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Season 2012-13

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Contributions from our editorial team and featured columnists.

The Dead Zone

Waiting for Everton's first move in a long summer without the distraction of a major international tournament.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 24/06/2013

Royal Blue in The Emerald Isle - The Story of Club Everton Atha Cliath

Everton FC has sired namesakes in Chile and Argentina but, closer to home, a piece of Ireland is also forever Everton. A conversation with David Exall, Everton’s erstwhile Promotions Manager, put Rob Sawyer on the trail of Club Everton Atha Cliath (“Club Everton of Dublin”) and Seamus Ua Trodd – its Founder, Secretary, Coach, PR Man and lifeblood.
by Rob Sawyer : 15/06/2013

Ticking the Boxes

Roberto Martinez offered the combination of Continental flair, Premier League experience and a nose for good players that, in retrospect, made him the obvious choice for Bill Kenwright.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 06/06/2013

And Then There Were Three?

Some thoughts on the three candidates whom the media would have us believe are the three men left on Bill Kenwright's shortlist
by Lyndon Lloyd : 31/05/2013

Crestfallen – The Undermining of the Everton Brand

The custodians of the Everton brand are displaying a gross misunderstanding of our club's traditions, aspirations and image. It also doesn't seem like they are listening. The new badge is an abomination and should be stamped out now before it really is too late.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 25/05/2013

North Country Blues - The Jimmy Husband Story

In conversation with Everton's "wide attacker" of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
by Rob Sawyer : 13/05/2013

The End of an Era and a Leap Into the Unknown

David Moyes is expected to be named as Manchester United's next manager. What next for Everton after 11 years of increasing stability?
by Lyndon Lloyd : 09/05/2013

We Get the Leader We Deserve

A fact-based analysis of the reign of David Moyes from"an older, frustrated Everton fan".
by Joe Beardwood : 08/05/2013

Blues Fall Victim to Another Derby Controversy

Both derbies would end all square and though the draw means that Everton will likely finish above Liverpool for a second successive season, the lack of determination and passion for a victory that would have kept hopes, however small, of Europe alive was a touch disappointing.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 06/05/2013

From My Seat: Liverpool (A)

An eye witness report on one of the flatest derby games in many a long while...
by Ken Buckley : 05/05/2013

“We're Everton, Aren't We?” – Say No to the New Badge

Announcing our opposition to a proposed new Club badge for Everton.
by ToffeeWeb  : 03/05/2013

John Connolly – The Man Who Left Defenders on Their Bottoms

John Connolly in conversation with Rob Sawyer
by Rob Sawyer : 28/04/2013

Everton Shade It In The Sunshine

The match wasn’t a great one… the first half particularly slow and pedestrian though the second was more entertaining as Everton looked to finish the job after Pienaar had swept home on 16 minutes following an excellent passing move involving Osman and Coleman.
by Paul Traill : 28/04/2013

Pienaar Winner Keeps Everton In the Hunt

Everton kept their hopes of European qualification alive with another home victory over Fulham
by Lyndon Lloyd : 27/04/2013

From My Seat: Fulham (H)

Fulham at home so that is 3 points in the bag then as history would dictate.
by Ken Buckley : 27/04/2013

From my seat: Sunderland (A)

After our long journey to The Emirates on Tuesday, we set off in the opposite direction for the delights of the North East with a spring in our step, facing a poor Sunderland side whom we hadn't lost to for some eleven years — surely could not prevent Champions League aspirants the three points — or could they?
by Ken Buckley : 20/04/2013

Honours Even in Emirates Battle

Everton and Arsenal battled to an entertaining stalemate at the Emirates Stadium, earning a point that does neither side many favours in the chase for the Champions League.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 17/04/2013

From my seat: QPR (H)

After our disappointment at Spurs, a victory today was paramount; as the afternoon wore on, we were not to be disappointed for a second time...
by Ken Buckley : 13/04/2013

The Blues Keep On Pushing

Whilst we all went into the game optimistic we could record a win against doomed QPR, we all know that Everton never do these things the easy way and failure to overcome QPR was at the back of my mind. Thankfully I left Goodison Park satisfied we had done what we had to having witnessed a QPR team so devoid of fight it was quite remarkable.
by Paul Traill : 13/04/2013

