will make his debut. Kick off is at 3pm as the Blues look to atone for that shocking 6-1 opening-day defeat at the hands of Arsene Wenger's men. Despite the cold weather and snow, the game is ON and has not been postponed.
Best midfielder in the country?
7 Jan - The bushy hairdo remains as big as ever, but it is Marouane Fellainis talent rather than his eccentric appearance that is finally making an impression at Everton. The moans and groans that bellowed around Goodison Park at the sound of his every touch just a few months ago have been replaced by a growing admiration for the towering midfielders skills. So starts this piece in the Daily Express, inspired by David Moyes proclaiming the big Belgian to be probably the best midfielder in the country at the moment.
US star gets the famous Number 9 Shirt
5 Jan - Everton's latest acquisition, Landon Donovan was at Goodison Park for the FA Cup tie against Carlisle and says in this EvertonTV interview he is looking forward to the faster pace of the Premier League. He has been working out in preparation for the loan deal at Everton but admits he hasn't played for two months, which may be a factor in Moyes's team selection for the big game at the Emirates on Saturday. Everton have finally confirmed he will wear the famous Number 9 shirt.
Everton 3 - 1 Carlisle United
2 Jan - Everton booked their place in the FA Cup Fourth Round but the 3-1 scoreline was cruel on Carlisle who came within a whisker of setting up a historic upset when, with the scores level with 15 minutes left, Tim Howard touched Danny Livesey's shot onto the crossbar. James Vaughan had seemingly put the Blues on their way after 12 minutes when he benefited from a poor backpass and rounded the 'keeper to score. But the League One side equalised when Adam Clayton poked it goalward and the ball deflected in off Hurst six minutes later. Everton laboured to increasing displeasure from the home crowd in the second half but when Seamus Coleman came on with 10 minutes to go and set up Tim Cahill with his first involvement, the Australian fired home his 50th Everton goal at the second attempt. Kieron Agard came on for Vaughan late on and when he raced clear and was hauled down, it gave Leighton Baines the chance to bury an injury-time penalty.
1 Jan - Everton kick off both 2010 and their FA Cup campaign with a home tie against League One side Carlisle United in the Third Round, but David Moyes begins the new year with something of a headache when it comes to strikers. J is suspended, Yakubu is away, Louis Saha is injured but Tim Cahill is fit and James Vaughan may start. KO is 3pm.
1 Jan - Everton have suspended J after the striker made an unauthorized trip to his native Brazil over the Christmas period. David Moyes confirmed the disciplinary action at a press conference today, saying: "There has to be discipline at a Football Club. He left during a busy period for us so he is suspended. It might not be indefinite, I need to see how it is but I feel right now I have to take some action. With Yakubu on international duty and Louis Saha ruled out of tomorrow's cup tie with Carlisle, it leaves Moyes with just James Vaughan and perhaps Tim Cahill as striking options.
Everton 2 - 0 Burnley
28 Dec - Yet another improved performance, this time in front of a packed holiday crowd, looked to be heading the same way as Everton's previous four drawn games in the Premier League, even with the Blues supposedly having a man advantage after Jordan picked up a silly second yellow for shirt-tugging. But it was not until the introduction of James Vaughan with just 8 mins left that he broke the deadlock with is first touch, finishing off a cross that Yakubu missed. And it was Yakubu who fed Pienaar in stoppage time for the South African to finish superbly, sealing the first league win for Everton in three months of trying at Goodison Park... Happy Festive Season! Full report
28 Dec - Everton are hoping to close out 2009 on a high by finally getting that elusive first home win since mid-September under their belts against Burnley, a team who have lost all but one of their away matches so far this season. Phil Neville may play some part after watching from the bench at Sunderland but the Blues could well be unchanged for the second match running. KO is 3pm.
Sunderland 1 - 1 Everton
26 Dec - A fourth successive league draw sees Everton edge fractionally away from the relegation zone but this was a repeat of the last game, the Blues comprehensively outplaying their opponents but struggling to make the final ball in the area a telling one. And giving away a fairly simple goal in the first half did not help. Despite their dominance, it took Everton until the 85th minute to finally score, when Fellaini gratefully accepted a gift half-clearance and lashed into the roof of the net from 8 yards. Vaughan got 4 mins today, while Neville remained on the bench. Report
26 Dec - Everton travel to Wearside this Boxing Day hoping to give their traveling fans a Christmas present of three points after the disappointment of Sunday's home draw with Birmingham City. David Moyes has no new injury worries and will be hoping that his team can put on a similarly dominant but more potent display as they did last weekend. KO is 3pm.
Hoofball instead of passing
24 Dec - Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has hit out at Everton's crude playing style and questioned his team-mates' psychological strength amid a run of six Premier League games without a win: Our team are very good at playing passing football but we rarely do this. We create chances mainly by lobbing the ball forward and putting teams under pressure. Regarding Sunday's draw with Birmingham, ...for the umpteenth time we took the lead but could not hold on to it. It seems our problem is psychological.
Hamstring injury the latest blow
21 Dec - Everton's abysmal injury crisis continues unabated with the news today that Jack Rodwell will be out of action for at least four weeks. A scan has confirmed the hamstring injury he picked up just 8 mins in to the game against BATE Borisov, although, a lapse for the goal aside, Fellaini did okay in the defensive midfield role against Birmingham. It may be a blessing too, as it could be said that Rodwell was perhaps suffering from being overplayed and could do with a break.
Bilyaletdinov scores with an early blast
20 Dec - Everton got off to a brilliant start when Bilyaletdinov lashed them into the lead off a throw-in, chested down nicely by Saha, who put Everton two up, only for his superb effort to be wrongly denied by an incorrect offside flag. Everton surged again and again but could not consolidate their lead and Birmingham, on their first venture into the Everton half, tied the game through Larsson. Try as they might, Everton could not get back in the groove... nothing was coming good in the final third and even the return of long-injured James Vaughan in the closing stages could not change the game.
19 Dec - Everton embark on a three-match spell that at the start of the season might have marked a soft part of the fixture schedule but this weekend's visitors, Birmingham City, are on a five-match winning run that has lifted them to seventh in the table and they'll be full of confidence. David Moyes welcomes back Tim Cahill but Jack Rodwell is surely ruled out with a hamstring strain.
18 Dec - Everton have confirmed that they have concluded a deal to bring Landon Donovan on loan for three months from Los Angeles Galaxy starting on 2nd January. The final details of the arrangement were ironed out following Wednesday's press conference in LA where it was announced that the US captain had signed a new long-term deal to stay with the MLS franchise until 2013. Under the terms of the deal, Donovan is free to pursue loan arrangements during the MLS close season. David Moyes says he hopes to bring in two more signings next month.
Everton 0 - 1 BATE Borisov
17 Dec - It was pretty much as expected, with Everton's young hopefuls defending against increasing pressure from the Belarus Champions who were not really all that good. Kieran Agard had come close with a shot from wide right that wizzed over the bar in the first half, Osman powered one past the post, and Agard really should have scored when he snatched at a great chance but curled his shot just wide. BATE scored late in the second half when a speculative shot was deflected sufficiently past Nash by the otherwise excellent Duffy, who cleared another certain goal off the line.
17 Dec - The last match in Europa League Group I and a dead rubber with Everton already guaranteed 2nd place. David Moyes has wisely decided to give some promising younger players a chance to impress while he rests most of the injury-riven senior squad at his disposal, in readiness for a major task against a rampant Birmingham side visiting Goodison on Sunday. Debuts are in hand for Carlo Nash (in goal), Shane Duffy (centre-back), Jake Bidwell (left-back), Adam Forshaw (midfield) and Kieran Agard (attack). Tony Hibbert as captain becomes Everton's record Euro-player, this his 20th appearance.
Elstone expects US captain to join 2nd January
16 Dec - UPDATE: Everton have announced that they have agreed a deal in principal to bring Landon Donovan in on loan next month. Earlier, Los Angeles Galaxy revealed that the 27 year-old has signed a new contract with the MLS side that will tie him to the team until 2013. Under the terms, Donovan is permitted to take "any loan opportunities" that may arise and, Head Coach and General Manager, Bruce Arena, said that the US captain would "likely" join Everton until March 2010. Everton CEO, Robert Elstone says, "A finalised deal is not too far away. Positive discussions have been ongoing and we expect to have Landon join the Club when the window opens on January 2."
Team to start v BATE Borisov
16 Dec - 24 hours ahead of the kick-off, David Moyes has named a team that includes five players making full debuts (Carlo Nash, Shane Duffy, Kieran Agard, Adam Forshaw and Jake Bidwell). The teamsheet includes nine changes from the side that drew 3-3 with Chelsea on Saturday: Nash, Coleman, Duffy, Hibbert (c), Bidwell, Osman, Forshaw, Baxter, Rodwell, Yakubu, Agard.
