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July 2014

Gethin Jones signs a new contract

31 July
Everton U21 player Gethin Jones has signed a new two-year contract. The versatile 19-year-old, who is capable of playing in defence or midfield, is now tied to the Club until the summer of 2017.

Everton's Marvel-ous kit reveal

31 July
Everton and Umbro have revealed a daring new green third kit for the 2015/16 season with the help of Marvel illustrator, Will Sliney. The second change strip comprises a green crew-neck, orange detailing, black shorts and green socks.

Three more fixtures moved for TV

31 July
The home games against Liverpool and Sunderland and the trip to Arsenal have all been adjusted to accommodate live televised coverage.

Ferguson visits Lily Centre

30 July
ToffeeWeb's Paul Traill was at the Lily Centre on Silvester Street, one of the beneficiaries of the proceeds from Duncan Ferguson's testimonial, to interview the Big Man ahead of Sunday's match against Villarreal.

Besic to miss opener against Watford

30 July
Muhamed Besic has been ruled out of the first match of the new Premier League season with the hamstring injury he picked up prior to Everton's trip to Singapore but, along with Aiden McGeady and Darron Gibson, he is expected to be back before the end of August.

Forget the outs... Where are the ins???  [MEDIA]

30 July
This comment article in the Echo captures the sense of panic and foreboding gripping many Evertonians as they contemplate entering the new season with precious few new resources to challenge an even more competitive Premier League season where Roberto Martinez's plans do not appear to have been given enough financial support from the Everton Board of Directors.

U21s defeated at Tranmere

29 July
After an impressive 100% record in their first six pre-season games of 2015, Everton U21s fell at the final hurdle, losing 3-1 to their local rivals at Prenton Park on Wednesday evening, despite an early goal from Tom Davies.

Reports: Everton reject another Stones bid from Chelsea

29 July
"Sky sources" claim that Chelsea have made another official offer of £25m for John Stones and that Everton have rebuffed it.

Martinez assuages fears over Lukaku

28 July
Roberto Martinez has moved to clarify the situation regarding Romelu Lukaku's early withdrawal from this evening's friendly with Dundee, explaining that the striker was feeling "heavy-legged".

Everton ease to friendly win at Dundee

28 July
Everton played the second of two pre-season friendlies in Scotland this evening with a comfortable 2-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park thanks to goals by Conor McAleny and Ross Barkley. There was concern, however that Romelu Lukaku tweaked a hamstring in the first half.

Audio: The Big Interview David Moyes  [MEDIA]

28 July
Graham Hunter sat down with the ex-Everton boss in San Sebastian to talk about his life and career as a player and manager.

Long moves on to Burnley

28 July
Chris Long, a promising graduate of the Everton Academy, has joined Burnley for an officially undisclosed fee, the club have confirmed.

Martinez: Hearts win was a very positive exercise

26 July
Roberto Martinez says that he was really pleased with the manner of his side's 3-1 friendly win over Heart of Midlothian, describing it as a valuable exercise. He also reiterated that he remains on the lookout for two more players between now and the end of August.

Pienaar is the latest hamstring casualty

27 July
Steven Pienaar has suffered a hamstring injury and will miss the rest of the pre-season programme and the start of the season, Roberto Martinez has confirmed. The severity of the South African's injury is being assessed to determine the length of his latest lay-off.

Baines starts and Lukaku fires in a hat-trick

26 July
Everton took on Scottish Champions Hearts this afternoon in their fourth pre-season match, falling behind to an early goal conceded from a corner. Lukaku equalized from the spot and powered in a second, then another spot-kick after the break.

Why John Stones should resist a big move to spend another season at Everton  [MEDIA]

26 July
One of the many voices advocating that the 21-year-old defender stay put rather than be tempted by the Champions' overtures this summer.

Former Everton FC and Hearts man Gary Naysmith on the Scottish Blues  [MEDIA]

26 July
The former Blues defender, one of a number of Scottish players in the Everton side under Walter Smith, talks in the Echo about his days at Goodison and the need for the club to keep together the nucleus of players "who know what Everton is all about."

Divided loyalties for a Blues legend at Tynecastle

25 July
Tomorrow's friendly between Hearts and Everton will have special significance for Goodison legend, Alex Young, who played for both clubs.

Under-21s' pre-season continues with another win

25 July
Everton U21s kept their winning streak in pre-season friendlies going with victory against Southport this afternoon with Antony Evans on target again to seal a dramatic 3-2 win.