Agony As Spurs Grab Late Equaliser

Going behind as early as 33 seconds could have killed their spirit at the outset of this crucial clash at White Hart Lane but David Moyes's side showed their renowned resilience to turn the game on its head and came very close to throwing the Champions League race wide open.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 07/04/2013

Forever Everton – The Story of the Song

Rob Sawyer retraces the origins of one of teh most iconic Everton songs, with recollections from David Exall and Jimmy Husband.
by Rob Sawyer : 02/04/2013

Moment of Mirallas Magic Lights Up Workmanlike Win

Everton notched a third straight League win for the first time this season to keep pace in the chase for Europe thanks to an electric moment from Kevin Mirallas.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 30/03/2013

From My Seat: Stoke City (H)

Overall a good evening out to witness a typical Stoke encounter.
by Ken Buckley : 30/03/2013

“Just Did It” — The Jim Pearson Story

Jim Pearson is a “glass half-full” kind of person. From adversity has arisen opportunity — frustrated in his plans for further education, he blossomed as a professional footballer at St Johnstone, Everton and Newcastle. Once Injury curtailed his playing career, he went on to help make Nike a household name in the UK. Above all else, Jim gives thanks that he can call himself an Evertonian.
by Rob Sawyer : 24/03/2013

Bouncing Back In Style

"Way we can go into the international break in the knowledge that our season is not dead and that European football is still a very real possibility next season."
by Paul Traill : 17/03/2013

Everton's Show of Pride Floors City

From what was easily their nadir this season, Everton dug deep and rose to one of their best displays of 2012-13 to once more sink Manchester City at Goodison Park.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 16/03/2013

From My Seat: Manchester City (H)

"What is it about our games with City. It has certainly baffled one Italian gentleman we have heard of."
by Ken Buckley : 16/03/2013

Being Frank – Neil Robinson's Life in Football

A boyhood Blue, born within sight of Goodison Park who wrote to Everton for a trial and rose to become a first team player by the age of 18.
by Rob Sawyer : 12/03/2013

About As Bad As It Gets

On the way home we tried making light of the situation. I mean, from the outside looking in you would have to laugh at the ridiculousness of relegation candidates Wigan turning up at apparent Champions League hopefuls Everton and having the audacity to batter them 3-0. Looking at the bigger picture however and it’s sad that Moyes will in all probability leave Everton with nothing to show for his 11 years of service.
by Paul Traill : 10/03/2013

Disastrous Display Ends Everton's Quest For Redemption

Everton's FA Cup came to a shocking end with a stunning 3-0 reverse at the hands of relegation-threatened Wigan
by Lyndon Lloyd : 09/03/2013

From my seat: Wigan (H)

Woe, Woe, a thousand times Woe... Overall, a day to forget but one that needs attention from all concerned with the club.
by Ken Buckley : 09/03/2013

Mucha More Like It!

Match Report: Reading (H)
by Paul Traill : 03/03/2013

From My Seat: Reading (H)

Three points gained and from my seat well deserved in what was really a bitty lacklustre first half but a much more rewarding second.
by Ken Buckley : 02/03/2013

Improving Blues Rediscover Their Wings

Everton got back to winning ways and rediscovered some attacking flair
by Lyndon Lloyd : 02/03/2013

From My Seat: Oldham (H)

Overall a good night out because we won and go to the next round; as for the match, well it won't be one etched into the memory and at times it resembled two teams making a series of mistakes. We made the fewer so onward and upward.
by Ken Buckley : 27/02/2013

Everton See Off Oldham At the Second Attempt

Everton progressed to the last eight as expected with a 3-1 win over the League One side
by Lyndon Lloyd : 27/02/2013

False Sense of Security

From 1-0 up to 2-1 down... lingering Champions League dreams in tatters.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 25/02/2013

From my seat: Norwich City (A)

Overall a big disappointment as our overall play deserved the points but when you are in a spell where you can dominate and at the same time not score or defend then not much is down for you.
by Ken Buckley : 24/02/2013

Last-Gasp Oldham Force Goodison Replay

Everton were seconds away from booking their place in the last eight of the FA Cup but a last-gasp equaliser by Oldham forced a replay at Goodison Park in 10 days' time.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 17/02/2013

Is The Grass Greener?