Chelsea 3 - 3 Everton
12 Dec - For the fourth season in succession, Everton grabbed a very creditable point from Stamford Bridge and while there were elements of fortune in all three goals, they belie the real story of another good performance. The Blues struck early perhaps too early when Saha rose to meet an 11th-minute Baines free kick and the ball came off Terry's arm, struck the post and bounced in off Cech. A typical Chelsea onslaught, though, had reversed the match within 12 minutes through goals by Drogba and Anelka, but Yakubu came on for the injured J and prodded home with his first touch in first-half inury time. The home side pressed in the second half, retaking the lead when Drogba volleyed home. But another good Everton free-kick was headed by Drogba onto Saha's back, from where it careened over Cech into the net. Report
12 Dec - Everton take their patched-up defence into the lion's den this weekend hoping to do something they haven't done so far this century win at Stamford Bridge. Joseph Yobo has been ruled out until after Christmas with a hamstring injury, Sylvain Distin is a major doubt with the same injury, Tim Cahill is suspended, but John Heitinga is back and could play in midfield or defence depending on David Moyes's preference. KO is 3pm.
Sources claim deal is done
9 Dec - Everton CEO Robert Elstone has confirmed that the Club are in talks with representatives of United States international forward, Landon Donovan, to bring him in on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy. With the MLS season over and the 2010 World Cup Finals on the horizon, the 27 year-old is reportedly set for a three-month spell at Goodison Park, similar to David Beckham's stint with AC Milan. Donovan can play in attacking midfield or up front, has European experience in the Bundesliga and is the USA's all-time leading goalscorer. If the deal is signed and sources in the US say the deal is done — he'll link up with the squad on 2nd January and would be eligible for the Europa League.
The DK book not quite closed just yet...
7 Dec - Prime Minister Gordon Brown does not want the book closed on Kirkby. Minister for the Northwest, Woolas said: "This issue is far from over and the needs of Everton Football Club are still real. The government is committed to the regeneration of both Kirkby and Skelmersdale and we will be working behind the scenes with all parties to see if we can take forward a Plan B. We are not going to leave this to the free market. I will be meeting with local civic leaders to use government power to intervene in this."
KEOIC say Woolas denies stadium component
7 Dec - Prime Minister Gordon Brown does not want the book closed on Kirkby. Minister for the Northwest, Phil Woolas is reported to have said: "This issue is far from over and the needs of Everton Football Club are still real. The government is committed to the regeneration of both Kirkby and Skelmersdale and we will be working behind the scenes with all parties to see if we can take forward a Plan B." Keep Everton in Our City, report, however, that Kirkby officials met with Mr Woolas and he confirmed that, "The scheme that we are looking at for the town centre does not include a football stadium."
Everton 2 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur
6 Dec - Everton came back from the dead to salvage a precious point and then had Tim Howard to thank for preserving the draw when he saved Jermaine Defoe's penalty five minutes into injury time. Spurs had looked the more threatening in a goalless first half and they exploded at the start of the second when Defoe converted from close range with the home defence asleep. Matthew Dawson out-muscled Lucas Neill to power home the second with a header but two Everton subs combined with 12 minutes left when Louis Saha slide home Seamus Coleman's centre to make it 2-1. Tim Cahill headed home Leighton Baines' cross-cum-shot after 86 minutes to complete the comeback before Tony Hibbert poleaxed Wilson Palacios to set up the late drama but Howard was the hero in his duel with Defoe. Full report
6 Dec - Everton face in-form Tottenham today hoping to overcome a selection crisis in central defence and register their first home win since mid-September. Tony Hibbert and Lucas Neill are ready to stand in for hamstring victims, Joseph Yobo and Sylvain Distin and Seamus Coleman is likely to make his Premier League debut at right back. KO is 4pm.
Not thinking about a Euro place
4 Dec - David Moyes has been brutally honest about the inadequacies of his side's performances this season: "I'm not happy with our form in the Premier League this season. We know that our performances should have been better. We know it hasn't been good enough," he said. "We are talked about as top six side, but results aren't saying that. To be honest, we're not even thinking about qualifying for Europe next season at the moment. We're not playing well enough for that."
AEK Athens 0 - 1 Everton
2 Dec - Despite wet conditions and a dreadful pitch that claimed another three bodies for the Finch Farm treatment centre, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov popped up after just 6 mins in the rain at Athens to score a very nicely taken goal for a win that secures Everton's future in the knock-out stage of the Europa League. Both Gosling and Distin came off injured inside the first 15 mins; Baxter and especially Shane Duffy (making his debut at centre-half) did very well to keep a clean sheet despite the best efforts of the Greek side. Report
2 Dec - Everton's threadbare squad can take a big step towards the last 32 of the Europa League this evening if they can pull off a second win over AEK Athens. Joseph Yobo, Lucas Neill and John Heitinga are all ruled out and, if Sylvain Distin fails a fitness test on a hamstring strain, David Moyes will be without a recognised central defender. It could mean a debut for Shane Duffy or Shkodran Mustafi in the Olympic Stadium. Kick off is 6pm GMT with live coverage on ESPN.
Defender has hamstring problem
1 Dec - Joseph Yobo will miss the trip to Athens after going off injured in the derby, where he was involved in both of the fluky goals Liverpool scored. He is suffering a hamstring injury. The addition of Yobo to the packed treatment room at Finch Farm means that Team selection options for Athens on Wednesday are reduced by three, with Heitinga and Neill both still ineligible to play in the Europa Cup because they were purchased too late in the transfer window, although Jack Rodwell looks to have recovered from a groin strain and should be available.
Everton 0 - 2 Liverpool
29 Nov - Everton lost the league Goodison derby for the third successive season but they'll wonder how after dominating proceedings and being thwarted by the officials and Lady Luck for the best part of 80 minutes. Liverpool took a 12th-minute lead thanks to a horrible deflection of Mascherano's shot off Yobo but Bilyaletdninov swept wide with the goal at his mercy with the chance to level in the first half. Reina's double-save from Cahill and Fellaini proved to be a pivotal moment in the second half and an error by Yobo that allowed Kuyt to turn in the rebound after Howard had saved from Rieira handed the Reds an underserved second with 10 minutes left. Much, much better from Everton but another defeat keeps their recent run of poor results going.
28 Nov - Everton and Liverpool meet in the Goodison derby this Sunday as both sides look to arrest their respective poor run of results. The Blues welcome Marouane Fellaini and Diniyar Bilyaletdnov back after suspension along with John Heitinga, the Russian is in the frame to make his Merseyside derby debut but Louis Saha is again a doubt with a calf injury and Jack Rodwell will have a late fitness test on the groin he strained against Hull City in midweek. Kick off is 1.30pm with live coverage on Sky Sports 1.
Chairman reiterates need for investment at Everton
27 Nov - Bill Kenwright officially took Everton's proposed move to Kirkby off the table today by declaring that, "the chapter is over and the book is closed." The Chairman said the Board will "regroup, reassess and consider all options available to us [at Goodison Park] and possibly elsewhere," while reiterating that "the club doesn't currently have a chairman or a board in a position to... stabilise, improve and expand... the finances of the... club."
Communities Secretary confirms decision
26 Nov - Communities Secretary John Denham has confirmed reports yesterday that he has rejected Destination Kirkby, the Tesco-led regeneration scheme that includes a proposal for a new stadium for Everton, following a public enquiry. Denham cited concerns over the possible harmful effects on the "vitality and viability" of local communities. "We'll review the decision and the reason for the rejection... with our commercial partners," said Everton CEO Robert Elstone. "Before that we won't know precisely what our next step will be."
Hull City 3 - 2 Everton
25 Nov - Everton's hopes of starting an important week with a vital win were scuppered by an awful first half hour in which the home side roared into a 3-0 lead on the back of some dreadful defending for at least two of the goals. Stephen Hunt scored the first after being the only one to react to a good parry by Tim Howard. A direct free-kick from Andy Dawson made it 2-0 and that was followed by a deflected drive from Dean Marny. After serious damage to the Tigers' China Teaset at half-time, Everton got back in the game with an own-goal from Kamil Zayette, and a penalty when the same player fouled Saha, who converted with apomb. Everton played better in the second half (could they have played any worse?) but it was not enough and a miserable midweek defeat means goodbye to that precious game in hand... and goodbye to any chance of overtaking Liverpool on Sunday.
24 Nov - Everton play the first of three games in the space of a week that could make or if not break then seriously affect their season, starting with a trip to Hull City tomorrow night. Having being pencilled in yesterday to play some part in Sunday's Merseyside derby, Steven Pienaar is now regarded as having a chance of figuring at the KC Stadium after resuming training this week but Leon Osman remains sidelined and Phil Neville's surgery further delays his comeback. Marouane Fellaini is suspended, as is Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, who serves the third of a three-game ban. Kick off is 7.45pm.
Midfielder resumes training this week
24 Nov - Steven Pienaar is nearing the end of a protracted recovery from a knee injury he sustained eight weeks ago at Portsmouth and could even play some part in tomorrow's match with Hull City, though he is more likely to figure in Sunday's Merseyside derby. The South African returns to training this week but David Moyes is cautious about his chances of playing against Liverpool: Steven is the only one who is near coming back. He will hopefully train this week and well take it from there." Phil Neville is definitely out, though, after going under the knife on his knee this week.