Garbutt joins Fulham on loan

25 July
Roberto Martinez has followed through on his commitment to allow Luke Garbutt to spend the coming season on loan with the announcement that the fullback has joined Fulham.

Thorniley joins Stockport on loan

25 July
Everton academy defender Jordan Thorniley has joined Stockport County of the National League North on a youth loan.

Baines and Oviedo ready to return

23 July
Everton's pre-season preparations have been handed a boost with the news that Leighton Baines and Bryan Oviedo are both set to travel with the squad to Scotland for the two upcoming friendlies against Hearts and Dundee.

Howard ready to end his sabbatical from international football

23 July
Tim Howard has revealed his intention to return to the United States national team next month after taking a year off from the international game to allow for more time with his children.

Kenwright talks theatre and drama

23 July
This 'interview' with Bill Kenwright was meant to focus on the theatre in Newcastle but the drama of Everton and football was never far from the surface and includes a mention of John Stones prior to the subsequent furore over Chelsea's approach for the young defender.

Under-21s register another friendly win

22 July
Everton's U21s maintained their 100% pre-season record with a 3-0 win at Rhyl this evening thanks to goals by Robinson, Evans and Grant.

Everton rank 4th in 'Ultimate League'  [MEDIA]

22 July
Sky Sports have ranked English clubs according to their average League position over the last 50 years and, mirroring their place in the list of title winners, Everton are in 4th place.

Mourinho mocks Martinez amid tug of war over Stones

21 July
With rampant speculation fuelling the developing saga of Chelsea's pursuit of John Stones, Jose Mourinho has taken to baiting his opposite number in the media and attempting to trivialise Everton as a "smaller club".

Under-21s duo join Wigan on loan

21 July
Jonjoe Kenny and Francisco Junior have been loaned to Wigan Athletic for two months and one month respectively.

John Stones must not be sold to Chelsea at any price  [MEDIA]

21 July
ToffeeWeb's Lyndon Lloyd argues that a £30m deal would represent a steal for the Premier League champions and that Roberto Martinez and Bill Kenwright must resist all bids for a defender who could lead the Blues for many years to come.

Away match screenings are on their way back

21 July
You might remember not so long ago, Everton held regular away match screenings in the club's Corporate Lounges and Executive Boxes at Goodison Park. Well, as of the start of the 2015-16 season... they're back!

Duffus signs on for two more years

20 July
Everton U21 striker Courtney Duffus has joined a number of his teammates in putting pen to paper this summer on a new contract that ties keep him to the Blues until June 2017.

Junior on the road to redemption

20 July
Francisco Junior has opened up on social media about how he almost let drink and partying wreck his career and his belief that he is now focused again on trying to make it at the top level.

Rooney to return for Ferguson testimonial

20 July
Former Everton forward Wayne Rooney will pull on the Royal Blue jersey again when he turns out for Duncan Ferguson's testimonial against Villarreal next month, the club have announced.

Report: Chelsea were warned off Stones before leaked bid

20 July
Everton's stance regarding John Stones had already been spelled out in writing before Chelsea apparently leaked details of a £20m bid for the defender according to a report.

Barkley admits confidence was an issue last season

19 July
Ross Barkley admits that he struggled for confidence last season in what was a disappointing campaign for him and Roberto Martinez's Everton as a whole but he s now looking to push on to better things in 2015-16.

Martinez disappointed with Chelsea over Stones bid

18 July
Roberto Martinez has issued an unequivocal "hands off!" message to Chelsea regarding John Stones today, admonishing the London club for leaking details of a rejected bid for the defender. Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, says the door is open until Everton's Board says it won't accept any offer.

Defence made to suffer by slick Arsenal finishing

18 July
Everton were made to suffer in the heat and humidity of Singapore as a weak side was no match to the superior final play and finishing of a far stronger Arsenal team, although Barkley hammered in a fantastic consolation goal.

Reports: Everton reject 20m bid for Stones

17 July
According to Sky Sports News and a number of other media reports, Everton have turned down a £20m offer from Chelsea to prise the 21-year-old away from Goodison Park.

Boss bullish on Everton's prospects

17 July
Roberto Martinez was in optimistic mood in his press conference ahead of tomorrow's Asia Trophy final against Arsenal in Singapore, saying that the quality of his squad excites him.

Martinez rejects talk of a move for Manchester United defender

16 July
Roberto Martinez has dismissed reports that have surfaced in a number of media outlets that Everton are set to sign Jonny Evans.