Match report of the Under-21s defeating Middlesborough at Stockport's Haig Avenue ground.
by Paul Traill : 17/02/2013

From my seat: Oldham (A)

Rip-roaring cup-tie as Everton stooped in class to match a determined Oldham side and produce a performance that had Blues fans tearing their hair out as they urged them to win the ball with power and fight and then use it with accuracy and thought instead of quite a bit of aimless percentage stuff which Oldham found to their liking as it reflected the league they play in.
by Ken Buckley : 16/02/2013

Reality Bites the Champions League Dream

disappointing performance from Everton combined with wins for their top-four rivals gave the Blues something of a reality-check in their pursuit of Champions League football.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 10/02/2013

A Famous Night in Oldham

Boundary Park is a ground that holds fond memories for many of the senior Everton fans who remember that famous night when the club, in 1954, won promotion to top flight of English Football.
by Tony Onslow : 11/02/2013

From My Seat: Man Utd (A)

Overall I think you can say that the best team won but yet it is only our 4th defeat of the season so far. 12 games to go and who knows how we might do but I have to say that players are looking a touch jaded and with no real replacements to give them a breather then the inability to do business in the window may well have put paid to our Euro ambitions via the league; I hope not and pray for a second wind from somewhere.
by Ken Buckley : 10/02/2013

Another Dramatic Finish Saves Everton

Credit must go to David Moyes's players who picked themselves up from three self-inflicted wounds to fight back from two goals down and earn a point and protect their unbeaten start to 2013.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 02/02/2013

From My Seat: Aston Villa (H)

A thriller for the neutral, a killer for the dedicated.
by Ken Buckley : 02/02/2013

Mike Jones — The Weakest Referee Ever

Match Report: Aston Villa (H)
by Paul Traill : 02/02/2013

A Window of Opportunity Slams Shut

Can Moyes's trusted few guide the Blues to Europe or will the failure to strengthen the squad come back to bite them come May?
by Lyndon Lloyd : 01/02/2013

From My Seat: West Brom (H)

A crucial must-win top-half six-pointer between Champions League contenders
by Ken Buckley : 31/01/2013

Always Doing It The Hard Way

"As we continued to miss chances you got a little jittery as the game was worryingly poised at 2 - 1, but we were able to see the game out without much discomfort."
by Paul Traill : 31/01/2013

Drought-Stricken Jelavic Needs a Rainmaker

Nikica Jelavic is under-fire for his goals drought but it's not solely his fault
by Lyndon Lloyd : 28/01/2013

I'm Not Fooled... Is Anyone?

FA Cup: Bolton (A)
by Paul Traill : 26/01/2013

From My Seat: Bolton (A)

"Overall it has to go down as a poor performance but a win was achieved, we are in the next round and that is all important."
by Ken Buckley : 26/01/2013

Moyes Has a Decision to Make

Is it time to give Anichebe a run leading the line instead of Jelavic?
by Liam Prenderville : 24/01/2013

Blues' Attack Frozen Out Again

A goalless draw against relegation-threatened Southampton will have done almost nothing to dispel the gathering gloom around Everton's struggling forward line.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 21/01/2013

Why Three Points on Monday Night Are a Must

Previewing Everton's trip to the south coast in front of the Sky cameras on Monday
by Liam Prenderville : 18/01/2013

Everton's Attack Stifled By Swansea's Gameplan

Two points dropped, and, with Tottenham also drawing and Arsenal losing, another opportunity missed in the chase for Europe
by Lyndon Lloyd : 12/01/2013

Well, They Came For The Point

Match Report: Swansea City (H)
by Paul Traill : 13/01/2013

From My Seat: Swansea (H)

Frustration was the theme again for the Blues as they were held to a goalless draw
by Ken Buckley : 12/01/2013

Blues Bounce Back with Important Win

A huge win at Newcastle for Moyes and his men that gets them back to winning ways with their fourth away victory of the campaign.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 03/01/2013

Blues Stay In the Hunt With Boxing Day Win

Everton ground out a second successive win thanks to a slice of fortune and a healthy dose of grit and determination.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 26/12/2012

From My Seat: Wigan (H)

Overall three points is three points even if the fare on display was not of the best
by Ken Buckley : 26/12/2012

From My Seat: West Ham Utd (A)