Manchester United 3 - 0 Everton
21 Nov - Everton have made a decent fist of their attempts to get something at Old Trafford in the last couple of seasons but there was no pretence that they occupy the same echelon of the game as United this time around as they were easily brushed aside. Darren Fletcher's moment of quality gave the Red Devils a 1-0 half-time lead and though the Blues were markedly better after going
21 Nov - Everton must travel to Manchester with a squad still decimated by injuries to key players. Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman and Phil Neville are thought to be close to returning but none are likely to start, while Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is suspended, further complicating the Blues' task of winning at Old Trafford for the first time since 1992. KO is 5.30 with live coverage on ESPN.
No set return date
19 Nov - Talking about his injury on EvertonTV, Mikel Arteta says, There have been a few problems, a few setbacks, it has been a hard period for me but sometimes you can avoid problems and sometimes you have to take it the way it comes. There was no explanation for the infection, they have had three cases like that in 35 years and the surgeon does thousands of operations a year." Mikey confirms he is happy at Everton and can see playing out the rest of his career with the Blues.
The mysterious 52M shortfall
17 Nov - Questions are being asked of the European Commission regarding the 'cross-subsidy' of 52M being the valuation and transfer of 48.6 acres of prime development land in Kirkby that are being gifted to Tesco plc for the Destination Kirkby project. Knowsley Liberal Democrats: "[R]equest that the Commission consider if the use of state aid applies in this instance, and whether a public body may be giving a gratuitous advantage of state resources to a private company - Tesco plc - to subsidise the construction of a new football stadium as part of a retail redevelopment."
Rodwell needs to be playing
16 Nov - The best option for Jack Rodwell right now is to stay at Everton and get priceless first-team game time every week, says Sam Wallace in The Independent. But it seems the main reason for him saying this now is so Jack Rodwell can be an even better, more developed, well rounded player when (not if) he does eventually move on to play for one of the Sky Four or Five...
Everton winger's brace gives Russia slender advantage
15 Nov - Diniyar Bilyaletdinov scored both of Russia's goals yesterday evening as they took a 2-1 lead in their two-legged World Cup 2010 qualification play-off match with Slovenia. A late goal by Nejc Pecnik handed Slovenia a lifeline for the second leg after the Everton winger had grabbed a goal in each half. The second leg is on Wednesday in Celje. Yakubu and Joseph Yobo are already in line to appear in South Africa next summer after Nigeria booked their place by coming from behind to beat Kenya in Nairobi.
13 Nov - Belgium boss Dick Advocaat has not forgotten or forgiven Marouane Fellaini for getting his wisdom teeth extracted: "I still think it was very strange for him to make an appointment like that, and miss a World Cup game, because it was a very important week for Belgium. That is still clear in my mind, and I will remember it. Fellaini did not do a good thing for me. Sometimes, these things can happen in football, but, in my opinion, it was not appropriate conduct for a player with a national team."
Growth on knee needs surgery
11 Nov - It seems the bad news regarding Everton players recovering from serious knee problems is set continue, with this latest revelation buried in Mick Rathbone's injury update blog not attracting too many headlines: "I am going to London tomorrow with Victor Anichebe to get his knee looked at. Hes had some complications after his injury. The pin was rubbing in his knee so it was removed but now hes got a growth of bone on his knee." While perhaps not a "setback", it must undoubtedly delay his recovery for at least a few more weeks... and therefore is a setback.
West Ham United 1 - 2 Everton
8 Nov - Everton ended a run of seven games without victory by plundering another three points from Upton Park. Louis Saha, making a very welcome return to the front line, broke the deadlock after 27 mins when he swept home from 20 yards and when Dan Gosling rammed home a second 19 mins into the second half, it looked like job done. But the Hammers hit back within a minute when Tony Hibbert somehow sliced an attempted goal-line clearance into his own net and Zavon Hines twice fired wide when put clean through in the last 20 minutes as the Blues held on in a nervy finale. Report
8 Nov - WInless since the start of October, Everton will be hoping to repeat last season's smash-grab raid at Upton Park when they play West Ham this afternoon. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov starts a three-match ban and further diminishes the threat from midfield but top-scorer Louis Saha, who grabbed two goals in this game last season, could return if he passes a late fitness test. KO is 3pm.
Weve had periods like this before
7 Nov - "It's my job to get us winning, no matter who or what I have got. That's the job." David Moyes now refuses to play the excuses card of injuries, lack of money, fixture congestion, and god knows what else that has been spouted to rationalize away a dreadful spell of results and equally poor performances in all competitions over the last month. "Ultimately the manager takes responsibility. My reputation was probably built on not having players and having to find certain ways of getting teams winning without many players in the team."
Jags out for six more weeks
6 Nov - Just when you hoped we'd hit rock bottom regarding this crazy injury crisis, David Moyes reveals another injury setback today: Phil Jagielka will be missing for up to six more weeks. Jagielka was due to return to the training ground this week for the first time since suffering a cruciate knee injury seven months ago. But the England international underwent surgery on Wednesday after a tear in his cartilage.
So says Tony Cascarino...
6 Nov - We've had the players who are too big for Everton... now it's the manager's turn according to this piece by Tony Cascarino: "Everton are a club treading water, but sooner rather than later they're going to start to sink. I don't see any progress, only the probability of decline." Which leads him to conclude that Moyes's reputation will decline if Everton have a mediocre few years and he will lose any opportunity to become the manager of a top four club if he doesn't leave Goodison Park soon.
Everton 0 - 2 Benfica
5 Nov - Everton lost at home in Europe for the first time in four years as Benfica scored their sixth and seventh goals without reply against the Blues, a mark of their clear superiority in the two games between the two sides. Yakubu started up front but was starved of service throughout, his one and only chance coming from his own brilliant turn but, under pressure from Luisao, he fired wide. The visitors looked dangerous most times they came forward and twice profited from poor marking in the second half when Saviola and Cardozo found the net, though the latter was clearly offside. Everton briefly came to life once all was lost and Sylvain Distin was denied superbly by Julio Cesar from close range in the closing stages. Overall, though, it was more of the same depressingly toothless fare and they were no match for the quicker, smarter and simply better Portuguese outfit.
Europe League Group I Preview
5 Nov - Everton are hoping to serve up a cold dish of revenge and reclaim the top spot in Group I as Portuguese giants Benfica come to Goodison Park this evening. Still no sign of Steven Pienaar as David Moyes has to reshuffle due to the ineligibility of John Heitinga and Lucas Neill and the potential for Louis Saha to be restricted to the bench again because of a niggling calf complaint. Kick off is 8.05pm with live coverage on Five.
Complication described as minor
4 Nov - Mikel Arteta has suffered another setback in his bid to recover from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury earlier this year after contracting an infection of the surgery site. The midfielder apparently had to have a "wash out" of his knee and David Moyes described it as, "a setback for him," and admitted that, "we can't say how long it has put him back." He was hopeful of returning to action next month.
Guus Hiddink says I told you so!
4 Nov - Guus Hiddink has come out strongly backing his own assessment of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, against the critics who questioned his ability to play in the daunting Premier League. The Russian coach claims, ''To all his critics, he has proved that he can not only make it in a familiar environment, but also in the most competitive conditions. All those who considered him a little slow and weak have had their reply. Diniyar is regularly scoring and making goals in the most uncompromisingly tough championship there is."
Everton 1 - 1 Aston Villa
31 Oct - On a day that saw the resurrection the 3pm Saturday game at Goodison Park, it was something of a classic English league ding-dong that ensued in the gathering Goodison twilight. Everton were strengthened by three returnees from injury but a goal either side of half-time, both at the Park End and eerily similar in execution, from Bilyaletdinov and Carew, ultimately settled the match, which threatened to boil over at times in the second half after a fairly tight first. Bily was sent off 2 mins before the end for a rather poor studs-up ankle-breaker on Petrov; Cuellar joined him minutes later for a deserved second yellow, as Everton dropped another two points, but at least stopped the losing streak.
31 Oct - On a frightening run of five games without a win and still without their star performers in midfield, Everton have a Halloween date with Aston Villa at Goodison Park this weekend. Louis Saha, Steven Pienaar, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Joseph Yobo will undergo late fitness tests but Leighton Baines should be back after missing the last three matches with a calf injury. KO is 3pm.
The Division of EFC into Hostile Factions...
29 Oct - For true students of the origins and early history of Everton FC, what could be better than a really in-depth original treatise on the subject? That should be Thesis... as in Ph D Thesis. David Kennedy gained his doctorate at Leeds University's School of History back in 2003... the topic: The Division of Everton Football Club into Hostile Factions. No, it's not a study of this website, but a detailed historical analysis of the great split of 1892 and historical development of both clubs as organized professional football developed on Merseyside up through 1914 and the start of the First World War. Thanks to the British Library, anyone can download this 40MB behemoth [pdf] free of charge (in exchange for some registration details after you login). Perfect reading for those long winter nights...
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Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 0 Everton
27 Oct - In a game that had a distinctly predictable air about it, an Everton side again stretched thin by injury was dumped out of the Carling Cup by Tottenham. An even and otherwise uneventful opening gave way to a spell of Tottenham pressure after half an hour, though and after Robbie Keane had poked a shot off the post, Tom Huddlestone rammed home a left-footer after 33 minutes to give Spurs the lead. Everton rallied in the second half as best they could but when Sylvain Distin was adjudged to have brought down Robbie Keane 10 minutes after the break, a penalty was awarded. Tim Howard saved the Irishman's kick but, after a goalmouth mele, Keane prodded home a second.