Martinez backs Lukaku to start season strong

15 July
After he missed a glorious chance to win today's Asia Trophy opener against Stoke in regulation time, Roberto Martinez says that Romelu Lukaku's sharpness will come as he builds his fitness this pre-season.

Dyson goal earns U21s another friendly win

15 July
Everton Under-21s won their third pre-season friendly on the bounce as goals by Antony Evans and Calum Dyson saw David Unsworth's side come from behind to beat Bohemians 2-1 in Dublin.

Everton insist McCarthy is not for sale

15 July
Roberto Martinez has responded to the latest speculation surrounding James McCarthy by restating his position that he has no intention of selling the Republic of Ireland international this summer.

Calling all thrill seekers!

15 July
A unique challenge allows Everton In The Community supporters to enjoy an unforgettable day with a 150ft free-fall abseil over the side of Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral!

How Do You Solve A Problem Like McGeady?  [MEDIA]

"I feel that McGeady's time at Everton may be approaching its end and its a shame as the move was filled with hope and promise, and eventually ended in disappointment and frustration from both the player and supporters alike."

Everton win first Asia Trophy game on penalties

15 July
Everton kicked off the Barclays Asia Trophy against Stoke City with a goalless draw but won the exhibition game with a perfect record from the spot in the shootout. Phil Jagielka hammered home the winning kick after Tim Howard had saved from Marco van Ginkel.

Why “Everton” when the club have never actually played there?  [MEDIA]

15 July
A group of local historians are going digging on Saturday 18 Juy and and hope to unearth the answers to some of Merseyside football’s most intriguing questions.

Why were Everton Football Club called Everton, when they never actually played in Everton? Was there ever a vote to call the club Anfield FC? And who was the real driving force behind the fledgling football club?

Former Echo Sports Editor Ken Rogers investigates.

No looking back for Cleverley

14 July
Tom Cleverley admits that the 13 years he spent at Manchester United will always be a big part of his life but he says he has no regrets about joining Everton.

Club unveils 2015-16 away kit

14 July
Everton have revealed the new away kit for the 2015/16 season which will get its debut in the team's second Barclays Asia Trophy fixture on Saturday in Singapore.

Club confirms squad numbers for 2015-16

14 July
John Stones has taken the No.5 jersey synonymous with Everton defensive greats for the new season while Gerard Deulofeu and Tom Cleverley will wear No.19 and No.15 respectively.

Martinez: We have the perfect mix

14 July
Roberto Martinez is banking on a blend of experience and youth to help steer Everton back into European contention this coming season as the team continues its pre-season preparation in Singapore this week.

Martinez quashes McGeady rumours

14 July
Roberto Martinez has poured cold water on speculation linking Aiden McGeady with a move away from Everton this summer.

Proud to Be Blue

13 July
The official charity of Everton Football Club has recently launched Proud to be Blue, a six week online focus into the work of Everton in the Community and the people it helps.

Blue Union focuses on redeveloping Goodison Park

13 July
The Blue Union's latest meeting at The Casa on Saturday featured a presentation by architect Trevor Skempton to support the long-held belief that Goodison Park could be redeveloped, rather than requiring a new stadium.

Besic misses out on Asia Trophy

13 July
Everton have decided not to risk Muhamed Besic in the Asia Trophy games this week after he sustained a hamstring injury after playing just 20 minutes of the friendly win at Swindon on Saturday.

U21s in Ireland this week

13 July
Everton Under-21s are in Ireland this week for the next phase of their pre-season preparations, with one young Blue back on home soil.

“Panorama” screens former Everton communications director's life-and-death heart battle  [MEDIA]

12 July
The Echo interview Ian Ross, the former head of Comms at Goodison, on the eve of the broadcast of the episode of Panorama that chronicles his heart bypass surgery as part of a wider look at the NHS.

Besic a doubt for Asia Trophy

12 July
Everton will assess the knock that Muhamed Besic sustained in yesterday's friendly win at Swindon before deciding whether or not he will fly out with the rest of the squad to Singapore.

Martinez lauds McAleny's impact in friendly win

11 July
The manager singled out Conor McAleny for particular praise after he played a crucial role in three of Everton's goals and scored the fourth in a 4-0 win at Swindon.

Wrexham 2 - 3 Everton U21s

11 July
Kieran Dowell struck twice as Everton Under-21s won their second pre-season game this afternoon 3-2 at the Racecourse in Wrexham.