Match Report from Upton Park
by Ken Buckley : 23/12/2012

Blues see through Taylor's red mist to take the points

Everton won in London for the first time in over a year with a 2-1 win at Upton Park thanks to second-half goals by Anichebe and Pienaar.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 22/12/2012

The Britannia: Where Football Goes to Die

If ever a game had 1-1 written all over it before a ball had been kicked, this testy encounter between the Premier League's two draw specialists was it.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 17/12/2012

From My Seat: Stoke City (A)

Stoke City 1 - 1 Everton
by Ken Buckley : 15/12/2012

Late heroics turn the tide for Everton

Like the Sunderland game before it, one that was turned on its head in similarly quick fashion, this could prove to be a massive result for Everton.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 09/12/2012

Last-Gasp Blues Steal Three Points

Match Report: Everton 2 - 1 Spurs
by Paul Traill : 09/12/2012

From My Seat: Tottenham Hotspur (H)

Words fail to capture such excitement, disbelief, relief and just sheer joy that stayed with us until the whistle went.
by Ken Buckley : 09/12/2012

A Long Day In Manchester

Match Report: Man City (A)
by Paul Traill : 02/12/2012

Blues Take a Point and the Positives

Manchester City 1 - 1 Everton: Referee Lee Probert's decisive decision may have ultimately denied Everton another win on Manchester City's turf.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 01/12/2012

From My Seat: Man City (A)

A trip down the East Lancs Rd to take on the might of the Premier League Champions.
by Ken Buckley : 01/12/2012

From My Seat: Arsenal (H)

An excellent game that could have gone either way and saw the return of two players from weeks of injury who showed us what we had been missing.
by Ken Buckley : 29/11/2012

Everton - A Pools Coupon Dream

Report from the 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Goodison Park
by Paul Traill : 29/11/2012

Opportunity Continues to Knock...

... but Everton can't get to the door.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 28/11/2012

The Same Old Story

The search for ruthlessness and defensive solidity goes on for Everton after yet another late slip.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 25/11/2012

From My Seat: Norwich City (H)

Match Report: Norwich City (H)
by Ken Buckley : 24/11/2012

Embarrassing For Football

Match Report: Norwich City (H)
by Paul Traill : 24/11/2012

Profiligate Blues are punished again

At half time, a draw would have been a travesty; defeat was unthinkable so this loss should serve as a reality check for Moyes's men.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 17/11/2012

Fellaini and the Quest for the Top Four

With the growing acceptance that Champions League qualification this season is probably the only way Everton will be able to hold on to Marouane Fellaini, the Club needs a plan for January.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 16/11/2012

Everton's resolve shines through in vital win

A late, two-goal burst rescues the Blues from another self-inflicted wound to keep hold of fourth place
by Lyndon Lloyd : 11/11/2012

From My Seat: Sunderland (H)

On an unbeaten run and playing what some describe as our best football for many a year we meet a lowly side in Sunderland at home and fans expectations are quite reasonably high as we normally beat them at Goodison no matter what their status. Today turned out to be anything but predictable.
by Ken Buckley : 10/11/2012

Five Draws In A Row Neatly Side-Stepped

Match report: Sunderland (H)
by Paul Traill : 10/11/2012

From My Seat: Fulham (A)

Blues totally dominated the opposition to such an extent that 8-0 or more should have been achieved.
by Ken Buckley : 04/11/2012

Missed chances prove costly as Blues draw again

Steve Sidwell's last-minute equaliser was a sickener for the Blues who had played Fulham off the park but had to be content with a 2-2 draw
by Lyndon Lloyd : 03/11/2012

From My Seat: Liverpool (H)

Not the greatest from a purist’s viewpoint but a meaty roller coaster derby that aroused emotions that only these encounters can. I think every fan got their money’s worth today.
by Ken Buckley : 28/10/2012

The Road Is Long

Match Report: Wigan (A)
by Paul Traill : 07/10/2012

From My Seat: Wigan (A)

Experience tells me it is better to turn up away mid-table than second in the league as today’s game showed in spades — OR actually play like a top 2 side.
by Ken Buckley : 06/10/2012

A Fascinating Chat with Big Nev

Paul was lucky enough to get to sit down with an Everton goalkeeping legend
by Paul Traill : 03/10/2012