Carling Cup Preview
27 Oct - A gruelling spell of four games in 10 days continues with a trip to White Hart Lane just two-and-a-half days after the bruising defeat to Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday afternoon. David Moyes could again be without an entire team's worth of injuries but may opt for a few young faces even if some or all of Baines, Yakubu, Bilyaletdinov and Heitinga recover from injury in time.
Bolton Wanderers 3 - 2 Everton
25 Oct - Everton came back from two goals down to level a bruising encounter at the Reebok Stadium but a patched-up defence that lost John Heitinga to injury with 10 minutes left couldn't prevent Ivan Klasnic from ramming home an 85th-minute winner for Bolton. Two more soft goals had gifted the Trotters a 2-0 lead but glorious strikes by Louis Saha and Marouane Fellaini changed the game. And when Dan Gosling raced clear in a three-on-one counter-attack but failed agonisingly to slide it square to either of two open Blues shirts, a gilt-edged chance went begging. A cruel loss for a team stretched to the limit by injury and fatigue.
24 Oct - One of the last places you want to go when you're battered and bruised is the Reebok Stadium to face a physical Bolton but that's the test ahead of injury-ravaged Everton this weekend. Pienaar is still ruled out; Baines, Bilyaletdinov, Yobo and Osman are doubts; but Johnny Heitinga and Lucas Neill are back in contention to provide options in defence. KO is 1:30pm
Benfica 5 - 0 Everton
22 Oct - An Everton team decimated by injuries was put to the sword in devastating fashion by Benfica who had their beleaguered guests playing for pride by the time the eighth minute of the second half had elapsed. Javier Saviola scored the only goal of a fairly even first half but a second-half blitz just after the break saw three quick and sickeningly simple goals from Cardozo (2) and Luisao transform the game. Missing 12 first-team players, David Moyes's side were, a Saha shot off the post aside, utterly impotent at the other end and Saviola wrapped it up seven minutes from time with the fifth. BATE's win over AEK Athens in the other Group I game means the Blues are second in the group on six points. Full report
Europa League Group I Preview
22 Oct - David Moyes has yet more selection headaches for what is, on paper, his biggest test in Europe since the defeat to Fiorentina two seasons ago as the Blues take on Portuguese giants, Benfica in the Estadio da Luz this evening. Joseph Yobo, Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar are ruled out through injury, while John Heitinga and Lucas Neill are ineligible, leaving the manager with just 12 senior players from which to draw. Kick off is 6pm BST with live coverage on ESPN.
Forced to play a weakened team
20 Oct - David Moyes is throwing a hissy fit over having to play "three games in 72 hours"... [shurly shome mishtake?], all because of the Arsenal-Liverpool Carling Cup tie being televised next Wednesday, forcing him to play a weakened side, thus devaluing the competition and short-changing its sponsors... who twice refused to allow Everton's Tuesday tie against Spurs to be rearranged. Heaven knows how he's going to cope when Everton qualify for the Champions League!
Moyes cautious in predicting recovery
19 Oct - Moyes is worried that his side's stuttering form could continue for some time. With long-term casualties Phil Jagielka, Mikel Arteta and Phil Neville not expected to return until next month at the earliest, and Johnny Heitinga and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov still finding their feet, Moyes has reason to be concerned. "I think the recovery might be longer this season because of the late recruitment and the players who were out all summer. Yakubu is just beginning to get back. As a team we're not performing to where we should be." David Moyes.
Everton 1 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
17 Oct - After a dismal first half from his favoured 4-5-1 formation without Pienaar's flair, David Moyes acted early to rectify his mistake bringing off Hibbert for Yakubu at half-time and switching to a more attacking 4-4-2. But the Blues still laboured and it was a soft goal from Wolves 12 mins before time that livened up the stupor. Good work by Jo set up Bilyaletdinov to salvage a point but there is no excuse for squandering the other two, at home, against mediocre opposition, for the second match in succession.
17 Oct - With the pause in the season provided by the international break comes another conjested part of the calendar as the Blues gear up for the first of four matches in 10 days. Newly-promoted Wolves provide the opposition this weekend but while Joseph Yobo is back after recovering from a thigh strain, Steven Pienaar remains doubtful with his bruised knee. KO is 3pm.
No case to answer
15 Oct - The Belgian FA did lodge a request with Fifa, asking them to implement the so-called five-day rule against Everton regarding Marouane Fellaini's failure to appear "for whatever reason" in Wednesday's game against Estonia. However, Fifa have denied the request and confirmed to Everton that there is no case to answer and Fellaini will not be prevented from playing against Wolves on Saturday (wisdom teeth notwithstanding).
Match-fit by mid-November
14 Oct - Phil Jagielka has been cleared to resume training after six months on the sidelines with a cruciate knee injury. The 27-year-old required surgery after rupturing his left knee against Manchester City in April. He is expected to come into first-team contention by mid-November. "The surgeon will not let a player go into any type of contact work for at least six months then you have to add on time to build up fitness and play in a few reserve games. So you are looking at over seven months for a quick comeback," says physio Mick Rathbone.
Belgian FA invokes 5-day rule
12 Oct - Another one of those ridiculous club-v-country flare-ups appears set to deny Everton the services of Marouane Fellaini in the next Premier League game against Wolves at the weekend. It all revolves around the Belgian's wisdom teeth, missed dental appointments, agreements with the manager who then changed his mind and denials by the club... apparently. Just another reason to despise international football...
Free from injury and scoring goals
12 Oct - David Moyes has been eulogising over the silky skills of and injury-free Louis Saha: There are times Louis does things with the ball that are near-genius. He can do incredible things and when he does you realise how difficult it was for him when he was injured so often. He has proved that we were right to take a chance on him." Although we can count only seven goals so far this season... not eight.
Six more weeks
9 Oct - Mike Arteta's long recovery from a serious knee injury seven months ago is now back on track after the 'blip' that saw some stitches in torn cartilage come lose, which required some minor surgery last month to fix. He has been doing a lot of rehab work in Spain and Mick Rathbone feels confident that he is looking good for a return to full training in around six weeks (end of November, not the end of October, as is implied in this Daily Post story).
Blister turned very nasty
7 Oct - Seamus Coleman appeared for the Reserves again after being laid low for three months while he recovered from a blister that became infected (with MRSA?) and left him with a gaping hole in his foot. He had the blister when he was part of the senior squad flying out to Seattle for Everton's mid-summer jaunt in the USA. Strong antibiotics were followed by surgery as the infection threatened his career, but he now appears to be fully recovered.
Six months or even next season
6 Oct - David Moyes has warned it may take Diniyar Bilyaletdinov some time six months to a year until he produces his best football in the Premier League. That's despite him having already played a major part in creating six goals for his new teammates in just six appearances. His delivery is good, hes a nice passer and he has a nice feel in tight areas. Its just getting him used to the intensity of the Premier League, says Moyes.
Everton 1 - 1 Stoke City
4 Oct - After a grueling trip to eastern Europe, maintaining winning form in the Premier League proved a step too far for Everton as Stoke effectively stonewalled them, even taking the lead just after half time. A point was rescued by a super goal from Leon Osman minutes later, but Everton were unable to finish a number of promising chances they had to gain the upper hand and breakdown the stubborn giants from the Potteries, despite switching to 4-3-3 for the last 15 mins, with Saha, Jô and Yakubu on the pitch. Full report
3 Oct - Joseph Yobo and Steven Pienaar are the big doubts for David Moyes as he prepares for the visit of Stoke City. Yobo is awaiting the results of a scan on the thigh he injured in training on Wednesday while Pienaar is still recovering from a severely bruised knee sustained at Fratton Park last weekend. Louis Saha, Lucas Neill, Johnny Heitinga and Jack Rodwell are available once more, though. Kick off is 3pm on Sunday.
BATE Borisov 1- 2 Everton
1 Oct - Tony Hibbert was forced to make a star turn as a makeshift centre-half and J had to battle through the second half despite leaving the field on a stretcher at half time as Everton pulled off an unlikely but no less precious win in Minsk. A thigh injury to Joseph Yobo meant that David Moyes could just about cobble together a senior starting XI but after Diniyar Bilyaletdinov had been denied by the post, Likhtarovich thundered an unstoppable shot from 25 yards past Tim Howard to give BATE the lead. The Blues seemed to be drfiting to defeat in the second half when, suddenly, Marouane Fellaini found himself unmarked to head home the equaliser from Leighton Baines' free kick. Then, Bilyaletdinov set up a chance for Tim Cahill and he slid in the pouring rain to loop in what would prove to be the winner after the Blues withstood a late surge by the Belorussians to hold out for victory. The result means that Everton have won five on the bounce and retain their 100% record in the group while Benfica went down 1-0 in Athens.