Mirallas comes in with a brace

11 July
Pre-season started today in style for Everton with a warm-up match at the home of Swindon Town that saw Kevin Mirallas come on to score twice early in the second half. His compatriot Romelu Lukaku grabbed the third and he fed the impressive Conor McAleny at the end for the fourth.

Martinez looking to strengthen in a couple more positions

10 July
Roberto Martinez says that Everton will be looking at "a couple of positions" in the team as areas to strengthen before the end of the transfer window following the acquisition of Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu.

McGeady out of Singapore trip with injury

10 July
Aiden McGeady has been ruled out of tomorrow's friendly with Swindon and the Barclays Asia Trophy after suffering a recurrence of his recent hamstring problems.

Ospina open to the idea of Everton switch

10 July
Linked with a move to Everton following the arrival of Petr Cech, David Ospina says that a move to Goodison would be a "great possibility" but insists he his settled at Arsenal.

Watch pre-season on evertontv

9 July
providing live coverage of the Blues’ pre-season fixtures this summer.

Martinez looks ahead to first warm-up match

9 July
Mindful of Everton's challenging run of fixtures to start the new season, Roberto Martinez will be looking to involve as many players as possible against Swindon Town this weekend.

Keown: Mirallas and Barkley game-time is key to an improved Everton season  [MEDIA]

9 July
The former Blues defender has backed Everton to enjoy a much improved 2015-16 season – provided boss Roberto Martinez can get Kevin Mirallas AND Ross Barkley on the pitch together more often.

U21s beat Burscough in first pre-season friendly

8 July
Goals from Sam Byrne, triallist Greg Hurst and Harry Charsley helped Everton Under-21s to a 3-1 victory at Burscough this evening.

Site update: Talking Points issue resolved

8 July
The issue where Talking Points articles were showing up empty has now been resolved.

Injured trio's recovery on track

7 July
Leighton Baines, Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson are all making good progress in their respective recoveries from injury according to Roberto Martinez.

New three-year deal for Pennington

7 July
Matthew Pennington has committed to a new contract with Everton, signing on for another three years at Finch Farm today.

Stones named among top 20 Under-21s in Europe

7 July
John Stones has been listed as the 15th most valuable young player in European football according to a study, although his valuation is set at just under £12m.

Everton announce squad for Asia Trophy

7 July
Everton are taking close to a full first-team squad to Singapore next week for the 2015 Barclays Asia Trophy where they will face Stoke City and either Arsenal or a Singapore XI.

Jagielka pleased to see fantastic Garbutt sign new Everton deal

6 July
The Blues' skipper says that he is delighted that the fullback has committed his future to the club and expressed his excitement with Garbutt's potential.

Pre-season live coverage at EvertonTV

4 July
EvertonTV will be providing live coverage of pre-season fixtures this summer. Matches against Swindon Town, Hearts, Dundee and Leeds United are all being streamed LIVE via the official website.

Merseyside Police Review, Season 2014-15

3 July
Merseyside police have provided a review of policing at Everton games last season. The meeting on Tuesday is reported here by The Blue Union, with news today of seven Everton fans being arrested for disgraceful scenes outside a pub in London back in May.

Report: Everton plan contract talks with Gibson

3 July
Everton plan to hold talks with Darron Gibson over an extension to his current contract, according to the Liverpool Echo.

New deals for five young Blues

3 July
Everton U21s midfielder Conor Grant has signed a one-year contract extension while Mateusz Hewelt, James Yates, Michael Donohue and James Graham have all signed pro forms for the club.

Five of the first seven games moved

3 July
Five of the first seven Everton games of the new Premier League season have been rescheduled for television coverage.

Everton confirm acquisition of Henen

2 July
Everton have officially announced the arrival of David Henen as a permanent signing from Olympiakos. The 19-year-old signed a three-year contract at Finch Farm yesterday.

Hearts friendly moved to 26 July

1 July
updated Everton's friendly with Heart of Midlothian has been moved back 24 hours to 26th July.

Two young Blues sign pro forms

1 July
Everton Academy players Delial Brewster and Jordan Thorniley signed professional contracts today, the club have announced.

Deulofeu "very happy" to be back at Everton

1 July
Gerard Deulofeu has revealed the role Everton's fans played in drawing him back to Goodison Park as he officially joined the club a year after returning to Spain following a successful loan spell with the Blues.

Cleverley: Everton ticked all the boxes

1 July
Tom Cleverley was officially unveiled as an Everton player at Finch Farm today and the midfielder admits it was the Blues "all-round package" that persuaded him to sign over other options elsewhere.

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