Free-Scoring Blues Win at a Canter

Southampton had the temerity to score early and felt the force of Everton's attacking response, a three-goal blast that had the game sewn up by half time.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 01/10/2012

A Game of One Half

Paul's account of the home win over Southampton (H)
by Paul Traill : 30/09/2012

From My Seat: Southampton (H)

Overall a good day out, second in the league after 6 games gives a warm glow, Imagine how warm that glow will be if we are still in second after 36 games...
by Ken Buckley : 29/09/2012

Impressive Everton steamroller Swansea

A dominant Everton swept Swansea City aside at the Liberty Stadium with a 3-0 victory.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 23/09/2012

From My Seat: Swansea City (A)

A beautiful sunny day and a trip to South Wales for a Sky-inspired daft-o’clock kick-off meant fans of a Blue persuasion on the roads early.
by Ken Buckley : 22/09/2012

Swansea City v Everton

Everton's trip to Wales resulted in triumph yet again, as they maintained their formidable record against Swansea, as well as their early season form.
by Chris Walford : 22/09/2012

Injustice Adds Insult to Injury

Denied two legitimate goals by poor officiating, Everton looked to have beaten off Newcastle's challenge anyway but let Demba Ba in at the death to steal an undeserved point
by Lyndon Lloyd : 17/09/2012

From My Seat: Newcastle Utd (H)

Everton 2 - 2 Newcastle Utd
by Ken Buckley : 18/09/2012

Passing the Baton

A story of Evertonian generations
by Rob Sawyer : 06/09/2012

From My Seat: WBA (A)

Players and fans full of confidence head to the Hawthorns.
by Ken Buckley : 02/09/2012

Blues' Momentum Stalls at the Hawthorns

Echoes of last season's poor start as Everton's 11-match unbeaten run comes to and end against West Brom.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 02/09/2012

From My Seat: Leyton Orient

Ken was at Goodison to see the Blues run riot against the League One side
by Ken Buckley : 29/08/2012

Seven Toffees too sweet for Barnsley

The FA Cup tie played against Barnsley at Goodison Park in 1915 was to find its way in to the record books as Everton ended the game with just seven players on the field.
by Tony Onslow : 29/08/2012

Villa Taken Apart By Fantastic Everton

Match Report on Aston Villa (A)
by Paul Traill : 26/08/2012

Dominant Everton Banish Their Villa Park Blues

A scintillating display earns Everton their first win at Villa Park since 2005 and preserves a winning start to the season.
by Lyndon Lloyd : 25/08/2012

From My Seat: Villa (A)

Ken Buckley reports from Villa Park on the Blues' rampant display and 3 - 1 win
by Ken Buckley : 25/08/2012

Fellaini Delivers Everton's Statement of Intent

Marouane Fellaini's Ferguson-esque header gets Everton off to a winning start
by Lyndon Lloyd : 21/08/2012

From My Seat: Man Utd (H)

A balmy evening in north Liverpool saw a shirt sleeved throng assemble to witness the Blues entertain ‘Team Sky’ and what a good job they made of it as predictions of bookies, pundits and no-mark experts had their predictions well and truly rammed down their throats.
by Ken Buckley : 21/08/2012

Fellaini Does A Big Dunc!

Everton v Manchester United
by Paul Traill : 21/08/2012

Jack Hitting the Road is Probably for the Best

The departure of Jack Rodwell is a disappointing but could represent the best outcome for Everton given their financial realities
by Lyndon Lloyd : 15/08/2012

Thank You for the Memories, Tim

"I just cannot comprehend that Tim Cahill is no longer an Everton player"
by Nick Armitage : 28/07/2012

The Time is Right to Move On

Tim Cahill's pending move to New York calls time on an eight-year Goodison career that arguably elevates him to "legend" status among Everton's past players
by Lyndon Lloyd : 24/07/2012

No Country For Old Firm

by Paul Traill : 22/07/2012

Junior Starts in Lively Pre-Season Opener

Match report from Morecambe by the Sea
by Paul Traill : 15/07/2012

Keep It Together

Can the Everton Board or their banker overlords resist the temptation to sell the Club's prized assets and give Moyes's improving squad one more crack at breaking into the top four?
by Lyndon Lloyd : 10/07/2012

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