Europe League Group I Preview
1 Oct - Everton are in the previously unfamiliar surroundings of Minsk for their second Europa League Group I fixture against BATE Borisov of Belarus this evening. David Moyes is shorn of two more of his best players in the form of Steven Pienaar (bruised knee) and Jack Rodwell (flu) and will have few options when naming a starting XI of first-team regulars. Kick off is 6pm BST with live coverage on ESPN in the UK.
Weeks, not months
30 Sep - The prognosis for Mikel Arteta has improved after the minor surgery to remove stitches and fix a bit of the meniscus that had come free. Baz Rathbone says, He is only seven-and-a-bit months post-op so you've got to be careful because these injuries take a long time to come back from. We are talking about a return to action for him in weeks not months."
Portsmouth 0 - 1 Everton
26 Sep - Everton travelled to Fratton Park, where they got roasted last season. But things were different this time around, with Pompey facing their 7th successive defeat after Louis Saha scored a superbly executed strike just before half-time after keeping the feisty home side in check. The second half was an intriguing battle, with Pompey doing everything they possibly could to break down a resolute Everton defence that needed a little bit of luck to survive... but came close themselves to scoring a couple more. Full report
25 Sep - Everton travel to the south coast this Saturday for a televised lunchtime kick-off against Portsmouth, hoping to extend the goalscoring form, that has seen them rack up 11 goals in the last three games, and hopefully earn their first Premier League away win of the campaign. Yakubu will face late fitness test which may help David Moyes decide upon Louis Saha to lead the line, and there are concerns over Steven Pienaar (foot) and Joseph Yobo (hamstring), while Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is in line to make his first league start. Kick off is 12:45pm with live coverage on Sky.
Exhibition and Website NOW OPEN!
24 Sep - The culmination of a lifelong dream for David France was to see the incredible collection of Everton memorabilia he had brought together over many years finally put before the fans, in combination with material from the Club's archives. That day has come with the opening of the Everton Collection, a free exhibition of which is open now at Liverpool Central Library. And for the hundreds of thousands of Evertonians around the world who can't make it to Liverpool, there is a fabulous new website for them to explore.
Hull City 0 - 4 Everton
23 Sep - David Moyes made five changes to the side that beat Blackburn on Sunday but it didn't slow Everton's momentum one bit as they blitzed Hull with four goals, their 11th without reply in the last three games. Yakubu and J led the line and both strikers found the net inside 20 minutes from Diniyar Bilyaletdinov assists to put Everton in command of this 3rd Round tie. Yakubu then released Dan Gosling into acres of space and he lashed it home after 24 minutes, effectively putting the game out of reach well before half time. The second half wasn't 10 minutes old before Osman added a fourth after a free kick had ricocheted off the wall and though Hull hit the post later on, Tim Howard kept another clean sheet as the Blues powered through to Saturday's Fourth Round draw.
Match Preview to follow shortly...
23 Sep - Everton travel down the M62 to Hull for a Third Round clash that will determine if the search for silverware include the League Cup this season or not. David Moyes now has the ability to indulge in squad rotation for some key positions, if he wishes, but the pressure to win may overrule the opportunity to be too risky with his selections. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is fit to start after coming back from a groin strain, and Aiyegbeni Yakubu could start for the first time since his return to the squad. Kick-off: 7:45pm BST.
Moyes looks to use players better
22 Sep - I think Steven is ready to go up another gear, said Moyes. He could go on and stamp his authority on games by making goals, scoring them and making more final, telling passes. Thats what Im looking for him to do now. When you see him play for South Africa, he takes a lot of responsibility for his team. He has got a lot of their hopes as a nation on his shoulders. Its like Joseph Yobo he has got a lot of that in Nigeria and Tim Cahill has the same with Australia."
Everton 3 - 0 Blackburn Rovers
20 Sep - Everton carried the rich form they established against AEK Athens into the Premier League and swept aside a physical Blackburn side with their best performance of the season thus far. Louis Saha grabbed a brace, firing the Blues ahead with a smart volley off Leighton Baines' free kick before planting a majestic header past Paul Robinson from Maourane Fellaini's delicious cross to put David Moyes's side firmly in control in the second half. Inspired by a five-star display by the irresistible Steven Pienaar, Everton completed what became a comfortable afternoon when Saha flicked a corner in for Joseph Yobo to bang home his second in four days from close range. A complete transformation from the debacle at Fulham and a pleasure to watch.
19 Sep - Everton take on Blackburn at Goodison Park this weekend, hoping to record their first home win over Rovers in three seasons and propel themselves out of the bottom three. Hopes that David Moyes could field the same midfield that performed so well against AEK Athens could be scuppered by a groin strain to Diniyar Bilyaletdinov but Johnny Heitinga and Tony Hibbert are eligible again. Kick off is 3pm on Sunday with TV coverage in select overseas markets.
Everton 4 - 0 AEK Athens
17 Sep - Everton kicked off their Europa League group phase with an impressive 4-0 win over AEK Athens. Joseph Yobo was named as captain, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov made his full debut and the two combined after 10 minutes, the Russian swinging a corner to the back post where the Nigerian rose to head home. Seven minutes later, another corner from Bilyaletdinov and Sylvain Distin prodded in at the back post and the Blues were flying, playing some lovely passing football. Pienaar, lively as ever but in a more right-central role, made it three with a spectacular strike from 25 yards 8 minutes before half time and after Araujo flicked his boot into Distin's crotch and was shown a straight red card, J wrapped it up with a turn and finish after good work by Yakubu. The only blemish on a great night for Moyes's boys was a dismissal for Louis Saha after Juanfran suckered the ref into red-carding him with pathetic play-acting when the Frenchman raised his arm to his face. Full report
Everton sign free agent Neill
Australian international adds defensive options
17 Sep - Everton have provided Lucas Neill with a route back into Premier League football by snapping him up from the free agent market. The Australian agreed personal terms and completed a medical today and arrives on a one-year contract after rejecting an extended deal at West Ham back in May.
16 Sep - Everton embark on their Europa League Group I campaign with a home clash with AEK Athens where they'll be looking to shrug off their Premier League woes and rediscover the form that lit up their European adventures two seasons ago. With Phil Neville injured, Johnny Heitinga ineligible and Tony HIbbert suspended, David Moyes looks likely to call on Dan Gosling to play at right back, while Diniyar Bilyaletdinov will make his highly anticipated debut in midfield. Kick off is 8:05pm BST.
Middlesbrough showing interest
15 Sep - David Moyes will allow James Vaughan to go out on loan at Championship side Middlesbrough. He accepts that the player is some why down in the pecking order behind fellow strikers Jo, Saha, Yakubu... and even non-strikers Cahill and Fellaini. Getting some first-team games under his belt should be good for 21-year-old, who remains Everton's youngest ever goalscorer... early promise that has been ravaged by numerous injuries.
Scans reveal ligament damage to captain's knee
14 Sep - Everton have revealed that Phil Neville could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after initial scans revealed damage to the ligaments on the back of the midfielder's knee in addition to a nasty gash suffered in a collision with Dickson Etuhu yesterday. Club physio Mick Rathbone says his staff will allow the swelling to go down over the next couple of days before allowing Neville to see a specialist to determine the real extent of the damage. With MIkel Arteta's return potentially as far away as Christmas, David Moyes's small squad will again be stretched to the limit, particularly on Thursday against AEK Athens because Tony Hibbert is suspended and Johnny Heitinga is ineligible.
Fulham 2 - 1 Everton
13 Sep - Everton surrendered a precious first-half advantage at Craven Cottage and, in a pattern eerily reminiscent of previous form on this ground, fell to a third defeat in four Premier League games as Damien Duff's 79th-minute strike completed Fulham's fightback. The Blues, with 15m of new talent sitting on the bench, controlled the first half but without much incisiveness until Tim Cahill rose to head home a Leighton Baines free kick after 32 minutes. When Phil Neville's ill-advised barge on John Pantsil set up a free kick opportunity for Danny Murphy and he fired into the wall, Paul Konchesky rammed the rebound home via a wicked deflection off Sylvain Distin eleven minutes after the break. Neville was stretchered off shortly afterwards with a bad-looking knee injury and the afternoon got worse when Duff was allowed to cut inside and hammer home the winner from 20 yards. A late push almost brought an equaliser but Joseph Yobo's shot was hacked off the line and David Moyes's side remain in the bottom three for now.
12 Sep - Everton return to action after the international break and David Moyes has options for the visit to Craven Cottage with new signings Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Johnny Heitinga available to make their full debuts against Fulham. Yakubu is fit and in the squad but striking duties will likely go to Louis Saha or J. Kick off is 4:15pm.
11 Sep - Mikel Arteta's hopes of returning to first-team action next month have taken a blow after he suffered a setback in his recovery from a ruptured cruciate knee ligament sustained in February. The Official site confirms rumours that surfaced yesterday that the Spaniard's rehabilitation hit complications, with physio Mick Rathbone explaining that a tear in some of the stitching in his knee means he faces another few weeks on the sidelines. Additional rumours suggest Arteta underwent further surgery to repair the problem last week.
Update: David Moyes confirmed the additional surgery and refuses to downplay the seriousness of this latest "blip", calling it a "real blow for him and us" that will keep Everton's mercurial midfielder sidelined for "at least another six weeks" which as we know usually turns into two months before he's back in full action. Very sad...
11 Sep - Aiyegbeni Yakubu has spoken about the frustrations of being sidelined for nine months after his Achilles injury. "I just want to play and entertain again and with a few more games Im sure I will be fine." Although he has seen action for the Reserves and a brief outing against Sigma Olomouc in the Europa League qualifier, clearly David Moyes is going to bring him back to full match fitness slowly and carefully. But he may be in the squad that travels to Craven Cottage for Sunday's televised game.
Elstone claim hard to judge
8 Sep - Everton CEO Robert Elstone makes the interesting claim that Everton have spent all the Lescott money and then some. A rather difficult claim to defend or decry as most of the transfer fees involved were "undisclosed", many deals may have been on the drip, with add-on clauses and is Mr Elstone including the costs of salaries over the duration of those contracts?
Tribunal fixes Garbutt fee
7 Sep - Ken Bates was no doubt grinning from ear to ear after playing his part in stiffing Everton for a cool 600k fee as compensation for "stealing" young star of the future, 16-year-old Luke Garbutt from Leeds United. And that's only the half of it: Everton may yet pay upwards of a 1.5M for the youngster, after future add-ons to cover appearances, international caps and overall achievements in the coming years. And there is a 20% sell-on bonus for Leeds from any future transfer fee.
Club silent on Vaughan injury
6 Sep - There are fresh concerns that James Vaughan has suffered yet another knee injury... but Everton are saying nothing which is usually a sign that things are bad. Vaughan was withdrawn from the England Under-21 squad over a week ago and failed to appear on the subs' bench in the last three senior games. Also, it was reported that the injury was behind a possible transfer to Newcastle breaking down prior to Deadline Day.
Spanish midfielder could resume training in a fortnight
3 Sep - Everton hope to have Mikel Arteta back in first-team action next month as the Spaniard's recovery from a ruptured anterior cruciate knee ligament nears its end. The midfielder could resume normal training in a couple of weeks' time and he can then work on match fitness ahead of a projected return to Premier League action in October. Fellow long-term casualty Yakubu, meanwhile, is being eased back after feeling tightness in his hip and back playing for the Reserves a fortnight ago.
6m deal beats the deadline; Banega no-go
1 Sep - Everton have wrapped up the signing of Johnny Heitinga from Atletico Madrid after a compromise was reached on personal terms, though the fee for the defender is being reported as 6.1m and not the 5.7m agreed earlier. The two clubs agreed a fee on Friday but the transfer was in doubt until this afternoon as the Dutch international considered his options. He flew to Merseyside for further talks ahead of today's 5pm transfer deadline and eventually signed on the dotted line. He will wear Joleon Lescott's old no. 5 jersey. And Chairman Bill Kenwright tells Sky Sports that the Blues are not done yet. [Watch this space!] ver Banega is unlikely to be leaving Valencia for Goodison, though, unless the Blues cough up 15m for the Argentine midfielder the Spaniards aren't willing to loan him out at this stage. And late rumours suggesting that another last-gasp raid at Standard Liege was on the cards, with Steven Defour the target, appear to have been wide of the mark.
Everton 2 - 1 Wigan
30 Aug - It looked for long periods of this game like Everton would never score, despite strong pressure against a monstrous and viscous Wigan defence, and when Scharner stole around the Everton defence, featuring new boy Sylvain Distin, in the second half, the writing seemed to be on the wall. But Everton finally conjured something meaningful from a plethora of free-kicks and corners, Saha heading in brilliantly from amongst a crowd of players. It was tense right through to the end, in torrential rain, as Wigan picked up six yellows and finally committed the most meaningful foul inside the area. Up stepped Leighton Baines to blast the spot-kick home in the fourth minute of added time... Relief all round!
29 Aug - Qualification for the Europa League and the acquisition of two new players during the past week will hopefully have lifted spirits in the Everton camp as they prepare for tomorrow's home game against Wigan Athletic. Sylvain Distin and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov are both in line to make their debuts after the Russian received his visa in time to be included in the squad.
29 Aug - Everton have agreed a 5.7m deal with Atletico Madrid to bring Dutch international Johnny Heitinga to the Premier League, according to The Guardian and most of the other national dailies. The former Ajax man, who can operate at right back, central defence or defensive midfield and thereby give David Moyes the versatility he needs in a small squad, was reportedly discussing personal terms last night, though his 2.5m-a-year net wages in Spain could be a stumbling block and could be announced as the Blues' latest capture this weekend.
Defender completes move; Moyes close to another
28 Aug - Everton have confirmed the signing of Sylvain Distin from Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee. The French defender agreed terms on the deal on Wednesday and passed a medical at Finch Farm yesterday evening, paving the way for a return to the northwest; Distin had a spell with Manchester City before joining Pompey two years ago. The 31-year-old will wear the No. 15 jersey and goes straight into the squad to face Wigan on Sunday. And David Moyes says that he is close to completing a second defensive signing to provide further cover at centre back.
Sigma Olomouc 1 - 1 Everton
27 Aug - What should have been a formality started off with a scare after 4 mins when Tony Hibbert was rightly dismissed for denying a goal-scoring opportunity and Everton were down to 10 men. Sigma crashed the ensuing free-kick off the crossbar as Everton reeled in disarray. But as the half progressed, the Black & Pinks (!) settled and finally scored an excellent goal when Osman did really well to pick out Pienaar with a super cross that the South African controlled smartly and then buried. Everton gave away a poor late goal to draw the game but win the tie comfortably 5-1 on aggregate. From my seat.
Deal done subject to a medical
27 Aug - Everton are on the verge of completing their second signing of the week with confirmation from the Club that they have agreed a fee, believed to be 5m, with Portsmouth for Sylvain Distin. The defender handed in a transfer request at Fratton Park earlier this week and though Aston Villa reportedly pushed the Blues hard in competition for him, the 31 year-old will sign for Everton if he passes a medical at Finch Farm today.
27 Aug - Everton take a healthy 4-0 play-off first-leg lead over Sigma Olomouc to the Czech Republic this evening hoping to book passage to the Group Stage of the Europa League with the minimum of fuss and effect on the team. Few changes are expected to David Moyes's small squad, though he may rotate some younger players in and give the Yak a run-out if things are going well in the second half. Kick-off is 5pm BST with live coverage on Five starting at 4:55pm.
10m capture represents first summer purchase
25 Aug - David Moyes has completed his first purchase of the summer after Diniyar Bilyaletdinov came through a medical and agreed personal terms with Everton representatives in Hamburg yesterday. The undisclosed fee, believed to be around 10m, was also agreed with Lokomotiv Moscow officials and the 24-year-old Russian international was confirmed as an Everton player this morning pending a visa application for entry to the UK to play in the Premier League. That is expected to be a formality, but it's unlikely he'll join up with the squad until early September in time for the Blues' league clash with Fulham. Everton are believed to have already been granted a work permit for the player.
22m deal agreed; Player passes his medical
23 Aug - Joleon Lescott's move to Manchester City is all but complete after Everton agreed to sell the defender for an officially undisclosed sum believed to be between 22m and 24m and the player passed a medical. Assuming the 27 year-old agrees personal terms not likely to be a problem with wages of 94,000 a week reportedly on the table it will bring to conclusion the summer's longest transfer saga, one that has massively disrupted Everton's start to the season..
Burnley 1 - 0 Everton
23 Aug - Everton and David Moyes will have known the dangers going in, with the ex-Championship upstarts already having upset Man Utd at Turf Moor last week... yet it was almost like lambs to the slaughter as that gameplan repeated itself, Burnley grabbing the goal and Everton missing an undeserved penalty when Saha screwed the kick inches wide. It's the first time in nearly 20 years that Everton have lost both opening games.
23 Aug - Everton look to get their first Premier League points of the season on the board when they travel to Turf Moor in the League for the first time in 33 years. David Moyes's small squad could be cut to the bare bones, though, if Jack Rodwell (knee) and Steven Pienaar (foot) fail late fitness tests on the injuries they picked up in the win over Sigma Olomouc on Thursday. Kick off is 3pm.
...but will Valencia let him go?
22 Aug - Everton have managed to secure a work permit for Argentina midfielder ver Banega following a hearing at the Home Office yesterday. The 21-year-old, nicknamed Ch on the Iberian peninsula, is expected to arrive on Merseyside shortly to complete a season-long loan deal from Valencia. All of which is apparently news to the Spanish club who reportedly maintain their player is going nowhere. Though he spent last season out on loan at Atletico Madrid, Valencia played Banega in their Europa League play-off match in midweek.
Everton 4 - 0 Sigma Olomouc
20 Aug - Everton shrugged off some early jitters and an opening assault by Sigma Olomouc to take a commanding lead in this Europa League quaifying tie. After Tim Howard escaped a clear penalty when he clattered Petr in the 6th minute, Marouane Fellaini crossed low to the near post where Louis Saha turned the ball past Drobisz to make it
20 Aug - Preview: Everton's quest for glory in the inaugural Uefa Europa League begins tonight at the 4th and final Qualifying Round stage with the visit of Sigma Olomouc from the Czech Republic in the first leg. Kick off is 8pm and you can see it live on EvertonTV. David Moyes will have his work cut out to focus the team away from the Joleon Lescott saga and the weekend spanking by Arsenal lest the Blues suffer the same fate as last season when they fell at the first hurdle against Standard Liege.
19 Aug - Joleon Lescott is reportedly training away from the first-team squad this week and has now been dropped from the squad to face Sigma Olomouc tomorrow evening, seemingly in anticipation of him being allowed to join Manchester City before the transfer window closes. David Moyes says that's not the case, though he hinted that the defender could be allowed to leave for the right price.
Work permit hearing set for Friday
19 Aug - Everton have agreed a deal to bring Argentina midfielder ver Banega on a season-long loan from Valencia according to The Guardian. The 21 year-old is highly regarded and the Spanish club paid 15m for him 18 months ago but, after being farmed out on loan last season, appears to be surplus to requirements at the Mestalla. It would be something of a coup for the Blues ...
IF their application for a work permit is successful. A hearing with the FA is scheduled for this Friday.
But No Major Setback
18 Aug - Everton have had to quash rumours that Victor Anichebe has had a major setback in his long recovery from torn knee ligaments that resulted from a horror tackle by Kevin Nolan against Newcastle last February. Mick Rathbone admits, however, that Anichebe's recovery has been slower than expected but he still holds out hope that the player will recovery fully, given time...
Everton 1 - 6 Arsenal
15 Aug - Everton's 2009-10 campaign started in horrific fashion as Arsenal accepted the Blues' invitation to put six goals past their shambolic defence. Things looked okay until the field opened up for a superb Denilson strike after 27 mins and it all went downhill from there. Set-piece goals that will give Moyes nightmares were to follow from Vermaelen and Gallas as Everton visibly slumped, the defence presumably badly affected by the Lescott saga. It predictably got worse and worse, Fabregas smashing in two more simple goals and Eduardo tucking in a sixth before Saha slid home a consolation to send Everton to the bottom of the league on the first day of the season.
15 Aug - It only feels like yesterday that Moyes's boys were trouping dejectedly out of the Wembley cauldron but a new season is upon us once again after another depressing summer. No signings to speak of, the infuriating Lescott saga casting a shadow over the preparations for the new campaign, and an unchanged Everton team faces up against Sky Four opposition once more. Steven Pienaar will undergo a late fitness test but J should be fit after picking up an ankle knock in the friendly against Malaga. The first live game to be broadcast live by ESPN in the UK will kick off at 5:30pm.
Moyes stamps his authority
14 Aug - Ahead of tomorrow's season kick-off against Arsenal, with fears that the Lescott saga would become a major unwanted detraction, David Moyes has spoken with clarity and authority regarding who calls the shots on player transfers at Everton, and what Joleon Lescott should be doing about his career at this time: "Lescott has had his head twisted in all of this," Moyes said. "I hear that City think they are talking to people who make the decisions here, well that's me. I make the decisions, they have not talked to me and the player has been consistently told he is not for sale. He should get his head around that and get on with his career."
Lescott told to stay
11 Aug - The determination of Manchester City to get their man was boosted after target Joleon Lescott finally submitted a written transfer request. But this has been rejected by Everton, as have two earlier bids of 15M and 18M. Fans had hoped the nonsense was over after Lescott played in Everton's final friendly and was warmly supported, but his head appears to have been turned by the massive wages on offer from Eastlands. So... what happens next? A fresh 22m bid from City?
Determined to shake 'injury-prone' tag
9 Aug - Rejecting a bid for 8M, David Moyes believes that Louis Saha will be a key player for Everton this season. We knew we were taking a gamble with Louis in terms of his injuries. The thing was, we knew he was a top player, although I think it is also fair to say that he wasnt just injured physically but emotionally too because of all the problems he had. There are some players who can find it much harder to deal with their injuries they worry about it more than others and I think even Louis saw himself in that category. But I see a new determination in him now. I see a new Louis Saha. I think he is out to prove to many people that he is not injury-prone. He is showing a determination to try to shake off that tag.
Haka a big booboo?
8 Aug - The last thing Everton needed right now was a stupid fuss over an even more stupid marketing gimmick that some claim has seriously backfired in the land of its origin New Zealand. Currently, the most-read page at stuff.co. nz is about the use of the sacred Maori haka to "celebrate" the release of the poorly received second kit at Goodison Park last week on the dubious basis that it was "all-black" (with pink bits...). Apparently the protectors of the haka are not best pleased. (Although strange the cited article has zero comments posted!?!)
Nice lively game
7 Aug - A much improved performance from Everton was driven by the inspired play of Steven Pienaar, with Fellaini being plenty of a nuisance in the Malaga penalty area. Nice goals from Saha and Osman provided the perfect outcome for the first half, with Lescott performing well in defence. The second saw Luque despatch a superb stunning free-kick past Howard and in off the upright to give the Spaniards (and plenty of appreciative Evertonians) something to cheer but the rest of the game was broken up with substitutions (4 for Everton; 10 for Malaga). Bring on The Arsenal!
Final pre-season friendly
7 Aug - The final pre-season game is upon us and Everton return form their travels to Goodison, where this evening's opposition is Malaga, who finished 4th(?) in La Liga last season. With J's continuing loan the only positive "change" of note to the squad since May, it would be nice to concentrate on the football and Everton's final chance to get physically and mentally prepared for the challenging season ahead, but this game is set to be overshadowed by the continuing uncertainty over the future of Joleon Lescott, whom Everton insist, is staying... and is playing tonight. Kick-off is 8pm with coverage on EvertonTV.
“We didn't play well”
6 Aug - David Moyes has been remarkably candid in expressing his concern about the poor performance his players delivered in their penultimate pre-season game against Blackpool on Tuesday. "We didnt look as if we were prepared. I dont think it was down to fitness. It was down to attitude. I thought it was poor. We didnt reach the standards we have set ourselves in recent years. But pre-season games can sometimes do that to you. Maybe when it does happen, it straightens you out."
Blackpool 2 - 1 Everton
4 Aug - Everton lost their penultimate pre-season game to Championship side Blackpool and a squad that has seen no new first-team level players arrive thus far this summer was potentially depleted further when J hobbled off at Bloomfield Road with an ankle injury. The good news, however, is that he should be fit for the big kick-off against Arsenal. The Brazilian had had a decent game prior to hobbling off, though, equalising for the Blues after David Vaughan had been allowed to maraud through and open the scoring for the home side. Jason Euell scored what would be the winner later in the half following another lapse in the Everton defence.
Concerns over fitness
3 Aug - Marouane Fellaini is struggling to be fully fit for the start of the new campaign after being laid low by a virus for much of the summer that caused him to suffer significant weight loss. David Moyes is concerned at the time the player is taking time to recover from the virus and regain his full strength. He has not been right all through pre-season and he is still not right. When you are the shape and build he is, when you lose weight its not all that easy to put it back on."
Cahill and Baxter on target
2 Aug - Everton were held to a 2-2 draw by Coventry in the Ricoh Areana this afternoon in the latest stage of their pre-season preparations. Conspicuous by his absence was Joleon Lescott who apparently missed out with a hip injury while rumours in the Sunday papers suggest that he will ask for a transfer this week so that he can join the nouveaux riches at Middle Eastlands. Tim Cahill and Jose Baxter scored the Blues's goals, while Jack Rodwell deputised at centre back.
Trademark battle with fan
31 Jul - That wonderful soundbyte that David Moyes coined has become a second motto for Everton FC as fewer of today's youngsters have even the faintest knowledge of what the Latin one means... But it has been revealed that the Blues do not own the trademark to the phrase after a supporter successfully proved that he was the first to be granted permission to use "The People's Club" on hats and scarves he sold on his market stall. Brian Gould insists he does not want to prevent the club from using the slogan; meanwhile Ian Ross maintains the Club's decision to stop using it "has nothing to do with Mr Gould at all". Hmmm....
MLS All-Stars 3 - 4 Everton (Penalties)
29 Jul - David Moyes has finally won a trophy with his battling Blues boys and it just happens to be the biggest trophy in world Soccer, the massive MLS All-Stars trophy! becoming the first foreign team to beat the MLS All-Star team in this annual fixture. Fittingly, the guy who won it for Everton was US Number One and previous MLS All-Stars himself, keeper Tim Howard. At least three excellent saves in the game saved Everton from certain and fully deserved defeat after Saha scored from a gift back-pass. After Donovan had equalised off a defensive lapse from Lescott et al, Howard went on to save three penalties in the full-time shoot-out that Vaughan started poorly with a horrible effort. But it ended well when Howard saved off Freddie Ljungberg to win it for Everton, and justifiably take the MVP award to boot!
29 Jul - Manchester City stepped up the pressure on Everton with a new 18m bid for Joleon Lescott today which the Club have rejected outright according to a statement on the Official Site. With Chelsea's John Terry having committed his future to Stamford Bridge, Mark Hughes is zeroing in on the Blues' central defensive ace but has now seen a 15m offer and now this latest bid turned down flat.
29 Jul - The BIG game... in a small stadium... in a soccer backwater that is Sandy, Utah (near Salt Lake City), United States of America. That's the venue for this season's MLS All-Stars game against Everton, the prestigious match that will finally answer the question on the lips of all US soccer fans: "Who is Everton?" The game is on live, ESPN2 (in HD!) in the USA, and on EvertonTV in the UK. Kick off 7:30pm MDT (2:30am on Thursday for viewers in the UK).
Plays in practice match
28 Jul - Everton have been given a major boost as they approach the new season with striker Yakubu at last back in action and kicking a ball around in earnest. The Nigerian has been with the squad on their North American tour primarily to maintain his fitness work and rehabilitation, having not played since November following an Achilles injury. But Yakubu was involved in a practice match ahead of this week's game against a Major League Soccer All-Stars side in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Edmonton Cup
25 Jul - Everton and River Plate (Argentina) battled it out for the Edmonton Cup in a friendly pre-season fixture set in the Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Alberta. Ariel Ortega chipped Carlo Nash to score the only goal superbly. The Blues head back to the US tomorrow to prepare for the match-up with MLS All-Stars.
injuries causing problems
24 Jul - David Moyes has confirmed he is scouring the transfer market for defensive cover. Moyes is in Seattle with his squad preparing for Sundays prestige friendly against Argentinian giants River Plate which will be played in Edmonton, Canada. But the lack of numbers in his squad is clearly worrying Moyes, who has major injury problems still to be resolved over Mikel Arteta, Ayegbeni Yakubu, Phil Jagielka and Victor Anichebe, none of whom will be fit to start the season.
Picture Gallery at Official Website
22 Jul - The Everton squad had their first day of training at the Starfire Sports complex, in the town of Tukwila, south of Seattle, in the state Washington, USA. EvertonTV features pictures and interviews. The weather forecast for the Seattle area is increasing temperatures that could reach 100F by the end of the week, when the squad heads across the border into Canada to contest the Edmonton Cup against River Plate. The match will be shown live on EvertonTV.
Yakubu included in 20-man group
20 Jul - The Everton squad left for Seattle this afternoon where they will train before making the hop to Edmonton, Canada for the first of two friendlies they'll play in North America this month. The Blues face River Plate of Argentina on Saturday (early hours of Sunday morning UK time) before going up against MLS All-Stars next Wednesday (early Thursday morning in the UK). As expected, Yakubu makes the trip and he is joined by Joseph Yobo and Steven Pienaar. Dan Gosling is on England U-19 duty.
Rochdale 1 - 4 Everton
Lescott, Fellaini and Neville start
18 Jul - Hibbert, Baines, Lescott, Fellaini, Neville, Cahill, Saha and Jo featured in the team playing at Rochdale today, with only four players listed on the bench, probably because the Reserves were playing Airbus whom they beat 3-2. A brace of goals from Jo, an own-goal and a goal from Shane Duffy made up Everton's tally, with Rochdale converting a penalty kick for their goal.
17 Jul - Everton have confirmed they have rejected a formal offer from Manchester City for Joleon Lescott, reported to be 15m. CEO Robert Elstone reiterated the Club's stance with regard to existing players on the Official Site, saying: "As a club, we have publicly stated as recently as Wednesday night that we do not intend selling any players." Meanwhile, there appears to be confirmation of newspaper reports that the Blues have lost out on Kyle Naughton to Spurs.
Moyes loses Naughton and Walker to Spurs
17 Jul - Manchester City stepped up their attempts to sign Joleon Lescott yesterday afternoon with an official bid of 15m, The Guardian reports, while Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker look set to join Tottenham. The offer for Lescott comes a day after David Moyes restated his insistence that none of his first-team players would be sold this summer. Meanwhile, he will be seething at the Naughton situation, having seen his first purchase of the summer slip through his fingers despite having agreed a deal with Sheffield United a week ago.
15 Jul - Everton CEO Robert Elstone announced a record turnover of almost 80m last season at tonight's Shareholders Forum. The increase from 75.7m last year is due largely to live TV revenue, the Chang sponsorship deal, and last season's run to the FA Cup final. David Moyes also spoke and despite the Club's improved finances, he was typically low-key in regard to transfer activity this summer, suggesting that he would mostly be adding Bosman-style players to pad out the squad. He reiterated, however, that he would not sanction the departure of any of his first-team players.
Club hopeful of landing Blades defender
15 Jul - Reports out of Sheffield yesterday suggesting that Everton were set to resume talks with Kyle Naughton appear to have been correct, with Everton announcing that they are hopeful of making the 20 year-old their latest signing. Bill Kenwright reiterated that a deal has been in place with Sheffield United since Thursday but said, "Things are ongoing, he hasn't had his medical and he's not an Everton player yet." That might suggest that the Blues have declined to match Tottenham's bid for the youngster and his teenage teammate Kyle Walker who may yet end up at White Hart Lane if Naughton signs on at Goodison.
Moyes furious as Naughton likely to end up at Spurs
14 Jul - Everton will not be drawn into a bidding war with Tottenham over fullback Kyle Naughton and, unless the player himself insists on a move to Goodison, it looks as though David Moyes will miss out on his first purchase of the summer. The Club are said to be angry at Sheffield United's apparent abandonment of the deal agreed on Friday in favour of a combined sale of Naughton and Kyle Walker to Spurs for 8m which would see the latter return to Bramall Lane on loan next season. Update: The Sheffield Star reports that fresh negotiations with the player's representatives were scheduled for this afternoon, while Sky Sports claim the Blues have matched Tottenham's bid for the two Kyles.
Have Tottenham gazumped Moyes for defender?
13 Jul - Everton's hopes of landing Kyle Naughton may rest on the player himself or, if reports in the Echo are correct, success in a bidding war with Tottenham Hotspur. The Blues agreed a fee with Sheffield United on Friday but Spurs have come in with a late bid, though the player himself, who was due on Merseyside today to discuss personal terms, is believed to favour a switch to Goodison. The Echo, however, claim that Spurs' offer is higher and the Blades are refusing to discuss the matter any further with Everton or allow Naughton to undergo a planned medical as a result. Aston Villa, who seem to be ever-present in the Blues' transfer links this summer, are also thought to be interested.
J loan deal also confirmed
10 Jul - Everton have had a bid for highly-rated fullback Kyle Naughton accepted by Sheffield United. David Moyes was rebuffed earlier this summer with a bid believed to entail 3.5m up front but now the Blades' international chairman, Terry Robinson, confirms: "We have accepted a bid for Kyle...but nothing has been agreed with the player. We won't be revealing the amount until any deal is done." The fee is believed to be 6m, most likely comprising an up-front fee and the rest dependent on appearances. The Blues have also announced that the loan capture of J has been completed, the Brazilian returning for another year.
9 Jul - Everton's opening game of the new season, at home to Arsenal, has been moved to 5:15pm on Saturday 15 August and will be the first game to be delivered domestically by the American and worldwide sportscasting giant, ESPN. Everton are not scheduled for ESPN again until their Old Trafford date in November but they are listed for three live appearances on Sky Sports, at Fulham and Portsmouth in September, and for the Goodison derby in November.
Confirmation of Brazilian's return withdrawn
7 Jul - Everton appeared to have completed negotiations for the return of striker J on a season-long loan after Manchester City confirmed the deal on their official website this afternoon. The story was subsequently withdrawn, however, replaced by one merely confirming rumours yesterday that the Brazilian joined the Blues' squad on their four-day training camp in Scotland this week.
Club confirms talks with Manchester City
7 Jul - Everton have confirmed that negotiations are underway for the return of striker J on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move next year. As rumoured yesterday, the Brazilian joined the Blues' squad on their four-day training camp in Scotland. "We have had a conversation with Manchester City over the options available to us and discussions are set to continue," said Everton CEO, Robert Elstone.
Nigerian's recovery going well
4 Jul - Speaking at the opening of Everton Two in Liverpool One yesterday, Yakubu described his frustration at not being able to kick a ball for seven months but expressed his confidence at being fit for the new season. "I am just so pleased to be back, to start training again and kicking a ball again," he said. "The training has been good, there has been no reaction or pain. Hopefully I will be back to join the team in pre-season."
Moyes cuts the ribbon on new store
2 Jul - The brand new Everton Two store at Liverpool One had its official opening ceremony today with manager David Moyes as the very special guest who cut the ribbon to mark the event. Created with retail partner Kitbag Ltd and fitted out by The Maxim Group, the new store boasts a massive product range, completely bespoke fittings, stunning visuals, unique memorabilia displays and top level staff, managed by Everton fan Simon Gibson.
1 Jul - Everton have arranged a Shareholders Forum in The Marquee at Goodison Park on Wednesday 15 July 2009, commencing at 7.00pm. The Club have conveniently seized upon the terms of the Companies Act 2006, which stipulate that it is no longer a requirement for a private limited company to hold an Annual General Meeting, to avoid the kind of contentious votes and supporter-driven motions from some shareholders over the controversial Destination Kirkby project that have dominated recent meetings. Nevertheless, the Board of Directors are still keen to "consider and understand the views of its Shareholders," and invite Shareholders to confirm their attendance by 10th July. No proxies will be permitted.
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